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April 29, 2012 | By Mike James
  The Clippers' first appearance in the NBA playoffs since 2006 couldn't have gotten off to a worse start for them. It couldn't have had a better finish. They fell behind by 18 points in the first quarter and  later trailed by as many as 27. Then Nick Young and the Clippers changed identities. They had been ineffective inside and out for 3 1/2 quarters but went on dramatic run to put themselves in position to eventually win, 99-98, in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
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April 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the publication day of a second magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba, the main subject of the story was smiling. “I feel normal,” Puig said in Spanish. “I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me.” Asked how he could remain focused in light of recent revelations about his past, Puig was about to start answering, only for a Dodgers staffer to prevent him from doing so. The next inquiry was also shut down by Roman Barinas, the Dodgers' manager of international scouting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By David Ng
The director of the controversial new production of Wagner's "Tannhauser" that made ample use of Nazi imagery -- including swastikas on costumes and a set that featured a pseudo-gas chamber -- has expressed bafflement over the decision to cancel the staging earlier this month in Germany and said it was a form of censorship. In an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel published this week, Burkhard Kosminski said he is "shocked and speechless and cannot understand" the decision made by leaders at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany, to call off all remaining performances.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Doug Smith
Newport Beach oncologist Minh Nguyen woke up Wednesday wearing a dubious distinction: Medicare's highest-paid doctor in California and one of the top physicians nationwide. Some of his patients and fellow physicians immediately called him wanting an explanation of why newly released federal data show he got paid $11.3 million for treating Medicare patients in 2012. Like dozens of other doctors across the country, Nguyen was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight as federal officials listed for the first time what the government pays individual doctors to treat elderly Americans.
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September 22, 1997 | Associated Press
Witnesses who saw Cleveland pitcher John Smiley suffer a broken arm near the shoulder the night before were still somewhat in shock Sunday. "I'd never seen anything like it," Indian pitching coach Mark Wiley said. Reliever Jason Jacome said, "My stomach turned." The 32-year-old left-hander, who figured in the Indians' postseason plans, was preparing to face the Royals in Kansas City on Saturday night in his first start since tendinitis in his left shoulder and elbow sidelined him Aug. 30.
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October 13, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Dozens gathered in the small and simple chapel of SeaCoast Grace Church in Seal Beach to pray, to cry and to know they were not alone. They were there Wednesday evening to mourn the eight who had been killed in the shooting at the Salon Meritage, only a few blocks from the sanctuary. They were also mourning for the sense of security that the deadliest mass murder in Orange County history punctured in their tight-knit community. "Stuff like that doesn't happen here," said Ashley Rhoads, who grew up in Seal Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Before Quentin Tarantino, Martin McDonagh and all the other sadistic bad boys of film and theater, there was the 17th century dramatist John Ford testing his audience's tolerance for perverse blood sport. In his most popular play, " 'Tis Pity She's a Whore," now at Freud Playhouse through Saturday in an international touring production by the acclaimed London-based company Cheek by Jowl, Ford does his best to out-Jacobean the Jacobean playwrights he was weaned on. Revenge isn't just the main dish - it's the theme of his entire buffet.
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April 7, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Residents of the New Frontier Mobile Home Community were wrestling Wednesday with a welter of emotions after the arrest of a neighbor on suspicion of killing his wife. First, there was relief that an arrest had finally been made in the death of Phyllis New, 58, found dead of a gunshot wound Oct. 15 in her bed. "This is a park predominantly of little old ladies, widows, and a lot of them have been scared to death that a killer was on the loose," said Emma Nuzzo.
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September 17, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
A surgical technician convicted of firing a gun into an occupied car was back on the job last week at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, just days after being released from jail, despite vows by Los Angeles County officials to crack down on medical personnel with criminal records. Norris Smith, 53, had spent 169 days behind bars before pleading no contest to the felony charge Aug. 26. In exchange for the plea, a five-year state prison sentence was suspended. He was placed on probation and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and abstain from alcohol, according to court records.
