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April 25, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Kyle Larson's meteoric rise in the Sprint Cup Series continued Friday with an assist from Mother Nature. When qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 was canceled because of rain, Larson earned the first pole of his Cup career because he had posted the fastest lap in the first practice on the three-quarters of a mile oval at Richmond International Raceway: 126.880 mph. He will start on the front row with Brad Keselowski, whose fastest lap...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
Behind closed doors, senators have more privacy than Bill Clinton ever did. RICH SEELEY Torrance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct. Lawmakers say better adherence to existing rules and tougher restrictions in the future are needed to win back the public's trust after three state senators were charged with crimes. Eleven proposals approved by a Senate committee included a ban on fundraising during the end of legislative sessions, when decisions on many key issues are made; a reduction in the value of gifts that officials may accept; and a prohibition on such items as spa treatments, golf games, concert and professional sports tickets, theme park admissions and gift cards.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Ozomatli is taking its polyglot music and attitude from the streets into the halls of academia. In preparation for Ozomatli Day on April 23 in Los Angeles, the long-running East L.A. rock-R&B-punk-funk ensemble will visit UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center at noon Monday for a question-and-answer session and an acoustic performance. Unlike many such sessions where attendees are advised against documenting them with smartphones or tablets, Ozomatli is encouraging the audience to shoot the session, then personalize it and share it on the group's web site.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Josh Beckett remains a possibility to start Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Beckett threw a bullpen session Sunday, two days after hurting his ankle in a start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. “It was a lot more encouraging today than it was yesterday,” he said. Beckett's start with Rancho Cucamonga ended in the fifth inning when he awkwardly fielded a bunt. Until then, Beckett said, “I felt good. I felt like I had good power stuff. My changeup was really good, cutter was pretty suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It's a new era in Sacramento - a markedly improved one, so far. Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much. They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label "dysfunctional. " Even if some things they're doing aren't to your liking - and some certainly aren't to mine - the mechanisms of governance are churning. Gridlock has been broken. The transformation was apparent in the legislative session that adjourned for the year Thursday night, especially in the final days.
OPINION
November 19, 2000
"Congressional Leaders Put Off Session," Nov. 14: Like Congress, I plan to take three weeks' leave from my job. As Linda Ricci, spokeswoman for the White House budget office, puts it, "Congress was so preoccupied with outside matters that the prospect of getting any real work done this week was slim." I, too, find it hard to concentrate. I'm sure my boss will understand. SYLVIA MILES Thousand Oaks
NEWS
September 29, 2010 | Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Democratic congressional leaders will hold a final strategy session with President Obama on Thursday, as members prepare to leave town for full-time campaigning to protect their endangered majority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are among those expected at the White House meeting. Among the topics is expected to be the fate of tax cuts, left unaddressed in the most recent session. "They'll talk about a wide variety of issues and what we ought to do going forward," deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters on Air Force One Wednesday, en route to Virginia for the president's final backyard conversation this week.
NEWS
August 24, 1985 | From Reuters
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, branded a terrorist by the Reagan Administration, will make his first visit to the United States this fall for the 40th anniversary session of the U.N. General Assembly, a U.N. spokesman said Friday. No date for the visit has been set, but the session opens Sept. 17 and most of the anniversary ceremonies are scheduled for the latter part of October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the state Legislature for next week to consider a new plan to save money and pay off state debt, an election-year pitch that he must make to lawmakers without the benefit of a Democratic supermajority. Brown's proposal is aimed at cushioning the state against recessions and calming its turbulent fiscal waters. It would require Sacramento to capture spikes in revenue and either save the money to prevent budget cuts during a downturn or pay off debt and cover long-term liabilities such as public pensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a legislative special session to prod lawmakers to approve his proposal for creating a new reserve fund, which the governor says will insulate the state from the economic turbulence it's suffered in the past. The special session is scheduled to begin on April 24. California has had a rainy day fund since 2004, but it's mostly been left empty amid the state's budget crises and there are weak rules for funding the account. Brown wants a new plan that would require the state to save some tax revenue from capital gains.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Ozomatli is taking its polyglot music and attitude from the streets into the halls of academia. In preparation for Ozomatli Day on April 23 in Los Angeles, the long-running East L.A. rock-R&B-punk-funk ensemble will visit UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center at noon Monday for a question-and-answer session and an acoustic performance. Unlike many such sessions where attendees are advised against documenting them with smartphones or tablets, Ozomatli is encouraging the audience to shoot the session, then personalize it and share it on the group's web site.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Josh Beckett remains a possibility to start Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Beckett threw a bullpen session Sunday, two days after hurting his ankle in a start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. “It was a lot more encouraging today than it was yesterday,” he said. Beckett's start with Rancho Cucamonga ended in the fifth inning when he awkwardly fielded a bunt. Until then, Beckett said, “I felt good. I felt like I had good power stuff. My changeup was really good, cutter was pretty suspect.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are an awful team, clinging to the NBA's worst record week after week, month after month. But they can always remember one thing about this season. They swept the Lakers. It became official Thursday, 108-105, another loss for the Lakers that was only slightly better than their dismal one at home to the Bucks. On New Year's Eve. By 15. Was it already mentioned that the Bucks are the worst team in the NBA? This one took place in front of thousands of empty seats because the Wisconsin Badgers started a Sweet 16 game in Anaheim 15 minutes before tipoff here.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Republican incumbents threatened by tea party challengers emerged triumphant in Tuesday's Texas primary, with longtime U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions coasting to victory. The primary also marked the electoral debut of the fourth generation of the Bush dynasty with George P. Bush's candidacy. The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew and grandson of the former presidents and great-grandson of a U.S. senator, the 37-year-old won the Republican nomination for Texas land commissioner, a little-known but powerful post that has served as a launching pad for state politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2012
Big Jim Sullivan, 71, an acclaimed session guitarist who played on dozens of rock 'n' roll and pop hits in the 1960s and '70s, died Tuesday at his home in West Sussex, England, said his wife, Norma. He suffered from heart disease and diabetes. Sullivan learned guitar as a teenager and turned professional when he was 16. He played with many of the biggest names in British pop at the height of the "Swinging London" era. Along with Jimmy Page, who would later star in Led Zeppelin, Sullivan was one of the most in-demand session guitarists of his era. His website lists sessions with Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 1997 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was like a scene from "Star Wars"--the one where wise old Obi-Wan Kenobi puts Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in touch with the Force. Except this time, there were 20 Lukes and Leias, and the Force was not that of a warrior but of a poet. Last week Len Schill, a Ventura-based poet and photographer and at 85 a self-proclaimed "super senior," conducted a demonstration of his poetry lessons for kids 7 to 12. (The regular session starts today at Ventura's Barranca Vista Park.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  -- Zack Greinke has canceled his Saturday bullpen session because of lingering problems with his right calf muscle, a development that reduces his chances of pitching in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia. Greinke strained the muscle Thursday in his first start of the exhibition season. He was removed from the game after making only four pitches. With Greinke's status uncertain, the Dodgers could start Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren in their two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22-23.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The chief United Nations official at the Syrian peace talks apologized Saturday to the people of the embattled nation after a second round of negotiations ended without any progress toward resolving the almost three-year conflict. “I am very, very sorry,” Lakdhar Brahimi, U.N. mediator in the talks, told reporters in a downbeat closing note after the session adjourned in Geneva, Switzerland. “I apologize [to] the Syrian people .... But in these two rounds we haven't helped them very much.” Many Syrians' hopes were “very high” that that the talks could have represented “the beginning of the coming out of this horrible crisis,” noted a somber Brahimi, who himself appeared emotionally drained.
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