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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018
EPA ready
to roll back
fuel targets
for autos
Weakening the
landmark standards
would guarantee
another legal fight
with California.
By Evan Halper
Jeff Chiu Pool photo
F U N ER A L DR AWS H U N D R E D S
Stevante Clark gestures at the funeral of his brother, Stephon, who was unarmed when he was shot to
death by Sacramento police. “Stephon is going to live on for generations,” he said. CALIFORNIA, B1
Friends and relatives
recall a loving father
Stephon Clark was trying to turn life around, they say
By Nicole Santa Cruz
and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO
—
Stephon Clark has become a
social media hashtag, the
latest inspiration for a national movement and the
subject of protests that have
shut down freeways and interrupted NBA games.
The image of the 22-yearold African American man,
wearing a broad smile next
to his young sons and their
mother in a formal family
photo, has become a rallying
cry for justice.
But in the days since 20
shots were fired at Clark in
the backyard of his grandmother’s house by Sacra-
Jeff Chiu Pool photo
A MOURNER wears a photo of Stephon Clark, 22,
during his funeral Thursday in Sacramento. Clark
was fatally shot by two police officers on March 18.
mento police searching for a
burglary suspect, only fragments of Clark’s life have
surfaced.
Clark’s family has mostly
shunned the media spotlight following the death,
providing scant details
about Clark’s life before his
killing. He was the father of
two boys, ages 1 and 3.
Friends and family have described him as fun-loving,
devoted to his family. He
loved football, video games,
shoes and was trying to turn
his life around, they said.
“He would never want to
leave his kids. He always
wanted to make sure his kids
were good,” their mother,
Salena Manni, told ABC 10.
[See Clark, A8]
WASHINGTON — The
Trump administration is
poised to abandon America’s pioneering fuel economy
targets for cars and SUVs, a
move that would undermine
one of the world’s most aggressive programs to confront climate change and invite another major confrontation with California.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected
to announce in the coming
days that it will scrap mileage targets the Obama administration drafted in tandem with California that aim
to boost average fuel economy for passenger cars and
SUVs to 55 miles per gallon
by 2025, according to people
familiar with the plans.
The agency plans to replace those targets with a
weaker standard that will be
unveiled soon, according to
the people, who did not want
to be identified discussing
the plan before it was announced.
EPA spokeswoman Liz
Bowman said a draft determination was undergoing interagency review and a final
decision would be made by
Sunday.
EPA chief Scott Pruitt
has previously suggested
that he thinks the targets
are too onerous for manufacturers and inhibit them from
selling the vehicles most
popular with Americans. A
climate skeptic, Pruitt has
questioned mainstream science on the warming caused
by greenhouse gases such as
auto emissions.
Whether Pruitt can weak-
Relatives demand
answers in deadly
Venezuela jail fire
At least 68 packed in
cells died. ‘Those who
did this should pay.’
By Chris Kraul
and Mery Mogollon
CARACAS, Venezuela —
As relatives waited for officials to hand over the remains of loved ones killed in
a jailhouse fire, anger flared
again in this economically
pressed country as residents
and activist groups demanded an explanation for
one of the worst catastrophes in the nation’s notoriously overcrowded jail and
prison system.
The fast-moving fire on
Wednesday swept through a
police station where prisoners were being kept,
killing at least 68 people
packed into jail cells designed to accommodate a
fraction of its inmate population. Several officials said
they expected the death toll
to climb.
As smoke and flames engulfed the jail, news video
showed desperate families
pushing toward a line of police officers before being
driven back by tear gas and
rubber bullets. Some people
stumbled in the chaos as the
bullets kicked up puffs of
dust in the road outside the
police station.
“I want justice for my
son,” said Rocky Varela, 53,
who said his 27-year-old son
had been killed in the blaze.
[See Venezuela, A5]
on Wednesday after the deadly jail fire in Venezuela.
Move against U.S. and
others in West augurs
new chill in relations.
By Sabra Ayres
and Laura King
MOSCOW — Russia has
landed a heavy diplomatic
counterpunch in the case of
the poisoned spy, declaring
Thursday that it would toss
out 60 American diplomats
and scores of other Western
envoys in response to a massive coordinated expulsion
of Russians announced this
week by Britain and its allies, including the United
States.
The Russian retaliation,
which also included the closing of the U.S. Consulate
in St. Petersburg, sent
Moscow’s relations with the
West into a deep chill that
was almost reminiscent of
Cold War days.
But it also left unanswered the question hanging over the entire spy-poisoning affair: This time, had
the self-confident Vladimir
V. Putin overreached?
Nearly a month after a
turncoat former Russian intelligence operative and his
daughter were poisoned in
the British city of Salisbury
with a military-grade nerve
agent bearing Moscow’s Soviet-era signature, the ultimate cost to Russia remains
unclear.
That’s partly because the
episode is still playing out.
Recriminations continue to
[See Russia, A4]
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
watches pregame activities before the team’s home opener against the Giants.
FAITHFUL COME
HOME TO ROOT
By Chris Erskine and
Hailey Branson-Potts
Katherine Ortiz Getty Images
RUSSIA
STRIKES
BACK,
EXPELS
ENVOYS
DUDLEY STEWART III , wearing a hat honoring Dodgers players from the past,
Expectations high on Dodgers’ 60th opening day
A RELATIVE of a prisoner cries at the police station
en the rules for the entire
country is an open question.
California, with its history of
smog problems and heightened vulnerability to climate
change, has unique authority under the Clean Air Act
to impose its own standard.
The act also permits other
states to adopt the California rules, and a dozen have.
Over the last decade, the
federal government has
worked with California to
keep mileage targets uni[See Fuel, A6]
Some 56,000 baseball
fans arrived on buses and
motorbikes, by Uber and on
foot. They wore flip-flops
and treasured jerseys pulled
from the bottoms of drawers. They wore tube tops, Tshirts and the first sunburns
of spring.
It was like a bounce
house crossed with a church
picnic at the Dodgers’ 60th
opening day Thursday.
Some fans sat quietly happy,
their lunches in their laps.
Others chugged lunch with
both fists.
Whatever. A little lunacy
never hurt anyone. It’s a ballpark, after all, that most
egalitarian of places, and
L.A.’s town square.
“Let’s go, Dodgers!” they
screamed across the land.
As fans streamed into the
reserve level, a quartet of
men in Dodgers hats — on a
tuba, clarinet, trumpet and
banjo — played chipper
tunes. Among them, of
course, “Take Me Out to the
Ballgame.”
Marlene Uva, 68, smiled
as she looked around at the
crowd gathering under a
beautifully blue sky.
“It’s like the Kentucky
Derby of baseball,” she said.
And the favorite, of
course, is these Dodgers.
[See Opener, A9]
North, South
Korea set
date to meet
The April 27 summit
in the demilitarized
zone could foreshadow
talks between the
North’s Kim Jong Un
and President Trump.
WORLD, A3
Federal courts’
‘liberal lion’ dies
Stephen Reinhardt, 87,
was the liberal face of
the U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals.
CALIFORNIA, B1
Weather
Partly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 82/58. B6
A2
F R I DAY , MA R C H 30, 2018
SSS
LAT IMES. C OM
ON THE GROUND IN NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO
WITH
M OLLY H ENNESSY-F ISKE
A dilemma for deportees
At a shelter, migrants weigh whether to try crossing into U.S. again
T
he migrants rose
before dawn to
prepare a breakfast of bean
burritos and
champurrado, a Mexican
cinnamon-chocolate drink
whose scent filled the dining
hall of their temporary
shelter in this heavily trafficked border town across
the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.
The number of migrants
apprehended at the southern border has dipped since
President Trump took
office, but hundreds still
arrive each week at Casa
Migrante, a haven in this
border city still haunted by
drug cartel violence that
scared off U.S. tourists and
businesses during the last
decade. The surrounding
state of Tamaulipas, which
hugs the border, is still one
of the most violent in Mexico, and the State Department this year warned
Americans against traveling
there. Few migrants want to
linger in Nuevo Laredo.
The free shelter run by
Catholic priests has space
for 100 at a time in a white
concrete building beside the
river. On this recent morning, the migrants, most of
them men, ate breakfast at
plastic tables next to a map
of the U.S., a picture of Jesus
with his disciples and Spanish banners proclaiming,
“Justice for migrants” and
“If the migrant is not your
brother, God is not your
father.”
Some of the migrants
were Central Americans —
first-time visitors to Nuevo
Laredo. Others were recently deported from the
U.S. The deportees, in particular, had a difficult decision: Should they admit
defeat and give up, or risk
prison by trying to cross
illegally again?
Sandy Veracruz Santiago, 21, had been deported
the day before just hours
after she and a cousin
crossed the Rio Grande into
Texas, bound for Houston,
where they have relatives.
They had paid a total of
$4,500 to cross the border,
hoping to find work to support their two children.
Before they were deported, Border Patrol
agents warned the pair that
if they were caught crossing
again, they could be detained for months. In the
past, U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement
routinely placed migrants in
deportation proceedings,
but now officials often pursue criminal charges, which
can mean prison time for
repeat offenders. The
agents’ warning scared
Veracruz, who planned to
head home to Mexico City.
But her cousin said he
would cross the border
illegally again soon.
“We will see what happens,” said Pablo Botello
Garcia, 20, a baby-faced
house painter with a 9month-old daughter at
home.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times
CASA MIGRANTE, a shelter in Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, is a haven for migrants in a violent city.
Two other migrants sat
facing each other at the end
of another table. They were
tired, unshaven and uncertain about their futures.
Luis Duran said he was
stopped by police in tiny
Alton, Utah, days before
and swiftly deported. He
had lived in the U.S. since
2001 and left behind three
sons — ages 7, 3 and 2 — and
he missed them.
Duran, 36, framed
houses for a living in Utah
and knew he would be paid
far less for such work in his
hometown of Puebla, Mexico. But he wasn’t sure he
could cross the border again
without ending up in detention long term.
“I can’t make money here
in Mexico,” Duran said. “But
I have three deportations.
That’s enough.”
Heriberto Garcia, a
32-year-old construction
worker sitting across from
him, agreed they were in a
bind.
Garcia, who had been
deported the day before,
had a 10-year-old son in
Houston, where he was
stopped and detained for
driving without a license. He
also had been deported
before, in 2013.
“We can’t work” in Mexico, he said. In his home state
of Guanajuato, it took family connections to find work.
Garcia had friend who had
started robbing cars for a
living.
“When they deport us,
they force us into a life of
crime. I might have to do it,”
he said.
In the shelter kitchen,
deportee Carlos Villareal
said he had given up on
returning to the U.S.
Villareal, 40, a slim construction worker from rural
western Mexico, first
crossed to the U.S. illegally
in 1995. He worked across
the South, made good money rebuilding homes in New
Orleans after Hurricane
Katrina, married and had
two sons, ages 7 and 1.
He was earning up to
$150 a day when he was
deported this year. In his
native Nayarit state, he said,
he could find only farm work
that paid $20 a day. So Villareal had paid $2,500 to
cross the border illegally the
day before.
He was caught by Border
Patrol and swiftly returned
to Mexico.
“My time working in the
U.S. has ended. I have to
think of my sons. This was
my last chance to go back
and make money, but I
couldn’t do it,” Villareal
said.
At a neighboring table,
cleanshaven Julian Calleja
finished his burrito and
prepared to leave for work
at a factory.
Calleja, 27, had been
deported after he was
charged with driving under
the influence after drinking
a few beers and some tequila
on his way home from work
one night in Wayne, Neb.
There he earned $150 a day
at a Mexican restaurant. In
Nuevo Laredo he earned 200
pesos a day, about $11, soldering metal chairs.
Calleja sent much of
what he earned back to
Acapulco to support his
12-year-old daughter. Unlike
Villareal, he was willing to
risk a prison sentence. He
planned to pay smugglers,
likely several thousand
dollars, to cross the border
illegally once more.
“It’s tougher now, but my
family has to eat. It’s more
difficult here in Mexico than
in jail,” he said.
Sitting nearby, Miguel
Nogues said he also planned
to return to the U.S. illegally.
He had settled years before
in Texas, found work in the
oil fields earning $25 an hour
and married a U.S. citizen.
He sent money back to his
father in Mexico City to pay
for his cancer medication.
Now Nogues, 40, looked
and felt out of place at the
shelter in his Old Navy
fleece, Polo cap and blue
Nike sneakers. He wanted to
return to his adopted small
town of Alice in south Texas.
“I love living with U.S.
citizens. They’re my second
family,” he said.
After breakfast, Juan
Olivares, 71, hobbled with a
metal cane to an outside
courtyard. He’d been de-
ported from San Antonio in
December by ICE after
living as a legal resident in
the U.S. for 59 years.
Bearded with thick glasses,
he was still wearing the
slip-on shoes he had been
issued at the U.S. detention
center where he was held for
three months.
Olivares wasn’t sure why
ICE came to his house and
deported him. He said he
had been convicted of assaulting his wife in 1996, a
felony, but received 10 years
of probation that ended
after four years because of
good behavior. His wife died
in 2007. His adult children
were U.S. citizens living in
Texas. He couldn’t afford to
hire an attorney. He had no
family left in his native
Coahuila state, but he said
he might move to a shelter
there that had offered him
assistance.
“We are Mexicans without a country,” he said of the
deportees.
Walking out the other
door of the dining hall
toward the shelter office was
a small man in a gray Dave
& Buster’s sweatshirt and
with an unbandaged scrape
on his head.
Jovan, a Guatemalan
farmer, had spent weeks
migrating north on foot to
find work to support his two
children, ages 6 and 1. He
hopped a northbound cargo
train in Mexico known as La
Bestia, or the Beast, a notoriously dangerous route to
the U.S. border. Ten days
earlier, Mexican police had
forced him and a group of
about 100 migrants off the
train. He bumped his head,
which still hurt. Others
died, he said.
Jovan, 24, had arrived in
Nuevo Laredo a few days
before and didn’t want to
share his last name for fear
he might be deported. Walking down the street with
fellow migrants, he said, he
got chased by Mexican men
in a black SUV. Some darted
out, grabbed a Honduran
migrant he knew and sped
off. The man had not been
heard from since, Jovan
said.
He asked staff members
in the shelter office whether
he could leave with other
migrants for work. They
explained that Jovan did
not have the necessary
paperwork yet to work in
Mexico. He didn’t have
money to pay a smuggler,
but he was determined to
reach the U.S. on his own if
he had to.
“Today or tomorrow I
will cross,” he said. “These
are the risks we take.”
Earlier that morning, a
few miles away at the border
bridge, several men had
boarded a red inflated rubber raft and tried to cross
the river. They were desperate and also conspicuous,
and half a dozen Border
Patrol agents ran to apprehend them.
molly.hennessy-fiske
@latimes.com
1,000 WORDS: ROME
Vatican Media
A PRE-EASTER RITUAL
Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates on Thursday, a pre-Easter ritual that he conducted during his
visit to the Regina Coeli detention center in Rome. He washed a total of 12 people’s feet as a traditional
part of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Francis, who frequently tells inmates they need to keep hope alive,
told them that they must clear their eyes every day so they can see and spread hope. The comment came in
context of the pontiff’s announcement that he needs to have cataract surgery next year.
FRIDAY , MARC H 30, 2018
L AT I ME S . CO M
A3
THE WORLD
Koreas move closer to a summit
Negotiators agree
leaders of the two
nations will meet in
the DMZ on April 27,
but questions remain.
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — Negotiators
from North and South Korea
set a date — April 27 — and a
location in the demilitarized
zone along their border for a
summit between their two
leaders, which could foreshadow a meeting between
the North’s Kim Jong Un and
President Trump.
The summit between
Kim and the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, would be
only the third top-level summit between the nations
since an armistice ended
hostilities in the Korean War
in 1953 — and the first held
on South Korean soil. The
meeting location is the
Peace House, a building just
over the border on the south
in the diplomatic outpost of
Panmunjom, presenting the
prospect of historic images
showing Kim crossing the
line.
But it remains unclear
precisely how the negotiators, meeting Thursday, set
the summit framework for
any top-level discussion of
the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, seen
as a key issue in any deal for
long-term peace on the Korean peninsula.
The negotiations over the
date and location of the
summit opened with a recent history lesson.
Cho Myoung-gyon, the
South’s chief negotiator, reminded his counterparts
from the North about talks
in January over cooperation
between the two Koreas at
the Winter Olympics — dialogue that sparked the recent torrent of diplomatic
activity that holds the promise of resolving decades of
tension on the peninsula.
Wally Santana Associated Press
THE LEADERS of North and South Korea are to meet at the Peace House in the demilitarized zone. Above, a meeting room in the DMZ.
“A journey of a thousand
miles begins with a single
step,” Cho, the South’s unification minister, recalled
telling the group then and
now. Those talks led to the
last-minute participation of
North Korean athletes in the
Olympics, including as part
of a unified Korean women’s
hockey team.
Thursday’s deal represented another step, among
many, in the recent thaw between the two countries. But
plenty remain.
Experts watching the developments are mindful of
how past agreements or potential diplomatic breakthroughs fell short.
Two key agreements in
recent decades between
Washington and Pyongyang
over nuclear development
eventually collapsed, and
that work continued despite
top-level talks between the
North and South in 2000 and
2007 under previous leaders.
Kim Byoung-joo, who
teaches foreign studies at
Hankuk University in Seoul,
said the United States and
South Korea would seek to
avoid the failings of previous
agreements.
“This is a first step, but
it’s not the same first step
of the past, since it’s based
on past experiences and
lessons,” he said in reference
to Cho’s opening remarks.
“It’s a different kind of first
step.”
The parties, who met on
the North Korean side of the
diplomatic complex to discuss the summit, plan to
convene again early next
month to discuss protocol,
security and media coverage
of the event, according to a
joint statement.
South Korean officials
said after the meeting that
the summit would in principle focus on the North’s nuclear
program,
which
sparked international condemnation last year over numerous ballistic missile
tests and the underground
detonation of a hydrogen
bomb.
The North has boasted
that it is now capable of
striking the U.S. mainland
with a nuclear-armed missile.
The parties also agreed
that a peace agreement between North and South,
which are still technically at
war, remained a goal.
“North and South agreed
on the historical significance
of the summit in denuclearization and settlement of
peace on the Korean peninsula, and the improvement
of inter-Korean relationship,” Cho said after the negotiations.
Ri Son Gwon, Cho’s
counterpart on inter-Korean issues from the North,
said “a number of working-
Egypt president headed for landslide win
Sisi appears to have
won a second term in
an election decried
by critics as a farce.
By Salma Islam
and Alexandra Zavis
CAIRO — In a result that
was never in doubt, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
Sisi appears headed to a second term at the helm of the
Arab world’s most populous
nation after any serious
challengers were prevented
from running against him.
The resounding election
victory — in which Sisi garnered more than 90% of the
vote, according to unofficial
tallies published Thursday
by state-run media — was
dampened by a lower turnout than four years ago.
Sisi’s lone opponent —
Moussa Mostafa Moussa, an
ardent supporter of the
president whose last-minute candidacy was widely
seen as an attempt to give
the election a veneer of legitimacy — was reported to
have received about 3% of
the ballots cast over three
days this week.
Official results are expected Monday. But Moussa
conceded his likely defeat
shortly after polls closed
Wednesday, telling a local
television station,“I am very
happy with the experience,
whatever the result.”
The government and its
supporters made a concerted effort to entice and
coerce voters to the polls to
achieve a turnout that would
shore up Sisi’s mandate in
the face of critics who labeled the election a farce.
Some voters told local reporters they were promised
boxes of food, small cash
payments and other inducements to take part.
Officials in some governorates — the Egyptian
equivalent of states —
pledged to prioritize towns
with high turnouts for upgrades to services such as
water and sanitation, according to news reports. In
Jonathan Rashad For The Times
PEOPLE SHOW their support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi outside a
polling station in Cairo this week. Voter turnout was lower than four years ago.
another governorate, residents were told they could
take part in a raffle for free
religious pilgrimages to the
Muslim holy city of Mecca in
Saudi Arabia if local turnout
reached 40%.
Voting is a legal requirement in Egypt, and the National Election Authority on
Wednesday reminded citizens who did not take part
that they could face fines of
about $30. That would be a
considerable sum for many
here, although such fines
have not been enforced in
the past.
There were also reports
of employers threatening to
dock pay from their workers
or report their names to the
authorities if they didn’t
vote.
The state-run newspaper
Al Ahram reported on its
website Thursday that
about 25 million of the country’s nearly 60 million eligible voters, or 42%, cast ballots. The official turnout in
2014 was more than 47%,
though analysts questioned
the accuracy of both figures
based on the short or nonexistent lines observed at
many polling stations.
Sisi was leading with
about 92% of the vote, the
newspaper said without
specifying the number of
ballots counted. The votes
for Moussa were outnumbered by invalid ballots, according to figures provided
by another daily, Al Youm al
Sabea.
In a tweet late Wednesday, Sisi said: “The scenes of
Egyptians at polling stations will remain my source
of pride and honor and a
compelling proof of the
greatness of our nation.”
“The voice of the Egyptian masses will undoubtedly remain a witness that
the will of our nation is imposing itself with a force that
knows no weakness,” he
added.
Many Egyptians see the
president as a bulwark of
stability after years of political and economic turbulence after the 2011 “Arab
Spring”
uprisings
that
swept the region and toppled the country’s longtime
strongman, Hosni Mubarak.
Sisi, a former military chief,
seized power in 2013 amid
massive street protests
against the country’s first
democratically elected president, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.
“People are so tired,” said
Massoud Shafiq, a 50-yearold Cairo hairdresser who
recalled a time when he
could not run his blow-dryer
because of constant power
outages and didn’t feel safe
in the streets after dark.
With Sisi in charge, he believes that the country’s
problems are finally being
addressed. “We want to see a
continuation of what we
have seen for the past four
years,” he said.
To Sisi’s critics, however,
this week’s vote was a meaningless referendum on the
president’s rule. Any serious
challengers were arrested or
intimidated into withdrawing from the race.
“There is no election,” declared a 28-year-old Cairo
street vendor, who said he
didn’t bother to vote. “Sisi
was going to win anyway.”
He did not want his name
published for fear of retribution.
Analysts said Sisi appeared to have decided that
any political opening could
lead to the kind of popular
upheaval that toppled Mubarak. Sisi’s predecessor,
Morsi, is in jail along with
thousands of his followers
from the Islamist Muslim
Brotherhood. Hundreds of
websites deemed critical of
the government have been
blocked, and journalists arrested or deported.
Khaled Dawoud, leader
of the liberal Constitution
Party and a noted critic of
Sisi, said he did not expect
any reprieve now that the
president has secured a second term. “We are going to
get four more years of the
same, if not worse,” he said.
Though Sisi has said he
has no intention of running
again, many of his critics expect supporters to begin
pressing for constitutional
amendments that would allow the president to remain
in office beyond the current
two-term limit.
“His pattern to date does
not show that he will be enthusiastic about simply
stepping down and handing
over to someone he doesn’t
view as sufficiently fit for the
task,” said H.A. Hellyer, a
nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington
think tank. “So either he will
find someone whom he can
groom, or he will want to extend his time.”
“Whether that is for one
term or multiple terms, it’s
unclear — but I think that
will be a discussion fairly
soon in his second term,”
Hellyer added.
Experts warned, however, that even the government’s most ardent supporters will be looking to Sisi
to provide relief from painful
austerity measures required
to secure a $12-billion loan
from the International Monetary Fund. Although there
are signs the economy is improving, soaring prices and
the elimination of subsidies
have hurt many Egyptians.
alexandra.zavis
@latimes.com
Twitter: @alexzavis
Special correspondent
Islam reported from Cairo
and Times staff writer Zavis
from Beirut.
level issues” remain before
the summit next month.
“But if we acknowledge
the historical significance
and importance of the upcoming summit and make
sincere efforts, we will be
able to solve all problems
promptly and smoothly,”
said Ri, who helped negotiate the Olympics deal and
traveled to the South during
the Games.
Heather Nauert, the
spokeswoman for the U.S.
State Department, welcomed the announcement of
the meeting. The summit
“moves us closer to the point
where the United States can
sit down with North Korea
and have a meeting.
“We’re realistic about
that overall. The State Department is planning for
that meeting. We’re going
ahead in full faith and good
faith.”
She said the Trump administration believes “overall that the pressure campaign is working.... We’re
proud of that pressure campaign, and so many countries joining the United
States
in
recognizing
[these] destabilizing elements within North Korea
and the North Korean regime, in terms of its ballistic
missile and nuclear testing.”
As one result of the North
Korea talks, Trump said he
may put a hold on a new
trade deal with South Korea
that would lift U.S. steel tariffs in exchange for greater
access to the South Korean
auto market.
“I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North
Korea,” Trump said during a
speech in Ohio that was ostensibly about roads and
bridges. “Because it’s a very
strong card and I want to
make sure everyone is
treated fairly and we’re moving along very nicely with
North Korea.”
The remarks surprised
and confused many, because
they appeared to draw a link
between the trade deal with
South Korea and the joint effort by the U.S. and South
Korea to enter into talks
with North Korea.
Trump agreed in early
March to meet Kim, the totalitarian state’s third-generation leader, in May. The
details for those potential
talks remain unclear.
The agreement Thursday on the North-South
summit details was an incremental step in a rapid diplomatic process that began
with the election of Moon,
who came to power in May
promising a more dialoguefocused plan in dealing with
the North after a decade of
hard-line policies by previous presidents.
Last summer, Moon first
floated the idea of a combined Korean hockey team
at the Winter Olympics, held
in February in Pyeongchang,
South Korea.
It wasn’t until Kim’s conciliatory speech on New
Year’s Day that the idea
gained traction.
Stiles is a special
correspondent.
A4
F R I DAY , MA R C H 30, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
An emotional
homecoming for
Nobel laureate
Malala Yousafzai
returns to Pakistan for
the first time since she
was attacked in 2012.
By Zulfiqar Ali
and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan —
Nobel Peace Prize winner
Malala Yousafzai, who was
shot 5 1⁄2 years ago by Pakistani Taliban militants for
championing girls’ education, made a surprise return
to her home country Thursday for the first time since
the attack.
Yousafzai, 20, broke
down in tears in an emotional speech at the Pakistani prime minister’s office,
saying she dreamed of coming home and would continue to fight to raise the number of girls in school.
“I am very happy, and I
still can’t believe that this is
actually happening,” she
said. “For the last five years, I
have always just seen this
dream of setting foot in my
homeland.”
Her visit was kept secret
for her security — ultraconservatives in Pakistan have
continued to denounce her
as a stooge of the West — and
officials did not disclose her
itinerary other than to say
she would spend four days in
the country.
Prime Minister Shahid
Khaqan Abbasi, speaking
after Yousafzai, said she was
the country’s most famous
citizen.
“The entire world gave
you honor and respect, and
Pakistan will [also],” Abbasi
said. “It is your home. Now
you are not an ordinary citizen. Your security is our responsibility.”
Pakistani media reported that Yousafzai —
now a student at Oxford
University in Britain —
landed at the airport in Islamabad, the capital, early
Thursday morning accompanied by her father, Ziauddin, and two other people, officials said.
It was not immediately
Nighat Dad AFP/Getty Images
MALALA YOUSAFZAI
attends a meeting in
Islamabad. She also met
with Pakistan’s premier.
clear whether she would visit her hometown in the Swat
Valley, where she and two
classmates were shot as they
sat in a school bus in 2012,
when she was 15. All three
survived the shooting, but
Yousafzai had to be transported to Britain for treatment after a bullet lodged in
her head.
She made a full recovery,
but Taliban militants have
vowed to attack her again.
Her father invited a few
close friends in Swat to meet
her in Islamabad, suggesting that she would not make
the 155-mile trip. But that
did not diminish the excitement among friends in Swat.
Fazal Khaliq, who taught
Yousafzai English for three
years, said he was overjoyed
to hear of her return.
“Malala is a global icon
for girls’ education, and she
must visit Swat,” he said.
“Her visit will inspire women, especially girls in Swat.
Most of the people of this region are proud of Malala because of her bravery and
campaign for education.”
Khaliq
acknowledged
that some conservatives
would be displeased that she
was back in Pakistan.
“But I am proud of
Malala, and people of Swat
love her,” he said.
Her fans and celebrities
welcomed her on social media. Mahira Khan, a popular
actress, tweeted: “Welcome
home baby girl.”
Umar Saif, a Cabinet
minister in Punjab province,
said: “Pakistan’s daughter
and the global symbol of female education is back in
Pakistan. Welcome home.”
Yousafzai has lived in
Britain since the shooting,
which galvanized worldwide
outrage and propelled her to
become the youngest person
to win the Nobel Peace Prize,
in 2014. She has spoken on
talk shows and at the United
Nations, inspiring crowds
with her calm eloquence,
and established the Malala
Fund to help educate some
of the 130 million girls worldwide who are out of school.
She said Thursday that
the fund had invested $6 million in girls’ education in Pakistan and vowed to continue the work.
“I hope we can all join
hands in this mission for the
betterment of Pakistan, so
that our future generation
can receive the right education and women can become
empowered, do jobs, stand
on their own two feet and
earn for themselves,” she
said. “That’s the future we
want to see.”
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
Special correspondent Ali
reported from Peshawar
and Times staff writer
Bengali from Mumbai,
India.
Dmitri Lovetsky Associated Press
RUSSIA has ordered the closing of the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, above, and is expelling 60 U.S. envoys.
Tit-for-tat expulsions
[Russia, from A1]
fly daily between Moscow
and Western capitals, and a
complex inquiry involving
hundreds of British anti-terrorism
investigators
is
pressing ahead.
British health officials
said Thursday that whereas
Sergei Skripal — the 66-yearold Russian ex-spy who was
poisoned — remained in
critical condition, his 33year-old daughter, Yulia,
was improving. Previously, a
family member in Russia
had told the BBC that doctors had all but ruled out a
full recovery for either father
or daughter.
Skripal has been living in
Britain since being handed
over in a large-scale 2010 spy
swap. He confessed to his
Russian masters that he
had spied on Britain’s behalf.
The latest act in the diplomatic drama came when
the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Jon Huntsman Jr., was
summoned to Moscow’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday
to be informed of the “reciprocal” expulsions, Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said
in a briefing carried by staterun media.
Lavrov said more than 90
expulsions of Russians by
other
Western
nations
would be met in kind, on a
country-by-country basis.
The U.S. State Department, calling the action “regrettable” and “unwarranted,” said additional U.S.
actions had not been ruled
out.
“It is clear that Russia is
not interested in dialogue
about issues that matter to
our two countries,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert
said. “Russia is further isolating itself following the
brazen chemical attack in
the United Kingdom.”
Nauert said the 60 U.S.
diplomats were declared
persona non grata and ordered to leave within seven
days. The St. Petersburg
consulate was given 48
hours to close, she said.
Russian official media
said the Americans in question consisted of 58 from the
Moscow embassy and two
from the consulate in Yekaterinburg. A U.S. Consulate
in Vladivostok, in Russia’s
Far East, was apparently unaffected.
Analysts noted that with
Thursday’s precisely equivalent expulsions, Russia was
making a point of not upping
the ante — at least for now.
The earlier moves by Western governments also allowed them some room to
maneuver, said Rosa Balfour, a Brussels-based analyst with the German Marshall Fund.
“It’s a spectrum,” she
said. “There is room for an
increased level of condemnation, but with de-escalation also an option.”
Tension could quickly intensify if the West takes
economic aim at Putin’s oligarch-heavy inner circle.
London is a nexus of foreign
capital holdings by many
wealthy Russians. Britain
has indicated it is looking
carefully at those holdings.
Huntsman said Wednesday that the United States
and its allies had not ruled
out that Russia’s assets
abroad could be seized.
That warning apparently
struck a raw nerve. On
Thursday, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Sergei
Ryabkov told Huntsman
that any bid to seize Russian
assets would bring “further
serious degradation in relations” and was “fraught with
grave consequences for
global stability.”
In Russia, the poisoning
episode has not only failed to
dent Putin’s domestic popularity, but also probably has
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“Where the scope is, is for
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shall we say, alternative
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Balkans, they could suddenly get much more aggressive. Or they could actually
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aback by the Western response, there are rifts within
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for him to exploit.
NATO ally Turkey pointedly refused to join in any
move to punish Russia. And
in Europe, the move to expel
Russian diplomats set off
internal debate in Italy and
other countries. Austria also
declined to join in the expulsions.
President Trump, under
a cloud as special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III continues his wide-ranging investigation of whether the
Trump campaign cooperated with Russia during the
2016 presidential campaign,
has left it to surrogates
to condemn Moscow’s actions.
But the White House
readout of conversations the
president had this week with
British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and
French President Emmanuel Macron voiced common
outrage over the Skripal attack.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, warned
that fresh measures were
possible “in the case of continuing
hostile
actions
against Russian diplomatic
and consular institutions” in
the United States.
“The U.S. authorities, encouraging and fanning the
campaign of slander against
our country, are invited to
think again and stop reckless actions to destroy bilateral relations,” the ministry
said.
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bolstered it. Many ordinary
Russians profess faith in the
official narrative that Moscow was the victim, or back
one of the many dark conspiracy theories Russia’s
Foreign Ministry has spun to
explain the poison attack.
A March phone poll by
the government-linked Russian Public Opinion Research Center found that
81% of respondents believed
Britain’s leadership deliberately exacerbated the crisis
in relations with Russia.
Only 5% believed Britain
had any grounds for blaming
Russia for anything related
to the Skripal case.
“Most Russians really see
obvious Russo-phobic motives in the actions of British
politicians,” said Stepan
Lvov, the polling agency’s
head of research.
But some saw miscalculation on the part of Putin,
who this month overwhelmingly won reelection in a vote
widely criticized in the West
as unfair because it excluded
his main opponent.
“Is Russia guilty? You
know, we’re used to seeing
how ‘poor and innocent’
Russia is never at fault,” said
Pyotr Maslov, 55, a Moscow
artist. Using a sardonic nickname for Putin and an expletive to describe his actions, Maslov said the Russian leader might have taken
matters a step too far with
the poison attack.
“Uncle Vova [messed] up
this time,” he said. “That’s
obvious.”
Russia shrugged off an
initial burst of anger on London’s part, but Putin and his
circle may have been caught
by surprise by the show of
solidarity from Britain’s allies, analysts said.
In the days after the poisoning, Russia issued a series of statements that
amounted to trolling Britain
over its perceived isolation
amid the stress and strain of
the “Brexit” negotiations.
Nonetheless, those same
European Union negotiating partners, led by Germany and France, counted
themselves in Britain’s corner when it came to an attack carried out on European soil, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent
since World War II.
Ten days after the attack,
London ordered the expulsions of 23 Russian diplomats, after Moscow ignored a demand to explain
why Novichok, a nerve agent
developed during the Soviet
era, was found at the scene.
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FRIDAY , MARC H 30, 2018
L AT I ME S . CO M
A5
Anger,
anguish
in fatal
jail fire
[Venezuela, from A1]
“Those who did this should
pay.”
Venezuela has been staggered by its economic crisis.
Hyperinflation, food shortages, a lack of jobs and waves
of lawlessness have made life
intolerable for many. Some
have fled to neighboring
countries to seek relief.
Conditions in the prisons
are even worse, advocate
groups say, with inmates going without food or basic
sanitation for days and
drugs and weapons traded
among prisoners with the
help of corrupt guards.
Venezuela chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab
said four prosecutors were
being assigned to determine
what happened and who
was responsible for the tragedy in Valencia, a town in
Carabobo state 100 miles
west of Caracas.
Saab, who said all but two
of the victims were men,
promised a “thorough investigation to immediately
shed light on the painful
events that have put dozens
of Venezuelan families in
mourning.” The two women
who were killed were believed to have been visitors.
The death toll in Wednesday’s disaster surpasses
nearly every recent mass
casualty event at Venezuelan prisons and jails on
record. A fire at a prison in
the western state of Zulia
killed more than 100 inmates
in 1994. In 2013, 61 people
were killed and over 100 injured, mostly from bullet
wounds, after a riot in Barquisimeto. And in 2017, a disturbance at the Amazonas
state prison left 38 dead.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro maintained official silence Thursday over the causes of the
deadly riot and fire, even as
opposition congressional
members and human rights
groups called for an investi-
Juan Carlos Hernandez Associated Press
A WOMAN kicks a riot police shield as relatives wait to hear news about their incarcerated family members in Valencia, Venezuela.
gation.
Opposition
leaders
quickly pointed to the
deadly fire as an example of
a failed government and a
society that is unraveling. In
its third year of recession,
Venezuela is suffering from
triple-digit inflation and deteriorating living conditions.
As many as 2 million people
have fled and, of those who
remain, it is estimated that
as many as 82% of them are
living in poverty.
“All of Venezuela is disturbed and indignant,” former National Assembly
member
Maria
Corina
Machado said over social
media. “This is a massacre, a
brutal crime that they tried
to hide even as it occurred.”
Henrique Capriles, the
opposition leader and former Miranda state governor
who lost the 2013 presidential election to Maduro,
called the fire and its consequences “Dante-esque.”
“How many more times
do we have to witness these
same scenes? … More than
70 dead stacked in a police
command center shows the
failure of a government obligated to guarantee the lives
of Venezuelans,” Capriles
said.
Human rights agencies
that have condemned Venezuela’s penal system as one
of the most inhumane in
Latin America have called
for a full investigation.
“Sadly, they burn prisoners in the jails of Venezuela,” said Humberto Prado,
director of the Venezuelan
Prisons Observatory, which
monitors jail and prison conditions. “There are people
who have burned to death,
and
the
governor
of
[Carabobo] still has not
emerged to take responsibility for what happened.”
Prado’s group has long
warned of the untenable situation at police station jails,
where detainees are often
kept far longer than the 48hour holding period mandated by law after an initial
arrest.
Although no official sequence of events leading up
to the riot and fire have been
released, an anonymous police
source
told
the
Carabobo News Agency that
the violence began after a
police officer conducting a
search of jail cells was disarmed and stabbed by a
prisoner. The blaze apparently spread as mattresses
in jail cells caught fire.
Although the official
death toll remained unchanged Thursday, National
Assembly member Juan
Miguel Matheus said he was
told that 78 people had died
in the fire, including 10 women. So far, there has been no
mention of whether any
guards or police officers
were among the victims.
Most, if not all, of the vic-
tims are believed to have
been burned to death or died
from smoke inhalation.
Carmen Valera, who
identified herself as the aunt
of one of the dead prisoners,
told Caraota Digital TV in an
interview outside the prison
that the fire was a “massacre” initiated by guards and
police. “Here no one ever
finds anything out,” she
said. “It’s all hidden.”
Juan Guaido, a member
of the opposition-controlled
National Assembly, said he
would open an investigation
into the deadly fire, which
occurred at a regional police
command center that had
been partially converted to a
jail to to hold the spillover of
Venezuela’s
overflowing
prison population.
On Thursday, the smell of
smoke still wafted in the air
and a white column at the
station’s front entrance was
marred by a black stain from
the fire.
Felix Brugera, 73, said officials showed up at his
home early in the morning
and informed him that his
25-year-old son, Eduardo,
had died. He said his son had
been detained four months
for allegedly stealing a cellphone. “This is not justice,”
he said, pledging to stay outside the building until officials turned over his son’s remains. “This is injustice.”
Aida Parra said she last
saw her son when she took
him food the previous day.
As Thursday wore on, she remained uncertain whether
he had survived. “I don’t
know if my son is dead or
alive!” she cried. “They
haven’t told me anything.”
Special correspondents
Kraul and Mogollon
reported from Bogota,
Colombia, and Caracas,
respectively. The
Associated Press
contributed to this report.
A6
FR I DAY , MA R C H 30, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
State not yielding on fuel targets
[Fuel, from A1]
form nationwide, folding the
state’s aggressive smog and
anti-pollution goals into the
national program. A single
standard is crucial to automakers who don’t want to
contend with multiple production lines to comply with
conflicting rules in states,
particularly one as important to car sales as California.
After President Trump
was elected, automakers immediately began lobbying
him to rewrite the rules —
and to pressure California to
dial back its efforts. Pruitt’s
action would give the companies limited or no relief if it
is not enforced nationwide
since California’s rules apply
to more than a third of cars
sold across the country, and
automakers are loath to create multiple production
lines to comply with conflicting rules.
The state is showing no
sign of yielding. And the EPA
chief is striking an increasingly hostile tone toward it,
suggesting that he may seek
to revoke the federal waiver
that allows California to impose tougher rules than
those of the federal government.
State leaders are daring
him to try. They are confident it is a legal fight California would win.
“We are not going to go
backward,” said California
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
“We are not interested in a
race to the bottom…. We are
prepared to take whatever
action, legal or otherwise, we
have to to protect our health
and our economy.”
“We didn’t make these
moves lightly,” Becerra said
of the fuel economy targets.
“They came after years of
study, scientific evidence,
fact-gathering,
comment
periods, a lot of back and
forth among experts and
stakeholders. To unwind
this and go backward would
cost our industries and cost
our people billions of dollars.
There has to be a good reason to make any kind of
move. We have seen nothing
change that would make
California change its position.”
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA , with its history of smog problems and heightened vulnerability to climate change, has unique
authority under the federal Clean Air Act to impose its own fuel economy standards.
The 55 miles per gallon
target is based on outdated
testing methods, so it is
widely accepted that the
current figure that would
appear on the window
sticker in showrooms is
closer to 44 miles per gallon.
The ambitious Obamaera program is geared
toward moving drivers into
vehicles that by 2025 release,
on average, half the greenhouse gases of vehicles built
in 2010. The EPA called it the
“the most significant federal
action ever taken to reduce
[greenhouse gas] emissions.”
Some experts say the vehicle program is more significant in the fight against
global warming even than
Obama’s signature Clean
Power Plan, which sought to
curb emissions from electricity plants. While market
trends are pushing utilities
to drive down their emissions even after Trump
moved to unravel the Clean
Power Plan, the auto industry is at risk of stalling on climate action if it is not
pushed by government.
“Given the work that
needs to be done to bring the
transportation sector along
and the importance of driving those emissions down,
having government policy
like this is essential,” said
Ann Carlson, a professor of
environmental law at UCLA.
The existing fuel economy rules are also at the foundation of California’s own
climate goals, which could
prove impossible to meet if
the EPA were to successfully
strip its authority to enforce
them.
The auto industry is still
holding out hope that a deal
between California and the
EPA could be brokered. A
compromise might involve
the state consenting to eas-
ing up on the rules for vehicles sold from 2022-25 — the
years targeted by the administration — in exchange for
extending federal rules out
to 2030 with aggressive targets in those later years.
“We keep urging people
not to rush to judgment,”
said Gloria Bergquist, a
spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “We haven’t seen
the EPA’s data. We need to
see what the government
comes up with…. We see it as
in California’s best interest
to engage with the federal
government
and
other
stakeholders. If the state
wants to maximize greenhouse gas reductions, it
should work with us on a national level. California will
get more done that way than
going it alone.”
Ford Chief Executive Bill
Ford, who has led the push
for weakening the standard,
wrote in a Medium post
Tuesday that the company
was “not asking for a rollback” but “flexibility to help
us provide more affordable
options for our customers.”
The Trump administration’s tone is more threatening than diplomatic.
Pruitt told Bloomberg that
he sees little sense in extending the mileage targets past
2025, and he also said publicly that California should
not have the power to set the
fuel economy agenda for the
rest of the nation. It all suggests he is positioning to try
to revoke the state’s waiver.
The
environmental
waiver is just one of many
the federal government has
granted the state over the
decades, as California confronts its distinct problems
with pollution and also
serves as a model for environmental action nationwide. None of those waivers
has ever been revoked, according to Stanley Young, a
spokesman at the California
Air Resources Board.
“There is a serious legal
question as to whether one
can, in fact, be revoked —
and California would vigorously oppose such an effort,”
he wrote in an email.
Carlson expects the administration will try.
It would have to take aim
at the “compelling and extraordinary” circumstances
that entitle California to obtain the waiver under federal
law. In this case, those circumstances include the
threat climate change poses
to California’s coastline, its
industries and its air quality,
among other things.
The
administration
could argue other states face
similar challenges and that
the mileage rules can be
made more flexible without
imperiling them. And it
would also argue that the
rules are so onerous as to
make them technologically
and economically infeasible.
California’s confidence
that it would prevail is
rooted in the reams of evidence it has amassed to rebut such claims, and the
decades in which its authority to impose air rules
tougher than the EPA’s has
been virtually undisputed by
Washington.
“This is going to be a big
legal battle,” Carlson said.
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THE NATION
‘Serial’ subject closer to new trial
Appeals court upholds
decision vacating the
2000 conviction of
Adnan Syed in his
ex-girlfriend’s slaying.
By Justin Fenton
and Kevin Rector
BALTIMORE — A Maryland appeals court on
Thursday upheld a ruling
granting a new trial to a man
whose conviction in the
killing of his high school
sweetheart became the subject of the popular podcast
“Serial.”
Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 and sentenced
to life in prison in the killing
of Hae Min Lee, whose body
was found in Baltimore’s
Leakin Park.
Syed maintained his innocence and in 2014 his case
attracted international attention when it was featured
on the “Serial” podcast,
which was downloaded millions of times and prompted
legions of listeners to scrutinize the case online.
Thursday’s decision remands the case back to Circuit Court, granting Syed a
new trial there.
Prosecutors could appeal
the ruling to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, which would mean
many more months before
Syed finds out whether his
conviction will remain or if
he will get a new trial.
Maryland Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh’s office said it was
reviewing the decision to decide how to proceed.
Baltimore State’s Atty.
Marilyn J. Mosby’s office will
be tasked with prosecuting
Syed if a retrial moves forward. Her office said it also
was reviewing the appeals
court’s opinion Thursday,
but otherwise declined to
comment.
In writing the Court of
Special Appeals opinion,
Chief Judge Patrick L.
Woodward wrote that a “deficient performance” by
Syed’s attorney during his
initial trial — namely, her
failure to call a witness
named Asia McClain —
“prejudiced Syed’s defense.”
Syed was granted a post-
Karl Merton Ferron Baltimore Sun
ADNAN SYED is escorted from court in Baltimore after the first day of his 2016 hearing for a retrial. He’s been behind bars for 19 years.
HAE MIN LEE was
killed in 1999 after she
and Syed broke up.
conviction hearing in February 2016, during which his
new attorneys argued that
his original counsel had
failed to call McClain — now
Asia McClain Chapman —
as an alibi witness. They also
questioned the reliability of
cellphone evidence used to
place Syed at the spot where
Lee’s body was found.
Four months later, retired Judge Martin Welch,
who had denied Syed’s previous request for a new
trial, vacated the conviction
and ordered a new trial. The
judge said questions about
the cellphone evidence
should have been raised by
Syed’s original team.
The state appealed that
ruling last year. Syed’s attorneys then filed a separate
conditional appeal, asking
the court to look at the alibi
issue.
In the opinion Thursday,
Woodward found that “there
is a reasonable probability
that McClain’s alibi testimony would have raised a
reasonable doubt in the
mind of at least one juror
about Syed’s involvement
[in] Hae’s murder, and thus
‘the result of the proceedings would have been different.’”
The Court of Special Appeals considered the case
during a hearing last June.
There, judges had focused more on the alibi witness angle, questioning attorneys for Syed and the
state attorney general’s office about what weight they
should give to McClain
Chapman, who said she saw
Syed at the Woodlawn Library at the time prosecutors said Lee was killed.
“How can you possibly
evaluate an alibi witness
without speaking to her?”
Woodward asked during the
state’s presentation by
Thiru Vignarajah, a special
assistant attorney general.
Vignarajah referred questions to Frosh’s office on
Thursday.
The judges asked C.
Justin Brown, Syed’s current attorney, whether there
was any case law that would
establish that Syed’s attorney, the late Cristina Gutierrez, provided ineffective
counsel to Syed because she
did not speak to McClain.
Judge Kathryn Grill
Graeff
asked
Brown
whether it is a defense attorney’s responsibility to speak
to any possible alibi witness
— to which Brown said yes.
In a dissent published
alongside the court’s majority opinion issued Thursday,
Graeff seemed to adopt
the state’s argument that
Gutierrez had good reason
not to call McClain Chapman as a witness.
Graeff noted records in
the case, including a detective’s notes on communica-
tions between McClain and
Syed, “indicate potential
cause for concern regarding
the trustworthiness of Ms.
McClain’s alibi, and therefore, the reasonableness of
counsel’s decision not to
contact Ms. McClain or pursue her alibi.”
Graeff wrote, “To the extent that Ms. McClain’s potential alibi could give the
prosecution ammunition to
argue that Syed and Ms. McClain were working together
to falsify an alibi, it would be
a reasonable decision not to
contact Ms. McClain to pursue that alibi.”
jfenton@baltsun.com
krector@baltsun.com
Fenton and Rector are
reporters with the
Baltimore Sun. The
Associated Press
contributed to this report.
Ex-presidents lie low in face of Trump’s attacks
His predecessors,
Obama in particular,
are often targets — a
break from tradition.
By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON — President Trump has taken aim
at many targets over time
and often says he’s just
counter-punching his critics. Yet there’s one perceived
foil he goes after time and
again without provocation
or much threat of a backlash
— his predecessor, Barack
Obama.
“Great timeline on all of
the failures the Obama administration
had,”
he
tweeted to congratulate his
favorite Fox News show recently. “Obama did nothing
about Russia!” he tweeted
days later. Repeatedly he
has said Obama is the one
who should be investigated,
not him, because Russia’s
interference in the 2016 campaign happened on Obama’s watch.
Trump has slammed
Obama about healthcare,
the Iran nuclear deal, the
economy, gun and immigration policy and even (falsely)
for the relocation of the U.S.
Embassy in London — and
that’s just in the 80-plus
tweets he’s fired off against
his predecessor, not counting his public remarks. In his
most memorable attack, a
year ago Trump charged,
without
evidence,
that
Obama ordered the “wires
tapped” in Trump Tower,
adding, “This is McCarthyism!”
Obama is no shrinking
violet, and relished the occasional sharp retort. “You’re
likable enough, Hillary,” was
an early, memorable one.
But in the post-presidency,
Obama mostly is mute.
When he does speak out, he
never explicitly mentions
Trump.
The other four living expresidents are not immune
to Trump’s attacks. Obama,
as his immediate predecessor and the one especially reviled by Trump’s
white working-class base, is
the more frequent target.
Yet the other three presidents of the past quartercentury — both George
Bushes and Bill Clinton —
have taken frequent hits,
often collectively, as Trump
indicts them all for some
perceived failure.
Turning the other cheek
is a new phenomenon for the
elite group known as the
President’s Club for their experiential bond that transcends partisanship. Until
now, cheek-turning wasn’t
necessary: By longstanding
tradition, past presidents
didn’t publicly attack their
predecessors, or vice versa,
once the campaigns ended.
George W. Bush kept his
thoughts to himself during
the Obama years, just as his
predecessor, Clinton, did for
Bush and President George
H.W. Bush did for Clinton,
though Clinton had ousted
him from office. Like them,
Obama heeds the old customs even as the newest
member of the club —
Trump — flouts them.
“Obama certainly had
critical things to say about
Trump when he was running, and both of the Bushes
said they weren’t going to
vote for Trump,” said James
Thurber, a presidential
scholar.
“But we haven’t heard
from them since he became
president, and the reasoning is that they have respect
for the office of the presidency,” Thurber said. “We
have one president at a time
Rob Carr Pool Photo
TRUMP AND OBAMA aren’t playing by the same
rules when it comes to critiquing other presidents.
and they respect that.”
By contrast, Trump recently showed again that he
doesn’t return the respect,
tweeting that George W.
Bush didn’t have the
“smarts” to get along with
Russia, while Clinton and
Obama “didn’t have the energy or chemistry.”
After last summer’s solar
eclipse, Trump singled out
Obama, retweeting a series
of photos of Obama and
himself in which his face
moved to cover Obama’s.
The caption: “THE BEST
ECLIPSE EVER!”
Most presidents and expresidents have criticized
each other gently, if at all,
said Yale University historian Joanne Freeman. “That
isn’t to say that presidents
haven’t ever critiqued each
other’s policies. They occasionally have,” she said. “But
they usually focus on policies, rather than tossing
around insults and accusations.”
The tradition of new
presidents not assailing
predecessors dates to the
country’s start. As the second man to hold the office,
John Adams was so concerned about honoring the
service of George Washington that he didn’t replace his
Cabinet.
The third president,
Thomas Jefferson, assumed
the office after a nasty campaign and yet, despite his
deep disapproval of the Federalist policies of the preceding administrations, he did
not attack Adams’ record.
Presidents and ex-presidents have criticized each
other before, but not with
Trump’s regularity. Jimmy
Carter attacked George W.
Bush, especially after the invasion of Iraq, calling his foreign policy “the worst in history” and his faith-based social program “quite disturbing.”
Bush, who left office
highly unpopular amid two
wars and the worst recession and financial crisis
since the Great Depression,
kept quiet when Obama occasionally complained of the
“big mess” he’d inherited.
Yet Obama avoided using
Bush’s name.
In recent days, Obama
has told friends how wise he
thinks Bush’s silence was. As
Obama was preparing to
leave office, aides said, he
told them how he wanted to
carry himself through what
promised to be a brash
Trump presidency.
Obama expected Trump
to keep up his campaign
rhetoric and to use Obama
as a “foil to galvanize his
base,”
especially
when
Trump felt the need to boost
his standing, said Josh
Earnest, Obama’s former
press secretary and advisor.
For Obama to return fire
would make it a bigger story.
“Obama engaging Trump
has a measurable upside for
Trump,” Earnest said. “But
there’s no obvious benefit for
the country or, of course,
Obama.”
But Obama told aides he
would weigh in if the stakes
were high enough. The example he cited: If Trump began systematically deporting “Dreamers,” the young
immigrants
who
were
brought to the U.S. illegally
as children and received
temporary legal status
under an Obama program,
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Obama did speak up
when Trump ended the
DACA program. “These
Dreamers are Americans in
their hearts, in their minds,
in every single way but one:
on paper,” Obama wrote in a
Facebook post.
As Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress tried to repeal Obama’s signature domestic
achievement, the Affordable
Care Act, Obama appealed
on Facebook for people to
call their members of Congress in protest. Let them
know, he wrote, “what this
means for you and your family.”
In neither case did
Obama mention Trump by
name. In both cases it was
clear whose actions he was
criticizing.
Some of Obama’s former
aides have tried to match his
subtlety. The most cutting
commentary on Trump
comes in the Instagram feed
of Obama’s White House
photographer, Pete Souza,
who lets his old pictures do
the talking.
When Trump proposed a
travel ban on Muslims, for
example, Souza posted a
photo of Obama laughing
with a girl wearing a headscarf. When Trump refused
to shake the hand of German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, Souza posted a picture of Obama hugging her.
Other former Obama officials are more explicit,
challenging Trump policies
on TV, with podcasts and in
print. Three advisors from
Obama’s national security
team recently formed an organization specifically to oppose Trump’s foreign policy.
One, Ben Rhodes, said
Obama “has taken the view
that he doesn’t need to
speak out on every issue every day.” If Trump is going to
provoke North Korea and
refuse to condemn American neo-Nazis, however, others have to speak out,
Rhodes said.
“We’ll be holding Trump
accountable,” he said, “and
lifting up an alternative, affirmative vision of the
world.”
christi.parsons
@latimes.com
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Cops, family endure fallout
[Clark, from A1]
Family tragedy,
criminal record
A Sacramento native, he
lived in a rough neighborhood known not only for
crime but also for tense relations with police, said residents and civil rights leaders.
Clark endured personal
tragedy within his family. A
sister died at birth. A 16year-old brother was killed
in a shooting in 2006. A representative with the county
coroner said De’Markus
McKinnie died from what
was ruled an accidental
shotgun wound to the abdomen.
And Clark had a criminal
history, four cases in four
years that included charges
of robbery, pimping and domestic abuse.
Sacramento
County
court files show he pleaded
no contest to reduced
charges, spent time on a
sheriff ’s work detail and was
on probation for the 2014 robbery when he was killed.
Community leaders were
adamant that Clark’s criminal record was immaterial to
how he died, and said the officers who killed him are the
ones who ought to be scrutinized.
“What matters is he was a
father of two, he had his family, he was an unarmed black
man that was going to his
grandparent’s house, and
got assassinated,” said
Berry Accius, a black community leader. “Nothing else
matters at that point.
“The fact is that black
people are criminalized
when anything happens,” he
added. “It already gives sympathy to the police and it
criminalizes the victim and
it makes the victim look like
they’re the predator.”
Derrell Roberts, who
runs a youth mentoring program in South Sacramento,
said he believed Clark’s past
crimes were not severe
enough to put him in jeopardy of a prison sentence if
convicted again.
“Neither officer involved
in the shooting, nor the helicopter pilot didn’t know this,
not one of the people who
might have called 911 knew
his record. So his record is irrelevant to what happened,”
Roberts said.
Black leader notes
wariness of police
NAACP
Sacramento
chapter President Betty
Williams was more blunt.
“That pisses me off every
time I hear it,” Williams said.
“He was a young man, a father of two, who is dead. The
fact of his criminal background is not the point.”
Williams said the context
of African American culture
and trauma by police is more
relevant.
“If you understood most
of the culture of African
Americans in the city, when
police officers get near us,
there’s a nervousness,”
Williams said.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
HUNDREDS of people, including Steven Ash, left, attended Thursday’s funeral for Stephon Clark, who was killed by Sacramento police.
The urge to run is prevalent, she said.
“I think understanding
our culture and our young
men being traumatized so
much, their first reaction is
not the first reaction of a
white male.”
The shooting is under
investigation by city police,
with oversight by the state
Department of Justice.
Sacramento’s mayor has
called
Clark’s
death
“wrong,” but said he cannot
pass judgment on the officers’ actions until that review is complete.
On Wednesday, a police
spokesman said Clark remained the sole suspect in
break-ins of vehicles and
what a sheriff ’s deputy said
was the attempted break-in
of a home. It was calls about
those incidents that sent police to the neighborhood the
night Clark was shot.
Clark’s family has denied
he had anything do with any
break-ins. His grandmother
said she heard commotion
in her backyard and asked
her husband to call police.
But it turned out the police
were already there, having
just fatally shot Clark.
“Why didn’t you shoot
him in the arm? Shoot him in
the legs? Send in dogs? Send
in a Taser? Why? Why?” Sequita Thompson said.
