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Live chat: Lisa Dillman on Blake Griffin, Clippers

Lisa-dTimes sportswriter Lisa Dillman, who has been covering the most talked-about basketball player in Los Angeles this season, will be chatting with readers at 1 p.m. Friday.

Dillman, the Clippers beat writer, will answer questions about Blake Griffin, the latest trade rumors (Carmelo Anthony?) and the team's prospects.

The chat will take place in the box below...




Lakers chat: Mike Bresnahan on team's troubles

Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan, who called Wednesday's loss at Dallas an "awful, awful game for the Lakers," will be chatting with readers at 11 a.m. Friday.

What was the problem in the Mavericks game? According to Bresnahan, "Bad defense by the Lakers. Make that atrocious defense." And in Bresnahan's story Thursday, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant agreed.

Stop by to share your theories and to get Bresnahan's predictions for Friday night's game at Denver.

Live chat: Jimmy Orr, Tony Pierce on losing weight

Tony-salad Times editors Jimmy Orr and Tony Pierce are losing weight (or at least, trying to), and are writing about it daily on Booster Shots. As Jimmy pointed out on Tuesday, they've had a lot of support so far:

   LisaFlorida writes to Tony:  "Your diet is crap.  You should see a dietician."
    "Oatmeal is not a diet food," AmyAlkon writes me.  (By the way I was reading this while eating my morning oatmeal.)
    Tony and I appreciate the comments.

On Thursday, they'll be chatting with readers at 1 p.m. Stop by and share your own diet and fitness tips.

Photo: Tony Pierce makes a salad in the Times' cafeteria at lunchtime Wednesday. He was torn about what beverage to choose, after being criticized for drinking diet soda. But after being told that Weight Watchers allows diet drinks, he grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper. Credit: Los Angeles Times


Live chat: Bill Plaschke on Auburn, Blake Griffin, more

Sports columnist Bill Plaschke will be chatting with readers at 11 a.m. Friday. He'll sound off on the Lakers, the Clippers' big win over the Heat, the Dodgers/McCourts saga, and he might even mention Waffle House.

The chat will take place in the box below. Check back to ask him your questions...

Lakers chat: Bresnahan on Bynum, Odom, reality TV

Times Lakers writer Mike Brensahan tweeted during the Lakers-Suns game Wednesday night that "Bynum is the key to the Lakers' season." Agree? Disagree? And what does he think about Lamar Odom's new reality TV show with wife Khloe Kardashian?

Check in with Brez at 1 p.m. Friday, when he'll be chatting with readers in the box below. 

And coming up Friday, Jan. 14: Bill Plaschke chats at 11 a.m.


Live chat: Paul West in DC on the year in politics

Paul-west Washington political reporter Paul West, who wrote Monday about the finish to the first half of President Obama's term, will be chatting with readers Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST.

In the news analysis West wrote with Washington bureau colleagues Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro, the reporters cited a flurry of accomplishments by a president who "seemed isolated and out of touch only a month ago."

West also has been keeping tabs on the possible contenders in the 2012 presidential race, including Newt Gingrich.

And he's been covering the fight by Michael Steele to retain his job as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Share your questions and comments in the box below...

Photo: Paul West. Credit: Los Angeles Times


Live chat: Blankstein, Rubin on 'Grim Sleeper' case


Times reporters Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin, who have been covering the release of photos in the "Grim Sleeper" case and the outpouring of response, will be chatting with readers at 1 p.m. Monday.

Submit your questions and comments in the box below...

Photo: The LAPD releases 180 photos of 160 different women as part of the "Grim Sleeper" investigation. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times


Lakers chat: Mike Bresnahan on Sasha, Bynum

Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan will be chatting Friday at 11:30 a.m. PST about the Sasha Vujacic trade, Andrew Bynum's return, the road trip and more.

Join in below...

Live chat: Mike Bresnahan on the Lakers


Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan will be chatting with readers about what's going on with the team. The defending NBA champions have lost four in a row, and Bresnahan reported Wednesday on questions about center Pau Gasol and Thursday about how much the team is missing injured center Andrew Bynum.

Bresnahan will be chatting at 1 p.m. Friday, before the Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings at home that night. The chat will take place in the box below.


Photo: Mike Bresnahan. Credit: Los Angeles Times


Online chat: Thanksgiving SOS with Noelle Carter


The big day is almost here: Your turkey is brining, your bread crumbs are drying, your green beans ... wait, you forgot the green beans. And the bread crumbs look more like blobs than crumbs. Help!

Times Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter will answer your last-minute Thanksgiving questions on Wednesday at 2 p.m. She'll also have ideas for leftovers. And chances are good that she'll have suggestions on working bacon into a dish.

The chat will take place in the box below.


Photo: Noelle Carter at the L.A. Times Celebration of Food & Wine in September. Credit: Getty Images


Online chat: Russ Parsons talks turkey (and other dishes)


Do you know how to cook a turkey? How about how to carve it? And what's the secret to moist stuffing?

Times Food Editor Russ Parsons will answer these questions and more in a pre-Thanksgiving chat on Monday at 1 p.m. Chat with him and ask him your questions in the box below.

Photo: Russ Parsons clowns in the Times Test Kitchen, but he's serious about food. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Chat with David Ulin on Mark Twain

Davidulin Times Book Critic David L. Ulin assesses Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" 125 years after its publication as part of a Sunday package celebrating the author. Ulin notes that 2010 also marks the 175th anniversary of Twain's birth, and the 100th of his death. "It's a perfect time to reconsider his importance," Ulin wrote.

Ulin will be chatting with readers at 11 a.m. Monday about Mark Twain and his work -- including the Twain books that Ulin considers essential, overrated and overlooked.

Do you agree? Disagree? Join the conversation on Monday.


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