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SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Cubs 5, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a run-scoring triple - his third of the exhibition season. Alex Guerrero, who replaced Gordon at second base, hit a two-run double to left-center field in the seventh inning. Miguel Rojas, who entered camp with a reputation as a subpar hitter, raised his average to .409. He was two for three with a pair of doubles. ON THE MOUND: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez each pitched a scoreless inning.
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SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
MESA, Ariz. - Andre Ethier's move to center field last year was sudden. Matt Kemp suffered a strained hamstring muscle and the next day Ethier was asked to do something he hadn't done regularly since college. Now, with an entire spring to prepare himself to play the position, Ethier expects to be more comfortable in the middle of the outfield this season than he was last. "I think you learn some of the finer points that come with that position, the things that you're able to do, how you cut off balls," he said.
OPINION
March 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It might be sound reasoning, but a Supreme Court decision this week on an arcane legal-easement argument will likely have broad and regrettable consequences, particularly in the West, for the national movement to convert old railroad beds into bicycle paths. The case, Brandt vs. U.S., is rooted in the General Railroad Right of Way Law of 1875, through which Congress established a uniform approach to granting easements on government land so railroad companies could extend tracks through the heart of the still-developing country.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
GOLDEN, Colo. - The instructions seemed simple enough: nine steps forward, heel to toe, a quick turnaround, then nine steps back. But for the guy swaying a bit as he walked, his face slack, his eyes half closed, it was all too much. He made the nine steps forward and stopped, forgetting what came next. "Wait. What?" Colorado State Trooper Jason Morales dutifully marked it down in his report, just as he had a few minutes earlier when the suspect closed his eyes and tilted his head back to guess the passage of 30 seconds.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Seattle 10, Angels 6 AT THE PLATE: Matt Long is a longshot to make the team, but he's making a good impression. The outfielder followed a four-hit game Monday with a three-hit, two runs-batted-in game and is batting .542 (13 for 24) this spring. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the second, the speedy Trout turning what appeared to be a single to left-center into a double. Erick Aybar drew his team-leading seventh walk of the spring. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Kevin Jepsen had a rough sixth inning, allowing two runs and two hits, walking two and balking a runner from first to second.
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Railing against a train," March 8 Passenger: "How come this bullet train went only 10 feet?" Conductor: "Misfired. " Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Rainbows in West Hollywood Letters: Rereading the 2nd Amendment Letters: Making pet adoption permanent
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after 2,000 feet of aluminum train tracks and other materials -- valued in all at $7,000 to $9,000 -- were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate at the facility housing the small, ridable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2,  Dixon Sheldon, vice president of operations for the Model Engineers told Times Community News.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Saajid Badat had been through all the training, from firing weapons while riding a motorcycle to watching dogs and rabbits, trapped under glass, die slow, agonizing deaths as he learned poisoning techniques.    He had laughed with other Al Qaeda members as the self-confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, scanned a list of tall buildings and crossed out the World Trade Center towers weeks after hijackers had destroyed them.  Now, Badat was ready to carry out Al Qaeda's next big mission, a plan to down two U.S. jetliners using bombs hidden in shoes.
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