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March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' travel roster for their season-opening series in Australia is taking shape. As of now, Carl Crawford won't make the trip. Crawford remains in waiting for the birth of his third child. In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke figures to be the left fielder on opening day. Van Slyke is batting only one of eight in his career against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, but Manager Don Mattingly likes the matchup between the right-handed-hitting Van Slyke and the left-handed Corbin.
March 13, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
March 13, 2014 | By David Pagel
Jacob Hashimoto's installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center is a lot like the weather: all around us and bigger than everyone. Made up of thousands of small paper-and-wood sculptures that resemble miniature kites, Hashimoto's sprawling piece also puts visitors in mind of massive gatherings, whether they're made up of people crowded into stadiums or represented by numbers too big to wrap your head around - like the national debt or the amount of Twitter followers celebrities have.
March 8, 2014 | By John Penner
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife. " In the decades since, the drinking, brawling, gambling, whoring cliche has become so entrenched and widely propagated it can be hard to see Bukowski's words for his shadow. The "Barfly" legend, sprouted from the self-mythology Bukowski cultivated in countless quasi-autobiographical works including his celebrated movie screenplay and fed by his real-life drunken bouts of abusiveness, has only grown posthumously.
February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Is it too early to start getting excited about a seven on seven summer passing tournament? Absolutely not. Huntington Beach Edison Coach Dave White is putting together another strong group of teams for the Edison tournament on July 12. Confirmed are St. John Bosco and quarterback Josh Rosen; Servite and QB Travis Waller; Hart and QB Brady White; Glendora and QB Matt Fink; Upland and QB Tyler Hilinski; Santa Margarita and QB K.J. Costello; Westlake...
February 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Irregular shapes and a variety of exterior finishes set a bold tone at this newly built contemporary in Bel-Air. Walls of glass offer views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, downtown Los Angeles and the distant mountains. Location: 2170 Stradella Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $8.85 million Year built: 2013 Architect: Patrick J. Killen House size: Six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 5,402 square feet Lot size: 26,642 square feet Features: Steel-beam framing, concrete and wood floors, retractable walls of glass, high ceilings, three indoor fireplaces, open dining area, home theater, office, 73-foot solar-heated infinity pool, spa, fire pit, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
February 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
With a strong push from MTV, spoken-word poetry went mainstream in the mid-1990s, and Maggie Estep was its leading lady. Dressed in black, often backed by a rock band, Estep was a sassy, slightly twisted New Yorker who wrote and performed humorous, biting pieces that merged poetry with stand-up comedy. A regular at Manhattan's Nuyorican Poets Café, the center of the poetry slam movement, she was a crowd favorite for pieces with titles like "Hey Baby" and "The Stupid Jerk I'm Obsessed With.
February 12, 2014 | By Zach P. Messitte
The merits of the nine nominees for the Academy Award for best picture are being debated by cineastes around the world. But as a college professor, this year's Oscar nominees also reaffirm the growing importance of the movies in the classroom and how film can inspire young people to greater academic inquiry. Although most of my students have never heard of the 1970s Abscam scandal, many have seen "American Hustle. " The horrors of American slavery are brought back on screen, in "12 Years a Slave," for a generation of white undergraduates who see nothing extraordinary about having African Americans as roommates, teammates or teachers.
February 6, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Sometimes political careers are born of chance. John Nicolay and John Hay were two young men working in Springfield, Ill., when they became involved with the political life of Abraham Lincoln before his 1860 U.S. presidential campaign. Tireless and smart, the friends, still in their 20s, proved themselves indispensable to Lincoln, who brought them along with him to the White House as his personal secretaries - in effect, the president's gatekeepers. In his new book, "Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image," author Joshua Zeitz skillfully recounts what were heady days for Nicolay and Hay, even as they were tragic days for the nation.
January 31, 2014 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
At 24, professional snowboarder Elena Hight is already a two-time Olympian and in training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Raised near the mountains in California, she began hitting the slopes as a child and competed in her first Olympics at age 16. Hight, now a full-time boarder, is also passionate about surfing and cooking. Here, she discusses how she stays in shape mentally and physically. How did you learn to snowboard and develop it as a passion? I was born in Hawaii, and my family relocated to the mountains in Lake Tahoe when I was 6 years old. My dad was a surfer his whole life, and the first thing he did when we relocated was teach my whole family to snowboard, and I just took to the sport real quickly, and it took off from there.
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