Videos of the encounter
showed officers shouting
“gun, gun, gun” before opening fire. But police said they
found no weapon, just a
cellphone belonging to
Clark.
Clark was buried at a funeral Thursday attended by
hundreds of mourners, including the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“We are here to say that
we’re going to stand with
Stephon Clark and the leaders of this family. … This is
about justice,” he said. “This
is about standing with people with courage.”
His sibling copes
with grief and rage
Clark’s brother Stevante,
25, has embodied the family’s private grief and the
community’s public rage.
On Monday night outside
the Blue Lamp, a nightclub
where a benefit was being
held, Stevante Clark led a
group of people in chanting
his dead brother’s name,
much as he has done elsewhere in Sacramento since
the fatal shooting.
He has shouted into the
faces of riot-clad city police
officers and jumped into
news conferences. He interrupted a City Council
hearing on community reac-
tion to the police shooting to
taunt the mayor, face to face,
then apologized a day later.
Outside the club, Stevante spoke to a TV news reporter about problems in
the Sacramento County Jail
and said he wanted to build a
library for his brother.
“It’s bigger than him,” he
told the cameras. Later, he
got into a relative’s car to
speak with a Times reporter.
As he sat in the driver’s
seat, he alternated between
tears and screaming as music blasted on the car’s
speakers.
He said his brother liked
sports — including the Patriots and the Broncos. He
liked playing the soccer video game “FIFA.”
Then Stevante Clark
again grew serious.
“I have to make my life
about him,” he said, his eyes
welling with tears.
He then talked about
how a local discount store
was making T-shirts with
his brother’s name on it for
profit.
The Clark family has a
GoFundMe account that
Wednesday had raised almost $80,000, but Stevante
said others have set up
fraudulent fundraising accounts for funeral expenses.
He said people are setting up
protests without notifying
the family.
“I hate this,” he said.
Wanted to be ‘great
dad,’ cousin says
A cousin chimed in on the
conversation to say that he’d
ask Stephon what he
wanted to be each day. Recently, Stephon told him, “I
just want to be a great dad.”
Manni said Clark was a
devoted father. The couple
loved the term “Sac,” not
only because it spelled out
the first names of their children and was Clark’s own
initials, but also because it’s
shorthand for Sacramento,
the city where they met five
years ago.
“It has special meaning
to us,” she said.
Sacramento police have
refused to name the two officers who shot Clark, but
they were identified by an
area civil rights attorney
who saw their names on unedited video captured by the
body cameras they wore.
A Sacramento Bee article noted that one of the officers, who is African American, joined the department
in 2016 after prior work with
three other agencies.
Rumors have swirled in
the Meadowview neighborhood that someone turned
himself in for the vandalism
that took place the night
Stephon Clark was killed.
“That is not accurate,”
city police Sgt. Vance Chandler said. “At this time,
[Clark] is the only suspect
that we have.”
He reiterated that deputies in a sheriff ’s helicopter
observed Clark smashing
the window of a sliding
glass door of a home to the
north of his grandmother’s
home.
An
aunt,
Shernita
Crosby, became angry when
her
nephew’s
criminal
record was mentioned.
“If anyone wants to ridicule his past ... thank you
very much to society for
making him grow up too
fast,” she said.
She said there are plenty
of corrupt politicians and
leaders around.
“Who is judging who?”
she said.
At Thursday’s service,
Stevante
Clark
moved
throughout the church, hugging and kissing friends and
family. He embraced his
brother’s coffin.
“Stephon is going to live
on for generations, generations and generations,” he
said.
nicole.santacruz
@latimes.com
paige.stjohn@latimes.com
Sessions says no to second special counsel
By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — In a
concession to conservatives
clamoring for new investigations into Hillary Clinton’s
emails and the Justice Department’s and FBI’s actions in the Russia investigation, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions
on Thursday named a federal prosecutor from Utah to
head the review.
But he once again
stopped short of naming a
second special counsel, a
move that many Republicans have been demanding
for months.
The latest move is unlikely to quiet the rising tide
of anger on the right, a campaign fueled by the bitter
Twitter messages of President Trump.
In a letter to the leaders of
House and Senate committees, Sessions said he had
named John W. Huber, the
U.S. attorney for Utah, to
lead the inquiry of the de-
partment’s handling of the
probe into Clinton and the
secret surveillance of Carter
Page, a former Trump campaign aide.
Huber, a veteran prosecutor who once headed the
national security section for
the Justice Department, has
been working on the case
since November. Sessions
said Huber would recommend whether to reopen or
launch any new criminal investigations, and whether a
second special counsel was
warranted.
“We understand that the
department is not above
criticism and it can never be
that the department conceals errors where they occur,” Sessions wrote.
Sessions’ letter was immediately criticized by
Democrats as a political
stunt meant to soothe
Trump and to distract attention from the investiga-
Evan Vucci Associated Press
Rick Bowmer Associated Press
ATTY. GEN. JEFF SESSIONS , left, named John W.
Huber, the U.S. attorney for Utah, to lead an inquiry
into actions by the Justice Department and the FBI.
tion into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia
led by special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III.
“He’s throwing meat out
there to appease the president,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, a
Democrat from California,
told CNN.
The calls for a second
counsel investigation have
intensified as Republicans
have begun to attack the
FBI’s handling of the early
days of the Russia investigation.
The House Intelligence
Committee has criticized
the department for how it
obtained a secret warrant to
use spying tools on Carter
Page, a former Trump campaign advisor under scrutiny for his ties to Russians.
Republicans have questioned the department’s use
of material in a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent doing research funded by Democrats.
And the department’s inspector general has released
text messages between two
FBI employees involved in
the Clinton and Trump investigations, in which they
shared their low opinions
about Trump and their horror at the prospect he could
make it to the White House.
Last November, Assistant Atty. Gen. Stephen Boyd
disclosed that prosecutors
were reexamining the Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s
use of a private email server
while secretary of State, and
the
announcement
by
former FBI Director James
B. Comey that criminal
charges against Clinton
were not justified.
Sessions, in his letter
Thursday, repeated that
a special counsel is supposed to be appointed only
under “extraordinary circumstances.”
The department’s inspector general, Michael
Horowitz, announced on
Wednesday that he would
begin a review of the allegations regarding the Page
warrant; he is nearing completion on an investigation
of the department’s actions
during the Clinton inquiry.
Trump was dissatisfied
with that decision, calling
for Sessions to put prosecutors on the case.
Sessions said he is working with Horowitz on the
case.
joseph.tanfani
@latimes.com
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Homers
are back
in the
park
[Opener, from A1]
Coming off a World Series, high expectations ran
through the crowd. Another
Fall Classic appearance felt
like a given on Thursday.
But the thought of Clayton
Kershaw going elsewhere after this season for many was
chill-inducing.
“If we had won Game 7,
there’d be zero stress,” said
Joe Fossum, a teacher from
Sacramento.
“But with Kershaw able
to opt out after this season
....”
His voice trailed off.
Yes, there was the sense
of now-or-never at the stadium Thursday, but also of
celebration.
“How come Sandy [Koufax] looks better in jeans
than we do?” asked one fan
as the 82-year-old Dodgers
legend mingled with dignitaries before the game.
The 4 p.m. start time
seemed strange, as if an
eclipse had swept over
Chavez Ravine.
It was 73 degrees at 1
p.m., but even warmer by
game time. Usually the Dodgers begin their year in the
high sun.
But still the fans arrived
early — solo and in pairs, in
giant groups, big families
and fan clubs, just as they
had since 1958, first in the
Coliseum and now here.
Andrea and Randy Marino said there was nowhere
they’d rather be than Dodger Stadium on opening day.
Even after last year’s soulcrushing final loss.
In a nod to Holy Week,
Andrea wore a Dodger blue
T-shirt with a cross, Jesus’
crown of thorns and the
words “God First Family
Second Then Dodgers Baseball.”
The married couple
grabbed burritos in Pico Rivera and rushed to the stadium, chowing down as they
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
THERE was the sense of now-or-never at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, but also of celebration as the Boys in Blue played their archrivals.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LUIS ZAMORA of Ontario, center, dances with other Dodgers fans to the music
of Banda Tomateros de Culiacan at a tailgating party at Elysian Park.
sat in the queue of cars to be
some of the first people into
the parking lot.
Andrea came prepared to
have a good time, carrying
sandwich baggies of sliced
limes and Tajin seasoning
for her Dos Equis beer.
“There wasn’t any question we’d be back for more,”
she said. “We’re still excited.
There’s nothing like opening
day, especially in Los Angeles.”
Still, questions hung in
the air, amid the smoke of
pregame fireworks.
8 When will Justin Turner return?
8 Will the toilets flush?
8 Just
who
is
Pia
Toscano, who sang the anthem?
8 Most of all: When will
the Dodgers be fully watchable on TV?
But for a few hours, those
concerns seemed pushed to
the back of the old ballyard.
A broken sewage line had cut
Tuesday’s final Freeway Series game short. On Thursday, everything was coming
up roses.
The new safety netting,
extended past the dugouts,
didn’t seem to bother anyone, though some baseball
purists are sure to yelp.
“When you sit behind
home plate, you have netting, so what?” said Ryan
Williams of Simi Valley.
Across the stadium, lines
were short and drinks were
long. An hour before game
time, fans could walk up to
the counter in the loge section, and even the top deck
looked more like a regular
season game than a busy
opening day.
With the pounding of the
pregame music, you could
barely think. But thinking
just hurts the team, right?
A couple of Scullys —
Vin’s son, Kevin, and his wife,
Dara — represented the
Dodgers’ first family, grabbing
tickets
Thursday
morning, racing up from Orange County and stopping
for a pregame meal at El
Compadre, another Dodgers tradition.
“The drinks were flowing,
the music was flowing,
everything was good,” said
Scully as he settled into a
loge level seat with Dara.
On the top deck, David
Garcia, 85, celebrated his
60th Dodgers home opener,
with his two sons.
In the loge section, legendary
peanut
vendor
Roger Owens was warming
up with precise tosses across
rows and rows of sets.
He has worked all 60 Dodgers openers, starting with
25-cent bags in the Coliseum
(they cost $6.25 today). He
seems a storybook character, all mirth and hyperbole,
the kind of creature ballparks used to attract like
mice.
“I throw a fast nut, a
curve nut and knuckle bag,”
he brags.
Let the season begin.
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The safe parking problem
Why is it so difficult to find places
where homeless people can sleep
in their cars, campers and vans?
n the grim calculus of homelessness, having a vehicle is what passes
for being lucky. It means you can avoid
spending the night on a sidewalk or in
a creepy emergency shelter. And if
that’s luck, it’s spreading: The number of
cars, campers and vans serving as homes in
the city of Los Angeles has gone up significantly, reaching more than 4,700 in 2017’s
homelessness count.
But with an L.A. city ordinance against
overnight parking in residential neighborhoods and an increasing number of blockby-block restrictions in commercial areas,
there are fewer and fewer places for vehicle
dwellers to stop for the night. Since the
parking ordinance went into effect in early
2017, the city has banned overnight parking
on 300 blocks. The restrictions in commercial districts, as in residential neighborhoods, are being driven by complaints
about unsightly recreational vehicles
parked at the curb, piles of trash left behind
and sewage dumped on the sidewalk.
Recognizing the dilemma, the City
Council approved the framework for a pilot
program that would allow private companies and nonprofits to open their lots at
night to vehicle dwellers. If ever there were a
program that could work in Los Angeles, the
city of parking lots, it would be this one.
Yet it’s been more than a year since the
“safe parking” program started, and progress has been glacial. There is one lot at a
church in South L.A. that offers parking to
the homeless, but it is open only to women
and their children. Several weeks ago, a second church — this one in Koreatown —
opened its lot broadly to the homeless in
cars. Still, that’s not enough to make a dent
in the problem.
Elected officials and lot owners alike appear to be unwilling to simply make this
happen. In some cases, they have legitimate
concerns that need to be addressed up
front. Churches and temples, for example,
need to get the approval of their congregations. Port-a-potties or bathrooms should
be made available, for obvious reasons. In
the case of RVs, either the city or the site has
to make provisions for the dumping of septic
tanks — or there has to be a rule that RV
I
owners can’t dump. Some lot owners are
willing to allow homeless parking, but they
want a security officer on site; they’re concerned, among other things, about drug use
on their property.
But it is also the case that there are limitless potential problems, and it’s important
not to make the perfect the enemy of the
good. What if, when the homeless people
drive away in the morning, they park on the
street right outside the lot? What if they
refuse to obey the rule against dumping septic tanks? What if there is no system set up
to offer social services to the people who use
the safe parking lots?
Then there are the political hurdles. For
instance, council member Mitch Englander
says he wants to support parking programs
in his San Fernando Valley district and has a
church interested. But before he signs off on
it, he wants the blessing of the local neighborhood council — even though no such approval is required.
You don’t need the equivalent of the Paris Peace Talks to open a parking lot to
homeless people who just want a place to
sleep for the night. The groups that own the
lots get to set the number of vehicles that
can park there. For more than a decade,
there has been a successful safe parking
program in Santa Barbara that uses two
dozen lots to park more than 100 vehicles.
There’s no reason why we can’t replicate
that program here.
Councilman Mike Bonin, who has been
pushing for safe parking for a few years, has
a couple of churches in his Westside district
that are close to setting up a program. He
also has found four city lots in the district
where he hopes to set up parking. It’s reasonable to use city land when it’s available.
Elected officials should be encouraging
the use of these lots and quelling — or addressing — the fears of nonprofits and
churches. How about this: Urge the groups
opening their parking lots to set some rules,
and if people don’t follow them, kick them
out. Start the parking program, and if it
doesn’t work, close it down. There are plenty
of complicated issues around homelessness
to be resolved. This should not be one of
them.
And consider this: We ban people from
sleeping in their cars on many of the streets
of L.A., but we allow them to sleep on any
sidewalk at night. How ridiculous is that?
Do we really want people to climb out of
their RVs to go sleep in tents? What does
that solve?
Is Trump promising pardons?
t’s impossible not to be alarmed by
reports that one of President Trump’s
lawyers discussed the possibility of
presidential pardons with lawyers for
former national security advisor
Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, who
served as Trump’s campaign chairman.
Even the hint that the president is considering pardons could undermine the investigation being led by special counsel Robert S.
Mueller III.
That Trump might use the promise of a
pardon to offer a lifeline to his former aides
— and possibly persuade them not to testify
against him — isn’t an entirely new concern.
Trump has relentlessly criticized the
Mueller investigation, and he already has
abused his clemency authority to grant an
unconscionable pardon to a political supporter, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“Sheriff Joe,” as Trump calls him, was convicted of criminal contempt for violating a
court order to stop racially profiling Latinos.
But speculation that Trump might try to
use his pardon power to obstruct Mueller’s
investigation increased this week when the
New York Times and the Washington Post
reported that John Dowd, one of Trump’s
lawyers, had talked about possible pardons
last year with lawyers for Manafort and
Flynn.
Dowd, who resigned from Trump’s legal
team last week, has denied discussing pardons with lawyers for the president’s former
aides. “There were no discussions. Period,”
he told the New York Times.
After the reported discussions between
his lawyer and Dowd, Flynn pleaded guilty
to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate
with Mueller’s investigation, which apparently now extends beyond possible collusion
of the Trump campaign with Russia to include the possibility that Trump obstructed
justice. Rick Gates, an associate of Manafort’s and former deputy chairman of the
Trump campaign, also has submitted a
guilty plea and is cooperating with Mueller’s
investigators.
Manafort, however, is not cooperating
with Mueller. He has been indicted on several counts of fraud, conspiracy, money
I
laundering and conspiracy and has pleaded
not guilty. If he and his lawyer thought that
a pardon was in the offing, it might explain
why he was unwilling to cooperate.
The president’s constitutional power to
grant pardons for “offenses against the
United States” is broad and generally
thought to be unreviewable by the courts.
Congress is also powerless to reverse pardons, though President Clinton’s eleventhhour pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich
led to an inquiry by the House Government
Reform Committee.
But even if the president has the unfettered right to issue pardons, if he exercises
that power in an attempt to silence potential witnesses against him that would constitute obstruction of justice in our view.
Trump, who has protested his innocence
of any collusion with Russia or other wrongdoing, should make it clear that he won’t use
his pardon authority to abort or undermine
Mueller’s investigation. So far he has not
made that unequivocal assurance. Indeed,
last December, after Flynn’s guilty plea, the
president said: “I don’t want to talk about
pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We’ll see
what happens.”
What should happen is this: Mueller
must be allowed to proceed with his investigation, and the president should not hinder
the course of justice under the guise of
showing mercy. If Trump attempts to use
the pardon power to short-circuit Mueller’s
investigation, Congress should immediately
launch an impeachment investigation.
FOR THE RECORD
CIA nominee: A March 15 editorial about
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick to be
CIA director, said she was present at a secret
CIA site in Thailand when suspected terrorist Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded there.
Recent news reports have raised questions
about whether Haspel was at the site at that
time. There is no dispute that she subsequently oversaw the facility or that another detainee was waterboarded while she was
in charge.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
GUBERNATORIAL candidate Gavin Newsom,
shown in San Diego, plans to sit out debates.
::
Newsom shouldn’t
wait to join debates
Re: “Front-runner Gavin Newsom to sit out governor’s
race debates until May,” March 28
So, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is sitting out the debates
with his rivals. That’s too bad, except for the fact that
probably hardly anybody is watching them. Political
commentator Dan Schnur said, “The candidates for
governor of California gathered to debate less than 24
hours after Stormy Daniels went on television and you
wonder why nobody noticed.” Since I was lucky enough
to hear about the debate, I did tune in. But nobody else I
know even had a clue it was on.
As for Newsom, whom I had been previously inclined
to support, his non-appearance in the debate caused me
to take a closer look at the others, and I found someone
who really impressed me. Someone who can tell it like it
is and knows what she’s talking about. I am probably
going to vote for her instead. Sorry, Gavin, but I don’t like
to vote for political cowards.
Lenard Davis
Newport Beach
Re: “Handicapping California’s celebrity-free governor’s race,” March 29
Unlike Conor Friedersdorf, who is still watching
the gubernatorial campaign play out, John Chiang has won my vote.
I went to a fundraiser
for him (with a friend who
knows his first cousin)
where he answered questions on a whole range of
topics with specificity and
candor. One man gave a
complicated introduction
to his question and Chiang
responded: “I am not familiar enough with that issue
to respond. Please email
me with both your question and any material you
have.”
A Sacramento-based
legislative aide told me:
“The other major candidates are show horses.
Chiang is a workhorse.”
Carol Mitchell
Marina del Rey
Forcing cities to
grow more dense
Re: “Plan to dramatically
increase development
would transform some L.A.
neighborhoods,” March 25.
Ms. Schweitzer of USC
summarizes it well: “[L]ocal governments are not
going to upzone voluntarily.” That leaves us with
Senate Bill 827.
The concerns of lowincome housing organizations are a smokescreen.
Low-income housing development is a niche industry; it benefits from specialized knowledge of government housing programs, financing, and tax
incentives. Far from being
“gentrification on steroids,” SB 827 will render
low-income housing organizations obsolete due to
its massive increase of new
housing units.
There are additional
benefits to SB 827: The new
housing will satisfy state
energy efficiency standards, as well as modern fire
safety, seismic design and
accessibility requirements.
Also, the ongoing construction activity will bolster the
regional economy.
SB 827 is a blunt instrument, and unintended
consequences are guaranteed. But it is a case of
getting the government we
deserve.
Ed Salisbury
Santa Monica
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this in their plans for density near major rail and bus
stops.
When I was in Madrid,
Spain, I visited a family
living in a 15-unit high-rise
complex in the middle of
the city. It had many 3-and
4-bedroom units and they
were for working-class
families. Some were rentals
and some were being purchased with long-term,
low-cost mortgages. It had
green space. It had recreational facilities. I hear
nothing about this type of
high-density construction
for our city.
Without these considerations, we must object. The
“NIMBY issue” should be
secondary. We need to
provide for all of our residents. Do not talk about
high density if you are not
building many of them for
families and working-class
people. See how it is done
in Madrid and other parts
of Europe.
Lillian Laskin
Los Angeles
::
SB 827 is a bill that will
do more harm than good
and should be defeated by
the Legislature.
I am sure Sen. Wiener
(D-San Francisco) has
good intentions in wanting
to provide more housing to
help the homeless. The fact
is that SB 827 will undoubtedly accomplish the goal of
providing more housing,
but as a retired developer, I
can assure you that the
new housing will be even
more expensive and less
affordable, and would
likely have the effect of
creating more homeless
people, but will certainly be
a boon to the bank accounts of real estate developers.
Another case where
well-intentioned legislation has the opposite effect
of its intended purpose. It
has been historically evident that central planning
of development from a
distant capital city never
works. Planning and development are best left to
local communities and
local residents who can
determine the type of
development they prefer to
have in their neighborhoods.
Gary Aminoff
Playa Del Rey
The citizenship
question
::
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
site: “The U.S. government
will not release personally
identifiable information
about an individual to any
other individual or agency
until 72 years after it was
collected for the decennial
census.”
For example, the 1940
census information was
issued on April 2, 2012.
As far as the 2020 census is concerned, Trump
and all of his minions will
be long gone by April 2,
2092.
Steve Parker
La Quinta
What we have seen for
the past 25 years in most
big cities in America is the
rise of developers tearing
down affordable housing of
the working class. They are
being replaced by expensive housing for the upper
classes. Thus far our politicians have not addressed
Re: “Asking for citizenship
status politicizes the census and imperils an accurate count,” March 29
Everyone should just
answer yes to the citizenship question and
forget about any negative
ramifications.
According to the Census Bureau’s official web-
The last sentence in the
editorial says it is in the
nation’s interest to ensure
an accurate count so that
people “receive the congressional representation
and federal aid to which
they are constitutionally
entitled.” Illegal immigrants are not entitled to
representation and aid.
Bob Baldwin
Orange
::
If the 2020 census has a
question about citizenship,
I will not answer it. I would
urge everyone to leave it
blank.
Ralph Ford
Redondo Beach
President Trump
vs. Amazon
Re: “Amazon’s stock falls
further as Trump again
lashes out at company,”
March 29
Trump is wrong, ignorant and uninformed on
this issue. The issue of
state taxes has been resolved and I do agree third
parties should be covered
as well. Long before Amazon, mail-order businesses
all over the country were
required to comply with
state and local tax laws.
However, Trump is
incorrect insofar as his
views with regard to momand-pop establishments.
With the rise of the mall
culture in this country,
mom-and-pop operations
were put out of business
because they could not
afford the rental and or
percentage of sales required in order to maintain
a physical presence in a
mall. The story referred to
third-party vendors, exactly who does Trump and
others think they are?
Amazon has given new
life to such establishments
and extra income to millions of Americans.
Michael Solomon
Canoga Park
Baseball, the new
sport of kings
Re: “America needs baseball more than ever,”
March 28
John R. Bawden is
rhapsodizing about an
idealized pipe dream of
baseball. The game is no
longer America’s pastime;
it is the wealthy elite’s
pastime.
Prices for tickets, parking and concessions have
risen far beyond the working-class father’s ability to
take his wife and two kids
to a game.
The Dodgers have
pulled their games from
broadcast TV and sold the
rights to cable television
for billions of dollars. No
longer do we see Dodgers
vs. Giants games on our
local TV channels. No
longer do most of us see
Dodgers vs. Giants games
at all. They are reserved for
those who can pay the
steep price of admission.
Walter O’Malley is
spinning in his grave. I
propose that we let this
former national pastime
die of its own greed and
replace it with something
more egalitarian. Soccer,
anyone?
Paul Moser III
Palm Desert
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The 2nd
Amendment
isn’t the
problem
By Michael Waldman
R
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
A MONTECITO ruin, December 2017. At least 46 people died and 10,800 structures burned in state wildfires last year.
Wildfires’ heaviest costs
fall on cities and counties
By Ray Rasker
T
he cost of California’s historic 2017 wildfires has not been
completely tallied but likely will
reach into the hundreds of billions of dollars. What we do
know is this: Cities and counties, in the end,
will foot at least half of the bill.
This isn’t what people generally think
happens after a natural disaster like a wildfire, when we imagine the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other taxpayer-funded agencies swooping in to help.
But my research organization recently analyzed multiple studies calculating the full
costs of a wildfire — including the losses
that add up years later. The expense of
putting out the flames — mostly borne by
federal and state agencies like Cal Fire —
represents only the first 9% of the total cost.
Then come the near-term losses: lost
property, lost homes, aid for temporary
shelter, fixing roads and stabilizing hillsides. Those add up to 35% of the total, and
are paid for not just by FEMA, but also nongovernmental agencies like the Red Cross
and insurance companies.
The bulk of fire costs — 65% of them —
stem from long-term damages: depreciated
property values, reduced property taxes,
lost business revenue, infrastructure repair
and degraded ecosystems that need rehabilitation.
Local government bodies pay at each of
these stages, but particularly over the long
haul. The result is that at least half of wildfire costs accrue to cities and counties.
Some communities bring a certain
amount of this trouble on themselves. Eager for new tax revenues, local governments
readily approve new subdivisions with little
regard to fire hazards. In addition, our wave
of retiring baby boomers loves living close
to nature, so more homes are being built
with national forests as their backyards.
From 1990 to 2010, the number of new homes
in the wildland-urban interface — where
homes mingle with a flammable landscape
— grew by 41%.
Meantime, fires got a lot bigger and
more deadly — a trajectory likely to continue because of climate change. Compared
with the 1990s, wildfires today burn twice as
many acres on average. Wildfire suppression costs have tripled during that time
span.
City councils and county commissions
aren’t helpless in the face of these public
safety and financial risks. A more stringent
approach to land use planning is critical. In
Missoula, Mont., for instance, detailed wildfire risk maps are used to direct future development out of harm’s way.
When new housing is allowed near forested land, building standards need to include using wildfire-resistant materials.
Even in California, which is known for having some of the most forward-thinking
rules on construction, communities often
relax building standards after a devastating wildfire to speed up rebuilding. This is
shortsighted and dangerous.
Some argue that fire-resistant materials
are too costly and drive up the cost of housing. So for another study, done in partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, we modeled a typical house and compared the cost of traditional construction to that of using
recommended building materials, such as
double-glazed windows with tempered
glass and fire-resistant decking, and techniques such as covering roof vents with special screens. These upgrades increased the
overall cost of a home only 5% to 10%.
A number of communities have taken
this message to heart. Flagstaff, Ariz., and
Wenatchee, Wash., are two that adopted
regulations requiring wildfire-resistant
construction after experiencing devastating fires.
Scores of communities across California
are just now starting to confront what our
research found: that the cost of the 2017 fires
will burden local homeowners, businesses
and governments for many years to come.
Decisions on how and where to rebuild lie
ahead for them, and this is the moment
they should implement wildfire-resistant
building policies, for the protection of both
lives and city coffers.
Ray Rasker is the executive director of
Headwaters Economics.
LBJ bowed out 50 years
ago this week. Would
Trump do the same?
By Jon Wiener
I
t was the most surprising political decision of the 20th century: On March 31,
1968, 50 years ago Saturday, President
Lyndon Johnson announced he would
not run for reelection.
Might Trump do the same? Probably not,
but history provides some tantalizing parallels.
LBJ withdrew mostly because it looked
like he would lose the election. That was true
even though almost every Democrat in Congress supported him, and everyone assumed
he would run.
Right now it looks like Trump would lose
to virtually any Democrat in 2020. Nevertheless, almost every Republican in Congress supports him, and everyone assumes
he will run. But there are many months to go
before primary season. Anything could happen.
Here’s what happened in Johnson’s case.
In December 1967, U.S. News & World Report
predicted that he would carry only 12 states
with 110 electoral votes, losing the rest of the
44 states he had carried in 1964, mostly because of growing antiwar sentiment in the
Democratic rank and file. At that point, LBJ
had already confided in a few people that he
had doubts about running for reelection.
The following month, in January 1968, he
asked his speechwriter to put a resignation
announcement at the end of his State of the
Union address — but he didn’t deliver the
line. Two weeks later, the Tet Offensive made
it clear to Americans that we weren’t going to
win the war in Vietnam, that all of the Johnson administration’s statements about
“light at the end of the tunnel” had been
wrong.
The event that ultimately provoked
LBJ’s announcement came in March: He
nearly lost the New Hampshire primary to a
little-known antiwar senator from Minnesota, Eugene McCarthy. The result stunned
the country.
It also inspired LBJ’s nemesis, the char-
ismatic Robert F. Kennedy; a few days later,
Kennedy announced that he too would challenge Johnson for the nomination.
There are signs that Trump might not
win the New Hampshire primary in 2020. It
looks like John Kasich and Jeff Flake will enter the race, and a February Washington
Post poll showed that support for Trump is
sinking in the state, with only 36% of voters
approving of his performance as president.
His approval level there is more than 20
points below that of the state’s Republican
governor.
Of course, Trump is nothing like Johnson. LBJ devoted his entire life to politics, to
becoming, in biographer Robert Caro’s
words, “Master of the Senate.” Trump devoted his life to real estate and reality TV.
LBJ had won the popular vote overwhelmingly, by 61%. Trump lost the popular vote,
getting only 46%. LBJ had historic achievements in his first two years: the Voting
Rights Act, the “War on Poverty,” the first
real immigration reform since the 1920s, and
Medicare. Trump has failed thus far to
achieve most of his legislative goals, except
cutting taxes for the rich.
Johnson didn’t say he was withdrawing
from his own reelection campaign because
he feared he would lose. He said he was quitting so that he could work full time on ending
the Vietnam War. Some historians have accepted that argument.
But after dropping out, his approach to
ending the war was to increase the bombing,
which did not persuade the North Vietnamese to make a peace deal. (It didn’t help
that the GOP candidate, Richard Nixon,
sent an emissary to Saigon to urge the South
not to agree to a deal with the North.) Johnson left office without ending the war.
If Trump were to withdraw from the 2020
race, presumably he, too, would offer a reason other than fear of losing. He might say he
could be more effective in his battle to drain
the swamp by working from the outside. Or
he could simply declare “Mission Accomplished” because of the tax cuts.
Associated Press
PRESIDENT JOHNSON withdrew
from the 1968 election after he nearly
lost the New Hampshire primary.
What we do know for sure is that circumstances will change between now and 2020.
Trump is not going to become more
thoughtful or judicious, but, as Thomas
Frank pointed out in Harper’s, things might
happen to make Trump a stronger candidate than he seems now.
A terrorist attack on American soil might
rally the country around him, like it did
around George W. Bush. Or his team could
dream up “mini-New Deal schemes,” as
Frank put it, that would revive parts of the
Rust Belt and make him a hero of the common folk, like FDR was.
Or he might resign after impeachment by
the House rather than face a trial in the Senate, like Nixon.
Johnson withdrew seven months before
the election. For Trump, that would be two
years from now. It’s a long way off, yes, but he
opened his 2020 reelection campaign in February, earlier than any president in history.
Does that suggest a certain anxiety about
his prospects?
In any case, he’s already hired a campaign chief and started raising funds. Nobody thinks he’ll quit. But nobody thought
LBJ would quit, either.
Jon Wiener is professor emeritus of history
at UC Irvine. He’s working with Mike Davis
on a book about 1960s Los Angeles.
etired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has
raised a ruckus with a call to
repeal the 2nd Amendment.It
pains me to disagree with a lion of the court, but I think a repeal effort
would be deeply misguided. It’s politically
unwise and legally unnecessary.
Advocating for repeal, in essence, advocates for National Rifle Assn. leader
Wayne LaPierre’s vision of the Constitution. But the 2nd Amendment doesn’t
guarantee unlimited gun rights, and it never has. The Constitution is not a bar to
sane gun legislation. A broken political
system and a failure of will in Congress
and statehouses are the culprits, not the
words scratched on parchment two and a
half centuries ago.
Of course, Stevens is more than just a
pundit weighing in on gun control. He
wrote a key dissent in the Supreme Court
case of District of Columbia vs. Heller.
That 2008 case was the first time the
court recognized an individual right to
gun ownership for purposes other than
service in a “well regulated militia.” In
Stevens’ view, however, the majority had
“utterly failed to establish [such a right]
as a matter of history or text.”
Stevens said as much again in his
op ed, and he is certainly correct on the
provision’s history. It was designed to
protect the ability of state militias and
their citizen soldiers to stand up against
what the Framers feared might be a tyrannical central government. All white
men were required to serve in the militia,
and to own a gun. The intent was to protect an individual right to gun ownership
in order to fulfill the duty to serve in the
militia. (James Madison’s original proposal also had a conscientious objector
clause.)
Today’s America — especially with its
proliferation of guns and gun violence —
would be unrecognizable to Madison and
his compatriots. All through early U.S.
history, gun rights and responsibilities
went together. In Boston at the time of
the 2nd Amendment, for example, it was
illegal to keep a loaded weapon in the
home (they tended to blow up and start
fires). In 1825, the University of Virginia
board of visitors voted that no student
“shall keep or use weapons or arms of any
kind” on campus. Who were these gun
grabbers? Madison, again, and Thomas
Jefferson, to name two.
The idea that the 2nd Amendment
protects an unlimited individual right to
gun possession is “a fraud on the American public,” conservative former chief
justice, Warren Burger told a TV interviewer in 1990. But that’s hardly conservative conventional wisdom today. So why
not repeal the amendment?
Start with constitutional doctrine.
The Heller decision established an individual right to gun ownership, but it also
made clear that it was a limited right, and
that gun laws would still pass constitutional muster. Justice Antonin Scalia’s
majority opinion focused on colonial history to bolster the individual right, but it
said that “dangerous and unusual weapons” could be banned and a host of other
gun rules would pass muster.
What has actually happened in the
decade since Scalia and Stevens thundered at each other? Dozens of lower federal courts have carefully considered gun
laws. Sometimes they limit government
action. But overwhelmingly they have upheld safety regulations, even bans on
semiautomatic assault weapons enacted
by New York and Connecticut after the
Newtown, Conn., massacre of schoolchildren. The Supreme Court justices
have declined to take another 2nd
Amendment case, thus allowing this consensus to take root.
If the Constitution makes it unnecessary to erase the amendment, politics
makes it unwise, even self-defeating.
There’s a reason the NRA calls itself the
country’s “oldest civil rights organization.” Far better to be seen as championing the Bill of Rights than defending
guns, ammunition and mayhem. Even
among those who support strong gun
safety laws, there are many who would
feel queasy about deleting one of the first
10 amendments. The reality is that the
United States has gun rights because millions of Americans believe in those rights.
Stevens’ op ed is right on this: It’s time
to think big about the gun issue. The remarkable demonstrations by hundreds
of thousands of people, led by high school
students, show a pent-up demand for action to regulate firearms. It’s as if an entire generation shook off the compromises and acquiesence of their elders. As
with the #metoo movement or the drive
for marriage equality, sometimes social
mores can shift sharply and quickly. What
has held the country back is not the Constitution or court rulings, but legislatures
in thrall to the intense minority of gun
rights absolutists. Now a new group of
passionate advocates has emerged. Let’s
see if they rebalance the political world.
A call to repeal the 2nd Amendment is
a gift the NRA doesn’t deserve. It gives
cover to the false notion that gun control
advocates want to “take our guns.” We
should fight, instead, for the true reading
of the Constitution: We can have freedom
and safety at the same time.
Michael Waldman is the author of “The
Second Amendment: A Biography.” He
is president of the Brennan Center for
Justice at NYU School of Law.
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President talks infrastructure in Ohio
Trump again teases
idea for a big plan,
despite dismal odds in
Republican Congress.
By Cathleen Decker
and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON — President Trump renewed his
call for more spending on
America’s infrastructure on
Thursday in a meandering
speech that, by his frequent
departures from the topic,
helped explain why he hasn’t
gotten his party in Congress
behind him for an extensive
rebuilding of the nation’s
public works.
In remarks at a job training site in Ohio against a
backdrop of union workers,
Trump boasted of the $21 billion for infrastructure in the
recently enacted government spending bill — money
he had ignored when he
grudgingly signed the measure on Friday. He then hopscotched across a host of unrelated issues and set pieces
of his campaign speeches,
with partisan asides against
the Democrats whose votes
he’d need for any infrastructure legislation.
“We’re going to get this infrastructure going,” Trump
said at one point, a passage
bracketed by mentions of his
proposed border wall, North
Korea, Islamic State and the
“gift from heaven” of finding
so many vacant federal
judgeships to fill.
At one point, the president said that Democrats so
far had blocked his proposed
$1.5-trillion infrastructure
spending initiative because
they didn’t want to “give him
any more wins.” Yet in the
same sentence, he said further action would have to
wait until after the November election, though even
Republicans expect that
more Democrats will be
elected to Congress, not
fewer.
Trump’s glancing references did little to suggest
that infrastructure ranks
high on his list of desired accomplishments, much like
his haphazard treatment of
the issue in his first year.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images
“WE’RE GOING to get this infrastructure going,” President Trump told a crowd at a union job training site
in Richland, Ohio. A Democratic takeover of the House could improve chances for an infrastructure bill.
As a candidate, Trump
made a bold building program a signature issue, to
help him reach blue-collar
workers with promises of restoring industries, particularly in Midwestern states
like Ohio. He spoke of federal funds for transportation, broadband internet
access and water and electrical programs. He varied
on how he would pay for it,
suggesting a higher gas tax,
energy production revenue
or savings in the tax plan.
But as president, he has
said — and he restated at the
Cleveland-area facility —
that he advocates minimal
federal spending, and offsetting the cost with cuts to existing infrastructure programs. He also is pushing for
cash-strapped state and local governments to put up
the vast majority of the $1.5trillion cost, and suggested
private businesses would invest. Most analysts consider
that impractical.
Trump’s appearance in
Ohio was his first public
event since he reluctantly
signed the $1.3-trillion government spending plan at
the White House last Friday,
a period during which news
was dominated by accusations leveled by two women
who say they had sexual relationships with him.
While Trump warned
Congress at the time that he
“would never sign another
bill like this again,” and
blamed much of its nonmilitary spending on wasteful
Democrats, lawmakers from
both parties embraced the
infrastructure spending and
claimed credit for it. Congress tripled a $500-million
program of transportation
grants to state and local governments, which Trump had
proposed canceling.
Still, administration officials also bragged about
the bill’s total of $21 billion
for infrastructure in a telephone call Wednesday with
reporters, casting it as a
down payment on Trump’s
own proposals.
The reality is that few in
either party, or among interest groups, are predicting
any big infrastructure push
this year.
“His plan is going nowhere. I don’t think anybody
thinks we’re going to get
anything between now and
the election,” said a person
steeped in the infrastructure
negotiations, who requested
anonymity in order to avoid
angering the parties involved.
Ironically for Trump, a
Democratic takeover of the
House in November’s election would boost the odds of
more infrastructure funding, the person said — although not necessarily in
the ways the president has
proposed.
Others suggested that
Republicans as well as
Democrats recognize the
appeal of infrastructure
spending, although they disagree on the details. The big
problem: Congress and the
president in recent months
have signed off on adding an
estimated $2.8 trillion over 10
years to the already high federal debt, counting the tax
cut plan and the fiscal 2018
government spending measure.
“The biggest problem
right now is there’s no money left,” said Marcia Hale,
president of Building America’s Future, a bipartisan
group advocating for infrastructure spending, who
once worked in the Clinton
administration.
Trump’s proposal to shift
the costs to local and state
governments is seen as unworkable because they already are overwhelmed by
day-to-day needs. (The
Trump-approved tax plan
also provided a disincentive
to raising taxes, since sharp
limits were placed on how
much could be deducted
from federal tax returns for
residents’ state and local
taxes.)
“Cities and states don’t
have that money. It’s just not
there,” Hale said. “You can
talk about it all you want,
but until someone figures
out how we’re going to pay
for this …”
Earlier efforts by the
White House to highlight
Trump’s infrastructure plan
have been repeatedly overshadowed, so much so that
“infrastructure week” has
become a sardonic punchline for any period in which
the administration is convulsed by unrelated chaos.
Over the last year, weeks
in which the administration
planned to highlight infrastructure have been upended by controversies including Trump’s response to
white supremacists’ protests in Charlottesville, Va.,
in which he blamed civil
rights protesters and neoNazis equally for the deadly
violence; the Florida school
shooting last month; the resignation of an aide accused
of marital abuse; and the ongoing Russia investigation.
Trump administration
officials maintain a public
optimism. A senior administration official, speaking to
reporters, said: “We never
anticipated this was going to
be a quick or easy process.
And the president just absolutely is in this for the long
haul.”
The odds of pieces of
Trump’s plan passing this
year “are very, very high,” the
official added. “Will we get
the entire bill through this
year? That is more of a
stretch.”
Republican leaders in the
Senate, however, are signaling that they don’t have any
intention of putting an infrastructure bill on the floor
this year.
“There’s an acknowledgment of the need here,” said
Jacob Leibenluft, a former
Obama administration official. “The problem is that the
need hasn’t been met by any
of the policy details that
come from the administration or from Congress. It
doesn’t match up with this
big national need.”
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@latimes.com
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Coffee must
come with
cancer labels,
judge rules
Tentative decision
finds roasters, sellers
and distributors aren’t
exempt from state law
on carcinogens.
By Victoria Kim
Johnny Huu Nguyen Associated Press
DEVONTE HART hugs police Sgt. Bret Barnum in 2014 at a Portland, Ore., rally in support of protests in
Ferguson, Mo. The Harts may have left Oregon to avoid media attention after the photo went viral.
Safety of 6 children a
concern before crash
Officials tried to reach out; now 3 are missing and the rest dead
By Alene Tchekmedyian
and Javier Panzar
Some questions came up
soon after the grim discovery of an SUV that had
plunged off a steep cliff and
onto the rocky shore along a
remote stretch of the Northern California coast.
Why were there no skid
marks or signs of braking?
What had caused the car to
plummet from a flat pullout,
killing two women and three
young people whose bodies
were found at the scene?
A deeper mystery arose
once the dead were identi-
Alvin Jornada Press Democrat
THE SUV carrying Jennifer and Sarah Hart and at
least three of their children was recovered below this
pullout near Westport. No skid marks were found.
fied. The women, who were
married, had six children.
Were the other three also
killed in the crash?
Friends and relatives
told authorities that there
was no way the couple would
have traveled that far from
their Washington state
home without all of their
children. But since Monday’s discovery, searchers
have fanned out across a
roughly four-mile stretch of
rugged coastline, combing
the beach and scanning the
water with binoculars, looking for the missing family
members without success.
[See Missing, B2]
Starbucks and other coffee purveyors probably will
have to use warning labels
on coffee after a Los Angeles
judge ruled that they failed
to prove they should be exempt from a California law
on carcinogens and toxic
chemicals.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu M.
Berle wrote in a tentative decision this week that the coffee companies did not meet
their burden to prove that
there was a safe level of consumer exposure to a chemical compound created in
roasting coffee.
The long-running lawsuit, first filed in 2010, concerns
whether
coffee
drinkers should be warned
about acrylamide, which is
among the more than 850
confirmed or suspected carcinogens listed under California’s Proposition 65.
The law, enacted as part
of the Safe Drinking Water
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and Toxic Enforcement Act
of 1986, requires businesses
with 10 or more employees to
warn people of exposure to
the listed substances.
Acrylamide is created
when coffee beans are
roasted and also is found in
fried potatoes and burnt
toast. It has been found to increase cancer risk in rodents. Research on its effect
on
humans
remains
inconclusive.
More than 90 coffee roasters, retailers and distributors, including Whole Foods,
Kraft and Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters, stand to be
affected by the decision.
Berle said scientists who
testified on behalf of the coffee companies failed to prove
that there was an acceptable
level of acrylamide.
Earlier in the trial, he also
ruled that the coffee companies failed to show the
chemical was not a significant risk or that requiring
them to include the warnings would violate the 1st
Amendment.
“While Plaintiff offered
evidence that consumption
of coffee increases the risk of
harm to the fetus, to infants,
to children and to adults,
Defendants’ medical and epidemiology experts testified
that they had no opinion on
[See Coffee, B2]
Jeff Chiu Associated Press
THE REV. Al Sharpton, left, and Stevante Clark hug
at Thursday’s funeral for Clark’s brother Stephon.
Start now
to guard
against
dementia
‘If we keep being
quiet, nothing is
going to change’
ROBIN ABCARIAN
The most
disturbing
thing I heard
recently
about the
prevention
of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia was a
comment made by Maria
Shriver, the former first lady
of California who founded
the Women’s Alzheimer’s
Movement after discovering
the disease affects twice as
many women as men.
It would seem, Shriver
said, that we have all become so obsessed with our
bodies that we have forgotten to take care of our
brains: “I was speaking to
the head of neurology up at
Stanford who said ‘My
waiting room is filled with
70-year-olds with the bodies
of 40-year-olds and no
minds.’ ”
Is that a chilling image,
or what?
I don’t know anyone
whose family has not been
affected by dementia. I
don’t know anyone my age
who hasn’t worried at least
a little about memory loss.
Misplacing your keys is not
the same as forgetting
where you are, of course, but
[See Abcarian, B6]
At Stephon Clark’s
funeral, many renew
their calls for reform
on police use of force.
Stephanie Turner Associated Press
‘DEEPLY PRINCIPLED, FIERCELY PASSIONATE’
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, shown in 1997, once said he was obligated by the
Constitution “to uphold the rights of the citizens against the government.”
STEPHEN REINHARDT, 1931 - 2018
‘Liberal lion’ of the
9th U.S. Circuit Court
Judge was ‘unapologetic’ in his
rulings, even if a conservative
Supreme Court overturned him.
By Maura Dolan
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the liberal
face of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died Thursday afternoon, a court
spokesman said. He was 87.
The spokesman said Reinhardt died
of a heart attack during a visit to a derma-
tologist in Los Angeles.
“All of us here at the 9th Circuit are
shocked and deeply saddened by Judge
Reinhardt’s death,” 9th Circuit Chief
Judge Sidney R. Thomas said. “We have
lost a wonderful colleague and friend.”
Thomas called Reinhardt “deeply
principled, fiercely passionate about the
law and fearless in his decisions.”
“He will be remembered as one of the
giants of the federal bench. He had a
great life that ended much too soon,”
Thomas said.
Reinhardt, an appointee of former
President Cart- [See Reinhardt, B4]
By Paige St. John,
Nicole Santa Cruz
and Joseph Serna
SACRAMENTO — Stevante Clark’s grief was palpable at his brother’s funeral
Thursday.
As the service was underway, an animated Clark
moved
throughout
the
church, hugging and kissing
friends and family. He embraced the coffin of his
brother Stephon and approached the Rev. Al Sharpton, an activist who had
flown 3,000 miles to Sacra-
It’s indeed
a wall, but it
isn’t Trump’s
Framing it as his own,
the president cheers
the start of a project
that began planning
nine years ago. B3
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mento to attend the funeral.
Clark called for student
resource centers, libraries
and stadiums to be built in
his brother’s name.
“Stephon is going to live
on for generations, generations and generations,” he
said.
After the funeral, more
than 100 demonstrators
gathered in downtown Sacramento for the latest protest in more than a week of
unrest. They briefly blocked
the intersection of I and 8th
streets, snarling traffic during rush hour.
At one point, Stevante
Clark led the group in
chants.
“I am!” he shouted.
“Stephon Clark!” the
group yelled in response.
Aisha Pride showed up
with her children, holding
signs they made at home.
“I have three young sons,
and I want to make sure they
see change in their lifetime,”
the 31-year-old said. “If we
keep being quiet, nothing is
going to change.”
Shortly after 6:30 p.m.,
the crowd began to disperse.
Soon after, the Sacramento
Kings basketball game began at the nearby Golden 1
Center. On two previous
nights since the shooting,
protesters have blocked fans
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Protests continue after Clark services
[Funeral, from B1]
from entering the arena.
During Thursday’s game,
as police officers checked
people’s tickets, there was
no sign of protesters, though
a man nearby shouted, “Say
his name!”
Police shot Stephon
Clark to death on March 18.
His killing has renewed calls
for a public conversation
about police shootings and
black men.
This week, White House
Press
Secretary
Sarah
Huckabee Sanders said the
shooting was a “local matter” when asked about it by a
reporter.
“No, this is not a local
matter,” Sharpton said at
Clark’s service. “They’ve
been killing young black
men all over the country, and
we are here to say that we’re
going to stand with Stephon
Clark and the leaders of this
family. … This is about justice. This is about standing
with people with courage.”
Clark was confronted by
officers who suspected him
of breaking neighbors’ windows and tracked him to a
backyard that turned out to
be his grandmother’s. He
was holding a cellphone
when police shot him. An officer yelled, “Gun!” multiple
times before the law enforcement pair opened fire.
One by one, loved ones
stood on the church stage to
share memories of Clark,
who left two sons and a fiancee.
A friend said that when
they were younger, Clark
didn’t have an answer for
what he wanted to be when
he grew up. More recently,
Clark finally had an answer:
Simply, all he wanted to be
was a “great dad.”
His sister recalled his intellect. Stephon Clark went
to a charter school and got
good grades. His only complaint was how strict she
was, she said.
Clark was affectionately
known as “Big Papa” by
friends and family. He loved
football and dedicated his
life to his fiancee, Selena,
and his sons after his youngest boy, Cairo, was born last
year. He loved making oatmeal for his sons in the
morning before school and
watching Netflix shows with
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
HUNDREDS of mourners attend Stephon Clark’s funeral Thursday at Bayside of South Sacramento Church.
One by one, loved ones stood on the church stage to share memories of Clark, who left two sons and a fiancee.
their mother on the couch.
“There was nothing he
wouldn’t do for Selena and
his sons,” one woman at the
service said.
More than an hour before
Clark’s funeral was set to begin, a line of more than 100
mourners snaked through
the parking lot of the Bayside of South Sacramento
Church. Some wore shirts
bearing Clark’s name or
photograph. Others carried
signs.
Shareef Ali didn’t know
Clark, but he came to support the family.
“It’s shocking what happened to Stephon,” he said.
He said the next step will be
police reform and hopefully
a change in policies.
Lena Williams waited
outside the church with her
three children. She said the
shooting wasn’t surprising,
but “common” and “expected.”
She said she is glad people are “not being quiet.”
“If we do things the right
‘We must choose
nonviolence to
make sure that we
protest, exercise
our 1st
Amendment
rights in the most
productive way
possible.’
— Benjamin Crump,
attorney for Stephon Clark’s
family
way, we can be an example,”
she said. She cautioned that
residents don’t yet know
both sides, but said she
hopes the Police Department can take a look at biases and policies.
“There’s so much more to
this,” she said.
Michele Dilliehunt wore a
shirt with two photographs
of Clark on the back. She
said she used to live near his
family when her children,
now 28 and 21, were growing
up.
“The police have killed
too many people and got
away with it,” she said. “No
matter what, it was overkill.”
She said she worries for
other family members and
hopes her young grandsons
will never have to endure discrimination by police.
“It could have been my
nephew or one of my grandsons,” she said.
After the funeral, Sharpton stood outside the church
to address reporters.
“There is no way that we
can understand why an unarmed young man in his
grandmother’s backyard,
five feet from where she
sleeps, was shot at 20 times
and killed,” he said.
Sharpton said police
could have knocked on the
door or called for backup.
“Why was the immediate
thing to draw lethal force?”
Sharpton asked.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney hired by the Clark
family, cautioned protesters
and asked people to refrain
from violence.
“They chose violence to
stop the existence of
Stephon Clark in this life,
therefore we must choose
nonviolence to make sure
that we protest, exercise our
1st Amendment rights in the
most productive way possible because we know after
this funeral, people are going
to have passionate emotions,” he said. “And we ask
that everyone remain nonviolent.”
After the March 18 shooting, police quickly released
officers’ body camera videos
as well as radio transmissions.
A series of protests has
led to tense standoffs with
police — including one that
blocked Interstate 5 and another that prevented fans
from getting into a Kings
Neighbors feared child neglect, abuse
[Missing, from B1]
The U.S. Coast Guard
has searched by rescue boat,
the California Highway Patrol has used a fixed-wing
airplane and helicopter, and
the Mendocino County
Sheriff ’s Office has scoured
the beach. So far, they’ve
turned up nothing.
“We’re still going to keep
looking and then hope they
turn up soon,” Mendocino
County Sheriff ’s Lt. Shannon Barney said Thursday.
“Maybe tomorrow we’ll find
something.”
As the search continues,
details have emerged about
the family in the days leading up to the crash.
The Washington State
Department of Social and
Health Services said child
welfare
authorities
attempted to contact the couple — Jennifer and Sarah
Hart — after receiving a
complaint of potential child
abuse or neglect on March
23, three days before the
crash.
They tried to make contact that day but were unsuccessful.
One of the missing children, as it happens, also had
been in the news before. Devonte Hart, now 15, had a moment of fame in 2014, after he
was photographed hugging
a Portland, Ore., police
sergeant at a protest related
to unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
Portland police told the
Mendocino County Sheriff ’s
Office this week that the
family may have moved from
their former home in West
Linn, Ore., due to the intense
Tristan Fortsch KATU News
THE HART family in 2016. Sarah Hart, right, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
domestic violence in 2011. A charge of malicious child punishment was dismissed.
media attention that followed. When investigators
searched the Harts’ most recent home, in Woodland,
Wash., they found family belongings, pets and some
chickens, but not the the
three missing children.
Child welfare staff tried
to make contact in person on
Friday, Monday and Tuesday but found no one. The
department had no prior
history with the family, said
spokeswoman Norah West.
“We are working with all
involved law enforcement
agencies on their respective
investigations,” West said in
an email.
The Harts’ neighbors,
Bruce and Dana DeKalb,
told ABC News that they
had called authorities in
part because they were concerned one of the children
was going hungry.
The DeKalbs said they
called child welfare services
Friday after Devonte had
come to their house repeatedly that week asking for
food. Another child, they
said, had once rung their
doorbell at 1:30 a.m.,
wrapped in a blanket, asking
for protection from abuse.
A search of court records
uncovered that in 2011, Sarah
Hart was sentenced to 90
days in jail in after she
pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic
assault in Minnesota. One
gross misdemeanor count of
malicious punishment of a
child was dismissed.
The deadly crash was reported Monday afternoon
off Highway 1, at Juan Creek
in the small town of Westport. A passerby called authorities after noticing the
wreckage from a pullout
along the road. The SUV was
overturned, about 100 feet
down. The bodies of the
women were found inside
the car, and the bodies of
three children were outside
the vehicle.
“An entire family ... perished during this tragedy,”
Mendocino County Sheriff
Tom Allman said Wednesday. “We have every indica-
tion to believe that all six
children were in there.”
The car’s engine was
cold, and the water that had
seeped into the car was
warmer than the ocean, indicating that the vehicle had
been there for several hours,
Allman said.
“There was no indication
of why this vehicle traversed
approximately over 75 feet of
a dirt pullout and went into
the Pacific Ocean,” he said.
Even so, he said, “We have no
evidence and no reason to
believe that this was an intentional act.”
Recovery efforts on the
first day lasted until after
midnight.
The children whose bodies were pulled from the
wreckage were identified as
Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah
Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14.
Missing along with Devonte are Hannah Hart, 16;
and Sierra Hart, 12.
Investigators are trying
to piece together the 24
hours before the crash, and
have asked that any witnesses who saw the family,
perhaps at a hotel, restaurant or gas station, come forward. While chances are
slim, Barney of the Mendocino County Sheriff ’s Office
said, they are still hopeful
the three missing children
were staying with friends.
Anyone with information
can call authorities at (707)
463-4086.
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@latimes.com
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@latimes.com
would push the companies
to agree to reduce acrylamide levels in coffee.
“I would very much prefer
that, when my addiction
compels me to drink coffee, I
can drink acrylamide-free
coffee,” he said. “They just
don’t want to change. They
want to keep doing business
the way they have been doing.”
Berle will issue a final decision after giving each side
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The next phase of the
trial will determine the
civil penalties to be levied
on the defendants. The law
allows for as little as a cent
and up to $2,500 for each
time a consumer was exposed to the chemical without being warned, Metzger
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reported from Sacramento,
Serna from Los Angeles.
Times staff writer Alene
Tchekmedyian contributed
to this report.
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The coffee industry has
contended that it is impossible to eliminate acrylamide without affecting flavor, and that the exposure is
harmless to consumers.
Raphael Metzger, the attorney for the nonprofit
Council for Education and
Research on Toxics, the
plaintiff in the case, said he
hoped the judge’s decision
game — but officers have
been restrained in their response, avoiding further escalation.
The
encounter
that
ended Clark’s life began
when officers responded to a
call about a man vandalizing
vehicles, authorities said.
The caller said the man had
broken car windows and was
hiding in a backyard, according to the Police Department.
A Sacramento County
Sheriff ’s Department helicopter spotted a man in a
backyard and directed police toward him, authorities
said. Deputies told officers
that the man had picked up
a “toolbar” and broken the
window of a home.
The man was seen running south, toward the front
of the house, where he
stopped and looked into another car, police said. Officers ordered him to stop and
show his hands, but he ran.
They chased him to the
backyard, where, authorities say, he turned and advanced toward the officers
holding what they thought
was a gun.
Fearing for their safety,
the officers fired their weapons 20 times, the department said. Clark, who was
holding a cellphone, was
pronounced dead at the
scene.
In police videos, an officer is heard saying, “Hey,
mute,” before the sound cuts
off, indicating that the audio
recording had been stopped.
Sacramento’s
police
chief said the request to
mute “builds suspicion” and
is part of the investigation.
On Tuesday morning,
state Atty. Gen. Xavier
Becerra and Sacramento
Police Chief Daniel Hahn
announced an agreement
intended to calm the city. It
calls for the state Justice Department to provide independent oversight of the investigation of the shooting
and to review Sacramento’s
police training and policies
on the use of force.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg
began Tuesday’s community meeting at City Hall by offering the council’s condolences to those affected by
Clark’s slaying.
“In the days, weeks and
months ahead, you will be
heard. It is our job to hear
your truth and calls for
change,” he said.
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CITY & STATE
Another city
lashes out at
O.C. homeless
shelter plans
Costa Mesa council
votes against county’s
‘regrettably rushed’
idea for an emergency
facility on a local site.
By Luke Money
In another blow to the effort to find emergency shelter for Orange County’s
homeless population, Costa
Mesa City Council members
voiced unanimous disapproval of using the local
Fairview
Developmental
Center as an emergency
homeless shelter.
