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Seahawks’ 12th man is loud and proud - in Southern California

dailynews.com — The 155 Seahawks fans the fire marshall will allow into Backstage Bar & Grill in Culver City on Sunday simply can't rival the noise of 67,000 in Seattle that make up arguably the best home-field advantage in the NFL. But this Southern California Seahawks fan group has carried on the loud tradition in a way Los Angeles in particular can appreciate.

Majority at some LAUSD kindergartens are under-vaccinated

dailynews.com — While a measles outbreak and a statewide pertussis epidemic have focused public attention on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, experts say under-vaccination is also a pressing problem. Over 90 percent of kindergarteners at some Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools are walking the halls without all of their state-required vaccinations.

Lakers’ Scott certain Fisher, Jackson will turn Knicks around

dailynews.com — Lakers coach Byron Scott and New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher go back a long way as in Scott's final season in the NBA - spent with the Lakers in 1996-97 when Fisher was a rookie on the club. As was Kobe Bryant.Scott on Friday a
Jan 31, 2015

Via: @RMoralesPT: Lakers’ Byron Scott certain Derek Fisher, Phil Jackson will turn Knicks around bit.ly/1BExNyi

Photos: Dodgers Honor Wounded Warriors With Visit to Los Angeles City Hall

Report: Chris Weidman injured, out of title fight vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 184 at Staples Center

dailynews.com — The UFC middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort slated for UFC 184 at Staples Center is reportedly canceled. According to MMAjunkie.com's John Morgan and Steve Marrocco, several sources within the UFC say Weidman suffered an injury in training and cannot compete. The sources spoke to MMAJunkie on the condition of anonymity.
Jan 30, 2015

Is Staples Center cursed for UFC? UFC 176 canceled in July, now Weidman injured, fight off vs Belfort at UFC 184 dailynews.com/sports/2015013…

Jan 30, 2015

Another UFC title fight canceled for Staples Center: Chris Weidman out vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 184. (h/t @MMAjunkie) dailynews.com/sports/2015013…

Sorting through the linguistic hedges of British speech: Larry Wilson

dailynews.com — "It's a massive opportunity to sort of completely change public opinion," Russian political expert Peter Pomerantsev recently told NPR. You hear this, er, sort of diminutive in British speech all the time.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SoCalOpinion: Our Larry Wilson (@PublicEditor) finds a popular Britishism sort of infuriating. dailynews.com/opinion/201501… @PublicEditor

PHOTOS: Lakers beat Bulls 123-118 in double OT

On World War II vet’s last day, Dodger Tommy Lasorda was his angel

dailynews.com — On the night he died this week - one day before his 91st birthday - Clifford Rich got a phone call from the man at the top of his bucket list. Tommy Lasorda. Riddled with cancer, Rich, who grew up idolizing the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the L.A.

Koch brothers’ massive spending bad for democracy, California’s Republican Party: Tim Rutten

dailynews.com — This week's revelation that a network of wealthy conservatives controlled and largely financed by the Koch brothers plans to spend nearly $1 billion to elect Republicans in 2016 is the latest and most troubling reminder that the reckless turn in our campaign finance laws risks turning our democracy into a bidding contest.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @SoCalOpinion: Koch brothers' massive campaign spending actually will hurt #Republican Party in California. Tim Rutten's column: dailynews.com/opinion/201501…

Pau Gasol returns to L.A. as Lakers beat Bulls in double OT

dailynews.com — Television cameras shone brightly in the face of former Lakers post Pau Gasol as he walked through a Staples Center corridor Thursday. It was to be the first time Gasol would grace the arena against the team for which he toiled for seven years, helping the Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 along the way.
Jan 30, 2015

Via @RMoralesPT: Pau Gasol returns to L.A. as Lakers beat Bulls in double OT bit.ly/1zGtBDn

Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak expects Kobe Bryant to return next season

dailynews.com — Amid all the uncertainty surrounding Kobe Bryant's recent right shoulder surgery, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday sounded adamant about at least two things. First, Bryant will return for the 2015-16 season to finish out the last year of his two-year contract, which is worth $25 million.
Jan 30, 2015

