September 23, 2013 |
Shaquille O'Neal already seemed about as involved in the NBA as one could get -- a four-time champion, a future Hall of Famer and currently an analyst on TNT. But now he's added another role -- team owner. The former Lakers center has acquired a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings under new owner Vivek Ranadive, the team announced Monday. O'Neal will be formally introduced in Sacramento at a news conference on Tuesday. "What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal told USA Today.
September 23, 2013 |
The Ducks trimmed their preseason roster to 35 players Monday, sending prospect goaltender John Gibson and defenseman Mat Clark to American Hockey League affiliate Norfolk along with four others. Gibson, 20, paced the U.S. to a junior world championship and then was in net as the U.S. won the bronze medal in the summer world championships. He shut out Colorado in the third period last week, but also was torched by the Kings, giving up three goals in a seven-minute span, Sept.
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September 20, 2013 |
Cecil Fergerson, an art curator and activist who advocated for minority artists, got his first job right out of high school in a major museum. As a janitor. That was just about the only work available to African Americans in 1948 at the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art. By the time the Los Angeles County Museum of Art had broken off as a separate entity in the early 1960s, he had fought his way up to the position of museum helper. He co-founded the influential Black Arts Council, and when he left the museum in 1985 it was as a curatorial assistant.
September 14, 2013 |
There was the hopeful plan for left-hander Chris Capuano, and then the one that became reality. Sometimes you just have to make this up as you go. Capuano threw off the mound Friday for the first time since suffering a groin injury last week, throwing about 30 pitches in a full bullpen session. “But the last couple felt like it wasn't quite 100%,” he said. “The optimistic plan was to maybe be available Sunday or Monday out of the 'pen, but we're going to give it a rest tomorrow and come get back on the mound Sunday or Monday one more time before we declare it ready for a game.” Capuano made it only to the second inning in his last start before he had to exit when the groin injury flared up. When Capuano does return, he will have to prove to the Dodgers he can bring value out of the bullpen for the postseason.
September 9, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Edgy residents of the Syrian capital are grappling with a difficult question: What if a U.S. airstrike helps rebels poised on the city's outskirts to storm into the heart of Damascus? The capital has been mostly insulated from the worst of the fighting, which has largely been concentrated in outlying suburbs and elsewhere in the country. But speculation is rampant that U.S. air attacks will try to break down government defenses and enable opposition forces to storm into the streets of the capital, President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
September 8, 2013 |
The Obama administration - with the backing of key Republicans in Congress - is poised to embark on a strategy that entails punitive airstrikes on Syrian government positions and stepped-up lethal aid to moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. So far, however, the Syrian opposition has been unable to win significant support from the country's ethnic and religious minorities. Without such support, the opposition is unlikely to prevail even with stepped-up U.S. assistance. Moreover, the inability of the Syrian rebels, who are almost all Sunni Muslim Arabs, to win over the country's Kurds, Alawites and Christians raises the question of whether their victory is even desirable.
September 6, 2013 |
Sergio C. Garcia was brought to the United States illegally by his parents when he was a minor. Since then, he has earned a college degree and worked his way through law school. He's met all the requirements necessary to become a lawyer, passing the bar exam and receiving a positive moral character determination from the Committee of Bar Examiners. The only thing Garcia lacks is a law license. The State Bar of California, which normally determines who should receive a law license, has recommended he be given one, and Atty.
August 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - They are all "veterans of the tobacco wars," as Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois put it. Over the years, they have sponsored legislation to ban smoking on airplanes, led efforts to remove depictions of tobacco use in films and successfully sued the tobacco industry for misleading the public about the dangers of smoking. And at a recent hearing, the trio of Democratic senators - Durbin, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut - grilled executives from an industry they said was selling an unhealthy product and an unsafe message to young people.
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August 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Facebook and other social networking sites would have to abide by new protections for minors under a measure approved Friday by the Senate and sent to the governor. The bill prohibits marketing certain products, including guns, bullets, dietary supplements and alcohol to minors, and bars the compiling of personal information provided by underage Internet users for marketing by third parties. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said his measure also would protect “the teenager who says something on the Internet that they regret five minutes later.” “Under this bill, websites in California will have to have the ability for the young teenager to remove that [posting]
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August 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - California may enforce a new law that prohibits mental health professionals from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, a federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the law does not violate the free speech rights of patients or professionals or the fundamental rights of parents. The state may prohibit treatment it deems harmful, the court said. "Without a doubt, protecting the well-being of minors is a legitimate state interest," wrote Judge Susan P. Graber, a President Clinton appointee.