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February 25, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Down with stakeholders. The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against affordable healthcare for kids. Retail medical clinics - at drugstores, Wal-Marts, etc. - are cropping up across the nation, thanks in part to the expected longer waiting times and out-of-pocket expenses stemming from Obamacare. And the pediatricians don't like it. "While retail clinics may be more convenient and less costly, the AAP said they are detrimental to the concept of a 'medical home,' where patients have a personal physician who knows them well and coordinates all their care," reported the Wall Street Journal.
February 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw might not be the Dodgers' opening-day starter this season. The Dodgers are considering not starting Kershaw in their two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. Under that scenario, Kershaw would be spared a trip to the other side of the world and back, allowing him to better prepare for the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30. Manager Don Mattingly has become increasingly vague about the team's rotation plans since the first day of spring training, when he strongly intimated Kershaw and Zack Greinke would pitch the two games in Australia on March 22-23.
February 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multifaceted TchaikovskyFest has thus far weathered political incident. That is to say, nothing happened Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall to land performances of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Second Symphony on the front page or in the international spotlight. The concert, performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (sharing the festival with the L.A. Phil) and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, did draw an assembly of demonstrators in front of Disney.
February 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy's present met its future Saturday at the StubHub Center. And it was likely the future of Major League Soccer that was on display as well. On one side were Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, guys you've probably heard of. Let's call them Galaxy I. On the other side - we'll call them Galaxy II - were Travis Bowen, Raul Mendiola and Cody Laurendi, guys you probably haven't heard of. But the organization is hoping those will soon be household names as well, which is why it founded a USL Pro team, basically a minor league affiliate, for whom they can play and train.
February 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
Elizabeth LeCompte was walking past a New York gallery window when sculptures by Dutch artist Folkert de Jong caught her eye. "They were so ugly and scary and beautiful at the same time," recalls the director of the Wooster Group. "It was what I always want for my work to be. " LeCompte invited De Jong to create pieces for her experimental troupe. His costumes, set elements and props will be seen in "CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)," a retelling of Shakespeare's Trojan War saga, which begins its world-premiere run Feb. 27 at REDCAT.
February 22, 2014 | David Colker
For extraordinary acts of courage during the D-day invasion of World War II, Walter Ehlers received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor. And it changed his life. "I didn't have a life before the medal," Ehlers said in a 2004 Washington Post interview. A self-described "farmer boy" who not only took out enemy gun nests single handedly during the D-day operation, but also drew fire to himself so other soldiers could withdraw, Ehlers was invited to every presidential inauguration from Eisenhower on. He spoke all over the world to student, military and other groups.
February 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Everyone agrees that a 17-year-old Georgia boy held something in his hand when police shot him to death on his doorstep: The officers say it was a gun; an attorney for the boy's family says it was a Nintendo Wii remote control. And a neighbor speculates that it might have been a BB gun. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into Friday's shooting, which took place when two officers arrived to serve two arrest warrants for probation violations on someone else in the household.
February 17, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
Are you done yet? The second season of "House of Cards" dropped on Netflix on Friday, which was Valentine's Day (and if you are only just learning this, it is officially too late). The diabolical Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) --calculating adulterer, cold-blooded murderer and (shudder) congressional representative -- is now our vice president, which brings him one step closer to his ultimate goal: world domination (cue evil laughter). His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), is staring down Her last chance to bail on their life of obsessive ambition, and many other things are happening as well (none of which bodes well for the journalists involved.)
February 14, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The second season of the dark and dastardly inner-Beltway drama "House of Cards" dropped at 12:01 a.m. on Valentine's Day. If Netflix knows as much about its subscribers as we think they do, this pretty much proves what we've long suspected: Binge-watching has become the new sex. Actually it makes some narrative sense. Despite its byzantine plots of power and politics, "House of Cards" is, essentially, a love story. One between Americans and their carefully nurtured suspicions about government.
February 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Much to USC's dismay, Utah forward Jordan Loveridge got hot from three-point territory in the first half Thursday night, sinking three shots from long range. Then his Utes teammate Brandon Taylor got in on the three-point act. And so did yet another Utah forward, Dakarai Tucker. Their long-distance display proved too much for USC, despite a late-game comeback attempt by the Trojans, and Utah defeated USC, 79-71, at the Galen Center. It was the 10th loss in the last 11 games for USC, which is 10-14 overall and 1-10 in Pac-12 play, which is why the Trojans are last in the conference standings.
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