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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018
17 DEAD IN SCHOOL SHOOTING
A 19-year-old former
student is held in
rampage at Florida
campus. At least a
dozen are injured.
Netflix
snags
another
prolific
producer
By Matt Pearce,
Molly Hennessy-Fiske
and Jaclyn Cosgrove
By Meg James
and David Ng
With yet another mighty
roar, Netflix sent a warning
shot to the rest of the entertainment industry — landing a new multiyear deal
with prolific TV producer
Ryan Murphy, the man behind 20th Century Fox Television’s “Feud,” “American
Horror Story,” “Glee” and
more. The deal — which
some pegged at as much as
$300 million — is the latest
evidence of just how powerful the streaming giant has
become at luring Hollywood’s top talent away from
established competitors.
The agreement, which
was announced late Tuesday, adds another namebrand producer to Netflix’s
growing stable of hit makers.
It also signals the company’s
willingness to splurge on big
names as it continues to borrow heavily to fund its ambitious growth strategy, which
will see the company spend
a projected $7.5 billion to
$8 billion on content this
[See Netflix, A8]
Trump
decries
abuse as
scandal
persists
Joel Auerbach Associated Press
A STUDENT is comforted after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
“This has been a day we’ve seen the worst of humanity,” said Broward County Schools Supt. Robert Runcie.
Shaking up showbiz norms
‘Black Panther’ taps pent-up demand for diverse heroes
By Ryan Faughnder
and Daniel Miller
he fictional African land of
Wakanda, which outsiders
wrongly assume to be a
Third World country, is the
most technologically advanced nation on Earth in the Marvel
comic book universe. This weekend,
the new film about Wakanda’s protector, Black Panther, is also poised to
destroy long-held assumptions about
the movie business.
All signs say Marvel Studios’
“Black Panther,” being released
Thursday evening by Walt Disney Co.,
is having a cultural moment fueled by
massive pent-up demand for what is
expected to be the first global superhero blockbuster to feature a mostly
black cast and an African American
director.
T
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
CHADWICK BOSEMAN plays
the hero in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” opening Thursday evening.
2018 OLYMPICS
PYEONGCHANG
He chases history
in a solo sport, but
he’s far from alone
By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON — President Trump broke his silence on the subject of
spousal abuse Wednesday,
declaring publicly that he is
“totally opposed to it” — but
spoke out only as a scandal
continued to fester over the
White House handling of domestic violence allegations
against a former top aide.
For more than a week, the
administration has proved
unable to convincingly answer questions about how
officials failed to respond to
accusations of physical
abuse levied by two ex-wives
against Rob Porter, who until last week served as a key
White House official.
On Wednesday, Congress
entered the picture as Rep.
Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced that his House
Oversight Committee was
launching an investigation
to find out what and when
the White House knew about
the allegations. He vowed
that he’d either get answers
or “a really good reason” why
there weren’t any.
“I am interested in how
someone with credible allegations of domestic abuse,
[See Abuse, A7]
The $200-million film — directed
by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular
hero — is expected to gross at least
$150 million in the United States and
Canada through Monday, according
to people who have reviewed audience surveys, putting it on track to become one of Marvel Studios’ most
valuable franchises.
Such a strong domestic result
would set a record for a film directed
by an African American filmmaker. It
would also represent an unprecedented opening for a Marvel Studios
movie that is not a sequel or an
“Avengers” film, easily beating the
first “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain
America” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” pictures.
Crucially, “Black Panther” could
help shake up the way Hollywood
does business by defying assump[See ‘Panther,’ A12]
By David Wharton
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea — The night
turned bitterly cold, a hard
wind blowing across the biathlon course at the 2018
Winter Olympics, and the
best Lowell Bailey could
manage was 33rd place.
“I just didn’t have it in the
legs,” Bailey said after the 10kilometer sprint. “I hoped
for better.”
To make matters worse,
the veteran American racer
did not have his wife and
daughter waiting outside
the stadium because the trip
More coverage
Quinn Rooney Getty Images
LOWELL BAILEY will try Thursday to become the
first American to win an Olympic medal in the biathlon, a sport that combines skiing with shooting.
Join us for all the action
from the 2018 Winter
Games.
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to Pyeongchang had proved
too costly and difficult.
It mattered to Bailey because, unlike a lot of Olympians, he normally travels with
his family, even if that has
meant extra luggage and
changing diapers and occasionally waking to nighttime
cries.
“Every athlete has to find
their balance,” he said.
Erika and little Ophelia
play a very real part in the
career of the first world
champion in U.S. biathlon
history, a man who might
still win the country’s first
Olympic medal in the sport
when he races again in the
20-kilometer individual on
Thursday.
That’s because every
time Bailey clicks into his
skis and slings a rifle across
his back, the 36-year-old is
driven by the memory of a
grueling hill in Austria.
[See Olympics, A8]
A former student who
had been expelled for disciplinary reasons opened fire
at a South Florida high
school Wednesday, killing 17
people and wounding at
least a dozen others, authorities said.
The suspected gunman,
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was quickly
arrested “without incident”
after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland,
Broward County Sheriff
Scott Israel said. Cruz had
made “disturbing” posts on
social media before the attack, Israel said.
Cruz was armed with at
least one AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and “countless
magazines,” said Israel, who
did not suggest a possible
motive. Officials think he
acted alone.
“This has been a day
we’ve seen the worst of humanity,”
said
Broward
County Public Schools Supt.
Robert Runcie.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott
said the investigation would
attempt to determine how a
high school student came to
be armed with such a powerful weapon. “You come to the
conclusion that this is just
absolutely pure evil,” he
said.
Several students reported first hearing gunshots after someone pulled a
fire alarm. Hannah Siren, 14,
was in math class on the
third floor of the freshman
building, where at least part
of the shooting reportedly
happened.
“The people next door to
us must have not locked
their door,” said Hannah,
breaking into tears. “They
all got shot” — seven to 10 victims, she said.
Samuel Dykes, a freshman, added that he heard
gunshots and saw several
bodies in a classroom on the
third floor.
Another student told
WSVN-TV that when she
ran into a classroom on the
third floor to hide, a geography teacher opened the door
to let her in, and when he
started closing it, the
teacher “was shot and killed
right there,” she said. “The
door was open, [the gunman] could have walked in
at any time.” The students
hid in the corner and survived.
“He kind of shielded
them,” one of his students,
Christina Vega, told the television station. “He actually
stepped up.”
Christina added: “I don’t
want to go back to this
[See Shooting, A7]
Judge checks out
homeless camps
U.S. District Judge
David O. Carter, who
is hearing a case that
pits homeless advocates against several
Orange County cities,
visits the Santa Ana
River trail where people are being evicted.
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ON THE GROUND IN PANMUNJOM, KOREA
with Matt Stiles
Photographs by
Gary Ambrose For The Times
SOUTH KOREAN soldiers stand behind a barricade at Tong-Il Bridge, which crosses the Imjin River and
leads to the United Nations Command camp in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.
Signs of Korean unity
belie border tension
Some 40 miles from the Olympic celebrations, the DMZ
separating North and South remains in a state of high anxiety
T
he aging, twostory blue structure stands just
across the eerie
border separating North and South Korea,
inside the broader buffer
area known as the Demilitarized Zone.
The building has a military telephone, set up so
that international troops
under the United States’
command can relay messages to their North Korean
adversaries in the hope of
avoiding any unintended
conflict.
“They haven’t answered
since 2013,” said Cmdr.
Robert Watt, a scruffy Canadian military officer who
helps U.S.-led forces keep
the peace here.
“We’ve resorted to calling
out, essentially, with a bullhorn.”
This Joint Security Area
is part of a 2 1⁄2-mile-wide
demilitarized strip dividing
one of the most heavily
fortified borders in the
world, a place where the
tense international confrontation over North
Korea’s development of
nuclear weapons plays out
in a landscape of lightly
armed soldiers, squat buildings — and the occasional
bullhorn.
As the Winter Olympics
play out 40 miles away in
Pyeongchang, this site,
where negotiators last
month inked a deal securing
North Korea’s participation
in the Games, is a symbolic
reminder that the United
States and its allies remain
in a tense, decades-long
stalemate with the totalitarian state.
The site is a study in
symmetry, only about 2,500
feet in diameter and split by
the technical border known
as the Military Demarcation
Line. Three low-slung, skyblue huts straddle that line,
allowing chaperoned tourists from both nations to
cross into opposition territory.
The huts, designed for
military talks, are shadowed
by two gleaming granite
buildings, local headquarters for the North and
South. Watchtowers at high
points on both sides rise
above it all, their dark or
mirrored windows hiding
the surveillance inside.
It’s an anxiety-inducing
place for some — frigid in
winter and sweltering in
summer — that’s been the
scene of deadly skirmishes
between North Korea and
forces serving the United
Nations Command, which is
controlled by the top American general in Seoul, about
35 miles south.
The most-recent incident involved a gaunt North
Korean soldier shot five
times by his own comrades
during a brazen defection in
November from across the
border. Several bullet holes
are still visible in a tall, silver
utility tower where the
soldier fell before being
rescued by a South Korean
commander.
The site is awash in elite
CMDR. ROBERT WATT is the Canadian chief of
staff of the United Nations Command.
soldiers on both sides, carrying only sidearms, who
are sometimes separated by
mere yards. Those on the
United Nations side,
dressed in army camouflage
or green dress uniforms,
wear dark sunglasses to
avoid eye contact — and
potentially misunderstood
glances — with soldiers
from the North.
The South’s guards often
stand stone-faced, in sturdy
taekwondo stances, their
legs spread wide and their
fist-clenched arms jutting
down, slightly bent and to
the front. Those from the
North, who wear bulbous
helmets, dress slightly
more formally in brown
uniforms with ill-fitting
pants.
They all become oddly
acquainted over time,
though words are rarely, if
ever, exchanged — especially in recent years. Those
on the South’s side refer to
one on the other side as
“Bob,” named for his movements back and forth between pillars during watch.
The whole scene —
heightened when the 100,000
tourists and dignitaries who
visit each year arrive — is
surrounded by cameras,
barbed wire and, if one
ventures too far, land mines.
To enter, vehicles from
the South pass over the the
Tong-il Bridge, which
crosses the Imjin River, a
site of some of the brutal
battles that marked the civil
war that ended in 1953.
There’s an imposing security checkpoint, blocked by
black-and-yellow road barriers, on the way in to Camp
Bonifas — a military base
named for an American
officer who was one of two
U.S. soldiers killed with an
ax by North Korean soldiers
in 1976 as he supervised the
pruning of a poplar tree that
blocked guards’ view.
North Koreans said the
tree had been planted by
their nation’s founder, Kim
Il-Sung.
A focal point is a central
hut known simply as “T-2,” a
place envisioned six decades ago as a temporary
home for high-level military
talks after the Korean War.
When U.S. Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson toured
the compound last year, a
North Korean guard peered
inside the dust-covered
windows on his side of the
building.
In winter, footprints are
sometimes visible in the
snow outside the building’s
perimeter, even if the
North’s guards can’t be
seen.
Inside, there’s a deepbrown rectangular conference table, an equal number
of chairs placed on each side
of the border.
A United Nations command flag stands in the
middle, and a blue door with
three brass locks leads out
one side to the North.
Exiting the wrong door
could be a potentially fatal
mistake.
Those in charge from the
South know the risks,
shouting instructions to
visitors to remain in line,
avoid hand gestures or loud
comments and not to take
photographs in the direction of secret installations,
such as the building that
houses the neglected telephone line.
“The U.N. is not here in a
peacekeeping capacity,”
Watt, a tall man with a thick
red beard who wears a
muskrat-trimmed cap, told
a recent tour group of international journalists. “We are
here to combat the North
Koreans.”
Those North Korean
soldiers have become much
less visible since the November defection. The North
dug a trench afterward, and
added other security features on its side, probably to
prevent similar incidents.
It also appeared that the
North’s previous security
force was replaced after the
incident — “Bob” hasn’t
been seen in months.
The landscape along the
zone is a largely untouched
wooded area that stretches
two miles north and south
of the border. It runs spans
about 150 miles miles long,
from east to west, effectively
splitting the peninsula.
Wild boar — the males
are “the size of tractors,”
Watt claims — and “vampire
deer,” an indigenous variant
of the ubiquitous North
American species that have
fangs extruding from their
mouths, roam the area.
“Most of it has no human
presence. It’s essentially one
giant wildlife preserve,”
Watt said.
The area behind the huts
provides a sweeping, mineriddled view of the Northern
countryside — the area
where cameras in November
captured the defector’s
speeding green militarystyle vehicle, which passed
through an internal checkpoint before winding
through the complex and
getting stuck in a grassy
area near the line to safety.
The North Korean soldier jumped from the vehicle, his comrades racing
behind on foot, firing in vain
to stop him. At least one
pursuer crossed the border,
a violation of the armistice,
which also forbids firing
across the line.
Also part of the stunning
panorama is the infamous
“Bridge of No Return,” a
mine-laden crossing last
used in 1968 to release
American sailors captured
by the North during an
ill-fated mission of a U.S. spy
ship, the Pueblo. The vessel
remains a propaganda piece
for the North, docked in the
Potong River in central
Pyongyang, the capital.
To the northeast of the
lookout post is a North
Korean checkpoint and a
museum at the site where
generals from the United
States, North Korea and
China signed the armistice
in the 1950s.
In the distance is the
North Korean village of
Kijong-dong, which U.S.
officials say is largely vacant; an imposing 560-foot
tower flies the nation’s flag.
The industrial complex
known as Kaesong, once
home to a North-South
economic partnership but
closed amid recent tensions,
is also visible.
In the background are
mountain peaks known as
the Kaesong Heights, where
the North has installed
numerous artillery batteries
in bunkers and caves that
can be used in the event of a
conventional weapons
assault on Seoul.
Those weapons are
important: They give
Pyongyang a strategic
advantage to counter any
potential U.S. military strike
designed to deter North
Korea from its nuclear
weapons and missile ambitions.
These batteries could
launch a massive counterattack on the more than
20 million residents living
in Seoul’s metropolitan
area.
The mountains serve as
a reminder to the soldiers
that, despite the daily routine and ritual inside the
compound, the threat
they’re countering is deadly
serious.
Stiles is a special
correspondent.
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THE WORLD
Zuma succumbs to pressure to resign
South Africa’s
president leaves office
amid scandal and
fiscal mismanagement.
By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG,
South Africa — South African President Jacob Zuma
bowed to intense pressure
from his party and resigned
Wednesday, ending nearly
nine years of rule marred by
corruption scandals and fiscal mismanagement that
shamed the party of Nelson
Mandela and inflicted serious damage on one of Africa’s biggest economies.
The 75-year-old leader’s
approval ratings had been
sinking along with those of
his ruling party, the African
National Congress. In the
end, the party turned
against him and sided with
his
deputy,
Cyril
Ramaphosa, who unseated
Zuma as party president in
December and now becomes
acting president of the country.
The ANC National Executive Committee issued
Zuma an ultimatum Monday: Resign or be recalled
from office.
Zuma, who had already
been resisting pressure from
party leaders to quit, remained defiant at first. On
Wednesday, he went on television and, in a lengthy
statement, insisted that he
had done nothing wrong.
He said he had asked
ANC leaders what he had
done wrong, but none could
answer him.
“What is the rush? I have
been asking this question all
the time,” he told South African Broadcasting Corp. television. “You can’t force a decision as is being done now.
“It’s the first time that I
feel the leadership is unfair,”
Zuma said. “It’s, ‘No, you
must just go.’ The ANC does
not run things that way. It’s a
kind of ANC that I begin to
feel that there’s something
wrong here.”
But late Wednesday,
Zuma backed down and in a
television
address
announced his decision to resign.
“I do not fear exiting political office,” he said. “However, I have only asked my
party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for
its immediate decision that I
vacate office.”
He insisted the decision
to dismiss him was unjustified, but said he decided to
resign to avoid violence between members of the ANC.
“I am forever indebted to
the ANC, the liberation
movement I have served almost all my life,” he said. “I
respect each member and
leader of this glorious move-
Themba Hadebe Associated Press
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said of his resignation: “I do not fear exiting political office. However, I have only
asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its immediate decision that I vacate office.”
ment. I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever
grateful that they trusted
me with the highest office in
the land.”
Ramaphosa, now the acting president, is expected to
be elected president at a
meeting of the ANC parliamentary caucus in coming
days.
Zuma had been due to
leave office when his term
ended
in
2019.
But
Ramaphosa and his supporters wanted Zuma out
well in advance of next year’s
presidential election in
hopes that the ANC would
have time to rebuild its support.
The opposition Democratic Alliance had said any
departure deal should be
made public and threatened
to go to court if Zuma was
given immunity from prosecution
on
corruption
charges he is trying to fend
off.
Zuma rose to power on
the important role he played
in the struggle against
apartheid and on his charisma, often rousing party
supporters, dancing and
singing
his
trademark
apartheid-era struggle song,
“Bring Me My Machine Gun
.” He ended a depleted figure, booed at party gatherings.
His method of governing
— using the law to go after
enemies and state contracts
and government jobs to enrich allies — is common in
many African countries. But
many South Africans, including sections of the ANC,
were horrified at the scope of
the scandals that followed
him.
Soon after taking office in
2009, Zuma upgraded his
mansion in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal,
charging the state for “security upgrades,” including a
swimming pool, a visitor’s
center and an amphitheater.
He was eventually forced to
pay back $600,000 to the government.
Less than a year into his
presidency, family members
and friends had accumulated scores of companies, getting rich on the patronage
that his political machine
lavished.
Lawmakers and government officials have alleged
that a powerful business
family used its friendship
with the president to manipulate Cabinet appointments. Critics say the Gupta
family — which has joint ventures with one of Zuma’s
sons, Duduzane Zuma, and
has employed two other
Zuma family members —
“captured” the state in an effort to advance its commercial interests, which include
mining, media and aviation.
The family and Zuma
have denied the allegations.
In a sign that the political
winds have shifted, a police
anti-corruption unit known
as the Hawks raided the
Guptas’ home Wednesday.
The Hawks confirmed three
arrests had been made and
said two other people had
agreed to hand themselves
over to police.
The arrests related to a
dairy farm project in Free
State province that was supposed to direct money to
poor black South Africans.
Instead, almost all the mon-
ey is alleged to have been
used to pay for a Gupta family wedding.
Under Zuma, many of the
people shuffled into government jobs were unqualified,
ill-equipped or corrupt. He
drew widespread criticism
in 2016 when he dismissed a
reputable finance minister,
Nhlanhla Nene, and tried to
install a former mayor of a
small municipality with little
experience in finance.
That same year, a Chinese rhino horn trafficker
said in a television documentary that he “did business” with the wife of David
Mahlobo, a former state security minister and close
Zuma ally. He said Mahlobo
was his friend and displayed
cellphone photos of them together.
Mahlobo denied either he
or his wife had any connection with the trafficker and
was never investigated. He
remains in the Cabinet as
minister for energy. Zuma
had been promoting a controversial $83-billion nuclear
power plan that Ramaphosa
says the country cannot afford.
The proposed nuclear
deal with Russia was pushed
hard by Zuma and Mahlobo,
with critics accusing the government of undue haste in
pursuing the agreement.
Zuma was tainted by
scandal even before voters
elected him. He had been accused of rape, then acquitted, and charged with making more than 783 corrupt
payments as deputy president before prosecutors
dropped the charges weeks
before the 2009 election,
clearing his way to become
president after the vote.
But, popular in the party,
Zuma overcame the political
damage from those episodes
with a personal story that
made him a hero in the fight
against apartheid.
He grew up illiterate,
forced to herd cattle as a
child instead of going to
school after the death of his
father, a policeman. His
mother left him in the care of
relatives and went to the city
of Durban to earn money as
a maid, and he began to
teach himself to read, using
other children’s schoolbooks.
He joined the ANC in 1959
and was jailed for 10 years on
Robben Island with Mandela, who went on to become
the nation’s first black president. Zuma never received a
visitor; his mother was too
poor to travel to see him.
Upon release, he rose
through the ranks of the
ANC to head the intelligence
arm of its military wing.
His history and his outsize personality propelled
him to the leadership of the
party. He was a populist who
exuded charm and warmth,
unlike former President
Thabo Mbeki, the cool and
remote successor to Mandela.
The pressure for Zuma to
quit began to mount last fall
after a court ordered the reinstatement of corruption
charges that were dropped
in 2009 — a decision he now
is fighting — and the deepening scandals over the influence of the Gupta family.
Increasing that pressure
were the effects of fiscal mismanagement.
Last year, global credit
rating agencies downgraded
South Africa’s debt rating to
junk. State-owned enterprises piled up debt, requiring repeated bailouts. Recently the finance minister
warned that electricity provider Eskom was in such bad
shape that it could topple
the entire South African
economy.
Zuma lost control of the
party at a national conference in December, failing in
a bid to ensure his ex-wife,
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
succeeded him, an effort
many viewed as designed to
shield him from prosecution.
Instead Ramaphosa narrowly won the presidency of
the party and the right to
succeed Zuma as the nation’s president if the ANC
wins parliamentary elections next year. In South Africa, the majority party in
Parliament elects the president.
Zuma also lost control of
the ANC’s National Executive Committee, the only
party body with the power to
fire him — or in the parlance
of the party, “recall” him.
Ramaphosa had started
turning against his boss last
year, telling a radio interviewer that he believed the
president was guilty of rape
despite his 2006 acquittal.
At the World Economic
Forum last month in Davos,
Switzerland, Ramaphosa
said that South Africa had
been captured by corrupt elements close to Zuma.
As the sense of crisis
deepened, the national currency surged at every suggestion Zuma would go.
His decision to resign
saved the ANC the embarrassing spectacle of voting
with opposition parties in
Parliament to oust him. The
party had supported him in
past no-confidence votes.
After days of negotiations between Ramaphosa
and Zuma, the party’s executive committee met in a 13hour session Monday to decide the issue. A letter of recall was delivered to Zuma
by the party Tuesday.
Zuma is not the first
South African president to
be forced out of office. In a
power play orchestrated by
Zuma supporters, Mbeki resigned in 2008 after he was
recalled by the executive
committee, nine months before his term was due to end.
Many
hope
that
Ramaphosa will clear out
corruption in the ANC by appointing a strong chief of the
National Prosecution Authority and empowering
that person to go after powerful figures in the party —
even at the risk of losing
some key political allies.
robyn.dixon@latimes.com
Twitter:
@RobynDixon_LAT
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An extreme forecast despite pledges
Even with Paris pact
in place, researchers
say, record-breaking
weather events will
be more common.
By Karen Kaplan
Scientists have some sobering news about the future
of our planet: Even if humans manage to meet the
temperature target set forth
in the Paris climate change
agreement, record-breaking
weather events will become
increasingly
common
around the world.
And that’s the good part.
The Paris plan seeks to
keep Earth’s global average
temperature within 2 degrees Celsius of preindustrial levels by getting people to
reduce their carbon emissions. According to the
United
Nations,
174
countries have signed on to
the agreement.
However, the actual commitments made by these
countries would probably allow the global average temperature to rise by as much
as 3 degrees Celsius. In that
case,
extreme
weather
events would become much
more commonplace almost
everywhere on the planet.
With the pledges currently in place, we’re likely to
see “substantial and widespread increases in the
probability of historically
unprecedented
extreme
events,” researchers wrote
Wednesday in the journal
Science Advances. The effects of this extreme weather
will be seen “across human
and natural systems, including both wealthy and poor
communities,” they added.
The research team, led by
Stanford University climate
scientist Noah Diffenbaugh,
considered eight types of extreme
weather
events.
These included the hottest
maximum daily temperature of the year, the warmest
minimum daily temperature
of the year, the number of
days in a year when the temperature remained below
freezing, the wettest day of
the year and the longest consecutive dry spell.
Historical data for these
events and more were available from the Climdex
project. Diffenbaugh and his
co-authors — Deepti Singh
of Columbia University’s Lamong-Doherty Earth Observatory
and
Justin
Mankin of Dartmouth College — combined that data
with various climate models
to make predictions about
frequency
of
extreme
weather events under different global warming scenarios.
Here’s a sampling of what
they found:
The more the global temperature rises, the greater
the odds of extremely wet
weather. That means more
days with record-setting
amounts of precipitation. It
also means greater amounts
of precipitation on the
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A MAN rides a foam block along a typhoon-flooded road in Mandaluyong, Philippines, in 2016. The effects of extreme weather will be seen
“across human and natural systems, including both wealthy and poor communities,” researchers wrote in the journal Science Advances.
wettest days of the year.
In some parts of the
world, rising temperatures
will fuel an increase in extremely dry weather events,
but in areas that are more
geographically
concentrated.
The carbon emissions
produced by humans have
already made days with
record-setting high temperatures
more
common
throughout the globe. The
researchers
documented
this trend in 71% of places in
North America where records have been kept. They
also saw it in 56% of places in
East Asia, 77% of places in
Europe, 82% of places in
Australia and 85% of places
in South America.
Even more common were
new records for high temperatures at night. Throughout
North America, Europe,
Australia and southern
South America, at least 90%
of locations for which data
were available have been setting nighttime heat records
with increasing frequency.
The higher the average
temperature goes, the more
often heat records will be
broken.
Consider Europe. If the
world succeeds in keeping
global warming to within 1 to
2 degrees Celsius, about 8%
of the European locations
studied would at least triple
their likelihood of setting
new records for daily high
temperature. If the planet
heats by 2 to 3 degrees C,
about 52% of Europe could
expect the same increase.
At least 70% (and up to
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HOMES in Houston after Hurricane Harvey in August. North America is already
experiencing more extremely wet weather events because of global warming.
91%) of locations in North
America, Europe, East Asia,
southern South America
and Australia are already experiencing more extremely
wet weather events because
of human-caused global
warming.
If temperatures stay
within the hoped-for limits
of the Paris accord, 96% of locations in Europe, 97% of
those in North America and
100% of those in East Asia
would break records for the
amount of precipitation in
the year’s wettest days more
often. In addition, between
93% and 95% of locations in
North America, Europe,
East Asia and Australia
would set more records for
the wettest day of the year.
If temperatures exceed
the Paris goals, things would
get slightly worse. Notably,
all locations in Europe, East
Asia and Australia would see
more days that break records for total precipitation,
as would 98% of locations in
North America.
In Australia and southern South America, higher
temperatures would lead to
more records for the longest
dry spell and the driest year
overall. However, in North
America, Europe and East
Asia, the wetter weather
that comes with higher temperatures would make extremely dry events less
likely.
Still, the researchers
warned that historically dry
conditions would become
more common in “heavily
populated and highly vulnerable” regions, including
the Mediterranean, southern Africa and Southeast
Asia.
The researchers did not
have the data they needed to
make forecast for areas in
the tropics. However, they
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which is both heavily populated and lacking in resources needed to adapt to
climate change — has already seen a big jump in temperatures over the historical
variations.
Using alternative methods to estimate the effects in
tropical South America and
tropical Africa, the study authors predicted that if average global temperatures
were to rise by 2 to 3 degrees
Celsius, the incidence of
days with record heat or
record precipitation would
be more than five times
greater than the historical
average while the incidence
of driest years and longest
dry spells will triple.
Before the Paris accord
was reached, the planet was
on track to see its global average temperature rise by 4
degrees Celsius, Diffenbaugh said. That means the
current commitments to reduce emissions are helping,
even if they aren’t yet
enough to cap the increase
at 2 degrees C.
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degree C of warming has
happened already, and that
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SECRETARY OF STATE Rex Tillerson said in Amman that the U.S.-Jordanian
partnership has been “critical to the security of both of our nations.”
U.S. vows to boost aid
to Jordan amid tension
On fence-mending
tour, Tillerson also
hints at progress in
Mideast peace plan.
By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
came to Jordan on Wednesday with the promise of a fattened aid package, engaging
in a gilt-edged charm offensive designed to assuage
tension with Amman over
moving the U.S. Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem as well
cuts in aid to the Palestinians.
It was Tillerson’s third
stop in a fence-mending
Middle East tour after a year
of disruptive moves by the
Trump administration that
have left traditional U.S. allies in the region, including
Jordan and Turkey, fuming.
Tillerson gave few hints of
that tension in his opening
remarks.
“For decades the U.S. and
Jordan have sustained a
truly indispensable strategic partnership that has
been critical to the security
of both of our nations. Today
we recognize the importance of that partnership by
signing this new five-year
memorandum of understanding,” Tillerson said in a
news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
“Under this agreement,
the U.S. commits to providing Jordan no less than
$1.275 billion per year,” Tillerson said,
The new agreement represents a 27% increase in the
U.S.’ previous $1-billion annual commitment to Jordan,
while bolstering its length
from three to five years to
give Jordan “greater certainty in planning for the future,” Tillerson said.
Safadi called the memorandum “a testimony to the
enduring nature” of relations with the U.S., adding
that it would help Amman
carry out economic reforms
and “meet our developmental and defense needs.”
Jordan is one of the top
recipients of U.S. largesse,
including millions of dollars
in military aid from the Pentagon as well as humanitarian assistance for hosting
hundreds of thousands of
refugees from war-ravaged
Syria.
The country is also home
to a number of U.S. bases
crucial for anti-Islamic State
operations in Iraq and Syria.
(The Pentagon announced
last year it would pump
$143 million into Muwaffaq
Salti Air Base, about 50
miles east of the Jordanian
capital, more than that of
any other overseas Air Force
site.)
Both diplomats took
pains to emphasize the good
relations between the two
countries, with Safadi telling
Tillerson he was “among
friends.” Tillerson responded that the Trump administration and Jordan had
forged “quite a friendship”
by working on “so many serious issues.” Later, in a meeting with King Abdullah II at
the monarch’s residence, the
king called Tillerson a friend
too.
But the kind words,
smiles and handshakes belied Jordan’s anger over
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital and its scaling back
of aid to the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency for
Palestinian refugees.
It’s an existential issue
for Jordan, which hosts
more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, according
to a 2016 report by UNRWA,
with nearly 370,000 in 10 refugee camps across the country. Abdullah is also custodian of Muslim holy sites in
Jerusalem.
Safadi reiterated Amman’s position that the twostate solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was
the “only viable option,”
though it was “under threat
by unilateral Israeli actions.”
The status of Jerusalem,
he said, needs to be negotiated among the interested
parties, based on U.N. Security Council resolutions
about its future.
“It’s true that there are
some differences in our position when it comes to
Jerusalem,” said Safadi,
“but we are trying to preclude making the situation
exacerbate, and we are trying to reach a solution because an absence of political
horizon and a solution will
serve only those who want
to immerse this region in
further tension and conflict.”
Tillerson downplayed the
significance of the embassy
move, saying the decision
”was about the United
States … and where we
choose to place our embassy.”
“But the president was
clear also on his statement
and as I just indicated in my
statement, that the final
status, the final borders in
Jerusalem are up to the
parties to decide.”
He provided scant details
on the so-called deal of the
century, a White House-led
agreement to end one of the
world’s most intractable
conflicts. Tillerson said he
had seen the plan, which had
been under development for
months, and had identified
areas that “we feel need further work.”
“It’ll be up to the president to decide when he feels
it’s time and he’s ready to
put that plan forward. I will
say it’s fairly well advanced,
is what I would say,” Tillerson said. “I don’t want to
get in front of the president
or his team that’s been working on that.”
He also pushed back on
the issue of UNRWA funding, saying it was dependent
upon how much other countries are willing to pitch in.
The Trump administration
has made burden sharing in
aid a central part of its
“America first” strategy.
“I think it’s interesting
that the U.S. provides about
30%, perhaps a little more, of
the total UNRWA funding
from year to year,” he said.
“That means there’s 70%
that comes from a lot of
other countries.” But when
there’s a crisis, “only the
United States gets called,”
he said.
Earlier in the day, the secretary met with Syrian opposition members in a
closed-door meeting to discuss developments in Syria
after a conference last
month in Sochi, Russia, organized by Moscow to seek a
resolution for the crisis ravaging the country, now on
the eve of its eighth year. The
main opposition body, including the members Tillerson met on Wednesday,
boycotted the conference.
Bulos is a special
correspondent.
Election security or spying?
Mexican government
admits agent tailed an
opposition candidate.
associated press
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Interior Department acknowledged
Wednesday
that a federal intelligence
agency sent a plainclothes
agent to tail an opposition
presidential candidate, even
though the candidate never
asked for and apparently did
not want a tail.
There have long been
fears the ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party, or PRI,
was using the National Center for Security and Investigation for political spying.
But few suspected the monitoring would be so clumsy.
Interior Secretary Alfonso
Navarrete said that the
agency, known as CISEN,
had put a tail on candidate
Ricardo Anaya solely for security reasons, and he said
authorities had thought
Anaya had been informed.
“It was apparently an irregularity,
because
he
should have been informed,”
Navarrete said, adding that
“the only purpose was to report any mishap” that might
occur when the candidate
was on the highway to a campaign event over the weekend in the Gulf Coast state of
Veracruz, where drug cartel
violence is common.
On
Tuesday,
Anaya
posted a video of himself
confronting the agent, who
identified himself as a
CISEN employee when
asked why he had been following the candidate in an
SUV. Navarrete acknowledged that the man was an
agent with 26 years’ experience at the agency.
“Instead of pursuing
criminals, they spy on opponents,” Anaya wrote. He said
other agents in other cars
had also been following him.
Navarrete, who oversees
the agency, denied that the
tails constituted spying. He
said he thought Anaya knew
about the arrangement because federal authorities
had informed the Veracruz
state government, whose
governor belongs to Anaya’s
conservative National Action Party, known as PAN.
Critics questioned the
justification for monitoring
political opponents in a
country that has struggled
to carry out successful intelligence operations against
its main security threat, the
drug cartels. In that context,
security analyst and former
CISEN employee Alejandro
Hope wrote in a column in
the newspaper El Universal
that tailing candidates was
“stupid” and “wasteful.”
Hope said the National
Security Law gives the
agency overly broad and
vague discretion. The law
says CISEN can “carry out
intelligence as part of the national security system to aid
in preserving the integrity,
stability and continuance of
the Mexican government, to
sustain governability.”
“That says nothing and
can allow anything,” Hope
wrote. “It should be reviewed as quickly as possible.”
Political analyst Ruben
Aguilar called it “an enormous error” and said “it
looks like something done by
amateurs. It can’t be seen as
anything other than espionage.”
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THE NATION
Bipartisan immigration deal possible
But the president all
but threatens a veto,
saying senators should
back the plan he likes.
By Lisa Mascaro
and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON — President Trump pushed a 500page immigration bill as the
only option in Congress to
help “Dreamers,” all but issuing a veto threat on alternatives just as a bipartisan
coalition of senators appeared close Wednesday to
agreeing on a proposal that
may draw broader support.
Top Republicans back
the administration approach from Sen. Charles E.
Grassley (R-Iowa). That
measure protects 1.8 million
Dreamers from deportation
in exchange for massive
long-term cuts in legal immigration of family members of
immigrants. It includes $25
billion for Trump’s border
wall and a buildup of enforcement that would increase the pace of deportations.
But even as White House
aides framed any alternatives as unworkable bills
that Trump would not sign
into law, a group of senators,
the Common Sense Coalition, led by Sen. Susan
Collins
(R-Maine),
appeared on the verge of a
breakthrough on a rival
strategy.
Their proposal would
take a more narrow approach favored by Democrats, linking Dreamer protections and the $25 billion
in border security. It would
steer clear of the more complicated issues of family
visas or legal migration limits that have drawn sharp
opposition to the White
House approach. But the bipartisan plan would prevent
the parents of Dreamers
from earning legal status — a
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
REX WANG AND SUSAN CHENG , members of the Korean Resource Center, join a rally Wednesday in
front of the West Los Angeles office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, calling on the senator to support “Dreamers.”
Republican priority.
However, the swift rejection by Trump — who once
assured senators he would
sign whatever immigration
measure they sent him —
threatened to doom the bipartisan effort.
“I am asking all senators,
in both parties, to support
the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that
fails to fulfill these four pillars,” Trump, referring to his
multipronged
approach,
said in a statement. “That
includes
opposing
any
short-term ‘Band-Aid’ approach.” The pillars include
Dreamers, border security,
family visas and the diversity lottery.
Senators resisted the
president’s move to scare
them off a bipartisan plan as
they tried to amass the 60
votes needed.
“Our group from the very
beginning has been committed to coming up with a bipartisan plan on immigration, and that is what it appears we’ve been able to do,”
Collins told reporters.
The group of about 25
senators has been meeting
privately.
“I know that the president wants a result, and my
experience in the Senate is
that you’re more likely to be
able to get a result when you
have a bipartisan plan,”
Collins said, “and that’s
what we’re seeking.”
Most proposals emerging
in Congress, including the
one from the White House,
offer Dreamers a 10-year
path to citizenship — far beyond the protections under
the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program that provide only
temporary permission to
live and work in the United
States.
While many senators
from both parties have come
to agree that Congress
should protect the Dreamers, there is no such consensus around what to do about
their parents, who brought
the Dreamers to the U.S. illegally as children.
White House officials
consider the pathway to citizenship to be a “dramatic
concession” that is “very
large and generous.” Their
proposal, under Grassley’s
bill, goes beyond the nearly
700,000 immigrants currently protected under
DACA and extends to other
young immigrants who either did not initially qualify
or sign up for the Obama
program.
“We went as far as we
could in that direction, but
any further and the House
would never take up the bill
and the president wouldn’t
be able to sign it,” a White
House official said.
The White House said it
dropped earlier demands
such as requiring businesses
to use E-Verify, a federal
database that allows employers to check the immigration status of new hires.
The bill is backed by top
Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.).
Congress is trying to develop a solution before
Trump ends the DACA program on March 5. That could
leave Dreamers exposed to
deportation, but court actions have temporarily kept
the program in place.
Senators and many lawmakers in the House reject
the White House proposal as
too far-reaching. It had no
Democratic support as debate in the Senate on immigration entered its third day
and senators scrambled to
find consensus.
Instead, the bipartisan
effort from Collins and the
other senators would provide the border funds and
Dreamer protections, but
prevent Dreamers from
sponsoring their parents for
temporary or permanent legal status.
Under current law, those
who gain citizenship may
help their parents also obtain visas. Dreamers have
pushed hard to include protections for their parents.
But some lawmakers oppose anything that might be
seen as rewarding the parents for entering the country
illegally.
“It’s a bitter pill — to deal
with $25 billion for the wall
and not be able to have
Dreamers claim their parents — but the choice is that
or nothing,” said Sen.
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
“We’re conceding that
the kids are without blame,”
said Sen. Jeff Flake (RAriz.), who worked with the
bipartisan group. “You can’t
reward parents who brought
them across.”
Trump’s opposition to
the bipartisan effort in the
Senate gave fresh momentum to the House, where
GOP leaders were assessing
support for another administration-backed bill that
also resembles Trump’s
four-pronged outline with
future immigration limits.
“He’s not helpful at all,”
said Sen. Richard J. Durbin
(D-Ill.), who has long
worked on bipartisan bills.
“All he does is create a crisis
and can’t help us solve it and
fix it.”
Republican Sen. John
Cornyn of Texas defended
Trump’s input, saying the
president’s
endorsement
would be crucial to winning
over Republican votes from
the GOP majority in the
House.
“That’s not to say he dictates what the Senate does
— not at all — but if we actually want to get this signed
into law … we need to take
the president seriously and
address all four pillars of his
proposal.”
Other bills have been offered, most offering Dreamers a decade-long path to
citizenship along with border funds, with more narrow
or expansive reforms to
other immigration laws.
On Thursday, the Senate
is expected to take procedural votes on both the
Grassley bill and the bipartisan alternative from the
Collins group, as well as two
other measures. One is a bipartisan effort from Sens.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) and
Chris Coons (D-Del.) that
reflects a House bill that
sticks with Dreamer protections and border security.
Another is a Republican-led
bill from Sen. Patrick J.
Toomey that would ban federal funding for “sanctuary
cities.”
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Email doctored to explain
VA chief’s extra travel costs
Report says he and his
staff weren’t honest in
justifying $122,334 trip.
By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David
Shulkin, traveling on what
he said was an “essential”
trip to London and Copenhagen, improperly accepted
tickets to the Wimbledon
tennis tournament and
brought his wife at taxpayer
expense, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday.
The report says Shulkin
and several staff members
made false and misleading
statements to justify the
$122,334 trip. His chief of
staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, doctored an email to
convince an agency ethics
lawyer to approve a $4,300
flight for Shulkin’s wife, the
report found.
Another aide devoted
“many hours” to arrange
tourist activities for Shulkin
and his wife, “time that
should have been spent conducting official VA business
and not for providing personal travel concierge service,” the report said.
Shulkin and his lawyers
denounced the report as
“one-sided,” saying investigators bent the evidence “in
an effort to manufacture violations where none exist.”
They said Shulkin spent the
“vast majority” of his time in
Europe on official business.
“Any sightseeing by the
secretary was incidental to
the substance of the trip,”
they wrote in a response that
was included in the report.
Republican and Democratic leaders of the House
Jacquelyn Martin AP
VA SECRETARY David
Shulkin is just the latest
Trump Cabinet member
under fire over his travel.
and Senate Veterans Affairs
committees said in a statement they were “disappointed” by the report’s details.
“Whether intentional or not,
misusing taxpayer dollars is
unacceptable,” they said.
Shulkin becomes the latest member of President
Trump’s Cabinet to run into
trouble for travel expenses.
Health and Human Services
Secretary Tom Price resigned in September after it
was revealed he had spent at
least $400,000 on private
charter flights.
Three other Cabinet officers have drawn criticism for
taking expensive flights on
private or military planes.
Interior Secretary Ryan
Zinke came under fire in the
summer when he chartered
a private jet from Las Vegas
to his Montana home for
more than $12,000.
Secretary of the Treasury
Steven T. Mnuchin took flak
in August after taking his
wife to Fort Knox, Ky., where
some U.S. gold reserves are
stored, and where they
watched the total solar
eclipse.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Scott Pruitt has flown first-
class and billed the government $58,000 for his flights.
On Wednesday, he said he
needs to fly first-class for security.
The report on Shulkin’s
trip by VA Inspector General
Michael J. Missal says
Shulkin and his wife, Merle
Bari, spent nine days in Europe, but business meetings
only took 3 ½ days. Shulkin
traveled with a six-person
security detail plus staff.
The allegation of the falsified email is the most serious in the report. A VA ethics
lawyer first denied a request
to have the agency pay for
Shulkin’s wife, but told
Simpson that the expense
could be justified under certain conditions — such as if
Shulkin were receiving an
award.
Simpson then doctored
an email from a staff member to make it read “we’re
having a special recognition
dinner at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence,” and forwarded it to the ethics lawyer, the report said. “Exactly
what I needed,” the lawyer
wrote, and signed off on the
ticket.
Shulkin never received
an award on the trip, the report says. Missal referred
the doctored email to the
Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution,
but officials there declined.
The report says the Wimbledon tickets were an improper gift from a British
businesswoman involved in
a charity event supported by
the VA.
Shulkin says the gift was
appropriate because they
were personal friends and
that she had no business
with the VA.
joseph.tanfani
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STUDENTS EMBRACE after the shooting. “I don’t want to go back to this
A SHOOTING VICTIM is treated by paramedics. The suspected gunman made
school,” one student said. “I can’t go up the stairs. There’s blood on the stairs.”
“disturbing” posts on social media before the attack, authorities said.
‘Everyone started freaking out’
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school. I can’t go up the
stairs. There’s blood on the
stairs.”
Throughout the school,
students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and
closets. In one classroom video that went viral on social
media, students cowered beneath desks, sobbing and
screaming as repeated gunshots can be heard nearby.
“Oh, my God! Oh, my
God!” a student cried out.
Law enforcement personnel and ambulances
swarmed to the school.
Some students evacuated
by walking in a chain with
their hands on the shoulders
of the students in front of
them.
Emergency workers appeared to be treating victims
for injuries on sidewalks outside the school. Parents
gathered at the perimeter,
some of them Christians
with ash on their foreheads
for Ash Wednesday, some
wearing hearts to mark Valentine’s Day.
Victims were taken to
Broward Health Medical
Center and Broward Health
North hospital. By nightfall,
officials had identified 12 of
the 17 victims, and Florida
Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi promised the state would pay for
each of the victims’ funerals.
The task of identification
was made difficult by students who were killed without their backpacks or cellphones, officials said.
Helicopter footage from
WSVN-TV showed police
searching a person with
short hair, wearing a dark
red shirt and dark pants.
The person was handcuffed
and put in the back of a police car without apparent
struggle.
Other students spoke to
WSVN-TV after fleeing the
campus.
“Three shots happened,
and then everyone started
freaking out,” said one student, who identified himself
as Sebastian. “We all
thought it was a fire drill....
No one was that nervous,
but when word started going
around that it was shots …
everybody started running.”
Another student who de-
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STUDENTS EVACUATE Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the shooting. Authorities think the gunman acted alone.
clined to give her name reported hearing “five pops”
after someone pulled a fire
alarm.
“Kids were freaking out.
Some kids froze; some were
on their phones. Some were
trying to Snapchat because
they thought it was a joke,
and it wasn’t,” she said.
One student claimed to
have met the gunman at an
off-campus learning center
after getting kicked out of
school.
“He’s been a troubled kid,
and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going
on,” the student told WSVN-
TV, saying the suspect previously had shown him pictures of guns on his cellphone. “I stayed clear of
him” in the alternative
school because “I didn’t
want to be with him at all …
because of the impression he
gave off.”
The student added another concern: The suspected gunman himself had
probably participated in
the school’s active-shooter
drills. “He’s been in the drills
multiple times, so he knows
where to go.”
An Instagram account
belonging to “cruz_nikolas”
was taken down shortly after the shooting. The account included photos of a
young man wearing U.S.
Army hats posing with guns
and knives, his face mostly
concealed.
In posts, he appeared to
be feuding with others,
talked about background
checks and plans to purchase a rifle he would outfit
with a scope “for hunting.”
Posts included a photo of
the definition of the Arabic
phrase Allahu Akbar, “God
is Great” — with the poster’s
own mocking caption, including an anti-Muslim slur.
Another post included a target riddled with bullet holes
labeled “Group Therapy.”
The attack was the
eighth-deadliest shooting in
modern U.S. history, with
seven of the 10 deadliest happening since 2007.
President Trump tweeted about the shooting and
said he had spoken to Gov.
Scott.
“My prayers and condolences to the families of the
victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child,
teacher or anyone else
should ever feel unsafe in an
American school,” Trump
tweeted. “We are working
closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida
school shooting.”
matt.pearce@latimes.com
molly.hennessy-fiske
@latimes.com
jaclyn.cosgrove
@latimes.com
Times staff writers Pearce
and Cosgrove reported from
Los Angeles and HennessyFiske from Houston. David
Fleshler, Aric Chokey, Lisa
J. Huriash and Linda
Trischitta of the South
Florida Sun-Sentinel
contributed to this report.
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plural, can be hired,” Gowdy
said.
He added that he had
questions about the interim
security clearance Porter
had received, which allowed
him to continue to work in
the White House and handle
highly classified material
even after the FBI had indicated that he would be unlikely to receive a permanent
clearance.
A congressional investigation could keep the controversy in public view for
weeks or months, an
unattractive prospect for
the White House.
Within hours, the president, who had shunned reporters’ questions all week,
was talking, condemning all
forms of violence within families.
“I am totally opposed to
domestic violence of any
kind,” Trump said. “Everyone knows that, and it almost wouldn’t even have to
be said.”
His choice to say it anyway indicated that Trump
recognizes the harm the
Porter case has done to his
administration.
Officials
had wanted to spend this
month claiming credit for
the booming economy and
pushing Trump’s infrastructure plans.
