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July 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
"The game is hard enough when you're focused," says Chase Headley, the San Diego Padres' third baseman. "So if you've got something distracting you that can be a real problem. " And Headley easily could be distracted right now because he's among the players repeatedly mentioned as trade candidates ahead of the nonwaiver trade deadline July 31. The teams reportedly eyeing the switch-hitter include the Dodgers, who are wrapping up a three-game series with San Diego at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, because their offensive production at third base has been wanting all season.
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April 27, 2014 | Ben Bolch
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who for 30 years has presided over the city's second NBA franchise, became the object of national outrage and the target of an NBA investigation Saturday after allegedly making derogatory remarks about blacks. In an audio recording, released by celebrity gossip site TMZ, a person identified as Sterling argues with his girlfriend, criticizing her for posting a picture of herself on Instagram posing with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling allegedly says, later adding, "I'm just saying, in your ... Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
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BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The biggest act scheduled to perform this week at the annual South by Southwest music festival is also one of the biggest acts in the world. On March 13, Lady Gaga will take to the outdoor stage behind Stubb's for a concert sponsored by Doritos, which is temporarily renaming the barbecue joint #BoldStage (after its line of flavored tortilla chips) and requiring would-be showgoers to complete one of several so-called bold missions to get inside. Yet Lady Gaga won't be the only A-list artist - nor Doritos the only blue-chip brand - at SXSW, set to run March 11 through March 16 in Austin, Texas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If you needed another reminder of the implacability of time, the Rolling Stones are currently celebrating 50 years in show business - a fact that might blow the minds of people old enough to use the phrase "blow my mind" and at the same time mean less than nothing to people young enough to regard 50 years as an imponderable abstraction. As part of the band's several-pronged multimedia anniversary - a two-year party, dating either from the initial 1962 confluence of blues fans Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards or to the January 1963 addition of last original Stone Charlie Watts - HBO will premiere Thursday a new documentary, "Crossfire Hurricane.
FOOD
April 15, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
When I tasted this wine and then looked at the price, the two didn't match up. This gorgeous and elegant red from Terra de Verema in the Vilella Baixa del Priorat region of Spain could easily cost twice the price. Instead, for about $30, you get a stunning Carinyena (Carignan) with a touch of Garnacha and Syrah. Spicy and lush, the 2006 Triumvirat is beautifully balanced, even elegant. And it's smooth as silk, almost Burgundian in style.
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July 1, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
Everything you want in a Central Coast Syrah -- ripe, beautiful fruit, wonderful balance and structure, flavors of dark, juicy berries, wild herbs and a touch of smoke. Adam Tolmach's 2006 Santa Barbara County Syrah is a stunner. One of the original Rhone Rangers, he's no newcomer to Syrah and has distilled everything he knows about the grape into his wine.
FOOD
June 24, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
A truly lovely Pinot Noir from Stoller Vineyards in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The JV stands for jeunes vignes, as in "junior vines," a younger, high-density planting. The wine Stoller made in 2007 is ripe yet delicate with wonderful berry flavors revved up with sweet spices and an earthy minerality. It's ready to drink now and terrific.
FOOD
April 8, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
Bring a bottle of this Gruner Veltliner to a dinner party and guaranteed it won't disappear without anybody noticing it, the way an oaky Chardonnay or an indifferent Sauvignon Blanc might. Racy and full of life, the 2007 Kurt Angerer "Kies" has the wonderful green apple and white peppercorn note of the best Gruners. This one comes from Kamptal and a vintner whose family has been in the wine business for 150 years.
SPORTS
October 15, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Texas A&M (Acquisitions and Mergers) summed up a madcap weekend of mind-numbing conference realignment confusion with a video-game win over Baylor in which the schools combined for 83 points and 1,151 yards. If you think that's wild, you should see the 22-egg omelet the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA are trying to cook up. Texas A&M's victory goes into the Big 12 Conference's bank account, even though Aggie fans at Kyle Field ended the game with chants of "SEC!
