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September 16, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The most ballyhooed name change of the year became official Friday morning when a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner approved the former Ron Artest's request to become Metta World Peace. Amid labor discord that threatens to delay, if not wipe out, the NBA season, there is World Peace. Photos: Famous name-changers He is 6 feet 7, wears No. 15 for the Lakers and once participated in the infamous "Palace brawl. " Anyone now making his acquaintance will be meeting Metta World Peace.
July 22, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Given the still unsteady economy, a vast majority of Americans say they are willing to change their summer vacation plans at the last minute if it means saving a few bucks, according to a new survey. The poll of more than 2,000 Americans taken online by the travel website found that 83% of those with vacation plans could be swayed to change plans if presented with a better deal. Among other findings, 72% of those polled said they were planning to be more flexible on dates and destinations this summer to save money.
January 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., said the Redskins must consider a name change if the team wants to move from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to a stadium inside the District of Columbia. “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there's no doubt there's going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said at a news conference Wednesday. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team and see if a change should be made.
April 8, 2010 | By Dan Schnur
From tax cuts to term limits, from solar cells to surfboards, trends that take off in California often make their way east. In the 1990s, California's growing frustration on the issue of illegal immigration -- reflected in the passage of a ballot proposition that would have denied many government services to illegal immigrants had it not been found unconstitutional -- foreshadowed a national political debate. Results from a just-released Los Angeles Times/USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences poll may signal another sea change in public opinion on immigration.
January 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Glancing around his study on a recent afternoon, Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert's eyes came to rest on his collection of thousands of music CDs, acquired over many years at considerable expense. "I don't listen to a lot of them anymore," he said. "I was certain I'd listen to Miles Davis until the day I died. " According to his own research, Gilbert is hardly alone in having imagined that he'd always like the same music, or hobbies or friends. Writing this month in the journal Science, he reported that people at all stages of life tend to believe they won't change much in the future - even as they recognize great shifts in their personalities, values and tastes in the past.
December 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A recent change to Google's image search algorithm has made it harder to find porn whether users are deliberately looking for it or not. The tech company said it made the changes earlier this week to make image search settings more simplified and in line with its Web and video settings. "We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for -- but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them," Google said in a statement.
April 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The University of Southern California's School of Theatre announced Sunday it will change its name to the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Officials said the change, effective July 1 and three years in the making, reflects the school's emphasis on a broader range of dramatic expression and programs. “Almost all of the major schools that teach what we teach are called dramatic arts,” Madeline Puzo, the school's dean, told Culture Monster. “Theater is our artistic home, but we know that our students want and will succeed within different platforms.” Puzo added that offstage forms of expression for students include TV, film, webisodes and sketch comedy.
December 13, 1987 | Charles Fredeen
What's in a name? The "St. Elsewhere" folks came up with 15 of 'em, to replace Ecumena --the name of the fictional corporation that owns St. Eligius Hospital. The winner--the only one to clear an MTM research committee--was . . . Weigert . As in Bruce Weigert Paltrow, the show's exec producer. Writers-producers John Tinker and Channing Gibson said that Paltrow learned of the choice after the fact. Gibson added: "We can only assume that Mrs.
May 19, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
George Sherrill knew something was wrong, but not what. This was two weeks ago. The Dodgers relief pitcher was struggling. He had allowed 10 earned runs, 14 hits and a dozen walks in 10 innings over 15 games. His earned-run average was 9.00. He said he would work out the kink as soon as he figured out what it was. Then, on May 8, Sherrill turned on the Atlanta Braves' game against the Philadelphia Phillies, and he watched left-handed reliever Billy Wagner work one inning and pick up the save for Atlanta.
March 14, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
This post has been corrected.  See note below for details. Jew Pond likely will not be Jew Pond much longer. Mont Vernon, N.H., voted Tuesday night to petition to have the moniker changed. It was not a unanimous vote. Feelings were mixed on the subject in the small New England town. "Here in New England, there's a lot of history and tradition," Rich Masters, health officer for Mont Vernon, told The Times on Wednesday, "and a lot of folks highly value that.
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