October 22, 2013 |
The NCAA has made it clear it isn't giving football scholarships back to USC, or presenting Matt Barkley with an honorary Rose Bowl participation plaque. Being the NCAA means never having to say you're sorry. The governing body of college athletics keeps saying it was wrong, though, every time it releases a sanctions report on another school. First it was Ohio State, then Oregon, and now Miami. The NCAA on Tuesday essentially accepted Miami's self-imposed, two-year bowl ban and deducted only nine more total scholarships.
October 16, 2013 |
Why did Gov. Jerry Brown bother signing a law to encourage childhood vaccinations if his immediate intent was to undermine it? With rising numbers of parents succumbing to discredited fears that childhood inoculations cause autism, AB 2109 was supposed to tighten the state's lax rules that allow parents to exempt their children from vaccinations based on "personal belief. " Under the law, parents could still send their children to public school without the vaccinations, but first they would have to submit a form signed by a health professional showing that they had been informed about the risks and benefits of immunization.
September 21, 2013 |
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once.
September 20, 2013 |
David C. Bohnett, an Internet technology entrepreneur and busy philanthropist, serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his own eponymous foundation. The L.A. Phil board chairman for the last five years discussed his involvement with the orchestra since Walt Disney Concert Hall's opening a decade ago. How long have you served on the L.A. Phil board and why did you choose to work with them?
September 1, 2013 |
On April 17, a Pennsylvania physician named Autumn Klein, dreaming of a second child, sent her husband a hopeful text message: "According to my calendar I ovulate tomorrow. " "Perfect timing," her husband typed back. And, he reminded her, "Creatine" - referring to the energy drink he'd been mixing up. "Will it stimulate egg production too?" she asked. He answered simply - according to a police report - by sending an emoticon, a bright yellow smiley face. Three days later, Klein, 41, was dead; hospital tests found a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood.
August 6, 2013 |
A tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq - even one involving combat - does not increase a service member's risk of suicide, according to a study that tracked more than 150,000 troops for up to eight years. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., challenges the common assumption that the stresses of being in a war zone and exposure to the horrors of battle are behind a sharp increase in the military's suicide rate over the last decade. "People have said, 'Of course it's multiple deployments, it's the length of deployments, it's combat.