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Fires, floods
offer glimpse
into future
of California
climate change will
lead to bigger shifts
between wet and dry
extremes, study says.
By Bettina Boxall
Nashville Police Department
Travis Reinking, 29, who authorities say shot and killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant early
Sunday, was arrested after a 34-hour manhunt. Police cited no motive for the rampage. NATION, A5
Rand Paul switches his
vote, agrees to back
secretary of State pick.
By Tracy Wilkinson
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee approved CIA
Director Mike Pompeo as
secretary of State on party
lines Monday after a Republican holdout changed his
mind at the last minute,
avoiding an embarrassing
defeat for President Trump.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had vowed to oppose
Pompeo, but Paul said on
Twitter shortly before the
vote that after speaking repeatedly to the nominee and
Trump, he was convinced
Pompeo now agreed with
the president that “the Iraq
war was a mistake and it is
time to leave Afghanistan,”
two of the congressman’s
The full Senate already
appeared on track to
confirm Pompeo’s nomination this week after two
Senate Democrats, both facing reelection battles in
states that Trump won
handily, offered support earlier Monday. The Senate traditionally gives broad leeway to a president’s Cabinet
[See Pompeo, A6]
Conceding error
in Ventura killing
Police chief says officers should have
responded to reports of disruptive man
By Ruben Vives, Richard Winton
and James Queally
On Wednesday evening, the Ventura
Police Department received a call about
a homeless man “yelling and being disruptive” in the city’s promenade area, a
bustling boardwalk flush with restaurants.
Officers in the area were busy, so police monitored the man on a surveillance
camera, ultimately deciding he was not a
Hours later, police said, the man entered a nearby steakhouse and plunged a
knife into the neck of Anthony Mele Jr.,
fatally wounding the 35-year-old while his
wife and daughter looked on in horror.
Biology textbooks may
be due for a rewrite.
For the first time, scientists have detected a DNA
human cells that looks more
like a four-stranded knot
than the elegant double
helix we learned about in
known as an i-motif, had
been seen before in the
lab, but few researchers
expected it to occur in
human cells.
The new work shows not
only that i-motifs do indeed
exist in human cells, but that
they may be quite common.
Garcetti open
to expansion
of rent control
Mayor says he would
consider extending
restrictions to cover
newer apartments if
state law is repealed.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
and David Zahniser
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
CHARNELL SMITH wipes tears during a moment of silence at the Ventura
City Council meeting Monday. A man was killed at her restaurant last week.
Scientists discover
new DNA design
inside human cells
By Deborah Netburn
Mele’s killing has roiled the city: Some
residents are critical of police for failing
to send officers after the initial complaint. Advocates for the homeless fear
the attack could reverse the city’s progress in reaching out to its most vulnerable residents.
The slaying also highlights the difficulty police face in interacting with people who are homeless or mentally ill. In
some cities, including Los Angeles, law
enforcement has been accused of overpolicing the homeless community, leading to encounters that sometimes turn
But in Ventura, many believe the lack
of a police response may have led to
Mele’s death.
[See Ventura, A10]
Californians should expect more dramatic swings
between dry and wet years
as the climate warms, according to a new study that
found it likely that the state
will be hit by devastating,
widespread flooding in coming decades.
UC researchers in essence found that California’s
highly volatile climate will
become even more volatile
as human-caused climate
change tinkers with atmospheric patterns over the
eastern Pacific Ocean.
The long-term average of
annual precipitation in California won’t change much,
they predicted.
“Yet despite that, we see a
big increase in extremes,”
said UCLA climate scientist
Daniel Swain, lead author of
a paper published Monday
in the journal Nature Climate Change. “We expect to
“Our imaging suggests
that this is a normal thing
that happens,” said Marcel
Dinger, a molecular biologist at the Garvan Institute
for Medical Research in
Sydney, Australia, who oversaw the research. “It is very
likely that genomes in all the
cells of our bodies are forming i-motifs at some point in
A report on the find was
published Monday in Nature
The study lends credence
to the idea that these unusual DNA shapes may play
an essential role in human
biology, said Laurence Hurley,
medical chemistry at the
[See DNA, A6]
see more really wet years
and also more really dry
The recent past offers a
glimpse of California’s future.
The state veered from
years of record-breaking
drought that emptied reservoirs and prompted unprecedented urban conservation
to a parade of atmospheric
rivers that dumped record
precipitation on Northern
California during the 20162017 rainy season.
Portions of the main
spillway at Lake Oroville,
the state’s second-largest
reservoir, collapsed and the
state narrowly escaped a
dam disaster that would
have sent a wall of water
roaring through downstream towns.
Such sudden swings between severe drought and
intense storms will increase
the threat to aging dams and
flood-control networks, accentuate the wildfire threat
and make management of
the state’s complex waterworks even more daunting.
The key ingredient of last
year’s deadly wildfires in the
wine country and the huge
Thomas fire, which set the
stage for devastating debris
[See Climate, A7]
Mayor Eric Garcetti said
Monday he would “absolutely” consider extending
rent restrictions in Los Angeles to cover newly built
apartments if California voters repeal a state law that
prohibits it.
Garcetti joined tenant
and community activists at
a news conference outside
City Hall to back a proposed
ballot initiative that would
roll back the Costa-Hawkins
Rental Housing Act, which
bans cities and counties
from capping rent increases
on apartments built after
In cities like Los Angeles,
which already had rent control when the law was
passed, the restrictions
apply to buildings constructed years earlier.
Repealing the state law
would allow local governments to impose rent control on newer buildings, a
longtime goal of tenant
In L.A., “rent stabilization” rules limit how much
landlords can increase rent
annually on tenants living in
apartments built before October 1978. Landlords face no
limits, however, on how
much they can raise the rent
once an apartment is vacated.
Garcetti told reporters
that it “seems to be unjust”
that tenants in newer build[See Garcetti, A7]
Many workers
don’t report
Nearly 18% of L.A. city
employees in an anonymous survey said they
had experienced unwanted sexual attention
on the job. More than
half subjected to harassment say they didn’t file
a complaint about the
incident. CALIFORNIA, B1
Sale of Malibu
beach home sets
county record
The $110-million deal is
astronomical even for
the exclusive beachfront
city. BUSINESS, C1
Partly cloudy.
L.A. Basin: 77/54. B6
Printed with soy inks on
partially recycled paper.
Aaron Vincent Elkaim Associated Press
Police in Toronto work near a covered body after a man in a rental van
drove onto a sidewalk and hit pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 15. Witnesses said it appeared the driver was acting deliberately. WORLD, A4
TU E S DAY , A P R IL 24, 2018
The first lady of mystery
Melania Trump’s tenure has been as unusual as her husband’s presidency
By Cathleen Decker
either complicit in her husband’s worst instincts or a
victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job
or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do
with it. Fifteen months after
she became first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.
In the span of several
days ending Tuesday, Melania Trump will have been
thrust into a more visible
public role than perhaps at
any other time in her husband’s presidency. It comes
after a lengthy period of
relative invisibility that has
not only confounded White
House tradition but also
limited her potential political benefit to a troubled
After hosting the Japanese prime minister and his
wife at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
compound in Florida last
week, Melania Trump attended the Saturday funeral
of former First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston; the
president stayed away.
Before the service she
smiled and chatted with
former President Obama,
whom her husband has
scorned for years, and, again
smiling, joined in a formal
picture with all of the former
presidents and first ladies
who attended the funeral.
Later that day, as her
husband continued to rage
at perceived opponents on
Twitter, she released a
statement reiterating support for the Bush family,
which has been openly
antagonistic toward the
On Tuesday, two days
before her 48th birthday,
Melania Trump will preside
over the first state dinner of
the Trump presidency,
honoring the president of
France, Emmanuel Macron,
and his wife, Brigitte. The
delay in hosting a state
dinner, an event usually
held in a president’s first
year, had raised questions
about Melania Trump’s
view of the job.
The White House on
Monday sought to underscore her central role by
releasing a video showing
the first lady picking out
dishes and linens and orchestrating a luxurious
tableau. White House Press
Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders emphasized at the
top of her daily briefing that
Melania Trump “has taken
an active role in every detail
and planning of the visit.”
It should be no surprise
that Melania Trump’s tenure as first lady has been as
unconventional as her husband’s presidency. She
delayed her arrival in Washington for five months, so
their pre-teen son Barron
could finish school in New
York. Since coming to the
capital, she has been buffeted by the president’s
controversies, most uncomfortably the multiple accusations of affairs during
their marriage.
She and Barron have
been only sparingly seen
compared with other first
families. Yet if past first
ladies were seen as largely
apolitical, Melania Trump
seems to have become a
vessel for Americans’ polarized emotions about her
Evan Vucci Associated Press
MELANIA TRUMP will preside over the first state dinner of the Trump presi-
dency, honoring the leader of France, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte.
“We still don’t know that
much about her and it
seems like she intends to
keep it that way,” said Kate
Andersen Brower, author of
“First Women” and a second
book about the inner workings of the White House.
In the absence of a fully
developed image, Melania
Trump’s actions have
drawn outsize attention. In
January, after allegations
surfaced about Trump’s
pre-presidential affairs,
Melania Trump suddenly
canceled her participation
in an overseas trip with her
She traveled separately
to the State of the Union
address at the Capitol on
Jan. 30, and marched into
the House chamber wearing
a white pantsuit, a style
evocative of women’s suffrage and a totem of Hillary
Clinton’s campaign. The
couple’s anniversary on Jan.
22 and then Valentine’s Day
passed without any public
recognition of their marriage.
Yet when Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
arrived at the Trumps’
Florida home last week, the
first couple strode hand in
hand across the lawn to
greet him.
That yin and yang was
reminiscent of the 2016
campaign. Melania Trump
spurned the practice of
modern political wives and
barely campaigned for her
husband. Yet when he
needed it most — after the
release of a video showing
him bragging about assaulting women — she went on
camera to defend him and
said the controversy was
“organized by the opposition.”
The role of first lady is
often defined by staged
events, like the annual
Easter egg roll, which Melania Trump has embraced.
What she has done far less is
serve as a political buttress.
Amid Bill Clinton’s impeachment crisis, Hillary
Clinton was in heavy demand among Democrats
campaigning for the 1998
midterm election, her own
popularity soaring. When
George W. Bush plummeted
in popularity during his
presidency, Laura Bush
traveled the country in his
stead, raising money for
Republicans. Michelle
Obama developed such a
visible political presence
that some Democrats
begged her to run for president. Her emphasis on
childhood nutrition dovetailed with her husband’s
effort to expand healthcare
Tina Tchen, Michelle
Obama’s chief of staff, said
of the relative roles of the
president and first lady,
“He’s the elected official and
anything we do should serve
to amplify.” She declined to
address the Trumps specifically.
At the same time, Tchen
said, “You need to select
issues and act in the role
with things that are authentic to you.”
Anita McBride, who
served as chief of staff to
Laura Bush, noted that
Melania Trump, unlike
most other first ladies, did
not come to the White
House after a lifetime in
“Even the most experienced politicians … will find
it very difficult at first to
adjust to the security, adjust
to the schedule,” McBride
said. “I think she was smart
to buy time for herself.”
Yet it is President Trump
who seems to have affected
his wife’s ambitions the
most. When she announced
that a prime focus would be
cyberbullying, Melania
Trump cast it as an extension of her concern about
“We have a real opportunity to teach positive online
behaviors, but that also
means addressing issues
offline such as kindness,
empathy and respect,” she
said. Her invocation of
civility drew hoots from
those critical of her husband’s frequent forays into
online mockery.
Similarly, Melania
Trump has spoken often
about solutions to the opioid epidemic.
“I’m proud of this administration’s commitment to
battling this epidemic,” she
said in New Hampshire in
March, calling attention to a
White House gathering of
addiction experts.
Her husband’s record is
more mixed. Trump has
asked for billions to combat
opioid addiction. But he
also has slashed money for
the office leading the battle
and sought to cut Medicaid,
which pays for much of the
nation’s drug treatment
Robert Watson, an
American studies professor
at Lynn University in Florida, who has written extensively about first ladies, said
Melania Trump’s background should be a strength
— she is an immigrant, now
an American citizen, who
speaks several languages.
But that too has been made
problematic by her husband’s broadsides against
immigrants and his desire
to retreat from global cooperation.
“The first lady can be a
secret weapon and … Melania could soften his image,”
Watson said, but instead
she has chosen so far to do
“the absolute minimum
Ohio University historian Katherine Jellison said
that while first ladies are
almost always more popular
than the presidents to
whom they’re married,
Melania Trump may be
tripped up more than most
by the current “’take no
prisoners’ political environment.”
“Trump critics can point
to Mrs. Trump and say she’s
been an enabler or she’s a
victim of the Stockholm
syndrome,” Jellison said. “I
think if she did have a more
upfront role, in an effort to
soften his public image,
she’d come in for more
slings and arrows. Part of
the reason she is more
popular than her husband is
that she is lower profile.”
At the start of the year,
Melania Trump announced
additions to her small staff,
meant to bolster her policy
priorities. The state dinner
Tuesday represented that
team’s biggest challenge so
far, all the more so because
it did not call in event planners for help as previous
administrations have done.
(Her staff did not return
calls for comment.)
It’s not clear if the week
of activity will inspire a
higher public profile or
whether Melania Trump
will return to the pace of her
first year in office.
“I think what we see now
is what to expect the remainder of his time in office,” said Jellison, who has
studied first ladies. “We’re
going to see a woman who
does not want to be involved
politically much, and sometimes does not want to be in
the fishbowl at all.”
Paul Morse Associated Press
THE FIRST LADY attended Barbara Bush’s funeral in Houston on Saturday, along with former presidents
and first ladies. Before the service she smiled and chatted with former President Obama.
T UESDAY , APRIL 24, 2018
Newest baby
prince makes
royal history
For the first time in
Britain, brother won’t
push aside his older
sister in line to throne.
By Christina Boyle
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images
MARCHERS in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, are demanding that President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice
President Rosario Murillo, step down. The unrest began as demonstrations against social security changes.
Nicaragua welfare plan
drives a wider protest
Overhaul is canceled,
but a new focus is
discontent with the
Ortega government.
By Wilfredo Miranda
and Patrick J.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua
— A sense of smoldering
discontent was evident in
Nicaragua on Monday after
President Daniel Ortega’s
decision to cancel a welfare
overhaul plan — a proposal
that sparked days of deadly
protests and looting in this
Central American nation of
6 million.
On Monday afternoon,
thousands of peaceful protesters — many waving Nicaraguan flags and some
hoisting photos of people
killed in the earlier protests
— took to the streets of
the capital, Managua. What
began as protests against
the welfare proposal morphed into demonstrations
reflecting broader discontent with the Ortega government.
Human rights groups
said more than two dozen
people had been killed since
street protests erupted last
week after the government’s
rollout of hikes in income
and payroll taxes. The measures were meant to shore
up the nation’s foundering
social security system.
Police again clashed with
student demonstrators on
Sunday evening at one of
the hubs of the protest
movement, the Polytechnic
University of Nicaragua in
Many students had remained
grounds despite what they
called attacks from government security forces.
Speaking at the Vatican
on Sunday, Pope Francis
said that he was “very wor-
ried” about the deteriorating situation in Nicaragua
and called for talks.
announced Sunday that the
controversial social security
overhaul had been scrapped.
The move was a clear effort to quiet the growing
strife, and it seemed to lead
to an uneasy calm on the
streets until the large-scale
protests on Monday afternoon.
Marchers on Monday saluted the protesting youth of
the Upoli, as the polytechnic
university is known here.
Hundreds were injured in
the days of turmoil across
the country that followed
the announcement of the social security decree.
Reports indicated that
more than 100 people had
been arrested. Dozens of
businesses were looted.
Although it was the social
security changes that ignited the unrest, the street
protests soon expanded to a
wider condemnation of the
Sandinista government and
its leaders, Ortega and his
wife, Vice President Rosario
Protesters voiced longheld grievances, including
what they called the government’s throttling of dissent
and of the opposition press.
Some protesters in recent days hoisted banners
demanding “Fuera Ortega”
[Out With Ortega] and bearing other anti-government
slogans aimed at Ortega, a
former left-wing guerrilla
leader who is serving his
third consecutive term as
Critics accuse Ortega of
seeking to establish a family
dynasty with his wife.
“The people have risen
against” Ortega, Alberto Antonio Fonseca, a student
protester, said Monday in
the city of Masaya, once a
stronghold of the Sandinista
rebel front that overthrew
U.S.-backed dictator Ana-
stasio Somoza in 1979. “We
don’t want him as president
any longer. There is too
much repression.”
Protesters blamed police
and government-allied security forces for the violence.
But Ortega charged on
Saturday that “criminals”
and gang members had infiltrated the protests as part of
an unspecified “conspiracy”
meant to destabilize the government.
His wife denounced the
protesters as “minuscule
groups” filled with “hate.”
The comments enraged
the protesters and appeared
to fan the flames of discontent.
“Mr. Ortega is wrong,”
said Felipe Lanuza, a civil
engineer who backed the
street mobilizations. “The
protests have been peaceful
and the vandals and gangsters have been those on
[Ortega’s] side.”
Added Tania Rivera, a
protest supporter who runs
a dental clinic in Managua:
owners — there are no gangsters. We are people who
want a change in the country. That’s why we are on the
Business groups helped
organize Monday’s anti-government demonstration, a
sign that discontent with
the Ortega administration
extends beyond the student
community has generally
been allied with the Ortega
government, but business
leaders pointedly declined
to condemn the protests,
and some joined in. It was
not clear whether that move
signaled a more long-term
fracture in Ortega’s relationship with the country’s business class.
On Monday, the U.S.
State Department said it
was reducing operations at
its embassy in Managua and
pulling out some of its em-
ployees and family members. An official advisory
urged would-be visitors to
reconsider travel to Nicaragua.
Nicaragua has generally
been regarded as stable
and relatively prosperous
compared with some other
Central American nations,
notably crime-ridden El Salvador and Honduras. The
country’s economy has
grown steadily as the
onetime Marxist Ortega has
softened his denouncements of U.S. “imperialism” and embraced capitalism.
Ortega, 72, was a leader of
the Sandinista front that
overthrew the Somoza government in 1979 as the Cold
War flared. He was elected
president of Nicaragua in
1984 but lost a reelection bid
in 1990, following years of the
U.S.-backed Contra war
against the Sandinista government.
Ortega returned to the
presidency in 2006 and in
2016 was reelected in a landslide to a third consecutive
term in balloting that the opposition
with Washington has long
been a contentious one. U.S.
officials regularly criticize
what they call an ongoing
crackdown against the Nicaraguan opposition, while
also assailing Managua’s
foreign policy backing the
governments of U.S. adversaries such as Cuba and Venezuela.
Twitter: @PmcdonnellLAT
Special correspondent
Miranda reported from
Managua and Times staff
writer McDonnell from
Mexico City. Staff writer
Tracy Wilkinson in
Washington and Cecilia
Sanchez of The Times’
Mexico City bureau
contributed to this report.
LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth
to a baby boy Monday, her
third child with husband
Prince William and the fifth
in line to the British throne.
The child, who weighed 8
pounds and 7 ounces, was
born at the private Lindo
Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital
in Paddington, London,
where his older siblings,
Prince George and Princess
Charlotte, were also born.
The two youngsters were
brought to the hospital to
meet their new brother in
the early afternoon, arriving
hand in hand with their father.
Charlotte turned to give a
wave to the cameras moments before she walked
through the doors.
The birth also marked
the first time in the history of
the British royal family that
a female member — Charlotte, in this case — will not
get pushed aside with the arrival of a younger brother.
The rules that govern
who is next in line to the
throne changed in 2013,
when Catherine was pregnant with Prince George, so
that male members of the
family can no longer bump
their female siblings from
the line of succession. Charlotte will remain fourth in
line to the throne.
The birth of the royal
baby was announced in an
email to the press and a
tweet from Kensington Palace’s official Twitter feed.
“Her Royal Highness The
Duchess of Cambridge was
safely delivered of a son
at 1101hrs,” the statement
read. “The Duke of Cambridge was present for the
birth. Her Royal Highness
and her child are both doing
Following tradition, a
framed paper proclamation
will also be placed on a gold
stand within the gates of
Buckingham Palace for the
public to see.
The former Kate Middleton, 36, and Prince William,
35, traveled to the hospital
early Monday when the
duchess was in the early
stages of labor and the child
was delivered a few hours
later on St. George’s Day —
the day dedicated to the patron saint of England.
Catherine and William
did not know the sex of the
child beforehand and a
name has yet to be announced, though bookmakers’ favorites are Arthur, Albert, James, Philip or Frederick.
The baby boy is Queen
Elizabeth II’s sixth greatgrandchild and his official title will be His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge.
His birth comes just one
month before another momentous royal occasion: the
wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle in Windsor.
Although there has been
noticeably less fanfare in
the lead-up to this royal
birth compared with the
previous two, that did not
stop crowds of well-wishers
from camping outside the
hospital for days in anticipation.
Parking restrictions were
put in place outside the hospital, simply stating that an
“event” was taking place,
and metal barricades were
set up to keep fans and the
media at bay.
Some die-hard royalists
decked themselves out head
to toe in the Union Jack, eager to catch a glimpse of this
latest addition to the royal
Their waiting finally
came to an end just before 6
p.m., when Catherine and
William stepped through the
double doors of the Lindo
Wing with beaming smiles
and showed the world their
Catherine, wearing a vibrant red dress, cradled the
baby in her left arm and the
couple waved at the crowds
and posed for photos.
Although there is always
excited anticipation about
a royal birth, this child is
unlikely to become monarch.
Prince Charles, the newborn’s grandfather and Elizabeth’s oldest son, is next in
line to the throne followed by
William and then George, 4,
and Charlotte, 2.
Christina Boyle is a special
Daniel Leal-Olivas AFP/Getty Images
PRINCE WILLIAM and Catherine, Duchess of
Cambridge, greet well-wishers after their son’s birth.
3 Mexican students were killed and dissolved in acid
Trio’s disappearance
last month sparked
protests. A probable
motive is revealed.
By Patrick J.
and Cecilia Sanchez
whose disappearance last
month sparked large-scale
protests in the city of Guadalajara were beaten, killed
and their bodies dissolved in
acid, Mexican authorities
said Monday.
Two suspects have been
arrested in connection with
the gruesome crime, said officials of the attorney general’s office in Jalisco state,
which includes Guadalajara. Arrest warrants have
been issued for six other suspects.
The investigation is continuing, the Jalisco state attorney
Sanchez, told reporters in a
videotaped news conference
providing shocking new details on the closely watched
Prosecutors blamed a
“criminal group”— which
they believe to be the powerful Jalisco New Generation
Cartel — for the crime. Dissolving human remains in
acid to conceal traces of
slain victims is a tactic associated with drug cartels in
Why the three young men
were targeted has been a
speculation since their dis-
appearance March 19. None
of the three had any known
link to criminal gangs, authorities stressed. But on
Monday investigators revealed what they called a
probable motive for their abduction and slayings.
According to official accounts, on the day of their
disappearance the three
students had been doing
schoolwork in a house in
Tonala, a Guadalajara suburb, associated with a major
criminal figure. The house
belonged to the aunt of one
of the students, authorities
said. Rival traffickers were
“watching” the house, and
the presence of the three
men probably aroused suspicions, authorities said.
Heavily armed men who
identified themselves as police officers later led the
three away from their vehicle, which had stopped because of a mechanical problem, according to witness accounts.
Jalisco state in centralwest Mexico is home turf of a
number of organized crime
syndicates, including the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, considered among Mexico’s fastest-growing and
most violent.
Authorities said genetic
evidence found at two of
three homes linked to the
crime provided a forensic
connection to the students
— Javier Salomon Aceves,
25; Jesus Daniel Diaz, 20;
and Marco Garcia Avalos,
20. All studied at the University of Audiovisual Media
in Guadalajara.
In one residence that was
searched, authorities said,
investigators found firearms
and 46 barrels of sulfuric acid. Police suspect that the
bodies of other victims besides those of the students
may have been disposed of in
that site.
It was not exactly clear
how the three students were
But Lis Torres, who
headed the investigation,
told reporters that one student was beaten so savagely
that he died. The kidnappers then concluded
that they “had to execute the
other two,” she said.
Authorities said that, following their abduction, the
three were first taken for “interrogation” to a residence
outside Guadalajara. Blood
believed to be from one of the
students, Garcia, was found
at the site of the interroga-
tion, authorities said.
Many questions remain
unanswered about the case.
Authorities declined to provide extensive details about
the genetic evidence gathered in the searches of three
residences linked to the
The disappearances —
which came amid a spat of
kidnappings, killings and
other crimes in Jalisco state
— ignited huge street protests in Guadalajara demanding that authorities
find the three, along with a
parallel social media campaign.
Twitter: @PmcdonnellLAT
Cecilia Sanchez of The
Times’ Mexico City bureau
contributed to this report.
T U E S DAY , A P R IL 24, 2018
10 killed by van driver in Toronto
Pedestrians on a
sidewalk appeared to
be hit deliberately,
witnesses say.
associated press
TORONTO — A rented
van plowed down a crowded
Toronto sidewalk Monday,
killing 10 people and injuring
15 before the driver fled and
was quickly arrested in a
confrontation with police,
Canadian authorities said.
Witnesses said the driver
was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police officials
would not comment on the
cause or any possible motive.
Speaking at a news conference Monday night, Toronto Police Chief Mark
Saunders raised the initial
death toll of nine to 10, saying
another victim had died at a
hospital. He said 15 others
were hospitalized.
Saunders identified the
man detained after the incident as Alek Minassian, 25, a
resident of the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill.
Authorities released few
details in the case, saying
the investigation was still
underway, with witnesses
being interviewed and surveillance video being examined.
“I can assure the public
all our available resources
have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation,” Toronto Police Serv-
Aaron Vincent Elkaim Canadian Press
POLICE arrested the driver of the rental van after officers surrounded him several blocks from where pedes-
trians were hit on a sidewalk in Toronto. Canadian authorities would not comment on any possible motive.
ices Deputy Chief Peter Yuen said earlier.
Witnesses said the driver
was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did
not yet know the cause or
any possible motive.
The incident occurred as
Cabinet ministers from the
major industrial countries
were gathered in Canada to
discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to
the Group of 7 meeting near
Quebec City in June.
Minister of Public Safety
Ralph Goodale said that it
was too soon to say whether
the crash was a case of international terrorism and that
the government had not
raised its terrorism alert.
A senior national government official later said that
authorities had not turned
over the investigation to the
Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, a sign that investigators believed it unlikely terrorism was the motive. The
official requested anonymity
in disclosing the informa-
The driver was heading
south on busy Yonge Street
around 1:30 p.m. and the
streets were crowded with
people enjoying an unseasonably warm day when the
van jumped onto the sidewalk.
Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time,
told Canadian broadcast
outlet CP24 that the driver
appeared to be moving deliberately through the crowd
at more than 30 mph.
“He just went on the sidewalk,” a distraught Shaker
said. “He just started hitting
everybody, man. He hit every single person on the sidewalk. Anybody in his way he
would hit.”
Witness Peter Kang told
CTV News that the driver
did not seem to make any effort to stop.
“If it was an accident he
would have stopped,” Kang
said. “But the person just
went through the sidewalk.
He could have stopped.”
Video broadcast on several
showed police arresting the
driver, dressed in dark
clothes, after officers surrounded him and his rental
Ryder van several blocks
from where the incident occurred in the North York
neighborhood of northern
He appeared to make
some sort of gesture at the
police with an object in his
hand just before they ordered him to lie down on the
ground and took him away.
Witness Phil Zullo told
the Canadian Press that he
saw police arresting the suspect and people “strewn all
over the road” where the incident occurred.
“I must have seen about
five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and
by ambulance drivers,”
Zullo said. “It was awful.
Armenia prime minister steps down amid protests
Move was a surprise
reversal by ex-leader,
who had sought to
stay in power.
associated press
YEREVAN, Armenia —
Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled
Armenia for 10 years, resigned Monday as prime
minister after thousands of
people poured into the
streets to protest his political maneuvering to cling to
power in this former Soviet
The stunning development touched off jubilation in the capital, Yerevan,
with car horns blaring and
people dancing, hugging
and waving the tricolor Armenian flag. The opposition
called for a meeting with the
acting prime minister to discuss a “peaceful transfer of
Sargsyan, 63, was president of the Caucasus nation
from 2008 until term limits
Vano Shlamov AFP/Getty Images
SARGSYAN said he
should not have resisted
opposition demands.
Hrant Khactaryan PAN Photo
NEWS of Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation as Armenia’s
prime minister is greeted with jubilation in Yerevan,
the capital. He had been president until March.
forced him out in March. But
parliament, which is controlled by his party, voted to
reduce the powers of the
presidency and give them to
the prime minister, ultimately installing Sargsyan
in that post last week.
The move echoed a maneuver a decade ago by Russian President Vladimir
Putin, Armenia’s closest ally.
Leaders of other former Soviet republics, from Belarus
to Central Asia, have similarly extended their terms.
The parliament’s action
had triggered massive antigovernment protests in
Yerevan since April 13, with
government buildings and
facing off with police. A rally
on Sunday attracted about
50,000 people, and about 200
soldiers joined the protesters on Monday.
Protest leader Nikol
Pashinian met Sunday with
Sargsyan, who walked out of
the session after Pashinian
refused to talk about anything but the prime minister’s resignation. Pashinian was later arrested but
released Monday.
In his surprise resignation announcement posted
on his website, Sargsyan
said he should not have resisted the opposition’s demands.
“Nikol Pashinian was
Sargsyan said. “The movement on the streets is
against my rule. I’m complying with their demands.”
The government quickly
named former Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan as
acting prime minister. A
Sargsyan ally, he also was
mayor of Yerevan and
worked in Russia for five
years as a top executive of
the state-controlled gas giant Gazprom.
Pashinian told an evening rally of tens of thousands of people at Republic
Square in Yerevan that
opposition activists want
to meet with Karapetyan
on Wednesday to discuss
a “peaceful transfer of
The opposition will push
for an early parliamentary
election to prevent Sargsyan
from running Armenia from
behind the scenes, Pashi-
nian said.
Alexander Iskandaryan,
director of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, said the
protests pushed Sargsyan
into a corner:
“The protests in the past
couple of days have swelled
to a point that you either had
to use violence or find another way out,” Iskandaryan
told the Associated Press.
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T UESDAY , APRIL 24, 2018
Suspect has history of odd behavior
Police in Nashville
arrest the man they
say shot and killed
four people at a
restaurant Sunday.
By Jenny Jarvie
ATLANTA — Travis
Reinking, who was arrested
Monday on suspicion of gunning down four people at a
Waffle House restaurant in
Nashville, had displayed increasingly bizarre behavior
in recent years, once complaining to relatives that he
was being stalked by pop
singer Taylor Swift.
Reinking was taken into
custody Monday after a
nearly 34-hour manhunt involving scores of law enforcement officers.
A tip from a construction
worker led authorities to
Reinking, 29, in a wooded
area less than a mile from
where he was last spotted
Sunday morning behind his
apartment complex southeast of downtown Nashville,
authorities said.
The area had been the
site of helicopter and dog
ground searches Monday
morning, a Nashville police
spokesman said.
Reinking’s movements
since the shooting, as well as
a possible motive, remained
unknown. He refused to
make a statement and requested a lawyer when he
was arrested.
Nashville Police Lt. Carlos Lara said Reinking had
a backpack containing a silver Kimber semiautomatic
weapon with .45-caliber ammunition, a flashlight and a
He did not resist when officers approached him with
guns drawn, Lara said.
Photos released by police
showed a disheveled Reinking in a ripped burgundy Tshirt and dark jeans, handcuffed in the back of a law enforcement vehicle.
“We are glad to know that
our community will receive
justice,” acting Nashville
Mayor David Briley said in
a Twitter post thanking law
enforcement officials for
their hard work. “... All of
Nashville can breathe a sigh
of relief.”
Reinking is expected to
be charged with four counts
of criminal homicide.
A federal official said
Reinking’s father, Jeffrey,
might also face charges for
giving the weapons back to
his son after Reinking’s firearms authorization was revoked last year.
“It is possible if you transfer weapons knowingly to a
person that is prohibited
that could potentially be a
violation of federal law,” said
Marcus Watson, a special
Shelley Mays Nashville Tennessean
FEDERAL AGENTS look for the Waffle House restaurant gunman in Nashville on Monday. Travis Reinking, 29, originally from Morton,
Ill., was later arrested nearby. He is expected to be charged with four counts of criminal homicide in the shooting early Sunday.
Mark Humphrey Associated Press
RESIDENTS of the apartment complex where Travis Reinking lived watch police
and federal agents search an area where the suspect was ultimately captured.
agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives.
Police said Reinking was
wearing only a green jacket
when he opened fire with an
AR-15 rifle in the Waffle
House parking lot about 3:25
a.m. Sunday.
After shooting and killing
two people outside, he shot
out the front window of the
restaurant, sending shards
of glass flying, police said.
Four people were killed:
Taurean C. Sanderlin, a 29year-old employee of the
restaurant; Joe R. Perez, 20;
Deebony Groves, 21; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, who was
critically wounded in the
restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medical
The death toll probably
would have been higher, police said, if a Waffle House
customer, James Shaw Jr.,
29, had not charged the gunman while he was reloading.
After wrestling the rifle
away, Shaw tossed it over the
counter, prompting the gunman to flee.
Reinking shed his jacket,
which contained two magazines of AR-15 ammunition,
law enforcement officials
When Reinking was last
spotted Sunday morning, he
was wearing black pants and
no shirt or shoes, police said.
Reinking, who moved
from Illinois to Tennessee in
fall 2017 and worked in the
construction industry, has a
history of bizarre and delusional behavior, authorities
In his hometown of Morton, Ill., he was regarded
as somewhat of a loner and
considered to be socially
He came from a Christian
family and was homeschooled, but he also took
some classes at a public high
In July, he was arrested
by the U.S. Secret Service for
being in a restricted area
near the White House. After
trying to cross a security
barrier, he declared himself
a “sovereign citizen” who
wanted to speak with President Trump.
On Aug. 24, sheriff ’s deputies in Tazewell County, Ill.,
revoked Reinking’s Illinois
firearms authorization and
he subsequently “voluntarily surrendered” four firearms, including the AR-15
used in the Waffle House
Tazewell County Sheriff
Robert M. Huston said in a
news conference Sunday
that deputies then gave the
guns to Reinking’s father,
who had a valid firearms
owner’s identification card
and a legal right to take custody of the weapons.
“He was allowed to do
that after he assured deputies that he would keep them
secure and away from
Travis,” Huston said.
The Tazewell County
Sheriff ’s Office released several police incident reports
involving Travis Reinking.
In May 2016, a sheriff ’s
deputy met him and his parents in a drugstore parking
lot after his parents called
for help, saying Reinking
was having delusions that
Taylor Swift was harassing
him by hacking his phone
and Netflix account.
About a month later, po-
lice were called to a public
swimming pool in Tremont,
Ill., after Reinking reportedly “barged into the pool”
wearing a pink woman’s
house coat, swam in his
underwear and exposed his
genitals to lifeguards.
At a Sunday news conference, Waffle House Chief
Executive Walter Ehmer
joined a string of law enforcement officials in thanking Shaw for his heroism.
“You don’t get to meet too
many heroes in life,” Ehmer
said. “We are forever in your
Shaw, who was released
from a hospital Sunday
morning after being grazed
by a bullet, dismissed the
idea that he was a hero.
“I didn’t really fight that
man to save everyone else,”
he said at the news conference. “That may not be a
popular thing. I took the gun
so I could get myself out.”
Since the shooting, some
Nashville officials have
called for tougher gun legislation.
“Tragedies like this are a
fundamental threat to our
way of life in America,” Briley, the acting mayor and a
Democrat, said in a statement Monday. “Everyone
should be able to go to a
restaurant or church or
school without fear.”
Jarvie is a special
correspondent. The
Chicago Tribune
contributed to this report.
Justices consider presidential firing power
Case involving SEC
judges leads some to
think real target could
be the special counsel.
By David G. Savage
Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in an arcane
dispute over administrative
judges that poses a potentially far-reaching question
about the president’s power:
Can such executive branch
officials have independent
authority to act or must they
be subject to control and removal by the president?
The justices sounded
split on how to rule and wary
of issuing a broad pronouncement.
Although the case involves only judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission, President Trump’s
lawyers urged the court to
rule that executive officers
must be subject to removal
by the president, leading
some to see their real target
as special counsel Robert S.
Mueller III.
Mueller, who is investigating possible coordination
in the 2016 election between
Russia and Trump’s campaign, was appointed under
Justice Department regulations that gave him independent authority to bring
criminal charges and which
say he may only be fired
by Deputy Atty. Gen.
Rod Rosenstein for “good
Legal experts have disagreed in recent months over
whether Mueller’s independence is protected by law
or if the president may fire
him, as the White House
recently asserted.
Mueller’s name was not
mentioned during Monday’s
argument, and Deputy
Solicitor Gen. Jeffrey Wall
made little headway in
urging the justices to rule
broadly on behalf of presidential power.
“We obviously have urged
the court to address the removal issue,” he told the justices. It would “avoid the
constitutional concerns” if
the justices made clear that
executive officers who have
significant job-related powers must be subject to being
hired and fired at will by top
political appointees or the
Most of the justices said
they were not interested in
ruling broadly.
“If I adopt your approach,
goodbye to the merit civil
service system at the higher
levels,” Justice Stephen G.
Breyer told him.
“We haven’t said a word
about the civil service,” Wall
replied. He said he was referring to “high-ranking members of the executive branch”
whose positions involve “the
exercise of significant discretion.”
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the case involved
administrative law judges.
“Assume that the perception … of fairness and impartiality are enhanced by independence,” he said. Isn’t
that a “proper consideration
for us in this case?”
Wall said the administration was not trying to take
away the judges’ authority to
make independent decisions.
Justice Elena Kagan was
not persuaded. “There are
different ways to interfere
with decisional independence,” she said. “One is by a
removal power hanging over
your head.” The current system assures agency judges
“who would have some detachment, some insulation
from the political system,”
she said.
Only Chief Justice John
G. Roberts Jr. spoke up
strongly in favor of bringing
agency judges under direct
political control.
“One of the principles
that caused the drafters [of
the Constitution] to give the
authority to appoint officers
to the president was the important one of accountability,” he said. “People would
know who was responsible.…
In this case, you don’t have
that. The commission can
say: ‘Don’t blame us. We
didn’t do it.’ The president
can say: ‘Don’t blame me. I
didn’t appoint them.’ Instead, it’s something in the
administrative bureaucracy
which operates as insulation
from political accountability.”
The case, Lucia vs. SEC,
is the latest chapter in a
long-running battle over the
structure of the U.S. government. Since the 1930s, the
Supreme Court has upheld
the principle of independent
agencies within the executive branch. But many conservatives adhere to the
“unitary executive” theory.
They believe the Constitution made the president
the chief executive and gave
him the power to control
executive officials who wield
significant authority, includ-
ing by firing them.
The case arose when
Raymond Lucia was accused of misleading investors through promotional
“Buckets of Money.”
His case came before an
administrative law judge at
the SEC. These judges were
appointed based on merit
and could not be fired except
for “good cause.”
A judge heard Lucia’s
case, decided he had indeed
misled investors and imposed a $300,000 fine, which
was affirmed by the SEC.
Lucia appealed to the
Supreme Court, arguing the
process to name administrative judges was unconstitutional because they are not
properly appointed by an official chosen by the president.
The court agreed in
January to hear his case.
Trump administration lawyers raised the stakes in
February. Usually, the Justice Department defends
federal agencies in the
courts, as the Obama administration had done.
But U.S. Solicitor Gen.
Noel Francisco switched
sides and urged the high
court to rule against the
SEC. Moreover, he said the
justices should also rule that
executive officers must be
subject to “removal,” despite the protections for
“good cause.”
“The president’s constitutional authority to faithfully execute the laws requires adequate authority to
remove subordinate officers,” he wrote.
Most lawyers who have
followed the case think the
justices will try to rule without being drawn too deeply
into the dispute over the
president’s power to fire.
“There didn’t seem much
appetite for a broad ruling
that would call into question
the constitutionality of the
appointment of officials
throughout the federal government,” Brianne Gorod,
counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said after the argument.
