May 4, 2013 |
DETROIT - Controversy was bound to appear at some stage of this tightly contested playoff series, and it showed up at Joe Louis Arena late in the second period in Game 3. It came in the form of a crushing hit by Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader on Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, driving a woozy Lydman from the game and leading to Abdelkader's ejection. Talk about the definition of a game changer. BOX SCORE: Ducks 4, Detroit 0 The Ducks' Nick Bonino scored 18 seconds into the five-minute major penalty for charging assessed to Abdelkader, breaking open a scoreless game, and Anaheim did not look back, beating Detroit, 4-0, on Saturday night.
May 3, 2013 |
A bill in the California Legislature would open jury duty to noncitizen legal residents, a risky experiment in fundamental U.S. law. The Assembly last week passed a bill that immediately drew nationwide attention - for all the wrong reasons. There goes that wacky Golden State again! Assembly Bill 1401, which now goes to the state Senate, would allow noncitizens who are legal residents to serve on juries. If this becomes law, California will be the only state that opens its jury pool to noncitizens.
April 11, 2013 |
You won't be surprised to hear that a movie called "Fists of Legend" boasts plenty of hand-to-hand (and foot-to-body) contact. But the title of this overlong yet involving Korean actioner is a wink too. It refers to a fictional TV show that recruits middle-aged citizens to relive their high school fighting days in hyped-up mixed martial arts battles, all for the chance at fleeting reality fame and quick cash. Lured to perform are three long-estranged buddies - noodle shop-owning widower and ex-boxer Deok-kyu (Hwang Jung-min)
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April 9, 2013 |
It's not enough that medical insurance companies want to dictate how much and what kind of treatment our illnesses deserve. Now legislators and law enforcement agencies are butting in, trying to curtail the use of high-powered painkillers because too many people are dying from abuse of prescription drugs. A physicians group is asking the Food and Drug Administration for stricter guidelines on how the drugs are used, an FDA advisory panel has recommended limiting patients to fewer pills and making prescriptions harder to refill, and Congress is considering a bill that would bump hydrocodone-based pills - Vicodin, Norco and Lortab - into the same controlled-substance class as opium.
April 5, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers should have been selling red herrings at the souvenir stand. Josh Hamilton says this is not a baseball town, and tens of thousands of actual adults lay in wait for him, hiding behind those words to unleash wave upon wave of fury and indignation. Baseball town, football town, whatever. Hamilton took the money and ran off with the Angels. Boo him if you like - and the sellout crowd at the Rangers' home opener booed him hostilely on Friday during a 3-2 Texas win - but at least be honest about it. Of course this is a football town.
April 4, 2013 |
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.