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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to keep a tight lid on state spending, but Democrats in the Legislature now have enough votes to override any of his vetos. George Skelton says in his Thursday column that Brown still has the upper hand. "In short, because the state's fiscal health is being restored - in no small part because of Brown - he is in a much stronger position to deal with the Legislature," Skelton writes. "Essentially, the governor now needs the Legislature much less than it needs him. " This is how Brown explained the difference on Tuesday, when he released his updated budget proposal.  In the past, he said, he would ask lawmakers, "Can you make the cuts?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park was nearly 60% contained by 7 p.m. Tuesday and firefighters were "getting the upper hand," San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures. She said there were no injuries. "We are in a defensive mode," Hayes-White said. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   She said a perimeter had been set around the fire scene to keep people away because "the possibility of collapse is very likely.
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SPORTS
December 5, 2012
DENVER (9-3) AT OAKLAND (3-9) TV: NFL Network, 5:15. Line: Broncos by 10. Over/Under: 48. Sam Farmer's pick: Two teams heading in opposite directions. Broncos are riding their longest winning streak in 14 years. Among their many problems, Raiders rank last in scoring defense. Broncos 31, Raiders 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan and Shelby Grad
SAN FRANCISCO -- Firefighters were gaining ground Tuesday night on a six-alarm fire in the Mission Bay district. The fire broke out this afternoon at an apartment complex under construction near 4th Street and China Basin. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said her team was "getting the upper hand. " No injuries were reported, according to CBS San Francisco. The cause was unknown. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   Fear of buidling collapse (6:03 p.m.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park was nearly 60% contained by 7 p.m. Tuesday and firefighters were "getting the upper hand," San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures. She said there were no injuries. "We are in a defensive mode," Hayes-White said. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   She said a perimeter had been set around the fire scene to keep people away because "the possibility of collapse is very likely.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- President Obama goes into a busy spring of legislative battles holding the upper hand over congressional Republicans on key issues, a newly released poll shows. In the fight over automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to begin March 1, Obama has a dual advantage: Almost half of Americans surveyed said they would blame the GOP if the cuts took place, compared with fewer than one-third who said they would blame Obama. Moreover, an overwhelming majority, 79%, say that additional tax increases should be part of any new deficit reduction deal, compared with only 19% who side with the Republican position that the deficit should be reduced solely with spending cuts.
OPINION
May 13, 2004
For more than 20 years, "lack of discipline" has been creeping toward the top of the list of challenges facing education. Now teachers in a national poll say the problem keeps getting worse because the balance of power has shifted, giving kids the upper hand. Teachers feel isolated and at risk because overcrowded classrooms, permissive parents and cowardly administrators are allowing rebellious kids to turn classrooms into battle zones.
SPORTS
October 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
New England fans booed every time former Patriot Terry Glenn touched the ball. Then they turned on their own players. The Super Bowl champions heard plenty of jeers Sunday as Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 28-10 victory and hand the Patriots their third consecutive loss. Glenn, who had three catches for 19 yards, said his teammates reminded him that although the fans were booing him, they were booing the Patriots too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1998 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weary firefighters finally gained the upper hand Wednesday night on a stubborn fire that has consumed more than 10,000 acres of wild, brush-covered country in the Santa Clara Valley. The ridgelines of 3,024-foot-high Oak Mountain north of Fillmore were still smoldering, and the 1,400 firefighters who have been battling the blaze will be busy for days dousing hot spots, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
An explosion, a drug overdose, a car wreck, an undercover sting. All happen in such quick succession in the crime thriller "Drug War," the sensation is like being dropped into the middle of something much larger than random villainy. That is exactly what prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To intended. The filmmaker treats "Drug War" like one of those high-profile cases that accidentally falls into law enforcement's lap. The film begins in Jinhai, a city in the southwest Chinese province of Guizhou and makes its way to one of the ports that a major drug cartel is considering for its export trade.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
You can always count on something strange and dramatic happening when neighborhood rivals Westlake and Oaks Christian meet in a high school football game, but Friday night's fifth-ever meeting produced an ending that won't soon be forgotten. "An amazing ending. Spectacular. Best football game ever," Westlake's Chase Jasmin said. Forgive the sophomore running back if he was feeling a little exhilarated, but he came through with the most stunning play on a night of repeatedly remarkable plays.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Wielding silence as deftly as he harnessed speech, British playwright Harold Pinter wrote plays that have the precision of musical scores. Much of the joy in encountering these extravagantly minimalist works in performance is noticing where the stresses have been placed and interpretive liberties taken. "Betrayal," first produced in London in 1978, is the Pinter play that has lately been drawing the starriest interpreters. In Ian Rickson's 2011 West End revival, Kristin Scott Thomas was like an icy cinder, coolly burning her way to the heart of this drama that lays bare the gamesmanship of marital infidelity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Fire crews appear to have gotten the better of two large brush fires that broke out this week in the Southland: the Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa and the Sierra fire smoldering in Cajon Pass. As of early Thursday morning, the Madre fire was 90% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Sierra fire, meanwhile, was 80% contained. The 268-acre Madre fire broke out Monday in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39 in steep terrain that made it difficult for ground crews to reach.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Although Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that he would like for the Dodgers to have home-field advantage in the playoffs, he made clear it wasn't at the top of his list of priorities. The Dodgers will have home-field advantage through the National League playoffs if they finish with the league's best record. They went into their series opener Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 83-59 record, which was second-best in the league to the Atlanta Braves' 86-57. "What's the risk-reward of that?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Scott Gold
Firefighting officials said Monday that they are gaining the upper hand on the massive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. Containment jumped overnight from 45% to 60%, the weather was cooperating and some firefighters were beginning to be taken off the line, authorities said. By midday Monday, the fire - the fourth-largest blaze in California history - had burned 357 square miles. That was up from 348 on Sunday, but there were signs that the tide was turning in firefighters' favor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO -  It was completely predictable but is still fascinating to watch: Once Democrats seized firm control of California's Capitol they wound up fighting each other. Such is the combative nature of political animals. In a rare twist, Republican lawmakers are siding with the Democratic governor. The brawl is over prison crowding, which has driven a sharp wedge between the two legislative leaders: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
SPORTS
September 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Maybe someday, Brett Favre will ride his tractor around the ranch in Mississippi and relish all those victories over the Chicago Bears. For now, Favre can only focus on how the Green Bay Packers suddenly lost their pronounced advantage in one of the best rivalries in sports. Favre has a 21-7 career record against Chicago, but lost both games last season to the Bears, who open the season at Lambeau Field today. "Yeah, there have been some great games, but I think back to last year," Favre said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
An explosion, a drug overdose, a car wreck, an undercover sting. All happen in such quick succession in the crime thriller "Drug War," the sensation is like being dropped into the middle of something much larger than random villainy. That is exactly what prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To intended. The filmmaker treats "Drug War" like one of those high-profile cases that accidentally falls into law enforcement's lap. The film begins in Jinhai, a city in the southwest Chinese province of Guizhou and makes its way to one of the ports that a major drug cartel is considering for its export trade.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2013 | Alana Semuels
When Jose Tadeo Gamez Flores realized that his employer had failed to pay him for all the hours he was working as a janitor, he did what many other employees might do in the same situation: He tried to sue to recover the lost wages. But Flores, 34, ran into an obstacle when he tried to file a class-action lawsuit to get back his and other janitors' wages. He had signed away his right to file a lawsuit against his employer. After being hired, Flores had been presented with a pile of papers to sign.
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