October 11, 2013 |
BOSTON - With a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into the center-field grass at Fenway Park, there's no question the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon still resonates in this city. The bombing that left three dead and many injured probably will be revisited again this weekend when the Red Sox play host to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, which opens Saturday with Boston's Jon Lester facing Detroit's Anibal Sanchez. But as much as the Red Sox have used the "Boston Strong" campaign as a metaphor for their rags-to-riches season, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer doesn't believe any town has a monopoly on finding inspiration from what transpired that day in April.
October 3, 2013 |
We have now reached the stage of bogus indignation in the government shutdown. The leading example is the ruthless exploitation by House Republicans of World War II veterans brought to the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall for a theatrical hand-wringing over the memorial's closure -- one of many impacts of the shutdown. You might think from the news coverage of this camera-ready event that it just happened. Not so. As Brian Rooney of the Rooney Report observes, "For two days reporters have covered veterans crossing barriers to visit the memorial, but failed to point out that the press was tipped to the event staged with the help of Republican politicians.
October 3, 2013
Producer-director Marta Cunningham's documentary, "Valentine Road," is a moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King by straight classmate Brandon McInerney in Oxnard. The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. (The phobic, mortified McInerney shot King the day after King openly flirted with him). Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King, who, just prior to his death, was living in a group home/treatment center away from his adoptive parents.
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October 2, 2013 |
The cremated ashes of an 87-year-old Burbank woman were stolen from a minivan parked outside the home of relatives who had planned a memorial gathering this weekend for the woman. The ashes of Lois LaRocco, who died in late August due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, were contained in a navy blue leather urn that had been left overnight in a minivan as family members prepared for the memorial gathering and wrestled with how to discuss the urn with the woman's grandchildren.
October 2, 2013 |
UCLA nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa remembers his visit to Utah as a sophomore in 2011. "I saw snow for the first time in my entire life," he said. Utah won, 31-6, on an icy field that became a slippery slope for the Bruins. UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recalls a field trip to Salt Lake City in 2007. "We went up there highly ranked; we were undefeated," he said. Utah won, 44-6, in game that had neither snow nor a UCLA touchdown. The Bruins return Thursday to open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Grace, an 89-year-old Navy veteran, called his visit to the National World War II Memorial "an extraordinary experience. " But it was an experience he and 90 other World War II veterans were almost denied. When his group arrived Tuesday at the National World War II Memorial after traveling more than 1,000 miles from southern Mississippi, they were greeted with barricades and signs alerting them that the site was closed. "We were very afraid we weren't going to be able to get onto the site," said Kimberly Foster-Moody, president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, a nonprofit group that raised $90,000 to bring the veterans to the capital.
September 24, 2013 |
Preschool naps should be preserved, even in the face of pressures to add more to the curriculum, say researchers who concluded that sleep enhances kids' memories. Children who took midday naps of an average of a little longer than an hour performed better on a task that day and the next day than did the kids who didn't nap, scientists reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also found that the non-nappers couldn't make up the deficit with nighttime sleep.
September 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama was both consoling and stern Sunday as he called out the names and favorite pastimes of the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting before demanding that the U.S. overcome its "frozen" politics to make guns less accessible to those who would commit mass murder. "Our tears are not enough," Obama told a memorial attended by about 5,000 people at the Marine Barracks Washington, a few blocks from the Navy Yard in southeast Washington where a gunman killed 12 people last week before he was fatally shot by police.
September 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An anguished President Obama called on Americans on Sunday to transform the nation and find a way to limit gun violence. Speaking at a memorial for 12 workers who died in the Washington Navy Yard rampage last week, he urged the U.S. not to accept mass shootings as routine. This, Obama noted, is the fifth time he has grieved with communities "ripped apart by mass violence" since taking office in January 2009. "Once more our hearts are broken," he told the more than 5,000 people who attended the service at the Marine Barracks Washington, a few blocks from the Navy Yard.
September 21, 2013 |
Big West Conference football has come to town. Well, the remnants of it. New Mexico State dropped by the Rose Bowl on Saturday night to pick up a hefty check and, probably, another loss. Across town, Utah State gave USC everything it could handle before losing, 17-14. These schools are alumni of the Big West. The conference dropped football after the 2000 season, sending teams off into the wild. “I still follow the programs,” Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said.