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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014
Ola Lee Mize Medal of Honor recipient dies at 82 Ola Lee Mize, 82, a Medal of Honor recipient who fended off enemy assaults and rescued wounded soldiers during the Korean War, died Wednesday in Gadsden, Ala., after a long illness. His death was confirmed by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Mize was an Army master sergeant in June 1953 when his company was caught in a heavy attack near Surang-ni, South Korea. He endured an intense barrage to rescue a wounded soldier, then routed enemy soldiers who had penetrated the Americans' trenches, inflicting heavy casualties.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | Kate Mather
Of all the mourners who filled the 3,500-seat cathedral Thursday -- including hundreds of police officers, a host of city officials, the governor -- it was the people sitting in the front row at Officer Nicholas Lee's funeral who mattered the most. One by one, those who eulogized the Los Angeles police officer turned their attention to his wife and two daughters. Lee was a dedicated cop, they said. But above all else, he was a family man. "That's what I'm most proud of," said Capt.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jeff Cirillo spent 14 years in the major leagues. He got a scholarship out of tiny Burbank Providence High, then went to USC. On April 5 at Lakeside Country Club, Providence will honor Cirillo with its "Pioneer Award," becoming only the second alum to receive the honor. It is given to individuals who have "enriched the Providence community through their dedication, loyalty, talents and gifts. " Cirillo has been a strong supporter of Providence. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Sunday what everyone has known for a long time: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers starter when the team begins its season next week against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. "Any time you get to start opening day, no matter what continent, it's an honor," said Kershaw, who has started the Dodgers' first game in each of the last three seasons. "It's pretty special. I don't take it for granted. " Kershaw prepped for that start with a steady five-inning outing against the San Francisco Giants, one in which he gave up two runs and five hits.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Players and coaches for USC's 2013 NCAA champion men's and women's water polo teams are scheduled to be among the national championship teams honored Monday at the White House, a USC official said. The teams are scheduled to meet with President Obama. The USC women's team won the title by defeating Stanford. The men's team won a record sixth consecutive championship by defeating Pacific. The last USC teams to visit the White House were the 2009-10 men's and women's water polo and men's tennis teams.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | Staff reports
The Los Angeles Times was named one of the top-10 daily Sports sections among large-circulation papers and received five top-10 writing awards in the annual section and writing contest conducted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, which concluded Wednesday in Indianapolis. The Times also received top-10 honors for its special section on the life of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and for its website and multimedia presentation. Bill Plaschke received three top-10 awards in the writing divisions.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
In the once-grand foyer of a dark mansion, with rain whipping at the windows, Tobey Maguire raises a glass of Champagne and offers a toast to Catherine the Great. Although it sounds like a scene straight out of "The Great Gatsby," it wasn't West Egg but Beverly Hills. And Maguire was among the guests gathered in an electricity-challenged (thanks to the storm) Greystone Mansion on Friday night to honor the addition of "Gatsby" costume and production designer Catherine Martin -- a two-time (and soon to be four-time)
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Lindsay Davenport has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Knowing her, when word got out, she probably asked for a recount, just to make sure she hadn't bumped out somebody else more deserving. She is 37 now, lives in Orange County, is married to Jon Leach of the famed USC tennis family of dad and coach Dick Leach and longtime pro doubles star Rick Leach, Jon's brother. Jon was a USC All-American and is now an investment banker. Davenport had her fourth child in January and was notified of her Hall of Fame selection as she was about to give birth.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By John Horn
In the end, Oscar voters couldn't truly avert their gaze from "12 Years a Slave. " Even though many Oscar voters found filmmaker Steve McQueen's searing chronicle of enslavement almost too harrowing to watch, "12 Years a Slave" prevailed Sunday to win the best picture trophy in one of the closest contests in modern Academy Awards history. In a ceremony in which the space thriller "Gravity" collected a leading seven statuettes - including the first directing Oscar won by a Mexican-born filmmaker - the biggest honor went to the true-life account of the kidnapping and auctioning of Solomon Northup, a New York freeman bartered as a Louisiana cotton picker.
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