Instead, the news has focused on whether his chief of
staff, John F. Kelly, had
known of the accusations
against Porter and ignored
them or had been negligent
in not asking why Porter
hadn’t received a full security clearance.
Until
Wednesday,
Trump’s only comments
had been to lavish praise on
Porter
and
question
whether men accused of
misconduct were being denied due process. Those remarks and tweets heightened outrage among women
and many men across the
country.
As day after day passed
without the president expressing sympathy for victims of domestic violence,
GOP strategists began to
voice concern about the potential impact on this year’s
midterm election.
The handling of the
Porter case raises particular
problems for Trump because of his own history of
having been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
On Wednesday, a porn
actress known as Stormy
Daniels, who received a
$130,000 payment from
Trump’s personal lawyer,
said she now felt free to talk
about her history with
Trump because the lawyer
had publicly confirmed making the payment. The lawyer,
Michael D. Cohen, said
Tuesday he had made the
payment shortly before last
year’s election, but said the
money did not come from
the Trump Organization.
Daniels, whose real name
is Stephanie Clifford, has
previously said she had an
affair with Trump that began when his wife, Melania,
was pregnant.
If Trump didn’t see trouble coming, his fellow Republicans seemed to have
sensed it. House Speaker
Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said
he considers it Gowdy’s
“proper job” to look into the
Porter case.
And Vice President Mike
Pence told a reporter that
the administration has “no
tolerance for domestic vi-
olence, nor should any
American.”
In a rare break with administration practice, he expressed regret and suggested that feeling hadn’t
come upon him suddenly.
“I think the White House
could have handled this better,” Pence said. “I still feel
that way.”
Others in the White
House admitted the same
thing, though no officials
have offered to spell out exactly what they think a better course of action might
look like.
There were signs that the
White House vetting process
was suddenly tougher, but in
an unexpected manner.
George David Banks, an official at the White House’s National Economic Council,
announced he was stepping
down. He said he was doing
so after disclosing that he
had used marijuana several
years ago. Like many other
employees in the White
House, Banks was working
on an interim security clearance while investigators examined his background.
Also on Wednesday, an
inspector general’s report
said that Veterans Affairs
Secretary David Shulkin
had improperly accepted
tickets to the Wimbledon
tennis tournament and
brought his wife on a European trip at taxpayer expense. Shulkin was an undersecretary in the Obama
administration — which was
proud of its vigorous vetting
— for eighteen months before Trump took office.
One point of bewilderment for many in the political world has been how the
White House let the Porter
case spin out so wildly and
for so long.
The controversy began
more than a week ago with
the first revelations that
Porter’s security clearance
had been held up for months
because of credible allegations of abuse by his two exwives. He resigned the day
after the story became public, but Porter was barely out
the door when news came
that a second Trump aide,
speechwriter David Sorenson, was also working without security clearance while
the FBI looked into charges
of domestic abuse.
In both cases, the women
told their stories to investigators months ago. And in
both cases, the men worked
in the White House until the
accusations were made public.
As those details came
out, Trump did not express
sympathy or sadness for the
accusers, either in these
cases or in general. Each day
in the news briefing, reporters asked Press Secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
why he wouldn’t do so, and
she answered that he had instructed her to convey his
feelings.
The news cycle might
have moved on by now if the
White House had taken simple steps to deal with it, said
Josh Earnest, the long-serving press secretary to President Obama.
“There could have been
some expression of, ‘Here’s
what we’re going to do to
make sure this doesn’t happen again,’” Earnest said.
“There would have to be a little bit more, but not a whole
lot more, to contain the fallout.”
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producer deal
seen as a coup
Athlete
takes
aim at
making
history
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Exhaustion had all but
consumed him on that climb
in February 2017, the biggest
day of his life slipping away.
Then Erika appeared beside
the course, slogging up the
hill, carrying Ophelia in a
sling across her chest. He remembers her voice rising
above the rumble of the
crowd.
“You’re winning,” she had
called out. “You’re winning.”
A sport without
U.S. tradition
Something about biathlon has always felt distinctly foreign to Americans.
The
sport
requires
adrenaline to charge around
a long, hilly cross-country
track.
After each lap, racers
must stop and immediately
calm themselves to shoot at
a distant target. Every miss
amounts to added time.
As a young man, Bailey
steadily climbed the ranks of
a national program that
could never quite keep pace
with Germany or France or
the Scandinavian countries.
After
Bailey’s
first
Olympics, the 2006 Winter
Games in Turin, Italy, U.S.
Biathlon officials hired Per
Nilsson to overhaul the
team. The Swede challenged
his new charges to increase
their practice load by hundreds of hours a year.
“We knew our guys had
the capacity,” said Max
Cobb, U.S. Biathlon president and chief executive.
“They also had the desire.”
Slowly, the Americans
began to improve — all of
them, it seemed, except Bailey.
“I plateaued for a long
time,” he said.
He had some respectable
results along the way, and
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LOWELL BAILEY celebrates with wife, Erika, and daughter Ophelia after win-
ning the world biathlon championship in Austria in 2017, a first for an American.
some more trips to the
Olympics, but also days
when he considered quitting. By 2016, he was married
to Erika and looking toward
a new life.
Her family owned property near their home in Lake
Placid, N.Y.; it seemed like a
good spot to raise a family
and try cattle ranching.
Bailey said: “I was going
to pull the plug” on biathlon.
It was Erika — in a way —
who kept him going.
She was approached by a
man who worked for the
same environmental group
that she did. The man
wanted to talk to her husband about plans to build a
biathlon training center in
Montana.
The idea intrigued Erika,
who was pregnant at the
time. She thought it
sounded like a good way for
Lowell to stay connected to
the sport he loved.
This is how Lowell puts it:
“There were watershed
points in my career where
you could go one way or the
other.”
Inspiration from
wife and child
Word spread around the
course at the 2017 world
championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. The American had shot well on the
range and was headed into
the last lap of the 20-kilome-
‘I just have to
stay positive
and hope for
the best. ....
Things can
change quickly’
— Lowell Bailey,
U.S. biathlete, on winning
a medal
ter race with a slight lead.
That winter, the Baileys
had put their ranching plans
on the back burner. Lowell
wanted to help start the
Montana training center. He
also wanted to race another
season and bring his family
along.
“I got to watch Ophelia
grow up in a really amazing
stage of life,” he said. “I
couldn’t imagine missing
out.”
Something changed inside him. Gone was the constant pressure to ski faster
and shoot truer.
“You’re left with the ability to focus on the process,”
he said. “The results actually
get better.”
But as he exited the
range to ski the final kilometers
of
the
race
in
Hochfilzen, his legs grew
weary and his lead dwindled.
Erika had a credential
that allowed her to walk the
course, and, from where she
stood on the big hill, she
could see the finish line beyond a snowy field. Her first
instinct was to hurry in that
direction.
“I wanted to give him a
big hug when he got there,”
she said.
It was probably a bad
idea, given that she might
not have made it across the
field carrying a baby. A U.S.
team staff member gave her
another reason to stay.
“He needs you more
here,” she recalled him saying.
If you ask Bailey about
that day, tears well in his
eyes.
Struggling up the hill, he
kept his head bowed, focused on the next stride and
the stride after that. It was
as if he could feel the seconds
leaking away.
Erika’s voice shook him
from his gloom.
“You’re winning,” she
yelled.
From the corner of his
eye, he spotted her running
with Ophelia’s head peeking
out the top of the sling.
I have to do this, he remembers thinking. I can’t
get this far and squander the
opportunity.
They are with
him there in spirit
There is a reason Bailey
feels optimistic about the
20-kilometer race in Pyeongchang, even after his disappointing performance at the
shorter distance.
“Things can change
quickly,” he said.
On that day at the world
championships, when his
wife called out, it was like a
switch flicked inside him. He
charged over the hill, rebuilding his lead, heading for
a historic victory.
“I knew that he wanted it
so badly,” Erika said. “I knew
he would do everything in his
power.”
The win convinced him to
stick around and try for his
fourth Olympic Games. If
traveling with Ophelia was a
little tougher this season —
she’s walking and talking
and eating solid food — so be
it.
“There are points where
you grit your teeth,” he said.
“The rewards always outweigh the challenges.”
The family planned to be
together at these, his last
Olympics, but realized it
would be tricky. The athletes
village does not allow wives
or children; renting a nearby
apartment would have been
expensive and logistically
cumbersome.
Also, Erika is pregnant
again and facing a 20-week
ultrasound.
“That was sort of the tipping point,” she said.
So she stayed home and,
with the time difference between New York and South
Korea, had to get up early to
watch a livestream of his
sprint on Sunday.
“It’s hard sitting on the
couch,” she said by telephone afterward. “It’s almost harder, almost more
nerve-racking,
watching
from home than being at the
races.”
Lowell points out that
they still get to video chat.
And it won’t be long until
he’s back with them.
As for Thursday’s race,
he will need to find the speed
that has eluded him at times
this season.
“I just have to stay positive,” he said, “and hope for
the best.”
Maybe Erika and Ophelia
can help.
They will be in his
thoughts as he stands at the
starting line. The memory of
them, of that day, will push
him.
david.wharton
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@LATimesWharton
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year, up from $6 billion in
2017.
While some experts see
the Murphy deal as the latest exhibit of Netflix’s profligate ways, the announcement is being lauded as a
coup for the Los Gatos, Calif., company, which recently
poached “Grey’s Anatomy”
and “Scandal” producer
Shonda Rhimes from ABC
in what is shaping up to be
an escalating war for talent
with traditional networks.
Netflix declined to comment on the financial terms
of the five-year deal, which
begins July 1, after Murphy’s
agreement with Fox expires.
The producer, whose
shows appear on the Fox
broadcast network as well as
the FX cable network, is
known for his edgy creative
tastes that win awards and
critical plaudits but not always mass viewerships. His
latest project for FX is
“Pose,”
a
transgenderthemed dramatic series that
is set to debut this summer.
“Ryan Murphy is a win for
Netflix because he will make
good content. But he’s a risk
because he may not make
commercial
content
—
shows that people will want
to see,” said Michael
Pachter, a digital media analyst at Wedbush Securities.
He said Netflix probably
overpaid to persuade Murphy to leave his longtime
creative home at Fox. “It’s
everything that’s wrong with
Netflix. He’s going to have
expensive tastes and will
want to hire A-list stars.
That could push the price of
his shows even higher,”
Pachter said.
The streaming service
typically pays talent more
upfront than traditional media companies because
there is a smaller back-end
revenue stream due to the
absence of certain residuals,
such as syndication.
The Murphy deal could
escalate the Wild West ethos
that Netflix and other
streaming services such as
Amazon have brought to the
TV industry — where longtime loyalties are broken in
an instant and everyone is
up for the taking.
“It’s land-grab time in the
world of television,” said Peter Csathy, founder and
chairman of Creatv Media.
“They’re grabbing up the
biggest names they can get
for marketing purposes. In
isolation, it may not be seen
as a smart financial deal.
But if Netflix is able to parlay
that into more subscriptions
and customer retention,
then it’s smart.”
Netflix’s subscriber base
continues to soar, breaking
expectations on a regular
basis. For the recently concluded fourth quarter, the
company added 8.3 million
new viewers, which was a
quarterly high. Global subscriptions stood at 117.6 million at the end of last year.
And it has continued its
physical march into Hollywood, too, moving into more
buildings on the Sunset
Bronson Studio lot — and
expanding both its office
space and soundstage footprint.
“Ryan Murphy’s series
have influenced the global
cultural
zeitgeist,
reinvented genres and changed
the course of television history,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix
chief content officer, said in a
statement announcing the
new partnership. “His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the
underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or
just to shock the hell out of
us, permeates his genreshattering work.”
Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, Murphy had
already struck a deal with
Netflix to release his new
original series “Ratched”
and “The Politician,” which
will premiere globally on the
streaming platform.
Murphy has spent the
bulk of his career at 20th
Century Fox Television, a
place he lovingly called
home. His new Fox series “91-1” was well received when it
debuted last month and has
been renewed for a second
season. But Netflix’s deep
pockets for programming
and its more than 100 million
subscribers are proving to
be a potent lure.
Netflix’s projected $8-billion annual content spend
would put it well ahead of
Amazon, Hulu and HBO.
Michael Pressman, a veteran television director who
recently helmed episodes of
Chris Pizzello Invision/AP
RYAN MURPHY is a
prolific TV producer
whose credits include
Fox’s “Feud” and “Glee.”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Chicago Med,”
“Justified” and “Elementary,” described the NetflixMurphy deal as a “complicated situation for the networks.”
“Netflix seems to be offering
creative
freedom,
stretching the envelope, doing something different —
bold, courageous — and they
have deep pockets. How do
you compete with that?”
Pressman said.
Murphy’s move signals
the beginning of an expected
talent drain from Fox even
before its $52.4-billion sale to
Walt Disney Co. is completed.
Fox has been battling
Netflix in court for months
over the streaming company’s aggressive poaching of
its executives. Netflix’s voracious appetite for top artistic and executive talent has
rubbed many in Hollywood
the wrong way, giving it a
reputation as an overly aggressive player willing to use
sharp elbows.
Netflix has also snapped
up executives on the movie
side, hiring Scott Stuber last
year after his stint at Universal as vice chairman of
worldwide production.
The company is likely to
keep poaching Hollywood
names in the months and
years ahead, said Ashwin
Navin, CEO of Samba TV, a
data and analytics company
for the TV industry.
“When you say you’re going to spend $8 billion on
content, that is an enticing
statement to make to the
creative community, which
is struggling to fit their expression in the current [media] model,” he said.
The Murphy deal is part
of Netflix’s long-term strategy to create more self-owned
original shows, as opposed
to series such as “House of
Cards” and “The Crown,”
which it licenses from other
studios.
That brings higher upfront production costs for
Netflix, but allows the company to control the rights to
the shows and insulate it
from higher licensing fees.
Netflix has stated that it
wants half its content to be
owned originals.
“Netflix is clearly trying
to build more self-sufficiency in its content catalog
so it is not faced with rising
costs,” Navin said.
Murphy, 52, first broke
out on the TV scene as the
creator of the FX series “Nip/
Tuck,” which debuted in
2003 and ran for several seasons. “Glee” later became a
hit on Fox, cementing Murphy’s industry cachet as a
producer of popular TV fare.
But Murphy’s shows
have skewed darker in recent years, including FX’s
recent “The Assassination
of Gianni Versace,” the latest installment in his
“American Crime Story” anthology series. The drama
depicts the gruesome murder of the fashion icon, and
takes viewers on a tour of the
worlds of drugs and male escorts.
His other hits include
FX’s “The People vs. O.J.
Simpson,” which won multiple Emmy Awards.
In a statement, Murphy
said the Netflix deal represents the culmination of his
professional and personal
lives.
“The history of this moment is not lost on me,” he
said. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact
that my dreams have crystallized and come true in
such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to
me.”
meg.james@latimes.com
david.ng@latimes.com
Staff writer Daniel Miller
contributed to this report.
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The blood on America’s hands
Another week, another school
shooting. This is how it will be
until we decide to change.
f you started typing “school shooting”
into Google search Wednesday afternoon, you might have noticed that
auto-fill took over and anticipated the
next word: “today.” So even the bloodless algorithms within Google recognize
that, when one tries to find information
about a fresh school shooting, the search
needs to be narrowed. Because people are
still searching the school shooting from last
week. And the one before that. And the one
before that. We are six weeks into 2018, and
so far there have been at least six shooting
incidents on school grounds that have
wounded at least one person, including the
massacre Wednesday, in which 17 people
were reported killed at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
When does an epidemic stop being an epidemic and become just a basic part of regular life? It’s been 19 years since the nation
was horrified by the carnage at Columbine
in suburban Denver. It’s been just over five
years since the Sandy Hook Elementary
School shooting. Quick: What was the most
recent mass shooting incident (at least four
wounded) at a school before the one on
Wednesday? Here’s the sick part: There
have been so many school shootings that it
takes a bit of work to answer what should be
an easy question.
Already the folks who support gun control (which includes us) are fuming about
the ready availability of firearms in our society. Already the pro-gun folks are pooh-
I
poohing those who think guns are integral
to shooting deaths. “Guns don’t kill people,
people do,” they like to say. The accurate
phrasing should be, “Guns don’t kill people,
people with guns do.” At an astonishing
rate, a depressing rate, a stomach-churning
rate.
As a society we tend to become particularly shocked — at least for a few minutes —
when someone shoots down children and
young adults while they’re attending classes
in what should be a positive, nurturing and
safe environment. But even if we’re shocked,
we tolerate it. Our outrage is more Pavlovian than visceral. We listen to the bleatings
of the gun enthusiasts that, well, if those
teachers had guns, then this wouldn’t have
been as bad.
Been as bad. Think about that. If a pistol-strapping chemistry teacher had
grabbed her .45 and unloaded on today’s
gunman after he killed, what, one student?
Three? Five? That would be good news?
We do not live in the Wild West. Our
schools are not the O.K. Corral. Clint Eastwood isn’t in this movie. We are a violent,
disjointed, gun-embracing culture. “But
wait!” you might say. “Not me! I hate guns!
We need more gun control!” As true as that
might be, that’s not the belief of the body
politic. Because if it was, we wouldn’t be sitting in front of our television sets wondering
what the final death tally will be. Feeling our
heartstrings tugged by images of bereft parents. Feeling an impotent rage.
This is what America is today: bloody.
The Florida shooting too shall pass, as did
Columbine, Sandy Hook, Santa Monica College and so on — all allowed to fade into the
backdrop of American memory without a
thing being done. This is us. Until we decide
finally, forcefully, effectively, that it is not.
Trump’s blind spot on Russia
resident Trump has an enormous blind spot about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election on his behalf. He clearly believes that to make more than a
grudging acknowledgment that it even occurred would undermine the legitimacy of
his election and validate the investigation
into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia that he has denounced as
a “witch hunt.” As with so many other matters, it’s all about him.
A harder question is whether Trump’s
maddening myopia about Russian interference has led his administration to let its
guard down in dealing with efforts by Russia to meddle in future U.S. elections — or
with other actions by Moscow that threaten
U.S. interests. In most respects the answer
to that question is no, but there are areas of
real concern.
Those who take a dark view of the administration’s intentions felt vindicated on
Tuesday by an exchange at a hearing of the
Senate Intelligence Committee between
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and FBI Director
Christopher A. Wray. After Wray testified
that the FBI was making “a lot of specific
efforts” to counter Russian efforts to interfere in this year’s midterm elections, Reed
asked: “As directed by the president?” Wray
answered: “Not as specifically directed by
the president.”
That startling revelation came in the
same week that a group of Democratic senators introduced a resolution calling on
Trump to impose additional sanctions on
Russia, including penalties authorized in a
bill the president signed in August. “The
lack of seriousness shown by the administration in the face of a clear national security threat and even clearer congressional intent is alarming and cannot continue,” said
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.).
That indictment falls short of Hillary
Clinton’s claim during one of last year’s
campaign debates that Trump would be
Vladimir Putin’s “puppet.” But it’s still a serious charge.
Under Putin’s increasingly autocratic
rule, Russia has built up its armed forces,
annexed Crimea, supported rebels in eastern Ukraine and intervened to protect its
ally President Bashar Assad of Syria. Last
year, Russian armed forces engaged in a
massive military exercise in Belarus that increased anxieties in former Soviet republics
that are now NATO member states.
Finally, there is what U.S. intelligence
says is Russia’s continuing effort to interfere
in U.S. elections. At Tuesday’s Senate hearing, leaders of the intelligence community
were united in insisting that they were taking measures against Russian efforts, even if
the call to action hasn’t come from the president himself.
On several fronts, the administration
has shown itself willing to challenge Russia.
The administration’s National Security
P
Strategy released in December declares
that Russia and China “challenge American
power, influence and interests, attempting
to erode American security and prosperity.”
The administration has acted on that assumption. Under the leadership of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, the Defense Department has moved to reassure
NATO allies of the U.S. commitment to the
alliance in the face of a Russian buildup.
Trump himself — however belatedly — has
reaffirmed this country’s commitment to
the alliance’s core principle of collective selfdefense.
The administration has also decided to
keep U.S. forces in Syria, ostensibly to mop
up operations against Islamic State, but
also to prevent Assad, Russia’s ally, from
fully reestablishing his control over the
country. Whatever one thinks of the wisdom
of that policy, it’s hardly a capitulation to
Russia.
And late last year, the administration approved a plan to provide anti-tank missiles
and other lethal weapons to the government
of Ukraine so that it could defend itself
against Russian-backed separatists.
Yet on other fronts, the administration’s
actions — or failures to act — do raise questions about pulled punches. The sanctions
bill Trump signed last summer called on the
executive branch both to impose sanctions
on those who do business with the Russian
defense and intelligence sectors and to publish a list of senior political figures and oligarchs in Russia who could be subject to
sanctions in the future.
Last month, the Treasury Department
did publish the list, but the State Department declined to impose sanctions on entities doing business with the Russian defense industry, claiming that the mere existence of the law provided a deterrent to such
deals. Perhaps so, and it’s also possible, as
some commentators suggest, that other factors influenced the decision not to impose
sanctions — such as the fact that U.S. allies
such as Turkey and Eastern European
members of NATO buy military equipment
from Russia.
But the State Department’s failure to
provide details about the supposed deterrent effects of the law inevitably will encourage speculation that it is going easy on Russia because of Trump’s lack of enthusiasm
for sanctions.
That’s part of the continuing price
Trump and his administration will pay for
his refusal to recognize reality.
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down a certain group of
immigrants and their
descendants a notch or
two.
Laura Kline
Valley Village
::
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
GUBERNATORIAL hopefuls Gavin Newsom and
Antonio Villaraigosa at a debate at USC last month.
Mayors, #MeToo
Re “#MeToo casts past scandals in a new light,” Feb. 12
I agree 100% with former Democratic Party political
strategist Shawnda Westly that using #MeToo activism
to advance political careers “degrades the movement.”
Gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and
Antonio Villaraigosa were in positions of power when
they had extramarital affairs as mayors of, respectively,
San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Newsom’s case, he
confessed to an affair with a woman who worked for him;
Villaraigosa had a relationship with a Telemundo
reporter.
We should expect powerful leaders not to take
advantage of their positions of power as Villaraigosa and
Newsom did. Can the viewers of Telemundo trust a man
who slept with a reporter who covered him? And can we
trust Newsom, a man who slept with a top aide’s wife,
who also worked for him?
California needs a governor its people can trust.
Hopefully, voters have learned of the danger of electing
self-centered candidates not worthy of their trust.
Howard C. Mandel
Los Angeles
Did you really just publish an entire article about
the #MeToo movement’s
effect on the race for governor without once mentioning the major female candidate in the race?
Democrat Delaine
Eastin, a former Assembly
member and state superintendent of public instruction, is capturing the
hearts of progressives
across the state. Why
would our state’s flagship
newspaper overlook a
highly qualified, dynamic
woman in an article directly addressing women’s
issues?
I appreciate your
thoughtful coverage of the
challenging #MeToo issues
hovering over this election
cycle, but part of the cultural shift necessary for
lasting change to come
from the movement is for
media and society to take
women seriously.
Loraine Lundquist
Northridge
::
Newsom’s and Villaraigosa’s sexual peccadillos
will hopefully cause Democrats to consider voting for
our treasurer and former
state controller, John
Chiang.
No one knows as much
about our state’s finances,
projects and pensions as
Chiang. He’s not a showman, but rather an expert
on our state’s issues and
will knowledgeably stand
up to the Trump administration when it comes time
to finance our infrastructure.
Chiang has shown he is
trustworthy and competent.
Lynne Shapiro
Marina del Rey
This is the party
of Eisenhower?
Re “Republicans lose fear
of deficits,” Feb. 13
President Eisenhower
warned of the “militaryindustrial complex” nearly
six decades ago, but obviously, no one has listened.
In a time when everything else seems to be
going to hell, the Trump
administration wants $716
billion for defense in 2019.
Have we totally lost our
minds? We already spend
more on defense than the
next eight countries combined — and President
Trump believes we need
more.
Obviously, we need to
protect ourselves. But just
like the medical system in
this country, we seem to
get little in return for paying the most. With poverty
so bad and infrastructure
in decline, if we don’t reverse this obscene imbalance, the military won’t
have anyone to protect
except for the wealthiest
1%.
S.R. Fischer
Los Angeles
The modern-day trend
of explosive deficits began
under conservative icon
Ronald Reagan and his
“supply side” spending.
Explosive deficits continued again under George W.
Bush, who wiped out a
budget surplus and used
his humongous deficits as
an excuse to try to “privatize” Social Security.
Trump is just continuing the modern trend of
monstrous Republican
deficits. You have to put
yourself in the way-back
machine and travel to the
Eisenhower era to find a
Republican who cared
about lowering the deficit.
We should stop pretending modern Republicans care about lowering
the deficit.
Kevin Powell
Seal Beach
::
Trump has proved that
he can’t run the White
House. He makes promises
he can’t keep. He hires
people who are incompetent. I don’t trust his words
on anything.
So now tell me: Why
should the American people prioritize any project he
proposes? Even if Congress naively approves
major allocations for his
border wall, there is zero
chance that he could even
get it built and bring it in
on time and on budget.
I wouldn’t hire Trump
to change the burned-out
light bulbs in the White
House.
Jerrold Goldstein
Sherman Oaks
Permission to
enter the U.S.
Re “Missing from the debate: receipts,” Opinion,
Feb. 11
Jennifer Mendelsohn
writes of beatifying the
immigrants of past generations, who “worked 12 jobs
and never took a penny of
assistance” and “walked to
school uphill both ways.”
Mendelsohn appears to
be mocking one group of
immigrants in order to
defend more recent arrivals. That’s hardly in
keeping with the point she
rightly tries to make about
the hypocrisy of targeting
certain groups. Her humor
does not hide what appears to be some ridicule.
Mendelsohn writes,
“Crowing about ‘legal’
immigration from Europe
prior to 1924 is essentially
meaningless, as there were
almost no laws in place for
immigrants to break.”
Most immigrants of
that period approached
our gates and stopped to
await permission to enter.
Today, we have laws about
the proper way to enter
the country. That is indeed a meaningful distinction. Plus, it has nothing to do with the point of
the article, as it brings
Plaudits to Mendelsohn
for reminding us of how
crucial immigrants have
been to maintaining our
economic prowess.
Yet we still have xenophobic demagogues like
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa),
who ask how we can restore “our” civilization with
“somebody else’s babies.”
King dodges a key fact:
Without immigration the
U.S. population would have
declined since 1971, to the
detriment of a capitalistic
economy that thrives on
constant market expansion.
It’s not that King
doesn’t want our citizens’
birth rates to surpass
population replacement
levels: He advocates making abortion illegal except
in cases of “forcible” rape.
So don’t bother asking
King a most apt question:
“How can we maintain
America without somebody else’s babies?”
Edward Alston
Santa Maria
Lesson of fight
for ozone layer
Re “A new worry about the
ozone layer,” editorial, Feb.
12
Thanks for the timely
editorial on the continued
need for international
science-based cooperation
to combat ozone depletion
and climate change.
It took a decade to get
to the point of agreeing on
a chlorofluorocarbon ban
and an additional 15 years
to see the positive results.
The incrementalism of
policymaking and consensus-building, and the long
road of reversing humancaused damage to the
environment, are not reasons to give up but reasons
to push forward.
The solutions are out
there and will continue to
be there. This administration is merely a roadblock, not the end of the
road.
Christine Vidovich
San Pedro
::
Your editorial on the
ozone hole was needed.
The interpretations of
science are not always
“right,” but they are always
open to corrections that
move us closer to “right.”
The Earth does not care
if we make up our own
convenient facts; it will do
whatever reality dictates.
Pretending that something’s true only because it
is convenient takes us
down a path that leads to a
dangerous future. Environmental problems are not
local problems anymore.
We need scientists and
engineers from around the
world to find solutions to
very serious challenges
that will decide the future
of humanity. Do we fund
research to save ourselves
with creativity and determination, or do we build
walls to hide ourselves in
bubbles that will ultimately
burst, exposing our ignorance?
I hope your words are
heard throughout our
great country and echo
throughout the world.
Phil Beauchamp
Chino Hills
Facts, opinions
Re “Once again, a locally
owned paper,” Mailbag,
Feb. 10
Hopefully, under new
ownership, the Los Angeles
Times will stop printing
opinions on the news
pages. Keep opinions on
the opinion page.
How about presenting a
more balanced view? That
way, you won’t alienate
many of your customers.
Kari Mendoza
Torrance
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OP-ED
NYC’s not
sending
us its best
It’s fine
to learn
about sex
online
By Ann Friedman
When Mexico sends its people, they’re
not sending their best.... They’re sending
people that have lots of problems, and
they’re bringing those problems with us.
They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing
crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
— Donald Trump
Digital exploration is actually
safer in a lot of ways than the
options kids had for finding out
about sexuality in decades past.
W
By Noah Berlatsky
he internet, with its cascades of streaming smut, is
supposed to be dangerous for
children. Online porn, sexting, chat-room predators —
the culture has been coarsened and
sexualized, we are told. If pundits and
parents are not vigilant and draconian,
young people will be lured into digital
orgies and sex addiction from which they
may never recover.
As the father of a 14-year-old son, I’m
aware that new technology has downsides that my own parents didn’t have to
think about when they were raising me.
But there are upsides as well. Information about sex and sexuality is perhaps
more widely available than it’s ever been
before, both online and offline. If you
believe in education, and think that kids
benefit when they have access to knowledge, that’s a good thing.
When some people talk about the
dangers of the internet, you can get the
sense that before computers were invented, children lived in an Eden, untouched by corruption. Of course that’s
nonsense. My pre-internet childhood in
northeastern Pennsylvania, a heavily
Catholic community, was rife with sexual
misinformation and confusion.
The football coach who taught my
health class looked like Jim Unger’s
Herman and mumbled scared-straight
platitudes with neither interest nor
conviction. Teen pregnancy was far from
a rarity, but no one showed us how to use
a condom or discussed masturbation,
much less consent. And of course homophobia was ubiquitous: Teachers used
slurs regularly and casually.
My son’s childhood is dizzyingly different. He has, for example, been following the discussions around #MeToo with
great interest, and he read the story
about Aziz Ansari’s alleged sexual misconduct. Critics of #MeToo have argued
that it is damaging careers or confusing
young men or leaching the sexiness out
of dating. But it’s allowed my son to
independently learn about how not to
pressure people for sex — and about how
to recognize when he’s being pressured
himself.
The internet, and contemporary
media in general, is a great way for him to
learn about alternate sexualities. My son
— who has trans classmates and teachers — has followed debates about trans
bathroom bills online. He’s also watched
“Penny Dreadful.” Some might argue
that the show is inappropriate for a
young boy. But, on the positive side of the
ledger, the series includes multiple gay
characters and frank portrayals of gay
sexuality. I’d rather have my son see that
as normal and acceptable than have him
go through high school, as I did, with a
confused, low-key antipathy toward the
idea of homosexuality.
As far as I know, my son hasn’t looked
at porn online as of yet, and he hasn’t
been sexting. But I’m not especially
worried about either.
In part that’s because I think digital
experimentation and exploration is
actually safer in a lot of ways than the
options kids had for finding out about
sexuality in decades past. No fluids are
exchanged when sexting; the chances of
conception over the internet are, reliably,
zero.
More generally, I’m not overly concerned because I feel that discussions of
sexuality on the internet have prepared
my son pretty well for representations of
sexuality on the internet.
Knowledge is always better than
ignorance, even if it’s explicit.
Beyond the internet, my son’s hippie
middle school had a fantastic Health and
Human Fertility class this year. The
curriculum included condom use demonstrations, extensive discussions of
consent, and information about how law
enforcement sometimes prosecutes
sexting as child pornography. Plus, the
teacher warned them about using vegetable oil or kitchen products as lube,
because of the dangers of yeast infections. Honestly, I didn’t know that this
was something young people were doing
out there in the first place, but thanks to
conversations with my son, I am now
forewarned. Kids — they sometimes
teach you things.
Getting taught new things — by your
parents, or your kids, or the internet — is
generally good. The web isn’t some sort
of digital sex trap; it’s just a tool, which
can be used for ill, but also has great
potential to enlighten.
It’s important for parents to talk to
their kids about sex and consent and
sexuality. It’s important for schools to
provide nonjudgmental, informative,
honest sex ed classes. And it’s important
that kids can access information about
sex on their own.
T
Noah Berlatsky is the author of the
forthcoming book “Chattering Class
War: Punching Pundits from Chait to
Chapo and Brooks to Breitbart.”
hen New York sends its
people to Los Angeles,
they’re not sending
their best. They’re sending people that have lots
of problems, and they’re bringing those
problems with them. They’re bringing entitlement and aggression. They’re bringing $14 cocktails. They’re gentrifiers. And
some, I assume, are good people.
They’re coming for the sunny weather
and because the New York art scene died
a long time ago. Or perhaps because
they’re ready to have kids and have seen
one too many parents struggle with a
stroller on New York’s now barely operational subways. Or because L.A.’s sprawl
is less daunting now that Uber and Lyft
are transportation options.
I used to be a champion of moving to
Los Angeles. “It’s the greatest city in
America!” I’d say. Lately, though, I’ve
held my tongue when friends say they
might relocate to the West Coast.
Overall, California is driving out more
people than it is pulling in. Between 2007
and 2014, more people left the state than
migrated here. Leading the exodus are
people without college degrees and those
who make less than $30,000 annually. Inbound California migrants, according to
a report by the nonprofit Next10, tend to
be “primarily concentrated in high-wage
occupations.”
People in this income bracket can
often work remotely, so they may not even
need to rely on California’s economy to
provide them with a job. They can keep
their East Coast clients while they enjoy
the perks of West Coast living. As a friend
of mine often says, winter is a choice. Increasingly, it seems, wealthy Americans
are opting out of it.
Our city is in trouble as a result. While
it’s never been cheap to live in L.A., the
housing crisis has reached epidemic levels. The number of people living on the
streets and in their cars has increased
75% in the last five years. And this is happening at the same time that many lowand mixed-income neighborhoods are
turning into playgrounds for “creatives.”
My local Asian supermarket, where
my neighbors and I used to get cheap veggies, seafood and noodles, is slated for redevelopment as “a trendy food-courtstyle collection of the latest eateries” with
condos attached. Two other low-cost grocery stores nearby have closed in the past
month. I suppose it was inevitable: The
coin laundry up the street has already become a Chipotle.
It’s time to stop dancing around the
fact of who’s to blame. The problem is not,
as the New York Times recently argued
with characteristic derision, that Los Angeles lacks civic institutions and a cohesive metropolitan identity. It’s that the
city is pushing out people who aren’t reasonably well off, and only pulling in those
who are. People like me.
I like to think I’m one of the good
transplants. (Don’t we all?) I came to California seven years ago when most New
Yorkers were still turning up their noses
at this city. I had a local job — not a workremote situation. I befriended my neighbors. I patronized burrito joints that were
not endorsed by Anthony Bourdain. I got
a public library card. I learned the bus
routes near my house. I made sure to vote
in local elections.
Personal actions can’t erase hard
demographic truths, though. Even as I
lament the disappearance of coin
laundries and low-cost markets, I can afford a $5 cup of coffee, and frequently pay
that much at one of several establishments covered in white tiles and monstera plants. Developers are catering to
relative newcomers like me when they replace 99 Cent Stores with restaurants
that serve biodynamic wine. My economic peers and I may grumble about skyrocketing rents, but we can afford to pay
them. Many of our neighbors cannot.
President Trump unfairly blames immigrants (the ones who aren’t married to
him) for the worst systemic problems
plaguing the nation today. But at the city
level, high-income transplants get to
shirk responsibility for how they affect
their adopted home. A few weeks ago, the
artist Rafa Esparza, who was born in L.A.
to parents who emigrated from Mexico,
posted to his Instagram feed a stark
white message on a black background:
“Don’t move to Los Angeles.” He wrote in
the caption, “What can citizenship outside of colonization and more in tune with
cultural stewardship look like?”
This is the question for L.A.’s economically privileged new arrivals: How do
you help care for the city that drew you in,
rather than allow your presence to steamroll its culture?
Within the borders of a giant country
like the United States, we move to find opportunities and like-minded people. But
if we expect immigrants to adapt to their
new home while making it their own, we
should expect the same of internal migrants. This is not too much to ask of L.A.
transplants. Some of us, I assume, are
good people.
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Celebrity justice:
R.B.G. edition
By Richard L. Hasen
M
aybe, just maybe, the left
should tone it down with
the worship of Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg — a.k.a. “Notori-
ous R.B.G.”
Last week, Adam Liptak of the New
York Times wrote about being on tour
with Justice Ginsburg, whom the headline declared a “judicial rock star.” Ginsburg is celebrating her 25th anniversary
on the court by traversing the country,
telling stories, fielding questions from
sympathetic viewers and generally basking in the adulation of crowds who see her
as a judicial hero.
In many respects, Ginsburg is a judicial hero. She was the leading lawyer for
women’s rights before she joined the
bench. She has spoken forcefully and
authoritatively for the liberal wing of the
court on abortion rights, voting rights
and affirmative action. She has been remarkably transparent about issues related to her health and age. And she
hasn’t been afraid to admit, publicly,
when she has made a mistake.
But there is something disconcerting
about Supreme Court justices becoming
political rock stars, particularly in this
polarized era. We’ve divided the Supreme
Court into teams. We have our justices,
champions who push our side’s agenda.
The other side has their justices, villains
intent on destroying America.
We can blame the late Justice Antonin
Scalia for reinventing the notion of the celebrity justice and paving the way for this
kind of excess.
In the 1960s, some justices, such as
William O. Douglas and Arthur Goldberg,
made frequent appearances and were
considered public figures. For the most
part, they didn’t relitigate the court’s
business in public.
When Scalia got to the Supreme
Court, in 1986, he revived the role of justice as public intellectual. Over the three
decades that he was on the bench, Scalia
made many appearances, gave speeches
and went on book tours. But unlike Douglas and Goldberg, he pushed his particular brand of jurisprudence — and was
known to insult and demean the theories
of the other justices. In public, he was provocative and acerbic.
Asked about the Supreme Court’s
controversial decision to end the 2000
presidential election in favor of George W.
Bush, he told his liberal questioners to
“get over it!”
He excoriated the notion of a “living
Constitution” — a theory behind the
Supreme Court’s recognition of the right
of same-sex couples to marry — and the
justices who practiced it, saying he liked
his Constitution “dead, dead, dead.”
Scalia may become an even bigger
conservative hero in death than he was in
life. A collection of his speeches has become a best-seller, and President Trump
promised to appoint more “Scalias” to
the bench.
Now Ginsburg has taken up the man-
tle of the court’s most provocative public
justice. She is not afraid to share provocative political opinions. She has dropped
hints about upcoming decisions. She
called Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial
injustice by kneeling during the national
anthem “dumb and disrespectful,” remarks for which she later apologized.
Most controversially, she repeatedly
expressed concern in 2016 that Trump
might be elected president — statements
that raised serious issues about whether
she needed to recuse herself from cases
involving his campaign, and for which she
also apologized.
As her public persona has grown,
Ginsburg has embraced the “Notorious
R.B.G.” label. She’s encouraged a cult of
worship to grow up around her. There’s
hagiography like the “Notorious RBG”
book and the “The RBG Workout,” an illustrated book by her personal trainer.
There’s a Ginsburg tumblr and Ginsburg
T-shirts.
Just this week, despite swearing off
political statements, she said sexism
played a prominent role in Hillary Clinton’s election defeat. That may be true,
but a sitting Supreme Court justice
should not be weighing in on such questions.
It’s dangerous for Supreme Court justices to assume such political roles, particularly when faith in our institutions is
declining. If justices are going to be public
figures, they should do so in ways that reinforce the rule of law, not partisan politics.
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch took a victory
lap of sorts recently, making an appearance with Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell. Increasingly, conservative
justices like Gorsuch and Samuel A. Alito
Jr. make regular appearances at events
held by the Federalist Society, a key organization and network of conservatives
and libertarians closely allied with the
Republican Party. Some justices on the
left, including Ginsburg and Stephen G.
Breyer, appear at events held by the
American Constitution Society, the liberal counterpart.
But no sitting liberal justice has appeared at a Federalist Society annual
meeting, and no sitting conservative justice has appeared at an ACS annual
meeting.
I’d like to see Ginsburg at a Federalist
Society event and Alito at an ACS event.
More than this, I’d like to see other justices take up retired Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor’s work on civic education, helping young people understand the importance of an independent judiciary. The
justices should speak to poor and minority students, as Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonya Sotomayor have done.
Justice Ginsburg is a hero. She deserves our thanks for her exemplary service. But the left needn’t turn her into a god
and conservative justices into devils.
Richard L. Hasen is a law professor at
UC Irvine School of Law and author of
“The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin
Scalia and the Politics of Disruption.”
Ann Friedman is a contributing writer
to Opinion. She grew up in Iowa.
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‘Powerhouse’
potential for
‘Black Panther’
[‘Panther,’ from A1]
tions about films with predominantly black casts and
filmmakers. Most movies
with black casts, producers
and directors — including
the highly profitable “Girls
Trip” and Tyler Perry productions — are made with
low budgets and marketed
to American audiences, not
international
crowds.
“Black Panther,” by contrast, is getting a global release and marketing push
from Disney.
“There aren’t many examples of African American
directors being given that
kind of opportunity to make
a big-budget movie with a
black cast and a global marketing campaign,” said Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA. “It’s a great
opportunity to demonstrate
the box-office power of this
type of storytelling. This
film, on both the cultural
and economic fronts, has the
potential to be a powerhouse.”
According to Fandango,
“Black Panther” has presold more tickets than any
other superhero movie at
the same point in its life cycle. The film has energized
black moviegoers, many of
whom bought their tickets
weeks in advance and
tweeted their excitement
about it.
The movie has also inspired black charities and
celebrities, including actress
Octavia
Spencer
and
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
player Clinton McDonald, to
host free screenings of the
film in African American
communities. Rapper T.I.
teamed with Walmart to give
free tickets to fans in Atlanta
for an advance screening,
one of five screenings that
the retail giant set up for this
week in different cities.
Spencer, who does not
appear in the film, wrote a
Jan. 31 post on Instagram
saying she planned to buy
out a theater in Mississippi
“in an underserved community there to ensure that all
our brown children can see
themselves as a superhero.”
Marvel and its Burbankbased owner, Disney, have
taken steps to target African
American audiences. The
studio enlisted rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to create the original soundtrack,
including
contributions
from artists such as SZA,
Khalid and Vince Staples.
Lamar performed at the college football championship
halftime show to promote a
new trailer for the movie.
Other films have already
proved that diverse casting
pays off at the box office.
Universal Pictures’ “The
Fate of the Furious,” directed by F. Gary Gray, who
is
African
American,
grossed $1.24 billion last
year, mostly outside North
America. Jordan Peele’s satirical horror film “Get Out”
grossed $255 million at the
box office last year and
scored four Oscar nominations, including best picture.
African Americans are a
powerful underserved market for Hollywood, making
up about 15% of frequent
moviegoers, while constituting 12% of the general population, according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Still, only six of the top 100
films released in 2017 had
black directors, according to
a study by USC’s Annenberg
Inclusion Initiative released
in January.
“Audiences of color are
driving box office and
they’re driving ratings,”
Hunt said. “Hollywood, if it
wants to remain viable, will
need to produce what the
audience wants, and the audience is becoming more
diverse by the day.”
Yet Marvel has previously been criticized for not
giving lead roles to minorities and women. Now the
studio is starting to address
the lack of superhero films
with leads who are not white
Marvel Studios
MARVEL STUDIOS’ “Black Panther” has energized black moviegoers, many of whom bought tickets weeks
in advance, during a pivotal time for studio owner Disney. Above, Chadwick Boseman as the film’s titular hero.
Marvel Studios
THE FILM is a rare big-budget movie featuring a
mostly black cast. Above, Letitia Wright as Shuri.
men, including upcoming
projects such as “Captain
Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, and a Black Widow
movie with Scarlett Johansson that is in development.
Marvel and Disney declined to comment.
There have been superhero movies starring African
Americans, such as Wesley
Snipes in the “Blade” films
and Will Smith in “Hancock,” but “Black Panther,”
in particular, is tapping into
pent-up demand. Though
the character of Black Panther (real name: T’Challa)
was created in the 1960s, he
has never had his own movie.
Boseman made his debut as
the character in the 2016
blockbuster
“Captain
America: Civil War.”
“It just seems like this is
becoming a major event,”
said Jeff Bock, a box-office
analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “People forget how few
movies there are for African
American audiences, so
when you combine that audience with the regular Marvel crowd, of course this is
going to be huge.”
The likely success of
“Black Panther” comes at a
pivotal time for Disney,
which paid $4 billion for
Marvel Entertainment in
2009. Disney has enjoyed an
unmatched string of successes from the Marvel franchise, with multiple interconnecting story lines converging in this year’s superhero mashup, “Avengers:
Infinity War.” After mining
its most famous characters
to great effect at the box office, Marvel needs to tap
fresh, lesser-known characters to build its audience and
pave the way for the company’s future.
“It’s about keeping up
with the times and putting
characters into story lines
that are relevant,” Bock
said. “They’ve got to continue to take risks.”
Among Disney’s stable of
brands, Marvel has in some
ways been overshadowed by
Lucasfilm and its “Star
Wars” property in recent
years. Three “Star Wars”
movies have come out since
2015, and Disney is placing
even bigger bets on the
brand — developing two new
film series and several TV
shows based on the space
opera. And there’s the
theme park business: Disney is building $1-billion
“Star Wars”-themed areas
at Disneyland Resort and
Walt Disney World Resort,
projects that dwarf Marvel
additions to the company’s
parks in recent years.
But some observers say
that Marvel could become
increasingly important to
the company as the “Star
Wars” franchise shows signs
of possibly losing steam.
Though Disney’s “Star
Wars: The Last Jedi” has
grossed more than $1.32 billion worldwide since its release in mid-December,
some observers have nonetheless pegged the film as a
disappointment, given the
lofty expectations. The movie’s theatrical haul will fall
far short of the performance
of 2015’s “Star Wars: The
Force Awakens,” which took
in more than $2 billion
worldwide.
Laura Martin, an analyst
with Needham & Co., said
Marvel has more options
than Lucasfilm because it
has a “broader panoply” of
characters compared with
those from the Star Wars
universe. Case in point, Marvel has been mining lesserknown heroes such as Doctor Strange and Ant-Man,
and doing huge business
with them. With “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity
War” and “Ant-Man and the
Wasp,” 2018 marks the first
time three Marvel films will
be released by Disney in a
year.
“Marvel has more flexibility, and if they tell a great
story, it doesn’t matter if you
don’t know the character,”
Martin said.
By most accounts, that’s
what Marvel has done with
“Black Panther.” The film
has an almost perfect score
on the review aggregation
website Rotten Tomatoes
and received an overwhelmingly positive response from
moviegoers who saw early
screenings of the picture,
praising its compelling characters, Afro-futuristic visuals and themes of black empowerment.
“The creation of ‘Black
Panther’ represents the turn
from seeing black people as
victims to them having
agency, and who has more
agency than a superhero?”
UCLA’s Hunt said.
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Panel faults
L.A. officer in
fatal shooting
Charles Garcia fired at
a man, 70, who was
holding a metal pipe.
By Kate Mather
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
U.S. DISTRICT Judge David O. Carter, center, visits a contested encampment on the Santa Ana River.
Judging a homeless
quandary up close
A veteran Los Angeles
police officer violated department rules for using
deadly force last year when
he shot and killed a 70-yearold man holding a pipe in
downtown L.A., an oversight
panel determined.
