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July 28, 2012 | By Scott Collins
NBC started the London Olympics with ratings gold. Friday's opening ceremony -- beamed to Americans mostly in prime time, hours after the marathon spectacle of parades, speeches and performances had wrapped up across the pond -- was the most-watched for any Summer Olympics, with an average of 40.7 million viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen. The previous record-holder, the 1996 Atlanta games, drew 39.7 million. The Beijing ceremony delivered 34.9 million four years ago. This year's outing featured the customary parade of athletes and fireworks, capped by a live performance from Paul McCartney.
October 2, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Victoria Kim, Ruben Vives, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The jury in the Michael Jackson case found that Dr. Conrad Murray was competent to serve as the pop star's physician, but they said after the verdict that they don't believe that vindicates him in the death. "There are really no winners in this," jury foreman Gregg Barden said. "Somebody had to die for us to be here.… It was really a tragic situation. " Valerie Wass, Murray's appellate attorney, said the verdict wouldn't help the physician's appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction, but it may help "in the court of public opinion.
April 23, 1995
Re "Clinton Sees Vindication for Vietnam Protesters" (April 15): I am a Vietnam veteran: 1967-1968, Tet offensive; Khe Sahn, etc.; a citizen serviceman. Let Bill Clinton stand before the Wall and express his vindication to the 50,000-plus who accepted and carried out their responsibility of citizenship. Let him explain to those on the Wall, some of whom died as a direct result of the actions of himself and the Jane Fonda ilk, that after all, he was right. No, Mr. Clinton, the war was not lost militarily.
July 1, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Frank Shyong
A U.S. Justice Department investigation that found Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley was met with cheers from some activists. But the Sheriff's Department and local officials took issue with the findings. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved low-income residents who received  subsidized housing.
January 2, 2012 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
For Ron Paul's supporters, the throng that greeted them at a hotel ballroom Monday was more than cause for excitement. It was a moment of vindication, or even, some thought, the start of something very big. "This is the beginning of the second revolution," said Monte Goodyk, 37, of the 800-person hamlet of Sully, Iowa. Four years ago, Goodyk campaigned for Mitt Romney, made calls for him. But then a friend turned him on to Paul. And that was that. "Liberty. It's about small government," Goodyk said as he stared at the gathering of about 500 and the banks of cameras from national and international TV networks.
February 6, 1988
Jim Murray sees a boring game. Bob Oates sees yet another logical conclusion: Denver's personnel deficiency and the genius of the Redskin organization. Nothing is ever surprising in Herr Doktor's eyes. Eddie Robinson sees Doug Williams' dream performance as vindication for some of his other quarterbacks who never got to the National Football League, let alone star in a Super Bowl. But, doesn't this take something away from Williams' individual accomplishment in such a pressure game?
April 25, 1987
The real plight of the Phoenix Suns' dismal season came to the surface last week. If the team really wants to show the professionalism that I believe it has, and get back a ray of vindication, this Suns fan would like to see them bring back one of the classiest coaches in basketball, John MacLeod. FREEMAN P. BROUGHTON West Covina
November 2, 2002
As a Trojan living in Oregon since 1990, I have had to live with the "sham dynasty" of Oregon and Oregon State. I've had to wear Trojan colors over some tough years and listen to a boring litany of Oregon football history from local residents. My vindication came with a Trojan victory from the stands of Autzen Stadium surrounded by a sea of green Oregon fans. Please tell my wife that I need no Christmas present. The Trojans are back and Notre Dame should know that their real challenge is coming.
May 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Here is the text of a statement read by Oliver L. North after a federal court jury convicted him on three counts and acquitted him on nine others in charges arising from the Iran-Contra affair: Today's verdict by the jury here in Washington is a partial vindication for what has been for my family and me a very long and difficult process. Throughout this, my family and I have been sustained by the support and the love and the kindness and the prayers of the American people.
July 8, 1990
If "rap's most important message may not be in the music or words at all, but in the establishment of rappers as role models," and even if "what's often overlooked in the criticism of the song is that the narrator doesn't follow through on the impulse," any group that even has the impulse to "kick the woman in the stomach and kill the baby" is sick, deviant and totally pathetic! Role models? To whom? And to what mentality? To what kind of society are we speaking? The fact of the matter is quite simple, really.
