March 10, 2013 |
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting two years ago, on Friday was named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her work to reduce gun violence. Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been undergoing rehabilitation after being shot in the head during a public appearance in Tuscon on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died, including District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords' staffers; and the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager and Chicago Cubs general manager Dallas Green.
March 31, 1996
Regarding the recent Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (Theater Notes, March 24): If it is indeed true, as it is so often said, that every nomination is an honor almost as important as winning the award itself, would it not have been appropriate to honor all the nominees, instead of completely ignoring those who were in a category that won no award? The award for ensemble performance was just skipped over, as if it never existed, though there were two tables full of nominees--including my husband, Clayton Landey.
January 11, 2007
Re "Boxer rescinds award to Islamic activist," Jan. 6 I was saddened when I read about Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) rescinding her award to a Muslim activist. Muslims across the nation are proud of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for being the ambassadors for Muslims in the United States. I'm concerned that Boxer made her decision without meeting with the council to hear its side of the story. She should return the award and maintain the relationship she started with California Muslims.
April 13, 2013 |
To loosely paraphrase Newton's laws of motion, for every NBA postseason award there is an equal and opposite honor. So in addition to LeBron James as the game's best player, may we humbly submit DeSagana Diop as its worst? The Charlotte Bobcats center has somehow appeared in 22 games this season, making one start, despite averaging 0.7 points and making a robust 29.6% of his shots. If he played 36 minutes per game at his current production level, he would still average only 2.5 points.
June 21, 2013 |
On Thursday evening, LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA championship and was awarded his second straight Finals MVP award. After scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 win over San Antonio in Game 7, James took the microphone amid a cascade of confetti. "First of all, I want to give a lot of credit to the San Antonio Spurs," James said. "First-class organization, they pushed us to the limit. I work on my game a lot, throughout the off-season, I put a lot of work into it and to be able to come out here and the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate.
March 1, 2010 |
Every March, I get to meet a group of teenagers that, in 10 years, might include the doctor, firefighter or policeman who saves my life. Every March, I get to speak with a group of teenagers that might include the future soldier, fighter pilot or Marine who volunteers to protect our country. Every March, I get to read the resumes of a group of teenagers whose academic and athletic achievements leave little doubt that they will be the community leaders of tomorrow. It's so meaningful to tell the stories of the football scholar-athlete award winners who will be honored this month at banquets in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Pasadena, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley as part of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards program.