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November 7, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Really great columnists use all five senses. Guys like me use maybe two - taste and thirst. So when I heard about this beach football league, with a 10-game season and postgame bar bashes featuring free food, I said, "Sold. " Journalism should always be so clear-cut and obvious. We live in "a great and mostly boring world," noted the late Ray Bradbury, a writer I always turn to during haunted times like these. Had he stooped to being a sportswriter, Bradbury would have loved this beach football, evocative as it is of the L.A. lifestyle.
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NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Here's a little something for North Carolina lawmakers to chew on: $50 billion. That's the new estimate of how much damage super storm Sandy caused to the East Coast. And as an L.A. Times editorial outlined Thursday, Sandy may well be a precursor to many such events, exacerbated by climate change. THEN AND NOW: Devastation from super storm Sandy But North Carolina doesn't really have to worry on that front, because last summer its Legislature passed -- and its governor allowed to become law -- a bill that in essence denies climate change.  The bill was prompted by a report from a state commission that predicted a 39-inch rise in sea levels over the next 100 years.  Which was actually the middle range, not a worst-case scenario; not that that mollified horrified developers.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
WINNSBORO, Texas - Eleanor Fairchild, 78, a great-grandmother and retired homemaker, became an alleged "eco-terrorist" in the early hours of Oct. 4, crawling through brush on her farm about 100 miles east of Dallas in jeans and a button-down shirt to stop work on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Her companion? The actress Daryl Hannah. Fairchild is one of several local landowners-turned-activists joining outside protesters in the fight to stop a Canadian company from building the pipeline across their properties.
SCIENCE
October 4, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has paused, wiggled its toes into the sand and is set to break out its scooper for the first time to sample the Red Planet, mission scientists announced Thursday. Having driven 484 meters from its landing site in Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory rover has made a pit stop to sample dunes at a spot called Rocknest.  “We're going to use, for the first time, one of the keystone capabilities of the rover,” said mission manager Mike Watkins.
SPORTS
September 24, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
It was an afternoon of goodbyes on the sand. Of course, they weren't long goodbyes on Sunday in Huntington Beach because beach volleyball remains a wonderfully efficient sport. If you blink, you might miss a turning point. In short, one team finished the domestic beach volleyball season with another victory, capping off a nearly flawless run on the Jose Cuervo tour. Two men put an indelible stamp of ownership on Southern California beachfront, a hat trick of wins this summer: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and now Huntington Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Amy Reiter
Olate Dogs has been crowned the Season 7 winner of "America's Got Talent," proving that America really likes its backflipping dogs (as well as those who conga and wheelbarrow their way across the stage), more than its brilliantly funny comedians or visionary music-makers or performing painters, sand storytellers or precocious dancers. I won't pretend not to be disappointed that Tom Cotter, the comedian who claimed second place, didn't take the win. In the finale, riffing alongside Joan Rivers, he proved himself far funnier than the veteran comedienne as he roasted the judges.
SPORTS
August 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, who announced at the U.S. Open a year ago that she suffered from an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren's Syndrome, a disease that can be strength-sapping, is doing what she promised when she made that announcement. Playing tennis still. Williams, 32, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday with an authoritative thumping of fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1. Williams started slowly, losing the first two games of the match, but with many in the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd shouting, "Let's go Venus," Williams picked up her powerful pace.
SPORTS
August 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — Bethanie Mattek-Sands didn't have a chance against Venus Williams on Tuesday at the U.S. Open. Williams beat her fellow American, 6-3, 6-1, in 62 minutes. Williams hit 22 clean winners to only six for Mattek-Sands. Williams hit five aces and had one serve reach 124 mph. "She was serving bombs," Mattek-Sands said. "She was attacking my second serve. I can never be surprised when Venus is playing well. " And yet it was a little surprising. A year ago at this tournament Williams withdrew before her second-round match and announced she had Sjogren's syndrome, an energy-sapping autoimmune disease.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade to bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from Boston. The names of all the parties involved have been agreed upon, a person close to the negotiations said Friday. Though the players to be traded have been in place for days, the deal might not be finalized until Saturday. The Dodgers would send pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Boston.
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