October 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Distance swimmer Diana Nyad pulled herself from a pool in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, finishing a 48-hour swim to raise funds for Superstorm Sandy victims that she declared was even harder than her historic Havana-to-Key West feat. "I thought for sure ... that the ocean would be much harder," Nyad, 64, told Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" as she stood shivering seconds after the swim ended. "This one was a bear. " Nyad said she had never swum so long in a pool -- this was a 40-yard-long one set up in Herald Square -- and wasn't certain she could make it to 48 hours.
October 9, 2013 |
N.Y. GIANTS (0-5) AT BEARS (3-2) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Bears by 8. Over/under: 47. Sam Farmer's pick: Whose defense do you trust? The Bears have had some breakdowns, but the Giants are a disaster, allowing a league-high 36.4 points per game. The Giants are on a collision course with 0-6. Bears 28, Giants 24
October 7, 2013 |
This is a dangerous week for UCLA. The No. 11 Bruins have a chance to join the elite … but not this Saturday. Road games against No. 5 Stanford (Oct. 19) and No. 2 Oregon (Oct. 26) could get UCLA into the national championship discussion. First, though, comes a home game Saturday night against lowly California. Some might call this a bye week. The Bruins call it trouble. The Golden Bears are 1-4, with their only win coming against Portland State … by seven points.
October 1, 2013 |
They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact. But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked gate and a large white sign: “All Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are closed today due to the government shutdown.” “We are a little bit shocked,” said Naraevskaya. The couple's prospect for a glimpse of the cuddly giant animals chomping on bamboo looked grim for this trip.
September 30, 2013 |
Millions of desks sit empty in elementary school classrooms because of truancy each year, costing schools billions of dollars, wasting public resources and squandering one of the country's most precious resources: its young people. We tend to think of truancy as something that starts in junior high or high school, but nationwide, about 1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss a month of school each year due to absences. In California, you could fill Staples Center 13 times over with the 250,000 students who missed 18 days or more last year.
September 30, 2013 |
When the Dodgers open the playoffs in Atlanta on Thursday, center fielder Matt Kemp will be on crutches. If they reach the World Series, he'll be limited to waving a towel in the dugout. Kemp's injury-plagued season came to an abrupt end Sunday when a MRI exam revealed a major weight-bearing bone in the two-time All-Star's left ankle was swollen. Kemp wanted to continue playing, but the Dodgers' medical staff told him he couldn't. If he did, the talus bone could break, which could leave him with chronic ankle problems for the remainder of his career.
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September 21, 2013
Allan Ellis Pro Bowl cornerback for Bears Allan Ellis, 62, a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Chicago Bears in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Chicago, the team announced. His friend and former NFL player Marc May said a heart attack was the suspected cause. A fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA in 1973, Ellis had 22 interceptions over seven NFL seasons with the Bears. He spent his final year in the league with San Diego in 1981. Ellis became the first Bears cornerback to be selected to the Pro Bowl in 1977, when he matched his career high with six interceptions.
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September 16, 2013 |
The Watts Bears might be the only football team in the Pop Warner league run by men with guns and badges. The squad of 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds is drawn from housing projects in Watts and coached by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. For the cops it's part of community policing, aimed at building neighborhood bonds and reducing gang-related crime. For the boys it's a chance to hit somebody, with police officers cheering them on. But there wasn't much hitting in Saturday's game at Cathedral High.
September 8, 2013 |
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial. This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify federal gun regulations. For the nullifiers, and many others, the broadest possible right to bear arms is purportedly enshrined in the 2nd Amendment and recognized in the Supreme Court case Heller vs. District of Columbia. And yet, no matter how prevalent or fervently held, the opinion that the Bill of Rights supports and the high court acknowledges an absolute right to gun ownership is just plain wrong.
September 6, 2013 |
Ski season is still months away, but Big Bear is making it easy for schussers and shredders to plan a winter vacation by putting its bundled lodge-and-lift packages on sale now. The packages include discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear 's participating lodges, such as the Hillcrest Lodge and Grey Squirrel Resort, combined with an all-day interchangeable lift ticket good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain . Also included...