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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018
U.S. QUITS IRAN DEAL
Trump announces sweeping sanctions in place of agreement
By Noah Bierman
and Tracy Wilkinson
Three men vying to
be police chief came
of age during the 1992
riots and rose in ranks.
No woman made cut.
By Richard Winton,
David Zahniser,
James Queally
and Cindy Chang
Three department veterans have been chosen as finalists to replace outgoing
Los Angeles Police Chief
Charlie Beck in one of the
nation’s most prominent law
enforcement positions, according to three sources familiar with the selection
process.
Each member of the racially diverse trio — Robert
Arcos, Michel Moore and Bill
Scott — has decades of experience with the L.A. Police
Department, coming of age
during the 1992 riots, helping
to implement reforms dictated by a federal consent
decree and being promoted
to high positions by Beck.
The winnowing to three
finalists by the city’s Police
Commission
follows
a
months-long
nationwide
search that from the beginning seemed likely to come
down to a department insider as the odds-on favorite.
Notably absent in the final
cut were female candidates.
Arcos, a third-generation
Mexican American, is in
charge of Central Bureau,
which includes downtown
and northeast Los Angeles.
If selected by Mayor Eric
Garcetti, he would be the
first Latino police chief of a
city that is nearly 50% Latino. Moore oversees the
LAPD’s patrol operations.
Scott, who is African American, left the LAPD more
than a year ago to become
police chief in San Francisco.
Many LAPD and City
Hall insiders had expected a
woman to be in the top three
[See LAPD, A14]
Brendan Hoffman For The Times
A N E W B E G I N N I NG I N A R M E N I A
Armenians rejoice in Yerevan over the bloodless revolution that culminated in the election of opposition
leader Nikol Pashinian as prime minister. He led street protests that ousted a longtime ruler. WORLD, A4
A big solar power push
California is poised to require panels on all new houses
$9,500
By Andrew Khouri
California is set to become the first
state to require solar panels on all
newly built single-family houses. The
mandate is expected to save buyers
money in the long run but also raise
their upfront costs at a time many are
already struggling to afford a mortgage.
The state’s Energy Commission is
scheduled to vote Wednesday on the
rules, which are expected to pass and
take effect in 2020. The regulations,
which would also apply to new multifamily buildings of three stories or
fewer, don’t need the approval of the
Legislature.
Estimated added cost
to build a home under
the solar panel regulation
$40
Anticipated average monthly
increase in a 30-year mortgage
$80
Anticipated decrease
in monthly utility bills
Source: California Energy Commission
The new building standards —
which also include updated insulation
mandates — are a piece of California’s
ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gas
emissions in coming decades. That will
require sweeping policy changes to promote renewable energy, electric vehicles and even denser neighborhoods
where people have to drive less for daily
trips.
“This is going to be a significant increase in the solar market in California,” Kelly Knutsen of the trade group
California Solar & Storage Assn. said of
the new requirement. “We are also
sending a national message that … we
are a leader in the clean energy economy.”
[See Solar, A9]
WASHINGTON — President Trump said Tuesday
that he is pulling the United
States out of the Iran nuclear deal — making the most
consequential foreign policy
decision of his presidency so
far — and will reinstate a
punishing array of U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran
that were lifted under the
landmark 2015 accord.
Speaking from the White
House Diplomatic Reception Room, Trump said he
would impose the “highest
level of economic sanctions”
on Iran. Countries or companies that continue to invest in or do business there
could risk violating U.S.
sanctions, with vast political
and economic repercussions.
The decision was more
severe than diplomats had
expected and sent shock
waves around the globe. It
could isolate the U.S. among
its largest European allies,
all of which had pleaded with
Trump to keep the historic
pact intact while they tried
to fix its flaws.
In an 11-minute address,
Trump called the deal “decaying and rotten,” but did
not offer any specifics on
how he would replace it or restrain Iran from rebuilding
its nuclear infrastructure
should it choose to do so.
The White House said
new sanctions would target
Iran’s energy, petrochemical
and financial sectors. That
in effect takes the U.S. out of
the agreement even though
the International Atomic
Energy Agency, the United
Nations nuclear watchdog
agency,
repeatedly
has
[See Iran, A8]
Worlds apart on
Iran nuclear deal
Trump’s move is met
with praise from Israel
and Saudi Arabia and
consternation from allies
in Europe. WORLD, A3
U.S. fallout from
Trump sanctions
Rising oil prices are being felt at the pump, and
more hikes could further
crimp U.S. consumer
spending. BUSINESS, C1
G EO RG E D E U KMEJ I A N, 19 2 8 - 2 018
Governor known for
public-safety passion
By Claudia Luther and
Richard C. Paddock
Emma McIntyre Getty Images
ACTRESS Penelope Cruz attends the screening of her film “Everybody Knows”
as the Cannes Film Festival opens. The festival has taken a beating in the media.
Arrogant? Irrelevant?
Cannes weathers storm
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
reporting from
cannes, france
In May 1968, Jean-Luc
Godard and a few of his
French New Wave contemporaries famously brought
the Festival de Cannes to a
halt, an act of solidarity with
striking students and workers who were taking France
by storm.
Fifty years later, Godard
still looms large at Cannes,
quite literally. The official
poster for the 71st festival is
graced with the immortal
image of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina
kissing in the director’s 1965
classic, “Pierrot le Fou.” This
year, the 87-year-old Godard
will probably limit his disruptive gestures to the unveiling of his new movie,
“The Image Book,” which
promises to shake up the
main competition; it’s said
to be a characteristically unorthodox reflection on the
modern Arab world.
The festival itself, which
opened Tuesday night with
the world premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody
Knows,” shows no signs of
coming to a premature conclusion, though there are
some who probably wish it
would. In my own previous 12
years of attending, I can’t remember the last time
Cannes commenced under
such a cloud of grumbling,
suspicion and all-around
anxiety or any time the festival took such a widespread
beating in the media before
it even had a chance to roll
out its famous (if now selfiefree) red carpet.
With headlines such as
“Has Cannes Lost Its Lus[See Cannes, A8]
George Deukmejian, a
perennially popular twoterm Republican governor of
California who built his career on fighting crime, hardening the state’s criminaljustice stance and shoring
up its leaky finances, died
Tuesday. He was 89.
Deukmejian, who was
elected governor in 1982 and
1986, died at his home in
Long Beach, according to a
statement from his family.
During his many years of
public service, including 16
years as a state legislator
and four as state attorney
general, Deukmejian sponsored the successful “use a
gun, go to prison” bill, oversaw development of a workfare program for welfare recipients and negotiated with
the Democratic-controlled
[See Deukmejian, A10]
Thomas Kelsey Los Angeles Times
STARTING A SECOND TERM
Gov. George Deukmejian and wife, Gloria, in January 1987. He took the oath on a 486-year-old Bible.
Russian money
trail to Cohen?
Candidate debate
gets personal
A firm linked to an oligarch gave $500,000 to a
company Trump’s lawyer
used to pay off Stormy
Daniels. NATION, A6
Remarks about infidelities are among the testy
exchanges between
hopefuls for California
governor. CALIFORNIA, B1
Weather
Mostly sunny
L.A. Basin: 80/59. B6
A2
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
BACK STORY
From Iran-Contra scandal
to president of the NRA
Oliver North played key part in case that rocked Reagan administration
By Kurtis Lee
H
e once stood at
the center of an
international
political scandal, becoming a
household name for destroying government documents and lying to members
of Congress.
That was more than
three decades ago.
Now, Oliver North, a
retired lieutenant colonel in
the U.S. Marine Corps, has a
new job: president of the
National Rifle Assn.
On Monday, the NRA’s
board of directors announced that the organization would now be headed
by North, who many gun
rights supporters are banking will be able to rally the
base at a time when gun
control groups believe momentum is on their side in
the highly polarized national debate over firearms.
In recent months, the
powerful special-interest
group has faced an onslaught of criticism from
gun control organizations
and has seen pushback in
polls following mass shootings at a Florida high school
and a country music festival
in Las Vegas.
Robert Spitzer, who has
written extensively on politics and gun control, said
North is “a sort-of celebrity
who raises the organization’s visibility among its
base,” which is helpful
ahead of the November
election.
“North is well-known in
conservative circles as a
longtime NRA board member, author and Fox News
personality,” said Spitzer,
chairman of the political
science department at the
State University of New
York at Cortland. Since 2001,
North has hosted “War
Stories with Oliver North”;
he announced he will step
aside from the program to
lead the NRA.
“He won’t do anything to
help broaden the NRA’s
appeal, but rather to try and
bring in people already
sympathetic who may be
susceptible to an appeal.”
Known for his no-nonsense, understated style,
North has been a popular
figure in the NRA who, for
several years, elicited rousing applause when speaking
at the group’s annual convention. As a gun rights
activist, he often comes
across as diplomatic, calmly
referencing the Constitution in showing his support
for the 2nd Amendment.
For leaders of the NRA,
the group’s new president is
a much-needed jolt of energy.
Wayne LaPierre, chief
executive officer of the NRA,
said North’s appointment
was “the most exciting news
for our members since
Charlton Heston became
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
OLIVER NORTH, at last week’s NRA convention in
Dallas, is leaving his Fox News show to lead the group.
Chris Wilkins AFP/Getty Images
IN 1986, the Marine lieutenant colonel testified on
his role in the arms-for-hostages deal and coverup.
president.”
Heston, the renowned
Hollywood actor who led the
NRA from 1998 until 2003,
often said his gun could only
be taken from his “cold,
dead hands.” The NRA has
had seven presidents since
Heston, but none have had
the same marquee appeal.
North succeeds Pete
Brownell, who owns an
Iowa-based company that
manufactures gun parts but
is not widely known in national political circles.
“Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American
freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader,”
LaPierre said in a statement. “In these times, I can
think of no one better suited
to serve as our president.”
Marion Hammer, the
first female president of the
NRA, echoed LaPierre’s
sentiments.
“He will stand and fight
for our country, our flag, our
Constitution and the 2nd
Amendment,” said Hammer, who led the group from
1995 to 1998.
On his Fox show, North
appeared as a buttoneddown, serious figure. He
would often sit stoically,
questioning veterans about
experiences in battle.
But his reputation over
the years has not always
been wholesome.
North came to the forefront of American politics in
the mid-1980s during the
Iran-Contra scandal. As a
military aide to the National
Security Council during the
Reagan administration, he
was eventually exposed for
his role in arranging the
secret sale of weapons to
Iran and for diverting the
proceeds to the anti-revolutionary Contra rebels in
Nicaragua.
At televised congressional hearings during the
summer of 1987, he admitted
to shredding documents
associated with the affair
and acknowledged he had
lied in previous meetings
with members of Congress.
During the closely
watched hearings, North
faced a barrage of questions
from lawmakers and attorneys.
George Van Cleve, the
committee’s senior Republican counsel at the time,
prompted North at one
point, according to a CBS
News transcript: “You’ve
also admitted you altered
some of the documents in
which you clearly describe
your role.”
“I did,” North admitted.
“You intended to mislead
Congress,” Van Cleve added.
“I did,” North replied.
Two years later, North
was convicted of obstructing Congress during its
investigation, destroying
government documents and
accepting an illegal gratuity.
Those convictions were
overturned in 1991. An appeals court found that
witnesses may have been
swayed by testimony he had
given Congress on the
promise that it would not be
used against him in court.
In the years since the
fallout, North, who did not
respond to requests for an
interview, didn’t shy away
from the public spotlight.
Before the 1994 midterm
election, he won the Republican primary for Senate in
Virginia. He narrowly lost
the general election to
Democratic incumbent
Charles S. Robb.
The NRA’s announcement of North as its next
president — a position that
carries a two-year term —
was assailed by gun control
groups, who focused on his
past admissions to lying to
lawmakers.
“We think this choice
shows an NRA committed
to doubling down on its false
rhetoric,” said Kris Brown,
president of the Brady
Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence. “Momentum is
building like never before for
policies that ensure that
dangerous people do not
have ready access to guns,
and the American people
are focusing on the
midterms.”
Since 17 students and
staff died in the Feb. 14
shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla., several
states have passed stricter
gun control measures, even
as Congress has
sidestepped the issue. In
Florida, the GOP-controlled
Legislature passed a measure that, among other
things, raises the minimum
age to purchase a gun from
18 to 21. It was signed into
law in March by Republican
Gov. Rick Scott.
Under North’s leadership, the NRA is poised to
have a staunch defender of
gun rights ahead of the
November election. Last
week, North delivered a
politics-tinged invocation
before a speech by President Trump, whom North
supported during the 2016
election, sometimes introducing the candidate to
crowds in his home state of
Virginia.
“Lord,” he said before the
bowed heads at the NRA
convention, “give us the
strength and perseverance
to guard all our God-given
liberties enshrined in our
Bill of Rights.”
kurtis.lee@latimes.com
1,000 WORDS: PAHOA, Hawaii
Caleb Jones Associated Press
LAVA LAND
First Lt. Aaron Hew Len of the U.S. National Guard tests air quality Tuesday in the Leilani Estates area,
where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava and toxic gases through 12 fissures in the ground. Two
additional fissures have opened in neighboring Lanipuna Gardens. A total of 35 structures, including at
least 26 homes, have been destroyed. Because there’s no indication of when the eruption might stop, or
how far the lava might spread, residents have had to make tough decisions: whether to stay or go.
L AT I ME S . CO M
WEDNESDAY , MAY 9, 2018
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THE WORLD
Plaudits and regret over Trump decision
Israel and Saudis hail
U.S. exit from the Iran
nuclear deal. Europe
vows to save it.
By Kim Willsher
PARIS — European leaders reacted with dismay but
determination Tuesday after President Trump announced that the United
States would pull out of the
nuclear agreement with Iran
and impose tough new sanctions.
The move marked a profound rupture with the
United Nations and with the
deal’s other signatories, including Britain, France and
Germany, and threatened to
become the biggest fracture
in transatlantic relations in
a generation.
Seconds after Trump
made the announcement,
French President Emmanuel Macron, who tried to
sway the American leader to
maintain the deal during a
visit to Washington last
month, tweeted his disappointment.
“France, Germany, and
the UK regret the U.S. decision to leave the JCPOA.
The nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake,” Macron wrote.
“We will work collectively
on a broader framework,
covering nuclear activity, the
post 2025 period, ballistic activity and stability in the
Middle-East, notably Syria,
Yemen and Iraq.”
In a joint statement issued moments later, Macron, British Prime Minister
Theresa May and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel
expressed “regret and concern” over Trump’s announcement to withdraw
from the deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,
“Together we underline
our continued support in fa-
vor of the JCPoA. This
agreement represents a particular importance for our
common security. We would
remind people that the
JCPoA was endorsed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council in
Resolution 2231.”
It continued: “We appeal
to all parties to continue to
fully comply and to act in a
spirit of responsibility. According to the International
Atomic Energy Agency, Iran
continues to conform to the
restrictions laid down in the
JCPoA and its obligations
under the nuclear arms
nonproliferation treaty. The
security of the world is
strengthened by this.”
The statement went on
to ask the United States to
ensure that the structure of
the deal remains in place
“and to avoid any measure
that would prevent their being adhered to by other
parties.”
Donald Tusk, president
of the European Council,
said there would be a “united
European approach” to
Trump’s decision. He said
European Union leaders
would address the issues of
the Iran deal and sanctions
at a summit next week.
In a hard-hitting and defiant statement, Federica
Mogherini, the EU’s high
representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said
at a news conference that
the U.S. decision would not
only hurt Iran but also hit
“crucial benefits” for the EU.
She added that the EU was
“fully committed” to the
deal.
“I am particularly worried about the announcement tonight of new sanctions. I will consult very
closely with all our partners
in the coming hours and
days to assess the implications,” Mogherini said.
The agreement, she added, “has been working and it
is delivering on its goal,
which is guaranteeing that
John MacDougall Pool Photo
UNLIKE President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to continue supporting the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran doesn’t develop nuclear
weapons.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic would remain in
the deal for now and open
negotiations with the remaining signatories about
preserving it.
“If we can guarantee our
interests, we will save the
JCPoA,” he said in a televised speech shortly after
Trump spoke. But Rouhani
warned that he had ordered
two Iranian atomic energy
organizations to be ready to
resume industrial-scale nuclear enrichment in weeks, if
the negotiations are not successful.
“I am sorry for the American people, who are a great
people but unfortunately
administrated by people
who are not wise,” Rouhani
said.
Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, who
has been a foe of the Iran
deal from the beginning,
praised Trump’s decision,
saying the “disastrous” pact
had pushed the region
closer to conflict.
“The deal didn’t push war
More Xi-Kim diplomacy
China and North
Korea stand to benefit
from their latest talks
before Trump summit.
By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met
with Chinese President Xi
Jinping in China this week
for the second time in two
months, reinforcing China’s
central role in a recent whirlwind of diplomatic activity
involving the Korean peninsula.
The Kim-Xi meeting took
place Monday and Tuesday
in the Chinese port city of
Dalian, near their nations’
border, Chinese state media
reported Tuesday. Chinese
Premier Li Keqiang, South
Korean President Moon Jaein and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are scheduled to meet in Tokyo this
week to discuss North Korean denuclearization.
Kim told Xi he would like
to discuss “phased and
synchronous
measures”
with the U.S. to “eventually
achieve
denuclearization
and lasting peace on the
[Korean] peninsula,” the
state-run New China News
Agency reported. A meeting
between Kim and Trump —
the first between a sitting
U.S. president and a North
Korean leader — is planned
for sometime in the coming
month.
“As long as relevant
parties eliminate the hostile
policy and security threats
against North Korea, North
Korea does not need to have
nuclear weapons, and denuclearization is achievable,”
Kim told Xi, according to the
news agency.
Shi Yinhong, a professor
of international relations at
People’s University in Beijing, said Kim is probably eager to shore up Chinese support to improve his bargaining position before the meetings. Xi, meanwhile, does
not want to be left out of negotiations among North and
South Korea, the U.S. and
Japan.
“Trump has no reason to
like this kind of event, which
brings China and North Ko-
Ju Peng New China News Agency
KIM JONG UN, North
Korea’s leader, and Chinese President Xi Jinping
meet in Dalian, China.
rea closer,” he said. “But I
think his primary concern
over North Korea isn’t
Pyongyang’s relationship
with Beijing — he wants ... to
force North Korea to accept
complete denuclearization.”
Shi said North Korea is
unlikely to completely abandon its nuclear weapon program and may attempt to
wrest significant concessions from Trump in exchange for partial denuclearization.
He added that the
location of this week’s meeting was probably a diplomatic compromise, allowing
Kim to visit China twice
within about 40 days while
avoiding the perceived political indignity of a second visit to Beijing, which is significantly farther from Pyongyang, the North Korean
capital.
China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed Kim and
Xi, dressed in a Mao suit and
a business suit, respectively,
strolling side by side along a
beach and sitting together
against a backdrop of trees
and flowers.
South
Korea’s
Blue
House presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said
China notified the South Korean government of the
meeting. North Korea’s
state broadcaster also confirmed the visit. “As a new
noteworthy golden time in
the history of friendship between the two countries unfolds, a meaningful meeting
between the two countries’
leaders was held,” said
North Korean Central Television.
The station also reported
that four other top North
Korean officials, including
the leader’s sister, Kim Yo
Jong — who made headlines
for her charm offensive in
South Korea during February’s Winter Olympics —
came along for the trip.
Trump tweeted after the
announcement that he
would speak to Xi, whom he
called his friend, on Tuesday. “The primary topics will
be Trade, where good things
will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and
trust are building,” he said
on Twitter.
China is North Korea’s
only major ally and trading
partner. Yet relations between Kim and Xi have
been strained — Beijing has
expressed dismay at Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile
development, and North Korea has aimed bellicose
rhetoric at Beijing. China
has backed a raft of tough
United Nations sanctions
that limit North Korean exports to China and, breaking
with
recent
precedent,
strictly enforced them.
Their earlier encounter,
in Beijing in late March,
marked Kim’s first known
trip abroad and his first
meeting with the Chinese
president. That visit also unfolded in secrecy; rumors
about
Kim’s
presence
swirled in the Chinese capital after a mysterious, armored North Korean train
was spotted in its main train
station.
Kim has embarked on a
frenzy of diplomatic activity
in recent months to defuse
tension between his country
and
the
U.S.,
South
Korea and China. Last
month, Kim and South Korea’s Moon met at the
demilitarized zone separating the two countries; the
two leaders smiled and
shook hands across the border, producing images unthinkable amid heightened
tension only a few months
earlier.
jonathan.kaiman
@latimes.com
Special correspondent Matt
Stiles in Seoul contributed
to this report.
further away; it actually
brought it closer,” he said in
a televised address. “The
deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression; it dramatically increased it.”
Others in Israel, however,
said that Trump’s announcement had raised the
risk level, and the military
and educational authorities
began preparing for war.
Within two hours of the president’s statement, Israel
called up reserve troops
with the air defense, military intelligence and Home
Front Command. The Israeli army said in a statement that after detecting
“unusual movements of Iranian forces” in Syria, it
had
ordered
northern
Golan Heights communities, which lie on the border
with Syria, to open their air
raid shelters.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States
said the kingdom, Iran’s
main rival in the Middle
East, fully supported the
measures taken by Trump.
“With regards to the deal,
we are on auto pilot
heading towards a moun-
tain,” Ambassador Khalid
bin Salman, the brother of
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said in
a series of tweets.
He said the deal had provided Iran with a financial
windfall that it used to
spread sectarian strife and
chaos in the region.
“Since the deal was
inked, instead of behaving
like a responsible member of
the int’l community, the regime doubled down on its
support for terror, providing
dangerous weapons (such
as ballistic missiles) to terrorist proxies including the
Houthis In Yemen to target
civilians” in Saudi Arabia,
the ambassador wrote.
The landmark agreement was signed in July 2015
after almost two years of intensive talks involving Iran
and the U.S., Britain,
France, Russia, China and
Germany. Under the deal,
Iran pulled the plug on its
military nuclear program in
return for the lifting of debilitating sanctions.
Hours before Trump’s
statements, officials from
Britain, France, Germany
and the European Union’s
foreign policy service met
Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, in
Brussels and emphasized
their support for the deal.
Earlier in the day, Florence Parly, the French minister for armed forces, told
the RTL news agency that
European countries would
continue to support the deal
“with or without the Americans.”
“While not being perfect,
it has nevertheless some
virtues, one of which is that
it suspended a nuclear program that did not appear to
be pacifist,” she continued,
“and it allowed the regular
and strict verification of the
Iranians to see if they were
respecting the agreement.
They were respecting it.”
Macron and Trump
spoke Tuesday and were reported by French media to
have “covered questions
about the peace and stability of the Middle East.”
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the
French foreign minister,
said Monday that France
was “determined to save this
agreement because it saves
us from nuclear proliferation.”
Macron was reported to
have spoken to May and
Merkel 30 minutes before
Trump’s announcement.
Francois Durpaire, a U.S.
expert for BFMTV, said the
decision was “politics, not
geopolitics. All deals passed
before he was president,
Donald Trump was against.
Clearly Emmanuel Macron
didn’t convince Donald
Trump … but does killing the
Iran agreement solve the
Iranian problem?”
Willsher is a special
correspondent. Times staff
writer Alexandra Zavis and
special correspondent Noga
Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem
and special correspondent
Ramin Mostaghim in
Tehran contributed to this
report.
