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December 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Lob City gave way to Reserve City. Twice. Two games in two days at Staples Center unfolded in wildly similar fashion for the surging Clippers as the reserves provided a much-needed jolt of fourth-quarter energy and verve. It seemed as though the only real difference was the opponent and the final score as the Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors, 102-83, on Sunday afternoon, finishing with a 21-4 run. It was the Clippers' sixth straight victory and the 10th consecutive road loss for the struggling Raptors.
December 8, 2012
Clippers Today VS. RAPTORS When: 12:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 13-6; Raptors 4-16. Record vs. Raptors (2011-12): 1-0. Update: The Clippers will finish a home stand in which they will have played six of seven at Staples Center. They won four of their first five games on the stand and are in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Raptors have lost three in a row, nine of their last 10 games.
November 30, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Guard/Forward Mickael Pietrus signed with the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Pietrus was recently linked to the Lakers by Yahoo! Sports but is now officially off the market. Formerly with the Orlando Magic (with Dwight Howard) and the Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash), Pietrus is skilled as both a defender and three-point shooter. The Raptors fill a void created by injuries to Landry Fields and Alan Anderson. The Lakers don't seem close to making a roster move, instead choosing to wait for both Steve Blake (abdominal strain)
October 31, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Why should Ford's Raptor have all the fun? That's the thinking behind an aftermarket kit shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas for 2009 to 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. Made by Michigan-based VWerks, the kit is available in two levels and turns an ordinary Ram into a high-speed, off-road terror. Photos: VWerks Ram Baja KTS The first stage is called the Baja Series conversion. It includes a 1.75-inch leveling kit that brings the nose of the truck up, 20-inch wheels with BFG tires, a rear-tire carrier, KTS front and rear fenders and front bumper with light bar, a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust and leather seats.
July 24, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has approved a plan to begin lifting flight restrictions that he placed on the Air Force's problem-plagued fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets. Since 2008, F-22 pilots have reported more than a dozen incidents in which they experienced hypoxia-like symptoms in the air. Hypoxia is a condition that can bring on nausea, headaches, fatigue or blackouts. In May, Panetta ordered that any flights in a F-22 “will remain within the proximity of potential landing locations to enable quick recovery and landing should the pilot encounter unanticipated physiological conditions during flight.
June 14, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Oxygen problems that have plagued the Air Force's fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets may be worse than previously disclosed, according to new information released by two members of Congress. F-22 pilots have reported dozens of incidents in which the jet's systems weren't feeding them enough oxygen, causing hypoxia-like symptoms in the air. Hypoxia is a condition resulting from a deficiency of oxygen reaching tissues of the body that can cause nausea, headaches, fatigue or even blackouts.
May 21, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Paleontologists from Utah and North Carolina have uncovered the 130-million-year-old fossilized remains of a coyote-sized raptor in Utah's Arches National Park. The raptor is the latest in a rapidly growing family of sharp-toothed, clawed carnivores that roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period, feasting on smaller prey. The new raptor, called Yurgovuchia doellingi , is a member of the family of dinosaurs known as Dromaeosauridae. The characteristic feature of Dromaeosauridae is a large curved claw on the second toe. The claw may have served as a weapon for killing prey, a climbing aid, a digging tool or a combination of functions.  Body sizes in the family range from the size of a hummingbird (the four-winged Microraptor )
May 15, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Concerns about the Air Force's problem-plagued fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets led Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to restrict flights of the aircraft because of problems with its oxygen systems that can cause its pilots to become disoriented mid-flight. In addition, Panetta wants a monthly progress report on the investigation into the root cause of the F-22's oxygen problems and ordered the Air Force to speed up the installation of an automatic backup oxygen system. Panetta also called on Navy and NASA personnel to find a solution.
May 12, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped on new safety restrictions to protect its pilots. The announcement came as Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Friday requested additional information from the secretary of the Air Force to further determine the scope of safety concerns raised by several pilots of the world's most expensive fighter jet, designed and built byLockheed Martin Corp.
May 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. At the risk of significant reprimand - or even discharge from the Air Force - fighter pilots are turning down the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of the F-22, the world's most expensive fighter jet. The Air Force did not reveal how many of its 200 F-22 pilots, who are stationed at seven military bases across the country, declined their assignment orders.
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