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SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a beautiful day for a ballgame, just not for viewing it on TV. It's time to pay the piper, and no one seems too eager to play the game outside the game. The Dodgers open the 2014 season at 1 a.m. PDT on Saturday in Australia against the Diamondbacks, and whatever fringe of its fandom base would actually stay up into the wee hours to watch the opener, precious few will actually be able to so. The Times' Joe Flint writes that approximately 70% of the Los Angeles market will be unable to watch the game, even if they had ambitions of some Dodgers' all-nighter viewing party.
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NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Travis the chimp went crazy in 2009 and tore off Charla Nash's face and hands. Now, she wants to sue Connecticut for $150 million because, she says, the state was negligent. Isn't that a little crazy too? It's not that I don't feel for Nash. She suffered horrible wounds ; she is blind, has had a face transplant and underwent unsuccessful hand transplant surgery. All because her friend Sandy Herold of North Stamford, Conn., kept Travis as a pet - a pet that turned on Nash on Feb. 16, 2009, mauling her before being shot to death by a police officer.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as noted below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a light sentence that stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced to a reprimand and no jail time for mistreating a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct in the ranks. A military judge, Col. James L. Pohl, also ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $5,000 of pay per month for four months and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
It pays to be wanted. Adrian Klemm, UCLA's offensive line coach, has seen his annual salary nearly double since he was approached by USC last fall. Klemm's new contract, which was approved by the University of California regents on Thursday, guarantees him $650,000 a year beginning April 1, and could reach $823,000 with other contingencies. Klemm's old contract guaranteed him $340,000, up to $490,000. In requesting the pay hike, UCLA submitted that Klemm was “a very talented recruiter and essential to the team's success.” Klemm has been ranked among the nation's top 25 recruiters by recruiting websites.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday, receiving a reprimand and no jail time for mistreating a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, to end a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct in the ranks. The military judge hearing the case, Col. James L. Pohl, also ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $5,000 of pay per month for four months and pay restitution of around $4,100 for misusing his government charge card.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pay $185,000 to end a lawsuit over a rear-end collision involving a city car driven by Councilman Jose Huizar. On a 14-0 vote, council members signed off on the payout to David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer whose vehicle was struck by Huizar's city-owned SUV in 2012. The council approved the agreement without comment. Because the settlement was treated as a consent item, lawmakers did not discuss the case -- either in open session or behind closed doors -- during the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Corina Knoll
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay a $500,000 settlement in a case centering on the 2011 death of a 2-month-old boy who was killed when a driver overran the curb and plowed into pedestrians during the Downtown Art Walk. In a 2012 legal complaint, Jimmy and Natasha Vasquez, of Montebello, alleged that their son's death was the result of the city's “failure to properly design and create safe walking areas for pedestrians and/or place sufficient barriers and protections for pedestrians from vehicles” at the downtown event.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By David Ng
They are both outspoken artist-activists who have gotten into trouble with the law in their respective countries. Shepard Fairey, the popular Los Angeles street artist, has created a tribute to Ai Weiwei in the form of a new portrait of the Chinese artist done in Fairey's signature style. The poster depicts Ai in profile using deep red and other dark tones. The portrait also depicts Ai with his head partially shaven and sporting a prominent gash on his scalp. The scar is a reference to the head injury that Ai said he sustained in a confrontation with Chinese police in Chengdu in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Do I have special powers? people have asked. Not that I'm consciously aware of. Yes, it's true that in my Sunday column I noted we were certain to have more earthquakes and ought to do more to prepare for them, as San Francisco has. And the next day - boom! - a 4.4 centered in Encino reminded us we have no batteries in the flashlight and can't find it anyway. But no, I can't predict the time and location of earthquakes any more than I can tell you when your broken sidewalk will get fixed.
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