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February 22, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
At the end of another tough week for teamwork, with major leaguers lying and NBA stars feuding, they ran alone. In Simi Valley, across a grassy field in the lengthening shadow of nearby hills, they ran together. Two girls, side by side, stride for stride, connected by the stretched cotton of a gray belt and the giant arms of innocence. One girl is blind. The other girl is teaching the rest of us to see.
April 13, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was a win. That was all that mattered to the Clippers. The intensity was lacking for the most part, but the Clippers still worked hard enough for a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. No one really expected the Clippers to play with the same passion against a Kings team going nowhere as they displayed Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that had playoff implications. "Certain games are a little tougher than others just because one team might not be playing for anything and one team might," said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-for-15 shooting and nine assists.
February 15, 1998
by Robert Graves I had long known the diverse tastes of the wood, Each leaf, each bark, rank earth from every hollow; Knew the smells of bird's breath and of bat's wing; Yet sight I lacked: until you stole upon me, Touching my eyelids with light finger-tips. The trees blazed out, their colours whirled together, Nor ever before had I been aware of sky. From "Erotic Poems," selected and edited by Peter Washington (Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf: 286 pp., $10.95)
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
March 5, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
She feared the worst at first. What if she tripped? What if she fell? What if she ran head-on into a wall? Blind for 16 years, Maria Perez still struggled getting around in her Santa Clarita home. And then someone came along and dared her to take the stage as an actress, under the lights, under the gaze of an audience. VIDEO: Blind theater troupe "There's no way," she thought. "No way I can do it. " That was two years ago, when she first joined Theater by the Blind, a troupe of actors who put on a show despite their disability.
May 22, 2005 | Don Shirley
"Revelation" is the title of a new play by Christina Kokubo. And when it opens next month in Los Angeles, it may well be true to its title. That's because the cast will be made up entirely of blind actors, although the characters are all fully sighted. The play, about a group of people in a mystical land taking shelter during a crisis, was written and is being directed by Kokubo, who began teaching drama at the Braille Institute five years ago.
August 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO -- The struggles of the Angels bullpen may have reached crisis levels Sunday after reliever Jason Isringhausen, summoned to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning, gave up a two-run, pinch-hit home run to A.J. Pierzynski, which keyed the Chicago White Sox's 4-2 victory at  U.S. Cellular Field. Angels relievers have now given up 23 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings in seven games against the Texas Rangers and White Sox, suffering four losses and three blown saves. And, well, there appears to be little relief in sight, with veteran left-hander Scott Downs (shoulder strain)
April 18, 1987
Lots of guys who never made more than $20,000 to 30,000 a year are all broken up about the financial plight of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. EDWARD G. LOWELL Tarzana
May 19, 1986
Striking attorneys for the State Bar of California are expected to return to their jobs by Wednesday after both sides agreed to submit their wage dispute to binding arbitration. The attorneys walked out April 25. A Los Angeles-based spokeswoman for the 33 strikers, Marilyn Alper, said she was confident that their demand for higher pay within set scales would be approved by the panel.
January 13, 2005 | Judith A. Stock
No matter what gardening zone you grow in or your level of expertise, you'll be right at home here. This two-part, 500-page volume takes readers by the hand and leads them through the gardening experience. From the basics like understanding what a plant is, how it grows, and what it needs to mature to more advanced topics like wild flowers, edible gardens and water features, Titchmarsh shines when it comes to step-by-step techniques.
March 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
RIDGELAND, Miss. - Over the bass beat coming from the band, the Rev. Charles Miller is leading his congregation in boisterous prayer. As his voice rings out, blessing the community and the oppressed, the congregation affirming each line, he names a new group that he says deserves God's attention. "We pray for the employees who are working at Nissan," Miller says, and the dozens of women and men in the pews say amen to that, too. "We pray you wake up the conscience of those that are oppressing them," he says.
