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February 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people? The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones.
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February 1, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Three fast-paced academic contests featuring some of the region's best and most talented students will be staged Saturday afternoon, with one focused exclusively on science and two others drilling down on topics dealing with World War I. At USC, the Los Angeles County Office of Education will stage a game-show style Super Quiz before a live audience, part of a two-day Academic Decathlon featuring teams from 42 high schools. Not far away, the Los Angeles Unified School District is conducting its own regional decathlon at the Roybal Learning Center, with 59 teams of up to nine students battling it out in their own Super Quiz format.
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February 1, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
In the end, it came down to a rematch: Arcadia and University high schools, two teams made up of the brightest young science minds in Southern California who one year ago faced off just like this, armed with nothing more than a small pad of paper and a pencil against a 16-minute rat-a-tat-tat of questions like this: "According to VSEPR bonding theory, if two of the bonded atoms in an octahedral molecule are replaced by two electron pairs, the...
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Forget the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the three-stage neck-warming system, the color heads-up display. The most interesting feature of the 2014 BMW 435i convertible is the elaborate setup built into the caboose of this car. With the car's folding hardtop stowed in the trunk, it's hard to access the 7.8 cubic feet of luggage space below it. So BMW devised an automated system that raises the folded roof out of your way when the trunk is...
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February 1, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Hundreds of students paraded into a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at USC's Galen Center, their friends and families cheering from the bleachers as ragtime music played. The Super Quiz, the final event in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, was about to start. The game show-style competition requires teams of nine high school students to answer three dozen multiple-choice questions on subjects including art, economics and science. Questions were read by Fox 11 news reporter Gigi Graciette, and students had just seven seconds to punch in their answers on hand-held electronic devices.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By David Wharton
Hubertus von Hohenlohe is hard to miss on the slopes. The flamboyant skier for Mexico's Olympic team calls himself "The Real Prince" and competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games in a series of race suits with wildly colorful designs. Now, Hohenlohe has told NBC OlympicTalk that he will race at the upcoming Sochi Olympics in an outfit made to resemble a mariachi suit. Hohenlohe was born in Mexico but has lived all over the world. He said a recent visit to his birthplace led to a new appreciation for Mexican culture.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MILWAUKEE - They are as different as night and day in their styles of play, but J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford are effective as the shooting guards for the Clippers. Redick is in constant motion, running all over the court, coming off screens on the baseline, from the top, the side, up the middle. And he never stops moving. Crawford uses his dribble more, crossing over opponents with his ballhandling skills, using the entire court to get free. But he's also good at coming off screens and he's a willing passer.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set on a bluff above the beach and ocean in Long Beach, this Spanish-style villa is rich in architectural details. Trussed and stenciled ceilings in the sunken living room, original wrought iron, classic tile work, interior archways and Moorish alcoves retain the home's 1930 vibe. Location: 7 37th Place, Long Beach 90803 Asking price: $1.625 million Year built: 1930 Architect: Harry Broner House size: Six bedrooms, three bathrooms, 4,435 square feet Lot size: 5,101 square feet Features: Gated street, center hall, den, library/study, breakfast room, family room, wine cellar, French doors, balcony, patio, elevator, three-car garage, ocean and Queen Mary views.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
  Picture the prototypical NFL coach. He'd probably look a lot like Hall of Famers Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry, roaming the sideline in a suit and fedora, jaw set permanently to scowl. Or maybe it's Bill Belichick, stationary in a hoodie and headphones, unsmiling and seemingly unimpressed. Now compare that with the hyperkinetic Pete Carroll, whose laid-back, players-first approach led the Seattle Seahawks to 15 victories and a Super Bowl berth this season.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Waiting for Dunk City … It's another slow night at the half-filled Galen Center, no lines at the gleaming concession stands, desolation on the wide concourses, the referee's whistle audible even in the men's restroom. The hearty few USC fans occasionally cheer, sing and even dance to the sort of energetic music and announcing that reminds one of a hot summer night in a desolate minor league ballpark. But, mostly, they just wait. They are waiting for fireworks promised with the arrival of new Coach Andy Enfield, who was hired last spring after winning two NCAA tournament games with unknown Florida Gulf Coast University.
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