October 11, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- Zack Greinke was masterful Friday night, pitching the kind of October game that often turns stars into legends. He struck out a season-high 10 batters. He limited the St. Louis Cardinals to two runs and four hits over eight mostly-dominant innings. But the Dodgers lost. If the Dodgers fail to win the National League Championship Series, this 13-inning, 3-2, walk-off defeat in Game 1 will be remembered not for Greinke's performance, but the incompetence that was exhibited at Busch Stadium.
October 4, 2013 |
Let's say this right off the bat: Jane Fonda, in the opinion of this lowly journalist at least, is a perfectly fine choice for an AFI life achievement award. She's done remarkable film work going back a long way, whether in "On Golden Pond," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Klute," "Coming Home" or many others. She's a woman on a list that needs more women (only eight have been given the AFI honor in the award's 42-year history). And whether it's videos about exercise or getting conservatives exercised, Fonda has continually reinvented herself in ways that go well beyond the movies.
October 1, 2013 |
Two years ago, California overhauled its criminal justice system by shifting responsibility for many felons from the state government to the counties. There is no denying that the change was abrupt. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, also known as AB 109, on April 4, 2011, and followed up with a companion bill that fleshed out many of the funding details in June of that year. Counties then had just three months to prepare their jails, their law enforcement agencies and their probation departments to be ready for the Oct. 1 implementation date, after which defendants convicted of lower-level felonies were sent to jails instead of state prisons, and felons released from prison after serving sentences for lower-level crimes came under the supervision of county probation officers instead of state parole agents.
September 25, 2013 |
Dwight King didn't need exit meetings to reinforce what did not go right for him on the ice. He knew it even before sitting down with General Manager Dean Lombardi and Coach Darryl Sutter after the playoffs last season. The upward trajectory of his Kings' career had slowed in the lockout-shortened season with four goals and 10 points in 47 games. In the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup, King scored five goals and eight points in 20 games. Lombardi and Sutter told him to "refresh.
September 20, 2013 |
What in the name of Otto Graham are the Cleveland Browns doing? In trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014, they pitched last year's No. 3 pick two games into the season and treated their real-life NFL franchise the way I handle my fantasy team. Don't like the results? Start trading! It's obvious that the Browns, despite their predictable claims to the contrary, have no expectations for this season. The individual players do, of course, because that's how they're wired, and there's no guarantee they will be on the roster tomorrow, let alone next season.
September 19, 2013 |
There's magic in the air in the sci-fi thriller "Plus One. " Like the latest must-have rave accessory, an unexplained force crackles, glows and makes revelers see double. Director Dennis Iliadis pairs a familiar premise - teens partying like there's no tomorrow while the world falls apart around them - with an original conceit. At a lavish house party, doppelgangers of all the guests appear, disappear, then reappear, each time with closer resemblances to the original individuals.
September 18, 2013 |
Don't call him Touchdown Phil. "I really don't like that," UCLA fullback Phillip Ruhl said, with kind of a smile. Still, his teammates can't resist. Ruhl, now in his fourth season as a walk-on, has two touchdowns in two games. He returned a blocked punt four yards for a score against Nevada. Then he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass against Nebraska. It is the most touchdowns by a UCLA walk-on since running back Craig Sheppard had two in 2007. "I always envisioned getting to do this," Ruhl said.
September 18, 2013 |
Ducks owner Henry Samueli, whose management company operates the Honda Center, said Wednesday he doesn't anticipate bringing an NBA team to the arena as a tenant any time soon but he remains committed to backing his money-losing NHL team and maintaining a state-of-the-art arena. Samueli and his wife, Susan, bought the Ducks from the Walt Disney Co. in 2005 and have since spent $80 million on arena improvements. That includes upgrading locker rooms to NBA standards and undertaking the $20-million Grand Terrace entertainment project that will open Oct. 10, coinciding with the Ducks' home opener.
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September 18, 2013 |
When the thought of running for homecoming queen first swept through Cassidy Campbell's mind last year, she pushed the impulse aside. It would just be a joke, she told herself. Now the high school senior sees it as a chance to make a statement. "This year," she said, stroking her long black hair at the kitchen table in her home in Huntington Beach, "I'm a girl every day. " Photos: Being a girl every day Cassidy has revved up a social media campaign in an effort to win the homecoming crown at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, joining a growing but still-thin group of transgender teens across the country who see an opportunity to shake up gender norms by competing in what's long been a tradition-bound, sex-segregated American staple.
September 17, 2013 |
Recently installed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said trade opportunities with Mexico will expand as economic and security conditions improve in America's southern neighbor. Pritzker is headed to Mexico for her first official trade mission Nov. 18. The trip will focus on key industries such as advanced manufacturing and health information technology, she told The Times in a brief interview Tuesday after delivering a keynote address at the U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum in downtown Los Angeles.