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Beijing visit
a win-win for
Xi and Kim
With meeting, China
underscored its key
role, while North
Korea won a chance
to shore up support.
By Jonathan Kaiman
and Tracy Wilkinson
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
HOTEL HAMILTON is one of many brick buildings in Ventura that are not fully seismically retrofitted,
according to the city. Ventura law requires only a partial seismic retrofit of brick buildings.
Mexico earthquake was
California’s wake-up call
Cities take steps to ID at-risk buildings, despite the costs
Moorpark already has
agreed to spend as much as
$10,000 for its own survey of
at-risk buildings.
Malibu is taking stock of
its structures, including
those with flimsy first stories — such as apartments
with skinny columns holding up carport parking on
the ground floor, known as
“soft-story buildings.” Officials in Ventura and Hermosa Beach are doing the
As more cities consider
seismic retrofit laws — to
protect both lives and the region’s limited housing supply — many owner and tenant groups in the Los Angeles area generally agree that
earthquake strengthening
should be done. But there is
some concern about the cost
of the upgrades and who will
pay for them.
Beverly Kenworthy, vice
president of the California
[See Earthquakes, A8]
By Rong-Gong Lin II
A number of cities big
and small in Southern California are taking steps to
identify seismically vulnerable buildings for the first
time in a generation, acting
in part on the devastating
images of earthquake damage in Mexico and elsewhere
around the world.
“What happened last
year in Mexico City, we don’t
want to experience in California,” David Khorram,
Long Beach’s superintendent of building and safety,
said of the quake that left
more than 360 people dead.
“We want to be progressive.”
In hopes of mitigating the
loss of life from a major
quake that experts say is
inevitable, Long Beach is
discussing spending up to
$1 million to identify as
many as 5,000 potentially
vulnerable buildings.
goal: Get
users to
click yes
Korean Central News Agency
NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Un bids farewell
from his armored train as it prepares to leave Beijing.
Gun heist again
puts Compton
under scrutiny
Officials have been
slammed by auditors
and critics. Now they
struggle to explain 31
missing firearms.
By Angel Jennings,
Joe Mozingo,
Javier Panzar
and Richard Winton
By Tracey Lien
Three years ago when Facebook Messenger’s users
opened the app on an Android device, they were
greeted by an adorable cartoon yeti. It was shown texting a big pink heart. Below
it, a prompt read: “Text anyone in your phone.”
The design seemed innocuous — friendly, even.
Customers were given two
choices: Tap the highlighted
“turn on” button, which
would give Facebook access
to contacts, call and text history, or press the grayed-out
“not now” button.
Millions tapped “turn
This week, those users
learned that Facebook not
only collected their call and
text histories, it allegedly
held on to that information.
The revelation led to panic
among some customers,
adding to the growing consumer distrust of the social
network now facing congressional inquiries and an FTC
probe over the mishandling
of the personal information
of 50 million customers.
Facebook said over the
[See Design, A5]
BEIJING — It had the
trappings of a historic summit — a mysterious train, a
motorbike convoy, a military
welcome and extraordinary
displays of flowers and flags.
When North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un came to
Beijing this week to meet
with Chinese President Xi
Jinping, it marked the first
time that Kim is known to
have traveled outside his
country since becoming its
leader in 2011, and his first
meeting of any kind with another head of state. But its
true significance may become apparent only after
two more summits.
The first, in April, will
bring together Kim and
South Korean President
Amelia Lopez FutMexNation
A MURAL in a Pico-Union neighborhood that welcomed Carlos Vela to the
expansion L.A. Football Club was defaced last month in Galaxy-colored paint.
The guns were kept in a
1920s-era vault in a municipal building on North Alameda Street.
Compton officials struggled for months to say where
they came from, and now
where a load of them have
The city dismantled its
police force 18 years ago.
Were they left over from the
old department? Were they
sidearms removed four
years ago from code enforcement officers who had taken
to arming themselves? Were
Galaxy and LAFC fans already don’t like each other
By Kevin Baxter
The first signs of a burgeoning Southern California
sports rivalry came from a
splat of paint.
Last month, hours after
Jiovanny Lopez and Diego
Mendoza finished a mural
on a brick building in the
Pico-Union neighborhood,
one welcoming Mexican national team star Carlos Vela
to the fledgling Los Angeles
Football Club, the artwork
was defaced with splashes of
blue, white and gold paint —
the colors of the crosstown
rival Galaxy.
Months earlier, vandals
working in black and gold —
LAFC’s colors — had defaced a Galaxy mural at
Hawthorne Memorial Park.
The spray-can shenanigans quickly lighted up social media and hardened enmities on both sides — not
that those emotions needed
much heat to bring to a boil.
And the teams haven’t
even played each other yet.
That will change Saturday when LAFC rumbles
with the Galaxy on their turf
at StubHub Center in Carson. Like most epic duels,
this one is scheduled for high
The lines separating the
two couldn’t be more clearly
The Galaxy are MLS royalty, one of the league’s original 10 franchises and winner
of more titles and more
games than any other team.
The club of David Beckham,
Landon Donovan, Bruce
Arena and, now, Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, it’s refined,
blue-blooded and aristocratic.
LAFC is the upstart, its
history only two games —
[See Soccer, A8]
Moon Jae-in. The second,
should it take place, would
pair the North Korean
Experts say Kim was
probably eager to shore up
support from China, Pyongyang’s main trading partner
and ally, for additional leverage in those discussions. He
may also want to drive a
wedge between the U.S. and
China, which have in the last
year joined forces to implement draconian sanctions
on Pyongyang.
China, meanwhile, is
striving to remain central to
discussions — it’s anxious
that losing a place at the table could carry vast consequences for its national security, experts say. Beijing is
about 500 miles from Pyongyang and does not want a
war in its backyard.
“I think [the meeting]
shows some sense of urgency
on both sides,” said Go
Myung-Hyun, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for
Policy Studies in Seoul. “I
think Xi Jinping now understands that China was being
[See China, A4]
they purchased as part of a
failed push to revive the police force in 2010?
Those were the questions
last year when a new city
manager, Cecil Rhambo Jr.,
learned about the stash in
the old City Hall building
from a code enforcement officer. He ordered them to be
inventoried and turned over
to the Los Angeles County
Sheriff ’s Department.
Deputies counted 198
weapons in March. When
they went back to retrieve
the guns in August, there
were 167.
Now Rhambo, the Sheriff ’s Department and the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives are
asking: Who stole 31 of them?
Whoever it was made off
with 23 Beretta .40-caliber
pistols and eight Glock .40caliber pistols.
Sheriff ’s
and Compton city officials
notified the ATF, which
opened an investigation in
[See Compton, A7]
Veterans Affairs
secretary fired
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
He keeps busy
Burt Reynolds, 82,
who was one of the
biggest movie stars
of the 1970s and ’80s,
talks about his new
film, “The Last Movie
President Trump ousts
David Shulkin, the
embattled head of
the Department of
Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Ronny L. Jackson,
the chief White House
physician, will replace
Shulkin. NATION, A6
Mostly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 78/57. B6
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with David Montero
Springs Preserve
MOJAVE MAX has been announcing the end of winter in Las Vegas since 2000, but his public relations team
is still working on raising his profile. This year he emerged on March 23 to declare the arrival of springtime.
Forget Punxsutawney Phil:
Vegas has own forecaster
It isn’t springtime here till this desert tortoise leaves his burrow
ojave Max,
the desert
tortoise in
Las Vegas
who marks
the arrival of spring each
year when he emerges from
his burrow, has always
existed in the long shadow
of Punxsutawney Phil — the
ultimate case of a big star in
a small market.
It’s Phil who nabs the
national headlines and
knowing nods from highprofile news anchors when
he is yanked out on Feb. 2 to
let the nation know how
much longer winter will last.
The groundhog from
Pennsylvania has always
hogged the limelight when it
comes to weather prognostication — a Goliath among
all creatures great and
small. Even this story about
Mojave Max has so far focused on Phil.
The rodent’s public
relations team wasn’t overly
impressed when it heard
Mojave Max had emerged
from his burrow last Friday
to declare the start of spring
in Las Vegas.
“Ever heard of Mojave
Max?” I asked Katie Donald, executive director of the
Groundhog Club in Punxsutawney.
“I’m sorry, I haven’t,”
Donald said.
“Are you aware of other
animals that do, um, seasonal work?” I asked.
“We’re aware of few,”
Donald said. “There’s a
lobster in Maine — I can’t
think of his name. And
there’s a few imitator
groundhogs in the Pennsylvania area that we don’t
(The lobster is Passy
Pete, by the way, and he
predicts if summer will last
another six weeks by opening a scroll with a claw.
Forecast: It might be boiling
hot, Pete. Beware.)
But Pete is in Maine, a
far-flung state that is famous mostly for Stephen
King, lighthouses and lobster rolls. There’s also Mojave Maxine, a desert tortoise
at the Living Desert in Palm
Desert. She emerged from
her burrow Jan. 31.
So, how is it that Mojave
Max — a desert tortoise in a
city that is internationally
iconic and draws the biggest
stars to its 24-hour spotlight
— isn’t much known beyond
the Clark County line?
“We’re working on that,”
says Dawn Barraclough, a
spokeswoman for Springs
Preserve, where Mojave
Max lives.
Around 1994, as part of
the Desert Conservation
Program’s effort to bring
attention to the desert
tortoise’s threatened
species status, one was
identified in the area and
moved to the Red Rock
Canyon visitor center. He
was named Mojave Max.
The resident desert
tortoise, about the size of a
football, has been identifying seasonal changes publicly since 2000, when the first
Mojave Max emergence
contest was held. When Max
came out of his burrow, the
biologists would note that it
signaled the start of spring
in the area.
It was more low-key back
then — especially by Vegas
standards — as the Las
Vegas Strip was on the cusp
of going big with resorts like
Bellagio that brought in
rare white tigers and dancing fountains. If Punxsutawney Phil were ever to
move to Vegas, he’d probably have his own residency
at a casino.
Max, seemingly, would
prefer his residence to remain a dirt hole.
Heather Green, a
spokeswoman for the
county who works for the
Desert Conservation Program, said the earliest that
Mojave Max has emerged
from his burrow in his years
as a seasonal forecaster is
Feb. 14. The latest is April 17.
Last year, biologists
decided it was better for
Max to not be bothered at
Red Rock Canyon anymore,
and he retired to a quieter
life. But the tradition still
carried on with a new Mojave Max — a 14-year-old
desert tortoise living in
captivity at Springs Preserve. In showbiz parlance,
a casting change. Roger
Moore in for Sean Connery.
(In James Bond fashion,
Max lives with four female
tortoises on 15 acres of open
space at Springs Preserve.)
Max’s profile has also
been raised on social media,
where the tortoise has a
Twitter account.
“Yep! It seemed like a
good day to EMERGE!! My
official emergence date and
time: March 23, 2018 at 11:11
SPRUNG,” read this year’s
announcement tweet from
Green said that unlike
Punxsutawney Phil, Max is
allowed to dictate the seasonal change rather than
being yanked out of a hut on
a predetermined day, the
way Phil has been marking
Groundhog Day for more
than 130 years.
Donald said Phil’s track
record is unblemished.
“He’s been right 100% of
the time,” she said.
Time magazine did an
analysis of Phil’s accuracy
and it revealed he was actually correct only about 36%
of the time. This year, a
warrant was issued for Phil’s
arrest by the Monroe
County Sheriff ’s Office in
Pennsylvania for deception
— claiming that winter has
continued longer than the
six additional weeks predicted by the groundhog. Phil’s
publicity team said the
warrant was a misguided
attempt to blame the messenger rather than Mother
It should be noted that
Mojave Max has never been
subject to an arrest warrant.
Phil’s club also steadfastly sticks to the lore on
the groundhog’s age. Donald said that because of a
special elixir administered
every few years, the same
Phil has been doing prognostications for the last 132
years. Donald will not budge
on this point, even though a
groundhog’s lifespan typically doesn’t exceed eight
Green said desert tortoises live between 50 and 80
years. And Max doesn’t
have to drink an elixir, either. Just water.
With a long lifespan,
Mojave Max could have this
gig for quite a while. A Vegas
residency with the staying
power of a Wayne Newton,
Liberace or Celine Dion.
Stephane de Sakutin AFP/Getty Images
The slain hero of last week’s extremist attack in France was honored Wednesday in an elaborate, daylong
national homage led by President Emmanuel Macron. Gendarmes escorted the coffin of Lt. Col. Arnaud
Beltrame through a morning drizzle in a procession across Paris from the Pantheon to the Hotel des Invalides, the final resting place of Napoleon. Beltrame died of his wounds Saturday morning, hours after
swapping himself for a hostage during a siege in a supermarket near the city of Carcassonne. Macron delivered a patriotic public eulogy calling for national solidarity after the attack, which together with myriad
other extremist assaults on French soil have claimed more than 200 lives since 2015. Beltrame symbolized
“the spirit of French resistance,” Macron said, adding that “we will win by the cohesion of a united nation.”
The tribute came as questions were raised about possible failures by French counter-terrorism officials in
tracking the gunman, who was on a radicalization watchlist before he went on a rampage Friday.
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Trump leaves key envoy posts empty
Foreign service
veterans say the voids
reduce U.S. influence
just when it’s needed.
By Tracy Wilkinson
WASHINGTON — President Trump officially received four foreign ambassadors into the United
States on Monday, a White
House ceremony that also
was a reminder that he has
yet to send many U.S. ambassadors abroad — to dozens of key diplomatic posts.
Fourteen months into his
administration, for example, the United States has no
ambassador to South Korea
as Trump prepares for a
high-stakes meeting with
North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un.
Nor has the president
even nominated ambassadors to several important
allied nations in the Middle
East, where tensions have
recently flared, including
Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The same goes for Jordan
and Egypt, the only two Arab states that recognize Israel and which are vitally important to dealings with the
Also empty is the ambassadorship of Turkey, a
NATO ally, where President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
nonetheless has become increasingly anti-American
and is reaching out to Russia, as well as the job of envoy
to the European Union.
Of a total of 188 foreign
posts, 56 are vacant in 46
countries and 10 international organizations normally headed by an ambassador, according to the
American Foreign Service
Assn., the organization that
represents diplomats.
Of the 56 open positions,
17 have nominees awaiting
Carlos Barria AFP/Getty Images
U.S. AMBASSADOR to Mexico Roberta Jacobson welcomes then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017. She is stepping down in May.
Senate confirmation. That
leaves the bulk of the traditionally much-desired jobs
just waiting for Trump to
make a decision.
The vacancy rate is
roughly twice that under
then-President Obama at
this point in his term, according to the association.
Some in the White House
and elsewhere blame outgoing Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson and his cost-cutting campaign for the dearth
of diplomats. Tillerson’s de-
fenders say he was merely
following the tone and directives set by the White House,
which demanded that the
State Department budget
be cut by a third.
In the end, many lawmakers saw the proposed reduction as too draconian and
Congress actually approved
a small increase in the department’s budget. Trump
fired Tillerson on March 13.
Whatever the cause of the
vacant ambassadorial residences, veteran diplomats
say the voids cripple U.S. influence abroad at a time of
heightened dangers in many
parts of the world.
“There is simply no denying the warning signs that
point to mounting threats to
our institution — and to the
global leadership that depends on us,” Barbara
Stephenson, former ambassador to Panama and president of the foreign service
association, said on the
group’s website.
She said the State De-
ranks had been “depleted at
a dizzying speed.”
Not only is Trump failing
to fill vacancies, but also his
administration has forced
some ambassadors out and
spurred others to leave by
Stephenson’s earlier post
in Panama is vacant now because the most recent occupant, John Feeley, abruptly
quit this month, saying he
could no longer represent
the administration. Trump
China’s charm offensive against island
Beijing is taking softer
approach to sway
Taiwan on unification.
By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese President Xi Jinping
pledged this month to punish self-ruled Taiwan for any
moves toward legal independence from China. The
next day a Chinese aircraft
carrier passed through the
Taiwan Strait that separates the two sides.
You might expect this
thunder from a leader in Beijing who can rule for life and
says Taiwan must unify with
China. The communist leadership has sworn for seven
decades to unify, somehow,
with democratic Taiwan.
China also commands the
world’s third-strongest military.
But people who follow
Chinese politics expect Xi to
use the luxury of multiple
terms in office to explore a
softer and possibly more
persuasive approach to the
unification goal. On March
12, the National People’s
Congress confirmed that
Chinese presidents can
serve an unlimited number
of five-year terms, not just
two. Xi, 64, began his first in
Xi could use tax breaks,
free rent, quick approvals for
initial public offerings, and
unique investment opportunities to make common Taiwanese try life in China. He
may figure that those who
live for a time in China will be
more receptive to political
unification, scholars in Taiwan say. Xi could sit back to
see which measures work.
He’s supported by a fastgrowing $12-trillion economy.
“For sure they will carry
on this policy,” said Liu Yihjiun, public affairs professor
at Fo Guang University in
Taiwan. Economic sweeteners, he said, “will have a
very serious positive impact
on relations between Taiwanese people and the Chinese government.”
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the
Chinese civil war of the
1940s, when Chiang Kai-
David Chang EPA/Shutterstock
SOLDIERS hoist Taiwan’s flag in Taipei. Beijing is making it easier for Taiwanese
to work, study and invest in China, in effect treating them as Chinese citizens.
shek’s Nationalists lost to
the Communists and fled to
the island. Polls in Taipei
show most Taiwanese now
prefer autonomy over unification.
The softer approach to
Taiwan has already started.
On Feb. 28, Beijing announced a list of measures
that make it easier for Taiwanese to work, study and
invest in China. Those incentives in effect treat Taiwanese as Chinese citizens,
not as outsiders. Tax breaks
and special land-use rights
are among the 31 measures.
The Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office
suggested the same day that
Taiwanese investors join infrastructure projects that
are part of China’s Belt and
Road Initiative. That term
refers to the $900-billion
plan for ports, roads and
railways in up to 65 Eurasian
hopes to increase trade.
China also plans to set up
“cross-strait industrial cooperation zones,” the office
added. Separately, a startup incubator near the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai is offering rent subsidies
and free office space for Taiwanese entrepreneurs.
The Chinese securities
regulator showed in a March
19 case that it can fast-track
applications from Taiwanese companies that want to
be listed on stock exchanges
in Shanghai or Shenzhen.
Foxconn Industrial Internet
Co., which is based in Taiwan, won permission for an
IPO the same day it applied,
Taiwan’s Central News
Agency said. That’s down
from the usual wait time of
six to 12 months.
Mainland China’s “soft
approach has become more
sophisticated than before,”
said Yun Sun, senior associate with the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program in
the United States. “Xi will
continue to provide economic incentives to Taiwan.”
stand to work because Taiwan’s economy is growing
between 2% and 3% a year
compared with nearly 7% in
China. Taiwanese who have
worked in China already say
they see more chances for
promotions and career
change. ManpowerGroup, a
recruiting firm, says skilled
Taiwanese workers can earn
1.2 to 1.3 times more money
in China than at home.
At least 1 million Taiwanese already invest in China.
could motivate them to expand in China rather than in
cheaper places such as Vietnam.
About half the Taiwanese
between the ages of 18 and 29
are willing to make the move,
said Andy Chang, China
Tamkang University in Tai-
wan. China might hold up a
few early arrivals “as propaganda” to entice others, he
Esther Yeh, a 23-year-old
Taiwanese worker at a Japanese pet apparel firm in
Taipei, might be on the front
line. She attended an exhibition in Shanghai last year
and met a local woman who
placed a series of orders with
her company over seven
“The market scale is not
only large, but most of Chinese people are willing to
buy,” Yeh said. “If I got a
chance to work in China, I
wouldn’t hesitate for long.”
An exodus of people
around Yeh’s age would
undercut support for the
ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan, said
William Sharp, host of the
“Asia in Review” TV program in Honolulu. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
drew support for her 2016
election from younger people who opposed the previous government’s friendly
relations with Beijing.
Tsai rejects Beijing’s demand that she see both sides
as part of a single China, and
the two governments have
not spoken since she took office. China’s direct appeals
to the Taiwanese people let
Beijing bypass their government.
Some ordinary Taiwanese still plan to stay home,
possibly out of concern that
China’s legal system will not
honor their copyrights and
contracts. Taiwanese Vice
Premier Shih Jun-ji said at a
March 16 news conference
that Taiwanese should cherish the local rule of law.
“Who knows what would
happen when you get to
China? They can retract
whatever offer they were
planning to give,” said Catta
Chou, 29, who works at a
nongovernmental organization in Taiwan. She has never considered moving to
In case economic incentives fail, experts say, the Xi
government will keep up the
warnings that Taiwan has
seen since 2016. “The hard
prong will stay, but the soft
prong will expand and become more agile,” said Lin
Chong-pin, a retired professor of strategic studies in
Harder measures so far
include military aircraft flybys, at least 10 of which have
been recorded to date, and
pressure on countries that
recognize Taiwan to back
Beijing instead. (Beijing will
not allow countries to recognize both.) Chinese leaders
hope to warn Taiwanese
politicians against trying to
declare constitutional independence for the island, Lin
“Any actions and tricks to
split China are doomed to
failure and will meet with the
people’s condemnation and
the punishment of history,”
Xi said March 20 at the closing of the National People’s
Congress, China’s legislative
In October, the Chinese
president called 2049 a “soft
final deadline” for unification with Taiwan, said
Douglas Paal, vice president
for studies at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, in an online
Xi would need that time
to shore up the People’s Liberation Army in case his soft
power fails and he chooses to
pursue unification by force,
some scholars say.
Jennings is a special
correspondent. Special
correspondent Jessica
Meyers in Beijing
contributed to this report.
had “warped and betrayed”
the United States’ “traditional core values,” Feeley
said at the time.
The “current administration has little respect for
those who have served the
nation apolitically for decades,” he wrote in an op-ed
piece published by the
Washington Post on March
The ambassador in Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, is also
stepping down, effective
May 5. No replacement has
been nominated.
Filling the South Korea
post in Seoul has been especially fraught. The Trump
administration nominated
academic Victor Cha, a preeminent expert on the region, and then dropped him
after he criticized a proposal
that Trump was floating to
“bloody nose” military strike
on North Korea.
There are other voids in
the region. Around the time
that Cha’s nomination collapsed came the abrupt resignation of the special envoy
for the Korean peninsula, Joseph Yun, who was in charge
of dealings with the North
Pyongyang. The candidate
for assistant secretary of
State for East Asia, Susan
Thornton, has still not been
confirmed. She was famously criticized by former
Stephen K. Bannon, who
said he planned to get rid of
State Department officials reject the idea that
American foreign policy is
suffering because of empty
losses like Yun.
“The State Department
has 75,000 people that work
for us around the world,”
Nauert said. “To imply that
Ambassador Yun is the only
one who’s capable of handling North Korea would
simply be wrong. We have a
deep bench of very experienced people.”
Overall, the number of
dropped nearly 3% in 2017
between March and the end
of December, to 7,940, the
State Department says.
However, applicants have
fallen by half.
Ambassadors are generally a mix of experienced career diplomats and political
appointees rewarded for
their political or financial
support. Callista Gingrich,
the wife of former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich, one
of Trump’s fervent supporters, was named ambassador
to the Holy See in Vatican
City, for example.
ambassadors who presented their
Trump at the White House
were from Japan, Madagascar, Mongolia and Ivory
Coast. In two of the countries, Mongolia and Ivory
Coast, the U.S. ambassador’s post is vacant.
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With summit, Xi sends message
[China, from A1]
sidelined in these discussions that were taking place
between North Korea, the
U.S. and South Korea.”
China and North Korea
enjoy a strong historical
bond, with their communist
roots and their alliance during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Yet their relations have
soured, especially throughout last year, as Pyongyang
tested more than two dozen
missiles and, in September,
a nuclear bomb. Beijing
fears nothing more than instability and has repeatedly
warned Pyongyang over its
In the Beijing meetings,
Kim, who is in his 30s, said
his country could potentially
denuclearize “if South Korea
and the United States respond to our efforts in good
faith [and] create a peaceful
and stable atmosphere,” according to the official New
China News Agency.
The meeting spotlighted
a high-wire act for both
China and North Korea in
advance of Kim’s planned
meetings with South Korean
and U.S. leaders this spring.
“What does Kim Jong Un
want? Let’s be clear. He
wants to break what appears to be a united front between China and the U.S. on
the North Korea issue,” said
Andrei Lankov, director of
the research firm Korea Risk
Group and a professor at
“Kim has likely made a lot
of promises, not all of which
are going to be kept, in order
to prove to his Chinese hosts
that it’s in Chinese interests
not to be harsh to North Korea,” he continued. “I can
imagine him making promises to behave himself for a
while, at least as long as
Trump is in the White
House. But it’s also possible
that he’ll try to terrify China
by the increasingly likely
prospect of an American
military operation in Korea.”
Trump, in a morning
tweet, reported he had received a message from Xi describing the visit and saying
Kim “looks forward to his
meeting with me.”
“In the meantime, and
unfortunately,” he added,
“maximum sanctions and
pressure must be maintained at all cost!”
Trump predicted that
Kim may finally be coming
around and “will do what is
right.” But Kim was clearly
using the China appearance
to strengthen his own hand
before any talks involving
the Koreas. Kim wants to include the more sympathetic
posture of China, while Xi
wants to continue to play the
role of regional power broker.
In their meetings, Xi was
careful to treat Kim as an
equal. Both men were accompanied by their wives, a
sight not usually seen.
Kim is likely to similarly
Photographs by Korean Central News Agency
CHINESE President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspect an honor guard in Beijing
on Monday. The leaders may have used their meeting to strategize about North Korea’s upcoming talks.
‘I can assure you
North Koreans
have so far
managed to
— Andrei Lankov,
director of the research firm
Korea Risk Group
KIM, center, with host Xi at a banquet. The China appearance offered Kim a
chance to strengthen his own hand before any talks involving the Koreas.
parlay any meeting with
Trump as proof of his international stature — a gambit
that Trump may not be well
equipped to counter. Kim
will probably declare that it
is his nuclear arsenal that
has earned him the world’s
Xi and Kim may also have
used their meeting to strategize in the likely event that
little comes of a summit with
“We are now heading into
an extremely complicated
stage of diplomacy and negotiations,” Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global
Policy in Beijing, said in an
email. “Trump needs to get
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good and competent people
in place to not only do the
internal strategic thinking
and advise the president,
but to ensure that in our external diplomacy there is cohesion. The worst outcome
would be for [North Korea]
to begin driving wedges between the U.S., China, South
Korea, Japan and Russia to
try to gain advantages.”
Japan, which has taken
an especially hard line
against North Korea and
was caught off guard by
that he would sit down with
Kim, has so far been left out
of these machinations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
is scheduled to meet with
Trump next month, and he
is likely to warn the president against the many pitfalls that someone as wily as
Kim might put in the way of
an inexperienced and unsuspecting Trump.
A mild panic seems to be
setting in among Japanese
leadership as it is left out not
only of the Trump-Kim summit but also Kim’s trip this
week to Beijing. Asked Tuesday about the trip, Japanese
Foreign Minister Taro Kono
was reduced to saying he
hoped for an explanation
from Beijing.
This week’s meetings unfolded in absolute secrecy.
Speculation had swirled
that Kim was in Beijing on
Monday night when a mysterious, armored North Korean train arrived in the Chinese capital (it left on Tuesday afternoon). Chinese
state media first reported
the visit on Wednesday
and said that it lasted from
Sunday to Wednesday, without explaining the discrepancy.
Chinese and North Korean media made prominent
shows of the visit, with the
New China News Agency
publishing a 2,646-word article and North Korea’s
Rodong Sinmun running a
photo from the meeting on
its front page.
The agencies showed
photos of Kim and Xi shaking hands against a backdrop of North Korean and
Chinese flags; posing with
their wives, Ri Sol Ju and
Peng Liyuan; toasting at a
banquet; and speaking with
other officials at the Great
Hall of the People, a lushcarpeted meeting hall in Beijing.
“The luncheon hall where
Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju
sat face to face with Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan was
overflowing with a harmonious and intimate atmosphere from its beginning to
the end,” North Korea’s official Korean Central News
Agency reported.
Trump and the United
Nations have imposed several rounds of sanctions on
the already isolated country
— and China, breaking with
years of precedent, has
sharply limiting exports of
North Korean goods to
Kim has made several
gestures in recent months to
defuse long-simmering tension. Last month, North Korea sent a delegation, led by
Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, to
the Winter Olympics in
South Korea. The charm offensive paved the way for
talks with South Korean officials and, later, a historic offer to meet Trump, who
quickly accepted.
The New China News
Agency reported that Xi, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea,
said, “China is willing to continue to play a constructive
role in the issue of the peninsula and work together with
all parties including the
DPRK to jointly promote the
relaxation of the situation
on the peninsula.”
By traveling on a train,
Kim followed precedents set
by his grandfather and father, North Korea’s two previous leaders.
His grandfather Kim Il
Sung, who ruled the country
from its founding in 1948 until his death in 1994, and his
father, Kim Jong Il, who
ruled from 1994 until his
death in 2011, both traveled
abroad on heavily armored
luxury trains.
Lankov, the professor,
said that the three Kims
have all proved remarkably
adept at getting their
way with foreign governments.
“I’ve been studying North
Korea for 35 years, and I’ve
written books looking at
their political and social history over the past 70 years,”
he said. “I can assure you
North Koreans have so far
managed to outsmart everybody.
“They were remarkably
good at playing Russia
and China against each
other in the 1950s and ’60s.
They’ve outsmarted Americans a number of times, and
they’ve outsmarted South
Koreans too,” he said.
“I don’t know why we
shouldn’t expect they won’t
outsmart them once again.”
Twitter: @JRKaiman
Twitter: @TracyKWilkinson
Kaiman reported from
Beijing and Wilkinson from
Washington. Kemeng Fan in
The Times’ Beijing bureau
contributed to this report.
Bullets hit campaign buses
Brazilian ex-President
Lula’s party accuses
state officials of failing
to protect his caravan.
associated press
SUL, Brazil — Gunshots apparently hit two buses in a
caravan for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s campaign tour in southern Brazil this week, officials
in his Workers’ Party said.
No one was hurt.
Lula wasn’t in either of
the two buses, which were
carrying guests and journalists, spokesman Jose Crispiniano said.
Lula has been traveling
around the south to rally
support for another presidential run in October. But
the former president has
been convicted of corruption, and it looks increasingly likely that he will be
jailed and barred from the
In a sign of how divisive
popular leader has become,
his caravan has been the target of protests at several
sites along the tour.
“If they think that they
can do away with my will to
fight, they are wrong,” Lula
said at a rally Tuesday night.
“The day I cannot shout anymore, I will shout through
your throats! The day my
mind stops thinking, I will
think through your minds!”
Initial reports of Tues-
day’s incident while the caravan was traveling from
Quedas do Iguacu to Laranjeiras do Sul in Parana state
were slightly contradictory.
The left-leaning Workers’
Party said in a statement
that one bus had two bullet
holes in its side and that the
other bus was grazed on a
side window. A statement on
Lula’s website said there
were at least three shots.
Meanwhile, police officer
Helder Lauria said passengers reported hearing a
single gunshot while the
buses were on the road and
then found one “perforation” in each bus once they
arrived in Laranjeiras do
Associated Press journalists saw two marks that
could have been from bul-
lets, one in each bus.
Gleisi Hoffmann, the
Workers’ Party president,
complained in a statement
that authorities haven’t provided enough security for
the caravan, and later called
the attack an attempted homicide. Officials noted that
Parana is the only state the
caravan has passed through
that hasn’t provided a police
“It’s not normal in a democracy that people fire on
a democratic caravan,”
Hoffmann told supporters
Public Security Minister
Raul Jungmann called the
attack unacceptable and
said he would ensure that
state authorities pay close
attention to the investigation.
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Ethics issues for
tech designers
[Design, from A1]
weekend that customers
had to opt into the texting
feature and, therefore, knew
they were handing over their
data. What it didn’t say was
that those users were all
subject to a sophisticated
design strategy common in
the technology industry —
one that nudges users to do
what companies want them
to do.
“In digital products, every action the users perform
is always being driven
toward some type of goal,”
said Caspar Lam, an assistant professor of communication design at Parsons
School of Design at the New
School in New York.
For a shopping website,
the goal could be to complete a transaction. On a
news website, it might be to
get people to sign up for a
newsletter or subscribe. And
on social networks, it’s to
sign up, log in, like, share,
poke or comment — each offering the company more
data that can be used to sell
targeted advertising.
By now, most consumers
understand that data collection is a core part of advertising-based businesses such
as Facebook, Google and
Snapchat. The practice can
often be a boon to consumers: The more people share
with the companies, the better they are able to serve up
ads, search results, product
recommendations and music and movie suggestions
tailored to an individual’s
Yet many remain unaware of the type of data collected and what companies
ultimately do with it. While
the answers often lie in privacy policies and terms of
service agreements, few take
the time to look them over. A
2017 Deloitte survey found
that more than 90% of people agree to terms and conditions without reading them.
The problem isn’t that
Facebook and other companies are failing to get users’
consent or that they’re not
disclosing details on the
data they collect, according
to design critics. It’s that
when the companies ask for
consent, they use interfaces
designed to get users to opt
in without second thought.
Facebook’s yeti campaign is just one of many design decisions the social network has made to guide
users to click or tap on a certain button.
It’s no accident, for example, that Facebook notifications are bright red — a
color that commands attention.
It’s also no accident that
the company dressed up a
prompt asking for long-term
access to users’ entire call
and text message history
with a friendly, disarming
cartoon yeti.
Even the language used
— “turn on” and “not yet,” as
opposed to “yes” or “no” —
plays on user psychology.
In this case, declining to
hand over data was framed
simply as “delaying the inevitable,” said Mayo Nissen,
an associate creative director at design agency Frog.
“It’s clear from those options that Facebook was trying to encourage users to
turn on the feature in question, and essentially frame
the question as only having
one correct answer,” Nissen
These design tactics are
so effective that consumers
often don’t realize they’re at
play. Lam compared it to the
way delicious-looking food
operates on our subconscious: When we look at an
appealing dish, our minds
don’t break down the individual components that
make it appetizing. Rather,
it’s the whole package that
works on our senses. The
same goes for the software
and websites we use. Designers use color, images,
shapes, button size, placement and language to herd
users toward certain actions.
These design decisions
can often be helpful: In a
banking app, consumers
might want designers to
make it as easy as possible
for them to pay their bills. In
an email program, consumers don’t want to spend all
day searching for the “compose” button.
Where sophisticated, behavior-controlling design
becomes a problem is when
designers don’t consider the
broader consequences of
their work, industry experts
In the technology indus-
Eric Baradat AFP/Getty Images
FACEBOOK announced that it will make it easier for
customers to find and manage their privacy settings.
‘Designers were
meant to be the
people best able
to make good
choices. But you
can’t do good
design if you’re
working in
service of a bad
business model.”
— Erika Hall,
philosopher and co-founder
of a design agency
try, design teams are often
hyper-focused on achieving
a particular goal, according
to Sara Wachter-Boettcher,
Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased
Algorithms, and Other
Threats of Toxic Tech.” Such
teams are often asking,
“ ‘What are we trying to get
people to do with this product? How do we get people to
do that thing?’ ” WachterBoettcher said. “When people get hyper-focused on
that goal, they lose sight of
the potential negative consequences.”
This is how Sophie Xie, a
designer at Facebook from
2012 to 2013, described her experience working on the controversial texting feature. At
a company as large and
stratified as Facebook, designers such as herself were
often briefed on a goal but
given little time to understand the broader scope.
“On the one hand, your
top-level goal is to get the
project done, to do your job
well,” said Xie, who was responsible for art direction of
stickers — including the yeti
— that Facebook later used
across its security and privacy messaging. “Then
there’s the ambient goal,
which is, are you doing the
right thing?
“If you pull at that thread,
it causes you to question every objective that is pitched
to you. And then you’re at an
impasse where it’s hard to
find a path forward if every
product objective causes
you to really question and
Xie left Facebook after a
year and is now a freelance
designer, a move she made
because she said she wanted
more control over the kinds
of projects she works on. The
work she did for Facebook
continues to weigh on her,
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
A common refrain by Silicon Valley critics is that engineers often ask themselves whether they can do
something, but forget to ask
whether they should. Designers could ask themselves a similar question,
said Erika Hall, a philosopher and co-founder of design agency Mule. They
should also ask themselves:
What am I serving? Who is
my master? Who gets paid
by whom?
“Designers were meant
to be the people best able to
make good choices,” said
Hall. “But you can’t do good
design if you’re working in
service of a bad business
If a company’s goal is to
increase sign-ups so it can
collect user data so it can sell
ads so it can meet Wall
Street’s expectations so it
can appease shareholders
so it can increase its stock
price, a designer working
within those confines will inevitably push for growth,
Hall said.
Making matters more difficult, the intangible nature
of software and web design
means it’s hard to critique,
and even harder to call out a
company when it has committed unethical design. In a
field such as architecture,
critics can talk about a physical building’s aesthetic,
function and social impact,
Hall said. If a building is bad
for the community, it’s hard
to ignore. In software, however, problems often aren’t
evident until much later
when the damage has already been done.
The solution to this, according to Hall and WachterBoettcher, is three-pronged.
“The first place to start is
among designers,” Hall said.
Hall’s business partner,
designer Mike Monteiro,
warned designers at a
conference five years ago
that “it doesn’t take malice
to bring bad design into the
world,” he said. “All it takes it
Today, he argues that designers have to wake up to
their responsibility as professionals who are designing
the rules of the digital world.
“The problem with designers and ethics is they see
it as something to possibly
strive for and maybe incorporate into their work, but
they don’t see it as core to
what they do,” Monteiro
said. “We as designers
should see this as part of the
The second is having
companies reevaluate their
culture and valuing ethical
design as much as they value
“If you can kill every conversation about ethics by
just mentioning your profit
margins, then you don’t
WachterBoettcher said. “They don’t
The third is tougher external regulation, which
companies such as Facebook could potentially face
after its recent string of consumer trust violations.
(Facebook in 2011 agreed to
an FTC consent decree in
which it promised to be
transparent with users
about the data it collected).