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Armenia’s revolutionary premier
Parliament’s election
of former journalist
caps street protests
ending one-party rule.
By Sabra Ayres
YEREVAN, Armenia — A
month ago, Nikol Pashinian,
a bearded former journalist
and skilled political orator,
seemed an unlikely candidate to break a decade of
one-party rule in Armenia
that was tainted by corruption and cronyism.
Armenia’s
opposition
was fractured. Pashinian
was a recognized opposition
politician but lacked widespread support. Moreover,
political consultants warned
him that any protest he organized would draw only a
few hundred people and
make the opposition look
weak.
So it was a remarkable
moment on Tuesday when
Armenia’s
parliament
elected him prime minister,
culminating an unprecedented nonviolent street
protest movement that
forced the ruling elite to forfeit their grip on power.
Pashinian’s Velvet Revolution employed acts of civil
disobedience that gave Armenians a voice in the country’s peaceful transition of
power, largely uniting the
former Soviet republic.
“Today you won,” he told
the crowd during a postelection speech in Republic
Square, the central gathering point in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital. “It is not a victory that I have been elected
prime minister. It is a victory
that you have chosen who
will be prime minister!”
Now, entrusted with the
hopes of this tiny nation of
2.9 million, Pashinian faces
the bigger challenge of keeping his promises. Better
known for his street politics
than his political prowess,
he must prove to his followers that he can be both a
practical and pragmatic
leader capable of steering
Armenia out of its biggest
political crisis since independence from the Soviet
Union in 1991.
“We knew him as a protester, and his program was
always against something,”
said Alexander Iskandaryan, the director of the Caucasus Institute, a think tank
in Yerevan. “But now he is
prime minister, and there
should be something proposed. And there’s nothing
on the table yet.”
Even before Pashinian
took the stage in Republic
Square on Tuesday afternoon to give his victory
speech, euphoric Armenians
had been celebrating in the
street for several hours.
Crowds dressed in white
shirts began streaming into
the square in the morning.
Many came draped in Armenia’s red, blue and orange
flag. They wore hats and
shirts with the slogans
of the revolution, such as
Photographs by
Brendan Hoffman For The Times
NEWLY ELECTED Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, center, arrives onstage to address a rally of his supporters in Yerevan’s
Republic Square. He led weeks of nonviolent protests that forced the ruling elite in the one-party state to forfeit their grip on power.
“Dukhov,” which roughly
translates as “with courage.”
Cars honked in rapid succession as they drove down
the capital’s main drags. Before the parliament debate
began, the square was nearly
full, with tens of thousands
coming to watch the proceedings on a large screen.
As the votes were tallied
and Pashinian was declared
prime minister around midday, shouts and cheers
erupted from the crowd.
Chants of “Nikol!” and “Victory!” echoed across the
square and bounced off the
walls of the columned,
Stalin-era buildings that encircle its oval shape. Champagne corks popped. Small
circles formed for the traditional Armenian kochari
dance.
“This change will be good
because we’ve been static for
so long,” said Mesrop Harutyunyan, a journalism professor at Yerevan’s State
Linguistic University. “But
the demand for change is different for everyone, and it’s
hard to see what will happen
next.”
The demonstrators saw
Pashinian’s election as a victory over an attempted
power grab by the ruling Republican Party, which had
tried to make former President Serzh Sargsyan prime
minister.
Sargsyan served 10 years,
during which the country’s
economic growth benefited
those closely linked to the
Republican Party. Mean-
A CAR in Republic Square bears posters showing support for Pashinian, whose
protests gave Armenians a voice in the nation’s peaceful transition of power.
while, ordinary Armenians
watched as the poverty rate
grew to 30%, and hundreds
of thousands left the country in search of work.
Constitutional reforms
enacted this year turned Armenia into a parliamentary
republic from a presidential
one. The Republican Party
nominated — and eventually
elected — Sargsyan as prime
minister to keep its hold on
the country’s power and
wealth.
Protests took to the
streets, at times paralyzing
Yerevan with roadblocks
and labor strikes. Sargsyan
capitulated and resigned
April 23, paving the way for a
new election in parliament.
The Republican Party,
still in the majority, failed to
elect Pashinian on May 1 in a
special session. Hundreds of
thousands
of
demonstrators returned to Yerevan’s streets. On May 3, the
Republican Party said it
would support Pashinian’s
nomination, and it called for
the new election that was
held Tuesday.
Pashinian ran as a member of Civil Contract, an op-
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position party in coalition
with two other parties.
He immediately called
for new parliamentary elections, which will most probably be held in the fall, and
said he would begin setting
up a temporary government
to implement popular demands for economic and political reforms.
To accomplish this, he
will need to change election
laws, for which he will need
the majority Republican
Party to support him,
Iskandaryan of the Caucasus Institute said.
“We still don’t know if he
will be able to convince them
to support his initiatives,”
Iskandaryan said. “We just
don’t know what his plan is.”
Meeting the high expectations of those who supported Pashinian’s populist
movement is likely to be a
challenge.
“We have a lot of trust in
this guy, but he needs to
not just destroy corruption,
but to construct the new system here,” said Artak
Manukyan, chairman of the
National Center for Public
Policy Research, a think
tank in Yerevan. “People
really want to see immediate, short-term effects,
which is difficult. We are winning a battle, but not the
whole game yet.”
Pashinian will have to
keep the faith of supporters
such as Artyom Gasparyan,
40, who set off in his 1973
white Volga sedan from
his northwestern village at
5 a.m. in order to get his
parking spot on Republic
Square. Dressed in a white
T-shirt with “You are Nikol”
written across it in Armenian, Gasparyan stood
proudly in front of his 45year-old Russian-made car
as others climbed onto its
roof to get a better view of
the stage where Pashinian
was expected to appear.
Pashinian would be able
to turn things around in Armenia within “a maximum of
two years,” Gasparyan said
with confidence.
Bureaucracy and the Republican Party’s lack of support for small enterprises
had forced too many Armenians to emigrate in search
of ways to support their families, Gasparyan said. His
construction materials business once had 30 employees.
He’s had to reduce it to 12 to
keep supporting his family,
he said.
“If things don’t change,
I’m going to have to leave
myself, and this whole country will be nothing but a nation of pensioners like my
parents,” he said. “I want
Pashinian to help us make it
better, so all the diaspora
come back and build the
motherland we deserve.”
In addition to keeping
promises to his base,
Pashinian would eventually
have to deal with another reality in Armenia’s future:
how to maintain the delicate
balance between Russia and
the West.
Armenia is deeply dependent on Russia for economic and security reasons.
Pashinian has promised to
not alter Yerevan’s relationship with either Moscow or
Europe.
Russia, for its part,
stayed “uncharacteristically
passive and permissive”
toward the Velvet Revolution, despite the fact that the
Republican Party and its
closely linked oligarch class
have traditionally been
friendly to Moscow.
This, in turn, was
matched by an absence of
Western influencers, allowing Pashinian’s movement
to remain Armenia-centric.
But this is “just a snapshot in time,” warned Richard Giragosian, the director
of the Yerevan-based Regional Studies Center. “No
matter which government
comes, the geopolitical element is inevitable, and the
reason is the clash of values.”
Rule of law and democratic values are all seductive values in Armenia, Giragosian said.
“Russian values, of corruption and authoritarianism, are affiliated with the
old regime,” he said. Eventually, the seductive European
values could shift Armenia
further away from Moscow,
he said.
“We are in the gravitational orbit of Russia for the
short or medium term
whether we like it or not,” Giragosian said. “There is no
exit strategy yet.”
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THE NATION
Trump attorney linked to Russian
A firm tied to oligarch
gave about $500,000
to shell company that
Michael Cohen used
to pay porn actress.
By Michael Finnegan
The shell company used
by President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen to pay off
porn actress Stormy Daniels
received about $500,000 last
year from a business linked
to a Russian billionaire who
is close to President Vladimir Putin.
Cohen’s company, Essential Consultants LLC, received the money from a U.S.
offshoot of the business empire of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
The
payment
from
Columbus Nova LLC came
to light in a seven-page report by Daniels’ attorney,
Michael Avenatti.
The document disclosed
a wide array of previously secret payments that Cohen
received last year from companies with an interest in
Trump administration business.
Avenatti called it a “payto-play scenario” that might
have involved bank fraud.
Novartis, the pharmaceutical giant, paid Cohen’s
company nearly $400,000;
AT&T, $200,000; and Korea
Aerospace Industries LTD,
$150,000.
Novartis often seeks drug
approvals from federal regulators, AT&T is fighting a
Justice Department lawsuit
to block its proposed merger
with Time Warner, and Korea Aerospace Industries is
a defense contractor.
The report did not say
how Avenatti obtained Cohen’s financial records.
AT&T
spokeswoman
Megan Ketterer said that
“Essential Consultants was
one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide
insights into understanding
the new administration.”
Cohen, who is under federal criminal investigation
for potential bank fraud, did
not respond to an email
seeking comment on the
payments, nor did his lawyer.
The payments from Columbus Nova appear to
entangle Cohen deeper in
the investigation by special
counsel Robert S. Mueller
III into whether the Trump
campaign colluded with
Russia to influence the
Spencer Platt Getty Images
THE NEW INFORMATION about Michael Cohen, center, was revealed in a report by Stormy Daniels’ attorney. The report disclosed
payments that Cohen received from companies, including Novartis and AT&T, with an interest in Trump administration business.
U.S. election.
Vekselberg is one of the
oligarchs and senior Russian officials sanctioned last
month by the Trump administration.
Vekselberg
attended
Trump’s inauguration in
January 2017. He also went to
Putin’s inauguration this
week in Moscow.
Vekselberg was one of
the guests at a 2015 dinner
in Russia where Michael
Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, was
seated next to Putin, according to the New York Times.
Flynn, who is cooperating in the Mueller investigation, has pleaded guilty to
lying to the FBI.
Investigators for Mueller
questioned Vekselberg early
this year about the payments to Essential Consultants after they stopped him
at a New York-area airport
for questioning when he arrived on a private jet, according to CNN.
FBI agents raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel
room last month under
court-approved search war-
Pavel Golovkin Associated Press
VIKTOR VEKSELBERG is one of the moguls and
senior Russian officials sanctioned last month.
rants, seeking evidence for a
criminal investigation of potential fraud in the hushmoney payment to Daniels
and other matters.
On Twitter, Avenatti suggested that the money from
Columbus Nova may have
reimbursed Cohen for the
$130,000 that his company
paid Daniels in October 2016
to keep quiet about her alleged 2006 sexual encounter
with Trump.
Columbus Nova’s payments began in January 2017,
and continued for eight
months, according to Avenatti’s report.
Cohen has told reporters
that he used his own money
to pay off Daniels, drawing
on a personal home equity
line.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, another Trump lawyer, said
last week that the president
had reimbursed Cohen for
the payoff through monthly retainer payments of
$35,000, contradicting the
president’s previous statement that he knew nothing
about the hush money.
In addition to the $130,000
reimbursement,
Giuliani
said, Trump gave Cohen
$300,000 or more to cover
taxes and other expenses,
including possible hush payments to someone other
than Daniels.
Avenatti’s report alleges
that Cohen made false and
fraudulent representations
to First Republic Bank when
he opened an account there
for Essential Consultants in
October 2016.
Among other things, Cohen told the bank his company was in the real estate
and investment consulting
business, the report said.
Renova Group, Vekselberg’s Russian conglomerate of energy, telecommunications and other companies, is the largest investor in
Columbus Nova, a private
equity firm in New York.
Andrew Intrater, an
American cousin of Veksel-
berg’s, is the chief executive
of Columbus Nova. Intrater
donated $250,000 to Trump’s
inauguration. He also gave
$29,600 to the Republican
National Committee in June
2017.
Richard D. Owens, an attorney for Columbus Nova,
released a statement saying
the company was “solely
owned and controlled by
Americans” and that Vekselberg played no role in its decision to pay Cohen.
“After the inauguration,
the firm hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant
regarding potential sources
of capital and potential investments in real estate and
other ventures,” the statement said.
“Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for
payments to Michael Cohen
are false.”
As recently as last year,
the Renova Group’s website
listed Columbus Nova as one
of its companies.
michael.finnegan
@latimes.com
Nevada’s high court considers
use of untested execution drug
At the center of
the case is a killer
who says he wants
to be put to death.
By David Montero
CARSON CITY, Nev. —
Scott Dozier wants to die.
The state of Nevada wants to
kill him.
Which left Dozier’s attorney arguing before the Nevada Supreme Court on
Tuesday not about whether
he would be executed but
how.
David Anthony, a federal
public defender, told the
seven justices that the
state’s proposed addition
of the paralytic drug
cisatracurium to a lethal execution regimen is unnecessary and would simply mask
any mistakes made while administering two other drugs,
fentanyl and diazepam.
“Their protocol has no
upside and unlimited downside,” Anthony said.
But Assistant Solicitor
Gen. Jordan Smith, arguing
for the Nevada Department
of Corrections, said the
case was bigger than Dozier
and that his lawyers were using it to prevent the use of
the death penalty for other
convicts. He called the Dozier case “a de facto ban on
the death penalty” in Nevada.
“The arguments being
made here are an attack on
the death penalty itself,”
Smith said.
Dozier, 47, was convicted
in 2007 of murdering and dismembering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller five years earlier at a Las Vegas motel.
He also was convicted in
Arizona 13 years ago in the
2001 murder of 26-year-old
Jasen Green.
He has steadfastly expressed his desire to die and
has refused to allow his attorneys to file for a stay of execution. More than a year
ago, he waived his appeals.
He did, however, allow his
legal team to press ahead in
arguing against the use of
the paralytic drug on the
grounds that it is inhumane
and could cause unneeded
pain and suffering to future
inmates facing execution.
Anthony’s
arguments
leaned heavily on testimony
made by Dr. David Waisel, a
Boston-based anesthesiologist, who testified last year in
Clark County District Court
that the state’s lack of practice in administering the
new combination of drugs
made the protocol ripe for
error.
“It is a dramatically unfamiliar situation and location
for the individuals performing the injections,” Waisel
wrote in a brief. “Even for experienced individuals this
increases risk; it is increased
even more for the inexperienced, especially without
high-quality practice.”
The state is in a bind,
however.
There is no protocol for
executions using only the
two drugs, which means a
new procedure would have
to be developed and prison
staff would need to be
trained. And the state’s supply of diazepam expired May
1 — a point hammered by
Justice James Hardesty.
“Doesn’t that make this
matter moot?” he asked the
lawyers.
Smith said the state
would try to obtain more diazepam. He also told the
court that Dozier’s legal
team has dragged out the
proceedings — knowing the
state’s supply of the drug
was about to expire.
Some of its fentanyl supply has expired, but Smith
said enough was still on
hand to carry out the execution.
Other states have struggled to replenish their supplies of execution drugs.
Fordham University law
professor Deborah Denno
said in an interview that because many of the drugs
used for executions are
manufactured in European
countries that oppose the
death penalty, there has
been a reluctance to sell to
states for that purpose.
Even U.S. pharmaceutical
companies don’t want their
drugs to be associated with
executions, she said.
Last year, McKesson
Medical-Surgical sued Ar-
kansas after it discovered
the state was using one of its
drugs in an attempt to execute 10 men in eight days.
The company said the state
had mislead the drug company by saying the purchased drugs were being
used for medical reasons.
Lethal injection has been
used in executions since 1977,
and a three-drug protocol of
sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride was the
standard until 2009.
But as states began having
difficulty
acquiring
drugs, they were forced to
adapt. According to the
Death Penalty Information
Center, eight states now
have carried out executions
using a single drug — and
anesthetic — and six others
plan to do so if necessary.
Nevada has executed a
total of 12 people since 1976 —
most recently in 2006. Dozier’s lawyers argued that Nevada doesn’t frequently apply the death penalty and
that infrequency makes the
state more at risk of making
a mistake.
Anthony said the use of a
new, untried three-drug protocol compounded that
problem and argued that is
why District Court Judge
Jennifer Togliatti ruled in
November
against
the
state’s use of the three
drugs. The state, which had
planned to execute Dozier
that month, appealed her
ruling.
Ken Ritter Associated Press
DEATH ROW inmate Scott Dozier in court in 2017.
He was convicted of killing and dismembering a man.
Smith said the risk of a
mistake is not a reason to
not use the procedure.
“There will always be the
chance of human error, no
matter how many safeguards are in place,” Smith
said. “That there might be a
bungle is not an argument
against it.”
During about 90 minutes
of oral arguments, the justices peppered the lawyers
with questions about the
procedures of the execution
and why Dozier was arguing
against it when he clearly
wanted to die.
Justice Michael Cherry
asked Anthony for “a bottom-line” answer.
“Will he withdraw his request to die?” Cherry asked.
“No,” Anthony said.
“He will die whether we
approve a three-drug protocol or a two-drug protocol?”
“Yes,” the attorney said.
“Regardless of how the court
rules, as I far as I know, Mr.
Dozier’s wishes are to proceed with an execution.”
It’s unclear when the Nevada Supreme Court will issue a ruling.
david.montero
@latimes.com
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Iran pact pullout widely criticized
[Iran, from A1]
found that Iran is complying
with its requirements.
“We’re out of the deal,”
John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor and a
longtime opponent of the accord, said emphatically after
the president’s address. He
said the “only sure way” to
stop Iran from developing
nuclear weapons is to abandon the deal and craft a new
pact that also restricts
Tehran’s support for terrorism, its ballistic missile program and its role in the turmoil in Syria, Yemen and
elsewhere.
Trump had faced a selfimposed Saturday deadline
to renew waivers that eased
sanctions on Iran’s central
bank, which deals with that
nation’s oil exports. Another
set of sanctions, focused on
more than 400 Iranian companies, individuals and sectors, is up for renewal July 11.
Bolton told reporters
that U.S. sanctions in place
before the agreement — including restrictions on new
ventures involving shipping,
energy, gold, metals and
other products — would resume immediately. He said
more sanctions will probably be added.
Companies with existing
contracts would be given 90
or 180 days, depending on
the industry, to wind them
down. Countries that buy oil
from Iran will have to steadily lower imports. The Treasury Department will begin
blacklisting Iranian banks
and entities by November.
Trump’s pullout pleased
Iran hawks in Congress and
U.S. allies Israel and Saudi
Arabia, which both agreed
that the deal gave Iran too
much leeway to rebuild nuclear programs that could
produce a bomb.
Reinstating sanctions on
Iran’s oil would most directly
affect Europe, Japan and
South Korea. But it probably would lead to a jump in
oil prices and higher U.S.
prices at the pump. Beneficiaries of rising crude oil
prices would include Russia,
Venezuela and other producers.
Trump’s decision could
Evan Vucci Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP, announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the multinational agreement to keep Iran’s
nuclear ambitions in check, called the deal “decaying and rotten” but did not explain how he would replace it.
Iranian Presidency
URANIUM enrichment
will resume if talks with
other nations don’t guarantee Iran’s interests,
says President Rouhani.
ratchet up tension in the volatile Middle East, strain relations with U.S. allies in Europe, complicate dealings
with Russia and China, and
undermine Trump’s efforts
to get North Korea to give up
its nuclear arsenal.
Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said in
a statement that Israel “fully
supports” Trump’s decision.
“Israel has opposed the
nuclear deal from the start
because we said that rather
than blocking Iran’s path to
a bomb, the deal actually
paved Iran’s path to an entire arsenal of nuclear
bombs, and this within a few
years’ time,” Netanyahu
said. “The deal didn’t push
war further away; it actually
brought it closer.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would remain in the deal
for now and negotiate with
the remaining signatories
about preserving the accord. “If we can guarantee
our interests, we will save it,”
he said on Iranian TV.
But he said he had ordered two Iranian atomic
energy organizations to be
ready to resume industrialscale uranium enrichment
in several weeks if the negotiations are not successful.
Rouhani said that Iran
has complied with its obligations under the accord and
that it was the U.S. that did
not fulfill its commitments.
“I am sorry for the American people who are a great
people but unfortunately
administrated by people
who are not wise,” he said.
Former
President
Obama, in a statement
Tuesday, called Trump’s decision “misguided” and “a
serious mistake.” It “turns
our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement
that our country’s leading
diplomats, scientists and intelligence professionals negotiated,” Obama said.
He added, “The consistent flouting of agreements
that our country is a party to
risks eroding America’s
credibility, and puts us at
odds with the world’s major
powers.”
The other signatories —
Britain, France, Russia,
China and Germany —
vowed to continue to honor
the accord, although it’s unclear how they will negotiate
the web of U.S. sanctions.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who urged
Trump to stay in the deal
when he visited the White
House last month and spoke
to him by phone early Tuesday, tweeted a warning: “The
nuclear non-proliferation
regime is at stake.”
In a joint statement,
Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and
British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed “regret
and
concern”
about
Trump’s decision, saying the
deal “remains important for
our shared security.”
The European Union’s
top diplomat, Federica
Mogherini, said the bloc
would do all it could to maintain the pact. “It belongs to
the entire international
community,” she told reporters in Rome. “The European Union is determined to
Critics grouse
before Cannes
Film Festival
[Cannes, from A1]
ter?,” the Hollywood Reporter and Variety bemoaned the absence of
much-anticipated new films
by major world auteurs, the
festival’s highly publicized
clash with Netflix and the
relative dearth of Hollywood
stars on the carpet — the
presence of “Solo: A Star
Wars Story” and a Cate
Blanchett-led competition
jury notwithstanding.
These and many other
pieces echoed the growing
fear in the film industry that
Cannes, because of its position on the calendar, has become a less attractive destination for high-profile Oscar
hopefuls. Films angling for
an awards season run increasingly prefer the fall festivals — Venice, Telluride
and Toronto. Notably, this
year’s best picture Oscar
winner, “The Shape of Water,” began its much-laureled run by winning the
Golden Lion at the Venice
Film Festival, Cannes’ biggest European rival.
Meanwhile, by taking
such a firm stance on l’affaire Netflix, Cannes has positioned itself at the center of
an existential crisis in the
movie industry. While the
festival and the streaming
giant are said to be having
amicable discussions, for
now, Cannes is upholding a
requirement that all Palme
d’Or contenders must have
French theatrical distribution. As a result, Netflix bypassed the festival altogether: Neither Alfonso
Cuarón’s “Roma,” which the
festival had been eyeing for
a competition slot, nor Orson Welles’ long-unfinished
“The Other Side of the
Wind,” which would have
been shown out of competition, will be screening on the
Croisette.
In other contentious developments, the festival
plans to close with the world
premiere of Terry Gilliam’s
endlessly delayed, years-inthe-making “The Man Who
Killed Don Quixote,” though
whether that screening
takes place depends on the
outcome of a lawsuit between Gilliam and producer
Paulo Branco, to be announced Wednesday.
And well before closing
night, the festival will mark
the long-awaited return of
the Danish provocateur
Lars von Trier, whose illconsidered jokes about being a Nazi at his post-“Melancholia” news conference
led the festival to declare
him persona non grata in
2011.
The sheer range of potential Cannes-troversies has
been so unprecedentedly
dizzying this year that on
Monday, the festival’s delegate general and longtime
artistic director, Thierry
Frémaux, took the rare step
of holding a news conference. Sitting alone on the dais, somehow resembling
both a monarch greeting his
subjects and a prisoner facing a firing squad, Frémaux
veered between diplomacy
and defensiveness as he held
court on subjects ranging
from his attitude toward the
press (“We need the press,
we love the press”) to the festival’s new sexual harassment hotline.
