CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 |
It takes a small army to get Hollywood Boulevard ready for its biggest party of the year: Streets are closed. Lights are set up. Rain canopies are brought in (just in case). But it's not just the film industry that must be red-carpet-ready. The Academy Awards is the most high-profile event Los Angeles police handle each year. Police spend months planning with private security, the FBI and various city agencies for scenarios ranging from a terrorist attack to party crashers. "The glitz and glam is kind of gone for me now," said Cmdr.
February 26, 2014 |
There are only a few true masterpieces that debuted in my lifetime: the '64 Mustang; Sandra Bullock's perfect chin; and "Caddyshack," whose director, Harold Ramis, passed the other day at age 69, too damn soon, as if only on life's 14th hole. And yet 1,000 laughs over par. From the snickering hiss of the fairway sprinklers to Rodney Dangerfield's bug-eyed dancing, "Caddyshack" mixed all that was right about sports and movies into one great comedy overture. Though panned by critics at the time, the 1980 movie remains a classic by any measure, and the funniest sports movie of all time, hands down.
February 25, 2014 |
HONOLULU - When the federal government began parceling out billions of dollars for the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's home state was in an enviable position. Hawaii already had one of the highest insured rates in the nation as the result of a 40-year-old state law requiring employers to provide coverage. The state received more than $205 million in federal money to build a health insurance exchange to serve those still uninsured.
February 25, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Hoping to reach a consensus that would heal some of Ukraine's wounds, the country's acting president on Tuesday delayed the seating of an interim government for at least two days, even as opposition colleagues appealed to the Hague criminal tribunal to try fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovich on charges of crimes against humanity. Reports of mounting discord among ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and gunshot wounds suffered by a top aide to Yanukovich further heightened a sense that Ukraine's stability is threatened as politicians jockey for position before the May 25 presidential election.
February 21, 2014 |
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
February 20, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Drew Doughty threw down the gauntlet as far as who wins bragging rights should he and Team Canada defeat his Kings teammates Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown of Team USA in Friday's Olympic tournament semifinal, but Quick wasn't taking the bait. Though Doughty said he hoped to confront Quick in a shootout, the Kings and U.S. goalie said neither would have an advantage if it came down to that. “He's seen me go a lot of times in the shootout. I've seen him go a couple times,” Quick said Thursday after the U.S. team's practice.