July 17, 2013 |
Johnny Manziel has been under intense scrutiny ever since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last year. Every word, tweet, movement has been discussed, analyzed and, more often than not, criticized, sometimes justifiably. Remind you of a certain pop star of around the same age that also often seems to be doing the wrong thing in the eyes of the media? "I guess I feel like Justin Bieber or something," Manziel said in an appearance on ESPN at SEC media day. "I never thought it would really be that way. " In that interview as well as a news conference in front of hundreds of reporters, the Texas A&M quarterback got the chance to tell his side of some of the off-season stories surrounding him, including why he left the Manning family football camp early last weekend.
July 13, 2013 |
Electric car owners can get special discounts from utilities to charge their vehicles at home, but the amounts vary widely among power companies, according to a new study of charging costs. The study by Northeast Group calculated that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers pay 53 cents per gallon of gas equivalent to charge at home, 40 cents cheaper than the average cost of discount programs nationwide. Southern California Edison customers choose from one of two discounted rate plans, depending on their usage habits, costing $1.11 or $1.24 per gallon equivalent.
July 11, 2013 |
The mud and slop into which big-time college athletics keeps descending never ceases to amaze. Tuesday's story in The Times about Steve Alford's financial situation at UCLA is merely more sewage on the sludge. Let us count the ways, remembering as we go that: •This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden. •Times have changed. Athletic finances and athletic egos have become inflated. •(Again) This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden.
July 2, 2013 |
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible - a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself. The environmental activist and writer declares the question moot. "In a sense, the world as we knew it is already over.
June 26, 2013 |
Stung by a downturn in drone sales to the military, AeroVironment Inc. saw its revenue drop in half during the fourth quarter from a year earlier. The Monrovia company had revenue of $54.1 million, compared with $110.7 million in last year's fourth quarter. AeroVironment depends largely on funding from the Pentagon, which is winding down its presence in the Middle East and preparing for budget cuts. The company is the Pentagon's top supplier of small drones - including the Raven, Wasp and Puma models - that give troops on the ground a bird's-eye view of what's happening over a ridge or around a bend.
June 17, 2013 |
With the economy on the rebound, Americans once again are cracking open their pocketbooks to take family vacations and other leisure trips. But corporate managers in charge of spending for business conferences and conventions remain tightfisted with their money. That is one conclusion from a study of bookings at nearly 4,000 hotels by TravelClick, a New York company that provides booking software and business data for major hotel chains. Hotel bookings for leisure travelers in North America for the next 12 months are up 4.6%, while bookings for individual business travelers are up 7% compared with the previous period, according to TravelClick.
June 16, 2013 |
Phil Jackson coached Shaquille O'Neal with the Lakers. In his playing days, Jackson was occasionally charged with guarding Wilt Chamberlain. Jackson compared the two legendary centers Wednesday night in Glendale at the Alex Theatre at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event. "Shaquille didn't have quite the same athleticism that Wilt had," said Jackson. "He had the bounce and he had the speed, but he didn't have the endurance. " As detailed in his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson told O'Neal that Chamberlain's greatest accomplishment came in the 1961-62 season when he averaged 48.5 minutes a game.
June 13, 2013 |
Ken Solomon, chief executive of the small Tennis Channel, regrets the 4 a.m. email blast he sent staff members of the Santa Monica-based network. Solomon composed the email last month from his Paris hotel room, hours after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered a crushing blow against the independent Tennis Channel in a long-running legal dispute with cable giant Comcast Corp. The three judges who heard the case sided with Comcast. In a lengthy rant, Solomon compared Comcast to a "brutal captor" that committed a sexual assault on the Tennis Channel for nearly a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Democrats in Sacramento are celebrating their new budget accord as a fiscally austere plan for a state in the midst of a gradual economic recovery. Although the deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature includes plans to spend billions in state money on increased welfare benefits, restoring dental coverage to the poor, giving pay hikes to state workers and lowering college tuition for thousands of middle-class students, most of that spending does not begin until May 2014, the very end of the next fiscal year, or even later.
June 11, 2013 |
Matt Kemp was the first person to compare Yasiel Puig to Bo Jackson . Now Kemp is comparing the Dodgers' rookie outfielder to Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. “I think if he continues to do what he's doing, he can be just as good as those guys,” Kemp said. “That's saying a lot because those guys are really good and have done it for a whole year. He's going to be good. You can see it.” While rehabilitating his strained right hamstring at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona last week, the sidelined center fielder said he watched his team play every night on his laptop computer.