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May 31, 2010 | By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
It's been 11 years since the makers of "The Blair Witch Project" set their horror movie out here in the middle of nowhere and changed this little town of 180 people forever. To this day, tourists occasionally wander through Burkittsville and ask, "Where's the witch?" "There isn't one," the townspeople say, fatigued. "It isn't real ." The 1999 movie shot in eight days on a shoestring budget made a mint. It got four stars from Roger Ebert and went down in Hollywood history as a cult classic.
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April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Curtis Godin of Santa Mater Dei, the No. 1 sprinter in California this season, has signed with UCLA, Coach Rick Martinez said. At Saturday's West Coast Relays, he ran a wind-aided time of 21.11 in the 200, fastest in the state. He set an Orange County record earlier this week in the 100 meters with a time of 10.42 seconds, No. 1 in the state.  Godin used to be a baseball player until joining the track team as a junior last season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama used his executive power and a hot-button issue to try to stoke support from a key election-year constituency Tuesday, as he issued two directives aimed at ensuring federal contractors pay women as much as men for equal work. Surrounding himself with female supporters at the White House, Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make. Advocates say secrecy about salaries is a major contributor to the gap in average pay between male and female workers in the United States, which the White House says means women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The president also ordered contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation paid to employees by gender and race.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly, the state's top female sprinter, has signed with Oregon. Hurdler Kymber Payne signed with LSU. Oregon already has the state's top distance runner, Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley, headed to Eugene. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
March 26, 2013
Re "L.A.'s signs of madness," Column, March 22 I was embarrassed by the example Gale Holland used to show how confusing parking signs can be. Have we lost our ability to read and make simple deductions? Let me explain those signs in Hollywood. "Tow-Away No Parking Anytime" (arrow pointing left) means that you cannot park to the left of the sign at any time. "Tow-Away No Parking 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. " (arrow pointing right) means that you cannot park to the right of the sign during the hours posted.
HEALTH
October 20, 2012
Concussions can have many symptoms, and they're not always obvious, says Dr. Tracy Zaslow of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Here are some of the symptoms, which might show up immediately after an injury but also might appear in hours or even days. • Feeling dazed, dizzy or confused • Forgetting what happened around the time of the injury • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • Sensitivity to light or noise • Change in vision or hearing • Trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering, slowed thinking • Irritability, sadness or anxiety • Losing consciousness Even one or two of these symptoms, if occurring around sports practice, games or casual play, should raise the question of a potential concussion.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Over the weekend, I wrote a "How I Made It" feature on Phil Libin, chief executive of Evernote. As the story notes, Evernote is growing like crazy, has moved into a new headquarters and is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its first app.  Libin comes across as a pretty transparent guy, and he's never dull. And he had a lot to say about how he was handling his role as leader of the company as it grows beyond its start-up roots. So for those of you who are hankering for more, I'm posting the extended edition of our conversation here.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Chivas USA has signed Mexican striker Cesar Romero and two other players as it prepares for next month's Major League Soccer season opener. Romero, 22, last played for Murcielagos FC de Guamuchil in Mexico's second division. Chivas also added midfielder Peter Vagehas and defender Rauswhan McKenzie. Vagenas, 33, of Pasadena, a 12-year MLS veteran, played 16 matches for the Vancouver Whitecaps last season after spending two years with the Seattle Sounders and nine with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Homeowners who default on refinanced mortgages won't be liable for debts that exceed the market value of their lost properties. Late Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation to close a legal loophole that could make defaulting borrowers responsible for paying back money they took out of previously more valuable homes when they refinanced their loans. The lingering debt, said the author of the bill, Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) adds a second punishment to people who already have lost their biggest possession.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
Maybe Lucas Harrell's four-pitch walk of Mike Trout with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning Friday was simply a byproduct of the control problems the Houston Astros right-hander had throughout his shaky three-inning start against the Angels. Surely, the Astros wouldn't pitch around Trout -- and concede a run -- so early in the game to face one of the baseball's most vaunted sluggers, Albert Pujols, the three-time National League most valuable player who has hit more home runs against Houston (48)
