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January 17, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
For director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," the story of a spiritual Indian boy stranded at sea with a tiger, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer, who is nominated for this year's Oscars, started with shots of actor Suraj Sharma alone on a lifeboat in a water tank against a blue screen. Working with 1,200 visual effects artists at several companies, he transformed this footage into the character of Pi Patel and a Bengal tiger on a vast, changeable sea. Rhythm & Hues, where Westenhofer works, conjured up most of the animals, seas and skies; other effects companies tackled everything from creating storm sequences and a sinking ship to making Sharma skinnier and Pondicherry, India, look like the 1970s.
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April 22, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn are reportedly becoming good friends - a scenario that's no doubt making life easier for golfer Tiger Woods, who had a spectacular marriage meltdown with the former and has been dating the latter for a while now.  "You'd think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time," a source told Us Weekly . "Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman. "  Apparently, the whole gang went on a vacation recently, with the 29-year-old skier and the 34-year-old mother of two taking off together on occasion to get drinks, according to the mag. Daddy Tiger was left to care for daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.  "Elin found that they are very similar and have a lot in common," the source said.
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November 13, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- A hunter in the Russian Far East was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of community service and fined about $18,500 for killing a tiger, a rare case in this country of punishment for poaching the animal. Khasan District Court found Alexander Belyayev guilty of killing one of the remaining 500 tigers in the Maritime Territory and the Khabarovsk Territory. Ecologists hailed the verdict as a success in the struggle to protect the rare species. An estimated 30 to 50 tigers are killed each year by poachers and local residents, said Vladimir Krever, head of the World Wildlife Fund's Russian Biodiversity Program.
SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: The Angels made three errors - on one first-inning play - to give Detroit a run. Ian Kinsler took off from first base on a full-count pitch that Miguel Cabrera took for ball four. Catcher Hank Conger, thinking it was strike three, tried to gun down Kinsler, but his throw sailed into center field, allowing Kinsler to take third base. Center fielder Mike Trout's throw went over second and bounced behind the mound for error No. 2, allowing Kinsler to score. Pitcher Hector Santiago retrieved Trout's throw and fired wildly past the plate as Kinsler scored, Cabrera taking second on error No. 3. AT THE PLATE: The Angels managed one run and five hits, including Howie Kendrick's two-out run-scoring single in the first inning, in seven innings against Rick Porcello, who entered with a 3-4 record and 8.34 earned-run average in nine starts against the Angels.
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January 26, 1999 | AL MARTINEZ
The face of violence wears many expressions. It can be a look of such malevolence that most will avoid it, or a mask of such benevolence that all will be drawn to it. Violence smiles between explosions and speaks softly in a crowd but, like the smile on the face of the tiger, belies the hunger of its nature. Ted Bundy was the pure, burning essence of violence and yet wore the demeanor of a man women trusted until the last tortured moment of their lives.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Baseball season must be ready to begin, because players and even coaches are starting to walk around campuses with strange haircuts. Take the case with a group of players from Valencia West Ranch. Shortstop Jagger Rusconi suggested a tiger mohawk look, and that's what several players decided to get, along with Coach Casey Burrill. Burrill's wife was not too impressed. But hey, the baseball season begins next weekend. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2010
Join the throngs lining Hill Street and North Broadway in Chinatown for the 111th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, which has grown to encompass nearly two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, dignitaries, cultural groups, public figures and entertainers. Parade at 1 p.m. Sat. Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Los Angeles Chinatown, Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue. www.lagoldendragonparade.com.
