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January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up 26 players for the first training camp of 2014 on Friday as the U.S. national soccer team begins ramping up its preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The monthlong camp, which begins Monday in Carson, will be split between Southern California and Brazil and will end with a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea at the StubHub Center. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup," said Klinsmann, whose team will hold twice-daily training sessions at its World Cup base in Sao Paulo on Jan. 13 to 25. "It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament.
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January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tough love doesn't come cheap. If your resolutions for the new year include going to a high-end boot camp with a little TLC, here are five that might fit the bill. Lonely Planet, Shape magazine and other publications chose these as among the best in the West last year. Cal-a-Vie in Vista, Calif.: The San Diego-area wellness resort kicks serious butt, according to Lonely Planet's "best luxury boot camp" list. Morning hikes, a choice of 125 classes (including CrossFit and TRX) are all part of the fitness regime.
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December 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A judge dismissed Monday all claims made against the cities of Los Angeles and Riverside by a camp ranger seeking reward money offered during the search for ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White determined that Richard Heltebrake's claims were without merit. Heltebrake was also ordered to pay $15,050 in attorneys' fees to the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. The decision is the latest development regarding the roughly $1 million offered during the February hunt for Dorner, who killed four people and wounded three others after vowing "unconventional and asymmetrial warfare" against police.
SPORTS
December 30, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
A year ago Alex Morgan was preparing to fly to Zurich, Switzerland, where she was to be feted at a star-studded gala and recognized by FIFA as one of the three best women's soccer players in the world. This coming weekend Morgan will be driving to Veterans Park in Pomona, where she'll be playing host to a couple of hundred grade-school players at her first youth soccer camp on Saturday and Sunday. And the U.S. national team star couldn't be happier with the change. “I love the fact that I'm able to share my love for soccer with all these young [players]
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 B2G is holding a free football training camp for students in seventh through 12th grades on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium (Rancho Cienga Park) next to Dorsey High. JV players (current seventh through ninth graders) will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Varsity (10th through 12th) will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration can be found at this link and select the open session. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A minimum-security inmate has escaped from the Acton Conservation Camp in Los Angeles County, a fire camp that houses some inmates who help battle brush fires across the state. Miguel Velasquez, 22, was last seen Thursday just before midnight during an inmate count, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Authorities did not describe how he escaped and simply said he "walked away. " Velasquez was serving a sentence for vandalism and criminal gang activity and was due to be released in March 2016.
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December 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
MANZANAR, Calif. - Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Project would erect 1 million photovoltaic panels on 1,200 acres it owns roughly 6 miles south of Independence and...
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December 24, 2013 | Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted a former El Segundo teacher on suspicion of molesting 13 boys in three counties. Jeffrey Thomas Simonek, 28, faces 20 counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, according to authorities. He was arrested Nov. 26 and remains in county jail in lieu of $20-million bail. According to the indictment unsealed Dec. 12, the alleged crimes occurred between April 2006 and June 2012, with most victims molested multiple times over spans of a few days to several months.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted a former El Segundo teacher on suspicion of molesting 13 boys in three counties. Jeffrey Thomas Simonek , 28, faces 20 counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, according to authorities. Simonek was arrested Nov. 26 and remains in county jail in lieu of $20 million bail. According to the indictment, unsealed Dec. 12, the alleged crimes occurred between April 2006 and June 2012, with most victims molested multiple times over spans of a few days to several months.  At least 15 of the felony counts were committed in Los Angeles County, three in Plumas County and two in Orange County, according to the indictment.
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