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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
SPORTS
December 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Zach Johnson defeated Tiger Woods on the first hole of a playoff to win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and cap a wild finish to Woods' charity golf tournament Sunday. After Johnson made a par four on the playoff hole -- the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks -- Woods' putt for par to extend the playoff curled out of the cup and left him with a bogey. The two players, who were paired together, came to the last hole of regulation play tied at 13 under par. Woods hit his approach shot into a bunker in front of the green at the par-four 18th hole, seemingly giving the advantage to Johnson.
SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 Saturday to maintain a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson after three rounds of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Dealing with rain and wet grounds in the morning, then gusty winds in the afternoon, Woods' score was 10 strokes higher than a day earlier, when he tied the tournament record with a 62 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Johnson also shot 72 as both he and Woods dropped birdie puts on the 18th hole. Bubba Watson fired a three-under 69 to move into third place at seven-under 209 overall, while Matt Kuchar was fourth after a four-over 76 that dropped him to four-under for the event.
SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
There would be no tournament records for Tiger Woods on Saturday. One day after his scorching 10-under-par 62, Woods had to settle for par 72 in the face of gusty winds at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. But that still was good enough for the third-round lead of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, which benefits Woods' charities. Woods, who already has won the event a record five times, was 11 under par (205) and held a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who also shot 72. Bubba Watson shot a three-under 69 to climb into contention at seven under, while Matt Kuchar struggled to a four-over 76 and was fourth at four under.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Irregularly shaped windows and openings add an unexpected bit of playfulness to this wooded retreat in Pacific Palisades. Built in the 1950s, the home was redesigned by local architect Josh Schweitzer, who is known for his imaginative work on restaurants and houses. Location: 16130 W. Northfield St., Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $3.325 million Year built: 1951 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,494 square feet Lot size: 18,044 square feet Features: Open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, den/office, three fireplaces, walled courtyard with swimming pool, outdoor dining area, mature trees, stream About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Tiger Woods birdied three of the first four holes Friday in the chilly second round of his charity tournament in Thousand Oaks. But despite reaching four-under par for the event, Woods remained three shots behind first-round leader Zach Johnson, who stood at seven under after birdies on the first two holes at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club. Matt Kuchar also birdied the first two holes to reach six under par and trail Johnson by one stroke in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Tiger Woods and the other 17 players in Woods' charity tournament had to wait an extra hour to tee off Friday because of morning frost at Sherwood Country Club. Woods said he also "didn't warm up well" when he was practicing on the driving range. "I was not hitting it very good. " But that all changed on the course, where Woods got hot in a hurry and showed why he's the world's top-ranked player and a five-time winner of his event. Woods fired a 10-under-par 62, tying his tournament record, to surge into the second-round lead of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Air quality officials on Friday approved $600,000 for contractors to design and install gas fire rings on public beaches, taking a new step in the fight over hundreds of wood-burning fire pits on Los Angeles and Orange County coast. The South Coast Air Quality Management District will pay two companies about $24,000 per unit to build more than two dozen gas or propane-burning fire pits. The vote came after Newport Beach officials agreed last week to eliminate more than half of the city's fire pits and replace some with cleaner, gas-fueled rings to reduce smoke drifting into shorefront homes.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In thirty years, when Tiger Woods is no longer able to hit it 320 and no longer has to answer questions about winning or not winning majors, he might have a moment of clarity on what golf has given him. The money will rate high, of course. The fame - sometimes disintegrating into notoriety - not so high. But not lost on him will be the doors the game opened. Especially the one that led into Nelson Mandela's home 15 years ago. Woods has been asked over the years about that meeting, whenever there was a thread of a connection.
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