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January 17, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
No figure in sports has been as fraught with symbolism and racial overtones, alternately reviled and beloved by the culture, as boxing's black heavyweight champion. In Ken Burns' absorbing four-hour documentary "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson," airing tonight and tomorrow on PBS, we meet the first of these, Jack Johnson.
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February 13, 2014 | Michelle Maltais, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Barbie isn't sorry anymore. She's taken to the pages of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition to come out with a message for all the haters, in all of her plastic, unrealistically sculpted glory. With her hair and diminutive shoulders pulled back, she appears in a black-and-white one-piece declaring, "This is #unapologetic," in Mattel's latest effort to bring Barbie back into the cultural conversation -- on its terms. "She very much has a place in societal conversation as well -- we're always talking to multiple audiences," said Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni . Clearly, the campaign and the SI spread featuring 22 dolls aren't aimed at our children of doll-playing age. "This program is about underscoring who you are, being unapologetic about who you are and celebrating that alongside all these great women and legends who are more than just pretty faces," Chidoni said.
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SPORTS
April 7, 2002 | Elliott Teaford
Center Michael Olowokandi did not apologize Saturday for making the comments about his contract situation that resulted in a $50,000 fine Friday from General Manager Elgin Baylor. But he said his comments were not directed at Baylor, but at owner Donald T. Sterling and Executive Vice President Andy Roeser. Olowokandi also called the fine "excessive." "Maybe it's a gag order," he said.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
At 55 years old, she's no spring chicken, but come Feb. 18, Barbie will strike a sexy pose for Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue along with famous beauties such as Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton.    The appearance will be the Mattel doll's first in the magazine's pages. The toy, a perennial bestseller despite a recent slump in sales, first appeared on shelves in 1959 wearing a black-and-white chevron bathing suit. Barbie's spread in Sports Illustrated, shot by Walter Iooss Jr., will feature 22 dolls.
WORLD
September 20, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Meyaan Ahamad dips his head into the shed where his prized fighting dog barks ferociously at the end of a chain. The dog, a Kuchi breed, has weightlifter shoulders, a massive head, the heft of a black bear and the growl of a cougar. If Michael Vick, the American quarterback convicted of participating in an illegal dogfighting operation, were from Afghanistan, he'd probably be a national hero. In this country, canine bouts — literally "dog wars" in Dari — are keenly followed even by celebrities and government ministers.
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February 13, 2014 | Michelle Maltais, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Barbie isn't sorry anymore. She's taken to the pages of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition to come out with a message for all the haters, in all of her plastic, unrealistically sculpted glory. With her hair and diminutive shoulders pulled back, she appears in a black-and-white one-piece declaring, "This is #unapologetic," in Mattel's latest effort to bring Barbie back into the cultural conversation -- on its terms. "She very much has a place in societal conversation as well -- we're always talking to multiple audiences," said Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni . Clearly, the campaign and the SI spread featuring 22 dolls aren't aimed at our children of doll-playing age. "This program is about underscoring who you are, being unapologetic about who you are and celebrating that alongside all these great women and legends who are more than just pretty faces," Chidoni said.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
At 55 years old, she's no spring chicken, but come Feb. 18, Barbie will strike a sexy pose for Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue along with famous beauties such as Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton.    The appearance will be the Mattel doll's first in the magazine's pages. The toy, a perennial bestseller despite a recent slump in sales, first appeared on shelves in 1959 wearing a black-and-white chevron bathing suit. Barbie's spread in Sports Illustrated, shot by Walter Iooss Jr., will feature 22 dolls.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By August Brown
For all of Rihanna's sci-fi S&M garb and unfortunate resilience in the tabloids, she's released hits with enough speed and consistency to rival anyone in pop history. On Nov. 19, she'll return with "Unapologetic," a new full-length for Island Def Jam that continues her streak of about an album per year with nary a chart miss in the bunch. The album, her seventh, should return focus to her hit-making acumen after a grind of speculation about her wishy-washy connections with Chris Brown.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
While Adele is busy celebrating her cavalcade of 21s (her album “21” just became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking retail sales 21 years ago), R&B-pop star Rihanna is rolling in lucky 7s. Her seventh album, “Unapologetic” has  given the Barbados-born singer her first No. 1 collection on the Billboard 200 album chart - seven years after the release of her debut set, “Music of the Sun.” She's also on the road with what she has dubbed her “777 Tour.” “Unapologetic” sold 238,000 copies last week, which also represents the biggest sales week to this point for Rihanna, who until this week held the record for the musician with the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without a No. 1 album, as noted by Billboard's Keith Caulfield . “Unapologetic” bumps last week's top-selling album, One Direction's “Take Me Home,” to the No. 3 slot, as the British boy group's sophomore outing sold another 176,000 copies, behind Taylor Swift's “Red,” holding on at No. 2 with 185,000 copies, up 28% from the previous week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Only four years after the singer Rihanna broke through with her magnetic hit “Umbrella,” the brand Rihanna has firmly established itself. The brand has quarterly deadlines to hit, profit margins to tally, employs highly skilled professionals to have meetings on the comings and goings of one of the world's preeminent pop stars. And when the seductress from Barbados has a fresh product to launch, as she does with her new album “Unapologetic,” the machine runs in overdrive. Were all this effort in service of a new fast-food burger launch - “Unapologetic” is the aural equivalent -- the pitch might read, “More defiant, now featuring dubstep!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
