Roller derby at a crossroads: Bye-bye fish nets, hello ESPN
Playing for the San Francisco ShEvil Dead, skater Veronica De La Rosa, known as "Sterling Archer," center, battles for position against the Oakland Outlaws' blockers during scrimmage night on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. Bay Area Derby (BAD) is home of the Berkeley Resistance, Richmond Wrecking Belles, Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead and is a full contact women's flat track roller derby league in Oakland. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
‘This is not the American dream,’ says woman turned destitute waiting for disability
Showing the strain of a yearslong fight for Social Security disability benefits as well as decades suffering from a rare medical condition, Barbara Sales weeps while discussing her ordeal. She now lives in a cabin in rural Missouri, having lost her Lenexa home to foreclosure; she spoke at her uncle's house in Raytown. "This is not right," she said. "This is not what we pay into Social Security for. This is not the American dream." (Allison Long/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Kansas rolls past Purdue and into the Elite Eight
The Kansas bench celebrates a 3-pointer by teammate Mitch Lightfoot, not pictured, in the closing moments against Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kansas advanced, 98-66. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Looking beyond ‘Transformers’: With a ‘G.I. Joe’ reboot and ‘My Little Pony’ in the works, Hasbro aims to create its own Marvel-size movie universe
Hasbro characters are all made by hand and painted before mass production. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
In prosperous Asian enclave outside LA, some pack into rental rooms
Nhan Pham, right, and his wife Ha Tran, have lived in the bedroom of this Garden Grove home for 5 and 1/2 years, after moving from Florida to Orange County and facing sticker shock. Yet they're among the lucky tenants, having forged a close bond with their landlords, often sharing family dinners or going camping with the homeowners' sons. The cameraman, 54, says the biggest challenge with living in rented quarters, is "you can't have company". (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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