On Wednesday, however,
Francisco will be back at the
court, arguing for the president’s power to bar immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.
The justices in December
allowed Trump’s travel ban
to take effect, and they are
set now to finally decide on
its constitutionality.
T U E S DAY , A P R IL 24, 2018
Senate set to confirm Pompeo
[Pompeo, from A1]
meant Pompeo, 54, also got
the approval of the Senate
committee, thus keeping its
record of approving every
president’s nominee for secretary of State. Nominations
were not routinely submitted to the panel until the
20th century.
The final vote was delayed when Sen. Johnny
Isakson (R-Ga.) failed to appear at the hearing, leading
to a 10-10 tie along party lines.
After a brief recess, Sen.
Chris Coons (D-Del.) agreed
to withdraw his vote against,
so the final tally was 10 to 9 in
Born in Orange, Pompeo
attended the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point and
Harvard Law School. He
was elected to the House in
2010 as a tea party Republican from Kansas, and served
three terms until he joined
the Trump administration.
Trump has said he and
Pompeo were “on the same
wavelength” and shared a
worldview — unlike his first
secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Trump fired Tillerson
last month via Twitter.
Sen. Bob Corker (RTenn.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee,
praised Pompeo before the
vote. “There is probably no
one in the United States who
knows more about what is
going on in the world today,”
he said, emphasizing Pompeo’s “very good relationship” with Trump.
Trump had excoriated
Pompeo’s opponents Monday morning on Twitter as
“obstructionists,” claiming
that Democrats “will not approve hundreds of good people” by “maxing out” the
confirmation process.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders went further, questioning the patriotism of
“Look, at some point,
Democrats have to decide
whether they love this country more than they hate this
president,” she said on Fox
News. “And they have to decide that they want to put
the safety and the security
and the diplomacy of our
country ahead of their own
political games.”
Republican lawmakers
blamed Pompeo’s difficulties on political partisanship
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
SEN. BOB CORKER (R-Tenn.), left, shakes hands with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) after the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee approved Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of State.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Shutterstock
SEN. RAND PAUL had vowed to oppose Mike Pom-
peo but changed his mind at the last minute, saving
President Trump from an embarrassing defeat.
in an election year, noting
that many of the Democrats
who oppose him now backed
his nomination last year to
head the CIA. He was confirmed by a vote of 66 to 32.
Democrats argued that
the job of America’s top diplomat — fourth in line to
the presidency — is vastly
different from CIA chief.
They voiced concern that
Pompeo would advocate for
military force, not diplomacy, and would fail to
serve as a counterbalance to
Sen. Robert Menendez of
New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, argued
Monday that Pompeo was
unqualified for the job.
“This suggestion that
there is partisanship just because we don’t support a
candidate is ridiculous,”
Menendez said.
He said Pompeo, in his
confirmation hearing last
week, gave contradictory
answers that were not
always “forthright” and exhibited a “lack of depth of
knowledge” on key global
hot spots.
Democrats and other opponents have criticized
some of Pompeo’s past
statements as anti-Muslim
and prejudiced against gays,
lesbians, bisexuals and
transgender people. Pompeo told the Senate committee last week that if he is confirmed, he would defend gay
rights and respect minorities.
Menendez also said he
was disillusioned that Pompeo had concealed, in private conversations, his thensecret trip to North Korea
over the Easter weekend.
Pompeo met with ruler
Kim Jong Un to help plan a
proposed summit with
Trump by mid-June. The
White House hopes to persuade Kim to abandon his
nuclear arsenal, an unlikely
It was Kim’s first meeting
with a U.S. official.
Despite opposition on
the Foreign Relations Committee, other Senate Democrats lined up in Pompeo’s
corner, all but assuring his
On Monday, Sen. Joe
Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
joined Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
(D-N.D.) to announce support for Pompeo. Their votes
should be enough to guarantee he squeaks through the
narrowly divided Senate.
“After meeting with Mike
Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives &
distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in
public service, I will vote to
confirm Mike Pompeo to be
our next Secretary of State,”
Manchin said via Twitter.
Their announcements
also may push other moderate Democrats in Trumpfriendly states to show they
are willing to sometimes
support the president.
Pompeo’s backers are
hoping to also win over Sens.
Doug Jones of Alabama and
Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Like Trump, Pompeo has
voiced vehement opposition
to the landmark 2015 deal
that curbed Iran’s nuclear
development efforts.
Trump has threatened to
abandon the accord on May
12, when the next deadline
for sanctions renewal comes
up. In his confirmation hearing, Pompeo said he would
rather “fix” the deal by revising its terms than scrap it altogether.
Iran has rejected any attempts to rewrite the deal,
and over the weekend its foreign minister, Mohammad
Javad Zarif, said Tehran
might resume its nuclear activities if Trump pulls out.
Tillerson, a former chief
executive of Exxon Mobil,
trimmed the State Department budget and staff during his tenure, demoralizing
the diplomatic corps. Numerous senior positions remain empty.
In his Senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo vowed
to rebuild staffing and morale.
Twitter: @TracyKWilkinson
A new twist on double helix Mistrial declared
[DNA, from A1]
University of Arizona who
was not involved with the
Perhaps i-motifs help the
body control when genes are
turned on to make proteins
and when they are quiet,
Hurley said. Whatever they
do, they are sure to be important for chemical biology
and molecular therapeutics,
he added.
The DNA in our cells
spends most of its time in
the familiar double-helix
structure. But even in this
stable shape, the molecule is
constantly in flux.
When a piece of DNA is
being replicated, the two
strands are pulled apart and
paired with new sequences
that are assembled to
DNA molecules also
separate when the instructions for a gene are being
read by the cell. When the
process is over, the strands
zip back together.
i-motif occurs only in a
relatively small region of a
genome — sticking out like a
bumpy knot in the smooth
helical form.
To be clear, not just any
piece of DNA can fold itself
into the i-motif shape. There
must be a specific sequence
of letters that include
several cytosines, which are
written as Cs in the genetic
Back in the early 1990s,
French scientists playing
around in the laboratory discovered that a cytosine-rich
region of a DNA strand
could fold on top of itself,
creating a four-stranded
shape in which Cs paired
with Cs instead of their usual
partners, guanines, or Gs.
The researchers dubbed
it an i-motif. The “i” stands
for “intercalation,” which is a
chemistry term for a layered
In lab experiments, it
seemed that this DNA
origami could occur only
under acidic conditions that
did not exist inside a cell.
“It was thought to be a
weird idiosyncratic thing
in fatal shooting
of Mexican teen
Border Patrol agent
acquitted of murder
in 2012 killing, but jury
deadlocks on lesser
manslaughter counts.
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Chris Hammang
AN ARTIST’S impression of the i-motif DNA structure resembling a four-
stranded knot inside cells, along with the antibody-based tool used to detect it.
that the molecule can do,
but not relevant for human
biology,” Dinger said.
But then other studies
started to poke holes in that
For example, researchers
showed that an i-motif
shape could form in an environment that was extremely
crowded, even if it wasn’t so
acidic. The nucleus of a cell
could certainly be crowded
enough for this to occur.
Dinger and his colleagues
decided to see if they could
find i-motifs inside living
To do this, they worked
with Daniel Christ, the head
of antibody therapeutics at
the Garvan Institute. After
lots of trial and error,
scientists in Christ’s lab
were able to develop an
antibody that could search
out i-motifs in the genome
and bind to them.
The antibodies were
tagged with a biological
marker that glows when a
fluorescent light shines on it.
By looking at a strand of
DNA under a special microscope, the researchers were
able to see whether an
i-motif occurred by looking
for fluorescent dots. The
more i-motifs there were, the
more dots they would see.
I-motifs are what scientists call “dynamic” — they
can fold and unfold depending on the acidity of their
surroundings. In addition,
the sequences that code for
i-motifs are generally found
not within a gene itself.
Instead, they’re a little
upstream, in a part of the
genome known as the promoter region that determines whether or not a certain gene gets turned on.
These two facts suggest
that i-motifs may be used as
a type of switch that can
regulate gene expression,
said Randy Wadkins, a
biochemist at the University
of Mississippi in Oxford who
was not involved with the
new study.
It’s possible that certain
stressors can cause the acidity of the cell to change and
prompt an i-motif to form.
This, in turn, could trigger
an over-expression or an
nearby gene, Wadkins said.
“Think of it like a dial,” he
said. “But for now, we don’t
know whether that switch
turns it up to 11 or turns it
down to 0.”
However, it is also pos-
sible that these i-motifs do
nothing at all.
“The caveat for all of this
is that these antibodies may
have just trapped these oddball structures when they
were forming and they don’t
have any significance,” he
Indeed, scientists have
long known about other
shapes that DNA can fold
into in the lab, including
ones that resemble cruciforms and hairpins.
“DNA is a conformationally
Wadkins said. “But the question is, does this stuff have
any biological relevance?”
For his part, Wadkins
thinks it is likely that
i-motifs do play a role in gene
expression, but he said more
work would be needed to say
for certain.
And now that researchers know these strange fourstranded structures do
frequently occur in human
DNA, they are ready to find
“This opens up a whole
new line of science,” Dinger
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PHOENIX — A mistrial
was declared Monday in the
case of a U.S. Border Patrol
agent after an Arizona jury
acquitted him of a seconddegree murder charge in the
killing of a teen from Mexico
but deadlocked on lesser
counts of manslaughter.
The decision by U.S.
District Judge Raner Collins
means prosecutors could
seek another trial for Agent
Lonnie Swartz on the
manslaughter charges in the
2012 death of Jose Antonio
Elena Rodriguez, who was
fatally shot as he threw
rocks at authorities during
a drug-smuggling attempt.
Prosecutors say they were
pursue a retrial.
Jurors had deliberated
about 18 hours over five days
in what human rights
attorneys say was the first
prosecution of a Border
Patrol agent in a fatal shooting across the border.
Swartz fired 16 shots late
on Oct. 10, 2012, through a
20-foot-tall fence that sits on
an embankment above
Mexico’s Calle Internacional, a Nogales street lined
with homes and small
acknowledged during the monthlong
trial that Elena Rodriguez
was lobbing rocks across the
border during a drug-smuggling attempt. But they say
he did not deserve to die.
Defense attorneys countered that Swartz was justified in using lethal force
against rock-throwers and
shot from the U.S. side of the
border in self-defense.
Defense attorneys Sean
Chapman and Jim Calle
didn’t immediately return a
phone call seeking comment
late Monday.
Art Del Cueto, head of
the Tucson union for Border
Patrol officers, said: “I
believe that justice was
properly served. The jurors
took their time, and we’re
pretty happy with it.”
Strange said her office
respects the jury’s decision.
“I am proud of our office’s
work in presenting this
difficult case to the jury,”
Strange said.
The Border Patrol came
under close scrutiny during
the Obama administration
for allegations involving
excessive use of force. Customs and Border Protection, its parent agency, reported 55 incidents in which
employees used firearms
from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30,
2012. The number of incidents fell to 17 for the same
period five years later.
charged with second-degree
murder in the shooting of
Elena Rodriguez in Nogales,
Mexico. Collins told the jury
that they could consider a
lesser charge of voluntary or
involuntary manslaughter if
they had trouble reaching a
verdict on the more serious
During closing arguments,
Atty. Wallace Heath Kleindienst said Swartz “was fed up
with being rocked” after being targeted in at least six
other attacks.
“He was angry with those
people who had been throwing rocks against the fence,”
Kleindienst said.
“It was not about eliminating a threat, because
there was no threat,” he said.
“It was about eliminating a
human being.”
T UESDAY , APRIL 24, 2018
Big swings between dry, wet
[Climate, from A1]
flows in Montecito, was high
winds, not the droughtflood seesaw that researchers describe. But the scientists do predict the kind of
dry autumn that contributed to the intensity of the
Thomas fire, which burned
its way into the record books
in December.
“We really need to be
thinking seriously about
what we’re going to do about
these risks,” Swain said.
“It’s a little bit hard to exaggerate how disastrous a
repeat of the 1862 flood
would be in California,” he
added, referring to statewide flooding that followed
weeks of storms.
That is “something that
will very plausibly happen in
the next 40 years,” sending
floodwater rushing across
the Los Angeles Basin and
other major urban areas, he
The study results, based
on climate model simulations, are consistent with
other research findings, said
Daniel Cayan, a climate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
who was not involved in the
“I think they’ve pushed
the envelope forward in elucidating how the extremes
on the wet and dry side have
increased,” he said. “The
thing that I think is really
nice about this paper is that
they identify … a period in
which there could be a really
profound wet spell. That’s
very important.”
By the end of the century,
California will experience a
100% to 200% increase in very
wet years similar to the 20162017 rainy season that broke
the state’s five-year drought,
the scientists found.
The frequency of serial
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A MORE volatile climate would burden the state’s flood-control networks. Above, water flows from the Oroville Dam spillway in 2017.
storms on the scale of 1862
will increase 300% to 400%.
At the same time, the
rainy season will shorten as
less precipitation falls in the
autumn and spring.
That will make it harder
for dam managers, who on
the one hand will have a
shorter season to capture
water for storage, and on the
other will need to maintain
reservoir space for greater
storm runoff.
swings between dry and wet
conditions will threaten to
upset the already precarious
balance between competing
flood-control and waterstorage imperatives in California,” the researchers
In Southern California,
the frequency of extremely
dry years is expected to rise
200%, compared with a 150%
increase in very wet seasons.
Overall, the region’s average
annual precipitation should
remain the same.
In addition to accentuating the whiplash between
dry and wet, global warming
is shrinking the state snowpack, which acts as nature’s
“Climate change is creating a water-storage problem for California,” said
UCLA atmospheric sciences
professor Alex Hall, a co-author of the paper.
“We need to think more
carefully about how we capture water and how we store
it,” he added, advocating
greater efforts to recharge
groundwater basins with
storm flows.
“That’s certainly where I
would start,” he said.
Business leaders chafe at mayor’s remarks
[Garcetti, from A1]
ings do not have the same
protection from hefty rent
“It’s like winning the lottery,” Garcetti said. “If you
happen to find a place, and it
was built from 1978 or before,
you can expect — even
though you might have high
rents today — that [the rent]
won’t go up by double digits.
If you’re not lucky to win that
lottery and it’s something
built in 1979, you do face zero
Soaring rents and rising
home prices have left many
Angelenos uneasy about
their future. A recent UCLA
survey found that young
adults in Los Angeles
County are especially anxious about the cost of housing.
And Garcetti, who has
been flirting with a campaign for president, has
faced searing criticism from
activists who say he needs to
make good on his progressive rhetoric about making sure that no one is left behind as L.A. rebounds from
its last recession.
Business groups chafed
at his remarks Monday, arguing that they would
undermine that cause.
Beverly Kenworthy of the
California Apartment Assn.
said that imposing limits on
rents in newly built apartments would make it much
harder for residential projects to pencil out financially,
undermining Garcetti’s goal
of approving 100,000 new
units by 2021.
“The mayor would essentially be sabotaging his own
housing goals,” said Kenworthy, vice president of the
association’s Los Angeles office.
Even his remarks, she
said, could have a chilling effect among developers eyeing the city.
Garcetti did not provide
further details about what
changes he would support,
saying that the city would
need to analyze any effort to
impose new limits on rent
hikes in buildings constructed over the last 40
City Councilman Mike
Bonin, who also appeared at
the news conference, said
that L.A.’s rent stabilization
ordinance is not working
properly, but declined to say
how he thinks the law should
be changed.
“You’re going to have to
bring property owners together with renters and have
a discussion,” Bonin said.
“It’s way too early to be able
to say, ‘This is what I want to
do.’ ”
Garcetti and Bonin appeared with backers of the
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MAYOR Eric Garcetti joined tenant and community activists at a news conference outside L.A. City Hall.
ballot initiative as they announced they were turning
in more than 588,000 signatures across the state to put
the proposal to repeal
Costa-Hawkins on the November ballot.
Activists with the Los
Angeles Tenants Union, the
Alliance of Californians for
Community Empowerment,
and the AIDS Healthcare
Foundation argued at the
Monday event that cities
and counties should have
greater power to help ease
the housing crisis. Rents for
vacant apartments in the
city of Los Angeles have risen 34% over the last five
years, according to the real
estate website Zillow.
“The rents are too damn
high and we need local control to solve the problem,”
Elena Popp, executive director of the Eviction Defense
Network, said before a
cheering crowd of supporters accompanied by a mariachi band.
Walt Senterfitt of the Los
Angeles Tenants Union
pointed to the battle over
rent increases faced by mariachi musicians at a Boyle
Heights building, which was
built a few years too late to
fall under rent stabilization
restrictions. Senterfitt said
renters had successfully
struck a deal limiting rent increases at that building, but
“it ought not to be so hard.”
CostaHawkins would also allow
cities to prevent landlords
from raising rents when
units are vacated, something that a few cities including West Hollywood and
Santa Monica did before the
law passed.
Beyond the effort to repeal Costa-Hawkins, tenant
advocates are pushing to
put rent control on the ballot
in several Southern California cities, including Santa
Ana, Glendale, Inglewood,
Long Beach and Pasadena.
Costa-Hawkins is firmly
backed by apartment developers and landlords who argue that loosening the state
restrictions would stunt new
development because many
investors wouldn’t build new
units if they knew their incomes could be artificially
That, in turn, would
worsen a housing crisis driven by inadequate supply and
growing demand, they say.
“There is an undeniable
desire to make housing more
affordable, but expanding
rent control will result in
higher housing costs, less
housing being built, and
more people without a place
to live,” Stuart Waldman,
president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn.,
said in a statement Monday.
“It will ultimately harm the
very people it is trying to
This is not the first time
tenant activists have tried to
roll back the state law: In
January, a bill that would
CostaHawkins failed in committee
after a lengthy and heated
If Californians scrap the
law and cities significantly
expand rent control, it could
reduce the construction of
new housing and might decrease tax revenues for state
and local governments, according to a report from the
state legislative analyst. But
the nonpartisan office cautioned that many of its effects remain unclear.
Garcetti has previously
spoken out against CostaHawkins. But his appearance Monday put him in the
unusual position of standing
side by side with organizers
from the AIDS Healthcare
Foundation, which has
sharply criticized him over
housing and development
Last year, the group
bankrolled a controversial
measure that would have restricted real estate development in Los Angeles, a
proposal that was opposed
by Garcetti and overwhelmingly defeated at the ballot
box. More recently, the
group and its president,
Michael Weinstein, have
assailing Garcetti and other
city leaders over their handling of the homelessness
Garcetti has touted his
backing of Proposition HHH
— a $1.2-billion bond that
voters passed for new homeless housing — as well a new
fee on development to fund
affordable apartments, and
progress building tens of
thousands of housing units
of all kinds. As of February,
the city had permitted more
than 73,000 out of the 100,000
units he aims to approve
by 2021, according to his office.
Although questions remain about exactly what
Garcetti might be willing to
do to broaden rent control,
his words Monday heartened some of his critics.
“As someone who doesn’t
hold back criticism about
the mayor,” said Sylvie
Shain, a founding member of
the Los Angeles Tenants
Union, “for once we agree on
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TU E S DAY , A P R IL 24, 2018
Trumpism in California
efore launching his campaign
for governor last year, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington
Beach) was a fairly ordinary legislator. Republican, but not in a rabble-rousing kind of way, and seemingly willing to work across the aisle to get things
done. His first attention-getting legislation
was a bill he coauthored in 2013 with a Democratic colleague to stop the South Coast Air
Quality Management District from banning
beach bonfires.
But now he’s running for governor and
he’s changed. Last year, for example, when
the Democratic-majority Legislature passed
a bill to stop police from arresting children on
charges of prostitution, he wrote an overwrought article suggesting that the state had
legalized child prostitution.
Needless to say, that was not the case.
The bill didn’t make it legal for an adult to
have sex with a minor, and Allen knew it. It
merely declared that kids who were being
sold for sex should be treated as victims
rather than criminals.
But Allen clearly felt that his assertion,
true or not, would feed a belief about out-ofcontrol liberals held by the “silent majority”
of conservatives he thinks exists — and
would motivate them to vote for him in the
June 5 statewide primary. It was part of a
strategy he has followed since then of tapping into fears, making false claims, demonizing certain groups of people and promising
things he can’t possibly deliver. Politicians
have, of course, always done such things to
one degree or another — and we would never
suggest that Allen is the only demagogue out
there. But these days, in the aftermath of the
November 2016 election, it no longer makes
sense to ignore such irresponsible campaign
behavior or to view it as the domain of only
fringe candidates hoping desperately to get
Allen is not a fringe candidate — he’s either the top Republican in the race or the No.
2, depending on the poll — and he has no
problem employing the Donald Trump playbook. Even his campaign slogan, “Take back
California,” has a familiar ring. He has repeated the debunked myth of rampant voter
fraud in California and he told the crowd at
one Republican forum that Democrats “are
going to try to steal 2018 from us.”
Other myths he propounds include his assertions that cutting taxes will somehow improve the state budget, and that when he’s
governor, “every Californian will have a green
lawn and take long showers.” That’s misleading and reckless, an unrealistic vision of a
California that can’t possibly exist in a climate-changed state with nearly 40 million
people, no matter how nostalgic voters may
be for the old days.
Allen touts a California of the past, where
everyone has a right to live in a single-family
home with a lush lawn, where homeless people are carted off to institutions or sent on
one-way bus trips out of state, where public
schools are magically improved by private
school vouchers, and roads are smooth and
speedy even though the gas tax has been repealed. It’s a fantasy, and Allen ought to
know better.
A sound alternative to the ER
f a person is intoxicated or suffering
from a mental health crisis, a crowded
hospital emergency room may not be
the right place to get treatment. Yet
homeless people are often taken there
when they may just need a place to sober up
or to be seen by a mental health professional.
That’s because paramedics don’t have
the option to take homeless people — or
anyone else, for that matter — to a sobering
center or a behavioral health facility. Under
state law, paramedics (unlike police or sheriff ’s deputies in L.A. County) summoned
through 911 calls are legally obligated to take
an individual needing treatment to a hospital emergency room.
The state Legislature is now considering
a bill to give paramedics the same authority
that law enforcement officers have to direct
individuals to the facility best suited to treat
them. This is a smart way to take some pressure off jammed emergency rooms, while
also helping to connect homeless people
who are struggling with alcohol addiction or
mental illness with the social services they
desperately need.
Assembly Bill 1795 by Assemblyman
Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) would extend to
paramedics who obtained more training in
crisis intervention and the proper handling
of intoxicated patients the authority to assess whether people would be better treated
at designated sobering centers or behavioral health facilities, which would have to meet
specific standards and be approved by the
local Emergency Medical Service Authority.
The measure is sponsored by the L.A.
County Board of Supervisors.
The bill doesn’t force anything on anyone. Under the new law, if people prefer to go
to an emergency room, they will be taken
there. As under current law, people who
refuse transport won’t be taken anywhere. If
they agree to be transported but then decide to leave, they can. Nor does this bill empower paramedics to initiate an involuntary
psychiatric hold at a facility.
This legislation is about giving first responders the power to make better choices
on behalf of vulnerable people who need
treatment and social services. There are
currently five mental health urgent care
centers and one sobering center in the
county. While that doesn’t sound like a lot,
most of those centers have available beds,
say aides to L.A. County Supervisor Janice
Hahn, who led the push for the bill. And,
these centers, more than emergency rooms,
are geared to caring for people who need to
be connected to the supportive services
that help homeless people battle addictions, cope with mental illness, and get shelter and housing. AB 1795 is a sensible bill
that would provide one more route for getting homeless people to services.
Vote yes on Proposition 72
roposition 72 is one of the easier
questions on the June 5 ballot.
Homeowners should be rewarded,
not penalized, for collecting the
rainwater that falls on their roofs
and for using it on their yards to save precious tap water. This measure would ensure
that adding an expensive rainwater capture
system does not trigger a reassessment and
increase the owner’s property tax. Vote yes.
Many homeowners may scratch their
heads in wonder that such a measure would
be necessary. You put down maybe $20 for a
plastic trash can, stick it under the downspout and collect the rainwater. Did that increase your home value? Will that jack up
your property taxes?
Well, no, not even if you go all out and buy
one of those fancy rain barrels with the attached hose to fill your watering can.
But homeowners who are really serious
about their environmental cred might spend
thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands, on sophisticated rain-capture systems that store water in giant cisterns and
release it to the lawn, the trees or the flowerbeds when sensors detect dry soil. Adding
that kind of infrastructure could save a lot
on the water bill — but also cause county officials to reassess the home’s value upward,
just as they do when the owner adds a room
or other amenity. That discourages large,
proactive water-saving investments.
Over the years, Californians have excluded other investments from reassessment and the resulting higher property
taxes. Solar panels, earthquake retrofitting
and fire sprinkler systems all have gotten the
same treatment, and with good reason. We
want to encourage such changes, but they
cost homeowners some serious money. They
shouldn’t have to pay a second time, on their
tax bill, for these safety- or environment-promoting enhancements.
California has come a long way in a short
amount of time on home water-saving programs. Residents were once discouraged
from collecting and using rainwater. They
needed inspections and permits before lawfully putting a bucket under the spout. There
was even some question about who owned
the water that fell on residential roofs. In Los
Angeles, for example, did the water rights
traceable back to Spanish law give the pueblo (and now the city) rather than the homeowner the right to every raindrop?
Over the last five years, though, lawmakers have smoothed the path for residents
who want to capture the rain without permits or arguments about who owns the water. Proposition 72 is an important part of
that historic change in attitude and governance. It has no official opponents. Californians should put it on the books as law. And
then, if they haven't already, get themselves
a rain barrel, or maybe even a cistern.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
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NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Un, seen in an
undated photo, watches a ballistic missile launch.
Still too many nukes
Re “North Korea to suspend nuclear and missile tests,”
April 21
I’m thrilled that the North Koreans and the South
Koreans are engaging in serious peace talks. As someone
who has urged our elected officials to call on the
president to pursue diplomatic rather than military
options, I’m glad this is finally happening. But if the U.S.
wants North Korea to denuclearize, we need to set an
We have more than 4,000 nuclear warheads. We don’t
need to waste billions more on weapons that would
destroy all human life on this planet.
Let’s work for denuclearization of the world and start
by asking all the nuclear powers to reduce their
stockpiles by at least half and keep reducing these
demonic weapons until we have a nuke-free world.
Anthony Manousos
I applaud President
Trump for pursuing a
dialogue with North Korea.
Past presidents have failed
to confront this problem,
and I hope he is successful.
But a deal with the
dictator of North Korea is
not the same as a deal with
another businessman.
Lives are at stake here,
and I’m not sure the president fully realizes that. His
erratic behavior on Twitter
suggests an indifference
toward the diplomatic
processes that make these
seemingly impossible deals
I wish Trump the best,
but I can’t say I have high
expectations for our president, the self-described
deal maker.
Nick Stanton
Wise up, proTrump farmers
Re “Farmers say they’ll
take their lumps for
Trump,” April 21
It’s nice to be reassured
by the politically conservative farmers in the parts of
California that voted for
President Trump that they
no longer require immigrant workers in their
fields, thus they will continue to swear fealty to the
man in the White House.
The farmers in this
article say they will “take a
few bullets” to ensure that
Republicans are guaranteed to play by their own
rules, regardless of its
outcome. These diehards
in the San Joaquin Valley
seem much more intent on
pushing their political
support for the far-right
agenda than having any
concern for the well-being
of the state.
California is a Democratic stronghold, and
these people are concerned
only in promoting the
GOP. That’s not going to
work here.
John Reed
This past July, my
brother and I were in the
middle of researching for a
book we are writing about
Texas agriculture. What we
found is that Texan pecan
farmers, and likely pecan
farmers all over the nation,
were experiencing huge
increases in demand because China was placing
massive order for pecans.
Pecan growers all over
Texas have been operating
with their eyes toward
expansion, which is likely
the case for California nut
growers as well. However,
plans for expansion are
dependent on a stable
price, which may not be the
case if China, which happens to be an enormous
importer of pecans and
walnuts, slows down its
ordering because of a trade
war with the United States.
Unlike corn, wheat and
soy, which are staple foods,
pecans and walnuts are
more of a luxury, so if the
price drops drastically due
to a lack of demand, then
there may be little to no
protections afforded to
cash-strapped farmers.
Samuel David Garcia
Cambridge, Mass.
racial injustice
Re “ ‘Racial terror,’ marked
in memory,” April 22
Thank you for shining a
light on the effort of Bryan
Stevenson and his Equal
Justice Initiative to memorialize the more than 4,000
victims of lynching in this
In talks across the
country, Stevenson points
out that unlike countries
such as Germany, South
Africa and Rwanda, the
United States has never
directly confronted the
tragic legacy of slavery and
the subsequent decades of
racial injustice perpetrated
on our black community.
We seem to have the attitude that those days are
over and done with, so let’s
move on.
But only by confronting
and acknowledging the
gross injustice done to
blacks in this country, and
expressing sincere and
heartfelt regret for it, can
we as a country truly move
past this horrible chapter
in our history.
I did not personally
participate in these crimes,
but as a white American I
feel the burden of history
and feel strongly the need
to acknowledge and apologize for the crimes of my
Sharon Blain
Aliso Viejo
As abhorrent as I find
lynchings of black men and
women in this country, I
also want to remind readers of the single mass
lynching in Los Angeles’
In 1871, at least 17 Chinese males, some of them
just boys, were hanged off a
street ironically named
Calle de los Negros, or
“Negro Alley.” Sadly, the
people who were charged
and sentenced for these
crimes had their convictions overturned on a legal
I hope the National
Memorial for Peace and
Justice will include these
equally abhorrent lynchings.
Al Chin
Lake Forest
Unexpectedly finding a
stolpersteine (“stumbling
stone”) memorial for my
great-grandmother, a
Holocaust victim, in her
home town of Gotha, Germany, was one of the most
meaningful experiences of
my life.
It meant that someone,
if only a city official reviewing records of local Jews
murdered in the Holocaust, had taken note of
her life and death. Its presence offered me a token of
recognition and apology
for the immense evil responsible for her death.
Congratulations to the
Equal Justice Initiative on
the opening the National
Memorial for Peace and
Justice, a monument to the
more than 4,400 African
Americans murdered by
lynching. I urge each of the
805 counties in which
lynchings occurred to
claim and display the
memorials planned for
local use.
More importantly, I
hope that current and
future generations of African Americans find the
same sense of admission of
wrong and atonement for
the racism that precipitated these deaths that I
find in the placement of
stolpersteine throughout
Rachel Rubin Green
Los Angeles
DNA testing
isn’t for kids
Re “Weighing the risks of
decoding babies’ DNA,”
April 22
As a medical geneticist
who has spent more than
40 years in practice at
Kaiser Permanente and
UCLA, I can appreciate
people’s desire to learn as
much as possible about
their genetic endowment.
testing offers an inexpensive way for individuals to
accomplish this, but it has
serious drawbacks. For
example, 23andMe screens
for a limited number of the
more than 1,000 cancerpredisposing BRCA1 and 2
gene mutations. A negative
result might be falsely
reassuring, while a positive
result might be unduly
alarming — unless the
individual also meets with
a trained genetics professional to interpret the
An additional concern
is the inability of minors to
give informed consent. It
may be one thing to test an
infant or child who shows
signs of a hereditary disease or who is at risk for a
disorder through which
early intervention may
prevent symptoms or save
that child’s life, but it is an
ethical dilemma to test a
healthy minor for a genetic
condition that might not
occur until far in the future.
Harold N. Bass, MD
Porter Ranch
Chump change
Re “Wells is hit with fines
of $1 billion,” Business,
April 21
The Wells Fargo & Co.
saga continues, with the
bank most recently being
penalized a whopping
$1 billion. President
Trump’s appointee to head
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, Mick
Mulvaney, boasted to his
critics that this huge fine
shows that he is indeed
intent on enforcing the law.
Let’s look at the numbers. Last year, Wells Fargo
enjoyed a profit of $22.2 billion, and in the first quarter of this year it generated
an adjusted profit of
$4.7 billion. If that isn’t
enough to cover the penalty, Trump’s businessfriendly tax reform package “has and will provide
Wells Fargo $24 billion
through tax cuts and proposed capital relief,” according to Gov. Jerry
It appears that the
penalties for serious business misconduct and persistent reckless and unsafe
risk management are still
pretty cheap.
June Maguire
Mission Viejo
If I get caught robbing a
Wells Fargo bank, I go to
jail. If Wells Fargo gets
caught robbing millions of
its customers, it just pays a
fine and nobody goes to
Wayne Behlendorf
North Hollywood
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T UESDAY , APRIL 24, 2018
chocolate-covered acai berries. I
don’t think I stand out, which is
why I’ve always called TJ’s the happiest place on Earth, happier than
The Philadelphia incident has
disrupted all that, brought me back
to the unwelcome fact that blacks
are still not equals in the culture of
aspiration that Starbucks, in its
modest way, represents. In the
minds of a crucial few, Nelson and
Robinson were not in a typical
meeting place to discuss business,
they were wannabes, they didn’t fit,
and they had to be called out. What
the Starbucks employee and the
cops thought the two men were doing, and who they were, was more
important than the truth.
Starbucks’ management is responding to the Philadelphia incident with a vengeance. The employee who called the police is gone,
though exactly how or where isn’t
completely clear. (Fired? Moved?
Witness protection?) And there
have been clear and unadulterated
mea culpas. Chief Executive Kevin
Johnson apologized personally to
Nelson and Robinson, a move in
keeping with the company’s racialawareness campaign “Race Together,” which was rolled out (and
short-lived) in 2015. On May 29,
most of Starbucks’ 8,000 locations
will close down for a day of racial-bias training.
The company wants to protect
its profits, I’m sure, by winning
back any customers put off by the
racism that seems antithetical to
the Starbucks brand of better living
through lattes. I’d also like to believe that it does understand that
what happened was wrong, and is
making amends. I can dream —
though I’m half avoiding Starbucks
now — can’t I?
esponding to reports
that North Korea said
it “no longer needs”
nuclear tests, Jim
Hanson, president of
the Security Studies Group, credited President Trump.
“No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery
rhetoric, except people who
understand that diplomacy works
better with a credible threat of
force backing it up,” Hanson told
“Fox and Friends” over the weekend. “It’s brought Kim Jong Un to
the table in ways none of Trump’s
predecessors were able to do.”
Even though the nuclear-test
freeze is mostly symbolic, this
strikes me as defensible. Trump
critics who don’t like his “fiery
rhetoric” and unpredictability,
myself included, should concede
that it has its benefits on occasion.
I’m not sure it should be
chalked up to some grand strategy, though. Trump is fiery and
unpredictable all the time. Calling
it strategic brilliance only when it
works for him is a bit like celebrating the perfect accuracy of a broken clock twice a day.
Still, Hanson’s right. In this
case, letting Trump be Trump has
yielded real diplomatic results
that would likely be hailed as
“breakthroughs” under, say, a
President Hillary Clinton.
The problem is that these
diplomatic triumphs are almost
certainly meaningless or even
dangerous — something that
many Trump supporters would be
saying right now if Hillary Clinton
were president.
The crux of the dilemma isn’t
Trump. It’s North Korea.
Put simply: North Korea is not
a normal country. It’s not even a
normal dictatorship. It is a totalitarian monarchy whose dynastic
rulers claim divine origins.
But even totalitarian regimes
have domestic interests and internal politics they have to contend
with. The Kim dynasty has sustained itself for three generations
by force-feeding its own people,
including the elites, a powerfully
intoxicating ideological brew.
It holds, among other things,
that Koreans are the world’s
superior race and that the North
is destined to fulfill their destiny
by reuniting the peninsula under
Kim’s rule. North Koreans are
taught almost from birth that
Americans are barbarians.
“U.S. imperialist aggressors,”
Kim said a few years ago, “are
cannibals seeking pleasure in
slaughter.” He was commemorating a largely fictional U.S. atrocity
during the Korean War.
North Korea, in effect a modern Sparta, subscribes to the
doctrine of chonmin mujanghwa,
or “arming the whole people.”
Of course, absolute rulers have
a lot of latitude to do what they see
as being in their self-interest, but
facts and their own ideologies get
in the way.
The leaders of Hamas cannot
accept the legitimacy of Israel; the
mullahs in Iran cannot embrace
secularism; and Kim almost
surely cannot decide that North
Korea doesn’t need a nuclear
arsenal or to make peace with
South Korea.
Domestically, accepting the
legitimacy of South Korea’s government would be tantamount to
delegitimizing North Korea’s
government. The Kim regime is
similarly convinced, perhaps with
reason, that it needs a nuclear
deterrent to survive. Agreeing to
disarm, in the leaders’ minds,
would be suicidal. Moreover,
they’ve been telling their own
citizens that having nukes is an
existential imperative.
In other words, you cannot
simply negotiate a country into
negating its reason for existence.
North Korea can be coaxed
into some kind of “peace process”
with the South as a way to extract
more concessions from the West.
But that’s the same game it’s
played for decades.
The North Korean regime will
never get rid of its nuclear deterrent, because its leaders believe
they need it and have told their
own people they must have it.
Contrary to White House
talking points, Kim’s trial balloon
about “denuclearizing” doesn’t
mean he’s open to disarming. It’s
30-year-old jargon for getting the
U.S. to abandon the South Koreans, paving the way for unification
on the North’s bloody terms.
President Trump may think, as
a source told Axios he does: “Just
get me in the room with the guy
[Kim] and I’ll figure it out.”
If the president does get in a
room with Kim Jong Un, I have no
doubt he’ll emerge with something he can call a victory. I also
have no doubt that it will be very
similar to previous American
diplomatic victories.
Erin Aubry Kaplan is a
contributing writer to Opinion.
Shawn Thew EPA/Shutterstock
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S mannerisms and style are instantly recognizable. Speechwriters call it “authenticity” and cultivate it.
The limits of his rhetoric
By Philip Collins
t is easy to despair of politics — witness the actions of
President Trump and the
gallery of narrow-minded
populists taking power
across the globe. In particular, political rhetoric, in these leaders’
hands, is in the dock, accused of
fakery, falsity and spin. But political speech can sing, and when it
does, it moves the world in the
right direction.
President Obama famously
did sing. At the memorial service
for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney,
shot in Charleston, S.C., in July
2015, Obama inserted a brief rendition of “Amazing Grace.” As a chief
speechwriter to Britain’s former
Prime Minister Tony Blair, I have
wondered how Obama and his
staff worked that out. I imagine
the president going through the
script and saying, “Then I intend
to sing.” Everyone would have
looked at one another until someone said, “You are going to do
And yet it worked, beautifully.
Great speakers — great political speakers — find an idiom of
their own. Lincoln was hardly
charismatic, but “government of
the people, by the people, for the
people” dazzles us. Franklin was
so unwell at the Constitutional
Convention in 1787 that he asked a
friend to finish off the speech in
which he endorsed “this Constitution, with all its faults.” Kennedy’s
voice was thin, but his request
that his fellow Americans ask not
what their country could do for
them has given him immortality in
the pantheon of political speech.
The most intriguing contemporary case study is, of course,
President Trump. It is common to
criticize the president for the looseness of his rhetoric, but the truth
is, whether you like his politics or
not, Trump displays two of the
virtues that any successful
speaker must have.
The first is character. Like Elizabeth I addressing her troops as
the Spanish Armada gathered,
good speakers are confident in
their role in the drama. Elizabeth
personified the nation and spoke
directly to its fears: “I know I have
the body but of a weak and feeble
woman, but I have the heart and
stomach of a king, and of a king of
England … Should [any] dare to
invade the borders of my realm … I
myself will take up arms.”
Trump at least has a presence
that is confidently and decisively
his own. The fact that he can be
easily mocked is a strange kind of
compliment. His mannerisms and
style are instantly recognizable.
Speechwriters call it “authenticity” and cultivate it in their clients.
The second virtue is clarity. We
know what the president is saying.
Aristotle called this the “seat of
Trump has clarity
and character
down, but he
stumbles on unity.
the argument”; Cicero called it
“the Topic.” Rhetoric fails when it
does not get to the point. In all
Trump’s campaign and campaign-style speeches (and in his
rallies since), he has been forensic
in his focus on his audience.
Trump speaks their language and
he promises them deliverance. He
inspires them.
