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January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Soumya Karlamangla, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The first same-sex wedding in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch -- except for the planned one -- despite threats of protests and days of opposition on social media. "Congratulations and our best wishes to Aubrey and Danny on their wedding day!" KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Micah Ohlman said as the wedding-cake-shaped float passed by the viewing stands. Spectators clapped their hands as grooms Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, faced each other and recited their vows before the Rev. Alfreda "Freda" Lanoix on the float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Paresh Dave
In its 125 t h year, the Rose Parade detoured into debates over same-sex marriage and captive killer whales. Otherwise, the parade stayed largely on script, delivering its traditional mix of small-town wholesomeness, Hollywood-style entertainment and corporate sponsorship. Treated to clear skies and warm air, thousands crammed street curbs and bleachers along the parade's 5 1/2-mile route through Pasadena on Wednesday for the annual procession of marching bands, equestrian groups and elaborate floats crafted of roses, flowers and all manners of produce.
SPORTS
January 1, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
Michigan State has defeated Stanford, 24-20, in the 100th Rose Bowl after the kind of defensive stand -- and offensive play-calling -- that might have been expected. The game was decided on this play: Stanford has the ball on a fourth-and-one play at its own 34 with less than two minutes to play. The Cardinal used its final timeout, presumably to decide whether they would hand the ball off to the left of center or right of center. Then Michigan State used a timeout, apparently to talk about whether Stanford would run to the left of center or the right of center.
SPORTS
December 31, 2013 | by Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne analyze the matchups as Stanford and Michigan State meet Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl game: Stanford run game vs. Michigan State run defense Tyler Gaffney played minor league baseball last year and watched the Cardinal from the stands at the Rose Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound senior came back stronger and has averaged 124.5 yards rushing per game and 5.3 yards per carry behind an offensive line that includes All-American guard David Yankey.
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December 31, 2013 | Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
Stanford is in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive year, Michigan State for the first time since 1988. Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne examine some of the story lines in the 100th Rose Bowl game: Spartan contributions Los Angeles would still be "Tinsel Town" without the contributions of Michigan State, but it would be less a "title town. " Three former Michigan State players have helped L.A. to seven total professional championships. Michigan State gave us Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who led the Lakers to five NBA titles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By James Barragan
Every year, 14-year-old Victor Rios would watch the Rose Parade on a television set in his home in the city of Chitre, Panama, marveling at the floats and bands. He never imagined he would attend the parade in person. Then one day in October 2012, Irving Rodriguez Bernal, the band director at Rios' school, called his students in for a meeting. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade He had a defeated look on his face and the students grew nervous. They had been waiting for months to hear whether they'd been accepted as participants in the parade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Organizers of the Rose Parade are defending the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's plans to hold a same-sex wedding on its float amid criticism and complaints posted online. The float, titled “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay-marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.
SPORTS
December 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
With numerous NFL teams firing coaches on Monday, Stanford Coach David Shaw will almost certainly be floated as a possible candidate for a pro job. Shaw said that while it is “unbelievably flattering” and “cool” to have his name come up, he has not been contacted and “I have no desires to pursue another job.” Shaw has guided Stanford to a 34-6 record and three Bowl Championship Series games in three seasons. The Cardinal plays Michigan State on Wednesday in the 100 th Rose Bowl.
SPORTS
December 30, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
This season's college bowl schedule is reminiscent of how it used to be in the last months of the year in pro golf, or the last five minutes of an NBA rout. Garbage time. ESPN fills airtime and sells ads, but there is no compelling reason to watch or buy. Find a good book to read. Then there is the Rose Bowl, Stanford versus Michigan State on Wednesday, a sign that all is not lost. These are two excellent teams, finishing off compelling seasons played in tough, competitive conferences.
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December 29, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Michigan State's Kyler Elsworth and Darien Harris have been splitting reps during Rose Bowl practices as they prepare to replace starting middle linebacker Max Bullough, a team captain who was suspended on the eve of the Spartans' arrival for violating unspecified team rules. Elsworth, a fifth-year senior, said he was initially surprised by the turn of events. “It's different, coming here thinking all I'm going to play is some special teams and maybe get some goal-line [defense]
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