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October 31, 2013 | By Kay S. Hymowitz
When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls' problems - their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders and, most alarming, high rates of teen pregnancy. Now, though, with teen births down more than 50% from their 1991 peak and girls dominating classrooms and graduation ceremonies, boys and men are increasingly the ones under examination. Their high school grades and college attendance rates have remained stalled for decades.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
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BUSINESS
April 15, 2012
Address: 1732 Wabasso Way, Glendale 91208 Listed for: $699,000 Size: Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,407 square feet Lot size: 0.33 of an acre Features: Built in 1930, the Spanish-style house has a barrel ceiling in the living room and arched windows. MLS ID: 12160908 About the area: In the 91208 ZIP Code, based on 141 sales, the median sale price of existing homes in 2011 was $641,000, down 8.4% from the 2010 median, according to DataQuick.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hyun-Jin Ryu must not like Los Angeles or Dodger Stadium or organist Nancy Bea Hefley. He can't get it going here this season. Away from Dodger Stadium, he's a regular road warrior (3-0, 0.00 earned-run average). At home, he's not even a regular Joe (0-2, 11.08). This strange Jekyll and Hyde routine continued Sunday afternoon, with Ryu giving up six runs in his five-plus innings, leaving the Dodgers 6-1 losers to the Rockies and stuck on 9,999 franchise wins. The Dodgers finished 4-6 on their 10-game homestand, and after a day off Monday open a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2012
A modern take on a stately classic Location: 12742 Highwood St., Los Angeles 90049 Size: Three bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms in 3,766-square-foot main house; two bedrooms, one bathroom in 1,342-square-foot guesthouse Published on: March 6 Listed then for: $8.95 million Listed now for: $7.495 million Reduced: 16% Brentwood tri-level is built to maximize views Location: 326 N. Bonhill...
BUSINESS
March 24, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
The housing market stumbled anew in February as sales of previously owned homes fell for the third consecutive month and the number of dwellings available for buyers climbed. Though sales declined 0.6% from the previous month, as reported Tuesday by the National Assn. of Realtors, the drop wasn't as bad as economists had expected. Still, analysts said the sales results showed that the nation's housing recovery -- fueled by tax subsidies, low interest rates and cheap foreclosure properties -- is struggling to sustain its momentum.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Home sales in California jumped 15.4% in October, indicating the state's housing recovery continued into the typically slower fall season. California's housing market has been on an upward swing this year. The rebound stems from more people chasing fewer homes as interest rates remain low and inventory sinks. As well as rising from September's level, home sales were up 15.2% from October 2011, according to real estate firm DataQuick. The statewide median price was $285,000 last month, a 0.7% decline from the prior month but up 18.8% from October 2011.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2010
Listing details Asking price: $3.25 million Location: 429 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles 90004 Size: Four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 5,350 square feet. Lot size: 6,229 square feet Additional features: Climate-controlled wine cellar, parking for four cars, swimming pool, maid's quarters Around the neighborhood: Last year, 127 single- family homes sold in the 90004 ZIP Code at a median price of $860,000, according to MDA DataQuick.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012
Address: 28599 N. Shore Road, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Listed for: $598,500 Size: Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,016 square feet Lot size: 0.7 acre Features: The two-story house, built in 1977, features a forest view, a fireplace and a detached garage. MLS ID: E12107500 Address: 26186 Augusta Way, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Listed for: $639,000 Size: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,837 square feet Lot size: 0.56 acre Features: Built in 1999, the two-level home has fireplaces in the living and family rooms and a four-car garage.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
More California homes went under contract last month, as buyers showed signs of life heading into the spring season. Pending home sales across the state rose 22.9% from December, the first increase since October, the California Assn. of Realtors said Wednesday. The January figures boost confidence in a market that cooled after a torrid rebound early last year. Buyers have struggled with low inventory, higher mortgage rates and sharply higher prices. That has raised questions about just how robust the upcoming spring home-buying season will be.  Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Are you on the home-buying sidelines this spring because you think you won't be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment - they're lower than they were a year ago - and whether yours could now be good enough? You may be part of the surprisingly large crowd of folks who fear the home-loan unknown. A new national consumer survey found that 56% of potential purchasers of homes say they're out of the market because they don't want to face the possibility of rejection by lenders.
OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “The face of war,” April 24, and “Georgia gun bill signed,” April 24 Whew! I was so relieved to read that the young boy posing with the Kalashnikov rifle was from Syria. My first impression was that he hailed from the state of Georgia and was legally headed to a public place like a bar, church or government building. I reasoned he's much too young. But then I thought, well, we're shocked by the U.S. gun culture's seeming acceptance of guns in schools, so I surmised that it'll only be a matter of time before a caption under the picture of a boy like the one from Syria will read “The face of America.” Rick Conrad Oxnard As I stared at the photo on the front page of The Times of a young boy holding a rifle and an ice cream cone, I had only one thought: shame on us. If we're stupid enough to kill one another over religion, land or any other concocted reason, the least we could do is keep the children safe from harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Jean Merl
A power failure in Sherman Oaks is affecting about 1,000 homes and knocked out traffic signals,  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said Saturday. The outage occurred at 7:22 a.m., according to DWP spokesman Albert Rodriguez.  He could not say when the power will be restored, but at about 8:30 a.m., the DWP tweeted: "Power outage Sherman Oaks: all power to be restored within the hour. Thank you for your patience. " A City News Service reporter in the area said traffic signals on Van Nuys Boulevard near Ventura Boulevard were not working.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
That C.J. Harris was the singer sent home on "American Idol" on Thursday night's elimination show was no surprise , probably even for him. Nor was it a shock that Jessica Meuse had been the one to keep him company in the bottom two -- before Ryan Seacrest sent her to safety. In fact, the evening's outcome was so predictable -- Harris, though he gives big-hearted performances, has been struggling to stay on pitch all season, and on Wednesday night, his performances had been especially underwhelming -- that none of the judges could do much more than sigh and shrug when Seacrest asked them about the two singers who were in danger of heading home.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
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