How would the festival,
routinely criticized for not
programming enough female-directed films in competition, address issues of
gender parity in the wake of
the #MeToo movement — a
movement that has notably
drawn significant backlash
from French celebrities?
Now that Roman Polanski
had been kicked out of the
Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences, would his
Palme d’Or for “The Pianist”
be revoked? (Frémaux’s reply: Non.) And what of the
festival’s 4,200 accredited
journalists, who have long
been accustomed to seeing
films in advance, but would
now have to attend press
screenings held during or after the public premieres — a
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BRITISH MODEL Georgia May Jagger poses at the Cannes Film Festival’s open-
ing gala. The potential for controversy is high at the festival this year.
move intended to delay potentially buzz-killing reviews
and reactions?
It’s easy to look at just
about every issue plaguing
Cannes this year and conclude that this is a festival
that keeps stumbling on its
own stubbornness. Hamstrung by tradition and protocol, it appears either unable or unwilling to adapt to
the shifting winds — in
technology, in distribution,
in financing and in representational diversity — that are
sweeping the industry.
Even the recent banning
of selfies on the red carpet,
the most frivolous of
Cannes’ many rules, provides a curiously revealing
metaphor. Here is a festival
that, true to its French cultural roots, insists on some
modicum of elegance and
dignity in the face of technological change.
The irony, of course, is
that every year, Cannes
takes an unintentional selfie
of its own, and the image
it’s projecting to the world
is one that many find wanting.
Beset on all sides by so
much criticism, what is the
world’s most important and
prestigious film festival to
do? The only thing it can:
Show some damn good films
and maybe even a few great
ones. And it is on this point
that, despite my own disappointment over some of the
conspicuous absences from
this year’s lineup (starting
with Claire Denis’ hotly
anticipated science-fiction
drama “High Life,” which
will now probably make its
debut in Venice), I find
myself urging a spirit of
optimism and open-mindedness toward the program
that Frémaux and his selection committee have assembled.
As Frémaux said at his
news conference that journalists have long complained that Cannes favored
“the usual suspects” — the
same respected auteurs —
year after year but that this
year’s competition lineup is
being criticized for doing
just the opposite. The absence of bigger names
makes room for a number of
lesser-known filmmakers,
among them Japan’s Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, France’s
Eva Husson and Yann Gonzalez, Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov and a first-time
director,
Egypt’s
A.B.
Shawky. (The usual suspects are on hand as well, including stalwarts such as
Godard, Farhadi, Nuri Bilge
Ceylan, Matteo Garrone, Hirokazu
Kore-eda,
Jia
Zhangke and Lee Changdong.)
Is this shift a sign of
Cannes’ waning relevance?
Only the movies themselves
will tell, but I would venture
to suggest the opposite.
Whether or not these new
filmmakers represent the
next generation of worldclass auteurs, it is Cannes’
unique power to galvanize
the attention of the global
film world that implores us
to take this selection seriously. Or, at the very least, to
grant these films the courtesy of our undivided attention rather than our hasty,
premature dismissals.
Only a person fundamentally incurious about world
cinema — which is to say, a
person who has no real business attending Cannes in
the first place — would argue
otherwise. No, this festival
probably won’t be a major
awards season launchpad,
and thank God for that.
The proper appreciation
of the movies can improve
only when you don’t have the
constant din of Oscar buzz
ringing in your ears.
justin.chang@latimes.com
preserve it.”
Underscoring the U.S.
isolation, U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres
said he was “deeply concerned” and called on other
parties to “abide fully by
their respective commitments” under the accord.
Turkey, a NATO ally,
vowed to defy the sanctions.
Turkey’s economic minister,
Nihat Zeybekci, told CNN
Turk that to the extent possible, Turkey would continue trade with Iran.
It wasn’t clear whether
Russia, China and other major trading partners would
also try to buck the sanctions. That could increase
tension with those countries
or weaken the U.S. effort to
pressure Iran.
“I don’t think China’s going to play ball at all,” said
Richard Nephew, Obama’s
lead sanctions advisor in
crafting the nuclear deal. “I
think they’re going to push
back real damn hard.”
Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo was a vociferous
critic of the deal. Trump said
Pompeo is en route to North
Korea to help prepare for a
summit with ruler Kim Jong
Un.
In a statement, Pompeo
said the U.S. and its allies
must work together to constrain Iran from restarting
its nuclear program, expanding its ballistic missile
program and supporting
militants in the Middle East.
“As we exit the Iran deal,
we will be working with our
allies to find a real, comprehensive and lasting solution
to the Iranian threat,” Pompeo said.
“As we build this global
effort, sanctions will go into
full effect and will remind the
Iranian regime of the diplomatic and economic isolation that results from its
reckless and malign activity,” he added.
In a speech that echoed
his
campaign
rhetoric,
Trump denounced the deal
and accused the Obama administration of producing “a
great embarrassment.”
“This was a horrible, onesided deal that never, ever
should have been made,”
Trump said. “It didn’t bring
calm. It didn’t bring peace,
and it never will.”
Trump said his decision
sends a “critical message” to
friends and adversaries:
“The United States no longer makes empty threats.”
The Iran accord lifted
sanctions that had locked
Iran out of international
banking and the oil trade. In
return, Tehran limited its
ability to enrich uranium, reconfigured a heavy-water reactor to block it from producing plutonium, drastically reduced its uranium
stockpile and agreed to
international monitoring.
Critics of the deal say
that its inspection provisions are too weak, that its
restrictions on enrichment
of uranium and nuclear development are time-limited
and that the deal did not address Iran’s development of
ballistic missiles or its support for militant groups in
Yemen, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Mideast.
Supporters say that Iran
has abided by the terms and
that ending the agreement
would cut off the ability of
U.N. inspectors to keep an
eye on the potentially dangerous government.
Reaction largely broke on
partisan lines on Capitol
Hill, with Democrats critical
of the decision.
Even some opponents of
the deal urged Trump not to
withdraw from it shortly before he appeared at the
microphone.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), who heads the House
Foreign Affairs Committee,
noted his past criticism of
the deal but urged Trump to
“double down on diplomacy”
to fix it. He said tearing it up
would not reverse Iran’s collection of its assets.
“That toothpaste isn’t
going back into the tube,” he
said. “It also won’t help galvanize our allies into addressing Iran’s dangerous
activities that threaten us
all. I fear a withdrawal would
actually set back these efforts. And Congress has
heard nothing about an alternative.”
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@latimes.com
Times staff writers David S.
Cloud, Laura King and
Sarah D. Wire in
Washington, Alexandra
Zavis in Jerusalem, and
special correspondent
Ramin Mostaghim in
Tehran contributed to this
report.
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A mandate for solar panels on new homes
[Solar, from A1]
The rules should result in
more jobs in the state’s solar
industry
and
promote
emerging technology by letting builders meet other energy-efficiency
requirements through batteries
that store a home’s solargenerated power, Knutsen
said.
At the moment, about a
fifth of new houses in California come with solar panels,
one business group estimates.
“Going to 100% is a really
big, big jump,” said Stuart
Waldman, president of the
Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., which represents San Fernando Valley
businesses and opposes the
mandate.
While addressing one of
the state’s most pressing
challenges
—
reducing
greenhouse gas emissions —
the requirements seem to
exacerbate, at least in the
short run, another: the increasingly high cost of housing.
Some housing proponents have criticized the role
that state and local mandates play in driving housing
costs higher. In California’s
coastal communities, at
least, research has found
that the sharp rise in housing costs is mostly driven by
rising land costs, said Issi
Romem, chief economist at
BuildZoom, a permit and
contractor data analysis
website.
“Home prices have detached from construction
costs,” Romem wrote in a recent blog post.
He placed the blame on
local zoning that limits how
many homes can be built in
highly sought-after neighborhoods.
But construction costs
and government fees have
been rising as well. And the
latest California rules are expected to make a single-family house $9,500 more expensive to build on average,
which includes the effect of
the Trump administration’s
tariffs on imported solar
panels, according to the Energy Commission.
“It all adds up,” Waldman
said. “Ten thousand dollars
is the difference in getting a
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SUNRUN employee Alejandro DeLeon helps install a
solar panel on a home in Van Nuys in 2016.
home and not getting a
home for some home buyers.
There is only so much the
banks will finance.”
The California Building
Industry Assn. said increased construction costs
will be passed along to the
consumer, though it and the
commission say buyers
would save in the long run by
using the essentially free energy to power lights and appliances or by selling unused
power back to the grid.
A spokeswoman for the
Energy Commission, Amber
Beck, said buyers of new
homes on average would see
monthly mortgage payments rise by $40, while their
monthly utility bills would
decline by $80.
Over time, such savings
would more than make up
for an increased down payment — even if builders passed along every cent in costs,
something that isn’t a certainty. The commission put
average total utility savings
at $19,000 in today’s dollars
over a 30-year period, taking
inflation into account.
“For housing to be affordable, it’s not just upfront
costs, but it’s ongoing operating costs,” said Rachel
Golden, a senior campaign
representative at the Sierra
Club.
The California Building
Industry Assn. supports
passage of the rules, although the trade group
wanted them rolled out
more slowly.
“We can look the home
buyer in the eye and say, ‘You
are going to get your money
back,’ ” said Robert Raymer,
technical director of the
group.
The new regulations —
which have been working
their way through the regulatory process for more than
a year — still must be approved by another state
body, the California Building Standards Commission,
later this year. But the Energy Commission’s Beck said
she couldn’t recall an instance in which that commission overruled what was
put forth by energy officials.
In addition to the new
standards for residential
buildings, there would be additional
energy-efficient
lighting requirements for
new commercial buildings.
In all, the Energy Commission said it expects the rules
to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 1.4 million metric tons over three years.
That’s tiny compared
with California’s overall goal
— to slash annual emissions
40% below 1990 levels by
2030, something that from
the most recent estimate of
current emissions in 2015 requires a reduction of 180 million metric tons.
But Beck said “every
drop in the bucket counts”
and that the commission
will continue to look at other
energy-efficiency measures
in future building code updates, which happen every
three years.
The new rules won’t
amount to much of a change
for some builders: Solar panels are already proving
popular among their customers. A recent survey
from John Burns Real Estate Consulting found that
81% of new-home shoppers
nationwide would be willing
to see their total purchase
price rise by $100 for every $1
that energy-efficient upgrades saved them each
month.
Even so, Raymer said the
new standards will have
some effect in a state where,
according to CoreLogic, the
median price of a new home
was slightly more than
$530,000 in the first quarter
of this year.
If the new rules added
$9,500 to the sales price of an
otherwise $530,000 home, a
buyer putting 20% down
would need to cough up an
additional $1,900 for the
down payment.
Monthly mortgage payments would rise by about
$50 if the buyer took out a 30year mortgage at 4.39% interest.
Raymer said such added
costs shouldn’t be much of
an issue in coastal Southern
California and the San Francisco Bay Area, but that may
not be the case in markets
with lower incomes and
home prices.
“Ten thousand dollars to
$12,000 of increased costs
does have an impact in the
Central Valley, it does have
an impact in Sacramento,”
he said.
The California Solar &
Storage Assn. wanted the
commission to go further
and require all homes to be
“net zero” by 2020 — meaning the energy they use is
equal to or less than what is
produced on-site.
The new rules don’t
achieve that, in large part
because the commission
found doing so wouldn’t be
cost-effective in the long run
— something it must ensure
when passing new building
rules, Beck said.
Jacob Atalla, vice president of sustainability at KB
Home of Los Angeles, said
builders have been preparing for the mandate for years
and can keep upfront costs
down by using solar lease
agreements and buying panels at scale. Already, about
35% of KB Home’s new
houses have solar panels.
“It didn’t come as a surprise to us,” Atalla said.
andrew.khouri
@latimes.com
Twitter: @khouriandrew
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Governor reshaped state’s high court
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Legislature to create an $18.5-billion, 10-year transportation plan.
The son of Armenian immigrants, Deukmejian had years of
public office on his resumé before
winning election as governor and
emerging as the most prominent
Armenian American politician in
the United States.
His identification with Armenians, who were victims of genocide
during the early 20th century at the
hands of the Ottoman Turks,
would infuse his life with a determination to ensure the rule of law.
News of Deukmejian’s death
brought praise from all corners of
the state’s political community.
The California Republican Party
called him “one of the great governors of the last century,” and Gov.
Jerry Brown noted that he had
“friends across the political aisle.”
“Gov. Deukmejian’s humility
and passion for doing what was
best for California is a model for all
who seek public service,” said Allan
Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce and
Deukmejian’s former legislative affairs secretary.
Never, during a career that
spanned three decades, did he waver from his law-and-order crusade
or his passion for public safety.
Steven Merksamer, Deukmejian’s onetime chief of staff and
longtime advisor, said that one way
to understand his former boss was
to realize that, for him, public safety — whether it be crime control or
retrofitting bridges for earthquake
protection — was part and parcel
of a basic philosophy.
“The paramount reason he ran
for governor in the first place was
his commitment to public safety,”
Merksamer said in 1989. “It has
been the hallmark of his whole life
— much more so than taxes or
other issues. It’s something he has
told me he was brought up with.”
After serving as California’s attorney general, he rode the crime
issue into the governor’s office in
1982 and, during the eight years he
governed the state, guided the
criminal-justice system toward
tougher sentencing. He also oversaw the expenditure of $3.3 billion
to build eight new penitentiaries.
The number of felons in prison
tripled to nearly 97,000 during his
tenure.
He also moved vigorously to put
judges on the bench who took a
hard line on crime.
Deukmejian had watched as his
predecessor, Brown, appointed liberals to the court, including making the controversial Rose Bird the
chief justice of the state Supreme
Court.
When it was his turn, Deukmejian backed an initiative campaign
— which voters overwhelmingly
approved — to oust Bird and two
other high-court justices, Cruz
Reynoso and Joseph Grodin. As a
result, Deukmejian was able to almost completely remake the court,
appointing five of the court’s seven
justices.
In all, Deukmejian spent almost
28 years in Sacramento, enjoying a
reputation as someone of unquestioned integrity but whose manner
was so severe that he earned the
nickname “Iron Duke.”
Deukmejian said he was not
trying to be difficult but merely trying to “stick by my position and
Joe Kennedy Los Angeles Times
A ‘COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY’
Gov. George Deukmejian campaigns at a Long Beach barbershop in 1986. The number of felons in prisons tripled during his tenure.
stick by my principles.”
Although he played a part in
California politics after he left office, attending Republican events
and supporting various GOP candidates, he maintained a largely
private profile. In 1991, he joined the
Los Angeles office of the Sidley &
Austin law firm, retiring 10 years
later.
Deukmejian liked not having to
run the state after he left office.
“You get up every morning and
you don’t have to worry about 30
million people, deal with 120 legislators, deal with the press,” Deukmejian told The Times’ George
Skelton in 1992. “It took me about
five minutes to adjust to a private,
normal life without all those concerns and headaches.”
Courken George Deukmejian
Jr. was born June 6, 1928, in
Menands, N.Y., a small village set
among the rolling hills and aging
brick factories along the Hudson
River near Albany, the state capital.
Raised in what a longtime
friend described as “a typical Old
World household” where politeness, family honor and hard work
were the order of the day, Deukmejian always stood up when his
mother came into the room. During his high school years, he
wrapped meat at a butcher shop
and made coat hangers. One summer, he picked crops at a nearby
farm.
At home, Deukmejian’s parents
spoke Armenian, Turkish and English but taught George and his sister, Anna, only English. This expe-
rience left him with the belief that
any child could learn another language and cemented his lifelong
opposition to mandatory bilingual
education classes in public
schools.
But it was the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century that
was the source of his passion for
public order and motivated him to
seek a political career.
Both Deukmejian and his wife,
Gloria, also an Armenian American, had been raised on stories
about the genocide. Deukmejian’s
aunt was killed by Ottoman Turks,
and his parents fled to America to
escape persecution. During his entire political career, Deukmejian
attempted to get official recognition for the genocide.
Those Armenian loyalties also
led to one of the more surprising
moves he made as governor: the
1986 decision to use his considerable influence to urge the University of California Board of Regents to immediately divest UC’s
vast teacher and employee retirement funds from firms that did
business in South Africa, which
was then ruled by a white-minority
government that imposed apartheid rule against the majority
blacks.
As a staunch conservative,
Deukmejian had previously vetoed
a similar proposal by the Legislature to divest.
But about a year after his veto,
South Africa was hunting down
and jailing anti-apartheid activists, which troubled Deukmejian
so deeply that he convinced two of
his appointees on the board of regents and the board’s Democratic
appointees to support divestiture.
When Deukmejian first went to
Sacramento as governor, he inherited a $1.5-billion budget crisis from
Brown. Setting the tone for the remainder of his administration,
Deukmejian immediately took a
stern line with the Legislature and
opposed raising what he called
“general taxes.” Before the year
was out, an upsurge in the economy erased the deficit, giving the
governor a significant political
boost.
During his two terms, Deukmejian rejected about $7 billion in
spending proposed by the Legislature, much of it in health, welfare
and education programs. In all, he
vetoed 2,298 bills — a sixth of those
that came before him from the
Democratic-controlled Legislature — earning him the nickname
“Governor No.” None of his vetoes
were overridden.
One of Deukmejian’s biggest
successes as governor came on the
issue of transportation.
Although he had previously resisted working with legislative
leaders, during his second term he
finally opened the door to limited
negotiating with key Assembly and
Senate leaders in order to devise an
$18.5-billion, 10-year transportation improvement plan — financed
mostly by a 9-cents-per-gallon gas
tax increase — which voters later
endorsed.
Democrat Gray Davis, then the
state’s controller, called the measure “the most significant piece of
legislation to pass on [Deukmejian’s] watch” and said that Deukmejian could thus “claim to have
contributed significantly to California’s transportation future.”
Among Deukmejian’s other
major legislative accomplishments was a landmark program
that required welfare recipients to
undergo job training and perform
community-service work in exchange for their checks. He also
worked out a deal with Democratic
legislative leaders that led the way
toward making California the first
state to ban military-style assault
weapons.
The weapons ban was a surprising turn for a Republican politician
who had in the past opposed gun
controls. It came after a drifter
named Patrick Purdy killed five
children in a crowded Stockton
schoolyard with an AK-47 rifle on
Jan. 17, 1989. Deukmejian responded in a way that sent a shudder
through many members of his own
party as well as the gun lobby: He
said that he did not see “any reason
why anybody has to or needs to
have a military assault-type weapon, even somebody who is a sportsman or a hunter.”
In addition to his wife, Gloria,
Deukmejian is survived by his
daughters, Leslie Gebb and Andrea Pollak; and his son, George
Deukmejian Jr.
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Luther and Paddock are former
Los Angeles Times staff writers.
Times staff writer John Myers
contributed to this report.
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Trump dumps the Iran deal
His reckless decision will erode
U.S. credibility and do nothing
to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
resident Trump on Tuesday finally did what wiser heads in his
administration have been trying to
keep him from doing almost from
the time he was sworn in: He announced that he would withdraw the United
States from the Iran nuclear agreement.
In doing so, he rejected the pleas of
America’s closest allies and more than 100
current and former senior diplomats. He
even turned a blind eye to his own Defense
secretary’s conclusion that the agreement
has allowed robust monitoring of Iran’s activities.
But as alarming as the action itself was
the deceitful and demagogic speech in
which he attempted to justify it. It was virtually indistinguishable from the sort of rant
Trump delivered on the campaign trail —
utterly uninformed by the sort of appreciation for complexity that experience confers
on most occupants of the Oval Office. And
much as we would like to think the president
was motivated by a belief, however wrongheaded, that tearing up this agreement
would lead to a better one, it’s hard to escape the suspicion that he was more influenced by a compulsion to besmirch the legacy of his predecessor.
Trump spoke four days before he must
decide whether to again waive the economic
sanctions against Iran that the U.S. lifted to
comply with the agreement, which Iran negotiated in 2015 with the five permanent
members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and the European Union. In his
speech, Trump said not only that he won’t
waive the sanctions but that the U.S. will
“withdraw” from the agreement, which he
called a “disastrous deal” that has caused
“great embarrassment to me as a citizen.”
But Trump’s attack on the agreement —
reminiscent of his irresponsible decision to
pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement on
climate change — was characteristically
misleading and short on detail. For example, he described the limits on Iran’s nuclear
activities as “very weak,” a laughable characterization in light of the elaborate requirements of the agreement. Here’s one illustration: Iran had to give up most of its ability to
enrich uranium and agreed to place the vast
majority of its centrifuges in storage under
the oversight of the International Atomic
Energy Agency.
Trump is rightly concerned that several
P
provisions of the agreement — known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — expire or sunset after 10 or 15 years, a condition
he called “totally unacceptable.” Ideally the
agreement would have made those provisions permanent. He also was right to complain in his speech about Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and its support
for militant groups in the region.
But those were the compromises required to strike the deal in the first place.
There is nothing about abrogating or
repudiating the agreement that puts the
U.S. in a stronger position to command concessions.
In a statement issued after Trump
spoke, the leaders of Germany, France and
Britain acknowledged the need to address
what happens to Iran’s nuclear program after some of the provisions of the current
agreement expire, as well as their concern
about Iran’s ballistic missile program and
its “destabilizing regional activities, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.”
But the European leaders suggested that
that new approaches could be identified
without violating the agreement. Trump offered no convincing argument to the contrary.
What was perhaps most bizarre about
Trump’s speech was that it both flirted with
advocating regime change in Iran — the
president referred to the Islamic government there as a “dictatorship” that had
seized power — and simultaneously offered
to engage it in negotiations toward a new
nuclear agreement. Why would he think
Iran would be inclined to accept his overture?
In their statement, the European leaders
noted — as they likely did in their private
conversations with Trump — that the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded that “Iran continues to abide by the
restrictions set out by the JCPOA, in line
with its obligations under the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The
world is a safer place as a result.” Therefore,
Britain, France and Germany will remain
parties to the agreement and “will work with
all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including
through ensuring the continuing economic
benefits to the Iranian people that are
linked to the agreement.”
The full consequences of Trump’s decision cannot be known, but they almost certainly will include a further erosion of
America’s credibility with its allies and others, and tacit encouragement for Iran to revive its nuclear program. That will be bad
for the United States, the Middle East and
the rest of the world.
ELECTION 2018
Just say no to Newman recall
oters in Southern California’s
29th Senate District will cast
ballots in a rare recall election
on June 5, and here’s some
guidance: Just say no.
That’s right. Say no to recalling state
Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who was
legitimately elected to represent this district less than two years ago and has done
nothing to merit being tossed from office in
mid-term. Say no to the six people — three
Republicans and three Democrats (for
shame!) — hoping to profit from this abuse
of the ballot box by being selected as Newman’s replacement. And say a big heck no to
the Republican architects of the recall election, who are using one controversial vote by
Newman as a pretext for trying to terminate
the Democrats’ supermajority in the state
Legislature before the November elections.
Recall elections are an extreme and unusual form of political decapitation, and
Newman is not being targeted for anything
so fundamental as committing a felony,
reneging on crucial promises to voters or exhibiting unhinged or inappropriate behavior. Instead, the recall effort is ostensibly
based on Newman’s vote in favor of SB 1,
which raised vehicle registration fees and
put a 12-cents-a gallon tax on gasoline to
fund a $52-billion transportation package.
