June 16, 2012 |
In truth, pretty much no one had ever heard of him. He was about as unknown as a player could be who's been in an organization for 10 years. When Elian Herrera was called up May 14, he was just supposed to be a temporary fill-in, a versatile guy to move around until Juan Uribe's wrist healed. Only now, almost every game Herrera makes some type of contribution for the Dodgers. He does something. Gets a hit, drives in a run, steals a base, scores a run. Has an impact. He has started 24 games, somewhere - third (10)
April 17, 1988
The lead paragraphs of your April 3 article on "surprise" tax bills are a definite attention grabber ("A Surprise Plucking: Loss of Deductions, Shelter Benefits Begin to Take a Toll From Some Taxpayers"). Someone's tax jumping from $4,300 to $27,000 is shocking. However, what I find amazing is that on a net income of over $82,000 (estimated from the $27,000 tax bill, using my handy 1987 tax rate tables), which implies a gross income of near $100,000, that the taxpayer used as an example was truly surprised that the very well-publicized tax law changes of last year would affect him. Perhaps he should fire his accountant for not warning him that all those nice tax shelters had been axed.
July 23, 2010 |
Over the years, Comic-Con's movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a "Wolverine" panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray's surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they've ceased to be, well, surprising.
October 11, 2013 |
There are lots of surprise standouts after the first six weeks of the high school football season. Besides the ones mentioned in Friday's column , here are some additional players: Noah Whitney, Dorsey, Sr. Primarily a backup last season, Whitney's passing success has been a big plus for the Dons. He had a school-record 359 yards and four touchdown passes against Fairfax. He had four TDs against Venice. Grant Kraemer, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Sr. Kraemer was a backup receiver last season.
February 12, 2013 |
Everywhere you turn, it seems Beyoncé has taken over the world. The superstar singer performed for President Obama at the inauguration last month and managed to brush off the accompanying lip sync scandal with style and grace. She's on the cover of the March issue of Vogue with the line "Queen B ! Beyoncé rules the world!" She had the twitterverse buzzing with #Beyoncebowl after her killer halftime performance at the Super Bowl. And she looked good doing all of it. Whether on stage in a Rubin Singer leather and lace number at the Super Bowl or ducking paparazzi in a sweater and jeans with rapper-husband Jay-Z, Beyoncé knows how to work her curves.
April 30, 2006
L.A. Opera marks its 20th anniversary at an April 19 'Performance and Gala' at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.