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Dave Roberts: New LA Dodgers manager makes history

Flashback to 2004: The Boston Red Sox trail their archrivals, the New York Yankees, three games to none in the American League Championship Series. No team has ever come back from that kind of deficit. Yet down a run heading into the ninth inning of Game 4 — a potential Sox comeback means overcoming...

  • These walls can talk: The living art of Judy Baca

    These walls can talk: The living art of Judy Baca

    The first pieces of art Judy Baca ever saw were in a church in Watts she attended as a little girl. She would sit in the pew and marvel at the imagery around her. And when her grandmother would take her on the trolley car to the Los Angeles Central Market, they would pass the 17 interconnected...

  • The indomitable spirit of dancer Lula Washington

    The indomitable spirit of dancer Lula Washington

    Dancers start training early. It’s not unusual to see preschool children lined up at the barre, learning the knee bends known as pliés. Serious dancers, those who want to make dance their profession, have hundreds of hours of practice behind them by the time they reach their teens. That’s not how...

  • A superstar scientist and his remarkable UCLA robot lab

    A superstar scientist and his remarkable UCLA robot lab

    They come in all shapes, sizes and have various numbers of legs. They can put out fires on ships, shimmy up construction site scaffoldings to perform dangerous inspections, safely pick their way through battlefields and enter nuclear power plants to plug radiation leaks. Oh, and they play soccer,...

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