October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The effect of the partial government shutdown began hitting businesses Tuesday, with the potential for bigger problems if federal agencies remained closed more than a few days. A budget stalemate left many agencies with no money, forcing the furlough of about 800,000 federal workers nationwide, widespread cutbacks in services and closures of national parks and monuments. The effect resonated beyond the halls of Congress as companies grapple with the first federal shutdown in 17 years.
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September 30, 2013 |
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof. So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue? The ice maker hadn't worked in years. The vegetable drawer had been terminally stuck until I bought a new one online last month. And the water hose had broken so many times over the years that I spent hundreds of dollars on repairs before I learned to fix it myself.
September 27, 2013 |
USC plays its first Pac-12 Conference South division game against Arizona State, which defeated the Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium in 2011. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Homecomings Clancy Pendergast was the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator for five seasons and helped the NFL team reach the Super Bowl in the 2008 season. He returns to Sun Devil Stadium as the mastermind behind USC's nationally ranked defense. "I've coached a lot of games there," Pendergast said.
September 26, 2013 |
It's one of those blank-screen days. When the video monitor just sits there empty, not mocking because you can't find anything clever to write, just empty. There are only so many slow sighs that can be released, so many times the eyes can be closed without hope that when opened anything will be different. It is sports, right? About fun and games? Exciting and passionate entertainment? You feel happy when your team wins, down when they don't, maybe just thrilled when you watch two teams you really have no particular rooting interest in that perform at an amazing level.
September 25, 2013 |
Vin Scully not doing a Dodgers World Series would be like the pope not doing Christmas. Yet, if the Dodgers make it that far, that's exactly what we will face. The most amazing broadcaster of all time, baseball's most charming diplomat for 64 seasons, would not be calling the games on network television -- or any television. In the postseason, of course, the big networks take over. Joe Buck would do the World Series, not Scully. Oh, heavenly father, say it ain't so. Nothing against Buck, for he's got baseball in the blood.
September 24, 2013 |
On Oct. 25, 1975, Elton John played the first of two sold-out concerts at Dodger Stadium for a combined audience of 110,000 people. The gigs helped establish John as one of the most theatrical pop stars in the world: a piano-pounding dynamo prowling the stage in a bedazzled Dodgers uniform. Last week, John was back in L.A., performing in a somewhat cozier, more decorous space: the 1,200-seat Bovard Auditorium at USC. The show paired the English superstar with students from the Thornton School of Music for stately renditions of hits like "Levon" and "Your Song," as well as a handful of thoughtful new tunes (including one about Oscar Wilde)
September 22, 2013 |
AULT, Colo. - Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!" It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones with all the political power, who think milk comes from a carton and meat arrives magically shrink-wrapped inside the butcher case. "They don't even know who we are up here," she said, her anger like the smoke curling from Wayne's six-shooter.
September 22, 2013 |
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people. " That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass a spending bill that cut all funding for the president's healthcare law - and took the country one step closer to a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The American people, alas, weren't in the room to speak for themselves. But was Boehner right about their desires?
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September 20, 2013 |
More details are emerging about a man's attempt to purchase numerous iPhone 5s Friday by recruiting homeless people from Los Angeles' skid row to wait in line outside a Pasadena Apple store. Pasadena police arrested two people when the scheme broke down Friday morning. But officials said they don't plan a larger criminal investigation. "It's not a police issue. It's a business issue," said Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson. PHOTOS: iPhone lines, anticipation around world It all started Thursday afternoon along skid row, according to several witnesses, when groups of men were spotted driving around and shouting: "Who wants to make some money?"