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March 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks did not remain satisfied with possessing the NHL's best record in the first week of March, trading forward Dustin Penner and goalie Viktor Fasth on Tuesday in exchange for veteran Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas and a pair of draft picks. Penner, an unrestricted free agent at season's end who had 13 goals and 19 assists playing mostly alongside first-line stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in his second stint with the Ducks, was dealt to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick that the Ducks then swapped to Dallas.
March 4, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - When historians write about 21st century Los Angeles, they'll probably observe that Eric Garcetti was the second Spanish-speaking L.A. mayor in a row to make an official visit to the Mexican capital. They may also note how trips such as his trade mission this week reflected the increasingly intimate cultural and economic ties between Los Angeles and its sister megalopolis to the south. But some of the subtleties of the experience may be lost to posterity if it is not also noted that Garcetti, like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks a version of the language that, for lack of a more scientific term, might be called Funky American Business Spanish.
March 1, 2014 | Bill Shaikin
The Angels hope for great things from David Freese, their new third baseman. What they cannot hope for are the best days of Freese's baseball life. He already had them. In 2011, he saved the St. Louis Cardinals from extinction in Game 6 of the World Series, tying the score in the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run triple, then winning the game with an 11th-inning home run. In Game 7, he tied the score with a two-run double, and the Cardinals never again trailed. St. Louis threw a parade for its Cardinals, but the outpouring of elation was most heartfelt toward Freese.
March 1, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Weeks after he took office, President Obama met privately with 40 grieving Americans, many clutching photographs of loved ones lost in terrorist attacks. The new president told them he would be closing Guantanamo Bay military prison within the year and putting many of the detainees there on trial in the U.S., where justice would be swifter. Five years later, the first and probably only federal court trial of a Sept. 11-related case will start with jury selection on Monday at a U.S. District courthouse in Lower Manhattan, blocks from ground zero, where the World Trade Center once stood.
March 1, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Owning the NHL's best record, the Ducks aren't feeling the pressure of Wednesday's trading deadline like others trying to get in the playoffs, climb toward Anaheim's lofty perch or rid themselves of a pending free agent. Yet, a final piece that could help clinch home-ice advantage through the Western Conference playoffs and further improve their chance at a Stanley Cup might be out there, and the Ducks are equipped with the depth to deal. Whether it be one more shutdown defenseman, an elite scoring forward or another center, Anaheim owns two first-round and two second-round picks in this year's draft, and a wealth of goaltending depth - such as Viktor Fasth - with young forwards who might also emerge as bargaining chips.
February 28, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week in Silicon Valley to sign a trade, research and economic development pact between Israel and California. The agreement, Brown's office announced Friday, will emphasize cooperation on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agricultural technology. It also will allow Israeli companies to access California's Innovation Hub program, in which research parks, federal laboratories and universities collaborate with businesses, venture capitalists and economic development organizations.
February 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Los Angeles woman has sued Sprint Corp., saying that one of its workers browsed through her traded-in phone, found two photographs of her engaged in sex and posted them on her Facebook page. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as J. Johnson, said the Sprint employee used the Facebook application on her old phone to upload the photographs and make them visible to her family, friends and co-workers. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and identity theft.
February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 JSerra and Santa Ana Mater Dei continue to trade players. Blake Burton, a junior infielder at JSerra and a Washington commit, is transferring to Mater Dei. He will be eligible on April 7, when the baseball sitout players gain eligibility. Mater Dei's basketball team picked up Rex Pflueger, a junior transfer from JSerra. And JSerra's basketball team picked up Jayce Johnson, a sophomore transfer from Mater Dei. JSerra's baseball coach, Brett Kay, is a Mater Dei grad. So we'll all wait for the "future considerations" part of the baseball trade.
February 26, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles is on the verge of transforming four miles of Figueroa from downtown to Exposition Park into the city's first "complete street," serving cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians equally. The $20-million project, which would replace two car lanes with protected bike lanes, has been in development for six years. If completed, it will be a significant milestone in L.A.'s evolution from car-centric sprawl to walkable, bikeable urban villages. But Figueroa happens to be an iconic car corridor; it's home to the Automobile Club of Southern California's headquarters and numerous auto dealers, including Felix Chevrolet, whose neon Felix the Cat sign is a designated historic cultural monument.
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