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September 17, 2005
It was wonderful to read about Will Rogers (Column One, Sept. 14), one of the greatest Americans of all time. A piece of history related by a docent during a tour at the Will Rogers State Park is a perfect example of his style. When his kids begged him to build them a swimming pool, he replied that the world's largest swimming pool was a short horseback ride down the hill. He bought them each a mile of beach near the mouth of Santa Monica Canyon, portions of which are now included in Will Rogers State Beach.
April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
May 14, 1995
Re "Friends in High Places," editorial, May 8: I am appalled that my state senator, Don Rogers (R-Tehachapi), apparently has no qualms about sharing the podium with ex-klansman Louis Beam and lending his support to these people paranoid about an impending "new world order." Doesn't Rogers realize that he is being used by these groups? When he shares the stage with them, it lends an air of respectability that can only encourage them. I would urge Rogers to visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, where he will find a computer interactive map which lists the hate groups, state by state.
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
November 19, 1998
The William Rogers piece on the deplorable state of Cuba (Commentary, Nov. 13) failed, as such comment usually does, to state the U.S. contribution to that sorry condition. Honest evaluation would recall the U.S. military and political corruption used to perpetuate our economic plundering of that small country. Fidel Castro is a product of the abuses of our colonial possession. Rogers' reference to "the massive Soviet subsidies that kept the Cuban economy afloat" failed to mention that they were equal in cost to the yearly amount we spend in Israel for half as many people.
June 7, 1989
It is ironic that Capt. Will C. Rogers III has been awarded a top military honor (Part I, May 28) for his command of the guided-missile cruiser Vincennes, which became the focus of international controversy last July when it mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. What is the rationale for such a public display by the Navy? Could this event not have taken place at a private ceremony? PETER C. LATSIS Culver City
July 29, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- If Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser want to defend their gold medal in beach volleyball, they'll have to stay awake. Literally. Their event at the 2012 London Olympics stretches late into the night, the pair playing their first match on Sunday past 10 p.m. "I've been staying up late, trying getting to bed no earlier than 1 a.m. to get used to the late hour," Dalhausser said. "And I drank some coffee before the match. " Whatever he did, it worked as the pair swept past Japan's  Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shirator,i 2-0 (21-15, 21-16)
February 1, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
The Grammys are the strangest, most unwieldy and messiest of the big award shows, an affair that wants to be the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime show at the same time. There was certainly no shortage of spectacle at the 52nd annual ceremony Sunday at Staples Center, from the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson to Beyoncé transitioning from her "If I Were a Boy" to a down-on-all-fours, hair-whipping cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Will Rogers once said, "I belong to no organized political party.
January 30, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a 30-year Navy veteran, to head the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, officials said Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Rogers will take over an intelligence agency battered by leaks of classified documents from former contractor Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance and intelligence gathering programs at home and abroad. Rogers, a Chicago-area native who now commands Navy cyber operations, would replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is retiring.
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
March 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Novak Djokovic proved Sunday at Indian Wells, in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open, that Roger Federer does not walk on water. But then, Djokovic would be the first to admit that his older tennis rival does pretty well on hard courts amid the desert sand. The grand finale of this grand tournament ended up with Djokovic winning and, somehow, Federer not losing. Yes, the score went the way of the smooth-moving Serb, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and so did the winner's trophy and $1-million first prize.
March 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
March 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A strange desert wind blew through Indian Wells and its Taj Mahal tennis facility in late afternoon Thursday, turning a women's quarterfinal into Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey. But it disappeared in time for the appearance of the evening's royalty, the Swiss king, Roger Federer. He was the feature of the day, the 7 p.m. match, the one where the ticket scalpers made their hay for the day. His name is legendary in tennis. Most legends build with time, after retirement, when history can be embellished a bit and reality can be retouched.
March 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film critic
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a reward. This is especially disheartening because on an abstract level the film's participants on both sides of the camera are talented individuals with strong resumes. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who star as the unhappy couple, are two of Britain's top actors.
March 10, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Wait, wasn't this supposed to be a walk in the park? Roger Federer -- greatest male tennis player of all time not named Rafael Nadal or Rod Laver -- versus Dmitry Tursonov, a curly haired Russian with a high-octane game nobody outside of tennis has ever heard of? It all was looking very easy for the Swiss maestro at the start of the match. A couple of Tursonov double-faults and some sweet and easy backcourt play from Federer brought an early break, Fed up 1-0, then 2-0, then very nearly 3-0. But anyone who has been watching Federer as he's sputtered through his early 30s has seen this before.
March 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The Swiss are represented in men's tennis at this year's BNP Paribas Open by Stanislas Wawrinka and that other guy. Wawrinka won the recent Australian Open and is now No. 3 in the world rankings. The other guy becomes Mr. Avis in Switzerland now, and as he tries harder, he holds on to No. 8 in the world. We jest, of course. Even Wawrinka knows it will take more than one Grand Slam title to displace Roger Federer as the king of Swiss celebrity. Maybe even as the king of tennis, period.
March 8, 2014 | By Art Spander
The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement. Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles. " He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
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