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New concern
over hackers’
threat to U.S.
voting system
Aging polling stations
and outdated software
are prime targets
for a foreign attack,
security experts warn.
By Evan Halper
and Chris Megerian
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
SHOPPERS line up Monday outside Supreme on Fairfax Avenue in L.A. to be assigned numbers to enter
the street-wear store Thursday for its merchandise “drop.” Previously, people waited outside for days.
Catwoman has a new
foe: Rude fashionistas
Store’s clientele has become the bane of Fairfax
On Fairfax Avenue,
where young shoppers
camp for days outside
a skateboard apparel
store and nearby merchants scream about
the ruckus, Catwoman
is on the case.
“We love all people,”
Catwoman said Monday morning while sharpening her
claws, “but they have to go.”
Julie Newmar, the Tony Awardwinning actress whose many roles
included a purring, slinky Catwoman
on the “Batman” TV series, owns real
estate on Fairfax. This is the storied
street that for generations was the
tells O.C.
to find
place for
heart of L.A.’s Jewish community —
lined with delis, bakeries, Jewish
music stores and judaica gift shops —
but in recent years has transformed
into a hip hub of urban street wear
and trendy eateries.
She and her litter of tenants have
been up a tree about the crowds and
the trash they leave behind.
“I have a tenant who had to close,
another who hasn’t been able to pay
the rent for three months,” said Newmar, 84, who showed me a spread of
letters she’s fired off to city officials
imploring them to do something. “It’s
a cancer. I’m not against anyone, but
you can’t destroy this wonderful
neighborhood called Fairfax.”
The store in question is Supreme,
which has been around for years and
has outlets in New York, London and
Paris. As far as I can tell, the marketing strategy is to create hysterical
demand by occasionally releasing
limited supplies of new hoodies, jackets, shirts and other apparel for $100
and more, and crowds march in as if
they’re under hypnosis.
Supreme drew crowds at a downtown L.A. pop-up bazaar last summer, collaborating with Louis Vuitton
to peddle clothing and bags with price
tags into the thousands. The Times
reported, in a near certain sign of the
apocalypse, that bandannas were
going for $370.
The next big “drop,” as Supreme
calls its latest offerings, will be this
Thursday on Fairfax, which means
[See Lopez, A12]
as it is consumed by political
fallout from Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election,
Washington is still struggling to respond to what
many officials see as an imminent national security
threat: a network of voting
systems alarmingly vulnerable to foreign attack.
As hackers abroad plot
increasingly brazen and sophisticated assaults, the
polling stations and outdated voter registration
technology are not up to the
task of fighting them off, according to elections officials
and independent experts.
Senior national security
officials have repeatedly
said that the United States
should prepare for more foreign efforts to interfere with
On Tuesday, President
Trump’s top intelligence advisor warned a Senate committee that Russia is moving
to build on its earlier efforts
to interfere with U.S. elections, which included a sustained campaign of propaganda and the unleashing of
“There should be no
doubt that Russia perceives
its past efforts as successful
and views the 2018 U.S.
midterm elections as a po-
Federal jurist demands
solution to evictions
at river encampments.
By Hannah Fry
and Doug Smith
Orange County’s decision to remove hundreds of
encampments along the
Santa Ana River has turned
into a legal showdown over
how the affluent region
treats some of its most
needy citizens, a battle being
watched by other areas
struggling with growing
transient populations.
U.S. District Judge David
Carter on Tuesday demanded
County officials, cities and
homeless advocates collaborate to find shelter for hundreds of people who have
been living in the camps,
saying he would survey the
area for himself on Wednesday.
Carter last week granted
a temporary restraining
County sheriff ’s deputies
from arresting homeless
people who refuse to leave,
stalling what has been an aggressive effort to clear out
the encampments that
stretch from Fountain Valley
to Anaheim.
That order will stand until public officials can identify an alternative place to
house those living along the
river trail. The goal, the
[See Homeless, A9]
Cameron Spencer Getty Images
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White celebrates his gold medal win in the halfpipe event at Phoenix Snow
Park in Pyeongchang. He scored 97.75 in his final run to top Ayumu Hirano of Japan. SPORTS, D1
tential target,” said Dan
Coats, the director of national intelligence. The administration’s top national
security officials have all
warned about the Russian
threat, although Trump
continues to minimize it.
Elections officials are
daunted by the challenge of
fortifying their defenses.
Many still use outdated software that has fewer security
protections than a decadeold cellphone. Millions of
Americans vote on easily
corruptible machines that
provide no paper trail — an
[See Elections, A8]
on aide
line up
FBI chief contradicts
White House version
of events on spousal
abuse allegations
against Rob Porter.
By Joseph Tanfani
and Noah Bierman
director of the FBI cast new
doubt on the White House’s
version of when officials
learned of a key aide’s history of domestic violence allegations, saying Tuesday
that the bureau completed
its security check on Rob
Porter, President Trump’s
staff secretary, last summer.
The issue of who in the
White House knew about the
allegations and when has
festered for a week, a longer
lifespan than many Trump
White House controversies.
Officials have offered conflicting timelines and failed
to fully explain how Porter
kept his position in the West
Wing until last week, with access to highly classified
documents, despite the serious accusations.
The furor has rekindled
questions about the competence of the White House
staff and the president’s willingness to disbelieve accusations by women of abuse at
the hands of powerful men.
It has also left White House
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly increasingly isolated.
White House officials
have maintained they didn’t
know all the details of the accusations against Porter
and wanted to leave him in
place because the investigation hadn’t been finished.
But FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, a Trump appointee, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that
the bureau provided a partial report on Porter last
[See Porter, A7]
U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim steals the Korean spotlight
By David Wharton
South Korea — Shortly after
winning gold in the Olympic
halfpipe, Chloe Kim was
ushered into a tent at the
bottom of the hill to face a
clutch of international reporters.
The 5-foot-3 Southern
California snowboarder had
delivered a stunning performance, doing tricks no
other woman in her sport
could do, but that wasn’t the
only reason she has become
the breakout star of the 2018
Winter Games.
Kirill Kudryavtsev AFP/Getty Images
CHLOE KIM , a first-generation Korean American,
celebrates after winning gold in the Olympic halfpipe.
When a reporter asked a
question in Korean, the 17year-old quickly waved off
the interpreter, saying: “I’ve
got that.”
Kim is a first-generation
daughter of immigrants who
settled in the greater Los
Angeles area. She speaks
throughout her life, has
made visits to family in this
That helps explain why
her face has been splashed
across local newspapers and
television this week.
“It’s so cool being here,”
[See Chloe Kim, A9]
Obama portraits
buck the trend
The new Smithsonian
paintings of Barack
and Michelle Obama
are not “instantly
forgettable painterly
pablum,” writes Times’
art critic Christopher
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Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
MARINE SGT. Matt Deitrich helps train Afghan soldiers in Helmand province last year. Pakistan is not to
blame for the “quagmire called Afghanistan,” says Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S.
Stop using Pakistan as
a scapegoat, envoy says
Ambassador says it can help U.S. in Afghanistan, fight terrorism
together. We’ve got to convince the Taliban and persuade them that they have
more to gain at the [negotiating] table than on the
battlefield. That’s the challenge we have.
So it would be a pity if the
United States and Pakistan
pick up a bilateral fight
rather than what is clearly a
joint undertaking of shared
interest in stabilizing Afghanistan and bring peace
By Ann M. Simmons
Tension between the
United States and Pakistan
seemed headed toward the
breaking point in recent
weeks after President
Trump angrily accused the
South Asian nation of failing
to stamp out anti-American
militants there or help the
U.S.-led war in neighboring
Afghanistan — charges an
irked Islamabad rejected.
On New Year’s Day,
Trump tweeted that the
United States had “foolishly
given Pakistan more than 33
billion dollars in aid over the
last 15 years, and they have
given us nothing but lies &
deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.” The president
accused Pakistan of providing a “safe haven to the
terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan,” while providing
“little help.”
“No more!” Trump declared. Three days later,
Washington announced
that it was withholding
nearly $1 billion in security
aid for Pakistan.
But in a recent conversation with The Times’ Editorial Board and reporters,
Pakistan’s ambassador to
the U.S., Aizaz Ahmad
Chaudhry, tempered concerns that relations between the two nations had
entered an irreparable
danger zone and shared his
views on possible solutions
for ending the conflict in
The interview has been
edited for length and
How serious is the tension
between the U.S. and Pakistan?
This is a very important
relationship for us. For 70
years, Pakistan and the
United States have worked
together. We think we
achieved results when we
worked together. [For example] during the ’60s when
there was a mighty big
challenge from the communist world and then in the
’80s when the Soviet Union
invaded Afghanistan, the
United States and Pakistan
worked together. And again
in the 2000s when Al Qaeda
posed the challenge that it
did and we achieved results.
This time around, unfortunately, the United States
and Pakistan have begun to
focus more on what divides
them, rather than on what
unites them. And that’s
something that we hope will
The tweet that Trump
issued on the eve of New
Year caused considerable
disappointment and surprise to us. Disappointment
because we believe that
Pakistan and the United
States have worked together for decades and the
relationship should not be
categorized and described
in the terms that it was
done. In Pakistan, there was
big public outrage.
People felt that they were
being singled out and humiliated and even threat-
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
CHAUDHRY says of U.S.-Pakistan ties: “We think we
achieved results when we worked together.”
ened. And it was also a
surprise because the conversations that we were
having with the United
States leadership were
moving us in the direction of
finding common ground.
We think there is still
enough work to be done by
Pakistan and the United
States, particularly to stabilize Afghanistan ... and also
to finish up what we started
together, to eliminate terrorism from our region.
Pakistan says it’s working
to stabilize Afghanistan
and fight terrorism, but
U.S. intelligence says Pakistan works with terrorist
groups and allows some
cross-border terror to
occur. What should we
make of these competing
In the last couple of
years, Pakistan has come a
long way in defeating terrorism, and that’s a reality. In
2013 and 2014 … the military
moved into northern Waziristan tribal areas, and 2½
and three years later the
entire area has been cleaned
up, secured — an area that
for centuries was treated as
a sort of no man’s land by
the British, India and the
Russian Empire.
Today it [has] settled
governments, so that political vacuum which the militants and Taliban exploited
is gone. They are on the run.
We are pushing them away.
In Pakistan, the law-andorder situation has drastically improved.
Now compare it with
Afghanistan next door. The
security situation is deteriorating. For us this is a big
source of concern because
when [the U.S.] leaves we
will still be there. We have
borne the brunt of all that
instability in Afghanistan.
All our gains against terrorism will be at risk if Afghanistan does not stabilize.
The way it is being perceived in Pakistan is that we
are being scapegoated for
failure in Afghanistan. We
are the boogeyman. [But]
we don’t think that anyone
from our intelligence would
support elements who
would kill their own children. That’s not acceptable
to anyone of us. We don’t like
the Taliban and the
Haqqani [network, an
Afghan militant insurgent
group]. We do not want
them in our land. They
should be participating in
the political mainstream in
What should the U.S. be
doing to engineer a political solution in Afghanistan?
We are happy that the
United States has announced its commitment to
stay in Afghanistan. We
were always advocating a
responsible drawdown or a
responsible withdrawal,
because we didn’t want
Afghanistan to descend into
civil war, because that
would again have a severe
impact on Pakistan.
Having said that, we
think the United States
needs to follow a more comprehensive approach. Afghanistan is not just what it
is because Pakistan is allegedly supporting the Taliban. There are serious governance issues in Afghanistan. There are serious corruption issues. And
then there’s the state of the
Afghan security forces.
There are desertions. And
the drug trade is booming.
To say that all this mess
is because Pakistan is providing some safe haven to
some Taliban is an oversimplification of the quagmire
called Afghanistan. We need
to take a more holistic picture than just scapegoating
our country.
What is Pakistan’s view of
the U.S. potentially negotiating with the Taliban?
We have received mixed
signals on that. We know the
U.S. has announced a conditions-based approach,
which means that they
would like to stay in Afghanistan for as long as it
takes to stabilize Afghanistan and to make sure
that the U.S.-stated objective is achieved. That is, that
Afghanistan does not become a safe haven for terrorists who could stage terrorist attacks like 9/11.
We think that part of
that strategy should be a
political approach, whereby
creating an environment for
Afghan factions to come
How concerned are you
that the U.S. might take
unilateral action and carry
out a strike against the
Taliban in Pakistan?
I don’t think [it will]. I
would strongly advise not to
do that. Pakistan and the
United States have worked
together. They have been
partners. Already when
[Trump’s] indignities were
thrown at the Pakistani
people there was big commotion. But the government decided to give a very
restrained and measured
response because we didn’t
want anti-Americanism to
spread in Pakistan.
Since the suspension of aid
do you see the possibility of
things escalating — a serious rupture in relations
between the two countries?
Our channels of communication are open. We are
talking every day. But the
conversations of the type
that were happening during
the previous administration, they’re not going on.
There’s not structured
engagement. It’s just conversations that we’re having. But we think that we
need to actually engage
more seriously and in a
more structured format. It
is important these conversations are continued and
upgraded. Rupture, in my
view, is not an option. It
would be equally injurious
to the U.S. and to Pakistan.
Many Americans hear the
word “Pakistan” and think
terrorism, or the place
where Osama bin Laden
was hiding. How do you
change that narrative?
Well, a stereotype has
developed. There is a gap
between those perceptions
and what has happened in
Pakistan in recent years. It
is not easy to change the
perceptions once they have
been entrenched. We are
also telling the U.S. administration that you have to help
us in changing those perceptions, because they don’t
correspond to the onground reality.
If you keep using Pakistan as a scapegoat — or the
perception is that it’s being
used as a scapegoat — I
think that will not help in
any manner. Pakistan …
wants to remain a friend.
But if Pakistan is cornered
and humiliated, I think that
would not be good for the
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Israeli police
be charged
The prime minister is
defiant in response to
potential indictment
in corruption case.
By Noga Tarnopolsky
Yasser al-Zayyat AFP/Getty Images
U.S. SECRETARY of State Rex Tillerson, third from right, attends a meeting in Kuwait City on raising mon-
ey to rebuild Iraq. He warned that Islamic State “remains a very determined enemy and is not yet defeated.”
Tangled fight in Syria
poses new peril for U.S.
As Washington
expands its role, a
complex war is on the
brink of escalating.
By Alexandra Zavis
and Tracy Wilkinson
BEIRUT — With U.S.
goals expanding and Islamic
State nearing defeat, the
tangled seven-year war in
Syria is growing more complicated as Iran gains the upper hand, Turkey launches a
military offensive and Israel
is increasingly alarmed by
threats to its security.
The risk of a dangerous
escalation was clear Tuesday with reports that U.S.
airstrikes last week had
killed several Russian paramilitary contractors during
an attack by pro-government forces on a U.S.backed militia base in eastern Syria that housed a
small number of American
That comes after a week
in which Turkey, Russia,
Iran and Israel all lost aircraft to hostile fire in Syria’s
increasingly crowded skies.
What began as a civil war
in 2011, with U.S.-backed rebels opposed to President
Bashar Assad, is now a freefor-all of outside states trying to divide the spoils and
expand influence in the Middle East. Assad remains in
power, and Washington and
its allies appear most at risk
of losing out, according to diplomats, aid workers and
other analysts.
The U.S. role in Syria has
expanded under the Trump
administration. Until recently, U.S. policy focused
primarily on defeating Islamic State, delivering humanitarian aid to civilian
communities after critical
battles and supporting diplomatic efforts to end the
conflict. Washington otherwise sought to avoid a
broader entanglement in
another Middle East war.
Last month, however, the
announced that the Pentagon
would keep 2,000 U.S. special
operations forces, as well as
diplomatic teams and others, in the country indefinitely to mop up the remaining militants and to ensure
“Iranian influence in Syria is
diminished, and Syria’s
neighbors are secure,” a
much murkier goal.
“Our military and civilian
personnel on the ground in
Syria will be targeted, eventually,” Robert S. Ford, who
left Syria in 2011 as the last
U.S. ambassador to serve in
Damascus, warned Congress last week. “The Syrian
and Iranian governments,
and Russia, all want us out of
Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson, on a six-day mission in the Middle East, emphasized the effort to finish
off Islamic State, which has
been pushed into a sliver of
territory in eastern Syria.
The group “remains a
Susannah George Associated Press
U.S. TROOPS near Manbij, a Kurdish-controlled Syrian town, look toward the
Turkish border. Turkey views the Kurds as enemies and has threatened Manbij.
very determined enemy and
is not yet defeated,” Tillerson said Tuesday in
Kuwait City at a conference
dedicated to raising money
for reconstruction in Iraq.
Baghdad estimates it
needs $88 billion to rebuild
from the widespread destruction left by Islamic
State’s occupation of cities
and towns, and the bitter
battle to eject them, which
ended in December.
“If communities in Iraq
and Syria cannot return to
normal life, we risk the return of conditions that allowed [Islamic State] to
take and control vast territory,” he said.
But Tillerson offered no
U.S. funds for the reconstruction, urging other
countries to foot the bill instead, a sign of the growing
frustration at the White
House with the impact of
foreign aid.
On Monday, President
Trump complained that
U.S. aid expenditures in the
Middle East were “a mistake” and “stupidly” spent,
erroneously claiming that
the U.S. had spent $7 trillion
in the region since 2001.
U.S. aid is substantial,
but far less than that. In the
first decade after the U.S.led invasion of Iraq in 2003,
the U.S. spent $60 billion in
what a Pentagon audit report later concluded was a
largely failed effort to rebuild
the war-torn country.
Yet the urgency of Iraq’s
condition is just part of the
constellation of conflict revolving around Syria.
U.S.-backed Syrian militias continue to fight in eastern Syria, where Islamic
State retains a foothold in
the Euphrates River Valley,
near the border with Iraq.
Turkish military forces
have assaulted Afrin, a Syrian enclave near the Turkish
border that is controlled by
U.S.-backed Kurds. Ankara
views the Kurds as an extension of a group that has
waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey, and has
threatened to advance on
Manbij, another Kurdish-
controlled area where U.S.
troops are based.
Israel, in turn, has grown
increasingly alarmed about
the presence of Iranian
forces and allied militias, including the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, in
southern Syria near the Israeli-controlled portion of
the Golan Heights. Their
presence and influence has
grown as Assad has become
more secure.
airstrikes in Syria after it detected an Iranian surveillance drone in Israeli
airspace, and an Israeli jet
was downed in Syria. Israel’s
security is a U.S. priority,
and the danger is that U.S.
forces could get dragged into
direct conflict with Iranian
With reconstruction of
Syria looming, Iraq has
served as a dramatic sign of
what’s to come. It has essentially been bombed back a
Islamic State’s black
flags no longer fly over Iraqi
towns and villages. But the
recapture of the vast territory it once held, especially
in the north and west, came
at an enormous cost to their
Months of punishing
airstrikes and door-to-door
fighting left neighborhoods
in ruins. As the militants
withdrew, they destroyed
schools, hospitals, bridges,
and electricity and water
systems. The United Nations
homes were damaged or destroyed just in Mosul, the
largest city to fall under Islamic State control.
Residents are dipping
into savings, selling family
gold or borrowing money to
make needed repairs. But
the scale of the destruction
in sectors that suffered the
worst of the fighting is overwhelming.
At a meeting Monday on
the sidelines of the Kuwait
conference, nongovernmental groups pledged more
than $330,000 in aid for Iraq.
The country will look to the
private sector to foot most of
the bill, arguing there are
profits to be made in reconstruction.
Iraqi officials sought to
reassure potential investors
that they are taking serious
steps to cut red tape and
curb rampant corruption,
but convincing them may be
a challenge. Just about every
country represented has
companies that are owed
money by the Iraqi government.
“I think it’s impressive
the government is addressing this honestly and
openly,” said Lise Grande,
the U.N. Development Program’s representative in
Iraq. But, she added, “I think
many investors need to see
the track record on these reforms.”
The Trump administration and its Western allies
have been counting on Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates to underwrite the
long-term reconstruction.
But a costly Saudi war in
Yemen and a sharp decline
in oil prices have limited
their interest.
A failure at the Kuwait
conference could jeopardize
the hard-won successes
against Islamic State, experts warn.
proved adept at exploiting
festering grievances among
Sunni Arabs against Iraq’s
Shiite-led government. A
failure to rebuild also would
play into the hands of Iran,
which long has argued to
Iraq’s leaders that they can’t
rely on their Western allies.
“If you don’t help these
areas recover, then you are
basically setting yourself up
for the next fight,” said Joost
Hiltermann, the Middle
East and North Africa program director at the International Crisis Group, a
Brussels-based think tank.
Zavis reported from Beirut
and Wilkinson from
JERUSALEM — The Israeli police have recommended the indictment of
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on suspicion of
bribery, fraud and breach of
trust, casting the future of
his government into doubt.
Tuesday came after a yearlong investigation. The decision on whether to prosecute Netanyahu rests with
Atty. Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, who is expected to review the findings of the police and make a determination within weeks.
Netanyahu, who has
dominated Israeli politics
for the last decade and is
known as an implacable survivor of Israel’s rough-andtumble leadership battles,
made clear he plans to fight
the allegations and has no
intention of leaving office.
“There will be nothing,
because there’s nothing
there,” the 68-year-old prime
minister said in a televised
address Tuesday. “With
God’s help,” he said, he expects to overcome “yet another attack from my enemies” and be reelected next
Outlining a public career
going back three decades, he
said that everything he has
done has been for the sake of
the country, “not for cigars
from friends and not for improved media coverage,” as
has been alleged.
After that speech, Miri
Regev, the culture minister
and a close ally, argued that
Netanyahu could remain
prime minister even if indicted and advised reporters “to take it easy and keep
things in proportion.”
But in a clear sign of the
political landscape Netanyahu must now navigate,
none of his coalition partners came to his defense.
With his Likud party
holding only 30 out of 120
parliamentary seats, Netanyahu rules a delicate coalition of 61 legislators. Three
senior members of his Cabinet — the ministers of defense, finance and education
— each chair their own political parties and consider
themselves possible successors to Netanyahu.
The police recommendation Tuesday concerns two
cases against the prime minister.
In one case, Netanyahu is
suspected of offering Arnon
Mozes, the publisher of a
popular Israeli tabloid, a
wide range of improper benefits in exchange for positive
In the other, dubbed
“Case 1000,” he is accused using his position to help several prominent friends, including Hollywood producer
Arnon Milchan and Australian businessman James
Packer, in exchange for Cuban cigars, French champagne and other gifts worth
more than $3,000. In that
case alone, police said, they
have 180 witnesses.
The police also called for
the indictments of Milchan
and Mozes on charges of
graft. Both men have denied
the allegations.
The police said the prime
minister attempted to double the length of a 10-year tax
exemption for expatriate Israelis, “a benefit with great
Milchan,” an Israeli citizen
who has spent most of the
last two decades in California.
Yair Lapid, the finance
minister at the time, blocked
the proposal as fiscally unsound and not in the interests of the state. Netanyahu
fired him in December 2014.
In one of its most surprising revelations, the police
recommendation said that
Lapid was a star witness for
the state.
Late Tuesday night, Netanyahu’s coalition whip
David Amsalem took to the
floor of the parliament to call
Lapid a “little snitch” and
accuse the police of attempting to perpetrate “a coup.”
Lapid, in a statement,
said that when asked by the
police, he “provided testimony like any law-abiding
citizen,” and that as finance
minister he had “resisted political pressure to stop the
‘Milchan law.’ ”
Israel’s opposition reacted with jubilation to what it
is calling the “end of Netanyahu.”
Labor Party Chairman
Avi Gabbay said “the Netanyahu era is over, either at the
ballot box or through investigations.”
member of the center-left
party Meretz, said: “It’s a sad
day for democracy, because
another prime minister is
going to jail.”
Even if the attorney general decides not to follow the
police recommendation, Netanyahu’s legal problems
may not be over.
In recent weeks, the police has moved forward in its
investigation of another
scandal, Case 3000, a controversial $2-billion deal for Israel’s purchase of German
submarines and naval attack vessels.
Netanyahu has not been
named as a suspect in that
case, but his closest circle of
associates, including his
personal lawyer — and cousin — David Shimron and his
senior advisor Yitzhak Molcho, who are brothers-inlaw, have been implicated or
are under arrest.
The case of Netanyahu
could take Israel into uncharted legal territory.
The Supreme Court has
in the past ruled that ministers, who are appointed,
cannot retain their posts if
indicted, but whether an
elected prime minister in
that situation would be
forced out has never been
tested in court.
In 2008, then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned
a week after police recommended his indictment on
charges of fraud, bribery,
breach of trust and money
Olmert was later convicted for misconduct relating to his previous post as
mayor of Jerusalem, serving
19 months of a 27-month jail
term before his release in
Tarnopolsky is a special
Ronen Zvulun Pool Photo
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU dismissed the allega-
tions as “yet another attack from my enemies.”
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Court upholds
arrest warrant
for Assange
A British judge says
the WikiLeaks
founder should have
the courage to face
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LONDON — A judge on
Tuesdasy upheld a British
arrest warrant for Julian Assange, saying the WikiLeaks
founder should have the
courage to come to court
and face justice after more
than five years in Ecuador’s
London embassy.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot
rejected arguments by Assange’s lawyers that it no
longer is in the public interest to arrest him for jumping
bail in 2012 and seeking shelter in the embassy to avoid
extradition to Sweden. Prosecutors there were investigating allegations of sexual
assault and rape made by
two women, which Assange
has denied.
Arbuthnot did not mince
words in her ruling at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, saying that by
jumping bail, Assange had
made “a determined attempt to avoid the order of
the court.”
She said Assange appeared to be “a man who
wants to impose his terms
on the course of justice.”
“He appears to consider
himself above the normal
rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favor,” the judge said, drawing
exclamations of dismay
from Assange supporters in
the public gallery.
Assange can seek to
appeal, though his lawyers
did not immediately say
whether he would.
dropped their investigation
last year, saying there was no
prospect of bringing Assange to Sweden in the foreseeable future. But the
British warrant for violating
bail conditions still stands,
and Assange faces arrest if
he leaves the embassy.
Assange’s lawyers had
asked for the warrant to be
withdrawn because Sweden
no longer wanted him extradited, but the judge rejected
their request last week.
Assange’s attorney Mark
Summers had gone on to argue that arresting him is no
longer proportionate or in
the public interest. Summers argued that the Australian was justified in seeking refuge in the embassy because he has a legitimate
fear that U.S. authorities
want to arrest him for WikiLeaks’ publication of secret
“I do not find that Mr. Assange’s fears were reason-
able,” the judge said.
“If the United States initiates extradition proceedings, Mr. Assange would
have the ability to raise
any bars to the extradition
and challenge the proceedings” in a British court, she
Arbuthnot dismissed another plank of Assange’s
case: a report from a U.N.
working group that said the
46-year-old was being arbitrarily detained.
“I give little weight to the
views of the working group,”
the judge said, noting that
Assange had “restricted his
own freedom for a number of
Assange’s lawyer had argued that the five years Assange has spent in the embassy were “adequate, if not
severe” punishment for his
actions, noting that he had
health problems, including a
frozen shoulder and depression.
The judge accepted that
Assange had depression and
other conditions, but said he
was overall in “fairly good
physical health.”
Arbuthnot also rejected
an argument that Assange’s
actions had not stalled Sweden’s legal case because he
had offered to be interviewed by Swedish prosecutors at the Ecuadorean
Assange’s legal team said
emails recently released after a freedom of information
request showed that a
British prosecutor had advised Sweden “that it would
not be prudent for Sweden
to try to interview Mr. Assange in the U.K.”
The judge said she could
not tell from the emails she
had seen whether the lawyer
who sent them had behaved
inappropriately. But she
said Assange’s “failure to
surrender has impeded the
course of justice.”
“Defendants on bail up
and down the country, and
requested persons facing
extradition, come to court to
face the consequences of
their own choices,” she said.
“He should have the courage
to do so too.”
The ruling leaves the long
legal impasse intact. Apart
charge — for which the maximum sentence is one year in
prison — Assange suspects
that there is a secret U.S.
against him for WikiLeaks’
publication of classified
documents and that American authorities will seek his
Assange’s lawyers say he
is willing to face legal proceedings in Britain, but only
if he receives a guarantee
that he will not be sent to the
U.S. to face prosecution.
That is not an assurance
Britain is likely to give.
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JACOB ZUMA, South Africa’s president since 2009, had been scheduled to leave office next year. His exit
date was moved up after his preferred successor lost a bid to lead the ANC, triggering a bitter power struggle.
Zuma is ordered out as
South African president
The African National
Congress rejects his
request for a few more
months in power.
By Robyn Dixon
South Africa — After weeks
of resisting efforts to dislodge him, embattled South
African President Jacob
Zuma is expected to resign
Wednesday after the party
he has long led, the African
National Congress, called
for him to step down.
ANC Secretary-General
Ace Magashule said Zuma
pleaded for an extra three to
six months in power, a request rejected by the party’s
National Executive Committee. The committee, or
NEC, met for 13 hours in a
marathon session that continued from Monday afternoon into the early hours of
“We discussed and discussed and discussed, and
at the end of discussions,
once you take a resolution, it
is called a collective decision,” Magashule said at a
news conference Tuesday.
“The decision of the NEC is
now final: Recall President
Jacob Zuma. That decision
can’t change.
“We expect the president
to respond tomorrow. Tomorrow the president will
Magashule said the National Executive Committee
had decided Zuma’s deputy,
Cyril Ramaphosa, would replace Zuma as president, after Ramaphosa won the
leadership of the party in
December. No decision has
been taken on who will succeed Ramaphosa as deputy
A bitter power struggle
erupted in the ruling party
after Ramaphosa narrowly
won its leadership in December, defeating Zuma’s
preferred successor, his exwife, Nkosazana DlaminiZuma.
Ramaphosa was due to
take over as president after
elections in 2019, but he and
his supporters were determined to force Zuma swiftly
from power, arguing that the
party needed time to rebuild
its declining support before
Zuma’s term has been
marked by high unemployment, a declining economy
and allegations of corruption and patronage. He has
been accused of allowing a
powerful business family
with whom he was friendly to
exercise vast influence in
government decisions on
Cabinet positions and contracts.
But Magashule said the
ANC did not recall the president for any wrongdoing.
“President Zuma has not
been found guilty in any
court of law. When we took
this decision, we didn’t take
this decision because Jacob
Zuma has done anything
wrong,” he said.
Magashule’s explanation
on the reasons for Zuma’s
dismissal skirted the scan-
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decision was procedural —
the desire to ensure that the
incoming president lead the
party into elections next
year. It was thought that the
president of the party also
should be president of the
country, he said.
“The collective of the
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have another president who
is not the president of the
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would deliver the state of the
nation address to Parliament in coming weeks.
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provinces on why the decision was taken on the weekend. Magashule predicted
that party members would
rally behind Ramaphosa.
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against apartheid. Ramaphosa wants Zuma out but is
trying to avoid alienating his
rival’s supporters going into
elections next year.
Zuma joined the ANC in
1959, headed the intelligence
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was jailed for 10 years on
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and party leaders Monday
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Immigration debate slows in Senate
Republicans want
to prevent parents
of ‘Dreamers’ from
earning legal status.
By Lisa Mascaro
the Senate considers protections for “Dreamers,” the debate has quickly turned to
the question of whether
those who achieve legal status should be able to sponsor
loved ones to join them in the
United States.
The White House, with
legislation crafted by GOP
leaders, wants to block future immigrants from being
able to petition for relatives
beyond spouses and minor
children. President Trump
rejects what he calls “chain
migration,” a term others
view as derisive, in favor of
giving visas to immigrants
with specific technology
skills or other sought-after
More specifically, Republicans want to prevent the
nearly 700,000 Dreamers
from helping the parents
who brought them to the
U.S. illegally as children earn
permanent legal status.
GOP senators bristle at the
idea of favoring the parents,
while other would-be immigrants endure a decadeslong waiting list for visas.
“We have to end the practice of extended-family
chain migration, because
we’d create a whole new pool
of immigrants who could
bring in their parents, who
created the problem in the
first place,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday on
a radio show.
Dreamers were given
temporary work permits
and protected from deportation under the Obama-era
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,
which President Trump
wants to terminate.
For decades, family migration has been the bedrock of U.S. immigration law,
rooted in the belief that immigrants should be able to
unify with their loved ones.
While there are no limits
on a new citizen’s ability to
sponsor a spouse, children
and parents, immigration
law imposes strict caps on
visas for other relatives. The
only other relatives allowed
to be sponsored are siblings
and adult children — not
grandparents, aunts or uncles of citizens or green-card
holders, as Cotton and others claim.
About 240,000 slots are
available a year, creating a
backlog that now counts
nearly 4 million applicants,
according to the Migration
Policy Institute. The wait
from some countries, including Mexico, stretches 20
Many young Dreamers
and those in the DACA program fear their parents
could face deportation unless they are able to apply for
legal status too. Current law
requires those here illegally
to return to their home countries for 10 years before they
can apply to reenter the U.S.,
leaving jobs and families. Experts say most are unlikely
to do so.
“For many people, if it’s a
choice between staying here
as they’ve been, and living a
bit in the shadows, or separating from their families for
10 years to get a green card,
many would rather stay with
their families and tough it
out,” said Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute.
For Democrats, it’s not
that they oppose creating
more visas for high-skilled
immigrants, as Republicans
and others propose, but they
don’t want to dramatically
reduce the number of slots
available in the family program to prioritize others
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SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER Charles E. Schumer, center, says senators
should focus on “Dreamers” and border security and not get sidetracked.
now favored.
And more fundamentally, Democrats — and, increasingly, some Republicans — reject the notion of
transforming the immigration system as Trump has
envisioned, with fewer immigrants from poorer countries and more from places,
as the president has suggested, like Norway.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin
(D-Ill.) told the story Tuesday of a Korean immigrant
who came to the United
States knowing little English, but earned an education and started a family. His
daughter, Chloe Kim, is the
young American snowboarding champion who
captured a gold medal this
week in the Olympics.
“It’s a story of an immigrant family — a man who
might not have passed some
of the merit-based tests that
we’re hearing about around
here — but who came to the
United States determined to
make a life,” said Durbin, the
son of an immigrant from
Poland. “That’s their story,
but it’s America’s story too.”
The Senate was set to
launch an unusually open
debate this week as Con-
gress scrambles to come up
with a legislative solution for
DACA recipients. But action
ground to a halt Tuesday
amid partisan infighting.
Democrats for stalling debate while Democrats complained that Republicans
were proposing bills that go
far beyond the debate over
Dreamers and border security that most senators
agree should be addressed.
“Once you go outside the
boundaries of border security, Dreamers, experience
shows, you run amok,” said
Senate Minority Leader
Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.).
But Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) said all ideas should
be allowed to come forward
for votes. Despite the standstill, he expects to finish the
bill this week.
“There’s no reason not to
come together and get to a
solution this week,” McConnell said.
It became apparent late
Tuesday, though, that neither side had actual legislative text ready for voting —
and those proposals would
be unlikely to reach the 60-
vote threshold needed from
a coalition of Republicans
and Democrats for passage.
Instead, bipartisan efforts continued on the sidelines to strike a deal that
could win support. Trump
announced he would end the
DACA program on March 5,
exposing the young immigrants to deportation risk,
but legal action has allowed
the program to temporarily
Many experts agree the
existing family visa system,
with its massive backlog of
applicants, could use an
overhaul, and the Senate in
2013 agreed to changes that
would end the backlog and
chart a new system as part of
a comprehensive immigration reform bill that stalled
in the House.
“It’s definitely part of our
system most people would
agree needs fixing,” said
Gelatt at the Migration Policy Institute. “Big backlogs
are a sign that our system
needs some kind of reform.”
The main Republican
bill, backed by McConnell,
tried to win over Democrats
on the family visa issue by
first clearing the backlog of
relatives waiting to enter the
United States before imposing all the new limits on family visas. By some estimates,
the White House proposal
could slash legal immigration by half.
Another, from Sen. Jeff
Flake (R-Ariz.), seeks to
keep immigration at current
levels, but reallocates family
visas to those immigrants
with advanced degrees or
high-tech backgrounds —
and only after the family visa
backlog was cleared.
Most of the proposals
Democrats also call for reallocating the diversity visa
program, which provides
some 55,000 visas a year to
those from countries, including Africa, that send few
immigrants to the U.S., to
help clear up the backlog.
But experts say relying
on those efforts would still
take years — if not decades
— to clear the backlog of
those already waiting in line.
Schumer acknowledged
Tuesday that limits on allowing DACA recipients to
help their parents is part of
the discussion.
One bipartisan proposal
from Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would
allow DACA recipients to
sponsor their parents for
temporary three-year permits to live and work in the
United States. It would prevent them from earning citizenship but protect them
from deportation.
Even some Republicans
were reluctant to lean too
heavily into restrictions on
Dreamers’ parents.
“It could be possible that
we’re silent on that,” said
Sen. Cory Gardner (RColo.), who wants to focus
on the immediate issue of
DACA. “I want to find a solution on Dreamers.”
Times staff writer Brian
Bennett in Washington
contributed to this report.
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Where love
stinks — in
a good way
Couples are among
the curious drawn to
New York’s sewage
tour for Valentine’s.
By Nina Agrawal
NEW YORK — Becky
Van and Kale Novalis knew
exactly when and where they
were going to tell each other
“I love you” for the first time.
It would be just before
Valentine’s Day. They would
visit a landmark with a view
of the Manhattan skyline. It
was a place that fascinated
them both but where neither
had been, and which delivered a crucial service to millions of New Yorkers. And it
would offer them a particular, er, aroma.
The couple had signed up
for a Valentine’s tour of the
Newtown Creek Wastewater
Treatment Plant, the largest
of 14 wastewater treatment
facilities in New York City.
Aside from being located
next to Newtown Creek,
a federal Superfund toxic
waste site, the plant’s
claim to fame is eight stainless-steel-clad, egg-shaped
sludge digesters, which only
a few other cities, including
Los Angeles, have. (It has
also been the filming site for
TV shows including “Blue
Bloods,” “The Americans”
and “The Good Wife.”)
The city’s Department of
Environmental Protection
has been offering an annual
Valentine’s tour of the eggs
since 2012. It’s free and open
to the public.
The idea started as mere
coincidence, former plant
chief Jim Pynn said. He received an email from someone who pointed out that the
plant’s regularly scheduled
monthly tour would fall on
Valentine’s Day in 2012. She
asked what he planned to do
differently, Pynn said.
“I said, ‘I’m going to give
everybody a kiss who shows
up,’ ” Pynn said, not quite
thinking it through.
Word quickly spread,
forcing Pynn to come up
with a plan. He called Hershey Co., which donated thousands of chocolate kisses so
that he could keep his word,
Pynn said.
Ever since then, the tour,
which doesn’t always fall on
Valentine’s Day, has remained popular. The four
time slots offered this year
filled up within four hours.
(The city also offers public
tours around Earth Day, in
April, and as part of annual
Open House New York
events in the fall.)
“I was on 15 minutes after
it became available,” said
Renae Widdison, a recent
urban planning graduate
who got the tour as a present
for her girlfriend, Ash Sanders.
“I’m really curious about
how New York City operates
and the impact of humans
on the environment and
on waterways,” Sanders, a
writer, said. “For me it was a
perfect gift for Valentine’s
Novalis, an environmental engineer, was also interested in the subject matter,
but it was the beauty of the
eggs, which are normally
bathed in blue light at night,
that drew his girlfriend in.
“I was like, I need to find
someone to go with me on
this; it’ll be the most romantic Valentine’s Day that I’ll
ever have,” said Van, a costume designer.
The pair planned to go on
the tour in 2017, but it was
canceled because of snow.
This year, they were back.
On Saturday, a rainy,
overcast day, Novalis, Van
and about 75 other inquisitive New Yorkers piled into a
classroom for a lecture at the
plant’s visitor center. Couples of all ages, children old-
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VISITORS GATHER near replicas of the eight 14-story, egg-shaped digesters at Newtown Creek Wastewater
Treatment Plant. The full-size digesters are usually bathed in blue light at night, but were red for the occasion.
er than 12 and singles filled
the seats. The room was
decorated with red, heartshaped “I love you” balloons,
and participants were given
Hershey’s Kisses wrapped in
red tinfoil along with “NYC
Sewer” lapel pins.
“My goal is that everybody should know what happens after you flush,” Pam
Elardo, the ebullient, fasttalking deputy commissioner for wastewater treatment, said before picking up
a jar full of shriveled, gray
baby wipes and imploring
people to stop sending them
down the toilet.
“We get … a load of things
like this,” she said. “If it’s not
pee, poop, puke or toilet paper — the four Ps — don’t
flush it.”
Elardo handed the rest of
the lecture off to Zainool Ali,
the current plant chief, who
likes to joke that some people come on the tour single
but leave as couples.
“Today, for you guys, we
lit the eggs red,” Ali told the
audience, eliciting oohs and
aahs. (“How much of my taxpayer money goes toward
that?” one woman joked
under her breath.)
Ali described the main el-
ements of sewage treatment, his voice rising above
the humming of machines
blowing air into tanks to help
bacteria break down waste.
New York’s wastewater
treatment system, which
mostly processes sewage,
rainwater and runoff together, dates to the 1890s, before which untreated sewage
was dumped directly into
“The rivers around New
York City were a giant
cesspool,” Ali said, prompting a collective “ugh” from
the audience.
Today, though, an extensive network of sewer catch
basins, pipes, pumping stations, overflow retention facilities and treatment plants
work together to process the
1.3 billion gallons of wastewater produced in the city
each day. (Still, on days of
heavy rain, the system can
find itself outmatched, with
the overflow going directly
into waterways.)
The treatment process
begins with screening, when
giant mechanical rakes filter
out large objects such as
baby wipes and plastic bags,
which can’t be treated and
can jam up machinery. They
are deposited onto conveyor
belts that drop them down
chutes into dumpsters,
which get carted off to landfills.
From there, the water
goes through finer filtration,
processing by microorganisms and finally disinfection,
before ultimately being released into waterways.
Throughout treatment, air
in the facility is passed
through carbon to minimize
From start to finish, the
process takes about seven
But dealing with the leftover sludge is a little trickier.
That’s where the egg digesters, the next stop on the
tour, come in.
Rising 14 stories tall, the
chambers provide a stomach-like environment at 98
degrees for bacteria to break
down organic material in the
sludge over 15 to 20 days,
producing biogas — mostly
methane — which is used to
power boilers at the plant or
flared off.
Standing in a glass-encased walkway atop the giant eggs, wearing yellow
hard hats and neon safety
vests, tour participants
peered through cauldronlike openings to glimpse the
churning of the dark liquid,
bubbles rising off it.
A sharp, distinct smell,
more rotten eggs than
sewage, wafted through
their nostrils.
“I’ve been breathing
through my mouth the
whole time,” one woman
But others didn’t seem to
“This was kind of perfect
for us; we’re not typical Valentine’s people,” Novalis
“Why would you want
flowers and candies when
you can get food waste?” Van
Though they had long
since first uttered the words
“I love you,” the tour still afforded them a bit of romance.
As they moved along the
walkway, they sneaked photos of each other and paused
for an occasional smooch,
gazing out across the East
River to the tops of skyscrapers invisible behind the
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Porter case divides White House
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March, submitted a completed investigation in late
July, and sent requested follow-up information in November. “We administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this
month we received some additional information, and we
passed that along as well,”
Wray said. He declined to
give details on what the FBI
Wray’s account is sure to
add to the controversy over
the decision by Kelly and
others on Trump’s staff to
defend Porter after Britain’s
Daily Mail first reported two
ex-wives’ accounts last
closely with Kelly, was forced
to resign last Wednesday after a picture surfaced of one
of his ex-wives with a black
eye. Both women publicly
have said they reported his
physical abuse to the FBI
early last year.
After reports of the alleged abuse became public,
Kelly issued a statement
praising Porter as a friend
and confidant of “true integrity and honor.”
