October 23, 2013 |
Mike Bellotti, former head coach at Oregon, can pick out the defensive coordinator on any Pac-12 Conference football staff. "They have a very high stress rate and a lot of gray hairs," Bellotti said. The reason is clear: In 2004, there were 29 major college teams that averaged 30 or more points per game. Now there are 62. The challenge is especially difficult in the Pac-12, where a smorgasbord of offenses ranges from the tempo-obsessed spreads to the traditional meat-grinder approach.
September 12, 2013 |
Gilles Legrand's harrowing psychological drama "You Will Be My Son," which opened Wednesday, is a study in contrasts. Set in a lush French vineyard estate in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, the film captures the beauty and bouquet of the legendary wine region. But behind the walls of the estate lurks a dark ugliness: Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), the passionate, brilliant winemaker with the heart of a monster who treats his mild-mannered grown son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) like a dog. Though his son has tried all his life to please his widower father, Paul doesn't think Martin has what it takes to take over the family business.
September 10, 2013 |
New York City voters began deciding Tuesday who should become their next mayor after a volatile primary campaign that touched on everything from civil rights to kittens, with no shortage of scandal mixed in thanks to the candidacy of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The big question to be answered in this primary is whether any of the Democrats will win 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff next month before the general election in November. The most recent polls indicate that Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate, could do just that if he's able to win over Democrats who remain undecided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers, back from their summer break and starting their final month in session, have a lengthy to-do list that features such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration. Some 1,100 bills - about 275 a week, or 55 a day - require action before the Legislature adjourns Sept. 13 if they are to become law by the beginning of next year. Among them are proposals to relax California's landmark environmental quality law; place restrictions on the controversial oil extraction method known as fracking; and grant new benefits to those in the country illegally.
May 23, 2013 |
Now Wednesday was an interesting little day, no? Yet oddly, the one guy who came out of the brouhaha looking the best was Andre Ethier. That would be the often volatile Ethier, the player who's been known to smash helmets after strikeouts, snap at reporters, flip the bird to photographers and just generally be handicapped by his own emotions. Not Wednesday, though. Not this year, really. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly called out his team for lack of mental toughness before Wednesday's game, and specifically Ethier, whom he benched against a right-handed starter.
May 18, 2013 |
Call it retirement anxiety, or maybe recession obsession. For all of their married life, Patrick Webster, 63, and Susie Martin, 54, have been extremely frugal. Webster and Martin, who both work at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, have been stashing away their combined income at an enviable rate - more than 25% - for retirement. Together they have more than $1 million in investments and no debt. But rather than feeling reasonably secure about their financial future, they dread a return of hard times.