As pressure mounted,
the social network announced Wednesday that it
will make it easier for customers to find and manage
their privacy settings.
The new privacy page is
decorated with pastel-colored cartoon humans. There
are big, clear buttons encouraging users to “manage
security” and “manage privacy.”
Facebook said in its announcement that it wants to
give users control of their information. It’s calling the
changes a redesign.
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Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin is fired
The latest Trump staff
shake-up comes amid
ethical questions and
a conservative push
for more privatization.
By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday
fired David Shulkin, the embattled head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in
the latest high-profile ouster
to roil the White House.
On Twitter, the president
named Dr. Ronny Jackson,
chief White House physician, as the next VA secretary. Until Jackson is confirmed, the acting head of
the agency will be Robert
Wilkie, undersecretary for
personnel at the Defense
Department, Trump said.
Shulkin has been besieged by allegations of ethical lapses and a determined
campaign against him by
conservatives who favor
greater privatization of the
huge VA healthcare system.
In a White House statement Wednesday, Trump
said Shulkin “has been a
great supporter of veterans
across the country,” adding,
“I am grateful for his service.”
Jackson, who was also
White House physician for
Presidents George W. Bush
and Obama, is a rear admiral in the Navy. In 2005, he
served with the Marines as
an emergency doctor in Iraq.
“Admiral Jackson is
highly trained and qualified,
and as a service member
himself, he has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and
has a deep appreciation for
the debt our great country
owes them,” Trump said in
the statement.
Jackson has no apparent
experience managing mas-
Alex Wong Getty Images
OUSTED VA chief David
Shulkin, a holdover from
the Obama era, used to
be a favorite of Trump’s.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images
RONNY JACKSON, the White House physician nominated to take over the VA,
is known for his January news conference detailing President Trump’s health.
sive bureaucracies like the
VA. He is best known for his
news briefing in January on
the results of Trump’s recent physical.
“Dr. Jackson is a good
and honorable person, fine
doctor and career military,
but you do get the sense that
this has as much to do with
his boffo press conference
on the president’s physical
as anything else,” former
Obama advisor David Axelrod said via Twitter.
One veterans group
voiced concern about Jackson’s lack of management
“We are disappointed
and already quite concerned
about this nominee,” said
Joe Chenelly, national executive director of the nonpartisan veterans advocacy
group American Veterans,
or Amvets. “The administration needs to be ready to
prove that he’s qualified to
run such a massive agency, a
$200-billion bureaucracy.”
At the news briefing
where Jackson praised
Trump’s health, he also offered a clue to why Trump
may have chosen him for the
Cabinet job.
“I’ve seen him every day. I
see him one, two, sometimes
three times a day, because of
the location of my office,”
Jackson said. “We have conversations about many
things ... most don’t revolve
around medical issues at all.
But I’ve got to know him
pretty well.”
In the president’s other
recent high-level personnel
moves — replacing Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo as
secretary of State, for example — Trump has seemed to
put a premium on finding
people with whom he is personally comfortable, as he
did as a businessman.
Another factor in choos-
ing Jackson may have been
Trump’s penchant for people who look the part. “He’s
like central casting, like a
Hollywood star,” Trump
told guests about Jackson at
a fundraiser at his Mar-aLago estate in Florida last
month, according to audio
obtained by CNN.
Shulkin, the one Obama
administration holdover in
the Cabinet, was once a
Trump favorite. Trump
called him the “100-to-nothing man” — a reference to the
unanimous Senate vote to
confirm him in 2017 — and
joked that Shulkin’s job was
safe because he helped push
legislation through Congress last year to speed disability appeals at the VA.
But Shulkin came under
fire for taking his wife on a
government-paid trip to Europe last year that seemed to
involve more tourism than
work. He also was the focus
of an inspector general inquiry into whether he used
his security detail for personal errands.
Shulkin ran afoul of some
conservatives for his go-slow
approach to expanding government-paid private care
for veterans. Shifting more
veterans to private care is a
top priority for the conservative groups funded by billionaires Charles and David
An effort to expand the
Veterans Choice program,
under which veterans can
get government reimbursement for seeing a private
doctor in some circumstances, failed this month
when Congress did not include it in the massive government spending bill that
Trump signed into law.
The Koch-backed Concerned Veterans of America
has pushed for the legislation, but most other major
veterans groups opposed it.
Concerned Veterans for
America Executive Director
Dan Caldwell said in a statement
Shulkin’s replacement may
put the agency back on
track. “We are hopeful that
this change will end the recent distractions at the VA
and put the focus back on
advancing policy that will
ensure veterans get the
healthcare and other benefits they have earned,” he
Sen. Bernie Sanders (IVt.) said the Senate should
examine Jackson’s views on
privatizing veterans’ care.
“Every major veterans organization in this country
vigorously opposes the privatization of the VA,” Sanders said. “I stand with them.
Our job is to strengthen the
VA in order to provide highquality care to our veterans,
not dismember it.”
Shulkin had support
from many traditional veterans groups and key members of Congress who shared
his ambivalence about privatization at the secondlargest federal agency.
The disarray at the VA
created a quandary for
Trump, who vowed during
the 2016 campaign to improve veterans services.
He wavered on replacing
Shulkin for months, at times
openly naming potential replacements as his aides said
there were no plans to make
a change.
The decision to replace
him now comes after
Shulkin helped broker a
deal, supported by major
veterans groups, that expands options for veterans
to seek private medical
treatment while keeping intact the VA system of government-run hospitals.
Shulkin said the deal
would focus on building
“world class services” for
veterans and improving specialized care for post-traumatic stress disorder and
other behavioral health issues that primarily affect
members of the military.
He said he would seek
partnerships, not competition, in areas where the private sector offers high-quality services, such as maternity care.
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Compton faces scrutiny again
[Compton, from A1]
September and is offering a
$10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and
“None of them have
shown up at crime scenes,”
said Ginger Colbrun, an
ATF spokeswoman in L.A.
“That’s in part why we decided to put out the reward.”
Colbrun said agents have
the serial numbers of the
missing weapons to aid with
identifying them once they
are located. A ballistics review revealed that none of
the remaining weapons are
known to have been used in a
crime, according to a sheriff ’s spokeswoman.
The mystery of the missing guns is the second troubling revelation to hit city
leaders this month.
On March 15, the California state controller released
an audit revealing that
Compton officials overpaid
themselves, charged dubious trips on city-issued credit cards and failed to safeguard taxpayer money. In
one instance, a staffer stole
millions of dollars over years,
according to the audit.
Within just three years,
the city’s lush spending and
weak oversight converted a
general fund surplus of
$22.4 million a decade ago
into a deficit of $42.7 million.
And the gun theft wasn’t
the first bout of faulty weapons oversight in the city’s
history. Most infamously, a
handgun booked into evidence at the Compton Police
Department in 1986 was later used to shoot a Long
Beach officer in the head.
“This is the latest in a series of fiascoes in Compton’s
history when it comes to law
enforcement,” said Charles
“Sid” Heal, a retired L.A.
County sheriff ’s commander
and weapons expert. “It is
fair to say it was likely an inside job.”
It’s likely that few people
knew about the storage of
the firearms and had the
vault’s combination.
City insiders question
whether the guns were
stashed in expectation that
the police force would be re-
instated. The department’s
closure was acrimonious
and never fully accepted,
with opponents claiming the
decision was payback for police officers trying to recall
then-Mayor Omar Bradley.
Proponents argued that
contracting with the Sheriff ’s Department would be
more affordable and effective in fighting crime.
In 2010, under thenMayor Eric Perrodin, a former Compton police officer
and staunch supporter of
bringing back the municipal
department, the City Council voted to revive the force.
City officials bought $1.1 million in radio and communications equipment for the
Police Department. But a
year later, a budget deficit
killed that plan. Some of the
devices were stolen and sold,
while others were lost in an
arson fire started by a former Compton firefighter.
Rhambo, the city manager, said there are no plans
to resurrect the police force.
To do so would require a vote
of the people. Plus, it would
cost millions of dollars to
build a new facility, recruit
officers and buy equipment,
he said, and “the liability
alone with law enforcement
agencies is just cost prohibitive. I don’t see how cities
can afford it, quite frankly.”
He said he even recalled,
as a sheriff ’s captain in the
Compton station over a decade ago, seeing leftover police weapons.
“There’s stuff a little too
loosey-goosey around here,”
he said. “I wanted to make
sure we could account for
those kind of things.”
Rhambo said he assumed guns were bought
with the radio equipment in
2010 and might have accounted for some or all of the
stash. Perrodin said that
such expenditures would
have been illegal and that he
didn’t know of any, or of the
stash at the old City Hall.
“It makes no sense” that
those guns were kept in an
known gang territory, Perrodin told The Times on
One city official, who
asked to remain anonymous, said that after the police force disbanded, a number of code enforcement officers began carrying guns
and became a “quasi-police
In 2014, the city official
alerted superiors that they
were carrying firearms
under the security guard
permit, a classification that
only allowed permit-holders
to patrol a location, not drive
around with a weapon. At
the time, the city official
said, there were about 15
gun-carrying code enforcement officers. Some were
taking their guns home.
“Code enforcement is
about weeds and abatement,” the city official said.
“They are not law enforcement officers, but they were
driving around with guns on
their hips like patrol officers.”
Then-City Manager G.
Harold Duffey ordered the
code enforcement officers to
disarm and tasked the city
official with collecting the
Jury weighs fate of Orlando shooter’s wife
By Gal Tziperman
Lotan and
Krista Torralva
ORLANDO, Fla. — A jury
is deliberating the fate of
Noor Salman, the widow of
Pulse nightclub gunman
Omar Mateen who is accused of aiding her husband
in a bloody attack that left 49
people dead and dozens injured.
The 12-person jury will
weigh whether to convict
Salman, 31, of obstruction of
justice and of aiding and
abetting Mateen in providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization,
Islamic State.
In closing arguments
Wednesday, Salman’s attorneys said Mateen had no
reason to involve his wife in
his plan to carry out the June
accused of helping her
husband in the attack.
12, 2016, mass shooting.
“Why would he tell her?”
defense attorney Charles
Swift asked. “I cannot think
of an earthly reason for it. I
cannot think of one. What
could she help him with?”
Swift and fellow defense
attorney Linda Moreno repeated the same advice for
the 12 men and woman who
will decide Salman’s fate:
“Use your common sense.”
“Why would Omar Mateen confide in Noor, a woman he clearly had no respect
for?” Moreno asked. “She
was not his peer, she was not
his partner and she was not
his confidante.”
responded that the government is not obligated to
prove that Salman was an
extremist like her husband,
or knew where or specifically
how he planned to strike.
Prosecutors said the government needed only to
show that her actions helped
him to carry out the attack,
which Mateen claimed was
in support of Islamic State.
The trial, prosecutor
Sara Sweeney said, comes
down to “what the defendant knew and what she did.”
“She does not have to be
his equal in the attack, and
in fact she is not,” Sweeney
Indeed, Sweeney argued
that the Pulse nightclub was
not Mateen’s intended target.
Initially, he had hoped to
strike at the nearby Disney
Springs resort, the prosecution said.
Sweeney’s argument echoed cellphone evidence that
placed Mateen at Disney
Springs, near Epcot, and at
club in the hours leading up
to his attack at Pulse.
But Sweeney added a
new detail: She showed the
jury photos of a baby stroller
and doll that were found in
the car that Mateen drove to
the nightclub.
Mateen initially planned
to conceal his gun in the
stroller in order to get it into
Disney Springs, Sweeney argued.
Salman’s defense seized
on the admission that Mateen didn’t know until soon
before the attack where he
would strike.
“That doesn’t make it
less tragic. Not in any way,
shape or form. It’s a horrible,
random, senseless killing by
a monster. But it wasn’t preplanned,” Swift said.
To prove Salman aided
and abetted Mateen, prosecutors need to show jurors
that Salman knew of her
husband’s plan and helped
him prepare.
Tziperman Lotan and
Torralva write for the
Orlando Sentinel.
weapons and taking inventory of them. The city official
was directed to take them to
the vault in the old City Hall.
That required a code and
a unique key that only three
departments were known to
have access to — building
and safety, the city attorney’s office and code enforcement, the official said.
The official went inside for
the first time and saw there
were already guns there.
In white paper boxes on
metal shelves, Berettas and
Glocks were stacked in their
original cases. Hunting rifles and beanbag guns were
hung on the opposite wall.
“I was shocked because
I thought the equipment
went to other police agencies,” as is common when a
police department closes,
the city official said.
The revelations come as
Compton is, in some ways, in
the midst of a makeover.
Crime is down from more
than a decade ago, when the
city recorded 70 killings in a
single year. Property values
have increased almost 11%
over the last year.
Councilman Isaac Galvan said there are no security cameras or metal detectors in the building and
blamed “poor choices we
made back then.”
“I hope those guns are
not on the streets and no
lives were lost with those
guns,” said Galvan, whose
younger brother was shot
and killed in East Los
Angeles two years ago.
Joyce Kelly, a longtime
resident, said the previous
have gotten rid of the guns.
“There have been different entities, different people
and different organizations
who have used that building,” she said. “Somebody
should’ve called the ATF or
FBI to confiscate the guns.
“We have too many guns
in Compton. We have too
many killings. We need to get
the guns out of the city.”
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Cities spurred to action by quake
[Earthquakes, from A1]
Apartment Assn.’s Los Angeles division, said tenant
safety is “a no-brainer.” Daniel Yukelson, executive director of the Apartment
Assn. of Greater Los Angeles, said vulnerable buildings need to be retrofitted,
but added, “There’s gotta be
a way to help the property
owners do that.”
Most retrofits for softstory wood-frame apartment buildings cost $40,000
to $160,000. Upgrades to
buildings can vary from $50
to $100 a square foot. Amid a
strong real estate market,
rising property values are
giving owners more incentive to protect their investments.
groups have been calling for
more government grants or
low-interest loans to help
fund retrofits. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City
Council voted to study a new
seismic retrofit loan program using money from
sources such as a city affordable-housing trust fund.
“Not all building owners
can afford to go into the market and get a building loan,”
said Martha Cox-Nitikman,
vice president for public policy for the Building Owners
Greater Los Angeles chapter.
Some, however, say that
apartments are a lucrative
business and that paying for
a seismic retrofit makes
sense for long-term owners.
“If you look at the cost of
the retrofit versus the value
of the building, the mathematics are really easy. We
have significant investments in these properties,
and we intend to protect
them,” said Michael Cusumano, managing director of
Burbank-based Cusumano
Real Estate Group, who
backs mandatory retrofit
Some worry renters
could end up footing the
“At a minimum, there has
to be some shared costs,”
said Larry Gross, executive
director of the Coalition for
Economic Survival, a tenant
advocacy group. In cities
without rent control, Gross
said, increases to cover the
cost of retrofitting could
be beyond some renters’
Dan Faller, president of
the Apartment Owners
Assn. of California, is among
Rick Loomis Los Angeles Times
BRICKS from a Napa building owned by Brian Silver rained down on this parked car and parking lot during a
magnitude 6 earthquake in August 2014. Silver said he is still opposed to the city’s mandatory retrofit law.
‘What happened
last year in
Mexico City, we
don’t want to
experience in
California. We
want to be
— David Khorram,
Long Beach’s superintendent of
building and safety
those who oppose mandatory retrofits as unnecessary
government intrusion. Still,
he said, the possibility of legal action if someone is injured in an earthquake
means “it would behoove
most apartment owners to
get the job done as soon as
Part of the reason for the
change in discourse around
city halls was Los Angeles’
landmark 2015 law enacting
the nation’s most sweeping
seismic regulations — covering an estimated 15,000
apartment and concrete
buildings. Santa Monica and
West Hollywood followed
suit last year and added
steel-frame buildings to
their retrofit lists.
Another factor has been
the entry of the Southern
California Assn. of Governments in boosting talk of
earthquake safety. The
group hired seismologist
Lucy Jones, instrumental in
crafting L.A.’s law, as a consultant, dispatching her to
offer presentations to a
number of cities interested
in doing more on earthquake safety.
Moorpark Assistant City
Manager Deborah Traffenstedt said Jones’ Center for
Science and Society helped
link her city with others in
the area. Officials now share
information during monthly
conference calls.
Among the most vulnerable structures in a quake —
and those that can be the
cheapest to retrofit — are
the state’s stock of historic
brick buildings.
Ventura, for instance, “is
one of those few historic
downtowns on the coast,
and we want to preserve
that. That’s part of what
makes Ventura special,” said
Jeffrey Lambert, the city’s
community development director, adding that months
of paralysis after an earthquake would bring “a pretty
devastating impact to us.”
An existing city law mandates only that brick buildings be retrofitted above the
roof line, a minimal requirement that puts the rest of
the structure at risk of collapse. Lambert said Ventura’s next step will be to establish a more comprehensive inventory of seismically
vulnerable buildings and
consider options that could
require retrofit of brick and
other buildings at risk of collapse.
In San Jose, a mandatory
law on brick buildings led to
more than 120 being retrofitted and more than a dozen
demolished. Five old brick
buildings remain, and all of
those have been ordered vacated.
Martinez, a city in Contra
Costa County, had long had
only a voluntary law on brick
buildings, but as of a decade
ago there were still about
40 that hadn’t been retrofitted.
City leaders decided to
pass a mandatory law, and
by 2017 all had been retrofitted — without the city needing to pursue legal action.
“It’s an accomplishment,” said Dave Scola,
Martinez’s public works director. “The council said
they didn’t want to keep
putting it off until people
here were injured.”
In Gilroy, officials moved
to compel seismic retrofits
by filing criminal complaints
against the owners of two
brick buildings who had not
made progress on them.
One was later sold at a
county auction for failure to
pay property taxes, and the
city bought the other property, said Kristi Abrams,
Gilroy’s community development director. Both criminal cases were dismissed.
Eight other buildings are in
various stages in the retrofit
Napa years ago passed a
mandatory retrofit law for
brick buildings. Some business owners initially were
frustrated by the requirement, including Lewis Chilton, co-owner of Velo Pizzeria, which opened in a brick
building in 2014.
But when a magnitude 6
earthquake rocked Napa
just two weeks after the
business opened, Chilton
changed his view. The retrofit “saved our entire investment,” he said. “Yes, we had
to put in extra money. Had
that not been done in this
particular situation, we
would have lost everything.”
A neighboring building of
the pizzeria was, according
to the city, a non-retrofitted
brick building. The owner,
Brian Silver, has long opposed the retrofit law, writing to the city in 2013, “I am
confident that there is no
realistic danger.”
But when the earthquake
struck, bricks from that
building tumbled down,
smashing through a parked
car. According to the city, the
building temporarily threatened neighboring ones, including the one Chilton
Neighbors built emergency protective barriers to
shield themselves if the
damaged building came
apart further in an aftershock.
Silver said he is still opposed to the mandatory retrofit law. No engineer would
ever tell him that retrofitting
is a guarantee against future
damage, he said.
“Retrofitting is overrated,” Silver said. “A retrofit
doesn’t accomplish very
Silver’s building was stabilized after the quake, but it
has remained vacant and
needs further work before it
can be reoccupied.
Twitter: @ronlin
Teams to meet for the first time Saturday
[Soccer, from A1]
and two wins — old. While
the Galaxy live in the suburbs, LAFC is from the inner
city. The Galaxy wear white;
LAFC often dresses in black.
And the fans on both
sides embrace the differences.
For years Rafa Gomez
supported Chivas USA, an
MLS franchise that shared
StubHub Center with the
Galaxy before it was folded
by the league following the
2014 season. But rather than
switch allegiance, Gomez
waited more than three
years for a new team to start
“It’s just too much bad
blood with the Galaxy over
the years,” he said. “I’m just
not going to be a Galaxy fan.”
meanwhile, stuck with the
Galaxy through the worst
season in franchise history
in 2017 but says success this
year means nothing more
than beating LAFC.
“The only thing that matters is we end the season in
the standings above LAFC
and that we beat them every
time we compete against
them,” he said. “I still want
the wins. But I want wins
against LAFC even more.”
LAFC fans, who insist
they root for the only soccer
club in the city of Los Angeles, have taken to mocking
their rivals as the Carson
Galaxy. Galaxy fans dismiss
LAFC as “Chivas 2.0” after
the failed franchise.
“You’re taking a failed
expansion team and rebranding it down the street,”
Entrekin said.
Even the two teams’ front
offices have gotten involved.
When the Galaxy learned
LAFC would make only 100
tickets — the minimum
number mandated by the
league — available to an area
for visiting fans for the late
July rivalry game at new
Banc of California Stadium,
they retaliated, limiting
LAFC fans to 100 tickets for
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM, under construction on the site of the old Sports Arena, will be the home of the L.A. Football Club.
That won’t hurt attendance though. The game sold
out more than a week ago
and tickets were selling
Wednesday for as much as
$1,000 on the secondary market.
While crosstown matchups can be intense in any
sport, in soccer they can be
particularly fierce. The
annual clashes between
Wisla Krakow and Cracovia,
who play less than a halfmile apart in the Polish first
division, have claimed the
lives of so many fans the
game has been dubbed “The
Holy War.”
In England’s Merseyside
Derby, named for the river
that runs through the city
shared by the Everton and
Liverpool soccer clubs, local
police once took legal action
to get the kickoff moved up
to limit the fans’ pregame
drinking. They relented
promised rival fans would be
segregated in separate sections.
And in nearby Manches-
ter, bouncers are posted outside pubs claimed by either
Manchester City or Manchester United fans to keep
people from entering wearing the colors of the other
team. Try that after a USCUCLA game.
The Galaxy-LAFC rivalry isn’t there yet — but it’s
on its way, said LAFC midfielder Benny Feilhaber.
“It’s hard to compare our
situation with those. But
does it have the potential?
Of course it has the potential,” he said.
Tradition isn’t the only
thing missing from the L.A.
rivalry though. The series
also lacks a catchy title like
“El Clasico,” the name given
to the Spanish grudge
match between Barcelona
and Real Madrid and then
stolen for the Galaxy-Chivas
USA series, which was rarely
classic in any language.
So, as with many projects
in Hollywood, the game is
going forward under a working title, “El Trafico’” — and
like traffic it could soon become as much a part of the
local ambience as sunshine,
palm trees and earthquakes.
“It means so much to
these fans,” LAFC defender
Jordan Harvey said. “They
are so pumped for this game.
You can feel it. I get goose
bumps just thinking about
“The roots are already
there. There is a dislike between the two fan bases. And
they’re just really excited
about it. It’s very apparent.”
Twitter: @kbaxter11
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Teaming up against harassment
‘Survivors who
have bravely
come forward to
share their stories
have brought to
light just how
harassment and
continue to be
through Capitol
All 22 women in the
Senate urge leaders
for a vote on bill that
would aid victims.
By Cathleen Decker
bipartisan reproach, all
22 female U.S. senators
Wednesday urged their leaders to bring to a vote measures meant to strengthen
the hand of victims of sexual
harassment on Capitol Hill.
The Senate has so far declined to take up any effort.
The House in early February
approved a bill that gave accusers the right to free legal
assistance and required lawmakers to pay for any settlements, rather than taxpayers.
The House measure also
made voluntary a now-mandatory mediation process
that has been criticized by
opponents as biased against
victims and unnecessarily
“The Senate’s inaction
stands in stark contrast to
the bipartisan effort in the
House of Representatives
that led to the passage of bipartisan [harassment] reform legislation in February,” said the senators’ letter, addressed to Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell of
Kentucky and the Democratic leader, Charles E.
Schumer of New York.
The letter cited a survey
showing that 4 in 10 women
who are congressional staff
members consider harassment a problem in their
workplace, and 1 in 6 said
they had been harassed. The
survey was conducted in
July by CQ Roll Call.
No sexual harassment
measures were included in
the omnibus spending bill
passed last week by the
House and Senate and
signed Friday by President
“We strongly agree that
the Senate should quickly
take up legislation to combat sexual harassment on
Capitol Hill,” Schumer said
through a spokesman.
— from female senators’ letter
about sexual harassment
SEN. AL FRANKEN (D-Minn.) resigned his seat
December after accusations of sexual misbehavior.
after multiple sexual harassment accusations.
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
unlikely trio — a law professor, a part-time local prosecutor and a lawyer focused
on advocating conservative
issues — is playing an
increasingly central role
in representing President
Trump in the Russia investigation as he struggles to find
top talent for his diminished
legal team.
All three are connected to
Jay Sekulow, Trump’s last
remaining personal lawyer
after John Dowd, a whitecollar criminal defense attorney, resigned last week
and other lawyers declined
to join up. Dowd had been
leading negotiations with
the office of special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III about a
possible presidential interview.
“With John’s departure,
there’s obviously more on
us,” Sekulow said.
Trump has been hunting
for another defense attorney, but he’s been turned
down several times. Two
other lawyers who were announced just last week as
joining his team, the husband-and-wife duo of Joseph diGenova and Victoria
Toensing, dropped out Sunday, citing conflicts with
other clients.
The developments have
elevated Sekulow, who’s
best known as an advocate
for conservative religious
causes at the American Center for Law and Justice, to
the central figure in the
president’s defense strategy.
The three other lawyers
have either worked for Sekulow’s group or alongside him
on various legal issues in the
past. Sekulow said that
they’ve been helping represent the president since he
was hired in June. Their
roles, however, are enhanced
One of the lawyers, Ben
Sisney, is the center’s senior
counsel for litigation and
public policy. He previously
worked as a lawyer in Oklahoma and clerked for a U.S.
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
REP. TRENT FRANKS (R-Ariz.) resigned in
REP. BLAKE FARENTHOLD (R-Texas) will retire
January after complaints from two female aides.
at the end of the term over a harassment settlement.
An aide to McConnell
suggested that a bipartisan
measure was being framed
but was not yet close to being proposed.
“Sen. McConnell supports members being personally, financially liable for
sexual misconduct in which
they have engaged,” his
spokesman David Popp
The push to enact new
measures to combat sexual
harassment in the congres-
spurred in the fall when several members were accused
of unwanted sexual acts.
Two Democrats, Sen. Al
Franken of Minnesota, a rising party star, and Rep. John
Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the
longest-serving member of
the House, were forced out
in early December after accusations of sexual misbehavior were made against
them. In Conyers’ case, former aides were among the
Trump relying on a trio
of lesser-known lawyers
By Chris Megerian
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
Stefan Zaklin EPA/Shutterstock
REP. JOHN CONYERS JR. was forced out in
District Court judge there.
Another lawyer is Mark
Goldfeder, a senior lecturer
at Emory University School
of Law in Atlanta. According
to the biography on the
school’s website, his work
has focused on religious and
international issues.
The third lawyer is Andrew Ekonomou, an Atlanta-based attorney who
has the most experience
with criminal cases. He previously worked as a state
and federal prosecutor, at
one time serving as the acting U.S. attorney for the
Northern District of Georgia.
Ekonomou works in private practice but also occasionally prosecutes cases for
a district attorney’s office in
southeastern Georgia. He
also has a doctorate in medieval history.
Sekulow declined to
specify what kind of work
each lawyer is providing,
saying only that “our cooperation with the office of
the special counsel continues and is ongoing.”
He said all of the lawyers
are paid through his private
law firm, the Constitutional
Litigation Advocacy Group,
not the American Center for
Law and Justice. He would
not say who pays the president’s bills, but said it was
not a political party or organization. The Republican
National Committee had
previously covered some of
the costs.
Theodore Olson, a Republican lawyer and former
solicitor general during the
George W. Bush administration, is one of the lawyers
who turned down the president. He later told MSNBC
that the upheaval in the
Trump administration is
“not good for anything.”
“I think everybody would
agree this is turmoil, it’s chaos, it’s confusion,” Olson
More recently, two lawyers from the prestigious
firm Winston & Strawn,
Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan, declined to represent Trump. “They were unable to take on the representation due to business conflicts,” the firm said.
“However they consider the
opportunity to represent the
president to be the highest
honor and they sincerely regret that they cannot do so.”
women making accusations.
Republicans also came
under fire: Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas announced
that he would retire at the
end of the current term after
news broke that a woman
who accused him of harassment had received an
settlement. Farenthold, who
has denied wrongdoing,
promised to repay the money but has not yet done so.
Franks of Arizona, resigned
under pressure from party
leaders in January after two
female aides said they felt
uncomfortable when he
asked them to serve as surrogate mothers to his child.
The spate of accusations
came amid a national uproar about sexual harassment and assaults that
felled, among others, producer Harvey Weinstein and
news personalities Matt
Lauer and Charlie Rose.
Trump has been accused
by more than a dozen women of unwanted sexual aggression. One, Summer Zervos, is suing Trump for defamation after he called her a
liar. She says he tried to force
himself on her at the Beverly
Hills Hotel in 2007. Trump
says he has never harassed
any woman.
That partisanship also
slowed Washington’s response to sexual harassment, as did concern among
some members that voters,
rather than their peers, deserved the right to judge
members of Congress.
The House measure passed in February was seen as
a landmark rewriting of the
Congressional Accountability Act, which became law in
1995. The senators — 17
Democrats and five Republicans — demanded in the
letter that their chamber follow suit.
“Survivors who have
bravely come forward to
share their stories have
brought to light just how
widespread harassment and
discrimination continue to
be through Capitol Hill,” the
senators wrote. “No longer
can we allow the perpetrators of these crimes to hide
behind a 23-year-old law.”
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The citizenship question
hen Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross announced
Monday that he was adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, he offered this dubious explanation:
that the information would somehow make
it easier for the Justice Department to root
out violations of the Voting Rights Act. But
lawyers who have been arguing voting rights
cases since the law was adopted in 1965
begged to differ, saying that the government
already collects sufficient data to determine
where voting rights have been violated.
But here’s what will happen when the
question is added: Immigrant communities
— and especially people who are living in the
United States illegally — will be less likely to
cooperate with the census, for fear that any
acknowledgment of noncitizenship status
will be used against them or their families.
It doesn’t take a cynic to see this for what
it is: an effort by the Republican administration to reduce the population count in immigrant-heavy communities, which tend to be
in Democratic-heavy urban areas. A lower
count, in turn, will lead to less representation of those communities in Congress and
less federal aid.
That’s why four former census directors
who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations filed an amicus brief
in a voting rights case three years ago arguing that “because a one-by-one citizenship
inquiry would invariably lead to a lower response rate to the census in general, such an
inquiry would seriously frustrate the Census Bureau’s ability to conduct the only
count the Constitution expressly requires.”
The census, conducted every 10 years, is
required by the U.S. Constitution to count
every single resident of the country, including noncitizens.
The citizenship question isn’t the only
hurdle the nation faces in getting the most
accurate census count possible. Critics say
the Trump administration and Congress
have woefully underfunded the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 count, which
will include, for the first time, a website
through which people will be able to fill out
their questionnaires. Budget constraints
led the Census Bureau to cancel two of three
test runs of that online system, and critics
say the only test being held, beginning April
1 in Providence, R.I., may not be sufficient to
find and fix bugs.
A prime reason for that is to reduce
staffing costs. The more people who fill out
an online form, the fewer people are needed
to conduct the paper census. But a planned
reduction in the number of temporary workers to be hired for the 2020 count means
fewer multilingual census takers to try to
track down people in immigrant communities who skip filling out the form, and fewer
bodies to travel to remote rural areas.
The Constitution doesn’t specify the
questions that must be asked in the census.
That’s left to Congress and the president,
who have sought information on a range of
issues — including, for instance, how many
households had radios in 1930.
A citizenship question was first added in
the 1890 census, during a period of intense
political debate over immigration, and it
was removed after the 1950 census. But the
question resurfaced in 1970 in the new “long
form” questionnaire, which was sent to one
in 38 households. The long form was discontinued after the 2000 census in part because
the annual American Community Survey,
which began in 1996, asked similar questions
with higher utility, since it gave more regular
snapshots of the nation’s population.
It’s too late to think that the Trump administration will do the right thing and voluntarily drop the citizenship question. So a
dozen states, including California, have filed
suit, arguing that asking about citizenship
unconstitutionally jeopardizes an accurate
count. California and New York — home to
large settlements of immigrants — stand to
lose congressional seats through an undercount. But so too do Texas and Florida, traditional Republican strongholds.
It is in the nation’s interest to get this
count right, and Republican congressional
leaders must look beyond the administration’s narrow view of America to ensure that
the constitutional mandate is met, and that
people across the country — regardless of
citizenship, immigration status or political
party — receive the congressional representation and federal aid to which they are constitutionally entitled.
The end of the gerrymander
n Wednesday, the Supreme
Court heard arguments in the
second of two lawsuits this term
that challenge partisan gerrymandering — the time-dishonored practice of drawing legislative district
lines to give one political party an unfair advantage. Wednesday’s case involved a map
engineered by Maryland Democrats to unseat a long-serving Republican congressman. In October, the court heard a challenge to a Wisconsin legislative map engineered by Republicans to disadvantage
Now that the second act of this legal
drama has been played out, the justices
should move toward the denouement: a decision holding that the Constitution prohibits congressional and legislative maps that
are clearly designed to entrench one party
and dilute the votes of the other. Such a ruling would strike an overdue blow for representative government and put both political
parties on notice that the sort of undemocratic mapmaking they have engaged in is
no longer permissible.
For the court to reach that result, it
needs to keep its collective eye on the big
picture and not be waylaid by the sort of
quibbles and qualms featured in Wednesday’s argument, including the concern expressed by some justices that the imminence of the 2018 congressional election
might make it impossible for the plaintiffs to
obtain the judgment they are seeking from a
lower court.
Nor should the court agonize unduly
about whether it’s practical for federal
courts to supervise inquiries into partisan
gerrymandering. As Justice Elena Kagan
noted, the courts already investigate claims
of racial gerrymandering: “We look to what
legislators say. We look to what mapmakers
say. We look to a variety of pieces of circumstantial evidence about how the districting
turned out, about what was done.” Courts
can conduct similar inquiries when partisanship rather than race warps the drawing
of district lines.
It has been almost 32 years since the
court recognized that partisan gerrymandering could be challenged as a violation of
the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection
Clause if it intentionally and effectively discriminated against an identifiable political
group. Then, in a 2004 case, Justice Anthony
M. Kennedy suggested that gerrymanders
might also violate the 1st Amendment’s
free-speech protections because they penal-
ize certain voters for “their voting history,
their association with a political party, or
their expression of political views.”
Yet despite these hints and suggestions,
the court has yet to invalidate a map on the
grounds that it’s a partisan gerrymander.
Meanwhile, the parties that control state
legislatures have become more adept at manipulating maps to their own advantage,
aided by increasingly sophisticated computer software.
For example, Republican voters challenging the Maryland congressional map
claim that its designers used “big data and
cutting-edge redistricting software” to reconfigure a district that had been represented for nearly two decades by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Bartlett then lost
his 2012 reelection bid to a Democrat.
In the earlier case involving a pro-Republican Wisconsin legislative map, a lower
court cited both the 1st Amendment and
14th Amendment in concluding that a redistricting plan violates the Constitution if it is
“(1) intended to place a severe impediment
on the effectiveness of the votes of individual citizens on the basis of their political affiliation, (2) has that effect and (3) cannot be
justified on other, legitimate legislative
That is the sort of standard the Supreme
Court should embrace. The danger is that a
majority of the court will once again fail to
cohere around a clear constitutional holding and a road map lower courts should follow to evaluate gerrymanders.
There was a clarifying moment in
Wednesday’s often technical argument
when Justice Stephen G. Breyer succinctly
stated the issue in this case: “It seems like a
pretty clear violation of the Constitution in
some form to have deliberate, extreme gerrymandering.”
Unfortunately, Breyer then went into
worry mode and wondered whether there
was a practical solution “that won’t get
judges involved in dozens and dozens and
dozens of very important political decisions.” Finally, he suggested that because of
the complexity of the issue the court might
want to put off a decision and schedule new
arguments on the Maryland and Wisconsin
cases and address a redistricting dispute in
North Carolina at the same time.
That would be a mistake. The court has
been agonizing about how to manage partisan gerrymanders for two decades. It
should stop its dithering and deal a death
blow to the gerrymander.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
HOMELESS people are evicted from an encamp-
ment along the Santa Ana River trail in November.
What would Jesus do
about the homeless?
Re: “Disdain that fuels homelessness,” March 27
Springtime is the season of renewal. Easter, for
Christians, is an especially holy time, a time for
It seems all religious institutions have kindness and
regard for fellow human beings interwoven in their
doctrines. So isn’t it logical that the religious in our
community could put into practice the teachings of the
faith they profess?
“Do unto others,” “Treat the least of thy brothers” and
such are fundamental to most religious doctrine. With
that in mind, each religious institution could adopt one
or more homeless to share their facilities, bathrooms,
kitchens, community rooms as well as parking lots.
Think of the joy of actually living religious creed
rather than just singing or praying about it.
Phyllis Specht
On a recent trip to
Berlin, we visited
Sachsenhausen. Very near
Berlin, Sachsenhausen
was among the first Nazi
concentration camps,
where political dissidents
were taken. It was a very
sobering experience. There
were no gas chambers at
this place. Those came
For the most part, the
victims of Sachenhausen
died of cold and starvation.
A man died of appendicitis.
What struck me the hardest was the fact that the
perpetrators and the victims knew each other:
“They went to the same
schools, they lived on the
same streets.”
As a homeless service
provider in Los Angeles, I
could see reverberations
here. It starts with dehumanization of the other:
people who aren’t like me;
people who don’t share my
beliefs. When we step over
bodies on our sidewalks,
silently condemning the
victims as “scum,” leaving
them to the elements without support, have we not
taken on the role of perpetrators?
Marsha Temple
Los Angeles
The writer is executive
director of the non-profit
Integrated Recovery Network.
While I agree with much
of what Mr. Skindrud
writes about the homeless
situation in Southern
California, there is another
The Los Angeles Police
Department Quality of Life
officers and the social
workers who work with
them regularly reach out to
our local homeless population. Compassionate help
is being offered. Many do
accept help to get off the
streets, but many do not.
The problems are with the
people who do not want
We have volunteer
groups who go out on
weekends to clean up the
illegal encampments left
behind in our parks and on
our beaches. They post
photos of what they find on
our Neighborhood Watch
Facebook pages.
