Los Angeles is supposed to be a great sports town. The Dodgers, Lakers and Clippers are going strong, but USC and Michigan--the teams in next month's Rose Bowl game--are disappointed, and the National Football League is playing games with local officials. Plus, the State Supreme Court may throw out the ban on gay marriage; and, will LA County ban trans fats in restaurants?
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This year's Rose Bowl decided the championship of college football. In next month's game, USC and Michigan will be also-rans--and the NFL has been gone for 12 years. The Pac 10 will again play the Big 10 again next month at the Rose Bowl, but the 93-year tradition is turning into just another college game. Meantime, another, less celebrated, tradition was established 12 years ago. That's when the pro-football Rams left Anaheim and the Raiders departed the LA Coliseum. Ever since, the National Football League has played hard-to-get with a series of public officials.
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