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September 28, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
In a season of surprises for the Angels, perhaps none has been more welcome than the play of Kendry Morales . And it isn't just the team-leading 32 homers and 102 runs batted in, which have gone a long way toward making up for the loss of free agent Mark Teixeira to the New York Yankees. The Angels knew Morales could hit. But no one was sure how well he'd fit in at first base, where Teixeira is a two-time Gold Glove winner. "The more I improve my defense, the more I can help the team," said Morales, who played primarily in the outfield before defecting from Cuba and signing with the Angels as a 21-year-old.
February 13, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The budget that President Obama unveiled Monday is, at its heart, a political document, laying out his priorities and, not incidentally, reflecting the strategy he plans to pursue in his reelection bid. It underscores Obama's hopes of turning the election into a choice -- as he sees it -- between a vision based on economic fairness and broad opportunity and Republican proposals that would hurt the neediest and further reward the already well-to-do....
February 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney's time at the 30-yard line of Detroit's Ford Field more closely resembled the recent 0-16 Lions than this year's playoff-qualifying vintage. That's how his speech Friday to the Detroit Economic Club is playing at least. What was supposed to be a major address playing to the presidential hopeful's strength -- the economy -- ended up being mocked in the Twitter-sphere and providing fodder to his foes. For starters there's the choice of venue -- a 65,000-seat football stadium for a speech that was only ever going to draw a few hundred people at most.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
My Sunday column comparing private philanthropy and government social programs has revived the old debate over who is more charitably inclined, conservatives or liberals? Skipping to the last page of the story first, the answer is neither: As two MIT political scientists determined in a 2013 paper , the inclination to give appears to have virtually no relationship to one's partisan or ideological views. There are distinctions, however, in the kind of giving between the two poles.  First, some context.
December 10, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
In the first GOP debate featuring Newt Gingrich as the undisputed front-runner, rival Mitt Romney threw the first jab at the former House speaker, attempting to cast him as a career politician. Asked where he and Gingrich differed, Romney said, ”We could start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon. I'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that.” He said he also disagrees with Gingrich's proposal to eliminate child labor laws so that poor kids can work to clean their schools.
July 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
Major league baseball teams called Roland Latina "the Glove Doctor." Latina, the retired chief glove designer at Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. in St. Louis, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Belleville, Ill. He was 78. Latina was born in East St. Louis, Ill., and was a gunner for the Navy during World War II. He worked for Rawlings at its St.
February 20, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes it pays to keep the little things. After the Brooklyn Dodgers had beaten the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series, Dodger catcher Roy Campanella gave pitcher Clem Labine his mitt. "I told Roy I was having trouble finding anyone to catch for me during the off-season because I didn't have a catcher's mitt," Labine said from his home in Vero Beach, Fla., Thursday. "So Roy gave me his."
Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Moral Majority, made a splash last November when he endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Now he's part of an organized campaign urging the man who bested Romney in the Republican primaries and caucuses, John McCain, to not make the former Massachusetts governor his running mate. There was no love lost -- at all -- between the McCain and Romney forces in the final stages of the GOP contest.
December 17, 2003 | Russ Parsons; Leslee Komaiko
If you've eaten at a serious restaurant recently -- Patina, Cicada, Geoffrey's, Lucques -- you've probably been the target of what might be diagnosed as neurotic napkin neatening. You know the drill: You get up from the table to call the sitter to make sure everyone's still alive and when you return, the napkin you left tossed casually aside has been transformed into an obsessively neat triangle or folded into an elaborate fan or hijacked and replaced altogether.
June 19, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
It's the latest cookie kerfuffle of Campaign 2008. Cindy McCain and Bill Clinton whipped up a bit of controversy over cookie recipes they submitted to Family Circle for its fifth Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, published this week in the July issue. For the last four presidential elections, the magazine has asked the spouses of the leading candidates to share their favorite cookie recipe -- then let readers choose the tastiest.
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