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January 27, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Travel writer Pico Iyer once described jet lag as the sensation that your mind is "moving as with a phantom limb." He wrote, "I feel, when lagged, as if I'm seeing the whole world through tears, or squinting; everything gets through to me, but with the wrong weight or meaning. I can't see the signs, only their reflections in the puddles. I can't follow directions, only savor the fact of being lost."
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January 28, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama will stand before members of Congress and a national television audience tonight to deliver his sixth annual State of the Union address. It's pretty safe to assume it will include the following: Paeans to the American dream, from the particular vantage of the middle class. Support for energy independence, education and changes in immigration laws. A short nod to international affairs, the winding down of wars abroad and the continued pursuit of terrorists. A laundry list of desires that the president knows will probably never see the light of day, even if all sides genuflect to the everyday Americans arrayed in the House chamber as witnesses, a theatrical touch of guilt-mongering employed since the era of President Reagan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1995 | RICHARD NEMEC, Writer and consultant Richard Nemec used to work in corporate communications for the Southern California Gas Co. and
As I stare uneasily at my reflection in my home computer screen each morning, it is a constant reminder that today's economic statistics take on a real, human dimension when one becomes their victim. No longer are they dry numbers about joblessness and economic torpor in Southern California. They represent my blood, my tears. For the first time in 27 years I have no employer, no office to which to go. The irony is that I am finally doing exactly what I have longed to do all my life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A Modesto-area soccer coach was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to raping one of his 16-year-old players as she lay unconscious at his house party. The coach, 45-year-old Timothy Lyman of Oakdale, was also sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.  The girl's father, who read a statement in court during the sentencing hearing, said Lyman "deserves everything he gets," the Modesto Bee reported.
BOOKS
May 6, 1990 | Donna L. Arand and Michael H. Bonnet, Arand is the director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Laboratory; Bonnet is the author of more than 1OO articles on sleep and sleep disorders.
Lose 50 pounds in two days! Look 20 years younger! Pick the winning lottery number! Pick up girls! We are bombarded by the "Magic Bullet," the means to quickly cleanse our soul and transform us from troglodyte to debutante. And now, "No More Sleepless Nights: The Complete Program for Ending Insomnia." Is it only more hyperbole? Emphatically no.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a last-minute trip on a budget too tight to accommodate holiday airfare. A ticket on the MegaBus cost a fraction of what I'd have paid to fly. The bus is not the bullet train, not by a long shot. The overnight trip is seven hours, and that's on a good night. But the double-decker buses have Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining seats and seat belts. There's no fee to check a suitcase. And I didn't have to wonder how much liquid I could take onboard or whether my nail clippers would be confiscated.
BOOKS
July 3, 1994 | ERIKA TAYLOR
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS by Andrew Bergman (Donald I Fine: $19.95; 218 pp.) It's interesting the way the world portrayed in a novel can be as large as the galaxy or as small as a pencil point, yet exactly how that world-size is determined seems to have nothing to do with the number of characters, plot, or even the age and background of the protagonist. The size of a fictional world is, perhaps, decided by attitude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A Modesto-area soccer coach was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to raping one of his 16-year-old players as she lay unconscious at his house party. The coach, 45-year-old Timothy Lyman of Oakdale, was also sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.  The girl's father, who read a statement in court during the sentencing hearing, said Lyman "deserves everything he gets," the Modesto Bee reported.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Every season, Andre Ethier seems to be bothered by something different. His thumb. His knee. His toe. His ankle. But not this season. "I think this is the healthiest I've been in four, five years and the best I've felt every day," the Dodgers outfielder said. "Something's not adding up. " Ethier began Saturday batting .235 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in. Laughing, Ethier recalled how the team's medical services director, Stan Conte , jokingly told him, "Maybe we should slam a hammer on your toe or something and ding you up. " The left-handed-hitting Ethier has historically hit right-handers far better than he has left-handers.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Long drives home and sleepless nights have become a part of Mark McGwire's life now that the former home run champion is the Dodgers' hitting coach. But McGwire said his job is everything he hoped it would be when he left the St. Louis Cardinals to accept it. His off-season home in Irvine has become his year-round home, which allowed him to catch his two sons' recent Little League game. The Dodgers' training facilities might be the best in baseball. As for the Dodgers' low-scoring offense, McGwire believes it's only a matter of time before it is "devastating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a last-minute trip on a budget too tight to accommodate holiday airfare. A ticket on the MegaBus cost a fraction of what I'd have paid to fly. The bus is not the bullet train, not by a long shot. The overnight trip is seven hours, and that's on a good night. But the double-decker buses have Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining seats and seat belts. There's no fee to check a suitcase. And I didn't have to wonder how much liquid I could take onboard or whether my nail clippers would be confiscated.