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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1994
Journalists say "perception" in Washington is more important than reality. Then why don't the media project reality instead of perception? HELEN TIEGER Huntington Beach
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SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Eric McCormack's second time on TNT seems to be the charm: The network has renewed the crime-solving drama "Perception," in which he stars, for a second season. The network has ordered 13 episodes for the show's sophomore outing, which is slated to air in 2013. In the series, McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a scruffy, eccentric neuroscientist and paranoid schizophrenic who helps the federal government solve difficult cases. It's McCormack's second series on the network.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
The Bots aren't old enough to drink, but they've already played some of the biggest festivals in the world, including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, CMJ and, most recently, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Brothers Mikaiah, 20, and Anaiah, 17, Lei may still live with their parents, but that doesn't mean this Glendale skate punk outfit hasn't paid its dues. Since forming in 2006 - Anaiah was in the fifth grade - the brothers have issued an album and three EPs, opened for Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tenacious D, and had Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz namedrop them as one of his favorites.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target continues to suffer blow-back from the breach of up to 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts it disclosed last week, as consumer perception of the chain plunges and calls for an investigation intensify. In a Sunday letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said the agency should look into Target's responsibility in the massive hack. He said that the scope and duration of the intrusion, which Target said Thursday occurred between Nov. 26 and Dec. 15, suggests that the retailer may have relied on a lax security program that “does not live up to a reasonable standard.” “Its conduct would be unfair and deceptive, and it would clearly violate the FTC Act,” Blumenthal wrote.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Lance Armstrong finally admitted, to Oprah Winfrey, what many had alleged and believed: He took part in systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented streak of seven victories in the Tour de France. In the interview, which was recorded Monday and whose first part (of two)  was shown Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Armstrong admitted that he wished he had done many things differently, particularly fighting allegations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he cheated.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2012 | By Neal Gabler
Believe it not, there was actually a time not so long ago when civilians outside the entertainment industry didn't have a clue what movie happened to top the box office on any given weekend. Now just about everybody in America knows the top grosser by Sunday night, and they can expound like industry veterans on what film has "underperformed" or which might have "legs. " By the same token, there was once a time when no civilian could tell you who was the highest-paid actor or actress or which ones had the greatest personal wealth.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
First baseman Mark Trumbo's superb backhand, diving stop of David Freese's one-hop smash with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning Tuesday night was not only a game saver but a possible perception changer. Trumbo, who scrambled to his feet and fired to second base to start an inning-ending double play in the Angels' 5-1 victory over the Cardinals, has always been known more for his power -- he leads the Angels with 18 home runs -- than his defense at first base and in the outfield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1986
I found the article by William Montalbano condescending, dangerous and ironic. Condescending, because the author makes no attempt to explain the social, economic and historic reasons for the "bizarre" behavior of Latin Americans I agree Latin Americas have a different perception of "reality" and a different approach to life. However, many times Latin American reality is conditioned by factors beyond its control. The Catholic Church hierarchy and the elites have traditionally justified the suffering of the poor in the name of a God who resides in a distant heaven.
OPINION
December 27, 2001
Re "9/11: 'Treat Each Day Lovingly, Carefully,' " letter, Dec. 21: Don Stanley writes, " 'Things' have not changed" since Sept. 11. Since I have said that "things will never be the same," I feel I should respond. While I understand what he is saying, I would reply that our lives are based on perception, and that when our perceptions change, so, in effect, do our lives. To live in fear is to live in fear; it becomes the new reality. It doesn't matter that the danger has always existed; the fear did not, but now it does.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The cruise industry has suffered a series of calamities over the last two years or so that have continued to sink its already plummeting image. The bad publicity continued Tuesday when Princess Cruises announced that 37 people had fallen ill on a cruise along the California coast. In fact, Americans have a more favorable attitude about commercial air travel -- despite higher air fares and shrinking economy seats -- than cruising, according to an online survey of more than 2,000 adults by the Harris Poll.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target continues to suffer blow-back from the breach of up to 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts it disclosed last week, as consumer perception of the chain plunges and calls for an investigation intensify. In a Sunday letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said the agency should look into Target's responsibility in the massive hack. He said that the scope and duration of the intrusion, which Target said Thursday occurred between Nov. 26 and Dec. 15, suggests that the retailer may have relied on a lax security program that “does not live up to a reasonable standard.” “Its conduct would be unfair and deceptive, and it would clearly violate the FTC Act,” Blumenthal wrote.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target continues to suffer blowback from the breach of as many as 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts it disclosed last week, as consumer perception of the chain plunges and calls for an investigation intensify. Consumers' perception of Target dropped to the lowest point - a minus 19 - since at least June 2007, according to a survey Monday by sentiment tracking service YouGov BrandIndex. It's also the first time in more than six years that negative perception of Target has outweighed positive feelings about the brand.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Foster
These were the perceptions: UCLA was a weak crosstown underling to USC. Arizona State was undisciplined and would fade like a cheap paint job in the Tempe, Ariz., sun. These were things you could set your Rose Bowl watch by. Recognizing change can take time. As Arizona State and UCLA meet at the Rose Bowl on Saturday in a crucial Pac-12 Conference game, they are two highly regarded football programs getting image makeovers under second-year coaches. Todd Graham's No. 19 Sun Devils, 8-2 overall, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, can clinch the South Division with a victory.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
The success or failure of the sweeping federal healthcare law will be measured over months and years by Americans whose lives are affected, for better or worse, by its impact.  But before that reality is felt, there is the public's perception, which will go a long way toward shaping its future. President Obama held a Rose Garden event Monday morning with two goals: to convey a sense of urgency about fixing the problems that have confounded those trying to sign up for insurance using the program's online insurance site, and to split the divergent group of Americans who oppose Obamacare right now. Two polls released Monday showed how, at this point, opponents of the healthcare law have benefited from opposites attracting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 | Sandy Banks
My column on sexual assault allegations against a prominent French politician accused of attacking a hotel maid struck a nerve with readers this week. Make that two nerves — two very different nerves. Most women I heard from were gratified by my willingness to believe the maid's account. I think the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund now charged with sexual assault, ought to go forward. Let a jury decide whether to believe the woman, whose own past is pockmarked with scams and lies.
NEWS
April 28, 1995 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Nobody said a great outfielder had to be a rocket scientist. But it took a couple of scientists from NASA to figure out why fielders are constantly running into walls. In a paper published today in the journal Science, perceptual psychologists Mary Kaiser at NASA Ames Research Center and colleague Michael McBeath, now at Kent State University, explain that fielders run into walls because their ability to catch fly balls is almost too good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles teachers union must combat public perceptions that it protects bad teachers and should help them improve with better training, a city school board member told union activists in a wide-ranging speech Sunday. Monica Ratliff, a fifth-grade teacher who pulled off an upset win in May for the Los Angeles Board of Education, told more than 400 leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles that the public likes teachers but distrusts labor unions. "People have a fair amount of affection for teachers," said Ratliff, who drew a standing ovation of cheers and chants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Can kidz rite 2day? Despite popular perceptions that the onslaught of texting, tweeting and other digital technologies is ruining students writing skills, a national survey of teachers released Tuesday found such advantages as greater creativity, personal expression and increased collaboration. Teachers gave more than half their students grades of good to excellent for effectively organizing writing assignments, considering multiple viewpoints, synthesizing content from multiple sources, using appropriate style and tone, and constructing strong arguments in the survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
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