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OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Jonathan Pollard's fate," Editorial, April 2 You argue that releasing Jonathan Pollard, the former intelligence worker who passed along secret information to Israel and was sentenced to life in prison, is a poor decision because it would set an "unseemly precedent. " You go on to argue that releasing Pollard would not have any real impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both claims fail to see the urgency of the situation. Releasing Pollard would actually provide concrete incentives to Israel's very right-wing government by rewarding it for concessions.
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SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers' early 8-0 deficit cut in half, Hanley Ramirez stole second base with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and no outs in the seventh inning. However, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and successfully overturned the safe call involving Ramirez at second base. Gonzalez struck out on the next pitch, ending any realistic chance at a comeback. The sequence marked the first time the expanded replay system was used in a Dodgers game.
OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Campaign donor limits grow looser," April 3 Whatever one's politics, we all should be concerned about the corrosive influence of big money on government. More than 100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt had to struggle with political bosses to get elected and pass reforms. Today's bosses are billionaires who spend millions to influence our politics. The Supreme Court's most recent decision on campaign money (reasoning that political contributions are protected free speech) furthers the sale of our democracy to the highest bidder.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
A look at the NCAA tournament semifinal between the seventh-seeded Connecuticut Huskies (30-8) and the first-seeded and top-ranked Florida Gators (36-2). When: Today, 3:09 p.m. TV: TBS Breakdown: Florida is the only No. 1-seeded team to survive the two-week tournament gantlet and got to Texas by defeating four teams with a total seeding number of 40: Albany (16), Pittsburgh (9), UCLA (4) and Dayton (11). The Gators' last defeat was Dec. 2 against Connecticut. The Gators are led by four seniors: Scottie Wilbekin, Patric Young, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete.
OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Gunman opens fire at Ft. Hood," April 3 The saddest thing about the latest Ft. Hood shooting spree was how quickly the government assured us that this was not an act of terrorism. Thank God that it was not terrorism but rather just another normal, American, run-of-the-mill mass murder made possible by gun nuts and their puppet masters in the National Rifle Assn. This is, after all, what makes America great, yes? If unfettered access to firearms leads to the deaths of a few innocents, well then, that's a small price to pay to protect our freedom, right?
HOME & GARDEN
April 4, 2014 | By Marion McNabb
I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic. I was intimidated, but I also was lonely and looking for a challenge, so I went. That choice, to face my fears and connect with others, forever changed my life. From the outside, the tiny theater space on a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard looked industrial - not the beachy sort of place I, a newcomer to L.A., had imagined it would be. I was not impressed.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Almost as impressively as the Nashville Predators hovered around the net Friday, the Ducks circled around their beaten veteran goaltender Jonas Hiller after a 5-2 trouncing at Honda Center. Hiller, returning from a three-game hiatus that Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hoped would enhance the goalie's sharpness for the approaching Stanley Cup playoffs, gave up four first-period goals on nine shots. After a 14-game win streak from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12, Hiller is 6-8-3 since. SUMMARY: Nashville Predators 5, Ducks 2 He was replaced with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the period by the emerging rookie Frederik Andersen, who's gaining serious traction for playoff use with a 19-5 showing this season that included three consecutive wins in Hiller's absence.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Final Four has grown so large they had to move it from Planet Earth to Jerry World. It actually makes sense a stadium nicknamed "The Billion Dollar Play Pen" should host college basketball's billion-dollar end games. It makes less sense that everyone except the players seems to be cashing in. This being Texas, of course, one host city was not enough to handle the event, as the NCAA granted this bid to the wide-open-spaces sweep of "North Texas. " That means Amarillo, technically, got a Final Four in the modern era before Los Angeles.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Surely the Lakers wanted to send Steve Nash to the sidelines with something better than this. They might get another chance. In one of the final dramas of a long-ago discarded season, Friday was supposed to be the last game of 2013-14, if not a career, for the 40-year-old point guard. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Nash might be back for another game after the Lakers' 107-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Dallas Mavericks 107, Lakers 95 Nash had four points and seven assists in only his 14th appearance this season, his chronically sore back preventing him from playing so many other times.
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