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March 10, 2014 |
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday accuses the city of Los Angeles of malicious prosecution for charging a skid row community organizer with assault after she blew an air horn during a demonstration. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich charged Deborah Burton, 62, with misdemeanor assault and battery for allegedly blowing the horn in officials' ears during a 2011 skid row protest. Burton was acquitted of all charges last July. The suit says the charges were aimed at stifling political dissent.
March 9, 2014 |
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
March 8, 2014 |
And now for the truly hard part of the Lakers schedule. They might be tired of breaking badly almost every night. They might feel the weight of a rudderless season. As if Oklahoma City cares. As if San Antonio will be compassionate. The Lakers play the Thunder two games in a row and then the Spurs the next two after that, and if that doesn't sound like feeding mice to snakes, then what really does? The Lakers are coming off their worst three-game defensive effort ever, surrendering an average of 136 points against New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver.
March 5, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Anthony Graves survived 18 years in prison for murders he did not commit, a dozen of those years on death row, where he was twice scheduled for execution. On Wednesday, Graves stood defiant outside a courthouse in a blue pinstripe suit with several state lawmakers and announced that the State Bar of Texas would be investigating his complaint against the prosecutor who convicted him, Charles Sebesta. “Give us justice,” said Graves, 48, of Houston. The announcement was the latest salvo in a legal battle that the two men have been fighting for two decades.
March 2, 2014 |
When: 7 PST. Where: Moda Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 20-39, Trail Blazers 41-18. Record vs. Trail Blazers: 0-1. Update: LaMarcus Aldridge (strained groin) returned from a five-game absence Saturday and the Trail Blazers won their fifth consecutive game with a 102-96 victory over Denver. Xavier Henry had 27 points in the Lakers' 114-108 loss to Portland in early December at Staples Center.
March 1, 2014 |
Not two hours after he performed his passion project in an 88-seat theater on a recent Sunday night, Ross Golan made the rounds at a Grammy after-party hosted by Daft Punk, smiling as Jay Z and Beyoncé glided by and making nice with Madonna and Skrillex and Pharrell Williams. Inhabiting either world would have been inconceivable five years ago to Golan, whose first rock band had failed, whose second was flailing and whose days were spent toiling in his condo. Which was in foreclosure.
March 1, 2014 |
Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new Highlander has less head- and legroom in the third row than the previous generation model. In fact, it has less space back there than nearly all of its SUV and crossover rivals. That's disappointing, particularly because the outside of the Highlander is actually about 3 inches longer.
March 1, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols plays for the Angels, and so does Josh Hamilton. Total rebuilding is not an option. It could have been. The Angels' minor league system generally ranks as the worst in the business. The major league team has not reached the playoffs in four consecutive years. The Angels are coming off their worst season in a decade, even with the emergence of baseball's best player, Mike Trout. As the Angels stumbled through the waning days of their lost summer, Jerry Dipoto had absolutely no idea whether he would keep his job. The second-year general manager started preparations for the 2014 season entirely unsure whether he would have the chance to implement them.
February 28, 2014 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 40-20: Pelicans 23-34, Record vs. Pelicans: 2-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Pelicans five consecutive games, including a 123-110 win at New Orleans on Monday. The Clippers are 24-5 at home.
February 28, 2014 |
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about a Florida man, Freddie Lee Hall, who faces execution for a 1978 murder. Hall is intellectually incapable of understanding the arguments, but the state of Florida says that it has the right to execute him nevertheless, in a case that spotlights both the barbarity and the absurdity of the death penalty. This page has a long history of opposing capital punishment on the grounds of morality, overwhelming evidence of its misapplication and public expense, among other things.