April 25, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 |
Traffic on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena came to a halt Thursday afternoon when two big rigs collided, sending one through the center divider and overturning on railroad tracks before catching on fire, the California Highway Patrol said. One of the drivers was seriously injured, while the other escaped with minor injuries, according to Pasadena Fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway were shut down at Allen Avenue as of 2:15 p.m. The carpool lane of the westbound was also closed.
April 21, 2014 |
At about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, a panic swept through the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On one stage was Motorhead, with L emmy Kilmister's aged growl calling to the desert wild. On another was Disclosure, whose crowd was swelling by the minute, lured by the act's ability to use a beat-driven sound to hit a range of emotions. And then what was shaping up to a relatively pleasant end to Coachella's two weekends was upended. Just as the Arcade Fire's set was to start, leader Win Butler introduced two special guests, only the two special guests were men in robot masks that happened to look an awful lot like those of Daft Punk, albeit their outfits were a little more unkempt.
April 20, 2014 |
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify? Sometimes a prison is just a building, its closure of no more significance than the demolition of a market or the shuttering of a strip mall. Yet from time to time, the closing of a facility constructed for the purpose of confining humans invites reflection.
April 20, 2014 |
DETROIT - Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, started tearing it up in spring training. Bobby Bonilla was slated to be the Cardinals' left fielder, but when Bonilla was hurt that spring, McGwire practically commandeered the lineup card from Manager Tony La Russa.
April 18, 2014 |
San Diego Opera set a new deadline of May 19 to obtain new funding or close down after the resignation Thursday of 13 members of its board of directors, including President Karen Cohn. The new deadline will give the reconstituted board time to raise money to keep the company alive -- though what form it might take is uncertain. Under discussion at Thursday's meeting was a motion that stated in part that "additional information has come to the attention of the board regarding the prospects of new funding.