Siding with Chief Charlie
Beck, the Los Angeles Police
Commission unanimously
faulted Officer Charles Garcia for firing his gun and for
some of the tactics he used
before pulling the trigger.
Several
bystanders
filmed the March 4 shooting,
which happened at a busy
intersection — Olympic
Boulevard and Broadway —
in the middle of the afternoon. Those videos, which
show Garcia fire twice at
Alejandro Mendez as he
stood several feet away,
quickly raised questions
both inside and outside the
LAPD.
In his report to the commission, Beck said the decision by Garcia and his partner to “immediately deploy”
on Mendez limited the time
they had to “assess the situation or consider other tactical options.”
They could have pulled
out a bean-bag shotgun instead, Beck wrote, giving
them more room to react to
someone who didn’t have a
gun.
Beck ultimately placed
the responsibility on Garcia,
noting his partner was a reserve officer working his first
full day in the field. Garcia,
who has been with the LAPD
for more than 20 years,
should have come up with a
better plan for resolving the
situation “with the least
amount of force necessary,”
the chief wrote.
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Federal jurist tours O.C. camp at center of lawsuit
By Anh Do
The judge must have been a
strange sight as he walked in the early
morning darkness through the vast
homeless camp.
People peeked out from ragged
tents along the Santa Ana River trail
next to Angel Stadium. U.S. District
Judge David O. Carter whipped out
his cellphone Wednesday just after
6 a.m.
He snapped pictures of the trashstrewn landscape and the human beings who called it home.
“When was the last time the trash
was picked up out here? How often do
they come? How many needles are you
finding? What kind of help are folks accepting and refusing?” the judge
asked in a rapid-fire fashion.
Carter is presiding over a federal
case pitting homeless advocates
against Orange County and the cities
of Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Orange
— where officials are bent on removing
the illegal tent city. The judge said he
agrees that this population can create
a public safety issue.
But during his miles-long walk, the
73-year-old judge — a Marine and Vietnam War veteran — warned that eviction must be handled “humanely and
with dignity.”
In late January, Orange County of-
ficials began the process of clearing
people from the encampment. They
first launched a “soft sell,” seeking volunteers before arrests had to be made.
Then last week, Carter granted a temporary restraining order barring
county sheriff ’s deputies from arresting people who refuse to leave the encampment.
The judge’s order was related to a
lawsuit filed Jan. 29 trying to halt the
effort to remove the homeless. Brooke
Weitzman, co-founder of the Elder
Law & Disability Rights Center in
Santa Ana, initiated it, hoping to prevent Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Orange from enforcing anti-camping or[See Homeless, B4]
dinances
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
IMMIGRATION authorities say the sweep targets
“individuals who pose a threat.” Above, a 2015 raid.
ICE launches
Talk on Time to man up, own up L.A.-area raids
CALIFORNIA JOURNAL
hating
Mexico
is off
By Teresa Watanabe
Milo Yiannopoulos, the
right-wing
rabble-rouser
whose campus appearances
have sparked widespread
protests, is no longer headed
to UCLA this month.
Less than 24 hours after
putting tickets on sale, the
Bruin Republicans voted
Wednesday to cancel his
Feb. 26 talk, “10 Things I
Hate
About
Mexico,”
Yiannopoulos told The
Times in a series of text messages.
The student group confirmed the decision in a
Facebook post, saying they
canceled the event because
it “polarized the leadership
of the organization,” not be[See Yiannopoulos, B2]
At least 100 detained;
agency blames lack of
local cooperation.
ROBIN ABCARIAN
You can be a
wonderful
moviemaker
and a sexual
harasser.
You can
be a great
television
talk show host and a sexual
harasser.
You can be an innovative
tech genius and a sexual
harasser.
It only stands to reason,
then, that you can be the
world’s greatest snowboarder and a sexual harasser.
Why should Olympic
athletes be immune to the
reckoning that is sweeping
across the rest of the globe?
And yet, a question on
the topic flummoxed Shaun
White at his post-victory
news conference in
Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Five hours earlier, the 31year-old had won his third
Olympic gold medal for a
near-perfect performance
[See Abcarian, B6]
By Cindy Carcamo
Federal officials are in the
midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the
Los Angeles area and have
so far detained more than
100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws.
The sweep, which began
Sunday, is focusing on “individuals who pose a threat to
national security, public
safety and border security,”
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement spokeswoman
Sarah Rodriguez said.
“This means that, ideally,
we are working with local police and county jails to identify public safety threats in
their custody, who are also in
the country illegally, for deportation,” Rodriguez said
in a written statement.
But “uncooperative jurisdictions” such as Los Angeles, she said, have forced ICE
agents to “conduct at-large
arrests in the community,
putting officers, the general
public and the aliens at
greater risk, and increasing
the incidence of collateral
arrests.”
[See Sweep, B2]
Democrat a late DeLeón gets key
entry in the race union’s support
State lawmaker lands
for governor
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OLYMPIAN Shaun White initially dismissed a wom-
an’s allegations of sexual harassment as “gossip.”
Former Hillary Clinton
aide Amanda Renteria’s
move just months before
the election has political
observers befuddled. B2
endorsement of the
powerful SEIU in his
bid to unseat U.S. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein. B3
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ICE
sweep
in L.A.
[Sweep, from B1]
“That is what ICE is now
doing in Los Angeles, and
what ICE will continue to do
in uncooperative jurisdictions,” Rodriguez said.
The Los Angeles Police
Department and many
other California law enforcement agencies have said
they will not cooperate with
ICE on sweeps. The LAPD
has long had a policy that
prevents officers from asking people about their immigration status, a rule designed to encourage those
here illegally to cooperate
with law enforcement in
criminal investigations.
Rodriguez
said
the
agency would not release additional information about
the ongoing sweep until it
ended. She wouldn’t say
when that would be.
The operation is taking
place in the agency’s Los Angeles area of responsibility,
which includes L.A., Orange,
Riverside, San Bernardino,
Ventura, Santa Barbara and
San Luis Obispo counties.
Trump administration
officials have warned that
ICE might target California
for more immigration raids,
citing the state’s efforts to
create “sanctuary” protection for those here illegally.
ICE has not said whether
the L.A. raids were part of a
larger California crackdown.
The operation follows an
immigration sweep a couple
of weeks ago in which agents
raided 77 businesses in
Northern California, according to the San Francisco
Chronicle. Immigration officials demanded proof that
employees were legally allowed to work in the U.S. It is
believed to be the largest
such localized operation of
workplace enforcement by
ICE since President Trump
took office.
This week’s raids come at
a time when Trump has
pushed for a sweeping crackdown on the estimated
11 million people living in the
country illegally. He and U.S.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions contend that law enforcement
agencies should give immigration agents limitless access to jails and delay releasing immigrants from
custody so that agents can
detain them.
Law enforcement and
city officials in Los Angeles,
San Francisco and other
municipalities have ignored
those demands and instead
enacted policies or passed
laws that restrict what authorities can do for immigration agents. Some conservative communities have also
resisted holding on to inmates for ICE out of fear that
doing so is illegal.
In response, Sessions has
lashed out against cities
deemed to be uncooperative
and threatened to withhold
funding — a move that
courts have found to be unconstitutional.
cindy.carcamo
@latimes.com
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L AT I M E S . C O M
POLITICS WATCH
Late add in governor’s race
A top aide to Hillary
Clinton’s presidential
bid quietly files just
months before vote.
SEEMA MEHTA
and PHIL WILLON
Amanda Renteria, a top
aide to Hillary Clinton’s
presidential campaign, is
stepping down from her
post at the California attorney general’s office to run
for governor, according to
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
“I wish her a great deal of
luck. I obviously hired her
because I knew she was
pretty capable,” Becerra
told The Times on Wednesday.
Renteria filed a statement of intent to run for
governor with the California
secretary of state’s office.
Attempts to reach her were
unsuccessful.
The timing and seemingly hasty rollout of Renteria’s bid — without a statement by the candidate, a
campaign website or any
apparent staff — befuddled
political observers in the
state.
“I just don’t get it,” said
Rose Kapolczynski, a
Democratic strategist and
top advisor to former Sen.
Barbara Boxer. “You can’t
enter the governor’s race in
a state the size of California
four months before the
election and expect to win,
unless she has a secret bank
account with $100 million
in it.”
Renteria joins a race to
replace termed-out Gov.
Jerry Brown that has been
underway for three years.
The Central Valley native,
who is best known in California and national political
circles, will face challenges
as a latecomer to the campaign.
Renteria, 43, is not a
familiar face to the state’s
voters, something that
could be overcome if she’s
able to raise significant
sums of money. But many
donors have already committed to a candidate. The
top three Democrats in the
race have been campaigning, lining up endorsements
and raising money for more
than a year and have millions of dollars in the bank.
Renteria also missed the
deadline to seek the endorsement of the state
Democratic Party, or to
speak at its convention next
week, according to party
Chairman Eric Bauman.
It’s unclear who will work
on Renteria’s bid — many of
Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press
AMANDA RENTERIA, shown in 2014, will leave the California attorney general’s office to run for governor.
‘You can’t enter
the governor’s
race in a state the
size of California
four months
before the
election and
expect to win.’
— Rose
Kapolczynski,
Democratic strategist
the strategists who helped
with her unsuccessful 2014
congressional run are working for other campaigns.
She does have ties to
prominent donors and
politicians — during that
run, President Obama and
Vice President Joe Biden
spoke at fundraisers for
Renteria, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-San Francisco) hosted
another fundraiser for her.
Renteria was defeated in
that race by incumbent
Rep. David Valadao (RHanford), who painted her
as a carpetbagger. He won
58% to 42%.
Dean Florez, a former
state Senate majority leader
from Shafter who advised
Renteria on her congressional bid, labeled her a
“spoiler” on Twitter after
seeing the news about her
run for governor.
“Completely saddened
by this development. If you
are running for Governor,
announce 6 months ago,
attend the debates, hold a
press conference with your
supporters & speak directly
to the press #spoiler
#platformIs #badpolitics,”
he tweeted.
Florez said Renteria
failed to learn from her run
for Congress.
“I get that she completely loves politics, but her
issue then and her issue now
is kind of dropping in at the
last moment,” he said. “In
the [Central] Valley she
didn’t get any traction because voters were trying to
figure out who she was. Now,
getting into a race with
popular politicians in California, all executive elected
officials with long track
records and histories — I’m
just kind of scratching my
head.”
After the congressional
race, Renteria was Clinton’s
political director during the
2016 presidential campaign.
Since then, she has served
as Becerra’s chief of operations. Becerra did not say
when she was stepping
down from the post.
If Renteria is able to
mount a strong campaign
that draws support from her
native Central Valley and
among Latino voters, that
would create a challenge for
former Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, who is
counting on the two groups
in his gubernatorial bid.
Recent polling shows the
gap between Villaraigosa
and front-runner Gavin
Newsom has narrowed.
When asked if Renteria
could cut into Villaraigosa’s
base, Becerra sidestepped
the question.
“I think it’s still very early
in the race,” said the attorney general, who has not
endorsed anyone in the
race.
Villaraigosa’s campaign
declined to comment,
though an ally questioned
the timing of Renteria’s
decision.
“This late in the race it
seems very difficult to
mount a new serious campaign for governor,” said Bill
Burton, a former Obama
administration official who
is advising a super PAC
backing Villaraigosa’s campaign.
Florez argued that Renteria’s bid could pose a greater challenge for former state
schools chief Delaine
Eastin, the lone woman
running among the top
Democrats in the race.
Eastin’s campaign coincides
with increasingly vocal calls
for more women in elected
office and with allegations of
sexual misconduct brought
forward by women in Sacramento. But Eastin has not
been able to seize on that
momentum, and she lags in
the polls and in fundraising.
According to the state
filing, Renteria agreed to
voluntary spending limits,
which means she can spend
no more than $8,753,000 in
the primary election and
$14,588,000 in the general
election. Of the Democratic
gubernatorial candidates,
Eastin has also agreed to
such limits, while Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John
Chiang and Newsom have
not. Republicans John Cox
and Assemblyman Travis
Allen of Huntington Beach
also have accepted voluntary limits on their spending.
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Twitter: @LATSeema
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Twitter: @philwillon
Right-wing provocateur’s talk canceled
[Yiannopoulos, from B1]
cause of any public backlash.
“For an organization to
be able to function properly,
it must do so with the unequivocal support of all its
members. This does not
mean that we all must agree
100% on all issues but we
must have at least a clear
majority,” the group said.
“We have been more than
willing to stand up to both
protesters and administrative figures as evidenced by
our Ben Shapiro event last
quarter.”
Yiannopoulos
blasted
UCLA faculty for what he
called an attempt to “intimidate their students into stifling free speech.” The vote
came after a conservative
sociology professor published a letter in the Weekly
Standard on Wednesday
urging the group to rescind
their invitation.
“In two years and dozens
of colleges, I have never seen
students crumble to pressure this quickly before,”
Yiannopoulos said. “And all
because I wanted to tell a few
jokes about MS-13. It’s
shameful.”
In a statement late
Wednesday, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said he was
grateful to learn the event
was
canceled,
calling
Yiannopoulos’
rhetoric
“contrary to our values.”
“The title of the talk referenced what the speaker
‘hated’ about Mexico — a
country with deep ties to our
city, our state and our nation. This is also a country
that is an important part of
the heritage of many Bruins,” he said. “The expression of disdain did not ap-
Christina House Los Angeles Times
MILO YIANNOPOULOS, seen Oct. 31 at Cal State
Fullerton, says UCLA pressured students to cancel.
pear to be an attempt to engage in reasoned discussion,
but rather a move by the
speaker to gain notoriety
through a mean-spirited, racially tinged publicity stunt.”
Block added that free
speech and intellectual debate are critical for thriving
communities. “And yet some
speech, although legally protected, is intended primarily
to insult, demean and spark
outrage among members of
our community,” he said.
Yiannopoulos had said
the talk was timely with
Congress moving to tackle
immigration reform.
“[President] Trump and
the Republicans make an
economic and law-and-order case against uncontrolled immigration from
Mexico. I’m going to make
the social justice case
against importing any more
of this particular culture into
America,”
Yiannopoulos
said in a text Wednesday.
“In other words, what
would a third wave intersectional feminist, if she was being honest, say about Mexican society and culture, and
in particular the rampant
misogyny, corruption and
patriarchal oppression that
runs rampant throughout
its ruling classes?
“To put it another way:
What would runaway immi-
gration from Mexico mean
for women, people of color,
queer people and trans
folk?”
Yiannopoulos’ appearances at UC Davis and UC
Berkeley early last year set
off violent protests that shut
down the events. He organized a “Free Speech Week” at
Berkeley last fall that ultimately fizzled. That event
and a talk by conservative
commentator Shapiro cost
the campus nearly $4 million in security expenses.
The volatile events set off
a national debate over free
speech on campuses — and a
threat by Trump to cut off
federal funding to Berkeley
for shutting down the
Yiannopoulos event after violent clashes between agitators on the left and right.
UC President Janet Napolitano has launched a free
speech center to study 1st
Amendment issues and step
up education about them.
The National Center for Free
Speech and Civic Engagement will be based in Washington, D.C., but administered by UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, a 1st
Amendment expert.
At UCLA, administrators say they must allow any
speakers properly invited by
official student organizations.
“Universities across the
country are struggling to
protect both freedom of
speech and the lawful freedom to protest, while addressing the basic safety
needs of the entire community. UCLA is no exception,”
said Jerry Kang, UCLA vice
chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, in an
email.
“When an official student
organization
invites
a
speaker according to standard procedures, the administration must honor that invitation no matter how horrendous or intellectually
vacuous. We also do not allow protests to become so
disruptive as to silence the
invited speaker from communicating with a willing
audience.
“That said, we are not shy
about expressing our own
values. I explicitly and publicly reject inflammatory
trolling, designed to trick
students into fueling desperate celebrity. Let’s have a serious conversation about
immigration, or any other
matter, instead of taking the
bait,” Kang said.
Melissa Tapia, a sophomore in political science
whose mother emigrated
from Mexico, said the
topic of Mexican patriarchy
was important but questioned why the Bruin Republicans chose someone
like Yiannopoulos to address it.
“How is ‘10 Things I Hate
About Mexico’ supposed to
give a debate about immigration that actually is productive?” Tapia said. “I believe the intention is to incite
hate, and it reveals to me ignorance. Patriarchy definitely exists within the culture, but it’s so much more
nuanced.... We are glossing
over these nuances, and
what we’re getting is this
output of hate and hate
speech and a perpetuation
of stereotypes and the validation of racism.”
teresa.watanabe
@latimes.com
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B3
CITY & STATE
Boy still has
bullet in head
after shooting
Ex-teacher of Castro
middle-schooler says
he is out of hospital.
By Sarah Parvini
Claire Hannah Collins Los Angeles Times
L.A. UNIFIED will freeze general-fund spending for employee healthcare. Above, a worker at an L.A. school.
LAUSD tweaks benefits
Board OKs three-year
package with modest
cost-saving measures.
By Howard Blume
and Sonali Kohli
The Los Angeles Board of
Education on Tuesday approved a three-year benefits
package that contains some
costs but falls well short of
the savings that district officials say is needed to keep
the school system solvent.
The 60,000 employees of
the Los Angeles Unified
School District are not
among the nation’s highest
paid, but most enjoy comprehensive medical benefits
for themselves and their
families without paying
monthly premiums. Such
subsidies are rare in the
workplace.
The package narrowly
passed with support from
four out of seven board
members. Even board members who supported the
agreement said they are
concerned that the district’s
budget could be careening
toward a deficit, threatening
programs for students.
The most important
cost-saving step is that L.A.
Unified will freeze the total
annual amount it pays out of
the general fund for healthcare benefits for the three
years covered, 2018-20.
Under the agreement,
the district will hold to the
roughly $1.1 billion it currently pays for the benefits.
The freeze is intended to
spare the general fund from
having to absorb healthcare
costs that have been rising
more than 6% a year. Any additional costs will be covered
by a healthcare reserve that
has grown to about $300 million.
“For me there is great value in the containment of
costs,” said school board
President Monica Garcia,
who voted yes along with
George McKenna, Scott
Schmerelson and Kelly
Gonez. “We need good jobs
and good schools.”
In L.A. Unified, the district negotiates with employee unions over how
much to pay for healthcare,
but the unions control how
the money is spent. The
unions determine which
health plans to offer and how
much, if anything, to charge
employees for premiums
and co-payments.
Healthcare costs are a
major stress on the nation’s
second-largest school system, particularly coverage of
retirees. The district pays
more than $20,000 annually
for the healthcare of each retiree who is too young to
qualify for the federal Medicare program, said Najeeb
Khoury, the district’s chief
labor negotiator, in an interview.
Older retirees use district
benefits as a healthcare supplement to cover what Medicare doesn’t, which costs the
district about $7,100 per person each year.
As of January, the district
was providing benefits for
4,768 pre-Medicare retirees
and paying for supplemental coverage for 31,533 retirees old enough to receive
Medicare. Retiree health
benefits cost the district
nearly $328 million in the
2016-17 school year, close to
6% of the budget.
Although Khoury supported the pact, he acknowledged that L.A. Unified has a
problem with healthcare obligations. It would cost
about $13.6 billion in today’s
dollars to pay for all retiree
health benefits over the next
30 years, and the district has
put aside only a fraction of
the
necessary
funding,
Khoury told the board.
Over time, medical costs
for retirees could hamstring
the district’s ability to pay
active employees and educate children, said board
member Nick Melvoin.
“The freezing of the annual increases in this deal is
a baby step in the right direction, but our dire financial
situation requires at least an
adult step,” said Melvoin,
who voted no. “We undoubtedly need to secure more
funding from the state…. We
also need to start living
within our means.”
Board member Ref Rodriguez, who had earlier signaled support for the deal,
also voted no, expressing
concern that the agreement
might prove unaffordable by
its third year.
Board member Richard
Vladovic, who said he had to
leave the meeting early, was
not present for the vote.
By Seema Mehta
California Senate leader
Kevin de León received a significant boost in his bid to
defeat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday, winning
the endorsement of one of
the state’s most politically
powerful labor unions.
The Service Employees
International Union announced it was endorsing
California’s Senate president pro tem because of his
efforts to enact a $15 minimum wage, his work for immigrants in the U.S. illegally
and on environmental justice issues.
“Kevin de León is a leader
who speaks up for California
values. His leadership on the
most pressing challenges
facing California stands in
stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington,
D.C.,” said David Huerta, an
executive board member
with the union’s California
group, which has 700,000
members. “He’s stood up for
us and our California values
again and again, and now we
are proud to stand shoulder
to shoulder and endorse
Kevin de León to be our next
U.S. senator.”
Huerta’s statement was a
slap at Feinstein, a venerable member of the establishment in Washington after
spending a quarter-century
in the U.S. Senate. De León
has focused his candidacy
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
STATE Senate leader Kevin de León still faces an
uphill battle against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
on generational change and
keeping a more aggressive
posture against the policies
of President Trump than Feinstein.
But De León still faces a
steep uphill battle to defeat
Feinstein, in part because of
her enormous financial advantage over him. She
started the year with nearly
$10 million in the bank, while
De León reported $360,000.
He
also
badly
trails
Feinstein in all public
polling.
“The last numbers anyone has seen in the Senate
race show Kevin has a lot of
ground to make up, both in
terms of cash on hand and
polling. But if he’s going to
stay in the race and fight to
the end, he’s going to be looking for every point he can put
on the board, and the SEIU
endorsement adds a few
points,” said Darry Sragow,
the publisher of the nonpartisan California Target
Book, which handicaps
races in the state. He also
managed Feinstein’s gubernatorial primary campaign
in 1990.
“It’s a positive for him,
but he still needs a huge
amount of money,” Sragow
said. “And to be more cynical
... I don’t know a lot of contributors who will want to
take on a sitting U.S. senator
who’s going to be casting
votes all year long.”
The endorsement provides De León momentum
going into a key moment in
the U.S. Senate race — the
state Democratic Party convention next weekend, when
delegates
will
decide
whether to endorse in the
contest. The SEIU also announced Tuesday that it was
backing Lt. Gov. Gavin
Newsom in his gubernatorial bid.
Bill Carrick, Feinstein’s
longtime political advisor,
said the endorsement would
not affect their plans.
“The reality is we intend
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Resmovits and Sonali Kohli
contributed to this report.
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Unions give De León’s bid a lift
U.S. senate candidate
gains backing of SEIU
and state nurses group.
A boy who was wounded
in a shooting at Sal Castro
Middle School nearly two
weeks ago has been released
from a hospital but still has a
bullet in his head, his former
teacher said.
A bullet struck 12-yearold Issa Al-Bayati in his
skull, but didn’t hit any vital
organs, said Bridgette Robinson, who instructed AlBayati in English, science
and English language development at the school last
year. The teacher said he will
require additional treatment.
Robinson, 31, said she
was “horrified and saddened” when she learned her
former
student
was
wounded in the gunfire.
The shooting erupted in a
classroom Feb. 1, with a single bullet striking the boy in
the temple and a girl in the
left wrist. Both students
were discharged from a hospital as of last week, according to a Los Angeles County
health department spokesman. Two other students
and a teacher suffered minor
injuries.
A12-year-old girl was taken into custody and a semiautomatic pistol was recovered at the scene. Prosecutors charged the girl with
one felony count of being a
minor in possession of a firearm and a second felony
count of having a weapon on
school grounds.
The girl’s family has been
cooperative and denies any
responsibility or knowledge
of the gun, police said. The
district attorney’s office
would not provide any details about the status of the
case, citing juvenile privacy
laws.
Robinson, who has set up
a GoFundMe page to help
Al-Bayati and his family,
described him as a hard
worker who “wanted to do
his best.”
In an email to staff Tuesday morning, Sal Castro
Middle School Principal Erick Mitchell thanked Robinson “for her push to help
the family.”
Al-Bayati came to the
United States four years ago
after fleeing violence in his
home country of Iraq, where
his father was killed, Robinson said.
“His mother, alone with
two young boys to raise, applied for refugee status and
was able to immigrate to the
U.S.,” she said. “And he was
shot in the head in an American classroom.”
She said the boy suffers
from frequent bouts of dizziness, impaired vision, problems walking, and pain and
numbness in his face.
“He will need ongoing
counseling to deal with the
trauma he has experienced,
as will his mother and
younger brother,” Robinson
wrote on her GoFundMe
page. “No child should ever
have to experience the type
of loss and violence that Issa
has experienced in his short
life.”
to compete for votes from
everybody and we hope
we’re going to get the support of not only labor members but SEIU members,”
Carrick said. “He’s obviously
got relationships based upon his relationships in Sacramento that are helpful to
him.”
The SEIU announcement follows an endorsement of De León by the California Nurses Assn., another
important labor group in
the state. But that move
was less surprising — the
nurses group has a history
of bucking the establishment, including its vocal
support of Vermont Sen.
Bernie Sanders over former
Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton during the 2016
Democratic presidential primary.
De León has been a
champion of the nurses’ top
legislative priority, a singlepayer healthcare bill that
passed the state Senate in
2016 but stalled in the Assembly because of concerns
about costs.
The SEIU is more establishment-minded and gave
Feinstein high ratings in
most of its legislative scorecards in recent years. Its
backing of De León is potent
if he manages to make the
race competitive because
of the union’s size and its
deep pockets. Its state
council alone spent more
than $14 million during
the 2016 election, and that
doesn’t include separate political spending by local
chapters.
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KTLA
A GIRL , 12, was taken into custody after the shooting
at Sal Castro Middle School nearly two weeks ago.
Arrest in attack
on woman, 85
Transient man is held
after the unprovoked
Koreatown incident.
By Alene Tchekmedyian
and Joseph Serna
A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in
an unprovoked attack on an
elderly woman in Koreatown
that left her with a cracked
skull and bruised face, authorities said.
Richard Colomo, a transient, was booked on suspicion of felony battery and
was being held on $105,000
bail, said Los Angeles Police
Officer Mike Lopez.
Police did not say late
Tuesday how detectives
identified the suspect but
said he’s the individual seen
on security camera video at
a nearby smoke shop running away from the area. Authorities initially said the
man was a person of interest.
The attack occurred between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, when Mi Reum Song,
85, was walking on the sidewalk. A man approached her
and struck her in the head
and face before she fell unconscious.
Police said Song was not
robbed, but noted that there
have been multiple attacks
on elderly people in the area.
In a Facebook post that
has been shared thousands
of times since Sunday,
Song’s granddaughter, Yujin Ko, said her grandmother
was on the sidewalk near
Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue when she was
“struck in her head” by an
unknown assailant.
“There seemed to be no
motive as he had no relation
to her nor did he take any of
her belongings,” Ko wrote.
Photos show Song with a
knot in the middle of her
forehead and both eyes
swollen shut with deep purple bruising. A brown medical wrap covers the top of her
skull, which Ko said was
“split open.”
“She told me to let this go
because she wants to forgive
the man that did this but I
cannot and I am livid,” Ko
wrote, pleading for anyone
who may have seen the attack to call police.
“In the least, let this be a
lesson to everyone living in
this area to please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. You can’t be
too safe,” she said.
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Searching for solution Panel faults
LAPD
officer
to homeless dilemma
[Homeless, from B1]
and trespassing laws to deal
with the encampment.
Carter is pushing the different sides to meet with
their clients and staff to finetune an agreement to finally
start clearing the encampment Feb. 20.
In the meantime, the
judge wanted to tour the
trail himself as an alternative to “listening to hours
and hours of testimony” inside a courtroom, he said.
It was Carter’s fifth visit.
During more than four
hours, some of the homeless
people who were awake in
the cold air rushed up to
him, shaking his hand and
expressing gratitude.
“Instead of a he said/she
said situation, he actually
came out to judge, so to
speak, with his own eyes.
Looks like he’s holding people accountable. He gets
things done,” said Kathy
Schuler, one of seven homeless plaintiffs suing the
county and cities for violation of their civil rights.
On Tuesday, before Carter’s tour, all of the parties reached a verbal agreement allowing the county to start
clearing the encampment
next Tuesday. County officials will offer motel vouchers, good for 30 days, to an
estimated 400 people still at
the riverbed. They also have
ordered pop-up tents and
are working to retrofit two
county-owned properties in
Orange and Santa Ana to
provide temporary housing
later.
As Carter walked and
took pictures of eviction announcements
taped
to
chain-link fences, a group of
about 30 people followed
him.
“Your honor, that’s a needle up there. Don’t touch it!”
shouted Laura Knapp, an
attorney representing Orange County.
“Can’t believe I’m telling
a federal judge what to do,”
she added.
The entourage included
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
A VERBAL agreement was reached Tuesday to start clearing out the Santa Ana
River homeless camp next week, with motel vouchers for those who live there.
managers from the county’s
public works department,
county Supervisor Todd
Spitzer, city council members, social workers and a
pastor. Carter embraced
homeless men and women
who shared their struggles
with him. The judge vowed
to help a Marine veteran,
Shane Allen, who was diagnosed with stage IV colon
cancer. He told him he would
get him a motel voucher.
Carter exclaimed, “Semper fi,” before pulling county
officials up to Allen, who sat
in a wheelchair.
“Here’s who you need to
talk to for services,” he reassured Allen. “We’re going to
get you and your wife a suitable place to live and food.
Don’t you worry.”
Spitzer leaned over to ask
Allen more questions, before
pointing to the judge.
“Obviously, this is a very
unorthodox approach coming out here to meet with the
homeless, but then Dave
Carter is an unorthodox guy
who understands what’s
needed,” he said. “He’s
pulling everyone from every
agency and pushing them to
work together.”
Susan Price, the county’s
homeless czar who shadowed Carter, said: “Cooperation — that’s his message. This place used to be
absolutely full, but people
have moved out on their
own, and I appreciate him
coming to see the progress
we’ve made.”
Anaheim Councilwoman
Kris Murray, who last September persuaded her fellow
leaders to declare a state of
emergency over homelessness in her city, drew Carter’s attention to an especially large dumping ground
for furniture, dirty syringes
and debris.
“When you see lots of
strollers and bikes, you must
figure they’re taken from
residential areas. We get
calls from families who live in
some of the nearby apartments and they can’t leave
anything on their front
porch,” she said. “Ultimately, we have to move the
homeless to a higher quality
of life to help everyone be
safer.”
Murray, Carter and two
law clerks continued huddling with more residents
who emerged from their
tents, some cuddling pets, to
meet the judge.
M.J. Diehl, who found refuge in the camp with his
English mastiff three years
ago, was grateful to hear he
could be transferred to a motel soon.
“I’m overwhelmed — relieved,” he said, touching his
sticky hair. “The stress is
gonna roll right off, at last,
when I can take a shower.”
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[Officer, from B1]
Garcia’s name was redacted from a public copy of
Beck’s report, though the
department
previously
identified him as the only officer who fired his gun during the deadly encounter.
The name of the reserve officer, who was cleared of any
wrongdoing, has not been
released.
Larry Hanna, an attorney representing Garcia,
said he believed the officers
acted appropriately to safeguard bystanders in the
area. They first used a Taser
to try to subdue Mendez, he
said. Mendez, he added, had
swung a long metal pipe at
others, and the officers believed he continued to pose a
threat.
“There was no way they
could stand by and let this
person just swing at civilians,” Hanna said. “One hit
to the head and the civilian
goes down, then the chief or
other people would be saying, ‘Why didn’t they take action? Why didn’t they do
something?’ ”
The situation unfolded
shortly before 12:30 p.m.,
when the Central Division
officers responded to a report of a gray-haired
man swinging a pipe
outside a Carl’s Jr. at
Olympic and Main Street.
They ultimately found their
suspect, later identified
as Mendez, about a block
away.
At least one officer told
investigators he saw Mendez
swinging a “long stick or
pipe” toward people as they
approached him, according
to Beck’s report. Video from
the officers’ patrol car
showed Mendez “jabbing”
the pole as he stepped
toward a security officer,
who then stepped backward
and moved a bike to keep
Mendez away, the report
said.
One officer told investigators that he feared someone could be hit by the pipe,
so they “couldn’t wait for a
backup and had to move,”
Beck’s report said.
The officers began issu-
ing commands that Mendez
ignored, the report said. At
least one officer moved
closer, telling him to “stop
and drop the stick.”
The reserve officer then
fired a Taser, the report said,
but it had no effect on Mendez.
Mendez, still holding
the pipe, moved closer,
Garcia later told investigators, according to Beck’s report.
“He came at me, and I
fired,” Garcia told them. “He
was coming at me, my partner. I was thinking about the
other people that were all
there, if he — it would take,
literally, a couple seconds for
him to advance and just
start swinging.”
Paramedics took Mendez
to a hospital, where he died
less than an hour later.
Beck disagreed with Garcia’s actions, saying an officer with similar training and
experience would not have
reasonably believed Mendez
posed an imminent, serious
threat at the time the officer
pulled the trigger.
Beck also faulted the officer for not turning on his
body camera until after the
shooting and not carrying a
Taser, violations of department rules. (The reserve officer didn’t have a body camera.)
Garcia also discussed the
shooting with his partner
and other officers after it
happened, Beck wrote.
Under LAPD policy, officers
who fire their guns are
supposed to be separated
from others and ordered
not to discuss the shooting
with anyone other than
their representatives or investigators assigned to the
case.
Beck said the Taser and
body camera violations,
along with “any issues related to the discussion of the
incident” were part of a personnel investigation.
It is now up to Beck to decide what punishment, if
any, to hand down to Garcia.
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P RINCE HENRIK, 1934 – 2018
Husband of Danish monarch
associated press
Prince
Henrik,
the
French-born husband of
Danish monarch Queen
Margrethe who publicly
vented his frustration at not
being the social equal of his
wife or their son the crown
prince, has died at his family’s compound near the royal palace. He was 83.
He was diagnosed with
dementia last year and was
hospitalized last month with
a lung infection. On Tuesday, Henrik was moved from
a Copenhagen hospital to
the family’s residence, where
he died with the queen and
their two sons at his side.
“The royal family has lost
an anchor,” Prime Minister
Lars Loekke Rasmussen
said in a statement. Henrik,
he said, “kept his good spirits till the end.”
Flags were at half-mast
on public and private buildings across Copenhagen, including the city’s famed
downtown amusement park
Tivoli. National radio channels changed their morning
programs to broadcast
more austere music interrupted by anecdotes about
Henrik’s life.
The royal household on
Wednesday announced a
month of mourning during
which royals will wear dark
clothing and not participate
in social events. It also said
military staff would wear
black arm bands.
Hundreds
of
Danes
wrote on the royal household’s Facebook page to express their condolences.
Danes can bid farewell to
the prince Saturday at the
chapel of the Christiansborg
Palace, where his casket will
be on display. A funeral will
be held Feb. 20 at the building, which houses Parliament and the prime minister’s office and is also used
for royal ceremonies.
The Danish royal family
has no political authority,
but is one of the world’s oldest kingdoms and prides itself on stability. Henrik,
however, caused a scandal in
August by announcing that
when he died he didn’t want
to be buried next to Margrethe in the cathedral where
the remains of Danish royals
have gone for centuries. The
queen already had a specially designed sarcophagus
waiting for the couple.
The palace said it would
respect Henrik’s wish to be
cremated, with half his
ashes spread over Danish
seas and the other half buried in the royal family’s private garden at the Fredensborg Palace, north of Copenhagen, where he died.
Born June 11, 1934, in
France to parents with the
noble titles of count and
countess, Henri Marie Jean
Andre de Laborde de Monpezat married Denmark’s
future queen in 1967.
Henri became Henrik
and converted to Denmark’s
state Lutheran Church.
However, he found it difficult
to fit in with Denmark’s egalitarian lifestyle.
He was titled prince consort — the husband of a
reigning queen but not a
king — and he wasn’t in the
line of succession, his oldest
son, Crown Prince Frederik,
being the heir.
Shortly after the royal
marriage, media criticized
Henrik because he had
openly aired his views that
spanking was good for children. In the mid-1980s, Henrik publicly said he wanted a
paycheck instead of relying
on the queen, who gets annual allowances. The law
was eventually changed to
give him roughly 10% of the
annual allocation Parliament makes to royals.
In a 2002 interview, Henrik again stunned Danes by
saying he felt he had been
pushed aside in his own
home — not only by his wife
but also by his son. This followed the annual royal New
Year’s reception for foreign
diplomats, where Frederik
had been host because his
mother was unavailable due
to a broken rib.
Henrik lived his first five
years in France’s Asian colonies. He graduated from universities in Paris, learned
Mandarin and Vietnamese
and spent a year at the Hong
Kong University.
After moving to Denmark, Henrik was active in
different organizations and
wrote poetry, memoirs and
books, including a coffee table book on French gastronomy in 1999.
In September 2017, the
palace announced that Henrik had undergone tests at
Copenhagen’s
university
hospital. The diagnosis was
dementia and “the extent of
the cognitive failure is great-
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A MONTH OF MOURNING
Children lay flowers in front of the Fredensborg Palace, north of Copenhagen, where Prince Henrik died.
Pro golfer Bill
Haas is injured
in fatal car crash
Ferrari’s driver, active
in organizing Walker
Cup, is found dead.
By Joseph Serna
One person was killed
and two others, including
pro golfer Bill Haas, were injured in a traffic crash involving a Ferrari in Pacific
Palisades on Tuesday night,
authorities said.
The collision occurred
about 6:30 p.m. in the 500
block of North Chautauqua
Boulevard, where firefighters arriving at the scene
found the driver of the Ferrari dead and his passenger,
the 35-year-old Haas, seriously injured, authorities
said.
The driver was identified
Wednesday as Mark Gibello,
71. Gibello was a member of
the Los Angeles Country
Club and active in organizing the Walker Cup, an amateur golf competition between the U.S. and Great
Britain and Ireland.
A 50-year-old woman in a
BMW was also injured and in
serious condition, the Los
Angeles Fire Department
said.
Police said the Ferrari appeared to be traveling at
high speed when it collided
with several vehicles and
then smashed into a utility
pole. One of the vehicles it
struck was carrying actor
Luke Wilson, who was not
seriously injured, police
said.
A witness posted on
Twitter that he and Wilson
helped the injured out of
their vehicles.
Haas was in town for the
Genesis Open at the Riviera
Country Club but will now
instead head home to South
Carolina to recover, his manager Allen Hobbs said.
An investigation into the
crash is ongoing.
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Twitter: @JosephSerna
Times sports editor Mike
James contributed to this
report.
er than expected,” the palace said.
In January, he was admitted to a hospital with a lung
infection and later was said
to have a benign tumor.
On Friday, the palace
said his condition had “seriously worsened” and Frederik rushed home from
South Korea, where he was a
member of the International
Olympic Committee, before
the official opening of the
Winter Games.
Henrik is survived by his
wife, sons Crown Prince
Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren.
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ROYAL COUPLE
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik visit Indonesia
in 2015 to mark 65 years of diplomatic relations.
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More than just ‘a poor choice of words’
[Abcarian, from B1]
on the halfpipe. “I’m proud
of myself,” he told reporters.
“I don’t say that often.”
About five minutes in,
Matt Gutman of ABC News
tried to raise the issue:
“Shaun, over the past couple days, the sexual harassment allegations against
you by Lena Zawaideh have
resurfaced. Are you concerned they are going to
tarnish your legacy?”
Zawaideh, 26, was the
drummer in White’s rock
bad, Bad Things, for years.
In 2016, she filed a lawsuit
accusing him of sexual
harassment, wrongful termination and wage theft.
Zawaideh met White in 2007,
when she was a teenager.
White, who should not
have been surprised by the
question, was unprepared.
“You know, honestly,” he
replied, “here to talk about
the Olympics, not, you
know, gossip.”
At that point, the protection machine kicked in. Nick
Alexakos, spokesman for
the U.S. snowboarding
team, interrupted: “I think
we’re here to talk about the
gold medal and the amazing
day we had today. Thank
you. If you don’t have another question, why don’t we go
ahead and pass the mic?”
Gutman tried to insist:
“I’d like it to be addressed
just a little bit.”
“I feel like I addressed it,”
White said.
White’s dismissive response did not go unnoticed. Later, he apologized
during an interview with
“Today’s” Samantha
He wasn’t sorry
for what he did to
Lena Zawaideh,
mind you. Just
sorry for how he
described it.
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DRUMMER Lena Zawaideh accused Shaun White of harassment, wrongful termination and wage theft.
Guthrie, whose co-host
Matt Lauer was fired last
year when his sordid history
of sexual harassment was
revealed.
“I’m truly sorry that I
chose the word ‘gossip,’ ”
White said. “It was a poor
choice of words to describe
such a sensitive subject in
the world today. I’m just
truly sorry.”
He wasn’t sorry for what
he did to Zawaideh, mind
you. Just sorry for how he
described it.
Like many casual
Olympics watchers, I did
not know about Zawaideh’s
lawsuit against White. I
don’t pay much attention to
snowboarding, and athletes
are generally not my heroes.
But when one of the
biggest stars of the Games
turns out to be a credibly
accused sexual harasser
and law-flouting boss, I do
take notice. Particularly
now, when no man should
be immune from addressing
questions about his past.
For at least six years,
Zawaideh played drums in
White’s band, Bad Things.
During that time, according
to her 2016 lawsuit, he went
from being an obnoxious
boss to being a controlling,
toxic presence in her life.
And then, she claimed,
from January 2014 until
August 2014, he withheld her
$3,750 monthly salary.
White, she claimed, said she
“did not need the money.”
And it wasn’t as if the band
was on hiatus; it had a 19stop international summer
tour that year.
The first version of Zawaideh’s lawsuit focused on
the labor violations, but she
later amended it to include a
litany of sexual harassment
claims that she alleged took
place over six years.
White, Zawaideh
claimed, forced her to watch
pornography and sent her
sexually explicit texts. .
As her boss, she said, he
demanded she cut her hair
against her will, stop wearing her signature red lipstick and wear Spanx. She
said he threatened to slap
her, stuck his hands down
his pants and tried to make
her smell his fingers, forced
her to drink from a bottle of
vodka that he thrust into
her mouth when she was
still a minor, and told her in
explicit terms how to sexually satisfy her boyfriend.
White initially called the
lawsuit “bogus.” Then he
admitted sending the texts.
(How could he not? Copies
are included as exhibits in
her lawsuit.) But he has
denied the other allegations. Nevertheless, last
May, before the suit was
scheduled to go to trial,
White settled with
Zawaideh for an undisclosed amount.
It’s great that White is
proud of himself.
Saying he is sorry for
using the word “gossip” is
hardly the same as apologizing publicly to Zawaideh,
although after receiving lots
of criticism he issued a
statement regretting that
he had made a friend “uncomfortable.”
That’s a good first step
but he needs to go further.
He should apologize publicly to her by name and
without obfuscation.
That, after all, is what a
real hero would do.
robin.abcarian
@latimes.com
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health
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keep
rising
C O M PA N Y T OW N
Costs will outpace
GDP growth over the
next decade, making
up a larger share of
economy, report says.
By Noam N. Levey
Chris Pizzello Invision/Associated Press
RYAN MURPHY , left, has been key to the Fox TV studio’s success. For more than a decade, he has churned out culture-defining hits.
A blow for Disney and Fox
Netflix’s hiring of Fox producer highlights war for top TV talent
By Meg James
and Daniel Miller
One of the first calls Walt Disney
Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger
placed after clinching a $52.4-billion
deal to buy much of 21st Century
Fox was to television producer
Ryan Murphy.
Murphy has been key to the Fox
television studio’s success. For
more than a decade, he has churned
out culture-defining hits such as
“Glee,” “9-1-1,” “American Horror
Story,” “Nip/Tuck” and “The People
vs. O.J. Simpson.”
“Am I going to have to put
Mickey Mouse in ‘American Horror
Story?’ ” Murphy recalled asking
Iger in the December conversation,
which Murphy shared last month
during an appearance at the Television Critics Assn. conference in
Pasadena.
Iger — who called a handful of TV
writers after the deal was announced — instead stressed that
“Disney was interested in buying
Fox [because] they believed in the
assets and the executives and their
creators,” Murphy said.
But Fox just lost its most prolific
creator, who won’t be shifting over
to Disney, based in Burbank. Netflix
late Tuesday announced that it had
enticed Murphy to make shows for
the streaming service in a five-year
deal that could be worth as much as
$300 million, according to two people who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The uncertainty surrounding
the Disney deal — along with the
creative opportunities at the
streaming company — factored into
Ryan’s decision to jump to Netflix,
according to one of the people.
The move underscores the high
stakes in television as deep-pocketed streaming services look to
muscle into Hollywood’s turf and
steal top talent from legacy media
companies.
“I’d be very concerned if I were on
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On the road to
ruin with Trump’s
infrastructure plan
MICHAEL HILTZIK
President
Trump introduced his
infrastructure plan
Monday with
a ringing
preamble: “It
is time,” he
said, “to give
Americans the working,
modern infrastructure they
deserve.”
That raises the question:
“What did we do to deserve
this?”
The plan, which the
White House bills as a $1.5trillion program, provides
only $100 billion in federal
funds over 10 years for major
federal-state projects — and
those funds are mostly, at
this moment, mythical. The
plan bristles with incentives
to allow private investors to
profiteer, to expand tolls
and other user fees on crucial roads and bridges, and
to despoil public lands with
pipelines. It aims to fasttrack the most environmentally hazardous projects,
the better to keep experts
and local communities from
weighing in.
And it increases obligations on state and local
governments just at the
moment when their ability
to raise funds has been
hamstrung by Congress.
You’ll be hearing lots of
huzzahs for this program
from construction lobbyists
representing builders and
labor unions. Each will be
pointing with anticipation
to big-ticket projects in
their local areas, without
noticing that the program
impoverishes the ability to
get such projects done by
any level of government.
The smart money on
Capitol Hill says that the
whole package is dead on
arrival in Congress anyway.
Progressives say it’s not big
enough, and what’s there
gives away too much to
special interests; conservatives grouse that it’s too big
and not enough of a giveaway.
None of this is unexpected, and little enough of it is
new. Trump aides have been
telegraphing the outlines of
the infrastructure program
for more than a month. The
formal 55-page document
issued Monday puts a bit
more meat on the bones
that have been rattling
around since early January,
but the whole package
should mostly be seen as a
guide to the Trump administration’s approach to
governing: programs with
virtually no rationale and
without adequate financing,
along with a commitment
to getting government off
the backs of the people so
Big Business can saddle
up.
A couple of cases in
point: Trump proposes to
sell off Dulles and Reagan
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Al Seib Los Angeles Times
UNDER President Mark Pedowitz, the CW’s prime-time viewership this season
has risen 3% over last year while other networks have seen double-digit declines.
CW bucks TV trend,
bulks up in prime time
Broadcaster will add
two hours of scripted
shows Sunday nights.
By Meg James
Once dismissed as a pipsqueak in the television
world, the CW broadcast
network quietly has been
bucking an industry trend
by growing its audience —
and its ambitions.
Beginning this fall, the
CW will expand its primetime schedule 20% by adding
two hours of scripted pro-
gramming
on
Sunday
nights. By adding Sunday to
its schedule, the CW will field
12 hours of scripted shows
each week — Sunday
through Friday nights — up
from its current 10-hour
slate.
“This will make us a more
robust and healthier network,” Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW, said in an interview Wednesday. “It gives
us the ability to go out in the
marketplace with more
scripted programming than
we’ve had.”
The move is a reversal of
fortunes from 2009, when the
then-fledgling network —
which is a joint venture of
CBS Corp. and Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. — was
on its heels. That year, the
CW surrendered Sunday
nights, turning over those
prime-time hours to affiliate
TV station groups that carry
its programming. Back
then, the CW appeared to be
in a death spiral: It was
bleeding viewers and losing
money. Cable TV channels,
not broadcast networks,
were in vogue.