White House officials
have said they handled
Porter’s case in accordance
with long-standing procedures. Officials of previous
administrations have disputed that.
“I see a lot of people here
dropping the ball,” said
Leon E. Panetta, whose numerous White House positions included chief of staff
for President Clinton and
CIA director for President
Panetta said intelligence
officials briefing top staffers
should have raised more
questions about why Porter
and other high-level officials
with access to secret information worked for such a
long time with only interim
security clearances. He said
Kelly and Don McGahn, the
White House counsel, either
failed to “jump up and down”
to resolve the issue quickly,
or they knew about the FBI’s
findings and deliberately let
Porter’s case linger.
“It’s one of those two. Neither of which, frankly, says
very much good about how
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
FBI CHIEF Christopher
A. Wray, a Trump appointee, repeatedly contradicted the president.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images
ROB PORTER, left, with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, center, and
senior Trump advisor Jared Kushner in August. Porter was forced out last week.
this was handled,” Panetta
Typically, officials in sensitive positions are given interim security clearances
while investigators seek out
friends, ex-spouses and others for interviews. Like a
number of White House officials — including Jared
Kushner, the president’s
son-in-law and key advisor
— Porter never received a
permanent clearance.
The Porter case is unusual, said Andrew P. Bakaj, a
lawyer who represents clients in security clearance investigations, because such
serious allegations often result in immediate suspension of an employee’s clearance. Agencies worry that
someone in a sensitive position could be vulnerable to
blackmail, he said.
“I would expect them to
pull that interim clearance
and say we need to come to
grips with this and figure out
what’s going on,” Bakaj said.
“There’s a question about
his potential criminal conduct and his personal conduct. It goes to the heart of
his trust, reliability, good
judgment and his ability to
safeguard classified information.”
Why such steps were not
taken in Porter’s case has
proved difficult for the White
House to explain.
In a news briefing hours
after Wray’s sworn testimony,
New Jersey man is given
life in prison for bombings
By Nina Agrawal
Jersey man who planted a
pair of improvised bombs in
Manhattan in September
2016, injuring more than 30
people when one exploded,
said in federal court Tuesday that he didn’t “harbor
hate toward anyone.”
Rahimi said he felt targeted
by U.S. law enforcement authorities because he observed Islam outwardly
through his clothing, beard
and prayer habits.
“I have learned to understand why there’s such a
big frustration between the
Muslim community overseas and the American people,” he said.
Rahimi did not his explain his motives or apologize for the attack.
After listening to Rahimi,
also identified in court documents as Ahmad Rahami,
U.S. District Judge Richard
Berman sentenced him to
two life terms plus 30 years in
Berman also ordered
restitution in the amount of
$562,803.03 to compensate
victims of the attack for injuries and property damage.
“You would be and are a
clear and present danger,”
the judge said.
Rahimi, 30, was convicted in October on charges
including using weapons of
mass destruction, bombing
public places and destroying
property by means of fire or
explosives. The charges also
included using a destructive
device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence.
A year earlier, in September 2016, Rahimi transported two improvised pressure-cooker bombs — similar to those used in the Boston Marathon bombing in
April 2013 — from New Jersey
to New York, placing both in
the Chelsea neighborhood
of Manhattan, authorities
said. One bomb left near a
trash bin went off about 8:30
p.m., injuring multiple people. The other, four blocks
north, was discovered and
rendered safe before it could
Mel Evans Associated Press
DOZENS of people were
hurt by a bomb Ahmad
Khan Rahimi planted in
New York City in 2016.
Earlier that day, another
bomb planted by Rahimi
had gone off in Seaside Park,
N.J., along the route for a
charity 5K race. The next
day, six more bombs were
found in a backpack at the
entrance to the New Jersey
Transit station in Elizabeth,
Rahimi was captured after a shootout with police in
Linden, N.J. He faces pending charges related to the
shootout in state court in
New Jersey, Berman said.
Rahimi was born in Afghanistan but brought to
the U.S. as a child. He
grew up in Elizabeth above
his parents’ fried-chicken
restaurant and became a
naturalized citizen in 2011.
Along the way, he studied
criminal justice at Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J., hoping to become a
law enforcement officer.
Rahimi was believed to
have been radicalized during trips to Afghanistan and
Pakistan. Prosecutors said
he began researching terrorist ideology around 2012 and
searched the internet in 2015
and 2016 for information on
how to make bombs.
In an interview with the
local NBC station Monday,
Rahimi’s father, Mohammad Rahami, called his son
a terrorist.
“He did it as a terrorist,”
Rahami said.
Two years earlier, Rahami told NBC, he had contacted the FBI about his
son’s activities, but the FBI
closed the investigation after two months.
A spokeswoman for the
FBI said in a statement that
in August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of
Rahimi based on comments
made by his father after a
domestic dispute.
“The FBI conducted extensive internal database reviews, interagency checks,
and multiple interviews,
none of which revealed ties
to terrorism,” the statement
In court before Berman
delivered his sentence Tuesday, Rahimi, who was wearing blue prison garb and a
white skullcap, described
how he grew up the son of
hardworking parents who
never espoused terrorist
ideology at home.
Rahimi said that he “integrated comfortably” into
American society while
growing up, but was later
targeted by the FBI and
other law enforcement for
questioning at airports.
“What red flag did I throw
up, other than wearing Muslim attire?” he said.
Rahimi vigorously denied allegations by prosecutors that he had tried to
spread terrorist propaganda while in federal custody.
Berman said that he
Rahimi might have grievances with how he was
treated, but that they did
not justify his actions.
“Innocent people on a
Saturday night on 23rd
Street.... It’s inexplicable
that anyone would do that
intentionally, but it’s clear
from the evidence and the
record that you did,” he said.
After he read the sentence,
whether any of the victims
present — for whom he had
delayed the start of proceedings Tuesday — wished to
One did. Trinidad native
Pauline Nelson, 48, was driving on West 23rd Street in
Manhattan on the night one
of the bombs planted by
Rahimi went off.
“You never apologized to
no one in the courtroom….
God forgive you,” the single
mom said to Rahimi.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
was noticeably uncomfortable as she sought to shift responsibility to the White
House personnel security office, which is staffed by career officials. The office received the FBI’s reports but
“had not made a final recommendation” by the time
Porter resigned last week,
Sanders said.
Sanders stood by the
White House’s earlier statements that Kelly had only recently learned of the nature
of the charges, but kept an
unusually public degree of
distance between herself
and the chief of staff.
“I can only give you the
best information that I have,
and that’s my understand-
ing,” she told reporters.
“Obviously, the press
team’s not going to be as
read-in, maybe, as some
other elements at a given
moment on a variety of topics,” she said at another
point. “But we relay the best
and most accurate information that we have.”
She would not say who allowed Porter to stay in his
role for more than a year
without permanent clearance or answer whether the
personnel security office
communicated with Kelly
and other top officials as the
FBI began reporting its findings.
“I can’t say definitively,
but I’m not aware of any
communication,” she said.
Last week, the White
House offered an account
that differed from the sequence of events described
Raj Shah, White House
deputy press secretary, said
no one had made a decision
on Porter’s clearance because the White House was
still waiting for the investigation to be finished.
“We should not short-circuit an investigation just because allegations are made,
unless they could compromise national security or interfere with operations at
the White House,” Shah
said. “The truth must be determined. And that was
what was going on with Rob
Porter. His background investigation was ongoing.”
“He was operating on an
interim security clearance.
His clearance was never denied, and he resigned,” Shah
Officials have not even
agreed in recent days on
whether they have handled
the episode well. Shah said
publicly that the White
House could have handled
the situation better, while
Kelly told the Wall Street
Journal that “it was all done
The president has sent
mixed signals, privately indicating his unhappiness
with Kelly but publicly hitting back in a weekend tweet
that expressed sympathy for
men accused of abuse, not
for the women reporting it.
“Peoples’ lives are being
shattered and destroyed by
a mere allegation,” Trump
tweeted Saturday. “Some
are true and some are false.
Some are old and some are
new. There is no recovery for
someone falsely accused —
life and career are gone. Is
there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
The issue is awkward
for Trump, who famously
boasted of sexually assaulting women on an “Access
Hollywood” recording that
was leaked before the 2016
election. More than a dozen
women have accused Trump
of sexual misconduct during
his years in business, allegations that he has denied.
Wray also appeared to
challenge another Trump
claim during his testimony.
Trump tweeted last week
that a memo issued by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee “totally vindicates” him in the
Russia investigation. But
Wray repeated the FBI judgment that the memo was inaccurate because it left out
important facts.
He also took exception to
Trump’s repeated Twitter
attacks on the FBI as politically biased and “in tatters.”
The FBI rank and file are
“the finest group of professionals and public servants I
could hope to work for,” he
said, adding that he tells
them to let their work speak
for itself.
“I encourage our folks not
to get too hung up on what I
regard as the noise on TV
and social media,” he said.
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He chose to talk
rather than shoot
— and was fired
West Virginia city
settles with a former
police officer who
thought he could
calm an armed man.
By Kurtis Lee
When West Virginia Police Officer Stephen Mader
responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Weirton
home of Ronald Williams in
May 2016, he found Williams
standing distraught in his
Williams, 23, gripped a
handgun and pleaded with
the officer to open fire on
“Just shoot me, just shoot
me,” Williams told Mader,
according to a police report.
Mader, a Marine who
paused. He urged Williams
to put the gun down, but
Williams did not.
The officer, nevertheless,
did not consider deadly
force necessary, seeing
Williams as a danger only to
Within minutes, two
other police officers arrived.
Williams raised his gun and
one of the officers — not
Mader — fired four times.
Williams was fatally
struck in the head.
The shooting occurred
amid a national debate
about deadly use of force by
police officers and a number
of cases involving officers fatally shooting black men.
Williams was black.
Mader, who had been a
member of the Weirton Police Department for less
than a year when the
Williams shooting hap-
pened, was placed on probation and eventually fired.
The officer who shot
Williams was not disciplined.
Months later, Mader filed
a lawsuit in federal court
against the city, saying he
lost his job for declining to
discharge his weapon during
the encounter with Williams.
On Monday, Mader’s lawyers announced he had
reached a settlement with
the city in the wrongful-termination lawsuit. Under the
terms of the settlement,
Weirton, near the Pennsylvania border about 35 miles
west of Pittsburgh, agreed to
pay the former officer
“No police officer should
ever lose their job … for
choosing to talk to, rather
than shoot, a fellow citizen,”
said Timothy O’Brien, who
represented Mader along
with the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia. “His decision to attempt
to de-escalate the situation
should have been praised,
not punished. Simply put,
no police officer should ever
feel forced to take a life unnecessarily to save his career.”
At the time of his firing,
officials from Weirton said
Mader’s actions in his encounter with Williams, along
with a pair of incidents in
which he allegedly searched
vehicles without a warrant,
led to his dismissal.
Weirton officials did not
respond to a request for
comment about the settlement.
Mader, who since being
fired from the Weirton Police
Department has worked as a
truck driver, said he was relieved that the case was over.
“At the end of the day, I’m
happy to put this chapter of
my life to bed,” he said in a
statement through his attorneys. “My hope is that no
other person on either end of
a police call has to go
through this again.”
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DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE Dan Coats, third from left, is joined by other national securi-
ty leaders on Tuesday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about worldwide threats.
U.S. voting system is called
vulnerable to foreign attack
[Elections, from A1]
essential component for
auditors to verify that tampering did not take place, experts say.
Although no evidence
has surfaced to indicate that
Russian hackers succeeded
in directly tinkering with
votes in 2016 — as opposed to
propaganda efforts aimed at
swaying public opinion —
experts warn that the
United States can’t count on
that holding true next time.
“Are we going to be prepared to prevent something
more egregious from happening?” said David Salvo, a
resident fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan initiative
guided by some of the nation’s top national security
experts. “We’re all a little
Congress has so far
balked at providing re-
sources to upgrade voting
systems, despite the urging
of some of the nation’s most
influential national security
voices. Many states are too
broke to take up the slack.
The lumbering bureaucracies charged with inoculating elections against attack don’t always talk to one
another. Department of
Homeland Security officials
remain reluctant to share intelligence tips with the espionage neophytes on local
elections boards.
“They will say, ‘We may
have information, but if you
don’t have proper clearance,
we can’t share it,’” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Well, let’s do
something about it.
“I wish the federal government would realize the
magnitude and scope of
these threats and act on
them,” he said.
Anxiety about the risk is
shared at the highest levels
of government. Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson recently
expressed doubt that the
United States is any better
prepared to deal with foreign election meddling now
than it was two years ago. A
bipartisan letter signed by a
former Homeland Security
secretary, CIA director and
House Intelligence Committee chair warned that failure
to help local elections
boards upgrade their equipment could have “catastrophic consequences.”
The warnings come as
500 elections officials in 41
states reported in a new survey by the Brennan Center
for Justice at New York University School of Law that
the voting systems they use
are more than a decade old.
Many of them agree that the
machines need replacing,
but reported they don’t have
the money to do it.
[voting] booths that no
longer function to pull
parts,” said Neal Kelley, the
Orange County registrar of
voters. Kelley said he never
imagined when he took the
job 14 years ago that fighting
off Russian hackers would
become a central part of his
“This is absolutely top of
mind for us,” he said. At least
Orange County, like all other
jurisdictions in California,
keeps a paper trail of votes
that can be audited. Cybersecurity experts say paper —
if audited properly — is ultimately the best defense
against hackers. About 1 in 5
voters in the United States
casts a ballot with no such
How vulnerable our elections are to tampering is a
matter of dispute. Elections
officials tell a concerning
story. Cybersecurity experts
and “white hat” hackers who
have probed the machines
offer an even more worrisome account.
When hackers were unleashed on 30 different voting systems at the DEF CON
25 conference in Las Vegas
over the summer, every single one was penetrated.
Some within minutes. In one
case, a 16-year-old acting
alone was able to hack into a
machine in less than an
hour. Some machines were
compromised without a
trace of evidence left behind.
Homeland Security officials say the security training sessions and assessments they conduct are hav-
ing a big impact, and new
channels of communication
have been opened to share
threat alerts with local elections supervisors, department officials said.
“There is no question we
are making real and meaningful progress,” said a
statement from Jeanette
Manfra, assistant secretary
for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at
the Homeland Security Department.
The government’s Elections Assistance Commission has been moving aggressively to make local officials aware of the severity of
the threat, prepare them to
confront it and increase
their access to federal intelligence. It has encouraged local officials to take part in
election war games run by
Harvard University’s Belfer
Center for Science and
International Affairs, which
simulate a foreign cyberattack and require officials to
figure out how to keep election day from melting down.
It’s a stressful exercise.
Participants are confronted
with the prospect of their decisions leading to mass protest, aggravated by a concurrent social media propaganda campaign launched by
the hackers.
The state of Virginia got
so spooked by what happened at DEF CON that,
just nine weeks before its
statewide elections in November, it directed all 22 voting districts to abandon the
paperless electronic voting
machines they had secured
for the election and immediately shift to other systems.
Pennsylvania announced
this month it is also moving
in that direction.
“A seasoned actor that
can do this is not even touching the machine,” said
James Scott, a senior fellow
at the Institute for Critical
Infrastructure Technology,
a Washington nonprofit that
is advising lawmakers on the
cyberthreat. “The vulnerabilities are there to manipulate these machines.”
A fix does exist, Scott
said: Congress could provide money for new voting
machines and mandate they
produce a paper trail that is
randomly audited, steps
called for in several bipartisan measures that have
been introduced, but not
acted on. All such proposals
come with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars,
and neither the administration nor Congress has made
that a priority.
Even national security
experts who are skeptical
that foreign operatives
could stealthily change vote
counts express deep concern.
“I don’t know if they are
aiming to change outcomes,
but they don’t need to,” said
David Becker, executive
director of the Center for
Election Innovation and Research.
around an election system is
enough to shake the faith of
voters, he said.
“Just the fact that they
are interfering is having
a tremendous impact,”
Becker said. “People are
doubting whether they can
trust their elections systems.”
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judge said, is to create a temporary answer that can
eventually be fashioned into
a long-term housing solution.
Carter said he doesn’t
want homeless people who
leave the river trail for the
streets to be cited, put in jail
for a day and then released
only to be cited again.
“I’m tired of the paperwork and the ‘we can’t get it
done’ nonsense,” Carter
said. “I’m looking for solutions now.”
The outcome in Orange
County will add to an evolving body of case law as
courts across the country
seek to balance the constitutional rights of homeless
people and the interests of
government agencies in protecting the public health and
As cities have responded
to burgeoning homeless encampments with laws prohibiting overnight camping
and vigorous enforcement of
vagrancy laws, civil liberties
groups have brought cases
defending the due process
rights of homeless people
under the 4th, 5th and 14th
Amendments, as well as the
8th Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
“Taking away the only
shelter homeless people
have is not only cruel, it’s ineffective in solving homelessness,” said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of
the National Law Center on
Homelessness and Poverty,
one of the advocacy groups
that filed friend of the court
briefs in the case. “Affordable and available housing is
what will end homelessness,
not arresting people for trying to survive.”
Tuesday’s hearing was
prompted by a lawsuit filed
Jan. 29 seeking to halt a continuing effort to clear homeless people from the river
The suit also sought to
prevent three cities — Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Orange — from enforcing anti-
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
A JUDGE granted a temporary order barring O.C. deputies from arresting homeless people who won’t leave the Santa Ana River area.
camping, trespassing and
loitering laws.
Carter said in a packed
courtroom in Santa Ana
that he plans to be in nearly
continuous session over the
next several days until a solution is hammered out.
“People are going to get
killed out there while we’re
talking in court,” he said,
urging officials to act.
He also accused the
county of “chipmunking”
millions of dollars in federal
and state resources that he
said could be used to alleviate the concentration of
homeless people along the
He pressed county officials to determine how much
money could be allocated to
provide temporary housing
and food to the homeless.
“I can pledge to you my
unwavering commitment
that we will get to the bottom
of what resources we have on
hand,” said Andrew Do,
chairman of the Orange
County Board of Supervisors.
Do and Supervisor Todd
Spitzer identified pieces of
land in Santa Ana and Orange that could be used for
temporary housing.
Carter also asked lawyers
named in the lawsuit
whether there was open land
that could provide a place
for temporary accommoda-
James Touchstone, an attorney representing Costa
Mesa, said it was unlikely.
City officials, he said, have
identified five people living
on the river trail who have
ties to Costa Mesa and were
working to get housing for
“The city of Costa Mesa
can’t bear this burden
alone,” Touchstone said.
“It’s going to take cooperation.”
Carter told attorneys
that he wants to see evidence of available housing
and shelter beds, as well as
how often and why citations
for camping and loitering
are doled out.
“You have the power to
move these people and I
have the power to make sure
they’re treated humanely,”
Carter said.
On Tuesday night, attorneys for both sides worked to
draft a tentative agreement
that could include the
county providing as many as
400 motel vouchers for those
displaced from the river
trail. The county also indicated it would add beds to
existing homeless shelters
to accommodate people.
Under the tentative
agreement, which has not
been finalized, the county
could begin clearing the encampments next week.
Orange County is just the
[Chloe Kim, from A1]
she said. “Competing in my
first Olympics in the country
where my parents came
from is insane.”
This aspect of her
Olympic experience has not
only boosted her celebrity, it
seems to have touched her in
a personal way that extends
beyond sport, perhaps helping her to reconcile a childhood spent straddling two
Kim said: “I definitely,
when I was younger, struggled a little to understand
my identity and who I
wanted to be.”
Not all the attention here
has focused on her, not in a
part of the world that has a
reputation for producing,
among other things, topnotch short-track speedskaters.
It was a big deal when
Lim Hyo-jun earned the
host nation’s first gold medal in a 1,500-meter race last
Saturday. But Kim quickly
stole the spotlight with a
historic performance at
Phoenix Snow Park three
days later.
In capturing gold, she became the first woman in
Olympic history to land
consecutive 1080s — two
triple rotations. Her nearperfect score of 98.25 outdistanced silver medalist Liu Jiayu of China by almost 10
“I feel like I got to represent both the U.S. and Korea
today,” she said.
The feeling, apparently,
was mutual.
“The media has given her
very glowing coverage because they see her as one of
their own,” said Peter Kim, a
New Jersey native who
works as an assistant English professor at Kookmin
University in Seoul.
In particular, it seems
that people here have responded to reports that her
father, trained as an engineer, gave up his career to focus on Chloe and her snowboarding.
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“I FEEL like I got to represent both the U.S. and Korea,” Chloe Kim said. Above,
she reacts to her first-run score in the Olympic halfpipe final competition.
“It reflects the sacrifices
made by many Koreans and
Asians in general,” Peter
Kim said.
Looking back on her
childhood, Chloe Kim recalls
clicking instantly with certain parts of her heritage.
Her visits to South Korea
were filled with aunts and
cousins. Her grandmother,
she said, is “the cutest little
old lady I’ve ever seen in my
life … and she’s also really
sassy.… She’ll, like, have her
cane and whack you.”
There were big family
meals with steaming bowls
of soup and bulgogi, a popular style of marinated beef or
“If I want a specific food,
they’re like, ‘OK, we got you,’
and they’ll take me to the hip
spot where all the cool kids
go,” she said. “I feel like I
have another life.”
That life didn’t always
jibe with the one she had
back in the U.S.
Her father started her
snowboarding at 4 and,
when she showed a natural
instinct for the sport, he began entering her in contests
at age 6.
No one else in the immediate family was so athletic.
Some relatives expressed
skepticism about all the
time she devoted to her
“My aunt wasn’t a big fan
of it,” she said. “You know, a
Korean’s ideal thing is to be a
lawyer, a doctor.”
If growing up Korean
American sometimes left
her feeling torn, her outlook
may have changed in the
time leading up to the Winter Games.
The U.S. State Department enlisted Kim for a
goodwill tour during which
she attended an embassy
event, spoke to a university
class and snowboarded with
young South Koreans.
The trip provided a first
taste of fame as kids waited
at the bottom of the hill, eager to ride back up with her
on the chairlift. Photographers, it seemed, were everywhere.
The more recent time
spent in Korea eased some of
the pressure she felt coming
into the Games.
“I think having my family
to be there throughout the
whole process was helpful,”
she said. “I surrounded myself with such nice people
that it definitely made it
much easier for me.”
At a pre-Games news
conference in Pyeongchang,
she answered question after
question about her dual heritage. She was asked about
Korean beliefs and the number four being considered
unlucky by some.
“Four is actually my lucky
number,” she said. “So hopefully that’s not true.”
On Tuesday, her parents
were at the snow park to
watch the competition. So
was her grandmother.
Photographers clamored
around them afterward. Media later showed images of
her father drinking a beer in
His daughter wasn’t the
only star in the family.
Jong Jin Kim joked to
her: “Chloe, I’m a celebrity
now. I need a bodyguard.”
Twitter: @LAtimesWharton
Times staff writer Dylan
Hernandez contributed to
this story.
latest jurisdiction to face legal battles over its homeless
Los Angeles has been the
defendant in two prominent
cases that curtailed the
city’s response to encampments. In one, a ruling prohibited the city from summarily destroying property
left by homeless people on
the sidewalks.
In the other case, the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
ordered a stop to the practice of arresting people for
sleeping on the street when
no shelter beds were available. That ruling was later
withdrawn as part of a settlement.
Although those cases resulted in Los Angeles ceasing enforcement activity
that was deemed illegal, a
2016 lawsuit against the city
of Pomona ended in a settlement that led to a city plan to
build a shelter. The shelter,
which will be operated by a
services contractor, is being
constructed on land purchased by Pomona. Under
terms of the settlement, the
city can resume enforcement of anti-camping ordinances when the shelter
opens. City officials said
completion was planned
this spring.
Two cases from Texas
and Arizona show the fractured status of homelessness case law.
According to the National Law Center’s survey, a
Texas court granted a temporary restraining order
preventing a new anticamping ordinance on the
theory that an injunction
was appropriate under the
though no one actually had
been punished because “alleged unconstitutional conduct is imminent or in process.”
But an Arizona court
found that such constitutional protection “could only
be invoked by persons convicted of a crime.”
Fry writes for Times
Community News.
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ICE’s unfair ‘detainer’ policy
The feds should stop pressing
prisons and jails to violate the 4th
Amendment rights of immigrants.
ne of the tools in the federal
government’s immigration enforcement kit is the detainer —
a written request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agents to a state prison or local jail to hold a
person suspected of being in the country illegally for up to 48 hours beyond his or her
scheduled release to give immigration
agents time to go get the person for possible
deportation. But, as a federal judge recently
told the federal government — again —
holding someone without charge or a court
order violates the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable seizure.
The most recent decision came in a lawsuit over the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s
Department’s involvement in the Secure
Communities program, which the Obama
administration created and then abandoned, but which the Trump administration has revived. (The county no longer
takes part in Secure Communities.) Under
the program, local jails cooperate with ICE
in identifying the people held in county jails
who might be in the country illegally, and
then hold those inmates for up to 48 hours if
ICE sends a detainer requesting it.
That is wrong. Anti-immigration folks
tend to stuff their fingers in their ears when
this part of the issue comes up, but every
person physically present in the U.S. enjoys
the protections of the Constitution regardless of immigration status. A tourist accused of shoplifting is entitled to the same
due process rights as an American citizen.
Neither a citizen nor an immigrant should
be incarcerated if there are no charges
against them.
Immigration law is primarily a civil
matter, not a criminal matter. Although it is
a crime to sneak into the U.S. without permission, simply being here without a visa or
other document is not a criminal act. Notably, many undocumented immigrants enter
the country legally but then never leave, a
violation of civil codes. And local police do
not have the authority to jail someone over a
suspected civil violation. A detainer letter
from ICE is a nonbinding request and falls
far short of the authority a court order. So
every time a local jail or state prison honors
an ICE detainer not based on an arrest warrant or court order and fails to release an inmate who has qualified for bail or served out
a court-imposed sentence, local officials violate the inmate’s constitutional rights.
The federal government knows this, and
local governments should too, because violating constitutional rights is not just
wrong, it’s expensive for taxpayers. A 2014
ruling in Oregon cost Clackamas County
$30,100 plus Maria Miranda-Olivares’ legal
costs because the county jail, honoring an
ICE detainer, refused to let her sister post
$500 bail set by a county judge. (MirandaOlivares was accused of violating a restraining order.) In Marion County, Ind., the Sheriff ’s Department detained Antonio LopezAguilar at the request of ICE after he
showed up at court to answer an unrelated
misdemeanor charge. That case was closed,
but the sheriff then placed Lopez-Aguilar,
who was no longer accused of a criminal act,
in custody to wait for ICE agents to show up.
Again, there was no criminal act that led to
the detention. In fact, there have been at
least 14 such cases since 2011, according to
the American Civil Liberties Union.
We’d hope the government would learn
from these decisions — or that the courts
would issue a nationwide injunction — and
stop such blatant violations of the 4th
Amendment. This is not part of the socalled “sanctuary city” policies the Trump
administration likes to complain about. No
person, regardless of legal status, should be
deprived of freedom purely on the say-so of
a government agency.
It should also be noted that a number of
people jailed under ICE detainers are, in
fact, U.S. citizens or people living here with
permission. NPR reported that from 2007 to
2017, about 700 U.S. citizens were held after
their release dates because ICE investigators misidentified them as noncitizens without legal status (another 820 were picked up
elsewhere and held in immigration detention centers until they could prove their citizenship). Ending the use of warrantless detainers would help reduce that.
The Aetna scandal’s big reveal
illen Washington was a student at Northern Arizona University in 2014 when his health
insurer, Aetna, denied authorization for the costly drug infusion he’d been receiving each month to treat
his rare immunodeficiency disease. He appealed, but while he was waiting for a decision he wound up hospitalized with pneumonia and a collapsed lung.
These ugly facts were enough to prompt
a lawsuit, but Washington’s claim against
Aetna surfaced an even uglier revelation:
that Aetna’s medical director at the time,
Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, granted or denied coverage for treatments without ever looking at
the patients’ medical records. According to
CNN, Iinuma said in his sworn deposition
that he relied on what he was told by the
nurses working for Aetna, who checked to
see whether the requested treatments complied with the insurer’s guidelines.
Aetna’s lawyers have defended Iinuma’s
handling of the case, and the company issued a statement asserting that its guidelines are “based on health outcomes and not
financial considerations.” In other words,
the company contends, it second-guesses
the doctors who treat its customers not to
keep costs down so much as to improve the
quality of their care.
Others aren’t buying that explanation.
CNN’s report triggered investigations by
two California agencies and an explosion of
outrage, particularly among doctors. “If a
health insurer is making decisions to deny
coverage without a physician ever reviewing
medical records, that is a significant concern and could be a violation of the law,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave
Jones said in a statement.
Jones’ comment, though, glides right
past the bigger question. Although CNN’s
story focused on alleged deficiencies in how
Aetna handles claim reviews, it’s worth remembering that virtually every insurer interposes itself into the doctor-patient relationship to review and potentially deny payment for treatments. And make no mistake
— denying authorization amounts to vetoing a treatment for all but the very few people who can afford to cover the cost (although California law does give consumers
the right to an independent medical review
whenever an insurer declines to pay).
Why do we put up with insurers telling
doctors how to treat their patients? Because one of the flaws in the current health-
care system is the way it encourages many
doctors, hospitals, drug companies and
other care providers to find the most intensive, expensive way to treat patients. With
some notable exceptions, providers are rewarded for volume, not value. Keeping patients healthy is a lousy way for doctors or
hospitals to make money when they’re paid
by the procedure.
So insurers are often the only brake on
runaway spending in a system notorious for
duplicative testing, defensive medicine,
fraud and other forms of waste. If they maintain up-to-date guidelines on the most effective treatments, they can also serve as a
check on providers who don’t. They can
push back against doctors and hospitals unduly swayed by drug and device representatives peddling costly new therapies. And
they can prod doctors to do a better job discussing treatment options with their patients, who typically have so little medical
knowledge that they depend on their doctors to make these choices for them.
That’s the theory, at least. But in practice, it’s impossible to tell whether an insurer is denying a treatment because it’s not
the right one or because it’s costly. In Gillen
Washington’s case, Aetna reportedly balked
at paying for a new infusion until he had another blood test showing he still needed
treatment. Advocates for people with immunodeficiency diseases say that they often
encounter this sort of roadblock from insurers — prove you still need the treatment —
even if their conditions are incurable.
So, as healthcare is practiced in much of
America, patients’ interests don’t line up
well with either providers’ or insurers’. But
rising costs have prompted a search for
ways to deliver and pay for care that do a
better job aligning everyone’s interests. The
most promising ones encourage providers
to take over the job of reviewing their peers’
treatment decisions and promoting best
practices, while rewarding them for delivering the most efficient and effective care.
Washington’s story would still be unnerving if it turns out that a physician at Aetna
had personally reviewed his medical records. The bottom line is that the insurer
withheld approval for months for the infusion his doctor had ordered, a treatment
that could have spared him weeks of misery.
But in the current system, that sort of tension between insurers, doctors and patients
is hard to escape. That’s why we need to
keep moving toward a better one.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Kim Murphy, Michael Whitley
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THE OLYMPIC and South Korean flags fly at the
2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Monday.
Endangered Games
Re “ ‘Solastalgia’ strikes the Winter Olympics,” Opinion,
Feb. 11
Auden Schendler’s poignant op-ed article had me
feeling “solastalgic” for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter
Olympics, when we who worked on that event thought we
were making progress by using the Games to raise global
consciousness about climate change threats.
The Games in Salt Lake City were the first that were
zero-emission and zero-waste, and when I brought in
Jean-Michel Cousteau to carry the Olympic flag on
behalf of the environment for the first time, we thought
world leaders were beginning to wake up and take the
serious actions required to “save our snow” and to save
the world as we know it.
Sadly today, it seems like we have as far to go as ever
to win the gold for the climate change action we need. At
least I can take solace in being a Californian, where our
leaders have all agreed on a common purpose to embrace
smart policies on climate change. Hopefully, by the time
the 2028 Games arrive in Los Angeles, the rest of our
country and world will have followed California’s lead.
Ruben Aronin
Culver City
Thank you for reminding us that a lack of snow
already threatens skiing
and other winter sports.
Olympic athletes warn us
about progressive climate
change. We can make snow,
but rain often comes and
washes sports away.
My hometown of Galveston, Texas, which is on a
barrier island near Houston, has also felt the effects
of climate change. When I
was a child, we enjoyed
driving to Louisiana along
Highway 87, on the beach of
Port Arthur. That segment
of beach is now underwater.
Galveston, once the
largest city in Texas, has a
long history of faded glory
and recurring hurricanes.
Hurricane Ike destroyed
my parents’ home in 2008
— the lot stands empty
today. However, Galveston
home prices are higher
than ever, even after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The
housing market deceives
many people.
Increasing flooding
threatens Galveston, New
Orleans, Key West, Fla.,
and Miami. Time is running out; climate change is
hurting glaciers, ski resorts
and the Gulf Coast now.
Bob Snodgrass
Olympic athletes drawing attention to climate
change shows how personal the issue can be. But
Schendler also illustrates
that the consequences go
beyond personal to financial as well.
Perhaps the financial
effects will convince some
of those on the sidelines to
take what’s happening
seriously. Citizens who do
notice can take action,
small steps within their
own lives, and beyond that,
by joining advocacy groups
that offer concrete protocols to slow climate change.
Sandra Krist
Studio City
Dig or conserve:
Which is harder?
Re “New tunnel plan, same
issues,” editorial, Feb. 11
Your comparison of the
Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta bypass tunnel
project to “a patient waiting for heart bypass
surgery” and that “California has been stuck
awaiting approval [to build
a] bypass from the Sacramento River around (instead of through) the
state’s hydrological heart
— the Sacramento-San
Joaquin River Delta,”
exhibits the shortsightedness of many proponents of
this project.
Why would you bypass
the state’s hydrological
heart when it would in both
cases lead to its death?
Unless you propose some-
how creating an entire new
“heart” — the delta — this
project is irresponsible.
As for the statement
that “it’s an exercise in
self-deception to believe
that Southern California
can generate 100% of its
own water supply and need
not shore up the import
system that was created in
the last century,” this is
Total water use in
Southern California and
throughout the state has
actually fallen since 1995, in
spite of population growth.
And much more can be
Chris Gilbert
The fact remains that
tunnels can only divert
existing water. In low flows,
the delta wouldn’t receive
additional water, but because of the proposed
diversion’s efficiency, less
water would be needed to
reach the delta, presumably leaving more for us.
As it is, however, the
delta smelt has been driven
to near-extinction, so no
additional diversion of
water away from its habitat
will restore its numbers,
while reduced flow will
inescapably lead to increased salinization of the
delta and local groundwater.
As for trust issues involving the diversion of too
much water, The Times
Editorial Board provides
numerous examples of our
past bad behavior, as if the
tunnel project will somehow be different. When
reallocating the holdings of
Big Ag goes unrecognized
as the solution to the problem, the real diversion is
the tunnel vision of political expediency.
Arthur D. Wahl
Port Hueneme
Who’s at fault for
Gazans’ misery?
Re “Desperate times in
Gaza,” Feb. 9
That conditions in the
Gaza Strip have devolved
into a critical state over the
last 10 years is hardly surprising.
Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005,
leaving behind a thriving
greenhouse industry that
exported flowers and bulbs
all over the world. The
Gazans looted and destroyed the facilities. After
persistent rocket attacks
and the election of Hamas,
Israel closed its border
with Gaza in 2007.
How ironic that Hamas,
in its desire to destroy the
Jewish State, has in fact
managed to destroy the
quality of life of its own
people. They fired rockets
from schools and hospitals,
endangering civilian lives.
The Palestinian Authority,
in its power struggle with
Hamas, compounded the
humanitarian crisis by
cutting the funds that
supply the Gaza Strip with
power. Only Israel has the
good grace to still allow
supply trucks with food
and other necessities to
cross the border.
One can only wonder
how different Gaza would
have looked had all the
foreign aid and expertise at
its disposal been channeled into infrastructure,
education and industry.
Pauline Regev
Santa Monica
The suffering of the
people of Gaza is possible
because of the successful
campaign to utterly dehumanize Palestinians.
The siege has accomplished nothing other than
to collectively punish
nearly 2 million people for
crimes they did not commit. The subhuman living
conditions are especially
tragic given that the Gazans are highly resourceful
and capable of meeting
their own needs, having
accomplished a high level
of education and professionalism in the past.
Many members of my
father’s family still reside
there, relying on their deep
faith in God to help see
them through to the next
day. But that may not be
enough as social norms
crumble without any
glimpse of a reprieve.
Israel holds all of the
cards; the rift between the
so-called governing bodies
of Palestine is a mere
smokescreen. With the
political will to end the
siege and restore a functional economy, the future
could be bright.
But no one has the
courage to take that step or
to hold those responsible
to account.
Laila Al-Marayati
Shadow Hills
‘Dreamer’ story
on a freeway sign
Re “It’s no longer a sign for
the times,” Feb. 11
Born in Los Angeles and
residing in San Diego for
most of my adult life, I have
seen these “caution” signs
depicting an immigrant
family running across a
highway along the 5 and
405 freeways all my life.
They had become so ubiquitous, I never noticed that
they were being removed
and now all are gone.
What I found illuminating is that when they were
initially installed, they
were a clear warning sign
to be aware of pedestrians
dangerously crossing the
freeway. Your article, reminding me of these bygone road signs, highlighted a much more poignant fact about the image
depicted in these signs.
They show a father and
mother desperately attempting to cross a hazardous roadway with their
young daughter in tow.
That image of an innocent
young girl is the image of a
Gene E. Schwartz
San Diego
Re “Returning to Mexico
with sadness, resolve,” Feb.
Despite one backhanded jab at President
Trump and the probable
intention of encouraging
sympathy for her subjects,
your reporter showed us
that self-deportation is not
as bad as it sounds.
The people in the story
are slowly but surely finding a new life back in Mexico, after having squatted in
Gardena for years. If millions of Guatemalans tried
to squat in Mexico, neither
the government nor the
people would stand for it.
Yet we are expected to, and
we’re branded “racist” if we
How ironic — and how
Daniel Benn
Los Angeles
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Free community college for ... some
Back when I attended
Orange Coast College,
a unit cost just $13.
’m teaching a journalism
class this spring semester at
Orange Coast College in
Costa Mesa, where much has
changed since I attended 20
years ago as a film major. There’s a
new library, for one, and a snazzy
baseball field. The gigantic parking lot where I used to sneak a nap
in my ’83 Corvette between lectures now has large solar panels
that also act as much-needed
But the cafeteria with betterthan-average food thanks to our
awesome culinary program is still
there. So is a motivated student
body that has the third-highest
transfer rate to a UC or Cal State
school of any community college in
California (we’ll pass you yet,
Santa Monica City and De Anza).
My students are like 19-year-old
me: young, ambitious and ready to
take on the world. Except cooler, of
The biggest difference between
them and me, though? Tuition.
It cost $13 a unit my first year,
and the price went down to $12 by
the time I graduated in 1999. As a
full-time student taking 15 units
per semester, that added up to just
$360 a year.
Community college students in
California now pay $46 a unit —
$1,380 a year for full-timers. And
that doesn’t include school fees,
parking passes and a bunch of
overpriced geology textbooks
they’ll likely never use again and
will probably sell back to a used
bookstore for pesos on the dollar.
That’s why Gov. Jerry Brown’s
approval of $46 million in California’s 2018 budget to pay the
tuition of first-time, full-time
community college students might
be his greatest political accomplishment. It’s an investment not
only in our economy, but also
education and the state’s future.
I was actually shocked at how
cheaply we can pay for full-time,
first-time community college
students. Just $46 million a year?
That’s about half of what a single
mile will cost to connect Madera to
Bakersfield in the California HighSpeed Rail project — and I guarantee you that free tuition will take
California further than any bullet
train ever will.
Still, Brown, his successor and
the California Legislature could do
more. They could permanently set
aside money to make community
college free for anyone who wants
to work toward a degree or career.
Because, more so than our fouryear schools, community colleges
are foundries that shape the
state’s raw talent.
I’m obviously biased on this,
but hear me out. No four-year
university wanted me when I
graduated from Anaheim High
School in 1997, because my grades
were low and my attitude toward
school was lackadaisical. (I was
that type of nerd who never did
homework, got A’s on tests, and
always talked in class.) I could’ve
ended up stuck as a go-kart attendant.
Everything changed the moment I enrolled at OCC. Administrators flagged me for counseling
to ensure I took the right classes
and developed a two-, four- and
six-year plan. Professors were
tough but understanding, and
were there because they wanted to
focus on teaching instead of publishing-or-perishing.
The experience transformed
me. I finally reached my potential,
and ended up with a bachelor’s
degree from Chapman University
and a master’s from UCLA. The
biggest honor I’ll ever receive in
my life came when OCC inducted
me into its Alumni Hall of Fame in
2015. And, while I stupidly decided
to become a reporter instead of try
and make it in Hollywood, I credit
all my success to having attended
Orange Coast.
Not everyone leaves high school
with a clear sense of what they
want to do, or with the right qualifications to attend a university.
Some try to find a job, any job, but
others feel strongly that they need
to continue with their educations.
Community college gives that
latter group a chance to make it
where other institutions of higher
education won’t.
I don’t actually think community college should be free free. Students who qualify should be required to give back in some way,
whether through mentoring those
who come after them or a promise
to contribute to a school’s schol-
arship fund once they find a job.
Those who take advantage of free
tuition must hit certain benchmarks toward a goal — we
shouldn’t pay for some film geek to
take a bunch of classes with no
plan other than to hone his monologue about why Rossellini is a
more quintessentially Italian
director than Fellini. And the state
should limit tuition assistance to
those who received the majority of
their K-12 education in California
— this is an investment in us, not
the world.
This giveaway spurs the question: Why not free tuition at UCs
and Cal States, too? Students are
gathering signatures to put a
proposition on the ballot this fall
that would accomplish just that.
It’s a good conversation to have,
and would return California to
how our higher education system
used to be: completely gratis. But
let’s start with something already
funded. Let’s expand it further
next year. And if you want to take
my class? Last day to add me was
on Sunday — better luck next
Twitter: @gustavoArellano
He was an early
Christian martyr.
Now we send love
notes in his name
St. Valentine’s Day was
associated with romance
by the late 14th century.
By Marilyn Yalom
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
A FLOCK of geese takes flight on the San Joaquin River in Fresno County in 2015.
Another presidential
victim: Migratory birds
By Jacques Leslie
n the eve of the centennial of the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act, one of
the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, the
Trump administration delivered a
churlish anniversary present: It
gutted the law.
Three days before Christmas,
the U.S. Interior Department quietly issued a reinterpretation of the
law, effective immediately. It freed
private interests — most notably,
energy companies — from criminal
prosecutions and fines for the
deaths of migratory birds killed by
industrial practices.
The opinion is such an outlier
that 17 former high-ranking government conservation officials, representing both parties, sent a letter to
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke denouncing it as a “new, contrived legal standard that creates a huge
loophole in the MBTA, allowing
companies to engage in activities
that routinely kill migratory birds.”
Signers of the letter included five of
the six living former U.S. Fish and
Wildlife directors and seven of the
eight former migratory bird management chiefs who served under
Presidents Nixon through Obama.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
has provided the foundation of federal protection for birds in the
United States since it was enacted
in 1918.
It was first used to end the killing
of birds for feathers in women’s hats,
but its language is so clear and unequivocal — “it shall be unlawful to
hunt, take, capture, kill … by any
means whatsoever … at any time or
in any manner, any [non-game] migratory bird” — that since the early
1970s, it has also been applied to the
incidental killing of birds by industry. Thanks to the law, Exxon paid
$125 million in fines for the deaths of
more than 36,000 birds caused by
the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989,
and BP paid $100 million for the
deaths of between 65,000 and 102,000
birds resulting from the Deepwater
Horizon spill in 2010.
Now they’re
gutting the
Migratory Bird
Treaty Act.