That too is crucial for great political rhetoric: Define an injustice
and answer it. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired millions with
his “I Have a Dream” speech at the
March on Washington in 1963.
Winston Churchill mobilized the
English language to defeat Hitler
in World War II. Nelson Mandela,
on trial for his life, defended the
right of all men and women to
equal citizenship.
But inspiration is not sufficient, and here Trump should
take a lesson from King. The
little-known early parts of King’s
famous speech were all about the
need for the nation to unite. And
in that, King was following a
well-established pattern among
American leaders.
In the brutal election of 1800,
Thomas Jefferson had accused his
opponent, John Adams, of being
pro-English, and Adams countered by revealing that Jefferson
had fathered a child with one of his
slaves. Yet when Jefferson took office in March 1801, he ended the
verbal warfare: “Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart
and one mind.”
Jefferson used a phrase that
would be echoed by presidents
many times since: “We have called
by different names brethren of the
same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”
(“There’s not a liberal America
and a conservative America,” said
then-Sen. Obama in 2004.
“There’s the United States of
Justice, inspiration, unity:
That is political rhetoric at its best. Trump may never shine as a
public speaker in categories other
than character or clarity, but there
is no need to despair for speechmaking. Oratory that meets the
highest criteria is still possible. It
only requires a leader to show
some amazing grace.
Philip Collins is a columnist for
The Times of London. His latest
book is “When They Go Low, We
Go High: Speeches that Shape
the World and Why We Need
Kicked out of the Starbucks nation
By Erin Aubry Kaplan
tarbucks is synonymous
with the urban good life, an
oasis where anyone with a
few dollars can get a caramel macchiato and sit for
hours writing, reading, talking or
contemplating life. It’s cookie-cutter, but that’s the point — its thousands of stores powerfully symbolize the luxury of leisure time, and a
culture of aspiration. That’s why after the L.A. riots, South Central put
Starbucks on its wish list for what
should replace burned-out storefronts and unsavory businesses like
liquor stores. In Ladera and Compton, just as in Larchmont and Hermosa Beach, Starbucks guarantees dreaming space, a purely “me”
space for all of us city dwellers.
When two black men arrived at
a Starbucks in Philadelphia a week
and a half ago, that’s what they
were apparently thinking too: We
all belong to the Starbucks nation.
But in the days since those men
were arrested for trespassing,
we’ve been grappling with the jarring reality that for black people,
especially men, there is no such
thing as that kind of neutral space;
at least it’s not guaranteed.
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were denied access to the
Starbucks restroom because they
hadn’t purchased anything, so they
sat down to wait for a (white) friend
they’d arranged to meet there. An
employee called the police; officers
arrived minutes later and quickly
arrested the two of them.
It’s notable that Nelson and
Robinson were dressed nattily, like
hipsters — that is, they looked like
typical Starbucks clientele, they
didn’t present as homeless or
gangsta, two conditions closely associated with black men that put
retailers on edge. When the police
showed up, Robinson, who ac-
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images
THE EVENTS in Philadelphia have undermined the idea
that Starbucks is a dreaming space for us all.
knowledges that he harbors the
usual black-man wariness of law
enforcement, said he nonetheless
believed the officers who showed
up minutes later “couldn’t have
possibly come for us.” This is what
black people get for thinking they
blend in, for not remembering that
their assumed invisibility can
change in an instant.
That things took a nasty turn in
Philly isn’t merely an artifact of
back-East intolerance. Earlier this
year at a Starbucks in Torrance a
black man who was also denied access to the restroom videoed a
white customer who was given access with no problem. (The denial
of bathroom use in both cases is an
uncomfortable reminder of the segregated toilets common in the
South during Jim Crow. So much
for aspiration.)
I admit, I have been lulled into
believing that Starbucks is a safe
space, too. I’ve camped out with a
computer or a book along with others who may stay a half-hour or half
a day. I haven’t run into resistance,
and I’ve committed the sin of for-
getting how tenuous safety can be.
Lingering anywhere can be seen
as ominous. Black people aren’t
“waiting,” we’re “loitering,” an infraction that goes back to post-Reconstruction days when police
were looking to contain black people who’d migrated north from the
Jim Crow South. The racial double
standard around leisure time has
become embedded in our culture.
Young white men not gainfully employed are sometimes called, almost affectionately, slackers or creatives; young black men not employed — let alone standing around
— are potential criminals.
And anonymity, like leisure
time, can be a luxury we aren’t always afforded. I’ve relaxed in Starbucks because I do feel anonymous
there. I fancy myself just another
person ordering a flat white. We all
speak Starbuck-ese, right? Tall,
grande, extra shot of this or that.
And my order, not my skin color,
is the most notable thing about me.
I feel the same way at Trader Joe’s
all over town, when I’m hunting
down ginger granola and dark
TU E S DAY , AP R IL 24, 2018
Police acknowledge mistakes
[Ventura, from A1]
Ventura Police Chief Ken
Corney said Monday that officers should have responded to the initial call, adding
that an administrative review is underway.
“Our practice is not to
handle these calls by security cameras. It is to put boots
on the ground,” he told The
But outrage had already
spread through the community. Rebecca Mele said she
is furious with police in the
wake of her son’s killing, and
has demanded that city
leaders do more to address
Ventura’s homeless population.
“To the mayor, I say,
‘What are you doing?’ ” she
said. “This is your city, and
so are the homeless people.
We should have something
to provide for them. It’s very
hard. I understand there
were complaints [about the
suspect’s behavior], the police didn’t answer, and now
my son is dead.”
Dozens showed up at a
City Council meeting Monday evening to vent frustrations over how the city is
handling the homeless
“We have been devastated by the fires and we are
now being run out by vagrants,” said one speaker,
adding that her kids have
found men with spoons and
needles in their yard. Her
comments drew cheers and
In a statement last week,
police promised to increase
patrols in the promenade
area, a move that has drawn
concern from social workers
and homeless advocates.
Ventura County’s homeless population has decreased annually since 2012,
and the number of homeless
people in the city of Ventura
dropped by more than 50%
in the same time frame, according to a countywide
study conducted last year.
Some advocates fear that
a strong police response to
the stabbing might scare
people away from services
they desperately need.
“We are hoping it doesn’t
result in a setback for the
movement that has been
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
ALICIA CARMAN stops by a memorial Monday on the Ventura boardwalk for a father who was killed at a restaurant last week.
happening in the county and
city,” said Susan Brinkmeyer, former director of
Lift Your Voice, a program
under the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura
that provides services to the
homeless. “We’re not going
to solve anything by rousting people, but rather by
dealing with it by creating a
Brinkmeyer hoped fallout from the stabbing would
not lead to generalizations
about the city’s homeless
“I know at the moment
there is a good deal of anger
and a sense that the individual who committed the assault is homeless, and that
may lead to a backlash
against all homeless people,” she said. “As a community, we need to help those
that are homeless.”
Corney said the department received a call about a
man yelling and being disruptive on the promenade
near the Crowne Plaza Hotel
at 6:23 p.m. on Wednesday.
All patrol units in the area
were “tied up on other calls,”
according to Corney, who
did not disclose the nature of
those calls.
A decision was made at
the department’s 911 operations center to observe the
man on a security camera
trained on the pier.
“They didn’t see any behavior that appeared to be
concerning or significantly
disruptive,” the chief said.
The man, 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, entered the
nearby Aloha Steakhouse at
9:09 p.m. and slashed Mele in
the neck with a 4- to 5-inch
hunting knife while the victim sat at a table, according
to Cmdr. Tom Higgins.
“It was so quick, my son
turned and was stabbed
while he’s holding his daughter,” Rebecca Mele, 57, said.
charged with murder and is
being held without bail. He is
due in court this week.
Officers should have
eventually been dispatched
to the area to contact the
man once they completed
other calls, Corney said.
The department is reviewing the way it uses surveillance cameras to monitor calls for service, Higgins
The officers in the dispatch center did not know
the man they were observing
was Jackson, a homeless
man with a lengthy criminal
record in Ventura and San
Bernardino counties who
had been arrested by city police a month earlier.
Jackson has prior convictions for burglary and statutory rape in Ventura County,
Senior Dist. Atty. Richard
Simon said. He has also been
arrested several times in
San Bernardino County,
most recently in 2014, when
he was charged with assault
with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and
false imprisonment, according to court records.
Jackson pleaded guilty to
the false imprisonment
charge as part of a negotiated plea deal in 2016, records
show. Calls and emails to the
San Bernardino County district attorney’s office were
not returned Monday. Corney said Jackson was not on
parole or probation at the
time of the killing.
Jackson was arrested by
Ventura police in a March
domestic violence incident,
according to Simon.
“It’s a horrible attack,” Simon said. “No one expects to
go to a restaurant with their
family and be stabbed as
they hold their daughter.”
Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews said he was “concerned” by the decision not
to approach Jackson.
“While he apparently did
not exhibit any behavior
warranting immediate in-
ANTHONY MELE JR., 35, was fatally stabbed in
the neck as his 5-year-old daughter, Willow, sat on
his lap during a family dinner Wednesday.
Ventura County D.A.
JAMAL Jackson, 49, a
homeless man with prior
convictions, has been
charged with murder.
tervention, my concern was
still the response was canceled instead of followed up
later as other calls were
managed and handled,” he
Violent crime is rare in
the community — the stabbing marked the city’s first
homicide of the year — and
Andrews said anger over the
attack has been palpable.
He has received emails from
residents demanding the
city outlaw panhandling, or
conduct aggressive arrests
along the promenade and
pier area where homeless
people are known to congregate.
“People get angry about
situations like this and it’s
totally, totally, understandable,” Andrews said. “I’m angry. My colleagues are angry,
and yet, we understand that
there is a limitation on what
might be appropriate action.”
Some policing experts
said the situation is indicative of a larger problem in law
enforcement. At a time when
trust between police and the
citizens they are sworn to
protect is shaky, officers are
less likely to interact with a
homeless or mentally ill person because the situation
could end in a deadly use of
force or community backlash.
“The national tone at this
point is he has an illness and
enforcement is disfavored.
Enforcement can be construed as harassment pretty
O’Donnell, a former New
York City police officer and
professor at the John Jay
School of Criminal Justice in
Manhattan. “He’s on the
street, he’s not committing a
crime, and you’re gonna
roust him with a heavy
Mele said police and city
leaders should expect continued outrage over their
handling of her son’s death.
“It’s a sick thing,” she
said. “My son was a wonderful, loving father. His daughter loved him to death…. He
was an all-around good guy
and a good son.”
Twitter: @LATVives
Twitter: @LAcrimes
T U E S D A Y , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
Many L.A.
don’t report
Nearly 18% of city
workers in anonymous
survey said they faced
unwanted sexual
behavior on the job.
By Dakota Smith
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
LT. GOV. Gavin Newsom, center, attends Senate leader Toni Atkins’ swearing-in ceremony last month.
Newsom skipped
scores of meetings
Nearly 18% of Los Angeles
city employees who responded to a recent survey
said they have been sexually
harassed in the workplace,
and more than half of employees who said they have
been subjected to harassment didn’t report the incident to anyone.
The anonymous survey,
released last week by the
Personnel Department, is
believed to be the first citywide poll of employees on
sexual harassment in decades.
City Council members
Paul Krekorian and Nury
Martinez requested a survey
of the city’s 45,000 employees
last fall amid a nationwide
focus on unwanted sexual
attention in the workplace.
A total of 4,205 employees
responded to the survey, a
“strong sample response,”
said Jody Yoxsimer, an assistant
worked on the project.
The survey was purposely broad, Yoxsimer said.
For example, employees
were asked if they had experienced harassment in the
workplace, and “workplace”
could be interpreted as either the city of Los Angeles
or a previous employer.
“We wanted to know
about people’s experiences
because their responses are
going to guide us in our review of our policies,”
Yoxsimer said.
Krekorian said in an interview Monday that he was
troubled by the high number
of employees who said they
didn’t report harassment.
“There is a problem in our
workforce,” Krekorian said.
“It’s more pervasive than we
Martinez said in a statement that the “results confirmed my belief that we
[See Harassment, B4]
Rivals for governor criticize his attendance record
By Seema Mehta
After Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor, he repeatedly made clear
his frustration with the job and its lack of
responsibilities. The official portfolio for
the office is thin, including sitting on
boards that oversee the state’s higher education system and public lands, leading an
economic council and serving as acting
governor when California’s chief executive
is out of state or otherwise unavailable.
Newsom, now the front-runner in the
governor’s race, missed scores of meetings
held by the University of California Board
of Regents, the California State University
Board of Trustees and the California State
Lands Commission, according to a Times
review of attendance records.
He attended 54% of UC Regents meeting days, 34% for Cal State and 57% for
state lands, according to a Times review of
attendance records between 2011 and 2018.
The Times included in the tally days when
Newsom was present for only part of the
day, and excluded days when Newsom had
no committee meetings or other official
business to attend.
Membership of the three panels is the
most prominent duty of a lieutenant governor, a post considered to be largely ceremonial.
“There’s no denying that the official responsibilities of the lieutenant governor
[See Newsom, B4]
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
TWO City Council members requested a survey of
city workers amid a nationwide focus on harassment.
Are robberies
at Trader Joe’s
Looking to split us up again stores linked?
The culture
of disruption is getting out of
Valley venture capitalist and Bitcoin evangelist
Tim Draper has revived his
proposal to carve our fabulous state into smaller
parts. His current proposal,
Cal 3, is a minor improvement over his 2014 scheme,
which was to break the state
into six parts.
But it’s just as
Draper says that creating a Northern California
(including San Jose and San
Francisco, east to Mariposa
County), Southern California (including Orange
and San Diego counties)
and just plain old California
(including the five coastal
counties from Los Angeles
to Monterey) will magically
have the effect of improving
education, lowering taxes
and repairing the state’s
crumbling infrastructure.
“With three states, we’re
going to be able to govern for
the next millennial,” Draper
told the Associated Press in
a video interview two weeks
ago. “It’s going to be awesome.”
Sure, dude.
You know what else
would be awesome? If you
[See Abcarian, B5]
Police probe incidents
in L.A., Culver City
and Long Beach.
By Frank Shyong
and Kate Mather
The two men who walked
into a Trader Joe’s in Culver
City were not interested in
Chocolatey Cats Cookies or
lemon elderflower soda.
As one man took a position at the door, the other
brandished a gun and forced
the store manager to fill a
white leather bag with about
$4,800 in cash. The robbers
fled on foot, said Culver City
Police Lt. Randy Vickrey.
The April 12 robbery was
one of at least seven of
Trader Joe’s grocery stores
in the Los Angeles area in recent months, authorities
In Long Beach, a Trader
Joe’s store on Bellflower
Monkey see,
monkey sue?
No, court rules
Horacio Villalobos Corbis/Getty Images
TIM DRAPER, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, has revived his proposal to
carve California into smaller parts. He says it will have the effect of improving
education, lowering taxes and repairing the state’s crumbling infrastructure.
A federal appeals court
decides unanimously
that a selfie-taking
simian has no standing
in a copyright case. B3
Boulevard was robbed twice
in two weeks. The first robbery took place at about 8:30
p.m. on Feb. 15; police said a
robber pulled a gun on a
store employee, demanded
money and fled on foot. The
store was robbed again in a
similar fashion at the same
time of day on March 2.
In Los Angeles, police are
investigating four armed
robberies at Trader Joe’s in
the last month, said Capt.
Billy Hayes, head of the
agency’s Robbery-Homicide
In the L.A. cases, Hayes
said, a group of three or four
people walk into the stores,
identify an employee and
then “go for the money,” he
said. The robbers have escaped on foot, he said. Like
the robberies in Long Beach
and Culver City, Hayes said,
the hits in Los Angeles also
occurred in the evening.
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Inquiry finds
Investigation concludes
PR strategist probably
sexually harassed a
colleague when he was
a Senate aide. B3
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monkey can’t
sue, court says
By Maura Dolan
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
El Camino Real Charter High School’s Academic Decathlon team celebrates its national championship
victory at a rally on campus Monday. This year marks the eighth time the Woodland Hills school has
captured top honors. Front row from left: Rachel Markenson, Inesh Ahuja, Maya Teitz and Avery
Tamura. Back row from left: Briana Lincoln, Trevor Winnard, Matthew Fitzmorris and Nolan Origer.
federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday
that animals may not sue for
copyright protection.
The ruling came in the
case of a monkey that took
selfies with a wildlife photographer’s camera. The photographer later published
the photos.
An animal rights group
sued, arguing that the monkey owned the copyright because it took the pictures.
“We must determine
whether a monkey may sue
humans, corporations, and
companies for damages and
injunctive relief arising from
claims of copyright infringement,” Judge Carlos Bea,
appointed by President
George W. Bush, wrote for a
three-judge panel of the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We conclude that this
monkey — and all animals,
since they are not human —
lacks statutory standing
under the Copyright Act,”
Bea said.
Naruto, named as the
plaintiff, was a 7-year-old
crested macaque living in a
reserve in Indonesia. The
monkey purportedly took
several photos of itself in 2011
when wildlife photographer
David Slater left his camera
People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals sued
Slater in 2015, arguing the
copyright belonged to the
animal. The group and Slater later settled the case out
of court, but the 9th Circuit
decided to rule on the matter
Judge N. Randy Smith, in
PETA’s suit “frivolous.”
“The concept of expanding actual property rights —
and rights broadly — to animals necessitates resolving
what duties also come with
those rights,” he wrote, “and,
because animals cannot
communicate in our language, who stands in their
He said the federal courts
lack the authority to hear a
suit purportedly brought by
an animal.
Twitter: @mauradolan
Misconduct claims backed
Independent review
supports allegations
that former aide in the
state Capitol sexually
harassed his colleague.
By Melanie Mason
California state Senate investigation has determined
that a prominent Capitol
public relations strategist
probably engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct
toward a female subordinate
staffer when he worked as a
chief of staff.
The investigation report
said a “preponderance of the
evidence” supported a finding that Adam Keigwin, now
a managing director with
the public affairs firm Mercury, based in Sacramento,
engaged in unwanted touching and explicit talk and exposed himself.
He denied wrongdoing
and said the findings against
him, released Thursday,
were false.
“I know I’m not perfect,”
Keigwin told The Times. “I
also know these allegations
are completely untrue.”
The Senate investigation
centered on allegations
made by a former Senate
staffer who worked with
Keigwin for several years.
The woman, who was identified by a pseudonym, later
decided not to participate in
the investigation, according
to the report.
The investigation was
conducted by Amy Oppenheimer, an independent attorney hired by the chamber
to look into harassment
complaints. She interviewed
nine people, including Keigwin and the complainant.
Micha Star Liberty, the
woman’s attorney, said her
client asked to withdraw her
complaint after speaking
with Oppenheimer because
of concerns her confidentiality would not be protected.
Liberty said the Senate
was “trying to claim some
sort of victory in terms of
meeting their obligation. It’s
essentially this body trying
to prove that it takes seriously these allegations, yet
not taking into account the
needs and wants of the people who are complaining.”
Still, Liberty said her client was pleased to see her
claims substantiated by the
“Any time a victim or survivor comes forward and
tells their story and they are
heard and believed, it’s
meaningful,” she said.
Keigwin worked in the
Capitol for 10 years, most recently as chief of staff to
Democratic Sen. Leland Yee
of San Francisco from 2009
to 2013. Yee pleaded guilty to
corruption charges in 2015
and received a five-year prison sentence.
The woman alleged that
conduct occurred while she
worked in the Senate from
2011 until 2014 and continued
after they both no longer
worked there. The woman
now works as a lobbyist.
The investigation found
that it was “more likely than
not” that Keigwin, while
under the influence of alcohol, engaged in unwanted
sexual touching at least once
or twice while he was employed by the Senate, although the report does not
specify dates or details of the
precise incidents.
It also found that Keigwin exposed himself to the
woman on one or two occasions, “in association with
social events when Keigwin
had been drinking.”
The report also said evidence supported the allegation that Keigwin engaged in
“unwanted sexual conversations” with the woman. It
noted that other conversations about sex were equally
initiated between him and
the accuser.
As a result of the findings,
the Rules Committee said
Keigwin is not eligible for future employment with the
The committee also
warned that any similar misconduct with Senate em-
ployees could result in his
being barred from Senate offices or legislative hearing
The records were released as part of a recent policy
Legislature, in which substantiated complaints of
harassment will now be
made public. The increased
disclosure was prompted by
intense scrutiny over workplace harassment in the
Capitol following the #MeToo movement.
Keigwin said he would
“vigorously” defend himself
and was hiring an attorney.
“This issue is core to who
I am,” Keigwin said, pointing
to his past work on behalf of
domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. “It is incredibly frustrating to see
anyone make such an accusation against me.”
Fabian Nuñez, a former
Assembly speaker who is
now a partner with Mercury,
called the allegations “troubling” in an email to staff obtained by The Times.
“We do not and would not
tolerate inappropriate behavior toward any employee,” Nuñez said. “That said,
we are not aware of any complaints against Adam by
Mercury employees or anyone else during his time with
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
ADAM KEIGWIN, a managing director at a public affairs firm in Sacramento, denies claims that he sexually
harassed a subordinate when they worked in the Senate. “These allegations are completely untrue,” he said.
NARUTO, a crested macaque, snapped several self-
ies in 2011 using photographer David Slater’s camera.
Bills aim to ease
licensing rules
State lawmakers hope
to make it easier for
ex-felons to find jobs.
By John Myers
quartet of California Assembly members urged colleagues Monday to pass legislation that would prohibit
state commissions and
agencies from rejecting a
professional license for
those who were once convicted of less serious crimes.
“We can’t say we want to
rehabilitate people, and
then block them from getting the jobs that they need
when they’re released,” said
Assemblyman David Chiu
(D-San Francisco). “That
leads to more recidivism and
to more crime.”
The bills, scheduled to be
heard in Assembly committees Tuesday, would ban the
use of arrest or conviction records as the reason for denying a professional license.
The bill would not apply to
Californians who served
time for any of the offenses
on the state’s list of violent
The authors, including
fellow Democrats Chris
Holden of Pasadena and Evan Low of Campbell, said
that a government-issued
professional license is required for some 30% of all
jobs in the state. Their bills
would change the licensing
process at the California departments of Consumer Affairs and Social Services and
agencies that certify emergency medical technicians.
The bills would block prior convictions from leading
to the delay or denial of a license unless that crime is
“directly related” to the profession the person intends to
pursue. Two of the bills also
specifically say convictions
less than 5 years old could
continue to play a role in licensing decisions.
Last year, Gov. Jerry
Brown signed a law that
keeps private-sector employers from inquiring about
a job applicant’s conviction
history before an offer of employment.
Advocates who came to
Sacramento said limits on
awarding licenses should focus only on those whose prior criminal activity could
pose a threat to consumers.
“Continuing to hold people back for crimes that are
six, seven, eight, 10, 20 years
old does not actually make
sense if you’re looking at
public safety,” said Jael
Myrick of the East Bay Community Law Center.
One of the plans, Assembly Bill 2293, seeks to make it
easier for former felons to
get a license for a job with the
California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection, which often uses prison
inmates in firefighting.
“If a person is good
enough to risk their life fighting fires for the state of California as an inmate,” said
Gomez Reyes (D-Grand
Terrace), “their previous actions should not prevent
from having a job utilizing
the skill set that they
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LT. GOV. Gavin Newsom attends a March meeting of the UC Board of Regents. Speaking anonymously, one regent said Newsom has been “substantially engaged.”
Front-runner defends his record
[Newsom, from B1]
are more modest than some
other constitutional offices
— the English call it an ‘heir
and a spare,’ ” said former
Gov. Gray Davis, who was
lieutenant governor before
being elected to lead the
state. “But 43 states have a
lieutenant governor whose
primary function is to step in
if something happens to the
have criticized him for failing
to fully participate in the
three panels, which set policy on tuition, athletics programs and expansion for
much of the state’s higher
education system, and manage issues including oil
drilling and access to some
owned lands.
“Californians are working harder than ever before
just to stay in the middle
class. It appears Gavin Newsom is hardly working — or
at least not working for the
people who pay his salary,”
said Luis Vizcaino, a spokesman for former Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Newsom defended his
record, saying it paralleled
that of other elected officials
on the panels.
“I’ve tried not to be the
quote-unquote politician on
the board. I tried to avoid being the guy who shows up
just to give the press release.
I tried to be constructive and
I tried to be engaged,” he
said in an interview. “Every
tough vote, we were there —
the ones that matter, the
close votes.”
Observers of the UC and
Cal State panels agreed that
the elected officials on the
boards had spottier attendance than appointees. The
State Lands Commission
comprises three members,
so when one is absent, he or
she typically sends an alternate to voice concerns and
vote on the member’s behalf.
Attendance on the panels
has previously been raised
as a campaign issue — Republican Dan Lungren
poked Davis about his absences during a 1998 gubernatorial debate.
Newsom’s Democratic rivals in the race — state
Treasurer John Chiang, former state schools chief Delaine Eastin and Villaraigosa
— held various roles on the
same three boards during
prior terms in elected office.
Chiang served on the State
Lands Commission when he
was controller, and Villaraigosa and Eastin sat on the
UC and Cal State boards
while serving as Assembly
speaker and state superintendent of public instruction, respectively.
They also failed to attend
many meetings.
Chiang attended 46% of
Lands Commission meeting
days between 2007 and 2014
when he was state controller. Villaraigosa and Eastin
each attended less than 10%
of the Cal State meetings
during their time on that
board. Though they both
routinely skipped UC meetings, the full picture of their
attendance is unclear due to
a lack of available records
‘A problem in
our workforce’
[Harassment, from B1]
have to educate our employees on how to report incidents of harassment.”
“I am comforted by the
fact that an overwhelming
number of respondents reported never having experienced sexual harassment in
the workplace, but even one
person is unacceptable,” she
A total of 745 people, or
about 17.7% of those who answered the survey, reported
they had been sexually harassed on the job. Responding to the same question, 639
employees — or 15.2% — said
they had witnessed sexual
harassment in the workplace. (Respondents were
allowed to check more than
one box on this question.)
In response to another
question, 929 people out of
1,674 who responded said
they had been subjected to
harassment but never reported it — a total that exceeds the 745 who said they
had been harassed.
Asked about the discrepancy, Yoxsimer said the
higher figure may include
employees who witnessed
other people being har-
More than 48% of respondents said they didn’t
know the contact information, or where to find it, for
their department’s “sexual
harassment counselor,” defined as the employee who
can receive claims.
City officials are expected
to discuss the report at an
as-yet-unscheduled committee hearing.
New reporting protocols
to track harassment complaints against city employees were put in place in December after The Times
reported that the city lacked
a centralized method for
lodging abuse complaints.
The Personnel Department’s Equal Employment
Opportunity Division has
received 26 reports of harassment allegations since
Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered
the new guidelines, according to a February report.
Before the new system
was implemented, the division received 35 sexual harassment-related complaints
from 2013 to 2017, according
to the city.
documenting their time on
the boards in the 1990s.
But their jobs at the time
were more demanding than
the role of lieutenant governor. The speaker must be in
Sacramento during the legislative session, and the
state schools chief oversees
curriculum, testing and finances for the 6.3 million
students in the state’s
schools. As controller, Chiang was California’s chief
bookkeeper, administering
the state’s payroll and serving on more than 70 boards
and commissions.
Newsom’s responsibilities as lieutenant governor
are much more limited in
scope, a point he has frequently drawn attention to.
Before he ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, he derided the role as having “no
real authority and no real
After he was elected, he
drafted legislation to put the
office of lieutenant governor
on the gubernatorial ticket
— similar to how a president
and vice president are
elected together — but
couldn’t find a legislator to
carry the bill. If elected governor, Newsom said he
hopes to revisit the proposal.
Two years into the job,
during a break in filming his
Current TV show, Newsom
was asked by friend and hotelier Chip Conley how frequently he went to Sacramento.
“Like one day a week,
“There’s no reason.… It’s just
so dull.”
A few months later, as a
Times reporter trailed Newsom in the Capitol, he
stopped when a woman
asked him to pose for a picture with her son. The boy
asked him what a lieutenant
governor does.
“I ask myself that every
day,” Newsom replied.
He has repeatedly joked
about the post over the
years, including in an interview with The Times during
his 2014 reelection campaign
when he paraphrased a line
from then-Secretary of
State John F. Kerry, himself
a former lieutenant governor: “Wake up every morning, pick up the paper, read
the obituaries, and if the governor’s name doesn’t appear
in there, go back to sleep.”
Garry South, a former
advisor to Newsom who is
not publicly backing a candidate in the governor’s race,
recalled urging him to knock
it off.
“I did convey to him on a
couple of occasions … that I
didn’t think it was a good
idea to tell voters they had
elected you to a worthless
position,” South said. “To
his credit, I think he’s done
much less of that in the last
few years.”
Newsom said the transition from mayor of San
Francisco — when he
worked on issues including
same-sex marriage, universal healthcare and homelessness — to lieutenant governor was difficult.
“In honesty, I totally get
it. I’m not even going to be
defensive about it. There
was absolutely early frustration. That’s all it represented
years and years ago,” he
said, noting that his time in
Sacramento has been much
slower than his life as mayor,
a change he described as a
“major cultural transition.”
“It’s a different pace. That
was reflected in those lazy
comments of mine [that] I
by definition regret because
we wouldn’t be having this
conversation. But it expressed a sentiment at the
Newsom said he grew
into his job and realized he
could use his bully pulpit to
promote issues he cared
about, including successful
2016 ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana
and implement stricter gun
Still, Newsom’s statements about his job have
provided plenty of fodder for
his rivals.
“If he was so bored, why
did he refuse to show up for
his job on the UC Board of
Regents, or on the CSU
Board of Trustees or at the
State Lands Commission?
Where was Gavin when he
was supposed to be working
on behalf of all the Californians who actually show up
for their jobs?” said Fabien
Levy, a spokesman for Chiang. “California needs a serious leader, not someone
who’s in it just for show.”
But parties with business
before the panels and fellow
members said Newsom has
been active and attentive
when present.
“He has been engaged
and thoughtful, and particularly interested in the financial structures and financial
stability and financial accountability,” said Shane
White, chairman of UC’s Academic Senate and a dentistry professor at UCLA.
A fellow UC regent, who
asked to remain anonymous
to speak freely about Newsom’s tenure on the board,
“He’s been substantially
more engaged than the vast
majority of elected officials
who have served on the
board,” said the regent, who
is unaligned in the race. “He
does his homework.”
Speaker John A. Pérez, a
Villaraigosa backer who sits
on the UC regents board,
said Newsom’s attendance is
not that different from other
elected officials who sit on
the panel.
“If you want to hit him for
attendance, it’s a valid hit. If
you want to hit him for only
being involved in the most
high-profile issues, it’s a valid hit. But it’s not inconsistent with other ex officio
board members,” Pérez
said, adding that he personally liked Newsom and that
the two men frequently
voted on controversial issues the same way. “The difference is he made such a big
deal about [how] the office
doesn’t do anything, and
then he doesn’t go to the
things it does.”
Twitter: @LATSeema
Mogul’s murder trial is set
Marion ‘Suge’ Knight
is accused of ramming
his pickup into 2 men
after an argument on
a movie set in 2015.
By Marisa Gerber
A judge Monday set a
September trial date in the
murder case of former rap
Knight, whose dramatic
court saga stretches back
more than three years.
The Death Row Records
co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red
Ford F-150 pickup into two
men in the parking lot of
Tam’s Burgers at Central
and East Rosecrans avenues
after an argument on the
set of the movie “Straight
Outta Compton” in January
Footage from the burger
shows Knight’s truck barreling into Terry Carter, 55, who
died, and Cle “Bone” Sloan,
who survived. The former
rap impresario — who fled
the scene but eventually
turned himself in — has
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THE FORMER rap impresario, above in February, is
also accused in separate cases of robbery and threatening the director of “Straight Outta Compton.”
pleaded not guilty, arguing
that he acted in self-defense.
The 53-year-old is also accused in separate cases of
robbery and threatening
“Straight Outta Compton”
director F. Gary Gray.
The murder trial had
been set for January and
then April, with the proceed-
ings repeatedly postponed
as Knight cycled through attorneys. Two former members of his defense team —
Thaddeus Culpepper and
Matthew Fletcher — were indicted in January on charges
of conspiracy to commit
bribery, conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury,
conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and serving as accessories after the
fact in connection to the 2015
murder case.
As Knight walked into
court Monday, he was
chained at the waist and
clutched a water bottle and
brown folder teeming with
documents. When the judge
asked Knight if he approved
of a Sept. 24 trial, the defendant nodded.
A few minutes later, during a separate hearing in the
criminal threats proceeding,
another judge asked Knight
to return to his courtroom in
May. The judge then turned
to Knight, asking who he
thought would win the NBA
“At this time...” Knight
said, before the judge cut
him off, saying he wanted a
once-and-for-all answer.
“Houston,” Knight responded.
“All right, Houston. Good
pick,” the judge said.
Knight smiled.
Twitter: @marisagerber
Times staff writer James
Queally contributed to this
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car died
of gun
Relatives of two
brothers say trio was
headed to Riverside.
By James Queally
and Andy Nguyen
port for Cal 3 from all 58 of
California’s counties to
reach this unprecedented
milestone … is a signal that
across California, we are
united behind CAL 3 to
create a brighter future for
I know he’s a super smart
guy — I mean, I’m reading
his book — but I have no
confidence that he knows
what “unanimous” means.
I would have asked him,
of course, but he did not
reply to my email.
Three men who were
found dead in an abandoned
car in Burbank last week
were shot and killed, authorities said Monday.
Jan Carlos Amiama, 21;
his brother Lucas Josh
Amiama, 23; and Carlos Elias Lopez, 32, died of multiple
gunshot wounds to the
head, the Los Angeles
County coroner’s office said.
The bodies were discovered in the 1300 block of
South Varney Street in Burbank just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, when a parking officer
responded to a report about
a Jeep Patriot that hadn’t
been moved in a while.
The officer noticed an
odor from the vehicle and
saw a person inside who appeared to be dead.
The men had been reported missing in Bakersfield the weekend before
their bodies were found, authorities said. The Amiama
brothers’ family said they
were traveling to a Riverside
home before they disappeared.
Sgt. Derek Green, a Burbank police spokesman, said
earlier that detectives and
investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department had obtained a
search warrant for a home in
the 5200 block of Stone Avenue in Riverside where the
three were said to have gone.
By Thursday afternoon,
Green said, enough evidence
was found at the home to
suggest the men had been
the victims of a crime there.
Twitter: @AbcarianLAT
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
TIM DRAPER submits petitions to Heather Ditty for his 2014 initiative that would have divided California into six states. It didn’t qualify.
Back again, wanting a break
[Abcarian, from B1]
knew the difference between
“millennial” and “millennium.”
But I digress.
As you undoubtedly
know, Draper’s 2014 plan,
into which he dumped more
than $5 million, did not
make the California ballot.
A man more attuned to the
wishes of the populace
might have, at that point,
decided to deep-six the silly
proposal, and maybe look
for ways to spend his vast
wealth actually doing something to make the state a
better place to live.
But in Draper’s world, I
guess, incremental change
is anathema. Disruption is
key. The question is, what is
really underlying this urge
to disrupt?
As I read the Cal 3 website, my eyes glazing over at
the bromides about lower
taxes, safe streets and a
stronger education system,
the only concrete concept
that jumped off the page at
me was this: “Areas like
Sacramento are currently
run by powerful special
interest groups like the
Teachers’ Union. Creating
three new states will help
put the power back into the
hands of the constituents.”
Is union busting a good
reason to break up laborfriendly California?
Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers and a
former history and government teacher at Manual
Arts High School, doesn’t
think so.
“One of the things that
makes California so exciting
is that we have people from
all over the world here, and
this is a way to divide that
up, and segregate more and
also to push back on …
progressive tax reform and
legislation that speaks to
the diversity of California,”
he said.
Pechthalt didn’t seem
too worried about Draper’s
kooky plan, but he did take
offense at Draper’s characterization of his union as a
“special interest.”
“That is not accurate,”
he said. “We are teachers
and working people who pay
union dues. We are the
people that do the work.”
Delaine Eastin, the former state superintendent of
education who is running
for governor, said the idea
that California students
would benefit from a statewide breakup is unrealistic.
There are already so
many inequities in funding
as a result of Proposition 13,
she said, that efforts would
be better spent closing the
loopholes in our tax laws so
that owners of commercial
properties could be taxed
based on the market value
of their property.
“It’s unfair that Chevron
in Richmond is taxed at the
same rate it was in 1978,”
Eastin said. “The system is
terribly underfunded because of Proposition 13. If
you look at New York, they
are spending more than
twice as much money per
Instead of spending his
millions promoting a plan to
break up the state, maybe
Draper could spend his
money supporting an initiative that will close that tax
loophole, generating as
much as $11 billion in additional revenue for schools,
parks, libraries, clinics,
services for the homeless,
roads and bridges.
In recent years, it’s become fashionable to describe the state of California
as “ungovernable.”
This is a silly trope and
untrue, yet one that Draper
has adopted as his rationale
for the breakup. In his 2017
book, “How to Be the Startup Hero,” Draper devotes
plenty of ink to the importance of scaling up. Scaling
California down makes
absolutely no sense. There
is strength in numbers.
It is true that some Californians — those in the far
northeast of the state who
would like to break off and
form the state of Jefferson,
and others in the deeply
Republican Central Valley
— feel they are not represented by the likes of Democratic U.S. Sens. Dianne
Feinstein and Kamala Harris, let alone our popular
outgoing Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.
But the cloud of gloom
over our state, borne on the
winds of the Great Recession, has lifted. California
has high taxes, yes, but it
also has a budget surplus, a
low unemployment rate and
a renewed sense of optimism. Last week, in fact,
The Times published a
story based on interviews
with more than 100 Californians and their consensus
was that the state is in good
shape and improving.
“As California chooses a
new governor — one of just a
handful in the last 40 years
not named Jerry Brown —
the state seems to be enjoying something unusual in
these tumultuous political
times: a feeling of relative
contentment,” wrote my
colleagues Mark Z. Barabak
and Phil Willon.
Californians hardly seem
to be in the restive mood
necessary for such a convulsive reordering of things.
People in politics are
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known for their glancing
relationship with the truth,
but one of the features of our
current moment is that now
they seem to feel free to just
make stuff up.
Draper, on his website,
bemoans the fact that “California ranks 50th in high
school graduation rates.” I
could find no substantiation
for that claim. Indeed, California’s high school graduation rate is in the middle, by
some estimates, and around
40th by others. The far more
salient fact, which also has
the benefit of being true, is
that the state falls in the
bottom half of per-pupil
spending compared with
Nearly two weeks ago,
Draper said he had collected 600,000 signatures,
more than the 365,880 necessary to qualify his initiative for the ballot. (The
California secretary of
state’s office has yet to verify
those signatures. Draper’s
2014 attempt to place his
“California Six” initiative on
the ballot failed to earn
enough signatures to qualify.)
Trumpeting this
achievement, Draper released a statement claiming, “The unanimous sup-
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Trader Joe’s robberies probed for ties
[Robberies, from B1]
beries. LAPD investigators
believe the Los Angeles
cases are connected because
of the target and the behavior of the suspects. Authorities
whether the Culver City or
Long Beach robberies are
also linked.
It’s not clear why thieves
are targeting Trader Joe’s,
police say, or how regularly
these robberies occur. Los
Angeles Times archives
show that a Trader Joe’s was
robbed in Palms last year,
and Trader Joe’s locations in
the Eagle Rock and Palms
neighborhoods were robbed
in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
In 2000, 16 Trader Joe’s locations throughout Southern
California were robbed over
a period of a few months, according to Times archives.
Authorities have asked
anyone with information
about the robberies to call a
police department or submit tips to a hotline at (800)
Police have not made arrests in any of the cases. In
Culver City, Vickrey said, detectives had to seek surveillance footage from nearby
businesses because the
Trader Joe’s store didn’t
have any.
“Unfortunately, Trader
Joe’s does not have security
cameras,” Vickrey said, referring to the Culver City locations.
Vickrey’s detectives encountered a similar issue
last year when a Trader Joe’s
on Slauson Avenue was
robbed. No security footage
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
THE TRADER JOE’S store on Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach was robbed twice in two weeks.
was available, and that case
is still under investigation. It
was “hard to tell” if the same
people were involved in both
robberies, Vickrey said.
