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December 15, 2013 | By David P. Barash
On Dec. 1, 1948 - 65 years ago this month - Jose Figueres, then president of Costa Rica, made a fiery and eloquent speech, after which he took a sledgehammer and bashed a hole in a huge stone wall at the nation's military headquarters, Cuartel Bellavista. Its imposing towers and massive gates had loomed over the capital city of San Jose since 1917, the country's premier symbol of military power and the home of the "Tico" military establishment. Figueres was not just being a showman; he was announcing something truly extraordinary: Henceforth, Costa Rica would take the almost unheard-of step of renouncing its military.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Jason Song
El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title on Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor. The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000 and beat out 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High School finished second, about 200 points behind El Camino, a difference of about 10 questions. El Camino also narrowly edged Granada Hills in the California competition in March. The title is L.A. Unified's 15th national championship.
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NATIONAL
February 21, 2010
NEW YORK NAACP elects new chairman The NAACP elected a healthcare executive as its youngest board chairman, continuing a youth movement for the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Roslyn M. Brock, 44, will succeed Julian Bond. She had been vice chairman since 2001 and a member of the 500,000-member NAACP for 25 years. Brock, who works for Bon Secours Health System in Maryland as vice president for advocacy and government relations, spent 10 years working on health issues for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Nicole Teeny's first feature-length documentary unveils a little-known subculture, one that combines the Good Book with good old-fashioned competitiveness. But the National Bible Quiz Championship, with its teams of Scripture-spouting teens, isn't the main event in "Bible Quiz. " A smart, funny and disarming 17-year-old girl is the heart of this low-key charmer of a coming-of-age story. The intimate film, a prize winner at the Slamdance Film Festival, revolves around the experience of Mikayla Irle, a tomboyish 12th-grader with family troubles who finds a sense of belonging on a Bible Quiz team in Tacoma, Wash.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1985
George R. Ditomassi Jr., group vice president of Hasbro Inc. of New York, has assumed direct responsibility for the company's Milton Bradley division in addition to his other duties. Hasbro said that Ditomassi is taking over the responsibilities of John W. O'Donnell, who resigned as president of Milton Bradley effective in December. O'Donnell, who cited personal reasons for his departure, reported to Ditomassi.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The New York Police Department has learned the hard way that Twitter is a two-edged sword with a point that has deeply embedded itself into the department's self-image. The department this week decided to stick a virtual toe into the 21st century by launching a Twitter campaign to allow everyone to post pictures that glorified New York's finest under the hashtag #myNYPD. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of the hoped-for pictures of police helpfully aiding citizens and happy cops on bicycles -- staples of the department's official news feed -- it got an outpouring of pictures of apparent police brutality, misconduct and just downright nastiness.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead when Mike Trout walked, Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double and Erick Aybar hit a run-scoring single. David Freese ended an 0-for-14 skid when he doubled to left-center and later scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, and Trout had a run-scoring single in the ninth. Pujols, who also singled in the first, struck out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. Aybar was seven for 12 in the series to raise his average from .175 to .240.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Loyola's soccer team has finished second in the nation behind Florida Montverde Academy in the Student Sports Fab 50 rankings. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. "I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert," Sherrill said.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - The Angels were three outs away from their first series sweep in the nation's capital since 1962, their first winning record in 386 days and a highly anticipated Amtrak train ride to New York City when closer Ernesto Frieri drove them off the rails Wednesday night. Frieri, whose hold on his ninth-inning job was tenuous, failed to protect a three-run lead in a stunning 5-4 walk-off loss to the Washington Nationals, leaving Manager Mike Scioscia little choice but to replace Frieri as closer with setup man Joe Smith.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck led off the game with a double to left field and Mike Trout reached on an error ahead of Albert Pujols' three-run home run. Howie Kendrick, who had two hits, doubled to right-center field in the first and scored on Chris Iannetta's two-out single to left for a 4-0 lead. Trout singled ahead of Pujols' 500th home run, in the fifth, and Erick Aybar, who had three hits Monday night, doubled to left for his second hit, stole second and scored on David Freese's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. “I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert,” Sherrill said.
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