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March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For years, Curtis Godin was a baseball player. Last year, as a junior, he gave up trying to make Mater Dei's varsity baseball team and decided to try something different -- track and field. He ran the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds in his first year. In the off season, he began full-time track training, lifting weights and running. Last week, in his season debut, he ran the fastest time in the state, clocking in at 10.71 seconds. Suddenly, Mater Dei might have a top 100-meter runner.
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April 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's with great trepidation that I announce news that's going to create more nightmares for the defensive coordinators who must figure out how to stop Bellflower St. John Bosco on the football field this fall: Sean McGrew is getting faster, stronger and even better. Yes, he's the same running back who rushed for 367 yards in 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the CIF Open Division regional bowl game against Corona Centennial last season. Last month, he ran the 100 meters in 10.67 seconds, setting a school record.
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BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Jon was notified recently that SoCalGas would be installing "smart meters" in his neighborhood. He's got some questions about that. What sort of info will these things gather? Is the wireless technology safe to be around? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Can you opt out? Good questions. I put them to the utility. For the answers, check out today's Ask Laz video. If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz .
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March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Everyone knows about Sean McGrew, the talented sophomore running back at St. John Bosco. On Saturday, McGrew showed he can be a factor in track, running a 10.67 100 meters, breaking the school record. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
May 12, 2012
Re "A boost in parking fines moves many wrong way," May 8 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking for a $10 increase in parking fines. Is he looking for another riot to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 uprising? We're in an economic slump. The city's financial woes were caused by bad decisions by politicians. Now he wants to put his foot on the neck of residents to bail out the city. The mayor's legacy will be the resentment of L.A. residents. Steve Cassidy Los Angeles It would be easy for the city to implement a system to warn residents of impending street sweeping via email, text message or a robo-call.
OPINION
December 11, 2012
When the Los Angeles City Council voted last week to reaffirm its 2-year-old policy of ticketing cars parked in spaces with broken meters, blogs lit up with outrage from Los Angeles drivers. It's hard enough to find an empty, legal parking spot in car-choked L.A. It seems downright churlish to penalize drivers for parking at faulty meters that won't even accept their money. Back before the 2010 policy went into effect, the city would let you park at a broken meter for free. But those were the old coin-only meters, and according to a city transportation spokesperson, 10% of them were broken at any one time - the result, for the most part, of vandalism.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Everyone knows about Sean McGrew, the talented sophomore running back at St. John Bosco. On Saturday, McGrew showed he can be a factor in track, running a 10.67 100 meters, breaking the school record. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Carmelita Jeter couldn't fend off a late burst of speed by Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who repeated as gold medalist in the women's 100 meters Saturday in London. Jeter burst out of the blocks at the front of the pack and was fighting for the lead with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown when the defending champion surged into the lead and held off the competition at the finish line to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter finished second in 10.78, followed by Campbell-Brown, who also took third in the 2008 Summer Games.
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August 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - Justin Gatlin of the U.S. recorded the fastest time in the semifinals of the men's 100-meter dash Sunday, enhancing the anticipation for the final that will be run in a few hours at the Olympic Stadium. Gatlin was timed in 9.82 seconds in a powerful and seemingly effortless first-heat performance that brought him home ahead of Churandy Martina of the Netherlands (9.91). In the second heat, Usain Bolt of Jamaica eased up and looked around but still cruised to the line in 9.87 seconds, ahead of American Ryan Bailey (9.96)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. City Council's newly minted Transportation Committee chairman used his first motion Tuesday to deride a controversial policy that allows the city to ticket motorists who park in spaces monitored by what turns out to be a broken meter. "As a candidate, I heard a lot of people who were highly annoyed about this," said Councilman Mike Bonin. "Even if the impact is a small one, it still sends this horrible message that the city isn't on your side. " Before 2010, motorists could park at broken meters across the city without fear of reprisal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California took a big step Thursday toward what astronomers predict will be vastly improved exploration of the solar system and universe. The UC regents approved the university's participation in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, a scientifically ambitious project shared by Caltech and astronomy groups from Canada, Japan, India and China. The $1.4-billion telescope was described as the most advanced optical telescope in the world, with extra power and improved clarity to see distant planets and older stars than is possible now. Construction is scheduled to start this year and the telescope would be in operation in 2022, officials said.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For years, Curtis Godin was a baseball player. Last year, as a junior, he gave up trying to make Mater Dei's varsity baseball team and decided to try something different -- track and field. He ran the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds in his first year. In the off season, he began full-time track training, lifting weights and running. Last week, in his season debut, he ran the fastest time in the state, clocking in at 10.71 seconds. Suddenly, Mater Dei might have a top 100-meter runner.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The state champion in the 100 meters, Khalfani Muhammad, has graduated from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and moved on to California, but there's plenty of speed left in the Mission League this spring. It starts with T.J. Brock, who had the fastest 100 meters time by a freshman last season. He transferred from Crespi to Chaminade and will become eligible next month just in time to compete in the Arcadia Invitational. Alemany's Dominic Davis ran 10.83 last week . Loyola has the fastest 400-meter relay time in the state and is led by Mekai Sheffie and Nico Evans.
