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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Portland Trail Blazers expected to make the playoffs. They never envisioned practically wrapping up a spot by the day after Christmas. A 24-5 start gave them the best record in the NBA and made them the league's biggest marvel. "I would lie," center Robin Lopez admitted this week, "if I said the beginning of the season didn't surprise me. " The next three months would be startling in a different sort of way. The Blazers have gone 25-23 since their world-beater days, though they're on the verge of clinching their first playoff berth since 2011 and still have a chance to secure home-court advantage in the first round.
July 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Despite his near-perfect performance since being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Angels on May 3, Ernesto Frieri is hardly a household name in the U.S. and abroad. So it was hard for the 26-year-old reliever to be too upset about finishing fifth among five players in fan balloting for the final American League All-Star team berth this week. Pitcher Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers earned the most fan votes to finish ahead of Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy, Baltimore Orioles starter Jason Hamel, Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton and Frieri, who has given up no runs and only seven hits in 24 1/3 innings with the Angels.
April 3, 2014 | David Lazarus
Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp's website, there's this: "Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?" And the answer: "No. You can't pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews - it's just that simple. " It's not that simple, at least if you listen to the many small-business owners who say Yelp routinely uses bad reviews and competitors' ads as leverage to get merchants to cough up some cash. "They continually harass you and strong-arm you to get you to pay for their service," said Randy Boelsems, 64, who runs a boating supply company in Fountain Valley.
April 13, 1996
Those two clods who commented on the death of umpire John McSherry in last week's Viewpoint must not have experienced any tragedy in their lives. I guess in their cretinous minds, any time an overweight person dies, it means they deserved it. Never mind the feelings of loved ones. I guess all of us with imperfections or differences are deemed expendable. That "logic" sounds familiar. Wasn't it espoused in "Mein Kampf"? RODNEY K. BOSWELL Los Angeles
June 30, 1987
The media cover-up of President Reagan's behavior has always been apparent. If one listens to and watches his speeches, it is obvious that he is less than brilliant but the instant analysis gives one the impression that "they" and "you" were watching different people--one doddering, the other wonderful. I have wanted, for some time, to write a " J'accuse " to the media but it will have to wait for more time. However, I do not share Ellen Goodman's protective feelings toward this "favorite grandfather" (Editorial Pages, June 17)
January 20, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - No San Francisco? Check. No New England? Check. No hard feelings? Well ... There were ruffled feathers and bruised feelings from coast to coast Monday in the aftermath of the NFL's conference title games. In Seattle, the Seahawks were both celebrating their victory over the 49ers and dealing with the fallout in the wake of cornerback Richard Sherman's unseemly, chest-thumping outburst on national TV, moments after he made the game-saving play. In Foxborough, Mass., Patriots Coach Bill Belichick leveled a serious accusation against one of his former stars, Denver receiver Wes Welker, accusing him of dirty play in a hit that took out cornerback Aqib Talib in the Broncos' big win. Outside of New England, Sherman was all the talk.
November 19, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Boredom is a lot more interesting than scientists had thought. A new study of students in Germany reveals that there are five distinct types of boredom. That's one more than researchers had expected. What's more, the newly discovered category - which they labeled “apathetic boredom” - was quite common among high school students, according to the study , published this week in the journal Motivation and Emotion. Boredom isn't just boring. It can be dangerous, either for the person who is bored or for the people around him. For instance, people who are bored are more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.
September 24, 2001 | Mal Florence
David Whitley of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is "at it again." "PETA says fishing is cruel and unusual punishment," he explains. "Not for the fishermen getting sunburned and [vomiting] on charter boats. It's cruel to the fish. After all this time, it seems bass have feelings too. "'Imagine reaching for an apple on a tree and having your hand suddenly impaled by a metal hook ...
June 4, 1989 | Leslie Wolf, Times staff writer
Thirty-three-year-old Avi Odeni once had a career in the fast-paced world of network news in New York City. But he gave it all up for a much different life in California, where, in a little shop near the beach, he is surrounded by crystals and gemstones, which he says provide protection, joy, happiness, healing and a variety of other benefits. Times staff writer Leslie Wolf interviewed Odeni at the Crystal Gallery in Solana Beach, and Vince Compagnone photographed him. When I was a child in Israel, I grew up fast because of all the wars and tension.
