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March 20, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
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BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | Stuart Pfeifer
If you're an outdoors enthusiast or weekend warrior, chances are you're a fan of Sport Chalet Inc. If you're an investor, well, that's another story. Living up to its moniker, "the Experts," Sport Chalet staffs its stores with marathon runners, professional triathletes, experienced divers, snowboarders and skiers. The goal is to present athletes with a top-notch shopping experience they won't get in big-box or discount retailers -- or on Amazon.com, which has been swallowing up business from brick-and-mortar retailers for years.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Most college fans would be hard-pressed to tell you anything about the Eastern Kentucky basketball team. The school from just south of Lexington has no All-Americans on its roster. The coach isn't famous and the fight song isn't particularly catchy. But when the NCAA tournament begins later this week, don't be surprised if people start paying attention to - and rooting for - the Colonels. The reason is simple. As forward Deverin Muff says: "They want to see us upset a big school.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Novak Djokovic proved Sunday at Indian Wells, in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open, that Roger Federer does not walk on water. But then, Djokovic would be the first to admit that his older tennis rival does pretty well on hard courts amid the desert sand. The grand finale of this grand tournament ended up with Djokovic winning and, somehow, Federer not losing. Yes, the score went the way of the smooth-moving Serb, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and so did the winner's trophy and $1-million first prize.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014
The company: Sport Chalet Inc. Headquarters: La Cañada Flintridge Ticker: SPCHA and SPCHB Employees: 3,000 Leadership: Craig Levra, chairman and chief executive Fiscal 2013 revenue: $361 million Fiscal 2013 net loss: $3.3 million Stock price: As of Friday, $1.24 for Class A and $1.21 for Class B 52-week range: 68 cents to $2.44 for Class A; $1.06 to $2.24 for Class B Dividend: ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Caked with sweat and the desert sand that had been lashing his face over hundreds of miles, Drino Miller rolled his hopped-up dune buggy to a stop. He was nine miles from the finish line of the 1970 Mexican 1000 - a grueling test for man and machine that he was achingly close to winning. It was the middle of the night. He was miles ahead of a field that included racing legend Parnelli Jones and actor James Garner. He had roared past dozens of battered racing vehicles stuck on the torturous dirt roads and non-roads of Baja California, their engines blown, suspensions shot and drivers exhausted.
AUTOS
March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that needs every bit of personality it can get held its breath for a few minutes Tuesday at Indian Wells. One of tennis' marquee names had departed from the BNP Paribas Open the day before, and out the door with upset victim Rafael Nadal went lots of star quality. FOR THE RECORD: Tennis: An article on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in the March 12 Sports section said that Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, on Tuesday. The score was 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. It's not a ticket-selling thing.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
This week's Southern Section team rankings were released on Monday for spring sports. For baseball, click here . For softball, click here . For volleyball, click here.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18, according to the decision announced Friday by a retired judge. It will force the schools in the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and restart their re-leaguing process. Those areas already had created new leagues without the four schools.
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