September 11, 2013
Re "Legislature cools on drug war," Column, Sept. 9 Thank you to Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (Twin Peaks) and Rocky Chavez (Oceanside) for casting deciding votes to lower penalties for nonviolent drug possession. Thank you to George Skelton for recognizing those true conservatives who oppose the drug war, the most extreme example of the nanny state that Republicans often decry. Those who support individual freedom should oppose locking up adults for nonviolent behavior, as incarceration only makes it far worse for them, their families and the taxpayers who must pay to imprison those who have only hurt themselves.
September 3, 2013 |
There are only two episodes to go in the first season of CBS' "Under the Dome," which brought in 10.71 million viewers and a rating of 2.6 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic Monday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The season's 11th episode, which opened with the kids trying to figure out the mysteries of the mini dome that now has a Monarch butterfly inside it, increased its key demo rating 4% from last week. "Under the...
August 7, 2013 |
Tickets are set to go on sale on Thursday for the Lakers' two exhibition games against the Golden State Warriors in China. The two teams are to play in Beijing at the MasterCard Center on Oct. 15, followed by a rematch on Oct. 18 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Ticket prices start at 200 renminbi -- about $33. For local Lakers fans, the tickets may not be too expensive but the trip to China may cost a pretty penny. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant's trip to China Including the Lakers' and Warriors' visit to China, the "NBA Global Games 2013" features a total of 12 NBA teams playing around the world, including in Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Taipei and Britain.
July 20, 2013 |
The Lakers' summer league squad will face the top-seeded, undefeated Golden State Warriors (4-0) on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center. With a record of 3-1, the Lakers have advanced to the "Elite Eight" in the inaugural summer league tournament after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, 72-68. The Lakers were seeded eighth out of the 22 participating teams. If they get past the Warriors, the Lakers will play again on Sunday against the winner between the Charlotte Bobcats and the D-League Select team.
July 6, 2013 |
The Golden State Warriors have landed a coveted free agent -- just not the one everybody was talking about. The Warriors reached an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala on a $48-million, four-year deal Friday, two people with knowledge of the situation said. The Warriors reportedly cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft picks. Yahoo Sports said the Warriors were taking back only Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal for next season.
July 5, 2013 |
The Lakers are still in the chase but the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly out of the picture in the bidding for free-agent center Dwight Howard. The Mavericks are no longer in the running, according to a tweet from ESPN's Marc Stein. Dallas Mavericks have been officially notified they are out of Dwight Howard Sweepstakes, sources tell ESPN - Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 5, 2013 One team that may have improved its chances is the Golden State Warriors, who came to terms with free-agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala.
July 5, 2013 |
If Dwight Howard tells the Lakers he wants to go to Golden State in a trade, two things can help make it happen: Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. The Lakers have not given up on re-signing Dwight Howard, but are considering what will make sense if the summer's biggest-name free agent wants to be dealt to the Warriors. Golden State guard Stephen Curry was on a can't-touch list, but young up-and-comers Thompson and Barnes would appease the Lakers, who were fine with trading with a division rival if the deal made sense, according to a person familiar with the situation.
June 18, 2013
Re "Plan to arm Syrian rebels will take time," June 15 There are no "just" warriors in the Syrian conflict, and there are certainly none that adhere even modestly to the political or moral values that America embodies. The United States should keep out of the Syrian civil war entirely because it's not our fight. Let the warring factions decide among themselves who will oppress the Syrian people. But if we must get involved, the United States should arm the Syrian rebels with only those weapons that we are prepared to have turned against us. After all, it's possible that once the civil war is over, whoever ends up in power will be in opposition to America.
June 13, 2013 |
SERIES How We Invented the World This new installment looks at the evolution of firearms. 9 p.m. Discovery Magic City The crime drama set in late 1950s Miami returns for its second season; with new cast members James Caan, Esai Morales and Sherilyn Fenn. 9 p.m. Starz Poisoned Passions This new true-crimes series looks at relationships gone horribly wrong. 10 p.m. ID Continuum Kiera and Carlos (Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster) are back working together in this new episode.
May 27, 2013 |
As the nation marks Memorial Day, here is a statistic that offers sobering insight into the lives of the military men and women who have, over the decades, sacrificed so much for so many: Last year, 349 active servicemen and women committed suicide, more than the number who died in battle and the highest number in a decade of war. The incidence of suicide has also risen among veterans. A report released in February by the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that 22 veterans committed suicide in this country each day in 2010.