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July 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy got their redemption Sunday. After the top-ranked pairing lost in the Round of 32 at the FIVB Grand Slam of beach volleyball Thursday, they rallied from behind to win the inaugural World Series Cup in Long Beach on Sunday. “We brought home the World Series Cup for the U.S. and that's a big deal,” Kessy said. “We're going to have our names on there first. Hopefully this is going to be a really long tradition, and April and my name will always be at the top, which is really exciting.” Ross and Kessy defeated Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes of Brazil, 15-21, 21-18, 17-15, in the World Series Cup final after winning the semifinal against Kerri Walsh Jennings and Whitney Pavlik in similar fashion Saturday.
July 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sixteen years ago, Tina Thompson was sitting in a law school preparation class in her senior year at USC when a WNBA official left a voicemail inviting her to play for the new league. Thompson had always wanted to be an attorney, so she was hesitant to go in another direction. "They weren't offering very much money," Thompson recalled. "I think the initial offer that the WNBA offered me was below the poverty line in California. " But a few hours before the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, Thompson decided that she couldn't pass on an opportunity to play for a pro sports league that was backed by the NBA. The Houston Comets made her the first player chosen.
July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
July 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
BET Awards red carpet: The 2013 BET Awards were held Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the red carpet fashion parade did not disappoint. Among our favorites were Janelle Monae in a white Dolce & Gabbana suit, Kat Graham in a black Versace mini-dress, and Gabrielle Union in a sleek red strapless Zac Posen dress (with NBA player Dwyane Wade on her arm). But Jamie Foxx may have made the biggest fashion statement of the evening by wearing a Trayvon Martin T-shirt.  [L.A.
June 30, 2013 | By William Nottingham
Los Angeles is about to swear in its 42nd mayor in a ceremony now underway on the front steps of City Hall, even though Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti officially took the oath Friday from City Clerk June Lagmay. Hundreds of onlookers are watching from VIP seats on Spring Street or standing on the sloping lawn of Grand Park across the way. After the new mayor, six new City Council members, a new city attorney and city controller are administered their oaths, Garcetti will deliver a speech intended to set the stage for his four-year term.
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
The person who will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is not a judge or another politician but a 13-year-old girl who first met him nine years ago. Kenia Castillo, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School, said she was 4 when she encountered Garcetti outside City Hall at a Justice For Janitors rally. She attended that event with her mother, a janitor, and more recently volunteered for his mayoral campaign. Although she doesn't remember much from that first meeting, the Westlake resident said she is excited to be taking part in Sunday's ceremony.
June 29, 2013 | By Anh Do
To better connect with diverse, tech-savvy constituents, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti on Saturday announced two new digital tools for his inaugural celebration. The first tool is hashtag #lamayor, for those who want quick access to his office via Facebook and Twitter. There is also an app that you can download to follow Sunday's festivities. The link to the app is at: It's packed with a schedule, maps, direct connectivity to social media and is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Web-enabled devices.
June 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will hold a free public party in downtown's Grand Park as part of his inauguration festivities on Sunday. Hollywood, a major backer of his campaign, will be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. The event will include Steampunk carnival games, multicultural music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. "We've been saying this transition is less about symbolism and more about work," said Yusef Robb, Garcetti's chief spokesman.
June 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is taking his power-to-the-people pitch to Sunday's inauguration festivities, planning an event that includes Steampunk carnival games, multi-culti music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. Hollywood, a major backer of Garcetti's campaign, will also be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. For the most part, though, Garcetti has planned a ceremony with little pomp followed by a free public party in downtown's Grand Park.
June 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The five Los Angeles-area "pre-emerging designers" competing in Saturday's first-ever Open Runway event at Hollywood's Couture Los Angeles nightclub have been announced. According to the Los Angeles Fashion Council's Kelsi Smith, the inaugural crop of catwalk contenders will include labels  Sabel , Veltimera , Undercover Lover , Samantha Eng and the Paulettes. Each label will showcase up to 12 looks from current and previous collections, with one look from each participant going to the organization's Facebook page where it can be voted on by the public.
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