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February 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One moment NASCAR's Tony Stewart was doing what he loves, racing a high-powered sprint car at a small dirt track on a summer night, and the next moment his right leg was shattered. Stewart crashed at full speed into a stalled car in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 5. The injury was so gruesome that Stewart later said he "damned near passed out at every doctor visit" when the leg was examined. Despite being one of NASCAR's biggest stars, and a co-owner of a team, Stewart also raced the smaller sprint cars at short tracks nationwide for the sheer joy of it. But the Iowa crash abruptly ended his season and required Stewart to undergo three surgeries and months of physical therapy.
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SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Tony Brooks wasn't given an easy task, taking over as head coach at Pasadena for Tim Tucker. He spent 17 years as an assistant to Tucker. But Brooks ended the regular season on Thursday night guiding the Bulldogs to a share of the Pacific League title with a 66-53 victory over rival Muir. Rajon Moore scored 30 points and Ajon Efferson had 17 points and eight assists for Pasadena (17-9, 12-2). Joining Pasadena as co-league champion was Crescenta Valley (20-8, 12-2), which defeated Arcadia, 54-47 to earn its first league title since 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Toni Braxton and Kenny Edmonds have history together as soul-music hit makers, which in the record industry is usually reason enough to rejoin forces. In the 1990s he wrote and produced large chunks of her first two albums, both blockbusters with combined sales of more than 16 million copies; the discs spawned five top 10 singles, including "You're Makin' Me High" and "Breathe Again," and earned three Grammy Awards for female R&B vocal performance. So although their careers later diverged - Braxton took up with other collaborators and began acting, while Edmonds (known as Babyface)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
One thing has become clear when your name is Oprah Winfrey: You can do whatever you want, no matter how bewildering it is. Reports that the former talk show host, who is the founder and head of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, may be headed for Broadway to star with Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play " 'night, Mother" is raising a few eyebrows and questions. Is she craving the roar of the crowd again? Is Winfrey bored with running a television network which bears her name?
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Tony Schumacher not only is the most successful top-fuel drag racer in NHRA history, he's also a huge hockey fan. So he was thrilled to drop the ceremonial opening puck at the Kings' game Thursday night at Staples Center, where they snapped a four-game losing streak. Now Schumacher hopes to end a drought of his own. After winning a remarkable six consecutive top-fuel championships from 2004 through 2009, giving him a record seven overall, Schumacher hasn't won a title since then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland has launched the first radio ad in the race for an open Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley area congressional seat. And the narrator of the ad is none other than retiring Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), the man Strickland and several others want to replace. "Hi, I'm Congressman Buck McKeon, and I've been fighting liberals in Washington since before it was cool," the ad begins.  McKeon continues, saying nice things about Strickland, a former state senator from neighboring Ventura County, whom he endorsed when he announced his retirement last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most acclaimed character actors and ambitious performers of his generation, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside his New York apartment on Sunday, police said. He was 46. A business associate discovered Hoffman in his bathroom with a needle stuck in his left forearm at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, police said. Two glassine envelopes containing what was thought to be heroin were near his body, and five empty envelopes were found in the trash, police said.
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February 1, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
NEW YORK - A few years ago, playwright Christopher Durang began wondering "what if" a bunch of Anton Chekhov's characters lived in Bucks County, Penn., as he did. And what if two of the older ones lived in a nice stone farmhouse like his for not just in midlife, as he does, but for their entire lives? "Even when I studied Chekhov's plays in college, I felt empathy for his older characters, often regretful and unhappy," says Durang. "Now that I'm older, I wanted to do something triggered by Chekhov but put in the present day. My farm house, which is on a little hill, made me think of a lot of the sets I've seen in 'The Seagull.'" The result of such musing is "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
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January 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Something like the border between the United States and Mexico doesn't ordinarily come to mind when considering abstract paintings. Yet for the last two years, Tony de los Reyes has been developing a quirky group of abstractions with exactly that distinctive -- and distinctly political -- edge. Color and line articulating space on canvas bumps up against their contentious counterpart in the North American landscape. Eight large, lush abstractions at Angles Gallery are joined with five smaller studies, plus a suite of eight lithographs.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the Southern Section's most successful water polo coaches, Tony Martinho of Long Beach Wilson, is leaving the program. Gazettes.com reported on Tuesday he will step down as coach after winning seven section titles in 15 years as coach. The school has begun to look for a replacement. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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