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October 19, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan
It will be debated and discussed for the next five years. Did the Lakers do the right thing in essentially trading up-and-comer Trevor Ariza for already-there Ron Artest ? An unforgettable July afternoon turned into the busiest of the summer for the Lakers after they agreed to terms with Artest on a five-year, $34-million free-agent contract. Ariza then accepted Houston's identical offer almost immediately after hearing that Artest had been snapped up by the Lakers. Time will be the final judge, as always, though one Western Conference coach is already offering an intriguing analysis.
March 3, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And in today's installment of “what-if” we ask: If Chone Figgins and Dee Gordon are essentially the same player, wouldn't you naturally go with the younger one? Figgins and Gordon are both versatile, speedy types who have struggled to hit. Figgins was a remarkable utility man for the Angels, playing multiple positions and stealing as many as 62 bases in a single season. But as a Mariner, he was something much less. After hitting a combined .185 in the 2011-2012 seasons, he was released and spent last year out of baseball.
November 16, 2008 | Peter Y. Hong
About 40% of those who bought homes in Los Angeles County and Orange County in the last five years now owe more on their property than the homes are currently worth, according to data released today by The most "upside down" are those who bought in 2006 -- Zillow says 71% of them have mortgages greater than their property values. About 57% of those who bought in 2005 and 2007 are upside down. Homes in L.A. and O.C. purchased in 2006 had a median down payment of 5%, according to the Zillow third-quarter real estate market report, which also has data for the rest of the nation.
December 10, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
He has lost his standing in the clubhouse. He has lost his way on the field. His shoulder is scarred. His ankle is weak. His contract is a nightmare. This would be a perfect time for the Dodgers to trade Matt Kemp. Which makes it the perfect time to keep him. As the Dodgers scour the lobby of an expensive Florida hotel this week in search of the final pieces for a 2014 World Series run, here's hoping they realize their biggest potential addition is already in uniform. It's worth betting on Matt Kemp to become Matt Kemp again, the rewards far outweighing the risks, his 2011 greatness not buried so deeply that its remnants can't be unearthed.
October 24, 1992
The World Series apologized to Canada for displaying its flag upside down. They should apologize to American Indians for the disrespectful display of tomahawk-waving and chanting. ROBERT ROCCHIO, Newport Beach
December 14, 2009 | By Bob Pool
Federal officials seem to have waved the white flag in their battle with a group of elderly former servicemen who fly the American flag upside down as a "distress symbol" to protest commercial activities at the VA's Brentwood medical center. The Department of Veterans Affairs last week dropped charges against Robert Rosebrock alleging that he and other former military men desecrated the U.S. flag by hanging it upside down on a fence outside the agency's Wilshire Boulevard property.
August 31, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
He strolled coolly out of Cincinnati on Sunday night hauling a weekend stash of two homers, five runs batted in and a game-winning fly ball. Yet none of it was as impressive as this foreign object also found in his blue Dodgers duffel bag. A basketball. Matt Kemp travels with a basketball? "Sure, so we can play H-O-R-S-E," Kemp said. So you can play what? "In Colorado, our hotel has a gym. A bunch of us get together and shoot around; it's fun." Who wins?
August 23, 1992
So, the photograph of Eric Owen Moss' architecture was run upside down (July 12)? Well, it looked better than right-side up. ED COLEFIELD, CYPRESS
December 18, 1989
Regarding Conrad's upside down Europe ("Now what do we do?" Dec. 12), maybe the secret to understanding Paul Conrad's work is to turn them all upside down! DONALD MUGGERIDGE Rolling Hills Estates
November 28, 1987
No one seems to have noticed, but it has to be another sign of a world turned upside down when we ban toy guns instead of handguns. D. MARTIN Whittier
September 8, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Telegraph Avenue may be the spiritual heart of Berkeley and the University of California campus the focal point, but from a visitor's point of view, downtown is the ideal place to stay. It's close to everything and has its own vibe, with an eclectic hodgepodge of iPhone-wielding professionals, hippies young and old, students and the homeless. I stayed downtown for the weekend and met my friends Susan and Rich, who live nearby. The tab: $510, including $370 for two nights at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza and $140 for meals.
August 21, 2013 | Helene Elliott
While NFL quarterbacks are studying playbooks and jostling for jobs as the season approaches, Matt Leinart has been working out, spending time with his son, and, apparently, eating alone. A photo of a solo Leinart in a Manhattan Beach bar/restaurant has shown up on several websites recently, including "Unemployed Matt Leinart seems to be lonely," one caption read. Said another, "Over/under he's searching Craigslist for work?" Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner at USC and No. 10 pick by Arizona in the 2006 NFL draft, has been out of a job since the Oakland Raiders didn't re-sign him after last season.
August 15, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Romantic entanglements among young, attractive, progressive urbanites inform so many indie films and TV series that it's a relief to see that springboard so definitively turned on its ear. The result is "The Happy Sad," an engaging look at a pair of New York couples whose love lives intersect, crisscross, circle and backtrack in hip and provocative ways. Marcus (LeRoy McClain) and Aaron (Charlie Barnett of TV's "Chicago Fire") are an African American couple who, after six seemingly solid years together, decide to test an open relationship.
July 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Perhaps you recall, I love Brian Wilson. Alas, the one whose music helped form the backdrop to my youth, not the quirky one who used to close for the San Francisco Giants. Only now in a move so fantastical it somehow fits, Wilson has signed a contract with the Dodgers . And come on, it is bizarre. However logical, it will take a certain amount of getting used to. The Beard belongs in black and orange, irritating and prodding and generally being annoying. Not pitching for the Dodgers.
July 16, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) plus 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 6 to 8 ripe plums or 6 nectarines or peaches 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cups cake flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut one-fourth cup butter into pieces and add it to a small saucepan or skillet. Heat over medium heat until the butter browns but does not burn.
June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
"The Attack" rewards your patience. Though it's never less than involving, it grows in stature as it unfolds and ends as a more subtle and disturbing film about love, loss and tragedy than we might initially expect. Co-written and directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri ("West Beirut") and set in Israel and the Palestinian territories, "The Attack's" seemingly straightforward title can be read two different yet complementary ways. The most obvious approach concerns a physical attack, the suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv restaurant that kills 19 and causes painful chaos for everyone in this film.
May 12, 1985
Regarding Calendar's April 28 and May 5 issues, I am so glad that you ceased hiding the Book Review by wrapping Calendar upside down around it. "One of the Four" LEO AY Los Angeles
June 22, 1986
Here's an idea: Why not make the Book Review part of Calendar and put the Las Vegas section upside down in the middle of the classifieds? Hey, just a thought. DON WREGE Los Angeles
June 23, 2013 | By Noel Murray
No Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Formidable Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain does his best work with the sly satire rooted in history - and a recent Oscar nominee for foreign-language film. Gael García Bernal stars as a young advertising executive, hired to craft a campaign arguing for the ouster of President Augusto Pinochet. "No" fictionalizes an actual event, but Larrain also comments on political fervor, social change and how the superficial appeal of packaging can affect both.
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