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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
Nuclear
risk was
in the
air amid
cleanup
Seoul
hopeful
about
Kim’s
terms
Why was plutonium
dust left to blow
for miles across a
Washington plateau?
South Korea says the
North might consider
denuclearization even
if American troops
stay on the peninsula.
By Ralph Vartabedian
RICHLAND, Wash. — As
crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant
during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium
were swept up in high gusts
and blown miles across a
desert plateau above the Columbia River.
The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown
amounts of plutonium dust
into
the
environment,
coated private automobiles
with the toxic heavy metal
and dispensed lifetime internal radioactive doses to 42
workers.
The
contamination
events went on for nearly 12
months, getting progressively worse before the project was halted in mid-December. Now, state health
and environmental regulators, Department of Energy
officials and federal safety
investigators are trying to
figure out what went wrong
and who is responsible.
The events at the Hanford Site, near the Tri-Cities
area of Richland, Pasco and
Kennewick, vividly demonstrate the consequences
when a radioactive cleanup
project spirals out of control.
The mess has dealt the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons environmental
management program yet
another setback, following
more than a decade of engineering
miscalculations
across the nation.
[See Hanford, A10]
By Matt Stiles
and Barbara Demick
Photographs by Jeff Chiu Associated Press
MICHAEL LEONOR uses marijuana in the smoking lounge at Barbary Coast Collective in San Francisco.
Amsterdam-style pot
lounges become a draw
West Hollywood among the cities high on the idea
By Sarah Parvini
West Hollywood likes to
party.
For decades, it has embraced its gay and lesbian
bars and the rock ’n’ roll debauchery of the Sunset
Strip. It runs a free nightlife
trolley called the PickUp,
with a jar of free condoms by
the door.
Now, it’s embracing a different type of social scene:
pot lounges.
The city is poised to allow
lounges where people can
consume the once-taboo
product in a social setting.
West Hollywood will join San
Francisco, Oakland and
BARBARY COAST hosts a smoking section in
its lounge and operates a dispensary. San Francisco plans to issue more permits for pot lounges.
ROAD TRIP: California’s
South Lake Tahoe, which
this year became some of the
first cities in California to
open
the
consumption
lounges modeled after those
in Amsterdam. Communities in the Coachella Valley
are also joining the ranks.
Since California voters legalized cannabis in 2016,
some cities have embraced
marijuana
dispensaries,
while others have actively
fought against pot sales. The
state is home to the largest
legal pot market in the country, and proponents see
lounges as the next step in
embracing cannabis sales
and creating avenues for
safe use.
[See Lounges, A8]
great experiment with legalized marijuana lurches forward. CALIFORNIA, B1
New plan limits
industrial use
of San Gabriels
Forest Service will
ban new energy and
mining development,
and some camping, in
national monument.
By Louis Sahagun
New oil, gas and mineral
exploration
and
development will be barred in the
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument under a
long-awaited management
plan, released Thursday,
governing the largest wilderness in Los Angeles County.
The U.S. Forest Service
plan prioritizes environmental protection over
economic development and,
in some cases, recreational
access — limiting overnight
camping
along
certain
popular rivers and streams
because of its ecological toll.
The plan comes four
years
after
President
Obama established the
monument and amid a push
by the Trump administration to increase industrial
use of public lands and waters nationwide.
Jeffrey Vail, supervisor of
the monument and the Angeles National Forest, said in
an interview Thursday that
strong local support shaped
the new policies. “The credit
really belongs to the people
of of Los Angeles and interest groups,” he said, “that
have given so much time and
effort to protect these
unique and significant wildlands.”
“Beyond that, there just
aren’t any significant oil,
gas, mineral or timber aspects to this monument,” he
said.
Released two months behind schedule, the document is scant on specifics for
[See Mountains, A9]
Doctor avoids
criminal charges
in Prince’s death
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
SUNSET PARK in Brooklyn, N.Y., still has a diverse population, but it has begun
to be reshaped by the forces of rising property values and well-to-do newcomers.
Gentrification finds its
way to immigrant enclave
New York’s Sunset Park faces a new kind of change
By Nina Agrawal
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
PEOPLE relax in the shade under a bridge in the San
Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2015.
SEOUL — South Korea’s
president on Thursday expressed fresh optimism
about a resolution to the nation’s decades-long conflict
with North Korea, saying the
North might be willing to denuclearize even if the U.S.
keeps its troops on the Korean peninsula.
President Moon Jae-in,
who came to office last year
seeking to renew dialogue
with North Korea, said
leader Kim Jong Un appears
serious about denuclearization.
Moon also said the North,
which sparked worldwide
alarm with its repeated ballistic missile tests last year,
might be willing to accept
“complete
denuclearization” without conditions
that would upset the United
States.
U.S. troops have remained in South Korea since
an armistice ended the
fighting in the Korean War in
1953, and North Korea’s oftrepeated demands that they
withdraw long have been
seen as a deal breaker in negotiations. There are about
28,000 U.S. troops in South
Korea.
“The North Koreans did
not present any conditions
that the United States could
not accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops
in South Korea,” Moon told a
group of news executives in
Seoul. North Korea “is only
asking for an end to a hostile
policy toward North Korea
and for a security guarantee.”
North Korean officials
did not immediately respond to Moon’s comments.
The South Korean president’s statements come a
week before his planned
summit with Kim, which
would be only the third toplevel meeting between the
two nations since 1953.
The pair plan to meet
April 27 on the South Korean
side of Panmunjom, a diplo[See Koreas, A4]
NEW YORK — Down at
the water’s edge in southwestern Brooklyn, in a refurbished industrial building,
lines spilled out the doorways of eateries peddling $7
avocado toast and $12 pulled
pork sandwiches.
At the far end of the
building, in a room teeming
with children, parents wearing baby carriers sipped
wine and beer next to floorto-ceiling windows offering
views of the Freedom Tower.
A band played bossa nova
music and Bob Marley covers.
This is the new face of In-
dustry City, a complex of former manufacturing buildings in the Sunset Park
neighborhood. Named after
a hilltop park that looks out
to the Statue of Liberty, the
neighborhood has since the
1800s attracted immigrants
with steady blue-collar work
on its waterfront and easy
access to Manhattan.
Today it remains home to
a diverse group, divided
loosely into two sections.
Along 5th Avenue to the
west, bakeries famed for
their pastel de elote, taquerias and money transfer
businesses cater predominantly to a Dominican,
Puerto Rican and Mexican
population. Along 8th Ave-
nue to the east, shelves
stacked with pork and redbean buns, hot pot restaurants and banks populate
Brooklyn’s first Chinatown.
But in the last several
years Sunset Park, like many
immigrant neighborhoods
across New York City, has
begun to be reshaped by the
forces of rising property values and a growing educated,
middleto
upper-class
population. The redeveloped buildings along the
waterfront and the people
they attract are the face of
that change.
“Industry City is the classic iconic symbol of gentrification arriving in the neigh[See Sunset Park, A8]
The superstar thought
he was taking Vicodin,
but he overdosed from
fentanyl, officials say.
A doctor accused of
illegally prescribing
another painkiller to
the singer has agreed
to a $30,000 civil settlement. NATION, A6
Lance Armstrong
settles with U.S.
The cyclist will pay
$5 million to the Postal
Service, his team’s
sponsor, to end a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages after
he confessed to using
performance-enhancing drugs. NATION, A11
Garcetti’s plan:
Fix the streets
The mayor’s proposed
budget calls for rebuilding Los Angeles’
most damaged roads
and sidewalks.
CALIFORNIA, B1
Weather
Sunny, warmer.
L.A. Basin: 73/54. B6
Printed with soy inks on
partially recycled paper.
A2
FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
BACK STORY
Melina Mara Washington Post
SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-Ariz.), who endured torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has not said whether
he will oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, who ran a “black site,” or secret prison, in Thailand in 2002.
McCain vs. CIA nominee?
Opponents of torture hope the ex-POW will help block Gina Haspel
By Chris Megerian
WASHINGTON — Activists seeking to derail
President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead
the CIA are looking to Sen.
John McCain to cast the
deciding vote against her —
assuming he is well enough
to return to Washington.
The 81-year-old Republican was diagnosed with
brain cancer in July and last
cast a vote in the Senate on
early December before he
returned home to Arizona
for treatment. He underwent surgery in Phoenix for
an intestinal infection on
April 15.
Haspel’s critics are
counting on McCain to
speak out against her nomination, even if he can’t cast a
vote on the Senate floor,
cementing his legacy as the
country’s most prominent
critic of torture as he faces
the twilight of his career.
“Sen. McCain is essential,” said Matt
Hawthorne, policy director
for the National Religious
Campaign Against Torture.
“He has more moral leadership on the issue of torture
than anyone.”
McCain was tortured as
a prisoner of war during the
Vietnam War, and he helped
lead denunciations of the
CIA’s harsh interrogations
of terrorism suspects in a
secret network of overseas
prisons after the 2001 Al
Qaeda attacks on New York
and the Pentagon.
Haspel ran one of the
so-called black sites, in
Thailand in 2002, and in
2005 she helped authorize
the shredding of videotapes
made of waterboarding and
other abusive treatment of
detainees at the facility.
Haspel has won wide
respect in the intelligence
community for her other
work at the CIA, serving
overseas and undercover for
most of her 33 years in the
agency. She is now deputy
director.
The Obama administration decided not to prosecute anyone for the CIA’s
harsh interrogation program, and Haspel’s supporters note that at least
some members of Congress
gave their blessings to it.
“It is truly the height of
political hypocrisy for Congress to raise objections to
someone who participated
in a program that they were
briefed on and they approved,” said Hank Crumpton, a former CIA officer.
More than 50 former
intelligence officials and
lawmakers sent a letter
supporting Haspel to the
leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The
committee has scheduled
Haspel’s confirmation
hearing for May 9.
“She is a true intelligence
professional who brings
care, integrity and a commitment to the rule of law to
her work every day,” the
letter said. Among the signatories were former CIA
Directors John Brennan,
Leon E. Panetta, Michael
Hayden and George Tenet,
as well as Michael Morell,
CIA
SEVERAL former CIA
directors have come to
Gina Haspel’s defense.
‘Sen. McCain
is essential. He
has more moral
leadership on the
issue of torture
than anyone.’
— Matt Hawthorne,
policy director,
National Religious Campaign
Against Torture
who served twice as acting
director.
McCain, who is serving
his sixth term in the Senate,
has expressed skepticism of
Haspel but hasn’t said
whether he will oppose her
nomination. His office says
he remains engaged in his
work in the Senate, where
he heads the Armed Services Committee, during his
illness.
A Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, McCain was shot
down over Hanoi in 1967 and
imprisoned for 5 1⁄2 years. As
the son of the Navy admiral
who commanded U.S. forces
in the Pacific, McCain was
offered early release, but he
refused to jump the line
ahead of POWs who were
captured years earlier. He
was beaten and held in
solitary confinement, exacerbating injuries he suffered
when he ejected from his
fighter jet.
McCain’s relations with
Trump have been strained
since 2015 when Trump —
who received multiple draft
deferments during the war
— appeared to mock McCain’s sacrifice.
“He’s not a war hero,”
Trump said at a Republican
Party candidates’ forum in
Iowa. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like
people who weren’t captured.”
Last July, McCain’s cast
the decisive and dramatic
no vote that blocked Republican attempts to repeal
parts of Obamacare, which
Trump had called a priority.
McCain might relish a
chance to torpedo Trump’s
CIA nominee as well.
Haspel was working at
the CIA’s Counterterrorism
Center in 2001 when the
agency approved what it
called “enhanced interrogation techniques” for terrorism suspects it had captured overseas.
During the next five
years, some were subjected
to mock drowning, forced to
go without sleep, slammed
against walls, given rectal
feeding and confined in
coffin-size boxes.
Haspel reportedly ran
the CIA prison in Thailand
when Abd al Rahim al
Nashiri was waterboarded.
The Saudi was accused of
helping to mastermind the
suicide bombing of the Cole,
a U.S. warship at anchor in
Yemen, that killed 17 American sailors in 2000.
Nashiri ultimately was
taken to the U.S. military
prison at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. His long-delayed trial
before a military commission there finally was set to
start this year but was suspended again last month
after his civilian lawyers quit
over fears the government
had been spying on them.
According to his military
lawyer, Lt. Alaric Piette, a
Boston University medical
professor who examined
Nashiri said “he’s the most
traumatized torture victim
she’s ever seen, and she’s
treated and observed hundreds, including those
who’ve been tortured by
brutal regimes and warlords.”
Piette, a former Navy
SEAL, described Nashiri’s
treatment as “disgusting.”
He added, “That was a time
when we needed professionalism and leadership, and
we got torture instead.”
Haspel’s role in the episode remains classified,
frustrating advocacy groups
concerned about the nomination. It’s not publicly
known whether she ordered
waterboarding and other
harsh tactics, or opposed
them.
“It’s not an easy process.
She’s been undercover for so
long,” said Raha Wala, a
lawyer at Human Rights
First.
Memoirs by former CIA
officials have described
Haspel’s role in the CIA
shredding of the interrogation videos. Haspel advocated destroying the tapes
and drafted the cable directing CIA officers in Thailand to do so. Her boss, Jose
Rodriguez, then the director of clandestine operations, gave the order.
The CIA has promised to
disclose more about
Haspel’s background for her
confirmation hearing.
“Through the confirmation process, the American
public will get to know Ms.
Haspel for the first time,”
said Jonathan Liu, an
agency spokesman. “When
they do, we are confident
America will be proud to
have her as the next CIA
director.”
Even before the full
scope of the CIA interrogation program was revealed,
McCain was a regular critic.
“We can’t torture or treat
inhumanely suspected
terrorists we have captured,” McCain said during
his failed presidential campaign in 2008, when he was
the Republican nominee.
Last November, McCain
nearly killed Trump’s nomination of Stephen Bradbury
for general counsel of the
Transportation Department. During the Bush
administration, Bradbury
had helped prepare secret
Justice Department memos
approving the use of waterboarding and other harsh
interrogation tactics.
Sen. Joe Manchin III
(D-W.Va.) planned to vote
for Bradbury but didn’t
after McCain phoned him.
Manchin later told Politico
that he opposed Bradbury
“because of John’s service to
our country, my respect and
admiration for John.”
In the end, Bradbury was
confirmed by a 50-47 vote.
But the Senate math isn’t as
favorable for Haspel.
The Republican majority
has slipped to 51 to 49, and
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.),
another vocal critic of torture, already has pledged to
vote no. If he is the only
Republican defection,
Haspel can squeak through.
But if McCain opposes
her as well, her nomination
could be doomed because
his stance would increase
chances that all Democrats
will oppose her. Senate
Minority Leader Charles E.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) has not
directed his caucus to vote
one way or another.
McCain’s office declined
to answer questions involving his thoughts on Haspel’s
nomination.
The senator has receded
from public view during his
cancer treatment. His latest
memoir, “The Restless
Wave,” is scheduled for
release on May 22, but he
has skipped recent events in
his honor in Arizona.
McCain isn’t the only
senator to watch. The other
is Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), who spearheaded
a scathing 6,000-page report
on abuses in the CIA interrogation program when she
headed the Senate Intelligence Committee. A heavily
redacted version was released to the public in December 2014.
“If both of them weigh in
against Gina Haspel, I think
it’s over” for the nomination,
said Christopher Anders of
the American Civil Liberties
Union.
McCain and Feinstein
worked together in 2015 to
pass legislation banning
torture, reinforcing an earlier executive order from
President Obama.
Feinstein has not said
how she will vote on
Haspel’s nomination.
“I’m very wary of ” confirming as CIA director
“someone so heavily involved in the torture program,” she said in a recent
statement.
Trump nominated
Haspel to replace Mike
Pompeo, who has headed
the CIA since early last year
and made a secret trip to
North Korea over Easter
weekend this year to help
arrange a proposed summit
between Trump and that
country’s ruler, Kim Jong
Un. Trump has nominated
Pompeo to be secretary of
State.
chris.megerian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @chrismegerian
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L AT I M E S . C O M
A3
THE WORLD
In Cuba, a
new leader
takes over
from Castro
Miguel Diaz-Canel
pledges to ‘defend the
revolution’ against
any capitalist leanings.
By Patrick J.
McDonnell
HAVANA — Cuban lawmakers on Thursday transferred power to new President Miguel Diaz-Canel,
marking a major generational shift on the island nation ruled for almost 60 years
by the late Fidel Castro and
his brother Raul.
Diaz-Canel, 57, a longtime stalwart of the ruling
Communist Party, was
heartily endorsed for the
role by outgoing President
Raul Castro, who has led the
country since his brother relinquished the top post 10
years ago.
Fidel Castro died at age
90 in 2016, but the succession
of his sibling ensured that
the ideals of the storied comandante would remain paramount.
In a speech before the National Assembly, Diaz-Canel
vowed to maintain “continuity to the Cuban Revolution,” a theme that state media have repeatedly emphasized in recent days as the
turnover in power approached.
Few Cubans and outside
experts expect a major
transformation in governance under the leadership of
Diaz-Canel, a relatively lowkey party functionary who
lacks the revolutionary pedigree of the Castro brothers.
The new president is widely
described as a hardworking
bureaucrat unlikely to veer
from the principles of the
Castros’ rule.
But the transition from
the Castro era has major
symbolic significance in
Cuba, which has been ruled
by one of the two brothers
since the 1959 revolution
that ousted the government
of U.S.-backed strongman
Fulgencio Batista.
Many Cubans have said
they hope that a new generation of leaders would be
more attentive to the needs
of the nation’s technologically savvy youths, who
often express frustration
with ruling-party orthodoxy
and a lack of economic opportunities.
The new president hailed
his 86-year-old predecessor
and patron, who is to remain
for at least three years as
head of the Communist
Party, a crucial position that
will keep a Castro seated at
the core of of the island’s
leadership.
Diaz-Canel was the sole
candidate nominated for the
presidency by the more than
600-member National Assembly.
The new leader faces
enormous challenges as his
five-year term begins. Cuba
is mired in an economic
slump amid worsening relations with longtime adversary Washington since the
advent of the Trump administration.
In his comments, DiazCanel proclaimed that Ha-
vana would not back down in
the face of what he labeled
“the threats from the powerful imperialist neighbor,” an
allusion to the United
States.
“Here there is no room for
a transition that ignores or
destroys the legacy of so
many years of struggle,” he
said. “We will always be disposed to have dialogue and
cooperation … under terms
of respect and equal treatment.”
Diaz-Canel said: “There
will be no space for those
who aspire for a restoration
of capitalism.… [We] will defend the revolution.”
A robust and often animated Castro, in a rambling,
90-minute speech, assailed
an “aggressive” and “threatening” tone from Washington under Trump.
The Trump administration has imposed new restrictions on U.S.-Cuba
commercial and tourism ties
that had been liberalized
under President Obama.
The Obama White House reached a groundbreaking accord with Cuba to renew diplomatic relations between
the two Cold War rivals.
The diplomatic opening
from Obama raised expectations of an eventual full normalization of relations that
could result in an end to the
almost 60-year U.S. embargo
on most U.S. commerce with
Cuba. But Trump’s rollback
of the Obama detente has
dashed those prospects.
During his 10-year rule,
Raul Castro embarked on an
aggressive campaign of market reforms of Cuba’s command economy, expanding
private ownership, facilitating investment from the
country’s large diaspora
community and allowing
Cubans greater freedom to
travel abroad.
But the Cuban economy
has stagnated lately and the
government has curtailed
approvals for new private
enterprises in the hospitality sector and other industries.
State
Department
spokeswoman
Heather
Nauert referred to the transfer of power from Castro to
Diaz-Canel as undemocratic.
“We are disappointed
that the Cuban government
opted to silence independent voices and maintain its
repressive monopoly on
power rather than allow its
people a meaningful choice
through free, fair and competitive elections,” Nauert
said. “Cuba’s new president
should take concrete steps
to improve the lives of the
Cuban people, to respect human rights, and to cease repression and allow greater
political and economic freedoms. We urge the new president to listen and respond to
Cuban citizens’ demands for
a more prosperous, free and
democratic Cuba.”
patrick.mcdonnell
@latimes.com
Twitter: @PmcdonnellLAT
Cecilia Sanchez of The
Times’ Mexico City bureau
and Times staff writer Tracy
Wilkinson in Washington
contributed to this report.
Adalberto Roque Pool Photo
CUBAN PRESIDENT Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, with
his predecessor and patron, Raul Castro. The new
leader was heartily endorsed for the role by Castro.
Amr Nabil Associated Press
MOVIEGOERS await the opening of the AMC Cinema in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The return of movie houses to
the conservative kingdom is part of a broad modernization drive by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
First Saudi cinema in
ages opens with a roar
‘Black Panther’ helps usher in a new era for moviegoers and investors
By Alexandra Zavis
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
— Cinema lovers in this
desert kingdom have long
had to travel to Bahrain, the
United Arab Emirates and
beyond to enjoy a night at
the movies.
That changed Wednesday when the country’s first
new movie theater in more
than 30 years, an AMC Cinema, threw open its doors for
a gala screening of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black
Panther.”
A VIP audience of government officials, movie industry insiders and at least one
princess posed for selfies on
a red carpet, collected their
popcorn and took their seats
in front of a 40-foot screen.
“Welcome to the AMC
Cinema Riyadh,” the company’s chief executive, Adam Aron, said to hoots and
applause. “This is a historic
day for AMC. This is a historic day for your country.”
The return of cinemas to
one of the world’s most conservative Islamic nations is
part of a broad modernization drive by the kingdom’s
32-year-old crown prince,
Mohammed bin Salman,
who aims to wean the economy from its dependence on
oil production and ease the
stifling social strictures imposed on a mostly youthful
population of about 32 million.
By developing the country’s nascent entertainment
industry, authorities hope to
create job opportunities and
make life more enjoyable.
Wednesday’s opening was
one of the most anticipated
events on a calendar that
now includes concerts by
American rapper Nelly and
Greek-born pianist and
composer Yanni, food truck
and comic con festivals,
dance performances and
monster truck rallies.
Movie theaters have been
barred in Saudi Arabia since
the early 1980s, when the
kingdom began enforcing an
austere version of Islam that
frowns on most forms of entertainment and believes
any mixing between unrelated men and women will
corrupt public morals.
The only public cinema in
operation was an Imax theater at a science center that
shows educational films.
But that hasn’t prevented
Saudis from watching films
on the internet, satellite television or DVDs. Some have
built lavish home theaters,
complete with popcorn
machines and cinema-style
seating. And many travel to
theaters in nearby countries.
The Saudi authorities
would prefer that they spend
that money at home. They
lifted the cinema ban in December and aim to have
about 2,000 screens built
by 2030, which they project
will create more than 30,000
jobs.
International
cinema
Amr Nabil Associated Press
A CAR similar to one used in “Black Panther” is dis-
played at the cinema. Saudi authorities are hoping for
2,000 new screens and 30,000 related jobs by 2030.
owners and studios have
been clamoring to get in on a
market that industry experts say could generate $1
billion a year in box-office receipts.
“The pent-up demand for
going to cinemas I think will
be beyond our imagination,”
Aron said in an interview
last week.
The company, which is
based in Leawood, Kan., and
is the world’s largest cinema
operator, was awarded the
first license to run movie
theaters in the kingdom two
weeks ago. It plans to have
up to 40 theaters in 15 Saudi
cities within five years, and
up to 100 theaters in 25 cities
by 2030.
Aron said the biggest
challenge was how quickly
the Saudis wanted the first
cinema to open.
Rather than attempt to
build a theater from scratch,
AMC converted a vacant
concert hall in a partially
built financial district of the
capital that was under the
control of its partner, Saudi
Arabia’s main sovereign
wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund. Leather reclining seats were dispatched by air freight from
the United States. The first
laser projector arrived at
the theater last week. Speakers were installed on Monday.
Members of the public
will be able to purchase tickets online to watch movies
there beginning Friday.
(Ticket prices will be similar
to those in major U.S. markets such as Los Angeles and
New York.) Three more
screens will be added over
the summer, along with
seating and sound upgrades.
But officials don’t expect
theaters to begin proliferating across the nation until
next year.
“It takes about eight to 12
months either to build
something from scratch or
to refit a certain location
within a mall, so it’s going to
take some time before we see
the rollout of cinemas everywhere,” said Redha Haidar,
president of Saudi Arabia’s
General Commission for Audiovisual Media, the regulatory body for the movie industry.
AMC has already scouted
out dozens of potential locations, including in shopping
malls that had theaters built
into their plans in anticipation of the lifting of the ban.
But Aron said even if there
might already be the shell of
a theater waiting to be filled
out, in most cases it is designed only for two to four
screens.
“We think the sweet spot
is eight- to 12-screen multiplexes,” he said. “So while it’s
a good head start that some
of those shells are there, we
think for them to be optimized commercially, those
are going to have to be expanded to a much larger
footprint.”
In other cases, mall owners will need to relocate tenants or expand their premises.
Saudi authorities plan to
issue more licenses to operate cinemas in the coming
weeks. Among the companies vying for a foothold in
the country are the Boca Raton, Fla.-based IPic —
known for its luxury dine-in
cinemas — which hopes to
build as many as 30 theaters
over the next 10 years, and
the Canadian big-screen
company Imax, which aims
to operate up to 20 theaters
within three years.
There have been complaints from local companies that say they are being
denied a chance to compete
for a license.
Saudi officials say they
are looking for movie exhibitors that have been in the
business at least 10 years, operate at least 100 screens and
have the financial means to
bring cinemas to communities across the country —
conditions that no local
company can meet, said Shihab Jamjoom, patriarch of a
family that operated nine
screens in the Red Sea port
city of Jidda during the 1960s
and 1970s.
When the country’s religious authorities started
cracking down on movie theaters, the Jamjooms switched to distributing videos and
later DVDs. Jamjoom’s late
cousin, Fouad, was jailed repeatedly for smuggling the
latest Hollywood movies
into the country, even
though he had paid for the
rights to distribute them in
Saudi Arabia.
The family has since expanded into film production
and dubbing, but is keen to
get back into the business of
running cinemas.
“They should give a
chance to the locals to be
part of this industry,”
Jamjoom said, “especially
those who suffered in the
past.”
For the government,
however, the priority is to get
the industry off on a strong
footing.
“We’re getting into this
market quite late … so we’re
very keen on having the best
know-how,” Haidar said.
But he said that the conditions for a license aren’t set
in stone and that there could
be opportunities for smaller
operators to get into the
market later.
Cinema operators have
also raised questions about
the seating arrangements at
theaters and the level of censorship that will be imposed
on the films shown.
Restaurants have separate sections for families and
men dining alone. No such
requirements were imposed
on the first movie theater in
Riyadh, although there
could be separate screen
times for families and bachelors.
Officials say the restrictions on content will be similar to those in other Persian
Gulf nations. Sex and nudity
will almost certainly be out,
along with anything critical
of the monarchy.
One of the reasons “Black
Panther” was selected for
opening night was that it
contains very little objectionable content, Haidar
said. Less than a minute was
cut from the film.
Aron also hinted at another possible reason. “It is
the story of a young prince
who transforms a great nation,” he told the audience
Wednesday. “That might
sound familiar to some of
you.”
Audience members were
thrilled with the choice.
“We want to be part of a
new, more technologically
advanced country” — just
like the people in the fictional African nation of
Wakanda, said Sara Mohammed, a human resources specialist.
She was already making
plans for a girls’ night out to
the movies.
“Every time I travel, it’s a
must to go watch a movie,”
she said. “It’s super exciting
to be able to do it here.”
Others in the audience
had bigger plans.
“My whole life, all I
wanted was to make movies,” said Danya Alhamrani,
who just finished working on
a
documentary
called
“Silent Revolution,” about
pioneering Saudi women.
“Now I have an opportunity
to show the fruits of my labor
in my country.”
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matic outpost on the heavily
fortified border separating
the two countries. Workinglevel talks about that meeting are still progressing,
though Moon’s government
said ceremonial portions of
it could be live-streamed to
the world.
The summit is expected
to focus on denuclearization
— the North claims it can
strike the United States with
a long-range, nuclear-armed
missile — but also on improving inter-Korean relations, which have been especially strained in recent
years, and establishing a
peace deal that could formally end the war.
A peace deal could require the involvement of the
U.S. and China, which participated in the signing of
the original armistice. But
an agreement between the
North and South could propel those countries to sign
off on a deal to formally end
the war, experts say.
Kim’s meeting with Moon
is expected to be followed by
another, with President
Trump, perhaps in May or
June, though the details
about the location and
agenda aren’t fully known.
Trump this week said CIA
Director Mike Pompeo had
visited the North Korean
capital, Pyongyang, to meet
with Kim over the Easter
weekend to discuss the summit.
Moon told the group in
his speech that the TrumpKim summit would be possible only because the North
has decided to change its
course.
North Korean propagandists like to demand the
withdrawal of U.S. troops
from the peninsula — it is
one of their major talking
points — but former diplomats say that they have
not been so insistent in private since the 1990s.
“It is their public stance
that U.S. troops have to go,
but sometimes in private
they say otherwise,” said
Joel S. Wit, a senior fellow at
the U.S.-Korea Institute at
Johns Hopkins University
who has attended backchannel negotiations with
the North Koreans.
The late Kim Jong Il, father of the North Korean
leader, told South Korean officials during a summit in
Pyongyang in 2000 that U.S.
troops could be a stabilizing
force on the peninsula — implying that the troops could
be deterrent in case of hostilities by China or Japan, according to Wit.
“If the U.S. is no longer
our enemy, there is no reason for the U.S. troops to go,”
is how Leon V. Sigal, director
of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at
the Social Science Research
Council in New York, summarized the North Korean
attitude.
For months, experts on
the region have been skeptical that the North would
agree to drop its nuclear
pursuits, which give the nation leverage in the region
and Kim — a third-generation dynastic leader — legitimacy at home.
Kim spent much of 2017
test-launching ballistic mis-
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siles — alarming key U.S. allies, including Japan — and
conducting an underground
nuclear test. He did so while
also trading insults with
Trump, calling the president last summer a “dotard.” Trump has called Kim
“Little Rocket Man.”
In a New Year’s speech,
Kim also proclaimed his
country’s ability to strike the
U.S. mainland with a nuclear-armed missile. Some experts question whether the
North is yet capable of that,
but many also recognize the
nation’s rapid progress in
that direction.
Kim also signaled a willingness to accept Moon’s
overtures for participation
in the Winter Olympics, held
in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this year. After historic
talks, the North sent nearly
two dozen athletes to the
Games and helped field a
joint
Korean
women’s
hockey team. The two nations also marched together
at the opening ceremony
under a unification flag.
Many details remain unknown, and the North has
made few public statements
about its recent diplomatic
efforts.
The proposed meeting
between Trump and Kim
would be the first by a sitting
U.S. president and a North
Korean leader. Trump suggested this week that he
might abandon the talks it
they didn’t appear fruitful.
Moon acknowledged in
his speech that the United
States and its interests remain a key component of all
the planned talks. He also
said that the results during
the summits might not solve
the tension on the issue, but
that the talks sparked by the
Olympics could drive more
dialogue in the future.
“It would be best to reach
an agreement on the big picture through the two
planned summits,” he said.
“But even if we fail, it is
clearly important to continue the dialogue. We will try to
maintain the momentum.”
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Special correspondent
Stiles reported from Seoul
and Times staff writer
Demick from New York.
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the coveted prize.
The ugly internal feud
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levels of public life in the
Scandinavian nation known
for its promotion of gender
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No charges in Prince’s death
A doctor who
prescribed the star
pain pills agrees to
pay a $30,000 fine.
By Matt Pearce
No criminal charges will
be filed against the doctor
and other associates who
gave pain pills to Prince before the music megastar
died of an accidental opioid
overdose,
officials
announced Thursday.
The
New
Brighton,
Minn., doctor, who maintains his innocence and continues to practice, agreed to
pay a $30,000 civil fine as part
of a settlement with the U.S.
attorney of Minnesota.
Prince Rogers Nelson
died at his estate in Chanhassen, Minn., on April 21,
2016, after unknowingly taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill
that actually contained the
far more potent opioid fentanyl, Carver County Atty.
Mark Metz said at a televised news conference,
marking the end of a twoyear
investigation
into
Prince’s death.
“Prince thought he was
taking Vicodin and not fentanyl,” Metz said, saying the
fentanyl-laced pills Prince
took were “an exact imitation” of Vicodin pills. Metz
said officials had found no
evidence of a “sinister motive” or “intent” to kill
Prince.
“Prince’s death is a tragic
example,” Metz said, that
opioids “do not discriminate.”
The investigation, which
remained cloaked in secrecy
until this week, was a striking examination of the life of
an acclaimed celebrity who
was felled at the age of 57 by
an increasingly familiar
culprit in the deaths of thousands of Americans.
Prince, beloved for his energetic performances since
his rise to worldwide stardom in the 1980s, had become addicted to opioids after suffering from chronic
pain, Metz said.
Notoriously private —
Prince didn’t even own a cellphone — he never got a prescription in his own name
and instead obtained pain
pills illegally through associates.
Shortly before his death,
at least one doctor illegally
gave Prince pills, though not
the drug that killed the artist, officials said.
On April 7, 2016, at the request of Kirk Johnson, a
close Prince associate, Dr.
Michael Todd Schulenberg
examined Prince at a local
clinic after the star complained of vomiting and
some numbness and tingling, Metz said.
Schulenberg gave Prince
intravenous fluids along
with a prescription for vitamin D and another noncontrolled medication to control nausea — except the
doctor agreed to put the prescriptions in Johnson’s
name to protect Prince’s privacy, Metz said, a violation of
By Joseph Tanfani
went to Syria to “understand firsthand and report
about the conflict there,” according to his attorneys.
Jonathan Hafetz, an
ACLU attorney, says the
forced transfer “would be an
unconscionable violation of
his constitutional rights.”
“The government has no
legal authority to detain this
U.S. citizen in the first place,
and it clearly lacks any legal
authority to transfer him to
the custody of another government,” Hafetz said.
“When it comes to the
rights of a citizen, it’s not
‘Let’s Make a Deal,’” he said.
The man talked to U.S.
intelligence officers after he
was taken into custody, but
that evidence can’t be used
in court against him.
After federal agents read
him his Miranda rights last
year, the man asked to be
provided with a defense lawyer and has not been questioned since.
WASHINGTON — Andrew McCabe, the FBI official who became a target for
President Trump, now faces
the possibility of criminal
charges — the latest fallout
from an internal watchdog
report that found he lied to
investigators.
The findings of that report, by the inspector general of the Justice Department, were referred to the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in
Washington in the last few
weeks, according to a statement from a McCabe lawyer
on Thursday, following news
accounts on the matter.
“Although we believe the
referral is unjustified, the
standard for an [inspector
general] referral is very low,”
said the statement by lawyer
Michael R. Bromwich. “We
have already met with staff
members from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
He added, “We are confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from
high levels of the administration, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office will conclude that it
should decline to prosecute.”
A U.S. Attorney’s Office
spokesman declined to comment.
The
internal
report
found that McCabe, a career
agent who rose to deputy director, repeatedly made
false statements regarding
his efforts to influence a
newspaper report about disputes within the FBI over an
investigation. McCabe said
he didn’t know where the
leaks came from, but he later
admitted that he authorized
them, according to the findings. Among the people he
misled, the report said, was
his boss, then-FBI Director
James B. Comey.
Ahead of the report’s release, McCabe agreed to retire in March and left his job
early. But he was fired by
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, late
on a Friday, March 16, just
before his planned retirement. McCabe and his supporters described the action
as an act of vindictiveness to
appease the president. The
firing could affect McCabe’s
pension payments.
Trump’s ongoing anger
about the separate investigation of Russia’s 2016 campaign interference and possible coordination with the
Trump campaign, and what
he sees still as the FBI’s soft
treatment of Hillary Clinton,
found a target in McCabe
last year. The president
noted that McCabe’s wife,
who ran a losing race for
state office in Virginia, received campaign support
from a political fund operated by the Virginia governor at the time, Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton protege.
The president has repeatedly attacked McCabe
on Twitter, continuing late
Thursday with the news
about the criminal referral of
the McCabe report: “James
Comey just threw Andrew
McCabe ‘under the bus.’ Inspector General’s Report on
McCabe is a disaster for
both of them! Getting a little
(lot) of their own medicine?”
There is more to come
from the inspector general.
The office looked into McCabe as part of a broader examination of how the FBI
dealt with its investigations
into Clinton’s handling of
her emails as secretary of
State and possible conflicts
involving the Clinton Foundation, the family’s charity.
The report said McCabe
authorized senior FBI officials to speak to a Wall Street
Journal reporter who was
preparing a story about friction between the FBI and
the Justice Department
over the inquiry into the
foundation. Told that some
in the bureau thought he
was trying to put brakes on
the inquiry McCabe pointed
a finger at a lawyer in the
Justice Department.
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PRINCE performs at the Super Bowl in 2007. A pill he believed to be Vicodin actually contained fentanyl.
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CARVER COUNTY, MINN., Atty. Mark Metz,
right, announces the findings of a two-year inquiry.
the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Soon after, Johnson
asked the doctor to prescribe Prince pain medication when the star apparently hurt his back while lifting equipment, Metz said.
The doctor agreed to prescribe 15 Percocet pills in
Johnson’s name, Metz said.
Schulenberg has denied
intentionally
prescribing
drugs to Johnson that were
actually intended for Prince.
Johnson, who was not
charged, also has denied
“that he had anything to do
with the death of his close
friend,” his attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, said in a statement.
Investigators
believe
that on April 14, 2016, while
flying back to Minnesota
from a concert in Atlanta,
Prince suffered an opioid
overdose after unwittingly
taking a counterfeit Vicodin
pill that was laced with fentanyl. He was resuscitated
with Narcan at an airport in
Illinois, Metz said.
On April 18, Johnson told
Schulenberg that he was
worried about Prince’s opioid use, and Schulenberg
again examined Prince, who
asked about opioid withdrawal, Metz said.
Schulenberg gave Prince
prescriptions for clonidine, a
drug sometimes used to
treat opioid withdrawal
symptoms, as well as an antihistamine similar to Benadryl, Metz said.
Schulenberg also referred Prince for opioid dependency treatment, which
led Prince’s staff to contact a
treatment center, Recovery
Without Walls, in Mill Valley,
Calif., which sent a staff
member — a doctor’s son —
to Minnesota to assess
Prince for treatment.
On April 21, Schulenberg
contacted Johnson to tell
the aide that he had test results from examining Prince.
But when Schulenberg arrived at Prince’s Paisley
Park estate that morning to
discuss the results, the star
was already dead. Metz said
Prince did not die as a result
of the Percocet pills Schulenberg prescribed.
The performer’s body
was discovered by Johnson,
Prince’s assistant Meron
Bekure and Andrew Kornfeld, the Recovery Without
Walls staffer, who called 911.
“My client, Kirk Johnson,
is relieved that no charges
have been filed against him
by state or federal authorities,” Tyler said Thursday.
“Prince’s death was a
tragedy that few could experience more deeply than
Kirk Johnson. Today’s decision affirms his innocence,
and he will continue to
mourn and honor his friend
every day.”
Schulenberg’s presence
at Paisley Park that morning
— and his treatment of the
star — was not initially disclosed by investigators and
instead was revealed in a
sealed search warrant that
was accidentally released to
the Los Angeles Times.
In the investigation that
followed, officials were unable to discover who had given the fentanyl-laced pills to
Prince, and investigators
think none of his close associates knew the pills contained fentanyl.
Investigators found pills
scattered around Prince’s
estate; 10 of Schulenberg’s
Percocet pills were found in
one of the artist’s suitcases.
“The pills had to come
from some source,” Metz
said. He added that while
Prince’s associates might
come under criticism for
their actions, “suspicions
and innuendo are categorically insufficient” to file
criminal charges for the
star’s death.
Schulenberg agreed to a
$30,000 civil settlement announced Thursday by the
U.S. attorney’s office, to be
paid within 30 days. The
agreement — in which Schulenberg did not admit any liability — also came with
stricter monitoring requirements for any further prescribing over the next two
years.
“Dr. Schulenberg decided to settle with the
United States regarding alleged civil claims in order to
avoid the expense, delay and
unknown outcome of litigation,” his attorney, Amy Connors, said in a statement.
Connors added: “In his
nearly 20 years of practice,
Dr. Schulenberg has provided the highest level of
care to his many patients
and has earned a reputation
for being a caring and responsible physician. He has
never sought public attention or celebrity, and will
continue to make the well
being of his family and his
patients his first priority.”
Schulenberg remains in
good standing as a doctor in
Minnesota and has no disciplinary or corrective actions
against him, according to
Minnesota Board of Medical
Practice records reviewed
Thursday.
He works at a New Brighton clinic, where a spokeswoman declined to comment to The Times.
“We are pleased the doctor is being held accountable” for illegally prescribing
pills, Metz said.
With the inquiry closed,
investigators are expected
to make their files on the
case public in the coming
days.
matt.pearce@latimes.com
U.S. can’t transfer mystery American
He was captured in
Syria. Judge rejects
a proposal to send
him to Saudi Arabia.
By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — Trying to find its way out of a legal thicket, the Trump administration wants to send
to Saudi Arabia a U.S. citizen who was captured on the
battlefield in Syria last fall
and is suspected of supporting Islamic State.
Lawyers for the American, who is identified only as
John Doe in court papers,
claim that would violate his
constitutional rights and
asked a federal judge to order the government either to
charge him with a crime or to
release him from U.S. military custody in Iraq.
On Thursday evening,
U.S. District Judge Tanya S.
Chutkan barred the government from transferring him,
Ex-FBI
official
may face
criminal
charges
just before the deadline.
During a court hearing
Thursday, Chutkan seemed
skeptical of government arguments that the transfer
should be approved quickly.
“I have a U.S. citizen here
that has rights that have to
be considered carefully,”
Chutkan said, adding that
the right to challenge detention by the government is
the “bedrock of our legal system.”
James M. Burnham, senior counsel at the Justice
Department, argued that
handing over the suspect
would amount to a release
from U.S. custody, and
therefore would end his legal
case in American courts.
“It’s not release if you’re
simply giving him over to another jailer,” Chutkan said.
The strange case of the
mystery American could set
new legal and diplomatic
boundaries for the U.S. war
on terrorism.
Although
dozens
of
Americans were charged
and convicted of seeking to
join or providing material
support to terrorist groups
in recent years, only a handful were designated enemy
combatants. Courts ruled
they still had their rights as
U.S. citizens.
In September, the man
surrendered to a Syrian
Kurdish militia backed by
the United States and was
delivered to the U.S. military, which declared him an
enemy combatant and put
him in a military prison in
Iraq.
U.S. authorities allege
that the man supported Islamic State, but they have
been unable to produce
enough evidence to charge
him with a crime. He
claimed that he went to Syria in early 2015 to report on
the militants as a freelance
journalist, and then was kidnapped by them.
Unwilling to release him,
the government told the
court this week that it plans
to transfer the prisoner to a
third country that had
agreed to take him after “ex-
tensive diplomatic discussions” and “as a demonstration of its commitment”
to the United States.
In a court filing, the government called it “imperative that the transfer occur
quickly and smoothly.”
Blocking the transfer would
“undermine the U.S. credibility with an important foreign partner,” it added.
A separate court filing
identified the country as
Saudi Arabia, and the New
York Times has reported
that the man holds U.S. and
Saudi citizenship.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which fought in
court to gain access to the
detainee while he was being
held in secret last year, argues that the government
cannot deliver a U.S. citizen
to another country — particularly if he has not been
charged with a crime in that
country.
The ACLU says the man
tried to escape from Islamic
State and denies fighting
alongside the militants. He
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borhood,” said Van Tran,
a sociology professor at
Columbia University who
researches
immigration
and ethnic neighborhoods.
“West of 4th Avenue has
been a neglected, abandoned waterfront complex,
and now that entire area is
being revitalized and gentrified.”
While some celebrate the
renewed interest, amenities
and safer streets that accompany a more well-to-do
population, others worry
longtime residents and businesses will get pushed out.
Tenants have sued landlords, alleging they are being
forced out. Mom-and-pop
shops have downsized or
closed their gates. Some
people have fled to Staten Island, New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
“The human scale that
Brooklyn was known for —
that made it a borough of
communities — is now disappearing,” said Elizabeth
Yeampierre, executive director of the social-justice organization UPROSE. “Our
successes are leading to the
displacement of our community.”
Sunset Park, originally
settled by the Canarsee tribe
and then the Dutch, was an
agricultural neighborhood
until the mid-1800s, when
Irish immigrants fleeing the
potato famine helped build
new housing and a horse car
line.
Later came the Poles,
Norwegians and Finns, the
last of whom established the
first cooperative housing in
the U.S. At the turn of the
century came the Italians.
By 1930 much of the neighborhood’s present housing
stock — rows of low-wood,
brownstone
and
brick
houses — had already been
built.
Many of the immigrants
worked on the waterfront, as
shipbuilders, riggers, sailors
and dock workers. They also
found work at Bush Terminal, a freight-handling terminal with piers, warehouses and factory lofts linked by
a railway, and at Brooklyn
Army Terminal, a large military supply base completed
in 1919.
But the neighborhood
suffered amid the Great Depression, post-World War II
white flight and the decline
of the local maritime industry. By 1970, like much of New
York City, it was in decay.
The arrival of Puerto Ricans and, later, immigrants
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
“THE HUMAN SCALE that Brooklyn was known for — that made it a borough of communities — is now disappearing,” one activist said.
from Latin America and
China — together with the
rebuilding of a local hospital
and some government aid —
changed that.