Aside from the trash
and filth that goes with any
homeless encampment,
these volunteers constantly find all manner of
drug paraphernalia, large
numbers of empty booze
bottles, and items that look
like stolen goods.
Nobody wants drug
addicts, drunks and criminals roaming our neighborhoods. If that is NIMBYism
and disdain, then so be it.
Mary Ellen Barnes
San Pedro
build cities out there for
the homeless? Land is
cheap, not too many people there to complain
about their neighbors.
How could anyone expect
to build low-priced housing
in this area and not have
flak from potential neighbors and have projects stall
in the courts?
There are a lot of ghost
towns in California. Why
not resurrect some of these
towns for the homeless?
What about trying to
have some sort of industries where the homeless
could work and build up
their self-esteem — and
bank accounts? The Civilian Conservation Corps, or
CCC, work relief program
during the Great Depression provided millions with
shelter, clothing and food.
It led to improved physical
condition, heightened
morale and increased
employability for the participants.
The CCC program was
very popular with the
American public. Work is
good for the soul — and so
is having a roof over your
John Clark
Cedar Glen, Calif.
So, you don’t want to
house the homeless and
refuse sanctuary, but you
will dress up on Sunday
and worship a deity that
taught kindness and love.
Shame on you.
Elizabeth O’Hara
Facebook users,
you were warned
Re: “How Facebook exploited us all,” March 25
What were people thinking?
The American people
are shocked, shocked do
you hear, that Cambridge
Analytica “harvested”
information about them on
Facebook to craft target
audiences for political ads.
Every time you go on Facebook and answer those
cute personality tests,
about what country you
should live in, or how many
books you have read, you
are handing over tons of
information about yourself.
Every time you “like” a
political ad or hang out
with like-minded fans of
various TV shows, the
same. Every time you
follow click bait, etc.
Why would anyone
think these are “private,”
when this is being done on
the largest platform in
human history?
Erica Hahn
The Mojave Desert has
about 25,000 square miles
of open space. Why not
I feel vindicated! I have
never had a Facebook
account or been on
Snapchat or Twitter, etc.
Why? For the very reasons stated in your article.
I have been put down,
chided and made to feel
like, somehow, I was not in
the modern age because I
make a point to have actual
face-to-face conversations
with people, use the telephone to talk, and prefer
snail mail to tell people
how I feel. I do use email
and a few apps on my
phone but would never
write or knowingly provide
info that was private anyway.
Hopefully, people will
consider what they say and
realize how they are being
exploited for companies’
gain. If I had a choice I
would have written this
letter on paper, as I notice
by emailing it I have to
actually opt out of my
information being shared
with advertisers unaffiliated with this website.
There we go again. No
Allison Johnson
The clout of
Nancy Pelosi
Re: “Pelosi is running in
every race,” March 27
Four or more relatively
spineless and/or deceitful
forces come together in
your article to discredit
one of the most effective
speakers of the House of
Representatives we’ve had,
Nancy Pelosi.
First is the old, relentless and unified Republican propaganda attack on
an intelligent and effective
woman from a stereotypical liberal district, San
Francisco. Next is the
spectacle-centered media
that plays along with Republican propaganda.
Add a polarized citizenry that hates or loves all
the scraps their leadership
feeds them. Then top it off
with the mealy-mouthed
party strategy featuring
leaders in an ever-present
defensive crouch failing to
shelter their own members.
Jim Hoover
Huntington Beach
Sometimes I fear that
Democrats don’t know how
to play politics.
Republicans go after
Nancy Pelosi because she’s
one of our greatest
strengths. The tell is when
they say they’ll go after any
Democratic candidate who
disavows Nancy Pelosi but
takes money from the
party’s congressional
campaign committee. As
your article says, she raises
millions of dollars for it.
Nancy Pelosi should
lead congressional Democrats as long as she wants
to. She has been effective in
good times and bad; we
should recognize and
respect her warrior spirit
at least as much as her
enemies do.
Renee Leask
Cold comfort for
Asian Americans
Re “The Asian American
pursuit of prestige,” March
According to the authors, Asians shouldn’t feel
more stressed just because
elite universities may
subject them to quotas.
After all, they say, once
Asians join the workplace,
executives will typically
stereotype them as lacking
leadership qualities anyway.
In fact, “even when
Asian workers take creative risks, supervisors
may still prefer to promote
someone else.”
How relieved Asians
must feel that the racial
discrimination against
them persists after the
admissions process.
Lawrence Daniels
Manhattan Beach
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The court needs a crisis mode
If Trump crosses the line, Chief
Justice John G. Roberts Jr. should
channel the great John Marshall.
By Joel Richard Paul
s President Trump tangles
with his own Justice Department, the country could be
plunging toward a constitutional
crisis. Whatever one thinks of the
various allegations and ongoing investigations related to the president, it’s getting
hard to imagine that Trump will agree to answer the special counsel’s questions under
oath. If the president fires Robert S. Mueller
III, seeks to obstruct the investigations or refuses to answer questions, what then? Ultimately, the answers must come from the
Supreme Court.
The Roberts court, however, is bitterly divided between ideologues on the left and
right. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has
been unable to forge a genuine consensus up
until now on almost any significant issue.
Unless the Supreme Court speaks with one
voice, Trump may refuse to comply with the
court’s order. And if the president flouts the
court, the Constitution and the rule of law itself may be threatened.
When the Supreme Court ordered President Nixon to surrender his presidential
tapes during the Watergate investigations,
the high court spoke with a unanimous voice
to a man, who, whatever his faults, respected
the authority of the judiciary. By contrast,
Trump has often displayed disrespect and
even disdain for judges and courts that disagreed with his views. Unlike Nixon, the president appears unfamiliar and impatient with
the Constitution, its history and the delicate
balance of power between the legislative,
executive and judicial branches of government.
If we reach back to the early days of our republic, we find comparable circumstances in
the uneasy relationship between Presidents
Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson and
the Supreme Court under John Marshall,
chief justice from 1801 to 1835. Like Trump,
Jefferson and Jackson were elected on waves
of rural Southern and Midwestern populism.
Their victories — Jefferson in 1800 and Jackson in 1828 — signaled the revolt of the common man against the urban financial interests of the Northeast, a movement colored
by racial prejudice and claims of “states’
rights.” Jefferson and Jackson disdained
Marshall and other like-minded Federalist
judges, who believed in the supremacy of the
national government over the states.
Before Marshall, the Supreme Court was
the weak sister in the federal trinity. It had
modest authority and commanded little respect. It heard only about six cases a year,
and none of them were of great importance.
Being a justice was no fun; they had to ride
horseback around the country, officiating as
appeals judges in taverns. The planners in
Washington forgot to build a federal courthouse, and Congress grudgingly allowed the
Supreme Court , the U.S. Court of Appeals
and the District Court to share a cramped
committee room on the ground floor of the
Capitol. Its physical location testified to the
lowly stature of the nation’s highest court.
Against all odds, Marshall elevated the
Supreme Court to the level of a co-equal
branch of the federal government. He did it
by insisting the court speak with a unified
voice, in a single decision, as the final arbiter
of the law. (Before Marshall, each justice issued a separate opinion.)
Marshall oversaw more than 1,100 cases
over 34 years and wrote more than half of the
opinions for those cases. In all but 36, the decision was unanimous. What makes this
record that much more remarkable is that
every justice appointed to the court after
Marshall was chosen by a president who opposed the chief justice’s Federalist philosophy.
Marshall fostered a high degree of collegiality and compromise among the justices. He consistently moved the court to the
center, rejecting ideology and embracing
pragmatism. Under him, the justices lived
together and took their meals at the same
Washington boardinghouse. Endowed with
wit as well as intellect, Marshall was able to
cajole and charm even his most adamant opponents.
When Jeffersonians campaigned to impeach Federalist justices, Marshall refused
to be intimidated. He successfully resisted
Jefferson’s efforts to prosecute the vice president, Aaron Burr, for treason on questionable grounds. And the chief justice stood up
to Jackson by defending the right of the
Cherokee nation to occupy its ancestral
Marshall had the legal imagination, grace
and courage to secure the integrity of our justice system against powerful presidents, bolstered by majorities in both houses of Congress, who often viewed the courts as an impediment to their agenda. We can only pray
that if President Trump and his party precipitate a constitutional crisis today, Chief
Justice Roberts will prove as capable of forging a consensus to defend the rule of law.
Joel Richard Paul is the author of
“Without Precedent: Chief John Marshall
and His Times.” He teaches constitutional
law at the UC Hastings College of the Law.
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
JOHN CHIANG is lagging far behind the better-known Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa in the race for governor.
Looking beyond celebrity
By Conor Friedersdorf
hen Ronald Reagan and
Arnold Schwarzenegger
ran for governor, they both
benefited from celebrity.
Who in the voting booth
didn’t recognize their names?
This California primary season, none of
the eight remaining candidates for governor
is a movie star. Still, right from the start, Lt.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor of San
Francisco, and Antonio Villaraigosa, the
former mayor of Los Angeles, enjoyed a clear
advantage in terms of having a high profile.
That isn’t a strike against them. But as
we are all living with the fallout of having a
reality TV star crush his Republican rivals in
the 2016 presidential primaries, I resolved
this primary cycle to look closely at candidates whose qualifications didn’t include
already being famous.
I began asking the keenest observers I
could find: Who has experience, a good
reputation and incisive thoughts on how to
improve California? Who would most improve primary season debates if only their
voice was more prominent?
I intended to identify one Republican
and one Democrat. I’d tell you about the
Republican from the South Bay who impressed me over lunch, but he dropped out
two weeks after officially entering the race.
Oh well. Republicans can’t win at the state
level here anyway.
Among Democrats, the name that kept
coming up was John Chiang. A Public Policy
Institute of California poll earlier this month
has him stuck at 6% of voters, behind not
only Newsom (28%) and Villaraigosa (12%),
but also Republicans John Cox (14%) and
Travis Allen (10%).
John Chiang deserves
more attention in the
governor’s race.
The son of immigrants from Taiwan,
Chiang, 56, is more experienced in state
government than his better-known Democratic rivals, and refreshingly inexperienced
in the kinds of scandals that they have endured. If he is relatively unknown, that is in
part because his successive stints as state
controller and state treasurer unfolded
without any misconduct or incompetence.
Isn’t that boring?
On one of his many stops on his campaign
tour around the state, I met Chiang for coffee
in Long Beach. I was impressed. He possessed a quality I’d never encountered in
years of talking to state and local politicians.
Asked for their position on a given topic,
candidates typically deliver a more-or-less
polished statement of their poll-tested position. Occasionally they’ll attack a rival.
But when I asked Chiang about California’s housing crisis, its transportation
infrastructure and its energy needs, that’s
not what I got. Instead, he presented a
sophisticated summary of the concerns of
different stakeholders. Then he acknowledged the trade-offs inherent to different
solutions. Only after all that did he declare
where he came down and why, emphasizing
that compromising on any meaningful
improvement would be better than doing
nothing while a crisis worsened.
I agreed with some of his positions and
disagreed with others. But I was uniformly
confident that he had worked to consider
the beliefs of all the constituents he seeks to
represent. That’s a rare quality. California is
wildly diverse. It deserves leaders who acknowledge all the good-faith disagreements
among us. Too often, politicians talk as if
their own position is held by all good people.
In short, he didn’t rely on smoothness or
charisma or bluster. Instead, he’d done his
homework, an approach that comes across
in his record in office and in longer conversations, but that might be lost in TV soundbites or campaign commercials.
That doesn’t mean he has won my vote,
fond as I am of his instinct to spend so little
time playing the talking head game on cable
news. I’m still studying the issues and
watching the campaign play out.
But in a lifetime of observing Golden
State politics, I have never seen a bigger gulf
between the amount of attention a candidate warrants and what Chiang is getting.
Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat,
or an independent like me, you’re simply not
informed about all of the strongest options
for the June 5 open primary until you’ve
studied the candidate whose biggest weakness is his lack of fame.
Indeed, one gets the feeling that he’d be
the anti-Donald Trump in the governor’s
mansion: We’d rarely have cause to think of
him, because he aspires to do the work of
governing rather than gratifying himself by
getting our attention. Is vanity now necessary for victory? I hope not. Never has lowkey sounded nicer.
Conor Friedersdorf is a contributing
writer to Opinion, a staff writer at the
Atlantic and founding editor of the Best
of Journalism, a newsletter that curates
exceptional nonfiction.
Who is
to D.A.
Many California counties do
not make prosecutors’ donor
records readily available.
By Carissa Byrne Hessick
and Alison Rossi
he election for Alameda
County district attorney
heated up this month when
one candidate, civil rights
attorney Pamela Price,
criticized the incumbent, Dist. Atty.
Nancy O’Malley, for accepting a controversial campaign contribution.
The donation in question: $10,000
from the Fremont police union that
O’Malley accepted in November, when
her office was investigating three
members of the union for their roles in
two separate fatal shootings.
O’Malley’s office cleared one of the
police officers of wrongdoing the following month. The other two officers,
including the union’s president, were
then cleared in February, for their role
in the fatal shooting of a pregnant
teenager. They were never charged.
Price called O’Malley’s decision to take
the contribution “disturbing,” saying it
created an appearance of impropriety.
Regardless of whether there was an
actual conflict of interest, the story illustrates why the public needs access
to campaign finance data for prosecutors. District attorneys are arguably
the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. Their decisions —
which crimes to prioritize, what
charges to bring, whether to offer plea
bargains — are essentially unreviewable. The only real check on their
power is the ballot box.
So if a district attorney is receiving
campaign contributions from people
who are under criminal investigation,
it is important that voters know.
But Californians are at a disadvantage when it comes to holding their district attorneys accountable. Although
state law requires candidates to file
campaign finance reports, it leaves the
dissemination of that information up
to individual counties. Many California counties don’t make the reports
readily available.
Most other states do. In fact, California is one of only 11 states that does
not make the information available on
a central, state-run website. New York,
for example, has put all campaign finance information for its candidates in
a searchable database available to the
Journalists have made good use of
New York’s database. Reports surfaced late last year that the Manhattan
district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., accepted contributions from lawyers for
the Trump Organization while his office was investigating Ivanka Trump
and Donald Trump Jr. for fraud. Vance
decided not to bring charges against
them, and he since has faced considerable criticism for that decision.
Some California counties have
made campaign finance reports available, including Alameda, Fresno, San
Diego and San Francisco. Indeed, it is
likely that the police union’s donation
to O’Malley came to light because the
information is readily available in Alameda County. (In Los Angeles, the
complete information wasn’t posted at
press time, but is supposedly available
on a “semi-annual basis.”)
But many other counties haven’t.
Campaign finance records for more
than half of the district attorneys up
for reelection in California this year are
either partially available online or not
at all. The websites for Glenn County
and Sutter County, where district attorneys have been accused of misconduct in recent years, do not even tell
voters whether they can obtain campaign finance information.
It should be easy for all voters to
find out who is donating to the political
campaigns of their prosecutors. California should follow the lead of New
York and other states and make this
information available on a state-run
We certainly hope that California’s
district attorneys do not have any unsavory information in their campaign
finance reports. We hope, for instance,
that no defense attorneys have made
contributions to prosecutors in order
to gain access and negotiate better
outcomes for their clients.
Either way, Californians deserve to
know. As the race in Alameda County
makes clear, it’s not safe to assume
that all contributions are beyond reproach.
Only with full access to campaign finance information can Californians
hold their district attorneys accountable and preserve the legitimacy of
their criminal justice system.
Carissa Byrne Hessick is a
professor of law at the University of
North Carolina and director of the
Prosecutors and Politics Project.
Alison Rossi is a law student at the
University of North Carolina and a
researcher at the Prosecutors and
Politics Project.
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L.A. Unified
plan debated
A task force calls for
school report cards
and a commission
to assess progress.
By Howard Blume
Bob Chamberlin Los Angeles Times
U.S. SEN. Dianne Feinstein holds an AK–47 assault rifle at an event in L.A. in 2003 with then-Gov. Gray
Davis, right, and police chiefs from around the state to urge Congress to reauthorize the assault weapons ban.
Gun control is now even
more vital for Feinstein
Slayings of two at San Francisco City Hall shaped her career
By Seema Mehta
Dianne Feinstein was settling into her office at San
Francisco City Hall after a
two-week vacation in the Himalayas. A former colleague
passed by but didn’t respond when she called out.
She heard gunshots. And
then silence.
The year was 1978, and
Feinstein was president of
the county Board of Supervisors. She was the first person to discover Supervisor
Harvey Milk on the floor of
his office.
“I could smell the gunpowder. Harvey was on his
stomach,” Feinstein told
The Times in an interview. “I
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
FEINSTEIN holds a news conference after a round-
table discussion on gun control Tuesday at UCLA.
tried to find a pulse; I put my
finger in a bullet hole.”
A few hours later she became the face of a national
tragedy, announcing on a
balcony of City Hall that former supervisor Dan White
had killed Milk, one of the
nation’s first openly gay
elected officials, and Mayor
George Moscone.
“I became mayor as the
product of assassination,”
Feinstein said.
The violent experience
shaped her views and career.
Now a U.S. senator, she is
perhaps best known for her
quest over 25 years in Congress to enact stricter national gun control, including
writing the now-expired
[See Feinstein, B4]
Officials at Los Angeles
Unified will tell you that
the nation’s second-largest
school system is doing well
or at least has shown strong
signs of improvement. Others are not so sure.
A task force examining
the district wants a clear
way to find out and has two
suggestions: school report
cards and a new commission
aimed at making such assessments.
The L.A. Unified Advisory Task Force already has
weighed in on what to do
about students who miss a
lot of classes and how to
manage the school system’s
real estate holdings.
Its latest report, released
Thursday, says the district
compiles a great deal of information that could be useful to parents, the community and public officials, but
“unfortunately, most of it is
buried in obscure filings and
byzantine forms that are inaccessible to the average
Austin Beutner, the panel’s co-chair and a former
L.A. Times publisher, said
the report did not imply that
officials were trying to hide
things or failing to comply
with disclosure requirements.
“But there is a big gap between compliance and that
extra step you take to make
sure that information is received and understood,” he
Interim L.A. schools
Supt. Vivian Ekchian insists
that L.A. Unified already is
headed in the right direction. Future plans, which
have been approved, include
a smartphone app for parents, a simplified enrollment
system and an open data
portal that is meant to make
a lot of information publicly
“We want to be the most
transparent organization in
the state as it relates to student learning, student outcomes and the safety of our
students,” Ekchian said.
School report cards are
not new. L.A. Unified produced them as recently as
two years ago, when they fell
victim to staff reductions after budget cuts. Ekchian
agreed that relevant data
about campuses should be
more easily available.
Most other large school
systems have something
along the lines of school report cards, but they’re not
always considered meaningful. Giving schools simple
letter grades, for example,
can be misleading and may
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Court upholds
razing bank for
Gehry project
NRA no match for these voices
Appellate panel also
orders further city
review of Hollywood
mixed-use complex.
in sacramento
By David Zahniser
Those young
people who
marched for
gun control all
over the country showed
this: The unyielding firearms lobby is in
deep trouble with the next
No one can be sure how
many marched Saturday —
hundreds of thousands,
millions? There were more
than 800 rallies.
“It was an amazing day,”
longtime gun control advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.) told reporters.
“I’ve never seen anything
like it.”
It seems inevitable: Pit a
growing youth movement
for sensible national firearms regulation against an
aging gun lobby with hardened arteries, and the kids
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A three-judge panel has
handed a defeat to historic
preservationists in L.A., upholding the city’s plan for demolishing a 1960 bank building on the site of a planned
mixed-use complex.
In a ruling issued last
week, California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a Los Angeles
County Superior Court
ruling blocking the city from
razing the Lytton Savings
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LUCINDA ERNST, 9, takes part in the March for Our Lives event in Los Ange-
les. Two-thirds of Americans polled support banning the sale of assault weapons.
The Legislature says it
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which is considered a strong
example of the angular Googie design style.
However, the appellate
court also found that the city
mishandled another aspect
of the project — closure of a
right-turn lane from Sunset
Boulevard onto southbound
Crescent Heights Boulevard. The court sent the
project, known as 8150
Sunset, back to the city so
that a hearing can be conducted on that lane closure.
A representative of City
Atty. Mike Feuer called the
ruling a “significant victory”
for the city, which had argued that its environmental
review was prepared correctly. The court confirmed
the City Council’s decision to
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Toys R Us chain’s
founder dies
Charles P. Lazarus, who
passed a week after the
company announced
the closure of all its
U.S. stores, was 94. B5
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Foiling Coronado bridge suicides
Caltrans outlines
options for deterring
would-be jumpers
from the span, but
funding is uncertain.
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge is among the
most widely used U.S. spans
for suicides.
Only the Golden Gate
Bridge has seen more people plunge to their death in
recent years, and there
officials are in the process of
installing a net below its
deck to deter would-be
jumpers at a cost of roughly
$204 million.
State transportation
officials recently released a
long-anticipated report
outlining several prototypes
intended to prevent or
dissuade people from jumping off the Coronado bridge,
including fencing, transparent barriers and netting.
The city of Coronado
now hopes that one of the
envisioned projects will
soon stem the carnage that
has claimed more than 400
lives in the bridge’s nearly
50-year history — including
98 in the last six years.
Although none of the
proposals would take more
than about two years to
construct, authorities emphasize that funding for
design and construction is
far from guaranteed.
Asked if a suicide-prevention alternative is likely
to be selected and built
within the next decade,
Marcelo Peinado, division
chief for Caltrans District 11,
offered little reassurance.
“I just can’t say,” he said.
“Think about the cost.
These are weighty decisions.”
The projected price tags
in the study range from $5
million for a short “thistle”
barrier of hard plastic or
metal spikes along the
bridge’s railing to $137 million for a transparent glass
or plexiglass barrier.
Caltrans plans to select a
handful of alternatives by
this time next year to undergo environmental analysis.
After that, state and federal
funding would need to start
rolling in to keep the process
Local advocates for
suicide prevention remain
optimistic, hoping that
efforts on the Golden Gate
Bridge will provide a blueprint. Roughly 40% of the
funding for that project is
coming from state coffers,
with local public dollars and
private donations making
up the rest.
“They paved the way,”
said Rhonda Haiston,
founder of Bridge Collaborative for Suicide Prevention. “It’s an astounding
amount of money they
secured for their project. If
they were able to do that,
there’s no way we will not be
successful down here.”
With limited funding in
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MORE THAN 400 people have jumped to their deaths during the 2-mile-long San Diego-Coronado Bridge’s nearly 50-year history
California available for
mental health projects,
elected officials have
started looking to transportation funding, making
the case that such projects
are needed to ensure a free
flow of traffic.
The 2-mile-long bridge
serves about 83,000 vehicles
a day, according to the
Caltrans report. Highway 75
along the Silver Strand is
the only other way on or off
the peninsula.
Suicide attempts on the
Coronado bridge can close it
for hours as law enforcement crisis teams try to talk
down a potential jumper,
Coronado Mayor Richard
Bailey said. “Most people
don’t actually jump, and the
bridge gets shut down in
both directions. Let’s improve traffic efficiency by
preventing suicides.”
Although this approach
could help tap into more
readily available public
money, Bailey said his ultimate goal is ending the
“I know personally a
couple individuals who have
taken their lives on the
bridge,” he said. “I feel a
moral obligation to prevent
that where possible.”
The suicides have for
years deeply scarred the
community, local residents
say. Last summer, for example, many mourned the loss
of 49-year-old Susan Ahern,
an active member in the
community and at St. Paul’s
Methodist Church. Her
Facebook page is filled with
sorrowful and loving messages posted as recently as
“We witness people
taking their own lives,” said
Wayne Strickland, a retired
Coronado firefighter who is
president of the Bridge
Collaborative for Suicide
Prevention. “You see the
abandoned cars. You see
people looking over the side.
A lot of times, people try to
stop someone and their life’s
in peril also.”
Caltrans agreed to study
the suicide-prevention
alternatives after state Sen.
Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)
introduced legislation in
February 2017 that would
have required the agency
report to the Legislature on
such efforts.
The proposed law came
after a speeding pickup
truck driven by a man accused of DUI struck the
bridge’s retaining wall and
landed in Chicano Park,
about 60 feet below a section
of the bridge suspended
over Barrio Logan in the city
of San Diego.
Four people were killed
and nine others injured in
the crash.
Although the crash was
not a suicide attempt, it’s
thought that some of the
designs being proposed
could have prevented the
vehicle from toppling off the
“The safety of residents
and visitors traveling on the
bridge, and those who
gather below it in Chicano
Park, is of the utmost importance,” Hueso said in an
email. “Once we complete
the final study, locating the
funds will be my biggest
Asked about the timing
of its study, Caltrans said it
was responding to public
“It was just the right
time,” Peinado said. “There
was a little more coming
from the community, a
louder cry for doing something.”
Beyond funding, suicideprevention barriers often
face opposition from residents concerned about
obstructed views and aesthetic changes.
Caltrans’ feasibility
study takes these concerns
into account, and although
the agency will make the
final decision on which
prototype to embrace, it
plans to base its selection
heavily on comments from
the public in coming
months and years.
Another option being
considered would be to
simply augment existing
non-physical measures such
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front-runner in the
governor’s race is
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According to the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline, physical barriers
are the most effective way to
prevent bridge suicides.
Opposition to such projects is often rooted in the
idea that people who are
intent on dying will find
other means, said Mark
Sinyor, a professor in the
department of psychiatry at
the University of Toronto
who specializes in issues
around suicide.
“In fact, we know that
suicidal crises are often
fleeting and that removing a
common means of suicide
through an intervention like
a bridge barrier is one of the
most evidenced-based
strategies for suicide prevention,” he said.
The anti-suicide design
for the Golden Gate Bridge
was debated for decades.
Those living in the shadow
of the Coronado bridge are
eager to move more swiftly.
Gubernatorial frontrunner Gavin Newsom will
not participate in any more
debates until early May, a
spokesman for his campaign said Wednesday.
While it’s not uncommon
for political candidates to
scale back debate appearances when they’re ahead
in the polls, the move is
drawing criticism from his
“Any honest candidate
wouldn’t be afraid to debate
the issues Californians care
most about, but this is
another reason why voters
can’t trust Gavin Newsom
to lead this state as governor,” said Fabien Levy, a
spokesman for state Treasurer John Chiang, another
Democratic candidate in
the race.
Former Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign accused
Newsom of trying to avoid
discussing his record and
his policies.
“Gavin Newsom clearly
doesn’t want to explain why
he started a policy that
turned over undocumented
youth to ICE agents, or why
he won’t release his 2016 tax
returns, or what taxes he
will raise to pay the $400
billion that [single-payer
healthcare] will cost California taxpayers,” said Luis
Vizcaino, a spokesman for
Of the candidates in the
race for governor, Newsom,
who leads in fundraising
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GUBERNATORIAL candidate Gavin Newsom has missed the most debates.
Above, he speaks at the Democrats’ state convention last month in San Diego.
and the polls, has missed
the most debates.
A spokesman for Newsom noted that he has taken
part in multiple debates
sponsored by labor, Democratic and education
“Our campaign has
participated in eight debates in the campaign so far
and countless forums, and
we are looking forward to
participating in another
televised debate May 8,”
spokesman Nathan Click
The last debate Newsom
took part in was on Feb. 22
in San Diego on the eve of
the California Democratic
Party Convention. The May
8 debate in San Jose will be
moderated by NBC News’
Chuck Todd, host of “Meet
the Press.” The debate takes
place the day after counties
begin sending out vote-by-
mail ballots.
That leaves a window of
more than 10 weeks in the
run-up to voting that Newsom will have refrained from
participating in debates,
including a debate Monday
that was televised on NBC
in Los Angeles, and upcoming events sponsored by
Latino and Asian American
Newsom’s absence has
been highlighted by his
rivals. At a Sunday debate
in San Diego, Republican
Assemblyman Travis Allen
wrote Newsom’s name on a
piece of paper and put it on
an vacant lectern.
Dan Schnur, a political
communications professor
at USC and former campaign strategist, said it is
common for front-runners
to participate in fewer debates because preparing for
them takes time that could
be used for fundraising or
campaigning, and because
the events provide an opening to make a mistake.
“When your team is
winning a football game, you
don’t throw many long
passes. You keep the ball on
the ground,” he said. “By the
same token, when your
candidate has a good-sized
lead in the polls, you take as
few risks as possible.”
It’s natural for candidates who are trailing to call
for additional debates, as
Villaraigosa and Republican
businessman John Cox
have, to increase their exposure to voters and in hopes
that the front-runner will
slip and change the narrative of the race, Schnur
added. But Newsom’s decision not to participate in
some of these forums is
unlikely to draw the kind of
fallout it may have in prior
election cycles because of
the amount of focus on
President Trump, he added,
pointing to Monday’s debate.
“The candidates for
governor of California gathered to debate less than 24
hours after Stormy Daniels
went on television [to discuss her alleged affair with
Trump],” Schnur said. “And
you wonder why nobody
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has new
Legislature says it
will automatically
release information on
substantiated sexual
harassment claims.
By Melanie Mason
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
PRESIDENT Trump arrives in Los Angeles on March 13 on his first visit to California since taking office. The Golden State has emerged
as his political nemesis on issues such as climate change and illegal immigration, eliciting negative comments from him on Twitter.
O.C. wins favor with Trump
In county’s pushback
against ‘sanctuary
state,’ president finds
a part of California
that is to his liking.
By Bradley Zint,
Hillary Davis
and Cindy Carcamo
President Trump appears to have finally found a
part of California he likes —
Orange County.
Trump has famously
tweeted his anger at California, which has emerged as
his political nemesis on issues such as climate change
and illegal immigration.
But Orange County in recent weeks has pushed back
at the “sanctuary state”
movement embraced by
Gov. Jerry Brown and other
Democrats, and that has
stands in solidarity with the
brave citizens in Orange
County defending their
rights against California’s illegal and unconstitutional
sanctuary policies,” he said
on Twitter.
The all-Republican Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to try to join
the Trump administration’s
federal lawsuit against California over its immigration
laws, including Senate Bill
54, the landmark law that
prohibits local law enforcement in many cases from
alerting immigration agents
when detainees who may be
subject to deportation are
released from custody.
Elected leaders in Los
Alamitos voted last week to
attempt to exempt their city
from SB 54. Yorba Linda
voted to send a supporting
amicus brief to the federal
lawsuit. Other cities in the
county, including Buena
Park, Huntington Beach
and Mission Viejo, may follow suit.
More cities now appear
poised to join the movement.
Two Huntington Beach
city councilmen said they
want to follow the lead of Los
Alamitos and other cities in
an effort to “seek relief ” from
state mandates that expand
protections for immigrants
who are in the country il-
Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey said in a statement that he and Councilman Erik Peterson want
Surf City to discuss Sacramento’s sanctuary state bills
“In order for the city to
record of public safety, we
have been exploring options
to ensure your safety and
maintain local control, while
at the same time, fulfill our
oath of upholding the Constitution,” he said.
In Newport Beach, City
Councilman Kevin Muldoon
is calling for similar action.
“As a result of its own political posturing, Sacramento
has put us in an awkward position,” Muldoon said.
Orange County has long
been synonymous with political conservatism, but its
politics are changing.
Growing Latino and
Asian populations have
placed whites in the minority. Hillary Clinton in 2016 became the first Democratic
presidential candidate to
win there since the Great
Depression. And the party is
hoping to flip several GOPheld congressional districts
that voted for Clinton.
The gap between Republicans and Democrats in the
county has been narrowing
for years.
In the mid-1990s, Republicans outnumbered Democrats 52% to 32%. Now, of the
county’s roughly 1.5 million
active voters, about 37% are
Republican and 34% are Democrat.
But Trump found common ground on the issue of
about California on Twitter
are generally critical.
He has attacked politicians such as Brown and
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Adam
B. Schiff (D-Burbank) and
former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not to
mention Steph Curry of the
Golden State Warriors.
But few issues have
raised his ire about the
Golden State more than immigration.
“California’s sanctuary
policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the
safety and security of our entire nation at risk. Thousands of dangerous and violent criminal aliens are re-
leased as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey
on innocent Americans.
wrote this month.
In February, Trump predicted that gang members
would wreak havoc if federal
authorities withdrew from
Los Angeles and other parts
of the state.
“I mean, frankly, if I
wanted to pull our people
from California, you would
have a crime mess like you’ve
never seen in California,”
Trump said. “You’d be inundated. You would see crime
like no one’s ever seen crime
in this country. And yet we
get no help from the state of
Some Orange County officials said they are glad to
back Trump.
“California has decided
to poke the president and
his administration in the
eye, and I’d rather they just
not involve us,” Orange
County Supervisor Shawn
Nelson said Tuesday on “Fox
and Friends.”
Zint and Davis write for
Times Community News.
L.A. boycott of NRA-linked firms urged
Councilman O’Farrell
asks city staff for a list
of such businesses.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
A Los Angeles lawmaker
wants the city to cut ties with
companies that are linked to
the National Rifle Assn., saying that its opposition to
“common sense gun safety
laws” is at odds with the city.
City Councilman Mitch
O’Farrell introduced a proposal Wednesday asking city
staffers to provide a list of all
businesses and groups that
have a “formal relationship”
with the NRA and lay out options for boycotting them.
“It’s important that we
send a message as a city with
an annual budget approaching $9 billion,” O’Farrell said,
invoking mass shootings in
Newtown, Conn.; Orlando,
Fla.; Las Vegas; and Parkland, Fla.; as well as gun violence that happens regularly across the country.
“It’s time to speak with
one voice and call attention
to the assault weapon epidemic,” the councilman
The NRA did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment. Last month, the
group issued a statement
denouncing “a shameful display of political and civic
cowardice” from corporations that severed ties with
the NRA after the shooting
at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing
at all to do with the failure
of that school’s security
preparedness, the failure
of America’s mental health
system, the failure of the
National Instant Check
System or the cruel failures
of both federal and local
law enforcement,” the group
The California Rifle &
Pistol Assn., which is affiliated with the NRA but has its
own board, is “proud to be
fighting for the right to
choose to own a firearm for
sport or self-defense, and we
refuse to be stigmatized or
demonized by this campaign of shame,” its president, Chuck Michel, said
O’Farrell said he also had
asked the City Council to
hold off on approving an
agreement between FedEx
and the Harbor Department
to operate a warehouse and
office space. FedEx has
faced pressure from gun
control advocates to stop
shipping for members of the
“We have a choice — and
they have a choice,” O’Far-
rell said, arguing that FedEx
could follow the path of
other companies such as
Delta Air Lines that have
ended such discounts or
other ties. “They could join
in this sensible movement to
discourage the proliferation
of guns.”
The council postponed
voting Wednesday on the
FedEx agreement, which
city officials say could generate as much as $155,000 for
the port.
A FedEx spokeswoman
said the company was looking into the city decision
In a statement last
month, FedEx said its corporate stand on gun policies
was not in line with the NRA
— it “opposes assault rifles
being in the hands of civilians” — and emphasized
that the group is one of hundreds
whose members get such
“FedEx has never set or
changed rates for any of our
around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions,” it said in
that statement.
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SACRAMENTO — In response to concerns raised by
the Capitol press corps,
leaders of the California
Legislature said Tuesday
that the Assembly and Senate will automatically release information about sexual harassment when investigations find claims are
The Capitol Correspondents Assn. of California reached out to legislative leaders
this month with concerns
about inconsistencies in
how the Legislature was releasing records under the
Legislative Open Records
Act. After releasing a decade’s worth of records on
sexual harassment investigations in February, both
houses offered conflicting
guidance on how journalists
could obtain records from
recent investigations.
“By operating under a
confusing patchwork of
rules on how and when such
documents are released, the
Legislature is hindering the
very public access and discourse it professes to support,” the association’s
board wrote March 14. The
board asked legislative leaders to proactively post documents on completed investigations online in a timely
Instead, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins
(D-San Diego), Assembly
Speaker Anthony Rendon
(D-Paramount) and Assembly Rules Committee Chairman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho
Cordova) said their houses
would “proactively” provide
those documents to the association. A spokesman for
Rendon said disclosure
would happen on a rolling
basis as investigations are
concluded. The leaders’ response does not specify how
the records would be disseminated to news outlets.
The new policy will apply
to substantiated complaints
of sexual harassment involving a member of the Legislature or senior staff.
There may be more
changes to come in how such
records are released. The
two houses are jointly working to overhaul how the Legislature handles sexual harassment complaints.
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STATE Sen. Kevin de
León, left, with new
Senate President Pro
Tem Toni Atkins.
Meet Cali, new ‘deputy first
dog’ of the Golden State
By Melanie Mason
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office
IN HER official role, Cali, who is a Doggocrat, “will
gladly appear almost anywhere there are treats.”
Jerry Brown’s administration just got a whole lot cuter.
The governor announced
Wednesday that Cali, a 2month-old female “bordoodle”— a mix of a border collie
and a standard poodle— will
serve as the state’s “deputy
first dog.”
The job responsibilities
entail helping Brown’s dog
Colusa, dubbed the state’s
“First Dog” in “herding staff
at the state Capitol and
lending a paw around the
family ranch in Colusa
County,” according to the
governor’s office.
The news was buried in a
routine news release unveiling a number of Brown’s administration appointments.
But the canine-inspired
comedy indicated this announcement was unlike the
“This position does not
require Senate confirmation
— though the Deputy First
Dog will gladly appear almost anywhere there are
treats — and the compensation is per diem belly rubs.
Cali is a Doggocrat,” said the
news release.
played a high-profile role
during his tenure as governor. Sutter, his beloved corgi
who died in 2016, was the face
of Brown’s 2012 effort to pass
Proposition 30, a temporary
tax hike. Colusa, a border
collie-corgi mix, is a constant Capitol presence with
a cheeky Twitter account.
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original assault weapons
“It’s an issue that has
framed and really bookended her career,” said Jerry
Roberts, a former San Francisco Chronicle editor and
author of “Dianne Feinstein:
Never Let Them See You
Cry.” “It definitely speaks to
her perseverance and endurance, which are two of
the strongest characteristics she has as a politician
that have served her and
really enabled her longevity.”
