March 15, 2010 |
On Sunday, more than 24,000 people will run the 26.2 miles of the L.A. Marathon from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica — a good chunk of them first-timers. Without knowing quite what they were getting into, they've trained for weeks and pushed their bodies to the limit. Their reasons are as varied as L.A.'s neighborhoods. Some have had the race on their bucket list; others will run in remembrance of a loved one, as a weight-loss regimen or to fulfill a bet. Does the inspiration matter?
December 15, 1985
As the president of the Crenshaw Apartment Improvement Program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth Ryon for the very fine article (Dec. 1) on the apartment community infamously known as "The Jungle." This article has had a provocative impact on the community, and has served as a source of motivation to many who now want to get involved. Again, Ruth, thank you for your very fair and well-balanced reporting, and hopefully your efforts in cleaning up "The Jungle" will serve to make you proud as well.
January 8, 2008
A raise that's hard to justify," Opinion, Jan. 4 How can Scott Baker conclude that judges making far less than their private practice peers are nonetheless provably just as qualified? What evidence proves that lower-paid judges have the same legal quality as higher-paid judges? As judicial salaries fail to keep pace with private attorney salaries, there is an obvious financial motivation for more successful attorneys to avoid judicial service. The baseball umpire analogy is unhelpful.
December 31, 2000
The concussions were scary for Ben Leard, and the back surgery and separated shoulder were certainly no fun. But what really hurt him was an all-out booing blitz from his team's fans on an October day in 1998. "Hearing all those boos in my direction, I was embarrassed," Auburn's senior quarterback said. "It's something I never wanted to hear again. It's been a motivating thing for me. It's something I'd never experienced and never wanted to again."
August 26, 2011 |
Anyone seen actor Jonah Hill lately? We did a double-take at the newsstand the other day when we spied the current issue of New York magazine featuring Brad Pitt and some other good-looking guy. Upon closer inspection, said guy was actually Hill, minus about a million pounds. The former chubster has slimmed down considerably. He allegedly did it the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise. He follows in the footsteps of funny former male fatties such as Seth Rogan, Horatio Sanz and George Lopez, who have all noticeably trimmed their waistlines.
August 11, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant was able to sum up his motivation as a player in one simple word ... "Six," said Bryant to Wang Dong of CCTV News in support of his 3rd Annual Sprite Charity Basketball Game in China. Bryant has won five championships with the Lakers. He's currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he sustained in a game April 12. "I expect us to go out there and do what we do best, just try and win a championship," said Bryant. "I'm excited about this upcoming year because there are a lot of question marks -- a lot of people doubting and giving us challenges. I'm excited about it. " The Lakers will face tough competition this season in both conferences, especially with Bryant's health a concern and the loss of Dwight Howard in free agency to the Houston Rockets. Veterans Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are also rehabbing injuries from the previous season.