May 26, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Darryl Sutter wasn't in a philosophical mood Sunday night, and he surely wasn't inclined to appreciate the finer points of the Kings' playoff history after what felt like their 20th 2-1 playoff loss this spring. Who could blame the coach? A win Sunday at HP Pavilion would have launched the Kings to the Western Conference finals. Their third 2-1 defeat in this series and fifth by that score in two rounds, all coming on the road, sent them back to Staples Center for a decisive seventh game on Tuesday.
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April 12, 2013 |
Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres offered this excuse when asked why he'd started a fight on the field Thursday before a crowd that doubtless included hundreds of children. “It's a man's game on the field,” the 30-year-old, Stanford-educated ballplayer said. “Thoughts aren't present when things like this happen.” I'm not a baseball writer, but I covered crime -- homicide, in particular -- for many years. So when I heard Quentin's excuse, my thoughts went to the kind of violence we see on the streets of America every day. On Thursday night we saw Quentin, in response to being hit by a pitch, attack the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and break his collarbone.
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October 1, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The message was in the vetoes. With a deadline approaching, Gov. Jerry Brown had hundreds of bills heaped on his desk, but just one key point to get across to voters: Sacramento had to take the tough medicine on fiscal discipline. "California faces fiscal challenges unparalleled since the Great Depression," Brown wrote in rejecting a bill that would have made it easier for the survivors of public safety workers to collect death benefits. "While much progress has been made to reduce our structural deficit, balance our budget, reform workers' compensation and rein in spiraling pension costs - much work remains.
August 30, 2012
More than a decade after he was captured in Afghanistan, John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," was in a federal court in Indiana this week seeking not his release from a federal prison in Terre Haute but the right to pray with fellow Muslim inmates several times a day. Lindh makes a plausible case that the facility is needlessly restricting his rights under federal law. Lindh, a teenage convert to Islam who joined the Taliban before...
May 22, 2012 |
The PSA test should be abandoned as a prostate cancer screening tool, a government advisory panel has concluded after determining that the side effects from needless biopsies and treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped by early detection of cancers. At best, one life will be saved for every 1,000 men screened over a 10-year period, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. But 100 to 120 men will have suspicious results when there is no cancer, triggering biopsies that can carry complications such as pain, fever, bleeding, infection and hospitalization.
May 11, 2012
Re "Beating video may be a mental health watershed," May 9 The fatal beating of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police officers is another glaring example of failed police administration as it relates to the training of officers to properly handle resistive, combative or aggressive mentally disabled people. All medical staff and personnel employed in treatment centers for mental patients receive certified professional training on how to physically handle these types of incidents.