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May 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The city of Moore, Okla., was struck by a devastating tornado Monday because all the familiar ingredients were in place to spawn such a massive storm. It was also a victim of simple bad luck. At least twice before in recent years, in 1999 and 2003, destructive twisters have struck the Oklahoma City suburb. Experts said they knew of no scientific reason why Moore became a target yet again. "If I gave you 1,000 darts and blindfolded you, and you threw the darts, some would cluster together," said Robin Tanamachi, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in nearby Norman, Okla.
May 14, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There's nothing easy or predictable about the 40-team Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs that begin Tuesday with eight wild-card games. "The Division 1 games are a juggernaut," Coach Matt LaCour of No. 3-seeded Studio City Harvard-Westlake said. "Single-elimination playoffs are about a team getting hot at the right time and having a little luck. " Santa Ana Mater Dei (24-2) ended the regular season as the best team in Southern California and received the No. 1 seeding for the Division 1 playoffs.
May 10, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
A worrisome abdominal pain drove Jalal Afshar to seek treatment last year at healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente. The Pasadena resident and Kaiser member had lived for years with a rare condition known as Castleman's disease, which affects the lymph nodes and the body's immune system. But this was the first time he experienced such severe symptoms. Kaiser granted his request to see a specialist in Arkansas. But it ultimately declined to pay for his treatment there. By June, Afshar said, Kaiser was arranging for hospice care so that he could die at home.
April 4, 2013 | By Irfan Khan and Kate Mather
A volunteer hiker who heard the cries for help from missing hiker Nicolas Cendoya credited "an amazing amount of luck" for the rescue. Ted Sindzinski said he spent Wednesday hiking in the area and decided to join the volunteers searching for Cendoya and Kyndall Jack, 18. He joined up with a friend of the pair about 5 p.m. and decided to do a “simple, 10-minute hike, just to look around places that perhaps somebody didn't have time to go...
March 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- UCLA redshirt senior forward Alyssia Brewer was the happiest of all the happy Bruins when the third-seeded women's basketball team was sent to play their first two NCAA tournament games at St. John Arena. After defeating Stetson, 66-49, on Saturday in the first round, UCLA will play sixth-seeded Oklahoma at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time Monday. On Friday, when UCLA had its first practice here Brewer, who is UCLA's second-leading scorer (11. 1 points per game) and leading rebounder (7.8 per game)
February 23, 2013 | By Josh Getlin
NEW YORK - In the annals of showbiz, the chance encounter between lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich 21 years ago may not rank with Rodgers and Hammerstein's first meeting or Lerner linking up with Loewe. But it could prove to be a memorable moment for American musical theater. It all began on a summer afternoon when the women spied each other across a crowded room at the BMI Musical Workshop in Manhattan. They were Broadway babies determined to write musicals, and their first conversation went something like this: Heisler: "I like your dress.
February 18, 2013 | By Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
I step out the door of my Los Feliz apartment and head to the parking lot where my rust-colored bicycle awaits. Strap on the helmet. Key open the bike lock. It's another sunny morning in L.A. The pavement rolls by under my single-speed bicycle. Commonwealth Avenue. Talmadge Street. And finally, Sunset Boulevard. Dodge, roll, brake, roll. Shattered windshield glass. An opening car door. A downed branch of a palm tree. Sun in my eyes, I pedal my way downtown, glancing with schadenfreude at the traffic backed up on the freeways.
February 4, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
WASHINGTON — A trip that already was already shaping up as a major challenge for the Clippers only got more difficult Monday night when Blake Griffin didn't play because of a strained left hamstring. And so as the Clippers continue to fall apart on the injury front, they also are falling apart on the court. They lost their third consecutive game Monday, 98-90 to the lowly Washington Wizards, a game in which sloppy ballhandling cost them a chance at victory. Griffin, who didn't talk after the game, saw the Clippers fall to 1-3 on their eight-game Grammy trip and lose for the seventh time in nine games.
January 31, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
Anne Hathaway has had quite a year going into the Academy Awards, at which she's strongly favored to win the supporting actress Oscar for her role as Fantine in director Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables. " She got raves for her performance as Catwoman in the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises," sang for President Obama at a fundraiser in August and married actor Adam Shulman in an outdoor ceremony at Big Sur in September. And this month, she's taken home trophies from the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
January 23, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Day at the races, Santa Anita: First race. Starter allowance for 3-year-old fillies who are a little conflicted and (supposedly) never dated. On the first turn, my horse goes into labor, then rallies to finish fourth. Good sign. Karma. I claim the foal just in case. Because that's how winners roll. Second race. Stakes race for California-sired maidens who have never once been kissed. After betting, I get lost looking for a bathroom, then accidentally wander out onto the track and - amid a cloud of dust and confusion - finish second.
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