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August 13, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
NASA is charged with spotting most of the asteroids that pose a threat to Earth but doesn't have the money to complete the job, according to a newly released report. Congress assigned the space agency the mission four years ago, but it never gave NASA the money to build the necessary telescopes, according to the report by the National Academy of Sciences. NASA calculated that spotting the asteroids would mean spending about $800 million between now and 2020.
April 27, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
November 18, 2002
Re "Senate OKs Broad Waiver for Pentagon on Migratory Birds," Nov. 14: Neither President Bush nor those whom he surrounds himself with have ever shown concern for the home we all share, planet Earth. But now, in the guise of defense, comes another piece of legislation proving not merely callousness but total blindness. The U.S. military will be allowed to bomb areas on which migratory birds, some already endangered, depend for survival. Kill, kill, kill is the refrain. Frogs, whales, dolphins, birds, etc. The circle of life has been ripped and has given way to a murderous ellipse, the apogee of which was reached when a nameless government lawyer stated that the forthcoming bird kill should be appreciated by bird-watchers who "get more enjoyment spotting a rare bird than they do spotting a common one."
April 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Carl Crawford batted sixth Friday in the Dodgers' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies, a move that Manager Don Mattingly insisted wasn't a demotion. Rather, the change was explained as an endorsement of Dee Gordon, who moved into the leadoff position. "It seems like that's the place where Dee is the freest," Mattingly said. BOX SCORE: Colorado 5, Dodgers 4 (11 innings) Two years after a failed experiment to make him the Dodgers' everyday shortstop, Gordon is flourishing as their primary second baseman.
June 12, 2005
When reading the Travel section I always make sure I don't look at the My Best Shot photograph on the last page until I'm finished with the section. I save it as a treat. Lately, I've been disappointed with the pictures chosen: pretty snapshots but not great pictures. However, the shot of the leopard cub ["Spotting Game in South Africa," May 29] was an outstanding exception -- beautiful animal, beautiful photograph. Tom Ireland La Crescenta
May 17, 1987 | THOMAS FERRARO, United Press International
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
July 20, 2008 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Craig Johnson comes as advertised. Standing outside the Autry National Center on a boiling summer afternoon, the Wyoming-based crime novelist is decked out in a long-sleeve shirt made of heavy cotton, scuffed brown boots and a 10-gallon hat that provides shade, but not nearly enough. Spotting his interlocutor, Johnson sticks out his hand and delivers a booming "How ya doin'?!"
Tonight, four days after the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank's death--memorialized around the world last week by public readings of her eloquent diaries--South Coast Repertory weighs in with its own Holocaust commentary: a NewSCRipts presentation of Peter Sagal's "Denial." The Harvard-educated writer, 30, believes that the SCR Mainstage reading of his new play could not come at a better time or in a more appropriate place.
January 8, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
October 29, 1993 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
Uncle Stavros Cafe in Hermosa Beach looks like your typical beach breakfast and lunch spot. There's a pleasant, plant-filled patio with umbrella-topped tables, and the dining room is bright and airy because of floor-to-ceiling windows that let in breezes from the ocean, a block away. But, as fans of "Kojak" may remember, Stavros is a Greek name, and what sets this restaurant apart is a list of Greek specialties.
April 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence and her beau Nicholas Hoult are out and about, capturing the attention of photographers in London with their cuteness.  Except the Oscar-winning actress doesn't think being hounded by shutterbugs is oh-so-adorable. The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star gave the finger to a legion of paparazzi following her and her costar as they finished up a date in London. The usually goofy 23-year-old was photographed flipping the bird and wearing a supremely disgruntled expression while sitting in the back of a pink cab Thursday, E!
April 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve. The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it. Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that's hard to beat: California. For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion.
April 21, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: How do I tip the people who take me by wheelchair for airline departures? Does the amount differ if it's a tiny, easy airport like Long Beach; medium to normal like SFO; or long, complicated and very hard like Dulles? I'd appreciate advice. Margo Kasdan Seal Beach Answer: Duck for cover. We're about to poke the hornet's nest again, creating yet another swarm of pro- and anti-gratuity camps, who have presumably been beefing since the word "gratuity" was first used in 1540, according to Merriam-Webster.
April 14, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
One season under the NHL's realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West. The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won their new conference's two wild-card playoff berths. The Red Wings will make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, and the Blue Jackets will make their second appearance in franchise history. First place in the East - and overall - went to the Boston Bruins, with the Ducks winning the No. 1 spot in the West.
April 14, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: On March 7, I flew to Sacramento from L.A. for an overnight trip. I packed light - just a dress, belt, shoes, sweats, nightshirt, a bag of toiletries and my iPad. When I arrived at my hotel and opened my bag, there was a notice that the Transportation Security Administration had gone through my luggage. When I was getting dressed, I noticed my belt was missing. I had carefully packed it in the see-through zipper compartment of my suitcase, as I didn't want it to fall out. It was my favorite belt, old, vintage, worn and funky.
April 13, 2014 | By David Ng
In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin. "Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million. The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
Working out of a doughnut shop in a crime-plagued neighborhood in Van Nuys, Mary Lou Holte has been acclaimed by Barbara Walters, Larry King and the Wall Street Journal as a force for good, a citizen crime buster who stands up to street thieves and prostitutes. But Holte now finds that the Los Angeles Police Department has called the shop a magnet for crime, branded it a public nuisance and asked that its operations be sharply restricted. Acting at the request of police and neighbors, a city zoning official on Monday decided to investigate.
December 18, 1986
With Iraq bordering one side and Afghanistan the other, President Reagan should have known that his Iranian deal puts him between Iraq and a hard place. THOMAS R. DONAHUE Bellflower
April 12, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth. Or at least a really nice pay raise. Jodie Meeks has been the Lakers' most consistent player, managing to avoid serious injury and continually putting in an honest night's work during a dreadful season for the franchise. He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.
April 12, 2014 | By James Barragan
The L.A. KISS unraveled during its second home game at Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night as it lost, 40-30, to the Cleveland Gladiators. The defense seemed almost nonexistent at times, the offense could not find a rhythm and even the fans seemed to be against them in the third quarter when a sure touchdown throw by quarterback J.J. Raterink to receiver Donovan Morgan was broken up by a fan in the front row who reached over to grab the...
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