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Gabriel Medina becomes Brazil's first world surfing champion at 20

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Gabriel Medina becomes Brazil's first world surfing champion at 20
Gabriel Medina has won his first ASP World Championship Tour surfing title, becoming the first Brazilian to claim the sport's top prize.

Letters: Who's the real Kobe Bryant?

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Letters: Who's the real Kobe Bryant?
Great piece by Bill Plaschke about Kobe ["Open Season, Dec. 17]. I'd really noticed the changes in him as well, a far more vulnerable, candid and accessible human being. And I wondered if I was the only one to appreciate it, amid a relentless din of one-dimensional dimwits on sports talk...

The Times' important series on produce from Mexico

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To the editor: When growers do not adhere to labor rules, it suppresses production costs. Those costs are carried throughout the entire produce process (from farm to table). Not only does this result in very poor labor practices, as we have seen in your series, it causes our food prices to be...

Don't let North Korea have the final say on 'The Interview'

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Don't let North Korea have the final say on 'The Interview'
You might have heard there's a film out there so offensive to North Korea's dictator that hackers connected to his regime spooked a major Hollywood studio into scrubbing the movie's Christmas Day release.

No sympathy for exiled Roman Polanski

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To the editor: Your article asks about Roman Polanski, "Was he a sex offender skipping town to avoid facing justice? Or was he a victim of a corrupt judicial system that wanted to make an example of an acclaimed film director?" ("Roman Polanski's lawyers open new front against L.A. County...