August 26, 2013 |
One of the most frightening experiences for a football player this fall will come when it dawns on a tiny defensive back or not-so-fast linebacker that he has been assigned to cover 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end Bryce Dixon of Ventura St. Bonaventure. "It's mismatch everywhere," a giddy Dixon says. Taller, bigger and faster than most of those trying to contain him, Dixon is an offensive weapon waiting to be unleashed. "Athletically, he's a freak," former St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien said during the summer.
August 24, 2013 |
Running back Demario Richard of Palmdale High might as well carry around his birth certificate, because it's the only way to convince people of his age. When he tells strangers how old he is, the reaction is always the same: "Wow!" He enrolled at Palmdale as a 13-year-old freshman. He'll be playing this fall as a 16-year-old senior. "I've been going through this since I was young," he said. "I remember one year we were playing against a team, 'We want to see his birth certificate.' I showed my birth certificate.
August 22, 2013 |
"I feel like I'm 50 again," exclaims a giddy octogenarian biker in "Go Grandriders," a sweet, slight documentary chronicling the two-week, 730-mile journey by scooter a handful of adventure-seeking seniors take around the perimeter of Taiwan. With an average age of 81, the 17 riders count among them a calligraphy master, a former kamikaze-pilot instructor, a pastor and a housewife. The trip is bumpy and eventful: On the first day alone, the group's sprightly captain succumbs to an ulcer and another senior dozes off at the wheel.
August 21, 2013 |
UCLA senior linebacker Anthony Barr visited a doctor and did not practice Wednesday, less than 24 hours after suffering an undisclosed injury during a team drill. The All-American's injury is not believed to be serious, according to a person close to the football program who was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. A trainer took Barr's helmet during practice Tuesday after he appeared to collide with an offensive lineman on a running play. Such a move by a trainer is standard protocol if a player exhibits symptoms of a concussion.
August 11, 2013 |
Headline writers can cease and desist. Reporters should dial it down a notch. Cliche-leaning bloggers need to give this a rest. Barr none, Barr code, raising the Barr ... UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr has heard them all. Pun is fun, folks, but move on. "You hear that stuff and you think, 'How did we get to this point, where people are using my name for jokes?'" Barr said. "Most of them are pretty corny and cheesy. " He has no one to blame for that diet but himself. Barr showed from the start last season that the move to outside linebacker qualified as an epiphany.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has named Rick Jacobs, a Democratic organizer who raised more than $2 million to help him win the May election, as one of his senior advisors at City Hall. Garcetti's appointment of Jacobs is the latest in a series of top-tier City Hall jobs awarded to key supporters of the mayor's campaign. Jacobs' title, deputy chief of staff for operations, belies the clout he is likely to wield as an outspoken player in the upper ranks of California politics and a longtime friend of Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland.
August 1, 2013 |
In the opening moments of "The Spectacular Now," 17-year-old Sutter is trying to bluff his way through the infamous personal essay on a college application. He is fortified by drink as he tries out charm, wit, cynicism and insult - everything but honesty. It's a perfect start for this culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch. In movies, coming-of-age has become convenient shorthand for the crush of stories about the high school crowd - sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror, take your pick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 |
Ninety percent of Los Angeles seniors are confident they will keep up the quality of their lives as they age, a new survey shows. Yet experts warn that only a fraction are taking steps to manage their health. For many seniors battling chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, "they're gliding toward a very distressing future," said Richard Birkel, senior vice president for health at the National Council on Aging, which helped conduct the survey. If seniors don't take action, "they will see their world begin to shrink.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Do 75 million homeowners need their own advocate before Congress and federal agencies on issues such as the mortgage interest tax deduction, retention of low-down-payment loans and the start of tougher financing rules next January? A group of mortgage and real estate industry veterans, joined by leaders of national community development, fair housing and consumer groups, thinks so. They're set to launch an unusual effort - a national nonprofit organization modeled after AARP, the seniors lobby, solely to speak for the home-owning public.
July 23, 2013 |
With less than a month before it launches, Al Jazeera America has named Kate O'Brian as president and has chosen a senior management team for its U.S.-centric cable news channel. Joining O'Brian, a 30-year veteran of ABC News and its senior vice president of news gathering, will be David Doss, a senior executive producer for CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," and Marcy McGinnis, a former top executive at CBS News. Doss was named senior vice president for news programming, and McGinnis will serve as senior vice president of news gathering.