(Republicans are also trying to repeal the
gas tax in November; that will be the subject
of another editorial.)
But Newman was one of 27 senators to
cast a “yes” vote, including one Republican,
and all of them are equally responsible for
SB 1’s passage. His crime, if you can call it
that, was to vote like a Democrat — which is
exactly what the voters in his district should
have expected he would do when they sent
him to Sacramento in 2016.
No, like any bully, Republicans are picking on Newman because he is vulnerable.
The first-term legislator won a narrow victory in 2016 against former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang to replace
V
termed-out Republican Bob Huff in this historically GOP district that encompasses
parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. He hadn’t been in the job
six months when conservative talk radio
hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou on
KFI-AM and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio started focusing on
Newman as the weak link in the Democrats’
chain of power.
The Republicans want a rematch (as
does Chang, who is running again), hoping
that another election will return the seat to
their control. That’s why both political
parties have put in millions of dollars and
engaged in some dirty tricks in this race.
What might the voters in the district want?
The instigators of this recall effort don’t
care.
Typically, the Editorial Board weighs in
on a race only after examining the fitness of
the various candidates. In this case, however, we did none of that. We disagree with the
premise of the campaign and don’t think
any of Newman’s would-be successors ought
to replace him at this point. Newman won
this seat fair and square in 2016 and has
done nothing that justifies his ignoble removal.
In fact, Newman deserves credit for supporting SB 1. It was — and is — unpopular
because it hits Californians in their wallets,
but it was the responsible thing to do. The
state’s transportation infrastructure has
been underfunded for years. Bad roads and
lack of public transportation options also
hit Californians in their wallets, not to mention diminishing their quality of life. But
that fact seems to be conveniently left out of
the gas-tax debate.
Nothing in the state’s Constitution or
elections code sets out criteria for recalling a
legislator. California law allows any state
elected official to be recalled for any reason.
But that doesn’t mean all recalls are appropriate. And this one is not. Vote no on the
recall of Newman on June 5.
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Juliet Lapidos OP-ED AND SUNDAY OPINION EDITOR
FOUNDED DECEMBER 4, 1881
done is kill, maim and
enslave hundreds of millions of people.
From Mao Tse-tung to
Pol Pot, Josef Stalin to
Nicolae Ceaus escu, every
time communism was
tried, the result was the
same. And if we try it in the
United States, the results
will be the same again.
James King
Kingwood, Texas
::
K.C. Alfred San Diego Union-Tribune
ATTY. GEN. Jeff Sessions speaks about immigra-
tion near the border in San Diego on Monday.
The cruelest act
Re “In new border crackdown, all migrants to be
charged,” May 8
I am outraged by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ new “zero
tolerance” border enforcement policy of charging all
undocumented migrants at our borders with a crime and
then separating parents from their children.
This is morally despicable. It is a Gestapo tactic
designed to deter migrants by striking at the deepest
emotional bonds. It is also very likely illegal, according to
international law, which requires that an orderly asylum
process be followed.
This reminds me that Henry David Thoreau wrote
about a “higher law,” which calls for civil disobedience
when the state violates basic ethics and human rights.
Martina Ebert
Claremont
Thanks to Gabriel for
her refreshing update on
the status of capital 200
years after Marx’s birth.
The one good thing
about our president is that
he is clearly exposing the
ugly greed that follows
unrestrained capitalism
and is helping to make
socialism an acceptable
word to young people.
When the richest 1%
owns half the world’s
wealth, when the largest
corporations find ways to
avoid paying taxes on
record profits and when
5,000 of the 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles
are children, you know
Marx was on to something.
Mark Santarelli
Los Angeles
::
Sessions recently said,
“We can’t take everyone on
this planet who is in a
difficult situation.”
No one is making that
argument — but how about
taking in people from those
countries that the United
States has helped to make
unstable?
According to State
Department cables published by WikiLeaks, the
Obama administration
supported the 2009 Honduras coup that overthrew
that country’s democratically elected president. The new government
immediately launched a
crackdown that killed
hundreds of people.
The Trump administration has close relations
with the government in
Honduras, which held onto
power last year via an
election widely condemned
as fraudulent.
We helped create the
“difficult situation,” and
now we tell the people
trying to flee from it that
they must stay home. So
much for being the land of
the free.
Ralph ArmbrusterSandoval
Santa Barbara
::
I understand that immigration is a complicated
issue, but while reading
about implementation of
new policies in which children may be separated
from their parents at the
border, these words kept
echoing in my mind:
“Give me your tired,
your poor, your huddled
masses yearning to
breathe free.”
What has happened to
our country?
Ann Kleinsasser
Glendale
Is ‘Calexit’
coming next?
Re “Bill would sidestep
Trump’s tax plan,” May 5
California doesn’t like
federal immigration policies, so it became a sanctuary state. California
doesn’t like federal laws
criminalizing marijuana,
so it made recreational use
of the drug legal.
Now, Californians don’t
like the federal government’s $10,000 deduction
limit for taxes paid locally,
so California politicians are
working on a scheme to
avoid it.
Instead of trying to
avoid federal laws or cutting the state into three
new states, why don’t
Californians just try to
secede from the nation and
form a new country where
marijuana is legal, the
death penalty is abolished,
plastic grocery bags are
banned and, as an added
bonus, instead of being just
a sanctuary state, it would
open all its borders and
become a sanctuary nation.
I’m sure Republicans
would support secession.
They don’t want Californians voting in federal
elections anyway.
Bill Gravlin
Rancho Palos Verdes
Iran gave us statesponsored terrorism. Now
California (and New York)
want to give us state-sponsored tax evasion.
Arnie Sklar
Beverly Hills
Anxious Israelis,
dead Palestinians
Re “Fear grows in border
village,” May 6
This article reports
anxiety building in an
Israeli town as the Palestinians continue to protest the military occupation of what remains of
Palestine.
Whereas the Israelis
anticipate possible violence, the Palestinians
have already experienced
violence, with more than 40
of their people shot dead
and more than 1,000 injured with live ammunition
because of their protests.
The reality is that Palestinians were forced from
their homes and villages —
the Nakba (a word meaning “catastrophe”) — on
May 15, 1948, the upcoming
anniversary of which is
making the Israelis who
live close to the Gaza Strip
border nervous.
The Palestinians’ protests are peaceful, and
what they want has been
affirmed by the United
Nations through numerous
resolutions that have been
passed addressing the
occupation and the right of
return.
The Times’ readers
deserve to know the truth.
Joseph Tillotson
Redondo Beach
::
The Times’ bias is evident as you continue to call
the weekly Palestinian
Friday events (like burning
tires, breaking border
fences and sending off kite
fire bombs) “protests”
when they are really violent
attacks against Israel and
Israelis.
Can you write that?
Here it is: “violent attacks.”
Flo Ginsburg
Santa Monica
Marxism’s
body count
Re “A letter to Karl Marx
on his 200th birthday,”
Opinion, May 6
Life sometimes imitates
art. It sure did in Mary
Gabriel’s op-ed article.
Gabriel writes, “Don’t
get me wrong. The initial
benefits of capitalism were
tremendous.” This reminds me of the wonderful
Monty Python scene with
the memorable line, “Other
than that, what have the
Romans done for us?”
All liberal democracy
and capitalism have done
is raise millions of people
out of poverty, reduce
worldwide conflict, put
men on the moon, invent
everything from airplanes
to iPhones and create the
amazing healthcare advances that allow us to live
long lives.
All Marx’s ideas have
Gabriel states that the
benefits of capitalism were
tremendous up to about 40
years ago.
Actually, in the last 40
years, the spread of capitalism, particularly in
China, has cut the global
poverty rate in half. Despite its flaws, there is no
greater force for improving
the life of the ordinary
person than free-market
capitalism.
Rudy Alvarez
Pacific Palisades
::
Gabriel’s very intentional whitewash of Marx’s
philosophy is a hallmark of
the propaganda that permeates communist governments.
Gabriel fails to mention
any of the 10 planks of
Marx’s “Communist Manifesto,” including its central
tenet of the abolition of
private property, the centralization of credit in the
government and the “more
equitable distribution of
the population over the
country.”
All these planks were
adopted in some form by
communist governments,
but none more so than by
the Khmer Rouge, which
banned banks and forced
millions to move to the
countryside and reeducation camps.
The “democracy” that
Marx favored was one that
resulted in his goal of the
“dictatorship of the proletariat.” Marx knew that
people would not readily
relinquish the freedoms
and liberties that come
with the right to own property, and favored the use of
force and by “means of
despotic inroads” to accomplish his goals.
Ira Kharasch
Santa Monica
‘Walking it back’
Re “White House’s scandal
scholar,” May 7
There’s nothing that
demonstrates English is a
living language more convincingly than the fact that
new expressions are constantly working their way
into it. My current favorite
is “walking it back.”
As this article reports,
“[Rudy] Giuliani issued
another statement trying
to walk back some of his
comments.” That’s a nottoo-convincing way of
saying he told a lie, was
caught lying, and was
forced to admit it.
If you walk something
back, is it like you’re walking a dog and yanking back
on his leash, even when the
dog wants to go forward?
Or do you actually walk
backward?
Apparently we no longer admit we told a lie, we
walk it back.
Larry Arnstein
Santa Monica
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MARY NICHOLS
Pruitt’s
move to
fumigate
California
ith the federal
government’s
blessing, California took serious
measures decades
ago to clean up the choking smog that
blanketed the state, especially Los
Angeles basin. Now, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to undo the
most recent clean-air fuel emissions
and mileage rules set by the feds,
along with California and adopted by
17 other states. So California and the
other states are suing to maintain our
standards. And the Trump administration is also threatening to end the
longstanding waiver that lets California smack the smog in the first place.
Mary Nichols, who heads California’s
Air Resources Board, explains why
these rules matter so much.
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CAL STATE Long Beach teams are named the 49ers, but the school has been using “Go Beach!” as a rallying cry for years.
Keep the gold rush spirit
GUSTAVO ARELLANO
et’s play word association, California edition. The topic is
“49ers.” What comes to
mind? The gold rush, of
course. A football team in San
Francisco, for sure. A grizzled
prospector with a burro and a
pickax, probably. “Oh My Darling, Clementine” for us oldtimers.
How about “genocidal maniacs”?
That’s the association the
student senate at Cal State Long
Beach is debating. Before the
group is a resolution titled “Retirement of Prospector Pete and
Dissociation from the Gold Rush
Era” on which the student government will vote before the end
of the spring semester on May 25.
This is the latest class of 49ers to
wrestle with the legacy of the
university’s sports teams’ nickname, their Jay Leno-looking
mascot and a statue colloquially
called “Prospector Pete” that
watches over the campus quad.
“Multiple scholars have cited
the California Prospectors, also
known as the ’49ers,’ ” the resolution reads, “as culpable in violent
and genocidal acts against the
Indigenous people of California.”
Compounding the sensitivity
in Long Beach is the issue that
the campus stands within Puvungna, a village for the Tongva
people who called most of what’s
now Los Angeles County their
own until Junipero Serra set up
the mission system. The area also
is sacred for other Southern
L
California tribes who believe this
is where Chinigchinich, an important deity in their religions, revealed himself. As a result, Native
American activists have been at
odds with the university for decades, especially after school
officials tried to lease a stretch of
Puvungna to a developer in the
early 1990s.
The student senate vote is
advisory. It’s a committee of
administrators, faculty, students
and alumni that ultimately will
decide Pete’s future. The school
has largely phased out the 49ers
name over the past couple of
decades by pushing the alternative rallying cry, “Go Beach!”
These developments have
upset many Cal State Long
Beach alumni and brought forth
the ridicule of conservative critics, who dismiss the student
senate’s effort as politically correct posturing. I say they are
merely following the grand California tradition of choosing other
mascots when a new generation
finds the old one offensive (like
Stanford dropping Indians to
become the Cardinal in 1972) or
wants to mock the whole idea of
school mascots (hence, the UC
Santa Cruz Banana Slugs or UC
Irvine Anteaters).
But to the current Cal State
Long Beach 49ers who hate their
nickname, I offer this challenge:
Think even more broadly about
the history that you profess represents nothing but evil.
Did people during the gold
rush kill Indians in California?
Absolutely. In his masterful 2016
book “An American Genocide:
The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 18461873,” UCLA history professor
Benjamin Madley documented
how vigilantes, soldiers and
regular citizens slaughtered
California’s native population to
the point that it went from about
150,000 people to just 30,000. (To
see how those same Yankees also
savaged the Mexicans during
that era, read “The Decline of the
Californios” by the late Cal State
Northridge professor Leonard
Pitt.)
Did all 49ers do it? No.
Until I learned about the Cal
State Long Beach debate, I always took “49ers” to symbolize an
idea larger than men mining for
nuggets. After John Sutter struck
gold, to paraphrase the title of a
famous book about the era, the
world rushed in to California. It
was a massive, global population
shift and also the birth of a state
of mind.
The California dream — the
belief that opportunity lives here
— still shapes us, whether our
ancestors were Okies or Iowans,
whether we’re Honduran refugees or wealthy Persians. That
gold rush spirit is what makes
this the best state and leaves
pretenders like Tennessee or
Texas clutching for volunteers
and longhorns or whatever collective myths they teach kids.
Prospectors were more complicated than the stereotype.
They derided the worst among
themselves as “Pikers,” a reference to those from Pike County,
Mo., who had a reputation for
ruthlessness. Even decades later,
the legendary satirist H.L.
Mencken described California’s
Pikers as a “singularly backward type of yokel.”
The 49ers weren’t all white
either. At Cal State Long
Beach, the campus statue
should be renamed Prospector
Pedro, to honor the Mexicans,
Chileans and Peruvians who
came over in the 1850s. Or the
Chinese equivalent of Peter. It
was Latino and Asian immigrants who introduced mining
techniques to the gold camps
that everyone else copied. And
their reward? Lynchings and
discriminatory laws passed by
the California Legislature.
I’ll respect whatever Cal
State Long Beach decides to
do with Prospector Pete and
the 49ers nickname — I’m a
UCLA Bruin, anyway. But the
university has a powerful opportunity to reclaim the term
49er and teach the rest of California about our complex history.
The school could take a cue
from the students at Savanna
High School in Anaheim. For
decades, its Rebels nickname
was a direct reference to the
Confederacy. Stars and Bars
decorated the gym, and the
high school marching band
blasted “Dixie” during rallies
before a statue of Johnny Reb.
Last year, students decided to
ditch the Confederate claptrap
but keep the Rebels name.
Go, Beach.
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Twitter: @gustavoArellano
What’s the president’s Iran plan?
By Doyle McManus
resident Trump believes in the art of disruption, of deliberately
creating crises to get his
way. That’s how he operated in business; it’s how he ran
his presidential campaign. Now
he’s applying the principle to
American diplomacy.
When Trump announced on
Monday that he is withdrawing
the U.S. from its 2015 nuclear deal
with Iran, he described it as an
easy decision: “When I make
promises, I keep them.”
The president predicted with
breezy optimism that breaking
the deal would lead to a better
agreement in the future, one that
would not only impose tougher
limits on Iran’s nuclear research
but force Tehran to change its entire foreign policy as well.
But he never explained exactly how he’d pull that off. And
that’s the central flaw of Trump’s
move. It’s long on self-confidence
but weak on strategy. It scraps an
agreement that stopped Iran
from building nuclear weapons
and replaces it with, well, it’s not
clear. Which makes it, in the end,
a gamble.
What is the president’s plan,
as far as we can tell? Beyond reinstating U.S. economic sanctions
on Tehran and hoping reluctant
P
allies will play along, there isn’t
one.
That’s not just my diagnosis;
it’s the conclusion of the reluctant allies the president is counting on for help after he spurned
their pleas to stay inside the
multinational deal.
“What is the plan B?” French
President Emmanuel Macron
asked after meeting with Trump
last week.
“His experience with North
Korea is that when you are very
tough, you make the other side
move, and you can try to go to a
good deal,” Macron told reporters. That “can work in the short
term, but it’s very insane in the
medium to long term.”
In the case of North Korea, the
United States at least has significant leverage: international
economic sanctions backed by a
commitment to eliminate Kim
Jong Un’s nuclear threat by U.S.
force. In Iran, the international
sanctions were dismantled as a
result of the 2015 agreement, and
no other country has offered to
join the United States in re-imposing them now. Instead, Britain, France, Germany, Russia
and China have all expressed
their intention to keep the nuclear deal in force.
If, once U.S. sanctions are
back in place, the Trump administration tries to punish Europe-
an banks or oil companies for doing business with Iran (as U.S.
law requires), that will create a
crisis pitting the United States
against its own allies.
And that would suit Iran fine.
Iranian
President
Hassan
Rouhani says he’ll stay in the
agreement as long as other countries continue to buy his oil. Some
experts believe that China may
even increase its oil purchases
from Iran, especially if it gets a
distress-sale discount.
The history of economic sanctions has yielded one clear rule:
Unilateral sanctions, even from a
country as powerful as the United
States, never work. (See Cuba,
where a tyrannical regime has
withstood a U.S. trade embargo
for more than half a century.)
But let’s imagine that the
Treasury Department gets tough
on Europe, makes sanctions effective and does damage to Iran’s
already sputtering economy.
Does it seem likely that Tehran
will meekly sign a new agreement
with the president who walked
away from the previous accord?
That’s a hope, not a strategy.
But that’s what the president
says will happen.
“Iran’s leaders will naturally
say that they refuse to negotiate a
new deal ... and that’s fine,”
Trump said. “I’d probably say the
same thing if I was in their posi-
tion. But the fact is they are going
to want to make a new and lasting
deal.”
Maybe. Or the regime might
collapse, an outcome Trump
didn’t call for explicitly but
seemed to hint at. Or Iran’s hardliners, with their backs against
the wall, could revive their nuclear-weapons program and confront the West with the choice of
going to war or accepting a nuclear Iran. That’s the eventuality the
2015 deal was designed to avoid.
As Macron told Germany’s
Der Spiegel when asked about
the most likely consequence of
U.S. withdrawal: “That would
mean opening Pandora’s box. It
could mean war.”
And that’s the gamble.
Trump’s decision is likely to be remembered as a blunder unless it
turns out to be a catastrophe.
Along the way, though, the
president will have accomplished
at least one historic feat. For decades, other countries have looked
to the United States for leadership to avert global crises. But
under Trump, the United States
is creating crises and relying on
others to solve them.
Memo to the president: They
don’t give Nobel prizes for that.
Doyle McManus is a contributing
writer to Opinion.
Twitter: @DoyleMcManus
What’s at stake in this fight?
I don’t think it’s exaggerating to
say that California’s future is at stake
here, because we have put all of our
efforts into cleaning up air pollution.
Even though our air isn’t as good as
we’d like it to be, we have cut the levels
of smog to such a point that many
people don’t even realize what it was
like, back in the ’60s and the ’70s,
when you couldn’t ever see the mountains, and when we had emergency
levels of air pollution.
If they take away our ability to set
more stringent vehicle standards, we
lose the core of our whole program,
because our smog problem, our public health problem, is directly related
to our transportation system.
We’re at the center of a car culture
based on beautiful, attractive and
also very clean vehicles. And without
those clean vehicles, this place could
well become unlivable. So not only
would you be stuck in traffic, but
you’d be getting fumigated at the
same time.
The auto industry agreed to
Obama-era rules about fuel efficiency
and emissions. Now it seems to be
saying to the Trump administration
… yes, we agreed to this deal in 2012.
But that was then, and this is now.
And we’re selling so many more big
SUVs and trucks, and that’s where we
make our money, so just please leave
us alone.
They will [also] say, of course we
still want to meet the goals; we just
need more time or extra relief. Unfortunately that message didn’t necessarily get through to Scott Pruitt, and
his interpretation is, we should get rid
of this whole deal.
Are there two different kinds of cars
sold in the United States when it
comes to emissions and gas efficiency?
No, that is a misconception which
I think has been spread, frankly, by
people who want to bring the whole
program down. We get the cleaner
cars first because our customers
demand them. But the car companies
are only making one version of all of
their models.
Once upon a time there used to be
separate standards. That hasn’t been
true for a decade, if not more. [Auto
makers] build cars for the California
market and sell them everywhere.
They don’t call them California cars,
they’re just cars.
Could this be a slippery slope, back
to when the EPA first granted waivers that said, yes, California, you can
set your own standards because you
have your own particular needs?
The ability of California to set its
own standards, as long as we can
demonstrate that they’re technologically feasible and meet our environmental needs, which we have done
over 100 times now — that right comes
from the very first federal Clean Air
Act, going back to 1970. And it was
fought for by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
But what’s happening now is the
threat -- and it is only a threat -- to go
back to Congress and get that provision taken out of the Clean Air Act. I
think we could probably succeed in
preventing that. But there’s no certainty. And frankly, I’d just as soon
not have to have that battle.
Gov. Jerry Brown called Scott Pruitt
an “outlaw” and said that this action is an outrage.
I think the governor is upset, and I
am too, that we have a person who
fundamentally doesn’t agree with the
mission of the agency that he has
been put in charge of.
Step by step, bit by bit, he’s looking to dismantle the structure that’s
been created over a 50-year period,
that Americans have come to rely on.
And it is deeply offensive to those of
us who’ve been working in this area
for so many years to see that happening.
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Finalists have deep roots in LAPD
[LAPD, from A1]
and potentially go on to become the department’s first
female police chief.
Sandy Jo MacArthur, the
LAPD’s
highest-ranking
woman when she retired
three years ago as an assistant chief, was among those
interviewed for the job but
did not make the final round,
according to the three
sources, who were not authorized to discuss the selection process publicly.
The
highest-ranking
woman in the department,
Assistant Chief Beatrice
Girmala, was considered an
initial front-runner but did
not apply for the job.
Arcos and Moore said
they could not comment on
the selection process. Scott
did not respond to a request
for comment.
Last week, the Police
Commission
interviewed
Arcos, MacArthur, Moore,
Scott and LAPD Deputy
Chief Phil Tingirides out of a
field of 31 applicants.
The civilian commission,
which oversees the LAPD,
forwarded its top three
choices to Garcetti on Friday. Commission President
Steve Soboroff has declined
to name any of the finalists,
saying that releasing the
names is up to the mayor.
Bucking recent precedent, Garcetti said Monday
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ROBERT ARCOS is in charge of
MICHEL MOORE , who oversees
BILL SCOTT served 27 years
Central Bureau and could become
the first Latino police chief of a
city that is nearly 50% Latino.
the LAPD’s patrol operations, was
also a finalist for police chief in
2009, but Charlie Beck got the job.
with the LAPD before leaving to
lead San Francisco’s police force,
which was reeling from scandal.
that he will not release the
names, “to protect the confidentiality of the candidates.”
Arcos and Moore have
confirmed to The Times that
they applied for the job. For
Scott, who went to San
Francisco in January 2017
promising to turn around a
troubled police department,
the optics are more delicate.
After The Times reported that he was one of the
five candidates interviewed
by the commission, Scott
told ABC7 News in San
Francisco that he would
“not confirm an unsubstantiated source.”
“What I’d like to say is
what I’ve been saying. I have
to be focused on this job,” he
said in the interview. “We
have a lot of work to do.”
In selecting three finalists with deep roots in the
department, the commission signaled a desire to
build on the foundation
Beck laid, with his emphasis
on community policing and
working with former gang
members to tamp down violence.
