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OPINION
January 26, 2013
Re "Healthcare reform's fail-safe," Editorial, Jan. 20 The Times' editorial on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, underestimates the impact of the board's ability to make indiscriminate cuts to Medicare. Physicians are already dealing with a broken Medicare payment formula, which has led to a destabilizing cycle of scheduled cuts, short-term patches and payment rates that have fallen well below the rate of inflation. It is widely agreed that Congress must eliminate this problem; the last thing we need is another arbitrary system that relies solely on payment cuts, rather than improved care delivery, to rein in costs.
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SPORTS
January 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND, Ore. - Whenever Chris Paul returns from a bruised right kneecap can't be soon enough for the Clippers. In the meantime, it has been up to All-Star Blake Griffin and super-sub Jamal Crawford to be the closer with Paul sitting out his sixth game because of a bruised right kneecap. The Clippers put the ball in Crawford's hands, but he was unable to deliver, missing a 19-foot jumper that sent the Clippers to a tough 101-100 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2013
Hollywood's most celebrated fake feud reached its epic climax Thursday when Matt Damon took over "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the night. It was an hour of entertaining revenge for the Oscar-winning star, who's been "bumped" from Kimmel's show hundreds of times over the years. With his nemesis bound and gagged in a chair, Damon had free rein over the entire broadcast, which he kindly renamed "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. " It all began with a monologue in which Damon ruthlessly taunted Kimmel and proved himself an adept stand-up performer.
SPORTS
January 19, 2013 | By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
The return of Chris Paul figured to give the Clippers a boost, another weapon to throw at the Washington Wizards. It turned out the Clippers and Paul needed everything they had to withstand an opponent with the worst record in the NBA, L.A. pulling out a 94-87 victory over Washington on Saturday night at Staples Center. Paul, who had missed the previous three games with a bone bruise in his right knee, had 22 points and 11 assists. His jumper with 32.4 seconds left gave the Clippers a 91-86 lead that sealed the victory and pushed their winning streak to four games.
OPINION
January 11, 2013
Re "Church must restore names in files," Jan. 8 J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that restoring the names of church officials who mishandled sex abuse allegations to 30,000 pages of records may require lawyers to revisit every page, which could take months. The victims of these priests have had their lives changed forever. I think the public is willing to wait, patiently, for these corrected records. No one feels sorry for the church's lawyers who must deal with this inconvenience.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013
Top Latino entertainers will perform at the Kennedy Center in a series of events ahead of President Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 21, after an election in which Latinos showed their growing political influence. Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno are among a group of prominent performers who will gather Sunday, Jan. 20 for "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center. " Longoria, a co-chair of Obama's inauguration festivities, is hosting the event.
OPINION
January 8, 2013
Re "The storm next time," Editorial, Jan. 4 There have been documentaries, news stories and policy proposals that focus on infrastructure (President Obama's jobs bill comes to mind). We have watched people die in Minnesota when a bridge collapsed, we in California faced regular rolling blackouts, and many states have had horrible floods, fires, tornadoes or hurricanes. Until all 50 state governors get together and demand a national policy and funding for infrastructure and the business community backs them up, we will just keep reacting to the most recent disaster.
OPINION
January 8, 2013
Re "Hagel faces tough test in Senate," Jan. 7 So Beltway politicians believe former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's Defense secretary nominee, is "outside the mainstream" of American foreign policy because he favors diplomatic solutions to international problems, wants our country "to avoid needless, senseless wars," insists that his primary loyalties are to the United States and urges a "careful decision-making process" before starting...
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
His shot had betrayed him and his injured body wasn't helping matters. But Willie Green had decided that he wasn't going to give in to either bad situation. Instead, Green went to the Clippers' practice facility on an off day from practice and rehabilitated his injured knee some more and then got in some extra work. The payoff was how Green played for the Clippers during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night. Green had 10 points, making four of six shots. "I got my rhythm going," Green said.
OPINION
January 1, 2013
Re "Technical school in peril," Dec. 27 The Los Angeles Unified School District's threat to close its well-regarded aviation mechanic school at the Van Nuys Airport is the latest example of the district's "college only" mentality. While the original intentions of this "more rigorous" curriculum may have been laudable, the practical result is an increasing number of frustrated students in danger of dropping out. As a counselor who works with the so-called at-risk population, I listen to the frustration and anger of many students who have repeatedly failed the same classes.
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