The perpetrators in the
latest robbery in Culver City
have been described as two
men in their 20s, both about
5 feet 8, one with large earrings and a scar under his
Culver City police talked
to Trader Joe’s about installing cameras after last
year’s robbery, Vickrey said,
but the company told police
that it didn’t want its customers to feel as if they were
under surveillance while
they shopped.
Kenya Friend-Daniel, a
spokeswoman for Trader
Joe’s, said security cameras
and guards are present at
some Trader Joe’s locations,
but she declined to say how
many stores had these measures in place because she
said disclosing that information would compromise the
security of employees and
“We will not hesitate to
take the necessary steps to
help ensure that our customers are and feel safe,”
Friend-Daniel said.
The company provided
photos and composite descriptions to authorities investigating the latest string
of robberies, Friend-Daniel
Trader Joe’s wouldn’t say
why some of its stores do
not have security cameras.
Bob Dilonardo, a retail security consultant for more
than 40 years, called the lack
of cameras “extremely unusual.”
Companies sometimes
decline to install cameras to
provide customers with a
less intrusive shopping experience, Dilonardo said.
But the decision comes with
costs, because it could increase the likelihood of a
“Criminals don’t live in a
vacuum. When they discover
a situation that’s easier,
rather than more difficult,
Dilonardo said. “Thieves are
aware of [camera systems]
and know where everything
Jonathan Underland, a
27-year-old former Trader
Joe’s employee, jokingly offered a different theory.
“It could be that everyone’s just so super-nice
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Malibu sets
a new home
sale record
The $110-million deal,
set to close today, will
raise the high-water
mark for L.A. County.
By Neal J. Leitereg
and Jack Flemming
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
JIM GIANOPULOS , CEO of Paramount Pictures, has focused on building relationships with talent, work-
ing with Viacom’s cable TV brands and making a mix of fiscally responsible movies that have global appeal.
‘It’s a whole new
day at Paramount’
The priciest home on
Malibu’s famed Billionaire’s
Beach has found a bona fide
billionaire buyer.
In what will be the most
expensive home sale ever for
Los Angeles County, hotelier
Peter Morton has an agreement in place to sell his
oceanfront property in Malibu’s Carbon Beach, better
Beach, to natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith and
his wife, Iris Smith, for $110
It’s an astronomical sale
even in the world of luxury
real estate. The previous
county record was $100 million, which was hit twice in
2016: for the sale of the Playboy Mansion in Holmby
Hills, and for a mega-mansion built on speculation in
the same neighborhood.
The Malibu sale, ex-
Southland home
prices hit record
The six-county region’s
median price rose 8.4%
to $519,000 last month
from a year earlier. C3
pected to close Tuesday, is
the latest huge deal for the
exclusive beachfront city,
where two $85-million sales
have closed in the last year
and a half.
Long a local getaway for
Hollywood’s elite and, more
recently, a favorite haven
and investment area for tech
entrepreneurs, Malibu continues to open pocket books.
If only there were more of it
to go around.
“There are never going to
be that many giant sales [in
Malibu], because there are
only so many homes that
have a lot of beachfront and
multiple parcels,” said Jack
Pritchett, co-founder of
Pritchett-Rapf Realtors. “
We can say $110 million is a
joke, but you can’t find multiple-lot properties like Morton’s.”
Squeezed between two
homes owned by Oracle
Corp. co-founder Larry
Ellison, the half-acre property on Pacific Coast Highway
comprises two parcels with
two structures and more
than 100 feet of beach frontage.
Morton, 70, acquired the
two properties over the last
three decades in separate
transactions totaling $5.6
million, public records show,
and commissioned architect
Richard Meier to design the
Wrapped in rich teak
[See Malibu, C3]
Struggling studio ‘poised for a renaissance,’ CEO says
By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James
Jonny Cournoyer Paramount Pictures
JOHN KRASINSKI , left, and Noah Jupe in a scene
from the Paramount success story “A Quiet Place.”
The surprising box-office success of “A Quiet Place,”
a low-budget movie about a family under attack from
creatures who hunt by sound, could hardly have come
at a better time for Paramount Pictures and its chief
executive, Jim Gianopulos.
A year after the veteran Hollywood executive took on
the monumental task of reviving Paramount following a
long period of flops and losses, the studio finally has a hit.
The picture, which cost $17 million to make and has
grossed $132 million domestically, has already boosted
morale on the Melrose Avenue lot.
“It was a wonderful moment across the studio,”
Gianopulos said over lunch at his usual corner table at
Paramount’s Dining Room restaurant. “I think it shows
the potential of what this place can be and what it’s like
when you get it right.”
The feeling of hope is a new one for Viacom Inc.-owned
Paramount. Once known for Oscar winners and boxoffice kings such as “The Godfather” and “Forrest
Gump,” Paramount has ranked dead last among the
major film companies since 2012, in terms of domestic
box-office sales.
Racked by cost-cutting, infighting at Viacom and poor
leadership under the late Brad
[See Paramount, C4]
Host’s properties draw scrutiny
Fox News’ Hannity
has real estate empire
hidden behind shell
firms, records show.
By Matt Pearce and
Stephen Battaglio
On Feb. 6, conservative
media personality Sean
Hannity brought his longtime
William Lako, on his popular
radio show to talk about
“For 25 years, you’ve
watched me start with nothing, right, pretty much?”
Hannity asked Lako. “Yes, I
did,” Lako replied.
Since Hannity started investing with Lako’s Georgiabased firm, Henssler Financial, as an Atlanta radio host
in the 1990s, he has risen to
stardom as a host of Fox
News. He’s built an image of
himself as a blue-jeanswearing regular guy willing
to take on out-of-touch elites
and hypocritical “Learjet
“When you go shopping
for clothes, don’t you go to
the discount rack?” Lako
asked Hannity.
“If I do go shopping, it’s at
Kmart, Walmart and Target,
my favorite stores,” Hannity
said. “Or Costco.”
But when it comes to
shopping for real estate,
Hannity has far more expensive tastes.
Over the last decade,
Hannity appears to have
built a real estate empire
worth tens of millions of dollars that spans at least four
states and whose existence
has remained hidden from
the public behind anonymous shell corporations registered to the address of
Henssler Financial, according to property records and
corporate filings reviewed by
The Times.
The companies all start
with the same four letters —
“SPMK,” followed by Roman
numerals — and, along with
high-end luxury properties,
they also own rental properties that could house hundreds of tenants and which
are currently taking new
[See Hannity, C5]
Brian Cahn TNS
SEAN HANNITY appears to have amassed real
estate worth tens of millions of dollars in four states.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE PROPERTY comprises two parcels with two
structures and more than 100 feet of beach frontage.
Auto loan bias
gets green light
Republicans have
voted to
allow car
dealers to
discriminate against
black and
Maybe I could have
phrased that more delicately so as not to bruise
sensitive conservative feelings. But why bother?
In voting last week to
repeal an Obama-era guideline from the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, Republican senators
made clear that the ability
of car dealers to jack up
prices for some customers
— read: people of color — is
more important than ensuring everyone is treated
A vote by the Republican-controlled House of
Representatives could come
as soon as Tuesday. The
Trump administration has
signaled it would sign any
such bill into law.
Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
with characteristic misdirection, said conservative
lawmakers “want to protect
consumers and job creators
from needless interference
by the federal bureaucracy.”
He called the CFPB
guideline “a particularly
egregious overstep” by
federal regulators, and said
overturning it represented
“another victory in this
Congress’ record of rolling
back overregulation.”
Let’s dispense with that
nonsense right off the bat.
In no way are Republicans protecting consumers
with this vote. Just the
opposite. It’s pitiful for them
to pretend otherwise.
Nor are they protecting
“job creators,” which has
become the go-to conservative euphemism for anyone
with money to throw around
Capitol Hill.
The reality is that U.S.
vehicle manufacturers are
cutting jobs as sales of passenger cars decline, and
that in turn affects staffing
at dealerships. In February,
General Motors slashed the
amount salespeople can
earn in bonus payments.
So let’s look instead at
what McConnell sees as the
particular egregiousness of
the CFPB’s guidance.
What it’s intended to
address is the amount dealers can boost interest rates
for auto loans. Most lenders
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Netflix plans
$1.9-billion sale
of junk bonds
Richard Drew Associated Press
WELLS’ shareholder meeting will come days after regulators fined the bank $1 billion over problems found in
the wake of its fake-account scandal, including auto- and mortgage-lending abuses. Above, at the NYSE.
Wells to face protesters
Critics calling for
ouster of CEO, other
changes plan to be at
shareholder meeting.
By James Rufus Koren
Wells Fargo & Co.’s top
brass will gather in Iowa
Tuesday for the bank’s annual shareholder meeting —
and they’ll be getting an earful from critics and advocacy
groups over issues such as
continued revelations of
consumer abuses and the
bank’s dealings with gun
It’s the second shareholder meeting since the
San Francisco bank admitted in 2016 that its employees
had created potentially millions of accounts without
and just days after regulators fined the bank $1 billion
over other problems uncovered in the scandal’s wake.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau on Friday each ordered the bank
to pay $500 million to answer
for pervasive risk-management problems and for specific abuses in its auto- and
mortgage-lending divisions.
The Federal Reserve in February cited the same issues
when it took the unprecedented step of ordering the
bank to cap its growth.
The bank has acknowledged that it charged improper fees to some mortgage borrowers and that it
pushed hundreds of thousands of auto loan customers to pay for insurance poli-
cies they did not need. Both
of those practices came to
light last year as regulators
and Wells Fargo itself investigated a wide array of practices at the bank.
The penalty handed
down last week dwarfs the
$185 million the bank agreed
to pay to regulators in 2016,
but bank critics want still
more to be done. Some will
make their case today at the
Marriott hotel in downtown
Des Moines that will host the
bank’s meeting.
Last year, shareholders
voted in droves against the
bank’s board members in
Stephen Sanger called “a
dissatisfaction.” Since then,
the company has replaced
several long-serving board
members, including Sanger.
Just five of the bank’s 15
board members have been
with the bank since before
the accounts scandal broke.
Friday’s regulatory order
also gave the OCC the right
to remove Chief Executive
Tim Sloan and other senior
officers, as well all board
members, and approve any
Bank spokesman Ancel
Martinez said Wells Fargo
has “made significant progress on making things right
for our customers” and improving its compliance and
corporate oversight.
California Treasurer and
John Chiang will be at the
meeting, calling for a shakeup in the bank’s executive
suite and for an end to Wells
Fargo’s use of forced-arbitration clauses — contract
provisions that have kept
customers from being able
to sue the bank, even over
unauthorized accounts and
other abuses.
Before traveling to Iowa,
Chiang on Monday held a
news conference near Wells
Fargo’s headquarters and
delivered a letter calling for
the resignation of Sloan, appointed in 2016 after his
predecessor, John Stump,
was ousted weeks after the
$185-million settlement.
New York Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli wants
shareholders to ask for a report on the bank's incentive
which have been blamed for
many of the bank’s woes.
Workers created unauthorized accounts as they
tried to hit onerous sales
goals, either to meet incentive compensation targets
or simply keep their jobs, a
practice first documented in
a 2013 Times investigation.
The bank in 2016 eliminated sales goals for branchlevel workers, but a former
currency trader at the bank
said in a lawsuit this month
that incentive pay also may
have led to misconduct in
Wells Fargo’s foreign-exchange business.
Members of the laborbacked group Committee
for Better Banks plan to protest outside the meeting and
in a handful of other cities,
also calling for Sloan’s resignation and improved pay for
bank workers.
Another group, Iowa
Citizens for Community Improvement, has organized a
protest to call for new leadership and a breakup of the
massive bank, the Des
Moines Register reported.
Southwest begins
inspecting its jets
Carrier is checking
almost its entire fleet
after a fatal accident.
By Hugo Martin
In the wake of an in-flight
engine failure that killed a
Southwest Airlines passenger, the carrier has
started ultrasonic inspections covering virtually its
entire fleet of more than 700
The Dallas-based carrier
canceled 40 flights over the
weekend and an additional
129 flights Monday as it
moved to conduct the inspections of the fan blades
on all of its CFM56 engines
over the next 30 days, exceeding the requirement of a
Federal Aviation Administration order last week.
The airline said that
about 1% to 2% of flights
would be disrupted over the
next several days as it conducts inspections.
The accident took place
when an engine fan blade
fractured, sending shrapnel
into the fuselage, killing Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive and mother of two from
New Mexico. The New Yorkto-Dallas flight made an
emergency landing in Philadelphia. It was the first passenger fatality in Southwest’s 51-year history and the
first on a U.S. carrier in nine
The FAA and CFM International, the manufacturer
of the CFM56 engines, both
called Friday for ultrasonic
inspections within 20 days of
engines with at least 30,000
cycles — or takeoffs and
landings. Such engines typically are about 20 years old,
and the FAA said its order
would apply to 352 engines
on planes flown in the U.S.
and 681 engines flown worldwide by various carriers.
Southwest said it is meeting the FAA requirement
and going further by inspecting all CFM56 engines,
including those that have
not reached 30,000 cycles.
The CFM56 engine is one
of the most widely used jet
engines for commercial use
in the world, according to its
United Airlines operates
547 Boeing 737 planes with
CFM engines, according to
Boeing’s website. About 400
of those planes were delivered to United at least 20
years ago, the site shows.
United previously said it had
already begun inspections of
the engines, but a representative declined to elaborate Monday on progress.
American Airlines operates 305 Boeing 737 planes
that are powered by the
CFM56 engines and all of
those were delivered within
the last 19 years, according
to the Boeing site. Airline officials say that none of those
planes have experienced
30,000 cycles and therefore
are not required to be inspected under the FAA directive.
Still, American Airlines
officials said last week that
they had already begun testing the fan blades on the
CFM56 engines in response
to a proposed inspection
rule issued last year that was
not finalized until Friday, after the accident.
Southwest said it will inspect all of its roughly 700
Boeing 737-700 and 737-800
model planes that have
CFM56 engines. Only about
a dozen planes in the Southwest fleet will not need to be
inspected because they
don’t use those engines.
The ultrasonic inspections will focus on the fan
blades because inspectors
suspect the cause of the accident was metal fatigue,
which cannot necessarily be
detected visually. Southwest
experienced a similar failure
on the same model engine
two years ago, forcing an
emergency landing.
CFM International, a
joint venture of GE and
Safran Aircraft Engines of
France, said the inspection
is conducted with the engine
on the wing and takes about
four hours per engine.
Southwest said it was doing
what it could to prevent delays and cancellations.
Netflix Inc. is tapping the junk-bond market again to
help finance its next wave of shows.
The world’s largest online television network is selling
$1.9 billion of senior bonds in its largest-ever dollar-denominated offering. That’s up from a planned $1.5 billion,
according to a statement Monday. The 10.5-year notes
may yield 5.875%, within the initially discussed range of
5.75% to 6%, according to people with knowledge of the
matter who asked not to be identified because the details
are private.
Netflix’s planned sale follows a quarter in which it
gained 7.41 million subscribers, its strongest start to a
year since going public 16 years ago. Moody’s Investors
Service upgraded the company’s credit ratings this
month, citing expectations that growth will continue and
eventually turn its cash flows positive. In an April 13 report, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Stephen Flynn said
the upgrade may give Netflix the support to sell $2 billion
worth of bonds to boost liquidity and pay for rising programming costs.
Even with a better credit rating, Netflix is still a junkrated issuer whose operations continue to burn through
cash. That hasn’t seemed to bother debt investors too
much. They have proved willing time and time again to
lend to the company as it invests in programming to fuel
subscriber growth, said Rahim Shad, a senior analyst in
high-yield credit research at Invesco Ltd.
“Of course there’s the massive cash burn. Just ignore
that for a second. The rest of the story is doing something
that’s quite unique: subscriber growth and ASP growth,”
Shad said, referring to average selling price.
S&P Global Ratings graded the bonds B+, four steps
below investment grade.
The proceeds of the offering will be used for general
corporate purposes, which may include adding content,
production and development as well as potential acquisitions, the Los Gatos, Calif., company said.
Sears chief offers
to buy key brands
By Corilyn Shropshire and Lauren Zumbach
The hedge fund run by Sears Holdings Corp.’s chief
executive has offered to buy Sears’ popular appliance
brand Kenmore and other Sears divisions, moving to
break up the company after it failed to find other buyers
for the assets.
Sears said it received a letter from Edward Lampert’s
ESL Investments suggesting that it acquire all or part of
Sears’ Kenmore brand, as well as the Parts Direct and
home improvement businesses of the Sears Home Services division.
Sears has been exploring alternatives for those businesses, as well as its DieHard brand, for nearly two years.
Its shares jumped 7.6% on Monday to $3.24.
A sale would give the retailer a cash injection as it
works to restructure its business after racking up more
than $10.8 billion in losses over the last seven years.
The brands would continue to operate as they have,
according to the letter to the board of directors, which was
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ESL
also offered to buy certain Sears real estate assets, including debt, and continue to lease the properties to Sears or
other entities.
ESL valued Parts Direct and the home improvement
business at $500 million. It did not provide a valuation of
the Kenmore brand but offered to submit a proposal and
said it believed it could close on a deal in 90 days.
Sears, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., said it would review the letter.
Shropshire and Zumbach write for the Chicago Tribune.
Alphabet’s sales,
expenses surge
Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., posted the
strongest sales growth in almost four years last quarter,
indicating that marketers kept flocking to its services
even as lawmakers scrutinized how internet companies
harness user data to sell ads.
Costs also surged as the company bought real estate
and invested in new opportunities such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, consumer devices and a voicecontrolled digital assistant.
Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said demand for
mobile search ads and a strong performance by the
YouTube video service helped drive revenue growth.
Google’s business of selling targeted ads on other sites
across the web also contributed, Porat said on a conference call with analysts.
“We have a clear set of exciting opportunities ahead,
and our strong growth enables us to invest in them with
confidence,” the executive said.
First-quarter sales came in at $24.9 billion, excluding
payments to partners that distribute Google services and
ads. That was up 24% from the same quarter last year, and
it beat analysts’ forecasts, according to data compiled by
Bloomberg. Alphabet shares rose less than 1% in afterhours trading Monday.
So far, Google has shrugged off a privacy backlash set
off by disclosures about lapses in Facebook Inc.’s datacollection practices. Google is the world’s largest digitalad provider, a business that relies on targeted messages
based on users’ online information and behavior.
Alphabet’s capital spending almost tripled to $7.7 billion. That reflected a large real estate investment and investments in the cloud, hardware and the Google Assistant. The higher spending shaved operating profit margins at the Mountain View, Calif., company to 22%, down
from 27% a year earlier.
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Amazon is said
to be making a
domestic robot
It may accompany
customers in parts of a
home where there are
no Echo devices.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
SALES in the six-county region fell 6.2% last month compared with a year earlier, in part because there were
fewer homes on the market than in 2017. Above, a home for sale in Torrance in 2016.
Home prices hit a new high
Southland’s median
climbs to $519,000 in
March amid a limited
supply of properties.
By Andrew Khouri
median home price jumped
8.4% in March from a year
earlier, setting a new all-time
high, as hopeful buyers engaged in bidding wars over a
limited supply of homes on
the market.
The six-county region’s
median price for new and resale houses and condos hit
$519,000 last month, up
$40,000 from a year earlier,
real estate data provider
CoreLogic said Monday.
March’s median topped the
previous all-time high of
$509,500 set in December.
Sales, meanwhile, fell
6.2% compared with the
same month last year, in
part because there were
fewer homes on the market
than in 2017.
“The rate we are seeing
price appreciation is simply
the lack of inventory,” said
Selma Hepp, chief economist with California brokerage Pacific Union International.
When adjusted for inflation, March’s median price
— the point where half the
homes sold for more and half
for less — is still 13.4% below
the high reached during last
decade’s bubble. But on a
year-over-year basis, prices
have now risen every month
for six straight years — the
result of an increase in jobs,
historically low mortgage
rates and a shortage of
homes for sale.
In the long run, the current rate of price increases is
unsustainable, according to
Hepp, who forecasts a slowdown to a 5% annual gain in
2019 and 2% a year later.
But prices are unlikely to
fall if the job picture holds
steady, because unlike last
decade, the market isn’t
driven by risky loans but
rather a strong economy
and tight inventory, he said.
One major reason for the
supply shortage is that despite an increase in construction after the recession, home building hasn’t returned to historically normal levels. The nationwide
problem is blamed on a variety of factors, including a
slew of builders that went
belly up in the wake of the financial crisis.
In California, economists
say, the problem is exacerbated because, for decades,
too few homes have been
built relative to job and
population growth. Residents have fought against
construction projects, expressing concern over traffic
and the changing character
of their neighborhoods.
In March, there were
fewer homes for sale in all six
Southland counties than
there were the same month a
year earlier, with declines
ranging from 2.8% to 18.3%,
according to data from online brokerage Redfin. In
February, only one county —
San Diego — had more
homes for sale than a year
earlier, and that increase
was negligible: 0.2%.
The mismatch between
supply and demand sent
prices up throughout the region last month:
8 Los Angeles County:
The median price rose 6.6%
to a record of $585,000.
8 Orange County: The
price rose 8.7% to a record of
8 Riverside County: The
price rose 7.1% to $375,000.
County: The price rose 7.5%
to $328,000.
8 San Diego County: The
price rose 6.8% to a record of
8 Ventura County: The
price rose 5.6% to $565,000.
Sales in all six counties
dropped compared with a
year earlier. The biggest decrease was in Riverside
County, where sales fell 8.1%.
A jump in mortgage rates
could also be affecting sales.
Last week, the rate on a 30year fixed mortgage averaged nearly 4.5%, up from
just under 4% at the beginning of the year, according to
Freddie Mac. That is still
well below the 6% rates
heading into the financial
crisis, or double digits in
Brad Roth, a San Fernando Valley real estate
agent with Pinnacle Estate
Properties, said some sellers
aren’t adjusting their prices
to reflect the higher cost of
borrowing and those houses
are sitting longer. But, he
said, if a home is priced right
and under $1 million, “they
are flying off the market.”
Case in point: Roth listed
a four-bedroom house in
Northridge on a recent Friday, pricing the 3,000square-foot single-story at
$899,000 even though he
thought it was worth around
$925,000 or $950,000. More
than 250 people came
through the weekend open
house and by Sunday it sold,
Roth said. The buyers paid
At some point the price
surge will end, but if the
economy doesn’t take a turn
for the worse “this could run
for a while,” said Richard
Green, director of the USC
Lusk Center for Real Estate.
“It’s not that there is suddenly going to be a flood of
[newly constructed] singlefamily houses and condos,”
he said.
Ten years ago, Amazon
introduced the Kindle and
established the appeal of
reading on a digital device.
Four years ago, Jeff Bezos
and company rolled out the
Echo, prompting millions of
people to start talking to a
Now Inc. is
working on another big bet:
robots for the home.
The retail and cloud computing giant has embarked
on an ambitious, top-secret
plan to build a domestic robot, according to people familiar with the plans. Codenamed Vesta, after the Roman goddess of the hearth,
home and family, the project
is overseen by Gregg Zehr,
who runs Amazon’s Lab126
hardware research and development division based in
Sunnyvale, Calif. Lab126 is
responsible for Amazon devices such as Echo speakers,
Fire TV set-top boxes, Fire
tablets and the ill-fated Fire
The Vesta project originated a few years ago, but
this year Amazon began to
aggressively ramp up hiring.
There are dozens of listings
on the Lab 126 jobs page for
openings such as “software
engineer, robotics” and
“principle sensors engineer.” People briefed on the
plan say the company hopes
to begin seeding the robots
in employees’ homes by the
end of this year, and potentially with consumers as
early as 2019, though the
timeline could change, and
Amazon hardware projects
are sometimes killed during
An Amazon spokesperson said the company
doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.”
It’s unclear what tasks an
Amazon robot might perform. People familiar with
the project speculate that
the Vesta robot could be a
sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts
of their home where they
don’t have Echo devices.
Prototypes of the robots
have advanced cameras and
computer vision software
and can navigate through
homes like a self-driving car.
Former Apple executive
Max Paley is leading the
work on computer vision.
Amazon has also hired specialized mechanical engi-
neers from the robotics industry.
The project is different
from the robots designed by
Amazon Robotics — a company subsidiary — in Massachusetts and Germany, people familiar with the project
say. Amazon Robotics deploys robots in Amazon
warehouses to move goods
and originated as a company called Kiva Systems,
which Amazon acquired in
2012 for $775 million.
The promise of domestic
robots that offer companionship or perform basic
chores has tantalized the
technology industry for decades. Nolan Bushnell, the
founder of Atari, introduced
the 3-foot-tall, snowmanshaped Topo Robot in 1983.
programmed with an Apple
II computer to move around,
it did little else and sold
poorly. Subsequent attempts to produce useful robotic servants in the United
States, Japan and China
over the years have fared
only marginally better.
IRobot Corp.’s Roomba,
which does only one thing —
vacuum — is the standout
in the field, with more than
20 million units sold since
More recently, Sony
Corp. and LG Electronics
Inc. have shown interest in
the category. In January at
the CES electronics show,
LG showed off a robot called
Cloi in a demonstration that
failed multiple times. Sony
demonstrated a new version
of a robotic dog called Aibo,
which it sold a version of until the mid-2000s after first
unveiling the concept about
20 years ago. It doesn’t do
much other than bark (although Aibo has been
programmed to play soccer). The canine bot also
costs $1,800, or about the
same price as a real dog from
a breeder.
Advances in computer vision technology, cameras,
artificial intelligence and
voice activation help make it
feasible for Amazon to bring
its robot to the marketplace.
The retail giant has shown
itself willing to partially subsidize the costs of its devices
for Prime subscribers who
buy more products and subscribe to services through its
gadgets. That could also
make such a product more
affordable for mainstream
consumers in the future.
The consumer robot
market will be worth about
$15 billion a year by 2023, according to an estimate from
Research and Markets. That
would be up from about $5.4
billion this year.
Malibu beach
property goes
for $110 million
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wood, the main house and
guesthouse combine to offer
seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and about 8,000
square feet of living space.
throughout the contemporary homes are automated,
and wrap-around balconies
are centered toward the
A swimming pool and a
courtyard garden filled with
native beach landscaping
make up the grounds. Woodplank walkways connect the
structures while leading to
the shoreline.
Brandon Williams, who
teamed with his wife, Rayni,
to sell Morton’s home, said
the Hard Rock Cafe cofounder had no intention of
Williams first broached the
topic two years ago.
Morton was hesitant at
first, Williams said, but the
real estate agent knew the
hotelier was spending most
of his time in the Hamptons
in New York.
“I’d worked with Peter
before. This was my eighth
or ninth deal with him,”
Williams said. “He trusted
Williams asked for a number; Morton came back with
$110 million.
What followed was a two-
year courtship of the buyers
showings and saw them leasing the property for an extended period of time. Barry
Peele of Sotheby’s International Realty represented
the Smiths in the sale.
Smith is the chairman
and chief executive of
Development, a Texas energy
company that offers vacuum-insulated gas transfer
linen, regasification services
and storage facilities for liquefied natural gas. He previously served as president of
both the Colorado Oil & Gas
Assn. and Basin Exploration Inc.
Williams confirmed that
the $110-million price is for
the home only; furniture and
artwork, negotiated items
often used as deal sweeteners in the high-end market, were not included in the
What will be the next big
domino to fall in L.A.’s redhot luxury market? There
are plenty of candidates.
Four L.A.-area homes are
currently priced at $110 million or more, according to
the Multiple Listing Service,
not to mention a handful of
large estates and spec-built
mansions circulating as
pocket listings from $100 million to $500 million.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
WRAPPED in rich teak wood, the main house and guesthouse combine to offer seven bedrooms, nine bath-
rooms and about 8,000 square feet of living space. The sale is expected to close Tuesday.
Atop the MLS list is the
onetime Holmby Hills home
of Candy Spelling that currently lists for $200 million.
Known simply as the Manor,
the 56,600-square-foot palatial estate is the largest single-family home in Los Angeles County. It has spent
more than 17 months on the
market since its current
owner, Petra Ecclestone,
listed it.
And still up for grabs is
Billionaire, the larger-thanlife compound developed by
Makowsky. The amenityfilled compound was reintroduced to the market last
week at $188 million, a 25%
reduction from its original
price of $250 million.
For those holding out for
a market correction, a warning: Don’t expect to see one
soon, if it all.
“I would have thought
we’d have another recession
two years ago,” said Jeff Hyland, co-founder of Hilton &
Hyland. “Even if things start
slowing down in other parts
of the country, like Manhattan, where you can build another high-rise, you’re not
going to see that in L.A. because there’s no land left.”
A limited supply of
homes on the market has
continued to drive up price
the Southland. In March,
median home prices in
Southern California climbed
8.4% from a year earlier, setting a new all-time high.
The same goes for the
luxury market, particularly
in leading sub-markets such
as Malibu, where an eroding
coastline has been a topic of
conversation for years.
Sales activity indicates
that while some long-term
investors are bearish on the
consequences of climate
change, others have no issue
with it, according to Paul
Habibi, a professor of real estate at UCLA.
When Hyland shows
homes in Malibu to clients,
he does so with a caveat: The
property may not be here for
your grandchildren. But
even with potential issues
down the line, he says most
people aren’t dissuaded.
“They’re looking to enjoy
themselves now,” Hyland
For the rich and famous
looking to enjoy themselves,
Carbon Beach has long been
an appealing address.
Ellison is perhaps Billionaire’s Beach’s most wellknown resident; over the last
two decades, he’s purchased
at least a dozen properties in
the beachfront area.
Other notable homeowners include film studio head
Jeffrey Katzenberg and billionaire Eli Broad. Former
Dodgers owner Jamie McCourt bought her Carbon
Beach home a decade ago
from “Friends” actress
Courteney Cox. Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio sold
his longtime home in the
area two years ago.
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Opening car
buyers to bias
for its
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Grey, Paramount’s string of
misfires got so bad the
studio lost $445 million in
fiscal 2016. In the last year
alone, the studio has weathered such bombs as “Downsizing,” “Suburbicon” and
“It’s a pretty big hole
to dig out of,” Cowen & Co.
media analyst Doug Creutz
said of Paramount. “I think
it will be better for Paramount, but the question
is, will it be better enough?”
The struggles come as
Disney is buying assets from
21st Century Fox, AT&T is
trying to acquire Time
Warner Inc., and tech giants
including Netflix are spending billions of dollars on programming. Then there are
contentious merger talks between Viacom and CBS
Corp., orchestrated by Shari
Redstone, who controls
both media companies.
Gianopulos, 66, who previously ran 20th Century Fox
Film for 16 years, does not
appear daunted by the challenge. After he was pushed
aside in 2016, Gianopulos
saw a chance to revive a century-old film company. His
strategy has focused on
relationships with talent,
working more closely with
Viacom’s cable TV brands
and making a mix of fiscally
responsible movies that
have global appeal.
“The studio is poised for a
renaissance,” Gianopulos
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
DESPITE the challenges, CEO Jim Gianopulos is bullish: “I think with a new
team in place, a new direction and a new strategy, the opportunities are terrific.”
said. “It’s had a couple of
difficult years structurally,
organizationally and in
terms of its performance. I
think with a new team in
place, a new direction and a
new strategy, the opportunities are terrific.”
It’s a message he will take
to Las Vegas this week.
Gianopulos will introduce
new Paramount film footage
to movie theater owners at
CinemaCon, the industry’s
annual gathering.
“In the past, it was very
difficult to get things done
there,” said producer Jerry
Bruckheimer, who is making
movies such as “Gemini
Man” and a “Top Gun” sequel at Paramount. “Before,
it was tough to get answers.
Now it seems like the logjam
has opened up.”
Gianopulos’ hiring was a
crucial decision for Bob
Bakish, who took over as Viacom’s CEO in 2016. The approval process for new movies was broken, and management was overestimating
how movies would perform.
“Paramount’s financial
performance was extremely
disappointing,” Bakish said.
“There were a range of issues
at Viacom ... but we needed
to get under the covers at Paramount.”
Bakish tapped Gianopulos because of his successful
track record at Fox — he
presided over a string of hits,
including “Avatar” and
“Deadpool” — and his reputation as a straight shooter.
“It’s a whole new day at
Paramount, because this is a
guy who likes to work with
people,” Bakish said.
The veteran entertainment
quickly to stem losses. He
sold “The Cloverfield Paradox,” a highly anticipated
J.J. Abrams-produced sequel, to Netflix. Critics eviscerated the movie, which
could’ve flopped in theaters.
Gianopulos installed a
new executive team. In
September, he recruited
“Maze Runner” producer
Wyck Godfrey, who had
persuaded Gianopulos to
make “The Fault in Our
Stars” at Fox, as president of
Paramount’s motion picture
group. Godfrey is shepherding important films such as
“Terminator” reboot and
the long-in-the-works “Top
Gun” sequel, and has also
brought in projects including a “Coming to America”
sequel with Eddie Murphy.
Brian Robbins, who
co-founded teen network
tapped to head a new production unit tasked with
making films with ties to Viacom’s television networks.
With his team in place,
Gianopulos and his executives embarked on a tour of
the major talent agencies
earlier this year.
“What was clear to us was
that Jim was on a particular
mission to become more talent-friendly and change the
culture at Paramount and
the relationship between
Paramount and the community of artists,” said Richard
Lovett, president of Creative
Artists Agency.
In another change, Gianopulos and his deputies
have accelerated the development of projects.
Producer David Ellison,
founder of Skydance Media,
said he pitched “Gemini
Man,” an action movie directed by Ang Lee and starring Will Smith, over lunch
with Gianopulos. The studio
approved the project just a
week after he submitted it.
“You can feel a whole new
momentum that’s been
building at the studio,”
Ellison said. “Every aspect of
the process has taken a real
Paramount is working
more closely with cable network brands such as MTV,
BET and Nickelodeon. At a
June meeting in Barcelona,
Gianopulos sat down for a
presentation on Viacom’s
network brands. Previously,
there was little collaboration
between the film studio and
networks, and Viacom stars,
including Amy Schumer and
Jordan Peele, went on to
make hit movies for competing studios.
“We certainly sent people
over to Paramount — but
they never felt particularly
welcome,” said one former
TV executive.
Paramount Players’ projects include a live-action
teen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer”
and an MTV horror movie
titled “Eli.” Paramount is
working on two upcoming
BET-branded films.
Gianopulos also had to
lock down deals with major
producers and financiers.
In May, he flew to the
Pawtucket, R.I., offices of
Hasbro, the toy and game
Paramount franchises as
“Transformers” and “G.I.
Joe.” Hasbro CEO Brian
Goldner wanted to accelerate his company’s growth in
the film business.
The companies quickly
struck an exclusive five-year
production and financing
deal. Projects include a G.I.
Joe reboot, as well as movies
based on more obscure
Hasbro properties such as
M.A.S.K. and Micronauts.
“Literally, he’s a database
of what works and what
doesn’t work in movies,”
Goldner said. “Jim exudes a
level of optimism ... that’s
very infectious.”
It’s still too early to evaluate Gianopulos’ recovery
efforts. His slate of movies
won’t truly be tested until
next year, experts said.
For now, though, the success of “A Quiet Place” and
the July launch of a new
“Mission: Impossible” movie
should improve the studio’s
2018 financial prospects.
Executives predict a return
to profitability by next year.
“A Quiet Place” was conceived, developed and announced before Gianopulos
arrived, but the new management earned kudos for
championing the project.
Paramount approved about
$1 million in additional money for more effects and reshoots and ramped up the
marketing as the movie
started generating interest
among audiences.
Gianopulos has no regrets about taking the job.
“It’s one of the oldest,
most storied and successful
studios of all time,” he said.
“The chance to bring it back
to its rightful place was
really exciting.”
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allow dealers to wet their
beaks in this way, permitting them to pocket some or
all of the difference the
higher rates produce.
Studies have found that
such markups frequently
are higher for black and
Latino borrowers than they
are for white car buyers.
In January, the National
Fair Housing Alliance released a report on what
happened after it sent
undercover buyers to eight
dealerships in Virginia. In
each case, a white and a
nonwhite person inquired
about financing for the
same car.
Just to make things
really interesting, the nonwhite buyers had higher
credit scores than the white
Nearly two-thirds of the
time, the alliance found, the
nonwhite car buyers received more costly pricing
options, requiring them to
pay about $2,600 more than
white buyers over the life of
the loan.
Also, the white buyers
were offered more financing
alternatives than nonwhite
buyers 75% of the time.
“Overall, this investigation found that, when auto
dealers have pricing elements at their discretion,
there is an opportunity for
discrimination to occur,”
the report concluded. “This
investigation revealed that,
more often than not, auto
dealers took that opportunity to discriminate.”
Debbie Goldstein, executive vice president of the
Center for Responsible
Lending, told me such practices have been an open
secret in the auto industry
for many years.
“People just aren’t
treated with fairness and
respect by dealers,” she
In 2013, the CFPB concluded that “potentially
discriminatory markups in
auto lending may result in
tens of millions of dollars in
consumer harm each year.”
It issued a guideline
reminding dealers and
lenders that the Equal
Credit Opportunity Act
“makes it illegal for a creditor to discriminate in any
aspect of a credit transaction on prohibited bases,
including race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
marital status and age.”
A handful of lenders
reached related settlements
with the CFPB and Justice
Department between 2013
and 2016. Ally Financial, the
former lending division of
General Motors, and the
lending arms of Toyota and
Honda refunded more than
$125 million to minority
borrowers. Toyota and
Honda also agreed to limit
their dealers’ markups.
The National Automobile Dealers Assn. lobbied
aggressively for lawmakers
to overturn the agency’s
guidance, and there was at
least one legislative attempt
to do just that. But it failed
to pass.
Republicans are now
exploiting a ruling they
sought in December from
the Government Accountability Office, which said the
CFPB should have issued a
formal rule in 2013 rather
than an informal guideline.
That opened the door to
lawmakers revisiting the
CFPB’s decision with a
simple party-line majority
The dealers association
misleadingly characterizes
the interest-rate flexibility
as allowing dealers to provide discounted rates to
customers, rather than
going in the other direction
with markups.
Peter Welch, chief executive of the association, said
in a statement that the
Senate bill is “a measured
response to the CFPB’s
attempt to regulate the
$1.1-trillion auto financing
Again, the bureau wasn’t
regulating anything. It was
simply serving notice that
federal law requires no
racial discrimination in
lending, and that it would be
watching the market for
violations of the law.
As with all their criticism
of the CFPB, conservative
lawmakers spun the guideline as an example of a regulatory agency riding
roughshod over decent,
hardworking American
Sen. Jerry Moran, a
Kansas Republican, spearheaded the legislation. He
said he was blocking the
CFPB from “proceeding
down the path of an aggressive enforcement action in
search of ‘market-tipping
By that, I assume he
means the bureau was
proceeding down the path of
holding auto dealers accountable for skeevy, racist
Coincidentally, the dealers association has contributed $73,500 to Moran over
the course of his political
career, according to the
Center for Responsive Politics.
It has given about $4.7
million so far in the 2018
election cycle. Eighty-two
percent of those contributions has gone to Republicans.
In the 2016 election cycle,
auto dealers contributed
more than $22 million, with
78% of that total going to
Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with
Public Citizen, noted that
White House budget chief
Mick Mulvaney, President
Trump’s choice to run the
CFPB on an interim basis,
could have overturned the
bureau’s auto-lending guidance “just by snapping his
“Apparently the Senate
majority is more interested
in helping vulnerable incumbents raise campaign
cash from the powerful and
well-heeled auto lobby than
in protecting consumers
who are being charged more
for car loans based on the
color of their skin,” he said.
That’s as good an explanation as any for such a
thoughtless, mean-spirited
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5.
Stocks end session mostly down
associated press
stocks finished
mostly lower Monday as
technology firms slipped.
Bond prices continue to fall
and the yield on the 10-year
Treasury note drew closer to
3%, a milestone it hasn’t reached since January 2014.
Stocks have faded over
the last few days as bond
yields continued to climb.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury note continued to
trade at four-year highs, rising to 2.98% from 2.96%.
Bond yields have climbed
this year as investors are
starting to see signs that inflation is picking up and the
Federal Reserve continues
to raise interest rates. The
10-year yield stood at 2.43%
at the end of 2017.