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Every season, Andre Ethier seems to be bothered by something different. His thumb. His knee. His toe. His ankle. But not this season. "I think this is the healthiest I've been in four, five years and the best I've felt every day," the Dodgers outfielder said. "Something's not adding up. " Ethier began Saturday batting .235 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in. Laughing, Ethier recalled how the team's medical services director, Stan Conte , jokingly told him, "Maybe we should slam a hammer on your toe or something and ding you up. " The left-handed-hitting Ethier has historically hit right-handers far better than he has left-handers.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
You go through 458 regular-season NHL games before appearing in the playoffs for the first time and the reward is spending quality time against Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. It's little wonder that speedy Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano endured what he called a sleepless night before Game 1 on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. Fortunately, for Cogliano, his centerman and quasi-mentor happens to be Saku Koivu. Koivu served as a calming force, and that third line, which includes Daniel Winnik, kept the Red Wings' top threats off the scoresheet as Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader combined for eight shots on goal.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Long drives home and sleepless nights have become a part of Mark McGwire's life now that the former home run champion is the Dodgers' hitting coach. But McGwire said his job is everything he hoped it would be when he left the St. Louis Cardinals to accept it. His off-season home in Irvine has become his year-round home, which allowed him to catch his two sons' recent Little League game. The Dodgers' training facilities might be the best in baseball. As for the Dodgers' low-scoring offense, McGwire believes it's only a matter of time before it is "devastating.
SPORTS
October 6, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Freddie Roach, star trainer for boxing's stars, has done the introspection. In his last four major fights, he is 0-4. There have been a few sleepless nights, some quiet time in dark rooms, a few longer-than-normal gazes into the mirror. He decided he had to know if, at age 52, with enough success in his chosen field to be named trainer of the year five times, he had suddenly lost it. So he went to the master of his universe, his own Obi-Wan Kenobi. "My mom laughed," Roach says.
MAGAZINE
May 13, 2007 | Nathan Myers, Nathan Myers is managing editor of Surfing Magazine.
It's 4:30 A.M. and Eric Jordan is still staring at the dual monitors of his PC. One screen is filled with lines of computer script. The other screen is straight from a sci-fi movie: a traveler poised at the water's edge. A tiny rowboat waiting on the shore. And across the water, a futurescape skyline glimmering beneath a double moonrise. At the city's center, a Mayan temple beaming light toward the stars.
SPORTS
October 6, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Freddie Roach, star trainer for boxing's stars, has done the introspection. In his last four major fights, he is 0-4. There have been a few sleepless nights, some quiet time in dark rooms, a few longer-than-normal gazes into the mirror. He decided he had to know if, at age 52, with enough success in his chosen field to be named trainer of the year five times, he had suddenly lost it. So he went to the master of his universe, his own Obi-Wan Kenobi. "My mom laughed," Roach says.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama will stand before members of Congress and a national television audience tonight to deliver his sixth annual State of the Union address. It's pretty safe to assume it will include the following: Paeans to the American dream, from the particular vantage of the middle class. Support for energy independence, education and changes in immigration laws. A short nod to international affairs, the winding down of wars abroad and the continued pursuit of terrorists. A laundry list of desires that the president knows will probably never see the light of day, even if all sides genuflect to the everyday Americans arrayed in the House chamber as witnesses, a theatrical touch of guilt-mongering employed since the era of President Reagan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
She had forgotten her white-gold senior class ring and quinceanera video but had pocketed mascara and a cellphone charger before flames chased her from Santa Catalina Island. But as dawn began to loom Friday, 18-year-old Daisy Saldana began to catalog things that were tougher to grasp: whether the 2 a.m. ferry had docked in Long Beach with her boyfriend on board, whether her childhood home in Avalon was torched.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Travel writer Pico Iyer once described jet lag as the sensation that your mind is "moving as with a phantom limb." He wrote, "I feel, when lagged, as if I'm seeing the whole world through tears, or squinting; everything gets through to me, but with the wrong weight or meaning. I can't see the signs, only their reflections in the puddles. I can't follow directions, only savor the fact of being lost."
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