March 17, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - As the shopkeepers in this capital city readied for St. Patrick's Day under typically intermittent rainy skies, Father Sean McDonagh's attention was on the new pope's agenda. The Columban priest, whose order has a long tradition of missionary work, has been an outspoken critic of Vatican policies. With Pope Francis' honeymoon period underway he, like many, is waiting to see what issues will be at the center of the new papal agenda. McDonagh, 69, believes Francis needs to go green, making environmentalism the No. 1 priority for the Catholic Church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 |
Jerry Lockenour couldn't predict what lay ahead for him 25 years ago when he stashed the Los Angeles Times' Magazine on a cabinet shelf. The April 3, 1988, magazine's cover illustration showed bubble-shaped cars traveling in "electro lanes" on a double-decked, high-rise-lined 1st Street in downtown's Civic Center area. The cover's headline was "L.A. 2013: Techno-Comforts and Urban Stresses - Fast Forward to One Day in the Life of a Future Family. " Inside was a lengthy essay that described a day in the life of a fictional Granada Hills family in April 2013.
February 27, 2013 |
There are these times when J.T. Terrell makes a three-pointer smoothly in the rhythm of the offense, when Dewayne Dedmon slams down the basketball off a pass from Eric Wise, when Jio Fontan drives to the basket and makes the layup, when USC takes a 13-point lead on the 11th-ranked team in the country. And then there are other times, back-to-back-to-back turnovers, layups missed after sneaky steals, blown defensive assignments that let the opponent make three-pointers without a Trojan in sight, and USC almost gives away the lead.
January 25, 2013 |
In recent years, Bill Murray has created quite a sideline for himself in odd one-off appearances. Yes, he still makes movies. (He was just at the Golden Globes ceremony with a nomination for playing FDR in "Hyde Park on Hudson. ") But it could be argued that his real fame lately has come from doing things like jumping into a kickball game amongst friends in New York City, jumping behind the bar to serve drinks in Austin, Texas, or crashing a house party in Brooklyn and doing the dishes.
January 19, 2013 |
In a week when you thought you might have heard it all, I present to you Bill Walton speaking to USC students and bashing UCLA basketball. "I never knew they had pretty girls here at USC," began Walton, one of UCLA's all-time greats, after being introduced to a packed auditorium of sports business students. And for the next two hours he wouldn't shut up, entertaining, inspiring, opinionated, off the wall and dedicated to preserving the memory of John Wooden. It was all part of a bus tour to promote the Pac-12 Networks, Walton trumpeting an upcoming game in his own way. "What should be an absolute unbelievable game will be ruined by the style of the UCLA basketball team who loves to do nothing but call timeouts and run plays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2012 |
The schedule of Sunday Masses for Catholic students at USC accommodates their studying, partying and sleeping habits. Services are offered at 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and at 10 p.m., a popular option that is lightheartedly nicknamed the "Last Chance Mass. " Upward of 400 USC students previously attended at least one Mass a week at a now-demolished chapel just north of the university's main campus. The showing was respectable but still a small fraction of the estimated 10,000 Roman Catholic students - about a quarter of the overall enrollment - at the nonsectarian university.