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February 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- Television viewers tuning in for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night should not expect a reprise of the 2012 London Games opener. In other words, there will be no Paul McCartney singing "Hey Jude. " "Unfortunately, we cannot boast a plethora of famous, world-known pop stars," producer Konstantin Ernst said. "This is why were are now focusing on what Russia is best known for musically around the world -- namely classical music. " Sochi organizers have kept a tight lid on preparations, but let a few details slip Friday morning.
February 6, 2014 | By Anh Do
The colorful Tet festival is going mainstream, moving beyond the borders of bustling Little Saigon to a sprawling county fairgrounds where it is expected to attract thousands who never ventured into the Vietnamese American district. Nora Simmons is among those who will be a first-time visitor to the Lunar New Year celebration, the largest Tet gathering outside Vietnam, when it begins Friday. The Mission Viejo resident admits that exploring the Vietnamese cultural enclave that stretches across the face of central Orange County seems intimidating and she worried that it's a "wild place.
February 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The NCAA has informed the University of Washington that it has completed an inquiry and does not plan to take action stemming from allegations that a former assistant football coach who worked under Steve Sarkisian paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit. The NCAA investigated allegations that former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi gave $4,500 to a former high school track coach to pay for academic services for Andrew Basham, who signed with Washington in February 2013 but did not qualify academically to enroll.
February 3, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - The sun shines brightly as a gentle breeze rustles palm trees along the shore. The forecast calls for a mostly clear sky with mild temperatures through the week. Welcome to the Winter Olympics. The 2014 Sochi Games will take place 1,000 miles south of Moscow, at a Black Sea resort that qualifies as one of only a few Russian cities with a subtropical climate. If that seems less than hibernal, the organizers insist they can stage a successful competition no matter what kind of weather there is over the next month.
January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Kroenke Organization confirmed Friday The Times' report that it bought a large piece of land in Inglewood. Billionaire Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park that could potentially be used for an NFL stadium. "As real estate developers, the Kroenke Organizations are involved in numerous real estate deals across the country and North America," a Kroenke Organization spokesperson wrote in an email statement.
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Roderick Wright will remain a member of California's upper house until an appeal is decided on his eight felony convictions for lying about where he lived. But the Democratic lawmaker from Inglewood is being removed as chairman of the powerful Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which oversees gambling and liquor laws. He was allowed to keep his membership on the Senate's budget, energy and human services committees. "Unless and until there is a final conviction for a felony," state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
January 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
SACRAMENTO - A campaign group that received $11 million in "dark" political contributions and now owes it to the state has paid only $300,000. California's ethics agency on Friday announced receipt of the funds from the political arm of the Small Business Action Committee, whose president said the group's PAC would pay no more and would close.   The state has yet to collect any money from a second group, the California Future Fund, which owes $4 million but has shut down.
January 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - State authorities have yet to receive $15 million in penalties they imposed on campaign groups after a headline-making investigation into secret political donations. The money is owed to California's general fund, where it could support government programs. Two Arizona nonprofits paid $1 million in fines for their role in hiding the source of political cash sent to California in 2012. But the two campaign groups that received and spent the money were ordered to pay $15 million and have sent nothing - seven weeks after the Nov. 30 deadline.
January 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
In a groundbreaking effort to curtail bullying and harassment and make the group more inclusive, the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America has added a "Gay, Lesbian and Ally" page to its website. "We have to make it clear the association stands for the acceptance of everyone," the group's president, Jack Huckel, told Soccer America magazine. Huckel said reports of hazing were part of the impetus to launch the page, along with the organization's mission to improve coaching.
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