CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Police Department plans to significantly increase its presence at the city's more than 540 public elementary and middle schools, with Chief Charlie Beck saying the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre has created a "new reality" that his department must address. In outlining his plan Monday, Beck said his goal is for uniformed officers to visit the public school campuses on a daily basis, a major change in LAPD deployment strategy that will add an additional logistical stress on a police force already stretched thin by the city's fiscal crisis.
December 1, 2012 |
Rose Bowl officials are seeing red, but not because they're angry. Stanford's victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Conference championship game Friday ensured that the 99th Rose Bowl would be awash in hues of one color on New Year's Day. That Wisconsin will be the other team contributing to the palette is somewhat of a surprise. But the Badgers' 70-31 victory over No. 14 Nebraska in Saturday's Big Ten Conference title game puts them in Pasadena for the third consecutive season. "There's going to be a lot of red in this stadium," Rose Bowl executive Kevin Ash said.
November 28, 2012 |
A drafty storage room deep in the bowels of the Home Depot Center hardly seems an appropriate place to meet with sporting royalty. Along one cluttered wall stand rolling racks of old uniforms and sweat suits. An oversize World Cup soccer ball sits ignored atop a dusty table, while hanging from the ceiling a tiny mirrored disco ball begins to spin slowly when David Beckham, wearing ragged jeans, a white V-neck T-shirt and a gray wool hat, steps in for another in a seemingly endless series of goodbye interviews.
November 12, 2012 |
If ever there was a poster child for the law of unintended consequences, it is the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Down through the years, few government programs have enjoyed the almost universal approval of the GI Bill, enacted in 1944 and expanded in 1966. I'm one of its fans: It helped me buy my first home (a bungalow in Hermosa Beach) and sent me to law school. As the U.S. military became all volunteer in the 1970s and America enjoyed more than a quarter-century of peace, the GI Bill seemed less necessary and its benefits dwindled.
November 5, 2012 |
You don't know Bob Romanski, but if you've watched an NFL game in the last 33 years you've seen his work. That's because any player who has worn the silver and black of the Raiders during that time was outfitted - from shoelaces to shoulder pads, jockstrap to chin strap - by Romanski, the team's equipment manager since the final days of the Carter administration. And that's just the most visible part of his job "It's from A to Z what you do," Romanski says. "There's times where you're working on a helmet radio system for practice and then a couple of hours later you could be tailoring a pair of pants.
October 31, 2012 |
UCLA will tempt fate again. The Bruins will wear new uniforms against Arizona on Saturday night in the Rose Bowl. The "L.A Night" dark blue jerseys and pants are a throwback to UCLA's old color scheme, Coach Jim Mora said. Of course, the Bruins' last throwback uniforms became throw-away ones. UCLA went with an all-white look, from helmet to ankle, against USC last year. It was an appropriate surrender color for a 50-0 loss. "Those are probably nowhere to be found," receiver Shaquelle Evans said.
September 1, 2012 |
When the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, they inherited a contract that binds him to the team through 2018 at a cost of $125 million. That will give him plenty of chances to make his mark in team history, and he will do so wearing a number that has left its mark in team history. By the end of his career, where might Gonzalez rank on the list of Dodgers to wear uniform No. 23? For now, here's how they rank, according to Times staff writer Bill Shaikin: 1: Kirk Gibson (1988-90)
August 26, 2012 |
Two years after taking the first tentative steps toward establishing common guidelines for fan behavior at local sports events, Los Angeles sports, government and law enforcement officials are scheduled Monday to announce the adoption of a uniform Southern California Fan Code of Conduct. The 10-point code, intended to promote fans' enjoyment and safety, will be applied at every major pro and college venue in the area. Every professional sports league has a fan code of conduct and teams have their own policies, and the new Southern California code will not replace those.
August 7, 2012 |
Penn State's iconic no-frills football uniforms -- once a symbol of discipline, unity and team over individualism -- will undergo major changes for the upcoming season. For the first time, player names will be displayed on the backs of the jerseys and the uniform will feature a blue ribbon, the symbol for child abuse awareness. Months ago, new Coach Bill O'Brien said the school's uniforms wouldn't change from the design favored by Joe Paterno for much of his 46 years as head coach.
July 31, 2012 |
NAPA, Calif. — There was a time when Matt Leinart thought he'd wind up with the Oakland Raiders, but he never dreamed he would take the kind of roundabout path he has taken to get here. The former USC star and Heisman Trophy winner is backing up Carson Palmer with the Raiders — a flashback to their days with the Trojans — and Leinart, once widely projected to make a splash in the pros and possibly be a draft pick of the Raiders, is now grateful to be on a roster. "I don't listen to the people who say I'm a bust," said Leinart, 29, the 10th overall pick by Arizona in 2006 who was released by Houston after two seasons.