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June 21, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Drake, we get it. Everywhere you go, lines part and doors open. Traffic lights probably even know to turn green when you're approaching.  There's one place, though, where your celebrity won't work: An NBA locker room. After the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Drake wanted in on the party. Thing is, reporters are on this very evil thing called "deadline," so athlete-rapper social hour is not encouraged. The security guard at the locker room door succinctly broke it down for Drake: "There's no access," he said.
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April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations' expert organization on the subject. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn't just forecast the usual sweeping changes that are likely to occur as the planet warms, the kinds of warnings the public has heard (and often ignored) for decades. The report released Sunday goes further by pointing out alarming signs of what is happening already. In a rational world, it would be more than enough to propel world leaders into action.
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NATIONAL
November 1, 2009 | Bob Drogin
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, climbed on a stage here the other night and hailed his state's political history at a rally for Jon Corzine, the embattled Democratic governor running for reelection. "New Jersey," Booker shouted to supporters in the upscale sushi bar, "is a state of impossible dreams." Until recently, that described Corzine's likely odds at the ballot box Tuesday. But the unpopular governor's race against Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger, has tightened to a dead heat after months of relentless negative campaigning by both sides.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
You know a ball girl or ball boy has done a good job during a tennis match when you don't notice them. Lucky for one ball girl on Sunday, Grigor Dimitrov did notice her. Dimitrov, ranked 16th in the world, was competing in a first-set tiebreaker against Kei Nishikori at the Sony Open in Miami with temperature nearing 100 degrees and heavy humidity. Between points, he asked for a towel, but the ball girl did not respond. He asked again and the ball girl seemed to struggle to get a towel and hand it to him. Sensing she was struggling with the heat, Dimitrov gently escorted her off the court, holding her hand all the while, and made sure she received some medical attention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 | Amy Littlefield; Bettina Boxall
Scientists and activists faced off with growers and the chemical industry at a California Assembly Labor Committee hearing about the fumigant methyl iodide, a known carcinogen under consideration for use on California fields. Growers of strawberries, ornamental plants and other crops want the chemical approved as a replacement for methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting chemical banned under an international treaty. But worker advocates are concerned that the fumigant may increase the risk of miscarriage, cancer and thyroid toxicity.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2009 | Antonio Olivo
Pushing around a cart filled with steamed corn, sliced cucumbers and other street food, Omar Castillo is the embodiment of what has become a third rail in the healthcare debate. The 19-year-old, who received a kidney transplant last year, is in the U.S. illegally and has no ready access to long-term medical care. So peddling snacks is how he pays for the expensive drugs he needs to stay healthy. To cover the needs of an estimated 6.8 million uninsured illegal immigrants, some advocates have proposed broadening the healthcare overhaul proposals now before Congress.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Greg Moore has been hired as baseball coach at Cal State Northridge, Athletic Director Brandon Martin announced. Moore was associate head coach at the University of San Francisco the last three seasons. “I want to bring a passion to improve every day, on and off the field,” Moore said in a statement. “I want to make the San Fernando Valley proud of its baseball team.” Moore replaces Matt Curtis, whose contract was not renewed. Curtis was 77-89 in three seasons, including 31-26 this season.
TRAVEL
January 25, 2004
Regarding "Old Hollywood's Shadow Falls on Palm Desert" [Weekend Escape, Jan. 18]: The Mojave in Palm Desert is not 1940s-esque; it is 1940s for real. The rooms have a 1940s-style heater and air conditioner added to the middle of the wall. If you stay there in the winter, you must suffer being cold until the unit heats the room, which takes two to three hours, then listen to the noisy unit heating the room all night. Although I had the misfortune to stay in the winter, I would imagine it is the same in the summer.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Chris Bosh is 6-foot-11, 235 pounds, but he got completely obliterated by a piece of confetti. While sitting on the bench after his team won the NBA Finals on Thursday evening, a piece of red confetti trickled down from the ceiling and landed on Bosh's open mouth. Bosh shook his face. He blew. Nothing worked. The paper relentlessly clung to his sweaty face as he grimaced and gagged in disgust. It's pretty hilarious, especially if you watch the video on repeat. Bosh had zero points and seven rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 Game 7 win. ALSO: LeBron James re-Heats title for Miami Photos: NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Plaschke: Clippers are at a crossroads with Doc Rivers decision
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1997
I am writing to express my delight with Howard Rosenberg's hilarious parody of the "Dr." Laura Schlessinger show ("If It Works for Her . . .," Calendar, Oct. 13). Since her doctorate has nothing to do with psychology or family counseling I find it somewhat dishonest to employ this title while she is dispensing psychological advice. Once again, Rosenberg proves that through the lens of humor the truth is viewed most clearly. To say that Schlessinger is shallow in her advice would be a gross understatement--she has the depth of a sand dab. One pictures this modern-day Puritan sitting behind her microphone wearing black sackcloth and a pilgrim's bonnet while Larry Metzler heats up the branding iron over an open flame to burn a scarlet "A" into the chest of the next caller.
