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August 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Gosh, the Dodgers suck. They've lost four of their last eight games. The Boston Red Sox played with them. They'll be, what, probably five games out by the middle of September? Or maybe not. Just maybe this terrifying two-game losing streak ends Monday. You know, when Zack Greinke starts. Of if not, then the next day, when Clayton Kershaw heads to the mound. It's foreign stuff for the Dodgers, losing a series for the first time since June 14-16. Finding another team that looks back without fear, that can throw strong pitching, top defense and timely hitting at them.
August 21, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY - The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip's Islamist government. They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza - using the Arabic word for "rebellion" - after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas' mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood.
July 5, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Emily Foxhall and Kate Mather
Barbecue grills and lawn chairs littered a cordoned-off Simi Valley park Friday morning, left behind after onlookers fled a major malfunction at a fireworks show the night before. At least 28 people gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park were injured about 9:20 p.m., when officials believe at least one pyrotechnic device prematurely detonated in its mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators. Josh Antonucci, 16, went to the show with about 20 family members, like they do every year.
June 15, 2013 | Jenny Deam
On Tuesday afternoon Duane Jensen was driving home from a round of golf when his cellphone rang and he was told of a fire in Black Forest. A bad one. He glanced out the window and saw a plume of smoke rising in the distance. He suddenly felt sick. He lives close to that spot. And he had been through this before. "It was like a horrible punch in the gut," he said Friday. Almost exactly a year before, he was standing on the deck of his house in the Mountain Shadows subdivision with the glorious views and the shrubs and trees he had babied until they bloomed like showpieces.
June 13, 2013
Re "Those outdated HIV laws," Editorial, June 6 I agree that it is time to repeal outdated laws that make it a crime for a person infected with HIV to spit at, bite or throw his or her blood on others. However, your editorial wrongly excuses those who enacted those laws. You reported that such laws "might have seemed reasonable at the height of the AIDS panic. " They did not. They contributed to that panic. I should know, for I was already enforcing Los Angeles' landmark AIDS anti-discrimination law, which combated such fear and misinformation.
May 7, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When the pressure reached its nail-biting peak, when the St. Louis Blues twice took leads over the Kings on Monday and could have seized control of Game 4 of their playoff series - and the series itself - the Kings knew it was time to remain purposeful, not to panic. "We've been in that position before and I think these guys don't get too down on themselves," forward Jeff Carter said Tuesday. "We stayed calm and we chipped away. " Goals by Carter and Dustin Penner brought the Kings from 2-0 down to even before the end of the first period.
April 16, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
One of the most fearsome statistics in the war against the federal deficit has always been the country's ratio of debt to gross domestic product. When this ratio reaches 90%, the argument goes, watch out -- lower economic growth is on the horizon. And that's scary, because that's where the U.S. has been heading. This idea comes from Harvard economists Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, who featured it in a 2010 paper and popularized it in a book entitled " This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.
April 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
A recently confirmed case of meningitis in Los Angeles County and a spate of others striking gay men in New York City have officials in West Hollywood warning residents to take precautions. "We don't want to panic people," said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran, who serves a community with a heavy gay and lesbian population. "But we learned 30 years ago the consequences of delay in the response to AIDS. We are sounding the alarm that sexually active gay men need to be aware that we have a strain of meningitis that is deadly on our hands.
April 4, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers have moved forward with one of several bills introduced after the massacre of young students in Newtown, Conn. The measure would put panic buttons in the state's schools. Under the legislation, proposed by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), if federal funding becomes available to cover the cost, school districts would install panic buttons in each classroom, cafeteria, theater, gym and other regularly used space in a school serving grades K-12. Pressing the button would alert local law enforcement to respond to an emergency that could include an armed intruder on campus.
March 28, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Despite widespread fear of panic and protests, Cyprus' cash-starved banks reopened Thursday, allowing customers to access their accounts under stiff regulations mandated by a harsh bailout plan that has raised questions about Europe's latest approach to financial-crisis management. Officials' anxiety proved unfounded, however, as not a single incident was reported throughout the day. Cypriots had been locked out of their accounts for nearly two weeks as the conservative-led government negotiated a controversial bailout scheme that secured a $20.5-billion international lifeline for the tiny Mediterranean island in exchange for a surprise swoop on bank accounts to cover for about a third of the rescue package.
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