June 26, 2013 | By Maria La Ganga
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't like to use the word "vindication," he told a crowd of reporters Wednesday. It's the kind of term that can get an elected official in trouble. However -- and this is a great big however -- he sure was smiling Wednesday in the dramatic rotunda of big-hearted San Francisco's City Hall. This is where his political career started. This is where he was a young, ambitious mayor. This is where he decreed in 2004 that gays and lesbians should be able to marry and would be married.
May 27, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Just 11 months into his job as a Los Angeles police officer, Sergio Arreola had a choice to make: resign or be fired. The day before, April 11, 2012, he had been handcuffed and booked by Pomona police for allegedly assaulting them during a traffic accident investigation and resisting arrest. Arreola's captain had issued the ultimatum after getting word of the incident from Pomona officials. The 25-year-old Marine veteran, who had dreamed about becoming an LAPD cop, felt his world crumbling around him. For a moment, the young officer considered resigning.
March 24, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
His story once made for a shameful headline: a small-town preacher accused of stealing from a working-class community that had trusted him for years. Arrested on a September morning in 2010, Luis Artiga was dismissed by many as a criminal who hid behind his faith, one in a pack of city leaders who paid themselves handsomely while residents struggled to pay bills. Initially, Artiga said he believed his near-six-figure salary was "a miracle from God. " Later, the day before he was arrested, he was apologetic and called the money "a trap from the devil.
January 15, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Lance Armstrong confessed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs while winning the famed Tour de France seven times, an unidentified person told the Associated Press. Armstrong, 41, was stripped of the titles after a 1,000-plus-page report in October was released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. In it, USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said the cyclist led "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.
October 30, 2012 | By David Horsey
It is impossible to know if Mitt Romney would turn out to be a good, bad or a mediocre president, but one certain downside of a Romney victory is that it would reward the most venal forces in American politics. It only starts with the kind of campaign Romney has run. He and his "super PAC" allies used a mountain of dollars to produce unending waves of attack ads that swamped the messages of his Republican primary rivals, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. In the general election, Romney cranked it up a notch.
October 20, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Luis Garcia was convinced crooks were running his town. For years, he had been telling anyone who would listen - the police, the district attorney, even the FBI - that corruption was running wild in Cudahy, one of the small working-class cities that sit in the shadow of Los Angeles. So he decided to run for City Council and take things into his own hands. The response stunned him. Bricks were thrown through his windows, paint was splattered on his truck four times - each a different color - and a Molotov cocktail was tossed at his house.
Hey, Rickey Dale Thomas, you're finally back in San Diego after almost an entire year of false incarceration in a no-name Texas jail cell. You've got your jubilant family and friends screaming your name, your 2-year-old daughter, Simone, cradled lovingly in your arms. So, what are you gonna do? "I'm going to Sea World," came the response from the skinny man basking in the light of television cameras. "I'm going to take my little daughter to see the fish."
April 2, 1985
When they saw several Fullerton police officers grappling with a lone suspect in a disturbance at a gas station, Joyce and Jose Garcia did what they thought any responsible person should do. They reported what seemed to them to be an excessive use of force to the police. Apparently it did not occur to them that their well-intentioned action would lead to their being charged and convicted of filing a false police report, followed by a six-year fight for vindication.
October 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The cries of progressive rock fans the world over have been heard: Rush has been nominated to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thirteen years after the Canadian power trio became eligible and 44 years after it formed, the band responsible for songs such as “Tom Sawyer,” “Spirit of the Radio,” the epic concept album "2112," and dozens of gold records has made the first cut on its way to the theoretically hallowed walls of...
September 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Showtime has come a long way since the days of "Red Shoe Diaries. " Once best known for rock concerts and semi-soft-core movies and television shows, Showtime now has a trophy-filled case it can boast about. With "Homeland" taking home Emmy Awards for lead actor, lead actress and drama, the premium cable channel has shaken once and for all the perception that it is an also-ran to its bigger rival HBO as well as to other more broadly distributed cable networks such as AMC and FX. If that's not enough, President Obama has said "Homeland" is one of his favorite shows.
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