October 13, 2013 |
On NFL and college football rosters, this is the week for a little trash talking via text messages, tweets and Facebook postings. "I tell them, 'You went to the wrong school,' and they tell me the same thing," Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Brandon Mebane, a Crenshaw grad, says of running into a Dorsey alumnus. "It's all love and respect. " And a little teasing. It's Dorsey vs. Crenshaw week, and Friday's 6 p.m. Coliseum League game at Crenshaw is a big deal in the community.
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October 11, 2013 |
For decades it has struggled along as the Rodney Dangerfield of Los Angeles. Dismissed as urbanized sprawl and best known to some for its porn shoots and failed secession efforts, the San Fernando Valley never seems to get any respect when it's compared to the rest of Los Angeles. "In the past it's gotten the short end of the stick as far as its history is concerned. Things just disappear," said Tommy Gelinas, who owns a T-shirt printing plant in North Hollywood and has a lifelong fascination with the Valley.
October 4, 2013 |
Count this as a huge Saturday for three ranked schools looking to update their status from nice story to national story. It doesn't get bigger, ready or not, for Washington, Northwestern and Maryland: •No. 15 Washington is at No. 5 Stanford in the most important game involving the Puget Sound players since the 2000 Rose Bowl season led by Rick Neuheisel. There is a buzz in Seattle that hearkens to the days of Don James and Warren Moon, the sweet smell of a national title chase and, yes, even probation.
September 30, 2013 |
When the National League playoff matchups were set Sunday, the Dodgers had a more immediate crisis with which to deal. L.A. plays the Atlanta Braves, but Matt Kemp is out for the rest of the season . With Andre Ethier questionable, the Dodgers could open the postseason with their top two center fielders lost to injury and utilityman Skip Schumaker starting in center field. The Braves were happy to talk about the Dodgers, though. They did not drop the "shock the world" cliche, but they wasted no time suggesting no one outside the clubhouse would pick them against a team that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called "the media-darling Dodgers.
September 27, 2013 |
It's time to get ready-set-hut for two of Saturday's marquee games: Oklahoma at Notre Dame and Mississippi at Alabama. Both are intriguing and consequential, with all four schools dripping with pedigree. The teams enter with an average Associated Press ranking of 14.5 and a combined 12-1 record. You just can't call either game a "rivalry," because that implies competition that goes back and forth. This is not Ali versus Frazier. There's a chance historical momentum can get shifted between now and Saturday's sunset, but for now the story lines all lean toward lopsided.
September 25, 2013 |
The three solo performance pieces being presented on separate bills at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Luis Alfaro's "St. Jude," Roger Guenveur Smith's "Rodney King," and Trieu Tran's "Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam" - haven't much in common stylistically. And why should they? They're the product of different sensibilities in a theatrical form dedicated to celebrating radical individuality. But taken together these DouglasPlus offerings, which are part of the Radar L.A. festival, present a portrait of an America made up of insiders and outsiders.
September 18, 2013 |
With the nation still reeling from another mass shooting, Starbucks has made it clear that customers should enjoy their beverages unarmed. Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz has issued a public letter "respectfully requesting" customers to refrain from bringing guns into his stores. It's not a flat-out ban. Enforcing such a prohibition "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers," Schultz said. So don't expect signs discouraging firearms or employees asking gun-toting patrons to disarm.
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September 8, 2013 |
Parents at Pacific Oaks Children's School, a highly desired private preschool in Pasadena, were caught off guard last week by an announcement made only days before school opened. Their children no longer had seats. School officials said they learned in May that the leafy, progressive campus had been operating for years over its licensed capacity. Enrollment last school year reached about 140 children; the school was licensed for 77. Officials applied to the state Department of Social Services to increase the capacity in July but were denied.
September 6, 2013 |
In a 14-0 loss to Huntington Beach Edison on Thursday, Los Angeles Garfield earned the respect of Edison Coach Dave White. "That's the best Garfield team we've played," White said. "They are athletic. They're very young. That's scary. " It was the third time Edison and Garfield have played, and the two schools will meet again next season. Garfield has been competitive with two top Southern Section teams _ Edison and Ventura St. Bonaventure despite being 0-2. "I think we're representing the City well," Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez said.
August 31, 2013 |
The opening weekend of the high school football season left one undeniable impression: The quarterback class of 2015 is loaded with talent. While Ricky Town of Ventura St. Bonaventure is already committed to Alabama, there are plenty of others to choose from. Josh Rosen of top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco completed 12 of 15 passes for 307 yards and five touchdowns Friday in a 40-7 win over Compton Dominguez. Brady White of Newhall Hart was 37 of 48 for 442 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-49 win over Corona Santiago.