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September 11, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN, ON SPORTS MEDIA
Melanie Oudin drew tennis fans to television. Wednesday's ESPN2 coverage of the U.S. Open quarterfinal match between the unseeded 17-year-old from Georgia and ninth-seeded Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki plus five-time defending champion Roger Federer's four-set win over Robin Soderling was the most-watched tennis telecast in ESPN2's history. Oudin captivated serious and casual tennis fans with her unlikely romp through a draw in which she had to beat four higher-ranked Russians.
February 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KURUKSHETRA, India - Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the message, "I am the common man. " The grass-roots group that has upended India's staid political scene is the Aam Aadmi Party, whose name means "common man" and whose platform amounts to a full-throated rejection...
November 3, 2010 | Ashley Powers and P.J. Huffstutter
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday bested Republican upstart Sharron Angle to win the U.S. Senate contest in Nevada, a costly, closely watched brawl that pitted one of President Obama's top lieutenants against a "tea party" favorite. "Today Nevada chose hope over fear. Nevada chose to move forward, not backward," Reid said in a brief speech that ended in an exuberant burst of confetti. Earlier in the evening, several hundred Democrats who had gathered anxiously at the Aria hotel-casino here roared when the Senate majority leader clinched victory.
November 16, 2013 | By Chris Lee
For airplane-phobic drummer Travis Barker, the gig required a quick trip across town in a pimped-out low rider. Singer-bassist Mark Hoppus flew 5,400 miles from London. And with sky's-the-limit rock-star gusto, guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge bypassed traffic on the 405 and helicoptered in from San Diego. With the sun high in the autumn sky, SoCal's Blink-182 arrived at the Hollywood Palladium to find a punk-rock centipede, a line of heavily tattooed, extravagantly pierced and Mohawk-sporting fans waiting for the sold-out show.
November 1, 2009 | Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
To fully appreciate the skill involved in Anna Kendrick's purse-lipped, perfect-postured turn as Natalie, the comic and dramatic foil to George Clooney in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," it helps to watch the 24-year-old in action. In the dramedy about a middle-aged executive (Clooney) who uses his job on the road as a hall pass for life, Kendrick's Natalie is the sassy upstart, armed with sensible pumps, a decidedly unfashionable low ponytail, and a purposeful stride that gives her stature.
April 10, 1994
The letter writer who was dismayed about the Idyllwild Gastronome's "locals only" attitude was right on target (Letters, March 20.) My family has been visiting Idyllwild since 1957. It is home to many retired people on fixed incomes, and if the Gastronome had to rely on their minuscule pensions, it would close in about a week. This little cafe really takes itself seriously, but it is a relative upstart compared to other local eateries. For friendly service and great food, visitors should join the locals at the Bread Basket.
June 21, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN
It could have been any player, any field, anywhere in Southern California. The game is about to start, and the mother waves to her son as he walks from the bullpen to the dugout. Jeff Weaver isn't too old for his mother to wave to him, right there in front of everyone. Jeff pitched against his kid brother Jered on Saturday at Angel Stadium, in an extraordinary matchup: the older brother for the older L.A. team, the upstart little brother for the upstart L.A. team, within easy driving distance of the town in which they grew up. But what made the evening so extraordinary was the celebration of the ordinary, in the presence of the parents.
April 2, 2006 | Blake Hennon
San Francisco April 20-May 6: While encouraging independent cinema, the San Francisco International Film Festival also honors a few veterans: On April 27 at the Westin St. Francis, the San Francisco Film Society bestows its directing award on Werner Herzog and its acting award on Ed Harris, who also will be the subject of a career retrospective on April 28. The 200 festival selections -- most of which have no U.S. distribution -- come from more than 50 countries. Various theaters.
Tonight, four days after the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank's death--memorialized around the world last week by public readings of her eloquent diaries--South Coast Repertory weighs in with its own Holocaust commentary: a NewSCRipts presentation of Peter Sagal's "Denial." The Harvard-educated writer, 30, believes that the SCR Mainstage reading of his new play could not come at a better time or in a more appropriate place.
December 18, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
MOST Americans who book an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean turn to one of three hotel chains: Sandals, SuperClubs or Club Med, groups that account for most of the marketing and advertising of one-price-for-everything vacations. These travelers have only a dim awareness of competitive all-inclusive chains -- such as Barcelo, Iberostar, Occidental-Allegro, Sol Melia and Riu -- owned by Spanish or Dominican interests.
