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September 27, 2012
  Would anyone have predicted that the UCLA and USC football teams would have identical 3-1 records after the first four games of the college football season? Join us for a Google+ hangout starting at 11:30 Pacific time when USC writer Gary Klein, UCLA writer Chris Foster and national football columnist Chris Dufresne have a roundtable discussion on the locla college football scene. Topics could include: Does USC have a chance to win the national title? Does Matt Barkley have any hope of winning the Heisman Trophy?
July 19, 2012 | By David Willman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address newly raised questions about BioWatch, the nation's system for detecting deadly biological attacks. In letters issued Thursday and last week, the leaders said their questions were prompted by a July 8 Los Angeles Times article that identified repeated shortcomings in BioWatch's performance, including dozens of false alarms that signaled apparent terrorist attacks when none had occurred.
July 5, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Times basketball reporter Mike Bresnahan chats with CineSport's Noah Coslov about the Lakers' acquisition of Steve Nash and the possibility of pursuing Magic center Dwight Howard. The two-time MVP of the NBA brings a floor leadership that the Lakers haven't had since the days of Magic Johnson. Nash is a career 49% shooter from the field, including 43% from three-point range. He's also No. 5 in career assists and one of a handful of players to average better than 90% from the free-throw line.
June 27, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Pick, Team: Player, Age, Pos., Ht., Wt., School/Country (with comment) 1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, 19, PF, 6-10, 220, Kentucky Many consider him draft's only impact player. 2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, 21, PF, 6-9, 240, Kansas Bobcats need a big man; plays with energy. 3. Washington: Bradley Beal, 18, SG, 6-4, 201, Florida Shooter Wizards need alongside John Wall. 4. Cleveland:Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 18, SF, 6-7, 228, Kentucky He's a good defender, rebounder, passer.
June 27, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — "Wheels of Fortune," the Los Angeles Times series that exposed the world of Buy Here Pay Here car dealers, was honored with a Gerald Loeb award at a ceremony here Tuesday night. The Wheels series by Business reporter Ken Bensinger won in the Large Newspapers category, eclipsing two entries from the Wall Street Journal and one from the New York Times in that competition. Bensinger's stories explained the shrewd business model that underpins Buy Here Pay Here. The buyers are people who need cars to get to work but whose credit is so poor they can't qualify for traditional loans.
June 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple Inc.just gave its retail employees more reasons to like working for the company, but after a New York Times article Saturday focusing on Apple employees, it begs to be asked whether Apple was just trying to pad itself before the story dropped. The Cupertino, Calif., company in the last week announced that its 30,000 U.S. retail employees would get bigger discounts on hardware ($500 off most Macs and $250 off iPads, on top of the 25% discount they already receive), invitations to receive and test its next operating system ahead of its release, and early raises that had not been expected until September -- with some workers getting as much as a 30% increase, according to 9 to 5 Mac. It all sounded like one of the most successful companies in the world was just passing along the fruit of that success to its lower-level employees.
June 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Orlando Woolridge, who played two of his 13 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, died Friday, the Shreveport Times reported. He was 52. According to the report, Woolridge had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition at his parents' home in Mansfield, La.  In his college career, Woolridge was best known for his role in helping Notre Dame reach the Final Four in 1978 as a freshman. As a senior, his last-second jumper snapped the 28-game winning streak top-ranked Virginia then held.
May 15, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Emergency response times provided by Los Angeles fire officials to the public and City Hall leaders cannot be trusted because of problems with software used to prepare the numbers, according to a report by an expert assigned to audit the Fire Department's data analysis . The report called on the department to stop using the software until the problem is fixed and recommended an overhaul of the unit that analyzes statistics for Fire Chief...
May 5, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
ROUND 1: Referee Tony Weeks gave final instructions, and the fight's underway. Mayweather throws a left hook. Mayweather jabs. Cotto keeps his head down, leading with his left. They're separated twice. Cotto tries a hard right, Mayweather dodges. It happens again. Mayweather sneaks a left to the body. Judges: Robert Hoyle, 10-9 Mayweather; Patricia Morse Jarman, 10-9 Mayweather; Dave Moretti, 10-9 Mayweather. ROUND 2: Cotto picks up Mayweather and leans him to ropes.
March 28, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid on Wednesday addressed last week's report in The Times , citing two unnamed sources, that the Eagles were interested in signing Peyton Manning, and that Reid threatened to walk away from his job if he didn't get more personnel control. As he did in a press release Friday, Reid emphasized that "Mike's my guy," in reference to quarterback Michael Vick, and that he has had personnel control "over the years. " "I've got the final say," he said.
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