The new chief will face a
host of thorny challenges:
continued public scrutiny on
police shootings and demands for transparency, an
escalating
homelessness
problem, immigrants who
fear deportation under
President Trump, deeply
rooted mistrust of law enforcement among some
black and Latino residents,
and crime rates that have
ticked up in recent years.
Whichever one of the
three is chosen by Garcetti
will be the second consecutive homegrown chief, after
Beck. William Bratton,
Beck’s predecessor, was
brought in from the East
Coast to change the culture
of a department rife with
corruption and where some
officers were accused of disrespecting the residents
they policed.
The three finalists are
among the LAPD leaders
who embraced that cultural
shift.
After Beck announced
his retirement in January,
the commission held public
meetings, with many residents saying they wanted a
police chief who understands the uniquely polyglot
nature of their sprawling
city. Those comments have
been echoed by some City
Council members, who will
vote on Garcetti’s choice.
Michael Downing, a 35year LAPD veteran and former interim chief who is now
a security executive, said all
three men are “intelligent,
thoughtful and reflective
leaders.”
“L.A. can’t go wrong with
any of three,” said Downing,
who retired as a deputy chief
of the counterterrorism bureau.
Garcetti has said he will
interview the three finalists
one on one and then probably do a second round of interviews with some City
Council members present.
He expects to pick the new
chief by the end of the month
and possibly earlier, which
would be weeks before
Beck’s June 27 departure.
The commission has ranked the finalists, but the
mayor is not obliged to abide
by the order. Moore was ranked first in 2009, but Beck
got the job.
Garcetti, who is contemplating a run for U.S. president, has described his ideal
police chief: someone who is
respected by the rank and
file but is not afraid to discipline officers when necessary, who embraces reforms,
who works to improve relationships with residents
and who finds ways to get
things done with a limited
budget.
He has said that he is not
looking for a chief “from a
particular demographic.”
Arcos, 57, grew up in
Texas and L.A. He has the
backing of the Mexican
American Bar Assn. of Los
Angeles County, which also
interviewed MacArthur and
Moore before endorsing Arcos.
As the deputy chief over
Central Bureau, Arcos has
taken on two of the LAPD’s
most pressing issues: homelessness and fear of deportation among the city’s immigrant residents.
Moore, 57, is first assistant chief over the office of operations, making him Arcos’
direct supervisor. Moore is
known as a detail-oriented
manager with a mastery of
crime statistics. Early in his
career, he developed a version of the computerized
crime-mapping
systems
that are heavily used today.
In 2000, he was assigned to
clean up the Rampart Division after a corruption scandal there resulted in the
overturning of more than 100
criminal convictions.
His father was a Basque
immigrant, and he is listed
as Hispanic on department
rosters, but his heritage has
not played a significant role
in defining him in the department.
Scott was the LAPD’s
highest-ranking
African
American officer when he
left to lead the San Francisco Police Department,
which was reeling from controversial police shootings
and a scandal involving racist texts sent by police officers. He is working to implement
reforms
recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice in San
Francisco and has pushed to
arm all his officers with Tasers.
In his 27 years at the
LAPD, Scott helped oversee
reforms required by the federal consent decree. He finished his career as deputy
chief of South Bureau, which
includes much of South Los
Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA
W E D N E S D A Y , M A Y 9 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
Report faults
L.A. police
in shooting
from copter
Panel finds 12 officers
violated department
policies during a
deadly standoff in
Sunland last year.
By Nicole Santa Cruz
Aric Crabb Bay Area News Group
DEMOCRATIC candidates Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa shake hands after the gubernatorial
debate in San Jose. Newsom took the stage with a target on his back as the clear front-runner.
A contentious and
consequential debate
Attacks get personal as former mayors are asked about affairs
By Seema Mehta
and Phil Willon
SAN JOSE — The candidates running to become
California’s next governor
aggressively clashed in the
most contentious and consequential face-off of the
campaign Tuesday night,
each trying to make the case
that they are best suited to
lead the state as voters begin
receiving ballots in the mail.
Democrat Gavin Newsom took the stage with a
target on his back as the
clear front-runner. And the
attacks grew deeply personal as the candidates were
asked about marital infidelities Newsom and former
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa had while they
were in office. Newsom had
an affair with a close friend’s
wife who worked for him
when he was mayor of San
Francisco.
“If you can’t trust Gavin
with his best friend’s wife,
how can you trust him with
your state?” Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen
asked.
Newsom responded that
he had apologized for the relationship and admitted he
was wrong, but he also alluded to the numerous allegations about inappropriate
behavior that have been leveled at President Trump.
“It’s hard, with respect, to
hear from Mr. Allen, who is a
devout supporter of Donald
[See Debate, B4]
It was a first for the Los
Angeles Police Department:
A helicopter was dispatched
to where a 29-year-old man
was barricaded inside a
home on the top of a hill, surrounded by brush and debris.
During the hours-long
standoff, the man fired at
SWAT officers and they fired
back from the helicopter,
striking Anthony Soderberg. He died at the scene.
This week, an oversight
panel determined in closed
session that 12 officers violated department rules on
lethal force in the incident.
The decision puts the Los
Angeles Police Commission
at odds with Chief Charlie
Beck, who determined that
all aspects of the May 8, 2017,
shooting in Sunland were
within policy, according to a
report made public Monday.
The police commission
voted 3 to 1 to find the officers out of policy in the fatal
shooting. One officer was
found to have acted within
policy.
In a report to the fivemember commission, Beck
said that Soderberg’s actions “presented an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury,” and that
the use of lethal force would
The antisanctuary
movement
continues to
burn through
Southern
California, as
one city after
another
bucks Sacramento and sides with the
Trump administration on
the topic of illegal immigration.
But will any of the
adopted resolutions make a
difference in federal or state
policy in the end, or is this
just a lot of political theater
and a waste of time in communities that have more
important problems to
address?
To answer the question,
Costa Mesa City Councilman John Stephens walked
into a coffee shop Tuesday
morning in his hometown
and dropped a 4-inch pile of
legal documents on the
table.
“Check this out,”
Stephens, an attorney, said
as he began to flip through
his research on the federal
government’s lawsuit
against California for socalled sanctuary laws that
offer some legal protections
to people in the country
illegally. Included in the
stack were a Yale University
Law and Policy Review on
immigration enforcement
and summaries of a U.S.
[See Lopez, B6]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
SUPPORTERS OF the “sanctuary state” law raise their hands at Santa Clarita
City Hall before a vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing the state legislation.
Santa Clarita may join
wave of ‘sanctuary’ foes
City hotly debates a
resolution to oppose
law aiding migrants.
By Nina Agrawal
Kevin Chang Daily Pilot
OPPONENTS of the “sanctuary state” law line up to
speak at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting May 1.
San Andreas
flexes muscles
One education
strike averted
The magnitude 4.5
earthquake that shook
the Southland on
Tuesday is the latest
warning of the famous
fault’s power. B2
Contract deal avoids
walkout by LAUSD
workers, but picketers
in UC labor action get
reinforcements. B3
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RAIDS BY
FBI IN
DESERT
TOWN
Agents search the
Adelanto mayor’s
home, City Hall and a
marijuana dispensary.
By James Queally
and Paloma Esquivel
Cities staging
political theater
STEVE LOPEZ
be “objectively” reasonable.
One officer fired as many
as 14 rounds, according to
the report. At least 40
rounds were fired during the
standoff
and
multiple
rounds were fired from a distance of 500 feet or more.
It’s unclear why the
commission found the 12
officers out of policy. President Steve Soboroff declined to comment on the
decision, and other commissioners did not respond
to a request for comment.
The office of the inspector
general is expected to issue a
report on the shooting
shortly.
The police union that
represents rank-and-file officers said in a statement
that it is “extremely disappointed with the commis[See Helicopter, B4]
The debate over California’s
immigration
laws
raged on in Santa Clarita on
Tuesday evening as the City
Council considered formally
opposing the state’s socalled sanctuary law and filing a brief in support of the
Trump
administration’s
lawsuit against the state.
Santa Clarita could become what is believed to be
the first city in Los Angeles
County to officially oppose
SB 54, potentially joining a
handful of municipalities
elsewhere in Southern California that have challenged
the law since Gov. Jerry
Brown signed it in October.
The council chamber was
packed Tuesday night, with
people standing in aisles
and doorways and spilling
out into an overflow room as
200 had signed up to speak.
Many wore red “Make
America Great Again” caps.
Some snacked on popcorn.
Some said Senate Bill 54,
which limits cooperation by
local law enforcement with
federal immigration authorities, would promote criminality, while others said it
would make communities
safer. Some cited legal explanations for arguments that
the law violates the Constitution, while others maintained that California was
within its rights.
“I don’t understand.
When these people have
committed a crime … why
can’t one agency be able to
call another agency?” Annette Burns said.
“California has overreached,” said Susan Agnes,
a resident and mother of
two.
The atmosphere was
often tense, punctuated by
moments of levity. Audience
members repeatedly heckled and booed one another,
prompting reprimands from
Mayor Laurene Weste — including a brief lesson on the
1st Amendment. At one
point the audio cut out and
someone shouted, “Russians!”
Testimony veered into
[See Sanctuary, B5]
Adelanto Mayor Rich
Kerr had a plan to cure the
long-struggling city’s deep
financial woes. He would
make the desert town, with
its vast stretches of cheap
land, into the Silicon Valley
of marijuana.
Since 2015, under Kerr’s
leadership, officials have
worked to attract the cannabis industry. The efforts
drew national attention and
led to a land rush as entrepreneurs sought to take advantage of Adelanto’s welcoming posture.
But the San Bernardino
County city and its cannabis
industry have also drawn
the attention of federal investigators.
On Tuesday, FBI agents
served search warrants at
Kerr’s home, City Hall and a
local marijuana dispensary.
The raids come amid an
ongoing investigation into
corruption in the city, which
came to light last year after
charges were filed against
Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine
Wright, who was accused of
accepting bribes to fasttrack a marijuana business,
among other things.
An FBI spokeswoman
confirmed that agents were
executing federal search
warrants in the city on Tuesday but declined to comment further because the affidavits in support of the
warrants are under seal.
Kerr was seen being removed from his home in
handcuffs Tuesday morning, according to the Victorville Daily Press. Officials, however, told The
Times that Kerr had not
been arrested.
In a written statement,
city spokesman Michael
Stevens said the city was unaware of the nature of the
FBI investigation but was
“prepared to cooperate with
any investigation being conducted.”
Because of the search
warrants, City Hall was
closed Tuesday but should
reopen Wednesday, Stevens
[See Adelanto, B4]
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W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
EXPLAINER
San Andreas fault flexes its muscles
feet northwest relative to
the North American plate.
Accumulating strain must
be released, eventually, by
large earthquakes.
A U.S. Geological Survey
scenario of a hypothetical
magnitude 7.8 earthquake
envisions the rupturing of
the San Andreas fault between the Salton Sea and
Lake Hughes near the
Grapevine section of Interstate 5.
Such a quake could
cause a death toll of 1,800;
sever pipelines, power
lines, roads, railways and
aqueducts that cross the
San Andreas, such as
along the Cajon Pass (Interstate 15), the San Gorgonio
Pass (Interstate 10) and
Highway 14; and cause
strong shaking in downtown
Los Angeles for 55 seconds
— nearly eight times longer
than what was felt in the
1994 Northridge earthquake.
The magnitude 4.5
earthquake that shook
Southland on Tuesday
is the latest warning of
the fracture’s power.
COURTNEY LEWIS
and RONG-GONG LIN II
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook a large portion
of Southern California on
Tuesday and was felt from
San Diego to Santa Clarita,
authorities said.
The earthquake struck
at 4:49 a.m. about seven
miles north of Cabazon and
85 miles east of downtown
Los Angeles. The epicenter
was close to the San Gorgonio Pass, through which
Interstate 10 connects Palm
Springs and San Bernardino.
The strongest shaking —
Intensity Level 6 — occurred
in an uninhabited mountainous area in Riverside
County. The cities of
Riverside and San Bernardino felt only “light” shaking, calculated as Intensity
Level 4, while many areas in
L.A. and Orange counties
felt only “weak” Intensity
Level 2 or 3 shaking.
There were no immediate reports of damage. The
U.S. Geological Survey’s
earthquake early warning
system under development
worked as expected, giving
scientists in Pasadena —
about 80 miles from the
epicenter — 26 seconds of
warning before the shaking
arrived, according to a
Southern California Seismic
Network report.
The quake was followed
by dozens of smaller aftershocks, including a magnitude 3.2 at 4:51 a.m.
This marks the second
time in little more than a
month that the region has
been hit by a small quake
felt over a large area. On
April 5, a magnitude 5.3
quake centered in the
Channel Islands off Santa
Barbara County rattled
nerves.
Tuesday’s earthquake
U.S. Geological Survey
TUESDAY’S magnitude 4.5 quake was just a “minor adjustment” in the buildup of tectonic strain on the San
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Andreas fault, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said. Above, the San Andreas in the Carrizo Plain.
occurred along a section of
the San Andreas fault zone
known for having smaller
earthquakes as well as
larger ones, said Caltech
seismologist Egill Hauksson.
It’s known as the “San
Gorgonio knot,” named
because there are so many
small faults that intersect
there as the San Andreas
fault bends from a northwest-southeast direction
to an east-west orientation.
On other parts of the San
Andreas fault, where the
geometry is simple and the
fault is smooth, smaller
earthquakes are much less
likely to happen because
once a temblor begins, it can
more easily grow into a
larger earthquake.
“Historically, this area
around Mt. San Gorgonio is
the only part of southern
San Andreas fault that
produces smaller quakes,”
said the Southern California
Seismic Network report,
which was co-written by
Hauksson. Since 1932, there
have been 46 earthquakes of
magnitude 4 or greater
within six miles of Tuesday’s
earthquake.
Among notable seismic
events in this area was the
1986 magnitude 5.9 North
Palm Springs earthquake,
which occurred less than
10 miles from Tuesday’s
quake.
The North Palm Springs
quake injured at least 29
people, damaged or destroyed 51 homes in the
Palm Springs-Morongo
Valley area, and caused
landslides and more than
$4 million in damage, according to Caltech.
In 1948, a magnitude 6.0
earthquake in Desert Hot
Springs, about 30 miles east
of Tuesday’s, was felt over a
large swath of the region,
including Santa Catalina
Island, Bakersfield, central
Arizona and parts of Mexi-
co, according to Caltech.
Damage was widespread, with the shaking
breaking water pipes at
UCLA and in Pasadena and
San Diego, cracking walls in
Corona and Escondido, and
leaving a furniture store in
Palm Springs partially
collapsed.
It’s possible that Tuesday’s quake was associated
with the San Andreas system’s Banning or North
Palm Springs faults, Hauksson said.
Tracing the exact location of the San Andreas
fault’s many strands in this
area is difficult because of
the large amounts of sediment that have poured from
the mountains over the
years, covering up evidence
of prehistoric earthquake
activity, Hauksson said.
Tectonic strain continuously accumulates along
this section of the San
Andreas fault, as the Pacific
plate, upon which the city of
Los Angeles and Orange
County lie, moves northwest
relative to the North American plate, where Lancaster
and Victorville sit and which
is moving southeast.
Tuesday’s quake was just
a “minor adjustment” in the
buildup of tectonic strain on
the San Andreas fault,
Hauksson said.
It has been a long time
since the southern San
Andreas fault has ruptured
in a large earthquake. The
stretch of the San Andreas
between Monterey County
and the San Gabriel Mountains last ruptured in 1857,
producing a magnitude 7.9
quake.
Farther southeast of the
Cajon Pass, the fault has not
moved substantially since
an earthquake in 1812, and
farther southeast toward
the Salton Sea, it has been
relatively quiet since about
1680 to 1690.
In a 100-year span, the
Pacific plate moves about 16
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B3
CITY & STATE
Substance is
thrown at
LAPD chief
during meeting
One of the two people
arrested is the aunt
of a woman who
died while in police
custody in 2016.
By James Queally and
Alene Tchekmedyian
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MAN FOUND SLAIN INSIDE CAR
Distraught family members watch as the body of a 27-year-old shooting victim is removed from the
parking lot of a Home Depot in Upland. Police believe the man was shot elsewhere and driven to the lot.
UC strike support widens
Move by members of
university system’s
largest union draws
sympathy walkouts by
nurses group, others.
By Teresa Watanabe
Fong Chuu is a registered
nurse who has assisted with
countless liver transplants,
kidney surgeries and gastric
bypasses during 34 years at
UCLA.
Working with her are
scrub technicians who sterilize equipment, hand medical instruments to the surgeon and dress patient
wounds.
They are a team, Chuu
says, which is why she
walked off her job Tuesday in
support of those technicians
and other members of the
American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299.
The 25,000 member AFSCME local, the University
of California’s largest employee union, launched a
three-day strike Monday.
All UC campuses and
medical centers were open
but operating with limited
medical, dining and custodial services.
“We work with them day
in and day out,” Chuu said of
the strikers during a phone
interview from the picket
lines. “We want them to have
better wages and working
conditions so we can work
together better and take
care of our patients.”
Chuu’s union, the California Nurses Assn., supported
AFSCME in a sympathy
strike Tuesday, widening
the labor walkout across the
UC system. About 14,000
members of the nurses association work at UC’s medical
centers and student health
clinics.
Also striking in sympathy were the University Professional & Technical Employees, whose 15,000 mem-
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — Money collected through California’s marijuana taxes may
fall short of the $175 million
budgeted for the first six
months of this year. The
less-than-expected
haul
could force the Legislature
to shelve a bill that would reduce the excise tax on pot
from 15% to 11%, state officials warned Tuesday.
For the first three
months of the year, the state
collected $34 million in state
excise taxes on cannabis. If
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Staff writer Cindy Chang
contributed to this report.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
ALL UC CAMPUSES and medical centers were open Tuesday but operating
with limited medical, dining and custodial services. Above, nurse Kevin-Marc
Ramos joins in a protest outside the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA.
bers include pharmacists,
clinical social workers, physical therapists, computer
technicians and researchers.
Some individual members of UAW Local 2865,
which represents graduate
students who teach, tutor
and grade assignments, also
joined the strike or used it as
a teaching opportunity.
Kavitha Iyengar, a graduate student instructor at UC
Berkeley, told her supervisors that during the strike
she would not attend meetings to plan for Friday’s final
exam, hold office hours,
grade assignments or respond to work emails. The
struggles of UC’s low-income workers, she said, exemplify the issues she
teaches about in a course on
the nation’s class inequities.
Alli Carlisle, a doctoral
candidate in UCLA’s Spanish and Portuguese department, said she planned to
bring her 18 students to the
picket lines Tuesday. She
crafted a lesson plan for her
class, Queer Cuba, to explore the intersection of labor organizing and LGBTQ
issues.
“Being part of the excitement and feeling the emotion of workers on the picket
lines is a really important
learning tool that students
are not often exposed to,”
she said.
It was not clear how
many people joined the sympathy strike. UC San Diego
said more than 120 nurses
crossed the picket line. At
UC Santa Barbara, about
10% of more than 300 members of the University Professional & Technical Employees participated, said
Bill Fitzpatrick, a senior
construction inspector.
He and other leaders of
the technical employees
union said they wanted to
support AFSCME but not
with a full walkout that
could
endanger
public
health and safety.
“We want to make a
splash but we don’t want to
shut down the hospital,”
said Greg Wine, a UPTE officer and clinical dietitian at
UC Davis Medical Center.
“These are our patients.”
The three unions assembled a Patient Protection
Task Force to respond to
medical emergencies. UC officials, to protect public safety, obtained a temporary restraining order barring certain essential employees
from leaving their jobs. The
medical centers have rescheduled thousands of surgeries, cancer treatments
and appointments.
AFSCME and the university hit a bargaining impasse last year. The union is
demanding a multiyear contract with annual pay raises
of 6%, no increase in healthcare premiums and continued full pension benefits at
the retirement age of 60.
The university is offering
3% annually over four years,
which officials say is equal to
raises given to other UC employees. UC also wants to
raise the retirement age to
65 for new employees who
choose a pension instead of a
401(k) plan and to raise
monthly health insurance
premiums by a maximum
$25.
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Pot tax revenue could fall ‘woefully’ short
Six-month haul might
be less than half of
$175 million that state
projected, putting cuts
to excise fee at risk.
Two people were arrested at Los Angeles Police
headquarters
Tuesday
morning after a substance
was thrown at Chief Charlie
Beck during a meeting of the
city Police Commission, officials said.
The incident happened
about 9 a.m., and involved
activists who normally attend
the
commission’s
sometimes
contentious
weekly meetings, said Josh
Rubenstein, the department’s chief spokesman.
Black Lives Matter activists at the meeting identified
the two women as Melina
Abdullah, a Cal State L.A.
professor and local Black
Lives Matter organizer, and
Sheila Hines-Brim, whose
niece, Wakeisha Wilson, died
while in the department’s
custody in 2016.
LAPD
Officer
Mike
Lopez said the woman who
threw the substance at Beck
was Hines-Brim. Before the
room was cleared, he said,
Abdullah assaulted a police
officer. He did not know how.
Both
women
were
booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer, Lopez
said. Jail records show bail
was set at $20,000 each and
they were released Tuesday
evening.
Beck was not hurt, and it
was not immediately clear
what the substance was.
Rubenstein said the activists may have claimed they
threw Wilson’s ashes at
Beck.
Nearly a dozen Los Angeles firefighters were seen entering LAPD’s downtown
headquarters about 11 a.m.
Lopez said authorities
tested the substance and determined it was not hazardous. He said he did not know
what it was. The substance
was collected and booked as
evidence.
In a statement, Beck
called the incident “not only
disrespectful to the office of
the chief of police, but more
importantly to a process of
community
engagement
that has been recognized
across the nation.”
Some activists have rejected the finding that Wilson committed suicide, saying she died as a result of a
confrontation with detention officers.
Police officials have said
that there were no signs of
an altercation and that the
officers did not use force
against Wilson. Her death,
however, prompted internal
reviews of some LAPD practices, including when jail
staff should contact a mental health unit about an inmate, and how police and
coroner's officials notify
families about deaths.
the trend continues, revenue
will be less than half of what
was anticipated for the first
six months, according to the
Legislative Analyst’s Office.
“We’re not seeing the
numbers” expected, said Assemblyman Evan Low (DCampbell), chairman of the
Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Tax
revenue, he added is “woefully below the projections.”
A proposal to reduce the
excise tax and postpone a
growers’ tax until 2021 was
recommended Tuesday by
the panel as a way of allowing businesses that get state
licenses to better compete
against the state’s large illicit market, which does not
pay taxes.
When added to state
sales tax and local marijuana taxes, the excise levy and
growers charge puts the total markup at 45% in some
areas of the state, compared
with black market prices.
“If our goal is to combat
the illicit market and bring
everybody into the regulated market, we have to
make it fair,” said Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), a co-author of the pot
tax bill.
The measure passed on a
12-0 vote, but Low warned
that dismal revenue estimates for the existing tax
may require any reduction
to be delayed when new financial estimates are released later this month.
The taxes and licensing
were approved by voters in
2016 when they passed Proposition 64, and the first permits were issued Jan. 1.
The governor’s proposed
budget for the fiscal year
ending June 30 — which
would include six months of
cannabis tax collection —
estimated the marijuana
taxes would bring in $175 million, which would allow repayment of a $135-million
loan the state provided to
help create the new state
Bureau of Cannabis Control
and cover its costs of licensing growers, distributors
and sellers.
