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October 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Unwelcome North American attention landed exclusively at the skates of goalie Jonathan Quick by virtue of his own-goal gaffe in the Kings' 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. Of course, the road to the loss was hardly a one-man show, as Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell correctly noted. "If you watch the game, how well Quickie played. We played like beep in front of him," Mitchell said. "The shift before I think he made three pad saves that were incredible.
October 3, 2013 | By Chad Hanson
It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding logging operations on federal land. "The Yosemite Rim fire is a tragedy that has destroyed 400 square miles of our forests," said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in announcing a bill he introduced late last month that would expedite massive taxpayer-subsidized clear-cutting on federal public lands in the fire area.
September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Muhammad Ali has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is such a beloved public persona that George W. Bush personally presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the ultimate honor for an American civilian, in 2005. It would not have been that many years earlier, however, when, if Bush had thought of Ali at all, it would have been in terms of opprobrium and fury. How had things changed so much in such a short time, and what had Ali done in the first place to earn the scorn of the nation's establishment?
September 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
More Americans have negative views of Russian President Vladimir Putin than at any time since he came to power in 2000, and a majority now see Russia as no friend of the United States, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated. The survey conducted this week reflected a sharp downturn in U.S.-Russia relations over the last few months, as most respondents in a poll three months ago still held a favorable impression of the former superpower and its leader. Putin's granting of political asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in August, and his government's targeting of gays and lesbians with fines and imprisonment for homosexual "propaganda," were cited by poll analysts as likely contributors to the changed attitudes toward Moscow.
September 3, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Employers have a decidedly negative view of the so-called millennial generation, seeing those in the Gen Y demographic as having poor work habits and inflated pay demands. That's the upshot from a new study examining the professional outlook for people in their 20s, known collectively as Gen Y. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Many employers prize Gen Y workers for their perceived facility with technology and social media -- not to mention their willingness to work around the clock for little to no pay. But 47% of the bosses surveyed said millennials have a poor work ethic, 46% said they're easily distracted and 51% said they have unrealistic compensation expectations, according to the study by research firm Millennial Branding and financial giant American Express.
August 23, 2013 | By Jon Healey
As disgraced soon-to-be-ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner prepares for life away from elected office, one question leaps out: How did city voters get blindsided? After all, Filner had run for election a million times before (OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration; the actual number is closer to 14), winning seats on the local school board, the City Council and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented the region for 10 years. Several of those contests were bitter, including the race for mayor last November.
August 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“Emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity” are what caused Chris Brown to suffer a seizure early Friday, a rep for the singer said. The L.A. city Fire Department responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m. on Friday saying the 24-year-old singer had suffered a seizure at Hollywood recording studio the Record Plant, according to TMZ. Brown was said to have refused treatment at the studio. The singer wasn't hospitalized after suffering the non-epileptic seizure, a rep for Brown said.
June 30, 2013 | David Zucchino
To Allison Riggs, a voting rights lawyer, North Carolina's 1st Congressional District looks like an octopus with its arms stretched menacingly in all directions. Each arm, Riggs says, sucks in black voters to pack them into the district and dilutes their voting strength in nearby districts -- "a cynical strategy to disenfranchise blacks. " With Republicans adding the governor's mansion last fall to their control, on top of the North Carolina Legislature, Riggs and other civil rights activists have counted on protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to prevent GOP geographical empire-building through redistricting.
June 21, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I knew not to expect a pat on the back when I read the email's subject line. Your stupidity it said . It was a complaint about my Tuesday column lauding the work of a young teacher at a South Los Angeles charter school. I'd considered that a "good news" column about education, showcasing a dedicated third-grade teacher. Many readers agreed. "You have highlighted what's best about education," wrote Pam Metz, an assistant principal at West Torrance High. But some teachers were offended.
June 12, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Home shoppers could be getting a relief from that inventory squeeze in coming months as rising prices lift more homes out of underwater positions. The data firm CoreLogic reported Wednesday that roughly 850,000 homes with mortgages went from underwater positions to positive equity during the first three months of the year. That amounts to about 39 million homes with equity. Southern California's housing recovery: An interactive map "The negative equity burden continues to recede across the country thanks largely to rising home prices," said Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic.
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