September 26, 2013 |
Back in 2002, there was a photo taken of the three basketball standouts at Woodland Hills Taft: Jordan Farmar, Steve Smith and Matt Cook (see above). They've done pretty good for themselves. Farmar went on to UCLA and the NBA . Smith was a standout receiver at USC and in the NFL. Cook is a big-time fashion model . They'd still be a formidable three-on-three team. Their coach, Derrick Taylor, smiles when he sees the photo and remembers the days. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
September 12, 2013 |
When filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron was in the hospital last year undergoing treatment for leukemia, she sent her younger sister, Delia Ephron, a bouquet of flowers - not just any flowers, but "two-dozen gorgeous plump peach roses in full bloom," as Delia recalls in her new essay collection, "Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. " The gesture was thoughtful, but it was also, according to Ephron, "a heartbreaking way to have a bit of control" -...
September 12, 2013 |
His fabled accomplishments occurred on a board, above a pool, across an international sports stage upon which he became one of the greatest of Olympic athletes. Yet Greg Louganis is most frequently reminded of his past glory when he gets a haircut. "Everyone who touches my head wants to see the scar," he says. "They're always like, 'Oh, my God, is it still there, can I touch it?" Twenty-five years ago, the scar was a wound that bled its way into Olympic history. It emerged from an unforgettable moment of terror, followed by an equally memorable act of triumph.
September 11, 2013
Re "Car dealer with dog Spot," Obituary, Sept. 10 I remember as a young boy watching Sunday morning television on our fuzzy, black-and-white, 12-inch screen while waiting for my mom and dad to get ready for church. I'd watch lengthy car commercials, briefly interrupted with B-movie Westerns; that, or old movies frequently interrupted with commercial breaks for Worthington Dodge in Long Beach. Whatever it was Cal Worthington was doing in the era of early, evolving TV in the 1950s, it felt like a seat-of-the-pants, try-anything infomercial circus, complete with country bands, movies, cars, any number of animals - and good old Cal. Chuck Ayers Tulsa, Okla.
September 11, 2013 |
Americans will return Wednesday to the grim task of commemorating the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history, the day Islamist fundamentalists seized four airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people in a disaster known simply as 9/11. Every year since then, the nation has mourned the victims of the Al Qaeda attacks, which felled both towers of New York's World Trade Center as well as the Pentagon. A fourth jetliner crashed into a Pennsylvania field when passengers tried to retake control from the hijackers.
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September 10, 2013 |
A candlelight vigil was held in Victorville on Monday night to remember a 6-year-old girl who was shot and killed over the weekend while attending a family gathering. Witnesses told KTLA-TV that Tiana Ricks and her father, Tyrell Ricks Jr., 26, were standing in the driveway of a Moreno Valley home Sunday when two men walked up, confronted them and opened fire. Tiana died at a local hospital. Her father, who was hospitalized in stable condition, has since been and is at home recovering, said Tyrell Rick, Tiana's grandfather. A makeshift memorial filled with teddy bears, candles and an angel figurine was erected near the spot of the shooting.
September 9, 2013 |
A day after UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale died after being struck by a vehicle, the Bruins went back to work preparing for Saturday's game against Nebraska - while remembering their popular teammate. Players patted two handmade posters attached to the fence at Spaulding Field, one reading "Play for each other, play for your brother," the other, "We love you Nick. " The practice facility's UCLA football flag was at half staff. Linebacker Eric Kendricks , who wears No. 6, walked onto the field with a "3" taped to his jersey to honor Pasquale, who wore No. 36. Coach Jim Mora became annoyed with a television technician who was speaking loudly into a cellphone during Mora's weekly news conference.
September 6, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- There's been a lot of passionate talk and chatter here among G-20 leaders, but it seems to have been mostly about the conflict in Syria and whether they were willing to back President Obama's call for a military strike on the Syrian regime. Indeed, this year's G-20 meeting, which wasn't expected to produce a lot of concrete commitments in the first place, is likely to be remembered as the summit on Syria. Yet there's been no breakthrough on the Syria question, and neither were the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies likely to agree on a lot of new substantive actions or statements to strengthen the global economy, the group's main purpose.
September 6, 2013 |
The early 1950s was a golden era of baseball. The epicenter was New York City. Might Los Angeles be poised for the same? Will the presence of Mike Trout with the Angels and Yasiel Puig with the Dodgers reprise the wonder days of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays? Can we not fantasize about what might be, how good this could become? A youngster lived the New York era. He often walked from his home on 180th Street to the Polo Grounds on 155th Street, where the Giants played. "Twenty-five blocks," he says.
September 3, 2013 |
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman made self-deprecation a big part of his comeback, but against Tommy Morrison in 1993, he briefly returned to the menacing intimidation that marked the first chapter of his career. “I was making a point at a press conference that to deliver the best punch, you've got to expose your chin, and how I was willing to do that,” Foreman said Tuesday, in his first comments since Morrison died at age 44 Sunday. Foreman recalled how Morrison took Foreman's words and converted them to rib the former heavyweight champion about his expanding waistline.