March 26, 2014 |
The Dodgers returned home for the traditional start of the 2014 season with fresh Australian victories, renewed championship hopes, and a battered chunk of familiar baggage. All of this lugging around of the constant turmoil that is Yasiel Puig is getting tiresome. "I know Yasiel is a huge lightning rod," Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday as he took a deep breath. "Any time I say anything about Yasiel it turns into a story. Any time Yasiel does something it turns into a story.
March 17, 2014 |
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a Silver Lake supermarket. Lourdes had claimed the spot three years earlier, after she was rousted from her encampment in Griffith Park. Before that, she'd lived in her 1973 Toyota, but it was eventually impounded because of overdue parking tickets. Lourdes was one of the folks we call "chronically homeless. " She'd been surviving on the city's margins for 20 years after losing her low-cost housing because of gentrification.
March 17, 2014 |
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
March 17, 2014 |
Hopes were high on numerous fronts for "Need for Speed," a thrill-ride of a premise about street racing, overseen by Steven Spielberg, distributed by Disney and starring a man, Aaron Paul, coming off one of the most compelling TV shows in recent memory. The reality for the driving film? Less high. The movie got out of the gate with a cringe-y 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, earned a merely decent B-plus on CinemaScore and closed the weekend with a lousy $17.8 million in box office, one of the lowest 3-D openings in recent memory and well off even conservative estimates of $25 million to $30 million.
March 9, 2014 |
If you're a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term "chamber pot" was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials "slop jars" or just "the pot. " Whatever you called it, I had to empty it. Our house sat on a slight rise facing busy Highway 31. The outhouse was back of the house, toward the woods, maybe 50 feet away. PHOTOS: 5 Senate women to watch in 2014 It was tricky running with the pot to the outhouse.
March 7, 2014
Re "Waiting for 'Years,'" March 4 When a significant segment of the American experience can be artfully portrayed as slavery was in "12 Years a Slave," perhaps we have matured enough to embrace other significant parts of our history. Some brave filmmaker should step forward and bring his or her art to the American experience of 1862, when President Lincoln was dealing with the Emancipation Proclamation on one hand while on the other agonizing over the execution order for the 300 American Indians involved in Minnesota's Sioux Uprising.