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February 5, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Valerie and Diane Blackler were inseparable, even when death came. Neighbors said the identical twin sisters enjoyed walks around their Long Beach neighborhood. They were antique collectors, and they loved Disneyland. They were both nurses and carpooled to work. But on Saturday, the 58-year-old women were found dead inside their two-story home in Naples, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Long Beach police officers discovered the bodies about 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Syracuse Walk as they were checking on the well-being of the women.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
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NEWS
February 1, 1987
The cast of "Valerie" deserves not one but two rounds of applause because the show is so enjoyable. I am only 15 and I can't say I know how Valerie feels in taking charge of a family, but I love watching the way she handles the situations of her teen-age sons. Valerie really impresses me because she is always in control. Thanks for entertaining me and everyone so well. Dawn Soronen, Baldwin Park
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
All the world may once have been a stage, but it is certainly now a screen. In her solo gallery debut at Charlie James, L.A. artist Valerie Green gives us a smartphone eye's view of the sublime: the sky above our heads. The nine images in the series “Look Up” were taken through the moon roof of the artist's car, adorned with the phone's screen protector, a slip of plastic that would be transparent were it not for the marks and scratches of restless fingers. The skies range from gray and rain-spotted to blissfully blue, but the screen protector creates a ghostly image of the phone itself, something like a self-portrait.
SCIENCE
February 20, 2005 | By Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
Alone at his computer, drool sliding down his chin, Tom Hill searched the Internet for anything that could save him. His 55-year-old body was gradually shutting down. His muscles twitched uncontrollably. He could no longer talk, so he scribbled notes to communicate with his wife, Valerie. Seven months earlier, he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease — an incurable deterioration of the nervous system that spares the cognitive parts of the brain, leaving its victims sharply aware as they slowly die. The doctors told him there was no way to reverse the disease — no drugs, no surgeries, no other therapies.
NEWS
May 23, 1986 | ELAINE KENDALL
Death in the Andamans by M. M. Kaye (St. Martin's Press: $14.95). Long before M. M. Kaye was an eminent author of historical novels, she was a struggling young painter in England, sustaining herself by writing children's books and murder mysteries, expecting to abandon those projects as soon as her art became lucrative.
NEWS
September 26, 1985 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
David Bradley began his relationship with bees nearly 57 years ago in Murray, Neb., a farming town in the heart of the rich Midwestern agricultural belt. A swarm had lit in a neighbor's mulberry hedge. The bees were not unwanted, though. It became a matter of how to capture the swirling throng. Help was sought and David, then 18, volunteered. Very delicately, but with little fear, he approached the hedge and shook the bees into a wooden egg crate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doug McClure, the affable, good-looking sidekick Trampas who imprinted himself in the nation's memory riding the Western television range with "The Virginian" for eight years, has died. He was 59. McClure, a native of Glendale who last appeared in the 1994 feature film "Maverick" as one of many Western gamblers, died Sunday night at his Sherman Oaks home after a months-long battle with lung cancer. Last Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1987
Several false statements were made regarding my dismissal from my series, "Valerie" ("Exorcising Valerie's Ghost at NBC," by Steve Weinstein, Sept. 19). After Lorimar and I agreed on all the provisions of our contract, I reported to work on Aug. 4 and successfully filmed an episode the evening of Aug. 7. The cast, crew and audience were all very pleased. On Monday, Aug. 10, after a two-hour wardrobe session for the upcoming season of "Valerie," around mid-day, a call came that I was off the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1988
Calendar's article on the trial of Valerie Harper by Diane Haithman was so one-sided and slanted that it must be corrected ("The Power of Stardom," Sept. 2). Apparently, only the "sensational" testimony was of interest, regardless of the other testimony presented at the trial or the accuracy of the picture that Haithman painted. Haithman went into great detail about allegations from Lorimar's officers and producers that Harper was "insane." Where was the mention of the witnesses, some Lorimar employees, who have contradicted this testimony and emphatically stated that Harper conducted herself in the normal fashion, was an excellent performer, and a person only seeking to achieve an outstanding show?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014