“Immigration was central to the revitalization of
the city,” Tran said. “Immigrants often had no sense of
reference, so they would just
set out in affordable places
to live … and then they’d revitalize them because they
wanted to create a home for
their families.”
Robert Aguilar’s parents
were among those immigrants. Originally from
Puebla, like many Mexicans
in the area, they settled in
Sunset Park in 1972.
Aguilar’s dad found work
in a textile machine shop, his
mom at a toy factory and his
uncle at a leather goods
manufacturer. Aguilar, 44,
remembers walking to and
from school, the smell of
candy from nearby factories
wafting through the air. At
Christmas his mother would
make tamales and invite the
family’s Polish, Irish, Norwegian, Puerto Rican and Cuban neighbors.
“It was great — it was a
typical Brooklyn story,”
Aguilar recalled. “It was one
gigantic melting pot where it
was a lot of fun.”
Later, his parents bought
the three-family brownstone
where they lived, eking out
$500 a month for the mortgage. Today Aguilar, who
lives around the corner, has
two young children of his
own and wants them to have
the diverse experience he
had. But as property values
rise and more affluent residents move in, Aguilar worries that may be harder for
them.
“There’s more white people in the neighborhood, so
the concern is always people
being displaced. That’s a big
fear,” he said.
Aguilar, who owns his
apartment, has less to worry
about than those who rent.
Gerardo Garcia lives
with his wife, in-laws and two
sons, 8 and 3, in a one-bedroom rent-regulated apartment that has been in the
family for decades. He said
he doesn’t mind the arrival
of Industry City and a new
crowd, as he thinks they’ve
brought more jobs and increased public safety.
But, he said, he wants to
move to a new place so his
children can have more
space. With two-bedroom
apartments in the area now
renting for $2,000, he doesn’t
see how that’s possible: He
works at a fast-food restaurant and his wife at a
Sephora beauty store.
“If the rents keep rising,
we are going to have to leave
— maybe for New Jersey,”
Garcia said.
Between 2000 and 2017,
the median sales price per
unit in a one-family building
in the Sunset Park community district increased from
about $346,000 to almost $1.3
million, according to New
York University’s Furman
Center for Real Estate and
Urban Policy. Over roughly
the same period, the percentage of people aged 25
and up with a bachelor’s degree or more increased from
16.5% to 27.6%.
Both are typical of gentrifying neighborhoods, Tran
said.
“These people, middleclass professionals, are also
being pushed out from their
neighborhoods in search of
more affordable housing,”
he said.
Krissa Corbett Cavouras,
37, has watched the change
even as she’s been a part of it.
In 2007, while searching
for a home to buy, Corbett
Cavouras and her husband
fell in love with an apartment in one of the remaining
Finnish co-op buildings in
Sunset Park. At the time,
the building’s residents were
mostly older, working-class
and immigrant, she said. Today, they tend to be middleclass, young professionals
coming from other, pricier
neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
In the last few years Corbett Cavouras, who has a
master’s degree and recently had a baby, began receiving unsolicited letters
and phone calls from realtors about selling her home.
She was even approached on
the street with offers. Three
hipster coffee shops opened
up within blocks of one another.
“I feel like I’ve lived here a
long time, but there are people who’ve lived here 40, 50
years and raised their kids.
It must be really jarring for
them,” she said.
Walking through the
neighborhood’s namesake
park, Corbett Cavouras
pointed out patches of grass
where Mexican and Dominican soccer teams play in the
the road. I don’t see the need
for it. If you want to use it, go
to your hotel or your house.”
Palm Springs was one of
the first cities to roll out recreational marijuana sales in
January, but it has received
only three applications for
lounge licenses, officials
said. “The floodgates are
open, but nobody is running
in,” Mayor Pro Tem J.R.
Roberts said.
Still, he said, when it
comes to allowing new
lounge businesses, “the benefits are obvious.”
“When California made it
legal to have recreational
pot, it seemed to me that pot
was now no different than alcohol,” he said.
In West Hollywood, residents
overwhelmingly
backed Proposition 64.
Eighty-three percent of voters approved recreational
use — one of the highest
margins in the state, city officials said.
Horvath, the councilwoman, said she views
lounges as a way to show the
residents who didn’t vote for
legalization that marijuana
can be used safely and that it
won’t “have the devastating
impact some might fear.”
Lounges, she said, will allow people to use cannabis
without bringing it home or
affecting their neighbors.
The city’s dispensaries
agree.
Amy Pagel, manager of
Zen Healing West Hollywood, said the dispensary
plans to apply for a permit
and is leaning toward a license that would allow
smoking on the premises.
West Hollywood dispensary
MedMen also said it plans to
apply for a license.
Pagel said that if the
shop’s application is approved, it will build a lounge
that is “really classy” and fits
with West Hollywood’s vibe.
summer, chess tables where
old Chinese men debate one
another loudly, and shaded
areas under London plane
trees where young girls pose
for quinceañera photos.
“The neighborhood’s not
just a place for people to
move into, it’s not a blank
canvas,” she said. “It has its
own history, its own characters.”
So far, Sunset Park beyond the waterfront has retained its immigrant character. On a recent Saturday
night a popular Mexican
restaurant near the park
was full of Spanish-speaking
families. Along the main
drag in Chinatown, hardly a
word of English could be
heard.
“In Sunset Park gentrification is not complete for
two reasons,” Tran said. “On
the Latino side ... there’s a
lot of community organizations that actively push back
against gentrification. And
then there’s the Chinese
piece of the story.”
Since the 1990s the Chinese population in Sunset
Park has grown rapidly, today making up about onethird of the neighborhood’s
estimated 130,000 people.
While many of the new arrivals are working-class,
capital from wealthy Chinese has also financed local
businesses and properties.
“It’s gentrification from
within the ethnic community,” Tran said. But because
social ties cut across class,
he said, working-class Chinese benefit too.
Along 8th Avenue, once
nicknamed
“Lapskaus
Boulevard” after the Norwegian stew, Chinese businesses are thriving. Produce
markets, jewelers, banks,
beauty salons and laundromats cram the streets of
what is now “Little Fuzhou.”
Toward the southern
edge of Sunset Park, the
Soccer Tavern, established
in 1929, offers a glimpse of the
neighborhood’s past — and
future.
On a recent weekday
afternoon Bob Dantuono,
an Italian American electrician, swigged a pint of Guinness while watching a horse
race. Behind the bar Brendan Fitz, an Irish American
who has lived his entire life in
Sunset Park, served up a Jager shot to Dantuono’s
friend. In front of another
TV, Jason Xie, a truck driver,
clapped a friend’s back in excitement as a soccer team
approached a goal.
Xie, who immigrated to
the U.S. in 1991, was one of
the first Chinese people to
start coming to Soccer Tavern, more than two decades
ago. Back then, most of the
bar’s patrons were Norwegian and Irish. Not so today.
“You can tell by the
names,” Xie, 44, said, pointing out plaques for the bar’s
dart league. From 1998-99:
Farley, Luno, O’Sullivan,
Connolly, Hennessy. From
2013, when Xie served as captain: Mei, McGuire, Tsang,
Cheong, McNamara.
Patrons of the bar once
cheered the Norway Day parade on its doorstep. Now
costumed lion dancers bring
them good luck during Chinese New Year.
“This bar is like the borough of Brooklyn itself,” Xie
said.
And, he added, it’s not going anywhere.
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nina.agrawal@latimes.com
West Hollywood embraces pot lounges
[Lounges, from A1]
But the idea of marijuana
lounges has also ignited
some of the same debates
that marked the vote to legalize pot: Critics worry
lounges and other expansions of cannabis culture
could be dangerous, citing
impaired driving in states
where recreational use was
previously legalized, and the
difficulties of assessing a
marijuana DUI.
Pot advocates have criticized Los Angeles for not
embracing marijuana cafes
and lounges. They argue
that allowing these businesses would help tourists,
who under the law can’t
smoke in public or in places
like hotels, where regular
smoking is banned. Several
L.A.
law
enforcement
groups, including the Los
Angeles Police Protective
League, came out against
the lounge proposal.
“Consumption lounges
are important because marijuana has been legalized,
but where can people go to
safely
consume?”
said
Jackie Rocco, business development manager for
West Hollywood. “If you’re a
renter and your landlord
doesn’t allow smoking, or if
you’re a parent and don’t
want to do it around your
children, where can you go?”
Last November, the City
Council approved a new ordinance allowing business licenses for consumption
areas or lounges in West Hollywood. The city will start
accepting applications for
consumption lounges in
May. Officials plan to grant
up to eight licenses for
lounges with smoking, vaping and edibles, and eight
permits restricted to edibles. Each application will
be scored by a five-member
committee.
“We’re at the center of
everything that is entertainment,” said West Hollywood
Jeff Chiu Associated Press
NIKKI DASIG , center, smells a customer’s marijuana product at Barbary Coast
Collective, which closely resembles the pot-selling coffee shops in Amsterdam.
City Councilwoman Lindsey
Horvath. “This new economy really addresses needs
and interests of the community while also being a way
for people to enjoy themselves. Pushing the envelope
on entertainment while
safely enjoying a night out —
that’s what we’re continuing
to do here.”
The city has long been at
the forefront of the national
conversation about decriminalizing the use of cannabis
— in part because of the way
the city embraced pot during the HIV/AIDS epidemic
in the 1980s.
“In the early days, obviously we had a number of
people, and still do in the
community, who are personally impacted by HIV and
AIDS and that caused us to
support medical use of cannabis,” said West Hollywood
Mayor John Heilman. “The
city, I would say, was a pioneer of sorts.”
San Francisco’s Barbary
Coast
Collective
most
closely resembles the coffee
shops found in Amsterdam,
where customers can buy
weed. The store — with its
crimson wallpaper and
leather booths, a nod to the
area’s past as the red-light
district — hosts a smoking
section in its lounge while
also operating a dispensary
and dab bar.
The shop also offers “education days,” on which people curious about cannabis
can learn about different
products and solicit recommendations.
In the past, the city has
allowed medical marijuana
users to smoke in dispensaries, but with some debate.
Some wondered whether
the practice was supported
by Proposition 215, which allowed for “compassionate
use” and legalized cannabis
with a doctor’s recommendation.
For Palm Springs and
Cathedral City, the concept
of pot lounges fits into the resort economy officials are
trying to bolster.
“It’s really the next logical
step, especially when you
have a tourist economy like
we do,” said Cathedral City
City Councilman Shelley
Kaplan.
Most hotels don’t allow
smoking or vaping, Kaplan
said, so it makes sense for
cannabis lounges to be available. “We basically consider
cannabis a business like any
other in the city,” he said.
“There’s no question that
people who use cannabis will
want to use cannabis when
they’re here.”
City officials said applications should be open in the
next month, but not everyone supports lounges.
Cathedral
City
City
Councilman Mark Carnevale, who supports medical marijuana but campaigned
against
recreational use, said he is “totally
against”
allowing
consumption areas.
“You can go to a bar and
have a drink or two and be
OK,” Carnevale said. “Marijuana, the effects last and I
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plan
limits
mining
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the 346,000 acres of alpine
peaks, lush canyon lands
and rivers that lure 4 million
annual visitors to what it describes as “America’s most
urban national forest in the
nation’s most populous
county.”
It deems exploration and
development of oil, gas and
mineral resources and use of
motorized vehicles for commercial purposes “unsuitable” in the monument.
(Companies and individuals
with existing mining claims
will be unaffected by the
plan.)
And it bans camping
along the East and North
forks of the San Gabriel
River and Aliso Creek Canyon — tourist hot spots that
have been designated as
“critical biological land use
zones” for rare and endangered species including
mountain
yellow-legged
frogs, red-legged frogs and
the Santa Ana sucker.
The plan focuses attention on one of the oldest and
most rancorous arguments
in the San Gabriels: the
damage caused by gold mining in its streams.
Vail said gold extraction
has “dire consequences for
aquatic species.”
Monument lands and
waterways are not open to
prospecting or any other
mining operation including
panning for gold. Until now,
however, enforcement has
been deliberately lax because the rule is based on a
1928 policy that does not include penalties.
The new document recommends that the monument collaborate with local,
state and federal agencies,
as well as volunteer groups,
in a campaign to document
and eliminate unauthorized
mining activities.
Agencies,
nonprofits,
conservationists and communities that lobbied for the
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
A GOLD MINER in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, where a new Forest Service plan would crack down on unauthorized mining.
creation of the monument
support the moves by the
Forest Service.
“This plan is an excellent
sign that the Forest Service
is making management of
the monument a high priority,” John Monsen, cochair of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s forest committee, said. “It’s strong and
ambitious, and should make
it easier to persuade Congress to provide the cashstrapped Forest Service
with the resources needed to
apply it.”
The plan, hammered out
over three years in often contentious meetings between
Forest Service officials and
stakeholders, recommends
easing traffic congestion by
considering temporary oneway traffic flows and closures during peak periods at
popular destinations. It
calls for enforcing parking
capacity limits to reduce the
number of cars left haphazardly along hairpin turns —
and the flood of vehicles
heading back down the
mountain because there was
no parking to be found.
It urges the use of multilingual information in signage and outreach programs,
and more collaboration with
volunteers and communities in the interests of
“shared stewardship” of the
land, a tactic that could help
stretch its shrinking appropriated funds.
Deeming the lands a
monument was a strategy
intended to increase interest
and attendance — and with
them, donations. So far,
fundraising efforts have
been relatively modest, and
because fire seasons are
growing longer, wildfire suppression has eaten into a
greater portion of the Forest
Service’s budget each year.
Over the last four years,
the National Forest Foundation has raised about $6.5
million for projects on the
monument and throughout
the Angeles National Forest
including educational programs, trail maintenance,
removal of invasive plants
and habitat restoration, Edward Belden, a spokesman
for the nonprofit, said.
Compounding problems,
budget cuts have forced the
Forest Service to cut back on
recreation and maintenance
programs, officials said. The
Forest Service’s budget has
been reduced by more than
$1.5 billion over the last two
years alone, according to
federal documents.
The monument still lacks
a budget or administrative
unit of its own. It comprises
half of the Angeles National
Forest — and the existing
authority of the Forest Service remains in place.
Advocates say partnerships are necessary to balance conservation and public interests without circumventing
environmental
regulations at the most
popular picnic areas, hiking
trails and campgrounds.
“The new plan counters
what you see going on right
now in the rest of the nation’s forest communities,”
Mark Stanley, executive officer of the San Gabriel and
Lower Los Angeles Rivers
and Mountains Conservancy, said. “It’s also in line
with the direction we want to
go — and that’s a good
thing.”
The Forest Service’s
move to bar new energy and
mining development in the
monument comes as industrial interests have gained
the ability to vie for onceprotected land in the deserts
north and east of the San
Gabriel range under Trump
administration policies.
In the San Gabriels, however, the biggest challenge
isn’t industry so much as
crowds.
On any given weekend, a
two-mile stretch of the East
Fork of the San Gabriel
River, about 15 miles north of
Azusa, and the Switzer picnic area, only seven miles
from La Cañada Flintridge,
are as crowded as Southern
California beaches.
Most visitors arrive by
car on California 39, the
highway that provides the
only access to Crystal Lake
and other recreational areas
north of the East Fork.
Scenic hiking trails bring
visitors to Sturtevant Falls
or atop Mt. Wilson, where
one of the world’s largest telescopes sits.
Biking, horseback riding,
fishing, hang-gliding, hunting and picnicking are just a
few of the activities jockeying for room in one of the
most heavily used national
forests in the U.S. The area is
also susceptible to crowds
who bring vandalism, trash,
illegal campfires and emergency rescues.
Not all are in favor of the
changes in the new plan.
Matthew McAuliffe, a
spokesman for the American Mining Rights Assn.
who said he has prospected
for gold in the San Gabriels
for nearly a decade, warned
of “a lot of backlash coming
down” in the event of a
crackdown.
“I fear for the guy who
comes up on a weekend to
pan for gold with his kids
only to be made an example
of by militarized forest rangers,” McAuliffe said. “If that
happens, there will be litigation. We may lose, but at
least we’ll give the Forest
Service a run for its money.”
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‘Shortcuts and stupid risks’
[Hanford, from A1]
Department of Energy
officials said in a statement
that workers received only a
tiny fraction of the plutonium exposure allowed by
regulations, and that there
should be no threat to their
health.
They declined requests
for interviews.
If the current investigations substantiate that
statement, it would be fortuitous.
“They are not in control,”
John Martell, the Washington Department of Health
official who oversees radioactive air emissions, said
about the Energy Department and its contractors.
“We want them to stop before they do become a public
health threat.”
Tom Carpenter, executive director of the watchdog
group Hanford Challenge,
asserts that the demolition
project used too many unskilled workers, attempted
to do the work too fast and
failed to adopt known safety
measures that would have
helped contain the contamination.
“They took shortcuts and
stupid risks,” Carpenter
said. “They gambled and
lost.”
The problem occurred at
one of the nation’s most
radioactively contaminated
buildings, known as the Plutonium Finishing Plant. The
factory, which opened in 1949
a few miles from the Columbia River, supplied plutonium for thousands of U.S.
nuclear weapons before it
was shut down in 1989. It was
the notorious site where
Harold McCluskey, later
Department of Energy
A TRUCK sprays a solution including a “fixative” to bind plutonium dust at a halted nuclear plant demolition at the Hanford Site.
known as the Atomic Man,
survived a 1976 explosion in
which he was exposed to 500
times the occupational limit
for radioactivity.
The exposures from the
plutonium releases last year
were minuscule by comparison, estimated to be a small
fraction of the background
radiation that every human
gets from nature. But unlike
cosmic radiation or radon
gas, plutonium can lodge itself inside the body and deliver tissue-damaging alpha
particles over a lifetime.
New level of risk
Union officials say they
can accept the health risk of
working next to contaminated equipment, but not
an “uptake” of plutonium
when eating lunch or driving
home in a car after protective gear is off.
“It is very upsetting because they don’t [care],”
said one exposed worker
who would speak only on
condition of anonymity out
of fear of retaliation. He said
he was not given a kit to test
for plutonium exposure until he asked for one in early
December.
“They have no clue how I
was exposed,” he said. “I
look at it down the road and
am mentally worried about
it. It is emitting energy into
my bones. Plus it is a poison.
My wife is worried. My kids
listen to the news and know
what happened. I have to
put it off in front of them as
no big deal.”
In their statement, Energy Department officials said
they are “concerned about
any health consequences,
long-term or short-term,
that any of the workers on
site face at any time. We are
addressing workers’ concerns by being as open and
transparent with our work-
ers as possible about what
we are doing to stabilize the
situation.”
Another longtime employee at the Plutonium Finishing Plant, or PFP, who
met with a Times reporter,
said the operation was out
of control even before the
demolition began. As workers removed equipment
to prepare for walls to be
torn down, air-monitoring
alarms sounded almost every day, he said. Workers
were subjected to repeated
nasal smears to determine
whether they had breathed
plutonium dust, he said.
“Nobody wanted to work
at PFP,” he said. “People
who had been working at
Hanford for 30 years were
getting out, saying this is insane.”
And as the project fell behind schedule, many of the
workers were compelled to
put in as many as 90 hours a
week, he said.
“Everything we were told
to do at work began to deviate from the plan,” he said.
Contaminated cars
Seven employee automobiles were contaminated at
the plant site, according to a
Jan. 9 letter from the state
Department of Ecology to
Doug Shoop, the federal site
chief at Hanford. When one
worker demanded that his
contaminated car be purchased because vent ducts
were potentially still contaminated, Energy Department contractors nixed it
and offered him a coupon for
a free detailing from a car
wash, according to collective
bargaining grievance records cited by union officials. The account was confirmed by two other employees.
An even more serious
concern was the potential
for the workers to have contaminated their homes after
leaving work. The Energy
Department
dispatched
teams to take samples in
eight private homes and
found no contamination, a
Hanford Site spokesman
said in a statement.
The demolition, costing
$57 million, was being conducted by one of the nation’s
largest engineering firms,
CH2M, a unit of Texasbased Jacobs Engineering.
CH2M is now under federal
investigation for the releases, according to a letter
sent by the Energy Department’s enforcement office in
late March.
A spokesman for the
company declined to comment and referred questions
to the Energy Department’s
Hanford Site office.
In March, the company
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ysis of the contamination
and blamed it on half a dozen factors, including a “fixative” that was supposed to
bind the dust but was too diluted to work properly and a
decision to accelerate demolition when the contamination seemed to be stable.
Debris accumulates
The Energy Department
plan for the demolition originally required the contractor to remove debris as it accumulated.
But in January 2017, just
before the first releases, officials authorized CH2M to allow the debris to pile up, according to a monthly site report by an inspector for the
Defense Nuclear Facilities
Safety Board, an independent agency.
In fact, workers at the
plant said the demolition
site was ringed by 8-foot-tall
piles of radioactive debris
with little to prevent dust
from blowing off.
Not long after, the first
plutonium was detected.
Another series of dispersals
occurred in June, which resulted in a short work stoppage.
The workers at the plant
said
radiation
alarms
sounded throughout the facility, resulting in a chaotic
mass evacuation. And then
in December, a three-day series of dispersals was recorded and became the basis for
what is now a four-month
shutdown of the project.
“December was the most
serious,” said Martell, the
Health Department chief for
radioactive air emissions.
“Part of the reason we issued
the letter was that events
were growing in seriousness.
The December event was
the trigger.”
Alex Smith, who oversees
the Hanford Site for the
state Department of Ecology and shares oversight responsibility with the state
Department of Health, said
the decision to allow debris
to accumulate probably increased the risk that winds
could transport the dust.
Plutonium was detected by
monitors and collection
plates about two miles away,
near a public road, and potentially 10 miles away.
Washington’s two senators sent a letter to the Energy Department on Dec. 22,
expressing “grave concern”
about the releases. Congressional staff members say the
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Department of Energy
BEFORE ITS demolition, shown in 2017, Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant
supplied fuel for thousands of U.S. nuclear weapons. It was shut down in 1989.
contamination is not surprising because the Energy
Department offers bonuses
to contractors if they meet
tight schedules. But there
are no bonuses for preventing worker contamination or
preventing releases to the
environment, they say.
The problems at the Plutonium Finishing Plant were
not an isolated event at Hanford, which has struggled
with its cleanup for more
than a decade.
Work was stopped five
years ago on a $16.8-billion
waste treatment plant that
is supposed to turn 56 million gallons of radioactive
sludge into glass. Technical
deficiencies in its design are
still being studied, while delays mount. The plant was
supposed to go online by
2022, but several years ago
the Energy Department
pushed back the full startup
by 17 years to 2039.
Last year, a tunnel that
stored railroad cars full of
contaminated equipment
collapsed. The Energy Department pumped the 358foot-long tunnel full of a concrete mixture. A decision is
pending about what to do
with a second storage tunnel
1,688 feet long.
The state attorney general, along with Hanford
Challenge and a union, is suing the Energy Department
for venting noxious gases
from underground waste
tanks over recent years, sickening workers.
Smith, the Ecology manager, said a lot of cleanup
progress has been made at
Hanford. Hundreds of build-
ings have been torn down.
Much of the soil along the
banks of the Columbia River
has been cleaned up enough
for any future use. And the
site’s nine nuclear reactors
have been put in stable condition.
But the well-publicized
problems have put state officials on edge about contamination that would affect
public health. One of the factors that helped reduce the
risks of the release is the
relative isolation of the Plutonium Finishing Plant,
which is deep inside the 586square-mile Hanford Site.
But other contaminated facilities scheduled for demolition border the Columbia
River and are close to residential communities and
fields that grow grapes, potatoes and corn.
One of those facilities,
known as 324 Building, was
used to extract plutonium
from spent fuel, said Robert
Alvarez, a former assistant
secretary of Energy and a
longtime critic of the cleanup. The facility has civilian
waste from Germany, sent
as part of a research project,
as well as large amounts of
radioactive waste that was
placed in unlined burial pits,
he said.
Records of what lies in
the pits were destroyed in
1988, he said.
Uncertainty ahead
When the demolition of
the Plutonium Finishing
Plant will resume is unclear,
along with who can authorize it.
In a statement to The
Times, Energy Department
Press Secretary Shaylyn
Hynes said, “The decision to
stop work at the site was
made on site by the contractor.” But letters by state
health, ecology and U.S. Environmental Protection Administration officials over
the last several months indicate they issued a stop-work
order that applies until they
determine that the work can
be conducted safely.
The Energy Department
statement said it opted to
demolish the plant in “open
air,” because it is a proven
safe method. But now, the
statement said, it is looking
for lessons learned from the
releases.
State officials, meanwhile, are asking for additional safety measures, potentially a temporary tent or
other structure over the
plant.
John A. Christian, a veteran of nuclear demolition
projects at EnergySolutions
who was not involved in the
Plutonium Finishing Plant
demolition, said such containment structures have
been used at the cleanup of
the Energy Department’s
Rocky Flats plant in Colorado and at an Idaho National Laboratory site.
“In the most extreme circumstance,” he said, “you
put a building over the building. All of the dust and debris
is contained inside and it is
removed through an air
lock.”
ralph.vartabedian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @rvartabedian
Lance Armstrong has
agreed to pay a $5-million
settlement to the federal
government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could
have sought $100 million in
damages from the cyclist
who was stripped of his
record seven Tour de France
victories after admitting he
used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much
of his career.
The deal announced
Thursday came as the two
sides prepared for a trial
that was scheduled to start
May 7 in Washington. Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal
Service teammate Floyd
Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for
up to 25% of the settlement.
Seeking millions it spent
sponsoring
Armstrong’s
powerhouse teams, the government joined the lawsuit
against Armstrong in 2013
after his confession to using
steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and
methods. Armstrong had already retired, but the confession shattered the legacy
of one of the most popular
sports figures in the world.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Armstrong
said he was happy to have
“made peace with the Postal
Service.”
“While I believe that their
lawsuit against me was meritless and unfair, and while I
am spending a lot of money
to resolve it, I have since 2013
tried to take full responsibility for my mistakes and
inappropriate conduct, and
make amends wherever possible,” he said. “I rode my
heart out for the Postal cycling team, and was always
especially proud to wear the
red, white and blue eagle on
my chest when competing in
the Tour de France. Those
memories are very real and
mean a lot to me.”
The settlement clears the
most damaging legal issues
still facing the 46-year-old
Armstrong since his downfall. He had already taken
huge hits financially, losing
all his major sponsors and
being forced to pay more
than $20 million in damages
and settlements in a series of
lawsuits. The government’s
lawsuit would have been the
biggest by far.
Armstrong is still believed to be worth millions
based on a vast investment
portfolio and homes in
Austin, Texas, and Aspen,
Colo.
He also owns a pair of bicycle shops in Austin and
WeDu, an endurance events
company. He also hosts a
regular podcast in which
he interviews sports figures
and celebrities.
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LANCE ARMSTRONG said he was happy to have
“made peace” with his former team sponsor.
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More housing, less coercion
SB 827 died in Sacramento, but
California still can and should
build more housing near transit.
ew bills in Sacramento have gotten as much attention or stirred up
as much controversy recently as
SB 827, Sen. Scott Wiener’s bold
proposal to override local zoning
laws to allow the construction of multistory
buildings near rail stations and major bus
stops — even in single-family neighborhoods where dense development is prohibited.
But this week state leaders decided —
rightly — that Wiener’s hostile takeover of
local zoning went too far.
Introduced in January, the bill immediately became a lightning rod because it so
dramatically upended local control over
housing and development decisions. Wiener
and pro-housing Yes In My Backyard
groups argued that the state had to intervene because decades of slow-growth policies by local governments have created a
devastating housing shortage. But they
drew opposition from an unusual coalition
of homeowners worried about their singlefamily neighborhoods and tenants’ rights
advocates worried about gentrification and
displacement.
Even some of staunchest opponents of
SB 827 professed to support the bill’s housing goal, however. As well they should — California badly needs to build housing, and it
makes sense to concentrate those new units
near transit so people can more easily get
around without driving.
So, it’s time for those folks to put their
money (or their zoning) where their mouth
is. Cities and counties ought to take the initiative and change their land-use laws to
promote taller, denser, more walkable and
more affordable development around transit stations. For all the city officials who
wring their hands over the housing crisis
while opposing SB 827, here’s your chance to
prove Wiener wrong. You don’t want to lose
local control? Then don’t wait for the Legislature to pass the next version of SB 827.
And if cities need more encouragement,
the state should tie its housing aid to housing-friendly zoning changes. California
needs to build a lot more homes — up to
180,000 new units a year just to keep up with
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population growth. That number has been
reached only three times in the last 27 years,
The Times reported.
The state is expected to raise $225 million a year for affordable housing projects
through a real-estate transaction fee approved last year. That sum will increase considerably if voters approve a $4-billion bond
measure for affordable housing construction on the November ballot. To the extent
allowed by law, the state should give communities that have planned for denser and
more affordable housing near public transit
priority when doling out those dollars.
Along the same lines, the state also
ought to tie transportation funding to
smart-growth land-use policies. Thanks to
recent fuel tax hikes and fees, California will
spend tens of billions of dollars on transportation infrastructure, including the construction of rail and bus lines. As a condition
of receiving funding, the state should require that cities plan for dense, affordable
development around the stations and stops,
and fast-track development approvals. Publicly funded transit typically boosts private
property values in the surrounding areas.
The state should look at laws that ensure
the public gets some benefit — such as affordable housing — in return.
The state should also consider tightening existing housing mandates. Legislators
did this last year with several bills that put
teeth in the state’s “fair share” and housing
accountability laws that are designed to
make cities zone for and approve the construction of enough housing to meet population growth. Now lawmakers should revisit the decade-old “Sustainable Communities Strategy” law that requires regions to
develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by placing more housing and
commercial space near transit.
Designing cities to reduce driving is essential because transportation produces
half of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions,
and California will not meet its climate
change goals without slashing the number
of miles that people drive. But there are few
penalties for cities that don’t follow through
on their sustainable community plan. Lawmakers should look at ways to toughen the
law so cities have to follow through on their
climate change commitments.
SB 827 may be dead, but the work to
build more homes in more walkable, transitfriendly communities must continue. The
future of California is at stake.
A combatant’s day in court
hanks to the intervention of a
federal judge, the Trump administration has been prevented for
now from transferring to Saudi
Arabia a U.S. citizen seized in
Syria and suspected of fighting for Islamic
State. Instead of seeking to overturn Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya
Chutkan, the administration should either
charge the man with a crime or give him his
freedom.
The man, who is known in court documents as John Doe, also holds Saudi citizenship. He surrendered to a Syrian militia
backed by the United States in September
and was turned over to the U.S. military. It
declared him an "enemy combatant" and
placed him in a military prison in Iraq, but
apparently it lacks the evidence necessary
to charge him with a crime. According to his
lawyers, Doe claims he was kidnapped by Islamic State and denies fighting alongside
the militants.
Apparently the U.S. government sees
moving Doe to another country as a convenient way to resolve the dilemma created by
the difficulties of charging him with a crime
or, alternatively, imprisoning him as an enemy combatant, which also would eventually
require the government to defend its position in court. That’s because, in a 2004 decision called Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld, the
Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. citizen
held as an enemy combatant must have a
right to challenge his confinement.
But exiling a U.S. citizen without due
process is just as much a violation of due
process as imprisoning him without trial.
The “solution” of handing Doe over to Saudi
Arabia against his will is no solution at all.
As Chutkan remarked during a hearing
Thursday before issuing her ruling: "It's not
release if you're simply giving him over to another jailer.”
In opposing the transfer, the American
Civil Liberties Union, which is representing
Doe, made two principal arguments: that
his detention and possible transfer are illegal because the government lacks the legal
authority to wage war on Islamic State, and
that regardless of the legality of the war,
Doe’s forced transfer to another country in
the absence of any criminal charges against
T
him there is a violation of his constitutional
rights. (His case differs from others in which
the courts have upheld turning over a U.S.
citizen to a foreign country where charges
were pending or there was an extradition
agreement.)
"The government has no legal authority
to detain this U.S. citizen in the first place,
and it clearly lacks any legal authority to
transfer him to the custody of another government," said Jonathan Hafetz, an attorney for the ACLU.
The first assertion is more debatable
than the second. Congress has been remiss
in failing to explicitly authorize the war
against Islamic State undertaken by former
President Obama and continued by President Trump. This page often has criticized
the idea that Authorizations for Use of Military Force passed in 2001 and 2002 — one approved in response to 9/11, the other designed to put pressure on Saddam Hussein
— can be stretched to justify current military operations. We continue to believe that
Congress needs to update its authorizations
for military force.
But even if one accepts that the war
against Islamic State is on sound legal footing, the proposed transfer of Doe to Saudi
Arabia is objectionable. An American citizen suspected of taking up arms on the
wrong side is still entitled to due process
(and he doesn’t forfeit any of his constitutional rights because he has citizenship in a
second country).
And there are ways to prosecute Americans who aid the enemy. In the Hamdi case,
the late Justice Antonin Scalia pointed out
that, in addition to treason, federal law
criminalizes “various acts of war making
and adherence to the enemy.” U.S. citizens
also can be charged with other criminal offenses, including providing material support for terrorism.
If the government can establish that the
man known as John Doe violated any of
these laws, it should file charges against him
in federal court, where it successfully has
prosecuted several previous terrorism
cases. If, however, it is unable to make a
case, it should release him — and give up the
idea of handing him off to “another jailer” in
another country.
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FOUNDED DECEMBER 4, 1881
held their firearms in the
other hand.
Frankly, even on tape, it
was terrifying sight. Clark
never responded to their
orders.
John McGrew
Riverside
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Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
GUBERNATORIAL hopefuls Gavin Newsom, cen-
ter, and Antonio Villaraigosa diverge on healthcare.
Who’s pragmatic?
Re “Single payer ‘a clear litmus test’ in race for governor,”
April 16
The article quotes a UC San Diego professor saying
that if you support adopting a single-payer healthcare
system in California, you’re a “pure progressive,” and if
you don’t, you’re a “pragmatist.”
Sure, the candidates who oppose universal healthcare
coverage under a single-payer system are pragmatic, but
only as that word might apply to the expediency of
courting insurance corporations’ financial support for
their election campaigns. In terms of real public benefit,
supporters of single payer are the true pragmatists.
What could be more practical than eliminating the
bloated administrative expenses of the middleman
insurance companies and paying for healthcare directly
through a unified fund? Our additional taxes will not
double; increases will actually amount to considerably
less than we are now paying in premiums, co-pays and
out-of-pocket expenses.
So let’s get our labels straight: Insuring all
Californians in a fair and just system is pragmatic and
humane.
Carol Bardoff
San Leandro, Calif.
California cannot stand
by itself as the sole provider of a single-payer
health plan in the United
States. Instead, the federal
government should cover
all Americans through a
nationwide program.
The cost of insuring all
39 million Californians
would be too high, and
what would prevent multitudes from other states
moving here just to be part
of a healthcare system not
available to them in their
own state? There could be
patient dumping as other
states unload into California their mostly costly
medical cases.
The strains on the
state’s healthcare system,
which already has severe
shortages of doctors and
nurses, would be crushing
under single payer.
Matthew Hetz
Los Angeles
::
I researched what it
costs for Canada to provide
single-payer universal
healthcare to its citizens
and what Californians pay
for their care, and here’s
what I came up with:
Per year, healthcare
costs about $6,600 per
person in Canada; in the
United States, it’s about
$10,000. According to a 2016
UCLA study, $367 billion is
spent per year on healthcare in California; if we had
Canada’s single-payer
system, we’d spend $257
billion. Canada’s life expectancy at birth is greater
than 82 years; in the United
States, it’s 79 years.
Could the Los Angeles
Times please write about
the Canadian system? It
sure looks like we’re paying
a lot more for less.
John Boyden
Sierra Madre
Sean Hannity is
not a journalist
Re “For Trump’s lawyer, a
day of setbacks in courtroom,” April 17
President Trump’s
personal attorney Michael
Cohen was forced to reveal
that Fox News host Sean
Hannity has been one of his
clients, a revelation that
was followed by a loud
outcry that Hannity has
breached journalistic
ethics by not revealing this
conflict of interest.
The problem is that
Hannity is not a journalist
but an entertainer. His
show, which attracts
Trump fanatics in possession of their own
“truth,” is a protracted puff
piece for the president.
As opposed to an objective journalist, Hannity has
all the credibility of a carnival barker. Why even bother to insinuate that he is
anything else?
Alan Abajian
Alta Loma
Trump has whined that
the attorney-client privilege is dead and that “all
lawyers are deflated and
concerned” because the
FBI executed a courtapproved search warrant
for materials held by his
attorney.
I can say with 100%
certainly that Trump’s
assertion is false.
I’m a retired lawyer who
worked at a federal angecy
for 27 years, and I am overjoyed that the FBI is using
the “crime-fraud” exception to the attorney-client
privilege to look for evidence that Cohen and
possibly Trump have committed illegal acts.
Trump consistently
acts as if the law doesn’t
apply to him or his minions. The investigations
into Trump, Cohen and
others are a needed signal
that we are, and should
always strive to be, a nation
of laws, not despots.
Ray McKown
Rancho Palos Verdes
According to your article, video released by the
Sacramento Police Department shows that the
officers who pursued and
shot Clark waited almost
five minutes to deliver
medical aid out of apparent concern that he was
armed and playing dead as
he lay motionless in his
grandparents’ backyard.
This was later described
by a Plumas County sheriff ’s deputy as “playing
possum.”
I understand why officers are often concerned
for their safety in many
situations, but Clark was
shot at 20 times and never
returned fire.
If, after firing 20 shots
(some of which could have
hit innocent bystanders),
these officers were not sure
that they had disabled
Clark, then law enforcement in Sacramento needs
to review its standards for
carrying and using a
deadly weapon.
Steve Grimm
Long Beach
Like ‘Get Smart,’
but not funny
Re “EPA chief broke law,
watchdog says,” April 17
The installation of a
soundproof telephone
booth in Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office
reminds me of the 1965-70
television show “Get
Smart.”
On that show, the “cone
of silence” came down on
agent Maxwell Smart and
the chief when they wanted
to talk privately. The running joke was that when
inside this cone, they could
not hear each other. Much
laughter ensued whenever
this happened.
Who is laughing now?
Not the Government Accountability Office. Perhaps a few strained chuckles of amazement came
from taxpayers for the
$43,000 cost. However,
Pruitt did get some silence
— he apparently could not
hear the deep rumblings of
investigation.
Marian Gasser
La Mirada
::
::
Should any of us be
surprised or even concerned to learn that Fox
News management has no
problem with Hannity
failing to disclose his relationship with Cohen?
Sure, if Fox News were a
legitimate news organization, this would be viewed
as a serious breach of trust.
But for Fox News, the
revelation is surely seen by
management simply as an
excellent plot twist in its
dramatic narrative.
Way to go, Sean!
Claire Montgomery
Los Angeles
A terrifying night
in Sacramento
Re “Police release Clark
videos,” April 17
After several articles in
the Los Angeles Times over
the last month on the
March 15 police shooting of
Stephon Clark in Sacramento, the April 17 article
finally gave me some perspective.
This newly released
footage captured the moments when the officers
were checking the neighborhood, spotted a suspect
in a backyard, pursued and
shot the man, and waited
for what seemed like an
interminable period (but in
reality was only five minutes) while they decided
whether to check and see if
he might be alive and
armed.
The picture and sound
were on this entire period.
It was dark, dark, dark that
night. Few words could
describe this. It was the
night after a new moon and
two weeks before the full
moon. The officers held
flashlights in one hand to
marginally cut into the
darkness and, I assume,
Pruitt had a soundproof
telephone booth installed
in his office for $43,000.
Since when is environmental protection information
considered top secret?
Pruitt is evidently unsure of which agency he
leads. He has confused the
acronyms, EPA and CIA.
President Trump, when
will we hear your exclamation, “You’re fired”?
Wayne Muramatsu
Cerritos
Double standard
Re “Korean Air heiress’ fit
stirs outcry,” April 18
The article on the Korean Air heiress who tossed a
glass of water into the face
of an advertising agency
executive missed an essential point: Had Cho
Hyun-min been a man,
there would have been
much less media coverage.
For centuries, male
leaders have been able to
humiliate their subordinates, berate them, even
kick them, and with no
consequences. However,
let a woman do something
that comes out to even a
fraction of that kind of
behavior, and the entire
male hemisphere suddenly
becomes unhinged and
outraged.
I am not condoning this
executive’s behavior. I am
pointing out there is a
serious double standard at
work here.
Andy Serrano
Los Angeles
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As soccer goes, so goes globalization Bright
lights,
bleak city
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By Andrés Martinez
anchester City
clinched the English
Premier
League title for
2017-18 last weekend, a momentous occasion not
only for soccer fans around the
world, but also for anyone interested in the pressing debate
about the relative merits of globalization’s wonders and pitfalls,
for which English soccer offers a
poignant case study and metaphor.
In the last quarter-century,
England’s Premier League has
gone from one of the world’s most
insular sports leagues to one of
the most cosmopolitan. The result has been an astonishing improvement in the “consumer
product” — the game itself — with
an accompanying surge of Brexitrattled anxieties about the nature of England’s claim on the
sport it bequeathed to the world.
It’s hard to overstate the extent to which the Premier League
has become a world all-star
league, thanks to an influx of
capital and talent. When English
soccer’s top flight was rebranded
the “Premier League” in the 19921993 season, it featured only 13
non-British or non-Irish players.
Now a majority of starters across
the league are foreigners, signed
in all likelihood by foreign owners
and coached by foreign managers.
Of the six “big” clubs (out of
20) — Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal — only
Tottenham is English-owned.
And these teams are directed by
Argentinean (two), Portuguese,
German, Italian and French
coaches. No English-owned club
has captured the league title
in the past decade.
Imagine if Major League
Baseball were so dominated by
overseas interests that the ballparks were named after foreign
airlines, or that some players
wore jerseys bearing Chinese
characters associated with a corporate sponsor based in the People’s Republic. From Americans
tuning into NBC on weekend
mornings to fans across East
Asia watching late into the night,
followers outside the United
Kingdom are fueling the league’s
spectacular growth. English
newspapers reported that there
were only four countries in the
world where you couldn’t watch
the Manchester “derby” between
first- and second-place City
and United earlier this month:
North Korea, Cuba, Nevis and
Moldova.
Manchester City, which lost
that game but went on to secure
the title last weekend when
United stumbled against bottomdweller West Brom, illustrates
the upside of globalization in
dramatic fashion, as well as some
of the challenges it brings.
The team was founded in 1880
by Anna Connell, the 25-year-old
daughter of the rector of St.
Mark’s Church, in the industrial
core of East Manchester to offer a
wholesome diversion to young
working men. For the next century, and beyond, what would become known as Manchester City
FC in 1894 prided itself on being
the scrappy underdog to the
more glamorous, deeper-pocketed Manchester United.
United, alongside Liverpool,
became the giant of 20th century
English soccer, and then the
undisputed master of the Premier League at the turn of the last
century. “Cityzens,” meanwhile,
had to be content with a club that
alternated between brief spells of
brilliance and long stretches of
existential angst.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al
Nahyan of Abu Dhabi entered the
scene in 2008, putting an end to
City’s existential woes. Sparing
no expense, the sheikh assembled a dream team on and off the
field, led by the world’s most successful coach, Pep Guardiola, a
Catalan who perfected his brand
of sublime free-flowing, possession-cherishing, and attacking play in Barcelona. City has
won its third Premier League title
this season playing a stylish version of the game that even neutrals cheered on, while threatening to break most league records. (The season still has a few
weeks to run, but no one can
catch City.)
In Manchester itself, the team
and its Abu Dhabi owner have
proven remarkably deferential to
the club’s local roots and its traditions. Except, of course, that
these days no one would confuse
City for a scrappy underdog.
In fact, despite the Premier
League’s foreign entanglements,
its secret ingredient remains the
authenticity provided by its
teams’ rooted traditions and storied rivalries. The clubs and their
followers around the world take
what globalization offers while
pretending the product is artisanal, and locally sourced. Fans
in California and in China tune in
to watch because the stadiums in
rainy Stoke and Newcastle still fill
to the brim with fans chanting the
same chants their fathers and
grandfathers chanted.
The likes of the sheikh, the
American Glazer family that
owns cross-town rival Manchester United, and Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich,
could have started a “World Club
League” from scratch that could
play anywhere and everywhere,
and signed the same players and
coaches and paid them the same
exorbitant salaries. But that
would be unbridled globalization, devoid of any pretense of belonging, either to a particular
place or past. The ambitious
Manchester City project needs its
rector’s-daughter origin story.
This summer’s World Cup in
Russia will provide an opportunity for English fans to take stock of
what globalization has done to
their national pastime. England
hasn’t won the tournament since
1966. If its team, made up only of
the best English nationals (facing
plenty of Premier League foreign
players who will be playing for
their own countries of origin),
fares poorly again, that will fuel
critics who blame the globalization of England’s domestic
league for failing to produce and
develop more talented native
players. Think of it as sport’s
equivalent of the old import-substitution debates in the economic
context.
But optimists are betting that
the English team could go far in
the tournament, in part because
its players have become better for
competing on a weekly basis with
the best players, under the best
coaches, from around the world.
If these optimists are correct, and
England does well in Russia, who
knows, maybe Britain will want
to revisit its Brexit vote. Otherwise, the Premier League’s global
underpinnings, and the world’s,
could take a new hit.
Andrés Martinez is a professor
of practice at the Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication at Arizona
State University and a lifelong
fútbol fan.
Meghan Dhaliwal For The Times
THE MIGRANT CARAVAN started in March with more than 1,000 people, about 80% of them from Honduras.
