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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 West Ranch's Jake Bird, one of the top pitchers in the Foothill League, has committed to UCLA. He has shown tremendous improvement, with his fastball reaching 90 mph. He's also an honor student with hopes of becoming a doctor. He had 41 strikeouts in 33 innings during fall ball. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 12, 2014
Lakers tonight VS. MEMPHIS When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-54, Grizzlies 47-32. Record vs. Grizzlies: 1-2. Update: Memphis is fighting Phoenix and Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Lakers and Grizzlies have had three close games, Memphis winning by five and three points while the Lakers won by four. - Mike Bresnahan
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2010
Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War A.J. Langguth Simon and Schuster: 480 pp., $30
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was an intense game that clearly meant something to both the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. It was such an intense game that neither team seemed able to take control, the Clippers falling behind by 17 points, the Thunder blowing almost all of its lead. In the end, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant game up big to help the Thunder get by the Clippers, 107-101, Wednesday night at Staples Center. Chris Paul (25 points, eight assists) and Blake Griffin (30 points, 12 rebounds)
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton has the day off.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In a race seen as a test of the strength for the tea party movement, Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared poised to defeat freshman Rep. Allen West, a top tea party figure, in Florida's 18th Congressional District. The race was one of the tightest House contests in the country, with Murphy receiving 50.4% of the vote to West's 49.6%. With all precincts reporting by Wednesday morning, Murphy's .8-point lead was greater than the .5-point margin that would trigger a recount, but West had not conceded.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012
Alcohol and art are best consumed in tandem, which is why it's twice as nice now to head to Traxx restaurant in Union Station, where mixologist Kurtis Wells has created a cocktail in honor of the restaurant's signature piece of artwork. "No Further West" is a minimalist gold-leaf painting created by Gordy Grundy that alludes to the fact that the tracks literally stop here. As will yours when you sip its liquid sidekick, a jubilant burst of orange, cucumber and mint laced with vodka and Champagne called "No Further West: A Very California Cocktail Creation.
TRAVEL
May 15, 1988
Bob O'Sullivan's "On the Road West During the Depression" (April 24) was beautifully evocative. It put me in mind of writer Russell Baker, the highest compliment I can give. MARY LOU WHITMORE Brentwood
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Ukraine crisis has forced Western leaders to reassess what they thought they knew about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has shown that he is willing to make far riskier moves to achieve his security goals and that his hostility to the U.S. and its allies runs much deeper than many wanted to believe. That reappraisal has caused U.S. national security officials to take Putin more seriously as a threat. The possibility that he might also send troops into eastern Ukraine, which could spark a war, or that he might use force against other neighboring countries, including the Baltic nations, no longer seems as unlikely as the foreign policy establishment thought.
NEWS
January 28, 1993 | Associated Press
Russia's Security Ministry, the successor to the KGB, admitted Wednesday that the country's spies are defecting to the West in growing numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Reseda Cleveland Coach Scott Drootin turned to Ben Kaser in his team's West Valley League opener on Wednesday against Granada Hills, and Kaser (6-0) delivered. He struck out seven and gave up five hits in a 6-0 victory. He also contributed four RBIs. Chatsworth knocked off Birmingham, 10-0, behind sophomore Josh Garcia, who threw six shutout innings. Sam Shaikin, Jake Ryan and Michael Baregamyan each had a single and double. Baregamyan had three RBIs. Jeremy Polon and Jordan Berg combined on the mound to lift El Camino Real past Taft, 5-1. Hayden Rappoport went three for four with a double, home run and two RBIs.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Senior JK Torres of West Ranch scored 12 goals on Monday night in a 22-6 lacrosse victory over Simi Valley. Torres is one of the top scorers in California. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joel Rubin
A gunman walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station lobby Monday night and opened fire, wounding one officer in an exchange of gunfire. The male suspect, who was not identified, was wounded when two officers returned fire inside the West Bureau Traffic lobby in Mid-City, police said. The officer was hit multiple times, with several of the rounds striking his vest and one bullet passing through his left arm, Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. He was in stable condition, Kato said.
IMAGE
April 7, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles-based models-turned-fashion-designers Anine Bing and Katheryn Rice both count Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley among those stepping out in their clothes, and each captures a take on effortless West Coast style. But the similarities end there. Both designers "understand what the cool girls like, in a different way. But it's the same girl," says Jeannie Lee, owner of Satine boutique on West 3rd Street, which carries both lines. Hard rock Danish-born Bing's eponymous label (www.aninebing.com)
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - It was a German-born Russian empress, Catherine the Great, who first annexed Crimea more than two centuries ago. Can another strong-willed German woman - who keeps a portrait of Catherine in her Berlin office as a symbol of visionary leadership - loosen Russia's renewed grip on the peninsula? Many in the West are pinning their hopes on Angela Merkel, Germany's long-serving chancellor, to stand at the forefront of a potent, united response by Europe to Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Elin Hampton sets out to craft a crew of irritating yet lovable eccentrics in her world premiere comedy, “The Bells of West 87th” at the Greenway Court Theatre. But although the second act yields some long overdue laughs, the first act feels like an attenuated setup that never quite achieves the flagrantly offbeat tone the playwright so obviously intends. Capable Cameron Meyer, who has taken over for original cast member Juliet Landau for the run of the show, plays the pivotal role of Molly, the much put-upon daughter of Ida (Carol Locatell)
TRAVEL
November 17, 1996 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
The South is rising again--in this case, displacing the West as the nation's favorite travel spot, according to a new national survey by New York-based Roper Starch Worldwide. Thirty-six percent of the 1,996 adults polled said they would "most like to vacation" in the South versus 32% who named the West. In 1988, 41% preferred the West and 30% the South. The South also bested the West this year as the place people would like to live, 34% to 26%; in 1988 the two regions were virtually tied.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Helfgot and Bob Narang
CHICAGO -- A trip to Disneyland did not accompany Stanley Johnson's unprecedented fourth upper-division California state championship, but the Windy City is the place to be this week anyway. Hours after the 6-foot-6 Arizona recruit led Mater Dei to the state Open Division title Saturday night, he was on a plane headed to the McDonald's All-American game. He was the first player on the West squad to report to practice Monday. With a host of NBA executives seated just a few feet away, he went down hard Tuesday.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
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