Thursday news and notes: 6.19.14

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Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter and struck out 15 Rockies, missing a perfect game only by a Hanley Ramirez throwing error. The Dodgers won 8-0 and now a lot more fans are really unhappy that the games are not on TV. "It was just so much fun, I can't explain it," Kershaw said after.

After the game, catcher A.J. Ellis carefully put down his mask before he ran to the mound for the traditional bear hug. After Josh Beckett's no-hitter earlier this season, Ellis stepped on his mask and was injured.

Times blogger Steve Dilbeck argues this may have been the most dominant pitching performance ever — a unique mix of no hits, no walks and strikeouts. David Schoenfield of ESPN agrees. LAT, ESPN

si-la-kings-cover.jpgThe Kings are on the cover of Sports Illustrated for only the second time, and even now only on regional covers. SI

Trial begins today for former city councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, on perjury and voter fraud charges. The veteran politician is accused of residing outside the boundaries of council district 7 during his two council campaigns and covering up his real address. DN

The board of American Apparel abruptly ousted controversial chief executive Dov Charney, then warned that the move may pitch the company into bankruptcy by triggering defaults on two outstanding loans. LAT, AP

California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term in January. This gives Gov. Jerry Brown two openings to fill. LAT

Hillary Rodham Clinton will sign copies of her memoir, "Hard Choices," for two hours at the Barnes & Noble store in The Grove. She is due to arrive at 11:30 a.m. City News Service, AP

If Century City were proposed today, "there's not a snowball's chance in hell that this kind of center would be built without any mass transit or freeway access," says Zev Yaroslavsky LAT

Rachael Myrow, host and reporter for The California Report daily morning service, will be taking on a new assignment for KQED as Silicon Valley News reporter based in San Jose.

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