Gun control is rarely a
top issue for California voters but has new relevance
this year as Feinstein, 84,
seeks reelection. She has directly challenged President
Trump to support legislation banning bump stocks
and assault-style weapons
that enable mass killings
such as happened at a country music festival in Las
Vegas last fall and at a high
school in Parkland, Fla., this
year. And Feinstein has tried
to seize on the energy created by students in the aftermath of the the tragedy in
Florida, pointing to the hundreds of thousands of young
people who marched Saturday. She was among the
speakers at the protest in
San Francisco.
“It was an amazing day
with the march,” Feinstein
told reporters Tuesday after
meeting with gun violence
survivors and their family
members, activists and
medical personnel at UCLA
Medical Center’s Mattel
Children’s Hospital. “I’ve
been doing what I do for a
substantial period of time,
and I’ve never seen anything
like it.”
The focus on gun control
comes at an opportune time
for Feinstein. In her bid for a
fifth full term, she is facing a
challenge on her left flank.
Her moderation has irked
the most liberal members of
her party’s base, as seen in
her failure to come close
to obtaining the California
Democratic Party’s endorsement last month.
Her rival, fellow Democrat Kevin de León, has
championed tighter restrictions on guns and ammuni-
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SEN. DIANNE Feinstein, left, talks with Deborah Prothrow-Stith, dean of the
College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, after
a talk on gun control with gun violence survivors and others Tuesday at UCLA.
tion as a state senator and
has touted his record on the
issue on the campaign trail.
De León, who is challenging Feinstein from the left
and argues she is too centrist, has little to quibble
about with her stance on
guns. “This is an area where
we have much common
ground and much shared accomplishments,” he said.
Feinstein has seized upon the issue as she asks for
“I have been a woman on
a mission to ban assault
weapons,” the senator said,
to applause, at a gathering of
union members at the California Democratic Party
convention this year. She
said a pilot had told her earlier that day that his 7-yearold was afraid to go to
school. “This is not our
America, and we need to
change it,” she said.
This may sound like naked opportunism in the
midst of a campaign, but
gun control has been the
through-line of Feinstein’s
political career.
Two years before the Milk
and Moscone assassinations, the anticapitalist
group New World Liberation
Front planted a bomb in a
flower box outside her
daughter’s bedroom window. It failed to explode. The
group also shot out windows
at her vacation home.
In response, Feinstein
was trained by police to use a
Smith & Wesson .38 fiveshot revolver and obtained a
permit to carry a concealed
“I made the determination that if somebody was
going to try to take me out, I
was going to take them with
me,” Feinstein told the Associated Press in 1993.
Feinstein carried the gun
in a snapped leather holster
in her purse until one day
when she wondered how
quickly she could access it if
she needed it.
“Two pairs of glasses, a
wallet, a notebook, a pen, a
pencil, a little cosmetics case
— it took me a while to get to
it in what was a pretty goodsized purse,” Feinstein said.
“I thought, ‘Hmm. This isn’t
going to do me much good.’ ”
In 1982, she presented
Pope John Paul II with a 10inch-tall gunmetal blue
cross at the Vatican that was
created from 15 melteddown firearms, including
her own, that were turned in
during a gun buyback program in San Francisco.
That same year, Feinstein signed a local guncontrol ordinance that
banned most residents from
owning pistols, leading a different fringe group to try to
oust her from the mayorship
in a recall.
In an uncharacteristic
display of emotion, Feinstein told the Chronicle that
she “shed a few tears.”
“I guess I don't have as
much of a shell around me as
some people think. I was
hurt by it. I still am,” she said
at the time.
The ordinance was later
invalidated by the courts,
but Feinstein retained her
job in the recall election.
The following years were
rife with gun violence, including in California. A 1989
school shooting in Stockton
led the state to become the
first in the nation to ban military-style assault weapons.
In 1993, a gunman killed
eight people at a San Francisco law firm, leading Feinstein to write the federal assault weapons ban that was
signed into law the following
It was a landmark piece
of legislation, though critics
argue that provisions included to ease its passage —
notably the grandfathering
of 1.5 million such weapons
already in Americans’ possession and a sunset clause
— undermined its effectiveness.
When Congress allowed
the law to expire in 2004, part
of the debate centered on its
University of Massachusetts
Klarevas, the author of
“Rampage Nation: Securing
America from Mass Shootings,” said his study of a halfcentury of mass shootings
found that their number was
rising prior to the ban and
declined during the ban, including a five-year period
when there was not a single
shooting with six or more fatalities. The numbers increased and grew more frequent, he said, after the law’s
Feinstein has attempted
to reenact the assault weapons ban, including in the
aftermath of the attempted
assassination of then-Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 in
Tucson and the mass killing
at Sandy Hook Elementary
in Connecticut in 2012.
On the wall in Feinstein’s
Senate office is a framed
copy of the New York Daily
News with photos of the
slain first-graders and the
headline: “Shame on U.S.”
“I’m looking at the picture right now, 20 beautiful
6- and 7-year-olds, all with a
smile,” Feinstein said in the
phone interview. “How can
we let this go on?"
It got even more personal
for Feinstein last year when
a gunman opened fire at the
Route 91 Harvest country
music festival in Las Vegas.
Her daughter, Katherine,
and some friends were supposed to attend but canceled at the last minute, selling their tickets. One of the
people who bought them
suffered a graze wound.
After the massacre, Feinstein introduced the latest
version of her expired assault weapons ban, including the elimination of some
provisions that gun control
advocates argue created
loopholes in the original bill.
The National Rifle Assn.,
which didn’t respond to a request for comment, called
the proposal a “125-page firearm prohibition fever dream
[that] is perhaps the most
far-reaching gun ban ever introduced in Congress.”
Seeing the teenage activists mobilize thousands and
companies restrict their
policies toward gun and ammunition sales has led Feinstein to think the moment
might have arrived, at long
last. But it’s an open question whether President
Trump will back her call for
legislation solidifying that
cultural change.
Feinstein said she was
cognizant of the president’s
record but hopeful that
Trump would stay true to
the views he expressed during a recent meeting, where
she handed him a letter
about her experiences and
he surprised her by appearing to agree with her views.
“I hope he doesn’t waffle
on what he said, because human life in this country depends on it,” she said.
Twitter: @LATSeema
Times staff writer Sarah D.
Wire contributed to this
Change inevitable as new
generation takes on NRA
[Skelton, from B1]
ultimately win.
That is, if the National
Rifle Assn. continues to be
hard-line and refuses to
compromise on such basic
things as banning assault
weapons, an increasingly
popular idea among Americans. Congress, intimidated
by the NRA, can’t even bring
itself to impose nationwide
background checks for all
gun purchases, which practically every citizen supports.
Creatures that refuse to
adapt ultimately perish.
I wrote this 25 years ago:
“A gun lobby paranoid
about losing the right to
bear arms … ultimately
could [lose the right] in the
next century … unless it
becomes more compromising and realistic about
societal needs in an increasingly violent urban America.”
We’re now in that next
century. No group is advocating the seizure of all guns
in America, despite the
NRA’s disingenuous claims
designed to fatten its membership and shill for the
firearms industry. Get ’em
now while you still can.
But there’s initial talk in
important places about
repealing the 2nd Amendment. John Paul Stevens,
retired U.S Supreme Court
associate justice, wrote an
op-ed piece for the New
York Times on Wednesday
advocating repeal.
“Rarely in my lifetime
have I seen the type of civic
engagement schoolchildren
and their supporters demonstrated in Washington
and other major cities
throughout the country this
past Saturday,” he wrote.
“They reveal the broad
public support for legislation to minimize the risk of
mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.”
Stevens said it was a
“clear sign to lawmakers”
that they should ban civilian
ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increase the
legal gun-buying age to 21
and impose comprehensive
background checks.
“But the demonstrators
should seek more effective
and more lasting reform,”
he continued. “They should
demand a repeal of the 2nd
Doing that, Stevens
concluded, “would be simple and would do more to
weaken the NRA’s ability to
stymie legislative debate
and block constructive gun
control legislation than any
other available option.”
Simple? Hardly. Not
procedurally or politically.
And repealing the 2nd
Amendment right now is
definitely not an “available
Here’s why: Amending
the Constitution requires a
two-thirds vote of each
congressional house and
ratification by three-fourths
of the state legislatures.
Right now you couldn’t get
close to a majority for either.
Or a constitutional convention could be called, which is
even less practical.
But in another generation or two, after many more
mass shootings of children,
anything’s possible.
We don’t need to repeal
the 2nd Amendment anyway. There’s plenty of flexibility within its awkwardly
punctuated single sentence
— although gun addicts
stubbornly deny it — to ban
certain types of firearms
and control use. But that
would require realism and
Emerging generations
probably will force it. New
generations tend to be
Not many years ago,
most of us would not have
envisioned gay marriage,
legal marijuana, public
smoking bans or — two or
three generations back —
racial desegregation across
America. When enough
voters demand change in a
democracy, they get it.
Mark Baldassare, president and pollster of the
nonpartisan Public Policy
Institute of California, calls
the teen marches “a new
and defining moment.”
“I see it as having a lot of
political potential,” he says.
“They’re voices that haven’t
been heard before in this
debate. They’re not just
going to be dismissed. They
represent the victims.”
The institute released a
poll last week showing that
70% of this state’s likely
voters believe gun laws
should be stricter. And
that’s in California, which
already has the strictest gun
laws in America.
Baldassare says the
figure was up 13 percentage
points since May and is the
highest it has been since he
began asking the question.
Even a plurality of Republicans, 48%, think gun control
should be stricter.
Nationally, a recent
Quinnipiac University poll
found 97% of Americans —
including 97% of gun owners
— favor universal background checks for all firearms purchases. Two-thirds
support banning the sale of
assault weapons.
California has outlawed
assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
The state began seriously
controlling guns 28 years
ago, and it has paid off. The
firearms death rate here has
declined significantly and is
substantially lower than the
national average.
Amanda Wilcox, a longtime advocate for the Brady
Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence, whose daughter
was shot to death by a mentally ill man, says, “These
students are saying things
like, ‘You’re supposed to be
keeping us safe. You’re not
doing your job.’ It is marginalizing the hard-liners, the
extremists. Young people
drive culture changes. And
many of them will be voting
by next fall.”
Democratic pollster Ben
Tulchin says, “These teenagers are amazing. They
don’t say, ‘Nothing we can
do about it.’ They say, ‘We’re
going to change it.’ ”
He adds, “I think they’ll
help Democrats take back
the [U.S.] House.”
Maybe. I am sure about
this: Unless the gun lobby
gets off its high horse, a
future generation will shoot
it down.
T H U R S DAY , M A R C H 2 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
CHARLES P. LAZARUS, 1923 - 2018
Founder of once-mighty Toys R Us chain
associated press
harles P. Lazarus,
the World War II
founded Toys R
Us six decades
ago and transformed it into
an iconic piece of Americana, died March 22 at age
94, a week after the chain announced it would shut down
its stores across the United
Toys R Us confirmed
Lazarus’ death.
“There have been many
sad moments for Toys R Us
in recent weeks, and none
more heartbreaking than today’s news about the passing of our beloved founder,”
the company said in a statement the day of his death.
“Our thoughts and prayers
are with Charles’ family and
loved ones.”
Lazarus, who stepped
down as chief executive of
Toys R Us in 1994, transformed the toy industry with
a business model that became one of the first retail
category killers: big stores
that are so devoted to one
thing, and have such an im-
pressive selection, that they
drive smaller competitors
out of business.
More recently, Toys R Us
found itself unable to survive
competition from the likes of, discounters
such as Walmart and mobile
games. And it was burdened
by a heavy debt load stemming from a 2005 leveraged
buyout. No longer able to
bear the weight of its debt,
the company announced
two weeks ago that it would
close or sell its 735 stores
across the country, including its Babies R Us stores.
But for decades, it was
Toys R Us that drove trends
in children’s play, becoming
a launchpad for what became some of the industry’s
hottest toys.
Lazarus was born Oct. 4,
1923, the son of a bicycle
store owner.
He modeled his business
after the self-service supermarkets that were becoming
popular in the 1950s, stacking merchandise high to give
shoppers the feeling of an infinite number of toys. The
stores created a magical
feeling for children roaming
aisles filled with Barbies,
Court clears way
for razing bank
[Bank, from B1]
“approve a project that
meets the city’s objectives,”
Wilcox said.
One of the project’s opponents also declared victory,
however, saying the ruling
will force the council to rescind its November 2016 decision to approve the project
— and then carry out a formal review of the planned
lane closure.
“Having all your approvals revoked is hardly a win”
for the city, said Laura Lake,
board member of the nonprofit advocacy group Fix
the City, one of the groups
that sued over the project.
Under the state Streets
and Highways Code, the city
must present evidence
showing that a street is unnecessary for public use before “vacating” it. Lake contends that the city cannot
make that finding because
that section of Sunset is
heavily used.
Wilcox said the city is
evaluating its next steps.
Preparation of a “street vacation” report for the council
takes six to nine months on
average, according to information posted on the Bureau of Engineering website.
That process can last an additional six months if an environmental determination
is required, the site states.
Any street vacation hearing would be conducted by
the council, Wilcox said.
Councilman David Ryu,
whose district includes the
8150 Sunset site, had no comment on the ruling, saying
through a spokesman that
his office is still reviewing it.
Historic preservationists,
for their part, were discouraged by the decision.
The Los Angeles Conservancy, which sued over the
229-unit project, had argued
that 8150 Sunset could be designed in a way that preserves the bank building,
known for its zigzag roof and
other features. The court, on
the other hand, concluded
that design alternatives
aimed at retaining the structure would have rendered
the Gehry-designed project
“We’re very disappointed
with the ruling,” said Linda
Dishman, president and
chief executive of the L.A.
Conservancy. “We were
heartened by the decision at
the Superior Court level and
felt that it was a good case.”
Dishman said her organization is looking at its legal
options. A representative of
Townscape Partners, the
project’s developer, declined
to comment.
The 8150 Sunset project
calls for five structures, one
of them reaching 15 stories,
as well as 65,000 square feet
of commercial space. The
project, approved by the
council in November 2016,
would be designed by Gehry,
known for his work on Walt
Disney Concert Hall and
other landmarks.
Gov. Jerry Brown made
8150 Sunset one of the state’s
projects entitled to an accelerated legal review if challenged in court. Foes lodged
multiple legal arguments
against the development.
Fix the City had argued
that the project sits too close
to an earthquake fault and
does not comply with the
city’s planning, zoning and
housing ordinances. The
court rejected those arguments, agreeing with the
group only on the question
of the right-turn lane, which
would be converted into a
portion of an outdoor plaza.
The city’s lawyers argued
that a street vacation hearing was unnecessary because the land would be converted from vehicular space
to pedestrian use. The court,
in an 80-page ruling, said the
street segment would be
merged into a “publicprivate project, which will
be essentially a private
“We hold that the complete removal of a street in
favor of a plaza that is linked
economically and spatially
to a private development
constitutes a ‘vacation’ of
that street,” the ruling
The court also took note
of concerns expressed by officials in Los Angeles and
nearby West Hollywood over
the loss of the lane.
“Eliminating the rightturn lane promises to generate significant community
reaction,” the ruling states.
“In fact it already has.”
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
PRESERVATIONISTS sued to block demolition of
the Lytton Savings building, now a Chase branch.
Cheryl Chenet Corbis via Getty Images
Charles Lazarus died a week after Toys R Us
announced it would close its stores across the U.S.
bikes and other toys laid out
in front of them.
The chain has its roots in
Children’s Bargain Town,
the baby-furniture store
that Lazarus opened in 1948
in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He began selling
toys after a couple of years
when customers began asking for them, and he quickly
concluded that, in the babyboom years, toys were a
more lucrative business
than furniture.
He opened his first store
dedicated to selling only toys
in 1957, calling it Toys R Us
with the R backward to give
the impression that a child
wrote it. Shopping carts
stood ready for customers to
grab and fill up themselves,
In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company’s
mascot, appearing in his
first TV commercial in 1973.
By the 1980s and early ’90s,
Toys R Us dominated the
toy-store business, and its
jingle, “I’m a Toys R Us kid,”
became an anthem for children across the country.
In 1992, Lazarus traveled
with President George H.W.
Bush for the opening of the
first Toys R Us in Japan.
Lazarus loomed large
over his industry during the
heyday of the company, personally traveling to the annual Toy Fair in New York
City. Thousands of buyers
from around the world attend, but back then, it was
Lazarus whom manufacturers were most eager to impress, said Marc Rosenberg,
a veteran toy marketer and
founder of SkyBluePink
The opportunity to give
“Mr. Lazarus” a tour of your
showroom was a rite of passage for marketers, said Rosenberg, who first met Lazarus on such an occasion in
1987 as a marketer for Tiger
Electronics. Lazarus walked
through the showrooms giving feedback on the playthings arrayed before him,
trailed by a group of employees feverishly taking notes,
Rosenberg said.
“As a young marketing
guy, if Charles Lazarus liked
something you were doing, it
was like the greatest thing in
the world,” Rosenberg said.
“He had a dry sense of humor. If he liked something,
he would show it. He would
laugh, but it wasn’t easy to
get him to laugh.”
Rosenberg said Lazarus
understood that the success
of Toys R Us stemmed from
creating a “circus-like atmosphere to keep kids wanting to come back every
started a family, with wife
Gigi and a son and daughter.
They would make regular
visits to the stores, parades
and other events. Rosenberg said that Toys R Us cut
down on such events after
Lazarus left and that the
chain struggled to compete
with the likes of Walmart,
which offered a similar selection at lower prices, and, later, with Amazon.
Lazarus was inducted
into the Toy Industry Assn.’s
Hall of Fame in 1990.
T H U R S DAY , M A R C H 2 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Transparency plan urged for L.A. Unified
[Schools, from B1]
say more about students’
economic circumstances or
the formulas used for the
grading than they do about
how good or bad an individual campus is.
California has a complex
“dashboard” with multiple
color-coded ratings for each
school that critics have characterized as overly complicated and not sufficiently revealing.
The task force’s newer
idea is a commission with
seven members, each appointed by a member of the
school board. The report
suggests that appointees
serve three-year terms for
up to six years.
The commission would
employ a small professional
staff and be given unfettered
access to district data. It
could be funded, the report
suggests, with money that
currently goes to something
called an independent analysis unit, which the district
describes as the school
board’s research arm.
The unit — which was revived last year after being
cut from the budget nearly a
decade ago — has posted reports online about topics including the current and future costs of employee
health benefits, improving
student outcomes in the
middle grades, and early evidence of the positive effects
of letting younger students
into kindergarten.
School board member
Kelly Gonez said she appreciated the task force but also
described the work of the existing research unit as “sub-
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
VIVIAN EKCHIAN , interim superintendent of L.A. Unified School District, meets a student at Sal Castro Middle School in January.
Ekchian insists the district is already headed in the right direction, but a task force has recommendations on how things could improve.
stantive and helpful.”
Beutner said the current
unit may be worth preserving but is no substitute for an
outside group, which would
be less subject to bureaucratic and political interference.
The report cites the Con-
gressional Budget Office,
the California Legislative
Analyst and New York City’s
Independent Budget Office
as models.
One issue an independent group could tackle,
Beutner said, is a review of
the district’s credit recovery
options, which give students
ways to get credit for courses
they initially failed. Credit
recovery has contributed to
record graduation rates, but
some question whether
passing grades are being
handed out too easily.
Board members have ne-
ver asked for such a review,
which could undermine the
graduation success story.
Board member Nick
Melvoin said the recommendations were along lines
that make sense for the district.
“Transparency is both an
end in itself and the means
to a higher-performing district and higher-performing
schools,” he said. “It is the
first step in building trust
with the public.”
T H U R S D A Y , M A R C H 2 9 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
call on
After a fatality
involving one of its
driverless cars, will
the ride-hailing firm
still go it alone?
By Russ Mitchell
Adam Rose ABC
THE PREMIERE of the new “Roseanne,” with Roseanne Barr and Laurie Metcalf, attracted 18.2 million viewers Tuesday night.
‘Roseanne’ roars again
Sitcom reboot delivers huge ratings, especially in Trump country
By Stephen Battaglio
A Trump-loving “Roseanne” is
making the Nielsen ratings great
again for ABC.
The 18.2 million viewers who on
Tuesday night watched Roseanne
Barr re-create her working-class
matriarch character as a Trump
supporter made it the secondmost-watched scripted TV show of
the season and the largest audience
for a sitcom since September 2014.
The big audience for ABC’s reboot of the hit sitcom is another
sign of how viewers are looking for
familiar TV friends to help deal with
uncertain times the country is experiencing from the daily frenzied
reports coming out of the White
House. Established names are increasingly valuable to TV networks
that are struggling to get new shows
exposed in an ever-crowded landscape of programming choices.
The strong premiere for the first
two episodes of “Roseanne” also
comes at a welcome time for ABC.
Like its rivals, the Walt Disney Co.owned network has been losing
viewers to streaming options and
even saw its most prolific producer,
Shonda Rhimes, depart for Netflix
last summer.
“Roseanne” is the latest success
from an earlier age of prime time.
For example, new versions of “Will &
Grace” on NBC and the Netflix revival of “Full House” — under the
name “Fuller House” — have both
been renewed for new seasons. CBS
has already announced plans to revive “Murphy Brown,” its biggest hit
comedy of the 1990s, for the fall.
Networks are probably scouring
their libraries for other titles after
[See ‘Roseanne,’ C5]
Is school massacre
behind Remington
bankruptcy filing?
Outdoor Co.,
the owner of
the centuryold Remington gun company and
other firearms manufacturers,
made crystal clear that
financial strains were behind its bankruptcy filing
The company said that it
had ramped up production
and borrowing in 2016 based
on expectations that a
Democratic administration
in the White House hostile
to gun rights would drive
sales through the roof in 2017
and beyond. Instead, Donald Trump won the presidency, and expectations of
higher sales evaporated.
But factors related to
firearms liability law suggest that more than economics may be at work. Specifically, Remington — indeed,
the entire firearms industry
— is on tenterhooks waiting
for a potential landmark
ruling from the Connecticut
Supreme Court.
The court has been expected to rule any moment
on assertions that Remington’s reckless sales policies
outweigh its protection
from lawsuits under federal
law. That’s the position
taken by parents of children
killed by a Remington-made
Bushmaster AR-15 rifle
wielded by Adam Lanza at
Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Conn.,
on Dec. 14, 2012.
The court’s ruling, however, is likely to be stayed
during the bankruptcy,
which could last for months.
That could give the company some breathing room
to try to reach a negotiated
settlement with the parents
that removes the threat to
federal immunity. That’s the
view of Heidi Li Feldman, a
tort law expert and legal
theorist at Georgetown Law
“There are a lot of ways
organizations can use bankruptcy to maneuver around
the tort system,” Feldman
told me. Typically, the goal
is to force a financial settlement on plaintiffs at pennies on the dollar. “This
doesn’t look like that,” she
says. Instead, she speculates, Remington may fear
that “the plaintiffs’ case has
legs, and it’s very bad for
The issues before the
Connecticut court involve
the Protection of Lawful
Commerce in Arms Act, a
measure championed by the
National Rifle Assn. and
signed into law by President
George W. Bush in 2005.
PLCAA gives gun manufac[See Hiltzik, C5]
Jason Redmond AFP/Getty Images
AMAZON CEO Jeff Bezos, above, also owns the Washington Post, which Presi-
dent Trump has attacked as “fake news.” Amazon’s stock fell 4.4% on Wednesday.
Amazon’s stock drops on
fear of fight with Trump
Sell-off follows report
the president wants to
‘go after’ the retailer.
By James F. Peltz
President Trump has
made it clear since his election that he has gripes with over the ecommerce giant’s sales tax
policies and its contract
with the U.S. Postal Service
for deliveries. And he hasn’t
been shy about his disgust
for the Washington Post, the
newspaper owned separately by Amazon CEO Jeff
But when a report
Wednesday contended that
Trump wants to “go after”
Amazon, the company’s
stock fell sharply in good
part because investors are a
lot more skittish these days
about highflying technology
stocks and any new obstacle
that might hinder Amazon’s
astonishing growth.
drop, Amazon’s shares had
soared more than 70% over
the prior 12 months, a surge
that more reflects Amazon’s
future growth prospects
than its current size and
earnings ability.
So investors were ready
to cash out at least some of
those big gains when the
news site reported that Trump was “obsessed” with somehow further regulating Amazon’s
business model.
“People are starting to
get concerned about these
valuations” for the shares of
[See Amazon, C4]
When Dara Khosrowshahi
took over as Uber’s chief executive last August, he faced
a pile of festering problems.
Near the top: The company’s
troubled driverless-car program, then embroiled in a
major lawsuit over trade-secrets theft with arch-foe
Waymo, and suffering after a
series of defections by top
He had three options:
find outside partners for
joint development of driverless technology; drop the
internal program altogether
and buy the technology off
the shelf; or continue to go it
alone. Khosrowshahi chose
the solo route.
“They’ve never shown too
much interest in partnerships, I think to their detriment,” said Evan Rawley, an
associate professor of business strategy at the University of Minnesota Carlson
School of Management who
tracks the company.
Now, after an Uber driverless car killed an Arizona
woman and threw the company’s program into turmoil, Khosrowshahi may be
back at the same crossroads. But this time Uber’s
options may be slimmer.
The industry’s eagerness
to separate itself from the fatality, on top of Uber’s wellearned reputation for overaggressiveness and arrogance, could make partnerships more difficult to strike.
While the causes behind
the Uber system’s failure are
under federal investigation,
Waymo, Intel’s Mobileye and
Uber’s own supplier of radar
and cameras, Aptiv, haven’t
waited for those findings to
speak up about the Uber
system’s shortcomings.
Aptiv said Volvo’s own
safety systems, which include automatic braking,
had been disconnected. And
Reuters reported that Uber
had reduced its lidar system
— a light-based version of
radar that senses objects in
fine detail — from seven lidar
units to one when it switched from Ford Fusion cars to
Volvo SUVs.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered Uber to
cease driverless car and
truck testing in the state,
and Uber has told California
officials it will not seek renewal of driverless testing
permits this year.
Uber already was six
[See Uber, C4]
Tech firms lead
stocks lower
Drop comes despite
a crop of strong
earnings reports and
deals. Amazon is
among those hit. C4
Tesla shares
decline 7.7%
Fatal crash prompting
an NTSB probe adds
to issues facing the
carmaker, whose bond
rating is lowered. C2
Business Beat ......... C2
Classifieds ................ C6
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L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
Tesla shares fall 7.7% as issues mount
Fatal crash of a Model
X last week adds to
investor questions of
the carmaker as bond
rating is lowered.
dropped for a second
straight day as questions
swirl about what caused a
crash involving a Model X
crossover in California on
Friday that killed the driver
and intensified the pressure
mounting on Elon Musk’s
electric-car maker.
The company hasn’t
been able to retrieve the vehicle’s logs and is working
with authorities to do so,
according to a blog post.
Tesla preemptively defended the record of the
Autopilot safety features
that it has said eventually
will enable autonomous
driving, without disclosing
whether the driver involved
in the fatal crash had engaged the system.
Tesla shares fell 7.7% on
Wednesday to $257.78, the
lowest in a year. The company’s unsecured bonds also
have dropped to all-time
lows ahead of the release of
and delivery results expected next week.
The crash, investigated
by U.S. authorities, adds to
Musk’s challenges that include concerns that the
electric-car maker won’t reach its production targets
for the all-important Model
3 sedan. It also potentially
about self-driving features
after a deadly Uber Technologies Inc. crash that happened days earlier sent ripples across the broader
autonomous-vehicle industry.
The National Trans-
Associated Press
THE NTSB said it was sending investigators to examine issues raised by the fatal Tesla Model X crash Friday near Mountain View, Calif.
portation Safety Board said
Tuesday that it was sending
investigators to examine
issues raised by the Tesla
crash, in which the Model
X struck a highway barrier
March 23 near Mountain
View, Calif.
The safety board will examine the post-crash fire
and steps needed to make
the vehicle safe to remove
from the scene, according to
a tweet.
Tesla owners have driven
the same highway stretch
with Autopilot engaged
about 85,000 times since the
system was introduced, and
no crashes have been reported, the carmaker said.
The safety board also is
investigating the Uber crash
in Tempe, Ariz., in which a
Volvo XC90 equipped with
the ride-hailing giant’s selfdriving system failed to slow
the vehicle as a 49-year-old
woman crossed the street
pushing a bicycle. The pedestrian died from the collision.
Tesla’s battery packs are
designed so that when a fire
occurs, it spreads slowly so
people have more time to
exit the car. “That appears
to be what happened here as
we understand there were
no occupants still in the
Model X by the time the fire
could have presented a risk,”
the company said in its blog
The crash caused extensive damage partly because
a safety barrier meant to reduce the impact into a con-
crete lane divider had been
removed or crushed in a prior crash without being replaced, according to Tesla.
The safety board’s investigation into the Tesla crash
is the second this year involving the company’s vehicle.
“There’s just so much
bad news right now,” John
Thompson, the chief executive of Vilas Capital Management, which is shorting
Tesla shares, said by phone.
“You’ve got the NTSB investigating a new crash, Nvidia
testing and Tesla can’t make
the Model 3. When the stock
goes lower like this, it gets
harder to raise capital. It’s
going to be harder for them
to raise money.”
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tesla’s corporate family rating to B3,
six levels into junk, and said
its outlook on the company
is negative. The credit rater
cited “the significant shortfall in the production rate of
Tesla’s Model 3” and liquidity pressures as two chief
“The negative outlook reflects the likelihood that
Tesla will have to undertake
a large, near-term capital
raise in order to refund maturing obligations and avoid
Moody’s analysts wrote.
Model 3 deliveries have
fallen short of Musk’s lofty
goals since the company
started building the car in
July. Bloomberg’s Model 3
tracker estimates the company may be making about
975 of the cars a week, well
short of the target to build at
a 2,500-unit rate by the end
of this quarter.
An analyst at Citigroup
Inc. wrote Tuesday that
Tesla may be struggling to
convert car shoppers into
Model 3 buyers, while
Robert W. Baird & Co. said
Monday that the company
might not achieve its weekly
production goal by the end
of March.
“This is the most negative sentiment I’ve seen in a
while,” Ben Kallo, an analyst
at Baird, said Tuesday. “It’s
really about the Model 3 production and ramp up, and
the shorts [short sellers] are
piling in.”
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‘Pacific Rim:
Uprising’ rakes
in $65 million
in 1st weekend
By Kemeng Fan
Andy Tullis Associated Press
FACEBOOK is redesigning the privacy control settings menu for mobile. Above, a data center in Oregon.
Facebook makes it easier
to find privacy settings
Move comes amid
widening backlash to
misuse of user data.
By Samantha Masunaga
Wednesday it now will be
easier for users to find and
manage privacy control settings and see the information the social media giant
has about them — moves
that come in the wake of the
widening Cambridge Analytica data-misappropriation controversy.
In another sign of the
pressure Facebook is under,
it plans to delay the unveiling of new home products,
including connected speakers with digital-assistant
and video-chat capabilities.
The devices are undergoing
a deeper review to ensure
that they make the right
trade-offs regarding user
data, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Menlo Park, Calif.,
company had hoped to preview the devices at its developer conference in May, said
the people, who asked not to
be named discussing internal plans.
Facebook said in a blog
post that a redesign of the
privacy control settings
menu for mobile will make it
easier for users to see what
information can and can’t be
shared with apps. After the
redesign, those settings will
be accessible from just one
place; previously, settings
were spread out across almost 20 pages, Facebook
The company also said it
was adding a specific menu
for privacy shortcuts. That
menu will include options to
turn on two-factor authentication, manage ad preferences and determine who
can see information on a
user’s Facebook profile.
“We’ve heard loud and
clear that privacy settings
and other important tools
are too hard to find and that
we must do more to keep
people informed,” company
executives wrote in the blog
post. “Most of these updates
have been in the works for
some time, but the events of
the past several days underscore their importance.”
Facebook also will add a
feature called Access Your
Information so users can see
what they’ve posted and reacted to, as well as things
they’ve searched for. The
feature will allow users to delete items they no longer
want on their Facebook
The company said that it
will be easier for users to
download the data they’ve
shared with Facebook — in-
cluding photos, contacts
added to their account and
posts — and that it would
make updates to the company’s terms of service and
data policy to better explain
what information the platform collects and how it is
The announcement of
the changes comes about a
week and a half after the New
York Times and British
newspaper the Observer reported that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm
that worked with Donald
Trump’s presidential campaign, had gathered data
from about 50 million Facebook users without their
permission allegedly to try
to sway voter opinions.
The data stemmed from
a personality quiz app developed in 2013 by a Cambridge
University researcher. Facebook Chief Executive Mark
Zuckerberg said last week
that about 300,000 users installed the app, giving the researcher access to their information, as well as data
from “tens of millions” of
their friends based on Facebook’s platform settings at
the time.
learned two years later, from
journalists at the Guardian,
that the researcher had
shared his data with Cambridge Analytica without
users’ consent, a move that
violated Facebook’s policies.
Zuckerberg said the company already had changed
its platform in 2014 to prevent apps from accessing
such large amounts of data.
But to quell the growing
backlash to the controversy,
Facebook has unveiled
other changes, such as
limitations on data access
for app developers and a
tool to allow users to see
which apps they have authorized.
Zuckerberg also said the
company would investigate
all apps that had access to
large amounts of user data
before Facebook’s platform
change in 2014.
But the social media
company has continued to
feel the heat from lawmakers, government agencies
and users.
The Federal Trade Commission has opened an
investigation of Facebook,
and the company said Tuesday it was in talks with congressional committees that
had requested Zuckerberg
to testify before Congress
about the incident.
Facebook’s shares rose 81
cents, or 0.5%, to $153.03 on
Twitter: @smasunaga
Bloomberg News
contributed to this report.
Equifax names its new CEO
BEIJING — “Pacific Rim:
Uprising” from Legendary
Pictures and Universal Pictures earned $65 million in
China over the weekend,
generating nearly half of the
country’s total box office receipts last week and dominating other releases.
The sci-fi blockbuster’s
earnings also make it the
second-biggest opening for a
Hollywood film in China this
year, following “Black Panther,” which grossed $67 million in its premiere, according to the film consulting
firm Artisan Gateway.
When the original “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, came out in
2013, it collected $110.4 million
in China, outstripping its
ticket sales in North America.
For the latest film, Del
Toro handed over the director’s role to newcomer
Steven DeKnight, best
known as the showrunner
for Netflix’s “Daredevil” series.
The franchise has also
seen some changes to accommodate the Chinese
market, reflecting a change
in Legendary’s ownership.
In 2016, China’s Dalian
Wanda Group bought Legendary in a deal valued at
$3.5 billion.
More Chinese faces have
been added to the cast of the
2018 film. Most notably, Chinese actress Jing Tian plays
a prominent supporting
Despite the notable Chinese participation and the
associated press
Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures
the Middle Kingdom’s box office receipts last week.
Netflix board
adds ex-national
security advisor
By David Ng
Equifax tapped longtime
financial industry executive
Mark Begor as its new permanent chief executive
Wednesday, as the creditreporting company continues to try to recover from
fallout surrounding its massive data breach.
Begor, 59, will take over
from Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., who became interim
CEO in September when
Richard Smith stepped
down from the post. Smith’s
departure followed those of
two other high-ranking executives who left after the
hack, which exploited a software flaw that exposed Social Security numbers, birth
dates and other personal
data that provide the keys to
identify theft.
Begor comes to the Atlanta company from the private equity firm Warburg
Pincus, but he had previously spent 35 years at General Electric. From 2002 to
2011, Begor ran GE’s retail
credit-card business, which
was eventually spun off and
named Synchrony Financial. It is one of the largest issuers of credit cards cobranded with the names of
other companies. Begor also
is on the board of directors
for FICO, the company behind the namesake credit
Mike Stewart Associated Press
MARK BEGOR, a FICO board member and former General Electric executive,
will lead Equifax effective April 16, with a pay package of around $20 million.
In an interview with the
Associated Press, Begor
said he believed his previous
experience working at GE —
which deals with both businesses and consumers —
would help him in his new
Equifax is still dealing
with the after-effects of the
data breach. About 147.9 million Americans have been affected by the breach, which
remains the largest exposure of personal information
in history. The company is
under numerous state and
federal investigations and is
the target of dozens of classaction lawsuits.
“We didn’t have the right
defenses in place, but we are
investing in the business to
protect this from ever happening again,” Begor said.
“We are a public trust in
many regards and we need
to work to earn that trust
Begor said he was initially approached about interviewing for the job in October but it took until March
for the board to finalize its
decision. His appointment is
effective April 16. He will also
become a board member at
Equifax and leave his board
position at FICO.
Begor will have an initial
pay package of around
$20 million, according to his
with the company, which will
consist of a base salary of
$1.5 million, an annual bonus
of at least $1.5 million, and a
starting package of $17 million in stock grants.
Equifax also announced
Wednesday that Do Rego
Barros Jr. will retire from the
company early next year. He
will assist Begor during the
transition process.
Equifax shares rose $2.44,
or 2.1%, to $118.86 after the announcement. The stock remains well below its high of
$146.26, where it traded
roughly a month before the
scandal was announced.
Fan is a special
“PACIFIC RIM: Uprising” generated nearly half of
Susan Rice, who
served under Obama,
will help guide the
video streaming firm.
Finance veteran will
lead company reeling
from data breach.
movie’s solid opening, the
film is suffering from poor
word of mouth in the Middle
Kingdom. On film rating
website, the
new “Pacific Rim” received a
meager 5.8/10 on average
from 57,110 viewers. That is
lower than “Black Panther”
(6.7/10) and “Tomb Raider”
Many of the popular comments concerned Jing’s performance, but the opinions
are varied. One commentator called her acting “awkward,” but another cheered,
“The fighting is great. Jing
saved the world in the end.
All hail China!”
“Tomb Raider,” starring
Alicia Vikander and Chinese
actor Daniel Wu, dropped to
second place with $28.1 million last week, bringing its
cumulative box office receipts to $69.7 million.
“Operation Red Sea,” the
military action film by Hong
Kong director Dante Lam,
came in third place in its
sixth week in theaters, with
$12 million in weekly ticket
Its box office total has reached a staggering $566.3
million, only $7.9 million
short of “The Mermaid” of
2016, China’s second-highest-grossing film of all time.
