CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 |
In a major legal blow to the California bullet train, a Sacramento judge ruled that state officials cannot pursue their plan to tap billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funding for construction, a decision that could cause indefinite delays in the massive $68-billion project. Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny, ruling Monday in two closely watched cases, found the state officials made key errors and failed to comply with legal requirements as they moved the project toward a long-awaited groundbreaking.
November 24, 2013 |
In the last major fight Bob Arum promoted in the Far East, he walked out of a Philippines arena to a burning sun, mourning the destruction Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier delivered to each other in their third bout, the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975. Sunday, Arum looked outside to cloud coverage in Macao, China, and beamed with delight. Arum's fighter, Manny Pacquiao, is back. In Pacquiao's decisive victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night Pacific time, the Filipino star buried thoughts of retirement, which his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he would have suggested had Pacquiao lost.
November 18, 2013 |
Some of the nation's most influential cardiologists are challenging new recommendations that would greatly expand the number of Americans taking a statin medication to reduce their chances of a heart attack or stroke. The guidelines issued last week by the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology were accompanied by a "risk calculator" that was supposed to identify patients whose odds of suffering either a stroke or a heart attack over the next 10 years were judged to be at least 7.5%.
November 12, 2013 |
California Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Dave Snyder looked out at a roomful of about 200 bicyclists and asked them if they knew someone who had been killed or seriously injured while riding. Roughly a third of those gathered raised their hands. His aspiration, Snyder said Saturday at last weekend's California by Bike summit in Oakland, was that in 20 years, no young riders would raise their hands. It's the right goal, of course, but the question and the answer were both sobering.
November 10, 2013 |
On the list of U.S. military priorities, Africa has always ranked right smack at the bottom. Now that appears to be changing. As Eric Schmitt recently reported in the New York Times, "thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa. " Before the gearing up proceeds much further, Americans might want to ask a few questions. Chief among them are these: Why the sudden shift in priorities? What's the aim? Who stands to benefit? What risks does the militarization of U.S. policy in Africa entail?
November 9, 2013 |
Californians are more supportive of President Obama's healthcare law than the country at large, but they still worry it will raise healthcare costs and hurt the economy, a new poll of registered voters shows. Statewide, 50% said they backed the Affordable Care Act and 42% opposed it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. That runs counter to national polls that show more people disapprove of Obamacare than support it. Latinos, who make up about half of California's uninsured population, were even more enthusiastic, supporting the healthcare law by a 2-1 margin.
November 6, 2013 |
A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced. On Oct. 10, Aaron Kushner, owner of the Register, said he would buy the Inland Empire's largest newspaper for $27.25 million, adding it to his fast-growing stable of Southern California dailies. But a filing by A.H. Belo Corp., the Press-Enterprise's current owner, casts doubts on the deal. Originally slated to close Oct. 15, the sale has been extended to Nov. 15, according to the Monday filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
October 31, 2013 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 1-1; Spurs 1-0. Record vs. Spurs (2012-13): 1-2. Update: The Spurs were the ones who put an end to the Dwight Howard era in Los Angeles, sweeping the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs last season. Tim Duncan left the Spurs' season-opening 101-94 victory over Memphis because of a bruised chest after getting inadvertently elbowed early in the third quarter Wednesday.
October 31, 2013 |
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan is doubtful for Friday's game as his team visits the Lakers at Staples Center. Duncan was hit in the chest by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen on Wednesday in a 101-94 Spurs victory. The Spurs All-Star played just 17 minutes, scoring three points before sitting. A CT scan Thursday confirmed a chest contusion, according to the Spurs. Duncan's status is listed as day to day, but doubtful against the Lakers -- although he will travel to Los Angeles with the team.
October 31, 2013 |
In Boston this week, a patchwork collection of athletes with grimy beards and dirt-caked knees had the remarkable strength to elevate a city torn by tragedy. A baseball season that began with the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing ended with the magic of a Boston Red Sox world championship. When the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals and clinched a title at swaggering, swooning Fenway Park for the first time in 95 years, you really wanted to believe this was another example of Boston Strong.