Fragile steps forward
By James D. Nealon
and Kurt Ver Beek
emnants of a migrant caravan
crossing Mexico are on the last
leg toward the U.S. border in Tijuana, where scores of Hondurans are expected to ask for
asylum. This has attracted the ire of President Trump, who not only tweeted a
threat to cut off U.S. assistance to Honduras but days later deployed the National Guard to the border.
This flurry of attention on Honduras
came on the heels of a string of negative
headlines this year. Allegations of election-tampering sparked protests in January in which 30 people were killed by security forces. The Honduran Congress passed an “immunity pact” to protect its
members from corruption charges. Then
the head of an international anti-corruption mission to Honduras resigned, citing
a lack of support from the government
and the international community.
It is tempting to look at all this and say
nothing has changed in Honduras, and
nothing ever will. But that’s not the case.
In spite of daunting challenges, over
the past four years, Honduras has made
progress in reducing violence, improving
governance, fighting corruption and extending economic opportunity to citizens.
But that progress is fragile and now is not
the time for America to abandon its support.
Honduras’ astronomically high levels
of violence earned it the title “Murder
Capital of the World.” In 2012, the homicide
rate hit a high of 86 per 100,000. This year, it
has dropped to around 42 per 100,000. That
is still far too high; for comparison, the
R
To end caravans of
Honduran migrants,
keep U.S. aid flowing.
U.S. rate is 4 per 100,000. Still, it is an impressive gain achieved through courageous efforts by Honduran government
officials, civil society actors, specially
trained units in the national police and the
international community, particularly the
United States.
The Honduran national police — historically part of the problem — also are
making strides against corruption.
Through a civil society-led Purge Commission, more than 4,000 officers have
been fired, including nearly all those at the
very top of the police force. At the same
time, the international community and
Honduran civil society have supported
bottom-up reforms, improving recruitment and training to ensure that the police can take on the powerful gangs in violent communities and win the support of
a skeptical populace.
Other Honduran institutions, including the courts and government agencies,
also have been plagued by corruption for a
long time. But in early 2016, the Honduran
government and the Organization of
American States, or OAS, agreed to create
the Mission to Support the Fight Against
Corruption and Impunity, a joint legal
force led by international experts. With
strong support from the attorney general’s office, it already has helped to convict
the leaders of an enormous Social Security scandal and to identify other rings of of-
ficial corruption, including in the national
congress.
These steps have had bad actors running scared in Honduras at last. How do
we know? Because those gains — important, impressive, but fragile — have been
under attack by an unlikely coalition of
those who thrived amid the country’s lawlessness. These shadow leaders have
launched a full-on campaign of coercion
and manipulation in the Honduran courts
and Congress, of which the “immunity
pact” is just one sign. In short, the empire
is striking back.
Cutting off or greatly reducing U.S. assistance to Honduras right now would
play in to the hands of drug traffickers,
corrupt government officials, violent
gangs and all the other nefarious actors
who sowed violence, corruption and chaos
for decades. The Honduran people — long
let down by their leaders and institutions
— would be left once again to save themselves. And that means many more will
vote with their feet and attempt to migrate
to the United States.
U.S. assistance isn’t charity, nor is it a
gift to Honduras. It is an investment in
preventing the country from sliding backward. It is in the U.S. national interest to
keep supporting efforts to reduce violence, improve governance and create
economic opportunities so that Hondurans see their future not in the United
States, but in a stable and safe Honduras.
James D. Nealon was U.S. ambassador
to Honduras from 2014 to 2017. Kurt Alan
Ver Beek, a sociology professor at Calvin
College, has lived in Honduras since 1988
and is co-founder of the Assn. for a More
Just Society.
By Ann Friedman
ast weekend, Los Angeles
mayor and presidential
hopeful Eric Garcetti stood
in a Des Moines bar and told
the small group of gathered
Democrats, “I think that Iowa and Los
Angeles have a ton in common.”
As an Iowa-born Angeleno, I had to
laugh. That’s the sort of thing that can
only be said with a straight face by a
person who’s lived in only one of those
two places.
A few days after Garcetti’s attempt
to bond with Iowa Democrats, UCLA’s
Luskin School of Public Affairs released a survey showing that Los
Angeles residents — especially those
younger than 30 — are increasingly
dissatisfied with their quality of life.
The culprit? The cost of living, particularly rents and home prices.
This won’t come as news if you’ve
spoken to anyone under 30 recently.
They are hustling to get their careers
off the ground and, in the meantime,
making ends meet with a patchwork
of underpaid gigs. Succeeding in the
big city has always been tough, but it’s
only gotten tougher now that so many
entry-level jobs are low-wage, low-skill
and temporary — with no discernible
path to stability.
“L.A. has always been a place of
optimism — that’s what makes this
place a magnet,” UCLA lecturer and
former L.A. County Supervisor Zev
Yaroslavsky, who led the survey, told
The Times. Yet his survey and anecdotal evidence show L.A.’s magnetism
is waning. From 2010 to 2015, the Los
Angeles suburbs saw their millennial
population grow by 8.1%, whereas the
city has drawn only a 1.8% increase.
Other extremely expensive cities like
New York and London are in similar
positions: They still attract college
graduates, but thanks to astronomical housing costs and stagnant
wages, they’re having trouble getting
them to stick around.
This is the inverse of a problem
that has long plagued the small towns
of America’s Rust Belt and rural Midwest. My home state of Iowa has had a
“brain-drain” for decades, losing
college graduates to larger cities and
the coasts. The state is able to coax
some former residents back when
they’re ready to raise a family, or decades later when they’ve retired. In the
meantime, immigrants have become
increasingly important as the state
struggles to maintain its population.
Immigration has accounted for 40% of
the state’s growth since 2010.
How long until major cities realize
they need to work harder to convince
young people — and immigrants —
not just to move there, but to stay?
Dowell Myers, a professor of demography and urban planning at the University of Southern California, published a paper declaring that American cities reached “peak millennial” in
2015. Although Los Angeles County is
still home to the nation’s largest foreign-born population, most of these
immigrants are long-settled — not
new arrivals. Without an actionable
plan to curb the cost of living, America’s pricey cities — not just Los Angeles and New York, but also San Francisco; Washington, D.C; Boston; Seattle; Miami — are quickly going to lose
the very populations that make urban
life appealingly vibrant.
California now tends to draw people who’ve already built their careers
elsewhere. According to a 2016 report
by the organization Next 10, “Individuals coming to California are primarily
concentrated in high-wage occupations.” The effect is palpable in many
L.A. neighborhoods, where longtime
residents are in a pitched battle with
newcomers over gentrification. Artistic communities that historically
thrived in cities are starting to dissipate, too. Los Angeles artists are
fanning out as far as the Antelope
Valley. New York City now has a “mayor of nightlife” tasked with preserving
independent clubs and music venues.
The web-driven real estate agency
Redfin reported that the three cities
with the biggest “outflow” in 2017 —
those searching for homes outside
their own metro area — were New
York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Brain-drain states have long recognized that a failure to attract young
people has economic consequences.
But perhaps cities won’t know what
they’re losing until it’s gone. In the
same UCLA survey that revealed how
dissatisfied young Angelenos are with
Los Angeles, the factor they were
most satisfied with was “relations
between people of different races,
ethnicities and religions.” Diversity is
now one of cities’ strongest remaining
selling points. If high housing costs
diminish that attribute, it’s hard to
imagine how big urban areas will
continue to draw young people and
immigrants.
Last summer, Time magazine
compiled the top cities attracting
millennials. Those seeing the biggest
relative growth were Virginia Beach
and Richmond, Va.; San Bernardino;
Memphis; and New Orleans. Los
Angeles wasn’t on the list, and neither
was Des Moines. Perhaps they do have
a ton in common after all.
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Anger grows
over killing
by police in
Barstow lot
Witnesses counted 30
shots as officers fired
on a car that they say
sped toward them
outside a Walmart.
By Richard Winton
Photographs by Al
Seib Los Angeles Times
ACACIA FRIEDMAN takes a break from the “Dawn of Legal Cannabis” event at Eaze’s new L.A. head-
quarters in Venice. The company connects consumers to dispensaries for home pot deliveries.
CALIFORNIA JOURNAL
California’s cannabis
experiment rolls on
To mark pot ‘holiday,’ delivery firm holds Venice open house
ROBIN ABCARIAN
CAT PACKER of L.A.’s Department of Cannabis Regulation speaks
at the open house. Harsh drug laws spurred her to become an activist.
If you find yourself
driving in Venice in
the next little while,
you may notice that
the illuminated
“Venice” sign at Pacific and Windward
avenues that functions as a gateway to the famous
boardwalk has sprouted neon cannabis leaves.
The sign, which changes seasonally (red and green bulbs at
Christmas, a heart on Valentine’s
Day, flag-colored bulbs on the Fourth
of July) will honor a relatively new
holiday: 4/20, which evolved from a
Bay Area high school ritual to the
most important day of the year for
cannabis lovers.
To coincide with this “holiday,” a
technology company with San Francisco roots held an open house this
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At a Walmart parking lot
in Barstow this month,
shoppers ducked for cover
as police opened fire on a
black man inside a car.
When the confrontation
ended, Diante Yarber was
dead in a fusillade of what
some witnesses counted as
30 shots from officers.
Now, his family is saying
the gunfire was excessive,
and the case is generating
national interest.
A grainy cellphone video
captured the sound of the
barrage of gunfire as police
officers’ rounds pierced the
black Ford Mustang being
driven by Yarber, 26. But the
video does not show the full
incident.
Authorities said Yarber
was shot dead after he reversed his vehicle, striking a
police car, then accelerated
toward officers. Police say he
then reversed again toward
officers, hitting a second
cruiser.
Family members and attorneys dispute the scenario
and point to a part of the
video that appears to show
the Mustang moving slowly
backward as officers fired.
“They don’t have a justification for stopping this car.
They saw a car full of black
people in front of a Walmart
and that was suspicious,”
said S. Lee Merritt, a nationally known civil rights attorney
now
representing
Yarber’s family. “I don’t believe I have seen a more brutal shooting. They just began pouring bullets into the
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Detective accused
of drug links can’t
be fired, court says
Wiretap evidence in
Sheriff’s Department
case is ruled invalid.
By Maya Lau
Carlos Arellano was a
narcotics detective with the
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department when the
agency received a disturbing
tip that he was fraternizing
with criminals.
After months of investigating, the department accused him of being involved
with a drug-trafficking organization, cultivating his
own marijuana plants and
discussing drug payments in
phone conversations that
fellow detectives overheard
on a wiretap, according to
court records.
In 2011, two years after the
initial tip came in, Arellano
was fired.
But an appeals court
panel this week upheld the
Feinstein’s
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veteran deputy’s efforts to
keep his job, ruling that the
law did not allow the department to use evidence gathered from the wiretap in a
disciplinary proceeding.
Arellano’s
attorney
praised Wednesday’s appellate decision, saying her client has always denied he
was the person heard on the
wiretap and had been
wrongly portrayed as “a bad
guy.”
“This case from the beginning was an overreaction
from the Sheriff ’s Department,” Elizabeth Gibbons
said.
The deputy, who joined
the department in the late
1980s, is on paid administrative leave and is not actively
investigating drug crimes,
said department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. Last
year, he was paid $130,000 in
salary and other compensation, according to county records.
Nishida said the depart[See Detective, B4]
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LOS ANGELES Mayor Eric Garcetti unveils his $9.9-billion spending plan. His
proposal includes $90 million for projects designed to improve street safety.
Garcetti budget targets
street repairs and safety
Spending plan counts
on higher tax revenue
as city faces increased
workforce costs.
By David Zahniser
and Dakota Smith
Flush with revenue from
a strong economy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is
looking to ramp up efforts to
fix buckled sidewalks, rebuild the city’s most damaged roads and reduce the
number of traffic deaths.
The mayor’s $9.9-billion
budget, which was released
Thursday, relies on a 5.6% increase in key revenues, such
as property, sales and hotel
bed taxes, according to city
budget analysts.
The
spending
plan,
which covers the fiscal year
that starts July 1, will also experience a boost in revenue
from Airbnb and marijuana
sales. And it will depend on
an influx of extra money
from a state gas tax —
$67 million over the coming
year — as well as from Measure M, a voter-approved tax
hike to pay for transporta-
tion projects.
Garcetti aides say those
and other revenues will enable the city to expand an array of services, providing:
8 $41 million for sidewalk
repairs, up from $31 million
this year.
8 $73 million for reconstruction of the city’s worst
streets, up from $30 million
this year.
8 $90 million for projects
aimed at improving street
safety, including new crosswalks, improved traffic signals and “curb extensions”
— projects that extend a
[See Budget, B4]
S. Lee Merritt
DIANTE YARBER was
killed by police April 5.
His family disputes the
account given by officers.
FPPC
votes
to rein
in head
Power struggle within
California’s political
watchdog agency boils
over during meeting.
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — A
power struggle inside the
state’s political watchdog
agency broke out into a public war of words between
rival commissioners Thursday, after an advisor to Gov.
Jerry Brown objected to a
planned reshuffling of duties
as a threat to policing campaign finances in California.
The divided Fair Political
Practices Commission gave
initial approval Thursday to
policy changes that would
force its full-time chairwoman, Jodi Remke, to share
oversight power with parttime commissioners, despite
opposition
from
Remke and Peter A. Krause,
Brown’s legal affairs secretary.
Opponents are concerned that the change
could put the agency in disarray just as it is faced with
overseeing the hundreds of
campaigns underway for the
June 5 statewide primary,
now less than seven weeks
away.
Krause said in a letter
that the proposals “risk
undermining and impeding
the important work of the
commission,” while Remke
called them “legally problematic and impracticable.”
In full rebellion against
Remke, three of the five
commissioners voted to begin the process of creating
two standing committees of
two members each, excluding the chairperson, to develop recommendations on
legal issues, policy changes,
budgets and personnel
matters.
The proposal must be
published for public notice
before the regulation can be
given final adoption in June.
The vote came after an
angry back-and-forth in
which Commissioners Allison Hayward, Brian Hatch
and Maria Audero, who supported the policy change,
criticized Remke and commission executives for not
telling the rest of the panel
that they met last week with
members of the governor’s
staff before their opposition
was announced.
“You immediately ran to
the governor’s office and
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Feinstein war chest at $10 million
Senator continues to
eclipse rival Kevin de
León in fundraising,
election records show.
SARAH D. WIRE
WASHINGTON — Sen.
Dianne Feinstein has widened her massive fundraising advantage in the run-up
to June’s primary, collecting
twice as much in the first
quarter than her strongest
Senate challenger has sitting in the bank.
Feinstein raised $1.3 million between January and
March, bringing her war
chest to just over $10 million
as California’s U.S. Senate
race begins in earnest,
according Federal Election
Commission reports.
Former state Senate
leader Kevin de León, the
best known of the more than
30 people who will appear
with Feinstein on the June
primary ballot, raised just
$575,991 in that same period,
bringing his cash on hand to
$672,331, according to his
Alex Brandon Associated Press
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN has raised more than $10 million in her campaign
for a fifth full term. She faces more than 30 challengers in the June primary.
quarterly FEC report.
That’s less than what
some House candidates
raised in the same time
period, and they need to
campaign only in their
districts rather than in a
costly statewide race.
Most experts believe
that a relatively unknown
Senate candidate like De
León will need to raise much
more money to take on a
fundraising juggernaut like
Feinstein.
In the 2016 U.S. Senate
race, winner Kamala Harris
spent $14.4 million to defeat
former Rep. Loretta
Sanchez, who spent $4.5
million. Since entering the
race in the fall, De León has
raised just over $1 million.
De León had been hoping to deny Feinstein the
California Democratic
Party’s endorsement, and
possibly secure it himself, as
a way to propel his campaign and convince donors
he was a viable candidate.
But while persuading
nearly two-thirds of the
party’s delegates to vote
against Feinstein at the
February convention was a
political coup and brought a
rash of negative headlines
nationally for Feinstein, he
came up just shy of securing
the endorsement himself
and it does not appear to
have helped his fundraising
significantly.
De León’s campaign
manager, Courtni Pugh,
dismissed the gap.
“Kevin isn’t running to
outraise or outspend his
opponent, who happens to
be one of the wealthiest
members of Congress,”
Pugh said in a statement.
“He’s running because the
status quo in Washington,
D.C., isn’t advocating on
behalf of everyday Califor-
nians, and that needs to
change.”
As she seeks a fifth full
term in the Senate, Feinstein faces several challengers who have been critical of
her willingness to work with
President Trump, especially
at a time when California
has positioned itself as the
bulwark against his policies.
Most vocal among them
have been Democrats urging resistance to the Trump
administration at any cost.
Along with 11 Republican
challengers, Feinstein faces
nine Democrats, nine independents and two thirdparty candidates. As campaign finance reports began
trickling after Sunday’s
deadline, few reports
showed candidates other
than Feinstein with much
cash on hand.
Feinstein is one of the
wealthiest members of
Congress, and she’s already
lent $5 million to her campaign. The bulk of her fundraising so far this year has
been from individuals.
sarah.wire@latimes.com
Twitter: @sarahdwire
SAC R A M E N T O WAT C H
Trump tweet sparks confusion over Guard mission
After he says U.S.
won’t pay for plan,
state officials confirm
Pentagon funding.
JOHN MYERS
SACRAMENTO — The
awkward dance between
Gov. Jerry Brown and the
federal government over the
National Guard jerked back
toward discord Thursday,
when President Trump said
he would refuse to pay for a
new deployment of troops —
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
PRESIDENT Trump called Gov. Jerry Brown’s deci-
sion to deploy 400 National Guard troops a “charade.”
just hours after his administration said otherwise.
And a few hours later,
California officials said they
had received written confirmation from the Pentagon
that the mission would
indeed be funded.
Trump had earlier called
Brown’s decision to approve
400 troops for a mission
focused on combating
transnational crime and
drug smuggling a “charade”
in a tweet.
“We need border security
and action, not words!” the
president wrote.
A spokesman for Brown
pointed to a tweet written
Wednesday night by Homeland Security Secretary
Kirstjen Nielsen, thanking
the California governor for
his efforts. Trump was
meeting Thursday with
Nielsen at his Mar-a-Lago
estate not long after his
tweet was posted.
A tweet later posted by
the California National
Guard said that almost
three hours after Trump’s
comment, the state received
“written confirmation from
the Pentagon” to fund the
mission as outlined by
Brown the day before.
“In short, nothing has
changed today,” a subsequent Guard tweet said.
Brown was the last of the
nation’s border governors to
respond to Trump’s insistence this month that National Guard troops were
needed to assist with immigration-related duties at the
U.S.-Mexico border. And he
has consistently refused to
allow California troops to
engage in any mission related to federal immigration
law.
“This will not be a mission to build a new wall,”
Brown wrote last week to
Nielsen and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. “It will
not be a mission to round up
SAC R A M E N T O WAT C H
Gay ‘conversion
therapy’ targeted
women and children or
detain people escaping
violence and seeking a better life.”
Exactly what the California operations will cost
remains unclear, as state
officials have said it will
depend on decisions made
once the mission begins.
The funds would not be
transferred to the state, but
instead would be paid directly by the Department of
Defense.
Trump has critiqued
California several times over
the last few days, often
writing tweets that embrace
the actions by some cities
and counties to join his
administration’s lawsuit
against the state’s “sanctuary” laws limiting its role in
immigration enforcement.
He made similar comments
to reporters Thursday
afternoon.
“If you look at what’s
happening in California
with sanctuary cities —
people are really going the
opposite way,” Trump said.
“They don’t want sanctuary
cities. There’s a little bit of a
revolution going on in California.”
john.myers@latimes.com
Twitter: @johnmyers
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Assembly bill would
add the service to
state’s list of deceptive
business practices.
JOHN MYERS
SACRAMENTO — After
a debate that focused on the
personal experiences of
several lawmakers, the
California Assembly voted
Thursday to add gay “conversion therapy” to the
state’s list of deceptive
business practices.
“It is harmful and it is
unnecessary,” Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), the bill’s author and
one of the Legislature’s
most vocal LGBTQ members, said of the practice.
Low, who told Assembly
members that he explored
conversion therapy as a
teenager and suffered depression over his sexual
orientation, insisted the bill
would be limited to efforts
that involve the exchange of
money.
“There’s nothing wrong
with me,” he said in an emotional speech on the Assembly floor. “There’s nothing
that needs to be changed.”
The bill, which now
heads to the Senate, has
become the focal point of
intense debate on social
media. Some religious
groups have said that such a
law would be a violation of
their constitutional rights,
while advocates insist the
provisions are narrow and
there’s no credible evidence
that the services work.
One key part of the debate centers on whether
Assembly Bill 2943 would
stretch beyond businesses
that charge for these programs and extend to
printed documents, even
Bibles. An analysis by the
Assembly Judiciary Committee says the bill would
apply only to services that
purport to change a person’s sexual orientation and
are offered “on a commercial basis, as well as the
advertising and offering of
such services.”
Lawmakers who spoke in
support of AB 2943 also
made clear that they believe
those kinds of services have
been discredited. “This is
fraudulent, it should not be
occurring,” said Assemblywoman Susan Eggman
(D-Stockton). “But you can
still try to pray the gay away,
if you like.”
Assemblyman James
Gallagher (R-Yuba City),
who said the bill addresses a
difficult issue, nonetheless
said that it’s important to
ensure that laws don’t
tamper with religious freedom.
“We have to think about
the legitimate experience of
people who have gone
through conversion therapy
and said this was a good
thing for them,” Gallagher
told his colleagues.
California law already
bans the use of conversion
therapy by mental health
professionals on those
under age 18. Low’s bill
would expand the state’s
efforts beyond minors. It
would join a list of commercial activities deemed “unfair or deceptive acts or
practices” and therefore
banned under state law.
john.myers@latimes.com
Twitter: @johnmyers
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F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
B3
CITY & STATE
Prosecutors
say ‘The Jinx’
rattled Durst
Millionaire accused of
murder told friend he
‘had a problem’ after
watching HBO series.
By Marisa Gerber
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
MOURNING A CLASSMATE
Monique Selva, left, girls’ wrestling coach at South El Monte High School, hugs Cielo Portillo as other
students console one another at a memorial for Jeremy Sanchez, 17, who was found stabbed to death near
the San Gabriel River. An unidentified 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Bullying, profanity cited
in report on fired teacher
Investigator says
educator who called
members of military
‘dumb’ had history of
outrageous behavior.
By Sonali Kohli
When El Rancho High
School teacher Gregory Salcido was secretly recorded
telling his students that
members of the military
were “dumb” and the “lowest of the low,” the public
outcry was swift and withering.
Angry community members called for Salcido’s firing, and White House Chief
of Staff John F. Kelly — a retired Marine general — said
the teacher “ought to go to
hell.”
Within months, Salcido
would be out of a job, and his
position as a Pico Rivera city
councilman would be called
into question.
On Tuesday, however, El
Rancho Unified School District released a report that
suggests Salcido’s firing was
not based on a single classroom diatribe.
Instead, the report suggests the firing was based on
a pattern of alleged outrageous behavior that included “bullying” students
with disparaging comments
and “corporal punishment,”
improper use of a classroom
computer, and the shocking
use of profanity and racial
slurs in front of students and
staff.
Details of the investigation were first reported in
the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Salcido has appealed his
dismissal.
In an email to The Times
on Wednesday, the former
teacher wrote: “My pending
appeal to the state serves as
a clear indication of my disagreement with the motivation, method, and contents
of the district’s investigation.”
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
FIRED El Rancho High teacher Gregory Salcido is on
the Pico Rivera council. He’s appealing his dismissal.
The investigation was
conducted by Steve Hummel, a private investigator
who owns the digital forensics and IT firm Paradox
Technology.
“The students that get
the most bullying follow a
pattern where they are
white, Asian, pro-military,
Christian or gay,” the investigator noted in the report.
In his report, Hummel recounted accusations that
Salcido called a white student a Nazi, used an antiLatino slur, singled out
LGBT students, made disparaging
weight-related
comments, grilled a student
about religious beliefs, and
called a student a bitch during class.
A former assistant principal said Salcido would “go
off on these weird tangents
and say, ‘Well because we
used to hang black people
we should keep hanging
them,’ ” according to the report.
He is also accused of
sharing controversial views
on topics such as suicide and
child porn — comments that
students and parents and
administrators found inappropriate.
There are multiple allegations from students in the
report that he told students
that committing suicide is a
choice they should be able to
make.
In a 3½-minute audio recording the district provided
to The Times, Salcido appears to say that downloading “kiddie porn” is “disgusting” but should not be a
crime, before suggesting
that people with failed suicide attempts should be
charged with attempted
murder.
A student provided the
audio to the investigator and
told him that a school employee brushed off her and
her father’s complaints and
refused to listen to the recording when the incident
occurred in the 2016-17 school
year, according to the report.
This isn’t Salcido’s first
brush with misconduct allegations. He was suspended
in 2012 for hitting a student.
More recently, students told
the investigator that Salcido
inflicted physical punishment for tardiness. Students said they were required to do squats or
pushups in front of the class.
“A girl in a short skirt was
berated in front of the class
to do a squat until she left in
tears. He was previously
warned by administration in
writing to stop this practice
as it constitutes corporal
punishment,” according to
the report.
An analysis of the hard
drive on Salcido’s classroom
computer revealed that he
conducted Pico Rivera city
business on his El Rancho
computer, the report says.
The hard drive also included four deleted images,
according to the report:
“Three of nude or mostly
nude women, and one of a
young boy standing behind a
large sumo wrestler pulling
on his ‘mawashi’ (thong-like
garment).”
The presence of such images on a district-owned
computer
violates
its
technology use policies, the
report notes.
The report suggests that
administrators at the school
were aware of Salcido’s alleged behavior and tried to
address it.
“During the last decade
Mr. Salcido has received numerous letters of reprimand,” as well as memos
about his “unacceptable behavior and verbal guidance
not to swear, name call,
threaten, kick out of class,
use racist remarks or bully
the students,” the report
says.
One assistant principal,
who began his job in October
2017 and was in charge of
evaluating Salcido, told the
investigator that he noticed
Salcido’s use of profanity
and was concerned about
him missing professional development sessions. He added, “He really is trying for
good, but I don’t know if he
can manage himself and
really do what he wants to do
in a professional setting,” according to the report.
Counselors at the school
tried to protect students
from him, according to the
report. One counselor told
the investigator that in the
last 11 years she’s moved
about 25 students out of his
classes.
Board members said
they were shocked at the details in the report.
In a jail call recorded in
2015, Robert Durst told a
friend he regretted giving interviews to the producers of
“The Jinx,” saying he realized while watching the sixpart HBO documentary
that he “definitely had a
problem.”
The New York real estate
scion was arrested in connection with the slaying of
his best friend Susan
Berman on March 14, 2015 —
the day before the finale of
“The Jinx,” which focuses on
his tangled life.
Prosecutors have said
they feared Durst, who was
arrested at a New Orleans
hotel in possession of guns,
cash, a fake ID and a mask,
might flee after realizing the
“damning evidence” in the
documentary.
Prosecutors
contend
Berman, whose body was
found Christmas Eve in
2000, was killed to prevent
her from providing incriminating information about
Durst’s involvement in the
1982 disappearance of his
wife, Kathleen, a case that
remains unsolved. Durst, 75,
has denied killing either
woman.
In the final episode of the
documentary, Durst mumbles: “What the hell did I do?
Killed them all, of course.”
To some, his comments appeared to be a confession to
three killings: those of
Berman, Kathleen, and Morris Black, a neighbor in
Galveston, Texas. Durst admitted to shooting Black in
2001, saying he acted in selfdefense during a struggle
over a gun. He also admitted
to chopping up Black’s body
and dumping the parts in
Galveston Bay. He was acquitted of murder.
During a hearing Thursday, prosecutors played the
jail call in which the multimillionaire told a friend that
he became concerned while
watching the fifth installment of the documentary. In
that segment, producers reveal they have a letter Durst
sent to Berman in 1999 showing handwriting that looks
similar to that in an anonymous note sent to police at
the time of Berman’s death,
telling them they’d find a
“cadaver” at her home. In
both documents, Beverly
Hills is misspelled as “Beverley Hills.”
In another jail call with
the same friend, Durst says
he wanted to find old letters
he’d written.
“If I can find somebody
who’s got something I wrote
back then, or even some-
body who can say, ‘Yeah,
yeah, Bob used to write to
me. He wrote me a couple of
letters. He never misspelled
Beverly,’ that would be very
helpful, I think,” Durst says
on the recording.
While some new evidence
was revealed during court
hearings this week, many
key elements of the prosecution’s case emerged during
past hearings. Last year,
Durst’s longtime friend Nick
Chavin testified that Durst
once confessed to killing
Berman,
their
mutual
friend. “I had to. It was her or
me,” Durst said, according
to Chavin. “I had no choice.”
On Thursday, prosecutors questioned one of
Berman’s friends, Julie
Smith, eliciting testimony
they will probably use to bolster Chavin’s credibility.
Smith testified that Chavin
approached her at Berman’s
2001 memorial service and
said Berman once told him
that Durst confessed to
killing Kathleen.
“Nick was extremely
wound up and very, very agitated,” said Smith, who met
Berman while both women
worked as journalists in San
Francisco and went on to become the executor of her will.
The witness, a writer and
publisher, also testified that
during a trip to New York in
the 1980s, Berman told her
about Kathleen’s disappearance. Smith said she asked
Berman if she believed
Durst had killed his wife.
“Absolutely not, I don’t
think that,” Berman said,
according to Smith’s testimony.
Prosecutors also questioned Berman’s friend Alfred Clethen, whose testimony they probably will use
to argue that Durst was in
Los Angeles at the time
Berman was killed. (Airline
records show the real estate
tycoon left California the
night before Berman’s body
was found, but his flight left
from San Francisco.)
Clethen, a writer and
stand-up comedian, testified that Berman constantly
spoke about Durst and in a
conversation just before her
death mentioned that he
planned to visit Los Angeles
for the holidays.
“She said, ‘Bobby was
coming…. It’s going to be a
lot of fun,’ ” Clethen testified. Berman said Durst was
coming “around the holidays — Christmas,” according to Clethen.
But during cross-examination, one of Durst’s lawyers played a recorded call of
Clethen telling prosecutors
he couldn’t say for sure
whether Berman said Durst
was coming in December. He
remembered it as “the holidays,” the witness says on
the recording.
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@latimes.com
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
ROBERT DURST , shown last year, is accused of
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killing his best friend Susan Berman in L.A. in 2000.
Cargo trailer holding 8,000 Disney tickets is stolen
By Sonali Kohli
A Disney trip for 6,500
high school students was
thrown
into
turmoil
Wednesday when a trailer
loaded with Disney California Adventure tickets was
stolen from a Central Valley
parking lot, authorities say.
The trailer was set to
travel from the office of the
California Future Farmers
of America Foundation, in
Galt, to Anaheim, where the
90th annual California FFA
leadership conference is taking place next week.
The four-day event for
high school students includes job skills training, agricultural visits and a private
event for attendees at Disney’s California Adventure
theme park.
But the foundation’s surveillance camera captured a
man entering the group’s
parking lot at 3:10 a.m.
Wednesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Michael
Bradley said.
The man cut the lock on
the trailer, attached it to his
own dark, extended-cab
pickup truck and drove
away, Bradley said.
The stolen trailer is a
white, double-axle Wells
Cargo trailer with the license
plate 4KJ1127, he said.
Disney has voided the
8,000 stolen tickets and issued new ones for the conference, Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger said.
It’s not clear that the
thief was looking for Disney
tickets in particular. Bradley
said the man didn’t look inside the trailer before taking
it.
The wristbands and tickets — worth about $800,000
before they were voided —
were tucked into folders containing registration materials, said Katie Otto, development director for the California FFA Foundation.
The trailer also contained AV equipment worth
$15,000 to $20,000 and FFA-
branded merchandise including mugs, sweatshirts,
picture frames and shirts
worth about $12,000, she
said.
The Disney tickets are
now worthless, so people
should be wary of buying
resold admissions to the
theme park.
“We recommend that
guests purchase tickets only
from Disneyland resort or
an authorized retailer,” Jaeger said.
The front of the tickets
look like any other, Otto
said.
The back, however, says
admission is valid only on
Tuesday for “1-day after dark
in the park event,” and “California FFA Association” is
printed on them.
Anyone with information
about the theft is asked to
call the CHP Sacramentoarea communication center
at (916) 861-1300.
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B4
FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Family disputes
police account
of shooting of
man in Barstow
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
STEVANTE CLARK , shown before an April 10 Sacramento City Council meeting, is being held without bail.
His brother Stephon Clark was fatally shot by police March 18, sparking widespread protests.
Brother of man killed by
Sacramento police is held
Stevante Clark, 25, is
arrested on suspicion
of making threats and
harassing calls to 911.
By Joseph Serna
The brother of a man who
was shot to death by Sacramento police — an episode
that sparked widespread
community protest — has
been arrested on suspicion
of making threats and annoying or harassing calls to
911, according to county jail
records.
Stevante Ralonzo Clark,
25, was arrested by Sacramento police just after noon
Thursday on suspicion of
threatening to commit
crime resulting in death or
great bodily injury, a felony,
according to jail records.
Clark was also arrested
on suspicion of calling a
911 emergency line with intent to annoy or harass, a
misdemeanor.
He is being held without
bail, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department website.
Records show he is
scheduled to appear in court
Friday afternoon.
Clark’s brother Stephon
was shot to death by police
in his grandmother’s backyard March 18.
The officers had responded to reports of a vandal in the area.
Body camera footage
from the confrontation
showed that an officer yelled
that Clark had a gun before
they opened fire. Clark was
not armed — he was carrying a cellphone.
The city has seen widespread protests since the
shooting, which demonstrators say was another example of excessive force by
law enforcement against
black men.
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Twitter: @JosephSerna
Budget plan targets traffic deaths
[Budget, from B1]
sidewalk deeper into an
intersection. The city had
budgeted $78 million this
year, according to mayoral
aides.
Garcetti billed his upcoming budget as the city’s
most stable financial plan in
years, the latest sign of a decade-long recovery from a
crushing recession.
“We’ve made prudent decisions. We’ve secured new
revenues. And now we’re in a
position to fund new programs and grow the ones
that we know work,” he said.
The City Council is expected to take up Garcetti’s
proposal this month. So far,
it is drawing praise from
Councilman Mike Bonin,
who was a pointed critic of
the mayor’s previous spending plan.
Last year, Bonin argued
that Garcetti had allocated
too few resources for Vision
Zero, a city initiative aimed
at eliminating traffic deaths
by 2025. This time, Bonin
said he is happy to see plans
for additional street safety
measures, arguing that the
city is experiencing an “epidemic of death” on streets.
South Los Angeles experienced four fatal crashes
in the span of a week, three of
them hit-and-runs. The
number of pedestrians
killed has jumped 82% since
2015.
“This is a good investment, and a bigger investment, and I’m happy about
it,” said Bonin, who represents coastal neighborhoods. “It’s never going to be
everything I want, but I’m
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THE L.A. City Council is expected to take up Mayor
Eric Garcetti’s $9.9-billion spending plan this month.
glad with the direction we’re
going in.”
Garcetti laid out his
strategy for addressing
homelessness this week,
promising to put $20 million
into emergency shelters.
Since then, he has announced plans to beef up the
number of cleanup and outreach teams that respond to
encampments, taking the
number of staff from 74 to 140
in January.
Garcetti also wants to
use this year’s budget to hire
an additional 58 firefighters
and reduce wait times for 311,
the city’s hotline for reporting graffiti, abandoned
couches and other neighborhood-level issues.
Although tax revenues
are growing in a variety of
ways, the city also is facing
increased workforce costs.
For example, budget officials expect to spend $38 million to cover a one-year salary agreement negotiated by
the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the rankand-file officers union.
That agreement, which is
heading to the council for a
final vote, is expected to provide raises of up to 5% for police officers and up to 4.5%
for detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department.
Still unclear is how much
the city will need to allocate
for a new salary agreement
with the Coalition of L.A.
City Unions, which represents civilian city workers
and has a contract expiring
this summer.
Los Angeles is also on
track to spend $1.2 billion on
employee pensions and retiree healthcare, an increase
of more than 8%, Garcetti
aides said.
Retirement costs are
projected to make up more
than 19% of the city’s general
fund next year, which pays
for such core services as police patrols and paramedics.
Those costs are up $92 million compared with the prior
fiscal year, city officials said.
Even though Los Angeles
is “in the midst of a renaissance,” the city’s elected
leaders need to confront
some serious financial challenges, said Christopher
Thornberg, founding partner of the research firm Beacon Economics.
The city still has an enormous backlog of infrastructure repairs, due in part to
work halted during the recession. Meanwhile, retirement costs are continuing to
consume a huge share of the
budget, he said.
When the economy slows
down again, things could get
ugly at City Hall, Thornberg
added.
“There’s really almost no
conversation
whatsoever
about how we’re going to
get through the next slowdown, and that to me is a
problem,” he said. “We’re not
facing up to the problems we
have.”
Garcetti, appearing at a
news conference on the
budget, argued that the city
is already taking steps to
weather the next downturn
by ensuring that next year’s
reserve is equal to about
5.5% of the general fund
budget, which pays for core
services.
“Today we’re in a much
stronger and much more
stable place,” he said.
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[Shooting, from B1]
car in broad daylight. The
car was barely rolling backward. You can walk faster
than that.”
The April 5 killing of the
man known as “Butchie”
spawned a march by about
100 protesters to City Hall
and police headquarters.
The incident came a month
after the high-profile killing
of another young African
American man, Stephon
Clark, by police in Sacramento.
The Yarber case is now
under investigation by San
Bernardino County Sheriff ’s
Department homicide detectives. San Bernardino
County will review that inquiry and decide whether to
file charges.
The killing in the community of about 23,000, where
14.6% of the population is
black, is adding fuel to the
growing concern about race
relations and police tactics.
“We have not heard one
word from the city,” said
Aleta
Yarber,
Diante
Yarber’s aunt, whose son
was in the back seat of the
Mustang, which he owns.
“Thank God he wasn’t hit
too.”
Barstow city officials
Wednesday refused to answer further questions
about the shooting.
“The city Police Department continues to stand
firm in its commitment of
full cooperation with the
County Sheriff ’s Department in this matter,” wrote
Anthony Riley, a spokesman
for the city.
The city of Barstow and
San Bernardino County
Sheriff ’s Department earlier
offered a narrative of what
happened.
Sheriff ’s officials said
Barstow officers responded
to a report of a “suspicious
vehicle.” Officers believed
the driver was a subject
wanted for questioning in a
recent crime involving a
stolen vehicle. Officials
would not say whether
Yarber was the person
wanted.
Sheriff ’s officials said
that after the officers attempted to stop the Mustang, Yarber tried to flee,
first reversing into one police cruiser before accelerating again toward officers and
hitting a second patrol vehicle. At that point, officers
opened fire.
Officials declined to state
how many times officers
fired. Two officers have been
placed on paid administrative leave.
Yarber had prior convictions for escaping the police
and misdemeanor domestic
violence and was on three
years’ probation. Court records show he was charged
in March with violating his
community
supervision.
But authorities have not
said whether officers knew
the driver’s identity.
Yarber was pronounced
dead at the scene while a 23year-old female passenger
was airlifted to a trauma
center with multiple gunshot wounds. He was the father of three girls, ages 9, 7
and 1. Two other young men
fled from the car during the
incident, officials said.
Aleta Yarber said that
the official statement isn’t
credible and that her son
was in the back of the car
throughout the shooting:
“It’s a two-door car. He
couldn’t get out.”
When her son eventually
did climb from the car, he
was held at the police station until 11 p.m. for questions, she said. Aleta Yarber
said that police would not
tell her what happened and
that for a while, all she knew
was the driver of her family
car had been shot dead.
Dale Galipo, an attorney
for the wounded female passenger, said she “suffered serious injuries — two gunshot
wounds that while no longer
life-threatening are lifealtering.
“The shooting was unjustified, and the police version
of events contradicts information in the video and given by eyewitnesses,” said
Galipo, who also represents
the family of Clark in Sacramento.
Galipo added that even if
it were the case that officers
were in the path of the vehicle, training and policies dictate that officers not fire at a
moving car.
“You don’t shoot the
driver because killing him
sends the vehicle out of control…. You have passengers
who you can hit,” he said.
Barstow police since 2014
have worn body cameras,
but so far the city has not released any footage or said
whether the incident was recorded.
“I will be very interested
to see the videos and hear
the suspicious vehicle call,”
Merritt said, adding that the
shooting echoes that of 15year-old Jordan Edwards in
2017 in Texas, which led to
charges against an officer.
“We’re getting our own autopsy done.”
Many major police departments and international police organizations
direct officers not to fire
their weapons into moving
cars unless under the most
extreme circumstances.
The LAPD 13 years ago
prohibited its officers from
firing at moving vehicles unless another deadly threat
exists.
The tightening of policy
came after the fatal shooting
of 13-year-old Devin Brown,
who had led police on a short
car chase. The nonprofit
Police Executive Research
Forum has also advised departments to add bans on
shooting at vehicles to their
policies.
But such shootings have
continued. Last year a Texas
police officer was indicted in
Dallas on charges of murder
and aggravated assault in
the shooting death of Edwards. The African American teenager was shot in the
head by a white officer as he
drove away from police after
leaving a party.
But Ed Obayashi, a
Plumas County deputy and
legal advisor who is a police
shooting expert, said despite these tightened policies, it remains permissible
for officers to fire on moving
cars if they perceive the vehicle as a threat to life.
“The video shows the tail
end of the incident from a
cellphone perspective with a
car
seemingly
moving
slower,” he said. “But it
doesn’t show you what happened with the car before.
“It does not show anything resembling an unreasonable shooting at this
stage,” Obayashi added.
He said the number of
shots police fired at Yarber is
not unusual when officers
are dealing with a moving
target.
richard.winton
@latimes.com
Detective wrongly portrayed as ‘a bad guy,’ lawyer says
[Detective, from B1]
ment is considering whether
to appeal to the California
Supreme Court.
The decision marks the
latest setback for Sheriff Jim
McDonnell, who has made
several attempts to go to
court to fire deputies like
Arellano who were discharged for misconduct but
won their jobs back after appealing to the county’s Civil
Service Commission.
The commission, a panel
of five appointed by the
Board of Supervisors, hears
disciplinary cases against
county employees and can
overturn or reduce punishments. In the case of law en-
forcement officers, the commission’s proceedings are
not open to the public.
Last year, an appeals
court panel ruled in favor of
Daniel Genao, who successfully appealed his firing after
he was convicted of filing a
false police report. He
earned $120,000 last year, according to county payroll
data.
At least one other deputy
has prevailed in court, while
a third deputy’s case is still
on appeal.
The Sheriff ’s Department launched its criminal
investigation into Arellano
in June 2009.
The move came after a
narcotics team investigating
a known drug dealer had obtained a judge’s approval for
several wiretaps during an
inquiry focusing on drug activity at the El Dorado
restaurant in Palmdale. On
an intercepted call, a person
identified by investigators
as Arellano spoke about obtaining cloned marijuana
plants and demanded money from the restaurant’s
owner, who was a suspected
drug distributor, according
to the appeals court opinion.
The wiretaps revealed
that the deputy was involved
with a “drug-trafficking organization, that he obtained
marijuana plants from the
organization ... and that he
maintained relationships
with criminals and known
narcotics traffickers,” according to a court filing by
the county summarizing its
evidence against the deputy.
The criminal investigation into Arellano ended in
2010
without
criminal
charges. Under California
law, conversations caught
on a wiretap cannot be used
to prosecute someone solely
for marijuana activity, according to the opinion.
Sheriff ’s officials instead
used the wiretap evidence to
fire Arellano and accused
him also of improperly releasing a man who had been
jailed on a drug charge and
refusing to provide information to help catch his
brother-in-law, who was a
fugitive, the opinion said.
But Arellano insisted he
had nothing to do with the illegal narcotics activity and
that the Sheriff ’s Department never proved it was his
voice on the recording.
Gibbons, his attorney,
said he became friendly with
the restaurant owner as part
of his job working in a sheriff ’s narcotics unit in the Antelope Valley.
At his appeal before the
Civil Service Commission,
Arellano argued that the
wiretap evidence should be
suppressed. A hearing officer agreed, saying the wiretap was authorized for use
only in criminal court or a
grand jury, not in an administrative proceeding.
A Superior Court judge,
and now three appeals court
justices, affirmed that decision.
The suppression of the
wiretap evidence crippled
the Sheriff ’s Department’s
case that Arellano violated
department policies relating to fraternizing with criminals, obstructing an investigation, making false statements and other infractions.
maya.lau@latimes.com
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Dispute within
state watchdog ‘Full Metal Jacket’ sergeant
agency reaches
a fever pitch A
R . LEE ERMEY, 1944 - 2018
By Jen Yamato
[FPPC, from B1]
tried to derail this thing,”
Hatch told Remke during
the four-hour public meeting Thursday.
“I’m really disgusted at
your behavior,” Hatch added.
Remke said it was proper
for her to meet with the governor’s staff about the proposal because she was appointed by the governor,
adding that Brown has a natural interest in the matter
because he was instrumental in passing a ballot measure four decades ago to create the commission and set
its structure.
“I’m disappointed,” Hayward said. “I think there is a
certain lack of candor here.”
Remke called a 10-minute
break for tempers to calm after she threatened to declare
Hatch out of order over what
she called “personal attacks.”
“You’re out of order,”
Hatch responded.
Remke added: “If we can
limit the direct attacks on
each other that would be appreciated.”
The agency, created in
1974 by voters to be the arbiter of campaign law and
government ethics, has
rarely seen such acrimony
among its commissioners.