In front of a fuming crowd
of more than 300 on Wednesday evening at the Costa
Mesa Senior Center, council
members said that they
think the city is already doing more than its fair share
to provide services and
resources to the homeless,
and that other cities — as
well as the county — need to
step up to the plate.
“It’s time for our supervisors, our county, our federal
and state officials to demand that the rest of the
county cities start participating in taking care of the
homeless that live in their
‘It’s our residents,
it’s our businesses
that are going to
be affected, and
we can’t have the
county just
throwing [this
proposal] out
there.’
— Costa Mesa Mayor
Sandy Genis
communities and not taking
them to Santa Ana or to
Costa Mesa or to Tustin,”
Councilwoman Katrina Foley said.
“It is important that we
all participate, and if we all
participate and we do our
fair share, it’s a lot less of a
burden and impact on every
community.”
Of the dozens of residents who spoke at the special council meeting, most
opposed the idea, saying
they were concerned that
developing a shelter at
Fairview would jeopardize
public safety, reduce property values and unduly burden
the city.
Not everyone was against
the concept, however. Some
said the 114-acre property at
2501 Harbor Blvd. could be
an important cog in a regional strategy to tackle
homelessness.
On
Friday,
Orange
County Supervisor Shawn
Nelson issued a news release
announcing that he and
state Sen. John Moorlach
(R-Costa Mesa) were looking into the potential for
using
the
state-owned
Fairview site as an emergency homeless shelter.
The release also raised
the possibility of “centralizing temporary housing and
basic services for the homeless” at the developmental
center, which opened in 1959.
It provides services and
housing to 133 people with
intellectual
and
devel-
opmental disabilities, according to the California Department of Developmental
Services.
But in its resolution of
opposition, the City Council
called that a “regrettably
rushed” idea proposed
“without any public input or
concern for local impacts.”
“This is land in the middle of the city; it’s governed
by our general plan,” Mayor
Sandy Genis said. “It’s our
police that are going to be responding … it’s our paramedics that are going to be
responding. It’s our residents, it’s our businesses
that are going to be affected,
and we can’t have the county
just throwing that out
there.”
Neither Nelson nor anyone from his office appeared
to be at Wednesday’s meeting — a fact that didn’t go
unnoticed among those in
attendance.
“I hope that all of you will
collectively address this
spineless supervisor that essentially threw this grenade
into a crowded room and
couldn’t even bother to show
up to defend what he’s
proposing,” resident Sue
Lester said.
Orange County Executive Officer Frank Kim told
the council that he spoke
with Nelson’s office Wednesday and was told “they do
not support the use of the
site without the cooperation
of the council and input from
the community.”
Nelson’s office could not
be immediately reached for
comment Thursday morning.
Kim also conveyed a message to the council from
county Supervisor Michelle
Steel — whose district includes Costa Mesa — that
“her office absolutely does
not support the use of
Fairview for [a] homeless
shelter” and that “the longterm use of that site should
be discussed and worked out
in collaboration with the
city.”
Supervisor Todd Spitzer
said during Wednesday
evening’s meeting that he
was “dismayed that somebody would put this into the
public arena in such an
irresponsible fashion” and is
“terribly, terribly sorry that
any respectable elected official would put something
this derelict and dangerous
into the community ...
without any input whatsoever.
“To combine that in light
of what happened last week
in Orange County was beyond the pale to me,” he said,
referring to the Board of Supervisors’ vote to develop
temporary homeless shelters on county land in Huntington Beach, Irvine and
Laguna Niguel. Supervisors
scuttled that plan Tuesday
in the face of opposition
from residents and threats
of litigation from the cities.
Like similar facilities
around California, Fairview
is scheduled to close as part
of an effort to transition people out of institutional-style
centers and into smaller accommodations that are
more integrated into communities.
The goal is to move the
center’s remaining residents
to other living options by
2019, according to the state.
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Community News.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
A MAN walks to his tent at a homeless encampment
in Anaheim that was cleared late last month.
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
MELVIN SANDOVAL, right, is escorted into the courtroom this month. Sandoval and two others were
charged in the 2001 kidnapping, rape and killing of Jacqueline Piazza, a 13-year-old runaway from Whittier.
Jury deadlocks in case of
teen’s kidnapping, killing
Los Angeles judge
declares mistrial on
nearly all counts
against 3 suspected
MS-13 gang members.
By Nicole Santa Cruz
and Marisa Gerber
A Los Angeles jury deadlocked on nearly all the
counts in the case of three
suspected Mara Salvatrucha
gang
members
charged in the 2001 rape, kidnapping and killing of a
teenage runaway from Whittier.
Despite deliberating for
nearly two weeks, the panel
on Thursday told a judge
they hadn’t reached a unanimous verdict regarding
Melvin Sandoval, 38, and
Santos Grimaldi, 35, who
each faced one count of special circumstance murder
along with one count of kidnapping in the killing of 13year-old Jacqueline Piazza.
The teenager ran away from
home in May 2001 and ended
up in the Westlake area of
Los Angeles.
A third defendant, Rogelio Contreras, 40, was acquitted of the kidnapping
charge, but jurors deadlocked on his murder count.
The judge asked jurors —
who sat through a fivemonth trial — whether there
was anything he could do to
help them reach a verdict.
He offered, for example, to
let prosecutors and defense
attorneys make further arguments.
“The answer is no, we
don’t believe there’s anything else that can be done,”
the foreman said, telling the
judge that on most of the
counts, the panel was split
either 8-4 or 9-3.
As the judge declared a
mistrial on all remaining
counts, the defendants
stared ahead with little expression. A family member
of the victim dabbed at her
nose with a tissue.
The judge then turned to
Deputy Dist. Atty. Dayan
Mathai, asking if the district
attorney’s office planned to
retry the case.
“Yes,” the prosecutor
said, nodding.
On June 27, 2001, a drug
dealer for the MS-13 street
gang, Jorge Palacios, along
with his common-law wife,
beat Jacqueline near West
8th Street and Magnolia
Avenue, then directed others, including Sandoval,
Grimaldi and Contreras, to
get “rid of the girl,” whom for
reasons unknown he perceived as a threat, prosecutors said.
That night, prosecutors
alleged, Sandoval, Grimaldi
and Contreras, along with
two others, drove Jacqueline
to Elysian Park. She was put
in the trunk so she couldn’t
be seen.
The teenager was taken
to a remote area, where
prosecutors say two men —
Sandoval and Grimaldi —
sexually assaulted the girl.
Investigators found DNA
matching Grimaldi and
Sandoval on the victim, according to testimony.
After the assault, the girl,
who was seated on the
ground nude, holding her
hands up in protest, was
shot in the head twice, prosecutors said.
In closing arguments,
Mathai said the brutal crime
“defies logic.”
“But on that day and on
that time, there was a motive, there was logic,” he
said. “They took her there
for the purpose that no one
would witness the dastardly
deeds that they were going
to do.”
“They took her there so
you would never hear what
happened,” he said.
The investigation into
the girl’s killing stalled until
a member of MS-13 who was
working as an informant
told authorities what she
knew about the crime. The
woman took investigators to
the area in Elysian Park
where the killing occurred
and described the events.
“You heard from an eyewitness … because somebody broke free,” Mathai
said.
Another gang member
also later told authorities
that Sandoval and Contreras each told him separately about the crime, and
corroborated other evidence, including the people
involved and the vehicle that
was used. The man also said
that Sandoval and Grimaldi
“wanted a piece” of the victim.
According to court testimony, Contreras told that
gang member years later
that he could “still see her
ghost in my car.”
Defense attorneys questioned the reliability of the
two main witnesses, particularly the female gang member. Victor Salerno, Sandoval’s attorney, told jurors
that the woman had been in
a relationship with Sandoval
and was jealous of the teenager.
Salerno argued that Sandoval had consensual sex
with the teenager in the days
before the killing. The lawyer
pointed to the “lengthy”
criminal record of the female
gang member and said she
shouldn’t be trusted.
Rick LaPan, Contreras’
attorney, said his client was
not a gang member and was
in the area on the day of the
killing for a church event.
During the trial, friends and
family testified to Contreras’
character, LaPan said.
“He’s a good father to his
three kids,” he said.
In closing arguments,
LaPan suggested the prosecution’s two main witnesses might be framing
Contreras.
“Mr. Contreras is telling
the truth. He’s a victim. He
has been sitting here for six
years because of these lies,”
he said. LaPan also said that
no testimony pinned Contreras as a gang member
named “Whisper” until 2004,
three years after the killing.
Robin Yanes, Grimaldi’s
attorney, also questioned
the veracity of the female
gang member, asserting she
changed her story after
speaking with investigators.
But Mathai told jurors
“the DNA evidence is powerful and can’t be denied,” adding that the killing only
made sense in the eyes of the
gang.
“All of these things work
together,” he said, “to do a
bad thing to a young girl.”
On March 2, a jury convicted Palacios, 39, of special-circumstance murder
and one count of kidnapping
to commit another crime.
Palacios, who is scheduled
to be sentenced April 11,
faces life in prison without
the possibility of parole.
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@latimes.com
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@latimes.com
It is a wall, but ‘this isn’t Trump’s’
Framing it as his own,
president cheers start
of project that began
planning 9 years ago.
By Brittny Mejia
When a border wall replacement project began
near downtown Calexico
this year, Border Patrol
agents emphasized that it
should not be confused with
President Trump’s wall. The
president himself stirred
up confusion Wednesday,
tweeting photos of the
Calexico construction and
saying, “Great briefing this
afternoon on the start of our
Southern Border WALL!”
One problem: Plans for
the wall replacement project
started in 2009.
“It was ultimately funded
under the current administration in 2017, but is completely separate of any political talk or commentary,”
Justin Castrejon, a spokes-
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
DESIGNS for Trump’s proposed wall are not related
to a Border Patrol project in progress, an official said.
man for the Border Patrol’s
El Centro Sector, said earlier
this month.
On the first weekend of
the El Centro Sector’s Border Patrol citizen’s academy
in early March, agents took
attendees out for a border
tour, stopping to show them
the construction and trying
to clear up any confusion.
“First and foremost, this
isn’t Trump’s wall,” Jona-
than Pacheco, a spokesman
for the sector, told those in
attendance. “This isn’t the
infrastructure that Trump is
trying to bring in…. This new
wall replacement has absolutely nothing to do with the
prototypes that were shown
over in the San Diego area.”
When asked whether the
wall
replacement
and
Trump’s wall were the same
thing, a Department of
Homeland Security spokesperson gave a one-word
email reply to The Times:
“Yes.”
A 2.25-mile section of
wall, built in the 1990s out of
recycled scraps of metal and
old landing mat, is being
swapped out with a 30-foothigh bollard-style wall.
Smuggling
organizations
damaged and breached the
outdated version of the wall
several hundred times during the last two years, leading to costly repairs, according to the El Centro Sector.
The area was identified
as high risk because of the
level of illegal border activity.
A number of agents were assaulted in the area in 2017,
one reason it is getting new
infrastructure,
Castrejon
said.
“This new infrastructure
will help us provide better
security for our agents and
better border security for
our community and our nation,” he said.
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STEPHEN REINHARDT, 1931 - 2018
Federal judge drew conservatives’ ire
[Reinhardt, from B1]
er, was dubbed the “liberal lion” of the federal circuit
courts.
His rulings in favor of
criminal defendants, minorities and immigrants were
often overturned by the
more conservative U.S.
Supreme Court.
Many lawyers have joked
that Reinhardt’s name on a
ruling was probably enough
to get the attention of the
conservatives
on
the
Supreme Court. In 1996, after Reinhardt was reversed
several
times
by
the
Supreme Court, The Times
asked him if he was upset.
“Not in the slightest!” he
boomed. “If they want to
take away rights, that’s their
privilege. But I’m not going
to help them do it.”
No matter how many reversals he endured, Reinhardt used the bench to try
to help the underdog. Just a
few months ago, he called
The Times to read a reporter
a letter from a woman who
had just been released from
prison and who wanted to
thank him for ruling in her
favor.
“He was a giant not just
on the 9th Circuit but within
the law,” UC Berkeley law
school
Dean
Erwin
Chemerinsky said. “He also
was a judge with a particular
vision of the law, based on
enforcing the Constitution
to protect people.”
Reinhardt joined another judge in ruling that the
words “under God” in the
Pledge of Allegiance were
unconstitutional, a decision
that was later overturned.
He wrote a ruling that
said laws prohibiting physician-assisted suicide were
unconstitutional and another that overturned California’s previous ban on samesex marriage.
Reinhardt also lamented
Supreme Court rulings that
limited judges’ ability to
overturn convictions and
sentences on habeas corpus
and complained about the
flaws in death penalty cases.
He was among the federal judges who decided that
Eric Risberg Associated Press
AN UNDERDOG’S ADVOCATE ON THE BENCH
Judge Stephen Reinhardt had many rulings reversed by the Supreme Court. “If they want to take away
rights, that’s their privilege,” he said of the justices in 1996. “But I’m not going to help them do it.”
overcrowding in California’s
prison system was unconstitutional.
“His view was to decide
cases as he believed the law
required, not to predict what
the Supreme Court would
do,” Chemerinsky said. “He
was unapologetic about
that.”
Conservatives
often
railed against Reinhardt,
calling him lawless. They accused him of never voting to
uphold a death sentence.
Reinhardt, asked about
that, said he was not sure.
He was particularly close
to former 9th Circuit Judge
Alex Kozinski, considered a
conservative with libertari-
an views. They were dubbed
the “odd couple.”
When Kozinski retired
under pressure in December
in response to sexual harassment allegations, Reinhardt
bemoaned the departure.
He said he kept a photograph of Kozinski planting a
kiss on his cheek in his
chambers.
Reinhardt was a trial lawyer and Democratic activist
when Carter chose him in
1980 for the 9th Circuit. For
years thereafter, Reinhardt
clashed with then-Supreme
Court Justice William H.
Rehnquist, a conservative
elevated to chief justice by
President Reagan in 1986.
Rehnquist often traveled
to California during the
summers to speak at the 9th
Circuit’s annual conference,
where he gibed the West
Coast judges about their liberal record.
He told one gathering
that the 9th Circuit seemed
to “have a hard time saying
‘no’ to any litigant with a
hard-luck story.”
Reinhardt was offended.
“Many of us feel an obligation to uphold the rights of
the citizens against the government,”
he
replied.
“That’s what the Constitution is there for.”
Born March 27, 1931, in
New York as Stephen Sha-
piro, Reinhardt changed his
name after his mother divorced his father and married Gottfried Reinhardt, a
screenwriter, director and
producer whose films included “The Red Badge of
Courage.” His grandfather,
Max Reinhardt, was a theater legend who fled Nazi Germany and gained acclaim in
the U.S. for his production of
“A Midsummer Night’s
Dream” at the Hollywood
Bowl.
The judge said in 1996
that the horrors of the Nazis
helped shape his conviction
about the need to be vigilant
in upholding human rights.
In a speech that year to a
graduating law class, Reinhardt exhorted the graduates to “remember at all
times that you have a particular responsibility to see
that fairness and justice are
done, and that equal treatment under the law prevails.”
Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of
the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational
Fund who once clerked for
Reinhardt, called the judge a
“powerful force for what is
good and righteous in a
court system that too often
strays from the path of justice.”
“His place in history’s judicial firmament is secure,
and his legacy in cases, ideas
and people has been and will
be deep and long-lasting,”
Saenz said.
Hector Villagra, executive director of the American
Civil Liberties Union of
Southern California and another former Reinhardt
clerk, called the news of
Reinhardt’s death “devastating.”
He recalled the judge
writing a dissent at 11 p.m. on
a Saturday because the full
9th Circuit had decided not
to reconsider a death penalty decision.
“He knew it was totally
pointless,” Villagra said. “It
wasn’t going to affect the
outcome. But it was the
right thing to do, and that’s
what mattered. He wanted
his voice and his objections
heard.”
He said Reinhardt often
worked seven days a week.
Reinhardt is survived by
his wife, Ramona Ripston,
who for decades headed the
ACLU of Southern California; three adult children,
Mark Reinhardt, 57, a professor of political science;
Justin Reinhardt, 52, a musician; and Dana Reinhardt,
47, a novelist; and seven
grandchildren.
The family asked that in
lieu of flowers, donations in
Reinhardt’s memory be
made to the ACLU.
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Daniel Ochoa de Olza Associated Press
‘MUSIC AND ARTS HAVE LOST ONE OF ITS BRIGHTEST FIGURES’
Jose Abreu, shown in 2008, is often credited with saving thousands of Venezuelan
children from crime and poverty through his music education projects.
J OSE ABREU, 1939 - 2018
Globally known maestro
founded youth orchestra
El Sistema’s humble
origins evolved into
network of 300 choirs
and music ensembles.
By Sonaiya Kelley
ose Abreu, the globally
acclaimed founder of
Venezuela’s El Sistema
youth orchestra, a
project that offered
thousands of poor children
free music education, died
Saturday. He was 78.
“My heart is overwhelmed,” said conductor
and music and artistic
director of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic
Gustavo
Dudamel.
“The music and arts have
lost one of its brightest
figures. Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu taught us that art
is a universal right and that
inspiration and beauty
irreversibly transform the
soul of a child. … I am who I
am today [because of him],
and I owe it to Maestro
J
Abreu’s generosity, humanity and vision. I feel an immense privilege to have
shared a life next to someone
of his dimension.”
Dudamel, who brought
El Sistema to the world’s attention more than a decade
ago, has continued Abreu’s
mission, bringing its players
on tour in the U.S. and incorporating its ideals into the
L.A. Phil’s Youth Orchestra
Los Angeles.
Abreu, born on May 7,
1939, in the small Andean
city of Valera, Venezuela, began his music studies at age
9 before moving to Caracas
to study composition.
Frustrated with the
country’s single orchestra,
Abreu began El Sistema in
1975 in a garage with nine
musicians. Known as Social
Action for Music and
National Network of Youth
and Children’s Orchestras of
Venezuela, the network has
since expanded to 300 choirs
and orchestras and has
received awards from the
Royal Swedish Academy
and UNESCO.
With a mission of combating poverty through music education, Abreu is often
credited with saving thousands of Venezuelan children from crime and poverty
through the project, though
some have been critical of
what they saw as his topdown approach. Even so, his
program has inspired others
in other Latin American and
European countries.
“Abreu has given life to a
musical system with which
young people can be safe
from the dangers of the
street, of crime, of drugs,”
said Simon Rattle, director
of the Berlin Philharmonic,
according to the El Sistema
website.
Venezuela
announced
three days of national
mourning for “Maestro
Abreu.” On state television,
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the country
was “deeply moved by the
physical departure of Maestro Abreu.”
sonaiya.kelley
@latimes.com
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Events to focus on Alzheimer’s prevention
[Abcarian, from B1]
we are right to be concerned.
Shriver, a journalist, was
moderating a panel that
included a neuroscientist
who is a food expert, a psychiatrist who is a sleep
expert, a fitness trainer who
is a pediatric ICU nurse and
a nutritionist with a highprofile patient roster.
They had gathered at
her Brentwood offices to
promote an initiative
called Move for Minds and
to discuss what we know
about Alzheimer’s prevention.
“This is a disease that is
in your brain 20 years before
you are symptomatic,” said
Shriver, whose father —
diplomat, politician and
Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver — was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in
2003 at age 87. He died eight
years later, his mind and
memory gone.
“So you’re never too
young to start thinking
about your brain health,”
Shriver said, “and what your
brain needs to survive and
thrive.”
‘Research has
shown that some
food will help us
age gracefully and
keep our mental
faculties intact,
whereas others
increase the risk
of dementia
substantially.’
— Lisa Mosconi,
neuroscientist
Robin Abcarian Los Angeles Times
MARIA SHRIVER, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, has moder-
ated panels on how exercise, sleep and eating well can help prevent the disease.
to everything else — sleep
deprivation, lack of exercise,” said neuroscientist
Lisa Mosconi. “When women are in their 40s, their
brains really start to look
like they are aging faster
than the brains of men who
are exactly the same age.”
::
::
No one is sure why more
women are affected by
Alzheimer’s than men.
It might have to do with
hormones, and changes
that occur as a result of
menopause and the years
leading up to it, during
which time levels of estrogen begin to plummet.
“As estrogen declines, it
leaves the brain a little bit
unprotected and vulnerable
Here is the short version
of what you need to know
about what experts think is
the best way to reduce the
risk of dementia and its
various cousins:
Get plenty of exercise.
Sleep a lot (but don’t use
pills). Eat well (cut out
processed foods, and unless
you have a medical condition, stop being a jerk about
gluten). Drink tap water
(unless you live in Flint,
Mich.).
“If I could tell people any
one thing to prevent or push
off dementia,” Shriver said,
“it would be exercise.”
Exercise increases blood
flow to the brain, which
brings oxygen, which helps
prevent the dreaded “brain
fog” that so many women
complain about once they
reach a certain estrogendeprived age.
“We’ve detached our
brains from our bodies in
this country,” said Anja
Garcia, who teaches fitness
classes at Equinox Fitness.
Shriver has partnered
with Equinox for half-day
events in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, New York and
Boston in June that will
combine an exercise class
with a discussion about
Alzheimer’s prevention.
Garcia teaches classes
that combine high-intensity
interval training with exercises that require coordination and stability, she
said, “so you aren’t mindlessly going through the
movement.”
Ruth Benca, a UC Irvine
psychiatrist and expert on
sleep and brain health, said
at least 15% of dementia is
directly related to sleep
disturbance and sleep problems.
Happily, she said, these
are treatable issues.
In addition to the right
kind of diet, meditation and
exercise, she said, it is com-
monly accepted that the
first-line treatment for
insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of talk
therapy that focuses on
developing coping strategies to combat self-defeating thoughts.
As someone whose personal food demons can be
summed up in three words
— Scotch and Snickers — I
was alarmed to learn that
elevated blood sugar and
pre-diabetes can double
your chance for dementia
and Alzheimer’s.
“Research has shown
that some food will help us
age gracefully and keep our
mental faculties intact,
whereas others increase the
risk of dementia substantially,” said Mosconi, author
of “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for
Cognitive Power.”
“In the same way that we
save for retirement,” she
said, “we should really start
to eat for retirement.” (Farewell, Snickers. It was fun
while it lasted.)
The brain has different
dietary needs than the
body. “If you eat right for
your brain,” Mosconi said,
“you are eating right for
your body, but not necessarily the other way around.”
So, for example, said
nutritionist Kelly LeVeque,
plain steamed broccoli
might help you lose weight,
but its antioxidant properties won’t do much for your
brain unless you add a healthy fat like olive oil.
“There were years when
people were totally terrified
of fat,” LeVeque said, “but
every day I am banging my
little drum: You need the fat
on the salad or you are not
absorbing the fat-soluble
nutrients.”
Speaking of food fads,
there is no evidence that
gluten is bad for the brain,
Mosconi said. However,
two kinds of people should
avoid it: the 1% of the population that has celiac disease and the estimated 6%
that has “non-celiac gluten
sensitivity.” Get tested to
find out.
“I feel that sometimes we
treat science a little bit like
fashion,” Mosconi said. “A
few years ago, everybody
was vegan. And now everybody is eating fat. But science moves slower. By the
time we do a clinical trial
that shows gluten is bad for
you, everybody will be eating it again.”
robin.abcarian
@latimes.com
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Tech giants have
stumbled. Is it profittaking by investors, or
a sign of larger issues?
By James F. Peltz
Photographs by
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GIBSON, famously played by musicians such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley, has struggled with a cash drain as it tried to diversify.
Hard times for guitar maker
Gibson under pressure as debt payment looms and vendors bail
Elvis Presley changed history on
a Gibson J200. Eric Clapton’s
famous solo on the Beatles’ “While
My Guitar Gently Weeps” was
played on a Gibson. And when
young B.B. King fled a burning
building and realized he’d left his
Gibson behind, he risked his life by
going back inside to retrieve it. The
fire had been accidentally started
by two men fighting over a woman,
and King gave his semi-hollow-body
guitar her name — Lucille.
But pop cares little for legend.
Gibson says sales are strong, but
guitars don’t have the mystique
they did in King’s day.
By Emma Orr
and Austin Weinstein
Like the blues giant Robert
Johnson, whose mastery of a Gibson guitar was said to be the result
of a deal with the devil, Gibson itself
has come to a crossroads.
After 116 years, the devil’s knocking on the guitar company’s door.
Debt of as much as $560 million is
due this summer, and investors are
whispering that Chief Executive
Henry Juszkiewicz has got to go.
Juszkiewicz traded a slice of Gibson’s soul in an attempt to become
more than just the maker of the
world’s most beloved guitar. He
bought pieces of consumer electronics companies to relaunch Gibson Guitars as Gibson Brands Inc.,
a “music lifestyle” company. It
didn’t work out as planned.
“My dream was to be the Nike of
music lifestyle,” Juszkiewicz said.
“At this point, I have to cut back on
that ambition, frankly.”
Consumer electronics
CEO Henry Juszkiewicz had sought to transform the famed guitar
maker into a “music lifestyle” company. The plans didn’t work out.
A ballot effort
for a deceptively
named ripoff
DAVID LAZARUS
You might be
asked any
day to sign a
petition
supporting a
proposed
California
ballot initiative called
the Healthy
Homes and Schools Act —
and who doesn’t like the
idea of healthy homes and
schools?
What the person gathering signatures won’t tell you
is that the deceptively titled
Healthy Homes and
Schools Act is in fact a super-sneaky attempt by
major paint companies to
avoid paying hundreds of
millions of dollars in remediation for selling people
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products with toxic levels of
lead.
What the signature
gatherer won’t say is that
the paint companies would
rather stick you with the tab
instead.
“This initiative should be
called the Let Us Get Off the
Hook and You Pay Millions
of Dollars for Our Mistake
Act,” said Assemblywoman
Wendy Carrillo (D-Los
Angeles).
She’s one of half a dozen
state lawmakers who introduced bills last week to
counter the paint companies’ duplicitous ballot drive
and make sure they’re accountable for the mess they
created or inherited
through acquisitions.
“The companies knew
their paint had lead in it and
they sold it anyway,” Carrillo said. “They’re putting
profits over people.”
To understand this story,
you have to go back nearly
two decades to when Los
Angeles County and nine
other California jurisdictions sued companies that
at one time made leadbased paints. That led to 13
years of litigation.
In 2014, the jurisdictions
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“We have a younger generation
coming in with tastes toward a different type of music,” said Al Di Meola, a Grammy-winning jazz guitarist.
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It has become a lot less
easy to make money in tech
stocks.
A confluence of negative
news has rocked the shares
of the nation’s leading
technology companies in recent days, though many of
them bounced back Thursday. Developments at companies such as Amazon and
Tesla have prompted investors to take a hard, fresh
look at the firms’ growth
prospects and the stocks’
lofty prices.
Facebook Inc. was hit
with a data-privacy scandal.
Amazon.com Inc. came
under attack again by President Trump over its sales
taxes and U.S. Postal Service
contract.
Concern
mounted about Tesla Inc.’s
cash needs. The self-driving
vehicle industry was roiled
by a pedestrian fatality in
Arizona caused by an autonomous Uber vehicle.
Because the tech giants’
stocks — and the stocks’
enormous price gains in the
last two years — have attracted an increasingly
larger
following,
their
abrupt declines helped
bring down the overall stock
market in March.
For instance, the NYSE
FANG+ index plunged
nearly 8% this week before
finishing nearly unchanged
Thursday. The index tracks
the so-called FANG stocks
— Facebook, Amazon, Netflix Inc. and Google parent
Alphabet Inc. — and six others, including Tesla and
Twitter Inc.
The broader, tech-heavy
Nasdaq composite index,
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SF Motors
SF MOTORS , maker of the SF5 electric vehicle, has manufacturing plants in Indiana and China.
Yet another electric-vehicle start-up
By Russ Mitchell
SAN FRANCISCO — The latest
electric vehicle Silicon Valley start-up
held its coming-out party Wednesday
to introduce two crossover sport utility vehicles. Another EV player? Yes.
But this one comes with some unusual
twists.
The company, SF Motors, already
has procured two manufacturing
plants — one in Indiana, one in China.
Its primary investor, Sokon, is a well-
established, deep-pocketed, decadesold auto parts and vehicle maker in
Chongqing, run by the father of SF
Motors founder John Zhang.
And SF Motors will design and
manufacture its own batteries,
including the individual battery cell
cylinders themselves, with technology
developed by Martin Eberhard, its
chief scientist and Tesla’s founder.
Two prototype vehicles were
shown, but few facts about the cars
were revealed. They will boast a range
above 300 miles and be equipped with
lidar — a light-based version of radar
— for self-drive capabilities. The larger
vehicle, the SF7, can be fitted with as
many as four motors for 1,000 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph time of less
than 3 seconds.
No sale date was offered for the
SF7. The company will begin taking
orders for the smaller SF5 by the end
of this year and promised customers
they will begin receiving their cars
before 2019 is through.
Prices? Potential customers will
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TESLA’S battery factory and production line bottlenecks have raised questions among analysts about its abil-
ity to mass-produce the Model 3. The company aims to increase production to 300 Model 3s a day.
Tesla urges workers to
ramp up Model 3 output
Engineering chief calls
for production line
workers to prove
‘haters wrong.’
By Dana Hull
Tesla Inc. exhorted its
factory workers to disprove
the “haters” betting against
the company and asked for
volunteers to join the effort
to ramp up output of the crucial Model 3 line.
In a pair of internal memos last week, the heads of engineering and production
spelled out measures to free
up workers for the Model 3
line and challenged them to
reach production goals of assembling 2,500 Model 3s a
week by the end of the quarter.
Doug Field, the engineering chief, told staff that if
they can exceed 300 Model 3s
a day, it would be an “incredible victory” at a time when
short-sellers and critics are
increasingly doubting the
company’s ability to fulfill
Chief Executive Elon Musk’s
vision of building a massproduction electric-vehicle
manufacturer.
“I find that personally insulting, and you should too,”
Field wrote in the March 23
email. “Let’s make them re-
gret ever betting against us.
You will prove a bunch of
haters wrong.”
Tesla has been routed
this month as analysts and
investors have questioned
the company’s ability to
mass-manufacture
the
sedan it spent billions of dollars on to quickly expand
sales. Bottlenecks at Tesla’s
battery factory and assembly plant have undermined
that effort, limiting the return on that investment and
arousing concern that the
company may need to raise
more cash.
The company’s shares
climbed 3.2% on Thursday
to $266.13, paring the stock’s
plunge for all of March
to about 24%. Tesla’s bonds
maturing in 2025 were trading at 87.25 cents on the
dollar, down more than 1
cent, according to Trace
data
compiled
by
Bloomberg.
Tesla will suspend Model
S and Model X production
Thursday and Friday because it’s ahead of the target
on building those this quarter, Peter Hochholdinger,
vice president of production,
wrote to employees in a
March 21 email obtained by
Bloomberg News. An unspecified “limited number”
of workers who build those
vehicles will have the option
to work on the Model 3 line
on those two days and Saturday, he said.
A Tesla spokesperson
said Thursday that the
planned shutdown of the
Model S and Model X production line is now occurring
only on Friday, not both
days, and said that the
pause is unrelated to Model
3 production targets.
At the time of Field’s
email, Tesla was making
more than 200 Model 3 sedans a day on every line, he
wrote. Field urged workers
to quickly break through the
300-cars-a-day barrier and
keep going, while keeping
quality standards high.
Some Model 3 reviewers
have criticized inconsistent
body panel gaps and glitches
with the 15-inch touchscreen display that controls
many of the car’s features.
“The world is watching us
very closely, to understand
one thing: How many Model
3’s can Tesla build in a
week?” Field wrote. “This is
a critical moment in Tesla’s
history, and there are a number of reasons it’s so important. You should pick the
one that hits you in the gut
and makes you want to win.”
In addition to the Model 3
issues, Tesla has been working with regulators to investigate a fatal crash involving
a Model X last week that
prompted the company to
defend the record of its
driver-assistance
system
Autopilot.
Moody’s
Investors Service also downgraded Tesla’s credit rating
further into junk territory
Tuesday.
During the temporary
shutdown of Model S and
Model
X
production,
Hochholdinger said workers
who don’t move to the
Model 3 line will have to take
unpaid time off or can use
paid vacation days. His
email didn’t specify what the
company’s Model S and
Model X target was for the
quarter.
If Tesla reaches its
weekly Model 3 production
target, employees will have
doubled the size of the company as measured by cars
shipped, and output of that
vehicle will exceed those for
the Model S and Model X
combined, Field wrote. He
said the Model 3 will outsell
the battery-electric Nissan
Leaf, BMW i3, Audi E-Tron
and Chevrolet Bolt and Volt
combined.
“We set high goals at
Tesla, but I know we can do
this,” Field wrote. “If we keep
climbing from 300 through
the end of the week, it will be
an incredible victory. Your
friends and family will hear
about it in the news.”
Barclays agreed to pay $2
billion in civil penalties to
settle a U.S. investigation
into its marketing of residential mortgage-backed
securities between 2005 and
2007 that were backed by
subprime loans that went
into default.
The investigation resolves a rare Justice Department lawsuit that the bank
has battled since the waning
days of the Obama administration. The suit was also unusual in targeting two former executives at the bank,
Paul Menefee and John Carroll, who also settled Thursday and agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims without admitting wrongdoing.
“The actions of Barclays
and the two individual defendants resulted in enormous losses to the investors
who purchased the residential mortgage-backed securities backed by defective
loans,” Laura Wertheimer,
the inspector general for the
Federal Housing Finance
Agency, said in a statement
Thursday. “Today’s settlement holds accountable
those who waste, steal or
abuse funds in connection
with FHFA or any of the entities it regulates.”
The U.S. investigation
targeted
36
residential
mortgage-backed securities
deals involving $31 billion
worth of loans, more than
half of which defaulted. The
Justice
Department
claimed that borrowers
whose loans backed subprime mortgage deals were
significantly less creditworthy than Barclays represented. The bank denied the
allegations.
Waiting to resolve the
case paid off for the London-
based bank, which reportedly sought in 2016 to keep
any settlement to $2 billion.
The Justice Department
balked and sued that December. It was a rare move
as big banks typically negotiate a settlement before a
case reaches that pointto
avoid a risky courtroom
showdown with U.S. lawyers.
Most other big banks
that reached settlements
with the Justice Department over crisis-era mortgage cases paid substantially more. Bank of America
tops the list with its $16.6-billion deal, and six other
banks paid at least twice as
much as Barclays’ deal, including Goldman Sachs at
$4.2 billion. Wells Fargo &
Co., the only California bank
in the group, paid $1.4 billion.
Barclays Chief Executive
Jes Staley welcomed the
deal in a statement and
called it “a fair and proportionate settlement.” The
bank will recognize the fine
in its first-quarter earnings.
“The settlement came at
the bottom end of expectations and much sooner than
expected,” said Ian Gordon,
an analyst at Investec, who
called it a “clear positive.”
Menefee, who was the
head banker on Barclays’
subprime securitizations,
“has always maintained that
the government’s ... lawsuit
against him was baseless,”
his lawyers said in a statement. “Solely to put this
matter behind him, Mr.
Menefee has agreed to a settlement in which he has not
admitted any wrongdoing.”
Carroll is pleased the government “relented in its efforts to prove wrongdoing
where none exists,” lawyer
Glen McGorty said in an
emailed statement. “He
looks forward to putting this
experience behind him.’
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BARCLAYS will pay $2 billion for its 2005-07 mar-
Hull writes for Bloomberg.
keting of certain mortgage-backed securities.
Uber matter ‘has been resolved’
Firm appears to reach
settlement with family
of woman killed by a
self-driving vehicle.
associated press
The family of an Arizona
woman killed when she was
struck by an autonomous
Uber vehicle apparently has
reached a financial settlement with the company.
Cristina Perez Hesano,
an attorney for the daughter
and husband of 49-year-old
Elaine Herzberg, responded
Thursday to inquiries by the
Associated Press by saying
only that the matter “has
been resolved.”
Herzberg was killed
March 18 as she walked her
bicycle across a dark street
in Tempe, a Phoenix suburb.
Uber
representatives
Sarah Abboud and Matthew
Wing separately declined to
comment in response to
queries about a possible settlement. The San Francisco
company previously expressed sympathy for Herzberg’s family and said it
would cooperate with investigators.
There was no indication
that Herzberg’s relatives
had filed a lawsuit against
Uber in connection with the
crash, which Tempe police
and federal agencies are investigating.
AFP/Getty Images
DASHCAM footage released by the Tempe Police Department shows the moment
before a self-driving Uber SUV struck Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle.
On March 21, Tempe police released a 22-second video showing Herzberg walking from a darkened area
onto a street just before an
Uber SUV strikes her. The
Volvo was in self-driving
mode with a human backup
driver at the wheel when
it struck Herzberg, police
said.
The
human
backup
driver appears to be looking
down until just before impact.
The fatal crash in Tempe
was the first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving
vehicle in the United States.
Uber suspended its autonomous vehicle testing
program in Arizona, California, Pittsburgh and Toronto
after the crash. Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey suspended the
company’s testing privileges
Monday.
Ducey said in a letter to
Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi that video footage
of the crash raised concerns
about the company’s ability
to safely test its technology
in Arizona.
Ducey said he expects
public safety to be the top
priority for those who operate self-driving cars.
“The incident that took
place on March 18 is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation,”
Ducey said.
Ducey previously welcomed Uber and other autonomous vehicle companies to use Arizona as a place
for testing under few, if any,
regulations. In early March,
he authorized self-driving
vehicle companies to run
tests without a person in the
car to act as a safety operator.
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TECHNOLOGY
Snap adding
100 workers
to its layoffs
Maker of Snapchat
app is targeting mostly
ad and sales units in its
latest round of cuts.
By James Rufus Koren
and David Pierson
Seth Wenig Aassociated Press
AMAZON aims to create a product similar to checking accounts, sources said. Above, Sofia Harrison, 15, right,
and some of her friends browse clothing at a shopping mall in Garden City, N.Y., in 2015.
Amazon targets teens
Firm is in talks with
banks with goal of
getting those without
plastic to buy online.
By Jenny Surane
Amazon.com Inc. has
millennial shoppers nailed
down. And their parents.
And most of their grandparents.
But one group of potential customers has eluded
the world’s biggest internet
retailer. Teenagers, otherwise known as Generation Z,
with their lack of debit and
credit cards, their absence of
bank accounts and their
overwhelming preference
for actually putting on
clothes and going to physical
stores to buy things they
could purchase online, pose
a big challenge to Amazon.
Amazon’s answer: The
internet behemoth is in early
discussions with banks including JPMorgan Chase &
Co. and Capital One Financial Corp. to create a product
similar to checking accounts, according to people
familiar with the matter who
requested anonymity. Amazon aims to tailor the accounts to appeal especially
to youngsters and those who
own no plastic in their wallets, the people said.
“The sooner you can
start collecting information
on them, the better prepared you are,” said Tim
Barefield, a managing director at the consulting firm
Kotter International. “For
Amazon, it’s another way to
expand their brand. Their
brand is reaching out every
place that their tentacles
can reach out to.”
The move shows Amazon’s recognition that digital accounts for minors potentially lock in lifetime customers before they even
leave their parents’ house.
Amazon is savvy about its
users’ life cycles. It offers
new parents discounts on
diapers and baby food. It
gives college students discounted Amazon Prime
memberships,
providing
free shipping and access to
streaming video so young
adults will already be Amazon shoppers when they
start making more of their
own spending decisions.
Since many young people
don’t qualify for credit cards,
Amazon created a pseudodebit card called Amazon
Cash that lets teenagers
drop off money at drugstores such as 7-Eleven Inc.
and CVS Health Corp. and
add it to an Amazon wallet
they can use online.
But Amazon has long
known the process is clunky
and has wanted to take steps
to make it easier for customers without bank accounts
to shop on its website. Walmart Inc. and American Express Co. offer accounts
called Bluebird that have
made inroads with teens.
Amazon, led by billionaire Jeff Bezos, is trying to
stay on top even as the company had revenue of $178 billion last year, a 31% jump
from 2016 and an almost
2,500% increase from 2004,
when many of these potential new customers were
born.
Children under the age
of 18 typically aren’t able
to sign up for a bank
account without parental
consent. Checking accounts
for high school students
often come with monthly
service charges and overdraft fees.
So there’s a chance for
Amazon to improve the
banking experience, said
Stuart Sopp, chief executive
of Current, a start-up that
offers debit cards to teens.
“I’m sure Amazon is scaring the hell out of every single regional bank and credit
union right now,” Sopp said.
“The banks have very clearly
not serviced these demographics, so there’s opportunity.”
If Amazon could deliver a
better banking experience
for digitally savvy youngsters who are used to getting
what they want with a few
swipes or clicks, they might
have banking customers for
a long time, said Eric Marks,
a senior director at the financial consulting firm West
Monroe Partners.
Amazon also might entice teens with its personal
assistant, Alexa. Such devices are popular among teens
looking for a convenient way
to pay, said Gavin Rosenberg, a senior director at the
payment processor Total
System Services Inc.
“The younger generations are less concerned
about privacy, so they’re
more apt to use them,” Rosenberg said.
The marketing opportunity doesn’t end with teenagers. The e-commerce giant also could end up persuading people to close their
existing bank accounts and
open a new one with Amazon, according to a Cornerstone Advisors study published in January. It also
would be a chance for a bank
to partner with the online
gargantuan.
“Right now, banks might
not be offering exactly what
millennials want or need,”
said Marielle Schurig, a financial advisor at UBS
Group who works with highnet-worth millennials. “A lot
of monthly statements don’t
offer insights or tools to
manage your records or analyze your spending to budget
or save for the future” —
something Amazon might
provide.
Even with as much as a
$10 monthly fee, 27% of
young millennials polled
said they would open an additional checking account
with Amazon. One-tenth
said they would close their
existing account and go with
Amazon.
“This is music to Amazon’s ears,” Cornerstone
said in its report. “Why
would they want to offer a
free checking account when
they can bundle the services
of various providers on their
platform — merchants and
financial services providers
— and charge a fee for it, a fee
that consumers are willing
to pay.”
Surane writes for
Bloomberg.
Snap Inc., the company
behind video messaging app
Snapchat, said Thursday
that it was cutting about 100
workers in its second round
of layoffs in less than a
month.
The new layoffs at the
Venice-based social media
company are mostly in the
advertising and sales units,
a spokesman said. Earlier
this month, the company cut
more than 120 engineers and
last year laid off workers in a
hardware unit responsible
for Snap’s once-popular
Spectacles sunglasses.
In an emailed statement,
Imran Khan, the company’s
chief strategy officer, said
Snap has had to make “some
really tough decisions” as
part of a restructuring effort
that started last year.
“As a result, new structures have been put in place
for content, engineering,
sales and many other parts
of Snap,” Khan said. “These
changes reflect our view that
tighter integration and
closer collaboration between our teams is a critical
component of sustainably
growing our business.”
Snap declined to say
whether more layoffs are
coming.
The job cuts in advertising and sales reflect Snap’s
changing strategy for revenue, analysts say.
The company introduced
automated ad sales last
year, which significantly decreased Snap’s ad rates but
allowed it to make up for
those losses with far more
sales.
Software-driven
sales
also reduced the number of
staffers needed to craft expensive ads for a growing offering of original content on
Snapchat,
said
Brian
Wieser, an analyst for Pivotal
Research Group.
“Those are pretty significant cuts to the ad and sales
force,” Wieser said. “They
may have staffed up under
the premise they would invest more in premium video.”
Snap is also trying to
pare down costs to become
profitable by the end of the
year, tech news outlet the
Information reported this
month.
Snap last year recorded
losses of $720 million before
interest, taxes and charges
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
SNAP is making cuts
amid a restructuring.
Above, at the NYSE on
its stock debut last year.
such as stock compensation
expenses.
In February, the company began subleasing some
of its dispersed office space
in Venice to relocate workers
to a business park in Santa
Monica. The move could
save the company money in
the long run.
The latest layoffs come
after several high-profile
executive departures and
months of criticism about a
recent Snapchat redesign,
one that celebrities including Kylie Jenner have publicly derided but that investors say is needed to help
attract more users.
Snap went public a year
ago, staging one of the biggest recent tech intial public
offerings of stock, but it has
struggled amid growing
losses and growth that
hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Even after surprisingly
good financial results were
reported in last year’s fourth
quarter, which sent Snap’s
stock soaring, shares of
the company now trade for
less than their IPO price of
$17.
Snap shares closed largely unmoved Thursday at
$15.86.
That contrasted with
many major tech stocks,
which bounced back after a
sell-off Wednesday.
Facebook shares, pummeled by news about the
company’s mishandling of
user data, ended a two-day
slide by climbing more than
4% to $159.79.
Amazon
shares
increased just over 1% to
$1,447.34 a day after declining on a report that President Trump wanted to “go
after” the company.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, saw its shares
climb 3%. Apple shares
creeped up just under 1%,
and Netflix shares ended
trading up more than 3%.
james.koren@latimes.com
david.pierson@latimes.com
Microsoft is shuffling the corporate deck
In a world where the
PC no longer rules,
firm undergoes biggest
retooling in 3 years.
bloomberg
Microsoft Corp. Chief
Executive Satya Nadella unveiled the company’s biggest
reorganization in three
years, combining the divisions that focus on devices
and software for businesses
while moving the Windows
operating system unit into
the cloud operations.
It’s a sweeping set of
changes that includes the
departure of Windows chief
and Microsoft veteran Terry
Myerson and the appointment of Scott Guthrie to
oversee the combined Windows and cloud business.
Nadella is also putting
Office chief Rajesh Jha in
charge of the newly created
Experiences & Devices
team. This group will focus
on how people interact with
various computing devices,
using
multiple
senses,
Microsoft said in a memo.
Jason Redmond AFP/Getty Images
MICROSOFT CEO Satya Nadella at the annual shareholders meeting. The com-
pany has stayed relevant by focusing on cloud services and its popular work tools.
Nadella is reshaping the
Redmond, Wash., company
to fit a world where the PC is
no longer the center of computing.
The changes reflect the
shrinking role of Windows,
the operating system that
runs most of the world’s PCs,
as computing shifts toward
areas like cloud, mobile, productivity and artificial intel-
ligence software.
The shuffle moves work
on Windows to the same
team handling Microsoft’s
Azure cloud software. The
Windows devices team com-
bines with Office software,
with the goal of building laptops and tablets that appeal
to users of Microsoft’s applications, including its Word
and Excel programs and
newer tools such as email
and Skype.
“A unified platform-driven approach to product development and delivery
should be beneficial for
Microsoft,” Mark Moerdler,
an analyst at Sanford C.
Bernstein, said in a report.
He added that the changes
are also likely to reduce duplication of engineering efforts and should save the
company money.
PC sales have been on the
decline for years. After peaking in 2011 at 364 million devices shipped, the market
has contracted every year
since then.
Microsoft’s own effort to
revitalize hardware, with its
well-reviewed Surface devices, hasn’t been able to turn
back that tide.
Still, under Nadella, who
took over in 2014, the company has stayed relevant
and boosted sales by focusing on cloud services and
subscription versions of its
popular work tools. Revenue
is forecast to climb 11% this
fiscal year to $107.3 billion, after rising 5% in 2017.
The cloud unit under
Guthrie is also gaining some
of the company’s artificial
intelligence
work
most
closely tied to corporate customers.
That division is also taking responsibility for some of
Microsoft’s virtual-reality
and augmented-reality development and products.
Microsoft has sought to sell
those technologies to cloud
customers as new ways to
oversee workers, manage
equipment and offer training in corporate environments.
Myerson leaves after 21
years, and almost three
years in what some have
called the hardest job at
Microsoft: trying to build a
device business after the
company exited from phone
handsets — all while charting the future of Windows in
a world that is moving away
from the computing model
that it led. Before those
roles, Myerson ran Windows
Phone and the Exchange
email server.
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Massive debt looms for guitar maker
[Gibson, from C1]
pany Onkyo Corp., and in
2014 he added Royal Philips’
audio and home entertainment business, WOOX Innovations, for $135 million.
The purchases fit into
Juszkiewicz’s vision for the
company’s future. Not everyone was pleased.
“Gibson has chosen to go
into that market where
they’re competing with the
really big dogs,” said Pat Foley, who leads artist relations at Orange Amplifiers.
He ran Gibson’s entertainment relations worldwide
before being fired in 2014. “In
the guitar market, we were
the big dogs.”
Cash drain
There appears to be
no going back. The closely
held company skipped January’s National Assn. of Music Merchants show, the music industry’s leading trade
event.
Instead, executives attended the International
Consumer Electronics Show
alongside tech behemoths
such as Sony Corp.
The
transition
has
drained more cash than expected, with a particular
downhill turn after the Philips deal.
“We got sort of a grab bag
full of stuff, and some of it
really did make sense, but
some of it was very unprofitable,” Juszkiewicz said.
A looming $375-million
bond maturity means he’s
running out of time for a
turnaround, according to
Moody’s Investors Service
senior analyst Kevin Cassidy.
On top of the Aug. 1 payment, the company has a
“springing lien” that will
cause $185 million of debt to
become current in July if
Gibson falls behind on payments, according to S&P
Global Ratings.
Gibson is also facing
tighter credit terms from its
suppliers and growing pressure from new import regulations on rosewood, a crucial material for Gibson’s
high-end instruments, according to S&P.
Christopher Berkey For The Times
LOREN AMSBARY adjusts a guitar at Gibson’s Nashville plant last year. Some retailers have stopped selling the brand, citing unmanage-
able demands. “The company is in the worst place I’ve ever seen it in my decades as a dealer,” said a shop owner in Highland Park, Ill.
Made in the U.S.
The company has expressed pride that its Gibson guitars are made in the
United States. Acoustic instruments come out of a factory in Bozeman, Mont., and
solid-body electric guitars
are made in Nashville. Hollow bodies are crafted at its
Memphis plant.
The Memphis factory sits
near B.B. King’s Blues Club
and not far from the old Sun
Records studio, where Presley cut his first album. The
guitars are shaped, sanded,
painted and polished by
hand. Wood chips fly, sending the scent of cut rosewood
into the air. It takes up to a
month to make each instrument into a work of art. Only
60 are completed each day.
“We’re preserving the
artistry,” Juszkiewicz said.
“That’s what Gibson is, and
that’s what people want
from Gibson.”
To raise cash, Gibson
Brands sold the Memphis
factory in December to private equity firms Somera
Road and Tricera Capital for
$14.1 million. It continues
work there, for now.
Reduce leverage
“Their hope is that the
capital structure is refinanceable if they can reduce
leverage,” said Cassidy of
Moody’s. “We think the like-
lihood of a default or some
type of financial restructuring is pretty high.”
Another obstacle to the
company’s resurgence is its
broken relationship with
some retailers. A number of
them have stopped selling
the brand, citing unmanageable demands that include
annual credit checks and
upfront orders for a year’s
merchandise.
“You have to eat so much
garbage in order to be a Gibson dealer that it’s not worth
it,” said George Gruhn, who
owns Gruhn Guitars in
Nashville.
Other vendors echoed
that sentiment, including
Frank Glionna, who said
he’d been a Gibson dealer
since the 1970s and called his
decision to cut ties last year
“bittersweet.”
‘Everybody bailed’
“In the last couple of
years, everybody bailed,”
said Glionna, owner of the
Music Gallery in Highland
Park, Ill. “The company is in
the worst place I’ve ever seen
it in my decades as a dealer.”
Juszkiewicz said that
lightening Gibson’s debt
load and integrating the
consumer electronics operations are difficult tasks, but
ones that he thinks he can
do.
If the creditors have their
way, though, Juszkiewicz, af-
ter 30-plus years with the
company, won’t be leading
Gibson much longer. An organized group of bondholders is pushing for a restructuring that would hand
them ownership of the company and let them install
new leadership. Juszkiewicz
has pushed back publicly.
Gibson is “a company
that’s lost focus,” said Laurence Juber, Grammy-winning former lead guitarist of
Paul McCartney’s 1970s
band Wings, who owns seven
Gibsons. “It’s one of the
iconic brands. I can’t imagine that it would go away.”
Orr and Weinstein write for
Bloomberg.
Initiative calls for taxpayers
to foot firms’ lead paint bill
Bryan R. Smith AFP/Getty Images
AFTER YEARS of easy gains for tech investors, now they are facing challenges.
Above, at the New York Stock Exchange after the closing bell Thursday.
Taking stock of tech firms
[Tech, from C1]
which soared 28% last year
and gained an additional
5.4% in the first two months
of this year, fell 2.9% in
March, its worst monthly
showing since January 2016.
“The gains were easy the
last few years” with the big
tech shares, said Jason
Ware, chief investment officer at Albion Financial
Group. “Investors haven’t
been challenged much with
these stocks. Now, there’s
been news that questions
their assumptions.
“Investors are now saying, ‘Maybe the stock isn’t
worth as much as we
thought,’ ” he said.
But as Wall Street heads
into a three-day break — the
market is closed for Good
Friday — the question is
whether investors used the
bad news simply to take
some of their big profits or
whether the developments
point to trends that could
curb the companies’ longerterm business prospects,
thus making current stock
prices overvalued.
Consider: Even after
tech’s dreary week, Amazon
is still up 66% over the last 12
months, compared with a
12% gain in the benchmark
Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Netflix has doubled in
price and Twitter has surged
93% in the period.
The gains mainly reflect
investors’ expectations that
the firms enjoy dominance
in their various spheres and
will continue their heady
growth in the years to come.
With gains like those, the
negative news gave many investors an apt reason to cash
out. And some of those investors were momentum
players with little interest in
the companies’ long-term
outlooks, Ware said.
“These folks are not fundamentally rooted in their
analysis,”
Ware
said.
“They’re just renting the
stock when there’s momentum. And when that momentum starts to turn,
these folks will flee and take
their profits.”
For those investors looking at the tech giants for the
long term, “one of the questions we’re getting is
whether the recent declines
in these stocks is indicative
of something more sinister
in the market,” said Adam
Phillips, director of portfolio
strategy at EP Wealth Advisors in Torrance.
“We don’t subscribe to
that” thinking and, in fact,
see the stocks’ recent pullback as “making them more
attractive,” Phillips said.
One example for Phillips
is Amazon. Many traders
seemed to agree Thursday,
as Amazon recovered from
early losses — and a 4.4%
drop the prior day — and finished with a gain of 1%.
Facebook jumped 4.4%
on Thursday but was still
down 17% from Feb. 1. Netflix
and Alphabet both rose 3%.
Apple Inc., which is one of
the 30 stocks in the Dow
Jones industrial average,
rose nearly 1%.
“A lot of [the selling] was
profit-taking but also an acknowledgment that these
stocks, which have trended
higher for quite some time,
have come under a different
scrutiny and are getting the
wrong kind of attention,”
Phillips said.
Facebook provides a
good example of the challenge longer-term investors
now face.
Owing to the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, which gathered data
from about 50 million Facebook users without their
permission, Facebook is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission and
could be the focus of regulatory reform by Congress.
One argument for investors is that “the Cambridge fiasco represents a
seminal negative moment
that will change the future
business model and growth
trajectory of Facebook,”
Daniel
Ives,
head
of
technology research at GBH
Insights, said in a recent
note to clients.
But Ives said “we ultimately believe Facebook will
emerge from this crisis with
minimal regulatory changes
and limited financial damage to its user base and advertising kingdom,” even if
this represents “the darkest
chapter for Facebook and
[CEO Mark] Zuckerberg in
its 14-year history.”
james.peltz@latimes.com
[Lazarus, from C1]
won a $1.15-billion judgment
from the Santa Clara
County Superior Court,
which ruled that the companies marketed lead paint as
a safe product even though
they knew it was poisonous,
especially to kids.
Lead paint has been
banned for residential use
since 1978, but it can still be
found in millions of homes,
particularly in lower-income
communities.
The paint companies,
facing more than $1 billion
in payouts to remove lead
paint from California
homes, wasted no time in
appealing the 2014 decision.
In November, the state’s
6th District Court of Appeal
tweaked the lower-court
ruling to say that the judgment applies only to homes
built prior to 1951, when the
companies stopped advertising lead paint. That
means a smaller payout for
the manufacturers but still
probably hundreds of millions of dollars.
The California Supreme
Court last month declined a
request by the paint companies to take up the matter.
So the firms came up
with a new plan: leave taxpayers holding the bag.
The companies — Sherwin-Williams, Conagra and
NL Industries, none of
which are based in California — hired a bunch of
local lobbyists and ponied
up $2 million apiece to concoct the Healthy Homes
and Schools Act, which they
hope to qualify for the November ballot.
If passed, it would get
them off the hook for the
lawsuit’s hefty remediation
by having the state issue
$2 billion in bonds to cover a
more comprehensive cleanup that would include mold,
asbestos and other issues,
along with toxic paint.
The initiative is dressed
up in all sorts of sympathetic causes, such as concern about affordable housing and a shortage of rental
properties.
It makes the case that
“any response to California’s housing crisis must be
to rehabilitate existing
homes that are either uninhabitable or pose potential
health risks to their residents due to structural or
environmental hazards.”
The solution, it says, is
for the state to borrow $2
billion for a far-reaching
overhaul of the housing
market, including “remediation of structural and environmental hazards which
includes, but is not limited
to mold, asbestos, radon,
water, pests, ventilation and
lead hazards.”
And then this inoccuousseeming provision: “Leadbased paint on or in private
or public residential properties, whether considered
individually, collectively or
in the aggregate, is not a
public nuisance.”
That one line is the ballot
initiative’s entire reason for
being.
Under California law,
“anything which is injurious
to health ... so as to interfere
with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property ... is
a nuisance.”
The law says it’s a crime
if anyone “maintains or
commits any public nuisance” or “willfully omits to
perform any legal duty
relating to the removal of a
public nuisance.”
The California jurisdictions that brought the lawsuit based their entire case
on this premise, and the
courts agreed. An illegal
public nuisance was created
and perpetuated by the
paint companies.
The Healthy Homes and
Schools Act says this wasn’t
really the case, all evidence
to the contrary notwithstanding.
It also says any lawsuit
“pending on appeal on, or
filed after, Nov. 1, 2017” becomes null and void, which
basically throws the two
costly court decisions out
the window. Kind of like how
Marty McFly could change
the present by altering the
past.
