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September 15, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
August 28, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study. A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles. Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish's habitat.
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Children and women of childbearing age should not eat bass, carp and larger brown trout caught in California lakes and reservoirs because they contain unhealthy levels of mercury, according to a state health advisory issued Thursday. Instead, they should opt for wild-caught rainbow trout and smaller brown trout, which have less mercury and higher amounts of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says. The agency also suggests women over 45 and men limit themselves to one serving per week of bass, carp or brown trout more than 16 inches long.
July 17, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
June 20, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
NASA has signed on to a mission to explore Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden inked the agreement to join the BepiColombo mission Thursday in Rome. The mission is already being built and tested by the European Space Agency. Enrico Saggese, president of the Italian Space Agency, also signed the memorandum of understanding. As currently designed, BepiColombo will include two spacecraft that will orbit Mercury and map the planet at multiple wavelengths.
May 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
As you head home from the barbecue or the beach Monday evening, take a moment for a little planet gazing. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus form a close triangle in the night sky Monday, and they shine brightly enough that even light pollution from a city like Los Angeles won't get in the way of their visibility. To find the planetary trio, wait 45 minutes after the sun has set. You will need an unobstructed view of the Western night sky. Look for the planets low in the sky, just above where the sun has set. You can find a map of where the planets will be in the sky here . PHOTOS: Awesome images from space Jupiter and Venus will be shining brightly, respectively making up the left- and right-hand points of the base of this planetary triangle.
May 8, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- An 8% cut in homeowner insurance rates for customers of Mercury General Corp. is back in play, now that a judge has denied a stay request by the Los Angeles insurer. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in March ordered the rate decrease, totaling $16.5 million for 270,000 policyholders. But Mercury lawyers asked for a stay in Sacramento Superior Court. Expensive homes | Southern California sales get outrageous The lower rates are now in force and should show up on coming bills for new policies and renewals.
March 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
It's only five weeks into the NASCAR season and Denny Hamlin can't keep himself out of the news. First, NASCAR fined him $25,000 for questioning the capability of the Sprint Cup Series' new race car. That was followed by his widely publicized feud with rival driver and former teammate Joey Logano. Then Hamlin won the pole position for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota, he said, "was just ridiculous fast. " Now the headlines Hamlin seeks are those announcing his first win of the season and first victory at Auto Club Speedway, where the Virginian has never won in 12 Cup starts.
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