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August 3, 1987
This is not a simple world, all clear-cut black or white. The hearings certainly demonstrate that valid criticism can be directed at both sides. However, those "ostrich" people who can't see that America is the last bastion of freedom in the world, and is continually being attacked on every front, are in for increasingly rude shocks. I'm for North and Poindexter, all the way. ROD A. IRVINE Alhambra
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April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan and Paresh Dave
Wilfredo Ramirez Lopez didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when he last saw Ivan Lopez, which was at the funeral for Lopez's mother, Carmen, last year. Aside from normal grief, Ramirez Lopez said, the 34-year-old soldier seemed normal. Lopez was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso at the time, as was Ramirez Lopez's son. He told Lopez to contact his son if he needed someone to talk to. Ramirez Lopez, 69, awoke Thursday to the news that Ivan Lopez had gone on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, killing three people and himself and leaving 16 people injured.
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March 27, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
While the rest of the country -- or so it seems -- is still in mourning over the tragic death of Will Gardner in Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife," at least one woman sees opportunity in his untimely passing.  As Josh Charles explained in a conversation with series creators Michelle and Robert King and co-star Julianna Margulies on Wednesday night at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, the reaction to his character's demise has been touching and...
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | DAVID LAZARUS
Critics of safety-net programs such as Social Security and Medicare are fond of saying that the private sector would do a much better job of protecting people thanks to the magic of the marketplace. Mike and Judy Holtzman of Laguna Woods are now experiencing the magic of the marketplace for long-term care insurance. And it stings. They were recently informed by their insurer, John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Co., that their annual premiums will almost double. They're both now in their mid-60s.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you havent' seen Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead," then that's probably why you aren't walking around red-eyed and shellshocked today. Anyone who hasn't caught up yet, should stop reading now. Go have a nice, festive St. Patrick's Day. Everyone else will be spending the day trying to recover from the particularly bleak doings on "The Grove," a.k.a. the "Of Mice and Men" episode in which the series said goodbye to two of its child actors in particularly brutal fashion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Mark Boster
A sport utility vehicle sheared a fire hydrant and hit a power pole in La Mirada on Friday, sending a geyser of electrified water into the air that shocked a cyclist, authorities said. The crash was reported about 7 a.m. in the 14800 block of Artesia Boulevard, near Knott Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Authorities said the SUV was traveling west on Artesia Boulevard. At the same time, a bicyclist was heading east on the same side of the road, but it's unclear if the driver was trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist, authorities said.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Seventh-seeded Cal Poly pulled off a huge upset in the Big West Tournament on Thursday by stunning second-seeded UC Santa Barbara, 69-38, at Honda Center. Cal Poly's win in the first game of the tournament came just five days after the Mustangs suffered a 16-point home defeat to Santa Barbara. “We just decided to turn the pressure up everywhere, and make the game ugly,” Cal Poly Coach Joe Collero said. Cal Poly (11-19) dominated from start to finish and completely frustrated Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, the conference player of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001
I am happy to see The Times honor and acknowledge Ysmael Parra, "Sleepy Lagoon" defendant (obituary, May 21). People need to remember these things, and I know Ysmael--my Uncle Smiles--would be gratified to learn that they do. The case shocks people to this day. I suppose it is good that people can still be shocked by injustice. Michael Silvas Whittier
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July 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former nurse was sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband, hacking up his body and stuffing his remains into suitcases that later washed ashore along Chesapeake Bay. Melanie McGuire, 34, was convicted in New Brunswick of murder and desecrating human remains in the 2004 death of William McGuire, 39. "The depravity of this murder simply shocks the conscience of this court," Judge Frederick DeVesa said in sentencing McGuire.
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March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
Witnesses described the moment Saturday night when a stage collapsed during a performance at an Anaheim high school, injuring about two dozen students. "All of a sudden the very front row just completely fell under. We were all in shock," student Stephanie Stevenson told KABC-TV. Another student, Sabrina Lee, added in an interview with the station: "We were all jumping, having fun. We've done it five times before, and then all of a sudden, the girls in front of me just disappeared.
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