Mitch says Kobe extension was "100%" right move. Mitch: "We have no regrets at all. Because he's worth every penny" bit.ly/18CoKHa

Jan 30, 2015

RT @MarkG_Medina: Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak expects Kobe Bryant to return next season bit.ly/18CoKHa

Jan 30, 2015

Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak expects Kobe Bryant to return next season bit.ly/18CoKHa

UCLA stuns No. 11 Utah at Pauley Pavilion, 69-59

dailynews.com — As his team held a three-point lead some 13 minutes into the game, UCLA point guard Bryce Alford dove over the announcers' table for a loose ball. He didn't secure it, but Pauley Pavilion nevertheless began to rise ... for a standing ovation?

Trinity’s Ian Caddow banks game-winning 3-pointer in double OT at Santa Clarita Christian

dailynews.com — The Trinity Classical and Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball game Thursday could be described as a small-school showdown, but both teams hit big-time shots in their double overtime thriller at Santa Clarita.

Colony’s Bobby Wagner goes from two-star recruit to ‘Legion of Boom’ starter

dailynews.com — National Signing Day was a week away and Bobby Wagner didn't have a single scholarship offer. Eight years ago, the two-star recruit from Colony High School didn't exactly project as an All-Pro linebacker starting in the middle of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks' top-ranked defense at Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX.

Super Bowl XLIX telecast on NBC could mean giving Al Michaels his props

dailynews.com — Funny, silly, naughty things can happen during Super Bowl week. Like, Al Michaels getting propositioned. And then talking his way around it. Of course, nothing he or Cris Collinsworth says during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast on NBC will affect the outcome of the game. Bet on that.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @tomhoffarth: ICYMI: Our column on Al Michaels and his props: dailynews.com/events/2015012… And an update on Michaels/"Inflategate": azcentral.com/story/sports/n…

Jan 30, 2015

ICYMI: Our column on Al Michaels and his props: dailynews.com/events/2015012… And an update on Michaels/"Inflategate": azcentral.com/story/sports/n…

Jan 29, 2015

First, @NBCSports Al Michaels says ''take the bet' on 'deflate' SB prop ... then it's just a joke ...you buying in? dailynews.com/events/2015012…

Why is NFL fining Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch but giving Rams owner Stan Kroenke a free pass?

dailynews.com — PHOENIX - The little effort Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made "fulfilling" his media obligations during Super Bowl week makes you wonder what the bigger farce is. The National Football League's excessively hard-lined approach to forcing players to talk to reporters?
Jan 29, 2015

RT @InsideSoCalSpts: If Marshawn Lynch gets fined for not talking, should NFL do same to Rams owner Stan Kroenke? dailynews.com/events/2015012… pic.twitter.com/d1ZPtKiFqr

Searching for Tiger Woods - Is he still out there?

dailynews.com — SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods was a pink flamingo Thursday, perching on one leg, as he watched his new swing drive new golf balls into new places. His first drive of 2015 landed near the rocks. His second landed in a dry gully, known as a "wash" in these parts.

Why is the NFL fining Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch but giving Rams owner Stan Kroenke a free pass?

dailynews.com — PHOENIX - The little effort Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made "fulfilling" his media obligations during Super Bowl week makes you wonder what the bigger farce is. The National Football League's excessively hard-lined approach to forcing players to talk to reporters?
Jan 29, 2015

#NFL tells Marshawn Lynch to talk, or else. Yet #Rams owner Stan Kroenke goes silently about his business Fair? #NFL dailynews.com/events/2015012…

Why high school civics test might not be the answer: Editorial

dailynews.com — Almost everybody would like to see Americans become more informed and engaged when it comes to the workings of their government. It would be nice if more than a fraction of people voted in anything lower-profile than presidential elections. The issue is how to make this happen.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @SoCalOpinion: Why a high school civics test might not be the answer. Los Angeles News Group #editorial: dailynews.com/opinion/201501…