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October 29, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
Even with a resurgent John Lackey starting Wednesday night in hopes of leading the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series-clinching victory at Fenway Park in 95 years, their bullpen could be crowded. "They know the urgency," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "They know what's at stake. It's wonderful that guys are stepping up. " Lackey, with plenty of support from his teammates, could fully celebrate his comeback from reconstructive right elbow surgery with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series.
October 28, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
When advocates for the president's healthcare law strategized about how to reach the uninsured, they knew exactly whom to tap: mothers who could spread the word about the law's benefits, sign up their younger children and nudge their twentysomethings to take part. But beyond the widely publicized problems with the federal website, low-tech challenges also are complicating that part of the drive to sell the program - even in California, where the state website is running more smoothly and officials are fully behind the push.
October 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
If in general it's better to give than receive, the rule ought to hold true for books -- and giving is the basis of World Book Night, in which millions of books are distributed, for free, by willing volunteers. World Book Night launched in Britain and Ireland in 2011 and came to the U.S. (and Germany) for the first time in 2012. It's on April 23, which is known as Shakespeare's birthday, the day both he and Miguel de Cervantes died, and UNESCO's International Day of the Book.
October 18, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A longtime volunteer coach at a Long Beach middle school has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused two young children for about a decade, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Christopher Anthony Gray, 35, of Long Beach was charged Thursday with six counts of lewd acts upon a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Prosecutors allege the crimes involved two victims and occurred between September 2003 and October 2013.
October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A 35-year-old longtime volunteer coach at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach was charged Thursday with sexually abusing two children under 14, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Christopher Anthony Gray of Long Beach, who was arrested Tuesday, was charged with six counts of lewd acts upon a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. His bail was set at $200,000. He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
October 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Greg Reese knows that the work he does trying to convince prostitutes to get out of the life is hard and sometimes thankless. He went on more than 60 missions, or undercover stings, to try to convince women to leave prostitution before one decided to take him up on his offer . A few months later, the group helped to convince a 17-year-old woman in Kentucky not to fly to Las Vegas to work as a prostitute, all via telephone. IN-DEPTH: Volunteers try to get prostitutes off streets  Over the last few months, he and the other volunteers he works with as a part of Safe Passage OC have also set up what he calls an “after-care” program with a nonprofit in the area.
September 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said.  Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said. Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
September 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Who watches the neighborhood watchman? A neighborhood watch volunteer, who vanished after police linked him to a string of rapes that have terrorized Dallas since June, was arrested Tuesday in Lousiana after apparently going on the run. DNA evidence has linked Van Dralan Dixson, 38, to four of the nine rapes committed in South Dallas, Dallas police said. More tests are pending. The Dallas Police Department said Dixson was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service. All of the victims were attacked while walking between midnight and 6 a.m., police said.
September 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
Artist Seth Wilder frowned when he saw the headline on a stack of newspapers in the Lincoln Boulevard cafe. "Does this look like a sign?" read the front-page banner in The Argonaut, a South Bay community paper. Beneath it was a photograph of a 102-foot-long mural that moodily pays homage to a 1958 movie filmed on Windward Avenue in Venice. It accompanied a story about how Los Angeles officials were grappling with a new city mural ordinance. Wilder pointed out the front window of the Novel Cafe toward the mural he is painting on the side of a nearby business, the Printing Palace.
August 21, 2013 | By Catherine Green
As the Southland braces for the usual end-of-summer swelter, Southern California Edison isn't working up a sweat about keeping the lights on even though its nuclear power plant has been permanently closed. Partly that's because Edison employees have been hustling for months to promote the Rosemead utility's programs to tempt residential and business customers into shutting down air conditioning or other operations when electricity demand is high. In exchange, customers get relief on their power bills through credits or rate discounts.
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