Since the global financial
crisis in 2008-09, a combination of low inflation expectations and a bond-buying
program by the Federal Reserve have helped keep bond
yields low. That pushed
stocks up by making bonds
less appealing in comparison. With the Fed no longer
buying bonds and investors
expecting greater inflation,
higher yields could make
bonds more attractive.
Duane McAllister, senior
portfolio manager for Baird
Advisors, said he doesn’t
think rising yields are a
problem for the stock market. He said they are an opportunity for investors to diversify their holdings at a
time of increased market
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index edged up 0.15 of a
point to 2,670.29 on Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial
average slipped 14.25 points
to 24,448.69. The Nasdaq
composite fell 17.52 points to
7,128.60. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company
stocks fell 2 points to 1,562.12.
Aluminum companies
fell sharply after the Treasury Department extended a
deadline for U.S. companies
to stop doing business with
Russian firm Rusal. Alcoa
dived 13.5% to $51.90, and
Century Aluminum faltered
5.3% to $16.72. The stocks
had rallied after the sanc-
tions were announced.
Walmart fell 1% after
Bloomberg reported the retailer might buy the majority
of Indian e-commerce company FlipKart for $12 billion.
company Henry Schein
jumped 6.8% to $73.79 after it
said it will spin off its animal
health business. That division will combine with Vets
FirstChoice as a new publicly traded company, and
Henry Schein expects to get
at least $1 billion in cash
from the tax-free move.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil
rose 0.4% to $68.64 a barrel.
Brent crude rose 0.9% to
$74.71 a barrel. That gave a
boost to energy company
stocks. Wholesale gasoline
rose 1.3% to $2.12 a gallon.
Heating oil rose 0.8% to $2.14
a gallon. Natural gas held at
$2.74 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold fell 1.1% to $1,324 an
ounce. Silver dropped 3.4%
to $16.59 an ounce. Copper
fell 0.8% to $3.11 a pound.
The dollar rose to 108.65
yen from 107.60 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2205 from $1.2283.
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Host’s real estate holdings under spotlight
[Hannity, from C1]
SPMK companies own
an entire neighborhood of
duplexes in Lithia Springs,
Ga.; apartment complexes
in Athens, Ga., Brunswick,
Ga., Gainesville, Ga. and
Madison, Ala.; high-rise condos in South Florida; and a
private helicopter and a private jet registered at an airport 20 miles from Hannity’s
mansion on Long Island.
One of the companies,
SPMK II, is a co-owner of
Henssler Property Management LLC, which manages
rental properties owned by
other SPMK-named limited
liability corporations, according to financial disclosures from Henssler Financial. Lako is also listed as an
SPMK II also co-owns
Henssler Capital LLC, an investment fund that recently
launched a private securities offering that has raised
$13 million from 65 investors
between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15,
according to Securities and
disclosures. Lako, again, is
listed as an investor.
The shell companies’
links to Hannity were first
reported by the Guardian,
which said that many of the
properties were bought after
banks foreclosed on their
previous owners after the
Great Recession.
The companies also ap-
pear to have obtained mortgages insured by the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development, leading some commentators to
ridicule “Handout Hannity”
for using taxpayer help to
build his wealth at the same
time that Hannity was criticizing the Obama administration’s housing policies.
Hannity had not previously
disclosed his relationship
with HUD when previously
interviewing and praising
HUD Secretary Ben Carson
on Fox News.
“I think it’s funny that
Sean Hannity turns out to be
a welfare queen for HUD,
having taken advantage of
guarantees that were put
forward by none other than
the Obama administration,”
conservative New York
Stephens said on an
MSNBC panel Monday.
Hannity on Monday said
he had no direct discussions
with HUD regarding loans
for his real estate holdings.
And he defended his shell
companies as “REAL companies that spend real investment money on real
properties,” many of which
are rental homes and apartments in lower-income
“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing
my personal money in communities that badly need
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SEAN HANNITY defends his real estate assets,
many of which are rentals in lower-income areas.
such investment and in
which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” Hannity said in a statement on
his website. “The fact is,
these are investments that I
do not individually select,
control, or know the details
about; except that obviously
I believe in putting my money to work in communities
that otherwise struggle to
receive such support.”
Lako did not respond to a
message seeking comment
Christopher Reeves, a
real estate attorney who
serves as the registered
agent for many of the SPMK
companies and who maintains offices at the same address as Henssler Financial,
did not respond to a message seeking comment.
“I doubt you would find it
very surprising that most
people prefer to keep their
legal and personal financial
issues private,” Reeves told
the Guardian in an email.
“Mr. Hannity is no different.”
Hannity’s personal business dealings have recently
been thrust into the public
spotlight after President
Trump’s personal attorney,
Michael Cohen, disclosed
that Hannity was one of his
other clients.
Hannity, who had been
using his media platform to
bash the criminal investigation into Cohen, said that his
legal discussions with Cohen
were “almost exclusively
about real estate.”
But it’s hard to pin down
which real estate matters
Hannity might have been
discussing with Cohen. A review of corporate records revealed more than 20 holding
companies with “SMPK”
Henssler Financial’s address in Kennesaw, Ga.
His business dealings involving a federal government agency would likely be
frowned upon at a legacy
news division. But Fox News
has held more relaxed
standards for its prime-time
hosts, who are commentators and not journalists in
the traditional sense.
Hannity, who has been
with Fox News since it
launched in 1996, is also feeling the laser-like spotlight
that comes with being the
top dog at the most-watched
cable news channel.
Although Hannity has
been part of the prime-time
lineup for years, it has been
other stars, such as Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly, who
have generated the attention and controversy.
But O’Reilly’s firing last
year and Kelly’s departure to
NBC have turned the conservative Hannity into the
network’s main attraction.
Moved to the 9 p.m. Eastern
time slot last year, his show
has become the tent-pole
program for Fox News in
prime time, delivering the
largest audience in cable
news on most nights.
Hannity has never had
Lako on his television program, a Fox News representative said.
Presenting Lako as an expert on Hannity’s radio program — with disclosure that
he is his client — is an accepted
Michael Harrison, publisher
of the talk radio business
publication Talkers.
“If it’s short of touting, it’s
basically using your connections to bring colorful personalities onto the air,” Harrison said.
Harrison said radio hosts
run afoul of the law if they
take direct payment from a
guest for appearing without
disclosing it.
“I do not believe there
was anything done with intent to deceive or to promote
these people on the radio,”
Harrison said. “It’s uncomfortable, and a lot of that is
because of the murkiness of
the laws that apply to this.”
T U E S D A Y , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
in effort
to shield
Shortly after
Zack Greinke
reported to
his first spring
training with
the Dodgers
in 2013, the
team said the
would address his welldocumented problems with
anxiety once and once only.
So one day in February, he
shared his story with a
group of reporters. The
subject was never raised
again in Greinke’s three
seasons with the Dodgers.
Incredibly, the Houston
Astros are asking for similar
respect to be paid to Yuli
Gurriel — not over a medical
condition like Greinke’s, not
over something out of his
control, but over a racist
gesture he made.
“He’s already talked
about it,” said Gene Dias,
the team’s vice president of
media relations. “No more.”
Gurriel is the first baseman from Cuba who hit a
home run against Yu
Darvish of the Dodgers in
Game 3 of the World Series
last year, only to be caught
by a television camera celebrating the blast by making
a slant-eye gesture and
mouthing “chinito,” a Spanish word that translates into
something along the lines of
“little Chinese boy.”
Darvish, who now pitches
for the Chicago Cubs, is
from Japan.
As part of his punishment, Gurriel was forced to
undergo an eight-hour
sensitivity-training class in
the offseason.
When Gurriel was approached in the Astros
clubhouse Monday, he was
initially reluctant to revisit
[See Hernandez, D3]
No mistakes, not
even by the rookie
Skaggs and relievers,
including Anderson in
debut, put up zeroes. D3
McNair was victim of
‘botched’ report by
committee, lawyer
argues as trial opens.
By Nathan Fenno
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
ROOKIE WALKER BUEHLER pitched five scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins in his first
major league start, giving up four hits Monday night while striking out five and walking three.
Rookie is pulled after delivering five scoreless innings
Did you hear him?
The first major league
start for the Dodgers’ ace of
the future filled Chavez
Ravine with a concerto of
Walker Buehler landed
his fastballs in catcher
Yasmani Grandal’s black
glove Monday night with such a distinct
sound, the kid could have been directing
the Los Angeles Pops!
There were loud pops at 98 mph, louder
pops at 99 mph, and even one fortissimo
pop at 100 mph.
There was noise when he induced J.B.
Shuck into a foul tip to survive a basesloaded jam in the first inning, noise when
he followed with a stretch of four strikeouts
Walker Buehler’s
first start
in five batters, noise for five innings from
everywhere but the Miami Marlins bats.
Did you hear him? If so, then you heard
what could be the most important sound
of the Dodgers’ 2018 season.
Walker Buehler is only a 23-year-old
rookie, and the Dodgers are going to carefully manage him like he is fine crystal, but
his debut of five scoreless innings in a 2-1
victory could be the foundation of their
championship hopes.
Buehler won’t pitch every five days, and
almost certainly won’t spend the entire
summer in the major leagues. But by September, he could be one of their top three
starters. By October, he could be the lateseason addition Yu Darvish never could be,
and the Clayton Kershaw encore that the
Dodgers have desperately needed.
That’s a lot to put on a kid, even a former first-round draft pick, but he was
bigger than the moment Monday when he
either blew away the Marlins or fooled
[See Plaschke, D4]
UCLA’s comeback is epic
Women’s resolve ends in NCAA gymnastics title for Bruins
After checking the scoreboard too
often and not
seeing the
standings in
the order they
had hoped,
members of
UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team stopped looking
up and instead looked
within themselves.
One of the “Super Six”
teams that advanced to the
NCAA team finals last
weekend in St. Louis, the
Bruins trailed defending
champion Oklahoma by
0.375 points on Saturday
after performing on floor
exercise and vault. Peeking
at the standings was weakening their concentration.
“We got in trouble for
looking halfway through,
after vault. We were taking
away from the team and our
Bruins bubble,” said junior
Katelyn Ohashi, who was
shaken up in a car accident
the night before the team
traveled to St. Louis but still
tied for the individual floor
[See Elliott, D8]
Not so very
long ago, tennis
was his racket
Rosen says that
lessons learned on the
court serve him well
as an NFL prospect.
Josh Rosen is all in for
football; he’s clear about
But there was a time not
so long ago when tennis was
his No. 1 sport.
Back then, if Rosen
heard “Roger,” he thought
Federer, not Goodell.
Of course, it’s Goodell —
the NFL commissioner —
Jeff Roberson Associated Press
UCLA’S KATELYN OHASHI tied for the individual floor exercise title at the
NCAA women’s gymnastics championships a day after being in a car accident.
Almost seven years after
former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair
sued the NCAA for defamation, jurors filed into a woodpaneled room on the fifth
floor of the Stanley Mosk
Courthouse in downtown
Los Angeles on Monday
They clutched a cup of
coffee. A laptop case. A
newspaper. A weathered
Bible. Notepads with “Do
not remove from courtroom”
scrawled on the back.
“It seems we’re finally
ready to do it,” L.A. County
Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said.
The long-awaited trial,
delayed by years of detours
through an appellate court,
finally opened a few minutes
after 9 a.m.
“Football is a game,” one
of McNair’s attorneys, Bruce
Broillet, told the jury. “Football coaches’ reputations are
The opening statements
Monday started a threeweek journey through the
extra-benefits scandal involving former USC running
back Reggie Bush and the
NCAA infractions process
that led to historic sanctions
against the Trojans that McNair alleges ended his
coaching career.
He sued the NCAA after
being sanctioned for unethical conduct in the Bush case,
and hasn’t coached for a college or professional team
since USC declined to renew
his contract in June 2010.
McNair, scheduled to testify in the trial, sat in the first
row of the small courtroom
along with a couple dozen attorneys, media members
and others. His face remained
though he occasionally nodded in agreement. An NCAA
official, Naima Stevenson,
took notes a few feet away.
McNair listened to Broil[See Trial, D8]
who will call Rosen’s name
at or near the top of this
year’s draft as plenty of
teams are enamored with
the former UCLA quarterback who is widely considered the best pure passer in
this class.
The way Rosen sees it,
his background as a nationally ranked tennis prodigy
helped prepare him for
success in football.
“The thing about tennis
that helped me a lot was
because of how many points
you lose,” he said. “[Even] if
you beat someone, 6-0, 6-0,
you’re going to lose quite a
couple of points … so you
have to move on from lost
[See Farmer, D7]
Harden, Rockets
take flight in 3rd
Wide receiver
feeling good
James Harden scores 22
of Houston’s 50
third-quarter points to
soar past Minnesota
119-100 and go up 3-1. D2
Mike Williams, the No.
7 overall pick last year,
is looking forward to a
productive season with
the Chargers. D6
TU E S DAY , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
at San Fran. at San Fran.
7 NEXT: 4:30
7, Ch. 5, SNLA
at Houston at Houston
Shade denotes home game
3:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York Yankees
5 p.m.
Angels at Houston
7 p.m.
TV: FS West
R: 830, 1330
TV: SNLA R: 570,
Miami at Dodgers
6 p.m.
Long Beach State at USC
4 p.m.
Milwaukee at Boston
5 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State
11:30 a.m. Champions League, Liverpool vs. Roma
9:30 a.m. WTA, Porsche Grand Prix
2:30 a.m. WTA, Porsche Grand Prix
3 a.m.
Center Court, ATP, Barcelona
TV: Pac-12
Jim Mone Associated Press
HOUSTON’S JAMES HARDEN gets tied up with Minnesota’s Taj Gibson during the first half of Game 4 of
TV: FS1, FXDep
R: 1220
TV: beIN1
TV: beIN1
TV: Tennis
their first-round playoff series. Harden scored 36 points, 22 of which were in the third quarter.
Rockets take off with
50-point third quarter
Dodgers mailbag
The Dodgers have to worry about the Diamondbacks in the
division, but what other National League opponents could
give them fits later in the season? And why is Matt Kemp
not playing every day even though he’s been one of the
team’s best hitters? Beat writer Andy McCullough answers
these Dodgers questions and more in his weekly mailbag,
which you can read at
1 Houston vs. 8 Minnesota
Rockets lead series 3-1
1 Toronto vs. 8 Washington
Series tied 2-2
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Houston 104, Minn. 101
Houston 102, Minn. 82
Minn. 121, Houston 105
Houston 119, Minn. 100
Wed. at Houston, 6:30
Friday at Minnesota, TBA*
Sunday at Houston, TBA*
2 Golden St. vs. 7 San Antonio
Warriors lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Golden St. 113, San Ant. 92
Golden St. 116, San Ant. 101
Golden St. 110, San Ant. 97
San Ant. 103, Golden St. 90
Today at Golden St., 7:30
Thurs. at S. Antonio, TBA*
Sat. at Golden St., TBA*
3 Portland vs. 6 New Orleans
Pelicans win series 4-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
New Orleans 97, Port. 95
New Orleans 111, Port. 102
New Orleans 119, Port. 102
New Orleans 131, Port. 123
4 Oklahoma City vs. 5 Utah
Jazz lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Okla. City 116, Utah 108
Utah 102, Okla. City 95
Utah 115, Okla. City 102
Utah 113, Okla. City 96
Wed. at Okla. City, 6:30
Friday at Utah, TBA*
Sunday at Okla. City, TBA*
* if necessary
All times PDT and p.m. unless
James Harden gave
Houston quite the jumpstart with 22 of the team’s 50
points in the third quarter,
as the Rockets cruised past
the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 in Minneapolis
on Monday night to take a 3-1
lead in their first-round
playoff series.
“We had the mentality to
be aggressive, make or
missed shots,” said Harden,
who went seven for 10 in the
third quarter. “That’s what
we do. We shoot the basketball, and eventually they’ll
start falling.”
Chris Paul scored 15 of his
25 points in the near-record
third for the Rockets, who
turned a 50-49 halftime edge
into a 31-point advantage after the torrid 12-minute
span. The only team in the
history of the NBA playoffs
with more points in one
quarter are the Lakers, who
scored 51 points in the fourth
quarter March 31, 1962, in a
loss to the Detroit Pistons.
“It was a good time to do
it. We’ve been talking about
it for two years, putting the
50-piece up,” Rockets coach
Mike D’Antoni said.
Harden finished with 36
points on 12-for-26 shooting,
Clint Capela had 14 points
and 17 rebounds, Eric Gordon finally got going with 18
points off the bench and the
Rockets easily recovered
from their rough start.
had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were dominated
on both ends of the court
during the decisive third
quarter and missed 14 of 21
Rockets 119, Timberwolves 100
Jazz 113, Thunder 96
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Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Toronto 114, Wash. 106
Toronto 130, Wash. 119
Wash. 122, Toronto 103
Wash. 106, Toronto 98
Wed. at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Friday at Wash., TBA
Sunday at Toronto, TBA*
2 Boston vs. 7 Milwaukee
Series tied 2-2
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Boston 113, Milwaukee 107
Boston 120, Milwaukee 106
Milwaukee 116, Boston 92
Milwaukee 104, Boston 102
Today at Boston, 4 p.m.
Thursday at Mil., TBA
Saturday at Boston, TBA*
3 Philadelphia vs. 6 Miami
76ers lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Phila. 130, Miami 103
Miami 113, Phila. 103
Phila. 128, Miami 108
Phila. 106, Miami 102
Today at Phila., 5 p.m.
Thursday at Miami, TBA*
Saturday at Phila., TBA*
4 Cleveland vs. 5 Indiana
Series tied 2-2
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Indiana 98, Cleveland 80
Cleveland 100, Indiana 97
Indiana 92, Cleveland 90
Cleveland 104, Indiana 100
Wed. at Cleveland, 4 p.m.
Friday at Indiana, TBA
Sunday at Cleveland, TBA*
Ariza .................33 4-10 4-4 0-2 3 4 15
Tucker ...............24 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 3
Capela ..............31 6-11 2-4 7-17 3 2 14
Harden..............33 12-26 7-7 0-4 3 4 36
Paul..................33 9-17 4-4 1-6 6 1 25
Gordon..............29 6-14 2-2 0-1 2 0 18
Anderson...........17 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 0
Green ...............16 0-3 2-2 1-4 0 1 2
Nene ................14 1-3 2-3 1-5 2 1 4
Black..................2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Johnson ..............2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Jackson...............2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
40-92 23-26 10-46 20 17 119
Shooting: Field goals, 43.5%; free throws, 88.5%
Three-point goals: 16-43 (Harden 5-11, Gordon 4-10,
Paul 3-5, Ariza 3-8, Tucker 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Anderson
0-3, Green 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 6
(5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Capela 4, Harden, Tucker).
Turnovers: 6 (Green 2, Capela, Harden, Nene, Paul).
Steals: 11 (Paul 5, Harden 4, Ariza, Gordon). Technical
Fouls: None.
Anthony.............36 5-18 1-1 2-6 0 2 11
George ..............39 9-21 12-12 1-6 2 3 32
Adams ..............35 4-9 1-2 1-7 1 0 9
Brewer ..............22 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3
Wstbrook...........35 7-18 9-11 4-14 3 5 23
Grant ................18 3-7 0-0 1-3 1 3 6
Abrines .............16 3-3 2-2 0-3 0 1 10
Felton ...............14 1-5 0-2 0-1 1 3 2
Patterson...........12 0-1 0-0 0-4 2 1 0
Huestis ...............5 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Ferguson .............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Johnson ..............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
33-84 25-30 9-46 10 21 96
Shooting: Field goals, 39.3%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 5-26 (Abrines 2-2, George 2-9, Brewer 1-2,
Grant 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Felton 0-2, Westbrook 0-3, Anthony
0-6). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 14 (12 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Adams 2, Anthony 2, Brewer, Grant). Turnovers: 14
(George 6, Westbrook 5, Felton 2, Anthony). Steals: 8 (Abrines 2,
George 2, Anthony, Brewer, Felton, Grant). Technical Fouls:
George, 8:22 first
Gibson ..............20 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2
Wiggins .............29 5-14 3-4 0-3 1 2 14
Towns................31 9-15 4-6 5-15 2 3 22
Butler ...............38 7-17 4-5 2-9 5 2 19
Teague ..............28 1-7 0-0 0-1 5 4 2
Rose.................32 7-11 1-2 0-6 4 2 17
Crawford............23 4-10 1-2 0-2 4 3 10
Bjelica ..............16 2-4 1-2 1-3 1 3 7
Dieng................16 1-2 0-0 0-5 1 2 3
Grgs-Hunt............2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Brooks ................2 2-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 4
39-84 14-23 10-48 23 22 100
Shooting: Field goals, 46.4%; free throws, 60.9%
Three-point goals: 8-22 (Bjelica 2-2, Rose 2-2,
Crawford 1-2, Dieng 1-2, Butler 1-4, Wiggins 1-5, Towns
0-2, Teague 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers:
16 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Dieng). Turnovers: 16
(Towns 5, Rose 4, Teague 3, Crawford 2, Butler, Wiggins). Steals: 4 (Crawford 3, Bjelica). Technical Fouls:
21 29 50 19— 119
21 28 20 31— 100
A—18,978. T—2:14. O—Kevin Scott, James Capers,
David Guthrie, Mark Ayotte
Favors ...............33 6-9 1-2 1-4 0 2 13
Ingles ...............30 6-12 3-5 0-3 4 2 20
Gobert ..............34 7-11 2-2 4-10 1 4 16
Mitchell.............38 13-28 4-5 0-7 4 3 33
Rubio................34 4-12 4-5 1-6 8 2 13
Crowder.............27 2-10 1-2 1-7 3 3 6
O’Neale.............19 3-5 2-2 3-9 0 4 10
Exum ................10 0-3 2-2 0-2 1 1 2
Jerebko ...............6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Udoh ..................1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0
Neto ...................1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Burks..................1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
41-91 19-27 10-49 21 23 113
Shooting: Field goals, 45.1%; free throws, 70.4%
Three-point goals: 12-34 (Ingles 5-11, Mitchell 3-8, O’Neale
2-3, Crowder 1-4, Rubio 1-6, Burks 0-1, Exum 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Favors 2, Gobert, Ingles, Mitchell, O’Neale, Rubio). Turnovers: 11
(Rubio 4, Crowder 3, Gobert 2, Exum, Ingles). Steals: 7 (Crowder
3, Favors, Gobert, Ingles, Rubio). Technical Fouls: coach Quin
Snyder, 8:50 second
Oklahoma City
30 22 21 23— 96
24 34 32 23— 113
A—18,306. O—Kevin Cutler, Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Bill
shots over several possessions.
The Timberwolves rebounded from their two defeats on the road by matching the Rockets with 15 baskets from three-point range
in Game 3, a startling development considering the
Rockets led the league in
that category during the
regular season and the
Timberwolves were last.
They wisely took another
tack for Game 4, attacking
the basket in the first half
with relentless abandon and
plenty of success while
Towns watched most of the
first quarter from the bench
after picking up his second
foul less than three minutes
into the game.
Derrick Rose, who finished with 17 points and six
rebounds, was the catalyst
off the bench with multiple
muscle-his-way-in layups on
fastbreaks and in the half
court. Starting point guard
Jeff Teague, meanwhile, had
only two points on one-forseven shooting while fighting through an injury to his
right pinky finger.
Trevor Ariza made the
first three three-pointers
tried by the Rockets, who
then missed on 13 of their
next 14 tries from behind the
arc. Harden didn’t make a
basket until 5 minutes 57
seconds remained in the second quarter, when his 10-foot
floater fell in to cut Minnesota’s lead that was once 36-29
to 39-37. He swished one of
his signature step-back
three-pointers on the next
possession, and Houston
was right back in front to
sow the seeds for the staggering third quarter.
Just like in Game 2, the
Rockets raced out of the
gate after the half.
at Utah 113, Oklahoma
City 96: Donovan Mitchell
scored 33 points to lead Utah
to another win over the
Joe Ingles scored 20
points and Rudy Gobert had
16 points and 10 rebounds.
Ricky Rubio chipped in 13
points, eight assists and six
Utah takes a 3-1 series
lead back to Oklahoma City.
Game 5 is Wednesday night.
Paul George scored 32
points and Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 14
rebounds to lead the Thunder. Oklahoma City lost its
third consecutive game in
the series after shooting only
39% from the field.
The Thunder opened up
a 26-19 lead late in the first
quarter when Carmelo Anthony capped a string of
three consecutive Oklahoma City baskets with an
alley-oop layup. They held
onto the lead for much of the
second quarter until Utah finally woke up on offense.
Starting with Rudy Gobert cutting to the rim for a
dunk with 3:45 left in the second quarter, the Jazz scored
on 11 straight offensive possessions to blow the game
wide open. Ingles fueled the
surge by hitting three
straight three-pointers to
put Utah in front 58-52 before halftime.
It finally culminated in
another Gobert dunk that
punctuated a 20-3 run extending over the second and
third quarters that gave
Utah a 67-52 lead.
“The whole year, one of
the things that we’ve wanted
to do collectively is try to
generate open shots,” Jazz
coach Quin Snyder said.
“You’re not always going to
make them, but you want to
keep taking them. Eventually, you’re going to make
some. We hit some timely
ones in the second half.”
In the third quarter, Utah
went up 87-68 when Mitchell
drained a jumper and then
fed Ingles for a three-pointer
on the ensuing possession.
Physical play and heated
emotions characterized the
game. Both teams picked up
two technical fouls before
halftime. Then Utah’s Jae
Crowder was ejected with a
technical foul with 5:30 left in
the fourth quarter.
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 018
By Jeff Miller
HOUSTON — He was so
excited and blindsided by
the news that he was being
promoted to the Angels that
Justin Anderson admitted
he broke down.
He was distracted to the
point where he didn’t realize
until a short time later that
the story was even better.
Anderson would be joining the Angels in Houston,
where he was born and
“I lost it,” said the righthanded
learned that the Angels were
playing the Astros in a text
from his girlfriend. “I was
like, ‘You gotta be kidding
me.’ ”
Anderson, 25, starred at
St. Pius X High, eight miles
from Minute Maid Park. An
Astros fan, he recalled attending games in the stadium that used to be called
Enron Field.
As a kid, he even ran the
Astrodome as part of a
postgame promotion.
He got to break in Monday in front of about 50 family members and friends, including some former teammates at Texas San Antonio,
by pitching a scoreless
eighth inning in the Angels’
2-0 victory.
All of this was just a
bonus on top of the stunning
news delivered Sunday by
Keith Johnson, the manager
at triple-A Salt Lake.
“I did not see this coming
at all,” Anderson said. “I
kinda was feeling like I could
make a push this year, definitely. For it to come as fast
as it did was totally unexpected.”
A 14th-round pick in 2014,
Anderson began the season
at double-A Mobile before
being promoted to Salt Lake
and has not given up any
runs in 92⁄3 total innings.
Wood goes on DL
The Angels had a roster
spot available after sending
starter Jaime Barria to Salt
Lake on Sunday and needed
another reliever when Blake
Wood went on the disabled
list Monday.
Wood’s ailment was officially called a “right elbow
manager Mike Scioscia describing it as “a little tightness in his triceps.”
Team officials believe
Wood will be ready to return
in 10 days.
The Angels also recalled
Eduardo Paredes from Salt
Lake, giving them eight relievers again.
Bridwell sidelined
Parker Bridwell, a 10game winner last season
who has made one start for
the Angels in 2018, was put
on the DL because of elbow
inflammation. He had been
pitching for Salt Lake.
The right-hander had an
MRI exam Monday, the test
revealing no evidence of
“acute trauma” to his ligament, general manager Billy
Eppler said.
Nolan Fontana, who has
played in three games for the
Angels this season, also is on
the DL with Salt Lake because of a hamstring strain.
Short hops
Simmons, who left the Angels’ game Sunday after being hit by a pitch in the forearm, didn’t play. Scioscia
said he anticipates Simmons returning to the lineup
Tuesday. … Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain)
threw lightly, his first baseball activity since going on
the DL retroactive to April 1.
Climbing the ladder
After two stops in the minors,
reliever Justin Anderson was
promoted to the Angels and
got a hold Monday against
Houston. His numbers with
the three teams in 2018:
Mobile (AA)
Salt Lake (AAA)
Angels (MLB)
32⁄3 2
5 0
1 2
Bob Levey Getty Images
TYLER SKAGGS pitches seven shutout innings against the World Series champions, holding Houston to four hits and outdueling Gerrit
Cole to pick up his third win of the season. The Angels, who finished 21 games behind the Astros last season, trail them by just a half-game.
Angels put the O’s in Astros
Skaggs and his relief,
especially Anderson
in MLB debut, rise to
occasion vs. champs.
By Jeff Miller
HOUSTON — Eleven
days ago, he was pitching in
double A for a team called
the BayBears.
Monday, he struck out
Houston’s Carlos Correa in
the eighth inning with the tying run on base to help the
Angels beat the reigning
World Series champions, 2-0.
“I thought it was crazy,”
Keynan Middleton said.
The reliever was talking
about the stunning big
league debut of his newest
teammate, Justin Anderson.
But the Angels’ current
closer could have been referencing this entire game, one
that was full of unlikely moments that added up to a victory that seemed quite unlikely early on.
Coming off a deflating 1-5
homestand, the Angels beat
an Astros team that had won
six in a row and a starter in
Gerrit Cole who was perfect
into the fifth inning.
“They are the defending
champs,” Middleton said.
“We know that. So we have to
send a message. I feel like we
did that tonight. This game
was huge for us.”
The Angels’ runs were
driven in by Kole Calhoun,
whose RBI single snapped
an 0-for-20 stretch, and
Justin Upton, whose RBI
double was preceded by two
strikeouts and an 0-for-21
They won because Tyler
Skaggs matched Cole pitch
for pitch, until he elevated
his game even higher.
They won because of the
relieving of Anderson and
Middleton, but only after the
final strike was thrown by
catcher Martin Maldonado,
who cut down Houston’s
Yuli Gurriel trying to advance on a ball in the dirt
with two outs in the ninth.
Gurriel originally was
ruled to be safe, but the call
was reversed by replay, the
Angels winning a challenge
and a game simultaneously.
“It’s what you live for,”
Skaggs said of his showdown
with Cole. “They’re a rival
team that we want to beat.
They were where we want to
be. I knew he was pitching
well. I had to pitch better.”
Emphasizing his changeup more than ever, the lefthander shut out Houston on
four hits through seven innings. Ten outs came on
ground balls.
It’s the second time in his
past three starts against the
Astros, dating to last year,
that Skaggs has shut them
out over seven innings.
“That’s a great game,”
manager Mike Scioscia said.
“That’s what Tyler can do.”
In need of relief for their
overworked relievers, the
Angels (and everyone else)
saw what Anderson can do.
Having begun the season
with double-A Mobile, the
suddenly entered his first
MLB game. In his hometown. Against the team he
rooted for growing up.
Throwing a fastball in the
upper-90s, Anderson retired
the first two Astros and gave
up singles to George Springer and Jose Altuve before
striking out Correa.
“I heard the crowd and
everything,” Anderson said.
“I was telling myself, ‘Just
hush ’em. Calm them down
right here. Get them to be
quiet.’ I felt like that’s what I
Gurriel is willing to talk, Astros nix it
[Hernandez, from D1]
the episode, which branded
him as a racist.
But he nodded when told
he hadn’t addressed the
fans of Los Angeles. With
the Angels in town for the
start of a three-game series,
he had a platform to speak
to the millions of Asian
Americans in Southern
California he offended.
“You learn from your
mistakes,” Gurriel said in
Before he could say
anything else, the interview
was broken up by Dias, who
argued that Gurriel had
spoken about the incident
four times in spring training.
The problem was that
when Gurriel was interviewed in the spring, he
never really explained what
he learned, other than to
not make flagrantly racist
gestures in the United
He said he was disturbed
by how the public had the
wrong impression of him,
but otherwise spoke in
platitudes. In one particular
conversation with Bleacher
Report, he mentioned how
Japanese people in Japan
weren’t bothered by what
he did. He was right about
that, but at no point was he
quoted saying anything
about understanding why
Asian Americans were as
offended as they were.
The theoretical capacity
for him to learn from his
mistake was why there were
calls for leniency. I made
one of them in a column in
this newspaper, asking
readers to temper their
reactions by pointing out
how racially charged language and gestures aren’t
made with the same level of
malice in Latin America as
they are in the U.S. My
background gave me some
David J. Phillip Associated Press
HOUSTON’S YULI GURRIEL salutes the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish in Game 7 of last
year’s World Series after disparaging the Japanese pitcher in Game 3.
familiarity with both sides
of the subject; my father is
from El Salvador and my
mother from Japan.
Gurriel had been in this
country for a little more
than a year. He offered an
immediate heartfelt apolo-
gy, confirming suspicions
that he was more ignorant
than he was mean-spirited.
He wasn’t using certain
language or gestures as a
means of reinforcing a
system that oppresses
certain groups of people.
“The guess here is that if
[Gurriel] is told to stop
acting like an idiot, he will,”
I wrote.
Darvish had similar
ideas, only he was considerably more elegant in his
“As citizens of the world,
if we can learn from this and
take a step forward, I think
this could be a good thing,”
Darvish said in Japanese.
Darvish’s words were
weighed by the commissioner’s office when the
punishment for Gurriel was
decided. Instead of immediately suspending Gurriel
and potentially altering the
course of the World Series,
the commissioner’s office
instead slapped him with a
five-game ban at the start of
this season and mandated
him to undergo sensitivity
But what has the sport
gained if Gurriel doesn’t
share what he learned?
Wasn’t that the entire point
of this, that Gurriel would
pick up something and pass
it along?
Gurriel understood this,
which is why he was ultimately open to sharing his
thoughts on the matter.
The Astros didn’t, prioritizing the comfort of their
cleanup hitter over discussions that could have benefits beyond the turnstiles
at Minute Maid Park.
“At some point, [Gurriel]
needs to move on,” Dias
wrote to me in a follow-up
That’s not for the Astros
to decide.
What unfolded in Houston in November wasn’t a
baseball problem, it was a
society problem. This
wasn’t only about one player, this was also about the
fans who were hurt by his
actions and haven’t moved
A few thoughtful remarks could have started
the process. Gurriel was
willing. The Astros weren’t
and that’s unfortunate.
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
15 6
11 10 .524
12 12 .500 41⁄2
San Francisco
10 12 .455 51⁄2
San Diego
15 .375 71⁄2
St. Louis
13 8
14 9
12 10 .545 11⁄2
10 9
18 .182 91⁄2
New York
14 6
14 7
12 9
.571 21⁄2
10 13 .435 5 ⁄2
17 .227
Monday’s results
at DODGERS 2, Miami 1
at Cincinnati 10, Atlanta 4
San Diego 13, at Colorado 5
at San Francisco 4, Washington 2
16 8
15 8
11 10 .524 31⁄2
12 11 .522 31⁄2
16 .333
12 8
.471 21⁄2
11 .450
14 .263 61⁄2
Kansas City
15 .250
17 4
13 8
New York
12 9
Tampa Bay
13 .381
17 .261
Monday’s results
ANGELS 2, at Houston 0
Cleveland 2, at Baltimore 1
at New York 14, Minnesota 1
Oakland 9, at Texas 4
at Chicago 10, Seattle 4
MIA/Peters (L)
Dodgers/Maeda (R)
ATL/McCarthy (R)
CIN/Mahle (R)
ARI/Ray (L)
PHI/Velasquez (R)
NY/Wheeler (R)
STL/Weaver (R)
SD/Lauer (L)
COL/Freeland (L)
WAS/Roark (R)
SF/Blach (L)
7 p.m.
2.91 3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
2.77 5:15 p.m.
— 5:30 p.m.
3.24 7:15 p.m.
Angels/Ohtani (R)
HOU/Morton (R)
SEA/Gonzales (L)
CHI/Volstad (R)
MIN/Berrios (R)
NY/Sabathia (L)
TB/Faria (R)
BAL/Cobb (R)
BOS/Porcello (R)
TOR/Happ (L)
OAK/Triggs (R)
TEX/Hamels (L)
5 p.m.
FS West
2 p.m.
1.63 3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
CHI/Chatwood (R)
CLE/Tomlin (R)
DET/Zimmermann (R)
PIT/Kuhl (R)
MIL/Davies (R)
KC/Kennedy (R)
3 p.m.
4 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
Cincinnati pulled away with five runs in
the sixth inning for its first victory
under interim manager Jim Riggleman
in front of 9,463, the smallest crowd at
Great American Ball Park in nine years.
AB R H BI Avg. Cin.
Inciarte cf
4 1 2 0 .253 Schbler rf
Albies 2b
4 0 0 0 .289 Peraza ss
FFreemn 1b 4 1 1 0 .293 Votto 1b
Mrkks rf
4 1 3 3 .301 Gentt 2b
Suzuki c
4 0 0 0 .300 Duvall lf
Tucker lf
4 0 1 0 .262 Brnhrt c
Swnsn ss
3 1 0 0 .329 Pngtn 3b
Flaherty 3b 4 0 0 0 .339 Rmano p
Fltynwcz p
2 0 0 0 .125 a-Gsselin
1 0 0 0 .120 b-Winker
Peralta p
34 4 7 3
Iglesias p
Hmlton cf
001 100 020 — 4
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a-pinch hit for Romano in the 6th. b-singled for Gosselin in the
6th. c-grounded out for Biddle in the 8th.
Walks—Atlanta 1: Swanson 1. Cincinnati 8: Peraza 1, Votto 2,
Gennett 1, Duvall 2, Pennington 1, Hamilton 1.
Strikeouts—Atlanta 7: Albies 1, Tucker 2, Flaherty 2, Foltynewicz
2. Cincinnati 11: Votto 2, Gennett 2, Barnhart 2, Pennington 1,
Romano 1, Peralta 1, Hamilton 2.
E—Duvall (2). LOB—Atlanta 4, Cincinnati 8. 2B—Tucker (5),
Duvall (5). HR—Markakis (3), off Romano; Schebler (2), off
Foltynewicz. RBIs—Markakis 3 (14), Schebler 3 (4), Peraza (5),
Votto (7), Gennett 2 (9), Duvall 2 (11), Winker (6). SB—Hamilton (5).
RISP—Atlanta 1 for 3; Cincinnati 5 for 13.
Foltynewicz ................42⁄3 3 2 2 4 7
103 2.77
22 5.59
S.Freeman, L, 0-1.........1⁄3 1 3 3 2 1
Moylan .......................2⁄3 2 2 2 0 1
13 3.00
Biddle ......................11⁄3 1 0 0 1 1
23 0.00
Socolovich...................1 3 3 3 1 1
37 9.00
Romano, W, 1-2 ...........6 4 2 1 1 5
98 4.78
Peralta......................12⁄3 3 2 2 0 1
25 1.59
13 0.93
Iglesias, S, 3-3...........11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
S.Freeman pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.
Inherited runners-scored—S.Freeman 1-0, Moylan 3-2, Biddle
3-3, Iglesias 1-0. U—Chris Conroy, CB Bucknor, Brian O’Nora, Fieldin
Culbreth. T—3:11. Tickets sold—9,463 (42,319).
May 4-6 — Dodgers vs. San Diego at Monterrey, Mexico.
June 4 — Amateur draft starts.
June 13-14 — Owners’ meetings, New York.
June 15 — International amateur signing period opens.
July 2 — International amateur signing period closes.
July 17 — All-Star game, Washington.
July 30 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Aug. 31 — Last day to be contracted to an organization and be
eligible for postseason roster.
Oct. 2-3 — Wild-card games
Buehler dazzles in his first start
[Plaschke, from D1]
them into beating themselves.
“I wouldn’t say any of them
were really, really good,” Buehler
said of his 89 pitches, the most in
his pro career. “But I don’t think
any of them were really, really
You think? He gave up only four
hits, all singles. None were hit in
the air. Of the 21 batters he faced,
only two hit fair balls in the air.
He struck out five, and didn’t
even throw a first-pitch ball until
his 13th batter. He walked three,
but followed each walk by retiring
the next batter to end the inning.
He was also helped by two great
defensive plays at shortstop by
Enrique Hernandez, who also
“You look at a young player,
and you see the heartbeat, there’s
no panic, he just steps up and
makes pitches when he needs to,”
manager Dave Roberts said.
