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February 16, 2012 | By Paul West
Taking his presidential candidacy into the Michigan county where his main rival, Mitt Romney, grew up, Rick Santorum attempted Thursday night to weld an emotional link between the capital of America's auto industry and his own blue-collar roots in the steel country of western Pennsylvania. Santorum, who leads Romney in several recent Michigan polls, received an enthusiastic reception from 1,300 Republicans at the Oakland County Lincoln Day fundraising dinner at a cavernous hall in suburban Detroit.
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SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | BILL SHAIKIN
Frank Jobe batted third at Cooperstown last summer, in the annual awards ceremony on the Saturday before the induction ceremony. Paul Hagen led off, a distinguished baseball writer from Philadelphia. Shirley Cheek followed, the widow of the late Tom Cheek, a beloved broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. The names of Paul Hagen and Tom Cheek would be forever displayed within the Hall of Fame. Jobe's award did not come with a permanent place inside the Hall of Fame -- an error that ought to be rectified forthwith -- but the good doctor nonetheless was delighted with his moment in the Cooperstown sun. Jobe rose to his feet, slowly.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Ben Fritz
Netflix's day-old deal to be the exclusive pay-TV home for new movies from Walt Disney Studios is a "game changer" for the streaming video company and was "the highest value deal" possible for the entertainment giant, executives from the two companies said Wednesday. Speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said bidding away those rights from premium cable channel Starz beginning in 2016 was particularly valuable to his company because of its large family audience.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For parents busy at work or alumni who want to keep track of their old high school, GameChanger is becoming a popular way to follow high school baseball and softball teams. Available since 2010, GameChanger expects to have more than 130,000 baseball and softball teams using its software and website this year. Scores can be seen for free, but there is a fee to follow live game updates. Lots of teams are using iPads to keep scoring, and fans can follow along if they are not attending the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Considering its daunting production difficulties and director Joe Wright's last-minute decision to totally change the look and meta-narrative of the film, there's an almost storybook quality to the Oscar nominations haul by “Anna Karenina” on Thursday morning. That fact is not lost on Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, who were nominated for achievement in production design for their work on the lavish adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. “We didn't start out making the film we ended up with,” Greenwood said from “rainy, freezing London” on Thursday.
AUTOS
September 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
WORLD
August 9, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The former boss of slain DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena says the 1985 killing was a game changer, both in how the U.S. worked with Mexico on narcotics enforcement and how the traffickers themselves operated. James Kuykendall, who served as resident agent in charge in the Drug Enforcement Administration's office in Guadalajara in the 1980s, recalled Camarena's slaying after learning that the drug lord convicted in the crime was freed from prison Friday on a technicality.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Netflix's political thriller “House of Cards” made television history on Thursday as the first online-delivered TV series to be recognized by the Academy with an Emmy nod -- nine, overall. The weight of this was not lost on Kevin Spacey, who received a nomination for lead actor in a drama for his role as the show's machiavellian, “get it done” Democrat, Francis Underwood. Showtracker caught up with Spacey for a quick Q&A just before he was headed out for a day of shooting.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham
The future of the video game business is playing out very differently on two sides of Los Angeles. In Westwood, nearly 200 people recently lost their jobs when Pandemic Studios, the maker of Saboteur and other gritty video games, shut its doors. But 12 miles east, at Nexon Corp.'s U.S. division, bustling staffers are upbeat as they prepare to double the size of their workforce. The South Korean publisher best known for its lighthearted game MapleStory saw sales climb 12% in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
There are years that are remembered for changing the course of human history:1492. 1776. 1945. Then there are years that were predicted to change the course of history. 1844, when Judgment Day didn't materialize. 1910, when Halley's Comet didn't wipe out humanity. And remember Y2K? But rarely does a year arrive with such a mixture of anticipation and dread as 2012. We speak not of the presidential campaign but of the Maya calendar, and the projection that it — or, more accurately, a cycle within it — will end on Dec. 21, 2012.
TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - I go to sleep each night watched over by a portrait of Roberto Clemente. I wake up each morning and see a baseball signed by Sandy Koufax. In between, I can glimpse Los Angeles, Washington and Cleveland baseball caps hanging from the mirror in the guest room. I don't live in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It just sometimes feels as though I do. The home-field artifacts that make up part of our oddball décor - which I allow and he adores - are bush league when viewed through the prism of the real hall.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Timothy Garton Ash
Beyond the burning barricades and the corpses in the streets, here is what is at stake in Ukraine's insurrectionary drama. The future of Ukraine as an independent state-nation Intense violence inside a state, still falling short of civil war, can go two sharply different ways. It can tear the state apart, as in Syria and the former Yugoslavia, or, if people join hands to retreat from the brink, it can weld a state-nation together, as in South Africa. A state-nation has a shared civic national identity rather than a single ethnic national identity.
AUTOS
February 5, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The decision by U.S. auto safety regulators to have automakers build cars that talk to one another will turn out to be one of the most cost-efficient safety initiatives in automotive history. Morgan Stanley analysts Ravi Shanker and Adam Jonas estimate that the technology -- called vehicle-to-vehicle communications -- will add as little as $100 to the cost of a car but “will deliver a large portion of the $500 billion accident savings that we estimate from autonomous vehicles, sooner than expected,” the analysts wrote in a report to investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
"Being Mary Jane" is much more than just the latest entry on BET's prime-time lineup. It's a milestone. Debuting six months after its movie-length pilot attracted more than 4 million viewers, "Being Mary Jane," which premieres Tuesday starring Gabrielle Union as the popular host on a national cable news network, is the first original scripted drama developed for BET. Executives are calling "Being Mary Jane" a game changer for the network, which...
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ST. LOUIS -- Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat to make a game - and a season. On Friday night, that at-bat belonged to Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. With Game 6 of the National League Championship Series scoreless in the bottom of the third, Carpenter came to bat against a vulnerable Clayton Kershaw with one out and nobody on. Over the next five-plus minutes Carpenter saw 11 pitches, fouling eight of them off before finally hitting one fair into the right-field corner for a double.
AUTOS
September 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2009 | John Horn and Claudia Eller
Inside a dark mixing stage at 20th Century Fox a few weeks ago, writer-director James Cameron, surrounded by nearly a dozen colleagues, stared at a clip from his upcoming movie, "Avatar," unhappy with the look of the precipitous peaks on the horizon. Circling the summits with a red laser pointer and speaking to his computer-effects team at Weta Digital in New Zealand via videoconference, Cameron came up with a Muhammad-like solution: Shift the mountains to the left. "Moving a mountain," the 55-year-old filmmaker said, laughing, "is nothing."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
"Being Mary Jane" is much more than just the latest entry on BET's prime-time lineup. It's a milestone. Debuting six months after its movie-length pilot attracted more than 4 million viewers, "Being Mary Jane," which premieres Tuesday starring Gabrielle Union as the popular host on a national cable news network, is the first original scripted drama developed for BET. Executives are calling "Being Mary Jane" a game changer for the network, which...
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Robin Wright
If the new diplomatic initiative now endorsed by both President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leads to formal talks  -- and potentially even a deal on Iran's nuclear program -- Obama's speech Tuesday could well prove to be his most important U.N. address and one of the most important foreign policy speeches of his presidency.   The speech represented the most serious U.S. public outreach to resolve disputes with Iran since the 1979 revolution. It was a particularly stark contrast with the secret (and disastrous)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather
California authorities looking to learn more about suspects will soon have a new tool in their technological arsenal: a mobile app. The JusticeMobile application allows law enforcement officers to check state and federal criminal databases from the field using a smartphone or tablet, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Monday. Although New York City police have tested a similar program, Harris' office said California was the first to use such an app on a statewide basis.
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