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February 3, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- MeetMe.com, a social networking site, is enabling predators to target minors, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera charged in a lawsuit Monday. Herrerra said the New Hope, Pa.-based company MeetMe Inc. was violating California laws by relying on legally invalid consent from minors age 13 to 17 to reveal their real-time locations and personal information to strangers. Dozens of minors nationwide have been victimized by predators who found them on the networking site, and it has been implicated in several crimes involving sexual assault and illicit sex with minors in California, according to the suit.
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SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a 13-year veteran who spent the 2013 season as a backup with the Colorado Rockies. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Torrealba, 35, has a career .256 average, .315 on-base percentage, .379 slugging percentage, 56 home runs and 339 RBIs, and he had a slash line of .240/.295/.283 with no homers and 16 RBIs in 61 games for the Rockies last season. He has thrown out 191 of 645 base-stealers in his career for a 30% success rate, which is slightly above the major league average of 28%. The Angels are not expected to carry three catchers on their opening-day roster, but Torrealba provides an experienced alternative if regular catchers Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger suffer injuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bach and Handel did not lead intersecting lives. Bach never left central Germany, while Handel became a cosmopolitan Londoner. Bach was a man of the church and had 20 children. Handel caught the theater bug and was not a family man (recent musicology presumes him to have been gay). But what are the odds that these two pillars of the Baroque would be born less than a month apart in the winter of 1685 and 90 miles away? And in another magnificent coincidence, each produced his most compelling spiritual summing-up, a resplendent working through of crises of faith, in 1749.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have signed veteran first baseman Carlos Pena and 29-year-old outfielder Brennan Boesch to minor league deals with invitations to spring training, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Tuesday. Pena, 35, was once one of baseball's most productive first basemen, putting together three straight seasons in which he hit at least 31 home runs and drove in 100 runs or more for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2007-2009. His best year was in 2007, when he hit .282 with 46 homers, 121 RBIs and 103 walks.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy plans to form a team in the USL Pro minor-league soccer series to bolster its development of players for the big-league club, the Times has learned. The team will be called Galaxy II and will play its home games at StubHub Center in Carson, just as the Galaxy does, according to people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. They said an official announcement could come as early as Wednesday. The Galaxy would be the first Major League Soccer team to own and operate its own USL Pro team.
SPORTS
January 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have signed utility infielder Ian Stewart, a former Westminster La Quinta High star who was a first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2003, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Stewart has a career .232 average with a .319 on-base percentage and .417 slugging percentage, 59 home runs and 204 runs batted in over six seasons, five with the Rockies and one with the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old third baseman and second baseman was suspended for 10 games without pay by the Cubs last season for going on a Twitter rant about his reduced role in the organization, a violation of the loyalty clause in his contract.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Sami Vatanen's value to the Ducks is seen in the fact he's scored a goal in two of the past four games he's played, contributing more than 21 minutes of ice time a week ago. With the return of defenseman Luca Sbisa from a torn right hand tendon coming, however, the younger Vatanen was moved down to minor-league Norfolk Wednesday morning before the Ducks (37-9-5) play the Winnipeg Jets (22-23-5) at Honda Center at 7 p.m. “That's the only move that could be made,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Veteran infielder John McDonald, 39, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that includes an invitation to spring training, the team confirmed on Thursday. The well-traveled defensive standout, who has played for eight major league clubs in 15 years, will compete with Andrew Romine for the utility infield job. He will earn $850,000 in base salary plus incentives if he makes the team. McDonald has never been a big offensive threat -- he has a .235 career average with a .274 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage, 28 home runs and 205 runs batted in and hit just .111 in 51 major league games for four different teams in 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
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