February 25, 2014 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can create a citizens commission to oversee the sheriff, in an effort to prevent the kinds of abuses that have been the subject of news reports, lawsuits and indictments over the last several years. But let's be clear at the outset: Neither the board nor any citizens commission it creates will have the power to reward or punish the sheriff or to give him orders. So is there any value to adding a new layer of review? There can be, if oversight is designed with care and with a deep understanding of the particular challenges presented by the office of sheriff.
February 21, 2014 |
Now, how to get to 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day? Experts advise sprinkling activity throughout the day. So here's just one strategy: 1. Strap on the fitness tracker immediately after waking. 2. Make it a point to look at your fitness tracker every hour on the hour, beginning one hour after you awake. 3. Aim to get 800 to 1,000 steps in by the start of every new hour. (That might not happen, but the goal will help you scout opportunities to fit in steps.) 4. If necessary, play "catch up" by getting in a few hundred steps before work, at lunch, after work and when you get home.
February 19, 2014 |
One of the motivations for the creation of the Open Division was to help schools that haven't won championships get the opportunity to compete for a title, and that seems likley. In 1AA, with five schools moved to the Open Division, it clears the way for Rancho Cucamonga (23-4) to make a big run in the bottom half of the bracket as the No. 2 seed. Two of the Cougars' four losses were to Etiwanda. They have top players in guard Victor Joseph and 6-foot-5 forward Daylan Lawrence.
February 12, 2014 |
James Harden is long gone, presumably never to return. Russell Westbrook is probably coming back soon, though the right knee that has required three surgeries since April makes his long-term durability somewhat questionable. That leaves Kevin Durant, which means everything is going to be OK(C) for the Thunder. It almost seems as if the spindly forward is all Oklahoma City needs on many nights. Durant recently scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games, a streak that ended only after he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
February 7, 2014 |
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Keen not to let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama jetted to an agricultural research hub here Friday to sign into law a long-delayed farm bill and tout the importance of rural America to the economy. In a brief trip to Michigan State University, Obama cited the bill as a victory for his economic agenda and a hopeful sign he could "break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven, partisan decision-making. " His message, however, was undermined by the release of a weak jobs report and a snub from Republican lawmakers who were invited to the unusual outside-Washington signing ceremony but did not attend.
January 27, 2014 |
For the first time in a long time, it didn't snow in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival, not even a flurry. The barren hills surrounding the town provided a physical echo of a festival that was not overflowing with greatness either. But, paradoxically, experiencing Sundance in an off year highlighted some of the things that make the festival so valuable. If you just looked at the awards list, it might seem that 2014 was very good indeed. Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" won both the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award for U.S. drama, and the festival's various entities liked the films on offer so much that a full 25 features went home with awards.