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SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Michael Cooper, the former "Showtime" Lakers forward and coach of two L.A. Sparks championship teams, will return to the WNBA as coach of the Atlanta Dream, the team announced Thursday. Cooper, who quit last spring after an 11-20 campaign in his fourth season as USC's women's coach, ranks second among WNBA coaches in winning percentage and sixth in victories with a record of 167-85 (.663). Team owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler released the following statement on the hiring: "As we look to take the Atlanta Dream to the next level, Michael Cooper brings a caliber of coaching and leadership that is truly unique.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama will visit the Glendale campus of DreamWorks Animation SKG next week during a trip to Los Angeles. Obama will tour the site and make a speech to the company's employees, the White House confirmed Thursday. “On Tuesday, November 26, the president will visit DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, California, to deliver remarks on the economy," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The American motion picture and television industry is a growing industry and continues to create thousands of jobs all across the country.
SPORTS
November 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Imagine if San Fernando and Granada Hills win out and meet in the City Section Division II championship football game. The alumni would be excited. The two schools have played some memorable games through the years, none more so than the 1970 City championship game between Dana Potter and Granada Hills against Anthony Davis and San Fernando. More than 15,000 filled Birmingham High. Granada Hills won, 38-28. San Fernando produced Heisman Trophy winner Charles White. Granada Hills produced Hall of Famer John Elway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Evan Wagstaff
All eyes were on “Gotham” Friday as San Francisco's Batkid -- a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia -- lived out his dream of being a superhero, taking to the streets to save the city from the likes of the Riddler and the Penguin. Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs crowded streets for the full-on transformation of the city so Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old, could spend the day with Batman at his side. Coordinated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the effort was complete with a Batmobile, a personal call from Police Chief Greg Suhr asking for help, and staged rescue scenes involving villains the Riddler and Penguin.
OPINION
November 13, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Is it too early to think about who's running for president in 2016, three years from now? Not in Washington, a city with more campaign consultants than dry cleaners. After all, we're talking about a business that raised and spent more than $2 billion, employed thousands of people and consumed more than two years of planning, fundraising and campaigning during the last presidential election. And that was for a race in which Democrats knew who their nominee would be. This time, both parties have a wide-open field, at least in theory.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
After serving eight years in prison and facing decades more behind bars, Ryan Ferguson is about to become a free man. Missouri Atty. Gen. Chris Koster announced Tuesday that he would not pursue another trial against Ferguson, whose 2005 murder conviction was thrown out by a state appeals court last week in a ruling that blasted local prosecutors for withholding evidence and said Ferguson didn't get a fair trial. "After studying the appellate court's opinion in [Ferguson's appeal]
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Kings rookie Linden Vey tumbled over the boards and on to the ice for the first time Thursday, he tried to convince himself it was just another hockey game. "I just wanted to play my game. Go out there and play like I've done thousands of times since I was 4 years old," he said. This game was different, though, because it was Vey's NHL debut, the culmination of a dream he'd carried with him into each of those thousands of games that preceded it. "Growing up in Canada, especially, that's all you want to do. You live, breathe and dream about hockey," Vey, a 22-year-old forward from Saskatchewan, said Friday, about 14 hours after his dream had finally come true.
TRAVEL
November 10, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
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