The propagandistic documentary “Amazing China”
Panther” rounded out the
top five list, earning $11 million and $6.8 million, respectively. “Black Panther” has
grossed $103.5 million in
China so far.
Susan Rice, who served
as national security advisor
and ambassador to the
United Nations under President Obama, has been appointed to the board of directors of Netflix, the
streaming entertainment
Rice becomes the 11th
member of Netflix’s board,
which is chaired by Chief
Executive Reed Hastings.
Since leaving the White
House, Rice has held positions in academia, including
working as a fellow at American University’s School of
International Service, and
the Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs at
Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to
the Netflix board,” Hastings
said in Wednesday’s announcement. “For decades,
she has tackled difficult,
complex global issues with
intelligence, integrity and insight, and we look forward to
benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”
Netflix leaders have not
been shy about their political leanings. Hastings endorsed Hillary Clinton in the
last presidential election
and has publicly criticized
President Trump as being
“bad for America.”
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s
chief content officer, has donated to various Democratic
causes, including the presidential
Obama and Clinton.
Rice’s appointment to
Netflix’s board comes after
reports this month that
Obama is in advance talks to
produce his own Netflix
The Times reported that
the shows would focus on
subjects that were important to Obama and wife
Michelle during their tenure
in the White House, such as
healthcare, nutrition and
children’s health. Netflix
hasn’t confirmed the negotiations.
Rice served as ambassador to the U.N. from 2009
to 2013 and was later named
national security advisor, a
role she filled from 2013 to
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of
Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership,
high-quality productions,
and unique culture I deeply
admire,” Rice said in
named Rodolphe Belmer to
its board. Belmer previously
served as CEO of Canal+
Group and is currently CEO
of Eutelsat, the satellite operator.
Twitter: @DavidNgLAT
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Uber at crossroads on robot tech
[Uber, from C1]
years behind Waymo, the
self-driving arm of Google
parent company Alphabet,
when it started its own driverless program in 2015. On
Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Lior Ron, a key
executive in Uber’s driverless program, is leaving the
“They may well be so far
behind Waymo that they
can’t catch up” with their
own technology, said Alain
Kornhauser, head of the
driverless transportation
program at Princeton University.
It’s possible that Uber
was unlucky and “they happened to be the car that was
on the road at the time,” said
Rebecca Lindland, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book. But
even in that best-case scenario, she said, “potential
partners have to find something good in it for them, and
now fair or unfair, that’s going to be much more difficult.”
Khosrowshahi was lured
from his job as CEO at online-travel company Expedia to replace Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick.
Kalanick was fired as CEO
by Uber’s board of directors
after presiding over a culture
that led to a drumbeat of reports on sexual discrimination and harassment, corporate spying, and bully-boy
behavior that led to regulatory and law enforcement investigations into its business practices on multiple
“Uber has had this continuing narrative of not being a good corporate citizen,” said Chris Allieri, who
heads the Mulberry & Astor
public relations firm in New
York. Despite Khosrowshahi’s attempts, “They’ve
never really gotten ahead of
it, and they lack the brand
equity and goodwill” that
has helped other companies
recover from corporate crises.
took control in August and
changing Uber’s culture, the
Eric Risberg Associated Press
UBER is reportedly losing a key executive in its driverless program. Above, an Uber robot car is tested in San Francisco traffic in 2016.
company was in the thick of
a high-profile trial, accused
by Waymo of using stolen
driverless technology trade
Kalanick had called Waymo’s driverless program an
“existential threat” to Uber’s
ride-hailing business, in
which human drivers must
be paid with money that
could otherwise be folded
into profit. In August 2016,
Uber bought a company
called Otto for $680 million.
Otto was started by Anthony Levandowski while he
worked as an engineer
at Google. When he left,
he allegedly took 14,000
documents from Google
Khosrowshahi put an
end to the trial in November
after a week of embarrassing
testimony, including a board
member’s testimony that he
had not read a critical due
Levandowski before approving the Otto deal. The settlement included payment of
$245 million of stock to Alphabet.
At trial’s end, rumors circulated that Waymo and
Uber would join forces in
driverless technology, but
four months later there are
no signs of that.
On Tuesday, Waymo announced it planned to buy as
many as 20,000 Jaguars to
extend its driverless ride-
hailing endeavors. Waymo is
sticking with plans to offer a
driverless taxi service to
Phoenix-area drivers this
year, with plans to expand to
other cities as regulations
and market conditions allow.
Before the fatality, Khosrowshahi talked boldly
about Uber’s driverless
plans. In India in February,
he was quoted saying autonomous vehicles “will be on
the road in our network.
Much sooner than you
would expect.” During the
same trip in Asia, Khosrowshahi had met with Toyota
executives in Japan, where it
was rumored they discussed
possible partnerships.
After the Arizona fatality,
Toyota temporarily suspended its own driverless
testing in the U.S., as did
chipmaker Nvidia.
It’s uncertain where Uber
goes from here. The company declined to make
Khosrowshahi or other executives available, saying
they are focused on cooperating with federal transportation
looking into the Arizona
How all this affects
Uber’s private market value,
now roughly estimated at
$70 billion, remains to be
seen. Khosrowshahi has
said he hopes to issue public
stock in the company as
early as next year.
Bradley Tusk, CEO of
Tusk Ventures, said he holds
a private stake in Uber. He’s
dubious that self-driving
technology is “existential” to
the future of the company,
which has an estimated 2
million to 3 million drivers
working for it worldwide.
“I don’t have the sense
that [Uber investor] SoftBank bought into Uber because of their driverless vehicles,” Tusk said. “If ultimately investor interest is
around ride-sharing itself,
maybe Uber doesn’t need to
make this the focus.”
Twitter: @russ1mitchell
Amazon hit by Trump fears
Stocks slip, hit by
technology firms
associated press
Despite a crop of strong
earnings reports and market-boosting deals, negative
headlines involving Amazon
and Tesla helped drag down
the market on Wednesday.
The latest decline was
modest compared with the
previous day’s drop, but
both were largely driven by a
technology stock sell-off.
“The news continues to
be volatile, and the markets
are just highly sensitive to it
in a way that they weren’t
sensitive to it last year,” said
Tom Martin, senior portfolio
manager with Globalt Investments.
Bond prices were little
changed. The yield on the 10year Treasury held at 2.78%.
The major stock indexes
wobbled between gains and
losses for much of the day as
investors weighed the latest
developments with some of
the market’s biggest names.
Tesla fell 7.7% after
Moody’s lowered the car
maker’s credit rating. The
stock fell $21.40 to $257.78.
Investors also fretted
about Amazon after Axios,
citing anonymous sources,
reported Wednesday that
President Trump has wondered aloud if there was a
way to “go after” Amazon
with antitrust or competition law. Amazon has long
been a target of Trump, who
has tweeted in the past that
the online retailer didn’t pay
enough taxes or needed to
pay the U.S. Postal Servicemore for handling shipments. Its shares fell $65.63,
or 4.4%, to $1,431.42.
Facebook, which has taken a beating in recent days
over privacy concerns, reflected the broader movement of the market, dipping
into the red at times before
eking out a small gain. The
stock gained 81 cents to
Software company Red
Hat was the tech sector’s
biggest decliner, sliding
$8.22, or 5.3%, to $146.20.
strong quarterly report
cards from such companies
as Walgreens Boots Alliance
and RH, the operator of Restoration Hardware.
Walgreens gained 2.5%
after the largest U.S. drugstore chain reported quarterly earnings and revenue
that came in ahead of analysts’ forecasts. The stock
rose $1.63 to $67.59.
Shares in RH vaulted
22.5% after the home furnishings retailer reported
earnings that easily beat
analysts’ forecasts. The
stock rose $16.93 to $92.24.
Benchmark U.S. crude
dropped 87 cents to $64.38
per barrel on the New York
Mercantile Exchange. Brent
crude fell 58 cents to $69.53
per barrel in London.
Oil’s price drop weighed
on energy sector stocks. Occidental Petroleum gave up
$2.67, or 4.1%, to $63.15.
Heating oil dropped 1
cent to $2.01 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline was little
changed at $2.01 a gallon. Natural gas dropped 2 cents to
$2.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.
The dollar rose to 106.88
yen from 105.54 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2313 from $1.2402.
Gold fell $17.80, or 1.3%, to
$1,324.20 an ounce. Silver
dropped 29 cents to $16.25 an
ounce. Copper was little
changed at $3 a pound.
[Amazon, from C1]
technology firms, said Jerry
Braakman, chief investment
officer of First American
Trust in Santa Ana, which
continues to hold shares
of Amazon as part of the
$1.1 billion of assets it manages.
Amazon’s stock closed at
$1,431.42 a share, a drop of
$65.63, or 4.4%, after being
down more than 7% during
the day. That lopped $31.8
billion off the Seattle company’s total stock market value, to $693 billion.
Wall Street “is now fearful
Trump vs. Amazon battle
could finally be on the horizon,” Daniel Ives, head of
technology research at GBH
Insights, said in a note to clients Wednesday.
Amazon declined to comment.
Amazon is one of the socalled FANG stocks that
lead the technology sector:
Facebook Inc., Amazon,
Netflix Inc. and Google, now
part of Alphabet Inc.
The sector already was
under pressure partly because of the growing criticism surrounding Facebook,
stemming from the misappropriation of about 50 million Facebook users’ personal data. Facebook’s stock
has plummeted about 20%
since Feb. 1.
“With Facebook and
regulatory worries swirling
round tech names, the last
thing nervous tech investors
wanted to see today was
news that Trump is targeting Bezos and Amazon over
the coming months,” Ives
sources, the Axios report
said that Trump talks about
changing Amazon’s tax
treatment — particularly
how consumers’ purchases
on Amazon get taxed — “because he’s worried about
mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business,” and
that the president believes
Amazon “is killing shopping
malls and brick-and-mortar
It’s true that a growing
number of retail chains have
closed stores, scaled back
operations or filed for bankruptcy reorganization in recent years, partly because of
their inability to keep pace
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
WALL STREET “is now fearful that the long-awaited Trump vs. Amazon battle
could finally be on the horizon,” one analyst said. Above, an Amazon facility.
toward more Internet shopping.
Most retail chains also
have developed their own ecommerce sites in hopes of
competing with the likes of
Amazon and mass merchants such as Walmart Inc.
and Target Corp. that have
sizable online stores.
The article didn’t say
what Trump might try to do
with Amazon, or if there’s
much he can do. White
House Press Secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
said Wednesday that “we
have no announcements
and no specific policies or
actions that we’re currently
pushing forward or considering.”
But she added: “The
president has said many
times before he’s always
looking to create a level
playing field for all businesses, and this is no different.”
about Amazon several times
since his election, and the
Washington Post has come
under attack as well.
“The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred
to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet
taxes (which they should) is
tweeted last June 28.
Then on Aug. 16 he
tweeted: “Amazon is doing
great damage to tax paying
retailers. Towns, cities and
states throughout the U.S.
are being hurt — many jobs
being lost!”
The issue with Amazon,
which had sales of $178 billion last year, mainly is over
the sales tax that a consumer might or might not
pay when making a purchase on Amazon’s website.
Amazon now collects
sales taxes across the country in states that have a sales
tax and where Amazon has a
physical presence with distribution centers or other facilities, such as California.
But a sales tax often is
not collected on purchases
made from third-party sellers that appear on Amazon’s
website, and critics contend
that gives the web platform
a price edge over other retailers that are required to
collect a sales tax.
The U.S. General Accounting Office said last November it estimated that
state and local governments
could have gained up to $13
billion in 2017 “if states were
given authority to require
sales tax collection from all
remote sellers.”
The issue might be resolved elsewhere in the federal government. Congress
could pass legislation making online sales taxes more
And the Supreme Court
is set to hear a case that
could allow states to require
all online sellers to collect
sales taxes, regardless of
whether they have a physical
presence in the state where
the buyer lives.
Amazon, in its most recent annual securities filing
with the government, said it
supports “a federal law that
would allow states to require
sales tax collection by remote sellers under a nationwide system.”
Trump also complained
Dec. 29 that the loss-ridden
U.S. Postal Service wasn’t
charging Amazon enough to
deliver the retailer’s packages. “Should be charging
MUCH MORE!” he tweeted.
Amazon declined to comment on the dollar amount
of the USPS contract, in
which the Postal Service delivers Amazon packages not
carried by Amazon, UPS
and FedEx.
But the Postal Service, in
its annual report to Congress, said its revenue from
shipping and packages in
the year that ended Sept. 30
was $500 million above its
forecasts, at $19.5 billion,
“due to e-commerce growth”
and successful marketing
and sales campaigns.
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‘Roseanne’ gets Trump country boost
[‘Roseanne,’ from C1]
seeing the Nielsen numbers
for “Roseanne,” which originally ran on ABC from 1988
to 1997.
“Today’s world is stressful and unpredictable for a
lot of people, and these
shows represent a comfort
and nostalgia with things
from the past,” said Neal
Sabin, president of content
and networks at Weigel
Broadcasting, which runs
the successful retro programming service MeTV.
“There is less risk in doing
something that’s already
been tested. A lot of the
heavy lifting in getting people to know what these
shows are about is done.”
The reboot successes are
all shows that aired in the
1990s and appeal to viewers
who still prefer watching traditional television over
streaming, Sabin said.
“These shows are not
aimed at millennials,” he
Like the movie business
— in which franchises and
familiar titles have long
been a part of studio marketing strategies — the success
rate of reboots is mixed.
Fox’s “The X-Files” has delivered modest ratings,
Peaks” didn’t draw many
viewers outside of its cult following.
But even just having a familiar name can be seen as
giving a show an edge when
name awareness is difficult
to establish among hundreds of viewer choices. It’s
why CBS (the home of the
rebooted “Hawaii Five-0”
and “MacGyver”) has two
pilots in the works for next
season using established titles from the past — “Mag-
Adam Rose ABC
THE ORIGINAL stars of “Roseanne,” unapologetic Trump supporter Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, return for ABC’s reboot.
num P.I.” and “Cagney &
Lacey” — with completely
new casts.
Preston Beckman, a former executive for Fox and
NBC who now consults for
the television industry, said
more rebooted shows with
reunited casts are likely to
come out of the “Roseanne”
But he also believes the
big ratings Tuesday reveal
that Roseanne Barr’s core
Julie Jacobson Associated Press
PARENTS of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in 2012 assert that
Remington’s reckless sales policies outweigh its U.S. protections from lawsuits.
Is massacre impetus behind
Remington’s bankruptcy?
[Hiltzik, from C1]
turers broad immunity from
liability when their products
are used in a crime. The
NRA called passage of
PLCAA “an historic victory”
; gun control advocates see
it as a measure that “allows
gun companies to profit off
supplying criminals and
from selling guns without
feasible, life-saving safety
devices,” to cite the words of
the Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence.
PLCAA doesn’t absolve
gun makers of liability in all
circumstances. There are
carve-outs for “negligent
entrustment” and for violations of “predicate statutes.” The first covers cases
in which the gun maker sold
a weapon when it knew or
should have known that the
sale “involves unreasonable
risk of serious injury.”
The parents contend
that the Connecticut Unfair
Trade Practices Act, which
forbids improper marketing, is a predicate statute
that was violated when
Remington “marketed a
military weapon designed to
inflict mass casualties to an
untrained civil population,
specifically targeting violence-prone young men.”
A lower state court threw
out the parents’ lawsuit in
2016, citing PLCAA. But
they appealed to the state
Supreme Court, which held
oral arguments at the end of
last year. The parents’ position, Feldman says, “is not a
slam-dunk winner by any
means; but neither is it
A ruling in favor of the
parents would open a major
hole in PLCAA protection,
exposing gun manufacturers to liability in many cases
of firearms violence, by
holding that “negligent
entrustment” covered the
sale of an assault-style
weapon to a civilian population, Feldman says.
Such a ruling also would
allow the parents to start
discovery. That process
could unearth reams of
internal communications
that could be embarrassing
if they indicated, say, that
Remington deliberately
structured its marketing to
feed a market of young
adults harboring fantasies
of mass mayhem.
Remington Chief Financial Officer Stephen P. Jackson Jr. made a strong case in
the bankruptcy filing that
the company was driven to
its knees by the economics
of gun sales in 2017. Remington found itself not only
with millions of dollars in
excess inventory last year,
but stiff competition from
other gun makers that also
had ramped up manufacturing in anticipation of a
sales boom under a continued Democratic regime.
Discounting and costly
promotional marketing
swept through the entire
Following the shooting in
Parkland, Fla., once-reliable
retailers, including Dick’s
Sporting Goods and Walmart, either placed new
restrictions on gun sales or
abandoned them entirely.
Still, the timing of the
bankruptcy filing lends
credence to Feldman’s
theory. Remington origi-
nally announced its plans to
file for bankruptcy on Feb.
12. But it delayed the filing
after the killing of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland on
Feb. 14, apparently reasoning that the optics of seeking court protection days
after a mass shooting would
look just too putrid.
But delaying the filing
any further now would
increase the risk that the
Connecticut Supreme
Court would rule before
the bankruptcy law’s automatic stay of civil court
proceedings could be imposed.
Lawyers for the parents
expressed confidence Monday that their lawsuit will
eventually proceed: “We do
not expect this filing to
affect the families’ case in
any material way.” In its
bankruptcy filing, Remington acknowledged that
the parents’ case remains
It’s possible that the
company may try to settle
the case by committing to
future marketing and manufacturing restrictions that
would satisfy the plaintiff
families and remove the
threat of a widened PLCAA
loophole. But sources say
there have been no discussions between the parents
and the company in that
vein thus far.
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audience is looking for
scripted programming that
reflects life outside the media bubbles of New York City
and Los Angeles.
“She’s talking to a white
Beckman said. “What matters to them is family, hard
work and faith. It’s deeper
than saying, ‘People want to
see reboots.’ ”
Notably, the “Roseanne”
premiere performed particularly well in markets
such as Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Kansas City
and St. Louis — all in Midwestern states that helped
Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
Two of the 10 highest-
rated markets for the show
were in the politically deepred state of Oklahoma.
The original “Roseanne”
was praised for honestly
portraying the travails of a
working-class family and remained popular in syndication and on cable for years
after it aired, underscoring the show’s enduring
The new version received
significant public discussion
ahead of the premiere because of Barr’s unapologetic
Trump, which has been written into her character on the
The 18.2 million viewers
topped the number for the final episode of the original
series in May 1997 — 16.6 million — when the TV landscape was far less competitive.
If the show’s ratings hold
up in subsequent episodes,
it could become a weapon in
ABC’s prime-time lineup.
“It’s great for ABC,”
Beckman said. “Now they
have the hard job of figuring
out how to exploit it. They
should find more middleAmerica working-class comedies.”
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Air Force may buy fewer F-35s due to upkeep costs
Service may trim its
order by a third if
expenses aren’t cut.
The Air Force may have
to cut its purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 by
a third if it can’t find ways to
reduce operations and support costs by as much as 38%
over a decade, according to
an internal analysis.
The shortfall would force
the service to subtract 590 of
the fighter jets from the 1,763
it plans to order, the Air
Force office charged with
evaluating the F-35’s effect
on operations and budgets
said in an assessment obtained by Bloomberg News.
Though the Defense Department has said it has
gained control over costs for
developing and producing a
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
AIR FORCE Staff Sgt. Brad Anthis works on an
F-35 fighter jet at Edwards Air Force Base in 2013.
fleet of 2,456 F-35s for the Air
Force, Navy and Marine
Corps — now projected at
$406 billion — the internal
analysis underscores the
current and looming chal-
lenges of maintaining and
operating the warplanes.
It may cost as much as
$1.1 trillion to keep the F-35s
through 2070, according to
the current estimate from
the Pentagon’s independent
cost unit.
A chart in the Air Force
analysis, which was completed in December, said the
service has “very limited visibility into how” increasing
funds going to Lockheed for
“contractor support” are
The analysis represents
the first public disclosure of
the potential effect if support costs aren’t reduced.
Using figures developed in
2012, the Air Force faces an
annual bill of about $3.8 billion a year that must be cut
back over the coming decade.
The Air Force analysis
doesn’t represent anything
close to a final decision,
spokeswoman Ann Stefanik
said. The potential reduction in aircraft was a “staff
assessment on aircraft affordability. It’s premature
for the Air Force to consider
buying fewer aircraft at this
time,” Stefanik said.
The Air Force is working
with the Pentagon’s F-35
program office to reach
the 38% reduction in operation and support costs
through 2028 from the $38
billion calculated in 2012, she
The long-term support
concerns are on top of
current F-35 challenges, including parts shortages, unavailable aircraft and technical issues that must be resolved as the program ends
its 17-year development
In September, the F-35 is
to begin as much as a year of
rigorous combat testing
that’s required by law. Successful testing would trigger
full-rate production, the
most profitable phase for
Lockheed, as soon as late
The F-35 program is accelerating:
bankrolled 90 jets, or 20
more than requested, in the
spending bill for the current
fiscal year.
Half of the operations
and support expenditures
are tied to Lockheed’s costs
and include “program management, depot maintenance, part repair, software
maintenance, engineering,”
Stefanik said. Those costs
“are growing with the increase in flight hours.”
The remaining costs are
managed by the Air Force,
including military personnel
and fuel, she said.
The Government Accountability Office said in an
October report that “there is
little doubt” the F-35 “brings
unique capabilities to the
American military, but without revising sustainment
plans” the military “is at risk
of being unable to leverage
the capabilities of the aircraft it has recently purchased.”
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Clayton Kershaw vs. Ty Blach
Dodger Stadium, 4 p.m., ESPN
Garrett Richards vs. Kendall Graveman
Oakland Coliseum, 1 p.m. FS West
Big rally
in hunt
They score 18 points
in a row in fourth
quarter and clamp
down on defense.
By Broderick Turner
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
IN A RITUAL that is as old as baseball and repeated throughout the major leagues, Angels and Dodgers fans hope to snatch an auto-
graph from a player, or perhaps several players, at the first game of the Freeway Series on Sunday at Angel Stadium.
Behind ache-ball
Injuries take time to
heal — the Dodgers
just won’t say how long
By Andy McCullough
Tom Koehler sounded apologetic. Nearly a
month had passed since Koehler, a pitcher the
Dodgers signed in the offseason in hopes of replacing setup reliever Brandon Morrow, suffered a shoulder strain. The expected date of
his return remained a mystery to the public.
This was by design.
“Right now, I would say I comfortably have
a date in my head,” Koehler said this week.
“But I think the reason they don’t want to get it
out there, maybe they don’t want to give me
that firm date, because if we do take a day or
two off, then that pushes things back. That
just protects from unnecessary questions.”
As the Dodgers prepare to open the season
Thursday against San Francisco, aiming to
defend their National League pennant and
capture the World Series championship that
has eluded them since 1988, so much about the
club feels assured.
Clayton Kershaw will disarm hitters with
sliders and curveballs and Kenley Jansen will
close games with cutters. Corey Seager and
Cody Bellinger will launch baseballs into orbit.
A huge ovation awaits [See Dodgers, D6]
Richards leads off for
Angels, who hope more
rest improves rotation
By Jeff Miller
Entering this season, Garrett Richards
hopes to employ his curveball more, intent on
emphasizing its spin.
In the lead-up to starting the Angels’
opener in Oakland, the right-hander was spinning brilliantly the potential benefits of his
team’s expanded rotation.
“If you can get 28 crispy starts instead of 28
crispy starts and five soggy ones, I think the
team would take the former,” Richards said.
“Hopefully, it will boost our performance.”
Extra crispy is actually the Angels’ preference for 2018, a goal club officials believe can be
achieved by using at least five and often six
starters, an idea that blossomed after the December addition of Shohei Ohtani.
To better approximate the schedule that
helped make Ohtani a two-way star in Japan,
the Angels will be giving the members of their
rotation more rest to start this season.
Rather than rigidly working every fifth day,
the pitchers will be forced to practice flexibility, their schedules significantly more fluid
than what’s normal for athletes who can be so
committed to routine
[See Angels, D6]
Big-money fight is in jeopardy
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back in the swing.
Wie cashing
healthy checks
She recently had her
first win in four years
and is one of the
favorites for the year’s
first major. D3
Giants want a
lot for Beckham
Still in hypothetical
mode, of course, star
receiver reportedly
would cost Rams two
first-round picks. D3
Rivalry is just
getting started
Galaxy play LAFC
for the first time
Saturday, but the fans
are already making
things interesting. A1
Nevada regulations
could make it hard for
Alvarez to win appeal
of his suspension.
By Lance Pugmire
After submitting two
positive tests for the banned
Canelo Alvarez is facing an
uphill battle in his bid to
keep a May 5 rematch with
Gennady Golovkin in Las
Vegas, according to a review
of Nevada Athletic Commission regulations.
A review of commission
regulations revised on Sept.
9, 2016, finds that the standard suspension for a firsttime offender found positive
for a banned, performanceenhancing substance like
clenbuterol is one year.
Drawing that conclusion
“is not that complicated if
you just go by the regulations,” said one expert in the
field who studied Nevada’s
codes but is not authorized
to speak on the matter.
Alvarez tested positive
for clenbuterol — which can
assist athletes in building
stamina and endurance —
twice in February but contends he ingested the
banned substance by eating
Mexican beef.
The Nevada commission
is scheduled to consider Alvarez’s explanation on April
10, although that meeting
may be pushed back one
The speculation that the
fight may be postponed has
led some businesses tied to
the event to take preemptive
HBO has stopped promoting the fight. Alvarez’s
promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, has retreated from
publicity plans. And on
Tuesday, MGM Resorts announced it is offering full refunds for Alvarez-Golovkin
tickets at T-Mobile Arena.
The revenue that a rematch would generate triggered speculation the Alvarez’s positive samples would
be cast aside, in favor of the
influx of cash connected to a
[See Fight, D2]
PHOENIX — The awakening for the Clippers arrived in the fourth quarter
and it came in a blitz on both
ends of the court.
They were most impressive on defense, clamping
down on the Phoenix Suns in
an unrelenting way that
served as the Clippers’ guide
to a 111-99 win Wednesday
night in front of 17,005 at
Talking Stick Resort Arena.
It was as if the Clippers
were a blockage on defense,
not yielding a point to the
Suns in the fourth quarter
until there were 6 minutes 23
seconds to play.
The byproduct of that
was the Clippers running by
the Suns on offense, scoring
18 consecutive points to
build a 103-82 lead.
“That’s when we’re at our
best is when we’re focused
on our defense and getting
stops and getting out in
transition and running and
scoring,” said center DeAndre Jordan, who watched it
all unfold from the bench in
the fourth quarter because
he wasn’t needed anymore.
“It shows that when we play
defense and we get stops
[See Clippers, D5]
out for
Point guard will finally
have surgery on hip
that has bothered him
for a year.
By Tania Ganguli
Isaiah Thomas waited as
long as he could.
More than a year after the
Lakers’ guard initially tore
the labrum in his right hip,
Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery to treat the
injury. It is the first surgery
Thomas has had on the injury that wouldn’t heal
through two trades in the
last seven months.
“We will be doing a minimally invasive procedure to
‘clean up’ the joint of all inflammatory debris related
to his injury from last season,” Dr. Bryan Kelly of the
Hospital for Special Surgery
said in a statement.
This ends a tumultuous
season in which Thomas,
who is a free agent this offseason, found peace and acceptance with the Lakers.
“Yeah, he was great,”
Lakers coach Luke Walton
said when asked whether
the Lakers would have interest in Thomas in the offseason. “I mean, what a
tough player he is. Never
complained. Every time I
[See Thomas, D4]
Ball hurts knee,
Ingram is back
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GENNADY GOLOVKIN , left, and Canelo Alvarez
fought to a draw in September in Las Vegas.
Ball’s injury is not considered serious. Randle,
Kuzma and Lopez lead
win over Mavericks. D4
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at Oakland at Oakland at Oakland at Oakland CLEVELAND
at Portland
Prime, ESPN
at Ducks
Ch. 13
Ch. 13
Ch. 11,
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“IF CHAMPIONS don’t face off, then we won’t bring excitement to boxing, and I feel like we heavyweights
are the flag bearers for the sport,” says Anthony Joshua. He will face Joseph Parker on Saturday.
at Galaxy
Ch. 11,
Adding punch to boxing
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Chicago Cubs at Miami
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Cleveland at Seattle
4:30 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina
5 p.m.
Mississippi State at Louisiana State
6 p.m.
Arizona State at Washington State
4 p.m.
NIT tournament, Penn State vs. Utah
6 p.m.
State Farm Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships
4 p.m.
Oregon at Oregon State
5 p.m.
UCLA at Utah
9 a.m.
LPGA ANA Inspiration
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PGA Houston Open
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Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) vs. University School (Fla.)
11 a.m.
La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Findley Prep (Nev.)
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Garfield (Wash.) vs. Oak Hill Acadeny (Va.)
3 p.m.
Lone Peak (Utah) vs. Monteverde (Fla.)
5 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota
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WHL, Victoria at Vancouver
7:30 p.m. Arizona at Kings
Trackside Live. Santa Anita
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Oklahoma City at San Antonio
7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Golden State
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Portugal, Feirense vs. Benfica
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Heavyweight champion Joshua tries to bring excitement to the sport
By Lance Pugmire
With a 20-0 record and 20
knockouts, England’s Anthony Joshua has given boxing’s heavyweight division
the jolt it needed from its extended slumber through the
Klitschko brothers era.
Joshua’s vibrancy expands beyond his ring feats,
World Boxing Organization
champion Joseph Parker of
New Zealand on Saturday in
Cardiff, Wales, vows he’s aggressively
agenda to clean out the division.
Now, the International
Boxing Federation and
World Boxing Assn. champion nears a third heavyweight
belt, with unification of the
heavyweight titles at hand.
“I feel like this is what we
have to do,” Joshua told reporters this week. “If champions don’t face off, then we
won’t bring excitement to
boxing, and I feel like we
heavyweights are the flag
bearers for the sport.”
Joshua, 28, and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have
expressed willingness beyond Parker (24-0, 18 KOs).
Their next goal is a fight
against World Boxing Council
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).
“There’s no doubt in my
mind that fight will happen,”
Joshua said. “And there’s no
doubt in my mind that I’ll
beat Wilder, as well. This is
where we’re heading.”
Whether that occurs at
London’s Wembley Stadium
— where Joshua closed
Wladimir Klitschko’s career
in April with an 11th-round
technical knockout in the
fight of the year — or New
York or Las Vegas, the event
would attract even casual
sports fans.
Showtime will televise
Saturday’s bout at 2 p.m.
PDT. A crowd of 80,000 is expected at Principality Stadium.
“I can’t worry about
[Wilder]. Saturday night is
big enough. Saturday night
is massive,” Joshua said
following a Wednesday
workout. “Let’s say we look
into a crystal ball and I’m
victorious, then we can
start talking about future
“Boxing is bigger than
ever right now. This is the
golden era, and I’m happy to
be a part of it.”
What: Anthony Joshua
(20-0, 20 KOs) vs. Joseph
Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) for
Joshua’s International
Boxing Federation and
World Boxing Assn. belts,
and Parker’s World Boxing
Organization belt
Where: Principality
Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
TV: Showtime
Because UFC president
Dana White has shown interest in his champion, Hearn
— connected to Joshua for at
least two more fights —
might have extra urgency to
steer his fighter toward the
biggest bout as quickly as
White, who has said he’s
forming a boxing promotion
company, Zuffa Boxing, that
is backed by UFC ownership
group WME/IMG, is drawn
to Joshua.
“I think he’s the most
marketable guy in boxing today,” White said in a text
message. “He’s exactly what
heavyweight boxing needs.”
After the London Daily
Joshua could become boxing’s $500-million man by
aligning with White, Joshua,
in a conference call last
week, expressed loyalty to
Hearn, adding, “If it’s good
business, it makes sense. … If
it makes sense, we’re all in.”
The taller Joshua wants
to showcase his knockout
power and improved boxing
against the granite-chinned,
fast-punching Parker, who’s
banking on energy and
stamina built by high-tech
training methods and oldschool hill running at his Las
Vegas training camp.
“I win by knockout,
100%,” Joshua said. “It’s
good news that [Parker]
wants a war. In boxing, all
you need is a good chin and a
right hand, but I’ve been
working on finesse, technique, counter-punching.
“I hope [he] falls into my
booby traps because I’m going to set him up with power
shots, as well. Yeah, I’ll be up
for a war.
“I’m out there defending
my throne.”
Twitter: @latimespugmire
Regulations suggest Alvarez has uphill fight to win his appeal
[Fight, from D1]
Cinco de Mayo fight weekend
in Las Vegas.
Alvarez’s case is expected
to include expert testimony
that the amount of clenbuterol in his system was low
enough to have been produced by contaminated meat.
Even with that, Alvarez
will need to take full responsibility for ingesting clenbuterol
because regulations permit
the commission only to reduce the one-year suspension
to six months.
The regulations read: “If
an unarmed combatant … in
this state promptly admits to
an anti-doping violation when
the only reliable evidence of
the anti-doping violation is
his or her admission, the commission may reduce, by not
more than 50 percent, the period of ineligibility.”
Some language in the
regulations seem to allow for
forgiveness of Alvarez, but
several individuals familiar
with the case say that is not
the lens in which they expect
the commission to view this
For instance, in Section 39,
the regulations read, “The
commission may, in its discre-
John Gurzinski AFP/Getty Images
CANELO ALVAREZ , left, contends his positive drug tests are from eating beef
contaminated with a banned substance and he is appealing his suspension.
tion and based on the full
body of evidence presented to
[it], reduce or eliminate a period of ineligibility … for an
anti-doping violation committed by an unarmed combatant … if the commission
finds one or more mitigating
Then, it defines the mitigating circumstances as ex-
isting “when the conditions,
events or facts accompanying
an anti-doping violation reduce or eliminate the culpability of the person … .
“Mitigating circumstances
include … [that] the anti-doping violation was the result of
the use of a … product that
contains a prohibited substance that was not disclosed
on the product label or in information available from a
reasonable search of the Internet.”
That final portion of the
regulations could blunt Alvarez’s defense that clenbuterol
wound up in his system by eating contaminated meat.
“You can’t apply this argument to tainted beef,” the
regulations expert said. “All
you have to do is Google ‘clenbuterol’ to see the stories of
[boxers Erik] Morales and
[Francisco] Vargas, of the soccer and NFL players, the cyclists, swimmers and bodybuilders who have tested positive for it after eating Mexican beef. None of that is going
to hold water.”
Vargas and Morales were
allowed to fight in California
and New York, respectively,
after striking deals with their
opponents. Both boxers were
promoted by Golden Boy,
whose president, Eric Gomez,
did not immediately return
messages left for him Wednesday.
A week ago, the company
put out a statement saying
that the level of clenbuterol in
Alvarez’s samples was consistent with contamination from
eating tainted Mexican beef.
Golovkin has said he
would agree to fight Alvarez if
the clenbuterol ingestion was
proved to be accidental.
“We’re just waiting for
them to tell us if we have a
fight,” Golovkin promoter
Tom Loeffler said.
But the regulations are
written to demand that fight-
ers take full responsibility for
what goes into their system
over the considerations of an
opponent’s judgment.
Regulation 26 reads, “If a
test of a sample or specimen of
an unarmed combatant by a
laboratory accredited by the
World Anti-Doping Agency
identifies the presence of a
prohibited substance in the
sample, the unarmed combatant has committed an
anti-doping violation and is
subject to disciplinary action
by the commission.
“It is the duty of each unarmed combatant to ensure
that no prohibited substance
enters his or her body. … To establish a violation of this section, it is not necessary to establish that the unarmed
knowingly or negligently used
a prohibited substance, or
that the unarmed combatant
is otherwise at fault for the use
of a prohibited substance.”
Alvarez’s temporary suspension is expected to be extended Friday at a Nevada
commission meeting until the
April session, when a final verdict is expected.
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Trade buzz
on Beckham
stays steady
Giants reportedly
would want at least
two first-round picks.
Rams won’t comment.
By Gary Klein
flurry of offseason moves put
the Rams in the headlines before the NFL owners meetings
The blockbuster acquisition of defensive lineman
Ndamukong Suh and speculation about another possible
impending one involving New
York Giants wide receiver
Odell Beckham Jr. kept them
On Wednesday, as owners,
coaches and team executives
exited, the Rams still commanded near center stage
after a report that the Giants
would want at least two firstround draft picks for Beckham, according to a report by
ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Rams have the 23rd
pick in next month’s draft. If
they improve on their 2017 success, their pick would presumably be lower in 2019.
Beckham spends offseasons in Southern California. The Rams are regarded as
his preferred destination if
the Giants decide to trade
“I wouldn’t comment on
any report, on any hypothetical trades,” Kevin Demoff, the
Rams’ chief operating officer
and vice president for football
operations, said during an interview after the meetings ad-
Demoff echoed statements this week by general
manager Les Snead and
coach Sean McVay. Both said
they could not talk about
other teams’ players — although McVay did answer hypothetical questions surrounding Beckham on Tuesday — but moves that netted
cornerbacks Marcus Peters
and Aqib Talib demonstrated
their willingness to aggressively pursue trades.
“Les makes a lot of calls to
a lot of teams,” Demoff said.
“We make a lot of inquiries. If
there are players that can
make us better, we’ll always be
“That’s not in particular to
the player everybody’s talked
about here.”
Most of the buzz at the
meetings revolved around
Beckham, who is entering the
final year of his contract and
seeking a mega-extension.
The back page of the New
York Daily News sports section this week featured a
photo of Beckham superimposed in front of the Hollywood sign with the headline,
“Odell California.” Another
featured a photo and the
headline “I [heart] L.A.”
Following their turnaround season and playoff appearance under McVay, the
Rams are suddenly a destination of choice.
Peters and Talib, who have
a combined five Pro Bowl appearances, indicated as much
during their introductory
news conferences. Suh, a fivetime Pro Bowl player, cemented the status by agreeing
Players can’t lead
with their heads
By Sam Farmer
Bill Kostroun Associated Press
ODELL BECKHAM JR. of the New York Giants
spends his offseasons in Southern California.
to a one-year contract for
$14 million.