The morning after firebrand singer Valerie June's swing through L.A. to open for Sharon Jones at the Wiltern on Tuesday, she had a whirlwind day of activities related to promoting her acclaimed 2013 album “Pushin' Against a Stone” before hopping a plane for her next stop: three nights with Jones at the venerable Fillmore auditorium in San Francisco. As engaging as “Pushin' Against a Stone” is, it didn't fully capture the charm and energy of her live performance, which doesn't surprise the 32-year-old Jackson, Tenn., native greatly.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Beyond its musical attributes, the exhilarating performance delivered by soul singer Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings on Tuesday testified to the restorative power of music. Other than her ultra-short hair, there was no outward evidence of the harrowing medical treatments Jones underwent after being diagnosed last year with Stage 1 bile duct cancer . The subsequent surgery and chemotherapy took her off the road for much of 2013 as well as placing on hold a recording career that auspiciously began in 2002.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By David Ng
Valery Gergiev, the internationally renowned Russian conductor, has joined a host of other arts and cultural figures from Russia in support of President Vladimir Putin's controversial policies in Ukraine's Crimea region. The conductor was one of 100 signatories of an open letter released this week backing Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and the government's efforts to annex Crimea. The letter was posted on the website of Russia's culture ministry on Wednesday.  The letter's signatories say that they "firmly state support for the position of the president of the Russian Federation" in the region, according to translated reports.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, officially came to a close on Sunday with a ceremony that drew heavily on centuries of Russian culture. In addition to music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, there were performances by the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Ballets, as well as an homage to artist Marc Chagall. Sunday's closing ceremony took place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium and was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ceremony opened with a hologrammatic montage set to passages from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Valerie and Diane Blackler were inseparable, even when death came. Neighbors said the identical twin sisters enjoyed walks around their Long Beach neighborhood. They were antique collectors, and they loved Disneyland. They were both nurses and carpooled to work. But on Saturday, the 58-year-old women were found dead inside their two-story home in Naples, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Long Beach police officers discovered the bodies about 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Syracuse Walk as they were checking on the well-being of the women.
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
NEWS
August 16, 1989 | ANNE BOGART
In Paris, women clutch flirtatious little Chanel bags, so small they hold next to nothing. In New York, they take the opposite tack, lugging mega-tote bags that bend their backs into Quasimodo crouches, so they can keep their subway reading, gym clothes and other such sundries close at hand. But in Los Angeles, women breeze around town carrying nothing except a set of keys. That's because the quintessential California purse comes with four wheels and a trunk.
SPORTS
July 14, 1991 | JEFF MEYERS
In other competition: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Overcoming a 14-point first-half deficit, the South rallied to bury the West in women's basketball, 71-57, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The West, which led, 27-13, midway through the first half, shot just 25% after intermission. West center Sara Wilson, a Hart High graduate who now plays at Oregon, made one of five field-goal attempts and finished with five points in a team-high 26 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Valery Gergiev is the major conductor today for whom the most superlatives apply. He is commonly hailed as Russia's greatest living conductor. As the general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg - which includes Russia's leading opera and ballet companies and symphony orchestra - he is his country's most powerful, prominent, celebrated, decorated and highly paid musician. He is also the cultural figure with the closest ties to the Kremlin. Gergiev and President Vladimir V. Putin are longtime friends.
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
People who avoid gluten will say they're grateful for the dozens of new products that have enabled them to eat bread, cookies, snack bars and other baked goods. They'll also sometimes say that many of those products are not very good, and contain ingredients they'd rather not eat. Enter the upper echelons of bakers, people like Valerie Gordon, who has been experimenting with gluten-free cakes and cookies for her Valerie shops and cafes in Los Angeles. She has a variety of gluten-free baked goods these days: blue corn muffins, chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate chips cookies and a snack mix. And more is on the drawing board.
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