Representatives of the
Brown administration said
Tuesday they are still finalizing the marijuana tax numbers for the governor to include in a May revision to the
proposed budget, being announced Friday.
Low said there may not
even be enough tax revenue
to pay off the loan during the
first fiscal year because
fewer businesses than expected have obtained state
licenses.
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Al Seib Los Angeles Times
LAPD CHIEF Charlie Beck called the incident “dis-
respectful to the office of the chief of police.”
L.A. Unified’s
deal with workers
averts 1-day strike
Pact provides raises to
nonteachers who had
set walkout on new
school chief’s first day.
By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district and union officials announced a contract agreement Tuesday night that
averted a one-day strike
planned for next week.
The pact, which runs
through June 2020, removes
one labor problem from the
desk of incoming Supt.
Austin Beutner — whose
first day on the job would
have coincided with the
strike.
Plenty of other challenges remain.
The agreement also
serves as an achievement for
outgoing interim Supt. Vivian Ekchian.
The deal applies to the
30,000 part-time and fulltime nonteaching employees who are represented by
Local 99 of Service Employ-
ees International Union. Local 99 represents bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and aides for
disabled students.
Under the accord, these
workers will receive a 3%
raise retroactive to July 1,
2017. Some employees will receive 4% because they received smaller raises in the
previous contract. These
raises are permanent.
The contract also includes a second, later 3%
raise that may be permanent — depending on the
district’s financial health.
One key concession by
the union is that employees
will have to work longer to
earn retiree health benefits.
The
one-day
strike,
planned for May 15, would
likely have shut down campuses. The teachers union
was urging its members not
to cross picket lines.
The stated purpose of the
strike was to protest alleged
labor law violations, which
the district denied.
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[Adelanto, from B1]
said.
“The City Council wants
to assure the public that the
city will continue to focus its
efforts on providing the
services that residents and
businesses expect,” Stevens
said.
The agencies involved in
Tuesday’s
searches
included the FBI, the Internal
Revenue Service’s criminal
investigation division and
the San Bernardino County
district attorney’s office,
said Thom Mrozek, a
spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
In addition to City Hall
and Kerr’s home, investigators served search warrants
on the Jet Room, a marijuana dispensary in Adelanto
whose website boasts that at
least half of its employees
would be Adelanto residents.
“No expense has been
spared in order to provide
the best experience for their
patients, all while staying
compliant,” the website
quotes owner Lisa Marie
Guerra as saying.
The business has been
controversial in the city.
Last year, the Daily Press
reported that Councilman
John “Bug” Woodard had
acted as a broker when the
property for the business
was purchased. It was later
re-zoned to allow for the dispensary.
Investigators on Tuesday
also served search warrants
at 1300 N. Mountain View
Ave. in San Bernardino, officials said. That address is
listed in state filings as a corporate address for Jet Room
Inc.
Kerr and representatives
of the Jet Room did not return calls requesting comment.
Tristan Pelayes, a Riverside attorney and former
mayor of Adelanto, said corruption has been an ongoing
problem in the city. Pelayes
now represents Adelanto
City Manager Gabriel Elliott, who was put on paid
leave late last year following
sexual harassment allegations.
Pelayes said Elliott was
placed on leave as retaliation after he went to the district attorney’s office to complain about possible corruption related to marijuana
James Quigg The Daily Press
ADELANTO MAYOR Rich Kerr, who has worked to attract the cannabis industry to the struggling desert city, is escorted from his home
by FBI officials. Tuesday’s raids came amid an ongoing investigation into corruption in the San Bernardino County city.
businesses in the city.
Adelanto’s long history of
corruption is well documented.
In 2008, former Mayor
James Nehmens and his wife
were sentenced to six
months in jail after pleading
guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the
city’s Little League.
In 1997, former Adelanto
Police Chief Philip Genaway
was sentenced to four years
in prison for embezzling
nearly $10,000 from the canine unit. The police department was later disbanded.
Mrozek declined to comment about the nature of the
investigation because the
warrants are sealed.
The existence of the current investigation into Adelanto corruption allegations
became public in November,
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
A RESIDENT finds the doors locked at Adelanto
City Hall, which was expected to reopen Wednesday.
when Wright, the mayor pro
tem, was accused of accepting bribes and of asking an
undercover FBI agent to
burn down his restaurant so
he could collect insurance
payouts.
Wright, 41, allegedly met
with an undercover FBI
agent posing as a marijuana
cultivator last year and
agreed to vote, in exchange
for $20,000, in favor of a measure expanding the parts of
Adelanto where marijuana
could be grown, according to
a criminal complaint.
Money did not change
hands, but Wright did agree
to accept the bribe, according to the complaint.
After the council vote,
Wright also agreed to accept
a $15,000 bribe in exchange
for helping “fast-track” the
undercover agent’s proposal
for a marijuana business,
prosecutors said.
Wright also confessed
last year to a separate plot to
hire another man, also an
undercover FBI agent, to
burn down a restaurant he
owns called Fat Boyz Grill,
prosecutors said. Wright
stood to gain $300,000 in insurance payouts, prosecutors said.
When confronted by FBI
agents during a search of the
restaurant in October 2017,
Wright admitted to the arson plot and agreed to cooperate with the FBI’s continuing investigation into Adelanto corruption, prosecutors said.
Kerr was accused of sexual harassment late last year,
but an independent investigator cleared the mayor of
wrongdoing in February.
Citing confidentiality laws,
the city did not release or
discuss the investigator’s
findings.
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Dialogue often turns to bickering Panel finds 12
LAPD officers
violated rules
[Debate. from B1]
Trump, talk about the issue
of sexual harassment,” Newsom said.
Though Newsom took
many hits, several blistering
exchanges took place between the three candidates
within reach of second place
in the June 5 primary — Democrat Villaraigosa and Republicans John Cox and
Allen — as well as state
Treasurer John Chiang, who
had perhaps the most to
gain during the debate.
Chiang was once seen as
the dark horse of the Democratic field, but his campaign has yet to ignite. A poll
released in April by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California put him in
fourth place, favored by just
7% of likely voters.
Perhaps as a result,
Chiang’s campaign has gotten more combative, ripping
Villaraigosa for accepting
donations from an attorney
on Bill Cosby’s legal team,
criticizing Newsom for flipflopping on single-payer
healthcare and attacking
both for their records as
mayor. But those attacks
have largely come from
Chiang’s staff — not him —
something that changed
Tuesday night.
He repeatedly attacked
Newsom and Villaraigosa by
name, saying that their proposals to build 3.5 million
homes were unrealistic, accused them of “criminalizing” homelessness when
they were mayors of San
Francisco and Los Angeles,
respectively, and blasted
them for supporting funding
from the Trump administration for sending the California National Guard to the
border.
“Fake news,” Villaraigosa
responded.
The two Republicans on
the stage repeatedly attacked each other as they attempted to consolidate support among GOP voters.
Cox accused Allen of improperly using $300,000 donated to an effort to repeal
the gas tax, while Allen labeled Cox “my angry opponent from Chicago.”
Moderator Chuck Todd
Aric Crabb Bay Area News Group
REPUBLICAN candidate John Cox, left, and Demo-
cratic hopeful Delaine Eastin take part in the debate.
cut them off, saying, “You
guys can take that behind
the scenes later.”
The 90-minute debate,
probably the last among all
the top candidates before
the June 5 primary, took
place at the California Theater in San Jose and was
sponsored by the Silicon
Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area.
Topics discussed included
high-speed rail, affordable
housing and homelessness.
But the conversation turned
time and again to bickering
between the candidates.
Villaraigosa was also
asked about the affair he
had with a television reporter while he was mayor of Los
Angeles.
“I also acknowledge that
I made a mistake. I lost my
marriage. I lost my family for
a time. I took responsibility
for it,” Villaraigosa said.
Throughout the debate,
Villaraigosa argued that he
had the proven track record
to lead California, and subtly
swiped at Newsom when he
spoke of the need to focus
on the state’s needs rather
than publicly sparring with
Trump.
“Talking and tweeting
about Trump every day is
not going to solve problems,
it’s not going to fix our
healthcare or our schools,”
he said.
Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, leads in
fundraising and the polls.
He has not participated in a
debate in more than a
month, and as expected, he
took fire from all sides, nota-
bly on immigration policy.
Newsom called himself
the “poster child” of the
sanctuary city policies, but
that didn’t stop attacks on
his record as mayor by both
Chiang and Allen.
Chiang accused Newsom
of turning over an undocumented child to federal immigration officials about a
decade ago under a city policy he imposed as mayor,
which allowed law enforcement to report children in
the U.S. illegally who were
accused of felonies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. When the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors overturned Newsom’s
policy, the mayor’s office
continued to turn over arrested undocumented juveniles to federal authorities, according to a report in
the San Jose Mercury News.
Newsom never responded to Chiang.
Allen, an advocate for the
controversial border wall,
ripped Newsom for supporting the sanctuary city policy
in San Francisco that Allen
blamed for the 2015 death of
Kate Steinle, who was killed
by a Mexican national who
had previously been deported.
Newsom said the real solution is comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, and called Allen’s
reference to Steinle “shameful.”
“Until that happens, we
will defend our values, we
will defend our diverse communities, we will defend our
Dreamers and we will push
back against Travis Allen
and John Cox — and push
back against Donald Trump
and Jeff Sessions and all the
others here who are trying to
divide us,” Newsom said.
Delaine Eastin, the former state schools chief, described Trump as a “racist
misogynist.”
“I believe the state of California needs to stand tall on
behalf of the things that we
believe in, and we need to not
let people misrepresent
what’s going on here,” she
said before turning to Cox,
who decried high education
spending in California. “We
have not had vast increases
in education. We are 41st in
per-pupil spending. We used
to be fifth, we used to be tied
with New York. New York is
now spending twice as much
as California on every kid’s
education. That’s wrong.”
Todd concluded the debate by asking the six candidates what they thought of
California’s top-two primary
system, and whether they
would face a Republican or
Democrat in the general
election. No Republican has
won a statewide race in California since 2006, so any Democrat who advances to the
November election would
have a much better chance of
winning if they’re facing off
with one of the GOP candidates.
“A Republican would be
ideal in the general election,”
Newsom said with a grin,
then glanced over at Cox
and Allen. “Either one of
these would do.”
“Be careful what you wish
for, Gavin,” Cox said.
Chiang said he didn’t
care whom he faced, implying that he’d be happy just to
be on the ballot in November.
Allen used the question
to take another shot at his
GOP rival, who earlier in the
debate acknowledged that
he did not vote for Trump in
the 2016 presidential election
but said he wishes he had.
“There’s only one Republican in the race anyway,”
Allen said.
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[Helicopter, from B1]
sion’s decision” and that the
officers involved should be
getting a “thank you” instead of a rebuke.
“This armed suspect
fired his weapon at LAPD officers, he fired at an LAPD
helicopter with officers on
board, putting all of their
lives, and anyone on the
ground at risk if his shots
struck the pilot or damaged
the aircraft,” according to
the statement. “Our officers
operated with full authorization from command staff to
try and contain this incident
and only used appropriate
force to protect their own
lives and the lives of civilians
on the ground.”
The names of the officers
involved were redacted in
the report, but the LAPD
previously identified all 13:
Canaan Bodell, Cliff Chu,
Jeremy Escamilla, Juan C.
Flores, Jerry Fritz, Robert
Gallegos, Joseph Goosby,
David Keortge, Billy Lee,
Gregory Martin, Michael
Messenger, Jonathan Pultz
and Mario Rios. It’s unclear
which officer acted within
policy.
It was unclear how many
of the officers were in the
helicopter.
About 9 a.m. on the day of
the shooting, a woman woke
to find a man in her kitchen.
She escaped through a bedroom window and called police.
Officers responding to
the 11300 block of Alethea
Drive were told there was a
handgun, a rifle, a shotgun
and ammunition inside the
home, according to review of
the incident by Beck.
Officers from the Metropolitan Division SWAT
team
determined
that
since Soderberg was in an
“elevated position at the end
of a cul-de-sac in hilly terrain” he posed more of a
threat.
A lieutenant contacted a
captain and asked permission to bring in a helicopter.
The request was relayed up
the chain of command and
approved, according to the
report. A commander said
that the helicopter with
armed officers was the
“safest means” to contain
Soderberg if he began shooting.
A crisis negotiation team
was also brought in to negotiate with Soderberg. Two
gunshots were heard inside
the residence, and Soderberg yelled profanities and
said, “I’ll put a bullet in your
head.”
A person communicating
with Soderberg through a
robot asked him to put down
the gun. Multiple shots were
heard, and Soderberg responded again with profanity and said, “I’ll kill all those
SWAT officers that are out
there.”
The officers deployed
tear gas into the home, then
heard on a police radio that
Soderberg was outside the
home with a gun in his hand,
according to the report.
An officer saw Soderberg
with a blue steel handgun in
his right hand and fired two
or three rounds. Soderberg
fired at least one round in return.
Multiple rounds were
fired from officers before
Soderberg was approached
by a police dog and determined not to be a threat.
The tactic of opening
fire from the air has been
considered only four times
since 2012, police previously
told The Times. The
May 2017 shooting marked
the first time an LAPD officer used it.
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[Sanctuary, from B1]
the broader immigration debate and the symbolism of
the resolution. By 9:30 p.m.,
about 100 people were still in
line to speak.
“I consider myself a patriot,” said Alex Reza, a Newhall resident and veteran. “I
also consider myself a person who appreciates the
tremendous contributions
of immigrants, both documented and undocumented.
“By opposing SB 54 you
are sending a loud message
to Latino communities that
[Santa Clarita] is not a
family-friendly city,” he said.
In March, Los Alamitos
approved an ordinance
claiming exemption from SB
54. That same month, Orange County signed on to
the federal lawsuit against
California over SB 54 and
other laws protecting immigrants. Huntington Beach
has also sued California in
state court.
Two weeks ago, a resolution by San Dimas City
Councilman Ryan Vienna to
oppose SB 54 failed, though
he has personally filed a brief
supporting the federal suit.
Some in Santa Clarita
hope the city will succeed
where San Dimas did not.
“I feel very strongly that
this whole thing of having a
sanctuary state and sanctuary cities is ridiculous,” City
Councilman Bob Kellar told
the Santa Clarita Valley
Signal in March. “We are
putting our American citizens at additional risk and
there’s no question about
this — it’s costing our state
ungodly billions of dollars.”
Outside the City Council
chambers Tuesday afternoon, about 150 demonstrators
and
counterdemonstrators lined up.
On one side of the building, protesters opposed to
the resolution chanted “No
hate, no fear, immigrants are
welcome here.” They carried
signs in English and Spanish
that said “Immigrants =
America” and “Not all Santa
Clarita are proud racists,” a
reference to a remark Kellar
previously made saying he
was “a proud racist.”
On the other side, counterdemonstrators wearing
“We [heart] I.C.E.” pins
waved American flags and
sang the national anthem.
Some traveled over to the
opposing side, shouting
“Speak English, you’re in the
United States.”
About a dozen sheriff ’s
deputies stood watch.
Raagib Quraishi, 30, a
Santa Clarita resident and
business owner, called Tuesday’s resolution “useless.”
“This clearly does not effect any change in laws,” he
said. “It only brought out
hate.”
Matt Thurman, 42, another Santa Clarita resident, disagreed.
“It’s not about racism, it’s
not about hate,” he said. “It’s
about people that are here illegally that got caught doing
something wrong.”
The resolution will be
voted on by Santa Clarita’s
five-member City Council.
If approved, it would simply state the city’s opposition to provisions in SB 54
that conflict with federal
law. The law, which went into
effect Jan. 1, prohibits state
and local police agencies
from notifying federal authorities in many cases
when individuals potentially
subject to deportation are
about to be released from
custody.
Santa Clarita’s resolution would also direct the
city attorney to file a brief
in support of the Trump
administration’s
lawsuit
against the state of California “if and when appropriate.” (A hearing on the administration’s request for a
preliminary injunction is
scheduled for June. The
deadline for submitting
briefs supporting or opposing the administration was
April 6.)
The measure is largely
symbolic. Santa Clarita contracts with the L.A. County
Sheriff ’s Department for law
High schooler
charged in drug
smuggling case
The senior recruited
classmates to bring
substances in from
Mexico, officials say.
By Melissa Etehad
A high school senior in
Chula Vista was charged
Monday in federal court
with recruiting classmates
to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States, officials said.
Phillip Junior Webb, 18,
was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and smuggling
foreign nationals into the
U.S. for financial gain, according to a statement from
the U.S. attorney’s office.
Webb is accused of recruiting at least four students between July and Oct.
23 of last year to smuggle
drugs from Mexico into the
U.S. on multiple occasions,
according to the criminal
complaint.
Webb asked the minors to
strap methamphetamine
and fentanyl onto their bodies before they crossed into
the U.S. at the San Ysidro or
Otay Mesa ports of entry, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
One minor told agents
that he successfully smuggled the drugs into the
county about 15 times, sometimes twice a day, the criminal complaint said.
Another minor who said
he had smuggled drugs for
Webb told agents he was
paid about $300 to do so and
that Webb paid him during
one transaction in the bathroom at Castle Park High
School, authorities said.
If he is convicted of all
counts, Webb could spend a
minimum of 13 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The former Castle Park
High student was caught
last week when he attempted to smuggle a Chinese and Mexican national
into the United States in the
trunk of his vehicle, the U.S.
attorney’s office statement
said.
The Mexican national
told agents that he was trying to go to Stockton for
work and that he paid Webb
$14,000 smuggle him into the
U.S., according to the criminal complaint.
Webb is set to appear in
court again on Thursday for
a detention hearing.
In an unrelated criminal
complaint, a 27-year-old San
Diego man was also charged
Monday with conspiracy to
distribute
methamphetamine.
The suspect, Alejandro
Barba, was detained on May
1 after agents spotted an unnamed minor enter his vehicle that was parked at San
Ysidro High School, remove
items from his backpack and
then leave the car, according
to a criminal complaint.
When agents stopped
Barba’s car, they found five
kilograms of methamphetamine in the back seat, the
criminal complaint said.
Barba is accused of recruiting the San Ysidro High
student to smuggle methamphetamine across the
border.
Barba is set to appear in
court this week.
“We are seeing a very
troubling trend and we want
to warn parents and high
schoolers,” U.S. Atty. Adam
L. Braverman said in a statement. “Our youth are being
recruited by drug cartels to
smuggle dangerous drugs
across the border. We are going after the recruiters who
exploit these kids, but the
kids also need to know that
they are gambling with their
lives when they do this.”
U.S. Atty. Sherri Walker
Hobson said students who
live in Mexico and cross the
border to attend high school
in the U.S. are most susceptible and are ones most likely
to be exploited.
“The message has to go
out to students. We are going
to do put up billboards at
these high schools and educate these young people to
let them know what they are
being asked to do is deadly,”
Hobson said.
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enforcement services and is
bound by that agency’s policies.
Still, “symbolic politics is
a part of politics,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive
director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at
Cal State Los Angeles.
“This is an opportunity to
mobilize the conservative
base around the issue that
most animates the conservative base, which is immigration,” she said. “It
doesn’t mean that the City
Council has the power to
change anything right now …
but it elevates the issue and
certainly Republicans see it
as an issue that might bring
people to the polls.”
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Times staff writer Alene
Tchekmedyian contributed
to this report.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
COUNCILMAN Bob Kellar, listening to speakers at Santa Clarita City Hall, has
previously said “having a sanctuary state and sanctuary cities is ridiculous.”
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Supreme Court case.
His conclusion?
“At the end of the day it
doesn’t matter what the
City Council of Costa Mesa
thinks about a constitutional issue in a pending
federal court case,”
Stephens said.
He was in the minority,
however, when the City
Council voted 3 to 2 last
week, after a seven-hour
meeting, to declare official
opposition to Senate Bill 54.
Also known as the California Values Act, SB 54
limits cooperation between
local officials and federal
agents in some cases when
illegal immigrants are released from custody but not
if those immigrants have
committed serious crimes.
The vote drew chants of
“USA! USA!” from supporters in the audience, while
dissenters groaned.
On Monday, I sent queries to all five council members to see if they were up for
a chat about the significance of the city’s stand.
Regardless of how anyone
feels about illegal immigration, I thought Stephens
made a good argument at
last week’s meeting about
there being no practical
purpose to a resolution and
saying it could backfire if
the city loses influence with
legislators who support SB
54.
Stephens and council
member Katrina Foley, who
also opposed the resolution,
agreed to meet with me. I
didn’t hear back from Mayor Sandy Genis or Councilman Jim Righeimer. The
Kevin Chang Daily Pilot
REP. DANA Rohrabacher speaks against Senate Bill 54 before the Costa Mesa
City Council voted 3 to 2 last week to declare its official opposition to the law.
third member who voted for
the resolution, Councilman
Allan Mansoor, couldn’t
make it but spoke to me
later by phone.
Stephens said he respects differing views but
didn’t see a good reason for
Costa Mesa to get involved
in a heated, polarizing national discussion. There is
no evidence, to his knowledge, of an increase in the
number of people living in
Costa Mesa illegally and no
evidence of an uptick in
crime related to such people. And he argued, as many
law enforcement officials
have, that there is a risk to
public safety if residents
without legal status fear
cooperating with local
police.
Stephens reached for the
city’s 88-page staff report on
SB 54 and turned to a memo
from the Costa Mesa Police
Department. The memo
said that since SB 54 went
into effect in January, “these
new parameters have not
substantially affected the
Costa Mesa Police Department’s normal operational
practices, nor have they
impeded our ability to provide quality services to the
community.”
The report said that on
immigration holds and
release dates, SB 54 had no
impact because arrestees in
Costa Mesa are generally
processed and transported
to the Orange County Sheriff ’s Department.
“It’s a little bit ridiculous
because we have so many
things to address in our city,
to spend 7 ½ hours on one
item, which we’ve never
done before,” Stephens said.
So why have public officials in Costa Mesa and
elsewhere become amateur
federal litigators when
they’d be better off stepping
up the pace on fixing
streets, mowing park lawns
and picking up the trash?
“It’s purely symbolic,”
said Charis Kubrin, a UC
Irvine professor of criminology, law and society. “I
think it’s been a very effective move in some ways
because the story has become how divided California
is, when in fact it’s not.”
SB 54, Kubrin said, was a
response to increased attempts by the federal government to get local police
more involved in enforcement of federal immigration
law, despite reduced crime
and immigration rates. It
was needed, she argued,
because having local cops
do the work of feds “was
ripping communities
apart.”
Council member Foley,
who, like Stephens, is an
attorney, said many of the
people who spoke out
against SB 54 at the City
Council meeting don’t live in
Costa Mesa. Although some
people have legitimate
questions about the impact
of illegal immigration, she
said, others are exploiting —
in the darkest way — a political opportunity created by
President Trump.
“Two moms who spoke
at that meeting … were
terrified by the issue, and
when they were speaking,
people were yelling at them,
‘We’re gonna get ICE.’ ‘Go
back to Mexico.’ ‘Get out of
here.’ These are [agitators]
who don’t even live in our
city,” Foley said. “And one of
the women was born and
raised here and the other
has lived here for decades. It
hurts.”
In Costa Mesa and elsewhere, Foley said, these
flare-ups over immigration
are all about politics.
“This is just a Republican stunt to activate the
core base. That’s all it is,”
she said.
