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SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod has scheduled a special meeting of the Southern Section Council for June 10 to approve playoff groupings.  April 30 was the original day the Southern Section Council was scheduled to meet to approve final playoff groupings for 2014-2016. That day was thrown out after the Southern Section lost in arbitration to St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian, Damien and St. Lucy's over where the schools would be placed for their sports teams. Meanwhile, league representatives from the Mt. SAC Area, Northern Area and Parochial Area must put together new leagues.
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WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians rallied in West Bank cities on Monday in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before his scheduled meeting at the White House with President Obama. Palestinians carried pictures of the Palestinian leader and banners expressing support for Abbas, who Palestinians fear faces pressure from Obama and other world leaders to accept a framework peace agreement with Israel that falls short of their aspirations for independence. "We are here, Mr. President, to tell you that we are behind you in your efforts to find a solution to our just case that would end the [Israeli]
OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
These might be the best, busiest, most complex weeks of the year in our house, and it's all because of two threads. One red, one green. The most important is the red one - the cultural tether that stretches back to Chengdu, China, where our daughter, Grace, was born in 2004. Grace was 13 months old when my wife, Mary Frances, and I arrived to adopt her and bring her home to Los Angeles. In our early days as a triple-A (Asian American by adoption) family, I thought we might face some cultural barriers, draw stares, confuse people.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Twenty years ago, Ed O'Bannon's geography skills had an unfortunate lapse after he learned UCLA would play Tulsa in the NCAA tournament's first round. “To tell you the truth,” O'Bannon said at the time, “I didn't even know Tulsa was in Oklahoma.” Tulsa went on to end UCLA's tournament early in 1994, history that won't be far away when the schools meet Friday in San Diego to start the NCAA tournament. After beating Louisiana Tech to win the Conference USA tournament, Tulsa's first NCAA appearance since 2003 is the latest twist in an unpredictable season.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 47-20; Cavaliers 26-40. Record vs. Cavaliers: 0-1. Update: The Clippers are on 10-game winning streak, but they've lost 12 of their last 14 games against the Cavaliers. In their 88-82 loss at Cleveland on Dec. 7, the Clippers had season lows in points and field-goal percentage (32.2%). The Cavaliers are coming off two impressive road wins, at Golden State on Friday and at Phoenix on Wednesday.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -   A delegation of eight U.S. senators met in Kiev, Ukraine,  with recently installed interim Ukrainian government leaders on the eve of a controversial Russian-supported secession vote in the Crimea region and discussed providing assistance. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant minority leader, said Saturday that the United States is expected to respond to the Ukrainians' request for basic military items -   including fuel, tires, food and sleeping bags -   to support its troops.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
LONDON - The top U.S. and Russian diplomats tried but failed Friday to avert escalation of the conflict over the Crimean peninsula, leaving Moscow and Washington badly divided over the legality and consequences of a Sunday referendum on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Western nations would not recognize the vote and that if the vote goes forward they would swiftly begin imposing sanctions on Moscow, whose proxies in Ukraine are driving the secession bid. He also warned that any move by the Russian government or lawmakers to ratify the outcome of the referendum, almost certain to endorse secession, would amount to an illegal "backdoor annexation" of Crimea.
OPINION
March 14, 2014 | By James Romm
This week, as the Ides of March approaches - the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship - the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way off from the Augustan "Golden Age" of ancient Rome, an era that produced art and literature still admired today.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Sam and Samuel - together again. KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, who gained what he called "global" notoriety last month after Samuel L. Jackson blasted him for confusing the African American actor with Laurence Fishburne during a live interview, faced off with Jackson for the first time since the blowup. Rubin spotlighted his chat with Jackson on a "KTLA Morning News" segment Thursday morning that apparently was meant to take a swipe at some of the harsh criticism Rubin has received over the earlier Jackson interview.
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