State law calls for the agency
to be led by a full-time chairperson appointed by the
governor to oversee manage-
‘You immediately
ran to the
governor’s office
and tried to derail
this thing.... I’m
really disgusted at
your behavior.’
— Commissioner
Brian Hatch,
criticizing FPPC Chairwoman
Jodi Remke for meeting with
governor’s staff about a plan to
redistribute oversight power
ment on a day-to-day basis
along with an executive
director.
Hatch and Hayward, who
were appointed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla
and state Controller Betty
Yee respectively, proposed
the change based on their
feeling that they have been
left out of too many decisions — including on the
agency’s budget — made by
Remke.
The changes, they said in
a memo, “provide regular integration of part-time commissioners into commission
work” and “improve the
commission’s accountability
and transparency,” while
also making sure important
matters are decided by the
full panel.
But Remke told her colleagues that the proposal
seems intended “to take the
chair out of any oversight of
this agency” by excluding
her from the committees developing policies.
“This proposal clearly
says the chair is not actively
involved in the development
of policies,” she said.
Hatch, who later apologized for his angry comments, said the current
process — which has been in
place through a succession
of FPPC chairs — creates a
concentration of power
and is less transparent because Remke develops policy proposals privately with
staff.
“It’s a check on the chair,
Fair Political Practices Commission
JODI REMKE said her
colleagues’ proposal
would hamper her role as
FPPC chairwoman.
and it’s a way of oversight in
some respects,” Hayward
said of the proposed change.
Krause said the committee proposal “seems geared
toward avoidance” of the
state’s open-meetings law.
Meetings involving a quorum of three commissioners
or more must be held in public, but the proposal would
have drafting work done by
two-person committees that
could meet behind closed
doors.
“Given the importance of
the policies that are proposed to be developed by the
standing committees, I believe such a process should
occur in public view,” Krause
wrote.
The panel failed to
muster votes to require the
proposed committees to
meet in public.
Remke issued her own
memo this week in which she
said she shared the concern
of agency attorneys about legal issues, but noted that her
“greatest concern is that the
expansive scope of the proposal will paralyze the
agency with excessive bureaucracy without corresponding justification.”
Krause said it appears
Hatch and Hayward are
already becoming more involved, even without changing regulations.
“Although active engagement by all commissioners is
a laudable goal, I do not believe the proposed regulations are needed to meet
that objective,” he wrote.
Krause also said the
changes appear to have been
drafted with little or no involvement by the FPPC
staff, which includes attorneys who have raised questions about the rule revisions.
“While the individual
commissioners are ultimately responsible for the
actions of the commissions,
I believe that approving
these regulations — and any
future policies — without
staff input and guidance
would be a mistake,” Krause
said.
Hatch raised his voice in
anger to complain that
Remke had not acted on his
request last month to schedule a hearing and final vote
in time to resolve the debate
in May.
“I think you led us off a
cliff, and I’m beginning to
think you did it on purpose,”
Hatch said.
Remke hinted that there
may be an ulterior motive
behind the proposal.
“Perhaps the regulated
community sees the proposal as a benefit to them,”
Remke said, using a term
used to describe lobbyists,
politicians and political
donors. “I think it’s extremely problematic what is
being proposed.”
patrick.mcgreevy
@latimes.com
Twitter: @mcgreevy99
Alex Wong Getty Images
GOV. Jerry Brown was instrumental in passing the
state ballot measure that created the FPPC in 1974.
ctor R. Lee Ermey, the real-life
military veteran
who turned maggots into Marines in Stanley Kubrick’s
“Full Metal Jacket,” died
Sunday of complications
from pneumonia, according
to a statement from his longtime manager posted to Ermey’s official Twitter account. He was 74.
Ermey carved his place
into cinema history with his
memorable portrayal of
foul-mouthed Gunnery Sgt.
Hartman in Kubrick’s 1987
Vietnam War drama, and he
would go on to play toughas-nails authority figures
from coaches to colonels to
sheriffs and generals over a
nearly four-decade career in
film and television.
But his most recognizable turn by far remained
the drill instructor hammering new U.S. Marine Corps.
recruits Joker (Matthew
Modine) and Pyle (Vincent
D’Onofrio) into battle-ready
soldiers in “Full Metal
Jacket,” a role punctuated
by indelible and highly profane quotes that earned him
a Golden Globe nomination
for best supporting actor.
“It is with deep sadness
that I regret to inform you all
that R. Lee Ermey (‘The
Gunny’) passed away this
morning from complications of pneumonia. He will
be greatly missed by all of us.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” manager Bill Rogin
wrote Sunday.
Ronald Lee Ermey was
born in Kansas in 1944. He
enlisted at age 17 and spent 11
years in the Marine Corps,
Randy Davey Associated Press
TOUGH AS NAILS
R. Lee Ermey, shown in 2006, is best known for his portrayal of foul-mouthed
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 Vietnam War drama “Full Metal Jacket.’
receiving a post-retirement
honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant in 2002. According to his official
website, Ermey spent two
years whipping new recruits
into shape as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps
Recruit Depot in San Diego
before being deployed in
1968 to Vietnam, where he
spent 14 months, and serving two tours in Okinawa.
His service experience
helped inform his onscreen
work in “Full Metal Jacket,”
remembered as a rare instance in which Kubrick entertained improvisation on
his sets.
On Twitter, celebrities including “Full Metal Jacket”
co-star Modine fondly remembered Ermey.
As cinema lore goes, Ermey pursued and won the
role after initially coming on
as technical advisor, a role he
played on Sidney J. Furie’s
“The Boys in Company C,”
Francis Ford Coppola’s
“Apocalypse Now,” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer
and a Gentleman,” the film
that nabbed Louis Gossett
Jr. the Academy Award for
his supporting turn as a
tough drill instructor.
Ermey went on to supporting roles in films including “Mississippi Burning,”
“Fletch Lives,” “Toy Soldiers,” “On Deadly Ground,”
“Se7en,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Man of the House,” the
2003 remake of “The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre” and
“The Watch.”
Fans will also remember
him voicing the Army leader
Sarge in the “Toy Story”
movies,
playing
Brisco
County Sr. on “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,”
and hosting “GunnyTime
with R. Lee Ermey,” a weapons-focused docuseries that
aired for three seasons on
the
Outdoor
Channel
through last fall.
He had a sense of humor
about himself, particularly
in 2010 when false reports of
his demise circulated online.
“It’s going to take a lot
more than some internet rumor to kill this old Marine,”
Ermey said in a statement
that summer while in Washington in support of a bill to
rename the Department of
the Navy to include the Marine Corps. “I can state unequivocally that I am still
alive.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
Twitter: @jenyamato
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Marking a ‘holiday’ for cannabis lovers
[Abcarian, from B1]
week at its new Venice office, just steps from the sign.
Eaze, a platform that
connects consumers to
dispensaries for home deliveries of cannabis, invited the
city’s cannabis czar, a dispensary owner and a delivery driver to talk about the
newly legalized recreational
market.
The company, which now
occupies the building that
was once home to the late
sculptor Robert Graham
and his wife, Anjelica Huston, also invited a group of
social justice activists who
are working to make sure
that people in communities
that have felt the brunt of
the wrongheaded drug laws
— Latinos and African
Americans — are getting a
chance to benefit from the
brave new world of cannabis
legalization.
I was not at all surprised
to hear that Cat Packer,
manager of the city’s Department of Cannabis
Regulation, had been inspired to become a drug
reform activist after learning that half of all drug
arrests have traditionally
been for marijuana and that
people of color have been
hurt the most by such laws.
“Nothing has contributed more to the system of
mass incarceration of people of color in the U.S. than
the war on drugs,” Packer
said.
But I confess I was a little
surprised to see in the audience, among the dispensary
owners and local officials,
“Freeway” Ricky Ross. Ross
was a notorious Los Angeles
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
VISITORS at Eaze’s headquarters in Venice. Back in 2015, it promised to get pot
to its customers within 15 minutes. Now it aims for under an hour.
cocaine kingpin in the 1980s
who spent 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of buying 100 kilos of
cocaine from a federal
agent.
“I’m trying to get into the
cannabis industry,” said
Ross, 58, who has been the
subject of documentaries
and now gives speeches to
kids about staying out of
trouble. “I want to grow,
distribute and own a dispensary. I believe that we
need somebody in the industry that’s going to make
sure that the little people
have an opportunity.”
He believes his name,
which he has fought in court
to protect, can be put to use
as his brand. (He lost a
lawsuit against the rapper
Rick Ross, and was wearing
a T-shirt that said, “The real
Rick Ross is not a rapper.”)
After the event I chatted
with Yvette McDowell, a
retired Pasadena prosecutor who is thinking about
practicing law again in order
to help people with cannabis convictions expunge
their records, as the new law
allows.
McDowell seemed a bit
skeptical about Ross.
“The only thing I would
say is if he has turned his life
around, fantastic,” she told
me. “If he is moving forward
and helping others to try
and do something positive,
then that’s a good thing. I
know he should have a lot of
lessons to teach.”
Legalization has brought
with it many conundrums
(including the idea that a
convicted cocaine dealer
could successfully brand
himself as a legal cannabis
entrepreneur).
It has driven up the price
of manufactured cannabis
products (because of all the
new taxes), driving down
the price of bulk cannabis
(because of a glut of flowers)
and making it difficult to
figure out what is a legal
business and what is not
(because of the thicket of
local and state laws governing licensing).
It has also led to a new
crop of consumers — many
of them approaching senior
citizenship — who may have
tried cannabis as teens or
young adults and want to
try it again. For many, this is
where a platform like Eaze
comes in.
Any adult who wants to
try marijuana — or, in the
case of so many baby
boomers, try it again —
should have no problem
laying their hands on the
stuff. If you don’t feel comfortable walking into a
dispensary, you don’t have
to.
Delivery services have
sprouted up all over the
place. Eaze, the biggest and
most well known, is a tech
platform that functions as a
kind of middleman between
consumers and dispensaries, which employ the drivers.
Craig Wald, 72, owns a
dispensary in Studio City
and is one of two Los Angeles retailers who work with
Eaze. The arrangement, he
said, has been great for
business.
“We probably have 125
drivers,” said Wald, 72, who
owns Perennial Holistic
Wellness Center. “If you are
driving home from work,
and your back hurts, or
you’re not feeling well, you
can say, ‘Gosh, if I can order
it on the phone right now
before I get to the car, and it
will be there when I get
home, why wouldn’t I do
that?’ ”
I’ve been intrigued by
Eaze for several years,
shortly after I started paying attention to the serious
side of cannabis. After years
of denial (mainly because I
don’t like the way cannabis
makes me feel), I finally
embraced the idea that pot
is less dangerous than alcohol, beneficial for many
medical conditions and
ridiculously understudied
because of half a century of
federal prohibition.
Back in 2015, I heard
about a well-funded company that used technology
to get weed to its customers
within 15 minutes. That’s
less time than it takes to get
a pizza delivered.
I got in touch with Eaze,
and that November, the
company let me spend an
afternoon roaming around
San Francisco with a driver,
watching him hand over
paper bags of product to
medical marijuana patients
in exchange for wads of
cash. (Remember, this was
before recreational pot was
legal, so all consumers were
considered patients.)
Two and a half years
later, the company is expanding around California.
It has slightly altered the
15-minute promise. “Our
target is always under an
hour,” Eaze communications executive David Mack
told me Wednesday.
It also produced an
annual report about the
state of cannabis in 2017—
which markets grew the
fastest, who is consuming
and when. More women are
using cannabis, and fewer
people are buying flower
and are opting instead for
manufactured products like
vaporizers.
Will it come as any surprise that the top day of the
year for imbibers is 4/20?
If it does, then you
haven’t been paying attention.
robin.abcarian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @AbcarianLAT
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BuSINESS
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AT&T
chief:
Federal
case is
‘absurd’
Time Warner merger
will help his telecom
compete, Randall
Stephenson testifies.
By Jim Puzzanghera
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
SUPPORTERS of single-payer healthcare march to the Capitol in Sacramento last year. A bill proposing the health system was
pulled from consideration largely because of its $400-billion annual cost. Advocates for universal healthcare aren’t giving up.
State leads fight against
Trump health policies
California seeks not just to save the ACA but to expand coverage
By Ana B. Ibarra
These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of
healthcare, it’s a sharp swerve.
In the nation’s most populous state, lawmakers and other
policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They
are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps
they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians — regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags.
The Golden State embraced the healthcare law early and
eagerly, and has more to lose than any other state if the ACA
is dismantled: About 1.5 million Californians purchase coverage through the state’s Obamacare exchange, Covered
California, and 3.8 million have signed up for Medicaid as a
result of the program’s expansion under the law.
While other states are making efforts to preserve the ACA
and expand coverage, California stands out by virtue of its
ambition and size, economic clout, massive immigrant
population and liberal bent.
Its healthcare resistance movement is broad and includes Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who has made a sport of suing the Trump administration. He is currently leading a coalition of 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, against a
Texas-based lawsuit that seeks to strike down the ACA.
Even Covered California, the
[See Obamacare, C3]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais Associated Press
AS PRESIDENT Trump, above, and other Republicans try to dismantle
Obamacare, California lawmakers are fighting to expand the health system.
WASHINGTON
—
AT&T Inc.’s top executive
gave a vigorous defense
Thursday of the proposed
$85.4-billion deal to buy
Time Warner, describing it
as key to the company’s ability to compete with a new
generation of high-tech
competitors.
“This world is changing
fast,” said Randall Stephenson, who took the witness
stand at the government’s
antitrust trial to block the
deal.
Stephenson said he decided AT&T needed “premium content” to compete
with Netflix, Amazon.com,
Facebook and Google in the
battle to engage consumers
and target advertising tailored to their habits.
“In 2016, we said, ‘We need
to own content,’ ” AT&T’s
chief executive testified before U.S. District Judge
Richard Leon in a packed
Washington courtroom.
AT&T has a lot of data
about the habits of its 100
million wireless customers
and 25 million pay-TV customers from its DirecTV and
U-verse services. But the
company wants the musthave content from Time
Warner’s HBO, CNN, TBS,
Warner Bros. and other assets around which to sell advertising, Stephenson said.
AT&T now sells two minutes of advertising for every
hour of programming it distributes on DirecTV and Uverse. Using its customer
data to target those ads has
led to “three to five times”
more revenue for each ad impression than Time Warner’s Turner networks earn,
Stephenson said.
By scaling up its advertising efforts with Turner and
other Time Warner content,
AT&T can increase advertising revenue, Stephenson
said.
AT&T also has plans to
develop “content intelligence” — mining consumer
data to determine the types
of TV shows and movies to
[See Trial, C4]
ANALYSIS
A
case
of
health
Amazon’s median pay: $28,446 insurer insanity
Disclosure shows the
divide between CEO
Bezos and his rapidly
growing workforce.
By Shira Ovide
The big numerical reveal
Wednesday
was
Amazon.com Inc. finally spilling
the beans on the number of
Prime members (more than
100 million). Amazon also
disclosed another number
that shows how much it relies on an army of people
moving physical merchandise around the world:
$28,446.
That’s the median annual compensation of Amazon
employees.
Amazon reported this
number for the first time
under a new requirement
that companies disclose the
gap between pay for the
rank-and-file and the person
in the corner office.
Amazon Chief Executive
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, reported total
compensation of $1.68 million last year. As in prior
years, he didn’t take a stock
bonus, collected a salary of
$81,840 and had $1.6 million
in personal security costs
that Amazon covered.
That median pay figure is
skewed by the large number
of Amazon’s more than
560,000 employees who work
in its package warehouses,
distribution centers, Whole
Foods grocery stores and
other places far from the
ping-pong tables, free kale
chips and yoga rooms of Silicon Valley’s rich tech campuses. Compare Amazon’s
median pay with Facebook
Inc.’s $240,430.
Just a reminder: “Median” means half of Amazon’s
workers make more than
$28,446, and half make less.
The company doesn’t have
to disclose average pay,
which would probably be
skewed higher by the
smaller number of Amazon’s
[See Amazon, C3]
DAVID LAZARUS
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
AMAZON has more than 560,000 employees in its
warehouses, distribution centers and grocery stores.
Why give
someone
with bum
knees a
once-a-year
injection
costing as
little as a
few hundred
bucks when
you can instead make them
undergo complicated kneereplacement surgery costing tens of thousands of
dollars?
That, in a nutshell, is one
reason the U.S. healthcare
system is the most expensive in the world.
It’s also where Hollywood resident Jere Rosenberg now finds himself.
The 69-year-old has
painful osteoarthritis in his
knees, often making it difficult to get around. It’s the
most common form of
arthritis, affecting about 27
million Americans. Carti-
lage in the joint breaks down
as you get older and bones
start rubbing together.
When he was covered by
Medicare, Rosenberg had
no problem receiving annual injections of hyaluronic
acid, a thick, gooey lubricant that eases stress on
joints. The Food and Drug
Administration approved
such treatment for arthritic
knees in 1997.
Last year, however, Rosenberg switched to coverage under his wife’s Anthem Blue Cross insurance
plan, which significantly
reduced his monthly premiums but also resulted in
Anthem saying it wouldn’t
cover the hyaluronic acid
shots.
His experience reveals
the frequently arbitrary —
and misguided — approach
many insurers bring to
healthcare coverage.
Although the injections
are approved by Medicare
[See Lazarus, C5]
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BUSINESS BEAT
Qualcomm is
slashing 1,500
jobs in the state
By James F. Peltz and Mike Freeman
SpaceX
AN ARTIST’S rendering of SpaceX’s BFR rocket and spaceship system. BFR is key to SpaceX’s plans to
colonize Mars, and the company has said the system could also be used for missions to the moon.
SpaceX gets OK to build
BFR rocket at L.A. port
By Samantha Masunaga
The Los Angeles Board of
Harbor
Commissioners
voted unanimously Thursday to approve a permit that
allows SpaceX to build and
operate a facility at the Port
of L.A. to develop its BFR
rocket and spaceship system.
The formal approval
came days after L.A. Mayor
Eric Garcetti announced
that SpaceX would build its
massive, next-generation
rocket and spacecraft at the
19-acre site at the former
Southwest Marine shipyard
at Berth 240.
Bruce McHugh, director
of construction and real estate at SpaceX, estimated
that production and fabrication of the rocket would begin in two or three years.
When the spaceship is
stacked atop the rocket, the
two pieces combined are expected to measure more
than 340 feet. McHugh told
the commissioners at the
meeting that the BFR
rocket would be made of
composite materials and
would measure about 35 feet
in diameter.
The
rocket
and
spaceship will be so large
that they will have to be
transported
by
barge,
through the Panama Canal,
to Cape Canaveral in Florida
for launch, McHugh said.
SpaceX Chief Executive
Elon Musk has said BFR will
eventually replace SpaceX’s
workhorse Falcon 9 rocket —
which has a diameter of 12
feet — and its Falcon Heavy,
which recently made its debut.
BFR is key to SpaceX’s
plans to colonize Mars, and
the company has said the
system could also be used for
missions to the moon.
McHugh said SpaceX
has 40 employees working
on design and production
considerations for BFR.
The initial 10-year lease at
the port will have two additional 10-year extension options. SpaceX’s initial rent
will be $1.38 million a year,
with annual adjustments
based on the consumer price
index.
Under the terms of the
agreement, the Hawthorne
company can offset a total of
$44.1 million in rent by making improvements to the
Terminal Island site in its
first 20 years of tenancy.
SpaceX first approached
the port in 2015 and was looking for land to build rockets
so large that they could not
be moved by truck to the
launch
pad,
Michael
DiBernardo, deputy executive director of marketing
and consumer relations at
the Port of L.A., said during
Thursday’s meeting.
At the time, the company
was also looking at potential
sites in Texas and Louisiana,
he said.
The company — whose
full name is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. —
is planning construction in
two phases.
During the first phase,
SpaceX will build an 80,000square-foot building with an
80-foot ceiling and no columns inside — essentially a
“big hangar,” McHugh of
SpaceX said during the
meeting.
In the second phase, that
building will be expanded to
200,000 square feet. Con-
struction “will be a union
project,” McHugh said.
The Terminal Island site
has not been occupied since
2005. The location was first
developed for shipbuilding
in 1918 and was acquired by
Bethlehem
Shipbuilding
Corp. During World War II,
the shipyard employed 6,000
people at its peak production and built about 40 Navy
destroyers, according to the
Los Angeles Conservancy.
samantha.masunaga
@latimes.com
Twitter: @smasunaga
Hospitals not
exempted from
charity payouts
By Pauline Bartolone
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has ordered
three California hospitals to
pay out millions of dollars to
local nonprofits, declining
their requests to be freed
from charity obligations required under state law.
The hospitals, based in
the Central Valley and Los
Angeles, argued that there
isn’t as much need to support charity care because
millions more people have
health insurance under the
Affordable Care Act, and
therefore don’t need as
much financial help to pay
medical bills.
Becerra’s refusal signals
his agreement with health
consumer advocates who argue that patients still are
struggling to pay their bills,
even when they have insurance. Although it applies to
just a few hospitals, the decision sends a message to hospitals around the state,
some of which want similar
relief.
The California Hospital
Assn. sent a letter to Becerra
in September, saying that 32
hospitals wanted more “flexibility” in their charity care
obligations.
Two hospitals, Saint Agnes Medical Center in
Fresno and PIH Health Hospital in Downey, had also requested to reduce their
charity care obligation but
withdrew their proposals
before Becerra’s decision.
“We were thrilled” by the
attorney general’s decisions,
said Jen Flory, a policy advocate with the Western Center on Law & Poverty, which
advocates for healthcare for
low-income Californians.
Flory said the letters
show that Becerra understands there are still “unmet
needs” for financial assistance for people who have
high-deductible plans or
can’t afford their out-ofpocket costs, Flory said.
“Many of them may not be
presenting in the emergency
room, but that doesn’t mean
that there’s not additional
outreach that hospitals
could do” to help these patients afford their care.
The three hospitals were
issued denial letters by the
attorney general’s office on
Friday.
As a result, petitioner
Mission Community Hospital in Los Angeles is required
to pay about $1.7 million to at
least one local nonprofit organization providing medical services for low-income
and homeless residents, for
failure to meet its charity
care requirement in fiscal
year 2016.
Emanuel Medical Center
in Turlock is to pay about
$1.9 million for the poor to
meet its 2016 requirement.
And the University of
Southern California’s Verdugo Hills Hospital must donate almost $1.7 million to local medical service providers to meet its 2017 requirement.
A spokesperson for the
USC hospital said the lump
sum mandated by the attorney general is on top of what
it is already spending on free
care and services to the community, such as health seminars and screenings.
Under state law, California’s attorney general can
set specific charity care requirements for hospitals
when a nonprofit hospital
merges or is acquired by another nonprofit or for-profit
company.
Separately, federal law
requires nonprofit hospitals
to provide an unspecified
amount of free or discounted
care — or other charity, such
as donations to community
groups — in exchange for tax
breaks.
Bartolone is a
correspondent for Kaiser
Health News, an editorially
independent publication of
the Kaiser Family
Foundation.
Qualcomm Inc. is slashing at least 1,500 jobs in California, trying to cut costs, at the same time its $44-billion bid
to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems
getting antitrust clearance from China.
The San Diego company, a leading provider of chips for
mobile phones, said the layoffs included permanent and
temporary workers.
The company — which employs 33,800 people worldwide, including about 13,000 in San Diego — has said it is
looking to cut about $1 billion from its operating expenses
to help boost earnings. It began notifying employees of
the layoffs Wednesday. On Thursday, it revealed it is laying off 1,231 workers in San Diego and 269 in the Santa
Clara and San Jose area.
“A workforce reduction such as this one affects not
only those employees who are part of the reduction but
their families, co-workers and the community,” a Qualcomm spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. “We
recognize this and have offered affected employees supportive severance packages to reduce the impact of this
transition on them.”
Qualcomm had set the cost-savings goal during its
battle with rival chipmaker Broadcom Ltd., which made
an unwanted $117-billion buyout offer for Qualcomm. The
proposed deal was blocked by the Trump administration
in March on national security grounds.
Qualcomm’s bid for Dutch chipmaker NXP also appeared caught in the middle of growing disputes between
the United States and China over trade and technology.
Qualcomm shares slid 4.8% to $52.57 a share and NXP
fell 5.2% to $107.17.
james.peltz@latimes.com
mike.freeman@sduniontribune.com
Freeman writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The
Associated Press was used in compiling this report.
CEO is leaving
struggling Mattel
By James F. Peltz
Mattel Inc. said Thursday that its chief executive, Margaret “Margo” Georgiadis, is leaving the El Segundo toy
maker after she failed to halt the slide in Mattel’s
performance during her 14-month tenure.
Georgiadis is departing “to pursue a new opportunity
in the technology sector,” Mattel said. Ynon Kreiz, a former studio executive who joined Mattel’s board last year,
will succeed her as chief executive effective next Thursday, when Mattel is scheduled to report its first-quarter financial results.
Kreiz also will become Mattel’s chairman next month,
succeeding Christopher Sinclair, a former Mattel CEO
who previously said he would retire at Mattel’s annual
meeting May 17.
“We thank Margo for her service and many contributions to Mattel,” Sinclair said in a statement. “We wish
her the best in her future endeavors.”
Mattel, whose brands include the iconic Barbie doll,
American Girl, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels, already was
struggling when Georgiadis, a former Google executive,
joined Mattel in February 2017. Her challenge was exacerbated by the bankruptcy filing of retailer Toys R Us Inc.
last September. The toy chain accounted for 15% to 20% of
Mattel’s U.S. sales and is liquidating its U.S. operations.
Georgiadis tried to bolster Mattel by narrowing its focus to enhance Barbie, American Girl and its other core
brands while streamlining its operations and slashing
costs to match its lower sales.
But Mattel lost $1.1 billion last year as sales fell 11%.
After the announcement of Georgiadis’ departure,
Mattel’s stock closed at $13.45 a share, down 3% on the day.
The stock has tumbled nearly 50% since she became CEO.
james.peltz@latimes.com
Romaine lettuce
poses E. Coli risk
By Geoffrey Mohan
An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states,
and health officials are urging consumers to throw out
any of the lettuce they may have bought recently.
No grower or distributor has been identified as the
source of the outbreak, which has been traced to the
Yuma, Ariz., area where California’s major produce
companies cultivate winter lettuce, according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health agency this week added 18 more victims, including nine with serious kidney failure, from five states —
Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana and Montana — to
an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 that started in
late March.
Besides those hospitalized, 22 people have been sickened in Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
and Virginia, according to the CDC.
Here’s what the CDC advises:
8 Consumers anywhere in the United States who have
store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine
lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if
some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do
not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw
it away.
8 Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store
or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or
restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the
Yuma, Ariz., growing region. If you cannot confirm the
source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.
geoffrey.mohan@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATgeoffmohan
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Filming tax credit clears hurdle
State Senate panel
approves a bill that
would extend program
five years, to 2025.
By David Ng
The effort to extend California’s filming tax credit beyond its 2020 expiration date
has passed a key government hurdle, moving the initiative closer to a vote by the
state’s legislative body.
On Wednesday, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee gave its
stamp of approval to the bill,
SB 832, which would extend
the tax credit program by
five years to 2025. The bill
would keep the annual limit
of new credits at its current
level of $330 million.
In the weeks ahead, the
bill will need approval from
the Appropriations Committee before voting by the
full state Senate and Assembly.
The bill was written by
state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and joint written by
Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los
Angeles) and other senators. A similar bill, AB 1734,
has been working its way
through
the
Assembly
Michelle Faye FX
SUPPORTERS of the tax credit note that the program has helped to relocate a
number of high-profile TV series to California, including FX’s “Legion,” above.
and contains similar provisions.
Only one of the bills will
move forward to the governor’s desk after a period of
debating and negotiating.
The current $1.55-billion
tax credit program, which
began in 2015, is overseen by
the California Film Commission, which selects the TV
and movie projects to qualify
for credits.
Supporters,
including
entertainment unions, have
noted that the program has
helped to relocate a number
of high-profile series to Cali-
fornia, including FX’s “Legion,” HBO’s “Ballers” and
Fox’s “Lucifer.”
Feature films have also
benefited from the program,
including Disney’s upcoming “Captain Marvel” and
Paramount’s
upcoming
“Transformers”
spin-off
“Bumblebee.”
Filmmakers can recoup
as much as 25% of their
spending — up to the first
$100 million — on crew salaries and other qualified
costs, such as building sets.
Production companies can
then use the credits to offset
state tax liabilities they have
in California.
The program helped to
generate a good chunk of
movie and TV production in
the L.A. area in the first
quarter of 2018. Movies that
received state tax credits
made up 20% of the total onlocation movie shoot days
for the quarter, according to
a recent report from
FilmL.A., the local organization that oversees permitting.
TV dramas receiving incentives
accounted
for
slightly more than half of all
on-location shoot days for
TV dramas during the first
quarter.
“The
California
tax
credit program is sustaining
the industry in our region
and demonstrates how critical it is for a continuation
of the program,” Paul Audley, FilmL.A. president,
said in a statement Wednesday.
david.ng@latimes.com
Twitter: @DavidNgLAT
Pay figure may
fuel critiques
[Amazon, from C1]
highly paid tech workers.
In a statement, Amazon
said its median pay figure includes people in more than
50 countries and part-time
employees. The company
also said it offers “highly
competitive wage and benefits.” (Full disclosure: I
have a family member who
works for a labor organization that advocates for
higher worker pay.)
Amazon likes to boast
about its prowess in job creation, and the company’s
workforce has exploded in
recent years. Amazon is now
the second-largest private
employer in the United
States, ranking behind only
Walmart Inc.
In Bezos’ annual letter to
shareholders, also released
Wednesday, he again highlighted Amazon’s invest-
ment in infrastructure and
its ability to create jobs both
directly and indirectly.
Bezos said Amazon directly created more than
130,000 jobs in 2017, not including people the company
absorbed from acquired
companies such as Whole
Foods. That means Amazon
brought on board more people in one year than the entire workforce of Google parent company Alphabet Inc.,
which said it had more than
80,000 employees at the end
of last year.
“Our new jobs cover a
wide range of professions,
from artificial intelligence
scientists to packaging specialists to fulfillment center
associates,” Bezos wrote.
The company’s median
compensation figure shows
that, at least by volume, Amazon’s workforce tilts more
David McNew Associated Press
AMAZON SAID ITS median pay figure, $28,446, includes workers in more than
50 countries and part-time staff. Above, an employee prepares packages in 2013.
toward the fulfillment center
associates than AI specialists.
There has long been a debate about the quality of jobs
at Amazon and whether cities and states should roll out
the red carpet for the company to open package ware-
houses in their backyards.
Amazon’s median pay
works out to about $14 an
hour, assuming a full-time
worker at 52 weeks a year.
That’s a solid wage in many
parts of the United States
but not so much in other
parts. For comparison, Tar-
get Corp. recently announced plans to pay at
least $15 an hour by the end
of 2020. Those people questioning the quality of Amazon’s jobs just got a new data
point for their critiques.
Ovide writes for Bloomberg.
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Fox said
no to a
higher
bidder
Firm reveals Comcast
offered 16% more for
its assets than Disney.
bloomberg
Comcast Corp. offered
21st Century Fox Inc. at least
16% more for a chunk of its
assets than Walt Disney Co.
did, though regulatory concerns ultimately led controlling stockholder Rupert
Murdoch to accept the lower
bid.
In a joint filing Wednesday with Disney in connection with their $52.4-billion
deal, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox described monthslong talks with a media
group described as Party B
but widely known to be Comcast. The filing said Party B
offered Murdoch $34.41 a
share for much of Fox’s entertainment portfolio.
Ultimately, Murdoch accepted an offer from Disney
valuing much of Fox at $28 a
share after meeting with
that company’s chief executive, Bob Iger. The two men
met Aug. 9 in Los Angeles,
where they mulled over how
to respond to the changing
film and TV landscape.
Wednesday’s filing pegged
the value at $29.54 a share
based on Disney’s Dec. 13
closing price, the day before
the deal was announced.
The report explains why
New York-based Fox chose
Disney as its merger partner
over Comcast. A deal with
the Philadelphia cable provider came with more regulatory risk and potentially
costly divestitures, and it
didn’t include a termination
fee if the accord fell through.
Disney had already upped
its offer for the Fox assets
from $23 a share and was
willing to pay $1.53 billion if
the deal faltered, or $2.5 billion if regulators scotched it,
the filing said.
Comcast, the largest U.S.
cable TV provider, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Fox has agreed to sell assets including its film and
TV studios, cable networks
and other assets to Disney in
an all-stock deal. Fox plans
to spin off other assets into a
separate company.
California is at forefront in fight over healthcare
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ACA
marketplace,
has
jabbed at the feds. During
the most recent enrollment
period, which ended in January, it preserved its threemonth sign-up window
while the federal government cut the enrollment period in half for states that
rely on the Healthcare.gov
exchange. Covered California also deployed a monster
advertising budget of $45
million
to
encourage
enrollment, while the federal
government slashed its ad
dollars to $10 million.
California’s
activism
could be contagious, said
Linda Blumberg, a fellow at
the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research entity.
“California has been in
the forefront” on a lot of
health policy issues, she
said. To the extent that it is
successful, she said, “that
helps not only the state of
California itself but other
states as well.”
Since last year, the federal government has allowed
some states to impose work
requirements on Medicaid
recipients; promoted temporary health plans that
have fewer consumer protections than Obamacare
insurance; and, most recently, adopted a rule allowing states to lower the
percentage of premium dollars that insurers are required to spend on medical
care.
In response, California
lawmakers are debating bills
that would prohibit work
requirements in Medi-Cal,
the state’s version of Medicaid; ban the sale of shortterm plans in the state; and
increase the percentage of
insurance premiums that
must go toward consumers’
care.
“Look at what we’ve done
in women’s issues, climate
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
COVERED California, the state Obamacare exchange
led by Peter Lee, has taken steps to boost enrollment.
change, protecting immigrants.... That’s just the kind
of thing we do. Health is no
different,” said state Sen. Ed
Hernandez (D-West Covina), the head of the Senate
Health Committee and author of several proposals.
Four pending bills in California would provide some
consumers
with
statefunded financial help to supplement federal subsidies
created by Obamacare. One
such proposal could cost the
state about $500 million initially.
“We continue to move forward and push the envelope,
now more than ever,” state
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell
Gardens) told a room full of
physicians recently in Sacramento. Lara, a candidate
for state insurance commissioner, is carrying a bill that
would offer full Medicaid
benefits to a group that’s never been covered before:
adults who are in the country illegally.
“We not only play defense, but we want to make
sure we’re more proactive,”
he said.
California’s efforts to cover those in the U.S. illegally
under Medi-Cal predate the
Trump
administration.
Achieving it now would represent not only a significant
expansion
of
coverage
within the state, but also a
direct challenge to the federal government, which has
made a point of cracking
down on immigrants.
Critics point out that this
spirit of defiance does not
represent all Californians.
“We have some crazy
things happening here,” said
Sally Pipes, president of the
conservative Pacific Research Institute. “Nobody
talks about how to pay for
these. Well, you pay for it in
increased taxes.”
Sara Rosenbaum, professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health
at George Washington University, said it’s no secret
that
President
Trump
doesn’t like California — and
that the feeling is mutual.
She believes that although
his administration might try
to punish the state for its defiance, California will nonetheless persist in its campaign to defend the ACA and
expand coverage.
“I’m sure [federal officials] can try to do a million
things to make the state’s life
miserable,” she said. “They
can jerk it around on the federal Medicaid payments.…
But I just think this, too,
shall pass.”
It’s not clear whether the
pending legislative proposals will succeed. Assuming
any of the bills make it
through the Legislature,
their fate lies with Gov. Jerry
Brown, a Democrat known
for fiscal conservatism.
“If the past is any indication, it seems unlikely that
bills with sizable and uncertain ongoing costs will move
forward,” said Shannon McConville, a researcher at the
Public Policy Institute of
California.
California is not alone in
resisting healthcare policies
put forth by the Trump administration. Other states,
including Maryland and
New Jersey, may establish
state-based penalties for not
having insurance — a response to Congress’ decision to kill the federal Obamacare penalty starting in
2019.
But
California’s
approach, characteristically, is
different.
“Rather than use the
stick, use the carrot,” said
Hernandez, the senator. His
bill would target $500 million
from the state’s general fund
to help some income-eligible
Californians pay their premiums or out-of-pocket
medical costs. This assistance would supplement the
federal financial aid for
those on the Covered California exchange.
The Senate Health Committee approved the bill last
week.
The
Congressional
Budget Office estimates
that about 4 million people
nationwide will become
uninsured when the tax penalty for not having insurance
goes away. In California, the
number would be about
378,000, according to a recent Harvard University
study.
Three other bills would
offer state-based financial
aid to different groups of
consumers, including those
who make too much money
to qualify for federal tax
credits but still struggle to
pay their premiums.
The biggest potential
budget-buster of them all is
a proposal to establish a single-payer health system,
which was pulled from consideration last year, largely
because of its eye-popping
price tag: $400 billion
annually.
Advocates for universal
healthcare aren’t giving up,
though some have shifted
their strategy to moving
piecemeal toward universal
healthcare in lieu of a massive single-payer bill.
“There are individual
steps that we can still take to
expand coverage to various
populations that are falling
through the cracks,” said
Gerald Kominski, director of
the UCLA Center for Health
Policy Research.
One of those populations, and a large one, is immigrants living without authorization in the country.
Lara is not the only legisla-
tor with a proposal to extend
full Medi-Cal coverage to income-eligible adult immigrants without legal status.
State
Assemblyman
Joaquin Arambula (DFresno) has introduced a
separate bill that would do
the same. Arambula’s measure made it through the Assembly Health Committee
on Tuesday, and Lara’s bill
passed the Senate Health
Committee
earlier
this
month.
Of the nearly 3 million
Californians without insurance, about 58% are currently ineligible for full MediCal benefits or Covered California insurance because
they’re not in the country legally.
California must “lead the
nation in bold and inclusive
polices” that support the
health of all communities,
said Arambula, who is an
emergency room doctor.
In 2016, the state extended full Medi-Cal benefits to all children, and now
more than 200,000 undocumented kids are enrolled.
It’s not clear how much it
would cost to cover undocumented adults, but last year,
the state budgeted $279.5
million for the children.
Adults are generally more
expensive to cover.
All these measures, successful or not, add up to a
campaign of defiance.
“It’s a signal that California is willing to fight very
hard, on multiple fronts … to
protect certain values and
policies,” McConville of the
Public Policy Institute of
California said. “This shows
we’re not willing to go
backwards on that.”
This story was produced for
Kaiser Health News, an
editorially independent
publication of the Kaiser
Family Foundation.
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AT&T
chief
defends
merger
[Trial, from C1]
develop and which Hollywood stars should be cast in
them.
Stephenson said boosting advertising revenue
would lead to cost savings
for consumers.
“The better you do on advertising, the less you have
to charge the consumer for
the service,” he said.
But the Justice Department has cast doubt on that
strategy and sued to stop a
deal it said would raise consumer costs by giving AT&T
more clout in negotiations
with other distributors.
Stephenson dismissed as
“absurd” the idea that
AT&T would threaten to
limit access by its competitors to Time Warner content.
Because of AT&T’s large
number of wireless customers, the company particularly didn’t want to hinder
the growth of online pay-TV
competitors because consumers increasingly are
watching that programming
on their mobile devices, he
said.
“We want people engaged
with their mobile devices all
day, watching movies and video,” Stephenson said.
He noted that AT&T has
launched DirecTV Now,
which allows people to
stream a limited number of
channels for $35 a month.
And
Stephenson
announced Thursday that the
company planned to launch
a $15 bundle, called AT&T
Watch, that excludes the
sports programming on DirecTV Now. AT&T’s wireless
customers will get AT&T
Watch for free, he said.
To try to allay Justice Department concerns, AT&T
has offered to submit any
pricing disputes over Time
Warner content to a thirdparty arbitrator. Competing
pay-TV providers who testified at the trial objected to
the arbitration plan, partly
MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks take first
loss of the week
associated press
Jose Luis Magana Associated Press
CEO Randall Stephenson, shown last month, testified that AT&T needed “pre-
mium content” to compete with Netflix, Amazon.com, Facebook and Google.
because it would last for only
seven years.
On
Thursday,
Leon
asked Stephenson about the
time frame and whether he
would have been able to accurately predict seven years
ago where the pay-TV market is now. Stephenson said
he wouldn’t have.
Justice Department lawyers sought to cast doubt on
cost-saving initiatives that
AT&T and Time Warner
had said would come from
their deal. They noted that
DirecTV prices have continued to rise even as AT&T
has increased its advertising
revenue.
And Justice Department
lawyers on Thursday introduced notes from a top
AT&T
executive,
John
Stankey, that indicated
some Time Warner employees questioned the potential
of using content intelligence
to develop programming.
In other notes, Stankey
wrote that Time Warner employees described content
intelligence as “speculative,
unproven and untested” and
that the data-driven advertising strategy had “significant execution risk.”
In response to questions
from Daniel Petrocelli, the
lead attorney for AT&T and
Time Warner, Stankey said
AT&T needed to innovate to
compete in a rapidly chang-
ing marketplace.
“The reality is people are
going to have to learn new
tricks,” Stankey said.
Stephenson is the last in
a trio of top executives from
the company to testify as
AT&T and Time Warner
were expected to wrap up
their case. Once the trial formally wraps up in the coming days, Leon is hoping to
rule before the June 21 deadline the companies have set
to complete the deal.
Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes testified
Wednesday, as did Stankey,
chief executive of AT&T Entertainment Group, who will
lead Time Warner’s businesses if they are acquired
by AT&T.
Stephenson, 58, has been
the driving force in the deal.
Bewkes
testified
that
Stephenson reached out to
him in the summer of 2016. At
a “pretty long lunch,” the two
decided they had “complementary assets” and it made
sense to merge.
Stephenson has been
AT&T’s chief executive
since 2007. A native of Oklahoma, Stephenson started
working for Southwestern
Bell in 1982 while in college.
He rose through the ranks of
the regional telecommunications company — one of
the so-called Baby Bells created in 1984 after the original
AT&T was broken up in a
settlement of a Justice Department antitrust suit —
rising to chief operating officer.
Southwestern Bell grew
into a telecom giant and acquired the restructured
AT&T in 2005. The new company adopted the iconic
AT&T name.
Justice Department lawyers have said that if AT&T
acquired Time Warner, the
company would have greater incentive to threaten to
withhold Time Warner programming from other cable
companies because a blackout could benefit AT&T’s
DirecTV unit by bringing it
more customers.
The risk of a blackout
would give AT&T greater
leverage in programming
negotiations if the deal is
completed, the Justice Department said. That would
lead to higher programming
costs for pay-TV providers,
which would be passed on to
consumers, the Justice Department argued.
Competition also would
be hurt because the merger
would raise the risk of AT&T
coordinating with Comcast
Corp. to withhold content to
hobble online rivals, Justice
Department lawyers said.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Losses by technology
and consumer products
companies weighed on U.S.
stocks Thursday, snapping a
three-day winning streak for
the market.
Banks bucked the trend,
rising along with bond
yields. Energy companies
eked out a slight gain despite
a downturn in oil prices. The
broad market slide came as
investors pored over corporate quarterly results.
“The earnings were a little bit disappointing today,”
said Lindsey Bell, an investment strategist at CFRA
Research.
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index retreated 15.51
points, or 0.6%, to 2,693.13.
The Dow Jones industrial
average slipped 83.18 points,
or 0.3%, to 24,664.89 —
slightly in the red for the
year. The Nasdaq composite
fell 57.18 points, or 0.8%, to
7,238.06. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company
stocks went down 9.74
points, or 0.6%, to 1,573.82.
Disappointing
results
from Philip Morris International and Procter & Gamble helped pull the market
down.
Philip Morris disclosed
weak quarterly sales and
said sales of its iQos device
in Japan were slower than
expected. The tobacco company’s stock was the biggest
decliner in the S&P 500,
sinking 15.6% to $85.64.
That’s its worst single-day
loss of all time.
Procter & Gamble fell
3.3% to $74.95 despite posting results that topped Wall
Street’s forecasts. The con-
sumer products company
reported a flat third-quarter
profit, and Chief Executive
David Taylor said that the
company is facing a challenging “macro environment” and that markets it
operates within are being
transformed. The company
also agreed to buy Merck’s
consumer health business
for $4.2 billion.
Tech stocks, still the biggest gainers this year,
weighed on the market.
Firms in the computer chip
business sank for the second
day in a row. Lam Research,
which makes chipmaking
equipment, led the slide,
dropping 6.6% to $190.39.
Apple fell 2.8% to $172.80
after Taiwan Semiconductor, a company that is reportedly linked to Apple,
gave a weak forecast.
American
Express
jumped 7.6% to $102.37 after
the credit card issuer reported a big quarterly profit.
Bond yields rose, helping
push up bank stocks. Bank
of New York Mellon shares
climbed 5.7% to $55.24.
Mortgage rates rose to
their highest levels in four
years, and home builders’
stocks fell. KB Home
dropped 7.6% to $26.85.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury rose to 2.92% from
2.88%. That’s the highest level since February.
Benchmark U.S. crude
slipped 18 cents to $68.29 a
barrel. Brent crude rose 30
cents to $73.78 a barrel.
Gold fell $4.70 to $1,348.80
an ounce. Silver fell 1 cent to
$17.24 an ounce. Copper fell 3
cents to $3.13 a pound.
The dollar rose to 107.41
yen from 107.26 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2337 from $1.2377.
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$50,000 surgery instead of $1,000 shot?
[Lazarus, from C1]
and the FDA, Anthem took
its cue in part from the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which
announced in 2013 that
hyaluronic acid “is no longer
recommended” for osteoarthritis of the knee.
