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January 29, 1995
Thank you for "The Date Before Christmas" (Style, Dec. 11). It helped put the Christmas rush in perspective--and with a smile. Joan Burkett Northridge
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April 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about 2010 than their 2012 Stanley Cup championship resume. There is something special about rallying from an 3-0 series deficit, so extraordinary that it has happened only three times in NHL history. Current Kings Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are members of that select club, having accomplished the feat when they were with the Philadelphia Flyers, who pulled off the trick against the Boston Bruins in 2010.
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August 15, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Umpire Greg Gibson was knocked out of the Angels' 8-4 win against Cleveland on Wednesday night after suffering a violent home-plate collision with Torii Hunter. Hunter was sliding into home in the fifth inning and his left cleat caught Gibson near the left eye. Gibson had to leave the game. He received stitches and later visited a local hospital for precautionary X-rays.  After the game, Hunter said he knew that his foot hit Gibson as he slid into home, but he didn't realize until afterward that it hit him in the face.
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April 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - They fled Kasab at daybreak, amid the clamor of artillery and word that Islamist rebels were advancing toward them from Turkey. About 2,500 residents, most of them ethnic Armenians, gathered documents and what few possessions they could carry. They piled into cars and minibuses that carried them 40 miles down mountain roads to the government-held city of Latakia. Only some elderly remained behind, residents said. "We escaped with the clothes on our back," said one of those who eventually made it to Lebanon.
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September 12, 2012
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss when the NFL's lockout of its officials will end ... or if it ever will. Check back throughout the day for their responses and feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Mike Pompei, Chicago Tribune The standoff between the NFL and officials won't last long. The NFL knows it is walking on a tightrope without a net by employing replacement officials. The subs did fine in the first week, but it's only a matter of time before a blown call leads to a major controversy and an ugly black eye. That isn't to say the league will buckle, however.
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January 13, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
NOTE:   This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Monday . Maybe I've become lightheaded due to the lack of saturated fats, but I am beginning to believe that there are things we can learn from the cast of "Jersey Shore. " At the ridiculous heart of the "gym, tan, laundry" mantra often uttered by the muscle-bound gentlemen of the hit MTV show are elements of narcissism and personal pride.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
SPORTS
September 25, 2012 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
USC defensive back Brian Baucham remains hospitalized because of an unspecified breathing issue that occurred after the fifth-year senior played in Saturday's game against California, a person close to the situation said Monday. Baucham, from Torrance, was in intensive care and on a ventilator Saturday and Sunday, but he was removed from the device Monday and his condition was improved, said the person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
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March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
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November 12, 1987
Richard Branham, a 6-foot, 5-inch senior forward at Cleveland High, said Wednesday he will sign a letter of intent today to play basketball for Cal. Branham, 17, was a first-team All-Valley 4-A League selection as a junior. He averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds a game last season. "It's a pretty nice situation there," Branham said. "It seemed like it wouldn't be too much of a drastic change for me from what it's like now."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of people shared only three showers in the building that Patricia McDowell called home for the last 2 1/2 years. Roaches skittered across the floor, she said, and lights went out and stayed out. In recent months, McDowell said she had to run an extension cord to another room to keep electricity going. But when the Los Angeles Fire Department told McDowell and dozens of other tenants that they had to clear out of the building at 5700 S. Hoover St., citing dangerous conditions, she panicked.
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April 1, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
Mitch Eby wasn't trying to make history or make a point when he got up to speak to his football teammates at Chapman University two weeks ago. He just was trying to make a difference. But with one simple sentence -- "I am ready to share with you all that I am gay" -- he may have accomplished all three. "It was to put my story out there to kind of help other people in the same situation," the junior defensive lineman from Santa Monica said. "It was reading a lot of stories like this, watching YouTube videos, stuff like that that helped me. And I wanted to be able to provide my story and my own experiences to maybe help other people in the future.
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April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Desperate Hockey Teams, Part II. The other entry in the three-way battle between Minnesota, Phoenix and Dallas for two wild-card playoff spots in the Western Conference, the Coyotes, visits the Kings on Wednesday night. It's no coincidence that Minnesota and Phoenix are the only teams to beat the Kings this season when the Kings led after two periods. They both did so in March with the Wild rallying for a 3-2 win Monday night. "It's hard but you just have to realize the desperation of teams," Kings center Mike Richards said.
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March 28, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Call this the month of the one-goal game. Four of the Kings' last five games have been won by one goal. They beat Washington in a shootout at home last week and swept their three-game trip by one goal each, winning the second one, at Washington, again in a shootout. It's an admirable asset to have in the stretch run, gearing up for the playoffs and possessing the ability to perform in tight situations. "I think we're comfortable in those types of games," Kings captain Dustin Brown said after Thursday's 3-2 win at Pittsburgh in regulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Let there be no doubt. Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' most powerful executive. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," she said in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I'm president and governor of the team and I have empowered the basketball operations, the front office, to put together a basketball team, working within the confines of the collective-bargaining agreement. " She indicated why the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension last November before he returned from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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August 31, 1987 | CHRIS ELLO
Rolf Benirschke was walking around training camp Sunday afternoon looking for Coach Al Saunders. Earlier in the day, Saunders had seen Benirschke and told him he wanted to talk. Benirschke is concerned about losing the kicking job he has held for the better part of 10 seasons to Vince Abbott, a second-year pro who has made three-of-four field-goal attempts in exhibition games. Benirschke, meanwhile, has been relegated to kicking extra points, of which he has made five of six.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1997
Loved Nick Green's article "A Long Winter's Nightmare" (Dec. 10) on Santa Paula. He captured the situation extremely well. MARTHA K. HARRIS Santa Paula Ventura County Letters
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Patrick McDonnell, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
ARSAL, Lebanon - The battle is not going well for rebels dug in across the nearby brown hills in Syria, where pro-government forces were closing in Saturday on the opposition stronghold of Yabroud. Syrian insurgents and their many supporters on this side of the border exhibit both bravado and anguish about a battle, and a war, that is fast slipping from their hands. "We have to keep on fighting to the last man, the last breath," Abu Omar, 21, who lost his left leg to a tank shell outside Yabroud, said from his hospital bed. "We have no choice.
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March 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Albert Pujols plays for the Angels, and so does Josh Hamilton. Total rebuilding is not an option. It could have been. The Angels' minor league system generally ranks as the worst in the business. The major league team has not reached the playoffs in four consecutive years. The Angels are coming off their worst season in a decade, even with the emergence of baseball's best player, Mike Trout. As the Angels stumbled through the waning days of their lost summer, Jerry Dipoto had absolutely no idea whether he would keep his job. The second-year general manager started preparations for the 2014 season entirely unsure whether he would have the chance to implement them.
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