TRAVEL
March 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Whoever said you can't save both time and money hasn't tried this parking app. Name: ParkMe Parking Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides a "heat map" of real-time parking spaces in lots and garages that are available in 1,800 cities around the world. Sometimes you can pay in advance to reserve a spot. Cost: Free What's hot: Great for business and leisure travelers alike. The app and Web version ( www.ParkMe.com )
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
TRAVEL
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the first major debate of the campaign, four of the candidates vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors faced off Thursday in a debate that focused mostly on fundraising. It was an opportunity for key contenders to begin shaping their messages and distinguishing themselves from rivals before an audience on the UCLA campus. And they didn't hold back. The candidates discussed how best to work with a new sheriff to fix the county's crowded jails and how they plan to appeal to voters in the San Fernando Valley, where half the votes lie. But the most heated exchange came as they discussed the effect of money in the campaign, and how dollars are being raised.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
More matchups, more talent, more steals. The battle rounds continued on "The Voice" on Tuesday night as the coaches paired off members of their teams to go toe-to-toe in the ring. Some singers emerged victorious. Some went home disappointed. And one vocalist found herself snatched back from the brink and in the enviable position of selecting a brand new coach. Who doesn't love this stage of the competition? Shakira, working with guest mentor Miranda Lambert, kicked off the evening's battles by pairing pop rocker/camp leader Clarissa Serna, who spun four chairs during the blinds, with rock-singing office worker Jeremy Briggs, who had turned only two, assigning them Foreigner's "Cold as Ice. " Initially, the rockers seemed to struggle to find their groove, but when the time came, they delivered, leaving their coach with a tough call.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Temperatures in some parts of Los Angeles County will still likely exceed 90 degrees this weekend, but it may not be quite as hot as meteorologists initially predicted. As David Sweet of the National Weather Service in Oxnard put: "Not quite as hot. Still pretty warm. " The coasts are forecast to have temperatures Saturday in the mid-70s, and from the low to mid-80s farther inland. In the valleys, temperatures in the low to mid-80s are expected. Photos: California's drought Sunday remains the hottest day in the forecast, with temperatures in the 70s at the beaches and in the 80s inland, Sweet said.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By David Wharton
As night faded into the early morning hours, Miami Heat players celebrating a newly won NBA championship had their choice of South Beach hot spots. Cameo. Club LIV. The Mynt Lounge. Oh, and Denny's. According to his 3:19 a.m. post on Twitter, veteran forward Shane Battier chose a Grand Slam breakfast instead of the hot lights and a pulsating beat. Denny's. a championship tradition. #Grandslam pic.twitter.com/mveVEocxAY - Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) June 21, 2013 Hours earlier, reporters had asked him where he might spend the evening.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
On Thursday evening, LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA championship and was awarded his second straight Finals MVP award. After scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 win over San Antonio in Game 7, James took the microphone amid a cascade of confetti.  "First of all, I want to give a lot of credit to the San Antonio Spurs," James said. "First-class organization, they pushed us to the limit. I work on my game a lot, throughout the off-season, I put a lot of work into it and to be able to come out here and the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Spring does not technically begin for at least another week, but summer-like weather is already headed to Los Angeles, with temperatures this weekend possibly beating 90 degrees in some areas. The weekend heat wave prompted forecasters to issue a heat advisory, warning the public to take precautions. After a relatively cool Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-60s to lower-70s, conditions are expected to start heating up, with highs on Saturday in the mid-80s in the valleys and from 75 to 80 degrees along the coasts.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Forget for a minute that the collection Betsey Johnson sent down the catwalk here Wednesday night was the exact same one she had already shown at New York Fashion Week less than a month ago. Forget too that the show - scheduled for 8 p.m. -- didn't start until almost an hour and 45 minutes late. While we're at it, let's just go ahead and forget that the Style Fashion Week tent essentially sits on what's probably one of the least glamorous stretches of real estate in the city -- a parking garage roof within spitting distance of the freeway.
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