October 24, 2013 |
BOSTON - The first game was a rout. The television ratings, not so great. The World Series could use a little controversy, and now we have one. At issue: Is Jon Lester a cheater? As Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Wednesday night, Tyler Melling, a 39th-round draft choice who pitched in the Class-A Florida State League this year, took to Twitter with a screen grab that purported to be incriminating evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 |
More than 1,000 inmates previously sentenced to life in prison have been freed since voters approved changes to California's three-strikes law in November, with only a handful charged with new offenses since their release, according to a report released Monday. The authors of the report , who helped write and campaign for the ballot initiative, said third-strikers released under Proposition 36 have a lower recidivism rate than other prisoners freed on parole, helping save the state millions of dollars by opening up space in crowded prisons without jeopardizing public safety.
September 6, 2013 |
Duplicate tests have confirmed that five Jamaican athletes -- including marquee sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson -- were caught with banned substances in their systems. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said the athletes' second samples were tested at a Montreal lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Associated Press reported. The test results made headlines in August when Powell and Simpson withdrew from the world track and field championships in Moscow.
August 28, 2013 |
Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks - rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism - can hide in plain sight. Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis, the long-standing disparity between depression rates in men and women disappears. That conclusion overturns long-accepted statistics indicating that, over their lifetimes, women are 70% more likely to have major depression than men. In fact, when its symptoms are properly recognized in men, major depression may be even more common in men than in women, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil in the neighborhood around its plant to determine whether dangerous metals have accumulated and are posing a health risk to the community. In April, the state tried to close the Exide Technologies facility, after an analysis released by the South Coast Air Quality Management District showed that arsenic emissions from the plant were posing an increased cancer risk to as many as 110,000 people in Boyle Heights, Maywood, Huntington Park and other places.
August 24, 2013
Reaction from current and former major leaguers to the statement Ryan Braun issued Thursday, in which he apologized for using performance-enhancing substances and for his previous denials: "So Braun has spent the last month writing an apology statement novel... " --Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson , on Twitter. "You can be upset, you can be angry, but if you want to move past it you have to be able to forgive. And that's where I'm at. " --Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and teammate John Axford , to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.