Even with the law in place, U.S.
migratory bird populations are now
a small fraction of their historic
highs, chiefly because of habitat
loss. Many species — including California’s burrowing owls, tricolored
blackbirds, and Bendire’s and
LeConte’s thrashers — are in jeopardy and may face extinction.
Nevertheless, from now on, only intentional killings, such as those perpetrated by poachers, will qualify
for prosecution and fines.
Of course, industry kills vastly
more migratory birds than poachers do — as many as 1.1 billion a year,
according to Brad Bortner, who was
chief of migratory bird management at the Fish and Wildlife Service until December.
That number would be even
higher if the law’s deterrent effect
hadn’t helped persuade many companies to change their behavior. The
techniques used to reduce deaths
are often obvious and inexpensive,
such as covering oil pits (which kill
between 500,000 and 1 million migratory birds), siting wind turbines
away from common bird routes (the
turbines cause 140,000 to 500,000
deaths), and spacing power lines far
enough apart so that long-winged
raptors can’t electrocute themselves by touching two lines at the
same time (900,000 to 11.6 million
The beneficiaries of the new interpretation of the MBTA include
coal, gas, wind and solar companies,
but the biggest winner is certain to
be the oil industry, which has been
the target of a majority of prosecutions under the law in the last two
Given the Trump administration’s heedless promotion of fossil
fuels, this should come as no surprise. In fact, the opinion was written by Daniel Jorjani, a Trump appointee whose previous job was at
Freedom Partners, a pro-free-market nonprofit funded by fossil fuel
billionaires Charles and David
For California’s top officials, who
profess to be both environmental
champions and leaders of the
Trump resistance, the migratory
bird opinion creates an opening. By
fortifying state protections, they
could stand up to the president in a
way that is virtually impervious to
California’s Department of Fish
and Wildlife has the authority to
prosecute incidental killings of migratory birds, but it has been so
short of funding and enforcement
teeth that it has deferred to the
more active federal Fish and Wildlife Service. With the feds sidelined,
the state’s lawmakers ought to provide the funding and clout that the
department needs to take up the
“This is a moment for California
to step up,” Mike Lynes, public policy director of Audubon California,
told me. “This is a test for them to
see whether they’ll put their money
where their mouth is.”
The threat to birds follows a
Trumpian playbook. In its dismissal
of all or key parts of the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean
Air and Water acts, and President
Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the administration has signaled its intention to nullify environmental laws
and regulations that impede fossil
fuel extraction. It does this by legal
reinterpretation — as with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — or by reductions in enforcement efforts and
agency destaffing. It doesn’t bother
trying to pass legislation, which can
be blocked. Never mind birds — the
only part of the environment this
administration cares about is what
is under the ground, available for
Jacques Leslie is a contributing
writer to Opinion.
has a curious history. Its name belongs to an early
Christian martyred
in Rome during the 3rd century.
When Pope Gelasius in 496 added Valentine to the Catholic register of recognized saints, he
could never have imagined that
the day chosen to commemorate him, Feb. 14, would become
consecrated for lovers.
We don’t know much about
Valentine. Indeed, there may
well have been two 3rd century
martyrs named Valentine — a
Roman priest executed during
the reign of the emperor Claudius and a bishop of Terni, also
martyred in Rome. Nor do we
know exactly when or how the
holiday was transformed from a
sacred into an amorous event.
One of the most pervasive explanations is that Valentine’s
Day was linked to a pre-Christian Roman feast called Lupercalia celebrated on Feb. 15. On
that day, Roman boys supposedly drew girls’ names from an
urn and the two “coupled” for
the duration of the festival. But
the association between Lupercalia and Valentine’s Day has no
firm foundation in fact.
We do know that St. Valentine’s Day was associated with
love by the late 14th century. In
England during the 1380s,
Chaucer wrote two poems situating Feb. 14 as the day when
birds choose their mates, which
he suggested set a model for human lovers. However fanciful,
this idea resonated within English and French courtly society.
Gower, who wrote in French
and Latin as well as English,
also composed Valentine poems with similar references to
birds. Like many of his contemporaries nourished on courtly
love, he promoted the priority of
the heart in human affairs. As
he put it: “Where the heart is /
the body must obey.”
The Frenchman Charles
d’Orléans, during his British
imprisonment from 1415 to 1440,
wrote what is considered the
first known Valentine card to
his wife, Bonne d’Armagnac, living in France. He addressed her
as “My very gentle Valentine,”
and insisted that his love for her
endured despite the distance
between them. In another poem
written for St. Valentine’s Day,
Charles bemoaned his destiny:
This year the men and
women who are
Lovers choose Saint Valentine
I remain alone, without aid,
On the hard bed of painful
On that day in France, men
and women would reach into an
urn, draw the name of their valentine,and treat such persons
with affection. (You can see why
people have made the connection to Lupercalia.)
Just how far this affection
went is unknown. But, two centuries later, the French priest
and prolific writer, Jean-Pierre
Camus, excoriated the practice,
especially when “married men
select their neighbors’ wives or
daughters as their valentines,”
and “wives end up with single
young men or other women’s
By the mid-17th century in
England, Valentine’s Day was
beginning to have a commercial
Men drew lots with women’s
names on them, and were
obliged to give a gift to the selected lady. Samuel Pepys
noted in his diary entry of Feb.
13, 1661, that in preparation for
the next day’s festivities, he and
his wife chose their valentines
by lot at the home of Sir William
Batten. Sir Batten picked
Pepys’ wife, to whom he subsequently sent “a half-dozen
pair of gloves and a pair of silk
stockings and garters.”
Celebrating Valentine’s Day
in the style of Pepys and Batten
was certainly not for the masses.
Yet the holiday spread
among common folk, mainly in
the form of cards. Eighteenth
century handmade valentines
consisted of a few lines of verse
embellished with hearts, birds
and flowers. In the early 19th
century, commercially produced Valentine’s Day cards became available, first in England
and the United States, then in
France and the rest of Europe.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world,
with many cultural variations.
In France as well as in Italy, it is
strictly a day for lovers and does
not extend to family members
and friends, as it does in England and in the United States.
In Japan, it is the women who
give chocolates to men — a certain type to their non-romantic
male friends and colleagues,
and a different type to their
boyfriends, lovers or husbands.
The evolution of a religious
event into a secular holiday is
odd, but it’s no rarity. Think of
Halloween, which was originally
the Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. Think of Christmas,
created to honor the birth of Jesus, which is now synonymous
with Santa Claus and gift-giving.
St. Valentine, however transformed in the public eye, can at
least take comfort in knowing
that his name has survived all
these years, even if it’s associated with practices he might
not have condoned.
Marilyn Yalom is a historian
at Stanford University and
the author most recently of
“The Amorous Heart: An
Unconventional History of
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TV Catwoman
battles a store’s
rude customers
[Lopez, from A1]
young shoppers with fat
wallets have already begun
assembling as if summoned
by a cult leader. For some,
it’s not just about wearing
the clothes, but grabbing all
they can and reselling to the
consumptively addicted at a
ridiculous profit, similar to
the way ticket scalpers
Newmar reached out to
me through her publicist
after ran a
story under this sassy
headline: “The Hip Punks in
Line for the Dope Merch on
Fairfax Are Driving the
Neighbors Crazy.”
Newmar told me her
father owned property at
the intersection of Fairfax
and Rosewood Avenue as
early as the 1940s, and she
took over the business while
still dancing and acting.
When I rolled up Monday
morning, young folk were
milling about, it smelled like
a bud farm was on fire, and
two dozen people stood in
line near Fairfax High
School as Supreme security
guards watched over them.
That’s right. It was Monday, and the store wouldn’t
open until Thursday. But
there they were, our future,
prepared to live like homeless people for a shot at the
latest designer T-shirts.
The Supreme gear worn
by the kids on Fairfax
looked unremarkable to me.
But I’m someone who didn’t
see much difference between Levis and Wrangler
back in the day, so I may not
be your best red carpet
At a coffee shop called
Open Space, manager Jonathan Klein said the headaches have become migraines in the last year or so,
with fisticuffs, piles of trash,
the commandeering of
sidewalks and parking
spaces, as well as other
“I had one kid who OD’d
in my bathroom,” said
Klein, one of Newmar’s
tenants. He said he called
911 and doesn’t know if the
kid survived.
“I’ve broken up fights,”
said a merchant who
stopped in for coffee.
But Klein said Newmar
and others have been pushing back for months, and he
saw signs on Monday that
the complaints might finally
have been heard.
“It’s a new security
team,” he said, pointing to a
battalion of uniformed
guards outside his shop.
Klein said he’d been told
Supreme would begin
cracking down on customers, telling them anybody
caught camping outside
would not be allowed to
enter the store when the
doors open Thursday.
Word was spreading
quickly. A 24-year-old
named David told me he
stood in line, then gave his
name and phone number to
Supreme representatives
who said they’ll call him
when it’s his turn to shop on
Thursday. He said he liked
the sound of the new system, which meant he didn’t
have to sack out in the
neighborhood for three
nights, but he was withholding judgment until he gets
his call.
David, by the way, told
me he was studying business in college but dropped
out because he’s already
making a handsome living
as a clothing flipper. He said
he buys between $2,000 and
$10,000 worth of Supreme
merchandise at Thursday
drops, keeps a couple of
items and sells the rest.
For how much?
He bought the Supreme
pants he was wearing for
$128 and could have sold
them for $400, he said. His
$110 sweatshirt would go for
$250 and his $52 hat for $100.
You can buy and sell online,
he said, or on the street,
with no shortage of takers.
Ron Castro, manager of
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2014. Her roles have included Catwoman in the
“Batman” TV series.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
SUPREME has drawn complaints about its customers’ behavior from Fairfax
Avenue tenants occupying properties owned by actress Julie Newmar.
a Fairfax clothing store
called Clsc, said he used to
play the game in college.
He’d buy three Supreme
hats, keep one, sell the
others and make a tidy
The owner of Clsc, Asi
Ifrah, marveled at the
Supreme business model.
“These kids are basically
the wholesalers,” he said of
Supreme, which got a $500million infusion from Carlyle Group last year and was
valued at $1 billion.
Carlyle is a private equity
giant that has invested big
in defense contracting and
aerospace. It has been
known to buy companies,
pump up their value and sell
them, so the young
Supremes on Fairfax may
think of themselves as
hoodie culture rebels, but
they’re more like capitalist
soldiers, working for the
man. No offense to Catwoman, but saving the
world from evil plots may be
a job more suited for Batman.
Jordi Hernandez and
Teejay Williams got numbers 8 and 4, respectively, for
the Thursday drop, then
took a break in Williams’
Mercedes-Benz C240.
Williams said he picked it up
after getting into an accident in his BMW.
“I have clients who are
artists and rappers,” said
Hernandez, who told me he
makes between $400 and
$2,000 at every drop.
Williams said he and
Hernandez flip other clothing lines too, so it’s steady
work with annual profits of
between $50,000 and
$100,000, depending on how
coveted the drop items are.
Hernandez and Williams
seemed impressed that one
of the actresses who tangled
with Batman on the TV
series was a Fairfax landlord, and they admitted
things get out of hand at
times. But they think the
new system will help.
Supreme representatives have been talking to
city and Fairfax officials and
local merchants for several
weeks, according to a store
spokesman. He said a meeting of all the parties was
held Monday while I was
snooping around on Fairfax.
“We want to be good
neighbors to everybody,”
said the Supreme spokesman, who attributed some
of the neighborhood’s problems to homeless people
rather than customers. But
he admitted the number of
Supreme followers has
grown in recent months, so
there’s a new rule on the
“No camping,” he said,
“and no lining up before
Great, but what took so
L.A. City Councilman
Paul Koretz said in an email
that his staff has been on
the case for months, “but
there are legal challenges in
holding a company responsible for the actions of its
Koretz said Supreme has
agreed to add security, limit
the lines, clean up the
streets and maybe help
beautify a pocket park in the
So we’ll see how it goes.
Constant change is part of
the bargain in this crazy
town, where the new collides
with the old, neighborhoods
are transformed as some
cheer and others cringe,
Catwoman takes on skateboarders and nobody knows
what next week might bring.
L.A. is never dull and ever
diverse, and for those of us
who love living in a place
with that kind of energy, it
takes work for all of us to get
I wondered if Catwoman
— whose felonious feline
forays were often foiled by
Batman — would consider
Supreme’s promised cooperation to be at least a
partial victory for the forces
of good. So I drove to her
cottage in Brentwood to
find out.
Newmar welcomed me
into her parlor, where her
computer was open to the
Supreme website and copies of her letters and notes
were spread across her
I told her about the new
security team and the
camping ban, but rather
than gloat, she was catlike
in her aloof disregard.
“We all want to make
money, but you’ve got to
have some responsibility,”
said Newmar. “I say get rid
of them. Just go to a warehouse downtown or to a
vacant lot.”
I asked if she thought the
new rules would help.
“You can’t put lipstick on
a pig,” said Newmar, very
much the cat watching the
mouse’s every move, ready
to pounce as needed.
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wants to find
way to boot
Englander’s proposal
seeks strategy to exit
trash pickup program
as other lawmakers
aim to mull options.
By David Zahniser
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
CRITICS send a message to Councilman Gregory Salcido, a teacher who ranted about military members.
A strong rebuke for
Pico Rivera official
‘He’s disgraced us,’ one leader says as City Council
approves a resolution urging councilman to resign
By Brittny Mejia
and Alene Tchekmedyian
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
SALCIDO SAID that since the videos became public, people have
threatened him and his family. He said he did not intend to step down.
When Gregory Salcido walked into
the Pico Rivera City Council chamber,
where he’s spent many Tuesday evenings since he was elected in 1999, one
person booed. Others waved signs
calling for his resignation.
The councilman looked straight
ahead, expressionless, as his peers on
the dais blasted his recent diatribe
against U.S. military service members, caught on video Jan. 26 while he
taught at a high school. Later, they approved a resolution, in a 3-1 vote, calling on him to resign. Salcido voted
against the motion and said he did not
intend to step down. The mayor pro
tem abstained.
“He’s disgraced us, disgraced this
city, disgraced this nation,” said
Councilman Bob Archuleta, the council’s only veteran, who also has two
sons in the military on active duty.
The controversy thrust the small,
working-class city in southeast Los
Angeles County into the national lime[See Salcido, B4]
to ease
over law
Expanding protections
against ICE raids on
businesses is needed,
California leaders say.
By Jazmine Ulloa
nearly 80 Northern California businesses were put on
notice this month of imminent immigration audits,
state leaders on Tuesday attempted to assuage the concerns of employers over a
new state law meant to expand workplace protections
for employees against federal raids.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San
Francisco), who wrote the
state law, called it necessary
under a Trump administration bent on increasing deportations. They said it was
drafted to work in concert
with federal laws and would
not put California busi[See Immigration, B5]
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander
called Tuesday for his colleagues to look at what it
would take to pull out of the
city’s troubled waste franchise system, known as RecycLA.
Englander said the program, which serves roughly
70,000 businesses, apartment buildings and condominium customers, is “failing to deliver the basic city
service of reliable trash
pickup.” His proposal, which
heads to a council committee for review, instructs city
lawyers to show the steps
needed to exit the initiative.
“There comes a time
when we must recognize
that the fault lies not with
the service providers but
with the program itself,”
Englander said in a statement.
The proposal, introduced as a motion on the
council floor, comes nearly a
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
REBECCA Dannenbaum, who lives in a Venice pedes-
trian tunnel, is one of the region’s many homeless.
L.A. homeless
housing effort
gets blessing
Two ordinances get
council committee’s
tentative backing.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
Christina House Los Angeles Times
CHRIS GANSER of Silver Lake, right, who hosts guests at his duplex through
Airbnb, listens as a City Council panel discusses setting caps on such rentals.
Short-term rentals could
be made legal with limits
By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles residents
who want to rent out their
homes for short stays for the
bulk of the year would have
to get case-by-case approval
from the city under a new
proposal being explored by
city lawmakers.
A City Council committee
asked staffers on Feb. 6 to
come back in a month with
more information on the
idea, including possible fees
and requirements.
For more than two years,
city officials have been
wrestling with how to legalize and regulate the popular
practice of renting out
rooms or entire homes for
short stays. Planning officials say it is currently illegal
in many residential areas,
but those rules have rarely
been enforced amid the rise
of online platforms such as
Airbnb that link travelers to
Airbnb and its hosts say
night-to-night rentals provide a vital way for people to
make ends meet, bring tourist spending to new neighborhoods and pump more
tax revenue into the city
budget. Airbnb has already
brokered an agreement with
the city to collect and pass
along lodging taxes from its
hosts, providing L.A. more
than $42 million last year.
Housing activists, neighborhood groups and the hotel industry, in turn, say the
city needs to prevent apartments and houses from being rented out constantly to
[See Rentals, B4]
week after council members
complained during a sixhour hearing about soaring
bills, missed collections and
other problems with RecycLA. One called the program “an embarrassment,”
while another said the rollout was “a hot mess.”
Englander, who represents the northwest San
Fernando Valley, is the first
on the council to broach the
possibility of pulling out of
RecycLA. But other council
members are signaling that
they want to retain the program, which has drawn huge
support from labor leaders,
environmental groups and
Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who signed Englander’s proposal on Tuesday, said he is not looking to
exit the initiative. In an interview, the councilman said
he signed it to obtain options for ending the contracts of trash haulers who
offer poor customer service.
“My perspective is, everyone who has a franchise
needs to be held accountable,” Krekorian said.
Councilman Mike Bonin
intends to vote for Englander’s proposal “to hear if
exiting the program is a viable option,” according to his
spokesman, David Graham[See Trash, B4]
Los Angeles lawmakers
tentatively backed a pair of
proposed ordinances Tuesday that are meant to get
homeless people into housing more quickly.
A City Council committee
decided to move forward
with the two proposals,
which would make it easier
to build permanent supportive housing and to temporarily turn motels into
housing for homeless people.
City lawyers will now vet
both proposals and bring
Mobile home
rent control
plan advances
Supervisors move
ahead on rules that
would apply at parks in
unincorporated Los
Angeles County. B3
them back to the committee
for at least one more vote before they go on to the entire
council for approval.
“This is what we have to
do in order to make progress
on combating homelessness,” City Councilman Bob
Blumenfield said at Tuesday’s hearing.
One of the proposed laws
would allow homeless housing projects to avoid a
lengthy process that includes environmental review and can trigger a public
hearing, as long as they meet
a list of city requirements. It
would also allow such housing to be built taller or denser than otherwise allowed
and cut back on parking requirements.
Housing advocates say
the law would help the city
[See Homeless, B6]
Metro staff
backs wider 710
$6-billion project would
displace more than 400
people. Critics say it
does too little to curb
diesel health threat. B3
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Keep up ‘good life’? It will take work
Humans have a long
way to make planet
sustainable to meet
everyone’s needs.
Bad news, Earthlings: It
may be possible for everyone on the planet to live a
“good” life. It may also be
possible for humans to live
within their environmental
But if current trends
continue, there will be no
way for both of these things
to happen at the same time.
That’s the bleak — if not
entirely surprising —
assessment of researchers
from the Sustainability
Research Institute at University of Leeds in England
and the Mercator Research
Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
in Berlin.
They came to this conclusion after considering 11
necessary ingredients of a
well-lived existence. Some
of the items on their list are
basic human needs — income of at least $1.90 per
day, electricity, enough food
to eat and a life expectancy
of at least 65 years. Others
were social goals, such as
equality, dependable friends
and family, and a decent
degree of life satisfaction (at
least 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10).
The researchers also
considered the cost to the
planet of achieving these
things. They broke it down
into seven categories such
as carbon dioxide emissions
and use of natural resources
like nitrogen, phosphorus
and clean water.
What they found is that
humanity has a lot of work
to do.
Right now, there’s not a
single country on Earth that
provides its people a good,
sustainable life.
Not one.
In fact, there aren’t even
any that come close.
The researchers, led by
economist Daniel O’Neill of
the University of Leeds,
believe this is possible to do.
But it will take some hard
Let’s start with the good
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
RESEARCHERS say the U.S.’ ecological and material footprints are four times above sustainable levels.
Out of roughly 150 countries studied, only three —
Austria, Germany and the
Netherlands — provide their
citizens with all 11 items on
the list. An additional seven
— Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,
Japan and Sweden — offer
10 out of 11. The United
States achieves nine, as
does Canada.
But none of them is close
to doing so sustainably.
Indeed, none of them meets
more than two of the seven
requirements set out for
environmental sustainability.
The United States
doesn’t meet any of them —
and misses some “by a wide
margin,” O’Neill said.
America’s per-capita CO2
emissions are 13 times
higher than the sustainable
level, its phosphorus use is
eight times higher and its
nitrogen use is seven times
As if that’s not bad
enough, its ecological and
material footprints are both
four times above sustainable levels.
At the other end of the
spectrum are 35 countries
where life is pretty miserable. Of the 11 necessities for a
good life, these countries
provided either none or just
In general, the more
social benefits available in a
country, the more likely that
country is living beyond its
environmental means. The
reverse is true as well —
countries that operate
sustainably tend to offer
fewer social benefits.
Perhaps the country that
strikes the best balance is
Vietnam, the researchers
said. Though it meets only
six of 11 social goals, it meets
every sustainability goal but
one. Vietnam’s sole environmental transgression is that
it emits too much carbon
dioxide to keep the planet
from warming by more than
2 degrees Celsius, the goal
set forth in the Paris
By the same measures,
the country with the worst
balance is Swaziland. This
nation is as environmentally
unsustainable as China,
South Korea and the United
Kingdom, missing five out of
seven goals. And yet, despite using so many natural
resources, it fails to give its
citizens even one of the 11
necessary components of a
good life, the researchers
All around the world,
countries are doing a pretty
poor job of living sustainably. Two-thirds of them
emit too much CO2, and
more than half use too much
nitrogen and phosphorus.
In addition, 56% of countries
are using their land in an
unsustainable way.
Only 16 countries in the
analysis met all seven environmental goals.
Although the overall
picture may look grim, the
researchers saw some hopeful signs. For example, there
were a few countries that
managed to score well for
education and life satisfaction while keeping their
CO2 emissions way below
the global median level
(that is, the point at which
half the countries were
emitting more and half were
emitting less).
This discovery “demonstrates that much more
carbon-efficient provisioning systems are possible,”
O’Neill and his colleagues
Likewise, the data suggest that the nutrition,
income, sanitation and
electricity needs of each and
every person on Earth could
be met “without significantly exceeding planetary
boundaries” for sustainability, they wrote.
If someone could wave a
magic wand and reallocate
Earth’s resources so that
they were shared equally by
everyone, it would probably
be enough to meet everyone’s basic human needs
(the list that includes
enough food to eat and
enough money to avoid
extreme poverty, among
other things), O’Neill said.
But it still wouldn’t allow
everyone to enjoy “more
aspirational goals like secondary education and high
life satisfaction,” he added.
For that, “we need to become two to six times more
efficient at transforming
resource use into human
That’s much easier said
than done, of course. And it
gets only more difficult
when you consider that
there will be 11.2 billion
people on the planet by the
end of the century, according to projections from the
United Nations.
In theory, wealthy nations could cut way back on
their resource use while
maintaining their achievements on the social front.
Some straightforward first
steps include “switching
from fossil fuels to renewable energy, producing
products with longer lifetimes, reducing unnecessary waste, shifting from
animal to crop products,
and investing in new technologies,” the researchers
And in a future world
“with very different social
arrangements or technologies,” there could be a different equation for converting
natural resources into human well-being that allows
everyone to enjoy all aspects
of the good life, O’Neill said.
“Is this realistic?” he
said. “I hope so, because the
alternative could be environmental catastrophe.”
The study was published
Feb. 5 in the journal Nature
You can explore the
results and see the tradeoffs at https://goodlife.
L.A. tenant groups oppose bill to boost housing
SACRAMENTO — A coalition of 37 low-income
housing and tenant groups
in Los Angeles is opposing
state legislation that could
dramatically increase new
housing around transit.
Senate Bill 827 from Sen.
Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would eliminate most
local zoning restrictions
within half a mile of rail and
major bus stops across the
state, allowing for new buildings that would be a minimum of four to eight stories
tall. He argues that the bill is
needed to address both the
state’s housing shortage
and environmental goals.
The tenant advocacy
groups say the legislation
would exacerbate the dis-
placement of low-income
Californians from neighborhoods surrounding transit.
“If SB 827 passes, we
stand to lose out on tens of
thousands of affordable
homes near transit and we
are putting families who depend on rent stabilization at
greater risk of displacement
at a time of severe housing
and homelessness crises,”
Alliance for Community
Transit Los Angeles and the
other groups wrote in a Feb.
12 letter to Wiener.
SB 827 is the highest-profile housing bill introduced
so far this year, and it has
provoked strong responses
on both sides. More than 120
top technology executives,
including leaders at Reddit,
Salesforce, Twitter and Lyft,
have endorsed the bill, saying they need more housing
to hire and retain their workforce. San Jose Mayor Sam
Liccardo also has announced his support, as
have some environmentalists who contend it’s necessary to meet the state’s climate change goals by encouraging transit-oriented
The coalition against the
bill is equally as diverse. Sierra Club California has ar-
gued the legislation would
make it harder to build new
transit. Council members
from wealthy cities across
the state also have been
pointed in their criticism.
John Mirisch, a Beverly Hills
city councilman, has said
the bill reaches too far into
local control over development.
Campaign to recall Rendon fizzles
grassroots effort to recall
Assembly Speaker Anthony
Rendon over his decision
last year to shelve a singlepayer healthcare measure
has sputtered, according to
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paign posted on Facebook
that the attempt to recall
Rendon, a Democrat from
Paramount, “will not move
forward,” explaining that
23,000 signatures was too
The post, put up Friday,
has since been taken down.
Stephen Elzie, an attorney
working with the recall effort, said some involved with
the campaign are now turning their attention to trying
to oust Rendon in the fall. He
is being challenged by Maria
Estrada, a progressive activist.
“For the most part, we’ve
shifted gears. People working on the recall are now
working on Maria’s campaign,” Elzie said.
Rendon has faced progressive ire since last summer, when he decided to
shelve Senate Bill 562, a
measure to establish a single-payer healthcare system
in California. Rendon said
the proposal was “woefully
incomplete,” pointing to the
lack of a funding plan and
barriers to implementation
from the federal government
and the state’s Constitution.
In July, activists took the
first step to launch the recall
petition. According to sub-
sequent reports filed with
the California secretary of
state, the campaign did not
report collecting any signatures.
“Speaker Rendon is
grateful for the support of
the voters in the 63rd [District] that refused to sign the
recall petition,” said Bill
Wong, Rendon’s campaign
manager. “Nevertheless, we
are not taking anything for
granted and will continue to
reach out to voters in an effort to earn their support for
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Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
ASSEMBLY Speaker Anthony Rendon has faced progressive ire since he shelved
a measure last summer to create a single-payer healthcare system in California.
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County seeks
ways to help
clear pot
Board of Supervisors
votes to develop plans
for expunging records.
By Melissa Etehad
Gary Friedman Los Angeles Times
SUPERVISORS have given L.A. County departments six months to amend the county code and cap annual
rent increases. Above, David Latham with his cat at a mobile home park in Santa Monica in 2012.
Rent control plan for
trailer parks advances
Proposal would apply
to unincorporated
parts of L.A. County.
By Melissa Etehad
The Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors moved
forward Tuesday with a plan
to establish rent controls at
mobile home parks in unincorporated areas.
The approved motion,
written by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl,
gives county departments
six months to amend the
county code and cap annual
rent increases.
Hahn said trailer park
tenants are often families
most in need of affordable
housing. She said she worries that trailer park owners
are taking advantage of their
vulnerability, leaving many
with little recourse to fight
“They cannot just pick up
and move if given a 30-day
notice that their rent will increase,” Hahn said during
Tuesday’s meeting.
“If their rent gets too high
for them to afford, they
sometimes are forced to sell
their mobile home to the
mobile home park owner.
This gives mobile home park
owners an incentive to raise
Kuehl said she hopes that
creating the ordinance
would help prevent people
from becoming homeless.
“Our greatest prevention is
to help people stay in their
homes,” Kuehl said. “That is
why we are paying ever more
attention to those who are
About a dozen people
spoke, a majority of them favoring the motion.
One of those people was
17-year-old Joe Meng, who
suggested trailer park owners should also be required
to report on what they are
spending rent money on.
Meng lives with four family members in a 500-squarefoot mobile home in Rowland Heights.
Meng said his mother, a
substitute teacher, and his
father, who is unemployed,
are struggling to keep up
with the rising rent.
Meng said they pay
around $900 every month.
“I’ve worried about losing
my home before,” Meng said.
“We don’t have a fixed income.”
Jared Gonzalez, a representative of the Western
Communities Assn., said relations have been good between renters and owners of
mobile home parks.
“We have compassionate
and fair park owners who do
their best to work with residents to make a happy home
and who are proactive in addressing issues that arise,”
Gonzalez told the supervisors.
Gonzalez said he is committed to exploring solutions based on issues raised
in the proposal.
The Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday to
develop a plan to help make
it easier for people to reduce
or clear minor pot convictions.
Proposition 64, which
state voters approved in
2016, not only legalized recreational marijuana use but
also allowed people with certain pot-related convictions
to have their records expunged.
The county district attorney’s office estimates there
have been 40,000 felony convictions involving pot-related offenses since 1993. It is
unclear how many of those
people are eligible for relief
or how many have petitioned for it.
meeting, about a dozen people spoke in favor of the motion.
Some said they hoped
this would help spread the
word to people who don’t
know relief is available or
lack the resources to hire a
lawyer and file a petition.
“I had a hard time working to get my conviction expunged,” Miguel Garcia told
the supervisors. “It was a
hard fight for me to find the
Supervisor Mark RidleyThomas, who wrote the motion, said he hopes the plan
will prevent disproportionate enforcement of pot-related offenses and help reduce barriers for people
seeking a job.
“It’s going to help people
live better, do better and to
not be stigmatized or
weighed down,” RidleyThomas said. “The penalty
must fit the crime.”
People of color in California, particularly African
Americans and Latinos,
have been arrested and
jailed for marijuana offenses
at much higher rates than
white people, said Stanley
Goldman, a professor of
criminal law at Loyola Law
“People of color tend to
be more heavily prosecuted
under marijuana laws,”
Goldman said. “One of the
origins of that were the stopand-frisk policies.”
The motion comes at a
time when other counties in
California have announced
plans to review pot-related
convictions eligible for dismissal or reduced sentences.
In San Francisco, Dist.
Atty. George Gascón announced plans in January to
review nearly 5,000 marijuana-related convictions.
San Diego Dist. Atty.
Summer Stephan said this
month that the office is
combing through and identifying cases eligible for
reduced sentences or dismissal.
Los Angeles County appears to be taking a different
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey
said in a statement Feb. 2
that petitioning through the
courts would be faster for
people seeking relief than
waiting for her office to review the case files.
The report is due back to
the board in 120 days.
Twitter: @melissaetehad
Metro staff backs 710 widening Dying woman
helped police
ID suspects
Goal of the $6-billion
project is to ease truck
traffic congestion.
By Laura J. Nelson
Each year, tens of thousands of truck drivers make
the 19-mile trip up the 710
Freeway from the ports of
Los Angeles and Long
Beach to rail yards near
downtown, carrying cargo
bound for every corner of the
United States.
The 710 handles so much
freight traffic from the ports
that commuters on the freeway frequently find themselves trapped between big
rigs or cut off from their exits
by long lines of trucks.
County transportation
officials have puzzled for
decades over how to smooth
congestion and accommodate more cargo on the 710
while minimizing harm to
nearby residents who bear
the brunt of the corridor’s
congestion and pollution.
This week, staff members
Transportation Authority
threw their support behind a
familiar, if controversial, solution: a wider freeway.
In a report to the agency’s
board of directors, Metro
staff urged support for a
massive, $6-billion proposal
that would add a lane in each
direction along the 710 between Ocean Boulevard in
Long Beach and the 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles. The
price tag is one of the largest
for a freeway widening project in county history.
The proposal calls for
changes to 24 major streets
that cross the 710, as well as
new interchanges with the
91, 5 and 405 freeways. A new,
separated lane would allow
truckers to bypass commuter traffic near the 405.
Transportation officials
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
CRITICS of the 710 Freeway project say it wouldn’t
do enough to cut emissions in the “diesel death zone.”
say the widening is necessary because a soaring number of trucks is cramming
each day onto an inefficient
route that needs to be modernized.
“The trucks are going to
continue to come, and the
goods are going to continue
to come to the port,” said
Metro Senior Director Ernesto
building new lanes, he said,
“we’ll have more trucks on
the same old infrastructure.”
But transportation and
environmental activists —
many of whom have fought
the project for years — say
Metro’s preferred alternative would not do enough to
reduce emissions along a
corridor known as the
“diesel death zone” and
would displace people in
some of Southern California’s poorest and most polluted areas.
“We want a vision that’s
different from ‘We’re going
to pave over your community for trucks and gas-guzzling cars,’” said Adrian
Martinez of Earthjustice, a
nonprofit that is part of a coalition seeking changes to
the project.
If Metro and Caltrans opt
to widen the freeway, the
new lanes should be open
trucks, Martinez said. Adding capacity for zero-emission vehicles near a port
complex that handles 40% of
the country’s cargo would
push the industry toward
greener practices, he said.
Caltrans and Metro
would seize 109 homes and
158 businesses to expand the
freeway, displacing an estimated 436 people. Construction would have a disproportionate effect on poor residents who are black and
Latino, a Caltrans environmental analysis found.
“We’re trying to build a
project in a built-up, mature
environment,” Chaves said.
“There’s going to be some
The proposal has been
under study for three years
and is cheaper than the
other option Metro and Caltrans are considering: four
truck lanes that would cost
$10 billion and displace
about 484 people.
Although Metro is a transit agency, officials there
have increasingly overseen
and funded freeway projects
across the county. Metro
provided the lion’s share of
the funding for the 405 Freeway widening in the Sepulveda Pass, which opened a
year late and went 55% over
Measure R and Measure
M, two half-cent sales taxes
administered by Metro,
would provide $920 million
to the so-called 710 South
project. Where the remaining $5 billion would come
from is unclear.
Deciding on an alternative will help close the funding gap, Metro officials say,
because state and federal officials are wary of funding
wobbly projects. Initial
funding from the sales tax
measures would be enough
to begin work on some
smaller elements of the project, Chaves said.
Metro directors will discuss the 710 Freeway widening staff recommendation
Wednesday at a committee
meeting and are scheduled
to make a decision at their
March 1 meeting. Caltrans is
expected to make a decision
by the end of the summer.
Martinez’s group and
others plan to urge Metro’s
directors to delay their decision until they can find a solution that will appease residents who struggle with the
area’s poor air quality and
traffic congestion, Martinez
said. Metro appears to be
rushing to a decision, he
Metro disputes that
that planning efforts to improve the freeway began in
1999 and environmental reviews have been underway
since 2008.
“We’ve been at this for 20
years,” Chaves said. “We’ve
gone back to the drawing
board a few times because
we’re trying to get the right
Two Modesto
residents are arrested
in teen’s fatal stabbing.
By Joseph Serna
A dying woman who reportedly dragged herself to
the side of a rural street used
her final words to help authorities identify her killers,
the Alameda County Sheriff ’s Office said.
The 19-year-old woman,
identified as Lizette Andrea
Cuesta of Tracy, was found
bloody and suffering from
wounds and other injuries
on the side of rural Tesla
Road in Livermore about 2
a.m. Monday, authorities
She was spotted by people in a passing vehicle who
called police.
The woman was airlifted
to a hospital, where she
spoke with investigators before she died, the Sheriff ’s
Office said.
“This victim really, really
tried to survive. She fought,”
Sheriff ’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
“The last thing we believe
she was able to do was point
us in the direction of the people that killed her, and that’s
pretty remarkable.”
Authorities used the
information the victim
provided to arrest Daniel
Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, both of Modesto, on
suspicion of murder, officials
One of the men who
found the dying woman,
Richard Loadholt, told
KCRA-TV in Sacramento
that he prayed with her and
talked to her to keep her
conscious as long as he
“I hope it’ll be encouraging to their family that their
daughter did have the spirit
to fight,” he said.
dumped in Livermore and
crawled 100 yards to the road
where she was found, San
Francisco Bay Area TV station KTVU reported.
Twitter: @JosephSerna
Associated Press
Twitter: @laura_nelson
MELISSA Leonardo, 25, and Daniel Gross, 19, both of
Modesto, were arrested on suspicion of murder.
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Some hosts bristle at cap plan
[Rentals, from B1]
a revolving door of visitors,
arguing that it disrupts
neighborhoods and exacerbates the housing crisis.
Many said they were irritated by the years of city inaction.
At last week’s hearing,
Councilman Jose Huizar
said he hoped that lawmakers would decide on a set of
proposed regulations the
next time they came before
his committee, then pass
them along to the whole
council for its approval.
The proposed rules being
vetted at City Hall would legalize such rentals but impose some restrictions: Los
Angeles would allow hosts to
rent out only their “primary
residence” for short stays.
Hosts would have to register
with the city or face fines for
advertising illegal rentals.
And they would be barred
from hosting night-to-night
rentals in homes that fall
under rent stabilization
Much of the debate at
City Hall has revolved
around whether the city
should cap the number of
nights that people can rent
out their home to travelers
every year. Housing activists
argue that a strict limit
would eliminate a financial
incentive to convert homes
into “de facto hotels” that
bring in more money.
But some hosts have
bristled at the idea of a cap,
arguing that it would be a financial hardship for people
who rely on Airbnb rentals to
cover their mortgage or
other expenses. Some argue
that their rentals do not take
any housing off the market,
because they are offering
rooms that would not otherwise be available to longstanding tenants.
Planning officials had initially recommended an annual cap of 90 days across
the city, and later revised its
recommendation to 120
days. The Planning Commission, whose members
are appointed by Mayor Eric
Garcetti, instead suggested
capping short-term rentals
at 180 nights annually.
After a string of hearings
Photographs by
Christina House Los Angeles Times
CRITICS OF short-term rentals attend the hearing at City Hall, where officials have been wrestling with how to regulate the practice.
JOHN CHOI, Southern California public policy manager for Airbnb, right, says
the company wants to ensure any approval process is “manageable” for its hosts.
at City Hall, a council committee has yet to decide on
that cap. But at the hearing
last week, lawmakers said
they wanted to explore op-
tions for allowing hosts to
exceed such a cap on a caseby-case basis, using some
kind of process that could include public hearings, neigh-
bor notification and appeals.
In a recent report, planning officials had questioned that idea, warning
that even if only a fraction of
Airbnb hosts seek city permission to exceed an annual
cap, those applications
could swamp the department and require more staff
to process them.
But the idea appears to
have tentative support
among council members.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield, a member of the committee that held Tuesday’s
hearing, suggested that the
city could consider imposing
a lower cap than previously
suggested — possibly 120
days annually — while allowing people to exceed it if they
went through a new approval process.
If the city creates such a
process, “obviously we do
not want to make it a burdensome one,” Huizar said.
Both sides of the longstanding debate are closely
eyeing how such a process
would work. John Choi,
Southern California public
policy manager for Airbnb,
said the company wants to
make sure any approval
process is “manageable” for
its hosts, but was hopeful
that it could ensure that
“responsible hosts who follow the rules have an
opportunity to make ends
Critics of “commercialized” short-term rentals say
they are also open to the
idea, although they want the
cap to be much stricter than
Airbnb and its hosts have
Judith Goldman, one of
the co-founders of the advocacy group Keep Neighborhoods First, said she wants
the city to carefully vet anyone who wants to rent out
their home for more than 90
days annually.
Some officials Councilman urged to resign
want to explore
other options
[Trash, from B1]
Caso. But he too expressed
doubts about pulling the
“While he wants all options on the table, [Bonin’s]
strong preference would be
to fix the problems with the
program instead of killing
the program entirely, because he believes strongly in
the objectives of RecycLA,”
Graham-Caso said.
RecycLA was created to
expand recycling, improve
workers’ pay and conditions,
and put cleaner burning
refuse trucks on the street. It
was established by the council in a series of votes over the
last six years.
Englander and two colleagues — then-Council
Members Bernard C. Parks
and Jan Perry — voted in
2012 to oppose the plan for
carving the city into 11 commercial refuse zones, with a
single hauler operating in
each zone.
Four years later, Englander voted with the rest of
the council to award 10-year
contracts — valued at a combined $3.5 billion — to seven
haulers, giving each the exclusive right to pick up trash
in their respective areas.
City officials expect to receive $15.6 million in franchise fees from the program
this year, and nearly $36 million in 2018-19.
RecycLA was launched in
July and soon afterward,
customers began bombarding the city with complaints
about uncollected garbage
and bills that doubled or
even tripled. The biggest increases were attributed to a
series of extra fees contained
in the haulers’ contracts,
which were vetted by
Garcetti appointees and approved by the council.
Haulers have charged extra fees for opening locked
gates and pulling trash bins
more than 100 feet to the
Nevertheless, one advocacy group said it would be
“reckless” for the council to
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
MITCH Englander says
RecycLA fails to deliver
“reliable trash pickup.”
end a program that diverts
waste from landfills, improves air quality and recovers tons of food for needy
Under the terms of RecycLA, the city’s Bureau of
Sanitation recently gained
the power to impose fees and
fines on haulers that fail to
meet the city’s requirements, said Robert Nothoff,
director of waste and recycling campaigns with the
Los Angeles Alliance for a
New Economy, which spearheaded passage of RecycLA.
“We are already seeing
improvements,” he said in
an email.
Still, some customers
continue to deal with missed
collections. Vahe Sargsyan,
who manages a 35-unit
apartment building in Tujunga, said one of the haulers
failed to pick up recycling at
his property Friday — a
scheduled collection day.
“I called them on Friday,
they promised they would
come. They didn’t,” he said.
“I called them Saturday
morning, they promised
they would come. And they
Sargsyan said a sanitation inspector came to the
property Monday and told
him the hauler would be
fined. The recyclables were
picked up the same day, he
[Salcido, from B1]
light, even catching the attention of White House Chief
of Staff John F. Kelly, a retired Marine general who
lost his son in combat, who
said Salcido “ought to go to
During the rant, Salcido
called members of the military the “lowest of our low.”
“We’ve got a bunch of
dumb … over there,” Salcido
says in the recording, using
an expletive. “Think about
the people who you know
who are over there — your
freaking stupid Uncle Louie
or whatever — they’re
dumb…. They’re not like
high-level thinkers, they’re
they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freaking
lowest of our low.”
On Tuesday, about 80
people, some in uniform,
packed the chamber, while
about 100 more watched
from outside. They had to
pass through metal detectors to attend the meeting,
which was being monitored
by eight Los Angeles County
sheriff ’s officials.
One by one, dozens took
the podium for three minutes each, often sharing
their own military history. A
couple of critics alleged that
during the pledge of allegiance, they did not see Salcido place his hand over his
heart or recite the words.
“I’m shaking right now
because I’m pissed off and
angry,” said Irvine resident
Eric Martinez, who grew up
in Pico Rivera. “I just thank
God that I can refrain from
jumping over this podium to
get you.”
Shortly after 9 p.m., Salcido addressed the meeting,
saying that since the videos
became public, people have
threatened to kill him, rape
his wife and leave his son an
“And for what? For what
you expressed out here
tonight? That said, the first
thing that I think is important here is to apologize if it
means something, though,”
he said.
But he also reiterated,
more diplomatically, what
he said in the classroom:
that he thought students
with lower academic standing typically end up in the
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
RAUL RODRIGUEZ JR. was among many who
expressed outrage: “This is a shameful individual.”
“I don’t think it’s all a revelation to anybody that
those who aren’t stellar students usually find the military a better option ... that’s
not a criticism of anybody.
Anything I said had nothing
to do with their moral character.”
