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February 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Antonio Pierce , who played in the NFL for nine years, is the choice to become Long Beach Poly's football coach. The reported his selection and it has been confirmed. Pierce would take over for Raul Lara, who resigned. Pierce doesn't have any head coach experience but he has ties to the community and is expected to try to retain members of Poly's coaching staff.  
February 3, 2014 | David Lazarus
Christian Staack was totally stoked about seeing the Eagles in concert at the Forum. More than a month before the Jan. 24 gig, he went to Ticketmaster's website and spent about an hour picking the perfect seat, one that afforded a head-on view of the stage plus full stereo sound. He paid $184 for the ticket, plus $30 in fees and $25 for parking. Staack ended up in a lousy seat on the extreme side of the stage, and his request for a partial refund was denied by the Forum's owner, Madison Square Garden Co. How that happened speaks volumes about the indifference with which some companies feel they can treat customers.
February 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
CORVALLIS, Ore.  - What is said in the locker room, stays in the locker room … as a rule. But when the angry words seem to burst through brick and mortar, there was no way to ignore the significance. UCLA flat-out stunk Sunday. BOX SCORE: Oregon State 71, UCLA 67 Coach Steve Alford made that clear during a verbose 10-minute instant-review to his team following a 71-67 loss to Oregon State that denied the Bruins a chance to move closer to first-place Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
February 2, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Every new recruiting year, fans look forward to seeing what innovative ideas teenagers can come up with to announce their college choices. Lately, most have been stuck on the cap routine, in which an athlete reveals the winning school by lifting one of three baseball caps on a desk while trying to keep the TV audience in suspense. Or they try to emulate LeBron James with "I will be taking my talents to.... " With signing day on Wednesday for high school football players, get ready for 72 hours of recruiting mania on TV and the Internet.
January 26, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My husband and I have decided that next year we want to have a baby. So we have at minimum a year and nine months to make sure we're financially prepared. I did some cursory Googling and I'm already a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure where to start. I know I should figure out how much the medical costs will be, but how do I figure out how much everything else costs? Do you have a checklist of things we should be aware of and consider? One thing I could use some guidance on is whether I should stay home or put our baby in daycare so I don't miss out on work benefits like healthcare and 401(k)
January 23, 2014 | Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
The law enforcement leader many expected would replace Sheriff Lee Baca when he steps down next week does not have the required credentials, complicating the job of Los Angeles County supervisors who must pick an interim sheriff. When Baca unexpectedly announced his plans to drop his reelection bid and retire at the end of this month, he recommended that supervisors appoint Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald to run the department until voters select a permanent sheriff later this year.
January 17, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Thursday was a busy day for movie mavens. Stars gathered for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and some of the actors who won there also were winners when it came to fashion - among them Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore says. See her picks for best- and worst-dressed here . Earlier in the day, film and fashion intersected in the Oscar nominations for costume design. The academy gave a nod to period dramas, our Adam Tschorn reports.
January 16, 2014 | By Susan King
It's been a good week for "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's unflinching portrait of slavery in the U.S. The historical drama won the Golden Globe on Sunday for dramatic film and earned nine Oscar nominations Thursday morning. And at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday evening, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. named it the best film of 2013. The drama also earned awards for supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay for John Ridley. "Gravity" earned the night's most wins, with a record-breaking seven trophies: best director for Alfonso Cuaron, actress in an action movie for Sandra Bullock, sci-fi/horror movie, visual effects, cinematography, score and editing, for which Cuaron shared the honor with Mark Sanger.
January 16, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
Actor-turned-first-time-director Bruce Ramsay recasts "Hamlet" as a soap opera, setting Shakespeare's tragedy in post-World War II London instead of medieval Denmark, eschewing any mention of the play's encroaching war with Norway and compressing several months into one fateful night. The result is a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart. Ramsay also stars as the Prince of Denmark, although it's unclear whether his family is meant to be literal royalty or metaphorical aristocrats.
January 13, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
A massive protest against the government of Thailand on Monday occupied seven key intersections in teeming Bangkok, paralyzing traffic in the city of 12 million and forcing schools and businesses to close, news agencies reported. Though the demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were mostly peaceful, the vows of a radical opposition segment to shut down the stock exchange and air traffic control in the tourism-dependent country stirred fears that the protests and economic disruption would escalate.
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