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BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: When I moved my family into our apartment five years ago, the carpets were in very poor shape. They had obviously been installed there several years earlier. During the time we have lived there, the carpets have begun to show signs of wear in every room. In some spots, there is almost no carpet left. I have written to my property manager several times to ask that the carpets be repaired or replaced, but all I get in response are vague promises to "get to it" at some time in the future.
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SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the trade deadline that was nearly D.O.A. Besides the last-minute deal that sent Evan Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana, it was mostly a day of high-profile inactivity. There have been minute-long slug races that produced more movement. Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes all remained with their respective teams. Only two former All-Stars - Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison - changed addresses, and their heydays came last decade. Theories abounded as to what caused the inertia.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2014
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Wednesday that she will lead a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico this spring to address issues surrounding transnational gangs. Harris, appearing at a California Newspaper Publishers Assn. conference, said she and other attorneys general from border states will meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss trafficking, cybersecurity and piracy concerns. She said the trip signaled a push for "collaboration and communication and sharing of information to be more efficient with often restricted resources.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | Times staff reports
Last June, just before the start of the U.S. Open, the U.S Golf Assn., with great fanfare, announced the kickoff of a campaign to address slow play in its game. The campaign, featuring TV ads with star players and actors, was called "While We're Young. " It was a play on the Rodney Dangerfield character who had used that phrase to express his disgust at a golfing slowpoke in the movie "Caddyshack. " Apparently, the USGA did not intend its message for PGA Tour players. During this week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera, which ended Sunday with Bubba Watson winning the title, the pace of play was slow.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I've lived in my homeowner association nearly 20 years and still can't get the board to change my information for receiving notices of meetings to the proper address. They just keep ignoring me. I've called and left messages to no avail. What can I do to get them to recognize my calls? Answer: Beginning Jan. 1, titleholders were no longer able to orally request certain documents and/or other items from their association's board. The new Civil Code section 4035 details how documents must be delivered to an association for such requests to be effective.
OPINION
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In an effort to cut costs, many insurers in the new state health insurance exchanges are offering plans with "narrow networks" that include fewer doctors and hospitals - particularly the costlier ones with famous names, such as Cedars-Sinai. The trade-off has sparked complaints from some policyholders who've had trouble seeing their favorite doctor or, in some cases, any doctor in the right specialty. Although regulators have to address those issues, narrow networks can actually be a good thing for patients if done the right way. Insurers started limiting their customers' choice of providers long before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, steering patients to preferred doctors and hospitals through restrictive HMOs or more inclusive - and popular - PPOs.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it Thursday on Twitter. The bank tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate, but the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was marketing jointly with the bank. McIntire, 32, said in a phone interview that she learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, a screen grab of which she also posted on Twitter.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nearly nine years have passed since Missy Elliott released her last album, and the groundbreaking rapper-producer is opening up on why it's taken her so long to offer up new   music . In a chat   with Yahoo's   “The Yo Show,”   Elliott addressed her lengthy hiatus from the   spotlight -- and admitted that fans will probably keep waiting. “When I create something, it's gotta be special, and it can't just be to throw something out there because I feel like I'm Missy,” said told show host Michael Yo via video chat.
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