$2.75 DESIGNATED AREAS HIGHER © 2018 WST D latimes.com 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 F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 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.” alexandra.zavis @latimes.com Twitter: @alexzavis A4 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M U.S. troop role may not preclude deal [Koreas, from A1] 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- If you believe that we have made an error, or you have 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.” barbara.demick @latimes.com Special correspondent Stiles reported from Seoul and Times staff writer Demick from New York. Women take the fall in Nobel abuse scandal associated press STOCKHOLM — Thousands of protesters on Thursday called for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in literature after a sex abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish Academy forced the ouster of its first female leader and tarnished the reputation of the coveted prize. The ugly internal feud has already reached the top levels of public life in the Scandinavian nation known for its promotion of gender equality, with the prime minister, the king and the Nobel FOR THE RECORD MOCA: In the April 11 Calendar section, an article about the leadership of the Museum of Contemporary Art said chief curator Paul Schimmel was fired in 2012 by then-director Jeffrey Deitch. Schimmel was forced to resign by the MOCA board. Yonhap SOUTH KOREAN President Moon Jae-in said North Korea’s leader appears serious about denuclearization. questions about The Times’ journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Deirdre Edgar, readers’ representative, by email at readers.representative @latimes.com, by phone at (877) 554-4000, by fax at (213) 237-3535 or by mail at 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The readers’ representative office is online at latimes.com/ readersrep. board all weighing in. On Thursday evening, thousands of protesters gathered on Stockholm’s picturesque Stortorget Square outside the headquarters of the academy, which has awarded the Nobel Prize in literature since 1901, to demand all of its remaining members resign. Parallel demonstrations were planned in Goteborg, Helsingborg, Eskilstuna, Vasteras, and Borgholm. The national protests have grown out of what began as Sweden’s own #MeToo moment in November when the country saw thousands of sexual misconduct allegations surfacing from all walks of life. It hit the academy when 18 women came forward with accusations against Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure who is married to Katarina Frostenson, a poet who is a member of the academy. Police are investigating the allegations, which Arnault denies, but the case has exposed bitter divisions within the academy, whose members are appointed for life, and given rise to accusations of patriarchal leanings among some members. The turmoil began when some of the committee’s 18 members pushed for the re- Jonas Ekstromer AFP/Getty Images PEOPLE gather outside the Swedish Academy in Stockholm to protest the ouster of its female chief. moval of Frostenson after the allegations were levied against her husband, who runs a cultural club that has received money from the academy. In addition to sexual misconduct, Arnault is accused of leaking the names of Nobel winners for years. After a closed-door vote failed to oust her, three male members behind the push — Klas Ostergren, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund — resigned. That prompted Horace Engdahl, a committee member who has supported Arnault, to label them a “clique of sore losers” and criticize the three for airing their case in public. He also lashed out at Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Swedish Academy, who was forced out last week amid criticism from male members of her handling of the scandal. Danius, a Swedish literature historian at Stockholm University, had cut the academy’s ties with Arnault and hired investigators to examine its relationship to the club he ran with Frostenson. Their report is expected soon. Supporters of Danius have described her as a progressive leader who pushed reforms that riled the old guard. At Thursday’s protests, many participants wore pussy-bow blouses like the ones favored by Danius. The blouses with a loosely tied bow at the neck have become a rallying symbol for those critical of the academy’s handling of the case. Birgitta Hojlund, 70, who traveled several hours to attend the protest, said that despite Sweden’s progressive image, women still face inequality. “There are still differences, in wages and in honors and in professions,” she said, calling for the Swedish Academy to be “re-created from the bottom, and balance male and female.” “They’re pushing women away, saying that sexism is OK, in this academy,” said Torun Carrfors, a 31-year-old nurse. “They should leave, and we need to have new ones.” Last week, Frostenson announced she too was leaving. On Thursday, a sixth member, writer Lotta Lotass, said she planned to step down, citing backlash from tradition-minded male members of the board who questioned her credentials, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported. 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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. joseph.tanfani @latimes.com joseph.tanfani @latimes.com Chris O’Meara Associated Press PRINCE performs at the Super Bowl in 2007. A pill he believed to be Vicodin actually contained fentanyl. Adam Bettcher Getty Images 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. email@example.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 LOS ANGELES TIMES FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 A7 A8 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 S L AT I M E S . C O M Built and rebuilt by immigrants [Sunset Park, from A1] 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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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 think it can be disastrous on S L AT I M E S . C O M F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 A9 Forest plan limits mining [Mountains, from A1] 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.” louis.sahagun @latimes.com A9A FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 WST LOS ANGELES TIMES LOS ANGELES TIMES WST FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 A9B A10 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 WST L AT I M E S . C O M ‘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 released a preliminary anal[See Hanford, A11] F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M Lance Armstrong settles suit with U.S. government [Hanford, from A10] 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 A11 associated press 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. Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images LANCE ARMSTRONG said he was happy to have “made peace” with his former team sponsor. A12 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / O P I N I O N OPINION EDITORIALS LETTERS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 F 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. News EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jim Kirk DEPUTY MANAGING EDITORS Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara, Michael Whitley Opinion Nicholas Goldberg EDITOR OF THE EDITORIAL PAGES Juliet Lapidos OP-ED AND SUNDAY OPINION EDITOR 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 :: 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 HOW TO WRITE TO US Please send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. For submission guidelines, see latimes.com/letters or call 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 74511. L AT I M E S . C O M / O P I N I O N F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 A13 OP-ED As soccer goes, so goes globalization Bright lights, bleak city M 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. L Ann Friedman is a contributing writer to Opinion. A14 FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES B CALIFORNIA 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 I F O R N I A 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 [See Abcarian, B6] 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 [See Shooting, B4] 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 war chest tops $10 million California senator continues to eclipse rival Kevin de León in fundraising, election records show. B2 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] Prosecutors say show upset Durst Millionaire accused of murder told a friend he “had a problem” after seeing the HBO series “The Jinx.” B3 Lottery ......................... B2 Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times 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 [See FPPC, B5] B2 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M P O L I T I C S WAT C H 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. email@example.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.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @johnmyers Lottery results 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. email@example.com Twitter: @johnmyers Tonight’s Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $80 million Sales close at 7:45 p.m. For Wednesday, April 18, 2018 SuperLotto Plus Mega number is bold 1-9-18-25-32—Mega 17 Jackpot: $27 million Winners per category: 5 + Mega 5 4 + Mega 4 3 + Mega 3 2 + Mega 1 + Mega Mega only No. of Amount winners of prize(s) 1 $27 million 1 $37,433 8 $2,339 365 $85 492 $57 13,610 $10 6,842 $10 33,165 $2 50,125 $1 Powerball Powerball number is bold 9-10-12-17-23—Powerball 9 Jackpot: $122 million California winners per category: 5 + P-ball 5 4 + P-ball 4 3 + P-ball 3 2 + P-ball 1 + P-ball P-ball only No. of winners 0 0 4 113 193 4,727 3,454 21,963 44,118 Amount of prize(s) — — $9,171 $162 $98 $4 $6 $4 $4 Winning jackpot ticket(s) sold in other states: None For Thursday, April 19, 2018 Fantasy Five: 11-13-22-27-39 Daily Four: 3-5-0-4 Daily Three (midday): 3-7-0 Daily Three (evening): 6-7-4 Daily Derby: (3) Hot Shot (1) Gold Rush (10) Solid Gold Race time: 1:43.92 Results on the internet: www.latimes.com/lottery General information: (800) 568-8379 (Results not available at this number) 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. marisa.gerber @latimes.com Mark Boster Los Angeles Times ROBERT DURST , shown last year, is accused of firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com Twitter: @Sonali_Kohli 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. david.zahniser @latimes.com Twitter: @DavidZahniser email@example.com Twitter: @dakotacdsmith [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. firstname.lastname@example.org F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M B5 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.” email@example.com Twitter: @jenyamato B6 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M 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 C BuSINESS 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 / B U S I N E S S 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] C2 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 WST L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S 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. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com Twitter: @LATgeoffmohan F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. C3 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 [Obamacare, from C1] 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. C4 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 WST L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S 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. WST L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S F R I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 C5 $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 Jae C. Hong Associated Press Sean M. Haffey Getty Images 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. email@example.com Twitter: @helenenothelen 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.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 100 202 012 —8 010 010 000 —2 14 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. email@example.com 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 001 100 010 —3 020 010 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.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -5 -4 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 -6 -6 -5 -5 -5 -5 -4 -4 -4 -4 -4 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -2 -1 +1 +3 +8 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 +124 -105 +148 +147 +164 +101 +130 Underdog Toronto at Baltimore Kansas City Kansas City Minnesota Seattle Houston at Oakland +178 +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. email@example.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.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Twitter: @latimesklein 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 D7 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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? email@example.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.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @latbbolch D8 FR I DAY , A P R I L 2 0 , 2 018 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. email@example.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.” firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times 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. email@example.com F R 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 Juan Rameriz 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com E3 E4 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 AT THE MOVIES LATIMES.COM/MOVIES Christos Kalohoridis Netf lix 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.