“Although a few individual studies found statistically
significant treatment effects, when combined together in a meta-analysis
the evidence did not meet
the minimum clinically
important improvement
thresholds,” Dr. David
Jevsevar, lead author of the
academy’s study, said at the
time.
I spoke with Jevsevar
this week. He said the study
was never intended to guide
insurance decisions. It
states prominently that
“medical care should always
be based on a physician’s
expert judgment and
the patient’s circumstances.”
“I don’t think hyaluronic
acid should be used as a
front-line treatment,” Jevsevar told me, “but that
doesn’t mean I don’t think it
should be used in some
cases.”
The Arthritis Foundation takes a similar stance.
“While studies of hyaluronic
acid injections have occasionally yielded disappointing results, many doctors
who treat osteoarthritis say
that the weight of scientific
evidence — and their own
clinical experience — suggests that a shot in the knee
can produce significant
relief for some patients,” it
says.
Dr. Steven Sampson,
founder of the Orthohealing
Center in West Los Angeles
and a specialist in bad
knees, told me that “hyaluronic acid can be very
effective for people with
mild to moderate osteoarthritis.”
“It might not work for
everyone,” he said, “but it’s
definitely something you
want to consider before
looking to more invasive
procedures.”
By that, he means kneereplacement surgery.
Yet a surgical solution is
now in the cards for Rosenberg because his insurer,
Anthem, will cover the
operation. It will probably
cost more than $50,000.
Compare that with the
roughly $1,000 cost of the
annual injection of hyaluronic acid that’s worked
just fine for the last few
years.
Or a cost of about $300 if
hyaluronic acid is purchased from a Canadian
pharmacy (which isn’t legal
under U.S. law but which
many cash-strapped Americans do nevertheless).
“It’s crazy,” Rosenberg
said. “I just don’t understand Anthem’s thinking. It
seems so shortsighted.”
Suzanne Zagata-Meraz,
an Anthem spokeswoman,
said the company’s experts
looked at “the most recent
clinical evidence” and determined that hyaluronic acid
injections do not improve
the well-being of osteoarthritis patients.
“Neither the American
College of Rheumatology
nor the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons
advocate for the use of [hyaluronic acid] injections to
treat osteoarthritis of the
knee,” she said.
That’s just not true. As
I’ve already noted, the academy says the opinion of
doctors should always come
first, and many doctors
favor giving the injections a
try.
The American College of
Rheumatology, for its part,
“supports patient access to
appropriate therapies including hyaluronic acid
injection,” according to a
position paper on the subject.
The organization “recommends the use of intraarticular hyaluronic acid
injection for the treatment
of osteoarthritis of the knee
in adults,” it says.
Zagata-Meraz declined
to comment on the rheumatology group’s position
paper or my conversation
with Dr. Jevsevar.
In any case, Anthem isn’t
alone in citing such medical
associations in denying
coverage of hyaluronic acid
shots.
Blue Shield of California
is currently notifying doctors that, beginning in June,
it too will no longer cover the
injections. “These services
are considered NOT medically necessary based upon
review of evidence and
guidelines of professional
societies such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,” it says.
Again, nope.
It’s hard not to suspect
that, as a growing number
of aging Americans succumb to arthritic knees,
insurance companies are
looking to save a buck by
limiting people’s treatment
options.
Rosenberg’s situation
also illustrates the larger
problem of dozens of health
insurers having dozens of
inconsistent coverage
standards, often undermining the medical judgment of doctors who have
direct contact with patients.
This can leave many
patients feeling that they
have no choice but to accept
a more invasive — and expensive — procedure solely
because it’s covered by the
insurer and thus represents
a cheaper out-of-pocket
alternative.
That, of course, is a foolish way to run a healthcare
system.
I’m not saying a Medicare-for-all approach would
solve everything. Other
countries with such systems
limit patient choices and
may require long waits for
elective procedures.
But it seems clear that a
single-payer insurance
arrangement would help
prioritize medical needs
over profit-seeking. It also
would facilitate standardized care so that treatment options are consistent
for all patients, and hopefully based on sound medical data rather than dubious decisions.
“Patients want peace of
mind that they exhausted
conservative options
before undergoing invasive
surgery,” Sampson at
L.A.’s Orthohealing Center
said.
In other words, they
want to know that their
doctor has the flexibility to
try different approaches
before breaking out the
scalpel.
Insurers should appreciate such a notion — it could
save them tons of money.
And America’s knees
aren’t getting any younger.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5 and
followed on Twitter
@Davidlaz. Send your tips
or feedback to david.lazarus
@latimes.com.
C6
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 WST
LOS ANGELES TIMES
D
SPORTS
F R I D A Y , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Boston
brings
out the
broom
Hoping
to spur
Lakers
to snag
Kawhi
Angels are outscored
27-3 and held to one
extra-base hit during
three-game sweep.
BILL PLASCHKE
The action is
bonkers, the
drama is
breathtaking,
the nightly
spectacle is
the most
magical
stretch in
sports.
It’s the King versus mortality, the Beard versus
doubt, the Dubs versus the
world.
Yet one of most intriguing subplots of these NBA
playoffs involves two parties
who have been watching
from afar.
Two fallen champions
with their noses pressed
against the glass. Two former greats dreaming of
future vindication. Two
troubled souls who, while
standing alongside each
other, should realize they
need each other.
The Lakers and Kawhi
Leonard.
The Lakers are watching
because they’re a team
without a superstar. Leonard is watching because he’s
a superstar apparently
without a team.
Sounds like a perfect fit
to me.
The Lakers need to begin
working a trade for the
estranged San Antonio
Spurs forward. They need to
start it now. It makes too
much sense. It checks too
many boxes.
Leonard would be coming home. He would be
leaving a place that no longer seems like his home.
Magic Johnson and Rob
[See Plaschke, D8]
BOSTON 8, ANGELS 2
By Jeff Miller
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
DODGERS CLOSER Kenley Jansen says of his early season troubles, which have resulted in an 8.10
earned-run average in seven appearances, “I’m not going to let anything bother me.”
JUST NOT
CUTTING IT
After another blown save, his ERA up and his velocity
down, Dodgers closer Jansen is still searching for answers
By Andy McCullough
Eric Gay Associated Press
IF THE SPURS’ Kawhi
Leonard joined the Lakers, he’d be coming home.
SAN DIEGO — Hidden behind a
partition in the visitors’ clubhouse
at Petco Park, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his
iPhone Wednesday when a reporter
approached. Jansen looked up and
wondered what the visitor wanted
to talk about. The topic felt obvious.
On a recent four-game winning
streak, the Dodgers (8-9) seemed to
have regained their equilibrium.
Clayton Kershaw sparked the
stretch with 12 strikeouts in a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. They scored 37 runs in four
games, 30 in a three-game sweep of
the San Diego Padres. Yet the
alarm bells triggered by Jansen’s
performance to start the season
had not yet faded into the back-
TOUGH OPENING
FOR THE CLOSER
Comparing Kenley Jansen’s 2018
statistics with those he posted the
previous eight seasons:
2010-17
2018
2.08
ERA
8.10
5.5
Hits/9
10.8
0.7
HR/9
4.1
2.4
Walks/9
4.1
14
Strikeouts/9
9.5
89.8
Save pct.
50
ground.
After his second blown save of
the season Tuesday against the Padres, Jansen insisted on maintaining a positive attitude. He vowed to
fix the deficiencies in his delivery
that have dampened the velocity
and movement of his cut fastball.
And he welcomed the criticism he
earned by posting an 8.10 earnedrun average in his first seven appearances.
“I have one of the hardest jobs in
the game,” Jansen said. “I’m either
going to save it, or I’m going to talk
to you guys more frequently. That’s
the one thing I tell myself: I’m not
going to let anything bother me.”
The Dodgers recovered Tuesday
to win in extra innings. But manager Dave Roberts still sounded
weary a day later. He admitted that
he had not pinpointed an explanation for Jansen’s trouble. He lamented a series of pitches that were
“as straight as a string,” but could
not diagnose why Jansen’s cutter
had stopped cutting.
[See Jansen, D5]
Teams must let go of ‘heavy’
hockey if they want to contend
The Kings
were swept
out of the
Stanley Cup
playoffs by a
team that
didn’t exist a
year ago. The
Ducks were swept by a team
they had passed in the
Pacific Division standings
during a late-season surge
that fizzled when the playoffs began.
We’ve gone from a glorious Ice Age in Southern
California to being frozen
out of Cup contention just
when things are getting
interesting.
The 82-game regular
season is essentially a rehearsal for the playoffs,
when three-on-three overtime and the gimmicky
shootout are replaced by
unlimited, nerve-fraying,
knee-weakening suddendeath play. There’s nothing
like it, a two-month test of
will and pain thresholds, of
players taking pucks to the
face or shin and taping an
aspirin to it before they go
back out for more. It’s all to
earn a slice of immortality
and get your name etched
on the Cup alongside players who made the same
sacrifices you did, players
who willingly and routinely
put their teeth and their
bodies on the line.
It’s grueling. It’s glorious.
And it’s sad that we won’t
see more of it in Southern
California this spring. “I
don’t think anybody saw
that coming,” Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said of his team’s
quick exit, a sentiment that
also applies to the Kings.
[See Elliott, D3]
Series mismatch
Boston’s outfielders
outperformed their Angels
counterparts at the plate.
Boston 10, Angels 1
Boston: Betts, Bradley,
Benintendi
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
11
5
6
6
4
Angels: Trout, Upton, Calhoun
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
10
0
2
0
0
Boston 9, Angels 0
Boston: Betts, Bradley,
Martinez
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
15
4
7
2
1
Angels: Trout, Upton, Calhoun
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
12
0
2
0
0
Boston 8, Angels 2
Boston: Betts, Benintendi,
Martinez
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
14
5
7
5
2
Angels: Trout, Upton, Young
AB
R
H
RBI
HR
10
1
1
1
1
Not all schedules
are created equal
Kings, Ducks need
to get up to speed
HELENE ELLIOTT
The Angels’ best day at
the ballpark this week came
when it was so cold that the
infield frosted over and the
game wasn’t even played.
That was Sunday, back in
18-degree-wind-chilled Kansas City, the last place where
this team appeared to feel
comfortable, the Angels’ disposition as rosy as their
cheeks.
After a postponement, a
scheduled off day and two
really, really off days, they reached the series finale
against Boston on Thursday
night hoping to win, of
course, but also hoping to
avoid more overwhelming
deflation.
Didn’t
happen,
not
against baseball’s hottest
team. Boston won 8-2 to
complete a sweep at Angel
Stadium and formally bury a
team that was soaring just a
few days ago.
In losing these three
games, the Angels were
outscored 27-3 and trailed
for all but two of the 27 in[See Angels, D4]
Chargers will fly
farther afield than
Rams, whose time in
spotlight will increase.
SAM FARMER
ON THE NFL
SEASON OPENERS
Chargers vs.
Kansas City
AT STUBHUB CENTER
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
EX-SAN DIEGO STATE STAR Rashaad Penny
could be targeted by Chargers, who would like a complementary back to team with Melvin Gordon. D7
The Chargers are all over
the map.
The Rams are finally on
the map.
Coming off their first
playoff appearance in 13
years, the Rams will get
their turn in the spotlight
this season with some highprofile games, including the
first Thursday night game
in the new Fox package.
The Rams won’t wander
too far from home, either.
After racking up the NFL’s
most frequent-flier miles in
each of the last two seasons,
they don’t go farther east
than Detroit.
They can lend their
suitcases to the Chargers,
who not only have a London
Sept. 9, 1 p.m. TV: Ch. 2
------------------------------------
Rams vs. Oakland
AT OAKLAND-ALAMEDA
COUNTY COLISEUM
Sept. 10, 7:15 p.m. TV: ESPN
game but play at Buffalo,
Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
All that was revealed
Thursday as the NFL announced its 2018 schedule,
which comprises 256 games
over 17 weeks.
[See Farmer, D6]
D2
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
LOS ANGELES TIMES
F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NHL PLAYOFFFS
FIRST ROUND
PRO CALENDAR
FRI.
20
SAT.
21
SUN.
22
MON.
23
TUE.
24
WASH.
7
SNLA
WASH.
6
Ch. 5, SNLA
WASH.
5
ESPN
MIAMI
7
SNLA
MIAMI
7
SNLA
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 Vegas vs. 4 KINGS
Golden Knights win series 4-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
DODGERS
SAN FRAN. SAN. FRAN. SAN FRAN. at Houston at Houston
5
5
7
6
1
FSW
FSW
FSW
FSW
FSW
Vegas 1, KINGS 0
Vegas 2, KINGS 1, 2 OT
Vegas 3, KINGS 2
Vegas 1, KINGS 0
2 DUCKS vs. 3 San Jose
Sharks win series 4-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
ANGELS
ATLANTA
7:30
SpecSN
San Jose 3, DUCKS 0
San Jose 3, DUCKS 2
San Jose 8, DUCKS 1
San Jose 2, DUCKS 1
1 Nashville vs. 4 Colorado
Predators lead series 3-1
GALAXY
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
at Montreal
10 a.m.
YouTube TV,
UniMas
LAFC
D3
Shade denotes home game
Nashville 5, Colorado 2
Nashville 5, Colorado 4
Colorado 5, Nashville 3
Nashville 3, Colorado 2
Today at Nashville, 6:30
Sunday at Colorado, TBD*
Tuesday at Nashville, TBD*
2 Winnipeg vs. 3 Minnesota
Jets lead series 3-1
TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
EVENT
ON THE AIR
Jay LaPrete Associated Press
COLUMBUS’ Sergei Bobrovsky makes a save against Washington’s Chandler
AUTO RACING
6:30 a.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series, 250, final practice
TV: FS1
9:30 a.m.
NASCAR Monster Energy Series, 400, final
practice
TV: FS1
1 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series, 250, qualifying
TV: FS1
Stephenson during Game 4 of their first-round series. The Capitals won 4-1.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP
4 p.m.
Cleveland at Baltimore
TV: MLB
Capitals top Blue Jackets
in regulation, even series
7 p.m.
San Francisco at Angels
TV: FS West
R: 830, 1330
associated press
2:30 p.m.
NASCAR Monster Energy Series, 400, qualifying
TV: FS1
4 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series, 250
TV: FS1
Kansas City at Detroit
TV: MLB
BASEBALL
10 a.m.
7 p.m.
Washington at Dodgers
TV: SNLA R: 570,
1020
BOXING
7 p.m.
Tony Lopez Jr. vs. Max Ornelas
TV: beIN
COLLEGE BASEBALL
1:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Northwestern
TV: Big Ten
4 p.m.
Oregon at Oregon State
TV: Pac-12
4:30 p.m.
Florida at Kentucky
TV: SEC
7 p.m.
Long Beach State at Cal Poly
TV: ESPNU
7 p.m.
Stanford at Arizona
TV: Pac-12
7 p.m.
USC at UCLA
TV: Pac-12LA
COLLEGE GYMNASTICS
10 a.m.
Women’s NCAA Championships, first semifinal
TV: ESPN2
4 p.m.
Women’s NCAA Championships, second
semifinal
TV: ESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
2 p.m.
Oklahoma at Oregon State
TV: Pac-12
4:30 p.m.
Kansas at Baylor
TV: Prime
5 p.m.
Washington at UCLA
TV: Pac-12LA
COLLEGE TENNIS
11 a.m.
Women, California at Stanford
TV: Pac-12
GOLF
7:30 a.m.
European PGA, Trophee Hassan II
TV: Golf
9:30 a.m.
PGA Champions, Legends at Big Cedar Lodge
TV: Golf
12:30 p.m. PGA, Valero Texas Open
TV: Golf
3:30 p.m.
LPGA, HUGEL-JTBC LA Open
TV: Golf
5 a.m.
(Sat.)
European PGA, Trophee Hassan II
TV: Golf
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a
goal and two assists, and
Braden Holtby stopped 23
shots as the Washington
Capitals beat the Columbus
Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night to even their playoff series at two games
apiece.
Tom Wilson and Alexander Ovechkin each had a
goal and an assist, and T.J.
Oshie also scored for the
workmanlike Capitals, who
won this time in regulation
after the first three games of
the best-of-seven series were
decided in overtime. Game 5
is Saturday afternoon in
Washington.
Columbus had overcome
multi-goal deficits to win the
first two games in Washington. When the series shifted
to Columbus on Tuesday,
the Capitals prevailed in
double overtime.
This one lacked the intensity of the first three, and
there was no comeback
magic for the Blue Jackets.
In fact, they were just flat
through a good chunk of the
first two periods, chasing
pucks and flubbing passes.
They finally seem to get out
of the quicksand near the
end of the second period after coach John Tortorella
started switching up the
lines.
Boston 3, at Toronto 1:
Brad Marchand scored the
go-ahead goal in the second
period and Tuukka Rask
made 31 saves as the Bruins
defeated the Maple Leafs to
take a 3-1 lead in their firstround playoff series.
Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also had goals for the
Bruins, who can win the
Eastern
Conference
quarterfinal when they host
Game 5 on Saturday at
Boston’s TD Garden. David
Pastrnak added two assists.
Tomas Plekanec scored
the lone goal for the Maple
Leafs, who got 18 saves from
Frederik Andersen.
SUMMARIES
Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 1
Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
Boston.....................................1
Toronto ....................................1
1
0
1 — 3
0 — 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Bos., Krug 1 (Miller, Pastrnak),
0:28. 2. Tor., Plekanec 1 (Marleau, Marner), 7:43.
Penalty—DeBrusk, BOS, (hooking), 15:08.
SECOND PERIOD: 3. Bos., Marchand 2 (McQuaid, Pastrnak), 16:55. Penalties—None.
THIRD PERIOD: 4. Bos., DeBrusk 2 (Krejci), 4:17.
Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Bos. 7-9-5—21. Tor. 12-10-10—
32. Power-play conversions—Bos. 0 of 0. Tor. 0 of 1.
GOALIES: Bos., Rask 3-1 (32 shots-31 saves).
Tor., Andersen 1-2 (21-18). Att—19,689 (18,819).
T—2:36.
Washington ..............................1
Columbus ................................0
1
0
2 — 4
1 — 1
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Was., Wilson 2 (Kuznetsov), 6:16.
Penalties—Kuznetsov, WSH, (hooking), 0:34. Dubinsky, CBJ,
(high-sticking), 7:15. Wilson, WSH, (tripping), 18:57. Panarin,
CBJ, (hooking), 19:00.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. Was., Oshie 2 (Ovechkin, Carlson), 9:19
(pp). Penalties—Eller, WSH, (hooking), 5:34. Panarin, CBJ,
(slashing), 8:49.
THIRD PERIOD: 3. Was., Ovechkin 3 (Wilson, Kuznetsov),
2:49. 4. Clm., Jenner 1 (Anderson), 6:22. 5. Was., Kuznetsov 3,
17:41. Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Was. 12-13-8—33. Clm. 7-8-9—24. Powerplay conversions—Was. 1 of 3. Clm. 0 of 3.
GOALIES: Was., Holtby 2-1 (24 shots-23 saves). Clm., Bobrovsky 2-2 (32-29). T—2:27.
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Winnipeg 3, Minnesota 2
Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 1
Minnesota 6, Winnipeg 2
Winnipeg 2, Minnesota 0
Today at Winnipeg, 4:30
Sunday at Minn., TBD*
Wed. at Winnipeg, TBD*
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Tampa Bay vs. 4 New Jersey
Lightning lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 2
Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 3
New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 1
Saturday at T.B., TBD
Monday at N.J., TBD*
Wednesday at T.B., TBD*
2 Boston vs. 3 Toronto
Bruins lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Boston 5, Toronto 1
Boston 7, Toronto 3
Toronto 4, Boston 2
Boston 3, Toronto 1
Saturday at Boston, 5
Monday at Toronto, TBD*
Wed. at Boston, TBD*
1 Washington vs. 4 Columbus
Series tied 2-2
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Columbus 4, Wash. 3, OT
Columbus 5, Wash. 4, OT
Washington 3, Col. 2, 2 OT
Washington 4, Columbus 1
Saturday at Wash., noon
Monday at Columbus, TBD
Wednesday at Wash., TBD*
2 Pittsburgh vs. 3 Philadelphia
Penguins lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 0
Today at Pitt., 4
Sunday at Phil., TBD*
Tuesday at Pitt., TBD*
* if necessary
Times PDT, p.m.
A lack of speed was their downfall
HOCKEY: STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
TV: NBCSN
4:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Winnipeg
TV: USA
6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville
TV: NBCSN
HORSE RACING
Noon
Trackside Live, Santa Anita
TV: TVG
3 p.m.
Trackside Live, Santa Anita
TV: TVG
7 p.m.
The Quarters, Los Alamitos
TV: TVG
PRO BASKETBALL: NBA PLAYOFFS
4 p.m.
Cleveland at Indiana
TV: ESPN, ESPND
5 p.m.
Toronto at Washington
TV: ESPN2
6:30 p.m.
Boston at Milwaukee
TV: ESPN, ESPND
SOCCER
11:15 a.m. Germany, Monchengladbach vs. Wolfsburg
TV: FS2
11:45 a.m. Spain, Leganes vs. La Coruna
TV: beIN2
Noon
France, Dijon vs. Lyon
TV: beIN1
4:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
England, West Bromwich vs. Liverpool
TV: NBCSN
6:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
Germany, Hannover vs. Bayern Munich
TV: FS1, FXDep
6:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
Germany, Frankfurt vs. Berlin
TV: FS2
6:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
Germany, Leipzig vs. Hoffenheim
TV: FSP
6:45 a.m.
(Sat.)
England, Watford vs. Crystal Palace
TV: NBCSN
Center Court, Monte Carlo semifinals, Fed Cup
semifinals, U.S. vs. France
TV: Tennis
TENNIS
4:30 a.m.
(Sat.)
WEEKEND SOCCER ON TV
In England, Manchester United and Chelsea will try to salvage something from otherwise lost seasons this weekend
while teams in Germany and Spain try to hang on as the
battle for European tournament spots heats up:
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund, shut out in two of its last
three matches, needs a big rebound Saturday against visiting Bayer Leverkusen if it hopes to qualify for next season’s
Champions League (FS2, UDN, 9:30 a.m. PDT). The teams
will enter the match tied for third in the table at 51 points with
four games left in the season.
England: With Manchester City clinching the Premier
League title last week, attention turns to the FA Cup, the
domestic crown left unclaimed. In the tournament semifinals Manchester United, in need of some type of hardware to
justify its summer spending spree, faces Tottenham on Saturday (Fox, 9:15 a.m.) while Chelsea, the dethroned Premier
League champion, meets Southampton on Sunday (FS1, 7
a.m.).
La Liga: Atletico Madrid’s hopes of winning the Spanish title
have faded in the wake of Barcelona’s 39-game league unbeaten streak. But now second-place Atletico, which has
won only three of its last seven, is beginning to look back in
worry since the three teams behind it have all made up
ground in the last six weeks. Charging hardest is fifth-place
Real Betis, which has won six in a row going into Sunday’s
match in Madrid (BeIN Sports en Espanol, 1 p.m.)
— Kevin Baxter
[Elliott, from D1]
We’ve been spoiled. The
Ducks, part of the NHL’s 1993
expansion class, one-upped
the Kings (class of ’67) by
winning the Cup in 2007. The
Kings matched that in 2012,
reached the Western Conference finals in 2013, and did the
Ducks one better by winning
the Cup again in 2014. Although the Kings have won
only one playoff game in two
series since then, the Ducks
had kept local ice frozen into
late May by reaching the West
finals in 2015 and again last
season.
The dismissal-by-broom
for both teams this week
means it’s time to melt the ice
until September.
Enjoy the next leg of your
already incredible journey,
Vegas Golden Knights. Calling them an expansion team
sells them short now that
they’ve finished first in the
Pacific Division and gotten
otherworldly goaltending
from Marc-Andre Fleury in a
tight-checking elimination of
the Kings. They get on opponents quickly and they have
the cohesiveness of a team
that has been together for
years, not thrown together
after an expansion draft last
June. “Vegas is a deep team. I
think the coaches have done a
terrific job with that team,
building an identity,” Kings
coach John Stevens said.
Hey, San Jose Sharks. You
also benefited from outstanding goaltending when you
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RICKARD RAKELL
DREW DOUGHTY had
scored a career-best 34
goals for the Ducks.
a Norris Trophy-caliber
performance for Kings.
dismissed the Ducks, thanks
to Martin Jones’ saving 128 of
132 shots. Balanced scoring
and opportunistic play
served the Sharks well. The
Ducks helped by taking the
undisciplined penalties
they’ve perpetually committed. The Ducks were slow to
react under pressure, slow to
control their frustration and
just plain slow in being
outscored 16-4.
“Our production from our
group was way down from
what our expectations are,”
coach Randy Carlyle said. “I
think they got five goals from
their fourth line. That’s a lot
from depth in their lineup.”
The lesson for the Kings
and the Ducks is simple. The
era of “heavy” hockey is over.
To be competitive again they
must add speed. Look at the
teams that have had the most
success the last few seasons
and those still playing.
Stevens thought moving the
puck quickly would be sufficient, but it wasn’t.
The Kings also lacked
scoring from the left side —
nothing new there — and
suffered when Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli didn’t
step up to become core players and when Adrian Kempe’s
scoring tailed off. A careerbest season by Anze Kopitar,
a strong bounceback by
Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty’s Norris Trophy-caliber
performance, and stellar
goaltending by Jonathan
Quick were wasted because
there was no secondary
support layer. Just as worrisome, the early exit moved
Doughty a year closer to
possible free agency. Among
the positives for next season
is the likely debut of forward
Gabe Vilardi, their firstround pick and 11th overall in
2017, but he can’t be expected
to boost the offense by himself.
The Ducks’ problems are
philosophical and financial.
Carlyle and general manager
Bob Murray are old-school
proponents of a slow, physical
game that doesn’t work
anymore. This could be the
right time to move Carlyle
into the post-coaching consultant job he was promised
and find a coach who can
instill a sense of discipline.
Murray must find more
depth, but he’s stuck with an
$8.625-million salary-cap hit
through 2020-21 on a slow and
ineffective Corey Perry and a
hit of $6.875 million through
2021-22 on a hurting Ryan
Kesler. Ryan Getzlaf’s cap hit
is $8.25 million through 202021, but he’s still a fine setup
center. All three have nomove clauses. The bright
notes are Ondrej Kase (20
goals), Rickard Rakell (a
career-best 34 goals), the
development of defenseman
Brandon Montour and having
Cam Fowler healthy next
season.
The only good offshoot of
the local teams’ swift exits is
Murray and Kings general
manager Rob Blake gained
extra time to seek ways to
bring the Ice Age back to
Southern California. It was
fun while it lasted, every last
agonizing, exhilarating second of it.
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Crowd favorite takes early lead at L.A. Open
Park, cheered by large
contingent of South
Korean fans, shines in
first round at Wilshire.
associated press
Inbee Park’s flirtation
with retirement is in the
rear-view mirror.
Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans,
Park shot a five-under 66 for
a one-shot lead Thursday in
the opening round of the
HUGEL-JTBC L.A. Open in
the LPGA Tour’s return to
Los Angeles after a 13-year
absence.
Showers ended shortly
before Park’s threesome, including second-ranked Lexi
Thompson, teed off at windy
Wilshire Country Club.
Using a new putter, Park
birdied four consecutive
holes on the back nine before
a bogey on the par-four 17th.
She quickly recovered and
rolled in birdie putts on the
second and fifth holes to finish off her round.
“I never played a tourna-
ment outside Korea having
this much Korean supporters out,” Park said. “I almost
feel like I’m playing back
home. It’s almost like a little
Korea.”
The 29-year-old Hall of
Famer recently said she was
50-50 about retiring before
returning to the tour in early
March after a six-month
break. Momentum has been
going her way ever since.
Marina Alex was second.
Thompson was one of seven
players at 68.
Alex tied Park with a
birdie on No. 11. The Ameri-
can dropped a stroke with a
bogey on the par-five 13th
before rallying with a birdie
on No. 14 to share the lead.
Alex found trouble on the
par-four 17th, where her ball
rolled into the water. She salvaged a bogey to drop a shot
behind Park.
“I made a lot of the putts
that I shouldn’t, I wouldn’t
have expected to make,” she
said. “I made two great saves
on 17 and 18. Kind of got away
with some not-so-solid golf
shots in the beginning, and I
capitalized on some great
putts.”
D4
FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
BASEBALL
ANGELS REPORT
NL STANDINGS
Pct.
L
W
West
GB
L10
—
7-3
Arizona
13 5
.722
Colorado
11 9
.550
3
6-4
DODGERS
8
9
.471 41⁄2
6-4
San Francisco
7
11 .389
6
San Diego
7
13 .350
7
5-5
GB
L10
—
5-5
Pct.
L
W
Central
12 7
.632
St. Louis
10 8
.556 11⁄2
6-4
Milwaukee
11 9
.550 11⁄2
6-4
Chicago
8
8
.500 21⁄2
5-5
Cincinnati
3
15 .167 81⁄2
W
Pct.
L
By Jeff Miller
3-7
Pittsburgh
East
Trying to make sense of sudden slump
1-9
GB
L10
—
6-4
New York
13 5
.722
Atlanta
11 7
.611
2
Philadelphia
11 7
.611
2
8-2
Washington
9
10 .474 41⁄2
5-5
Miami
5
13 .278
3-7
6-4
8
Playing with the unrestrained
joy of children, grown men were recently frolicking among the flurries
in Kansas City, all but making
actual snow Angels.
Then they returned to Anaheim
to discover a real chill.
In dropping the first two games
to Boston by a combined score of
19-1, the Angels lost their sevengame winning streak, their momentum and, quite possibly, their
mojo.
All after a postponement Sunday and an off day Monday. The
sudden downtime is one possible
explanation — but not one that
manager Mike Scioscia is buying.
“Anytime you get an off day… it’s
definitely welcomed,” he said. “I
don’t think the two days had any
lingering effect to where we didn’t
offensively attack the ball the way
we can or even on the mound make
the pitches.”
The Angels had rolled to the
best 16-game start (13-3) in franchise history and won 10 of 11 before
encountering a Red Sox team also
off to an all-time great start.
In the first two games of this
series, the Angels batted .159 (10 for
63), all singles. Their most recent
extra-base hit was a double by
Albert Pujols on Saturday.
Thursday’s results
at Chicago 8, St. Louis 5
at Philadelphia 7, Pittsburgh 0
at Atlanta 12, New York 4
at Milwaukee 12, Miami 3
at Arizona 3, San Francisco 1
“This is something that can
happen at any time,” Scioscia said.
“These guys have pitched really
well and swung the bats really well
and beat us two games.”
Ohtani moves up
Shohei Ohtani was back in the
lineup Thursday as the designated
hitter and batting sixth. That’s his
highest position yet in the order.
He left his pitching start Tuesday after two innings because of a
blister on his right middle finger, a
condition he and the Angels say
does not affect his ability to swing a
bat.
“He’s not very worried about it,”
Scioscia said. “Of course, we’re
looking at it very closely. ... Hopefully, it will be a nonissue.”
The Angels are still optimistic
Ohtani will be able to make his next
pitching start, likely early next
week in Houston.
Calhoun gets start
With the Red Sox starting lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris
Young replaced Kole Calhoun in
right field. Calhoun is hitting .205.
“He's not as comfortable in the
box right now as he was in the
beginning of the season,” Scioscia
said. “He’ll get there. It’s a process,
and Kole’s going to be fine.”
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Angels’ bats remain
mostly silent in loss
AL STANDINGS
L
W
West
Pct.
GB
L10
—
7-3
ANGELS
13 6
.684
Houston
13 7
.650
1
⁄2
5-5
Seattle
9
8
.529
3
5-5
Oakland
9
10 .474
4
6-4
Texas
7
13 .350 61⁄2
3-7
L
W
Central
Pct.
GB
L10
—
6-4
Minnesota
8
5
.615
Cleveland
9
7
.563
Detroit
7
9
.438 21⁄2
Chicago
4
11 .267
Kansas City
3
13 .188 61⁄2
W
East
L
Pct.
⁄2
7-3
1
5-5
5
1-9
1-9
GB
L10
—
9-1
Boston
16 2
.889
Toronto
12 6
.667
4
New York
9
8
.529
61⁄2
5-5
Tampa Bay
5
13 .278
11
4-6
Baltimore
5
14 .263 111⁄2
2-8
7-3
Thursday’s results
Boston 8, at ANGELS 2
at Detroit 13, Baltimore 8
Houston 9, at Seattle 2
at New York 4, Toronto 3
TODAY’S GAMES
NATIONAL LEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
WAS/Scherzer (R)
Dodgers/Kershaw (L)
PIT/Nova (R)
PHI/Lively (R)
NY/Syndergaard (R)
ATL/Newcomb (L)
MIA/Richards (R)
MIL/Chacin (R)
CIN/Finnegan (L)
STL/Wacha (R)
CHI/Hendricks (R)
COL/Gray (R)
SD/Ross (R)
ARI/Koch (R)
W-L
3-1
1-2
2-1
0-1
2-0
1-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
2-1
0-1
1-3
2-1
0-0
ERA
TIME
1.33
7 p.m.
1.73
SNLA
4.88
4 p.m.
5.87
2.95 4:30 p.m.
4.02
4.70
5 p.m.
5.60
10.38 5:15 p.m.
5.52
3.71 5:30 p.m.
6.23
3.50 6:30 p.m.
0.00
AMERICAN LEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
KC/Junis (R)
DET/Fulmer (R)
KC/Hammel (R)
DET/Norris (L)
CLE/Bauer (R)
BAL/Bundy (R)
TOR/Estrada (R)
NY/Gray (R)
MIN/Lynn (R)
TB/Archer (R)
SEA/Hernandez (R)
TEX/Minor (L)
HOU/Verlander (R)
CHI/Shields (R)
BOS/Pomeranz (L)
OAK/Graveman (R)
W-L
2-1
1-2
0-1
0-1
1-1
0-2
1-1
1-1
0-1
1-1
2-2
1-1
2-0
1-1
0-0
0-3
ERA
1.93
3.86
3.86
7.11
2.25
1.40
4.24
6.92
5.00
7.84
5.48
4.60
1.35
4.50
0.00
9.87
TIME
10 a.m.
MLB
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
MLB
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:10 p.m.
7 p.m.
INTERLEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
SF/Samardzija (R)
Angels/ Heaney (L)
W-L
0-0
0-0
ERA
0.00
5.40
TIME
7 p.m.
FS West
RED SOX
ANGELS
8
2
Streak
Lost 3 This month
11-5
Home
4-5 Road
9-1
Division
8-3 Interleague
0-0
Next: Tonight vs. San Francisco, Angel Stadium, 7
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tonight vs. San Francisco, Angel Stadium, 7
Saturday vs. San Francisco, Angel Stadium, 6 p.m.
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4
Ohtani, moved up to sixth in order, was hitless in four at-bats.
TIGERS
ORIOLES
13
8
1
1
a-grounded out for Young in the 7th. b-struck out for Maldonado
in the 7th. 1-ran for Martinez in the 8th.
Walks—Boston 3: Ramirez 2, Devers 1. Angels 3: Simmons 3.
Strikeouts—Boston 5: Betts 2, Benintendi 1, Moreland 2. Angels
9: Trout 1, Upton 2, Ohtani 3, Calhoun 1, Maldonado 1, Valbuena 1.
E—Devers (4), Cozart (1). LOB—Boston 7, Angels 6. 2B—Betts
(8), Martinez 2 (5), Moreland (5), Holt (2). HR—Betts (6), off
Tropeano; Benintendi (1), off Tropeano; Young (1), off Rodriguez.
RBIs—Betts (14), Benintendi 3 (13), Martinez (15), Moreland (7),
Devers 2 (17), Cozart (8), Young (3). SF—Moreland.
Runners left in scoring position—Boston 3 (Benintendi, Devers,
Vazquez); Angels 2 (Kinsler, Calhoun). RISP—Boston 3 for 12; Angels
1 for 7.
Runners moved up—Ramirez, Ohtani, Calhoun. GIDP—Betts,
Martinez, Nunez.
DP—Angels 3 (Simmons, Kinsler, Pujols), (Kinsler, Simmons,
Pujols), (Simmons, Kinsler, Pujols).
Boston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Rodriguez, W, 2-0 .........6 3 2 2 3 5
104 3.45
Hembree, H, 2..............1 0 0 0 0 1
18 4.09
Smith .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
11 5.40
Kelly ...........................1 1 0 0 0 2
22 4.70
Angels
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Tropeano, L, 1-1 .........51⁄3 7 5 5 2 3
89 3.75
Alvarez ........................0 2 0 0 0 0
3 0.00
Johnson ....................12⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
21 3.00
Wood..........................1 2 1 1 1 0
13 1.59
Ramirez ......................1⁄3 2 2 1 0 0
17 2.79
Bard...........................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
5 5.91
Alvarez pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Inherited runners-scored—Alvarez 1-1, Johnson 2-0, Bard 2-0.
HBP—Ramirez (Bradley Jr.). WP—Hembree.
U—Jerry Layne, Greg Gibson, Vic Carapazza, Jordan Baker.
T—3:35. Tickets sold—36,253 (45,050).
CUBS
CARDINALS
ASTROS
MARINERS
8
5
Betts’ fourth home run of this series and Boston’s 10th (at that moment) in 19 innings against the Angels this week.
Though Zack Cozart’s two-out
RBI single made the score 1-1 an inning later, pulling even was as positive as things would get for the Angels.
Tropeano pitched into the sixth
but gave up five runs, too many for
the way the Angels have been
playing offense.
After opening the season as one
of the most productive teams in
baseball, the Angels have put together just one rally that has netted more than a single run over the
last 37 innings. And that came on
one swing, Mike Trout hitting a
two-run homer in the fifth on Saturday against the Royals.
Yeah, fortunes have turned
pretty dramatically for the Angels,
thanks mostly to Boston’s visit.
The good news?
San Francisco comes into Angel
Stadium starting Friday night
with an offense that, comparatively speaking, is missing on all
cylinders. The Giants have scored
one or zero runs 10 times this season. The Red Sox have done that
only once so far.
So things already are looking up
for a club that at the moment is
drooping pretty badly.
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9
2
YANKEES
BLUE JAYS
4
3
Leonys Martin hit his first major league
grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had
four hits and three runs batted in and
Detroit handed cellar-dwelling Baltimore its sixth consecutive loss.
Jon Lester was dominant through six
innings of two-hit ball in his 100th start
as a Cub, Jason Heyward hit a two-run
homer and Kris Bryant and Kyle
Schwarber each had two RBIs.
Charlie Morton pitched seven innings
of three-hit ball, Jose Altuve had a
three-run double and the World Series
champions won their third in a row
after dropping the series opener.
Aaron Judge hit his fifth home run,
David Robertson pitched out of an
eighth-inning jam and the Yankees
overcame a bit of shaky defense on a
chilly night in the Bronx.
Baltimore
Mancini lf
Alvarez dh
MMchdo ss
A.Jnes cf
Davis 1b
Srdnas 2b
Bckam 3b
Sntndr rf
Sisco c
Totals
St. Louis
AB R H BI Avg. Chicago
AB R H BI Avg.
Fowler rf
5 0 0 1 .176 Almora cf
5 1 1 1 .265
Bader cf
4 1 1 0 .238 Baez 2b
5 2 2 0 .250
Crpntr 2b
3 0 0 0 .175 Bryant 3b
3 1 1 2 .328
c-Pham
1 0 0 0 .317 Rizzo 1b
4 1 3 1 .171
Ozuna lf
4 0 0 0 .257 Contreras c 4 0 1 0 .283
Martinez 1b 3 1 1 0 .339 Schwrbr lf
4 0 2 2 .245
Molina c
2 0 0 0 .277 Russell ss 4 1 1 0 .222
b-Pena c
2 1 1 0 .333 Heyward rf 4 2 2 2 .226
Gyorko 3b
2 1 2 0 .625 Lester p
2 0 1 0 .111
DeJong ss
3 1 0 1 .231 d-La Stella 0 0 0 0 .286
Weaver p
1 0 0 0 .125 Happ lf
0 0 0 0 .204
a-O’Neill
1 0 0 0 .000 Totals
35 8 14 8
Wong 2b
1 0 0 1 .146
Totals
32 5 5 3
Houston AB R H BI Avg. Seattle
Springer rf 4 2 1 0 .228 Gordon cf
Altuve 2b
4 1 3 4 .342 Segura ss
Correa ss
3 0 1 1 .299 Cano 2b
Gattis dh
4 0 1 1 .217 Cruz dh
Brgmn 3b
4 1 1 0 .216 Seager 3b
Gonzlz 1b
4 0 1 0 .190 Haniger rf
Rddick lf
4 2 1 2 .250 Gamel lf
Fisher lf
0 0 0 0 .125 a-Heredia lf
Stassi c
3 3 2 1 .310 Vglbch 1b
Mrsnck cf
4 0 0 0 .122 b-Romine 1b
Totals
34 9 11 9
Freitas c
Totals
AB R H BI Avg.
Toronto
AB R H BI Avg. New York
4 0 1 0 .262
Pearce dh
5 0 1 0 .302 Gardner lf
3 1 1 1 .339
Hernandez lf 5 1 1 0 .375 Judge rf
Smoak 1b
3 0 0 0 .235 Gregorius ss 4 0 1 1 .327
3 0 1 0 .203
Solarte 3b
2 1 0 0 .286 Stanton dh
Pillar cf
3 0 0 0 .324 G.Sanchez c 4 0 1 0 .194
3 1 1 0 .286
Diaz ss
3 0 0 0 .226 Hicks cf
4 1 1 0 .179
a-Grndrsn
1 0 1 1 .333 Walker 1b
3 0 0 1 .086
Ngoepe ss
0 0 0 0 .056 Wade 2b
Grichuk rf
4 0 0 0 .088 Torreyes 3b 2 1 1 1 .393
30 4 8 4
Maile c
4 1 2 1 .480 Totals
Travis 2b
4 0 1 0 .149
Totals
34 3 6 2
St. Louis
Chicago
a-walked for Gamel in the 8th. b-flied out for Vogelbach in the 8th.
Walks—Houston 5: Springer 1, Altuve 1, Correa 1, Gattis 1, Stassi
1. Seattle 1: Heredia 1. Strikeouts—Houston 11: Springer 2, Altuve 1,
Correa 2, Bregman 1, Gonzalez 2, Stassi 1, Marisnick 2. Seattle 10:
Gordon 3, Cano 1, Cruz 1, Seager 1, Haniger 2, Romine 1, Freitas 1.
E—Seager (2). LOB—Houston 4, Seattle 6. 2B—Altuve 2 (4), Segura
(5), Freitas (4). HR—Stassi (2), off Rzepczynski; Reddick (4), off
LeBlanc. RBIs—Altuve 4 (8), Correa (14), Gattis (6), Reddick 2 (10),
Stassi (7), Segura (8), Freitas (1). SB—Bregman (2). SF—Correa.
Runners left in scoring position—Houston 4 (Correa, Gattis,
Gonzalez, Reddick); Seattle 1 (Cruz). RISP—Houston 4 for 12;
Seattle 2 for 4. Runners moved up—Gordon. GIDP—Bregman.
DP—Seattle 1 (Segura, Cano, Vogelbach). TP_Seattle 1 (Seager,
Cano, Vogelbach).
Houston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Morton, W, 3-0 .............7 3 0 0 0 8
86 0.72
Sipp...........................2⁄3 1 2 2 1 0
15 9.00
Rondon.......................1⁄3 2 0 0 0 0
12 2.45
Peacock ......................1 1 0 0 0 2
20 3.72
Seattle
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Gonzales, L, 1-2.........42⁄3 4 3 0 1 8
79 5.94
Altavilla.....................11⁄3 1 1 1 2 1
27 3.86
Rzepczynski .................1 1 1 1 0 0
14 12.00
LeBlanc.......................2 5 4 4 2 2
46 6.43
U—Adrian Johnson, Tripp Gibson, Brian Gorman, Sean Barber.
T—3:02. Tickets sold—16,927 (47,943).
Baltimore
Detroit
AB
5
5
5
5
3
4
4
4
4
39
R
1
1
3
1
1
0
0
0
1
8
H
1
1
3
3
1
0
3
1
1
14
BI
0
0
4
2
2
0
0
0
0
8
Avg.
.286
.290
.338
.250
.145
.125
.194
.191
.257
Detroit
Martin cf
Cdlrio 3b
Cbrera 1b
Gdrm 1b
Cstlns rf
Mrtinz dh
1Reys dh
McCnn c
J.Jones lf
Iglsas ss
DMdo 2b
Totals
AB
5
4
5
0
5
5
0
5
5
5
3
42
R
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
2
2
13
H
3
4
3
0
0
2
0
1
2
3
0
18
021 001 202 — 8
140 250 01x —13
BI
4
3
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
3
1
13
Avg.
.295
.284
.283
.179
.281
.314
.200
.196
.269
.173
.224
14
18
1
0
1-ran for Martinez in the 8th.
Walks—Baltimore 3: Davis 2, Sardinas 1. Detroit 2: Candelario 1,
D.Machado 1. Strikeouts—Baltimore 11: Mancini 2, Alvarez 2,
A.Jones 1, Davis 2, Sardinas 2, Beckham 1, Sisco 1. Detroit 7: Martin
1, Castellanos 2, Martinez 1, McCann 1, J.Jones 1, D.Machado 1.