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Gerrick D. Kennedy, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Justin Bieber's arrest after police say he drag-raced on a Miami Beach street and failed a sobriety test arrives less as a shock than a kind of inevitable conclusion: the culmination of nearly two years of chafing against the burden of his own celebrity. "It's hard to hear all this news about @JustinBieber," talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Thursday. "I hope he makes his way to adulthood without him or anyone else getting hurt. " The singer's brief incarceration Thursday morning - not to mention a grinning mug shot that seems sure to redefine Bieber in the public imagination - comes less than two months after "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker was killed in a fiery single-car accident in Valencia.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pippa Middleton is reportedly engaged to banker Nico Jackson, that according to reports out Wednesday. However, other outlets have shut down those rumors. So which is it? We're not totally sure, but here's a roundup of what's swirling online. Us Weekly  first reported the news , citing unnamed sources who confirmed that Kate Middleton's younger sister, real name Philippa, is set to walk down the aisle in 2014. This new round of reports follows those swirling around in September alleging that the couple were engaged too. (Us said those reports were false but that this new wave is true, natch .)
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on Fox Sports 1 with Texas Tech at Texas in a game that will feature tight camera shots of Mack Brown and endless speculation about who might replace him as Texas coach. Hasn't Todd Graham put in enough time at Arizona State? He has been there nearly two years. 2. What a block party: Auburn fans saw their Tigers move up in the polls during a bye week while they positioned their recreational vehicles in the parking lot more than a week in advance of the biggest Iron Bowl.
HEALTH
October 11, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
Fall is in the air and so, alas, are zillions of grains of weed pollen, sailing hither and yon, high and low, far and wide. These guarantee an abundance of new little weeds next year - and an abundance of sniffy, sneezy, wheezy people right now, namely those unfortunate souls who have an allergy to pollen. Pollen allergy is often called "hay fever," although it doesn't cause fever and its only connection with hay is that it inflicts its woes at hay-harvesting time. The name "seasonal allergic rhinitis" - where "rhinitis" refers to an inflamed nose - is more accurate if less evocative.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
While working on her well-received 2012 album "Ekstasis," Los Angeles singer-composer Julia Holter crafted a song that was such a departure that she set it aside. The piece, "Maxim's II," was inspired by a famous scene in the 1958 movie musical "Gigi" and is one of the hubs of her striking new album, "Loud City Song. " In the film, as the titular heroine very publicly moves through the fancy Parisian restaurant Maxim's with her scandalous beau, the entire room takes note. "Everyone's staring at her and gossiping about her when she walks in," said Holter while sitting on a park bench near Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013
With a show somewhere between improv comedy and free jazz, Reggie Watts deconstructs entire mediums of storytelling with his singular (and hilarious) compositions. Riffing on his pop-culture prowess and flair for the absurd, he uses a vocal-looping device to create a stream-of-consciousness swirl of biting, irreverent gags (that have the benefit of being pretty catchy in the end). Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. largo-la.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
If one were to flay a wayward Muppet - perish the thought! - one might end up with something like an Anna Betbeze painting. Ragged and furtively riddled with holes, her large, shaggy expanses of woven wool are distressed and stained in myriad colors from earthy to acid. The four works on view at François Ghebaly are beguiling, not only because they evoke monsters and shag carpeting, but because they so thoroughly fuse the grotesque with the Arcadian. A circle of mottled rust and green shag ringed in an almost-sunny yellow, “Sunspot” is a much more tactile version of the cosmic phenomenon suggested by its title; it also resembles a gangly, hirsute sunflower.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Less than 24 hours before Wednesday's 1 p.m. PDT non-waiver trade deadline, rumors were flying about the Angels, who entered Tuesday 14 games game back in the American League West and in rare selling mode. The Cardinals reportedly have inquired about shortstop Erick Aybar, the Yankees are interested in third baseman Alberto Callaspo, the Royals are hot for second baseman Howie Kendrick, and the Angels are interested in Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy. One person who seemed oblivious to it all was Manager Mike Scioscia, who is not on Twitter, not on Facebook, and not really up to speed on many of the rumors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings
On a scorching July afternoon, Compton residents gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the city's first Latino councilman. A nine-piece mariachi band played and families cheered at the event many had been awaiting for decades. But just a few weeks into Isaac Galvan's term, some are already having misgivings about the councilman. Galvan, 26, has failed to file any of the required campaign finance disclosures for the primary and runoff elections. As his first official action, he hired an aide with criminal convictions for political misconduct.
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