September 21, 2012 |
After last week's losing performance at Stanford, USC could not wait to play California on Saturday at the Coliseum. "You go win the next game," Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin said of his players' mind-set, "all of a sudden that game doesn't hurt the same. " Other than perhaps quarterback Matt Barkley, no one felt more beat up after the Stanford loss than USC's offensive and defensive lines. The offensive line, without injured center Khaled Holmes, was confused and overpowered by the Cardinal.
September 18, 2012 |
In one of the most famous 1st Amendment cases in U.S. history, Schenck vs. United States, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. established that the right to free speech in the United States is not unlimited. "The most stringent protection," he wrote on behalf of a unanimous court, "would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. " Holmes' test - that words are not protected if their nature and circumstances create a "clear and present danger" of harm - has since been tightened.
August 16, 2012 |
A poetic, almost abstract portrait of impoverished ranchers waiting for rain, Everardo Gonzalez's documentary "Drought" traces the parched terrain of northern Mexico, in the communal region called Cuates de Australia. The film provides little in the way of background or ongoing story, although a young couple's journey from prenatal ultrasound to birth provides a rough, and somewhat contrived, sense of progress. González (who served as his own cinematographer) occasionally engages his subjects from behind the camera, but he mainly observes with an outsider's patient eye. He keeps his distance, leaving room for plenty of thoughtfully framed compositions and allowing the hush of a dried-up land to predominate.
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August 14, 2012 |
What could be more soul sapping than standing in line at the state Department of Motor Vehicles? Standing in line at the DMV in 100-degree heat on a day the agency's computers melt down. That's what drivers were greeted with Tuesday when a "connectivity issue" with AT&T and Verizon caused a computer crash at DMV offices statewide that left clerks without access to information needed for issuing licenses and vehicle registrations. At some offices, typically long lines stretched even longer, testing the patience of drivers.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - Perfect endings are for novels. Not so much for real life, or for volleyball teams and coaches. These London Olympics were to be the completion of the Hugh McCutcheon sweep, both as kind of payback for past Olympic-related indignities and as a success story with a gender twist. McCutcheon, a tall New Zealander with no hair, lots of personality and an irresistible back story, wasn't promoting any of that. He was coach of the men's U.S. Olympic volleyball team that won the gold medal four years ago in Beijing.
August 2, 2012 |
Why does a typical bus driver in the U.S. earn a monthly disposable income (after taxes) of $1,594, while a typical bus driver in Peru earns $325? Why does an airline pilot here bring home $4,206 a month, while a pilot in Lithuania doing what we hope is pretty much the same job with the same training makes only $1,674? (These figures, from worldsalaries.org , use 2005 dollars, adjusted for the actual purchasing power of various currencies.) Well, the explanation is obvious, isn't it?
August 1, 2012 |
Michael Phelps shared his celebration with a pool and a world. He put his arm around the South African kid who had just beaten him in one of his signature races, guiding the protege through the medal protocol. He went out of his way to compliment a French sprinter on what he thought was one of the five best swims of all time. He gathered his relay teammates to thank them for their help, and to tell them he might be too choked up to sing the national anthem. And then he left the pool, with a giddy smile and the greatest collection of medals any Olympian has ever seen.
July 6, 2012 |
It is toward midnight at the Pikey, the lights are fairly low and the Kinks are playing so loudly that you swear you can hear Ray Davies scratching his ears. You are seated beneath one of Ben Watts' photographs of aging Teddy Boys - tattooed Robert Mitchum types in dark, bespoke suits, and you may be drinking something called a Divine Brown, a peculiar mixture of Ancient Age whiskey and Dr Pepper named for the hooker caught with Hugh Grant just a few blocks from here in Hollywood. You will definitely be observing members of the crowd - in their early 20s - who don't sit down to dinner as much as drift from table to table, having a drink here and an appetizer there before vanishing into the night.
July 1, 2012 |
- It normally takes about 11 seconds to determine the top finishers in the women's 100-meter dash at the elite level. When Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh cross the finish line of their runoff Monday night at Hayward Field, it will have taken nine-plus days to settle the tie between them for third place at the U.S. Olympic trials and determine the final berth in the 100 at the London Games this month. "It's definitely been a long process," Felix said Sunday. "I was not expecting to be having another race, of course.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Led by a chief justice who some conservatives immediately branded a turncoat, the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, resolving a high-stakes constitutional clash not seen in decades and handing Obama a victory that surprised many in Washington. Chief Justice John G. RobertsJr.and the four liberal justices joined to uphold the Democrats' most ambitious social legislation in a generation. The unpopular requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty - likened by detractors to a rule that everyone purchase broccoli - was unconstitutional as a mandate, Roberts said, but valid as long as it was simply considered a tax. "We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies," wrote Roberts, a conservative appointed to the court by PresidentGeorge W. Bushin 2005.