October 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - He stared sullenly from the dugout as thousands of red-foam tomahawks were shaking above him. He quietly shook his head at the field as ominous chanting echoed around him. Later, in a cramped and still interview room, he spoke slowly about a sweaty Southern night during which the burden and blame of a frazzled defeat fell directly upon him. Don Mattingly became Donnie Postseason Baseball on Friday, and it wasn't pretty....
September 30, 2013 |
Deena Kastor remembers the moment. She was 10 years old in 1984 and watching the first-ever women's Olympic marathon finish in the Los Angeles Coliseum. She remembers Joan Benoit Samuelson enter the Coliseum first, she remembers the huge crowd noise, she remembers Samuelson and her white cap. "At that moment," Kastor said, "I wanted to become a marathon runner. " Kastor did and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Games, and now she's an avid backer of Los Angeles to be the host of the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
September 29, 2013 |
In what may be the first recorded (and distinctly over-tweeted) perfect finale in television history, AMC's "Breaking Bad" came to a close Sunday night. Not only did Vince Gilligan's five-season, hyper-violent prose poem to midlife male frustration tie up virtually every loose end in sight, it contained the Holy Grail of all storytelling: an Actual Moment of Truth. And not just this particular story's truth, but one that extended to the beloved and bloated genre Gilligan both elevated and mocked.
September 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Launching a risky strategy that draws the federal government to the edge of a shutdown, House Republicans doubled down on their drive to stop President Obama's healthcare law as a condition for keeping federal offices running past the midnight Monday deadline. The hard-line approach failed last week in the Senate, but House Republican leaders saw little choice but to cater to the demands of their right flank and try again, setting up a rare Saturday night session. Tea party lawmakers who say they believe ordinary Americans want to end the Affordable Care Act have committed to that goal, even if Republicans are blamed for shutting down routine government services for the first time in nearly two decades.
September 27, 2013 |
In case you haven't heard, "Breaking Bad's" series finale is Sunday, and if the season so far has been any indication, it's going to generate plenty of social media rants. Facebook, the world's biggest social network, has been tracking the chatter for the dark AMC drama. According to Facebook, more than 11 million people have talked about the show on the site so far this season, generating a total of 23 million interactions. The show has been getting its best ratings ever in its last installments, with viewership topping 6 million ( 6.6 million watched the penultimate episode )
September 24, 2013 |
Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world's largest movie studio in his home country. Hollywood is taking the billionaire chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Corp. seriously, but proceeding cautiously. Studio executives, talent agents and luminaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein stood with Wang for the Sunday unveiling of the planned Oriental Movie Metropolis - an $8.2-billion project that would include 20 film and TV sound stages near Qingdao, along with a theme park, wax museum and space for an annual film festival.
September 20, 2013 |
These days, the building on Diane Disney Miller 's mind is San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum, opened in 2009. She bubbles with enthusiasm over this recent tribute to her father, Walt, housed in a former Army barracks building in the Presidio. Still, in a recent conversation, it was easy for Miller, 79, to hark back a decade to the opening of the L.A. structure that had dominated her life and architecture headlines around the world: Walt Disney Concert Hall, a project instigated by a $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
September 18, 2013 |
Only in boxing could we emerge from a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight with a bigger villain than Floyd Mayweather Jr. And only in boxing could that villain be a 64-year-old named Cynthia, who never threw a punch and who most fans thought was a man because she goes by the initials C.J., as in C.J. Ross. That's our usual male default. Plus you assume gender bias in a sport that oozes testosterone and turns most women's stomachs. TV announcer: "Let's cut to Sluggo's corner now and see how much blood they can get out of his broken nose with that cotton swab.
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September 18, 2013 |
California Lottery officials are projecting a jackpot of about $400 million for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the third-largest prize this year and fifth-largest in U.S. lottery history. In prior big jackpot situations, frenzied ticket sales have driven up the pot in the final hours before the drawing. But lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said officials would have been informed Wednesday morning if the jackpot was going to jump. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Powerball “It feels like it snuck up on us a little bit,” Traverso said.
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September 16, 2013 |
Less than six weeks after a $425-million Powerball drawing sparked lotto fever across Southern California, another massive jackpot awaits players on Wednesday. California lottery officials are estimating that Wednesday night's draw will reach at least $400 million, adding yet another big prize to a growing list. Since California joined the Powerball game in April, lottery officials say enormous jackpots have become more common. About a month after California joined the $2-a-ticket game, a Powerball jackpot climbed to about $600 million, setting a record for the game.