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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers' worst season (26-55) in Los Angeles finally comes to an end Wednesday night when they visit the San Antonio Spurs (62-19). The Spurs finished with the best record in the NBA and are hoping to make another run to the NBA Finals. The Lakers, meanwhile, are set to hold exit meetings on Thursday and Friday. Out again Wednesday will be Pau Gasol (vertigo), Chris Kaman (calf), Kobe Bryant (knee), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist), Steve Nash (back) and Kent Bazemore (foot)
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February 11, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Forgiving and forgetting helps sustain boxing. Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito hopes that idea holds true now that he has applied for a boxing license for a comeback in Texas. Promoter Bob Arum has scheduled Margarito to fight Carson Jones on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey main event at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on March 13. Thursday is the first day Margarito, 31, is eligible for a boxing license in the U.S. after he and his trainer had their licenses revoked for a year by the California State Athletic Commission for having illegal plaster-like substances inside Margarito's hand wraps before his title defense last year against Shane Mosley.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
BUSINESS
December 2, 2009 | By Tiffany Hsu
By this time next year, electric vehicles could be popping up all around Los Angeles, and the "quintessential city of sprawl" plans to be ready, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday. Along with a network of partners, the city plans to update 400 existing charging stations around the region while adding 100, Villaraigosa said. Electric vehicle owners also probably would receive tax rebates to construct home chargers and would have access to high-occupancy-vehicle lanes and preferential or free parking.
SPORTS
May 17, 2004
'If they continue to play like this, it's tough to see anyone going around them.' Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spur forward, on the Lakers
SPORTS
June 13, 2003
'We have definitely set back offensive basketball about 15 years, both teams.' Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spur coach, on the low scores in the NBA Finals
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Phil Willon
The push by Los Angeles' elected officials to address a growing financial crisis hit a new stage on Friday: open battle. Just as credit rating agencies want them to work in unison on erasing a $212-million budget shortfall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members of the City Council traded threats and accusations on city spending and political leadership. Villaraigosa started the day by promising to veto plans by the council to spend money from its discretionary accounts. The council ignored that warning, allocating $389,000 for a new park in the San Fernando Valley and $95,000 for sidewalk repairs in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to boost rates at the Department of Water and Power has drawn an outcry from business leaders who fear that his promise to create "green jobs" will be accomplished at the expense of their own workers. As he pushes the City Council to approve rate increases of up to 22% for businesses, Villaraigosa's clean-air ambitions have run head-first into his job goals -- and his promise to treat L.A.-based companies with extra care. Villaraigosa delighted business leaders two months ago when he hired a retired investment banker as his new "jobs czar" and offered to refocus his administration on the economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2009 | By Phil Willon
Whether talking about electric cars or his much-promised "Subway to the Sea," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has reworked his message during his second term to focus on a single overriding goal: jobs. With more than a quarter-million residents of his city out of work, the mayor has put a new emphasis on job creation after spending much of his first four-year term focused on a spectrum of policy issues such as the environment, education and crime. "I think this is a new appreciation at City Hall for the importance of jobs, since we have lost 340,000 in Los Angeles County since January 2008," said Gary L. Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
SPORTS
March 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers ever need inspiration during their darkest season ever, they can always look to one of their sworn enemies. The San Antonio Spurs were there too, not that long ago. They lost future Hall of Famer center David Robinson for almost an entire season, finished 20-62, got lucky in the lottery and won Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft. The Spurs have taken four championships since then and own the NBA's best record this season with Duncan still a huge factor, averaging 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds at age 37. As a casual reminder of the importance of lottery picks, San Antonio (50-16)
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Kenny Spencer kicked two field goals in the final minute, including a 35-yarder as time expired, to give the L.A. KISS a 41-38 victory in their Arena League Football debut against the host San Antonio Talons on Saturday evening. The KISS built leads of 28-17 in the third quarter and 35-24 in the fourth before Talons quarterback Mitch Mustain completed touchdown passes of five and 16 yards to D.J.  Stephens midway through the final quarter to put San Antonio ahead, 38-35. L.A. quarterback J.J. Raterink drove the KISS into field-goal range in the final minute and Spencer tied the score, 38-38, with 43 seconds left on a 21-yard kick.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Sure, why not. Another ragged moment for the Lakers and their fine tradition. They never lost this badly to the San Antonio Spurs until Friday, a 119-85 blush of a game for the visitors that blew past their embarrassing 32-point defeat here in 1977. Insult meets injury meets history. Again. The Lakers (22-44) were officially eliminated from playoff contention after experiencing another brutal night on defense. Who knew their victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday would become the miracle of the NBA season?
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
And now for the truly hard part of the Lakers schedule. They might be tired of breaking badly almost every night. They might feel the weight of a rudderless season. As if Oklahoma City cares. As if San Antonio will be compassionate. The Lakers play the Thunder two games in a row and then the Spurs the next two after that, and if that doesn't sound like feeding mice to snakes, then what really does? The Lakers are coming off their worst three-game defensive effort ever, surrendering an average of 136 points against New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2010 | By Richard Simon
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid to secure federal funds for fast-track expansion of the Los Angeles region's transit system is gaining support from Washington officials who say it could serve as a national model for speeding economic recovery and reducing pollution and traffic congestion. The Obama administration and influential members of Congress are exploring ways to aid the car-clogged city with a federal loan, economic stimulus funds or other assistance so it can build 12 transit lines in 10 years instead of 30. "Everyone who has ever driven in L.A. knows that more and better transit in that region is a must, and the sooner it's in place, the better," said Roy Kienitz, the undersecretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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