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October 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron hovered over Southern California in a helicopter, traversing the region in search of prospects. It was a Friday night, and Orgeron was less than two weeks into his new role as USC's interim coach. Before Lane Kiffin was fired on Sept. 29, many of the top high school players in the Southland had been up in the air about playing for the Trojans. Now, Orgeron was literally circling above them as part of a mission to reboot local recruiting. Orgeron is striving to become USC's full-time head coach.
October 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
- In the year that the movie "42" dramatized the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, the number of African Americans playing in the World Series is the same as the number playing in the major leagues when Robinson made his debut in 1947: one. "It's sad to see," said Boston Red Sox outfielder Quintin Berry , the only African American on the roster of either team. The percentage of African Americans in the major leagues has declined from about 19% in 1984 to about 8% today.
October 27, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has for years tried to reduce jail overcrowding and the early release of inmates by placing low-level offenders into home detention and work-release programs. But these programs have largely failed to make a dent, forcing the department to consider more expensive ways to address the problem, such as contracting with other detention facilities to house L.A. County inmates. The most high-profile program required some inmates to serve out their sentences at home wearing electronic monitors.
October 26, 2013 | By Alene Dawson
Halloween is the time to indulge those seemingly pathological cravings to get scared out of your skull. Who in their right mind would subject themselves to blood-splattery horror movies or haunted houses blaring high-pitched screams while serving bowls of grapes dressed as slimy, edible eyeballs? Lots of us, and experts say good can actually come from these predilections. Fear protects us "People think being afraid is a bad thing, but the reason we evolved to be afraid is that the world is pretty dangerous and we've evolved very powerful systems that automatically force us to do our natural defensive and protective behaviors," says Michael Fanselow, a UCLA behavioral neuroscientist.
October 25, 2013 | By A.J. Ellis, Special for The Times
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and .316 in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis is familiar with the Boston Red Sox, a team the Dodgers faced during the regular season. The Cardinals did against the Red Sox what we were unable to do against the Cardinals.
October 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Do you want me or not? That was the question Manager Don Mattingly put forth to upper management in a tense and awkward news conference Monday at Dodger Stadium. Mattingly revealed that the team option in his contract for 2014 became guaranteed when the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in a National League division series. However, the manager quickly added, "That doesn't mean I'll be back. " Mattingly and General Manager Ned Colletti sat only a few feet apart on the dais, but it was apparent a sizable chasm had developed between Mattingly and the front office that Colletti represented.
October 17, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
You know the nightmare where you show up naked at the office? Kristian Burford has captured something of that horrifying feeling in his latest installation at Nye + Brown. It consists of two glass-enclosed, generic office cubicles, each populated by a matte gray sculpture of a nude, bald woman. The woman in the first cubicle pokes her head up to look at the second figure with a somewhat startled expression. More relaxed, the other woman occupies an equally nightmarish reality. The interior of the glass in both structures is covered with a mirrored coating that creates an infinite, internal reflection.
October 16, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The government has until the end of Thursday before its ability to borrow runs out, giving lawmakers just hours to work out the kinks of a possible deal. After the end of the day Thursday, the federal government will be in a “cash-on-hand situation,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew warned senators the deadline for a deal was Thursday, when money to pay Social Security checks and benefits for veterans would be among the obligations at risk.
October 15, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
In a week in which the football world will be fixated on Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis for the first time, another future Hall of Fame quarterback finds himself in a far more familiar situation. Fresh off his team's last-second victory over the New Orleans Saints, New England quarterback Tom Brady will play at the division-rival New York Jets. That's one Ryan brother down, one more to go. Rob Ryan is defensive coordinator of the Saints, and he looked sick to his stomach Sunday as Brady directed a 70-yard drive with no timeouts, throwing a touchdown pass with five seconds to play in a 30-27 victory for the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
October 11, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
He was a future hall of fame coach who won a Bowl Championship Series title years ago at a school that starts with the letter "T. " After a while, though, the football got stale and the fan base revolted. The arc of the coach's work was impressive but the feeling was that it was time for everyone to move on. Change would lead to brighter days and more titles. Sometimes you have to give the people what they want even if they don't know what it is. Last August, Phillip Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
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