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SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
VS. DALLAS When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-50; Mavericks 44-31 through Wednesday. Record vs. Mavericks: 0-2. Update: Dallas remains in a tight race with Memphis and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. The Lakers hadn't lost a season series to Dallas since 2006-07, but it became official in January with a 110-97 loss. In fact, the Lakers' other game against Dallas wasn't very competitive either (a 123-104 loss in November)
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NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to lift the cap on the amount donors can contribute in a congressional election cycle promises to shift power to the political party's established leaders, who had lost ground to outside groups. With the demise of the $123,200 limit for the two-year election cycle, party stalwarts such as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be able to raise multimillion-dollar checks from wealthy contributors for new campaign committees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
Thanks to a big roster of small contributors and a sizable chunk from his own pocket, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has jumped ahead of rival Sheila Kuehl in gathering campaign cash for the race to replace incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, finance statements show. In addition to donating $300,000 of his own money, Shriver collected $547,736 from a list that reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actor Tom Hanks and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Denny Hamlin was a late scratch from Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana due to a sinus infection that affected his vision, Hamlin's team announced. Sam Hornish Jr. was tapped to replace Hamlin in his No. 11 Toyota prepared by Joe Gibbs Racing, team president J.D. Gibbs said. The announcement came only 30 minutes before the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin had qualified to start 13th in the 43-car field. But under NASCAR rules, Hornish will have to start at the rear of the field due to the driver change.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana for the second consecutive year in a two-lap overtime finish Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Larson, the 21-year-old who won NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series race on Saturday in Fontana, finished second. "What an awesome race this race track produced for two days in a row," Busch said of the two-mile Fontana oval. Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota and it was Toyota's first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Racing prodigy Kyle Larson, 21, won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana after a thrilling battle with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. It was the first win for Larson, an Elk Grove, Calif., native, in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. He's also a rookie in the sport's premier Sprint Cup Series. "It was a blast," Larson said after he drove his No. 42 Chevrolet prepared by the Turner Scott Motorsports team into Victory Lane. "It means the world to get [the win]
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The season-opening Daytona 500 was less than an hour old when Barney Visser saw his latest $1-million NASCAR investment literally go up in smoke. Visser owns Furniture Row Racing, which fields one car - the black No. 78 Chevrolet - driven by Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. After weeks of preparation for the Daytona 500 and then being forced to use a backup car because of a crash in qualifying, the team saw the engine on Truex's car blow up only 31 laps into NASCAR's crown-jewel event last month.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth won the pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the first time. Kenseth, a three-time winner at Fontana when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing, now drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. He turned a lap of 187.315 mph Friday on the two-mile Fontana oval in his No. 20 Toyota. Brad Keselowski, who won two weeks ago in Las Vegas, qualified second in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 187.105 mph. Five-time Fontana winner Jimmie Johnson qualified third.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Two-fifths of the nation's public school districts offer no preschool programs, and most of those that do offer only part-day programs. Black students account for less than a fifth of those in preschool across the nation but make up almost half of the students who are suspended from preschool multiple times. Those results from the first comprehensive survey in nearly 15 years of civil rights data from the 97,000 U.S. public schools show they remain marked by inequities.
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