April 11, 2013 |
If anyone needs further evidence of how much Ryan McMahon of Santa Ana Mater Dei has matured as a player in his senior baseball season, just examine what he accomplished last week when he was named the most valuable player of the Southern California Boras Classic. On the first day of the tournament, he struck out four times in four at-bats against Newhall Hart. Then, in a marvelous demonstration of possessing the much-desired "short-term memory" skill found in quarterbacks and top athletes, he proceeded to collect eight consecutive hits over the next three games.
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April 6, 2013 |
Several dozen demonstrators led by CodePink activists were in downtown San Diego on Saturday to protest the use by the U.S. of unmanned drones to conduct surveillance and air strikes. On a patch of public property adjacent to the carrier Midway museum, demonstrators read the names of teenage civilians purportedly killed in Yemen and Pakistan by drone air strikes. Among the protest signs were those reading "Made locally, Killing globally" and "Drones Kill Children. " "San Diego is ground-zero for the production of these lethal weapons that are killing innocent people and making the U.S. hated around the world," said CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, author of "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As lawyers debated gay marriage inside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, activists outside delivered speeches, cranked up boom boxes and hoisted hand-made signs. "Kids do best with a mom and dad," one said; "Jesus had two dads, he turned out OK," another declared. Advocates for same-sex marriage turned out in larger numbers than supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married gay couples and was before the court. But the crowd of hundreds was smaller than the raucous gathering for Tuesday's arguments on California's ban on same-sex marriage.
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March 15, 2013 |
Arnella Sims already has witnessed the effects of broad cuts to the Los Angeles County court system: The lines in the courthouses are getting longer; the calls from the public angrier. And Sims -- who has worked as a court reporter for 37 years -- knows things could get much worse. In the coming months, the Los Angeles County Superior Court is to enact a cost-cutting plan that includes the complete closure of eight regional courthouses, consolidations of court services and layoffs of hundreds of court employees.
March 14, 2013 |
In the divided world of American politics, it's not easy to find an issue on which the legal affairs correspondent for the Nation and the former chairman of the American Conservative Union agree. But we've found one: the crucial importance of transparency in government, especially when the president claims the power to kill us without charges or trial, by directing the launching of a remote-control drone. As this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government, what better time for the president to make good on his promise to lead the most transparent administration ever and tell us what's up with the drone policy?
February 23, 2013 |
Ronda Rousey's pursuit of her dream career was fulfilled dramatically Saturday, the first female to ever win an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout doing so in nearly five full minutes of riveting action. Rousey survived a strong rear naked chokehold attempt with challenger and former Marine Liz Carmouche draped across her back, escaping the position just as Carmouche appeared to have seized a defining moment in the main event of UFC 157 at Honda Center. Instead, Rousey rid herself of Carmouche's grip, perhaps appropriately adjusting her slipping top in the unladylike brawl while standing up as Carmouche kicked toward Rousey's face.
February 5, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- You could describe the New American Home 2013 in Henderson, Nev., as a house of the future, a laboratory for state-of-the-art and green technology, or a party palace. What it is not is a practical single-family home. "This house isn't meant to be reproduced," said Tucker Bernard of the National Assn. of Home Builders. It's a showcase of the newest building industry goods to hit the shelves, which means consumers can use the products and materials in their own homes. "You can pick and choose what you want.
January 31, 2013 |
Yefim Bronfman's recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night was bookended by monumental Brahms and Prokofiev sonatas that the popular Uzbek pianist with a massive technique made much of. The occasion will gladly be remembered as the example of a prodigious performer in action, increasingly willing to plumb music's soul. There were also two little pieces in the middle. One was Schumann's "Arabeske," which flew by as if on gossamer wings, Bronfman's brawny fingers seeming somehow to barely brush the keys, as though there were nothing to it. The other six-minute piece was Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Sisar," written for Bronfman and receiving its world premiere.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Cecilia Soto-Loftus, co-founder of a Malibu party services company, was new to presidential politics when she started raising money for President Obama's reelection bid last year. After pulling in more than $400,000, she is getting the red carpet treatment at this weekend's inaugural festivities, with invitations to a strategy briefing for top fundraisers, a VIP candlelight reception and the official inaugural ball. The special access reflects the unusual role Soto-Loftus and other Latino fundraisers played in Obama's 2012 campaign, the first to focus on tapping Latino celebrities, lawyers, business owners and community leaders for cash.
January 12, 2013 |
Have you ever seen a yogi with a paunch? Yeah, I thought not. Yoga moves, like these yogi crunches - a variation of the popular boat pose - challenge the core muscles, giving practitioners flat abs and a supported back. The crunches are demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind the "Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners" DVD. What it does This super-effective exercise will work your core muscles from top to bottom.