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In the spring and early summer of 1984, I watched two teen-agers in the selection process for the U.S. Olympic boxing team who looked to me like future superstars. As it turned out, neither made the Olympic team that year--1984 was too soon for them. But both left the impression that they were champions in early development. One was Mike Tyson, a 17-year-old pounder from Upstate New York who was still learning to box. An unpolished diamond.
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shot putter Amir Ali Patterson of Crespi failed on Tuesday to convince a judge to issue an injunction that would have allowed him to compete for the Celts this season, ending his high school career. Patterson had run out of athletic eligibility but sought a hardship waiver from the Southern Section. It was denied. He finished second last season at the state championships and has signed with UCLA.  
June 29, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
If you're facing years of student loan payments but aren't making much money because you're working in public service, the federal government has some good news for you. A law that takes effect Tuesday could allow you to have some of your college debt forgiven.
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
August 29, 1999 | JANET WISCOMBE, Janet Wiscombe is a frequent contributor to The Times who last wrote about professional beach volleyball for the magazine
Sally Ride doesn't look like a woman outrageous enough to sit on top of a stack of enormous flaming rockets. There's absolutely nothing about her refined appearance or manner to suggest she has the grit to travel into the great, dark, airless abyss strapped to the seat of a hurtling piece of machinery. She's small, reserved, a reluctant heroine uneasy with eminence, a self-possessed but distant star who navigates her rarefied universe with quiet control.
March 6, 1990 | MARTIN BOOE
Four years ago, Egan L. Badart was a successful, hard-driving real estate agent. He lived with his family in a 6,000-square-foot home with a swimming pool and an acre of ground in Pasadena. He had assets totaling "a little over $2 million." Then calamity struck. A perforated, cancerous colon incapacitated Badart for more than two years. Inexorably, his business and investments slipped away. He lost it all. The cars, the house, the money--even his family.
March 30, 1990 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS, Yorks, a free-lance writer regularly contributes to The Times fashion pages
Fashion models over age 40 who once kept their gray at bay are rediscovering their roots--and capitalizing on a market with potential growth. U.S. magazines such as Mirabella, Lear's and Moxie (based in Woodland Hills), that cater to mature audiences, are filling their pages with, "women who weren't born yesterday," as the Lear's promotional line reads. And, even traditional high fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar are devoting more space to seasoned models.
Eight weeks ago, upon returning home from a Fourth of July weekend at the beach with his wife and daughter, actor Brad Davis pulled out a yellow legal pad and drafted a proposal for a book he never got the chance to write. "The purpose of this book is to reveal what it's like to be infected with HIV, to be receiving treatment, and having to remain anonymous at all costs--chronicling how I have done this for over six years," wrote Davis in spare and simple prose.
January 11, 1999
A more Zen approach to work can add meaning to mundane tasks. Look for tips on doing your job faster and with more joy, in today's Careers special section. Business Part II.
March 30, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Lonnie White, a former USC football player who worked for two decades as a Los Angeles Times sportswriter, has died. He was 49. White, who had a number of health problems over the last several years, died Saturday at Glendale Memorial Hospital, his sister Terri said. White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, the NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball, high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter. His work was recognized several times in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing contest and he wrote the book "UCLA vs. USC: 75 years of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports.
March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The surreal state of the Lakers - they lose even when they win. They beat the Orlando Magic, 103-94, Sunday at Staples Center and ended a four-game losing streak with a career-high 28 points from Jordan Hill. But Pau Gasol couldn't finish the game, staying in the locker room at halftime after feeling dizzy and nauseated. He received three liters of IV solution, a sizable amount, and was to spend the night at a hospital for precautionary reasons. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni theorized it was an illness or influenza though admitted he did not know what caused Gasol's discomfort.
March 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Even a hugely talented class needs a scolding every so often. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau watched his team slipping, turning a potential blowout against an Eastern Conference minnow into a fast-and-loose game. Fine for pond hockey but not an NHL stretch run. Boudreau called a timeout after the struggling Florida Panthers scored twice and pulled within a goal at the 10:00 mark in the second period and issued some stern reminders. It wasn't quite the Socratic method, but it worked and the Ducks needed 55 seconds after the timeout to score and then cruised, winning, 6-2, on Sunday night at Honda Center.
March 23, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Before she even started as general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Marcie Edwards was asked by a city councilman how long she planned to stick around in a job that came with "a certain amount of abuse. " "I'm OK with getting knocked down," the 57-year-old Edwards said, adding that she planned to make this job, which she started this month, her last. "But I can consistently get back up. " Edwards is taking the reins of the DWP - an agency that has long frustrated City Hall leaders and the ratepayers they represent - as it reels from the troubled rollout of a new billing system and faces nagging questions about how two nonprofit trusts spent $40 million in public money.
March 23, 2014
Torian White's football career at UCLA appears to be over. White, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in November, has not enrolled at UCLA for the spring quarter. The offensive tackle was suspended from the team after his arrest. The case is still being investigated, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. "All I can tell you is he is no longer with the team," Coach Jim Mora said. White started 14 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has launched a new program to assist its first-year employees on their career paths within the company. Apple revealed the program, called Pathways, to its employees Sunday night at its stores' quarterly meetings. The program is built around creating an Apple career path for new hires and extends the amount of time employees are in training during their first year at the company. Pathways comes after a major report by the New York Times , published over the weekend, that highlighted how Apple treats its 30,000 retail employees in the U.S. PHOTOS: Rumor roundup on iPhone 5 The article shed light on the fact that Apple does not pay commission to its employees, works them in high-stress environments and doesn't offer many opportunities for them to ever move up the ranks.
March 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Forget the torch passing. Maybe there should have been the passing of a goalie stick when legend Rogie Vachon and Jonathan Quick convened in the dressing room Saturday afternoon after Quick became the winningest goalie in Kings history. Quick made 24 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season as the Kings beat the Florida Panthers, 4-0, at Staples Center. Scoring for the Kings were Trevor Lewis, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and defenseman Alec Martinez. They have twice shut out the Panthers this season.
March 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Cassie Harberts played last summer on a USA women's basketball team that won a World University Games gold medal in Russia. The USC forward had plenty in common with her teammates - except one thing: She was the lone player with no NCAA tournament experience. On Saturday, the senior from San Clemente will add that to her resume when she leads USC against St. John's in the Trojans' first NCAA tournament game since 2006. "Yes!" she said, pumping her first, during an on-campus interview, "I can say, 'I'm in there now.'" Unbeaten Connecticut (34-0)
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