He told reporters during
a break in the meeting that
“this is probably the most
exaggerated situation I’ve
ever seen,” and he said he
apologizes if he offended
“I do believe the military
is not the best option for my
students.… That does not
mean I’m anti-military, because I’m not,” he said.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Gustavo Camacho read aloud the names of
some veterans buried at
area cemeteries.
“They should not be
mocked or made to feel like
they were the lowest of the
low,” Camacho said. “Instead we should be paying
tribute and honoring their
memories and contributions, and we should be
thanking their families every
Mayor Pro Tem Brent
Tercero, a grandson of a
Navy veteran, denounced
Salcido’s remarks but said
he would abstain from voting on the resolution.
“It is a political statement and it lacks enforcement, it lacks teeth,” Tercero
said. He did, however, volunteer to sign — and donate
$250 toward — a recall petition.
Meanwhile, a couple of
speakers came to Salcido’s
defense. Jeovany Zavala, a
former student, thanked
Salcido for showing him an
option besides the military.
“You taught me that I
could be the best that I could
be in school and in life without having to risk my life or
to pursue what I thought
was my only option,” he said.
“You taught me more than
that and I’d like to thank
you. I know I might stand
alone in that decision
Before the meeting, Art
Sanchez of East L.A. put up
flags to commemorate veterans who had lost their
lives. Sanchez spent 30 years
in the U.S. Army, joining
when he was 18.
“I didn’t get to first
“We’re not idiots.”
Anthony Dovali, who
served in the U.S. Marine
Corps for eight years, said he
hoped Salcido would address what prompted his
“He thinks we’re stupid. I
went to college. As soon as I
came out I got my AA and I
got my bachelor’s,” Dovali
said, wearing a Vietnam
Semper Fi hat. “We want to
let him know that it’s not fair
for him to speak the way he
spoke, especially in a high
school where he’s teaching
all the young people.”
Inside, many held paper
signs that read, “Resign Salcido” and “No Trust, No job!”
Raul Rodriguez Jr. sat in
the first row, wearing an
Army uniform similar to the
one he wore when he served.
He enlisted when he was 18
and served for three years
and three months.
“Salcido has disgraced
not only the military but the
American people by making
the remarks he did about the
military,” Rodriguez said,
adding that both his father
and son served.
“We have so many things
to be thankful for, the fact
that the military are the
ones that are really paying
for us to have our freedoms
and our rights,” he said. “It’s
important that we speak out
and say that this is a shameful individual.”
Rodriguez, a resident of
Apple Valley, said he thinks
Salcido should resign.
“I was disgusted that a
person with an education
like him would make a remark like that about the military,” he said. “I don’t know
why he even made those remarks. Whatever the reason
was, he’s a disgrace.”
Salcido’s rant appears to
have been in reaction to a
student’s wearing a Marines
shirt or sweatshirt. The El
Rancho Unified School District put him on administrative leave.
The videos of Salcido
went viral after they were
posted on Twitter and Facebook by a woman who identified herself as a friend of
the student’s mother. The
Facebook post has garnered
more than 96,000 shares and
The resolution states
that Salcido’s comments
placed the city “under intense national scrutiny, and
have placed our city under a
cloud of dishonor, disparagement, suspicion and
Taking this step, the resolution states, is “an effort to
restore the positive image of
our city and to reaffirm the
City Council’s support of
our government institutions, our military, our veterans, our students and the
many Pico Rivera residents
who have proudly served our
country and continue to
serve our great nation.”
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BEN AGAJANIAN, 1919 - 2018
Ex-L.A. Ram
reshaped art
of placekicking
‘Hello dere’ comedian
By Sam Farmer
en Agajanian, who
would become a
Trivial Pursuit answer for his placekicking prowess,
nearly saw his professional
football career end before it
He lost four toes on his
right foot in an industrial accident when he was a kicker
for the University of New
Mexico in 1941. All but his little toe were damaged beyond repair. Agajanian
pleaded with doctors to
shave down the nubs to the
identical size so he could still
kick. They did, and his football career was salvaged.
Agajanian, who had been
the oldest living member of
the Los Angeles Rams, died
of natural causes Feb. 8 in
Cathedral City. He was 98.
Billed as “Bootin’ Ben the
Toeless Wonder,” Agajanian
played 13 seasons for 10 franchises — including a year
each with the Rams and Los
Angeles Chargers. He was
the kicker on two world
championship teams, the
1956 New York Giants and
1961 Green Bay Packers.
In an interview with The
Times’ Bill Plaschke in 2016,
Agajanian explained how
the accident happened: He
was working a summer job
at a cola bottling plant, sitting on a barrel of syrup that
was on a moving freight elevator. His dangling right foot
smashed into a ledge.
The kicker wore a size 11
shoe on his left foot and a
size 7½, squared-off boot on
his right. Those shoes now
reside in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame.
“Lots of guys said I was
cheating because I had the
hard square toe,” Agajanian
told The Times. “I said, ‘Well,
you can do it too. If it helps
you, why not?’ ”
Now that Trivial Pursuit
question: Which pro football
placekicker played for three
different leagues? Agajanian played for the National
Football League, the American Football League and the
All-America Football Conference.
After his playing career,
he spent 20 years as a Dallas
Cowboys kicking coach.
Agajanian retired and
un-retired four times, finally
calling it a career in 1964. He
was the first kicker to insist
that the football laces be
turned outward. As a Cowboys assistant, he developed
the “Agajanian Two Step,”
the ritual of soccer-style
kickers to take three steps
back and two to the side
when lining up for a kick.
Born Aug. 28, 1919, Benjamin James Agajanian was
the younger brother of
famed auto racing owner
and promoter J.C. Agajanian, who died in 1984.
According to Ben Agajanian’s son, Lewis, “my dad
told everybody from as far
back as I can remember, ‘I’m
going to live until I’m 98
years old because that was
my brother’s race car number.’
“I’m not saying he was a
prophet, but that’s pretty
In his golden years, Ben
Agajanian became a worldclass gin rummy player. His
favorite hangout was the Petroleum Club in Long Beach,
where a private memorial
service will be held.
“When people wanted to
play cards with my dad,”
Lewis said, “I told them to
keep their lunch money in
their shoe.”
In addition to his son,
Agajanian is survived by
daughters Lynne and Lori,
10 grandchildren and 11
was preceded in death by his
wife, Arleen, and son Larry.
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
Kicker Ben Agajanian lost four toes on his right foot
in an industrial accident in his college playing days.
Firms ‘in learning
mode’ on new law
[Immigration, from B1]
nesses in violation of federal
“Let me stress again, AB
450 is about privacy, constitutional rights and Californians at the workplace,” Becerra said at the news conference. “There is no conflict
with what AB 450 requires
and what federal laws require.”
California business owners have found themselves in
the middle of a battle between the Trump administration and California state
leaders, who have pledged to
protect the rights of more
than 2 million people living
and working in the state illegally. Some owners have
said they were not aware of
the new requirements or
were confused by them.
In an attempt to educate
employers, Becerra and
Chiu said they have been
fielding questions from businesses across the state and
groups and trade associations. Becerra’s office plans
to send out a statewide advisory Tuesday with additional guidance.
The new law prohibits
employers from allowing
federal immigration agents
on private business property without a judicial warrant. It also requires business owners to give their em-
ployees public notice —
within 72 hours — of federal
immigration inspections of
employee records.
Businesses that fail to
provide notice to employees
face penalties of $2,000 to
$5,000 for a first violation
and $5,000 to $10,000 for each
though some exceptions
may apply.
Becerra said California
businesses were “in learning
mode.” He believed none
have been in violation of the
new state law so far. He is
working with the state labor
commissioner to make sure
the law is enforced, but
whether it is will depend
largely on people reporting
Chiu said the new law
would prevent employers
from “aiding and abetting”
unlawful searches on the
part of the federal government.
“Whether it be agriculture or the restaurant world
or the construction world or
any of the other industries
that the attorney general
referenced, it is important
that employers know what
their rights and responsibilities are so that they can best
protect workers and our
economy,” he said.
Twitter: @jazmineulloa
associated press
Marty Allen, the babyfaced, bug-eyed comedian
with wild black hair who was
a staple of TV variety shows,
game shows and talk shows
for decades, died Monday
night. He was 95.
Allen died in Las Vegas of
complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner of the last
three decades, Karon Kate
Blackwell, by his side, Allen’s
Cazau, told the Associated
Allen, known for his
greeting and catchphrase
“hello dere,” was a living link
late in life to a generation of
long-dead superstars with
whom he shared a stage, including Dean Martin, Frank
Sinatra, Lena Horne and
Elvis Presley.
He first found fame as
half of the duo Allen & Rossi
with partner Steve Rossi,
who died in 2014. Allen &
Rossi appeared 44 times on
“The Ed Sullivan Show,” including the episodes in
which the Beatles performed and most of America
“Everyone remembers
those shows with the
Beatles, and they were
great, but we appeared on all
Wally Fong Associated Press
Marty Allen, a staple of TV variety shows, game
shows and talk shows, has his hair styled in 1968.
the shows,” Allen said in
2014. “There wasn’t a talk
show on TV that didn’t want
Allen & Rossi.”
The duo appeared regularly on “The Tonight Show
With Johnny Carson” and
“The Merv Griffin Show.”
They also toured comedy
clubs nationwide, headlined
shows at major Las Vegas
casinos and released a series
of hit albums until their amicable breakup in 1968.
Allen then took on a
series of serious roles on daytime television and madefor-TV movies, and was a
regular on “The Hollywood
Squares” and other celebrity-themed game shows.
He was a regular entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip
for much of his life, and trib-
utes from there poured in
“We have lost another
iconic Las Vegas entertainer, Marty Allen,” Las
Vegas magician Lance Burton tweeted. “What a funny
man who brought joy to millions of people for 95 years.”
Ventriloquist and Strip
tweeted that “Las Vegas and
show business lost a legend
tonight.... and I lost a friend.”
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried tweeted, “Farewell to
one of the funniest people
onstage and off.”
Allen was born in Pittsburgh and served in Italy in
the Army Air Corps in World
War II, earning a Soldier’s
Medal for valor.
He was married to Lorraine “Frenchy” Allen from
1960 until her death in 1976.
In 1984 he married Blackwell, a singer-songwriter
who became his performing
partner in his last decades
and acted as the goofy Allen’s “straight man” just as
Rossi did decades earlier.
He kept making crowds
laugh into his mid-90s.
“It’s unbelievable to be 94
years old,” Allen told a New
York audience in 2016. “My
wife says, ‘What do you want
for your birthday?’ I told her,
‘An antique.’ So she framed
my birth certificate.”
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Homeless housing effort is backed
[Homeless, from B1]
build 10,000 units for homeless residents in a decade by
encouraging bigger buildings and speeding up the approval process.
Eric Ares, a deputy director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, told
lawmakers that it would
help the city deliver what
voters wanted when they
overwhelmingly passed a
$1.2-billion bond measure to
fund homeless housing construction.
The current process is
“far too long and expensive,
especially given the overwhelming need and demand
for us to build faster and
bring homes online,” said
Iisha Jones of Venice Community Housing, a nonprofit
that owns and manages affordable housing. “The ordinance can change that.”
Critics argue that the city
is stripping important protections
Christian Wrede, one of the
founding members of the
community group Venice
Vision, said in an interview
that it was “grotesquely unfair and profoundly undemocratic” to eliminate environmental review and
public hearings.
“I get that we have a crisis
here,” said Angela McGregor, a member of the Oxford
Triangle Assn., a neighborhood group in Venice. “But I
think that we need to take a
step back and realize that
these regulations existed for
pretty good reasons. Just because we’re having a crisis
doesn’t mean that those reasons go away.”
faces gun
Mexican man cleared
of murder in San
Francisco shooting
pleads not guilty.
associated press
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
CRITICS oppose the possible loss of important protections for neighbors. Above, a homeless woman in Venice.
The other law would ease
the way for motels to be converted temporarily into
housing. To participate, motel owners would have to
show that they had struck
an agreement to lease out
their building for homeless
tenants. Homeless advocates have praised the proposal as an efficient way to
get people off the streets
while new housing is under
But some have raised
concerns about whether
converting motels will end
up concentrating homeless
housing in some areas of the
city. In a letter, Councilwom-
an Nury Martinez raised
questions about the proposal, cautioning that if it is not
crafted well, it could have
“unintended impacts” on
both tenants and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Martinez suggested that
the city require a letter from
the local council member
when a motel is being temporarily converted into
homeless housing.
Council members already have similar leverage
over permanent supportive
housing projects because
developers need such a letter before they can obtain
funds from the housing de-
At the Tuesday meeting,
Councilman Jose Huizar
asked city staffers to come
back with a report addressing her concerns but did not
direct city attorneys to alter
the motel proposal.
“We want to get this
started,” Huizar said, urging
city lawyers to act quickly.
L.A. politicians face
growing pressure to relieve
the homelessness crisis as
tens of thousands of people
bed down on city streets, in
canyons and in cars.
Earlier Tuesday, the City
Council voted to authorize
$2 million for the construc-
tion and operation of temporary trailers that will house
homeless people on a cityowned parking lot at Arcadia and Alameda streets. A
separate council vote on the
overall proposal is expected
in the coming weeks.
Huizar has also called for
“emergency shelter and crisis housing options” for skid
row, including repurposing
city properties to provide
temporary shelter.
Twitter: @AlpertReyes
Times staff writer Dakota
Smith contributed to this
Mexican man who was acquitted of murder in a San
Francisco shooting that ignited a national immigration debate has pleaded not
guilty to federal gun charges.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate
appeared in federal court
Tuesday to face two illegal
gun possession charges.
They were filed after a jury in
November found him not
guilty of killing Kate Steinle
in 2015.
Garcia Zarate has been
deported five times and
served prison time for illegally reentering the U.S.
Under San Francisco’s
“sanctuary city” policy, local
authorities released him
from jail several weeks before the shooting, ignoring a
federal request to detain
him for a sixth deportation.
Garcia Zarate says he
found a gun under a seat on a
popular pier and that it accidentally fired when he
picked it up.
He was transferred from
a city jail to U.S. custody over
the weekend.
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is focus
of two
Scrutiny comes after a
medical director says
he decided on claims
without reviewing
patient records.
Slowing the pace of
increases could calm
investors but might
backfire by letting the
economy overheat.
By Barbara
Feder Ostrov
health insurance regulators
said they would investigate
how Aetna Inc. makes coverage decisions, as the lawsuit of a California man who
is suing the nation’s thirdlargest insurer for improper
denial of care heads for
The Department of Managed Health Care, which
regulates the vast majority
of health plans in California,
said Monday it would investigate Aetna after CNN first
reported that one of the
Hartford, Conn., company’s
medical directors had testified in a deposition related
to the lawsuit that he did not
examine patients’ records
before deciding whether to
deny or approve care.
Rather, he relied on information provided by nurses who
reviewed the records — and
that was how he was trained
by the company, he said.
Commissioner Dave Jones
had already told CNN his office would investigate Aetna,
which he reconfirmed in a
statement Monday.
“If a health insurer is
making decisions to deny
coverage without a physician ever reviewing medical
records, that is a significant
concern and could be a violation of the law,” Jones said.
It isn’t known how widespread the review of patient
claims by non-physicians is
in the industry.
The California Department of Insurance, which
Jones heads, regulates only
a small fraction of the state’s
health plans, but they in[See Aetna, C5]
By Jim Puzzanghera
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
JAZMIN VIVAR carries a bouquet from the Southern California Flower Market in L.A. in 2016. Pro-
grams vet flower suppliers for water management, worker protections and other sustainable practices.
Eco-friendly flowers
come into full bloom
Certification programs help shoppers cut through
the noise to find sustainably grown blossoms
By Rachel Tepper Paley
While it may be fashionable to investigate the early childhood of your
steak, when was the last time you
asked your florist about the provenance of your peonies?
According to the most recent U.S.
Department of Agriculture figures,
the U.S. produced $374 million in
wholesale cut stems in the 15 states
that produce the majority of domestic flowers; 78% come from California.
This reflects only a fraction of the
flowers bought and sold stateside,
with major imports coming from
South America. Census Bureau figures put the total value of imported
fresh flowers, foliage and seeds at $1.2
billion in 2016.
With so many blooms originating
outside the U.S., assessing what has
and hasn’t been raised sustainably is
Were chemicals used? Did the
farm practice good water management? Is the farm built on land that
formerly hosted a rainforest? Were
the people who grew the flowers paid
fairly and treated humanely? What
was the ecological cost of transport-
ing the flowers? What does “ecofriendly” mean, anyway?
“It’s a complicated and much
deeper issue than just saying something is sustainably grown,” says
Marc Hachadourian, director of the
Nolen Greenhouses at the New York
Botanical Garden. He points to certification programs that aim to help
shoppers cut through the noise.
For flowers grown in California,
there’s Bloomcheck, which states its
goal as ensuring best practices for
sustainability “when it comes to water; air and soil quality; wildlife pro[See Flowers, C4]
Suit alleges pay disparity at Vice Media
Women earn less than
male counterparts, a
former worker says.
By Daniel Miller
A woman who formerly
worked for Vice Media has
alleged in a lawsuit filed
Tuesday that the company
discriminates against female employees, systemically and intentionally paying them less than their male
The lawsuit, which seeks
class-action certification,
was filed by Elizabeth Rose,
who worked at the millennial-focused media company
in New York and Los Angeles
from 2014 to 2016, serving as a
channel manager and project manager. Vice Media operates the Viceland cable
channel and produces two
news programs for HBO,
among other projects.
Filed in Los Angeles
County Superior Court, the
complaint alleges that Rose,
as part of her job, received
internal memos that showed
the salaries of about 35 Vice
Media employees, revealing
a pay disparity in which
women “made far less than
male employees for the same
or substantially similar
Michael Nagle For The Times
VICE MEDIA CEO Shane Smith, center, said in December: “We have failed ... to
create a ... workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected.”
According to the lawsuit,
Rose learned that a male
subordinate — whom she
hired — made about $25,000
more per year than she. The
man was eventually promoted to be her supervisor.
A male executive told Rose
that her former subordinate
was a “good personality fit”
for male clients, the lawsuit
The lawsuit alleges Vice
Media violated equal pay
laws in New York and California, as well as the federal
Equal Pay Act. Depending
on the circumstances, wom-
en who were employed by
the company within the last
six years could be a member
of one of three proposed
classes, which in total could
include more than 700 women, according to the lawsuit.
headquartered in Brooklyn, said
in a statement that it was reviewing the complaint. “As a
company, we have made a
significant commitment to a
respectful, inclusive and
equal workplace,” a company spokesperson said.
“That commitment includes
a pay parity audit started
last year, a goal of 50/50 female/male representation at
every level by 2020, and the
formation of a Diversity &
Inclusion Advisory Board.”
Originating from the
Montreal-based alternative
magazine Vice, the company
was valued at $5.7 billion last
year, co-founder and Chief
Executive Shane Smith said
in a June interview.
Vice Media was the subject of a Dec. 23 report by the
New York Times that contained allegations of sexual
misconduct at the company.
Soon thereafter, it suspended two male executives
— its president, Andrew
Creighton, and chief digital
officer, Mike Germano —
who were accused of misbehavior in the report. Germano was fired in late January.
On the same day the
Times published its report,
Smith and Vice Media cofounder Suroosh Alvi posted
a message to that
within their operation. “Lis[See Vice Media, C3]
WASHINGTON — Financial markets delivered
an unwelcome gift for
Jerome H. Powell when he
was sworn in last week as
chairman of the Federal Reserve — a nosedive.
Triggered by fears of rising inflation and interest
rates, the Dow Jones industrial average’s record 1,175point plunge Feb. 5 kicked
off the worst week for stocks
in two years. The steep market declines and nerve-rattling volatility put Powell
and his colleagues in a bind.
The easiest way to calm
investors would be for Fed
policymakers to signal that
they will slow their gradual
interest rate hikes, including
delaying the next small one
expected in March. But that
move could backfire, ultimately allowing the economy to overheat and forcing
the Fed to raise rates more
So far, based on public
comments of Fed officials, it
doesn’t look like they plan on
delaying a March rate hike —
and some analysts even have
suggested the pace could be
accelerated to address fears
of rising inflation fueled by
the double-barrelled stimulus of Republican tax cuts
A key read on inflation
comes Wednesday when the
Labor Department releases
the consumer price index for
January. A big jump in prices
would confirm Wall Street’s
fears about rising inflation
and could cause another
sell-off as investors fear
higher interest rates are
But there are still five
weeks and several key economic reports forthcoming,
including a different measure of inflation the Fed
prefers, until members of
the central bank’s policymaking committee have to
make a rate-hike decision.
Fed officials face a difficult task as they weigh the
market volatility amid numerous signs of a strengthening economy.
“The Fed has to strike a
delicate balance to say,
‘We’re going to make policy
based on the economic
data,’ ” said Lindsey M.
Piegza, chief economist at
brokerage firm Stifel Nicolaus & Co. “ ‘We’re not here
to hand-hold nervous investors during times of volatility.’
[See Fed, C5]
Slam-dunk for
L.A.’s economy
The NBA All-Star
game this weekend is
expected to generate
$116 million in
spending. C2
Making a bet on
digital viewing
A Utah TV station
will stream a pro
soccer team’s games
without carrying
them over the air. C3
Business Beat ......... C2
Market Roundup ... C5
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again breaks
its record
for tourism
City sees 24.2 million
visitors in ’17, its fifth
straight annual rise.
By Hugo Martin
A bigger convention center and two popular theme
parks helped the city of Anaheim break its tourism
record — again.
Anaheim welcomed 24.2
million visitors in 2017, about
5% more than the 23 million
visitors in the previous year
and more than 30% above
the number of visitors in
2012, according to Visit Anaheim, a nonprofit marketing
organization for the city.
Already home to the biggest convention center on
the West Coast, Anaheim
completed the seventh expansion of the facility last
year, a project that helped
the city break its tourism
record for the fifth straight
Anaheim tourism officials attributed the growth
partly to the 200,000-squarefoot expansion of the convention center to 1.8 million
square feet and a surge in attendees to conferences held
at the facility, including the
North American Music Merchants show, the Natural
Products Expo West, the Orange County International
Auto Show and VidCon, a
conference for online video
Anaheim also is home to
Disneyland and California
Adventure Park, two of the
most popular theme parks
in the country.
“Tourism means an increase in jobs, revenue for
small businesses and is a key
spoke in our local economy’s
wheel,” said Jay Burress,
president and chief executive of Visit Anaheim.
Neighboring Los Angeles
County also set a record for
drawing big-spending tourists in 2017, marking the seventh straight year that the
previous record was broken.
The county hosted 48.3
million visitors in 2017, up
2.2% from the record 47.3
million tourists in 2016. But
the number of international
visitors to the U.S. has been
dropping since 2016, falling
even further this year.
Tourism experts blame
the drop on a strong U.S. dollar, which makes visiting the
U.S. more expensive, plus increased security measures
to enter the country and
harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric from the Trump administration.
Anaheim tourism officials said they won’t know
how the decline in international tourism has affected
the city’s visitation numbers
until they get more detailed
data on foreign visitors in
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THE THREE-DAY NBA All-Star celebration at Staples Center this weekend is expected to draw 110,000 peo-
ple, about a third of them from outside the region. Above, LeBron James dunks at a game in Ohio last month.
All-Star game seen as
slam-dunk for economy
Events are expected to spur $116 million in spending by fans
By Hugo Martin
The NBA All-Star game
at Staples Center this weekend is expected to generate
$116 million in spending by
visiting and local basketball
fans, a 36% increase over the
economic impact seven
years ago when Los Angeles
last hosted the event.
The three-day hoops
celebration is expected to
draw 110,000 people to the
events, with about a third
of all celebrants coming
from outside the region, according to a study by Micronomics, a Los Angeles
research and consulting
firm. Visitors are expected
nights for the event, the
study said.
The event, running from
Friday to Sunday, will showcase improvements made
around Staples Center
and the Los Angeles Convention Center, where hundreds of new hotels and
restaurants have been built
in an area of downtown Los
Angeles once dominated by
warehouses and shuttered
“It’s been the best possible time to be selling L.A.,”
said Kathryn Schloessman,
president of the Los Angeles
Sports and Entertainment
Commission, which works to
draw major sporting and entertainment events to the
city. The group also paid for
the Micronomics study.
The NBA events them-
selves — including the AllStar game and slam-dunk
contest — are expected to
generate about $26 million
for the local economy, with
an additional $90 million
coming from spending by
visitors on food, drinks and
accommodations, the study
The final economic impact number includes a
“multiplier effect,” which
takes into consideration
spending by workers who
benefit from the event, such
as limousine drivers, waiters
and hotel workers.
The NBA All-Star game
was last in Los Angeles in
2011, when the event sparked
$85 million in spending, Micronomics said.
The increase in spending
between 2011 and 2018 is attributed to several factors,
including more events added to the celebration, new
restaurant and hotel options in Los Angeles and a
more positive economic outlook by visitors who are
more comfortable spending
money now, local tourism experts say.
Among new events, the
NBA All-Star celebration
will sell tickets to a practice
workout by the star players
and a match between players on the NBA’s minor
league teams, plus several
community outreach events
throughout Southern California.
“The increase is expected
with higher prices and
other things, such as the
economy doing better and
more hotels,” said Joe Hale,
a senior research associate
at Micronomics who cowrote the study. “It’s just a
positive event for the local
Schloessman said the
underscores how popular
Los Angeles has become as a
host for sporting spectacles.
The new Los Angeles
Stadium in Inglewood will
host the NFL Super Bowl in
2022. The Los Angeles Country Club near the UCLA
campus is hosting the U.S.
Open golf championship in
Sporting venues across
Southern California will
host events for the Olympic
and the Paralympic Games
in 2028.
“We want to keep them
coming,” Schloessman said.
Twitter: @hugomartin
Mattel hopes spinoff of
Uno game is a big draw
Dos, which took two
years to develop, will
be launched in March.
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What’s next for Uno? Dos,
of course.
Mattel Inc. is launching
the new card game Dos next
month in hopes of giving its
nearly 50-year-old Uno
brand a second life. Dos’
rules are similar to Uno’s, except players make two piles
of cards and can throw down
two cards at a time instead
of one.
It comes as Mattel tries to
turn its business around,
mainly by updating classic
brands, such as Barbie dolls
and Hot Wheels cars. The
toy maker’s revenue fell 11%
last year, hurt by the bankruptcy filing of Toys R Us
and the changing tastes of
kids, who are increasingly
reaching for a tablet instead
of a toy.
Uno, however, was a
bright spot: The company
says Uno sales were up 12%
in 2017 from the year before.
Mattel, based in El Segundo,
Jenny Kane Associated Press
MATTEL aims to give its nearly 50-year-old Uno
card game a second life with the release of Dos.
has sought to sell Uno in
more places, including dollar stores and video game
shops. It also has been chasing trends, releasing Uno
cards with emojis, baby animals or unicorns. An Uno
smartphone app is in the
works for the spring, and
Mattel already has launched
a version of the game that
can be played through Facebook Messenger.
It may follow a similar a
strategy with Dos, said Ray
Adler, who oversees Mattel’s
games unit.
Dos, which costs $5.99,
will first be sold at Target in
March and then roll out to
other stores in August.
It took two years to develop Dos, mainly to make sure
playing the game was different enough from Uno. But
don’t expect to see Tres anytime soon, Adler said.
“We’re happy where we
are with Dos right now,” he
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Charging into digital sports future
TV station will stream
pro soccer games
without carrying them
over the air, a nod to
shifting viewer habits.
By Stephen Battaglio
A television station in
Salt Lake City has struck a
first-of-its-kind deal: It is going to livestream a professional sports team’s games
without also carrying them
over the air.
KSL, an NBC affiliate, is
charging into the digital future by securing the local
rights to livestream the
games of Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake
to viewers in the Salt Lake
City area. The deal announced Tuesday is the first
such agreement between a
U.S. local TV station and a
pro sports team.
The agreement reflects
how viewers — who have increasingly made a habit of
watching shows and live
sporting events on their digital devices — are changing
the way broadcasters are
looking at their business.
And it could pave the way for
other local broadcasters to
strike similar deals.
Real Salt Lake already
has an over-the-air TV outlet: Its games are shown on
KYMU. But KSL — owned
by Bonneville International
Corp., which itself is owned
by the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints
— pursued the streaming
rights separately as it looks
for local content to reach audiences who have migrated
to digital devices.
Another MLS team, the
Los Angeles Football Club,
has an exclusive deal with a
Chris Detrick Salt Lake Tribune
AN NBC AFFILIATE has secured the local rights to livestream the games of Major League Soccer franchise
Real Salt Lake to viewers in the Salt Lake City area. Above, a match between Orlando City and Real Salt Lake.
streaming service, bypassing local TV completely. The
team sold the rights for 18
games to Alphabet Inc.’s
YouTubeTV, which will
make them available to subscribers of the over-the-top
streaming service in Southern California for an additional fee.
On a national basis, Walt
Disney Co.’s ESPN is
launching a subscription
streaming service, offering
live events not shown on its
cable channels. It’s a way to
reach — and get revenue
from — people who don’t
want to pay for cable or satellite TV.
Salt Lake City’s KSL can
still draw big TV audiences
with sports. In recent years,
the station has delivered the
highest rating of any NBC affiliate during the network’s
Olympics coverage. Nearly
30% of the market’s 948,000
TV households watched the
opening ceremony of the
Pyeongchang, South Korea,
on Friday — twice the U.S.
But like other broadcasters, the station has seen its
audience levels fall as
streaming and video-on-demand choices multiply. In
November, KSL’s 10 p.m.
newscast averaged 54,000
viewers, half of what it pulled
10 years earlier, according to
Nielsen data.
The streaming trend has
motivated the station to reinvest its profits from its
still-healthy TV business to
create more local content for
digital viewers.
“We’re going where the
viewers are going,” KSL general manager Tanya Vea
said. “We can fight that
trend and lose, or transition
with them.”
The digital disruption
that has upended the TV
business has been particularly pronounced in Salt
Lake City because of the
market’s demographics.
According to Nielsen
data, 36% of homes with a
television in the market use
streaming devices such as
Roku or AppleTV to watch
programs, the highest percentage in the U.S.
Young viewers tend to
stream more video content
than older viewers, and Salt
Lake City residents have a
median age of 31.1, compared
with 37.9 nationally.
KSL noted that Utah is
home to many large families,
meaning large potential audiences for commercial-free
children’s programming on
Netflix or PBS Kids.
Salt Lake City was also
ripe for video streaming as it
has traditionally been a market with a lot of “cord-nevers.” One-fifth of the market’s households do not have
pay-TV subscriptions.
Since mid-2016, KSL has
pushed to reach those online
livestreaming channels. One
shows continuous weather
forecasts. One simulcasts
the station’s local TV newscasts. The station has put
cameras in its all-news radio
station, a low-cost way of offering a 24-hour video news
service. KSL also offers
more than 65 podcasts, most
of them video podcasts, using locally produced con-
KSL says roughly onethird of Utah’s 3 million residents use its weather app.
The station also offered a
streaming-video Yule log
during the holiday season in
2016; it was popular enough
that year to get sponsorship
for the next.
livestream won’t have to pay
to watch Real Salt Lake
matches — the stream will
be supported by ads. Typically, professional sports
programming rights cost
broadcasters too much for
them to be able to profit that
way. But instead of paying a
rights fee, KSL is splitting
the livestream’s ad revenue
with the team.
When the new MLS season begins next month, the
station will launch an “RSL
on KSL” app that will
livestream coverage of Real
Salt Lake as well as its affiliated teams, the Utah Royals
in the United Women’s Soccer League and the Real
Monarchs in the United Soccer League. Along with 200
hours of live games, the app
will offer pre-game, postgame and highlight shows.
stream will be available only
in Salt Lake City and its surrounding communities.
Lee Berke, a sports media consultant, believes it
will be awhile before a toptier attraction such as a Major League Baseball or National Basketball Assn.
team will turn to streaming
exclusively for local audiences. The Los Angeles Clippers
games on an over-the-top
service three years ago, but
instead the team signed a
new deal with regional
sports channel Fox Sports
Prime Ticket, where fans
have been watching the Clippers for more than 20 years.
But Berke said the MLS,
whose TV audience has a
median age of 40, could be an
effective way to target
younger viewers who are
growing up with streaming
“It’s the next generation
of fans you’re looking for,”
Berke said. “As the audience
grows, you’re going to see
more teams doing it.”
Vice Media is hit with bias suit
[Vice Media, from C1]
tening to our employees over
the past year, the truth is inescapable: from the top
down, we have failed as a
company to create a safe and
inclusive workplace where
everyone, especially women,
can feel respected and
thrive,” the note said.
Rose’s complaint also alleges that after she viewed
the internal document that
revealed pay disparities between men and women, she
spoke with other female colleagues and learned that
they too were aware that
they were being paid less
than their male counterparts. Rose is seeking for
herself — and the members
of the potential classes —
compensatory damages, adjusted wages to compensate
for the allegedly discriminatory pay policy and an end
to the company’s allegedly
discriminatory practices.
Signed into law by Gov.
Jerry Brown in 2015, the California Fair Pay Act — one of
three laws Vice Media is alleged to have violated — is
among the toughest pay equity statutes in the country.
The act strengthened
previous equal pay laws in
part by requiring that employees get the same pay for
doing “substantially similar” work irrespective of job
title. In practice, the state’s
prior law had been interpreted by courts to only require male and female workers with the same title to get
equal pay.
California has seen a rise
in lawsuits alleging equal
pay violations since the new
statute went into effect, said
Lisa Klerman, an employment law mediator.
“It is anecdotal from my
own mediation practice in
employment law, but it has
Michael Nagle For The Times
SHANE SMITH is co-founder and CEO of Vice Media, which is accused of sys-
temically and intentionally paying women less than their male counterparts.
been my experience that I
am seeing a greater number
of these cases,” said Klerman, who also is a professor
at the USC Gould School of
Law. “It is now easier to
bring these types of cases.”
Michael Morrison, Rose’s
attorney, said that a focus on
pay disparity could be “the
next step in the #MeToo
“Not enough attention in
the #MeToo movement has
been drawn to pay disparities,” said Morrison, of the
law firm Alexander Krakow
+ Glick. “You can’t ignore
that pay disparities based
on gender have a profound
effect on women. To not get
the same amount of money
as your male colleague,
based on your sex, what is
more discriminatory than
Vice Media isn’t the only
company hit with a potential
class-action case amid a
wider reckoning in the entertainment and media industries over issues of discrimination and misconduct.
In December, disgraced
mogul Harvey Weinstein
and his namesake company
were sued by six women who
alleged that a massive
scheme facilitated his predatory behavior.
A new-media powerhouse, Vice Media counts
Walt Disney Co., A&E Networks and 21st Century Fox
as investors.
Speaking at the Code
Media conference in Huntington Beach on Tuesday,
A&E Networks Chief Executive Nancy Dubuc, whose
company bought 10% of Vice
Media in 2014, said that the
company is “not trying to
hide from” issues raised in
the New York Times report.
She was not asked about
Rose’s lawsuit.
Dubuc praised Vice Media for moving quickly to correct some of its issues. “I
don’t think they’re alone,”
she said. “The bro-y culture
is pervasive in our business.”
Twitter: @DanielNMiller
Times staff writer Meg
James contributed to this
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A blooming eco-friendly industry
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tection; and social impacts
on workers and the community.” For those from 78 nations, including many in
South America, there’s
Rainforest Alliance, which
says more than 1.3 million
farms use methods it designed to protect ecosystems, workers and local
For the entire Western
Hemisphere, there’s the Veriflora certification from SCS
Global Services, which vets
farms using a variety of social and ecological metrics.
And in Europe, there’s MPS
certification; some growers
register with ethical supply
chain exchange Sedex as
Washington-based UrbanStems, founded in 2014,
is one of a handful of American e-florists trading products with the above certifications. It displays the Rainforest Alliance emblem on
its site and tries to work with
as many Veriflora-certified
vendors as possible.
“Before about 2008 or
2009, there wasn’t a huge emphasis on the environment
and being environmentally
friendly,” said Cameron
head of merchandising. Noting that the organic food
movement’s rise inspired
the company’s founders, she
said: “People are willing to
pay more for good sources,”
and good suppliers have become more plentiful.
UrbanStems sources the
majority of its blooms from
Ecuador and Colombia.
Large-scale flower operations have been active in Colombia since at least the
1970s, propelled by a 1967
master’s thesis written by a
Colorado State University
graduate student. “Bogotá,
Colombia as a Cut-Flower
Exporter for World Markets”
posited that the environmental conditions on the
plateau surrounding Bogotá
— a place of perpetual
springtime — was ideal for
growing flowers, touching
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE U.S. produced $374 million in wholesale cut stems in the 15 states that produce most domestic flowers;
78% come from California, recent figures show. Above, Manuel Acosta at the flower market in L.A. in 2016.
off a bloom boom that
spread to nearby countries
with similar climates.
U.S. conglomerate Dole
snapped up a large number
of flower farms, but it rolled
up operations in the midaughts after workers organized a union, winning protections against overly long
hours, potentially dangerous exposure to pesticides
and other abuses.
“After that, the growing
industry did a hard reset,”
Hardesty said. “Instead of it
all being run by one multinational company, it was being
run by family offices.”
In addition to working
with third-party certification outfits, UrbanStems
regularly visits farms from
which it sources to make
sure everything is aboveboard. “There’s a real emphasis on taking care of
workers and cultivating culture,” Hardesty said, adding
that she believes the shift
away from corporate ownership opened the landscape
to more sustainable, envi-
ronmentally friendly practices. “I’ve been down there,
and I was surprised to see
how well they are run.”
Bouqs Co., holds certifications from Bloomcheck and
Veriflora. Founded in 2012
and headquartered in Marina del Rey, Bouqs works
with about 100 farms around
the world, mostly in Ecuador, Colombia, California
and Washington state, many
of which its employees visit
regularly. Bouqs also strives
to make the act of buying
flowers as direct as possible,
limiting the company’s carbon footprint. Flowers aren’t
cut until ordered, for instance, reducing waste and
the need for refrigeration.
“Ninety percent of the
time, our orders are going to
go directly from a farm to a
customer,” Chief Executive
John Tabis said. “The directness of the sourcing says
that we’re going to have a
very low waste rate — about
2%.” Typical waste rates, the
percentage of flowers that
die or are so damaged in
transport that they cannot
be sold, average around 15%
for supermarkets and up to
20% for wholesalers.
Tabis said that, by his estimation, eco-friendly operations such as his represent
just a fraction of the flower
industry. “It’s probably
sub-10%” of the total market,
he said.
If you’d rather buy a bouquet in person, buying local
is the easiest way to make
sure your flowers were
grown sustainably.
“A lot of people at the farmers market who grow produce also grow local flowers,” said the New York Botanical
Hachadourian, adding that
it’s likely that if the food is organic, so are the stems.
Plus, he said, “there are
some flowers that do not
transport well flying on
planes in boxes. Your local
grower may grow something
beyond the mass-produced
material. You can find something a little more unique.
There are things that are
more delicate and shortlived and can be grown locally, or even have to be.”
The downside is that you
shouldn’t expect to find
greenmarket roses in February.
“At this time of year, you
might be seeing things like
Hachadourian said. Good
things come to those who
haven’t waited until the last
moment to buy a bouquet:
“With a little bit of water,
[they] may bloom into
cherry blossoms, quince,
dogwood or forsythia,” he
There’s one fast rule for
those concerned about the
provenance of flowers: Ask.
If the person behind the
counter doesn’t know the
answer, there’s a good
chance those flowers have
passed through so many
hands, no one can know for
Tepper Paley writes for
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Two agencies
are probing
Aetna’s claim
[Aetna, from C1]
clude several Aetna policies.
He has previously criticized
Aetna for “excessive” health
insurance rate increases, although neither his agency
nor the Managed Health
Care Department has the
power to stop the increases.
Jones’ investigation of
Aetna will review denials of
coverage or pre-authorizations during the tenure of
the medical director who
testified in the California
lawsuit, Jay Ken Iinuma,
who has since left the company. Insurance Department investigators will also
look into Aetna’s procedures
for managing medical coverage decisions generally.
The dual investigations
come as federal regulators
are examining a planned
Aetna by pharmaceutical giant CVS — a deal that could
transform the healthcare industry.
It’s unclear how the investigations might affect
Aetna’s future coverage decisions or those of other insurers, said Shana Alex
Charles, an insurance industry expert and assistant professor at Cal State Fullerton.
But she praised the decision
to investigate as exactly
what insurance regulators
should be doing.
“Without that strict oversight, corners get cut,”
Charles said.
Scott Glovsky, the lawyer
representing the California
plaintiff, Gillen Washington,
said he and his client were
“very pleased” by the news
that Aetna would be investigated. Speaking Monday,
before the managed care department said it would also
investigate, Glovsky said his
client brought the case “to
stop these illegal practices,
and we’re looking forward to
the insurance commissioner’s investigation so we can
make things safer for Aetna
Washington, a Huntington Beach resident, had
been receiving expensive
medication for years to treat
a rare immune system disorder known as Common Variable Immune Deficiency.
But in 2014, Aetna denied
monthly dose of immunoglobulin replacement therapy, saying his bloodwork
was outdated. During the
appeal process, Washington
developed pneumonia and
was hospitalized for a collapsed lung.
In recent years, as California Healthline reported
in June, patients with similar diseases have faced increasing difficulty getting insurers to approve treatments, according to clinicians and patient advocates.
In an emailed statement
Monday, Aetna did not directly address the question
of case reviews by non-physicians. It said its “medical directors review all necessary
available medical information for cases that they are
asked to evaluate. That is
how they are trained, as physicians and as Aetna employees.” It added, “adherence to those guidelines,
which are based on health
outcomes and not financial
considerations, is an integral part of their yearly review process.”
Aetna also noted that it
has paid for all of Washington’s treatments since 2014
and continues to do so.
Aetna said in previous
documents filed in the lawsuit that it is standard for
people with Washington’s
immunodeficiency disease
to get regular blood tests
and that Washington had
failed to do so. But Washington’s attorney said his client
clearly needed the medication and that Aetna’s action violated its contract
with Washington.
Charles, the professor,
said she was most surprised
by the fact that Iinuma had
admitted not only that he
hadn’t reviewed Washington’s medical records personally but also that he had
no experience treating his
disease. The burden should
be on insurers to demonstrate why treatment should
be stopped, not on doctors
and patients to show why it
Charles said.
“It’s easy to see the cases
as just files and not people
standing in front of you,” she
Barbara Feder Ostrov is a
senior correspondent for
Kaiser Health News, an
editorially independent
publication of the Kaiser
Family Foundation.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images
JEROME H. POWELL , right, is sworn in as the new Fed chairman last week. He said “the challenges we face
are always evolving” and pledged to “remain alert to any developing risks to financial stability.”
Stock market volatility
puts the Fed in a bind
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“They can’t start catering to market whims,” she
As the markets have
shown this month, a lot can
happen in a short period.
“If stocks do not climb
back closer to the year’s
highs, I think … it will significantly lower the chance they
will hike rates,” said Chris
Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank
in New York. “It throws a
monkey wrench into the
Fed’s deliberations.”
The Fed has a dual mandate of maximizing employment and ensuring price stability. In effect, that means
central bank officials try to
use their benchmark shortterm federal funds rate to
keep unemployment low
and inflation running at 2%
a year.
But there’s an unwritten
third mandate: financial stability. And that’s led the Fed
to alter its plans in the past.
In September 2015, turbulent markets and a slowing
policymakers to delay a
long-awaited interest rate
Stocks notch 3rd gain in a
row, led by banks, retailers
associated press
U.S. stocks rose for the
third day in a row Tuesday,
led by banks, retailers and
technology companies. The
rebound over the last few
days follows a harrowing
drop of more than 10% over
the previous two weeks.
After a wobbly start,
stocks started climbing, and
they wound up with their
most placid day in the last
few weeks.
Amazon climbed once
again, and athletic apparel
companies rose after Under
Armour issued solid results.