Kendall Klingler, a hired
PR gun serving as spokeswoman for the ballot initiative, acknowledged to me
that the Healthy Homes
and Schools Act is a direct
response to the court rulings. But she insisted that
the initiative is actually a
good thing for Californians.
“The rulings created a
huge burden for homeowners,” Klingler said. “It labeled millions of homes
public nuisances, which can
cause a loss of property
value.”
Not so, countered the
California Assn. of Realtors.
“We don’t think that’s the
case at all,” said June Barlow, the organization’s general counsel. She said the
state already requires disclosure of lead paint during
home sales, so the risk has
been reflected in property
values for years.
Barlow also said a close
reading of November’s court
decision indicates that lead
paint in general is being
labeled a public nuisance,
not the presence of lead
paint in individual homes.
Any house or apartment
building built before 1978 is
likely to contain lead paint,
unless it has been subsequently removed. According to the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, about 24 million
poorly maintained housing
units nationwide pose a
danger of lead paint exposure.
“Even low levels of lead in
blood have been shown to
affect IQ, ability to pay
attention and academic
achievement,” the CDC
says. “And effects of lead
exposure cannot be corrected.”
Some California neighborhoods, including downtown L.A., have been found
to have rates of childhood
lead poisoning surpassing
those of Flint, Mich., where
the water supply was determined in 2015 to have been
contaminated with lead and
other toxic substances.
Carrillo, the assemblywoman, had it right when
she told me “the paint companies just want taxpayers
to pay for their mess.”
Insult to injury: The
state Legislative Analyst’s
Office figures that if we
borrowed $2 billion, like the
paint companies want us to,
it would cost California
taxpayers nearly $4 billion
to pay back the principal
and interest over the 35-year
length of the bonds.
Thanks, but no thanks.
david.lazarus@latimes.com
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MARKET ROUNDUP
Tech stocks
drive rebound
at quarter end
bloomberg and
associated press
U.S. stocks jumped, with
technology shares leading
the way, as equity markets
ended a tumultuous quarter
on a high note.
The S&P 500 index
closed up 35.87 points, or
1.4%, to 2,640.87. The Dow
Jones industrial average
gained 254.69 points, or 1.1%,
to 24,103.11. The Nasdaq added 114.22 points, or 1.6%, to
7,063.44.
Gains were led by energy
companies and chipmakers.
They were helped by a recovery in Amazon.com after a
White House spokeswoman
said President Trump isn’t
planning to take action
against the company after
he complained about its
sales tax practices.
Stock trading volumes
were subdued ahead of a
long weekend. The S&P 500
closed the first three months
of the year down 1.2%, marking the first quarterly loss for
the gauge since 2015. The
dollar posted its fifth
straight quarterly decline
and oil its third consecutive
quarterly gain.
The arrival of the Easter
holiday will be a relief for
many investors after a rollercoaster start to the year in
which stellar global equity
gains gave way to a volatility
blowup in February and a
technology-led rout in recent days. Most Western
markets are set to be closed
on Friday, and many European countries are also out
on Monday.
“Let’s get out of this quarter and take a breather,” said
Rich Guerrini, chief executive of PNC Investments.
“We need some market stability at this point, and hopefully we get to some calmer
waters.”
A rally in technology
stocks helped the sector recoup some of its big losses
from earlier in the week.
Facebook was among the
gainers, its shares adding 4%
to $159.79. Amazon, which fell
early on Trump’s latest
tweets, finished up 1.1% at
$1,447.34.
PVH, which owns Calvin
Klein and Tommy Hilfiger,
climbed 5.2% after its results
beat expectations. Beverage
maker Constellation Brands
rose 3.4% after reporting a
solid
quarter.
Movado
Group jumped 15.7% after
the watchmaker’s fourthquarter earnings exceeded
financial analysts’ forecasts.
Acxiom shares tumbled
19% after the marketing data
firm said it had been informed by Facebook that
the social network will stop
using third-party data providers like Acxiom over the
next several months. Acxiom said it doesn’t expect
the move to affect its fiscal
2018 guidance, but noted it
expects its total revenue and
profitability to be negatively
affected by as much as $25
million.
Bitcoin fell as much as
10% on Thursday, pushing it
toward the $7,000 mark and
the lowest level on a closing
basis since early February,
according to data compiled
by Bloomberg. The slide
took the currency’s 2018
losses to 50%. Other digital
assets, including rivals Ripple and Litecoin, fell more.
SF Motors
SF MOTORS says its SF7 can be fitted with as many as four motors for 1,000 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph
time of less than 3 seconds. No sale date or pricing information was offered for the electric vehicle.
Start-up enters EV fray
[SF Motors, from C1]
have to wait to find out.
Jessica Caldwell, analyst
at Edmunds, said she’s
intrigued but “it’s hard to be
overly optimistic because
there are a lot of people” in
the EV business already.
That includes start-ups,
Tesla and, increasingly, traditional automakers.
Plus, Caldwell said, SF
Motors didn’t do itself any
favors by operating mostly
in stealth mode since its
founding in January 2016.
“It’s hard to take preorders
for something nobody has
ever heard of,” she noted.
On the other hand, the
EV start-up field is riddled
with companies that turned
the spotlight on themselves
in hopes of raising money,
only to struggle as expectations went unmet.
Faraday Future, based in
Gardena, serves as the
prime example. It stirred up
great media interest in 2014
with plans to build a mammoth factory near Las
Vegas, subsidized by Nevada’s government. But Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, Faraday’s primary
funder, ran into severe financial problems.
Faraday deep-sixed the
Las Vegas project and now is
struggling to manufacture
its all-electric sedan at an
old tire factory in the Central
Valley, hoping to sell some
vehicles in China for around
$300,000 per car. Jia is
wanted for questioning by
Chinese authorities and is
believed to be living in the
Los Angeles area.
Start-up Lucid Motors,
based in Newark, Calif., not
far from Tesla’s Fremont
factory, introduced a car it
calls the Air in 2016, along
with plans to build a $700million manufacturing plant
in Arizona. But factory construction is on ice as Lucid
struggles to raise money.
Some executives from
those companies have fled
for other opportunities.
Three former BMW executives left Faraday to start
their own EV company in
Los Angeles, EVelozcity.
They say they’ll built EVs
that sell for less than $50,000
and claim to have a billion
dollars in funding.
Despite her skepticism,
analyst Caldwell sees SF
Motors’ manufacturing capabilities as a big plus.
Sokon has been building vehicle parts in China since the
1980s, and has expanded
into motorcycles, trucks and
buses.
SF Motors purchased the
Indiana plant from AM Gen-
eral, which made a version of
the Hummer there. The
plant was just finishing up a
2½-year contract to build Rclass cars for Mercedes while
Mercedes parent Daimler
expanded capacity in the
U.S. So the workforce was already in place. Indiana
stepped in with funding to
help train workers in robotics, software and other hightech manufacturing skills.
Battery technology could
be another advantage. If
Eberhard is able to deliver
on his promises, betterperforming batteries with
higher energy density made
in China could give SF
Motors a price and performance boost.
Eberhard founded Tesla
in 2003 with partner Marc
Tarpenning. Elon Musk became an investor and joined
the board of directors the
next year. In 2008, Eberhard
was pushed out of the company and Musk was named
chief executive.
Considered one of the
world’s leading electric
powertrain
specialists,
Eberhard kept a low profile
after leaving Tesla, working
with various auto manufacturers including Volkswagen
and Lucid. At the Wednesday event, the company
hinted that it might license
technology or sell battery
systems and components to
other manufacturers.
Zhang, SF Motors’ 29year-old founder, said he located the company in Silicon
Valley because “there’s lot of
ideas and technology and
talent in the United States.”
The U.S. could also add
some marketing gloss for
customers in China who still
see Silicon Valley as the center of the tech universe.
Zhang was educated in
England but spent a lot of
time in his native Chongqin.
“I spent my vacations in
stamping plants and welding shops” in China, he said.
Because his father’s company makes auto supplies,
he was able to drive hot cars
from all over the world, and
became a dedicated gearhead. The company’s marketing themes draw from
three key words: thrilling,
aware and stunning.
When it comes to sales
volume, China may loom
larger than the U.S. market.
SF Motors aims for production of 200,000 vehicles a
year, but the Indiana plant’s
capacity tops out at 30,000.
The China plant is expected
to produce many more.
russ.mitchell@latimes.com
Twitter: @russ1mitchell
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A tip
of the
hat to
Carter
BASEBALL’S OPENING DAY
Kings’ second-line
center scores a goal in
each period, including
game-winner in third.
KINGS 4
ARIZONA 2
By Curtis Zupke
The hands of Jeff Carter
finally wrested the Kings
free from the odd grip of the
Arizona Coyotes.
The Kings have traditionally had difficulties with
Arizona, and Thursday they
followed script. They found
themselves locked into a tie
game late with the pesky,
last-place Coyotes. Not even
two goals by Carter, in his
900th game, were enough,
through 55 minutes. It took
his ripped shot from the left
circle with less than five minutes remaining to complete
a natural hat trick for a 4-2
win at Staples Center.
The Kings will ride into a
divisional showdown Friday
against the Ducks with their
first back-to-back wins since
March 1, and Carter’s heroics. The veteran has 13 goals
in 17 games since he returned
from a leg injury.
“I’m happy,” Carter said.
“One of my roles on this
team is to provide offense, so
if I can keep putting it in the
net, that’s a good thing.”
[See Kings, D2]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
CLAYTON KERSHAW GAVE UP eight hits in six innings and escaped some early jams, but a solo home run to San Francisco’s Joe
Panik in the fifth inning turned heads. “It was one of those days,” said Kershaw, who didn’t give up a run during spring training.
DEJA BOO-HOO
No fist pumps are
warranted after
an ominously
familiar defeat
Dodgers go down
quietly in opener,
just as they did in
last time on field
BILL PLASCHKE
It’s a
miracle
they got
this far
Two former Loyola
High players beat long
odds to make it to the
Final Four.
By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO — The
plan is to meet sometime before their teams face each
other in the Final Four. Maybe they will gather in one of
the long, drafty corridors inside the Alamodome or off to
the side of the raised court.
Somewhere,
Austin
Hatch and Dylan Boehm intend to take a picture that
will serve as more than a memento for the Los Angeles
Loyola High coach who has
asked his former players to
pose together.
The image will also be a
reminder of life’s frailties
and the unlikely paths that
brought two players from
the same high school to college basketball’s biggest
stage.
Hatch is Michigan’s student assistant and resident
inspiration after surviving
[See Final Four, D4]
Matt Kemp began
the ninth inning
with a single, an
afternoon of welcoming cheers still
ringing in his ears.
The Dodgers
trailed the San
Francisco Giants by
a single run, but that
was about to change.
This was opening day, and the
Dodgers never lose on opening
day. Kirk Gibson had thrown out
the first pitch, and for them to
blow this moment would be improbably impossible.
Three Dodgers were going to
have a crack at winning Thursday’s game against backup Giants
closer Hunter Strickland, and
thousands of fans were banging
Dodger Stadium seats and stomping their feet and begging for it to
happen, because it was definitely
going to happen.
Somebody was going to crush
one. Somebody was going to bring
the season opener full circle by
rounding the bases with two
dramatic pumps of his fist. On
Gibby’s day, somebody was going
to play Gibby, creating the sort of
[See Plaschke, D9]
SAN FRANCISCO 1
DODGERS 0
By Andy McCullough
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
COREY SEAGER WALKS AWAY after striking out in the
eighth inning against former Dodgers reliever Tony Watson.
Opening day feels
different this year
Giants, without ace,
still have a good hand
There is a sense of now-ornever at Dodger Stadium to go
with the usual celebration. A1
Bumgarner isn’t able to go, but
Bochy still pieces together a
winner, Bill Shaikin writes. D9
For the A’s, a walk-off in the park
Angels waste three homers, blow a couple of leads and lose on an RBI single in the 11th inning
OAKLAND 6
ANGELS 5 (11 INNINGS)
By Jeff Miller
MEN’S FINAL FOUR
AT SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS
3 Michigan vs.
11 Loyola (Chicago)
3 p.m. PDT, TBS
1 Villanova vs.
1 Kansas
5:45 p.m. PDT, TBS
The symptoms of a hangover
vary from victim to victim. Your
head might rattle. Your stomach
might churn. Your vision might
blur, your hands might shake, your
entire being might cry out for more
rest.
The last five months offered the
Dodgers a chance to recover from
the hangover of the 2017 World Series, when the team finished one
victory short of the championship
that has eluded the franchise since
1988. Yet on Thursday afternoon,
during a 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in front of 53,595 fans
at Dodger Stadium, the team displayed the characteristics of a club
still recuperating from the ordeal.
The final game of 2017 ended
with a whimper. The first game of
2018 looked similar. The at-bats
were brief. The lineup’s inability to
recognize the umpire’s strike zone
was notable. A quality effort from
Clayton Kershaw was wasted. The
supplications from the crowd,
rooting for a team who had not lost
on opening day since 2010, changed
[See Dodgers, D8]
Ezra Shaw Getty Images
CHAMPIONSHIP
JUBILANT ATHLETICS converge at home plate after Marcus Semien’s single off Noe Ramirez in
Monday, 6:15 p.m. PDT, TBS
the 11th scored Boog Powell with the winning run in Oakland’s opening day win over the Angels.
OAKLAND — In their first
game governed by baseball’s new
pace-of-play initiatives, the Angels
wrestled the Oakland A’s for four
hours and two minutes Thursday.
The affair took 11 innings, included five home runs and five
other extra-base hits, required 12
pitchers to throw 362 pitches and
didn’t end until Marcus Semien
dropped an RBI single off Noe Ramirez into a vast emptiness created when the desperate Angels
employed a five-man infield.
Yeah, this 6-5 season-opening
Angels defeat featured a bit of
everything and one notable touch
of nothing, Mike Trout going 0 for 6,
something he never had done in
925 previous games.
Beyond that, there really wasn’t
much else, except, of course, the
guy trying to make baseball history, the one who struggled so convincingly during spring training,
hitting the first pitch he ever saw in
[See Angels, D7]
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TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
BASEBALL
10 a.m.
4 p.m.
7 p.m.
EVENT
ON THE AIR
Pittsburgh at Detroit
New York Yankees at Toronto
San Francisco at Dodgers
7 p.m.
Angels at Oakland
TV: MLB
TV: MLB
TV: 5, SNLA R:
570
TV: FS West R:
830
COLLEGE BASEBALL
3:30 p.m. Nebraska at Ohio State
4 p.m.
Tennessee at South Carolina
4:30 p.m. West Virginia at Texas Tech
6 p.m.
Texas Christian at Oklahoma State
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
1:30 p.m. Reese’s All-Star Game
4 p.m.
Women’s NCAA tournament, Louisville vs.
Mississippi State
4 p.m.
College Insider tournament, final, Illinois Chicago
at Northern Colorado
4 p.m.
CBI tournament, San Francisco at North Texas
6 p.m.
Women’s NCAA tournament, Connecticut vs.
Notre Dame
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
1 p.m.
Purdue at Michigan
3 p.m.
Oregon at Oregon State
5 p.m.
UCLA at Utah
7 p.m.
Washington at Stanford
GOLF
9 a.m.
LPGA ANA Inspiration
1 p.m.
PGA Houston Open
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GEICO NATIONALS
8 a.m.
Girls, Winter Haven (Fla.) vs. Hamilton Heights
(Tenn.)
10 a.m.
Girls, Central Valley (Wash.) vs. Westlake (Ga.)
Noon
Semifinal, University School (Fla.) vs. Oak Hill
Academy (Va.)
2 p.m.
Semifinal, Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Montverde
Academy (Fla.)
HOCKEY
4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New York Rangers
7 p.m.
Kings at Ducks
HORSE RACING
Noon
Trackside Live, Santa Anita
7 p.m.
The Quarters, Los Alamitos
9:30 p.m. La Primera Del Ano Derby, Los Alamitos
PRO BASKETBALL
5 p.m.
New Orleans at Cleveland
7:30 p.m. Clippers at Portland
7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Lakers
SOCCER
4:15 a.m.
(Sat.)
5:45 a.m.
(Sat.)
6:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
6:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
6:15 a.m.
(Sat.)
6:45
a.m.(Sat.)
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4 p.m.
4 p.m.
TV: Big Ten
TV: SEC
TV: FS1
TV: ESPNU
TV: CBS Sports
TV: ESPN2
TV: CBS Sports
TV: ESPNU
TV: ESPN2
TV: Big Ten
TV: Pac-12
TV: Pac-12LA
TV: Pac-12
TV: Golf
TV: Golf
TV: ESPNU
TV: ESPNU
TV: ESPN2
TV: ESPN2
TV: NHL
TV: 13, Prime R:
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TV: TVG
TV: TVG
TV: TVG
TV: ESPN, ESPND
TV: ESPN, ESPND
R: 1150
TV: SpecSN.
SpecDep R: 710,
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England, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
TV: NBCSN, UNVSO
Italy, Inter Milano vs. Verona
TV: beIN1
Germany, Schalke vs. Freiburg
TV: FS1
Germany, Leverkusen vs. Augsburg
TV: FS2
Germany, Hannover vs. Leipzig
TV: FSP
England, Manchester United vs. Swansea City
TV: NBCSN, UNVSO
ATP/WTA, Miami Open, first semifinal
ATP, Miami Open, second semifinal
ATP/WTA, Miami Open, ATP second semifinal,
WTA doubles semifinal
TV: ESPN
TV: ESPNews
TV: Tennis
WEEKEND SOCCER ON TV
There’s a crowded schedule of European soccer on tap this
weekend with two dozen games, from Portugal to Turkey, scheduled for network and cable TV. The top teams in both the English and German leagues will be on network TV Saturday although the most compelling matchups will feature some of the
teams giving chase. Here’s a look at some of the top TV games:
EPL: Manchester City’s lead in the league race is so big — 16
points — entering the weekend the team long ago shifted its focus to the Champions League quarterfinals, which it opens next
week against Liverpool. But City will still be chasing EPL history
when it visits Goodison Park to play Everton on Saturday (NBC,
9:30 a.m. PDT). With eight league games left, City is on pace to
smash EPL records for wins, goals, points and largest margin of
victory. Behind it, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are separated by just four points in the battle for second
place. Manchester United will play host to Swansea City
(NBCSN, 7 a.m.) and Liverpool — with EPL scoring leader
Mohamed Salah — visits Crystal Palace (NBCSN 4:30 a.m.) Saturday while Tottenham travels across London to play fifthplace Chelsea on Sunday (NBCSN, Telemundo, 8 a.m.).
Bundesliga: Like City, Bayern Munich has a safe lead — 17
points in the German league table. But it will be tested Saturday
when Borussia Dortmund, unbeaten since early December,
visits the Allianz Arena (Fox, 9:30 a.m.). A win could lift Christian Pulisic’s team to second in the table if Freiburg upsets
Schalke in Saturday’s early game (FS1, 6:30 a.m.).
— Kevin Baxter
Ducks’ playoff spot would
redeem frustrating season
HELENE ELLIOTT
One small
play in a flow
of dozens
that happen
in every game
told Ducks
coach Randy
Carlyle where
his team’s
mind-set was, and that it
wasn’t in a good place.
It occurred during the
second period of a game on
the Ducks’ recent four-city
trip. They were executing a
controlled breakout, a play
they routinely practice, a play
that’s dependent on timing
and knowing where to go. “I
guarantee you, every player in
that room knows what the
controlled breakout is,” he
said.
But then one player —
Carlyle wouldn’t identify him
but said it was a prominent
player and not one who gets
few minutes — went to the
wrong spot. Nothing good
came of it. “That’s where you
say to yourself, ‘Why did that
happen?’ Those are the flashpoints that you use to describe there’s something not
right, there’s something going
on,” Carlyle said on Thursday
after the Ducks practiced in
advance of a potential makeor-break game against the
Kings on Friday at Honda
Center.
With both the Kings and
the Ducks chasing a playoff
berth and the schedule dwindling, the winner on Friday
figures to have the upper
hand in the season’s final
week. Someone will get the
automatic berth for finishing
third in the Pacific Division,
so one of them is all but sure
to get in. The outcome of
Friday’s game — the first of
four straight at home for the
Ducks — could go a long way
toward determining if one of
them or both will have something to play for after the
Alex Gallardo Associated Press
DUCKS COACH RANDY CARLYLE has cited men-
tal fatigue as a factor in the Ducks’ woes this season.
regular season ends on April
7.
The Kings, who had an
excellent start this season
but fell back to the pack, have
struggled to put two wins
together the last few weeks.
They’ve inched forward and
then slid back, getting shut
out by New Jersey but scoring
seven times against a good,
playoff-contending Colorado
team three games later. Jeff
Carter’s return from injury
has given them scoring options and strength up the
middle, and the acquisition of
defenseman Dion Phaneuf
has worked out well, but their
depth on defense will be
tested for at least a few games
by the absence of Jake
Muzzin, who suffered an
upper-body injury on Monday.
“We respect the Kings.
They’re a big, heavy hockey
club. But they’re in the same
position we’re in. They’re
fighting for their playoff life,
as we are,” Carlyle said.
“They’ve had inconsistencies
as we have in our season. So
again we’re back on an almost
level playing field, very close,
and here we are with five
games left in the season and
you would never have
thought that.”
The Ducks, though depleted by injuries early this
season, managed to stay
within reach of the playoff
contenders. They should have
soared when they got healthy
but instead have bounced
between third in the Pacific
and being narrowly in — or
out of — a playoff spot.
They’re 5-4-1 in their last 10
games and were lucky to go
2-1-1 on a trip that ended with
a dud of a 4-1 loss to the lake
cottage-bound Vancouver
Canucks.
“I think we’re lucky to
salvage the points that we
did. I don’t think we played
good hockey in any respect, to
be honest,” left wing Andrew
Cogliano said. “We had a
couple good periods in there
but to get five out of eight I
think we were pretty lucky.”
The Kings and the Ducks
often bring out the best in
each other when they meet.
Given their precarious situations, both could benefit from
the emotional boost their
rivalry usually provides.
“Given the start that we
had and the injuries and
everything I’m glad we’re still
in this position. Frustrated a
little bit with the way that
we’ve been playing as of lately,
more than the position that
we’re in,” Ducks captain Ryan
Getzlaf said. “Most of it’s
mental. You have to mentally
be able to control the grind of
a season, and you’re at the
time of year where we’re
grinding.
“We definitely know we
can play. We’ve proven that at
different times and different
scenarios and games that we
needed to have and compete
in them, all those kind of
things. The opportunity is
there. It’s about mentally
being ready every day that we
come to the rink.”
Carlyle also cited mental
fatigue as a factor in the
Ducks’ woes and that’s valid
to an extent, but the best
teams find ways to overcome
that. The Ducks’ core players
have been through many
late-season playoff pushes
and they should be able to
handle the emotional and
physical toll of these last,
frantic days.
Cogliano said the Ducks
did well to withstand that
early-season barrage of injuries but should expect more
of themselves now. “When you
lose games when you’re
playing to your capabilities,
when you lose games where
you’re playing hard and
playing the right way and
you’re doing the right things,
I think it’s easy to swallow.
But I don’t feel like lately
we’ve done that. I think we’ve
been very lucky with the
points that we’ve got,” he
said. “And until you can be
real with yourself and real
with, individually, what you’re
doing out there it’s not going
to change. With the day [off
on Wednesday] and with
where we’re at, with four
home games to really get in
the playoffs, we’ll see where
individually we are mentally
and where we are with our
hunger to be in the playoffs.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
Carter and Kings have the hot hand
[Kings, from D1]
Arizona, which beat the
Kings twice this season,
showed fight on the last stop
of a six-game trip that began
on the East Coast. But it
didn’t have an answer for
Carter, who got his sixth career hat trick and first since
2013, against the Nashville
Predators.
“He creates matchup
problems for other teams,”
Dustin Brown said. “When
you have [a second-line center] who could be a [first-line
center] on most teams, it
makes it a tough matchup —
on faceoffs, all the little things
he does. Tonight he did what
he’s known for. He’s been a big
lift for us.”
The Kings faced former
teammate Darcy Kuemper for
the first time since Kuemper
was traded to Arizona last
month. But Kuemper and his
3-1-2 record against the Kings
couldn’t do much on Carter’s
first two goals, both score-tying strikes that pushed momentum to the Kings’ side.
Carter redirected Dion
Phaneuf ’s shot on the power
play and the puck skipped
over Kuemper’s right pad for a
2-2 tie in the second period.
Carter injected life into the
Kings with an equally adept
deflection on Derek Forbort’s
shot 28 seconds before the
first intermission, as Coyotes
defenseman Kevin Connauton tried to get him out of the
slot.
Arizona was game from
the start. It buzzed in the
Kings’ end most of the first period and it paid off with Connauton’s goal, a snapped shot
off a long diagonal pass from
Max Domi. The Coyotes took
a 2-1 lead early in the second
period when Domi backhanded a wobbly puck over
Jack Campbell’s shoulder.
Phaneuf was put on the
first power-play unit in the
wake of injured Jake Muzzin,
while Kevin Gravel played his
first game since Feb. 7 and
played on the second unit.
Muzzin won’t be available Friday, either.
It will be the most the
Kings and Ducks will have on
the line this late in the season
since they played in the 2014
playoffs.
“We got to start preparing
now,” Carter said. “It will be
another level [Friday].”
Kings land Brickley
The Kings agreed to terms
with sought-after defenseman Daniel Brickley, regarded as the top college free
agent following his junior season at Minnesota State.
‘When you have a
[second-line
center] who could
be a [first-line
center] on most
teams, it makes it a
tough matchup. ...
He’s a big lift for
us.’
— Dustin Brown
General manager Rob
Blake said that Brickley will
be with the Kings the remainder of the season, following a
news conference Friday in
Salt Lake City, but he is not
expected to play. He will sign a
two-year entry-level contract,
according to TSN.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound
Brickley is known as a good
passer with offensive instincts
who is still growing into his
game. He had 10 goals and 35
points in 40 games this season. He played for the U.S. in
last year’s World Championships.
The Kings also announced
the signing of forward Mikey
Eyssimont to a two-year entry-level contract. Eyssimont,
a fifth-round draft pick in 2016,
had 17 goals and 22 assists in
39 games with St. Cloud State,
the top overall seed in the
NCAA tournament before it
was eliminated.
TONIGHT
VS. DUCKS
When: 7
On the air: TV: Ch.13; Radio,
790, 830
Update: John Gibson backstopped the Ducks to wins
against the Kings in the previous two matchups. Jonathan
Quick is expected to go back
in net for the Kings, who are
7-3-3 in the second game of
back-to-back situations, including 1-1 against the Ducks
in that scenario this season.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
x-Vegas
San Jose
KINGS
DUCKS
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
x-Nashville
x-Winnipeg
Minnesota
St. Louis
Colorado
Dallas
Chicago
W
48
44
43
39
35
34
29
27
W
50
47
43
43
41
39
32
L
22
24
28
25
33
38
40
40
L
16
20
24
28
28
31
36
OL
7
10
7
13
10
6
9
11
OL
11
10
10
5
8
8
10
Pts
103
98
93
91
80
74
67
65
Pts
111
104
96
91
90
86
74
GF
256
241
228
218
206
225
203
195
GF
250
257
238
212
241
220
223
x-clinched playoff spot
GA
208
214
192
208
239
252
249
248
GA
196
206
217
198
224
215
240
Metropolitan
x-Washington
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Atlantic
x-Boston
x-Tampa Bay
x-Toronto
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
46
44
44
39
40
34
33
32
W
48
51
46
39
29
28
27
24
L
24
28
29
25
28
32
35
35
L
17
22
24
29
38
37
39
41
OL
7
6
5
14
9
11
9
10
OL
11
4
7
8
11
12
11
12
Pts
99
94
93
92
89
79
75
74
Pts
107
106
99
86
69
68
65
60
GF
243
257
227
234
232
215
223
246
GF
253
275
261
231
205
196
210
180
GA
225
241
212
232
232
244
248
279
GA
196
221
219
231
242
245
272
256
RESULTS
AT KINGS 4
ARIZONA 2
AT NASHVILLE 5
SAN JOSE 3
AT MINNESOTA 5
DALLAS 2
AT VANCOUVER 2
EDMONTON 1
AT BOSTON 4
TAMPA BAY 2
AT OTTAWA 3
FLORIDA 2 (OT)
AT CHICAGO 6
WINNIPEG 2
COLUMBUS 5
AT CALGARY 1
PITTSBURGH 4
AT NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)
DETROIT 6
AT BUFFALO 3
Jeff Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left,
helping Kings open up a two-point lead over the Ducks.
Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal with 9:54 left and the
Predators set a franchise record with 111 points.
Matt Dumba scored on a power play and had two assists
in the Wild’s three-goal second period.
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot snapped a 1-1 tie with his
third goal of the season early in the third period.
Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and the
Bruins took over first place in the Eastern Conference.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored on a penalty shot in overtime
to lift the Senators over the Panthers.
Scott Foster played the final 14 minutes after Blackhawks
lost goalies Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had his first career hat trick and the
Blue Jackets earned their sixth straight road victory.
The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out
of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime.
Anthony Mantha scored his team-leading 24th goal and
the Red Wings snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
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.
SATURDAY’S GAMES
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.
SUNDAY’S GAMES
Colorado at DUCKS, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m.
Washington at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia, 9:30 a.m.
New Jersey at Montreal, 4 p.m.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 2
Arizona ....................................1
KINGS .....................................1
1
1
0 — 2
2 — 4
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Arizona, Connauton 10 (Domi), 12:26. 2.
KINGS, Carter 11 (Toffoli, Forbort), 19:32. Penalty—Toffoli,
KINGS, (tripping), 14:31.
SECOND PERIOD: 3. Arizona, Domi 9 (Dvorak, Murphy), 5:14.
4. KINGS, Carter 12 (Doughty, Phaneuf), 11:49 (pp).
Penalties—Goligoski, ARI, (interference), 10:28. Chychrun,
ARI, major (high-sticking), 16:27.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. KINGS, Carter 13 (Toffoli, Rieder), 15:35. 6.
KINGS, Kopitar 35 (Doughty), 19:58. Penalties—Thompson,
KINGS, (high-sticking), 10:35. Domi, ARI, (high-sticking), 18:44.
Kempe, KINGS, (high-sticking), 19:19.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Arizona 9-6-7—22. KINGS 7-16-12—35.
Power-play conversions—Arizona 0 of 2. KINGS 1 of 4.
GOALIES: Arizona, Kuemper 12-7-4 (34 shots-31 saves).
KINGS, Campbell 2-0-2 (22-20). Att—18,230 (18,230). T—2:29.
WILD-CARD RACES
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)
Pts.
EAST (Division)
Pts.
1. St. Louis (C)
91
1. Philadelphia (M)
92
2. DUCKS (P)
91
2. New Jersey (M)
89
3. Colorado (C)
90
3. Florida (A)
86
4. Dallas (C)
86
4. Carolina (M)
79
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
F R I DAY , M A R C H 30 , 2 018
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Gurley would welcome Beckham
Running back says it
would be ‘awesome’ if
the Rams were to add
the talented receiver.
By Gary Klein
The reigning NFL offensive player of the year played
for the league’s highestscoring team and led the
league in touchdowns.
But Rams running back
Todd Gurley said Thursday
night that there was plenty
of room in the offense for
more playmakers.
Like receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?
Beckham, the New York
Giants star, has been linked
to the Rams since news
broke this week that the Giants were shopping — or at
least testing the market for
— a playmaker seeking a
mega-extension as he enters
the final year of his rookie
contract.
Gurley knows Beckham.
“Oh yeah, that’s my guy,”
Gurley said at the Sunset
Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where he took part
in an event hosted by Roc
Nation, his representation
firm.
Like coach Sean McVay
and general manager Les
Snead, Gurley appeared
wary of saying too much
about a player on another
team.
But when told that McVay spoke this week about
how Beckham, hypothetically, might fit into a highpowered offense that features Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff, Gurley
agreed with McVay’s assess-
David Richard Associated Press
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
“THERE’S ALWAYS enough snaps,” the Rams’ Todd
BECKHAM, WHO may or may not be on the trading
Gurley says about Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
block, reportedly wants to join the Rams.
ment that there are always
enough snaps to keep everyone happy.
“There’s always enough
snaps,” Gurley, speaking
hypothetically, said with a
broad grin. “There’s always
enough snaps.
“If we had him, man, it
would be awesome. I’d be
happy, Goff will be happy,
coach McVay will be happy,
[owner Stan] Kroenke, the
whole team would be.”
The New York Daily
News, citing an unnamed
source, reported this week
that Beckham had told “a
couple” of Rams players that
he “wants in.”
Asked whether Beckham
has expressed interest to
him about coming to L.A.,
Gurley smiled.
“Hmm, I don’t want to
say all that,” he said. “That’s
my boy.”
Gurley
then
joined
Lakers rookie Josh Hart and
musical artist Normani in
the “Off Script CEO Connect” event, which gave the
trio an opportunity to introduce themselves to brand
executives.
Gurley has endorsement
deals with Nike and Gatorade among others.
“He knows what it takes
to be great on the field and
he’s also matured and hit his
stride,” Michael Yormark,
Roc Nation’s president and
chief of branding and strategy, said of Gurley, adding,
“He understands the landscape and he understands
what the expectations are,
and he probably also has a
better feel for what he wants
to become on the field and
off the field.”
The hotel where the
event was held is located less
than three miles from the
Hollywood Boulevard location where Gurley participated in a photo shoot for an
NFL sportswear advertising
campaign two years ago.
At the time, Gurley was
coming off a 2015 season that
earned him the NFL offensive rookie of the year award.
His profile was expected to
grow with the Rams’ return
to Los Angeles from St.
Louis.
But Gurley struggled in
2016.
The Rams fired coach
Jeff Fisher with three games
left in the season, finished 412 and ranked as the league’s
worst offense for the second
year in a row.
The hiring of the offenseminded McVay changed
everything.
Tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan solidified the offensive
line. Goff developed into a
top-10 passer. Receivers
Robert Woods, Cooper
Kupp and Sammy Watkins
were reliable targets.
And Gurley reemerged
with one of the most productive seasons in Rams history.
He rushed for 1,305 yards
and 13 touchdowns and
caught a team-best 64 passes for 788 yards and six
touchdowns.
The Rams won the NFC
West but lost to Atlanta in
the wild-card round of the
playoffs.
They appear poised to
take the next step after recently adding Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and
Aqib Talib and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong
Suh.
“I love it, man,” Gurley
said of his new teammates.
“That’s like motivation for
everybody.
“Since they’ve been signing, I’m like starting to work
out twice a day because it’s a
good opportunity this year.
“It looks great on paper
but it doesn’t mean anything
if you don’t get anything
done during the season.”
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USC SPRING FOOTBALL REPORT
Ross battling
for starting
safety spot
By Lindsey Thiry
Chris Carlson Associated Press
JESSICA KORDA got off to a strong start in the ANA Inspiration with seven birdies on the first 11 holes.
Solid first rounds not a mirage
Korda (67) and
Thompson (68)
lurking close behind
leader Lindberg (65).
By Mike James
RANCHO MIRAGE —
Major championships have
not been kind to Jessica
Korda. She has won five
times on the LPGA Tour, but
in 36 majors she has missed
the cut or withdrawn 16
times and has only two top-10
finishes.
The ANA Inspiration, the
first major of the year, was
not kind to Lexi Thompson a
year ago. She was assessed a
controversial four-shot penalty during the final round
after a viewer called to say
she had played her ball from
the wrong spot on a green
the day before. It probably
cost her the tournament.
Thursday in the first
round of the ANA Inspiration, both players were long
off the tee and accurate into
the greens, and put themselves in the heat of competition on the 6,691-yard Dinah
Shore Tournament Course
at Mission Hills Country
Club.
Korda, 25, got off to a ferocious start, with birdies on
seven of her first 11 holes to
shoot a five-under-par 67.
Thompson, a 23-year-old
who won this event in 2014,
shot 68, the only blemish on
her card a bogey on the parfive ninth, her final hole.
Pernilla Lindberg, looking for her first victory in her
11th year on the tour, stands
alone atop the leaderboard
with a bogey-free 65. Beatriz
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LEXI THOMPSON, stopped by a penalty last year,
blasts out of a trap during her round of 68.
Recari and Ayako Uehara
are one shot back.
Korda is in a three-way tie
for fourth with Ha Na Jang
and Swiss amateur Albane
Valenzuela, a sophomore at
Stanford.
Thompson is in a six-way
tie for seventh, three shots
behind
Lindberg,
with
Cristie Kerr, Brittany Altomare, Sung Hyun Park,
Chella Choi and In Gee
Ghun.
Korda has spoken about
trying to deal with the added
pressure and distractions
that go hand in hand with
playing in majors, but her
main distraction Thursday
came from her mini goldendoodle puppy and her 8:14
a.m. starting time. Everything else was a breeze.
“I had a totally new dynamic this morning,” she
said. “I had to think about
what time I needed to get up
to make sure I had enough
time to let Charlie out to go
the bathroom and make
sure he had enough time to
eat. It’s so nice to have a
puppy with you to distract
you.”
Apparently, distractions
on the course were at a minimum. She birdied the first
four holes, five of the first
seven, and added another on
No. 9. Then on the 499-yard
par-five 11th — after going
back and forth with her caddie on whether to lay up or go
for the green on her second
shot — she hit a driver just
over the green and twoputted for another birdie.
She got her eighth and final birdie with a 15-foot
downhill putt on the par-five
18th after bogeys on the previous two holes.
“I was super surprised it
didn’t spin back,” she said of
her wedge into the green. “It
was a really fast putt; I was
just hoping to get it close.”
Korda, who is ninth on
the tour in driving distance
this year and first in putting
average, scoring average
and rounds under par (12 of
13), hit 13 of 14 fairways
Thursday and averaged 296
yards off the tee on the two
holes where drives were
measured.
“I had a good day,” she
said. “But it’s only Thursday.”
In December, Korda had
major surgery on her jaw
that involved inserting 27
screws to correct an overbite
that had caused headaches
and jaw pain for several
years. She hadn’t won since
2015. But she returned to
play in February and won in
Thailand by four shots,
shooting a 62 in the second
round and 25 under par for
the tournament.
“I honestly didn’t realize
how much it affected me until I got the surgery done,”
she said. “I’m just a happier
person now. I wake up, no
headaches. ... Now I get to
wake up pain-free every
day.”
Thompson was walking
off the 12th green on Sunday
last year when she was told
by an official she was being
penalized four shots. She
asked if it was a joke, broke
down, and stepped on to the
13th tee two shots off the lead
rather than two ahead. She
worked her way back to a
playoff against So Yeon Ryu
before losing.
Despite the lingering
emotion of the incident, she
went on to have an exceptional 2017, with two victories
and 10 top-10 finishes.
Michelle Wie, paired with
Thompson, said she was
battling dizziness early in
her round and had two double-bogeys and a bogey in
her first six holes. She is tied
for 94th with a 75.
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He reminds himself of the
moment often.
Ykili Ross was a high
school senior when he announced during a nationally
televised All-American bowl
game that he would play the
next three seasons at USC.
Three seasons?
Ross didn’t misspeak.
The highly sought recruit already was looking ahead to
leaving college early for the
NFL.
“I always tell myself I
could have been more humble,” Ross said Thursday after the Trojans’ eighth
spring practice. “But then I
always tell myself that you
have to stay confident.”
More than three years
later, Ross is battling for the
starting safety position that
was occupied the last three
seasons by Leon McQuay
III and Chris Hawkins.
McQuay now plays for
the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hawkins exhausted his eligibility after five seasons.
“Y.K., being the elder
statesman, has had a lot of
reps and a lot of experience,”
USC coach Clay Helton
said. “You see that on the
field.”
A shoulder injury slowed,
then sidelined Ross after the
opener his freshman season.
He’s played in 24 games,
making two starts, and has
two interceptions.
Among safeties competing for the spot opposite of
Marvell Tell is sophomore
Bubba Bolden, senior Isaiah Langley, third-year
sophomore C.J. Pollard and
freshman Talanoa Hufanga.
“Knowing you can get
that starting spot at any
time and knowing that
you’re working hard every
day and getting better,” said
Bolden, who played mostly
on special teams last season.
“I love it.”
Ross, a fourth-year junior, split repetitions with
Bolden when practices began, but has taken over a
majority of the reps with the
starters.
“I’m just having fun,”
Ross said. “I’m not really
even thinking about it like a
competition.”
As for his plan to leave
early for the NFL, Ross said
it was still in play.
“I’ve still got the [date]
marked off on my calendar,”
Ross said. “I just had to
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YKILI ROSS has played
in 24 games at USC but
has only two starts. He
has two interceptions.
move the date a little bit.”
Inside and out
Christian Rector was
promoted to starting outside linebacker last season
when Porter Gustin was
sidelined because of a toe
and biceps injury.
With Gustin’s return,
coaches have asked Rector
to play on the inside and outside of the defensive line.
“He’s still going to be in
multiple spots for us,” defensive coordinator Clancy
Pendergast said. “It will all
be predicated off game planning and how we feel about
our matchups.”
Rector made 35 tackles,
including 11 for a loss, had
71⁄2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles
last season.
The fourth-year junior
said he preferred to play on
the outside, but that playing
inside would broaden his
skill set.
“The action happens
faster on the inside and you
have a little more time to
read the tackle on the outside,” Rector said, adding, “I
think NFL teams definitely
see that as a plus.”
Etc.
The Trojans will hold a
situational scrimmage on
Saturday that is open to the
public.… Linebacker Jordan
Losefa did not practice after
undergoing a procedure on
his tooth.… Former USC
linebacker Hayes Pullard,
who plays for the Chargers,
attended practice.
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FINAL FOUR REPORT
Commission
hopes to move
fast on reforms
By Ben Bolch
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IN THE MIDDLE of the Loyola Chicago celebration after reaching the Final Four is Dylan Boehm (31), who
pretty much talked his way onto the Ramblers’ roster and didn’t score a point during his freshman season.
Loyola coach to get the picture
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two plane crashes that effectively ended his playing career.
“Every time I see this dude,
I’m like grateful, you know?”
Wolverines star forward
Moritz Wagner said Thursday.
Boehm is the Cinderella of
the Cinderella, a freshman
walk-on who enrolled at Loyola Chicago without any assurances of making the team,
much less making it this deep
in the NCAA tournament with
the 11th-seeded Ramblers.
“If everyone in the room’s
being honest,” Boehm said,
“no one expected to be in the
Final Four.”
Hatch and Boehm are here
and they’re contributing for
teams that will meet in the
first national semifinal Saturday afternoon. Hatch has
grabbed rebounds during
practices and encouraged
players. Boehm has simulated
Michigan’s Duncan Robinson
and Muhammad-Ali AbdurRahkman as a member of the
scout team.
They were never high
school teammates, Hatch
completing his senior season
at Loyola when Boehm was a
freshman on the junior varsity. But Boehm was sitting in
the stands at Sherman Oaks
Notre Dame High in January
2014 when Hatch made a corner three-pointer in his first
game back from life-threatening injuries sustained in the
second plane crash he survived 21⁄2 years earlier.
“The whole arena went
crazy, stormed the court,”
Boehm recalled. “We got a
technical but that was one of
the coolest moments of high
school.”
Shooting and dribbling
were far down the list of things
Hatch had to relearn in 2011 after the second crash in a small
plane piloted by his father,
Stephen. He sustained neurological damage after suffering
head trauma, broken ribs and
a punctured lung that
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AUSTIN HATCH,
Michigan’s student
assistant, survived two
plane crashes.
prompted doctors to place
him in a medically induced
coma.
The crash came nine days
after Hatch had been offered a
scholarship to play basketball
for Michigan, his dream
school. His father, stepmother and a family dog perished in the crash that came
eight years after another
crash that claimed his
mother, brother and sister.
Hatch survived the first
crash only after his father, a
doctor who was piloting that
plane as well, removed him
from the burning wreckage.
He said he has no memory of
either incident.
“Fortunately,”
added
Hatch, who was not aboard
the Michigan team plane that
skidded off the runway in high
winds before the Big Ten Conference tournament last season because he travels only
occasionally.
Hatch moved from his
home in Fort Wayne, Ind., to
Pasadena in the summer of
2013 to live with an uncle and
enroll at Loyola High for his
senior season. He said the
move was an attempt to jolt
him out of his comfort zone in
Familiar foes face
off in Final Four
No. 1 seeds
Connecticut and
Notre Dame renew
their rivalry.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — It
wasn’t long ago Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw
were constantly on each other’s minds.
That’s what happens
when you coach two of the
nation’s best teams and play
in the same conference. Connecticut and Notre Dame
would play four times a season, heightening the intensity of one of the best rivalries in women’s college
basketball.
Now with the two powerhouse programs in different
conferences, the intensity
has diminished. They play
only once a season, with a
second meeting usually
coming on the grand stage of
the Final Four.
“The neat thing about it
is after every game in De-
preparation for college life at
Michigan.
He appeared in five games
with the Wolverines during
the 2014-15 season, scoring one
point when he made the middle free throw after being
fouled on a three-pointer
toward the end of a blowout
victory over Coppin State.
But with his athletic abilities
having significantly diminished, Hatch went on a medical scholarship beginning
with his sophomore season.
“I just needed to step away
and focus more on my schoolwork,” Hatch said, “because
basketball is great, but I’m at
Michigan to prepare to succeed in life.”
Boehm had similar aspirations upon his arrival at Loyola Chicago. His basketball
pursuits were secondary to
the lure of the Jesuit school’s
business curriculum, a partial
academic scholarship and his
love of big cities.
Getting to play for the
Ramblers was a big unknown.
Boehm hadn’t spoken with
the coaching staff before
freshman orientation last
summer. He strolled across
campus to the athletic department with hopes of arranging a meeting and was informed the coaches were in
the midst of workouts.
That didn’t stop Boehm
once he reached the gym.
“He went over and introduced himself,” recalled Joseph Diesko, Boehm’s father,
who was with his son that day,
“and gosh, they talked for the
longest time.”
Coaches told Boehm he
could try out for the team in
the fall. He did and made the
roster, becoming the last man
on the depth chart.
Boehm has learned that
going a whole season without
scoring a point can be glamorous. The 6-foot-5 forward recently had his picture prominently displayed in the New
York Times while holding Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt’s
hand. His family was shown
on national television when a
camera panned to the crowd
for a celebration shot after
Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beater in the opening round of the
NCAA tournament against
Miami.
“I’ll tell you what,” said
Boehm, who has played a total
of seven minutes in five
games. “This is a whole
’nother level of awesome.”
Boehm’s mother, father
and younger brother will be
there once more to cheer for
him Saturday. Hatch’s fiancée
and grandmother will also be
in attendance, along with a
cousin and his daughter.
Their high school coach’s
allegiances will be split from
afar.
“I’m torn,” veteran Loyola
High coach Jamal Adams said
by telephone. “It’s going to be
a tough one to pick.”
Boehm said he would seek
out Hatch before the game in
an attempt to fulfill Adams’
request to get the photo that
could make the coach feel like
a winner no matter who prevails.
“I’ll go up and say ‘What’s
up?’ to him,” Boehm said,
“maybe get a couple of pictures and just ask him how
he’s doing.”
Hatch continues to stay
busy. He’ll graduate this
spring with a degree in organizational studies before getting married in June and
starting a job in the corporate
offices of Domino’s Pizza the
following month.
But first he’ll pause for a
photo because life’s dominoes
fell in a way that brought two
players from the same high
school together once more.
“What are the odds, right?”
Hatch said. “I mean, of all the
teams, it just so happens we
both made the Final Four. The
chances of two Loyola kids
making the Final Four is slim,
so I’m really looking forward
to seeing him again.”
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McGraw
cember now I will say to her
all the time, ‘I’ll see you in
March. If I see you in March
it will be in the Final Four, so
that’s cool,’ ” Auriemma
said.
The unbeaten Huskies
(36-0) and Irish (33-3) play
Friday night in the national
semifinals in which all four
top seeds advanced. The
winner will face Louisville or
Mississippi State for the title
Sunday night.
There was a stretch between 2010 and 2013 when
UConn and Notre Dame
played 15 times. The Irish
won seven times, twice
knocking UConn out of the
Final Four.
“I think now we only play
them once a year, there is
some distance to the rivalry,” McGraw said. “I think
Regrets department
Virginia coach Tony Bennett ignited a hearty round of
laughter after accepting the
Associated Press national
coach of the year award.
“I thought it was for the
NCAA tournament coach of
the year,” Bennett cracked. “I
didn’t get that? I wasn’t sure.”
Bennett famously guided
the Cavaliers to a schoolrecord 31 victories and the Atlantic Coast Conference
championship before they became the first top-seeded
team to lose in the first round
of the NCAA tournament.
Bennett said a text from
guard Ty Jerome helped
commence the healing after
the historic upset by Maryland Baltimore County.
“He said, ‘Coach, this is
now part of our story, and we
get to respond to it the way we
want,’ ” Bennett said. “ ‘And it
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NCAA President Mark
Emmert is OK with players having a choice.
will be day by day where we
can make the right steps.’ ”
Bennett said he was evaluating possible adjustments
“because the NCAA tournament comes down to
matchups, who is playing well,
what kind of style they play
and you have to be able to play
well against different kinds of
styles. That’s what I think you
have to keep addressing and
adjusting in preparing your
team to be as good as they
can.”
His No. 1 fan
The Final Four could involve a reunion between Kansas center Udoka Azubuike
and his mother, Florence,
who has not seen her son in
nearly six years.
The NCAA helped pay for
Florence to travel from her
home in Nigeria. The expenses were the least of the
family’s worries.
“We had to go through political people to deal with their
embassy in Nigeria for the
passport but also to set up a
meeting to get a visa,” Kansas
coach Bill Self said.
Florence Azubuike had to
fly to another city in Nigeria to
obtain the visa and was scheduled to arrive in San Antonio
before Kansas’ game Saturday against Villanova. She
had allowed her son to leave
home and live with a host family in Florida after her husband died.
Udoka said he expected it
to be an emotional reunion because his mother has never
seen him play. “Can you imagine, you’ve never seen your son
play basketball and the first
time you do it is in front of
70,000 people at this thing?”
Self said. “I can’t even imagine
what’s going to be going
through her mind.”
Etc.
Unlike the 2008 Final Four,
when the court was placed on
one side of the Alamodome, it
has been positioned in the
middle of the arena. That will
allow attendance to increase
from around 45,000 to roughly
69,000. … Dan Gavitt, NCAA
senior vice president of
basketball, said 96% of tickets
were sold from the First Four
games in Dayton, Ohio,
through the regionals last
weekend.
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FINAL FOUR SCHEDULES
AROUND THE NATION
All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the
completion of the previous one):
TODAY’S SEMIFINALS
1 Louisville (36-2) vs. 1 Mississippi State (36-1) ........................................4 p.m.
1 Connecticut (36-0) vs. 1 Notre Dame (33-3) .........................................6 p.m.*
Penn State defeats
Utah for NIT title
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WOMEN: at Columbus, Ohio | TV: ESPN2
SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS
3 Michigan (32-7) vs. 11 Loyola Chicago (32-5) .........................................3 p.m.
1 Villanova (34-4) vs. 1 Kansas (31-7) .................................................5:45 p.m.*
Auriemma
SAN ANTONIO — The
Commission
on
College
Basketball that was formed
last fall in the wake of the corruption scandal engulfing the
sport is scheduled to present
its recommendations for reforms to the NCAA Board of
Governors on April 25, NCAA
President Mark Emmert
said Thursday.
The hope is that those recommendations will trigger a
fastbreak toward meaningful
change.
“We understand the severity of the challenges that we
face,” said Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota and chair of the Division I Board of Directors. “We
understand the urgency with
which we need to act to move
forward rule changes that will
be effective for the next season.”
Possible reforms could involve stronger sanctions
against coaches found to engage in unethical behavior
and tighter regulation of summer club tournaments. Fundamentally changing the
structure of the amateurism
model probably isn’t an option.
Emmert saluted the ability of McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley to back
out of a commitment to Syracuse in order to play in the G
League so that he could be
paid for his skills before reaching the NBA.
“I think that’s a choice that
ought to be available to him
and anyone else,” Emmert
said. “ … Now, I happen to
think that going to college and
experiencing everything that
a college has to offer and still
developing your skills and
abilities as an athlete is a
pretty good deal. It’s hard to
find better coaches, better facilities, better training, better
development as an athlete
than in a high-quality college
program.
“But that doesn’t mean
that’s the right choice for
everybody.”
that it always, of course, will
be a rivalry just because
they’re the best team in the
country right now. But I
think it’s not that intensity
that we had when we were in
the Big East because you’re
constantly watching in your
conference.”
In the title game of the
2013 season, with both teams
unbeaten, the Huskies beat
the Irish. UConn has won
the five meetings since, including a 80-71 victory on
Dec. 3 this season.
Notre Dame led that
game by double digits in the
fourth quarter before the
Huskies rallied to win despite two ailing All-Americans — Gabby Williams sat
out the second half with a
migraine; Katie Lou Samuelson reinjured her foot in
the final period.
Mississippi State (36-1)
wants to write some more
history.
For now at least, the Bulldogs are best remembered
as the team that ended
UConn’s 111-game winning
streak in last year’s national
semifinal, knocking off the
Huskies in overtime on a
buzzer-beater by guard
Morgan William. It was the
shot heard around world,
overshadowing Mississippi
State’s loss in the final to
South Carolina.
With virtually the same
guard-strong lineup as last
year, the Bulldogs seek another title-game appearance. They’ll have to beat a
Louisville team that is 36-2.
“Last year’s experience
was great,” said William.
“UConn, of course, and just
to get back here, it’s a blessing. It’s hard to get back here
two times in a row. So I’m
glad we came back and
made it back.”
Shep Garner made a
three-pointer that helped
send Penn State on its way to
an NIT championship in an
82-66 victory over Utah on
Thursday night at Madison
Square Garden in New York.
The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions (26-13) also
knocked off No. 1 seed Notre
Dame in the tournament en
route to winning their first
NIT title since 2009.
Lamar Stevens scored 28
points and Tony Carr had 15
points and 14 assists for Penn
State. Sedrick Barefield
made six three-pointers and
scored 22 points for secondseeded Utah (23-12).
The clutch moment came
in the third quarter when
Garner — Penn State’s career three-point leader —
connected for his first basket
of the game and a 49-41 lead.
Brunson honored
Villanova’s Jalen Brunson, who averaged 19.2
points and led the Wildcats
to the Final Four, is the Associated Press player of the
year.
The junior point guard
earned 36 of 65 votes from
the same panel that selects
the AP top 25, with ballots
submitted before the start of
the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma
freshman
Trae Young was second with
15 votes after leading the
country in scoring (27.4).
A’ja Wilson of South Carolina is the women’s player of
the year, the first player from
the school to win the award,
and Notre Dame’s Muffet
McGraw earned the coaching honor.
Etc.
Michigan State forward
Nick Ward is submitting his
name for the NBA draft but
hasn’t hired an agent. ...
Daryl Thomas, who was a
starter on Indiana’s 1987
NCAA championship team,
has died at age 52. Thomas
threw the pass to Keith
Smart for the game-winning
jump shot against Syracuse
in the championship game.
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STANDINGS
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 topseeded 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).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. y-Houston
2. y-Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
4. San Antonio
6. New Orleans
7. Minnesota
8. Utah
W
61
54
46
44
44
43
43
42
L
14
21
29
32
32
32
33
33
PCT
.813
.720
.613
.579
.579
.573
.566
.560
GB L10
10-0
7
3-7
15
7-3
171⁄2 7-3
171⁄2 7-3
18
5-5
181⁄2 5-5
19
7-3
Rk.
S1
P1
N1
N2
S2
S3
N3
N4
9. CLIPPERS
10. Denver
11. LAKERS
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
41
40
33
24
23
21
19
34
35
41
52
52
54
57
.547
.533
.446
.316
.307
.280
.250
1
2
81⁄2
181⁄2
19
21
231⁄2
5-5
5-5
4-6
3-7
3-7
3-7
0-10
P2
N5
P3
P4
S4
S5
P5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. x-Cleveland
4. x-Philadelphia
5. x-Indiana
6. Washington
7. Miami
8. Milwaukee
W
55
52
45
44
45
41
41
40
L
20
23
30
30
31
34
35
35
PCT
.733
.693
.600
.595
.592
.547
.539
.533
GB L10
7-3
3
7-3
10
7-3
101⁄2 9-1
101⁄2 7-3
14
4-6
141⁄2 6-4
15
6-4
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
A3
C2
S1
S2
C3
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Brooklyn
12. Chicago
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
35
34
27
24
24
22
21
40
42
49
51
51
52
54
.467
.447
.355
.320
.320
.297
.280
5
61⁄2
131⁄2
16
16
171⁄2
19
C4
S3
A4
A5
C5
S4
S5
6-4
6-4
3-7
4-6
2-8
2-8
1-9
x-clinched playoff spot; y-division
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at LAKERS
at Portland
at Orlando
at Atlanta
at Cleveland
at Oklahoma City
at Houston
Minnesota
at Utah
Line
OFF
6
61⁄2
OFF
OFF
31⁄2
OFF
51⁄2
OFF
Underdog
Milwaukee
CLIPPERS
Chicago
Philadelphia
New Orleans
Denver
Phoenix
at Dallas
Memphis
Time
7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
RESULTS
Spurs climb into
fourth spot in West
SAN ANTONIO 103
OKLAHOMA CITY 99
Needing a win to strengthen
their playoff hopes, San Antonio
turned to the only things they have
been able to rely on this season:
Defense
and
LaMarcus
Aldridge.
Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds while playing through an
ailing knee, and San Antonio held
off the visiting Oklahoma City
Thunder 103-99 on Thursday night
to climb back into fourth place in
the Western Conference.
Aldridge played despite bruising his left knee following a collision
in Tuesday’s 116-106 loss to Washington. The Spurs are already
without an injured Kawhi Leonard,
so they desperately needed
Aldridge as they battle for a playoff
berth.
San Antonio matched Oklahoma City at 44-32 in jumping two
spots in the standings. The Thunder are fifth, a half-game ahead of
the New Orleans Pelicans.
