April 1, 2013 |
When Nathan Williams promises, "Still I'll be your dog," on the new album by his L.A. fuzz-punk band Wavves, he's nodding of course to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by perhaps the greatest fuzz-punk band of them all, the Stooges. But Williams seems also to be invoking the memory of Mudhoney, the long-running Seattle outfit known to cover "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; its sludgy-but-sweet guitars are all over "Afraid of Heights," Wavves' fourth studio disc and their first to get a big major-label push.
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March 28, 2013 |
Authorities late Wednesday were trying to unravel how a 10-year-old girl vanished from her Northridge bedroom in the middle of the night, then mysteriously reappeared with cuts and bruises half a day later and miles away. Police said they were looking for two men they believe were involved and have recovered a black pickup. The LAPD has nothing to connect the men to the girl in terms of previous contact, police sources said. "I've got a young lady that was abducted. I don't know the reason," said Los Angeles Police Department Capt.
February 24, 2013 |
Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers" addressed a Sunday morning audience at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show with some sobering advice on visiting small-town America: Go before it's all gone. "Please travel, experience, discover -- not just items and people but communities, because there are so many cool places," the star of the History Channel show said. In the series, Wolfe spends his time with cohort Frank Fritz crisscrossing tiny towns, rifling through barns and sheds in search of antique treasures.
February 22, 2013 |
This winter, NBC has learned the hard way just how fleeting victory can be. The network had its best fall in years. The new prime-time lineup got a welcome push from the Summer Olympics in London. The post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution" was a surprise hit after "The Voice," the singing contest that has turned into NBC's main entertainment draw. NFL games reigned supreme on Sundays. Mired in fourth place for years, NBC suddenly found itself No. 1 - a position it hadn't regularly seen in nearly a decade.
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December 15, 2012 |
The first posthumous attack on John Pedro was a simple, senseless theft. At the roadside shrine that popped up where the California Highway Patrol officer was killed near Watsonville in 2002, someone stole a flag. "Some people hate the police," said Colleen Gilmartin, Pedro's widow and a former CHP officer herself. "I thought it was some kind of statement. " But the statements have grown more assertive and more bizarre in the 10 years since Pedro's cruiser slammed into a tree as he was pursuing a speeder.
December 7, 2012 |
A series of bizarre turns in negotiations between the NHL and its players on Thursday extinguished the optimism generated during direct talks between players and owners early this week and put the league in position to lose a season for the second time since 2004. Commissioner Gary Bettman was red-faced and angry, and NHL Players' Assn. Executive Director Donald Fehr swiftly switched from declaring the sides were "close if not on top of one another" on major issues to saying he would tell fans, "It looks like this is not going to be resolved in the immediate future.
December 6, 2012 |
This, quite clearly, was a day (and night) to remember for those closely following NHL labor negotiations. Or forget. Thursday surpassed often perplexing talks with a surreal turn of events in New York. It started with an optimistic read on the negotiations from Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players Assn., with the veteran labor leader saying he felt the sides were close to a deal. But just as Fehr was addressing the media, the league, apparently, was leaving a voice mail for his brother, Steve Fehr, rejecting the players' latest offer.
November 30, 2012 |
Strong support for California's ambitious program to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming was reconfirmed in a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, showing once more the state's celebrated environmental consciousness. So perhaps it's time at least to ring a warning bell about a puzzling situation in Los Angeles' cultural environment, rather than its natural one. At area art museums, the job of chief curator appears to be edging toward the endangered species list.
November 2, 2012 |
NASA's Curiosity rover has gulped in Martian air but failed to find methane - a gas linked to living things. But it has turned up signs that Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Since landing on the Red Planet's surface Aug. 5, the Mars Science Laboratory rover has zapped rocks with its laser, dug its toes into sand dunes at its current location, Rocknest, and even scooped up Martian soil for a little taste in its laboratory belly. Now it has breathed in the Martian atmosphere, looking for clues as to the composition of Mars' atmosphere. Mars' atmosphere is very thin - a mere 100th the density of the Earth's - and too thin to easily support life.
October 18, 2012 |
In an emotional Thursday morning news conference, the mother of a missing Oregon woman spoke glowingly of Whitney Heichel, who vanished Tuesday morning on her way to work as a Starbucks barista. Heichel, 21, went about her usual routine and left for work at 6:45 a.m., authorities say, but she never arrived for her 7 a.m. shift at the nearby Starbucks. According to police in the Portland-area suburb of Gresham, Ore., her ATM card was used at a gas station about two hours after she was supposed to have been at work.