Apple recouped some
more of its recent losses. Energy firms slipped again.
Companies that distribute
prescription drugs and medical supplies slumped.
Stocks have been making
big swerves up and down recently. But on Tuesday, the
gap between the Dow’s highest mark and its lowest was a
more modest 284 points.
Mark Hackett, chief of investment
Management, said investors
who had steered clear of the
stock market started to pile
in over the last few months,
but that round of buying
ended abruptly. “The pattern that we saw over the last
month and a half is not by
any stretch of the imagination unusual,” he said. “But
it is compressed. It normally
doesn’t happen over a sixweek period.”
Under Armour leaped
17.4% to $16.70 after it reported
better-than-expected fourth-quarter sales.
Amazon climbed 2% to
$1,414.51. Dollar stores, department stores and clothing companies rose too.
Prescription drug distributor AmerisourceBergen jumped 9.3% to $97.77 after the Wall Street Journal
reported that Walgreens
Boots Alliance wants to buy
the stake in the company it
doesn’t already own. Walgreens edged down 17 cents
to $68.29.
Separately, the Journal
reported Amazon is looking
to win over hospitals and
clinics to distribute medical
products. Two other distributors of prescription
drugs also fell. Cardinal
Health slid 3.4% to $65.69.
McKesson fell 1.9% to $146.18.
The Federal Trade Commission said it is suing three
large dental product suppliers, alleging they conspired
to deny discounts to groups
that buy products for small
practices. Henry Schein,
Patterson and privately held
Benco rejected the allegations. Henry Schein shares
sank 6.6% to $67.39. Patterson slid 5.2% to $31.21.
company GNC Holdings
soared 18.1% to $4.95 after it
formed a joint venture with
Group of China.
Bond prices rose. The
yield on the 10-year Treasury
note fell to 2.83% from 2.86%.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 10 cents to $59.19 a barrel.
Brent crude rose 13 cents to
$62.72 a barrel. Wholesale
gasoline rose 1 cent to $1.69 a
gallon. Heating oil stayed at
$1.84 a gallon. Natural gas
rose 4 cents to $2.59 per 1,000
cubic feet.
Gold rose $4 to $1,330.40
an ounce. Silver fell 4 cents
to $16.53 an ounce. Copper
rose 8 cents to $3.16 a pound.
The dollar fell to 107.69
yen from 108.67 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2355 from $1.2284.
hike — the first since 2006 —
even though then-Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen noted
the economy’s fundamentals and outlook remained
The Fed ended up hiking
the rate a quarter of a percentage point three months
later after markets had
Then twice in 2016, market gyrations led the Fed to
signal it was taking a waitand-see approach on additional rate hikes, first triggered by fears of slowing
global growth and then because of uncertainty about
the fallout from Britain’s
vote on leaving the European Union.
The turmoil was shortlived and another quarterpercentage-point hike was
eventually approved in December 2016.
Powell cited the Fed’s financial stability role in public comments he made Tuesday at a second, ceremonial
swearing-in event as Yellen’s
Although he did not specifically mention the recent
market volatility, Powell said
“the challenges we face are
pledged to “remain alert to
any developing risks to financial stability.”
As other Fed officials
have done during the last
week, Powell gave an upbeat
view of the economy in his
brief remarks. He said the
unemployment rate has declined significantly in recent
years, the financial system
“is incomparably stronger
and safer” and “the global
strongly for the first time in a
Powell noted the Fed has
been gradually moving its
monetary policy back to normal after taking extraordi-
nary steps to fight the Great
The Fed raised the
benchmark rate three times
last year, bringing it to a
range between 1.25% and
1.5%. That is still historically
low but well above the nearzero level where the Fed had
held it from late 2008 until
the end of 2015 in an unprecedented attempt to stimulate
Low interest rates are designed to spur spending by
making it less enticing for
businesses and consumers
to save. For investors, low
rates make stocks a more attractive option for obtaining
a return.
Fed policymakers indicated in December that they
planned on three more small
rate hikes this year. Investors have been betting
that the first one will come
after the Fed’s next meeting
March 20-21.
The market volatility
hasn’t changed that view —
The odds of a March rate
hike were 77.5% on Tuesday,
according to the FedWatch
tool of the CME Group futures exchange. The figure
actually was up from 70.5% a
week earlier and 66.5% in
The continued strong belief in a March rate hike is
probably based on recent
comments from some voting
members of the Fed’s ratesetting committee.
Last week, William Dudley, president of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York,
called the recent market
moves “small potatoes.”
John Williams, president of
the Federal Reserve Bank of
San Francisco, said the market gyrations had not shaken his view that the “economy is on a very solid growth
And on Tuesday, Loretta
Mester, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, said she expected the
economy “will work through
this episode of market turbulence.”
“While a deeper and more
persistent drop in equity
markets could dash confidence and lead to a pullback
in risk-taking and spending,
the movements we have
seen are far away from this
scenario,” she said in a
speech to the Chamber of
Commerce in Dayton, Ohio.
Piegza said it’s good that
the Fed’s policymaking committee, which last met at the
end of January, doesn’t
gather again until late
There will be more releases of economic data before then. They include the
February jobs report, which
will show whether last
month’s jump in year-overyear average hourly earnings — an important factor
in triggering the latest inflation fears — was the start of
a trend or another false sign
of stronger wage growth.
“I think this is going to
buy them a little time to get a
better sense of what’s happening with the consumer in
the first quarter,” she said.
“It gives them time to assess
where inflation is headed
and they can see how equity
markets are doing.”
Rupkey said Fed officials
have a tricky task trying to
figure out how to factor
stock market volatility into
their deliberations.
“When it comes to the
stock market,” he said,
“they’re damned if they look
at it and they’re damned if
they don’t.”
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
White saves the best for last and wins third gold medal in the halfpipe
By Mark Zeigler
One of the eateries in this
tiny hamlet in the Taebaek
Mountains serves hamburgers. One is called the Shaun
Its namesake tried one.
“It was a magical moment,”
he said.
Not quite as magical as
what happened just up the
hill in Phoenix Snow Park on
Wednesday in the snowboard halfpipe final at the
Winter Olympics.
It wasn’t that White won
the gold medal; he has done
that twice before. It was
where, when, why. And how.
“I had to dig deep for this
one,” White said.
American snowboarder
Jake Pates exhaled and tried
to put into words what he
just witnessed: “He’s a
psycho. He’s really, really,
really good, man. And he can
turn it on when he has to,
land it when it means something. I think the dude
thrives on pressure, honestly. History shows that
dude does good when it’s
turned up.”
Here’s how much it got
turned up:
White scored 94.25 on his
first of three runs to take an
early lead, only for Japan’s
Ayumu Hirano to do what
only he has in snowboarding
history and land back-toback 1440s (four revolutions)
for a 95.25. White, figuring he
needed to match Hirano,
tried back-to-back 1440s in
his second run and couldn’t
hang on to the landing.
That left him with one
dramatic run, the last of the
competition, and his fate
swirling with the snow: Do
something he never had, or
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Golden milestone
Shaun White earned the
United States its 100th
Winter Games gold medal.
No. 25
Dianne Holum
Speedskating |
Women’s 1,500 meters
No. 50
Dan Jansen
Speedskating |
Men’s 1,000 meters
No. 75
Seth Wescott
TURIN 2006
Snowboard |
Men’s snowboard cross
No. 100
Carlos Gonzalez Minneapolis Star Tribune
Shaun White
SHAUN WHITE FLIPS OUT during his spectacular gold-medal effort in the halfpipe. White, who also won the event in 2006 and 2010,
became the second U.S. athlete to win gold medals at three Winter Olympics, joining speedskater Bonnie Blair.
Snowboard | Men’s halfpipe
Kim speaks
their language
Halfpipe gold medalist
has become the early
breakout star of the
Winter Games. A1
Davis could put controversy on ice but he won’t
Another delay
on the slopes
Women’s slalom, with
Mikaela Shiffrin, is postponed two days because
of strong winds. D9
Kemp is back,
for now at least
The outfielder doesn’t
seem to have a spot with
Dodgers, but he’s happy
for a second chance. D3
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SHANI DAVIS , a former champ and at 35 likely in
his last Olympics, is in the news for the wrong reason.
South Korea
— Speedskating is a mainstream sport
in the Netherlands, which
explained the
blocks of
orange in the stands near
the starting line for the
men’s 1,500-meter competition Tuesday night at the
Gangneung Oval.
The fans in orange reserved one of their most
enthusiastic welcomes for a
former champion, 35-yearold Shani Davis. The
American had no real
chance of medaling here,
but the Dutch valued his
achievements and made it a
point to express their appreciation of him.
Davis acknowledged the
reception by raising his
The first black athlete to
win an individual gold
medal at the Winter
Olympics, Davis should be
showered by this kind of
adoration as he closes his
He won’t let it. He never
has and history will remem-
ber him as much for the
controversy he inspired
over the years as his triumphs on the ice.
In his latest brouhaha,
which is over the flag-bearing responsibilities at the
opening ceremony, Davis
remains the designated
“bad guy” and it’s entirely
his fault. He could de-escalate the situation — or, at
very least, shift the course
of the discussion — but his
pride won’t allow it.
In case you missed the
story, here’s a quick summary: Davis wanted to be
the flag bearer. He received
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CHANNEL 4 — Noon-2 p.m.:
Luge: men’s doubles goldmedal final; Nordic Combined:
Men’s individual normal hill/10
km gold-medal final. 5-9:05
p.m.: Figure skating: pairs’
gold-medal final (LIVE); Alpine
skiing: women’s giant slalom,
men’s downhill (LIVE); Men’s
skeleton (LIVE); Speedskating:
Women’s 1000m gold-medal
final. 9:05-11:30 p.m.: Snowboard cross: men’s gold-medal
final (LIVE); Men’s skeleton
NBCSN — 11:30 p.m. (Feb.
13)-3:30 a.m.: Speedskating:
women’s 1,000m gold-medal
final (LIVE); Nordic combined:
men’s individual normal hill/10
km gold-medal final (LIVE);
Skeleton: women’s training.
3:30-6:30 a.m.: Men’s ice
hockey: United States vs.
Slovenia (LIVE). 6:30-8:30
a.m.: Luge: men’s doubles
gold-medal final; Skeleton:
women’s training. 8:30-10:15
a.m.: Biathlon: Women’s 15km
gold-medal final. 10:15 a.m.-2
p.m.: Women curling: Denmark vs. Sweden. 4-7:10 p.m.:
Figure Skating: pairs’ goldmedal final (LIVE). 7:10-9:30
p.m.: Women’s ice hockey:
United States vs. Canada
(LIVE). 9:30-11:40 p.m.: Women’s curling: United States vs.
Britain. 11:40 p.m.-2 a.m. (Feb.
15): Men’s ice hockey: Norway
vs. Sweden (LIVE)
USA — 11:30 p.m. (Feb. 13)-2
a.m.: Women’s ice hockey:
South Korea vs. Japan (LIVE).
2-4:10 a.m.: Women’s curling:
Britain vs. Olympic Athletes
From Russia. 4:10-6:30 a.m.:
Men’s ice hockey: Olympic
Athletes From Russia vs.
Slovakia (LIVE). 11:30 p.m.-2
a.m. (Feb. 15): Women’s ice
hockey: Olympic Athletes
From Russia vs. Finland (LIVE)
CNBC — 2-5 p.m.: Women’s
curling: United States vs.
Japan. 7-9:30 p.m.: Men’s ice
hockey: Finland vs. Germany
a.m.: Medal ceremonies (LIVE)
The Olympic schedule
Wednesday includes 15
events in which nine gold
medals will be decided. Here
are some names to know for
today’s events:
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA):
United States fans will need
to wait another day to see
Shiffrin on the medal stand.
The wind has continued
playing havoc on the Alpine
events in Pyeongchang and
the women’s slalom will be
delayed until later in the
Winter Games. If the
weather holds up Shiffrin
will be participating in the
giant slalom.
2. Bryce Bennett (USA):
The best American hope in
the men’s downhill, Bennett
is easy to root for because of
his affable personality. He
needs to match his quick wit
with an equally quick route
down the course. His best
performance this season is
ninth, but the icy conditions
on the course will benefit
more aggressive skiers like
3. Lowell Bailey (USA): No
American has won a medal
in the biathlon and Bailey
might be the person who
finally breaks through. He
had a bad performance in
the 10k sprint two days ago,
but the 20k individual is his
best event and he has been
peaking at the right moment. This will probably be
Bailey’s last Olympics, so if
he doesn’t medal this might
mean the United States’
drought in biathlon will continue.
4. Sui Wenjing and Han
Cong (CHN): The figure
skating pairs world champions did not disappoint in the
short program Wednesday.
With a score of 82.39 points,
they took a lead over the
Russian pair of Evgenia
Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov heading into the free
skate. The Canadian team of
Meagan Duhamel and Eric
Radford is in third place and
also lurking. The competition is setting up for a fantastic finish.
5. Women’s hockey team
(USA): After two victories in
the preliminary round, the
Americans will face their
toughest test against Canada. In a preview of what is expected to be the medal final,
the U.S. will need to find its
scoring touch against a
tough Canadian team. A 5-0
victory over the Olympic
Athletes From Russia on
Tuesday was a step in the
right direction.
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GOLD MEDALIST Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway keeps his shades on his face as he poses for selfies
with fans after his victory in the men’s cross-country individual sprint classic final.
By John Cherwa
This is your daily infusion of information and
news that you might have
missed. The really big stuff
you’ll find in other stories.
A country that most
Americans don’t think a lot
about is Norway, except if
you watch the Winter
Olympics and you are
watching cross-country skiing. But the fact is that Norway, a country whose population is about 1/60th of the
United States’, had won
more Winter Olympics medals than the U.S. — 329 to 282
— entering this Olympics.
After Tuesday, Norway
led the total medal count
with 11. (The U.S. had six going into Wednesday’s men’s
halfpipe celebration.) Of the
11, six were in cross-country
Face it, it’s a country that
is obsessed with skiing,
much like Angelenos would
dominate if sitting in your
car stuck in traffic was an
Olympic sport. The 110 and
405 would probably be the
official Olympic training
In Sochi, it was a national
crisis when Norway didn’t
win any team cross-country
medals. If it were in the U.S.,
it would have been labeled
Wax-gate after Knut Nystad,
the team’s chief ski wax technician, came under fire over
Norway’s less-than-stellar
team performance. And the
team still won 11 cross-country medals.
Makes you wonder if
there is a waxing called a
Norwegian and what it
At Pyeongchang, South Korea
First Round
United States 11, South Korea 7
Sweden 9, Denmark 5
Canada 5, Italy 3
Britain 6, Switzerland 5
Mixed Doubles
Bronze Medal
OA Russia 8, Norway 4
Gold Medal
Canada 10, Switzerland 3
Short Program
1. Han Cong and Sui Wenjing, China, 82.39. 2. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, OA Russia, 81.68. 3.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Canada, 76.82. 4.
Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, Germany, 76.59.
5. Zhang Hao and Yu Xiaoyu, China, 75.58. 6. Vanessa
James and Morgan Cipres, France, 75.34.7. Valentina
Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek, Italy, 74.50. 8. Natalya
Zabiyako and Aleksandr Enbert, OA Russia, 74.35. 9.
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise, Italy, 74.00.
10. Alkesey Rogonov and Kristina Astakhova, OA Russia,
70.52. 11. Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim, North Korea,
12. Charlie Bilodeau and Julianne Seguin, Canada,
67.52. 13. Michael Marinaro and Kristen Moore-Towers,
Canada, 65.68. 14. Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca
Knierim, United States, 65.55. 15. Anna Duskova and
Martin Bidar, Czech Republic, 63.25. 16. Ruben Blommaert and Annika Hockey, Germany, 63.04. 17. Jin Yang
and Peng Cheng, China, 62.61. 18. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor, Australia, 61.55. 19.
Paige Conners and Evgeni Krasnopolski, Israel, 60.35.
20. Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer, Austria, 58.80. 21.
Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara, Japan, 57.74. 22. Kim
Kyueun and Kam Alex Kang Chan, South Korea, 42.93.
United States 5, OA Russia 0
Canada 4, Finland 1
Switzerland 2, Sweden 1
United States 5, OA Russia 0
United States .............................1 3 1 — 5
OA Russia..................................0 0 0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD—1. United States, Kacey Bellamy (Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Gigi Marvin), 8:02.
Penalty—Kendall Coyne, USA (holding), 13:41.
SECOND PERIOD—2. United States, Jocelyne
Lamoureux-Davidson, 11:46. 3. United States, Jocelyne
Lamoureux-Davidson, 11:52. 3. United States, Gigi Marvin (Amanda Pelkey, Meghan Duggan), 14:38.
Penalties—Nina Pirogova, OAR (cross-checking), 7:32;
Maria Batalova, OAR (slashing), 15:04; Maria Batalova,
OAR (high-sticking), 18:44.
THIRD PERIOD—5. United States, Hannah Brandt
(Dani Cameranesi, Megan Keller), 18:23.
would be.
American TV viewers can
chuckle about this controversy, but one thing about
the Olympics is that for two
weeks you care about things
that you, in your wildest
dreams, couldn’t care less
about the rest of the time.
The Norwegians have
won 113 cross-country medals through the years, the
most of any sport.
The top U.S. sport, a surprise to most, is speedskating, in which it has won 67
medals. But a lot of those
medals came in the heyday
of the Heidens and before
the introduction of the socalled X Games sports.
Perhaps when President
Trump wanted more Norwegian immigrants, he was
really thinking of bolstering
the U.S. cross-country ski
Cross-country skiing is
off Wednesday, but there are
24 more medals to be
awarded, so don’t expect
Norway to be going anywhere from near the top of
the leaderboard.
Auld Lang Syne
Hirscher won the gold medal
in the Alpine men’s combined (one downhill run and
one slalom) it might have
closed the books on that
event. Nothing is official, but
there is a move afoot to replace the combined with
some sort of parallel racing
event, which would be more
Everybody likes to see a
race as opposed to someone
racing against the clock.
Ted Ligety, a two-time
SHOTS ON GOAL—United States, 7-24-19-50. OA
Russia 2-7-4-13.
GOALIES—United States, Nicole Hensley. OA Russia,
Valeria Tarakanova and Nadezhda Morozova.
Referees—Gabrielle Ariano Lortie, Canada, Gabriella
Gran, Sweden, Zuzna Svobodova, Czech Republic, Johanna Tauriainen, Finland.
Canada 4, Finland 1
Canada .....................................2 2 0 — 4
Finland .....................................0 0 1 — 1
FIRST PERIOD—1. Canada, Meghan Agosta (Melodie
Daoust), :35. 2. Canada, Marie-Philip Poulin, 17:11.
Penalties—Susanna Tapani, Fin (illegal hit), 3:32; Natalie Spooner, Can (illegal hit), 5:22; Jennifer Wakefield,
Can (slashing), 11:19; Isa Rahunen, Fin (holding), 18:52.
SECOND PERIOD—3. Canada, Melodie Daoust (Laura
Fortino, Meghan Agosta), 8:19. 4. Canada, Jill Saulnier
(Rebecca Johnston), 18:26. Penalties—Canada bench,
served by Jennifer Wakefield (too many on ice), 15:17;
Emily Clarke, Can (slashing), 19:43.
THIRD PERIOD—5. Finland, Riikka Valila (Susanna
Tapani, Michelle Karvinen), 7:17. Penalties—Sara
Sakkinin, Fin (illegal hit), 2:22; Ronja Savolainen, Fin
(illegal hit), 8:08; Linda Valimaki, Fin (cross-checking),
SHOTS ON GOAL—Canada, 14-10-8-32. Finland 5-513-23.
GOALIES—Canada, Shannon Szabados. Finland,
Noora Raty.
Referees—Dina Allen, U.S.; Melissa Szkola, U.S.;
Veronica Johansson, Sweden; Jessica LeClerc, U.S.
Switzerland 2, Sweden 1
Sweden.....................................0 0 1 — 1
Switzerland ................................0 1 1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD—Scoring: None. Penalties—Olivia
Carlsson, Swe (tripping), 3:24; Sabina Kuller, Swe (tripping), 19:46.
SECOND PERIOD—1. Switzerland, Alina Muller (Christine Meier, Lara Stadler), 13:51 (pp). Penalties—Johanna
Olofsson, Swe (interference), 1:17; Evelina Raselli, Swi
(tripping), 10:45; Lisa Johansson, Swe (interference),
12:21; Livia Altmann, Swi (holding), 17:29.
THIRD PERIOD—2. Sweden, Anna Borgqvist (Hanna
Olsson, Maja Nylen Persson), 7:35. 3. Switzerland, Phoebe Staenz (Christine Meier, Alina Muller), 11:28.
Penalties—Sara Benx, Swi (interference), 0:15; Nicole
Gass, Swi (interference), 7:09; Erika Grahm, Swe (tripping), 10:22; Johanna Fallman, Swe (illegal hit), 13:59.
SHOTS ON GOAL—Sweden 11-12-11-34. Switzerland
GOALIES—Sweden, Sara Grahn. Switzerland, Florence
Referees—Nikoleta Celarova, Slovakia; Katie Guay,
United States; Charlotte Girard Fabre, France, Lisa Linnek, Germany.
Men’s Combined
(Downhill; Slalom in parentheses)
1. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, (12, 1:20.56; 1, 45.96)
champion for the U.S., finished fifth. He was 26th in
the downhill and fourth in
the slalom.
Norway, of course
Klaebo of Norway picked up
the gold in men’s crosscountry sprint.
He was the favorite, so no
surprise there, or in the
women’s sprint where favorite Stina Nilsson picked up a
gold. Nilsson employed a
strategy before the Games
that was nothing short of
un-American. She decided
to get off all social media and
the web. Too many distractions, she thought.
Jessie Diggins of the U.S.
finished sixth in the women’s race. It was a big step
forward for her to just make
the six-person final race. No
U.S. woman has ever won a
cross-country medal.
Canada’s buying
Kaitlyn Lawes and John
Morris of Canada won the
first mixed doubles curling
gold. They beat a Swiss duo
that fell so far behind at 10-3
that they gave up their neutrality and surrendered after
six ends. (That’s curling talk
for inning. There are eight in
mixed doubles.) The U.S.
sister and brother team of
Becca and Matt Hamilton,
whose on-ice spat was
caught on camera, exited after the round-robin competition. Russia, or whatever a
collection of athletes from
Russia is called, beat Norway for the bronze.
More Orange
The Netherlands contin-
2:06.52. 2. Alexis Pinturault, France, (10, 1:20.28; 3,
46.47) 2:06.75. 3. Victor Muffat Jeandet, France, (29,
1:21.57; 2, 45.97) 2:07.54. 4. Marco Schwarz, Austria,
(19, 1:20.98; 5, 46.89) 2:07.87. 5. Ted Ligety, United
States, (26, 1:21.36; 4, 46.61) 2:07.97. 6. Thomas Mermillod Blondin, France, (17, 1:20.89; 6, 47.13) 2:08.02.
7. Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, (4, 1:19.51; 19, 49.16)
2:08.67. 8. Stefan Hadalin, Slovenia, (21, 1:21.15; 7,
47.79) 2:08.94.
Other U.S. finishers: 17. Bryce Bennett, United
States (1:21.18; 48:79), 2:09.97. 36. Jared Goldberg,
United States (1:20.02; 1:02:86), 2:22.88.
Men's Sprint Classic
1. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway, 3:05.75. 2. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, 3:07.09. 3. Alexander Bolshunov,
OA Russia, 3:07.11. 4. Paal Golberg, Norway, 3:09.56. 5.
Oskar Svensson, Sweden, 3:13.48. 6. Ristomatti Hakola,
Finland, 3:26.47.
Heat 1
1. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway, 3:06.01 (Q). 2.
Federico Pellegrino, Italy, 3:06.17 (Q). 3. Alexander Bolshunov, OA Russia, 3:06.63 (Q). 4. Paal Golberg, Norway,
3:07.24 (Q). 5. Teodor Peterson, Sweden, 3:11.02. 6.
Alexander Panzhinskiy, OA Russia, 3:19.05.
Heat 2
1. Ristomatti Hakola, Finland, 3:09.93 (Q). 2. Oskar
Svensson, Sweden, 3:10.61 (Q). 3. Len Valjas, Canada,
3:13.91. 4. Emil Iversen, Norway, 3:14.09. 5. Martti Jylhae, Finland, 3:14.93. 6. Baptiste Gros, France,
Women's Sprint Classic
1. Stina Nilsson, Sweden, 3:03.84. 2. Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, 3:06.87. 3. Yulia Belorukova, OA
Russia, 3:07.21. 4. Natalia Nepryaeva, OA Russia,
3:12.98. 5. Hanna Falk, Sweden, 3:15.00. 6. Jessica Diggins, United States, 3:15.07.
Heat 1
1. Stina Nilsson, Sweden, 3:10.52 (Q). 2. Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, 3:10.55 (Q). 3. Hanna Falk, Sweden, 3:11.14 (Q). 4. Sophie Caldwell, United States,
3:11.32. 5. Krista Parmakoski, Finland, 3:12.04. 6. Anna
Dyvik, Sweden, 3:15.77.
Heat 2
1. Yulia Belorukova, OA Russia, 3:10.12 (Q). 2. Jessica
Diggins, United States, 3:10.72 (Q). 3. Natalia
Nepryaeva, OA Russia, 3:10.72 (Q). 4. Anamarija
Lampic, Slovenia, 3:13.95. 5. Laurien Van der Graaff,
Switzerland, 3:15.65. 6. Heidi Weng, Norway, 3:16.22.
Women's Singles
1. Natalie Geisenberger, Germany, 3:05.232. 2. Dajana Eitberger, Germany, 3:05.599. 3. Alex Gough, Canada, 3:05.644. 4. Tatjana Hufner, Germany, 3:05.713. 5.
Kimberley McRae, Canada, 3:05.878. 6. Erin Hamlin,
United States, 3:05.912. 7. Raluca Stramaturaru, Romania, 3:06.288. 8. Frisch Aileen, South Korea, 3:06.400.
Other U.S. finishers: 19. Summer Britcher, U.S.,
South Korea
Czech Republic0
Note — Russia was suspended
from the Pyeongchang Games;
athletes from the country compete
under the Olympic flag as Olympic
Athletes From Russia, or OAR.
ues to run the table in speedskating, gaining four golds in
four races, this time Kjeld
Nuis taking the men’s 1,500
meters. The Netherlands
also got second. It has won
eight of the 12 speedskating
medals awarded so far.
Joey Mantia, who like fellow U.S. speedskater Brittany Bowe is from Ocala,
Fla., was the highest American finisher at eighth place,
1.85 seconds behind the winner.
On your back
The U.S. won its first-ever
luge medal Sunday and Canada won its first Tuesday. Of
course, neither was a winner,
Chris Mazdzer getting silver
for the men and Alex Gough
a bronze for the women. But
it was Germany’s Natalie
Geisenberger who defended
her gold from Sochi to become the third woman to
win consecutive women’s
luge golds.
Erin Hamlin was the top
American in sixth place.
If you’ve ever wondered
how razor thin the difference
in sleds is, understand that
after four runs, Hamlin was
0.68 of a second behind the
Quote of the day
Chloe Kim, winner of the
women’s halfpipe, was asked
Guthrie on NBC’s “Today”
show about how she felt on
the medal stand: “I was trying so hard to hold the tears
back. ... I worked so hard on
my eyeliner.”
Twitter: @jcherwa
Women's 500
1. Arianna Fontana, Italy, 42.569. 2. Yara Van Kerkhof,
Netherlands, 43.256. 3. Kim Boutin, Canada, 43.881. 4.
Elise Christie, Britain, 1:23.063. NR. Choi Minjeong,
South Korea, PEN.
Men's 1,500
1. Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands, 1:44.01. 2. Patrick Roest,
Netherlands, 1:44.86. 3. Kim Min Seok, South Korea,
1:44.93. 4. Haralds Silvos, Latvia, 1:45.25. 5. Takuro
Oda, Japan, 1:45.44. 6. Bart Swings, Belgium, 1:45.49.
7. Sindre Henriksen, Norway, 1:45.64. 8. Joey Mantia,
United States, 1:45.86.
Other U.S. finishers: 15. Brian Hansen, United States,
1:46.44. 19. Shani Davis, United States, 1:46.74.
Men's Halfpipe
Final Standings
1. Shaun White, U.S., (94.25; 55.0; 97.75) 97.75. 2.
Ayumu Hirano, Japan, (35.25; 95.25; 43.25) 95.25. 3.
Scott James, Australia, (92.0; 81.75; 40.25) 92.00. 4.
Ben Ferguson, U.S., (43.0; 83.5; 90.75) 90.75. 5. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, (84.0; 51.0; 89.75) 89.75. 6.
Chase Josey, U.S., (87.75; 52.25; 88.0) 88.00. 7. Raibu
Katayama, Japan, (85.75; 25.0; 87.0) 87.00. 8. Jake
Pates, U.S., (47.0; 82.25; 27.0) 82.25. 9. Jan Scherrer,
Switzerland, (31.25; 80.5; 70.75) 80.5. 10. Kent Callister, Australia, (20.0; 62.0; 56.75) 62.0. 11. Yuto Totsuka,
Japan, (39.25; 7.0; did not start) 39.25. 12. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, (4.5; 12.75; 13.5) 13.50.
Run 1
1. Shaun White, U.S., 94.25. 2. Scott James, Australia, 92.00. 3. Chase Josey, U.S., 87.75. 4. Raibu
Katayama, Japan, 85.75. 5. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, 84.00. 6. Jake Pates, U.S., 47.00. 7. Ben Ferguson,
U.S., 43.00. 8. Yuto Totsuka, Japan, 39.25. 9. Ayumu
Hirano, Japan, 35.25. 10. Jan Scherrer, Switzerland,
31.25. 11. Kent Callister, Australia, 20.00. 12. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 4.50.
Run 2
1. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, (35.25; 95.25), 95.25. 2.
Ben Ferguson, U.S., (43.0; 83.5), 83.5. 3. Jake Pates,
U.S., (47.0; 82.25), 82.25. 4. Scott James, Australia,
(92.0; 81.75), 81.75. 5. Jan Scherrer, Switzerland,
(31.25; 80.5), 80.50. 6. Kent Callister, Australia, (20.0;
62.0), 62.00. 7. Shaun White, U.S., (94.25; 55.0),
55.00. 8. Chase Josey, U.S., (87.75; 52.25), 52.25. 9.
Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, (84.0; 51.0), 51.00. 10.
Raibu Katayama, Japan, (85.75; 25.0), 25.00. 11. Peetu
Piiroinen, Finland, (4.5; 12.75), 12.75. 12. Yuto Totsuka,
Japan, (39.25; 7.0), 7.00.
Run 3
1. Shaun White, U.S., (94.25; 55.0; 97.75) 97.75. 2.
Ben Ferguson, U.S., (43.0; 83.5; 90.75) 90.75. 3. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, (84.0; 51.0; 89.75) 89.75. 4.
Chase Josey, U.S., (87.75; 52.25; 88.0) 88.00. 5. Raibu
Katayama, Japan, (85.75; 25.0; 87.0) 87.00. 6. Jan
Scherrer, Switzerland, (31.25; 80.5; 70.75) 70.75.
Men’s Alpine combined
G Marcel Hirscher, Austria
S Alexis Pinturault, France
B Victor Muffat-Jeandet,
Women’s sprint classic
G Stina Nilsson, Sweden
S Maiken Caspersen Falla,
B Yulia Belorukova, OAR
Men’s sprint classic
G Johannes Hosflot Klaebo,
S Federico Pellegrino, Italy
B Alexander Bolshunov, OAR
Mixed doubles
G Canada
S Switzerland
Women’s singles
G Natalie Geisenberger, Germany
S Dajana Eitberger, Germany
B Alex Gough, Canada
Women’s 500m
G Arianna Fontana, Italy
S Yara Van Kerkhof,
B Kim Boutin, Canada
Men’s halfpipe
G Shaun White, United States
S Ayumu Hirano, Japan
B Scotty James, Australia
Men’s 1,500m
G Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands
S Patrick Roest, Netherlands
B Min-Seok Kim, S. Korea
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W E D N E S D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 1 4 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
in trade
Changes come after
blowout defeat to
Carolina. Thompson
also added to roster.
By Kevin Baxter
Kings coach John Stevens
the loss of forwards Trevor
Lewis to the injured reserve
list and Dustin Brown to a
suspension for Tuesday’s
game in Carolina created an
opportunity for someone on
his roster to step up.
Instead the Kings took a
huge step back, getting
blasted by the Hurricanes
7-3. It was their second consecutive loss on a sevengame trip that could go a
long way toward determining their playoff future.
So about an hour after
the game the Kings called in
the cavalry, completing a
trade with Ottawa that netted them Dion Phaneuf, the
veteran defenseman they
needed, in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik and
Nick Shore. The Kings also
got former Ducks center
Nate Thompson.
The deal is also something of a salary dump for
the Kings, who rid themselves of more than $15 million remaining on Gaborik’s
through 2021. In addition,
[See Kings D7]
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
MATT KEMP SMILES in the Dodgers dugout during a 2014 game against Atlanta. He was traded to San Diego after that season.
Sort-of-welcome Matt
Despite an uncertain future, Kemp is grateful for a second chance with the Dodgers
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — Matt Kemp cradled a baseball cap in his hands.
The color was the same, the blue he
had worn in the Dodger Stadium
outfield for nine years. Only the
logo was unfamiliar, a “D” stitched
where “L.A.” used to be, a spring
marketing ploy showing the passage of time. Kemp traced his
thumb across the lettering.
“It’s a little different, man,”
Kemp said to a small group standing near his locker. “How you like
it?” He shrugged his shoulders.
“Hey, I just work here, man.”
That reality could not be ignored as pitchers and catchers —
along with a few position players —
reported to Camelback Ranch on
Tuesday morning. It felt remote
even after the Dodgers reacquired
him in December. Yet here Kemp
stood. He looked fit, 40 pounds
lighter than the bloated figure he
displayed during his final days as
an Atlanta Brave. He sounded
ebullient, grateful for even his remote chance of breaking camp as a
Dodger again.
For a team returning the overwhelming majority of a pennantwinning roster, the presence of
Kemp serves as this spring’s most
intriguing story line. During his
first tenure as a Dodger, he reached
two All-Star teams and finished as
Save space for Chase
All signs at spring training
point to veteran Utley rejoining the Dodgers soon. D6
He’s Angels’ sixth man
Team confirms it will use a
six-man starting rotation to
accommodate Ohtani. D7
an MVP runner-up. The prospect
of a revival in Los Angeles delighted him.
“I’ve got a whole new outlook on
life,” Kemp said. “I’m having fun.
I’m going to have fun and ride this
thing until the wheels fall off. Liter-
Kemp, 33, stressed the wisdom
of his years and his passion for Los
Angeles. He expressed his gratitude about returning to the Dodgers after being traded away following the 2014 season. He clarified
his implicit criticism about the city
not being a “baseball town.” He disputed reports emerging about his
negative influence on the Braves’
clubhouse. He insisted upon his viability for a championship contender. “I’ve got a lot left in me,” he
Yet the Dodgers did not acquire
Kemp with the intention of playing
him in left field. His value arose
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Scioscia displays lasting power
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KINGS land veteran
Dion Phaneuf from Ottawa in trade.
Henrique’s goal
isn’t quite enough
Forward scores in the
third period but Ducks
blow several chances. D7
TEMPE, Ariz. —
The interview is
interrupted when
the smartphone in
his pocket rings like
a kitchen telephone
from 1964.
“That’s the one
it came with, I just
never changed it,”
Mike Scioscia said with a grin.
The interview is interrupted
again when the standard phone on
the desk that Scioscia is borrowing also rings.
Scioscia answers it — “Tim
Mead’s office” — and asks if he can
take a message. He takes the
message. On a scrap of paper. With
a pencil.
“OK, now where were we?” he
We’re trapped in a time machine, that’s where, sitting with the
wonderfully old-school “Sosh” at
Tempe Diablo Stadium on the
first day of spring training as he
enters his 19th season as Angels
manager. He is the longest-tenured boss in baseball, the secondlongest tenured manager or coach
in the four major professional
sports behind Gregg Popovich of
the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, and
he’s on the verge of reaching a
milestone that will mean more
than any of that.
Sometime in early summer,
Scioscia will have more managerial victories than Tommy Lasorda.
“I don’t believe that!” Lasorda
said Monday.
Believe it, Tommy. The Angels’
30th victory will be Scioscia’s
1,600th, moving him past his mentor in one fewer season.
The irony is rich. The last word
is his. Nearly two decades after
being dumped by the Dodgers
because they thought he couldn’t
manage, Scioscia has slowly put
himself in the same class as their
iconic Hall of Fame manager in a
quiet manner that even the bom[See Plaschke, D6]
By Gary Klein
In the aftermath of the
Rams’ playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons last month,
their Coliseum locker room
was filled with voices of players reflecting on the game
and the season.
For Trumaine Johnson,
there was a period of prolonged silence.
A reporter had asked the
cornerback if it struck him
that, after playing six seasons, the last two under the
franchise tag, “this could be
it for you” with the Rams.
Johnson stared across
the room as three seconds
passed. Then three more.
And then three more.
Johnson finally said he
was not worried.
“Time will tell, man,” he
said. “Time will tell.”
Johnson’s situation is one
of many the Rams began
evaluating the week after
the Super Bowl, when coach
Sean McVay reconvened his
staff and met with general
manager Les Snead.
It’s a different staff than
the one that helped guide
[See Rams, D8]
‘Bootin’ Ben’
Agajanian dies
Ball won’t play
before break
The former Rams and
Chargers kicker lost
four toes in industrial
accident, still had long
pro career. B5
Walton also assumes
that the Lakers’
rookie point guard
won’t play in the
Rising Stars game. D5
his 19th season, is the longesttenured baseball manager.
Drive’s still there,
he’s just a little off
Rams revamp staff,
turn focus to roster
Decisions must be
made on a number of
players who helped
team win NFC West.
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MIKE SCIOSCIA , going into
Woods’ comeback
continues at Riviera, a
course he loves and
where he plays ‘awful.’
By Mike James
Donald Miralle Getty Images
TIGER WOODS tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines in his
return last month despite playing poorly off the tee.
It’s been 10 years since his
last victory in a major championship. He has played four
rounds in a PGA Tour event
only once in the last 21⁄2
years, has undergone four
back surgeries since 2014 and
at times has wondered
whether his body would allow him to play competitive
golf again.
Now, the new Tiger
Woods is back on tour. For
how long and at what level,
no one knows. But the evolution of the onetime greatest
golfer in the world has him
optimistic — or at least
hopeful — that at some point
he can get back into the winner’s circle for the first time
since 2013.
“I’d eventually like to win
Genesis Open
When: Thursday-Sunday.
Where: Riviera Country
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coverage Sunday from
noon-3:30 p.m. on Channel 2).
Defending champion:
Dustin Johnson.
tournaments,” he said Tuesday at Riviera Country Club,
where he will headline a
strong field in the Genesis
Open that begins Thursday.
It is his second tournament
of the year, a second step
toward contention.
“I’m trying to get through
that process, get to that
Woods had only one expectation — to win — every
time he competed before his
ailing back began flaring up
several years ago. Three
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THOMAS WELSH , walking with coach Steve Alford, built a prolific career at
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Welsh’s ‘incredible
journey’ is near end
By Ben Bolch
His first collegiate game
in Pauley Pavilion wasn’t all
that memorable. He made
one of six shots for three
points and grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes during
an exhibition against Azusa
From those modest beginnings sprouted a prolific
career for Thomas Welsh
that will include its final
home games this week.
UCLA’s games against
Oregon State on Thursday
and Oregon on Saturday will
also mark the final home
games for seniors GG Goloman, Ikenna Okwarabizie
and Alec Wulff — as well as
possibly a few other players,
depending on whether anyone else forgoes remaining
eligibility for the NBA draft.
But Welsh will be the only
senior departing with his
name embedded in several
school career-record lists.
Welsh ranks third in
blocks (138), sixth in rebounds (935), 14th in fieldgoal accuracy (54.2%) and
45th in scoring (1,155 points).
He could climb higher in
each category with at least
six games left in his career.
“It’s been an incredible
journey, really,” Welsh said
Tuesday. “It’s been a dream
come true to be able to be an
L.A. kid and be able to play
for UCLA with my parents
coming to the games and all
that. It’s really been special.”
Welsh returned for his
senior season rather than
enter the NBA draft in part
to enhance his three-point
shooting and defensive technique. His strides in both
areas have helped make him
a late-season candidate for
the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Award, given annually to the
top big man in college
basketball. He’ll also leave
UCLA with a degree in economics.
Welsh said he didn’t know
whether he would get emotional Saturday when he
walked onto his home court
for the last time.
“It’s hard to imagine
what it’s gonna be like until
you’re kind of in that moment,” Welsh said. “It’s kind
of the culmination of the four
years when you’re out there
doing all that stuff for senior
night. So I haven’t really
thought about it too much
but it’s going to be a cool moment, I think.
“It’s a weird deal just because I remember my first
game in here, an exhibition
game, as a freshman like it
was yesterday. The four
years have flown by. It’s been
an incredible ride and I’m
just hoping to make the best
[of it] this weekend.”
No makeup required
Six weeks ago, Bruins
coach Steve Alford was in
favor of rescheduling the
game against Montana that
was canceled in December
because of wildfires near the
UCLA campus.
His perspective has
changed based on what the
Grizzlies have done since
then in Big Sky Conference
“They’re 13-0, so I don’t
want any part of it now,” Alford said. “I wish we could
have made that up but it just
didn’t work for either one of
our schedules.”
Alford noted that the
game could just as easily be a
loss as a win for the Bruins,
so it’s not clear that playing
it would benefit them. Montana is 20-5 overall and has
an RPI of 91.
Discretionary funds
Alford said he’s getting
new business cards to go
with the new title he received last week. The cards
will require the use of considerably more ink than the old
Alford is now the Michael
Price Family UCLA Head
Basketball Coach as part of
an arrangement in which the
Bruins men’s and women’s
basketball programs will receive $6.5 million to split
from Jodi and Michael
Alford said the money
could be used to spruce up
the locker rooms and
lounges inside the new Mo
Ostin Center as well as to
make enhancements to the
programs’ strength and nutrition programs, among
other potential uses.
“There’s all kinds of
things that are happening
that you’re wanting to advance your program all the
time with,” Alford said of
emerging technology that
could be used to help his
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New No. 1 Virginia looked
the part Tuesday, never
trailing and holding host Miami to 38% shooting to win
De’Andre Hunter scored
22 points, but defense was
the difference for Virginia,
which limited an opponent
to 50 points or fewer for the
12th time.
Virginia (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference)
won its first game since 1982
as the No. 1 team. It bounced
back from an overtime home
loss Saturday to Virginia
Tech that ended a 15-game
winning streak.
No. 2 Michigan St. 87, at
Minnesota 57: Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high
27 points on 10-for-14 shooting, and the Spartans (25-3,
13-2 in Big Ten) cruised to
their ninth straight win and
notched their best 28-game
record under coach Tom
at No. 7 Texas Tech 88,
No. 23 Oklahoma 78:
Keenan Evans scored 26
points for Texas Tech (22-4,
10-3 Big 12). Division I scoring leader Trae Young
missed all nine three-point
attempts in the Sooners’
fourth straight loss.
No. 13 Kansas 83, at Iowa
State 77: Udoka Azubuike
scored 19 points, Malik Newman had 17 and Kansas
(20-6, 9-4 Big 12) bounced
back from a brutal loss at
Baylor. Lagerald Vick scored
16 points for the Jayhawks.
at Missouri 62, No. 21
Texas A&M 58: Kassius
Robertson scored 16 points,
Jordan Barnett added 15
and Missouri (18-8, 8-5
Southeastern Conference)
pushed its winning streak to
five games.
