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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO -  It was completely predictable but is still fascinating to watch: Once Democrats seized firm control of California's Capitol they wound up fighting each other. Such is the combative nature of political animals. In a rare twist, Republican lawmakers are siding with the Democratic governor. The brawl is over prison crowding, which has driven a sharp wedge between the two legislative leaders: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
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August 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Matt Kemp stepped on and off an angled wooden device Thursday, stretching the left ankle that has kept him from playing for the Dodgers since July 21. As he started what's scheduled to be a three-game rehabilitation assignment to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp said his return to the Dodgers is more about the timing of his swing than the ankle. “The ankle's good,” Kemp said before batting second for the Quakes as the team's designated hitter. “I just need to get some at-bats.
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August 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
After procedures on both knees in May, Pau Gasol is finally progressing to running -- albeit on grass. This evening I'm going to continue getting better. Weight room workout and then running on grass. Every day one more step forward. - Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 29, 2013 Gasol underwent "FAST technique" procedures May 9 after struggling with knee pain throughout the season.  He also received stem cell injections to help stimulate the regeneration of tissue in his knees.
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August 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Matt Kemp shrugged off the bad taste of going 0-for-5 in a Class-A game Thursday. “I haven't played in more than five weeks,” Kemp said after striking out, grounding into two double plays and hitting just one ball out of the infield -- a ninth-inning fly to center field that ended his Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' loss against the High Desert Mavericks. Kemp, returning to the field for the first time since spraining his left ankle in a home-plate collision against the Washington Nationals on July 21, is scheduled to play two more games for the Quakes through Saturday, then be positioned to rejoin the Dodgers when rosters expand Sunday.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Center fielder Matt Kemp is expected to play in at least three games for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to prepare for his anticipated September return to the Dodgers. Kemp's minor league rehabilitation assignment is scheduled to start Thursday, when he will be Rancho Cucamonga's designated hitter in their home game against High Desert. Rancho Cucamonga's regular season ends Monday, meaning Kemp could play in as many as five games with the Quakes even if they fail to reach the California League playoffs.
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August 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers forward/Center Pau Gasol is currently in Madrid with the Spanish national team. Gasol, currently recovering from procedures to heal tendonosis in both knees, watched his squad defeat France at the Palacio de los Deportes on Friday, 85-76, in a tune-up game before the EuroBasket 2013 tournament in September. Great second half and victory of our basketball national team against France! Spectacular 4th quarter by @serrod13 . #WeAreTeam - Pau Gasol (@paugasol)
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August 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
Her name is Lindsay and she is a chaos addict. That was the No. 1 takeaway from Lindsay Lohan's amply hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey, a “television event” broadcast on the talk show doyenne's Oprah Winfrey Network program “Oprah's Next Chapter” in back-to-back airings Sunday night. Over the course of their revealing yet somehow bloodless one-hour conversation -- taped just four days after Lohan was released from three months of court-mandated rehab at the Cliffside Malibu clinic -- Hollywood's reigning celebrity train wreck made repeated reference to the “chaos” that has governed her life: her “chaotic” upbringing, her “uncontrollable” family life and the “whirlwind of garbage” Lohan created for herself by courting high drama seemingly at every turn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, a local official is calling for a review of Los Angeles County's authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that are breaking the law. "This is an embarrassment to all concerned, the notion that contracts were being awarded and renewed to contractors who had deficiencies and we didn't...
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August 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since a June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday night, give up four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before deciding when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch.
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