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June 18, 2010 | By Tova Ross, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When I was 16 and struggling with a vicious eating disorder in a hospital inpatient program, different patients had different reasons for nursing themselves back to health. Unfortunately, most anorexics don't use health itself as a motivator: The reasons ranged from going back to college or to please a boyfriend or family member. But my own personal incentive to get well was inspired by my longtime desire to have children one day. After severely weakening my body and inflicting amenorrhea on it through my best attempts to starve myself to skeletal proportions, I knew that I would need to get healthy myself before I began thinking about having a healthy child.
April 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The way the Ducks tell it, their interest in beating the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday is rooted mostly in the perks of what accompanies winning the Pacific Division and not about avoiding a first-round playoff series against the Kings. “No one's ever mentioned that about the Kings,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The guys have fought long and hard to get to first place. … It's about the satisfaction of playing for six months and being the best.” By beating the Sharks in any fashion at Honda Center, the Ducks would clinch their second consecutive Pacific Division title and at least the No. 2 Western Conference playoff seeding.
March 15, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
On Sunday, more than 24,000 people will run the 26.2 miles of the L.A. Marathon from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica — a good chunk of them first-timers. Without knowing quite what they were getting into, they've trained for weeks and pushed their bodies to the limit. Their reasons are as varied as L.A.'s neighborhoods. Some have had the race on their bucket list; others will run in remembrance of a loved one, as a weight-loss regimen or to fulfill a bet. Does the inspiration matter?
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
August 8, 2010 | By Stefan Stern
"If I kick my dog (from the front or the back), he will move. And when I want him to move again what must I do? I must kick him again," psychologist Frederick Herzberg wrote in the Harvard Business Review in 1968. But that kind of management produces movement, not motivation, he said. Daniel Pink's new book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," published by Riverhead, contains no mention of Herzberg, and that rings an alarm bell. Not that it has any shortage of references to psychological and other academic research.
August 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Anyone seen actor Jonah Hill lately? We did a double-take at the newsstand the other day when we spied the current issue of New York magazine featuring Brad Pitt and some other good-looking guy. Upon closer inspection, said guy was actually Hill, minus about a million pounds. The former chubster has slimmed down considerably. He allegedly did it the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise. He follows in the footsteps of funny former male fatties such as Seth Rogan, Horatio Sanz and George Lopez, who have all noticeably trimmed their waistlines.
December 15, 1985
As the president of the Crenshaw Apartment Improvement Program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth Ryon for the very fine article (Dec. 1) on the apartment community infamously known as "The Jungle." This article has had a provocative impact on the community, and has served as a source of motivation to many who now want to get involved. Again, Ruth, thank you for your very fair and well-balanced reporting, and hopefully your efforts in cleaning up "The Jungle" will serve to make you proud as well.
January 8, 2008
A raise that's hard to justify," Opinion, Jan. 4 How can Scott Baker conclude that judges making far less than their private practice peers are nonetheless provably just as qualified? What evidence proves that lower-paid judges have the same legal quality as higher-paid judges? As judicial salaries fail to keep pace with private attorney salaries, there is an obvious financial motivation for more successful attorneys to avoid judicial service. The baseball umpire analogy is unhelpful.
December 31, 2000
The concussions were scary for Ben Leard, and the back surgery and separated shoulder were certainly no fun. But what really hurt him was an all-out booing blitz from his team's fans on an October day in 1998. "Hearing all those boos in my direction, I was embarrassed," Auburn's senior quarterback said. "It's something I never wanted to hear again. It's been a motivating thing for me. It's something I'd never experienced and never wanted to again."
August 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant was able to sum up his motivation as a player in one simple word ... "Six," said Bryant to Wang Dong of CCTV News in support of his 3rd Annual Sprite Charity Basketball Game in China. Bryant has won five championships with the Lakers. He's currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he sustained in a game April 12. "I expect us to go out there and do what we do best, just try and win a championship," said Bryant. "I'm excited about this upcoming year because there are a lot of question marks -- a lot of people doubting and giving us challenges. I'm excited about it. " The Lakers will face tough competition this season in both conferences, especially with Bryant's health a concern and the loss of Dwight Howard in free agency to the Houston Rockets. Veterans Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are also rehabbing injuries from the previous season.
April 4, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Alan Zarembo and Adolfo Flores
After the sudden death of his mother in November, Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was upset that officials at Ft. Hood granted him less than two days to go home to Puerto Rico for her funeral. Carmen Lopez's death from a heart attack came just a month after that of his grandfather. Months later, the 34-year-old musician, father and decorated soldier posted a chilling message on his Facebook page about a robbery at his home, saying the devil had taken him and he was "full of hatred. " Lopez opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the weapon on himself at Ft. Hood on Wednesday.
March 11, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Money was not a motive in the slaying of a wealthy San Juan Capistrano couple who were shot, allegedly by their 19-year-old son, Orange County prosecutors said. Ashton Sachs is accused of killing his parents as they were sleeping and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but was left paralyzed in the Feb. 9 incident. Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs was arrested late last week while staying with friends in San Diego.
March 9, 2014 | By John Kiriakou
The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't enforcing the Espionage Act only against political opponents. I'm one of the people the Obama administration charged with criminal espionage, one of those whose lives were torn apart by being accused, essentially, of betraying his country.
March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels might be all about Mike Trout this and Mike Trout that, but Albert Pujols scoffed at the suggestion that he might be motivated by all that Trout has accomplished. "I don't need to compare with anybody, buddy," Pujols said Sunday. "Just look at my numbers. My job is to stay healthy and go out there and play. I don't need anybody to motivate me to play this game. " The Angels plan to bat Trout second and Pujols third, the keys to an offense that could be formidable if Pujols resembles his St. Louis self.
February 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Rugged defenseman Niklas Kronwall, captain of undefeated gold-medal finalist Sweden, plays in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock, who has guided undefeated Canada to Sunday's hockey finale. So Kronwall knows how effective a leader Babcock can be. "Whenever you're in a meeting," Kronwall said, "he always seems to find the right things to say and gets the guys extremely motivated. " Babcock has done a fine job in motivating his superstars to buy into a demanding defensive style.
February 20, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here" may be the most ruthless short story I've ever read. Published in the New Yorker in 1997 and the next year in Moore's collection "Birds of America," it revolves around a family turned upside down after a mother finds a blot clot in her baby's diaper. The mother, like Moore, is a writer: "Take notes," her husband begs. "We are going to need the money. " But it is the direction these notes take us that gives the story its pitiless edge.
August 17, 2010 | Wire reports
In an interview with GQ magazine, LeBron James said the highly critical letter written by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert the night James announced his decision to sign with the Heat will give him "a lot of motivation" when Miami plays Cleveland. Of Gilbert, James said: "I don't think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You'll get a good sense of their character. Me and my family have seen the character of that man. " James also told the magazine that growing up in Akron, about 40 miles outside of Cleveland, he and his friends didn't like people from the bigger city.
February 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man was gunned down in Inglewood and pronounced dead at a trauma center, police said Tuesday night. The victim was shot multiple times near a bus stop by West Beach Avenue and Venice Way. He was believed to be in his mid-20s, said Lt. Mark Fried of the Inglewood Police Department. Fried said homicide detectives were at the scene gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.
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