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September 9, 2012
Re "Pedal empowerment," Column One, Sept. 6 How much would it cost to get Brazilian Judge Jose Henrique Mallman, who started a program in which inmates can reduce their prison terms by riding bikes to charge batteries that power boardwalk lamps, up here to revamp our archaic criminal justice system? The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We can no longer afford this dubious first-place trophy, nor can we afford the human wreckage left behind by convicts who have served their time.
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
In a question and answer story from, Vincent J. Stanley, a long-time coach, offers some interesting takes about youth sports. Are parents and coaches pushing their kids too hard? Should kids play only one sport? Is rest important? How do you avoid burnout? Here's the link to the answers and more provocative insights.  
April 26, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - The Ducks have been here before, and not just in the physical sense. Of course they've been to American Airlines Center, where they lost the third and fourth games of their playoff series against the Dallas Stars and surrendered the edge they'd earned by winning the first two games at home. But by overpowering Dallas, 6-2, at Honda Center on Friday, the Ducks took a 3-2 series lead and moved into position to close out the series Sunday. They've been there, too, needing a road win to wrap up a playoff series, but didn't do it. It was just last season.
April 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Once  Sunday evening arrived, the Lakers could relax. They had just coasted to a double-digit Game 1 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Andrew Bynum's 10 blocks tied an NBA playoff record. The Lakers raved about their team effort and Mike Brown's preparation. But the learning hadn't stopped. No, Brown didn't hold a lengthy film session or practice. Instead, many of the Lakers watched the Clippers overcome a 27-point deficit in their Game 1 win Sunday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.
November 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Kevon Seymour got his wish. USC's sophomore cornerback expected that Oregon State would target him during Friday night's game at Reser Stadium. “I want the opportunity,” Seymour said earlier in the week. “I'm like, 'Please go at me.' That's how I make a name. That's how I get better.” Seymour struggled at times, but he toughened as the game progressed and intercepted a pass by Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion in the fourth quarter to help preserve USC's 31-14 victory.
October 18, 1998
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November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
On paper, at least, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" had the makings of a sure-fire Broadway hit. It boasted a rock score by U2's Bono and the Edge. It had Julie Taymor, the visionary director of Disney's "The Lion King. " Above all, it starred one of Marvel's most enduringly popular superheroes, one who needed no introduction and who came with a built-in fan base. Several years and mountains of legal documents later, "Spider-Man" has become a cautionary tale of Broadway excess and artistic hubris.
April 25, 2012 | By Manuel Pastor and Kafi Blumenfield
In 1992, the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating Rodney King was the match that ignited a city, setting off a wave of violence that left 53 dead, thousands injured and hundreds of businesses destroyed. There was a lot of accumulated tinder to burn. Los Angeles was struggling with a faltering and de-industrialized economy that left too many without good jobs, a wave of demographic transition that caused ethnic and generational tensions, and a widening gap between rich and poor that was just beginning to emerge into public view - a bit like the U.S. today.
May 13, 2013 | By David Ng
How do you punish Springfield's ultimate grade-school delinquent? A 10-year-old troublemaker who has been disciplined hundreds of times over the last 24 years? In Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox, Bart is sentenced to the harshest form of pre-pubescent spirit crushing: classical-music lessons. The severity cannot be underestimated. After rejecting sliding-whistle lessons from Sideshow Mel, sitar instruction from Comicbook Guy and a theremin odyssey courtesy of Prof. Frink, Bart agrees to piano lessons after he espies the attractive Russian teacher Zhenya (the voice of Jane Krakowski)
April 24, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the greatest gifts for a teenager is when a grandfather is able to live long enough to offer life lessons that can be cherished forever. Grant Hockin, a standout senior pitcher at La Verne Damien, was the recipient of such influential advice from the man he called "grandpa," Harmon Killebrew, a baseball Hall of Famer from the Minnesota Twins who hit 573 home runs in 22 major-league seasons. "He always told me to treat everyone with respect and don't take anything for granted," Hockin said.
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
April 23, 2014
Re "Inside the mind of an assassin," Opinion, April 18 The history of delusional men enthralled by the fame they anticipate from murdering celebrities should give us all pause. Perhaps such horrific impulses could be defused by taking a cue from ancient Greece's handling of Herostratus, a commoner who torched the fabled Temple of Artemis, thinking he would achieve everlasting fame. Greece issued an edict providing the death penalty to anyone who ever mentioned Herostratus' name.
April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings who made headlines last year by posting a letter online saying his advocacy for same-sex marriage cost him his NFL job was an open book during his appearance Saturday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Chris Kluwe spoke for less than 10 minutes before he readily opened up the floor for questions. “Treat this like an AMA on Reddit,” said Kluwe, the author of "Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities," a collection of essays and short stories on the topic of social empathy.
April 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Numerous USC linebackers coaches helped Hayes Pullard on his way to becoming a projected four-year starter for the Trojans. Joe Barry coached him as a freshman, Scottie Hazelton as a sophomore and Mike Ekeler as a junior. Now, Peter Sirmon is preparing the fifth-year senior for his final season. As the Trojans completed their third week of spring workouts on Saturday, Pullard said he was looking forward to a few more practices before next week's finale at the Coliseum.
April 12, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Called a family meeting the other day. Like conversation, a family meeting is another antiquated concept. These days, you're more likely to go on a sleigh ride or visit the Vatican than attend a family meeting. I plow ahead anyway. Our family is now one of those weird sports teams, split between players too young and too old. Our youngest is 11; our oldest, 30. In a sense, we're having our own grandchildren. So, when I call a family meeting, some of them show up in their PJs; some of them show up with hangovers.
August 1, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
I began our dinner table conversation with the phrase that has become a drumroll for stories of catastrophe I feel bound to share with my three daughters: Wanna hear something sad? They don't, but it doesn't matter. They know the question is merely a way to brace them for whatever heart-wrenching tale I am determined to tell.
July 12, 1990 | LEO SMITH
Though taking children younger than 2 out for a swim can be great recreation and fun, local pediatricians agree that there are risks, even for those who have had lessons. Most dangerous is the false sense of security some parents experience after a young child has undergone instruction. "Lessons shouldn't take the place of vigilance," said Dr. Mark Freedenberg, who practices in Oxnard and Ventura.
April 9, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the Galapagos, we've heard a lot about that fateful moment when some previously water-bound creature pulled itself up from the slowly receding seas, took a breath and began the eons-long march to humanity. What we didn't know was what that creature looked like and how, specifically, it relates to us. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, "Your Inner Fish" is a six-hour, three-part documentary determined to do just that. Paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin, who wrote the book and hosts the series, is infectiously enthusiastic as he takes viewers on a tour of the human anatomy, its unexpected roots (subsequent episodes cover our inner reptile and our inner monkey)
April 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There's no single way, no guaranteed path to teach a lesson. You do the best you can, give your wisest advice, pass out the lessons and hope the light goes on. They mess up and maybe you go, 'Bad boy, bad boy. Now come over here and give me a hug.' Issue the punishment, but make sure they know they're still treasured. Yasiel Puig messed up again Friday and his punishment was to be taken out of the lineup . Manager Don Mattingly didn't say whether the punishment would extend to Saturday's game, but with left-hander Madison Bumgarner scheduled to start for the Giants, expect to see Puig back in the lineup.
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