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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 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- A feature about Israeli female soldiers and a documentary about an American fighting in Libya took top jury prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday night. “Zero Motivation,” Talya Lavie's Hebrew-language look at a group of complicated soldiers on the cusp of adulthood, took the award for best narrative feature, while “Point and Shoot,” Marshall Curry's movie about a Baltimore man who takes up arms on behalf of the rebels in Libya in 2011, took the top documentary prize.
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.
April 24, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
For all the dangers football poses to its players, the sport still represents hope to thousands of young men. Judd Ehrlich's persuasive but slight documentary "We Could Be King" movingly argues for the necessity of high-school athletics, especially in low-income communities, where pigskin is a key tool educators have in encouraging would-be dropouts to stay in school. After the Philadelphia school board closes 37 schools and merges Martin Luther King High with its Germantown rivals, heroic Ed Dunn oversees the union of the two football teams.
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?
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.
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 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 9, 2014 | By Tina Susman, Alana Semuels and Richard Simon, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - It took only a few minutes, what the governor would call “one horrific five-minute period,” for a 16-year-old high school student wielding two kitchen-size knives to attack 21 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School outside of Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Hours after the onslaught, authorities said they were still searching for a motive. “What made this young man decide to get up today and do this?” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett asked at a news conference on the school campus.
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.
April 8, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Ruben Vives and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police said they are still trying to determine what prompted a man to open fire at an LAPD station in Mid-City station Monday night, wounding an officer. The shooting suspect, 29-year-old Daniel C. Yealu, remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday but was booked in absentia on suspicion of attempted murder, LAPD officials said. Online jail records showed his bail was set at $2 million. Yealu walked up to the front desk of the LAPD's Wilshire Division station about 8:30 p.m. and fired at two officers there, Chief Charlie Beck said.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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