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April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Mike Trout was 20 and Bryce Harper was 19 when they played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League in 2011. Neither had set foot in the big leagues by then, but it was clear to Angels catcher Hank Conger, a Scorpions teammate, that both outfielders were destined for greatness. "It was one of those things where you see them, you know they're young, and you know they're really good," Conger said before a 2-1 loss Sunday to the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park.
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SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Rank, School (Division, W-L) Up next (last week's ranking) 1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1, 15-2) vs. Fountain Valley, Wednesday. (3) 2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1, 14-4-1) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian, Tuesday. (6) 3. JSERRA (SS-Division 1, 13-4) at Orange Lutheran, Monday. (4) 4. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1, 15-2-1) vs. Bishop Amat (at USC), Wednesday. (1) 5. HART (SS-Division 1, 15-2-1) at Valencia, Wednesday. (5) 6. LONG BEACH WILSON (SS-Division 1, 18-4)
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am trying to help my retired parents refinance their home. Currently they are paying over 8% interest. (This loan should be illegal.) The problem is their credit score, which is around 536. They had a tax lien in 2004 (it has been paid off for over four years) and some minor credit card issues. The total card debt is less than $1,000. I see several bad footnotes on these cards. Some of the cards have a balance of less than $100. What is the best and fastest way to help them get the mortgage they deserve?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 28-year-old man who worked at a call center inside the Los Angeles Times building was being held for a mental health evaluation Saturday after he allegedly made threatening statements and handed his supervisor a pillowcase containing ammunition rounds, authorities said. The incident prompted a lockdown of The Times building Friday night as police searched the structure. The suspect, Matthew Lowes, is an employee of VXI Global Solutions, which rents space in The Times building. Lowes was reprimanded by his supervisor Friday afternoon and left the building, according to Norma Eisenman, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- Saturday was not a good day for the Angels, who got a leadoff home run from J.B. Shuck and nothing else against Detroit co-ace Max Scherzer in a 5-2 loss that ended their improbable winning streak over the Tigers at 10 games dating to September 2012. It was not a good day for Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, who made history of a different sort with the first four-strikeout game of his career, three against Scherzer and one against closer Joe Nathan. It was not a very good day for the umpires, who missed two calls on the bases.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Devonté Hynes was probably the only person at last weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to sing about the troubles of homeless New Yorkers and pose for a backstage photo with the pop star Katy Perry. But for Hynes, such contrast is the norm. Beloved by tastemakers for his work in a series of disparate indie bands - including the punky Test Icicles and the folky Lightspeed Champion - the 28-year-old musician has also affected the pop mainstream through collaborations with Solange, Kylie Minogue and Florence & the Machine.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Let's all agree on this: Outkast's big reunion got off to a rough start.   Last week the Atlanta duo kicked off an extensive anniversary run with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. And it wasn't quite what you'd expect from the groundbreaking group revered for their bouncy and trippy Southern fried rap. Depending on whom you asked, the crowd wasn't into it, and André 3000 wasn't into it. The duo lacked chemistry, the production was spotty and the show as a whole was seriously underrehearsed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In this age of try-anything television, it's difficult to understand why Lifetime chose to cram the Terry McMillan novel "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" into a single made-for-TV movie. Rich with plot and pathos that address difficult issues, including addiction and sexual abuse, the story could easily have sustained an abbreviated miniseries or two-part "special event. " As a movie, however, it just wastes the considerable talents of its cast by force-feeding the audience a hard-to-swallow meal that is by turns bitter and treacly.
TRAVEL
April 19, 2014
To top off your next trip to Nashville, I recommend Music City Tippler, a midtown Cheers-like pub, as a must visit. It offers a 100-year-old bar, music played on a 120-year-old barn wood stage and more, while featuring outstanding classic cocktails, craft beers and eclectic wines. Truly an upbeat time for all, and when I left later in the evening, everybody knew my name. Cheers! Music City Tippler, 1922 Adelicia St.; (615) 457-3406, http://www.musiccitytippler.com . Pete Puzo Encino
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers play host to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, exactly two months after the launch of SportsNet LA. At this rate, there will be nothing to celebrate. For far too many fans, there will be no game to see. Vin Scully does not get SportsNet LA in his home. Peter O'Malley does not. Fred Claire does not. Claire was the general manager the last time the Dodgers won the World Series, in 1988. That was the year a cable television outfit called the Z Channel carried 35 Dodgers home games.
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