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November 17, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
At 6 feet 4, 250 pounds, with 4.7 40-yard speed and a relentless drive to pursue ball carriers, Kylie Fitts of Redlands East Valley appears to be the perfect fit to create havoc on defense. "He's such a beast," Coach Kurt Bruich said. As the stakes get higher, Fitts elevates his own performance. "Going out there, with all the fans and all the pressure, I just love the whole atmosphere," he said. The Wildcats are 10-0 and seeded No. 3 in the Inland Division playoffs.
November 13, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Army Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr. liked to perform — and not just on stage with the alternative rock band he played in during high school. Known for his sense of humor and fondness for comical stunts, Jeffries once wore an inflatable sumo wrestler costume to Porterville's Wal-Mart, the biggest place in the Tulare County town northeast of Bakersfield, and walked down the aisles strumming his guitar. "When the batteries went dead, his suit deflated," recounted his father, Douglas Jeffries Sr. "And he continued walking through, playing his guitar.
October 5, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The other morning I woke up to find a football in my bed. Down where the dog should have been, a football. Guess I'd had a little too much grape juice the night before, at least that's what I'm telling the wife. I snuggled the football. Whispered sweet nothings. Made a lunch date. Spooned. See, football is more than a one-night stand with me. It's a chronic, lifelong commitment. I've studied football back to the days of Cactus Face Duggan. Yes, he was an actual player (for the Giants)
July 9, 2011 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Garang Yai was 7 when government soldiers burned down his village, forcing him to flee to Ethiopia, a three-month walk that many of his fellow refugees didn't survive. One of the famous "Lost Boys," Yai eventually found refuge in the United States. Now a U.S. citizen, he lives in Virginia and works as a university custodian. Photos: Independence celebration Yai, 31, flew back to Sudan this week to celebrate an occasion that has drawn thousands of exiles like him: the independence of the Republic of South Sudan after a generations-long war that left more than 2 million people dead.
June 26, 2011
SUNDAY Party over here! Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Lil Wayne are among the performers slated for "The BET Awards 2011. " Comic Steve Harvey and R&B legend Patti LaBelle receive special honors; Kevin Hart hosts. (BET, 8 p.m.) Whither Sookie? Our favorite semi-fairy (Anna Paquin) vanished in a flash of light in last season's finale of "True Blood. " But she'll be back, along with all the vampires and other groovy ghoulies, when the super-sexy supernatural drama returns.
May 26, 2011 | Mark Heisler
From Chicago How you know it's past your bedtime: The young Bulls with 22-year-old MVP Derrick Rose played Miami even for all five games of the Eastern Conference finals, but the infamous Heat with two-time former MVP LeBron James out-finished them in four, the last Thursday's 83-80 come-from-behind victory, and that's all it takes in a best-of-seven series. Leading by 12, 3:02 from sending the series back to Miami, the Bulls gulped, Miami finished on an 18-3 run and it was summer in Chicago.
May 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
President Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a visit to the World Trade Center site. Obama will also meet with the families of the victims of the attack on the trade center, a White House spokesman said. In Sunday night's historic announcement of Bin Laden's death, Obama recalled the horror of the attacks nearly 10 years ago. "The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground," he recalled.
April 27, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Easy to call what Joe Price is doing some sort of quixotic quest, to attach religious significance to a pilgrimage bursting with symbolism and ritual. But really all he hopes to do is follow his passion for the sport of baseball while penning his own unique love story. O, say can you see ... Price is a religious studies professor at Whittier College with an interest in sports, an ear for song and an astounding wife who has agreed to accompany him this summer to 100 minor league ballparks in 40 states — just so Joe can lead the crowd in "The Star-Spangled Banner.
March 7, 2011
Did you enjoy "Sheen's Korner" on UStream on Saturday? There may be a lot more coming on HDNet very soon. ( Hollywood Reporter ) And maybe AMC? The creator of "The Walking Dead" really wants Sheen on his series. ( Hollywood Reporter ) "Rango" lassos the highest weekend gross so far this year. ( Los Angeles Times ) At age 76, most people are slowing down, but Japanese porn star Shigeo Tokuda is getting busy. ( Los Angeles Times ) Phil Collins has decided to quit the music scene altogether.
March 4, 2011 | By Laura Ling
Around the world, authoritarian regimes have tried to keep their citizens from hearing news of the protests raging throughout the Middle East and in their own countries. Some have tried shutting down cellphone and Internet service, but that has only sparked new flames of anger and discontent. Even the Chinese government, which has unleashed the most sophisticated Internet blocking system in the world, can't contain all the information and chatter on countless websites, social networks and blogs.
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