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SPORTS
May 5, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
It's curious that despite the presence of Kobe Bryant , described by broadcasters and others as the NBA's foremost assassin, the Lakers are said to lack killer instinct. … TNT's Charles Barkley , on the undersized Utah Jazz: "Unless they grow between now and the next couple games, it's going to be a long series." … Doesn't he mean a short series? … Lamar Odom , at long last, has emerged from hibernation. … Nobody's talking about a Freeway World Series this year.
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SPORTS
February 26, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Buoying the hopes of the Clippers and other teams angling to land LeBron James this summer, Forbes.com this month derided Cleveland as America's most miserable city. . . . Next step for the Clippers: hope that nobody shows James the Sports Illustrated cover from 10 years ago dubbing Donald T. Sterling's team "the worst franchise in sports history." . . . Couldn't we just skip straight through to the NBA playoffs? . . . By making tickets to their June series against the New York Yankees available only to fans who shell out for at least 13 other games, Frank McCourt and the Dodgers would seem to be playing right into the hands of ticket brokers, who presumably could more easily absorb the greater up-front cost.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2010
SERIES Survivors: The British TV series from the '70s, based on a book by Terry Nation, is updated in this version that tells the story of a world in which a virus has killed almost 90% of the population. Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoe Tapper and Nikki Amuka-Bird star (5 and 8 p.m. BBC America). Austin City Limits: Performing in this new episode, Them Crooked Vultures features Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (11 p.m. KLCS)
NEWS
August 3, 2009 | Michael Ordona
What is the funniest TV show on that you're not involved with? Bill Maher [HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher"]. It's the most unexpected, consistently surprising, the most incisive in every way. It's the only show I watch that gets me laughing out loud. What show really needs some Emmy love? How about "The Simpsons"? They did try to submit in the comedy category in the '90s and suffered from doing it in an era of juggernaut comedies like "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and "Cheers" and whatnot.
OPINION
April 29, 2009
Re "For Republicans, breaking up is hard to do," Opinion, April 24 Bill Maher makes the same mistakes as other pundits when he writes that he doesn't know what the "tea party" protests were all about and then goes on to imply that it is all about President Obama's race. I went to the protest in Yorba Linda because I am concerned about the inevitable inflation that will result from spending trillions of dollars we do not have to spend. I am retired, after planning carefully to not need public assistance, and cannot afford a hidden tax increase disguised as inflation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2009
The slogan of the National Endowment for the Arts is "a great nation deserves great art." Were it only that simple. When Congress voted on President Obama's $787-billion stimulus package, fiscal conservatives slammed the NEA's $50-million allocation. It wasn't the first time the agency, whose 2008 budget was about $144 million, had been thrust under the microscope. Since awarding its first grant in 1965, the NEA most famously riled opponents in 1996 with its plan to award grants to a quartet of controversial artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
"Religulous," the new documentary starring Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles, doesn't take the time to define its title, but Maher has said elsewhere that it is a combination of "religious" and "ridiculous." By joining the two, the filmmakers have come up with a handy way to underline their preoccupation with the gullibility of true believers. The film they've produced is a similar combination of uneasily merged elements.
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