January 18, 2014 |
Imagine a Grammy trip for the Lakers that starts in London before going on to Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Maybe they would rename it the Royal Albert Hall trip. Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said this week he was open to the idea of European expansion, provided the global economy recovers and potential host cities construct modern arenas. And if the NBA goes overseas, it would probably go all in. "It's most likely that if we were to come to Europe," Silver told reporters before the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks at a sold-out O2 Arena in London on Thursday night, "it would be with a division rather than a single team, for the sake of logistics.
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January 11, 2014 |
A Marine staff sergeant at Camp Pendleton has received a Silver Star for bravery and leadership in Afghanistan during an ambush by Taliban fighters. After his squad leader was downed by enemy fire, Timothy Williams took command, leading a counterattack, killing five Taliban and rescuing the wounded squad leader. Williams dashed 60 meters to Jason Pennock and then "exposed himself to accurate enemy fire yet again when he carried the wounded Marine over 300 yards of uneven terrain to the medical evacuation platform.
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January 7, 2014 |
Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his family pleaded for the public's help Tuesday in the shooting death of their father, Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and retired teacher found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officials, the Gattos announced that the city had offered a $50,000 reward for information about their father's death. The L.A. City Council unanimously approved the reward Tuesday morning. “My father gave so much to our community,” Mike Gatto said.
December 30, 2013 |
The men who will wear the red, white and blue of Team USA at the Sochi Olympics have been sporting a lot of black and blue this season. Injuries have clouded the medal prospects for the Americans, who will bring back the core of a team that won the silver medal at Vancouver in 2010. Those injuries have also made it difficult to predict whose names will be called when the 25-player roster is announced Wednesday, after the nationally televised Winter Classic game. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick hasn't played since he sustained a groin injury Nov. 12, though he's expected back the first week of January.
December 30, 2013 |
WARNING: In addition to observations about social networking apps, online dating and the mercurial “gig” economy , the following article also includes allusions to sex, spirituality and the nature of altruism. It's the story of the nicest gift I received this year, and for some readers it may even result in a few New Year's resolutions. It is the story of how I became an opinion blogger for the L.A. Times. The unlikely events began with a Tinder date at the Cat and Fiddle Restaurant in Hollywood.
December 18, 2013 |
The Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners announced a deal on Wednesday to acquire IMG Worldwide Inc., the sports and media entity that represents stars such as NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and singer Taylor Swift . Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but people familiar with the matter said WME is paying private equity firm Forstmann Little about $2.3 billion for the...
December 17, 2013 |
Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and one of its key investors are nearing a deal to acquire sports and media agency IMG Worldwide Inc. for more than $2 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The deal, expected to be announced later this week, would be a coup for WME and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, Calif., which owns 31% of the agency. WME would have access to a trove of new clients and, perhaps most important, a formidable presence in the sports agency business.
November 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York involving two diplomats and an exquisite silver chalice in the shape of a mythical winged creature. The latter session led in September to the return of the chalice to Iran, where officials hailed it as a gesture of friendship by the United States. The move was orchestrated by a mid-level diplomat at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations who devised a way to work around a 30-year absence in formal relations.
November 29, 2013 |
Toward the end of "American Hustle," the new film from comedy-drama laureate David O. Russell, a man describes his hard-won epiphany. "The art of survival," says the character, a con man played with toupee-ish shiftiness by Christian Bale, "is a story that never ends. " The line articulates one of the central motifs of the film - the need for self-narrative - while offering a telling peek into the mind of the man responsible for it. For the last two decades, Russell, 55, has had one of the movie business' wildest careers, donning guises like most people put on shirts: edgy wunderkind, hothead flameout and, lately, Oscar-nominated auteur with an unlikely box-office touch.