But the script has been
flipped. The CW has been
profitable for more than five
years, thanks to a deal with
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WASHINGTON — Driven by rising prices for drugs
and medical services, the
nation’s healthcare tab will
continue to outpace economic growth over the next
decade, according to a new
government report.
And by 2026, healthcare
spending will account for almost one-fifth of the U.S.
economy, an all-time record.
The new report, which
was prepared by independent economists at the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services and is
widely regarded as an important measure of the nation’s healthcare system,
echoes many recent warnings about rising costs.
At the same time, the report underscores the increasing urgency of confronting the ever-growing
burden that healthcare imposes on family checkbooks
and government spending.
“High and rising costs expose two often overlooked
problems,” Harvard economist David Cutler noted in
an article accompanying the
new spending projections,
published in the journal
Health Affairs.
“First, spending is too
high because many dollars
are wasted.... Second, high
medical costs combined
with stagnant incomes for a
large share of the population
and the inability of governments at all levels to raise
tax dollars leads to increased health and economic disparities,” Cutler
wrote.
The report indicates that
the rate of rising costs has
moderated somewhat compared with the years before
the 2008 Great Recession.
From 1990 to 2007, healthcare spending increased
7.3% a year on average, far
outpacing economic growth.
By contrast, annual
spending is projected to increase 5.5% on average between 2017 and 2026, the report’s authors conclude.
But the future spending
growth is considerably faster than in the decade following the recession, when
costs increased 4.2% annually on average.
More worrisome, the annual growth rate over the
next decade is expected to
average 1 percentage point
more than overall economic
growth.
That means that healthcare will expand to 19.7% of
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prices jump
The consumer price
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in January, up from
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month and well above
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inflationary signs
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Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
THE CONSUMER PRICE index increased 0.5% in January, up from 0.2% the previous month and well above
analyst estimates. The annual inflation rate was 2.1%. Above, Kalika Yap shops with her daughter in 2013.
U.S. consumer prices jump
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — Consumer prices jumped more
than expected last month,
the Labor Department said
Wednesday, adding to the
fear of higher inflation that
has roiled financial markets
in recent days.
But after being shaken
initially by the news, investors took it in stride and
the major U.S. stock indexes
closed higher for the fourth
straight session.
The consumer price index increased 0.5% in January, up from 0.2% the previous month and well above
analyst estimates. The annual inflation rate was 2.1%,
the same as it was for the 12
months that ended Dec. 31.
Higher prices for energy,
particularly gasoline, as well
as for apparel fueled the
sharp increase in the index,
which recorded its largest
month-over-month
jump
since September.
Although the consumer
price index is not the most
important measure of infla-
tion, its release Wednesday
took on outsized importance as investors scrambled for any new details
about the direction of the
economy.
The report roiled stocks
at first. The Dow Jones industrial index opened down
more than 100 points but
then turned positive, closing
up 253.04 points, or 1%, at
24,893.49.
Concerns that inflation is
accelerating, which could
lead to higher interest rates,
caused last week’s severe
stock market declines. And
the new data on consumer
prices rekindled some of
those concerns Wednesday
but was tempered because
the annual inflation rate
held steady and retail sales
declined.
“January inflation did
come in hot and higher than
expected, there’s no doubt
about it ... but it’s not too
alarming,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank
of the West.
The Commerce Department reported Wednesday
that retail sales fell unex-
pectedly in January, posting
their biggest drop in nearly a
year. Sales fell 0.3% after a
flat December, as Americans cut back on purchases
of automobiles and building
supplies.
Anderson said the disappointing retail sales data indicate that inflationary
pressures from higher consumer spending haven’t developed, despite many workers receiving one-time bonuses linked to the tax cut
legislation enacted late last
year,
The so-called core consumer price index, which excludes often-volatile food
and energy costs, increased
0.3% in January. That was up
from 0.2% the previous
month. The annual rate for
the core consumer price index held steady last month
at 1.8%.
The Federal Reserve has
an annual inflation target of
2%, a level that indicates rising wages but not an overheating economy. Inflation
has been stubbornly low
throughout the recovery
from the Great Recession,
which has helped keep interest rates at historically low
levels and made stocks an
attractive investment option.
Central bank policymakers monitor all inflation
measures, including another that covers wholesale
prices. But they judge their
annual target on the federal
government’s broader personal consumption expenditure price index, which tends
to show lower inflation than
the consumer price index.
The PCE price index
showed a 1.7% increase in the
12 months that ended Dec.
31, the most recent data
available. The core PCE
price index, which excludes
food and energy prices, was
up 1.5% year over year
through Dec. 31.
Inflation
fears
were
sparked Feb. 2 by the latest
jobs report, which showed
average hourly earnings in
January jumped 2.9% over
the previous 12 months.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
Investors saw some new
hints Wednesday that inflation is increasing, but they
still sent banks, technology
firms and consumer-focused companies climbing.
That was a big change after
the market’s inflation-inspired plunge this month.
After a shaky start,
stocks rose for the fourth
straight day. Banks made
some of the largest gains as
bond yields reached new
four-year highs.
After a 10% plunge in just
nine days, the Standard &
Poor’s 500 index has risen
4.5% in the last four days.
The Labor Department’s
consumer prices report
pushed up bond yields and
gold prices.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury note rose to 2.91%,
its highest mark in four
years, from 2.84%. That
helped banks, as the higher
interest rates make lending
more profitable. But it hurt
high-dividend firms such as
utility and phone companies. Those stocks often are
compared to bonds because
of their big dividend payments and relatively steady
prices, but investors find
them less appealing when
bond yields are rising.
Americans cut back on
purchases of cars, furniture
and a variety of other products in January. The Commerce Department also lowered its estimate for spending in December. That came
after a three-month stretch
that included the strongest
holiday sales in a decade.
Retailers traded higher
anyway. Amazon rose 2.6%
to a record high of $1,451.05.
Tiffany rose 2.1% to $103.11.
Nike climbed 3.2% to $67.96.
Netflix climbed 3% to
$266 after the streaming video company said it had
signed “Glee” and “American Horror Story” producer
Ryan Murphy to a production deal.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
soared 15.4% to $289.91 after
naming Taco Bell Chief Executive Brian Niccol to lead
the
company.
Niccol
launched breakfast at Taco
Bell and also introduced
mobile ordering from its
restaurants, and investors
felt he might improve Chipotle’s fortunes.
After years of declines,
watchmaker Fossil soared
87.7% to $16.97 after it posted
fourth-quarter results that
were far better than Wall
Street expected.
Gold jumped $27.60, or
2.1%, to $1,358 an ounce. Silver rose 35 cents, or 2.1%, to
$16.88 an ounce. Copper rose
7 cents, or 2.3%, to $3.24 a
pound.
U.S. crude rose $1.41, or
2.4%, to $60.60 a barrel.
Brent crude, used to price
international oils, climbed
$1.64, or 2.6%, to $64.36 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline rose 3
cents to $1.71 a gallon. Heating oil rose 5 cents to $1.88 a
gallon. Natural gas fell 1 cent
to $2.59 per 1,000 cubic feet.
The dollar fell to 107.09
yen from 107.69 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2435 from $1.2355.
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some members
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Susan Walsh Associated Press
IN A LETTER to Wells Fargo Chief Executive Tim Sloan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), above in Octo-
ber, called the bank’s problems “unacceptable.” “Wells Fargo has stolen money from its customers,” she wrote.
Wells is urged to address
problems with refunds
Bank patrons who are
due payouts are given
inaccurate info or
must ‘jump through
hoops,’ senator says.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — Sen.
Elizabeth Warren is pressing
Wells Fargo & Co. to explain
reported problems in issuing refunds to customers
who were charged inappropriately for auto insurance
and mortgage fees.
In a sharply worded letter
to Chief Executive Tim
Sloan, Warren called the
problems “unacceptable.”
“Wells Fargo has stolen
money from its customers,”
wrote the Massachusetts
Democrat, who has been an
outspoken critic of the San
Francisco bank’s practices
since its unauthorized-accounts scandal exploded in
2016.
“It has caused thousands
of people to spend valuable
time and money trying to
deal with a problem Wells
Fargo created,” she said in a
letter dated Tuesday. “And
now the bank is providing
the customers it harmed
with inaccurate information
or making them jump
through hoops to get their
money back.”
Last week, the Wall
Street Journal reported that
Wells Fargo had sent erroneous letters to 38,000 customers who had been forced
to buy unneeded auto insurance. The letters were unnecessary and did not contain refunds the bank has
said it would pay.
Wells Fargo spokeswoman Catherine Pulley said
that a vendor caught a coding mistake that resulted in
the letters, and that the
bank would “work with our
vendor to ensure these customers receive the appropriate communication — including any refunds they’re
eligible for.”
The Journal also reported that Wells Fargo had
not begun broadly reaching
out to customers for refunds
it agreed to pay for fees assessed to mortgage borrowers whose delays in completing loan applications were
primarily the bank’s fault.
Wells Fargo planned to
require as many as 110,000
customers to agree personally to a refund via a letter
before a check would be mailed out — and estimated
that no more than half of the
customers would do so, the
Journal said.
Warren complained to
Sloan that Wells Fargo was
requiring “victims to opt in
to receive a refund.”
Pulley said the bank
would address Warren’s
questions and those from
any other lawmakers about
the refund plans.
“Wells Fargo remains focused on making things
right for our customers and
is working with its regulators to ensure that these ongoing auto and mortgage remediations are completed
accurately and as quickly as
possible,” Pulley said.
“Our auto remediation is
underway and we expect it
to be substantially completed by mid-year,” she
said. “We have also begun
sending refunds to customers who previously contacted us to question their
mortgage rate lock extension fees, and continue to
work with our regulators on
plans for contacting the re-
maining customers who
paid those fees and invite
them to request a refund if
they believe that they were
charged fees inappropriately.”
Warren asked Sloan to
get back to her by Feb. 28
with answers, including detailed descriptions of the
bank’s “process for identifying and notifying consumers” due refunds and how
much money Wells Fargo
has budgeted to compensate them.
On Feb. 2, the Federal Reserve ordered Wells Fargo to
cap its growth and improve
its corporate governance in
response to what the regulator called “widespread consumer abuses and other
compliance breakdowns.”
The
punishment
stemmed from an investigation begun after the bank
agreed to pay $185 million to
regulators for opening accounts for customers without their authorization, a
practice first reported by
the Los Angeles Times in
2013.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
AT&T wants answers on Trump
Firm aims to show
politics were behind
blocking of deal.
By David McLaughlin
and Scott Moritz
AT&T Inc. wants to show
political tampering as it
seeks
evidence
about
whether President Trump
influenced the Justice Department’s decision to sue to
block the company’s proposed acquisition of Time
Warner Inc.
AT&T wants communications between the Justice
Department and the White
House about the Time
Warner takeover, according
to a person familiar with the
matter. It’s also looking to
put the head of the Justice
Department’s antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, on
the witness stand at trial,
the person said.
If approved, the deal
would reshape the media
landscape by uniting a telecom giant with the owner of
CNN, Warner Bros., TNT,
TBS and HBO. AT&T, the
owner of DirecTV, is the largest pay-TV distributor, as
well as a powerhouse in
mobile phones and land
lines.
The Justice Department
has argued that letting
AT&T own the films and TV
shows that flow down its
pipes would harm consumers and competitors.
AT&T’s move attempts
to highlight how the White
House may have pulled
some strings in the first major antitrust action brought
by Trump’s Justice Department. The lawsuit, which is
Cliff Owen Associated Press
AT&T wants to have Makan Delrahim, head of the
Justice Department’s antitrust division, testify.
set to go to trial March 19, has
sparked speculation that
Trump, a relentless critic of
Time Warner’s CNN, pushed
the department to oppose
the deal.
Denials on Trump
The White House and the
Justice Department have
denied Trump had any involvement in the review. Delrahim says the $85.4-billion
merger would raise costs for
consumers and reduce
choice
by
combining
AT&T’s distribution channels with Time Warner’s
content.
Bloomberg reported in
November that AT&T intended to dig into whether
the White House influenced
the decision to sue the companies. The New York Times
earlier reported on AT&T’s
plan to call Delrahim as a
witness.
The dispute over AT&T’s
requests will probably become public Friday at a
hearing in Washington before U.S. District Judge
Richard Leon, who is overseeing the case. Lawyers for
both sides held a closeddoor hearing with the judge
Monday and declined to
comment on what was discussed.
AT&T and the Justice
Department declined to
comment Wednesday.
The Justice Department
sued to block the merger in
November, saying it was
harmful to consumers. That
dealt AT&T a surprising setback to a deal that seemed
on track for approval similar
to Comcast Corp.’s prior
purchase of NBC Universal.
Change of tone
AT&T immediately responded to the lawsuit. It
vowed to fight the case in
court and called out Delrahim’s change of tone,
pointing to prior comments
he made on the deal.
“I do want to address the
elephant in the room here,”
AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said at the
time. “There’s been a lot of
reporting and speculation,
whether this is all about
CNN. And frankly, I don’t
know. But nobody should be
surprised that the question
keeps coming up, because
we witness such an abrupt
change in the application of
antitrust law here.”
Delrahim,
who
had
served in the Justice Department’s antitrust division under President George
W. Bush, commented during
a Canadian TV interview on
the Time Warner deal
shortly after it was announced in late 2016.
“Just the sheer size of it,
and the fact that it’s media, I
think will get a lot of attention. However, I don’t see
this as a major antitrust
problem,” Delrahim said
months before he was put in
charge of the antitrust division.
Since taking the top antitrust job, Delrahim has positioned himself as an aggressive enforcer who wants
to bring sweeping change
to the way the agency handles mergers. One of his
strongest positions is a dislike for the traditional practice of approving mergers if
the companies promise to
adhere to certain conditions.
Delrahim’s decision to
draw that line with the first
major
cross-industry
merger pits him against an
army of well-paid AT&T
lawyers and decades of approval decisions that hinged
on conditions.
McLaughlin and Moritz
write for Bloomberg.
Sam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers.
On Wednesday the warehouse club, owned by Walmart Inc., began offering free shipping on online orders
for Plus members on 95% of the items it sells. Most of its
shipping prices previously were based on the item’s size
and weight, the shipping method and the delivery address.
Free shipping and faster delivery have been key areas
as retailers try to compete with e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc. and adapt to shoppers’ shift online. In 2016,
Amazon’s product sales totaled $94.7 billion, according to
research firm EMarketer Inc. Analysts have said the Seattle firm’s Prime membership — which costs $99 per year
and provides free shipping on purchases, as well as access
to Prime Video, unlimited music streaming and other
perks — also encourages customers to stick with Amazon
for online buying.
Amazon also is reportedly planning a new service to
pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to
customers. And last year, Target Corp. bought grocery
delivery start-up Shipt to speed up same-day deliveries.
As part of its changes, Sam’s Club is converting its
three membership plans into two. Sam’s Plus will still
carry a $100 annual fee, while its Business and Savings
plans will be turned into Sam’s Club memberships with
an annual fee of $45. The company is trying to better compete with rival Costco Wholesale Corp. by focusing on the
more affluent customer. It has added more fresh produce
and other higher-quality products.
“We are creating a new Sam’s Club for our members,”
Chief Executive John Furner said. He said the chain was
targeting suburban families with children who have annual incomes between $75,000 and $125,000 — which
closely tracks Costco’s core customers.
Last month, Sam’s Club started closing 63 of its U.S.
clubs and said it would turn up to a dozen of them into ecommerce fulfillment centers to speed up deliveries. The
idea is to get the centers closer to customers’ homes.
Times staff writer Samantha Masunaga contributed to
this report.
Mnuchin says IRS
to ban tax loophole
By Jennifer Epstein and Miles Weiss
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Internal
Revenue Service will issue guidance within the next two
weeks to prevent hedge fund managers from dodging new
tax rules on carried-interest profits.
“I’ve already met with the IRS and our Office of Tax
Policy this morning as a result of that article,” Mnuchin
said Wednesday during a Senate Finance Committee
hearing, referring to a Bloomberg News story about hedge
fund managers creating shell companies to work around
stricter limits on carried interest. “Taxpayers will not be
able to get that loophole.”
Mnuchin’s comments were in response to questions
from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the
Senate Finance Committee. Wyden called the new tax law
requiring managers to hold assets for three years instead
of one year to qualify for the lower tax rate a “farce.”
Carried interest is the portion of an investment fund’s
returns that are paid to hedge fund managers, private equity players, venture capitalists and certain real estate investors. It’s eligible for a federal tax rate of 23.8% — which
includes a 3.8% tax on investment income imposed by the
Affordable Care Act — on sales of assets held for at least
three years. Otherwise, it’s treated as ordinary income
and managers face a top federal income tax rate of 37%.
Big names have appeared to be embracing the maneuver, which requires setting up limited liability companies,
or LLCs, for managers entitled to share carried-interest
payouts. Four LLCs have been created under the name of
Elliott Management Corp., the hedge fund giant run by
Paul Singer. More than 70 have been established under
the names of executives at private equity shop Starwood
Capital Group Management.
Epstein and Weiss write for Bloomberg.
Tourism industry
turning to music
By Hugo Martin
An Elvis impersonator jumps from an airplane while
mouthing the words to “Jailhouse Rock.”
A flash mob dances at a busy outdoor mall in Chicago
to Aloe Blacc’s 2013 hit “Wake Me Up.”
Salsa dancers shake and shimmy to “Conga” by Miami
Sound Machine beneath palm trees in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
These and other musical scenes are played out in a
new large-format, 3-D movie produced by tourism industry leaders who hope the film about America’s varied musical genres will boost international visitation to the U.S.
The 40-minute film, dubbed “America’s Musical Journey,” premieres Thursday at the Smithsonian’s National
Air and Space Museum in Washington. It was produced
by Brand USA, a public-private partnership dedicated to
promoting the country to foreign travelers.
“It’s a great storytelling device,” Tom Garzilli, chief
marketing officer for Brand USA, said of music. “It’s also
what connects a lot of the world to us.”
In addition to playing domestically, the film will soon
stream online and play in theaters in Mexico City, Paris,
Tokyo and Beijing.
It is the second film produced by Brand USA. The first
film, released in 2016, featured America’s national parks.
It was seen by 4 million international travelers in theaters
and online, Garzilli said.
International visitation started to decline slightly in
2016 and began to drop more dramatically since the start
of 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Garzilli blames temporary economic factors for the
decline, such as the strength of the U.S. dollar compared
with foreign currency.
Other tourism industry experts blame tougher security measures to travel to the U.S. and harsh rhetoric about
immigrants by President Trump.
hugo.martin@latimes.com
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TV ‘landscape is changing so fast’
[Television, from C1]
the traditional media side,”
said Ashwin Navin, CEO of
Samba TV, a data and analytics company for the TV industry. “It’s a really scary
landscape for a traditional
media company.”
Murphy’s
defection
comes six months after Disney’s ABC lost its No. 1 television producer, Shonda
Rhimes, to Netflix, based in
Los Gatos, Calif., in a deal
that is valued at more than
$100 million. Rhimes was the
force behind such mainstream hits as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “Private Practice.”
Netflix plans to spend as
much as $8 billion this year
on programming — significantly more than any other
producer — highlighting the
challenges that Disney, Fox,
NBC, CBS and Sony Pictures Entertainment face as
they struggle to maintain
their position amid the digital disruption.
“The landscape is changing so fast,” said Michael
Pressman, a veteran television director who recently
directed episodes of “Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit”
and “Chicago Med.” He
noted that network executives should be asking themselves, “How do we deal with
this?”
A big part of Disney’s rationale for agreeing to spend
$52.4 billion to buy the Fox
assets was to better compete
against Netflix. Disney recognized that it must ramp
up its television production
to remain relevant in a world
in which young adults and
teenagers don’t watch TV
the way their parents do.
“We certainly are intent
on creating a larger, more
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images
NETFLIX late Tuesday said that it had enticed Ryan Murphy to make shows for the streaming service in a five-year deal that is said to be
worth as much as $300 million. Above, Murphy, left, appears on a panel at the Television Critics Assn. conference in Pasadena last month.
unified television production studio,” Iger said during
a call with analysts in December to discuss the Fox
transaction. “That’ll probably be the priority.”
Disney and Fox declined
to comment Wednesday.
Disney’s plans include
rolling out a branded
streaming service in 2019
with its movies and familycentric shows. Should it win
regulatory approval for the
Drug, care prices
to keep cost of
healthcare rising
[Healthcare, from C1]
the economy in 2026 from
about 17.9% of the economy
in 2016.
Some of the increase reflects the fact that the U.S.
population is aging and will
therefore require more medical care, the authors note.
Steady economic growth
over the next decade will
probably drive some increase in health spending, as
has happened in previous
economic expansions.
But the report concludes
that the biggest drivers of
rising spending are likely
to be higher costs for care
and, particularly, for prescription drugs. Spending
on retail drugs is projected
to increase 6.3% a year on
average over the next
decade.
The U.S. already has the
highest medical prices in the
world, research indicates.
And as public outrage
over the price of prescription
drugs and many medical
services increases, there are
growing calls by Democrats
for more government regulation of prices, a practice
common in other industrialized countries.
But Republicans oppose
such efforts, instead backing
plans to cut government
healthcare
assistance,
which could restrain spending by making it more difficult for many patients to pay
for medical care.
noam.levey@latimes.com
Twitter: @noamlevey
Fox deal, Disney also intends to take over the Hulu
streaming service and run
more adult programs from
ABC, Freeform and Fox
channels, including FX.
Iger has touted the importance of FX to the deal.
He said FX has “great production capabilities” and an
“edgy or adult brand, one
that could easily feed the direct-to-consumer business
quite successfully.”
In addition to producing
shows for the Fox broadcast
network, including Fox’s
new hit “9-1-1,” Murphy has
been integral to the success
of FX, whose credibility he
helped establish with the
early success of “Nip/Tuck,”
which debuted in 2003. Since
then he’s gone on to executive produce the “American
Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” anthologies for the channel, among
others.
Only producers Greg
Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Riverdale,”) Rhimes and Steven
Moffatt (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”) are responsible for
more hours of scripted dramas than Murphy, according to a Guggenheim Securities report. But Murphy’s
shows have been instrumental in turning Fox’s FX channel into a destination for
provocative programming.
“Talented show-runners
are among the most-scarce
resources in Hollywood,”
Guggenheim Securities me-
dia analyst Michael Morris
wrote Wednesday in a report. He noted that capable
TV producers become “increasingly important as the
number of produced series
continues to grow.”
Murphy’s deal with Netflix, which begins in July, will
not affect the shows he currently produces for FX.
But traditional media
companies must come up
with ways to create competitive advantages, according
to Peter Csathy, founder of
the advisory firm Creatv Media, so they don’t continue to
bleed talent.
“They need to ask themselves what they can do better than Netflix, Amazon
and others?” Csathy said.
“News and live sports —
those are the obvious answers. The hard question is:
what else?”
For Fox, that means reducing its reliance on
scripted
programming.
That was a key driver in Rupert Murdoch’s decision to
sell so much of his New Yorkbased entertainment company to Disney. The 86-yearold mogul has said it would
become increasingly difficult for Fox to compete
against
deep-pocketed
technology companies such
as Netflix, Amazon and Apple.
“Rupert realized that Fox
wouldn’t be big enough,”
said Jeffrey Cole, director of
the Center for the Digital Fu-
ture at USC Annenberg
School for Communication
and Journalism. “Before our
very eyes Fox went from being a big producer to a medium-sized one because of
the programming investments being made by Netflix, Amazon and the others.”
Apple, for example, has
said it plans to spend more
than $1 billion this year to
build its programming reserves, which means more
competition for the traditional networks.
“CBS, NBC and Fox are
becoming less relevant because of what Netflix, Amazon and Bob Iger is doing at
Disney,” Cole said. “And
what is bringing the broadcast networks down is their
burden of having to create 22
hours of original programming each week. Netflix
doesn’t have to do that.”
Moving forward, the FX
brand will have to survive
without Murphy’s considerable talents for crafting hits.
In a statement, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf
downplayed the effect of
Murphy’s deal with Netflix,
noting his four existing
shows will remain at Fox.
“With more than 20
scripted original series on
our schedule or upcoming,
FX has a very successful
track record of identifying
and developing talented
writers who have produced
award-winning hit shows
and it will continue to do so,”
Landgraf said in a statement.
The talent drain from
Hollywood isn’t just among
show producers. Last week,
NBC Entertainment lost its
president, Jen Salke, who is
moving to Amazon to run its
Santa Monica-based Amazon Studios. And last summer, Sony Pictures Television lost its top executives
who are now building Apple’s television pipeline.
The move to bolster television comes as the traditional movie business is being battered by a steep falloff in home entertainment
revenue.
That shift is putting more
pressure on television, at a
time when Netflix and Amazon are making gains with
their streaming services.
The television arms race
— what Landgraf calls “peak
TV” — has worried some investors who fear that traditional media companies will
be left behind.
“While investors have
expressed concern about
the risk of the rising cost
of show production overall …
the greater challenge lies
in attracting and retaining
the most connected, creative and operationally talented writers and producers,” Guggenheim’s Morris
said.
meg.james@latimes.com
Twitter: @MegJamesLAT
CW expands its scripted lineup
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Netflix Inc. that Pedowitz
structured shortly after arriving at the network in 2011.
Wall Street has become
more bullish on broadcast
networks because the audience for cable channels continues to erode as pay-TV
subscribers cut the cord in
favor of streaming services.
Broadcast networks remain
more widely available.
The CW has carved out a
niche on the strength of such
shows as “The Flash,” “Riverdale,” “Jane the Virgin”
and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,”
and it has been growing its
television audience. Compared with last year, its
prime-time viewership this
season has increased 3%
to 1.8 million. By contrast,
other networks have been
experiencing double-digit
declines. The CW runs
on Tribune Media Co.’s
KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los
Angeles and WGN-TV in
Chicago.
The network’s advertising-supported digital platform, the CW Seed, has been
growing more dramatically.
Since Pedowitz took over,
the company has increased
its programming to more
than 300 hours a year from
about 220.
Providing programming
six nights a week, rather
than five, “gives us greater
girth in the marketplace for
advertising revenue,” Pedowitz said.
“As one of the largest CW
affiliate groups, we are excited to see the CW Network
reaffirm its commitment to
broadcasting by expanding
its schedule to Sunday
night,” said Chris Ripley,
chief executive of Sinclair
Kevin Mazur Getty Images for the CW
SINCE Mark Pedowitz, above, took over at the CW in 2011, the company has in-
creased its programming to more than 300 hours a year from about 220.
Broadcast Group. “We value
our relationship and look
forward to an even stronger
audience following with
more of the CW’s popular
prime-time programming.”
Sinclair is trying to buy
Tribune Media stations, a
deal that would make Sinclair the largest station affiliate group for the CW. (The
Los Angeles Times shared a
parent company — Tribune
Co. — with Tribune Media
properties until 2014.)
The CW’s expansion
comes as Rupert Murdoch’s
Fox Broadcasting is shifting
gears by striking a deal with
the NFL to bring “Thursday
Night Football” to Fox. The
move, which begins to lessen
Fox’s reliance on scripted
programming, was part of
Murdoch’s strategy to refocus the Fox broadcast network around sports and
news following a sale of other
assets to Walt Disney Co.
“We are very pleased with
the growth and success of
the CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the
network’s
prime-time
schedule to 12 hours,” said
Peter Dunn, president of the
CBS Television Stations.
“We are excited to partner
with them to grow our rat-
ings and revenue by adding
original series programming
on Sunday nights.”
Still, the CW faces challenges, including a possible
ownership change if AT&T
is allowed to buy Time Warner Inc., which owns one of the
CW’s parent companies —
Warner Bros. AT&T has not
articulated a plan for the CW
stake, which adds to the uncertainty. The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging AT&T’s takeover of
Time Warner, and a trial is
set for next month.
meg.james@latimes.com
Twitter: @MegJamesLAT
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predictably
lacks funds
and action
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National airports and two
Washington-area highways.
Why? They would be “more
appropriately owned by
State, local or private entities.” How so? The document doesn’t say.
He’s proposing to sell
the Tennessee Valley Authority’s transmission assets. Why? “The vast majority of the Nation’s electricity
needs are met through
for-profit investor-owned
utilities.” So? “Federal
ownership of these assets
can result in sub-optimal
investment decisions and
create risk for taxpayers.”
Hmmm. Trump ought to
come out to California,
where we’ll fill him in on
Southern California Edison
and Pacific Gas & Electric.
We can start by guiding
him through Edison’s San
Onofre nuclear plant, permanently mothballed because of, well, a “sub-optimal investment decision”
and thoroughly incompetent management. Then he
can zip up to San Bruno, to
a neighborhood that was
leveled by a gas explosion in
a PG&E main that hadn’t
been properly maintained
by its for-profit owner. On
his way out, he can visit the
final resting places of the
eight people who were killed
in the blast.
It’s no secret that the
United States desperately
needs an infrastructure
upgrade. Some estimates
place the cost of rectifying
decades of deferred maintenance on what has already
been built at $4.6 trillion
through 2025. The $1.5 trillion to be handed over to
corporate shareholders and
other wealthy people via the
tax cut would have been a
healthy down payment on
this bill.
“Almost every city and
state has its horror stories,”
Laura Tyson of UC Berkeley
and Lenny Mendonca of
New America observed in
September: “Dysfunctional
subways in New York City,
lead-contaminated drinking
water in Flint, Michigan,
the near-collapse of a major
dam in Oroville, California.”
Public spending on infrastructure has been on a
steep slide since the recession, when the federal government stepped in to help
financially strapped state
and local governments.
Public spending peaked at
2.2% of inflation-adjusted
GDP in 2009; by late last
year it was down to about
1.6%.
During his election
campaign, Trump talked
incessantly of a historic
commitment to reversing
this trend. It now seems
that he was just yammering
pointlessly.
The crux of Trump’s plan
is to turn the traditional
80-20 federal-state split of
financing of major infrastructure inside out, to
20-80. Where states and
localities are expected to
find their exponentially
larger share is unclear,
especially since the recent
GOP tax cut bill, which
Trump signed, creates new
political obstacles and
higher absolute dollar costs
of raising the money
through taxation.
The infrastructure plan
encourages states and
municipalities to be more
welcoming to charging tolls
on interstate highways,
imposing passenger surcharges at small airports
and “commercializing”
interstate rest areas. This
looks like an open invitation
to private firms charging
what the market will bear to
SpaceX poised
to launch demo
satellites for its
constellation
Payload will be part of
first-phase testing for
an eventual network
offering web access at
‘fiber-like speeds.’
By Samantha Masunaga
SpaceX could launch the
first two demonstration satellites of its proposed network of satellites as early as
Saturday, according to
documents filed with the
Federal Communications
Commission.
The two satellites, known
as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, are set to launch
as the so-called secondary
payload on Saturday’s Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to a letter
dated Feb. 1 to the FCC from
a SpaceX executive. The letter was submitted to the
agency Monday.
The primary mission for
Saturday’s launch is the Paz
Earth observation satellite,
which was built by Airbus
and will be operated by
Spanish government satellite services operator Hisdesat.
The launch of the two
demonstration satellites will
test their design, structure
and
subsystems.
The
Hawthorne company also
plans to test the satellites’
communication paths by using five test ground terminal
stations and three mobile
test vans, according to past
FCC filings.
Test stations will be located in Hawthorne; Fremont;
McGregor
and
Brownsville, Texas; and in
Redmond, Wash., where
SpaceX has established an
office dedicated to satellite
development.
SpaceX declined to comment.
The demonstration satellites, which will be in the
shape of a box measuring 3
feet by 2.2 feet by 2.2 feet, will
be part of the first phase of
testing for SpaceX’s socalled constellation, which
the company has said would
initially consist of 4,425 satellites.
The constellation is intended to provide broadband internet service at “fiber-like speeds,” especially
for individual households
and small businesses, according to testimony from
Patricia Cooper, SpaceX
vice president of government affairs, during an October Senate committee
hearing.
Assuming a successful
demonstration of the satellite and ground technology,
SpaceX plans to start
launching operational satellites in phases starting next
year and will reach full capacity by 2024, Cooper said
in her testimony. Commercial service could start after
800 satellites have been
launched.
SpaceX is just one of
several companies, including OneWeb and Boeing Co.,
that plan to launch constellations of hundreds or
even thousands of small satellites to provide internet access, particularly in rural
areas.
samantha.masunaga
@latimes.com
Twitter: @smasunaga
Harry Hamburg New York Daily News
THE INFRASTRUCTURE plan includes selling Reagan National Airport, above, Dulles airport and Wash-
ington-area highways because they would be “more appropriately owned by State, local or private entities.”
anyone needing to pull off
the road. The plan says
restrooms should be exempt from fees (perhaps on
the principle that when
nature calls, it shouldn’t call
collect).
The plan would give the
Interior secretary, currently
the ace environmental
spoliator Ryan Zinke, more
authority to approve pipeline construction and energy production (presumably
oil and gas) in the national
parks. It would eliminate
the requirement that every
such project receive specific
congressional approval, the
better to “reduce the delays
and uncertainties caused”
by the requirement. This
elevates “streamlining” to a
Platonic ideal, with immeasurable consequences for
the environment. Bad con-
sequences, obviously.
Finally, there’s a very
Trump-esque $20-billion
fund for “projects of national significance.” Supposedly these are “projects
that can lift the American
spirit, that are the nextcentury-type of infrastructure as opposed to just
rebuilding what we have
currently,” according to a
White House briefing this
weekend.
That’s a classic example
of putting the cart before
the horse. The greatest
infrastructure projects in
American history weren’t
undertaken because they
would lift the American
spirit, but because they
served a mundane need
that happened to have
grand ramifications. Hoover Dam, the epitome of a
spirit-uplifting infrastructure project, wasn’t built to
make Americans feel good,
but to solve an immediate
flood control and irrigation
crisis for a bunch of farmers
in the Imperial Valley of
Southern California; if its
designers had decided from
the outset to build the biggest dern thing they could,
just for the greater glory of
Herbert Hoover, it probably
never would have been built
at all.
The most important
investments in infrastructure are the opposite of
spectacles. They involve
filling potholes, fixing
bridges, restoring water
lines, patching dam spillways. Often they confer
benefits far beyond their
communities’ boundaries,
and often outside their state
lines. They shouldn’t depend on bribing private
investors with the prospect
of financial returns from
tolls and user fees; they
should be financed by the
community at large.
Infrastructure should
serve public needs, not
represent some costly,
ideological devotion to fossil
fuels or a mystical faith in
private enterprise. Infrastructure that does what it’s
supposed to is what lifts the
American spirit. One
searches the Trump plan for
some recognition of that
reality, in vain.
Keep up to date with
Michael Hiltzik. Follow
@hiltzikm on Twitter, see
his Facebook page, or email
michael.hiltzik
@latimes.com.
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Uber’s ’17 loss widens to $4.5 billion
Ride-hailing firm’s
red ink grows from
$2.8 billion in 2016.
But gross revenue
jumps 85%.
associated press
Ride-hailing giant Uber’s
full-year net loss widened to
$4.5 billion in 2017 as the
company endured a tumultuous year that included
multiple scandals, a lawsuit
alleging the theft of trade secrets and the replacement of
its chief executive.
The results also showed
that Uber cut its fourthquarter net loss 25% compared with the third quarter
as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi moves to make the
company profitable in advance of an initial public offering of stock planned for
sometime next year.
The full-year loss grew
from $2.8 billion in 2016, a
year with results skewed by a
gain from the sale of Uber’s
unprofitable business in
China.
Uber also said its U.S.
ride-hailing market share
fell to 70% in the fourth quarter from 82% at the start of
last year. Uber said the share
has now stabilized.
Gross revenue for the
David Butow For The Times
UBER CUT its fourth-quarter net loss 25% from the third quarter as its CEO moves to make the company
profitable ahead of an IPO planned for sometime next year. Above, an Uber car in San Francisco in 2016.
year was $37 billion, up 85%
compared with 2016.
For the fourth quarter,
Uber’s net loss was $1.1 billion, down from a $1.46-billion loss in the third quarter.
Bookings from fares rose
14% to just over $11 billion for
the quarter.
Although the losses are
significant, the results still
are positive for Uber with
revenue rising and losses
falling in three of four quarters in 2017, said Rohit Kulkarni, managing director of
SharesPost, a research
group focused on privately
held companies. The numbers show that Uber under
Khosrowshahi is on a path
toward profitability and a
sustainable economic model, Kulkarni said. “If you
draw that out further, a year
from now, this could be a significant IPO waiting to happen,” he said.
Uber considers adjusted
earnings before taxes as
a better indicator of its financial performance rather
than net earnings based on
generally accepted accounting principles, which include
losses for accounting purposes. On an adjusted basis
— excluding stock-based
compensation, legal costs,
taxes and depreciation —
the company lost $2.2
billion for the full year. The
fourth-quarter adjusted loss
was $475 million, down from
$606 million in the third
quarter.
San
Francisco-based
Uber’s results are difficult to
report because only pieces
are released. Khosrowshahi
detailed them on a conference call with investors
Tuesday, and the company
made some results public by
giving them to a website
called the Information.
A person briefed on the
results provided some numbers and confirmed the
accuracy of the Information’s story to the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person didn’t want
to be identified because
Uber remains a private company.
Last year was a particularly bad one for Uber, with
its reputation tarnished by
the company’s acknowledgment of rampant sexual harassment within its ranks, a
yearlong coverup of a major
computer break-in, and the
use of duplicitous software
to thwart government regulators.
CEO Travis Kalanick was
ousted in June and replaced
by Khosrowshahi in August.
This month, Uber ended
the autonomous vehicle
trade secrets lawsuit filed by
Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. It
settled the suit for a payment of Uber stock that
Waymo valued at $245 million.
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PYEONGCHANG
A SECOND WIND
Shiffrin
blows away
giant slalom
field on her
final run
By Nathan Fenno
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea — For three
days,
Mikaela
Shiffrin
waited as Siberian wind
howled through the Taebaek Mountains.
Temporary
buildings
erected for the Winter
Olympics buckled. The
wind chill plunged below
zero.
Debris
whipped
through the streets. And in a
narrow valley named after a
dragon, navigating the 1,250meter Rainbow 1 course at
the Yongpyong Alpine Center became a perilous exercise.
The wind forced the
postponement of Shiffrin’s
first race at the Games once,
then twice. The world’s topranked Alpine skier jokingly
wondered if she’d ever get
the chance to compete.
Finally, the wind quieted
Thursday. Temperatures
climbed into the mid-20s.
The sky cleared. As supporters blew horns and clanged
cowbells under blinding
sunshine,
Shiffrin
embarked on her much-anticipated quest to make history.
The 22-year-old from
Vail, Colo., blitzed through
her second run in the giant
slalom to win the gold medal
by almost a half-second.
“There’s moments when
I think, ‘Oh my gosh, what
am I going to do?’ and
there’s moments where I feel
like, ‘No problem,’ ” Shiffrin
said. “I don’t know when it
was, at some point today after the first run I thought,
like, ‘I can really win this.’ I
just tried to hang onto that
[See Skiing, D10]
The first of many?
Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold
medal in the giant slalom
kicks off a busy Olympic
schedule that’s been
compacted by wind delays:
GIANT SLALOM
Gold medalist
SLALOM
Today, 5 p.m. PST
SUPER-G
Friday, 6 p.m.
DOWNHILL
Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images
SHE STILL had to wait for one more skier to finish to claim the gold medal in the giant slalom, but Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after her
strong second run put her in the lead. Shiffrin’s best event is the slalom, which will be run tonight, Pacific time.
Lonely event
is a family affair
Lowell Bailey, a world
champion in the
biathlon, is seeking the
first U.S. Olympic medal
in the event. A1
ROUND 1 GOES TO CANADA
Americans fall short but teams are
likely to meet for the gold medal
White sorry
about ‘gossip’
CANADA 2
UNITED STATES 1
HELENE ELLIOTT
When halfpipe gold
medalist dismisses
questions about sexual
harassment, it’s bigger
than a sports story. B1
U.S. men lose
hockey opener
Slovenia, without
Kings’ Kopitar, rallies
from two goals down in
the third period and
wins in overtime. D9
ALPINE COMBINED
Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
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U.S. GOALTENDER Maddie Rooney can’t stop a shot by forward Meghan
Agosta at 7 minutes 18 seconds of the second period that put Canada ahead 1-0.
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea
— One look at
U.S. forward
Brianna
Decker’s face,
sweaty and
frowning after her team’s 2-1
loss to Canada on Thursday
dispelled the notion that the
teams’ preliminary-round
finale at Kwandong Hockey
Centre meant nothing
because both had clinched
spots in the Olympic tournament semifinals.
One glance at the push-
ing and shoving at the end,
one look at the rueful expression of U.S. forward
Jocelyne LamoureuxDavidson and the happy
smile of Canada goalie
Genevieve Lacasse, who
foiled a penalty shot by
Lamoureux-Davidson in the
second period while making
44 total saves, and there
could be no doubt how
much this matchup meant
to the pride and sense of
history of players on both
sides of a rivalry that has
carried women’s hockey so
well for so long.
“It’s the two giants of the
world of hockey colliding,”
said U.S. forward Hilary
Knight, who had a chance to
tie the score in the waning
[See Elliott, D9]
Ohtani is comfortable in first spring-training appearance, Bill Plaschke writes. SPORTS INSIDE >>>
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
PYEONGCHANG 2018
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MEDAL COUNT
THE LEADERS
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NORWAY
14
13
11
11
8
G 4
S 7
B 3
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GERMANY
G 8
S 2
B 3
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NETHERLANDS
G 5
S 4
B 2
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CANADA
G 3
S 4
B 4
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UNITED STATES
G 5
S 1
B 2
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THE OTHERS
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images
TOBIAS WENDL and Tobias Arlt celebrate winning the doubles luge gold for Germany, beating out the favorites. It was the second
straight Olympic gold in the event for the pair, born two weeks apart in 1987 and nicknamed “The Bayern-Express.”
Country
Japan
France
OAR
Austria
Italy
Sweden
Australia
South Korea
China
Czech Republic
Switzerland
Finland
Slovakia
Spain
Kazakhstan
G
0
3
0
2
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
S
4
1
1
1
1
1
2
0
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
B Tot.
3
7
2
6
4
5
1
4
2
4
0
3
1
2
1
2
0
2
1
2
1
2
2
2
0
1
1
1
1
1
Note — Russia was suspended from the
Pyeongchang Games; athletes from the
country compete under the Olympic flag
as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).
OLYMPICS BUZZ
HOLT A STEADY HAND
By John Cherwa
This is your daily infusion of information and
news that you might have
missed. The really big stuff
you’ll find in other stories.
NBC has been in a period
of transition lately. Mike
Tirico has taken over from
Bob Costas as host of the
Olympic Games and it will
take him a while to gain the
gravitas that Costas accrued by hosting 12 Olympic
Games.
The “Today” show trio of
Savannah Guthrie, Hoda
Kotb and Al Roker have
chemistry, but with the exception of Roker, who is
mostly asked to be silly, it
was a new combination in
the morning chairs.
There was another familiar face, Lester Holt, host of
“NBC Nightly News.”
He’s been in the big chair
since June 2015 and has a
television presence that
makes him as comfortable in
your living room as an old
sofa. This is his ninth
Olympics.
He made himself available to the Buzz to answer a
few impertinent questions.
If you were an Olympic athlete, what would be your
sport?
I’d probably be a curler.
I’ve tried it a few times. It’s
kind of like a board game on
ice. Plus, it’s indoors. Low
frostbite risk.
Which is colder, Chicago’s
Michigan Avenue on a frigid, windy February day or
Pyeongchang? (Holt used
to be an anchor in Chicago.)
If you’d asked me before
my night at the ski jump
here, I would have gone with
Chicago. But Pyeongchang
winds blowing through that
ravine are a whole new kind
of cold.
How difficult is it to remember to say “Good evening”
when you do the evening
news at 8:30 a.m., Korea
time?
Every morning I wake up
at 4:30 a.m. to join the 2:30
p.m. editorial call from New
York, and every time we go
through this “Good after—, I
mean, good morning” routine, complete with the ubiquitous one-second overseas
call delay. Because we do a
live broadcast, a part of me
has to remain on Eastern
time. Every scheduling conversation begins with the
ground rules: “Are we talking New York time or local
time?”
Which has been your favorite Olympics?
I’m going to go with London 2012. Transportation
was good. The people were
nice, and even the weather
was great. It rained every
TV SCHEDULE
CHANNEL 4 — Noon-2 p.m.:
Cross-country: women’s 10km
gold-medal final; Speedskating: men’s 10,000m goldmedal final. 5-10:05 p.m.:
Figure skating: men’s short
program (LIVE); Snowboard
cross: women’s gold-medal
final (LIVE); Skeleton: men’s
gold-medal final runs (LIVE);
Freestyle skiing: women’s
aerials; Cross-country: women’s 10km gold-medal final.
10:05-11 p.m.: Luge: team relay
gold-medal final; Biathlon:
men’s 20km gold-medal final
NBCSN — 11:40 p.m. (Feb.
14)-2 a.m.: Men’s ice hockey:
Norway vs. Sweden (LIVE).
2-4:10 a.m.: Cross-country:
women’s 10km gold-medal
final. 4:10-6:30 a.m.: Men’s ice
hockey: Switzerland vs. Canada (LIVE). 6:30-9 a.m.: Luge:
team relay gold-medal final;
Speedskating: Men’s 10,000m
gold-medal final. 9-11 a.m.:
Biathlon: men’s 20km gold-
day in the weeks leading up
to the opening, but it was
beautiful every day after.
Is there a Korean food that
you just won’t eat?
I’m game to try anything,
but I’m swearing off the Korean sauces.
They love some real heat
on their food. The best I can
tell, “mild” here is equivalent
to our “five alarm,” and until
I can tell the difference, I’m
keeping the sauces on the
side.
What are your gold, silver
and bronze Olympic moments?
I know Michael Phelps
would later eclipse his
record, but I will never forget
Mark Spitz’s swimming for
seven gold medals in the 1972
Games. I’d give that moment a gold.
Silver goes to the USA
Dream Team from 1992. Will
there ever be so much talent
on one basketball team?
Watching Shaun White
earn his gold medal on
the
halfpipe
here
in
Pyeongchang is a drama
that reads like a script from
one of those sports movies
and definitely ranks up
there. The last man up,
down by a point, a real “go
big or go home” moment,
and of course, he nailed it. A
bronze moment in my book.
Happy to say I watched in
person.
[Holt hasn’t been in his
usual time slot in Los Angeles lately, being moved to
3:30 p.m. before the sometimes-live nightly Olympic
programming. On the East
Coast, he’s in his usual 6:30
p.m. spot. For points in between, check your TV grid.]
Tobias 1 and 2 win
Germany, as expected,
took the doubles luge gold,
except it was the No. 2 sled
ridden by Tobias Wendl and
Tobias Arlt that won. It was
their second straight gold.
Teammates Toni Eggert and
Sascha Benecken had dominated the World Cup circuit
and were heavily favored but
settled for bronze. But
what’s the expression? Anything can happen in luge.
Austria was the cream filling
in this Oreo cookie. Justin
Krewson and Andrew Sherk
were the top U.S. sled in
eighth.
A Nordic repeat
Germany also successfully defended its gold when
Eric Frenzel won the Nordic
combined. The sport is a
combination of ski jumping
and a 10-kilometer crosscountry race.
It’s just a biathlon rifle
away from being the opening
to a James Bond movie.
Frenzel is a better skier than
jumper, so he had to make
up 36 seconds in the crosscountry competition. The
top American was Bryan
Fletcher, who finished 17th.
