CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 |
Emanuel Pleitez is loping down a South Los Angeles side street of bungalows, propelling his 6-foot, 3-inch frame toward a registered voter his campaign advance team has discovered is home. Aides, including one carrying a camera to document his long shot run for mayor, try to keep up. Once he finds the voter waiting in the front yard, he greets him exuberantly in Spanish, answers some questions, hands him a flier and moves on. Pleitez is a 30-year-old former tech executive in a hurry, who seems to believe no vote-harvesting opportunity can be passed by. He chats up Latina mothers selling snacks outside an elementary campus.
September 17, 1990 |
"Sparkles" doesn't go often to the Southland's race tracks, but when she does, she likes to hit on the long shots. For example, on Aug. 25 at Del Mar, Sparkles was in the Club House during the eighth race when one of her horses, Notorious Pleasure, took the lead at the quarter pole of a 1 1/8-mile route for 3-year-olds and up. Her other horse, Miserden, raced up to second behind Notorious Pleasure and poked his head in front entering the stretch.
February 24, 2009 |
The New Jersey Nets needed something outrageous to beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Devin Harris provided it with a half-court heave to beat the buzzer that needed a long review before it counted. Harris hit a lunging 47-footer at the horn and the Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a 98-96 victory over the 76ers on Monday night. The shot initially was ruled to have come after the buzzer.
May 29, 1990 |
Ron Carey, the militant head of a Teamsters Union local in New York City, is moving quickly across the country as an insurgent trying to oust the entrenched national leaders of the scandal-ridden Teamsters Union. Carey, a 22-year officer of his 6,000-member local, is a long shot. But even if he doesn't win, other honest candidates may come forward because, at last, a new democratic election system gives them a chance.
February 15, 2013 |
Steve Kerr vividly recalls being a 10-year-old kid, with a basketball tucked under his arm, staring up at the rim from behind an imaginary three-point line he had paced off in the driveway. The basket looked a block away. "I remember thinking, 'How does anybody ever make one of these?'" said Kerr, 47, who never could have dreamed he would end a 15-year NBA career as the league's most accurate three-point shooter. That long shot - once dismissed as a publicity stunt - has fundamentally changed professional basketball.
January 29, 2007 |
The top honor at the 13th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night went to the little indie that could. In something of a surprise win over such favorites as "Babel," "The Departed" and "Dreamgirls," the outstanding ensemble in a motion picture award went to the cast of the dark comedy "Little Miss Sunshine." The movie received several Oscar nominations last week, including best picture, but had been considered a long shot for most awards.