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July 24, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- After weeks of nasty campaigning and spending that topped $5 million, Republican farmer Andy Vidak holds a lead of nearly 6,000 votes over Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez as voters went to the polls Tuesday in a Central Valley state Senate race that could still be days away from being settled. The California secretary of State's office said Wednesday morning that Vidak has just over 39,000 votes, or 54%, and Perez has 33,252 votes, or 46%. But an unknown number of provisional and absentee ballots have yet to be tallied and could take days to count.
July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
New USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield participated in an online chat session, or Spreecast ,  Tuesday. Among his comments, Enfield said he was disappointed that Dewayne Dedmon, who would have been a redshirt senior, chose to leave for the NBA, and that his most pleasant surprise so far has been the play of  7-foot-2 senior Omar Oraby.  "With Omar, we've seen dramatic improvement even over his production from last year," Enfield said. "He's going to play a lot more minutes.
July 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
July 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former USC and NCAA champion tennis star Steve Johnson and CoCo Vandeweghe will lead the Orange County Breakers on Saturday night at the Bren Center at UC Irvine in a Mylan World Team Tennis match against the Springfield Lasers. Former U.S. Open champion and perennial top 10 player Andy Roddick, who is in his first year of retirement from the ATP Tour, will lead the Lasers. Also on hand will be World Team Tennis Founder Billie Jean King. The match begins at 7 p.m. Tickets run from $27.50 to $55. ALSO: Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard arrested again Female cyclists start a petition to be included in Tour de France Q&A: Kobe Bryant on rehab, Dwight Howard and the Lakers' future    
July 12, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
New York-based author Lauren Weisberger recently followed up her big 2003 bestseller, "The Devil Wears Prada," with a sequel set a decade later, "Revenge Wears Prada" - her fifth novel about the young and chic. Weisberger's protagonist, Andy, has graduated from assisting the editor of a major fashion magazine to editing her own glossy that covers weddings. Did you feel any pressure from your publisher or fans to write a sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada"? I wouldn't say that I felt any pressure.
July 10, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
New USC basketball coach  Andy Enfield announced some staff changes Wednesday. Chris Capko, who had spent the last two seasons as a men's assistant coach at Georgia Southern, is USC's director of basketball operations. Kurtis Schultz is the Galen Center strength and conditioning coach. Dieter Horton, an assistant under Bob Cantu, is the special assistant to the head coach. Schultz spent the last three seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head strength and conditioning coach. Schultz was also the strength and conditioning coach for Maryland basketball during the 2001-2002 season,  when the Terrapins won the NCAA title.
July 9, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Joel Wachs hasn't been an Angeleno for a dozen years, but he still has his key to the city. And he feels its political tremors. L.A., where he made his political bones on the City Council, has just sworn in a new mayor - a brass ring he tried three times to grab. Only three other men served longer on the City Council than Wachs, but after 30 years as that rare political creature - a social liberal and fiscal conservative - he moved east in 2001, to head the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
July 8, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Andy Murray took the men's trophy at Wimbledon on Sunday, becoming the first Brit to do so in 77 years. And he remained all-Brit at the Champions' Ball on Sunday night -- both he and girlfriend Kim Sears were clad in Burberry. [Styleite] Marion Bartoli has a genius IQ and just won the women's Wimbledon championship on Saturday. So what did BBC commentator John Inverdale feel like discussing after her victory on the court? Whether she had to play harder because she doesn't look like bombshell Maria Sharapova.
July 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Andy Murray's Wimbledon win was indeed a big moment of national pride for the host country, ending a 77-year winning drought for British men. It also, I heard on the TV as I was headed out of the house this morning, makes him the first Brit to win a Wimbledon singles championship wearing shorts. That may seem like a non sequitur of sorts, but anyone who follows Wimbledon knows the tournament rules have a lot to say about what can and can't be worn on the court and how things have changed over the years (the  Victorian era, for example, included ankle-length dresses with whalebone stays for women and striped shirts, cricket caps and long stockings for men)
July 8, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Perhaps the most distinctive thing about our new Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, is that there is little distinctive about him. Sure, he is a great tennis player. You don't roll out of bed and win Wimbledon. But there is no Andre Agassi swagger, no Pete Sampras silky service motion. Roger Federer walks onto the court and you see an international diplomat and a magic-wand forehand. Rafael Nadal stands at the service line, tugs at his pants, eyes the sucker across the net and prepares to take 200 balls hit at him by hitting 201 back.
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