June 20, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - On Thursday night last week, Brazil's left-wing Free Fare Movement held the fourth of its street protests against a 10-cent hike in bus fares. A few thousand people turned out. By Monday night, the movement had exploded. More than a quarter of a million people took to the streets in 12 state capitals to demand a smorgasbord of changes in government, including, but hardly limited to, lower public transit fares. What had happened in between? A brutal police crackdown on the protesters that Thursday night, widely reported in the press and on social media, led many to march in defense of the right to public expression.
April 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Mark Ellis isn't flashy. While his ability to make difficult defensive plays appear routine has earned him the reputation as a ballplayers' ballplayer, it's often made him an afterthought in the minds of fans. But Ellis forced his way onto center stage Tuesday, blasting two home runs in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The first of Ellis' home runs was the 100th in a career spanning 11 seasons. "Fortunately, a fan threw it back on the field," Ellis said of the ball.
March 7, 2013 |
When Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf invited his teammates, the club's owners and top executives to his home for a barbecue during training camp, they probably expected burgers and corn on the cob. What they got was insight into Getzlaf's keen desire to rebound after stumbling through a season so awful that those around him feared he was hiding an injury or a loved one's illness. Passionate without raising his voice, Getzlaf said he brought everyone together after the lockout to emphasize the importance of working as a team, according to someone who attended.
January 21, 2013 |
It would be surprising if the chant in Staples Center isn't loud and persistent by now. And he's going to need it, limping as he was during Monday afternoon's loss at Golden State. But if sports is all about winning and the pursuit of excellence, who has done it better this season? "CP3, CP3, CP3. " "MVP, MVP, MVP. " LeBron James is the most talented player in the NBA. Kevin Durant is the best shooter. And Kobe Bryant's brilliant play defies explanation after so many trips up and down the court.
January 9, 2013 |
What's the future of L.A.'s economy? That's a question that should be at the center of this year's mayoral campaign. Key to that discussion should be recognition that Los Angeles, despite all its economic problems, is an increasingly prominent home to the next generation of technology companies that will drive the digital revolution in the 21st century. Los Angeles' tech awakening is unfolding in a slice of territory - dubbed "Silicon Beach," which initially referred to Venice and Santa Monica and then expanded to Hollywood and downtown - where established giants such as Google and Apple have opened offices and where some 500 newcomer ventures have taken root.
November 20, 2012 |
UCLA defensive end Datone Jones remembers attending a show at a comedy club with teammate Eric Kendricks two years ago. It was hard to be inconspicuous. Kendricks and his wild jet-black hair — picture the image of a cartoon character who has stuck a finger in a light socket — became an easy target. "Every comedian picked on him," Jones said. "One guy called him 'High School Musical.' " Coach Jim Mora rolled his eyes at this, saying, "Did the guy know who Eric was? I mean, you might want to be careful doing that.