April 12, 2014 |
Numerous USC linebackers coaches helped Hayes Pullard on his way to becoming a projected four-year starter for the Trojans. Joe Barry coached him as a freshman, Scottie Hazelton as a sophomore and Mike Ekeler as a junior. Now, Peter Sirmon is preparing the fifth-year senior for his final season. As the Trojans completed their third week of spring workouts on Saturday, Pullard said he was looking forward to a few more practices before next week's finale at the Coliseum.
April 5, 2014 |
There's nothing opera buffs like better than a climactic death scene. But the one that San Diego Opera scripted for itself has gone over so badly that its leaders are now trying to write a new ending. Last month's sudden announcement that the opera would shut down just short of its 50th anniversary next year raised an outcry from patrons and company members alike, who said they didn't have any advance warning of the company's escalating financial troubles. A faction of the board, which has close to 60 members, has succeeded in getting the closure postponed by two weeks, to April 29, in hopes that last-ditch pleas for donations can keep the lights on. More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the opera to be saved.
March 27, 2014 |
Su'a Cravens made a bold debut last season. The USC safety intercepted a pass in the opener and went on to earn recognition as a freshman All-American. Cravens is aiming higher in 2014. He strives for first-team All-American honors. He seeks inclusion on the list for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football. "I'm shooting for the stars," Cravens said Thursday. "You won't go anywhere if you don't. " The 6-1, 215-pound Cravens started all but one game and intercepted four passes last season.
March 26, 2014 |
His older son, Lachlan, quit a top executive job in the company and retreated to Australia. His second son, James, was battered by the British phone hacking scandal. Some analysts figured Rupert Murdoch's long-held ambition to leave his vast worldwide empire in the hands of a Murdoch would never happen. But with one bold stroke Wednesday, the 83-year-old Murdoch cemented a new leadership structure that ensures his two sons will be in charge of his two media companies long after he is gone.
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March 26, 2014 |
After stepping down as Los Angeles County sheriff in January, Lee Baca largely has avoided the spotlight. Former aides don't know how to reach him. Reporters looking to interview him have been rebuffed. His last tweet was a link to his farewell address. But this week, Baca took center stage once again - this time as a guest speaker at a Loyola Marymount lecture hall where he offered a contemplative, and at times, self-critical view of his 15-year tenure. Speaking to a group of undergraduates Tuesday night, Baca said his biggest regret as sheriff was spending too much of his time at public events instead of managing his department.
March 23, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Planned as a springtime tour with a modest itinerary - affording time to chat with the pope, admire the Rembrandts and take in the Colosseum - President Obama's weeklong trip to Europe instead has become a high-stakes test of whether he can move the continent's leaders into a tougher response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Obama will huddle Monday in Amsterdam with other members of the G-7, seeking a strategy against what many see as the most threatening European land grab since World War II. He will have to navigate disagreements among the European nations over how far to go, and the price they are willing to pay, to sanction Russia for seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.