Much has changed in the
last 12 months. Last year at
the owners’ meetings, the
Rams were coming off a 4-12
season in their return to Los
Angeles from St. Louis.
“We’ve had a successful
year off the field in year Oone,”
Demoff said at the time. “Obviously, we’d like more success
on the field.”
McVay guided the Rams to
an 11-5 record, the NFC West
title and their first postseason
appearance since 2004. They
went from the NFL’s worst offense to one of the best and led
the league in scoring.
“Everybody in the building, from ownership on down
is excited about the foundation we laid on the field in
2017,” Demoff said Wednesday.
“But I think we were all disappointed with the way the season ended…. The approach
this offseason has reflected a
group that was encouraged by
2017 but was certainly not satisfied.”
The trades for Peters and
Talib before free agency began
were part of Snead and McVay’s plan to “remake the defense” the way defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wanted
it, Demoff said. The Rams ad-
dressed a pressing need at
cornerback with two players
that will earn a combined $12.7
million in 2018, less than the
$17 million they paid Trumaine Johnson under the
franchise tag last season.
Suh was “a bonus that
came our came our way,” Demoff said.
Suh will play alongside
Aaron Donald, the reigning
NFL defensive player of the
year. Donald, like Beckham, is
entering the final year of his
rookie contract and is seeking
a new deal that will make him
among the league’s highest
paid players.
Snead, McVay and senior
assistant Tony Pastoors met
with Donald’s agents last
month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
“It’s priority No. 1,” Demoff
said. “Hopefully, we’ll start to
get some traction with Aaron
and really try to get to the
point where you can reward
him for the player he is.
“When you look at our salary-cap flexibility both this
year and moving forward, we
have the ability to reward him,
and I think for us that is still a
great goal.”
Twitter: @latimesklein
Boston among unsigned safeties
By Dan Woike
ORLANDO, Fla. — The
way Tre Boston tells the
story, he had just been released by the Carolina Panthers and had turned to
prayer for direction.
He slipped into a gas station and met a man who
asked for some money. His
name was Mike Daniels, but
his friends called him L.A.
Boston took the encounter as a sign from God,
and accepted a one-year deal
that turned out to be a blessing for the Chargers.
He appeared in every
game and played nearly
every snap in the 16-game
season. As the starting free
safety, he led the Chargers
with five interceptions.
He was a vocal leader in
the locker room; a positive
spirit. As of Wednesday, he’s
still looking for a job. Boston
is one of a handful of talented
safeties still on the free-agent
The Chargers don’t have a
free safety under contract.
San Francisco’s Eric Reid,
Kansas City’s Ron Parker
Mitchell — all starting free
safeties a season ago — also
are looking for work. Strong
safeties such as former New
Orleans first-round pick
Kenny Vaccaro haven’t had
much luck, either.
“Tre came in a little late in
the process and played 99%
of the snaps for us,” Chargers
general manager Tom Telesco said this month at the
NFL combine.
“I don’t think he missed a
day of practice. He had great
enthusiasm on the field and
in the locker room, made
plays in the passing game. He
had five interceptions. He
probably could have had seven or eight. He came in and
played really solid football for
So why is he and so many
other starting-level safeties
still on the market? For starters, there are a lot of them.
Tyrann Mathieu found a
home in Houston — the
Chargers looked into signing
him — and former Green Bay
starter Morgan Burnett
eventually landed in Pittsburgh, but the market’s been
incredibly soft.
In the Chargers’ defense,
it’s a critical position responsible for covering the middle
of the field in a Cover 3
“It’s strange,” Chargers
coach Anthony Lynn said.
“It’s a very important position. It’s big part of our defense, I can tell you that. It
was just weird — the first
week of free agency went by
and none of the safeties came
off the board. Can’t say why.”
At this point, it seems as if
teams with needs at that position are in a holding pattern, watching the prices
drop on potential signings.
The Chargers have had success going this route. For in-
stance, they signed Dwight
Lowery on a discount last
season before scooping up
And, with the draft a
month away, focus is shifting
away from free agency.
Smith visits
A day after Lynn said
Cardale Jones would get a
look at backup quarterback,
the team hosted former New
York Jets and Giants
quarterback Geno Smith,
according to the NFL Network.
Smith, who was with the
Jets when Lynn was on the
staff, backed up Eli Manning
for the Giants last season. He
started one game, going 21 for
34 for 212 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Raiders.
In 35 NFL games, 31
starts, Smith has thrown for
6,174 yards with 29 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
ORLANDO, Fla. — In the
NFL, it can take years and
sometimes decades to gather
enough momentum to make a
rules change.
But commissioner Roger
Goodell said Wednesday
there was virtually no pushback on a new rule that outlaws players from lowering
their heads to initiate contact.
“Everyone’s enthusiastically behind this and in support of this,” Goodell said at
his annual news conference
that closes the league’s
March meetings.
When asked about some
players questioning the adjustment and even wondering
if it will fundamentally change
the game, Goodell said that
coaches were involved in the
decision and players “haven’t
yet seen all the data that we
have, and they haven’t seen
exactly how we’re going to approach this.
“But,” he added, “I’m confident in the next few months
we’ll be able to do that. They’ll
understand, and our game
will be in a much better place
for it.”
All-pro cornerback Josh
Norman, for one, is not a fan
of the new rule.
“I don’t know what other
way to say it but it’s football,”
the Washington star told USA
Today Sports. “I pray for the
game and hope it’ll still be
what it is, but it seems in our
day and age, the game as we
know it is coming to an end.
But really, we’re all playing
the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
The rule change came late
Tuesday, hours after the
league had adopted new
standards for what constitutes a catch, making the helmet ruling almost feel like an
afterthought. But it’s a significant change, and probably
would enable officials to use
replay to determine whether
to impose a 15-yard penalty or
even eject a player for such an
infraction. If so, that would
mark the first time replay
would be used for a safety violation or a foul of any kind.
“If we were able to have replay confirm one of these
fouls and also confirms a player be ejected,” Goodell said, “I
think there is more confidence among the coaches it
will be called accurately.”
Goodell said that in the
coming weeks the league will
be refining the rule to determine which infractions would
be 15-yard penalties, and
which would warrant an ejection.
“We’ve done a great deal of
work on this, but now we want
to go back and look at what’s
that standard of when it’ll go
from a disqualification of a
player to a fine or suspension
or any other alternative from
there,” he said. “That’s the
work that we’re going to be
doing, and that’s the work
that we’ll be educating our
clubs back in May and June
with the clubs individually.”
Concussions last season
were at a five-year high, including an uptick during the
preseason and regular season. There was an increase in
players self-reporting concussions, and an increase in
concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet hits. Also during the 2017 season, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
Ryan Shazier suffered a serious spinal-cord injury from a
Asked if the new regulation might be deemed the
Ryan Shazier rule, Steelers
owner Art Rooney II said, “I
would hesitate to say that was
the impetus for it.
“The competition committee has noticed that we
still have players that are using the helmet as a weapon,
and the intent is to get that
out of the game. It’s the lowering of the head the way the
rule is being written and using
the helmet to attempt to injure.”
That’s all, folks
Under a new rule, if a team
scores a winning walk-off
touchdown at the end of a
game, the sides won’t come
back on the field for an extrapoint attempt. It’s game over.
That surely will affect bettors at some point, and it also
leaves open a loophole — albeit a highly unlikely one. If
Team A were to score a touchdown to go up by a point or
two as the clock expired in
regulation, Team B would be
denied a chance to block the
extra-point attempt and return it for points.
The league’s rationale for
that? Team A would have the
option of simply taking a knee
instead of attempting the
PAT. Minnesota took a knee
at the end of that miraculous
playoff victory over New Orleans in January, when Stefon
Diggs scored on the pass
from Case Keenum.
Only in L.A.
Goodell in 2012 wrote a
memo to all 32 clubs outlining
his expectations for the
league’s return to Los Angeles, and how the stadium
should not just be a place to
play games but an entertainment district that could play
host to all sorts of events, essentially a West Coast hub for
the NFL.
The league took a big step
in that direction this week in
announcing NFL Media will
be moving to the Inglewood
stadium, which is due to open
in 2020, with the development
including 200,000 square feet
of studio space for NFL Network,, and the like.
Goodell said the stadium is in
the mix to potentially play
host to the draft, Pro Bowl,
and other offseason events.
“That’s why we want to
have that presence of the NFL
Network there, because we
want to be able to show that,
we want people to feel that,”
he said. “We want to provide
that kind of stage for what we
think is going to be the world’s
finest stadium.”
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Healthy Wie is playing inspired golf
After a thrilling win in
HSBC Championship,
she’s a favorite in the
first major of year.
By Mike James
Ross Kinnaird Getty Images
winning birdie on the final hole in Singapore.
LPGA facts
Tournament: ANA Inspiration.
Where: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament
Course). Yardage: 6,763. Par 72, Rancho Mirage.
Today’s featured pairings: No. 1 Tee — Lydia Ko-Jessica
Korda 8:14 a.m.; So Yeon Ryu-Brittany Lincicome, 8:22;
Shanshan Feng-Cristie Kerr, 8:30; No. 10 Tee — Paula
Creamer-Inbee Park, 1:22 p.m.; Lexi Thompson-Michelle Wie,
Television (Golf Channel): Today-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-6
p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
2017 champion: So Yeon Ryu.
The putt and the reaction
said everything. Erasing
years of frustration. Validating endless hours on the
practice green and a series of
swing changes. Reinforcing a
belief in herself that several
times in the past had virtually disappeared behind a
shroud of one injury after another.
Michelle Wie could look to
the future.
Wie, 28, had won four
times in an LPGA Tour career that would be exceptional for most young players
but had not lived up to the
sky-high expectations that
accompanied the teenage
phenom who had six top-five
finishes in major championships before she turned 17.
Three weeks ago in Singapore, she faced a 35-foot putt
on the final hole of the HSBC
Women’s World Championship with a chance to
move into the lead and force
the two players on the course
behind her to birdie the hole
for a tie.
She drained the putt and
repeatedly pumped her fist
with enthusiasm befitting a
sweep of the majors. When,
in the final group, Danielle
Kang and Nelly Korda failed
to make birdie putts, Wie had
her fifth tour victory and first
since the 2014 U.S. Open.
In Rancho Mirage this
week for the ANA Inspiration, the tour’s first major
championship of the year
formerly known as the Dinah
Shore, Wie is doing everything she can to put the moments of waning confidence
and the litany of ankle, hip,
knee, neck, back and wrist
injuries behind her.
“There was a lot of doubt,
especially when you don’t remember the last time you
haven’t felt pain,” Wie said.
“It’s a hard road. Just having
to change my swing so many
times, working around my
injuries. I thought a couple of
them were going to be career-ending….
“But I had great people
around me … and we just
took it slowly. Just got myself
back healthy.… That was
definitely my No. 1 goal.”
Kang, a close friend of
Wie, understood Wie’s excitement about winning
“It’s a big deal to win any
tournament, especially for
Michelle, she’s such a public
figure,” Kang said. “Any time
anyone makes that kind of a
putt, you should have that
reaction. I love that she’s so
passionate about it, because
that’s what she’s about.
She’s given her blood, sweat
and tears into this game, and
I’m so happy to see her win
Wie gets collagen injections in her wrists every
three or four months to battle the arthritis that began
after she injured them more
than 10 years ago and has
been an unwelcome part of
her swing since. So far, that
treatment is working.
After an injury-plagued
2016, when she missed the cut
or withdrew from 13 tournaments, she had eight top-10s
last year. In five tournaments this year, she has had
the win in Singapore, two
11th-place finishes and a tie
for 22nd last week at the Kia
Classic, where she shot 68-69
in the final two rounds.
Brittany Lincicome, who
won the ANA Inspiration in
2009 and ’15, played with Wie
in a tournament a few weeks
ago and was impressed.
“Every shot was down the
middle,” Lincicome said.
“She never hit it off line and
her putting was fantastic.
“I told her I wanted her as
my Solheim Cup partner, because from 20, 15 feet, she was
making every single thing. I
was like, ‘I’ll drive it, you putt
it, and we’ll win.’ ”
Wie is ninth on the tour in
putts per round and has consistently improved in that
department since 2015, when
she was 85th.
She has taken inspiration
from several PGA Tour players — including Tiger Woods,
Rickie Fowler and Camilo
Villegas — and occasionally
plays with the men when
home in Florida.
“Just seeing what he’s
gone through with his injuries, and then … how he’s
hitting the ball and how he
was coming back, it’s truly
inspiring and motivating,”
she said of Woods.
“Every time we see each
other, we list off all the
things: ‘How’s your ankle,
how’s your back, how’s your
everything?’ ”
And from players such as
Fowler and Villegas, she sees
a style of play that might
have resembled the game of
her youth.
“The guys are more aggressive,” she said. “I tried to
adopt the mentality of being
aggressive, smart aggressive.… Just the mentality of it
and trying to just be attacking the golf course and just
play it more like a game.”
The way she might have
done when, as a 14-year-old
wunderkind, she missed the
cut by only a shot in the PGA
Tour’s Sony Open.
“I think when you’re a kid,
you kind of play fearlessly,”
she said. “Then as you get
older … we accumulate fear,
we accumulate overthinking. Sometimes you have to
knock it back down and just
kind of be free and have fun.
Golf is a game, and that’s
kind of how I’m trying to approach it.”
T H U R S DAY , M A R C H 2 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. y-Houston
2. y-Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
6. San Antonio
7. Minnesota
8. Utah
GB L10
61⁄2 4-6
181⁄2 5-5
10. Denver
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. x-Cleveland
4. x-Philadelphia
5. x-Indiana
6. Washington
7. Miami
8. Milwaukee
GB L10
101⁄2 9-1
131⁄2 5-5
151⁄2 5-5
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
x-clinched playoff spot; y-division
at Detroit
at Miami
at San Antonio
at Golden State
Oklahoma City
at Sacramento
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Ingram helps Lakers
top Dallas in return
Ball leaves in fourth
quarter with knee
contusion, but it’s not
considered serious.
By Tania Ganguli
It had been nearly four
full weeks since Brandon Ingram played in a real game,
and he was eager for every
opportunity he had Wednesday night.
That was to his detriment, he felt.
“I’ll try not to have another one like that,” Ingram
The Lakers defeated the
Mavericks 103-93 in their
first game at home since
March 16. The Lakers improved to 33-41 while the
Mavericks, who finished the
game with a lineup that
didn't include a single player
who was drafted, fell to 2352.
The Lakers, who have
been eliminated from playoff
games left this season.
Ingram scored 13 points
with seven rebounds, four
assists and a steal in his first
game since March 1, when he
suffered a groin strain
against the Miami Heat.
Brook Lopez led all scor-
ers with 22 points. Julius
Randle (20) and Kyle Kuzma
(18) also reached double figures for the Lakers.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 13
points in what could be the
39-year-old’s final game at
Staples Center.
For Ingram, the return
was just the next step in a
gradual process. It started
with his playing two-on-two
on Sunday in Detroit. Then
he played three-on-three
Tuesday in Los Angeles.
He was on a minutes restriction Wednesday night
and played 23 minutes.
“I feel good physically,”
Ingram said. “I think I was
throwing temper tantrums
every time I came out of the
game for my minutes restriction.”
Said Walton: “He looked
really good. It was nice having him back out there. I
thought his timing was a little off in the first half, but I
thought the second half was
A brief Lonzo scare
Lonzo Ball left the game
in the fourth quarter with a
left knee contusion. He will
have an MRI on Thursday
just in case, but Walton said
doctors expected Ball’s knee
to be fine.
Ball walked with a pronounced limp both as he left
the game and in the locker
room. The injury happened
when he was kneed in the
back of the leg, but Ball
wasn’t too concerned because it was not in the same
part of his knee as the sprain
that caused him to miss six
weeks starting in January.
“It’s just pretty much a
bruise,” Ball said. “Just gotta
ice it and wait for it to go
Hart close
The Lakers are hopeful
Josh Hart will return Friday
Bucks. Hart broke his left
hand during a practice in Miami on Feb. 28. He wore a
soft cast on it, then a brace in
the early stages of the injury.
On Wednesday, Hart
walked through Staples
Center without anything restricting his hand. He participated in a three-on-three
drill Tuesday and is expected to practice Thursday
if the Lakers practice.
Trainer on mend
As the Lakers have
worked through a spate of
injuries late in the season,
they’ve done it at the direction of assistant trainer Nina
Head trainer Marco
Nunez has been away from
the team after having eye
Nunez became the team’s
head trainer at the start of
the 2016-17 season.
Barnes .......24 7-15 1-1 0-4 0 1 17
Nowitzki......21 4-7 2-2 0-7 1 2 13
Powell ........19 3-5 0-0 2-5 1 2 6
Fnny-Smith..20 2-5 2-2 1-2 2 2 7
Smith Jr. .....22 5-13 0-2 1-1 8 3 14
Kleber ........26 2-5 2-2 1-5 0 0 7
Harrison .....21 0-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 0
Noel ..........20 2-3 1-2 1-6 0 2 5
Ferrell ........20 4-12 3-4 0-2 3 1 12
McDermott..18 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 4
Collinsworth 10 0-3 2-2 0-2 1 1 2
Motley..........7 1-3 1-2 0-4 0 2 3
Jones ...........5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
33-84 14-19 6-40 17 22 93
Shooting: Field goals, 39.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-44 (Smith Jr. 4-7, Nowitzki 3-5, Barnes 2-7, Jones 1-1, Ferrell 1-4, FinneySmith 1-4, Kleber 1-4, Motley 0-1, Collinsworth
0-2, McDermott 0-2, Powell 0-2, Harrison 0-5).
Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 10 (7 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 1 (Nowitzki). Turnovers: 10 (Barnes
2, Finney-Smith 2, McDermott 2, Noel 2, Ferrell,
Smith Jr.). Steals: 10 (Powell 3, Barnes 2, FinneySmith 2, Kleber 2, Noel). Technical Fouls: None.
Harris.........30 10-16 2-2 1-2 3 0 27
Johnson......21 0-1 0-0 0-4 1 2 0
Jordan........27 5-8 3-6 5-15 4 2 13
Rivers.........32 7-12 3-4 0-2 8 1 18
Wallace ......34 5-13 2-2 0-7 1 2 12
L.Williams...26 5-12 2-3 1-2 3 2 13
Thornwell ....22 3-6 1-2 3-5 2 2 7
Harrell........17 4-4 2-4 0-6 3 1 10
C.Williams ..16 3-5 2-2 0-1 0 3 9
Dekker .........7 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 0 2
Marjanovic ....2 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0
43-80 17-25 11-51 26 17 111
Shooting: Field goals, 53.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 8-17 (Harris 5-6, L.Williams
1-2, Rivers 1-3, C.Williams 1-3, Johnson 0-1,
Thornwell 0-1, Wallace 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6.
Team Turnovers: 21 (30 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Dekker, Jordan, Thornwell, Wallace). Turnovers: 21
(L.Williams 6, Rivers 3, Wallace 3, Johnson 2,
C.Williams, Dekker, Harrell, Harris, Jordan, Marjanovic, Thornwell). Steals: 7 (Rivers 3, Wallace 3,
Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Ingram .......23 4-10 4-6 1-6 4 2 13
Randle .......33 7-10 6-9 3-10 2 2 20
Lopez.........38 8-16 4-4 0-7 4 4 22
Ball ...........24 3-7 1-2 3-4 5 1 8
Cldwll-Pope.35 2-8 3-3 0-9 2 0 7
Kuzma........34 7-14 1-4 0-4 3 2 18
Caruso .......15 1-6 3-4 0-1 3 2 5
Wear ..........15 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 5
Ennis .........11 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 5
Zubac ..........8 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 1 0
36-77 22-32 7-49 25 16 103
Shooting: Field goals, 46.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-33 (Kuzma 3-10, Lopez
2-5, Ennis 1-2, Wear 1-2, Ball 1-3, Ingram 1-3,
Caldwell-Pope 0-4, Caruso 0-4). Team Rebounds:
11. Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Zubac 2, Caruso, Kuzma, Lopez). Turnovers: 15
(Caldwell-Pope 4, Ingram 3, Randle 3, Kuzma 2,
Ball, Caruso, Ennis). Steals: 6 (Caldwell-Pope, Ennis, Ingram, Lopez, Randle, Zubac). Technical
Fouls: None.
34 22 25 12— 93
32 23 27 21— 103
A—18,997. T—2:05. O—Jason Phillips, Curtis
Blair, Leon Wood
Karl-Anthony Towns scored a
franchise-record 56 points and had
15 rebounds for his league-leading
63rd double-double, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-114 on Wednesday
night at Minneapolis.
“I just realized the ball kept
coming to me more and more
often,” Towns said. “I guess that
was a sign to shoot the ball. Everyone just kept telling me, ‘You need
six more, you need eight more, for
50.’ I wasn’t really thinking about
that. I was just trying to find a way
to win.”
The Timberwolves avoided a
third consecutive loss by shooting
53.3% from the field, including 13 of
30 on three-point shots.
Mike Muscala had a career-high
24 points for the Hawks, who
stayed within striking distance of
the Timberwolves by making 13 of
27 three-point shots. The Hawks
have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Towns took control in the second quarter as Minnesota used a
19-4 run to take a 12-point lead.
Aminu ........28 2-9 1-2 0-6 0 2 5
Turner.........29 2-9 1-2 1-4 0 4 5
Nurkic ........27 5-6 2-4 4-8 2 2 12
McCollum ...36 16-25 7-9 0-3 5 2 42
Napier........27 2-11 3-4 0-1 2 2 8
Cnnghton....27 1-5 0-0 1-4 2 4 3
Collins........22 4-6 0-0 1-2 1 1 10
Baldwin IV ..20 5-6 4-7 0-4 2 2 15
E.Davis.......19 1-2 1-2 1-6 1 1 3
38-79 19-30 8-38 15 20 103
Shooting: Field goals, 48.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 8-30 (McCollum 3-7, Collins
2-3, Baldwin IV 1-1, Connaughton 1-4, Napier 1-6,
Turner 0-3, Aminu 0-6). Team Rebounds: 10. Team
Turnovers: 12 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Nurkic 3,
Connaughton 2, Collins, E.Davis, Turner). Turnovers: 12 (Aminu 3, Collins 2, McCollum 2, Connaughton, E.Davis, Napier, Nurkic, Turner). Steals:
7 (Nurkic 3, Aminu, Connaughton, McCollum, Napier). Technical Fouls: None.
Green.........31 6-15 5-5 1-1 1 1 18
James ........36 14-26 9-11 2-10 8 1 41
Thompson...15 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 4 2
Hill ............34 4-13 0-0 1-2 4 3 9
Hood .........26 5-12 1-2 1-5 1 1 13
Smith.........30 8-9 2-2 1-5 3 1 19
Nance Jr. ....19 2-5 0-0 3-9 0 3 4
Clarkson .....18 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 4 5
Calderon.....14 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 4
Osman .........6 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
Zizic.............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Perrantes......1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Holland ........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
45-93 17-20 11-38 22 19 118
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-28 (James 4-8, Hood 2-4,
Osman 1-2, Smith 1-2, Clarkson 1-3, Green 1-4,
Hill 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 6 (6
PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Nance Jr.). Turnovers: 6
(James 4, Clarkson, Smith). Steals: 9 (Nance Jr. 4,
Smith 3, Green, James). Technical Fouls: None.
A—19,474. T—2:06. O—Smith, Mott, Scott
Carroll........29 6-10 0-0 0-12 2 5 14
Hollis-Jffrsn .33 4-15 6-7 4-9 4 2 14
Allen..........27 6-9 3-5 4-8 1 1 15
Crabbe.......30 5-14 0-0 0-2 0 1 13
Russell .......29 5-9 4-4 1-5 12 0 16
Harris.........26 4-4 4-4 0-3 3 2 14
LeVert ........24 6-14 2-2 1-3 6 3 16
Dinwiddie ...19 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 3
Cunngham ..18 3-8 0-0 1-5 0 2 6
40-87 19-22 11-48 28 17 111
Shooting: Field goals, 46.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 12-34 (Crabbe 3-8, Harris
2-2, Carroll 2-5, Russell 2-5, LeVert 2-6, Dinwiddie
1-4, Allen 0-1, Cunningham 0-3). Team Rebounds:
5. Team Turnovers: 8 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Allen, Carroll, Cunningham, Harris, Russell). Turnovers: 8 (Hollis-Jefferson 2, Russell 2, Allen, Carroll, Cunningham, LeVert). Steals: 6 (Hollis-Jefferson 2, Allen, Carroll, LeVert, Russell).
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
Cleveland 118, at Charlotte 105: LeBron James matched Michael Jordan’s streak of 866 consecutive
double-digit scoring games with 41
points to lead the Cavaliers past
the team Jordan owns. James began the streak Jan. 6, 2007.
basket against Dallas forward Maxi Kleber during the first quarter.
Boston 97, at Utah 94: Jaylen
Brown made a three-point basket
with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Celtics to their fifth victory in a row.
Brown had 21 points and helped
Boston finish a trip to the West
with a 4-0 record. Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points for the Jazz.
[Thomas, from D1]
asked him how he was doing,
he said, ‘I feel great, Coach.’
Told him if you ever need
practices off, whatever it is,
take them. He was in here every day doing his thing. Obviously he was in some pain,
had some discomfort, but I
didn’t know about it because
he was always saying how
good he felt.”
Thomas initially tore the
labrum in his right hip on
March 15, 2017 against the
Minnesota Timberwolves,
when he played for the Boston Celtics.
He missed two games
and then played the rest of
the regular season. In the
playoffs, he led the Celtics to
the Eastern Conference finals.
Thomas played two
games in the conference finals before the Celtics said
in a release that he re-aggravated a “right femoral-acetabular impingement with
labral tear.” That occurs
when the bone and socket in
the hip joint don’t fit properly together, hampering
range of motion.
With Thomas out, the
Cleveland Cavalier beat the
Celtics in the conference finals, before losing to the
Warriors in the Finals. Two
months later, Cleveland sent
Brooklyn 111, at Orlando 104: D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert each
scored 16 points for the Nets, who
outscored the Magic 17-2 to start
the fourth quarter and ended a losing streak at three games. Nikola
Vucevic had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, and Mario
Hezonja scored 23 points.
at Memphis 108, Portland 103:
MarShon Brooks scored 21 points,
including 14 in the fourth quarter.
It was his first NBA appearance
since April 16, 2014, with the Lakers.
He signed a 10-day contract with
the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Clippers 111, at Phoenix 99
at Lakers 103, Dallas 93
— associated press
Green.........29 2-8 2-4 2-8 2 4 6
Martin ........29 3-6 1-2 3-14 2 2 7
Gasol.........21 3-8 1-2 0-3 6 2 8
D.Brooks.....29 6-12 5-8 2-6 2 3 18
Chalmers ....19 3-5 0-0 1-4 2 3 8
Simmons ....28 4-7 0-0 0-0 3 1 8
Selden .......23 4-8 1-3 1-1 2 1 10
M.Brooks ....21 7-12 2-2 1-1 2 1 21
Parsons ......18 6-12 0-0 1-3 2 2 15
D.Davis.......18 3-6 1-2 0-6 0 5 7
41-84 13-23 11-46 23 24 108
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-25 (M.Brooks 5-5, Parsons 3-7, Chalmers 2-2, Selden 1-1, D.Brooks 1-3,
Gasol 1-3, Simmons 0-1, Green 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 15 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Green, M.Brooks). Turnovers: 15 (Simmons 4, Chalmers 3, D.Brooks 2, Gasol 2, Selden
2, Green, M.Brooks). Steals: 7 (D.Brooks 2, Gasol
2, M.Brooks, Parsons, Selden). Technical Fouls:
28 30 23 22— 103
20 33 23 32— 108
A—16,050. T—2:12. O—Brett Nansel, James Capers, Mark Ayotte
Timberwolves 126, Hawks 114
Nets 111, Magic 104
BRANDON INGRAM, playing for the first time since March 1, drives to the
at Philadelphia 118, New York 101:
Dario Saric had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the 76ers won their
eighth consecutive game despite
losing All-Star Joel Embiid to a facial injury early in the second quarter. The team said Embiid went
through concussion protocol but
did not have a concussion.
A—17,005. T—2:02. O—Bennie Adams, Lauren
Holtkamp, Ed Malloy
Grizzlies 108, Trail Blazers 103
Bender .......18 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 2
Jackson......35 8-17 1-2 0-3 5 4 18
Chriss ........30 4-11 4-4 4-13 1 4 12
Daniels.......32 5-11 1-2 0-4 0 2 15
Ulis............37 9-16 2-2 1-3 2 1 23
Harrison .....30 6-12 5-6 0-4 2 1 17
A.Williams ..19 1-5 0-0 2-5 2 3 2
Reed..........13 2-4 0-2 0-3 1 0 5
Peters ........13 2-5 0-0 1-1 1 2 5
Dudley .........5 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 0
House ..........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Payton..........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
38-88 13-18 9-39 17 20 99
Shooting: Field goals, 43.2%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-34 (Daniels 4-8, Ulis 3-7,
Reed 1-1, Jackson 1-4, Peters 1-4, Dudley 0-1, Harrison 0-2, Bender 0-3, Chriss 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 14 (22 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Jackson 2, Chriss, Reed). Turnovers: 14
(Jackson 4, Chriss 3, A.Williams 2, Bender 2, Ulis
2, Daniels). Steals: 13 (Chriss 4, Harrison 4, Jackson 2, A.Williams, Daniels, Reed).
27 31 27 26— 111
32 24 26 17— 99
Cavaliers 118, Hornets 105
Kidd-Glchrst 21 5-7 1-2 0-2 1 4 11
Williams .....38 0-4 6-6 0-5 3 1 6
Howard ......28 7-12 5-5 3-10 1 3 19
Batum........25 2-5 2-2 0-2 5 0 6
Walker........32 7-18 5-5 0-2 4 0 21
Lamb .........24 4-6 2-2 0-3 2 0 11
Bacon ........23 3-7 0-0 0-7 2 2 6
Kaminsky....17 7-9 1-2 1-5 0 1 16
Monk .........15 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 7
Graham........9 1-2 0-0 2-2 2 2 2
Hernangomez 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
39-76 22-24 6-40 20 16 105
Shooting: Field goals, 51.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 5-21 (Walker 2-8, Kaminsky
1-1, Lamb 1-3, Monk 1-3, Bacon 0-2, Batum 0-2,
Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers:
13 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Howard, Williams).
Turnovers: 13 (Bacon 2, Monk 2, Walker 2,
Williams 2, Batum, Hernangomez, Kaminsky, KiddGilchrist, Lamb). Steals: 2 (Lamb, Williams). Technical Fouls: coach Hornets (Defensive three second), 7:01 first.
22 42 31 23— 118
26 28 24 27— 105
Towns sets ’Wolves
mark with 56 points
Thomas might not be back
disgruntled point guard
Kyrie Irving to the Celtics as
part of the trade that moved
Thomas to the Cavaliers.
Thomas didn’t play for
Cleveland until January.
When he did, hampered by
the injury, he struggled to return to the way he played the
previous season, when he
was an MVP candidate. His
shooting numbers were the
lowest of his career and his
quickness diminished.
Off the court, Cleveland’s
players and coaches sometimes chafed at Thomas’
criticisms. Though he didn’t
ask to be traded and wasn’t
keen on a backup role, the
move to the Lakers offered a
fresh start. Over dinner with
Walton when the team went
to Dallas, Thomas and his
new coach shared their expectations.
Where some of the veteran Cavaliers didn’t like his
style, with the Lakers he was
one of few veteran voices —
something the team needed.
Lonzo Ball reached out almost immediately to seek
Thomas’ advice.
“He has been a really
good leader for us,” Lakers
forward Brandon Ingram
said. “He has kind of been
our vocal guy going into every single game, every single
day, giving us pieces of ad-
vice how to be better every
single day and our mind-set
going into every single day.”
Last week, he told The
Times that he would consider returning to the Lakers, given the opportunity,
even in a backup role.
“I like it here,” Thomas
added. “I like the situation
I’m in, the system, coaching
staff. Organization’s been
great to me.”
Though never fully healthy with the Lakers, Thomas
played in 17 games, starting
in one, averaging 15.6 points.
His willingness to play
through the injury in Boston
and when he became a Laker
impressed Walton, but it
also was a cautionary tale to
other players.
“You have to ask him
about his story, but you always have to be cautious, especially for me, it is my second year,” Ingram said. “You
always try to live in the moment, but you always think
long term. You want to have
a long career in this league.
You got to be cautious at
times and see where you are
at in the season and try to
make the best decision for
yourself, sometimes be selfish for yourself.”
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Collins........24 4-6 1-2 0-5 0 1 10
Prince ........34 7-14 3-4 0-4 7 1 21
Dedmon .....29 6-11 0-0 0-12 0 5 13
Lee............30 3-6 2-2 0-4 5 2 8
Taylor .........28 6-11 8-9 2-2 8 3 20
Magette......26 1-4 0-0 0-1 5 3 3
Muscala .....25 8-10 4-4 1-2 0 4 24
Dorsey .......17 2-5 1-2 0-1 1 2 5
Cavanaugh..16 4-7 0-0 1-6 0 1 10
White III .......6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
41-77 19-23 4-37 26 22 114
Shooting: Field goals, 53.2%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-27 (Prince 4-5, Muscala
4-6, Cavanaugh 2-4, Collins 1-2, Dedmon 1-2,
Magette 1-2, Taylor 0-1, White III 0-1, Dorsey 0-2,
Lee 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 20
(20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Collins, Lee). Turnovers: 20 (Prince 7, Taylor 5, Cavanaugh 2, Dorsey
2, Muscala 2, Dedmon, Magette). Steals: 10 (Lee
3, Magette 2, Taylor 2, Collins, Muscala, Prince).
Technical Fouls: coach Hawks (Defensive three
second), 10:29 fourth.
Gordon.......31 6-13 0-0 1-3 3 3 15
Hezonja......35 8-17 5-5 0-7 3 2 23
Vucevic.......31 11-21 1-1 4-15 5 2 24
Augustin .....31 4-10 3-4 1-1 3 3 14
Purvis ........23 0-6 2-2 0-3 1 3 2
Mack .........29 5-12 1-2 0-4 6 1 13
Artis...........25 1-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 2
Biyombo .....12 2-3 1-2 0-4 0 0 5
Afflalo ........10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Birch............9 3-6 0-0 5-7 1 1 6
Iwundu.........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
40-92 13-16 11-44 25 18 104
Shooting: Field goals, 43.5%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-31 (Augustin 3-5, Gordon
3-6, Mack 2-5, Hezonja 2-6, Vucevic 1-3, Afflalo
0-1, Artis 0-1, Purvis 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 9 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Biyombo 2, Afflalo, Artis). Turnovers: 9 (Vucevic 3, Augustin, Birch, Biyombo, Gordon, Hezonja, Mack).
Steals: 4 (Augustin, Hezonja, Mack, Purvis).
36 22 27 26— 111
33 18 30 23— 104
Bjelica........37 6-8 0-0 0-6 3 2 14
Gibson .......30 3-4 1-1 0-7 2 2 7
Towns.........41 19-32 12-15 4-15 4 4 56
Teague .......30 4-12 1-1 0-0 8 5 11
Wiggins ......36 7-13 1-2 0-2 3 3 17
Crawford.....25 4-9 1-1 1-1 4 0 10
Jones .........21 1-6 0-0 0-0 9 2 2
Dieng.........17 4-6 1-1 2-6 0 2 9
48-90 17-21 7-37 33 20 126
Shooting: Field goals, 53.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Towns 6-8, Bjelica
2-4, Wiggins 2-5, Teague 2-6, Crawford 1-4, Dieng
0-1, Jones 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Towns). Turnovers: 13 (Jones 3, Crawford 2, Teague 2, Towns 2,
Wiggins 2, Bjelica, Dieng). Steals: 9 (Dieng 2,
Jones 2, Teague 2, Wiggins 2, Bjelica). Technical
Fouls: None.
32 25 31 26— 114
34 31 33 28— 126
A—16,517. T—2:04. O—Jason Goldenberg, Derrick Stafford, Gediminas Petraitis
Celtics 97, Jazz 94
Tatum.........32 6-15 2-2 0-2 3 1 16
Yabusele.....14 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 3
Baynes .......27 6-8 1-1 2-6 1 4 13
Brown ........30 6-10 6-8 3-5 3 3 21
Rozier ........30 4-15 2-2 1-7 3 2 13
Larkin.........33 4-11 0-0 2-9 4 2 10
Ojeleye .......32 3-3 0-1 0-4 1 1 7
Monroe ......23 2-10 4-6 3-8 4 2 8
Nader ........15 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6
35-79 15-20 11-42 20 18 97
Shooting: Field goals, 44.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 12-21 (Brown 3-3, Rozier
3-8, Tatum 2-3, Larkin 2-4, Ojeleye 1-1, Yabusele
1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 16 (24
PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Tatum 2). Turnovers: 16
(Brown 4, Tatum 3, Baynes 2, Nader 2, Yabusele 2,
Larkin, Monroe, Ojeleye). Steals: 11 (Monroe 4,
Brown 2, Ojeleye 2, Tatum 2, Nader). Technical
Fouls: None.
Favors ........23 4-6 0-0 2-5 0 1 8
Ingles.........33 4-12 1-1 1-6 5 3 11
Gobert .......39 3-5 4-6 3-11 2 1 10
Mitchell ......39 7-20 5-6 0-0 6 3 22
Rubio.........36 4-14 5-6 2-8 10 2 14
Crowder......29 7-14 0-0 1-4 0 4 16
O’Neale ......17 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2
Jerebko ......11 1-5 0-0 2-7 0 1 3
Exum ...........8 3-4 2-2 1-1 1 1 8
34-82 17-21 12-45 25 18 94
Shooting: Field goals, 41.5%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-33 (Mitchell 3-8, Ingles
2-7, Crowder 2-8, Jerebko 1-2, Rubio 1-6, Favors
0-1, O’Neale 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 16 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Gobert 2,
O’Neale 2, Crowder, Exum). Turnovers: 16 (Gobert
4, Mitchell 4, Crowder 3, Rubio 2, Exum, Favors,
Ingles). Steals: 7 (Rubio 3, Crowder 2, Gobert,
Mitchell). Technical Fouls: None.
