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November 19, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Lu has been receiving pitches for gas-line insurance for her home. She wants to know if it's worth it. Many homeowners receive such solicitations. Sometimes they look like they were sent by a utility. Sometimes they're more straightforward about being from a private company. The nuts and bolts are usually the same. You pay a monthly fee and you'll be covered in case there's any problem with your gas line. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But there are catches.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
In the summer of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to figure it out. " Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe made what many consider the most extraordinary medical advance in baseball history that September when he invented a transplant procedure that resurrected...
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SPORTS
April 28, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - Mike Trout will be given every opportunity to provide a spark for a stagnant Angels offense -- the dynamic 20-year-old was in left field and batting leadoff for Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians, which was delayed by rain, and he is expected to remain at the top of the order for now. But the Angels can't look to Trout to be a savior, the player who turns the fortunes of a team that has lost five consecutive games, the...
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter and Melissa Rohlin
Lauren Lappin's resume is deep: two Olympic teams, two World Cup championships, a Pan American Games title and three times an all-conference selection in college. A Major League Baseball player with similar accomplishments would travel in comfort and bank well into seven or eight figures annually. Lappin, who plays professional softball, takes long road trips on steamy buses and draws a salary just above minimum wage. "It is very frustrating to think every woman on the four teams in the league would be making millions of dollars if we were male," Lappin says.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The favelas of Brazil are a familiar screen subject, and one not readily associated with showbiz whimsy. But a Rio neighborhood's unlikely big top is front and center in the effectively straightforward "Without a Net. " Kelly Richardson's debut film benefits from her considerable access to four young acrobats, each finding new purpose in the circus and envisioning a life beyond poverty. Social activist Junior claimed an abandoned lot in the city's Praça Onze section to illegally set up a circus school, aiming to break the drugs-and-crime pattern for local kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2011
The Apocryphal Gospels Bart D. Ehrman and Zlatko Plese Oxford University Press: 611 pp., $35 Bart D. Ehrman is something of a superman when it comes to scriptural studies. He's a tireless and prolific scholar who has given us countless titles about the origins of biblical documents, their translation and transmission, and the human error that inevitably creeps into the process. With "The Apocryphal Gospels," he and colleague Zlatko Plese provide readers with a comprehensive collection of texts and fragments obviously related to the New Testament though they don't appear there ("apocrypha" refers to writings that are hidden)
SPORTS
December 15, 2012 | T.J. Simers
PHILADELPHIA - His life has already been one of amazing accomplishment on and off the court. So it's a thrill to meet him. I don't get the opportunity often to talk to someone who is almost my age and still playing professional basketball, with plans following retirement to make motion pictures. How inspiring to know it's never too late in life; Steve Nash is now considered the savior to pull the Lakers out of a nose dive. Putting it that way, Nash says, "Hey, if I was in your shoes I know I wouldn't want to bet the ranch on this guy either.
NEWS
June 17, 1998 | Reuters
A New York City teacher has been fired for praying and practicing religion in an elementary school classroom, officials said Tuesday. Mildred Rosario, 43, who says she is a born-again Christian, prayed with her sixth-grade class and told them about "Jesus, our Savior," a Board of Education spokesman David Galarza said.
OPINION
November 15, 2006
Re "Nigeria's savior, or not," editorial, Nov. 11 This editorial was too generous to President Olusegun Obasanjo. Since becoming president of Africa's most populous nation in 1999, Obasanjo has presided over a disastrous administration. Far from laying the foundation for democracy, he has empowered corrupt elements, led his party in egregious rigging of elections in 2003, done nothing about a spike in political assassinations and displayed disdain for judicial verdicts against his government.
