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February 16, 2014 | Times staff and wire services
Mexican author, journalist and essayist Federico Campbell, 72, died Saturday in a Mexico City hospital, according to a statement from the National Institute of Fine Arts. No cause was disclosed but, citing an interview with the author's son Federico Campbell Pena, the Mexico City newspaper Excelsior said he suffered a stroke after being hospitalized with the H1N1 flu virus. Campbell was best known for his short story collection "Tijuanenses," which was published by the University of California Press in 1995 as "Tijuana: Stories on the Border.
February 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KURUKSHETRA, India - Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the message, "I am the common man. " The grass-roots group that has upended India's staid political scene is the Aam Aadmi Party, whose name means "common man" and whose platform amounts to a full-throated rejection...
February 15, 2014 | By Nicole Sperling
PITTSBURGH - Most movie sets orbit around one key individual. Usually, it's the director or the star. Occasionally, it's a heavyweight producer. Seldom is it the writer of the movie's source material. But John Green is not just any writer. On a crisp day in early October as cameras rolled on Fox 2000's film adaptation of his 2012 novel "The Fault in Our Stars," a bestselling love story about two wry, cancer-stricken teenagers, the 36-year-old author was exerting a strong gravitational pull.
February 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The gig: Jessica Herrin is founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a fast-growing company that sells fashion jewelry, handbags and other accessories online and via direct sales. Stella & Dot salespeople, called stylists, pay a minimum of $199 for a starter kit and sell the company's merchandise at in-home trunk show parties; they also earn money from purchases made on the brand's website and mobile app. The San Bruno, Calif., company has 370 employees and more than 18,000 active stylists in five countries.
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
In a question and answer story from, Vincent J. Stanley, a long-time coach, offers some interesting takes about youth sports. Are parents and coaches pushing their kids too hard? Should kids play only one sport? Is rest important? How do you avoid burnout? Here's the link to the answers and more provocative insights.  
January 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LA JOLLA - Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive.
January 25, 2014 | By Chris Foster
This pairing has the makings of a sitcom, or possibly a buddy movie. California seniors Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon have been together since their salad days at Torrance Bishop Montgomery High. "It's been kind of like a big brother, little brother relationship," said Bishop Montgomery Coach Doug Mitchell. "They are totally different people. " Cobbs, one of the best point guards in the Pac-12 Conference, has that life-is-serious view. Solomon, a handful of a 6-foot-10 power forward, does not. "I thought Richard was just goofy when I met him," Mitchell said.
January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
January 19, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Long before they had heard of Sochi, well before they made it to the NHL, the five men who comprise the leadership group of the U.S. Olympic hockey team crossed paths many times on many rinks. Fearless winger Dustin Brown grew up playing on B-level teams in small-town Ithaca, N.Y. He often competed against winger Ryan Callahan of Rochester, N.Y., a city big enough to have triple-A teams. One season, Callahan's coach borrowed Brown to play in the famed Quebec peewee tournament. Brown and Callahan teamed up again on state teams and in juniors in Guelph, Canada.
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
In a groundbreaking effort to curtail bullying and harassment and make the group more inclusive, the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America has added a "Gay, Lesbian and Ally" page to its website. "We have to make it clear the association stands for the acceptance of everyone," the group's president, Jack Huckel, told Soccer America magazine. Huckel said reports of hazing were part of the impetus to launch the page, along with the organization's mission to improve coaching.
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