February 28, 2014 |
With a Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,000 civilians, violent crackdowns against protesters in Turkey and Ukraine and a string of anti-gay laws from Russia to Uganda, human rights abuses last year ranked among the worst in years, the State Department concluded Thursday in its annual review of more than 200 countries and territories. "The year 2013 may well be known for some of the most egregious atrocities in recent memory," Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor, said during a briefing Thursday.
February 27, 2014 |
The six state attorneys general who have declined to defend their states' bans on same-sex marriage in court got some encouragement this week from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. In a speech to the National Assn. of Attorneys General, Holder said that it was sometimes appropriate for attorneys general to abandon their usual obligation to defend the constitutionality of state laws. This page supports same-sex marriage unreservedly. But even so, we worry that Holder's comments will embolden additional state attorneys general - Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives - to pick and choose which of their states' laws they will defend in court.
February 15, 2014 |
The brand-name golfers are in short supply in the Northern Trust Open, but one of the few rocketed into contention Saturday. Bubba Watson shot a 64, tied for the best round of the week. He is tied for sixth, four shots out of the lead. He has played this tournament seven times previously, missing the cut four times and never shooting better than 68. "I've never played very good here, but I love it," he said. How's that? "I love the old-school layout," he said.
February 14, 2014 |
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the Russian composer's six symphonies along with other orchestral and chamber works. But unlike other festivals - and especially the Mahler Project, Dudamel's concentrated traversal through nine symphonies with the L.A. Phil and his Bolívars two years ago - the TchaikovskyFest has no musical frame.
February 13, 2014 |
Each year, the Northern Trust Open awards an exemption to a player in the name of Charlie Sifford, who broke the PGA Tour's color barrier in the early 1960s and won the 1969 Los Angeles Open at Rancho Park. Harold Varner III, a regular on the Web.com minor league tour, was the recipient this year, and the 23-year-old played well Thursday in only his second PGA Tour start. He shot a two-under 69 and is three shots off the lead. He also showed a sense of humor, if not a gift for gab. During a post-round media session, he was asked what he could say about himself.
February 8, 2014 |
Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell arrived in the U.S. from Britain 12 years ago as the face of a show so powerful that competitors coined it the " Dea th Star" because it destroyed everything around it. But Cowell's effort to follow "American Idol" wi th his own force-of-nature singing contest has ended wi th a whimper . The U.S. version of Cowell's U.K. hit "The X Factor" is...