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March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Over the winter Zach Lee said he was coming to spring training to win a spot in the Dodgers rotation. And though that's clearly not going to happen this season, the 22-year-old right-hander isn't about to change his goals. "Any time you're going to set a goal, you kind of want to set it high," said Lee, who made his first appearance of the spring Friday, shutting out the Texas Rangers for two innings. "If you set it too low then you'll probably meet it and you'll kind of get content with it. " Lee, who signed a record $5.25-million bonus after being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft, was the Dodgers' minor league pitcher of the year last summer when he won 10 games and posted a 3.22 earned-run average at double-A Chattanooga.
March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles police officer who died after his patrol car collided with a truck in Beverly Hills on Friday morning was a training officer, department officials said. The officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division was training a female probationary officer who was critically injured in the crash, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The names of the officers have not been released, pending notification of family. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was en route to the hospital where the female officer was taken, Smith said.
March 7, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
After Newsweek outed  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of  Temple City as the alleged creator of virtual currency bitcoin, details of his past have come under intense scrutiny. So add this to the list: Nakamoto is a skilled, passionate model train builder. Fred Hill, the owner of Original Whistle Stop in Pasadena, said Nakamoto has been a regular since Hill bought the business in 1976. Nakamoto, a skilled machinist who builds all of his train layouts from scratch, is highly sociable and "a lot of fun," Hill said.
March 7, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
ASICS America Corp., the sports equipment company with the title sponsorship of this weekend's Los Angeles Marathon, is looking beyond runners. Instead, the brand is hoping to reel in more athletes in other sports, targeting them in an advertising campaign coming later this year and with a specialized training facility in its new Irvine headquarters. “We want to continue building equity with athletes who run,” ASICS America Chief Executive Kevin Wulff said, “but we're expanding our running base to include people who participate in a range of sports.” ASICS America, which has served as an arm of Japanese parent ASICS since 1977, this year expects to see more than $1 billion in sales for the first time in its history.
March 7, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A passenger who was on the Metro Red Line train that passed over a blind man moments after he fell off a platform Thursday described having a "sick feeling" as riders realized what had happened. The man --  an unidentified 47-year-old Los Angeles resident who survived the incident mostly unharmed -- had been using a cane to feel his way toward the edge of Metro's Wilshire/Vermont subway platform when he went too far and tumbled over. When the eastbound Red Line train slowed to a stop, the man was trapped underneath, said  Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
March 7, 2014 | By Jessica Ogilvie
Christine Wu appeared in one of the year's most viral videos thus far: Billy Ray Cyrus' hip-hop remix of "Achy Breaky Heart. " She played the electric violin - while doing a backbend. Wu, who lives in Santa Monica, is breaking new ground in the performing arts by combining dance, yoga and complicated choreography with the violin. Wu recently talked about how she trains, how movement fuels her creativity and how she's carved out her niche career. You do yoga and ballet as well as working out at the Venice Beach gym. How does your exercise regimen help with the physicality of playing the violin?
March 6, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 4, Dodgers 4 (10 innings) AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron, the Angels' top power-hitting prospect, hit a pinch-hit, score-tying, three-run home run to left field off Dodgers right-hander Daniel Moskos in the bottom of the ninth. Howie Kendrick and Carlos Pena each had two hits for the Angels. Adrian Gonzalez singled before Scott Van Slyke's sixth-inning grand slam, and utility candidate Chone Figgins walked twice for the Dodgers. ON THE MOUND: Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson needed 55 pitches to zip through four hitless innings, striking out two, walking four, and getting "four or five outs" with a changeup he hopes will be more of a weapon against right-handed hitters.
March 6, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
This post has been updated A blind man who fell off the edge of a subway platform Thursday afternoon and into the path of an oncoming Metro train survived the accident mostly unharmed, officials said. "It really is a miracle," Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeman Paul Gonzales told The Times. "It's something you only see on TV. " The man, an unidentified 47-year-old Los Angeles resident, had been using a cane to feel his way toward the edge of Metro's Wilshire/Vermont subway platform, Gonzales said.  The operator of the incoming Red Line train saw the man and honked to warn him that he was about to reach the edge of the platform, but it was too late: The man fell and tumbled into the track bed as the train approached.
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Like any president's annual budget blueprint, Obama's stands no chance of being adopted as is by Congress. This year, the prospects are especially dim since Congress recently approved a two-year spending deal after years of ugly budget fights, and there is little interest in reopening the debate.
March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Authorities Tuesday morning were transporting at least a dozen people to hospitals after a Blue Line train struck a vehicle near downtown Los Angeles. The train struck the vehicle at about 9:55 a.m. in the 300 block of East Washington Boulevard, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The sole occupant of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, Main added. In all, 13 people complained of injuries, Main said. One declined transportation to a hospital, two were in serious condition and 10 were in fair condition.
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