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September 23, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Back in 2009, when he was a candidate struggling for reelection, Texas Gov. Rick Perry swung by a tea party rally in Austin and famously winked at the idea of his state breaking off from the U.S. and creating a whole other country. He quickly became the butt of jokes on the late-night TV circuit -- this was before his famous "oops" moment as a presidential candidate -- and Perry just as quickly backed off the notion. Cynical? Perhaps. Calculated? So it seemed: The move boosted Perry's tea party credibility and helped him on his way to a smashing reelection win en route to that ill-fated 2012 White House bid. Now, with greater earnestness, activists are emulating that breakaway spirit, launching secession movements in several states, among them California, Michigan and Maryland.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Will the "Late Show" under Stephen Colbert move to Los Angeles? Don't count on it. After "Late Show" host David Letterman announced he was stepping down last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti personally appealed to CBS Chief Les Moonves, saying in a letter that he was "excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS' next late night show to our city. " Garcetti and his newly appointed film czar, Ken Ziffren, reinforced that message in a phone call with Moonves this week.
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SPORTS
December 14, 2009
LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and Mo Williams hit a backbreaking half-court shot in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers close out a 102-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Williams tracked down the ball after Thabo Sefolosha had tipped it into the backcourt. With Coach Mike Brown yelling at him and the shot clock running down, he turned and fired a 48-footer. The shot earned him a look of disbelief and a congratulatory hand slap from James, and it put Cleveland ahead, 94-87, its largest lead to that point.
OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By David J. Hand
We humans have a curious relationship with chance. We're prepared to place bets that events with incredibly small probabilities will occur - such as the 1 in 259 million chance that a ticket will win the Mega Millions lottery. Yet, we go about our everyday lives happily ignoring far larger probabilities - that we might get killed by a lightning strike, for example, which has a chance of about 1 in 3 million in the United States each year. The great mathematician Emile Borel said that sufficiently improbable events never occur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Pleitez is loping down a South Los Angeles side street of bungalows, propelling his 6-foot, 3-inch frame toward a registered voter his campaign advance team has discovered is home. Aides, including one carrying a camera to document his long shot run for mayor, try to keep up. Once he finds the voter waiting in the front yard, he greets him exuberantly in Spanish, answers some questions, hands him a flier and moves on. Pleitez is a 30-year-old former tech executive in a hurry, who seems to believe no vote-harvesting opportunity can be passed by. He chats up Latina mothers selling snacks outside an elementary campus.
SPORTS
September 17, 1990 | NORMAN DASH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Sparkles" doesn't go often to the Southland's race tracks, but when she does, she likes to hit on the long shots. For example, on Aug. 25 at Del Mar, Sparkles was in the Club House during the eighth race when one of her horses, Notorious Pleasure, took the lead at the quarter pole of a 1 1/8-mile route for 3-year-olds and up. Her other horse, Miserden, raced up to second behind Notorious Pleasure and poked his head in front entering the stretch.
SPORTS
February 24, 2009 | Associated Press
The New Jersey Nets needed something outrageous to beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Devin Harris provided it with a half-court heave to beat the buzzer that needed a long review before it counted. Harris hit a lunging 47-footer at the horn and the Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a 98-96 victory over the 76ers on Monday night. The shot initially was ruled to have come after the buzzer.
BUSINESS
May 29, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Ron Carey, the militant head of a Teamsters Union local in New York City, is moving quickly across the country as an insurgent trying to oust the entrenched national leaders of the scandal-ridden Teamsters Union. Carey, a 22-year officer of his 6,000-member local, is a long shot. But even if he doesn't win, other honest candidates may come forward because, at last, a new democratic election system gives them a chance.
SPORTS
February 15, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Steve Kerr vividly recalls being a 10-year-old kid, with a basketball tucked under his arm, staring up at the rim from behind an imaginary three-point line he had paced off in the driveway. The basket looked a block away. "I remember thinking, 'How does anybody ever make one of these?'" said Kerr, 47, who never could have dreamed he would end a 15-year NBA career as the league's most accurate three-point shooter. That long shot - once dismissed as a publicity stunt - has fundamentally changed professional basketball.
