January 27, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - Sure, the Clippers were playing the NBA's worst team. But this wasn't about the hapless Milwaukee Bucks. This was about the Clippers, about finishing off a seven-game, 11-day trip the right way, about not giving in to the mental and physical fatigue that can result from being on the road for so long. So instead of looking ahead to catching that flight back to Los Angeles, the Clippers stayed sharp and beat up on the Bucks, 114-86, Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
January 18, 2014 |
The most surprising thing about "Her," the new Spike Jonze movie, is not that it dares to suggest an otherwise sane person might fall in love with the operating system that runs his computer and his smartphone. Or that middle-aged men look good in high-waisted pants. Or that it will be possible someday soon to ride a subway from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. It is something simpler: that the near future is more interesting, culturally and architecturally, than the recent past.
January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), a onetime western wear haberdasher who rose to become chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, is announcing Thursday that he will retire after more than two decades in Congress. His departure at the close of the current term will further diminish California's clout on Capitol Hill, at least in the short term, and set the stage for a competitive race to choose his successor. The 75-year-old McKeon has chaired the Armed Services Committee since 2011, taking a leading role in fighting spending cuts to the Pentagon, but must give up the gavel after this year because of GOP term limits for its committee leaders.
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January 12, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown finally is showing us the money he hopes to parlay into paying for his bullet train. Basically, it's the cash from selling licenses to pollute. It's not called pollution licensing, of course. Officially, it's a cap-and-trade program, a polite government name for allowing industries to pollute for a fee. It's extremely complicated and somewhat controversial. More on that later. First, let's back up. Brown has been under pressure to specify how he's going to finance the $68-billion, 500-mile high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
January 4, 2014 |
Javorius Allen's emergence as USC's top tailback this season was not lost on several players who will be participating in Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game. Ryan White, a senior defensive back for Auburn, played with Allen at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High, where Allen got the nickname “Buck.” Allen, a third-year sophomore, got his first significant playing time in the Trojans' sixth game against Arizona, and he finished the season with 785 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.
December 31, 2013 |
Steve Nash walked toward the trainer's room, opened the door and asked a question sprinkled with gallows humor. "Is the coast clear in there?" he said dryly. An hour before the Lakers tipped off against the Milwaukee Bucks, Nash wondered aloud about the latest injury/illness/epidemic to touch the Lakers, an apparent bout of stomach flu that prevented Wesley Johnson from playing Tuesday. Somehow it got worse for them. The Lakers sputtered and crashed in a 94-79 loss to the Bucks before an uninspired Staples Center crowd that booed as the final seconds ticked down.