March 13, 2012 |
Responding to a question Tuesday about whether a Newt Gingrich-Rick Santorum ticket was possible, Gingrich offered a vague, but tantalizing answer: "I wouldn't be surprised, once we're through the primaries if it still looks like it does now, to see the conservatives come together. " But the former House speaker, interviewed in the radio studio of "The Rick & Bubba Show," said he thought he would campaign up until the Republicans nominate a presidential candidate. He predicted Mitt Romney would fall short of the delegates needed to win outright and said the convention could be the most exciting since 1940, when no nominee had it locked up. "There's a certain advantage, I think right now, in having both of us tag-team Romney because neither one of us by ourselves can raise the money to match Romney," he said.
March 1, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday put the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson . Jackson, a 2008 second-round pick from California and Long Beach Poly, who led Philadelphia with 961 yards receiving last season, was scheduled to become a free agent on March 13. "We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul, and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that," General Manager Howie Roseman said. "DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league, and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia.
February 15, 2012 |
This isn't football, it's an unseemly game of tennis. First, the ball's in the court of the Indianapolis Colts. Then, it's in Peyton Manning's court. Colts. Peyton. Colts. Peyton. Every swing chips at their once indivisible bond and at all the memories they built. Manning, the NFL's only four-time most valuable player, has made it plain he wants to continue his football career, and his doctor has cleared him to do so. Grateful as they are for what he has done - and no athlete has done more for his franchise - the Colts are focused on their next chapter, the one that begins with them making Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck the first pick in April's draft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2012 |
Without picking a side in the entertaining Republican presidential contest, let us stipulate that Mitt Romney was smack on target when he called Newt Gingrich an influence peddler. A lobbyist? No, not in a legal sense. But did he lobby? Yes, in the common usage of the word. An influence peddler? That pretty much covers it. Many Sacramento lobbyists and their cousin "consultants" got a chuckle out of the fiery Romney-Gingrich exchange in the Jan. 23 Florida debate. There was Romney, pulling out the old pejorative "lobbyist," and the former House speaker resisting it as if he were being called a con man or a pimp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 |
Los Angeles officials got their first sobering look Tuesday at the costs of dismantling a multibillion-dollar economic development apparatus that they and cities across California have relied on to revitalize neighborhoods for more than half a century. A law eliminating redevelopment agencies statewide could leave the cash-strapped city with more than $109 million in new expenses should the City Council retain the employees and finish the work of its Community Redevelopment Agency, high-level analysts warned.
January 4, 2012 |
Tata Motors in India now holds the honor of making the world's cheapest car, but it may soon face competition from a manufacturer in its own country. Motorbike manufacturer Bajaj Auto Ltd. is coming out with a compact vehicle, the RE60 hatchback. Although the company didn't specify a price when it unveiled the vehicle Tuesday, chances are that it'll be cheap. Bajaj even insisted that the RE60, which probably will be used most often in urban locales, be called a "four-wheeler" instead of a car. The vehicle will feature a 200-cc rear-mounted gasoline engine and will be able to reach about 43 miles per hour, according to the Times of India.
November 23, 2011 |
By long-standing tradition, the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner has been purchased rock-hard, frozen and cheap. That's starting to change. Turkeys are going Godiva. The same passion for eating that brought us gourmet food trucks and swelled ratings for TV cooking shows has boosted demand for top-drawer turkeys with fancy names and even fancier price tags — up to $150 for a prized Bourbon Red heritage variety. "People want a bird that has a name, a provenance, a pedigree — a bird you can brag about," said Kathy Gori, a 60-year-old screenwriter who splits her time between Sonoma and Santa Monica.
November 4, 2011
It's easy to see why many Californians are losing patience with the bullet train. Voters who were asked in 2008 to approve $9.95 billion in bonds to build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco were told the project would cost $33 billion and be completed by 2020, yet a more realistic business plan released Tuesday by the rail authority placed the price tag at — whoops — $98 billion and the completion date at 2033....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2011 |
The ambitious plan to connect Anaheim and San Francisco with high-speed trains has encountered plenty of obstacles, including intensifying resistance from wealthy and poor communities lying in the track's path. But the bullet train's biggest threat could be its ballooning price tag, which this week doubled to an estimated $98 billion. Backers on Tuesday announced a major strategy shift, unveiling a reworked blueprint for the first leg that would delay completion 13 years to 2033.
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September 20, 2011 |
Taggers have left their mark all over Los Angeles. On buildings and bridges. Trees and cars. And even tombstones. But on Monday, Angelenos saw graffiti in a place they've probably never seen it before: the sky. Saber, a Los Angeles native and professional graffiti artist, hired five skywriters for an unlikely art installation and protest in the crisp, cloudless sky above downtown around noon Monday. The skywriting didn't have the artistic flourishes of high-style street art, but the white lettering hammered home a point.