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August 16, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
vs. New Orleans Storm * 5 p.m. Site--Mission Viejo High Records--Zodiac, 14-9, Storm 12-10 Record vs. Storm--0-0 Update--The Zodiac clinched a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory Friday night over San Francisco Bay. Steve Patterson (24 points) passed Eddie Soto as the Zodiac's scoring leader with his ninth goal of the season. He has a four-game scoring streak.
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February 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Philip Schultz's "The Wherewithal" is a book in which time has come undone. Taking place in San Francisco in 1968, it also reaches back to the Holocaust - specifically, the Jedwabne pogrom of July 1941, when Polish civilians killed more than 300 Jews. The link is 25-year-old Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzkowski, whose mother sheltered seven Jews in a hole she dug in the floor of her Jedwabne barn. Now, Henryk has retreated to his own subterranean hiding place, trying to dodge the Vietnam draft by working as a clerk in a basement office, filing public assistance claims.
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SPORTS
December 15, 1998
Former UC Irvine soccer standout Erik Kirsch was named co-coach of the Zodiac, the team announced Monday. Kirsch, who also will remain a player, will share coaching responsibilities with Ricardo Minaya, who is the organization's director of soccer operations. Kirsch played four years (1993-1997) in the German League and was the Zodiac's top assistant coach last season.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | Scott Sandell
Jackie Chan is not dead. And he's not retiring. "There are so many different rumors, I am getting used to it," the 59-year-old actor-director says of online reports of his demise. "Don't worry, before I die, I let you know. " Chan may be looking to slow down on the action, but after more than 50 years and 100-plus movies, he seems unstoppable. His latest film, "Chinese Zodiac," which opened Friday in the U.S., still features him leaping from buildings, fighting in the air and rolling down a mountain in a full-body rollerskate suit.
NEWS
January 10, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Galapagos Islands never go out of season. That's the pitch from Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, which has created "prime-season" rates available now through March on selected 10-day tours of Ecuador's famed islands, which are temperate year-round. The drawing card here is the unparalleled opportunity to see wildlife up close. You can snorkel with sea turtles, photograph blue-footed boobies on the beach and hike to highland forest trails during this tour of the islands made famous by Darwin's voyage on the Beagle.
SPORTS
August 23, 1997
Two players scored three goals each as the California Jaguars defeated the Zodiac, 6-1, in an A-League soccer game Saturday at Salinas Municipal Stadium. Adriano Gonzalez had three goals and two assists and Mark Baena had three goals to increase his team-leading total to 17 for the Jaguars (15-10). The Zodiac had held California to one goal in each of their previous three meetings.
SPORTS
May 25, 1998
Vancouver rookie Alfredo Valenti scored the deciding goal in a sudden-death shootout to lead the 86ers to a 2-1 victory over the Zodiac in an A-League soccer game Sunday at UC Irvine. Valenti scored in the first round of the sudden-death shootout. Each team had scored only one goal in the first five rounds of the shootout. The Zodiac, which lost at home for the second time this season, remains atop the Pacific Division standings.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1986 | JOHN HENKEN
A fascination with astrology is common to a number of contemporary composers. The latest Monday Evening Concert in Bing Theater at the County Museum of Art displayed some of the musical results for Karlheinz Stockhausen and Roberto Gerhard in a program called "Music for the Zodiac." Gerhard seems to have taken it fairly seriously. In the years before his death in 1970, the expatriate Catalan composed a number of works bearing the names of zodiacal signs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | Scott Sandell
Jackie Chan is not dead. And he's not retiring. "There are so many different rumors, I am getting used to it," the 59-year-old actor-director says of online reports of his demise. "Don't worry, before I die, I let you know. " Chan may be looking to slow down on the action, but after more than 50 years and 100-plus movies, he seems unstoppable. His latest film, "Chinese Zodiac," which opened Friday in the U.S., still features him leaping from buildings, fighting in the air and rolling down a mountain in a full-body rollerskate suit.
