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SPORTS
February 2, 2014 | By David Wharton and Sergei L. Loiko
SOCHI, Russia - Tired of hearing reports about alleged corruption and budget overruns, some Russian citizens have given the 2014 Sochi Olympics a nickname. Kickbacktiada. The Games, which begin Friday, rank as the most expensive in Olympic history with an estimated cost of more than $50 billion and counting. A recent study by a Russian watchdog group alleges that organizers paid far more than the going rate for numerous venues built in and around the Black Sea resort.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 31, 2014 | Chris Erskine
One by one, they return home - my little Einsteins, my little bombardiers. They circle the old homestead a couple of times, then drop their stuff in the garage and basement, unloading all the ordnance from their college days, including the Ikea furniture that smells of Pabst and Pop-Tarts. It holds memories for them, of late-night study sessions and beer pong. Like very sticky scrapbooks you can sleep on. Oh, this boomerang generation. They treat our houses as temporary storage, right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An L.A. County Superior Court judge accused of shoving and injuring a woman during an argument about dog waste told her he was a peace officer and repeatedly tried to calm her down, his lawyer said Thursday. The dispute occurred last July on the driveway of Judge Craig Richman's Chatsworth home after he asked Connie Romero, 51, to pick up a bag of dog waste she had left on the street while walking three small dogs. She replied that she planned to pick it up on her return trip, but the judge insisted she remove it. Romero then flung the bag onto Richman's passenger seat, and a confrontation ensued after he reached his home down the block.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Loyola Coach Mike Cordero is holding his first annual Tri-Tip World Series. His players will be facing off in intrasquad games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winner in the best two-out-of-three games series getting to dine on Cordero's "famous" tri-tip and the losers getting hot dogs in a barbecue on Wednesday. There could be team dissension brewing, with barbecue sauce being thrown and barbecue sauce on curveballs if that's what it takes to win the tri-tip. Photos to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
SCIENCE
January 17, 2014 | By Monte Morin
A new study says genomic analysis shows dogs and wolves diverged from a common wolf-like ancestor 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, although repeated interbreeding between the animals has clouded their evolutionary history. The study , published in the journal PLOS Genetics on Thursday, is the latest to argue that dogs were initially domesticated by hunter-gatherer humans, and not agriculturalists. The study authors assert that this initial domestication also occurred 11,000 to 16,000 years ago. The topic of dog domestication, and just when it occurred, is a matter of heated debate among experts.
HOME & GARDEN
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Masello
This afternoon, I did something shameful. Something I shouldn't even admit to. I put on my windbreaker, loaded the pockets with Milk Bones and then drove to the Joslyn Park dog park off Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. Without a dog. There, I sat on a bench, leafing through a magazine and waiting for loose dogs - not immoral dogs, mind you, just unleashed ones - to wander into range. Whenever they did - while innocently chasing a ball or an errant Frisbee - I reached out and patted their furry little heads or gave their muzzles a friendly shake.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Decades before Dos Equis introduced the most interesting man in the world via a beer commercial, that title might have belonged to a dog - a debonair, bow tie-wearing, Harvard-educated cartoon beagle named Mr. Peabody. The star of "Peabody's Improbable History," a series of six-minute animated segments that appeared alongside producer Jay Ward's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons starting in 1959, Mr. Peabody spoke eight languages, worked on government science projects and bore the moniker "The Woof of Wall Street" for his knack with stocks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
The popular London stage adaptation of the Mark Haddon novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" will be coming to Broadway in the fall, organizers announced on Wednesday. The play will run at the Barrymore Theatre in New York, though no opening date has been announced. "Curious," adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, is directed by Marianne Elliott, the acclaimed director of "War Horse. " The production originated at London's National Theatre in 2012 and later kicked off an open-ended run on the West End. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The play's run at London's Apollo Theatre was recently disrupted when part of the theater's ceiling collapsed during a performance on Dec. 19, resulting in several reported injuries but no fatalities.
NATIONAL
January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
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