October 16, 2013 |
Landon Donovan, nursing an ankle injury, will have to wait at least one more game to set Major League Soccer's all-time scoring record. But at the other end of the spectrum, Galaxy rookie Kofi Opare scored the first goal of his MLS career, and that was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night at StubHub Center. Opare, 23, gave the Galaxy a key lift in the reigning MLS champion's effort to earn a spot in the playoffs again this year. In the tight Western Conference, the Galaxy is tied with the Seattle Sounders for third place with 51 points.
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October 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - He shot squirrels in the head so their bodies would be intact for meals. He caught frogs, lizards and a two-foot brown snake, killing them with a rock and toasting them thoroughly so he would not get salmonella. Each night, before burying himself under rotting leaves, he carefully covered his fire with gravel to prevent it from spreading. Gene Penaflor made it through 19 days lost in the wilds of Northern California's Mendocino National Forest by going into "survival mode," his son, Gale Penaflor, 37, said Monday.
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October 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed 11 gun control bills including a ban on the use of lead bullets by hunters, but vetoed seven measures restricting firearms that were introduced in response to the massacre last year at a Connecticut elementary school. Brown rejected a proposal to ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, and bills that would have expanded the list of crimes that would bar the offender from firearms possession. He signed bills requiring more safety training for gun owners and better tracking of guns that are lost or stolen.
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October 2, 2013 |
In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams. In his spare time he began to plot a novel - about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a Soviet submarine commander who wanted to defect. What happened next was the beginning of an American success story that far exceeded his expectations. "I just wanted to be in the Library of Congress catalog," Clancy once said. But his debut novel, "The Hunt for Red October," launched one of the most lucrative publishing franchises in history and turned its author into a household name.
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October 1, 2013 |
Police in Chula Vista are hunting for the persons responsible for damaging the windows on more than 100 cars in a four-day rampage and possibly shooting a man with an air gun. The car windows were shattered or cracked. Police are reviewing surveillance tape from the western area of the city, where the vandalism occured. The same vandals are suspected of shooting a man with a BB ¿or pellet as they drove by, possibly in an older model GMC Safari or Astro Van. The attack occured shortly after midnight Friday.
September 27, 2013 |
The final weekend of the regular season is upon us. The Dodgers are in the playoffs. The Angels are not. That does not mean baseball fans should hit the snooze button until the Dodgers open postseason play. Here are nine questions to keep in mind between now and Clayton Kershaw's first pitch in Game 1 of the National League division series: 1. If the Dodgers are already in and the Angels are out, which is the team to root for this weekend? The Pittsburgh Pirates. The team last appeared in the postseason in 1992, with an un-enhanced Barry Bonds in left field.
September 26, 2013 |
The Lakers rarely pick in the first round of the NBA draft. The only player on the roster who was drafted by the Lakers in the first round was Jordan Farmar (26th overall pick in 2006), and he was picked up this summer as a free agent. Technically even Kobe Bryant was acquired in a 1996 trade with the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans). The last first-rounder taken by the Lakers who actually joined the team immediately was Javaris Crittenton in 2007. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has acquired a number of high-drafted players who have yet to truly make their mark in the league.
September 23, 2013 |
Their second consecutive division title secured Sunday, the Oakland Athletics have set their sights on the best record in the American League, which would assure home-field advantage throughout the post-season and a first-round series against the wild-card survivor instead of the Detroit Tigers. The A's took another step toward that goal Monday night with a 10-5 victory over the Angels that was powered in part by Jed Lowrie's three-run home run in the third inning, Brandon Moss' two-run shot in the fifth and Josh Donaldson's 56th multi-hit game.
September 20, 2013 |
After nearly nine years in space and 4.7 billion miles traveled, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has met an unexpected end after mission members lost contact with it last month. Though it was unable to complete its latest assignment, the comet-hunting spacecraft led a far longer life than expected with several career changes after its first encounter with comet Tempel 1. "We're all saddened by the loss of the spacecraft when we were just about to get some data that should have been very interesting on comet ISON and were hoping to continue for years to come," said the mission's principal investigator, Michael A'Hearn, an astronomer at the University of Maryland at College Park.
September 19, 2013 |
TORONTO - It was 37 years ago, but Niki Lauda recalls his brush with death as if it happened this morning. The Austrian Formula One driver had been in a ferocious nip-and-tuck battle for most of the season with his British rival James Hunt when he crashed on a rain-slicked track at the German Grand Prix. Lauda, then 27, was trapped in his burning car for nearly a minute before he was pulled out by other drivers who stopped to help. The skin on his face was so badly burned that, at the hospital, a priest was called to administer last rites.