January 24, 2014 |
When the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act last year, it seemed impossible that a divided Congress would be able to agree on new legislation that would satisfy the court's concerns and restore robust enforcement of the landmark civil rights law. But a creative new proposal may confound the cynics. Last June, the court by a 5-4 vote struck down the formula used in the Voting Rights Act to determine which states and localities must "pre-clear" voting procedures with the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington.
January 22, 2014 |
The Angels have signed utility infielder Ian Stewart, a former Westminster La Quinta High star who was a first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2003, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Stewart has a career .232 average with a .319 on-base percentage and .417 slugging percentage, 59 home runs and 204 runs batted in over six seasons, five with the Rockies and one with the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old third baseman and second baseman was suspended for 10 games without pay by the Cubs last season for going on a Twitter rant about his reduced role in the organization, a violation of the loyalty clause in his contract.
January 21, 2014 |
Sami Vatanen's value to the Ducks is seen in the fact he's scored a goal in two of the past four games he's played, contributing more than 21 minutes of ice time a week ago. With the return of defenseman Luca Sbisa from a torn right hand tendon coming, however, the younger Vatanen was moved down to minor-league Norfolk Wednesday morning before the Ducks (37-9-5) play the Winnipeg Jets (22-23-5) at Honda Center at 7 p.m. “That's the only move that could be made,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
January 16, 2014 |
Veteran infielder John McDonald, 39, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that includes an invitation to spring training, the team confirmed on Thursday. The well-traveled defensive standout, who has played for eight major league clubs in 15 years, will compete with Andrew Romine for the utility infield job. He will earn $850,000 in base salary plus incentives if he makes the team. McDonald has never been a big offensive threat -- he has a .235 career average with a .274 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage, 28 home runs and 205 runs batted in and hit just .111 in 51 major league games for four different teams in 2013.
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January 11, 2014 |
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
January 6, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under pressure from shareholders who say the company has too many white men in its upper ranks, Apple has taken a step toward add more female and minority directors to its board. The Cupertino, Calif., company added new language to the board charter to say it plans to consider women and minorities as board candidates. Apple made the move after shareholders Trillium Asset Management and the Sustainability Group expressed disappointment that Apple has only one woman on its eight-member board and only one woman on its executive team reporting to Chief Executive Tim Cook.
January 5, 2014 |
Assured that goaltender Jonathan Quick is fit when he won his first game back after a groin injury, the Kings on Sunday assigned rookie goalie Martin Jones to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. Quick strained a groin muscle Nov. 12. He returned Saturday to make 27 saves in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. Jones had a sensational start as he teamed with Ben Scrivens to fill in during Quick's absence. Jones, 23, won his first eight NHL starts -- also his first eight NHL games.
January 2, 2014 |
Angels minor league catcher Carlos Ramirez, an eighth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2009, received a 100-game suspension without pay on Thursday after a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Ramirez, 25, was suspended for 50 games to start 2013, a season in which he hit .206 with six home runs and 22 runs batted in in 48 games for double-A Arkansas, his second straight season at double-A. The suspension of Ramirez, who is currently on the triple-A Salt Lake roster, will be effective at the start of the 2014 season.
January 2, 2014 |
Let's count, because we do that a lot watching baseball. Numbers are everywhere. Whether you are a traditionalist or convinced WAR is the greatest number ever, this is for everyone. Count with me now: Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Chris Withrow and Jamey Wright. Backward or forward, that's eight, right? Eight relievers all understandably planning on being part of the Dodgers' 2014 bullpen. And that's not even counting bullpen candidates Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Yimi Garcia.
December 25, 2013 |
KERDASA, Egypt - Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo now stands nearly bare, looted and burned by an angry mob more than four months ago. In this holiday season, many Copts, adherents of one of the oldest Christian sects, see Egypt's turbulent times as a test of their faith. Although the country as a whole has been roiled by violent political upheaval, its Coptic minority feels particularly imperiled, as do many fellow Christians elsewhere in the Middle East.