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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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SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (22-44) will host the San Antonio Spurs (50-16) on Wednesday at Staples Center. The teams played Friday in San Antonio, with the Spurs pulling away easily for a 122-104 win. San Antonio has the best record in the league.  The Lakers continue to struggle, officially eliminated from  postseason contention. The Lakers will play without Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Jordan Farmar (groin), Jordan Hill (knee) and Nick Young (knee). Key matchup Pau Gasol played well against the Spurs on Friday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds and four blocks in just 26 minutes.
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SPORTS
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
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)
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.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2008 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Independence, Calif. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa toured the Lower Owens River by paddle-power Wednesday, leading half a dozen canoes and drift boats along a mile-long stretch of the rehabilitated waterway east of the High Sierra. Under cloudy skies, local elected officials and environmentalists floated close behind Villaraigosa as he and a guide paddled their canoe through the tule-lined channel that began flowing again in 2006 as part of what is widely considered the most ambitious river restoration effort attempted in the West.
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
April 15, 2010 | By David Zahniser And Phil Willon
The Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reached a breakthrough Wednesday in their standoff over electrical rates, with the council narrowly sending another proposed increase back to the Department of Water and Power for a vote. On an 8-5 vote, the council approved a 4.5% rate increase -- the same amount that it backed two weeks ago, only to be rebuffed by the mayor's appointees on the DWP board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Days after City Council members balked at his proposal for boosting electricity prices, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa threw his weight Monday behind Councilman Richard Alarcon's plan to approve the first of four rate hikes -- while putting the next three under greater scrutiny. With another council vote set for Tuesday, Villaraigosa described Alarcon's plan as a compromise that would preserve his "lockbox" for renewable energy and conservation programs at the Department of Water and Power.
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 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-42, Spurs 48-16. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: The Spurs have won 11 of their last 12 games, including victories over Miami, the Clippers and Portland (twice). The Spurs haven't played the Lakers since Nov. 1, when Tony Parker scored 24 points in a 91-85 victory. Including Friday's game, the teams play each other three times between now and the end of the 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.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's not true that the San Antonio Spurs have been playing together since the Stone Age. The Bronze Age, perhaps, but definitely not the Stone Age. The Spurs' cohesiveness and heady play is largely a result of such familiarity. It's why guys like Tony Parker can go down and Cory Joseph can step up and it's as if nothing has changed at all. The Spurs gave the Clippers another lesson in togetherness Tuesday night at Staples Center throughout a 113-103 victory that revealed a template for playing through less than ideal circumstances.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Both teams had five days off for the All-Star break, but clearly the Clippers didn't bring their game back with them and the San Antonio Spurs did. The Spurs were the more energized and efficient team, the Clippers the team that lacked focus and was flat at times. That was a big reason why the Clippers dropped a 113-103 game to the Spurs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Spurs had five players score in double figures, led by reserve Patty Mills' 25 points. "I thought they were more ready for the game than we were," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is no stranger to television, from the local news to guest spots on prime-time shows. On Tuesday, he added to his filmography with a stint on the newest soap opera in town. After 40 years of shooting the fictional suburb Pine Valley on the East Coast, the ABC daytime drama "All My Children" has moved production to Southern California. Villaraigosa was on hand to welcome the new neighbors -- with a cameo appearance. In an episode scheduled to air Feb. 17, Villaraigosa plays himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that he hopes to shave $2 million off the city's annual budget by folding the department that oversees the network of 90 neighborhood councils into another municipal agency. The plan would push the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, created by voters a decade ago to increase citizen participation at City Hall, into the Community Development Department, which oversees the distribution of grant funds. That move could draw a challenge from backers of neighborhood councils, who contend that the City Charter calls for the existence of a separate agency.
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