Aldridge scored 21 points in the
first half, then drove past Steven
Adams for a dunk and a threepoint lead with 52 seconds left as
the Spurs snapped a two-game
slide.
at Detroit 103, Washington 92: Andre Drummond scored 24 points
and pulled down 23 rebounds, and
the Pistons picked up their fifth
win in six games to keep their slim
playoff hopes alive.
at Miami 103, Chicago 92: Josh
Richardson scored 22 points,
Goran Dragic added 17 and the
Heat trimmed their magic number
for clinching a playoff berth to one.
Justise Winslow scored 13 points
and Kelly Olynyk finished with 11
for the Heat (41-35), who have won
a season-best eight consecutive
home games and moved within a
half-game of Washington for the
No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Indiana 106, at Sacramento 103:
Victor Oladipo scored 13 of his 24
points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with
2.5 seconds remaining, and the
Pacers held on for the win. Bojan
Bogdanovic had 25 points, Thaddeus Young added 18 points and
eight rebounds, and Darren
Collison finished with eight points
and nine assists.
Hart wants back in — pointedly
Guard jokes about offense,
but it’s his defense the
Lakers have been missing
since he broke his hand.
By Tania Ganguli
Josh Hart has a plan for his return to the court.
“I want to tie Kobe Bryant’s 40point stretch when he had it,” Hart
said, jokingly. “What was it, eight 40point games in a row? That’s probably what I’m going to try to accomplish over these next eight games.”
The reporters to whom he spoke
laughed. Hart’s coach wasn’t
amused.
“That is not a good goal,” Lakers
coach Luke Walton said. “And if he
starts playing like that he will be on
the bench, he’ll be watching us play
defense. Team goals. It is not about
individuals.”
Defense, of course, is a hallmark
of Hart’s play and something the
Lakers have been missing in his absence since he broke the fourth
metacarpal bone in his left hand on
Feb. 28. The location of the break is
still swollen, but Hart has made
enough progress that, barring a setback, he should be available for the
Lakers’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
“You think this is swollen?” Hart
said. “You should’ve saw it before. It
was something different. This is
good. … Hopefully I won’t get karate-chopped 20 times in the game or
something, I don’t know. It’s holding up.”
Hart has been itching to return
to the Lakers’ lineup. He wanted to
return on Wednesday but wasn’t
cleared. Hart finally got to test his
hand with some contact on Thursday morning during another light
practice for the Lakers, as many
have been lately. Walton wants his
players fresh for games, and the
number of injuries the team has experienced in the last few weeks has
made that a difficult task.
Thursday came with updates to
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
THE LAKERS’ Josh Hart, right, and Sacramento’s Garrett Temple scramble for the ball during a
game in February. Hart wanted to return to the Lakers’ lineup on Wednesday but wasn’t cleared.
several of those situations.
Lonzo Ball had an MRI exam.
Isaiah Thomas had arthroscopic
hip surgery.
“I just think that is professional
sports,” Walton said. “Every team
goes through it. The Warriors are
going through it right now. Boston
is going through it. It’s part of dealing with the type of schedule that we
play. It’s why it is so important that
our entire team bought into what
we are doing, because we need
everybody at certain parts of the
season to step up and play their
role.”
Hart and Ball are listed as questionable against the Milwaukee
Bucks. Thomas is out for the rest of
the season.
Thomas played in 17 games for
the Lakers before his hip injury became problematic enough that he
needed to seek other treatment options. After his procedure at the
Hospital for Special Surgery in New
York, the Lakers announced that
Thomas’ rehabilitation was expected to last four months.
Dr. Bryan Kelley from the hospital said Wednesday that it was a
minimally invasive procedure to
clean inflammatory debris from the
joint. Thomas tore his labrum in his
right hip on March 15, 2017, and had
been attempting a more conservative treatment approach.
Ball sustained a painful contusion in his left knee during Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Although it happened in the
same knee in which he suffered a
medial collateral ligament sprain
that kept him out six weeks, Ball
wasn’t concerned he aggravated
the injury. The pain was in a different place.
The MRI exam on Thursday
confirmed that the injury wasn’t
more serious than a contusion, and
Ball would be day-to-day.
When Ball returned from his
sprained MCL, he did so on a minutes restriction. Hart is hoping that
isn’t his fate.
“It’s not like it’s a ligament or
tendon or something like that …
where you had to be very cautious
with it,” he said. “… I think the
bone’s healed, I’ve got hardware in
there, so it’s not like it’s going to
break again. I think it’s just how
much I can tolerate the pain and I
just won’t tell them how much it
hurts if it does.”
TONIGHT
VS. MILWAUKEE
When: 7:30
On the air: TV — Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes, Radio —
710, 1330
Update: Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brilliance, the Bucks are
clinging to eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They have a 4.5game lead over the Detroit Pistons
for that spot.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Rivers’ play keeps his doubters at bay
Coach’s son and target of
derision brushes insults
aside during a breakout
season with the Clippers.
By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND, Ore. — Every
slight motivates Austin Rivers that
much more.
He is out to prove his naysayers
wrong and show critics that his
skills are what earned him a starting guard job with the Clippers this
season.
He hears the noise that his dad,
the Clippers’ coach, saved his career. He hears the fans that say he’s
getting paid $11.8 million this season and $12.6 million next season
only because his father was the
president of basketball operations
for the Clippers when Rivers was
signed to a three-year, $35.7-million
contract during the summer of
2016.
Rivers views it all as an assault
on his ability and a work ethic that
has led to a career-best 2017-18 season.
“It’s everything,” Rivers admitted. “People sleep on me anyway. I
think everybody does. I think
everybody just sleeps on me, man.
I’m one of the most slept-on upcoming guards in the league. I’ve
felt that way for a while now. So
that’s fine. I’ve just got to keep
hooping, just let your game speak.”
The numbers tell the story of
how Rivers has refined his game in
Andy Lyons Getty Images
AUSTIN RIVERS is averaging career highs in a number of
statistical categories, including scoring at 15.5 points a game.
his sixth NBA season. He’s averaging career highs in points (15.5), assists (3.8), three-point shooting
(38.5%), steals (1.2) and minutes
per game (33.8).
His improvement has been
magnified by more minutes because of teammates’ injuries, leading to more opportunities and responsibilities for Rivers.
“I think all that,” he said. “More
minutes. More opportunities.
More responsibility. I had a great
summer of hard work. My teammates’ trust. There’s a lot of things
that go into that.”
Rivers, 25, has evolved into an
all-around guard.
He’s not afraid to take on the
challenge of defending the league’s
top guards. He doesn’t back down
from taking big-time shots in the
clutch. He scored 10 points and
knocked down two clutch threepoint shots during the Clippers’
fourth-quarter rally in a 105-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on
Tuesday.
Rivers believes that his moment has come.
“I think it goes back to having a
great summer of hard work,” he
said. “I really trust in my shots. I
know how to score whenever I need
to now. I think the biggest improvement in my game is playmaking,
just keeping my head up. I looked
to score and I would also look to
make plays last year. I could do it a
little bit. This year I’m doing it at a
much higher level. I think that’s my
biggest improvement.”
The Clippers’ backcourt has
been decimated by injuries to Milos Teodosic (left plantar fascia),
Avery Bradley (groin surgery) and
Patrick Beverley (season-ending
right knee surgery).
In the wake of all that, Rivers
has been steady.
“He’s being more aggressive on
both ends of the floor,” center DeAndre Jordan said. “Obviously we
need him more offensively. But we
also need him defensively. He’s one
of our best defensive guards we
have, obviously with Avery out and
Patrick out. We ask a lot out of him.
He’s been great for us all year and
we’re going to need him the last
how many games we have to be a
force on both ends of the floor.”
TONIGHT
AT PORTLAND
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket,
ESPN; Radio: 1150, 1330.
Update: The Clippers defeated the
Trail Blazers in their first meeting
but lost the last two. Portland’s
backcourt of Damian Lillard and
CJ McCollum is one of the best in
the NBA. Lillard, expected to play
Friday after sitting out Wednesday
night’s game at Memphis for the
birth of his child, is fifth in the NBA
in scoring (26.8) and McCollum is
18th (21.8).
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Pistons 103, Wizards 92
Heat 103, Bulls 92
Spurs 103, Thunder 99
Pacers 106, Kings 103
WASHINGTON
CHICAGO
OKLAHOMA CITY
INDIANA
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris..............36 5-15 0-0 2-6 5 3 11
Porter Jr............15 2-7 2-2 1-2 2 0 7
Gortat..............27 5-7 0-0 2-12 3 3 10
Beal ................35 6-17 2-3 1-5 1 1 15
Satoransky .......34 4-8 2-2 3-5 6 3 11
Oubre Jr. ..........32 5-12 4-5 0-4 3 2 14
Scott ...............19 4-10 0-0 1-4 1 4 8
Sessions ..........15 2-4 2-3 1-2 6 0 6
Meeks..............13 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 6
Mahinmi ............9 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 2 4
Totals
37-89 12-15 12-43 28 19 92
Shooting: Field goals, 41.6%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 6-32 (Meeks 2-5, Porter Jr. 1-3, Satoransky 1-3, Morris 1-6, Beal 1-8, Sessions 0-1, Scott 0-2, Oubre Jr.
0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Morris 4, Oubre Jr., Porter Jr.). Turnovers: 15 (Beal 6,
Gortat 2, Porter Jr. 2, Mahinmi, Meeks, Morris, Satoransky,
Scott). Steals: 9 (Beal 2, Sessions 2, Gortat, Meeks, Morris,
Oubre Jr., Satoransky). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Holiday ............21 3-10 4-4 0-1 1 2 13
Vonleh .............32 5-12 3-4 3-13 1 1 14
Lopez...............30 6-12 1-2 2-6 1 4 13
Nwaba .............35 4-11 6-8 1-7 4 2 15
Payne ..............29 4-10 2-2 0-0 5 2 11
Portis...............32 6-16 1-2 7-16 0 1 13
Valentine ..........24 2-10 0-0 0-4 4 3 4
Kilpatrick..........14 1-7 3-3 0-1 0 1 5
Grant ...............11 1-1 0-1 1-1 1 3 2
Arcidiacono ........6 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Totals
33-90 20-26 14-50 19 19 92
Shooting: Field goals, 36.7%; free throws, 76.9%
Three-point goals: 6-26 (Holiday 3-7, Nwaba 1-1, Payne 1-4,
Vonleh 1-4, Lopez 0-1, Kilpatrick 0-3, Portis 0-3, Valentine 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 18 (14 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Lopez 3, Nwaba, Portis). Turnovers: 18 (Portis 6,
Lopez 3, Payne 3, Nwaba 2, Grant, Holiday, Valentine, Vonleh).
Steals: 10 (Kilpatrick 2, Portis 2, Valentine 2, Vonleh 2, Holiday,
Payne). Technical Fouls: coach Fred Hoiberg, 2:14 second
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony ...........31 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 9
George.............38 9-20 5-5 0-7 6 3 26
Adams .............37 5-11 0-2 5-13 1 3 10
Brewer .............28 5-8 3-4 1-2 3 4 14
Westbrook ........37 7-19 5-8 1-11 5 5 19
Felton ..............15 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 10
Grant ...............14 0-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 0
Ferguson ..........13 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3
Patterson..........12 3-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 7
Abrines ..............9 0-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Totals
37-85 14-21 10-43 19 23 99
Shooting: Field goals, 43.5%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 11-30 (Anthony 3-3, George 3-6,
Felton 2-4, Patterson 1-1, Brewer 1-4, Ferguson 1-4,
Grant 0-1, Abrines 0-3, Westbrook 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 15 (22 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Anthony, Grant, Westbrook). Turnovers: 15
(Westbrook 7, George 3, Adams 2, Brewer, Felton,
Grant). Steals: 11 (George 4, Westbrook 3, Anthony 2,
Brewer 2). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Antetknmpo ......34 14-18 2-2 1-4 5 3 32
Middleton.........38 9-17 2-2 0-3 2 4 23
Henson ............25 2-7 0-0 2-5 5 0 4
Bledsoe ...........31 9-11 1-1 0-3 6 1 20
Snell................26 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 0 3
Parker ..............25 6-12 0-0 1-7 3 4 14
Zeller ...............22 2-6 3-4 2-8 4 2 7
Terry ................21 3-4 1-1 1-2 3 2 8
Jennings...........14 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 5
Totals
48-87 9-10 7-36 30 17 116
Shooting: Field goals, 55.2%; free throws, 90.0%
Three-point goals: 11-20 (Middleton 3-4, Antetokounmpo 2-3,
Parker 2-3, Terry 1-1, Bledsoe 1-2, Jennings 1-3, Snell 1-3, Henson
0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 15 (29 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Henson 2, Bledsoe). Turnovers: 15 (Jennings 3, Middleton 3, Bledsoe 2, Henson 2, Terry 2, Antetokounmpo, Snell,
Zeller). Steals: 16 (Bledsoe 3, Middleton 3, Terry 3, Antetokounmpo 2, Zeller 2, Henson, Jennings, Snell). Technical Fouls: None.
DETROIT
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Boj.Bogdanovic .35 7-13 9-9 0-0 0 1 25
T.Young ............33 8-13 1-3 1-8 1 1 18
Turner ..............27 3-8 2-2 0-3 5 1 9
Collison............30 3-8 2-2 0-3 9 4 8
Oladipo............35 9-14 4-4 1-5 2 2 24
Sabonis ...........24 4-6 0-0 1-8 3 4 8
Joseph .............19 3-7 0-0 1-3 3 2 7
Stephenson ......14 3-7 0-0 1-1 0 1 7
Robinson III ......14 0-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 0
Leaf ..................4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
40-80 18-20 7-34 23 17 106
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 90.0%
Three-point goals: 8-26 (Boj.Bogdanovic 2-6,
Oladipo 2-7, T.Young 1-1, Stephenson 1-3, Turner 1-3,
Joseph 1-4, Collison 0-1, Robinson III 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 10 (15 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Turner 2, Collison, Oladipo). Turnovers: 10
(Collison 3, Oladipo 2, Stephenson 2, Boj.Bogdanovic,
Sabonis, T.Young). Steals: 9 (Collison 3, Oladipo 3,
Robinson III, T.Young, Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
SAN ANTONIO
Milwaukee 116, at Golden State
107: Giannis Antetokounmpo
scored 32 points, Kevin Durant’s
return from a rib injury ended early
with a second-quarter ejection,
and the Bucks beat the Warriors
for only the second time in their
last 10 meetings. With the Warriors’
loss, Houston clinched the top spot
in the Western Conference.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Johnson ...........36 4-11 0-0 2-5 2 2 9
Tolliver .............31 4-6 5-5 1-2 2 2 14
Drummond .......37 10-16 4-7 5-23 4 2 24
Bullock ............29 6-9 0-0 0-1 3 0 14
Jackson............27 6-16 1-2 0-2 8 2 13
I.Smith.............20 3-9 0-0 0-3 2 2 6
Kennard ...........18 2-5 3-4 0-1 2 1 8
Ellenson...........16 3-7 2-2 1-5 1 0 9
Ennis III............11 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4
Moreland..........10 1-1 0-0 1-2 2 3 2
Totals
41-84 15-20 10-44 26 14 103
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 6-21 (Bullock 2-4, Ellenson 1-1, Kennard
1-2, Johnson 1-3, Tolliver 1-3, Ennis III 0-1, I.Smith 0-3, Jackson
0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16 (19 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Drummond, Moreland, Tolliver). Turnovers: 16 (Jackson 4, Ennis III 2, Johnson 2, Moreland 2, Bullock, Drummond,
Ellenson, I.Smith, Kennard, Tolliver). Steals: 9 (Johnson 4, Kennard 2, Bullock, Moreland, Tolliver). Technical Fouls: Johnson,
2:31 first
Washington
24 25 17 26— 92
Detroit
23 26 32 22— 103
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson .........30 1-5 0-0 1-8 2 3 2
Richardson .......33 8-16 5-5 1-5 3 3 22
Whiteside .........19 3-8 2-2 3-7 4 2 8
Dragic..............32 6-11 4-4 1-5 5 3 17
T.Johnson .........12 3-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 6
Ellington...........26 2-8 3-3 0-1 0 1 8
Winslow ...........26 5-8 2-3 0-9 2 2 13
Wade...............18 2-7 4-4 0-3 4 1 8
Olynyk..............17 4-7 1-1 1-3 0 5 11
McGruder .........12 2-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 5
Adebayo...........11 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 3
Totals
37-82 22-24 7-44 20 23 103
Shooting: Field goals, 45.1%; free throws, 91.7%
Three-point goals: 7-27 (Olynyk 2-4, McGruder 1-2, Dragic
1-3, Winslow 1-3, Richardson 1-4, Ellington 1-7, J.Johnson 0-1,
T.Johnson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (13
PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (J.Johnson 2, Richardson 2, Whiteside 2,
Winslow). Turnovers: 17 (Olynyk 3, Dragic 2, Ellington 2, J.Johnson 2, Wade 2, Whiteside 2, Winslow 2, Richardson, T.Johnson).
Steals: 7 (Wade 3, Dragic, Olynyk, Whiteside, Winslow). Technical Fouls: None.
Chicago
21 25 22 24— 92
Miami
29 22 27 25— 103
— associated press
A—18,268. T—2:05. O—Kevin Cutler, Scott Foster, Karl Lane
A—19,746. T—2:13. O—Ray Acosta, Rodney Mott, Josh Tiven
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aldridge ...........34 9-19 6-8 6-11 2 2 25
Anderson..........23 4-4 1-2 0-0 2 4 10
Gasol...............25 2-7 2-4 2-12 3 2 6
Mills ................33 3-12 5-5 0-1 1 2 14
Murray .............30 3-8 1-2 1-8 7 2 7
Green ..............26 4-9 0-0 1-4 0 2 11
Gay .................24 4-9 0-0 4-8 0 2 9
Parker ..............17 2-6 3-4 0-0 4 1 8
Ginobili ............14 2-4 4-5 0-3 0 1 10
Bertans..............9 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 0 3
Totals
34-81 22-30 14-48 22 18 103
Shooting: Field goals, 42.0%; free throws, 73.3%
Three-point goals: 13-31 (Green 3-7, Mills 3-9, Ginobili 2-3, Aldridge 1-1, Anderson 1-1, Gay 1-2, Parker
1-2, Bertans 1-3, Gasol 0-1, Murray 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 16 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Aldridge 2, Bertans, Gasol, Green, Murray).
Turnovers: 16 (Mills 5, Aldridge 4, Gay 3, Murray 2,
Ginobili, Parker). Steals: 13 (Murray 5, Anderson 2, Gay
2, Ginobili 2, Mills, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
Oklahoma City
29 27 25 18— 99
San Antonio
24 35 18 26— 103
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Jackson............22 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 5
Labissiere.........26 1-5 0-0 1-3 2 4 2
Cauley-Stein .....26 9-11 1-1 2-7 5 3 19
Bog.Bogdanovic 39 8-15 1-2 0-3 4 2 21
Fox..................27 4-8 0-0 0-2 5 2 8
Hield ...............30 7-12 2-2 1-7 4 2 20
Carter ..............21 3-7 1-1 0-3 2 3 9
Koufos .............21 3-5 1-3 1-4 2 4 7
Mason .............20 5-10 0-0 1-2 2 1 12
Sampson ...........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
42-78 6-9 6-32 27 24 103
Shooting: Field goals, 53.8%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 13-31 (Hield 4-7, Bog.Bogdanovic 4-9, Mason 2-4, Carter 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Fox
0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 18 (19 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Carter, Cauley-Stein). Turnovers: 18
(Hield 5, Bog.Bogdanovic 3, Cauley-Stein 3, Labissiere
3, Fox 2, Carter, Mason). Steals: 3 (Bog.Bogdanovic,
Fox, Jackson). Technical Fouls: None.
Indiana
28 33 18 27— 106
Sacramento
28 28 23 24— 103
A—18,418. T—2:27. O—Dedric Taylor, Gary Zielinski,
John Goble
A—NA. T—2:10. O—Ben Taylor, Pat Fraher, Scott Twardoski
Bucks 116, Warriors 107
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant .............17 4-10 1-1 0-3 6 0 10
Green ..............28 4-7 2-2 0-5 6 4 11
McGee.............14 6-7 0-0 0-0 0 2 12
Cook ...............32 12-15 1-1 0-4 3 5 30
McCaw.............35 3-9 4-4 0-3 3 2 12
Young ..............23 2-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 5
Looney.............23 3-4 2-2 1-4 1 2 8
Iguodala...........20 0-3 0-0 0-5 4 0 0
Livingston.........15 4-6 1-1 0-0 0 1 9
West................12 3-5 2-2 0-1 1 2 8
Bell ...................8 0-0 0-0 1-3 2 1 0
Jones.................5 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Pachulia.............3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
41-75 15-15 2-31 26 19 107
Shooting: Field goals, 54.7%; free throws, 0.0%
Three-point goals: 10-20 (Cook 5-5, McCaw 2-6, Green 1-2,
Durant 1-3, Young 1-3, Looney 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Team
Turnovers: 18 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Looney 3, McGee 2,
Green, Iguodala). Turnovers: 18 (Durant 4, Green 4, Cook 2, Iguodala 2, Young 2, Bell, McCaw, Pachulia, West). Steals: 10 (Green
2, Iguodala 2, Livingston 2, Bell, Looney, McCaw, West). Technical
Fouls: coach Warriors (Defensive three second), 3:47 first
Milwaukee
29 29 34 24— 116
Golden State
27 22 23 35— 107
A—19,596. T—2:04. O—Brian Forte, Bill Kennedy, Tre Maddox
D6
FR I DAY , M A R C H 30 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
BASEBALL
GIANTS
DODGERS
NL STANDINGS
L10
Pct.
GB
Arizona
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
San Francisco
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
DODGERS
0
1
.000
1
Colorado
0
1
.000
1
0-1
San Diego
0
1
.000
1
0-1
GB
L10
L
W
West
L
W
Central
Pct.
0-1
Chicago
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Milwaukee
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Cincinnati
0
0
.000
1
Pittsburgh
0
0
.000
1
St. Louis
0
1
.000
East
L
W
⁄2
0-0
⁄2
0-0
1
0-1
Pct.
GB
L10
1
0
ATHLETICS
ANGELS
Streak
Lost 1 This month
Home
0-0 Road
Division
0-1 Interleague
Next: Tonight at Oakland, 7
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
Streak
Lost 1 This month
0-1
Home
Lost 1 Road
0-0
Division
0-1 Interleague
0-0
Next: Tonight vs. San Fran., Dodger Stadium, 7
TV/Radio: Channel 5, SNLA/570, 1020
S. Francisco
Jackson cf
Panik 2b
MCtchn rf
Posey c
Longoria 3b
Pence lf
Belt 1b
Crawford ss
Blach p
a-G.Hrndz
c-Sandoval
Strickland p
Totals
AB
4
4
4
2
4
4
4
4
2
1
1
0
34
R
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
H
1
2
1
0
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
8
BI
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Avg.
.250
.500
.250
.000
.000
.500
.250
.250
.000
.000
.000
---
Dodgers
Taylor cf
Seager ss
Puig rf
K.Hrndz 2b
Bllngr 1b
Kemp lf
1-Barnes
Grandal c
Frsyte 3b
Kershaw p
b-Utley
d-Pederson
Totals
AB
4
4
3
2
4
3
0
3
4
2
1
1
31
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
2
1
0
6
Avg.
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.333
--.667
.000
1.000
1.000
.000
New York
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
San Francisco
Dodgers
Atlanta
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Philadelphia
0
1
.000
a-grounded out for Blach in the 6th. b-singled for Chargois in the
7th. c-grounded out for Watson in the 9th. d-grounded out for
Cingrani in the 9th. 1-ran for Kemp in the 9th.
Walks—San Francisco 2: Posey 2. Dodgers 5: Puig 1,
K.Hernandez 2, Kemp 1, Grandal 1. Strikeouts—San Francisco 11:
Jackson 1, McCutchen 1, Posey 1, Longoria 3, Pence 1, Belt 2, Blach
2. Dodgers 10: Taylor 2, Seager 2, Puig 2, Bellinger 2, Kemp 1,
Grandal 1. LOB—San Francisco 8, Dodgers 9. 2B—McCutchen (1),
Pence (1). HR—Panik (1), off Kershaw. RBIs—Panik (1). SB—Puig (1),
Utley (1). RISP—San Francisco 1 for 8; Dodgers 0 for 5. Runners
moved up—McCutchen. GIDP—McCutchen, Seager, Forsythe.
DP—San Francisco 2 (Panik, Crawford, Belt), (Blach, Crawford, Belt);
Dodgers 1 (Seager, K.Hernandez, Bellinger).
San Francisco
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Blach, W, 1-0...............5 3 0 0 3 3
81 0.00
Osich, H, 1 ..................1 0 0 0 1 2
19 0.00
Gearrin, H, 1................1 2 0 0 0 1
18 0.00
Watson, H, 1................1 0 0 0 1 3
17 0.00
Strickland, S, 1-1..........1 1 0 0 0 1
19 0.00
Dodgers
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Kershaw, L, 0-1 ............6 8 1 1 2 7
91 1.50
Chargois......................1 0 0 0 0 2
12 0.00
Fields .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
13 0.00
Cingrani ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
15 0.00
WP—Osich.
U—Mark Wegner, Jim Reynolds, Mike DiMuro, John Tumpane.
T—2:55. Tickets sold—53,595 (56,000).
1
0-1
Miami
0
1
.000
1
0-1
Washington
0
0
.000
1
⁄2
0-0
Thursday’s results
San Francisco 1, at DODGERS 0
Chicago 8, at Miami 4
at New York 9, St. Louis 4
at Atlanta 8, Philadelphia 5
Milwaukee 2, at San Diego 1, 12 innings
at Arizona 8, Colorado 2
Pittsburgh at Detroit, rain
Washington at Cincinnati, rain
AL STANDINGS
Pct.
GB
L10
Seattle
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Oakland
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Houston
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
ANGELS
0
1
.000
Texas
0
1
.000
L
W
West
L
W
Central
Pct.
1
000 010 000 —1
000 000 000 —0
BI
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
6
0
0
CUBS
MARLINS
6
5
0-1
0-1
0-0
Angels
AB R H BI Avg. Oakland AB R H BI Avg.
Cozart 2b
6 1 3 1 .500 Joyce lf
4 1 1 0 .250
Trout cf
6 0 0 0 .000 Semien ss 5 2 3 1 .600
Upton lf
5 0 0 0 .000 Lowrie 2b
5 0 2 0 .400
Pujols 1b
5 1 2 1 .400 Davis dh
5 1 2 4 .400
1-Young
0 0 0 0 --- Olson 1b
5 1 1 1 .200
Marte 1b
0 0 0 0 --- Piscotty rf
4 0 0 0 .000
Calhoun rf 5 2 3 1 .600 Chpmn 3b 4 0 0 0 .000
Simns ss
4 1 1 1 .250 Lucroy c
5 0 1 0 .200
Valbna 3b 5 0 0 0 .000 Powell cf
5 1 2 0 .400
Ohtani dh
5 0 1 0 .200 Totals
42 6 12 6
Mldndo c
5 0 3 1 .600
Totals
46 5 13 5
Angels
Oakland
020 111 000 00 —5
000 040 100 01 —6
13
12
0
0
One out when winning run scored. 1-ran for Pujols in the 10th.
Walks—Angels 1: Simmons 1. Oakland 5: Joyce 2, Semien 1,
Piscotty 1, Chapman 1. Strikeouts—Angels 7: Cozart 2, Trout 1,
Pujols 1, Calhoun 1, Valbuena 1, Ohtani 1. Oakland 11: Joyce 1,
Semien 1, Lowrie 1, Davis 1, Olson 3, Piscotty 1, Chapman 1, Powell
2. LOB—Angels 9, Oakland 10. 2B—Cozart (1), Maldonado (1),
Powell (1). 3B—Calhoun (1), Powell (1). HR—Calhoun (1), off
Graveman; Cozart (1), off Graveman; Pujols (1), off Graveman; Davis
(1), off Richards; Olson (1), off Richards. RBIs—Cozart (1), Pujols (1),
Calhoun (1), Simmons (1), Maldonado (1), Semien (1), Davis 4 (4),
Olson (1). DP—Angels 1 (Cozart, Simmons, Pujols).
Angels
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Richards......................5 7 4 4 3 4
89 7.20
Wood, H, 1 ..................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 0.00
16 27.00
Bedrosian, BS, 1-1 .......1⁄3 3 1 1 0 0
4 0.00
Alvarez........................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
27 0.00
Middleton..................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Johnson ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
11 0.00
34 6.75
Ramirez, L, 0-1 ..........11⁄3 2 1 1 2 3
Oakland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Graveman....................5 7 5 5 0 1
78 9.00
Buchter .......................1 0 0 0 1 2
19 0.00
Petit ...........................2 1 0 0 0 1
25 0.00
Treinen ........................2 3 0 0 0 1
25 0.00
Hatcher, W, 1-0 ............1 2 0 0 0 2
17 0.00
Graveman pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.
U—Ted Barrett, Lance Barksdale, Chad Fairchild, Will Little.
T—4:02. Tickets sold—27,764 (37,090).
1
0-1
L10
—
1-0
Chicago
1
0
1.000
Kansas City
0
1
.000
1
0-1
Cleveland
0
1
.000
1
0-1
Detroit
0
0
.000
1
⁄2
0-0
Minnesota
0
1
.000
1
0-1
8
5
Ian Happ homered on the first pitch of
the major league season, and Stoneham Douglas High grad Anthony Rizzo
made his emotional homecoming even
more memorable with a home run.
Nick Markakis hit a three-run home run
with two out in the ninth inning, capping Atlanta’s comeback from a 5-0
deficit and spoiling the managing
debut of Gabe Kapler.
Chicago
Happ cf
Bryant 3b
Rizzo 1b
Contreras c
Schwrbr lf
Almora lf
Russell ss
Heyward rf
Baez 2b
La Stella
Totals
Philadelphia
Hrndz 2b
Santana 1b
Williams rf-lf
Hoskins lf
Herrera cf
Altherr cf-rf
Crawford ss
Franco 3b
Knapp c
Nola p
Florimon
Totals
AB
5
4
4
5
3
1
3
3
3
1
35
R
1
2
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
8
H
1
1
1
1
1
0
2
1
0
1
9
BI
1
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
1
2
8
Avg.
.200
.250
.250
.200
.333
.000
.667
.333
.000
1.000
Chicago
Miami
Miami
AB R H BI Avg.
Brinson cf 5 0 0 0 .000
Dietrich lf
4 1 2 0 .500
Castro 2b 3 2 1 0 .333
Bour 1b
4 0 0 1 .000
Andrsn 3b 3 1 2 2 .667
Cooper rf
3 0 1 1 .333
Rojas ss
4 0 1 0 .250
Wallach c
3 0 0 0 .000
Urena p
1 0 0 0 .000
Maybin
1 0 1 0 1.000
Telis
1 0 0 0 .000
Rivera ss
1 0 0 0 .000
Totals
33 4 8 4
310 100 300 —8
103 000 000 —4
9
8
2
2
Walks—Chicago 5: Bryant 1, Schwarber 1, Russell 1, Heyward 1,
Baez 1. Miami 6: Castro 2, Bour 1, Anderson 1, Cooper 1, Wallach 1.
Strikeouts—Chicago 10: Happ 3, Bryant 1, Rizzo 2, Contreras 3,
Baez 1. Miami 7: Dietrich 1, Castro 1, Cooper 1, Wallach 3, Urena 1.
E—Schwarber (1), Russell (1), Wallach (1), Tazawa (1). LOB—Chicago
9, Miami 9. 2B—Bryant (1), Contreras (1), Heyward (1), La Stella (1),
Rojas (1), Maybin (1). 3B—Dietrich (1). HR—Happ (1), off Urena;
Rizzo (1), off Urena; Schwarber (1), off Guerrero. RBIs—Happ (1),
Rizzo (1), Contreras (1), Schwarber (1), Heyward (1), Baez (1), La
Stella 2 (2), Bour (1), Anderson 2 (2), Cooper (1). SB—Russell (1).
DP—Chicago 2 (Russell, Baez, Rizzo), (Baez, Russell, Rizzo); Miami 1
(Castro, Rojas, Bour).
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Lester .......................31⁄3 7 4 3 3 2
71 8.10
Cishek, W, 1-0 ...........12⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
28 0.00
Duensing, H, 1 .............1 0 0 0 1 1
17 0.00
Strop ..........................1 0 0 0 1 1
13 0.00
Wilson ........................1 0 0 0 0 1
19 0.00
Montgomery.................1 0 0 0 0 0
9 0.00
Miami
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Urena, L, 0-1 ...............4 6 5 5 4 2
74 11.25
O’Grady.......................1 0 0 0 0 0
12 0.00
Guerrero ...................11⁄3 2 3 2 0 4
37 13.50
Steckenrider ................2⁄3 1 0 0 0 2
20 0.00
Tazawa ........................2 0 0 0 1 2
20 0.00
HBP—Urena 3 (Rizzo, Russell, Baez), Montgomery (Dietrich).
T—3:18. Tickets sold—32,151 (36,742).
AB
5
5
4
3
0
3
3
2
3
2
1
31
R
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
5
H
2
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
6
BI
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
5
Avg.
.400
.000
.000
.667
--.333
.000
.000
.333
.000
.000
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Atlanta
Inciarte cf
Albies 2b
F.Frmn 1b
Mrkakis rf
Flowers c
Suzuki c
Bourjos lf
Tucker lf
Stewart c
Swnsn ss
Flaherty 3b
Adams
Clbron 3b
Totals
AB
4
5
2
5
0
2
0
4
0
4
4
1
1
34
R
1
1
3
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
8
H
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
1
1
9
BI
0
1
2
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
7
100 004 000 —5
000 002 033 —8
Avg.
.250
.200
.500
.200
--.500
--.250
--.000
.250
1.000
1.000
6
9
1
0
Walks—Philadelphia 6: Altherr 1, Crawford 1, Franco 2, Knapp 1,
Nola 1. Atlanta 4: F.Freeman 3, Suzuki 1. Strikeouts—Philadelphia
11: Hernandez 2, Santana 1, Williams 2, Altherr 1, Crawford 1, Knapp
2, Nola 1, Florimon 1. Atlanta 6: Inciarte 1, Albies 1, Markakis 1,
Tucker 1, Swanson 1, Teheran 1. E—Knapp (1). LOB—Philadelphia 6,
Atlanta 6. 2B—Hoskins 2 (2), Inciarte (1). HR—Hernandez (1), off
Teheran; F.Freeman (1), off Milner; Albies (1), off Morgan; Markakis
(1), off Neris. RBIs—Hernandez (1), Hoskins (1), Franco (1), Knapp 2
(2), Albies (1), F.Freeman 2 (2), Markakis 3 (3), Tucker (1).
SB—Hoskins (1). S—Inciarte. DP—Atlanta 2.
Philadelphia
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
68 1.69
Nola.........................51⁄3 3 1 1 1 3
8 27.00
Milner.........................1⁄3 1 1 1 0 0
Garcia, H, 1 .................1 1 0 0 0 1
12 0.00
20 27.00
Morgan, H, 1 ...............2⁄3 1 2 2 1 1
20 0.00
Ramos, BS, 1-1 ...........2⁄3 1 1 0 1 1
9 40.50
Neris, L, 0-1 ................2⁄3 2 3 3 1 0
Atlanta
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
90 6.35
Teheran.....................52⁄3 4 4 4 3 3
Brothers ......................0 0 1 1 2 0
12 0.00
23 0.00
Winkler .....................11⁄3 1 0 0 0 2
25 0.00
Moylan .......................2⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
5 0.00
S.Freeman...................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Vizcaino, W, 1-0 ...........1 0 0 0 0 3
16 0.00
HBP—Teheran (Hoskins), Garcia (Suzuki). WP—Teheran.
PB—Knapp (1). T—3:28. Tickets sold—40,208 (41,500).
DIAMONDBACKS 8
ROCKIES
2
Jake Lamb doubled and singled to
drive in four runs, David Peralta had
three hits and Patrick Corbin struck out
eight while pitching into the sixth
inning for the Diamondbacks.
0-1
GB
BRAVES
PHILLIES
8
4
Colorado
Blackmon cf
LeMahieu 2b
Arenado 3b
Story ss
Gonzalez rf
Desmond 1b
Parra lf
Iannetta c
Gray p
Tauchman
McMahon
Totals
AB
2
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
1
1
1
33
R
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
H
0
1
2
1
0
1
1
3
0
0
0
9
BI
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
Avg.
.000
.250
.500
.250
.000
.250
.250
.750
.000
.000
.000
Arizona
Peralta lf
Pollock cf
Gldsmdt 1b
Lamb 3b
Marte 2b
Descalso
Avila c
Ahmed ss
Dyson rf
Corbin p
Owings
Marrero 2b
Totals
AB
5
4
2
5
4
0
5
3
4
2
1
1
36
R
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
8
H
3
1
0
2
1
0
1
1
2
0
0
1
12
BI
1
0
0
4
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
8
Avg.
.600
.250
.000
.400
.250
--.200
.333
.500
.000
.000
1.00
9
12
0
0
Pct.
GB
L10
Tampa Bay
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Baltimore
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
New York
1
0
1.000
—
1-0
Toronto
0
1
.000
1
0-1
Colorado
Arizona
Boston
0
1
.000
1
0-1
Walks—Colorado 2: Blackmon 2. Arizona 6: Pollock 1,
Goldschmidt 3, Descalso 1, Ahmed 1. Strikeouts—Colorado 12:
Blackmon 1, Arenado 1, Story 3, Gonzalez 2, Desmond 1, Iannetta 1,
Gray 1, Tauchman 1, McMahon 1. Arizona 11: Peralta 1, Pollock 2,
Goldschmidt 1, Lamb 2, Marte 1, Avila 1, Ahmed 2, Corbin 1.
LOB—Colorado 7, Arizona 10. 2B—Lamb (1), Ahmed (1). 3B—Dyson
(1). HR—LeMahieu (1), off Corbin; Arenado (1), off Corbin.
RBIs—LeMahieu (1), Arenado (1), Peralta (1), Lamb 4 (4), Avila (1),
Dyson (1), Marrero (1). SB—Peralta (1), Dyson (1). S—Gray.
DP—Arizona 2 (Marte, Ahmed, Goldschmidt), (Ahmed, Marrero,
Goldschmidt).
Colorado
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Gray, L, 0-1..................4 6 3 3 3 4
86 6.75
Rusin........................11⁄3 2 3 3 1 1
25 20.25
Oberg .........................2⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
18 0.00
Dunn ..........................1 3 2 2 0 1
22 18.00
Ottavino ......................1 0 0 0 1 3
18 0.00
Arizona
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Corbin, W, 1-0 ...........52⁄3 7 2 2 1 8
93 3.18
De La Rosa, H, 1..........1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
4 0.00
Hirano ........................1⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
7 0.00
Chafin.........................0 0 0 0 1 0
7 0.00
Bradley, H, 1..............12⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
21 0.00
Salas..........................1 1 0 0 0 1
15 0.00
WP—Chafin.
T—3:36. Tickets sold—48,703 (48,519).
L
W
East
Thursday’s results
at Oakland 6, ANGELS 5, 11 innings
at Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2, 11 innings
Houston 4, at Texas 1
New York 6, at Toronto 1
at Tampa Bay 6, Boston 4
Chicago 14, at Kansas City 7
at Seattle 2, Cleveland 1
Pittsburgh at Detroit, rain
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COL/Anderson (L)
ARI/Ray (L)
MIL/Chacin (R)
SD/Lucchesi (L)
W-L
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
ERA
TIME
0.00
7 p.m.
0.00
Ch. 5
0.00
1 p.m.
0.00
0.00
4 p.m.
0.00
0.00 4:30 p.m.
0.00
0.00 6:30 p.m.
0.00
0.00
7 p.m.
0.00
AMERICAN LEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
Angels/Skaggs (L)
OAK/Manaea (L)
NY/Tanaka (R)
TOR/Sanchez (R)
BOS/Price (L)
TB/Snell (L)
HOU/Keuchel (L)
TEX/Fister (R)
W-L
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
ERA
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
TIME
7 p.m.
FS West
4 p.m.
MLB
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
INTERLEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
W-L
PIT/Nova (R)
0-0
DET/Zimmermann (R) 0-0
ERA
0.00
0.00
TIME
10 a.m.
MLB
NOTES
Cardinals add
closer Holland
Less than two hours before the
start of their season, the St. Louis
Cardinals found a closer.
Greg Holland and the Cardinals agreed to a $14 million, oneyear contract Thursday, according
to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the agreement
was pending a physical and had
not been announced.
A three-time All-Star, Holland
was a free agent after leading the
National League with 41 saves last
season for the Colorado Rockies.
His addition would be a major
boost to an unsettled Cardinals
bullpen lacking a proven closer in
the wake of several injuries.
Yuli Gurriel of the Houston
Astros started the season on baseball’s restricted list to serve a fivegame suspension rather than on
the disabled list after hand surgery
last month. Gurriel was suspended
after making an inappropriate gesture during Game 3 of the World
Series. He said then that he didn’t
intend to offend then-Dodgers
pitcher Yu Darvish when he pulled
on the corners of his eyes after
homering against the pitcher from
Japan. Barring rainouts, he will
lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary. ... Toronto Blue Jays shortstop
Troy Tulowitzki was put on the 60day disabled list because of bone
spurs in his right heel, retroactive
to Wednesday. Tulowitzki suffered
a season-ending ankle injury July
28 and has not played since.
Matt Davidson, left, of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Avisail Garcia after hitting
the first of his three home runs Thursday in a 14-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
BREWERS
PADRES
2
1
METS
CARDINALS
YANKEES
BLUE JAYS
9
4
100 001 000 —2
300 003 20 —8
WHITE SOX
ROYALS
6
1
14
7
Orlando Arcia singled home Ji-Man
Choi with two outs in the 12th inning to
lift Milwaukee. Arcia’s hit came
against sidearmer Adam Cimber, who
was making his big league debut.
Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs
and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez hit a
go-ahead double to support Noah
Syndergaard. Syndergaard struck out
10 and walked none in six innings.
Giancarlo Stanton started his Yankees
career with the hardest-hit oppositefield homer since Major League Baseball began tracking exit velocity in
2015, doubled and homered again.
Matt Davidson became the fourth
player in major league history to hit
three home runs on opening day,
helping Chicago spoil the Royals’ 50th
anniversary celebration.
Milw.
Cain cf
Yelich lf
Braun 1b
Shaw 3b
Santana rf
Pina c
Villar 2b
Thames
Choi
Arcia ss
Andrsn p
Sogard 2b
Aguilar
Perez 2b
Totals
St. Louis
AB R H BI Avg. New York
Fowler rf
4 0 0 0 .000 Nimmo cf
Pham cf
4 0 0 0 .000 Cespedes lf
Crpntr 3b
4 1 1 0 .250 Bruce rf
Ozuna lf
4 0 0 0 .000 Cabrera 2b
Martinez 1b 4 2 3 2 .750 Frazier 3b
Molina c
3 1 1 2 .333 Gnzalz 1b
DeJong ss
4 0 1 0 .250 Plawecki c
Wong 2b
3 0 0 0 .000 Syndrgrd p
Martinez p
2 0 0 0 .000 a-Flores
b-Munoz
1 0 0 0 .000 c-Lagares
Rosario ss
Totals
33 4 6 4
Totals
New York AB R H BI Avg. Toronto
AB R H BI Avg.
Gardner lf
5 2 1 1 .200 Travis 2b
4 0 0 0 .000
Judge rf
4 1 2 0 .500 Dnldsn 3b
3 0 0 0 .000
Stanton dh 5 3 3 4 .600 Smoak 1b
3 0 0 0 .000
Sanchez c 5 0 1 1 .200 Grndrsn lf
2 0 1 0 .500
Hicks cf
4 0 2 0 .500 a-Pearce
1 0 0 0 .000
Grgrius ss
3 0 0 0 .000 Morales dh 4 0 0 0 .000
Drury 3b
4 0 1 0 .250 Grichuk rf
3 0 0 0 .000
Walker
4 0 1 0 .250 Martin c
3 0 0 0 .000
Pillar cf
3 1 1 1 .333
2b-1b
3 0 0 0 .000
Austin 1b
3 0 0 0 .000 Diaz ss
29 1 2 1
Wade 2b
1 0 0 0 .000 Totals
Totals
38 6 11 6
Chicago
Mcda 2b
A.Grcia rf
Abreu 1b
Dvidsn dh
Dlmco lf
LGrca lf
Cstillo c
Andrsn ss
Snchz 3b
Engel cf
Totals
Milwaukee
San Diego
AB
5
4
4
5
5
5
3
1
1
5
2
1
0
1
42
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
H
3
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
10
BI
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
Avg.
.600
.250
.000
.200
.400
.000
.000
.000
1.000
.200
.500
.000
--.000
San Diego AB R H BI Avg.
Margot cf
4 0 1 0 .250
Myers rf
5 0 0 0 .000
Hosmer 1b
4 0 0 0 .000
Pirela lf
5 0 2 0 .400
Asuaje 2b
3 0 1 0 .333
Szczur
0 1 0 0 --Lopez
0 0 0 0 --Headley 3b 4 0 0 0 .000
Galvis ss
4 0 2 1 .500
Hedges c
5 0 0 0 .000
Richard p
2 0 0 0 .000
Renfroe
1 0 0 0 .000
Spgnerg 2b 2 0 0 0 .000
Totals
39 1 6 1
001 000 000 001 —2
000 000 001 000 —1
10
6
1
0
Walks—Milwaukee 2: Yelich 1, Braun 1. San Diego 6: Margot 1,
Hosmer 1, Asuaje 1, Lopez 1, Headley 1, Galvis 1.
Strikeouts—Milwaukee 9: Yelich 1, Braun 1, Shaw 2, Villar 2,
Anderson 1, Sogard 1, 2-Perez 1. San Diego 15: Myers 2, Hosmer 2,
Pirela 1, Headley 1, Galvis 1, Hedges 4, Richard 2, Renfroe 1,
Spangenberg 1. E—Santana (1). LOB—Milwaukee 7, San Diego 8.
2B—Shaw (1), Choi (1). RBIs—Yelich (1), Arcia (1), Galvis (1).
SB—Cain (1), Szczur (1). CS—Perez (1), Galvis (1). DP—Milwaukee 2;
San Diego 3.
Milwaukee
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Anderson.....................6 1 0 0 3 6
97 0.00
Hader, H, 1..................1 1 0 0 1 3
21 0.00
Albers, H, 1 .................1 1 0 0 0 0
14 0.00
Knebel, BS, 1-1............1 2 1 1 0 1
14 9.00
Jeffress, W, 1-0.............2 1 0 0 2 2
35 0.00
Barnes, S, 1-1..............1 0 0 0 0 3
17 0.00
San Diego
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Richard .......................7 6 1 1 1 4
83 1.29
Yates ..........................2⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
18 0.00
McGrath......................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
5 0.00
Stammen ....................1 0 0 0 0 0
12 0.00
Hand ..........................2 0 0 0 0 1
19 0.00
Cimber, L, 0-1 ..............1 3 1 1 0 1
16 9.00
HBP—Hand (Aguilar). T—3:36. Tickets sold—44,649 (42,302).
ORIOLES
TWINS
St. Louis
New York
AB
3
5
3
4
4
3
3
2
1
1
4
33
R
2
0
0
1
1
1
2
0
0
0
2
9
H
2
2
1
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
2
12
020 101 000 —4
120 050 01 —9
BI
0
3
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
8
Avg.
.667
.400
.333
.000
.250
.667
.667
.000
.000
.000
.500
6
12
1
0
a-popped out for Syndergaard in the 6th. b-struck out for Mayers
in the 7th. c-grounded out for Swarzak in the 8th.
Walks—St. Louis 1: Molina 1. New York 9: Nimmo 1, Bruce 2,
Cabrera 1, Frazier 1, Gonzalez 2, Plawecki 2. Strikeouts—St. Louis
15: Fowler 2, Pham 3, Ozuna 3, DeJong 2, Wong 2, Martinez 2,
Munoz 1. New York 8: Cespedes 2, Bruce 1, Cabrera 1, Frazier 1,
Syndergaard 2, Rosario 1. E—Martinez (1). LOB—St. Louis 3, New
York 11. 2B—Carpenter (1), Gonzalez (1), Plawecki (1). HR—Molina
(1), off Syndergaard; Martinez (1), off Syndergaard. RBIs—Martinez
2 (2), Molina 2 (2), Cespedes 3 (3), Bruce (1), Gonzalez (1),
Plawecki (1), Rosario 2 (2). SB—Bruce (1). S—Syndergaard. DP—St.
Louis 3 (Carpenter, Wong, Martinez), (DeJong, Wong, Martinez),
(Carpenter, Wong, Martinez).
St. Louis
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Martinez, L, 0-1..........41⁄3 4 5 4 6 5
90 8.31
Bowman .....................1⁄3 3 3 3 1 0
16 81.00
Cecil ..........................1⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
10 0.00
Mayers ........................1 2 0 0 0 1
20 0.00
Hicks ..........................1 1 0 0 0 1
8 0.00
Tuivailala .....................1 1 1 1 2 1
20 9.00
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Syndergaard, W, 1-0......6 6 4 4 0 10
85 6.00
Gsellman.....................1 0 0 0 0 3
14 0.00
Swarzak ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
13 0.00
Familia........................1 0 0 0 1 1
17 0.00
HBP—Martinez (Nimmo). WP—Tuivailala 2.
T—3:01. Tickets sold—44,189 (41,922).
3
2
ASTROS
RANGERS
New York
Toronto
200 020 101 —6
000 000 010 —1
11
2
1
2
a-struck out for Granderson in the 9th.
Walks—New York 2: Judge 1, Gregorius 1. Toronto 3: Donaldson 1,
Smoak 1, Granderson 1. Strikeouts—New York 9: Judge 2, Stanton 1,
Sanchez 1, Hicks 2, Drury 2, Austin 1. Toronto 12: Travis 2, Smoak 2,
Granderson 1, Pearce 1, Morales 2, Grichuk 1, Martin 1, Pillar 2.
E—Severino (1), Granderson (1), Oh (1). LOB—New York 7, Toronto 4.
2B—Judge (1), Stanton (1), Sanchez (1), Walker (1). HR—Stanton
(1), off Happ; Gardner (1), off Barnes; Stanton (2), off Clippard; Pillar
(1), off Betances. RBIs—Gardner (1), Stanton 4 (4), Sanchez (1),
Pillar (1). SB—Donaldson (1). RISP—New York 1 for 6; Toronto 0 for 4.
GIDP—Sanchez, Drury. DP—Toronto 2 (Diaz, Travis, Smoak), (Diaz,
Travis, Smoak).
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Severino, W, 1-0.........52⁄3 1 0 0 3 7
91 0.00
Green .......................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 3
22 0.00
Betances.....................1 1 1 1 0 0
13 9.00
Chapman ....................1 0 0 0 0 2
10 0.00
Toronto
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Happ, L, 0-1..............42⁄3 4 3 2 1 5
96 3.86
Axford.........................1⁄3 2 1 1 0 1
14 27.00
Loup...........................1 1 0 0 1 0
11 0.00
Barnes ........................1 2 1 1 0 1
18 9.00
Oh..............................1 1 0 0 0 1
12 0.00
Clippard ......................1 1 1 1 0 1
21 9.00
Inherited runners-scored—Green 1-0, Axford 1-1.
U—Dana DeMuth, Paul Nauert, Scott Barry, Carlos Torres.
T—2:51. Tickets sold—48,115 (49,282).
4
1
RAYS
RED SOX
World Series MVP George Springer hit
a leadoff homer in the season opener
for the second year in a row and Justin
Verlander worked six scoreless innings
for the defending champion Astros.
Denard Span made a major splash in
his debut for his hometown team,
lining a bases-loaded triple that highlighted a six-run rally in the eighth
inning to lift the revamped Rays.
Minnesota AB R H BI Avg. Baltimore AB R H BI Avg.
4 0 0 0 .000
Dozier 2b
5 0 1 0 .200 Davis 1b
Mauer 1b
5 0 1 0 .200 Machado ss 4 0 2 0 .500
5 0 0 0 .000
Sano 3b
5 0 0 0 .000 Schoop 2b
5 1 1 1 .200
Rosrio lf-cf 4 1 1 0 .250 Jones cf
4 1 1 0 .250
Mrrisn dh
3 0 0 0 .000 Mancini lf
1-LMrre dh 1 1 1 0 1.000 Beckham 3b 4 0 0 0 .000
1 0 0 0 .000
Escobar ss 5 0 1 0 .200 Alvarez dh
Kepler rf
4 0 1 0 .250 a-Vlncia dh 1 1 0 0 .000
3 0 0 0 .000
Buxton cf
3 0 1 0 .333 Gentry rf
b-Grsmn lf 1 0 1 2 1.000 c-Rasmus rf 0 0 0 0 --3 0 1 2 .333
Castro c
4 0 0 0 .000 Joseph c
Totals
34 3 5 3
Totals
40 2 8 2
Houston
AB R H BI Avg. Texas
AB R H BI Avg.
Springer rf
4 1 1 1 .250 DeShields cf 4 0 0 0 .000
Bregman 3b 3 0 1 0 .333 Gallo 1b
4 0 0 0 .000
Altuve 2b
2 1 0 1 .000 Andrus ss
3 1 2 0 .667
Correa ss
3 0 1 1 .333 Beltre 3b
4 0 2 0 .500
Gonzalez 1b 3 0 1 0 .333 Mazara rf
3 0 0 0 .000
Reddick lf
4 0 0 0 .000 Choo dh
4 0 1 0 .250
Gattis dh
3 0 0 0 .000 Chirinos c
4 0 0 0 .000
Marisnick cf 4 1 1 1 .250 Odor 2b
2 0 1 0 .500
McCann c
4 1 1 0 .250 Rua lf
3 0 0 0 .000
Totals
30 4 6 4
Totals
31 1 6 0
Boston
Betts rf
Benintendi lf
Ramirez 1b
Moreland 1b
Martinez dh
Bogaerts ss
Devers 3b
Nunez 2b
Bradley Jr. cf
Vazquez c
Totals
Minnesota
Baltimore
000 000 002 00 —2
000 000 200 01 —3
8
5
0
0
a-pinch hit for Alvarez in the 7th. b-singled for Buxton in the 9th.
c-walked for Gentry in the 10th. 1-ran for Morrison in the 9th.
Walks—Minnesota 3: Rosario 1, Morrison 1, Kepler 1. Baltimore
5: Davis 1, Machado 1, Alvarez 1, Valencia 1, Rasmus 1.
Strikeouts—Minnesota 11: Dozier 1, Sano 3, Morrison 1, Escobar 2,
Buxton 2, Castro 2. Baltimore 13: Davis 1, Machado 1, Schoop 2,
Jones 2, Mancini 1, Beckham 2, Valencia 1, Gentry 2, Joseph 1.
LOB—Minnesota 8, Baltimore 7. 2B—Machado (1). 3B—Joseph (1).
HR—Jones (1), off Rodney. RBIs—Grossman 2 (2), Jones (1), Joseph
2 (2). SB—Rosario (1), Buxton (1), Machado (1). S—Joseph.
DP—Minnesota 1 (Dozier, Escobar, Castro, Mauer); Baltimore 1
(Beckham, Schoop, Davis).
Minnesota
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Odorizzi .......................6 2 0 0 2 7
93 0.00
Duke ..........................1 1 2 2 1 4
24 18.00
Reed ..........................2 0 0 0 0 2
23 0.00
Hildenberger ................1⁄3 0 0 0 2 0
9 0.00
Rodney, L, 0-1 .............2⁄3 2 1 1 0 0
7 13.50
Baltimore
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Bundy .........................7 5 0 0 1 7
88 0.00
O’Day, H, 1 ..................1 0 0 0 0 1
12 0.00
Brach, BS, 1-1 .............2⁄3 2 2 2 2 2
34 27.00
Givens ......................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
14 0.00
Bleier, W, 1-0 ...............1 1 0 0 0 0
14 0.00
WP—Duke 2, Bleier. PB—Joseph (1).T—3:31. Tickets
sold—45,469 (45,971).
Houston
Texas
101 100 010 —4
000 000 001 —1
6
6
0
0
Walks—Houston 6: Springer 1, Bregman 1, Altuve 1, Correa 1,
Gonzalez 1, Gattis 1. Texas 2: Andrus 1, Odor 1. Strikeouts—Houston
13: Springer 1, Bregman 1, Altuve 1, Correa 2, Gonzalez 1, Reddick 2,
Gattis 2, Marisnick 2, McCann 1. Texas 9: DeShields 1, Gallo 1,
Mazara 1, Chirinos 4, Odor 1, Rua 1. LOB—Houston 6, Texas 6.
2B—Bregman (1), Correa (1), Andrus (1). HR—Springer (1), off
Hamels; Marisnick (1), off Hamels. RBIs—Springer (1), Altuve (1),
Correa (1), Marisnick (1). SF—Altuve. Runners left in scoring
position—Houston 2 (Gonzalez, Gattis); Texas 2 (Mazara, Chirinos).
RISP—Houston 0 for 6; Texas 0 for 5. Runners moved up—Choo,
Mazara. GIDP—Gonzalez, Marisnick, Choo. DP—Houston 1 (Altuve,
Correa, Gonzalez); Texas 2 (Hamels, Odor, Gallo), (Odor, Andrus,
Gallo).
Houston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Verlander, W, 1-0 ..........6 4 0 0 2 5
90 0.00
Devenski, H, 1..............1 0 0 0 0 2
12 0.00
Peacock ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
14 0.00
Giles...........................1 2 1 1 0 1
17 9.00
Texas
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
94 4.76
Hamels, L, 0-1 ...........52⁄3 5 3 3 4 7
Leclerc........................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
3 0.00
Martin.........................1 0 0 0 0 2
12 0.00
Bush...........................1 1 1 1 2 2
22 9.00
Jepsen ........................1 0 0 0 0 1
14 0.00
HBP—Verlander (Mazara). WP—Giles.
U— Jerry Meals, Ron Kulpa, Ed Hickox, Gabe Morales. T—2:59.
Tickets sold—47,253 (48,114).
Boston
Tampa Bay
R
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
4
H
1
0
0
0
0
3
1
2
0
1
8
BI
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
4
Avg.
