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January 31, 2012 |
The California Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction of a former La Jolla High School football player for the 2007 killing of a well-known professional San Diego surfer. The court said Seth Cravens, a graduate of La Jolla High, knowingly committed a life-threatening act when he punched surfer Emery Kauanui in the head and knocked him to the ground. Kauanui suffered severe head injuries and died a few days later. A lower court had reduced Cravens' conviction to manslaughter on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence he meant to kill Kauanui, 24. But Justice Marvin Baxter, writing for the high court, said the nature of the blow, a sucker punch, and Cravens' behavior before and after the fight showed he acted with "implied malice," knowingly committing an act that could kill.
January 3, 2012 |
There was no high school football player in Southern California more versatile than 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior Su'a Cravens of Vista Murrieta. He was listed on the roster as a linebacker-receiver, but that hardly told the story of the impact he had for a team that went 14-0 on the field and won the Inland Division championship. Cravens rushed for 673 yards and 15 touchdowns. He caught 20 passes, four for touchdowns. He made 96 tackles, with 11 sacks and three interceptions.
December 2, 2011 |
I drove 110 miles Friday night deep into the Inland Empire to watch a high school football game, passing some fighter jets flying out of March Air Reserve Base on the way to Vista Murrieta High, home to one of the most extraordinary athletes in California. USC Coach Lane Kiffin and the next UCLA coach will be surely making the same trip quite often if that's what it takes to land Su'a Cravens, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior who did everything but carry the water bottles to help the Broncos defeat unbeaten Upland, 39-18, in an Inland Division semifinal game.
April 14, 2011 |
Following a bloody scene near the conclusion of "Scream 4," the character played by the horror franchise veteran Neve Campbell turns to series newcomer Emma Roberts and self-referentially cautions her to not mess with the original, though she uses cruder language to express her displeasure. The question this weekend is whether fans of the first three films also might feel that the new thriller tramples on the "Scream" legacy. It's been 11 years since "Scream 3" arrived in theaters, and franchises don't normally relaunch themselves after such a long hiatus.
February 13, 2011 |
A massive archive of documents leaked to Al Jazeera and Britain's Guardian newspaper offers irrefutable proof that years of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have been an empty sham. The papers make clear that the time has come for Palestinians and anyone interested in the cause of justice to abandon the charade of official diplomacy and pursue other, more creative and nonviolent paths toward the realization of a genuine, just peace. The leaked documents, assuming they are genuine ?
October 9, 2010 |
"My Soul to Take," the first film horror-meister Wes Craven has both written and directed since 1994's "New Nightmare" (and his first picture in 3-D), is a thrill-free snooze that will certainly rank as one of the least ? if not the least ? effective entries in Craven's nearly 40-year canon of cinematic shockers. The overly complex story goes something like this: Sixteen years ago in the town of Riverton, Abel Plenkov (Rául Esparza), a schizophrenic family man with seven personalities?
March 8, 2008
Re "Rally 'round the lapel pin," Opinion, March 3 Barack Obama is correct not to wear a flag lapel pin, and the Bush administration officials who do are incorrect. That said, the substance of the issue is the appropriation by Republicans, and a few craven go-along Democrats, of an icon that should belong to everybody. It has everything to do with the casting of their agenda as patriotic and any dissent as unpatriotic. They wear the pins to inoculate themselves from those who question their agenda.
April 24, 2007
Re "Gonzales remains in the spotlight," April 23 The failure of Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales to step down only echoes an attitude that's been popularized by our president. Gonzales is answerable, in his opinion, only to the president. George W. Bush in word and deed is answerable only to himself. Anyone who witnessed Gonzales' performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee could only imagine that, at the end of the day, he would be forced by conscience or consensus to resign. But so far his resignation has not been forthcoming.
August 18, 2005 |
WHEN you're Wes Craven, here's how things happen. You want to make a thriller, in this case "Red-Eye." Your top choices for the leads are Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams, two of Hollywood's up-and-coming actors. McAdams flies from Canada to Los Angeles for a brief meeting with Craven. And it's a go. Murphy reads the script, flies from London, has lunch with Craven at LAX, signs on, and then 40 minutes later hops on a plane back to London.
March 6, 2005 |
His final words were: "Peace, love and soul." Henry Bibby, who had just been fired as USC coach, bade farewell to the Trojans on Dec. 6 after eight-plus years and strode out of the basketball offices in his crushed velvet purple sweat suit, having offered his former players a Holy Trinity of advice while waving a victory sign at the stunned gathering.