January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A three-judge federal appellate court heard brief oral arguments Wednesday in what art experts say could be the last great Holocaust-era art restitution case, one with a California connection, but issued no ruling. The unusual case was brought by heirs and relatives of a legendary Hungarian art collector in a dispute over possession of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million -- including some paintings now hanging in Hungarian museums -- that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The lead plaintiff is David de Csepel of Altadena, Calif., great-grandson of Jewish banker Baron Mór Lipót Herzog.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- It didn't take long, a little more than an hour of churning water for U.S. medal chances to take a serious hit. The men's water polo team tumbled from second to a likely fourth-place finish in its group after a lifeless 11-6 loss Monday against Hungary in an Olympic preliminary. If Montenegro beats Great Britain as widely expected, the U.S. (3-2) will play Croatia (5-0) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Not exactly a breezy way to start single-elimination play. After a silver medal effort at the 2008 Olympics, there was talk of the U.S. possibly breaking through here for its first gold medal in the sport.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Going into Saturday's group-play match against Serbia, Tony Azevedo, captain of the U.S. water polo team, must have felt a bit like a law student getting an advance peek at the bar exam. Although the game wasn't exactly meaningless, the Americans have already qualified for the cross-over stage, where they're likely to meet Serbia again. That made the Americans' 11-6 loss to the tournament favorites a valuable chance to study. "From every loss, you learn a great deal," Azevedo said.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - Maggie Steffens was scoring so many goals in her Olympic water polo debut even she couldn't keep count. "In the game you're thinking, 'What's the next play? What's my next move?' You're not necessarily thinking what happened last," said Steffens, Team USA's youngest player at 19 and a soon-to-be freshman at Stanford. "At one point I was like, 'Oh, I'm getting open a lot,' but at the same time you've got to just play in the moment and put the ball in the net. " She put it in seven times, tying the women's single-game Olympic record, as the U.S. began preliminary-round play on Monday with a physical 14-13 victory over Hungary at the Water Polo Arena.
May 23, 2012 |
With a last round of roster cuts looming ahead of this summer's London Olympics, U.S. Water Polo Coach Terry Schroeder will get one final look at his team in action when it plays a series of exhibitions in Southern California against Croatia and Hungary, the defending Olympic champion, beginning Saturday at Newport Harbor High School. Schroeder needs to trim three players from a 16-man roster that includes 11 former Olympians, among them three-time Olympians Tony Azevedo, the team captain, and Ryan Bailey.
May 6, 2012 |
A friend of mine got a lifetime achievement award recently, and it got me to thinking about the Holocaust again, something that's never been completely out of my mind for the last 22 years. Randolph L. Braham and I are an odd couple to be friends because our families were on different sides of the Holocaust. His emails to me over the last 20 years have always been signed Randy, but I call him Professor Braham out of respect. Braham is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, director of the Rosenthal Center for Holocaust Studies there, and the author of more than 60 books on the Holocaust.