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January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the Southern Section's most successful water polo coaches, Tony Martinho of Long Beach Wilson, is leaving the program. reported on Tuesday he will step down as coach after winning seven section titles in 15 years as coach. The school has begun to look for a replacement.  
January 24, 2014
The slump that UCLA Coach Steve Alford said was not a slump took a night off. Alford was adamant this week that the Bruins were not in an offensive funk, shooting 42% in their last four games. The Bruins, Alford said, were merely in "a hurry offensively" and a little "complacent. " The semantics could be given a rest Thursday. The Bruins were neither complacent nor in a hurry in a 91-74 victory over Stanford at Pauley Pavilion. "We got back to who we are," Alford said.
January 24, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
After the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are announced each year, one of the fun things to do is figure out which team logo will appear on each inductees Hall of Fame plaque. Probably few would have guessed the choice made by Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa, two of this year's inductees: They will not have a team logo on the cap on their plaques. La Russa managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals. Most predicted he would choose the Cardinals. On Thursday, La Russa announced his reasoning for no logo: "The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career.
January 22, 2014 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Two Southern Californians are poised to lead the state Legislature for the first time in four decades, after lawmakers put aside the geographic rivalries that typically cleave the powerful posts between north and south. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins was selected as the next speaker of the Assembly by unanimous vote in her caucus Wednesday, about a week after state Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles was anointed heir to the top Senate job. Both are expected to take over after formal floor votes in their respective houses.
January 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland made it official Tuesday. As expected, he's abandoning his challenge to Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Oak Park) and entering the race to succeed retiring Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) in a neighboring district. Strickland's entry sets up an intraparty fight with state Sen. Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale), who has said he would seek McKeon's seat if McKeon decided to retire. McKeon announced last week that he would not seek another term and is backing Strickland to succeed him. "I support Tony Strickland because he shares our conservative values and he's effective," McKeon said in a statement released by the Strickland campaign.
January 16, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When Rita Moreno received a call last summer from SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard, her first thought was that something was wrong. "I was in the car on my Bluetooth and he said, 'Rita, This is Ken Howard.' I said, 'Why the hell are you calling me? Do I owe dues? What's going on?' " When he got a word in edge-wise, Howard told her the reason for the call - Moreno  had been chosen the 50th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Morgan Freeman, who starred with Moreno over 40 years ago in the classic PBS kids' series "The Electric Company," will present her with the award during the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.
January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Tony Henney , the football coach at Ojai Nordhoff, has been hired to become the coach at Trabuco Hills. He won two Southern Section championships at Nordhoff. The 36-year-old Henney takes over a program with lots of returning talent. "The main reason was wanting a new goal," said Henney of his decision to leave Nordhoff, his alma mater.  
January 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, Adolfo Flores and Jack Leonard
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas took the boldest move in his long career in 2011 when he stepped up to a podium for a news conference and laid out his case against two Fullerton police officers he accused of killing Kelly Thomas. "The public has been crying for justice for Kelly," he said as a television screen next to him flashed the words "TRUTH" and "JUSTICE. " This week's swift decision by a jury to acquit the officers of all charges dealt a blow not just to the family and supporters of Thomas but to the 70-year-old, four-term district attorney who put his reputation on the line by personally trying the case.
January 13, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Quiksilver Inc. of Huntington Beach has sold its licensed apparel subsidiary, Hawk Designs Inc., to Sherman Oaks-based Cherokee Inc. for $19 million, the companies announced Monday. Hawk Designs, which Quiksilver acquired in 2000, owns a line of clothing tied to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The brand is sold through Kohl's Corp., and Cherokee said that relationship would continue. Hawk said in a statement that he "will continue to be actively involved in the brand's development.
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