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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2010 | By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
Gone are the days when GOP gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman enjoyed a nearly 50-point lead in the polls. She is finding that she can no longer ignore state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, her main rival in next month's election. Various polls show that he has eroded her lead substantially in recent weeks, though how much he has gained is in dispute. Large, established polls haven't been in the field in weeks, but analysts generally agree that Poizner is within striking distance.
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SPORTS
September 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has opened a 10-0 lead over Del Oro after the first quarter of the Honor Bowl at Oceanside High. Lucas Alfonso made a 50-yard field goal and Daniel Khan caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Grant Kraemer. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
May 21, 2013
NEW YORK - Daniel Paille broke a tie with 3 minutes 31 seconds left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night. Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance. The Bruins trailed 1-0 heading into the third, but defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied it at 3:10 of the period with his fourth of the playoffs.
SPORTS
July 8, 2013 | By Ryan Eshoff
A two-out single off the bat of Juan Uribe scored Hanley Ramirez and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead through four innings over the Diamondbacks Monday night. Through the first four innings, Dodger starter Zack Greinke gave up just one hit - and he did not hit a batter. The latter is significant because tonight marks the first series between the two teams since a June 11 contest that featured a benches-clearing crawl. Greinke also started that night, and was hit up near his head late in the game, the pitch that sparked the melee.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Gardena Serra is playing superior defense and leads Chaminade, 21-0, at halftime of its Mission League showdown. Jalen Greene passed 76 yards for a touchdown to Jordan Lasley on the second play from scrimmage, and Chaminade hasn't been close ever since. Greene has rushed for 98 yards and passed for two touchdowns. Serra has twice stopped Donovan Lee on short fourth-down runs.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
September 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 JSerra's two senior standouts, Casey Eugenio and Dante Pettis, came through to help the Lions improve to 3-0 with a 52-13 victory over Buena Park. Eugenio rushed for 176 yards in 20 carries and scored four touchdowns. At one point in the third quarter, he scored touchdowns on three consecutive carries. Pettis caught touchdown pases of 33 and 39 yards from quarterback Nick Robinson and had a three-yard touchdown after blocking a punt. JSerra's defense held Buena Park's Deven Boston to 55 yards rushing in 13 carries.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 No. 2-ranked Loyola has a 14-game winning streak, but the Cubs trail Chaminade, 37-22, at halftime of their Mission League game at Loyola. Chamiande's matchup zone defense has been causing Loyola problems. The Cubs keep missing shots, and the balls are being rebounded by 6-foot-8 Jack Williams and 6-10 Trevor Stanback. On offense, Williams, a Long Beach State signee, has been effective, scoring 14 points. Stanback has eight points and Sammy Linn has seven. Loyola is going to need to change the tempo in the second half and start to rely on Parker Jackson-Cartwright to penetrate more on offense.  Thomas Welsh, Loyola's 7-foot center, has been held to a season-low two points.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Harris English shot a six-under 64 on Friday to open a two-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., the final event before the U.S. Open next week at Merion. The 23-year-old former Georgia player had never even had a piece of a lead on the PGA Tour until Thursday when he found himself tied with five others, including Davis Love III , after 18 holes. English used a hot putter to roll in five birdie putts, holed out from 181 yards for eagle on the par-4 fifth and had only one bogey to finish the second round at 10-under 130. Shawn Stefani was second after a 65. Paul Haley II and Scott Stallings each shot 68 to reach five under.
SPORTS
September 26, 2009 | Associated Press
Tiger Woods had the lead and was ready to turn the Tour Championship into a runaway Friday. First came a five-wood up the hill on the par-five 15th that narrowly cleared the bunker, hopped onto the green and rolled toward the flag until it stopped just over four feet away. On the next hole, Woods started walking before his shot began its descent to inside four feet. There were so many fans around the 16th green that it was hard to read the video board showing Woods' PGA Tour ranking on putts between four and five feet.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Retailers across the country are yanking shoes, toys, Valentine's gifts and other children's goods from shelves to comply with a strict lead law that took effect Tuesday. The repercussions of the hotly debated Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which bans the sale of children's products containing dangerous amounts of lead and chemicals called phthalates, began rippling through the industry as manufacturers realized the law wasn't going away.
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