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October 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With so much time off while recovering from his torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant opted to fly to Germany to get his knee treated -- to make sure it's sound when he finally returns to the court. "I haven't had this much time off in a very, very long time," said Bryant on the Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcast during the Lakers' preseason game against the Denver Nuggets in Ontario.  "When I come back I want to make sure I'm 100%. " Bryant underwent Orthokine treatment on his right knee, a procedure designed to reduce inflammation.
October 8, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Amid a debate about the role of Catholic colleges in a secular society, Loyola Marymount University this week decided to drop staff health insurance coverage for "elective" abortions and instead offer employees a separate, unsubsidized plan to cover those procedures. The move was seen on campus as a compromise between traditionalist alumni and faculty - who think the university should have nothing to do with abortion - and a more liberal group who contend LMU should not impose religious doctrine on the large number of non-Catholics it enrolls and employs.
October 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant is returning to Germany for another innovative knee procedure, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Bryant, 35, made headlines in 2011 when he went there twice for treatment on his chronically sore right knee and an ailing left ankle that troubled him at the time. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni provided few details Thursday, saying it was not a "big deal" and Bryant would return within a few days. "He knew he had time because he's not getting on the court yet," D'Antoni said.
September 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
It was both eerie and gripping to watch the smart new true-crime drama "Blue Caprice" just days after the shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Loosely based on the 2002 Beltway shootings - 13 killed or injured by sniper fire - director Alexandre Moors' stylish first feature unfolds like a procedural. Yellow crime tape and draped bodies to start, then a shift to dissect the criminal minds, rather than the crime. An alliance between 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo and angry ex-soldier John Allen Muhammad proved deadly.
September 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.
September 17, 2013 | Wire Reports
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will sit out the remainder of the season. All-Star left-hander Brett Cecil is also being shut down by the Blue Jays for the final 13 games because of a sore elbow. Encarnacion sat out four games last week because of soreness in the wrist. He returned to play all three games of a weekend series against Baltimore, but had only one hit in 12 at-bats. Encarnacion ranks third in the majors with 36 home runs and his 104 runs batted in are the fourth-highest total.
September 16, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A resurrected Revolutionary War hero, a double-ax-wielding horseman (headless), ghost trees, Colonial witches, horned beasts, ancient priests, a sassy female cop and at least one Starbucks joke? Long before Tom Mison's fit and dashing Ichabod Crane got around to mentioning (oh yes, he did) the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, I was hopelessly, hopefully hooked on "Sleepy Hollow," Fox's new literate if historically zany spook-fest of a police procedural. Too much going on in the pilot, you say?
September 6, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Montana judge's attempt to modify a 30-day prison sentence he gave a teacher convicted of raping a student was blocked Friday by the state's Supreme Court. Four of the six justices on Montana's highest court ruled that District Judge G. Todd Baugh could not move forward with a resentencing hearing scheduled for Friday in a bid to void the sentence imposed last week on Stacey Rambold. Rambold, 54, a Billings high school teacher, was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl, who killed herself in 2010 while the case was pending.
September 6, 2013
Re "Who may perform abortions?," Editorial, Sept. 3 As a comprehensive women's healthcare provider, I wholeheartedly agree that Gov. Jerry Brown should sign AB 154, a bill that will greatly improve access to early abortions in California. Timely access to reproductive healthcare services greatly improves the well-being of women and families. Terminating a pregnancy early is an extremely safe medical procedure, but even in California, women in rural areas have trouble accessing abortion care.
September 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Under California law, abortions may only be performed by medical doctors. But a new bill, which just won approval in the Legislature, would allow certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who complete special training to perform certain routine first trimester abortions. The bill, AB 154, by Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), is a reasonable and sensible measure that Gov. Jerry Brown should sign. California has taken steps over the years to make sure that abortion is not just legal but available.
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