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September 16, 2013 |
Internal emails obtained by The Times show Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials trying to come up with a strategy to limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. Peppered with profanities and name-calling, the emails were the subject of a recent court battle, in which the commission sought their return. A Superior Court judge refused to grant Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding that The Times and others surrender them.
September 15, 2013 |
However the Syrian crisis turns out, it holds a lesson for American leaders. They have often been ready to confront those who violate international norms, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, but reluctant to join worldwide agreements that express those norms. Such treaties would help deter the would-be perpetrators and would increase the legitimacy of actions taken against them. American leaders have been suspicious of diplomacy and multilateral negotiating, but the founders took a different view.
September 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia reached a surprise diplomatic breakthrough Saturday, agreeing to an ambitious deal that would strip Syria of chemical weapons by mid-2014 and shelve the prospect of a U.S. military strike but would require close cooperation from embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who announced the framework agreement after three days of intense negotiations in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said Assad would have one week to provide a full inventory of his poison gases, munitions and related facilities, and must allow international inspectors into Syria "no later than November.
September 14, 2013 |
Univision Communications Inc.'s networks president, Cesar Conde, has left the Spanish-language media giant to accept a larger role overseeing international expansion at rival NBCUniversal. On Friday, Conde was named NBCUniversal executive vice president in charge of international and business development, signaling the company's growing interest in Latin America. Conde, a polished 39-year-old executive, had a meteoric rise at Univision, where he worked for the last decade, including the last four years overseeing Univision's expanding TV networks group.
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September 12, 2013 |
The assignment seemed perfect for me. I was a Mexican American college student in Washington and was asked to get cosponsors for a bill that would create a month-long observance honoring the achievements of Latinos - National Hispanic Heritage Month. I had already spent five months as an intern for Democrat Jaime B. Fuster, Puerto Rico's delegate to Congress. Through connections, I lined up a second internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. It was May 1988 and an exciting time to be in Washington.
September 7, 2013 |
Just when the Galaxy found itself on a roll, four of its best players were absent when the club hosted conference rival Colorado on Saturday night. The Galaxy entered the match against the Rapids at StubHub Center having won its last three games, lifting the Galaxy to a tie with Seattle for second place behind Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. But Galaxy forwards Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, along with defenseman Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, all were away on international duty for World Cup-qualifying matches.
September 4, 2013 |
The hallways of the big hotels in Buenos Aires are buzzing these days. At stake is not just one Olympian task, but three. This might be the most important gathering of Olympic people since a few got together back in 1979 and decided this fellow Peter Ueberroth might do a decent job running the L.A. Games. Heading into those '84 Games, the Olympic movement wasn't quite sure how long it would be one. Then Ueberroth, Harry Usher, David Wolper and their carefully chosen, hard-working cast provided vision, inspiration and expertise as to how to leverage television.
September 3, 2013 |
Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time...
September 2, 2013 |
Hollywood is not the center of the cinema universe in film critic-historian Mark Cousins' acclaimed 15-hour documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," which has its U.S. television premiere Monday evening on Turner Classic Movies. Cousins, 48, said he didn't want to make a film about show business or celebrity or box office. "I think I mentioned the Oscars twice in 15 hours," he said. In fact, Cousins, who hails from Northern Ireland, looks upon the dream factory as less dream and more factory.
August 30, 2013 |
The news traveled quickly, by way of phone calls and text messages, spreading throughout the sport of figure skating. The Ice Castle was closing down. The small rink, nestled amid pines beside Lake Arrowhead, had served as an unlikely mecca for skaters from around the world, turning out champions for the better part of three decades. Michelle Kwan trained there, as did Robin Cousins, Nicole Bobek, Chen Lu and Surya Bonaly. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the gold medal pair from the 2010 Winter Olympics, made it their home base.