OPINION
February 26, 2014
Re "Spoiled about water," Opinion, Feb. 24 Installing dual water meters to measure both indoor and outdoor use as a way to help save water sounds like a good idea until factoring in the total costs. The $255 "sub meter" cited by the authors is only a fraction of what's needed to set up a dual water meter system. One must factor in the trenching and then installation of a second pipe from each meter to the residences, and then the plumbing on through the residence to the backyard, where there may be more landscaping or a pool.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Just about every speedskater at the Olympics has been asked about the United States' stunning inability to win a medal. Questions typically touch upon the controversial race suits the skaters swapped mid-competition. But U.S. speedskater Maria Lamb didn't race until the women's 5,000 on Wednesday, the last individual competition. She finished 16th. "I know we're all capable of so much more than these Games have shown," the three-time Olympian said. "To have to watch [my teammates]
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - Ranked 1-2 in the world, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are the United States' best two options to get the U.S. speedskating team on the board and take the pressure off an ongoing medal drought. On Sunday, the former in-line skaters race in the 1,500 meters. After swapping a new Under Armour suit for an old one, the male counterparts on the team went 0-4 in Saturday's 1,500. Richardson and Bowe have struggled in Sochi as well. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Richardson, 24, finished eighth in the 500 and seventh in the 1,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Drivers will no longer get a ticket for parking at a broken parking meter in the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to overturn a policy that allowed vehicles to be ticketed when parked at broken or inoperable meters.   City officials had said the ticketing policy would discourage drivers from vandalizing meters and parking for free. Since that time, new parking meter technology has made such a law unnecessary, said Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion . The city's new high-tech smart meters , which accept credit cards, send a text message to the city's repair crew when a meter's coin slots or card readers jam. The average response time to repair a meter is now about two hours, Transportation Department engineer Daniel Mitchell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1993
OK, whose bright idea was it to set up all these quarter-only parking meters? How many law-abiding people are now going to get tickets because they only have other types of change or not enough quarters? JEFFREY LUSTMAN Hollywood
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - When U.S. short-track Coach Stephen Gough saw his men's 5,000-meter relay team was in, the relief poured out. With four laps to go in Thursday's first semifinal, South Korea's Ho-Suk Lee interfered with Eddy Alvarez of the U.S., sending both skaters tumbling into the Iceberg Skating Palace pads. The United States scrambled to finish fourth, visibly upset and shaking their heads. South Korea finished third. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi As the crash was replayed on screens over center ice, officials huddled.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - J.R. Celski had put himself in the position he wanted, the one guaranteed to keep him out of trouble and get him the medal he wanted in the 1,500 meters Monday afternoon. Then Celski allowed stuff to happen that would leave him sprawled against the protective mats at the Iceberg Skating Palace after finishing fourth. Maybe it was just the usual stuff in short-track speedskating, where having a lot of people trying to wedge their way into small spaces on a slippery surface often leads to collisions.
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