October 29, 2013 |
There are a lot of Hall of Famers involved with Game On Dude, installed on Monday as the 8-5 morning-line favorite and set to run from post position No. 9 in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. There's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. There's Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. And there's probable Hall of Fame baseball manager Joe Torre, a part owner. Baffert is feeling some Yankees-like pressure after Game On Dude's dud performance in last year's Classic, a seventh-place finish at odds of 8-5. "He's a totally different horse this year," Baffert said of the 6-year-old gelding.
October 28, 2013 |
Most thoroughbreds leave their barns to go to the races. Paynter got off his deathbed. Were he to somehow win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita - a longshot outcome - it would be a story that deserved all the adjectives that would be thrown at it. "I still can't believe he's alive," says trainer Bob Baffert. "When he went to the hospital, I told my wife [Jill] that this is a one-way trip. " In the Triple Crown season of 2012, in Baffert's talent-laden barn, Paynter was a tough, rugged, somewhat ornery top talent.
October 27, 2013 |
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg underwent arthroscopic surgery in Los Angeles to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The team said outfielder Bryce Harper and first baseman Adam LaRoche also had operations last week. Harper had the bursa in his left knee repaired after it had hampered him last season. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up. All three are expected to be ready by spring training. Strasburg, whose procedure was performed by Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache, is scheduled to resume his off-season throwing program in four to six weeks, the Washington Post reported.
October 27, 2013 |
Question: We have been experiencing an outbreak of bedbugs in one of our rental communities. Our exterminator inspected the entire property and then told us he would need to use a specially trained dog to sniff out the bedbugs in the individual units. We gave each resident a 24-hour notice that we would be entering each unit with a trained dog to inspect for bugs. One of the residents came to our office after we issued these notices. She said that it would violate her religious beliefs to allow a dog to sniff around her unit and belongings.
October 26, 2013 |
Halloween is the time to indulge those seemingly pathological cravings to get scared out of your skull. Who in their right mind would subject themselves to blood-splattery horror movies or haunted houses blaring high-pitched screams while serving bowls of grapes dressed as slimy, edible eyeballs? Lots of us, and experts say good can actually come from these predilections. Fear protects us "People think being afraid is a bad thing, but the reason we evolved to be afraid is that the world is pretty dangerous and we've evolved very powerful systems that automatically force us to do our natural defensive and protective behaviors," says Michael Fanselow, a UCLA behavioral neuroscientist.
October 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - There was no need for high-tech listening devices to find out what the former head of the National Security Agency had to say about the Obama administration. His cellphone conversations were overheard by a fellow train passenger, who let the world know via Twitter. "On Acela: former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden just ended last of handful of interviews bashing administration," Tom Matzzie tweeted Thursday. Matzzie, former Washington director of MoveOn.org., tweeted that Hayden was sitting behind him "blabbing on background as a former senior admin official.
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October 23, 2013 |
Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Wednesday for major changes to the city's sexual harassment training, saying every employee should take the sessions, not just managers. Council President Herb Wesson and Councilwoman Nury Martinez -- the only female member -- also said in their proposal that sexual harassment training should be done in person, not through the two-hour online sessions currently required. Wesson said he did not view the proposal as a response to the two high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits filed in recent weeks against Councilman Jose Huizar and John Lee, chief of staff to Councilman Mitchell Englander.
October 22, 2013 |
Shooting guard J.J. Redick said Tuesday an MRI exam this month revealed he had a partial tear of his left quadriceps and not just a bruise. But Redick said he now felt "great" enough to practice Monday and Tuesday and is available to play Wednesday night in his first exhibition game when the Clippers host the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Redick said his injury occurred the first day of training camp in La Jolla. He said he tried to practice two days after the Clippers returned to Los Angeles but was "just dragging my leg. " So the Clippers shut down Redick.
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October 22, 2013 |
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno firstname.lastname@example.org