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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.
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IMAGE
April 5, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
French contemporary labels are expanding their retail presence globally at a fast clip. Besides Sandro, several others are moving into Los Angeles, where their takes on effortlessly undone chic resonate particularly well. They all have similar offerings (biker jackets and skinny jeans are mainstays for each label, for example, and I challenge you to distinguish them from one another). But there are subtle differences between the brands in terms of look and feel. Maje The look: Casual but polished women's wear, resort-ready glam with a heady dose of embroidery and lace.
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SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
In a question and answer story from Soccernation.com, 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. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Desperate Hockey Teams, Part II. The other entry in the three-way battle between Minnesota, Phoenix and Dallas for two wild-card playoff spots in the Western Conference, the Coyotes, visits the Kings on Wednesday night. It's no coincidence that Minnesota and Phoenix are the only teams to beat the Kings this season when the Kings led after two periods. They both did so in March with the Wild rallying for a 3-2 win Monday night. "It's hard but you just have to realize the desperation of teams," Kings center Mike Richards said.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1998
Articles on the basics of investing plus interaction forms, quizzes and Kathy M. Kristof's "Investing 101" series are available at the Los Angeles Times Web Site, http://www.latimes.com./invest101. Also available are recent columns from the Business section's Wall Street, California pages and other financial information. Point your browser to http://www.latimes.com./HOME/NEWS/WALLSTCA/.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
OPINION
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.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Dodgers returned home for the traditional start of the 2014 season with fresh Australian victories, renewed championship hopes, and a battered chunk of familiar baggage. All of this lugging around of the constant turmoil that is Yasiel Puig is getting tiresome. "I know Yasiel is a huge lightning rod," Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday as he took a deep breath. "Any time I say anything about Yasiel it turns into a story. Any time Yasiel does something it turns into a story.
OPINION
March 17, 2014 | By Mollie Lowery
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a Silver Lake supermarket. Lourdes had claimed the spot three years earlier, after she was rousted from her encampment in Griffith Park. Before that, she'd lived in her 1973 Toyota, but it was eventually impounded because of overdue parking tickets. Lourdes was one of the folks we call "chronically homeless. " She'd been surviving on the city's margins for 20 years after losing her low-cost housing because of gentrification.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hopes were high on numerous fronts for "Need for Speed," a thrill-ride of a premise about street racing, overseen by Steven Spielberg, distributed by Disney and starring a man, Aaron Paul, coming off one of the most compelling TV shows in recent memory. The reality for the driving film? Less high. The movie got out of the gate with a cringe-y 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, earned a merely decent B-plus on CinemaScore and closed the weekend with a lousy $17.8 million in box office, one of the lowest 3-D openings in recent memory and well off even conservative estimates of $25 million to $30 million.
OPINION
March 9, 2014 | By Dinah Hatton
If you're a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term "chamber pot" was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials "slop jars" or just "the pot. " Whatever you called it, I had to empty it. Our house sat on a slight rise facing busy Highway 31. The outhouse was back of the house, toward the woods, maybe 50 feet away. PHOTOS: 5 Senate women to watch in 2014 It was tricky running with the pot to the outhouse.
OPINION
March 7, 2014
Re "Waiting for 'Years,'" March 4 When a significant segment of the American experience can be artfully portrayed as slavery was in "12 Years a Slave," perhaps we have matured enough to embrace other significant parts of our history. Some brave filmmaker should step forward and bring his or her art to the American experience of 1862, when President Lincoln was dealing with the Emancipation Proclamation on one hand while on the other agonizing over the execution order for the 300 American Indians involved in Minnesota's Sioux Uprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
One girl gasps as the grainy black-and-white footage rolls: Women are screaming, thrusting their babies at soldiers boarding a helicopter. In the next scene, hundreds of refugees packed in the belly of a rickety boat rock in the ocean, desperately trying to flee their homeland after the fall of Saigon. Gathered in a Garden Grove office, young adults who grew up in the shadow of war watch the images, only tasting the horrors their parents and relatives endured when South Vietnam fell to Communist forces 38 years ago. For many in immigrant communities like Orange County's Little Saigon, the memory of April 30 - "Black April" to those who lived through it - has been passed on only through photographs, stories or rough video clips.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscars are over, Twitter has recovered, the pizza has been devoured and the delivery guy is probably still waiting for the money to make its way from Pharrell Williams' hat to his pocket. But everyone else, host Ellen DeGeneres tells us, is a winner - well, except for "American Hustle," which went 0 for 10 in its nominated categories. (Don't sweat it. The art of survival is a story that never ends.) So what can Hollywood learn from the last six months of awards campaigning?
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The closing ceremony here was meant to celebrate the new face of Russia. And after a month of intense scrutiny over human rights violations, stray dogs, unfinished hotels and terrorism threats, that face looked largely relieved Sunday and perhaps a bit too exhausted to party. "We did it," Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 organizing committee chief executive, said at the ceremony. "We conquered the Olympic summit. And these Games will be with us forever - Olympics.
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