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August 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
So, Ryan Braun, how should history regard your most valuable player award? Should we brand it with an asterisk? That was your idea, after all. You have not offered to return your MVP award, and the Baseball Writers  Assn. of America has not withdrawn the award. However, we keep hearing you are on the verge of a public apology. You supposedly plan to stand up, once and for all, and admit that you lied all those times that you denied using performance-enhancing drugs. You might even say you're sorry for pointing fingers at just about everyone but yourself.
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SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
You can use statistics to say whatever you want to say. UCLA's basketball team beat Northwestern on Friday to run its record to 7-0. Their Twitter feed boldly announced: “ @UCLAMBB UCLA's Steve Alford has become the program's first-ever head coach to lead the Bruins to a 7-0 record in his first season at the helm” Holy John Wooden! Ah, but there's fine print: UCLA has played Drexel, Oakland, Sacramento State, Morehead State, Chattanooga, Nevada and Northwestern.
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OPINION
August 17, 2012
For years, New Jersey barred U.S.-born college students from receiving state financial aid if their parents were in this country illegally. Last week, a state court of appeals put an end to that misguided policy, finding that education officials had wrongly denied aid to an 18-year-old student born and raised in the United States because her Guatemalan mother is an undocumented immigrant. Though it is binding only in New Jersey, the ruling should serve as a warning to other states - such as Florida, where U.S.-born residents are required to pay out-of-state college tuition simply because their parents are undocumented.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
SALT LAKE CITY - When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently reduced the age requirement for missionaries by one year for men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19, the number of women applying to serve jumped five-fold. At the same time, the church reaffirmed that women would serve just 18 months, compared with two years for men. That rule, combined with the one-year difference in age requirements, touched off a new round of questions from Mormon feminists about how much progress women in the church are actually making.
SPORTS
August 17, 1991
The NFL, NBA and NHL have all had increases in the amount of games they play each season. These increases are much larger percentage-wise than the 5% (eight games a season) increase in baseball games. Yet no player in any of these leagues has ever had an asterisk put next to his name for breaking a record of some past great star. Likewise, Henry Aaron did not have an asterisk put next to his name when he broke Ruth's career home run record despite having 3,000 more at-bats. Baseball erroneously tainted Roger Maris' record in 1961, and it's time to give the man full credit for his accomplishment.
SPORTS
April 18, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
The Lakers close out the regular season Wednesday night against the Spurs in San Antonio in what is ostensibly a meaningless game before the playoffs--or is it? Before the Lakers--playing without Shaquille O'Neal--lost to the Spurs on April 8, Coach Phil Jackson said, "[The Spurs] needed an asterisk next to their title" last year because of the lockout-shortened season. The Spurs took exception to Jackson's remark.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Erin Aubry Kaplan
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
SPORTS
February 3, 1990
All Super Bowl records against the Denver Broncos should get an asterisk. GARY A. ROBB, Los Angeles
SPORTS
August 28, 2003
'Whoever's going to take this title, there's going to be an asterisk next to it, saying "Oh, but the Williams sisters weren't there." ' Jennifer Capriati, on Venus and Serena Williams' absences from the U.S. Open
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
So, Ryan Braun, how should history regard your most valuable player award? Should we brand it with an asterisk? That was your idea, after all. You have not offered to return your MVP award, and the Baseball Writers  Assn. of America has not withdrawn the award. However, we keep hearing you are on the verge of a public apology. You supposedly plan to stand up, once and for all, and admit that you lied all those times that you denied using performance-enhancing drugs. You might even say you're sorry for pointing fingers at just about everyone but yourself.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
SALT LAKE CITY - When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently reduced the age requirement for missionaries by one year for men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19, the number of women applying to serve jumped five-fold. At the same time, the church reaffirmed that women would serve just 18 months, compared with two years for men. That rule, combined with the one-year difference in age requirements, touched off a new round of questions from Mormon feminists about how much progress women in the church are actually making.
SPORTS
November 17, 2012 | By Chris Foster
This was a voice long muffled. UCLA's defense took the field with 40 seconds left. A victory over USC was in hand. The echo throughout the Rose Bowl was "U … C … L … A," a fan chant often left in cold storage against the Trojans for more than a decade. "That gave me goose bumps," linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "I started smiling. " There was a lot for the Bruins to grin about after a 38-28 victory Saturday. PHOTOS: USC vs. UCLA 2012 UCLA (9-2 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12)
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- After initial claims for unemployment surprisingly plunged to a 4 1/2-year low, they jumped sharply back up again last week to a two-month high, highlighting the volatility of the data and continued sluggish job growth. There were 388,000 first-time jobless claims for the week ending Saturday, an increase of 46,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That earlier number was down significantly from the week before, and, coming after an unexpected drop in the August unemployment rate to 7.8%, fueled speculation among some conservatives that the Obama administration was manipulating the data to improve the president's reelection prospects.
SPORTS
October 1, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Brian Hartline is the all-time leader for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to receiving yards in a single game. He also leads the NFL in receiving yards so far this season. But none of that mattered to the fourth-year player Sunday after his team lost in overtime for the second straight week, 24-21 to the Arizona Cardinals, to drop to 1-3 this season. He called his franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 11 catches "bittersweet. " "If you win the game, it's awesome," Hartline said . "If you don't, it has the asterisk.
OPINION
August 17, 2012
For years, New Jersey barred U.S.-born college students from receiving state financial aid if their parents were in this country illegally. Last week, a state court of appeals put an end to that misguided policy, finding that education officials had wrongly denied aid to an 18-year-old student born and raised in the United States because her Guatemalan mother is an undocumented immigrant. Though it is binding only in New Jersey, the ruling should serve as a warning to other states - such as Florida, where U.S.-born residents are required to pay out-of-state college tuition simply because their parents are undocumented.
SPORTS
June 29, 1985
What if Pedro Guerrero fails to break Duke Snider's home run record for one month because of two rainouts and three offdays? Does that mean that Snider gets an asterisk by his name? DEAN L. ARMSTRONG San Bernardino
NEWS
May 13, 1987
(Inc.) designates incumbent Winner is marked with an asterisk (*) Redondo Beach CITY TREASURER 25 of 25 precincts FINAL Vote % *Alice E. De Long (Inc.) 2,009 53.6 William MacAlpin 1,734 46.4 Voter turnout 11.7%
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Todd Martens
When it comes to the U.S. pop charts, rising R&B star Frank Ocean can't seem to get a break. Although his major label debut, "Channel Orange," had a fine first week on the charts, the album's exclusivity with iTunes meant it never really had a shot at the top spot. This week, a low-balling sale via online retailer Amazon means the album has a sharper second week drop than expected.  Despite being available only at iTunes, "Channel Orange" bowed at No. 2 on last week's pop chart with 131,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Fly from Albuquerque to Tucson on Southwest Airlines for $59. Jet from Asheville, N.C., to Orlando, Fla., on Allegiant Air for $49. Fly from Boston to Chicago on Spirit Airlines for only $9. If these fares seem too good to be true, that's because they are. An asterisk accompanies the online ads for the fares, signifying that additional fees and taxes apply. In some cases the additional charges raise the ticket price 20% or more. Starting Jan. 26, no more asterisks. A new U.S. Transportation Department rule requires that from then on, all advertised airfares include the non-optional fees and taxes, including fuel charges and the Sept.
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