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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
  SACRAMENTO -- The decision by the Sacramento Press Club to exclude from a debate three of the seven candidates for secretary of state led Tuesday to a call by one watchdog group for all contenders to boycott the event. The protest action was proposed by the nonpartisan Independent Voter Project, headed by former state Sen. Steve Peace and former Assemblyman Jeff Marston. The debate scheduled for Wednesday features state Sen. Alex Padilla and former Common Cause director Derek Cressman, both Democrats, as well as former Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman Dan Schnur, running as a “no party preference" candidate, and Republican Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
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SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin's word of choice to describe the Clippers' turnaround was "relaxed. " The Clippers blew out the Golden State Warriors, 138-98, on Monday night to even their Western Conference first-round playoff series at 1-1. The 138 points were the most the Clippers had scored in a playoff game in franchise history. Their 40-point margin was also a franchise record for a playoff game. And the 35 points Griffin scored were his playoff career high. The Clippers even went 32 for 35 (91.4%)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks. Many of the worst pollution pockets identified and mapped by state officials are in the San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Their residents are largely low-income Latinos who have had little power to force improvements in their communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Maria L. La Ganga
OSO, Wash. - Standing beneath a banner proclaiming "Oso Strong" one month after the deadly landslide, President Obama told the residents of the hard-hit Stillaguamish Valley that the nation is grieving with them as they struggle to rebuild homes, businesses and families. "There are still families who are searching for loved ones," Obama said after an aerial tour of the devastation aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One and a visit with survivors and first responders. "There are families who have lost everything, and it's going to be a difficult road ahead for them.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul was direct and to the point about his injury. Asked how much of a concern it was for him with his right hamstring, Paul responded: "None. ". And with that, Paul suited up and played for the Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Monday. Paul grabbed his hamstring late in the second quarter of Saturday's game after he chased down Warriors guard Stephen Curry and knocked the ball out of bounds.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 CalHiSports.com has named Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei its Mr. Basketball for 2014. Also selected state players of the year for each division were Johnson (Division I, senior), Ivan Rabb of Oakland Bishop O'Dowd (Junior and Division III), Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills (sophomore) and Cody Riley of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (freshman). Daniel Hamilton of St. John Bosco was selected Division II player of the year and Justin Bibbins of Bishop Montgomery Division IV MVP. Division V was Temidayo Yussuf of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO-- California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he'll seek a state investigation into California's supervision of sex offenders that goes beyond the circumstances of two Orange County transients recently accused of killing multiple women while they were supervised by state and federal agents and tracked on electronic monitors. Steinberg's staff said Friday that the Sacramento Democrat planned Monday to formally request a probe by the Office of the Inspector General. However, speaking at a public policy forum Monday afternoon, Steinberg said his office is still drafting a call for an inquiry into the $63.5 million California spends each year supervising some 6,000 sex offenders with GPS monitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana)
SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Here are five takeaways from the Golden State Warriors' 109-105 victory over the Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday at Staples Center: 1. Andrew Bogut's absence won't doom the Warriors. All this talk about how Bogut's rib injury would be a punch to the gut of Golden State was little more than wasted breath. Jermaine O'Neal and David Lee manned the middle just fine in Bogut's absence, with Lee collecting 20 points and 13 rebounds and O'Neal resembling his old All-Star form (and to think he somehow couldn't impress the Lakers during a summer workout in 2012)
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