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March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Michael Muskal
In Arizona, corporate presure might have helped persuade Gov. Jan Brewer this week to veto legislation derided as anti-gay. Now in Boston, this weekend, political pressure appears to be reopening a door for gays to one of the major events in the city, the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Gay rights groups haven't been invited to march in the annual parade in South Boston since 1993, and the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of organizers to keep openly gay marchers out. But new Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said this week that he would boycott the March 16 parade, in keeping with the tradition of his predecessor.
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NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- Despite the presence of an FBI agent in the room, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev made a “statement to his detriment” while his sister was visiting him in prison, federal prosecutors say. Prosecutors revealed the incident in a filing Friday that argued that special rules governing Tsarnaev's prison conditions should remain in place. The rules, called special administrative measures, limit who can communicate with Tsarnaev, allows the government to be present while certain people visit him, and place restrictions on who his defense team can share information with.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Amid the ongoing legal fights over same-sex marriage and the growing acceptance of homosexuals and their rights, there remains an area where gay participation remains controversial: the annual rite of spring known as the St. Patrick's Day parade. In major cities, and in many smaller ones, the parade is a celebration and acceptance of Irish culture and social power. Yet in recent years, it has also been the arena for protest over whether gays should be allowed to participate as a clearly identified group.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The rivalry that produced Jerry West versus Bill Russell, Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant versus Paul Pierce offered a new matchup Friday night: MarShon Brooks versus Jerryd Bayless. It was actually more enticing than it sounds, Brooks nudging a proud but wayward franchise ahead of its archnemesis, if just for one night. Brooks sparked an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter of his Lakers debut, helping his new team blow past the hated Boston Celtics in a 101-92 victory that had Staples Center rocking for one of the few times this season.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Throw-ins? Almost as quickly as you could say "Blake Mamba," the seldom-used duo acquired from Golden State for Steve Blake erupted for a combined 29 points in the Lakers' 101-92 victory Friday night over Boston. Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks had averaged only 4.9 points combined this season before Bazemore scored 15 and Brooks had 14 against the Celtics. But can they do this consistently? "If you can do it once, you can do it twice," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol expects to play Friday night when the Lakers (18-36) host the Boston Celtics (19-36) at Staples Center. "I feel good.  I feel confident, so I look forward to tomorrow's game," said Gasol after practice Thursday. Gasol has sat out since Jan. 31 with a groin injury. Barring a setback Friday, Gasol should be back in the Lakers' starting lineup. "Unless I wake up tomorrow and I'm extremely sore," Gasol said. "It feels good right now. " The Lakers and Celtics are struggling through difficult rebuilding seasons, but even at their worsts, the rivalry seems to bring out the best in both franchises.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS VS. BOSTON When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 18-36; Celtics 19-36. Record vs. Celtics: 1-0. Update: The Lakers and Celtics, the most successful teams in NBA history, are almost mirror images in sadness, half a game separating them record-wise. The Lakers won in Boston last month, 107-104, when Pau Gasol had 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Alana Semuels
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in court papers that the deadly plot was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner. " Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision, announced Thursday, marks the first time the Obama administration will attempt to execute an accused terrorist in a federal court case. But whether the 20-year-old immigrant will be sentenced to death will be subject to an intense legal fight.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Running back Deven Boston of Buena Park has committed to Azusa Pacific, Coach Anthony White said. Boston scored 31 touchdowns this past season.     Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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