November 15, 2013 |
Edwin Rodriguez hoped to alter the boxing world's lofty pound-for-pound rankings for Andre Ward and deprive the Oakland fighter of his world super-middleweight belt in the process. But Rodriguez couldn't make the required 168-pound limit Friday, so the challenger suffered a costly defeat without a punch being thrown. Rodriguez, 28, weighed in initially at 170 pounds, and two hours later again failed to make the weight limit for his Saturday night bout at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario for Ward's World Boxing Assn.
November 13, 2013 |
Manny Pacquiao resides at the intersection of life, death, misery and showtime. He is a professional boxer. His country, the Philippines, is a mess. He is also a high-ranking government official, one of 289 members of the country's 16th Congress. He is a national sports hero who prides himself on also being an accountable public servant. The common phrase that refers to an impossible situation - "being between a rock and a hard place" - was made for this. When the Typhoon Haiyan roared through the middle of the Philippines a week ago, killing thousands and turning cities and countrysides into fields of debris and desperation, Pacquiao was 466 miles away from the center of it all, the city of Tacloban.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a bunch of California Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday while on Capitol Hill to lobby for after-school programs. But it was notable that the one with whom he strode to the podium at a Capitol news conference was Sen. Barbara Boxer. The once strident opponents and ideological firebrands have mellowed over the years. Schwarzenegger's path to the political middle is well-documented. Activists in the state GOP were ready to ex-communicate the movie star who first ran for office as an antitax crusader, but who had raised taxes by the time he exited government in 2010.
October 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California Sen. Barbara Boxer's Capitol Hill office was locked, with a sign reading, "Office closed due to government shutdown. " Much of her staff has been furloughed. The number of staffers answering calls has been scaled back. Casework has been suspended. But the Democratic senator was inside -- steaming. "Grow up," she said of House Republicans, whom she blames for the shutdown. Boxer said she is open to negotiations on any subject but only after legislation is passed to reopen the government.
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September 26, 2013 |
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked federal environmental officials Thursday to ensure the safety of a low-income South Los Angeles community where residents worry that their dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds may be linked to noxious odors from an urban oil field. In a terse letter, Boxer asked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to "immediately address these unacceptable situations using all available and appropriate authorities. " Boxer requested a response by Monday describing the steps that the EPA will take to address the chemical smells, which waft through the University Park neighborhood from an oil-pumping operation on land Allenco Energy Co. leases from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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September 25, 2013 |
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday the arrest of former professional boxer Exum Speight in the 1987 killing of his manager. Speight, 50, was taken into custody by a fugitive task force in the city of San Fernando on Wednesday morning, police said. LAPD officials said he faces a murder charge in the death of Douglas Stumler, who had been managing Speight for about two years before he was found dead in his West Los Angeles apartment on March 29, 1987. Police officials said DNA evidence led to the break in the case.
September 18, 2013 |
Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, according to his friend and manager Patrick Tenore. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure. Norton broke Ali's jaw in their initial fight, then lost at the Inglewood Forum in the rematch. Ali defeated Norton again in a decision at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1976.
September 6, 2013 |
A raspy boxer engine hangs off the back end. Two oval headlights and a flat hood point toward the asphalt. A large tachometer occupies the prime real estate on the instrument panel of this perfectly preserved 1967 Porsche 911. That the modern-day 911 still includes these character traits testifies to the car's enduring shape and spirit. Yet the differences emerge in a drive of this Sand Beige classic up a forgotten road in Carmel Valley, Calif. It's smaller, simpler, lighter. And it oozes personality with every flick of the large wood-trimmed steering wheel.
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August 22, 2013 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. “The big problem we have are Republicans,” she said, speaking at a health center in North Hollywood. “They are the obstacle.” Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October.