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March 22, 2013
Re "Five guilty in Bell," March 21 The jury in the first city of Bell corruption trial has found five of the six defendants, all former council members, guilty on numerous charges and is undecided on other counts. Throughout the trial, the defendants denied their guilt, blaming their actions on the influence of former City Manager Robert Rizzo. They may have a point, but it is no excuse for not governing responsibly. Their defense is an admission of unfitness for holding office in the first place.
April 22, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's taken an army of mice (and a group of clever Canadian researchers) to crack open an old sexual chestnut and get at the meat inside: For women, "Not tonight dear, I have a headache" is not a passive-aggressive rebuff to a mate's sexual invitation (not always, at least). It's a biological phenomenon with deep evolutionary roots. Even for females who've never watched a 1950s movie or been schooled in the art of sexual gamesmanship, bodily pain puts a serious damper on sexual desire, new research has revealed.
August 20, 1997
If you can make time to shop, you can make time for a mammography. Two Nordstrom stores have opened MAMMOGRAM CENTERS (run by local hospitals): Glendale, (818) 548-7448, and Riverside, (909) 824-4001.
April 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the verge of winning the Jennings Trophy, which goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against. " The oddity is that Quick has played only 47 games. Ben Scrivens played 19 before the Kings traded him to Edmonton, and Martin Jones has played 18. It's a significant award and would be a first for the Kings.
March 5, 2011 | T.J. Simers
For any parent, it's the dreaded phone call. "My son never calls at 7 in the morning," says Mychal Thompson . "When I saw his number, right away I was saying to myself, uh-oh, and I hope nobody is hurt. "I answered, 'What's wrong?' Not hello, good morning, just 'What's wrong?'" Thompson is a former Laker, a broadcaster for the team and a father of three boys off on their own. "That's how I heard about it; Klay called," he says. Klay is his middle child and the leading scorer in the Pac-10 while playing for Washington State.
February 17, 1985 | LEO F. BUSCAGLIA
I called the credit department of a local store the other day to bring a slight error to someone's attention. After several lengthy conversations with different people, I was told that it was a computer error. Actually, I didn't care whose fault it was. But isn't it interesting how often computers are blamed for the foul-ups that occur in our lives?
December 13, 1987 | LARRY PRYOR
A recent survey of 1,500 Texas high school students to find the most creative new excuses given for absence, tardiness and missed homework proved that youngsters haven't lost their touch. Fred Bleeke, vice president of Concordia Lutheran College, and 16 of his senior teacher education students, who wanted "to be forewarned about the kinds of excuses we will be getting," found the most-used of the new excuses were broken garage door openers that kept cars hopelessly out of commission.
April 4, 1987
The L.A. Kings may not lead the league (or even their division) in points, but they are way ahead in the category of excuses. According to the Kings, virtually every defeat can be directly attributed to a bad call by a referee. When a Jay Wells or Tiger Williams slashes someone from behind the play, he should be allowed to escape from a penalty because it's in the neutral zone. If and when the Kings learn to play defense and skate, and remove Neanderthals like Wells and Williams from their roster, they will join the ranks of the Edmontons, Hartfords, Montreals and Philadelphias, and let their play speak for them.
December 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW YORK - If there's one guy on the Lakers you don't want to irritate, it's Metta World Peace, in case his 10 NBA-imposed suspensions since 2003 don't sledgehammer home the point. But in a quiet corner of the Lakers locker room Tuesday night, World Peace had something to say about all the Lakers' injuries. He wasn't as irritable as Coach Mike D'Antoni, who challenged a reporter's assertion that the Lakers didn't work much on defense before their 100-94 loss to Cleveland. Nor was World Peace as succinct as Dwight Howard - "We're sick of losing" - or as red-flag waving as Kobe Bryant, who said this was one of the most baffling stretches of his career.
