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September 19, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturay's menu of games: MORNING North Texas (2-1) at No. 9 Georgia (1-1) 9 a.m., KDOC Any wonder why the Southeastern Conference is No. 1? While the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV continue to hold subscribers hostage with their impasse, the SEC continues to spread its superiority ideology to the SoCal market via local access cable.
September 12, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Philadelphia Eagles have an even higher gear, and Coach Chip Kelly is determined to find it. Yes, the team that tore off 53 plays in the first half of Monday's 33-27 victory at Washington - more than the 49 plays the Carolina Panthers ran all game in their opener - is capable of going even faster. "I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said this week. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials.
September 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The early 1950s was a golden era of baseball. The epicenter was New York City. Might Los Angeles be poised for the same? Will the presence of Mike Trout with the Angels and Yasiel Puig with the Dodgers reprise the wonder days of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays? Can we not fantasize about what might be, how good this could become? A youngster lived the New York era. He often walked from his home on 180th Street to the Polo Grounds on 155th Street, where the Giants played. "Twenty-five blocks," he says.
August 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
ConAgra foods has recalled some Kroger's chocolate chip cookie dough packages because they actually contain peanut butter cookie dough.  People with a peanut allergy are at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Sunday, but the company reported that the mix-up hasn't caused any illnesses so far.  Celebrity products: Perfume, protein pudding and more The voluntary recall affects an unspecified number of cookie dough packages...
August 23, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelex again is offering a preloaded Chip and PIN card for the traveler abroad, but this one allows you to carry five kinds of currency concurrently. Say hello to the Multi-Currency Cash Passport Prepaid MasterCard , which allows you to carry British pounds, euros, Canadian dollars, Japanese yen and Australian dollars all on one card. Travelex says it is evaluating other currencies for possible future inclusion, including the Mexican peso and the Hong Kong dollar. You must load at least $50 worth of currency.
August 21, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: 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.
August 20, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl. The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told the Associated Press. Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened "and, I think, disappointed in Von. " According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games.
August 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - At the marijuana festival called Hempfest that has been held here annually for more than two decades, enforcing pot smoking laws was traditionally a low priority. Police say they wanted to keep people safe and ensure that property wasn't damaged or stolen. But this weekend, at the first gathering since Washington state voters approved decriminalizing marijuana use, police will take a different approach to protecting and serving: Instead of having handcuffs and citations at the ready, a group of officers will be passing out tortilla chips.
August 11, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This website proves that a festival can be much more than a crowded music concert or hippie spiritual event. Name: What it does: Introduces the world's best festivals in order to inspire a community of "culturally curious" travelers and expand their horizons through collective gatherings. What's hot: There's big passion behind this project. Chip Conley, founder and former chief executive of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, founded Fest300 and is contributing reviews and writing about his love of festivals and festival-goers on "Chip's Blog.
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