Buehler is an average-looking 6
feet 2 and 175 pounds, but his
diamond presence was huge, and
his attitude was clear.
He sprinted out of the dugout
ahead of his teammates at the
start of the game and was standing on the mound while everyone
else was still moving, even outracing the child autograph seekers.
He stalked off the mound after
each inning as if he owned the
joint, never looking down or back.
“He just feels he can make a
pitch when he needs to make a
pitch,” said Roberts. “He doesn’t
scare off.”
His abundant confidence,
already well known around the
Dodger clubhouse, was most clear
when he retired Shuck to escape
the bases-loaded mess in the first
inning after giving up two singles
and a walk.
“I’ve had the bases loaded a lot
of times in my life, man,” he said.
“You try to make good pitches in
different spots. I was lucky I made
good pitches in spots I needed to.”
In his celebrated big league
debut last September, working out
of the bullpen, Buehler was
blasted, rocked for a 7.71 earnedrun average in 91⁄3 unsteady innings. He is clearly a more comfortable pitcher now. He showed
up Monday with a 2.08 ERA in
three starts at triple-A Oklahoma
City, and proceeded to pitch to the
This doesn’t mean Buehler will
stick around. He’s not even guaranteed a spot past Saturday’s
AB R H BI Avg.
Taylor cf
3 1 1 0 .242
Hrnndz 2b
4 1 3 1 .275
Kemp lf
3 0 1 0 .321
Chrgois p
0 0 0 0 .000
Librtre p
0 0 0 0 --e-Seager ss 1 0 0 0 .238
Bllngr 1b
3 0 0 1 .280
Grandal c
4 0 0 0 .328
Puig rf
3 0 0 0 .205
Barnes 2b
2 0 1 0 .259
Fields p
0 0 0 0 --Farmer 3b
3 0 0 0 .240
Buehlr p
1 0 0 0 .000
1 0 0 0 .133
d-Pdrsn lf
1 0 0 0 .195
29 2 6 2
Jose Abreu had two home runs among
four hits, Yoan Moncada was a single
shy of the cycle and Chicago, which
started the game with seven hits in a
row, ended a skid at seven games.
Mncda 2b
Garcia rf
Thmpsn rf
Abreu 1b
Dlmnico lf
Cstillo c
Snchez dh
Dvdsn 3b
Andrsn ss
Engel cf
000 020 110 — 4
520 111 00x —10
Walks—Seattle 1: Segura 1.
Strikeouts—Seattle 4: Cruz 1, Seager 1, Vogelbach 1, Zunino 1.
Chicago 7: Moncada 1, Thompson 1, Delmonico 1, Castillo 1,
Davidson 1, Engel 2.
LOB—Seattle 4, Chicago 7. 2B—Segura (8), Seager (5), Haniger
(5), Gamel (1), Moncada (5), Davidson (3), Thompson (1).
3B—Moncada (1), Anderson (1). HR—Zunino (1), off Fulmer; Haniger
(8), off Beck; Abreu (5), off Leake; Moncada (4), off Leake; Abreu
(6), off LeBlanc. RBIs—Segura (14), Haniger (23), Zunino 2 (2),
Moncada (10), Garcia (4), Abreu 3 (12), Castillo (5), Sanchez (11),
Davidson (12), Engel (5). SB—Sanchez (2), Engel (2). SF—Segura.
Runners left in scoring position—Seattle 1 (Zunino); Chicago 4
(Moncada, Castillo, Engel 2). RISP—Seattle 1 for 7; Chicago 5 for 14.
Runners moved up—Gordon, Anderson, Delmonico.
DP—Chicago 1 (Anderson, Davidson).
65 6.59
Leake, L, 2-2 .............31⁄3 12 8 8 0 1
71 5.40
LeBlanc ....................42⁄3 6 2 2 0 6
Fulmer, W, 1-1..............6 3 2 2 1 3
93 6.00
Beck, S, 1-1 ................3 6 2 2 0 1
46 6.00
Inherited runners-scored—LeBlanc 1-0. WP—Leake. U—Chad
Fairchild, Mike Estabrook, Alfonso Marquez, Bruce Dreckman.
T—2:56. Tickets sold—13,614 (40,615).
Kinslr 2b
Trout cf
Upton dh
Pujols 1b
Valbna 3b
Cozart ss
Calhn rf
Young lf
Mldndo c
Sprngr cf
Altuve 2b
Correa ss
Gurriel 1b
Brgmn 3b
Gnzlz lf
Gattis dh
McCnn c
a-Stssi c
Mrsnck cf
b-Rddck rf
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Miguel Andujar homered and doubled,
Didi Gregorius had a slam, Giancarlo
Stanton had a home run among four
hits and Tyler Austin hit a home run
and drove in four runs to lead the rout.
Dozier 2b
Mauer 1b
Adrnza 1b
Sano 3b
Rosrio cf
Mrrson dh
Grssmn lf
Escbar ss
Kepler rf
LaMrre p
Castro c
Carlos Asuaje hit a three-run home run
in a four-run first inning and Franchy
Cordero hit a two-run home run during
a nine-run seventh inning in which San
Diego batted for 45 minutes.
San Diego
AB R H BI Avg.
LeMheu 2b 4 1 2 0 .292
Blckmn cf
4 0 0 0 .288
Arendo 3b
4 1 2 2 .353
Dahl rf
4 1 2 0 .375
Story ss
3 2 1 2 .247
Desmnd lf
4 0 1 1 .175
McMhn 1b
2 0 0 0 .133
1 0 0 0 .000
Wolters c
4 0 0 0 .100
Bettis p
2 0 0 0 .083
Msgrve p
0 0 0 0 --McGee p
0 0 0 0 --Vlaika 1b
2 0 1 0 .100
34 5 9 5
400 000 900 —13
401 000 000 — 5
a-doubled for Erlin in the 7th. b-struck out for Senzatela in the
Walks—San Diego 6: Hosmer 4, Galvis 1, Ellis 1. Colorado 2:
Story 1, McMahon 1. Strikeouts—San Diego 9: Cordero 2, Lyles 1,
Asuaje 1, Galvis 2, Ellis 3. Colorado 6: Blackmon 2, Dahl 1,
McMahon 1, Cuevas 1, Wolters 1. E—Ellis (1). LOB—San Diego 9,
Colorado 4. 2B—Myers 2 (2), Szczur (1), Desmond (3). HR—Asuaje
(2), off Bettis; Cordero (4), off McGee; Arenado (4), off Mitchell;
Story (5), off Mitchell. RBIs—Cordero 2 (9), Myers 2 (3), Asuaje 4
(10), Spangenberg 2 (6), Szczur 2 (2), Arenado 2 (12), Story 2 (14),
Desmond (12). SB—Myers (1), Hosmer (1), LeMahieu (3), Story (5).
CS—LeMahieu (1). Runners left in scoring position—San Diego 4
(Pirela 2, Galvis, Lyles); Colorado 1 (McMahon). RISP—San Diego 9
for 14; Colorado 2 for 4. GIDP—Story. DP—San Diego 1 (Asuaje,
Galvis, Hosmer).
San Diego
91 5.76
Mitchell.....................51⁄3 8 5 5 2 2
8 4.20
Erlin, W, 1-2 ................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
Stammen ....................1 1 0 0 0 0
20 2.02
Lyles...........................2 0 0 0 0 2
25 2.35
Bettis..........................5 5 4 4 2 5
94 2.40
Musgrave, H, 1 .............1 0 0 0 0 1
10 0.00
McGee, L, 0-1, BS, 1-1 .1⁄3 3 4 4 1 1
17 5.06
Oberg .........................1⁄3 3 5 5 2 0
30 6.55
Senzatela ..................21⁄3 5 0 0 1 2
57 7.90
Inherited runners-scored—Oberg 2-1, Senzatela 2-2. U— Tom
Hallion, Adam Hamari, Hunter Wendelstedt, Dan Bellino. T—3:24.
Tickets sold—24,419 (50,398).
New York
New York
Gardnr lf
Judge rf
Grgrius ss
Trrys ss
Hicks cf
Austin 1b
Andjr 3b
Torres 2b
4 1 1 2 .192
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a-doubled for Castro in the 9th.
Walks—Minnesota 3: Dozier 1, LaMarre 1, Castro 1. New York 7:
Gardner 2, Judge 2, Stanton 1, Sanchez 1, Hicks 1.
Strikeouts—Minnesota 8: Mauer 2, Sano 1, Rosario 2, Morrison
1, Escobar 1, LaMarre 1. New York 8: Judge 1, Gregorius 1, Sanchez 1,
Hicks 2, Austin 2, Andujar 1.
LOB—Minnesota 9, New York 6. 2B—Kepler (5), Garver (1), Judge
(4), Sanchez (6), Austin (5), Andujar (8). HR—Andujar (3), off
Odorizzi; Stanton (5), off Odorizzi; Gregorius (7), off Kinley; Austin
(4), off LaMarre. RBIs—Dozier (10), Gregorius 4 (24), Stanton 2
(14), Sanchez 2 (15), Hicks (6), Austin 4 (13), Andujar (11).
SB—Gardner (2). S—Mauer.
RISP—Minnesota 1 for 8; New York 5 for 11.
Odorizzi, L, 1-2...........42⁄3 5 5 5 3 5
106 4.50
LaMarre ......................2⁄3 1 1 1 0 0
5 13.50
Hildenberger ..............12⁄3 2 1 1 1 2
29 4.66
Busenitz......................2⁄3 2 2 2 1 1
28 6.75
Kinley .........................1⁄3 3 5 5 2 0
29 24.30
New York
Tanaka, W, 3-2...........62⁄3 3 1 1 2 5
91 5.28
Green .........................1⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
12 1.74
Hale ...........................2 3 0 0 0 3
41 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Busenitz 1-1, Green 1-0.
HBP—Tanaka (LaMarre). U—Sam Holbrook, Ryan Blakney, Jim Wolf,
D.J. Reyburn. T—3:38. Tickets sold—39,249 (54,251).
Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking home
run on the first pitch from Kevin
Jepsen (0-3) to ignite a six-run outburst
in the ninth inning and help Oakland
win its third game in a row.
Oakland AB R H BI Avg. Texas
Semien ss 6 2 2 1 .270 DeShlds cf
Pisctty rf
4 1 0 0 .277 Choo dh
Lowrie 2b
4 1 2 0 .357 Mzara rf
Davis dh
3 0 1 2 .272 Beltre 3b
Chpmn 3b 4 1 1 1 .282 Gallo lf
Olson 1b
4 1 2 0 .282 Profar ss
Canha -lf
4 2 2 1 .351 Chrnos c
Pinder lf
2 0 2 1 .267 Gzman 1b
a-Joyce lf
1 0 0 0 .236 Knr-Flfa 2b
b-Smlski cf 2 1 1 2 .125 Totals
Lucroy c
4 0 1 1 .254
38 9 14 9
with this much buzz, former phenom Julio Urias, who was moved
from starter to reliever and back
again with seemingly no clear plan
before suffering a shoulder injury
last June.
This will represent one of the
Dodgers’ toughest tests of the
summer. They must walk the
tightrope between pitching Walker
Buehler infrequently enough to
protect his arm, but just enough to
keep him ready for the championship run.
It will be a careful yet cacophonous trip.
Just listen.
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
a-flied out for McCann in the 8th. b-grounded out for Marisnick in
the 8th.
Walks—Angels 3: Trout 1, Pujols 1, Cozart 1. Houston 2: Gurriel 1,
Bregman 1.
Strikeouts—Angels 9: Kinsler 1, Trout 1, Upton 2, Pujols 1,
Valbuena 2, Cozart 1, Calhoun 1. Houston 6: Correa 1, Gonzalez 2,
Gattis 1, McCann 1, Marisnick 1.
LOB—Angels 4, Houston 7. 2B—Upton (4), Correa (7).
RBIs—Upton (12), Calhoun (10). SB—Trout 2 (5).
Runners left in scoring position—Angels 2 (Upton, Valbuena);
Houston 2 (Correa, Bregman). RISP—Angels 2 for 5; Houston 0 for 4.
GIDP—Young, Gattis.
DP—Angels 1 (Cozart, Kinsler, Pujols); Houston 1 (Altuve, Gurriel).
Skaggs, W, 3-1.............7 4 0 0 1 3
102 2.96
Anderson, H, 1 .............1 2 0 0 0 1
20 0.00
Middleton, S, 6-6..........1 1 0 0 1 2
21 1.93
Cole, L, 2-1 .................7 4 2 2 2 8
109 1.29
Rondon .......................1 0 0 0 1 0
21 1.93
McHugh ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
12 0.93
WP—Cole, Middleton. U—Stu Scheurwater, Eric Cooper, Gary
Cederstrom, Cory Blaser. T—2:59. Tickets sold—29,606 (41,168).
Crdero cf
Myers rf
Hsmer 1b
Pirela lf
Stmmn p
Lyles p
Asje 2b
Galvis ss
Spbrg 3b
Ellis c
Mitchll p
a-Szczr lf
When asked before the game
how Buehler’s performance would
affect the rest of the season, Roberts answered simply, “It won’t ...
as far as results, it will have no
bearing going forward.”
When asked about the distribution of Buehler’s innings, Roberts
was equally clear.
“When you’re taking a little bit
of a long view, we can control him
more in the minor leagues,” he
said. “We don’t have flexibility
[with the Dodgers] we do in the
minor leagues.”
No matter where they use him,
here’s guessing he will be kept
strictly as a starter, and will not
undergo the many transitions of
the last young Dodgers pitcher
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doubleheader in San Francisco.
Buehler, who was the first draft
pick of the Andrew Friedman/
Farhan Zaidi era in the summer of
2015, underwent elbow ligament
replacement surgery before beginning his pro career. This is only his
third active pro season. Management is understandably going to
put him in a bit of bubblewrap.
He’ll probably be capped at
about 150 innings. Since those
innings are more easily controlled
in the minor leagues, he will certainly spend time there. The Dodgers’ goal will be to keep him fresh
and strong for the championship
run in the fall, and even days like
Monday will not divert them from
their plan.
a-struck out for Buehler in the 5th. b-flied out for Rivera in the 7th.
c-struck out for Garcia in the 7th. d-struck out for Stripling in the 7th.
e-struck out for Liberatore in the 8th. f-grounded out for Barraclough
in the 9th.
Walks—Miami 5: Anderson 1, Maybin 2, Brinson 1, Garcia 1.
Dodgers 2: Taylor 1, Barnes 1.
Strikeouts—Miami 8: Rojas 1, Anderson 1, Shuck 1, Brinson 2,
Rivera 1, Garcia 1, Bour 1. Dodgers 11: Taylor 1, Seager 1, Bellinger 1,
Grandal 1, Puig 2, Farmer 2, Buehler 1, Muncy 1, Pederson 1.
E—Barnes (1). LOB—Miami 10, Dodgers 6. 2B—Taylor (5), Barnes
(2). HR—Hernandez (3), off Garcia. RBIs—Anderson (12),
Hernandez (9), Bellinger (9). SB—Anderson (1). CS—Maybin (2).
RISP—Miami 1 for 5; Dodgers 1 for 6.
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Inherited runners-scored—Liberatore 2-0. HBP—Chargois
(Realmuto). U—Marty Foster, Mark Ripperger, Joe West, Doug
Eddings. T—2:59. Tickets sold—46,909 (56,000).
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Segura ss
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Haniger rf
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start Monday night. Buehler, 23, was pulled after making 89 pitches in five scoreless innings.
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Rlmuto c
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Brnson cf
Rvera ss
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WALKER BUEHLER looked relaxed in the dugout moments before making his first major league
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a-grounded out for Pinder in the 6th. b-grounded out for Joyce in
the 8th.
Walks—Oakland 7: Piscotty 1, Lowrie 1, Davis 2, Olson 1, Canha 1,
Lucroy 1. Texas 2: Gallo 1, Profar 1. Strikeouts—Oakland 4: Piscotty
1, Chapman 2, Canha 1. Texas 9: Choo 2, Mazara 2, Beltre 1, Chirinos
2, Guzman 1, Kiner-Falefa 1. E—Lucroy (1). LOB—Oakland 10, Texas
3. 2B—Lowrie (7), Davis (7), Canha (3), Beltre (8), Gallo (4),
Kiner-Falefa (2). 3B—Chapman (3), Smolinski (1). HR—Semien (3),
off Jepsen; Chirinos (3), off Cahill. RBIs—Semien (13), Davis 2 (21),
Chapman (14), Canha (8), Pinder (2), Lucroy (5), Smolinski 2 (2),
Gallo (17), Chirinos 2 (8). SB—DeShields 2 (2), Gallo (1).
CS—DeShields (1). RISP—Oakland 5 for 13; Texas 2 for 7.
DP—Oakland 1; Texas 3.
Cahill..........................5 4 3 3 2 6
98 2.25
Dull ............................1 0 0 0 0 1
10 9.00
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17 2.51
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HBP—Moore (Chapman). WP—Cahill. U—Greg Gibson, Vic
Carapazza, Jordan Baker, Sean Barber. T—3:20. Tickets
sold—17,060 (49,115).
Carlos Carrasco (4-0) gave up one run
and six hits in 71⁄3 innings to win his
10th decision in a row since Aug. 27,
and Yonder Alonso hit a two-run home
run against Kevin Gausman (1-2).
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4 0 1 0 .169
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a-struck out for Alvarez in the 8th. 1-ran for Beckham in the 8th.
Walks—Cleveland 1: Lindor 1. Baltimore 2: Machado 2.
Strikeouts—Cleveland 7: Kipnis 2, Brantley 1, Alonso 1, Gomes 1,
Zimmer 1, Guyer 1. Baltimore 11: Beckham 1, Alvarez 1, Mancini 1,
Davis 2, Valencia 3, Sisco 3.
LOB—Cleveland 3, Baltimore 6. 2B—Ramirez (1), Valencia (2).
HR—Alonso (5), off Gausman. RBIs—Alonso 2 (13), Sisco (5).
SB—Gentry (5).
Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 2 (Brantley 2);
Baltimore 3 (Jones 2, Santander). RISP—Cleveland 0 for 2;
Baltimore 1 for 8.
Runners moved up—Ramirez.
DP—Jones, Santander.
DP—Cleveland 2 (Carrasco, Alonso), (Zimmer, Alonso).
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8 0.57
Inherited runners-scored—Miller 1-0. U—Jerry Meals, Gabe
Morales, Ed Hickox, John Tumpane. T—2:21. Tickets sold—10,614
Mac Williamson hit a 464-foot two-run
home run against reliever Shawn
Kelley in the sixth inning, the longest
by a San Francisco player this season.
The previous longest: Williamson, 434
feet against the Angels on Friday, the
Fran the
AB minors.
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Kndrck 2b
Harper rf
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Solis p
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a-out on sacrifice fly for Solis in the 7th. b-struck out for Torres in
the 9th.
Walks—Washington 4: Harper 2, Taylor 2. San Francisco 3: Posey
1, Longoria 1, Belt 1.
Strikeouts—Washington 8: Turner 2, Kendrick 1, Adams 2, Taylor
1, Gonzalez 1, Sierra 1. San Francisco 7: Belt 2, Jackson 2, Crawford
1, Stratton 2.
E—McCutchen (1), Longoria (4). LOB—Washington 8, San
Francisco 6. 2B—McCutchen (4), Posey (4), Belt (3). 3B—Turner (1).
HR—Williamson (2), off Kelley. RBIs—Kendrick (8), Stevenson (1),
Posey (9), Williamson 3 (5). SB—Turner (9), Taylor (9). SF—Kendrick,
RISP—Washington 0 for 7; San Francisco 1 for 6.
Runners moved up—Difo 2.
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22 1.80
Inherited runners-scored—Kelley 1-1, Dyson 1-0. U—Bill Miller,
Angel Hernandez, Todd Tichenor, Alan Porter. T—2:44. Tickets
sold—36,983 (41,915).
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throws heat
at Miami
Dodgers rookie
throws five scoreless
innings and tops out at
99 mph in first start.
By Andy McCullough
The jewel of the Dodgers
farm system steadied himself in the center of their ballpark. Walker Buehler cradled a baseball in his right
hand and tucked it inside his
glove. He exhaled as he prepared to throw the first pitch
of the first start of his career.
Buehler went still; Dodger
Stadium went silent.
On the mound, Buehler’s
mother will admit, “he’s not
physically intimidating.” He
has yet to find a diet capable
of hanging more than 175
pounds on his 6-foot-2
frame. He loped onto the diamond before Monday’s first
pitch like a fawn leading the
And then the baseball left
his hand.
The radar gun registered
the result, a speed unlike
those created by the other
starters in the Dodgers rotation. Buehler’s first fastball
of the night clocked at 98.3
mph. His last of the first inning hit 99 mph. His final
fastball of the evening arrived at 95.7 mph. In between, he strung together
five scoreless innings in a 2-1
victory over the Miami Marlins, demonstrating the limitations of a 23-year-old rookie while displaying the allure
of his ability.
“We still can’t figure it
out,” said Karen Walker,
Buehler’s mother, on the
phone from Lexington, Ky.,
on Monday afternoon. “I just
truly believe it’s a gift. It
doesn’t physically make
sense to a lot of people.”
At Vanderbilt University,
Buehler’s teammates called
him “Bluegrass Slim” or
“Kentucky Slim.” As a professional pitcher, Dodgers
officials identified him as an
analogue to former San
Francisco ace Tim Lincecum. In the context of the
2018 season, which Buehler
entered on Monday, he represents the latest rookie to
bolster the Dodgers’ roster
and a potential starter for
this October.
Buehler was the first
player drafted in 2015 under
the regime of Dodgers president of baseball operations
underwent elbow ligamentreplacement surgery soon
after the Dodgers selected
him. He debuted as a reliever
last September, but could
play a larger role this year.
His usage will be monitored
with care, as Buehler is not
expected to pitch much
more than 150 innings in 2018.
The assignment on Monday arose from an injury.
triple-A Oklahoma City to
fill a void created by the
cracked nail on Rich Hill’s
left middle finger. Buehler
will likely start again during
a doubleheader on Saturday
in San Francisco. After that,
the Dodgers will reevaluate
his role.
Buehler made a case to
remain in the majors on
Monday, although he faced a
Marlins roster crafted with
losing in mind. Buehler gave
up four singles to his tanking
opponents and walked three
batters, including the opposing pitcher, Jarlin Garcia. He survived by generating a flurry of ground balls
and striking out five.
“In a situation like this, it
would be great to dominate,” Buehler said. “But to
put up zeros and come out of
the game unscathed is the
biggest thing. The more and
more comfortable you get up
here, the fastball command
will come.”
The Dodgers (11-10) secured their seventh victory
in eight games as Enrique
Hernandez blasted a solo
homer in the fourth. J.T.
Chargois surrendered the
lead in the eighth after
Austin Barnes made an error at second base. After
Chris Taylor opened the bottom of the inning with a double, he scored on a sacrifice
fly by Cody Bellinger. The
late-game drama only prevented Buehler from finishing his first big league start
to step
in for
Martirosyan watched
Rousey’s rise to fame
and says it’s his turn
against Golovkin.
By Lance Pugmire
Corey Seager was given
a day off for the second time
as Enrique Hernandez
started at shortstop.
“I like our lineup,” Roberts said. “I like the way we
can get guys involved.”
watched Ronda Rousey, a
longtime stablemate at their
Glendale gym, rise to fame
as the UFC’s first women’s
champion, and now the veteran boxer believes it’s his
turn with a May 5 fight
against Gennady Golovkin
at StubHub Center.
Martirosyan predicted
Rousey’s rise early in her
mixed martial arts career, he
recalled Monday during a
gathering with the media,
when she won a fight after
she got a nasty bite on the leg
by a pit bull.
“She got 50 stitches in her
leg and then she won the
next day by armbar … that’s
when we knew,” he said of
Rousey, who called him via
FaceTime as he spoke.
“She’s like a sister to me,”
he said.
Edmond Tarverdyan, the
trainer who has worked the
corner for both fighters,
foresees something special.
“If Vanes is happy and excited, he’s the most dangerous man,” Tarverdyan said.
“He has that now. His personality is perfect for this.”
Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21
knockouts) turns 32 on May
1. He’s never been a world
champion, and he’s in his
stiffest test against Golovkin
(37-0-1, 33 KOs), the threebelt middleweight champion who stands as the longest-reigning active champion and seeks to tie Bernard
Hopkins’ record with a 20th
consecutive middleweight
title fight without a loss.
Golovkin is fighting fellow 2004 Olympian Martirosyan because former
two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez submitted two positive tests for the
performance-enhancing substance clenbuterol in February — which
his camp blamed on eating
contaminated beef in Mexico — then last week received
a six-month suspension
from the Nevada Athletic
Commission, scrapping a rematch of their lucrative first
fight, which ended in a draw.
“I was on my bed reading
boxing news every day … I
got the call from [promoter]
Don King, and he says, ‘Hey,
man, there’s this guy they
call Triple-G or something
like that, you want to
fight?’ ” Martirosyan said.
While Martirosyan has
been frustrated in well-contested losses by decision to
Erislandy Lara, Jermell
Charlo and Demetrius Andrade, as an amateur he
showed a knack for rising up
to upset future world champions Timothy Bradley Jr.,
Andre Berto and Austin
Trout, and he was unbeaten
through 33 pro bouts.
He sees Golovkin, at 36,
slipping with back-to-back
fights that went the distance
following a 23-fight knockout streak.
Golovkin admitted he’s
never been more distracted
in a camp.
Just by accepting the
HBO-televised fight that
will include former four-division champion Roman
“Chocolatito” Gonzalez and
women’s unified welterweight champion Cecilia
Braekhus (32-0, nine KOs)
on the card, Golovkin is risking the International Boxing
Federation belt he won in
2015. The IBF will decide this
week whether to strip
Golovkin for not fighting his
mandatory opponent. And
he has further pressure in
looking ahead, trying to defeat Martirosyan impressively to ensure Alvarez
won’t have room to escape a
September rematch.
While Golovkin said, “I’m
not thinking about Canelo,”
Martirosyan torched Alvarez for not immediately
enrolling in the World Boxing Council’s mandatory
week’s suspension.
“I don’t run like the guy
who pretended to eat a bad
steak,” Martirosyan said.
“As fighters, we know what’s
going on.”
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hitting a fourth-inning homer off Marlins pitcher Jarlin Garcia.
as a winner.
“We expect a lot out of
him,” Hernandez said. “Not
too often do you get drafted
in the first round knowing
you need Tommy John. This
kid must be a stud.”
Before he tore his ulnar
collateral ligament in college, “honestly, everything
growing up came easily for
Walker,” his mother said. As
a kid, he won home run derbies and led his Little
League division in strikeouts. He did well in class. He
played quarterback on
youth football teams. He
could throw three pitches for
a strike in high school and he
could “hit the absolute crap
out of a golf ball,” said Jordan Tarrence, his baseball
coach at Henry Clay High.
“Makes you mad.”
After turning down a
14th-round offer from the
Pittsburgh Pirates, Buehler
started as a freshman for the
Commodores and helped
win the College World Series
as a sophomore. He felt discomfort in his elbow as a junior, but the severity of the
damage was unknown until
an examination by Dodgers
team doctor Neal ElAttrache. Buehler accepted a
bonus worth about $300,000
less than expected from his
surgery and disappeared
into the tedium of rehabilitation.
“He had to work to get it
back,” Walker said. “Realizing that it all could be gone
that quickly really refocused
him and reinvigorated him.”
Buehler appeared in only
three games in 2016. He
started last season with
Cucamonga. His ascent from the
California League to the majors was quick. His fastball
blazed, but Buehler failed to
secure a spot as a reliever on
the playoff roster, posting a
7.71 earned-run average in
eight appearances.
The stumble did not
shake Buehler’s confidence.
During the winter, he visited
Clayton Kershaw’s home
outside Dallas to watch how
the Dodgers ace works out.
“He’s stubborn, but it’s a
good thing,” Kershaw said.
“He’s had so much success
his whole life, he’s not just
going to change because
somebody says he needs to
Buehler looked at ease on
crouched inside a locker to
chat with Hill. He leaned
back in his chair by his locker
as Tom Koehler stopped by.
After warming up in the
bullpen, Buehler joked with
Grandal as they walked
toward the Dodgers dugout.
Manager Dave Roberts
did not hide Buehler’s restrictions. Buehler had not
thrown more than 80 pitches
in three minor league starts.
He threw 89 on Monday, the
highest total of his professional career. Miami forced
Buehler to throw first-pitch
strikes and spoiled his twostrike choices.
Buehler gave up a pair of
groundball singles in the
first. He zipped a 98.6-mph
fastball past Marlins third
baseman Brian Anderson
for his first strikeout. After
walking outfielder Cameron
Maybin, Wheeler pumped a
99-mph heater by former
Angel J.B. Shuck to strand
the bases loaded. The frame
required 26 pitches.
“He just feels he can
make a pitch when he needs
to make a pitch,” Roberts
said. “He doesn’t scare off.”
Buehler struck out two in
the second but walked Garcia. He picked up three outs
on 11 pitches in the third. An
inning later, Shuck became
the first Marlin to hit the ball
in the air. A single by catcher
J.T. Realmuto extended the
fifth inning. Buehler finished
his night by flinging fastballs
at second baseman Starlin
Castro, who hit one into the
ground for the final out of
the fifth. A bevy of handshakes and congratulations
awaited Buehler in his dugout.
“He’s pretty confident,
pretty cocky,” Hernandez
said. “We kind of like his attitude, sometimes. He was
alert after
associated press
Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar is
talking to doctors and family
after surgery over the weekend to address a ruptured
aneurysm that occurred
during Friday night’s game
against Houston.
Farquhar, a married father of three children, remains in critical but stable
condition at Rush University Medical Center in
The White Sox announced Monday the 31year-old right-hander is expected to remain hospitalized for the next few weeks.
“We are very happy that
he is trending in the right direction,” manager Rick
Renteria said.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
MARLINS THIRD BASEMAN Brian Anderson slides under the tag of Dodgers second baseman Austin
The Boston Red Sox
traded left-hander Roenis
Elias to the Seattle Mariners
for future considerations.
Elias was 1-0 with a 1.23
triple-A Pawtucket. In 55
major league appearances,
he is 15-21 with a 4.20 ERA.
The 29-year-old Cuban was
signed by the Mariners as a
free agent in 2011. ... The Red
Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on
track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to
opening-day payroll totals
compiled by MLB and obtained by the Associated
Press. Boston’s payroll at
the start of the season for
purposes of the tax was
$233.9 million, which would
cause the Red Sox to pay a
$9.4-million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a
tax of $1.2 million.
Barnes for an eighth-inning stolen base. Moments earlier, Anderson singled to drive in a run.
Font of mediocrity, reliever cut loose
By Andy McCullough
The Dodgers cut ties with
Wilmer Font, designating
the struggling pitcher for assignment before Monday
night’s game against the Miami Marlins to call up
pitcher Walker Buehler.
Font, a 28-year-old righthander, was the triple-A Pacific Coast League pitcher of
the year last season but
struggled in brief appearances with the Dodgers.
Font took the loss in two
games this season and
posted an 11.32 earned-run
average in 101⁄3 innings.
With Rich Hill on the disabled list, the Dodgers had
used a nine-man bullpen.
Font was deemed expendable.
“We needed to make
room for Walker, No. 1,” manager Dave Roberts said.
“Carrying nine relievers was,
I think, excessive. We just
didn’t have the innings for
him to pitch consistently.
“We know that there’s
some interest in him, out
there in the market. Hopefully he lands somewhere on
a big league club.”
The Dodgers had hoped
Font could provide value as
a multi-inning reliever, given
his background as a starting
pitcher in the minors. But
outside of a solid outing in
extra innings in a game at
Arizona, Font had trouble
putting away big league hitters. The team did not consider him an option to replace Hill in the rotation for
Monday’s game.
Hill, nursing a cracked
fingernail on his left middle
finger, will throw a simulated
game Tuesday, Roberts
said, making 70 to 75 pitches.
“Once he checks that
box,” Roberts said, “we’ll
project where he pencils in.”
The Dodgers are expected to give Buehler a sec-
ond start as part of Saturday’s doubleheader, when
the team can carry a 26th
player for the day. Hill would
be in line to start as early as
Sunday, if he receives four
days of rest after his simulated outing Tuesday.
Short hop
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Williams feels good and looks strong
By Dan Woike
It’s been nearly a year,
but Chargers wide receiver
Mike Williams said it
doesn’t feel quite that long
He was with family and
friends celebrating being selected No. 7 overall in the 2017
NFL draft — a night he’ll never forget.
“You only get this opportunity once,” he remembered thinking. “It was a
great experience for me and
my family, coming from
where I came from.”
But in the nearly 12
months since, there haven’t
been many more feel-good
moments for the 6-foot-3,
220-pound receiver.
He missed most of the
workouts leading to last season because of a back injury.
He struggled to get caught
up in the offense and develop
timing with quarterback
Philip Rivers and, as a result, never became a major
part of the passing attack.
He caught only 11 passes
in 10 games — numbers hampered by yet another injury,
this one to his right knee.
“The first year,” Williams
said Monday, “it wasn’t what
I was expecting.”
And the same goes for the
Chargers, who certainly expected more from their
top-10 pick.
But Monday, Chargers
general manager Tom Telesco said no one in the organization looks back at former
picks with regrets or misgivings. They look to the future.
“Once we pick a player or
sign a player, we’re all in with
that guy,” Telesco said.
“We’re all invested in him
and working with him.”
Williams has been working, too.
Outside of a quick trip to
the Bahamas, he’s been
striving to get back to full
health, and he’s looked
strong in early-season conditioning workouts.
“I had a lot of time so it
was a lot of time getting
treatment and rehabbing a
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
INJURIES HAMPERED wide receiver Mike
Williams, the Chargers’ No. 7 draft pick, last season.
lot. I feel pretty good right
now,” he said. “… This offseason was pretty much just
me focusing on getting healthy, getting 100% for the season.”
Monday, Williams was
working with Rivers and the
rest of the receivers and
tight ends, catching balls
and getting in the work he
missed last season.
“I feel a lot better than
last year to be honest,”
Williams said. “I’m feeling
pretty healthy. I’m looking
forward to getting out here,
keep throwing with Philip
and the quarterbacks, and
get everyone on the same
pared to comment on that.
My plate’s pretty full,” he
said. “No offense.”
Mayfield prepared?
Before Baker Mayfield’s
pro day earlier this spring, a
group of Chargers staff — including offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt — met
with the Oklahoma quarterback.
Per Sports Illustrated’s
Robert Klemko, the Chargers asked Mayfield to study
some of their plays before
the meeting.
Apparently, he really
“I didn’t look at their
playbook as much as I
should have,” Mayfield told
Sports Illustrated. “It could
have gone a little bit better,
but at the same time, I’m prioritizing which playbooks
I’m going to learn. No offense
to them, but I’ve got a lot on
my plate.”
Asked about the comments on Monday, Telesco
quickly cracked back.
“I’m probably not pre-
Wide receiver Tyrell
Williams signed his secondround tender Monday morning, putting him under contract for the upcoming season. Telesco also said the
plan is for the Chargers to
pick up Melvin Gordon’s
fifth-year option, keeping
him in uniform with the
team for at least the next two
seasons. … Kicker Caleb
Sturgis, who was signed via
free agency, said he’s operating at full health after
suffering a hip injury that
landed him on the injured reserve list early last season.
Sturgis said he was healthy
enough to rejoin the Eagles
midseason, but remained inactive. … Telesco said there’s
no update regarding free
agent Antonio Gates and a
return to the Chargers.
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Newgarden wins
rain-delayed race
staff and wire reports
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Frenchman Benoit Paire covers his eyes during a match against Chilean Nicolas Jarry in
the first round of the Barcelona Open. Paire eventually was a 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-4 winner.
At Barcelona, Spain
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Benoit Paire, France,
d. Nicolas Jarry, Chile, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, d. Tennys Sandgren, U.S.,
6-4, 6-4. Marcel Granollers, Spain, d. Mikhail
Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-2. Dusan Lajovic,
Serbia, d. Pedro Martinez, Spain, 6-4, 6-7 (5),
6-3. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, d. Jared Donaldson, U.S., 6-3, 6-1. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece,
d. Corentin Moutet, France, 6-4, 6-1. Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez, Spain, d. Yuichi Sugita, Japan, 7-6
(5), 7-6 (5). Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, d. Tommy Robredo, Spain, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-4. Pablo
Cuevas, Uruguay, d. Ricardo Ojeda Lara, Spain,
6-0, 6-4. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, d. Mischa
Zverev, Germany, 6-3, 6-0.
DOUBLES (first round)—Juan Sebastian Cabal
and Robert Farah, Colombia, d. Inigo Cervantes
and David Marrero, Spain, 6-3, 7-5.
At Budapest, Hungary
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—John Millman, Australia, d. Radu Albot, Moldova, 6-4, 7-5. Marco
Cecchinato, Italy, d. Mirza Basic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-3, 6-4. Aljaz Bedene (5), Slovenia, d.
Marius Copil, Romania, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3. Lorenzo Sonego, Italy, d. Hubert Hurkacz, Poland,
6-7 (2), 7-6 (8), 6-4.
DOUBLES (first round)—Ben Mclachlan,
Japan, and Jan-Lennard Struff (2), Germany, d.
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, Chile, and Andrei
Vasilevski, Blarus, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
At Stuttgart, Germany
Surface: Clay-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, d. Daria Kasatkina, Russia,
6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES (first round)—Nicole Melichar, U.S.,
and Kveta Peschke, Czech Republic, d. Alla
Kudryavtseva, Russia, and Andrea Sestini
Hlavackova (2), Czech Republic, 7-6 (4), 3-6,
At Istanbul
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Svetlana Kuznetsova
(2), Russia, d. Wang Qiang, China, 6-3, 6-3.
Christina McHale, U.S., d. Mona Barthel, Germany, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.
DOUBLES (first round)—Oksana Kalashnikova, Georgia, and Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhistan, d. Ipez Oz and Melis Sezer, Turkey, 6-3,
4-6, 11-9. Maria Irigoyen, Argentina, and Ellen
Perez, Australia, d. Darija Jurak, Croatia, and Jessica Moore, Australia, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 10-5.
Sporting KC.....5 1 2
17 20 11
LAFC..............4 2 0
12 16 13
FC Dallas........3 0 3
12 9 3
GALAXY ..........3 3 1
10 8 10
R Salt Lake .....3 3 1
10 9 14
Vancouver .......3 4 1
10 8 17
Houston .........2 2 2
8 14 9
Colorado ........2 2 2
8 9 8
Portland .........2 3 2
8 12 14
Minnesota U ...2 5 0
6 9 15
San Jose ........1 3 2
5 11 13
Seattle ...........1 3 1
4 5 8
NYC FC...........5 1 2
17 16 9
Atlanta U ........5 1 1
16 17 8
Orlando City ....4 2 1
13 14 12
New England ...3 2 2
11 12 8
Columbus .......3 3 2
11 11 9
New York ........3 3 0
9 14 8
Chicago..........2 3 1
7 9 10
Montreal.........2 5 0
6 9 17
D.C. United .....1 3 2
5 6 10
Philadelphia....1 3 2
5 3 8
Toronto FC ......1 4 0
3 4 11
Three points for victory, one point for tie.
Friday's schedule
Real Salt Lake at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday's schedule
New York Red Bulls at GALAXY, 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Atlanta United, 10 a.m.
Chicago at Toronto FC, noon
D.C. United at Philadelphia 12:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at New England, 4:30 p.m.
San Jose at Columbus, 4:30 p.m.
Houston at Minnesota United, 5 p.m.
Sunday's schedule
Seattle at LAFC, 6 p.m.
Orlando City at Colorado, 1 p.m.
FC Dallas at New York City FC, 3:30 p.m.
Major League Baseball
National League
at DODGERS -250
at ST. LOUIS -168
American League
at HOUSTON -148
at NEW YORK -128
New York
San Diego
Tampa Bay
Saturday’s schedule
At Philadelphia (ESPN), Jessie Magdaleno vs.
Isaac Dogboe, 12, for Magdaleno's WBO juniorfeatherweight title; Jesse Hart vs. Demond Nicholson, 10, super-middleweights; Bryant Jennings
vs. Joey Dawejko, 10, heavyweights.