On the cover of R. Kelly's upcoming album, “Black Panties,” the R&B king clutches a cello bow and caresses a topless woman as if she's an instrument. The deluxe cover features him atop a bed of women clad in only black underwear. However he's depicted , his point is obvious: The  sex jams are back. After a s et of well-received - and critically acclaimed - efforts were steeped in the simmering melodies of classic soul, “Black Panties” marks the singer's return to the raunchy, sweat-soaked loverman role that that made R. Kelly famous  and  infamous.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2013 | By Paul West
OXON HILL, Md. - To most of those attending this year's biggest gathering of conservative activists, the messenger - not the message - was to blame for the Republican Party's defeat in the 2012 presidential election. That made Mitt Romney's appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday potentially awkward. But the crowd responded enthusiastically to his first public speech since election night. "As someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one," remarked Romney, who also said that "It's up to us to make sure that we learn from our mistakes and my mistakes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
While Adele is busy celebrating her cavalcade of 21s (her album “21” just became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking retail sales 21 years ago), R&B-pop star Rihanna is rolling in lucky 7s. Her seventh album, “Unapologetic” has  given the Barbados-born singer her first No. 1 collection on the Billboard 200 album chart - seven years after the release of her debut set, “Music of the Sun.” She's also on the road with what she has dubbed her “777 Tour.” “Unapologetic” sold 238,000 copies last week, which also represents the biggest sales week to this point for Rihanna, who until this week held the record for the musician with the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without a No. 1 album, as noted by Billboard's Keith Caulfield . “Unapologetic” bumps last week's top-selling album, One Direction's “Take Me Home,” to the No. 3 slot, as the British boy group's sophomore outing sold another 176,000 copies, behind Taylor Swift's “Red,” holding on at No. 2 with 185,000 copies, up 28% from the previous week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Only four years after the singer Rihanna broke through with her magnetic hit “Umbrella,” the brand Rihanna has firmly established itself. The brand has quarterly deadlines to hit, profit margins to tally, employs highly skilled professionals to have meetings on the comings and goings of one of the world's preeminent pop stars. And when the seductress from Barbados has a fresh product to launch, as she does with her new album “Unapologetic,” the machine runs in overdrive. Were all this effort in service of a new fast-food burger launch - “Unapologetic” is the aural equivalent -- the pitch might read, “More defiant, now featuring dubstep!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By August Brown
For all of Rihanna's sci-fi S&M garb and unfortunate resilience in the tabloids, she's released hits with enough speed and consistency to rival anyone in pop history. On Nov. 19, she'll return with "Unapologetic," a new full-length for Island Def Jam that continues her streak of about an album per year with nary a chart miss in the bunch. The album, her seventh, should return focus to her hit-making acumen after a grind of speculation about her wishy-washy connections with Chris Brown.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For the growing fan base of period drama, the BBC's "Call the Midwife," which debuts Sunday on PBS, fits in chronologically and somewhat thematically between "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men. " Set in London's very pre-revitalized East End during the late 1950s and based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, it chronicles the adventures of a group of midwives working at the Nonnatus House, a nursing convent named for the early cesarean-surviving patron saint...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
Socialite Nan Kempner, 74, a stalwart of the society pages and the Paris couture shows for decades, died Sunday of emphysema at her Manhattan apartment. Kempner was known as a hostess whose invitations were among the most coveted in New York and as an unapologetic clotheshorse particularly dedicated to designer Yves Saint Laurent. With her svelte figure, she epitomized the female New Yorkers who author Tom Wolfe dubbed "social X-rays" -- so thin that they look like an X-ray picture.
NEWS
May 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected the idea that Turkey erred by not opening its territory to the U.S. military during the Iraq war. "Turkey, from the very beginning, never made any mistakes, and has taken all the necessary steps in all sincerity," Erdogan told reporters. In an interview broadcast Tuesday on CNN-Turk, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D.
SPORTS
August 26, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I'm working on a Sunday, fighting for years as the NFL likes to tell everyone, to keep football out of Los Angeles so I don't have to work on Sundays. I'm going to Denver on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, an extra workday thrown in there because I want to be with our revitalized Dodgers. I found myself before Sunday's game bidding good luck in Colorado to pitcher Josh Beckett , who has a bad-boy rep, while sounding as if I'm almost sincere. If I hadn't just paid for breakfast, I would tell you I'm just like Tom Lasorda right now. Dodgers pitchers, writes Jeffrey Pick in an email, "are 49-4 when the team scores five or more runs.
SPORTS
August 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
If the Dodgers can add $260 million to their payroll in one trade, and close to $500 million in four months, is there a limit to their spending? "Somewhere, I suppose," Chairman Mark Walter said Saturday. And where might that limit be? "I haven't found it yet," President Stan Kasten said. "I'll let you know when we get there. " As Adrian Gonzalez put on his Dodgers uniform for the first time, the new owners let it be known that they saw no reason to choose between paying the price to win now and paying the price to win later.
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