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October 10, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Irwin Nowick enters the stately Capitol building wearing a frayed T-shirt and carpenter jeans, a flip phone hanging from a belt holster and a manila envelope stuffed with legislation and legal documents in his hands. His dark eyes are rimmed with creases, earned from long hours hunched over a computer keyboard. The Legislature is scheduled to vet hundreds of bills and resolutions before the session ends, and it's Nowick's job to catch mistakes before they become law. Nowick begins his rounds this quiet Friday by dropping off recommendations to ensure three different pieces of gun control legislation don't cancel each other out. Then he shuffles off to a state senator's office, where he proofreads a resolution calling on the federal government to help alleviate prison overcrowding.
October 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats trade daily charges over who is to blame for the government shutdown, the White House has come under sharp attack for how it has shuttered services. The administration's critics, among them conservative websites and groups, see politics or favoritism in the choices the administration has made about what is essential and what is less so, suggesting that some of the decisions were intended simply to inflict pain that would draw media attention.
October 8, 2013 |
Unwelcome North American attention landed exclusively at the skates of goalie Jonathan Quick by virtue of his own-goal gaffe in the Kings' 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. Of course, the road to the loss was hardly a one-man show, as Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell correctly noted. "If you watch the game, how well Quickie played. We played like beep in front of him," Mitchell said. "The shift before I think he made three pad saves that were incredible.
October 4, 2013 |
The government shutdown is in its fourth day, but already lawmakers are shifting at least some of their attention to the debt limit, which will be reached Oct. 17. House Speaker John A. Boehner has said he cannot get the votes necessary to raise the debt limit -- and avoid a U.S. default -- by the deadline without help from Democrats. He indicated in a meeting with fellow Republicans on Thursday that conservative members of the party would be unlikely to support a shift from their current strategy of hammering away on Obamacare to trying to use the debt limit to cajole Democrats into budgetary concessions.
October 4, 2013 |
The Dodgers might end up in the World Series while the Lakers might not even make the playoffs this season, which left Magic Johnson facing a double-edged question. Is Los Angeles becoming a Dodgers town again? The Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988, an uncommonly long drought for the team that moved here in 1958, two years before the Lakers arrived from Minneapolis. The Lakers, meanwhile, have won five of the last 13 NBA championships but have had quick playoff exits the last three years.
October 3, 2013 |
It may not have been an "official" mental disorder, but a condition known as Linsanity broke out for a few crazy weeks in February 2012. That was when New York Knicks backup point guard Jeremy Lin - the second Asian American ever to play in the NBA - unexpectedly led his flailing team to a seven-game winning streak, earning him explosive international acclaim. The events leading to this media-fueled frenzy and the genial, low-key underdog at its epicenter are given a peppy workout by director Evan Jackson Leong in the enjoyable documentary called, yes, "Linsanity.
October 3, 2013 |
The Pac-12 has become the conference of East Coast night owls and insomniacs. That's the best-case scenario. Or the conference, which has had several games go well past midnight in the Eastern and Central time zones, is missing out on influencing polls and awards nationally. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott chose the night owl theory, saying, "Truth is, they rate well. We get a lot of attention because there's not a lot that is going on. " Except sleep, maybe.
September 28, 2013 |
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
September 22, 2013 |
AULT, Colo. - Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!" It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones with all the political power, who think milk comes from a carton and meat arrives magically shrink-wrapped inside the butcher case. "They don't even know who we are up here," she said, her anger like the smoke curling from Wayne's six-shooter.
September 16, 2013 |
College recruiters are starting to pick up interest in junior quarterback Brady White of Newhall Hart. And for good reason. The Indians were off last week after White tied a school record with seven touchdown passes against Chaminade. Hart Coach Mike Herrington said he received phone calls from coaches at Penn State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Oklahoma State asking about White, who has completed 73% of his passes after two games and thrown for 10 touchdowns. "The recruiting for him is going to explode," Herrington said.