March 31, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
FT. MEADE, Md. - In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable. In Iraq, for example, the National Security Agency went from intercepting only about half of enemy signals and taking hours to process them to being able to collect, sort and make available details of every Iraqi insurgent email, text message and phone-location signal in real time, said John "Chris" Inglis, who recently retired as the NSA's top civilian.
March 30, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Three referees and a technician huddled at the scorer's table late Sunday afternoon and determined, after a lengthy review, that next week's Final Four in North Texas was set. Utilizing information culled from hundreds of cameras set up at games around the country over two weeks, the NCAA confirmed the schools moving on as Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky. The NCAA also announced the MVEI (most valuable electronic instrument) of the Elite Eight was the replay monitor.
March 25, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
John Mireles spent six years preparing to become a firefighter. The Signal Hill resident took fire science classes and worked nights on an ambulance crew, in addition to his full-time day job. He said he passed the Los Angeles Fire Department written exam, made it through an interview and background check and reached the final stages of the hiring process. But last week he was among hundreds of candidates who received a terse, two-sentence email from city personnel officials: They would no longer be hiring from a pool of applicants who had advanced through a yearlong screening process.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The surreal state of the Lakers - they lose even when they win. They beat the Orlando Magic, 103-94, Sunday at Staples Center and ended a four-game losing streak with a career-high 28 points from Jordan Hill. But Pau Gasol couldn't finish the game, staying in the locker room at halftime after feeling dizzy and nauseated. He received three liters of IV solution, a sizable amount, and was to spend the night at a hospital for precautionary reasons. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni theorized it was an illness or influenza though admitted he did not know what caused Gasol's discomfort.
March 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
How do you help little children, too young to know what death really means, cope with the feelings of grief and pain that the loss of a loved one brings? If you're music therapist Arvis Jones, you let them bang on a drum, do the hokey-pokey or join a choir and sing. Jones is part of a growing professional field that taps the restorative power of music to help traumatized children heal. For 20 years, she's been going to crime scenes, hospitals, funerals and schools, reaching out to grieving families with a bin of unorthodox tools - keyboards, claves, jingle sticks, tambourines, djembe and tubano drums.
March 19, 2014 | By David Wharton
Arnold Palmer will miss having Tiger Woods at his Bay Hill tournament this week, but says he sympathizes with the ailing golfer. "He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play," Palmer said in a statement. "I told him I understood and wished him well. " Back spasms have pestered Woods since the Barclays last summer. Pain recently forced him to withdraw from the Honda Classic, and he was visibly hurting during the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
June 22, 2010 | Jonathan Zimmerman
In 1965, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. published his now-classic tribute to John F. Kennedy. "A Thousand Days" recounted the triumphs and tragedies of Kennedy's brief presidency, but the book was primarily an exploration of his character, which Schlesinger summed up with a single word: cool. "Cool" was an emotional style, emphasizing detachment and self-control. A cool person had feelings, of course, but he didn't wear them on his sleeve. Instead, he drew a firm line between his inner and outer worlds.
November 22, 1987
"Kids Like These" (a movie about Down's syndrome) was beautifully done. My name is Louise Brown. I am retarded and I have Down's syndrome. I was so touched by this program. You should know that we were watching. You should have the feelings we have just because we are very special people with special needs. Well, that's how it is all about us. Louise Brown, Palos Verdes Peninsula
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Like the rest of his teammates, UCLA guard Norman Powell is eager to begin play in the NCAA tournament, where the Bruins will play Tulsa on Friday in San Diego. "We're focused, everyone is talking about this, everyone is eager to go out there and play," Powell said. "This team has put the work in and we're happy to see the work paid off. " A year ago, in their last NCAA tournament moment, the Bruins lost their opening game, 83-63, to Minnesota at the end of a season of turmoil.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
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