January 15, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
January 15, 2014 |
The appeals court ruling Tuesday that rejected most of the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" rules sent a fair number of Internet advocates into panic attacks. But the worst-case scenarios laid out in the media - consumers gouged, rival websites blocked, commercialization triumphant - are for the most part overblown. That's because the ruling was actually a victory for the methodical rule-making process conducted by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (shown in an unflattering photo above)
January 14, 2014 |
A federal appeals court swept aside government regulations designed to ensure equal access to the Internet, raising the prospects of higher fees for consumers and more barriers for start-ups seeking to compete online. The decision Tuesday could allow AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other Internet service providers to charge the likes of Netflix and YouTube more money to deliver movies and video to their customers. The ruling also throws into disarray the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to limit telecom and cable firms from discriminating against certain Internet traffic by slowing speeds, impeding access or raising fees.
January 11, 2014 |
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA 1. INDIANA (29-7) ABC doesn't want Pacers in the Finals even with 141% local TV ratings jump. (2) 2. SAN ANT. (28-8) Spurs lead West but have ground to make up in Texas (0-2 versus Rockets). (5) CORNER ROOM AT THE W 3. MIAMI (27-10) Heat receives anti-flopping warning after losses to Knicks, Nets. (1) 4. OKLA. CITY (28-9) Thunder starting to wear down with Kevin Durant continually going one on five.
January 11, 2014 |
One bad line change, one well-placed rebound and one opportunistic, hard-charging forward. That was the game-changing play between the Kings and the Red Wings on Saturday night at Staples Center. Tomas Tatar of Slovakia scored the game-winner in the third period with 7 minutes 54 seconds to play, giving the injury-depleted Red Wings a 3-1 victory over the Kings. The breakdown came even before Kings goalie Jonathan Quick kicked the rebound of a Riley Sheahan shot right onto the stick of the on-rushing Tatar.
January 10, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Someone has to pay for Jonas Hiller's success. This season it has been the Ducks' opponents, but later this summer it could be the Ducks. Should the Ducks' goaltender beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, he'll become one of eight goaltenders in NHL history to win 13 consecutive games. Hiller's hot streak has helped the Ducks (32-8-5) to the best record in the NHL and - considering he's in the final year of his contract - his pay should inflate significantly beyond his current $4.5-million salary.
January 8, 2014 |
Jan. 8 marks the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America's War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrative is just as wrong. The real story with some fundamental facts highlighted is more complex than simple wins and losses, and long overdue. First, careful studies confirm that many of the safety net programs initiated with the War on Poverty, such as Head Start, WIC and food stamps (now called SNAP)
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December 25, 2013 |
Law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles County announced this week that they had arrested 1,366 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in an 11-day span earlier this month. The effort between Dec. 13 at 12:01 a.m. and Dec. 23 at midnight is part of a winter crackdown on drunk drivers and exceeds the 1,298 arrests issued over the same 11-day period in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that the California Highway Patrol's maximum enforcement period runs from 6 p.m. Christmas Eve through midnight on Christmas.
December 23, 2013 |
For decades the Kings simply couldn't draft and develop an elite goaltender. Their two best goalies were established players acquired through trades: Rogie Vachon was a three-time Stanley Cup champion when the Kings got him from Montreal in November 1971, and Kelly Hrudey had 241 games of NHL experience when the Kings got him from the New York Islanders in February 1989. Some goalies the Kings drafted never reached the NHL. Some played a few games. Some found success elsewhere: Billy Smith, a 1970 fifth-round pick, was claimed by the Islanders in the 1972 expansion draft and won four titles with them.
December 17, 2013 |
Paul McCartney is a lover, not a fighter. Wait, that was Michael Jackson. Well, it turns out that the same goes for Jackson's singing partner in the classic '80s hit "The Girl Is Mine. " And it's a good thing, too, or else things might have gotten ugly at Barclays Center, where he stopped by Monday night to watch the Brooklyn Nets stomp the Philadelphia 76ers. And, apparently, to get a free Nets T-shirt. Check out Sir Paul's reaction when they brought out the T-shirt cannons and one of the garments appeared to be headed in his direction.