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January 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
A man was in grave condition Monday after being stabbed on an MTA Red Line train following a brief verbal exchange with his assailant, officials said. Security video collected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority captured a limited view of the attacker, said Sheriff's Transit Det. Keith Schumaker. The victim in his 30s was stabbed about 9:18 a.m. by another rider described as 18 to 24 years old. "There was a verbal exchange," Schumaker said. "Then the suspect produces a weapon and lunged toward the victim with a stabbing motion.
January 10, 2014 | Times wire services
Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74. Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He had Alzheimer's disease, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. After leaving the White House, Speakes ignited a media firestorm when he wrote in his 1988 memoir "Speaking Out" that he had fed made-up quotes to reporters to make Reagan look better.
January 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Less than three months before he signed a new three-year contract, Don Mattingly insinuated he might not return to the Dodgers next season. With his deal formally announced Wednesday, Mattingly talked for the first time about the infamous October news conference at which he sounded as if he were demanding a contract extension. Speaking on a conference call from his off-season home in Indiana, Mattingly said his end-of-the-season comments weren't a premeditated attack designed to pressure ownership into offering him a new deal.
December 31, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans.
December 24, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province. Another patient was a 14-year-old girl from Shanghai, the daughter of two nonsmokers with no family history of lung cancer. Back in the 1970s, when Bai Chunxue was in medical school, the textbook lung cancer patient was a chain-smoking male in his 60s. Nowadays, Bai, one of the physicians who treated the teen, sees so many who are still in their 20s that the cases blend together.
December 16, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Andre Ethier has started the Dodgers' opener in right field for five consecutive seasons. That streak appears over, barring injury to Yasiel Puig. That could leave Ethier in center field, or in left field, or left out, or on another team. The Dodgers say they have no plans to trade any of their four outfielders at this time, but they would not be opposed to trading one in order to replenish their prospect stock. That has left Ethier in the position of reading his name in trade rumors all winter, again.
December 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- As thousands of pro-European-integration protesters were rebuilding barricades in Kiev's Independence Square which were destroyed the previous day by police, Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained a focus Thursday on Ukraine. Putin, in his annual state of the union address, said that Ukraine's leaders are continuing to consult with Moscow about about post-Soviet economic reintegration. “Even before all these [protests] which we now see in Kiev … Ukraine more than once declared its interest in joining some agreements of the customs union [with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan]
December 11, 2013 | By Chris Barton
It's a grim reality, but there's one thing you don't expect from Charlie Haden on stage in 2013, and that's a lot of conversation. Stricken by post-polio syndrome since late 2010 (Haden was first diagnosed with a bulbar form of the disease around his throat and facial muscles at 15), his voice was said to be just about gone heading into a Tuesday night performance at REDCAT. The 76-year-old bassist-composer was there to conduct CalArts musicians through his work with his own socially conscious, large ensemble, the Liberation Music Orchestra.
December 7, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
After each school day, librarian Dinora Arteaga leads a special reading program for a dozen kindergarten and first-grade students, along with their parents. Their goal: learning 10 new words a week. Arteaga works almost exclusively with Spanish-speaking parents whose children are struggling to read, either in Spanish or English. Operating out of a tiny library at Evelyn Thurman Gratts Primary Center, a public charter school near downtown, her group meets on Mondays, with one-on-one sessions later in the week.
December 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
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