January 30, 2014
Re "'America does not stand still,'" Jan. 29 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine had by far the best response to the State of the Union speech. In 2006, he said, "I think people question whether the State of the Union - and the response - has outlived its usefulness. " There is an old saying: "Don't tell me what you are going to do; do it and then tell me. " All these politicians should get to work solving the nation's problems instead of sticking their faces in front of the cameras and grandstanding.
January 29, 2014 |
Bach and Handel did not lead intersecting lives. Bach never left central Germany, while Handel became a cosmopolitan Londoner. Bach was a man of the church and had 20 children. Handel caught the theater bug and was not a family man (recent musicology presumes him to have been gay). But what are the odds that these two pillars of the Baroque would be born less than a month apart in the winter of 1685 and 90 miles away? And in another magnificent coincidence, each produced his most compelling spiritual summing-up, a resplendent working through of crises of faith, in 1749.
January 23, 2014 |
MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant kept asking people to vote for someone besides him for the All-Star game. So when the votes were tallied and he was announced a starter Thursday , he didn't exactly celebrate. Bryant said it was "always a tremendous honor" to be selected to the All-Star game but added that, uh, he had no desire to play in it. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
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January 7, 2014 |
Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his family pleaded for the public's help Tuesday in the shooting death of their father, Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and retired teacher found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officials, the Gattos announced that the city had offered a $50,000 reward for information about their father's death. The L.A. City Council unanimously approved the reward Tuesday morning. “My father gave so much to our community,” Mike Gatto said.
December 29, 2013 |
In 1963, the Supreme Court established a rule of evidence that is now well known to viewers of television courtroom dramas. In Brady vs. Maryland, it held that prosecutors must turn over to defense attorneys evidence favorable to the accused and "material either to guilt or punishment. " But prosecutors, including in Los Angeles, have complied grudgingly with the Brady rule. Some have ignored it altogether. Now a respected federal appeals court judge has warned of "an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.
December 21, 2013 |
D is for disheartening, devastation and disappointment. D is also for Dallas and Detroit. In a matter of weeks, the Cowboys and Lions have gone from the thick of the playoff race to a race to the bottom. They are a combined 0-4 since posting Thanksgiving wins and have tumbled from the top of their respective divisions. Both teams were 7-5 after their Nov. 28 victories, with the Lions seeded third in the NFC and the Cowboys seeded fourth. The Cowboys and Lions are now seeded eighth and ninth, respectively, and both Dallas' Jason Garrett and Detroit's Jim Schwartz are dangling by threads.