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April 8, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Allergy season is now underway, according to news reports, and as climate change continues, it means that the season of pollen may be lasting longer and longer across different regions of the country. In April so far, many regions of the United States seem to have been spared the respiratory onslaught suffered last year   -- perhaps because of a generally wetter spring season delaying certain tree species’ pollen release. Don’t breathe easy just yet, though -- the San Jose Mercury News reports that, at least in its neck of the woods, pollen season is expected to peak in May. In case you’re wondering how bad your area’s allergy sufferers might have it, the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released the 2011 list of 100 “most challenging” cities to live in with allergies.    Miserable (and inevitable-seeming)
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SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
A Cactus League season like no other officially started for the Dodgers in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, offering both some of the expected and unexpected. Mostly the 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks looked a lot like the first spring-training game of the year. Clayton Kershaw started, and shockingly, was not sharp. Carl Crawford struggled defensively. And the Dodgers bullpen, expected to be a strength this year, was mostly superb, though none of the four relievers used are actually expected to be on the club when it opens the season March 22 in Australia.
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SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
A Cactus League season like no other officially started for the Dodgers in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, offering both some of the expected and unexpected. Mostly the 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks looked a lot like the first spring-training game of the year. Clayton Kershaw started, and shockingly, was not sharp. Carl Crawford struggled defensively. And the Dodgers bullpen, expected to be a strength this year, was mostly superb, though none of the four relievers used are actually expected to be on the club when it opens the season March 22 in Australia.
SPORTS
April 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park begins what could be its final 49-day spring-summer meeting Thursday. The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to move forward on 2014 racing dates at its next meeting on May 23 in Sacramento, even though Hollywood Park has not publicly stated whether the track will shut down at the end of this year. Jack Liebau, president of Hollywood Park, said last week that people seem to be assuming the Inglewood track will not have racing next year. "They may be right; they may be wrong," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
American Ballet Theatre has announced that Altynai Assylmuratova and Konstantin Zaklinsky, principal dancers of the Kirov Ballet, will appear with the company during its spring season at the Shrine Auditorium. The Shrine programs also feature the local premiere of new works by Twyla Tharp, "The Bum's Rush," "Quartet" and "Everlast." The schedule: March 7, 8 p.m.: "La Bayadere" (Petipa/Minkus)--Cynthia Harvey, Andris Liepa. "Prodigal Son" (Balanchine/Prokofiev) Cynthia Gregory, Danilo Radojevic.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1986
The Joffrey Ballet will include four new pieces and two familiar full-length works in its spring engagement, late April through mid-May, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1987
A revival of Gerald Arpino's 1968 anti-war dance-drama "The Clowns" will highlight the Joffrey Ballet's spring season in Los Angeles from April 29 to May 17 in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the company has announced. Set to a commissioned, partly electronic score by Hershy Kay, "The Clowns" incorporates large, inflated plastic sculptures by Vernon Lobb and Kip Coburn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When A Noise Within, Glendale's award-winning classical theater, announced its 1997-98 season, people were surprised at some of the choices, according to artistic co-director Art Manke. There are usually two Shakespearean plays in the schedule. In the coming season, the Bard is represented only by "Richard III." Shakespeare's contemporary Ben Jonson fills the other Elizabethan slot with his "Volpone." That's pretty logical. So is the choice of Anton Chekhov's turn-of-the-century, "The Seagull."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The San Francisco Jazz Festival's plan to establish a year-round, world-class presence for the music moves into high gear next month with Spring Season 2001, a five-weekend series of programs running from Feb. 16 through May 27. Combined with the well-established two-week schedule offered every fall and 50-plus free summer concerts in five different series, it positions the organization, now known as SFJazz, as the West Coast's most significant large-venue jazz presenter.
