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April 23, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
What's the strangest thing people do when they drive? That's the question Times transportation writer Laura Nelson asked on Twitter on Wednesday morning. She got some startling - but probably not surprising - responses: - Shaving. - Playing musical instruments. - Applying makeup. - Eating Vietnamese noodles. - Playing video games. - Reading a paperback book. In some ways, it is a perennial question in Los Angeles.
April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul stood before the assembled media Wednesday in his Clippers practice gear, a black brace loosely hanging from his lower right leg. After answering several questions about his right hamstring injury and how the Clippers were ready to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the playoffs Thursday in Oakland, Paul eased his way to a training table and sat. Paul didn't practice for the second straight day. In fact, Clippers Coach Doc...
April 22, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In person, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is charmingly evasive. Rather than offering long-winded answers about himself, Rhys is just as likely to respond to a question with another question, a tendency which makes it easier to understand how he effortlessly slips into so many disparate identities on FX's Cold War drama "The Americans. " Each week, Rhys plays a Soviet spy posing as a suburban American dad named "Philip Jennings. " In the line of duty, he assumes numerous other personas, relying on an impressive array of wigs, facial hair and eyewear to maintain his cover.
April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Kevin Durant is a superstar. We already knew that. But apparently we needed a reminder. With Oklahoma City trailing Memphis by five with about 20 seconds remaining in regulation, a pass from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook toward Durant was deflected by the Grizzlies' Tony Allen. Westbrook was able to recover the ball and sent an off-balance pass to Durant. The Thunder star was immediately pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol, but not before putting up a prayer of a shot -- which somehow made it through the hoop for a three-pointer.
April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
There were 51 fouls called Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff game between the Clippers and the Warriors, 24 on Los Angeles and 27 on Golden State. That was not what Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he was expecting. More so, Clippers all-star power forward Blake Griffin fouled out after playing just 19 minutes, 14 seconds because of foul trouble. Clippers point guard Chris Paul had five fouls. For the Warriors, Andre Iguodala fouled out and three other Golden State players had four fouls.
April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul was direct and to the point about his injury. Asked how much of a concern it was for him with his right hamstring, Paul responded: "None. ". And with that, Paul suited up and played for the Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Monday. Paul grabbed his hamstring late in the second quarter of Saturday's game after he chased down Warriors guard Stephen Curry and knocked the ball out of bounds.
April 20, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS -- The Ducks established their franchise record for road victories this season (25), winning at hostile dens like San Jose, Staples Center, St. Louis (twice) and Chicago. Monday night at Dallas is a different animal. The Stars, trailing Anaheim, 2-0, in a Western Conference first-round series, haven't played a home playoff game since May 19, 2008, when they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference finals. "Desperate team, their fans are going to be pumped," former Stars and current Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas said Sunday after his team practiced at American Airlines Center.
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