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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

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The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

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State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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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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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs

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Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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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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Split Six: Plan to carve California moving forward

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Backers have been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure to split California into six states. It should make for good water cooler talk, if nothing else. Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is pushing the measure. He says California is too big and diverse to be governable. But even if voters agree, Congress would have to approve the plan, and give …

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Officers faulted for shooting during Dorner manhunt

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More than half a dozen LAPD officers who mistakenly shot at two women delivering newspapers during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner are facing discipline that could range from a slap on the wrist to dismissal. The department’s oversight panel says the officers violated LAPD policy when they collectively fired their weapons more than 100 times. One of the women was shot twice in the …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

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Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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Camp Pendleton investigates deaths of four Marines

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What went wrong at Camp Pendleton? Officials aren’t saying much about an accident that killed four Marines yesterday. They were doing a routine sweep to make a range safe for future training exercises. There was apparently no live firing on the range at the time. The base says the cause of the accident is under investigation, and that more information will be released as …

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California looking for places to put inmates

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a deal to house about 2,000 inmates at a private prison in Kern County. The deal was announced just as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider California’s appeal of a lower court order that requires the state to reduce prison overcrowding by late January. California will have to find room for about 9,600 inmates elsewhere, or release some …

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Who’s planting dry ice bombs at LAX?

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Another dry ice bomb has exploded at LAX, and authorities found two more of the devices that didn’t go off. The latest explosion – the second in as many days – happened around 8 p.m. last night when a dry ice bomb detonated outside the Tom Bradley Terminal. No one was injured and the blast had only a minimal effect on airport operations. Police …

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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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Californians still debating ouster of Gov. Gray Davis

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It’s been exactly one decade since California voters tossed Gray Davis out of office and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. It was the first time a sitting governor was recalled in California and only the second time in U.S. history. Schwarzenegger disappointed many supporters and failed to accomplish much of what he set out do to. But his victory did usher in some political …

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Rizzo says he’s not mastermind of Bell corruption

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Santa Ana winds swept into Southern California overnight, driving humidity sharply lower. The National Weather Service calls it “the most significant fire weather threat in the past five years.” A red flag fire warning for Ventura County and much of L.A. County is expected to remain in effect through Sunday. Los Angeles and Pasadena have imposed parking restrictions on some streets in case fire …

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Covered California vastly overstated web site traffic

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State officials crowed about the massive response Covered California received the first day the new healthcare exchange was up and running. Five million web site hits! But it turns out that was more than a slight exaggeration. That actual number was more like 650,000. Covered California officials blame the faulty count on “internal miscommunication.” The web site is back up and running after being …

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Uninsured Californians rush to check out Obamacare

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It wasn’t exactly smooth, but California officials have enrolled the state’s first customers under the landmark healthcare reform known as Obamacare. Covered California – the state’s new health exchange – recorded more than five million hits on its web site on its first day from people interested in obtaining coverage. The state’s call centers fielded more than 17,000 calls. California has more than five …

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Clock ticks down for stalled Grand Avenue remake

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An ambitious and long-delayed plan to remake downtown’s Grand Ave. with luxury condo towers, high-end shops and a tony hotel faces a critical deadline at midnight tonight. That’s when an agreement is set to expire between a panel made up of city and county representatives and developer Related Cos. The Grand Ave. Authority rejected The New York company’s latest proposal earlier this month. The …

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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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Governor and Senate Democrats reach prison accord; Broadway streetcar line loses traction; School testing

n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

Prison plan. There’s agreement in Sacramento on how California will respond to the federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding. The deal comes between Governor Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders, who have been at odds over how to proceed.
Brown’s original plan was to increase capacity by leasing additional beds.
But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg balked at spending hundreds of …

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