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OPINION
February 14, 2013 | By Michael D'Antonio
London bookmakers see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism as the next pope. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some longtime Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
When the luck of the Irish holds, the lovers buy Claddagh rings for their valentines, frat boys gearing up for St. Paddy's Day go for Guinness caps with built-in bottle openers - and come Christmas, there's a run on plum pudding and St. Nicks in Kelly green. But holidays alone don't explain how a small Irish store survives year after year in a Hollywood mini-mall. The plain brown shopping complex set back from Vine Street houses the usual suspects: a pawnshop, check cashing, Thai massage, tattoos.
OPINION
February 4, 2013
The recent death of an Irish terrorist has raised the possibility of a resolution of a tangled legal controversy pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against a college that sponsored a research project about the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. But it will not be simple. In 1998, the governments of Britain and Ireland and Protestant and Catholic politicians in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement. The historic compact was designed to bring a definitive end to sectarian violence that had cost more than 3,000 lives, and to establish a new political order in which pro-British Protestants would share power with Catholic nationalists.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Horse meat has been discovered in some hamburgers in Spain, weeks after equine DNA was found mixed into beef sold in Britain and Ireland. Tests by Spain's Organization of Consumers Unions, found that out of 20 samples of fresh, packaged burgers in supermarkets, two contained horse meat. The affected samples were sold by Spanish grocery chains Ahorramas and Eroski, according to the group, which said the results aren't a sign of a food-safety issue, but "consumer deception.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Burger King is cutting ties with a supplier under investigation for selling beef products potentially tainted with horse meat. The chain said it would no longer use products from ABP Food Group's Irish subsidiary, Silvercrest, to supply its locations in Britain and Ireland. This past weekend, the fast food giant replaced all Silvercrest meat with deliveries from another supplier as a “voluntary and precautionary measure,” it said. Burger King, which is based in Miami, said it launched an independent and ongoing probe upon learning that Irish regulators had discovered equine DNA in meat from Silvercrest's facilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
SPORTS
January 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Notre Dame's final stat line in the Bowl Championship Series title game wasn't pretty. The Fighting Irish had only 32 yards rushing. Tailback Cierre Wood finished with two yards in four carries "We just started slow," Wood said. "We didn't get off to a good start. " Wood said Alabama's defense was as advertised. "They didn't surprise me with anything," he said. Wood did say Alabama's experience in title games did serve as an advantage.
SPORTS
January 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The only quarterback in the stadium Monday night who knew how to defeat Alabama wasn't allowed to take a snap. Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, watched from the stands, perhaps reminiscing about his team's upset win at Tuscaloosa on Nov. 10. Manziel plays for Texas A&M, however, not Notre Dame. Notre Dame's quarterback had no clue, but neither did anyone else in the Fighting Irish traveling party. Forty-four days and nights of biblical hype for this year's Bowl Championship Series title game produced not a classic, but a football flood.
SPORTS
January 7, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - On a night they summoned memories of the Four Horsemen, they were delivered only the Apocalypse. Instead of winning one for the Gipper, they lost one for the ages. On a night when myth and magic were punched in the face by McCarron and Lacy, Notre Dame's return to glory became a return to gory after a 42-14 beating by Alabama in the BCS championship game. It was a sweet story until it started. It was a nice idea until the Irish attempted it. The thousands of clover-clad fans who descended upon Sun Life Stadium to witness the ending of a 24-year championship wait by America's most traditional college football program were thrilled until they actually took their seats.
SPORTS
January 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The Bowl Championship Series title game between Alabama and Notre Dame features two of college football's most storied programs and two of the nation's top defenses. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the matchups between the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish. Alabama rushing vs. Notre Dame defense Alabama features two 1,000-yard running backs. Junior Eddie Lacy has run for 1,182 yards and 16 touchdowns, freshman T.J. Yeldon 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Each averages more than six yards a carry.
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