USA — 11:30 p.m. (Feb. 14)-2
a.m.: Women’s ice hockey:
Olympic Athletes From Russia
vs. Finland (LIVE). 2-4:10 a.m.:
Men’s curling: Canada vs.
Norway. 4:10-6:30 a.m.: Men’s
ice hockey: Czech Republic vs.
South Korea (LIVE). CNBC —
2-5 p.m.: Women’s curling:
United States vs. Switzerland.
7-9:30 p.m.: Men’s ice hockey:
United States vs. Slovakia
(LIVE)
The Netherlands continues to run the table in speedskating, winning its fifth
gold in a row. And it’s favored
in Thursday’s men’s 10,000,
the sport’s version of watching paint dry. Jorien ter Mors
was the woman who got to
the top of the medal stand,
winning the 1,000 meters.
She set an Olympic record
that is the fastest time by
any woman ever at sea level.
The Netherlands has won
nine of the 15 speedskating
medals so far. Brittany Bowe
was the top U.S. finisher at
fourth.
In progress …
The U.S. men’s curling
team won its opener over
South Korea 11-7. The men
were ranked fourth in the
world, so a medal is definitely a possibility. The U.S.
women lost to Japan 10-5
and face Great Britain next.
Quote of the day
Roker to NBC colleague
Craig Melvin as they were
about to enter a jimjilbang, a
Korean bathhouse, on Valentine’s Day. “Nothing says
love like a little lovin’ in the
oven.”
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john.cherwa@latimes.com
Twitter: @jcherwa
OLYMPIC CHANNEL — 2-4
a.m.: Medal ceremonies (LIVE)
WAIT. WHAT TIME IS IT?
Pyeongchang (GMT +9) is 17 hours ahead of Los
Angeles (PST). If you grab your morning paper at 8
a.m. today, Feb. 15, it is 1 a.m., Feb. 16, in Pyeongchang. In
print, the Times’ daily 2018 Winter Games coverage
will have all the information from events that conclude
about 10 p.m. PST. For the most updated results, go to
latimes.com/olympics.
U.S. men’s hockey team:
Team USA has very little
time to dwell on their overtime loss to Slovenia as they
take on Slovakia on Friday
morning in Pyeongchang.
The U.S. let a late lead
evaporate against Slovenia
and cannot afford another
letdown against a Slovakian
team coming off their own
upset of the Olympic Athletes From Russia on
Wednesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA):
You’ve seen this name a lot
on these lists and not
just because her events
were repeatedly postponed.
Shiffrin, who won a gold
medal Thursday in the giant
slalom, has a chance to do it
again on Friday when she
looks to repeat her gold
medal slalom performance
from Sochi.
Andrew Weibrecht (USA):
The two-time Olympic medalist is Team USA’s best
chance at a medal in the
men’s super-giant slalom.
Weibrecht, a bronze medalist in Vancouver and silver
medalist in Sochi in this
event, is coming off knee
surgery last May and is
ranked 25th in the world, so
it will take a big surprise for
him to return to the podium
ALPINE SKIING
Men’s downhill
G Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway
S Kjetil Jansrud, Norway
B Beat Feuz, Switzerland
Women’s giant slalom
Running the table
ATHLETES TO WATCH
medal final. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:
Men’s curling: United States
vs. Italy. 4-8 p.m.: Figure
skating: men’s short program
(LIVE). 8-11:40 p.m.: Men’s
curling: United States vs.
Sweden; Cross-country: men’s
15km gold-medal final (LIVE).
11:40 p.m.-2 a.m. (Feb. 16):
Men’s ice hockey: Olympic
Athletes From Russia vs.
Slovenia (LIVE)
MEDALISTS
UPDATE
Sandra Behne Bongarts/Getty Images
ANDREW WEIBRECHT celebrates after winning
bronze in the super-giant slalom at 2010 Games.
in Pyeongchang.
sneak in.
Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan):
While most of the attention
in men’s figure skating has
been on Americans Adam
Rippon and Nathan Chen,
the favorite heading into
the event is Hanyu. The
ankle injury that has hampered the defending gold
medal winner could open
up the field to a wild card,
and that is where the
Americans
or
Spain’s
Javier Fernandez, a twotime world champion, can
Lindsey Jacobellis (USA):
Jacobellis is the most dominant female snowboard
cross racer in history,
but
she
hasn’t
won
Olympic gold. She famously
lost her gold medal in 2006
when she showboated and
has
had
disappointing
performances in Vancouver
and Sochi. Still, she is the defending world champion and
will be looking to cement her
legacy with an Olympic gold.
—Angel Rodriguez
G Mikaela Shiffrin,
United States
S Ragnhild Mowinckel,
Norway
B Federica Brignone, Italy
FIGURE SKATING
Pairs skating
G Aljona Savchenko and
Bruno Massot, Germany
S Sui Wenjing and Han Cong,
China
B Meagan Duhamel and
Eric Radford, Canada
LUGE
Men’s doubles
G Tobias Wendl and
Tobias Arlt, Germany
S Peter Penz and
Georg Fischler, Austria
B Toni Eggert and
Sascha Benecken, Germany
NORDIC COMBINED
Individual gundersen NH
G Eric Frenzel, Germany
S Akito Watabe, Japan
B Lukas Klapfer, Austria
SPEEDSKATING
Women’s 1,000m
G Jorien Ter Mors,
Netherlands
S Nao Kodaira, Japan
B Miho Takagi, Japan
SNOWBOARD
Men’s snowboard cross
G Pierre Vaultier, France
S Jarryd Hughes, Australia
B Regino Hernandez, Spain
D3
SPORTS
T H U R S D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Jordan
has a
career
night
Center has 30 points,
13 rebounds and even
makes free throws as
Clippers stay hot.
CLIPPERS 129
BOSTON 119
By Broderick Turner
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
ON HIS FIRST DAY of spring training as an Angel, Shohei Ohtani took batting practice (hitting seven home runs), played catch and
took fielding practice from the mound, all while constantly surrounded by a huge group of reporters and photographers.
He’s keeping it real
Ohtani unfazed by hullabaloo surrounding historic debut with Angels
BILL PLASCHKE
TEMPE, Ariz. —
Under a light drizzle, through a thin
mist, the mystical
Angel arrived.
The heavenly
choir was the media
horde scrambling
behind his every
step. The celestial
sound was countless camera clicks
accompanying his every expression.
The mystical Angel had not one
moment of peace, yet appeared to
be in a world of his own.
“I’m simply very excited to set
my feet on the ground,” Shohei
Ohtani said after Wednesday’s
spring training debut in which
expectations soared.
He played catch with a ball that
whooshed. He took batting practice with a swing that cracked. He
took fielding practice from the
mound. He hit seven home runs
from the cage.
He was everywhere, followed by
seemingly everybody — more than
100 eyeballs from the Angels’ organization and the media and even
some hearty fans huddled under
umbrellas in a parking lot hoping
for just a glimpse.
It was almost as if Ohtani was
Babe Ruth. That, actually, is sort
of the point.
Wednesday was the first official
big league work of this season’s
most intriguing big leaguer, a
23-year-old Japanese phenom who
could be baseball’s first two-way
player since Ruth pulled it off more
than a century ago.
Ohtani throws 100 mph, he hit
22 homers one season for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, and this winter
he stunned the baseball world by
turning down flashier markets to
sign with the steady Angels, who
plan on pitching him every six days
and using him as a designated
hitter on others days.
“There’s been a buzz around
here before, but nothing like this,”
said pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
Ohtani is groundbreaking on
more than the diamond. He has
broken the internet as Japan’s
unicorn athlete joining forces with
America’s most traditional sport.
He has broken fantasy baseball, as
leagues have to change their configurations to fit his usage.
Even the Angels seem a little
shocked to have him around.
“I was really hoping to see him
in real life,” catcher Rene Rivera
said after taking batting practice
with Ohtani. “Now that I have …
he’s special.”
In real life, he looks much
younger than 23, and every bit of 6
[See Plaschke, D5]
Dodgers still confident in the rotation
Although Darvish has gone
to Chicago, Friedman says,
‘I think we have enough
talent’ on the staff.
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — In the hours after
he signed with the Chicago Cubs,
recalibrating the balance of power
in the National League back
toward the Midwest, Yu Darvish
called Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. His remarks focused on the
warmth he felt for Roberts and the
Dodgers, before hinting at the
rekindling of his competitive drive.
“He basically wanted to let me
know how much the Dodgers
helped him love the game again,
and how much he enjoyed it,” Roberts said. “And once he got that out,
he wanted to make his little dig,
Phaneuf gives
Kings muscle
Just acquired in a
trade, defenseman
isn’t afraid to mix it
up on the ice. D4
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
DODGERS MANAGER Dave Roberts, right, got a complimenta-
ry call from Yu Darvish after the pitcher left via free agency.
World’s No. 1 ready to defend title
Stoic Johnson lets it
Genesis Open
be known that he likes When: Today-Sunday.
Where: Riviera Country
Riviera and chances
Club.
at Genesis Open.
TV: Channel 2 and Golf
By Mike James
Danica Patrick
Patrick’s last
go-around
Driver is bidding
goodbye to NASCAR
after Sunday’s
Daytona 500. D8
about ‘now, we get to beat you.’ ”
The banter was playful, Roberts
explained. He did not feel the need
to be cruel; he declined to ask
whether Darvish would still be tipping his pitches when the Cubs and
Dodgers meet at Wrigley Field in
June. The issue played a role in
Darvish’s two-start meltdown during the World Series. Roberts joked
that he would not mind if the problem returned when Darvish faced
his old club.
Then Roberts turned and
walked toward one of the fields at
Camelback Ranch, where the Dodgers pitchers and catchers had assembled for their first workout of
the spring. Darvish was not present. A day earlier, the Cubs had
celebrated his six-year, $126-million
contract with a news conference
across the Salt River Valley in
Mesa. The Dodgers were moving on
without him.
[See Dodgers, D5]
Dustin Johnson says he’s
playing about as well now as
he was at this time a year
ago. He loves Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s
Genesis Open. He likes being the No. 1 golfer in the
world and has no intention
of relinquishing that position.
He’s intensely competitive in almost everything he
does, though his almost-stoic demeanor on the course
Channel (final-round
coverage Sunday from
noon-3:30 p.m. on Ch. 2).
makes it difficult to tell
whether he’s made his third
consecutive birdie (a common
occurrence)
or
launched a tee shot into the
woods (a rare one).
All of that makes, Johnson, who jumped to No. 1 a
year ago with a five-shot victory in this event, the likely
player to beat once the first
round gets underway Thurs-
day morning.
“It’s definitely difficult to
stay No. 1; I use it as motivation to keep working,” said
Johnson, only the fifth player to hold on to that ranking
for 52 consecutive weeks.
“It’s something I worked
very hard to get, and something I’m going to work very
hard to maintain.”
Holding on to the ranking
was a challenge. He won his
next two tournaments after
Riviera a year ago and came
to Augusta for the Masters
playing the best golf of his
life. Then he slipped in the
house he was renting, injured his back, had to pull
out of the first major championship of the year and
spent the next five months
[See Johnson, D4]
Warren Little Getty Images
DUSTIN JOHNSON
jumped to top ranking
with a five-shot victory
at Riviera last year.
BOSTON — DeAndre
Jordan cradled the basketball as the clock wound
down on the Clippers’ 129-119
victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at
TD Garden.
On this personal milestone night for Jordan, he
probably deserved to be the
final Clipper to touch the
basketball even if seven of
them scored in double figures for the second consecutive game.
The 6-11 center was a
tower of strength, delivering
a career-high 30 points on 11for-14 shooting.
Jordan filled just about
every box on the stat sheet
and his performance was a
main reason why the Clippers finished 3-1 on this fourgame trip before the All-Star
break starts this weekend.
He was his typical self on
the backboards, collecting 13
rebounds. He had four steals
and three assists.
But where Jordan really
stood out was at the freethrow line. The notorious
poor free-throw shooter
missed just one of his nine
attempts.
“I think it was great for us
to build confidence on a road
trip like this, knowing that
we have two more games
coming out of the All-Star
break [on the road],” said
Jordan, preferring to downplay his personal work. “I
think we’ve been doing a
really good job playing well,
[See Clippers, D7]
Thomas,
Walton
get boot
in loss
by Lakers
Pelicans’ Rondo is also
ejected after spat that
was tied to Celtics’
tribute flap.
NEW ORLEANS 139
LAKERS 117
By Tania Ganguli
NEW ORLEANS — The
Celtics haven’t created this
much drama for the Lakers
in years.
Late in the first quarter of
the Lakers’ 139-117 loss to the
New Orleans Pelicans on
Wednesday, a verbal exchange got two former Celtics — Lakers point guard
Isaiah Thomas and Pelicans
point guard Rajon Rondo —
ejected from the game.
Did Rondo mention the
infamous video tribute the
Celtics considered playing
for Thomas during his recent return to Boston?
Thomas grinned in the
locker room after the game.
“Yeah, he brought it up,”
Thomas said. “For whatever
reason he’s an upset guy
about me. I don’t know what
it is. He kept bringing the
tribute up when I was the
one that shut the tribute
down.”
Hot tempers and corresponding ejections marked
the Lakers’ first half against
the Pelicans. By halftime,
Lakers coach Luke Walton,
Thomas and Rondo had all
been ejected. By then the
[See Lakers, D6]
D4
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T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
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4 p.m.
NASCAR, Energy Cup Series, Can-Am Duel 1
5:30 p.m. NASCAR, Energy Cup Series, Can-Am Duel 2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
2 p.m.
Women, Southern Illinois Edwardsville at
Tennessee Martin
3 p.m.
Women, Purdue at Maryland
3:30 p.m. Women, Alabama at Tennessee
4 p.m.
Purdue at Wisconsin
4 p.m.
Temple at Wichita State
4 p.m.
Cincinnati at Houston
4 p.m.
Tulsa at Connecticut
5 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State
5:30 p.m. Texas San Antonio at Old Dominion
5:30 p.m. Women, Mississippi State at Vanderbilt
6 p.m.
Arizona at Arizona State
6 p.m.
Oregon at USC
6 p.m.
Alabama Birmingham at Louisiana Tech
6 p.m.
Campbell at Radford
6 p.m.
Utah at Washington
8 p.m.
St. Mary’s at San Francisco
8 p.m.
Colorado at Washington State
8 p.m.
Oregon State at UCLA
GOLF
11 a.m.
PGA, Genesis Open
7 p.m.
LPGA, Australian Open
2 a.m.(Fri.) European PGA, Oman Golf Classic
HOCKEY
4 p.m.
Kings at Pittsburgh
5:30 p.m. Ducks at Chicago
HORSE RACING
Noon
Trackside Live, Santa Anita
PRO BASKETBALL
6 p.m.
Lakers at Minnesota
Newly acquired
defenseman is ready
to provide physical
play for the Kings.
By Curtis Zupke
Shade denotes home game
SOCCER
7:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10 a.m.
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RAMS
Holding the line on ticket prices
The Rams increased their win total by seven
games from the season before and won the NFC
West, but for the second year in a row will not
ask their fans to pay more.
PITTSBURGH — Southern California isn’t foreign to
Dion Phaneuf.
During the 2013 lockout, he
skated with some of the Kings
at their El Segundo practice
rink. It was during the fall, so it
might have dipped below 70
degrees, a tad different climate for a guy from Edmonton, Canada.
Phaneuf can get used to it.
“It’s going to be a change in
weather — something that
will be nice,” Phaneuf said.
“But the bottom line is you’ve
got a job to do.”
That’s how the Phaneuf
era begins with the Kings:
with a warm outlook and a
workmanlike approach of a
Western Canadian. Already in
Pittsburgh after his trade
Tuesday from the Ottawa
Senators, Phaneuf practiced
Wednesday with the Kings,
ready for a restart and willing
to throw his 6-foot-4, 225pound body around. Call it a
flank of Alberta beef on the
Kings’ blue line.
“I’ve played a physical
style of game for my entire
career, and that’s something
that I’m going to have to bring
here,” Phaneuf said. “You’re
playing in the West. You’re
playing against some big
hockey clubs. For me, I’m going to come and bring that
edge with my game and try
and contribute in any way
that I can.”
Phaneuf fills a need as a
top-four defenseman with
leadership and experience.
He plays more than 20 minutes per game, in all situations, and he helped Ottawa
reach Game 7 of the Eastern
Conference finals last season.
Phaneuf also turns 33 in April
and is signed through 2020-21,
but the Kings are banking on
some immediate dividends.
“I guess that shows us that
we’re not trying to rebuild or
something like that,” said defenseman Drew Doughty, who
has linked his future with the
Kings to their ability to contend. “They’re trying to go for
it. I’ve been through the rebuild before. I don’t really ever
want to have to go through
that again, along with the rest
of my teammates. … When you
have that belief from the management group, that gives you
a little bit of confidence.”
General manager Rob
Blake is expected to comment
further Thursday after he obtained Phaneuf and Nate
Thompson for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. Phaneuf ’s style meshes with the
Kings, long known as a hardworking outfit under former
coach Darryl Sutter, who
coached and drafted Phaneuf
with the Calgary Flames.
First-year coach John Stevens
had Phaneuf paired with Alec
Martinez in practice, and
Doughty was with Jake
Muzzin.
Stevens mentioned “identity” often with Phaneuf, and
Doughty expanded on it.
“He’s stepped up on me before and gotten me before, so I
know what it’s like to be hit by
him,” Doughty said. “He’s
scary. Like, he can fight, too.
Guys are scared of him. When
you’re a 20-minute guy who
can do all those things, that’s
huge to have on the team.”
Thompson was expected
to join the Kings late Wednesday and Stevens said “all indications are he should be ready
to play” after a lower-body injury caused him to sit out Ottawa’s last four games.
Thompson, 33, has built a career on penalty killing and
faceoffs. He has a history of injuries that include major
shoulder surgery in 2015 and a
torn Achilles tendon in 2016.
But Thompson was a strong
depth player with the Ducks
and helped them reach the
conference finals last season.
“I think he’s the type of guy
that can help the people
around him, just with his experience,” Stevens said.
Gaborik was a key scorer
in the 2014 playoffs and is synonymous with that season’s
Stanley Cup triumph.
“Nothing but thanks to superb organization @LAKings,” Gaborik wrote on Twitter. “It’s been great 4yrs with
an awesome group of guys
and amazing people.”
TONIGHT
AT PITTSBURGH
When: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West;
Radio: 790.
Update: The Kings recalled
Michael Mersch. Pittsburgh’s
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni
Malkin are first and second,
respectively, in league scoring, since Jan. 1. Goalie Matt
Murray is 5-0-1 since he returned to the lineup Jan. 30.
The Penguins’ nine-game
home winning streak is the
second-longest in the NHL
this season, behind the Washington Capitals’ 10-game run.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
Calgary
KINGS
DUCKS
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
St. Louis
Dallas
Minnesota
Colorado
Chicago
W
37
30
29
30
27
23
22
15
W
34
33
34
33
31
31
24
L
15
19
20
21
20
28
29
32
L
12
15
21
20
19
21
25
OL
4
8
8
5
11
4
6
10
OL
9
9
4
4
6
4
8
Pts
78
68
66
65
65
50
50
40
Pts
77
75
72
70
68
66
56
GF
192
166
161
162
161
157
150
137
GF
173
183
170
175
168
176
160
GA
154
158
164
140
166
184
184
195
GA
143
154
151
151
158
163
166
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina
Columbus
N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
32
32
28
28
27
29
27
27
W
38
35
35
25
23
22
19
17
L
17
22
19
20
21
24
25
25
L
16
12
19
23
23
27
27
30
OL
7
4
10
8
9
4
6
5
OL
3
8
5
6
9
7
9
10
Pts
71
68
66
64
63
62
60
59
Pts
79
78
75
56
55
51
47
44
GF
176
182
169
168
158
154
194
166
GF
204
185
198
158
149
144
147
137
GA
165
174
167
174
169
162
214
175
GA
154
133
165
175
166
174
194
188
RESULTS
AT TORONTO 6
COLUMBUS 3
Nazem Kadri had three goals and two assists, and
Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves.
AT COLORADO 2
MONTREAL 0
Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves and the Avalanche
matched the franchise record of 10 straight home wins.
FLORIDA 4
AT VANCOUVER 3
Aleksander Barkov had two assists in a four-goal first
period for the Panthers, who held off the Canucks.
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TODAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
NY Rangers at NY Islanders, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Calgary at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Montreal at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
KINGS at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Carolina at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Buffalo at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Washington at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at Vegas, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Philadelphia at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
NY Islanders at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Minnesota, 11 a.m.
NY Rangers at Ottawa, 11 a.m.
New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Washington at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Florida at Calgary, 7 p.m.
KINGS at Buffalo, 10 a.m.
Edmonton at Arizona, 1 p.m.
Montreal at Vegas, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Boston at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
DUCKS TONIGHT
AT CHICAGO
When: 5:30 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
Update: The Ducks’ four-game trip got off to an ugly start
with a 2-1 defeat against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Luckily for the Ducks, they didn’t lose ground to the Kings
and Calgary Flames, who also were defeated. ... Like the Red
Wings, the Blackhawks enter their meeting with the Ducks
one game below .500. The Ducks lost to the Blackhawks 7-3 in
Chicago on Nov. 27. Rookie Alex DeBrincat had a hat trick for
Chicago in that game, and though he has continued to impress, the Blackhawks have fallen dramatically. They’ve lost
seven consecutive games, most recently 5-2 against the
Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. ... The Ducks recalled defenseman Marcus Pettersson on Tuesday, but the 38th overall pick in the 2014 draft didn’t make his NHL debut. The
team also waived center Dennis Rasmussen, who elected to
play in Europe. He was sent to the minors in December after
appearing in 29 games this season. Defenseman Korbinian
Holzer, who played 14 games for the Ducks this season, was
assigned to San Diego.
— Mike Coppinger
Johnson’s the one to beat at Riviera
[Johnson, from D3]
trying to regain the form that
had made him the most
daunting player on tour.
“It was bad,” Johnson, 33,
recalled recently. “My first
thought was I broke my back.
And it wasn’t just my back.
Both my elbows hurt; I was
definitely in severe pain.”
He took a month off but
didn’t win again until the
Northern Trust in late August.
“I knew there was nothing
structurally wrong, it was
just badly bruised, and it
took time to get everything
working again,” he said. “And
playing didn’t contribute to
getting it better.”
He started 2018 with an
eight-shot victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a win that included an
explosive tee shot that
stopped six inches from the
cup on a 433-yard par four.
“He’s impressive,” Phil
Mickelson said. “Especially
with the driver, where he
starts the par fours and par
fives from significantly longer than most everybody out
here.”
Johnson acknowledges
that his driving is an advantage; it has helped him average a tour-best 68.7 strokes a
round this year. “I’m driving
pretty well right now,” he
said.
Does that create problems for the other players?
“Yeah, it does.”
Ernie Els, a former No. 1
player, believes Johnson will
be a force for a while.
“He’s got the whole package,” Els said. “He’s talented,
has every shot, doesn’t overthink too much on the
course. He has an unbelievable body, 6 feet 4, very athletic.
“The way he plays you’ve
got to think there’ll be one,
two, three Masters. He’s already won a U.S. Open, he’s
got 17 wins. These things will
keep coming.”
That’s not to say Johnson
hasn’t had his difficulties
closing. He shot an 82 in the
final round of the 2010 U.S.
Open at Pebble Beach after
Matt York Associated Press
DUSTIN JOHNSON, who has a PGA Tour-best 68.7 strokes a round this year,
will tee off Thursday with Adam Scott and Bubba Watson.
Bill Haas injured
in fatal crash
Driver of Ferrari is killed
in collision in Pacific
Palisades. Golfer pulls
out of Riviera event. B5
holding the 54-hole lead; his
three-putt from 12 feet cost
him the 2015 Open; he lost a
six-shot lead in the final
round of the World Golf
Championships in Shanghai
last October, and last week at
Pebble Beach he lost by three
after beginning the final
round tied for the lead.
He has managed to store
those memories deep into his
subconscious. “It really
doesn’t matter what you did
yesterday,” he said after winning the Tournament of
Champions. “It’s all about
pushing forward.”
He’s happy where his
game is now.
“I didn’t feel like I had my
best stuff last week,” he said,
“but I still was there in contention with a chance to win
on Sunday, which shows that
my game is definitely getting
back to where it was….
“I feel just as good as I did
last year” at this time.
Johnson will tee off Thursday just after noon with Adam Scott and Bubba Watson.
Other feature pairings include Justin Thomas-Rory
McIlroy-Tiger Woods, Phil
Mickelson-Matt
Kuchar-
Tommy Fleetwood, and Jordan Spieth-Patrick CantlayKevin Chappell.
Bill Haas will not be
playing. He was hospitalized
and released Tuesday evening when the car he was riding in lost control in Pacific
Palisades. The driver, Mark
Gibello, was killed in the
crash; Haas was not seriously injured but pulled out
of the tournament to return
home to South Carolina.
Johnson, like many of the
other players, learned the
news Wednesday morning.
“Thankfully Bill’s OK,”
Johnson said. “That’s what I
was concerned about when I
first heard about it.”
sports@latimes.com
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
Expectations
high for Ohtani
[Plaschke, from D3]
feet 4. In real life, he is still
treated like some sort of
imaginary figure, followed
closely by what surely will be
the largest number of media
members focused solely on a
single player.
Every morning this week,
there have been more than a
dozen Japanese media
cameras waiting outside the
stadium parking lot in
hopes of recording Ohtani’s
arrival. All those cameras
then move outside the clubhouse to wait for him to step
onto the field. Inside the
clubhouse, where Ohtani
first unloaded his gear in his
locker this week, the Japanese media politely gathered on the other side of the
room and just watched him.
Junichi Ito, who has
covered Ohtani for the
Tokyo Sports Press, said
through a translator that he
and his colleagues are here
to record history.
“He is doing something
nobody has done before,”
said Ito. “To borrow a quote,
he is walking a path that
nobody has walked.”
It is this expectation that
has given the usually laidback Angels camp a surreal
vibe. Everywhere Ohtani
walks, there is the clicking of
cameras and rustling of
many, many feet. When he
hit one of his long home
runs in his first batting
practice, the air was filled
with shrieks. When he hit
another one, the sound was
the slapping of high-fiving
teammates.
When he finally finished
his first day of work Wednesday he held his first news
conference in a nearby hotel
ballroom because there’s no
corner of the aging stadium
that could accommodate
the more than 100 questioners. He didn’t say much. He
didn’t reveal much. He
smiled a lot. He maintained
his image as a friendly,
unaffected kid. But he did
offer one important glimpse
into the danger of these
oversized predictions.
When asked how he was
adjusting to living on his
own after spending his
five-year Japanese professional career living in his
team’s dormitories without
even a driver’s license, he
talked about an unexpected
emotion.
“My room is really big. I
have a three-bedroom
apartment, and I feel kind of
lonely by myself in such a
big place,” he said.
To hear this is to remember that he is 23 and trying
to do something never done
in the modern era. So maybe everyone should pump
the brakes.
He could struggle like
most rookie pitchers. He
could scuffle like many
rookie hitters. Both things
could happen at once, and it
would all be very normal,
but the strong focus could
paint it like a failure.
“I’m a little worried
about how people here take
him,” Ito said. “If he’s going
to do two-way, he’s probably
not going to be an MVP
batter or Cy Young pitcher
… depending on how people
take it, he could be successful or not.”
In 2016 for Nippon, he
was 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA
while hitting .322 in 325
at-bats. So he’s done both
ways, but in an entirely
different league, and who
knows what happens here?
One thing for certain is
that, first and foremost, the
Angels want him to be a
pitcher, part of a unique
six-man rotation. His hitting will be secondary. He
will not play the field.
“We need him to pitch …
he’s probably going to get
the most looks as a pitcher,”
manager Mike Scioscia said.
“But that’s not to say he’s
not going to have a chance
to make a difference on the
offensive end too.”
Second, the Angels will
be patient with him, which
is perhaps one of the reasons he signed with them.
“He’s still developing,”
Scioscia said. “There’s still
things he needs to grow with
as far as his game evolving.
Part of it is going to be stamina with his pitching, part of
it is going to be getting used
to the league, hitting-wise.
Lot of factors. He’s young.”
Yeah, so young that he
admitted he has relaxed
during these first days of
spring playing … hoops?
“I’ve been playing golf
with my teammates, and
playing basketball pretty
often and having a good
time so far,” he said.
And when asked about
that pressure … he just
smiled again.
“Since my days in Japan,
I never really felt the pressure that everyone around
me talks about,” he said. “I
just want to go out there
and do my job.”
That job officially began
Wednesday, the mystical
Angel forging through the
rain and mist and the multitudes to end his news conference with a polite bow.
The guy who hit seven homers Wednesday throws his
first pitch Thursday. Get
there early.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
SHOHEI OHTANI shags balls during the first day of spring training in Tempe. The two-way player will pitch
and all of his at-bats will come as a designated hitter or pitcher. And there will be no head-first sliding.
ANGELS REPORT
New star gets ground rules
By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels plan to give Shohei
Ohtani every opportunity to
be an impact pitcher and hitter, but his pursuit of twoway stardom in the major
leagues will come with some
boundaries.
Manager Mike Scioscia
said Wednesday that Ohtani
will not work out in the outfield this spring, even
though the 23-year-old
played the outfield in 62 of
164 games for the NipponHam Fighters in 2013 and
2014. All of his at-bats will
come as a designated hitter
or pitcher.
“He’ll shag with his pitchers’ group,” Scioscia said,
“but we’re not looking for
him to play a position.”
And though the left-handed-hitting Ohtani will be
one of the team’s fastest
players and is an above-average baserunner — he stole
13 bases in five seasons in
Japan — he will not be given
free rein on the bases.
“There will be no headfirst sliding, obviously,”
Scioscia said, “but he’s a special athlete, and he had great
success in Japan running
the bases and doing the
things a player needs to do to
get himself into a position to
score runs. He has great
stride, tremendous speed,
he can steal a base. There’s a
lot of things he can do.”
The Angels lost two-time
American League most
valuable player Mike Trout
for seven weeks last season
when he tore a ligament in
his left thumb on a headfirst slide into second.
Ohtani, who hopes to DH
two or three times a week between starts, won’t have to
change his approach to accommodate Scioscia.
“The Fighters banned
head-first sliding, so it
shouldn’t be much of an adjustment,” Ohtani said
through an interpreter. “The
only time it would happen
would be when it was reactionary.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound
Ohtani was limited by a
right-ankle injury to 65
games as a hitter and five
starts as a pitcher last season. He underwent surgery
on the ankle after the season.
Tomonori Maeda, who
played 23 seasons (19902013) in Japan and follows
Ohtani as a commentator
for TV Asahi, believes some
extra weight Ohtani carried
in 2016 and 2017 may have
contributed to his injury.
“Two years ago, he
gained a lot of weight in
terms of building his
physique, and he had some
weaknesses in his lower
half,” Maeda, who attended
Ohtani’s first workout with
the Angels on Wednesday,
said through an interpreter.
“Last year, he wasn’t able
to play to his full capacity.
But in watching him today, it
seems like he’s controlled his
body weight and muscle
gain, and I’m sure the people
surrounding him are helping
him a lot.”
Ohtani raised a few eyebrows during his news conference Wednesday when he
said he’s been “playing golf
with my teammates and
playing basketball pretty
often and having a good time
so far.”
Don’t worry, general
manager Billy Eppler said.
Ohtani is not at risk of twisting an ankle, bruising a knee
or taking an elbow to the
face.
“He’s been playing H-OR-S-E,” Eppler said. “He’s
just shooting baskets. There
have been no games.”
could do more to speed up
the pace of play, he strongly
opposes awarding a hitter an
automatic ball for any kind
of pitch-clock violation.
“One of our biggest concerns was, we can’t have
balls and strikes as a penalty,” Shoemaker said “That
completely takes away from
the integrity of the game. It’s
completely wrong. That’s
how players feel. That’s why
there’s a stalemate.
“We want the games to be
quick, but at the same time,
it’s baseball, and stuff develops in a game. Sometimes
games take two hours,
sometimes they take threeplus hours, but you can’t
mess with balls and strikes.”
Pick up the pace
The Ohtani signing is already paying dividends off
the field. The Angels announced a partnership
agreement with Funai Electric Co. of Japan to be the exclusive advertiser on the Angels media backdrop. The
company will also receive
advertising on the homeplate rotational sign in Angel Stadium and Tempe Diablo Stadium. … The Angels
have hired Grace McNamee
as a senior manager of communications to serve as a liaison between Ohtani and
the media. She served in a
similar capacity with the
Dodgers and Hideo Nomo
from 1995 to ’98.
Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to address
the contentious pace-ofplay issue at the Grapefruit
League media day on Thursday. Pitcher Matt Shoemaker is bracing for change,
“but we don’t know the severity of it,” he said.
The players’ association
in January rejected a proposal from Manfred that
would have instituted a
pitch clock — most likely 20
seconds — and limited the
number of mound visits by
coaches and players, probably to six a game.
Shoemaker, as the Angels’ union representative, is
involved in negotiations.
Though he agrees players
Short hops
mike.digiovanna@latimes.com
Friedman sees chance for young pitchers to blend in
[Dodgers, from D3]
The players do not lack
for confidence. On Wednesday morning, when closer
Kenley Jansen remarked “in
the National League, we’re
going to be the team to
beat,” it sounded less like a
boast and more like a fact. In
October, the Dodgers won
their first pennant since 1988
and retained the overwhelming majority of their
roster. The only major defections were Darvish and reliever Brandon Morrow, who
reconvened as teammates
with the Cubs.
Wary of violating baseball’s luxury-tax threshold
and pleased with their core,
the front office of Andrew
Friedman and Farhan Zaidi
stayed mostly silent this offseason. They reacquired
Matt Kemp for the bad-contract bundle of Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and
Brandon McCarthy. They
signed reliever Tom Koehler
and traded for reliever Scott
Alexander. They have yet to
add to their starting rota-
tion of Clayton Kershaw,
Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta
Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
“People were like ‘the
Dodgers didn’t make no
moves,’ ” Jansen said. “We
don’t need to make moves.
You see the rotation that we
have. It’s going to help us tremendously.”
Despite the strength of
their position, the organization remained in discussions
with Darvish until he opted
for the Cubs. Chicago offered more money, although
the Dodgers were believed to
be willing to offer a six-year
contract. Their overtures
were complicated by the
front office’s insistence on
keeping their luxury-tax
payroll beneath the $197-million threshold. To make a
deal for Darvish, the Dodgers would have needed to
shed payroll elsewhere.
Kershaw had a unique
view of the situation. He
played catch with Darvish
on a daily basis in Dallas
during the offseason. He
tried not to influence his
friend’s decision. Yet, his disappointment at Darvish’s
departure was obvious.
“What’s hard for players
to understand is we just
want the best players as a
teammate,” Kershaw said.
“All the other stuff, all the financial, economic stuff, we
realize it’s a part of it, but for
me, personally, go get the
best players every time.
That’s what is kind of frustrating about this offseason,
is there are so many guys
who can really help your
team. Not a lot of teams are
pulling the trigger.”
Friedman indicated the
Dodgers will continue to
monitor the free-agent market, which still includes
starting pitchers like Alex
Cobb and Lance Lynn. Otherwise, the team’s stockpile
looks the same as before
Darvish’s arrival in the summer.
The duo of Ross Stripling
and Brock Stewart will serve
as the understudies for the
five veteran starters. The
team can stretch out
Koehler, who started for
most of his six seasons in Miami. Friedman also mentioned Wilmer Font and
prospect Dennis Santana as
members of the depth chart.
The team also expects
contributions from Walker
Buehler and Julio Urias.
Buehler will be monitored
closely in his second season
back from elbow ligamentreplacement surgery, and is
unlikely to break camp with
a team. Urias may not return
from shoulder surgery until
after the All-Star break. The
organization hopes both can
aid the team later in the
summer.
“I’m really not worried
about it,” Friedman said. “I
think we’ve got enough talent. I don’t know exactly who
it is, or how it will shake out.
We have enough options and
interesting guys that we’ll be
in good shape.”
Friedman indicated he
was not concerned about using a rotation with four lefthanders. Kershaw held
right-handed hitters to a .570
on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 2017. Hill limited
them to a .583 OPS, and
Wood clocked in with a .625
OPS. Ryu was more vulnerable, with right-handed hitters posting a .730 OPS.
“I think handedness matters less than effectiveness
against both sides,” Friedman said. “And we’ve got
really good pitchers who
happen to pitch with their
left arm.”
Looking beyond the present, Friedman framed this
season as an opportunity to
incorporate younger pitchers like Stripling, Stewart,
Urias and Buehler into the
rotation. The team had transitioned younger hitters like
Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger with great success in
the last two seasons, Friedman explained.
“We need to start doing
that with our starters, and
get to the point where one or
two spots are taken down by
our good young pitching,”
Friedman said. “And let
them have a runway to de-
velop. I do think this year will
provide some of that, for our
guys to have an opportunity
and a softer landing.”
Short hops
Jansen is not pleased
with the prospect of MLB
making changes to improve
pace of play, insisting that
the implementation of a
pitch clock or the restriction
of mound visits will not affect the sport’s appeal to
viewers. “That’s ridiculous,”
Jansen said. “Football is four
hours, 41⁄2 hours. The Super
Bowl was five hours. Listen,
man, baseball fans are not
going to stop watching the
game because the game is
too long. Let’s stop that. I
think that’s ridiculous.” …
The Dodgers will send a
scout to a showcase in Seattle to watch two-time NL Cy
Young Award winner Tim
Lincecum, 33, on Thursday.
Lincecum has not pitched
professionally since 2016.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
D6
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
LAKERS REPORT
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be
determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top
eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the topseeded team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team
would play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of
several tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Oklahoma City
6. Portland
7. Denver
7. New Orleans
W
44
44
35
35
33
32
31
31
L
13
14
24
25
26
26
26
26
PCT
.772
.759
.593
.583
.559
.552
.544
.544
GB L10
10-0
1
⁄2 6-4
10
4-6
101⁄2 4-6
12
4-6
121⁄2 6-4
13
7-3
13
5-5
Rk.
S1
P1
S2
N1
N2
N3
N4
S3
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Memphis
13. Sacramento
14. Dallas
15. Phoenix
30
30
23
18
18
18
18
26
28
33
38
39
40
41
.536
.517
.411
.321
.316
.310
.305
⁄2
11⁄2
71⁄2
121⁄2
13
131⁄2
14
7-3
10-0
6-4
1-9
4-6
2-8
1-9
P2
N5
P3
S4
P4
S5
P5
1
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Toronto
2. Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Milwaukee
6. Indiana
7. Philadelphia
8. Miami
W
41
40
34
33
32
33
30
30
L
16
19
22
24
24
25
25
28
PCT GB
.719
.678 2
.607 61⁄2
.579 8
.571 81⁄2
.569 81⁄2
.545 10
.517 111⁄2
L10
9-1
5-5
7-3
7-3
8-2
7-3
6-4
3-7
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
C2
C3
A3
S2
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
28
24
23
20
19
18
18
29
33
36
37
40
39
41
.491 1 ⁄2
.421 51⁄2
.390 71⁄2
.351 91⁄2
.322 111⁄2
.316 111⁄2
.305 121⁄2
6-4
4-6
2-8
2-8
1-9
4-6
4-6
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S4
S5
1
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at Minnesota
at Milwaukee
Line Underdog
10 LAKERS
3 Denver
Time
6 p.m.
5 p.m.
RESULTS
Harden, Rockets
win 10th straight
Optimistic Ball
sets return date
By Tania Ganguli
NEW ORLEANS — Lonzo
Ball expects to play Feb. 23,
the Lakers’ first game after
the All-Star break.
“I practiced yesterday in
full, but it’s at a point where I
can play but it still hurts a little bit,” Ball said after a Lakers shootaround in New Orleans. “So they want to just get
that out and take this week,
and we are playing good right
now so no need to rush it.”
Ball sprained the medial
collateral ligament in his left
knee on Jan. 13 against the
Dallas Mavericks. He returned to the game after the
initial injury, which became
much more painful the next
morning.
After the Lakers’ game at
Minnesota on Thursday, Ball
will have missed 15 games because of the injury. So far the
Lakers are 8-6 without him
during that span, including
Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans.
Ball also said he will not
play in the NBA’s rising stars
game on Friday at Staples
Center. The game will feature
players in their first and second years in the league. The
players are divided into teams
of international players and
Americans. Sacramento rookie De’Aaron Fox will replace
Ball in the game.
Although he won’t be participating in any official AllStar activities this weekend,
Ball will keep busy. He is releasing a mixtape this weekend and his family will have a
pop-up shop for Big Baller
Brand. His father, LaVar, will
return from Lithuania for the
shop, while his brothers and
mother will remain overseas
as the younger siblings’ season continues.
Kuzma starts hot
HOUSTON 100
SACRAMENTO 91
James Harden had 28 points,
nine rebounds and nine assists,
and the host Houston Rockets
held on for their 10th straight victory, 100-91 over the Sacramento
Kings on Wednesday night.
The Rockets are 44-13 entering
the All-Star break after winning 17
of their last 19 games.
Houston led by as many as 17,
but the Kings got within striking
distance several times in the fourth
quarter. They were within six late
when Houston used a 7-2 run,
capped by a three-pointer from
Harden, to make it 94-83 with just
more than a minute left.
at Portland 123, Golden State 117:
Damian Lillard had 44 points and
eight assists, and Portland overcame Kevin Durant’s 50 points to
snap a seven-game losing streak to
Golden State.
at Utah 107, Phoenix 97: Donovan
Mitchell scored 24 points, Royce
O’Neale had a career-high 19 and
the Jazz won their 11th straight
game, beating the Suns.
Toronto 122, at Chicago 98: Kyle
Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists,
Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points
and Toronto cruised into the AllStar break with its seventh
straight victory.
Washington 118, at New York 113:
Bradley Beal had 36 points and
Washington overcame a 27-point
deficit to beat New York. Otto
Porter Jr. added 22 points and Ian
Mahinmi had 17 for the Wizards.
Indiana 108, at Brooklyn 103: Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and
Corey Joseph added 15 points and
11 assists to lift the Pacers.
Oklahoma City 121, at Memphis
114: Paul George scored 28 points,
Russell Westbrook added 23 points
in his 17th triple-double of the season for the Thunder.
at Philadelphia 104, Miami 102:
Ben Simmons had a triple-double,
J.J. Redick hit a 19-foot, off-balanced jumper from the baseline
with 19.4 seconds left and the shorthanded 76ers overcame a 24-point
second-half deficit.
at Detroit 104, Atlanta 98: Ish
Smith had 22 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin narrowly
missed a triple-double and Detroit
beat Atlanta to end a three-game
losing streak.
Charlotte 104, at Orlando 102:
Dwight Howard had 22 points and
13 rebounds, Kemba Walker added
20 points and Charlotte edged Orlando to stop a four-game slide.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 21
points and 10 rebounds.
at New Orleans 139, Lakers 117
Clippers 129, at Celtics 119
— associated press
Kyle Kuzma made the
first five shots he attempted
Wednesday against the Pelicans. He finished with 23
points on 10-of-20 shooting, including three three-pointers.
It was Kuzma’s 16th game
this season with 20 or more
points, the most games by any
Lakers rookie since Magic
Johnson had 32 during the
1979-80 season.
More for Thomas
When Luke Walton reviewed the film from Saturday’s game against the
Mavericks, he paid close attention to what point guard
Isaiah Thomas offered defensively. On Wednesday, Walton said he was impressed.
“It looked really good,”
Walton said. “We like to switch
a lot. I was interested to see
how his switch defense looked
on tape. Besides one bucket I
think [Kyle] Collinsworth
maybe scored? Every other
time he got a stop he was
switching. He was fighting,
making people take fadeaway
shots. Even got switched on
Dirk [Nowitzki] a couple
times. That was very promising to see.”
Walton’s plan heading into
the Pelicans game was to open
up the playbook a little bit
more for Thomas.
“We’ll put some stuff in
that we think he’ll be good at,”
Walton said. “It’s tough,
though. When we have plays
that we run for [Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope], there’s a
point guard to get KCP the
ball. He’s the point guard so
it’s not just teaching him in
those sets, it’s also having another player be out there that
we’re asking to run the point
while we bring Isaiah off the
screen. It’s not that complicated but it takes time like
everything else.”
The plan was cut short,
though, when Thomas got
ejected after 4:49 of playing
time.
TONIGHT
AT MINNESOTA
When: 6
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710, 1330
Update: The Timberwolves
rank fourth in the Western
Conference, and are coming
off a loss to the West-leading
Houston Rockets.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter @taniaganguli
Technical issues
for Lakers in loss
[Lakers, from D3]
Pelicans had also taken a
commanding lead by exploiting the Lakers’ suddenly
backsliding defense. New Orleans led 79-66 at halftime,
with 31 points from Anthony
Davis, who finished with 42.
With the loss, the Lakers
fell to 23-33 while the Pelicans
improved to 31-26.
The first set of ejections
came as the first quarter
closed, after Rondo clashed
with Thomas. At first it was
Rondo playing physical defense against Thomas, even
striking him in the face at
least twice. The two seemed to
separate without incident,
but Rondo wasn’t finished,
leading to a verbal exchange
that caused both players to
get ejected.
“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,”
Thomas said. “I got hit in my
face three times, and the third
time I got hit in my face I reacted and tried to tell the refs,
‘Are you gonna control this?’
Hopefully — like I said — the
NBA sees it, looks at it, figures
it out, but I definitely need to
get those technical fouls
rescinded because I didn’t do
anything.”
According to a Pelicans
representative, Rondo left the
locker room before reporters
were allowed inside.
Rondo
and
Thomas
played for the Celtics in different eras. Rondo spent eight
years with the Celtics and won
a championship in 2008, beating the Lakers in the Finals.
Thomas spent two seasons
with the Celtics and led them
to the conference finals.
The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cavaliers on Aug. 31
and planned to do a video tribute for him when the Cavaliers
visited the Celtics last Saturday. But the Cavaliers visit
came on the day the Celtics
planned to retire Paul Pierce’s
jersey, and Pierce objected to
sharing his spotlight.
The idea offended Rondo
too.
“What has he done?”
Rondo told the Worcester
Telegram and Gazette. “This
is the Boston Celtics. ... Do we
hang going to the conference
finals? What do we hang
here?”
Thomas eventually told
the Celtics he did not want a
video tribute that day because he did not want to take
away attention from Pierce,
and the whole issue became
irrelevant once Cleveland
traded Thomas to the Lakers
three days before the day in
question.
Thomas didn’t agree with
Rondo’s concern, anyway.
“Patrick Beverley got one
in Houston,” Thomas said.
“Chris Paul got one with the
Clippers. It’s like, they didn’t
win no championship, but it’s
just a respect thing. … I know
he played on Paul Pierce’s
team.
“He’s gonna always have
Paul Pierce’s back, which is
fine. I didn’t lose sleep over it.”
Thomas said Rondo had
an “agenda” against him
throughout the game.
“I thought Isaiah did
everything he could to not get
caught up in it and they let it
just keep going and going and
going and in my opinion took
the easy way out,” Walton
said. “Just waited so they
could give a double-T instead
of calling it as it was happening.”
It was still on Walton’s
mind when he was ejected
with 1:38 left in the half.
Kyle Kuzma was called for
a foul after he thought he
notched a clean steal. Kuzma
protested and was assessed a
technical foul. As it happened,
Walton ran onto the court
near the Pelicans bench and
shouted to the official: “Are
you ... kidding me?”
Referee Mike Smith assessed Walton with his seventh and eighth technical
fouls of the season. Among
coaches, Walton trails only
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who has nine technicals. He and Thomas watched
the game’s second half together.
