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Three years ago, Tiger seemed destined to join the ranks of dancehall reggae's flash-in-the-pan stars. The distinctive growl and manic delivery of the Jamaican deejay, who headlines the first night of the three-day "Bob Marley Birthday Celebration" Friday at the Long Beach Arena, took Jamaican music by storm in 1986.
November 20, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" asks that we take a leap of faith along with a boy named Pi Patel and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker as an angry ocean and the ironies of fate set them adrift. Their struggle for survival is as elegant as it is epic with the director creating a grand adventure so cinematically bold, and a spiritual voyage so quietly profound, that if not for the risk to the castaways, you might wish their passage from India would never end. There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.
March 31, 2007
After Tiger Woods won the CA Championship, fellow golfer Geoff Ogilvy said Tiger is "good on Bermuda, good in wind, good in no wind, and good on bent grass." Let's face it: Tiger's also good on water, because he's the only golfer who can walk on it. PAUL STEINBERG Irvine
June 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The executive director of the San Francisco Zoo has stepped down almost six months after a tiger there killed a teenager and injured two others. A statement from the zoo says Manuel Mollinedo, who led the San Francisco Zoological Society since 2004, will retire. Mollinedo and zoo staff were criticized after a tiger escaped and killed 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. It was later revealed that the wall around the tiger's pen was 4 feet lower than the industry standard. The society's board said in its statement that it "greatly appreciates his efforts and wishes him well in his retirement."
October 8, 2003
Re "Tiger Attacks Las Vegas Magician During Show," Oct. 4: My hopes and prayers go out to Las Vegas magician Roy Horn, who was seriously mauled by a tiger in his act. Yet I also can't help feeling that the man brought this on himself, all in the name of profit. People think that wild animals are better off in humans' care, but this is simply not the case. If you watch animals in captivity, they show extreme signs of frustration and boredom, all because they are restricted from displaying behaviors that are innate to them, killing and hunting included.
September 16, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Stormdancer The Lotus War Book One Jay Kristoff St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne: 336 pp., $24.99 With its geisha girls in gas masks and canvas blimps spewing black exhaust as they chug across the sky, "Stormdancer" paints a vivid picture of a decrepit, steampunk Japan. It's startling to witness a country that so reveres nature presented in such an environmentally compromised position, as it is in the kickoff to Jay Kristoff's "The Lotus War" series. But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes "Stormdancer" such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene.
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