May 9, 2013 |
Somebody is going to get killed out there. I've said it a hundred times, thought it a thousand. The only question was, what ballplayer would have to die on the mound before something was done to protect pitchers? The issue, in the news again after Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was felled by a line drive Tuesday night, is personal with me because it happened to my son Matt. Twice. He was struck in the face by a line drive in a high school game and on the side of the head during a scrimmage in college.
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April 29, 2013 |
Stanley A. Dashew, an inventor and entrepreneur who helped revolutionize the credit card industry, died of natural causes Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a family spokesman. He was 96. Dashew held 40 patents in fields as diverse as credit card processing, mining, mass transit, medical equipment and offshore oil transportation. He also was an avid sailor, writer and photographer who late in life wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post. At 94, he distilled his insights about life and business in a book, "You Can Do It: Inspiration and Lessons from an Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Sailor.
April 24, 2013
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April 23, 2013 |
Janet Fitch's first novel, "White Oleander," hit big when it was picked by Oprah for her book club. Before that happened, she was just another aspiring writer in this big city. She sat down with me at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and talked about who she used to come to see. Sometimes, when she couldn't get tickets to see an author, she'd sit on the grass and watch readers and writers pass by. Once, when her own writing wasn't going well, she couldn't bear to attend. That time passed -- she published "Paint It Black" in 2006 and is now hard at work on a new, very different novel.
April 21, 2013
At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Molly Ringwald sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss her book of short stories, “When It Happens to You,” surprising tour encounters and the new book she's starting. VIDEO: AUTHOR INTERVIEWS FROM FESTIVAL OF BOOKS In honor of our new interactive map of literary L.A., Ringwald also talked about her favorite L.A. author, Joan Didion. "She was a definite inspiration...all of the car stuff [in “When It Happens...”]
April 20, 2013 |
Few people know the 32 NFL teams better than the writers who cover those teams on a day-to-day basis. Those beat writers made the selections for this mock draft, choosing the players as if Thursday night were to unfold this way: 1. KANSAS CITY (Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star) - Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: "With all the uncertainty over Branden Albert, the Chiefs need to do something to secure that position for the long term. That's a priority. " 2. JACKSONVILLE (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union)