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December 7, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Southern California Gas Co. officials are asking customers to reduce their heating usage in order to help conserve natural gas supplies as a cold snap descends across the region. Freezing and near-freezing temperatures are expected to continue into the middle of next week. The gas company, which serves about 21 million people, sends out this alert about once a year as a precaution. "There's no immediate threat of any supply disruption," said Javier Mendoza, spokesman for Southern California Gas. "These are just some simple tips for conservation.
April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities say the killing on March 1, 1976, began after William Bradford Bishop Jr. learned he'd been passed over for a promotion at the State Department earlier in the day. Bishop, who had been receiving psychiatric care for depression and suffered from insomnia, grabbed a hammer and attacked his family, FBI officials say. When it was over, his wife Annette, mother Lobelia and three sons -- William Bradford III, 14, Brenton, 10, and Geoffrey, 5...
January 17, 1993
The James T. Yenckel column on handling travel problems was invaluable ("How to Complain in a Way That Gets Results," Dec. 27). I'd like to relate an experience that may be of interest. During our first tour of Italy a few years ago, my sister and I found ourselves in a hotel room that was not acceptable. So we snapped pictures of the shower that we couldn't reach or use, inadequate towels, scanty carpeting, etc. Upon our return to Los Angeles, we submitted the data to American Express and without further ado, we received a fair return on our expenses.
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. At a hospital news conference, one of the wounded, Brett Hurt, summed up the actions of his friend Gracey Evans, who was with him Wednesday as the assailant plunged...
October 17, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The cold weather tonight -- temperatures for Game 1 are expected to be in the low 40s, with a wind-chill of about 30 degrees, could affect the pitchers' ability "to spin the ball," Manager Mike Scioscia said. That could make it difficult for Game 1 starter John Lackey to snap off his curve ball against the Yankees. But otherwise, Scioscia doesn't expect Lackey to be bothered. "John has a great ability to filter out distractions," Scioscia said. "I think that's what the weather is really, a distraction that needs to be filtered out. "You need to bring your game onto the field under any circumstances, whether you're in a visiting ballpark, or you're playing in a little drizzle, or you're playing when it's cold, or you're playing when the guys behind you have missed a couple of plays.
January 9, 1991
I believe that the freeze is God's punishment of the farmers for spraying us with malathion. MARGARET L. BROWN San Gabriel
March 10, 1998
Amazing, isn't it? Sign makers for foreign demonstrators can always write in English. Especially when U.S. cameras will be snap- ping. AL HIX Hollywood
January 28, 1994
As TV viewers in the Midwest and Northeast watched the Rose Bowl game on a typically warm and clear New Year's Day in Southern California, I remember thinking that I could almost hear that snap-snap of opening suitcases as nearly frozen fingers fumbled for belongings and plans were made to move west. And now I'm almost certain I can hear the sound once more as the luggage is popped open again, contents neatly put in place, and the U-Hauls are returned unused. Oh, the power of an earthquake.
January 11, 1986
Unfortunately, Jim Murray chose not to deal with the game in his article, but with the people of Iowa. Mr. Murray did not see the Iowans I saw. These people forgot the economic troubles that have gripped their businesses and farms to enjoy a football game and a little warm weather. Who could blame them? An Iowan is like a willow tree in the wind. The harder the wind blows the more they bend and the harder they snap back. On January 2, Jim Murray blew too hard. Watch out when those Iowans snap back.
July 6, 2005
The right to worship without fear or retribution is one of our country's most cherished freedoms. On June 26, a protester from the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests entered the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and handcuffed himself to the archbishop's chair in the sanctuary. The disruption disturbed a sacred service and frightened many among the thousands gathered to pray. His action is a crime under California law. It was not, as SNAP leaders have tried to spin it, a simple exercise of civil rights.
March 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Time appears to be running out on one of the most controversial issues of college football's off-season. The NCAA Football Rules Committee last month began considering a proposal that would penalize teams for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have elapsed on the 40-second play clock. The proposed rule, which would allow for defensive substitutions, would not affect the last two minutes of each half. The proposal, initially trumpeted as a safety issue to protect players from injury, caught most college football coaches off guard.
February 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
NASHVILLE  - Corey Perry days earlier said one of the factors bedeviling the Ducks during their 10-game rut was that the puck wasn't bouncing the team's way. That changed Saturday night, as two Ducks' passes were deflected off Nashville players into the goal and a long-distance shot weaved almost magically to the net through skaters' traffic in Anaheim's 5-2 victory over the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. "You work hard, you create your own bounces," Perry said. "A garbage goal, as they say, takes the monkey off your back.
February 6, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A shortage of natural gas triggered by the extreme cold weather across the nation prompted California's power grid operator to issue a statewide flex alert Thursday, officials said. The cold snap in the rest of the country and Canada has affected fuel supplies to Southern California power plants and reduced electricity generation, according to a statement from Cal ISO. The agency is asking residents to reduce their energy use between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. Though the shortage only affects Southern California power plants, statewide conservation will free up electricity and gas supplies for the region, the agency said.
February 3, 2014 | SAM FARMER
The unraveling started when Omaha became Whoa-maha! The Denver Broncos' first snap of Super Bowl XLVIII sailed high over the right shoulder of Peyton Manning, and thus began the most monstrously disastrous game of his illustrious football career. Manning sat at an interview podium Sunday night and, his shoulders slumping under the weight of a 43-8 loss to Seattle, tried to wrap his head around how such a big game could go wrong so quickly. That errant snap was recovered by the Broncos in the end zone for a safety a mere 12 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Super Bowl history.
February 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people? The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones.
January 17, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  So what is Peyton Manning signaling when he yells "Omaha! Omaha!" at the line of scrimmage? He joked about it this week when a reporter asked him to explain, saying it was a run call … or a pass call … or sometimes a play-action fake call, depending on which direction the wind is blowing, which way Denver's offense is heading and the jerseys the Broncos are wearing. But, really, what is he doing with that call? He sure barks it out enough, at least 40 times in the divisional playoff game against San Diego.
June 10, 1989
The difference between the 1988 and 1989 Dodgers is the rage to win has disappeared. The spark is gone. Only after the recent Montreal confrontation did the bats start to crackle, snap and pop. They simply don't have last year's fire in the belly. And with Tom Lasorda's diet, they don't even have a belly. PHIL WILLON Palos Verdes
May 28, 2005
Re freeway accident investigations: Why must it take six hours to clear wrecked vehicles from a busy freeway? Just take the injured to the hospital, the dead to the morgue and the drunks to jail. Snap a few Polaroids, then hook up the junk and get it off the road so the rest of us can get back to our usual miserable freeway experience. David Sievers Tarzana
January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Batman, Gandalf and Luke Skywalker all making appearances - and, of course, with constant references to the titular toy - "The Lego Movie" may be one of the biggest brand barrages Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory. With an undercurrent of anti-totalitarianism, a suggestion that big corporations keep us numb with empty entertainment and even self-mocking references to dud Lego products, the film also may be one of the more meta and subversive movies Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory.
December 31, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
  DALLAS -- This swoon isn't quite as dire as when the Kings dropped four straight games, watched one coach get fired and lost another game under an interim coach. That's when Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi placed a phone call to Canada and tracked down Darryl Sutter in Viking, Alberta. Sutter completed some of his duties on the ranch and arrived on the scene just before Christmas in 2011. Not all losing streaks are created equal. Still, this one is the longest in Sutter's wildly successful Kings' tenure.
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