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March 12, 2013 | Steve Lopez
The dilapidated bleachers at Marshall High School in Silver Lake have been in such a sorry state for so long, I stopped noticing until recently, when I saw a grandfather teeter as he stepped over a sinkhole in the floorboards. That made me really look around, as my daughter played in a city recreation league basketball game. It wasn't pretty. I saw jutting metal stumps where seats used to be. Entire rows of seats were missing, traffic cones and yellow caution tape were used to cordon off particularly dangerous sections, and a folding chair was planted over a hole to keep people from tumbling into it. Why do deplorable conditions like this exist, in one of L.A. Unified's most highly regarded high schools, for years on end?
February 28, 2013
Describing the routine use of antibiotics in meat and poultry production as a "serious threat to public health," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010 called on livestock operations to voluntarily reduce their reliance on the medications. But an FDA report this month indicates that, so far, the results are unimpressive: Antibiotic sales to livestock operations rose in 2011, rather than falling. It is unclear why the numbers went up - perhaps there were simply more animals - and in fact, new legislation seeks to require better information on this score.
February 3, 2013 | T.J. Simers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Kobe Bryant doubled over in laughter when I asked whether he thought the day would come when Bynum played so well. Will Bynum. A runt who plays for the Pistons. Shredded the Lakers' interior defense. And by the way, whatever happened to that other Bynum? He's not playing, of course, but then the guy they got for him, Dwight Howard, isn't playing either. And the whisper coming out of the Lakers' locker room after Mike D'Antoni suggested his team had won a playoff game with Detroit was not good.
January 25, 2013
It would be refreshing if he finally stepped up and admitted, as even the marginally educated fan already knows, that he made a colossal mistake. Manti Te'o? Nope. Jim Buss. Bud Chapman Northridge :: You can fool some Lakers fans some of the time and some Lakers fans all of the time, but you can't fool all of the Lakers fans all of the time. Every Lakers fan I've spoken with believes that the hiring of Mike D'Antoni was as big a mistake as the hiring of Mike Brown.
December 6, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
NASHVILLE - As September turned into October, and as the playoffs went on without the Angels, the big, bold letters remained painted on the outfield wall at Angel Stadium. 3 Million Fans. 10 Straight Years. That streak appears in serious jeopardy. It has been 10 years since the Angels won the World Series, three years since they made the playoffs. Their attendance last season dropped to its lowest level in nine years, clearing the 3-million mark by just 62,000 fans, even after the addition of Albert Pujols and the emergence of Mike Trout.
December 3, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Two years ago, Los Angeles County probation officer Michelle Guymon was asked to help child abuse experts study human trafficking. She imagined a globe-trotting break from 23 years in the trenches managing law-breaking teens. "I figured I'd be traveling the world," she said. But Guymon never left home. The human trafficking victims she studied were local girls forced into sex - not much different from the hundreds she'd encountered in juvenile hall, locked up and punished for working the streets.
November 25, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"We all have our moments," says Yuval Diskin, calm, thoughtful, disturbed. "Maybe you're shaving and you think, 'I make a decision and x number of people are killed.' The power to take lives in an instant, there's something unnatural about it. " The "we" in that compelling statement refers to a very small group of individuals, the men who, like Diskin, have been the heads of Shin Bet, Israel's shadowy, super-secret domestic counterterrorism agency,...
November 17, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It's "Homeland" meets "The Real Housewives" - and it's hands down the best serialized show on TV. It's "Dallas" in military drag, in which a ridiculously retro social order (who knew that "socialites" and "hostesses" even existed anymore, never mind in Tampa) slams into the high-tech world of cyberstalking - only to reveal a story as old as the written word: The Case of the Compromising Love Letter. GRAPHIC: Who's who | Gen. Petraeus Scandal Honestly, when will cheating couples finally learn to keep their declarations of passion out of anything that could conceivably be stolen by a lady's maid, discovered by a suspicious spouse or unearthed by a cyber sleuth?
November 8, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND, Ore. - In the last two games, DeAndre Jordan has nine blocked shots. Jordan blocked at least one shot in the Clippers' first five games. That's the defensive force the Clippers want Jordan to be. "He has to do a good job controlling the paint for us, and that's part of it," Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We've seen how athletic he is. He's still learning and he's still kind of finding his way a little bit. But that helps us to be more consistent. " Entering Thursday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Jordan was averaging 2.8 blocked shots, fourth-best in the NBA. Del Negro said the team believes that the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Jordan is athletic enough to be an intimidating factor every game.
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