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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Simon Cowell raced across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and it was worth the effort: His son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman was born in New York on Valentine's Day. Cowell, 54, hopped a jet in London after getting word that Silverman was in labor and arrived in the Big Apple in the early afternoon. The baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, according to People and E! News . "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome," Cowell tweeted Friday evening, explaining that the newborn was named after his own dad. "Lauren in great shape," he added . "He had a plane on standby for a week," a source told E!
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SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels owner Arte Moreno described negotiations with Anaheim for a new stadium lease as "at a stalemate," but stopped short of saying he was aggressively pursuing a new home for the team. "We haven't crossed that line yet," Moreno said Friday during the team's first spring-training workout. "In September, we thought we had an outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done. " The Anaheim City Council approved the framework of a deal in which the Angels would spend $150 million to renovate 48-year-old Angel Stadium, the fourth-oldest park in baseball, in exchange for a 66-year, $1-a-year lease to develop 155 acres of land in the parking lot. The team's current lease expires in 2029.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - No one had to tell Kikkan Randall that a historic opportunity had slipped away. The cross-country skier entered Tuesday's sprint free event as a heavy favorite and was hoping to end a 38-year medal drought for the U.S. in the sport. Instead, she faltered in the quarterfinals and was left behind on a sunny, slushy day at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "It's a bummer," she said. "I've been waiting for this race for a long time.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
- It seems Martin Fourcade has grown tired of waiting. The French biathlete ranks among the favorites to medal when his sport begins a full schedule of events Saturday at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center. "Over four years we've spoken of this, of being in a 'box' that's all about training," he told the Olympic News Service this week. "And so I'm ready to leave it. I only want to get going. " Fourcade will face tough competition from two Norwegians. Emil Hegle Svendsen dominated at the 2013 world championships and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen needs one more medal to equal the record of 12 for the Winter Games.
OPINION
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Of course the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and several religious groups sued L.A. County. Why wouldn't they? County supervisors voted last month to add a Christian cross, an unmistakable symbol of one religious faith, to the county seal, an official symbol of government. Blending the Christian symbol into the government one signals an impermissible intertwining of church and state. It practically begs for a lawsuit. Now what's this going to cost us in legal fees?
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Greene
One reason to oppose returning a Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal after an absence of 10 years is that the seal debate wasted enough time a decade ago. Another reason is that, when push comes to shove, it's just not right to feature a single religion's most recognizable symbol on an official government emblem. And the third reason is the time and money that taxpayers would have to spend on the inevitable lawsuit challenging the placement of the cross as unconstitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in federal court Thursday over the decision to restore a cross to the county's seal. The county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last month to add a cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission in its depiction on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official communications. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross was unconstitutional because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A group of religious leaders filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County over a Board of Supervisors' decision to place a cross on the county's seal. Supervisors voted 3 to 2 last month to add the cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission as it appears on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official written communications. Years ago, the board had removed a cross from the seal when a similar suit was threatened. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross violates the state and U.S. constitutions because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
It's a side of Mayor Eric Garcetti that few in Los Angeles have seen before. He likes to play the country tune “God Bless the U.S.A.” in his office. He wants to take his wife to a honky tonk saloon in Chatsworth for Valentine's Day. And he can't wait to see the Nashville group Lady Antebellum in concert. He might be a liberal Democrat who hails from a hip Silver Lake neighborhood. But Garcetti was in a decidedly red-state frame of mind Wednesday as he spent an hour on the radio paying tribute to country music.
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