Hard to argue with that,
but California’s left knows a
few tricks too, and the sometimes sanctimonious sanctuary movement certainly
plays to the base. And as
Democrats try to flip congressional seats their way,
any principled foe of illegal
immigration runs the risk of
being branded just another
Trump stooge.
What bugs me about the
resolutionary movement is
that there’s no need for it
other than to fan the flames.
Council races in Costa Mesa
and other towns and cities
are nonpartisan. Fix the
streets, upgrade the sewage
treatment plant, do something about real crime
rather than rant about
imaginary threats.
Foley is a Democrat and
Mansoor is a Republican,
and they both want to be
mayor.
She thinks his tough
stand on immigration is an
attempt to give himself an
edge, although the former
sheriff ’s deputy has always
been outspoken on the
subject.
When Mansoor and I
talked by phone, he had a
different take on why Costa
Mesa took up SB 54.
“A resolution is a statement,” he said, even if, like
Costa Mesa’s, it’s nonbinding. He said he would have
supported an even stronger
stand, like joining a lawsuit
against the state.
But if a resolution is
nothing but a statement,
who’s it for, and what does it
communicate?
“That we support upholding our laws,” Mansoor
said. “It’s a statement to the
Legislature, to the governor,
to the citizens who live in
our community.”
Statement delivered,
fears stirred, time wasted.
Another angry cry, and
no one the better for it.
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Fox bid
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CLEARS
SALE OF
MOVIE
STUDIO
Comcast is exploring a
new, all-cash play for
studio’s assets that
could eclipse Disney’s
offer, sources say.
Weinstein Co.’s assets
will go to a Dallas
private equity firm.
By Meg James
Sky might not be the limit for Comcast Corp., which
is mulling over a hostile bid
for 21st Century Fox assets, a
move that could upend efforts by Walt Disney Co. to
buy much of Fox from Rupert Murdoch.
Comcast has been exploring a bid that would
eclipse Disney’s $52.4-billion
offer, according to two people close to the situation who
were not authorized to comment.
Late Monday, Reuters reported that the Philadelphia-based cable giant was
lining up financing to make
an all-cash bid for Fox’s
vaunted TV and movie studio, FX, National Geographic channels, nearly two
dozen regional sports networks and control of the online streaming service Hulu.
A new Comcast bid
would be a direct challenge
to Disney Chief Executive
Bob Iger, whose effort to buy
much of Fox was seen as a
bold move to cement his legacy and secure Disney’s future. The Burbank entertainment conglomerate now
might have to raise its bid
considerably for Fox. Murdoch, too, would be in a tight
spot because he would have
to justify to shareholders accepting a lower amount
when Comcast was offering
more money.
Brian Roberts, chairman
and chief executive of Comcast, is expected to decide in
June whether to launch a
hostile bid for Fox. The
power play could determine
which media company will
end up being the dominant
player in Hollywood.
In addition to its pay-TV
and internet service business, Comcast owns NBCUniversal, whose assets encompass the NBC broadcast
network, cable channels
USA, Bravo, Golf Channel
and NBC Sports, movie studio Universal Pictures and
the Universal Studios theme
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By Ryan Faughnder
Vahid Salemi Associated Press
A BIG cut in Iran’s oil production could exacerbate the tightening global supply. Above, a Tehran refinery.
Sanctions on Iran
may be felt in U.S.
Higher gas prices, uncertainty could hurt economy
By Don Lee
Joe Raedle Getty Images
PUMP prices have climbed partly in anticipation of President Trump’s
withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and aim to reimpose sanctions.
WASHINGTON — For American
consumers, the effect of President
Trump’s announcement Tuesday
that the U.S. would pull out of the Iran
nuclear deal was already apparent at
their local service stations days ago.
Gas prices nationally have climbed
about 11% since March, to an average
of $2.85 a gallon last week, reflecting
higher global petroleum costs partly
in anticipation of Trump’s withdrawal
and move to reimpose sanctions
against the world’s fifth-largest oil
producer.
But just how much is already
baked into fuel prices today is uncertain — and risks abound.
The resumption of what Trump
called the “highest level of economic
sanctions” against Iran will take place
over the next several months. But
regulatory uncertainty could cause
some importers of Iranian oil to cut
shipments immediately, particularly
allies such as Japan and South Korea,
said Paul Sheldon, chief geopolitical
advisor at S&P Global Platts Analytics, an energy research firm.
Iran’s share of global oil output is
less than 5%, but crude prices typically move on the margins. And any
sizable cut in Iranian oil production
could exacerbate what has been a
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The planned sale of the
studio co-founded by film
impresario Harvey Weinstein won Bankruptcy Court
approval Tuesday, a key
milestone for the troubled
company seven months after its former leader was accused of sexual harassment
and assault.
At a crowded hearing in
Wilmington, Del., Judge
Mary F. Walrath said she
would approve the sale of
Weinstein Co.’s assets to
Dallas private equity firm
Lantern Capital Partners,
which offered $310 million in
cash and will assume about
$115 million in liabilities related to film and television
projects.
Lantern, best known for
holdings including a zinc recycling firm and a bulk shipping operation, won the assets by default last week
when
Weinstein
Co.’s
planned bankruptcy auction attracted no serious
competitive bids by the
April 30 deadline. As a Hollywood outsider focused on
distressed assets, Lantern
now faces the daunting task
of turning the remains of the
once-high-rolling studio into
a new and thriving film company.
After the company’s auction process, it became clear
that the Lantern bid was the
only way for Weinstein Co.’s
assets to have a future, lawyers said.
“The Lantern deal represents full and fair value for
the company,” said Paul
Zumbro, an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who is
representing Weinstein Co.
in the sale.
Weinstein Co. filed for
Chapter 11 protection from
creditors March 19 with less
than $500,000 in cash, having
failed to find a buyer that
would spare the studio from
bankruptcy after the dozens
of accusations against Wein[See Weinstein, C4]
Another round in fight over net neutrality
Internet rule backers
will push Congress to
overturn FCC repeal.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — The
fight over net neutrality is
back.
This time, Democrats
and other supporters of the
controversial internet traffic
regulations are seeking to
turn the tables on Republican opponents by using a
legislative tactic, popularized recently by the GOP,
to resurrect the rules the
Federal Communications
Commission struck down
last year.
The effort formally begins Wednesday as backers
file a petition in the Senate
that will force a vote next
week to undo the FCC’s action. Amazon, Netflix, Facebook, Google and other online giants support the
move.
Dozens of websites, including Etsy and Reddit, are
expected to launch a “red
alert” online blitz Wednesday to encourage their users
to lobby their lawmakers to
reinstate the 2015 rules that
were designed to ensure the
unfettered flow of data online.
Although they’re poised
for a narrow win in the Senate, net neutrality supporters acknowledge the attempt to restore the Obamaera regulations is a long
shot. The hurdles include
strong opposition from
House Republicans and
telecommunications companies, such as AT&T Inc.
and Comcast Corp., as well
as a likely veto from President Trump.
Regardless of the outcome, the debate over net
neutrality — and by extension, the future of the internet — appears headed for a
key role in November’s congressional midterm elections.
“There’s a political day of
reckoning coming against
those who vote against net
neutrality,” warned Sen. Ed
Markey (D-Mass.), who is
leading the Senate effort to
restore the rules.
Democrats are using the
maneuver to keep the issue
alive heading into this fall’s
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Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
NET NEUTRALITY supporter Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore protests near the Federal Communications
Commission headquarters in Washington before the Dec. 14 vote to repeal the Obama-era regulations.
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Replacement
for ‘Charlie
Rose’ named
Christiane Amanpour
will anchor a new PBS
public affairs show.
By Stephen Battaglio
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
MARVEL’S “Black Panther” opened in February and has taken in more than $1.3 billion in global ticket sales.
Parks and ‘Panther’
boost Disney results
A new public affairs program anchored by CNN
chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour is taking over the PBS
late-night slot formerly occupied by “Charlie Rose.”
PBS announced Tuesday
that the new program, called
“Amanpour & Company,”
will feature interviews with
newsmakers on a wide range
of topics, including politics,
business, technology, arts,
science and sports. It will
launch in July.
The program is aimed at
the same audience that
watched Rose’s long-running talk show, which was
praised as one of the few ven-
ues for serious conversation
on television. “Charlie Rose”
was canceled in November
after a Washington Post report alleged that the host
sexually harassed eight
women on his staff. Rose was
also fired from his anchor job
at “CBS This Morning.”
Amanpour’s
current
daily program on CNN
International has been airing on PBS stations to fill the
gap left by Rose. Her new
program will be produced by
CNN in collaboration with
PBS flagship station WNET
in New York.
Amanpour will anchor
her program from London
with contributions by journalists Walter Isaacson,
Michel
Martin,
Alicia
Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan, who will appear from
the WNET studios.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
Superhero muscle helps lift earnings 23% and revenue 9%
By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Co.’s profit
surged in its fiscal second
quarter, partly driven by the
success of the Marvel Studios hit film “Black Panther.”
Burbank-based Disney
on Tuesday reported earnings of $2.94 billion, or $1.84 a
share, in the quarter that
ended March 31, an increase
of 23% from the same quarter in 2017. Total revenue for
the entertainment giant was
$14.5 billion, up 9% from the
same period last year.
The results easily exceeded the $1.70 a share in
profit and $14.1 billion in
sales that analysts had predicted, according to data
compiled by FactSet.
The company’s studio
entertainment revenue grew
21% to $2.45 billion, while operating income jumped 29%
to $847 million.
“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, became a cultural phenomenon upon its February release, collecting more than
$1.3 billion in global box-office sales. The studio followed up with the April release of “Avengers: Infinity
War,” which has already
grossed $1 billion, a figure
not reflected in the second
fiscal quarter earnings.
Home
entertainment
sales of “Star Wars: The Last
Jedi” also helped quarterly
results.
“It’s clear from the recent
results, as well as from the
slate ahead, that our studio
has and will continue to raise
the bar in terms of both creative and commercial success,” Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said on a conference call. “The incredible
performance of Marvel’s
‘Black Panther’ is just one of
many examples.”
Disney also reported a
big boost from its theme
park business, which rose
13% to $4.88 billion in revenue. Growth at Walt Disney
World Resort, Disneyland
Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort gave the segment a lift.
As Disney continues to
boast strong results from its
film studio and park business, the company is facing a
likely showdown with cable
giant Comcast Corp. over its
purchase of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
Disney is hoping to buy
the bulk of Fox, including the
film and TV studio, for $52.4
billion, pending regulatory
approval, in a deal first announced in December. The
proposed deal is a major
component of Iger’s plan to
make Disney a more powerful competitor in the face of
growing competition from
tech giants including Netflix, Amazon and Apple.
However, Comcast Corp.
is preparing an all-cash offer
to outbid Disney, after previously getting rebuffed by
Fox, people familiar with the
matter said. Disney’s bid is
an all-stock transaction.
Disney shares fell 69
cents to $101.79 in regular
trading Tuesday after Reuters first reported the potential Comcast bid. The stock
fell an additional 0.5% in after-hours trading, following
Iger’s conference call with
analysts.
The Fox acquisition is
partly driven by Disney’s desire to have more film and
TV content for two streaming services — a Disneybranded offering set to
launch next year and an
ESPN streaming service
that launched in April. But
Iger said the Fox deal is not
make-or-break for the digital strategy.
“We announced the two
new digital products, the
ESPN+ product and the
Disney product, well in advance of the Fox acquisition.” Iger said. “So neither
one is dependent upon that
acquisition. Both are capable of taking advantage of
some of the assets we’ll be
buying as part of that acquisition.”
The ESPN streaming
service, dubbed ESPN+, is a
bid to draw online viewers as
the network has been
squeezed by cord cutting
and the rising cost of televising major sports.
ESPN+ subscribers have
on-demand access to live
events, including Major
League Baseball, NHL
hockey
and
collegiate
sports, as well as ESPN’s
critically acclaimed “30 for
30” sports documentaries.
Iger did not say how
many people have signed up
to try ESPN+ but said he
was encouraged by the early
response.
“A number of people have
signed up for the trial and
our conversion rates have
been good so far,” Iger said.
“Basically, I give it a so far, so
good.”
Operating income for
Disney’s cable network business declined 4% in the
quarter to $1.73 billion, reflecting decreases at ESPN
and Freeform and a loss at
digital platform BAMTech,
Disney said.
Overall revenue from media networks, including ABC
and cable channels, grew 3%
to $6.14 billion. The segment’s profit declined 6% to
$2.08 billion.
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
Comcast may pursue Fox again
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parks.
Media businesses are
scrambling to bulk up to battle the tech giants — Facebook, Google, Netflix and
Amazon.com — that are
rushing into entertainment.
“The big media companies are seeing the handwriting on the wall — everything
is moving online,” said Tony
Lenoir, senior analyst at Kagan, a research arm of S&P
Global Market Intelligence.
“They are not waiting for
more cord-cutting pain.”
Investors on Tuesday
were unfazed by the news
that Fox might still be in
play. Fox’s stock slipped 5
cents to $37.99 a share. Fox’s
shares are up nearly 50%
since early October. Comcast stock was down 5.6%, or
$1.80, to $30.59. Disney
shares fell 72 cents to $101.76.
Comcast and Fox declined to comment. A Disney
representative was not immediately available.
In an interview with
CNBC, Iger said he would
not “speculate at all about
what they are doing or why
they are doing it,” referring
to Comcast. “I can only say,
and reiterate, that we made
a deal in December that received unanimous approval,
which is important, by the
21st Century Fox board.”
He added: “We are cer-
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
CABLE giant Comcast is reportedly lining up financ-
ing to make an all-cash bid for some of Fox’s assets.
tainly excited about that acquisition, and we are going
to remain confident that it’s
going to go forward.”
Comcast already made
one run at Fox last fall, but
Murdoch passed on the offer, opting instead for the allstock bid from Iger. That
deal had tax advantages and
would allow Fox shareholders, including the Murdoch
family, to become major
shareholders in Disney.
Nonetheless, some analysts have been betting that
Comcast would not fade
away so easily. Comcast last
fall had offered more than
$60 billion for the Fox assets
— about 15% more than Disney — and is expected to offer that much or more
should it try again.
Comcast recently formalized its $31-billion bid to buy
all of European satellite TV
provider Sky, which Fox has
been trying to acquire for
nearly 17 months. Fox owns
39% of Sky — which provides
TV service in Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany and
Austria — but British regulators have been cool to the
Murdoch family, worrying
that it already has too much
influence in British media
without owning Sky.
Disney has said it would
buy Sky if necessary. There
are only two bids on the table: the one from Comcast
and the smaller Fox offer.
“We value Sky, obviously.
We are certainly impressed
by the talent that is there,
and the quality of their product,” Iger told analysts in an
earnings call Tuesday.
The outcome of legal proceedings in Washington is
expected to influence Comcast’s
decision
about
whether to bid again for Fox.
U.S. District Judge Richard
Leon plans to announce
June 12 whether AT&T will
be allowed to buy Time
Warner Inc. — an $85-billion
deal that the U.S. Justice Department wants to block.
If the courts permit the
purchase, Comcast would
be emboldened to go after
Fox once again because the
regulatory hurdles might
not be as high as first feared.
Murdoch has said he rejected Comcast’s offer because the deal might not
pass regulatory muster.
“If AT&T Time Warner is
ruled legal and closes, we expect a new Comcast bid for
Fox immediately,” BTIG Research analyst Richard
Greenfield said in a note
Monday night.
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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR’S show will take over
the PBS late-night slot once filled by “Charlie Rose.”
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The major U.S. stock indexes mostly recovered from
a daylong slide in the final
minutes of trading Tuesday,
finishing essentially flat.
The indexes had been
drifting lower as investors
weighed the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear
deal with Iran and reinstate
sanctions on the country.
The policy change, announced
by
President
Trump, had been largely expected by traders, who sent
crude oil prices sliding more
than 2%. A day earlier, crude
settled above $70 a barrel for
the first time in more than
three years.
Healthcare, utilities and
consumer-goods companies
were among the biggest decliners Tuesday. Banks,
technology firms and industrials posted gains. Energy
sector companies eked out a
gain after slumping much of
the day on lower oil prices.
“At least for the moment,
the movement in oil is moderate and seems to be more
or less what the market was
expecting,”
said
Phil
Guarco, global investment
specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “While this [Iran
deal announcement] is big
news, it is not something
that the market hadn’t already priced in. Now we have
to see what the reactions
are.”
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index ended the day
down 0.71 of a point at
2,671.92. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up
2.89 points to 24,360.21. The
Nasdaq composite rose 1.69
points to 7,266.90.
Smaller companies fared
better than the rest of the
market. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company
stocks ticked up 7.44 points
to 1,586.39.
The major stock indexes
spent much of the day in the
red and oil prices slumped as
investors awaited Trump’s
announcement on the U.S.Iran policy.
After Trump’s announcement that the United States
was withdrawing from the
Iran nuclear deal, oil prices
pared some of their earlier
losses. Benchmark U.S.
crude ended the day down
$1.67, or 2.4%, at $69.06 a barrel in New York. Brent crude,
used to price international
oils, fell $1.32, or 1.7%, to
$74.85 a barrel in London.
So why didn’t prices keep
climbing Tuesday?
“It’s all really in the expectations,” Guarco said.
“The market was pricing in
something even more aggressive. Still, things are
very fluid, and oil markets
could turn on a dime if it
seemed that the potential
for a supply disruption got
meaningfully larger.”
Energy stocks finished
higher. Marathon Oil led the
gainers, rising 3.4% to $20.44.
Several companies that
have struck deals in Iran and
could be looking for exemptions from U.S. sanctions —
including Airbus, Boeing
and energy firm Total — finished slightly lower. Boeing
fell 0.6% to $338.37. Total
slipped 0.5% to $61.67.
Corporate deal news also
helped move the market.
Shire rose 4.6% to $40.35
after the Ireland-based
pharmaceutical firm agreed
to be acquired by Japanese
drugmaker Takeda in a deal
worth $62.4 billion. Takeda
shares slipped 0.1% to $20.98.
Comcast fell 5.6% to
$30.59 on reports that it
wants to make a new offer for
the entertainment businesses that 21st Century Fox
agreed to sell to Disney. Fox
slipped 0.1% to $37.99. Disney
slid 0.7% to $101.79.
Xcerra climbed 3.1% to
$13.24 after the semiconductor equipment-testing company accepted a cash and
stock takeover offer valued
at $764.4 million from competitor Cohu. Cohu tumbled
6.3% to $21.87.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals
climbed 8.9% to $19.77 after
the drugmaker reported a
solid first quarter and said it
would change its name to
Bausch Health Cos.
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the 10-year Treasury rose
to 2.97% from 2.95%. That
pushed up interest rates,
which enables banks to
make more money from
loans. Financial stocks
gained ground. Capital One
Financial rose 1.4% to $90.18.
The dollar fell to 109.02
yen from 109.06 yen. The euro
fell to $1.1858 from $1.1923.
Gold slipped 40 cents to
$1,313.70 an ounce. Silver fell 2
cents to $16.47 an ounce.
Copper fell 2 cents to $3.06 a
pound.
Heating oil fell 3 cents to
$2.16 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline fell 2 cents to $2.11 a gallon. Natural gas fell a penny
to $2.73 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Major indexes in Europe
finished mostly down. Germany’s DAX fell 0.3% while
the CAC 40 in France edged
down 0.2%. Britain’s FTSE
100 was flat.
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HARVEY WEINSTEIN and Georgina Chapman separated after allegations against him emerged last year.
Weinstein Co. sale to
Lantern Capital OKd
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stein. The fallout pushed the
company into a free fall and
touched off the #MeToo
movement against sexual
harassment and assault.
The company was hobbled by multiple lawsuits, including an ongoing case
brought by the New York attorney general’s office in
February.
In a twist, New York Atty.
Gen. Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation
Monday after four women
accused him of physical
abuse in an article published
by the New Yorker. He has
strongly disputed the allegations. The office’s cases will
continue, acting Atty. Gen.
Barbara Underwood said in
a statement Tuesday.
Weinstein, who has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, was fired
from his namesake company
Oct. 8.
A previous plan to sell the
studio to former Obama administration official Maria
Contreras-Sweet and billionaire Ron Burkle for
$500 million collapsed after
the buyers said they discovered millions of dollars in
undisclosed liabilities.
Lantern had been a minority backer of that bid,
which promised to remake
the company as a femalefriendly show business enterprise and establish a victims fund.
Lantern then stepped in
with its so-called stalking
horse offer, which was supposed to set a floor for an
auction. But expected competitive bids from companies including Lionsgate
and Miramax never materialized, and the auction was
canceled, leaving Lantern as
the winner.
In an email to Weinstein
Co. employees obtained by
The Times, Lantern Chief
Executive Andy Mitchell
and partner Milos Brajovic
promised to transform Weinstein Co. into a force for
good in entertainment.
“Our new company will
represent an unwavering
commitment to a culture of
diverse professionals with
the absolute highest level of
ethics
and
standards,”
wrote Lantern’s leaders.
“Our investment is in people. The best people will position us as the most progressive and forward-thinking presence in the industry.”
The Lantern deal secured the judge’s approval,
despite a late bid from
hedge-funder-turnedBroadway-producer Howard Kagan, who promised to
create a $30-million settlement fund for Weinstein’s accusers and create a new
progressive media company.
However, that proposal was
deemed too little, too late.
Kagan and his company,
Inclusion Media, submitted
an expression of interest on
May 1, one day after the bidding deadline expired. Ac-
cording to court documents,
Inclusion Media initially offered $315 million for Weinstein Co. and later increased
its bid to nearly $325 million.
Weinstein Co. lawyers
said Inclusion Media had never submitted a formal bid
for the assets that would top
Lantern’s deal. Inclusion
Media also failed to prove
that it had the financing
needed to complete the deal,
the lawyers said.
The late bid from Kagan
caused last-minute legal
tensions in the lead-up to
Tuesday’s hearing. Last
week, lawyers representing
the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Harvey
Weinstein and Weintein Co.
voiced their support for Kagan’s bid, calling the
Lantern arrangement a
“raw deal for victims.”
Lantern’s bid does not
promise a designated fund
to help compensate victims.
A group of unsecured
creditors recently filed an
objection to the Lantern
purchase, saying it was
“mystifying how the Debtors
could have determined that
the sale to Lantern was better than the alternatives.”
However, the Inclusion
Media bid received little attention in the hearing. Weinstein Co. lawyers noted that
three declarations had been
filed in support of the sale,
including one from Weinstein Co.’s chief restructuring officer. Judge Walrath
agreed with Weinstein Co.’s
determination that the
Lantern bid was the best offer on the table.
“I am happy to approve
the sale,” Walrath said at the
hearing.
The company has also received objections from a
long list of celebrities, including Heidi Klum, Brad
Pitt and Jay Z, who say the
studio owes them money.
Those claims are to be handled at another hearing set
for May 22.
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@latimes.com
Twitter: @rfaughnder
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
OF THE 23 largest U.S. carriers’ earnings, $4.6 billion came from baggage fees.
Above, baggage from an American Airlines flight is unloaded at LAX in 2016.
Largest U.S. airlines report
$15.5-billion profit in 2017
By Hugo Martin
The good times for the
nation’s airlines continued
last year, with the country’s
largest carriers reporting a
combined profit of $15.5 billion, including $4.6 billion
from baggage fees.
The 23 largest airlines reported a combined aftertax profit for the fifth consecutive year, representing
a strong rebound from
nearly a decade of losses following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the economic recession that followed,
according to the U.S. Bureau
of Transportation Statistics.
