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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
Two San Pedro schools got a brief scare Friday when they were placed on lockdown after campus police received a report of a suspicious person who might be armed with a gun, officials said. A search of Dana Middle School and San Pedro High School found no such person, said Monica Carazo, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman. The lockdowns began about 3:20 p.m. and were lifted within 40 minutes, she said. “We had gotten the report right around dismissal time, so things got a little crazy,” Carazo said.  No one was hurt, she added.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2013 | By Matthew Kennedy
I'm a Barbie collector. There, I said it. I don't always confess it right away. In fact, I usually wait. My house isn't filled with Barbies like some episode of "Hoarders. " The dolls are locked in a back bedroom, which I refer to as "storage" when new men get the tour. But I refuse to deny the dolls for long. If there's any sort of real intimacy, I come out of Barbie's pink closet. I wasn't always so forthcoming - with good reason. Ironically, some gay guys are preoccupied with gender roles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss, Laura J. Nelson and Doug Smith
After officials began locking the turnstiles to the Los Angeles subway in June, stopping many passengers from riding for free, the volume of people entering the system may have fallen significantly, according to data reviewed by The Times. From May through October, the number of people passing through turnstiles each month fell from 4.8 million to 4 million, according to the data. Over the same time frame, however, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's ridership estimates climbed by about 400,000 passengers.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A report of a gunman on campus had Yale University hunkered down on alert Monday morning. "Confirmed report of person with a gun on/near Old Campus. SHELTER IN PLACE. This is NOT a test," the university said in its latest alert to the campus community in New Haven, Conn. A university alert said New Haven police were first notified of a report of a gunman by an anonymous phone call from a phone booth. SWAT teams were reportedly sighted at the Ivy League university, which began its November recess Saturday.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Fans from Berkeley, Calif., to Key Biscayne, Fla., must have done a spontaneous spit take when Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer announced his frustration with the lame-duck Bowl Championship Series. "I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday. Here's another bulletin: Bill Gates is rich. Ohio State is 10-0 with three games left but is not likely to finish in the top two unless Alabama and/or Florida State lose. It would also help if Baylor lost. The Buckeyes are currently third in the BCS standings, by a slim margin, with Baylor set to move to No. 3 if it wins Saturday at Oklahoma State.
OPINION
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
What's prison for, anyway? Is it to change people, to punish them, or simply to remove them from the streets? If the number of cells is finite - and it is - society had better figure out its reasons for selecting whom it locks up and how long it holds them. Unfortunately, states and the federal government have done a poor job of defining just what they want from their prisons. That sort of philosophical fumbling was brought home again with a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union that found 3,200 people in nine states serving sentences of life without parole for nonviolent crimes.
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle. The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his reasons for stepping down were purely personal, revolving around the education of his children, two of whom are in high school. "We wanted our kids to have junior and senior year of high school back in the United States," Locke said in a telephone interview on Wednesday from the Beijing Capital International Airport, where he was about to fly on a trade mission to Kunming in southwestern China.
WORLD
November 13, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access...
OPINION
October 30, 2013
Re "Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad poses challenge," Oct. 26 Of course there's conflict and confusion about what to do with the Riverside County boy who killed his neo-Nazi father. The process has been flawed from the beginning. Only 10 years old when he acted, his lawyers say the boy had been abused by a father consumed with vitriolic hatred. Child Protective Services had contact with the boy or his family 23 times yet failed to intervene effectively. As a psychologist contracted by the boy's attorney's testified, "You could have predicted" the shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Attica Locke has been named the winner of the 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award. The award for literary excellence is given to an emerging African American author and comes with a prize of $10,000. Locke , an L.A.-based writer, won the prize for her 2012 novel "The Cutting Season," which was published by Dennis Lehane's imprint. That and her debut, "Black Water Rising" (2009), are both literary thrillers that have hit bestseller lists as well as garnering critical acclaim. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist.
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