October 21, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
Jonathan Broxton was sweating. Russell Martin was fearing. Joe Torre was grumbling. The Dodgers hanging on the dugout rail were clenching. The Dodgers fans watching at home were dying. Manny Ramirez? He was bathing. While the Dodgers were taking on the brunt of postseason pressure in the ninth inning here Monday night, their star was taking a shower. While his teammates were wilting under the spotlight, their leader was relaxing under the spray. By the time the Dodgers had finished staining themselves with a ninth-inning collapse in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Ramirez was just scrubbing clean.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when the open-enrollment period began. The deadline for starting enrollment applications for 2014 plans is midnight Monday. The surge is creating a big problem for the "train wreck" narrative of Republican opponents of the ACA, who have been holding out hope for Obamacare's utter failure.
March 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Lyons
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's been a year since Christopher Dorner went on a killing spree to avenge his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Over nine days, he killed two civilians and two law enforcement officers and led authorities on a manhunt that crossed Southern California before he died in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear following a shootout. Communities were nervous, and police feared Dorner might target anyone in a uniform. All of that makes it understandable that police officers were on edge in the early hours of Feb. 7 last year as they took up positions to guard the home of a potential Dorner target in Torrance.
February 6, 2014 | Steve Lopez
From the beginning, the five-month standoff between city officials and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's largest public employees union has been all about politics. And the op-ed in today's Times , by IBEW Local 18 boss Brian D'Arcy,  is more political play than explanation as to what he and his henchmen have done with $40 million handed over to two nonprofits he oversees. Seventy-five percent of the money has gone to training and safety programs and 25% to administration, D'Arcy said in “clearing the air.” INVESTIGATION: DWP controversy OK, but what kind of training and safety?
January 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant stared in disbelief Tuesday at a list of hundreds of Department of Water and Power employees who have asked that their names and salaries be withheld from the public, citing safety concerns. On the list were mechanics, typists and meter readers. "This is frivolous on its face; I mean, these are DWP employees," Chalfant said, noting that the names of government employees are public and even undercover police officers have a hard time demonstrating they would be in danger if their names appeared on a list of department employees.
December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni had a suggestion for Pau Gasol and any other Lakers who didn't like their role in his offense. "Everybody, to a man, we've just got to play harder and worry about things less," he said Friday before the Lakers played Oklahoma City. "That's one thing, if they just don't want to do it that way. Then you have to accept it or not. But there's no reason to not play hard. " Most players like D'Antoni's high-scoring scheme, but Gasol told The Times on Thursday that he felt less aggressive because D'Antoni kept him too far from the basket.
December 9, 1995
As reported by your newspaper ["Pasta, Flu and a Ghost," Dec. 3], I've enjoyed Gabriel Ruelas' many excuses for losing to Azumah Nelson. By the way, when is this excuse coming: that he was soundly beaten by a 37-year-old true champion. Ruelas, the Goossens, the pay-per-view announcers and the promoter wanted the fight to be Ruelas' revenge, but Azumah Nelson's remarkable skills in the ring turned it into his revenge. Hey, Gabriel: Quit being such a cry-baby. JEROLD KRESS Los Angeles
November 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Quarterback Brett Hundley's sophomore season at UCLA has been just that … a sophomore season. The "ooohs" and "aaahs" that followed his breakout freshman season have subsided a little. Hundley threw for a school record 3,740 yards in 2012 and his 29 touchdown passes were the second-most in UCLA history. Add to that 355 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and that word "Heisman" was being tossed around. That chatter has been muted for the moment. Hundley's numbers are similar to last season's with two games still to play - USC on Saturday and a bowl game.
October 28, 2013 | Roxane Gay, Guest blogger
Every Halloween, people take the opportunity to step out of their lives and into a playful realm where they can dress up as anything they can imagine: make-believe for adults. Halloween is the one time of year largely free from judgment. Women can go as a sexy [insert object or occupation]. Men can dress in drag. Couples can indulge in the saccharine sweetness of matching costumes. But then there are the people who choose to spend Halloween as someone of a different race. They use blackface, brown face, yellow face or red face to bring just the right amount of authenticity to their look.
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