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November 7, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jermaine Jackson says he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life. In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.
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April 10, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The political jockeying over CBS' "Late Show" intensified in a hurry Thursday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the network to leave the show in New York. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the first pitch a mere hours after David Letterman announced that he would be leaving the show next year. Calling Los Angeles "the entertainment capital of the world" -- a boast that still has the ring of truth, if only because all of the major movie studios still have their main offices in and around the city -- Garcetti urged CBS chief Les Moonves to move the show here from New York.
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July 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Known as "America's Roller Coast," Cedar Point has been home to many record-breaking rides over the years and boasts a towering skyline of steel unmatched by any other amusement park. Photos : View the Top 10 Cedar Point roller coasters With 17 coasters, Cedar Point remains just behind Six Flags Magic Mountain's 18 coasters in a fierce back-and-forth battle for the coveted title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World. " The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park is about mind-blending speeds, gut-wrenching drops and scream-inducing thrills of the wooden- and steel-coaster kind.
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.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Want to pay Midwest prices for a West Coast home? Despite skyrocketing home prices in Southern California, some communities still offer bargain-basement homes  - even by national standards.  The 10 most affordable ZIP codes all rest in the Inland Empire, where the median home price in some communities remains below $100,000, among them Barstow and Twentynine Palms. But those homes are becoming harder and harder to find, as investors have scooped up many of the houses to either flip or rent out. In June, the number of Southland homes that sold below $200,000 fell 43.2% from a year earlier, while the number of homes priced under $300,000 dropped 35%, according to research firm DataQuick.
NEWS
February 28, 1988 | KAY BARTLETT, Associated Press
Shawn Robbins, psychic, author and mail-order entrepreneur, has turned her big hazel eyes toward Wall Street since the stock market has become so volatile. A shaky market is good for people in her line of work, she says. "For psychics," she says, "the market is boring when it's good, but now is the chance to really shine with psychic abilities. This is a good time to go to a 'reputable psychic.' "Be careful, though. This is not the time to go to Madame Ripoff on the corner with your portfolio.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
MAGAZINE
July 19, 1998
Those toxic-orange tinted Starsky and Hutch glasses? That banana blazer? What's up with those superfluous scarves and the lapel rhinestones that rival Dolly Parton's? Mr. Blackwell may be a social butterfly, but his look can be decidedly outdated.
SPORTS
September 19, 1989
Pos. School (League) Record 1. Rancho Buena Vista (Palomar) 2-0 2. Lincoln (City Central) 3-0 3. Morse (City Eastern) 1-2 4. Helix (Grossmont 3-A) 2-0 5. Chula Vista (Metro) 2-0 6. Mira Mesa (City Eastern) 2-0 7. San Dieguito (Palomar) 2-0 8. Grossmont (Grossmont 2-A) 2-0 9. El Camino (Avocado) 1-1 10. Point Loma (City Eastern) 0-2 Others Receiving Votes: San Pasqual (Avocado).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles is among the top 10 U.S. cities with the widest gulf between the rich and poor, a Washington think tank reported Thursday. The upper 5% of Los Angeles residents earned more than 12 times what the bottom 20% took in,  Alan Barube, who studies social policies affecting low-income families for the Brookings Institution, said in a paper . The income spread was similar in New York City, Washington, Oakland, Chicago and Baltimore, he...
AUTOS
January 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Consider it a crystal ball into the future of car collecting. Hagerty Insurance, the world's largest insurer of classic cars, is out with its annual list of top 10 vehicles the company expects to become future collector items. The cars' prices range from the tiny Ford Fiesta ST at $21,400 to the raucous Jaguar F-Type R roadster at a hair under $100,000. To make the list, the vehicle had to be built in 2014 and feature a starting price under $100,000. Hagerty said it gave special consideration to vehicles not appearing on previous lists.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, David Undercoffler and Brian Thevenot
Consumer confidence, job growth and low interest rates are fueling the growing and profitable U.S. auto industry, the economic pundits say. We see another reason - great cars. So we've selected our 10 favorite vehicles of 2013. Our list might seem heavy with expensive cars, but it's not because we're snobs. We judged only models that were new or redesigned this calendar year - a group that tilted toward luxury and performance vehicles. Among the few new economy cars this year was the Toyota Corolla, which made this list.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr knows all too well how one decision can affect a football life. There may still be a Matt Barkley-shaped indentation in the Rose Bowl turf to remind him. Barr slammed the USC quarterback to the ground last season, separating his shoulder. Barkley, many believed, would have been a first-round pick had he declared for the NFL draft after his junior season a year earlier. But he returned to USC and wound up being part of Barr's NFL application. It was something Barr recalled, and eventually dismissed, when faced with the same should-I-stay-or-should-I-go moment last December.
SPORTS
December 22, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Center DeAndre Jordan has become the Clippers' defensive leader. And it's not all about his statistics, impressive though they may be. Jordan also makes sure he communicates to teammates, and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers says he takes it "personal" when opponents score against the Clippers. Jordan was ranked fourth in the NBA in blocked shots before Sunday night's game against Minnesota, averaging 2.21 per game. He was third in the league in rebounding, averaging 13.0 per game.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In the world of tech, failure is almost a badge of honor. It shows others in the industry that you've been through tough times but have learned from mistakes and are now primed for success. Perhaps that's true, but it doesn't make failure any more enjoyable, unless you're on the outside looking in. In that case, tech failure can be down right hilarious. This year was filled with some pretty big fails, and a surprising bunch of them have only happened recently - I'm looking at you, Yahoo.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube vocal sensation Pentatonix joins such major-label acts as Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé and Mary J. Blige with seasonal albums topping Billboard's top 200 chart. The a cappella group's holiday-themed PTXmas (Delux Edition) landed at No. 7 on the album chart for the week ended Dec. 8, with more than 59,000 copies sold. The music video for its rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" has racked up more than 17-million views on YouTube in the last two weeks.  Pentatonix came to prominence as the winner of the third season of NBC's "The Sing-Off Competition.
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