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April 26, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers' locker room was an inexplicably steamy 77 degrees an hour before their playoff game. Yeah, they felt the heat. They got pushed off the court by the San Antonio Spurs and almost surely will be ejected soon from the Western Conference playoffs after an 120-89 loss Friday at Staples Center. Fans booed in the second quarter, somehow sensing this could be the Lakers' worst home playoff loss ever. It was. No longer holding that title was a 106-77 loss to Portland in the 2000 Western Conference finals.
April 26, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The Lakers guard stepped to the foul line and the familiar chant rose from the Staples Center crowd. “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” Three wondrous letters symbolized the sorry end of a season. The Lakers fans were chanting for their only MVP still on his feet - Development League MVP Andrew Goudelock. He was purchased from basketball's minor leagues less than two weeks ago to replace injured Kobe Bryant. He had been placed in the starting lineup two hours earlier to replace injured Steve Nash.
April 26, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Back in 2012, before director Peter Jackson's “Hobbit” made its widely panned 48-frame-per-second debut, arguably the most talked-about gadget at that year's National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas was the prototype for RED's laser cinema projector. Capable of displaying 4K resolution - the virtual equivalent of film - up to 120 frames per second in both 2-D and 3-D capabilities with a price point under $10,000, the prototype appeared to signal the company's first foray into the home consumer market - another sign of its impending technological dominance.
April 23, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Tuesday to begin moving away from coal-fired energy, despite warnings from a Department of Water and Power watchdog that the shift could cost more than $650 million. Like many utilities, the city-owned DWP gets more of its power from coal than from any other source. But last month, after a lengthy campaign by environmentalists, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and utility officials announced a plan to end the city's reliance on coal two years ahead of a state-mandated deadline.
April 4, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
While breaking away from his family's business dynasty, Robert Zildjian took a closely guarded secret with him - a cymbal-making process with roots in the 17th century - and founded his own noisy empire in 1981. A legal settlement prevented him from trading on the Zildjian name long synonymous with cymbals, so he called his Canadian-based company Sabian, an acronym based on the names of his children, Sally, Bill and Andy. As Sabian evolved into a premier cymbal manufacturer, it cut into the market once dominated by Zildjian, the Boston-based company he left behind in a bitter feud with his brother.
March 28, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - The NBA doesn't retroactively change calls on a daily basis. It just seems like it to the Lakers. The latest day-after fix involving them was announced by the league Thursday. Turns out a foul should have been called on Kobe Bryant during Ricky Rubio's last-second, desperate, 28-foot three-point attempt in the Lakers' 120-117 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The NBA office reviewed the play and said Rubio was fouled "in his shooting motion" and should have received three free throws.
March 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 120, Timberwolves 117 (final) The Lakers escaped Minneapolis with a 117-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday  night. Minnesota shaved a double-digit Lakers lead by intentionally fouling Dwight Howard, who struggled from the line.  Ricky Rubio's three-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Kobe Bryant, finally ending the Wolves' comeback. Bryant led all scorers with 31 points, scoring 16 in the third quarter. Dwight Howard had 25 points, 16 rebounds, five blocked shots and five steals, despite playing through foul trouble.
March 12, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Carpenter Community Charter is among the best elementary schools in Los Angeles. Its students surpass standardized testing goals, its art and music programs are thriving and it enjoys robust support from parents and the community. The campus also, officials say, is harboring scores of cheaters: families who have provided false addresses so their children can attend the esteemed Studio City school south of Ventura Boulevard. Faced with the possibility of over-enrollment this fall - and armed with new verification powers - Carpenter is taking action.
March 5, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
In a novel twist on rewards programs, Bank of America Corp. is introducing a credit card that pays cash to borrowers who pay more than the minimum due each month. Card users would earn $25 a quarter and an additional $5 if they have a BofA bank account, meaning the bank would pay as much as $120 a year. Industry observers and consumer advocates said the product targets a very different customer than the usual candidates for rewards cards, who are higher-income borrowers with excellent credit who often pay their cards off in full every month.
March 5, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
In the days before Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed his $120-million six-year NFL contract , speculation mounted about how he might celebrate (go back to Vegas? Disneyland? family pizza party?). And the first thing he does after filing the biggest contract in NFL history? He headed to McDonald's in Aberdeen, Md., on the way to his house in New Jersey and ordered a 10-piece Chicken McNugget meal with fries and unsweetened tea for $6.99, according to the McDonald's employee at the drive-through window who snapped his picture.
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