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February 19, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
So much for keeping it under 140 points. The bar certainly was not set high at all -- underground, perhaps? -- about 24 hours after abject humiliation in Phoenix when the Clippers lost by 40 points, giving up 140 to the Suns without the services of Zach Randolph for most of the game and Marcus Camby, who did not make the trip. One night later, the outcome remained the same and the search for more descriptive terms slightly more difficult.
February 5, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
Even in a sports world with statistics spilling out of its hat like Larry Fitzgerald's hair, it's been quite the week for numbers. Football is celebrating six, the record number of Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl championships. Basketball is celebrating 61, the record number of points Kobe Bryant scored at Madison Square Garden. Baseball is, well, baseball, which means it's not celebrating numbers, but mourning them. They are 18.35 million and five.
December 6, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer
When Sheriff Lee Baca agreed to let Fox showcase the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy in a reality TV show, he won praise for generating more revenue for the county and raising the department's profile. But after two seasons, the department's Office of Independent Review is calling on Baca to cancel "The Academy," saying it subjects young recruits to on-air humiliation, invasion of their personal privacy, harassment and threats to their safety.
November 16, 2008 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Dufresne is a Times staff writer.
The best team in the country right now is not Alabama, Texas Tech, Texas or Oklahoma. It isn't Utah (Utes don't deserve it), USC (didn't cover spread versus Stanford), Boise State (trailed Idaho, 7-0) or David Letterman's mighty Ball State (can't consider schools that play on Tuesdays). The way they looked Friday night against Detroit, it's not even the Lakers. The best team -- not last August, not last month, maybe not the day after tomorrow, but this minute -- is Florida.
September 12, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
You have to believe that the pitch for Nickelodeon's first prime-time family movie was something along the lines of "Will Ferrell-light." "Gym Teacher: The Movie," which premieres tonight, is the story of a failed Olympic gymnast turned gym teacher who faces his last shot at glory in the form of a new National Gym Teacher of the Year contest. Surely, if it were a feature film Ferrell would play child-man Dave Stewie, the gym teacher in question, because even with Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU," "Oz")
July 19, 2008 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
The government rescinded Friday a controversial tax increase on grain exports that had sparked months of protests and bared deep divisions in one of the world's major food-producing nations. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner pulled back the tax without comment a day after a stunning rejection by the Senate made possible by a crucial "no" vote by her own vice president.
May 25, 2008 | Jon Caramanica, Special to The Times
Title notwithstanding, honesty is not the raison d'etre of "The Moment of Truth," the interrogation-style game show that rewards owning up to bad behavior. Instead it is an assumption, essential to the show's very foundation. Without honesty, there would be no tragedy, and tragedy is what "Moment of Truth" (Fox, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.) specializes in. The show returns this week after a 10-episode midseason run that did well in the ratings as a companion to "American Idol."
May 18, 2008 | D. J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is a contributing editor for The Times. His most recent book is "California Romantica."
Welcome aboard Metro -- the buses and trains that are boarded 1.4 million times every weekday. Once on board, you'll probably have to stand in the aisle, because thousands more riders have already crowded ahead of you. Daily boardings on Metro -- L.A. County's principal mass-transit system -- are rebounding after a 20-year dip. Passenger loads on commuter rail are up an average of 15% in 2008, while bus ridership has risen 8%.
January 9, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Apparently, this is what the abyss -- or in more literal terms, rock bottom -- looks like in a Kings season gone beyond the tipping point. Not only did they fail to score against, or barely hit, an alleged road-weary Nashville, which had played and lost the night before in Anaheim, but the Kings allowed three first-period goals in a dizzying, disengaged span of 1 minute 15 seconds, a Predators team record.
November 29, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Dozens of Iraqi lawmakers walked out of parliament Wednesday to protest what they view as overly aggressive and humiliating treatment by U.S. soldiers as representatives enter Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the legislature is located. "I and many of my colleagues who live outside the Green Zone face a lot of problems," said Feryad Rawandozi, a high-ranking official with the Kurdish parliamentary bloc. U.S.
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