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.
October 28, 2013 |
By helping to rescue the daughter of fugitive Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) jeopardizes a high-stakes undercover operation in “The Yoga Play,” Episode 305 of Showtime's “Homeland.” In the episode, Carrie is under tight surveillance as she draws out the man behind the bombing of CIA headquarters: Iranian intelligence official Majid Javadi (Shaun Toub). Posing as a business traveler, Javadi enters the U.S. at a remote border crossing in Vermont.
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October 25, 2013 |
When John Deasy took the helm of Los Angeles Unified in 2011, he was backed by the school board, mayor and civic leaders in a bid to transform the nation's second-largest school district with bold measures to improve student performance. Now Deasy's future - along with the district's direction - is in doubt at a critical point. L.A. Unified is facing new academic standards, major budget decisions and a massive iPad technology project. On Thursday, just days before his scheduled performance review by a new, less supportive school board, the school chief told some top officials that he might step down.
October 18, 2013 |
Musicians are often prone to soul-baring binges on social media, but perhaps none have gone as brutally introspective as Donald Glover did this week. The "Community" actor and MC (as Childish Gambino) uploaded a poignant series of photos to Instagram over the weekend listing his myriad doubts about himself, his future and his career. His concerns ranged from the esoteric ("I'm afraid I hate who I really am") to the prosaic ("I'm scared my girl will get pregnant at not the exact time we want")
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October 14, 2013 |
There is more at stake than test scores in the effort to provide iPads to 600,000 Los Angeles Unified students in time for the state's upcoming switch to online achievement exams. If my inbox is a measure of public opinion, the district's credibility is on the line in ways that may haunt the school system for years to come. My column last week on the glitch-plagued iPad rollout drew criticism from readers who said I unfairly blamed class warfare for resistance to Supt. John Deasy's plan to give every student in the predominantly poor and minority district a $678 tablet.
October 13, 2013 |
Now for the Dodgers' definitive injury report on Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier -- they have no idea. It could, of course, just be that they're not telling, but they somewhat understandably said during Sunday's optional workout at Dodger Stadium that they were uncertain whether either would be able to start Monday's crucial Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramirez (ribs) said he's planning to try to play, and Ethier (ankle) said he just did not know whether he could effectively play the field.
October 10, 2013 |
The Federal Reserve appeared poised a few weeks ago to start pulling back on its unprecedented support for the economy, but surprisingly stopped short out of fear the recovery still was too fragile. That was before the budget stalemate boiled over in Washington. Now, with the federal government partially shut down and a looming debt-limit deadline threatening financial market chaos, analysts said it's highly unlikely that Fed policymakers will reduce their stimulus efforts when they meet at the end of this month.
October 9, 2013 |
When will Kobe Bryant play again? Not even he knows. Bryant said Wednesday he still needs at least three weeks of strong conditioning before returning to the court. He won't start that phase until he is comfortable jumping. "I won't feel like I have Bambi legs or anything like that where my mobility is limited," he said. In other words, he's doubtful at best for the Lakers' season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. Not that he's worried about a return date. "I just keep it open right now," he said.
October 4, 2013 |
UCLA lost two key offensive players in a 34-27 victory over Utah on Thursday night. Tackle Torian White suffered a broken bone and a torn ligament in his right leg. He will have surgery on Tuesday and be out for the season. Running back Jordon James sustained an ankle injury and is unlikely to play against California on Oct. 12. James entered the game as the fifth-leading rusher in the nation, averaging 141 yards per game. "The X-rays were negative, and he's wearing a [protective]
October 3, 2013 |
The doors opened to Lakers practice and the media spilled onto the sidelines to watch a bunch of players shooting, none of them named Kobe Bryant . Turned out he had done a little work earlier. Bryant is now shooting without jumping, the latest step in his return from a torn Achilles' tendon. There's still no timetable for his return, and he hasn't started to run on the court. For now, he's simply Set Shot Bryant. "He's just going up on his tiptoes," Coach Mike D'Antoni said Wednesday.