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SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Remember the crazy stuff USC Coach Lane Kiffin and associate head coach John Baxter used to try after Trojans touchdowns? Unbalanced lines and zany shifts? It was all done, supposedly, to give future opponents something they had to spend practice time to defend. Well, maybe Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer was paying attention. (Just go with it.) After the No 2-ranked Buckeyes scored two early touchdowns in a 40-20 victory over Buffalo, Meyer shook things up. After the first, most of the Ohio State players lined up to the left side of the field with two receivers on the right and the long snapper, holder and kicker in the middle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It started as a social club, a way for a bunch of Westside workaholics to carve out time for fun while doing a few good deeds on the side. As comfortable alums of prestigious schools, with satisfying careers, they wanted their friendship to become a lever of social change. "We were part of that generation in the '60s and '70s where social causes based on race and poverty came to the forefront," recalled investment banker Rob Deutschman. "We were all exposed to the civil rights movement, to Vietnam, to the campaigns against poverty in urban America.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | Wire reports
The Buffalo Bills released Matt Leinart on Friday, one day after the former first-round pick from USC struggled in his only exhibition game with the team. The Bills, who remain hopeful that first-round pick EJ Manuel will return from a left knee injury in time to start their Sept. 8, opener, also placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on season-ending injured reserve and re-signed center Eric Wood to a four-year contract extension. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis appears set to make the opening-day roster.
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | Wire reports
Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for the quarterback-depleted Buffalo Bills, who closed the preseason with a 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night at Orchard Park, N.Y. Looking like someone who had had only three days of practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was three for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. That represents a major concern for Buffalo, which scrambled to sign the 2006 first-round draft pick Sunday after losing its top two quarterbacks to injury.
SPORTS
August 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
With the play clock on the NFL exhibition season winding toward zero, the Buffalo Bills picked up the phone over the weekend and added quarterback Matt Leinart to their roster, reviving his once-promising football career. Leinart and the Bills have something in common. They both know that disoriented feeling of the world going topsy-turvy. The Bills are in the midst of that now. They have lost their top two quarterbacks - first-round pick EJ Manuel to a knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb to a concussion - and are preparing to start an undrafted rookie from Washington State, Jeff Tuel, against the New England Patriots in Week 1. That would make NFL history because, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no undrafted rookie quarterback has started an opener since the league went to a common draft in 1967.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of August 18 - 24, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Motive Flynn and Vega (Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira) investigate the stabbing death of a well-known boxer in his own gym. Roger Cross and Cameron Bright also star in this new episode. 9 p.m. ABC Project Runway The designers go on an overnight camping trip and must use the surroundings of their campsite as inspiration.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison has bought a home in the 90210 ZIP Code for $1.1 million. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2012, features an open floor plan, solar power, multiple decks and balconies, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,400 square feet of living space. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Morrison, 31, started his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and is an unsigned free agent. He is also a sports announcer.  Ian L. Brooks of Prudential California Realty was the listing agent.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- In the late 19th century and early 20th century, black troopers called the "Buffalo Soldiers" patrolled Yosemite and Sequoia national parks in California. But many visitors to the national parks are unaware of the role played by these troops. A House-approved bill seeks to change that, requiring a study on ways to highlight the Buffalo Soldiers' contributions to the parks. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), who sponsored the measure, said it would call attention to an often-overlooked chapter in the nation's history and enhance the parks experience for millions of visitors.
TRAVEL
June 9, 2013 | By Lindsay Hawdon
Hti Tain Monastery, Myanmar - Our horses arrived in a cloud of dust, clattering on the gravel road. Their manes were a little shabby, their saddles worn, but they looked sturdy and lively, capable of the two-day trek that would take me and my sons, Dow, 8, and Orly, 5, out of Kalaw, Myanmar, and into the pale mauve mountains above. We were nine months into a year-long trip around Southeast Asia and Australasia, just the three of us. Already, we'd taken risks we would never have taken at home.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
This is one in a series of occasional articles about the careers and lives of character actors in Hollywood. Bill Smitrovich remembers the day when "everything exploded in my head" and he decided to become an actor. Smitrovich, 65, had worked at various odd jobs in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn., until he decided he wanted a college education. So he saved enough money to go the University of Bridgeport, where he majored in business education and "dabbled in theater. " Acting became his primary focus when a friend recommended he audition for the role of the tragic Lenny in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men. " PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times "I took the script down the hall to read," Smitrovich said.
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