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March 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Marathoner Erick Mose of Kenya spent most of the last five years living and training in Toluca, Mexico. The near 9,000-foot altitude and proximity to races in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Central and South America have made the region a popular training destination for many Kenyan runners. Last March, Mose traveled from Mexico to Los Angeles to run the ASICS LA Marathon for the first time. He won and collected $25,000 - the biggest check of his career. On Sunday, the 27-year-old Mose will try to become the third male runner to repeat as L.A. Marathon champion in consecutive years.
March 5, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Rosa Quirino liked to perform with leather huaraches on her feet and a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa. When men teased her as she sang, she would tell them: "Gentlemen, we are working. " Then, she'd pull out her gun. The year was 1903, and Doña Rosa, a mariachi from Mexico who began playing violin at age 13, was a rare sight. Her story and others are being featured in an exhibit this month at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The show covers more than a century of history surrounding female mariachis: ladies who found success - starring on television, scoring sponsors and performing internationally - at a time when the Mexican music genre was ruled entirely by men. "They were seen, they were heard, they performed in front of thousands of people," said Leonor Xochitl Perez, the exhibit's organizer.
March 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Two women were arrested near a Redlands cemetery after allegedly stealing flowers, wind chimes and other decorations from grave sites over a span of several months, police said Tuesday. Esha Sumaya Khondoker, 26, of Redlands, and Kulreet Nakai, 22, of Rancho Cucamonga, were stopped Monday night in their vehicle in the 1200 block of Olive Avenue, several blocks from the Hillside Memorial Park cemetery, Redlands police said. Lt. Travis Martinez declined to provide details about the arrest, saying only that officers had received information “minutes prior” that “some property had been stolen” from the cemetery.
March 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former UCLA water polo player has been indicted on charges of raping and sexually assaulting three women between October 2012 and last April. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, of Glendale was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Monday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. At least one of the alleged assaults occurred at a UCLA residence hall, according to officials. Kaplanyan was arrested Friday by UCLA police, who had been investigating allegations against the former Glendale Hoover High standout since first arresting him last April.
March 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former UCLA water polo player has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual assault involving three different women. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Monday by a Los Angeles County grand jury. At least one of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a UCLA residence hall, according to the indictment. Kaplanyan, of Glendale, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday morning. He is charged with sexually assaulting three victims between Oct. 1, 2012, and April 2, 2013.
March 3, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For those of us grown weary of the tortured white male detectives/criminals who occupy so much prime television real estate, "Those Who Kill," which premieres Monday on A&E, offers some small comfort. Not only is the tortured detective lead a woman, she's played by Chloë Sevigny, a performer of inevitable creativity and fearlessness. Here, she's Catherine Jensen, a new but fiercely brilliant homicide detective in the great city of Pittsburgh. Adapted by Glen Morgan ("The River," "The X-Files")
March 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security and self-reliance; Democrats were the "Mommy Party," all about health, education and nurturing. At the time, in 1991, Democrats weren't sure they considered that much of a compliment. Since then, a long line of Democratic presidential candidates - including one who is an actual mommy, Hillary Rodham Clinton - have taken pains to prove they could be as tough and decisive as any stereotypical Mad Man. But this year, facing an uphill battle to retain their majority in the Senate, the Democrats have decided to embrace the label as a badge of honor, making a strong appeal to women - especially working mothers - with whom Republicans have struggled to connect.
March 1, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Cathy Youngblood leaves home at 5 a.m., walks a mile in the dark and catches a Blue Line train at the Watts station. She transfers to the Red Line downtown, then boards a bus at Sunset and Vermont and gets to West Hollywood at 6:45, ready for her job as a hotel housekeeper. That's the daily schlep for Youngblood, 62, whose story tells you something about the local economy. She has two college degrees, one of them in anthropology. But after working her way through school as a custodian, the housekeeping job was the best she could find.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film, cohosted a salute to the 2014 female Oscar nominees, presented by WIF's board of directors and Perrier-Jouet Champagne. (Mirren won for best leading actress in “The Queen;” producer Schulman, for “Crash.”) As Sunday's nominees gathered Friday at the Fig & Olive restaurant in Los Angeles for formal congratulations from partygoers, Mirren quietly offered them tips for the big night.
February 28, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, presented by the Lincoln Motor Co. The honorees were Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o of “12 Years a Slave”; Sundance Film Festival winner Ava DuVernay for directing “Middle of Nowhere”; and Stefani Saintonge, winner of the magazine's short film competition.    Given that 2014 marks the 50 th anniversary of the landmark civil rights act of 1964, the Feb. 27 affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel also recognized prominent figures involved in the civil rights movement: actors Diahann Carroll of “Julia,” Nichelle Nichols of “Star Trek,” Clarence Williams III of “The Mod Squad,” and Denise Nicholas of “Room 222”; sports legend Jim Brown; and author/poet Maya Angelou.
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