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April 24, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Since she won four medals at the 2008 Olympics, including a gold in the balance beam, Shawn Johnson has retired from her sport, written a book, won the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," torn up her knee while skiing and had reconstructive surgery. Oh, yeah, and she's doing gymnastics again. Johnson, 20, who came to the Beijing Games as defending world all-around champion and Olympic favorite, accepted her silver all-around medal, one rung below American teammate Nastia Liukin, with both a smile and tears.
August 12, 2009 | Diane Pucin
It is Nastia Liukin's show this year. After sharing headlines and expectations with U.S. teammate Shawn Johnson before and during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, it is Olympic all-around gold medalist Liukin who is hogging the gymnastics spotlight this season. While Johnson, who won the silver all-around medal, has been off winning "Dancing With the Stars," Liukin has gone back to the gym. She will compete this week at the U.S. gymnastics national championships in Dallas on uneven bars and balance beam with the goal of earning a spot at the world championships in London in October.
July 23, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Former U.S. Olympian Dominique Moceanu, who at 14 was part of the 1996 gold-medal team, said Tuesday night that USA Gymnastics team coordinator Martha Karolyi once grabbed her by the neck and slammed her face into a phone, and that former coach Bela Karolyi twice berated her about her weight in front of national teammates.
June 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Kyla Ross likes homework. The Aliso Niguel high school freshman is particularly fond of science and the intricacies of biology. Ross likes the balance beam too, a piece of gymnastics equipment that she has also studied well. It is, at least on some days, Ross's favorite apparatus. That's on the days when she isn't totally engrossed in her floor exercise, danced and tumbled to music from Phantom of the Opera, or the uneven bars where every release move she does well earns a fist pump from her husband-wife coaches Howie Liang and Jenny Zhang at Costa Mesa's Gym-Max Gymnastics.
July 16, 2013
Re "Zimmerman not guilty," July 14 I would love to believe that Trayvon Martin's death is not in vain. I would love to believe that his death will cause Americans to look inward and ask ourselves some hard questions. I would love to believe that Martin's death will force us to deal with race issues. I would love to believe that people of all colors, backgrounds and genders can put aside our differences and reach out to one another. I would love to believe that parents, no matter their ethnic backgrounds, will hug their children more and grieve with Martin's parents.
July 15, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, which acquitted him in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, activists took to the streets across the nation to stand up for civil rights. For many, this was a black-and-white case. A neighborhood patrolman was spooked by a black 17-year-old wearing a hoodie. He shot and killed the unarmed teenager, claiming self-defense. And he got away with it. Writing about the verdict, Gawker's Cord Jefferson lamented : “For people of color, it's a vivid reminder that we must always be deferential to white people, or face the very real chance of getting killed.” The following day, a woman at a demonstration in New York also addressed the dichotomy that still exists in our country.
January 5, 1994
A 3-year-old boy who was found unconscious last week in a burning house that was apparently set afire by a Christmas tree died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, a hospital official said. Lance Johnson died a few minutes before noon in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation, a nursing supervisor said. An official cause of death had not been determined, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
October 17, 1999
Brad Burnett, Trevor McMunn and Brett McCleave scored goals to break a third-quarter tie and give fourth-ranked El Toro a 10-3 victory over host San Diego Coronado in boys' nonleague water polo Saturday. McCleave had a game-high four goals. Jon Hopkins scored three goals for Coronado. The Charger defense held Jesse Smith, a member of the junior national team, scoreless. Ali Khalessi made four of his 13 saves in the final quarter for El Toro (19-3). In other nonleague games: No.
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