At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (HBO), Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki, 12, middleweights;
Jarrell Miller vs. Johann Duhaupas, 12, heavyweights; Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Zhimin Wang,
10, junior-welterweights.
At Aguascalientes, Mexico, Humberto Velazco
vs. Davis Caceres, 10, for the vacant WBC Silver
super-middleweight title; Damien Vazquez vs.
Luis Golindano, 10, for the WBC junior-bantamweight youth world title.
May 2
At Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Wanheng
Menayothin vs. Leroy Estrada, 12, for
Menayothin's WBC minimumweight title.
May 5
At StubHub Center, (HBO), Gennady Golovkin
vs. Vanes Martirosyan, 12, for Golovkin's WBCWBA middleweight titles.
At London, Tony Bellew vs. David Haye, 12,
heavyweights; Martin J. Ward vs. James Tennyson, 12, for Ward's European junior-lightweight
title; John Ryder vs. Jamie Cox, 12, super-middleweights.
Chicago Cubs +105
NBA playoffs
Line (O/U)
21⁄2 (2041⁄2)
10 (211)
San Antonio
at GOLDEN ST 11 (2041⁄2)
7 (2141⁄2)
61⁄2 (205)
Updated odds availabe at
Through April 22
FedExCup Season Points
1, Justin Thomas, 1,769.125. 2, Patton
Kizzire, 1,328.500. 3, Bubba Watson,
1,280.500. 4, Phil Mickelson, 1,248.222. 5,
Dustin Johnson, 1,175.910. 6, Patrick Reed,
1,161.361. 7, Jon Rahm, 1,139.408. 8, Justin
Rose, 1,013.625. 9, Andrew Landry, 1,010.604.
10, Tony Finau, 1,006.202.
Scoring Average
1, Dustin Johnson, 69.051. 2, Justin Thomas,
69.211. 3, Webb Simpson, 69.565. 4, Justin
Rose, 69.712. 5, Jordan Spieth, 69.757. 6, Alex
Noren, 69.781. 7, Tommy Fleetwood, 69.785. 8,
Rory McIlroy, 69.807. 9, Tiger Woods, 69.883.
10, Phil Mickelson, 69.901.
Driving Distance
1, Trey Mullinax, 318.5. 2, Tony Finau, 317.6.
3, Luke List, 314.9. 4, Bubba Watson, 314.8. 5,
Rory McIlroy, 312.0. 6, Gary Woodland, 311.7. 7,
Ryan Palmer, 311.4. 8, Justin Thomas, 311.0. 9
(tie), Brendan Steele and Kevin Tway, 310.5.
ANGELS—Put pitcher Blake Wood on 10-day
DL; recalled pitcher Eduardo Paredes from Salt
Lake (PCL); selected the contract of pitcher
Justin Anderson from Salt Lake; optioned pitcher
Jaime Barria to Salt Lake.
DODGERS—Recalled pitcher Walker Buehler
from Oklahoma City (PCL); designated pitcher
Wilmer Font for assignment.
Atlanta—Sent catcher Tyler Flowers to
Gwinnett (IL) for a rehab assignment.
Boston—Traded pitcher Roenis Elias to Seattle for a player to be named or cash.
Chicago White Sox—Put pitcher Miguel
Gonzalez on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April
19; selected the contract of pitcher Chris Beck
from Charlotte (IL); transferred pitcher Danny
Farquhar to the 60-day DL.
Colorado—Selected the contract of pitcher
Harrison Musgrave from Albuquerque (PCL); put
pitcher Chris Rusin on the 10-day DL; transferred
RHP Carlos Estévez from the 10- to the 60-day
Detroit—Designated pitcher Drew VerHagen
for assignment; recalled outfielder Mike Gerber
from Toledo (IL).
Miami—Sent pitcher Elieser Hernandez and
shortstop JT Riddleon a rehab assignments to
Jupiter (FSL).
Minnesota—Optioned pitcher Gabriel Moya
to Rochester (IL); reinstated pitcherPhil Hughes
from the 10-day DL.
Milwaukee—Assigned pitcher Alec Asher outright to Colorado Springs (PCL).
N.Y. Mets—Sent pitcher Jason Vargas on a rehab assignment to Las Vegas (PCL).
Toronto—Recalled pitcher Tim Mayza from
Buffalo (IL); put pitcher John Axford on the bereavement list.
Washington—Traded pitcher A.J. Cole to the
New York Yankees for cash considerations.
NBA—Named Derek Chang CEO of NBA
CHARGERS—Signed WR Tyrell Williams.
Arizona—Signed defensive end Benson
Mayowa to a one-year contract.
Denver—Traded punter Riley Dixon to the N.Y.
Giants for a conditional 2019 seventh-round
draft pick.
Indianapolis—Announced the retirement of
defensive end Dwight Freeney.
N.Y. Giants—Waived receiver Darius Powe.
Oakland—Exercised their fifth-year option on
receiver Amari Cooper; signed cornerback Daryl
Pittsburgh—Exercised their fifth-year option
on linebacker Bud Dupree.
DUCKS—Announced the contract of assistant
coach Trent Yawney will not be renewed.
Calgary—Named Bill Peters coach.
Minnesota—Announced the contract of
general manager Chuck Fletcher will not be renewed.
Clemson—Named Shimmy Gray-Miller
assistant women's basketball coach.
North Carolina—Announced junior forward
Luke Maye declared for the NBA draft.
South Carolina—Dismissed guard Rakym
Felder from the men's basketball program.
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
At Birmingham, Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park
Lap length: 2.3 miles
(Post position in parentheses)
1. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 82; 2. (4)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 82; 3. (5) James
Hinchcliffe, Honda, 82; 4. (10) Robert Wickens,
Honda, 82; 5. (3) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda,
82; 6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 82; 7. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 82; 8. (18) Takuma Sato,
Honda, 82; 9. (9) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet,
82; 10. (7) Marco Andretti, Honda, 82;
11. (8) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 82; 12. (21)
Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 82; 13. (11) Zach
Veach, Honda, 82; 14. (19) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 82; 15. (17) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 81; 16.
(22) Rene Binder, Chevrolet, 80; 17. (20) Gabby
Chaves, Chevrolet, 80; 18. (23) Tony Kanaan,
Chevrolet, 80; 19. (16) Zachary Claman De Melo,
Honda, 80; 20. (12) Ed Jones, Honda, 64, Mechanical
21. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 53, Off Course;
22. (13) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 34, Mechanical;
23. (14) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 10, Contact
Race Statistics
Winner's avg. speed: 93.335 mph.
Time of Race: 2:01:14.4486.
Margin of victory: 9.9607 seconds.
Cautions: 2 for 14 laps.
Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers.
1963—Bob Cousy ends his 13-year career by
scoring 18 points, and the Boston Celtics win
their fifth consecutive NBA championship by
beating the Lakers 112-109 in Game 6.
1967—The Philadelphia 76ers win the NBA
championship in six games with 125-122 comeback victory over the San Francisco Warriors.
1974 — Tampa, Fla., is awarded the NFL's
27th franchise.
1994—David Robinson scores 71 points to
win the NBA scoring title, and the San Antonio
Spurs end the regular season with a 112-97 victory over the Clippers. Robinson, the fourth NBA
player to score more than 70 points in a game,
edges Orlando's Shaquille O'Neal for the scoring
1999—Patrick Roy makes a season-high 42
saves while leading Colorado over San Jose 3-1.
It's the 100th playoff win for Roy, the most in NHL
2005—Andres Nocioni has 25 points and an
NBA rookie playoff-record 18 rebounds in Chicago's 103-94 victory over Washington.
American North Div ...W L Pct.
Okla City (Dodgers) ....12 4 .750
Colo Springs (Brewers)12 7 .632
Omaha (Royals) ...........6 12 .333
Iowa (Cubs) ................4 12 .250
American South Div ...W L Pct.
Memphis (Cardinals) ..15 4 .789
Nashville (A’s)..............9 9 .500
New Orleans (Marlins) ..7 11 .389
Round Rock (Rangers) ..7 13 .350
Pacific North Div ........W L Pct.
Fresno (Astros) ..........13 6 .684
Tacoma (Mariners)......10 8 .556
Sacramento (Giants) ....7 11 .389
Reno (D’backs)............6 13 .316
Pacific South Div .......W L Pct.
El Paso (Padres) ........13 5 .722
Salt Lake (Angels) ......12 6 .667
Las Vegas (Mets) .........3 6 .333
Albuquerq (Rockies) .....7 11 .389
Monday’ results
New Orleans 3, Oklahoma City 2
Nashville 4, Omaha 3
Memphis 3, Iowa 0
Reno 3, Fresno 2
Tacoma 4, Sacramento 1
Round Rock 11, Colorado Springs 4
Albuquerque 12, Salt Lake 9
El Paso 6, Las Vegas 3
Today’s schedule
No games scheduled
7 ⁄2
North Div ..................W L Pct. GB
San Jose (Giants).......12 7 .632
Visalia (D’backs)........11 7 .611 1⁄2
Stockton (A’s) ............10 8 .556 1
Modesto (Mariners) ......6 12 .333 5
South Div .................W L Pct. GB
Lancaster (Rockies) ......9 9 .500
Ran Cuca (Dodgers) .....9 9 .500
Inland Empire (Angels)..8 10 .444 1
Lake Elsinore (Padres) ..8 11 .421 11⁄2
Monday’s results
San Jose 2, Lake Elsinore 0
Today’s schedule
Lancaster at Visalia, 6 p.m.
Lake Elsinore at San Jose, 6:30 p.m.
Inland Empire at Modesto, 7 p.m.
Stockton at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
May 4-6—DODGERS vs. San Diego at
Monterrey, Mexico.
June 4—Amateur draft starts.
June 13-14—Owners' meetings, New York.
June 15—International amateur signing
period closes.
July 2—International amateur signing period
Josef Newgarden started on the
pole for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and led almost the entire way,
winning the rain-delayed race Monday for the third time in four years.
With a sizable lead and showers
starting anew, Newgarden made his
second pit stop with about 15 minutes
left in the timed race to switch to rain
tires. Contenders such as Sebastien
Bourdais and runner-up Ryan Hunter-Reay remained on the track while
the rain soaked the course.
“We could have stayed out like
them, too, but for us it made no sense,”
said Newgarden, the defending IndyCar champion, who took over the
points lead with his second win in the
first four races. “We had everything to
lose, they had everything to gain. So I
don’t blame them with what they did.
It would have been their race to win if
it stopped raining at that point because they would have been able to
make it work.”
Alexander Rossi entered with the
points lead after winning at Long
Beach but finished 11th.
49ers GM: Foster’s
future hinges on case
General manager John Lynch said
the San Francisco 49ers will be patient as linebacker Reuben Foster
deals with domestic violence charges
but stressed “if these charges are
proven true, if Reuben indeed hit this
young lady, he won’t be a part of our
Lynch spoke publicly for the first
time since Foster was charged with
felony domestic violence on April 12
after being accused by authorities of
dragging his girlfriend and punching
her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum. Foster, 24, also was
charged with felony possession of an
assault weapon after officers found a
Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his
home. If convicted on all charges, he
faces up to 11 years in prison.
The 49ers have said Foster would
not take part in the offseason program and he will remain away from
the team until his case is resolved.
The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall last year after questions about his
health and character caused him to
drop from being a possible top-10 pick.
Foster delivered on the field, ranking
second on the team with 72 tackles.
Foster was charged in January in
Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession before the alleged
incident in February that led to the
domestic violence charges.
The NFL and police in Frisco,
Texas, are investigating a dispute between Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving and his girlfriend
that turned ugly when she accused
him of domestic violence to police and
on social media before retracting the
allegations hours later. She previously
accused him of domestic abuse causing injury in November 2013 in Iowa
and he was suspended indefinitely
from the Iowa State team before being
reinstated. The charge was dropped
in January 2014.
The Oakland Raiders signed cornerback Daryl Worley, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles after an arrest on suspicion of DUI and
gun possession. ... Coach Pete Carroll
said the Seattle Seahawks have not
closed the door on the possibility of
adding Colin Kaepernick, but it may
depend on the upcoming NFL draft. ...
Receiver Willie Snead bid farewell to
the New Orleans Saints and wrote on
Butch Dill Associated Press
champagne bath after winning
the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
social media that he “can’t wait” to
join the Baltimore Ravens, who offered the restricted free agent a contract. ... The New York Giants acquired punter Riley Dixon from the
Denver Broncos for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2019. ... Former NFL stars who officially retired
Monday: Matt Forte and Devin Hester with the Chicago Bears, and
Dwight Freeney with the Indianapolis Colts.
Bennie Cunningham, who starred
at Clemson and won two Super Bowls
as a tight end with the Pittsburgh
Steelers, died of cancer at 63. ... Former North Carolina defensive tackle
Dee Hardison, who went on to play 11
seasons in the NFL, has died. He was
61. ... Montana quarterback Gresch
Jensen is transferring.
Flames hire Peters
The Calgary Flames hired Bill Peters as coach three days after he resigned from the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 53-year-old Peters, a native of
Alberta, went 137-138-53 in his four seasons as a head coach and wasn’t able
to get the Hurricanes into the playoffs.
The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan
last week after going 37-35-10 and missing the playoffs for the seventh time in
nine years.
Ducks assistant coach Trent
Yawney will not have his contract renewed, the team said in a statement.
Yawney was in charge of the defense
and the team’s penalty-killing unit,
which ranked fifth in the regular season but tied for 13th in the playoffs.
— Mike Coppinger
The Minnesota Wild split with general manager Chuck Fletcher after
two playoff series wins in nine years ...
Drew Doughty of the Kings and Ryan
Getzlaf of the Ducks are nominees for
the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the
NHL’s award for “leadership qualities
on and off the ice.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment has
a deal with the production company of
Golden State Warriors star Stephen
Curry to produce television, film and
possibly gaming projects that focus
on family, faith, and sports.
Davey Nelson, a Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster and former All-Star
infielder who also coached in the majors, has died. He was 73.
Shogun Rua will face Volkan
Oezdemir in the main event of UFC
Fight Night in Germany on July 7.
Gronkowski won’t run in the Kentucky Derby because of an infection.
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
The NFL draft will be
held Thursday, Friday
and Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Times NFL
writer Sam Farmer
examines team needs by
division. Today, in the
third of four parts, the
North divisions:
NFC North
The Bears
have a few
glaring areas of
need: receiver,
cornerback and edge
rusher. There probably
isn’t a receiver in this
draft worthy of the No. 8
pick, but there are defensive players who fit the
bill. Chicago could probably get the best corner
prospect at that spot.
Notre Dame guard
Quenton Nelson would
be an intriguing possibility too.
The top two
needs for the
Lions are
pass-rush help
and a running back.
They also could use a
defensive tackle, a cornerback and help in the
interior of their offensive
line. Boston College
defensive end Harold
Landry is a versatile
option who could line up
in multiple spots and
probably would be available when the Lions pick
at No. 20.
The Packers
will be on the
lookout for an
outside pass
rusher and cornerback,
and they’re at a good
spot at 14 to get either.
There’s also a need at
wide receiver and tight
end, so those are possibilities. If Virginia Tech
linebacker Tremaine
Edmunds were to tumble
out of the top 10, he would
be very enticing.
The Vikings
need to bolster
their offensive
line and are
looking for help at defensive tackle, where they
have not found a replacement for free agent Sharrif Floyd. Minnesota likes
quicker (often undersized) pass rushers. The
Vikings might also look
for a safety to complement Harrison Smith,
and maybe a tight end
who’s a better blocker
than Kyle Rudolph.
AFC North
The Ravens
want to find
help for
Joe Flacco, whether in
the form of a wide receiver, offensive lineman,
or both. They need a
field-stretching tight end
too. If the best receivers
are gone, and the Ravens
believe it’s too early to
take a tight end, the
team might look to bolster its protection up
The Browns
have two of the
first four selections and five of
the first 64, so this draft
really could help them
retool. They need a
quarterback, even
though newcomer Tyrod
Taylor is expected to be
their short-term starter.
They also need a running
back and primary cornerback and must fill the
position vacated by
retired left tackle Joe
The Bengals’
most pressing
need is for a left
tackle, and
they should be able to
select one with the 21st
pick. Another possibility
would be a center to
anchor their reworked
offensive line. They always seem to be eyeing
cornerbacks, so that is a
consideration, and so is
defensive tackle if a
prospect such as Vita
Vea were to slip.
With the loss of
Ryan Shazier,
the Steelers are
looking for an
every-down linebacker.
The long-term future of
running back Le’Veon
Bell is still murky, so the
Steelers might want to
address that at some
point in this draft. Pittsburgh could go for a
corner in the first round,
and there are quality
prospects to be had.
NEXT: West divisions.
‘Worldwide leader’ drops back
ESPN will have the
NFL draft news —
until selections are
Encouraging viewers to
stay tuned for a two-hour
show to announce the 2018
NFL schedule Thursday
night, an ESPN “SportsCenter” co-host said breathlessly, “It’s the moment NFL
fans have been waiting for.”
When the moment came
for the show to begin, host
Trey Wingo was much closer
to the truth, calling it “an
appetizer for the draft.”
This is the time of the
year for NBA and NHL
playoffs and baseball. But
with college spring workouts, the first round of organized training activities
for many NFL teams and
relentless analysis of the
draft, April can hardly be
considered part of football’s
The draft’s first round,
which starts at 5 p.m. PDT
on Thursday, should be
particularly intriguing for
Southern California football
fans. (The second and third
rounds are scheduled to
start at 4 p.m. on Friday, the
final four rounds at 9 a.m. on
Although the Rams don’t
have a choice until the third
round unless they trade up,
the Chargers pick 17th. We
should know much sooner
than that the destinations
of quarterbacks Sam
Darnold of USC and Josh
Rosen of UCLA. Darnold
has been projected in various mock drafts to go anywhere from first to fifth,
Rosen from second to 15th.
If you’re watching on
television, you won’t have to
be concerned about spoiler
The NFL Network and
ESPN again have instructed
their employees not to report on teams’ choices until
they are revealed at the
podium by Commissioner
Roger Goodell.
That also would be the
case for Fox, which is simulcasting the first two days of
the NFL Network’s feed.
So no matter when a
reporter for one of those
outlets might be tipped off
about an upcoming pick, he
or she won’t be able to report it until it’s official.
That’s understandable
for the NFL Network, which
is owned by the league. It
wants to protect one of the
league’s most anticipated
television shows of the year.
But we should expect better
of ESPN.
ESPN has an army of
reporters covering the NFL.
Their job is to report news
as soon as they confirm it.
Except when it isn’t, such as
during the draft.
Stand down, Adam
Fortunately, other media
outlets, including The
Times, won’t be shackling
their reporters or cheating
their readers and viewers.
You can get the news on
numerous platforms. If you
don’t want it because you
prefer to be surprised by
draft selections, the solution is simple. Stay off Twitter for a couple of hours.
The television coverage
during the draft will be in
stark contrast to how the
networks have been examining and re-examining it
since the day after the Super Bowl.
The NFL Network and
ESPN have experts. The
NFL Network has Mike
Mayock. Take your pick of
Todd McShay and Mel
Kiper Jr. on ESPN. (The
preference here is McShay.)
ESPN also has made a
semiregular out of Greg
Cosell, Howard’s nephew
whose day job is with NFL
On the quarterback
question, Mayock said in a
recent teleconference that
he doesn’t see a sure thing,
including Darnold or Rosen,
among the top prospects.
He added the only two sure
things he had seen in recent
years were Andrew Luck
and Carson Wentz. That’s a
high bar.
Of Darnold, Cosell said,
“He’s an exciting, tantalizing prospect but not a can’t
The experts seem to
agree that’s because of his
turnovers — interceptions
and fumbles. He’s also 20
with only two years of college experience.
His upside — size,
strength and leadership.
“I really like the way he
extends plays inside and
outside of the pocket,”
Mayock said. “If he scrambles or moves, it’s with the
intention of getting the ball
down the field. His eyes are
always open.”
McShay called Darnold
“the most complete
quarterback in the draft” —
as opposed to Mayock’s
description of Rosen as “the
best pure thrower, the best
pure passer.”
With Rosen, one question mark is his durability.
He had shoulder issues in
high school and college and
two concussions last season. It doesn’t help that he’s
not particularly elusive.
“He was a tennis player,”
Cosell said. “He’s not a
statue back there. But there
are questions about his
pocket movement. He
might get hit a lot.”
As Mayock said, “I’m
concerned about whether
he can play enough games
to make a significant dent in
the NFL.”
Another question mark
is whether Rosen is dedicated to football. He has
been called too smart,
which is a compliment in
most professions but not
always in professional
“If he doesn’t go in the
top 10, it’s because teams are
hesitant about who he is,”
McShay said.
We are fortunate to have
gotten such intelligent,
well-articulated analysis
from the NFL Network and
ESPN in months leading to
the draft. We’ll get more of
the same during the draft.
We’ll just have to look elsewhere for news.
Rosen drawn to complexities of football
[Farmer, from D1]
points, because it’s going to
happen. You have to learn
how to keep moving and
pushing on.”
The ability to put mistakes behind and keep
moving forward in football
is key, particularly because
Rosen probably will wind up
with a struggling franchise.
There’s a good chance when
the draft begins with Round
1 on Thursday that he’ll be
selected among the first five
picks — belonging to the
Cleveland Browns (twice),
New York Giants, New York
Jets and Denver Broncos —
along with former USC
quarterback Sam Darnold.
Having a short memory and
a knack for dusting off from
losses will be paramount.
“It’s not how you get
knocked down,” Rosen said,
“it’s how you get back up.”
It was a shoulder injury
that sidetracked Rosen’s
budding tennis career. He
was the No. 1 Southern
California player among
12-year-olds and ranked
among the top 50 in the
country. He ultimately lost
interest in tennis and
turned to football.
“I was rehabbing for a
long time and realized at
that time it kind of wasn’t a
sport I really loved,” Rosen
said of tennis in a 2014 interview with CFB 24/7. “I had to
get surgery or quit the sport,
and after eight months of
rehab going back and forth,
I didn’t know if I loved the
game as much as I did before.
“I ended up moving to
football full time, and it’s
worked out pretty well.”
Tennis and football is
something of an odd combination, but not in light of the
Rosen family’s varied sports
background. The quarterback’s father, Charles, was a
nationally ranked figure
skater who nearly qualified
for the Olympics in the
1970s, and his mother, Liz
Lippincott, was captain of
the Princeton lacrosse
team. Rosen’s sister Beatrice earned All-America
honors as a tennis player at
Emory, and sister Lydia is
an accomplished high
school rower.
“One of Josh’s coaches
said his pocket is almost like
his side of the court, from
the service line to the net,”
his mother said. “Because
he was a serve-and-volleyer,
he would come in and have
to learn his footwork, shortest way to the net and all
that stuff.”
Throwing passes and
hitting tennis shots both
require attention to detail.
“There was a lot of target
practice in tennis,” his
mother continued. “The
relentless repetition of ball
in the right-hand corner,
ball in the right-hand corner, ball in the right-hand
corner. He had to do that 20
times in a row — service line,
down the line, all that stuff.
Football is the same way.”
Some NFL coaches see a
connection between the
sports, if only a thin one.
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
JOSEN ROSEN says that he realized while rehabbing an injury as a junior tennis player that he didn’t love
the sport. “I ended up moving to football full time,” he said in 2014, “and it’s worked out pretty well.”
“I can see the correlation
there, no doubt,” Chargers
coach Anthony Lynn said.
“There always seems to be a
common thing between
tennis, quarterbacks and
golfers. There’s a hand-eye
thing, something in the
wrist movement that carries
over. Usually, if you’re a good
tennis player, you’re a good
golfer. You’re a good
quarterback, you’re a good
Said Houston Texans
coach Bill O’Brien: “I’m not
saying I watch a ton of tennis. But when you watch
Wimbledon and see these
tennis players and their
ability to move side to side,
attack the net, backpedal
back to the baseline, it is a
skill set as far as footwork
goes that’s definitely transferable to football.”
That said, tennis is basically a distant memory for
Rosen. His mother, for one,
is chafed when she hears
people question her son’s
passion for football.
“It’s so annoying to hear
that,” she said. “How could
you possibly get to this
point and not love it? He’s
what, 10 years into it now? ...
It’s ridiculous. He’s attracted to the sport because
he says, ‘Mom, it’s the most
complex, exciting, team-
oriented, selfless, complicated sport.’ So for his mind
and body, it’s perfect.”
And in some ways, the
football-tennis combination
is perfect too.
“There’s going to be a lot
of good from tennis,” said
ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck, a former NFL quarterback. “The toughest thing is
going to be, that’s not a
team sport. So the vibe you
get from people is going to
be, ‘Well, how’s that going to
be with the coaching staff
and his teammates?’
“But I think he’s growing
and learning that way. I
would always express to my
strength and conditioning
coaches, ‘Hey, I’m all in on
these workouts that you’re
having me do, the same
workouts as the linebackers
and linemen. But I feel it
would be better if I trained
like a tennis player.’ Power
cleans are great, but I need a
little more lateral. I’m not
really tackling anybody.
There’s value in it, but
you’re a side-to-side athlete
as a quarterback.”
Rosen hopes all that
side-to-side training leads
to upward mobility on draft
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Josh Rosen is one of several players from the two major
schools in Southern California expected to be chosen in this
week’s NFL draft. Among the others:
Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Could wind up being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. If so, he would join Carson
Palmer as the only USC quarterbacks to be taken first overall.
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA: The 6-foot-8, 310-pound Miller has
great feet for a huge man and could wind up being selected in
the first round.
Ronald Jones II, RB, USC: Even in this relatively deep class
of running backs, Jones might be a (late) first- or secondround pick.
Rasheem Green, DE, USC: Finished last season with 10
sacks, second in the Pac-12 and just ahead of teammate
Uchenna Nwosu (9½). Widely expected to go somewhere in
the first three rounds.
Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC: There aren’t a lot of elite edge
rushers in this class, but many scouts see big potential in
Nwosu. He’s most likely to go on the second day (Rounds
2-3), although the first round is not out of the question.
Scott Quessenberry, OL, UCLA: Quessenberry, who played
center for the Bruins, is the younger brother of Houston Texans tackle David Quessenberry. Scott is largely projected as
a middle-round pick.
Kenny Young, LB, UCLA: Led the Bruins with 110 tackles,
and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection. Projected to be a
late-round pick or free agent.
— Sam Farmer
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Maple Leafs win, force Game 7
The Toronto Maple Leafs
won this one for their city.
stopped 32 shots Monday to
lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1
victory over the Boston Bruins, forcing a decisive Game
7 in the first-round series.
The victory came hours
after 10 people were killed
and 15 injured when a van
drove onto a sidewalk in Toronto’s north end and struck
multiple pedestrians. Most
of the players woke from
their pregame naps to learn
of the incident at 1:30 p.m.
“We’re sending all our
love,” said Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who
scored the tiebreaking goal
and added an assist. “This is
a big win for us after an emotional day.”
There was a moment of
silence for the victims and
their families before the
opening faceoff at Air Canada Centre.
“Very tragic event,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand
William Nylander and
Tomas Plekanec also scored
for Toronto. Nikita Zaitsev
added two assists, and
Plekanec also had one. The
Maple Leafs have won two in
a row after falling behind in
the series 3-1.
Game 7 is Wednesday
night at Boston.
Vegas 1, KINGS 0
Vegas 2, KINGS 1, 2 OT
Vegas 3, KINGS 2
Vegas 1, KINGS 0
2 DUCKS vs. 3 San Jose
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San Jose 3, DUCKS 2
San Jose 8, DUCKS 1
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1 Nashville vs. 4 Colorado
Predators win series 4-2
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Nashville 5, Colorado 4
Colorado 5, Nashville 3
Nashville 3, Colorado 2
Colorado 2, Nashville 1
Nashville 5, Colorado 0
2 Winnipeg vs. 3 Minnesota
Jets win series 4-1
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Gm 5
Winnipeg 3, Minnesota 2
Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 1
Minnesota 6, Winnipeg 2
Winnipeg 2, Minnesota 0
Winnipeg 5, Minnesota 0
1 Tampa Bay vs. 4 New Jersey
Lightning win series 4-1
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Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 3
New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa Bay 3, New Jersey 1
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2 Boston vs. 3 Toronto
Series tied 3-3
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MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD Patrick Marleau attempts to slow Bruins forward David Pastrnak during To-
ronto’s 3-1 Game 6 victory. The Maple Leafs rallied from a 1-0 deficit to force a decisive Game 7.
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Toronto 3, Boston 1
Wed. at Boston, 4:30
1 Washington vs. 4 Columbus
The Capitals will again
move on to the conference
semifinals after being eliminated by Pittsburgh in the
second round in each of the
last two seasons.
“I think we accomplished
what we believed we could at
the beginning of the series,”
said Holtby, who relieved a
struggling Philipp Grubauer
in Game 2 and was great the
rest of the way. “We’ll enjoy it
a bit, rest up and prepare for
the next one.”
Washington coach Barry
Trotz didn’t want to talk
about Pittsburgh yet.
“Please let me breathe,”
he said. “We haven’t taken a
breath since this started.”
had a goal and an assist, and
Dimitry Orlov, Devante
Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller
also scored Monday for
Washington, which won
each of the three games at
“I do know on the road it
seems like for whatever reason we’re focused, we’re
driven,” Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. “It
seems like we almost like it
when an opposing team’s
crowd gets into it. It almost
gets us going, too, and
makes you want to quiet
them down.”
Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 1
Toronto ....................................0
0 — 1
1 — 3
FIRST PERIOD: Scoring—None. Penalties—DeBrusk,
BOS, (delay of game), 10:10.
SECOND PERIOD: 1. Bos., DeBrusk 3 (Krejci), 1:02.
2. Tor., Nylander 1 (Kadri, Zaitsev), 1:37. 3. Tor., Marner
2 (Plekanec, Hainsey), 13:25. Penalties—Miller, BOS,
(roughing), 14:19. Kadri, TOR, (slashing), 19:50.
THIRD PERIOD: 4. Tor., Plekanec 2 (Zaitsev, Marner),
18:46. Penalties—Backes, BOS, (roughing), 1:53. Polak, TOR, (roughing), 1:53. McAvoy, BOS, (tripping),
3:16. Marner, TOR, (delay of game), 14:17.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Bos. 17-9-7—33. Tor. 10-12-8—30.
Power-play Conversions—Bos. 0 of 2. Tor. 0 of 3.
GOALIES: Bos., Rask 3-3 (29 shots-27 saves). Tor.,
Andersen 3-2 (33-32). Att—19,604 (18,819). T—2:43
Capitals 6, Blue Jackets 3
Washington ..............................1
Columbus ................................0
3 — 6
2 — 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Was., Orlov 1 (Stephenson, Niskanen), 12:12. Penalties—None.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. Clm., Foligno 1 (Cole, Murray),
8:40. 3. Was., Ovechkin 4 (Djoos, Orpik), 12:50. 4.
Was., Ovechkin 5 (Kuznetsov, Carlson), 18:23 (pp).
Penalties—Backstrom, WSH, (hooking), 1:16. Jenner,
CBJ, (interference), 3:18. Anderson, CBJ, (high sticking),
4:47. Jones, CBJ, (holding), 17:10. Stephenson, WSH,
(roughing), 19:53.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. Clm., Dubois 2 (Calvert), 2:25. 6.
Was., Smith-Pelly 2, 3:56. 7. Was., Stephenson 1 (Orpik, Beagle), 5:30 (sh). 8. Clm., Foligno 2 (Jenner,
Bjorkstrand), 8:22. 9. Was., Eller 2 (Beagle), 19:46.
Penalties—Djoos, WSH, (interference), 4:39.
Kuznetsov, WSH, (interference), 12:56. Dubois, CBJ,
(roughing), 19:46. Wilson, WSH, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:46.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Was. 10-12-6—28. Clm. 7-14-17—
38. Power-play Conversions—Was. 1 of 3. Clm. 0 of 4.
GOALIES: Was., Holtby 4-1 (38 shots-35 saves).
Clm., Bobrovsky 2-4 (27-22). Att—18,667 (18,500).
Capitals win series 4-2
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Columbus 4, Wash. 3, OT
Columbus 5, Wash. 4, OT
Washington 3, Col. 2, 2 OT
Washington 4, Columbus 1
Washington 4, Col. 3, OT
Washington 6, Columbus 3
2 Pittsburgh vs. 3 Philadelphia
Penguins win series 4-2
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Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 2
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McNair trial
begins in L.A.
on, off
the mat
[Elliott, from D1]
exercise title. “Basically, we
regrouped and got it together and made a commitment that we would stick
together and it didn’t really
matter at the end as long as
we left everything out there
on the floor.”
Their resolve renewed,
they pulled out a seasonbest uneven bars performance. Led by redshirt senior
Christine Peng-Peng Lee’s
perfect 10, they closed the
gap to .175 before the final
event, the tricky balance
beam. Kyla Ross and Lee
were the final performers.
“During beam, I thought
maybe second place and so I
went up there and was just
thinking about soaking up
every second of it,” said
Ohashi, who contributed a
9.95 to the team score. “We
wanted to stick together
and not look at the scores
and let it get in our head or
Ross got a 9.9875. That
left a chance for Lee, the
individual beam champion.
She needed a 9.975 for the
Bruins to win and capped
her career with another
perfect score, giving UCLA
its seventh NCAA title with
198.075 points, .0375 more
than Oklahoma. This time
lifting their eyes to the
scoreboard lifted the Bruins’ hearts. “I saw her 10 and
said, ‘What?’ ” Ohashi said.
“It was so surreal.”
It was real. “It was epic,”
coach Valorie Kondos Field
said, drawing out the word
“epic” to underscore the
magnitude of the comeback.
Gymnastics has been in
the news lately for horrifying
reasons. Larry Nassar, the
former physician for the
U.S. women’s national and
Olympic gymnastics teams
and a physician at Michigan
State, recently was sentenced to up to 175 years in
prison for sexually abusing
girls who had been in his
care. Girls conditioned to
obey authority and do whatever it took to win — including starving themselves or
1 Vegas vs. 4 KINGS
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Washington 6, at Columbus 3: The Capitals eliminated the Blue Jackets and
can now turn their attention
to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Capitals won four in
a row over the Blue Jackets
after losing the first two in
overtime at home, getting
Ovechkin in the clincher, including his 50th playoff goal.
Braden Holtby had 35
saves for the Capitals, who
never trailed after winning in
overtime in Game 5 on Saturday. After Ovechkin’s second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a
two-goal lead. Four of the
games in the series went to
Amy Sanderson UCLA
CHRISTINE PENG-PENG LEE, left, who scored 10s on the beam and bars,
celebrates with Katelyn Ohashi after the Bruins won the NCAA championship.
becoming bulimic — submitted to his “treatments”
on the advice of selfish,
manipulative adults. Jordyn
Wieber, one of the goldmedal-winning “Fierce
Five” at the 2012 Olympics
and a volunteer assistant
coach at UCLA, is among
more than 150 girls and
women who testified about
the perfidy of Nassar’s
But it’s important to
draw a line between the
sport and the corrupt people who condoned or ignored the abuse. “I am who I
am today because of a lot of
the things I’ve learned in
gymnastics,” Ohashi said, a
sentiment Kondos Field
“The sport’s not bad. It’s
the people that were running the sport that were
bad,” Kondos Field said.
“And so when reporters say,
‘I have a daughter, why
would I put her in gymnastics?’ I go, ‘Why wouldn’t
you put her in gymnastics?’
Look at the testimonies of
those women. They spoke
with strength, commitment
to the truth, they spoke with
clarity. They spoke with
poise. Sometimes they got
upset and sometimes they
broke down but they never
lost their poise or their
composure. Where do you
think they learned that? In
gymnastics. That’s where
they learned that. How to be
tough as nails, how to face
fear, and how to be your best
in that moment. They
learned that in this sport.
“This sport’s amazing.
And the people that were
accountable are now gone.
It’s the best time in the
world to put your daughter
or your son in gymnastics.”
Kondos Field praised
Ohashi’s spirit and resilience. “She looks at things
from a perspective of goodness and light and appreciation that allows her to be
able to get into a horrific car
accident the day before we
leave for the national championships and compete
back-to-back days brilliantly,” Kondos Field said.
Ohashi, who competed
on the U.S. national team
until shoulder injuries derailed her, said in her blog
she was never sexually
assaulted. However, she
suffered from body-image
issues, a common problem
in the sport.
“I’ve been told I looked
like I swallowed an elephant
or a pig, whichever was
more fitting that day,” she
wrote in a series of posts
about body shaming on her
site, Behind the Madness. “I
was compared to a bird that
was too fat to lift itself off the
She has thrived at
UCLA, where diverse
classes opened her mind
and her perspective.
“In elite gymnastics I
was surrounded by this
bubble, that gymnastics
was literally all I knew and
I’d like to know about
worldly issues,” she said.
She still loves the sport,
though, and that’s evident
in every saucy pose and
difficult move in her dynamic floor exercise routine to a
Michael Jackson mix. It long
ago went viral.
“I don’t think gymnastics
will forever be known as this
sport that has an abusive
culture because I hope from
here on out it will start
changing,” she said.
The Bruins’ joy, skill, and
team ethic have helped
change conversations about
gymnastics from disdain to
admiration. Ohashi will
return to a team that Kondos Field anticipates will be
even deeper next season,
and that should be a treat.
“Hopefully next year as a
senior I can lead to the best
of my abilities and try and
set a tone of ‘This is what
we’re here for. This is what
we came to do,’ ” said
Ohashi, a survivor and a
winner like her teammates.
Twitter: @helenenothelen
[Trial, from D1]
let tell the jury how the former coach tried to land jobs
with three colleges and three
professional football teams
and failed, because of the
stigma associated with the
one-year “show cause” penalty issued by the NCAA’s infractions committee. The
coach who once made
$250,000 a year at USC, did
odd jobs to make ends meet,
including driving for Uber.
He drank heavily, Boillet
said, and suffered from depression.
An attorney for the
NCAA, Kosta Stojilkovic,
blamed McNair’s hard times
on the former coach. The attorney dismissed the infraction committee’s punishment against McNair as
“moderate” and “one of the
lightest penalties” it could
issue and “about as low as
you can go.” Stojilkovic said
“dozens and dozens” of
other coaches have suffered
worse punishments and
been able to find work, singling out basketball coaches
Bruce Pearl and Kelvin
“Mr. McNair has not done
the kinds of things he
needed to do to move on with
his career,” Stojilkovic told
the jury, saying he should’ve
hired an agent and submitted formal job applications.
Both attorneys covered
familiar ground. The disputed phone call between
would-be sports agent Lloyd
Lake and McNair in January
2006 that is at the heart of
the NCAA’s case. Whether
McNair knew Bush received
extra benefits. Whether
“botched” the case and misrepresented testimony, as
Broillet alleged. And the
email from Shep Cooper, the
NCAA infractions committee liaison who described
McNair as a “morally bankrupt criminal” to another
committee member in February 2010.
Stojilkovic said the infractions process involving
McNair “were not perfect”
and “we’re going to take responsibility for those mistakes throughout this trial.”
He added that Cooper’s
email was “completely unacceptable” — while down-
playing Cooper’s importance — and maintained it
didn’t affect the case’s outcome.
During Mark Emmert’s
month, Stojilkovic said, the
NCAA president called the
email “ill-advised” and said
Cooper suffered an unspecified consequence.
But Stojilkovic argued
that the emails and debate
about investigative competence were just a sideshow to
the real questions. Did McNair tell the truth to investigators? Did the infractions
committee report end his career?
On the other side, Broillet told the jury the infractions committee “rewrote
the evidence to fit what they
wanted to do, which was to
hammer USC.”
The attorney displayed
two documents on a bigscreen television at the front
of the courtroom. The first
had the infractions committee’s suggested penalties
against USC before it
reached a decision on McNair: a one-year postseason
ban and the loss of six scholarships over two years. The
second document showed
the penalties after they
found McNair guilty of unethical conduct: a two-year
postseason ban and the loss
of 30 scholarships over three
Broillet hammered the
infractions committee as
having “defamed” McNair
and “misrepresented the
waved the infractions committee’s report in front of the
“The report doesn’t even
use his name,” the attorney
said, since it refers to McNair
“These reports aren’t published to make people look
He finished speaking at
about 4 p.m.
Jurors yawned. Even
Shaller looked weary.
