January 29, 2014 |
One way of measuring a president's agenda is by what he highlights in his State of the Union address. Another is by noticing what got left out. President Obama recycled a long list of old but unattained goals in his speech Tuesday: a higher federal minimum wage, early childhood education, immigration reform, tax reform, infrastructure spending, gun control, legislation to close the wage gap between men and women, and closing the detention center...
January 28, 2014 |
In an interview with The Times on Tuesday evening, Kobe Bryant acknowledged that he's disappointed that he will have to miss at least an additional three weeks because of pain and swelling in his left knee. "[I'm] down about it," Bryant said following the team's 104-92 loss to the Pacers. Bryant was examined before Tuesday's game by Dr. Steve Lombardo. He said he's still experiencing pain. "It's like an internal swelling," Bryant said. "It's different. It's not something that's kind of on the surface where you can pinpoint and feel the swelling around.
January 25, 2014 |
The couple of hundred fans who made the 20-minute, early-morning hike out to the 10th tee to witness a third-round charge by Tiger Woods in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines instead watched him trip out of the gate and stagger to the finish. Woods finished with a seven-over-par 79, one of his worse scores as a pro, and did not make the second cut to play Sunday. Wearing gray slacks, a black shirt, black cap and a frown, Woods bogeyed his first hole, a par four, after missing the fairway off the tee, a chronic problem for him in his first tournament of the year. He has managed to hit less than 43% of the fairways off the tee in three rounds.
January 24, 2014 |
With All-Star forward Kevin Durant sitting out Friday night against the Boston Celtics, the Oklahoma City Thunder will play a game for the first time since 2008, when the franchise relocated from Seattle, without either Durant or point guard Russell Westbrook in the lineup. Durant, who is leading the NBA in scoring at 31 points a game after a run of nine consecutive games with at least 30 points, injured his right shoulder when he was fouled trying to dunk against San Antonio on Wednesday night in a 111-105 victory that moved the Thunder (33-10)
January 24, 2014 |
CHICAGO - It sounds simplistic, but the axiom reflected how the Clippers shot down the defense-oriented Chicago Bulls, 112-95, Friday night at the United Center. "Let's be honest," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "It's a make-miss league. " And the Clippers made a lot of shots, from two-point range, from three-point range, from all over the court. They shot 53.9% from the field, shredding a Bulls defense that had limited opponents to 42.9% shooting, the NBA's third-best percentage on defense before the game started.
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January 23, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has again asked federal judges for more time to reduce crowding in California's prisons and, in an about-face, proposed to free inmates early if he misses an extended deadline. California is under orders to remove thousands of inmates from state lockups by April 18, a deadline already delayed more than a year. In papers filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, Brown asked for an additional two years. That is "the minimum length of time needed to allow new reform measures to responsibly draw down the prison population while avoiding the early release of inmates," the documents say. Brown has declared repeatedly that releasing prisoners early would jeopardize public safety.
January 21, 2014 |
Figure skater Ashley Wagner has revived the core of her old "Samson and Delilah" long program for the Sochi Olympics, responding to her heart and to a mediocre performance that nearly cost her a spot on the U.S. team. Wagner fell twice during her "Romeo and Juliet" long program at the U.S. championships and finished fourth. She made the Olympic team when the selection committee skipped over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia to choose Wagner, who has won two national titles and earned top-five finishes at the last two world championships.
January 21, 2014 |
What had the makings of a nice little showdown between two of the NBA's better point guards unfortunately won't be taking place now when the Clippers play at the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. That's because the league's preeminent point guard, Chris Paul, and up-and-coming young Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker are both out with injuries. Paul has a Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder he suffered against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 3 that is expected to keep him out another four weeks.
January 21, 2014 |
In a sad ending to a mystery that captivated New York and fueled a family's frantic, months-long search for answers, police said Tuesday that remains found in the East River are those of Avonte Oquendo , a boy with autism who fled his school last October. DNA confirmed that the badly decomposed remains, which a teenage girl stumbled upon while out walking last week, were the 14-year-old. No cause of death was given, and police said the investigation into Avonte's death was continuing.
January 18, 2014 |
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director Patrick Creadon, her guest this afternoon on "B.Y.O.D. " (for "Bring Your Own Documentary"), Timoner's weekly online chat show for TheLip.tv. They have much to talk about. Timoner, 41, twice won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature at Sundance: for her explosive 2004 rock doc "Dig!"