April 2, 2014 |
Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it's easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on it as a convenient place to manage their money. The same thing is happening in countless other small towns and inner-city neighborhoods across the country, which have been left behind as banks adjust to new financial realities by shuttering branches by the thousands.
March 4, 2014 |
Scan the fine print, check with legal, ask if people can no longer take a joke. The Dodgers obviously have to find a way to get out of this $215-million boondoggle of a deal they mistakenly gave Clayton Kershaw before the season starts and he takes the entire franchise under. It's panic in the streets! Or, you know, maybe not. Kershaw, the two-time Cy Young winner, has had a pair of rough starts to this spring. And eyebrows are raised everywhere? Really? There is actual, real-life concern?
February 9, 2014 |
PHOENIX - In his time with the Dodgers, Zack Greinke has shared his opinions on everything from the organization's farm system to Ryan Braun's drug use. As for Clayton Kershaw's new seven-year, $215-million contract, Greinke said, "I think it was solid for both sides. He's the best pitcher, but pitching is a little less predictable than a position player long term. You can't give him a 10-year, $32-million-a-year deal. " Greinke said Kershaw received a better deal than expected.
December 19, 2013 |
It's been many years since I interviewed the late producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then the president of Unifrance, the key promoter of French films overseas, but I always remember a comment he made. Toscan, as everyone called him, was talking about the fate of his country's films in the world marketplace as well as in the U.S., but what he said could be applied to foreign-language cinema in general. "If you are on a street full of hamburger shops, you finally want to eat something else.
December 15, 2013 |
QUNU, South Africa - After the sermon was read, the 21-gun salute thudded and the "Last Post" played, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the rolling green hills of the Eastern Cape where he was born, leaving South Africans with a gaping sense that they will never see a leader as great as him again. The crowds left his grave site, a host of luxury vehicles drove away and a chilling downpour of rain blew in. About 4,500 mourners filled a vast domed tent for the state funeral, with relatives, princes, African leaders, celebrities and members of Mandela's ruling African National Congress arriving from dawn onward to say goodbye one last time.
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October 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a Norwalk man's first-degree murder convictions for killing his estranged wife and an off-duty Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, ruling that detectives failed to properly advise him of his legal rights before he confessed. Reuben Kenneth Lujan was sentenced to life without parole for killing his estranged wife, Monica, 26, and her friend, Deputy Gilbert Madrigal, 45, by smashing their heads with a concrete block.