December 1, 2006 |
Youth sports are out of control, Exhibit A: The Vancouver Whitecaps suspended their under-15 boys' soccer team indefinitely after two players and several spectators chased a referee off the field because he'd made a call they didn't like in a Super Y-League tournament game played in Tampa, Fla. The melee broke out after the Whitecaps, trailing Los Angeles FC, 1-0, in a championship semifinal, were awarded a penalty kick at the end of the game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2005 |
On one freeway billboard, the promoters of Sunday's L.A. Marathon obviously wanted to discuss the race in terms that would be relevant to Angelenos. It says: "High speed chase through downtown L.A. Live at 7:30." Well, how many other areas have spawned a website -- www .pursuitwatch.com -- that enables you keep track of the latest cop chases? Speaking of excitement: Jean Meltzer of L.A.
HOME & GARDEN
January 6, 2005 |
In simpler times, everyone had a card table. It had myriad uses: It became a bridge table when Bill and Edna came over on Wednesday nights, the kids' table at festive gatherings, the crafts table at scout meetings, and, on special occasions, the gift table. It also came in handy for jigsaw puzzles. People make millions playing poker now, and millions watch them on TV. We envy the sunglasses, those piles of chips -- and that cool poker table. You want one, and furniture makers are listening.
July 16, 2003
Re "Connerly's Trivial Pursuit," editorial, July 14: The Times states that by wanting a colorblind government I am engaged in a "trivial pursuit." It accuses me of having an "obsession" with my own racial heritage, noting its mixture and saying "so what ... most African Americans have multiracial forebears." Is The Times so blind that it cannot see what is implicit in that statement? Like so many others who profess to be enlightened about "race," The Times unwittingly supports the infamous "one-drop" rule -- a remnant of slavery and Jim Crow.
July 14, 2003
When Ward Connerly, California's self-designated racial policeman, gets mad, his anger cascades into voting booths across the country. Last month's Supreme Court decision in a University of Michigan case that allowed schools to consider race as one factor in admissions really ticked him off: An "aberration ... not consistent with where this country is or where it ought to be" -- that's how Connerly sees it.
December 13, 2002 |
In the annals of social interaction, Trivial Pursuit is a very big deal. Word and board games had existed before 1982, when the brain tickler in a box became widely available, and of course people had gathered together for an evening of conversation before then. But no board game created for adults had ever become such a phenomenal success, even among those who didn't play cards or chess and who thought children's games like Monopoly were insomnia cures.