NEWS
January 14, 2011 | From Times wire reports
The astrological calendar is all wrong. That public comment from a Minnesota astronomy professor set the Internet aflame this week. People might think they're a Pisces (compassionate, imaginative), but often they're really an Aquarius (witty, clever) -- at least based on an exact reading of the Earth's orbit. Or maybe, if you were born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, you're actually a strange new zodiac sign: Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. But who wants to admit to being that snake-guy sign on a first date?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The frantic action-comedy "Chinese Zodiac" may please non-discriminating fans of its co-writer/director/star (and more) Jackie Chan, but will likely leave most other viewers dazed, confused and eagerly watching the clock. The fact that this awkwardly dubbed, stateside version reportedly runs about 15 minutes shorter than the cut released in China may in part account for the movie's convoluted plotting. On the upside, there's now less of this cartoonish mishmash to wade through. Blasting, brawling and close-calling his way through the mayhem is Chan, cheesing it up as a bounty hunter known only as J.C. (which one, er, prays stands for "Jackie Chan")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Scott Sandell
Don't believe some of the reports you see online: Jackie Chan is not dead and he's not retiring. Chan will be talking about his latest action film, "Chinese Zodiac," in a live chat at 5 p.m. Pacific time today with Times staff writer Scott Sandell. The action star will field your questions too; just send them via social media using the hashtag #AskLATimes. Opening Friday in North America, "Chinese Zodiac" stars Chan as the leader of a group of treasure hunters who are on a quest to find several bronze statues representing the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
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October 12, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed the New York-based cinematographer's death but released no other details. "If you were looking for a cinematographer with both sizzle and substance, you couldn't find a more adept visual stylist than Harris Savides," Patrick Goldstein wrote in The Times in 2007.
NEWS
January 10, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Galapagos Islands never go out of season. That's the pitch from Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, which has created "prime-season" rates available now through March on selected 10-day tours of Ecuador's famed islands, which are temperate year-round. The drawing card here is the unparalleled opportunity to see wildlife up close. You can snorkel with sea turtles, photograph blue-footed boobies on the beach and hike to highland forest trails during this tour of the islands made famous by Darwin's voyage on the Beagle.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2011
'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' Where: Outdoors in the main courtyard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: Through February Admission: Free Information: lacma.org or (323) 857-6000
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
There are artists who prefer to stay out of the public spotlight and devote themselves solely to their work. And then there is Ai Weiwei. An Internet activist with a history of getting into trouble with Chinese authorities, Ai has been outspoken in support of free speech and human rights. He spent 81 days in jail this spring before being released on bail but still faces charges related to tax evasion - charges supporters regard as an attempt by the government to silence him. The terms of Ai's release forbid him from discussing his legal case.
SPORTS
March 9, 2002
Astrology in the sports pages? UCLA and USC's basketball season explained in terms of zodiac signs? What's next? How tarot cards can predict the point spread? Are you going to start printing biorhythm charts alongside the box scores? If I want to read how the Pac-10 tournament will be decided by Elvis' space alien love child, I'll pick up a supermarket tabloid. If I want news and actual sports analysis, I thought I was supposed to be able to pick up the L.A. Times. Mark F. Karmelich Rancho Palos Verdes
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Director David Fincher would do well to bring crime writer James Ellroy along to all of his interviews, as he did just days before the opening of his film "Zodiac." Tall, beanpole thin, the 58-year-old author riffs like a jazz musician on violence, masculinity, the toll of obsession. Ellroy is a charter member of the high-functioning, trying-to-be-happy walking wounded.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2011 | Dustin Roasa
As the head of Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission, Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala is one of the country's most powerful policy makers. But his true passion isn't GDP growth or inflation rates. He's co-author of an English-language book of prophecies called "Know Your Future," which uses the Thai zodiac to predict, among other things, an al Qaeda terrorist attack in 2014 and an Obama reelection victory in 2012. A major government figure dabbling in astrology would raise eyebrows in many countries (think former First Lady Nancy Reagan )
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