“I try not to isolate when I
am angry,” Walton said. “So I
went and found someone to
watch the game with.”
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter :@taniaganguli
BOX SCORES
Pistons 104, Hawks 98
PELICANS 139, LAKERS 117
CLIPPERS 129, CELTICS 119
LAKERS
CLIPPERS
ATLANTA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ingram ..........30 9-17 3-4 1-2 5 5 21
Randle ..........31 9-13 2-2 1-5 3 3 20
Lopez............18 3-9 0-0 0-3 0 3 8
Caldwell-Pope.32 2-6 0-0 0-8 8 1 5
Hart..............31 5-6 2-3 1-6 2 1 15
Kuzma...........26 10-20 0-0 1-5 1 2 23
Brewer ..........20 2-5 5-6 0-2 4 1 9
Payton II ........16 2-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 4
Frye ..............11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 3
Zubac .............5 1-2 2-2 1-2 1 1 4
Bryant.............5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Thomas ...........4 1-1 1-1 0-1 2 0 3
Ennis ..............4 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
46-90 15-18 7-37 26 21 117
Shooting: Field goals, 51.1%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 10-22 (Hart 3-3, Kuzma 3-8,
Lopez 2-4, Frye 1-1, Caldwell-Pope 1-2, Bryant 0-1,
Ennis 0-1, Ingram 0-1, Payton II 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 20 (29 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Caldwell-Pope, Hart, Randle). Turnovers:
20 (Ingram 5, Randle 4, Brewer 2, Hart 2, Kuzma 2,
Thomas 2, Caldwell-Pope, Lopez, Zubac). Steals: 5
(Hart 2, Brewer, Ingram, Kuzma). Technical Fouls:
Thomas, 00:33 first
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gallinari ........40 4-11 10-10 0-9 1 1 20
Harris............39 8-16 2-2 2-8 5 3 21
Jordan...........32 11-14 8-9 3-13 3 5 30
Bradley .........22 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 10
Rivers............35 4-10 0-0 0-3 4 4 10
L.Williams......31 6-18 5-6 0-2 6 1 19
Teodosic ........16 3-6 2-2 1-1 4 3 10
Harrell...........15 3-5 3-4 1-4 2 2 9
Dekker ............2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Johnson ..........2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
44-88 30-33 7-43 26 21 129
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 90.9%
Three-point goals: 11-29 (Harris 3-5, Teodosic
2-3, Rivers 2-5, Gallinari 2-7, L.Williams 2-9). Team
Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 7 (10 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Harrell 4, L.Williams). Turnovers: 7 (Jordan
2, Bradley, Gallinari, Harris, Rivers, Teodosic). Steals:
5 (Jordan 4, Harris). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Collins...........31 3-8 5-6 1-10 0 5 11
Prince ...........28 4-15 6-7 1-3 1 3 14
Dedmon ........25 4-9 0-0 0-7 0 2 8
Delaney.........27 3-9 4-5 0-0 7 3 11
Dorsey ..........31 4-11 0-0 2-5 6 0 9
Taylor ............25 6-9 1-1 1-1 7 5 13
Muscala ........25 3-8 0-0 2-7 0 0 7
White............16 6-11 0-0 1-2 1 3 15
Bembry .........14 3-6 0-0 0-6 3 0 6
Plumlee.........13 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 4
Totals
38-89 16-19 8-43 25 21 98
Shooting: Field goals, 42.7%; free throws, 84.2%
Three-point goals: 6-33 (White 3-7, Delaney 1-2,
Dorsey 1-4, Muscala 1-5, Bembry 0-2, Collins 0-2,
Taylor 0-2, Dedmon 0-3, Prince 0-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 11 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Collins 2, Bembry, Muscala). Turnovers: 11
(Delaney 3, Taylor 3, Collins, Dedmon, Dorsey,
Prince, White). Steals: 9 (Delaney 3, Collins, Dorsey,
Muscala, Prince, Taylor, White). Technical Fouls:
coach Hawks (Defensive three second), 10:20 third.
NEW ORLEANS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Davis ............33 15-18 10-11 3-15 3 2 42
Moore ...........31 6-13 0-0 2-3 4 3 14
Okafor...........20 1-4 1-2 3-8 0 0 3
Holiday..........33 10-19 2-2 1-4 11 1 24
Rondo.............8 2-5 0-0 0-3 5 2 4
Miller ............31 6-8 3-3 0-4 4 3 19
Mirotic ..........29 7-17 0-0 2-7 2 3 16
Clark.............24 2-9 0-0 0-0 2 3 5
Liggins ..........14 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 2 3
Diallo............11 3-4 3-3 1-4 0 1 9
Cooke .............2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
53-99 19-21 12-48 35 20 139
Shooting: Field goals, 53.5%; free throws, 90.5%
Three-point goals: 14-32 (Miller 4-6, Davis 2-2,
Moore 2-4, Holiday 2-5, Mirotic 2-8, Liggins 1-1,
Clark 1-5, Rondo 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Davis 2, Mirotic
2, Okafor 2, Diallo). Turnovers: 11 (Moore 3, Holiday
2, Mirotic 2, Clark, Davis, Okafor, Rondo). Steals: 13
(Holiday 4, Davis 3, Moore 3, Mirotic 2, Rondo).
Technical Fouls: Rondo, 00:33 first
LAKERS
33 33 25 26— 117
New Orleans
46 33 24 36— 139
A—15,436. T—2:09. O—Michael Smith, John Goble, Mitchell Ervin
Hornets 104, Magic 102
CHARLOTTE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kdd-Glchrst....23 2-7 1-2 0-2 1 2 5
Williams ........32 2-8 1-2 2-6 1 1 6
Howard .........32 9-16 4-6 2-13 2 2 22
Batum...........32 5-11 0-0 1-5 7 0 14
Walker...........41 6-19 4-4 1-5 6 2 20
Lamb ............25 6-10 3-3 0-5 3 4 17
Zeller ............15 3-3 0-0 1-7 1 1 6
Graham.........13 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 6
Cartr-Willms ...13 2-5 2-2 1-2 1 1 6
Kaminsky.........9 1-5 0-0 0-0 3 0 2
Totals
38-88 15-19 8-45 26 15 104
Shooting: Field goals, 43.2%; free throws, 78.9%
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Batum 4-7, Walker 4-8,
Graham 2-3, Lamb 2-3, Williams 1-5, CarterWilliams 0-2, Kaminsky 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3.
Team Turnovers: 12 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Howard 2, Lamb, Walker). Turnovers: 12 (Lamb 4, Batum
2, Williams 2, Zeller 2, Howard, Walker). Steals: 14
(Walker 4, Williams 4, Carter-Williams 2, Batum,
Kidd-Gilchrist, Lamb, Zeller). Technical Fouls: None.
ORLANDO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Hezonja.........35 10-20 0-0 2-10 3 4 21
Simmons.......24 2-5 1-1 0-5 3 0 5
Biyombo........25 3-7 5-6 4-11 1 3 11
Augustin ........30 5-11 2-2 0-1 4 2 16
Fournier.........30 5-15 1-2 0-1 1 2 13
Mack ............23 2-8 2-2 1-7 3 1 8
Iwundu..........19 1-1 2-2 1-7 1 0 4
Speights........19 5-12 2-2 1-5 2 2 16
Birch.............16 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 2
Afflalo ...........15 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 6
Totals
36-86 15-17 9-48 21 17 102
Shooting: Field goals, 41.9%; free throws, 88.2%
Three-point goals: 15-37 (Augustin 4-6, Speights
4-8, Afflalo 2-3, Mack 2-3, Fournier 2-10, Hezonja
1-6, Simmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 20 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 20
(Mack 5, Simmons 5, Augustin 4, Afflalo 2, Fournier
2, Birch, Iwundu). Steals: 7 (Fournier 2, Hezonja 2,
Augustin, Mack, Simmons). Technical Fouls: None.
Charlotte
20 34 31 19— 104
Orlando
26 27 25 24— 102
A—18,428. T—2:04. O—Haywoode Workman, Nick
Buchert, Derrick Stafford
Wizards 118, Knicks 113
WASHINGTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris ...........24 6-11 0-0 0-7 3 3 13
Porter Jr.........38 10-18 2-3 1-6 3 0 22
Gortat ...........22 3-7 0-0 1-8 3 2 6
Beal .............42 14-22 4-4 0-5 7 2 36
Satoransky.....33 4-8 0-0 1-4 11 2 9
Oubre Jr.........27 1-6 0-0 0-4 1 1 2
Mahinmi........25 6-8 5-8 3-8 0 4 17
Meeks...........13 2-2 4-4 0-2 3 1 8
Scott.............12 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 5
Totals
48-88 15-19 6-45 31 16 118
Shooting: Field goals, 54.5%; free throws, 78.9%
Three-point goals: 7-22 (Beal 4-7, Morris 1-2,
Scott 1-2, Satoransky 1-4, Porter Jr. 0-3, Oubre Jr.
0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 11 (15
PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Mahinmi 3, Satoransky 3,
Beal 2, Porter Jr.). Turnovers: 11 (Mahinmi 4, Beal 3,
Morris, Oubre Jr., Satoransky, Scott). Steals: 7 (Beal
3, Gortat, Mahinmi, Meeks, Porter Jr.). Technical
Fouls: None.
NEW YORK
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Beasley .........40 8-24 0-0 2-11 3 1 16
Hardaway Jr....39 14-24 3-3 1-5 1 2 37
Kanter...........34 9-15 6-8 6-14 5 3 24
Jack..............27 1-5 2-2 0-2 5 1 5
Lee...............33 4-12 0-0 0-3 3 4 8
Mudiay..........20 3-9 2-3 1-3 3 1 8
Thomas .........19 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 8
O’Quinn.........13 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2
Ntilikina.........10 2-2 1-2 0-0 1 3 5
Totals
45-97 14-18 11-42 21 17 113
Shooting: Field goals, 46.4%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 9-19 (Hardaway Jr. 6-9, Thomas 2-2, Jack 1-1, Mudiay 0-2, Lee 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 10 (15 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 1 (Kanter). Turnovers: 10 (Mudiay 4, Hardaway
Jr. 3, Beasley, Jack, Ntilikina). Steals: 7 (Hardaway Jr.
2, Mudiay 2, Ntilikina 2, Jack). Technical Fouls: None.
Washington
26 25 39 28— 118
New York
39 33 15 26— 113
A—19,812. T—2:05. O—Mike Callahan, Curtis
Blair, Josh Tiven
Thunder 121, Grizzlies 114
OKLAHOMA CITY
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony.........33 7-18 1-1 0-1 0 2 19
George ..........37 10-15 2-3 1-6 4 2 28
Adams ..........31 4-9 3-5 3-4 1 5 11
Abrines .........11 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 0
Westbrook......37 6-14 11-12 2-13 15 1 23
Felton ...........23 3-7 4-4 0-1 4 1 12
Patterson.......21 4-7 1-2 0-3 1 1 12
Grant ............21 2-3 1-4 0-4 1 2 5
Ferguson .......10 3-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 8
Huestis ...........9 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 0
D.Johnson........3 1-1 1-2 1-2 0 1 3
Totals
40-81 24-35 8-38 26 19 121
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 68.6%
Three-point goals: 17-37 (George 6-9, Anthony 410, Patterson 3-4, Ferguson 2-2, Felton 2-4, Grant
0-1, Huestis 0-1, Abrines 0-2, Westbrook 0-4). Team
Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (7 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Westbrook 2, Adams, Anthony, Grant,
Huestis). Turnovers: 9 (Westbrook 4, Adams 2, Felton, George, Grant). Steals: 7 (Felton 3, George 2,
Grant, Westbrook). Technical Fouls: coach Thunder
(Defensive three second), 2:56 second.
MEMPHIS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Brooks ..........38 6-15 0-0 0-5 3 1 14
Green............18 2-4 0-0 3-5 2 3 5
Gasol............29 4-11 2-3 0-6 9 5 10
Evans............30 8-18 3-5 1-9 7 2 23
Harrison ........33 10-16 3-3 0-2 3 6 28
Martin...........30 7-12 2-2 1-8 2 2 17
Davis ............18 4-4 0-0 1-5 0 0 8
Chalmers.......15 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 5 4
McLemore......12 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Parsons .........12 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 5
Totals
44-86 12-15 6-41 29 25 114
Shooting: Field goals, 51.2%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 14-27 (Harrison 5-5, Evans
4-7, Brooks 2-6, Parsons 1-1, Green 1-2, Martin 1-2,
Chalmers 0-1, Gasol 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team
Turnovers: 12 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Evans,
Martin). Turnovers: 12 (Evans 3, Gasol 3, Martin 3,
Harrison 2, McLemore). Steals: 6 (Brooks, Evans,
Gasol, Harrison, Martin, Parsons). Technical Fouls:
Evans, 3:53 second
Oklahoma City
34 39 19 29— 121
Memphis
33 20 31 30— 114
A—16,012. T—2:12. O—C.J. Washington, David
Guthrie, Matt Boland
BOSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Horford..........35 8-17 2-2 1-4 0 5 20
Tatum............31 4-13 1-1 0-4 2 2 10
Baynes..........14 4-8 0-0 2-5 2 5 8
Brown ...........35 4-12 2-2 3-8 1 4 12
Irving ............38 11-21 6-6 0-1 8 3 33
Morris ...........35 4-8 2-2 0-11 3 4 13
Rozier ...........28 5-12 1-2 0-3 7 3 13
Theis.............10 0-3 2-2 3-5 1 3 2
Monroe ...........9 2-3 4-4 2-5 0 2 8
Totals
42-97 20-21 11-46 24 31 119
Shooting: Field goals, 43.3%; free throws, 95.2%
Three-point goals: 15-31 (Irving 5-7, Morris 3-4,
Horford 2-4, Brown 2-5, Rozier 2-5, Tatum 1-4, Theis
0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 8 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 8 (Baynes 3, Horford 2, Monroe 2,
Theis). Turnovers: 8 (Irving 4, Brown 2, Baynes, Horford). Steals: 4 (Brown, Irving, Monroe, Morris). Technical Fouls: None.
CLIPPERS
34 27 32 36— 129
Boston
25 32 34 28— 119
A—18,624. T—2:19. O—Karl Lane, Brent Barnaky,
Ken Mauer
76ers 104, Heat 102
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Richardson ....22 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 5 6
Winslow.........23 0-3 3-4 0-3 1 1 3
Whiteside ......28 7-10 2-3 2-10 1 1 16
Dragic ...........32 6-14 4-6 0-3 4 3 18
T.Johnson.......28 4-7 2-2 0-1 6 2 12
Ellington ........31 2-9 3-3 0-2 1 0 8
Wade ............22 4-13 0-2 0-3 2 4 8
J.Johnson.......21 8-10 4-5 1-4 5 3 22
Adebayo ........19 0-3 3-4 0-2 1 0 3
Babbitt............8 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 6
Totals
35-77 21-29 3-29 23 21 102
Shooting: Field goals, 45.5%; free throws, 72.4%
Three-point goals: 11-27 (J.Johnson 2-2, Babbitt
2-3, T.Johnson 2-3, Richardson 2-3, Dragic 2-5,
Ellington 1-7, Wade 0-2, Winslow 0-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 10 (16 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Whiteside 3, Richardson, Wade). Turnovers:
10 (Wade 4, Richardson 2, Winslow 2, Babbitt,
T.Johnson). Steals: 9 (Winslow 3, T.Johnson 2, Ellington, J.Johnson, Richardson, Wade). Technical Fouls:
None.
PHILADELPHIA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Covington ......26 2-13 4-5 3-7 0 4 9
Saric.............32 5-12 6-6 4-8 3 2 19
A.Johnson......19 2-2 1-2 2-4 3 3 5
Redick ..........34 6-19 0-0 1-7 5 3 14
Simmons.......36 8-15 2-5 4-12 10 1 18
Holmes .........28 4-7 3-5 3-9 2 4 11
Belinelli.........27 7-12 0-0 0-1 0 2 17
McConnell .....19 1-6 0-0 1-3 0 1 2
Booker ..........15 4-6 1-2 5-9 2 3 9
Totals
39-92 17-25 23-60 25 23 104
Shooting: Field goals, 42.4%; free throws, 68.0%
Three-point goals: 9-35 (Belinelli 3-5, Saric 3-8,
Redick 2-12, Covington 1-8, Holmes 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 17 (26 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Holmes 2). Turnovers: 17 (Simmons 4,
Redick 3, Saric 3, Belinelli 2, Booker 2, A.Johnson,
Covington, Holmes). Steals: 6 (Simmons 4, McConnell, Saric). Technical Fouls: McConnell, 11:51
second
Miami
29 33 19 21— 102
Philadelphia
20 19 34 31— 104
A—20,492. T—2:25. O—Ray Acosta, Tony Brothers, Gediminas Petraitis
Raptors 122, Bulls 98
TORONTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anunoby........17 2-8 1-3 1-6 0 1 5
Ibaka ............25 9-12 0-0 0-7 2 3 20
Valanciunas ...23 7-9 0-0 1-9 1 2 14
DeRozan........27 3-11 1-1 1-2 8 1 7
Lowry............26 5-10 6-6 1-7 10 2 20
Siakam .........22 7-9 1-2 1-6 2 3 17
Poeltl ............21 4-4 2-2 0-7 2 3 10
Wright ...........20 3-7 0-0 0-0 6 2 7
Miles ............19 1-2 1-1 0-2 2 2 4
VanVleet ........17 4-11 0-0 0-2 4 1 11
Powell .............9 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
McKinnie .........4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Nogueira .........3 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 2
Totals
48-92 12-15 5-50 38 22 122
Shooting: Field goals, 52.2%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 14-38 (Lowry 4-7, VanVleet
3-6, Siakam 2-2, Ibaka 2-3, McKinnie 1-1, Miles 1-2,
Wright 1-3, Nogueira 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1, DeRozan
0-3, Anunoby 0-4, Powell 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2.
Team Turnovers: 7 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Poeltl
4, Ibaka 2, Valanciunas 2). Turnovers: 7 (Poeltl 3,
Valanciunas 2, Ibaka, VanVleet). Steals: 5 (Lowry,
Miles, Nogueira, Siakam, Wright). Technical Fouls:
None.
CHICAGO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Holiday..........27 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 8
Markkanen.....25 5-10 3-3 1-6 1 1 14
Lopez............22 5-8 0-0 1-5 1 1 10
Dunn ............19 3-9 2-2 0-3 3 2 8
LaVine ..........26 5-17 0-0 0-2 1 2 11
Grant ............23 3-7 0-0 1-2 7 0 6
Portis ............21 8-14 2-4 0-3 1 1 18
Valentine .......20 2-7 2-2 0-5 3 3 6
Nwaba ..........20 2-4 4-6 1-6 0 3 8
Zipser ...........14 1-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 2
Vonleh ............5 1-1 1-1 0-4 0 0 3
Felicio.............5 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 4
Arcidiacono......4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
39-91 16-20 4-42 17 16 98
Shooting: Field goals, 42.9%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 4-24 (Holiday 2-4, Markkanen
1-3, LaVine 1-4, Arcidiacono 0-1, Grant 0-1, Nwaba
0-1, Dunn 0-2, Portis 0-2, Valentine 0-3, Zipser 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 6 (8 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 6 (Markkanen 2, Lopez, Nwaba, Portis, Zipser). Turnovers: 6 (LaVine 2, Felicio, Holiday,
Lopez, Vonleh). Steals: 5 (Dunn, Grant, LaVine, Portis, Zipser). Technical Fouls: coach Fred Hoiberg,
6:43 third.
Toronto
27 34 34 27— 122
Chicago
33 16 27 22— 98
A—21,006. T—1:58. O—Lauren Holtkamp, Kevin
Cutler, Zach Zarba
Jazz 107, Suns 97
PHOENIX
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bender..........24 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 5 6
Warren ..........21 2-7 1-2 0-1 0 5 5
Len...............37 3-7 8-10 1-7 0 2 14
Booker ..........36 8-20 6-9 0-5 3 2 28
Payton...........38 5-11 2-2 1-11 12 2 13
Jackson.........35 10-15 0-1 2-7 2 4 22
Chriss ...........18 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 5
Daniels .........11 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 2
Ulis ................9 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 2
Dudley ............5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
34-79 17-24 5-41 19 25 97
Shooting: Field goals, 43.0%; free throws, 70.8%
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Booker 6-14, Jackson
2-3, Bender 2-5, Chriss 1-1, Payton 1-2, Ulis 0-1,
Daniels 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 12
(14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Len 4, Payton). Turnovers: 12 (Payton 5, Booker 2, Jackson 2, Ulis 2,
Bender). Steals: 5 (Len 3, Jackson, Payton). Technical Fouls: None.
DETROIT
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Griffin............36 4-10 1-3 1-12 9 2 13
Johnson.........29 4-9 5-6 1-5 2 4 14
Drummond ....35 5-10 3-3 4-15 0 2 13
Bullock..........29 6-13 0-0 1-3 1 1 15
Smith............33 8-13 6-7 0-4 9 5 22
Tolliver...........24 3-10 2-2 2-3 2 1 11
Ennis III.........18 3-6 4-4 1-3 1 1 11
Kennard ........18 2-7 0-0 0-2 0 0 5
Nelson ..........14 0-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 0
Totals
35-83 21-25 10-47 26 18 104
Shooting: Field goals, 42.2%; free throws, 84.0%
Three-point goals: 13-33 (Griffin 4-7, Bullock 3-7,
Tolliver 3-8, Ennis III 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Kennard 1-4,
Nelson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16
(11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Drummond 3, Bullock,
Griffin). Turnovers: 16 (Griffin 6, Bullock 3, Drummond 2, Nelson 2, Johnson, Kennard, Smith). Steals:
3 (Smith 2, Bullock). Technical Fouls: None.
Atlanta
14 19 28 37— 98
Detroit
22 23 37 22— 104
A—15,849. T—2:08. O—James Williams, Ben Taylor, Justin Van Duyne
Pacers 108, Nets 103
INDIANA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic....37 5-11 2-2 0-5 1 2 14
T.Young..........36 5-12 3-4 4-7 3 4 13
Turner ...........29 2-8 6-6 6-14 1 4 11
Joseph ..........36 5-12 4-7 3-11 3 1 15
Oladipo .........36 9-24 6-6 1-3 4 1 25
Sabonis.........22 3-7 2-2 1-7 2 2 8
Stephenson ...19 3-7 0-0 0-1 2 4 7
J.Young..........14 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 2 2
Jefferson..........8 6-7 1-1 0-3 1 0 13
Totals
39-90 24-28 15-52 20 20 108
Shooting: Field goals, 43.3%; free throws, 85.7%
Three-point goals: 6-15 (Bogdanovic 2-6, Joseph
1-1, Turner 1-1, Stephenson 1-2, Oladipo 1-4, T.Young
0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8 (11 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 7 (Jefferson 2, Joseph 2, Sabonis,
T.Young, Turner). Turnovers: 8 (Bogdanovic 2, Joseph
2, Oladipo 2, Sabonis, T.Young). Steals: 10 (Oladipo
3, Bogdanovic 2, Joseph 2, Stephenson, T.Young,
Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
BROOKLYN
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Acy...............31 2-4 2-2 1-2 4 4 8
Carroll...........34 6-13 4-6 0-10 4 3 21
Allen.............20 4-7 2-3 2-6 0 2 10
Crabbe..........36 9-16 1-1 0-8 1 4 24
Dinwiddie ......32 0-7 7-10 2-6 5 5 7
Russell..........28 7-14 4-4 2-3 9 0 18
Cunningham...28 3-9 0-1 2-7 1 1 6
Harris............23 4-11 0-0 0-2 0 1 9
Mozgov ...........4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
35-83 20-27 9-44 24 20 103
Shooting: Field goals, 42.2%; free throws, 74.1%
Three-point goals: 13-35 (Carroll 5-8, Crabbe 511, Acy 2-4, Harris 1-4, Cunningham 0-2, Russell
0-2, Dinwiddie 0-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Carroll, Dinwiddie). Turnovers: 13 (Allen 4, Crabbe 4, Carroll 2, Cunningham, Dinwiddie, Russell). Steals: 4 (Dinwiddie
2, Carroll, Cunningham). Technical Fouls: None.
Indiana
22 32 19 35— 108
Brooklyn
23 31 25 24— 103
A—13,159. T—2:12. O—Bennie Adams, JB
DeRosa, Marat Kogut
Rockets 100, Kings 91
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Jackson.........34 5-9 0-0 0-5 4 1 12
Sampson.......24 3-3 1-2 2-7 2 1 7
Cauley-Stein...28 6-16 0-2 3-8 5 1 12
Bogdanovic....30 8-15 0-0 0-4 5 4 20
Fox ...............25 3-10 2-2 0-2 3 3 9
Temple ..........30 6-12 0-0 1-7 4 4 13
Carter ...........24 2-5 2-2 0-3 0 0 6
Hield.............22 5-14 0-0 0-4 1 3 12
Koufos ..........19 0-3 0-0 3-8 2 3 0
Totals
38-87 5-8 9-48 26 20 91
Shooting: Field goals, 43.7%; free throws, 62.5%
Three-point goals: 10-32 (Bogdanovic 4-8, Jackson 2-5, Hield 2-9, Fox 1-3, Temple 1-5, Carter 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 17 (17 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 5 (Jackson 2, Cauley-Stein, Koufos,
Sampson). Turnovers: 17 (Carter 3, Fox 3, Bogdanovic 2, Hield 2, Sampson 2, Temple 2, CauleyStein, Jackson, Koufos). Steals: 8 (Bogdanovic 2,
Koufos 2, Cauley-Stein, Fox, Hield, Sampson). Technical Fouls: None.
HOUSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Mbah a Moute25 4-9 2-2 0-3 1 3 11
Tucker ...........31 4-8 0-0 2-7 1 1 10
Capela ..........32 6-11 1-1 2-11 1 2 13
Harden..........35 7-19 9-11 0-9 9 2 28
Paul..............30 6-11 4-4 1-4 7 1 19
Johnson.........31 2-9 4-4 0-3 0 1 9
Green............21 1-7 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
Anderson.......20 3-9 0-0 1-8 0 0 8
Black ............11 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 4 0
Totals
33-83 20-22 7-48 19 14 100
Shooting: Field goals, 39.8%; free throws, 90.9%
Three-point goals: 14-49 (Harden 5-15, Paul 3-7,
Tucker 2-6, Anderson 2-7, Johnson 1-5, Mbah a
Moute 1-5, Green 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team
Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Capela 2,
Harden, Mbah a Moute, Tucker). Turnovers: 13 (Harden 6, Paul 4, Johnson 2, Anderson). Steals: 10 (Harden 2, Paul 2, Tucker 2, Black, Capela, Green, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Sacramento
25 20 18 28— 91
Houston
20 35 17 28— 100
A—18,055. T—2:02. O—Courtney Kirkland, Sean
Corbin, Tre Maddox
Trail Blazers 123, Warriors 117
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant ..........37 17-27 10-10 0-7 6 1 50
Green............38 6-13 3-3 3-12 7 5 16
Pachulia ..........5 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 1 1
Curry ............34 6-17 2-2 2-4 6 4 17
Thompson......38 6-15 2-2 1-4 2 2 17
Iguodala........28 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 4 0
Livingston ......16 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 6
Young............15 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
West .............13 3-5 0-0 1-5 1 3 6
McGee ............6 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 4
Looney ............2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Casspi ............2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
43-90 18-19 8-41 24 24 117
Shooting: Field goals, 47.8%; free throws, 94.7%
Three-point goals: 13-37 (Durant 6-14, Thompson
3-7, Curry 3-10, Green 1-3, Young 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 16 (27 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Green 4, Durant 2, West). Turnovers: 16
(Curry 7, Durant 4, Livingston 2, Pachulia, Thompson, Young). Steals: 8 (Curry 3, Green 2, McGee,
Pachulia, Young). Technical Fouls: coach Warriors
(Defensive three second), 9:49 first.
PORTLAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Favors ...........32 7-9 4-6 6-12 2 1 18
Ingles............37 4-16 2-2 2-4 6 3 13
Gobert ..........37 5-8 4-4 2-17 1 4 14
Mitchell .........38 10-24 0-0 2-4 7 0 24
O’Neale.........35 7-12 2-2 2-5 2 3 19
Crowder.........24 5-12 5-6 0-7 2 3 15
Neto .............12 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 2
Jerebko .........12 0-5 2-2 0-1 0 3 2
Burks..............8 0-1 0-0 0-4 0 0 0
Totals
39-92 19-22 14-54 22 17 107
Shooting: Field goals, 42.4%; free throws, 86.4%
Three-point goals: 10-34 (Mitchell 4-11, O’Neale
3-3, Ingles 3-9, Favors 0-1, Neto 0-2, Crowder 0-4,
Jerebko 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 8
(12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Favors, Ingles, O’Neale).
Turnovers: 8 (Mitchell 3, Burks 2, Favors, Neto,
O’Neale). Steals: 6 (Ingles 2, O’Neale 2, Burks, Crowder). Technical Fouls: None.
Phoenix
23 18 30 26— 97
Utah
27 23 22 35— 107
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aminu ...........36 3-4 2-2 3-11 2 2 9
Harkless ........26 1-5 0-0 1-3 3 3 3
Nurkic ...........30 7-14 3-6 5-13 3 4 17
Lillard ...........39 14-25 12-12 0-3 8 3 44
McCollum ......40 12-26 2-2 1-5 2 3 29
Napier...........19 3-10 0-0 1-2 0 1 8
Turner ...........18 2-5 2-2 0-6 1 1 6
Davis ............12 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 0 0
Connaughton ...9 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4
Collins ............6 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 3
Totals
45-93 21-24 13-49 20 18 123
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws, 87.5%
Three-point goals: 12-33 (Lillard 4-11, McCollum
3-8, Napier 2-8, Collins 1-1, Aminu 1-2, Harkless
1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 13 (17
PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 13 (Lillard 4,
Aminu 2, Harkless 2, McCollum 2, Turner 2, Collins).
Steals: 9 (Aminu 3, Lillard 2, Davis, Harkless, Nurkic,
Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
Golden State
27 24 36 30— 117
Portland
40 23 29 31— 123
A—18,306. T—2:10. O—Scott Twardoski, Ron Garretson, Bill Kennedy
A—19,520. T—2:22. O—Tony Brown, Bill Spooner,
Leon Wood
UTAH
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D7
BASKETBALL
Harrell settles
in and becomes
a key backup
Clippers center has hit
two-thirds of his shots
in the last 10 games as
hard work pays off.
By Broderick Turner
BOSTON — Montrezl
Harrell has taken the
backup center role with the
Clippers and he has no designs on giving it back.
But the way Harrell has
played in that spot probably
assures him that he’ll keep
his job behind starter DeAndre Jordan.
Just take the last 10-game
stretch as an example.
Harrell averaged 12.4
points and 4.3 rebounds in
just 17.3 minutes a game. He
was shooting a whopping
66.7% from the field.
“I just took the minutes I
had and made the best of it
when I got in,” said Harrell,
acquired from Houston in
the trade for Chris Paul. “I
just kept working on my
game, off the court and on
the court.
“Off the court, it was by
just being more involved in
the community stuff and the
events that they do. On the
court, it was just whenever
we have practice and workouts, I just work on my game
really. I just waited my time
and kept working and kept
going about it the right way.
It just happened to work out
for me.”
Harrell had another solid
outing against the Boston
Celtics on Wednesday night.
He scored nine points on
three-for-five
shooting,
grabbed four rebounds and
blocked a season-high four
shots.
Harrell has found success by playing to his
strength. He’s good in the
low post, is a decent passer
and a strong rebounder.
Perhaps his best attribute is that Harrell hustles
and plays with energy all the
time.
“He’s a great example
that every year you talk
about guys that are accepting their role and trying to be
a star in a role, he’s the perfect example of that,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
“Early on, he was kind of
struggling, trying to find his
way. Now he knows exactly
what he needs to do.”
Harrell was drafted in the
second round by the Rockets in 2015. He signed a threeyear deal and has one remaining that pays him
$1.47 million this season.
Harrell will be a restricted free agent this summer, and with the way he is
playing, he could be in line
for a nice payday.
“Honestly, that’s not
really a conversation for
me,” Harrell said. “The conversation for me is when the
game tips off, put myself and
put my team in position to
win. When it comes to the
next deal, the next contract,
I have one of the best agents.
“But as far as what I’m
doing to extend that contract or put myself into place
for that contract, I’m doing
it and that’s playing on the
court.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Beating
Ducks no
easy task
for USC
The Trojans, losers of
three straight, haven’t
defeated Oregon at
home since 2009.
By Lindsey Thiry
Timothy J. Gonzalez Associated Press
UCLA GUARD Jaylen Hands tries to drive between a pair of Oregon State
defenders during the Beavers’ 69-63 victory last month in Corvallis, Ore.
Bruins have chance
to atone for setbacks
Coming up on the
schedule are games
against teams that
have defeated them.
By Ben Bolch
Charles Krupa Associated Press
CLIPPERS center DeAndre Jordan defends the
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving during the first half in Boston.
Jordan leads way as
Clippers beat Celtics
[Clippers, from D3]
but we just need to finish off
games. Coming in here in a
tough environment against
a really good team, we were
able to do that tonight.”
The Clippers did it because Jordan was relentless.
Even when the Celtics
went to the Hack-A-Jordan,
he responded by making his
free throws.
He made two in that instance with 4:38 left to give
the Clippers a 114-109 lead.
He made two more under
the same circumstances
with 2:04 left to give the Clippers a 123-113 lead that was
never threatened again.
“I don’t get as frustrated
as I used to,” Jordan said
about being intentionally
fouled.
“My teammates have a
lot of confidence in me at the
line and I’m comfortable up
there now. So when I just
take my time and I don’t
rush and I shoot the basketball the same way, I’m comfortable with misses that I
do have.… I just got to keep
my rhythm.”
Tobias Harris (21 points,
eight rebounds, five assists),
Danilo Gallinari (20 points,
nine rebounds) and Lou
Williams (19 points, six assists) were all in a good
enough rhythm for the Clippers to take care of the Celtics.
“The one thing we have,
and we keep doing it, we
have five and six, seven guys
in double figures every
night,” Clippers coach Doc
Rivers said. “It’s really hard
to key on the one guy.”
The Clippers were leading by 10 as the 24-second
clock was winding down.
Jordan had the basketball in
his hands looking at the
clock, letting it run out for a
violation that brought a
smile to his face and that of
his teammates with 2.1 seconds left.
“DJ was amazing,” Rivers
said. “When he rolls [to the
basket], he puts so much
pressure on [a team] because we have guards that
go downhill. So when a
guard is going downhill and
he’s rolling, you have to pick
your poison. Either you have
to try to stop the guard or we
throw it up in the air. DJ can
go get it.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
UCLA is entering the
portion of its schedule that
could be dubbed Redemption Tour 2018.
It will include two stops in
Pauley Pavilion and one in
Colorado’s Coors Events
Center.
Head
banging
against concrete walls could
commence if things don’t go
well. Refunds will not be issued even if the Bruins fail to
show up like they did for
parts of recent losses to Oregon State, Oregon and Colorado.
UCLA’s hope is that its
performances have a very
different feel. Three of the
Bruins’ next four games
come against teams that
have beaten them this season, providing extra incentive to win beyond staying in
the Pac-12 Conference race.
“When you’ve got three
weeks left and you’re playing
somebody who’s beaten you
already,” UCLA coach Steve
Alford said, “they’ve got
your attention.”
The chance for do-overs
starts Thursday night at
Pauley Pavilion against Oregon State, a team that might
seem unremarkable except
for its 1-0 record against the
Bruins.
The Beavers, 13-11 overall
and 5-7 in the Pac-12, are 0-5
on the road in conference
play and have an RPI of 160.
Perhaps the only number related to Oregon State that
sticks in the minds of
UCLA’s players is the 10-3
run the Beavers used to
close out a 69-63 victory over
the Bruins last month in
Corvallis.
“They already beat us
once; they showed that they
could do it,” UCLA guard
Aaron Holiday said, “and it’s
our job to change that and
beat them Thursday.”
Oregon State largely
manhandled UCLA during
that meeting, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds to the Bruins’ 11 and outscoring them
33-22 in the paint. UCLA forward GG Goloman vowed
that there would be no repeat.
“We’re going to play a lot
tougher than we did in the
first game,” Goloman said.
“We’re going to have to fight
for every loose ball and play
like we want it more.”
Alford said he hoped that
guard Prince Ali could help
counter the Beavers’ Ethan
Thompson, who grabbed
four offensive rebounds
against UCLA last month.
Strong play on the boards
and on defense could compensate for a recent cold
stretch in which Ali has averaged 6.6 points over his last
eight games, below his season average of 9.4 points.
“Prince can help us with
that,” Alford said, “because
he’s a big guard who can do
those things.”
Oregon State is hardly
the pushover it was last season, when it went 5-27. These
Beavers are the secondmost improved major conference team, trailing only
Missouri (18-8), which went
8-24 last season.
A big part of the turnaround has been the presence of forward Tres Tinkle,
who was limited to six games
last season because of a
wrist injury. Tinkle was selected the Pac-12 player of
the week after averaging 24.5
points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.5
assists during victories over
Washington
State
and
Washington last week.
UCLA (17-8, 8-5) needs to
beat Oregon State for more
than payback. The Bruins
are tied with USC for second
place in the Pac-12 standings, two games behind firstplace Arizona, but a loss
could cause them to plummet considering only 41⁄2
games separate the Wildcats and 10th-place Beavers.
UCLA also remains on
the NCAA tournament bubble with an RPI of 52. When
the tournament selection
committee
meets
next
month to assess the Bruins,
they’ll see at least one loss to
Oregon State. UCLA center
Thomas Welsh is intent on
his team’s win-loss ledger
against the Beavers evening
out before then.
“Of course,” Welsh said,
“we want to get it back.”
TONIGHT
VS. OREGON STATE
When: 8
Where: Pauley Pavilion.
On the air: TV: FS1; Radio:
570.
Update: Goloman averaged
33.5 minutes last week during the Bruins’ trip to the Arizona schools, well above his
season average of 23.7 minutes. Alford said he foresees
Goloman continuing to play
a larger role as long as he is
able to sustain his recent
strong play; he averaged 13.5
points and 5.5 rebounds
against Arizona and Arizona
State. Goloman said his
surge in production is largely
a result of increased confidence. “I’m getting more and
more comfortable,” Goloman said. “I’m finding my
game. I’ve had my ups and
downs, but I think I’m at a
really good point.”
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
USC returns to the Galen
Center this week after losing
three straight on the road.
The Trojans surrendered a
nine-point lead and lost by
three on a last-minute threepoint basket at UCLA,
allowed Arizona State to go on
a game-ending 9-0 run
and win by two on a last-second shot, and could not keep
pace at Arizona in a 14-point
loss.
“We’ve been playing good
basketball,” coach Andy Enfield said after practice
Wednesday.
“But we have to defend at a
high level like we’re capable
of.”
USC (17-9, 8-5 Pac-12 Conference) will try to regroup
against Oregon (17-8, 7-5) on
Thursday.
“We’ve got to prepare better,” senior guard Elijah Stewart said.
“Get some extra shots up,
get some extra defensive
slides in and just hope for the
best.”
The Trojans lost 14
straight to the Ducks before a
five-point victory in Eugene
last month, but they have not
defeated Oregon at home
since 2009.
“Everybody they put on
the floor can score,” Enfield
said. “We know we’re going to
have to challenge to try to hold
home court.”
Sophomore guard Derryck Thornton made his first
start at Arizona in place of
junior Shaqquan Aaron.
Thornton finished with seven
points and three assists.
Enfield said he would
make a game-time decision as
to who would start against the
Ducks.
USC had a six-game win
streak, its longest in conference since 1992, before losing
three straight.
A win over Arizona would
have given the Trojans a share
of the conference lead. Instead, USC sits two games behind Arizona and shares second place with UCLA — while
being among four five-loss
teams in the conference.
Five games remain before
the conference tournament.
Stewart said that the team
does not feel added pressure
since falling into the thick of
the standings, but understands that they must protect
home court before making a
trip next week to Colorado
and Utah.
“We just have to get the job
done,” Stewart said. “We’re a
veteran group and we just
have to stick together.”
TONIGHT
VS. OREGON
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Galen Center.
On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 690.
Update: USC allowed Arizona to shoot 56% on Saturday
in a ninth consecutive loss at
the McKale Center. Oregon is
coming off an 84-57 victory
over Washington in Eugene.
The Ducks have won five of
their last six.
lindsey.thiry@latimes.com
TOP 25 ROUNDUP
Providence holds off No. 3 Villanova 76-71
associated press
Top 25 scores
Kyron Cartwright scored
17 points and host Providence withstood several late
surges to stun third-ranked
Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night.
It was the first victory for
the Friars (17-9, 8-5 Big East
Conference) over the Wildcats (23-3, 10-3) since Jan. 24,
2016.
at Florida State 81, No. 11
Clemson 79 (OT): Phil Cofer
scored 17 points, Trent Forrest had 16 and the Seminoles (18-8, 7-7 Atlantic
Coast Conference) rallied
from an 18-point deficit to
give coach Leonard Hamilton his 500th victory and
300th at Florida State.
No. 24 Nevada 77, at Boise
State
72:
Kendall
Stephens tied his career-
Providence
No. 3 Villanova
No. 4 Xavier
Seton Hall
76
71
102
90
No. 10 Auburn
Kentucky
76
66
Florida State
No. 11 Clemson (OT)
81
79
No. 12 Duke
Virginia Tech
74
52
No. 22 Michigan
Iowa
74
59
No. 24 Nevada
Boise State
77
72
high with 21 points and
Caleb Martin also had 21 to
lead the Wolfpack (22-5, 11-2
Mountain West).
at No. 4 Xavier 102, Seton
Hall 90: Trevon Bluiett fol-
lowed his worst shooting
performance of the season
with a 37-point effort for the
Musketeers (24-3, 12-2 Big
East).
at No. 10 Auburn 76, Kentucky 66: Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and
make four three-pointers in
leading the Tigers (23-3, 11-2
Southeastern Conference).
at No. 12 Duke 74, Virginia Tech 52: Grayson Allen
scored 25 points and
matched a career high with
seven three-pointers as the
Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 ACC)
won without freshman star
Marvin Bagley III, who has a
knee injury.
at No. 22 Michigan 74,
Iowa 59: Duncan Robinson
scored 18 points to lead the
Wolverines (21-7, 10-5 Big
Ten).
SOUTHLAND
MEN
UC Riverside 69, at Cal
State
Northridge
62:
Dikymbe Martin scored 18
points, six of them in the final three minutes, and the
Highlanders (7-18, 2-9 Big
West Conference) held off a
late rally by the Matadors (620, 3-9). Chance Murray had
14 points and 10 rebounds for
Riverside. Reggie Theus Jr.
had 19 points for Northridge
and Tavrion Dawson had 17.
MEN TODAY
Loyola Marymount at
No. 9 Gonzaga .............. 6 p.m.
Brigham Young at
Pepperdine ................... 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at
Long Beach State ....... 7 p.m.
Hawaii at
UC Irvine ....................... 8 p.m.
D8
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Patrick ready for final NASCAR ride
Sunday’s Daytona
500 marks the driver’s
last race in the
stock-car series.
GEORGE DIAZ
ON MOTOR RACING
Look for Danica Patrick
at a farmers market near
you soon.
That’s how she rolls
these days. Free and breezy.
Unencumbered.
She will race in Sunday’s
Daytona 500, and then say
goodbye to this NASCAR
gig for good. Most of you
know the particulars.
Patrick moved the needle
in so many ways but not the
speedometer. She competed
in 190 Cup races since her
debut in 2012, finishing with
just seven Top 10s, including
one in her last 72 races.
But there’s all that other
stuff that gave NASCAR a
bounce on social media and
elsewhere, and roped in fans
such as little girls who dared
to dream and others who
just wanted to see a woman
mix it up in a man’s playground.
It was a neat story until
the frustration continued to
fester, sponsors bailed and
the joy of competing was
sucked out of her fancy
motorcoach, which offered
privacy but not solace.
It was time to go.
“It got to the point where
I thought, ‘You know what?
I’m good,’ ” she said during a
break from the NASCAR
media day scrum Wednesday.
Sarah Crabill Getty Images
DANICA PATRICK, after 190 Cup races since her debut in 2012, is ready to embrace the next chapter, which
includes promoting her Danica Patrick brand of wine and clothing line.
In many ways, Patrick is
exactly where she needs to
be: in her happy place. She is
promoting her fitness and
lifestyle book — “Pretty
Intense” — plus a wine and
clothing line with the Danica Patrick brand.
And she still drives chatter in cyberspace, officially
atwitter at Patrick new
romance with Green Bay
Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers. TMZ has labeled
TRANSACTIONS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
BASEBALL
Atlanta—Agreed to terms with catcher Chris
Stewart on a one-year contract.
Chicago White Sox—Agreed to terms with
pitcher Hector Santiago on a minor league contract.
St. Louis—Agreed to terms with pitcher Bud
Norris on a one-year contract; designated pitcher
Rowan Wick for assignment.
BASKETBALL
Sparks (WNBA)—Signed guard Cappie
Pondexter.
FOOTBALL
Arizona—Retained linebackers coach Larry
Foote, wide receivers coach Kevin Garver, assistant offensive line coach Steve Heiden, quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich, strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris, and running backs
coach Terry Allen.
Atlanta—Hired Bernie Parmalee as running
backs coach, Mayur Chaudhari as assistant special teams coach and Chad Walker as assistant
offensive coach.
Buffalo—Hired Terry Robiskie as receivers
coach.
Cincinnati—Signed offensive tackle Bobby
Hart.
N.Y. Jets—Promoted quarterbacks coach
Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator; hired Rick
Dennison as offensive line coach-run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive
backs coach.
San Francisco—Signed center Daniel Kilgore
to a three-year extension.
HOCKEY
Ducks—Assigned defenseman Korbinian
Holzer to San Diego (AHL).
Kings—Called up forward Michael Mersch
from Ontario (AHL).
St. Louis—Assigned forward Tage Thompson
to San Antonio (AHL) and defenseman Nolan De
Jong to Colorado (ECHL).
Vancouver—Signed general manager Jim
Benning to a multiyear extension.
SOCCER
New York—Acquired a 2019 fourth-round
draft choice from Toronto for the right of first refusal for goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell.
