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March 7, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island can join in a free whale-watching experience on March 29 when they will not only be on the lookout for whales but also be counting them. Humpback whales come to Hawaii each winter to mate and calve, and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary tracks their numbers during the Sanctuary Ocean Count that's held one Saturday morning each January, February and March. About 2,000 volunteers are needed for the counts, which take place at 62 locations scattered across the three islands.
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SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are going to be lots of trophy presentations and celebration scenes this weekend for the City Section and Southern Section basketball championships. The City finals begin Friday at Los Angeles Roybal and continue Saturday at L.A. Southwest College. The Southern Section is holding finals on Friday and Saturday at Azusa Pacific and Santa Ana Godinez and on Saturday at Honda Center. There's also a Monday game at Oxnard College. Here are some players to watch during the days of competition: Stanley Johnson, Santa Ana Mater Dei: He's the best of the best, a 6-foot-7 teenager in a man's body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
U.S. government forecasters say odds are increasing that El Niño, an ocean-warming pattern that alters weather across the globe, will develop later this year. Conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific have shifted enough that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday activated its alert system to issue an official El Niño watch. The alert means that meteorologists now believe El Niño, a natural cycle that occurs every two to seven years, has a more than a 50% chance of forming by the summer or fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the new, 13-episode documentary series, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox, National Geographic and eight other affiliated cable networks -- not to mention 220 channels in 181 countries around the globe.  The project is a reboot of the landmark 1980 PBS series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," created and hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan and aims to introduce the wonders of science to a new generation. (For those of you unfamiliar with the original, this weekend NatGeo will air a marathon of all 13 episodes.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Idina Menzel, the mysterious "Adele Dazeem" of Oscar fame, performed "Let It Go" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Monday night.  And it's arguably a more outstanding performance than on Sunday's Oscar telecast. Tony-winner Menzel, whose name was mangled by presenter John Travolta, sings her heart out along with Fallon, who chimes in charmingly on the high notes. Luckily, that doesn't ruin it. The talk-show host appears to be playing children's blocks. The Roots are on other instruments straight from the toy box.  There's even a kazoo.  And the whole group rocks out. It's infectious!
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Anyone want to talk about the Cosmos? On Tuesday evening, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and the producers of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will answer your questions during a live question and answer session to be broadcast from the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and you can watch it live, right here. The live broadcast begins at 6 p.m. PST. "Cosmos: A SpacetimeOdyssey" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Fox and the National Geographic Channel. It it is an update of Carl Sagan's seminal 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
New Orleans parades and celebrations have been going on since mid-February as a run-up to the final fabulous blowout of Mardi Gras on Tuesday (today). Parade krewes, as the organizing bodies are called, will start at 6 a.m. PST (8 a.m. CST) in the city with the Krewe of Zulu, followed by the Krewe of Rex and other groups that will keep the beads flowing into the evening. Nine parades are planned for Tuesday in and around New Orleans. (If you don't get the whole street parade thing, check out Hugh Laurie at the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Sunday.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
This year's Academy Awards ceremony clocked in at a hefty 3½ hours, and that's not even counting the red-carpet arrivals or the celebratory aftermath. Reliving the show, however, will only take a minute, thanks to The Times' Oscars time-lapse, which you can watch above. Eagle-eyed viewers should be able to spot "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock, "12 Years a Slave" star Lupita Nyong'o and "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence posing for photos on the red carpet , followed by shots of the Dolby Theatre filling with guests.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
I hadn't really heard of him before last night, but this LeBron James guy who plays for the Miami Heat seems to have a promising NBA future. James scored 61 points for the Heat in its 127-104 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Maybe it was his mask? Can I work in a "Who was that masked man" reference? Too obvious? You can watch how LeBron scored his points in the video above. ALSO: Where's Waldo? U.S. Soccer fans want his shirt back Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500, Coke 600 on same day U.S.-Ukraine soccer friendly to take place as scheduled despite unrest
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
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