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July 10, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: Records: Sparks 13-6, Mercury 4-13. Record vs. Mercury: 3-0. Update: The Sparks have won three games in a row and are in third place in the Western Conference. The Sparks play at Phoenix and then at Indiana on Thursday before having a five-week break because of the Olympics. The Sparks have won each of their last three games against Phoenix, including a 99-88 win May 26, a 90-74 win June 8 and a 93-84 win June 23. The Mercury has lost four games in a row and has slipped to fifth place in the Western Conference.
June 5, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Tuesday's California primary election represents a first — two initiative measures that were conceived and financed by individual companies. The fate of these propositions, analysts say, could determine whether other companies follow suit. Proposition 16 is being pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has provided 98% of the $46 million in campaign financing for the measure, according to the secretary of state's office. The measure would make it harder for municipalities to launch utilities to compete with corporate providers such as PG&E.
March 1, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Using a variety of techniques, scientists in France have analyzed the "highly fragmented mummified heart" of England's King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, and discovered that the people who embalmed it, mostly likely cooks, used a combination of earthen and botanical elements -- from mercury to myrtle to frankincense -- to preserve the organ and give it a good smell. Their measurements enhance anthropologists' understanding of medieval burial procedures, the researchers wrote in a report published online Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports . King Richard earned his nickname on the battlefield, as a great warrior in campaigns across Europe and in the Holy Land (famously, he launched the Third Crusade to try to take Jerusalem back from the conqueror Saladin)
April 22, 1989
The Mercury group of insurance companies will implement an average 8% auto insurance rate increase statewide on policies renewed after May 1, the company's chairman, George Joseph, said Friday. Joseph said it was the first general increase by Mercury, one of the state's top 10 sellers of auto insurance, in about a year.
July 8, 2012 | By Jeff VanderMeer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
2312 A Novel Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit: 576 pp., $25.99 As the author of the "Mars" trilogy, among other novels, Kim Stanley Robinson has established a superlative reputation for science fictional extrapolation. In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. By the year of the book's title, humankind has (just barely) survived global warming, in part because of terra-forming technologies that have made possible the colonization of Mars, Mercury and Venus.
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