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June 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times
Marsha Collier was in the middle of an online chat a couple of weeks ago when her boyfriend, Curt Buthman, unexpectedly messaged her with a link. She clicked on it, opening an endlessly repeating six-second video plea, "Marsha, I love you so much. Will you marry me, please, please?" Collier had just been "Vined" through a new video-sharing application that's sprouted to worldwide popularity since launching nearly five months ago. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all become mediums for infusing age-old traditions, such as marriage proposals, with a modern twist.
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SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
    There has been a lot of discussion during the London Olympics about the inclusion of some, um, questionable sports in the Games. Some say they should be eliminated, some say no. Some say certain sports should be added, some say no. Some of The Times' Olympic crew took on the topic Wednesday morning during our daily live chat. What? You haven't been watching our daily live chats on Google hangout? We have them every Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. PDT. Adding and dropping sports wasn't the only topic at today's chat, but you can watch that part of it in the video above.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Mad Men" is famous for its obsessive devotion to 1960s pop culture. Which is why clicking on this "Mad Men" remix video delivers the perfect delivery of a Rickroll at a time when the meme seems to have fallen out of fashion. For those who have forgotten, Rickrolling involves posting a link to a video or story with an enticing headline only to have it play Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " British stand-up comedian Richard Sandling has gained a reputation for his "Perfect Movie" re-creations of famous film scenes using comedians, but his latest takes clips from the first four seasons of the hit AMC series and remixes them so that Don Draper and company are singing the words to the Astley hit. Rickrolling may be tired at this point (it's been around since 2007)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
If you've never worked with an artichoke before, this edible thistle might come across as more than a bit daunting. The vegetable (it's actually a flower bud) takes a little bit of work before it's ready to serve, but the results are well worth it. Click on the video link to the left of this post for a demonstration. And check here for tips on how to choose an artichoke. If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com . ALSO: Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen 134 recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest .
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The Dow got shellacked Tuesday as a number of companies reported disappointing earnings. We took a look at the market action during today's KTLA-TV Channel 5 Consumer Confidential segment. We also looked at the growing number of U.S. workers who say they expect to remain on the job into their 80s, and the eerily accurate use of Halloween masks to determine the outcome of the presidential election.  
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Muppets on Video: The new Jim Henson Video line is doing well, with the late muppeteer's feature films, "The Muppet Movie" and "The Great Muppet Caper," nabbing the two top video sales spots in their first week on the market. The videos, distributed by Buena Vista, outsold both Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and Touchstone's "Sister Act." Meanwhile, Henson's creations are branching out.
WORLD
May 22, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- A man who may be a suspect in an attack Wednesday near a military barracks in the Woolwich section of the city was shown on television holding knives in bloody hands and making statements that suggested he may have been motivated by Islamic militancy. The ITV television network said it had obtained video in which the man speaks into a camera, saying: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. " The man is suspected of being one of two involved in the midafternoon attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem couldn't have known about Superstorm Sandy when he wrote "National Anthem," the final song on this summer's "Handwritten. " Yet four months after the proudly New Jersey-based band released its major-label debut, "National Anthem" is sounding an awful lot like an elegy for the water-ravaged Garden State. "I can't stand the weather / No, I never liked the rain," Fallon sings over a plaintive guitar-and-strings arrangement full of his hero Bruce Springsteen.
WORLD
November 29, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Two members of Pussy Riot remain imprisoned for their defiant “punk prayer” at a Moscow cathedral. Now the video of their protest against Vladimir Putin could be cut off from Russia as well, after a Moscow court deemed footage of their punk performance “extremist.” The ruling handed down Thursday by a Moscow court could soon require Russian Internet providers to block access to the video, Russian news outlets reported. The ban will go into effect after a brief period if the court ruling isn't appealed.
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