But the trial is only just
Twitter: @nathanfenno
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Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
BEYONCÉ’S shows at Coachella, this one headlining the first weekend, showcased her identity as a black woman and nodded to black artists who came before her.
Front and center Excess
Beyoncé’s celebration
of black culture is a
potent show of artistry
Crowds still love Destiny’s
Child. Michelle Williams
calls that ‘a blessing.’
By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A quarter into Beyoncé’s triumphant,
charged showing at the Coachella Valley Music
and Arts Festival came a particularly poignant
With the pop star floating high above the
crowd via a hydraulic crane, Nina Simone’s
mournful version of “Lilac Wine” poured from
speakers as two muscular dancers were intertwined in movement, a subtle nod to the fact
that her April 14 Coachella debut came as Simone was being inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in Cleveland, more than a half century after “Lilac Wine” was released.
After Simone’s vocal faded, Beyoncé reemerged onstage to lead the 100 dancers, singers
and musicians backing her through a joyful
“swag surf ” — the title of a dance inspired by
Fast Life Yungstaz’s similarly named 2009 hit.
No doubt only a very specific constituency of
the Coachella audience, as well as those watching at home, were aware of the dots Beyoncé was
trying to connect.
“Everyone has made a point to say how ‘explicitly black’ the show [See Beyoncé, E2]
About the only secret that got out ahead of
Beyoncé’s tightly guarded performances at the
just-wrapped Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Festival was the fact that the singer planned to
reunite her era-defining girl group, Destiny’s
But the spread of those rumors hardly diminished the feeling of triumph when Beyoncé
brought out Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to sing a mini-set of DC classics that included “Lose My Breath,” “Soldier” and the
deathless “Say My Name.”
Here, Williams discusses what that moment
felt like, the planning that went into Beyoncé’s
instant-classic performance and how she and
her band mates get along when they’re not
standing onstage in front of tens of thousands of
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alongside Beyoncé over the weekend during a Destiny’s Child reunion at Coachella.
The response to Destiny’s Child was intense.
How did it feel up there?
Let’s call it a blessing. Beyoncé and Kelly —
they’ve been in the game
[See Williams, E2]
Behind the veneer, marital unbliss
The Hitchcockian but
uneven ‘Belleville’
at Pasadena Playhouse
will keep you guessing.
When Abby walks in on
Zack entertaining himself,
so to speak, with porn, it
takes some time for them
both to recover from the
shock. Zack doesn’t understand why Abby is home so
early from the yoga class she
was scheduled to teach, and
Abby can’t figure out why
Zack, a doctor, isn’t with his
But the biggest surprise
is the discovery that this
American husband and wife
living in the Belleville section of Paris may not know
each other as well as they
suppose. A portrait of a marriage coming undone, Amy
Herzog’s “Belleville,” which
[See ‘Belleville,’ E4]
NatGeo entertains
more than enlightens
in a new ‘Genius’ on
the influential artist.
For the second season of
their National Geographic
Channel anthology series
“Genius,” showrunner Ken
Biller and producers Ron
Howard and Brian Grazer
turn their attention from Albert Einstein to Pablo Picasso. It’s a fairly diverting if
not really a convincing piece,
slight and sometimes silly
but with a nice central performance by Antonio Banderas as Older Pablo, and a
decent sampling of Picasso’s
art dressing up the place.
This is really Howard and
Grazer’s third “genius” project, after the 2001 Howarddirected, Oscar-winning “A
Beautiful Mind,” about the
mathematician John Nash,
a film that benefited from its
subject’s relative obscurity.
As with the Einstein series,
the point is to show you the
Famous Genius You Never
Knew, unless you have paid
any attention to the numerous books and documentaries on Picasso’s art
and life from which the miniseries adapts its story and
takes its details.
The series sets off on alternating tracks, one beginning in 1881, the year of Picasso’s birth, and the other in
[See ‘Genius,’ E5]
Marvel heroes
share laughter
The stars of the new
“Avengers: Infinity
War” get together for
a night of spoiler-free
hilarity and fun. E3
Philicia Endelman
ANNA CAMP and Thomas Sadoski as Abby and Zack, a married couple who may not be as close as they seem.
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BEYONCÉ , singing during Coachella’s second weekend, wanted her shows at the festival “to do what is best for the world and not what is most popular,” says her mom.
Shows steeped in black culture
[Beyoncé, from E1]
was, and while I appreciate
that Beyoncé has always
been so inherently black and
southern in her work,” said
Michael Arceneaux, author of
“I Can’t Date Jesus: Love,
Sex, Family, Race, and Other
Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in
“[Coachella] was really
special because it felt like a
culmination of her entire
Twenty years into her
career, Beyoncé continues to
break new ground, and her
billing at Coachella was no
different as she became the
first black woman to headline
the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a
bitch,” she said during her debut the first weekend.
Thus, Beyoncé played directly to her black audience,
with every element of her
show steeped in cultural
meaning that showed a singer not just elevating her craft
but going through great
lengths to pay homage to
those that came before her —
a bold approach from a performer whose every move
dominates the pop cultural
conversation. And Beyoncé’s
steadfast determination to
bolster her own audience
rather than extend a hand to
a new one has elevated her to
near-mythic status.
Considering that the
stages at Indio’s Empire Polo
Club have long had a reputation for reflecting the tastes of
its largely white audience — it
took nearly 10 years for the
festival to so much as have a
black headliner, and that was
Prince in 2008 — Beyoncé
could have just played it
safe and stuck to crowd-
pleasing hits.
Instead, she took a risk
and built a visually grand set
immersed in blackness — a
performance about educating as much as it was spectacle. It was a conscious decision by the singer who, according to her mother, Tina
Knowles, wanted “to do
what’s best for the world and
not what is most popular.”
And what was best for the
world, Beyoncé thought, was
to celebrate the black art that
has long influenced popular
culture despite its architects
— especially the female ones –
not always getting proper due
from white America.
“Beyoncé was not the first
black woman Coachella
could have gotten to headline.
They could have called Janet
[Jackson], they could have
called Missy [Elliott]. Black
women have often seen their
work dismissed and are
rarely recognized as masters
of their own craft,” offered
Candice Benbow, the writer
and theologian behind the
“Lemonade” syllabus, which
applied an academic lens to
the singer’s defiant 2016 album.
Themed as an homage to
the spiritual experience and
rich culture of homecoming
celebrations at historically
black colleges and universities, Beyoncé spent nearly
two hours tearing through
her discography while unpacking the black musical
history that has informed her
Chopped and screwed
beats from her native Houston, the brassy horns and energetic bounce music of New
Orleans, traditional hip-hop
flourishes, dancehall and the
Afrobeat rhythms pioneered
by Fela Kuti were worked into
her biggest hits that with the
aid of a spirited marching
band turned the mainstage
into a jubilant celebration of
black art.
‘A party for us’
“This was a show that the
bulk of the audience who
comes to Coachella would
not understand. It was a performance for them, but it was
a party for us,” said Benbow.
“When have we ever had a
superstar on that large of an
international stage specifically doing a performance
that was steeped in blackness and black culture” she
continued. “It was, and remains, a moment.”
showing. “There’s not likely
to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical
performance by an American
musician this year, or any
year soon” the New York
Times declared. L.A. Times
critic Mikael Wood wrote,
“The scale, the reach, the detail — and the feeling — simply put it on a level higher
than those on which most
other artists operate.”
That Beyoncé continues
to eschew pop star conventions in favor of specificity
comes as little surprise to
anyone who has followed her
Her lore can be boiled
down quite easily: child prodigy managed by her businesssavvy father and styled by her
mother leads chart-topping
girl group Destiny’s Child,
breaks out solo, marries rap
king (Jay-Z) and becomes
international pop royalty
revered for her athletic showmanship and audacious anthems of female empowerment.
Yet recent years has seen
her toy with the notion of pop
stardom as her celebrity increasingly transcended her
Her latest work, such as
the aforementioned “Lemonade” and 2013’s self-titled
“visual album” — both released on her own terms with
moves that disrupted tradition — have shown a singer
more interested in crafting
revelatory work than chasing
pop perfection.
Beyoncé is about experimentation
deeply personal statements
that center on black womanhood and overt meditations
on sex, racial politics, religion, family and feminism.
She’s making some of the
boldest and most nuanced
work of her solo career.
And it’s her existence as a
successful black woman in an
industry where whiteness
dominates that has brought
extra attention (and even
some scrutiny) to her moves.
Take the vitriol over “Formation,” the lead single off
The singer was labeled
racist and a cop hater for the
song, in which she proudly
sings “I like my Negro nose”
and positions herself as a
black Bill Gates. She sparked
some of the most intense
backlash of her career when
she performed the cut at the
Super Bowl in 2016 with a routine that incorporated the
black power salute and paid
homage to Malcolm X while
wearing a militant leather ensemble inspired by the Black
Panthers and Michael Jackson.
Although it was a quick
blip in what became a year
that saw her sell out stadiums globally as “Lemonade”
was extolled by fans, critics
and academics, the brouhaha was a reminder of how
often black artists have
found themselves chastised
for expressing themselves on
mainstream stages.
At Coachella, “Formation” came immediately after
“Lift Every Voice,” which is
widely regarded as the black
national anthem. This was
the singer’s way of confirming just who she is performing to — and for, in case it
wasn’t clear.
Making her way
“She had to navigate
blackness very differently
and uniquely in the beginning of her career because
that’s literally the only way
in which she was able to ascend to the place where she
currently is now,” said Benbow.
“That’s not a critique of
[Beyoncé], but it is an indictment of the ways in which all
fashions of mainstream society — whether it’s the entertainment business or our
own personal corporate careers — requires us to navigate blackness to make white
folks feel more comfortable.
Beyoncé is no longer doing
shrink her blackness has
yielded some of her most
celebrated work, not that
anyone tuned into the Gram-
mys or pop radio could tell.
We are in a time of R&B
and hip-hop prominence, yet
in the past decade, Beyoncé
has been just one of three
black female singers to land a
No. 1 single on the Billboard
Hot 100 as well as to top the
album charts as a lead artist.
And when she lost the
Grammy for album of the
year to Beck in 2015 and to
Adele last year, it reignited a
conversation about how
black women are rewarded
for their craft (she would
have been the first black
woman to win the honor in
nearly 20 years).
Maybe it’s why she decided to insert the words of
Malcolm X on “Lemonade,”
words that blared across the
polo fields as she strutted
along a specially erected catwalk in the middle of a mostly
white audience: “The most
America is the black woman.
The most unprotected person in America is the black
woman. The most neglected
person in America is the
black woman.”
“Her performance didn’t
have to be the one that she
did. She could have done anything and we would have
screamed and said she slayed
us because she would have,”
Benbow said. “To center our
experiences — particularly in
this divisive moment that
we’re in — was jaw-dropping.
She showed the world that
for as much as they love black
culture, they can’t value it
without valuing us.”
Twitter: @GerrickKennedy
Talking Destiny’s Child and what’s up next
[Williams, from E1]
for, what, 23 years? Me, just 18
years. And when people see
us together they still lose
their minds! People are
asking, “When y’all gonna
tour? When y’all gonna put
out new music?” It’s been 14
years since we’ve had an
album together, and people
are still asking.
Does the level of passion
surprise you?
With the young kids, it
does. They definitely know
who Beyoncé is. But then
they see these two other girls
— like, “Who are these girls
that my mom is going crazy
about?” Some of these kids
were probably 2 years old
when “Lose My Breath”
came out. And they for darn
sure weren’t even thought of
when “Survivor” came out.
The group was just one part
of an incredibly elaborate
concert experience. Talk
about how you discovered
what the show was going to
Initially I was like, “Bey,
just go out there and have
fun. People are gonna be so
excited to see you.” And then
I walked into rehearsal for
the first time and saw this big
old pyramid and that it was
gonna be filled to the brim
with humans. I said, “What in
I just moved to L.A. full
time in January, and I’m so
happy to finally move to
where the girls are. Kelly is a
four-minute drive from me; I
think Bey is 17 minutes
exactly. So we can get together any time, whenever
we want to. We haven’t lived
in the same city since we left
Houston in the early 2000s.
the bejesus is this? I told you
just to go have fun!” But she
can never do anything that
we would think is normal.
And this is what’s fun for her.
How hardcore were the
Everybody was pushing
each other to do and be their
very, very best. When Beyoncé does something, it’s
because she knows that if
she can do it, everybody else
on the stage can do it. Somebody might have to rehearse
a little longer than others or
go over the music parts a
little longer. But she shows
that you put the work in, and
I know that however many
people were onstage — 150,
200 — I know they’re all
gonna go home and their
lives are gonna be changed
because they saw her work
ethic. They saw that she’s
not some glamorous girl on
private jets with assistants
flocking to her side, who just
walks in and magically
dances so great onstage. She
is involved.
It’s wild to think that level
of ambition went into something we may never see
I said, “Where is this
pyramid going, by the way?
Are the twins gonna play on
it one day? Is it gonna be
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MICHELLE WILLIAMS , left, Beyoncé and Kelly
Rowland reunite as Destiny’s Child at Coachella.
their swing set?”
What did it mean to you to
help bring such a proudly
African American performance to a space like Coachella?
First of all, long time
coming. Music can heal and
it can unite; it can unite
races, cultures, faiths. And
that’s what we saw out there
in that audience. Destiny’s
Child was able to do that;
Beyoncé was able to do that.
I’m not trying to get sappy,
preachy, whatever. But
there’s enough out there to
divide us. I just love what she
was able to do. I told her,
“You have definitely had a
hand in shifting the culture.”
Before this, Destiny’s Child
got back together for the
Super Bowl in 2013 and to
record a song for an album
of yours in 2014. The group
is kind of always in the
background, waiting to
reappear fully intact.
I think because we have a
relationship off the stage
that’s so easy and fun, that
chemistry ignites when
we’re together. We’ve kept to
our word back in the early
2000s, when we went on our
first hiatus — we said that
we would always participate
in each other’s projects in
whatever capacity we could.
Talk about that off-stage
What else do you have going
on? You just got engaged,
I am so over the moon
about this engagement. I
was starting to think, “OK,
I’m in my late 30s — I’m
gonna be that woman who is
successful in her career but
just a failure when it comes
to love.” I literally was starting to settle in that. So I
started traveling by myself,
taking myself out. And I
actually encourage people —
don’t wait on anybody to go
on a trip with you. Don’t wait
to go to the movies with
people. You’ve got to take
your own self out. I started
to learn to be whole by myself.
What about a new solo
It’s been four years. I’ve
got to put something out
this year. I doubt it’s gonna
be a whole album; I’ve been
concentrating on my home
decor line. But I went into
the studio with a good friend
of mine, Jimi Cravity, and
I’m tempted to put something out that we recorded
in January.
Where are you musically? A
gospel space? Pop space?
R&B space?
I think it’s just a life
space. Writing about the
great things that are happening, what I’ve been able
to overcome — a battle with
depression that I still daily
am cognizant of. Making
sure that you heal from
those triggers and those
wounds. You can’t let stuff
overpower you and overpower the good of who you
are. I refuse to walk around
sad and in a dark place every
single day. I’ll definitely write
about that. And I’m so encouraged by everyone that’s
coming out. Mariah Carey
just came out and talked
about her bipolar. The Rock
— he’s huge and big and
muscular, and he just revealed that he’s suffered
with depression! I want to
tell people it’s OK to talk
about it. You better talk
about what’s going on in
your life. You have to.
Twitter: @mikaelwood
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Robach heads to ‘20/20’
Amy Robach is moving off ABC’s “Good Morning
America” to take over as co-anchor of the prime-time
newsmagazine “20/20.”
ABC News President James Goldston announced
Monday that Robach would replace Elizabeth Vargas, who
announced late last year that she would leave “20/20” this
Vargas, who co-anchored “20/20” for 14 years, is joining
A&E Network to become the host of the cable network’s
“A&E Investigates” series.
Robach, 45, will co-anchor “20/20” with David Muir, the
anchor of “ABC World News Tonight.” She joined ABC News
in 2012 after time as a national correspondent at NBC and
MSNBC. She became the news anchor on “GMA” in 2014.
Goldston said Robach will continue to report for “GMA”
during coverage of major news stories.
Robach was in news awhile back after revealing she had
breast cancer and writing a book (“Better”) about it.
— Stephen Battaglio
Photographs by
Charley Gallay Getty Images
Avicii’s family
says thank you
PRODUCER KEVIN FEIGE, left, actors Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. (standing) and Tom
Hiddleston, director Joe Russo and actors Zoe Saldana and Sebastian Stan attend a Sunday press conference.
Stars play dodge it all
‘Avengers: Infinity
War’ cast packs a
press conference but
reveals no spoilers.
By Sonaiya Kelley
Politicians could have
learned valuable lessons
from the press conference
featuring the stars of the latest Marvel extravaganza,
“Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Infinity War,” which
opens this week, is the culmination of 10 years and
three phases of Marvel Studios’ intricately realized cinematic universe.
All of the actors/superheroes were assembled Sunday at Beverly Hills Montage
Hotel in advance of the movie’s world premiere Monday
night in Hollywood, with the
notable exception of Chris
Evans, who plays the rogue
Captain America in the
“Avengers” films.
But if there was any significance to Evans’ absence
or any other insight into
what happens in “Infinity
War,” you’d never know it
from the cast, who gave a
master class in how to avoid
saying anything in the most
amusing way possible.
A black curtain bearing a
projection of the white
Avengers “A” sigil (ironically
reminiscent of DC Comics
hero Batman’s projected bat
signal) partitioned off a fraction of the room, only to be
dropped in dramatic fashion
to reveal a nearly complete
panel of Marvel heroes:
Robert Downey Jr., Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo,
Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom
Holland, Elizabeth Olsen,
Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Don
Cheadle, Tom Hiddleston,
The family of Avicii is
thanking his fans for their
support days after the DJ
died. Born Tim Bergling, he
was found dead Friday at 28
in Oman.
“Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim,
with public gatherings,
church bells ringing out his
music and moments of silence around the world,”
they said in a statement
Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in
part due to excessive drinking. Details about his death
were not revealed.
— associated press
Rivera, Webber
to get Tonys
CHRIS HEMSWORTH, center, as well as the rest of the cast of “Avengers: Infin-
ity War” who attended the gathering, kept mum about even minor plot points.
Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira,
Letitia Wright, Winston
Duke, Zoe Saldana, Dave
Bautista, Pom Klementieff
and apparent villain of the
new film Josh Brolin. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo
were also on hand, along
with producer Kevin Feige.
Hosted by Jeff Goldblum
(whom Downey called “a ...
national treasure”), the
press conference failed to reveal any major plot points or
even minor spoilers.
Instead, the media were
treated to an hour of banter
by the actors closely following Marvel’s reveal-nothing
For example, Pratt was
asked what his character
Star-Lord’s reaction was to
seeing Earthlings for the
first time in 30 years, and after being handed three
microphones by fellow panelists eager to hear his answer, Pratt said, “It might be
best for you to see it, so I’m
going to talk about bass fishing. OK?” Which he then
proceeded to do for a full
Johansson, long the sole
female member of the team,
rankled at being asked
about the “fashion elements” of the films.
“I got the fashion question?” she joked.
“The fashion elements
you see here...” she began,
standing to showcase her
outfit à la a QVC host.
Perhaps the most notable participant was Boseman, the star of Marvel’s
current blockbuster “Black
Panther,” which has grossed
well over $1 billion worldwide. A member of the media asked Boseman how
much of “Infinity War” can
be considered “Black Panther 1.5.”
“ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
is ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ”
Boseman replied. “It’s not
‘Black Panther 1.5’ or ‘Black
Panther 2’ or anything like
that. I think we have a strong
presence in the movie, and it
was great to have some of
these people in Wakanda.
But it is its own movie.”
When Downey was called
on to accept a press question, he countered with,
“Wait, me first. Who’s better,
Black Panther or Iron
He was then asked
whether he would appear in
2019’s “Untitled Avengers
film” and, after briefly consulting with Feige, determined he was allowed to reveal that they’d already
filmed it.
“Which means I guess I’m
…,” he began before coursecorrecting. “You never know.
I’ve got to see the screening
tomorrow night. If I die tomorrow, I’m going to be confused. We’ll see.”
Actress Chita Rivera and
producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will be
honored for lifetime achievement at the 2018 Tonys.
“They are groundbreakers, they are inspirations
and we are truly honored to
recognize these two incredible legends,” said Heather
Hitchens, president and
CEO of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St.
Martin, president of the
Broadway League, in a
statement Monday.
Rivera said in the statement that she felt “deeply
honored” by the award.
“I would not trade my life
in the theatre for anything
as the theatre IS life,” she
Webber shared a similar
sentiment, saying, “I am
as a Brit to be honoured by
the Broadway community at
the Tonys, particularly at
the time when musicals are
flying higher in their spiritual home New York than
they have for two generations.”
The 72nd Tony Awards
will air at 8 p.m. June 10.
— Libby Hill
Weenie Roast
acts announced
The 2018 KROQ Weenie
Roast will serve up Blink-182,
Panic! at the Disco, Rise
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda,
Cold War Kids and Awolnation in the lineup for the 26th
iteration on May 12.
Also featured at the
StubHub Center festival in
Carson will be the War on
Drugs, Bishop Briggs, Alice
Merton, Manchester Orchestra, James Bay, Nothing
But Thieves and Mt. Joy.
Tickets are to go on sale
at 10 a.m. Friday at
— Randy Lewis
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A superb high-wire act
Karina Canellakis
brings energy to L.A.
Chamber Orchestra at
UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Karina Canellakis will
not be the next music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. When she
made her impressive debut
at the beginning of 2015, she
seemed a likely candidate.
But it was apparently love at
first downbeat when Spanish conductor Jaime Martín
debuted with the ensemble
last fall. He was appointed in
February before Canellakis
had a chance to return.
Of course, the young
American violinist and conductor, who was once more
sensational Sunday night at
UCLA’s Royce Hall, may
have been holding out all
along for bigger orchestral
fish to fry. She is rumored to
be a leading candidate to
succeed Jaap van Zweden at
the Dallas Symphony.
Three years ago, she was
an unknown. By last year,
she was conducting the Los
Angeles Philharmonic at the
Hollywood Bowl. On her
plate the next two months
are the Indianapolis Symphony, Seattle Symphony
and Orchestre de Paris.
She’ll once again conduct
the BBC Symphony at the
Proms in July and the L.A.
Phil at the Bowl in September. If not Dallas, she’ll inevitably wind up somewhere
Canellakis’ first LACO
program was a little out of
the ordinary: She was soloist in a Vivaldi concerto,
“Shaker Loops” out of the
park but may have tried a little too hard to impress in
Schubert’s modest Fifth
Symphony. This time she
was both more conventional
and gutsier, with Beethoven’s Second Symphony;
Mozart’s late Piano Concerto No. 24, with David
Fray as soloist; and the U.S.
premiere of Dai Fujikura’s
“Secret Forest.”
“Secret Forest” is a funny
(odd) piece, and Fujikura is,
here, a funny (ha-ha) composer. Born in Osaka in 1977
and living in London, he told
the audience that he has always been a big city guy.
Like most Japanese, he fancies the idea of forests, but
he also rebels against nature, and he’s not so sure the
forest likes him. The few
times he’s visited one, he’s
had allergy attacks. Birds
sing (“if you can call that
singing!” he once wrote in a
program note) pitches he
finds annoying. Don’t get
him started on insects. He
said he does like the sound
of rain but does not like getting wet.
This then is Fujikura’s
fantasy forest. The strings
are seated onstage, while
the wind and brass instruments are scattered along
the sides and back of the
auditorium. A solo bassoon
stands in a center aisle, representing the composer in
the forest. The strings alternate between sharply accented tremolos — the
She is a slender,
athletic woman
who conducts like
a wound-up
spring. She lives
for sforzandi,
those sudden
instances of
scrunching, one imagines, of
feet on dry leaves — and
more reflective sounds.
The winds could be the
mysterious creatures in the
distance and best kept
there. The bassoon part,
played by Kenneth Munday,
is the lonely musing human,
out of his element. Yes, it
rains, when the wind players
pick up rain sticks to rattle.
Everyone stays dry.
Royce is not an ideal hall
for surround sound. Muted
acoustics made Fujikura’s
forest seem a little too secret, barely threatening, a
landscaping effort rather
outright deforestation. Still
it is a fascinating piece and a
reminder that we hear far
too little of him. In the U.S.
his only real champion is
International Contemporary Ensemble, of which
Canellakis was once a regular guest.
It was hard to know what
to make of Mozart’s operatically serious C-Minor
Concerto. Canellakis' tempos were sprightly. She gave
every phrase character. The
orchestra sounded fresh as
The French pianist, however, played with a great
heaviness. Fray frowned. He
rarely looked up from the
keyboard, and when he did it
was to frown at something
else. His tone was full-bodied and resonant, in contrast
to the lighter textures Canellakis got from the orchestra.
She looked toward Haydn;
he toward Beethoven. Was
this a soloist in the wrong orchestral forest and needing
his own secret Mozart?
But appearances can deceive. The performance
seemed to work, especially
in a beautifully reflective
slow movement. When it
was over, Fray was suddenly
all smiles to the orchestra
and to Canellakis. They
walked off as though best
When it came to Beethoven, Canellakis sprung the
Second Symphony on the
audience. She is a slender,
athletic woman who conducts like a wound-up
sforzandi, those sudden instances of emphasis. That
can start to seem like mannerism, but exaggerations in
young Beethoven served instead to emphasize newness, while her rhythmic
propulsion swept away all
that came before.
Canellakis’ high-wire act
was a dare. The players were
kept on the edge of their
seats. Something could have
derailed it at any moment.
Nothing did. It was great.
Philicia Endelman
THOMAS SADOSKI as Zack and Anna Camp as Abby in a scene from “Belleville” at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Living happily never after
[‘Belleville,’ from E1]
opened Sunday at Pasadena Playhouse, is a stylish
psychological thriller predicated on the idea that the
person closest to you may, in
fact, be a complete stranger.
The play, as mysterious
and unpredictable as the
strained relationship it depicts, sets up expectations
only to subvert them. It’s
intentionally tricky to find
one’s footing as this contemporary relationship drama,
a tale of two millennials
fumbling abroad, morphs
into modern-day Hitchcock,
compete with a large knife
and rivulets of blood.
The production, directed
by Jenna Worsham, features
a charming apartment set
by David Meyer that
suggests the hipster lifestyle
pervading this gentrifying
neighborhood. The enchanting Parisian views
from the large windows
never let Abby (Anna
Camp) and Zack (Thomas
Sadoski) forget that they
are now islanded together,
foreigners among the disdainful, elegant French.
Abby regularly shares
her feelings to correct her
husband’s. Zack assumes
the role of caretaker to control her and cover up his lies.
They call each other “homey” when feeling insecure,
but the term of endearment
has the ring of an IOU.
The couple’s claustrophobic dependency is alleviated by visits from Alioune
(Moe Jeudy-Lamour), the
landlord, who drops by to smoke
bowls of weed with Zack.
Married with a baby,
Alioune appreciates the respite from the domestic
grind. His wife, Amina
(Sharon Pierre-Louis), a
headscarf-wearing Muslim
with a no-nonsense demeanor, runs a tight ship.
But he quietly lets Zack
know that he’s imposed too
long on their friendship and
must come up with the four
months’ back rent or face
Herzog, the author of
“4000 Miles,” “Mary Jane”
and other discreetly adventurous plays that are never
quite as straightforward as
they seem, allows suspicions
and doubts to accumulate.
Why does Zack owe so much
money? Is there a reason he
keeps skipping work and
why’s he smoking so much
pot? Should we be concerned that Abby has gone
off her antidepressants and
is no longer making an effort
to learn French? And what
to make of the constant telephone contact she has with
her widowed father, whose
updates on her sister’s pregnancy are clearly getting
under Zack’s skin?
The naturalism of these
scenes, in which the glitches
in human behavior are casually revealed through the
awkwardness of silence and
the annoyance of too much
speech, is lost in Worsham’s
production. The actors often
over-theatricalize their exchanges, leaving little room
to register the interior blips
and bumps occurring between words.
In portraying Abby,
Camp, a film and TV actress
(the “Pitch Perfect” films,
“True Blood”) with a solid
stage résumé, puts everything on the surface. Coddled and entitled, Abby is 28
going on 22, which is why she
gets so upset when Alioune,
who’s only 25, guesses she’s
Camp paints an accurate
enough external portrait,
but there’s not much stirring
inside the character. Abby’s
banter with Alioune and
Zack initially plays like sitcom dialogue, draining the
work of its neo-Pinteresque
menace and setting up erro-
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neous expectations of what
stylistically lies ahead.
Sadoski, an unimpeachably good stage actor in his
early 40s, might be a tad old
for Zack, who went to college
with Abby and recently finished medical school to take
a job with Doctors Without
Borders. The difference in
how you perceive a guy who’s
not yet 30 and one who is
over 40 is not insignificant in
a play about a couple forced
finally to reckon with realities that have too long been
The acting in Worsham’s
imprecise production is
jangled at points; beats are
missed and subtext is sometimes ignored. Having seen
Anne Kauffman’s impeccable 2013 production of
“Belleville” at New York Theatre Workshop starring
Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller, I was keenly aware of
what was no longer happening between the lines.
As the suspense intensifies, Worsham ramps up the
directorial flourishes, with
blinking lights and sound effects, instead of digging
deeper into the play’s psychological substance. It can
feel at times as though she’s
directing the movie studio
version of “Belleville.”
The more hair-raising
moments are handled with
unflinching effectiveness. (I
had to look away as Abby,
having badly stubbed her
toe, performs a bit of butchery on the afflicted toenail.)
But credulity is occasionally
a casualty of the overemphatic staging, as when, after a drunken night, Abby
inexplicably smashes the
baby monitor Amina left behind. (The stage directions
only call for Abby to stumble
out of bed, unable to place
the sound of the crying infant.)
Still, the production
seizes our attention with the
slippery intrigue. It’s never
clear how far the play is going to veer into “Psycho” territory. (Warning: Abby and
Zack spend a fair amount of
time in the bath and
shower.) The uncertainty
makes us squirm all the
Perhaps the most unsettling moments are when
Zack and Abby’s intimacy
turns threatening. Here, the
acting is at its convincing
best, the focus squarely on
the desperate transactions
made for love and security.
As Alioune and Amina,
Jeudy-Lamour and PierreLouis excel when playing off
each other in relatively simple French. They provide
ironic cultural commentary
of these stunted, privileged
Americans. But more important, the characters extend Herzog’s insight into
the bargain with the truth
two people make when they
entwine their lives.
“Belleville” is deviously
difficult to pin down. This
uneven Pasadena Playhouse production complicates matters further, but
the arresting drama unfolds
in the mind like a scary
dream that demands to be
decoded in the cold light of
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[‘Genius,’ from E1]
1937, when he painted his
huge, great monochrome antiwar statement “Guernica”
for the Spanish Pavilion of
the Paris World’s Fair. There
is plenty of personal drama,
as young Picasso (Alex Rich)
discovers his gifts, rejects the
authority of his instructors
(“You only teach rules and
imitation. I want to do something original! Unique!”) and
heads off to Paris, where Pablo falls in with the avantgarde and falls in love with
mistress No. 1, Fernande
Olivier (Aisling Franciosi).
meanwhile, moves on, in an
overlapping fashion, from
(Samantha Colley) and
(Poppy Delevingne) to new
love Françoise Gilot (Clémence Poésy). The series
tries to give the women
agency — Maar in this telling
practically goads Picasso
into painting “Guernica” —
and as if in public compensation for two series focusing on
sometimes difficult men and
the women who loved them,
the subject of the third season of “Genius” has already
been announced to be Mary
The dual timeline, while it
keeps Banderas busy from
the top of the series, fractures
the narrative a little, so that
other characters seem more
weightless than they otherwise might have. Max Jacob
(T.R. Knight) and Guillaume
Apollinaire (Seth Gabel),
whose own reputations do
not rest entirely upon their
having known Picasso, both
come off as unduly pathetic,
the former sporting an unrequited passion for Pablo
Dusan Martincek National Geographic Channel
ANTONIO BANDERAS stars as the older version of Pablo Picasso in National Geographic Channel’s anthology series “Genius.”
Where: National
Geographic Channel
When: 9 and 10 p.m.
Rated: TV-14-DLSV (may
be unsuitable for children
under the age of 14, with
advisories for suggestive
dialogue, coarse language,
sexual content and
(Max: “I love you.” Pablo:
“Not the way you want me
to”), the latter saddled with a
mother who slaps his face for
staying out late.
It is a long series — 10 episodes — of which only four
were available for review, so
these are provisional judgments. As art history, “Genius: Picasso” is so far only
sketchily enlightening, unless you count “An artist
must always see below the
surface” as a revelation. But
there is much yet to come: Picasso’s Iberian period, his African period, the radical inventions of “Les Demoiselles
d’Avignon,” the creation of
Braques. Gertrude Stein, his
great subject and pal, has yet
to appear. The early track
will eventually, I assume, arrive at the later track, filling
in the blanks.
Banderas, who looks uncannily correct around the
eyes — and Picasso, iconographically, is mostly eyes
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and a haircut — is relaxed
good company. He is also a
Spaniard playing a Spaniard
— indeed, he hails from Picasso’s hometown of Málaga
— among a cast of actors who
sometimes sport less than
identifiable accents.
A lot has been written
about Picasso over the many
decades of his life and afterward, and every new biography is controversial in turn,
either for tearing down the
legend or building up the
creep. As young Pablo, Rich
is all immature tortured enthusiasm; as the technically
more mature Picasso, Banderas tries to steer a middle
path, amused and bemused,
showing the artist in different lights, some flattering,
some less so, but never as
bad as some other characters make him out to be.
There are some enjoyable
passages and good performances in addition to Banderas’, but overall the series —
so far as I have seen it — is
prey to the usual compressions and exaggerations of
the bio-pictorial form. There
is the usual emphasis on key
moments and conflicts, giving the piece, even at its extended length, the flavor
more of a pageant than a
story of evolving real people.
There is the usual excess of
expository dialogue, framing
quotes from the historical
record (“Give me a museum
and I’ll fill it” and in reply to a
German officer asking Picasso, “Did you do this?” in
reference to a photograph of
“Guernica,” “No, you did.”).
“Genius” is a big, if short,
word, and there are those
who would seek to deny Picasso the title, just as there
are those who claim that the
Beatles were no good. Still, if
you’re at all interested in the
history of art, he is someone
you have to reckon with —
not to spoil the ending, but he
lived to 91 and was still painting on the day he died — even
if it’s only to decide he’s not
your thing. If “Genius” only
gets you interested in learning a little more about the art
behind the biopic, it will have
done its job. The rest, more or
less, is entertainment.
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By Frank Stewart
As the players at the Mad
Hatter’s took a break, the
Red Queens bickered.
“I’m the most powerful
card in Wonderland,” the
Queen of Hearts boasted.
“No ace or king dares capture me.” But the Queen of
Diamonds insisted that losing a trick could be better
than winning one.
Against the Hatter’s five
spades, West, the Dormouse, led the seven of
hearts. Alice, East, played
the queen.
“Good!” the Queen of
Hearts crowed. The defense
surely needed a diamond
and a club. But since dummy’s clubs would provide
discards, Alice had to lead a
diamond. Alice led ... the
queen. The Hatter took the
ace and drew trumps, but
when Alice took the king of
clubs, she led a diamond to
West for down one.
If Alice leads a low diamond to the king and ace at
Trick Two, declarer succeeds. He draws trumps,
ruffs his last heart in dummy
and exits with a diamond.
When Alice wins, she is endplayed.
Question: You hold: ♠ 10
♥ A Q 10 6 3 ♦ Q 8 7 4 ♣ K 9 2.
Your partner opens one
spade, you bid two hearts, he
rebids two spades and you
try 2NT. Partner bids three
diamonds. What do you say?
Answer: Partner suggests six spades, four diamonds and minimum values. If he held A K 8 7 5, 4, K J
9 3, Q 10 3, he would have no
reason to disturb 2NT. With
A K 9 8 5 3, 4, A K 10 5, Q 3, his
second bid would have been
two diamonds or three
spades. Pass and accept a
West dealer
N-S vulnerable
♠ 10
♥ A Q 10 6 3
♦ K 10 9 6 5
♣ 10 3
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 7
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By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Curiosity is among your
most useful talents today, as
it will lead you to experience
wonder and satisfaction.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Today your talent for
finding out the truth will
make you an invaluable part
of a quest for justice.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You have developed some
mental tricks to help you get
around obstacles and rise
above trouble. Someone will
notice and follow your lead
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
People who focus on the sins
of others are still making sin
their focus.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Clearly, emotions run amok
do not contribute in a positive way to what you’re trying to build in your life.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
The temptation to share
prematurely will be there.
Work quietly, and later your
success will speak for you.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
An uncomfortable relationship can be the greatest
teacher in the world, inspiring your highest and quickest evolution.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Seek higher mental ground.
Avoid states of perplexity by
rising above them.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Seeing the problems that really do exist isn’t
pessimism — far from it.
This is actually a form of optimism. Embrace reality.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): The creative process is
your joy. The products that
come of it can bring some
fleeting satisfaction as well,
but it’s almost unmentionable in comparison with the
great feeling that comes
from being in the flow of your
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You may not have all the
skills you need to make
something happen yet, but
you’re getting them.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): While joy feels better,
sadness can be beautiful,
too. It can wash over you like
a wave in a moment of connection that makes you appreciate and value your life.
Today’s birthday (April
24): It’s been a while since
you saw truly serene circumstances, but this year brings
several moments of profound peace and beauty.
You’ll appreciate them, too,
because of all the bustle and
hard work represented in
other moments. There will
be five significant gatherings, meaningful to your
group and your legacy. Libra
and Sagittarius adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 14,
3, 39, 6 and 12.
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Dear Amy: I have two
adult sons. Their father (my
ex) remarried (to “Barbara”) several years ago.
Our family has now
grown to include wonderful
My boys’ dad and I get
along well. We celebrate holidays, events and family milestones together.
What is baffling is that,
increasingly, I run into people who have been told (or
led to believe) by Barbara,
that our sons and grandchildren are strictly her (biological) kin.
I’ve tried handling this in
various ways with the astonished people who look at me
like I am crazy.
And, frankly, it feels
crazy, politely explaining
that these men I raised and
children who I’ve rocked and
loved are indeed MY children and grandchildren.
My sons and their wives
correct this on their own
when they are confronted
with comments from people
who have said they’ve “run
into your mother,” or how
enjoyable it was “meeting
your mother” and such —
when people are actually referring to their stepmother.
Barbara never had children in her previous marriages, so I assume she is unaware of the deep personal
bond between mother and
child. It is not for the taking.
I’ve never discussed this
directly with her, but this is
getting harder to take.
How should I handle
Loving and Blessed
Dear Loving and Blessed:
If “Barbara” has been on the
scene since the birth of these
grandchildren, then, in my
opinion, she should be
granted full grandmother
status. There is no rule that
children must have only four
DNA grandparents. In my
mind, the more grandmothers, the better.
However, I can well imagine how the denial of your
role as your sons’ mother
rankles, both you and them.
Your sons could handle
this effectively (and kindly)
by saying to their stepmother, “We treasure you,
but we keep hearing from
people you’ve met that you
have introduced yourself as
our mother. It would be best
if you made it clear that you
are our stepmother. The reason is, we have a mom who
raised us, and things get
really confusing later if people don’t understand that
she is our mother.”
Barbara might then ask if
this is a problem for you, and
you should be honest and
say that it is.
Dear Amy: I just found out
that my aunt has been battling cancer for the past six
months. I’ve talked to her
frequently, and never once
did she tell me about her illness. Nor did any of her sons
tell me. Everyone has been
sworn to secrecy.
Our daughter visited her
over the holidays and discovered how sick she was,
but she was asked to not tell
anyone. What gives?
This put my daughter in
an awful position. She didn’t
know how to avoid promising not to tell this secret.
This is not the first time
in our family’s history that
health news has been withheld “to protect” another.
Now that I know, can I
reach out to my aunt?
Upset Niece
Dear Upset: Many families
(mine included) seem to pull
the veil down around illness.
Get in touch with your
aunt. Tell her your daughter
told you out of concern
about her. Tell her you love
her and are in her corner.
Don’t pump her for information, and don’t dive into the
drama. Be gentle.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@ or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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