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March 26, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to implement a new tracking system for Sheriff's Department patrols in unincorporated areas and also gave $22 million to the department in hopes of improving service in those communities. Under the new system, money spent on patrols in unincorporated areas will be tracked separately from that spent on patrols in the 42 cities that contract for Sheriff's Department services. Earlier this year, Supervisor Gloria Molina accused Sheriff Lee Baca of "stealing" police resources from residents in unincorporated neighborhoods.
March 26, 2013 |
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Manager Don Mattingly has dropped hints in recent days that spring-training sensation Yasiel Puig could make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reserve outfielder. But if Puig is with the Dodgers on April 1, he will probably be sent to the minor leagues soon after. Puig is 22 and the Dodgers want him to play regularly to round out his rough edges, which won't happen in the major leagues with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in their outfield. There's something else the Dodgers have to consider when deciding what to do this season with the Cuban defector: his eventual free agency.
March 25, 2013 |
The Lakers (36-34) went winless in Week 21 against two sub-.500 teams. A short-handed loss to the Suns in Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back might have made some sense -- but losing an 18-point lead to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center was a debacle. Now the Lakers have 12 games left to climb to the sixth or seventh seeding in the Western Conference -- or at the very least protect their hold on eighth place. That battle takes shape on Monday with a visit to the Golden State Warriors.
March 20, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. An ancient Chinese bowl that dates from the Northern Song dynasty sold for $2.2 million on Tuesday at a Sotheby's auction in New York. What makes the sale particularly noteworthy is that the sellers had reportedly purchased the bowl for just $3. The bowl was part of a Sotheby's auction of Chinese ceramics and other works of art. The sellers were a New York family who had purchased the bowl in 2007 at a garage sale for a mere $3, according to reports.
March 19, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Yasiel Puig is ready to play in the major leagues. That was the opinion offered Tuesday by fellow Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who finished second in American League rookie-of-the-year balloting last season while leading the Oakland Athletics to a division title. "To me and to anyone who's seen what he's done, he's ready," Cespedes said. Puig is batting .500 for the Dodgers in the Cactus League. The 22-year-old outfielder was four for four in the Dodgers' 7-1 victory over the A's, including a two-run home run in the first inning that cleared Cespedes' head in left field.
March 18, 2013 |
Google is continuing to push the limits of its Street View technology, this time by adding images in some of the highest points on the planet. In a series of expeditions by Google employees throughout 2011 and 2012, the company was able to add Street View images for four of the Seven Summits -- the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google ? Google captured the parts of Mount Everest in Asia and the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe and Aconcagua , the highest mountain in South America. The Street View panorama for Aconcagua summit, which is now the highest point viewable on Street View at more than 22,800 feet in elevation, can be seen below.
March 15, 2013 |
“American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, Nickelodeon stars Leon Thomas III and Cody Longo are among the acts that will headline Universal CityWalk's concert series, the entertainment complex announced earlier this week. CityWalk's “Music Spotlight Series” features a mix of street performers and emerging artists. The series happens every Friday and Saturday night from March 22 to April 20 at CityWalk's free outdoor venue, 5 Towers. PHOTOS: 'American Idol': Where are they now?
March 14, 2013 |
John G. Stumpf, chief executive of Wells Fargo & Co., made more than any banker in America last year - $22.87 million. Stumpf's pay package, disclosed Thursday, was up 15% from 2011, an increase Wells said reflected the San Francisco-based bank's strong performance. Wells earned $18.9 billion, up 19% from 2011, during a year in which big banks collectively turned in near-record profits. The runner-up at $21 million - a 75% increase - was Lloyd C. Blankfein, CEO of New York's Goldman Sachs Group, whose pay has been notably lofty over the years.
March 14, 2013 |
PHOENIX — If Carl Crawford isn't ready to play in left field when the Dodgers start their season, top prospect Yasiel Puig won't be taking his place. Asked whether Puig was under consideration for the Dodgers' opening-day roster, Manager Don Mattingly replied, "Not really, in my mind. If we're going to be realistic about it, it's probably not best for him. " Even though the 22-year-old Cuban defector is batting .412 this spring, Mattingly thinks he would benefit from playing in the minor leagues.
March 14, 2013 |
And the winner of this year's banker bonanza award is ... John G. Stumpf, chief executive of San Francisco's Wells Fargo & Co., with a 2012 compensation package totaling $22.87 million. Stumpf's pay package, disclosed Thursday afternoon, was 15% higher than in 2011. Wells said the increase was merited because of the bank's strong showing in 2012. It earned $18.9 billion, up 19% from 2011, during a year in which big banks collectively turned in near-record profits. The runner-up was $21 million, a 75% increase, for Lloyd C. Blankfein, CEO of New York's Goldman Sachs Group, whose pay has been notably lofty over the years.