SOUTHLAND
UC Riverside 69, Cal St. Northridge 62
San Diego St. 87, Wyoming 77
Cal Lutheran 85, Caltech 81
Occidental 62, Chapman 45
Pomona-Pitzer 90, La Verne 46
Claremont-Mudd 85, Whittier 65
WEST
Nevada Las Vegas 81, Air Force 73
Fresno St. 77, San Jose St. 57
EAST
American U. 60, Boston U. 56
Bucknell 94, Loyola (Md.) 53
George Washington 83, Massachusetts 72
Holy Cross 70, Army 65
Lehigh 88, Colgate 78
N.C. State 74, Syracuse 70
Navy 71, Lafayette 69
Providence 76, Villanova 71
St. Joseph’s 71, Fordham 55
SOUTH
Auburn 76, Kentucky 66
Davidson 74, VCU 63
Duke 74, Virginia Tech 52
East Carolina 82, Tulane 80
Florida St. 81, Clemson 79, OT
George Mason 85, Dayton 67
Georgia 72, Florida 69, OT
Houston Baptist 77, Northwestern St. 70
Nicholls 73, Sam Houston St. 72
SE Louisiana 71, New Orleans 64
Central Florida 72, South Florida 57
Vanderbilt 81, Mississippi St. 80
Wake Forest 79, Georgia Tech 62
MIDWEST
Bradley 70, Illinois St. 58
Cleveland St. 75, Detroit 72
Drake 90, Indiana St. 76
Fort Wayne 90, W. Illinois 74
Indiana 78, Illinois 68
Loyola Chicago 80, Valparaiso 71
Michigan 74, Iowa 59
S. Illinois 81, Missouri St. 80, OT
St. John’s 77, DePaul 76
Xavier 102, Seton Hall 90
Youngstown St. 75, Oakland 73
Adrian 67, Alma 52
Albion 87, Calvin 79
Aquinas 70, Siena Heights 62
Baker 94, Peru St. 86
Bethany Lutheran 104, North Central (Minn.) 63
Bethel (Minn.) 103, Macalester 59
SOUTHWEST
Kansas St. 82, Oklahoma St. 72
Lamar 85, Incarnate Word 62
McNeese St. 76, Cent. Arkansas 72
Memphis 70, SMU 67
South Dakota 85, Oral Roberts 67
Stephen F. Austin 87, Texas A&M CC 68
ROCKIES
Denver 94, Nebraska Omaha 78
New Mexico 78, Utah St. 63
Nevada 77, Boise St. 72
BOX SCORE
Mountain West
San Diego St. 87, Wyoming 77
WYOMING—Herndon 6-9 3-4 17, Dalton 5-15
5-6 20, Maldonado 4-10 4-6 13, James 9-17
7-10 26, Kelley 0-2 0-0 0, Moemeka 0-0 0-0 0,
Aka Gorski 0-5 1-2 1, Redding 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
24-58 20-28 77.
SAN DIEGO ST.—McDaniels 6-9 4-6 16, Pope
4-10 2-2 10, Kell 3-5 0-0 6, Watson 4-9 4-6 13,
Mitchell 0-4 2-2 2, Narain 8-10 1-1 18, Montana
1-4 0-0 3, Schakel 5-6 0-0 14, Hemsley 2-5 0-0
5. Totals 33-62 13-17 87.
Halftime—San Diego St. 53-31. A—NA.
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No. 6 Texas 87, Texas Tech 72
No. 22 South Florida 64, SMU 54
Minnesota 93, No. 23 Michigan 87
SOUTHLAND
Wyoming 70, San Diego St. 50
Chapman 97, Occidental 69
Pomona-Pitzer 77, La Verne 74
Cal Lutheran 79, Caltech 46
Claremont-Mudd Scripps 69, Whittier 42
WEST
Boise St. 63, Nevada 55
TENNIS
$3.17-MILLION QATAR TOTAL OPEN
At Doha, Qatar
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
SINGLES (second round)—Caroline Wozniacki
(1), Denmark, d. Carina Witthoeft, Germany, 6-2,
6-0; Johanna Konta (10), Britain, d. Carla Suarez
Navarro, Spain, 6-2, 6-2; Elina Svitolina (3),
Ukraine, d. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4; Petra Kvitova (16), Czech Republic,
d. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 6-7 (3), 6-3,
6-4; Julia Goerges (9), Germany, d. Barbora
Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Anna
Blinkova, Russia, d. Kristina Mladenovic (11),
France, 6-3, 6-3; Angelique Kerber (8), Germany,
d. Sam Stosur, Australia, 6-4, 6-1; Sorana
Cirstea, Romania, d. Elise Mertens (15), Belgium, 7-5, 6-4; Karolina Pliskova (5), Czech Republic, d. Alize Cornet, France, 6-2, 6-3; CiCi
Bellis d. Madison Keys (12), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; Anastasija Sevastova (13), Latvia, d. Naomi Osaka,
Japan, 6-4, 6-1; Simona Halep (2), Romania, d.
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, 6-3, 6-0; Monica
Niculescu, Romania, d. Magdalena Rybarikova
(14), Slovakia, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 3-0, retired; Mihaela
Buzarnescu, Romania, d. Jelena Ostapenko (6),
Latvia, 6-1, 6-3.
$2.28-MILLION AMRO WORLD TOURNAMENT
At Rotterdam, Netherlands
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Andrey Rublev, Russia,
d. Lucas Pouille (7), France, 7-5, 6-4; PierreHugues Herbert, France, d. Richard Gasquet,
France, 3-1, retired; Robin Haase, Netherlands,
d. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands, 6-2, 6-2;
Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, d. Marius
Copil, Romania, 6-4, 6-4; Grigor Dimitrov (2),
Bulgaria, d. Yuichi Sugita, Japan, 6-4, 7-6 (5);
Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, d. Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, 6-1, 6-2.
(Second round)—David Goffin (4), Belgium,
d. Feliciano Lopez, Spain, 6-1, 6-3; Tomas
Berdych (6), Czech Republic, d. Viktor Troicki,
Serbia, 6-1, 6-2; Andreas Seppi, Italy, d. Alexander Zverev (3), Germany, 6-4, 6-3.
DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Jean-Julien Rojer,
Netherlands-Horia Tecau (4), Romania, d. Robin
Haase-Matwe Middelkoop, Netherlands, 6-1,
6-2.
$668,460 NEW YORK OPEN
At Uniondale, N.Y.
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (second round)—Adrian Mannarino,
France, d. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 6-7 (5),
7-5, 4-1, retired; Adrian Menendez-Maceiras,
Spain, d. Jeremy Chardy, France, 7-5, 7-6 (5);
Radu Albot, Moldova, d. John Isner (3), 7-6 (6),
3-6, 6-3.
$568,190 ARGENTINA OPEN
At Buenos Aires
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (second round)—Guido Pella, Argentina, d. Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, 6-2, 6-4;
Aljaz Bedene, Slovenia, d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas,
Spain, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1; Diego Schwartzman (5),
Argentina, d. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, 3-6, 6-3,
6-2; Dominic Thiem (1), Austria, d. Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, 6-3, 6-3.
SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
Champions League
Second Round
First Leg
Real Madrid 3, Paris Saint-Germain 1
Porto (Portugal) 0, Liverpool (England) 5
Europa League
Second Round
First Leg
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 0, CSKA Moscow
(Russia) 0
BOXING
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Friday
At Reno (ESPN), Raymundo Beltran vs.
Paulus Moses, 12, for the vacant WBO World
lightweight title; Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. David
Avanesyan, 10, welterweights.
THE ODDS
College Basketball
Favorite
Line
Underdog
at USC
51⁄2
Oregon
at UCLA
9
Oregon St.
at Northeastern
11
Drexel
Purdue
9
at Wisconsin
Cincinnati
21⁄2
at Houston
at Hofstra
41⁄2
William & Mary
Delaware
at Towson
111⁄2
at UNC Wilm.
11⁄2
Elon
at Wichita St.
13
Temple
at Charlotte
PK
UTEP
at Connecticut
3
Tulsa
Charleston
4
at Ja. Madison
at Appala. St.
3
South Alabama
at Coast. Caro.
2
Troy
1
at Penn St.
2 ⁄2
Ohio St.
Marshall
7
at Rice
Middle Tenn.
71⁄2
at Sou. Miss.
1
at Old Dom.
10 ⁄2
UTSA
Texas Arlington
3
at La. Monroe
at La. Lafayette
14
Texas St.
W Kentucky
41⁄2
at North Texas
1
LMU
at Gonzaga
25 ⁄2
at La. Tech
11⁄2
Ala. Birming.
at Arizona St.
PK
Arizona
at Washington
PK
Utah
1
BYU
10 ⁄2
at Pepperdine
at San Diego
4
Pacific
UCSB
1
at L. Beach St.
at Portland
4
Santa Clara
UC Davis
31⁄2
at Cal Poly
St. Mary’s
8
at S. Francisco
1
at UC Irvine
8 ⁄2
Hawaii
Colorado
41⁄2
at Wash. St.
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
them “Aaronica.”
There are other labels
she must wear, along with all
those sponsorship shoutouts on her firesuit. Her
NASCAR career will be
forever dragged through the
sport’s archives by some
observers as a misguided
marketing move that imploded. What were people
thinking, assuming the
move from open-wheel
racing to a much-heavier
Fresno St. 81, San Jose St. 71
EAST
American U. 61, Boston U. 54
Army 66, Holy Cross 57
Binghamton 52, Vermont 38
Bucknell 74, Loyola (Md.) 69
Buffalo 85, Cent. Michigan 82
Colgate 54, Lehigh 48
George Washington 55, Massachusetts 49
Maine 70, Mass. Lowell 65
Marist 48, Fairfield 34
Navy 59, Lafayette 43
New Hampshire 76, Hartford 58
Penn St. 67, Northwestern 59
Richmond 79, St. Bonaventure 57
Stony Brook 53, UMBC 49
West Virginia 76, Kansas 46
SOUTH
Cent. Arkansas 51, McNeese St. 45
East Carolina 75, Memphis 62
New Orleans 82, SE Louisiana 73
Old Dominion 59, FAU 54
St. Joseph’s 64, Davidson 62
South Florida 64, SMU 54
MIDWEST
Duquesne 76, St. Louis 66
E. Michigan 73, Ohio 58
Minnesota 93, Michigan 87
Nebraska 79, Michigan St. 69
Rutgers 63, Wisconsin 50
SE Missouri 51, E. Illinois 48
South Dakota 72, Nebraska-Omaha 50
Wichita St. 88, Temple 81
SOUTHWEST
Houston Baptist 57, Northwestern St. 51
Iowa St. 66, TCU 63
Lamar 71, Incarnate Word 47
Nicholls 70, Sam Houston St. 65
Stephen F. Austin 59, Texas A&M CC 58
Texas 87, Texas Tech 72
UTSA 69, Fla. International 66
ROCKIES
New Mexico 74, Utah St. 50
UNLV 67, Air Force 59
GOLF
GENESIS OPEN
At Pacific Palisades
Riviera Country Club
FRIDAY’S TEE TIMES, PAIRINGS
FIRST TEE
6:40 a.m.—J.B. Holmes, Robert Streb, Sean
O’Hair
6:50—J.J. Henry, Lucas Glover, Ryan Mlaum
7:01—Cameron Tringale, Bud Cauley, Martin
Piller
7:11—Marc Leishman, Adam Hadwin, Peter
Malnati
7:22—Ryan Armour, Tony Finau, Ernie Els
7:32—Jhonattan Vegas, Vaugh Taylor, Martin
Kaymer
7:43—D.A. Points, Jim Furyk, Rafa Cabrera
Bello
7:53—Daniel Berger, Si Woo Kim, Fabian
Gomez
8:04—Jamie Lovemark, Sung Kang, Patrick
Rodgers
8:14—Troy Merritt, Danny Lee, Whee Kim
8:25—Nicholas Lindheim, Talor Gooch,
Stephan Jaeger
8:35—Jonathan Randolph, Tyler Duncan, Vinnie Poncino
11:20—Matt Every, John Merrick Andrew
Loupe
11:30—Geoff Ogilvy, Derek Fathauer, Harold
Varner III
11:41—David Lingmerth, Tyrone Van Aswegen,
C.T. Pan
11:51—Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Hurley III,
K.J. Choi
12:02 p.m.—Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods
12:12—Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tommy
Fleetwood
12:23—Brandan Steele, Greg Chalmers Sangmoon Bae
12:33—William McGirt, Brian Stuard, Charles
Howell III
12:44—Ryan Moore, Joel Dahmen, Chez
Reavie
12:54—Chad Campbell, Shawn Stefani, Dominic Bozzelli
1:05—Kevin Na, Anirban Lahiri, Jon Curran
1:15—Abraham Ancer, Xinjun Zhang, Robert
H. Lee
10TH TEE
6:40 a.m.—Martin Laird, Jason Kokrak, Francesco Molinari
6:50—Nick Taylor, Peter Uihlein, Brandon
Harkins
7:01—Retief Goosen, Ollie Schniederjans,
Beau Hossler
7:11—Ted Potter Jr., Kyle Stanley, Jonas Blixt
7:22—Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Kevin
Chappell
7:32—Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba
Watson
7:43—Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Vijay
Singh
7:53—Xander Schauffele, Wesley Bryan, Alex
Noren
8:04—Martin Flores, Kevin Tway Hao Tong Li
8:14—Camilo Villegas, Scott Brown, Kelly
Kraft
8:25—Brice Garnett, Adam Schenk, Cameron
Champ
8:35—Ben Silverman, Zecheng Dou, Seunghyuk Kim
11:20—Charlie Beljan, John Huh, J.J. Spaun
11:30—Keegan Bradley, Tom Hoge, Andrew
Landry
11:41—Harris English, Parker, McLachlin,
Thomas Pieters
11:51—Graeme McDowell, Smylie Kaufman,
Luke Donald
12:02 p.m.—Chris Stroud, Aaron Baddeley,
Jim Herman
12:12—Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman,
Shane Lowry
12:23—Cody Gribble, Charl Schwartzel, Brian
Gay
12:33—Pat Perez, James Hahn, Patraig Harrington
12:44—Austin Cook, Branden Grace, Paul
Casey
12:54—Kevin Streelman, Luke List, Aaron
Wise
1:05—Scott Stallings, Morgan Hoffmann,
Michael Kim
1:15—Sam Saunders, Rob Oppenheim, Scottie Scheffler
stock car would be an easypeasy transition?
“I still have a lot of respect for what she has
done,” said three-time Cup
champion Darrell Waltrip,
now an analyst with Fox. “I
like to say, ‘It’s the sum of all
the parts,’ and she attracted
eyeballs to our sport. She
attracted a lot of young
women.
“There’s an audience
that she appeals to that I
could never appeal to. From
what she’s contributed,
other than lack of performance, everything else I’d
have to give her an A.”
Patrick, 35, understandably doesn’t want to get
caught up in the pop psychology of her struggles in
NASCAR and what legacy
she leaves behind. It is what
it is.
The numbers don’t lie,
but they don’t tell the whole
story.
“I’m not one of those
people who looks back on
anything and says, ‘I wish
this would have been different,’ because I am happy
with where I am now,” she
said. “And perhaps it would
be different if one thing was
different at any point. I’m a
big believer in the butterfly
effect.”
She flies free now. It will
be odd not having anything
on her docket. She will compete in Daytona thanks to
Premium Motorsports,
which owns a NASCAR
charter that guarantees her
a spot in the Feb. 18 restrictor-plate race. She also will
reconnect with longtime
sponsor GoDaddy for the
race.
After that, it’s an extended break from racing
until the Indianapolis 500 in
May, a one-off deal completing the “Danica Double,”
bookends that complete her
driving career journey.
And then, her freedom
ride.
Wine and food. Yoga and
100 burpees a day. The yin
with the yang of life.
“I’m excited to have a
weekend,” she said. “I’m
excited to go to a farmers
market. Simple things like
that.
“There’s always a farmers market. There’s always
vacation. There’s always
just enjoying life. I love the
idea of looking at my schedule and being able to plan
things. I don’t even trust it
yet. I don’t trust it can happen yet.”
sports@latimes.com
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Rose Bowl statue planned
to honor late broadcaster
staff and wire reports
The late Keith Jackson wasn’t just a broadcaster. He was the quintessential Saturday soundtrack
for generations of college football fans.
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation plans to
honor that memory by erecting a statue of Jackson
at the stadium he knew so well. The crowdfunding
campaign aims to raise $400,000 for a monument
that will “allow [Jackson’s] spirit and legacy to live
for future education at the Rose Bowl Stadium —
his favorite venue, and where he coined the moniker
‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ as the voice of the
most Rose Bowl games ever.”
The foundation was formed in 2010 to help pay
for major renovations to the stadium, promote the
rich history of the venue and further engage with
the Pasadena community.
“Keith epitomized big moments in sports, that
turned out to be iconic memories for generations of
people,” said Dedan Brozino, the foundation’s executive director. “We owe a lot of our history to his
mind and his voice. We hope this statue will provide
a gift for future generations to experience and learn
from his broadcast legacy and that of the venue.”
Among the recent projects by the foundation
were the restoration of a 1922 locker room, which
was transformed into a Rose Bowl museum, and a
statue outside the stadium honoring the legendary
Jackie Robinson.
Stadium officials will be accepting donations for
the Jackson statue at keithjacksonstatue.com,
which officially launches Thursday, and are asking
those on social media to use the hashtag
#WhoaNellie to raise awareness about the campaign. Donations of $100 or more will be listed on a
plaque at the statue.
— Sam Farmer
ETC.
Ex-pitcher denies drug charges
Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who
earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine
dealer. The former MLB player appeared in San
Diego County Superior Court in Chula Vista, where
he entered his guilty plea. Prosecutors charged
Loaiza, 46, with possession and transportation for
sale of more than 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of
cocaine, a cocaine base or heroin, and using a false
compartment to smuggle drugs. Loaiza, who
was arrested Friday after a traffic stop, would face
up to 20 years and eight months in prison if convicted.
John “Tito” Francona, the father of Cleveland
Indians manager Terry Francona, passed away at
age 84. Tito Francona made his debut in 1956 with
the Baltimore Orioles and played for the Indians
and other major league teams. He retired in 1970.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia
won his salary arbitration case against the team
and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the
club’s $5.85 million offer. Arbitrators made the decision Wednesday, a day after hearing arguments.
Garcia was a first-time All-Star last year, when he
set career bests with a .330 average, 18 homers and
80 RBIs. He made $3 million. ... Yankees slugger
Aaron Judge took batting practice for the first time
since shoulder surgery and said he is on track to
play on opening day. ... Catcher Chris Stewart has
agreed to $575,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. The 35-year-old hit .183 in 51 games
with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. ... Pitcher
Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a
$3-million, one-year contract.
Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback
Johnny Manziel says he’s making a comeback.
Manziel announced that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which
will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts.
Fox Sports will broadcast the NFL draft this
season, along with the NFL’s usual television partners of ESPN and NFL Network. A person familiar
with the decision says Fox will show the same feed
as the NFL Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and Fox
haven’t announced the decision.
The Buffalo Bills have hired Terry Robiskie to
be their receivers coach in the latest offseason shuffle of Sean McDermott’s staff. ... The New York Jets
promoted Jeremy Bates from quarterbacks coach
to offensive coordinator. ... The Cincinnati Bengals
signed tackle Bobby Hart, who started 21 games for
the New York Giants in the last three seasons.
Warriors guard Patrick McCaw will miss at least
four weeks after breaking a bone in his left wrist
Monday against the Suns. The team said McCaw
had a non-displaced fracture in the wrist.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem set up a quarterfinal
match against local favorite Guido Pella in the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Thiem beat Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday in
the ATP 250 clay-court tournament. Pella topped
Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4.
SANTA ANITA ENTRIES
29th day of a 59-day thoroughbred meet.
2248 FOURTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Claiming. 4-year-olds and
up. Claiming price $32,000. Purse $30,000.
2245 FIRST RACE (1). About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Starter
allowance. 3-year-olds. Purse $30,000.
PR
2043
(2141)
(2071)
2167
2167
(2110)
(2155)
2043
2132
Horse (PP)
For Him,3
Joejoe’s Kingdom,9
Joeray,5
Cannonball Comin,7
Zippy Groom,1
Jimmythisnjimthat,4
Mac McLovin,8
Luke’s On Fire,2
Walk On Water,6
Jockey,Wt
M Pedroza,121
F Prat,121
T Conner,121
G Franco,121
E Roman,X116
T Baze,121
A Quinonez,121
J Talamo,121
K Frey,123
Odds
7-2
4-1
4-1
5-1
6-1
8-1
8-1
12-1
12-1
2246 SECOND RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming. Fillies
and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$50,000-$40,000. State bred. Purse $29,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
2156 Full Access,7
F Prat,123
5-2
(2115) Bedeviled,4
K Desormeaux,123
4-1
2124 Kona Dreams,2
T Pereira,123
5-1
2099 Spitfire,1
R Maragh,123
6-1
2178 Taima the Hawk,9
E Roman,X118
6-1
2162 Tough It Out,6
J Talamo,123
6-1
2124 Hawks Peak,8
T Conner,123
10-1
....
Reno Johnny,3
K Frey,123
12-1
2178 At Ease,5
B Blanc,123
15-1
2249 FIFTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds.
Claiming price $25,000. Purse $30,000.
2247 THIRD RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming price $25,000. Purse $30,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
....
Chiefs Lil Pearl,7
F Prat,121
5-2
2102 Silverspun Pickup,2 M Pedroza,121
3-1
1088 Tiger Mom,3
E Roman,X116
7-2
1027 Mama’s Kid,4
T Baze,121
4-1
2146 La Chepis,5
A Espinoza,XXX111
6-1
1088 Miss Pretty,1
A Quinonez,121
6-1
2146 Sugaratsundown,6
B Pena,121
20-1
1088 Cuvee Cat,8
E Payeras,XX114
50-1
1
2250 SIXTH RACE. 1 ⁄16 mile. Allowance optional claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $75,000. State bred.
Purse $63,000.
PR
(2099)
(2081)
2121
2081
2205
PR
6035
(2112)
6039
9022
4088
PR
8112
2088
7174
7328
....
....
Horse (PP)
Knowitallhousewife,5
Del Mar Diva,3
Her Royalness,1
Clearly Gone,2
So Euro,4
Empire Zone,6
Horse (PP)
Gentrified,1
Out of Patience,5
Eagle Screams,3
Howdy,2
Sanavi,4
Jockey,Wt
E Roman,X115
K Desormeaux,122
R Maragh,122
B Blanc,122
T Conner,122
S Arias,122
Jockey,Wt
E Roman,X116
J Talamo,121
R Bejarano,121
F Prat,121
S Elliott,121
Odds
2-1
5-2
3-1
4-1
5-1
15-1
Odds
9-5
2-1
7-2
7-2
6-1
Horse (PP)
Cat Burglar,4
Hot Sean,1
Dalmore,6
Infobedad (ARG),2
Seattle Serenade,3
Jockey,Wt
F Prat,122
J Talamo,120
K Desormeaux,120
M Smith,120
T Conner,124
Odds
9-5
2-1
7-2
5-1
6-1
9022
Dressed in Hermes,5 E Roman,X117
12-1
2251 -SEVENTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Allowance optional
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $62,500.
Purse $58,000.
PR
2112
(2009)
2130
2130
2034
6008
2130
1041
2169
2130
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
Colonist,1
F Prat,122
7-2
Spanish Hombre,6
R Bejarano,120
4-1
Tribal Fighter,5
C Nakatani,120
5-1
Anatolian Heat,9
G Franco,120
8-1
Dr. Dorr,10
V Espinoza,120
8-1
Grecian Fire,3
J Talamo,122
8-1
Harbour Master (GB),7 T Pereira,120
8-1
Image of Joplin,2
M Pedroza,124
12-1
Jimmy Bouncer,8
T Baze,120
12-1
Ronald R (IRE),4
R Maragh,120
12-1
Also eligible
2090 Twentytwentyvision,11 K Desormeaux,124
9-2
2090 Play Hard to Get,12
R Maragh,124
6-1
2112 Grazen Sky,13
J Talamo,124
8-1
....
Raagheb,14
E Roman,X119
15-1
2252 EIGHTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Maiden special weight.
3-year-olds. State bred. Purse $54,000.
PR
2107
....
2107
2107
....
....
....
....
....
....
Horse (PP)
Fly First Class,5
Lord Rayleigh,4
Coil Me Home,6
Mavericks,1
Coil to Strike,7
Fashionably Fast,8
Surfing Star,10
Famous Rock Star,9
Eddie’s Moment,2
Golden Gladiator,3
Jockey,Wt
J Talamo,122
M Smith,122
F Prat,122
A Quinonez,122
T Conner,122
T Pereira,122
R Maragh,122
T Baze,122
G Franco,122
C Evans,122
Odds
5-2
7-2
5-1
5-1
6-1
8-1
8-1
10-1
12-1
30-1
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D9
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NOVICE PUTS U.S. ON ICE
Slovenia rallies for
stunning overtime
victory in men’s
hockey opener.
SLOVENIA 3
UNITED STATES 2 (OT)
By Helene Elliott
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea — The U.S.
men’s hockey team doesn’t
have a monopoly on miracles that occur on Olympic
ice.
Slovenia, which had to
get through a qualifying
process to earn a place in
this tournament — and then
had to say goodbye to its
best player, Kings center
Anze Kopitar, because the
NHL wouldn’t let players
represent their homelands
here — wrested control of a
game the Americans had
dominated and rallied for a
stunning 3-2 overtime victory Wednesday night at
Kwandong Hockey Centre.
Playing in only their second
Olympic tournament, the
Slovenians stayed poised
and positive while the U.S.
built a 2-0 lead and pounced
when they sensed the
Americans were losing energy and momentum.
Taking NHL stars out of
the equation might prove to
be a bigger equalizer here
than anyone could have
imagined. Slovakia’s 3-2 victory over the favored
Olympic Athletes From
Russia on Wednesday provided additional reason to
believe this is going to be a
wild ride because the talent
level doesn’t differ much
when teams are deploying
players from the KHL and
second-tier leagues in Europe.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images
RYAN ZAPOLSKI heads off the ice after the U.S. men’s team loses in a prelimi-
nary round hockey game against Slovenia. The U.S. blew a two-goal lead.
Slovenia couldn’t come
close to matching the U.S.
team’s depth and skill at
Sochi four years ago. This
time, it had no reason to feel
inferior. “We know that we
had a lot of chances in the
first and second period and
that we could play with
them. It was no problem,”
Slovenia forward Blaz Gregorc said. “So we just said we
need to stick together and
fight to the end.”
That they did, even
though goals by former
Kings
farmhand
Brian
O’Neill from the slot at 17:44
of the first period and Jordan Greenway, on a backhander from deep on the
right side at 12:57 of the second period, seemed to put
the game out of reach. But
the Americans’ energy inexplicably flagged in the third,
to the surprise of coach Tony
Granato.
“I thought the way we
played the first two periods
we were wearing them
down,” he said. “We made
them play in their own end a
lot. We created a lot in the offensive zone. I thought we
did a great job on the forecheck in the offensive zone. If
you look at the first two periods you would have thought
that they would have been
tired.”
Jan Urbas put a dent in
the U.S lead when he scored
through a screen at 5:49 of
the third period. Jan Mursak, who played 46 NHL
games with the Detroit Red
Wings, tied the score by converting a rebound with 97
seconds left in the third period with Slovenia’s goalie
pulled in favor of an extra
skater.
“I don’t think we played
bad in the first two periods.
We just didn’t score. We realized we needed to keep the
puck a little bit more,” Mursak said. “After we scored
that first goal, I think we
really got that extra energy
and the feeling that we can
score some more. Then we
started shooting the puck
and got a lucky rebound and
it went in.”
Mursak won it from close
range 38 seconds into
three-on-three, perhaps the
team’s biggest Olympic victory to date. “I think it’s
huge,” Gregorc said. “Everybody’s cheering. I think
everybody is up on their feet
and they’re really happy for
us, I think.”
Maybe not the Americans, who knew they bungled this one. “In the first
two periods we were pressuring the puck, we got in on
the forecheck, used our
speed, created turnovers
and brought pucks to the
net,” U.S. captain Brian
Gionta said. “We got away
from that in the third.”
No kidding. “That third
period,” O’Neill said, “is
something we need to learn
from.”
Granato said he didn’t
want to make excuses but he
suggested the long day (the
game began after 9 p.m. Korean time) and Olympic
first-timers’
excitement
might have drained his players mentally by the late
stages of the game. But Slovenia dealt with those same
factors, and handled them
well. If it’s more than that —
maybe a lot of speed but not
enough finishers — Granato
doesn’t have much time to
remedy it, since the U.S. will
play Slovakia on Friday at
noon.
“Tournaments are about
getting better each and every game and learning from
what happened,” he said
when asked if he will change
his approach to the rest of
his team’s preliminaryround games, “so I think
more the mind-set of realizing it’s going to take 60 minutes to close out any team in
a tournament like this. Because these are good teams
we’re playing. We’ll go into
the game the same way we
went into this one…. Tonight
is about filing it now and getting ready for the next one. If
you drag this one out and
you think about it for the
next 36 hours, we’re not going to be ready to play in a
couple days. This one’s over
and done with. And we’ve
got to start figuring out how
to get the energy we need to
be ready for our next game.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
U.S.-CANADA MATCHUP IS INTENSE
[Elliott, from D1]
seconds but missed a swipe
at a rapidly moving pass
during a frantic scramble.
“It’s a great game. It’s a lot of
fun and there’s a different
level of compete.”
At stake Thursday was
playoff seeding, not an
Olympic gold medal, although these teams almost
certainly will meet in the
final for a third consecutive
time and keep the championship in North America.
There have been only six
women’s Olympic hockey
tournaments: the first was
at Nagano, Japan, in 1998
and was won by the U.S. but
Canada has won the rest.
And despite occasional
promising showings from
Finland and Sweden and,
lately, Switzerland, the top
step of the medal stand
more than likely will be
occupied by Canada or the
U.S.
The two superpowers
will rest up for the semifinals while the other six teams
will battle in the quarterfinals. The winners of the
two quarterfinals advance
to the semifinals. Canada
(3-0) will have a higher
seeding than the U.S. (2-1).
Neither team scored in
the first period, but Canada
broke through at 7 minutes
18 seconds of the second
period. U.S. defenseman
Megan Keller was serving an
interference penalty when
forward Meghan Agosta, a
Vancouver police constable,
took a fine pass from Natalie
Spooner and beat goalie
Maddie Rooney from close
range.
Canada extended its
lead to 2-0 at 14:56 of the
second period when Sarah
Nurse, skating up the left
side, unleashed a shot from
the circle that caught
Rooney on the shoulder and
popped up and under the
crossbar. Nurse is a cousin
of defenseman Darnell
Nurse of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
The Americans were
awarded a penalty shot at
16:08 of the second period
after Canada’s Haley Irwin
closed her hand on the puck
in the crease, but
Lamoureux-Davidson said
she thought her backhander caught the knob of
Lacasse’s stick. Another
good chance, this one by
Decker during a power play,
rang off the right post.
Canada, which has won
the teams’ last five Olympic
matchups, found fault in its
performance, although it
gave up only Kendall
Coyne’s goal from the left
circle 23 seconds into the
third period.
“We take what we can
and build off of it. The things
we need to fix, we have to get
better at that. We have to
take the positives where we
can,” Lamoureux-Davidson
said. “We’ve got to bury our
chances. We had a lot of
shots on net and a lot of
opportunities and some
loose pucks around the net
and we were just a few inches off on a lot of them.”
Canada found fault in its
performance.
“I don’t think we can give
them all those shots next
time we face them,” forward
Blayre Turnbull said.
The semifinals will be
played Monday, giving the
U.S. plenty of time to review,
analyze and correct what
didn’t go as they’d hoped
Thursday. But they already
know the major problem
they must remedy if they
want to win their next meeting with Canada, which will
have far greater implications than Thursday’s
game. Their matchups often
seem to come down to one
goal or one play, and the
U.S. has come out on the
short end lately.
“It’s a really humbling
game,” Knight said. “But at
the same time we had plenty
of opportunities to bury the
puck and we just didn’t do
it. That’s unfortunate, but
at the same time we had
those opportunities so we’re
creating chances for ourselves and we’re excited for
the next game. It’s just
executing and putting the
puck in the back of the net.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
ALPINE SKIING
Men's Downhill
Final
1. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:40.25. 2. Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 1:40.37. 3. Beat Feuz, Switzerland,
1:40.43. 4. Dominik Paris, Italy, 1:40.79. 5. Thomas
Dressen, Germany, 1:41.03. 6. Peter Fill, Italy, 1:41.08.
7. Vincent Kriechmayr, Austria, 1:41.19. 8. Brice Roger,
France, 1:41.39.
Others included: 16. Bryce Bennett, U.S., 1:42.22.
20. Jared Goldberg, U.S., 1:42.59. 23. Ryan CochranSiegle, U.S., 1:42.96. 30. Wiley Maple, U.S., 1:43.72.
Women's Giant Slalom
Final
(Run 1; Run 2 in parentheses)
1. Mikaela Shiffrin, U.S., (2, 1:10.82; 4, 1:09.20),
2:20.02. 2. Ragnhild Mowinckel, Norway (4, 1:11.17; 5,
1:09.24), 2:20.41. 3. Federica Brignone, Italy (3,
1:10.91; 8, 1:09.57), 2:20.48. 4. Viktoria Rebensburg,
Germany (8, 1:11.45; 3, 1:09.15), 2:20.60. 5. Marta
Bassino, Italy (5, 1:11.19; 7, 1:09.50), 2:20.69. 6. Frida
Hansdotter, Sweden (7, 1:11.32; 11, 1:09.73), 2:21.05.
7. Tessa Worley, France (14, 1:12.06; 2, 1:09.00),
2:21.06. 8. Manuela Molgg, Italy (1, 1:10.62; 23,
1:10.58), 2:21.20.
Others included: 31. Megan McJames, U.S., (35,
1:16.00; 30, 1:12.39), 2:28.39. 36. Resi Stiegler, U.S.,
(38, 1:16.72; 40, 1:15.02), 2:31.74.
CURLING
Round-Robin
Men
Canada 6, Britain 4
Sweden 7, South Korea 2
Italy 7, Switzerland 4
Japan 6, Norway 4
Women
United States 7, Britain 4
Japan 10, United States 5
South Korea 8, Canada 6
Japan 8, Denmark 5
OA Russia 7, China 6, 11 innings
Britain 10, OA Russia 3
Sweden 9, Denmark 3
China 7, Switzerland 2
FIGURE SKATING
Pairs
Final Standings
(Short and free programs in parentheses)
1. Aljona Savchenko-Bruno Massot, Germany, (4,
76.59; 1, 159.31), 235.90. 2. Han Cong-Sui Wenjing,
China, (1, 82.39; 3, 153.08), 235.47. 3. Meagan
Duhamel-Eric Radford, Canada, (3, 76.82; 2, 153.33),
230.15. 4. Evgenia Tarasova-Vladimir Morozov, OA Russia, (2, 81.68; 4, 143.25), 224.93. 5. Vanessa JamesMorgan Cipres, France, (6, 75.34; 5, 143.19), 218.53.
6. Valentina Marchei -Ondrej Hotarek, Italy, (7, 74.50;
6, 142.09), 216.59. 7. Natalia Zabiiako-Alexander Enbert, OA Russia, (8, 74.35; 7, 138.53), 212.88. 8. Yu
Xiaoyu-Zhang Hao, China, (5, 75.58; 11, 128.52),
204.10. 9. Julianne Seguin-Charlie Bilodeau, Canada,
(12, 67.52; 8, 136.50), 204.02. 10. Nicole Della Monica-Matteo Guarise, Italy, (9, 74.00; 10, 128.74),
202.74.
Others included: 15. Chris Knierim-Alexa Scimeca
Knierim, U.S., (14, 65.55; 15, 120.27), 185.82.
ICE HOCKEY
Men
At Kwandong
Slovenia 3, United States 2, OT
At Gangneung
Slovakia 3, OA Russia 2
Finland 5, Germany 2
Women
At Gangneung
Canada 2, United States 1
Japan 4, Korea 1
Slovenia 3, United States 2, OT
Slovenia ...........................0 0 2 1 — 3
United States ....................1 1 0 0 — 2
FIRST PERIOD—1. United States, Brian O’Neill (Garrett Roe, Ryan Donato), 17:44. Penalties—Luka Vidmat,
Slo (broken stick), 8:44; James Wisniewski, USA (high
sticking), 9:06; Marcel Rodman, Slo (tripping), 14:18.
SECOND PERIOD—2. United States, Jordan Greenway (Brian O’Neill, Bobby Sanguinetti), 12:37.
Penalties—Rok Ticar, Slo (tripping), 15:44; Jordan
Greenway, USA (high-sticking), 8:49.
THIRD PERIOD—3. Slovenia, Jan Urbas (Blaz Gregorc,
Luka Vidmar), 5:49. 4. Slovenia, Jan Mursak (Blaz Gregorc, Miha Verlic), 18:23. Penalty—Brian Gionta, USA
(tripping), 11:42.
OVERTIME—5. Slovenia, Jan Mursak (Rok Ticar, Jan
Urbas), 0:38. Penalties—None.
Shots on Goal—United States 11-13-12-0—36. Slovenia 3-9-11-2—25.
Goalies—United States, Ryan Zapolski. Slovenia,
Gasper Kroselj.
LUGE
Men's Doubles
Final
1. Germany 1 (Tobias Arlt, Tobias Wendl), 1:31.697.
2. Austria 1 (Georg Fischler, Peter Penz), 1:31.785. 3.
Germany 2 (Toni Eggert, Sascha Benecken), 1:31.987.
4. Austria 2 (Lorenz Koller, Thomas Steu), 1:32.284. 5.
Canada 1 (Tristan Walker, Justin Snith), 1:32.369. 6.
Latvia 1 (Andris Sics, Juris Sics), 1:32.442. 7. Italy 2
(Fabian Malleier, Ivan Nagler), 1:32.563. 8. United
States 2 (Andrew Sherk, Justin Krewson), 1:32.652.
Others included: 10. United States 1 (Jayson Terdiman, Matthew Mortensen), 1:32.687.
NORDIC COMBINED
Individual (Normal Hill)
Final
(K90 Jump; 10km Pursuit in parentheses)
1. Eric Frenzel, Germany, (5, 121.70; 1, 24:51.4),
24:51.4. 2. Akito Watabe, Japan, (3, 123.70; 2,
24:56.2), 24:56.2. 3. Lukas Klapfer, Austria, (4,
122.60; 3, 25:09.5), 25:09.5. 4. Jarl Magnus Riiber,
Norway, (2, 126.90; 4, 25:13.9), 25:13.9. 5. Johannes
Rydzek, Germany, (11, 109.10; 5, 25:19.3), 25:19.3. 6.
Eero Hirvonen, Finland, (6, 118.00; 6, 25:43.0),
25:43.0. 7. Fabian Riessle, Germany, (16, 99.90; 7,
25:56.7), 25:56.7. 8. Ilkka Herola, Finland, (17, 99.70;
8, 25:56.9), 25:56.9.
Others included: 17. Bryan Fletcher, U.S., (18,
99.00; 17, 27:03.6), 27:03.6.
SNOWBOARD CROSS
Final B
1. Alessandro Haemmerle, Austria. 2. Martin Norl,
Germany. 3. Anton Lindfors, Finland. 4. Cameron
Bolton, Australia. NR. Nikolay Olyunin, OA Russia, DNS.
NR. Christopher Robanske, Canada, DNS.
Final A
1. Pierre Vaultier, France. 2. Jarryd Hughes, Australia.
3. Regino Hernandez, Spain. 4. Nick Baumgartner,
U.S. 5. Mick Dierdorff, U.S. NR. Alex Pullin, Australia,
did not finish.
SPEEDSKATING
Women's 1,000
1. Jorien Ter Mors, Netherlands, 1:13.56. 2. Nao Kodaira, Japan, 1:13.82. 3. Miho Takagi, Japan, 1:13.98.
4. Brittany Bowe, U.S., 1:14.36. 5. Vanessa Bittner,
Austria, 1:14.47. 6. Marrit Leenstra, Netherlands,
1:14.85. 7. Karolina Erbanova, Czech Republic, 1:14.95.
8. Heather Bergsma, U.S., 1:15.15.
Others included: 28. Jerica Tandiman, U.S., 1:18.02.
D10
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YUZURU HANYU , shown skating last year in Tokyo, is already an icon among Japanese fans, millions of
whom are expected to watch on television his performances in the Olympic men’s competition.
FAVORITE SON
Japan’s Hanyu dreams of repeating as figure skating champion
DYLAN HERNANDEZ
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea
— The
Olympic
volunteers in
the red and
gray track
suits walked
down to a
section of seats in the lower
half of Gangneung Ice
Arena and asked the reporters there to relocate to the
upper deck.
“For the spectators,” one
of the ushers said.
Fifteen minutes later, the
arena opened to the public
and a stream of fans burst
through a set of double
doors, sprinting toward the
choice seats. These people
obviously didn’t share Allen
Iverson’s view of practice, at
least not when the practice
in question included Yuzuru
Hanyu.
The defending men’s
figure skating champion,
the 23-year-old Hanyu is the
only genuine superstar of
these Olympics.
Shaun White and Chloe
Kim are enjoying moments
in the spotlight, but would
never be compared to LeBron James or Tom Brady.
Hanyu is as popular, if not
more, than any athlete in
Japan today, and that includes Shohei Ohtani of the
Angels, who captivated the
island nation by throwing
100-mph heaters and
launching 500-foot moonshots for the Nippon-Ham
Fighters over the previous
five years.
Hanyu’s defense of the
Olympic crown will start
Friday in the short program
and it’s entirely conceivable
that more than half of Japan
will be watching. The live
broadcast of his triumph in
Sochi four years ago was on
nearly a quarter of Japanese
television sets, even though
his free skate program was
aired at 4 a.m.
Mystery has amplified
Japan’s already-fervent
interest in Hanyu. The
two-time world champion
injured his right ankle in
November and publicly
resurfaced only this week
when he landed at Incheon
International Airport. Six
policemen in sunglasses
shielded him from the 100 or
so fans who waited for him.
Hanyu’s news conference
Tuesday was attended by
more than 150 reporters, the
overwhelming majority of
them from Japan. There
were nearly as many people
in the interview room as
there were three days earlier
when South Korean shorttrack speedskater Hyojun
Lim won the 1,500-meter
competition to claim the
host nation’s first medal of
these Games.
What was evident over
the 24-minute questionand-answer session was
that Hanyu’s confidence
was not diminished by his
extended absence. His
workout that morning
marked the second time
Hanyu skated in public
since the injury. He revealed
he returned to the ice only a
month earlier.
“I’m confident I’ll win for
sure if I skate a clean program,” he said in Japanese.
The boldness of the
statement was softened by
the inflection of his voice
and jerky movements of his
head, which projected a
child-like innocence. It’s this
boyish charm that is fundamental to Hanyu’s wild
popularity in a culture that
values restraint. His expressiveness, both on the ice and
off, is interpreted as youthful enthusiasm instead of
self-indulgence.
Hanyu has the overstated smile of an 8-yearold. He used to skate with a
tissue-box cover of Winnie
the Pooh placed on the wall
of the rink; the good-luck
charm was replaced this
week with a case that resembles a cake, perhaps
because Olympic sponsorship rules forbid him from
showcasing a Disney image.
His especially slender
physique reinforces the
image that he’s a Peter Pan
on skates.
His origin story is also a
crucial part of his legend. He
is from Sendai, the the
region of Japan that was
decimated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Hanyu was 16 and practicing on his home rink when
the earthquake struck. He
ran outside in his skates.
His family’s home was damaged, requiring him, his
sister and his parents to
spend three days in a shelter.
Three years later, he won
gold in Sochi, the performance infused with symbolic
meaning for a region recovering from devastation.
Hanyu didn’t look or
sound burdened by the
attention.
“There are only a handful
of athletes who get to be
interviewed by this many
people,” he said. “And it’s
not only the people here.
The people here will reach
more people. I’m filled with
a feeling of ‘a lot of people
are going to watch me
skate.’ You can call that
pressure, but I want to fully
embrace it because I’m
getting a chance to skate
competitively for the first
time in a while. For the
people who waited for my
return, I want to deliver the
kind of performance that
will make them feel it was
worth waiting.”
He also made it a point to
thank the fans who sent him
messages of encouragement
while he was injured.
Hanyu resumed practicing only a month ago, but
downplayed how his abbreviated preparation could
affect him.
“I’ve been skating for a
month and I’m here,” he
said. “I’ve practiced enough
to where I think I can compete in the Olympics. It’s
not a problem.”
If Hanyu wins gold again,
he will be the first male
skater to repeat as Olympic
champion since Dick Button in 1952. Hanyu aspires to
that, and more.
“On the stage I envisioned in my dreams,” he
said, “I want to deliver the
performances of my
dreams.”
An entire country
dreams with him.
dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
SHIFFRIN SLAYS COURSE
[Skiing, from D1]
feeling.”
She will contend for as
many as three additional
medals in the next week. If
the plan works, Shiffrin
would be the first U.S. woman to win three Alpine medals in a single Olympics.
After crossing the finish
line, she leaned toward the
snow, sucked in a breath,
then broke into a wide smile
as the sparse crowd roared.
“She
attacked
both
runs,” said France’s Tessa
Worley, the world’s secondranked competitor in the
event who came in seventh.
“It is a good way to do things.
… She wanted this medal.”
Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel finished second and
Italy’s Federica Brignone
placed third.
Shiffrin’s
aspirations,
however, extend far beyond
the lone medal.
She entered the Games
having struggled in recent
weeks, blaming the uncharacteristic difficulties, which
included two seventh-place
finishes, on too many races,
too close together. She arrived in South Korea almost
two weeks ago to rest and recover and, after the short
break, feels back to her usual
grinning, dominant, unflappable self.
That’s a frightening de-
Alpine skiing
Women’s giant slalom
G Mikaela Shiffrin
United States
2:20.02
S Ragnhild Mowinckel
Norway
2:20.41
Shaun White’s victory
news
conference
in
Pyeongchang, South Korea,
on Wednesday evening
wasn’t all golden and good
news.
Hours after winning the
men’s halfpipe, White faced
questions about a sexual
harassment suit filed by
Lena Zawaideh, a former
drummer in his band. The
claim, which dates to 2016,
has returned to the news this
week.
“Honestly, I’m here to
talk about the Olympics, not
gossip,” White told reporters.
“I am who I am, and I’m
proud of who I am,” he continued. “And my friends, you
know, love me and vouch for
me, and I think that stands
on its own.”
When a reporter tried to
follow up, U.S. Ski & Snowboard official Nick Alexakos
interrupted, saying: “I think
we’re here to talk about the
gold medal. … If you don’t
have another question, why
don’t you go ahead and pass
the mike?”
Later in the day, during
an appearance on NBC’s
“Today” show, White apologized for using “gossip” in
reference to the lawsuit, saying it was “a poor choice of
words to describe such a
sensitive subject” and that
he is “truly sorry.”
In an email to the media,
Zawaideh’s
attorney,
Lawrance Bohm, took exception,
stating:
“Mr.
White’s comments, on the
world stage, directly impugn
the character of Ms. Zawaideh. No woman wants to
be called a ‘gossip’ or a liar by
the harasser.”
White responded to the
renewed criticism through
his representatives later in
the day.
“Representing
Team
USA at the Olympics in a
sport that I love is a true
honor and I was thrilled to
win gold. I regret my behavior many years ago and am
sorry that I made anyone —
particularly someone I considered a friend — uncomfortable. I have grown and
changed as a person, as we
all grow and change, and am
proud of who I am today,”
read the statement emailed
to the media.
According to the lawsuit,
White repeatedly sexually
harassed Zawaideh, forced
her to watch pornography
and told her how to dress
and get her hair cut.
The suit also alleged that
on
separate
occasions,
White grabbed Zawaideh’s
backside, tried to kiss her
and shoved a bottle of vodka
into her mouth and forced
her to drink from it.
The parties settled for an
undisclosed amount in May.
“Before Mr. White made
his comment, Ms. Zawaideh
believed that this matter
was in the past, and she was
happy to put the situation
behind her so she can focus
on her blossoming music career,” Bohm stated. “Unfortunately, by his recent comments and conduct, Mr.
White has minimized the
problem of sexual harassment in this country.
“Hopefully, before our
country declares someone
‘the best of the U.S.,’ there
will be investigation and due
diligence,” Bohm added.
There was another issue
White needed to address regarding a debate that
erupted on social media. After his victory, someone handed him an American flag,
which he dragged along the
snow behind him.
“I was trying to put my
gloves on and hold the flag
and get my board,” he said.
“I definitely didn’t mean any
disrespect.”
— David Wharton
Norway goes 1-2
in men’s downhill
Aksel Lund Svindal won
the men’s downhill Thursday, making the 35-year-old
Norwegian
the
oldest
Olympic gold medalist in
Alpine skiing.