.250
.000
.000
--.000
.750
.250
.500
.000
.333
Tampa Bay
Duffy 3b
Kiermaier cf
Gomez rf
Cron 1b
a-Miller 1b
Ramos c
Span lf
M.Smith lf
Hchvria ss
Robrtsn 2b
b-Wendle 2b
Rfsnydr dh
Totals
AB
4
3
3
3
0
4
3
0
4
2
1
1
28
R
1
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
6
030 000 100 —4
000 000 06 —6
H
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
4
R
0
2
2
4
1
1
0
3
1
0
14
H
1
2
2
3
0
1
0
2
1
2
14
BI
1
0
2
5
0
0
0
3
3
0
14
Avg.
.167
.333
.400
.750
.000
1.00
.000
.500
.250
.667
Kansas City
Jay lf
Merrifield 2b
Mstakas 3b
Duda 1b
Cuthbert dh
Soler rf
Gordon cf
Orlando cf
Escobar ss
Butera c
Totals
AB
5
5
5
4
3
3
4
0
3
4
36
R
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
7
000 530 330 —14
400 000 012 — 7
H
1
1
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
2
9
BI
0
1
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
6
Avg.
.200
.200
.400
.250
.333
.000
.250
--.000
.500
14
9
1
0
Walks—Chicago 7: Davidson 1, Delmonico 2, Anderson 1,
Sanchez 1, Engel 2. Kansas City 2: Soler 1, Escobar 1.
Strikeouts—Chicago 7: Moncada 2, Castillo 1, Anderson 1, Sanchez
2, Engel 1. Kansas City 2: Jay 1, Soler 1. E—Moncada (1).
LOB—Chicago 6, Kansas City 5. 2B—Moncada (1), A.Garcia (1),
Engel (1), Moustakas (1), Gordon (1), Butera (1). HR—Abreu (1), off
Duffy; Davidson (1), off Duffy; Anderson (1), off Duffy; Davidson (2),
off Boyer; Anderson (2), off Boyer; Davidson (3), off Flynn; Duda (1),
off Shields. RBIs—Moncada (1), Abreu 2 (2), Davidson 5 (5),
Anderson 3 (3), Sanchez 3 (3), Merrifield (1), Moustakas (1), Duda 3
(3), Cuthbert (1). DP—Kansas City 1 (Escobar, Merrifield, Duda).
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Shields, W, 1-0.............6 5 4 4 1 0
97 6.00
Infante ........................1 1 0 0 0 0
18 0.00
Avilan .........................1 2 1 0 0 1
27 0.00
24 27.00
Minaya........................2⁄3 1 2 2 1 1
Bummer......................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
2 0.00
Kansas City
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Duffy, L, 0-1.................4 7 5 5 2 5
78 11.25
Boyer ..........................1 2 3 3 1 0
30 27.00
Keller..........................1 0 0 0 0 1
13 0.00
Grimm ........................1⁄3 0 1 1 1 0
11 27.00
4 27.00
Hill.............................1⁄3 0 1 1 0 0
Smith .........................0 1 1 1 2 0
15 0.00
17 20.25
Flynn ........................11⁄3 4 3 3 0 0
13 0.00
Maurer........................2⁄3 0 0 0 1 1
2 0.00
Herrera .......................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
. HBP—Shields (Cuthbert), Hill (L.Garcia). WP—Minaya 2.
PB—Butera (1). T—3:26. Tickets sold—36,517 (37,903).
MARINERS
INDIANS
6
4
Adam Jones homered to left on Minnesota newcomer Fernando Rodney’s
first pitch in the bottom of the 11th
inning, lifting Baltimore to its eighth
consecutive opening day victory.
AB
4
4
3
0
3
4
4
4
4
3
33
Chicago
Kansas City
AB
6
6
5
4
1
1
5
4
4
3
39
2
1
Felix Hernandez, only the seventh
pitcher to make at least 10 consecutive opening-day starts, took a shutout
into the sixth inning and Nelson Cruz
hit a two-run home run in the first.
BI
1
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
6
Avg.
.250
.000
.000
.000
--.000
.333
--.500
.000
.000
.000
8
4
0
0
a-walked for Cron in the 8th. b-grounded out for Robertson in the
8th.
Walks—Boston 2: Ramirez 1, Martinez 1. Tampa Bay 7: Kiermaier
1, Gomez 1, Miller 1, Span 1, Robertson 1, Refsnyder 2.
Strikeouts—Boston 6: Betts 1, Ramirez 2, Martinez 2, Nunez 1.
Tampa Bay 11: Duffy 1, Kiermaier 2, Gomez 1, Cron 3, Ramos 1,
Robertson 2, Refsnyder 1. LOB—Boston 4, Tampa Bay 5.
2B—Bogaerts 2 (2), Devers (1), Nunez (1), Duffy (1). 3B—Span (1).
HR—Nunez (1), off Archer. RBIs—Devers 2 (2), Nunez 2 (2), Duffy
(1), Span 3 (3), Hechavarria (1), Miller (1). DP—Tampa Bay 1
(Gomez, Cron).
Boston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Sale ...........................6 1 0 0 3 9
92 0.00
Barnes ........................1 0 0 0 0 0
13 0.00
Kelly...........................1⁄3 1 4 4 3 1
29 108.0
C.Smith, L, 0-1, BS, 1-1 2⁄3 2 2 2 1 1
20 27.00
Tampa Bay
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Archer.........................6 6 4 4 1 6
81 6.00
Pruitt, W, 1-0 ...............2 1 0 0 1 0
26 0.00
Colome, S, 1-1.............1 1 0 0 0 0
16 0.00
Archer pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Inherited runners-scored—C.Smith 3-3, Pruitt 1-0. PB—Vazquez
(1).
U—Jeff Nelson, Laz Diaz, Andy Fletcher, Manny Gonzalez. T—3:00.
Tickets sold—31,042 (31,042).
Cleveland AB R H BI Avg. Seattle
AB R H BI Avg.
Lindor ss
4 0 0 0 .000 Gordon cf 3 0 1 0 .333
Kipnis 2b
3 0 1 0 .333 Segura ss 4 0 0 0 .000
Ramirez 3b 4 0 0 0 .000 Cano 2b
3 1 1 0 .333
Alonso 1b
4 0 0 0 .000 Cruz dh
3 1 1 2 .333
Encrncn dh 2 0 1 0 .500 Seager 3b 3 0 0 0 .000
1-Davis dh
0 0 0 0 --- Haniger rf
3 0 3 0 1.000
Chisenhall rf 3 1 1 0 .333 Healy 1b
3 0 0 0 .000
Gomes c
3 0 1 1 .333 Marjama c 3 0 0 0 .000
Naquin lf
4 0 1 0 .250 Suzuki lf
2 0 0 0 .000
Zimmer cf
3 0 0 0 .000 Heredia lf
1 0 0 0 .000
Totals
30 1 5 1
Totals
28 2 6 2
Cleveland
Seattle
000 000 100 —1
200 000 00 —2
5
6
0
1
1-ran for Encarnacion in the 9th.
Walks—Cleveland 2: Kipnis 1, Gomes 1. Seattle 1: Gordon 1.
Strikeouts—Cleveland 8: Kipnis 1, Alonso 2, Gomes 1, Naquin 2,
Zimmer 2. Seattle 8: Gordon 1, Cano 1, Seager 2, Healy 1, Marjama
1, Suzuki 1, Heredia 1.
E—Marjama (1). LOB—Cleveland 7, Seattle 3. 2B—Chisenhall
(1), Haniger (1). HR—Cruz (1), off Kluber. RBIs—Gomes (1), Cruz 2
(2). SB—Chisenhall (1), Davis (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 4 (Naquin 3,
Zimmer); Seattle 1 (Suzuki). RISP—Cleveland 1 for 5; Seattle 0 for 3.
GIDP—Ramirez, Chisenhall, Segura, Marjama.
DP—Cleveland 2 (Lindor, Kipnis, Alonso), (Lindor, Kipnis,
Alonso); Seattle 2 (Segura, Healy), (Healy, Segura).
Cleveland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Kluber, L, 0-1...............8 6 2 2 1 8
91 2.25
Seattle
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Hernandez, W, 1-0......51⁄3 2 0 0 2 4
83 0.00
Altavilla, H, 1...............2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
3 0.00
Rzepczynski, H, 1 ......... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
1 0.00
Vincent, H, 1 ...............2⁄3 3 1 1 0 0
13 13.50
Nicasio, H, 1................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 0.00
Diaz, S, 1-1 .................1 0 0 0 0 3
20 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Altavilla 1-0. HBP—Diaz 2
(Encarnacion,Chisenhall).
U—Sam Holbrook, Alfonso Marquez, Jim Wolf, D.J. Reyburn.
T—2:35. Tickets sold—47,149 (47,476).
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D7
BASEBALL OPENING DAY: OAKLAND 6, ANGELS 5 (11 INNINGS)
Ohtani steps into the unknown
DYLAN HERNANDEZ
OAKLAND —
On Christmas
Day, about a
month before
Shohei Ohtani
traveled to the
United States
for the start of
spring training with the
Angels, the Nippon-Ham
Fighters invited their fans to
the Sapporo Dome. Ohtani
wanted to say farewell.
Near the end of the ceremony, Fighters manager
Hideki Kuriyama presented
Ohtani with a pitcher’s
rubber. Inscribed on the
bottom of the white block
was a message from
Kuriyama: “I believe you will
become the No. 1 player in
the world.”
An enormous distance
remains between that distinction and where Ohtani
is now as a 23-year-old
prospect who was one for
five as the No. 8 hitter in the
Angels’ opening day lineup.
The destination is far
enough to where Ohtani
acknowledges he doesn’t
know what it looks like.
Ohtani, who will be the
team’s starting pitcher on
Sunday, is not alone. Babe
Ruth played some seasons
as a two-way player almost a
century ago.
Ohtani and the Angels
are venturing into the unknown, guided only by a
belief they share with
Kuriyama.
The sentiment was reflected in a response Ohtani
provided Thursday in the
aftermath of an 11-inning, 6-5
defeat to the Athletics at the
Oakland Coliseum. Asked
how spring training altered
his understanding of the
challenge in front of him,
Ohtani replied in Japanese,
“It’s still too early to feel any
of that. In the midst of battling throughout the season,
I’m sure there will be parts
that I will find amazing, as
well as times when I feel I’m
making progress. I’m looking forward to that.”
What was unsaid but
implied was that he thinks
his talent will win out. It
always has.
His physical gifts are
obvious, even in the major
leagues, where he is surrounded by better athletes
Ezra Shaw Getty Images
ANGELS rookie Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout after getting his first hit in the major
leagues, a single in the second inning. The ball he hit was retrieved and delivered to him after the game.
than he encountered in
Japan. His rounds of batting
practice were again spectacular on Thursday, with
the left-handed-hitting
Ohtani launching a baseball
over the row of luxury suites
and into the second deck
over the center-field wall.
He turned what should
have been a routine ninthinning groundout to second
base into a close play. He
stands 6 feet 4 and weighs
200-plus pounds, but scouts
have clocked him from the
batter’s box to first base in
3.8 seconds, which is elite
speed.
And he’s consciously
making the most of what he
has.
Ohtani’s parents attended the game Thursday,
which prompted a question
about the most important
baseball lesson he ever
received from his father, a
former Japanese industrial
league player.
“Maybe to run hard to
first base,” he said. “It’s
basic, but I think it’s very
important.”
Later, Ohtani talked
about paying attention to
every at-bat taken by the
Angels, even in innings in
which he was unlikely to hit.
He wanted to familiarize
himself with the opposing
relievers.
“I might face them next
time, so I think it’s necessary to be prepared,” he
said.
Ohtani has already made
adjustments.
Starting in his last exhibition game, which was Monday against the Dodgers,
Ohani replaced his leg kick
with a toe tap.
Ohtani’s leg kick made
him especially susceptible
to inside fastballs. In his
first at-bat Thursday, he
lined a first-pitch cutter on
the inside of the plate by
Athletics starter Kendall
Graveman into right field.
The second-inning single
advanced Andrelton Simmons to second base, positioning the shortstop to
score on a ground-rule
double by Martin Maldonado.
Ohtani made solid contact with another inside
pitch in the fourth inning,
but this one went directly to
second baseman Jed
Lowrie.
“I don’t know if you get a
sense of how hard he’s
worked to get acclimated to
baseball in the United
States,” Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said.
Ohtani grounded out
again in the sixth and ninth
innings, then struck out in
the 11th on a high 94-mph
fastball by Chris Hatcher.
If Ohtani’s exhibition
season was marked by
underwhelming statistics, it
was also striking in his
extreme calm. He remained
composed Thursday. Opening day couldn’t shake him.
Asked what it was like to
have his parents in the
stands, he looked up while
mouthing to himself, “What
was it like …?”
He smiled. “I’m glad they
made it here safely,” he said.
He didn’t crack a smile
when he reached base in his
first at-bat and he later
explained why.
“I was happy, but the
game had just started, so I
didn’t have the luxury of
being too emotional,” he
said.
The ball he hit was retrieved and delivered to him
after the game.
“My parents are here, so I
think I will give it to them,”
he said.
Ohtani claimed he was
as calm as he appeared.
“As a batter, I’ve never
been nervous,” he said.
So will he be nervous on
Sunday when he pitches?
“That will probably be
the case,” he said.
That will be a first.
dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
ANGELS REPORT
Cozart makes
impression in
place of Kinsler
By Jeff Miller
Ben Margot Associated Press
OAKLAND’S Khris Davis, right, greets Matt Joyce after hitting a three-run homer off the Angels’ Garrett
Richards in the fifth inning. It was a two-seam fastball that was supposed to sink — but didn’t.
Not the opening they wanted
[Angels, from D1]
the big leagues for a single.
“That’s probably an atbat,” rookie Shohei Ohtani
said later in Japanese, “I’m
not going to forget for the
rest of my life.”
Much of the balance of
this game was plenty forgettable for the Angels, who
failed to hold leads of 4-0 and
5-4.
They lost despite home
runs from Kole Calhoun,
Zack Cozart and Albert Pujols, and a solid stretch of relief pitching. They lost even
after starter Garrett Richards masterfully escaped
early and frequent trouble
as his teammates built a
once-sizable margin.
“Tough loss,” Cozart said
after producing three hits in
his Angels’ debut. “You never want to play extra in-
nings your first day and you
don’t want to lose.”
The bitterness of this defeat was visible on Richards,
in particular, the righthander shutting out Oakland into the fifth inning,
when things began to unravel before coming apart in the
span of three pitches.
He had worked out of
first- and second-inning
trouble with two rally-snuffing strikeouts that stranded
four A’s runners and suggested this might be Richards’ day.
“I got put into some pressure situations early on,” he
said. “A couple of unfortunate hits. … I did my best to
minimize the damage.”
With one out in the fifth,
he walked Matt Joyce and
Semien in succession before
striking out Jed Lowrie.
He then threw four consecutive sliders to Khris
Davis followed by a twoseam fastball that was supposed to sink but instead
moved out over the plate.
Davis hit 85 home runs
the last two seasons, and his
swing on Richards’ errant
fastball showed why.
“I made one mistake to
Khris Davis,” Richards said,
“and, unfortunately, that
happened to be the difference-maker.”
After throwing strike one
to the next batter, Matt
Olson, Richards hung a
slider that became a solo homer, and the Angels’ 4-0 edge
was suddenly swallowed
whole.
“It’s unfortunate that you
have to learn from things
that way,” Richards said.
“It’s definitely going to go
into the mental book. … I’m
not going to make that mistake again.”
The Angels lost when,
with one out in the 11th, Ramirez gave up a career-first
triple to Boog Powell, who
played at Mission Viejo High
and Orange Coast College.
After an intentional walk
and with left fielder Justin
Upton having moved into
the infield for extra defensive support, Semien lifted
his single into a mostly vacated center field.
“I think people put so
much into that opening day
game when you have so
many more,” Cozart said.
“Obviously, you want to win.
But we’ll come back [Friday] and be ready to play
again.”
sports@latimes.com
OAKLAND — With Ian
Kinsler unavailable because
of groin tightness, Zack
Cozart started at second
base and batted leadoff during Thursday’s loss to Oakland.
In his Angels debut,
Cozart had three hits — including a solo homer — and
was flawless on defense despite having never played in
the big leagues at any position other than shortstop.
And it’s not as if Cozart
had no chances. He repeatedly was forced to roam in
pursuit of various Oakland
pop flies.
“It’s such a big field,”
Cozart said afterward. “The
outfield’s huge. Our guys
have to play deep. I had to go
get a couple fly balls that
they had.”
Luis Valbuena started at
third in the spot vacated by
Cozart.
Kinsler, who worked out
on the field before the game,
said he’s improving. Manager Mike Scioscia said that
without
any
setbacks
Kinsler could make his Angels debut Friday.
“I don’t want to lose 10
days … just because I’m
playing
opening
day,”
Kinsler said. “Just trying to
be smart.”
Heaney scheduled
for bullpen session
Andrew Heaney, who
opened the season on the 10day disabled list, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday as he continues
to work his way back from elbow inflammation.
Scioscia said the lefthander will need to start in
the minors before he’ll be
able to join the rotation.
The Angels won’t need an
additional starter until April
12. If Heaney is still unavailable then, the most likely
candidates would be Nick
Tropeano or Parker Bridwell, both of whom are at
triple-A Salt Lake.
Bard gets his first
opening day
Thursday marked the
18th opening day in the Hallof-Fame-bound career of
Albert Pujols.
He shared the occasion
with Luke Bard, whose career
before
Thursday
peaked with eight games in
triple A last season.
Bard, 27, secured one of
the final spots in the bullpen
as a Rule 5 draft pick from
the Minnesota Twins. His
first appearance will be his
big-league debut.
The Angels like his habit
of striking out the opposition with what general manager Billy Eppler called an
above-average slider and “a
competitive fastball.”
“Youth and upside,” Eppler continued. “The arrow’s
pointing up with him and
that’s who we want to take
our chances with.”
Diaz is placed on
restricted list
The
Angels
placed
Dayan Diaz on the restricted list. Because of visa
issues, the reliever from Colombia was unable to report
to spring training.
sports@latimes.com
D8
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
BASEBALL OPENING DAY: SAN FRANCISCO 1, DODGERS 0
DODGERS REPORT
Turner is getting closer to swinging a bat
By Andy McCullough
Dodgers All-Star third
baseman Justin Turner is
closer to swinging a bat, a
crucial step in his recovery
from a broken wrist.
Turner suffered the injury March 19 when Oakland
Athletics pitcher Kendall
Graveman drilled him with
a fastball.
After the diagnosis,
Turner was told that he
would require two to three
weeks of rest before he could
swing again.
“It’ll probably be about
pain management from
there,” Turner said before
Thursday’s season opener
against the San Francisco
Giants. “There’s no doubt
it’s going to be sore. But it’s
just a matter of what you can
deal with.”
Turner is expected to be
sidelined at least until May.
His return depends on how
his wrist responds to baseball activity.
“Literally, when it happened they were like, ‘It
could be four weeks, it could
be 10 weeks,’” Turner said.
“There really is no timetable.”
Turner has talked with
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who
dealt with a broken wrist last
season.
Freeman was sidelined
for six weeks. He wore a cast
for a month, unlike Turner,
who has already begun drills
designed to improve his
range of motion. Turner indicated he would not swing
until he felt his wrist could
move comfortably.
“Again,” Turner said, “it’s
going to come back to pain
tolerance.”
Turner will spend the
weekend with the team and
will travel to Phoenix for a
series next week against the
Arizona
Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have not determined if Turner will stay behind at Camelback Ranch
for his rehab, or if he will continue traveling with the bigleague squad.
Toles won’t be idle
It was not shocking when
the Dodgers optioned outfielder Andrew Toles to
triple-A Oklahoma City on
Wednesday.
Despite Toles’ hitting
more productively than outfielder Joc Pederson this
spring, the Dodgers had begun utilizing Toles as a reserve, telegraphing his demotion.
Toles may not remain in
the minors for long.
The Dodgers alter their
roster regularly and can be
creative in the usage of the
10-day disabled list.
But for as long as Toles
stays in Oklahoma City, he
will receive plenty of at-bats.
The organization hopes
to keep Toles sharp after he
sat out the majority of last
season because of a torn
knee ligament.
“That gives him a little
opportunity there,” manager Dave Roberts said.
The Dodgers opted to
keep Pederson and utility
player Kyle Farmer as the
final two bench players.
Farmer can play third
base and catcher.
Garcia still waiting
The Dodgers put reliever
Yimi Garcia on the 10-day
disabled list to start the season.
Garcia has not pitched
since undergoing elbow
ligament reconstruction in
2016.
Garcia posted a 6.35
earned-run average in six
appearances this spring.
He is still completing
steps in his recovery progression, Roberts said.
Garcia needs to pitch in
consectutive games and
make an appearance that
lasts longer than one inning
before the team will feel comfortable considering him for
the big-league roster.
“Sometime around the
second week of April, boxes
will be checked for Yimi,”
Roberts said. “That’s a big
win for all of us.
“At that point in time,
we’ll make a decision on
what makes sense for him,
and our ballclub.”
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Offense wastes
Kershaw effort
[Dodgers, from D1]
nothing.
“Definitely,” first baseman Cody Bellinger said,
“not the offensive performance we were looking for.”
One defeat does not foretell doom. The pomp and circumstance of a season
opener — this one complete
wth military flyovers, extended introductions and a
first pitch hurled by 1988
World Series hero Kirk Gibson — creates the perception of significance for one
game in a campaign of 162. It
is hard to envision these
Dodgers, favored to win the
National League West for
the sixth season in a row,
sleepwalking through an entire season. The roster is
deep. The lineup is laden
with stars. The competition
is diminished.
Even so, the Dodgers
managed only three singles
against Giants starter Ty
Blach. Kershaw provided
two of those. The offense
went three for 15 against a relief corps of Josh Osich, Cory
Gearrin, Tony Watson and
Hunter Strickland. As a
whole, they stranded nine
men and went hitless in five
at-bats with runners in scoring position.
“I probably should have
hit Clayton third,” manager
Dave Roberts said.
The offense squandered
six innings of one-run baseball from Kershaw, who set a
franchise record with his
eighth consecutive seasonopening start.
Kershaw operated under
duress for much of the day.
He gave up eight hits and issued two walks. San Francisco advanced a runner to
third base in three of the first
four innings but could not
break through until San
Francisco second baseman
Joe Panik pulled a fastball
down the right-field line for a
solo homer in the fifth.
“We didn’t get the job
done today,” outfielder Matt
Kemp
said.
“We
had
chances. Kershaw pitched
his butt off. The bullpen
came in, did a great job.
We’ve got to at least score
one run if they do that.”
As the players gathered
Thursday morning, a few remarked how it felt like they
had never left. The front office made only cosmetic
changes to a team that won
104 games last season. Several Dodgers worked out at
the ballpark during the winter. The players hung out on
several occasions at weddings. Roberts hoped to turn
the page from 2017, but the
connections still lingered.
Heading into Thursday,
the biggest question concerned the status of the ballpark. A flood from the
drainage system stopped
Tuesday’s final exhibition
game. The damage extended into Roberts’ office
and the coaches room.
Roberts spent Wednesday at his home outside of
San Diego. He returned to
find repairs made to his
quarters. Inside the clubhouse, he spotted Kershaw
readying himself for the
game.
Kershaw permitted zero
runs in the 211⁄3 innings he
pitched during the spring.
Roberts commended him
for the sharpness of his offspeed pitches and downplayed the decreased velocity of his fastball. Kershaw
sat at 90-91 mph on Thursday, a touch below the 92-93
mph he displayed in 2017. On
opening day last season,
Kershaw’s average fastball
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
GIANTS MANAGER Bruce Bochy greets Joe Panik after his solo home run off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth
inning gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead. Kershaw gave up a career-high 23 homers last season.
clocked at 93.38 mph, according to Brooks Baseball.
San Francisco stressed
Kershaw from the start. He
gave up back-to-back singles
to open the game. Kershaw
defused that threat by inducing a double play off the
bat of outfielder Andrew McCutchen on an inside slider.
Kershaw spotted a backdoor
slider to fan catcher Buster
Posey for the third out.
An inning later, Kershaw
survived a one-out double by
outfielder Hunter Pence and
a single by first baseman
Brandon Belt, who had not
had a hit off Kershaw since
2012. The fourth inning
brought more traffic, with a
leadoff walk by Posey and a
one-out flare from Pence.
With runners at the corners,
Kershaw struck out Belt
with a curveball and coaxed
a flyout from Brando Crawford.
“You give up eight hits,
you give up a lot of runs and
‘You get blasted,’ ” Kershaw
said. “If you only only give up
one run, ‘you scattered
them.’ It was one of those
days.”
Kershaw relented in the
fifth. He retired the first two
batters
before
Panik
stepped to the plate. Kershaw dropped into a sidearm delivery and pounded a
2-2 fastball on Panik’s
hands. Panik was ready. He
turned on the ball and
watched it soar toward the
right-field pole. Panik hung
around the plate until he realized the ball would stay
fair, the first run given up by
Kershaw since Game 5 of the
World Series.
“He clipped it perfectly,”
Kershaw said. “It had
enough backspin to come
back in, I guess.”
Due up fourth in the bottom of the inning, Kershaw
hunkered onto the bench.
Up to this point, the Dodgers’ offense had recorded
two hits against Blach, who
finished last season with a
4.78 earned-run average. Despite his middling statistics,
Blach can cast a spell over
the Dodgers. In seven prior
appearances, he posted a
2.23 ERA.
One of those two hits
Thursday belonged to Kershaw. Roberts sent him to
the plate in the bottom of the
fifth. Kershaw blooped a
two-out single off the glove of
Crawford. Blach did not
crumble: With two runners
aboard,
Chris
Taylor
grounded out.
Taylor squandered another opportunity in the seventh. He came up again with
two on and two out after singles by Yasmani Grandal
and Chase Utley. Taylor
worked the count full
against Gearrin, but he froze
on a hanging slider and
flipped his bat in disgust.
“I was thinking too much,
I think,” Taylor said. “Taking that two-strike slider
right down the middle was
inexcusable.”
The Dodgers did not advance another runner beyond first base. Kemp
started the ninth with a single. He allowed himself to
dream. He spent three years
away from the organization,
and basked in his return as a
Dodger. Then he watched as
the next three hitters made
outs against Strickland.
“That would have been
epic,” Kemp said. “It just
didn’t happen.”
The hangover might not
last beyond Thursday. But
for the first day of the 2018
season, the Dodgers remained in the throes of recovery.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D9
BASEBALL OPENING DAY: SAN FRANCISCO 1, DODGERS 0
It’s only one game, but it’s a start
San Francisco is
without three top
pitchers, but takes
early lead on rival.
BILL SHAIKIN
ON BASEBALL
Bruce Bochy had his
back against the wall.
No, really. The new season would start in two
hours. The old season had
been awful.
His ace had tumbled off a
dirt bike, messed up his
pitching shoulder and
missed almost the entire
first half of the season. By
the time the ace came back,
the closer and his ailing arm
were gone. The team limped
home 40 games behind the
Dodgers.
When the San Francisco
Giants awoke a week ago,
they had Madison Bumgarner and Mark Melancon
back. Then the ace went
down again, and then the
closer went down again. The
Giants were about to begin
their season in the stadium
in which “Game Over” became famous. For the Giants, season over?
“You can’t think like
that,” Bochy said.
Bochy sat atop the bench
in the visiting dugout, his
back pressed against the
wall, his right knee crossed
over his left.
The Giants’ manager
was not happily talking up
this year. He was swatting
away questions about starting without Bumgarner,
Melancon and, for that
matter, No. 3 starter Jeff
Samardzija.
“We’re not going to make
excuses,” Bochy said. “We
saw how that worked for us
last year.”
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
TY BLACH started for the Giants on opening day against the Dodgers. Blach pitched five shutout innings,
giving up two hits to Clayton Kershaw and one to the Dodgers’ position players in a 1-0 victory.
Disinfecting the clubhouse does not make up 40
games. Neither does beating
Clayton Kershaw, but it’s a
start, and a step toward
avoiding an early burial. The
Giants play seven of their
first nine games against the
Dodgers.
A week ago, Bumgarner
and Samardzija might have
started four of those games.
But, on the Giants’ last day
in Arizona, Bochy told Ty
Blach he would move up in
the rotation, from the 11th
game of the season to the
first.
And, as the Giants prepared for Thursday’s
opener, Bochy popped into
the pitchers’ pregame meet-
ing to let Hunter Strickland
know he would be the closer.
Then the teams took the
field, and the one without
three of its best pitchers
used five others to put up a
shutout, on a day the other
team started the greatest
pitcher of his generation.
This was not a changing
of the guard. Kershaw gave
up one run, on a home run
that Bochy called “strange,”
on a ball Joe Panik deposited just inside the foul pole.
“You see it starting to
curve a little bit,” Panik said,
“you figure it’s going to keep
curving.”
Blach pitched five shutout innings, giving up two
hits to Kershaw and one to
the Dodgers’ position players. Blach barely breaks 90
mph, but he has faced Kershaw three times and won
twice.
Blach barely betrays any
excitement. Strickland, who
worked the ninth, was delighted to share his excitement.
“It’s our rival,” he said.
“It’s a packed stadium.
They’re definitely doing it
right here. This is what you
dream of.”
He loved the pregame
flyover, although an opening-day special event was
not the whole of what he
meant by the Dodgers doing
it right.
“The marketing, the
media, everything,” Strickland said. “The atmosphere
here. It’s pretty fun.”
Bochy deflected the
predictions of doom. He
believes the team can contend for a playoff spot, but
he did not go so far as to
guarantee one to Giants
fans.
“I think they should
expect a good year,” he said,
“a winning season.”
In the Dodgers’ clubhouse, 82 wins would be a
failure. In the Giants’ clubhouse, 82 wins might at
least wash away the bitterness of last season.
“I know it’s 162 games,”
Panik said. “But after last
year …”
He talked about pride,
and winning, and not wanting to chase the Dodgers. In
2017, the Giants never were
ahead of the Dodgers, not
by a single game, not for a
single day.
In 2018, one day into the
season, the Giants lead the
Dodgers by one game. It’s a
start, at least.
bill.shaikin@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillShaikin
Loss
leaves
a sour
taste
[Plaschke, from D1]
magic that has lived in
Chavez Ravine for the last
five years, and even Kemp
stood on first base believing
it.
“That would have been
epic,’’ he said.
Would have been, but
wasn’t. Instead of somebody, there was nobody.
Yasmani Grandal struck
out flailing. Logan Forsythe
fouled out hastily. Joc
Pederson grounded out
weakly.
Gibson stayed in his
suite, Randy Newman remained quiet, the crowd fell
silent, and the Dodgers
turned their backs and
trudged away with a 1-0 loss
that felt like 10-0.
Actually, to be perfectly
honest, it felt like 5-1, the
score of last November’s
World Series Game 7 loss to
the Houston Astros.
Giant buzz. Full house.
Great expectations. An
event that felt like a giant
balloon ready for a triumphant burst.
Then, three hours of
psssst.
This game was dressed
like that game, minus the
wasted champagne and Yu
Darvish. Five months later,
it felt like five minutes later.
It was as if those Dodgers
who sadly congregated in
their clubhouse on that
dank November night were
the same ones who took the
field on this bright March
afternoon.
“Certainly, it’s in our
minds, no doubt, that will
always be in our minds,’’
manager Dave Roberts said
of the 2017 ending. “But I
think our guys have done a
very good job of understanding we can’t change it,
we can only move forward.’’
That movement will have
to start Friday because, for
one day, this first loss felt a
lot like their last loss.
Clayton Kershaw, unbeaten in seven previous
opening day starts, gave up
only a Joe Panik homer
while fighting through six
innings, but it wasn’t
enough. Six Dodgers hitters
ended innings by stranding
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
CENTER FIELDER Chris Taylor tosses his bat in frustration after striking out with two runners on to end the seventh inning.
runners, and that was way
too many.
If you need any further
reminder of last November,
witness Cody Bellinger,
fresh from setting a playoff
record with 29 strikeouts
and a World Series record
with 17.
Last season’s National
League rookie of the year
scuffled through his first
major league opening day
by striking out twice, ending
both the sixth and eighth
innings with a runner on
base.
“Kershaw gave up one
run and you expect to win
when he gives up one, but
we couldn’t come through
with some hits,’’ Bellinger
said. “That’s how it goes
sometimes.’’
That’s not usually how it
goes around here, the Dodgers generally opening
seasons the way Hollywood
opens blockbusters, all red
carpet and glitter.
The last time the Dodgers had lost on opening
day, eight years ago at Pittsburgh, their starting pitcher
was Vicente Padilla and
their cleanup hitter Manny
Ramirez
The last time they’d lost
a season opener at home
was in 2006, when their
starting pitcher was Derek
Lowe and their lineup included Olmedo Saenz, Bill
Mueller and Sandy Alomar.
The last time they were
shut out in an opener, on a
March day at St. Louis in
1998, Mike Piazza was still
on the team.
How strange is all this,
even if only for a brief baseball minute? OK, when was
the last time the Dodgers
were in last place and Kershaw had a losing record?
“It’s baseball,’’ said
Kemp, who reached base
twice in his unexpected
Dodgers return. “You got to
turn the page and get back
to it tomorrow.’’
Before doing that,
though, it’s worth remembering the best part of this
day, the stirring tribute to
Gibson on the 30th anniversary of the season that
featured his memorable
World Series home run.
The celebration was
compellingly not about
Gibson’s infamous swing or
legendary limp, but about
his two celebratory fist
pumps as he rounded the
bases.
In a tribute video, local
celebrities from George
Lopez to Kareem AbdulJabbar did the fist pumps.
Then, as Gibson stood in
front of the mound to throw
out the first pitch, his
catcher Orel Hershiser
requested that the 50,000 or
so fans do the fist pumps,
and everyone complied, a
stadium wonderfully full of
waving arms.
Finally, after throwing
the pitch, as he walked to
home plate, Gibson did the
fist pumps one more time,
and it was harder than you
think.
Three years ago, Gibson
was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and Thursday
he talked about the effects
of the neurodegenerative
disorder.
“It was a real kick in the
ass when I found out,’’ he
said. “A lot of things I enjoy
have been taken away from
me because of that disease.
You have to deal with different things.’’
He continued, “When I
walk, my arm is not going to
swing. I’m going to limp. I’m
going to have a hard time
doing small things with my
hands. When I shave with
my right hand, it’s going to
clinch up. I’m not going to
sleep good.”
Gibson, 60, said he faces
the challenge like he faced
that Dennis Eckersley backdoor slider.
“What are you going to
do, you’re going to be a
hermit and go sit in a corner
and be depressed?’’ he said.
“That’s what Parky wants
you to do, it wants you to lay
down and mire in your own
misery but I’m not going to
do that. I never have.’’
So he showed up at Dodger Stadium. He pumped
his fists. It was a thing of
beauty.
The day that ended in a
loss began with a much
bigger win.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
D10
FR I DAY , M A R C H 30 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Commission calls for Alvarez suspension
staff and wire reports
The Nevada Athletic Commission’s official complaint against
former two-division boxing champion Canelo Alvarez calls for him
to be suspended for one year, pending a hearing next month.
Alvarez submitted two positive
urine samples for the banned performance-enhancing substance
clenbuterol last month.
The eight-page complaint received by The Times on Thursday
precedes a newly scheduled April
18 meeting with Alvarez.
In its filing, the commission labeled the fighter “guilty of foul or
unsportsmanlike conduct that
was detrimental to a contest.”
That contest is Alvarez’s scheduled May 5 middleweight-title rematch against three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas, an event that
appears all but dead.
Nevada Athletic Commission
regulations say a suspension applies even if the substance was taken accidentally. Alvarez has said he
ingested contaminated beef in
Mexico.
Alvarez will have the opportunity to plead his case to the commission, and a compelling argument
could convince commissioners
to reduce his suspension up to 50%,
making Alvarez eligible to fight
in Nevada again by late August.
— Lance Pugmire
Orange-haired MLB
great Staub dies
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star
center Joel Embiid will need
surgery on an orbital fracture of his
left eye and he has a concussion.
There was no timetable on how
long Embiid would be sidelined.
The 76ers are set to play Friday in
Atlanta and Sunday in Charlotte.
Rusty Staub, the orange-haired
outfielder who became a huge hit
with baseball fans in two countries
during an All-Star career that
spanned 23 major league seasons
has died. He was 73.
He died after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.,
hours before the start of the baseball season, the New York Mets
said in a statement. The team
learned of the death from friends of
Staub who were with him at the
time, a spokesman added.
Affectionately dubbed “Le
Sloane Stephens shook off a
very slow start to beat Victoria
Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Miami Open.
Stephens’ opponent in Saturday’s
final will be sixth-seeded Jelena
Ostapenko, who beat American
qualifier Danielle Collins 7-6 (1),
6-3 in the other semifinal.
In a men’s quarterfinal, 16thseeded Pablo Carreno Busta
wasted two match points on his
serve in the second set before recovering — nearly two hours later
— and ousting No. 6 Kevin Ander-
ETC.
GOLF
TRANSACTIONS
$2.8-MILLION ANA INSPIRATION
At Rancho Mirage—Par 72
Mission Hills Country Club
Dinah Shore Tournament Course—6,763 yards
18-Hole Leaders
Pernilla Lindberg ...................32-33—65 -7
Beatriz Recari .......................33-33—66 -6
Ayako Uehara .......................31-35—66 -6
a-Albane Valenzuela...............34-33—67 -5
Jessica Korda .......................31-36—67 -5
Ha Na Jang ..........................35-32—67 -5
Lexi Thompson......................35-33—68 -4
In Gee Chun .........................35-33—68 -4
Chella Choi ..........................33-35—68 -4
Sung Hyun Park ....................34-34—68 -4
Cristie Kerr ...........................33-35—68 -4
Brittany Altomare...................32-36—68 -4
Charley Hull..........................32-37—69 -3
Emma Talley .........................34-35—69 -3
Amy Olson ...........................35-34—69 -3
Hee Young Park.....................34-35—69 -3
Kris Tamulis ..........................34-35—69 -3
Sun Young Yoo ......................35-34—69 -3
Jennifer Song........................35-34—69 -3
Paula Creamer ......................35-35—70 -2
Inbee Park............................35-35—70 -2
Jodi Ewart Shadoff.................35-35—70 -2
Moriya Jutanugarn .................35-35—70 -2
Kim Kaufman........................36-34—70 -2
Hannah Green ......................37-33—70 -2
Nasa Hataoka.......................34-36—70 -2
Angel Yin .............................37-33—70 -2
Lindy Duncan........................36-34—70 -2
Bronte Law...........................35-35—70 -2
a-Lucy Li..............................36-34—70 -2
Lydia Ko ..............................33-37—70 -2
Brooke M. Henderson.............33-37—70 -2
Sei Young Kim.......................35-35—70 -2
Pornanong Phatlum ...............36-34—70 -2
Madelene Sagstrom...............35-35—70 -2
Jeongeun Lee6......................34-37—71 -1
Azahara Munoz .....................34-37—71 -1
a-Atthaya Thitikul...................35-36—71 -1
Nelly Korda ..........................34-37—71 -1
Caroline Inglis.......................36-35—71 -1
Mel Reid ..............................36-35—71 -1
Alena Sharp .........................36-35—71 -1
Nicole Broch Larsen...............37-34—71 -1
Aditi Ashok...........................35-36—71 -1
Shanshan Feng .....................35-36—71 -1
Eun-Hee Ji............................35-36—71 -1
Jenny Shin............................39-32—71 -1
In-Kyung Kim ........................34-37—71 -1
Mi Jung Hur..........................34-37—71 -1
Peiyun Chien ........................35-36—71 -1
Gaby Lopez ..........................34-37—71 -1
Cydney Clanton.....................35-36—71 -1
Jacqui Concolino ...................36-35—71 -1
Megan Khang .......................35-36—71 -1
Sarah Jane Smith ..................36-35—71 -1
Jin Young Ko.........................35-37—72 E
Stacy Lewis ..........................37-35—72 E
Ariya Jutanugarn....................38-34—72 E
Caroline Masson ...................36-36—72 E
Sandra Gal...........................36-36—72 E
Ai Suzuki..............................38-34—72 E
Jing Yan ...............................34-38—72 E
a-Rose Zhang .......................35-37—72 E
Jane Park .............................37-35—72 E
Karine Icher..........................37-35—72 E
Angela Stanford ....................38-34—72 E
Austin Ernst..........................36-36—72 E
Florentyna Parker...................39-33—72 E
Tiffany Joh............................35-37—72 E
Jeong Eun Lee ......................35-37—72 E
Olafia Kristinsdottir ................39-33—72 E
Ryann O’Toole .......................36-36—72 E
Others included:
Brittany Lincicome .................36-37—73 +1
Juli Inkster............................38-36—74 +2
Michelle Wie.........................35-40—75 +3
Mo Martin ............................37-38—75 +3
Morgan Pressel .....................39-37—76 +4
Brittany Lang ........................37-39—76 +4
Laura Davies ........................39-42—81 +9
a—Amateur
BASEBALL
Angels—Put pitcher Andrew Heaney on the
10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Dodgers—Put pitchers Tom Koehler and Yimi
Garcia, and first baseman Justin Turner on the
10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Atlanta—Put infielder Johan Camargo,
pitchers Chase Whitley, Luiz Gohara and Jacob
Lindgren on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive
to March 26; optioned third baseman Rio Ruiz to
Gwinnett (IL); assigned shortstop Sean Kazmar,
outfielders Ezequiel Carrera and Danny Santana,
and pitcher Anibal Sanchez to its minor league
camp.
Baltimore—Put outfielder Mark Trumbo and
pitcher Gabriel Ynoa on the 10-day disabled list,
retroactive to March 26; purchased the contracts
of infielder Pedro Alvarez, outfielders Craig Gentry and Colby Rasmus, and infielder Danny Valencia from Norfolk (IL); optioned pitcher Alex
Cobb to Bowie (EL); designated pitchers Alec
Asher, Stefan Crichton, Michael Kelly and Jesus
Liranzo for assignment.
Boston—Purchased the contracts of pitchers
Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden; put infielder
Marco Hernandez on the 60-day disabled list,
and pitchers Austin Maddox and Tyler Thornburg
and second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 10day disabled list.
Chicago Cubs—Optioned pitcher Shae
Simmons to Iowa (PCL).
Cincinnati—Put pitcher Anthony DeSclafani
on the 60-day disabled list and pitchers Brandon
Finnegan, David Hernandez, Michael Lorenzen
and Kevin Shackelford on the 10-day disabled
list; put pitcher Raisel Iglesias on the paternityleave list; called up pitchers Cody Reed and Jackson Stephens from Louisville (IL); purchased the
contract of infielder-outfielder Cliff Pennington
Cleveland—Put outfielder Michael Brantley,
pitchers Ryan Merritt and Danny Salazar. and infielder Gio Urshela on the 10-day disabled list,
retroactive to March 26; purchased the contracts
of pitcher Matt Belisle and outfielder Rajai Davis
from Columbus (IL); designated outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Ben Taylor for assignment; assigned pitcher Jeff Beliveau, infielder
Drew Maggi, pitcher Evan Marshall, catcher Jack
Murphy and first baseman Mike Napoli to its minor league camp.
Colorado—Put pitchers Carlos Estevez, Jeff
Hoffman and Zac Rosscup on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Houston—Put pitchers Jandel Gustave, James
Hoyt and Brady Rodgers on the 10-day disabled
list, retroactive to March 26.
Kansas City—Put catcher Salvador Perez,
pitcher Nate Karns, infielder Adalberto Mondesi
and outfielder Bubba Starling on the 10-day disabled list; designated pitchers Wily Peralta and
Ryan Zimmer for assignment; purchased the contracts of pitcher Blaine Boyer and infielder Ryan
Goins; called up catcher Cam Gallagher from
Omaha (PCL).
Miami—Put pitcher Brett Graves to 60-day
disabled list; designated catcher Austin Nola for
assignment; purchased the contracts of pitcher
Jacob Turner, infielder Yadiel Rivera and catcher
Bryan Holaday from New Orleans (PCL); called
up pitcher Jarlin Garcia from Jacksonville (SL)
and pitcher Dillon Peters and outfielder Braxton
Lee from New Orleans.
Minnesota—Purchased the contract of
outfielder Ryan LaMarre; put pitchers Ervin Santana and Phil Hughes on the 10-day disabled list.
N.Y. Yankees—Put first baseman Greg Bird
and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 10-day disabled list, and outfielder Clint Frazier on the seven-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to
March 26; called up infielder-outfielder Tyler
Austin from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
Philadelphia—Put pitchers Jerad Eickhoff,
Tommy Hunter and Mark Leiter Jr. on the 10-day
disabled list, retroactive to March 26; optioned
pitcher Jake Arrieta to Clearwater (FSL).
Pittsburgh—Put pitcher A.J. Schugel on the
10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
San Francisco—Put pitchers Madison
Bumgarner and Mark Melancon on the 10-day
disabled list, retroactive to March 26; put pitcher
Julian Fernandez on the 60-day disabled list and
pitchers Will Smith and Jeff Samardzija on the
10-day disabled list; purchased the contract of
outfielder Gregor Blanco from Richmond (SL);
called up pitchers Pierce Johnson and Roberto
Gomez from Richmond, and pitcher Reyes Moronta from Sacramento (Cal).
Texas—Purchased the contract of pitcher Kevin Jepsen from Round Rock (PCL); designated
first baseman Tommy Joseph for assignment; put
pitchers Tony Barnette, Tim Lincecum and Ricardo Rodriguez and Martin Perez on the 10-day
disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Toronto—Purchased the contracts of pitchers
John Axford and Tyler Clippard; put shortstop Troy
Tulowitzki on the 60-day disabled list; put outfielders Dalton Pompey and Anthony Alford on
the 10-day disabled list; designated pitcher Sam
Moll for assignment; optioned pitcher Tim Mayza,
outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and pitcher Joe Biagini to Buffalo (IL).
PRO BASKETBALL
Atlanta—Assigned forward Tyler Cavanaugh
and transferred guard Josh Magette to Erie
(NBAGL).
FOOTBALL
Detroit—Signed center Wesley Johnson.
Minnesota—Signed linebacker Reshard Cliett
and cornerback Marcus Sherels.
Oakland—Signed cornerback Leon Hall.
Washington—Acquired fourth- (No. 109),
fifth- (No. 142 and 163), and conditional 2020
draft choices from Denver for safety Su'a Cravens
(USC) and fourth- (No. 113) and fifth-round (No.
149) draft choices; waived running back LeShun
Daniels.
HOCKEY
Kings—Agreed to terms with defenseman
Daniel Brickley; signed forward Mikey Eyssimont
to a two-year contract,
Calgary—Called up forward Spencer Foo from
Stockton (AHL).
Colorado—Assigned goaltender Spencer
Martin to San Antonio (AHL).
Nashville—Signed forward Eeli Tolvanen to a
one-year contract.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Drake—Hired Darian DeVries as coach.
Maryland—Announced that sophomore
forward Justin Jackson will enter the NBA draft,
and that junior guard Dion Wiley will transfer.
Michigan State—Announced that sophomore
forward Nick Ward will enter the NBA draft.
Wichita State—Announced that sophomore
guard Landry Shamet will enter the NBA draft
$7-MILLION HOUSTON OPEN
At Humble, Texas—Par 72
Golf Club of Houston—7,441 yards
18-Hole Leaders
Lucas Glover.........................33-32—65 -7
Kevin Tway............................32-33—65 -7
Rickie Fowler ........................33-33—66 -6
Rod Pampling .......................32-34—66 -6
Julian Suri............................33-33—66 -6
Ryan Armour.........................34-32—66 -6
Bud Cauley ..........................33-34—67 -5
Keith Mitchell .......................33-34—67 -5
Matt Every............................34-33—67 -5
Greg Chalmers ......................34-33—67 -5
Padraig Harrington.................34-33—67 -5
Michael Thompson ................33-34—67 -5
Brett Stegmaier.....................34-33—67 -5
Seamus Power ......................31-36—67 -5
Jason Kokrak ........................33-34—67 -5
Shawn Stefani ......................35-32—67 -5
Steve Stricker .......................35-32—67 -5
Grayson Murray .....................33-34—67 -5
Brandt Snedeker ...................33-34—67 -5
Harold Varner III ....................34-34—68 -4
Scott Piercy ..........................33-35—68 -4
Tom Hoge.............................34-34—68 -4
Martin Piller..........................34-34—68 -4
Jordan Spieth .......................34-34—68 -4
Henrik Stenson .....................33-35—68 -4
Bill Haas..............................34-34—68 -4
Keegan Bradley.....................35-33—68 -4
Joel Dahmen ........................36-32—68 -4
Abraham Ancer .....................33-35—68 -4
Denny McCarthy ....................34-34—68 -4
Nicholas Lindheim .................35-33—68 -4
Danny Lee............................32-36—68 -4
J.J. Henry .............................34-34—68 -4
Kevin Streelman....................33-35—68 -4
Matt Kuchar .........................36-32—68 -4
Fabian Gomez.......................34-34—68 -4
Phil Mickelson ......................30-38—68 -4
Justin Rose...........................34-34—68 -4
Shane Lowry.........................33-35—68 -4
Luke List ..............................36-32—68 -4
Chad Campbell .....................35-34—69 -3
Robert Garrigus.....................38-31—69 -3
Thomas Pieters .....................35-34—69 -3
D.A. Points ...........................35-34—69 -3
Mackenzie Hughes.................35-34—69 -3
James Hahn .........................35-34—69 -3
Emiliano Grillo ......................35-34—69 -3
Jonathan Byrd.......................34-35—69 -3
C.T. Pan ...............................35-34—69 -3
Jamie Lovemark ....................34-35—69 -3
Aaron Wise...........................33-36—69 -3
Rob Oppenheim ....................35-34—69 -3
Byeong Hun An .....................33-36—69 -3
Jon Curran ...........................33-36—69 -3
Daniel Berger........................34-35—69 -3
Russell Henley ......................33-36—69 -3
Kelly Kraft ............................36-34—70 -2
Sam Saunders ......................34-36—70 -2
Tony Finau............................36-34—70 -2
Chris Kirk .............................35-35—70 -2
Martin Kaymer ......................34-36—70 -2
Jonas Blixt............................35-35—70 -2
Brandon Harkins ...................36-34—70 -2
Alex Cejka ............................36-34—70 -2
Adam Schenk .......................36-34—70 -2
Bobby Gates.........................36-34—70 -2
Ethan Tracy...........................34-36—70 -2
Ryan Baca ...........................34-36—70 -2
Dawie van der Walt ................37-33—70 -2
Ryan Blaum..........................36-34—70 -2
Retief Goosen.......................35-35—70 -2
Ernie Els ..............................34-36—70 -2
Matt Jones ...........................36-34—70 -2
Chez Reavie..........................35-35—70 -2
Hunter Mahan.......................35-36—71 -1
Scott Brown..........................36-35—71 -1
Russell Knox.........................37-34—71 -1
Brice Garnett ........................34-37—71 -1
Cody Gribble.........................35-36—71 -1
Charles Howell III...................36-35—71 -1
Chris Stroud .........................35-36—71 -1
Note: Because of a rain-delay and
darkness, several golfers were unable to finish
the round. They will complete it today.
BOXING
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Saturday
At Cardiff, Wales (SHO), Anthony Joshua vs.
Joseph Parker, 12, for Joshua's IBF and WBA and
Parker's WBO heavyweight titles; Alexander
Povetkin vs. David Price, 12, heavyweights; Ryan
Burnett vs. Yonfrez Parejo, 12, for Burnett's WBA
bantamweight title; Josh Kelly vs. Carlos Molina,
10, welterweights; Joe Cordina vs. Andy Townend,
10, lightweights.
At Quincy, Mass. (ESPN2), Mark DeLuca vs.
Michael Moore, 10, junior-middleweights.
COLLEGE TENNIS
WOMEN
West Coast
Pepperdine 7, St. Mary’s 0
son 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6) in a rematch of a
U.S. Open semifinal from last year.
Carreno Busta’s semifinal opponent will be No. 4 Alex Zverev, a
6-4, 6-4 winner over No. 29 Borna
Coric.
Grand Orange,” Staub was a sixtime All-Star and the only player in
major league history to have at
least 500 hits with four teams. He
became a huge hit with fans in the
U.S. and Canada, most adored in
New York and Montreal.
PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder
played just enough golf to get his
name atop the leaderboard in the
Houston Open.
Ryder holed an eight-foot birdie
putt on the 15th hole to reach eight
under par before it was too dark to
continue. The opening round was
delayed two hours because of
overnight rain that dumped more
than 2 inches on the Golf Club of
Houston.
Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway
each shot seven-under 65 in the
morning.
Phil Mickelson, who won in
Mexico three weeks ago, shot 30 on
the front nine and was one off the
lead until a double bogey on the
14th hole when it took him two
shots to get out of a bunker. He
shot 68, along with Jordan Spieth.
Four of the eight countries
whose national leagues use FIFA-
approved video review do not have
a match official among 99 selected
for the World Cup. FIFA published
a list of 36 referees and 63 assistants who will work the 64 games in
Russia, confirming the same referees who were provisionally selected
in November.
The World Cup officials represent 46 countries, though not Australia, Belgium, Portugal or South
Korea, whose leagues have
adopted VAR live trials.
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame
quarterback Jim Kelly is expected
to be hospitalized for two weeks as
he recovers from another cancer
surgery. Dr. Mark Urken says he
successfully removed cancer from
Kelly’s upper jaw and lymph nodes
and reconstructed his upper jaw
during an all-day surgery Wednesday.
College baseball history was
made as Colton Eastman pitched
the fifth no-hitter in Cal State
Fullerton baseball history en route
to a 3-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Conference
opener.
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
Matthew Stockman Getty Images
V ICTOR OVER VICTORIA
Sloane Stephens celebrates at match point of her 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
win over fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of the
Miami Open. She will face Jelena Ostapenko for the title.
TENNIS
$16-MILLION MIAMI OPEN
At Key Biscayne, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Pablo Carreno Busta (16), Spain, d. Kevin Anderson (6),
South Africa, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6); Alexander Zverev
(4), Germany, d. Borna Coric (29), Croatia, 6-4,
6-4.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (semifinals)—Sloane
Stephens (13), d. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus,
3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Jelena Ostapenko (6), Latvia, d.
Danielle Collins, 7-6 (1), 6-3.
MEN’S
DOUBLES
(semifinals)—Karen
Khachanov-Andrey Rublev, Russia, d. Steve
Johnson and Sam Querrey, 6-3, 6-1; Bob Bryan
and Mike Bryan (4), d. Ben Mclachlan, JapanJan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 7-5, 6-4.
COLLEGE
BASEBALL
PAC-12
USC 1, Washington 0
BIG WEST
Cal St. Northridge 5, Cal Poly 3
Hawaii 4, UC Irvine 3
WEST COAST
Pepperdine 2, BYU 0
San Francisco 8, San Diego 4
CCAA
Cal St. L.A. 9, Cal St. Chico 5
PAC-WEST
Cal Baptist 14, Concordia 0
GOLDEN STATE AC
Biola 1, Point Loma Nazarene 0
Hope International 6, Vanguard 2
THE ODDS
PRO SOCCER
Baseball
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
WEST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Sporting K.C....2 1 1
7 9 9
Vancouver .......2 1 1
7 5 6
L.A. FC ...........2 0 0
6 6 1
Minn. United ...2 2 0
6 6 8
FC Dallas........1 0 2
5 5 2
Houston .........1 1 1
4 7 4
GALAXY ..........1 1 1
4 3 3
R. Salt Lake ....1 1 1
4 3 6
San Jose ........1 1 0
3 5 5
Colorado ........0 1 1
1 3 4
Portland .........0 2 1
1 2 7
Seattle ...........0 2 0
0 0 4
EAST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Columbus .......3 0 1
10 8 3
N.Y. City FC .....3 0 1
10 8 3
New York ........2 1 0
6 7 1
Atl. United FC ..2 1 0
6 7 6
Philadelphia....1 0 1
4 2 0
New England ...1 1 1
4 4 5
Montreal.........1 2 0
3 4 5
D.C. United .....0 2 2
2 5 9
Orlando City ....0 2 1
1 2 5
Chicago..........0 2 0
0 4 6
Toronto FC ......0 2 0
0 0 3
Three points for a win, one for a tie.
Today’s Schedule
Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC
Saturday’s Schedule
LOS ANGELES FC at GALAXY, noon
New York at Orlando City, 10 a.m.
Vancouver at Columbus, noon
Portland at Chicago, 3 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at Minnesota United, 5 p.m.
N.Y. City FC at San Jose, 5 p.m.
National League
Favorite
at DODGERS -180
Chicago
-220
at Atlanta
-125
at Arizona
-155
at San Diego No line
Washington
-190
American League
Favorite
at Oakland No line
New York
-137
Boston
-163
Houston
-190
Interleague
Favorite
Pittsburgh
-117
Underdog
San Francisco +165
at Miami
+200
Philadelphia
+115
Colorado
+145
Milwaukee
No line
at Cincinnati
+175
Underdog
ANGELS
No line
at Toronto
+127
at Tampa Bay
+153
at Texas
+175
Underdog
at Detroit
+107
College Basketball
Favorite
Line
at North Texas
41⁄2
at N. Colorado
9
Michigan
5
Villanova
5
Updates at Pregame.com
Underdog
San Francisco
Ill. Chicago
Loyola Chicago
Kansas
—Associated Press
PGA STATISTICS
NIT
Thursday’s Result
Championship
Penn St. 82, Utah 66
BOX SCORE
PENN ST.—Stevens 11-15 2-3 28, Harrar 3-4
1-2 7, Reaves 8-13 1-1 18, Garner 2-6 2-2 8, Carr
5-16 3-3 15, Moore 3-3 0-0 6, Zemgulis 0-0 0-0
0, Buttrick 0-0 0-0 0, Wheeler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
32-58 9-11 82.
UTAH—Rawson 4-9 1-1 11, Collette 2-5 0-0 4,
Bibbins 4-12 5-6 15, Barefield 8-11 0-0 22,
Bealer 0-3 0-0 0, Jokl 0-1 0-0 0, Seeley 0-0 0-0
0, Tillman 3-7 0-2 6, Johnson 4-8 0-0 8, Van
Dyke 0-2 0-0 0, Connor 0-0 0-0 0, Rydalch 0-0
0-0 0, Popoola 0-0 0-0 0, Caldwell 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 25-58 6-9 66.
