October 28, 2012
Re "LAX bomb plotter gets 37 years," Oct. 25 I can't decide if I am more horrified that my government kept a man alone in a cell the size of a small bathroom for 12 years or that its law enforcement officials stupidly couldn't understand why that person, convicted in 2001 in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, would then stop cooperating with them. Kudos to U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, who said, "I will not sentence a man to 50 lashes with a whip, and then 50 more for getting blood on the whip," and denied the government's request for a life sentence for Ahmed Ressam because of Ressam's "obstructionism" in refusing to provide evidence against Al Qaeda suspects.
November 5, 2013 |
Take nothing for granted -- that's one of those pearls of wisdom you're supposed to carry around with you at all times. So if you're just absolutely certain Clayton Kershaw is going to win his second National League Cy Young award this off-season, there had be some solace found in the announcement Tuesday that he was one of three finalists named for the annual honor determined by Baseball Writers Assn. of America balloting. Kershaw won the award in 2011, came in second in 2012 and is the favorite to win it for 2013 after going 16-9 and leading all of baseball with a 1.83 earned-run average and 0.92 WHIP.
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July 14, 1996
In regard to Officer Robert Flinn ("Oxnard Officer Charged with Assault of a Burglary Suspect"): Let me get this straight. After he chases the suspect on foot, Officer Flinn orders the suspect on the ground. The suspect refuses. What is the officer supposed to do? What would Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael K. Frawley do in that situation? Whip out his ACLU credit card and treat Juan Lopez to a night on the town? If Officer Flinn is convicted, the first thing I'm doing is buying a gun for protection, because I wouldn't blame any officer for just looking the other way for fear of getting into the same mess.
March 24, 1990
I read the article about the Moscow circus ("Dazzling Acts With Just One Ring," March 16), and the next day I went. I thought that it was great except for the parts with the animals. The bears looked cute walking and dancing with clothes on, but I think they would be happier out in the wild than having to be in a circus. I loved the horses, because they were pretty, but when I heard the crack of the whip I felt they might not want to have to go through the hoop with the knives and have people climbing all over them.
March 6, 2005
In a recent profile of actress Faye Dunaway ["Takes One to Know One..." Feb. 27], Maria Elena Fernandez writes that "Dunaway took a sip of her tea, which she was drinking without milk because she forgot her food scale." Ms. Fernandez, you are a terrible tease. For how long has Ms. Dunaway been traveling with a food scale? Does she just whip it out and put it on the table, or does she kind of hide it underneath, perhaps balancing it on her hand? Does it require assembly? Has anyone French ever shouted at her upon seeing it?
June 3, 1989
Boxing promoter Don King said that heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will fight Carl (the Truth) Williams July 21 in Atlantic City, N.J., but the undefeated Tyson said he would also like to accept the challenge of Tony Mandarich, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman and the first-round draft choice of the the Green Bay Packers. "I will whip Tony Mandarich's tail also," Tyson said. "Oh yes, I would love to make him suffer. . . . I would love to make him cry." But King said he opposes a Tyson-Mandarich fight because Mandarich is not a boxer.
May 4, 2013 |
With one month in the books, staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some of this season's biggest surprises: John Buck C | New York Mets Talk about a lack of respect, 495 players were chosen at my draft and Buck was not among them. That's what a .192 batting average in 2012 will do for you. Jump to this season and all the 32-year-old journeyman has done is lead all catchers in runs (16), home runs (10) and RBIs (29). Nate McLouth OF | Baltimore McLouth's career was in a major free fall when he was released by Pittsburgh last June.
June 15, 2013 |
Ronald Belisario returns Saturday from his one-game suspension , and that's a good thing, right? It could be very good. Or it could be nothing but trouble. Belisario has been wildly inconsistent this season. He's had both horrific and terrific stretches. And right now, he's in the midst of the former. In his last five games, Belisario has surrendered 11 hits and eight runs while striking out four in 4 1/3 shaky innings for a 16.62 earned-run average. In his 10 games previous to that, he gave up just one earned run in 9 1/3 innings (0.96 ERA)
October 15, 2012 |
It's the debut of the third annual almost-Daily Dodger in Review, leading off with the best they have … CLAYTON KERSHAW , 24, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: 14-9, 2.53 ERA, 229 strikeouts, 1.02 WHIP in 227 2/3 innings. Contract status: Signed for 2013 at $11 million. The good: Led the major leagues in ERA for the second consecutive year, led the National League in WHIP, and was second in strikeouts (by one) and innings pitched. Yet incredibly, all those numbers were down from last season when he won the NL pitching triple crown and Cy Young award.