May 6, 2013 |
For those who run relays in track and field, passing the baton can be scarier than a scene from "A Nightmare on Elm Street. " Just ask sprinter Morgan Simon of Los Angeles Loyola High. He remembers suddenly dreaming about dropping the baton. "I looked around frantically," he said. So when the passing of the baton comes close to perfection, it's time to celebrate, and that's what Loyola's 400-meter relay team did after winning the Mission League championship last week in a school-record 40.89 seconds, tops in the state this season.
April 25, 2013 |
You're not alone in waiting for the doctor to see you. A survey released Thursday by Consumer Reports rates the biggest gripes patients have about visting the doctor. Long waits in the exam or waiting room bothered many of the 1,000 people surveyed, rating a 7.6 out of 10 on the publication's "Gripe-o-Meter. " Most bothersome were unclear or incomplete explanations of a problem by a doctor. That scored 8.1 on the gripe scale. Other major complaints included delays in sharing test results, billing disputes and getting a quick appointment when you're sick.
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April 24, 2013 |
What gets me mad about driving in Los Angeles? Traffic, of course. That's a given. The many public officials who have done nothing or obstructed efforts to improve it deserve to spend a few years of their lives immobilized at dusk on the eastbound side of the Santa Monica Freeway. But what gets my blood boiling? Getting a ticket for parking at a broken meter. How dare they charge us because they can't accept our money? Exhibit A: On the north side of the Marina del Rey Channel, at the bottom of Pacific Avenue, each old-fashioned meter has a bright blue-and-white sign stuck on its pole: “Parking at a jammed meter may result in a parking citation.” If a meter is broken, it should be repaired or replaced with something better, not used as an opportunity to squeeze an already squeezed populace.
April 6, 2013 |
Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame proved once again that he is the fastest high school athlete in California, winning the 100 meters in 10.46 seconds at Saturday's Arcadia Invitational. His time is the third fastest in the nation this year and the fastest he has ever run this early in a track season. He's the defending state 100 and 200 champion, so his quick time demonstrates his improved strength from a successful football season when he was running the ball for the Knights.
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April 4, 2013 |
Richard Garcia was busy ticketing a Scion for blocking the street sweeper's path when a neighbor broke in with a question. "Are you allowed to paint your own curb red?" Edsel Ortiz said. Of course not, but Ortiz would have to take it up with headquarters. Another neighbor on Mountain View Street in L.A.'s Westlake neighborhood, however, wouldn't let it go. "She said she's the homeowner and we're just renters," said Tony See, dressed in slip-on rubber sandals and shorts, pointing to a driveway flanked by telltale red. "She's a bad neighbor!
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March 21, 2013
Pietro Mennea, 60, an Olympic sprint champion from Italy who held the world record in the 200 meters for 17 years, died Thursday at a hospital in Rome, the Italian Olympic Committee said. The cause was not disclosed. On Sept. 12, 1979, Mennea, competing in the World University Games at the high altitude of Mexico City, set the 200 world record of 19.72 seconds. He broke U.S. sprinter Tommie Smith's record of 19.83, set on the same track at the 1968 Olympics. Mennea's record stood until Michael Johnson ran 19.66 on June 23, 1996, at the U.S. Olympic trials.
February 16, 2013 |
The uncle of Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter who became the first double amputee to race in the Olympics, says his family is "battling to come to terms" with his nephew's being charged with murder and it strongly disagrees with the prosecution's seeking a premeditated murder charge. Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot four times and found dead at his residence in Pretoria. The police said Pistorius is the only suspect in the case.
February 14, 2013 |
The former coach of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius said he was stunned by the news that the double-amputee was arrested Thursday in connection with the slaying of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "It's incredible for anyone involved with Oscar, especially his family," Andrea Giannini, who coached Pistorius from 2009 through 2011, told the Associated Press. "I knew Oscar well. I'm hoping it was just a tragic accident. He's a marvelous person, a really sweet and calm guy. It seemed like this was a calm time for him. He seemed really happy and well-balanced.
February 14, 2013 |
Blake Leeper, a rising U.S. star in Paralympic track, expressed shock Thursday after learning that his chief rival and mentor, Oscar Pistorius, was charged with murder in South Africa. Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner," was a superstar in the sport and the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics, running in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the London Games last summer. The 26-year-old athlete is facing a murder charge after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot four times inside his Pretoria home during predawn hours.
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.