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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
King of the hill Miami Heat star LeBron James , putting himself among the four players on an NBA Mount Rushmore: "I'm going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don't want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot. " Feeling the love Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's email response, after being informed that new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had credited him with attracting a younger, more invested class of owners: "I like Adam.
February 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
  Danica Patrick, responding to comments by NASCAR legend Richard Petty that questioned her racing skills, said Thursday that "everyone's entitled to their own opinion. " Petty, who won a record 200 races and now co-owns a NASCAR team, said last weekend that Patrick could win a Sprint Cup Series race "if everybody else stayed home. " But Petty, 76, who's widely known as "the King," also said Patrick and her celebrity were good for stock car racing. "People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine," Patrick, 31, said during media day at Florida's Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. "You can't try any harder," Patrick said in a transcript released by Team Chevy.
February 5, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
A cigarette dangles from the mouth of art iconoclast Dave Hickey as he cracks open the door of the Presidential Suite at downtown Los Angeles' Ace Hotel. Coffee cups, reading material and cigarette butts litter the room, which is dark except for one low-glowing lamp. The dim light silhouettes Hickey's sturdy, broad-chested frame as he shuffles toward the hotel room's patio. "Come on in," he yells in a deep, Southern-inflected voice. "I'll be outside having a smoke. What is there to talk about anyway?
January 4, 2014
No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
December 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A court order keeping an Oakland girl on life support after a routine tonsillectomy left her brain-dead expires Monday as a family-approved doctor is scheduled to examine her for a second opinion. Family members of 13-year-old Jahi McMath are slated to march in front of C hildren's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Monday as they call for an investigation into how the girl deteriorated so dramatically after a routine surgery to have her tonsils removed. On Sunday, a group of faith leaders sent a letter to the Alameda County district attorney's office requesting a formal investigation into what happened to  Jahi , NBC Bay Area  reported . Soon after her tonsillectomy on Dec. 9, Jahi went into  cardiac arrest  and the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off. The next day, a CT scan showed two-thirds of the girl's brain had swollen.
December 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There might be a perfectly good reason to vote against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame. It is long past time for the people casting those votes to explain them. Baseball's longest streak of absurdity continued Monday, when for the sixth time a committee declined to elect Miller to the Hall of Fame. The full and proper name of the Cooperstown shrine is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Yet, there is a vast emptiness to the place without Miller, the pioneering leader of the players' union.
December 6, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - After two months of stumbles, pratfalls and intensely negative media scrutiny, overall public opinion on President Obama's healthcare law has not changed as much as one might expect, but partisan lines have hardened, judging by recent surveys. The percentage of Americans who view the law unfavorably has increased since its botched rollout in October. In the latest monthly Kaiser Family Foundation poll , 49% of Americans said they viewed the law unfavorably, up from rates in the low 40s that had prevailed for most of the year.
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
According to two respected medical organizations, up to twice as many of us - nearly a third of all adults - should be taking statins to avoid heart attack and stroke. But statins, the potent cholesterol-lowering medications of which Lipitor is the most famous brand name, also are associated with some difficult side effects, including most notably muscle pain. And once prescribed, they are generally taken for the rest of one's life. Last week, the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology concluded that the drug should be prescribed for people with at least a 7.5% chance of having a heart attack within the next decade, a lower threshold than before.
October 28, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
James Costos, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, was called on the Foreign Ministry carpet Monday to be informed of the Madrid government's anger over reports that U.S. intelligence spied on 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone. His counterpart in Paris, Ambassador Charles Rivkin, had his turn in the diplomatic hot seat a week earlier, when the French foreign minister summoned him to address similar reports of massive U.S. surveillance of French communications. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, upon hearing reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been monitoring her personal cellphone calls as recently as 2010, went straight to the top, venting her ire directly to President Obama.
October 18, 2013
Re “Redskins: No harm, no foul,” Opinion, Oct. 15 I too think that the Washington Redskins should change their name. Recently I've become highly offended by the word “Washington.” Richard Schultz Sherman Oaks More letters to the editor ...
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