18 30 19 30— 97
24 15 32 23— 94
A—18,306. T—2:15. O—Leroy Richardson,
Courtney Kirkland, Zach Zarba
A—16,183. T—2:07. O—J.T. Orr, Michael Smith,
Eric Lewis
76ers 118, Knicks 101
Beasley ......34 9-20 3-5 0-8 3 0 22
Thomas ......18 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 3 3
Kanter........30 5-11 7-9 3-14 1 5 17
Burke.........27 7-15 2-2 1-2 6 0 18
Hardaway Jr.33 3-13 1-2 2-3 2 3 9
Mudiay .......24 8-15 5-6 1-4 2 3 22
Ntilikina......24 1-6 0-0 0-6 1 3 3
Williams .....22 1-4 2-2 2-4 2 4 5
Kornet........17 1-7 0-0 0-3 1 1 2
Hicks ...........4 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0
36-94 20-26 10-46 20 22 101
Shooting: Field goals, 38.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-31 (Burke 2-5, Hardaway
Jr. 2-8, Mudiay 1-2, Thomas 1-2, Williams 1-2,
Beasley 1-3, Ntilikina 1-3, Kornet 0-6). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 16 (25 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Beasley 2, Mudiay 2, Kanter). Turnovers:
16 (Burke 3, Kanter 3, Mudiay 3, Ntilikina 3,
Beasley, Hardaway Jr., Thomas, Williams). Steals:
4 (Williams 2, Burke, Mudiay).
Covington ...33 7-16 1-1 1-4 1 4 17
Saric..........36 9-19 6-6 4-14 5 1 26
Embiid .........8 2-6 1-2 2-3 0 1 5
Redick........31 8-17 2-2 0-6 5 1 21
Simmons ....34 6-7 1-4 2-8 10 1 13
Ilyasova ......25 2-10 0-0 2-8 2 2 4
Belinelli......24 4-7 4-4 0-2 2 4 14
Holmes ......21 6-11 3-6 3-7 1 3 15
Fultz ..........13 1-5 1-2 0-5 7 2 3
McConnell ..10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
45-98 19-27 14-58 34 19 118
Shooting: Field goals, 45.9%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-31 (Redick 3-10, Belinelli
2-3, Saric 2-5, Covington 2-8, Embiid 0-1, Ilyasova
0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 12 (13
PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Covington, Fultz, Simmons). Turnovers: 12 (Simmons 4, Ilyasova 2, Saric
2, Belinelli, Covington, Embiid, Redick). Steals: 9
(Covington 3, Saric 2, Belinelli, Fultz, Ilyasova,
Redick). Technical Fouls: coach 76ers (Defensive
three second), 6:27 second
New York
28 35 17 21— 101
37 30 26 25— 118
A—20,655. T—2:18. O—Brown, Davis, DeRosa
T H U R S DAY , M A R C H 2 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Teodosic is
troubled again
by foot injury
By Broderick Turner
Matt York Associated Press
MONTREZL HARRELL of the Clippers looks to pass as teammate Austin Rivers swings around.
Stingy defense helps Clippers prevail
[Clippers, from D1]
that we are a lot better.”
Tobias Harris helped the
Clippers’ cause with a gamehigh 27 points.
By playing the kind of
defense that held the Suns to
23.5% shooting in the fourth
quarter, the Clippers won
their third consecutive game
and kept themselves in
position to for a playoff
The Clippers are still in
ninth place in the Western
Conference, but they are only
one game behind the eighthplace Utah Jazz for the last
postseason berth.
“Of course everybody is
caught into that right now,”
Austin Rivers, who had 18
points and eight assists, said
about scoreboard watching. “I
think teams that aren’t even
in the race are caught up in it
right now because they just
want to see. So we’re watching. We know who lost tonight.
We know who won tonight.
We’re not caught up in it, but
we’re definitely keeping an eye
on it.”
With a basket in the first
quarter, Jordan scored his
7,000th point in his 10-year career with the Clippers, making
him the eighth player in franchise history to accomplish
that feat. Jordan joined
Randy Smith, Bob McAdoo,
x-clinched playoff spot
New Jersey
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
x-Tampa Bay
Kevin Connauton scored an unassisted goal as the lowly
Coyotes stunned the Golden Knights.
Ivan Provorov had a goal and an assist, and backup
goalie Petr Mrazek stopped all 17 shots he faced.
Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist to help the Maple
Leafs get a franchise-record 46th win.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime to help the Capitals
move closer to their fourth playoff appearance in a row.
For complete NHL summaries, go to
Arizona at KINGS, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 4 p.m.
Florida at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Columbus at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Winnipeg at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
KINGS at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
Toronto at NY Islanders, 4 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Boston, 10 a.m.
Columbus at Vancouver, 1 p.m.
NY Rangers at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Buffalo at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Detroit, 11 a.m.
NY Islanders at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Montreal at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 5 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 6 p.m.
San Jose at Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with
the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card team. The races:
WEST (Division)
EAST (Division)
toward a top pick when Devin
Booker (right hand), Elfrid
Payton (left knee), Alex Len
(left ankle), T.J. Warren (left
knee) and Brandon Knight
(left knee) didn’t play because
of injuries.
“They’re sitting out so
many guys and obviously we
don’t even sit ours out because they’re just hurt,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
“But at the end of the day,
that’s just on us to win and we
have to figure it out and have
to do it with your defense, and
I thought we finally did it in
the fourth quarter.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Gallinari is close
to returning
Danilo Gallinari, who
missed his 18th consecutive
game with a nondisplaced
fracture of his right hand, is
on the two-game trip with
the Clippers.
Though he didn’t play
against the Suns, Rivers
said there was a “chance”
that Gallinari could play Friday night at Portland.
“Yeah, Gallo, he’s on the
road trip. I don’t know what
that means,” Rivers said.
“That either means we’re going to see him in a nice suit
and tie or eventually we’ll see
him in a uniform. He’s not
going to play tonight, but it
does say he’s getting closer.
Friday, I don’t know if it’s a
good chance, but it’s a
Twitter: @BA_Turner
San Jose
St. Louis
Brand, Corey Maggette, Blake
Griffin and Chris Paul as the
other Clippers to reach that
Jordan, who had 13 points,
15 rebounds and four assists,
has 7,011 points.
“I had no idea about the
points and all,” Jordan said.
“It’s cool. That’s not why I’m
out there, like, ‘Oh, I got to
score every night to be effective.’ But it’s good. Obviously
this year I’ve done a lot more
scoring than in the past
The Suns long ago began
to look toward the future, losing games so they get a better
draft pick in June.
They took another step
PHOENIX — Just when
Clippers guard Milos Teodosic was starting to show
his full potential, he got injured again and will be out
for an undetermined period
of time.
Teodosic didn’t play
Wednesday night against
the Phoenix Suns after he
aggravated his left foot injury Tuesday night against
the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
The Clippers said Teodosic will be reevaluated
Thursday and his playing
status possibly will be determined then.
He was injured in the second quarter against the
Bucks, having contributed
13 points and four assists before he departed. He made
four of five shots from threepoint range.
Teodosic averaged 12.6
points and 2.8 assists in his
last five games. He made
48.8% of his shots, 48.1% of
his three-pointers and 80%
of his free throws.
great,” Clippers coach Doc
Rivers said. “He’s not going
to be playing for a while. But
I thought he really started to
play really well. His shot was
falling, which I thought sets
all the other stuff up. But
he’s out now.”
The Clippers play the
Trail Blazers at Portland on
Friday night and then host
the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
games at the start of the season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot and then
missed three more games
later in the season with the
same injury.
Tyrone Wallace, who got
called up from the Clippers’
NBA development league
team Tuesday, started in
place of Teodosic.
Wallace, who played for
the Agua Caliente Clippers
of Ontario, started his 13th
game for the Clippers and
played in his 23rd.
“We’d just would rather
keep Lou [Williams] coming
off the bench as much as we
could,” Rivers said.
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They’ll likely face an old friend in goal
By Curtis Zupke
Darcy Kuemper remembers the beautiful postcard
days during his run with the
He lived with teammate
Christian Folin, and they
would sometimes step outside their Hermosa Beach
residence during downtime
just to feel the sunshine on
their faces.
“We really enjoyed walking around to grab a coffee,
[or] just walking around the
Strand,” Kuemper said.
It was a warmer contrast
to Kuemper and Folin’s upbringings in Saskatoon,
Canada, and Gothenburg,
Sweden, respectively, and
was a perk to their transition
to the Kings from the Minnesota Wild last summer.
Kuemper could not have fit
in more smoothly, having
gone 10-1-3 with a 2.10 goalsagainst average as backup
goalie, and he was well received in the Kings’ dressing
But it ended Feb. 21 when
Kuemper was traded to the
Arizona Coyotes, who play
the Kings on Thursday with
Kuemper likely to face his
former team.
“I think it’s always tough
getting traded,” Kuemper
said Wednesday in a phone
interview. “That was my first
time going through that. It’s
tough to leave the group in
the middle of the season like
that, but I’m really thankful
for my time there and I made
a lot of friends. With that being said, it’s exciting for a
new start.”
was inevitable after he built
a case for a No. 1 opportunity
elsewhere. He teamed with
Jonathan Quick to make the
Kings one of the NHL’s
goals-against leaders, and
there were nights when
Kuemper got them a win
when they weren’t at their
Jason Franson Associated Press
DARCY KUEMPER, who was traded from the Kings to Arizona in February,
makes a save against Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The trade took some of
the Kings aback because
they liked the affable Kuemper. Folin understood and
looked forward to seeing his
friend in the other net.
“It will be fun,” Folin said.
“I might have to shoot everything just to try and get a
goal. It will be fun for the
guys too because we faced
him in practice a lot. We
know he works really hard
and he’s a good goalie. Me,
personally, I was pretty excited for him to get that opportunity because he was
doing such an amazing job
for us. He kind of deserved
Arizona reportedly gave
Kuemper a two-year contract extension, and he has
helped stabilize its goaltending with Antti Raanta.
Kuemper’s move to Arizona
was eased some because he
grew up with Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn.
Kuemper said he’ll treat
Thursday as another game
although his track record at
Staples Center is difficult to
ignore: He’s 7-1-3 with a .939
save percentage in the venue.
“It’s a building that I kind
of had success in my first
year in the league I had a
couple of good games,”
Kuemper said. “Nostalgia
gives you a comfort level.
You feel pretty good when
you’ve had good games there
in the past.”
stay sharp, both physically
and mentally, because you
never know what’s going to
Stevens ruled Muzzin out
for Arizona and the Ducks
on Friday. “We’ll see how he
responds,” Stevens said.
“Sometimes those things
can turn in a hurry, but he’s
not going to be available for
the next couple of games
coming up.”
Gravel likely in
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The Coyotes were 8-5-1 in
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... The Kings’ No. 1-ranked
penalty-killing unit has given up one goal in the last 11
Kevin Gravel was partnered with Folin in drills and
he could return to the lineup
with Jake Muzzin injured.
Gravel last played Feb. 7,
but, like fellow defenseman
Paul LaDue, he has been diligent in staying ready.
“It’s not easy being out of
the lineup for that long,”
Gravel said. “It’s hard to
simulate a game. You can’t
really replace a game.
Things happen out there
that you can’t practice. But
you try your best to kind of
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Toles is optioned to the minors
By Andy McCullough
In one of the final moves in constructing their opening-day roster,
the Dodgers optioned outfielder
Andrew Toles to triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, clearing
a path for outfielder Joc Pederson
and utility man Kyle Farmer to occupy the last two spots on the
Toles outperformed Pederson
during spring training but will still
open the season in the minors.
Toles sat out the majority of the
2017 season after tearing a knee ligament and some team officials believed he could benefit from
playing every day in the minors.
There was also little concern about
his ability to handle the demotion.
“It’s cool,” Toles said Tuesday
night after a burst water pipe at
Dodger Stadium ruined the final
game of the Freeway Series closing
the preseason. “Whatever they
want me to do, I’m with it.”
He added: “If I go down, it
wouldn’t be nothing to come back
in a week or two, maybe three,
whatever. I’m just going to be ready
whenever my name’s called.”
A similar situation unfolded
last spring, when Chris Taylor
opened the season in Oklahoma
City before an injury created an
opening on the big league roster.
The Dodgers make liberal use of
the 10-day disabled list, so Toles is
unlikely to be away from the team
for long.
The Dodgers are likely to split
time between Pederson and Matt
Kemp in left field, with Kemp looking like the favorite to play more
often. Pederson did little this
spring to build on his performance
in the World Series, when he hit
three home runs to end a disappointing season on an optimistic
Pederson batted .148 in 21 games
this spring, with a .505 on-baseplus-slugging percentage. Kemp
started hot but cooled off as camp
came to a close, finishing with an
.879 OPS. Kemp homered against
the Angels on Tuesday night in his
final at-bat of the spring.
Farmer secured his spot Tuesday when the Dodgers designated
outfielder Trayce Thompson for
assignment. Farmer can play third
base and catcher, and can back up
Logan Forsythe at third while
Justin Turner’s fractured wrist
mends. His presence also permits
manager Dave Roberts to use Yasmani Grandal or Austin Barnes as
a late-game pinch-hitter.
After the flood
Unable to stop flooding from
the burst water pipe Tuesday
night, the Dodgers were forced to
call off a game in the fifth inning
against the Angels as a pool of liquid seeped along the left-field line
near the Dodgers dugout.
Team officials were hesitant to
describe the nature of the liquid,
but several players believed it was
The team spent Wednesday trying to solve the problem before
Thursday’s season opener. The organization released a statement
late in the afternoon indicating
they were “confident” it would not
happen again.
“There were issues with the
drainage system at Dodger Sta-
dium,” the statement read. “The
club has made repairs and has
thoroughly examined the entire
system. The team is confident that
there will be no further issues.”
In a message sent to ticketed
fans Wednesday, the Dodgers
apologized and “in acknowledgment of the inconvenience” offered
discounts for tickets to the April
23-25 series against the Miami
The level of damage beyond the
diamond was unclear. The flooding
reached the coaches’ room and
may have compromised Roberts’
office, players said. Roberts declined to comment when asked
about the state of his office.
Dodger Stadium opened in
1962. The stadium has a better
track recording with its plumbing
than Oakland Coliseum, which
opened in 1966 and has been
plagued by sewage leaks in recent
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Dodgers’ legendary former
broadcaster appears in a
60-second commercial
about opening day.
By Bill Shaikin
Michael Owen Baker Associated Press
JULIO URIAS had surgery in June to repair the anterior capsule in his left shoulder but the Dod-
gers are not saying when the pitcher will return, although they are hoping it will be this season.
“It hasn’t been a coordinated
plan of withholding that information,” Friedman said. “It’s much
more that over time we’ve experienced that we don’t really know at
the time an injury occurs, and we
don’t really want to put unrealistic
expectations on when the player
will return.”
So the phrase “no timetable”
has become a common one for
Roberts. The first notable appearance occurred in 2016, when Kershaw had a herniated disk in his
lower back. A year later, when Kershaw dealt with a back strain, the
team formalized an initial timetable of four to six weeks. Kershaw
was not pleased when this detail
was made public.
“There’s no timetable,” Kershaw said a few days after landing
on the disabled list. “Whoever said
that is very much mistaken.”
Kershaw returned after five
weeks. His frustration related less
with the accuracy of the team’s projections and more with the perception that might accompany his return. Say, he explained, he was expected to pitch after four to six
weeks. If he returned after seven
weeks, he would be asked about
setbacks. If he returned after three
weeks, he would be asked why he
rushed back. He did not desire the
Under Friedman’s leadership,
the Dodgers strive for an individualistic approach with players. That
philosophy applies to injuries.
“Obviously, whenever a player
gets hurt, their goal is to get back
as quickly as possible, as is ours,”
Friedman said. “And that’s what
we work towards. It’s just way more
often than not, you don’t have
much clarity on the front end.”
Added Roberts: “We are more
vague. Honestly, everyone heals
Koehler provides an instructive
case. He spent a few weeks in a
sling as he recovered. By the time
the team left Arizona, he had graduated to activities designed to improve his mobility and retain
strength in his arm.
“I can do everything but throw a
baseball,” he said.
So Koehler knows when he’d
like to return. But he acknowledged the uncertainty of any rehabilitation, which can be especially
tricky with shoulders.
“If it was up to me, I’d throw today,” Koehler said. “Physically, I
feel great, so I would love to throw
now. But I understand that they
are better at making the decisions
than I am. So we’re on the same
page with it.”
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that they’ll eat the same lunch every day.
And this is happening in an era
when finding five capable starters
can be a challenge for teams.
No, the Angels aren’t playing
this aspect of their promising season by the book. They’re instead
trying to write a new-age story
about an age-old game.
“I guess we’re going to find out
together what it’s all about,” Richards said. “But it’s not something
that’s going to be a negative. An extra day of rest … it can’t be bad.”
And it should be healthier.
That’s another thing those Angels
officials believe, theirs being a rotation that has been tattered by injuries the last few seasons.
Richards started only six games
in 2016 and six more in 2017, his issues involving his knee, elbow and
Because of his body parts, Richards will be making just his second
opening day start Thursday. This
for a pitcher manager Mike Scioscia first labeled the “lead dog”
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the word
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Matt Kemp as he suits up in Dodgers blue for the first time since
2014. The number of scatalogical
jokes about the ballpark’s burst
pipe Tuesday will overflow.
And over the course of the 162game season, the Dodgers will
sound quite vague about injuries.
During spring training, the
Dodgers experienced only two major calamities. Koehler injured his
shoulder. Justin Turner suffered a
fractured wrist after getting drilled
by a fastball from Oakland Athletics starter Kendall Graveman on
March 19.
On both occasions, team officials declined to reveal a timetable
for either player’s return. Turner
will likely be out until at least May.
But that projection was based on
the history of other players who
suffered similar injuries and not
from information provided by the
“If I had a precise time, I would
give it to you,” Roberts said nearly
a week after Turner was injured. “I
really would.”
Around the sport, other teams
appear more comfortable projecting when their players will heal. After San Francisco ace Madison
Bumgarner suffered a broken finger last week, the Giants indicated
he could start a throwing program
within six weeks and return in two
to three months. After New York
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird
underwent ankle surgery this
week, the team announced he
could come back in six to eight
Contrast this with the rehabilitation of Dodgers pitcher Julio
Urias, who required a procedure in
June to repair the anterior capsule
in his left shoulder. The Dodgers
have expressed their hope he can
pitch in 2018. But team officials will
not offer a window in which to expect him.
The Dodgers do not view the
ambiguity as a strategic advantage, insisted Andrew Friedman,
president of baseball operations.
The lack of transparency stems
from genuine uncertainty and disinterest in placing artificial expectations, or limitations, on players.
quite some time ago.
Richards became a full-time
starter in July 2013 and, since then
when healthy, rarely has disappointed. In 99 career starts, he has
a 3.46 ERA and nearly 21⁄2 strikeouts for every walk. The opposition
has hit .233 against him.
“I’m sure at times he’s looked
like a legitimate ace,” new teammate Ian Kinsler said. “I don’t see
why he can’t be an ace. He’s always
been a tough pitcher to feel comfortable against.”
Still, Richards will be pitching
Thursday on the same mound
where his most recent injury happened. He departed his first start
last season in the fifth inning because of cramping in his arm.
He didn’t return until September, until the Angels basically were
done being surprise playoff contenders and players like Richards
were left to salvage what remained.
“It’s just a coincidence, I guess,”
he said of facing the A’s on the road
again 51 weeks later. “I don’t really
think about that too much. I’m just
really excited to be back playing
baseball again.”
Pitching coach Charles Nagy
said Richards this spring displayed “dominant stuff.” General
manager Billy Eppler called his
performance in Arizona “remarkable.”
He had to be the final, the most
obvious opening day starter to be
so deemed by his manager, Scioscia, as has become his custom,
waiting until this week to make
Richards’ appointment official.
Even so, this start brings with it
a profound amount of uncertainty,
uncertainty that has nothing to do
with Richards’ health.
He is about to begin what could
be his final season with the Angels.
Richards, 29, a first-round pick by
the organization in 2009, is eligible
for free agency in the winter.
The two sides have not discussed an extension and aren’t
likely to any time soon.
To appreciate how dramatically
circumstances can change, consider that the Angels’ opening day
starter last season, Ricky Nolasco,
was just released by Kansas City
and, for now, is out of baseball.
Though their situations are
vastly different — Nolasco, for one
thing, is six years older than Richards — the point is that being the
“lead dog” today doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot when tomorrow
“I’d like to stay here,” Richards
said. “I like what we’ve built. I’ve
played with a lot of these guys for a
while now. But, obviously, it’s a
business. If I can stay healthy, I
know everything will be fine.”
Kinsler improves
Kinsler, who missed the final
two games of the Freeway Series
because of a groin problem, was
evaluated Wednesday before the
Angels traveled to Oakland and
continues to improve.
He is considered day-to-day,
the team hoping a move to the disabled list will be unnecessary. Rosters aren’t required to be set until
Thursday, giving the Angels more
time to monitor Kinsler’s progress.
The commercial opens with an
old man talking on a landline, the
cord extending from the telephone
on the desk to the man in the chair.
The desk and chair are ordinary,
but the voice is extraordinary.
“I think it’s a great idea, commissioner,” Vin Scully says to start
the commercial. “I mean, it used to
be opening day, not opening days.”
For one minute — technically,
one 60-second ad — the best baseball broadcaster in history came
out of retirement.
Scully, Johnny Bench, David
Ortiz and Noah Syndergaard
starred in an advertisement celebrating the first time in 50 years
that every major league team is
opening the season on the same
day. That day is Thursday, and the
Kingsford Charcoal ad pitches fans
on taking the day off to celebrate
and barbecue.
“It’s like an overture to a great
symphony,” Scully said. “You’re going to have 30 teams, 15 games, and
what a kickoff that is for the rest of
the season. So I thought it was a
great move, and I only hope the
weather holds up, so that all 15
games can be played.
“If we go 15 for 15, what a tremendous charge that is, going into the
Scully said he vividly remembers the first opener of his career:
1950, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
He was 22. He was nervous. He
would not take the microphone until the fourth inning, so he focused
his preparation on Dodgers starter
Don Newcombe.
“I thought, well, I’ll be breezing
along with Big Don,” Scully said.
“He was knocked out of the game
before I got on the air.”
Indeed, Newcombe faced eight
batters, gave up four doubles and
was chased in the second inning of
a 9-1 loss to the Phillies.
Newcombe, 91, might well be at
Dodger Stadium on Thursday.
Scully, 90, plans to watch the Dodgers’ opener at home with his wife,
This is the second season of the
rest of his life, after 67 years as voice
of the Dodgers. He is not upset in
the least that, after three decades
of waiting, the team finally got back
to the World Series in the first year
after he retired.
“I am completely content. I
think I certainly have been directed to be at the right place at the
right time. I have no regrets that I
“I have no thoughts of, you
know, maybe I should have stayed
another year, because they got into
the World Series. None of that.
None whatsoever. Content is the
best word I can say. I really and
truly am enjoying it.
“I’m not doing very much. I
thought I’d have read 10 books by
now. But I haven’t.”
Truth be told, Scully said, his
wife enjoys watching baseball on
television more than he does.
“Sandi is the one who would
watch every game, every day, every
night, every afternoon,” he said.
“She loves watching the game.
“After 67 years, I have really had
enough ice cream. But I certainly
can’t turn her down.”
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Broncos acquire
ex-Trojan Cravens
staff and wire reports
Former USC standout
Cravens already appears to be relishing
in his change of scenery and his chance
at a fresh start.
In a video posted on his Twitter account , the song “A Whole New World”
from the Disney movie “Aladdin” played
in the background before a smiling
Cravens let out a loud “Woo!” Underneath was a caption that read: “Broncos!!!! Here I come!!”
The safety who contemplated retirement last season was acquired Wednesday by Denver from the Washington
Redskins, a person with knowledge of
the deal confirmed.
As part of the deal, the Broncos and
Redskins flipped fourth- and fifthround picks from this year’s draft. In addition, Denver sends a fifth-rounder to
Washington — also from this year — and
a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020.
No longer part of the Browns’ plans,
Cody Kessler got passed to a new team.
Cleveland traded its former starting
quarterback to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In exchange for Kessler, the
Browns will receive a conditional 2019
seventh-round draft pick from the Jaguars, who were in the market to find a
backup for starter Blake Bortles. ...
The Arizona Cardinals have gone across
the Atlantic to sign defensive lineman
Moubarak Djeri. The 6-foot-3, 275pound Djeri played the last two seasons
in the German Football League. ...
David Humm, a former star quarterback at Nebraska who had a long career
as a backup in the NFL, has died. He was
65. . ... The Las Vegas Stadium Authority
has signed the final documents necessary to build the future home of the
Raiders. Team president Marc Badain
and authority chairman Steve Hill
signed the lease and development agreements for the $1.8-billion,
65,000-seat stadium that also will serve
as home to the Nevada Las Vegas
Royals’ Perez injured
Kansas City will be without Salvador Perez for up to six weeks after the
star catcher sprained the medial collateral in his left knee while carrying a suitcase up some stairs in his home.
The injury occurred Tuesday night,
when the Royals returned from spring
training. The five-time All-Star heard a
pop and called Royals trainer Nick
Kenney, who advised Perez to ice the
knee and come in for an MRI exam. The
exam revealed a Grade 2 sprain with a
minor tear of the ligament.
No surgery is required, and recovery
can be as little as four weeks.
The Cincinnati Reds pushed back
their opener against the Washington
Nationals by a day because unrelenting
rain was forecast for Thursday. The
teams will open on Friday instead. ...
Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Eovaldi
has loose bodies in his pitching elbow
and will undergo arthroscopic surgery.
The 28-year-old right-hander was
placed on the 10-day disabled list. ... Tim
Tebow has been promoted to Double-A
after going one for 18 with 11 strikeouts in
big league spring training for the New
York Mets. The outfielder has been as-
signed to Binghamton of the Eastern
Hands to enter draft
Another UCLA basketball player
has decided to enter the NBA draft. This
one might actually come back.
Point guard Jaylen Hands, who recently completed an erratic freshman
season, announced on social media that
he would dabble with the draft. Hands
wrote that he would not hire an agent,
preserving his ability to return to college
next season.
“Excited for feedback and opportunity to grind while keeping my college eligibility,” Hands wrote on Instagram.
Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a part-time
starter whose production dipped
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toward the end of the season, partially
as the result of a sprained ankle suffered
in practice the week before the final
regular-season game. Hands finished Hyeon Chung of South Korea prepares to serve against John Isner
the season making 40.5% of his shots
in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. The American easily
and 37.4% of his three-pointers.
— Ben Bolch advanced to the semifinals for the second time in four years.
Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III,
Michigan State star Miles Bridges and COLLEGE
Texas junior guard Eric Davis Jr. also BASKETBALL
declared for the NBA draft. ... North NIT
Carolina Greensboro extended men’s Today’s Schedule
basketball coach Wes Miller’s contract
Utah (23-11) vs. Penn St. (25-13), 4 p.m.
through the 2028-29 season after he led CIT
the Spartans to their first NCAA tour- Wednesday’s Results
nament since 2001.
Illinois Chicago 67, Liberty 51
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is in
the NBA’s concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face during Tuesday’s
game at Miami. He returned to the floor
but experienced concussion-like symptoms at halftime. Love didn’t play
Wednesday against Charlotte. ... A medical examiner determined Zeke Upshaw, a swingman for the Detroit Pistons’ G League affiliate, suffered a “sudden cardiac death” after collapsing during a game Saturday. The 26-year-old
guard died Monday. ... Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who has missed nine
games because of pain in his left hip, is
listed as questionable for Thursday’s
game against the Chicago Bulls. ... San
Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus
Aldridge (left knee contusion) is questionable for Thursday’s game against
the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Danielle Collins shocked eighthseeded Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the
Miami Open quarterfinals. She will face
sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in
Thursday’s semifinals. John Isner
made the men’s semifinals by overpowering South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-1,
Michigan State University spent
roughly $500,000 for a public relations
firm in January to track media coverage
and social media activity related to the
case of disgraced former sports doctor
Larry Nassar. Weber Shandwick
billed the university $517,343, according
to documents obtained by the Lansing
State Journal through a public records
Jalen Watts-Jackson, who etched
his name into Michigan State lore by
scoring the winning touchdown against
Michigan in 2015 on a botched punt, has
requested his release from the school.
Northern Colorado 99, Sam Houston St. 80
Friday’s Schedule
Illinois Chicago (20-15) vs. Northern Colorado (25-12), 4 p.m.
Championship Series
Best of Three
San Francisco vs. North Texas, series tied 1-1
Wednesday’s Result
North Texas 69, San Francisco 55
Friday’s Schedule
San Francisco (22-16) at North Texas (19-18),
4 p.m.
Wednesday’s Results
Indiana 71, TCU 58
Virginia Tech 64, West Virginia 61
Saturday’s Schedule
Virginia Tech (23-13) vs. Indiana (22-14),
Today’s Schedule
Yale (18-13) at Central Arkansas (25-9), 5
At Key Biscayne, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—John Isner
(14), d. Hyeon Chung (19), South Korea, 6-1,
6-4; Juan Martin del Potro (5), Argentina, d. Milos Raonic (20), Canada, 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
WOMEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Jelena
Ostapenko (6), Latvia, d. Elina Svitolina (4),
Ukraine, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5); Danielle Collins d. Venus Williams (8), 6-2, 6-3.
MEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Karen
Khachanov-Andrey Rublev, Russia, d. Oliver
Marach, Austria-Mate Pavic (3), Croatia, 6-4,
7-6 (3); Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey d. Juan
Sebastian Cabal-Robert Farah (8), Colombia,
6-3, 6-2; Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (4), d.
Raven Klaasen, South Africa-Michael Venus,
New Zealand, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8; Ben Mclachlan,
Japan-Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, d. Nikola
Mektic, Croatia-Alexander Peya, Austria, 6-1, 7-6
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Ashleigh Barty, Australia, and CoCo Vandeweghe, d.
Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine-Anastasia Rodionova,
Australia, 7-6 (5), 6-2; Elise Mertens, BelgiumDemi Schuurs, Netherlands, d. Raquel Atawo,
and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, 6-3, 7-6
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at DODGERS -277
at New York -143
Philadelphia -123
American League
at Baltimore -120
New York
at Kansas City -160
San Francisco
at Miami
St. Louis
at Atlanta
at San Diego
at Arizona
at Oakland
at Texas
at Toronto
at Tampa Bay
at Seattle
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NCAA Tournament
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USADA—Announced that Amanda Lemos had
tested positive for a prohibited substance and
had accepted a two-year sanction for a anti-doping policy violation.
UCLA d. UC Santa Barbara, 25-22, 25-15, 15-18
Chicago White Sox—Acquired pitcher
Ricardo Pinto from Philadelphia for international
signing bonus pool money; put pitcher Carlos
Rodon and catcher Kevan Smith on the 10-day
disabled list, retroactive to March 26; purchased
the contract of pitcher Hector Santiago.
Cincinnati—Purchased the contracts of infielder-outfielder Phil Gosselin and pitcher Kevin
Quackenbush; assigned pitcher Vance Worley to
its minor league camp.
Detroit—Agreed to terms with pitcher Jairo
Labourt on a minor league contract.
N.Y. Mets—Announced that outfielder Bryce
Brentz had cleared waivers and had been sent
outright to Las Vegas (PCL).
N.Y. Yankees—Announced that pitcher Jose
Mesa Jr., a Rule 5 Draft choice, had been returned by Baltimore and had been assigned to
Scrnton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
Oakland—Optioned pitchers Trevor Cahill and
Frankie Montas, infielder Franklin Barreto and
outfielders Mark Canha and Dustin Fowler to
Nashville (PCL); announced that pitcher Raul Alcantara had cleared waivers and had been sent
outright to Nashville; put pitchers Paul Blackburn
and Ryan Dull, catcher Josh Phegley and infielder
Renato Nunez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26; assigned pitcher Simon Castro, catcher Beau Taylor and infielder Sheldon
Neuse to its minor league camp.
St. Louis—Purchased the contracts of pitcher
Jordan Hicks and catcher Francisco Pena; called
up pitcher Jack Flaherty from Memphis (PCL);
optioned pitcher John Brebbia to Memphis; designated infielder Breyvic Valera and pitcher Josh
Lucas for assignment; put pitchers Luke
Gregerson, Alex Reyes and Adam Wainwright on
the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
San Diego—Sent pitcher Rowan Wick outright
to El Paso (TL).
Tampa Bay—Put pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and
Jose DeLeon on the 10-day disabled list; called
up pitcher Austin Pruitt from Durham (IL); released pitcher Daniel Hudson.
Moubarak Djeri.
New Orleans—Agreed to terms with tight end
Benjamin Watson on a one-year contract.
Boston—Agreed to terms with defenseman
Zdeno Chara on a one-year extension.
Chicago—Called up goaltender Collin Delia
from Rockford (AHL); assigned goaltender J.F.
Berube to Rockford.
Colorado—Called up goaltender Andrew
Hammond from San Antonio (AHL).
FC Dallas—Agreed to terms with forward Maxi
Urruti on a three-year contract.
DePaul—Announced that junior guard Max
Strus will enter the NBA draft.
Duke—Announced that freshman center
Marvin Bagley III will enter the NBA draft.
Georgia Southern—Announced that junior
guard Tookie Brown will enter the NBA draft.
Loyola (MD.)—Hired Tavaras Hardy as coach.
Michigan State—Announced that sophomore
forward Miles Bridges will enter the NBA draft.
South Carolina State—Announced it will not
renew the contract of women's coach Doug Robertson Jr.; hired Roderick Woods as women's interim coach.
Toledo—Signed coach Tod Kowalczyk to a twoyear extension through 2022-23.
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2459 FIRST RACE (Noon). 11⁄8 miles turf. Maiden special
weight. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
Ding Dong Ditch,8
Friendly Outthedor,1
Momma’s Baby Boy,7
Odyssey Explorer,3
Street To Indy,5
C Nakatani,122
F Prat,122
J Talamo,122
E Roman,122
T Conner,122
D Van Dyke,122
R Maragh,122
T Baze,122
2460 SECOND RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden claiming. Fillies
and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $20,000.
Purse $18,000.
Horse (PP)
Sweet Treat,7
Blame The Weather,2
Angel Tears,4
Stella Sweeper,3
Lake Shore Lady,6
Louder California,5
F Ceballos,X118
E Maldonado,123
J Talamo,123
A Espinoza,XXX113
B Pena,123
O Vergara Jr.,123
F Rojas,123
2461 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
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Horse (PP)
Street Vision,7
Papa Turf,6
Best Two Minutes,4
T Baze,123
S Gonzalez,121
T Pereira,121
E Maldonado,119
Madelyn’s Wild Max,1 B Pena,121
T Conner,121
Red Carpet Cat,2
E Roman,121
2462 FOURTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Allowance optional
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $75,000. Purse
Horse (PP)
Free Rose,2
Perfectly Majestic,7
Cimpl Man,1
Ward ’N Jerry,3
D Van Dyke,124
J Talamo,124
F Prat,120
C Nakatani,120
T Baze,120
R Maragh,120
S Elliott,120
E Roman,124
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Claiming price $12,500. Purse $16,000.
Horse (PP)
Moonlight Blue,7
Uncle Billy,6
Dad’s A Gambler,3
Taco Tuesday,1
Reverend Al,4
Super Echelon,2
Yo La Tengo,8
F Ceballos,X118
A Espinoza,XXX113
B Pena,123
S Gonzalez,123
E Roman,123
T Conner,123
A Quinonez,123
T Pereira,123
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3-year-olds. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
Longden (GB),1
D Van Dyke,122
Route Six Six,4
Jimmy Chila,5
Phoenix Fire,6
Orbit Rain,7
Negro Lucero,3
Formal Dude,8
R Maragh,122
C Nakatani,122
J Talamo,122
B Blanc,122
S Stevens,122
R Fuentes,122
T Pereira,122
2465 SEVENTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000. Purse
Horse (PP)
Best Of Me,6
Well Hello,5
True Royalty,2
Highland Lass,4
Bonneville Flats,3
E Roman,122
J Talamo,122
F Prat,122
D Van Dyke,122
T Baze,122
Mn Garcia,122
2466 EIGHTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Claiming. 4-year-olds and
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Conquest Typhoon,5
Spanish Hombre,1
Royal Albert Hall (GB),9
A Red Tie Day,8
Lucky Bryan,7
Reign on (GB),3
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Any Questions,11
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F Prat,121
D Van Dyke,121
T Conner,121
K Frey,121
E Roman,119
J Talamo,121
B Blanc,121
D Sanchez,119
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THE CHARACTERS use virtual reality to take on new personas, such as avatars Anorak (Mark Rylance, left) and Parzival (Tye Sheridan), to escape the real world.
J. Paul Getty Trust
PHARAOH Tutankha-
mun pictured on burial
chamber’s north wall.
gets a
Getty Conservation
Institute’s effort to
protect site from the
effects of tourists is
nearly completed.
By Jessica Gelt
With a new King Tut exhibition packing in the
crowds in Los Angeles, the
Getty Conservation Institute announced that it has
nearly finished a multiyear
project focused on conserving the tomb of Tutankhamun and protecting it from
the tourist hordes in Egypt.
The Getty Conservation
Institute carried out the
work in collaboration with
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. It included the conservation of wall paintings, improvements to the tomb’s infrastructure and environmental systems, and the
training of stewards for the
Researchers conducted
an intensive study to understand the tomb’s condition,
assess the causes of deterioration and decide how best
to address them, said Neville
Agnew, the GCI senior principal project specialist who
oversaw the project.
“It’s the preparation
work that is so meticulous,”
he said. “It’s diagnostic,
medical — you have to diagnose before you can treat.”
The Egyptian government has long worried about
the potential effects of visitors, whose presence can
change the air quality and
humidity inside the tomb,
[See Tut, E5]
‘Ready Player One’ is a fun adventure, nothing more
BY KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC >>> “Ready Player One” is a Trojan horse twice over.