OPINION
February 1, 2004
Re "There's Never Been a 'Passion' for the Truth," Commentary, Jan. 28: It seems to me that if both Jews and Christians would focus their attention on Jesus there wouldn't be any arguments. Some Christians who erroneously are vindictive about Jesus' death must remember that, according to the Christian eschatology, the Passion was necessary for the salvation and that the Jews who persecuted Jesus played the essential role in the process. Christians must be thankful to the Jews: the savior Jew and his persecuting Jews.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band , but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many others for Amnesty International's  Bringing Human Rights Home event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 5. "We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said in a statement.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Lu has been receiving pitches for gas-line insurance for her home. She wants to know if it's worth it. Many homeowners receive such solicitations. Sometimes they look like they were sent by a utility. Sometimes they're more straightforward about being from a private company. The nuts and bolts are usually the same. You pay a monthly fee and you'll be covered in case there's any problem with your gas line. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But there are catches.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
During a quick trip to Maryland for a weekend wedding, I was in the nation's capital long enough to discover who it is that has caught the town's attention. It is not President Obama off on his golf vacation or any of the members of Congress scattered back to their home districts. No, the person of great interest is a Seattle billionaire named Jeff Bezos. Bezos, the founder and master of the Amazon.com online retail empire, has just agreed to purchase the Washington Post, and everyone from loyal subscribers to journalists with national reputations is speculating about what this surprising sale may mean for the city, for inside-the-beltway politics and for the future of traditional journalism.
SPORTS
June 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Less than five weeks ago, Andre Ethier was under fire as his competitive spirit was questioned publicly by Don Mattingly . On Monday, Ethier was described in far more glowing terms by the Dodgers' manager - "savior," to be exact. "I can't imagine what we'd be trying to do here if we didn't have him playing some center," Mattingly said. Ethier has served as the Dodgers' primary center fielder since Matt Kemp was put on the disabled list May 30. He started there for the 18th time this season Monday, when the Dodgers opened a three-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was arrested and placed in police custody Friday, a day after commandos whisked him away from an Islamabad courthouse where he faces charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. Musharraf, who only a few weeks ago presented himself as a patriotic savior returning to his homeland from self-imposed exile, was being held at police headquarters at least until his next court appearance, which was expected within 48 hours.
WORLD
April 8, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Indifference was not an option. In death as in life, at home and abroad, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was lionized and lambasted - sometimes both in the same breath - as news of her passing Monday spread across the world. Whether she was lauded as a savior or loathed as a destroyer, no one could deny the indelible imprint left on Britain by its first female prime minister, whose free-market revolution in the 1980s shook this country to its core. "We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton," said Prime Minister David Cameron, one of Thatcher's heirs as leader of the Conservative Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999
Re "Kindling New Beliefs" (Dec. 3): I feel you were remiss in your accuracy of depicting Christians as a group of people who would miss only the Christmas tree and lights of the season if they converted to Judaism. I wish you would have written how Christmas is more than a "tradition" to us true believers in Christ. The Christmas season is for us a time to reflect on the birth of our Lord and savior. And those who think of Christmas as only trees and lights have truly missed out on what it means to be a Christian.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
In "Unconditional," the inspirational tale of a chance, life-altering reunion between grade school friends Samantha "Sam" Crawford (Lynn Collins), a children's author haunted by her husband's senseless murder, and Joe Bradford (Michael Ealy), a kind of Pied Piper of the housing projects, writer-director-editor Brent McCorkle works so hard at being authentic that the results often prove anything but. The filmmaker is clearly well-intended but, along with a rather knee-jerk portrayal of race and racism, his on-the-nose script can't escape the "white savior" trap as the better-off Sam brings light and largesse (she has a horse!
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- To his family, Ed Koch was "Uncle Eddie. " To New Yorkers, he was "hizzoner," the omnipresent three-term mayor who was remembered Monday as the man who lifted a grim city to glory but who always had time for his nieces, nephews, and a dizzying array of friends ranging from his Greenwich Village neighborhood to the White House. Koch died Friday at 88 of congestive heart failure, 23 years after leaving City Hall, but anyone who doubted his pull after so many years out of office had to look only at the faces inside Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
SPORTS
December 15, 2012 | T.J. Simers
PHILADELPHIA - His life has already been one of amazing accomplishment on and off the court. So it's a thrill to meet him. I don't get the opportunity often to talk to someone who is almost my age and still playing professional basketball, with plans following retirement to make motion pictures. How inspiring to know it's never too late in life; Steve Nash is now considered the savior to pull the Lakers out of a nose dive. Putting it that way, Nash says, "Hey, if I was in your shoes I know I wouldn't want to bet the ranch on this guy either.
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