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January 18, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Friday's front page (yes, the print version) had a touch of “The Day of the Locust” about it. Although the Nathanael West novel is about Hollywood, its biblical allusion to plagues and disaster works for Los Angeles as a whole. What other city has such epic natural disasters etched on the world's imagination? The photo above the fold looked like a painting of a city being menanced by a spooky but oddly beautiful cloud - smoke from the Colby fire, as the wildfire season starts way too soon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A memorial for Rose Gilbert, a beloved educator and longtime Pacific Palisades resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. Gilbert, one of the nation's oldest teachers until her retirement last February, died Dec. 16 at age 95. She had taught literature and composition at Pali High since its opening in 1961. The program will feature presenters from several aspects of her life, organizers said. Gilbert's influence reached far beyond the classroom.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Mortgage applications rose nearly 12% last week as interest rates fell, according to an industry survey. Both refinance and purchase applications increased last week, the Mortgage Bankers Assn. said Wednesday. The group's refinance index surged 11% from a week earlier, while the seasonally adjusted purchase index jumped 12%. But the increase comes as mortgage activity generally is trending downward and interest rates are expected to rise. On Tuesday, citing those concerns, the association cut forecast for mortgage originations in 2014 by $57 billion to $1.12 trillion.
SCIENCE
January 13, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's energy sector rose about 2% in 2013 after declining for several years, federal energy officials reported Monday. The reversal came because power plants last year burned more coal to generate electricity, after years in which natural gas accounted for an increasing share of the nation's electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the analytical branch of the Department of Energy. Though the 2013 figures are not final, once all the data are in, analysts expect a roughly 2% increase in carbon emissions over 2012 because of a small rise in coal consumption, the agency said in a report posted online on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County spent $43 million on lawsuits involving the Sheriff's Department last year, accounting for nearly half of the county's total litigation costs. The county's overall spending on lawsuits was down from $115 million in 2012 to $89 million in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a report by lawyers for the Board of Supervisors. The total includes settlements, judgments and legal fees for the county's own lawyers and outside law firms. But costs for the Sheriff's Department rose, driven primarily by settlements and trial judgments in excessive-force cases.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Turn out the lights, the parity's over. The Bowl Championship Series era of equal access and catering to college football's "little guys" ended Monday night at the Rose Bowl when Florida State ended the Southeastern Conference's winning streak. The new playoff format will weed out the weak, make the big conferences richer and the small conferences poorer. Why do you think Chris Petersen finally left Boise State for Washington? There are exciting times ahead for everyone except the Sun Belt Conference and the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Emily Foxhall and Ryan Menezes
Southern California is used to the annual New Year's invasion of football fans for the Rose Bowl. But this year, the region - and its economy - got a rare double dip. As soon as supporters of Stanford and Michigan State went home after the Rose Bowl, Auburn and Florida State fans began rolling in for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the same stadium. The college colors - burnt orange and navy blue for Auburn and garnet and gold for Florida State - were a common sight in recent days, from the streets of Old Pasadena to the Balboa Island Ferry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Emily Foxhall and Ryan Menezes
Southern California is used to the annual New Year's invasion of football fans for the Rose Bowl. But this year, the region -- and its economy -- got a rare double dip. As soon as supporters of Stanford and Michigan State went home after the Rose Bowl, Auburn and Florida State fans began rolling in for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the same stadium. The college colors -- burnt orange and navy blue for Auburn and garnet and gold for Florida State -- were a common sight in recent days from the streets of Old Pasadena to the Balboa Island Ferry.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The ornery BCS expired loudly, perfectly, kicking and screaming into the chilly darkness. The loony BCS took its last breath Monday by taking away the breath of a Rose Bowl filled with chants, chops, dancing and grief. Auburn won. No, Florida State won. Check that, Auburn won. No, wait, by a score of 34-31 blazing in eternal white bulbs above a field littered with glittering confetti and forever memories, Florida State won college football's final BCS national championship. Won with 13 exhausting, crawling seconds remaining.
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | Times staff reports
Florida State will try to end the Southeastern Conference's seven-year run of dominance in Bowl Championship Series title games. Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne examine some of the story lines of the last game of the BCS era: Heisman watch Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy, a status that does not guarantee a victory in the BCS championship game. Heisman winners are 3-6 in title games in the seasons they were recognized as college football's most outstanding player.
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