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.
June 21, 2012 |
Just when you thought the Lakers no longer possessed someone capable of dribbling through traffic, here comes Jim Buss racing untouched through Page 2 of this sports section. Earlier this week, the Lakers' basketball boss was given the forum to make ridiculous comments without rebuttal. Somebody has to call Buss on this stuff, right? His opinion that the Lakers need no major improvements is as fundamentally flawed as the team itself. Somebody needs to step in here and take a charge.
June 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The simplest sound often hides the most complex development. This is true of both the music and method of pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The direct, pared-down playing of this 39-year-old musician has pricked the ears of the classical music world. On Monday, Dinnerstein brings her distinct interpretations of Bach to Orange County's Segerstrom Concert Hall for her Orange County-Los Angeles debut - and unless you've heard one of her recordings, it's likely the composer's 250-year-old music will have a decidedly different sound.
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June 3, 2012 |
The race to become the first new Los Angeles County district attorney in more than a decade has veered away from the traditional campaign script of getting tough on criminals, with candidates instead touting a more nuanced approach to public safety. In a conspicuous shift from previous district attorney elections, this campaign has been marked by serious discussions - and unusual agreement - on the need for crime prevention programs and rehabilitation of more nonviolent offenders rather than simply locking them up. Several candidates on Tuesday's ballot said voters have been clear that they want violent felons behind bars but believe the justice system can do more to prevent crime by ending the revolving door for low-level criminals and juveniles.
April 16, 2012 |
It's a developer's dream - nearly 300 empty acres above downtown Los Angeles, close to three major freeways and visited by millions each year. Could Chavez Ravine be the next big real estate play in town? The new owner of the Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management, is keeping tight-lipped about its plans for the parking lots and hillsides surrounding Dodger Stadium, which it will own jointly with departing team owner Frank McCourt if the sale closes as expected April 30. INTERACTIVE: Breakdown of Dodger property The Dodgers disclosed some details of the McCourt-Guggenheim land partnership in the team's bankruptcy case, but those documents were under seal - and the team quickly withdrew them after The Times asked the bankruptcy judge to release them publicly.
April 13, 2012 |
Apple Inc. is denying antitrust charges filed against it and five major book publishers this week that accuse the companies of a price-fixing scheme to inflate the prices paid for electronic books. In a statement to The Times, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said: "The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. " Neumayr said customers have benefited from e-books that are more interactive and engaging and, "just as we've allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.
April 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Every so often I get an email suggesting Vin Scully has lost it, and I smile. I wish I had just what he's lost. There is no accounting for some people in this world. The same miserable cusses who might respond " Sam Gilbert " when John Wooden's 99-year span of life is mentioned probably would have been the first to say that Chick Hearn was too old to close the refrigerator door anymore. I've never been able to get enough of these old men, their talent and wisdom allowing them to survive for so long while so many others did not. I used to sit with Hearn before Lakers games with the hope of learning his secret, knowing full well as I was walking up the stairs he was telling his usher pal, "Oh no, here he comes.