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March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. "The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit," said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. "So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night, 8 p.m., they got me a permit. " Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
March 7, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
The field of contenders became clearer Friday for Los Angeles County government's June election, the first in decades that will have no incumbent on the ballot, as a period for candidates to file papers closed. Term limits are forcing out two county supervisors, and the sheriff and the assessor chose not to seek reelection amid corruption scandals involving their agencies. Topping the list of contenders seeking to replace Zev Yaroslavsky as a western county representative on the Board of Supervisors are former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, a former Santa Monica mayor and a member of the Kennedy political dynasty.
March 6, 2014 | By Jean Merl
In an already crowded race to replace a retiring congressional veteran, journalist and radio host Matt Miller put his early campaign pitch on YouTube on Thursday morning. Miller, a Democrat and former Clinton administration aide who wants to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), used a short video clip to outline his reasons for jumping into the race. "I'm running because we need bolder answers on things like runaway healthcare and college costs, climate change and retirement security, not small thinking or symbolic gestures," Miller said in the video.  "I'm determined to make this an honest conversation about renewing America," added the co-host of National Public Radio's "Left, Right and Center" public affairs program.
March 5, 2014 | By David Ng
Adele Dazeem was a big hit at the Academy Awards when she sang "Let It Go" from the Oscar-winning Disney animated movie "Frozen. " And now the exotically named actress will be headlining a Broadway musical. In a social media joke circulating on Twitter, a fake playbill notice for the Broadway musical "If/Then" states that its star, Idina Menzel, will be replaced by her alter-ego, Adele Dazeem. The notice says that Dazeem's previous Broadway credits include the musicals "Nert" (i.e.
March 4, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, about whom there has been much interest of late, may have been forced to cancel his appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Monday night due to an inflamed tendon, but he was replaced by an even bigger name, Lorin Maazel. The program of Schubert and Mahler symphonies remained the same. But nothing remained remotely the same. Maazel is a uniquely idiosyncratic interpreter and a uniquely practiced veteran musical manipulator.
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It was late Thursday night when UCLA's short-handed basketball team finally succumbed to Oregon in double overtime, 87-83. The Bruins were able to rally from a 14-point second-half deficit without their two best players, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson , who were suspended one game for violating team rules. "I don't know if I've been more proud than I am of this team," Coach Steve Alford said after UCLA fell to 21-7 overall, 10-5 in Pac-12 Conference play. The suspensions meant a much-longer-than-usual night for freshmen Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine , who replaced Adams and Anderson.
February 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MEZHGORYE, Ukraine - The center of Kiev was relatively calm Sunday after the months of protests that reached their violent apex last week, leaving scores dead in the streets, driving Ukraine's president out of the capital and placing the opposition in tenuous control of this troubled nation. But on the highways leading north of the city, it was a different matter. The roadways were clogged with cars, drivers madly honking, edging their way forward and then parking anywhere they could, leaving people to continue on foot.
February 22, 2014 | W.J. Hennigan
Workers at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s 1-million-square-foot El Segundo facility on Aviation Boulevard have been cranking out fuselage sections for the Navy's F/A-18 fighter jet for decades. But now, the end may be near. Since entering service in 1983, the lithe twin-engine fighter-bomber has been a symbol of U.S. military might, catapulting from aircraft carrier decks and obliterating targets in the sky and on the ground. Today there are increasing fears that the F/A-18 Super Hornet assembly line may be shut down because of dwindling orders, as the Navy prepares for a new generation of warplane -- the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
February 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACARAMENTO - Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more. Pump prices are likely to climb more than 12 cents per gallon starting Jan. 1, both the oil industry and environmental experts agree. That's when the state's complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits expands to cover vehicle fuels and their emissions. As a result, gasoline producers would need to buy pollution credits, and they are expected to pass the cost along at the pump.
February 16, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
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