E—Beckham (3). LOB—Baltimore 7, Detroit 8. 2B—Mancini (4),
M.Machado (7), A.Jones 3 (4), Beckham (4), Cabrera (5), Martinez
(5), Iglesias (4). 3B—Martin (1), Iglesias (1). HR—Davis (2), off
Zimmermann; M.Machado (4), off Zimmermann; M.Machado (5),
off Zimmermann; Candelario (3), off Cobb; Martin (2), off Wright Jr..
RBIs—M.Machado 4 (14), A.Jones 2 (12), Davis 2 (5), Martin 4 (7),
Candelario 3 (8), Castellanos (6), Martinez (9), Iglesias 3 (5),
D.Machado (10). DP—Detroit 2 (D.Machado, Iglesias, Cabrera),
(Cabrera).
Baltimore
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Cobb, L, 0-2 ..............31⁄3 10 7 5 1 4
72 15.43
Wright Jr....................31⁄3 5 5 5 1 1
59 8.49
Araujo.......................11⁄3 3 1 1 0 2
25 5.73
Detroit
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Zimmermann, W, 1-0...51⁄3 7 4 4 2 7
97 7.71
Bell ..........................12⁄3 3 2 2 0 2
28 3.18
Farmer ........................1 1 0 0 0 0
10 7.71
VerHagen.....................1 3 2 2 1 2
25 4.66
HBP—Wright Jr. (D.Machado). WP—VerHagen.
U—Larry Vanover, Mark Carlson, Chris Guccione, Dave Rackley.
T—3:11. Tickets sold—15,916 (41,297).
PHILLIES
PIRATES
AB R H BI Avg.
Boston
AB R H BI Avg. Angels
4 0 1 0 .348
Betts rf
5 2 2 1 .391 Kinsler 2b
4 0 0 0 .270
Bnintndi cf 5 1 2 3 .267 Trout cf
4 0 0 0 .263
Ramirez dh 3 2 1 0 .323 Upton lf
4 0 0 0 .268
Martinez lf 4 2 3 1 .338 Pujols 1b
1-Bradly cf 0 0 0 0 .228 Simmons ss 1 1 1 0 .306
4 0 0 0 .324
Mrlnd 1b
4 0 1 1 .343 Ohtani dh
4 0 1 1 .247
Devers 3b 4 0 3 2 .300 Cozart 3b
2 1 1 1 .308
Nunez 2b
4 0 0 0 .250 Young rf
Vazquez c
4 0 0 0 .224 a-Calhoun rf 2 0 0 0 .200
2 0 0 0 .213
Holt ss
4 1 2 0 .242 Mldndo c
b-Valbuena 1 0 0 0 .279
Totals
37 8 14 8
Rivera c
0 0 0 0 .368
Totals
32 2 4 2
Boston
Angels
Chris Carlson Associated Press
SHOHEI OHTANI is tagged out after a dropped third strike.
[Angels, from D1]
nings. Their best position Thursday was a 1-1 tie after the second
and third innings.
The Angels finished the series 14
for 95 (.147 average), 13 of those hits
being singles. Chris Young’s solo
homer in the fifth was their only extra-base hit against a Red Sox
team that is now 16-2.
“We just couldn’t get comfortable in the batter’s box,” manager
Mike Scioscia said.
Not even the return to the lineup of Shohei Ohtani, the most
must-see at-bat in the sport, could
spark an offense that has spent the
past three days going as flat as
home plate.
Batting sixth, his highest position yet in the order, Ohtani saw
several off-speed pitches and finished hitless in four at-bats, three
of which ended in strikeouts.
During his afternoon session
with reporters, Scioscia stressed
the importance of his team doing
something — anything — early in
the game other than falling behind
again.
“We need to get off better
against these guys,” he said. “We
just haven’t established ourselves
on the mound the way we need to.
We haven’t made the pitches we
need to.”
Three hours later, Nick Tropeano’s third pitch of the game rattled into the left-field seats, Mookie
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
R
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
7
000 000 000 —0
050 020 00x —7
H
2
1
2
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
9
5
14
0
3
a-struck out for Weaver in the 5th. b-singled for Molina in the 7th.
c-flied out for Gregerson in the 7th. d-walked for Cishek in the 7th.
Walks—St. Louis 4: Martinez 1, Gyorko 2, DeJong 1. Chicago 3:
Rizzo 1, Schwarber 1, La Stella 1. Strikeouts—St. Louis 11: Fowler 2,
Bader 1, Ozuna 3, Martinez 1, Molina 1, Pena 1, DeJong 1, O’Neill 1.
Chicago 6: Almora 2, Baez 1, Rizzo 1, Contreras 1, Lester 1. E—Baez 2
(4), Contreras (1). LOB—St. Louis 6, Chicago 10. 3B—Baez (3).
HR—Heyward (2), off Bowman. RBIs—Fowler (7), DeJong (8), Wong
(2), Almora (4), Bryant 2 (10), Rizzo (4), Schwarber 2 (9), Heyward 2
(10). SB—Bader (2). SF—Bryant. S—Lester. DP—St. Louis 1 (DeJong,
Wong, Martinez).
St. Louis
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Weaver, L, 2-1 ..............4 9 6 6 1 3
85 4.22
Bowman....................11⁄3 4 2 2 1 2
42 6.23
Gregerson ...................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
6 0.00
Holland .......................1 0 0 0 1 1
14 8.10
Leone .........................1 1 0 0 0 0
12 4.50
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Lester, W, 2-0...............6 2 1 0 1 7
96 3.10
Butler .........................0 2 4 3 2 0
18 4.30
Cishek ........................1 0 0 0 0 0
15 0.90
Edwards, H, 3 ..............1 1 0 0 1 3
23 1.00
Morrow, S, 3-3 .............1 0 0 0 0 1
13 0.00
HBP—Lester (Bader), Weaver (Contreras), Bowman (Bryant),
Cishek (Wong). WP—Lester.
T—3:10. Tickets sold—29,648 (41,649).
7
0
Rhys Hoskins homered and Jake
Arrieta flashed the All-Star form that
made Philadelphia covet the freeagent ace, striking out 10 and tossing
one-hit ball over seven innings.
Pittsburgh AB R H BI Avg. Philadelphia AB
Frazier 2b-cf 4 0 0 0 .238 Hrndz 2b
4
Polanco rf
4 0 0 0 .185 Santana 1b 3
Marte cf
2 0 0 0 .282 Herrera cf
4
b-Diaz
1 0 0 0 .412 Hoskins lf
3
Bell 1b
4 0 0 0 .263 Williams rf
3
Dickerson lf 3 0 0 0 .313 Kingery 3b
3
Cervelli c
2 0 1 0 .278 Crawford ss 4
Moran 3b
3 0 0 0 .294 Alfaro c
4
Mercer ss
3 0 0 0 .246 Arrieta p
3
Glasnow p
2 0 0 0 .000 a-Altherr
1
Moroff 2b
1 0 1 0 .333 Totals
32
Totals
29 0 2 0
100 000 400 —5
240 020 00x —8
BRAVES
METS
Avg.
.286
.141
.333
.327
.244
.246
.208
.175
.000
.098
2
9
0
0
a-struck out for Rios in the 8th. b-popped out for Rodriguez in the
9th.
Walks—Pittsburgh 2: Marte 1, Cervelli 1. Philadelphia 5:
Hernandez 1, Santana 2, Hoskins 1, Williams 1.
Strikeouts—Pittsburgh 13: Frazier 3, Polanco 2, Marte 1, Bell 1,
Dickerson 1, Cervelli 1, Moran 1, Mercer 1, Glasnow 2. Philadelphia
16: Santana 1, Herrera 1, Hoskins 2, Williams 2, Kingery 2, Crawford
1, Alfaro 3, Arrieta 3, Altherr 1. LOB—Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 7.
HR—Hoskins (3), off Taillon. RBIs—Hernandez 3 (8), Herrera 2 (7),
Hoskins (14), Crawford (6). SB—Hernandez (5), Williams (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Pittsburgh 1 (Glasnow);
Philadelphia 2 (Hoskins, Alfaro). RISP—Pittsburgh 0 for 2;
Philadelphia 5 for 12. Runners moved up—Moran. GIDP—Herrera.
DP—Pittsburgh 1 (Moroff, Mercer, Bell).
Pittsburgh
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Taillon, L, 2-1.............12⁄3 4 5 5 2 3
52 2.86
Glasnow....................32⁄3 3 2 2 3 7
73 5.84
Rodriguez ..................22⁄3 2 0 0 0 6
40 0.00
Philadelphia
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Arrieta, W, 2-0..............7 1 0 0 2 10
97 2.04
Rios............................1 1 0 0 0 2
16 1.50
Arano .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 0.00
HBP—Taillon (Kingery). WP—Glasnow.
U—Bill Welke, Tony Randazzo, Lance Barrett, Nic Lentz. T—2:53.
Tickets sold—19,071 (43,647).
New York
Conforto cf-lf
Cespedes lf
b-Nimmo rf
Cabrera 2b
Bruce rf
c-Lagares cf
Frazier 3b
e-Flores
Gonzalez 1b
Lobaton c
Harvey p
Reyes 3b
Rosario ss
Totals
New York
Atlanta
AB
3
3
0
3
3
1
3
1
4
3
2
2
3
31
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
1
4
H
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
2
0
0
0
1
6
BI
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
4
Avg.
.231
.208
.333
.343
.190
.393
.293
.242
.256
.077
.333
.000
.232
Atlanta
Inciarte cf
Albies 2b
F.Frmn 1b
Bourjs lf
Mrkaks rf
Suzuki c
Tucker lf
d-Clbrsn
Swnsn ss
Flhrty 3b
Wisler p
aCmgo
3b
Totals
AB
4
4
3
1
4
4
4
1
4
2
2
1
R
2
3
1
0
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
H
1
2
2
0
2
3
2
0
1
0
0
0
BI
0
0
1
0
2
3
5
0
1
0
0
0
Avg.
.233
.316
.306
.130
.292
.317
.288
.136
.352
.352
.000
.000
6
13
0
0
a-popped out for Wisler in the 7th. b-walked for Cespedes in the
8th. c-grounded out for Bruce in the 8th. d-struck out for S.Freeman
in the 8th. e-singled for Bautista in the 9th.
Walks—New York 3: Conforto 1, Nimmo 1, Lobaton 1. Atlanta 5:
Inciarte 1, Albies 1, Suzuki 1, Flaherty 2. Strikeouts—New York 8:
Conforto 2, Cespedes 1, Cabrera 1, Frazier 1, Lobaton 1, Harvey 1,
Rosario 1. Atlanta 5: Inciarte 2, Culberson 1, Swanson 1, Wisler 1.
LOB—New York 4, Atlanta 6. 2B—Albies (9), Suzuki 2 (3), Tucker 2
(4), Swanson (8). HR—Frazier (3), off Wisler; Gonzalez (2), off Sims;
Suzuki (3), off Harvey. RBIs—Cabrera (9), Frazier (14), Gonzalez (11),
Nimmo (2), F.Freeman (13), Markakis 2 (11), Suzuki 3 (8), Tucker 5
(18), Swanson (12). SF—Cabrera, F.Freeman, Markakis.
S—Wisler.DP—Atlanta 1 (Swanson, Flaherty).
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Harvey, L, 0-2...............6 8 6 6 1 4
96 6.00
Blevins .......................2⁄3 3 4 4 1 0
18 13.50
Bautista ....................11⁄3 2 2 2 3 1
37 7.71
Atlanta
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Wisler, W, 1-0 ..............7 2 1 1 0 8
102 1.29
27 81.00
Sims ..........................1⁄3 2 3 3 3 0
S.Freeman...................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
10 0.96
Moylan........................1 2 0 0 0 0
12 0.00
T—3:00. Tickets sold—23,610 (41,149).
H
0
1
2
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
7
000 040 113 —9
000 000 020 —2
BI
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
Avg.
.296
.282
.339
.172
.234
.259
.000
.280
.216
.000
.286
11
7
0
1
Toronto
New York
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020 010 10x —4
6
8
0
1
a-singled for Diaz in the 8th.
Walks—Toronto 3: Smoak 1, Solarte 2. New York 4: Judge 1,
Stanton 1, Hicks 1, Torreyes 1.
Strikeouts—Toronto 9: Pearce 1, Hernandez 1, Solarte 1, Pillar 1,
Grichuk 3, Maile 1, Travis 1. New York 3: Gardner 1, Judge 1, Walker 1.
E—Torreyes (2). LOB—Toronto 8, New York 6. 2B—Walker (2).
HR—Judge (5), off Clippard. RBIs—Maile (9), Granderson (9), Judge
(12), Gregorius (17), Wade (4), Torreyes (4). CS—Hicks (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Toronto 5 (Smoak, Solarte,
Maile 2, Travis); New York 2 (G.Sanchez 2). RISP—Toronto 2 for 14;
New York 3 for 6.
Runners moved up—Pearce, Wade.
DP—Toronto 1 (Maile, Ngoepe).
Toronto
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
A.Sanchez, L, 1-2 .........6 7 3 3 2 2
99 3.86
Clippard ......................1 1 1 1 1 0
26 2.79
Axford .........................1 0 0 0 1 1
17 2.16
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
71 2.70
Sabathia ...................41⁄3 4 2 0 1 1
Green, W, 1-0 ............12⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
18 1.80
Betances, H, 1 .............1 0 0 0 0 1
15 6.23
Robertson, H, 3 ............1 2 1 1 2 2
26 4.22
Chapman, S, 3-3 ..........1 0 0 0 0 3
12 2.25
Inherited runners-scored—Green 1-0. HBP—Sabathia (Pillar).
PB—G.Sanchez 2 (3).
U—Ted Barrett, Lance Barksdale, Will Little, Tom Woodring.
T—3:00. Tickets sold—36,665 (54,251).
12
3
DIAMONDBACKS 3
GIANTS
1
Lorenzo Cain homered, doubled twice
and scored four times, and pinch-hitter
Ryan Braun launched a three-run
homer that gave the former Granada
Hills High star 1,000 runs batted in.
Zack Greinke pitched seven dominant
innings, giving up a solo home run to
Brandon Belt and only two other hits,
to help division-leading Arizona win its
sixth consecutive series.
Miami
AB R H BI Avg. Milw.
Dietrich lf
3 0 0 0 .266 Cain cf
Rojas ss
4 0 0 0 .282 Yelich lf
Castro 2b
4 0 1 0 .288 Sntna rf
Bour 1b
4 0 1 0 .234 Shaw 3b
Realmuto c 3 0 0 0 .286 Aguilr 1b
Telis c
1 0 0 0 .261 Perez 2b
B.Adrsn 3b
4 0 0 0 .231 a-Braun
Maybin rf
2 1 0 0 .224 c-Thames
Brinson cf
3 2 2 3 .156 Arcia ss
Peters p
1 0 1 0 .200 Bandy c
b-Shuck lf
1 0 0 0 .263 C.Adrsn p
Totals
30 3 5 3
Sogrd 2b
Totals
Miami
Milwaukee
34 12 13 12
000 010 030 — 4
303 000 42x —12
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
BREWERS
MARLINS
12
4
Preston Tucker had a career-high five
runs batted in and fill-in starter Matt
Wisler gave up one run and two hits
and walked none in seven innings after
being called up from the minors.
BI
3
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
7
Houston
Seattle
AB
4
4
4
4
4
4
2
1
2
2
3
34
AB
4
4
3
2
5
3
1
1
5
4
2
2
36
R
4
1
1
1
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
12
H
3
1
0
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
13
001 020 000 — 3
101 037 00x —12
BI
2
0
0
0
3
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
10
Avg.
.303
.375
.222
.267
.414
.200
.214
.245
.203
.235
.125
.158
5
13
1
0
a-homered for Jeffress in the 6th. b-grounded out for Tazawa in
the 7th. c-singled for Drake in the 8th.
Walks—Miami 3: Maybin 2, Peters 1. Milwaukee 7: Cain 1, Yelich
1, Santana 2, Shaw 3. Strikeouts—Miami 6: Castro 2, Realmuto 1,
Telis 1, B.Anderson 1, Brinson 1. Milwaukee 6: Cain 1, Santana 2,
Shaw 1, Perez 1, Bandy 1. E—Castro (2). LOB—Miami 4, Milwaukee
7. 2B—Cain 2 (6), Aguilar 2 (4), Bandy (2). HR—Brinson (1), off
C.Anderson; Brinson (2), off C.Anderson; Cain (2), off Peters; Braun
(4), off Tazawa; Arcia (2), off Tazawa. RBIs—Brinson 3 (4), Cain 2
(7), Aguilar 3 (3), Perez (4), Arcia (7), Braun 3 (11). CS—Yelich (1).
DP—Miami 1 (Rivera, Castro, Bour); Milwaukee 2 (Perez, Arcia,
Aguilar), (Arcia, Aguilar).
Miami
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
95 6.98
Peters, L, 2-2.............42⁄3 3 4 4 5 4
16 6.14
Despaigne...................2⁄3 3 2 2 0 0
30 6.35
Tazawa........................2⁄3 4 6 6 2 1
Gonzalez .....................2 3 0 0 0 1
28 0.00
Milwaukee
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
C.Anderson, W, 2-1.....51⁄3 5 3 3 2 3
97 3.25
Jeffress, H, 3 ...............2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
8 0.84
Williams ......................1 0 0 0 1 1
19 3.60
Drake..........................1 0 0 0 0 1
9 6.30
Albers .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 1.93
HBP—C.Anderson (Dietrich). WP—Peters 2. PB—Realmuto (2),
Bandy (2). T—3:19. Tickets sold—26,087 (41,900).
San Fran. AB R H BI Avg. Arizona
AB
Blanco lf
3 0 1 0 .370 Peralta lf
4
Panik 2b
4 0 1 0 .290 Marte 2b
4
McCthn rf
4 0 1 0 .211 Gldsmdt 1b 3
Posey c
4 0 1 0 .288 Pollock cf
4
1-Tmlnsn
0 0 0 0 .217 Owings rf
1
Belt 1b
4 1 1 1 .255 J.Dyson rf
3
Longria 3b
3 0 0 0 .230 Ahmed ss
4
Crawford ss 3 0 0 0 .228 Marrero 3b
3
Hrnndz cf
3 0 0 0 .316 Mathis c
2
Blach p
2 0 0 0 .125 Greinke p
2
Moronta p
0 0 0 0 .000 Bradley p
0
a-Sndoval
1 0 0 0 .200 Boxberger p 0
S.Dyson p
0 0 0 0 --- Totals
30
Totals
31 1 5 1
San Francisco
Arizona
R
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
010 000 000 —1
001 001 10x —3
H
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
7
BI
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
Avg.
.349
.237
.254
.254
.269
.186
.212
.217
.211
.000
-----
5
7
0
0
a-struck out for Moronta in the 8th. 1-ran for Posey in the 9th.
Walks—San Francisco 1: Blanco 1. Arizona 3: Goldschmidt 1,
Marrero 1, Mathis 1.
Strikeouts—San Francisco 6: Blanco 1, Posey 1, Crawford 1,
Hernandez 2, Sandoval 1. Arizona 4: Peralta 1, Pollock 2, Ahmed 1.
LOB—San Francisco 4, Arizona 7. 2B—McCutchen (3), Mathis
(1). HR—Belt (3), off Greinke; Pollock (4), off Blach; Marte (1), off
Moronta. RBIs—Belt (7), Peralta (9), Marte (8), Pollock (14).
CS—Blanco (1). S—Greinke.
Runners left in scoring position—San Francisco 3 (McCutchen,
Posey, Belt); Arizona 3 (Pollock, Greinke 2). RISP—San Francisco 0
for 3; Arizona 1 for 4.
Runners moved up—Panik.
San Francisco
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Blach, L, 1-3................6 6 2 2 3 4
92 4.10
Moronta ......................1 1 1 1 0 0
13 1.00
S.Dyson ......................1 0 0 0 0 0
13 6.14
Arizona
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Greinke, W, 2-1 ............7 3 1 1 1 2
88 4.12
Bradley, H, 7 ................1 0 0 0 0 3
15 2.25
Boxberger, S, 6-6..........1 2 0 0 0 1
19 2.00
U—Tom Hallion, Chris Segal Dan Bellino, Phil Cuzzi. T—2:23.
Tickets sold—18,736 (48,519).
F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Reds fire Price as manager after 3-15 start
staff and wire reports
The Cincinnati Reds fired fifthyear manager Bryan Price on
Thursday because of a 3-15 start,
the first managerial change in the
major leagues this season. The
Reds hadn’t changed managers so
early in a season since Tony Perez
was fired after 44 games in 1993.
It’s the first time since 2002 that
a manager has been fired in April,
according to ESPN. Four managers were fired that April, including Phil Garner after an 0-6 start
with the Tigers that matched the
quickest hook in major league history.
Price managed a rebuilding effort that relied on rookies more
than any other team in the majors
during his tenure. The Reds have
lost at least 94 games in each of the
last three seasons while finishing
last in the NL Central.
“We felt we had to act now, we
couldn’t afford to wait,” general
manager Dick Williams said.
Bench coach Jim Riggleman
will manage the team on an interim
basis.
The Chicago White Sox traded
infielder Tyler Saladino to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations and sent cash to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder
Trayce Thompson. ... Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle will be shut
down for 10 days and likely miss a
few weeks after being diagnosed
with biceps and shoulder tendinitis. ... Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo
Martinez agreed to a minor league
contract with the Texas Rangers
that includes a $2.8-million signing
bonus.
ETC.
Armstrong agrees
to pay $5 million
Lance Armstrong reached a $5million settlement with the federal
government in a whistleblower
lawsuit that could have sought $100
million in damages from the cyclist
who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after
admitting he used performanceenhancing drugs throughout
much of his career.
The deal came as the two sides
prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington.
Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal
Service teammate Floyd Landis
filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and
is eligible for up to 25% of the settlement along with attorney fees paid
by Armstrong.
Seeking millions it spent sponsoring Armstrong’s powerhouse
teams, the government joined the
lawsuit against Armstrong in 2013
after his televised confession to
Oprah Winfrey to using steroids
and other performance-enhancing
drugs and methods. Armstrong
had already retired, but the confession shattered the legacy of one of
the most popular sports figures in
the world.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Armstrong said he’s
happy to have “made peace with
the Postal Service.”
the league in ice time. He played in
all 82 games for the fourth straight
season.
Victor Hedman of the Tampa
Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of
the Nashville Predators are the
other finalists. Doughty joined Rob
Blake in 2016 as the only Kings defensemen to win the award and is a
four-time finalist.
— Curtis Zupke
Alabama coach Nick Saban
says he had a “very positive meeting” with the father of quarterback
Jalen Hurts after a recent scrimmage.
Saban responded to a Bleacher
Report article in which Averion
Hurts said if his son didn’t win the
starting job, “he’ll be the biggest
free agent in college football history.”
Alabama and Notre Dame will
meet in a pair of season football
openers, starting in a decade. The
schools say they’ll open the 2028
season in South Bend and 2029 in
Tuscaloosa.
Drew Doughty was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in the NHL. Doughty set career highs with 50 assists
and 60 points for the Kings and led
Villanova guard Donte DiVin-
GOLF
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
KENLEY JANSEN gave up a home run to the Giants’ Joe Panik in
his first appearance, the first sign that something might be amiss.
Jansen blew only
one save last season
[Jansen, from D1]
Theories for Jansen’s struggles
run amok. He might still be dealing
with a hamstring issue from the
spring. He might not have built up
enough arm strength during the
spring. At 30, he might be weary after
pitching into the playoffs for five
years in a row. In the eyes of some
scouts, he may no longer frighten opposing hitters, who know Jansen will
attack them with elevated cutters
and little else.
Or, as Jansen assessed it, this
might be a simple issue with his delivery magnified because closers walk a
nightly tightrope.
Roberts maintained faith in
Jansen. He indicated that there were
no discussions about shifting him
into a different role. Roberts did not
see how that might aid Jansen. If his
pitches aren’t cooperating, he could
blow a lead as easily in the seventh inning as the ninth.
“With his track record, guys like
that, you’ve got to let them work
through it,” Roberts said. “It is a little
more difficult when you’re talking to
the closer. But regardless of where
the roles are at, for anyone in relief,
those innings matter. Whether it’s the
sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth,
they’re really important innings.”
Jansen huddled with pitching
coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen
coach Mark Prior before Wednesday’s
game. Earlier this month, after
Jansen’s first blown save, Honeycutt
suggested that Jansen was compensating for a bout of hamstring stiffness he experienced during spring
training. Unsure of his ability to stride
with his delivery, Jansen could not
produce the necessary velocity, his
pitches hovering around 89 or 90
mph.
Jansen saw his velocity increase as
time passed. But he believed he identified another flaw. His front foot was
not landing in a consistent location,
causing his command to falter. He experienced the downside of that limitation Tuesday, when Padres first
baseman Eric Hosmer homered on a
lifeless 90-mph fastball that barely
moved.
“Once the landing spot is inconsistent, that arm slot is going to be inconsistent,” Jansen said. “That very
first pitch to Eric Hosmer, he didn’t
have a shot. I saw it too. I’m like, ‘Oh,
shoot, I found a home.’ And then the
next pitch, I threw like a misfired cutter down the middle. It deserved to
get hit.”
On Wednesday, Jansen ventured
onto the field hours before the Dodgers took batting practice. He usually
warms up while his teammates hit,
but he wanted an atmosphere that
was “quiet and peaceful,” devoid of
distractions, he said. As he played
catch, he focused on the defects in his
delivery, aiming to rebuild the muscle
memory he lost over the winter.
“From what I’ve seen so far, he
takes a lot of pride in what he does,”
Prior said. “He’s out there every day
trying to get better. He’s trying to find
that right magic that he’s had over
the last however many years he’s been
doing this at such a high level. I believe in him.”
Jansen earned this faith. From
2015 to 2017, he led all relievers in FanGraph’s version of wins above replacement. After signing a five-year,
$80-million contract before last season, Jansen responded with the finest
season of his career, converting 41 of
42 save opportunities, posting a 1.32
ERA and finishing with a 15.57-to-1
strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The history of dominance makes
his recent vulnerability all the more
striking. Jansen insisted that a revival would come soon.
“Yeah, the hitters don’t see it right
now,” he said. “But I’m going to make
sure that they’re going to hate it when
my name gets called. That’s the confidence I have. Once I get over this,
they’re going to be like, ‘Oh shoot, he’s
coming in.’ I’ve got to carry that confidence. I’m not going to let anything
bother me.”
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
$6.2-MILLION TEXAS OPEN
At San Antonio—Par 72
TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course—7,435 yards
18-Hole Leaders
Grayson Murray .....................35-32—67 -5
Chesson Hadley ....................33-35—68 -4
Billy Horschel........................33-35—68 -4
Ryan Moore..........................34-34—68 -4
Keegan Bradley.....................34-34—68 -4
Matt Atkins...........................35-33—68 -4
Andrew Landry......................36-33—69 -3
Jon Curran ...........................33-36—69 -3
Roberto Diaz.........................36-33—69 -3
Harris English .......................34-35—69 -3
Joshua Creel.........................32-37—69 -3
Brendan Steele .....................36-34—70 -2
Brandt Snedeker ...................35-35—70 -2
Nick Watney .........................35-35—70 -2
Abraham Ancer .....................37-33—70 -2
Keith Mitchell .......................34-36—70 -2
Zach Johnson .......................38-32—70 -2
Austin Cook..........................35-35—70 -2
David Hearn .........................35-35—70 -2
Corey Conners ......................33-37—70 -2
Beau Hossler ........................37-34—71 -1
Sangmoon Bae .....................36-35—71 -1
Aaron Baddeley.....................37-34—71 -1
Jimmy Walker........................36-35—71 -1
Brian Stuard.........................34-37—71 -1
Ollie Schniederjans................38-33—71 -1
Ryan Palmer .........................36-35—71 -1
Matt Kuchar .........................35-36—71 -1
Si Woo Kim ..........................36-35—71 -1
Jim Furyk .............................36-35—71 -1
Paul McConnell .....................34-37—71 -1
Ben Silverman ......................36-35—71 -1
Zecheng Dou ........................35-36—71 -1
Adam Schenk .......................35-36—71 -1
Johnson Wagner ....................37-35—72 E
Richy Werenski......................39-33—72 E
Michael Thompson ................36-36—72 E
Brandon Harkins ...................34-38—72 E
Matt Jones ...........................38-34—72 E
Pat Perez..............................36-36—72 E
Kevin Chappell......................35-37—72 E
Graeme McDowell .................38-34—72 E
Vaughn Taylor........................35-37—72 E
Hudson Swafford...................38-34—72 E
Brice Garnett ........................38-34—72 E
Mackenzie Hughes.................36-36—72 E
Matt Every............................32-40—72 E
Sean O’Hair..........................38-34—72 E
Luke List ..............................37-35—72 E
Dylan Frittelli ........................37-35—72 E
Ben Crane............................36-36—72 E
Kevin Tway............................38-34—72 E
Charley Hoffman ...................36-36—72 E
Rod Pampling .......................36-36—72 E
Ryan Armour.........................35-37—72 E
Martin Kaymer ......................38-34—72 E
Billy Hurley III .......................34-38—72 E
J.J. Spaun ............................37-35—72 E
Cameron Champ ...................36-36—72 E
Denny McCarthy ....................37-35—72 E
Ethan Tracy...........................40-32—72 E
Joaquin Niemann ..................35-37—72 E
J.T. Poston ............................37-35—72 E
Troy Merritt ...........................37-36—73 +1
J.B. Holmes ..........................39-34—73 +1
Fabian Gomez.......................37-36—73 +1
Ernie Els ..............................36-37—73 +1
Geoff Ogilvy..........................32-41—73 +1
Ricky Barnes ........................38-35—73 +1
Retief Goosen.......................37-36—73 +1
Andrew Putnam.....................39-34—73 +1
Sam Ryder ...........................36-37—73 +1
Steve Wheatcroft ...................35-38—73 +1
Ben Martin ...........................36-37—73 +1
Jonathan Byrd.......................37-36—73 +1
Chris Kirk .............................37-36—73 +1
Bill Haas..............................36-37—73 +1
K.J. Choi ..............................37-36—73 +1
Martin Laird..........................37-36—73 +1
Hunter Mahan.......................35-38—73 +1
Zac Blair ..............................36-37—73 +1
Steve Marino ........................35-38—73 +1
Andrew Yun ..........................37-36—73 +1
Tyler Duncan.........................38-35—73 +1
Jonathan Randolph................36-37—73 +1
Kyle Thompson .....................38-35—73 +1
CHAMPIONS TOUR
$1.8-MILLION LEGENDS OF GOLF
At Ridgedale, Mo.—Par 71
Buffalo Ridge Springs—6,963 yards
18-Hole Scores
Davis Love/Scott Verplank .................65 -6
Billy Andrade/Joe Durant...................65 -6
Paul Broadhurst/Kirk Triplett...............65 -6
David Toms/Steve Flesch...................65 -6
Lee Janzen/Rocco Mediate ................66 -5
Olin Browne/Steve Pate.....................66 -5
M. Angel Jimenez/J. Maris Olazabal .....66 -5
Larry Mize/Scott Parel.......................66 -5
Carlos Franco/Vijay Singh..................66 -5
Paul Goydos/Kevin Sutherland ...........66 -5
John Daly/Michael Allen....................66 -5
Dan Forsman/Mike Reid....................66 -5
Jeff Sluman/Jerry Smith ....................66 -5
Mark Brooks/John Huston..................67 -4
Sandy Lyle/Ian Woosnam ..................67 -4
Brad Faxon/Joey Sindelar ..................67 -4
Brandt Jobe/Scott McCarron ..............67 -4
Wayne Levi/Glen Day ........................67 -4
Marco Dawson/Gene Sauers..............68 -3
Jerry Pate/Ben Crenshaw...................68 -3
Tom Pernice Jr./Bob Tway...................68 -3
Roger Chapman/David Frost ..............68 -3
Mark O’Meara/Colin Montgomerie.......68 -3
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly ...................68 -3
Tom Kite/Gil Morgan .........................69 -2
Andy North/Tom Watson ....................69 -2
Russ Cochran/Kenny Perry.................69 -2
Corey Pavin/Duffy Waldorf..................69 -2
Jay Haas/Peter Jacobsen...................70 -1
Hale Irwin/Wes Short Jr. ....................71 E
Bob Gilder/Craig Stadler ...................72 +1
Jim Thorpe/Dana Quigley...................73 +2
Bruce Fleisher/Tom Jenkins................74 +3
$1.5-MILLION L.A. OPEN
At Wilshire Country Club—Par 71
6,450 yards
18-Hole Leaders
Inbee Park............................33-33—66
Marina Alex ..........................31-36—67
Emma Talley .........................34-34—68
Eun-Hee Ji............................34-34—68
Pernilla Lindberg ...................33-35—68
Caroline Inglis.......................33-35—68
Aditi Ashok...........................35-33—68
Moriya Jutanugarn .................34-34—68
Lexi Thompson......................34-34—68
Natalie Gulbis.......................34-35—69
Azahara Munoz .....................34-35—69
Lindsey Weaver .....................34-35—69
Katherine Kirk .......................34-35—69
Minjee Lee ...........................34-35—69
Brooke M. Henderson.............36-34—70
Lydia Ko ..............................35-35—70
Jeong Eun Lee ......................35-35—70
Yu Liu ..................................37-33—70
S. Santiwiwatthanaphong........37-33—70
Kassidy Teare........................34-36—70
Jodi Ewart Shadoff.................35-35—70
Lizette Salas.........................34-36—70
Lindy Duncan........................34-36—70
Bronte Law...........................35-35—70
Brittany Altomare...................35-35—70
Jaye Marie Green...................35-35—70
Peiyun Chien ........................35-35—70
Karine Icher..........................36-34—70
Nasa Hataoka.......................35-36—71
Lauren Coughlin ....................35-36—71
Georgia Hall .........................36-35—71
Jessica Korda .......................34-37—71
Mi Hyang Lee........................36-35—71
Pornanong Phatlum ...............35-36—71
So Yeon Ryu .........................34-37—71
Ayako Uehara .......................33-38—71
Morgan Pressel .....................36-35—71
Brianna Do...........................36-35—71
Cydney Clanton.....................35-36—71
Ariya Jutanugarn....................33-38—71
Jin Young Ko.........................35-36—71
Paula Creamer ......................32-39—71
Tiffany Chan .........................36-35—71
Sun Young Yoo ......................35-36—71
Brittany Lincicome .................36-36—72
Gemma Dryburgh ..................32-40—72
Mi Jung Hur..........................34-38—72
Sydnee Michaels...................36-36—72
Paula Reto ...........................35-37—72
Beatriz Recari .......................35-37—72
Kelly Shon............................37-35—72
Thidapa Suwannapura............36-36—72
Maria Torres .........................37-35—72
Dani Holmqvist .....................34-38—72
Chella Choi ..........................37-35—72
Sei Young Kim.......................38-34—72
Kris Tamulis ..........................36-36—72
Caroline Hedwall ...................36-36—72
Maria Hernandez ...................36-37—73
Jennifer Song........................39-34—73
Michelle Wie.........................35-38—73
Wei-Ling Hsu ........................37-36—73
Cristie Kerr ...........................36-37—73
Gaby Lopez ..........................40-33—73
Ryann O’Toole .......................36-37—73
Wichanee Meechai ................35-38—73
Amy Olson ...........................37-36—73
Beth Allen ............................38-35—73
Haeji Kang ...........................37-36—73
Austin Ernst..........................36-37—73
Amy Yang.............................37-36—73
Megan Khang .......................36-37—73
Lee Lopez ............................38-35—73
Hee Young Park.....................35-39—74
Alison Lee ............................36-38—74
Candie Kung.........................38-36—74
Sung Hyun Park ....................37-37—74
Nelly Korda ..........................37-37—74
Nanna Koerstz Madsen...........35-39—74
a-Hae-Ran Ryu .....................36-38—74
Alena Sharp .........................35-39—74
Carlota Ciganda ....................37-37—74
Madelene Sagstrom...............37-37—74
Mariah Stackhouse................38-36—74
Christina Kim........................36-38—74
Mina Harigae ........................38-36—74
Daniela Iacobelli ...................39-35—74
Sandra Gal...........................37-37—74
Shanshan Feng .....................38-36—74
Anna Nordqvist .....................34-40—74
Cheyenne Woods...................38-36—74
a—Amateur
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR
$3.1-MILLION TROPHEE HASSAN II
At Rabat, Morocco—Par 73
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam—7,615 yards
18-Hole Leaders
Bradley Dredge, Wales ......................67
Alvaro Quiros, Spain .........................67
Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa.............68
Lorenzo Gagli, Itay ............................68
Oliver Fisher, England........................68
Joakim Lagergren, Sweden .................68
Lee Slattery, England ........................69
Michael Hoey, N. Ireland....................69
Benjamin Rusch, Switzerland .............69
Ashun Wu, China..............................69
Austin Connelly, Canada ....................69
Matthias Schwab, Austria ..................70
Seungsu Han, United States ..............70
Nino Bertasio, Italy...........................70
Andrew Dodt, Australia......................70
Daniel Brooks, England .....................70
Raphael Jacquelin, France .................70
Steven Brown, England......................70
Adrian Otaegui, Spain .......................70
Callum Shinkwin, England..................70
Stephen Gallacher, Scotland ..............70
Nacho Elvira, Spain ..........................70
Maximilian Kiefer, Germany ................70
Sean Crocker, U.S.............................71
David Lipsky, U.S. .............................72
Danial Im, U.S. ................................74
Chase Koepka, U.S. ..........................76
John Kelly, U.S. ................................81
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cenzo, the most outstanding player of the Final Four who helped
lead the Wildcats to the 2018 national title, announced that he will
enter the NBA draft but not hire an
agent.
The New York Giants have terminated the contract of veteran
wide receiver Brandon Marshall,
saying the 34-year-old Marshall
failed his physical. ... Defensive end
Dwight Freeney will retire as a
member of the Indianapolis Colts
on Monday.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat
big-hitting
Russian
Karen
Khachanov 6-3, 6-2 to reach the
quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo
Masters in Monaco. The 10-time
champion next faces fifth-seeded
Dominic Thiem, who won 6-7 (2),
6-2, 6-3 against Novak Djokovic.
Grayson Murray fixed a flaw in
his swing and hit the ball well
enough that blustery conditions
didn’t matter at the Valero Texas
Open in San Antonio. He made
seven birdies in his round of fiveunder 67 for a one-shot lead.
THE ODDS
TRANSACTIONS
Baseball
BASEBALL
Atlanta—Designated outfielder Lane Adams
for assignment; called up pitcher Matt Wisler
from Gwinnett (IL).
Boston—Sent pitcher Bobby Poyner to
Portland (IL) for a rehab assignment.
Chicago White Sox—Traded infielder Tyler
Saladino to Milwaukee for cash.
Cincinnati—Fired manager Bryan Price and
pitching coach Mack Jenkins; hired Jim Riggleman as interim manager; promoted Louisville
(IL) manager Pat Kelly to interim bench coach
and Pensacola (SL) pitching coach Danny Darwin to interim pitching coach.
Cleveland—Optioned outfielder Greg Allen to
Columbus (IL).
Detroit—Optioned pitcher Chad Bell to Toledo
(IL).
Kansas City—Sent catcher Salvador Perez on
a rehab assignment to Omaha (PCL).
Miami—Put pitcher Chris O'Grady on the 10day disabled list, retroactive to April 17; called up
pitcher Merandy Gonzalez from Jacksonville (SL);
sent third baseman Martin Prado on a rehab assignment to Jupiter (FSL).
N.Y. Yankees—Put pitcher Luis Cessa on the
10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18; activated pitcher CC Sabathia from the 10-day disabled list.
Oakland—Optioned p;itcher Lou Trivino to
Nashville (PCL).
St. Louis—Called up outfielder Tyler O'Neill
from Memphis (PCL); optioned pitcher John
Brebbia to Memphis.
Texas—Signed outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez
as an international free agent; sent outfielder Delino DeShields to Frisco (Texas) on injury rehabilitation assignment.
Toronto—Optioned outfielders Dalton Pompey
and Anthony Alford to Buffalo (IL); assigned outfielder Anthony Alford to the minor leagues.
FOOTBALL
NFL—Hired Dr. Nicholas Theodore as
chairman of the league’s head, neck and spine
committee.
Arizona—Signed cornerback Marcus Williams
to a one-year contract.
Chicago—Signed wide receiver Marlon Brown
and defensive end Nick Williams; waived wide
receiver Mekale McKay.
Cleveland—Signed defensive lineman Jamie
Meder.
Detroit—Waived cornerback Adairius Barnes.
Miami—Signed offensive tackle Vernon Carey,
wide receiver Chris Chambers, defensive end Jeff
Cross, linebacker-defensive end A.J. Duhe, punter Brandon Fields and defensive tackle Paul Soliai to one-day contracts, in order to officially retire as members of the Dolphins.
N.Y. Giants—Released wide receiver Brandon
Marshall.
HOCKEY
NHL—Suspended Nashville forward Ryan
Hartman one game for an illegal check to the
head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg.
Tampa Bay—Assigned forward Matthew Peca
to Syracuse (AHL).
SOCCER
Major League Soccer—Suspended San Jose
defensive end Harold Cummings one additional
match and fined him an undisclosed amount for
violent conduct; fined Vancouver midfielder Felipe and Houston forward Alberth Elis undisclosed amounts for simulation/embellishment.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kansas State—Announced that sophomore
guard Brian Patrick will transfer.
New Mexico—Granted the release of junior
guard Chris McNeal from the team.
North Dakota State—Signed coach Chris
Klieman to a two-year extension.
NYU—Hired Dagan Nelson as coach.
National League
Favorite
at DODGERS -134
at Philadelphia -105
New York
-158
at Milwaukee -157
at St. Louis
-176
Chicago
-111
at Arizona
-140
American League
Favorite
at New York -193
Cleveland
-120
at Det. (Gm 1) -121
at Det. (Gm 2) -105
at Tampa Bay -114
at Texas
-107
at Chicago No line
Boston
-138
Interleague
Favorite
at ANGELS
-134
Underdog
Washington
Pittsburgh
at Atlanta
Miami
Cincinnati
at Colorado
San Diego
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+147
+164
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Underdog
Toronto
at Baltimore
Kansas City
Kansas City
Minnesota
Seattle
Houston
at Oakland
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+110
+111
-105
+104
-103
No line
+128
Underdog
San Francisco
+124
NBA Playoffs
Favorite
at Indiana
at Washington
at Milwaukee
Houston
at Utah
Line (O/U)
1 (209)
11⁄2 (218)
6 (203)
41⁄2 (214)
4 (207)
Underdog
Cleveland
Toronto
Boston
at Minnesota
Oklahoma City
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Favorite
Underdog
at Pittsburgh -235 Philadelphia
+215
at Nashville -335 Colorado
+305
at Winnipeg -215 Minnesota
+195
at Tampa Bay -235 New Jersey
+215
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
PRO SOCCER
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
WEST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Sporting K.C....4 1 2
14 14 11
GALAXY ..........3 2 1
10 8 8
Vancouver .......3 3 1
10 8 11
L.A. FC ...........3 2 0
9 11 10
FC Dallas........2 0 3
9 7 3
Colorado ........2 1 2
8 9 5
R. Salt Lake ....2 3 1
7 6 14
Minn. United ...2 4 0
6 8 12
Houston .........1 2 2
5 9 8
San Jose ........1 2 2
5 9 10
Portland .........1 3 2
5 9 14
Seattle ...........0 3 1
1 2 7
EAST
W L T
Pts GF GA
N.Y. City FC .....5 0 2
17 16 6
Atl. United FC ..4 1 1
13 15 8
New England ...3 2 1
10 10 6
Columbus .......3 3 1
10 9 7
Orlando City ....3 2 1
10 11 10
New York ........3 2 0
9 13 6
Montreal.........2 4 0
6 6 12
Philadelphia....1 2 2
5 3 6
D.C. United .....1 3 2
5 6 10
Chicago..........1 3 1
4 7 9
Toronto FC ......1 3 0
3 3 6
Three points for a win, one for a tie.
Today’s Schedule
Vancouver at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
LOS ANGELES FC at Montreal, 10 a.m.
Atlanta United FC at GALAXY, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Houston, noon
Chicago at New York, 12:30 p.m.
New England at Columbus, 4:30 p.m.
San Jose at Orlando City, 4:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m.
Sunday’s Schedule
Minnesota United at Seattle, 1 p.m.
New York City FC at Portland, 3 p.m.
MINOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Thursday’s Results
Memphis 6-2, Omaha 2-1
Nashville 1, Iowa 0
Colorado Springs 3, New Orleans 0
Oklahoma City 2, Round Rock 1
Salt Lake 10, Sacramento 7
El Paso 6, Reno 5
Tacoma 1, Albuquerque 0
Fresno at Las Vegas, late
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Thursday’s Results
Lake Elsinore 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4
Inland Empire 8, Lancaster 3
Visalia 4, Stockton 0
Modesto at San Jose, late
PRO FOOTBALL
ARENA LEAGUE
Saturday’s Schedule
Albany at Washington, 4 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
TENNIS
$6-MILLION MONTE CARLO MASTERS
At Monaco
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (third round)—Alexander Zverev (3),
Germany, d. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 6-4,
4-6, 6-4; David Goffin (6), Belgium, d. Roberto
Bautista Agut (11), Spain, 6-4, 7-5; Dominic
Thiem (5), Austria, d. Novak Djokovic (9), Serbia,
6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3; Grigor Dimitrov (4), Bulgaria,
d. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4;
Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, d. Karen Khachanov,
Russia, 6-3, 6-2; Richard Gasquet, France, d.
Mischa Zverev, Germany, 6-2, 7-5; Marin Cilic
(2), Croatia, d. Milos Raonic (14), Canada, walkover; Kei Nishikori, Japan, d. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.
