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May 18, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Two men were wounded in separate shootings near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum late Friday and early Saturday, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot and wounded while stopped at a traffic light Friday night, police said. About 9:40 p.m, the man was stopped at Vernon and Vermont avenues when a car pulled up alongside and a person inside opened fire, said Norma Eisenman, an Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. The man, whose name has not been released, drove himself to a police station and was then taken by paramedics to a hospital, she said.
May 18, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard
An Inglewood police officer fatally shot a man who was wielding a machete-like weapon Saturday night and using it to smash the windows of police cars, according to a department spokeswoman. The man with the blade was spotted in front of a police station on Manchester Boulevard just before 6 p.m., said Inglewood Police Lt. Gabriela Garcia. After the man advanced toward an officer with the weapon, the officer opened fire, Garcia said. The man was taken to a hospital and died in surgery, Garcia said.
May 17, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Rick Rojas
The ex-roommate of Maribel Ramos was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder after the missing Army veteran was found dead Thursday near Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, authorities said. Ramos, a 36-year-old Cal State Fullerton student just a few weeks shy of graduation, had been missing since the first week of May. Orange police said a body found in the brush Thursday in unincorporated Orange County near Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road was identified as Ramos after an autopsy.
May 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Anh Do
Friends and family members gathered Monday night at a vigil for a missing Cal State Fullerton student, who disappeared on May 2. Maribel Manriquez Ramos, a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice. She was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building around 8:30 p.m. on May 2.  She was reported missing a few days later after she failed to show up at a veterans' appreciation dinner where she was supposed to give a speech.
April 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
NBA center Jason Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has become the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay. Collins made his announcement to Sports Illustrated, which will feature Collins in this week's issue. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," Collins tells SI . "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.
February 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Looking to end your week on an upbeat note? Then read no further! Seriously, um, read no further, 'cause we're about to learn how Katie Couric came thisclose to having sexy times with Larry King. Seems Katie and Larry went out on a date in Washington, D.C., years ago, when she was about 30 and he was 112 (OK, he's about 23 years older than she is, but you get the idea). It was during a period in her life, she told Jimmy Kimmel on his show Thursday night, when she was going out with anyone who asked, because "you learn something" every time you're with someone new. They headed out for an Italian dinner, and he ordered heart-healthy because he'd just had bypass surgery.
December 19, 2012
• Stanford University: Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate - and us - know you better. • Carleton College: Have you ever tossed around a Frisbee___, a hot potato___, an idea___? • Connecticut College: Tell us about your favorite place and why it holds special meaning for you. It can be close to home or on another continent, your kitchen or a mountaintop. • Pomona College: You are walking down the street when something catches your eye. You stop and stare for a long while, amazed and fascinated.
December 13, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
A Florida man has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting his drunken roommate in an argument over how to cook pork chops, said the Orlando Sentinel , citing Holly Hill, Fla., police. The 55-year-old man allegedly shot and killed one of his three roommates on Tuesday night, according to the article, after the roommate arrived home drunk, police said. When police arrived at their home, they found the 35-year-old victim dead on the floor with the alleged shooter sitting nearby.
November 4, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
"The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets" A Novel By Diana Wagman Ig Publishing: 240 pp., $15.95 A giant iguana isn't something we've come to expect as a key component in an L.A. novel, but that's what local writer Diana Wagman has done with "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets. " A brisk and vividly drawn kidnapping tale, Wagman's fourth novel hinges on the 7-foot long lizard of its title, but its core lies somewhere far more familiar to those who call Los Angeles home.
September 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
To go from bitter high school rivals to college roommates doesn't happen very often, but it's taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, where freshmen football players Dylan Muscat (Santa Monica High) and Cameron Countryman (Beverly Hills) have suddenly found themselves sharing a microwave, television and refrigerator in their dorm room. "We're trying to get a bean bag," Muscat said of his new friendship with Countryman. For four years of high school they went head to head on opposite sides of the ball.
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