January 31, 2013
Mother's Day has come early at CBS: Its veteran comedy "How I Met Your Mother" will return next season - the final one for the series. The entire gang is set to return for the show's swan song. And patient viewers of the long-running comedy will finally learn the identity of the enigmatic mother in the title. CBS and 20th Century Fox TV made the news official Wednesday after much speculation about the show's fate. The series, from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, premiered on CBS in September 2005 and is averaging about 10 million viewers per episode this season.
January 26, 2013
Re "Gunning for good sense," Opinion, Jan. 22 In ancient Greece, philosophers who misused logic and rhetoric to propose indefensible arguments were called sophists. Today, sophistry is the weapon anti-gun-control pundits use because they have no real arguments. Jonah Goldberg writes that 40 years ago a government drug regulator denied approval to all drugs, thus keeping helpful medications off the market along with harmful ones. Therefore, Goldberg goes on, we shouldn't act to reduce gun violence because such action would cause harm to the vast majority of people who are nonviolent.
January 26, 2013
Re "Healthcare reform's fail-safe," Editorial, Jan. 20 The Times' editorial on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, underestimates the impact of the board's ability to make indiscriminate cuts to Medicare. Physicians are already dealing with a broken Medicare payment formula, which has led to a destabilizing cycle of scheduled cuts, short-term patches and payment rates that have fallen well below the rate of inflation. It is widely agreed that Congress must eliminate this problem; the last thing we need is another arbitrary system that relies solely on payment cuts, rather than improved care delivery, to rein in costs.
January 26, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Whenever Chris Paul returns from a bruised right kneecap can't be soon enough for the Clippers. In the meantime, it has been up to All-Star Blake Griffin and super-sub Jamal Crawford to be the closer with Paul sitting out his sixth game because of a bruised right kneecap. The Clippers put the ball in Crawford's hands, but he was unable to deliver, missing a 19-foot jumper that sent the Clippers to a tough 101-100 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden.
January 26, 2013
Hollywood's most celebrated fake feud reached its epic climax Thursday when Matt Damon took over "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the night. It was an hour of entertaining revenge for the Oscar-winning star, who's been "bumped" from Kimmel's show hundreds of times over the years. With his nemesis bound and gagged in a chair, Damon had free rein over the entire broadcast, which he kindly renamed "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. " It all began with a monologue in which Damon ruthlessly taunted Kimmel and proved himself an adept stand-up performer.
January 19, 2013 |
The return of Chris Paul figured to give the Clippers a boost, another weapon to throw at the Washington Wizards. It turned out the Clippers and Paul needed everything they had to withstand an opponent with the worst record in the NBA, L.A. pulling out a 94-87 victory over Washington on Saturday night at Staples Center. Paul, who had missed the previous three games with a bone bruise in his right knee, had 22 points and 11 assists. His jumper with 32.4 seconds left gave the Clippers a 91-86 lead that sealed the victory and pushed their winning streak to four games.
January 19, 2013
Re "Time to grow up, GOP," Opinion, Jan. 15 Jonah Goldberg accurately describes some of the Republican Party's problems, but he is deluding himself if he truly believes its main issue is that it isn't doing a good job of persuading Americans. The real problem for the Republican Party is the extreme ideological views of its core constituencies. The religious right believes God is on its side; economically conservative Republicans believe in failed policies of deregulation and trickle-down tax rules; climate-change deniers believe global warming is a hoax; the GOP money establishment maintains that giving money to politicians is free speech rather than legalized bribery; and the gun-rights wing is opposed to any sensible measures on firearms.
January 11, 2013
Re "Church must restore names in files," Jan. 8 J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that restoring the names of church officials who mishandled sex abuse allegations to 30,000 pages of records may require lawyers to revisit every page, which could take months. The victims of these priests have had their lives changed forever. I think the public is willing to wait, patiently, for these corrected records. No one feels sorry for the church's lawyers who must deal with this inconvenience.
January 9, 2013
Top Latino entertainers will perform at the Kennedy Center in a series of events ahead of President Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 21, after an election in which Latinos showed their growing political influence. Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno are among a group of prominent performers who will gather Sunday, Jan. 20 for "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center. " Longoria, a co-chair of Obama's inauguration festivities, is hosting the event.