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June 24, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Time
Before Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong pixilated themselves into our lives 25 years ago, people played board games. In our house, Chutes and Ladders reigned supreme. Essentially you navigated the board of squares. Landing on a square with a good deed sent you up a ladder. A square with a bad deed sent you spiraling down a chute in a fit of shame. To drive the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is to experience a real-world application of Chutes and Ladders. It has many, many good attributes that sends it up ladder after ladder.
April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
May 26, 2012 | By Hans Tesselaar
When the Kings played at the Forum in the late 1980s and early '90s, there was an elderly vendor who would set the tone for most games with his sales pitch. "Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts," he'd bark out in a split second. "Get your peanuts. Three hours of torture coming up. " He knew. Anyone who has ever claimed to be a Kings fan knows. If you're new to this and ready to invest yourself in the fortunes of the Kings over the next two weeks, be prepared. You may just get poked in the gut by a stick, perhaps even an illegally curved one. I have been asked often these last few weeks if I've enjoyed the Kings' incredible playoff run, which has them in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in team history.
September 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC's 30-13 season-opening victory over Hawaii apparently impressed voters in the USA Today coaches poll but not voters in the Associated Press media poll. The Trojans, who were No. 24 in both preseason polls, moved up to No. 22 in the coaches poll but slipped to No. 25 in the AP poll. Times reporters do not vote in polls. The Trojans are one of five Pac-12 Conference schools in the polls. Oregon is ranked second behind Alabama, Stanford is fifth, UCLA 18th and Washington 20th in the AP poll.
October 1, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I don't know what world Associated Press voters are living on, or if it is me who is seeing things fuzzy, but how is it possible that after an unranked team goes onto the home turf of a "top 10" team and then thoroughly obliterates them, voters have the gall to keep Texas ranked higher still than UCLA? Steven Answer: So what you're saying is there's no way Texas should have dropped only 14 spots to No. 21 after losing to such a horrible team as UCLA?
July 11, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Jenny Mir, wife of UFC heavyweight Frank, is sitting on the couch in her home breast-feeding Ronin Maximus, who is beginning a second month of life. This never happens to me when I'm covering the Dodgers. Life goes on for a mom of four, though, her husband probably a little more than 24 hours away from being squashed and buried by a human mountain, but somebody still has to give the kids their baths. It's just never easy.
March 17, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Strolling around Manhattan's Chinatown and Central Park, where he filmed scenes from his new film "Limitless," director Neil Burger is reliving his movie's arc. And his career. Which may not be all that far apart. "I always think about what's the difference between being tenacious and having an inability to learn from failures," he says on the warm Saturday in March, reflecting on his checkerboard directing path. "The difference between the homeless guy who wanted to be a great painter and the guy who is a great painter could be anything.
October 2, 2009 | Ylan Q. Mui
Government stimulus programs have provided a jolt of life for home sales and consumer spending in recent months, according to data released Thursday. But the nascent economic recovery remains fragile as consumer delinquencies hit record highs and weekly jobless claims rise more than expected. Consumer spending in August jumped 1.3% from the previous month, compared with July's tepid 0.3% increase. That rise is bigger than many economists had expected and was driven by a government program that ended in August and gave consumers a credit of as much as $4,500 for trading in their old cars for new, more fuel-efficient ones.
California Youth Theatre's big, ambitious production of Lionel Bart's "Oliver!," at Pan Pacific Park, presented by Plaza Entertainment, had its ups and downs at last weekend's gala opening. Among the downs: a sound system that crackled and faded in and out for a time and unwieldy set changes.
July 13, 1986 | TERENCE M. GREEN, After 24 years at The Times, Terence M. Green has retired. and
Most new hotels reach their peak at opening or shortly thereafter, and eventually decline and die--victims of changes in taste or neighborhood. Not so the Breakers, which overlooks the ocean in downtown Long Beach. Its 60 years have been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, prosperity and penury, bright lights and gloomy emptiness. Just now, its direction is up.
June 24, 2013
By Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune — Brad Marchand knows what it is like to spark a turnaround at this crucial juncture of the Stanley Cup Final. In 2011, as the Bruins trailed the series with the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, Marchand scored the opening goal of Game 6 to set in motion a comeback that gave the Bruins the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years. As the Bruins ready for Game 6 on Monday night at TD Garden, in the same predicament against the Chicago Blackhawks two years later, they know they are a different team facing a different set of challenges.