Halftime—Penn St. 39-34. Three-point goals—
Penn St. 9-22 (Stevens 4-5, Garner 2-6, Carr
2-7, Reaves 1-3, Wheeler 0-1), Utah 10-24
(Barefield 6-8, Rawson 2-5, Bibbins 2-6, Van
Dyke 0-2, Bealer 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Penn St. 33 (Harrar 12), Utah 23 (Tillman 6). Assists—Penn St. 22 (Carr 14), Utah 13
(Bibbins 4). Total Fouls—Penn St. 13, Utah 14.
CIT
Championship
Today’s Schedule
Illinois Chicago (20-15) vs. Northern Colorado (25-12), 4 p.m.
CBI
Championship Series
Best of Three
San Francisco vs. North Texas, series tied 1-1
Today’s Schedule
San Francisco (22-16) at North Texas (19-18),
4 p.m.
WOMEN
WNIT
Championship
Saturday’s Schedule
Virginia Tech (23-13) vs. Indiana (22-14),
noon
WBI
Championship
Thursday’s Result
Yale 54, Central Arkansas 50
THIS DATE
IN SPORTS
March 30
1940—Indiana routs Kansas 60-42 for the
NCAA basketball championship.
1943—Ken Sailors scores 16 points to lead
Wyoming to a 56-43 victory over Georgetown in
the NCAA basketball championship.
1981—Sophomore guard Isiah Thomas scores
23 points to lead Indiana to a 63-50 victory over
North Carolina to win the NCAA basketball title.
1986—Texas wins the women's NCAA basketball title with a 97-81 victory over USC.
1987—Keith Smart's 16-foot jump shot gives
Indiana a 74-73 victory over Syracuse for the
NCAA basketball championship.
1991—Darryl Plandowski scores at 1:57 into
the third overtime to lift Northern Michigan to its
first NCAA hockey title with an 8-7 victory over
Boston University in the second-longest championship game ever.
1995—Maine beats Michigan 4-3 in triple
overtime, the longest hockey game in NCAA tournament history, to advance to the NCAA title
game.
1997—Betsy King, an LPGA Hall of Famer,
overcomes a three-shot deficit over the last eight
holes for her third Dinah Shore title.
2001—Michael Phelps becomes the youngest
American swimmer to set a world record, winning
the 200-meter butterfly in the USA Swimming
Championships in 1 minute, 54.92 seconds.
Phelps, 15, breaks the record of 1:55.18 set by
Olympic gold medalist Tom Malchow in June.
Through March 25
FedExCup Season Points
1. Justin Thomas, 1,713.125. 2. Patton Kizzire,
1,328.500. 3. Phil Mickelson, 1,194.372. 4.
Bubba Watson, 1,174.500. 5. Dustin Johnson,
1,049.410. 6. Jon Rahm, 989.408. 7. Justin
Rose, 939.500. 8. Brendan Steele, 911.528. 9.
Tony Finau, 894.952. 10. Paul Casey, 887.041.
Scoring Average
1. Sergio Garcia, 68.714. 2. Dustin Johnson,
68.843. 3. Justin Thomas, 69.054. 4. Justin
Rose, 69.282. 5. Alex Noren, 69.456. 6. Tiger
Woods, 69.474. 7. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 69.488.
8. Webb Simpson, 69.501. 9. Phil Mickelson,
69.511. 10. Tommy Fleetwood, 69.647.
Driving Distance
1. Tony Finau, 322.7. 2. Trey Mullinax, 318.0.
3. Luke List, 316.7. 4. Bubba Watson, 316.2. 5.
Ryan Palmer, 315.1. 6. Rory McIlroy, 314.1. 7.
Kevin Tway, 313.6. 8. Justin Thomas, 312.5. 9.
Gary Woodland, 312.2. 10. Jason Day, 312.0.
Driving Accuracy Percentage
1. Ken Duke, 80.38%. 2. Kyle Stanley,
71.85%. 3. Ryan Armour, 71.82%. 4. Chez
Reavie, 71.45%. 5. Pat Perez, 71.18%. 6. Colt
Knost, 71.17%. 7. K.J. Choi, 70.52%. 8. Brian
Stuard, 70.47%. 9. Brian Harman, 70.34%. 10.
David Hearn, 69.97%.
Greens in Regulation Percentage
1. Kevin Streelman, 72.83%. 2. Brian Harman, 72.81%. 3. Gary Woodland, 72.76%. 4.
Pat Perez, 72.57%. 5. Kyle Stanley, 72.38%. 6.
Rafa Cabrera Bello, 71.83%. 7. Brendan Steele,
71.70%. 8. Michael Thompson, 71.53%. 9. Patton Kizzire, 71.43%. 10. Charles Howell III,
70.96%.
Total Driving
1. Jason Day, 43. 2. Byeong Hun An, 51. 3.
Keegan Bradley, 59. 4. Paul Casey, 66. 5. Tommy
Fleetwood, 78. 6. Gary Woodland, 84. 7. Sergio
Garcia, 88. 8. Kevin Chappell, 93. 9. Alex Noren,
97. 10. Bronson Burgoon, 99.
SG: Putting
1..Jason Day, 1.386. 2. Phil Mickelson, 1.082.
3. Greg Chalmers, 1.034. 4. Sam Burns, 1.032.
5. Justin Rose, 1.022. 6. Tyrrell Hatton, .894. 7.
Branden Grace, .876. 8. Brian Harman, .847. 9.
Whee Kim, .825. 10. Kevin Kisner, .820.
Birdie Average
1. Dustin Johnson, 4.95. 2. Jon Rahm, 4.93.
3. Phil Mickelson, 4.77. 4. Jason Day, 4.75. 5.
Pat Perez, 4.72. 6. Justin Rose, 4.70. 7. Justin
Thomas, 4.56. 8. Sergio Garcia, 4.42. 9. Brendan Steele, 4.41. 10. Patton Kizzire, 4.33.
Eagles (Holes per)
1. Dustin Johnson, 51.4. 2. Justin Thomas,
57.6. 3. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 63.0. 4. Brandon
Harkins, 69.0. 5. Conrad Shindler, 78.0. 6. Sam
Burns, 79.2. 7. Tony Finau, 81.0. 8. Ryan Palmer,
90.0. 9. Hideki Matsuyama, 94.5. 10. Ryan
Moore, 100.8.
Sand Save Percentage
1. Sergio Garcia, 78.95%. 2, Rob Oppenheim,
66.67%. 3. Webb Simpson, 65.31%. 4. Ben
Crane, 64.15%. 5. Matt Kuchar, 63.04%. 6. Louis Oosthuizen, 62.96%. 7. Paul Casey, 62.86%.
8. Phil Mickelson, 62.75%. 9. Brandt Snedeker,
62.26%. 10. Whee Kim, 61.90%.
All-Around Ranking
1. Justin Thomas, 201. 2. Sergio Garcia, 260.
3. Dustin Johnson, 261. 4. Alex Noren, 293. 5.
Paul Casey, 336. 6. Tommy Fleetwood, 337. 7.
Brendan Steele , 343. 8. Jon Rahm, 413. 9.
Justin Rose, 416. 10. Jason Day, 425.
COLLEGE
VOLLEYBALL
MEN
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Pepperdine d. USC, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-23
SANTA ANITA RESULTS
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Co. 53rd day of 59-day meet.
2459 FIRST RACE. 11⁄8 miles turf. Maiden special
weight. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $54,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
2 Gosilently
Nakatani
4.00
2.60
2.20
6 Zipman
Van Dyke
5.40
3.40
4 Frankincense
Prat
2.80
8 Also Ran: Street To Indy, Friendly Outthedor, Odyssey Explorer, Ding
Dong Ditch, Momma’s Baby Boy.
8 Time: 23.72, 48.77, 1.12.66, 1.36.21, 1.47.98. Clear & Firm.
Trainer: Robert N. Falcone, Jr.. Owner: Ochre House Stable.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (2-6) paid $12.30, 10-Cent Superfecta (2-6-4-5)
paid $44.50, $1 Super High Five (2-6-4-5-1) paid $1,073.00, 50-Cent
Trifecta (2-6-4) paid $15.05.
2460 SECOND RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price
$20,000. Purse $18,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Tenthousandreasons Talamo
7.20
3.00
2.10
7 Sweet Treat
Ceballos
2.80
2.10
2 Blame the Weather Maldonado
2.10
8 Also Ran: Stella Sweeper, Louder California, Angel Tears, Lake
Shore Lady.
8 Time: 22.72, 46.47, 59.07, 1.12.08. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Craig
Dollase. Owner: Highlander Racing Stable LLC.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-1) paid $15.20, $1 Exacta (1-7) paid
$8.10, 10-Cent Superfecta (1-7-2-3) paid $4.96, $1 Super High Five
(1-7-2-3-5) paid $172.70, 50-Cent Trifecta (1-7-2) paid $6.40.
2461 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. 4-year-olds
and up. Claiming prices $25,000-$22,500. Purse
$29,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
4 Best Two Minutes Maldonado
9.60
6.20
4.60
1 Madelyn’s Wild Max Pena
9.60
7.20
6 Papa Turf
Gonzalez
4.40
8 Also Ran: Street Vision, Red Carpet Cat, Ketos, Howdy.
8 Time: 21.94, 45.05, 57.41, 1.09.79. Clear & Fast. Trainer: William E.
Morey. Owner: Gulliver Racing LLC.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-4) paid $44.00, $1 Exacta (4-1) paid
$33.60, 10-Cent Superfecta (4-1-6-7) paid $45.81, 50-Cent Trifecta
(4-1-6) paid $96.55, $1 X-5 Super High Five (4-1-6-7-2) , X-5 Super
High Five Carryover $2,310, $1 Pick Three (2-1-4) paid $52.30.
2462 FOURTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Allowance optional
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $75,000.
Purse $63,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
5 Kenjisstorm
Prat
9.00
5.00
3.80
2 Free Rose
Talamo
3.80
3.20
4 Fabozzi
Baze
6.00
8 Also Ran: Isotherm, Perfectly Majestic, Cimpl Man, Summersimage, Ward ’n Jerry.
8 Time: 23.60, 47.44, 1.10.56, 1.22.19, 1.33.94. Clear & Firm.
Trainer: Philip D’Amato. Owner: Head of Plains Partners LLC, KM Racing
Enterprise, Inc. and Carillo, J..
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-5) paid $37.80, $1 Exacta (5-2) paid
$17.60, 10-Cent Superfecta (5-2-4-8) paid $32.05, $1 Super High Five
(5-2-4-8-7) paid $773.00, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-2-4) paid $52.90, $1
Pick Three (1-4-5) paid $108.40.
2463 FIFTH RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming price $12,500. Purse $16,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
7 Moonlight Blue
Ceballos
3.80
2.60
2.10
3 Dad’s A Gambler
Pena
3.80
3.00
4 Reverend Al
Roman
3.40
8 Also Ran: Taco Tuesday, Super Echelon, Uncle Billy, Liberation, Yo
La Tengo.
8 Time: 24.58, 48.79, 1.13.57, 1.26.56, 1.39.80. Clear & Fast.
Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Wilson, Holly and David.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-7) paid $17.60, $1 Exacta (7-3) paid
$6.40, 10-Cent Superfecta (7-3-4-1) paid $10.94, $1 Super High Five
(7-3-4-1-2) paid $267.00, 50-Cent Trifecta (7-3-4) paid $11.50, $1 Pick
Three (4-5-7) paid $59.70, 50-Cent Pick Four (1-4-5-7) 4 correct paid
$132.55, 50-Cent Pick Five (2-1-4-5-7) 5 correct paid $338.65.
2464 SIXTH RACE. 11⁄16 miles. Maiden special weight.
3-year-olds. Purse $54,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Longden
Van Dyke
4.40
3.00
2.80
8 Formal Dude
Pereira
11.00
6.80
2 Bocephus
Stevens
4.60
8 Also Ran: Phoenix Fire, Negro Lucero, Route Six Six.
8 Time: 24.28, 48.35, 1.12.72, 1.38.77, 1.45.72. Clear & Fast.
Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Godolphin, LLC.
8 Scratched: Orbit Rain, Jimmy Chila.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (7-1) paid $8.80, $1 Exacta (1-8) paid
$24.70, 10-Cent Superfecta (1-8-2-6) paid $44.18, 50-Cent Trifecta
(1-8-2) paid $54.55, $1 Pick Three (5-7-1) paid $22.40.
2465 SEVENTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000.
Purse $56,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
2 True Royalty
Van Dyke
11.80
5.80
4.40
4 Highland Lass
Baze
6.20
4.60
5 Well Hello
Prat
2.80
8 Also Ran: Best Of Me, Cognitive, Bonneville Flats.
8 Time: 22.99, 46.05, 1.10.61, 1.17.16. Clear & Fast. Trainer: John W.
Sadler. Owner: Batchelor Family Trust.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-2) paid $26.00, $1 Exacta (2-4) paid
$28.80, 10-Cent Superfecta (2-4-5-6) paid $13.45, 50-Cent Trifecta
(2-4-5) paid $38.40, $1 Pick Three (7-1-2) paid $26.00.
2209 Letsgotomarfatexas,1 M Linares,122
20-1
2216 Mergie Troid,5
S Iniguez,122
30-1
2472 SIXTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance
optional claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming price
$75,000. Purse $56,000.
1058 Tricky Gal,6
Mt Garcia,122
10-1
7078 Gamezapper,1
B Pena,122
12-1
2405 Miss Barton,5
A Espinoza,XXX112 20-1
2474 EIGHTH RACE. 7 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $62,500.
Purse $58,000.
2466 EIGHTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Claiming. 4-year-olds
and up. Claiming prices $50,000-$45,000. Purse
$40,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Spanish Hombre
Prat
5.80
3.60
2.80
5 Conquest Typhoon Baze
5.80
3.60
9 Royal Albert Hall
Van Dyke
3.00
8 Also Ran: A Red Tie Day, Lucky Bryan, Reign On (GB), Defiantly,
Incensed, Gustnado.
8 Time: 22.58, 44.92, 1.09.22, 1.21.11, 1.33.14. Clear & Firm. Trainer:
Jack Carava. Owner: Chris Curtis.
8 Scratched: Any Questions, Ronald R (IRE).
8 Exotics: $2 Pick Six Jackpot (4-5-7-1/5/7-2-1/10/11) , Pick Six
Jackpot Carryover $156,093, $2 Daily Double (2-1) paid $42.80, $1
Exacta (1-5) paid $15.10, 10-Cent Superfecta (1-5-9-8) paid $24.65, $1
Super High Five (1-5-9-8-7) 22 tickets paid $541.30, 50-Cent Trifecta
(1-5-9) paid $30.25, $1 Pick Three (1-2-1) paid $71.00, 50-Cent Pick
Four (7-1/5/7-2-1/10/11) 4787 tickets with 4 correct paid $50.00,
50-Cent Pick Five (5-7-1/5/7-2-1/10/11) 487 tickets with 5 correct
paid $226.90, $2 Pick Six (4-5-7-1/5/7-2-1/10/11) 291 tickets with 5
out of 6 paid $41.00, $2 Pick Six (4-5-7-1/5/7-2-1/10/11) 13 tickets
with 6 correct paid $4,293.00.
ATTENDANCE/MUTUEL HANDLE
On-track attendance-3,489. Mutuel handle-$490,674
Inter-track attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$993,558
Out-of-state attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$3,996,955
Total attendance-3,489. Mutuel handle-$5,481,187
SANTA ANITA ENTRIES
54th day of a 59-day thoroughbred meet.
2467 FIRST RACE. (noon post) 1 mile turf. Maiden
claiming. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up.
Claiming prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2316 Tell Me More,2
F Ceballos,X121
9-5
2323 Bee Sweet,1
T Baze,126
4-1
2316 Turing Machine,7
T Conner,120
5-1
2316 Brandon’s Law,9
F Prat,120
6-1
2378 Sekhmet’s Revenge,6 R Maragh,120
6-1
2271 Doubelievenmagic,8 B Blanc,126
10-1
2323 Majestic Design,5
K Frey,126
10-1
2316 Unlucky Hillary,3
S Elliott,126
12-1
2398 See the World,4
E Maldonado,120 20-1
1
2468 SECOND RACE. 5 ⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $20,000. Purse
$18,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2319 Towards The Light,5 E Roman,123
8-5
1097 Downside Up,3
E Maldonado,123
4-1
8004 Latitude,9
S Elliott,123
9-2
2319 Pure Pursuit,4
T Baze,123
9-2
2291 Bear Down Cats,1 S Gonzalez,123
6-1
2351 Anziyan Cat,2
R Sevilla,XXX113
10-1
2403 Contento,8
Mt Garcia,123
20-1
2175 Tiz The Ticket,6
T Pereira,123
20-1
2410 King Darius,7
A Jimenez,123
30-1
2469 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. 3-year-olds.
Claiming prices $40,000-$35,000. Purse $38,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2345 Royal Trump,6
E Roman,119
5-2
2097 Oh Man,2
F Ceballos,X116
3-1
2109 Candy Crew,4
T Baze,121
7-2
2345 Sir Valentine,5
E Maldonado,121
4-1
2338 Joejoe’s Kingdom,1 D Van Dyke,121
6-1
(2266) Curly’s Mark,3
F Prat,121
10-1
(2390) Optic,7
C Nakatani,121
10-1
2470 FOURTH RACE. 11⁄8 miles turf. Allowance optional
claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000. Purse
$56,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
(2297) Fibonacci,5
B Blanc,122
9-5
2215 Kylemore,3
D Van Dyke,122
3-1
2411 Buckstopper Kit,7 F Prat,120
4-1
2014 East Rand,1
A Quinonez,122
6-1
2313 Magic Musketier,8 Mn Garcia,120
8-1
(2363) Samdar,4
T Baze,120
10-1
2287 Continental Divide,2 S Elliott,120
12-1
....
True Loyalty,6
C Nakatani,122
12-1
2471 FIFTH RACE. 5 furlongs. Maiden claiming. Fillies.
3-year-olds. Claiming price $20,000. Purse $18,000.
PR
2405
....
2302
2405
....
2405
2316
Horse (PP)
Cow Dog,7
Takes Two To Tenga,2
Mariana’s Girl,6
Mi Pajarito,3
Smart Little Devil,9
Swallows Inn Gal,4
Baby Beauty,8
Jockey,Wt
F Ceballos,X117
Mn Garcia,122
E Roman,122
A Quinonez,122
C Franco,XX115
C Russell,122
F Rojas,122
Odds
8-5
7-2
4-1
5-1
6-1
12-1
20-1
PR
2244
....
(2166)
2375
2375
2116
(2315)
2224
2244
2365
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
Out of The Flmes (GB),8 F Prat,124
9-5
Prsuing The Dream (IR,5 D Van Dyke,124 4-1
Classy Atlantic,7
J Talamo,122
6-1
Mraseel (IRE),2
A Quinonez,124 8-1
Proud Heroine,6
T Pereira,122
8-1
Factorofwon,4
T Conner,122
10-1
Travieza,3
E Roman,122 10-1
Allianna,10
S Gonzalez,122 12-1
Miss Puddles (IRE),1
T Baze,124
12-1
Atrevida,9
F Ceballos,X115 20-1
Also eligible
....
Special Purpose (IRE),13 C Nakatani,124 7-2
2069 Streetwithnoname,11
T Baze,120
15-1
2402 Holy Diver,12
M Linares,122 50-1
2473 SEVENTH RACE. 5 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $20,000. Purse
$18,000.
PR
....
2405
2301
2380
....
....
Horse (PP)
Baby Brown,8
Mongolian Rahy,4
Allie’s Love,3
Bragging Rights,2
Irish Cream N Kafe,7
Lil’ A. J.,9
Jockey,Wt
Mn Garcia,122
S Elliott,122
T Pereira,122
T Conner,122
F Ceballos,X117
T Baze,122
Odds
5-2
4-1
9-2
6-1
6-1
6-1
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2330 Ten Blessings,5
D Van Dyke,122
8-5
3356 Conquest Cobra,6 F Prat,124
7-2
2330 Excitations,4
C Nakatani,122
4-1
2293 Desert Law,7
S Elliott,124
6-1
2420 Hoffenheim,3
M Pedroza,122
6-1
(2124) I Will Score,2
F Ceballos,X119
8-1
3497 So Conflated,1
E Roman,122
10-1
2475 NINTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Maiden special weight.
3-year-olds and up. State bred. Purse $54,000.
PR
2101
2332
2261
2332
2261
2332
2252
2332
2101
2332
2324
2335
Horse (PP)
Save Ground,9
Minister’s Glory,3
Huddle,2
Cool Your Jets,7
Jersey’s Heat,5
Smart Knows Smart,8
Mavericks,10
Ashley’s Big Guy,6
Hailey’s Kid Comet,4
I’m Amore,1
Also eligible
Tatar,12
Ready Eddie,11
Jockey,Wt
C Nakatani,126
F Prat,120
T Baze,120
D Van Dyke,120
T Pereira,120
M Pedroza,120
A Quinonez,120
E Maldonado,120
A Espinoza,XXX116
A Jimenez,120
Odds
5-2
7-2
5-1
6-1
6-1
6-1
8-1
12-1
50-1
50-1
R Fuentes,126
E Roman,120
4-1
10-1
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Bowyer’s thrill of victory includes son
GEORGE DIAZ
ON MOTOR RACING
Welcome back, Clint
Bowyer. We missed you.
Bowyer had not won a
race in nearly 51⁄2 years, a
span of 190 races. That’s a
lifetime of sorts when it
comes to the high-demand
world of professional sports
and great expectations.
Bowyer is a veteran
wheelman who for the last
year has been driving for a
top team in Stewart-Haas
Racing under the tutelage of
a solid crew chief in Mike
Bugarewicz.
So what was up?
“I haven’t won as many
races as I needed to, but I’ve
always been consistent, and
that was always putting
myself in position to have a
shot at winning the championship at the end of the
year,” Bowyer said after
winning at Martinsville
Speedway on a Monday
following an unexpected
Sunday snow.
“I finished second [in
2012], had a lot of success in
this sport, and being able to
shine at the end of the year
when the time is right for
everybody involved, and
over the last few years I
haven’t been able to put all
that together.”
Bowyer, 38, always has
been one of the most engaging personalities in the
NASCAR garage.
That’s a precious commodity in a sport where
corporate stuffiness has
crossed paths with the
traditional good ol’ boy
business model.
Bowyer embraces
NASCAR tradition, which
includes a large chunk of
family ties.
That’s what made for
such a special moment in
Martinsville. Bowyer experienced the thrill of sharing a
victory with his son, Cash,
now 3.
“A lot of people want to
think about these kids as
being a distraction to drivers and to athletes. Hell, we
ain’t athletes; we’ve got
power steering and things
like that,” Bowyer said. “You
start to think about what
really matters in life, and the
one thing that I didn’t want
Matt Bell Associated Press
CLINT BOWYER CELEBRATES his NASCAR Cup Series win with Cash, his 3-year-old son. It was Bowyer’s first victory in 190 races.
him to go through life with is
not to know what this was
all about.
“So to be able to have
him in Victory Lane and
have his No. 1 in Victory
Lane, that was pretty cool,
wasn’t it?”
So was Bowyer’s first
victory for SHR, the team he
joined following Tony Stewart’s retirement.
“You know, I can’t say I
wondered when, but I
wanted us to break
through,” Bugarewicz said.
“I wanted it for the team, for
the company. … This team
has been through a lot over
three years.”
As the laps turned and
turned and added up without a victory, self-doubt
kicked in, even as Bowyer
finished second six times.
That’s an agonizing distance between celebration
and consternation.
“Yes, it was pretty dark
for a few times,” Bowyer
said.
Then the magic happened in Martinsville, defined by a father-and-son
moment that will be remembered in NASCAR history.
Family first, as NASCAR
traditionalists like to say,
with an assist from power
steering.
It’s well worth the wait
for Esperanza’s Harper
ERIC SONDHEIMER
ON HIGH SCHOOLS
College baseball recruiting needs a makeover. Too
many recruiters are offering
eighth-graders and ninthgraders scholarships with
hopes they develop, only to
discover by senior year
there are better players and
little money for the late
bloomers.
The latest example is
Bryn Harper, a senior
left-hander at Anaheim
Esperanza. He spent all last
season as a junior varsity
pitcher. On Tuesday, he
threw a two-hit shutout over
a Capistrano Valley team
with seven seniors committed to colleges.
Harper has passed many
pitchers who were considered better in 2015, his freshman year. He dealt with
some tendinitis issues,
adjusted his mechanics and
is finally getting a chance to
pitch at the highest level.
He’s 2-0 with an ERA of 0.95.
Whether he’s good
enough to pitch in college is
left to the experts. But it
seems to me that proving
you’re good as a senior is
much more important than
showing potential as a
freshman. Harper has
thrown consecutive shutouts for Esperanza (11-2),
which won the Anaheim
Lions tournament Wednesday.
“His improvement has
been tremendous,” Coach
Kyle Muhlsteff said.
The University of San
Francisco used to have a
motto in recruiting: “Late is
great.” That’s pretty prophetic.
8 If you’re a professional
baseball scout, you might
want to drop by Chatsworth
Sierra Canyon next week.
The word is a 6-foot-5
basketball player who
hasn’t played baseball in
several years will be loosening up his arm.
Cassius Stanley used to
be a pitcher with promise in
middle school. P.C. Shaw
coached him on a club team.
“Very live arm with huge
hands and pitcher body.
Eric Sondheimer Los Angeles Times
BRYN HARPER, who pitched on Esperanza’s junior
varsity last season, is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.95.
Long and lean and a plus
athlete off the mound” was
his scouting report.
After helping Sierra
Canyon’s basketball team
win the Open Division state
championship last week,
Stanley is supposed to come
out to play catch. There’s no
commitment he’s going to
play this season, but it could
be a step toward giving him
even more options for the
future.
“His dad called me about
a month ago and we talked,”
coach Rick Weber said. “I
said why doesn’t he come
out and play catch and see if
he has any interest. A lot of
time has gone by. No decision has been made by us or
him about playing.”
8 Mark April 13 down on
your calendar. It’s the annual L.A. Loyola vs. Manhattan Beach Mira Costa volleyball match at 7 p.m. at
Loyola Marymount. The
chance to walk around
Manhattan Beach on a
Saturday morning and talk
smack while wearing a
Loyola or Mira Costa shirt is
at stake.
8 April 6 marks the start
of the Arcadia Invitational
at Arcadia High. It’s the
best track and field meet in
the state and where former
Vista Murrieta standout
Michael Norman began to
become a track sensation.
8 Santa Ana Mater Dei
and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG
Academy signed a contract
to play football on Sept. 21 at
Santa Ana Stadium. IMG
has played Corona Centennial in close games the last
two seasons. It should be a
very good made-for-TV
game. It also could be the
last time any team from
California faces IMG.
There’s a CIF rule proposal set to be voted on next
week that would ban California teams from playing
any school that doesn’t
participate in their state
association playoffs. IMG
doesn’t compete in the
Florida playoffs. It would
take effect in 2019-20.
8 Cole Roederer of Newhall Hart and Will Chambers of Valencia West Ranch
are having a home run competition. Roederer, a UCLA
signee, has hit six home
runs. Chambers, a UC
Santa Barbara signee, has
hit six.
8 The City Section player
of the month would be either leadoff hitter Johnny
Tincher, a junior catcher for
Birmingham who’s batting
.574 with 14 RBIs, or outfielder Charlie Rocca of
Verdugo Hills, batting .541
with five home runs.
8 Jim Benkert was hired
this week to be the football
coach at Simi Valley. He
spent 26 years at Westlake,
then three years at Oaks
Christian. Simi Valley was
2-7 last season. Look for an
immediate turnaround.
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: @latsondheimer
Let it snow
NASCAR’s snowy weekend provided remarkable
images as Martinsville
Speedway turned into a
winter wonderland.
For the record, the last
time snow postponed a Cup
race was in 1993 at Atlanta.
“Tower, we have lost the
track!” Bubba Wallace
tweeted as he posed for a
picture inside the snowy
confines.
Veteran NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck tweeted a
picture of a snowman holding a checkered flag outside
the track.
Race officials had to
postpone the Cup and
Truck Series races until
Monday after rain and light
snow started falling Saturday afternoon. The bad
weather continued into the
evening, making it impossible to get the track cleared
and dry in order to be raceready by Sunday.
Old guys rock
Don’t mean to bust on
NASCAR’s kiddie corps but,
despite all the hype they
have received, they’ve struggled in the early part of the
Cup season.
Only Ryan Blaney
(third) and Kyle Larson
(ninth) are in the Top 10.
It’s understandable
because there is a learning
curve in every sport. Matters are likely to shake out
more favorably as the season progresses because, if
anything, they have
strength in numbers after
getting call-ups from the
Xfinity and Camping World
Series.
But the flip side is that
no matter how skilled, drivers need time in the seat and
behind the wheel before
they see results on the track.
sports@latimes.com
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AT THE MOVIE S
THEATER REVIEW
Actress
towers
over
Albee
drama
Glenda Jackson steals
the show in a thrilling,
emotionally rich
‘Three Tall Women.’
CHARLES McNULTY
THEATER CRITIC
NEW YORK — “Three
Tall Women” may not be
widely considered the best
play Edward Albee wrote (I
rank it among his top three),
but it is his most affecting
and personally inhabited.
This 1994 Pulitzer Prize
winner is also the work that
rehabilitated his reputation,
which had taken a drubbing
after a series of flops that
made “The Zoo Story” and
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?” seem like the works
of a different author.
The subject of “Three
Tall Women,” which opened
Thursday at Broadway’s
Golden Theatre in a production led by a rancorously
electrifying Glenda Jackson,
is Albee’s adoptive mother, a
statuesque patrician with a
vituperative manner, from
whom he was long estranged. Recollecting her after her death if not with tranquillity than with the cool
distance of art, the playwright imposes on his autobiographical material an
aesthetic form that was at
once characteristically inventive and somewhat less
characteristically emotionally generous.
The autocratic old lady
(played by Jackson with
Zeus-like wrath) is given a
letter (A) rather than a
name. The other two tall
women onstage receive the
designations of B (a vibrant
Laurie Metcalf) and C (the
radiant Alison Pill). Their relationships
undergo
a
change between the first and
second acts, as the women
we’ve known as A’s caretaker
(B) and legal assistant (C)
become younger incarnations of the character.
With stylish help from
costume designer Ann Roth,
B transforms from a middleaged retainer to an already
jaded 52-year-old aristocrat
while C changes from a self[See ‘Women,’ E3]
Michael Nagle For The Times
“I DON’T want to target one audience,” Taraji P. Henson says. “My work is all over the place.” Now she’s in “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.”
OPEN TO IT ALL
Taraji P. Henson welcomes opportunity. Tyler Perry offers one.
By Tre’vell Anderson
MORE REVIEWS
Taraji P. Henson breathes rarefied air in Hollywood. She’s one of few actress who has enjoyed
both mainstream success and acclaim while
maintaining a devoted fan base that spans
wealth, generations and geography, but is also
decidedly black. She’s the “around the way girl”
— as her memoir released last year is titled — who
made it big, nabbing an Oscar nomination for
2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a
Golden Globe for her role as Cookie Lyon on
“Empire” and three Emmy nominations.
But she’s never forgotten from where she’s
come. Like her film debut working with John Singleton on 2001’s “Baby Boy” as the scorned girlfriend of Tyrese’s titular character.
Perhaps that’s why many critics often find
themselves perplexed by the 47-year-old’s
choices in roles. How on Earth, they say, can such
a talent go from mesmerizing in the Oscar-nominated (and box office smash) “Hidden Figures”
last year to the far-from-perfect action thriller
“Proud Mary,” which came out in January, to this
KENNETH TURAN
‘Back to Burgundy’ PAGE E8
JUSTIN CHANG
‘Outside In’ PAGE E4
‘The Green Fog’ PAGE E5
‘Claire’s Camera’ PAGE E6
ADDITIONAL REVIEWS
‘Wilde Salomé’ and ‘Salomé’
PAGE E5
‘Birthmarked’ and other
films. PAGES E6, E8, E9
weekend’s “Acrimony” from critical pariah — yet
prolific multi-hyphenate — Tyler Perry?
“I’m in love with the craft of acting,” Henson
said. “It’s like Prince and Michael Jackson with
music. Could you see them never playing music? I
see them now, and they’re not here, because they
put so much of themselves in their music. That
how I am about my art.
“I’ll never get to a certain level where I don’t do
this anymore or that anymore. If it’s a good script,
I’m doing it. … I don’t care if it’s a million-dollar
movie or a five-dollar movie. If I’m connected, I’ve
got to do it.”
In “Acrimony” Henson plays Melinda, a devoutly faithful girlfriend-turned-wife who tires of
standing by her devious boyfriend-turned-husband (Lyriq Bent). At one point she becomes enraged when it appears her college sweetheart
has, once again, betrayed her trust.
This film marks the third time Henson and
Perry and have worked together, following 2008’s
“The Family That Preys” and 2009’s “I Can Do
Bad All by Myself.” As to why she keeps returning
to Perry’s writing and directing tutelage, she says
simply, “I trust him.”
[See Henson, E7]
REVIEW
What his friends saw near the end
Brigitte Lacombe
GLENDA JACKSON
portrays an autocratic
woman with ferocity.
‘King in the Wilderness’ is a powerful
documentary on the last years of the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
KENNETH TURAN
FILM CRITIC
Comedy, drama
fill the bill
A Neil Simon play, a
women’s theater fest
and a piece about a
mass killing unfold
onstage in L.A. E2
Imagination is
key to 2 shows
New kids series “The
Dangerous Book for
Boys” and “Craig of
the Creek” differ but
are fun to watch. E11
TV grid ..................... E11
Ask Amy ................. E12
It is almost half a century to the day since the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in
a motel in Memphis, Tenn., and in that span he
has been apotheosized into something close to
legend.
So much so, in fact, that we run the risk of not
spending enough time with the actual man, of
not knowing as much as we should about the
controversial final years that reveal an individual more radical, and more disregarded, than he
has been remembered.
Remedying that situation is the goal of the
exceptional documentary “King in the Wilderness,” which employs a simple and straightforward method to extraordinary effect.
As directed by Peter Kunhardt and playing at
Laemmle’s Playhouse in Pasadena before airing
on HBO on Monday, the film made the decision
to, in its own words, “have [See King, E10]
Underwood Archives / Image Works / HBO
THE REV. MARTIN Luther King Jr., right, is shoved by Mississippi police in June 1966.
E2
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QUICK TAKES
THEATER
356 Mission set to close
After more than five years in operation, 356 Mission, the
Boyle Heights arts space operated by painter Laura Owens,
will close.
“It was a labor of love, with finite resources, and never
intended to last forever,” said a statement released to The
Times on Thursday.
The space, which was also home to a branch of the Ooga
Booga art bookstore, had been protested by
anti-gentrification groups such as Defend Boyle over the
last two years.
The statement acknowledged the conflict: “Some took
issue with our impact on the neighborhood — although we
don’t agree with their perspective.”
356 Mission is expected to close by mid-May, when the
current roster of exhibitions and events comes to an end.
— Carolina A. Miranda
‘2001’ heading
back to theaters
An unrestored 70mm
print of Stanley Kubrick’s
masterpiece “2001: A Space
Odyssey” is coming to select
U.S. theaters in May in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary.
Warner Bros. Pictures
says Wednesday that the cut
will premiere at the Cannes
Film Festival on May 12 before launching in select U.S.
theaters on May 18. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan
will introduce the film at the
Cannes screening, where
members of Kubrick’s family
will also be in attendance.
Kubrick died in 1999.
The studio says that the
unrestored film, created
from the original camera
negative, will allow audiences to experience it as they
did upon the film’s release in
1968.
Warner Bros. will also release the film for home viewing in 4K resolution.
— associated press
‘Crown’ adds
Menzies to cast
The royal court is starting to shape up nicely for
Seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix’s
“The Crown.”
“Outlander” star Tobias
Menzies is joining the critically acclaimed series as
Prince Philip, Netflix con-
firmed Wednesday.
The role of Prince Philip
had remained vacant for
months after announcements that Olivia Colman
(“Broadchurch”) had been
cast as the next queen and
Helena Bonham Carter
(“Fight Club”) was taking
over as Princess Margaret.
As the six-season series
continues, spanning the life
and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, each two seasons will
see casting changes to more
accurately portray the ages
of the characters.
— Libby Hill
THE 99-SEAT BEAT
DMX gets prison
time over taxes
Laughs and dysfunction
Rapper DMX was sentenced Wednesday to a year
in prison for evading $1.7 million in taxes.
The sentence in Manhattan federal court came after
the judge agreed to listen to
the track “Slippin’,” one of
DMX’s biggest hits, which
defense
attorneys
said
showed a man who knew
what it was to come back after bottoming out.
DMX has been behind
bars since January, when his
bail was revoked for repeatedly violating drug treatment terms.
Prosecutors had asked
for 57 to 60 months behind
bars.
Additionally, the court
ordered DMX to pay a $2.1million fine.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Chelsea Sutton
JASON GRASL, center, Roland Rusinek, left, and Ty Mayberry star in “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.”
By F. Kathleen Foley
This week on the small-theater scene: Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” in Burbank, the new play “Damaged
Furniture” in Sherman Oaks, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in Venice and the drama “Threat,” which aims
to explore the ramifications of mass violence.
‘Laughter on
the 23rd Floor’
The essentials: Neil Simon’s
loosely
autobiographical 1993 roman à clef
recapitulates his experiences as a junior writer on
Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of
Shows.” Thinly disguised
characters based on Simon’s
real-life colleagues (Mel
Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry
Gelbart, et al) vie for supremacy in the hothouse
atmosphere of a writers
room.
Why this? Some 40 years
after the fact, Simon addressed the rise of McCarthyism, endemic sexism,
prevalent racism and the ongoing battle with the network’s executives who want
to dumb down the show’s
content for the masses. Egos
clash and one-liners zing in
Simon’s affectionate yet
scathing
retrospective,
which seems more apt today
than when first written.
Details: Garry Marshall
Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside
Drive, Burbank. 8 p.m.
Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8
p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; ends April 22. Added
show 7 p.m. April 8; no show
April 1. $45-$65. (818) 9558101, garrymarshalltheatre
.org
‘Damaged
Furniture’
The essentials: In Howard Skora’s premiere, a Los
Angeles actor whose uncle
has been killed in a bizarre
“furniture accident” must
move back to Brooklyn to
work in his dysfunctional
family’s business.
Why this? Skora and director Jim Fall are a tested
team who paired for 2015’s
“Miserable With an Ocean
View,” a sellout comedy that
ran for five months at the
Whitefire Theatre. Skora,
whose roots are in stand-up,
said that his play is about
“toxic masculinity… fathers
and sons wanting to connect
yet not being able to.” His entertainment explores serious themes in the guise of a
fast-paced comic romp.
Details: Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks. 8 p.m. Saturdays; ends May 26. $30$40. (800) 838-3006, dam
agedfurniture.brownpaper
tickets.com
L.A. Women’s
Theatre Festival
The essentials: The 25th
anniversary of this event has
a full roster of one-woman
shows over the weekend.
Why this? The eclectic
subjects range from the harrowing (one woman’s use of
the arts to counsel child sex
slavery survivors) to the
comical
(a
controlling
mother-to-be’s efforts to
give birth in her favorite
month). Over the years, the
festival has presented more
than 500 solo performers
from around the globe.
Details: Electric Lodge,
Magdalena Calderon
PAGAN GRACE in the
tense Louis Felder
drama “Threat.”
1416 Electric Ave., Venice. 8
p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $25$30. (818) 760-0408, event
brite.com
‘Threat’ at
the Whitefire
The essentials: The
tense interaction between a
female psychotherapist and
the mentally ill patient
whom she is trying to stop
from a campus mass killing
forms the core of Louis
Felder’s drama.
Why this? “Threat” examines the split-second decisions made during a madman’s
meltdown.
That
theme has implications not
only for mental health professionals, first responders
and teachers, but for all
who feel at risk in the grim
lottery of mass shooting violence.
Details: Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks. 8 p.m.
Thursdays-Fridays; ends
May 4. $25. (805) 419-8327,
brownpapertickets.com/
event/3343157
The 99-Seat Beat appears
every Friday, shortlisting
theater offerings with an
emphasis on smaller
venues. Some (but not all)
recommendations are
shows we've seen; others
have caught our attention
because of the track record
of the company, playwright,
director or cast. You can
find more comprehensive
theater listings posted every
Sunday at latimes.com/arts.
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E3
THEATER
Actresses hold their own in Albee play
[‘Women,’ from E1]
assured young working professional to an attractive and
resourceful 26-year-old who
still believes that her happiness is in the future.
The play is set up as a diptych, but it’s really an anatomy of a single life. This
Broadway
production,
gracefully directed by Joe
Mantello, performs the work
without an intermission,
underscoring the seamlessness of Albee’s vision.
Jackson has the central
role, and she attacks it with
the same vehemence that
she brought to her portrayal
of King Lear at London’s Old
Vic in 2016. That Shakespearean thunderclap was her
first time back on stage in 25
years. The two-time Oscarwinning actress took a 23year detour into politics, and
clearly her blistering broadsides as a member of Parliament against the Conservative opposition have kept her
histrionic powers sharp
within a certain range. At 81,
she’s as puissant as ever.
A queen in a beheading
mood, Jackson’s A is enthroned in her lavishly appointed bedroom, which resembles a suite at the Hôtel
Ritz in Paris. Her lavender
dressing gown hints at a feminine softness, but there’s
nothing gentle in the peremptory way she treats her
underlings, who dutifully try
to manage her urinary and
verbal incontinence. A’s useless arm is bound in a sling,
but when she yelps in pain
it’s accusatory, an unveiled
threat.
Jackson affects a cumbersome accent that for much of
the first half made me think
of one of Margaret Dumont’s
society matrons in the Marx
Brothers films. The strained
artificiality eases over time,
but Jackson’s performance
kicks into another gear after
she jettisons the quavering
stage-dowager tone.
A more intimate A
emerges after she suffers a
stroke while telling the tale of
her marriage to a short,
wealthy philanderer whose
mother and sister resented
her necessary strength.
Brigitte Lacombe
GLENDA JACKSON, left, Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf star in “Three Tall Women” on Broadway.
Rather than going gently
into the good night, A steps
away from the bed upon
which an effigy has been set
in her place during the transition. She continues the
conversation as the still-intact mind of the character.
Jackson’s ferocity will no
doubt win her raves and accolades. She commands the
stage with an unfaltering intensity that finds room for
childlike
vulnerability,
somber disillusionment and
philosophical wisdom. I was
bowled over by the force of
her stage presence, but her
performance isn’t as thrillingly mercurial as Myra
Carter’s — the original and
to my mind irreplaceable A.
The rapid fluctuations of
mood, the swift shifts from
truculence to flippancy, the
cracks in obduracy revealing
longing and despair — Carter delivered an off-Broadway
master class that traveled in
effect from Rachmaninoff to
Chopin. Jackson’s path is
narrower, stylistically and
emotionally, which is perhaps why I found myself paying close attention in this
New York revival to B and C,
who provide color and variety.
Metcalf can give any actor
a run for her money, but this
exemplary team player
chooses to react to Jackson
rather than to compete with
her. She blends sympathy
with sarcasm as A runs
through her obstreperous
routines. B has heard all the
stories before. She has grown
acclimated to the invective,
the racism, the viciousness
and the conniving self-pity.
Metcalf revels in the gallows
humor of an eldercare companion who has emptied one
too many bedpans.
Pill’s C can’t hide her impatience toward A, whose
corrosive remarks are meant
to get under everyone’s skin.
B runs interference, forcing
C to question her own callow
certainties. But C doesn’t
fully come into focus until
later in the play, when as the
younger A, she wonders
what series of disappointments could possibly have
transformed her into these
frightening older versions of
herself. Pill is heartbreaking
in these moments, Metcalf
helplessly wise, Jackson unflinchingly farseeing.
Mantello’s smoothly calibrated staging takes care of
any awkwardness in the
structure of Albee’s unconventional
drama.
The
grandly deluxe, conceptually
brilliant scenic design by
Miriam Buether creates an
effect with mirrors that momentarily suggests some of
the action is taking place inside a looking glass.
The ensemble, which in-
cludes a young man (Joseph
Medeiros), who serves as a
stand-in for the playwright
as he silently pays his respects to the woman he
could neither forgive nor forget, becomes more unified
over time. Jackson may not
draw out the full range her
role’s tragicomic music, but
her mercilessness potently
conveys the playwright’s existential realism.
Albee once quipped that
his play is about “a woman
who you don’t like in act one,
and who you like a little better in act two.” “Three Tall
Women” is more profoundly
about the shape of a human
life, seen objectively by the
artist as it’s experienced subjectively by the protagonist
at different stages of her existence.
Broadway might not be
the ideal home for a play that
has no interest in sugarcoating its truth. A smaller
venue would draw us in more
quietly to a vision better
served by understatement.
But Albee’s writing is sublimely searing, Mantello’s
staging is magnificent to behold and these three largerthan-life actresses are nothing short of transfixing.
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MOODY TEEN Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) strikes up a friendship with Chris (Jay Duplass), who’s just been released after serving a 20-year prison stint in “Outside In.”
REVIEW
An ex-con starts all over
Jay Duplass and Edie Falco make an authentically poignant pair in ‘Outside In’
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
One of the bittersweet recurring images we see in
“Outside In,” Lynn Shelton’s
sharp and stirring new
drama, is of a man riding his
bicycle. Chris (Jay Duplass),
a scruffily handsome 38year-old, has just returned to
his sleepy Pacific Northwest
hometown after two decades
in prison, having received a
mandatory minimum sentence for a crime he didn’t
commit. Riding his bike feels
like both a blissful assertion
of his newfound freedom and
something of a sad throwback to his teenage years, a
more innocent time before
his life was so cruelly derailed.
We never learn the exact
details of the felony for which
Chris wound up taking the
rap; indeed, a brief, explosive
verbal flashback to that fateful night is one of the few missteps in this otherwise beautifully assured movie. The
past may weigh heavily on
Chris and the few people
who are still in his life, but
what concerns Shelton, who
directed the film from a
script she wrote with Duplass, is how her characters
adjust to the difficulties of
the present.
For Chris, those difficulties come in all shapes and
sizes: He’s mystified by the
weirdly ubiquitous phenomenon that is texting, and his
criminal record makes it all
but impossible to find work.
Now stuck living with his estranged brother, Ted (Ben
Schwartz), he feels alienated
from old friends and new acquaintances alike. The only
person he’s genuinely excited to see, and as often as
possible, is his old high
school English teacher and
longtime advocate Carol (an
unsurprisingly superb Edie
Falco).
Carol, we learn, spent
years calling Chris every
week, keeping him busy with
regular homework assignments and doing the legal re-
search that helped ensure
his early release. The two
manage to downplay their
mutual affection at an awkward welcome-home party
for Chris, but the first time
they meet in private, the intensity of their bond shines
through: It’s there in the
smile that suddenly lights up
Carol’s careworn features, in
the infectious laughter that
suffuses their conversation,
and in the quiet determination with which Carol at one
point gently pulls her hand
away from Chris’.
In nearly every respect,
their relationship made
more sense when one of
them was behind bars, and
“Outside In” charts the emotional confusion that sets in
as they try to adapt. Their
once-frequent phone calls
suddenly take on an air of secrecy, as do their occasional
in-person meetings. At
home, Carol struggles to
connect with her lumpen, incommunicative
husband
(Charles Leggett) and their
moody teenage daughter,
‘Outside In’
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour,
49 minutes
Playing: Laemmle’s NoHo
7, North Hollywood
Hildy
(Kaitlyn
Dever).
These domestic troubles explain both Carol’s deep
sense of attachment to Chris
and her reluctance to act on
that attachment, despite his
own heartbreakingly sincere
declarations of love.
When Carol draws a temporary line in the sand, Chris
naturally gravitates toward
Hildy and begins hanging
out with her. The film, aware
of the potentially icky implications of this development,
makes clear that there’s no
prurient interest on Chris’
part; it’s simply a way for him
to be close to Carol when he
isn’t actually able to spend
time with her. As for Hildy,
played by Dever with acute
sensitivity and a persuasive
air of ordinary teenage recklessness, she feels an instinctive sympathy for Chris as
well as a certain curiosity
about a selfless, determined
side of her mother she
doesn’t often see.
As evidenced by her earlier independent comedies
like “Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Laggies,”
Shelton has a knack for
three-way relationship studies; she knows exactly how to
braid together two characters in a way that comments
insightfully on a third. Working with her cinematographer, Nathan M. Miller,
she keeps the camera close
to her actors, sometimes
making expressive use of the
gray overcast skies stretching overhead but for the
most part letting the characters speak for themselves.
Duplass’ puppy-dog affect may seem softer than
you’d expect for a character
who spent 20 years behind
bars, but the actor’s quietly
wrenching
performance
gives the lie to any easy assumptions about the experience of the incarcerated.
And Falco, whose Carol at
times
seems
positively
dazed by her sheer capacity
for feeling, gives a performance of aching depth and
subtlety; this could be the
finest work she’s done in a
movie since 2002’s “Sunshine State.”
Shelton doesn’t neglect
the unmistakable erotic dimension of Carol and Chris’
bond, but she doesn’t make
it the fulcrum of the drama,
either. To some extent, “Outside In” is a love story about
two people whose age difference matters less, in the end,
than the realization that
they may be headed in different directions. By the end
you may flash back to that
image of Chris on his bicycle,
but it’s to the credit of this
tender, moving film that he
isn’t the only one who’s
found a reason to keep going.
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Twitter: @JustinCChang
CRITICS’ PICKS
Movie recommendations
from critics Justin Chang
and Kenneth Turan.
Annihilation
Natalie Portman plays a
biologist who joins an allfemale expedition into the
heart of an environmental
disaster zone in this eerily
beautiful and hypnotically
unsettling mind-bender
from “Ex Machina” writerdirector Alex Garland.
(Justin Chang) R.
Black Panther
Turner Entertainment
JUDY GARLAND and Fred Astaire in “Easter Parade,” one in a double-feature.
Fred Astaire dances again
No one danced on screen with quite the elegance and grace of the legendary Fred Astaire,
so it’s good news that the Laemmle chain is presenting a classic double-bill of two of his fluid
works.
The 1953 Vincente Minnelli backstage musical “The Band Wagon” pairs Astaire with Cyd
Charisse as two disparate dancers working to craft a Broadway show. Songs include “Dancing in the Dark” and “That’s Entertainment,” but seeing Astaire, Jack Buchanan and
Nanette Fabray combine as rowdy infants in “Triplets” steals the show.
Also on the bill is 1948’s “Easter Parade,” where Astaire teams with Judy Garland and Ann
Miller. Both films screen Tuesday, with “Easter Parade” at 4:45 and 9:15 p.m. and “The Band
Wagon” at 7 p.m., at the Royal in West Los Angeles, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and NoHo 7 in
North Hollywood.
— Kenneth Turan
A superhero movie with
characters who have integrity and dramatic heft,
filled with engaging exploits and credible crises
grounded in a vibrant and
convincing reality, laced
with socially conscious
commentary as well as
wicked laughs, this is the
model of what an involving
popular entertainment
should be. And even something more. (Kenneth
Turan) PG-13.
Call Me by
Your Name
Timothée Chalamet and
Armie Hammer give superb
performances as two young
men falling in love in the
northern Italian countryside in this rapturously
beautiful collaboration
between director Luca
Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (Justin
Chang) R.
Steffan Hill Good Deed Entertainment
TOM STURRIDGE in “Journey’s End,” which fo-
cuses on British soldiers during World War I.
Journey’s End
A tense, absorbing, superbly acted look at a band
of British soldiers in World
War I as they wait to fight
and ultimately battle German troops over the course
of several ill-fated days in
March 1918 — exactly 100
years ago. (Gary Goldstein)
R.
The Shape of Water
Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical “Beauty
and the Beast” tale with
moral overtones, Guillermo
del Toro’s film plays by all
the rules and none of them,
going its own way with
fierce abandon. (Kenneth
Turan) R.
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri
Uncommon writer-director
Martin McDonagh and a
splendid cast top-lined by
Frances McDormand,
Woody Harrelson and Sam
Rockwell present a savage
film, even a dangerous one
— the blackest take-noprisoners farce in quite
some time. (Kenneth Turan) R.
Unsane
Claire Foy gives a terrific
performance as a businesswoman who may be losing
her mind in Steven Soderbergh’s scary and stealthily
political psychothriller.
(Justin Chang) R.
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Al Pacino takes
2 on ‘Salomé’
His documentary and
cinematic follow-up
are best enjoyed and
understood together.
By Gary Goldstein
Balcony Releasing
THE STREETS of San Francisco come alive in “The Green Fog,” which uses footage from TV shows and films.
REVIEW
Salute to Hitchcock gem
weaves an ingenious story
Guy Maddin’s ‘The
Green Fog’ re-creates
‘Vertigo’ with scenes
from TV and cinema.
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
I have a friend who, in a
rush to return a DVD of “Vertigo” she had borrowed,
watched it distractedly on
her laptop, fast-forwarding
through most of the driving
scenes. (In other words, a lot
of the movie.) She made
amends for this aesthetic
crime years later by seeing
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958
masterpiece on the big
screen, in a gloriously restored 70-millimeter print
that allowed no escape from
its dizzyingly perverse tale of
romantic obsession or its
slow,
dreamlike
crawl
through San Francisco’s
streets.
There is a lot of driving —
and, in a funny way, a lot of
fast-forwarding — in “The
Green Fog,” a cracked, collage-like retelling of “Vertigo” from the brilliant Canadian director Guy Maddin
and his regular collaborators Evan Johnson and
Galen Johnson. And while
this 63-minute gem is not
something to watch while
distracted, its stream of images, edited together from
films and TV shows shot in
and around San Francisco,
cultivates its own kind of cinematic restlessness.
Commissioned by the
San Francisco Film Society
(SFFILM),
this
foundfootage
city
symphony
doesn’t have the hypnotic
pull of “Vertigo” (what
does?). Its cleverly repurposed visuals, pulled from
works as different as “The
Lady
From
Shanghai”
(1947), “The Conversation”
(1974), “Star Trek IV: The
Voyage Home” (1986) and
“Basic Instinct” (1992), benefit from but don’t necessarily require the grandeur of
the big screen. Still, any
chance to experience one of
Maddin’s witty valentines to
the treasures of cinema past
should not be refused lightly.
(After an earlier showing at
the Downtown Independent, it opens Friday for a
week-long run at Arena Cinelounge Sunset.)
Fans of Hitchcock’s movie, which in 2012 was named
the best film of all time in
Sight & Sound’s decennial
critics’ poll, will have no
trouble following the narrative thread even in the absence of James Stewart and
Kim Novak. The roles of
Scotty Ferguson and Madeleine Elster are assumed by
any number of acting duos,
including Louis Jourdan
and Doris Day in “Julie”
(1956), Jeff Bridges and
Glenn Close in “Jagged
Edge” (1985), and Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan in “When a
Man Loves a Woman” (1994).
The effect is a bit like
watching “Vertigo” recomposed with ransom-note letters, set to a score (composed by Jacob Garchik and
performed by the Kronos
Quartet) that builds to its
own Bernard Herrmannesque swells of anxiety. If
Hitchcock’s movie was a romantic tragedy about the
impossibility of reconstructing the object of one’s desire,
then “The Green Fog” is, fittingly, an imperfect double
of sorts.
The eponymous green
vapor that occasionally
creeps into the frame is a sly
bit of visual trickery that
both
evokes
one
of
“Vertigo’s” most memorably
‘The Green
Fog’
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3 minutes
Playing: Arena Cinelounge
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creepy scenes and literalizes
this experiment’s hazy,
miasma-like effect. Nearly
all the clips have been
stripped of dialogue, preserving the continuity of
Hitchcock’s narrative but
also turning each conversation into an amusing exercise in disjunctive editing.
And the plot, with its elaborate weave of suspicion and
misdirection, has been distilled into a series of associative montages.
Part of the pleasure of
“The Green Fog” comes
from seeing how many Bay
Area-produced films have
featured actors racing over
rooftops (like Sidney Poitier
in 1970’s “They Call Me Mr.
Tibbs!”), gazing at paintings
(like Joan Leslie in 1950’s
“Born to Be Bad”) and falling in mid-air (like Joan
Crawford in 1952’s “Sudden
Fear”). And then of course
there are those shots of automobiles weaving up and
down the city’s sharply inclined streets, a natural
place to excerpt the mother
of all car chases in “Bullitt”
(1968).
All this amounts to more
than just a bravura feat of archival manipulation or a
“spot the Golden Gate
Bridge” drinking game. It is,
in effect, a scrambled history
of San Francisco told
through moving pictures, a
record of the social and architectural changes the city
has endured over more than
a century. (The manner in
which Maddin interpolates
black-and-white
footage
from the devastating 1906
earthquake is especially arresting.)
“The Green Fog” may not
be as personal or inventive in
its urban mythmaking as
Maddin’s 2007 fantasia, “My
Winnipeg”; nor is it as feverish an imagistic brainstorm as 2014’s “The Forbidden Room.” But no less than
those earlier pictures, it is
the work of a sensibility as
impish as it is scholarly, animated by a mischievous
sense of the medium’s possibilities. Designations between high and low culture
are stealthily eradicated:
What to make of a project of
this nature that doesn’t include “Zodiac” (2007), perhaps the greatest of recent
Bay Area masterworks, but
finds room for N’Sync’s
“This I Promise You” video
and both “Sister Act” movies? (As a “Sister Act” fan,
I’m not complaining, just curious.)
Maddin returns often to
two 1970s TV crime series:
the Karl Malden-Michael
Douglas detective drama
“The Streets of San Francisco” and the Rock Hudson-Susan Saint James police procedural “McMillan &
Wife.” The latter features a
number of scenes in which
Hudson and his colleagues
watch surveillance footage,
a framing device that allows
Maddin to channel-surf between clips. But it also returns us to the themes of
“Vertigo” itself, the greatest
movie ever made about the
intensely possessive relationship between the observer and the observed.
On the heels of their
recent showings as part of
an extensive Al Pacino retrospective at New York City’s
Quad Cinemas comes the
long-delayed theatrical premiere of a pair of Pacinohelmed, stage-centric films,
“Wilde Salomé” and its
follow-up, “Salomé.”