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Curtis Godin of Santa Mater Dei, the No. 1 sprinter in California this season, has signed with UCLA, Coach Rick Martinez said. At Saturday's West Coast Relays, he ran a wind-aided time of 21.11 in the 200, fastest in the state. He set an Orange County record earlier this week in the 100 meters with a time of 10.42 seconds, No. 1 in the state.  Godin used to be a baseball player until joining the track team as a junior last season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Enrollment by Latinos in California's healthcare insurance exchange surged in the final month of sign-ups after an intensive push to reach that key population. "Our enrollment became more diverse in this last month, particularly among California's Latino population; our enrollment became younger," Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said during a conference call with reporters Thursday after testifying with the heads of other state exchanges on Capitol Hill. With 1.2 million signed up for private plans, Lee said, "We're proud of that accomplishment.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Even with 1.2 million people enrolled by Monday's deadline, California's health exchange isn't done adding to the Obamacare rolls - and it won't be for quite some time. In the months to come, it's estimated that several hundred thousand more Californians could qualify for a special enrollment period as college students graduate, families move and workers change jobs. But health insurers say the state's current rules for late sign-ups rely too much on the honor system and invite abuse by people waiting until they get sick.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Chad Terhune, Noam Levey and Soumya Karlamangla
Overrun by last-minute demand for Obamacare coverage, California gave many consumers until April 15 to enroll as thousands of people across the nation endured long lines and website troubles. Despite the problems, the late surge in sign-ups was a substantial boost to President Obama's signature law, particularly after such a disastrous launch in October. The final tally from the first year of the law's insurance expansion won't be known until later this spring. But as the Affordable Care Act's inaugural open-enrollment period wound down, an outpouring of interest pushed sign-ups on the new online marketplaces close to the Obama administration's goal of 7 million.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Monday is the deadline for beginning the process of enrolling for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange Covered California can be reached online at http://www.coveredca.com or by phone at (800) 300-1506. Here is a sampling of events in Los Angeles and Orange counties and the Inland Empire this weekend where Californians can get information and sign up for health insurance offered through Covered California. SATURDAY LOS ANGELES COUNTY 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. AltaMed Health Insurance Resource Center, 5436 E. Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles 90022 (for appointments call 1-877-462-2582)
SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
As expected, Matt Barnes officially signed with the Clippers on Friday for what is believed to be a one-year deal making the veteran's minimum. The small forward who spent the last two seasons with the Lakers could be a key reserve with his new team, providing energy and scoring punch off the bench. Barnes, a nine-year veteran who has played with eight teams, will be teammates with Blake Griffin, the all-star power forward that Barnes shoved to the ground during a preseason game last year, drawing a flagrant foul.
SPORTS
July 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy said Friday it signed midfielder Laurent Courtois, who was released by Chivas USA on June 30. Courtois, 34, is a veteran French player who spent the last two seasons with Chivas USA, which shares its home stadium, StubHub Center in Carson, with the Galaxy. After signing with Chivas USA midway through the 2011 season, Courtois appeared in 33 regular-season games, including five this year. He scored once this season, on June 29, in Chivas USA's 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
Strong consumer interest in Obamacare coverage ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline was leading to long waits and website trouble for some Californians. The Covered California exchange said sign-ups have been building throughout the week with about 80,000 people picking a health plan Monday through Thursday. An additional 150,000 households created an online account and started the shopping process in the last three days, officials said. That heavy volume was creating havoc, confusion and delays for many consumers, enrollment counselors and insurance agents trying to use the exchange's website.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - With the Monday deadline still a few days away, the White House announced Thursday that more than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance through online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. That number, though shy of the 7 million sign-ups the administration had once hoped for, marks a significant milestone because 6 million was the projection for this year's enrollment made last month by the nonpartisan Congressional...
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