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August 14, 2011 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. " To that, lyricist Noel Coward could have added bargain-seeking golfers. If you thought Las Vegas hotel prices dropped when the mercury climbs skyward, wait until you see the green fees at nearby courses. So save a bundle, avoid the nasty wind and cold in what the tourism bureau calls "high season" and work on that tan. But before discussing where, let's remember a few important hows of desert golf: 1. "Swing oil" is not your friend; water is. Drink lots.
April 12, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
- Say this for Bubba Watson : He has a positive attitude. Despite shooting a two-over-par 74 in Saturday's third round of the Masters, the 2012 champion called it "all in all, a good day. " "The greens were the firmest I'd seen in years," Watson said. "I'm not too worried about what went on … and if I play bad [Sunday], I still have a green jacket. " Watson, who holds a share of the 54-hole lead at five under, left a flurry of putts short Saturday and three-putted two greens - two more than he had Thursday and Friday combined.
April 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University's experiment in offering low-cost, entry-level online classes for credit will expand this summer with two new courses and increased enrollment, officials announced Monday.  The university partnered earlier this year with the Silicon Valley online education provider Udacity to offer three popular “gateway” courses -- remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics -- that are in high demand for students...
April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
November 29, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
It's no surprise that Spain, the United States and the British Isles are favorites among  golfers. But Asia , particularly Thailand, is a new contender. By year's end, more than 600,000 golfers will have visited the Thai kingdom in 2012, spending an estimated $2 billion on ground arrangements alone, according to industry statistics. The double-digit growth comes despite a worldwide recessionary drop-off in travel. Asia is benefiting because golfers have a never-say-die attitude, said Mark Siegel, the president of Golfasian , one of the largest golf tourism companies in the region.  "It's counterintuitive," he said.
October 25, 1999
Sigrid Bathen (Opinion, Oct. 17) omits the major plausible explanation for the importance of Advanced Placement courses. Because of high school grade inflation, the grade point average does not validly represent ability, as it previously did; hence colleges use AP courses and SATs as more valid measures of academic ability. The central problem is not the shortage of AP classes but poor graduation rates, low grades and SATs and failure to meet the qualifying course requirements for college admission.
November 6, 1990
Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi's support of uninterrupted play on the three Sepulveda golf courses is applauded by members of the Sepulveda Men's Golf Club. Our 800-member club has for a long time urged the use of Tillman reclaimed water to irrigate these courses in an effort to alleviate a four-year drought. Tearing up the courses to lay water mains to carry Tillman water can be self-defeating. Reduced fees for shortened courses could cost the city about as much as routing those pipes around them.
August 15, 2010 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Forget the Scots. Golf was invented in America. There's a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico showing Kokopelli, a mystical Anasazi figure, holding a 9-iron. The descendants of the ancestral Puebloans now have run amok with the sport, and tribal golf is about as good as it gets in California. Here's a look at some favorite courses. Barona Creek Golf Club The green you play: Several years ago a wildfire threatened the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, burning the margins of the golf course.
May 13, 2000
Re "AP Program--a Big Step Up If You Can Get It," Commentary, May 5: As one who had the pleasure of teaching both Advanced Placement biology and AP European history and is married to a teacher of AP literature and composition, I would really like to see the magic wand state Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), Harry Pachon and David Tokofsky are going to wave, and at whom, to create this necessary legion of qualified teachers of AP courses, should Escutia's bill become law. The answers to the myriad problems created by this commendable effort can only come from teachers of AP courses.
July 19, 1995
As five of the UCLA faculty members who taught in an innovative undergraduate course on the history and politics of affirmative action, we were disturbed by comments made by University of California's Regent Ward Connerly criticizing the course (July 6). "The History and Politics of Affirmative Action" brought depth, thoughtful analysis and reasoned debate to a significant and timely social issue on which there are fundamental differences. The course addressed the historical and legal roots of affirmative action, as well as economic, social and educational issues.
March 30, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Russian troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine's eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii - for a meeting with defense ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority. "Asia is one of the great success stories of the world," Hagel told me in an interview in his Pentagon office last week.
March 21, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc. to justify the price of its new $84,000 drug for hepatitis C patients amid growing concern about the high cost to taxpayers and consumers. In a letter to the Foster City, Calif., company, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and two other Democratic lawmakers asked Gilead Chief Executive John C. Martin to explain the rationale for selling Sovaldi for $1,000 per pill. Medical experts say previous therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and had numerous side effects, such as flu-like symptoms, anemia and depression.
March 20, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson weren't on the grounds, and then Bubba Watson exited in mid-sneeze with allergies. Short eight Masters green jackets and losing substantial star power by the hole, the Arnold Palmer Invitational needed a break. Adam Scott provided it Thursday with a resounding round of 62 to tie a course record, although the lowest score in 30 years at Bay Hill was in jeopardy of never happening, either. In keeping with the tournament theme, a sickly Scott also considered pulling out just before the event, not that he'd miss it all that much.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Philippe Vergne says his first task as the new director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art is not to act quickly but to think and plan deeply. On the job less than two weeks after extensive past experience as director of New York's Dia Art Foundation and top curator and deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Vergne spelled out no immediate changes Wednesday and said he'll look to MOCA's past achievements for guidance. GRAPHIC: MOCA's ups and downs with Jeffrey Deitch "The most important priority is to look at the programming and reimagine the program" of exhibitions and events, he said as he joined Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, MOCA's new board co-chairs, and Maria Seferian, the museum's interim director before his arrival, for a discussion with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors.
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
You might want to ask for a mulligan if this happens. Scientists at UC Irvine announced Wednesday that titanium-coated clubs can cause plants and grass on golf courses to catch on fire. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told the Associated Press that the results confirm suspicions investigators have had that titanium clubs caused a fire that burned 25 acres at Irvine's Shady Canyon in 2010 and a much smaller fire a year later at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo that burned close to homes.
March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 7-year-old Virginia boy struggling with a serious infection began a potentially lifesaving drug treatment Wednesday after his family's awareness campaign went viral and spurred the FDA and a pharmaceutical company to fast-track a new drug trial. First-grader Josh Hardy contracted adenovirus during a bone marrow transplant, which he needed as part of his treatment for leukemia. Though the viral infection typically has mild effects, Josh's cancer-weakened immune system has been more susceptible.
May 21, 2002
Re "When Testing Trumps Learning," by Deborah Stipek, Commentary, May 16: Advanced Placement courses no longer hold the meaning they were intended to hold. As a senior at Cerritos High School, I have taken four AP courses and five honors courses in my four years in high school, and I must admit that the reason for taking so many rigorous courses is to help myself gain admission into the college of my choice. Three of my four AP courses were in European history, U.S. history and U.S. government and politics, and I have no particular interest in history or in politics.
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew more puzzling Tuesday as reports suggested the plane may have veered more than 300 miles west of its intended flight path and flew lower and longer than previously thought. Although the flight from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, military sources told the Malaysian press that it was detected by the military at 2:40 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca - a narrow stretch of water off the west coast of the Malay peninsula.
March 10, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Charles Bukowski was known for his drinking as much as his poetry. So maybe, the man Time magazine once described as "the laureate of lowlife," would have approved of a 20th-anniversary memorial held in his honor at the dimly lighted King Eddy Saloon on the edge of skid row. The dive bar, said to be a favorite haunt of the poet and his own idol, novelist John Fante, was filled with Bukowski fans Sunday, spilling out onto the street in a...
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