Svindal was 0.12 of a second faster than Norway
teammate Kjetil Jansrud on
the course at Jeongseon.
Beat Feuz of Switzerland
took bronze, 0.18 behind
Svindal’s time of 1 minute,
40.25 seconds.
The race started in nearperfect calm and cold conditions four days after it was
postponed due to fierce
winds that made racing unsafe. It was 34 degrees Fahrenheit under sunshine and
blue skies broken up by a few
wispy clouds.
In a race that often has a
surprise winner, the new
Olympic champion has been
the most consistent downhiller over the last decade
despite injuries. In fact, the
medalists were touted as
pre-race favorites. Jansrud
took downhill bronze four
years ago and Feuz is the
current world champion.
Svindal got silver in
downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and was
fourth at the 2014 Sochi
Olympics. He also won
world championship gold
medals in downhill in 2007
and 2013.
— associated press
Germans climb
to take pairs title
Aliona Savchenko and
Bruno Massot of Germany
won Olympic pairs figure
skating gold with a flawless,
record-setting free skate.
Savchenko and Massot
scored 159.31 points in their
program set to music by Armand Amar. That gave them
235.90 points, catapulting
them from fourth place after
a shaky short program. It’s
Germany’s first pairs gold
since 1952.
China’s Sui Wenjing and
Han Cong, who led after the
short program, recovered
from a slow start to their free
skate to score 153.08 points.
But their early bobbles
proved costly — they finished with 235.47 points, less
than half a point off the top
step of the podium.
Meagan Duhamel and
Eric Radford added a bronze
medal after winning team
gold with Canada.
— associated press
B Federica Brignone
Italy
2:20.48
Javier Soriano AFP/Getty Images
MIKAELA SHIFFRIN now has two Olympic gold
medals and is hoping for more in the next week.
velopment for other Alpine
competitors.
“I have to refocus my energy, but to come to the
Olympics after some tough
races on the World Cup circuit and, you know, to charge
like that,” Shiffrin said, “I
risked it on the second run.
It’s super cool.”
She is the heavy favorite
to defend her gold medal in
the slalom, her best event,
Friday. She’s a medal contender in the combined.
And, if she has the energy,
she could compete in the
downhill.
Racing in the super-G is
unlikely because of the ad-
justed schedule.
“It’s looking like a lot at
the moment,” her coach,
Mike Day, said of skiing five
events.
Sound daunting? Shiffrin is accustomed to breaking ground. She has dominated the World Cup circuit
this season, amassing almost twice as many overall
points as second-place
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. That included winning
five consecutive races — the
longest streak in 20 years —
in December and January.
Shiffrin has already collected 41 World Cup victories
— Sweden’s Ingemar Sten-
mark’s 86 career wins are the
most by either gender.
The packed schedule in
Pyeongchang — even more
challenging after wind led to
the reshuffled program —
might transform Shiffrin
into the U.S. face of these
Games.
Even though Shiffrin
hadn’t won a giant slalom
since Jan. 6 in Kranjska
Gora, Slovenia, she delivered the competition’s second-fastest time in her first
run through the course
Thursday. Her easy confidence afterward hinted at
what awaited the other skiers in the final run.
“I also feel like I can go a
little bit harder,” Shiffrin
said between races. “There’s
nothing to hold back.”
She was right.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images
nathan.fenno@latimes.com
Twitter: @nathanfenno
NORWAY’S Aksel Lund Svindal finished 0.12 of a
second ahead of his countryman to win downhill.
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Photographs by
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
ANIMATOR NICK PARK , creator of Wallace and Gromit, gets in the spirit of his new stop-motion film, “Early Man,” by acting out the evolution of man.
Tracing the goofy
rise of ‘Early Man’
Stop-motion master Nick Park plays with ‘lunkhead cavemen’
BY CHARLES SOLOMON >>> Nick Park has won four Oscars
— one more than Meryl Streep, but his characters never wear
Prada. His best-known creations are the addlepated, cheeseloving inventor Wallace, and Gromit, his patient, intelligent
dog. Park’s work helped to spark a new blossoming of stopmotion animation, a technique Americans once associated
with “Gumby,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and special effects in monster movies.
Audiences roared with laughter when the Brazilian jaguar
in “Creature Comforts” threw his forepaws in the air and
complained that in his London zoo enclosure, he didn’t have
“espace!” For the first time, a Plasticine character moved in
ways that defined his personality. The animation was so polished, it rivaled the best drawn work.
Park pushed the envelope further in “The Wrong Trousers.” When Gromit looked up from his knitting at the hilariously sinister penguin Feathers McGraw, viewers believed a
dog sculpted out of clay was actually thinking. Park is an exceptional director, as well as a master animator. Danny Boyle
praised the model railroad chase in “Wrong Trousers” as
“one of the greatest action sequences I’ve ever seen.”
In addition to three more Wallace and Gromit shorts, Park
directed “Chicken Run” and the Wallace and Gromit feature
[See Park, E4]
“The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” — all for
Aardman
HOGNOB , left, and Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) are Stone Age pals on the lookout for threatening Bronze Age warriors.
Border
opera
speaks
to our
times
‘Cruzar la Cara de la
Luna’ at the Soraya
exchanges Italian arias
for mariachi passions.
By Scott Timberg
It’s got all the usual bits:
pleading duets about yearning and loss, lonely arias of
memory and romance, stirring vocal harmonies. But
this is not an opera written
by an Italian composer to be
performed at La Scala, classical strings sighing in the
background. Rather, it’s a
distinctly American hybrid
that blends a European idiom with a musical style of
Mexico.
“The moment you say
‘mariachi opera’ to anyone,
they say, ‘Whoa!’ ” said Dan
Guerrero, who is directing
“Cruzar la Cara de la Luna”
in Northridge this weekend.
The opera, whose title translates as “To Cross the Face of
the Moon,” is one of five performances this spring at the
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts that deal with the
subject of immigration.
Set in contemporary Fort
Worth and 1960s Mexico,
“Cruzar la Cara” tells the
tale of an elderly man looking back at a complicated life
that involved leaving his native Michoacán for Texas,
where he worked as a laborer. But this is no glib tale
[See Opera, E5]
TELEVISION REVIEW
‘Everything Sucks’
lives up to its name
Los Angeles Times
Bright light on
‘Darkest’ star
Gary Oldman muses
on awards, his role as
Winston Churchill
and juggling work and
parenting. The Envelope
Setting higher
standards
The Neil Young
Archives aim to show
what’s possible for
music streaming. E3
Comics ................... E6-7
TV grid ...................... E8
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
What would “Stranger
Things” look like if it took
place in the ’90s, replaced its
sci-fi plot line with a love
story and employed a more
forgettable cast?
It would likely resemble
the new teen drama that
Netflix has prophetically
titled “Everything Sucks!”
If the 10-episode, halfhour series, which arrives
Friday on the streaming network, was meant to fill the
gap between seasons of
“Stranger Things,” it does
but probably not in the way
the network or the show’s
creators intended.
With its lackluster story
line and clumsy reliance on
coming-of-age clichés and
era-specific
nostalgia,
“Everything Sucks!” illuminates how good we had it
with “Stranger Things.”
You’ve seen it before:
Popular kids traumatize the
nerds. Nerds marvel at the
world of dating. The AV
Club.
Here, those tropes are
dressed up in ’90s regalia,
from scrunchies to Tori
Amos T-shirts.
The “remember that?”
perspective and lead Jahi
Di’Allo Winston’s performance as high school freshman Luke are about the only
draw in the first four episodes.
Otherwise,
this
drama based in Boring, Ore.,
at Boring High is, well,
boring.
Luke, one of the aforementioned nerds, falls in
love with the principal’s
introverted daughter, Kate
(Peyton Kennedy). But she
may or may not be gay and
grapples with that very
[See ‘Everything,’ E5]
Scott Patrick Green Netf lix
JAHI Di’Allo Winston and Rio Mangini play Luke
and McQuaid, respectively, two friends in high school.
E2
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 15 , 2 018
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QUICK TAKES
British films get new rules
The British film industry announced a new plan on
Wednesday aimed at curtailing sexual harassment and
other forms of bullying.
The British film academy, the British Film Institute and
other organizations came together to launch the eight-point
guidelines with support and input from luminaries such as
actresses Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and Jodie
Whittaker and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
In order to receive funding from the British Film
Institute or to be eligible for BAFTA awards, projects will
need to comply with the guidelines, which include new
protocols for handling allegations of abuse and a support
line.
— Josh Rottenberg
Paxton family
sues surgeon
Bill Paxton’s widow and
children are suing CedarsSinai Medical Center and
the heart surgeon who performed the operation that
preceded the actor’s death
in February 2017, alleging,
among other things, that the
surgery wasn’t needed.
The “actor’s actor” went
to Dr. Ali Khoynezhad on
Valentine’s Day 2017 complaining of cardiac issues.
The doctor recommended
heart surgery for aortic aneurysm repair, which took
place that same day.
When Paxton suffered
complications after what
the lawsuit called a “maverick” surgical procedure that
Khoynezhad allegedly was
unqualified to perform,
the doctor was gone and
didn’t immediately return
when alerted, which led to
delayed care, the lawsuit
charges.
— Christie D’Zurilla
‘Idol’s’ McPhee
Broadway-bound
Katharine McPhee, the
“American Idol” alum and
former star of NBC’s musical
series “Smash,” will make
her Broadway debut in the
hit musical “Waitress” starting April 10.
“People come up to me all
the time and say, ‘You’ve
done Broadway, right?’ And
I’m like, ‘Nope, I’ve never
done it,’ ” McPhee told the
Associated
Press
on
Wednesday. “I did a show
about it, but I was never, in
fact, on Broadway.”
The news marks the end
of composer Sara Bareilles’
run as the lead character,
Jenna. McPhee is scheduled
to star through June 17.
— Libby Hill
Glenn Koenig Los Angeles Times
MORTON SUBOTNICK and singer Joan La Barbara perform “Crowds and Power” at REDCAT on Tuesday.
MUSIC REVIEW
Steve Granitz WireImage
JULIA Louis-Dreyfus,
shown at last year’s Emmys, is in high spirits.
‘Veep’ star is
‘ready to rock’
“Veep” star Julia LouisDreyfus took to social media
Wednesday to tell the world
she’s back on track after a
breast cancer battle.
“Hoorah! Great doctors,
great results, feeling happy
and ready to rock after
surgery,” she wrote on Instagram, including a stunning
selfie. Last month actor
Matt Walsh told EW that
filming of the final season of
“Veep” will begin in August.
— Libby Hill
See ‘Get Out’
free on holiday
To mark the one-year anniversary of “Get Out” hitting theaters, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres are
offering free Presidents Day
screenings. Tickets to the 7
p.m. show are first-come,
first-served at the box office
at participating theaters
that day, one per person.
For details, including
participating theaters, visit
GetOutOneYearlater.com.
— Nardine Saad
New ‘Silver Apples of the
Moon’ shines and seduces
Morton Subotnick
revisits his electronic
music work 50 years
later at REDCAT.
MARK SWED
MUSIC CRITIC
Morton Subotnick’s “Silver Apples of the Moon” was
the first electronic music
composition commissioned
for a recording. When it
came out on Nonesuch Records in 1968, that was
thought to be a selling point,
but it hardly seemed like a
big deal. With the exception
of the occasional LP of a live
performance, most records
were supposed to be records, and “Sgt. Pepper”
had been a year earlier.
The fact that “Silver Apples” was written for a newfangled kind of synthesizer
was meant to make it the
music of the future, but that
didn’t seem such a big deal
at the time either. Although
growing by leaps and
bounds, electronic music
had been around for quite a
while.
Instead, the extraordinary leaps and bounds of
Subotnick’s music made the
record such a sensation that
you couldn’t walk down the
hall of any dorm at a hip college, or even a barely hip college, and not hear it. “Silver
Apples” was a total turn-on,
because it was music that
completely reflected its
time. But as music set in vinyl, intended for the living
room, not the concert hall,
“Silver Apples” was also
fated to become a relic best
suited for a time capsule.
Fifty years on, Subotnick,
now 84, has opened that
time capsule with “Silver
Apples of the Moon Revisited,” which he presented at
REDCAT on Tuesday night
along with a new work,
“Crowds and Power,” during
a stop on a world tour. What
popped out was no relic but
a total turn-on for our time.
One way to verify the
now-ness of “Silver Apples”
was to glance at the titles in
REDCAT’s curated bookshop, which has always been
an excellent source for getting an idea of what matters
at the instant. Randomly, I
jotted down: “The Improbable Journey,” “Platform
Revolution,” “The Quantum
Moment,” “The Reenactments,” “We Do Things Differently,” “Brain Bytes,”
“The Fourth Dimension of a
Poem” and “Smoking Ears
and Screaming Teeth.”
The original “Silver Apples” had been laboriously
constructed with electronic
tools as they were being invented, and Subotnick has
said that for this $1,000 commission he had to work 10 to
12 hour days, six days a week,
for 13 months to produced a
half-hour composition in
two parts, one for each side
of the record. Side A was a
study in pitch, Side B in
rhythm, in ways not possible
before Don Buchla created
an early synthesizer designed to do musical things
differently. Unfortunately,
though, the Buchla could
not compete commercially
with the Moog, which was
useful for providing electronic glitz to music that
otherwise was the same old,
same old.
“Silver Apples” may have
sounded fresh as an electron
when new, but it was unchanging — same new, same
new. Over time and with the
development of new transistorized equipment and
transportable computers,
Subotnick, who was a founder of California Institute of
the Arts and its electronic
music studio, moved on to
become a pioneer in developing live electronics that
could interact with traditional instruments or voices
in a concert setting and that
could be different with every
performance.
With “Silver Apples … Revisited” he now has the advantage of the latest portable equipment to make it a
live work. Seated at his laptop and with various controllers, the composer reuses his original materials
and formal structure all the
while developing the samples on the spot. He can also
play around with more channels than original stereo. At
REDCAT the sound traveled around the hall in 5.1
surround, completely taking
over the circuitry of a receptive listener’s brain.
It’s mellower music now,
beginning quietly and gradually perking up. The result
is more seductive than ever.
And it is harder to describe
than ever. I’m in good company — another title on the
REDCAT shelf is “On the
Decay of Criticism.”
Yet one more book is
“Live Cinema,” and “Silver
Apples” has been turned
into that as well thanks to
Lillevan. The media artist
visually took over the darkened theater with bold abstract animation projected
on a large screen behind him
and Subotnick, who has
been working with visual
and video artists throughout his long career. Of
course, many a psychedelic
“Silver Apples” home listening session back in the day
included a lava lamp. Even
so we possess only so many
brain bytes; I closed my eyes.
With
“Crowds
and
Power,” on the other hand,
Lillevan’s contribution was
integral. The score features
Subotnick’s wife, composer
and soprano Joan La Barbara, and takes its inspiration from Elias Canetti’s
ever-relevant 1960 study of
the same name, revealing
the rhythms of the mob and
the mechanics of power.
Against a striking blue video backdrop, La Barbara
becomes like an electrified
version of the figure in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,”
gradually growing into and
receding from a freakout.
She represents both power
and power’s horror as her
mesmerizing drones, moans
and wails merge with Subotnick’s masterfully controlled
and gripping electronics.
One of the reasons “Silver
Apples” caught on was because it had a dance-like
character that gave it immediacy unlike so much sterile
electronic music of the time.
Although it wasn’t the first
expressive electronic music,
there remained a worry that
this was not a medium for
recognizable emotion. But
the raw emotion in Subotnick’s latest electronic score
is so compelling that crowds
and power become what we
need to to worry about.
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@latimes.com
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THURSDAY
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9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
$18, 8 p.m.
Queens of the Stone Age
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3900 Manchester Ave. ,
Inglewood
$26-$118, 7:30 p.m.
Dent May, Moon King
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901 E. 1st St.
$12, 8 p.m.
Dr. Octagon
Belasco Theatre,
1050 S. Hill St.
$29, 8 p.m.
ROOTED IN BLUEGRASS
What began
as lark is now
I’m With Her
Three distinct voices,
careers merge in the
trio. And no, Hillary
Clinton isn’t involved.
By Randy Lewis
First things first: Roots
musicians Sara Watkins,
Sarah Jarosz and Aoife
O’Donovan calling their new
trio I’m With Her does not
have anything to do with Hillary Clinton.
“Honestly, no,” Jarosz, 26,
said this week while relaxing
at her New York City home
before I’m With Her goes on
tour in support of its debut
album, “See You Around,”
out Friday. “We named our
band back in early 2015, before Hillary announced her
campaign and long before
that became her slogan.
“Initially, that was the
name of our tour in the
spring of 2015,” added Jarosz,
who shares writing credits
with Watkins, 36, and
O’Donovan, 35, on all the album’s songs but the closer,
“Hundred Miles,” which was
written by Gillian Welch.
“We had done three
weeks of shows in Spain, the
U.K. and Ireland that had
really solidified our love of
playing together. Hillary’s
campaign came along, we
first thought, ‘OK, that’s her
slogan now.’ But ultimately,
we decided to keep it because A) it’s tough to change
band names and B) I think it
really symbolizes the spirit
of this band.”
The album showcases
the trio’s symbiotic approach to singing and
playing, each of the women
boasting solid credentials as
a solo singer-songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist.
“From the beginning, we
wanted to be a band, and not
a side project,” Jarosz said.
“By saying, ‘I’m with her,’ it
underscores that we’re all
such fans of each other, fans
of each other’s musicianship. Each of us wants to do
really well for each other, because we love each other as
musicians.”
In addition to their
tightly woven harmonies in
different combinations of
two and often three voices,
Jarosz, Watkins and O’Donovan move among more
than a dozen instruments on
the songs they wrote, some
while sharing an Airbnb in
Los Angeles, the others from
a stay at a house in Vermont.
“See You Around” was ultimately recorded at Peter
Gabriel’s Real World Studio
in Bath, England, where the
three women co-produced
sessions with Ethan Johns.
The vocals and instrumentals share an intimate
sonic environment, closely
recorded so listeners can almost feel breaths as they
trade lines and blend voices.
The songs explore a gamut of emotions and situations, from the heartfelt
farewell of the title track to
the seismic relationship
split in “Pangaea” to the
open-hearted romantic celebration of “Ryland (Under
the Apple Tree).”
The three first sang to-
gether as a trio in 2014 at the
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
in Colorado as a bit of a
lark. “I would say our harmonies were the thing that
initially clicked,” Jarosz
said. “If I listen to our voices
separately, we have different
timbres and vocal qualities,
but when we sing together —
I remember listening back
to some of the demos during
our early writing sessions,
and I wasn’t able to tell
which voice was which.”
Jarosz, who was born in
Texas, and Southern California native Watkins — the
Nickel Creek/Watkins Family Hour member — grew up
steeped in the tradition of
bluegrass music, which is
rich with two-, three- and
sometimes four-part harmony singing.
O’Donovan, whose heritage is Irish and whose name
is pronounced EE-fah, was
less immersed in bluegrass,
but Jarosz said, “We all share
a similar history growing up
singing harmony.
“I wouldn’t say there’s
one go-to example [of vocal
harmony groups] we’ve held
up as a band, but we’ve all
admired people like Gillian
Welch and David Rawlings,
harmony singers like that.
Also, I’ve noted when singing with other people, for vocal range reasons you can’t
simply switch parts around
easily. If I’m singing with a
guy, I’m probably going to be
singing above him.
“So this is fun for us because we can say, ‘Oh, let’s
switch parts,’ and I can
switch to the low part here,
or maybe all three of us don’t
have to sing at the same
time, we can do unison here
— there are so many different combinations. It creates
a whole different sound from
song to song.”
On one song, in fact, they
don’t sing at all. “Waitsfield”
is a sprightly instrumental
highlighting their musicianship while name-checking a
town near Warren, Vt.,
where they holed up writing.
“It was crucial that we
had that time for bonding,”
Jarosz said. ... I think it
would have been a different
process ... if we’d just flown
to Los Angeles and sat in a
hotel room writing songs together and then gone our
separate ways at the end of
the day.
“It’s really special the way
this band has unfolded.”
I’m With Her’s tour starts
Feb. 27 in Downers Grove,
Ill., and hits the Teragram
Ballroom in L.A. on April 2.
“It started four years ago
this summer, which is crazy.
But this also feels like the beginning in many ways,”
Jarosz said.
randy.lewis@latimes.com
I’m With Her
Where: Teragram
Ballroom, 1234 W. 7th St.,
Los Angeles
When: 8 p.m. April 2
Cost: $32.50
Info: teragramballroom
.com
Lindsey Byrnes
JOINING together as I’m With Her are Sara
Watkins, left, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan.
Luis Sinco
“I WANT the sound of music to come back — and it’s gone,” says Neil Young of his latest online project,
the Neil Young Archives. He’s shown in October at the second weekend of Indio’s Desert Trip fest.
Sonic fidelity
by Neil Young
The veteran rocker’s inventive online archive
continues his push for quality sound, creativity
By Randy Lewis
One of the elements of Neil
Young’s latest online music endeavor
is a virtual meter at the top of the
screen that looks and functions like a
speedometer.
When any one of hundreds of available songs are pulled up out of a virtual file cabinet and played, the listener
can watch the dial bounce back and
forth as though motoring along an aural highway, the numbers running
from a few hundred to the high 4,000s
and low 5,000s.
What Young and his team have
built in to share with archive visitors
is the streaming rate at which songs
are played back, numbers that are
markedly higher than the standard
streaming speed of 320 kilobits per
second.
Techno-geek land? Well, yes. But
that’s a drum he’s been beating
throughout his career. Now with the
Neil Young Archives, which launched
Dec. 1 and free for the first six months,
Young aims to to demonstrate what’s
possible for music streaming today.
“The thing is, I want the sound of
music to come back — and it’s gone,”
Young, 72, said while seated in a large,
rustic chair in the front room of the
Calabasas home of his longtime manager, Elliot Roberts. “CDs have less
than 20% of the quality that music
could be, and MP3s in most cases
have only about 5% of what’s on the
master recording.”
The archive also has a virtual
switch next to the virtual meter that
allows users to change the playback
speed to standard internet streaming
service speed, something visitors also
can use if their internet service
doesn’t have sufficient bandwidth to
accommodate the full-speed version.
The difference is quickly perceptible. Young likens basic streaming to
looking at a grand landscape through
a dirty window. Cleaning the window
is the equivalent of a CD, while a fullfidelity master recording is akin to
opening the window.
“It blows my mind what has happened right in front of us,” said Young.
He has previously released his music
in high-quality audio formats such as
high-definition CDs (HDCDs) and on
Blu-ray audio with the 2011 physical
version of the first volume of his longterm archive release project.
More recently, he set up his own
high-resolution digital music store
and playback system, Pono, which he
shuttered last April about five years
after introducing it.
Pono hit several roadblocks. It entered the market at a time when consumers were rapidly moving away
from owning music and jumping to
streaming services such as Spotify.
Consumers also were shifting away
from stand-alone players like iPods
and using their smartphones to manage their music choices.
But for Young, the biggest hurdle
for Pono was monetary.
“The record labels killed it,” he
said. “They killed it by insisting on
charging two to three times as much
for the high-res files as for MP3s. Why
would anybody pay three times as
much?”
Although he said that users downloaded more than 1 million high-resolution audio tracks from Pono, ultimately there wasn’t sufficient momentum or financial success.
“It’s my feeling that all music
should cost the same,” he said. “The
[high-resolution] file doesn’t cost any
more to transfer. And today with
streaming, you don’t have the problem [of unauthorized file sharing].
Who wants to copy something if you
can stream it?
“The record companies, by charging three times as much for hi-res music as they charge for regular music,
they’ve killed hi-res music,” he said.
“It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever
seen.”
Sonic fidelity is a big part of Neil
Young Archives, but the rest of the
site is created with similar attention
to, and passion for, quality.
It’s organized like an old metal file
cabinet — complete with audible
clicking and thunking of drawers. Virtual folders house music and memorabilia for each of Young’s studio and
live albums as well as rare tracks and
unreleased material.
Within the folders are sub-folders
for individual songs, often containing
hand-scrawled lyrics, where Young
aficionados will find that the original
opening line of his song “Cinnamon
Girl” was “I wish to marry a Cinnamon Girl,” a line that soon morphed
into “I want to live with a Cinnamon
Girl.”
There’s also an interactive timeline that lets users discover when
Young played his first show in the U.S.
— Oct. 30, 1965, at the Wobbly Barn in
Killington, Vt. — or the date “when
Geffen Records sued [Young] for
making music unrepresentative of
himself (Dec. 1, 1983).”
A search function quickly calls up
a half-dozen different renditions of
“Sugar Mountain.”
“All I can do is take care of my music, so that’s what I’m doing,” he said.
The site does offer those still oldschool enough to want to download
songs or albums a mechanism for doing so, with hi-res versions selling for
around $23 per single album — something Young said he would change if
he could negotiate a lower price with
the music conglomerates he’s working with.
Not everything Young has released is up yet in high-resolution —
notably his five ’80s albums for Geffen
Records, and the Buffalo Springfield
box set — making it something of an
ongoing work in progress. “We’ll be
continually adding content as it becomes available,” manager Roberts
said.
At the six-month mark, Young
says he’ll introduce a couple of levels
of subscriptions for those who want
continued access. Casual visitors will
still be able to explore many aspects
of the archive for free, but streaming
will be limited to subscribers.
“This isn’t really a streaming service, because it’s just me and my music,” he said.
“There’s nothing stopping anybody else from doing this,” he continued. “The record companies are in the
way with the high prices. There
should be hi-res streaming services
everywhere.”
randy.lewis@latimes.com
Twitter: @RandyLewis2
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“EARLY MAN” DIRECTOR Nick Park works on the stop-motion film’s set. “For me, the more stupid the characters are, the more appealing they become,” he says.
He keeps stop-motion progressing
[Park, from E1]
the British studio Aardman
Animation. And though it
took 10 years for him to return to the director’s chair,
his latest film, “Early Man,”
is a longtime passion project.
The film, which opens
Friday, centers on a caveman named Dug and his
Stone Age tribe, whose
peaceful existence is threatened by effete Bronze Age
warriors with Monty Python
French accents. The only
way Dug can save his valley
home is by beating the newcomers at a game his ancestors invented centuries earlier and forgot: soccer.
A shy, soft-spoken man,
Park punctuates his words
with lively imitations of his
characters and the actors
who voice them. He talked
about “Early Man” on a recent visit to Los Angeles.
What was the genesis of
“Early Man”?
I was looking for an Aardman-type approach to a
caveman movie; I sketched a
caveman with the club
hitting a rock, and that
started me thinking about a
caveman having a go at
sports. The English claim to
have invented soccer, but we
can never win at it. So that
self-deprecating joke is in
the story: Dug finds out his
ancestors invented the
with such an individual,
unique quality. It’s going to
be an issue because I have
more Wallace and Gromit
ideas that I’d love to do.
DreamWorks
WALLACE AND GROMIT and their creator, Nick Park, have won Oscars.
game, then he learns they
were lousy at it.
Dug and his tribe aren’t
exactly the sharpest flints
in the cave. Is it a problem
to make dim characters
sympathetic?
For me, the more stupid
the characters are, the more
appealing they become.
Creating these ridiculous
lunkhead cavemen was part
of the appeal: Dug and his
band are really an extension
of Wallace. I envisioned
them immediately.
How did you cast Eddie
Redmayne as the voice of
Dug?
As we’re writing and
building the clay mock-ups
of the characters, we’re
looking out and listening out
for people, watching all
kinds of movies, wondering
who exactly would fit. There
was a short list for Dug.
When Eddie came in, he was
very self-deprecating. He
asked how old Dug was, and
I said, “He’s about 15.” Right
in front of the microphone,
Eddie transformed into a
disheveled, awkward teenager. (Park imitates his
posture.) I knew we’d got
him.
Peter Sallis, the voice of
Wallace, passed away last
year. Will it be possible to
continue the character’s
adventures without him?
Obviously, how to fill
those shoes is an issue: He
was a fantastic performer,
“Early Man” is the first
feature you’ve made without a co-director: What
challenges did that pose?
I learned a lot working
with Pete Lord and Steve
Box, and I enjoyed it, but I
felt like holding the reins
more this time. I had Will
Becher and Merlin Crossingham as animation directors, and we all think the
same way. To convey what I
wanted from the animators,
I would get in front of a video
camera and act through the
way I saw the scene and the
characters behaving. I don’t
want to blow my own trumpet, but I think I’m good at
acting.
The film opens with an
old-fashioned, ’50s-style
dinosaur fight.
It was very much a tribute to Ray Harryhausen and
“One Million Years B.C.”
That film inspired me to
take a Super 8 camera and
start making movies. We
shot the scene on digital
cameras, and it was immaculate. Then we had to degrade the footage to make it
look like it was from 1966. It
seemed criminal to do,
because the original looked
so magnificent.
Stop-motion animation has
come into its own in recent
years.
For a long time, stopmotion was a kind of cottage
industry for kids’ TV and
commercials. Until “The
Nightmare Before Christmas,” stop-motion was
never really seen as a medium for feature films. Industrializing the process for
“Chicken Run” was an issue
for us; how to make a film on
the scale of a Disney cartoon
with that large a workforce.
People wondered whether
stop-frame animation with
clay would even stand up to
scrutiny on the big screen.
With “Chicken Run,” we
realized it actually stands
up quite well.
The world of “Early Man”
is a very stylized, cartoony
one, unlike the detailed
realism in many recent CG
features.
I remember seeing a
documentary in the ’70s
about the latest work in CG
in California, and the narrator said, “The pursuit of
reality is a worthy goal.”
Even as a student, I thought,
“Why? What makes that a
worthy goal?” I’m not interested in reality: that’s why I
became an animator.
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An immigrant’s tale of love and loss
[Opera, from E1]
of uplift: Laurentino, played
by tenor Daniel Rodríguez,
had to leave his wife and son
behind, and he longs for reconciliation with the family he
abandoned.
“I had no way of knowing
what was going to happen!”
Thor Steingraber, executive
director of the Soraya, said of
the opera’s burning political
pertinence. “But you have
[House Minority Leader]
Nancy Pelosi holding forth
on immigration for eight
hours the other day, and here
we are rehearsing a piece
about a migrant crossing the
border.”
Indeed, when Steingraber decided to book the
piece about a year ago, the
centrality of the immigration
debate to the nation’s conversation was still hard to
read. President Trump had
been in office only a few
weeks. He had denounced
immigrants — attributing
rape and crime to migrants
from Mexico — but there was
so much noise in the air, it
was not clear which issues
would remain in the headlines.
Steingraber said he had
already been working to develop a Latino audience and
an emphasis on Mexican regional music because of the
demographics of the San
Fernando Valley and specifically
of
Cal
State
Northridge, where the Soraya is located.
But the rhetoric from the
White House and the far
right has amplified the matter. Performance pieces centered on the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals program have been staged all
over the city, and all over the
country.
“I don’t think, since the
AIDS crisis, artists have rallied around an issue the way
they have around migration
and immigration,” Steingraber said.
Though the notion of a
mariachi opera sounds exactly like the kind of crosscultural, high-low fusion that
would have been born in Los
Angeles, “Cruzar la Cara” actually originated in Houston.
And despite its ripped-fromthe-headlines premise —
Mexican
man
journeys
north, pregnant wife dies
trying to cross the border behind him — the opera is almost a decade old.
After the 2010 premiere at
Houston Grand Opera,
“Cruzar la Cara” traveled to
several cities in the U.S. and
Europe. The Northridge performance will mark the first
new production since then.
(Last month the New York
Times’ Anthony Tommasini
Photographs by
Luis Luque
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, from left, Alba Franco-Cancél, Suzanna Guzman and Juan Mendoza in rehearsal for “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna.”
‘Cruzar
la Cara de
la Luna’
When: 8 p.m. FridaySaturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Younes and Soraya
Nazarian Center for the
Performing Arts, also
known as the Soraya
(formerly Valley
Performing Arts Center),
18111 Nordhoff St.,
Northridge
Tickets: $43 and up
(subject to change)
Info: (818) 677-3000,
ValleyPerformingArts
Center.org
praised a New York City Opera performance of the earlier version for its “melancholic understatement,” supple
music and ability to capture
“the dilemma of immigration in sadly human ways.”)
Guerrero, a longtime
Southland theater figure
who directed a piece about
Cesar Chavez’s connection
to John F. Kennedy at the
Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2016, jumped at
the chance to rethink
“Cruzar la Cara.”
He’d seen the opera in
Fort Worth but felt it was
time to reinvent the piece. In
some cases, he had no
choice: The original cast had
dispersed, and the composer, Jose “Pepe” Martinez,
who led the gold-standard
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitln, died two years ago, making the rights to the opera
hard to sort out.
It was only thanks to a
bizarre series of coincidences and good fortune
that the new production
came together. The composer’s son, Jose Martinez Jr.,
who grew up with Mariachi
Vargas, serves as music director for the current piece.
The resulting production
is largely told from Laurentino’s deathbed or in flashback, as he recounts his
story to his wife, son and
long-lost friends, in some
cases appealing for forgiveness. The cast is an unusual
mix of opera veterans (including celebrated mezzo-
soprano Suzanna Guzmán),
musical theater regulars and
mariachi legends.
“It’s an intimate staging,”
Guerrero said, standing in
the rehearsal room with its
masking-taped floor marks
for actors and musicians.
“It’s a love story, about love of
family, love of country. But
it’s also an epic setting,” given the vastness of the desert
that Laurentino crosses and
the enormous themes that
are explored.
Guerrero tried to make
the new production less linear and literal than the original, seeking out authentic
Michoacan costumes while
also bringing touches of
magical realism.
As for the incongruity between Europe and Mexico,
opera and mariachi, with the
wildcard of American musical theater thrown in: It
didn’t really matter, ultimately. The voices, the emotions, the themes — they’re
all similar.
“So talent will out,” Guerrero said. “In the end, it’s all
the same.”
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FRANCO-CANCÉL and Jonathan Arana work on a
scene from the mariachi opera at the Soraya.
Want to go back through high school hell?
PEYTON KENNEDY plays the introverted Kate, the
object of Luke’s affection, who might be gay.
[‘Everything,’ from E1]
question as she explores her
own sexuality. In the meantime, Luke simply wonders
what it would feel like to kiss
a girl.
“Next time you see her, it’s
gonna be tongue city, population Luke,” advise his buddies (played by Rio Mangini
and Quinn Liebling). But
their wired rim glasses, frizzy
mops and science jargon
ensure it will most likely be
another few years before
they even talk to a girl.
The obnoxiously hot,
popular students here are,
weirdly enough, thespians
from the drama club. They
engage in bizarre theatrical
readings in the middle of the
school cafeteria and quad.
Gwen Stefani wannabe
Emaline (Sydney Sweeney)
and her boyfriend, Oliver
(Elijah Stevenson), end up
targeting Luke for a crime he
did not commit.
“Freshman, I’m gonna
make your life hell!” whispers
Emaline in Luke’s ear while
viewers may be asking if they
really want to put them-
‘Everything
Sucks!’
Where: Netflix
When: Any time, starting
Friday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
Photographs by
Scott Patrick Green Netf lix
PATCH DARRAGH plays the high school principal
and Kate’s dad, one of the show’s out-of-touch adults.
selves through high school
hell again when there’s little
to no payoff here.
The series, created by
writer Ben York Jones (“Like
Crazy”) and Michael Mohan
(“Save the Date”), leans
heavily on Clinton-era nostalgia to fill in the gaps, but
mentions of the Columbia
House record club and the
flawed premise of Alanis
Morissette’s “Ironic” only go
so far.
The adults, such as Kate’s
dad (Patch Darragh), are
befuddled by the kids’ new
language. What the heck do
“da bomb,” “all that and a
bag of chips” and “oh, snap!”
mean?
Not a whole lot when
they’re part of a story that’s
hardly the shizzle.
Even the musical choices
here are dull: Dave Mathews,
the Spin Doctors, third-wave
emo rock by bands whose
names we didn’t even know
back then. It’s a crime, given
that the era produced some
of the best music of the last
three decades. Yet the kids
at Boring High listen to
Eagle-Eye Cherry.
“Everything Sucks!” is
“Stranger Things” with
everything unique sucked
out of it. And with everything
there is to watch now, why
bother going back to the
dullest days of high school?
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Today’s deal arose in the
Reisinger Board-a-Match
Teams at the Fall NABC.
Just making it to the final
day is tough. Your team
plays each deal against just
one other team. You win it or
lose it. Players take risks to
try to get an edge.
There is a difference between taking reasonable
risks and indulging in wild,
undisciplined actions. West
was wild — or maybe way behind and trying to catch up:
He opened a weak two
spades on an atypical hand.
East’s 2NT asked for more
information, and South
doubled.
East
doubled
North’s three-diamond response, and when South
tried three hearts, West
masterminded a double.
East overtook the first
spade with the ace to lead a
trump. Declarer won in
dummy, led a club to his king
and conceded a club. He won
the next trump, ruffed a club
in dummy, came to his ace of
diamonds, drew trumps,
conceded a club and claimed
nine tricks, plus 730.
West’s actions are not my
idea of how to play bridge.
Question: You hold: ♠ 6 ♥
A K 8 7 3 ♦ A 6 ♣ K 10 6 4 2. You
open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you
bid two clubs and he rebids
two spades. What do you
say?
Answer: Partner probably has a six-card suit but
surely has fewer than 10
points. Since game is most
unlikely, and his hand will
take some tricks only if his
long suit is trumps, pass. A
club partscore might be a
better spot, but to persist in
the face of a probable misfit
is wrong.
West dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠ 10 9 4 2
♥ Q J 10
♦J543
♣85
WEST
EAST
♠KQJ53
♠A87
♥542
♥96
♦982
♦ K Q 10 7
♣QJ
♣A973
SOUTH
♠6
♥AK873
♦A6
♣ K 10 6 4 2
WEST
NORTH EAST
SOUTH
2 ♠(!) Pass
2 NT
Dbl
Pass
3♦
Dbl
3♥
Dbl(!) All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ K
2018, Tribune Media
Services
ASK AMY
Shocked by a DNA result
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Though generations before
you did things a certain way
and the principles they used
to get through life are relevant today, modern problems require you to build on
that foundation.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Today’s work may be a
bit rushed, but it’s remarkable and generous if not as
polished as it might have
been had you more time.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Most would avoid being
called out for putting one’s
own interests before the interests of loved ones, teammates or the group — unless,
of course, selfishness is the
cultural norm.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Empathy is definitely not
the first instinct of humankind, yet it’s definitely required for the survival of our
species.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): No
one can sprint for the whole
of the race, but a good marathon runner builds the occasional sprint into the over-all
plan.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’re going to do the brave
thing because you realize
more than others that your
action is what’s needed.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Suddenly it will be important to dress, talk and move
like the winner.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
You want your work to be
artful and useful, or you’d
rather not turn it in at all.
The thing is, you’re not the
best judge of this today.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): The omens warn
against selling your future
for today’s quick fix, and yet
fixing something quickly
doesn’t always spell trouble.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): In general, your life is
easier when you make fewer
promises. However, everything you do sets up an expectation.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): What one person considers a position of weakness
another may consider a position of strength.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): As you climb the mountain to get a better view you
make yourself more conspicuous to those below.
Today’s birthday (Feb.
15): You seek clarity, and
you’ll find it. You’ll understand where your power lies
and how to use it. This will
manifest in a much less serious way than it sounds: Delight and enjoyment will
open as many doors for you
as hard work and study.
Trust yourself, and believe
the forces are working to lift
you and let you fly. Aries and
Capricorn adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 9, 20, 22, 1
and 17.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: I recently found
out through a DNA test that
the man I thought was my father for more than 60 years is
not my biological father. The
DNA test also revealed that I
have a half sister.
I do not want to be associated with this family and
have decided not to communicate this new information
with any of them.
I have several siblings
with whom I would like to
share this information, but
I’m scared they will spill the
beans to their spouses or
others, and the “news” will
be all over town.
It would be embarrassing
to our family name as well as
to them and me (my parents
are both deceased, as is the
“sperm donor”).
Since I don’t believe sharing this info will be of any
benefit to anyone, I now have
to figure out how to deal with
keeping this secret for the
rest of my life.
Sometimes I feel like I’m
about to explode. The stress
of learning this is about too
much to bear and has made
me see my mother in a negative light.
She had to have known
the truth of my biological father, and yet kept quiet to
save her own reputation.
(Ironically, that is what I’m
now
considering
doing
through my own silence.)
I’m sure my father had no
idea that he was not my biological father. Amy, he doted
on me!
Any suggestions about
how to deal with my new
family secret?
Mixed-Up
kit tell you who you are and
who your family is. YOU get
to decide that.
I urge you to own this,
claim it and disclose it if you
want to. I think it would help
you to talk about it, and I
hope you will.
Dear Mixed-Up: I’ve received many questions regarding results of DNA testing, and while many people
report positive reactions,
even when the news is unexpected, there is no question
that results like yours can
pull a person into a tailspin.
Give yourself time to
process this.
I understand that this
news upends your own ideas
of who you are, but I’d like to
offer you an alternative view:
You are who you’ve always
thought you were. Your family is your family. The father
who raised and doted on you
was your “real” father.
Understand that it is possible that he knew you were
not his biological child,
whereupon he would have
made the choice countless
parents have made through
time — to claim you and to
love you. It’s really pretty
simple.
DNA results may answer
questions you didn’t even
know you had regarding
your hair color or health history. But don’t let a DNA test
Dear Amy: My nephew
and his fiancée are planning
their wedding. We all live in
the Midwest, and their wedding and reception is going
to be in the Southwest.
Because of the costs of
airfare to get there and the
room during our stay, should
that affect my cash gift?
Stumped in Chicago
Dear
Stumped:
You
should not feel obligated to
give a cash gift. Some meaningful gifts (such as family
heirlooms) are those that
don’t cost a lot of money.
But no, the cost of attending the wedding should
not be deducted from whatever gift you plan to give.
If attending this celebration would place too heavy a
burden on your finances or if
spending this money would
create a resentful emotional
load for you to carry, then
send your regrets.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
askamy@amydickinson
.com.
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TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
The
Bachelor
Winter
Games The participants
try speed skating, and one
couple goes on a tubing
date, while another takes
a horse-drawn carriage
ride before relaxing in a
hot tub. Chris Harrison
hosts. 8 p.m. ABC
Beyond Holden (Burkely
Duffield) seeks Charlie’s
(Eden Brolin) help in
understanding his connection with the Realm.
Also, Jeff (Jeff Pierre) digs
up information on Edgar
(Jay Paulson). Romy
Rosemont, Michael McGrady and Chad Willett
also star. 8 p.m. Freeform
20/20 The revival of the longrunning sitcom “Roseanne,” which premieres
March 27, is previewed.
Roseanne Barr, John
Goodman, Sara Gilbert
and current “Lady Bird”
Oscar nominee Laurie
Metcalf are among the returning cast members. 10
p.m. ABC
Portlandia Doug and Claire
(Fred Armisen, Carrie
Brownstein) try an open
relationship, and the Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan)
waits for a helicopter in a
new episode of the sketch
comedy. 10 p.m. IFC
Lip Sync Battle LaVar Ball
battles his son, L.A. Lakers point guard Lonzo
Ball, in this new episode.
10 p.m. Paramount
MOVIES
Mulan A Chinese maiden
(voice of Ming-Na) disguises herself as a man to
take her father’s place in
battle against invading
Huns in animated adaptation of an Asian legend.
The voice cast also includes B.D. Wong, Miguel
Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein,
Beth Fowler, George
Takei and Eddie Murphy,
who steals the show as the
voice of Mushu, a tiny
dragon who becomes Mulan’s traveling companion.
9 p.m. Freeform
Titanic (1953) 9 a.m. TCM
Close Encounters of the
Third Kind (1977) 9:30
a.m. Sundance
A Brilliant Young Mind
(2014) 10:25 a.m. EPIX
Steel Magnolias (1989) 11:30
a.m. OVA
Touched With Fire (2015)
2:05 p.m. EPIX
Adam Rose ABC
THE REVIVAL of
“Roseanne” is covered by
ABC’s “20/20.” Roseanne
Barr and John Goodman.
Trainwreck (2015) 2:30 p.m.
FXX
Lucy (2014) 3 p.m. FX
Woman of the Year (1942) 3
p.m. TCM
Mission: Impossible Rogue
Nation (2015) 5 p.m. FX
The Lion King (1994) 6 p.m.
Freeform
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today Olympics; Today
Food with Austin Kang.
(N) 7 a.m. KNBC
KTLA Morning News (N) 7
a.m. KTLA
Good Morning America
Letitia Wright; Tory Johnson. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Milo Manheim (“Zombies”); Winston Drake (“Black Panther”). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Matt
Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila; Lori Loughlin.
(N) 9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Ashley Graham; Carly
Pearce performs. (N) 9
a.m. KABC
The View Mark Cuban; Daymond
John;
Kevin
O’Leary; Barbara Corcoran. (N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Lamorne Morris (“Game
Night”). (N) 11 a.m. KTTV
The Talk Common; Paigion
Walker. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Illegal and
adulterated honey from
China; a woman with 67
different personalities; revenge porn. (N) 1 p.m.
KTTV
The Doctors A doctor’s plan
to combat the opioid epidemic; foods for a better
brain; the perfect bedtime
story. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
David Spade; Kalen Allen;
Sam Smith performs. (N)
2 p.m. KNBC
Harry
Daymond
John
(“Shark Tank,” book
“Rise and Grind”). (N) 2
p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Duff Goldman.
(N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil A woman lives happily homeless with her
children while joining in a
polyamorous triad. (N) 3
p.m. KCBS
The Real Aaron Carter. (N)
3 p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah How rowdy Ugandan politics can get; the
latest smart technology.
(N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert Liam
Neeson; Michael Wolff;
Andra Day and Common
perform. 11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Natalie
Portman; Kyrie Irving,
Boston Celtics. (N) 11:35
p.m. KABC
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
KABC
SPORTS
2018 Winter Olympics Luge,
Speed skating (6:30 a.m.
NBCSP). Men’s biathlon
(9 a.m. NBCSP). Men’s
curling (U.S. versus Italy)
(11 a.m. NBCSP). Women’s
cross-country
skiing,
Men’s
speed
skating
(Noon NBC). Women’s
curling (U.S. versus Switzerland) (2 p.m. CNBC).
Hockey, game of the day
replay. (2 p.m. NBCSP).
Figure skating (4 p.m.
NBCSP). Figure skating,
snowboarding, skeleton,
freestyle skiing, crosscountry skiing (5 p.m.
NBC). Men’s hockey (U.S.
versus Slovakia) (7 p.m.
CNBC). Men’s curling
(U.S. versus Sweden),
cross-country skiing (8
p.m.
NBCSP).
Luge,
men’s biathlon (10:05 p.m.
NBC).
Men’s
hockey
(OAR versus Slovenia)
(11:40 p.m. NBCSP). Women’s curling (Sweden versus OAR) (2 a.m. Friday,
NBCSP). Men’s hockey
(Finland versus Norway)
(4 a.m. Friday, USA).
Men’s hockey (Sweden
versus Germany), Women’s skeleton (4:10 a.m.
NBCSP).
The Envelope.com
Thursday, February 15, 2018
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THE ENVELOPE
OSCAR NOMINEES
LOVE, LOSS
AND A NEW
OUTLOOK
As he makes the rounds
for ‘Darkest Hour,’
Gary Oldman faces
the end of a
personal epoch.
LAURIE METCALF
RAISES A TEEN
IN ‘LADY BIRD’
BEST PICTURE
PICKS’ CLASSIC
COUNTERPARTS
SHOOTING HER WAY
PAST THE BARRIERS
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