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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
A Southern California tribal manager and a Woodland Hills attorney were among those appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. Adam Day, 44, of Alpine in San Diego County, is an assistant manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation who has also worked extensively as a policy advisor for local San Diego lawmakers. Day, a Republican, was a defense and foreign affairs legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson in 1990.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jason Song
The Los Angeles Community College District has selected a veteran educator to be its next chancellor, officials said Thursday. Francisco Rodriguez, 51, has been president and superintendent of the MiraCosta Community College District in north San Diego County for the last five years. He replaces Daniel LaVista, who announced his resignation in early 2013. Adriana Barrera has served as interim chancellor since last summer while L.A. district officials conducted a search for a permanent executive.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer, the caretaker owner of Chivas USA, turned the team's business and sporting operations over to longtime MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez on Wednesday when it named him club president. The league purchased the failing franchise from Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara and his wife, Angelica Fuentes, last week and will be responsible for its operations until a new ownership deal is finalized. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said the league, which has been in conversations with potential investors for months, wants to keep the franchise in Southern California, where it would play in a new soccer-specific stadium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, a USC professor and former local superintendent in L.A. Unified, to be a “liaison” to the board district until a special election is held in June. The 5-0 vote was taken in public after the private meeting, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist.
SCIENCE
February 13, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Obama administration officials met with a nationwide task force of state and local leaders in Los Angeles Thursday to hear what the federal government can do to help communities confront climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were among the governors, mayors and tribal leaders from across the country who joined federal officials for a closed-door meeting at Los Angeles City Hall. It was the second meeting since President Obama appointed the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Justice Joyce L. Kennard, a Republican appointee who forged a largely liberal path on the California Supreme Court, announced Tuesday she will retire April 5, giving Gov. Jerry Brown another chance to put his mark on the state's highest court. Kennard, 72, is the court's longest-serving justice, with a 25-year tenure. She has been regarded as a highly independent judge, often siding with the underdog. Though she owed her place on the top court to former Gov. George Deukmejian, a law-and-order conservative, she bucked expectations and sided so often with the late liberal Justice Stanley Mosk that the pair was dubbed "the odd couple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
An 87-year-old driver pulling into a handicapped parking spot inadvertently hit his accelerator and crashed into a medical office in Santa Ana early Tuesday, injuring a patient and her physician. Santa Ana police said the driver intended to hit the brake pedal but pressed the accelerator instead, veering down a small grassy slope before slamming into the Diamond Medical Office at 999 N. Tustin Ave. The patient and her doctor suffered minor injuries from flying glass and other debris when the Lexus crashed through a large glass wall before coming to a stop halfway into the medical office.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - He loves sushi, AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. He could be killed at any moment but vows to marry "a beautiful, righteous Muslim girl" as soon as he finds one. He proclaims a "love for justice" but defends beheadings, battlefield executions and sectarian killing. He scorns democracy and extols a fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. Welcome to the virtual world of Chechclearr, the Internet handle of a self-described Islamic militant who says he is fighting as an Islamist rebel in Syria but also has time to post a copious amount of pictures and comments on the Internet.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft is widely expected next week to appoint a longtime insider to be only its third chief executive, signaling the company won't make radical strategic changes. Satya Nadella, 46, who joined Microsoft in 1992, is executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, working primarily with business customers. Although his division posted more than $20 billion in revenue last year, making it larger than most other tech companies, analysts said he faces a huge challenge in assuming control of the sprawling Microsoft business.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Team USA General Manager David Poile said the coaching staff had identified Parise as its choice for the captaincy through conversations during and after the brief orientation camp last summer.
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