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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
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March 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
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SPORTS
January 8, 1986
Professional golfer Bob Toski, widely regarded as one of the best teachers of the game, has withdrawn from the PGA Senior Tour after admitting that he may have violated the rules of golf. In a prepared statement released by the PGA, Toski said: "In the late fall of 1985, one of my fellow players brought to my attention that I may have been violating the rules of golf by mismarking my ball.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The idea seemed crazy at first: More than 500 knitters from 25 countries, hunkered down in their far-flung corners of the world, feverishly crafting granny squares - 14,000 of them altogether. Then, on a bright morning last May, knitters here affixed metal grids of these cushy yarn squares to the exterior of the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, turning the building into a giant, multicolored tea cozy. The 2013 project, "CAFAM Granny Squared," was an urban installation from the knit graffiti collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, This story has been updated. See note below for details.
[Updated at 1:19 p.m.: Tom Brokaw, the veteran NBC News correspondent, has been discharged from a Charlotte, N.C., hospital where he was taken earlier Thursday after he reported feeling lightheaded. Brokaw, 72, said he'd mistakenly taken an Ambien on the same morning he was making an appearance on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” NBC News President Steve Capus released a statement updating the public on Brokaw's condition. “After medical evaluation and a round of tests, Tom was pronounced in great health and has been discharged," the statement said.
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Frank Ocean, the acclaimed R&B singer and member of L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future, published a statement on his Tumblr site early Wednesday morning in which he opened up about his sexuality, and revealed that he had fallen in love with a man. The acknowledgment, he wrote, was supposed to be first published in the liner notes to his highly anticipated new album, "Channel Orange," which comes out July 17. The singer, who dropped his first bombshell...
SPORTS
May 17, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Boxer Manny Pacquiao gave further explanation to his comment that he opposes same-sex marriage by saying that, even though he thinks they shouldn't marry, he loves and supports gays and lesbians. "I'm not against the gay people," Pacquiao told the Associated Press. "I'm not condemning them. … I have a cousin [who is] gay. I have relatives [who are] gay. I have a lot of friends [who are] gay, so I'm not condemning gays. What I said is I'm not in favor of same-sex marriage. That's the one thing I said to the guy. "I told the reporter I'm against same-sex marriage," Pacquiao added.
WORLD
August 31, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to make a statement Saturday as his administration considers missile strikes on Syria, but a White House official said he would not announce imminent military operations. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the president's remarks and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama would provide an update to the American people about his decisions on how to proceed. The White House said the president would speak from the Rose Garden at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time (10:15 a.m. Pacific)
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Jim Fregosi, 71, who was a star shortstop for the Angels from 1961 to 1971 and managed them to their first division title in 1979, died Friday in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke earlier this week, the Angels announced. “The Angels organization joins the rest of the Major League Baseball community in mourning the loss today of Jim Fregosi," the Angels said in a statement. "His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years.  "Jim was one of Mr. Autry's all-time favorite players, and a man who remained in the hearts and memories of long-time Angel fans.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Here's the Lakers' statement on the death of owner Jerry Buss, who helped lead the team to 10 NBA championships since purchasing the franchise in 1979. Within the team's statement are comments from the Buss family. "Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 a.m. after a long illness. He was 80 years old.  "'We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,' a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin, has hired a law firm and issued a statement late Sunday night in what he says was an attempt to "clear my name. " The statement came in an email from Ethan D. Kirschner, a Los Angeles lawyer.  "This firm has been retained by Dorian S. Nakamoto, the subject of the recent Newsweek cover story on Bitcoin," Kirschner said in an email. "He has issued the attached prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man   arrested in the 2012 death of his boyfriend, whose head, hands and feet were scattered below the Hollywood sign, made "inconsistent and suspicious statements" to police after his partner's body parts were found, court documents showed. A search warrant affidavit filed in connection with the killing of Hervey Medellin said Medellin's partner, Gabriel Campos- Martinez , then took a polygraph test, which revealed he was "deceitful of dismembering the victim's body and having knowledge of the victim's murder.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The State Department mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in unusually pointed language, calling his claims about the Ukraine crisis the most "startling Russian fiction" since the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that "the formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions. " Under the heading "President Putin's Fiction," the statement challenged 10 assertions Putin had made in recent days to justify Russian troop incursions into Ukraine's Crimea region.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
On the whole, the Oscars' red carpet was one elegant look after another , with some singular statements, as Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore notes. Among some we're still thinking about Monday morning are Lupita Nyongo's Nairobi blue accordian-pleat gown and Cate Blanchett's pale gold Armani Prive -- both were winning looks for Academy Award-winning actresses. PHOTOS: Best and worst dressed on the red carpet A couple of others we are thinking about that didn't get as much attention on Oscar Sunday represent two ends of a spectrum: Liza Minnelli in a vintage Halston pantsuit and Emma Watson in a spanking-new rib-knit godet skirt from Vera Wang's fall-winter 2014 collection.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors will not be allowed to review the answers that alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed provides later this week to the defense team of a fellow suspected terrorist, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan was a victory for accused Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is set to face trial in New York next week. It gives his defense team more leeway to review Mohammed's responses and decide whether to use them to bolster their defense.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The surprise American star of these Olympics is walking through a rainstorm, not a drop on his black leggings and ankle-high boots, not a splotch on his styled hair and pale makeup, when suddenly he stops. "Wait, I want to finish saying this," says Johnny Weir, standing unspoiled under an umbrella while a storm rages above. "I am not protesting. I am not making a statement. I'm just being myself. " Yet, what a fabulous self he is, and what a splendid statement that makes.
SPORTS
May 12, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers released a statement Saturday that was anything but magical. The Lakers were obviously irritated that Magic Johnson weighed in so heavily on Coach Mike Brown's job security, calling it his "personal opinion" as an ESPN analyst. "His words were not made on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, and in no way do they reflect the feelings or position of team ownership or management," said the team statement, which was released four hours before the Lakers were scheduled to play Denver in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger, Washington Bureau
The lawyer for one of the women who has accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of inappropriate conduct in the 1990s said Thursday morning that he has drafted a statement on behalf of his client and is sending it to the National Restaurant Assn. for review in hopes it can be released publicly. The attorney, Joel Bennett, has said his client would like to tell her version of what happened with Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO, in the 1990s, when the two worked together at the association, but a confidentiality agreement his client signed at the time prohibits her from proceeding.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Jim Fregosi, 71, who was a star shortstop for the Angels from 1961 to 1971 and managed them to their first division title in 1979, died Friday in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke earlier this week, the Angels announced. “The Angels organization joins the rest of the Major League Baseball community in mourning the loss today of Jim Fregosi," the Angels said in a statement. "His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years.  "Jim was one of Mr. Autry's all-time favorite players, and a man who remained in the hearts and memories of long-time Angel fans.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Billy Reid staged his fall and winter 2014 menswear collection in the Refectory of the High Line Hotel here Sunday, a cavernous Gothic hall with vaulted ceilings, ornate stained glass windows and an almost museum-like vibe, a space that was once the communal dining hall of an Episcopalian seminary.  Inspiration: Backstage before the show, Reid said that many of the textures and fabrications in the collection were a result of...
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