April 26, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Clippers were preparing for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, they found themselves also having to deal with allegations that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist comments about African Americans. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who were the only Clippers players who spoke with the media after practice Saturday, both stuck with the theme that they were "focused" on playing Sunday and were only "here to talk about the Golden State Warriors.
April 26, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Saturday afternoon that his team would not allow alleged racist statements attributed to owner Donald Sterling to distract his team as it prepared to resume its first-round playoff series against Golden State. “This is a situation where we're trying to go after something very important for us, something that we've all dreamed about all our childhoods, and Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream and we're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams,” Rivers told an unusually large media throng after practice at the University of San Francisco.
April 24, 2014 |
Responding to a surge in interest, Viking River Cruises will add 12 new vessels for sailings in 2015. Just how popular is the river cruise? When Viking launched in 1997, it had four ships cruising in Russia. By 2015, it will have 64 river vessels cruising in Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt. Forty of those vessels are Viking long ships, which cruise exclusively in Europe and offer a variety of stateroom configurations. River cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry, registering a 12% increase in 2012, according to a November article on CruiseCritic . Among Viking's 12 new vessels, the Astrild and the Beyla will be custom built for the Elbe River trip between Berlin and Prague, Czech Republic.
April 21, 2014 |
The Clippers needed an answer, and quick. They gave one, and wow. Their response Monday night to a playoff-opening debacle against the Golden State Warriors was powerful enough to temporarily subdue thoughts of the historic Clippers jinx while empowering dreams of a landmark Clippers spring. The answer was visible across the Staples Center sky in a flying Blake Griffin, and across the Staples Center floor in a skidding Chris Paul. The answer was audible on the Staples Center sideline with a screaming and confrontational Doc Rivers, and in the stands with thousands of red shirts whose owners' roars lasted deep into the sweaty night.
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April 21, 2014 |
Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles' first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city. The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe's restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, that carried water from the Los Angeles River to the young city, its channels twisting and bending along a 90-mile network.
April 18, 2014 |
When the Cannes Film Festival announced its official 2014 selection Thursday, journalists and film fans immediately took notice of the most intriguing name on the list: Ryan Gosling. Gosling - that Oscar nominee, versatile talent, universally known movie star and all-around meme king - has accomplished many things in his years in the entertainment business. But he had never had what is one of the global film world's highest honors - hearing one's name as part of the elite group of directors selected for Cannes.