August 7, 2013 |
It could be called irony. USC football fans might call it hypocrisy. With college football's spotlight on autographed memorabilia in the wake of allegations that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel accepted payment for his signature, here's what happens if you go onto shopncaasports.com, the NCAA's official online store: On USC's team page, under collectibles, there is an item for sale titled "Mounted Memories USC Trojans Reggie Bush Autographed...
August 5, 2013 |
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.
August 1, 2013 |
Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. exploded Thursday at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods let down Wall Street with its third-quarter financial results. The natural and organic foods retailer ended its first day of public trading at $40.11 a share, up $22.11, or nearly 123% higher than its $18 offering price. That was the biggest gain for an initial public offering since LinkedIn Corp. debuted with a 109.4% first-day increase on May 19, 2011, closing at $45 a share.
July 29, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - First, the pope used the word "gay. " Then he used a phrase possibly never heard from a pope: "Who am I to judge?" His first overseas trip behind him, Pope Francis made surprisingly conciliatory remarks about the role of gay people in the Roman Catholic Church and his willingness to accept them uncritically, touching off a worldwide debate over how big a shift the new pontiff was endorsing. He also spoke of finding more roles for women in the church - though not priesthood - and of showing mercy to divorced Catholics.
July 26, 2013
The gig: As president of the Los Angeles Business Council, Mary Leslie, 53, covers a lot of ground. On any given day, she might be meeting with major contributors to evaluate progress on a grant, driving to the San Fernando Valley to check out a fledgling solar installation company or researching an initiative to stop storm runoff from reaching the ocean. In spare moments, she will plot out the finer details of an upcoming summit, where government representatives, business leaders and academics will convene to solve nagging problems in housing, transportation and jobs.
July 24, 2013 |
Happy to report there have been no drug suspensions so far this week in competitive kickball, though the players association has yet to approve full testing. Till then, the only real controversies will probably involve "flip cup," a postgame drinking competition of some renown, and four or five babies produced as a result of couples who met while playing in one of the L.A. leagues - born, presumably, kicking and screaming. So, hence, I now pronounce kickball America's new national pastime.
July 17, 2013 |
After visiting Prague in late 1938, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton had an "intuition" about the fate of Jews in Czechoslovakia now that the country had come under Nazi occupation. So he began his own Kindertransport organization to rescue at risk Jewish children and send them to safety in England. Before the outbreak of World War II in Europe on Sept. 1, 1939, this British Oskar Schindler was able to organize seven rail-sea transports bringing 669 youngsters to host families in Great Britain.
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July 17, 2013 |
A Maywood man whom prosecutors described as a Satan worshiper was sentenced Wednesday for strangling and killing his mother, then dismembering her body. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 21, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Feb. 2, 2011, slaying of Amelia Espinoza , 42. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said Meraz-Espinoza's crime "ranks right up there at the top" among "the most disgusting, hideous, and vulgar" cases he's seen in more than 50 years in the legal profession.
July 10, 2013 |
To know one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is to know them all - the black-and-tan booths, low-pile carpeting and acrylic panels. Now, the 28-year-old mall staple known for a pervasive sense of sameness is undergoing what its CEO calls a "de-chaining," upgrading its image and menu to be more individual, relevant and attractive to foodies. The brand, known as CPK, is opening a prototype eatery Wednesday in the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, its first new location near its Los Angeles home base in five years.
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July 6, 2013 |
Karen Segura dug her hands deep into the soil of an onion patch at Bell Gardens Intermediate School as cars zipped past the nearly empty schoolyard. The 14-year-old was busy uprooting weeds in the school's edible garden, while around her five other students watered, tilled and pruned a lush assortment of fruits and vegetables. There were tomatoes, avocados, apples, pineapples, pumpkins, zucchinis, lavender, lettuce, Swiss chard and artichokes. Every public school in Bell Gardens has just such an urban farm run by members of the Environmental Garden Club, an after-school program that started at the intermediate school and now includes a rotating roster of 8- to 18-year-olds.