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March 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Tennis player Bernard Tomic made a strange request of the chair umpire during a changeover in his match against David Ferrer at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday: Can you please ask my dad to leave the stands. A television camera picked up the exchange after Tomic held serve to go up, 3-2, in the second set. "He's annoying me. I know he's my father, but he's annoying me," Tomic says. "I want him to leave as soon as possible. " An obviously surprised chair umpire responds "If you tell him to leave what will happen?"
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March 30, 2014 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- Voters in Paris elected their first female mayor on Sunday as Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo won the keys to City Hall after a closely fought campaign. Hidalgo's victory was one of the day's rare successes for French President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, which lost ground in municipal elections around the country. The Spanish-born Hidalgo, 54, who defeated her rival in a tight second-round vote, will take over City Hall from her mentor, popular Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who has run the French capital since 2001.
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March 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right Union for a Popular Movement party, or UMP, suffered setbacks in the first round of local elections, threatening to tarnish his political standing. The opposition Socialists looked certain to hold Paris and Lyon, France's second city. Initial results also suggested they made gains in several cities held by the UMP and could win some notable victories in the second round on March 16.
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November 12, 2013 | Chris Erskine
You can't help but smile while watching Charlie Reliford work at umpire camp in Compton, screaming at his students in a blowsy, animated style. Most good teachers seem to have outsize personalities and an undeniable charisma. That's Reliford, a screaming tyrant one moment, funny and endearing the next. Think Jackie Gleason with brick dust in his shoes. "Have you guys ever actually seen a baseball game before?" he yells after one blown call. You probably remember Reliford best from Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.
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November 19, 2012 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- France's center-right political opposition was in disarray Monday after the election of a new party leader descended into an extraordinary mud-slinging match between two candidates who both declared themselves the winner. Insults and accusations of fraud flew thick and fast between the rival camps of Jean-Francois Cope and Francois Fillon, who are fighting to lead former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right Union for a Popular Movement party, or UMP. With a vote recount underway, one of the party's  founders warned that the continued squabbling meant "the very existence of the UMP is at risk today.
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November 19, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
PARIS - France's center-right political opposition was in disarray Monday after the election of a new party leader descended into an extraordinary mud-slinging match between two candidates who both declared themselves the winner. After more than 24 hours of wrangling in which insults and accusations of fraud flew thick and fast between the rival camps, Jean-Francois Cope was finally declared victorious with just 98 more votes than rival Francois Fillon, out of more than 174,000 ballots cast.
WORLD
September 1, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- In France, lawmakers seized on President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as an argument for holding their own vote on a potential armed intervention. French President Francois Hollande has said his country would join the U.S. in punishing Bashar Assad's regime for allegedly ordering a chemical attack that killed hundreds of people. But opposition parties in France warned Hollande not to make any “hasty decisions” and demanded a vote in the National Assembly, even though Hollande is obliged neither to call nor to heed such a vote.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- Voters in Paris elected their first female mayor on Sunday as Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo won the keys to City Hall after a closely fought campaign. Hidalgo's victory was one of the day's rare successes for French President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, which lost ground in municipal elections around the country. The Spanish-born Hidalgo, 54, who defeated her rival in a tight second-round vote, will take over City Hall from her mentor, popular Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who has run the French capital since 2001.
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June 25, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
Dad was a ballplayer, first for the old San Francisco Seals, then for the Cleveland Indians. Young Eddie grew up in the Bay Area, idolizing the "Big Boppers"--notably Willie Mays and Willie McCovey. Edward Montague Sr., as a scout, had signed Mays to his first contract, "and the first time I met him in the locker room, I walked right past (movie star) Jeff Chandler, didn't even see him, and Willie give me one of his gloves, brand new." The connection was strong, loyal, all-forgiving.
SPORTS
July 19, 1992 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every player in the Newbury Oaks starting lineup had at least one hit Saturday. And of those, Jeff Hook's sixth-inning single was not the loudest nor the prettiest. But it was the biggest. Hook's bad-hop single kept alive a five-run rally that boosted Newbury Oaks to an 8-4 victory over Westlake-Royal in an American Legion District 16 game at Moorpark College. The win was the 19th in a row for Newbury Oaks, which improved to 19-1, 13-1 in district play.
