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March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial. Pieter J. Baba, who worked at the gated Pretoria community where Pistorius and Steenkamp lived, testified in Pretoria's High Court that the incident began for him when several people, including another security guard and some neighbors, reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
March 2, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
There are two broad categories of government reformer. One is the type who tries addressing government inequities where and as they occur - a housing crisis here, a water crisis there, racial discrimination here, there and everywhere. Then there's the type who advocates throwing out the old system wholesale and starting from scratch. Timothy C. Draper, 55, a successful venture capital investor with a lengthy record of public involvement to his name, plainly has thrown in his lot with the latter group.
March 1, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew, a fiery sort, head butted Hull midfielder David Meyler after the two crossed paths along the sideline during an English Premier League game on Saturday, leading to a warning and $168,000 fine by the club. Pardew, who was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend, evidently took exception to Meyler brushing past him in an effort to retrieve the ball, which had rolled out of bounds. As Meyler moved back toward the field, Pardew confronted him and met him forehead to face.
February 27, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Inevitably, the recent paintings of multicolored dots by B. Wurtz put a viewer in mind of Damien Hirst, he of the thousands of paintings with grids of multicolored circles on a white background. Hirst was neither the first nor only artist to harness the visual theme; but the sheer volume of his parodies of abstract painting colonized the territory, like white cells overwhelming the art-world bloodstream, giving him the dull equivalent of a brand. All the more reason that Wurtz's dot paintings at Richard Telles Fine Arts, seven of which are in the New York-based artist's first solo show at the gallery in several years, are so captivating.
February 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
Imposing the first penalty of its type, the federal government has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly help passengers and their families after last year's crash in San Francisco. A U.S. Department of Transportation investigation found that the South Korean airline violated the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act by taking up to five days to notify family members and failing to provide other basic assistance. In a statement issued Tuesday, federal officials said Asiana did not "adhere to the assurances in its family assistance plan," a federally mandated set of procedures foreign airlines must follow to promptly assist passengers and their families after major aircraft incidents.
February 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - A few hours after he was struck in the head by a line drive, Sandy Koufax walked out of the Dodgers spring-training complex Friday afternoon with a smile on his face. “I'm fine,” he said. Koufax said he underwent a CT scan to rule out internal bleeding. The Hall of Famer joked that he might return the next day wearing the new protective cap for pitchers. Andre Ethier was relieved Koufax wasn't seriously injured. Ethier batted the ball that hit Koufax. “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second,” Ethier said.
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - California's political ethics agency signed off Thursday on a $133,500 fine for a lobbyist who made improper campaign contributions to elected officials, but the attorney whose lawsuit triggered the investigation is not satisfied. The lawsuit, filed in December by a former employee of the lobbyist, described the contributions in detail and alleged that she was wrongly fired for complaining to her boss about them. California's Fair Political Practices Commission investigated the contributions and fined the lobbyist, Kevin Sloat, for some of what the employee described: providing expensive wine, liquor and cigars at lavish fundraisers held at his home for lawmakers' campaigns.
February 20, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
You're invited to a party. It's going to be fun, because it's being thrown by writer Chad Harbach, an editor of the literary magazine n+1, where he has been lightheartedly provocative. You're excited, because "MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction" - in the form of 18 essays divided into five sections - is debating one of the more contentious issues in literary America: whether getting an a master of fine arts degree in creative writing is a good idea, for the individual writer and book culture at large.
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Collins
If Bode Miller is OK with his crying interview, you should be too. Or at least that's the view of the guy running NBC's Sochi Olympics coverage. The network is taking fierce heat for reporter Christin Cooper's i nterview of Miller on Sunday after he tied for a bronze medal in the men's super-G at the Winter Olympics. Miller began crying after Cooper mentioned "so much emotion" behind the race -- a reference to Miller's brother, snowboarding pro Chelone "Chilly" Miller, who died in April.
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