March 7, 2012 |
Quite possibly the ugliest 15-point win in the history of UCLA basketball began with a bus trip to bonkers. Every team in the Pac-12 tournament is staying in a hotel across the street from Staples Center, and every team but one simply walks to the arena. Ben Howland's Bruins are the exception. They travel the block by bus. Before their first-round game with USC on Wednesday, Bruins center Josh Smith was four minutes late for that bus. Smith walked across the street and arrived at the locker room before the team, only to discover he was being benched in the first half because he was late for a bus that was, well, later than him. There's something really weird about all this, right?
February 15, 2012 |
Every week, some celebrity-connected or luxury properties of note just don't quite make it into the Hot Property column. Among recent near-misses: The Sunday Home of the Week may have looked vaguely familiar as it was a film location for last year's “Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” which used the rebuilt Victorian home in Piru for some scenes. An estate that recently closed at $21.75 million in gated Beverly Park is leading the big-sales-so-far-this-year race in Los Angeles County among properties on the Multiple Listing Service.
July 13, 2011 |
An Emmy nod may be in store for a dark drama about an antihero rising to the top of an all-American industry during a tumultuous historical epoch. And, no, we're not talking about ethically compromised adman Don Draper, bedding his way through the '60s on "Mad Men. " When the Emmy nominations are announced Thursday morning, many TV pundits expect that HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" will land among the six nominees for drama, most likely putting the...
November 27, 2010 |
In the final hours of a chaotic presidential campaign in a country that needs no more drama this year, candidate Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly sent out a "breaking news" announcement: He had survived an assassination attempt by a member of the nation's leading party. His campaign called a news conference in the capital Saturday, and Martelly's cousin ? the manager of a hotel immortalized by Graham Greene as a place where you expect to be greeted by "a maniac butler, with a bat dangling from the chandelier" ?
December 7, 2007
Afederal report on air safety released Wednesday was notable not only for its conclusion that near misses among planes on the ground are soaring nationwide, but for pointing out that Los Angeles International Airport is the U.S. headquarters of potential disaster. LAX had the most close calls of the country's busiest commercial airports over the last eight years, according to the Government Accountability Office, and the highest number of incidents considered the most severe.
October 14, 2007 |
Joe McKnight brought the fire, but don't be blinded by it. This USC team barely smolders. Mark Sanchez brought the cheers -- San-chez, San-chez -- but don't be deafened by them. This USC team is not yet worth shouting about. Those who watched only the fourth quarter of the Trojans' 20-13 escape from Arizona on Saturday will rave about the snapshots of McKnight and Sanchez. But those who witnessed the previous three hours saw the bigger picture. These Trojans are more ordinary than outstanding.