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January 30, 2012 | By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune
The composer of the Survivor hit "Eye of the Tiger" has sued Newt Gingrich to stop the Republican presidential candidate from using the "Rocky III" anthem at campaign events. The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Chicago by Rude Music  Inc., the Palatine-based music publishing company owned by Frank Sullivan, who composed the song and copyrighted it in 1982. The lawsuit states that as early as 2009, Gingrich has entered rallies and public events to the pulsing guitar riffs of the song, which was the background track to Rocky Balboa's training montages in the film and became a No. 1 hit. The suit lists appearances by Gingrich at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and numerous stops in Iowa among events at which the candidate has used the song without Sullivan's permission, as well as Internet videos featuring Gingrich that have been posted by American Conservative Union.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2012
NEW YORK — A man was mauled by a 400-pound tiger at the Bronx Zoo on Friday after he leaped from a moving monorail train and plummeted over a protective fence. The man was alone with the tiger for about 10 minutes before he was rescued by zoo officials, who used a fire extinguisher to chase the animal away. He suffered bites and puncture wounds on his arms, legs, shoulders and back and broke an arm and a leg. "If not for the quick response by our staff and their ability to perform well in emergency situations, the outcome would have been very different," zoo director Jim Breheny said.
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June 9, 2011 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York Brian Bedford likes to joke that after playing King Lear at the Stratford Festival, it was a natural progression to take on the role of Lady Bracknell, that gorgon of Victorian society, in the Oscar Wilde comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" — in full drag. But asked what his sequential roles might have in common, the actor pauses. "You know, I've never thought about it, but when Lear enters a room, that's all that matters to him," he says. "His presence is a very powerful influence on himself as well as everybody else.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- Saturday was not a good day for the Angels, who got a leadoff home run from J.B. Shuck and nothing else against Detroit co-ace Max Scherzer in a 5-2 loss that ended their improbable winning streak over the Tigers at 10 games dating to September 2012. It was not a good day for Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, who made history of a different sort with the first four-strikeout game of his career, three against Scherzer and one against closer Joe Nathan. It was not a very good day for the umpires, who missed two calls on the bases.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Tigers 5, Angels 2 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the fourth inning, right-hander Max Scherzer struck out Erick Aybar swinging to end the inning and preserve a 3-1 lead. A hit by the Angels shortstop in that situation would have tied and changed the complexion of the game. BOX SCORE: Tigers 5, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels managed only four hits, but two were home runs, a shot to right field by J.B. Shuck to lead off the game and a ninth-inning shot to left field that gave Albert Pujols 498. The Angels lead the major leagues with 29 home runs.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- An offensive barrage that featured a pair of two-run home runs from Howie Kendrick and a three-run shot from Albert Pujols - career homer No. 497 - was impressive and, it turns out, necessary for the Angels, who made things far too interesting by throwing an incendiary device by the name of Josh Wall into the proceedings Friday night. Far more important in the big picture, though, was the Jered Weaver-like performance the Angels got from their ace, who shook off a trio of shaky starts with a superb six-inning, one-run, three-hit effort in an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 11, Detroit Tigers 6 AT THE PLATE: Ian Stewart, a late addition to the lineup when third baseman David Freese was scratched because of right quadriceps tightness, came within a home run of the cycle, hitting a run-scoring triple in the second inning, a double in the fourth and a single in the seventh. Mike Trout doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice, as the Angels amassed 10 or more extra-base hits in a game for the second time this week. The Angels also lead the American League with 27 homers.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Don Mattingly didn't have to come to the ballpark Monday, so the Dodgers manager said he got his hair cut, inflated the tires on his bicycle and, basically, took the evening off. "A lot of nothing," he said with a smile. "It was productive. " That remains to be seen. Because for players accustomed to playing every day over a six-month schedule, the start to the Dodgers' season has been a whole lot of nothing. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Tigers 2 (10) Monday's off day was the third in eight days for the Dodgers, who get two more days off over the next week.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's not how you score runs, just that you score more than the other guy. Wild pitches, bases-loaded walks, bunts, bloopers, sacrifice flies, stumbling outfielders -- whatever works. Tuesday night the Dodgers edged the Detroit Tigers, 3-2, scoring their second run on a shallow sacrifice fly and -- after Detroit tied it against Kenley Jansen with two outs in the ninth inning -- winning it in the 10th when Carl Crawford was credited with a generous double to score Chone Figgins.  That occurred when right-fielder Rajai Davis fell down attempting to cut off the hit. Figgins led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk.
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