March 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
So how are you liking these new Dodgers owners now? Guggenheim seemed to be making all the right moves, till it slipped up while slobbering over all that TV loot, in a way that negates almost everything it has done so well up to now. Capitalism can be such a mess sometimes. Greed always does you in, even when it's cloaked in a greater purpose, such as winning a World Series, perhaps the greatest purpose of all. Crazy Guggenheim is not the biggest culprit, nor is it alone.
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Spurred by additional satellite leads, Australian officials on Sunday ramped up a multinational effort to comb a vast stretch of the south Indian Ocean for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said eight military and civilian aircraft carrying 20 volunteer spotters - double the number used Saturday - would look for objects that were shown floating about 1,500 miles off...
March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Bernardino County woman has been given permission to shoot and kill the mountain lion blamed for killing her llama should it return to her 60-acre ranch in Devore. The mountain lion was spotted in the area over the weekend and Shelly Smith, who has lived on the Cable Canyon Road ranch for more than 25 years, blames the state's drought for driving the mountain lion down onto her property. "We're just assuming that he's thirsty and hungry and coming down for that reason, but unfortunately it's terrorizing our property," Smith told  NBC-LA . After hearing screaming sounds a few weeks ago, Smith said she found her llama, "Frosty," dead and another llama that had been bitten.
March 14, 2014 | Dan Blackburn
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall. Far below, a lone hiker with a backpack walks by - just a small figure diminished by the large arch above him. Then, the light of the setting sun arrives. The red rock begins to glow, and everything else - the trail's 480 feet of elevation gain, the almost precarious perch and more - is swallowed up by the grandeur of the scene.
March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Over the winter Zach Lee said he was coming to spring training to win a spot in the Dodgers rotation. And though that's clearly not going to happen this season, the 22-year-old right-hander isn't about to change his goals. "Any time you're going to set a goal, you kind of want to set it high," said Lee, who made his first appearance of the spring Friday, shutting out the Texas Rangers for two innings. "If you set it too low then you'll probably meet it and you'll kind of get content with it. " Lee, who signed a record $5.25-million bonus after being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft, was the Dodgers' minor league pitcher of the year last summer when he won 10 games and posted a 3.22 earned-run average at double-A Chattanooga.
July 16, 1991
Chiefs of police who do not implement the Christopher Commission's reforms should be shot on sight and hung at the airport. RUSS CHACE, Redondo Beach
February 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia's parliament endorsed the military's policy of shooting rioters on sight, amid fresh bloodshed at both ends of the vast archipelago. At least 20 people died over the weekend in renewed Christian-Muslim violence in the eastern region once known as the Spice Islands and two more in the restive western province of Aceh, officials said. The parliament endorsed armed forces commander Gen. Wiranto's orders to his troops to shoot rioters or troublemakers on sight. Wiranto's deputy, Maj. Gen.
February 19, 2014 | By Bob Pool
The guy who runs the street-corner gas stations at the bustling Fairfax-area intersection gets them going and coming. The filling station owner operates not one but two Chevron stations at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, a sight that often leaves motorists doing double takes. And that may have been Ben Pouldar's plan 15 months ago when he opened a Chevron service station right across the street from the Chevron station he already owned. "It really is incredibly weird," said Davon Williams as he gazed across the street while pumping $3.699-a-gallon unleaded into his car. "I actually saw the other Chevron station first but I was in the wrong lane to turn into it," said Williams, an actor and writer who moved to Hollywood 11 months ago from Philadelphia.
February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Mountain lion sightings have been reported at an Orange County park where a 35-year-old cyclist was mauled to death along a popular trail in 2004. Officials said Monday night that they had stepped up trail monitoring and posted signs at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, where people have recently reported  mountain lion sightings.  The park remains open, but people are urged to be vigilant and stay on park trails, officials with O.C. Parks said. PHOTOS: Mountain lions need room to roam "Minors should be accompanied by adults at all times," officials said in a statement.
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