CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers on Wednesday moved to protect college athletes and child actors and to outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats. The hunting bill drew the most heated debate, dividing lawmakers along urban and rural lines as much as party lines. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) called for an end to the "inhumane and savage" practice in which dogs are set loose to chase bears and bobcats until the prey are cornered in trees where a hunter can shoot them.
August 15, 2012
USC's scholarship tailbacks Curtis McNeal, 5-7, 190, Sr.* Returning starter motivated to erase durability questions. Silas Redd, 5-10, 200, Jr. Says he's OK sharing carries after getting 244 at Penn State. D.J. Morgan, 5-10, 190, Soph* Appears to have recaptured breakaway speed. Javorious Allen, 6-1, 210, Fr.* Can contribute if injuries are behind him. *used redshirt year
August 6, 2012 |
Before an attentive crowd, Magic Johnson performed something that Lakers fans have become accustomed to seeing. Johnson dished. He flashed his signature Magic smile. Johnson brought a championship mind-set. This time, the setting didn't take place in the Fabulous Forum. Johnson wasn't making a beautiful no-look pass. He wasn't smiling over a clutch shot, such as his junior hook in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. No confetti dropped from the ceiling commemorating the Lakers winning yet another title.
August 5, 2012 |
The pursuit featured a private-plane trip to the East Coast by much of the coaching staff, an at-home computer presentation to the targeted player and a campus visit to Los Angeles that ultimately sealed the deal. All completed in a little more than a week. USC's wooing and landing of Penn State running back Silas Redd put a national spotlight on the Trojans' recruiting prowess. But it was only the latest high-profile example of the program improbably prospering on the recruiting trail despite severe NCAA penalties handed down two years ago. A two-year bowl ban, the loss of 30 scholarships over three years and a roster cap of 75 players -- 10 fewer than the standard annual limit --- was supposed to handicap USC's ability to procure an abundance of top talent.
August 4, 2012 |
Jeffrey Deitch has seen the future of American museum audiences. And, he says, they will look a lot different from the old guard at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. "They're not the people who make a living as artists, art critics or professional art collectors, which is the traditional MOCA audience," says Deitch, the museum's colorful and controversial director. "These are people who hear about a great new film they want to go to. They hear that there's a terrific new fashion store that's very cool - they want to go there.
July 26, 2012 |
Dylan Moses, a middle schooler from Baton Rouge, La., can't drive or see R-rated movies without an adult present, but he already has something that most high schoolers don't -- a college scholarship. Dylan, who is headed into eighth grade, attended LSU's July football camp last week and knocked the socks off the coaching staff. The 6-foot-tall, 205-pound man-boy posted a 4.46 40-yard dash, a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical leap. Even though the Tigers coaching staff has just begun handing out scholarships to the 2014 class, they reserved an offer for Dylan, who will graduate in 2017.
July 23, 2012 |
These are the sanctions imposed on Penn State by the NCAA and Big Ten Conference: $60-million fine: To be paid over a five-year period, this is equal to about a year's gross revenue from the football program. The money will go to an endowment for "programs preventing child sexual abuse and/or assisting the victims of child sexual abuse. " Penn State is not allowed to cut sports programs or scholarships to pay the penalty. Postseason ban: Penn State can't play in the Big Ten Conference championship game, or any bowl or playoff game, until the 2016 season.
July 23, 2012 |
The NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State on Monday, crippling the university's football program for years to come by delivering sweeping penalties in response to a sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The university was fined $60 million and its football team was banned from postseason play for four years, over which time it will also forfeit 80 scholarships. Players will be allowed to transfer to any other school without having to sit out a year of eligibility, which could result in player defections that further damage the program.
July 5, 2012 |
The call came in mid-December. "We're giving you a full ride," said a man, who introduced himself as the vice president of admissions at Syracuse University. "Room and board, books included. " Lizardo Reyes, 18, froze. He quietly uttered "thank you," pocketed his cellphone and stood dazed in the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his mother, father and brother near Koreatown. "I didn't believe it until the official letter came in the mail," he said. "And it didn't truly hit me until about two weeks ago. " Lizardo, who graduated from Palisades Charter High School in June, said intense studying and volunteer work kept him away from drug use and gang activity, which, he says, were rampant in his neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown sliced $195.7 million from the budget that lawmakers sent him, disappointing fellow Democrats by taking money from child care, college scholarships and state parks and adding more to a rainy-day fund. In a series of line-item vetoes detailed Thursday, Brown brought general fund spending to $91.3 billion and the overall state budget, including dedicated funds and bond money, to $142.4 billion. The governor did not explain his vetoes publicly.