CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - California may be stymied for years to come in its efforts to resume executions as a result of a new court ruling, bureaucratic requirements and difficulty obtaining lethal injection drugs, advocates on both sides of the death penalty said Friday. Supporters of capital punishment urged Gov. Brown to challenge a state appeals court's unanimous decision against California's lethal injection protocol, even though an appeal could take years. They also called on the governor to introduce a new single-drug execution method for public vetting.
August 27, 2012 |
A reader has questioned an observation in a Times editorial on Sunday that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop who will deliver a benediction at this week's Republican convention, "should have followed protocol and allowed a local and lower-profile cleric to do the honors. " The reader wrote that "the editorial claims that the cardinal usurped the right of the local bishop (the bishop of the St. Petersburg Diocese) to deliver the benediction, while the cardinal himself stated that he had consulted the bishop, Robert Lynch, who agreed to defer to the cardinal.
April 15, 2012 |
Death of a Superhero The Giant Mechanical Man Sleepless Night Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The Tribeca Film Festival opens Wednesday, but three of the fest's entries will be available to watch a day earlier, for attendees and non-attendees alike. Those movies are: "Death of a Superhero," a melancholy coming-of-age drama about a teenage cancer patient (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) who is just coming to terms with his own mortality when he falls in love with a rebellious classmate (Aisling Loftus)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2012 |
A new city report assails officials in charge of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for failing to impose even basic financial controls, allowing the routine squandering of public money and permitting corruption to take root in "a dysfunctional and risk-prone culture. " On the Coliseum Commission's watch, $870,000 was sent to South America for soccer matches that were never held, according to an audit released Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel's office. In addition, a Coliseum contractor received millions in payments even though he had no contract, and a stadium staffer was paid for working 25 hours in a single day. Auditors also found that the commissioners gave their former general manager, Patrick Lynch, an annual bonus of $125,000 for several years without requiring him to undergo a performance review.
January 18, 2012 |
Clay Daniel remembers the first time he saw Yu Darvish in person. It was at a 2002 tryout on an island off the coast of Japan, when the lanky right-hander, who signed a six-year, $60-million deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, was only 16. "He was a fungo bat, about 6 feet 4 and 160 pounds, and he was only throwing 85-88 mph," said Daniel, then the Angels' international scouting director. "He was still a baby, but you could tell he had a chance to be something special. " Dodgers special advisor Tom Lasorda had a similar reaction when he saw Darvish in the 2004 Koshien National High School Baseball Championships as a senior in 2004.
January 9, 2012 |
Get ready for three rematches in this weekend's divisional round of the NFL playoffs, and a fourth game that appears to be a grudge match. Houston is playing Baltimore again. Denver is playing New England again. The New York Giants are playing Green Bay again. But the most interesting behind-the-scenes story — which is unconfirmed — involves the game that wasn't played this regular season: New Orleans versus San Francisco. Those teams squared off in the exhibition season — the debut of 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh — and the Saints won, 24-3, in the Superdome.