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February 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
In a stunning surprise, the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling, which has been a part of the modern Games since they began in 1896, from the Summer Olympics starting in 2020. Modern pentathlon was considered the most likely sport to be dropped. The decision was made by secret ballot over several rounds. Four sports were on the bubble in the final round: Wrestling, modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey. The IOC board acted after reviewing all 26 sports on the current Olympic program.
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SPORTS
February 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The fallout from the International Olympic Committee's stunning decision to drop wrestling from the Summer Games beginning in 2020 has drawn outrage from wrestling officials and competitors around the world. Former Olympic champion Cael Sanderson of the U.S. said Tuesday that his sport's appearance at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games would not be its last. "It might just awaken a sleeping giant here,” the 2004 Athens champion in 84-kilogram freestyle told the Associated Press.
SPORTS
February 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As burning issues go in sports, the elimination of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics is a pilot light. What's more interesting is the strange politics and fractured logic that apparently still exist within the Olympic ruling body, the International Olympic Committee. Suffice to say, these are not the Olympics of your father. More like your grandfather. For years, the IOC consisted of aristocrats and their offspring. Commoners need not apply. The explanation for that, as made clear during an interview at the Summer Games last year in London with a current non-aristocrat member, was necessity.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Compromise, defined as the art of getting part of a loaf when the whole loaf is out of reach, comes in many forms. But surely the strangest of all is what comes of trying to compromise with yourself. That's what California's stem cell agency is attempting to do. And judging from its record of pioneering new ways of funding and managing scientific research, you can rest assured that the results will be fraught with interest. What's at issue is how the agency's board wrestles with recommendations for changes in its membership and its authority over the spending of its $3-billion endowment in state bond funds (that's $6 billion, including interest)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
After the nightmares started, Davien Graham avoided his bicycle. In his dreams, he pedaled his silver BMX bike through his neighborhood, heard gunfire and died. If I stay off my bike, I'll be safe, he thought. He placed it in a backyard shed, where it sat for months. But Jan. 12, 2008, dawned so spectacular that Davien decided to risk it. He ate Cap'n Crunch Berries cereal, grabbed the bike and rode a half-mile west to Calvary Grace, a Southern Baptist church that was his haven.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Priceline.com, the popular online travel service, agreed Thursday to acquire Kayak Software Corp. for $1.8 billion, a deal that would boost Priceline's customer base as it wrestles with a sluggish economy and newer, more nimble rivals. Under the terms of the deal, Priceline will pay $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in stock for Kayak, a comparison travel website. The sale values Kayak at $40 a share, a 26% premium to its closing price of $31.04 on Thursday and 57% higher than its July initial public offering price of $26. Shares of Kayak jumped 27% to $39.30 in after-hours trading Thursday, while Priceline shares fell slightly.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Democrats retained a narrow majority in the Senate on Tuesday, but Republicans kept their grip on the House, delivering another divided, and highly polarized, Congress. The balance of power was likely to shift by no more than a seat or two, if at all. Neither record-low job approval ratings nor an avalanche of campaign spending appeared able to shake the dynamic that made the last Congress the most partisan since the Civil War. "That's the sort of sad state of affairs: You're not going to have much change in Congress," said Keith Poole, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, who has researched decades of congressional voting patterns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 | Sandy Banks
I knew I'd be navigating a minefield in my Saturday column, which dealt with two combustible topics: race and politics. I said that the Republican campaign, in the run-up to Tuesday's presidential vote, has resorted to a not-so-subtle nativist appeal that relies on racial animus and fears. All that "It's time to take our country back" rhetoric you hear at GOP rallies makes me wonder just whose country they think this is. I know race-baiting when I hear it. INTERACTIVE: Battleground states map The response to the column on public comment boards tended toward the ugly - as anonymous forums often do. But the hundreds of emails I received revealed a divided but thoughtful populace, harboring fears and resentments as real as my own. My column accused the campaign's rhetoric of creating a haven for prejudice, promoting Barack Obama's other-ness as a socially acceptable proxy for racial prejudice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died Wednesday. He was 55. Blatnick died of complications from heart surgery, USA Wrestling said on its website, citing a report from television station WNYT in Albany, N.Y. Officials at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady confirmed that he died there of heart failure. Blatnick was a high school state champion in suburban Albany in the mid-1970s and a two-time Division II national champion and three-time Division II All-American at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
SPORTS
October 24, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Olympic wrestling gold medalist and longtime MMA advocate Jeff Blatnick has died after complications from heart surgery. Blatnick took home the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 and was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which remained home after President Carter announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Blatnick was a commentator in the early days of UFC before being replaced after UFC 32 in June 2001.
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