SPORTS
August 20, 1990 | NORMAN DASH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On April 25, the first day of this year's Hollywood Park season, a long shot by the name of Zone of Danger was running against 11 other horses in a six-furlong event for fillies and mares that were at least 3 years old. In this sixth race of the day's card, Zone of Danger was $16.80 to $1 in the betting. There were two favorites in the race, Le Lu and Flying Vamp, both of which were $3.70 to $1.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PORTLAND, Ore. - It seems unlikely that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will return to play this season for the Lakers. Bryant has still not been medically cleared, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday, and Nash continues feeling soreness from chronic back problems. The Lakers (20-39) have only six weeks left in their season. Nash has played 10 games, Bryant six. Bryant hasn't played since December because of a fractured knee. He hasd not been on any recent Lakers' road trips, though he joined them in Portland, where the Lakers were set to play Monday night.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
NASHVILLE  - Corey Perry days earlier said one of the factors bedeviling the Ducks during their 10-game rut was that the puck wasn't bouncing the team's way. That changed Saturday night, as two Ducks' passes were deflected off Nashville players into the goal and a long-distance shot weaved almost magically to the net through skaters' traffic in Anaheim's 5-2 victory over the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. "You work hard, you create your own bounces," Perry said. "A garbage goal, as they say, takes the monkey off your back.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Betting on the outcome of the Grammys is always a losing game. And the nominations for the 56th annual ceremony prove the voting members of the Recording Academy are as broad as ever with their musical tastes. But history has shown that unpredictability could be the theme of the evening. Will 17-year-old Lorde make Grammy history? Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke's staggering chart prowess be rewarded by voters? Will a rap album take the night's top prize for the first time in a decade?
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Back in 2009, when he was a candidate struggling for reelection, Texas Gov. Rick Perry swung by a tea party rally in Austin and famously winked at the idea of his state breaking off from the U.S. and creating a whole other country. He quickly became the butt of jokes on the late-night TV circuit -- this was before his famous "oops" moment as a presidential candidate -- and Perry just as quickly backed off the notion. Cynical? Perhaps. Calculated? So it seemed: The move boosted Perry's tea party credibility and helped him on his way to a smashing reelection win en route to that ill-fated 2012 White House bid. Now, with greater earnestness, activists are emulating that breakaway spirit, launching secession movements in several states, among them California, Michigan and Maryland.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
AULT, Colo. - Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!" It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones with all the political power, who think milk comes from a carton and meat arrives magically shrink-wrapped inside the butcher case. "They don't even know who we are up here," she said, her anger like the smoke curling from Wayne's six-shooter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By James Rainey and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
No one has accused Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James of lacking for showmanship. His spirited debate performances have given an outsize profile to the onetime talk radio host's long-shot campaign. But the financially strapped candidate's release of a Web video showing his rivals as burying a dead body in a shallow grave has set off accusations that James has overreached in trying to draw attention to himself in the last days before the Tuesday primary. The James video depicts top contenders Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti as part of a culture of corruption at City Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The top honor at the 13th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night went to the little indie that could. In something of a surprise win over such favorites as "Babel," "The Departed" and "Dreamgirls," the outstanding ensemble in a motion picture award went to the cast of the dark comedy "Little Miss Sunshine." The movie received several Oscar nominations last week, including best picture, but had been considered a long shot for most awards.
SPORTS
December 11, 1989 | NORMAN DASH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whenever Hollywood Park or Santa Anita race tracks produced a big payoff, the "Champ" would happily show off a $2 win ticket on the nag. It didn't matter how huge the price--$100, $200, $300 or higher--the Champ would grin and mumble to his friends in the grandstand, "I got it." Then off he would shuffle, in a sort of side-to-side movement, to cash in his winning ticket. The Champ, of course, never really won big overall, despite the many long shots he hit. Supposedly, he never lost big either.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
EDMONTON, Canada - When finesse won't produce goals - and it hasn't been a reliable tool for the low-scoring Kings this season - there's only one way to go. "We talked about getting ugly ones," center Colin Fraser said. "You've got to get to the net to do it. " Fraser, restored to the lineup after being scratched the previous four games, led the way against the Oilers on Tuesday night by anchoring the fourth line and aggressively going to the net for a goal that was a thing of beauty for the Kings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Republican Kevin James received two significant boosts Friday to his long-shot bid for Los Angeles mayor: the endorsement of former Mayor Richard Riordan and the first of nearly $400,000 in television ads purchased by a committee backing his campaign. Political observers say the developments could improve James' standing in the March 5 primary, but some questioned whether they would be enough to counter the city's heavy Democratic tilt. "It increases his prospects and puts him credibly in the ballgame to make the runoff … and it makes the race more interesting," said Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist and publisher of the nonpartisan California Target Book, which handicaps legislative races.
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