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March 5, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Days before the Los Angeles Marathon, organizers canceled a  popular nighttime bicycle race along the 26.2-mile route because they did not obtain the proper permits. Every year since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Just after 4 a.m., cyclists swarm the streets to enjoy three hours of car-free fun on some of Los Angeles's normally most congested boulevards.
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NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
I-N-D-E-F-A-T-I-G-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y. Indefatigability means tireless determination, but these students almost certainly know that. Two spelling bee competitions in the Midwest over the weekend had to be suspended and rescheduled when their brilliant young contestants dueled for hours to a temporary tie, having mastered dozens of bizarre and foreign words at an early age. After more than 60 rounds of the Jackson County Spelling Bee in Missouri and...
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Alana Semuels
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in court papers that the deadly plot was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner. " Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision, announced Thursday, marks the first time the Obama administration will attempt to execute an accused terrorist in a federal court case. But whether the 20-year-old immigrant will be sentenced to death will be subject to an intense legal fight.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Los Angeles has been awarded the 2016 men's and women's Olympic marathon trials, a prestigious event that fits the city's hope of bringing the Summer Games back in 2024. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Marathon will be held Feb. 13, 2016, and will determine Team USA's marathon entrants at the Rio de Janeiro Games. The races will take place on a multi-loop course that will be designed to closely simulate Rio's course and will remain within Los Angeles, largely in the downtown area. The men and women will have separate starts, and both races will be nationally televised.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Actor Dave Madden, best known as the grumpy band manager on the hit series "The Partridge Family," died Thursday at age 82. To commemorate his career, especially his most high-profile role, Antenna TV, owned by the Tribune Company, which also owns The Times, will be airing a seven-hour marathon of "Partridge Family" episodes Saturday. The marathon begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time and runs until 5 p.m. Episodes to be aired will include the premiere episode, "They Shoot Managers, Don't They?"
SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | By David Wharton
MAMMOTH LAKES -- American snowboarders face a few busy -- and crucial -- days at Mammoth Mountain this week. As halfpipe rider Louie Vito said, "Get ready for a marathon. " Starting Thursday, Olympic hopefuls in halfpipe and slopestyle will compete in three qualifying finals over four days at the Mammoth Lakes resort. The flurry of competition will determine who gets to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games next month. American officials had planned to hold a series of five qualifiers at various locations but bad weather interrupted a recent competition in Breckenridge, Colo.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings . Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, some of the victims have focused their attention on creating new charities -- not for themselves, but for others who have faced similar obstacles, out of the spotlight. Jarrod Clowery, who was pierced by shrapnel during the bombings, says that in his darkest days after the bombings, he'd go into the bathroom of his hospital room, take off his bandages, and start picking at the pieces of jeans embedded in his skin until he bled.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2014 | Alana Semuels
She'd raised five children by herself, and Liz Norden was ready for the empty nest. Two of her daughters, 24 and 26, still lived with her, but they were barely home and busy with their own lives, so Norden, 51, talkative and cheery, was beginning to have days and nights to do what she liked: spend time with friends, play poker, maybe just relax. But then a bomb tore through the Boston Marathon, sending torrents of shrapnel through a crowd. Norden's phone rang that day, and she heard her son Paul say, "Ma, I'm hurt real bad. " Paul hovered on the edge of death for days, and the family could not immediately locate another son, J.P., who had just one pint of blood left in his body when he arrived at a hospital.
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