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November 21, 1987
How long will the nation's sportswriters, including those on The Times, let themselves be duped by the inflated "total yards" statistic pumped out by the Notre Dame publicity department on behalf of Tim Brown's Heisman Trophy candidacy? "Total yards" includes kickoff return yardage which, for each kickoff, contains about 20 yards of running through empty space before meeting any tacklers. I am a 38-year-old executive and even I could lumber for 15 1/2 yards per kickoff return. Because of this inflated statistic, Tim Brown may be the first offensive player to win the Heisman Trophy because his defensive teammates cannot keep the opposition from scoring.
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December 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
You won't find senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard's greatness in any analytic study of NCAA statistics. Thirty players have more interceptions than Dennard's four, and he's not listed among the leaders in pass breakups. Three of his Michigan State teammates have more tackles. Yet, Dennard could be the most valuable player of Wednesday's Rose Bowl game against Stanford without having his name called by the public-address announcer. You often measure a cornerback's greatness by the number of cricket chirps you hear on his side of the field.
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NEWS
June 1, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Budget cuts have left the county's Probation Department with fewer officers to keep tabs on an ever growing number of adults and juveniles sentenced to probation and have forced them to prematurely halt supervision of hundreds of criminals living in the county. Some judges and others are concerned about the rising probation caseloads, fearing that officers will have less time to work with first-time offenders and juveniles, who benefit most from close supervision.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the last few years. At least that's what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling us the whole story. That is one of the conclusions in a new report by the office of inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recommends new ways of calculating airline delays. The Department of Transportation's data says that airline delays fell by 33% from 2000 to 2012, while flight cancellations dropped by 56% at the nation's largest airports.
SPORTS
January 27, 2003
Oak--FG Janikowski 40, 10:40. Drive: 7 plays, 14 yards, 2:55. Key plays: C.Woodson 12 interception return to Bucs 36 TB--FG Gramatica 31, 7:51. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 2:49. Key plays: B.Johnson 12 and 23 passes to Jurevicius TB--FG Gramatica 43, 11:16. Drive: 9 plays, 26 yards, 3:53. Key plays: Jackson 9 intercetption return to Bucs 49 *--* Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21 *--* *--* Oakland...3 0 6 12 -- 21 Tampa Bay...
SPORTS
August 20, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It appeared a case of school property defacement, likely the work of a prankster. Years ago, an assistant coach at Claremont McKenna College came upon an old desk while cleaning out a weight room in the athletic department. The culprit had carved into the wood, the way lovebirds might scrawl a heart into a tree. Except this inscription was curious: it read "I Love This College" and was signed "John Zinda." The assistant reported what he thought was an act of mockery to the football coach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1989 | AL MARTINEZ
Joey Luna was one of those in the barrio who could have made it. His friends thought so, his teachers thought so and his parents thought so. He was studying history, talking about taking computer classes and preparing to transfer to another school. Joey was trying to break old ties, to leave the area, to start again. Only a year before, he had "courted out" of a street gang, a ritual of departure that requires a member to be beaten before he can abandon his membership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2000
Part of being a leader is speaking hard truths. So credit the leadership efforts of a statewide coalition of researchers, health professionals and community activists who at a symposium last weekend told the hard truth about the negative health and social effects of alcohol and tobacco on Latinos. So, too, did the Latino politicians who attended the two-day meeting, held at Cal State Northridge and organized by the California Latino Leadership United for Healthy Communities.
SPORTS
December 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
It's a question with a seemingly straightforward answer: Who is the NBA's best rebounder? Kevin Love averages a league-leading 13.7 rebounds to DeAndre Jordan's and Dwight Howard's 13.0. Was that so hard? Well, actually ... What some might consider a more sophisticated set of numbers says the Clippers' Jordan is superior to his counterparts from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets. Jordan secures 71.6% of rebounds per chance as defined by being within 31/2 feet of the ball when it comes off the rim. By comparison, Howard converts 69.5% of his rebounding opportunities and Love 65.0% of his opportunities, making them, to some, less efficient rebounders.
SCIENCE
December 20, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
In most discussions of suicide and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - including the online buzz that followed publication of a Times analysis on how young California veterans die - one statistic gets repeated most: 22 veterans kill themselves each day. That number comes from a study published in early 2013 by researchers at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. But the recent wars were not the study's primary focus. In fact, they play a minor role in veteran suicides overall.
OPINION
November 28, 2013
Re "Blurring reality stokes fears," Perspective, Nov. 26 False allegations of widespread anti-white racism are intended to make people indifferent to anti-minority racism. It's a formula. Racists accuse others of racism. High-paid shills for coal or oil accuse scientists of lying for grant money. It looks like "he said, she said. " People give up. The data can help. The black-on-white scaremonger in this article says: "If you use statistics, which I don't, people say you are stereotyping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Dusk fell on the Imperial Highway apartment as Saia Holani scrambled to find a spare lamp, having handed off his own to a neighbor in need. Four of his children romped through the darkened living room, still in their Sunday best, as his wife offered pink wedges of watermelon to guests. "No Tongan is here to get rich," Holani had said earlier, outside the humble chapel of the Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church. "Even the smallest thing - we give. " Families who trace their roots to the South Pacific islands of Tonga are among the poorest - if not the poorest of all - in Los Angeles County.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, 64-32, that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA for short, was first introduced in 1994 and has been brought up time and time again in Congress but went nowhere. The legislation is now before the U.S. House of Representatives, but it faces tough odds there. House Speaker John Boehner has said there is "no basis or need" for the legislation and it's unclear whether the Republican leader will let the bill come up for a vote.
OPINION
September 22, 2013 | By Andy Callahan
There were 8,953 robberies and 320 kidnappings last year in Los Angeles. Numbers like that have always felt abstract to me. But I realize now that behind each of those robberies and kidnappings, there's a story. I say this with some authority because at 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 29, I became one. I woke up that morning ready for battle. Preschool was closed, my 3-year-old son, Dean, needed sneakers and my father-in-law - our kids call him Nana - was in town. Our morning activity would be a surgical strike on the Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks.
SPORTS
September 18, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC's defense did not enjoy much positive attention during the previous three seasons. But new coordinator Clancy Pendergast has infused the unit with a scheme and an attitude that have helped the Trojans statistically rank among the nation's best after three games. Junior safety Dion Bailey said Wednesday that it was "a little different" for USC to be considered one of the sport's top defenses. "I'm pretty sure no one's heard that around here since Cushing and them were here," he said.
NATIONAL
September 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Women make up a bigger share of arrests for driving under the influence than they did decades ago, but little attention has been paid to how to halt or handle the trend, according to a report released Thursday. Federal statistics showed that women constituted nearly a quarter of DUI arrests across the United States in recent years. In 1980,  the number was just 9.3%, but the percentage has risen almost every year for three decades, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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