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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and instead switch to the federal website, admitting both disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get its exchange up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
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SPORTS
October 20, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: Get with the program. You really think Alabama's offense can go round for round with the Ducks' offense? Darren Spicer Answer: You may have not heard about my recent religious conversion to SEC-anity. I actually cut myself shaving today and bled Crimson. Look, I was thoroughly impressed with Oregon's demolition of Arizona State on Thursday night. The Ducks could have scored 100 on the Sun Devils. But I am hardly ready to drop Alabama from No. 1. Given that the Southeastern Conference is 8-1 in Bowl Championship Series title games, I would still pick Alabama over Oregon if the schools met this year - and boy wouldn't that be better to watch than Alabama-Louisiana State.
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April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get the operation up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
TRAVEL
August 26, 2012
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SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior second baseman Ezra Steinberg of Harvard-Westlake has committed to Oregon, Coach Matt LaCour said. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
October 26, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch for this week: 1No. 4 USC plays at No. 10 Oregon on Halloween night with the ESPN "GameDay" crew in town and Lee Corso possibly putting a pumpkin on his head. It's the game of the year in the Pac-10 as Oregon tries to go 5-0 in conference and USC tries to win in Oregon for the first time since 2005. 2Florida and Georgia hook up in Jacksonville for their annual "Cocktail Party" game with the Gators (7-0) struggling on offense yet somehow moving back to No. 1 in the polls.
SPORTS
January 12, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
USC tonight AT OREGON When: 8. Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 710. Records: USC 10-6, 2-1 in Pacific 10 Conference play. Oregon 7-9, 0-4. Record vs. Oregon: USC leads, 62-44. Update: The Ducks have lost six consecutive games heading into the inauguration of their arena. Three of Oregon's key players ? forwards Joevan Catron and Jeremy Jacob and guard Malcolm Armstead ?
SPORTS
April 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA's ongoing investigation into the Oregon football program appears to be crawling toward conclusion. It may still be months before a final verdict is rendered, but documents released Monday reveal the NCAA and the school concluded “major” violations were committed. The parties do not agree on the severity of the violations, which will necessitate Oregon appearing before the Committee on Infractions sometime this spring or summer. Oregon has proposed two years probation with a reduction of one scholarship each of the next three seasons.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Maeve Reston
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials are poised to vote Friday on whether to jettison their troubled health insurance exchange and become the first state in the country to switch to the federal version, which had its own rocky start before righting itself. At a Thursday meeting, Cover Oregon's technology advisory committee announced that it had recommended that the agency scrap its local exchange because there was neither the time nor the money available to fix it. The Cover Oregon board will vote Friday.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Enrollments in the nation's healthcare program have nearly concluded, but for states whose insurance exchanges have been crippled by technical problems, a difficult phase is just beginning: potential legal battles and a race to overhaul their systems before federal grant money dries up. Officials in Oregon, Massachusetts and Maryland are exploring legal options as they sever contracts with those who created their sites. All three states are considering a move to the federal exchange, which had its own grievous start-up problems but is now largely stable, or licensing the technology of a more successful state such as Connecticut.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Shan Li
Californians pay the second-highest taxes in the nation, beat out only by New Yorkers. That's according to personal finance firm WalletHub, which took a look at how states stack up against each other when it comes to taxes. The conclusion , which should come as no surprise to taxpayers: Where you live has a large effect on how much Uncle Sam takes from your pocketbook. PHOTOS: World's most expensive cities Taxpayers in the states with the highest taxes pay about four times more than those in states with the lowest taxes, WalletHub said.
FOOD
March 20, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon in an outstanding vintage. The grapes come from the famous Shea Vineyard in Yamhill County. The result is a Pinot with lovely dark-toned fruit, a pretty nose of rose petals and cherries, and a smooth, silky texture. And you don't need to know a thing about wine or Pinot Noir to appreciate its beauty. It's great with sautéed calf's liver, fried quail, a roast chicken or a pot pie. Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon Price: $33 to $50 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Calf's liver, quail, roast chicken, pot pie Where to find it: BestWinesOnline (888)
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS -- The good UCLA basketball team showed up Thursday night. There were smiles. There were dunks. There was even Kyle Anderson hugging Travis Wear after a fastbreak layup. This was the Bruins' rolling thunder review. The 82-63 victory over Oregon in the MGM Grand Garden Arena left Coach Steve Alford with a lucky 7-0 record for Las Vegas postseason games - six with New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament. Yet, the Bruins have stood on this precipice before this season.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS - Mike Moser's entire college basketball career intersects at the MGM Garden Arena tonight in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament. Moser will start for Oregon, playing against UCLA, where he began his career in 2009-10, in Las Vegas, where he spent two years at UNLV. Mike Moser, this is your life. “It's not really odd to me,” Moser said. “I have always followed the path that was right.” What a long and winding road it has been, leading back home.
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