January 25, 2013
For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science. For years, the DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana. A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle this week when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse.
January 24, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced on Thursday its nominations for its 2012 awards. Leading the way, with five nominations each, were productions of August Wilson's "Jitney," "Silence! The Musical" and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot. " The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on March 18 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "Third Rock From the Sun" actor French Stewart, a habitué of the L.A. theater scene, will host the show. "Jitney" was produced at South Coast Repertory and later transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse.
January 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is considering White House insider Denis McDonough to serve as his chief of staff, but officials say the decision is caught up in deliberations about the makeup of his national security team. As one of the president's deputy national security advisors and a trusted aide, McDonough is an influential player in the White House foreign policy apparatus. Obama recently named another deputy national security advisor, John Brennan, as his choice to head the CIA. Obama doesn't want to shift McDonough until he has a "stable team" in his inner circle of foreign policy advisors, said one senior Democrat who noted that McDonough and Brennan, who is the administration's anti-terrorism expert, had played key roles.
January 14, 2013 |
The late journalist Anthony Shadid, Los Angeles writer Reyna Grande and the novelist Zadie Smith were among the finalists announced Monday for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Honors will be awarded in six categories: fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry and criticism. Shadid, who died last year while on assignment in Syria for the New York Times, was nominated in the autobiography category for his book “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.” Grande was nominated in the same category for “The Distance Between Us,” the story of her childhood in Mexico and arrival as a girl in Los Angeles.
January 4, 2013 |
Incredible things happened in the world of pro golf in 2012. --Bubba Watson won the Masters with a shot on the second playoff hole that only a magician or a contortionist could pull off. --Brendt Snedeker won $11.13 million in one day by taking the final FedEx Cup event. --Charlie Beljan didn't die during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network tournament at Disney World. "I was pretty sure," Beljan says now. "I feared for my life. I guess that's the way I am — prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
January 1, 2013 |
DENVER - How do you not show up when you have a chance to win 18 straight games and continue to change the way folks think about you? Who is coaching this Clippers team, Lane Kiffin? The Clippers have had a number of seasons in which they didn't win 17 straight, and now they are blasé, wanting everyone to believe this is just business as usual? The other night, Chris Paul is giving a postgame interview and the team's PR staff cuts it short. The Clippers haven't had anything to sell for decades, they have never had it going as good as the last few weeks, and suddenly they're acting like big shots?
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December 11, 2012 |
Charles Rosen, the renowned pianist and prolific writer whose award-winning book "The Classical Style" has been read by music students around the world, has died. He was 85. The New York-born musician had been suffering from cancer and died Sunday evening at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, according to his London representative, Owen White International Artist Management. In his long career, Rosen combined a concert pianist's virtuosity with a well-rounded cultural erudition that made him a forceful and sometimes feared presence in New York's intellectual circles.
December 10, 2012 |
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. On Sunday, gay and lesbian couples lined up to get married as Washington state's new law approving same-sex unions went into effect. And today, many religious conservatives are asking whether the USA is going the way of ancient Rome. The Supreme Court will be deciding whether to uphold the appeals court ruling that struck down Proposition 8. In addition, the justices will be deliberating on the constitutionality of provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that deny legal benefits to same-sex couples who are married.
December 6, 2012 |
If you're looking for an intriguing book for an NFL fan, check out the recently released “Coaching Confidential” by Gary Myers, which examines the high-pressure lives of coaches in the league. Through interviews with more than 20 head coaches, Myers provides a behind-the-scenes look at the teams and personalities of the nation's No. 1 sports league. Among the anecdotes: --Denver quarterback John Elway offering in 1993 to pay Mike Shanahan $300,000 out of his own pocket to come back and coach the Broncos.
December 4, 2012 |
The New York Film Critics Circle's selection of "Zero Dark Thirty" as the year's best picture moves that film and its director, Kathryn Bigelow, whom the group also awarded, to the head of a pack of well-reviewed contenders at the beginning of an awards season that culminates Feb. 24 with the Oscars. "Zero Dark Thirty," the action thriller chronicling the decade-long hunt for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, has emerged as a favorite among reviewers and film writers since its initial screenings Thanksgiving weekend.