January 28, 2014 |
President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday is certain to focus on issues of inequality and poverty. And what he has to say will have particular resonance in Los Angeles. Building on efforts four years in the making, the president announced this month that the city has been chosen to be one of five designated U.S. Promise Zones. What will this mean for the city? Judging by the early success of another federal program in Los Angeles, Promise Neighborhoods, the impact could be significant and enormously positive.
January 26, 2014 |
The bizarre mingled with the familiar Saturday night, when the sensory overload of seeing beach volleyball, street hockey and Frisbee tossing taking place amid Dodger Stadium's greenery was balanced by seven concise words that set a sellout crowd to roaring. "And now it's time," Vin Scully said, his voice vibrating as he paused for dramatic effect, "for NHL hockey!" And so it was, with Wayne Gretzky dropping the puck between the Kings and Ducks for the first NHL regular-season outdoor game played in California.
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January 26, 2014 |
It was Father Gregory Boyle's first invitation to address the Los Angeles Police Commission, and he had something to get off his chest. For a quarter of a century, Boyle has steered boys and girls, and men and women, out of the gang life through Homeboy Industries, which offers job training, counseling, tattoo removal and more. The model Boyle built has been replicated around the country and abroad. Here in Los Angeles, some 120,000 gang members have voluntarily asked Father Boyle for help starting over.
January 26, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - They are as different as night and day in their styles of play, but J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford are effective as the shooting guards for the Clippers. Redick is in constant motion, running all over the court, coming off screens on the baseline, from the top, the side, up the middle. And he never stops moving. Crawford uses his dribble more, crossing over opponents with his ballhandling skills, using the entire court to get free. But he's also good at coming off screens and he's a willing passer.
January 25, 2014 |
Commissioner is a title far too limiting for David Stern. He has been part comedian, part dictator, part visionary, part man on a mission, and there's nothing Ron Artest's fists, Gilbert Arenas' guns or Allen Iverson's wardrobe could possibly do to stop him. In his 30 years as the NBA's top boss, which will end with his Feb. 1 retirement, Stern has shown he almost always knows what he's doing. One of his first acts as commissioner in the summer of 1984 was to try to terminate the Clippers' franchise after it moved from San Diego to Los Angeles without league approval.
January 24, 2014 |
Picture the prototypical NFL coach. He'd probably look a lot like Hall of Famers Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry, roaming the sideline in a suit and fedora, jaw set permanently to scowl. Or maybe it's Bill Belichick, stationary in a hoodie and headphones, unsmiling and seemingly unimpressed. Now compare that with the hyperkinetic Pete Carroll, whose laid-back, players-first approach led the Seattle Seahawks to 15 victories and a Super Bowl berth this season.
January 22, 2014 |
From an office tower overlooking the sumptuous Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, Mohamed El-Erian sat atop a massive treasure trove of wealth as chief executive of Pimco. Soft-spoken and cerebral, El-Erian presided over a financial juggernaut that rose to become one of the biggest and most influential investment firms in the world. His ubiquitous appearances on cable news shows could sway financial markets in a split second. On Tuesday, El-Erian unexpectedly announced his resignation as CEO. Pimco offered no explanation for the departure, sparking conjecture on Wall Street about whether the current challenges at the investment giant played a role.
January 21, 2014 |
On the surface, the members of local quartet Warpaint give the impression they're low-key when it comes to making music. Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg will tell you she doesn't think about music - she "feels" it - and along with singer-guitarist Emily Kokal, the two will regularly apply words such as "chill," "vibe" and "energy" to the band's creative process. Don't be fooled. With the release of a self-titled second album this week, Warpaint enters a key phase of its career. The band's 2010 debut, "The Fool," sold 150,000 copies worldwide, and its success allowed Warpaint to call on some of the most respected studio technicians in the music industry for the follow-up.
January 19, 2014
Re “A sturdier ladder to success,” Opinion, Jan. 17 Leave it to an ideology-blind liberal to discuss “ladders of success” for the young and the poor without mentioning the minimum wage. The minimum-wage law has long been characterized by legions of economists, not just Milton Friedman, as removing the figurative bottom rung from the ladder of success for the marginally unskilled by removing that all-important first job that leads to better-paying subsequent jobs. So why does columnist Ronald Brownstein ignore it?
January 16, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Greetings from St. Louis, where the Kings were greeted Thursday morning by chilly temperatures and a dusting of snow overnight. Luckily for them, rookie goaltender Martin Jones made the trip to St. Louis from Manchester, N.H., without any weather delays. He was recalled to fill the role of Jonathan Quick's backup after Ben Scrivens was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's entry draft. Jones and forward Linden Vey arrived in St. Louis on Wednesday night and both were on the ice Thursday for the team's morning skate in advance of Thursday night's game against the Blues at the Scottrade Center.