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October 25, 2012 | By David Ng
Dick Van Dyke never seems to tire. The 86-year-old actor will produce a revival of the musical "Cabaret" by the Malibu Stage Co. The production is scheduled to open Nov. 2 and run for five weeks.  Van Dyke is this year's recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award. He is scheduled to receive the award during the group's annual televised ceremony in January. The Malibu Stage Co. said this is the first time that Van Dyke, who lives in Malibu, has produced for the company.
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April 25, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
An eastbound Metrolink train struck and killed a man a mile before the Van Nuys station late Friday afternoon, an agency official said. The incident, reported by the train crew at 4:43 p.m., occurred in an area where pedestrians are prohibited, according to Scott Johnson, a Metrolink spokesman. "It was not at a crossing," he said. Los Angeles police were called to the scene, he said. Authorities have not released details about the victim or what he was doing on the tracks.
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March 31, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Seven people were injured, four seriously, after a sheriff's patrol car and a six-passenger van collided in downtown Los Angeles Sunday morning. The crash occurred on the 100 block of Arcadia Street at about 10:15 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both vehicles rolled over and firefighters had to used the jaws of life to extricate occupants. Katherine Main, spokeswoman for the fire department, said a deputy and the six occupants of the van were transported to local hospitals.
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April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
TRAVEL
May 18, 1986
We took a tip from the Travel Section last summer on seeing Europe by van and sent for a little how-to book called "Europe Free! The Car, Van & RV Guide." We took it to Europe and had our best vacation ever. It's full of useful information on buying and renting campers and cars in Europe, and using them to have a safe, trouble-free, economical trip. It's also fun to read. We just got the 1986 edition (even better) for $5.95 from David Shore, 1437 Lucile Ave., Los Angeles 90026.
WORLD
May 25, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Sixteen children and a teacher were killed Saturday when their school van burst into flames in eastern Pakistan, apparently due to a short circuit. President Asif Ali Zardari expressed "deep shock" over the tragedy and ordered authorities to investigate the incident. Pakistani media quoted police officials as saying the van was moving through eastern Punjab province when a short circuit ignited gasoline leaking from the fuel tank. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the van was carrying 24 children.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands, which also includes Sara Lee foods. The addition is expected to generate net revenue of $60 million in 2014, the company said in a statement. Van's Natural Foods, based in Phoenix, makes gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.
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May 17, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Attention groupies: You may still be able to board the tour bus. Just don't expect ample legroom. In yet another example of downsized American dreams in the struggling economy, many rock 'n' roll bands are finding that touring the country in a tricked-out, old-school tour bus is just too punishing for their bottom line. For some, the solution has been to pack it all into a van -- specifically, the custom Sprinter models by a Tallahassee company called Rock-It Ships. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Rock-It Ship company outfits the smaller rides with satellite television equipment, a fridge and Blu-ray DVD player, and sleeping arrangements for up to seven people -- all while getting up to 22 mpg on the freeway.
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January 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Two members of the Krishna sect based in West Virginia were killed by fumes from a propane heater inside a van parked at a truck stop along interstate 75, police said Monday.
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October 14, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 42-year-old Bellflower man was shot and killed while sitting in his van early Sunday evening, authorities said. Ricardo Venegas died on the sidewalk outside of his van in the 6000 block of Main Street in South Gate, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it was called to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. There was no immediate word on suspects, but homicide detectives were on scene investigating.  ALSO: Two men shot outside Hollywood restaurant BART unions extend talks for one day, avert Monday strike Dry ice explosion at LAX: No injuries reported, FBI investigating Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands, which also includes Sara Lee foods. The addition is expected to generate net revenue of $60 million in 2014, the company said in a statement. Van's Natural Foods, based in Phoenix, makes gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As it turns out, we all got the question wrong. How would the Dodgers split playing time among four outfielders? By the time the Dodgers finally got their four headline outfielders healthy at the same time, they had decided to split time among five outfielders. For now, the Dodgers have a stable outfield rotation. If they face a right-hander, the outfield consists of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and either Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig. If they face a left-hander, the outfield consists of Kemp, Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
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April 17, 2014
Phillip Hayes Dean Actor, director wrote one-man play 'Paul Robeson' Phillip Hayes Dean, 83, a playwright, director and actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. His plays include "The Last American Dixieland Band," "Moloch Blues," "Freeman," "The Owl Killer and Dink's Blues" and "The Sty of the Blind Pig," which Time magazine called one of the best plays of 1971.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
James Van Der Beek of “Dawson's Creek” fame has sold a house in Valley Village for $1,155,250. The 3,017-square-foot house, built in 1936, features a great room with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, a bonus room and an open kitchen with bar seating. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms. French doors off the master suite overlook a swimming pool at the rear of the one-story home. Van Der Beek, 37, was on "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23" (2012-13) and stars in new series “Friends With Better Lives.” Striking contemporary in Beverly Crest He paid $1.26 million for the house in 2005 and had been leasing it out for nearly $5,000 a month, according to the MLS. The property was listed at $1.155 million.
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April 11, 2014
Van Vlahakis Ecology-minded entrepreneur founded Earth Friendly Products Van Vlahakis, 79, an ecology-minded entrepreneur who manufactured and marketed environmentally safe cleaning products, including the best-selling ECOS laundry detergent, died Sunday at his home in Key Largo, Fla., his family said. The cause of death was not known. The Greek-born Vlahakis founded Venus Laboratories in the garage of his Chicago home in 1967. A decade later he changed the name to Earth Friendly Products and opened a headquarters and factory in Garden Grove.
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April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 67-year-old Van Nuys skier who crashed into a tree at a Lake Tahoe resort has died, according to authorities. The skier was identified by Fox40 as Marc L. Coleman. The skier was injured Sunday while skiing on Rail Splitter, one of the advanced runs at Northstar Ski Resort, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. When rescue team arrived, the skier was unresponsive and later was pronounced dead. Deputy coroners determined Coleman's death to be caused by an apparent skiing accident.
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January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Five people were injured Tuesday when a passenger van drove into an adult day care center in Arcadia, according to the Arcadia Fire Department. The passenger van was driven by an employee of the center at 15 Las Tunas Drive when it crashed into the building, said Beth Stogner, a spokeswoman for the department. There were no passengers inside the van at the time. The fire department responded about 2 p.m. Five elderly women who were inside the center sustained minor injuries.
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June 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
 A woman was cited in Riverside County for allegedly leaving her 3-month-old puppy inside a van amid blistering heat, officials said Thursday evening. The female poodle mix was rescued by an animal services officer who forced open one of the van doors in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Riverside, according to officials. The windows inside the van were cracked, but "it was still too hot for that little dog," Officer Will Luna said.  The temperature in Riverside on Thursday hit 101 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Susan King
Carl Reiner wakes up each morning with the same thought - it's time to start writing. It's still the top priority for the Emmy Award-winning funny man who created the landmark CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," wrote and directed such comedy film favorites as 1970's "Where's Poppa?," 1977's "Oh , God!" and 1979's "The Jerk" and who, along with his lifetime friend Mel Brooks, performed the "2000 Year Old Man" routines. "I get to my computer and I either play solitaire or do some tweets," said Reiner (who, for the record, has more than 62,000 Twitter followers)
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