WORLD
September 1, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- In France, lawmakers seized on President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as an argument for holding their own vote on a potential armed intervention. French President Francois Hollande has said his country would join the U.S. in punishing Bashar Assad's regime for allegedly ordering a chemical attack that killed hundreds of people. But opposition parties in France warned Hollande not to make any “hasty decisions” and demanded a vote in the National Assembly, even though Hollande is obliged neither to call nor to heed such a vote.
WORLD
November 19, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
PARIS - France's center-right political opposition was in disarray Monday after the election of a new party leader descended into an extraordinary mud-slinging match between two candidates who both declared themselves the winner. After more than 24 hours of wrangling in which insults and accusations of fraud flew thick and fast between the rival camps, Jean-Francois Cope was finally declared victorious with just 98 more votes than rival Francois Fillon, out of more than 174,000 ballots cast.
WORLD
November 19, 2012 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- France's center-right political opposition was in disarray Monday after the election of a new party leader descended into an extraordinary mud-slinging match between two candidates who both declared themselves the winner. Insults and accusations of fraud flew thick and fast between the rival camps of Jean-Francois Cope and Francois Fillon, who are fighting to lead former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right Union for a Popular Movement party, or UMP. With a vote recount underway, one of the party's  founders warned that the continued squabbling meant "the very existence of the UMP is at risk today.
SPORTS
March 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Tennis player Bernard Tomic made a strange request of the chair umpire during a changeover in his match against David Ferrer at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday: Can you please ask my dad to leave the stands. A television camera picked up the exchange after Tomic held serve to go up, 3-2, in the second set. "He's annoying me. I know he's my father, but he's annoying me," Tomic says. "I want him to leave as soon as possible. " An obviously surprised chair umpire responds "If you tell him to leave what will happen?"
SPORTS
August 22, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from South Williamsport, Pa. — The wives knew first. On the same day last spring, Lauri Batterman and Rebecca Hoy stood in front of homes in Fountain Valley and Corona, waving open letters and shouting to their husbands, Lee and Toby. "I knew what it was," Lee Batterman said. "And I knew it was good news. " Lee Batterman, 67 and retired, and Toby Hoy, 40 and an eighth-grade teacher, would both be umpiring in their first Little League World Series. As it is for the players, making it to this internationally famous event is an ultimate achievement, as much a once-in-a-lifetime moment as it is for the 12- and 13-year-old participants.
SPORTS
October 14, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
That didn't take long. A mere two games into the playoffs, umpires were under the heat lamp after a trio of game-altering missed calls last week led to the ejections of two managers, profanity-laced tirades and renewed calls for expanded use of instant replay. "It's unfortunate, because I still think like an official. I'm a part of that fraternity, and you hate to see guys make mistakes," said Mike Pereira, a former football referee who recently retired as director of officiating for the NFL. "But mistakes have been made for decades.
WORLD
August 24, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Encouraged in part by outspoken clergy and Pope Benedict XVI, leading figures among France's Roman Catholic conservatives are distancing themselves from their political ally, President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that his policies toward Roma migrants and others fuel racial intolerance. Already weakened by consistently low popularity ratings, Sarkozy had provoked stiff criticism from opponents on the left, as well as the United Nations, for deporting some Roma and dismantling their camps in the name of crime prevention.
SPORTS
July 17, 2001 | Ross Newhan
Major league officials said Monday that they expected to meet soon with representatives of the umpires' union in hopes of resolving a suddenly smoldering dispute arising from baseball's strike zone. Sandy Alderson, baseball's executive vice president of operations, has recently notified some umpires that they need to call more strikes, thus reducing the number of pitches and game times.
WORLD
August 24, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Encouraged in part by outspoken clergy and Pope Benedict XVI, leading figures among France's Roman Catholic conservatives are distancing themselves from their political ally, President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that his policies toward Roma migrants and others fuel racial intolerance. Already weakened by consistently low popularity ratings, Sarkozy had provoked stiff criticism from opponents on the left, as well as the United Nations, for deporting some Roma and dismantling their camps in the name of crime prevention.
SPORTS
May 29, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
In a bag of bargaining chips, this should have been the biggest one. After a fall that was anything but classic for baseball's umpires, officials from the commissioner's office and the umpires' union sat down to negotiate a new five-year labor agreement. The nationally televised blunders put the focus on the umpires, and on this startling fact: Baseball could not use its best umpires in the most important games. That should have been atop Bud Selig's agenda for the labor negotiations.
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