June 20, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A once-notorious building on Hollywood Boulevard next door to where ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" television show is broadcast has been sold to a Maryland real estate investment firm. The three-story retail and office property, built in 1921 and across the street from the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, has had a rise, fall and comeback fitting for a Hollywood tale. Once known as the Seven Seas building for the nightclub it housed, 6904 Hollywood Blvd. enjoyed popularity in the mid-20th century but fell far and hard in the 1980s and 1990s when scores of businesses departed Hollywood and the neighborhood earned a reputation for being disreputable and even dangerous.
June 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The last time the U.S. played a soccer match in Jamaica, it wilted in the heat and lost a 2-1 decision on a ragged field. That was nine months ago. So in an effort to keep that from happening again, U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann brought his team to Kingston three days ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier to get it acclimated to the conditions. A bigger issue, however, is determining which team Klinsmann brought with him. Is it the one that conceded three second-half goals in a one-sided loss to Belgium in an international friendly 10 days ago?
May 2, 2013 | By Darcey Steinke, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Our cultural obsession with babies and motherhood has raged for decades. The media take stock of every new celebrity baby bump; women go to undreamed of lengths to procure progeny, freezing eggs, implantation and surrogates. As in the culture at large, mothers are ubiquitous in Jennifer Gilmore's new novel. They push double strollers, sit beside their kids at brunch, hold their newborns on their laps at picnics and pour themselves Pinot while their kids color beneath their feet like good dogs.
April 25, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A girl with a guitar, a roommate without a job and a drummer with a crush make up the boho trio at the center of "The Crumbles," writer-director Akira Boch's low-key multiethnic rock 'n' roll doodle about the ups and downs of Echo Park artistic strivers. Darla (Katie Hipol) works at a bookstore and dreams of rock glory, so when flighty keyboardist friend Elisa (Teresa Michelle Lee) crashes on her couch after a bad breakup, the pair start the titular band. That's about it, really, save for Elisa's party-hearty flakiness irritating Darla, flirtations between the gals and Jeff Torres' lanky, sad-eyed drummer, and occasional visits with the neighbors making a microbudget sci-fi movie.
April 23, 2013 | By Joy Press
Daniel Handler dropped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books before  appearing  live with children's book illustrator Jon Klassen, collaborator on the new children's book "The Dark. " Handler has written fiction aimed at adults, but he is best known to the under-18 set as Lemony Snicket, author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and more recently, "Who Could It Be at This Hour?" He sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss a series of miscellaneous topics, including what he is reading this month ("I only read poetry in April")
September 27, 2010 | T.J. Simers
OK, so as dates go, it gets off to kind of a slow start. I arrive Monday at Santa Anita figuring Diane Lane and I will have the place to ourselves, a racetrack the one place in this country nowadays where you can go and be alone. But there's a crowd. She has some media duties on behalf of the movie "Secretariat. " I've waited this long, so oh well. The movie comes out Oct. 8, but I've already seen it. The horse wins in the end and everyone seems very happy. Don't know what more needs to be said.
April 27, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia doesn't want expectations to soar too high for his talented batch of rookies, cautioning after Tuesday's lopsided win that "there's going to be a learning curve for a lot of these youngsters. " What the Angels manager failed to mention is there will be learning fastballs, sliders and changeups. The Angels saw — and missed — their share of them from Oakland right-hander Tyson Ross , who needed only 76 pitches to breeze through seven scoreless innings Wednesday.
March 21, 2013
Re "Forging a healing bond," March 17 With so many ups and downs in our country these days, it warms the heart and brings tears to our eyes to read about people who care. Sisters Staci Freeman and Jami Valentine and the little girl from Afghanistan they cared for, Arefa, are all heroes today. Truly big hearts were working when these sisters took this frightened little girl into their home while she underwent treatment for her painful burns and were there for her until she was able to return to her home and her family.
March 12, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, decrying the decimation of funding for state courts, gave lawmakers a brief lesson in legal history Monday during the annual State of the Judiciary address. She recalled the case of Clarence Gideon, a poor, uneducated Florida man who was arrested in 1961 for breaking into a pool hall and stealing. He had no money for a lawyer, and the court would not give him one. Despite little evidence against him, Gideon was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.
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