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No. 2 Michigan State
No. 7 Texas Tech
No. 23 Oklahoma
No. 13 Kansas
Iowa State
No. 16 Rhode Island
No. 18 Tennessee
South Carolina
No. 21 Texas A&M
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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).
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5. Oklahoma City
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13. Sacramento
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1. Toronto
2. Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Milwaukee
4. Washington
6. Indiana
7. Philadelphia
8. Miami
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Clippers seek a big finish on trip
from the Detroit Pistons in the
Blake Griffin trade, still is trying to
get his rhythm.
Austin Rivers has played in the
last three games after missing 18
with a right ankle injury.
“So this is a group of new guys
and we’re still trying to understand
each other, learn each other,” Harris said. “We’ve got to play all the
games to build this chemistry. But
we’ve just got to stay focused and
understand that we’ve got to go out
and handle our business.”
By Broderick Turner
BOSTON — Doc Rivers has a
simple message for the Clippers as
they prepare to play the Boston
Celtics on Wednesday before getting a week off for the All-Star
“Finish. Finish this trip out,”
the Clippers coach said after they
defeated the Brooklyn Nets on
Monday night. “Boston has lost
two in a row. They’re getting two
days off to prepare. They lost
pretty poorly [to Cleveland on Sunday]. They are going to come with a
lot of energy. So if we’re not ready
for that energy, the break will start
The Clippers are 2-1 on this fourgame trip, and in the playoff hunt
in the tough Western Conference.
They are in ninth place, just half a
game behind the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Clippers also are only one
game ahead of the Utah Jazz, who
have won 10 straight games.
“We know that we need this
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
TOBIAS HARRIS, dunking against the Bulls, says the Clippers
are learning to play together. He was part of Blake Griffin trade.
game,” forward Tobias Harris said.
“On top of that, we’re fighting for
something and that’s to get a good
seed in the playoffs and make that
run. I think that’s where our focus
Harris said because the Clippers are still trying to learn how to
play together as a group, they
won’t look ahead to getting time
Milos Teodosic was the latest to
come back, playing Monday night
at Brooklyn after missing two
games with a right foot injury.
Avery Bradley, like Harris acquired
at Orlando
at Brooklyn
at New York
at Chicago
Oklahoma City
at Portland
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Streaking Rockets
close in on Warriors
Cleveland 120, at Oklahoma City
112: LeBron James scored 37 points
and the Cavaliers improved to 2-0
since shaking up their roster and
got payback for a 24-point loss on
Jan. 20. Paul George scored 25
points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for
the Thunder. Steven Adams added
22 points and 17 rebounds, and
Russell Westbrook had 21 points.
at Toronto 115, Miami 112: DeMar
DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle
Lowry had 22 and the Raptors won
their sixth straight. Goran Dragic
had 28 points for the Heat, who lost
for the sixth time in seven games.
at Denver 117, San Antonio 109:
Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth
triple-double this season as the
Nuggets won for the fifth time in six
at Milwaukee 97, Atlanta 92: Khris
Middleton had 21 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo hit two key
baskets as the Bucks improved to
9-2 with interim coach Joe Prunty.
Sacramento 114, at Dallas 109:
Zach Randolph had 22 points and
the Kings won for the fourth time in
five games at Dallas after losing 22
in a row there from 2003 to 2016.
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J.Richardson36 3-9 2-2 0-3 5 2 10
Winslow......20 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 4 5
Whiteside ...22 5-9 0-0 2-10 1 1 10
Dragic ........31 10-19 5-6 1-2 4 3 28
T.Johnson....22 3-8 1-2 0-4 2 2 7
Ellington .....31 5-11 0-0 2-7 1 0 15
J.Johnson....28 7-11 1-2 1-7 0 2 16
Adebayo .....25 3-6 5-5 1-5 3 3 11
Wade .........21 4-9 2-2 3-11 6 1 10
42-86 16-19 10-51 24 18 112
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Ellington 5-11, Dragic
3-5, J.Richardson 2-5, Winslow 1-1, J.Johnson 1-4,
T.Johnson 0-1, Wade 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4.
Team Turnovers: 16 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3
(Adebayo, J.Richardson, Whiteside). Turnovers: 16
(Wade 4, Dragic 3, J.Richardson 3, Adebayo 2,
J.Johnson 2, Whiteside, Winslow). Steals: 5
(Whiteside 2, Dragic, J.Richardson, T.Johnson).
Technical Fouls: None.
James ........39 14-23 6-10 0-8 8 1 37
Osman .......14 2-6 0-0
0-2 1 3 5
Thompson...23 1-2 0-0
1-5 1 3 2
Hill ............23 3-7 0-0
1-1 4 3 7
Smith.........30 6-10 0-0
0-6 3 4 18
Green.........26 3-7 4-4
0-4 1 4 10
Nance Jr. ....24 5-10 3-6
8-9 2 3 13
Hood .........24 5-10 0-0
0-2 0 5 14
Clarkson .....23 6-10 1-2
0-3 4 2 14
Korver ..........8 0-3 0-0
0-1 0 0 0
45-88 14-22 10-41 24 28 120
Shooting: Field goals, 51.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 16-36 (Smith 6-9, Hood 4-8,
James 3-7, Osman 1-2, Clarkson 1-3, Hill 1-4, Korver 0-1, Green 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 7 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Nance Jr.
3, James). Turnovers: 7 (James 5, Clarkson,
Thompson). Steals: 6 (Hood 2, Hill, Korver, Nance
Jr., Smith). Technical Fouls: None.
Anthony......36 10-22 1-2 2-7 0 3 24
George .......39 8-19 4-4 0-4 6 3 25
Adams .......42 8-12 6-10 12-17 1 3 22
Abrines.......23 0-3 0-0 0-3 1 2 0
Westbrook...38 7-19 7-8 2-7 12 2 21
Grant .........21 5-9 3-6 0-6 2 1 14
Huestis.......14 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Felton ........14 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 6
Patterson......9 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 2 0
40-90 21-30 18-51 23 20 112
Shooting: Field goals, 44.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-35 (George 5-13, Anthony
3-9, Felton 2-5, Grant 1-2, Abrines 0-3, Westbrook
0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 9 (10
PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Adams, Anthony, Grant).
Turnovers: 9 (George 3, Felton 2, Adams, Anthony,
Patterson, Westbrook). Steals: 6 (Adams 2, Westbrook 2, Anthony, George). Technical Fouls: Westbrook, 3:14 first.
29 33 29 29— 120
Oklahoma City
28 29 30 25— 112
A—19,800. T—2:13. O—Brian Forte, Scott Wall,
Leroy Richardson
Cavaliers 120, Thunder 112
Anunoby.....12 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 6
Ibaka .........25 5-7 4-4 1-10 0 0 14
Valanciunas 30 2-4 2-2 1-10 1 2 6
DeRozan.....35 11-25 4-6 1-2 4 2 27
Lowry.........32 8-17 2-3 2-4 8 3 22
VanVleet .....23 4-8 0-0 0-5 6 1 10
Wright ........21 4-6 0-0 1-1 2 2 10
Siakam ......19 2-8 1-1 0-4 1 2 5
Poeltl .........17 1-1 2-2 1-1 0 4 4
Miles .........15 3-11 3-5 0-0 0 1 11
Powell ..........6 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 1 0
42-90 18-23 7-40 24 19 115
Shooting: Field goals, 46.7%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-35 (Lowry 4-8, Anunoby
2-2, VanVleet 2-3, Wright 2-3, Miles 2-10,
DeRozan 1-7, Ibaka 0-1, Siakam 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 8 (9 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Poeltl, Valanciunas, Wright). Turnovers: 8
(DeRozan 3, Anunoby 2, Valanciunas 2, Lowry).
Steals: 7 (Lowry 2, VanVleet 2, DeRozan, Valanciunas, Wright). Technical Fouls: None.
24 31 26 31— 112
28 29 41 17— 115
James Harden had 34 points, 12
assists and six rebounds, and the
Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-108 on
Tuesday night for their ninth
straight victory.
Ryan Anderson scored 21 points
off the bench as the Rockets (43-13)
snapped Minnesota’s 13-game
home winning streak and pulled
within half a game of the Golden
State Warriors for the best record
in the NBA. Houston has won 16 of
its last 18 games. Minnesota is 16-2
at home against Western Conference opponents.
The Rockets made 10 threepointers in the fourth quarter,
when they scored 42 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 35
points and 12 rebounds for his
league-leading 50th double-double. Jeff Teague added 25 points
and eight assists.
“It’s very hard when they shoot
threes like that,” Towns said. “If
they’re hitting threes and we’re
coming back with twos, they get a
one-point advantage and an upand-down possession. When they
got it rolling like that, it’s very hard
to stop.”
Timberwolves forward Andrew
Wiggins missed his first 12 fieldgoal tries and finished two for 14.
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at Detroit
at Philadelphia
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at Memphis
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Update: The Celtics rank second in
the NBA in fewest points allowed,
giving up 99.1 a game. They hold opponents to a league-low 43.3%
shooting from the field and 34.1%
from three-point range, third-best
in the league.
A—18,203. T—2:22. O—Derek Richardson, Pat
Fraher, James Capers
Kings 114, Mavericks 109
Bucks 97, Hawks 92
Tony Gutierrez Associated Press
LAKERS ROOKIE Lonzo Ball, sidelined because of a sprained knee, returned
briefly after suffering the injury Jan. 13 but hasn’t played since.
Ball won’t return until
after the All-Star break
By Tania Ganguli
Lonzo Ball will not play for
the Lakers until after the AllStar break, coach Luke Walton said Tuesday.
That means the rookie
will have been sidelined for
about six weeks because of a
sprained knee.
Walton assumes that Ball
also will sit out the Rising
Stars exhibition Friday
night at Staples Center. Although Ball’s official status
hasn’t been determined, it is
unlikely that he would play
after sitting out the last two
Lakers games before AllStar weekend.
Games on Wednesday at
New Orleans and Thursday
at Minnesota will be the 14th
and 15th Ball has sat out because of a medical collateral
ligament sprain. He previously sat out six games because of a shoulder sprain.
On Tuesday, Ball participated in practice and took
contact with teammates in
half-court defensive drills
for the first time since suffering the injury. Walton said
that Ball was a little sore but
was making good progress.
The Lakers did not make
Ball available to reporters.
Ball was injured in a
game against the Dallas
Mavericks on Jan. 13. He later returned to the court but
experienced more severe
pain the next morning. Ball
admitted last week that the
injury was much more serious than what he initially
thought. The Lakers at first
said Ball had a “minor knee
The Lakers plan to stick
with the starting lineup they
have used for the last five
games, with Brandon Ingram at point guard. Isaiah
Thomas will again be used
as a reserve.
Veteran help
Twice during Tuesday’s
news conference, Walton
quipped that his newest big
man, Channing Frye, never
stops talking.
He clarified, both times,
that Frye’s loquaciousness
was actually a good thing.
By adding Frye and
Thomas, the Lakers increased their average age
significantly. They replaced
two 25-year-olds, Jordan
Clarkson and Larry Nance
Jr., with Frye, 34, and Thomas, 29. Walton already has
seen the newcomers use
their experience to help
“I called [Thomas] over
one time [during Saturday’s
game] and said, ‘Hey they’re
starting to blitz you now,’ so
he’s like, ‘I already told
Brook [Lopez]; I already
told the guys out here,’ ” Walton said. “That type of leadership from the point guard
position is going to be great
for the other guys.
“And then Channing’s
great. He literally talks all
day long. It’s positive and it’s
from doing closeouts with
the bigs today about having
your left foot a little higher
and keeping your arm up.
Things that we teach as well
but when a teammate that’s
been in the league 12, 13 years
tells you, as well as your
coaches, it just speeds
things up.”
After winning a championship with the Cleveland
Cavaliers, Frye recognizes
that isn’t the end goal for
this team.
“Really, what is my motivation?” Frye said. “What is
the thing that’s going to get
me focused and locked in?
It’s the experience of helping
these kids grow. It’s the experience of winning, appreciation of winning. Some of
the best years I’ve had in this
league have been with teams
that have been counted out.
We make the playoffs — or
even if we get close — it’s exceeding expectations, having fun and growing.”
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Update: The Pelicans are
trying to keep their playoff
hopes afloat without AllStar DeMarcus Cousins,
who won’t play again this
season after suffering a torn
Achilles tendon.
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Ilyasova ......27 5-15 4-6 3-7 2 1 15
Prince ........30 4-12 2-4 0-1 2 1 11
Dedmon .....27 5-8 1-1 2-10 0 2 13
Bazemore ...29 6-15 1-2 0-5 4 4 17
Schroder.....31 8-16 0-0 2-3 4 2 18
Collins........22 2-5 0-0 4-5 1 1 4
Muscala .....17 2-7 2-2 1-3 0 2 8
Delaney......15 0-3 4-5 0-7 2 0 4
Taylor .........13 0-1 0-0 0-3 4 1 0
Dorsey .......12 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 0
Bembry ......12 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 2
33-86 14-20 14-50 21 14 92
Shooting: Field goals, 38.4%; free throws, 70.0%
Three-point goals: 12-35 (Bazemore 4-7, Dedmon 2-3,
Schroder 2-4, Muscala 2-5, Prince 1-5, Ilyasova 1-7, Bembry 0-1, Delaney 0-1, Dorsey 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 12 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Collins 4,
Bazemore, Dedmon). Turnovers: 12 (Schroder 5, Bazemore
2, Prince 2, Dedmon, Delaney, Muscala). Steals: 7
(Ilyasova 2, Prince 2, Collins, Dedmon, Schroder). Technical Fouls: Bazemore, 4:04 fourth.
Jackson......30 5-9 1-1 1-6 3 1 12
Randolph....25 10-15 0-0 1-7 3 1 22
Cauley-Stein28 4-8 2-4 1-4 1 4 10
Bogdanovic .33 8-17 0-0 0-5 4 3 19
Fox ............31 5-12 0-0 0-4 7 0 11
Carter ........26 3-6 0-0 0-4 7 4 8
Koufos .......22 5-5 1-2 2-7 2 2 11
Temple .......19 4-7 3-4 0-0 2 4 13
Hield..........17 3-8 1-1 0-1 1 0 8
Sampson......4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
47-87 8-12 5-38 30 19 114
Shooting: Field goals, 54.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Bogdanovic 3-7,
Randolph 2-3, Temple 2-3, Carter 2-5, Fox 1-3,
Hield 1-4, Jackson 1-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 9 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (CauleyStein 2, Koufos, Sampson). Turnovers: 9 (Fox 3,
Randolph 3, Bogdanovic, Jackson, Temple).
Steals: 6 (Carter 3, Cauley-Stein, Fox, Hield). Technical Fouls: None.
Antetokou. .34 7-16 1-2 3-15 3 5 15
Middleton ...34 7-15 6-7 1-7 3 4 21
Maker ........24 5-7 1-2 1-3 1 1 12
Bledsoe......34 5-14 2-2 1-3 9 3 14
Snell..........31 2-7 0-0 1-3 2 1 6
Zeller .........23 7-9 0-0 5-8 0 2 14
Parker ........17 2-8 3-4 1-3 0 0 7
Brown ........16 1-6 0-0 1-4 1 2 3
Terry ..........13 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 0 3
Kilpatrick ......9 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2
38-88 13-17 14-48 23 18 97
Shooting: Field goals, 43.2%; free throws, 76.5%
Three-point goals: 8-25 (Snell 2-3, Bledsoe 2-6, Maker
1-2, Terry 1-2, Middleton 1-3, Brown 1-4, Kilpatrick 0-1,
Antetokounmpo 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers:
10 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Bledsoe 3, Antetokounmpo
2, Zeller 2, Brown, Middleton, Terry). Turnovers: 10 (Bledsoe 6, Middleton 2, Antetokounmpo, Zeller). Steals: 6
(Terry 2, Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe, Brown, Middleton).
Technical Fouls: Bledsoe, 1:08 third.
24 19 18 31— 92
21 20 33 23— 97
Barnes .......30 6-14 3-5 0-5 2 0 18
Matthews....28 4-12 2-2 1-5 2 0 13
Nowitzki......31 4-10 3-3 0-6 3 3 12
Barea.........31 7-13 0-0 1-5 13 2 19
Smith Jr. .....30 6-15 3-4 0-3 3 3 17
Powell ........26 6-9 5-6 2-6 5 0 18
McDermott..19 2-3 2-3 0-3 1 0 6
Collinsworth 19 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 6
Ferrell ........14 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Mejri............5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Kleber..........2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Jones ...........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
38-83 18-23 4-37 29 15 109
Shooting: Field goals, 45.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 15-40 (Barea 5-9, Matthews
3-7, Barnes 3-8, Smith Jr. 2-9, Powell 1-1, Nowitzki
1-4, Collinsworth 0-1, Ferrell 0-1). Team Rebounds:
10. Team Turnovers: 9 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Mejri 2, Ferrell, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 9 (Barea 4,
Collinsworth, Matthews, Nowitzki, Powell, Smith
Jr.). Steals: 4 (Barea, Barnes, McDermott, Smith
Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.
29 36 23 26— 114
16 28 27 38— 109
A—14,720. T—2:03. O—Gediminas Petraitis, Jason
Phillips, Jacyn Goble
A—19,801. T—2:04. O—Mark Lindsay, Kevin
Scott, Mitchell Ervin
Rockets 126, Timberwolves 108
Nuggets 117, Spurs 109
Mbah a Mte 29 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 4 7
Tucker ........28 3-4 1-2 0-1 0 2 10
Capela .......25 5-7 4-6 3-12 1 3 14
Harden.......35 10-20 8-9 0-6 13 2 34
Paul...........33 5-11 2-3 2-8 7 1 13
Gordon.......30 3-10 4-4 0-0 1 3 13
Anderson....26 7-12 1-2 2-4 1 1 21
Green.........17 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 4 6
Nene..........13 3-7 2-3 2-2 0 3 8
41-83 22-29 9-37 25 23 126
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 22-47 (Anderson 6-10,
Harden 6-10, Tucker 3-4, Gordon 3-9, Green 2-6,
Mbah a Moute 1-3, Paul 1-5). Team Rebounds: 9.
Team Turnovers: 6 (3 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Capela, Harden, Mbah a Moute, Paul). Turnovers:
6 (Mbah a Moute 2, Paul 2, Harden, Nene). Steals:
1 (Paul). Technical Fouls: coach Rockets (Defensive three second), 9:04 third.
Anderson....21 1-3 0-2 0-2 2 2 2
Gasol .........20 4-10 2-2 0-7 3 2 10
Bertans ......27 4-9 1-2 0-4 1 0 12
Green.........32 2-3 2-2 2-6 2 3 7
D.Murray.....27 6-10 0-0 2-5 2 4 12
Mills ..........25 3-8 0-0 0-1 3 4 8
Lauvergne ...23 12-15 2-4 5-12 3 1 26
Parker ........21 7-11 3-4 0-1 4 0 17
Forbes........19 2-8 1-2 0-3 3 1 5
Ginobili ......13 2-3 4-4 1-1 2 3 8
Hilliard .........2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
White...........2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Paul.............0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
44-82 15-22 10-42 25 22 109
Shooting: Field goals, 53.7%; free throws, 68.2%
Three-point goals: 6-22 (Bertans 3-8, Mills 2-6, Green
1-2, Gasol 0-1, Ginobili 0-1, Forbes 0-4). Team Rebounds:
10. Team Turnovers: 18 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (D.Murray 3, Anderson 2, Gasol, Lauvergne). Turnovers: 18
(D.Murray 4, Ginobili 4, Anderson 2, Gasol 2, Lauvergne 2,
Mills 2, Bertans, Forbes). Steals: 6 (D.Murray 2, Green 2,
Mills, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
Gibson .......33 5-8 2-2 1-5 0 2 12
Wiggins ......40 2-14 3-4 1-3 0 3 7
Towns.........35 12-16 9-9 5-12 3 6 35
Butler.........36 5-13 5-5 0-7 6 1 15
Teague .......38 10-15 3-3 0-5 8 2 25
Crawford.....19 5-13 0-0 0-1 1 0 11
Bjelica........12 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Dieng.........11 0-1 0-0 2-5 2 4 0
Jones ...........9 0-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 0
Brooks .........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Aldrich .........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
40-84 22-23 9-40 22 20 108
Shooting: Field goals, 47.6%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 6-23 (Teague 2-3, Towns
2-3, Bjelica 1-1, Crawford 1-6, Jones 0-2, Butler
0-3, Wiggins 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 8 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Towns 3, Wiggins). Turnovers: 8 (Dieng 3, Crawford 2, Teague,
Towns, Wiggins). Steals: 3 (Crawford, Towns, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: Crawford, 9:23 second.
23 31 30 42— 126
31 19 30 28— 108
A—18,978. T—2:10. O—Sean Wright, Derrick
Collins, Aaron Smith
Barton........43 9-19 0-0 2-5 6 2 20
Chandler.....34 8-19 1-2 2-8 5 0 17
Jokic ..........32 8-15 5-6 5-13 11 0 23
G.Harris......35 7-17 0-0 0-0 3 4 15
J.Murray......37 6-9 2-3 2-5 1 4 17
D.Harris ......20 1-4 4-4 0-1 3 3 7
Lyles..........17 4-6 3-3 0-2 0 2 11
Beasley ......13 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Arthur ..........6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 5
Morris ..........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
46-93 15-18 11-35 29 18 117
Shooting: Field goals, 49.5%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 10-32 (J.Murray 3-6, Jokic 2-5, Barton 2-7, Arthur 1-1, G.Harris 1-3, D.Harris 1-4, Lyles 0-1,
Chandler 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 11 (17
PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Chandler 2, Jokic). Turnovers: 11
(J.Murray 3, Arthur 2, Barton 2, Beasley, D.Harris, Jokic,
Lyles). Steals: 10 (Barton 2, Chandler 2, G.Harris 2, J.Murray 2, Arthur, D.Harris). Technical Fouls: None.
San Antonio
32 29 29 19— 109
30 28 29 30— 117
A—17,623. T—2:13. O—Gary Zielinski, J.T. Orr, Tom
W E D N E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Reunion with
veteran Utley
is expected to
take place soon
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — As spring
training dawned Tuesday,
the worst-kept secret at
Camelback Ranch was the
occupant of the locker by the
door of the Dodgers clubhouse.
A set of sliding shorts
dangled from a hanger. A
gloves lined one shelf. Along
another rested a set of
cleats, monogrammed with
the number 26. To complete
the picture, a stack of boxes
nearby were addressed to
one man: CHASE UTLEY.
“They’re not hiding it
well,” Dodgers ace Clayton
Kershaw said.
Utley, the 39-year-old second baseman, was not present for the workout among
the assembled Dodgers. But
he is not expected to remain
absent for long. The team is
making progress on a contract with Utley, who has
been a vital presence in the
clubhouse since joining the
Dodgers midway through
2015, according to people familiar with the situation.
Manager Dave Roberts
laughed when informed
about the scene at Utley’s
“So he got his mail forwarded here?” Roberts said.
“Obviously, we’re hopeful.
We’re excited to get him
here. ... Chase is great. I’ll
talk more about him in the
coming days.”
Utley hit .236 with a .728
on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 127 games in 2017.
The Dodgers plan to use Logan Forsythe as the primary
second baseman, with both
Chris Taylor and Enrique
Hernandez also capable of
handling the position. Utley
could get some at-bats
against right-handed pitching, or on days when
Forsythe fills in for Justin
Turner at third base.
The organization believes Utley’s value extends
beyond the field. A six-time
All-Star with the Philadelphia Phillies, Utley carries
the sort of gravitas and dedication that rubs off on teammates, Dodgers officials and
players say. The coaches
show his highlights to the
younger players. He acts as a
mentor to shortstop Corey
Seager. He spends hours in
the video room scouring
footage for the tendencies
and weaknesses of opponents.
“He might not be the
player he was 10 years ago,
but he’s still a very valuable
asset to have,” Kershaw said.
“I don’t think there’s a guy in
here who wouldn’t be excited if he was around.”
Kershaw to start on
opening day again
On March 29, Kershaw
can set a franchise record
with his eighth consecutive
opening-day start, an assignment
announced Tuesday. Unlike
most teams, this reward acts
as a mere formality.
“Cat’s out of the bag,”
Roberts said, when he mentioned in passing how Kershaw needed to be prepared
for the first game of the season.
Kershaw will be followed
in the rotation by Rich Hill,
Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda
and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He no
longer will pair with Yu
Darvish, his teammate in
the second half of 2017 and
his catch partner this offseason in Dallas.
Darvish signed a sixyear, $126-million contract
with the Cubs, opting for
Chicago over a less-lucrative
offer from the Dodgers, who
operated as if handcuffed by
luxury-tax implications.
“It’s disappointing,” Kershaw said. “I enjoy throwing
with Yu and obviously think
he’s a very special talent. I
wish he had gone somewhere in the American
League. But you know
what? We’ll just have to beat
him, I guess.”
Toles lags behind
The Dodgers expect outfielder Andrew Toles to return to full strength early in
2018 after sitting out most of
last season because of a torn
knee ligament.
But Toles likely will be
slightly delayed this spring,
as the team wants to give
him plenty of at-bats to
knock off any rust, Roberts
Toles is part of a competition in left field that includes
Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp,
prospect Alex Verdugo.
Short hops
The Dodgers still do not
have a timetable for lefthanded pitcher Julio Urias
as he returns from shoulder
surgery. He is unlikely to
contribute until after the
All-Star break, at the earliest, but team officials are reluctant to pressure him with
deadlines. “We’re counting
on him,” Roberts said. “And
we’re excited for him.” ...
Yasiel Puig has yet to find an
agent after being dumped by
the Wasserman agency last
week. “He said he’s open to
new representation,” Roberts said.
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David J. Phillip Associated Press
pears set to be back with the Dodgers for 2018 season.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
MIKE SCIOSCIA , talking to reporters at Tempe Diablo Stadium, has 1,570 victories as Angels manager.
Scioscia still has fire within
[Plaschke, from D3]
bastic Lasorda admires.
“Well, if somebody can
beat me, I hope it’s him,”
Lasorda said.
There’s another reason
Scioscia is embarking on a
landmark season. It could
be his last. His 10-year contract expires next offseason
and, typical of the old-style
philosophy that everything
must be earned, he hasn’t
even talked with owner Arte
Moreno about an extension.
“I’m not thinking that far
ahead, it’s not relevant right
now,” Scioscia said. “I was
honored with an incredible
commitment from Artie
that people just don’t get,
and my focus is entirely on
Actually, they have
talked, at the end of last
season, and the conversation was typically low-key
“He looks up at me and
says, ‘So, you want me back
next year?’ ” general manager Billy Eppler said. “I’m
like, ‘Yeah!’ He’s like, ‘OK, I
want to come back, but just
so you know, anything beyond that, let’s just focus on
winning in 2018, the rest will
take care of itself.’ ”
Scioscia doesn’t like the
focus on him. He never has.
That’s part of the reason he
has lasted so long. He listens. He trusts. He puts the
players first. He never steals
their spotlight. He never
makes it about himself.
“The game is about
playing it, not managing it,”
he said. “This is their time,
we had our time. Bottom
line is, it’s their team, you
have to keep that perspective.”
He always honors the
player. He says the highlight
of his career was not as
manager, but as a catcher
on the last Dodgers World
Series-winning team in 1988,
a season that included his
season-saving home run
against the New York Mets’
Dwight Gooden in the National League Championship Series.
Many of his players have
no idea about that homer.
Some of his players don’t
even remember he played.
He laughs. He understands.
He’ll probably be known in
history as a manager, not a
player, and what longtime
Dodgers fan would have
believed that?
“Baseball has given me
so much,” he said. “I don’t
really look at how people are
going to remember me. I’m
just grateful for the opportunity to be here.”
And although Scioscia
has come to embrace the
most complicated of analytics, he believes baseball’s
beauty is still in the simplicity of its play.
“It’s like [coach] Alfredo
Griffin says, until human
beings grow a third arm or a
third leg, they’re going to be
fielding ground balls the
same way for the next 200
years,” Scioscia said. “It’s
baseball. Your cutoffs and
relays are the same. It’s who
executes better, not who
designs better. The bottom
line is playing the game.
You’ve got to keep your
finger on that pulse.”
Many of players, including baseball’s best, Mike
Trout, have flourished
under his steady touch.
“What he has done here,
for so long, it’s insane,”
pitcher Matt Shoemaker
said. “He talks to guys. He
communicates. He knows
when to make it fun and
relaxing. He manages.”
And to think, back in the
fall of 1999, Scioscia was
deemed unworthy by the
Dodgers to even manage
their minor leaguers. After
13 years as a Dodgers
catcher and six as an instructor or coach, he was
basically shoved out of the
organization by then-GM
Kevin Malone after his one
and only year as manager of
triple-A Albuquerque.
Scioscia was too oldschool for Malone’s crazy
culture. Malone later admitted it was a huge mistake.
Along with the trading of
Mike Piazza and Pedro
Martinez, it was one of the
biggest personnel mistakes
in Dodgers history.
Seemingly moments
after leaving the Dodgers,
Scioscia was scooped up by
the Angels’ Bill Stoneman in
a brilliant move that
changed an entire franchise’s culture.
In Scioscia’s third season, the Angels won the
World Series championship.
In five of six seasons beginning in 2004, they won the
American League West. In
six of his first eight seasons,
they reached the playoffs.
Scioscia was twice selected
AL manager of the year.
Plagued by a poor farm
system and bad free-agent
signings, they have made
the playoffs only once in the
last eight years, have not
won a playoff game in nearly
a decade and enter 2018
coming off Scioscia’s first
two consecutive losing
That makes this season
big for Scioscia, 59. It could
be a six-month endorsement or a farewell tour.
The Angels seemed
loaded with an offseason
haul led by the signing of
two-way Japanese phenom
Shohei Ohtani. There were
also the signings of outfielder Justin Upton and
infielder Zack Cozart, and
the acquisition of second
baseman Ian Kinsler.
Expectations are huge.
Scisocia, as usual, embraces
“I definitely do not take
for granted the opportunity
I’ve had here, it’s been a
privilege,” he said. “Going
into this season, I feel the
same as I did my first season, I’m excited, I think
we’re going in the right
Right past Lasorda?
Scioscia is friendly with his
former manager. They saw
each other three weeks ago
and he’s not about to gloat
about passing him. He
thanks Lasorda for believing in him as a 17-year-old
kid from Philly. He honors
Lasorda for passing along
his competitiveness and
aggressiveness. He’s not
even imagining accumulating more victories.
“I’m not sitting there
counting wins or looking at
where you stack up,” Scioscia said. “When it’s all said
and done, I’ll probably have
a better comment for you,
but right now I’m not paying
a lot of attention to it.”
The interview ends,
Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications,
returns to his office and
Scioscia points to a scribbled name on the scrap of
white paper.
“Hey, this is important,”
he said, already managing
from the first moment of his
19th year. “Somebody
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
Seems like nowhere for Kemp to go
[Dodgers, from D3]
from his contract. In return
for Kemp, the Dodgers sent
a four-player package that
included Adrian Gonzalez,
Scott Kazmir and Brandon
McCarthy to Atlanta. The
trade reset the Dodgers’ luxury-tax payroll and will allow
them to remain under the
$197-million threshold in
2018, meaning they can pursue free agents like Clayton
Kershaw, Bryce Harper and
Manny Machado next winter with greater freedom.
The motivation was financial. Kemp understood
the score. The move still
stunned him. He was dining
with some friends in December when he received a call
from his agent, Larry Reynolds. Reynolds informed
Kemp he had been traded.
“Where?” Kemp asked.
Reynolds started to
laugh as he passed along the
“Stop lying,” Kemp said.
The truth made his head
swim. Soon after, he heard
from Dodgers officials. The
team could not promise him
much. They were actively
looking to move his contract,
for which he will receive $43
million over the next two
seasons. Kemp would be a
Dodger until the team could
find him another home.
An awkward dance ensued. The Dodgers did not
invite Kemp to FanFest last
month. The organization
wanted to avoid subjecting
Kemp to questions about his
status. Yet efforts to send
Kemp elsewhere proved
fruitless. A market did not
swell for an aging outfielder
who is viewed by defensive
metrics as one of the worst in
Despite his sense of
limbo, Kemp worked out at
Dodger Stadium during the
winter and stayed in contact
with his teammates. He took
in a Lakers game with Kenley Jansen. He received a
welcoming text message
from Kershaw a couple of
weeks ago.
“I’ve seen him at his
best,” Kershaw said. “I know
how good he can be. I know
he still has the ability to hit a
baseball really well. I hope he
gets that chance to prove it
Kemp remains a useful
hitter. He swatted 19 home
runs in 115 games with a .781
on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 2017. It is his defense that limits his appeal.
Kemp ranked 205th in Ultimate Zone Rating among
the 208 outfielders who
played at least 100 innings
last season.
Manager Dave Roberts
acknowledged Kemp’s limitations in the field. He listed
a trio of factors that could
aid a revival: effort level, fitness and positioning.
The Dodgers believe
Kemp will be motivated, after three seasons spent in
big league basements, by an
opportunity on a contender.
Kemp credited an improved
diet — more water, smaller
portions — along with a renewed interest in conditioning for his upgraded
physique. In previous years,
the Dodgers utilized advanced scouting reports to
properly position converted
infielders like Chris Taylor
and Howie Kendrick as they
learned the outfield.
“I expect there to be a
huge uptick in the metrics
this year,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers will keep
Kemp active during the
spring. The team lists him as
a competitor for at-bats with
Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez and Andrew Toles.
Toles will be eyed carefully
as he returns from a torn
ACL. Kemp could form part
of a platoon with Pederson.
Or the front office could finally find another club,
probably from the American
League, who is willing to
take on part of Kemp’s salary.
Until then, he is a Dodger.
He arrived at Camelback
Ranch last week. On Tuesday he bantered with reporters he remembered from the
past and asked about the
whereabouts of former
members of the beat. He
joked about how he did not
want to conduct a formal interview.
“We’ve got a workout,”
cracked third baseman
Justin Turner. “Don’t put
him in a bad mood before we
go outside.”
“That’s the thing about
getting older,” Kemp said.
“You can’t ruin my joy.”
Kemp maintained that
vibe throughout the morning. He stressed that he did
not mean to criticize Los An-
geles when he remarked last
summer that by coming to
Atlanta he was finally
playing in a “baseball town.”
“L.A., when I first got
here, it was all about Kobe
and Shaq,” Kemp said. “As
the years went on, as we
games, the city came alive.
We had the best fans. We became a baseball town. Never
said L.A. wasn’t a baseball
town. I would never say that.
I love L.A. I love the fans. I
would never disrespect the
fans who helped me get to
who I was, and who I am.”
Kemp pointed at a camera for emphasis.
“Bam. And that’s the
Kemp downplayed the
stories that followed him
from Atlanta, where he was
described as a negative influence on team culture.
“I don’t know how that
came out in Atlanta that I
was bad in the clubhouse,”
Kemp said. “I don’t think I
was there long enough to be
His second tenure as a
Dodger might not last beyond this spring. Kemp
hopes for more.
“This is where I came up,”
Kemp said. “This is where I
grew up. I always wanted to
win a World Series here, and
win here. It was fun watching
these guys last year play and
get to the World Series. Why
wouldn’t I want to be a part
of it?”
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
W E D N E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
For starters, Angels are calling a changeup
Team confirms key
part of plan to build
around Ohtani: a sixman starting rotation.
By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. — Tyler
Skaggs reported for spring
training on Tuesday having
“no clue whatsoever” about
whether the Angels would
employ a six-man rotation
to accommodate Shohei
Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese star who aspires to be
baseball’s best two-way
player since Babe Ruth.
The left-hander was not
in the dark for long.
A few hours later in Tempe Diablo Stadium, before a
gathering of about 70 reporters and photographers
— most from Japanese media outlets — manager Mike
Scioscia confirmed what
has been suspected for
months: The Angels, in an
effort to keep Ohtani on the
once-a-week pitching regimen he used in Japan, will
open the season with six
starting pitchers.
“We’re gonna be flexible,
but right now that’s how
we’re gonna map things
out,” Scioscia said. “With a
six-man, it will take a little
bit of the burden off guys to
have to bounce back. It will
not only pay dividends for
Shohei but for the rest of our
staff to hopefully keep them
effective and strong through
the whole season.”
Pitchers will have to adjust their between-starts
routine. Do they use the extra day to rest, work out or
add a light bullpen session?
They’ll have all spring to
iron out the details. The
most important thing is
they all appear to be on
board with the idea, which is
not surprising.
Five starters — Garrett
Richards, Andrew Heaney,
Matt Shoemaker, Skaggs
and Nick Tropeano —
missed significant chunks of
the last two seasons because of injuries, and J.C.
Ramirez underwent stemcell therapy last September
to repair a damaged elbow
“If it’s a way for everybody to stay healthy and we
can win ballgames, then I’m
all for it,” said Richards, who
was limited by elbow and biceps injuries to six starts
each of the last two seasons.
“Theoretically, you would
think an extra day of rest
would be a beneficial thing.”
The reduced workload
and extra time between
starts won’t necessarily
push Scioscia to extend
their pitch counts.
“When a pitcher is done
in a game, he’s finished, and
you do not want to put a
pitcher at risk at any time,”
Scioscia said. “We’ll look at
it very closely. We have some
ranges where we know when
their stuff starts to deterio-
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
SHOHEI OHTANI pitched once a week in Japan and
the Angels want to keep him on that regimen.
rate, maybe they come out
of their mechanics and
they’re starting to stress
their arm.
“But for our whole pitching staff to work, our starters are going to have to carry
that torch 18, 19, 20 outs into
a game. That’s gonna be
really important to keep our
bullpen where we need it.”
Last season the Angels’
starting pitching ranked
sixth in the American
League in ERA, seventh in
opponents’ batting average,
10th in innings pitched and
14th in wins, with only one
complete game.
Pitchers and catchers
begin formal workouts
Wednesday, but several Angels including Ohtani ave
been working out at the
complex for at least a week,
giving Ohtani a chance to
acclimate to his new team
and the Angels a chance to
get to know their teammate.
Shoemaker said. “You see
him throw a bullpen and
how hard he throws, and
then to see him effortlessly
swing and see the ball jump
off his bat is kind of crazy.
It’s exciting.”
The Angels also got their
first taste of Ohtani-mania
on Tuesday. Media members began congregating by
the entrance to the players
parking lot at 7 a.m., a full
five hours before Ohtani got
to the stadium after undergoing a physical.
The media throng grew
to about 70 by the time
Ohtani took some swings in
the batting cage and played
long toss in the early afternoon. Most years there are
four or five writers on hand
to speak to Scioscia on reporting day. The manager
used a hand-held microphone and amplifier to address the media Tuesday.
“It’s definitely different
for camp,” Skaggs said. “I’ve
never see this many media
people here, but at the same
time, I think it brings a little
more excitement, a little
more buzz to the season and
will make us play that much
Ohtani’s spring-training
workload will be a little longer than most pitchers’, but
after general manager Billy
Eppler traveled to Japan in
January to consult with
Ohtani’s former coaches
and trainers, the Angels feel
they have a good idea how
much he can handle.
“You can’t miss any
steps,” Scioscia said. “He’ll
have to do his fundamentals
as a pitcher and throw quality bullpens to prepare for
spring games. He’ll have to
run the bases and hit from
the offensive end. There will
be a little more detail he’ll
have to pay attention to …
but it shouldn’t be anything
he hasn’t done before.”
The Angels hope the lefthanded-hitting Ohtani will
be able to start two or three
games a week at designated
hitter, but with his 100-mph
fastball and vast assortment of breaking pitches, including a split-fingered fastball, Ohtani’s greatest impact probably will be on the
“He’s probably going to
influence our team more as
a pitcher,” Scioscia said,
“but that’s not to say he’s
not going to have a chance to
make a difference on the offensive end, too.”
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Ducks miss several opportunities
They even blow an
empty-net chance;
Henrique scores late
in third period.
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Paul Sancya Associated Press
JAKOB SILFVERBERG of the Ducks takes a seat
on the ice while going for the puck in the third period.
Larkin and Frans Nielsen
scored in the first two periods and the Detroit Red
Wings held off the Ducks 2-1
on Tuesday night.
Adam Henrique scored
for the Ducks with 3 minutes
54 seconds to play, and they
took goaltender John Gibson off the ice with a minute
remaining in regulation to
have an extra skater, but
couldn’t score to extend the
The Ducks had a 16-5 advantage in shots in the first
period but fell behind 1-0
when Larkin scored off Kevin Bieksa’s giveaway in front
of the net with 6:28 to play in
the period.
Nielsen scored late in the
second period even though
the Red Wings were held to
single digits in shots.
“We had two turnovers
that ended up in our net,”
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
said. “That’s what the game
is like when teams are going
for the playoffs.”
The Red Wings are trying
to rally into a wild-card spot
in the playoff race before the
NHL trade deadline Feb. 26.
“It’s desperation,” Larkin
said. “We know our situation
and what has to be done.”
Kings trade Gaborik, Shore to Ottawa
[Kings from D3]
Ottawa will pay a quarter of
the more than $21 million remaining on Phaneuf ’s contract, which also runs
through 2021, to keep the
Kings under the salary cap.
To get the Senators to
agree to the deal, the Kings
had to include Shore, a defensive forward.
The trade overshadowed
a performance the team
would just as soon like to forget anyway. They were outshot 18-3 in the first period,
outscored 5-0 in the first 30
minutes and matched a season high by giving up three
power-play goals before the
middle of the second period.
If that wasn’t bad enough,
in the game’s first 22 minutes
they gave up a hat trick to defenseman Justin Faulk, who
had four goals in 56 games at
the start of the night.
“It was embarrassing,”
said Anze Kopitar, who had a
goal and an assist late in the
second period to briefly give
the Kings some life. “It’s been
an issue to put together a 60minute effort. And that’s
what we need to think about
— and correct it in a hurry.”
The first period was arguably the Kings’ worst of the
season, with Jaccob Slavin
beating Kopitar on a breakaway for the first goal and
Justin Williams wrestling the
puck away from two Kings
along the boards to set up the
second, on a slap shot from
Faulk on the point.
Faulk’s next two goals —
one in the first period, one in
the second — came on power
plays. That marked the end of
the night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who gave up
four or more goals for the
third time in his last four
starts. All four goals he allowed Tuesday came from
“It’s hard to evaluate him
in some of the games we
played. Vancouver, Nashville
and this game tonight. The
three worst games we’ve
played all year,” Stevens said.
“I’m not going to sit here and
isolate any one player. This is
The Red Wings went off
the ice with a sense of relief
after blowing third-period
goals in recent games.
“We hit that crossbar and
then they score right after,
you do think for a second,
‘Oh, is it one of those again?’
” Nielsen said
The Ducks generated
several scoring chances and
had two potential goals
waved off after video reviews.
“We played well early,”
center Ryan Getzlaf said.
“But we had those two goals
called back that we thought
could have counted, especially the first one, and we
missed an empty net. That
took something out of us.”
The Ducks have lost five
of seven games.
“The last week or so has
been frustrating because we
aren’t competing at the level
we need to compete,” Getzlaf said. “We have to push
for the playoffs right now. We
can’t wait. At this time of the
year, everyone plays hard.”
The Ducks recalled defenseman Marcus Pettersson from the San Diego
Gulls of the American
Hockey League but he was
scratched for the game.
DUCKS ....................................0
Detroit .....................................1
1 — 1
0 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Det., Larkin 9, 13:32.
Penalties—Ritchie, DUCKS, (roughing), 2:17. Green,
DET, (hooking), 9:32. DeKeyser, DET, (tripping), 16:25.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. Det., Nielsen 13 (Mantha,
Green), 15:37. Penalties—None.
THIRD PERIOD: 3. DUCKS, Henrique 17 (Rakell,
Bieksa), 16:06. Penalties—Bertuzzi, DET, (tripping),
5:06. Helm, DET, (slashing), 9:21. Bieksa, DUCKS, (tripping), 17:39.
