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Are e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking?

Are e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking?

September 15, 2015


Filed under Healthy Living

By Amina Khan Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Even though teenage smoking rates have plunged in recent decades, teen use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in the last few years. Now, a new study involving more than 2,500 students at 10 Los Angeles schools has found that teens who...

Is Will Smith Still The Same Megastar He Once Was? In Today’s Hollywood, Is Anyone?

Is Will Smith Still The Same Megastar He Once Was? In Today’s Hollywood, Is Anyone?

March 10, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Will Smith is clearly not someone who is accustomed to failure. He had a hit hip-hop song on the radio when he was still in high school and has been wildly successful ever since. From the outset of his career, Smith’s trademark as a star has been his ...

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

January 12, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer — Beyonce. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation o...

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

January 12, 2015


Filed under Technology, Video Games

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS _When people think of virtual reality, they think games. Put on a helmet where VR systems are being demonstrated, and chances are you'll be immersed in a video game. Here you are in a spaceship cockpit. Now you're driving a race car. Oh, look, you're dodging...

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

January 11, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) Aereo Inc., the online video streaming service backed by businessman and Television Hall of Fame member Barry Diller, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday night, five months after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. The service had allowed subscribers to wat...

John Oswald’s ‘Grayfolded’ Is The Ultimate Version Of The Grateful Dead’s Beloved ‘Dark Star’

John Oswald’s ‘Grayfolded’ Is The Ultimate Version Of The Grateful Dead’s Beloved ‘Dark Star’

September 16, 2014


Filed under Campus, Entertainment, Music

By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (MCT) Warning: The Grateful Dead is the focus of this story, so there will certainly be skeptics from the outset. After all, the San Francisco band, with its extended improvised excursions, is as polarizing a group as there ever has been. Those not already click...

University of California panel names Muslim as student regent

September 5, 2013


Filed under National

By Larry Gordon Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — On the eve of confirming Janet Napolitano as the next university president, University of California regents on Wednesday faced the type of difficult financial, ethnic and political questions that await the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security at...

Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina chosen as new pope

Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina chosen as new pope

Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

March 13, 2013


Filed under National

VATICAN CITY (MCT) -- Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named the 266th pope Wednesday, succeeding Benedict XVI as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and inheriting a global church that is growing in some parts of the world but faces serious challenges at home and abroad. Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina,...

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