November 18, 2013 |
It had already been a strong year for films with predominantly black casts - the kind of year that makes bloggers pull out their laptops and write posts about a “new moment.” "Fruitvale Station" was the sensation of the Sundance Film Festival. "The Butler" was a major commercial crossover. "12 Years A Slave” is the art-house breakout of the fall and an early Oscar favorite. A big holiday hit was hardly needed to make people realize that long-held tropes about movies with black casts - or, for that matter, aimed at black audiences - were bunk.
November 17, 2013 |
The deep green Coliseum field turned cardinal and gold, swarmed by thousands of fans, enveloped in thousands of screams, a heart of Trojans nation beating together in dizzy disbelief. In the middle stood one sweating man who was somehow bigger than all of it, his giant white-sleeved arms raised above his giant smile, his massive shoulders carrying this bear of a victory. He was rocked, he was hugged, he was loved like no man has been loved here since the early days of Pete Carroll.
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- To a large segment of the Dodgers fan base, this was an outrage: Mark Ellis slid home with the potential go-ahead run on Friday, and replays appeared to indicate that St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina might have missed the tag. It was, as they say, a bang-bang play. St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran caught a fly ball, then threw a strike to Molina, who caught the ball and braced as Ellis approached. That play -- in the 10th inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series -- might have been challenged under the replay system expected to be implemented next year by Major League Baseball.
October 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Dee Gordon was adamant: When he attempted to steal second base in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 defeat to the Atlanta Braves Friday night, he was safe. "I'm not going to harp on what he called, but I thought I was safe," Gordon said. Gordon entered the game as a pinch-runner for catcher A.J. Ellis , who drew a one-out walk in the ninth. With pinch-hitter Andre Ethier at the plate, Gordon bolted for second base. Second base umpire Bill Miller ruled that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons received the throw from catcher Gerald Laird and tagged Gordon before he touched second base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
Californians say the state's water supply system has serious problems that require improvement, but they are unwilling to spend billions of dollars in ratepayer and taxpayer funds on the task, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The results suggest an uphill fight for proponents of a state water bond and for a proposal to replumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the transfer point for Northern California supplies delivered to the San Joaquin Valley and urban Southern California.
September 23, 2013 |
So-called concierge medicine - doctors asking their patients to pay an extra fee just to remain under their care - has been around for a while. It's an offensive idea, but I get it, especially when it comes to family practitioners who look after a patient's general well-being. The medical marketplace has room for both Corollas and Cadillacs. Yet when it comes to medical specialists, such as cardiologists, things seem different. "You never know when you'll need to reach your cardiologist," said Mike Oppenheim, 73, who was diagnosed as having a faulty heart valve several years ago. He'll need surgery at some point to fix it. "I have a really good cardiologist at Pacific Heart Institute in Santa Monica," Oppenheim told me. "I'm getting the best care possible.