SHOTS ON GOAL: DUCKS 16-5-12—33. Det. 5-8-3—
16. Power-play conversions—DUCKS 0 of 4. Det. 0 of 2.
GOALIES: DUCKS, Gibson 19-15-6 (16 shots-14
saves). Det., Howard 16-17-6 (33-32). Att—19,515
(20,000). T—2:27.
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
New Jersey
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Tampa Bay
Chris Seward Raleigh News & Observer
MARIAN GABORIK , upended in battle for the puck with Carolina’s Elias Lind-
holm, was traded along with Nick Shore to Ottawa after the Kings’ blowout loss.
a whole disappointing team
By the time Jeff Skinner
beat backup Darcy Kuemper
on a power play 6:25 later to
make it 5-0, the Kings’ penalty kill, which started the
game ranked second in the
NHL, had fallen to fourth.
“They showed up to work
and we didn’t. Pretty simple,”
Stevens said. “I actually
thought we had a great first
shift. But then it was all
downhill from there.
“We need some guys to
step up, assume some responsibility on our team.
You’ve got to be ready to
work. They worked, we didn’t.
And we got the result we deserved.”
Then afterward, they got
the trade they wanted.
Phaneuf, 32, a 13-year
NHL veteran and three-time
All-Star, has played with Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa
but has been traded twice in
the last three seasons.
“It’s disappointing when
you do get moved. But with
saying that, I’m very excited
about where I’m going,” Phaneuf said. “I’m excited about
the team that they have,
where they’re at in the standings.
“There’s a lot of different
emotions. It’s an exciting
time for me to think about being a Los Angeles King.”
Thompson, 33, has also
toured the league, playing for
Boston, the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay as well as
Anaheim and Ottawa, which
signed him as a free agent in
July. Thompson has missed
four straight games with a
lower-body injury.
Gaborik, who turned 36 on
Wednesday, has played sparingly of late and has just seven goals and seven assists on
the season. Shore, 25, has
four goals and has matched a
career high with 11 assists.
Phaneuf and Thompson
were with the Senators in
Pittsburgh on Tuesday,
where Ottawa lost to the Penguins. They stayed in the city
to greet their new team,
which arrived just after midnight.
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KINGS .....................................0
1 — 3
2 — 7
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Car., Slavin 5 (Staal, Pesce), 6:40.
2. Car., Faulk 5 (Rask, Williams), 8:56. 3. Car., Faulk 6
(Teravainen, Aho), 17:43 (pp). Penalties—Kempe,
KINGS, (delay of game), 4:42. Hanifin, CAR, (hooking),
5:25. Mitchell, KINGS, (slashing), 16:39. Forbort,
KINGS, (holding), 19:30.
SECOND PERIOD: 4. Car., Faulk 7 (Teravainen, Aho),
1:17 (pp). 5. Car., Skinner 17 (Williams, Rask), 7:42
(pp). 6. KINGS, Kopitar 23 (Toffoli, Muzzin), 11:49 (pp).
7. KINGS, Toffoli 19 (Pearson, Kopitar), 17:05.
Penalties—Iafallo, KINGS, (hooking), 5:59. Skinner,
CAR, (interference), 10:35. Forbort, KINGS, (hooking),
THIRD PERIOD: 8. KINGS, Mitchell 3 (Doughty, Clifford), 6:43. 9. Car., Skinner 18 (Di Giuseppe), 14:15.
10. Car., Aho 21 (Teravainen), 16:32. Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: KINGS 3-14-13—30. Car. 18-16-7—
41. Power-play conversions—KINGS 1 of 2. Car. 3 of 5.
GOALIES: KINGS, Kuemper 9-1-3 (21 shots-18
saves), Quick 21-20-2 (20-16). Car., Ward 17-7-3 (3027). Att—12,805 (18,680). T—2:24.
Justin Faulk scored three goals in 12:21, the 10th
defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.
Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen scored in the first two
periods and the Red Wings held off a late Ducks rally.
Travis Hall scored twice in regulation and teammate Drew
Stafford had the only tally in the shootout.
Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash scored two goals apiece
for the Bruins, who’ve won six of their last seven.
Jake Guentzel scored twice and Penguins teammate Zach
Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals.
Sam Reinhart scored twice and Ryan O’Reilly scored a
goal and added two assists to lead the Sabres.
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored
power-play goals in the second period.
Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves to help the Wild extend
their home point streak to a club-record 13 games.
Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of
overtime to cap the Predators’ rally from a 3-0 deficit.
Defenseman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime to
complete the Jets’ comeback from a 3-1 hole.
Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the third period,
helping the Golden Knights sweep the season series.
Alex Goligoski scored in his third consecutive game to
help the Coyotes prevail.
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Washington at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Pepperdine won’t bring
back Wilson as coach
At Pacific Palisades
Riviera Country Club
6:40 a.m.—Charlie Beljan, John Huh, J.J.
6:50—Keegan Bradley, Tom Hoge, Andrew
7:01—Harris English, Parker McLachlin, Thomas Pieters
7:11—Graeme McDowell, Smylie Kaufman,
Luke Donald
7:22—Chris Stroud, Aaron Baddeley, Jim Herman
7:32—Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman, Shane
7:43—Cody Gribble, Charl Schwartzel, Brian
7:53—Pat Perez, James Hahn, Padraig Harrington
8:04—Austin Cook, Branden Grace, Paul
8:14—Kevin Streelman, Luke List, Aaron Wise
8:25—Scott Stallings, Morgan Hoffman,
Michael Kim
8:35—Sam Saunders, Rob Oppenheim, Scottie Scheffler
11:20—Martin Laird, Jason Kokrak, Francesco
11:30—Nick Taylor, Peter Uihlein, Brandon
11:41—Retief Goosen, Ollie Schniederjans,
Beau Hossler
11:51—Ted Potter Jr., Kyle Stanley, Jonas Blixt
12:02 p.m.—Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth,
Kevin Chappell
12:12—Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba
12:23—Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Vijay
12:33—Xander Schauffele, Wesley Bryan, Alex
12:44—Martin Flores, Kevin Tway, Hao Tong Li
12:54—Camilo Villegas, Scott Brown, Kelly
1:05—Brice Garnett, Adam Schnek, Cameron
1:15—Ben Silverman, Zecheng Dou, Seunghyuk Kim
6:40 a.m.—Matt Every, John Merrick, Andrew
6:50—Geoff Ogilvy, Derek Fathauer, Harold
Varner III
7:01—David Lingmerth, Tyrone Van Aswegen,
C.T. Pan
7:11—Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Hurley III,
K.J. Choi
7:22—Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger
7:32—Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tommy
7:43—Brendan Steele, Greg Chalmers, Sangmoon Bae
7:53—William McGirt, Brian Stuard, Charles
Howell III
8:04—Ryan Moore, Bill Haas, Chez Reavie
8:14—Chad Campbell, Shawn Stefani, Dominic Bozzelli
8:25—Kevin Na, Anirban Lahiri, Jon Curran
8:35—Abraham Ancer, Zinjun Zhang, Richard
H. Lee
11:20—J.B. Holmes, Robert Streb, Sean O’Hair
11:30—J.J. Henry, Lucas Glover, Ryan Blaum
11:41—Cameron Tringale, Bud Cauley, Martin
11:51—Marc Leishman, Adam Hadwin, Peter
12:02 p.m.—Ryan Armour, Tony Finau, Ernie
12:12—Jhonathan Vegas, Vaughn Taylor, Martin Kaymer
12:23—D.A. Points, Jim Furyk, Rafa Cabrera
12:33—Daniel Berger, Si Woo Kim, Fabian
12:44—Jamie Lovemark, Sung Kang, Patrick
12:54—Troy Merritt, Danny Lee, Whee Kim
1:05—Nicholas Lindheim, Talor Gooch, Stephan Jaeger
1:15—Jonathan Randolph, Tyler Duncan, Vinnie Poncino
At Doha, Qatar
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Madison Keys (12), d.
Wang Qiang, China, 6-1, 6-4; Kristina Mladenovic (11), France, d. Peng Shuai, China, 6-2, 6-4;
Petra Kvitova (16), Czech Republic, d. Cagla
Buyukakcay, Turkey, 6-0, 6-3; Johanna Konta
(10), Britain, d. Bernarda Pera, 7-6 (5), 6-1; Alize
Cornet, France, d. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, 6-2,
6-1; Anastasija Sevastova (13), Latvia, d. Donna
Vekic, Croatia, 6-3, 6-4; Marketa Vondrousova,
Czech Republic, d. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan,
6-3, 6-1; Sorana Cirstea, Romania, d. Maria
Sakkari, Greece, 6-2, 6-3; Magdalena Rybarikova (14), Slovakia, d. Fatma Al Nabhani,
Oman, 6-3, 6-1; Sam Stosur, Australia, d. IrinaCamelia Begu, Romania, 6-4, 6-2; Carina Witthoeft, Germany, d. Tatjana Maria, Germany, 6-3,
6-0; Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic, d. Aleksandra Krunic, Serbia, 6-4, 6-4; Elise Mertens
(15), Belgium, d. Timea Babos, Hungary, 2-6,
6-1, 6-1; Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, d.
Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3;
Julia Goerges (9), Germany, d. Lucie Safarova,
Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-5.
(Second round)—Garbine Muguruza (4),
Spain, d. Duan Ying-Ying, China, 6-3, 6-4; Caroline Garcia (7), France, d. Dominika Cibulkova,
Slovakia, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-0.
At Rotterdam, Netherlands
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Philipp Kohlschreiber,
Germany, d. Karen Khachanov, Germany, 3-6,
7-6 (1), 7-6 (5); Daniil Medvedev, Russia, d.
Gilles Muller (9), Luxembourg, 6-4, 7-6 (9); Viktor Troicki, Serbia, d. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2; David Goffin (4), Belgium, d. Benoit Paire, France, 6-1, 6-3; Tallon
Griekspoor, Netherlands, d. Stan Wawrinka (5),
Switzerland, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Filip Krajinovic, Serbia, d. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada, 6-2, 3-6,
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At Uniondale, N.Y.
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, Spain, d. Steve Johnson (7), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6
(7); Radu Albot, Moldova, d. Bjorn Fratangelo,
6-4, 6-3; Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, d. Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, 6-4, 6-2; Jeremy Chardy, France, d.
Stefano Travaglia, Italy, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4; Evgeny
Donskoy, Russia, d. Victor Estrella Burgos, Dominican Republic, 7-5, 6-1.
At Buenos Aires
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Aljaz Bedene, Slovenia, d. Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-3;
Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, d. Rogerio Dutra
Silva, Brazil, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4; Gael Monfils,
France, d. Pablo Cuevas (7), Uruguay, 6-1, 6-4;
Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, d. Thiago Monteiro, Brazil, 6-2, 7-5; Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, d. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, 6-1, 6-4; Gastao
Elias, Portugal, d. Roberto Carballes Baena,
Spain, 6-2, 6-4; Diego Schwartzman (5), Argentina, d. Andreas Haider-Mauer, Germany, 6-4,
Baltimore—Agreed to terms with pitcher Kevin Gausman on a one-year contract.
Chicago Cubs—Agreed to terms with pitcher
Yu Darvish on a six-year contract and outfielder
Peter Bourjos on a minor league contract.
Milwaukee—Agreed to terms with outfielder
Quintin Berry on a minor league contract.
N.Y. Mets—Traded third baseman Matt Reynolds to Washington for cash.
San Diego—Put pitcher Jose Torres on the
restricted list.
Tampa Bay—Agreed to terms with pitcher Sergio Romo on a one-year contract.
Toronto—Agreed to terms with pitcher Craig
Breslow on a minor league contract.
South Bay Lakers (NBAGL)—Acquired forward James Southerland and the returning player
rights to forward Scott Wood from Santa Cruz for
a first-round draft choice.
Ducks—Called up defenseman Marcus
Pettersson from San Diego (AHL).
Kings—Put forward Trevor Lewis on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 9; acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson
from Ottawa for forwards Marian Gaborik and
Nick Shore.
Colorado—Assigned defenseman Andrei
Mironov to San Antonio (AHL); called up defenseman Duncan Siemens from San Antonio.
Columbus—Loaned defenseman Andre
Benoit to Bridgeport (AHL).
St. Louis—Called up forward Oskar Sundqvist
from San Antonio (AHL).
D.C. United—Traded the rights to midfielder
Yamil Asad to Atlanta for general and targeted
allocation money.
Seattle FC—Signed midfielder Alex Roldan
and defenseman Jordan McCrary.
Sporting Kansas City—Traded a 2018 international roster spot to Colorado for general allocation money.
staff and wire reports
Marty Wilson won’t return as
Pepperdine basketball coach
next season.
The school said Tuesday that
he will coach the Waves in their
four remaining regular-season
games and the West Coast Conference tournament before his
contract is terminated. Wilson is
86-125 in seven years at the helm.
The Waves are 4-22, including
1-13 in the WCC.
Wilson said he knows the ultimate goal is to win and because
the Waves didn’t consistently do
that the responsibility lies with
Wilson, a 1989 Pepperdine
graduate, is in his 21st year with
the Waves as an athlete and
coach. He was an assistant from
1991-96 and returned as associate
head coach in 2008-09 before taking over as head coach before the
2011-12 season.
NCAA mulls new
rules on transfers
The NCAA is considering allowing athletes who are doing
well in the classroom to transfer
with immediate eligibility and
permitting incoming freshmen to
back out of a letter of intent if
there is a head coaching change.
The NCAA’s Division I transfer working group concluded two
days of meetings Tuesday in Indianapolis. Justin Sell, the group
chairman and athletic director at
South Dakota State, said the
group examined data on how
transferring affects academics as
it develops concepts for rule reforms that could be presented to
coaches, administrators and student-athletes for feedback.
The group will meet again in
April and plans to have a model it
can present to NCAA membership for comment.
The goal is to present a proposal for the Board of Governors
to consider for approval in June.
USA Gymnastics told Congress it has not used nondisclosure agreements in investigations except in the case of
Olympic gold medalist McKayla
Maroney, one of more than 200
women and girls who have said
now-imprisoned sports doctor
Larry Nassar sexually abused
them under the guise of treatment.
The Indianapolis-based organization’s statement was part
of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made
public Tuesday.
The leaders of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over
the health and safety of athletes
also released answers provided
by Michigan State — Nassar’s
longtime employer — and the
U.S. Olympic Committee.
The Chargers will return next
season with largely the same
coaching staff despite losing wide
receivers coach Nick Sirianni to
Indianapolis this week.
Sirianni will join new Colts
coach Frank Reich, a former assistant with the Chargers, as the
team’s offensive coordinator.
Phil McGeoghan will replace
Sirianni as the team’s wide receivers coach, the same position
he held in Buffalo last season.
The team also needed to find a
tight ends coach after John McNulty left to be the offensive coordinator at Rutgers. Tuesday, the
team announced former UCLA
tight ends coach Rip Scherer
would be his replacement.
The other two new hires on
the staff are Keith Burns, who
will be an assistant special-teams
coach, and Addison Lynch, who
will be a quality-control assistant
for the defense.
— Dan Woike
Derrick Johnson, the Kansas
City Chiefs’ career tackles leader
and a four-time Pro Bowl selec-
tion, will become a free agent.
All-Star forward Kristaps
Porzingis of the New York Knicks
underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee. He is expected to be sidelined for at least
part of next season.
The NCAA denied Notre
Dame’s appeal to have 21 football
victories from 2012 and 2013
restored, prompting the Rev.
John I. Jenkins, president of the
university, to release a scathing
criticism of the decision.
“The NCAA has not chosen to
ignore academic autonomy; it
has instead perverted it by divorcing it from its logical and necessary connection to the underlying educational purpose,” Jenkins wrote.
USC receiver Joseph Lewis
was released from the 77th Street
Station jail at 12:59 a.m.
Tuesday after posting $55,000
Lewis, 18, was arrested Monday at 2 p.m. by the Los Angeles
Police Southwest Division on
suspicion of corporal injury on a
spouse or cohabitant. He is
scheduled to appear in court
March 6.
USC has suspended Lewis
from all football-related activities.
Oakland Athletics catcher
Bruce Maxwell says he no longer
will kneel for the national anthem
as he did last season as a rookie,
when he became the first major
league player to do so following
the lead of many NFL players.
A person with direct knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that the group
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Claremont-Mudd 68, Occidental 62
Baruch 60, John Jay 40
Boston College 81, Pittsburgh 58
Buffalo 84, Kent St. 72
Caldwell 79, Nyack 59
Chestnut Hill 79, Wilmington (Del.) 77
Dominican (N.Y.) 67, Post (Conn.) 59
Farmingdale 73, Yeshiva 69, 2OT
Monmouth (N.J.) 73, St. Peter’s 57
Rhode Island 85, Richmond 67
Rutgers 67, Northwestern 58, OT
St. Bonaventure 79, La Salle 68
Alabama 80, LSU 65
Arkansas 75, Mississippi 64
Freed-Hardeman 83, Williams Baptist 72
James Madison 62, UNC Wilmington 61
Tennessee 70, South Carolina 67
Virginia 59, Miami 50
Ball St. 88, Akron 79
Bowling Green 83, W. Michigan 81
Cent. Michigan 80, N. Illinois 72
Columbia (Mo.) 61, Park 60
Creighton 94, Bemidji St. 46
E. Michigan 58, Miami (Ohio) 57
Georgetown 87, Butler 83
Kansas 83, Iowa St. 77
Michigan St. 87, Minnesota 57
Missouri 62, Texas A&M 58
N. Dakota St. 87, Mayville St. 53
N. Iowa 47, Evansville 41
Nebraska 70, Maryland 66
Ripon 88, Lawrence 62
Spring Arbor 95, Goshen 72
Toledo 82, Ohio 74
Texas Tech 88, Oklahoma 78
No. 3 Baylor 87, No. 21 Oklahoma State 45
No. 16 Ohio State 88, Illinois 69
Fordham 66, La Salle 45
Princeton 60, Penn 40
Campbell 53, Presbyterian 40
Gardner-Webb 52, Longwood 41
High Point 77, Winthrop 40
Radford 52, Liberty 45
UNC Asheville 71, Charleston Southern 69
—Associated Press
Another formidable field
awaiting Woods at Riviera
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TIGER WOODS has been more engaging during tournaments,
according to other players, than he was when at his pinnacle.
[Woods, from D3]
weeks ago in the Farmers Insurance
Open at Torrey Pines, he was happy
to make the cut, happy to finish tied
for 23rd, happy with a short game
reminiscent of the one so dominant
during the record 683 weeks he held
the No. 1 ranking in the world.
But his game off the tee was miserable, “gross” by his own candid description. He hit only 17 of 56 fairways, worst in the field of those who
made the cut.
He’s worked on that aspect since,
switched the shaft in his driver to a
more “stout” one that he used in his
final event of 2015.
“I’m making small changes in my
posture and my game and my swing
because I’m starting to understand
my body a little bit more,” he said.
“I’ve been away from the game for a
very long time. ... So I’ve got a lot of
room for improvement and a long
way to go.”
During Woods’ hiatus, he
emerged in an unaccustomed role, as
an advisor and mentor dispensing
his experience as an assistant captain with the U.S. Ryder Cup team in
2016 and Presidents Cup team last
year. By all accounts he was as intensely involved as he had been as a
player, but much more intimate and
approachable, particularly to younger players.
“It was awesome,” said Jordan
Spieth, a player on both of those
teams and part of a smaller group
that worked closely with Woods. “To
have his mentorship was phenomenal. You knew he wanted to be out
there playing, but you couldn’t tell by
the way he was talking and interacting with us.”
Woods, 42, is paired with close
friends Justin Thomas and Rory
McIlroy in the first two rounds. He
frequently plays with Thomas outside of tournaments and enjoys the
back-and-forth ribbing with both of
them on the course. Actual tournament competition might be different.
“Hey, I’m trying to win a tournament,” Woods said. “I’m sure they’ll
feel the same way, but it’s winning
Still, many players have seen a
more engaging Woods during competition as well.
“In his pinnacle, it would have
been advantageous for other players
for him to be sharing insights, but he
didn’t want to do that,” Spieth said.
“That might hurt him, so as a competitor, you can’t blame him. It’s how
he went about his business.
“But the last four or five years,
whenever I’ve played with him,
there’s been a lot of chitchat. It’s been
really cool. I think he’s embraced
where he’s at in life and is really
happy about it.
“He wants the young guys to win
majors, to grow the game even half as
much as he grew it singlehandedly.”
Woods has not played in this tour-
nament since 2006. It’s one of the few
events on tour he has never won.
“I love the golf course,” said
Woods, who grew up in Southern
California and played in the tournament as a 16-year-old amateur. “I love
the layout, it fits my eye, and I play
awful. It’s just one of those weird
This week’s field is formidable. In
addition to Thomas, who won five
times last season, and McIlroy, who
has won four majors, Dustin Johnson will be back to defend the title
that made him the world’s No. 1 golfer a year ago, a distinction he’s held
on to.
Spieth, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, who with a
second-place finish last week at Pebble Beach is beginning to show the
form that led to 42 tour victories, are
some of the other notables.
Still, the safe bet is that once the
galleries begin forming Thursday
morning, the big crowds will mass
around the holes where McIlroy and
Thomas are accompanying Woods.
“There’s so much more interest
when he’s playing,” said Matt
Kuchar, a seven-time tour winner.
“He’s unique in the game of golf.
“I think everybody hopes he plays
well. When he is, the interest level is
so high, so who doesn’t want that
kind of interest brought to the game?
I hope he does great things.”
Donald is still seeking a long-term extension with Rams
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the Rams to the NFC West title.
Last season’s quarterbacks
coach and offensive coordinator,
Greg Olson and Matt LaFleur,
have moved on. Olson is the offensive coordinator and play-caller for
the Oakland Raiders, LaFleur the
same for the Tennessee Titans. Tyrone McKenzie, an assistant special teams coach, is now inside linebackers coach for the Titans.
Zac Taylor is the Rams’ new
quarterbacks coach. McVay, who
calls plays, also hired former UCLA
offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch
as a senior offensive assistant.
A year after remaking a roster
that helped them reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004, the
Rams will make more moves to
take the next step.
They will decide whom they will
cut, whom they might franchise or
transition tag, whom they will let
walk — or pursue — in free agency,
and whom they might select in the
April 26-28 draft.
Looming over everything is a
massive contract extension sought
by defensive tackle Aaron Donald,
who no doubt upped the price
when he was named NFL defensive
player of the year.
“When it happens, it happens,”
Donald said of a new deal after a
trophy presentation in Minneapolis the night before the Super Bowl.
Donald rested for two weeks after the Rams’ playoff loss but already had begun preparing for the
2018 season in Pittsburgh, his
“As soon as I get back, me and
my brother get back at it,” he said.
“Just trying to put in the work.”
The Rams have about $41 million in salary-cap space, according
That will increase if they cut
loose one or more of their pricey
Receiver Tavon Austin has a
salary-cap number of $8 million in
2018. Linebacker Robert Quinn
carries a cap hit of $12.4 million,
linebacker Mark Barron $10 million.
Fourteen players — Johnson,
safety Lamarcus Joyner and receiver Sammy Watkins among
them — are due to become unrestricted free agents when the NFL’s
new league year begins next
Snead said after the season that
he could “definitely” see a scenario
in which Johnson returns.
The Rams’ cornerback issue is
magnified because Kayvon Webster is recovering from an Achilles
injury and slot corner Nickell
Robey-Coleman is among the
pending free agents.
Johnson, a Stockton native,
earned about $31 million the last
two seasons. He sounded as if he
wanted to remain with the team
that selected him in the third
round of the 2012 draft.
“Of course I want to be around,”
he said. “But at the same time it’s a
business. So I don’t know what’s
going on.
“Hopefully we get talkin’, but
we’ll see.”
Watkins, acquired in a trade
during training camp, said during
the season that he did not want to
bounce from team to team and
Watkins’ production was not overwhelming — 39 catches, eight for
touchdowns — but he remained injury-free. If the Rams put the franchise or transition tag on Watkins,
it would give them time to assess
whether to sign him to a long-term
Joyner moved from cornerback
to safety and increased his market
value substantially with an outstanding season. Keeping him is a
priority for the Rams.
Linebacker Connor Barwin,
center John Sullivan, offensive
lineman Cornelius Lucas, running
back Lance Dunbar, tight end Der-
ek Carrier, defensive linemen
Dominique Easley and Tyrunn
Walker, safeties Cody Davis and
Isaiah Johnson, and snapper Jake
McQuaide also are pending free
The Rams did not have a firstround draft pick in 2017 because of
the 2016 trade that netted quarterback Jared Goff with the top pick.
They hold the 23rd pick in this
year’s draft, which will be held at
AT&T Stadium in Arlington,
In preparation, they will evaluate and interview players at nearly
every position during the NFL
scouting combine in Indianapolis
starting Feb. 27.
They are expected to focus
much of their attention on cornerbacks but also are seeking edge
rushers, linebackers, centers and
offensive tackles.
Twitter: @latimesklein
W E D N E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
U.S. women dominate
overmatched Russians
and can set their
sights on Canada.
South Korea
— First, they
got bodies to
the net. Then,
members of
the U.S. women’s hockey
team got shots through to
the net and the rout was on
at Kwandong Hockey Centre.
Forward Jocelyne
Lamoureux-Davidson set
an Olympic record for men
or women by scoring two
goals six seconds apart in a
5-0 victory over the brave
but overmatched Olympic
Athletes From Russia.
“I honestly don’t know if
I’ve scored two goals in one
shift before,” said
Lamoureux-Davidson, who
blew past two defenders
before faking goaltender
Valeria Tarakanova to the
ice and slicing a nasty backhander beyond the hapless
goalie’s reach.
The preliminary-round
victory Tuesday got the
formalities out of the way
and ensured that their final
round-robin game against
Canada on Thursday will
have some significance. The
winner will get the No. 1 seed
in the group and a potentially better matchup in the
semifinals after both get
byes through the quarterfinals.
Not that the U.S. and
Canada, the two dominant
forces in the women’s game
and winners of all five women’s Olympic hockey tournaments, need extra incentive
when they face each other
anywhere, at any time.
Especially after Canada
defeated the U.S. in the last
two Olympic hockey finals
— including an overtime
triumph at Sochi in 2014 —
and guaranteed that the
Carlos Gonzalez Minneapolis Star Tribune
AMANDA KESSEL hits the ice battling against the team of Russian athletes. The Americans, 5-0 winners, face Canada next.
Americans’ gold-medal
drought would last 20 years.
“We want to be the home
team, we want to be No. 1
seed. I think we would prefer
to be the one seed and play
the four seed,” said Monique
Jocelyne’s twin and linemate. “We want to put ourselves in the best position to
have success.
“Those are the games
you really get up for. You
don’t really have to try and
motivate yourself.”
The U.S. and Canada
have 2-0 records. Both have
beaten Finland — the U.S.
by a 3-1 count and Canada
by 4-1 — and both defeated
the team of Russian athletes
by a 5-0 count, Canada
doing that in its opener and
the U.S. matching that
Tuesday with the support of
a 13-save performance by
Nicole Hensley.
The 23-year-old Colorado native pleaded ignorance about a USA Today
report that she might have
had to alter the design of her
goalie mask before the game
to remove its depiction of
the Statue of Liberty on the
left side because the International Olympic Committee considered that image to
be a political symbol, which
it prohibits.
Teammate Alex Rigsby
has a smaller image of the
Statue of Liberty on her
mask and reportedly would
have had to remove that too.
However, the IOC backed off
after a review and Hensley
was allowed to wear the
mask without altering it.
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four votes from a panel of
athletes representing the
Olympic federations, with
luger Erin Hamlin claiming
the other four. The stalemate was broken by a coin
flip, per United States
Olympic Committee rules.
Hamlin won. Davis was
upset and shared his feelings on Twitter, in the process reminding everyone it
was Black History Month.
Davis then skipped the
opening ceremony.
Davis has refused to
address the situation with
American reporters, his
only statement on the
matter delivered to a Dutch
“It happened for the
better,” he said. “I probably
needed the rest anyway.
But, you know, once every
four years, my fifth
Olympics, I thought it
would be really special to
hold the flag. I guess the
USOC and the other people
thought differently.”
Davis refused to revisit
the incident Tuesday night
after finishing 19th in the
1,500. The moment he
stepped into the media mix
zone, a U.S. Speedskating
press officer announced,
“Skating questions only.”
Such requests are rarely
obliged. What they do is
postpone the inevitable,
delaying the question everyone wants to ask until
the subject has provided
enough material for a story.
So the question came.
Davis was told his
tweets were interpreted as
disrespectful toward Hamlin. Did he want to offer any
clarification on that?
“Before we started this
interview, [we said] we
were sticking to skatingonly questions,” Davis said.
“I would like to continue to
focus on skating-only questions.”
Davis had been gifted a
Get Out of Jail Free card.
Instead of accepting it, he
ripped it up and set the
pieces on fire.
Diminishing Hamlin’s
moment of glory was Davis’
John Locher Associated Press
SHANI DAVIS came to the Games as the first black
athlete to win a Winter Olympics individual gold.
only true crime. Address
that and everything would
have changed.
Being upset over not being chosen to carry the
That was understandable.
Him sharing the outrage?
That was fine too. Fans
appreciate transparency
from athletes.
The #BlackHistoryMonth2018 hashtag on his
tweet implying the USOC
blew a chance to showcase
his color-breaking achievements, as well as the increased ethnic diversity of
the current team?
Skipping the opening
No problem. It’s not as if
he was part of a platoon
marching into Baghdad
and suddenly went AWOL.
Plus, it was really cold. I
would know. I was there.
Tarnishing what might
have been the greatest
moment of a fellow athlete’s
Not OK.
Apologize to Hamlin
and the conversation about
the situation would have
changed, perhaps to
whether Davis deserved to
be the flag bearer, which he
Davis should have
understood this. He probably did.
But a mea culpa was out
of the question. The same
competitive instincts that
made Davis a champion
negated any pacification
efforts to giving in. And
champions don’t give in.
They bear down and that’s
what Davis did, rendering
him unable to even make a
simple statement that he
didn’t mean to diminish
Davis will have another
opportunity to reconstruct
the final part of his legacy
next week, when he races
again in the 1,000 meters.
The guess here is that he
won’t take it.
Listening to Davis
closely Tuesday night, it
was evident he was searching for a soft landing, as he
was reflective and thoughtful when answering the
questions he felt comfortable answering.
Comparing the feelings
of these Olympics and the
Sochi Games that were a
disaster for U.S. Speedskating, Davis said, “It’s four
years past. If I could rewind
the clocks of time and be in
this state that I am now
four years ago, it would be a
better situation for me. But
unfortunately, we can’t
rewind the clock, we can’t
unring a bell.”
When he’s retired, he
could be saying something
similar about these Games.
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
Rigsby was her backup
“We’re all good. I’m really
not sure what happened,”
Hensley said. “I’m just focused on playing the
The U.S. women took 50
shots on Tarakanova and
Nadezhda Morozova, who
took over after Gigi Marvin
converted the rebound of a
shot by Amanda Pelkey to
give the U.S. a 4-0 lead at
14:38 of the second period.
The U.S. had taken a 1-0 lead
at 8:02 of the first period,
when defenseman Kacey
Bellamy’s shot got through
a crowd in front of the net,
but couldn’t pad that lead
until Lamoureux-Davidson
broke an Olympic record set
when Carl Goran Oberg
scored two goals for Sweden
eight seconds apart at the
1960 Games in Squaw Valley.
“The most important
thing was getting shots to
the net,” Bellamy said of the
team’s second-period breakthrough. “And I know when
we get shots to the net one
or two are going to go in. And
once that happens, I think it
settles our team down a
little bit and brings us a little
more energy, so it helped.”
Coach Robb Stauber
liked the intense drive and
barrage of shots that he saw
from the second period
onward. “Tonight was a
good step in a sense that the
energy we showed from
start to finish. We had great
energy in the first period. We
did a lot of good things. We
just didn’t deliver the puck
to the net as often as we
could have,” he said. “Once
we corrected that, the energy from start to finish was
just phenomenal.”
He’d like to see that
energy again against Canada — and those shots.
“We know that opponent
very well. We’re just going to
play extremely, extremely
hard and we’re going to try
to duplicate some of the
things we did tonight, that
we did very well,” he said.
“Duplicate the mental
preparation and the mental
focus, and the physical took
care of itself once we flipped
that switch between the first
and second period. We’re
just going to repeat that
because I liked it.”
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staff and wire reports
Mikaela Shiffrin’s debut
at the Pyeongchang Olympics will have to wait at least
another day, as high winds
continued to throw the
Alpine skiing schedule into
The slalom — where
Shiffrin is the heavy favorite
— was postponed Wednesday after four weather-related delays at the Yongpyong Alpine Center.
The event has been rescheduled for Friday.
bummed out when a day like
this happens,” U.S. women’s
Alpine coach Paul Kristofic
said. “But they do happen to
us so we’re quite used to it.”
Temperatures were in
the high 20s Wednesday —
much warmer than previous
days — but winds gusted at
more than 20 mph at the
base of the course.
Kristofic said winds were
throughout the day, creating
problems with visibility,
safety and the fairness of the
Earlier this week, wind
forced the postponement of
the men’s downhill and
women’s giant slalom. Only
the men’s combined event —
won by Austria’s Marcel
Hirscher on Tuesday — has
been contested in the 11-race
Alpine schedule.
The wind is expected to
decrease Thursday, when
the women’s giant slalom,
featuring Shiffrin, and men’s
downhill are scheduled. Friday will also be busy, with
the men’s super-G running
in addition to the women’s
—Nathan Fenno
Biney is out
The tears that welled up
in the eyes of Maame Biney
started to roll down her
“I just have to wait four
more years to be able to get
back to this big stage, so I
can’t wait until those four
years,” she said, brushing
aside a tear on the left side of
her face.
There probably will be no
gold for Biney in her first
Olympics — or medal of any
color. The always-smiling 18year-old short-track speedskater was eliminated from
her signature race in the 500
meters in the quarterfinal
round Tuesday night in
Gangneung Ice Arena, finishing last in her four-woman heat.
Biney’s Olympics aren’t
over. She will race in the 1,500
meters, but she isn’t expected to contend for a medal in that event.
The first African American woman to make a U.S.
team, Biney failed to respond after the opposition
managed to neutralize her
greatest weapon — her
quick start. Biney used an
explosive start to dominate
the U.S. Olympic trials, but
was introduced to a new level of the sport here. Heading
into the first turn, she was
bumped by Sofia Prosvirnova of Russia, and Biney
dropped to the back of the
Prosvirnova won the race
in 43.466 seconds. Biney was
a distant fourth in 44.772 seconds.
“I usually don’t get
bumped in the start,” Biney
said. “It was a big shock to
me. I needed to figure out
how to get my rhythm back,
but I didn’t.”
In the final, Arianna Fontana of Italy claimed the
gold medal, with Yara van
Kerkhof of the Netherlands
getting silver and Kim
Boutin of Canada the
—Dylan Hernandez
A first on ice
Harley Windsor became
the first indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter
Olympics when the pairs
skater joined teammate
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya
for their short program.
Windsor and his Russianborn partner were among
the first pairs on the ice, and
their total of 61.55 points was
just off their season best.
But they finished 18th, not
making the cut of the top 16
for Thursday’s free skate.
—associated press
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SHAUN WHITE CELEBRATES after winning gold in the men’s halfpipe for the third time with a come-from-behind effort. “I had to dig
deep for this one,” White said. “Getting that score at the end was so overwhelming. I was crippled with joy.”
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settle for silver.
gamers, some aren’t,” said
White’s coach, J.J. Thomas,
the 2002 halfpipe bronze
medalist. “He’s a relentless
competitor. That’s what it
takes. He almost needs the
pressure to perform.”
White spent the moments before the final run
blissfully riding loops on the
snowboard cross athletes
practicing on the adjacent
course, not obsessing about
the stakes.
“Anything to distract
from this imminent, pressure-cooker situation,” said
White, who became the 100th
American gold medalist at
the Winter Olympics. “I
don’t know. I sat there,
looked down at the pipe and
kind of said to myself: ‘I
know you got this. It’s what
you’ve done your whole life
and career.’
“I dropped in and let all of
those cares and worries go
away, and truly believed in
myself. I knew I had it in me
to do it. And I did it.”
White tore off his goggles
and screamed when he got
to the bottom of the halfpipe,
then turned expectantly to
the scoreboard and waited.
“An eternity,” White said.
His scores from the international panel of six judges:
99, 98, 98, 98, 96, 97. The high
and low are thrown out, leaving him with an average of
97.75. Hirano was second,
Australia’s Scotty James
third. Americans Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey and Pates
were fourth, sixth and
“Overwhelmed,” White
said. “I was crippled with
After winning gold in 2006
and 2010, White finished
fourth in 2014 at Sochi after
bombing his final run — and
that, as much as anything
else, was responsible for
what happened at Phoenix
Snow Park four years later.
He questioned his purpose,
his fire, his future at age 31 in
a sport of teenagers accelerating its progress at a frightening pace.
The answer came not in
words but tears, hugging his
parents and bawling on their
shoulders as the announcement of his score echoed
across the mountain.
“It means the world to me
to come back to find the love
and passion of the sport
again,” White said. “It was a
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déjà vu situation from Sochi:
Standing there, needing to
land a run to win the
Olympics, and I just couldn’t
get it. I couldn’t do it. I was
defeated before I dropped in,
in my mind.
“I’m so thankful that I got
to stand there again, and
know who I am and know
what I can do, and do that
run. It’s a rarity that you get
these opportunities to redeem yourself in your life
and your career, and I took
advantage of it.”
The 1440 wasn’t something White and Thomas
cooked up at the top of the
pipe here. They’ve been quietly working on it since last
summer, correctly predicting the arc of their rapidly
changing sport, only to be
derailed by a horrific crash
practicing it in New Zealand
last October. White was airlifted to a local hospital and
received 62 stitches in his
face after he slammed it into
the lip of the pipe and tore off
a chunk of his nose.
That was the least of his
problems. After surgery his
lungs began filling with
blood and White spent five
days in intensive care.
And, he freely admits,
nearly quit.
He wouldn’t drop into a
halfpipe again until late November and he wouldn’t
land the fateful 1440 again in
practice until last month. He
and Thomas weren’t sure
they would even try back-toback 1440s here, hoping
White’s big first run would
hold up.
Hirano became the first
person to land back-to-back
1440s at the X Games a few
weeks ago, and did it again
on his second run here.
“In a way, that made it
easier,” Thomas said. “We
knew what we had to do.”
“He’s there to win, he always was,” said Roger White,
his father. “Back when he
was a little kid, we used to go
on vacation and then there’d
a contest and he’d say, ‘Maybe I can do that.’ And he’d
end up doing a contest.
That’s just how he’s always
It also helped that while
taking loops on the chairlift
he missed the second run of
Japan’s 16-year-old Yuto
Totsuka, who landed hard
on the pipe’s edge after soaring nearly 20 feet above it.
Totsuka, the World Cup
points leader this season, lay
on his back at the bottom of
the pipe for several minutes
while medics skied down
and loaded him onto an orange sled. The extent of his
injuries wasn’t immediately
White typically doesn’t
watch the rest of the competition for that reason. Too
easy to get spooked.
crashed,” White said. “I
didn’t really stop to take a
gander. It’s one those things
that happens. You see it happen from time to time, and
you have to kind of shake it
off and know who you are,
know what you’re capable
of and know what your
strengths are.
“I hope he’s OK.”
Zeigler is a reporter for the
San Diego Union-Tribune.
Americans stand 14th
after short program,
far behind leaders Sui
and Han of China.
By Helene Elliott
South Korea — The best
skaters make a short program or short dance feel too
brief, turning it into a tantalizing glimpse of talent confined to a cruelly abbreviated format.
The exquisite precision of
world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China
on Wednesday in the first
phase of the Olympic pairs
competition was a superb
taste of a figure skating
feast, the best dish in an extraordinarily
banquet staged at Gangneung Ice Arena.
Sui and Han’s stunning
performance to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” brought
them a personal-best score
of 82.39 points but couldn’t
distance them from Evgenia
Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of the Olympic Athletes From Russia, who have
81.68 points.
Meagan Duhamel and
Eric Radford of Canada are
third at 76.82, with Aliona
Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany fourth at
76.59. Savchenko, skating in
a record-tying fifth Olympic
pairs event with her third
partner, is still a fiery competitor: While on the ice she
asked Massot if he had
doubled their planned side-
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images
CHINA’S Sui Wenjing, top, and Han Cong turned in a stunning performance to
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” earning a personal-best score of 82.39 points.
by-side triple salchows,
which he had.
Those lost points proved
the difference in keeping
them out of the top three entering Thursday’s free-skate
The American husband
and wife duo of Alexa
Scimeca-Knierim and Chris
Knierim, who contributed to
the U.S. team bronze medal
this week by skating their
short and long programs,
committed a few errors
Wednesday. She touched
her hand down while landing
a throw and he stepped out
of a jump but they were
among the 16 pairs who advanced to the final.
They stand 14th, with
65.55 points. They did better
in the short program during
the team competition but
said fatigue wasn’t to blame
for their errors.
“We knew coming in that
this was going to be a tough
said, clutching the handwritten Valentine her husband gave her in the kissand-cry area.
“We’re not at the point in
our career yet where we’re
aiming to be in the top five or
six. Those teams are a little
bit more advanced for now,
so we just stick to one another and work on what we’re
good at, and that’s enjoying
the process.”
The quality stretched
from top to bottom, including an 11th-ranked performance by North Koreans
Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Jusik. They’re among the few
North Koreans competing in
these Games, and a heavy
police presence was visible
outside the arena. The skaters were greeted by polite
applause from the crowd
and loud support from the
North Korean cheering
squadron that first appeared this week at games
involving the joint North/
South Korean women’s
hockey team.
The pair got a warm reception after they skated to
Jeff Beck’s recording of Paul
McCartney’s “A Day in the
Life” and earned a personalbest score of 69.40 points.
They did not stop to
speak to reporters afterward. However, the Olympic
information system quoted
Kim as saying they were encouraged by the fans’ support and that they’ve had a
good experience here.
“First of all, there have
been no inconveniences
whatsoever to life in the
South area,” he said. “We
could really feel the power
and the energy of the Korean
Knierim applauded the
North Korean pair’s effort.
“It’s really great that they
can come out and skate like
that, especially at the
Olympics,” he said. “We’ve
competed against them a
couple times and the
amount that they’ve grown
is amazing.
“They’ve improved so
much in the last two seasons.”
No Americans have won
an Olympic pairs medal
since Jill Watson and Peter
Oppegard won bronze at
Calgary in 1988.
her husband aren’t going to
break that streak here, but
they believe they’re on their
way to being a top-five team.
“We’ll get there someday,” she said. “This journey
is really between Chris and I.
It’s not about our score and
it’s not about the other
teams being better than us.
It’s deeper than that.
“It’s our joy and love for
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Ildiko Enyedi’s film,
in Oscar contention,
marks a magical
return for the director.
By Jeffrey Fleishman
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
BRITISH POP SINGER Dua Lipa shares her tales of modern romance before a full house at the Hollywood Palladium on Monday.
Hearts for her fans
Dua Lipa delivers to adoring crowd. It’s polished but bloodless.
Dua Lipa has been amply rewarded for a job
well done.
Last year, the British pop singer’s self-titled
debut — a smart, cheeky collection of tunes
about the promises and frustrations of modern
romance — became a smash on streaming services like Spotify and YouTube.
At next week’s Grammy-equivalent Brit
Awards in London, she’s up for five prizes, including album of the year. And Monday night,
the 22-year-old played the second of two soldout concerts at the Hollywood Palladium, part
of a headlining tour before she spends the summer on the international festival circuit.
Cheering from the instant the lights went
down, Lipa’s audience at the Palladium received
her no less enthusiastically than have the listeners who’ve streamed her single “New Rules”
more than 1.5 billion times.
