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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By David Ng
Kent Nagano's tenure at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra appears uncertain following reports that the American conductor will depart the orchestra when his current contract as music director expires in 2016. But the orchestra's management has vigorously denied the reports. A report this month from Montreal's La Presse stated that Nagano's contract with the orchestra won't be renewed beyond 2016. The report, written by Claude Gingras, cites sources saying that Zarin Mehta is helping the orchestra find Nagano's successor.
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BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lululemon Athletica Inc., reeling from last month's recall of yoga pants that were too sheer, said its chief product officer will leave her post April 15. The move prompted RBC Capital Markets to downgrade the Vancouver company's stock Thursday to “sector perform” from “outperform.” The departure of the executive, Sheree Waterson, “brings a new level of uncertainty,” RBC analyst Howard Tubin wrote in a note to investors.  Waterson,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Julian Burke, a corporate turnaround expert who brought a steady hand and political savvy to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when it was teetering financially and facing federal scrutiny for poor bus service across Los Angeles County, died Saturday at his West Hollywood home. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Allan Lipsky, who had worked with him as the MTA's chief operating officer. He had been ill for some time. Burke was recruited to serve as the agency's interim chief executive in 1997 by then-mayor of Los Angeles and MTA Chairman Richard Riordan.
SPORTS
March 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
PHOENIX  - If the Dodgers have a lead heading into the ninth inning on opening day, Manager Don Mattingly knows to whom he will turn: Brandon League. Mattingly also knows Kenley Jansen or Ronald Belisario will pitch the seventh inning if starter Clayton Kershaw doesn't make it that far. The hard-throwing reliever who doesn't pitch the seventh will pitch the eighth. The relative certainty is something new for Mattingly. In his first year as manager, in 2011, his closer on opening day, Jonathan Broxton, was coming back from a miserable season in which he lost his job. The other back-end options, Hong-Chih Kuo and Vicente Padilla, had disconcerting medical histories.
WORLD
March 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - A day after announcing his resignation as prime minister, Najib Mikati on Saturday called for a "salvation" government to run deeply divided Lebanon amid grave concerns about ongoing instability and increasing spillover effects from the war in neighboring Syria. President Michel Suleiman accepted Mikati's resignation Saturday, and the outgoing prime minister agreed to head a caretaker government until his replacement is named. Mikati, 57, stepped down as lawmakers remained deadlocked about a long-debated election law and the future of the nation's internal security forces chief.
WORLD
March 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Flights from snow-covered Russia to sunny Cyprus may be packed, but these days many of the passengers are bank account owners looking to pull their money out of the financially crippled island, not vacationers. Russians own about a third of the $88 billion in deposits in Cyprus, which on Friday was operating under a European Central Bank warning to come up with $7.5 billion by Monday to qualify for a financial bailout. The financial mess has spooked many Russians - one proposal called for levies of up to 10% on bank deposits - at a time when Cyprus hopes Moscow will come through with financial assistance to help keep the country from falling into default.
SPORTS
March 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
TUCSON - While General Manager Ned Colletti tried to downplay the anticipated eight-week absence of Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly acknowledged he was concerned about the left side of the  infield. “To be honest with you, I'm not comfortable with anything that's going on at short right now,” Mattingly said. Luis Cruz or Dee Gordon will replace Ramirez at shortstop. Gordon is viewed as having a higher ceiling but also a lower floor. If the inexperienced Gordon is chosen, Cruz can play his more natural position at third base.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
They share the same stadium but the Galaxy faces an unfamiliar Chivas USA on Sunday. "We're not sure what to expect," Galaxy forward Mike Magee said of Chivas USA, which overhauled its roster and named a new coach in the off-season. The 2 p.m. game at Home Depot Center is the first of three matches this season between the two Major League Soccer teams in what's known as the "SuperClasico" series. The Galaxy won two of the three games last year. "Always good to play in these games, always a good atmosphere and bragging rights for the fans," Galaxy forward Robbie Keane said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
One thing stood out in the pile of documents released Thursday detailing state plans to replumb California's water hub: Construction could start on the massive project before water managers know whether it will work as intended. The still-evolving proposal, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and the federal government, is designed to partially restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta environment and halt reductions in delta water exports. But uncertainty over the volume of future water deliveries is likely to linger for years as government scientists try to nail down how much water imperiled salmon and smelt need in the delta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Hailey Branson-Potts and Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher stood before parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sunday, searching for the right words to reassure them after a tumultuous week that saw the release of previously secret personnel files on priests who molested children, the public rebuke of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and the resignation of a Santa Barbara bishop. "Everybody has to face sin and God's grace in their own life," Gallagher told members of the North Hollywood parish that Mahony has called home since he retired two years ago. "And we do it as a community when we try to bring things into the light.
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