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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Fountain Valley Coach Ron La Ruffa will be inducted into the school's baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 15 at 9:45 a.m. during a ceremony on the school's baseball diamond. He came to Fountain Valley in 1989 and had three head coaching tenures: 1989-98, 2000-02 and 2010-12. He won seven Sunset League championships and two Southern Section titles. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 6, 2014 | By Mike Kupper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes. An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs - he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s - but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
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February 4, 2014 | By David Colker
As far back as 1968, rising star Christopher Jones - who seemed to have everything at 26, including sensitive good looks, adoring fans and a steady stream of film offers - said he wasn't much devoted to acting. "I think of acting as only a means to an end," Jones, who was often compared to James Dean, said in a Los Angeles Times interview. "Acting's just my work. " Later that year Jones starred in the youth rebellion film "Wild in the Streets" and had a major role as a British officer in David Lean's 1970 epic "Ryan's Daughter.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Interesting off-season for Tim Wallach. First, he's moved from his position as the Dodgers' third base coach to Manager Don Mattingly's bench coach, and now he's been named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. This begs two immediate questions: 1) There's a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame? and 2) If there is, Wallach wasn't already in it? They've only had two Major League Baseball teams in Canada, one of them being the now-defunct Montreal Expos. But Wallach was one of the greatest hitters in Montreal history.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will host its fourth Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Set to be inducted are Dick Runyan '51, Bill Vaughan '53, Jim Donckels '61, Joe McEveety '72, Victor Trujillo '79, Michele Hall '94 and the 1993 Southern Section championship boys' basketball team. Tickets are $60 per person and registration is at www.ndhs.org .   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
"Desperate Housewives" alum Shawn Pyfrom, in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death, has admitted that he is an addict and has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Hoffman, the 46-year-old "Hunger Games" and "Capote" actor, who was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday after an apparent drug overdose, influenced the younger actor, who is best known for playing actress Marcia Cross' mischievous son Andrew Van De Kamp on the ABC drama. Seemingly moved to speak out after Hoffman's death, Pyfrom took to Tumblr to write a lengthy open letter to others who may be struggling the same way he did because he "could not hear of another person being robbed of their life, due to addiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The homeless people camped outside a planned Google facility in Venice were beginning to stir when Los Angeles police rolled up around dawn. Chesnel Dorceus was slow to dismantle his makeshift shelter and wound up briefly in handcuffs. "Wow, blankets on a cart is a structure?" said Dorceus, 26, who was cited for illegally lodging in the street and released. "Why can't you guys leave me alone?" Such interactions have become routine in the beachfront neighborhood. Under a 2007 court settlement, homeless people may sleep on sidewalks in the city of Los Angeles as long as they move on by 6 a.m. When they don't, officers find themselves on wake-up patrol.
SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | Wire reports
Peyton Manning's record-setting season earned him his fifth Associated Press NFL most valuable player award Saturday night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three. Denver's record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning won MVP awards with Indianapolis in 2003, '04, '08 and '09. He was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson . Manning, who will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, sent his father to pick up the award.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
"Twilight" film series vampire Robert Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz home. Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the new owner. The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings maintain a vintage vibe. The 1.5-acre sloping lot, enclosed by walls, features a lagoon-style swimming pool, waterfalls and fountains.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Peyton Manning has singular focus … and double vision. The Denver Broncos star has a chance Sunday to become the first starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different NFL franchises, having already won one ring with the Indianapolis Colts. "He's a living legend right now," said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, whose Seahawks will play the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. "He's been a living legend for years. " Regardless of which team wins, Manning joins Craig Morton and Kurt Warner as the only quarterbacks to lead two franchises to Super Bowls.
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