October 27, 2013 |
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to require minimum three-year prison sentences for unlawful possession of loaded weapons. If the proposal sounds both familiar and ominous, it should: California has been down this road, and in fact is on it still. It's a road paved with fear and desperation, and it leads to a shocking diversion of public resources, prison overcrowding, unconstitutional treatment of inmates, federal court oversight and orders to suspend state laws and release felons before their full time is served.
October 25, 2013 |
MESQUITA, Brazil - As Dilma Rousseff neared the end of her successful 2010 campaign to become Brazil's president, Jeferson Monteiro set up a parody Twitter account and began having fun at her expense. When Rousseff took office and abandoned her own account on the microblogging service, Monteiro began sending tweets as the president, adopting the manic and self-obsessed vernacular common to the teenagers dominating the social media networks. He gently lampooned a president often seen as serious and tough.
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October 25, 2013 |
A serial rapist linked to attacks on dozens of women could be released to the Antelope Valley when he is freed soon from a state mental hospital, authorities said Friday. A state contractor announced at a court hearing that a single-family home in the unincorporated area of Lake Los Angeles had been found for Christopher Hubbart, according to a prosecutor who attended the hearing. The home is a few miles east of Palmdale. Residents and government officials from northern Los Angeles County reacted with outrage to the news, with some saying they plan to urge the judge overseeing Hubbart's case to reject the location.
October 23, 2013 |
Now that the first sample size has been delivered - 10 games out of a long and winding NHL season - the Kings have learned something in October. • Consistency, where is it? They are 6-4. Not that any team needs to be playing its best hockey in October, but the Kings seem to be lacking a bit of confidence. "I think you have to work to get your confidence," defenseman Willie Mitchell said. "Right now, to put the pulse on it, we're inconsistent. "…We can't wait until it's later on in the season and all of sudden get on stretches of every night preparing for these teams and preparing the right way. Maybe a little less complacency and just remembering what makes us successful and playing to those strengths.
October 23, 2013 |
Jordan Farmar says playing abroad in Turkey was beneficial to his career. Farmar, who signed a three-year, $10.5-million deal last summer to play in the Turkish Basketball League, agreed to take a salary cut to play with the Lakers, signing with them in July. His experience overseas, he says, taught him how to become a leader. "It was the first time in my professional career where I got to carry a team," he said of Turkish team Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games.
October 20, 2013 |
Obama and the Democrats won; Republicans and the tea party lost. And both sides are gearing up for next time. Now that our recent brush with financial crisis is behind us, it's time to start planning for the next one. That's the problem Congress set up in the stopgap deal that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted a collision with the debt ceiling. After all the sound and fury, the two parties agreed only on continuing federal spending at its current level until Jan. 15 and raising the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. PHOTOS: Tea party backlash: Protest signs to cheer you up This was the epitome of a temporary cease-fire: An arrangement that freezes in place a situation neither side liked to begin with.
October 17, 2013 |
House Republicans should consider themselves lucky to have wound up empty-handed after triggering a 16-day government shutdown and threatening to turn the United States into a deadbeat borrower. Had Senate leaders not rushed to the rescue, cutting a deal on a bill to reopen the government and lift the debt limit before Thursday's deadline, the damage to the economy could have been enormous - with the political fallout landing mainly on the House GOP, especially its uncompromising cadre of tea party absolutists.
October 16, 2013 |
If the Dodgers continue their current direction, they are going to be one ticked-off team all off-season. They're going to look at the lineups and rotations in this National League Championship Series and come to an obvious conclusion: they're the better team. Deeper lineup, bigger arms in the rotation, at least an equal bullpen. Healthy, almost healthy, unable to play, doesn't matter. The Dodgers still have the more talented team. The best team doesn't always win (check with the 1988 Oakland A's)
October 15, 2013 |
There were some things that were learned about the Clippers in their 99-88 exhibition game loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Clippers will have a deep team this season, perhaps even deeper than last year's team. Clippers fans better get used to watching big man Byron Mullens launch a bunch of three-pointers this season. Backup point guard Darren Collison is more than a capable replacement for the departed Eric Bledsoe, who was a part of a three-team trade that landed him with the Phoenix Suns.
October 14, 2013 |
Since losing their opener at Colorado, the Ducks have won four straight games and have matched the best start in club history with eight points. But if last season should teach them anything, it's that how you finish is more important than how you start. The Ducks lost only twice in regulation in their first 16 games and peaked at 22-3-4 after beating the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks on March 20. Their subsequent letdown was dramatic: They were 8-9-2 to finish the lockout-shortened season and, although they were first in the Pacific Division and seeded No. 2 in the West, their first-round playoff loss to the hitting-their-stride Detroit Red Wings wasn't much of an upset.