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February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One snowboarder turned and quietly asked his coach who crashed on the dicey slopestyle course during a training session at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday. This time, it was Marika Enne of Finland, a 21-year-old with a concussion history, and her coach said she hit her head. The injury came one day after a favorite on the men's side, Torstein Horgmo of Norway, suffered a broken collarbone, putting him out of the Olympics. Enne was taken away on a stretcher past reporters in the mixed zone.
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Song
Every semester since 2009, Sequoyah Hilt has tried to sign up for a phlebotomy course at Long Beach City College. She never got a seat. Then Hilt heard that the school had openings for her long-awaited class. There was just one catch: The monthlong winter extension course could cost up to $225 per unit, nearly five times the normal price. Hilt went for it. The 26-year-old needed the class to learn to take blood samples for a new career as a medical technician. She ended up paying $135 - instead of the full price of $337.50 - because of a fee waiver granted by the school.
February 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Is it good news that the national abortion rate is at its lowest level since 1973, the year it was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court? Your reaction will depend on two things: how you feel about abortion and the reasons the rate has fallen. Has it dropped because so many states have passed new laws aimed at squeezing abortion clinics out of business, and raising so many obstacles that women seeking abortions will simply give up and go home? Or has it dropped because there are fewer unintended pregnancies?
January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Wednesday announced an ambitious agenda to move students more quickly to graduation by hiring more experienced faculty and advisors, increasing online courses and boosting other opportunities to help students succeed. The measures are part of a $50-million project that aims over the next decade to increase graduation rates by 10% for undergraduates and 5% for those who transfer from community colleges as well as to improve the overall learning environment for students, White said.
January 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LA JOLLA - Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive.
January 26, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Fifty years ago, Republicans across America fought a titanic civil war for ideological supremacy. The decisive battleground was California. Conservatives won, and the party turned rightward. It has veered in that direction ever since, especially in California, where Republicans have been battered bucking the natural blue tide. There have been a few exceptions, most notably when the party followed the centrist Arnold Schwarzenegger. But GOP activists never really accepted him. Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's stunning victory over New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the 1964 California presidential primary was an earthquake that dramatically altered the state's political landscape.
January 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
  LA JOLLA - It was difficult to know the significance of what took place in the featured group at the Farmers Insurance Open here Friday. Golf has many moving parts, and many were moving when Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth teed it up together on the North Course at Torrey Pines. Numbers help. Woods is 38, Spieth 20. Woods shot a one-under-par 71 and made the cut by a shot. Spieth shot a nine-under 63, nine birdies and no bogeys, and led the field by one shot going into Saturday's third round.
January 20, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The new face of the U.S. men's Alpine team has never skied "wasted," a la Bode Miller, but he has skied feeling sicker than a dog. The face, in fact, could have used a box of tissues as he sniffled through an interview last November at training camp in Colorado. Ted Ligety had a cold. "Not just a little bit of a cold," he said. In his sport, the snow must go on. "It's just such a big part of ski racing, I've raced sick so many times," he said. "It's not really a big deal.
January 15, 2014 | By Susan Denley
What would Barbie wear on the beach? That question was the starting point for a group of 15 students at Otis College of Art and Design who took a class last fall taught by Los Angeles swimwear designer Rod Beattie in conjunction with the Mattel design team. Using Barbie and her Malibu Beach House as inspiration, the students were instructed to design swimwear for young women ages 18-24, all in pink. The fruits of their labors will be on display for a limited time beginning this weekend at Santa Monica Place . Saturday through Monday, guests can walk through the exhibit.
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
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