This nichey, experimental duo are best seen — and
discussed — in tandem and
in order, even if that wasn’t
necessarily Pacino’s original
raison d’etre when he cobbled these projects together
more than a decade ago.
Pacino’s way into this
ambitious endeavor was, at
least initially, a fascination
with Victorian-era poet and
playwright Oscar Wilde and
his provocative play “Salomé,” a Biblically inspired
tragedy that was banned in
Britain just before its 1892
debut. The play eventually
premiered in Paris in 1896, at
which time Wilde, who was
gay, was serving a two-year
prison sentence for “gross
indecency.”
“It’s gonna look a lot like I
don’t know what I’m doing
— because I don’t,” says
Pacino at the start of “Wilde
Salomé,” a captivating,
enjoyable, often edifying
documentary written and
directed by Pacino.
The film largely tracks a
period in 2006 when Pacino
performed in a production
— actually a developed
staged-reading in modern
dress — of “Salomé” (directed by Estelle Parsons) at
UCLA’s Wadsworth Theatre, while he was also making
a movie documenting the
mounting of said show, concurrently shooting a narrative film version of the play
and exploring the life and
career of Oscar Wilde.
Pacino bites off an awful
lot here, yet, as our puckish,
ebullient and, later, prickly
guide on this kaleidoscopic
journey, he manages to present an intriguing and passionate view of artistic risk
and reward.
Like his approach to
examining William Shakespeare in his 1996 documentary “Looking for Richard,”
Pacino hops the globe (London, Dublin, Paris) to
enlighten himself — and the
viewer — about Wilde and
gain understanding of how
“Salomé” came to be.
Pacino’s second film,
simply titled “Salomé,” is the
result of his efforts portrayed in “Wilde Salomé” to
transfer Parsons’ stage version of the play to the screen.
And, despite bits of duplication, you’ll be better off for
having seen the documentary first, based on the insight,
context and history it provides about Wilde’s often
dazzling piece.
That cinematically, Pacino’s “Salomé” is ultimately
little more than a well-shot
and edited theater piece —
stagebound and focused on
the cast’s compelling faces
and Wilde’s vivid text — is as
much a practical matter
(time, money) as, it turns
out, a creative plus.
Jessica Chastain, in what
was then her first feature
film, shows the radiance and
star power she would soon
exhibit on a regular basis.
With her ruby lips, translucent skin and mane of
flame-red hair, she plays the
petulant and privileged
young seductress Salomé
with great vigor and fearsome self-possession. Her
“Dance of the Seven Veils” is
mesmerizing.
Pacino’s Herod, who’s
married to Herodias (a
steely
Hart),
Salomé’s
mother and the widow of the
king’s brother, is a singular
creation: playful, taunting,
persuasive, a bit fey.
The “Salome” film proves
a chilling and watchable
look at lust, power, reprisal
and decadence that, along
with “Wilde Salome,” validates Pacino’s obsessive
interest in Wilde’s stillresonant play while also giving movie and theater lovers
a candid and involving window into the artistic process.
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‘Wilde Salomé’
Rated: R, for some
language, nudity and
violent images
Running time: 1 hour, 28
minutes
‘Salomé’
Rated: R, for some nudity
and disturbing bloody
images
Running time: 1 hour, 21
minutes
Playing: Both films will
screen at Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa
Monica
Scott Kramer Salome Productions
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AL PACINO , center, Barry Navidi, seated, right, and
Jessica Chastain, standing, right, in “Wilde Salome.”
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Like a vacation in Cannes
Isabelle Huppert and Hong Sang-soo take a breezy trip through human nature
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
“It’s my first time in
Cannes.”
That may not sound like
a funny line on paper, but
some in the audience may
find themselves chuckling
when Isabelle Huppert says
it in “Claire’s Camera.”
Huppert, the grande
dame of contemporary
French cinema and an oftcited candidate for the mantle of World’s Greatest Living Actress, is, of course, as
much a fixture of the Cannes
Film Festival as sunlight,
rosé and cinema itself. She
has twice won the festival’s
best actress prize, once
served as president of its
competition jury and last
year took the stage to sing
“Happy
Birthday”
to
Cannes on the occasion of its
70th anniversary.
Audiences
attending
that particular edition of the
festival might also have seen
Huppert in “Claire’s Camera,” a delightful, teasing
wisp of a tale from the tirelessly prolific writer-director
Hong Sang-soo. Hong and
Huppert have worked together before, in their 2012
triptych, “In Another Country.” (That film, aptly titled,
was set in Hong’s native
South Korea.) Their latest
collaboration
has
the
tossed-off ease of a happy if
unplanned reunion.
Claire (Huppert), a music teacher from Paris, has
accompanied her filmmaker
friend to Cannes for the festival, though “Claire’s Camera” carefully avoids any hint
of flash and glamour, lingering instead on the town’s
quiet,
underpopulated
beaches and hotel rooftops.
Shortly after her arrival,
Claire strikes up a conversation with a man named So
Wan-soo (Jung Jin-young),
who turns out to be a Korean
film director. And like most
of the Korean film directors
who crop up in Hong’s playfully self-reflexive movies, So
is a font of friendly, charming
conversation but will eventually reveal himself to be a
drunken, pathetic lout.
Around the same time,
Claire befriends a pretty
young
Korean
woman
named Man-hee (Kim Minhee), who is (or was) attend-
Cinema Guild
ISABELLE HUPPERT , right, portrays a Parisian whose getaway brings her in contact with people like Kim Min-hee’s film sales agent.
‘Claire’s
Camera’
In Korean, English and
French dialogue with
English subtitles
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour, 8
minutes
Playing: Laemmle’s Music
Hall 3, Beverly Hills
ing the festival in her capacity as a film sales agent. At
this point, we already know
what Claire doesn’t yet,
which is that Man-hee and
So worked together and recently had a one-night
stand. Shortly afterward,
Man-hee was dismissed by
her boss, Yang-hye (a smiling, ruthless Chang Mi-hee),
who inconveniently happens to be dating So.
The firing scene, set at an
outdoor café, is a small, simple master class in Hongian
technique. Shooting in a single take that frames Manhee and Yang-hye at a careful distance, Hong draws out
their polite, evasive conversation to squirm-inducing
effect. “You shouldn’t have
made that kind of mistake,”
Yang-hye tells Man-hee, never explaining what the mistake was.
It ends with an incongruous stab of humor: “How
about we take a photo together to remember our
parting?” Man-hee says
brightly, jumping up and
snapping a selfie.
The photography motif
will be resumed by Huppert’s Claire, who uses her
Polaroid camera to take pictures of everyone she meets.
When she meets them and in
what order, however, is one
of the movie’s quieter mysteries. Hong, a sly master of
repetition and variation,
likes to tell simple stories in
not-so-simple ways, and he
unravels this one in casually
nonlinear order; you never
know if a scene might suddenly reveal itself to be a
flashback or a flash-forward.
Huppert is happy to
serve as the polite trigger for
all this temporal chaos. You
might find yourself studying
Claire’s wardrobe for continuity clues, though it might
be more useful to admire the
salutary brightness of her
yellow shirt and blue handbag, in contrast with the
darker attire of So and Manhee. For Huppert, most cele-
brated for her uncompromising severity in films like
“Elle” and “The Piano
Teacher,” the movie is an opportunity to cut gloriously
loose; no less than Claire
herself, she seems to be enjoying her holiday.
And it’s a pleasure to
watch her simply hang out
and connect with Kim,
Hong’s most frequent onscreen collaborator of late.
(Check out her brilliant
work in the director’s “Right
Now, Wrong Then” and “On
the Beach at Night Alone.”)
Claire and Man-hee have to
converse in English, neither
one’s first language, and
their gently halting rhythms
add a charming layer of awkward authenticity to their
conversation. The Korean
dialogue may flow more
freely among So, Man-hee
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Sebastien Raymond Vertical Entertainment
and Yang-hye, but it
achieves far less in terms of
honest communication.
“If I take a photo of you,
you are not the same person
anymore,” Claire tells So, introducing but not answering
the movie’s central philosophical riddle. Photography,
like cinema, achieves an approximation of reality, an
imitation of life. The discrepancies between truth and
fiction can be easy to overlook, just as the lingering effects of a work of art can be
difficult to gauge. “Claire’s
Camera” runs 68 minutes
and is as slender and unassuming, in its own way, as a
Polaroid. But you may
emerge not feeling like quite
the same person, either.
justin.chang@latimes.com
Twitter: @JustinCChang
Roadside Attractions
TONI COLLETTE and Matthew Goode as professors
RUBIN CROW and Mickey Sumner play a couple
IMELDA STAUNTON’S and Timothy Spall’s char-
who turn home life into a social engineering project.
increasingly disturbed by their strange neighbors.
acters hit it off in the fish-out-of-water comedy.
‘BIRTHMARKED’
‘CAUGHT’
‘FINDING YOUR FEET’
Experiment needs Odd neighbors up It’s predictable,
some rethinking the creepy factor but cast shines
The old debate over nature versus nurture is played
for (sporadic) laughs in
“Birthmarked,” a satire
that’s unable to deliver on a
promising hypothesis.
Taking their work home
with them, married university
professors
Ben
(Matthew Goode) and Catherine (Toni Collette) set out
to prove through the rearing
of their three children that
no one is a prisoner of genetic heritage. In addition to
their biological son, Luke
(Jordan
Poole),
whom
they’ve raised to be an artist
despite his science-minded
lineage, they’ve adopted Maya (Megan O’Kelly), whom
they cultivate to be brainy,
despite her coming from, as
the narrator explains, a
“long line of dimwitted individuals.” Maurice (Anton
Gillis-Adelman) is adopted
from a violent family but
brought up as a pacifist.
Along the way Ben and
Catherine end up discover-
ing a thing or two about the
true nature of families.
Although there’s some
amusing stuff at the core of
Marc Tulin’s screenplay,
which has comedic traces of
Wes Anderson and Noah
Baumbach in its DNA, this
Canadian-Irish co-production, directed by Emanuel
Hoss-Desmarais, loses its
way and, in the process, all
three kids and both parents
end up sharing the same undesirable trait: The filmmakers neglected to make
them likable. If the soulful
Collette and “Downton Abbey’s” Henry Talbot can’t
engender audience affection, “Birthmarked” would
have to be considered a
failed experiment.
— Michael
Rechtshaffen
“Birthmarked.” Not rated.
Running time: 1 hour, 30
minutes. Playing: Galaxy
Mission Grove, Riverside;
also available VOD.
Shot to resemble a lost
grindhouse relic, the freaky
home-invasion
thriller
“Caught” overcomes the
genre’s clichés thanks to a
retro style and sharp hook.
Where other movies portray
their invaders as psychopathic
forces
of
evil,
“Caught” keeps the true nature of its villains a mystery,
aiming to hold the audience
in curious suspense.
Mickey Sumner and Rubin Crow play Julie and Andrew, a pair of married journalists who live in the English countryside with their
two kids in 1972. After spotting what appears to be a secret military installation on
a nearby moor, the couple
gets a visit from “Mr. and
Mrs. Blair” (Cian Barry and
April Pearson), who speak in
broken English and make increasingly violent demands.
Are the Blairs aliens?
Demons? Something else?
Whatever they are, the longer they’re in the house, the
more they begin to physically and mentally deteriorate — as conveyed by some
marvelously
disgusting
makeup effects.
Director Jamie Patterson
and screenwriters Dave Allsop and Alex Francis get a
lot of mileage out of their antagonists’ weird speech patterns and uncertain origins.
“Caught” hits the usual
beats, but with an unusually
strong cast and original
characters.
The filmmakers are ultimately too coy about what’s
really up with the Blairs. Yet
“Caught” is still effectively
gripping, from start to finish. If this movie had been released in the early ’70s, it
would probably be a cult favorite today.
— Noel Murray
“Caught.” Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes. Playing: AMC Universal Citywalk 19; also on
VOD.
“Finding Your Feet”
would be facedown on the
ground if it didn’t have its
well-burnished cast of U.K.
acting heavyweights, led by
Imelda Staunton, Timothy
Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley.
Another entry in the fastspreading genre of pensioners-are-people-too comedies, it finds Staunton’s uptight, upper-crust Sandra in
free-fall after discovering her
just-knighted, soon-to-retire husband (John Sessions) has been bonking her
bestie.
Moving in to the multiracial council flat of her freespirited sister Bif (Imrie),
it’s only a matter of screen
time before Sandra’s snootiness disappears and she’s
dancing at the community
center, reconnecting with
Bif, and sensing romantic
potential in an East London
furniture restorer (Spall)
who lives on a rickety houseboat.
As hopelessly strained
and unfunny as the fish-outof-water material is in the
predictable screenplay by
Meg Leonard and Nick
Moorcroft, the actors ultimately sell its sentiment.
And while director Richard Loncraine is mostly on
autopilot, he’s smart enough
to ensure his camera is ready
to capture all of Staunton’s vulnerable fidgetiness,
Spall’s micro-gestures, and
Imrie’s frisky joie de vivre.
It can be easy to dismiss
manufactured uplift like
“Finding Your Feet” but the
impulse to treat late-in-life
happiness as worthy of onscreen celebration should always be encouraged.
— Robert Abele
“Finding Your Feet.” Rated:
PG-13, for suggestive material, brief drug use and brief
strong language. Running
time: 1 hour, 51 minutes.
Playing: Landmark, West
L.A.
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Come
in, her
door is
always
open
[Henson, from E1]
“He gives me good jobs and
good roles,” she added. “The
first time I worked with him, I
got to work with Kathy Bates
and Alfre Woodard and Sanaa
Lathan who I all look up to as
an actress. Why would I turn
that down as an artist? The
next time we worked together,
he called me the day after the
Oscars when I was nominated
and gave me my first leading
role in a movie.
“He would always say, ‘I’m
going to work with you again,
but it has to be right.’ So, I
knew when he was calling that
he had something great.”
The Times caught up with
Henson to talk about her latest role, how critics have responded to her work over the
years and what she’s begun to
learn as she continues producing her own projects.
Why did you say yes to this
role?
Because it reminded me
so much of Glenn Close’s
character in “Fatal Attraction.” That’s the carrot Tyler
dangled in front of me … then
I read the script and I was,
like, “I’m in.” What I didn’t
know was that he was trying
to shoot it in 10 days. Because
who does that?
He originally wanted me
to play the [character in
college and as an older woman], but “Empire” wasn’t
going to let me off all of those
days so he broke it up. And
[Ajiona Alexus], who plays
me as Cookie, plays the
younger me in “Acrimony.”
She naturally has light eyes
and wears dark contact
lenses for “Empire.” This time
I wore light colored contacts
to match her eyes. So my
portion of the film [was completed] in five days.
That’s crazy, is it not?
Yes! And it’s not like it was
an easy character to portray.
This woman is complex as
hell and I literally had no time
to research or do anything. I
just had to really trust the
process, my training and
what was on the page.
How does that work for you,
then, to still be in the mindset of the complicated character that is Cookie and then
jump over to play this similarly complex character that
manifests herself very differently?
That’s the excuse I tried to
give Tyler [not to do it], and
Chip Bergman
TARAJI P HENSON’S Melinda in “Acrimony” decides she’s had enough of the deviousness dished out by her husband (Lyriq Bent).
he didn’t go for it. He said,
“You’ve been living with
Cookie for three years. Shut
up and come down here and
do this movie.” He told me to
stop being dramatic.
[laughs]
And the way I choose my
projects … I only do projects
that scare the life out of me.
That way, I know I have to
face my fears and it’s something that’s going to grow me
and change me and transform me. I like roles that
challenge me and this did in
more ways than one.
So you find comfort in being
uncomfortable?
I love a challenge because
otherwise what am I doing?
If it’s not challenging me, I’m
not challenging my audience. And that audience,
they get tired real quick. You
can’t keep playing the same
roles because it’s expensive
to go to the movies. It’s timeconsuming, and people have
got problems to tend to and
families. I want to make it an
enjoyable moment. I work so
hard and try to put so many
different characters in the
can because I want people to
trust me. Like Meryl Streep:
You’re going to see anything
she does, right? There are
certain actresses where you
know that if you pay your
money, you’re going to be
entertained. That’s what I
work so hard for.
How do you think that
approach has served you
career-wise?
I think it’s kept me relevant. And it’s kept me working, that’s for sure.
But we know of actors who,
once they nab that Oscar
nomination, no longer
appear in a certain type of
movie they might have built
their career doing.
I’m going to show you the
blueprint to stay relevant and
have longevity: I don’t want
to target one audience. My
work is all over the place. My
first television show was on
Lifetime as a series regular.
The next time I do something
with Lifetime, it’s a TV movie,
[“Taken From Me: The
Tiffany Rubin Story”], I get
an Emmy nomination. Not to
toot my own horn, but that’s
a beautiful cycle of life if I’ve
ever seen one. But what if I
said, “I don’t want to do
Lifetime. I’ve been there and
done that?” I wouldn’t have
gotten my first Emmy nomination.
See, I don’t judge it. I’m
not trying to gain anything
from it. I don’t pick roles for
the Oscar or the Emmy.
That’s the last thing I’m
thinking about; people project that on me. Now don’t get
me wrong. I’m not putting it
down or taking its importance away. But I do it for the
people. I’m trying to touch as
many humans as possible
before I leave this planet.
This is a gift God gave me.
The least I can do is share it.
You’ve decided to challenge
yourself by moving into the
producer’s chair. How are
you choosing the projects
you want to help come to
life?
I have to be passionate
about its message and how
it’s going to impact the people watching it. Like the
Emmett Till story — it resonated with me when Trayvon
Martin was murdered. You
see the news and these kids
become villains all because of
a hoodie or their pants were
sagging. I have a son and all
that is is trying to express
yourself, but the media can
take that and make these
children, the innocent babies
just trying to find their way in
life, villains.
It all reminded me of
Emmett Till. They didn’t see
this little boy as a child … . I
think the missing beat is we
have to humanize him. We
have to show that young kid
in Chicago with that bubbly
personality because all we
now see of him is his eyeball in
that casket from that horrific
picture. That’s all we know of
Emmett Till because we
never met him. We never met
Trayvon and the endless
names [of victims]. That’s
next after I finish “What Men
Want” this summer and after
I go back to “Empire.”
Are there things you’ve
learned wearing a producer’s hat that you weren’t
aware of as talent?
I realize I have to be very
particular about how things
are promoted. I have to fight
to make those decisions as
well or at least have some
input.
What do you mean by that?
‘Acrimony’
review delayed
The drama “Acrimony,”
written and directed by Tyler Perry and starring Taraji
P. Henson, opens Friday in
general release but was not
screened for critics. The review will appear as soon as
possible in Calendar and online at latimes.com/enter
tainment/movies/reviews.
Just the way things are
marketed. You can have a
great movie, but when you
see the promo you are confused. Then you see the movie and you’re, like, “That’s not
what was in the promo.” It’s
happened a few times in my
career. Now that I’m producing I get that that’s one thing
I have to be a stickler on.
Because I too am a member
of the audience and I know
what gets me into the theater.
That’s something people
should give Tyler Perry
credit for, right? No matter
what you think of his movies, people always show up,
and he seems to have perfected the marketing strategy for them.
Because he’s still a people
person. He’s not in a cocoon
and not reachable. He’s
generous and knows what
the people want because he
hangs out with the people.
His crew, most of them are
recent college graduates who
would never get a shot in
Hollywood. But they go to the
movies.I think a lot of times,
certain movies are greenlit
because no one understands
what the people actually
want. They’re just trying to
outdo what the last studio
did. “That worked for them,
so let’s make five of those.”
[laughs] Because it’s all
about dollars and cents.
“Empire” resumed airing
this week. How does it feel to
still have Cookie to play
around with?
It definitely challenges the
writers because how do you
top what you’ve already
written for Cookie? This
season I’ve loved going back
in time to when she was in jail
and we got to meet her
mother, played by Alfre
Woodard.
I just really love playing
characters, and that’s why I
lean toward feature films.
That’s why I’m really the only
one [on “Empire”] doing so
much, except for Jussie
[Smollett], who just came
out with his album and will be
touring now. But when they
yell cut, Terrence [Howard]
is, like, “I’m going to lay
down,” while I’m hopping on
a plane. I really like playing
characters and can’t get
enough because there are so
many characters to play.
tre’vell.anderson@
latimes.com
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‘BACK TO BURGUNDY’
A full-bodied film to savor
This satisfying story of a family and its vineyard makes good use of its terroir
KENNETH TURAN
FILM CRITIC
“Back to Burgundy” is
hardly the first French film
to use the making of wine as
a backdrop, but it might be
the most site specific.
It’s not that other vineyard films like Éric Rohmer’s
“Autumn Tale” or Gilles
Legrand’s “You Will Be My
Son,” starring Niels Arestrup as the winemaker
from hell, were not excellent.
But none of them can
match “Back to Burgundy”
for its determination to
make growing grapes and
making wine in general and
four seasons in one vineyard
in particular as much of a
character in a film as its
personal drama.
As
co-written
(with
Santiago Amigorena) and
directed by veteran French
filmmaker Cédric Klapisch,
the film’s emphasis on a trio
of thirtysomething siblings
and their relation to the
family domain make the
French title “Ce Qui Nous
Lie” (“What Binds Us”)
especially appropriate.
Warm without sacrificing
integrity, pleasant but not to
a fault, “Back to Burgundy”
is satisfying rather than
earth-shaking. It balances
the genuine family bond between the trio with complex,
at times difficult, individual
scenarios as well as all that
oenologic lore.
Because Klapisch’s previous films, like “When the
Cat’s Away,” “L’Auberge
Espagnole” and “Russian
Dolls,” are all urban in setting, the filmmaker sought
out help when venturing into
rural territory.
Key was the assistance of
Jean-Marc Roulot, who
plays Marcel, the estate’s
manager, and has been a
winemaker as well as a working actor for some 30 years.
Aside from performing, his
job here, he told a French reporter, “is to make sure nobody laughs when the film is
shown in Beaune.”
What result are fascinating sequences that deal with
such specifics as how you
chose the day to pick the
grapes (“with white, on time
is already too late”) and how
to decide how much of the
harvest you de-stem.
Also grounding the story
Music Box Films
FRANÇOIS CIVIL as Jérémie, from left, Pio Marmaï as Jean and Ana Girardot as Juliette are well cast as siblings in “Back to Burgundy.”
‘Back to
Burgundy’
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour,
53 minutes
Playing: Laemmle's Royal,
West Los Angeles;
Playhouse 7, Pasadena;
Town Centre 5, Encino
is the fine photography of
Alexis
Kavyrchine,
a
cinematographer with a
documentary background,
who provides stunning
images of the vineyards in
conditions ranging from
sunshine to snow.
A cast that is convincing
as siblings is also essential,
and “Back to Burgundy”
does especially well with the
gifted trio of actors not as
well known here as they are
in France: Pio Marmai, Ana
Girardot and François Civil.
Marmai plays Jean, the
family’s eldest son and the
film’s central figure, the man
who is, in fact, coming back
to the Burgundy region after
a decade away.
Jean left home in part
because his father, seen in
frequent flashbacks, was too
hard on him, and he’s returning because of the man’s
impending death. Currently
running a small domain in
Australia with his on-again,
off-again girlfriend, the
mother of his young son,
Jean has to figure out his relationship both to Burgundy
and the family he left behind.
Happiest to see Jean return is sister Juliette (Girardot), who has been working
with her father for the past
two years. She clearly has
the winemaking gift but not
the confidence to go with it,
and she is juggling her
strong ideas about wine with
insecurities about whether
she is cut out to be the boss.
Loving wine but not having as much of a gift for it is
younger son Jeremie (Civil).
He’s had the misfortune of
marrying into a prosperous
wine making family and having to deal with an overbearing father-in-law who makes
independent life difficult for
him and his bride.
In addition to their individual dilemmas, the siblings, as joint owners of the
family domain, have to figure out not only their individual dramas but how to
come to a resolution about
what to do with the land,
whether to sell all, in part or
not at all, a decision made
more difficult by the considerable inheritance tax which
has to be paid.
As we watch these three
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go through an entire year on
the land, dealing with everything from the chaotic harvest to the necessity of digging up an ancient vine
planted by their grandfather, we get a sense of wine
as serious business that
demands your soul as well as
your body.
“You really feel the land
belongs to you when you
work it,” Jean begins to
understand, and viewers
who treat themselves to
“Back to Burgundy” will get
a bit of that sense of ownership as well.
kenneth.turan@latimes.com
Twitter: @KennethTuran
Sergei Bachlakov Vertical Entertainment
JOHN CORBETT , left, is the atheist brother helping
PORTRAYING an actor much like himself, Burt
ROSS LYNCH , center, plays a California kid having a
Daniel A.R. White’s reverend save his church.
Reynolds makes a journey into a celebrated past.
tough time adjusting to life on a Connecticut campus.
‘GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS’
‘THE LAST MOVIE STAR’
‘STATUS UPDATE’
Story of faith is at Burt Reynolds
Lowbrow comedy
odds with itself provides wattage adds nothing new
In the interest of equal
time, anyone who’s ever seen
a movie where the villains
are depicted as prim religious moralists should sample some of the “God’s Not
Dead” series. At times these
pictures play like a pointed
parody of liberal Hollywood
pieties, flipping the script so
that charismatic teachers
and crusading attorneys become the bad guys.
That “overdue counterprogramming”
element
doesn’t necessarily make
these films good, though.
“God’s Not Dead: A Light in
Darkness” is less strident
than the two surprise hits
that preceded it, but it still
tells a programmatic story,
rooted in presumptions.
Daniel A.R. White reprises his role as the Rev.
Dave, an amiable minister
who keeps stumbling into
situations where his faith is
at odds with secular authority. This time, when Dave’s
church is firebombed, the
state university that owns
the land sees an opportunity
to evict an institution it finds
embarrassing.
“A Light in Darkness” admirably tries to move beyond drawing lines between
petty bureaucracies and the
righteous. As Dave fights to
save his ministry (aided by
his nonbelieving lawyer
brother, well played by John
Corbett), he’s distressed to
realize he’s contributing to
the divisiveness of modern
American life.
But like a lot of faithbased films, “God’s Not
Dead” feels as though it’s
trying to score points in an
argument no one’s actually
having.
— Noel Murray
“God’s Not Dead: A Light in
Darkness.” Rated: PG, for
thematic elements, including some violence and suggestive material. Running
time: 1 hour, 44 minutes.
Playing: In general release.
There’s a wafer-thin line
between life and art where
“The Last Movie Star” is
concerned — Adam Rifkin’s
bittersweet,
fictionalized
portrait of a pro football
hopeful turned stuntman
turned 1970s box office sensation played by pro football
hopeful turned stuntman
turned 1970s box office sensation Burt Reynolds.
When we’re first introduced to Reynolds’ Vic Edwards, he has just put down
his faithful canine companion, returning to an empty
home decorated with memories of an all-too-distant
past.
He’s offered a chance to
revisit those glory days courtesy of a Nashville film festival honoring him with a lifetime achievement award,
and he accepts after prodding from his buddy Sonny
(Chevy Chase). Arriving to
discover the festival is held
in a pub and hosted by fanboy Doug McDougal (Clark
Duke), Edwards is ready to
bolt but ends up taking a lifeaffirming detour with McDougal’s feisty sister Lil (Ariel Winter).
Thanks to its star’s all-in
commitment, the overtly
maudlin film works better
than it should, particularly
sequences in which octogenarian Reynolds is dropped
into “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Deliverance” and
converses philosophically
with his younger self.
Gimmicky to be sure, but
those clips provide a valuable reminder of the undeniable charisma that made
Edwards, er, Reynolds, such
a bankable screen icon.
— Michael
Rechtshaffen
“The Last Movie Star.”
Rated: R, for some sexuality/
partial nudity. Running
time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle Royal
Theatre, West L.A.; also on
DirecTV.
Adults aren’t the demo
for lowbrow teen comedies
like “Status Update,” whose
audience generally isn’t old
enough to drink yet.
Those who can imbibe
will want to while watching
this film that starts off funny
but becomes a frustrating
exercise in déjà vu for
anyone who’s graduated
from high school or seen a
movie.
Quintessential
California kid Kyle (former Disney Channel star Ross
Lynch) struggles to fit
into his new Connecticut
school.
When he tries to replace a
phone destroyed by bullies,
the strange cellphone seller
(Instagram star Josh Ostrovsky a.k.a. the Fat Jew) introduces him to an app
called U-niverse.
Kyle soon discovers that
U-niverse will give him whatever he asks for, whether it’s
a visit from his father (Rob
Riggle) or the pipes to win a
part in the chorus — and the
heart of Dani (fellow Disney
alum Olivia Holt). But, as
in every other wish-fulfillment film, Kyle begins to realize that getting what you
desire isn’t always what it
seems.
With its PG-13 rating,
“Status Update” ages up
the material for Lynch’s
fans, but it feels like a retread.
Its bubbly tone is often at
odds with the casual cruelty
present. “Status Update”
layers in a message about social media’s filters and fakery, but it isn’t enough to
make this a movie worth
sharing.
— Kimber Myers
“Status Update.” Rated:
PG-13, for crude and suggestive humor, language and
some teen partying. Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes. Playing: AMC Rolling
Hills, Torrance; also on
VOD.
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passed the kind of scrutiny
— on both sides of the Pacific
— that might have quickly
shut down the whole shady
enterprise.
Although big U.S. investment firms such as Roth
Capital Partners and Rodman & Renshaw (both profiled here) cozied up to these
China-centric opportunities, “little” guys like David
eventually took notice and
began short-selling the
stocks of these reversemergered entities in an attempt to expose their duplicity.
The film makes a sound
case for greater regulation of
financial systems. It also
suggests that, under our
present
administration,
Americans will likely see the
reverse.
— Gary Goldstein
CAPSULE REVIEWS
An L.A.
noir for
a new era
A moody noir pop-up,
“Gemini” is writer-director
Aaron Katz’s alluring, selfreflexive Los Angeles-set
mystery that also doubles
as a pictorial mash note to
the city’s gleaming spaces
and dreaming inhabitants.
At the crux of its titular
duality is a showbiz relationship of commonality
and convenience between
young starlet Heather (Zoë
Kravitz), pursued by social
media followers and professional/romantic suitors in
various stages of neediness,
and her assistant Jill (Lola
Kirke), whose duties include handler, companion
and sleepover confidante.
When the pair’s work/
play night of angering a flustered director (Nelson
Franklin) and drunken
karaoke with Heather’s secret squeeze (Greta Lee)
ends with the morning discovery of a bullet-riddled
body, Jill becomes a prime
suspect in the eyes of a patient, dogged detective
(John Cho).
While Jill’s mission to uncover the truth leans into
tense turns, oddball twists
and scenic moods, Katz enriches the well-established
glossary of Southern California noir with a richly textured palette (courtesy cinematographer
Andrew
Reed), abetted nicely by
Keegan DeWitt’s atmospheric soundtrack.
You sense the messier
aesthetics of Katz’s mumblecore origins have fallen
away to reveal a born alchemist of story and imagery — in its arresting visual tour of L.A.’s groovy
neighborhoods and rich
hideaways, “Gemini” captures a secret, abiding and
even menacing melancholy
behind its oft-regarded surfaces.
And with his soulful,
close-up-ready
female
leads, Katz finds performance power too.
Kravitz nails the peculiar
precocity of an internet-age
idol, while Kirke quickly
earns our sympathy as a
brunet indie heroine turned
blond-dyed — and eventually leather-clad and motorbike-riding — amateur
sleuth.
“Gemini” may be the ideal Instagram-era genre
flick: an identity thriller
about advantage and escape that swipes left and
right with cool, calculated
authority.
— Robert Abele
“Gemini.” Rated: R, for
pervasive language and a violent image. Running time:
1 hour, 33 minutes. Playing:
AMC Century City; ArcLight Hollywood.
“The China Hustle.” Rated:
R, for some language. Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes. Playing: Landmark
Nuart Theatre, West L.A.;
also on VOD.
Neon
Gimmicks are
not effective
HEATHER (Zoë Kravitz) plays a young starlet in L.A. with a social media following in Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.”
Moving beyond
a sports drama
For her feature debut,
Olivia Newman could have
made a standard sports
drama about a teenage girl
breaking into the world of
boys wrestling.
Instead, in “First Match,”
the writer-director tells an
unvarnished story that
grapples with the complexity of father-daughter relationships and the desperation of feeling like you have
no choices.
Monique (Elvire Emanuelle) bounces from foster
home to foster home, but she
thinks that she may have
found a way out of the system when she runs into her
father (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) after his release from
prison.
To get his attention and
affection, she follows in his
footsteps and joins her
Brooklyn high school’s
wrestling team.
Like its headstrong heroine, “First Match” refuses to
do what we expect of it. It
speeds past the challenges
we imagine would be hurdles, such as Monique being
the only girl competing in
matches, and instead devotes its energies to a more
nuanced narrative.
Based on Newman’s
short of the same name, the
strong script deserves credit
for giving a voice to an experience that is rarely seen on
screen, but it all works because of Emanuelle. The actress is a tightly wound bundle of raw nerves, exposing
each dimension of the teen’s
emotions as she moves from
sullen to fierce to vulnerable.
But while “First Match” is
more ambitious than most
films in the genre, it still pro-
vides moments to cheer our
complicated
heroine,
whether she’s on the mat or
off.
— Kimber Myers
“First Match.” Not rated.
Running time: 1 hour, 42
minutes. Playing: iPic Westwood, Los Angeles, and
streaming on Netflix.
Sharon Stone
shines in ‘Wish’
The most remarkable
thing about “All I Wish,”
written and directed by Susan Walter, is the casting —
but what a difference it
makes for this light romantic comedy. Star Sharon
Stone was originally offered
the mother role but convinced Walter she should
play the daughter, Senna, instead.
So Senna became 46, not
25, and Stone stepped into
one of her more winning
roles in a long time. With an
older woman as the lead,
this cute rom-com takes on a
greater depth and poignancy than it would have with
standard twentysomething
stars.
“All I Wish” follows the
progression of Senna’s life
every year on her birthday.
This structure is an efficient
way to mark time and
growth (or setbacks). It’s a
more heightened version of
what we all do on our birthdays, touch base with ourselves, compare and contrast where we are now and
where we were then. It’s an
interesting conceit, even if as
viewers, we long for the connective tissue that fills in the
gaps of time.
Every birthday, we get to
see the rhythms of carefree
Los Angeles stylist Senna’s
life. Her friend Darla (Liza
Lapira) would describe her
as floundering, a little lost, a
little unmotivated, caught in
a cycle of younger men and
subpar jobs.
That doesn’t stop Darla
from celebrating her friend
every year on her birthday, a
welcome antidote to the
country club lunches Senna
shares with her mom (Ellen
Burstyn), who gifts her
china settings and gentle
nagging about marriage.
Darla tries to finagle a
setup for Senna with lawyer
Adam (Tony Goldwyn), but
the polar opposites get off on
the wrong foot. That doesn’t
stop Darla from trying again
next year, and the year after
that, until Senna and Adam
finally realize they’re crazy
about each other. They also
drive each other crazy, her
impulsive nature clashing
with his careful, logical way
of doing things.
Each birthday is just a
small snapshot into a much
bigger life story, as Senna
copes with her mother’s illness, focuses on her career
and tries to maintain a relationship, at the same time.
But charting their relationship highs and lows over
one day each year, we lose a
sense of the magic in what
makes Senna and Adam
work — we just have to take
their word for it, and sometimes the relationship roller
coaster we see is a bit too
dramatic.
That’s why the casting is
so key to the success of “All I
Wish” — with older protagonists, the stakes are so much
higher.
Will Senna achieve her
dream of becoming a designer? Will she ever find
true love and marry? How
will she cope with the potential loss of her mother? It
adds a layer of richness to
the story that would be oth-
erwise missing.
Stone had the right instincts about the part — she
inhabits Senna beautifully,
and her performance anchors the light-as-air “All I
Wish.” It’s the perfect role for
her to sink her teeth into,
sexy and fun, but she brings
a sense of real intelligence
and soulfulness to the character. That’s true star power.
— Katie Walsh
“All I Wish.” Rated: R for
some sexual content and
partial nudity. Running
time: 1 hour, 34 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle Monica
Film Center, Santa Monica.
A ‘Hustle’ of big
dimensions
“There are no good guys
in this story, including me,”
warns
Philadelphia-area
hedge fund operator and financial activist Dan David
at the start of “The China
Hustle,” writer-director Jed
Rothstein’s accessible, persuasive, often amusing look
at how investments in dubious Chinese companies gave
way to crisis-level losses for
average American stockholders in the wake of the
2008 financial disaster —
and beyond — and made
some U.S. bankers and lawyers and Chinese executives
a bundle.
David is our de facto
guide here in telling this
story of purported U.S.China collusion in selling
bad deals via the formation
of reverse mergers: in this
case, the acquisition of stillpublic, U.S. shell companies
by private Chinese companies.
The result was an array of
seriously overvalued corporations that legally by-
You could excuse the couples’ brunch micro-indie
“Fourplay” for its smallbore, one-set theatricality,
if it weren’t for the fact that
it betrays little understanding of how good plays work
as both writing and stagecraft.
Brooklynites
Anna
(Tammy Blanchard) and
Tom (Bryan Greenberg) — a
tightly wound restaurateur
and her adoring if skittish
squeeze — talent agent Joe
(Dominic Fumusa) and his
New Age-y wife Susan
(Emanuela Galliussi) gather for an overlong course of
hipster chat and knowing
jokes that segues abruptly
into a slapped-together entrée of secrets, recriminations and barking.
And if you can’t guess at
least a few of those last-minute revelations, that’s OK,
because though they may be
predictable, they also make
little sense.
Director Dean Ronalds,
who wrote the screenplay
with Galliussi and Francesco Plazza, undercuts his
Cassavetes-armwrestles-Albee ambitions with the trite
decision to shoot the whole
thing as a single, awkward,
hallway-traversing, intimacy-leeching take. (We really
are at peak all-in-one-shot
cinema — it’s lost all purpose.)
“Fourplay” is in blackand-white too, for no ostensible reason. The actors
gamely strive for conversational naturalism, but what
they say matters little because you never sense anything other than an environment rigged to explode
rather than nurtured into
emotional relevance.
— Robert Abele
“Fourplay.” Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 17 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle Music
Hall, Beverly Hills.
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AT THE MOVIES
Ivan Massar Take Stock / Image Works / HBO
CORETTA Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. Harry Belafonte, back right, Nipsey Russell, back left.
Last years of King’s life
[King, from E1]
[King’s] friends sit down to
recall the last years of his
life.”
Aside from the extraordinary nature of those years,
several factors are key to the
film’s success with what is
basically a talking heads formula.
For one thing, those
friends turn out to be uniformly articulate and insightful, and the unadorned
interviews are conducted by
two people, Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Taylor
Branch and writer Trey
Ellis, who know this period
and the people involved intimately.
Interviewees include celebrities Joan Baez and close
friend Harry Belafonte as
well as movement insiders
ranging from public figures
like Jesse Jackson, Andrew
Young and John Lewis to
lesser-known advisors like
Clarence Jones, King’s personal attorney.
These interviews are
movingly stitched together
by editors Maya Mumma
and Steven Golliday and
intercut with smartly chosen newsreel material, including clips from the astonishing, almost prophetic
“I’m not fearing any man,
mine eyes have seen the
glory of the coming of the
Lord” speech King gave the
night before he was assassinated.
What’s particularly compelling about this material is
that all witnesses saw the
same transformation in
King. As a result of, says
Young, “trying to redeem the
soul of America from the
triple evils of racism, war
and poverty,” King found
himself,
in
Belafonte’s
words, “unprepared for the
villainy he saw in the world.”
Sums up Jones, “the last
18 months before the assassination was the most difficult time of his life.”
Though it focuses on that
year and a half and starts
with a heartbreaking story
told by friend Xernona Clayton of how King’s young sons
uncharacteristically tried to
prevent him from taking
that last trip to Memphis,
“King in the Wilderness”
starts with the cataclysmic
events that took place three
years before his death.
Stunned by the violence
that erupted in Watts in August 1965, King visited the
area (we see him heckled in a
brief clip) and decided to engage with issues like housing, education and unemployment in the North.
That led, in January 1966,
to King’s moving into what
newspapers described as “a
Chicago slum flat,” initially
without electricity or heat
‘King in the
Wilderness’
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour,
51 minutes
Playing: Laemmle’s
Playhouse 7, Pasadena;
HBO starting Monday
during a winter where the
temperature dropped to 16
below.
King’s reception in the
city was just as frosty. The
racial hypocrisy here was extreme, the situation less predictable than the South, the
hostility of white residents
more intense than expected.
We hear a secretly recorded Chicago Mayor Richard
Daley telling President
Lyndon Johnson that King
was “a goddamn faker” and
hear black ministers, part of
Daley’s patronage system,
demand that King leave
town.
“Chicago,” remembers
Belafonte, “was a huge
awakening to him.”
At the same time, King
was pulled back to the South
in June 1966 when James
Meredith, the student who
integrated the University of
Mississippi, was shot.
That trip exposed pro-
found differences of opinion
with Stokely Carmichael,
the head of the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, who emphasized black power and in
no way believed in nonviolence as a moral imperative
the way King did.
Also putting pressure on
the minister was the student
left, who wanted him to take
a stand against the Vietnam
War. When King did, saying
“the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is
my own government,” he
was attacked on all sides.
“He died,” Clayton pointedly
comments, “of a broken
heart.”
Still, King did not waver
in his commitment to eradicating poverty, founding the
Poor People’s Campaign
that led to his fatal trip to
Memphis to support a sanitation workers strike.
As horribly tragic as
King’s death was at the time,
it seems worse now, when
leaders of his stature are
painfully thin on the ground.
Though this film is simple to
summarize, to understand
and experience the powerful
emotional charge “King in
the Wilderness” conveys, it
simply must be seen.
kenneth.turan
@latimes.com
Twitter: @KennethTuran
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TELEVISION
REVIEWS
Imagination takes flight in new shows
‘The Dangerous Book
for Boys’ and ‘Craig of
the Creek’ let kids’
minds roam free.
ROBERT LLOYD
TELEVISION CRITIC
Two shows for kids about
making stuff and the power
of imagination debut Friday.
One is a cartoon.
Bryan Cranston, the actor, and writer-director Greg
Mottola (“Adventureland”)
have made a character-driven live-action series out of
Conn and Hal Iggulden’s
non-narrative “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” It premieres Friday on Amazon
Prime. (Cranston is not in
it.)
With its embossed cover
and antique typography, the
original volume resembles
something that might have
appeared 100 years ago, back
when boys were little men
and girls were little women,
as far as such things were
then understood. It’s a compendium of practical instruction and sundry facts of
(nominally masculine) interest that means to transport readers to a time before
digital devices ruled the
Earth, and merely to coax
electricity from a potato or
hit a rock with a stick was
the height of fun.
The TV series is of course
something you watch on a
screen, though it endeavors
to be thoughtful and human.
Gabriel Bateman plays
Wyatt McKenna, the youngest and least eccentric of
three brothers and next to
his mother (Erinn Hayes),
arguably the most sensible
member of his household, including
grandmother
Tiffany (Swoosie Kurtz),
highly vocal about a vaguely
scandalous rock ’n’ roll past.
Eldest brother Liam (Kyan
Zielinski) is a business
mogul in training, middle
brother Dash (Drew Powell)
a human tornado of limited
intelligence.
Their father, Patrick —
an inventor of whimsical, analog, often food-related
gadgets — has recently died
of an unspecified disease
that nevertheless gave him
time to assemble a handsome mixed-media tome
containing valuable knowledge for his sons. (Questions
of gender stereotyping are
avoided by making this a
book not for every boy, just
these particular ones.)
With the presentation of
the book and the sudden appearance of his father’s twin
brother, Terry (Chris Diamantopoulos), an aging
beach bum who pitches a
tent in the foyer, Wyatt begins having strange episodes. These Walter Mittystyle daydreams transport
him to the moon, a jungle
and Antarctica, where his father
(Diamantopolous,
again) appears to him in appropriate costumes.
Whether Wyatt is communing with the actual spirit of his father, just metaphorically digesting what he
has read in “The Dangerous
Book,” or experiencing some
pathological fugue state is
open to interpretation, but
only the most exacting child
viewer will care. In narrative
terms, Patrick is both dead
and alive, and teaching Wyatt poker.
There is darkness in the
series, but it all bends
toward fuzzy good feelings in
the end. Actually, it feels
pretty fuzzy all the way
through,
conscientiously
warm and mostly predictable. Lessons are learned,
right on time. Some viewers,
and parents of viewers, will
take such qualities as a recommendation, and they’re
not wrong to.
Perhaps because they’re
made less specifically for a
young audience, cartoons
tend to be sharper, stranger,
smarter and more satirical
than
live-action
shows
(“The Adventures of Pete
and Pete” and certain other
series excepted).
Giovanni Rufino Amazon Prime Video
“DANGEROUS Book’s” Drew Powell, left, Kyan Zielinski and Gabriel Bateman.
‘The
Dangerous
Book for Boys’
Where: Amazon Prime
When: Any time, starting
Friday
Rated: TV-Y7 (may be
unsuitable for children
under age 7)
‘Craig of
the Creek’
Cartoon Network
THREE CHILDREN have various adventures in a
park in the new animated series “Craig of the Creek.”
Cartoon Network’s new,
sharp, strange, smart and
satirical “Craig of the Creek”
is created by “Steven Universe” writers Matt Burnett
and Ben Levin. Title character Craig (voiced by Philip
Solomon) has adventures
TV H IGH L IGH T S
SERIES
MacGyver As Mac (Lucas
Till) and the team hunt
down an ex-government
employee who absconded
with classified information, they cross paths with
the
bounty-hunting
Colton
family
again.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lance
Gross, Jermaine Rivers
and Javicia Leslie reprise
their earlier guest roles.
George
Eads,
Justin
Hires, Tristin Mays, Meredith Eaton and Isabel Lucas also star. 8 p.m. CBS
Blindspot Jane and Weller
(Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton) attend a
party hoping to arrest the
host (guest star David
Morse). Gloria Reuben
(“ER”), Tori Anderson,
Bruce
Davison
and
Kristina Reyes also guest
star. 8 p.m. NBC
MasterChef: Junior Edition
The cooks craft sugar-free
desserts, then they prepare dishes inspired by
their families’ heritage. 8
p.m. Fox
Hawaii Five-0 Danny (Scott
Caan) gets a visit from the
ex-wife of the man who
shot him. Jimmy Buffett
reprises his guest role in
this new episode directed
by Alex O’Loughlin, who
plays McGarrett. 9 p.m.
CBS
Taken Hart (Jennifer Beals)
tries to stop an ex-reporter who threatens to reveal
American
operatives
working overseas in this
new
episode.
Clive
Standen, Adam Goldberg
and Jessica Camacho also
star. 9 p.m. NBC
Marvel’s
Agents
of
S.H.I.E.L.D.
General
Hale’s (guest star Catherine Dent) true purpose is
determined by Coulson
(Clark Gregg), who has to
order the other agents to
help her. Adrian Pasdar
and Dove Cameron continue their guest roles. 9
p.m. ABC
Blue Bloods Treat Williams
and Kevin Dillon reprise
their earlier guest roles in
this new episode. Tom
Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Steven Schirripa and
Donnie Wahlberg star. 10
p.m. CBS
The Secret Life of Kids During graduation week the
kids reflect on what they
have learned, in the season finale. 11:30 p.m. USA
Karen Neal CBS
JIMMY BUFFETT
reprises his guest role in
a new episode of police
drama “Hawaii Five-0.”
SPECIALS
New Wave: Dare to Be Different Three decades after the Long Island-based
radio station WLIR left
the airwaves, filmmaker
Ellen Goldfarb pays tribute to this cultural institution, which spent much of
the 1980s on the cutting
edge of the music scene. 8
p.m. Showtime
MOVIES
Arrival (2016) 9:50 a.m. and
10:35 p.m. EPIX
The Babadook (2014) 10:55
a.m. TMC
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
12:10 p.m. HBO
Punching Henry (2016) 12:30
p.m. TMC
The Lion King (1994) 4:25
p.m. Freeform
Wonder Woman (2017) 6:35
p.m. HBO
WALL-E (2008) 7:19 p.m. Encore
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 7:30 p.m.
FX
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Grace
VanderWaal. (N) 7 a.m.
KCBS
Today John Legend; Brandon Victor Dixon; Kacey
Musgraves performs. (N)
7 a.m. KNBC
KTLA Morning News (N) 7
a.m. KTLA
Good Morning America
Michelle Beadle; Mike
Greenberg; Jalen Rose.
(N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Tyler Perry
(“Acrimony”); Chris Wallace; Grae Drake, Rotten
Tomatoes; author Patty
Rodriguez (“The Life of/
La Vida de Selena”). (N) 7
a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Taryn
Mohrman. (N) 9 a.m.
KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Chrissy Teigen; Scott Rogowsky; Andy Grammer
performs. (N) 9 a.m.
KABC
The View Author Geraldo
Rivera. (N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Chrissy Metz (“This Is
Us,” book “This Is Me”);
chef
Jacques
Torres
(“Nailed It!”). (N) 11 a.m.
KTTV
The Talk Ed Helms; author
Naomi Judd. (N) 1 p.m.
KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show First year
as a mother: Hoda Kotb
(“Today”). (N) 1 p.m.
KTTV
The Doctors A company is
accused of pushing opioids on patients; a procedure to reverse scarred
eyes. 2 p.m. KCBS
Rachael Ray Eva Amurri
Martino; Simon Pegg
(“Ready Player One”). (N)
2 p.m. KCOP
Washington Week The Russia probe; firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary
David Shulkin; North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s
trip to Beijing: Mark
Mazzetti, the New York
Times; Shawna Thomas,
VICE
News;
Andrea
Mitchell, NBC News; Jon
Decker of Fox News Radio. (N) 7 p.m. KOCE
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KVCR; midnight
KOCE
Real Time With Bill Maher
11:30 p.m. HBO
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert Bryan
Cranston; former President Carter. (N) 11:35 p.m.
KCBS
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
KABC
SPORTS
2018
NCAA
Women’s
Basketball Tournament
Final four: Louisville versus Mississippi State 4
p.m. ESPN2; Connecticut
versus Notre Dame 6:30
p.m. ESPN2
Baseball The Giants visit
the Dodgers 7 p.m. KTLA
and SNLA; the Angels visit the Oakland Athletics
7:30 p.m. FSN
NHL Hockey Kings visit the
Ducks 7 p.m. KCOP and
FS Prime
with his best friends JP
(Michael Croner, playing
slow and Southern, a little
like Daws Butler as Huckleberry Hound) and Kelsey
(Georgie Kidder), who narrates her own thoughts and
actions in the third person in
Where: Cartoon Network
When: 6:25 and 6:45 p.m.
Friday
Rated: TV-G (suitable for
all ages)
an English accent, as from
the pages of the fantasy novels she reads.
The creek of the title runs
through a park where kids
range free without adult supervision, where a shopping
card “from a grocery store
chain that nobody’s ever
heard of ” can take on legendary proportions and distance is measured by “backyards” — as when, wearing
hazmat suits made from
garbage bags, the trio determines to penetrate “18
square backyards of North
American poison ivy” to the
field’s uncharted center.
The stories reflect the
way that kids (and maybe
the rest of us) construct selfimage through pop culture
and shared games. There
are the bike kids, the horse
girls (who claim the meadow), the park “elders” —
teenagers, playing roleplaying games in a cave. A
game of tag becomes a story
of contagion and isolation
and self-sacrifice. There are
departures from reality — a
woodsy park is one of the last
places a parent is going to let
a child run around unsupervised nowadays, just for a
start. But by and large, the
series exists in a real world of
generally plausible physics
and relatable human behavior.
That
Kelsey,
whose
budgie Mortimer is usually
perched on her head, is a
warrior in her mind is perhaps not unrelated to the
fact that she is the only child
of a single father. (“He
wanted a family portrait,”
she says of a photo hanging
in their house, “and without
me, it’s just a picture of a guy
with a mustache.”) Craig is
also defined by his family,
contrasting with a more serious older brother, studying
“for a test I have to take in
two years,” and a little sister
with a precocious interest in
economics. She’s played by
Lucia Cunningham, in a performance reminiscent of
Cathy Steinberg as Sally
Brown in “A Charlie Brown
Christmas” — which is to
say, she’s delightful.
I have no higher praise.
robert.lloyd@latimes.com
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COMICS
BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Monks at a monastery
spent their time transcribing ancient texts by hand.
When they got computers to
facilitate the process, it elicited a comment from the abbot: “Now we can have archaic and eat it too!”
At 6NT, South needs
more than one slice of cake.
He has 11 top tricks with
many chances for one more.
South starts by taking four
clubs, pitching a diamond.
East lets go a spade and a
heart. South next leads a
heart to his jack.
West wins with the queen
and leads the jack of diamonds, and declarer takes
the queen and continues
with the top spades.
When West discards a
heart, South cashes the A-K
of diamonds next. East must
save his jack of spades; he
discards a heart. South discards his last spade.
At Trick 12, dummy leads
a heart. When East follows
low, his last card is the jack of
spades. South also knows
that West still has a high diamond, so South puts up the
ace of hearts to make the
slam. He has given himself
every chance, ending with a
squeeze.
Question: You hold: ♠ 7 5
♥ 6 5 3 ♦ A K 5 2 ♣ K Q 6 4. Neither side vulnerable. The
dealer, at your right, opens
one spade. What do you say?
Answer: Some players
would climb in boldly with a
double, especially since the
vulnerability offers some
protection. But the hand is
more oriented to defending,
and if your partner responded to a double by bidding two
(or more) hearts, your support for the other major
would be a major disappointment. Pass.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
NORTH
♠75
♥653
♦AK52
♣KQ64
WEST
EAST
♠84
♠J9632
♥KQ2
♥9874
♦ J 10 8 6
♦97
♣ 10 9 8 7
♣53
SOUTH
♠ A K Q 10
♥ A J 10
♦Q43
♣AJ2
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
2 NT
Pass
6 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♣ 10
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Stark sibling differences
Dear Readers: This week I
am running “Best Of ” columns while I’m on book tour.
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
New people are opportunities. You may find yourself
pretending you’re someone
different. Ask yourself why.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): If you wait for someone
to tell you what to do, you’ll
be lower than you could be.
Take charge.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Don’t settle for the first idea
that comes to mind, because
idea five or 12 or 322 could be
a better one.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Remind your people that
they need what you contribute. Maybe it’s best accomplished by disappearing for
a while.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): If
you see the path from here to
there you can then work
your way along it. It doesn’t
have to be a well-worn path,
just one that arrives.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
It is far easier to solve a prob-
lem that people already
know they have than to to
convince them there is a
problem.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Projecting your worth and
letting people know what it
takes to be part of your
world.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Do you feel like you’re being
watched? You are. Someone
is sizing you up, and they like
what they see.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Today your personal life will soar through clear
and sunny skies. It’s a fine
time to acknowledge and
thank the crew that’s been
keeping you on course.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Your own views on materialism are changing, but
do you really understand
why?
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Your company will embrace you wholeheartedly.
Upon your return home
you’ll find that misery, neglected, has taken leave.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Someone close to you
may be feeling like the side
dish to your main course.
But today you’ll do what you
can to make everyone feel
important.
Today’s
birthday
(March 30): Get serious
about developing and employing your talent. You’ll
earn a stellar reputation,
and you’ll bank on it before
this time next year. Focus on
documenting your work in
April. The extra effort you
make to stand out in a good
way will earn you critical acclaim. You’ll spend many
hours building a very special
relationship. Virgo and Pisces adore you. Your lucky
numbers are: 8, 15, 29, 4 and
13.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: I’m 17 and have
a twin brother. Recently my
parents went out of town,
and my brother wanted to
throw a party. I didn’t want
to, but I stayed up to make
sure nothing got out of hand.
At 11 p.m. someone
brought an incredible quantity of alcohol, and 20 guests
showed up. They all began to
drink heavily, and soon a
guest was feeling sick.
I drove the guest home.
When I returned home the
place was a nightmare. Everyone was drunk. People
were vomiting, there was
broken glass on the floor and
someone had cut his foot
and was bleeding heavily.
I almost called 911, but a
sober friend showed up and
persuaded me not to. In the
morning, I drove them all
home while my brother
cleaned up. I have felt guilty
and angry at my brother
ever since. He tells me I am
being dramatic and I should
forgive him. Should I ?
Terrified Twin
Dear Twin: The route to
forgiveness is smoothest
when it is paved with an acknowledgment that someone has erred, along with a
request to be forgiven. Has
your brother done either of
these things?
You sound amazingly responsible. But this is an extreme note of caution: If you
are ever in a situation where
you think to yourself, “I wonder if I should call 911,” call 911.
An alcohol overdose can
prove fatal.
You must tell your parents about this. Your brother’s choice could have cost
your family everything. They
should never leave you two
home alone overnight again.
— September 2013
Dear Amy: My older sister
is getting married. Her fiancé and his family are a
very Christian conservative
family. Mine is extremely liberal.
I am gay. I received an
email from my sister saying
that she did not think it was
right for me to attend her
wedding, saying they do not
agree with my “lifestyle.”
OK, it is her special day. I am
fine with her choice.
But when my mother
learned I wasn’t invited, she
was outraged. Now my family will not attend my sister’s
wedding, and my sister and
her new fiancé blame me.
What can I do to convince
my family that they need to
go to my sister’s wedding
and also let my sister know
that the real problem is that
she is losing herself and that
this (not my sexual orientation) is the real issue?
The Gay Brother
Dear Gay Brother: I can
completely understand your
family’s choice to not attend
this wedding, because denying your attendance seems
to be a denial -- not only of
your family’s values, but of
you.
Your sister and her almost in-laws are excluding
you and now blaming you for
the drama your exclusion is
causing, as if your gayness is
really getting in the way of
everybody’s good time.
Your graciousness is
commendable. Email your
sister: “I realize this is your
special day. I completely accept your choice and have
told other family members
this. However, I feel like this
choice doesn’t reflect the
values we were raised with. I
hope you don’t change your
core values to suit your new
family. I’ll never stop being
your loving brother and wish
you and your fiance all the
best.”
Don’t bother talking your
mother into attending.
When you’re a parent, you’ll
understand how she feels.
— July 2014
Send questions to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
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