NEWS
April 4, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's springtime in the Mediterranean, and the warblers, thrushes and bright-colored bee-eaters are on the wing, joining hundreds of millions of migratory birds--more than 200 species--flying north to their European breeding grounds. On the island of Cyprus, a stopover on the flight path, an army of hunters is getting the itch. And no bird is too small for the sights of its shotguns.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With average gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, fewer Southern California residents say they plan to take a leisure trip over spring break, according to a survey by the Auto Club of Southern California. The annual survey of Auto Club members found that 47% said they plan at least one leisure trip this spring break season, compared with 57% in 2012 and 55% in 2011. High gasoline prices prompted 69% of those polled to say they made at least one significant cut to their budget, compared with 66% in 2012 and 61% in 2011.
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Pending sales of previously owned homes took a tumble in April, according to data from an industry group, a foreboding sign that the key spring shopping season is off to a weak start. The National Assn. of Realtors said Friday that its index for pending home sales, which is based on the number of contracts signed each month, fell 11.6% from March and was down 26.5% from the same month last year. The drop in the index was another indicator that buyers are scarce. "Really the housing market is still in the doldrums," said Gerd-Ulf Krueger, principal economist at Housingecon.com.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Allergy season is now underway, according to news reports, and as climate change continues, it means that the season of pollen may be lasting longer and longer across different regions of the country. In April so far, many regions of the United States seem to have been spared the respiratory onslaught suffered last year   -- perhaps because of a generally wetter spring season delaying certain tree species’ pollen release. Don’t breathe easy just yet, though -- the San Jose Mercury News reports that, at least in its neck of the woods, pollen season is expected to peak in May. In case you’re wondering how bad your area’s allergy sufferers might have it, the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released the 2011 list of 100 “most challenging” cities to live in with allergies.    Miserable (and inevitable-seeming)
BUSINESS
March 16, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Southern California's housing market couldn't shake off the doldrums in February despite record demand from investors and all-cash buyers. The median home price increased 1.9% in February from January to $275,000. That was unchanged from the same month a year earlier, according to DataQuick Information Systems of San Diego. Sales remained weak, declining 0.6% from January and down 6.4% from February 2010. With the spring selling season approaching, many real estate professionals found little reason for optimism.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Does Robert Redford have plans for the last Saturday in January? Recalling his L.A. boyhood for The Times in 1990, the actor-director and Sundance Institute founder said that when his family moved from West Los Angeles to Van Nuys for his high school years, it was "like ? being tossed into quicksand. There was no culture, it was very oppressive. " Half a century on, at long last there's something afoot that might lure Redford and other arts lovers to the San Fernando Valley ?
SPORTS
January 16, 1998
* Sign-ups and tryouts for Mid-Valley Baseball's 1998 spring season are scheduled Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Field complex in Encino. Mid-Valley Baseball is open to boys and girls 5 through 16. Information: (818) 708-8988. * Tryouts for the California Waves' 14-and-under Class A fast-pitch travel softball team will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: John Fagaragan, (805) 967-8141. .
TRAVEL
February 8, 1987
The U.S. Virgin islands of St Thomas, St. John and St Croix were visited by 678,94676 cruise ship passengers in 1986, an increase of 7.6% over the previous year. Part of the reason for the increase is the new Crown Bay Dock at St. Thomas, which greatly expanded the harbor's capacity. At least 100 cruise ships are expected to dock at Crown Bay during the spring season. In addition, an anticipated 569 cruise ships will dock at Charlotte Amalie this winter, and 100 more will stop at St. Croix, St.
SPORTS
April 8, 2009 | Mike Penner
Colorado College has a football program with a 127-year history, but like many schools across the country, it also has budget problems. After the board of trustees forced the athletic department to cut spending by $8 million to $12 million, Colorado College said goodbye to tradition and announced it was dropping football along with softball and water polo, effective at the end of the spring season.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2008 | Amy Kaufman, Kaufman is a freelance writer.
A few hours before a performance, Kyle Riabko, the lead actor in the touring production of "Spring Awakening," is milling about backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre. He saunters into his dressing room and checks his Blackberry, which rests upon a sketch of his character's costume. He's affixed a dozen faux mustaches onto his mirror, and a cluster of plastic noses hang from a door handle, even though neither are part of his get-up in the play.
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