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October 7, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Sometimes you work and work, and it just doesn't happen. You believe you're the right person, believe it's the right moment, but circumstances or someone in authority direct the moment elsewhere. It all could have ended badly for Chris Capuano. The season had been strange from the beginning, when he showed up to spring training and found himself one of eight starters vying for five positions, and not real excited about a bullpen role. Once the season started he was quickly on the disabled list with a calf strain.
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February 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast. But that was the closed caption that hearing-impaired people got during a report from the WeatherNation channel last month. What the caption was supposed to say was, "high winds and a very light, powdery snow. " Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports. Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.
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NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
For Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, the off days have been the hardest ones to get through. That's when his very active mind takes over. He has played 719 regular-season games, making his NHL debut with the Devils in 2000 and appeared in his first playoff game in 2003 with the Minnesota Wild. At 35, he is within one game of winning the Stanley Cup. Big minutes in the playoffs have been less of a problem than getting through non-game days, of late.  “Your mind wanders a little bit, to be honest,” Mitchell said.
SPORTS
October 7, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Sometimes you work and work, and it just doesn't happen. You believe you're the right person, believe it's the right moment, but circumstances or someone in authority direct the moment elsewhere. It all could have ended badly for Chris Capuano. The season had been strange from the beginning, when he showed up to spring training and found himself one of eight starters vying for five positions, and not real excited about a bullpen role. Once the season started he was quickly on the disabled list with a calf strain.
SPORTS
June 4, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Jake Lemmerman remembers the day he was taken in the Major League Baseball draft like it was yesterday — in fact, it's been nearly a year. "It's kind of surreal, basically. This is what I always wanted, with the team I always wanted to play for," says the Dodgers minor leaguer who was taken in the fifth round last June. Teammate Blake Smith, a second-round selection in 2009, won't soon forget his selection, either. "I think about it all the time," he says. "It definitely changed my life.
SPORTS
November 21, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
He sits on the second row. The moment he gave up the throne, he moved back to the second row. It suits him there. His journey makes sense from there. He is as close to the ushers as the superstars. He is midway between his deepest roots and wildest dreams. "I'm the guy you look at and say, 'Oh,' " said Bernie Bickerstaff, his gap-toothed smile widening. "You see me and say, 'Oh, him.' I'm the forgotten guy. I'm the guy who just does his job. " In a young Lakers season dominated by coaching narratives, the most compelling cannot be found along the beach with Phil Jackson, or on crutches with Mike D'Antoni, but in that second row, in the thick mountain drawl of the gray-haired man who traveled unimaginable miles to get there.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roshan Seth is one of India's most internationally renowned actors, best known as the prosperous uncle in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and for appearances in such films as "Mississippi Masala" and "London Kills Me." Never in the West, however, has he had such a formidable role as in "Such a Long Journey," playing a Bombay bank clerk, a classic Everyman, who is severely tested on the eve of India's 1971 war with Pakistan.
SPORTS
June 25, 2012 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
EUGENE, Ore. - Stunned after he was shot three times in the legs as he left a party near the USC campus, fearful that he might not walk again much less run at a world-class level, Bryshon Nellum's instinctive thought was to continue moving. "It's crazy because I never did fall to the ground. I kept going, just to run to safety," said Nellum, who was targeted by two gang members who mistook him for a rival in the early hours of Oct. 31, 2008. "I hopped and skipped on one leg to safety.
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July 6, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were flat and they were tired and they were flat-out tired of seeing palmballs from Ranger right-hander Jose Guzman, but the Angels weren't prepared to say their 8-0 loss to Texas Friday was caused by anything other than the weariness of a long journey and short sleep. Working on three days' rest for the second time since the pitching rotation was reduced to four starters, Mark Langston (12-3) struggled with his location and lost his six-game winning streak.
NEWS
January 16, 1998 | SANDY BANKS
I couldn't have been more than 9 or 10 when my mother toted us to a dusty lot at a neighborhood park, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was scheduled to appear. It was a stifling Cleveland summer day, but hundreds had turned out to hear the civil rights leader preach from the back of a flatbed truck. I don't remember much of what he said--just the way his voice rose above the static of the cheap sound system.
SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
PHOENIX - Their weary souls covered in the pained sweat that comes from digging through the deepest of expectations, the Dodgers celebrated the triumphant climax of their regular-season journey Thursday with a most perfect splash. The boys took a bath. Shortly after the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, to clinch the National League West championship, about half of the team jogged out of its Chase Field dugout, across an empty right-field expanse, and headed toward the right-center field wall.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The quadrennial convention of the AFL-CIO. the nation's largest labor federation, has attracted a diverse crowd from across the nation and around the world to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the 5,000 scheduled to attend were day laborers from as far away as Florida and taxi drivers from New York City. But there were also several international guests, including representatives from the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, trade unionists from Pakistan and representatives from the Myanmar Federation of Trade Unions.
SPORTS
July 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sixteen years ago, Tina Thompson was sitting in a law school preparation class in her senior year at USC when a WNBA official left a voicemail inviting her to play for the new league. Thompson had always wanted to be an attorney, so she was hesitant to go in another direction. "They weren't offering very much money," Thompson recalled. "I think the initial offer that the WNBA offered me was below the poverty line in California. " But a few hours before the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, Thompson decided that she couldn't pass on an opportunity to play for a pro sports league that was backed by the NBA. The Houston Comets made her the first player chosen.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
With Peter Jackson's film " The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey " coming to screens this week, the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien are at the top of the mind. And the top of the menu, if you happen to be sitting at America's chain diner, Denny's. Denny's launched its " The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" menu in November. It includes  items such as the Shire Sausage Skillet, Bilbo's Berry Smoothie, Gandalf's Gobble Melt, Radagast's Red Velvet Pancake Puppies®, and the Dwarves' Turkey and Dressing Dinner.
SPORTS
November 21, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
He sits on the second row. The moment he gave up the throne, he moved back to the second row. It suits him there. His journey makes sense from there. He is as close to the ushers as the superstars. He is midway between his deepest roots and wildest dreams. "I'm the guy you look at and say, 'Oh,' " said Bernie Bickerstaff, his gap-toothed smile widening. "You see me and say, 'Oh, him.' I'm the forgotten guy. I'm the guy who just does his job. " In a young Lakers season dominated by coaching narratives, the most compelling cannot be found along the beach with Phil Jackson, or on crutches with Mike D'Antoni, but in that second row, in the thick mountain drawl of the gray-haired man who traveled unimaginable miles to get there.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Steve Appleford
A strange feeling came over Randy Blythe of the heavy metal band Lamb of God just moments before stepping onstage last August: He got nervous. The occasion was opening night of the Knotfest hard rock festival in Council Bluff, Iowa, another in a series of high-profile gigs for the singer. But it wasn't the crowd or the spotlight that had him anxious. Just days earlier, Blythe was imprisoned in the Czech Republic, facing manslaughter charges and uncertain as to when or how he would be released.
NEWS
January 30, 1985
One morning when I was fit to drive again I decided to pay a visit to the County-USC Medical Center, historically known as General Hospital. I could see it from our windows. It had always been a landmark on my personal orbit, its modern Gothic towers still dominating the horizon to the southeast. A few degrees to the west I could see the tower of City Hall, and just across the street from it, hidden behind our hill, was the Times Building, which had anchored my life for 31 years.
BOOKS
September 7, 1986 | William Packard, Packard is author of "Saturday Night at San Marcos," published by Thunder's Mouth Press and to be reissued in paperback by Grove Press in spring, 1987. and
Rachel Ingalls is a master storyteller whose style can be deceptively tepid and episodic as she engages the reader in the deadly habituation of someone's casual life style, only to rush the reader to a sudden climax that is as inevitable as it is bewildering.
SPORTS
September 13, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
As the Kings' summer of Stanley quickly morphs into the NHL's season of labor discontent, now is a good time to look back on the most far-flung travel the Stanley Cup made following the team's diaspora from L.A. in June. Defenseman Slava Voynov was the first Kings player to take the Cup to his hometown -- a long haul of 6,200 miles to Chelyabinsk, Russia, in July. It was the first time the Cup had ever visited the central Russian city of over a million people, some of whom were kind enough to greet Voynov in Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys (must be Evgeni Malkin territory)
SPORTS
June 25, 2012 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
EUGENE, Ore. - Stunned after he was shot three times in the legs as he left a party near the USC campus, fearful that he might not walk again much less run at a world-class level, Bryshon Nellum's instinctive thought was to continue moving. "It's crazy because I never did fall to the ground. I kept going, just to run to safety," said Nellum, who was targeted by two gang members who mistook him for a rival in the early hours of Oct. 31, 2008. "I hopped and skipped on one leg to safety.
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