November 28, 2013 |
Ishmael Adams, the short guy with the don't-try-to-tread-on-me glare at cornerback for the UCLA defense, waits for the inevitable. Against Arizona State last Saturday he didn't wait long. On Arizona State's second possession, quarterback Taylor Kelly lofted a third-down pass to 6-foot-4 Jaelen Strong, who easily outjumped the 5-8 Adams. Only Adams wasn't done. As Strong descended, Adams raked the ball from his arms - and probably took a skin sample as well. "We just sit back there sharpening our swords," Adams said.
November 27, 2013 |
If economic sanctions were key to forcing Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program, wouldn't more sanctions have an even greater effect? Critics of last week's interim nuclear deal with Tehran certainly think so. It didn't take long for them to denounce the agreement. "This is a bad deal - a very, very bad deal," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "A surrender," agreed former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich - "the Munich of the Middle East. " In the view of the Obama administration as well as the naysayers, the effectiveness of sanctions brought Iran to the table.
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November 26, 2013 |
Los Angeles County officials took steps Tuesday to speed up a $48-million plan to rebuild and modernize one of the county's probation camps for young offenders. Camp Kilpatrick, an aging 125-bed facility for juvenile offenders in Malibu, is slated to be torn down and reconstructed under a new design that probation officials said would allow them to implement a new "small group treatment" model. "I think when it's finished, Los Angeles will have a state-of-the-art facility, and people will be coming from across the nation to see how to do it right," said probation department Assistant Chief Don Meyer, who oversees the county's 13 probation camps and three juvenile halls.
November 21, 2013 |
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The state of Alabama can't rewrite a history shot through with hate and violence, but with the help of one determined woman it has added a postscript. On Thursday, Alabama's parole board pardoned the last of the long-dead Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers falsely accused of rape in 1931. Their case was monumental. It divided some residents here and united others, led to two landmark Supreme Court decisions, and precipitated the civil rights movement in the decades that followed.
November 19, 2013 |
Albuquerque voters resoundingly rejected an antiabortion initiative Tuesday that would have banned the procedure after 20 weeks, with record-breaking turnout for a special election. The nation's first citywide measure to limit abortion lost by nearly 10 percentage points, about 55% to 45%. More than 87,000 voters cast ballots, including 50,000 who voted early or absentee. In all, about a quarter of the city's approximately 360,000 registered voters participated, a record for a special election, officials said.
November 16, 2013 |
ALBUQUERQUE - A high-desert city in one of the poorest states in the nation has become the abortion debate's latest battlefield and a testing ground for whether abortion limits can be imposed on the local level. Early voting is underway in Albuquerque for an election Tuesday, which will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Although similar bans have been passed by state legislatures, New Mexico's largest city is believed to be the first municipality in the country to place such an initiative on a ballot.
November 14, 2013 |
How do you measure school quality? For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with its overemphasis on testing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has taken matters into his own hands, issuing waivers that have freed 42 states and eight California districts - including L.A. Unified - from the law's accountability mechanisms.
November 9, 2013 |
Not long after James and Gwendolyn Jurney opened their men's store, Seize sur Vingt, in downtown Manhattan 15 years ago, a town car pulled up and, as they tell the story, a "nice man came in and started getting stuff. " Only when he was settling up did they realize he was a Hollywood titan. Now Jeffrey Katzenberg, a client ever since, doesn't have to go to New York to replenish his wardrobe with the store's signature slimly cut custom-tailored suits and shirts. In fact, he was the very first customer to be fitted at their new West Hollywood outpost on a quiet stretch of Melrose before they officially opened last month in suitably industry-related style with a party sponsored by the nascent Esquire Network.
November 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Chris Burden's sculpture "The Other Vietnam Memorial" is not included in the compelling retrospective of the Los Angeles-based artist's four-decade career, which fills all five floors at the New Museum here as well as the building's roof and façade. Perhaps the omission is not surprising. The downtown museum is relatively modest in size, while many of Burden's industrial-strength sculptures and installations take up lots of room. The show can offer only a thumbnail sampling of his output, plus documentation of many other works.
November 6, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The Astrodome, once lauded as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," may soon be a landmark of the past. About 53% of voters Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have paid to renovate the country's first air-conditioned domed stadium. The nostalgic value of the now rusty Dome, shuttered in 2009, may have been lost on new voters in Houston and surrounding Harris County, which adds about 10,000 residents a month and is now home...