While on the surface this futuristic film is a celebration of gamers, gaming and the pleasures
to be found in immersive virtual reality, underlying it all is a heartfelt brief for abandoning all
screens and enjoying the satisfactions of the real world.
Similarly, though director Steven Spielberg and his crack team have seen to it that the visual
surface contains as much head-spinning, hypermodern razzle-dazzle as the law allows, what
carries the day here is the kind of old-fashioned sweetness and sentiment that have been part of
Spielberg’s films, not to mention cinema itself, since the start.
This unlikely combination of old-school Spielberg with trendy technology eventually takes
hold, but the film’s complicated plot and busy visuals take some getting used to.
Although always clear in its broad outlines of young heroes battling to save the best thing in
the universe from the worst people in the world, “Ready Player’s” plot and setting specifics are
so elaborate they can be tough to follow in detail early on.
And the film’s digital effects, which were so labor intensive that Spielberg was able to start
and finish “The Post” while they were being fine-tuned, create an initial feeling that unless you
are a hardcore gamer, this will be a movie easier to admire than to love.
All those complications come courtesy of the best-selling 2011 novel by Ernest Cline (so filled
with 1980s pop culture references that science fiction writer John Scalzi famously called it a
“nerdgasm”) that has been written for the screen by the author and Marvel [See ‘Ready’ E4]
You haven’t seen last of him
Burt Reynolds retains
that ‘Movie Star’ pull
in new film that draws
from a legendary life.
By Susan King
knows how to lay on the
At the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre last week for a Q&A after
the premiere of his new film,
“The Last Movie Star,”
Reynolds regaled the audience with tales of Hollywood
past, such as the time he
asked his old pal Fred
Astaire to dance with him at
a party.
“He led,” Reynolds deadpanned.
Did it really happen?
Who knows? The crowd certainly didn’t care — and anyway, it’s a great story. After
all, this is what they came
for, to hear the man who for
[See Reynolds, E4]
Fifth is
a world
in itself
Michael Tilson
Thomas thoroughly
explores its territory.
It was a fall evening in
2005 in San Francisco.
Michael Tilson Thomas had
just begun his second decade as the San Francisco
Symphony music director.
He was in the midst of recording a cycle of Mahler
symphonies, and expectations were high on this occasion for the Fifth, a symphony in which he had long
excelled and which was being recorded live.
When the performance
was over, someone sitting
near me exclaimed for all to
hear: “That was a great performance!” I’m leaving out
an adjective, because this is
a family newspaper. But the
sentiment was appreciated
and others around us sagely
nodded their heads. The
playing embraced all that
Mahler was in a vast symphony with the emotional
trajectory of a classic novel.
Tuesday night, Tilson
brought his orchestra to
Walt Disney Concert Hall to
begin a three-stop Southern
California tour (Santa Barbara on Wednesday and
Costa Mesa on Thursday).
He steps down in two seasons, and no more tours to
Southern California are
planned. The program at all
three places is Mahler’s
Fifth, preceded by Berg’s Violin Concerto.
Were I able to step back in
time, I would have only one
thing to say to that fellow in
[See Symphony, E5]
Academy clears
its president
John Bailey is deemed
free of wrongdoing
upon completion of an
inquiry into a claim of
harassment. E2
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
“ACTORS feel like when they’re not working, they’re dying,” says Burt Reynolds,
who’s been busy with projects that include the title role in “The Last Movie Star.”
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Film academy head is
cleared of harassment
An investigation
into the accusation
found no wrongdoing
by John Bailey.
By Josh Rottenberg
The Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences
announced Tuesday evening that it was clearing its
president, John Bailey, of
any wrongdoing after an investigation
allegation of sexual harassment against him.
On March 13, the academy had received a claim that
the 75-year-old veteran cinematographer, who was
elected to lead the organization in August, had attempted to inappropriately
touch a woman while riding
in a transportation van on a
movie set more than a decade ago. (Early reports had
suggested there were multiple allegations against Bailey, but the academy noted
that there was only one.)
But after an investigation, the results of which
were reported to the board
of governors Tuesday, the
academy determined “no
further action was merited
Jordan Strauss Invision/AP
JOHN BAILEY will re-
main president of the
motion picture academy.
on this matter.” Bailey, who
had denied wrongdoing in a
memo sent to the academy’s
staff, will remain president.
“The Membership and
Administration Committee
and its sub-committee thoroughly reviewed and considered the claim, John Bailey’s
response, and corroborating
parties,” the academy said
in a statement. “The Academy took the claim very
seriously and was cognizant
of the rights of both the
claimant and the accused,
including consulting with
outside counsel with expertise in matters related
to harassment.”
For the academy, the incident represented both the
latest in a string of public-relations crises and the first
public test of its newly
adopted standards of conduct, which were developed
in response to the sexual
misconduct scandals that
have rocked the entertainment industry since the fall.
In investigating its own
president, the academy
stated that it had “received
advice and counsel from its
longstanding General Counsel John Quinn at Quinn
Emanuel, as well as from Ivy
Kagan Bierman, a partner
at Loeb & Loeb who has extensive experience with entertainment industry sexual
harassment matters and is
currently an advisor to the
Commission on Eliminating
Sexual Harassment and
Promoting Equality in the
Workplace, chaired by Anita
Even as it exonerated
Bailey, the academy reiterated that the group’s
goal is to “to encourage
that support creativity,
equality, and respect.”
Norton sued over fire
A brother and sister from New York City have sued Ed
Norton’s production company and their own landlord over
the fatal fire last week at their Harlem apartment building.
Alleging that nobody warned them about the fire, the
Cruzes are seeking $7 million each from Class 5 Films, the
production company, and Vincent Solazzo, the landlord.
The Cruzes said they lost everything in the fire and have
been forced to move elsewhere.
Firefighter Lt. Michael Davidson, 37, died after being
overcome by smoke while fighting the fire. His funeral was
held Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Norton said the first assistant director for “Motherless
Brooklyn” smelled smoke and notified others. The fire
started in the basement of the building; the crew was
filming in a bar and then in an apartment in the building.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Sunshine added
to Trump team
Caroline Sunshine, a former Disney star best known
for starring opposite Zendaya and Bella Thorne on
the TV series “Shake It Up,”
has been hired by the White
House as a press assistant.
“Caroline Sunshine was a
White House intern. In college she was involved with
the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school’s Model
United Nations team,” White
House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters wrote
in a statement to The Times.
The 22-year-old is the latest Trump staffer plucked
from the cable TV lineup.
announced last week that Fox
News’ John Bolton will replace H.R. McMaster as national security advisor. Earlier this month, Trump
Kudlow as his top economic
— Libby Hill
Glover releases
scrapped script
Donald Glover wasn’t too
busy to do FX’s “Deadpool”
animated series, as some reports suggested, and he has
a fresh script to prove it.
shared a brilliant 15-page
manuscript on Twitter early
Wednesday that chronicled
the demise of the adult comedy with references to the
creative differences he and
the network seemed to have.
The 34-year-old wunderkind and his brother
Stephen Glover were supposed to write the series,
executive produce and serve
as showrunners. But FX
pulled the plug over the
weekend “due to creative differences.”
You can find Glover’s
would-be script on his Twitter page (@donaldglover).
— Nardine Saad
Celebs sign on
for WE Day
Collins, Morgan Freeman
and Jennifer Aniston will be
among the stars at WE Day
California, a youth empowerment event.
Organizers say more
than 16,000 students and
educators will gather in
Southern California on April
19 to learn about bringing
“positive change” to their
communities and around
the world.
The California students
also will hear from activists
including March for Our
Lives organizers from Parkland, Fla.
John Stamos will host
WE Day California, which
will be taped for an ABC special on Aug. 17.
— associated press
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Singer plays a
with a legacy
By Randall Roberts
Over a fascinating and
still unfurling Grammynominated career that includes recording a half-dozen studio albums, touring to
celebrate the music of David
Bowie and, perhaps most famously, co-writing the opening theme to the TV show
“Parks and Recreation,” the
singer and songwriter Gaby
Moreno has found herself
creating in a number of disciplines.
But she’d never played
the part of a setting or a location, she said last week at the
Winslow Ct. Studio on Santa
Monica Boulevard. Until
now. Moreno will occupy the
role of a 1968-era East Los
Angeles neighborhood in a
new restaging of “Evangeline, the Queen of MakeBelieve,” which opens Friday at Plaza de la Raza’s
Margo Albert Theater in
Lincoln Heights.
The play, which premiered in 2012, incorporates
the Grammy-winning songbook of Los Lobos co-founders Louie Pérez and David
Hidalgo, and is set against
the backdrop of the 1968 student walkouts in the East
Los Angeles neighborhood
where Los Lobos formed.
As Moreno lounged on
the couch to talk about the
role, an overalls-clad Van
Dyke Parks appeared from a
mixing room to greet the
L.A.based artist. The two are,
says Moreno, “just adding a
few little things to this really
great song that Van Dyke
wrote” as part of finalizing
the recording of an as-yetuntitled, decade-long collaboration. What follows are
condensed and edited excerpts from the studio visit
with Moreno.
How did you get involved
with this restaging of
I had been wanting to get
involved with some sort of
theatrical project for a very
long time. The last time I
was part of any play or
musical was in 2007 at the
Met Theater here in Hollywood. I was in the cast of
“Hair,” and it was really fun.
It was a three-month run
and I remember having a
blast and thinking, “Wow, I
would love to do this again.”
But, then, whatever, I got
busy with life — my own
projects and touring and
whatnot. So when they
approached me about this
project, I was super excited
because I’d get to go back to
the theater. And although
I’m not acting, I am part of
the ensemble, and I’m
bringing these songs to life,
which are all the incredible
songs by Los Lobos.
Why now?
They decided to do it
commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the student
walkouts, and I was approached last year. Then,
this year, all these terrible
things were happening and
the actual student walkouts
started happening across
the country, and I was like,
‘Wow, this is serendipitous.’
It was meant to be, and it’s
incredible. It’s still so relevant.
You play a setting. You
don’t play a character.
[Laughs]. Right, they
gave me the part of “The
Neighborhood.” It’s really
great. I’m onstage the whole
time, and it’s just me, a
drummer and a bass player.
I gotta tell you, I was a bit
nervous when they asked
me to play these iconic
songs with these incredible
guitar parts by David Hidalgo — oh, my God. It’s
been quite a challenge.
Were you aware of Los
Lobos before you moved to
Los Angeles?
Yes, but not in depth. I
didn’t know their incredible
back catalog. Actually, a lot
of these songs that I’m
doing in the play were new
to me. I knew “Evangeline,”
of course, and they’re all so
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
JIM PUTNAM recorded “V’Ger,” his second album as Mt. Wilson Repeater, in his converted garage stu-
Those mid-period albums
are wild.
Yeah, like from the album “Kiko.” There’s a song
called “Peace” — incredible,
and we’re doing “The Revolution” and, well, “The
Neighborhood.” Oh, and
“The Mess We’re In” — great
songs with strong messages,
beautiful arrangements. It’s
kind of a dream project to be
a part of. Not only is this a
wonderful message to put
out in these times, but also
with these incredible and
sensitive songs.
How did you meet Parks?
I met him in 2008 at
Largo. I remember the first
thing we did when we met
was we went to dinner because we were doing a show
with David Piltch, the upright bass player. Before the
show, we all went out to
dinner and I sat with
[Parks] and we talked and
talked and talked.
About what?
He was telling me about
his brother and how in the
’60s they used to tour up and
down the West Coast and
play these songs from Latin
America, these old boleros
and stuff — incredible! We
started talking about that
music and how it would be
so wonderful to do a project.
We started throwing out
He said, ‘Send me one of
your favorite old songs from
Latin America, just you and
your guitar. So I did, and the
next thing I know he sends
me this incredible arrangement — all MIDI — but
beautiful. This was 10 years
ago, and just like that we
went back and forth until we
had eight songs and we were
like, ‘What are we going to
do with these?’ ”
Jose Leon
GABY MORENO portrays an East L.A. neighbor-
hood in “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe.”
dio that he dubbed Phase 4 Intergalactic Recording Facility. His aim was to be “sort of experimental.”
On a trip with
sonic voyager
L.A. musician Jim Putnam dives into the cosmic
sounds of his new album as Mt. Wilson Repeater
By Randall Roberts
To get to Jim Putnam’s workspace,
you have to walk through his Atwater
Village home, past his cute but yappy
dog and across a rustic backyard to a
garage that, over the past few decades, he’s transformed into a labyrinthine studio called Phase 4 Intergalactic Recording Facility.
As with many of L.A.’s most beguiling spaces, his sound lab is invisible from the street, but inside is a
gearhead’s paradise. Filled with vintage tech he’s accrued over a lifetime
spent in recording studios, it’s where
Putnam recorded “V’Ger,” his new album as Mt. Wilson Repeater.
His second release under the moniker, the album’s title is a “Star Trek”
reference and travels to some sonically cosmic spaces. Issued through
respected North Carolina indie Merge
Records, the label that has also issued records by Putnam’s other band,
the Radar Bros., it’s a snapshot of an
artist in his self-constructed element
who, like the Voyager probe at the
center of the first “Star Trek” movie,
can transform roughly imagined concepts into things of beauty.
Dense with fuzzed-out, effectsfilled guitars and washes of distortion, Mt. Wilson Repeater’s new
record is perhaps the closest thing to
a shoegaze album Putnam’s been involved in since the early 1990s, when
he was a 21-year-old kid in the L.A.
band Medicine.
As one of the only American bands
signed to the taste-making imprint
Creation Records, which at the time
was also home to My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Teenage Fanclub and
Oasis, Medicine shot forth distorted
melodies that hit with wall-of-noise
Sitting down behind an analog
mixing board in his studio’s control
room, Putnam says that his Mt. Wilson Repeater music finds him working as he did as a student at Cal Arts
in the ’80s and then as a San Francisco solo artist: alone.
With a bushy combo of gray hair
and beard, he looks like Walt Whit-
man, and when he talks about process he could be discussing his “Leaves
of Grass”: “I’m doing the same thing I
was doing when I started making music, which is holing up by myself and
just really getting into the recording
In a sense, Putnam has been holed
up in recording studios his entire life.
His father was famed sound engineer
and studio owner Bill Putnam, who in
the late 1950s relocated to Los Angeles
from Chicago at the behest of Frank
Sinatra and Bing Crosby to open
United Recorders on Sunset in Hollywood. Securing another compound a
few doors down, the elder Putnam
then added Western Recorders to his
arsenal. Within those walls and inside
his renowned, custom-designed
rooms, any number of pop music’s
most important recordings were set
to tape, among them: Frank Sinatra’s
rendition of “My Way,” the Beach
Boys’ album “Pet Sounds” and the
Mamas & the Papas’ song “California
Dreamin.’ ”
The younger Putnam and his
brother Bill Jr. worked as studio runners at United and Western as they
were growing up, says Jim. In 1999,
they revived Universal Audio, the
company their dad founded, after
noting the skyrocketing prices for its
vintage gear on the used market.
The younger Putnam didn’t start
out on the business path. He attended Cal Arts in the late 1980s and
though he and his friends were studying visual art, they were also music
freaks into Sonic Youth, Butthole
Surfers and the bounty of American
post-punk. He and peers including
musicians Brad Laner and Eddie
Ruscha would get together and, as he
describes it, “have these jams in random areas of the school.”
“We’d set up our instruments in a
hallway or something and make music,” he says before clarifying, “Make
noise, really.”
That noise ultimately found structure as Laner’s band Medicine, and
Putnam’s guitar and electronics can
be heard on the group’s early Creation singles and its debut album for
Rick Rubin’s American Recordings,
“Shot Forth Self Living.”
After a few years Putnam left the
band and formed the Radar Bros., a
more restrained and quieter project
that has issued seven studio albums
across two decades. In 2008, he released his first solo project as Mt. Wilson Repeater.
A decade later, Putnam set out to
make “V’Ger” during breaks between
his gig as the Flaming Lips’ sound guy
with the intention of checking the climate in a sonic realm where he got his
start, the guitar-washed distortion of
the post-punk subgenre known as
shoegaze. The music has seen a revival as young artists discover and
cite the sounds.
He wanted to create what he described as “a really dark, sort of
shoegaze-y record — sort of experimental.”
What arrived was an ethereal
psychedelic guitar record that suggests Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the
“Eight Miles High” vibe of early Byrds,
the British guitar band Slowdive and,
inevitably, Putnam’s work with the
Radar Bros.
At the instrumental center, adds
Putnam, is a baritone guitar he
bought from an area musician who
says he used it on Donna Summer recordings. With tones that exude bottom-end warmth, it anchors the album with a comforting analog hum.
Opening song “To Touch the
Golden Sceptre” seems to reside in a
wide-open space that belies the truth
that it was recorded in a converted garage and not one of his dad’s cathedrals of sound. “Chattering” is driven
by synthetic rhythms, layers of sandpapered guitar textures and barely
audible human voices that seem just
out of reach.
Such moments are part of the record’s essence, Putnam says, describing themes that crept in including
what he calls “a lot of spiritual, afterlife stuff going on. Not so much like
ghost stories, but communications
between the dead and the living.”
Putnam pauses. “It’s just cool. I
like to think so, anyway.”
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Reynolds keeps ‘Movie Star’ glow
[Reynolds, from E1]
the better part of a decade
was the No. 1 box-office attraction in the world, talking
about his legendary life and
career and about a world in
which movie stars really mattered.
Burt Reynolds turned 82
this year. Naturally, he’s not
as sprightly as he once was;
because of his old football
knee injury and insistence on
doing his own stunts, Reynolds walks rather gingerly
and with the help of a cane.
But he has no interest in
going under the knife. “I
don’t like hips and knee
[surgery],” Reynolds declared in a recent interview.
“I’ve had four operations on
my knees. I’m moving along. I
got my gold cane here.”
He laughs, but the trademark guffaw his fans waited
for — his late good friend
Johnny Carson once described it as an “insane giggle” when he made his 61 appearances with Carson on
“The Tonight Show” — has
given away to a quiet
Director Adam Rifkin
(“The Dark Backward”)
wrote “Last Movie Star” for
Reynolds, who starred in
such hits as 1972’s “Deliverance,” 1975’s “W.W. and the
“Hustle,” 1977’s blockbuster
“Smokey and the Bandit,”
1978’s “Hooper” and “The
End,” which he also directed,
1979’s “Starting Over,” 1981’s
“The Cannonball Run” and
1997’s “Boogie Nights,” for
which he received a supporting actor Oscar nomination.
Rifkin admitted he’s been
a Reynolds fan boy since he
was 12, when he first saw
“Smokey and the Bandit.”
“Burt Reynolds was the
biggest movie star in the
world,” said Rifkin. “In addition to being the biggest
movie star, the best-looking
guy, the most charming, the
funniest, I thought he was
the coolest guy. I wanted to
know him. I wanted him to be
my friend. He was my hero.
“I always felt he was an excellent actor, but he never got
his due. His contemporaries
got the accolades for their
performances, but Burt was
always seen as a movie star.”
Even 40 years later, Reynolds is still his hero.
“[When] I started making
movies of my own, I thought
to myself, ‘You know, I want
to give something back to
Burt Reynolds for all of the
years of joy he’s given me and
so many others.’ ”
Reynolds read the script
and quickly came onboard,
but it took several years to
get the funding for “The Last
Movie Star,” which opens Friday in Los Angeles. The actor
said if it had come his way
any earlier, he may not have
been ready to do it.
“It’s kind of my farewell,”
he said between sips of his
orange juice. “I don’t know
what that means, but what
the picture is about is an ac-
A24 / DirecTV
BURT REYNOLDS portrays an aging actor who’s ferried around Nashville by Ariel Winter’s troubled young driver in “Last Movie Star.”
G. Lefkowitz New Line Cinema
Michael Ochs Getty Images
“BOOGIE NIGHTS” from 1997 earned Reynolds, who portrayed a
ONE OF Reynolds’ most enduring roles came in 1977 with the hit
pornographic filmmaker, a supporting actor Oscar nomination.
“Smokey and the Bandit,” in which he starred alongside Sally Field.
tor. [His career] is over and
he realizes it. Actors feel like
when they’re not working,
they’re dying.”
In the film he plays the
Reynolds-esque Vic Edwards, an aging movie star
who lives alone in a mansion
that desperately needs updating from the Property
Brothers. Married and divorced five times, he shops
for himself at Ralph’s and is
mourning the death of his
When he gets word that
he has received a lifetime
achievement award at a film
festival in Nashville, his good
friend (Chevy Chase) insists
he go pick it up. When he
does, Vic discovers it’s a
rather cut-rate affair. But
thanks to the festival fans,
his troubled young driver
(Ariel Winter) and the characters he revisits from his
movies, Vic comes to terms
with the past, present and
Rifkin said that directing
Reynolds was everything he
had hoped it would be and
more. He’s writing a buddy
move for Reynolds and
Chase, who hit it off in their
two scenes.
“I was kind of pinching
myself if this is real,” said
Rifkin. “But ultimately, I
mean, working with Burt
was a joy because he makes it
so effortless and easy because he’s so generous and
so sweet to work with. He
said from the start, ‘We’re
making this movie together.
You need me and I need you,
and together we can make
this movie good.’ We were
true collaborators from day
Reynolds said he has several jobs in the offing, including two network projects and
a feature film. “Word gets out
— they know before you do —
that you’re hot again,” he explained with a smile.
Reynolds is quick to point
out that “Last Movie Star” is
Vic’s farewell, not his. He has
a much more active life.
“My blood pressure drops
about four points the minute
I land in Florida,” said the actor, who lives in Tequesta in
Palm Beach County. “My
best friend is a guy I’ve
known since seventh grade.
We go out on the weekends
and carouse around like
we’re 18. He’s retired. He was
an electrician, and then he
got his own company. He has
lots of money and lots of
women chase him because
he’s a bachelor.”
He also teaches acting on
Fridays at his Burt Reynolds
Institute for Film & Television in North Palm Beach.
Reynolds said he received
the best acting advice from
Spencer Tracy, who became
his friend in the 1960s. Tracy
told him the audience should
never catch him acting.
“I have a little plaque in
the room where I teach, and
it says, ‘Don’t act, behave.’ ”
And that’s what he tells his
“I say, ‘Don’t act. I want
you to make me believe I’m
watching “Candid Camera.”
I want you to make me believe you’re not here, you’re
wherever you’re supposed to
be in the scene.’ ”
Reynolds noted he’s “very
content with my life. I’m very
happy with what I have.”
Still, the actor acknowledged it was a mistake to do
his famous nude centerfold
for Cosmopolitan in 1972.
“You just can’t think of the
actors you respect and like
and think that they would do
it,” he said, “Thinking about
it later, I thought, ‘What in
the hell was I thinking?’ Except I thought it would be
funny. But I’ve lived my
whole life that way. Jumping
off the building would be fun,
so I jump off the building.”
They need
from real life
[‘Ready,’ from E1]
adaptation veteran Zak
Spielberg had so much
confidence in this story he
didn’t worry about filling it
with big acting names, wisely
selecting the likable Tye
Sheridan and Olivia Cooke
as his leads and backing
them up with veterans like
Ben Mendelsohn and, in his
third recent Spielberg film,
the protean Mark Rylance.
“Ready Player One” is set
in Columbus, Ohio, in the
year 2045, where things are
so seriously dystopian that
people count themselves
lucky to live in teetering vertical towers of trailer homes
known as “the stacks.”
With daily life hopeless,
the escape of choice is
OASIS, a super-seductive
where, says our teenage
guide Wade Watts (Sheridan), the only limits to who
you can be and what you can
do is your imagination. (To
emphasize the difference between real and unreal, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski shot OASIS digitally,
the physical world with film.)
No one would dare enter
OASIS as themselves, everyone chooses an avatar to rep-
resent them, and studious,
glasses-wearing Wade’s is
Parzival, a bleached-blonde
hipster with serious anime
In OASIS, Parzival’s best
friend (whom Wade has never met in real life) is Aech
(Lena Waithe), a Hulk-sized
behemoth who can fix anything and is building a fullsized replica of the Iron Giant in the shop.
The shy genius who
dreamed up OASIS was ultimate nerd James Halliday
(Rylance at his most distracted), a man who found
the real world hard to cope
with and left a very specific,
very lucrative puzzle behind
when he died five years earlier in 2040.
Echoing fairy tales past,
Halliday presented the
OASIS world with three
challenges, each leading to a
key, which together unlocked a chance to find a hidden-away secret, known in
the gaming world as an
Easter egg. Find the egg and
inherit OASIS, a.k.a. “the
world’s most important
economic engine.”
It goes without saying
that a small army of egg
hunters, known as gunters
for short, seeks to solve these
Jaap Buitendijk Warner Bros. Pictures
KEEP AN EYE on the attraction between the avatars of Samantha (Olivia Cooke) and Wade (Tye Sheridan).
‘Ready Player
Rated: PG-13, for
sequences of sci-fi action
violence, bloody images,
some suggestive material,
partial nudity and language
Running time: 2 hours, 20
Playing: In general release
puzzles, but a wild and crazy
race through a virtual Manhattan that’s the journey’s
first step has been made almost impossible by a VR
King Kong and other monsters.
It’s at the race that Parzival first sees Art3mis
(Cooke), an online crush of
his, who drives Kaneda’s
bike from “Akira” while
Parzival favors a vintage DeLorean from “Back to the
Future.” (The film’s popular
culture visual references are,
frankly, endless.) He’s immediately
Art3mis, at least initially,
has other things on her
We also find out early on
about IOI, Innovative Online Industries, a prototypical evil corporation run
by Nolan Sorrento (Men-
delsohn, less menacing than
in “Animal Kingdom” or
“Bloodline”), who wants to
control OASIS so he can
ruinously commercialize it.
Though OASIS has been
impressively imagined in
dazzling detail by production designer Adam Stockhausen, these kinds of bells
and whistles have a lasting
impact only if you are a bells
and whistles kind of person.
It’s the attraction Parzival feels for Art3mis that has
the most staying power, less
flashy though it is. Yes, it has
undeniably hokey elements,
and it doesn’t qualify as one
of the great love stories of the
age, but it carries the film’s
theme and is a key part of the
glue that makes us want to
keep watching.
Though it likely would
not have been made so effectively without him, it’s,
frankly, not necessarily to
“Ready Player One’s” advantage to think of it as a Steven
Spielberg event film. Its plot
is complexity itself, but its
“kids save the world” soul is
simple and earnest as opposed to earth shattering.
With apologies to Bill and
Ted, it’s an excellent adventure, and let’s leave it at that.
Twitter: @KennethTuran
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Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Mahler’s world explored
[Symphony, from E1]
San Francisco 13 years ago:
You ain’t heard nothing yet.
This may sound ridiculous, but it took less than half
a minute of a 75-minute symphony and only a trumpet
solo to tell that MTT had the
key to Mahler like never before. The composer began
writing this symphony in 1901
— a new century was on
hand, and he embraced it.
But first he bid farewell to
the comforts of the 19th century with a dirge of extravagant emotion, heralded by
the trumpet call.
It is an extraordinary
solo, seemingly straightforward but with subtle twists
and, typical of Mahler, constant changes of expression.
“Ask six friends who know
this symphony to sing this
dirge for you,” Michael Steinberg wrote in the program
notes for Tilson Thomas’ recording of the Fifth, “and you
may well get six versions, no
two identical but all correct.”
That long, exposed solo
scares the you-know-what
out of trumpet players.
Break a note or mess up, and
the whole performance is off
on the wrong foot. The orchestra’s principal trumpet,
Mark Inouye (who was a
member of the section for
the earlier recorded performance but not yet principal), brought to the solo
something resembling but
not jazz, something resembling but not soulful klezmer. He made it his own, but
he also made it MTT’s
One of the hallmarks of
Tilson Thomas’ nearly quarter century with this orchestra is the way he has fostered
his players’ individuality. At
its best, as in this performance of Mahler’s Fifth, that is
what makes otherwise resonant strings, robust brass,
elegant winds and feisty percussion sound like what the
Bay Area is supposed to
sound like — bohemian, tolerant, unconventional, multicultural and artistically
embracing — no matter the
reality of having become an
exorbitantly exclusive seat
of Silicon Valley.
This makes it a perfect
Mahler orchestra, and all
kinds of things (including
growing up in the musical
melting pot of L.A.) make
Tilson Thomas a perfect
Mahler conductor, able to
control the big picture while
being alert to the symphony’s multicultural inner life.
While beautifully played, the
beautiful playing didn’t prevent him from finding a place
at the raucous table for
everything and everybody,
the roiling and ever-changing emotions of what is a
huge orchestral cast of characters.
The funeral march opening was followed by nerveracking turbulence of tornapart grief mixed with a sentimental new look at the miracle of life. The scherzo was
allowed its craziness, San
Francisco style. The famous
Adagietto for strings and
harp, so often played to
mourn the death of an important figure but written as
a love song to Mahler’s wife,
was very slow, as Mahler
scholars say it’s not supposed to be. For MTT the
sentiment was the slow
cooking of tenderness, with
each string player a distinct
voice in a mass effusion of
The last movement is a
joyous rush into the new age.
Again, Tilson Thomas kept it
on the slow side. He was not
so much after Mahler at the
beginning of the 20th century as he was MTT early in
21st, knowing that Mahler’s
trepidations matter more to
us now than his fearlessness.
The Berg concerto, written in 1935, the last year of
Berg’s life, set the scene for
all that. The score was intended as a requiem to the
daughter of Mahler’s widow,
Alma, and her second husband, architect Walter Gropius. It is a concerto that, like
Mahler’s Fifth, looks back
and ahead, the ahead here
being the political and artistic storm clouds hanging
over Germany.
Violinist Gil Shaham
brought aching lyricism to
the solo line, and Tilson
Thomas, not hesitating to
drown him out when Berg allowed no other choice, once
more sought every ounce of
expression from every line in
the complex symphonic accompaniment.
Neville Agnew J. Paul Getty Trust
GETTY Conservation Institute is almost done with Tut’s tomb, including conservation of wall paintings.
Conservation at Tut’s tomb
[Tut, from E1]
threatening the artwork.
GCI began work in 2009
but lost about four years because of tumultuous political events including the 2010
“Arab Spring” and the 2013
coup that removed President Mohamed Morsi from
Despite all the tumult,
Agnew said, to his knowledge the tomb has never
closed to the public.
“Our conservation work
was conducted with many
onlookers from the viewing
ramp,” he said.
The tomb’s contents
have toured the world for
years; “King Tut: Treasures
of the Golden Pharaoh,” on
view now at the California
Science Center in L.A.’s Exposition Park, contains
more than 150 objects. But
many items do remain in
mummy of the 19-year-old
ruler, the quartzite sarcophagus with granite lid, the
gilded wooden outer coffin
and a series of wall paintings.
Protecting those wall
paintings from the accidental scratches of a visiting
public was a top priority for
GCI. A new barrier has been
erected to keep people a safe
distance from the art.
Other additions include
walkways, a viewing platform and an air filtration
and ventilation system to
control humidity and carbon dioxide levels.
In the past, dust brought
in by tourists dimmed the
paint and required cleaning
that posed the threat of
paint loss. The Getty team
removed the dust and reduced coatings from previous treatments. Protocols
were put in place to monitor
future deterioration.
Signage, originally only
in English, is now in Arabic
as well. New lighting is slated
for the fall. A January symposium will feature Egyptologists discussing the particulars of the conservation
effort. A project monograph
and a book for the general
public are planned.
“One learns a great deal
about other cultures, and
dealing with other cultures,
and one learns history too,”
Agnew said of preservation
work. “There’s economics,
science, meteorology, analysis, cultural sensitivity,
chemical analysis, engineering. All these things are required.”
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Tut project, Agnew said, was the
evaluation of mysterious
brown spots that marred the
wall paintings.
The spots were already
present in 1922, when Howard Carter made his discovery in Egypt’s Valley of the
Kings, after the tomb had
evaded plunder for more
than 3,000 years thanks to a
flood that buried the entrance with debris.
wondered if new visitors
were causing those brown
spots to grow. DNA and
chemical analysis confirmed
that the spots were created
by microbiological organisms that were dead and
therefore not capable of
spreading. The spots were
left alone because they are
embedded in the paint and
because they reflect the history of the site.
“It tells us something archaeologically about the
tomb,” Agnew said. “It tells
us that the tomb was certainly sealed when it was
wet. Tutankhamun was 19
when he died. He wasn’t expected to die. They hastily
overhauled a smaller tomb,
hastily entombed him, and
sealed it up. Not only was
there wet plaster in the
walls, there was lots of organic material — wood and
flower offerings, all of which
contain moisture and promote
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By Frank Stewart
What chance have I got?”
Unlucky Louie grumbled.
“The man’s luck is as good as
mine is terrible.”
Louie meant the player
we call Harlow the Halo.
While Louie labors under a
cloud of misfortune, Harlow’s finesses always work
and his errors — and they
are frequent — never cost.
In a team match, both
Louie and Harlow played at
3NT. West led a heart, and
dummy’s jack won.
Louie carefully took his
three spade tricks next and
saw West discard a diamond. Louie next tried the
diamond finesse. When West
took the king and led the
nine of clubs, Louie knew he
needed the club finesse for
nine tricks. He played dum-
my’s queen and made his
“What happened in the
replay?” I asked.
“The Halo finessed in
diamonds at Trick Two,”
Louie said bitterly. “When
West won and led a club,
Harlow had to guess: He
couldn’t both finesse in
clubs and try for four spade
tricks. He took the club finesse — and made game.”
Question: You hold: ♠10 7
♥ A Q 9 4 2 ♦ K 6 3 ♣ K 9 3.
Your partner opens one
spade, you bid two hearts
and he rebids two spades.
What do you say?
Answer: This is a borderline decision, and much depends on your partner’s
style. If his opening bids
tend to be rock-solid, you
can jump to 3NT. If, like
many players these days, he
tends to open distributional
hands that are light in high
cards, you probably should
settle for an invitational bid
of 2NT.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♦ 10 9 5 4
♠ 10 7
♥ 10 3
♣ J 10 8 7 2
1 NT
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 4
2018, Tribune Media
Come-on tests friendship
Dear Readers: This week I
am running topical “Best
Of ” columns while I’m on
book tour.
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
plot out your own mission
will be your job and your
pleasure today.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Maybe you’re not the
first one to have the idea, but
that shouldn’t stop you from
acting on it.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
It’s the little decisions that
will make the biggest difference to your destiny.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Boredom could bring things
to a screeching halt. An exciting diversion is actually
just what’s needed to get
everything back on track.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
While a shared culture is a
source of well-being, it can
also be quite the opposite.
Today you’ll need equal time
with the group and away
from it.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
With only your own expectations to answer to, you feel
you could break out of a
mold to deliver more exciting and relevant results. Be
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
The fault and the credit have
been handed to you or have
eluded you undeservedly.
Today you’ll be held directly
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
The discipline that will help
you most today is the discipline of compartmentalization. Everything in its place.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): No matter how big
or small your group is, you
want to be something special to your people. This intention will take you far.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Keep trying things.
You’re close to figuring out
how to deliver what’s needed
in an entirely different way.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): What’s right and useful
and joyful isn’t always what’s
“normal” in the group.
That’s why you’ll benefit
from wandering out on your
own a bit today in search of
different options.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You will draw people
close to you without consciously realizing what you
are doing or why. This natural magnetism is always in
you, but you tone it down
(March 29): The one who
used to inspire you may no
longer, and you aren’t jealous of the same person, either. Your goals are changing and so will your influence, motivation and purpose
during this truly transformative solar return. A rich
personal life will open the
door to different places and
experiences in July. Sagittarius and Libra adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 5,
33, 38, 20 and 11.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: I’m a 28-yearold straight male. My best
friend from childhood and I
rent an apartment together.
He came out to me when he
was 18. I care about him as a
brother (I’m an only child).
We respect each other’s
boundaries, and I support
and accept him.
A couple of months ago
my girlfriend of four years
ended our relationship. I
was crushed. During that
time, my best friend told me
he needed to tell me a secret
— that he had sexual feelings
toward me. I told him I loved
him as a brother only and
did not share any sexual feeling toward him.
Things went back to normal, but a couple of weeks
ago he came home drunk.
He crawled into bed with me
and tried to be sexual with
I have been avoiding him.
I don’t want to be in the
same room alone with him
right now. I’m not sure what
to do.
I really do care for him. I
don’t want to lose our friendship, but how do I get the
point across that I’m not interested in him sexually?
Sad Dude
Dear Sad: Crawling into
bed and coming on sexually
to a sleeping person is assault. Unfortunately, like
many victims of unwanted
sexual contact, you seem to
be blaming yourself and
wondering what you can do
to repair the relationship
with the aggressor.
But he is the one who has
disrespected and violated
you. An ongoing friendship
between the two of you
might be impossible. This
represents a huge loss for
you, which is why you would
like to try to repair what he
What happened is not
your fault! It is his. You
should think seriously about
whether you want to continue to cohabit with him.
If you want to try to have
a friendship, you two will
have to talk about it. He
should apologize and assure
you this will never happen
again. If it does, the friendship is over, and you should
consider calling the police.
— September 2015
Dear Amy: I am an 18-yearold girl. I have been dating
my boyfriend for nearly two
years. My boyfriend means
everything to me. Although I
have made mistakes, we’ve
always talked things out.
Last year we both went to
university in different parts
of the country, so it was like
we were having a long-distance relationship. I was OK
with it until I met another
guy who gave me everything
I have been missing. We were
not really dating, but I had
sex with him many times.
Earlier this week my
boyfriend found out and
broke up with me. It was only
after he was gone that I realized he has always been and
always will be my everything. I still love him.
I want him back, but he
doesn’t want to hear from
me. Please help me, Amy.
Dear M: You sound as if
you are a little surprised that
your infidelity has had such
an extreme consequence.
Why is that? Breaking up is
the foreseeable and natural
consequence of cheating.
My take is that you are
probably still too immature
to wait. You are 18; you don’t
have the fortitude to be in a
long-distance relationship.
Let this be your wake-up call
in terms of personal ethics.
When you make an ethical
lapse that hurts someone
else, apologize and ask for
forgiveness. — February 2015
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