DOUBLES (second round)—Bob Bryan and
Mike Bryan (4), d. Romain Arneodo, MonacoHugo Nys, France, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 11-9; Pablo
Cuevas, Uruguay-Marcel Granollers, Spain, d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut (5), France,
7-5, 7-6 (4); Rohan Bopanna, India-Edouard
Roger-Vasselin, France, d. Jamie Murray, BritainBruno Soares (7), Brazil, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
(Home team listed first)
ENGLAND
Premier League
Leicester 0, Southampton 0
Burnley 1, Chelsea 2
SPAIN
La Liga
Sociedad 3, Atletico 0
Alaves 1, Girona 2
Levante 1, Malaga 0
Betis 1, Las Palmas 0
SANTA ANITA ENTRIES
Fifth day of a 42-day thoroughbred meet.
2561 FIRST RACE. (Noon post) 1 mile turf. Starter
allowance. 3-year-olds and up. Purse $35,000.
PR
2148
(2451)
2296
(2260)
2257
2417
(2516)
2432
Horse (PP)
Winning Element,8
Gosilently,4
Lauren’s Ladd,7
Ya Gotta Wanna,6
Dark Energy,5
Gray Admiral,1
Saratoga Morning,2
It’s a New Year,3
Jockey,Wt
F Prat,124
C Nakatani,124
T Conner,124
T Pereira,124
J Talamo,124
T Baze,118
K Desormeaux,118
V Espinoza,118
Odds
3-1
7-2
4-1
4-1
6-1
8-1
10-1
12-1
2562 SECOND RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. Fillies and mares.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $12,500. Purse $16,000.
PR
2449
2449
(2418)
2414
2449
Horse (PP)
Albeit,4
Quiet No More,5
Dizzy Diva,1
Del Mar Diva,3
Reinahermosa,2
Jockey,Wt
F Ceballos,X118
K Frey,123
J Talamo,123
T Conner,123
R Fuentes,123
Odds
6-5
3-1
7-2
4-1
6-1
2563 THIRD RACE. 1 mile. Maiden claiming. Fillies and
mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming price $20,000. Purse
$18,000.
PR
2294
2438
2446
2054
2446
2292
2463
2446
2452
2360
2220
2463
Horse (PP)
Whacked,9
Wampus,7
Misty Slew,5
Angel On Point,6
Curlina Curlina,2
Solar Corona,8
Smart Little Devil,1
Eye of the River,10
Stella Sweeper,4
Empire Zone,3
Also Eligible
Dadlani,11
Mariana’s Girl,12
Jockey,Wt
A Espinoza,XX113
S Elliott,120
E Roman,120
R Fuentes,126
E Payeras,XX119
F Ceballos,X121
Mn Garcia,120
F Martinez,126
B Pena,126
D Sanchez,126
A Quinonez,126
G Franco,120
Odds
7-2
4-1
9-2
5-1
6-1
6-1
8-1
15-1
20-1
30-1
5-1
8-1
2564 FOURTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming
price $62,500. Purse $58,000.
....
St. Simeon,6
T Pereira,122
20-1
2567 SEVENTH RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. Fillies and mares.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $6,250. Purse $14,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2435 Marley’s Freedom,6 D Van Dyke,124
4-5
6118 Surrender Now,3
V Espinoza,118
3-1
2419 Yuvetsi,2
T Pereira,124
4-1
2419 Phantom Proton,5
J Talamo,124
8-1
(2433) Time for Ebby,1
E Roman,126
10-1
2355 Citizen Kitty,4
G Franco,126
12-1
2565 FIFTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden special
weight. 3-year-olds and up. State bred. Purse $54,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2298 Gift of a Star,3
J Ochoa,121
3-1
(3010) Anita G.,4
F Ceballos,X116
7-2
2492 Where’s the D,5
J Sanchez,123
9-2
2396 Just Bookin,8
E Payeras,XX114
5-1
2449 Briartic Gal,2
G Franco,121
8-1
2492 Jill Madden,7
M Pedroza,121
8-1
2219 Paschalitsa,9
T Baze,121
10-1
2415 Veronica Bay,6
T Pereira,121
12-1
2312 Fruity (IRE),10
A Espinoza,XX114
15-1
2329 I’m No Patsy,1
S Gonzalez,121
30-1
1
2568 EIGHTH RACE. About 6 ⁄2 furlongs turf. Claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $40,000. Purse $33,000.
PR
2039
2434
2434
2434
2434
2434
2222
2261
2369
2413
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
Dreamer’s Reality,6 D Van Dyke,120
5-2
Sidepocket Action,1 T Pereira,126
3-1
Sir Eddie,3
F Prat,120
4-1
Bob’s Bad Boy,2
S Elliott,126
6-1
Hit the Seam,8
T Conner,120
6-1
Black Storm,5
B Pena,126
8-1
Animo,9
E Roman,126
15-1
Clem Dela Clem,10 B Blanc,120
15-1
Stay Golden,4
E Payeras,XX113
30-1
Golden Gladiator,7
A Espinoza,XX113
50-1
Also Eligible
2413 Ultimate Bango,12
R Fuentes,120
6-1
2413 Famous Rock Star,11 T Baze,120
8-1
2410 Schooley,13
M Pedroza,126
10-1
2470 Royal Seeker,14
T Pereira,126
30-1
2566 SIXTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
3-year-olds. Claiming price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
PR
2352
2500
2443
2390
2494
2443
2480
....
Horse (PP)
American All Star,5
Trojan Time,7
Sierra Echo,4
Moon Juice,3
Nova,8
Man O Work,2
Chiquilin,1
Evening Reward,9
Jockey,Wt
T Baze,122
S Elliott,122
G Franco,122
M Pedroza,122
E Roman,122
E Payeras,XX115
Mt Garcia,122
S Gonzalez,122
Odds
9-5
7-2
4-1
6-1
6-1
8-1
20-1
20-1
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2307 Swinging Star,9
F Prat,123
7-2
2477 Dr. Troutman,6
E Roman,123
5-1
2307 Awesome Heights,1 C Nakatani,123
6-1
(2351) Cats Blame,8
J Talamo,123
6-1
2509 Dreams of Valor,3
E Maldonado,123
6-1
2395 R Cha Cha,4
F Ceballos,X118
6-1
4080 Smuggler Union,10 G Franco,123
6-1
2437 General Mach Four,5 K Frey,123
12-1
....
In My Sight,7
Mt Garcia,123
12-1
2505 Curly’s Waterfront,2 A Espinoza,X118
15-1
2569 NINTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
3-year-olds. Claiming price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
PR
2308
1072
2443
2480
....
....
2494
4267
....
8151
Horse (PP)
Alternate Rhythm,2
North County Guy,3
Bonaventure,4
Our Tiger’s Boy,5
Bohan,9
Giddymeister,8
Powerful Thirst,7
Quad,1
Tandy Ride,10
Doheny Beach,6
Jockey,Wt
F Ceballos,X117
M Pedroza,122
M Linares,122
E Maldonado,122
Mn Garcia,122
R Fuentes,122
G Franco,122
J Talamo,122
E Payeras,XX115
T Pereira,122
Odds
9-5
4-1
5-1
6-1
8-1
8-1
10-1
12-1
20-1
50-1
D6
FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NFL
Out of the
gate, it’s
tougher for
Chargers
Rams get
prime-time
spotlight
five times
Unlike the 2017 schedule, which
gave L.A. three early home games,
this year’s slate has playoff teams
looming in first three matchups.
Sept. 10 opener at Oakland and
‘home’ game in Mexico City will
be on ‘Monday Night Football.’
Eagles in L.A. on Sunday night.
By Dan Woike
By Gary Klein
The NFL’s schedule makers did the Chargers an enormous favor in 2017, giving them
three home games in the first four weeks of
their inaugural season in Los Angeles.
The Chargers responded by losing each of
those games.
This year, the NFL wasn’t quite as kind to
the Chargers, who will face playoff teams in
their first three games. San Francisco, which
ended last season red hot, will be waiting in
Week 4.
The team will lose a true home game in
Week 7 when they travel to London to play
host to the Tennessee Titans at Wembley Stadium, but they’ll also skip a week of travel by
heading up the 110 Freeway to the Coliseum
for a “road game” against the Rams.
Nine wins wasn’t good enough to get the
Chargers into the postseason t in 2017, finishing 9-3 after the disastrous start.
The Chargers have to hope that this season’s difficult start will toughen them up
early.
Sept. 9: KANSAS CITY, 1 p.m. Pacific
time (Ch. 2) — Philip Rivers threw six of his 10
interceptions last season in two games
against the Chiefs. His new backup, Geno
Smith, has never thrown an interception
against the Chiefs in his career. Advantage:
Smith.
Sept. 16: at Buffalo, 10 a.m. (Ch. 2) — Anthony Lynn returns to the only other place in
the NFL where he served as a head coach.
Sept. 23: at Rams, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) — The
“Fight For L.A.” might actually be a fight in
L.A. with renowned pot stirrers such as
Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib
Talib now in the mix. As a bonus, no one will
be able to complain about out-of-town fans
taking over the stadium.
Sept. 30: SAN FRANCISCO, 1:15 p.m.
(Ch. 2) — The 49ers struck gold (get it?) when
they landed their quarterback, Jimmy
Garoppolo, in a trade with New England last
season. He quickly turned their prospects
around, and is likely to make his L.A. debut in
front of a lot of San Francisco fans.
A turnaround season in 2017 propelled the
Rams into a contender. An offseason of starplayer acquisitions made them the talk of
the NFL.
Now the Rams and second-year coach
Sean McVay are in the prime-time spotlight.
The NFL released its schedule Thursday,
and the Rams are slated for five prime-time
games.
They open Sept. 10 at Oakland on “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, host the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27 on “Thursday
Night Football” on FOX, travel to play the
San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 21 on “Sunday
Night Football” on NBC, host the Kansas
City Chiefs on Nov. 19 in Mexico City on
“Monday Night Football,” and host the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles on
Dec. 16 on “Sunday Night Football.”
The Rams’ reward for last season’s performance: A seemingly tougher schedule.
Four opponents made the playoffs in 2017
— the Eagles (13-3), Chiefs (10-6), Vikings
(13-3) and New Orleans Saints (11-5). The
Seattle Seahawks (9-7), Chargers (9-7) and
Detroit Lions (9-7) also finished with winning records.
A game-by-game look at the regular-season schedule:
Sept. 10: at Oakland, 7:15 p.m. Pacific
time (ESPN) — Sean McVay squares off
against mentor Jon Gruden for the first time
when it really counts. It’s a homecoming for
new Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, who
grew up in Oakland.
Sept. 16: ARIZONA, 1 p.m. (Ch. 11) —
New coach Steve Wilks has former Ram Sam
Bradford as Carson Palmer’s successor at
quarterback. Can Bradford’s balky knees
withstand pressure from Aaron Donald,
Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers?
Sept. 23: CHARGERS, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) —
They’ll be sharing a new stadium in two
years, so this might be the only chance to see
the teams play a meaningful game without
purchasing a stadium seat license.
Sept. 27: MINNESOTA 5:15 p.m. (Ch. 11)
— Sean McVay could not stop former pupil
Kirk Cousins from leading the Washington
Redskins to victory last season. Cousins —
with a new, guaranteed $84-million contract
— will try to do it again with a new team.
Oct. 7: at Seattle, 1:15 p.m. (Ch. 11) — The
Rams appeared to tip the balance of power
in the NFC West last season at Century Link
Field when they blew out the Seahawks 42-7.
Now, can they maintain it?
Oct. 14: at Denver, 1 p.m. (Ch. 11) — Rams
cornerback Aqib Talib won a Super Bowl
with the Broncos and probably will receive a
warm welcome. Broncos quarterback Case
Keenum beat the Rams last season while
playing for the Vikings.
Oct. 21: at San Francisco, 5:15 p.m.
(Ch. 4) — In his last trip home, Bay Area native Jared Goff passed for 292 yards and
three touchdowns in victory over the 49ers.
This time, Richard Sherman will be in the
secondary.
Oct. 28: GREEN BAY, 1:15 p.m. (Ch. 11) —
The last time Aaron Rodgers played in the
Coliseum, he completed 23 consecutive
passes for California in a dramatic 23-17 defeat by USC. Former Trojans linebacker
Clay Matthews also celebrates a homecoming.
Nov. 4: at New Orleans, 1:15 p.m. (Ch. 11)
— Running back Alvin Kamara gave the
Rams fits last season at the Coliseum. It
won’t get easier indoors on turf, as Kamara
takes handoffs and catches passes from future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Nov. 11: SEATTLE, 1:15 p.m. (Ch. 2) —
The Seahawks fired assistants and traded or
released big-name players such as Michael
Bennett and Richard Sherman. Russell Wilson still needs an offensive line and weapons.
Nov. 19: vs. KANSAS CITY at Mexico
City, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN) — After playing
“home” games in London the last two seasons, the Rams travel south of the border for
the first time. They’ll see a familiar face:
Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins.
Dec. 2: at Detroit, 10 a.m. (Ch. 11) – New
Lions coach Matt Patricia has a greater challenge scheming against the Rams than he
did in 2016 as New England’s defensive coordinator. Quarterback Matt Stafford plays
against Suh, his old teammate.
Dec. 9: at Chicago, 11 a.m. (Ch. 11) — The
Bears attempted to replicate the Rams’
model, hiring a young offense-minded coach
in Matt Nagy to develop second-year
quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Rams
are 0-2 at Soldier Field since winning there in
2003.
Dec. 16: PHILADELPHIA, 5:15 p.m. (Ch.
4) — Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz returns to the Coliseum, where he suffered a
season-ending knee injury that kept him
from playing in the Super Bowl.
Dec. 23: at Arizona, 1 p.m. (Ch. 11) — In a
best-case scenario for the Rams, they would
be moving toward repeating as NFC West
champs. The Rams have not lost on the road
against the Cardinals since 2014.
Dec. 30: SAN FRANCISCO, 1:15 p.m.
(Ch. 11) — Jimmy Garoppolo finished his undefeated debut with the 49ers last season by
picking apart a Rams defense resting starters for the playoffs. Donald and new additions Suh, Talib and Peters will be in the lineup this time.
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
THE CHARGERS will play a “road game” against the Rams on Sept. 23. No one
will be able to complain about out-of-town fans taking over the Coliseum.
Oct. 7: OAKLAND, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) — Oakland being out of playoff contention at the end
of last season helped keep StubHub Center
from being overrun by Raiders fans. By meeting earlier this time around, Chargers fans
will have to fight through a likely silver-andblackout.
Oct. 14: at Cleveland, 10 a.m. (Ch. 2) —
The last time the Browns won a game, they
beat the Chargers on the shores of Lake Erie.
If it happens again, the Chargers might be
swimming back home. On the plus side,
they’ll get to stay in the Midwest before heading to London.
Oct. 21: TENNESSEE (at London), 6:30
a.m. (Ch. 2) — The Chargers take their show
on the road across the Atlantic Ocean, as they
pay part of their relocation tax by losing a literal home game. Assuming they don’t defect,
they’ll get a bye week after the travel.
Nov. 4: at Seattle, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) — Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley returns to the place that made him a hot name
in the coaching industry with a chance to survey the ruins of the “Legion of Boom” defense
he helped build.
Nov. 11: at Oakland, 1 p.m. (Ch. 11) — The
Chargers won in Oakland last year when they
made a game-winning kick, with players running off the field taunting Raiders fans. Luckily for the Chargers, Raiders fans are widely
known as some of the most forgiving and
understanding in sports.
Nov. 18: DENVER, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) — The
Chargers dominated the Broncos at home in
one of their best performances last season.
And with Denver half-in, half-out of a rebuild,
a repeat performance could be in store, even
with Case Keenum playing quarterback.
Nov. 25: ARIZONA, 1 p.m. (Ch. 11) — Former Chargers coach Mike McCoy gets anoth-
er shot against his old team, this time running
the Cardinals offense that could be a good one
if new quarterback Sam Bradford stays healthy (he won’t) and running back David Johnson returns to form (he will).
Dec. 2: at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. (Ch. 2) — Eli
Manning, Philip Rivers and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were the first, second and third quarterbacks selected in the
2004 draft, and all three players have had Hall
of Fame careers. The next quarterback taken
in 2004, J.P. Losman, has not.
Dec. 9: CINCINNATI, 1 p.m. (Ch. 2) —
The Bengals seemed as if they were going to
try something new this offseason but, instead, they extended coach Marvin Lewis.
Was it a victory for stability and loyalty, or did
it just reward mediocrity?
Dec. 13: at Kansas City, 6:15 p.m. (Ch. 11/
NFL Network) — The Chargers failed to win
their way into postseason play last season in
Kansas City, and now go back on a short week.
We’ll see if a new Chiefs quarterback, Patrick
Mahomes, is trouble for the sure-to-be-barbecue-bloated Chargers defense.
Dec. 22: BALTIMORE, 1:30 p.m. or 5:15
p.m. (NFL Network/TBA) — Like the Chargers, the Ravens finished 9-7 last season and
were squeezed out of the postseason. Despite
persistent questions about whether the
Ravens are still a playoff contender, they always seem to be in the mix.
Dec. 30: at Denver, 1:15 p.m. (Ch. 2) —
The Chargers lost their season opener in Denver last year when a potential game-tying kick
was blocked in the final seconds. The Chargers are hoping a playoff spot does not come
down to the wire this season.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Eagles will host Falcons in Sept. 6 opener
[Farmer, from D1]
The league relied on roughly 1,000 computers worldwide — four times as many as in
years past — to churn through as many schedules as possible to produce the right one.
There are hundreds of trillions of combinations, considering there are eight time slots,
five networks and four possible game days
each week. And, yes, 32 teams that are probably unhappy about one scheduling aspect or
another.
“I’d like to think one of the nice things
about this schedule is that there are really no
onerous team issues,” Howard Katz, the
NFL’s senior vice president of broadcasting,
said by phone.
“We made all of our club calls today. Any
time anybody said, ‘Ouch,’ it was over something fairly minor. Certainly, every schedule
has issues, but nothing really substantial
where somebody says, ‘My God, how could
you possibly do that to us?’ We got none of
that this year.”
The scheduling process is incredibly complex, and Katz and his team of executives —
Michael North, Blake Jones and Charlotte
Carey — spend the better part of four months
holed up working in a secure room on the fifth
floor of the league’s Park Avenue headquarters. The room has frosted opaque windows, soundproof walls, encrypted computers
and can be accessed only by a special key
card. Even Commissioner Roger Goodell has
to knock.
Once devised by hand by legendary league
executive Val Pinchbeck, the schedule is now
crunched via a cloud-based system that uses
a massive network of computers, some based
in Arizona, Europe and Iceland, and across
the Hudson River in New Jersey.
By significantly ramping up the number of
computers this year, the NFL made the process easier in some respects, and harder in
others.
“We were able to search a lot wider than we
normally do,” said North, senior director of
broadcast planning. “But it also made it a
little tougher because generally in years past,
we would get on a path and keep going down
that path. This year, because we had so much
more hardware at our disposal, we were able
to widen the net in terms of what we were able
to search.”
For instance, everyone knew that the
Philadelphia Eagles, as Super Bowl champions, would host the kickoff opener.
But there were recent inaccurate reports
that the Eagles would open against the Minnesota Vikings.
While it’s true that the NFL looked hard at
kicking off with that Viking-Eagles game, the
league instead decided on the Atlanta Falcons playing at Philadelphia. The New York
Giants and Carolina Panthers were also
possible road teams for the season opener.
“Because we had all the extra hardware,
we were able to split the servers into clusters
and say, ‘This group of computers will work on
Atlanta-Philly for kickoff, this group will work
on Vikings-Philly, this group will work on
Panthers-Philly,’” North said. “Whichever
group had a schedule where we were making
good progress … that’s the path we were
willing to go down.”
Some of the interesting elements of this
schedule:
8 The Chargers asked that they get an East
Coast game immediately before their trip to
London. They will play at Cleveland.
8 Fox, which signed on for five years of
Thursday night games, will get some highquality inventory for those, including Green
Bay at Seattle, Minnesota at the Rams and
New Orleans at Dallas.
8 The Rams, the Coliseum, and USC athletic director Lynn Swann were instrumental
in landing that Thursday night game, which
will be tricky with USC in session.
8 For only the second time since 1970, all
three games on Thanksgiving will be divisional matchups, with Chicago at Detroit,
Washington at Dallas and Atlanta at New
Orleans.
8 The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are on the
rise and advanced to the AFC title game, host
a Sunday night game and twice are in the CBS
national doubleheader spot.
8 In addition to getting Seattle versus
Oakland, and the Chargers versus . Tennessee, London gets an excellent matchup in
Eagles-Jaguars.
8 The arrow is pointing up for the 49ersRams rivalry, and the league is acknowledging that. The Rams visit Santa Clara in Week 7
on “Sunday Night Football.”
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
NFL WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
WEEK 1
Thursday, Sept. 6
ATL at PHI........5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9
BUF at BAL .........10 a.m.
PIT at CLE...........10 a.m.
CIN at IND ..........10 a.m.
TEN at MIA .........10 a.m.
SF at MIN...........10 a.m.
HOU at NE..........10 a.m.
TB at NO ............10 a.m.
JAC at NYG .........10 a.m.
KC at LAC.............1 p.m.
WAS at ARI.......1:15 p.m.
DAL at CAR.......1:15 p.m.
SEA at DEN ......1:15 p.m.
CHI at GB ........5:15 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10
NYJ at DET ...........4 p.m.
LAR at OAK ......7:15 p.m.
WEEK 2
Thursday, Sept. 13
BAL at CIN .......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16
CAR at ATL..........10 a.m.
LAC at BUF .........10 a.m.
MIN at GB ..........10 a.m.
CLE at NO...........10 a.m.
MIA at NYJ..........10 a.m.
KC at PIT ............10 a.m.
PHI at TB............10 a.m.
HOU at TEN.........10 a.m.
IND at WAS.........10 a.m.
ARI at LAR............1 p.m.
DET at SF .............1 p.m.
OAK at DEN......1:15 p.m.
NE at JAC.........1:15 p.m.
NYG at DAL ......5:15 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 17
SEA at CHI.......5:15 p.m.
WEEK 3
Thursday, Sept. 20
NYJ at CLE .......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23
NO at ATL ...........10 a.m.
DEN at BAL.........10 a.m.
CIN at CAR .........10 a.m.
NYG at HOU ........10 a.m.
TEN at JAC ..........10 a.m.
SF at KC.............10 a.m.
OAK at MIA .........10 a.m.
BUF at MIN.........10 a.m.
IND at PHI ..........10 a.m.
GB at WAS .........10 a.m.
LAC at LAR ...........1 p.m.
CHI at ARI ........1:15 p.m.
DAL at SEA.......1:15 p.m.
NE at DET ........5:15 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24
PIT at TB..........5:15 p.m.
WEEK 4
Thursday, Sept. 27
MIN at LAR ......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
CIN at ATL ..........10 a.m.
TB at CHI............10 a.m.
DET at DAL .........10 a.m.
BUF at GB ..........10 a.m.
HOU at IND.........10 a.m.
NYJ at JAC ..........10 a.m.
MIA at NE...........10 a.m.
PHI at TEN ..........10 a.m.
SEA at ARI............1 p.m.
CLE at OAK...........1 p.m.
SF at LAC.........1:15 p.m.
NO at NYG........1:15 p.m.
BAL at PIT........5:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
KC at DEN .......5:15 p.m.
Off: CAR, WAS
WEEK 5
Thursday, Oct. 4
IND at NE ........5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
TEN at BUF .........10 a.m.
NYG at CAR.........10 a.m.
MIA at CIN..........10 a.m.
BAL at CLE..........10 a.m.
GB at DET...........10 a.m.
JAC at KC ...........10 a.m.
DEN at NYJ .........10 a.m.
ATL at PIT ...........10 a.m.
OAK at LAC...........1 p.m.
MIN at PHI .......1:15 p.m.
ARI at SF .........1:15 p.m.
LAR at SEA.......1:15 p.m.
x-DAL at HOU ...5:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8
WAS at NO.......5:15 p.m.
Off: CHI, TB
WEEK 6
Thursday, Oct. 11
PHI at NYG.......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14
TB at ATL ............10 a.m.
PIT at CIN ...........10 a.m.
LAC at CLE..........10 a.m.
BUF at HOU ........10 a.m.
CHI at MIA..........10 a.m.
ARI at MIN..........10 a.m.
IND at NYJ ..........10 a.m.
SEA vs. OAK (L)...10 a.m.
CAR at WAS ........10 a.m.
LAR at DEN...........1 p.m.
JAC at DAL .......1:15 p.m.
BAL at TEN .......1:15 p.m.
x-KC at NE .......5:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15
SF at GB .........5:15 p.m.
Off: DET, NO
WEEK 7
Thursday, Oct. 18
DEN at ARI.......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21
TEN vs. LAC (L).6:30 a.m.
NE at CHI ...........10 a.m.
BUF at IND .........10 a.m.
HOU at JAC .........10 a.m.
CIN at KC ...........10 a.m.
DET at MIA .........10 a.m.
MIN at NYJ..........10 a.m.
CAR at PHI..........10 a.m.
CLE at TB ...........10 a.m.
NO at BAL ............1 p.m.
DAL at WAS......1:15 p.m.
x-LAR at SF ......5:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22
NYG at ATL.......5:15 p.m.
Off: GB, OAK, PIT, SEA
WEEK 9
Thursday, Nov. 1
OAK at SF........5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
PIT at BAL...........10 a.m.
CHI at BUF..........10 a.m.
TB at CAR...........10 a.m.
KC at CLE ...........10 a.m.
NYJ at MIA..........10 a.m.
DET at MIN .........10 a.m.
ATL at WAS .........10 a.m.
HOU at DEN..........1 p.m.
LAC at SEA ...........1 p.m.
LAR at NO ........1:15 p.m.
x-GB at NE.......5:15 p.m.
WEEK 8
Thursday, Oct. 25
MIA at HOU......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28
PHI vs. JAC (L)..6:30 a.m.
BAL at CAR .........10 a.m.
NYJ at CHI ..........10 a.m.
TB at CIN............10 a.m.
SEA at DET .........10 a.m.
DEN at KC ..........10 a.m.
WAS at NYG ........10 a.m.
CLE at PIT...........10 a.m.
IND at OAK ...........1 p.m.
SF at ARI .........1:15 p.m.
GB at LAR ........1:15 p.m.
x-NO at MIN .....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 29
NE at BUF........5:15 p.m.
Off: ATL, DAL, LAC, TEN
WEEK 10
Thursday, Nov. 8
CAR at PIT .......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11
DET at CHI..........10 a.m.
NO at CIN...........10 a.m.
ATL at CLE ..........10 a.m.
MIA at GB...........10 a.m.
JAC at IND ..........10 a.m.
ARI at KC ...........10 a.m.
BUF at NYJ..........10 a.m.
WAS at TB ..........10 a.m.
NE at TEN...........10 a.m.
LAC at OAK...........1 p.m.
SEA at LAR.......1:15 p.m.
x-DAL at PHI.....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5
TEN at DAL.......5:15 p.m.
Off: ARI, CIN, IND, JAC,
NYG, PHI
Monday, Nov. 12
NYG at SF........5:15 p.m.
Off: BAL, DEN, HOU, MIN
WEEK 11
Thursday, Nov. 15
GB at SEA .......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18
DAL at ATL ..........10 a.m.
CIN at BAL..........10 a.m.
MIN at CHI..........10 a.m.
CAR at DET .........10 a.m.
TEN at IND..........10 a.m.
PHI at NO ...........10 a.m.
TB at NYG...........10 a.m.
HOU at WAS .......10 a.m.
OAK at ARI ...........1 p.m.
DEN at LAC...........1 p.m.
x-PIT at JAC ......5:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19
KC vs. LAR (M) .5:15 p.m.
Off: BUF, CLE, MIA, NE,
NYJ, SF
WEEK 12
Thursday, Nov. 22
CHI at DET.......9:30 a.m.
WAS at DAL .....1:30 p.m.
ATL at NO ........5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25
OAK at BAL .........10 a.m.
JAC at BUF..........10 a.m.
SEA at CAR.........10 a.m.
CLE at CIN..........10 a.m.
MIA at IND..........10 a.m.
NE at NYJ ...........10 a.m.
NYG at PHI..........10 a.m.
SF at TB .............10 a.m.
ARI at LAC ............1 p.m.
PIT at DEN........1:15 p.m.
x-GB at MIN .....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26
TEN at HOU......5:15 p.m.
Off: KC, LAR
WEEK 13
Thursday, Nov. 29
NO at DAL........5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
BAL at ATL ..........10 a.m.
DEN at CIN .........10 a.m.
LAR at DET .........10 a.m.
ARI at GB ...........10 a.m.
CLE at HOU.........10 a.m.
IND at JAC ..........10 a.m.
BUF at MIA .........10 a.m.
CHI at NYG .........10 a.m.
LAC at PIT...........10 a.m.
CAR at TB...........10 a.m.
KC at OAK ............1 p.m.
NYJ at TEN............1 p.m.
MIN at NE ........1:15 p.m.
x-SF at SEA......5:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3
WAS at PHI ......5:15 p.m.
WEEK 14
Thursday, Dec. 6
JAC at TEN .......5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9
NYJ at BUF..........10 a.m.
LAR at CHI..........10 a.m.
CAR at CLE .........10 a.m.
ATL at GB ...........10 a.m.
IND at HOU.........10 a.m.
BAL at KC...........10 a.m.
NE at MIA...........10 a.m.
NO at TB ............10 a.m.
NYG at WAS ........10 a.m.
CIN at LAC............1 p.m.
DEN at SF ............1 p.m.
DET at ARI........1:15 p.m.
PHI at DAL........1:15 p.m.
x-PIT at OAK .....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 10
MIN at SEA ......5:15 p.m.
WEEK 15
Thursday, Dec. 13
LAC at KC ........5:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15
HOU at NYJ ..1:30 or 5:15
CLE at DEN ..1:30 or 5:15
Sunday, Dec. 16
ARI at ATL...........10 a.m.
TB at BAL ...........10 a.m.
DET at BUF .........10 a.m.
GB at CHI ...........10 a.m.
OAK at CIN .........10 a.m.
DAL at IND..........10 a.m.
WAS at JAC.........10 a.m.
MIA at MIN .........10 a.m.
TEN at NYG .........10 a.m.
SEA at SF.............1 p.m.
NE at PIT..........1:15 p.m.
x-PHI at LAR.....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17
NO at CAR .......5:15 p.m.
WEEK 16
Saturday, Dec. 22
Two games...............TBD
Sunday, Dec. 23
NYG at IND ..............TBD
BAL at LAC...............TBD
JAC at MIA ...............TBD
WAS at TEN .............TBD
ATL at CAR..........10 a.m.
CIN at CLE..........10 a.m.
TB at DAL ...........10 a.m.
MIN at DET .........10 a.m.
BUF at NE ..........10 a.m.
GB at NYJ ...........10 a.m.
HOU at PHI .........10 a.m.
LAR at ARI............1 p.m.
CHI at SF .............1 p.m.
PIT at NO .........1:15 p.m.
x-KC at SEA .....5:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24
DEN at OAK .....5:15 p.m.
WEEK 17
Sunday, Dec. 30
CLE at BAL..........10 a.m.
MIA at BUF .........10 a.m.
DET at GB...........10 a.m.
JAC at HOU .........10 a.m.
OAK at KC ..........10 a.m.
CHI at MIN..........10 a.m.
NYJ at NE ...........10 a.m.
CAR at NO ..........10 a.m.
DAL at NYG .........10 a.m.
CIN at PIT ...........10 a.m.
ATL at TB ............10 a.m.
IND at TEN..........10 a.m.
PHI at WAS .........10 a.m.
LAC at DEN ......1:15 p.m.
SF at LAR.........1:15 p.m.
ARI at SEA .......1:15 p.m.
NOTE: (L) London.
(M) Mexico City.
All times Pacific.
x-Subject to change.
POSTSEASON
Saturday, Jan. 5
AFC, NFC Wild Card
Sunday, Jan. 6
AFC, NFC Wild Card
Saturday, Jan. 12
AFC, NFC Divisional
Sunday, Jan. 13
AFC, NFC Divisional
Sunday, Jan. 20
AFC, NFC title games
Sunday, Feb. 3
Super Bowl LIII
at Atlanta
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Twitter: @latimesklein
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
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FOOTBALL
NFL DRAFT ANALYSIS :: RUNNING BACKS
Rams can bank on Gurley
For [McVay] to be able to be
the coach that he is, the cool
guy, just the whole staff that
we have around him is pretty
good for us.
“We know we’re in good
hands, and all we have to do
is get a little better.”
As the Rams prepare for the
NFL draft, The Times will
examine their roster. Part 8
of 8: running backs.
By Gary Klein
The reigning NFL offensive player of the year earned
some downtime after one of
the most productive seasons
by a running back in Rams
history.
So Todd Gurley enjoyed
himself this offseason.
He went skiing for the
first time.
“I had to get up out of
there after like two days, because you know that after
the third day I would’ve
thought I’m a professional
skier,” he said this week,
laughing.
Attending WrestleMania
also ranked among the highlights.
“My first experience
there,” he said, “and I really
enjoyed that a lot.”
The Rams and Gurley are
mutually aware that another tussle of sorts could be on
the horizon.
Gurley is preparing for
his fourth NFL season. The
Rams are expected to exercise their fifth-year option
on the No. 10 pick in the 2015
draft, but general manager
Les Snead has said that
Gurley, quarterback Jared
Goff and defensive tackle
Aaron Donald are among a
“core” of players the Rams
want to extend and build
around.
Running backs under
contract: Todd Gurley
($4.4 million), Malcolm
Brown ($630,000), Justin
Davis ($560,000), Lenard
Tillery ($481,000), Sam Rogers ($480,000).
Free agents: The Rams
released Lance Dunbar, last
season’s free-agent pickup.
They like Brown as Gurley’s
backup but Davis might
have to prove again that he
belongs on the roster.
Draft: The Rams have
not drafted a running back
since taking Gurley with the
10th pick in 2015. They have
eight picks but probably will
look to fill more pressing
needs.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
LAST SEASON , Todd Gurley scored a league-best 19
touchdowns and led the Rams in receptions.
In regard to Gurley’s contract — he will make about
$4.4 million in 2018 — he said
that he tries “not to worry
about that too much” and
that he would continue to
“keep doing what I’m doing.”
He added, “The rest will
take care of itself.”
In 2017, Gurley scored a
league-best 19 touchdowns,
led the Rams in receptions
and ignited a team that led
the NFL in scoring. Now he is
preparing for a second season under coach and play
caller Sean McVay.
“Coming off just making
the playoffs for the first time
in a while, you feel a lot more
confident, and you know
that the success is there,”
Gurley said. “You just have
to be able to improve on it. …
Roster decisions: The
Rams are on track to exercise their fifth-year option
on Gurley. Brown is in the
final year of his contract.
Davis is under the Rams’
control through 2019. The
Rams could sign a few undrafted free-agent running
backs to help carry some of
the load during training
camp.
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesklein
Chargers need help for Gordon
As the Chargers prepare for
the NFL draft, The Times
will examine their roster.
Part 8 of 8: running backs.
By Dan Woike
Chargers coach Anthony
Lynn, a former running
backs coach and an ex-NFL
running back, offered a fiveword scouting report for running back Melvin Gordon
this offseason.
“When he’s well,” Lynn
said, “he’s hell.”
In their first year together, Lynn didn’t get to see
Gordon “well” often. Though
his third season in the NFL
was certainly his best, he still
wasn’t all that well.
Gordon dealt with a knee
injury for most of the season,
but near the end — in the biggest games — played his best
football at his healthiest.
Gordon finished with 1,581
yards from scrimmage, fifthmost in the league behind
Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell,
Kareem Hunt and LeSean
McCoy. That’s big-time company, and the Chargers want
to see more of that from Gordon in 2018.
Trouble is, he can’t do it
alone.
The team hit a home run
— or at least a double — with
undrafted rookie Austin
Ekeler, a big-play threat who
should continue to develop
into a weapon on third downs
and in the red zone.
But those two aren’t
enough — not for Lynn’s offense. In the draft, the Chargers could use an early selection to get “more well” at the
position.
Lynn has long spoke
about finding a complementary back for Gordon, and
that could mean the Chargers move something else out
of San Diego. Rashaad
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
MELVIN GORDON finished with 1,581 yards from scrimmage last season. The
Chargers want to see more of that but could look to draft another running back.
Penny emerged as a fringe
Heisman Trophy candidate
last season for the San Diego
State Aztecs, and he checks a
lot of boxes for the Chargers.
He’s a strong, physical
runner capable of spelling
Gordon with a hard-running
style that served well in leading the NCAA with 2,248
yards rushing. Penny also
can help on kick returns, a
big weakness for the Chargers.
Another local product,
USC’s Ronald Jones II, isn’t
as thick as Penny, but he’s
more of a big-play threat.
He’d give the Chargers some
lightning to match Gordon’s
style.
The Chargers certainly
will carry three running
backs, and right now they
have only two sure things. It
wouldn’t be a surprise to see
the Chargers use a pick on a
running back in one of the
first four rounds.
Running backs under
contract: Melvin Gordon
($3.39 million), Derek Watt
($662,420), Austin Ekeler
($556,666), Russell Hansbrough ($555,000).
Free agents: There is talent available if the Chargers
decide to address their need
via free agency. Players such
as C.J. Anderson, DeMarco
Murray and Alfred Morris
have track records of success. Finding a veteran on a
cheap, make-good deal
wouldn’t be impossible.
Draft: Picking a running
back makes more sense than
signing one in free agency because Lynn frequently has
talked about finding young
players to grow with the organization. Lynn has had
kind words about the depth
at running back in this draft,
and if he sees something he
likes in a later-round
prospect — for instance, Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough — the
Chargers will make a move.
Roster decisions: Inhouse, the biggest decision
for the Chargers might be
how best to use Ekeler in his
second season. He proved to
be an explosive player, but
some crucial fumbles were
really costly — especially in
Jacksonville. If the Chargers
add a high pick at running
back, will they have enough
carries to spread around?
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
SOSO JAMABO , who ran for 446 yards last season,
looks for running room in UCLA’s loss to USC.
UCLA REPORT
Running for daylight,
improvement in sight
By Ben Bolch
UCLA’s running backs
felt a bit left out recently after learning they had been
excluded from the offensive
linemen’s Sunday outings,
which have involved a day at
the beach and dinner at the
Cheesecake Factory.
Changing course as if
confronted by a wall of defenders and no opening in
sight, the running backs
have plotted their own retreat.
“We’ll probably start
that,” senior tailback Soso
Jamabo said Thursday with
a smile. “Running back Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
Sunday.”
Saturdays have made the
Bruins’ running backs feel
the need for a getaway in recent years. The team’s rushing offense ranked No. 115 nationally last season, generating 113.4 yards a game, and
that somehow qualified as
an improvement over the
previous
season,
when
UCLA ranked No. 127 and
churned out an average of
only 84.3 yards.
Change has been afoot
for the running game during
coach Chip Kelly’s first
spring practices. The fleet of
returning tailbacks that includes
Jamabo,
Bolu
Olorunfunmi and Brandon
Stephens appears faster,
stronger and sleeker. UC
Davis transfer Joshua Kelley has shown some of the
best moves, and freshman
Kazmeir Allen, who might
prove to be the fastest of the
group, isn’t expected to arrive on campus until June.
It’s not hard to imagine a
more formidable ground
game under Kelly, whose Oregon teams ran the ball
roughly two-thirds of the
time.
“I think even during the
spring,” Jamabo said, “you
can see that the running has
gotten a lot better.”
Jamabo said the team’s
new conditioning program
has already made him feel as
if he’s in the best shape of his
four years at UCLA, which
could have a bigger payoff
starting with the Sept. 1 season opener against Cincinnati at the Rose Bowl.
“A lot of times, you get to
the fourth quarter and
you’re tired,” Jamabo said.
“… But I feel like with this,
we’re always going to have
the advantage, we’re always
going to be one step ahead of
the other team and just always in better shape, and
that’s a huge advantage.”
Jamabo said he also foresaw a more dynamic role for
himself in Kelly’s offense
that could include catching
more passes.
“There’s no like set place
where it’s going,” Jamabo
said of the plays. “The
quarterback is always going
through their progression
and the running back has a
lot of routes in the offense, so
I feel like as the offense continues to grow, the running
backs’ role will obviously
continue to grow as well.”
Watery wonder?
About half an hour into
each practice, the frenetic
pace gives way to a standstill. Players huddle for a water break that involves more
than replenishing fluids.
Receiver
Christian
Pabico said that players
have downed electrolyte
beverages that have improved stamina and prevented cramps.
“We’ll just have a bunch of
them in a big tub,” Pabico
said of the drinks made from
a powdered formula, “and
everybody’s got to drink at
least one.”
Pabico said that players
used to eat electrolyte popsicles during training camp in
San Bernardino but had never taken electrolytes during
spring practice until now.
“That’s a big thing we’ve
been focusing on,” Pabico
said, “just getting our
electrolytes in and recovering so we can make it
through a full practice without being extremely tired or
cramping up.”
It’s only part of Kelly’s
sports science program,
which also has involved GPS
tracking devices to monitor
player workload and new
precision-fit helmets. Players say they haven’t been inundated with data but have
been given individual results
related to their level of play.
“They’ll definitely give us
information on like how fast
we’re going [or] if we’re getting tired,” Jamabo said.
Pabico compared the
mastery of the technology
and its benefits to that of
learning a new offense.
“You know your body, you
understand your body,” he
said, “so if you’re able to take
care of it, you can have a
healthy season.”
ben.bolch@latimes.om
Twitter: @latbbolch
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Lakers,
Leonard
need
each
other
NBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
76ers 128, Heat 108
76ers roll as Embiid
dazzles in his debut
associated press
Danny Moloshok Associated Press
[Plaschke, from D1]
Pelinka promised they
would build a championship-contending roster.
This would be the first step
toward fulfilling that promise.
The Lakers would have
to give up one or two of their
core young players to make
the deal. Brandon Ingram
or Kyle Kuzma would have
to go. Maybe both. Their
late first-round draft pick
would also disappear.
But in exchange, the
Lakers would not only add
one of the top five players in
the league, but Leonard’s
presence would be enough
to attract another foundation piece in Paul George, or
maybe even help them land
the whale that is LeBron
James. Plus, with enough
economic gymnastics, it
could also give them the
salary cap flexibility to keep
potential free agent Julius
Randle.
Would you trade Ingram
and Kuzma and a No. 25
draft pick for Leonard,
George and Randle?
Thought so.
Watching the playoffs for
a fifth consecutive year
should increase the Lakers’
sense of urgency. Knowing
that they improved by nine
wins this season and still
finished in the league’s
bottom third should
heighten Johnson’s and
Pelinka’s sense of responsibility.
“We’re going to be a
major player next summer,”
Johnson said last June.
This would be how that
looks.
“We’re going to deliver on
Jeanie’s [Buss] challenge to
us all to make the Lakers
the greatest sports franchise in the world — that will
happen,” said Pelinka last
March.
This would be how that
happens.
In his season-ending
news conference last week,
Pelinka suddenly hedged
his bets on free agent salvation, saying, “I don’t look at
July of 2018 as the litmus test
of success.”
This trade would help fix
the Lakers before the uncertainty of that James and
George courtship.
“We want guys who are
mentally tough, gym rats,
guys who love the game,”
Johnson said last June. “We
want guys with no baggage.
We want winners.”
Kawhi Leonard is all of
that.
The 26-year-old former
Riverside King High star is
perhaps the league’s quietest great player, the essence
of a gym rat with no baggage, the 2014 Finals MVP,
twice an All-NBA first-team
selection, twice defensive
player of the year.
Things turned bad for
him this season when he
played only nine games for
the Spurs while rehabilitating a right quadriceps injury
that led members of the
organization, including
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
LAKERS general man-
ager Rob Pelinka promised to build a championship contender.
teammates, to subtly question his toughness.
Leonard has been rehabbing under the direction of
his own doctors in New York
in recent weeks and has not
been with the team during
the Spurs’ first-round series
against Golden State. When
recently asked whether he
expected Leonard to return
before the end of the playoffs, coach Gregg Popovich
said, “You’ll have to ask
Kawhi and his group that
question. So far, they say
he’s not ready to go.”
His group? Aren’t the
Spurs supposed to be his
group? It’s clear that trust
between Leonard and the
Spurs has been broken, and
it seems unlikely that Leonard would want to stay in
San Antonio when his contract expires next season.
That would leave the Spurs
with the mandate to trade
him before losing him for
nothing.
He would not be a rental
here. The Lakers would not
make the trade if they didn’t
think he would sign a longterm deal. All indications
are that he would.
The Lakers could have
made this same sort of
trade last summer, after
George disengaged with the
Indiana Pacers by saying he
wanted to be a Laker. But
the Pacers shipped him out
to Oklahoma City. The
Lakers need to make sure
San Antonio gets their best
shot before this happens
again.
The biggest stumbling
block to this deal would
obviously be the fear that
the Lakers would be giving
up too much. Though it
seems the Spurs would not
want Lonzo Ball and all of
his drama, they would embrace potential All-Stars
Ingram and Kuzma. Are the
Lakers willing to face some
angry fans with their departure?
It seems as though they
are. When asked last week if
he would consider trading a
player from the team’s
young core of stars, Johnson
cut off the question with,
“We are not going to talk
about that.”
Johnson offered no follow-up guarantees about
any of the young stars.
Apparently, though he
doesn’t want to discuss
personnel moves, he is
certainly open to making
one.
