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Bob Baker dies at 90; puppeteer ran beloved theater, worked with movies

latimes.com — For years, puppeteer Bob Baker's marionette theater hung on by a thread. In the end, it outlasted Baker, who died Friday at age 90 after an eight-decade career pulling the strings of his whimsical creations and delighting young and old alike.
Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

Bob Baker dies at 90; puppeteer ran beloved theater, worked with movies lat.ms/1xSWfKq

Nov 28, 2014

Bob Baker's Marionette Theater is the oldest puppet theater in the U.S. He died today at 90: latimes.com/local/obituari… pic.twitter.com/xn3tccGsxi

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Two people shot at Nordstrom store in Chicago

latimes.com — Two people were shot in a Nordstrom store in Chicago on Friday night, police confirmed to The Times. The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. local time at the store at 55 E. Grand, police said. No other information was available. Police said the situation was still unfolding.
Nov 29, 2014

RT @latimes: One dead, another critical after shooting in Chicago Nordstrom department store: lat.ms/1FE9Eud

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: One dead, another critical after shooting in Chicago Nordstrom department store: lat.ms/1FE9Eud

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Two people shot at Nordstrom store in Chicago; conditions unknown: lat.ms/1FE9Eud

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Two people shot at Nordstrom store in Chicago; conditions unknown: lat.ms/1FE9Eud

Roberto Gomez Bolanos dies at 85; Mexican comedian known as Chespirito

latimes.com — Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character el Chavo del Ocho that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday, the Televisa television network said. He was 85.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @cmonstah: "El Chavo, lacking almost everything, was an optimist." Roberto Gomez Bolaños #Chespirito on his most noted character latimes.com/local/obituari…

Nov 28, 2014

"El Chavo, lacking almost everything, was an optimist." Roberto Gomez Bolaños #Chespirito on his most noted character latimes.com/local/obituari…

Nov 28, 2014

#RIP Roberto Gomez Bolanos dies at 85, memories of watching Chespirito as a kid latimes.com/local/obituari…

Burger King staff finds backpack with $100,000 in it

latimes.com — The owner of a Burger King in San Jose made a whopper of a discovery Wednesday when he found a backpack stuffed with $100,000 inside his restaurant. A restaurant employee first spotted the backpack while cleaning a booth inside the restaurant in the 1300 block of North Bascom Avenue, owner Altaf Chaus said.
Nov 28, 2014

IRS RT @kenbensinger Who will claim 1st? Burger King staff finds backpack with $100,000 in it lat.ms/1xTcYNT

Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

Burger King staff finds backpack with $100,000 in it lat.ms/1xTcYNT

Standoff in Westlake as LAPD tells protesters to leave or be arrested

latimes.com — Demonstrators marching Friday evening in the Westlake section of Los Angeles in protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager were once again facing arrest after some started running in the streets.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Standoff in Westlake as LAPD tells protesters to leave or be arrested: lat.ms/1rFvK9e

Janay Rice "thankful" Ray allowed to return to the NFL, she says

latimes.com — Ray Rice is no longer suspended from playing in the NFL and can join any team that would have him, and the woman who found herself at the center of the massive domestic abuse scandal -- his wife, Janay -- says she is grateful. Janay Rice gave an exclusive interview to ESPN on Nov.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Janay Rice says she's 'thankful' husband Ray can return to NFL and that the couple is "stronger than ever" lat.ms/1v2pBsY

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Janay Rice says she's 'thankful' husband Ray can return to NFL and that the couple is "stronger than ever" lat.ms/1v2pBsY

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer shows X-wings, Falcon, more

herocomplex.latimes.com — The debut trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is out, offering fans a glimpse of the first new live-action footage of the "Star Wars" universe in nearly a decade.
Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimes: The debut trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out. Watch it here: lat.ms/1pvWwFi

Black Friday showdowns: Fight over Barbie; brawl inside Kohl's

latimes.com — Apparently Ken isn't the only person who loves Barbie. In just one holiday shopping scrum, shoppers apparently fought Thursday night over a Barbie doll at a Wal-Mart in Norwalk, CBS Los Angeles reported. A witness said one of the shoppers even threw a punch to get her hands on Barbie.
Nov 28, 2014

No holiday season is complete without a Black Friday brawl. This time, it was a WalMart fight over a Barbie. lat.ms/1w1ARY0

Nov 28, 2014

Black Friday showdowns: Apparently Ken isn’t the only person who loves Barbie. @veronicarochala lat.ms/1toNJBe

Nov 28, 2014

RT @LANow: Black Friday showdowns: Fight over Barbie; brawl inside Kohl's lat.ms/1CpeFKN

A Janis Joplin film finally shakes the kozmic blues

latimes.com — Hollywood has been trying, fruitlessly, to make a movie about Janis Joplin almost since she let loose that rendition of “Ball and Chain” at Monterey nearly a half-century ago. But Ron Terry, a music-producer-turned-screenwriter who knew and worked with the renegade musician, may have finally cracked the code.

Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight

latimes.com — Laura Mayan attached a crinkle hose to a nearby faucet and dragged it over to the dirt-covered plot at Evergreen Cemetery where her grandmother was buried three years ago. As her mother watched and her daughter frolicked the grounds in a pink Sunday dress, Mayan sprayed water on the sparse weeds sprouting around her grandmother's grave and another beside it.
Nov 29, 2014

RT @latimes: The few bits of green at historic Evergreen Cemetery are where families of the dead coax grass from dry earth lat.ms/1yqyZqR

Nov 28, 2014

Owner blames cemetery's decline on watering restrictions. State officials blame him. @LATDoug & @ryanvmenezes dig in: latimes.com/local/californ…

Nov 28, 2014

One of LA's most historic cemeteries is also most decrepit -- making mourner become gardeners @ryanvmenezes @LATDoug latimes.com/local/californ…

Man shot and killed after shooting at multiple Austin, Texas buildings

latimes.com — A male shooter targeting several buildings in downtown Austin, Texas, on Friday morning was shot and killed by police outside the department's headquarters, and authorities said they are concerned he may have had an explosive device. Police reported they began getting reports of shots fired at buildings in downtown Austin around 2:30 a.m.
Nov 28, 2014

Larry McQuilliams named suspect in Austin government buildings attack lat.ms/1HKX2W4

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimesnational: Austin gunman dies after shooting at least 100 rounds at buildings lat.ms/1CpsEQV

Nov 28, 2014

Police aren't sure if they killed the Austin gunman suspected of shooting up buildings downtown, or he killed himself latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Nov 28, 2014

Mexican consulate in Austin may hv been target of shooter; no injuries, Mex asst. sect of state Sergio Alcocer says. lat.ms/1pvDm2o

Clippers FYI: Spencer Hawes deals with foot issues

latimes.com — The pain comes and goes in Spencer Hawes' foot, but the Clippers' reserve center hasn't missed any games because of it. Hawes has played in all 15 games, all the while knowing that his play hasn't been up to his past standards because he has to deal with a strained left foot.

Some Bay Area train service restored after Ferguson protest shuts station

latimes.com — Protesters angry over the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision have forced the closure of a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in West Oakland, triggering massive delays across the region's busy rail system, officials said Friday.
Nov 28, 2014

BART service restored after protesters shut down West Oakland station. lat.ms/1xSySkm Appear to be part of #BlackLivesMatter #blm

Nov 28, 2014

Uh-oh. Oh wait, wrong Bay Area. We don't have trains @DRUDGE_REPORT: Trains shut down in Bay Area; massive delays...drudge.tw/1FCwZMV

Actor Shia LaBeouf says woman raped him during L.A. art performance

latimes.com — Actor Shia LaBeouf's bizarre stunts and behavior have gained him publicity and landed him in jail in the past year. Now the "Transformers" star is making news again, alleging a woman raped him in February during an #IAMSORRY performance art show in downtown Los Angeles.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimesent: Actor Shia LaBeouf says woman raped him during L.A. art performance lat.ms/1xSGUd4

Nov 28, 2014

Actor Shia LaBeouf says woman raped him during L.A. art performance lat.ms/1FCNJU8 @veronicarochala

Bruins say goodbye to seniors on a low note after loss to Stanford

latimes.com — It was a painful way to say goodbye, on a couple levels. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley spent the final minutes of a 31-10 loss to Stanford on the sideline with his throwing hand in ice. He was injured when his finger hit a helmet late in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Hogan has dominated UCLA in his career at Stanford

latimes.com — UCLA played Stanford at the Rose Bowl on Friday and one of the quarterbacks played like Peyton Manning. Not the one you expected, Bruins fans. UCLA football now has a Bruins Killer. Remember the days when that sort of thing against the Yankees made players famous?

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UCLA hopes are flattened by Stanford, 31-10

latimes.com — UCLA players had to stick around until the final curtain, but the Rose Bowl started to bleed Bruins fans late in the third quarter. They fled the scene of this accident and will now never know the answer the question they had asked for two weeks: Could two more victories get UCLA a spot in the four-team college football playoff?

Ferguson protesters march, chant at St. Louis mall on Black Friday

latimes.com — After several days of calm in this region, a crowd of at least 100 demonstrators gathered at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis on Friday, restarting protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown .
Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimesnational: At least 100 demonstrators interrupted Black Friday shopping at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis. lat.ms/1px9Vgi

Nov 28, 2014

RT @latimesnational: At least 100 demonstrators interrupted Black Friday shopping at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis. lat.ms/1px9Vgi