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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it

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The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Security heightened in run up to L.A. Marathon

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Security will be tighter than it has been in the past for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon. That’s a direct result of last year’s Boston Marathon, where two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others. The heightened security begins with the runners themselves: all 25,000 racers must pick up registration packets in person today and tomorrow. In …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin

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The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

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Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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Tomatoes and traffic: Council mulls vegetable gardens

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The L.A. City Council will consider a proposal today to allow residents to plant vegetable gardens on strips of city-owned land between streets and sidewalks. The gardens would be allowed as long as they don’t keep people from walking on sidewalks. The plants cannot be poisonous, invasive, or controlled substances, like marijuana…L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar says his extramarital affair with a former staffer …

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Foster care children face daunting achievement gap

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Foster Care children in California do worse in school than their peers, dropout twice as often and are more likely to be enrolled in failing schools. That’s the takeaway from a new study that will be released today. It finds that thousands of California students in foster care have suffered greater levels of emotional trauma than their peers, which is a significant impediment to …

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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims

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L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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Environmentalists file suit over Ballona nature center; LAUSD deputy chief rips School Board; Dodgers’ drive

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Ballona Wetlands. Environmentalists suing a state agency to stop a nature center? It sounds odd, but that’s the scenario playing out over a proposed educational facility in the Ballona Wetlands near Marine del Rey.
The Annenberg Foundation wants to build a $50 million interpretative nature center in what is known as Area C of the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The philanthropic organization says the center would …

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State high court holds fate of undocumented lawyer; Councilmen pursue fracking ban; Cudahy corruption

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Immigrant lawyer. Sergio Garcia is not a legal U.S. resident. But the Chico man graduated from a California high school, a California college and a California law school.
The question of whether Garcia will be allowed to practice law in this state goes before the California Supreme Court today.
Garcia’s bid to obtain his law license is supported by the state bar association and Attorney General …

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Anaheim could be shut out by Angels name change; Woman fell from LAPD car; LAUSD iPad costs go up

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Name game. First they were the California Angels. And then the Anaheim Angels. Now they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps not for long. There’s another name change in the offing for the professional baseball team that plays in Orange County.
Arte Moreno – the Angel’s billionaire owner – took a lot of flak from local fans when he changed the …

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UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades

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V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …

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Filner preparing City Hall comeback amid recall drive; Coastal Commission power play; Mulling L.A.’s murals

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Filner saga. Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is expected to return to work either today or tomorrow after two weeks of behavioral therapy. Protestors will be waiting for the mayor, who’s accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women and committing other offenses.
A petition drive to recall Filner launched yesterday. Backers have an uphill battle on their hands. They need to collect …

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Foundation floats plan for big L.A. River water wheel; Prison chief to meet hunger strikers; Tower troubles

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Water works. Imagine gazing upon the Los Angeles River near downtown and seeing a tranquil retreat rather than concrete drainage system surrounded by an an industrialized wasteland.
That’s what Lauren Bon hopes to see.
Bon is a local artist and director of the Annenberg Foundation. She’s seeking permission for the foundation to build a 70-foot water wheel and a lush sanctuary on the west side of …

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What California can learn from Yasiel Puig: Don’t hold down the young

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There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.
Last year, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim kept their best player, then-20-year-old Mike Trout, in the minor leagues for the first month of the Major League Baseball season. This year, the L.A. Dodgers held down their most talented player, 21-year-old Yasiel Puig, for the first two months. Both …

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Arte Moreno at 10: The Good, the Bad and the No Bueno

Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are heading into the All-Star Break with a losing record and lower attendance this year.
It’s been ten years since Phoenix businessman Arte Moreno bought the team – following their pennant win in 2002.
Moreno was the first Latino owner of a major-league professional sports franchise. And he promised big things.  But those things have made fans happy and sad.
KCRW’s …

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One pitch over the line

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The Dodgers’ $147 million man, Zack Greinke, won’t be pitching high-dollar baseball anytime soon. It’s hard to do that with a fractured collarbone.
The last pitch Greinke threw Thursday night at Petco Park in San Diego hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on the upper arm. Enraged, Quentin charged the mound, the two players body slammed, threw punches at each other and, with the help of …

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UCLA’s special chapter in the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson

No. 42, Jackie Robinson swinging a bat in Dodgers uniform, 1954.

Brooklyn earns a special place in the Jackie Robinson story. The borough’s mix of immigrants and progressive politics made for congenial fans when Robinson brought down the color bar in baseball.
But UCLA deserves a chapter, too.
Jackie Robinson, born in the segregated south, was just a few months old in 1920, when his family settled in Pasadena, California.  By his teenage years, Robinson was, by …

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LA Observed: Jackie Robinson’s Pasadena Ties

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The movie ’42′ premieres this week. It’s a look at the life and times of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball — Jackie Robinson.
His life hasn’t been portrayed much on screen, so there are still a lot of fans who don’t know that Robinson was born and raised here in Southern California.
Kevin Roderick has been following that tale at LA Observed …

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Photos: Big changes at Dodger Stadium

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When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, it was gem of modern architecture, capturing in steel and concrete the cool, Kennedyesque spirit of the time. You can just imagine the cast of “Mad Men” cheering in the stands, or better yet, having a gin and tonic in the Clubhouse. The ballpark was also notable for its setting, perched on an Elysian Park hilltop with  commanding …

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LA Observed: Looking forward to baseball season

Opening day of the baseball season is less than a month away. For both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels, expectations are high. Of course, that goes with the territory for local sports.
But this season, there’s actually reason to be excited and for the fans to expect more.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked baseball with Kevin Roderick of LA Observed.

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