“One thing about me is,
I’m a risk-taker,” said Johnson last year when he was
hired.
This is that risk, and he
needs to take it.
“I’m putting it all on the
line,” Johnson said then.
This would be that line,
now show it.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
Joel Embiid had trouble
with his new mask. It didn’t
slow him down.
Embiid’s playoff debut
was a smashing success for
Philadelphia on Thursday.
The All-Star center returned
from a 10-game absence by
scoring 23 points, including
a personal 7-0 run down the
stretch as the 76ers beat
host Miami 128-108. The
76ers, who outscored the
Heat 32-14 in the fourth
quarter, took a 2-1 lead in the
series.
“I am just so proud of
what he did,” 76ers coach
Brett Brown said.
Embiid started the day
doubtful, ended it dominant, and had plenty of help
as well. Marco Belinelli and
Dario Saric each scored 21
for Philadelphia, and Ben
Simmons finished with 19
points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
“It was annoying,” Embiid said of getting used to
the mask. “But that was the
only way I could play in this
game, if I wore the mask and
protected my face with goggles. I had to work through it
and I did.”
Goran Dragic scored 23
points for Miami, which got
19 from Winslow and 14 from
Josh Richardson.
Golden State 110, at San
Antonio 97: Kevin Durant
had 26 points, nine rebounds
and six assists for the Warriors, who took a 3-0 series
lead.
The Spurs were still reeling from the death of Gregg
Popovich’s wife, Erin, who
had battled an undisclosed
illness.
San Antonio did not air a
video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an
apparent attempt to make
the game as routine as possible for its players, but that
was impossible.
Spurs assistant Ettore
Messina coached the team
in place of Popovich, who
chose to be with his family.
The Spurs had an emotional start but could not
sustain it.
Golden State closed the
first half on a 20-9 run to
eliminate a five-point deficit
and take a 52-46 lead.
The Warriors finished
with six players in double
figures,
including
Klay
Thompson with 19.
at New Orleans 119, Portland 102: Nikola Mirotic
scored a career playoff-best
30 points for the Pelicans,
who put the Trail Blazers on
the brink of elimination.
Anthony Davis had 28
points, 11 rebounds, three
steals and two blocks for
New Orleans, which needs
one more win to advance
past the first round of the
playoffs for the first time
since 2008.
Mirotic, acquired in a
midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ seasonending injury, made 12 of 15
shots, scoring on everything
from quick-release threepointers to cutting dunks
and fast-break layups.
PHILADELPHIA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Covington ..........25 3-5 3-5 0-1 4 4 11
Saric.................29 7-17 3-4 3-7 4 3 21
Embiid ..............30 5-11 10-15 1-7 4 4 23
Redick ..............28 4-9 1-1 0-0 3 1 10
Simmons...........40 6-13 7-8 1-12 7 3 19
Belinelli.............32 7-13 3-3 0-4 5 3 21
Ilyasova.............19 3-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 8
A.Johnson..........13 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 4
Anderson.............9 2-3 0-0 0-4 0 2 6
McConnell ...........5 2-3 1-1 0-0 0 1 5
Fultz ...................4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0
Totals
41-81 28-37 6-41 28 26 128
Shooting: Field goals, 50.6%; free throws, 75.7%
Three-point goals: 18-34 (Saric 4-7, Belinelli 4-8, Embiid 3-4,
Covington 2-2, Anderson 2-3, Ilyasova 2-3, Redick 1-5, McConnell
0-1, Simmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 10 (15
PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Embiid 3, Covington, Ilyasova). Turnovers:
10 (Embiid 3, Simmons 3, Covington 2, Anderson, Ilyasova). Steals:
10 (Simmons 4, Covington 3, Belinelli, Embiid, McConnell). Technical Fouls: Anderson, 10:26 second
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson...........31 4-9 2-4 1-7 5 3 12
Richardson ........26 5-9 0-0 1-1 0 3 14
Whiteside ..........13 1-1 3-4 0-2 0 4 5
Dragic...............27 8-13 6-7 0-2 8 3 23
T.Johnson...........16 4-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 10
Olynyk...............35 2-6 3-4 0-3 5 3 9
Winslow ............27 4-11 7-8 2-10 3 5 19
Wade ................25 2-10 4-4 0-2 5 2 8
Ellington............18 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 3
Adebayo ............14 2-3 1-4 1-5 0 2 5
McGruder ............1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Babbitt ...............0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
33-73 26-35 5-35 26 30 108
Shooting: Field goals, 45.2%; free throws, 74.3%
Three-point goals: 16-33 (Winslow 4-6, Richardson 4-7, T.Johnson 2-2, J.Johnson 2-3, Olynyk 2-5, Ellington 1-4, Dragic 1-5, Wade
0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 15 (19 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 9 (Olynyk 3, J.Johnson 2, Winslow 2, Wade, Whiteside). Turnovers: 15 (Richardson 4, Wade 4, Whiteside 2, Winslow 2, J.Johnson, Olynyk, T.Johnson). Steals: 7 (Richardson 2, Dragic, J.Johnson,
Olynyk, Wade, Winslow). Technical Fouls: Wade, 10:26 second
Philadelphia
37 26 33 32— 128
Miami
33 31 30 14— 108
A—19,812. T—NA. O—James Capers, Tony Brown, Kane Fitzgerald
Pelicans 119, Trail Blazers 102
PORTLAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aminu...............30 8-15 2-2 4-8 1 0 21
Harkless ............26 2-8 0-0 2-3 4 2 5
Nurkic ...............20 2-7 1-2 2-7 2 4 5
Lillard ...............35 5-14 7-8 0-3 2 1 20
McCollum ..........33 9-16 2-3 0-1 3 3 22
Napier...............20 2-4 1-2 0-1 2 0 5
E.Davis..............16 0-0 0-0 0-8 0 1 0
Connaughton .....12 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 3 0
Collins ..............12 2-5 2-2 2-4 0 4 6
Swanigan ............7 0-2 3-4 0-2 1 1 3
Layman ...............7 3-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 6
Baldwin IV ...........7 0-1 1-2 0-1 2 0 1
Leonard ..............7 4-4 0-0 0-4 0 0 8
Totals
37-80 19-25 11-44 19 19 102
Shooting: Field goals, 46.3%; free throws, 76.0%
Three-point goals: 9-31 (Aminu 3-8, Lillard 3-9, McCollum 2-5,
Harkless 1-5, Collins 0-1, Connaughton 0-1, Napier 0-1, Swanigan
0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 24 (35 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Aminu, Baldwin IV, Collins). Turnovers: 24 (Lillard 8,
McCollum 4, Napier 3, Aminu 2, E.Davis 2, Nurkic 2, Baldwin IV,
Connaughton, Swanigan). Steals: 10 (Aminu 2, Layman 2, Napier
2, Nurkic 2, Baldwin IV, McCollum). Technical Fouls: None.
NEW ORLEANS
Eric Espada Getty Images
THE 76ERS’ Joel Embiid, right, and Justin Ander-
son give Kelly Olynyk a double dose of defense.
NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND
WESTERN CONFERENCE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Houston vs. 8 Minnesota
Rockets lead series 2-0
1 Toronto vs. 8 Washington
Raptors lead series 2-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Houston 104, Minn. 101
Houston 102, Minn. 82
Sat. at Minnesota, 4:30
Monday at Minnesota, 5
Wed. at Houston, TBA*
April 27 at Minnesota, TBA*
April 29 at Houston, TBA*
2 Golden St. vs. 7 San Antonio
Warriors lead series 3-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Golden St. 113, San Ant. 92
Golden St. 116, San Ant. 101
Golden St. 110, San Ant. 97
Sunday at S. Antonio, 12:30
Tues. at Golden St., TBA*
April 26 at S. Antonio, TBA*
April 28 at Golden St., TBA*
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Toronto 114, Wash. 106
Toronto 130, Wash. 119
Today at Washington, 5
Sunday at Wash., 3
Wed. at Toronto, TBA*
April 27 at Wash., TBA*
April 29 at Toronto, TBA*
2 Boston vs. 7 Milwaukee
Celtics lead series 2-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Boston 113, Milwaukee 107
Boston 120, Milwaukee 106
Today at Milwaukee, 6:30
Sunday at Mil., 10 a.m.
Tuesday at Boston, TBA*
April 26 at Mil., TBA*
April 28 at Boston, TBA*
3 Portland vs. 6 New Orleans
Pelicans lead series 3-0
3 Philadelphia vs. 6 Miami
76ers lead series 2-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
New Orleans 97, Port. 95
New Orleans 111, Port. 102
New Orleans 119, Port. 102
Saturday at N. Orleans, 2
Tuesday at Portland, TBA*
April 26 at N. Orleans, TBA*
April 28 at Portland, TBA*
4 Oklahoma City vs. 5 Utah
Series tied 1-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Okla. City 116, Utah 108
Utah 102, Okla. City 95
Saturday at Utah, 7
Monday at Utah, 7:30
Wed. at Okla. City, TBA
April 27 at Utah, TBA*
April 29 at Okla. City, TBA*
* if necessary
Phila. 130, Miami 103
Miami 113, Phila. 103
Phila. 128, Miami 108
Sat. at Miami, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday at Phila., TBA
April 26 at Miami, TBA*
April 28 at Phila., TBA*
4 Cleveland vs. 5 Indiana
Series tied 1-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Indiana 98, Cleveland 80
Cleveland 100, Indiana 97
Today at Indiana, 4
Sunday at Indiana, 5:30
Wed. at Cleveland, TBA
April 27 at Indiana, TBA*
April 29 at Cleveland, TBA*
All times PDT and p.m. unless noted
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Mirotic ..............30 12-15 2-2 1-8 2 3 30
Moore ...............21 2-4 0-0 0-4 1 1 4
A.Davis .............35 11-18 6-7 2-11 2 3 28
Holiday..............31 7-14 0-0 0-3 7 2 16
Rondo...............28 7-12 1-2 1-5 11 2 16
Clark.................26 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 4 7
Miller ................22 2-7 2-2 0-1 2 2 8
Hill ...................19 0-1 4-4 2-4 0 4 4
Crawford .............7 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 5
Diallo..................6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Liggins ................5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Okafor ................3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
46-87 16-19 6-38 27 23 119
Shooting: Field goals, 52.9%; free throws, 84.2%
Three-point goals: 11-27 (Mirotic 4-6, Holiday 2-3, Miller 2-6,
Clark 1-2, Rondo 1-2, Crawford 1-5, Moore 0-1, A.Davis 0-2). Team
Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 12 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(A.Davis 2, Mirotic, Rondo). Turnovers: 12 (Rondo 4, Clark 2,
Crawford 2, Holiday 2, Hill, Miller). Steals: 16 (A.Davis 3, Holiday
3, Mirotic 3, Clark 2, Miller 2, Rondo 2, Crawford). Technical
Fouls: coach Pelicans (Defensive three second), 4:33 second.
Portland
20 25 25 32— 102
New Orleans
36 28 27 28— 119
A—18,551. T—2:17. O—Tom Washington, Mike Callahan, Tyler
Ford, Jason Phillips
Warriors 110, Spurs 97
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant ..............34 9-17 7-7 0-9 6 3 26
Dr.Green............37 4-9 0-0 2-6 7 2 10
McGee ..............15 3-3 0-0 1-4 1 1 6
Iguodala............26 4-9 1-2 0-4 4 1 10
Thompson..........37 8-16 0-0 0-3 2 2 19
Looney ..............22 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 4
Cook.................20 5-9 0-0 0-3 1 2 12
Livingston ..........19 4-9 8-8 0-3 1 1 16
West .................17 1-3 0-0 1-4 3 1 2
Young .................2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Bell ....................2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Jones..................2 1-1 0-1 0-1 0 1 2
Totals
42-82 16-18 4-39 26 16 110
Shooting: Field goals, 51.2%; free throws, 88.9%
Three-point goals: 10-32 (Thompson 3-6, Cook 2-5, Dr.Green
2-5, Young 1-2, Iguodala 1-5, Durant 1-6, Livingston 0-1, Looney 0-1,
West 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 10 (14 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Dr.Green 4, Looney, McGee, West). Turnovers: 10 (Durant
4, Cook 2, Dr.Green 2, Livingston, Thompson). Steals: 8 (Looney 3,
Dr.Green 2, Cook, Livingston, West). Technical Fouls: None.
SAN ANTONIO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gay ..................31 4-11 2-4 1-6 2 4 11
Da.Green...........20 4-10 0-0 1-4 0 0 9
Aldridge ............36 6-10 6-7 4-10 4 0 18
Mills .................33 6-13 0-0 0-2 2 3 14
Murray ..............15 3-7 2-2 1-2 4 2 9
Bertans .............20 1-3 2-2 0-4 2 3 5
Gasol................18 3-5 0-0 0-7 0 3 6
Anderson...........17 3-7 0-0 2-2 2 2 6
Ginobili .............16 0-5 0-0 1-2 0 3 0
Parker ...............16 6-12 4-5 0-1 2 0 16
Forbes ................8 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Paul ...................2 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
White..................2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
37-87 16-20 10-41 19 21 97
Shooting: Field goals, 42.5%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 7-33 (Mills 2-7, Murray 1-1, Bertans 1-3,
Forbes 1-3, Da.Green 1-4, Gay 1-5, Anderson 0-2, Gasol 0-2, Parker
0-2, Ginobili 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 10 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 5 (Da.Green, Gasol, Ginobili, Mills, White). Turnovers: 10 (Mills 3, Aldridge 2, Gasol 2, Ginobili, Murray, Parker).
Steals: 8 (Ginobili 2, Mills 2, Anderson, Gay, Murray, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
Golden State
26 26 32 26— 110
San Antonio
23 23 26 25— 97
A—18,418. T—NA. O—Tre Maddox, Zach Zarba, Sean Wright, Rodney Mott
Multisport athletes are proving their worth in a one-sport world
ERIC SONDHEIMER
ON HIGH SCHOOLS
There are more than 20
pairs of shoes scattered in
Charlie Rocca’s closet.
Around the bedroom are
aluminum bats, hats, thigh
pads, footballs, baseballs
and mouth guards. The
Verdugo Hills senior has
enough used sports equipment to hold a garage sale. It
comes with being a two-sport
athlete.
They might be disappearing in the high school ranks
amid pressure to pursue one
sport year round, but multisport athletes still exist and
lots of coaches appreciate
their sacrifice.
“We are always looking for
two-sport guys,” UCLA
baseball coach John Savage
said. “They just appear to be
able to adapt to situations a
little quicker.
“The toughness they can
bring is always a boost to the
team concept. We have had
some really good high school
football-baseball players in
our program.”
Rocca was a receiver and
defensive back for the Verdugo Hills football team,
which lost in the City Section
Division III championship
Glenn Koenig Los Angeles Times
Christine Cotter Los Angeles Times
NOW WITH the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton, left, is shown in a 2007 photo at Sherman Oaks
Notre Dame, where he played three sports. Noah Taylor currently plays baseball and football at the school.
game. Now he’s an All-City
outfielder who has hit a
school-record 10 home runs
while batting .522 with 32
RBIs.
Many believe it is beneficial to use different sets of
muscles in different sports.
Rocca agrees.
“Those drills we do in
football helps with strength,”
he said. “Growing up, I
played basketball, baseball
and football. You’re an athlete if you do that. It feels
good being able to play all
those sports.”
Coaches clearly have a
history of pressuring multi-
sport athletes. “If you’re not
with the team, you will fall
behind,” they might say. Or,
“If you don’t participate in
offseason practices, you’ll be
at a disadvantage.” But
plenty of schools have
coaches who cooperate with
other coaches. They figure
out schedules and reassure
multisport athletes and their
parents that they will be
supported.
At Sherman Oaks Notre
Dame, where Giancarlo
Stanton of the New York
Yankees once played football, basketball and baseball
in the same school year,
baseball coach Tom Dill has
two football standouts in his
starting lineup: quarterback
Noah Taylor and linebacker
Michael Whiteside. The team
also has two water polo
players and a cross-country
runner.
Dill and football coach
Kevin Rooney came up with
a plan years ago. They’d
create schedules for multisport athletes so they
wouldn’t feel guilty when
missing a practice or game.
No one has ever complained.
Players appreciate the organization and simplification.
“We don’t let kids vote,”
Dill said. “We tell them where
to go. ... We share our guys.”
There are some very good
multisport athletes this
season.
Hayden Winters, a linebacker for Anaheim Esperanza, is batting .491. Chris
Wilson, a linebacker in the
fall, is 5-0 as a pitcher for
unbeaten Arcadia. Alex
Jemel, a starting safety at
Mission Viejo, is headed to
Oregon State for baseball
and has three home runs.
Nathan Manning, a standout
quarterback for Mission
Viejo Capistrano Valley, is
batting .385. He also plays
basketball. All-league football player Justin Simpson of
Orange El Modena is a
standout shortstop hitting
.459. Another El Modena
player, A.J. Esperanza, the
football team’s quarterback,
is hitting .350 as the starting
catcher.
Perhaps the most impressive multisport performance
came from the girls’ ranks
last week. Kelli Godin of
Santa Ana Mater Dei won
the 100- and 200-meter titles
at the Orange County track
and field championships
while also starting at third
base for the softball team.
She’s headed to UCLA for
softball.
Verdugo Hills baseball
coach Angel Espindola is just
happy Rocca insisted on
playing football and baseball.
“I think it has made him a
better and more diverse
player,” he said. “He knows
how to compete and does not
shy away from a challenge. It
would be easy to tell Charlie
that he should just focus on
one sport but then he
wouldn’t have become such a
great competitor.”
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: @latsondheimer
E
CALENDAR
F R I D A Y , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
AT THE MOVIE S
L.A. TIMES
FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Let’s
turn
page
on that
cliché
Who says Angelenos
don’t read? They’ve
turned out in force for
the annual event.
By Jessica Roy
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
AMY SCHUMER says she wants women to feel “empowered” and to not be held back by the fear of being perceived as fat or ugly.
BEAUTY SCHOOL
Amy Schumer’s lessons
on self-love ring true for
writer facing similar issues
REVIEW
‘I Feel Pretty’ isn’t quite
a knockout, but Schumer
gives a shining portrayal
By Amy Kaufman
Amy Schumer looks at herself in the mirror.
She is nearly naked, save her bra and the nude
Spanx she has on to flatten her belly. As she
stares at her reflection, her eyes begin to fill
with tears. She doesn’t say anything, but what
she is thinking is very clear: “I’m disgusting. I
hate the way I look. Who could ever love me?”
Although this describes a moment in
Schumer’s new movie, “I Feel Pretty,” it’s a scene
we all know — facing your mirror image, completely devoid of confidence and overwhelmed
by a crippling self-hatred.
I know it, anyway. I know it so well that lately,
as I head through my early 30s, I avoid looking at
my reflection at all — in elevator mirrors, glossy
windows — except for when I’m applying makeup to cover my flaws. It’s not easy to admit that. I
know that I am not an ogre and that I possess
many qualities more valuable than my looks. I
am a successful journalist who recently managed to write a New York Times bestselling book
and keep my dog, Riggins, alive and thriving.
And yet, I still worry that when people look at
me, all they see is my double chin.
This is part of why I’ve felt connected to
Schumer ever since I met her in 2015 when she
was promoting her first movie, “Trainwreck.”
Here was a woman whose body looked a lot like
mine, and she was starring as a romantic lead
in a major studio comedy. Everyone in town
couldn’t stop talking about how funny and
smart she was. Her double chin hadn’t stopped
her from anything.
Since then, our relationship has evolved
into something more
[See Schumer, E10]
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
Mark Schafer STXfilms
AIDY BRYANT, left, and Busy Philipps
play supportive girlfriends to Schumer’s
conflicted Renee in “I Feel Pretty.”
MORE REVIEWS
KENNETH TURAN
‘Kodachrome’ PAGE E4
‘The Judge’ PAGE E5
‘Quai des Orfèvres’ PAGE E8
JUSTIN CHANG
‘Western’ PAGE E6
ADDITIONAL REVIEWS
‘Super Troopers 2’ PAGE E5
‘Godard Mon Amour’ PAGE E7
‘Pass Over’ PAGE E7
‘4/20 Massacre’ and others.
PAGES E6, E8, E9
“I Feel Pretty” is — how to put this? — better
than it looks.
A mildly raunchy yukfest by way of an aspirational fairy tale, the movie stars Amy Schumer as
Renee, an ordinary New Yorker who dreams of
being a knockout — or, barring that, of being able
to squeeze into shoes smaller than a double-wide
9 1⁄2.
Renee’s dreams come true (sort of) when she
suffers a bump on the noggin and, studying herself in the mirror, sees the gorgeous face and slim,
toned body she’s always wanted — a development that works wonders for her self-esteem,
and subsequently her career and love life.
Based on that summary, you might be
tempted to dismiss “I Feel Pretty” sight unseen,
and not merely because the past work of writerdirectors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (who
together wrote the screenplays for “How to Be
Single” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”)
doesn’t inspire confidence. In 2018, the logic goes,
do we really need a movie about a woman so
warped by society’s impossible standards that
she has to endure a belabored epiphany about
the importance of inner beauty?
And even if so, should that woman be played
by Amy Schumer, who, for all the mockery that
has been directed at her weight and appearance
— some but hardly all of it self-inflicted — is no
sane person’s idea of forgettable or average-looking? If the idea was to feature a woman marginalized by her appearance, [See Review, E11]
Fired up about his art in Trump era
By Carolina
A. Miranda
Mark Bradford folded his
lanky frame into a Modernist chair in the mezzanine
space at the downtown Los
Angeles outpost of the global mega-gallery Hauser &
Wirth. After more than a
year of globetrotting, he’s
come home.
Last May in Italy, Bradford represented the United
States at the 2017 Venice Biennale, where he transformed the neoclassical U.S.
pavilion into a site of menace
and decay — a mordant reflection on the violent legacies of U.S. history and the
state of American democracy under the nascent
Trump administration.
In November, he debuted
an eight-painting work
spanning nearly 400 linear
[See Bradford, E12]
There’s an unkind stereotype out there that Angelenos are loathe to crack
open a book. If that’s true,
how do you explain the Los
Angeles Times Festival of
Books?
Last year, 150,000 people
flocked to the city’s biggest
celebration of reading and
storytelling. This year, the
23rd Festival of Books will be
at USC on Saturday and
Sunday. More than 500 authors and performers will be
there, including Diana Gabaldon, Jorge Ramos, Patton Oswalt, Junot Díaz,
Reza Aslan, Maria Shriver
and Leslie Odom Jr.
So why the bad rap for
reading? Janet Fitch, an
L.A. native and the author of
“White Oleander” and “The
Revolution of Marina M.,”
thinks it goes back to when
New Yorkers first started
coming out to the West
Coast to work in the early
days of Hollywood — people
who may have “disliked the
work they were doing, came
to drink and be witty and
they were unhappy,” she
said.
Those people’s initial assumptions about L.A. live
on, she said: “Here we are almost 80 years later, still laboring under that preconception.” (Fitch will be
speaking on the panel “Fiction: Epics Old and New” at
the festival Sunday.)
Another thing to consider: L.A. readers aren’t as
“public” as readers in other
cities. Listening to an audiobook while you’re commuting to work in your car is less
visible than cracking open a
paperback on the subway.
There’s also what Pamela
Ribon called “swimming
pool culture”: It’s more
pleasant to stay home and
read on your balcony or in
your backyard in L.A. than it
is in a lot of other places.
“I feel like I never get to
read the things I want to
read because I have so much
reading to do,” said Ribon, a
screenwriter and author of
the new graphic novel “My
Boyfriend Is a Bear.” “Who
doesn’t read in L.A.? What
are they doing? What are
they looking at on their
phones?” They’re reading, of
course. (Ribon is on the
panel “Graphic Novels:
Working Twice as Hard” on
Sunday.)
Adrian Todd Zuniga, the
host of the reading series
“Literary Death Match” and
the author of the newly released
novel
“Collision
Theory,” said the stereotype
is proof that “the perpetuation of the ‘stupid L.A. person’ persists.”
He said he partly blames
pop culture for that: the idea
[See Books, E3]
A strong, clear
#MeToo voice
The one-act play “The
Lighthouse” at the
Fountain Theatre is
an indictment of rape
culture. E2
Director can go
to Cannes again
The film festival
welcomes Danish
director Lars von
Trier’s return after a
seven-year ban. E2
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
MARK BRADFORD with his works at the Venice Biennale last year in Italy; his new show is reviewed on E13.
Ask Amy ................. E14
Comics ............... E14-15
E2
FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
First
reading
lights
the
way
Von Trier back at Cannes
QUICK TAKES
The Cannes Film Festival has welcomed controversial
Danish director Lars von Trier back after a seven-year ban.
Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” starring Matt
Dillon and Uma Thurman, is playing out of competition
next month and is his first showing at the festival since 2011’s
“Melancholia.”
In 2011, having learned his heritage included both
German and Jewish roots, Von Trier made jokes about
Adolf Hitler that were not well received. He quickly
apologized for his statements, to no avail, becoming a
persona non grata at the festival.
Several other films were added to the Cannes lineup as
well, most notably Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed
Don Quixote,” a film two decades in the making.
The 71st Cannes Film Festival runs May 8-20.
— Libby Hill
Boseman to give Romanian riches
Howard speech go on display
The “Black Panther” is
returning to his alma mater
in Washington, D.C.
Howard University announced this week that
Chadwick Boseman will give
the keynote address at its
150th commencement ceremony on May 12. He’ll receive an honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters, the university’s highest honor.
Wayne Frederick, Howard president, said Boseman’s role “reminds us of the
excellence found in the African diaspora.”
Coins and bracelets from
the 1st century that were
looted from western Romania years ago and smuggled
out of the country were put
on display at a Bucharest
museum Thursday after a
joint investigation with Austria brought them back
home.
The artifacts, stolen between 2000 and 2001, were
presented at Romania's National History Museum. The
473 coins and 16 bracelets
items were found in Austria
in 2015.
— associated press
— associated press
The Fountain gives
voice to Amanda
Kohr’s look at sexual
assault in ‘Lighthouse.’
By Catherine Womack
“It’s beach week, baby!” A
tall, handsome college athlete cracks open a cold beer
as he flops onto a worn sofa.
The semester is over for
Shane and his friends, and
the stress of final exams is
quickly fading into a blur of
sun, sand and mojitos
served in red Solo cups.
Onstage at the Fountain
Theatre in East Hollywood,
six young actors fall easily
into the rhythms of day
drinking and banter inside
the fictional rented vacation
home. The set is sparse, but
the inside jokes and casual
flirtations between its occupants feel so real you can
practically smell the salty air
and taste the PBR.
But there is an elephant
in this living room.
Perched on a tall director’s chair in the middle of
the stage, seemingly invisible to the revelers, sits a
silent female lifeguard. Only
when she’s left alone with
Jesse, the play’s central
character, does the lifeguard
begin to speak.
“Are you sure you want to
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A READING of Amanda Kohr’s “The Lighthouse” at the Fountain Theatre in-
cludes Garret Wagner, left, Kelley Mack, Michael D. Turner and Chops Bailey.
be wearing that?” the lifeguard asks, peering disapprovingly over her sunglasses at Jesse’s short denim shorts and tank top. “Are
you trying to get laid for attention or validation?”
Hypercritical, judgmental and disparaging, the lifeguard is a constant presence
throughout Amanda Kohr’s
80-minute, one-act play,
“The Lighthouse.” As the
winner of the Fountain’s
competition-style Rapid Development Series, the play
received two nights of free
semi-staged readings this
week — all part of an effort to
give a louder voice to playwrights under 30.
One of several surrealist
elements in the show, the
lifeguard plays the part of
Jesse’s darkest inner voice
following a traumatic sexual
assault at the beach house.
“The Lighthouse” is Kohr’s
indictment of rape culture
and the epidemic of sexual
assault on college campuses. Kohr said the play
was inspired by the 2015 case
of Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer convicted of
sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, and was
informed by Kohr’s own experiences.
On two printed sheets of
folded white office paper
that served as the program
for the evening, Kohr, 27,
wrote candidly about her
own story:
“I grew up accepting sexual assault — the act was so
prevalent that it swam below the radar under the
perception as normalcy. By
16 I had been manipulated
into unwanted sexual situations, assaulted and catcalled.”
As an undergraduate at
James Madison University
in Virginia, Kohr said in an
earlier phone interview, she
“heard about, witnessed and
experienced so much sexual
assault and harassment
among college-age students
that it just become normal.”
At times, she said, she felt
like it was “harder to find
somebody who hadn’t been
roofied than somebody who
had.”
Kohr wrote “The Lighthouse” in summer 2016. She
had read Jon Krakauer’s reported narrative, “Missoula:
Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” and
she closely followed the
Stanford case as it unfolded.
She was appalled by the leniency of Turner’s sentence —
six months, reduced to three
months for good behavior —
and was inspired by the letter that his victim read at the
sentencing hearing.
“I am a firm believer that
entertainment can help educate,” Kohr said, “so I really
strove to draw my audience
in through comedy and then
bash them with the truth.”
Kohr wrote the play more
than a year before the Harvey
Weinstein
scandal
broke, sexual assault and
harassment became a national cultural conversation,
and #MeToo became a
movement. That’s one reason Jessica Broutt, 25, the
co-founder and co-producer
of the Fountain’s Rapid Development Series, found
Kohr’s play so compelling.
Broutt, who interned at
the Fountain as a college
student and worked briefly
as the company’s box office
manager, came up with the
idea for the series with Fountain associate producer
James Bennett four years
ago.
“We noticed that there
weren’t really a lot of young
people going to the theater,”
she said. “We would go to all
these awesome reading series at other theaters, but it
was never young people who
were playwrights, and they
generally
weren’t
L.A.based.”
Broutt and Bennett
pitched the idea to the Fountain’s management as a sort
of theatrical battle of the
bands. Broutt would select
four plays by L.A. playwrights under 30. The theater would provide the actors
and the space, and each play
would receive a “snapshot”
reading at which audiences
would vote for their favorite,
drawing them more actively
into the experience.
The actors and directors
are volunteers, and the performances are free.
“We were trying to rule
out all the reasons why people our age don’t go to plays,”
Broutt said.
This year marks the series’ fourth season. Broutt
says that when she read
“The Lighthouse,” she knew
immediately it was special.
“I just felt like, wow, this is
a play that is taking on rape
culture and breaking it down
in a way that is educational
and provides a surrealism
and a humor that will engage
people,” she said. “It’s very
rare for me to see something
that is doing all of those
things effectively. And then
as we were going through development last fall, the Harvey Weinstein stuff came
out.”
In just a few months Kohr
has been able to work with
Broutt to polish the play,
have it receive two short
readings as it progressed
through the competition,
and watch it performed onstage in its entirety for the
first time.
“When I was in college I
had a lot of shorter things
staged,” Kohn said, “but this
is my first thing that’s like
borderline professional.”
Audience members on
Wednesday night were racially diverse and younger
than what’s typical in most
L.A. theaters. They laughed
out loud as Jesse’s rapist,
Shane, was presented as a
hero during exaggerated,
game-show-style court proceedings. And some wiped
tears from their eyes when
Jesse found the strength to
silence her inner-critic lifeguard and rediscover her
own confident voice.
At the end of the “The
Lighthouse,” the house
lights came up dramatically
as Jesse called for people to
speak out and shine a light
on sexual misconduct. In the
front row, Kohr hugged her
friends. Her #MeToo story
had found an audience.
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COURTNEY NICHOLE, Sarah Navratil, Bridget Garwood and Maryfrances
Careccia in a fight scene in the incarceration-focused play “Key Change.”
THE 99-SEAT BEAT
Stories of social
justice, immigration
By Daryl H. Miller
Most any week the theater provides a college seminar’s
worth of social-justice studies, but the conversations are particularly prevalent now in L.A.’s smaller theaters. This week
they look at circumstances that spiral into incarceration in
“Key Change,” the inequities of growing up black in “Native
Son,” the American dream as experienced by a new arrival in
“The Immigrant,” and the elite who flout all the rules in the
Spanish-language “Enrique VIII y Catalina de Aragón.”
Collective
Studio’s ‘Key’
The essentials: “Key
Change” emerged from a 2014
workshop with female prisoners in northeast England
and was first performed for
incarcerated men to show
them how their behavior
affects women. The women’s
clipped, overlapping remarks — combined with
glimpses of their pre-prison
lives — reveal childhood
sexual abuse, youthful mistakes, poor choices in men,
domestic violence, economic
hardship, drug addiction
and the difficulty of change.
The project, led by the Open
Clasp women’s theater
group and crafted by Catrina
McHugh into a play, appeared at the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe and offBroadway.
Why this? “None of us are
immune to a tragedy of
circumstance, and
oftentimes this is exactly
what leads women to prison,” says Samantha Lavin,
who directs a production by
the Collective Studio: Los
Angeles. “It’s clear in the play
that prison isn’t designed as
a place of transformation.”
But, she adds: “Female
empowerment can and does
take place” as inmates provide one another “their
greatest sources of hope and
support.” Lavin keeps the
L.A. presentation close to
the spirit of the original with
no set and few props, but
with the addition of a soundscape and music.
Details: Secret Rose
Theatre, 11246 W. Magnolia
Blvd., North Hollywood. 8
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays,
7 p.m. Sundays; ends April
29. $20-$30.
bit.ly/latkeychange
‘Native Son’ by
Antaeus Theatre
The essentials: Clamp
down hope long enough and
something’s bound to explode. Richard Wright
showed how it can happen in
his searing 1940 novel “Native
Son,” in which a toxic mix of
poverty, fatherlessness, lack
of opportunity and rage
propel Bigger Thomas, a
young black man, toward
violence. Among the book’s
many telling lines: “There
was just the old feeling, the
feeling that he had had all his
life: he was black and had
done wrong; white men were
looking at something with
which they would soon
accuse him.”
Why this? Wright meticulously spells out what’s going
on in Bigger’s mind, and
what’s there reflects what
W.E.B. Du Bois called the
“double consciousness” —
seeing himself as the dominant culture sees him: as less
worthy, less valuable, always
less. Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation manifests the double
consciousness as a character.
Andi Chapman, who is directing for the Antaeus
Theatre Company, says she
wants the audience “to experience this play from the
inside out,” to live inside
Bigger’s head.
Details: Antaeus, 110 E.
Broadway, Glendale. 8 p.m.
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; ends
June 3. $30 and $34. (818)
506-1983, www.antaeus.org
‘The Immigrant’
in Sierra Madre
The essentials: Poor,
alone and unable to speak
the local language, a Russian
Jew arrives in a town in central Texas in 1909. Fleeing
pogroms at home, his first
order of business is merely to
survive. With the help of a
local banker, he thrives. “The
Immigrant” is the partially
imagined history of author
Mark Harelik’s grandfather.
It was warmly embraced in a
1986 production at the Mark
Taper Forum.
Why this? Simon Levy,
who directs this Sierra Madre Playhouse production,
hopes the play reminds us
where we come from and
helps realign the word “immigrant” from “border walls
and detention centers” to
“the idealism of what this
country stands for.” Levy,
who is producing director at
the Fountain Theatre in East
Hollywood, has had immigration and cultural adaptation on his mind a lot in the
last year with the Fountain’s
productions of “Building the
Wall” and “The Chosen.”
Details: Sierra Madre
Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra
Madre Blvd. 8 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.
Sundays, through May 25;
also 2:30 p.m. May 26. $25$40. (626) 355-4318,
www.sierramadreplay
house.org
‘Enrique VIII
y Catalina’
The essentials: As the
16th century English King
Henry VIII struggled to
extricate himself from his
marriage to Catherine of
Aragon so that he could
marry Anne Boleyn, he
rampaged through matters
of church, state and matrimony. Among those drawn
to the topic was Pedro
Calderón de la Barca, one of
the great writers of Spain’s
classical theater, whose
drama from about 1627 put
an intriguing spin on events
by subtly imbuing Henry
and his advisor Cardinal
Wolsey with qualities of the
Spanish king of Calderón’s
day, Philip IV, and his advisor the Duke of Olivares.
Why this? Not least
among the play’s concerns
are abuse of power and
emotions so unchecked that
they warp not only people
but the institutions they run.
That’s the stuff of great
drama, and it’s as easily
ripped from today’s headlines as from the 16th or 17th
centuries’. Calderón’s “La
Cisma de Inglaterra” (The
English Schism) isn’t much
encountered, but displaying
a broad range of Spanish
literature has been the intent
of the Bilingual Foundation
of the Arts since its founding
in 1973. The play has been
freely adapted by Margarita
Galban, Bilingual Foundation’s artistic director, and
Lina Montalvo, its managing
director, as “Enrique VIII y
Catalina de Aragón.” It’s
performed in Spanish with
English supertitles in Plaza
de la Raza’s 198-seat Margo
Albert Theatre.
Details: Plaza de la Raza,
3540 N. Mission Road, Lincoln Heights. 8 p.m. Friday, 4
and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.
Sunday; ends Sunday. $30.
(213) 437-0500, www.bfa
theatre.org
daryl.miller@latimes.com
L.A. shows its literary side
[Books, from E1]
that New York and San
Francisco are the big literary
hubs while L.A. is all shallow
beach-goers.
“I love the idea that people outside of L.A. think that
people in L.A. are just walking around being the dumbest possible people, just
walking into walls,” he said.
In reality, L.A. is “filled with
the hardest-working people
ever.” (Zuniga will be on the
panel “Fiction: Iconoclastic
Voices” on Saturday.)
To get tickets to see these
and other events, visit
events.latimes.com/festival
ofbooks/. The festival is open
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. General admission
is free; advance tickets to
events have a $2 processing
fee. In addition to the author
panels, there will be hundreds of booths showcasing
the things that make L.A. a
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
CAMERON MORRIS reads with his grandfather
Wayne Richardson at the book festival in 2017.
great literary city. Campus
eateries will be open, along
with food trucks at four locations.
If you want to take public
transit, you can take the
Metro to Expo Park/USC
station. Since Sunday is
Earth Day, rides on the Metro that day will be free. Oh,
and don’t forget to bring
your book.
jessica.roy@latimes.com
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ED HARRIS, left, plays an ailing father opposite his son, played by Jason Sudeikis, as they take a road trip to the last lab in the U.S. to process Kodachrome film.
REVIEW
Shooting for extraordinary
‘Kodachrome’ reminds us that Ed Harris can make standard roles transcendent
KENNETH TURAN
FILM CRITIC
Ed Harris.
Ed Harris.
Ed Harris.
The accomplished actor
did
not
inspire
“Kodachrome,” and he’s not the
only thing in it, but when
you’re looking for reasons to
watch, his arresting performance stands way out.
No one needs to be told
how good the four-time Oscar nominee is, but there is a
tendency to take consistently superior work for
granted, to forget the way
great performers instinctively push past what’s expected and make what could
be standard roles transcendent. Which is what happens
here.
As written by Jonathan
Tropper and directed by
Mark Raso, “Kodachrome”
is a solid citizen of a movie.
Its emotional story of fatherson dynamics with a hint of
romance thrown in, all set
against the world of profes-
sional photography, is not
without its pro-forma elements. But Mr. Harris is
not one of them.
The actor plays Benjamin Ryder, “one of the
world’s greatest living photographers,” but a failure as
a father and a bitter disappointment to his son Matt
(the usually comic Jason
Sudeikis).
On paper, sour, unpleasant, self-involved Ben Ryder
is a familiar personality,
maybe too familiar. But Harris brings so much all-in
commitment to the part, has
so fearlessly invested himself in the character, that we
have to sit up and take notice.
Insisting on his right to
be
unpleasant,
Harris
makes Ben edgier, more selfaware and more impossible
to ignore than anyone else
would. That kind of integrity, that willingness to be
understood as completely
dislikable,
raises
“Kodachrome” to a level it would
not reach without him.
The film’s story was in-
spired by a charming 2010
New York Times piece by
A.G. Sulzberger (now the
Times’ publisher) about the
final days of Dwayne’s Photo
in Parsons, Kan., the last lab
in the world to process Kodachrome, the gold standard of color film.
Ryder’s work (though
not his personality and not
this fictitious story) is a
product of celebrated National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, who
in fact visited Dwayne’s in its
final days.
Before we get to Ben, or
any mention of photography
for that matter, we meet
Matt Ryder (Sudeikis), a 35year-old New York-based
music executive at Spitting
Devil records who is facing
one of those career turning
points
so
beloved
of
movies.
Though he’s got great
ears, Matt’s about to be fired
because his meal-ticket
band is defecting to another
label. His one chance to stay
alive is to persuade another
top act, Spare Sevens, to
‘Kodachrome’
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour,
45 minutes
Playing: Landmark, West
Los Angeles; streaming on
Netflix
sign with him.
Waltzing into Matt’s office at precisely this crisis
point is attractive Zooey
Kern (Elizabeth Olsen), who
introduces herself as the
caregiver/assistant for Ben.
The young woman tells
Matt his father has but a few
months to live. He’s also just
come across four rolls of Kodachrome he shot at the beginning of his career and,
aware that Dwayne’s is closing and suspicious of Federal Express, he wants his
son to drive him and the film
to the Midwest.
Matt proceeds to give a
classic “you’re mistaking me
for someone who gives a
damn” speech, relating that
he and his father have not
spoken in 10 years and
swearing on all that’s holy
that this trip will never take
place.
Without the trip, however, there is no film, so “Kodachrome” allows Ben’s
savvy manager (Dennis
Haysbert) to come up with a
stratagem to make it happen. Before you know it
Matt, Zooey and dear old
dad are settled into a vintage
red Saab convertible headed
to the heartland.
Matt, as it turns out, is
very much his father’s son —
sour, resentful, difficult and
unwilling to see things any
way but his own. Sudeikis
does well with the part, but it
seems for a while that dueling malcontents may not
be a recipe for success.
But, as acted by Harris,
Ben’s breathtaking ability to
sow chaos and cause trouble
commands our attention,
especially in a sequence
where the trio visits Ben’s
wary brother Dean (Bruce
Greenwood) and his aurareading wife, Sarah (Wendy
Crewson), a couple who
were like parents to Matt.
Screenwriter
Tropper
has also constructed some
solid father and son sparring
matches about the value of
being a good person versus
being a great artist, which
Harris and Sudeikis make
the most of.
Less successful, because
it surprises no one but the
participants, is the inevitable attraction between
Matt and Zooey. The actors
try their best to make it
fresh, but complete success
here is not in the cards.
There are areas, like the
film’s denouement in Kansas and after, where, with
Harris leading the charge,
“Kodachrome”
creates
strong emotional effects.
The actor has not been
nominated for an Oscar
since “The Hours” in 2003,
and it’s about time that happened again. In fact, it’s
about time he won.
kenneth.turan
@latimes.com
Twitter: @KennethTuran
CRITICS’ PICKS
Movie recommendations
from critics Justin Chang
and Kenneth Turan.
Annihilation
Natalie Portman plays a
biologist who joins an allfemale expedition into the
heart of an environmental
disaster zone in this eerily
beautiful and hypnotically
unsettling mind-bender
from “Ex Machina” writerdirector Alex Garland.
(Justin Chang) R.
A Quiet Place
Zipporah Films
A GLIMPSE of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary on New York Public Library.
Wiseman docs mesmerize
It has never been easier to catch up on the staggeringly rich back catalog of master documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Forty of his films can now be streamed for free
through Kanopy, the on-demand service available through partnerships with libraries
around the world, including the Los Angeles Public Library (www.lapl.org/kanopy).
Wiseman’s particular genius has been to map the contours of American life through its institutions, big and small, something he achieves to mesmerizing effect in movies as different
as “High School” (1968), “Hospital” (1970), “Public Housing” (1997), “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet” (2009) and “At Berkeley” (2013). Fittingly enough, given the venue, his latest magnum opus, and one of his finest, is “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” (2017). It’s the one
Wiseman doc that isn’t available on Kanopy yet, but it will be in the fall, after its broadcast on
PBS.
— Justin Chang
John Krasinski’s thrillingly
intelligent post-apocalyptic
horror movie, in which he
stars with Emily Blunt as a
couple trying to protect
their family from monsters
who hunt by sound, is walking-on-eggshells cinema of a
very high order. (Justin
Chang)
Toro’s film plays by all the
rules and none of them,
going its own way with fierce
abandon. (Kenneth Turan)
R.
The Rider
Where Is Kyra?
Brady Jandreau, a Lakota
cowboy from South Dakota,
enacts a version of his own
harrowing story of loss and
recovery in writer-director
Chloé Zhao’s stunningly
lyrical western, a seamless
and deeply moving blend of
narrative and documentary
film techniques. (Justin
Chang) R.
Michelle Pfeiffer gives one of
her most finely chiseled
performances as a divorced,
unemployed New Yorker
who descends into despair
and petty criminality in
Andrew Dosunmu’s bleakly
compelling psychological
portrait, beautifully shot by
cinematographer Bradford
Young. (Justin Chang) NR.
The Shape of Water
Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual
and fantastical “Beauty and
the Beast” tale with moral
overtones, Guillermo del
Sony Pictures Classics
LAKOTA cowboy Brady Jandreau stars as Brady
Blackburn in “The Rider,” a version of his own life.
You Were Never
Really Here
This grim, artful New York
crime thriller about a tormented thug-for-hire (a
rivetingly contained
Joaquin Phoenix) confirms
writer-director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk
About Kevin”) as one of the
most exciting and exacting
film stylists of her generation. (Justin Chang) R.
Review delayed
for ‘Traffik’
The thriller “Traffik,”
starring Paula Patton and
Omar Epps, opens Friday in
general release but was not
screened for critics. The review will appear as soon as
possible in Calendar and online at latimes.com/enter
tainment/movies/reviews.
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