January 13, 2014 |
Mayor Eric Garcetti is getting to wield a pretty big broom, with vacancies everywhere from the DWP chief to choosing a new head of cultural affairs and the three city animal commissioners he just replaced. There is one post that was not going to be empty but has become so: the city's poet laureate. Its first, Eloise Klein Healy, chosen under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just over a year ago, resigned in September after falling ill with encephalitis, which left her with aphasia - a stunning theft for a poet.
December 23, 2013 |
HANLEY RAMIREZ , 33 today, infielder Final 2013 stats: .345 batting average, 20 home runs, 57 RBIs, 25 doubles, 62 runs, 10 steals, .402 on-base and .638 slugging percentages in 336 plate appearances. Contract status: Next year he'll earn $16 million in the final season of a six-year contract. The good: When he was healthy, he was the best hitter in the National League. If he'd had enough plate appearances to qualify, he would have won his second batting title.
December 19, 2013 |
A week ago I had a chance to sit down with Namibian supermodel Behati Prinsloo on the overstuffed couch of a downtown L.A. denim atelier to talk about her first foray into fashion -- a capsule collection with THVM due out for spring/summer 2014. While a more in-depth story about that collection and the charmingly funny Prinsloo (who earlier this year got engaged to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine) is slated to appear in Sunday's Image section, here are a few excerpts from our conversation that ranged from style inspiration to Instagram to naming a fruit bat. All The Rage: Although I've read all about it on the Internet I wouldn't be doing my journalistic duty if I didn't ask you straight out: You are engaged to Adam Levine, right?
December 18, 2013 |
The Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter. The contract would guarantee Ibanez $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could make the deal worth $5 million. Ibanez would earn all the bonuses if he remains in the lineup all season. The signing would leave the Angels with one major item on their off-season shopping list: a veteran starting pitcher. The team appears to have about $13 million to $15 million under the luxury-tax limit - incentive payments count toward a luxury-tax bill - which should allow them to be competitive in bidding for Matt Garza and Masahiro Tanaka, assuming Tanaka becomes available.
December 16, 2013 |
Psychedelic. Spooky. Hairy. Gorgeous. The winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition have just been announced, and they are awesome. You can see the top 10 winning images in the gallery above. Taking first place is the freaky and fascinating Day-Glo image of the humped bladderwort, a floating carnivorous plant that thrives on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In the winning image above, you are not looking at the entire plant, but rather its microscopic trap, where it digests its prey. The humped bladderwort (best name for anything ever)
October 18, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat to make a game - and a season. On Friday night, that at-bat belonged to Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. With Game 6 of the National League Championship Series scoreless in the bottom of the third, Carpenter came to bat against a vulnerable Clayton Kershaw with one out and nobody on. Over the next five-plus minutes Carpenter saw 11 pitches, fouling eight of them off before finally hitting one fair into the right-field corner for a double.