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Appreciation: Jazz musician Charlie Haden spoke for beauty

I'd probably only been covering jazz for the Los Angeles Times for a year or so when the phone rang at my desk and on the other end was Charlie Haden.<p>For a half-second, I was terrified. Was this how I was going to find out that the tiny voice in my head, the one that plagues so many writers, was …

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Hulu becomes exclusive streaming home to all seasons of 'South Park'

"South Park" and its raunchy cartoon characters -- Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, et al -- are heading to Hulu.<p>The streaming site announced it will be the exclusive streaming home for all seasons of "South Park."<p>The multi-year licensing agreement between Hulu and South Park Digital Studios was …

How Britney Spears became a feminist role model

At the top of the steps of Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, an elderly woman dressed in a tiara and fur coat over an evening gown lodged a complaint with a woman holding a clipboard.<p>“She’s fucking up my day,” said the woman. “This is where I work.” This was her turf, where tourists take …

Expected World Cup protests fizzled out, but anger remains over Brazil's economic woes

The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations.<p>Brazil …

Melo opens door for Lin again

It was an injury to Carmelo Anthony that led to Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise to basketball relevance in New York more than two years ago. Now it …