August 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Adding to a growing list of accolades, Tesla Motors' Model S has secured the title of safest car on the road. In its first model year, the premium electric sport sedan is one of just seven cars since 2011 - among hundreds - to receive a five-star rating in each of three federal crash-test categories and overall. Administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the tests also give a separate combined safety score, on which the Model S ranked better than any other U.S. vehicle, according to Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, an independent advocacy organization.
June 26, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The chief taxi regulator in Los Angeles tried to put his boot to the throat of upstart Web-based transportation services Uber, Sidecar and Lyft this week, directing them to stop picking up passengers in the city. The problem is, he doesn't have the authority to do so. Rather than operating conventional taxis, the three companies offer innovative ride-for-hire services that the state Public Utilities Commission oversees. In fact, the PUC has signed agreements with all three that govern their operations.
March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Seeded teams 1 INDIANA: The Hoosiers' six losses came against NCAA tournament teams. Their mix of high-scoring offense and ugh defense cinched a top-four seeding despite a Big Ten semifinal loss. 2 MIAMI: Experience and a strong backcourt led the 'Canes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles. And they have a clear path to a regional final. 3 MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles represent a tough matchup along the front line. Forward Jamil Wilson has come on as a scorer and rebounder at the end of the season.
January 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Oscar-watchers with their eyes on the directing category were thrown for a loop Thursday when several big favorites were left off the list while a pair of underdogs made the cut. Ben Affleck ("Argo") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") were both omitted from the group of five directors announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each were thought a lock after their movies, both fact-based stories about an overseas U.S. mission, had drawn wide critical praise and nominations from the directors guild.
December 21, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - For more than two centuries, New York Stock Exchange traders barking buy and sell orders symbolized American capitalism at work. But the last decade has witnessed the rise of the machines - electronic exchanges offering cheaper and faster stock trading. The Big Board could not keep up. Now, the NYSE is issuing a sell order - its own. The world's most well-known exchange operator said Thursday that it had agreed to be bought by a mostly unknown electronic rival for $8.2 billion.
October 16, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Elle magazine celebrated its 19th Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday, welcoming 2012's class of ladies and their famous supporters to the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Emma Watson, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elle Fanning, Kristen Wiig, Uma Thurman and Shirley MacLaine were toasted for iconic performances and off-camera efforts -- and a few boys were allowed.  Like Robert Pattinson, who came to give Thurman her prize. The pair costarred in the period drama "Bel Ami," and Rob extolled Thurman's talent and generosity in his remarks, a task he struggled a bit with.
June 26, 2009 | Paul Pringle
Workers at a hospital and two nursing homes in Hollister, Calif., have voted to remain in the Service Employees International Union rather than join a rival group launched by former officers of the giant labor organization. The election was the latest skirmish between the SEIU and the upstart National Union of Healthcare Workers, which has filed election petitions to represent nearly 100,000 employees in California.
March 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Houston Rockets fell into the Phoenix Suns' trapping defense once again and Joe Johnson slammed the door. Johnson made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with 1.4 seconds to play in overtime and the visiting Suns ended the Rockets' five-game winning streak, 99-97, Monday night. Shawn Marion had 17 of his 29 points in the second half as the Suns rallied from a 21-point second-quarter deficit and overcame a big effort by Yao Ming, who had 29 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots.
September 17, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
1. No one except maybe coaches Mike Riley and Jim Mora thought a must-see Pac-12 game Sept. 22 would be Oregon State at UCLA, schools that combined to go 9-17 last year. The Beavers and Bruins, though, are undefeated and have already posted huge wins against Big Ten powers Wisconsin and Nebraska. 2. Clemson at Florida State will live up to the preseason hype as the showdown between the Atlantic Coast Conference's top two teams. These schools, like Alabama and Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference West, have separated themselves as the class of the conference following Coastal division favorite Virginia Tech's stunning loss at Pittsburgh.
August 9, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Rude, rowdy and raunchy,"The Campaign"gleefully skewers the current sad state of American politics. With a target that tempting, it's not surprising that this cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses. Starring practiced comics Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two politicians who do not hesitate to stoop as low as it takes to claim victory, "The Campaign" allows Jay Roach to nicely reconcile the divergent strands of his directing career. Roach has become known to HBO audiences in recent years as the director of a pair of smart, trenchant political dramas, the Sarah Palin-focused "Game Change" and "Recount," a look at the Bush-Gore Florida standoff, which won him a directing Emmy.
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