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June 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nothing comes easy for UCLA. The Bruins' Hamburger Helper offense had a little more meat to it Friday at Omaha. Top-seeded North Carolina was all but paws up in the ninth inning. Coach John Savage could relax - well, grimace less anyway - for those final three outs with lock-down closer David Berg on the mound. But that would have been boring. There were gyrations to perform before the Bruins could celebrate a 4-1 victory over the Tar Heels (59-12) that put them in the College World Series final.
June 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A dive into the deep dark depths of the La Brea Tar Pits by Los Angeles police Thursday paid off for investigators, who said they recovered multiple items from a cold homicide case. At 6 a.m. Thursday, personnel with the LAPD's Metropolitan Division, criminal gang homicide unit - as well as Long Beach police and port police - gathered in the 5800 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Authorities deployed heavy equipment, including metal detectors on land and in the tar, high-powered magnets and sonar to map the area.
June 6, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A law enforcement task force investigating a cold case murder sent a diver into the dark muck of the La Brea Tar Pits on Thursday looking for evidence, Los Angeles police officials said. LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman would not discuss details of the case and wouldn't say exactly what authorities were searching for, other than that it involved investigators from a joint task force. “They requested the assistance of our dive team to search for an item of evidence related to an ongoing homicide investigation,” Neiman said.
June 6, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
With 16 years on the Los Angeles Police dive unit and several hundred trips into the watery depths searching for evidence, there isn't much Sgt. David Mascarenas hasn't experienced or seen. But on Thursday, Mascarenas dived into an environment so inhospitable, he could barely see past his mask. Twice he got stuck in gelatinous tar of the La Brea Tar Pits, his protective suit filled with muck, and the gas constantly bubbling up from the depths left him lightheaded with a burning throat.
May 7, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Two years after Mark Sanford left the South Carolina governor's office tarred by an adultery scandal, he has completed an unlikely political comeback to win a special congressional election. Sanford defeated Democratic neophyte Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of late-night satirist Stephen Colbert, in the Republican-leaning 1st District. He reclaims a House seat he once held for three terms. The bitter race had been expected to be tight, but the Associated Press called it for Sanford about 8:30 p.m. - 90 minutes after the polls closed.
October 22, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Goodwin Liu was tired and disappointed. The law professor had returned from Washington the night before, having lost his bruising 16-month battle to win Senate confirmation for a federal appeals court seat. Conservative Republicans had tarred the Obama nominee as a liberal activist, and all of Liu's efforts to dispel the label had failed. He had his key in the door to his office at UC Berkeley's law school when the telephone rang. An aide to Gov. Jerry Brown wanted to know if he would be interested in the California Supreme Court.
October 19, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
WINNSBORO, Texas - Eleanor Fairchild, 78, a great-grandmother and retired homemaker, became an alleged "eco-terrorist" in the early hours of Oct. 4, crawling through brush on her farm about 100 miles east of Dallas in jeans and a button-down shirt to stop work on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Her companion? The actress Daryl Hannah. Fairchild is one of several local landowners-turned-activists joining outside protesters in the fight to stop a Canadian company from building the pipeline across their properties.
September 20, 2012
EVENTS Get sticky at the 10th annual La Brea Tar Pits Tarfest Music and Art Festival featuring the formidable sounds of Blondfire, So Many Wizards, the Makepeace Brothers, Steelwells, Helena and Soft Swells. In addition, an exhibition of work by 36 artists will be on display. La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. Free.
June 28, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
No one could say things went according to script, because beyond the top pick there was little besides uncertainty in this unusually deep NBA draft. The Charlotte Bobcats mulled what seemed like a million trade offers for the No. 2 selection Thursday night … before ultimately drafting Kentucky'sMichael Kidd-Gilchrist and keeping him. For the moment, anyway. NBA draft 2012: Pick-by-pick coverage There was an actual trade involving two first-round players, though No. 17 pick Tyler Zeller going from Dallas to Cleveland for No. 24 selection Jared Cunningham plus a pair of second-rounders generated pretty much zero excitement outside (and possibly inside)
June 20, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Seven years before hostilities continued erupting Wednesday in Washington over a pitcher's use of pine tar on his glove, a similar, more heated fracas occurred in Anaheim. In 2005, then-Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson challenged the use of pine tar on Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly's glove, forcing the pitcher's ejection and multi-game suspension. Tuesday night, Joel Peralta, a 2005 Angels teammate of Donnelly's, and — more important — an ex-National, was questioned for pine tar on his glove by Nationals Manager Davey Johnson while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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