CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 |
Officers Keith Linton and Otis Swift stopped their patrol car, rolled down a window and motioned to a hoodie-wearing teenager. In this part of South L.A., such encounters can be tense - or worse. "Hey, Linton. Hey, Swift," the teen said. "How y'all doing?" "Doing good, my man," Linton replied, launching into a conversation about basketball. Similar scenes played out all afternoon as the cops worked their beat in Jordan Downs, a housing project in Watts with a violent reputation and a history of ill will between residents and police.
February 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy should grow at a solid rate over the next few years, but the labor market will continue to recover only slowly, according to new projections by the Congressional Budget Office. In its latest budget and economic outlook, the CBO on Tuesday forecast that economic growth will rise to 3.1% this year, boosted by gains in housing construction and business investment. And growth in economic output is projected to speed up to 3.4% in each of the next two years.
January 28, 2014 |
Will the Dodger Stadium hangover merely be a 72-hour condition or can the Ducks manage to shake the malaise before it lingers? The Ducks started slowly, and sloppily, not showing the necessary urgency until falling behind by three goals in the third period. Their offensive verve eventually showed up - as expected - but it was that age-old story of a too late arrival. The Wild protected the lead and held on to beat Anaheim, 4-2, on Tuesday night at Honda Center. It was only the second time the Ducks have lost in regulation at home this season, the first time was a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan 21. Minnesota star Zach Parise, playing in his third game since returning from a foot injury, had a hand in three of the four goals, recording two assists and scoring on a nifty deflection to make it 3-1 at 6:35 of the third period.
January 27, 2014 |
This season, an injury report from the Lakers is rarely brief. Seven of the team's 15 players are battling through ailments. Kobe Bryant, who suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee on Dec. 17, will be evaluated Tuesday by Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Bryant was originally declared out for six weeks. Xavier Henry, also out with a knee injury, was examined Monday by Lombardo. He is still out with a bone bruise, scheduled to be reevaluated next week.
January 27, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The bus was standing room only as travelers hauling luggage jostled for space amid the commuters and other local riders. Two men with skis, ski boots and backpacks squeezed into the nook beside the rear exit, blocking the door. A woman with two children and three suitcases struggled to drag the bags up the narrow aisle as the bus bounced through Manhattan and Queens to its destination: LaGuardia Airport, otherwise known as "America's worst airport. " How bad is LaGuardia?
January 16, 2014 |
If, as has been said, the movie business is like a giant tanker ship that can't change course on a dime, this year's Oscar nominations show an organization in the midst of making that kind of adjustment in direction, moving slowly but steadily from the past to the future. Imagine a world where movie stars of the pedigree of Robert Redford and Tom Hanks give two of the best performances of their careers but don't get Oscar nominations. On the other hand, imagine a world where the stunning "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley's ground-breaking documentary that mixes re-creations with reality, is snubbed.