But in this case, the reaction wasn’t earned:
Unlike Lipa’s album, with its sharp writing and
the singer’s low, throaty singing, Monday’s show
had a dull, by-the-numbers quality. Often, you
felt like you could easily have been watching
Bebe Rexha or Hailee Steinfeld or one of the
many other young singers for whom streaming,
and its easy adaptability to social media,
has provided a quick path to stardom.
The disappointing gig was a reminder that
success in one field doesn’t necessarily guarantee success in another — and that the speed
with which an artist can score a viral hit these
days can leave her without the time (or the
inclination) to develop performance skills that
stars from earlier generations honed over years
of practice.
Not that Lipa hasn’t been working hard. Already this month she’s appeared on “Saturday
Night Live” and “Ellen,” and on Twitter she
wrote that she was set to tape a performance
for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday.
(That’s in addition to studio sessions like one
pictured recently on Instagram with Mark Ronson and Diplo.)
And, sure, Lipa’s experience has led to a polished, if bloodless, presentation; here, she
moved with confidence and sang with precision,
never more than in “Genesis,” a throbbing ’80sR&B pastiche, and “Thinking ’Bout You,”
which she did accompanied only by a guitarist.
But at no point was Lipa deepening or
adding to the idea of herself that she presents
so compellingly on her album; the songs stuck
tightly to the recorded arrangements, and between songs she merely asked people if they
were ready to party and [See Dua Lipa, E2]
Changing how we see our presidents
The Obama portraits
buck a few dusty
trends by using bright
colors — and African
American artists.
Video killed the radio
star, but, save for a few
killed presidential portrait
As painting genres go,
was, if only for a few decades,
the only way our head of
state’s visage could be
recorded and interpreted for
posterity. Now, U.S. presidents (and their wives) are
among the most photographed people on the planet, supplanting most traditional reasons for painting a
world leader’s likeness in the
first place.
On Tuesday, his-and-her
painted portraits of Barack
and Michelle Obama, com-
missioned by the Smithsonian Institution, went on public view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,
D.C. They cheerfully buck
the official portrait trend of
instantly forgettable painterly pablum.
His was painted by L.A.born,
Kehinde Wiley, 40; hers was
painted by Baltimore-based
Amy Sherald, 44, who was
born in Columbus, Georgia.
These are not the official
portraits that will some day
hang in the White House but
a separate set — his destined
for the gallery’s permanent
“Hall of Presidents” display,
hers for the museum’s
Like almost everyone,
I’ve seen only the paintings
in reproduction, which isn’t
really good enough for a full
accounting. Reproductions
don’t convey accurate color
or texture, and they erase
the essential dynamism of
scale. (The president’s canvas is 7 feet tall, which suggests a certain larger-thanlife environment in relation
[See Portraits, E4]
Ildiko Enyedi’s inner
voice had wavered. She had
lost herself. After finding
early success, the Hungarian director, a romantic with
a sly streak, had not released
a film in 18 years, a fallow
stretch she once likened to a
laid-off steelworker’s having
nothing to hammer or
“Filmmaking is like a
dance with the world,” she
said. “You have to feel the
world around you, as if a
partner. You can surprise
the partner, but still you
need a synchronicity, and
somehow it felt I didn’t have
it then. Writing scripts,
fighting for financing. Failing. Trying again for financing and failing, and then sitting down again, and writing
a new one.”
She paused.
“My center of gravity had
Enyedi’s “On Body and
Soul,” nominated for an
Academy Award for foreignlanguage film, is the imaginative return of a director
who celebrates our flaws —
“life is richer than perfection” — and our capacity to
heal one another. The film,
which takes place in a
slaughterhouse and a winter
forest, is the tale of two
lovers who meet in a shared
dream they try to carry back
to the waking world. It is at
once magical and sobering,
a meditation on our hushed
whims and desires, and the
[See Enyedi, E6]
to ideal
The best friends in a
new Sundance Now
series share an
engaging rhythm.
“This Close,” which premieres Wednesday over the
premium streaming service
Sundance Now, makes a little bit of history as the first
television series created,
written by and starring deaf
artists. (Each one of those
things may be historic on its
Not surprisingly, the
show, from and featuring
Shoshannah Stern and Josh
Feldman, first called “Fridays,” was born on the web,
the place you go when, because you want something
done, you have to do it yourself. A second version, titled
“The Chances,” was pro[See ‘This Close,’ E8]
Palm Springs
welcomes home
The Aluminaire
House waits for a
fixed spot in the town
desert modernism is
centered on. E3
Mark Wilson Getty Images
THE FLOWERS in this painting of Barack Obama, at the Smithsonian’s
National Portrait Gallery, symbolize locations important to the former president.
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Gold medal wish list
Some of the best
performances of the
Games are happening
behind the scenes.
By Libby Hill
The 2018 Winter Olympics
in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are well underway, and
the United States has already
scored three gold medals as
of Tuesday morning.
But sometimes the most
magical moments take place
far from the competition venues — and some of the greatest performances aren’t even
recognized. Here are just a
few categories that we wish
the Olympics honored with
medals, as well as the individuals worthy of taking home
the gold.
Category: Costumes
Figure skating and ice
dancing always bring a high
level of style to the Games,
but this year, their glamour is
far-outstripped by a pair on
the sidelines.
Tara Lipinski and Johnny
Weir have returned to their
rightful spot ringside to offer
commentary and zingers for
the figure skating events.
And they continue to do so in
jaw-dropping style. The
Olympic medalists bring
sheer spectacle to the booth,
with matching sparkling ensembles that, like their commentary style, never fail to
complement each other.
Category: Hater
Adam Rippon was making
Pyeongchang long before
earning a bronze medal in the
figure skating team event on
In January, Rippon, one of
two openly gay Olympians
competing for the United
States (the other is snowboarder Gus Kenworthy),
was embroiled in a feud with
Vice President Mike Pence.
The skater criticized
Pence for his alleged support
of gay-conversion therapy
and declined an opportunity
to speak with Pence.
And Rippon had some
real talk for his haters too and
Jean Catuffe Getty Images
FIGURE skating commentators Tara Lipinski and
Johnny Weir make a fashionable, zingy pair.
tweeted a missive to them on
“To all those who tweet at
me saying that they ‘hope I
fail,’ I have failed many times
many times in my life. But
learned from every setback,
proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a
glamazon … ready for the
Category: Culinary
Chloe Kim needed only a
single run to earn the gold
medal in the snowboard halfpipe on Monday. Off the snow,
though, she’s been creating
quite a stir on social media
and TV.
Competing at her first
Olympics at 17 years old, Kim
has been living her best
teenage life, tweeting, eating
and, most important, tweeting about eating.
Kim’s food tweets were all
the more charming when you
realized that one of her
tweets mentioning that she
was “hangry” came in the
midst of her Olympic event.
When asked by reporters
why she was tweeting at that
particular moment, Kim
replied, “Like, what else are
you supposed to do?”
Category: Celebrity
It turns out that famous
people are just like the rest of
us, all wrapped up in the glory
and the guts of the Olympic
This year, it’s Reese With-
erspoon who has become the
most prominent celebrity
cheerleader, actively rooting
for American medalists Kim,
Rippon and Mirai Nagasu
on her social-media accounts.
And it quickly became a
mutual-admiration society.
“I watched ‘Home Again’
on the way to the Olympics,
and I know it’s a movie, but I
wished you were my mom,”
Nagasu tweeted to Witherspoon. “You’re my hero.”
“There are so many emotions when I step on the ice,”
Rippon said in an interview.
“I want to represent my country to the best of my abilities.
I want to make Reese Witherspoon proud.”
“Oh @Adaripp, you make
me so proud! Keep making us
all so happy!” Witherspoon
responded in a tweet.
Category: Bob
Costas stand-in
Sure, it’s a little weird not
to have Bob Costas, 65, figuring prominently at the
Olympics. Before stepping
aside this year, the broadcast
veteran had anchored coverage of nearly a dozen
Olympic Games since 1992.
But it hasn’t been as weird
as it could have been. Longtime “Monday Night Football” announcer Mike Tirico
has done an admirable job
taking over for Costas, providing the soothing, slightly
boring commentary that
keeps the main Olympics
broadcast churning along.
Twitter: @midwestspitfire
It Brit girl at Palladium
[Dua Lipa, from E1]
so on.
We didn’t learn anything
about what moved her to
write “New Rules,” in which
she runs down a list of guidelines to avoid falling back in
with an uncaring ex. Nor did
we find out if the same loser
inspired “IDGAF,” about a
guy who tells her he misses
her after hearing her songs.
(That title, by the way, abbreviates an unprintable phrase
promising the kind of reckless attitude missing from
this weirdly robotic concert.)
Throughout the evening,
prerecorded close-ups of
Lipa’s face played on a giant
video screen behind her, and
that was where you had to
look for some emotional
variety — a sorry turn of
events for anyone who’s
thrilled to the illusion of
spontaneity that Madonna
and Janet Jackson still put
across onstage.
Then again, perhaps
Lipa’s fans weren’t counting
on her for that. Rather than
watch the singer, many at
the Palladium sang along
with “New Rules” and “Hotter Than Hell” as they gazed
into their smartphones,
making videos to drop into
the digital content stream
that brought Lipa to their
attention in the first place.
Knowing that was happening, as her age suggests
she almost certainly did,
Lipa had little incentive to
disrupt a highly meme-able
For her, reliability was
rule No. 1.
with ‘13’
A planned second season
of “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix will be unaffected by the
recent allegations of sexual
misconduct against author
Jay Asher.
Netflix said in a statement Tuesday that Asher
was uninvolved in the new
season, which is scheduled
to air this year. The streaming network says the new
season will “not be impacted.”
Asher’s bestseller from
2007 about a suicidal teenager is the basis for the Netflix show. On Monday, the
Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators told
the Associated Press that
Asher was kicked out of the
society because of complaints about harassment.
The Oklahoma Writers’
Federation has already canceled a planned keynote address by Asher at a conference in May. On Tuesday,
Asher’s publisher issued
a statement saying it had
no comment on the allegations.
— associated press
James plotting
‘Party’ remake
Cavaliers star LeBron
James and business partner
Maverick Carter are producing a new version of “House
Party,” the comedy featuring
hip-hop duo Kid ’N Play that
debuted in 1990.
James’ SpringHill Entertainment production company described the project
as a “fresh re-imagining” of
the original.
The new film is being
written by Stephen Glover
and Jamal Olori from the FX
series “Atlanta.”
“It’s an honor when I got
the opportunity to produce
it, reboot the whole movie,”
James said Tuesday.
— associated press
‘LOVE’ returns
to Philadelphia
“LOVE,” the famous 1976
Robert Indiana sculpture,
returned to its namesake
park Tuesday after making a
number of stops in a parade
around Philadelphia before
the reinstallation.
The sculpture was temporarily installed at nearby
City Hall in 2016 while Love
Park was going through a
renovation. It was taken out
of view a year ago for repairs
ahead of the park’s reopening.
The perennial tourist attraction looks a bit different.
It’s been repainted the original colors of red, green and
purple that the artist used.
— associated press
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Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
Kid Pivot and Electric
Company Theatre
Broad Stage, Santa Monica
7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
“Uncle Vanya”
Old Globe, San Diego
Through March 11
“The New Colossus”
Actors’ Gang
Ivy Substation, Culver City
Previews start Thu., opens
Sat.; through March 24
Modernism Week
Various locations,
Palm Springs
Opens 9:30 a.m. Thursday
Through Feb. 25
“Stravinsky Firebird Suite”
Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium,
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
L.A. lineup to
reflect mood
of the nation
By Deborah Vankin
The Hammer Museum
announced the artist lineup
for its “Made in L.A. 2018” on
Tuesday, and the key word
for the museum’s fourth biennial is “responsive.”
The exhibition, which
runs June 3 to Sept. 2, features emerging and underrecognized L.A. area artists
— 32 this year, including one
artist duo — spanning sculpture, painting, textile, video,
performance, assemblage,
photography and installation. There’s no theme, but
curators Anne Ellegood and
Erin Christovale say it will be
hard to ignore the country’s
current mood.
“I think there is a sensibility about this show that
is a response to ... the climate
that we’re living in,” says Ellegood.
“The show is about L.A.
and the artists that live here,
but also about how we create
strength and resilience in
the regional and local structures around us that we create for ourselves and that
are readily available,” Ellegood adds. “Because the national is so chaotic right now,
people are looking to their
immediate surroundings.”
But the local environment, Christovale says, can
also be chaotic, something
many of the artists touch on.
“L.A. is going through a lot of
Christovale says. “The construction around us, the
Metro lines going in, ... a new
crop of people descending
upon L.A. — population
growth — and in the arts
community, too, new gallery
spaces and museums that
have popped up in recent
years. All of that is something people are responding
to in their own work.”
Ellegood and Christovale
made more than 200 studio
visits to find the artists, who
range in age from 28 to 97.
Although the exhibition
won’t be “overtly political,”
the museum said in its announcement, “it is inevitably
informed by the dramatic
shifts in our country since
the 2016 election and how
they impact the contemporary landscape and culture
of California.”
The show’s diverse artists,” said the statement,
“believe in art’s capacity to
engage social discourse.”
Here’s the complete list
of participating artists for
“Made in L.A. 2018”: Carmen
Argote, James Benning,
Diedrick Brackens, Carolina
Caycedo, Neha Choksi,
Beatriz Cortez, Mercedes
Dorame, Celeste DupuySpencer, Aaron Fowler, Nikita Gale, artist pair Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh,
Lauren Halsey, EJ Hill, Naotaka Hiro, John Houck, Luchita
Khoshgozaran, Candice Lin,
Charles Long, Nancy Lupo,
Daniel Joseph Martinez,
MPA, Alison O’Daniel, Eamon Ore-Giron, taisha
paggett, Christina Quarles,
Michael Queenland, Patrick
Staff, Linda Stark, Flora
Wiegmann, Suné Woods,
Rosha Yaghmai.
Michael Schwarting
THE ALUMINAIRE HOUSE on its original site in Long Island, N.Y., in 2002. Now in a container in Palm
Springs, it awaits a rebuild in a city park. A scale model will be on view at Modernism Week headquarters.
Linda Stark
“SELF PORTRAIT With Ray,” 2017, by Linda Stark,
one of 32 artists whose work will be in the biennial.
‘Henry IV’ will
star Tom Hanks
The actor will play
Falstaff in production
at VA campus in L.A.
By Jessica Gelt
Falstaff will get the Tom
Hanks treatment when the
actor stars in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry
IV,” the center has announced.
The cast will also include
actress Rita Wilson, Hanks’
wife. It is scheduled to run
for 24 performances between June 5 and July 1 at
the Japanese garden on the
Veterans Affairs’ West Los
Angeles campus.
Tony Award-winning di-
rector Daniel Sullivan (“The
Heidi Chronicles”) condensed “Henry IV” Parts 1
and 2 to create a production
that features Falstaff in all
his villainous, comic glory,
organizers said.
Hanks and Wilson are no
strangers to the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, having served as hosts
and participants in its Simply Shakespeare readings
for 26 years. Others who
have performed in that series include Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Will Smith
and Anthony Hopkins.
To be notified when tickets go on sale for this production of “Henry IV,” join
the email list at www
Ready to put
down roots
Albert Frey’s model 1931 Aluminaire House
waits for a permanent home site in Palm Springs
By Scarlet Cheng
Modernism Week
Albert Frey may be remembered
as one of the celebrated fathers of
Desert Modernism, but the Swissborn architect’s first American project was actually a model house in New
Soon after Frey arrived from Paris,
where he had worked for Le Corbusier, the firm of A. Lawrence Kocher enlisted Frey to help design a house for
the biennial Allied Arts and Industries/Architectural League of New
York expo in 1931.
Dubbed the Aluminaire House,
the boxy three-story structure was
erected in 10 days with ready-made
materials. Its aluminum-panel exterior and its sleek interiors were a hit
with visitors and critics.
Almost 90 years later — a meandering history that nearly included
demolition — the Aluminaire now sits
in a container in Palm Springs, to be
rebuilt in a city park being designed
by Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
A full-size representation of the
house — scaffolding covered with a
printed scrim — sits on the site this
month for Modernism Week, which
runs Thursday through Feb. 25. A
Film: “Albert Frey: Part 1 — The
Architectural Envoy” is a screening
and reception that runs 5-9 p.m.
Sunday. Camelot Theatres, Palm
Springs. $25-$125
Tour: Raymond Loewy estate tour
and reception runs 3-5 p.m. Feb. 23.
scale model of Aluminaire will be on
view at Modernism headquarters,
part of the campaign to raise the
$475,000 still needed to erect the
house and restore it.
“Much of the interior needs to be
refabricated,” said Frances Campani,
who, along with Michael Schwarting,
has been shepherding the house
through its incarnations for three
decades. Both are architects and academics. Schwarting was responsible
for bringing the house to the Islip
campus of the New York Institute of
Technology in 1988 for use as a teaching tool for students.
“It had been altered over the
years,” Campani said, “and as we took
off the layers that had been added, it
began to look better and better.”
In 2005, the institute decided to
close its Islip branch, and the Aluminaire had to pull up roots again.
In 2014 architectural devotee Mark
Davis invited Schwarting and Campani to talk about the Aluminaire at
Modernism Week. They received such
a resounding welcome that a California branch of the Aluminaire Foundation was established to bring the
house to Palm Springs.
“Frey is so important to Palm
Springs, and most of his work is
here,” said Davis, a foundation board
member. “It’s very rare for one city to
have the entire arc of an architect’s career, from the first building to his
During Modernism Week, several
events will honor Frey, including the
premiere of the documentary “Albert
Frey: Part 1 — The Architectural Envoy” on Sunday. A community update
on the Aluminaire project at the Palm
Springs Art Museum (free, but reservations are no longer available) and a
fundraiser at the estate of the late industrial designer Raymond Loewy
are scheduled for Feb. 23.
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They’re rich with meaning
[Portraits, from E1]
to a viewer.) Paintings also
live or die on surface qualities of reflected light, while
reproductions are today
typically juiced by light projected through the image on
a mobile or desktop digital
Reproductions peel off a
painting’s complex formalism, leaving behind composition and iconography as
the bare bones with which to
read the work as a disembodied image. Wiley and
Sherald had a lot to work
with in that regard. They’re
the first African American
artists to receive such a
commission, and they are
representing the first African Americans to occupy the
White House — which was
built with slave labor.
The dress in Sherald’s
portrait of the former first
lady, whose wardrobe during
her White House tenure was
carefully watched for its
fresh and distinctly contemporary style, was always going to be a lightning rod.
Astutely, the artist made it a
The halter-top dress is by
American designer Michelle
Smith of the label, Milly,
whose clothes have often
been worn by Obama. For
the seated portrait, the
dress forms a voluminous
white mountain, on top of
which Michelle Obama’s exposed arms, shoulders and
elegantly posed head, hair
loose and unfurled, securely
Unsmiling, she looks you
squarely in the eye.
Her skin is depicted in
Sherald’s trademark grayscale — a device reminiscent
of black-and-white photography that the artist has
long used for portraiture.
The aim is to “exclude the
idea of color as race,” she has
said. In the Obama portrait,
color is located most effusively in the sky-blue field in
resides. Obama is at once
Olympian and down to
Color also erupts in the
geometric patterns that
decorate the dress, which
the designer has been quick
to note is not couture. (Forget velvet or brocade; the
material is stretch cotton.)
The black-and-white patterns do recall the famous
quilt designs produced by
American women in the
Alabama hamlet of Gee’s
Bend, as Sherald has also
said. But the repeated pattern of multicolored horizontal bars also evokes the
radical 1920s textiles of German Bauhaus artist, Anni
Albers, like other women
of her day, was kept from
becoming a painter, so she
channeled her extraordinary talents into revolutionizing woven fabrics. Obama
is wrapped in — and lofted
by — imagery created by pioneering women.
Wiley embeds the president, dressed in a casual
Mark Wilson Getty Images
IN THIS PORTRAIT , which was recently unveiled at the Smithsonian’s Na-
tional Portrait Gallery, Michelle Obama is “at once Olympian and down to earth.”
Matt McClain Washington Post
KEHINDE Wiley and Amy Sherald were the first
African Americans to get this kind of commission.
Friday dark suit with an
open-collar white shirt,
within a vertical field of
bright green foliage dotted
with red, gold, orange and
violet flowers. The design
may be simple realism, but it
ricochets between royal
tapestry and homey wallpaper, which the artist has
used in other paintings.
Leaves coil around the
president’s feet, cushioning
the legs of the refined, antique wooden chair on which
he sits. The president leans
loosely crossed on his knees.
Surely the composition
nods to the seated portrait
of Abraham Lincoln by
George P.A. Healy, the most
celebrated (if now little
known) American portraitist of the Civil War era. In
1868, Healy rendered Lincoln’s posthumous portrait
in a history painting, “The
Peacemakers,” showing a
crucial meeting in Richmond, Va., with Generals
Ulysses S. Grant and
William Tecumseh Sherman and Admiral David
Dixon Porter during the
war’s final days. With a
sentimental flourish typical
of its day, the artist added
outside the window framing
Lincoln’s head.
Healy painted more than
one version of the scene,
attesting to the work’s popularity, as well as a separate
Lincoln portrait seated in
the same wooden chair.
Obama installed one of
them, acquired in 1947 for
the White House art collection, in the Oval Office dining room.
Like the first lady in Sherald’s painting, the president
in Wiley’s does not smile, instead offering a penetrating
stare. Obama, the veritable
picture of self-restraint, is a
New Adam in a lush and visually tumultuous modern
Wiley’s work often makes
fun of the overblown pompand-circumstance of European Old Master art. This
painting is certainly vivid
and unusual, but he’s toned
it down from the florid regalia of uniformed pageantry his portraits often
employ. He has identified
the flowers in his landscape
as symbols of places meaningful to the president —
Hawaii (jasmine), Kenya
(African lilies) and Chicago
city’s official flower).
Racists on social media
have been quick to decry the
action” hires, a repulsive if
unsurprising slur in our
reactionary period of white
backlash. Even some mainstream outlets, such as the
Hollywood news and gossip
site the Wrap, have gone for
trolling the artists and
courting dwellers in the altright fever-swamp.
Needless to say, Obama’s
predecessor, George W.
Bush, didn’t suffer the same
assault when he chose
Robert Anderson, a Yale
Connecticut portraitist, for
his nondescript likeness.
(Anderson’s pastel illustrations have appeared in
print advertising for Breck
shampoo.) Kimberly Drew,
social media manager at
New York’s Metropolitan
Museum of Art, aptly noted
mammy) that both Wiley
and Obama have dedicated
their careers to “revising
how the world sees black
people” — a project that certainly riles the insecure.
Out across the land, a
culture war is raging. It’s the
source of the unprecedented
public response to this
Smithsonian commission,
which far surpasses the
unveiling of any presidential
portrait before it. Even in
reproductions it’s easy —
and encouraging — to see
that the Obamas, Wiley and
Sherald have not shied away.
In the White House, the
Obamas were the first of
their kind. At the Smithsonian, the artists are the first of
their kind. And in the annals
of official American portraiture, these paintings are
the first of their kind. They
will not be the last.
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flaws in film
[Enyedi, from E1]
slights and insecurities we
daily endure.
“It has interested me always is to understand the human condition, not connected to one place or moment but to look at ‘What the
hell is this?’ ” said Enyedi,
whose film is streaming on
Netflix. “It’s a burning question for me. Again and again,
I am shocked and humbled
by what people are capable of
in cruelty and in compassion.
We have all this inside us.”
The film centers on Endre
(Geza Morcsanyi), financial
manager of the slaughterhouse, and Maria (Alexandra
Borbely), a quality control inspector. Endre has a withered arm; Maria is mildly
autistic. They pass yet rarely
speak. But in the dream
world of the forest, they are
two deer in love. This subconscious, mystical escapism is
balanced by the scoured,
clinical precision on the abattoir’s killing floors. Amid industrial death and the mundane duties of work life, the
couple’s imperfections and
longings spin like whispers,
reflecting passions and
weaknesses we all carry.
Enyedi, the only female director nominated in the foreign
language category, “was to
show that, even if it’s not perfect — because we are hunting something always perfect
and if it’s not then we throw it
away. But it’s not bad if it’s
not perfect. They continue to
be difficult people. They continue to struggle with a lot,
but they are not anymore
alone and it’s worth a fight to
cherish it.”
Enyedi, 62, is a small woman with a ponytail, darkrimmed glasses and a backpack. The other day she traveled to the Netflix offices on
Sunset Boulevard and found
herself in the “Star Trek”
room, which, given her aesthetic, presented an irony
that amused her. She spoke
in soft, concise sentences, as if
one had stumbled upon the
musings of an intellectual in
an old Budapest café. There
is no pretension about her,
but when a strong idea
strikes, she punches the air
with a petite fist and smiles.
When asked if she was a romantic, she replied: “Oh, yes,
Her debut film, “My Twentieth Century” (1989), won
the Camera d’Or at Cannes.
The tale of twin orphans who
went separate ways — one a
seductress, the other a revolutionary — the movie is a
provocative and humorous
exploration of modern civilization. Other films, including
“Simon, the Magician,” followed, and then Enyedi disappeared from cinema, writing un-produced scripts, raising two children and teaching
at the Film School in Budapest. She eventually signed
on with HBO Europe for the
Hungarian remake of “In
Treatment,” a series about a
therapist and his patients.
“Somehow that healed
me,” said Enyedi, who later
received funding for “On
Body and Soul,” which last
year won the Golden Bear at
the Berlin International Film
The film is a more fablelike take on post-communist
Eastern Europe than the social-realism of other directors, notably Romanians
Cristian Mungiu and Cristi
Puiu. Much of their work is an
unflinching examination of
the failed communist state
and the legacy of corruption
stamped on younger generations.
There is a hint of that in
“On Body and Soul,” but
Enyedi’s playful eye is less
concerned with the grit of political sins and social consequences than with timeless
elements of personal renewal.
“I adore their films,” she
said of her Romanian
counterparts, “but I am more
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
ILDIKO ENYEDI is the only female director to be nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar this year.
Netf lix
“ON BODY AND SOUL” centers on a slaughter-
house manager and a quality control inspector.
distant from the moment in
which we live. My burning
questions are different.”
The pulses and pressures
of life — gadgets, screens and
virtual worlds — have turned
us inward but often not introspective. The clamor of populists and nationalists has not
soothed or reassured, and
many, including Enyedi, are
seeking meaning in things
more analog. The dream sequences in “On Body and
Soul” ring with a crisp purity
— snow, a stream, a foggy
thicket — that echo the naturalist writings of Henry David
“Now just a walk in the
woods becomes treasured,”
she said. “I have children ages
22 and 26. I see in their generation a reevaluation of values. In Budapest there are
cafes and gatherings, where
200 people sit together and
play board games. I see the
signs of a big breakthrough
on life’s priorities. There is
this puppet theater of politics, but fewer and fewer people are listening to it.”
Such sentiments have influenced her art. She has long
been concerned with the philosophies, idiosyncrasies and
the folly of who we are and
how we live, but these days
she is less a filmmaker speak-
ing directly to the audience
than a director intent on letting the seams in her work
“My first film was mosaiclike. I wanted to show as
many colors as possible,” she
said. “But in ‘Body and Soul’
my main purpose was to
make a distillation of many
thoughts and feelings and be
as simple and transparent as
possible and step back as an
auteur and let the film
breathe and connect with the
audience. To put all the work
in it and make it disappear.”
Much credit goes to her
Herbai, who caught a series
of quiet, telling moments, including breadcrumbs being
brushed from a table, that
lasted a few seconds but defined the evolving relationship between Endre (Morcsanyi’s first film-acting role)
and Maria (Borbely won lead
actress at the European Film
Awards for her performance). Herbai, she said,
waited for the light to shift, to
see the scene from a different
vantage point.
“It’s a tiny thing, but the
whole film is full of these tiny
things,” said Enyedi. “He
[Herbai] wasn’t just thinking
in a visual style. He was thinking about the core, the essence of the moment we were
shooting. It is so rare to know
the hidden heart of a scene.”
“On Body and Soul,” like
many foreign-language films,
was relegated to the art
house genre, a description
that suggests it may be too
peculiar and elusive for mass
appeal. Before its Academy
Award nomination, the film
did not have a theatrical
opening in the U.S. Netflix,
which began streaming it this
month, making it available to
millions of subscribers, gave
it a limited run in New York
and Los Angeles, where it is
playing this week in Laemmle’s Monica Film Center.
Enyedi is happy for that but,
with a petite fist striking the
air, insists that small films
from far-away places have
more resonance than theatrical distributors think.
“My film is concrete proof
that a low-key, tender, very
simple film can reach out to
so many audiences. Everywhere I go, from Korea to
Norway, it is working on people directly. It shows that
what distributors say about
what audiences need is simply not true. People are much
more sensitive, patient and
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Gunther Campine Sundance Now
A CHARISMATIC bond distinguishes the best friends (Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman) in “This Close.”
Their chemistry works
[‘This Close,’ from E1]
duced under the aegis of the
youth-oriented entertainment house SuperDeluxe; it
was featured at Sundance in
2017, as part of the festival’s
short form episodic showcase. And a year later, here we
are. It was a long road, but it
was worth it.
Stern and Feldman play
best friends Kate and
Michael. Kate works for a PR
firm; she speaks, read lips
and can hear a little (when
her hearing aids work — we
get an audio impression of
what it’s like when they
don’t). Michael, who doesn’t
speak, is a graphic novelist
with an award-winning book
under his belt.
In the opening episode
they are headed to Seattle together, where Michael is
booked for an in-store appearance. Kate has not told
Michael that she has become
engaged to her boyfriend,
Danny (Zach Gilford), in
part because Michael has re-
cently ended an engagement
with his fiancé, Ryan (Colt
Prattes). But it is also the
case that Michael and Danny
do not much like each other;
indeed, Kate and Michael are
so tight, and Stern and Feldman so connected, that it is
somewhat of a disappointment when the other main
characters enter the picture.
(Meaning no disrespect to
the actors.)
None is at his or her best
when we meet them. (The
title, after all, is a phrase
usually used to indicate failure.) Danny, a poster boy for
male pride and insecurity, is
hiding the fact that he has
lost his job and compensating with acts of extravagance.
Michael is unable to finish so
much as a page of his next
book, and as a consequence
(or a cause) has been drinking too much. Ryan is the person who broke Michel’s heart
and so must earn our trust
(and Michael’s).
The show has a rhythm all
‘This Close’
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When: Any time, starting
Rated: TV-MA (not suitable
for children under 17)
its own, one that is easy to fall
in step with. The long
stretches without spoken
dialogue give “This Close” an
original flavor — it engages
the eye more than the ear —
and when someone does
speak, it’s jarring, like suddenly hearing inelegant
American voices in a French
There are minor flaws.
Some details of Michael’s
comic-world career don’t
ring true; some elements of
Kate’s work plot line feel a little too convenient. More crucial, it’s never clear why Kate
and Danny are together,
even with an episode-long
flashback; we have to take it
on faith that there’s something between them electric
enough to have led to an engagement.
As in most television series, the characters’ circle of
friends consists mainly of
each other, with Kate and
Michael comprising a deaf
community of two. (When
Michael tells Kate, “I’m going
to be with my people,” it’s his
anonymous gay people he
means.) “America’s Next Top
Model” winner Nyle DiMarco, as a renamed version
of himself, is the only other
deaf character with lines; a
party scene late in the series
suggests Kate does, indeed,
have other deaf friends, but
they are all just extras.
That Stern and Feldman
are such charismatic performers, with such good
chemistry, bends us to their
side, so that you have to pay
attention to see the extent to
which they stand in their own
way, that what’s holding
them back isn’t their deafness, however much it may
have shaped them. (And it
shaped them differently.)
Everyone here is guilty of
holding things back, of failing
to communicate, whether
they speak or sign or hear or
Kate: “Please talk to me.”
Danny: “There’s nothing
to talk about.”
There is a kind of farcical
element to this as well, the
sort of things that happen
whenever a language is imperfectly understood — and
this is a bilingual series, certainly — with a new twist on
what it means to speak behind someone’s back.
Directed by Andrew Ahn,
the six 30-minute episodes
are handsomely fashioned.
Excellent on-screen support
comes from Cheryl Hines,
the series’ most expressly
comical character, as Kate’s
imperiously flighty boss, and
a nuanced Marlee Matlin,
who may be tired of being described as the only deaf performer to have won a lead actress Oscar, as Michael’s loving
mother in a Difficult Thanksgiving episode.
Like the characters, the
series looks forward to a time
when their difference is a subject neither for mocking comedy nor social commentary,
as has been true at some time
of every nonwhite, nonstraight group since before
the movies learned to talk.
There is a little bit of commentary here — sometimes
played as comedy — in that
Kate and Danny find themselves at cross-purposes with
an uncomprehending, sometimes patronizing hearing
world. But these are not the
series’ best scenes by far;
most of those take place between Kate and Michael,
whether they are in or out of
joint with one another.
Stern, who has had regular or recurring parts on “Jericho,” “Weeds,” “Threat Matrix” and “Supernatural”
(and has played Helen Keller
on “Drunk History”), is relatively well-known. I could
find no acting credits other
than this for Feldman —
which, given the number of
roles available to nonspeaking deaf actors, or deaf actors
period, is not especially surprising. (“It would have been
harder to sell,” Michael
replies when asked why he
didn’t make the main character deaf.) Both are terrific.
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Natalie Portman (“Annihilation”); Dax Shepard;
7-year-old piano prodigy
Anke Chen. (N) 2 p.m.
Animals With Cameras, A
Nature Miniseries This
documentary miniseries
concludes with footage
from cameras on Chilean
devil rays, brown bears
and special dogs that protect sheep from gray
France. 8 p.m. KOCE and
Grown-ish After a string of
frustrations, Zoey (Yara
Shahidi) lands the fellowship of her dreams at Teen
Vogue, only to make a
painful rookie mistake by
revealing too much about
herself on social media. 8
p.m. Freeform
Alone Together Hoping to
persuade two women to
become her mentors, Esther (Esther Povitsky) invites a lesbian couple from
her building to a dinner
party, but Benji (Benji
Aflalo) takes tries to ensure Esther doesn’t embarrass herself. Amy Landecker guest stars. 8:30
p.m. Freeform
NOVA The new episode
Dunkirk” takes a scientific approach to study the
early World War II military
operation on the French
coast. 9 p.m. KOCE
The Magicians Margo and
Eliot (Summer Bishil,
Hale Appleman) make a
shocking discovery on a
trip, while Quentin (Jason
Ralph) confronts a terrifying foe. 9 p.m. Syfy
Channel Zero: Butcher’s
Block Alice Woods (Olivia
Luccardi) receives an invitation from Joseph and
Hauer, Diana Bentley)
that hints at some sinister
undertones, while Alice’s
sister (Holland Roden)
begins to exhibit bizarre
behavior. Brandon Scott,
Bradley Sawatzky and Krisha Fairchild also star. 10
p.m. Syfy
Relationships Just for
Laughs This new comedy
special features comedians putting amusing
spins on the topics of love,
dating and romance. Kevin James, Whitney Cummings, Mo’Nique, Maria
Bamford, Bill Burr and
Tom Papa are the featured comics. Ivan Decker
hosts. 8 p.m. KTLA
Harry Danny Seo (“Naturally, Danny Seo”); model
Lais Ribeiro; celebrity
stylist Brad Goreski. (N) 2
p.m. KTTV
Eric McCandless Freeform
ZOEY (Yara Shahidi)
finally lands a fellowship
at Teen Vogue in a new
episode of “Grown-ish.”
The Top 14 Greatest Valentine’s Day Movies of All
Time Dean Cain hosts. 9
p.m. KTLA
Titanic (1997) 9 a.m., 1:30, 6
and 10:30 p.m. AMC
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
10:40 a.m. Cinemax
Band Aid (2017) 11:45 a.m.
and 8:25 p.m. Showtime
CBS This Morning Derek
Jeter; skier Gus Kenworthy. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Olympics; eat like
Lindsey Vonn. (N) 7 a.m.
Good Morning America
Lupita Nyong’o (“Black
Panther”); 2018 Westminster Dog Show winner. (N)
7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Nicole Eggert; Kiki Vandeweghe,
NBA; Rob Lowe. (N) 7
a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Matt
Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. (N) 9 a.m.
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Lupita Nyong’o (“Black
Panther”). (N) 9 a.m.
The View Catt Sadler;
Michael B. Jordan. (N) 10
a.m. KABC
Wendy Williams Taye Diggs.
(N) 11 a.m. KTTV
The Talk Josh Hartnett;
Piers Morgan. (N) 1 p.m.
The Dr. Oz Show A journalist tells of quitting her job
for a lying surgeon. (N) 1
p.m. KTTV
The Doctors The opioid epidemic; stars come together for hospitalized
children; anti-bloat tea.
(N) 2 p.m. KCBS
Dr. Phil A woman finds her
dad on Facebook, but says
meeting him turned into
one big disappointment.
(N) 3 p.m. KCBS
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Revisiting Donald Trump’s most memorable early tweets; alternate social media for
threatening war. (N) 11
p.m. Comedy Central
Charles Barkley; Chloe
Bennet; Monica performs.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KABC
2018 Winter Olympics Luge,
Women’s Skeleton (6:30
a.m. NBCSP). Women’s
NBCSP). Women’s Curling, Medal Ceremonies
(10:15 a.m. NBCSP). Luge,
Nordic Combined (Noon
NBC). Women’s curling
(U.S. versus Japan) (2
p.m. CNBC). Hockey
(game of the day replay)
(2 p.m. NBCSP). Figure
Skating (4 p.m. NBCSP).
Figure Skating, Alpine
Skiing, Skeleton, Speed
Skating (5 p.m. NBC).
Men’s hockey (Finland
versus Germany) (7 p.m.
CNBC). Women’s hockey
(U.S. versus Canada) (7:10
p.m. NBCSP). Men’s
Skeleton (9:05 p.m. NBC).
Great Britain) (9:30 p.m.
NBCSP). Women’s hockey
(OAR versus Finland)
(11:30 p.m. USA). Men’s
hockey (Norway versus
NBCSP). Women’s CrossCountry Skiing (2 a.m.
Men’s curling (Canada
versus Norway) (2 a.m.
Thursday, USA). Men’s
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By Frank Stewart
Today’s deal appeared in
the excellent Daily Bulletin
at the ACBL Fall Championships. In a pairs event,
North-South bid and raised
spades. Then East came in
with a pre-balancing double,
and West took out to three
clubs. North pushed on to
three spades, passed out.
West led the nine of
hearts, and East slipped by
winning and returning a
heart, hoping his partner
would ruff. South drew
trumps and threw a diamond on dummy’s fourth
heart, making four for plus
170 — a top score.
East thought he might
have opened one diamond.
He also thought North
should have doubled three
clubs to show a good defen-
sive hand, inviting South to
play for a penalty. East observed that North-South
would be plus 300 against
three clubs doubled.
I doubt that. NorthSouth would win six tricks
on defense only if North led a
heart (not exactly clear).
Even then, if West took the
ace and led a spade, South
would have to win and lead a
trump, ducked (!) by North.
Question: You hold: ♠ 4 3
♥ A 7 5 3 ♦ A Q 6 2 ♣ J 7 6. Your
partner opens one spade,
you respond two diamonds,
he rebids two spades and
you try 2NT. Partner bids
three diamonds. Now what?
Answer: Your partner is
looking for a place to play.
His bid suggests six spades,
diamond tolerance and no
desire to play at game or at
notrump. Bid three spades
or perhaps (if you are vulner-
able) four spades. Partner
may hold A K 10 8 5 2, 2, K 10 5,
Q 3 2.
North dealer
Neither side vulnerable
♠ 10 9 2
♥ Q 10 6 2
♦ 10 8 4
♣ Q 10 5 4 3
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 9
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MIL babysat while drunk
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You’re somehow better than
you thought you could be,
and you can trace your progressto the moment you
took this person’s hand.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): There’s a feeling exchanged in eye contact today that is both too simple
and too complex to explain.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Life works out. Love happens. So you take your
hands off the controls and
enjoy yourself.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
To learn another person is to
love. Give your attention
carefully but nonintrusively.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’ve changed in order to
be the person that another
person needs. What about
the you that you need?
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Love has its own elastic relationship with time. Savor
the moments with loved
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Infatuation comes with odd
distortions of thought and
reality. True love is patient
and kind, never cruel.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Is love made, or is it born? It
feels as though it was always
there, waiting to be discovered.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Often in life you can
keep what works, get rid of
what doesn’t. Love is more of
a package deal. The challenge is not in deciding what
to keep but in accepting it
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You’re becoming more
conscious of how you want to
be loved and creating subtle
and beautiful changes in the
way you choose to love others.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): When it comes to your
love ones, embrace the
chance to give to them. After
all, the chance to prove your
love doesn’t come along ev-
ery day.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): It’s not that you’re fulfilling a role in another person’s
life; it’s that you’re making
something happen for each
other that couldn’t happen
with any other person.
Today’s birthday (Feb.
14): You seize the chance to
use your talents to make
people smile. It won’t take
long for a new sense of prosperity to drop in. Supportive
people are your true wealth.
When life doesn’t go to plan
in March, resist trying to
bend it to your will. Relax
and observe and you’ll soon
be able to turn all factors to
your advantage. Gemini and
Libra adore you. Your lucky
numbers are: 8, 3, 39, 22 and
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
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Dear Amy: My husband
and I are new parents of a 5month-old son. Over a
month ago we left the baby
with my in-laws for a few
hours to have a date night.
When we returned that
night, my mother-in-law,
who was supposed to be the
baby’s primary caretaker for
the evening, was drunk.
I have seen my MIL
drunk countless times, but I
thought she would refrain
from drinking while taking
care of a needy infant.
I was horrified, as was my
husband. Unfortunately, my
husband does not want to
make any “waves” with his
mother and will not discuss
it with her.
Now, they keep asking to
watch the baby again. I’m
running out of excuses for
why we don’t want to leave
him with them.
My husband wants to
give them another chance,
and even suggested an
overnight visit! The idea of
something happening due
to their actions is causing
me a tremendous amount of
Any suggestions on how
to address this tactfully?
Sober Sally
Dear Sober: In my opinion, your baby is too young
for an overnight visit (except
in an emergency) with any-
one other than his parents.
Given your (valid) concerns, you should not leave
this to your husband to handle. He is already telling you
that he can’t/won’t confront
his mother, or even ask her
about this.
Your son cannot take
care of or advocate for himself. You are his mother. It is
time to step up and be his advocate in this, and every,
way. If you feel the child’s
grandfather is incapable of
being completely sober and
responsible (to compensate
for your mother-in-law’s
drinking), then, yes, you
should speak with your
mother-in-law directly and
respectfully about this.
You should say to her, “I
need to be honest about my
concerns with you babysitting. When we left him
with you before and returned to pick him up, I noticed that you had been
drinking. This makes me
very nervous. Are you willing
not to drink while the baby is
with you?”
Don’t state this with
judgment. You are speaking
to her as an adult and simply
asking if she would be willing
to comply in order to minimize any risk. Given the circumstances, it is a perfectly
reasonable thing to ask.
Dear Amy: I am a woman
in my mid-60s. I was sexually
abused by an older brother
from the ages of about 8 to 11,
although it may have occurred when I was much
younger, also. I’ve pushed it
to the back of my mind all
these years; never told anyone except my gynecologist
and a therapist a while ago.
Despite this, I was able to
maintain a reasonable relationship with this brother.
Now he is quite sick, and
my two younger brothers expect me to join them in taking care of him. Quite simply,
I resent being guilted into
doing this.
He has three grown children who live fairly close by,
but apparently, they all
think I should step up to the
plate alongside them.
How can I handle this?
Heartless Sister
Dear Sister: Your siblings
may lead you to the proverbial guilt buffet, but you are
responsible for your own
choice. Don’t partake.
Here’s how you respond:
“I know that you want me to
do this, but I’m just not able
to.” Don’t say anything
more, unless you want to.
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