The airline industry enjoyed the biggest year on
record in 2015 when low
fuel costs helped airlines collect a record of nearly $25 billion in profit, the bureau
said.
The airline industry
played down the profit increase in 2017, crediting it
partly to the tax overhaul
legislation adopted by federal lawmakers last year.
Airline
representatives
noted that fuel and labor
costs increased last year by
more than $7 billion compared with 2016.
A profitable airline industry is good news for travelers, said Alison McAfee, a
spokeswoman for Airlines
for America, the trade group
that represents the nation’s
biggest carriers.
“Airline profitability benefits customers as airlines
are strong, able to compete
and reinvest in their business with new planes, products and destinations, including expanded service to
small communities and
internationally, which in
turn creates jobs,” McAfee
said.
The nation’s airline industry added 450 new planes
last year, she added.
The country’s airlines
collected $4.6 billion from
baggage fees and $2.9 billion
from reservation change
fees, which represent the
only two ancillary passenger
fees the airlines are required
to report to the Bureau of
Transportation Statistics.
Other fees — such as charges
to upgrade to a roomier seat,
buy food or drinks, or transport an animal — are not reported to the federal bureau.
McAfee said airfares have
remained low in recent years
because travelers can now
book a ticket with only those
extra amenities and services
they want.
But the annual American
Customer Satisfaction Index study of more than
12,000 Americans found that
satisfaction with airlines
dropped 2.7% this year. The
decline nearly reversed all of
last year’s rise in customer
satisfaction that the 2017
survey attributed to lower
fares and improved customer service.
hugo.martin@latimes.com
Twitter: @hugomartin
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C5
Patients sue over HIV medicine
Plaintiffs say Gilead
delayed development
of a safer version.
By Melody Petersen
Two Southern California
men filed suit against Gilead
Sciences on Tuesday, saying
they were harmed when the
drug company intentionally
delayed development of a
safer version of a crucial HIV
medicine so that it could
continue to profit from its lucrative monopoly.
The lawsuit — and a similar case that seeks class-action status — says that Gilead executives knew as early
as 2000 that the company’s
scientists had developed a
less toxic form of its HIV
medicine tenofovir that was
less harmful to patients’ kidneys and bones.
But instead of continuing
to develop the safer alternative, the lawsuit claims, the
Foster City company decided to hide tenofovir’s
risks while earning billions
of dollars as it became one of
the world’s most prescribed
medicines for HIV.
A Gilead spokesman said
Tuesday the company was
thoroughly reviewing the
complaints and would not
comment until that process
is complete.
The lawsuit says that
HIV patients suffered from
as many as 10 years of “additional accumulated kidney
and bone toxicity” while using the drug as the company
kept the safer version on a
shelf in its lab.
“A company I trusted
with my life took advantage
of that trust by misrepresenting the side effects,”
said Michael Lujano, a Los
Angeles County resident
who is one of the plaintiffs.
“Gilead shelved a far safer
drug … simply to increase its
long-term profits.”
The lawyers for the men
bringing the personal injury
lawsuit are being funded by
the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit headquartered in Los Angeles.
Facebook
top-level
staff is
reshuffled
bloomberg
Facebook Inc. has
named new leaders for
some of its main divisions
— including the core social
network, WhatsApp and
Messenger — in the biggest
management reshuffling
since the company’s founding.
The Menlo Park, Calif.,
company also unveiled a
new initiative to explore
the use of blockchain, the
decentralized
ledger
technology that underpins
digital currencies such as
bitcoin. The team dedicated to blockchain will be
run by David Marcus, who
formerly headed the Messenger chat app.
Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, has
been promoted to oversee
all of the company’s apps.
Will Cathcart will become
head of Facebook’s core
application, the company
said. The former leader of
news feed, Adam Mosseri,
was named head of product at photo-sharing app
Instagram, replacing Kevin Weil, who will join the
blockchain team.
Chris Daniels, formerly
in charge of the company’s
Internet.org initiative to
spread connectivity in developing countries, will
take charge of WhatsApp
after the departure of Jan
Koum, that tool’s cofounder. The management
changes were reported
earlier by technology news
website Recode.
Facebook is making the
leadership changes after a
broad review of all its products and their privacy
holes, sparked by the revelation in March of a data
leak that exposed personal
information on tens of millions of users.
The company also added Jeff Zients, a former
Obama administration official and current chief executive
of
Cranemere
Group, to its board.
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
THE HIV drug TDF was originally sold as Viread, then under other brand names including Truvada.
They filed a parallel case
Tuesday that seeks class-action status for all California
patients who took the medicine from Oct. 26, 2001, until
the present.
Earlier the foundation
filed a lawsuit attempting to
invalidate the drug’s patents, which is on appeal in
federal court.
The drug’s history goes
back to the 1980s, when it
was discovered by European
scientists. Gilead, then a
small biotech firm, bought
the rights to sell the drug. In
1997, the company showed
that it fought HIV.
The original formulation
of the drug held little sales
potential, however, because
it had to be given intravenously. Gilead scientists
modified its chemical composition to create a drug
that could be taken orally.
That medicine — called
tenofovir disoproxil fuma-
rate, or simply TDF — was
approved by the federal
Food and Drug Administration in October 2001.
It was originally sold
under the brand name
Viread. Later it was combined with other HIV medicines and sold under additional brand names, including Atripla, Truvada, Stribild and Complera.
The lawsuits say that Gilead knew when Viread was
approved in 2001 that it had
to be given in high doses to
be effective, which meant it
could damage the kidneys
and bones. Yet the company
failed to adequately disclose
those dangers in the medicine’s label, the lawsuits say.
At the time of the drug’s
approval, Gilead scientists
were already working to reduce its adverse effects. In
April 2001, the scientists
published research on a different chemical version of
the medicine called tenofovir alafenamide fumarate,
or TAF.
That
animal
study
showed TAF had a thousand-fold greater activity
against HIV than the original medicine invented in Europe, raising the possibility
it would have far less toxicity.
Gilead then paid doctors
across the country to give
TAF to patients in small
clinical trials. The positive
results of those studies were
not published for years — secrecy that the lawsuits filed
Tuesday say was “an act of
extreme malice.”
Instead, in October 2004,
Gilead abruptly announced
that it was ending research
on TAF after an “internal
business review.” And it continued to pour money into
selling the older drug, which
was bringing in billions of
dollars each year.
The company also con-
tinued to quietly apply for
new patents on TAF — the
drug it had said it would no
longer be developing.
More than six years after
that 2004 announcement,
with the older drug’s patent
running out, an executive
told investors about “an interesting new molecule” the
company had added to its
research plans. That drug
was TAF. The company then
began publishing the results
of the earlier studies.
In November 2015, the
FDA approved TAF in a
combination pill with three
other medicines. The drug
was called Genvoya.
Other new pills also containing TAF include Odefsey and Descovy.
The company’s sales
force is now urging doctors
to switch their patients to
the new drugs to reduce possible harm to their kidneys
and bones.
The lawsuits claim that
Gilead delayed the development of TAF in order to
extend the number of years
where patents shielded the
medicines from competition, allowing it to charge
high prices.
“By holding on to its research and shelving TAF,
Gilead could patent TAF
separately and save it for development when their patent and exclusivity on TDF
ran out, in 20 years,” the lawsuit claims.
Lujano, one of the plaintiffs, said he took medicines
containing the older TDF
from 2004 to 2015. In 2016, at
age 35, Lujano was diagnosed with osteopenia and
osteoporosis of the spine,
neck and hip.
The other plaintiff in the
personal injury suit is Jonathan C. Gary of San Diego
County, who took the drug
for 10 years, beginning in
2001. Gary was diagnosed
with Fanconi syndrome, a
rare kidney disorder, in 2010.
Last year, he was diagnosed
with osteopenia and osteoporosis at age 59.
The lawsuits, both filed in
Los Angeles County Superior Court, seek damages for
those harmed by the drugs.
The AIDS Healthcare
Foundation, which owns
clinics that care for HIV patients, says it isn’t seeking to
recover money for itself
other than reimbursement
of attorneys’ fees.
In 2016, the foundation
filed a similar suit against
Gilead, arguing the company had intentionally delayed research on the safer
form of the medicine in order
to keep out competition and
preserve its high prices.
That case asked the court to
invalidate the patents protecting the new drug TAF.
A judge ruled in July 2016
that Gilead had not illegally
manipulated the U.S. patent
system. The foundation
then appealed. That lawsuit
is pending in the U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in Washington.
melody.petersen
@latimes.com
U.S. consumers may feel Iran sanctions
[Iran, from C1]
tightening global oil supply.
Recently, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has curtailed output, which has
been a factor in the run-up in
crude prices. And it’s unclear how the petroleum cartel will respond to the renewed sanctions. Meanwhile, Venezuela, another
big oil country, is in an economic depression.
It also remains to be seen
how European countries
and their companies will
comply with Trump’s exit
from the 2015 multilateral
agreement that lifted the
sanctions in exchange for
Tehran agreeing to limit is
nuclear program and allow
regular inspections from
international officials.
“Given
disagreement
with Trump’s decision in
much of the international
community,” Sheldon said,
“firms with little or no U.S.
exposure could choose to ignore the sanctions, while
some governments could
test the appetite of the
Trump administration to
sanction its companies and
banks.”
Then there are concerns
of heightened geopolitical
tensions in the Middle East
from the unilateral U.S.
withdrawal.
“What’s hard to gauge is
whether or not there would
be some sort of broader reaction in financial markets,
some sort of tightening in financial conditions because
investors became more concerned about risk,” said
Lewis Alexander, chief U.S.
economist at Nomura Securities in New York. “It’s going
to depend on how other
countries respond to all of
this. More shoes could
drop.”
With the reinstatement
of sanctions, the trickle of
U.S. business activities and
involvement in Iran will
come to a halt. European
companies such as French
carmaker Renault had been
more aggressive in investing
or signing deals there since
the restrictions were lifted,
whereas even American
firms that were hopeful of
doing business in Iran had
largely put their plans on
hold, given the uncertainty
that came with Trump’s
election.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press
BOEING had agreed to sell dozens of planes to Iran but never booked orders, ana-
lyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group said. Above, work on a 737 Max in 2015.
Boeing Co. agreed to sell
dozens of planes at a price of
almost $20 billion, but had
not delivered any aircraft
yet. Richard Aboulafia, aviation analyst at Teal Group,
said there probably would be
no effect on Boeing’s business since the company never booked orders.
“They played it very conservatively,” Aboulafia said
of Boeing.
As analysts see it today,
there’s as much a chance
that U.S. gas prices could go
down from here as up. That
reflects the U.S.’s strong oil
production
capability,
thanks to advances in fracking, as well as the expected
gradual reimposition of
sanctions.
The benchmark Brent
crude futures moved little
Tuesday on the news,
steadying at about $76 a barrel. It was about $50 a year
ago.
So far, financial markets
have taken the jump in oil
prices largely in stride, as the
U.S. economy has been performing well behind solid job
gains and strong consumer
confidence. But rising pump
prices have pinched consumer spending, and some
analysts argue the Iranian
sanctions could spoil much
of the expected gains from
the Republican tax cuts.
“In an environment of increased global supply tightness, this will put further upward pressure on prices,”
said Gregory Daco, head
U.S. economist at Oxford
Economics.
Hours before Trump’s
announcement, Democratic
lawmakers warned that gas
prices, which have risen almost 50 cents a gallon in the
last 12 months, were poised
to
climb
higher
with
Trump’s withdrawal.
“With Memorial Day and
the beginning of the summer
driving season just a few
weeks away, higher prices
could limit travel and dampen tourism,” said the Demo-
cratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee, in a blog
post.
Economists point out,
however, that higher crude
prices should spur greater
investment in the domestic
energy industry.
On net, analysts figure
the recent jump in oil prices
is likely to be a wash for the
U.S. economy, or modestly
negative.
But there is growing
wariness among some investors. Analysts expect
that will be reflected in commodities and financial markets.
“I think we’re going to
have a lot of volatility,” said
Brenda Shaffer, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s
Global Energy Center. “It’s
going to be a roller coaster in
coming months.”
don.lee@latimes.com
Twitter: @dleelatimes
Staff writer Samantha
Masunaga in Los Angeles
contributed to this report.
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A new push in net neutrality fight
[Net neutrality, from C1]
elections, which will determine control of the House
and Senate, said Daniel Lyons, an associate professor
at Boston College Law
School who specializes in
telecommunications and internet legal matters.
“It keeps the issue in the
headlines, and it forces some
members of Congress to
stake a position they’d perhaps rather not stake,” said
Lyons, a visiting fellow at the
American Enterprise Institute think tank.
Both sides in the matter
say they are trying to preserve the open nature of the
internet. The debate, going
on for more than a decade,
had been about what role
the federal government
should play in doing that.
In 2015, the then-Democratic-controlled FCC took
the boldest step yet.
It voted 3 to 2 to enact
regulations that prohibited
broadband and wireless internet service providers
from selling faster delivery of
certain data, slowing speeds
for specific video streams
and other content and
blocking or otherwise discriminating against any legal online material.
To enforce the rules, the
FCC classified broadband
as a more highly regulated
utility-like service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law.
Republicans and telecom
companies argued that the
threat of heavy-handed
regulation would stifle investment in expanding internet access and speeds.
AT&T, other companies and
industry trade groups sued
to block the rules, arguing
that the FCC exceeded its
authority in approving the
regulations. But a federal
appeals court upheld the
regulations in 2016.
Trump’s election roiled
the issue again. Republicans
gained control of the FCC,
and Trump named Ajit Pai,
Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press
AJIT PAI, shown in December, quickly targeted net neutrality rules after Presi-
dent Trump named him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
a commissioner who had
voted against the rules in
2015, as the new chairman.
Pai quickly targeted net neutrality, and on another 3-2
vote, the FCC voted along
party lines in December to
repeal the rules.
Republicans said they
were reestablishing the
light-touch regulatory approach that allowed the internet to flourish. The repeal
meant that the strict regulatory structure largely gave
way to market forces.
Telecom companies said
they were committed to the
principles of net neutrality
and had no plans to change
their practices. But the companies have hedged on
whether they would start
charging additional fees to
transport video streams or
other content at a higher
speed through their network
in a practice known as paid
prioritization.
Paid prioritization could
accelerate the development
of autonomous vehicles and
home health monitoring,
which would need reliably
fast service. But net neutrality supporters worry telecom companies will set up
toll lanes on the internet,
cutting deals with some
websites to deliver their content faster and squeezing
out start-ups and small
companies that lack the
money to pay for faster service.
Just like the issue itself,
the attempt to restore net
neutrality is complicated.
A group of 23 Democratic
state attorneys general, in-
cluding California’s Xavier
Becerra, filed a lawsuit in
February to block the FCC’s
repeal. But Markey and
other supporters also are
employing another strategy:
the Congressional Review
Act.
The procedure allows
Congress, with simple majority votes in both chambers and the president’s approval, to reverse regulations enacted by federal
agencies. It had been little
used before Trump took office, but since then, Republicans have employed it more
than a dozen times to overturn Obama-era regulations.
Because there has been
some bipartisan support for
net neutrality, supporters
are trying to use the Con-
gressional Review Act to restore the rules.
Markey has lined up 50
votes in the Senate: all 47
Democrats, the two independents (Angus King of
Maine and Bernie Sanders
of Vermont) that are aligned
with them, as well as Republican Susan Collins of Maine,
to back the repeal of the
FCC’s action so far.
On Wednesday, Markey
will file a petition to force a
Senate vote that Republican
leaders cannot block. With
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
absent as he battles brain
cancer, the repeal measure
is set to squeak by on at least
a 50-49 vote next week.
But Markey said supporters plan a “full-court
press” to persuade other Republicans to vote for the
measure and provide some
momentum as it then would
head to the House.
“I’m clear-eyed but optimistic about the political
common sense that ultimately is going to put more
votes up on the scoreboard
for net neutrality than people today believe is possible,” Markey said. “And as
we head toward the election,
I think there are people who
vote no who are going to regret their vote.”
Net neutrality supporters are targeting Sen. John
Kennedy (R-La.) and other
Republicans
who
have
bucked the party’s leadership in the past. On Tuesday,
Kennedy told reporters he
had not made a decision yet
on how he would vote.
Backers of the regulations hope a Senate win will
provide momentum as the
issue moves to the House,
which must vote on the measure by the end of the year or
it will die. Republicans have
a larger House majority, and
about two dozen of its members would have to vote for
the net neutrality repeal.
Net neutrality supporters note that 15 Republicans
crossed the aisle in March
2017 on another internet issue. They voted to uphold
FCC broadband privacy
regulations that Republicans successfully used the
Congressional Review Act to
repeal. But net neutrality
regulations were much more
widely opposed by Republicans.
Conservative activists
are lobbying lawmakers to
oppose the effort to reinstate the regulations.
“We want to make sure
we’re fighting back and
showing … Republicans who
may be on the fence on this
issue that this is not an issue
worth giving in on because
they’re nervous” about the
fall elections, said Patrick
Hedger, director of policy for
FreedomWorks, a free-market group.
Sen. John Thune (RS.D.), who opposed the net
neutrality regulations, said
Tuesday that he didn’t expect the attempt to reinstate
them would go any further
than the Senate.
“This isn’t going anywhere in the House,” Thune
said. “It’s not going to be
signed into law.”
Trump looms as a major
hurdle.
“The Trump administration supports the FCC’s efforts to roll back burdensome, monopoly-era regulations,” Hogan Gidley, deputy White House press
secretary, said in a written
statement this week when
asked about the president’s
position.
In 2014, Trump tweeted
his opposition to the FCC’s
regulations as they were being considered. But he has
been quiet on the matter
ever since, and supporters of
the regulations hold out
hope he could be swayed if
the measure somehow gets
approved by the Senate and
House.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
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Angels’
batting
show
is early
They don’t muster
much in game after
Ohtani hits long shots
in practice.
COLORADO 4
ANGELS 2
By Jeff Miller
DENVER — It was a
night of pyrotechnic offense,
the show stopping Coors
Field and forcing everyone’s
eyes skyward.
Then, unfortunately for
the Angels, the game began.
Unable to duplicate the
fireworks-filled
batting
practice of Shohei Ohtani,
the Angels fell 4-2 to Colorado on Tuesday night.
“You’re
disappointed
when you come in and you
don’t swing the bat as well as
you want,” shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. “You
gotta shake it off and come
back tomorrow and try
again.”
Playing in a National
League park that doesn’t allow for a designated hitter,
Ohtani didn’t start. He
pinch-hit in the seventh inning, grounding out as the
potential tying run with the
Angels trailing 2-0.
But it was his thin-air
batting practice that mesmerized the stadium as he
hit baseballs into places generally considered reachable
only via Uber.
Ohtani deposited multiple would-be home runs into
the park’s third deck in right
field, 400-who-knows-howmany feet away.
Each one was marked by
oohs and aahs. When Ohtani
was done, he received an
ovation particularly hearty
given that the game was still
an hour or so away from
starting.
Once play commenced,
the Angels were unable to
figure out Jon Gray and lost
at Coors Field for the first
time in nine games, a streak
that began in 2001, a month
before Mike Trout’s 10th
birthday.
Beforehand,
manager
Mike Scioscia talked about
the importance of being productive here, noting the
need to “score whatever runs
are available” in a place famous for serving all-youcan-eat offense.
Then he watched his
team load the bases with two
outs in the first inning and
fail to produce against Gray,
[See Angels, D6]
Kelvin Kuo Associated Press
DODGERS CATCHER Yasmani Grandal expresses his displeasure with Arizona’s Steven Souza Jr. after Souza’s hard slide into Max
Muncy while attempting to steal third base in the fifth inning. Arizona coach Tony Perezchica gets in the middle.
A Snakebit season
Injury leaves more
questions than answers
for Dodgers’ Kershaw
NATIVE SON
SE AT T L E ’ S JA M E S PA X T O N T H ROWS
NO - H I T T E R AGA I N S T T O RO N T O
ARIZONA 8
DODGERS 5 (12 INNINGS)
BILL PLASCHKE
Clayton Kershaw politely
invited the media to his
locker Tuesday afternoon
for his first interview since
being diagnosed with
biceps tendinitis. But, his
left shoulder hurting, he
wasn’t really in the mood.
“How long have you
been dealing with this
issue?” the first questioner asked.
“Ask a better question,” Kershaw said.
The problem is, there is no better
question. There is no easy question.
There are only questions and questions
and questions.
”I don’t think I’ve ever had an arm
problem before,” Kershaw said, raising
the biggest questions of all.
If he’s never had this injury, how can
anyone even guess about the timetable
for his comeback? If this is the first time
for his left shoulder, could this be the first
of more problems with his shoulder?
Even if he comes back within a couple of
weeks as most expect, what does this
mean for the rest of his season?
This could be nothing. This could be
everything. But, face it, the first shoulder
injury for a 30-year-old who has carried a
franchise on that shoulder for a decade is
probably something, and it’s not good.
Kershaw sounded optimistic about a
[See Plaschke, D5]
Hernandez gets Hill
off hook, but Descalso
wins it for Arizona
By Andy McCullough
Fred Thornhill Associated Press
James Paxton is about to be mobbed by teammates after becoming the first Canadian to
throw a major league no-hitter in his home
country, a 5-0 gem against the Blue Jays. D3
The Dodgers’ dugout was littered with
bubble gum in the fourth inning Tuesday
and filled with rage in the fifth. It soared
with hope in the ninth. It played host to
gnashed teeth in the 10th and the 11th.
By the 12th, as another Arizona Diamondbacks home run disappeared from
sight and another game escaped the
grasp of the Dodgers, the dugout housed
only resignations. They were losers once
more, this time wearing an 8-5 defeat in 12
innings.
The Dodgers could blame only themselves. After tying the score in the ninth,
they loaded the bases in the 10th and put
the first two runners aboard in the 11th.
On neither occasion did they score. Instead, they watched as reliever Yimi Garcia permitted a three-run homer to Arizona third baseman Daniel Descalso in the
12th.
The Dodgers pushed the game into extra innings with a ninth-inning homer
from Enrique Hernandez. Trailing by a
run against Arizona closer Brad
Boxberger, Hernandez hammered an 88mph fastball just over the reach of center
fielder A.J. Pollock.
The game already featured plenty of
tumult. After Rich Hill surrendered three
[See Dodgers, D5]
‘Being Serena’ not so simple It’s not exactly
HBO documentary had an easy concept. Then real life got in the way.
RANDY HARVEY
ON MEDIA
Serena Williams won the
Australian Open in January
2017 while two months’
pregnant, gave birth in
September, and is scheduled to return to tennis’
Grand Slam circuit at the
French Open later this
month.
It was a can’t-miss pitch
for a documentary. IMG, the
international talent agency
that has long represented
Williams, took it to HBO.
HBO, which had worked
with IMG on previous documentary series involving
Gonzaga men’s basketball
and Connecticut women’s
basketball, eagerly agreed
to do it.
“Have a healthy baby
and then come back and be
as good at my job as I can
be,” Williams said during
the first episode of “Being
Serena” last Wednesday
night.
Cut. Print it.
[See Harvey, D3]
a United front
Minnesota started
slowly but is gaining
ground on other
expansion teams.
By Kevin Baxter
Angela Weiss AFP/Getty Images
SERENA WILLIAMS, attending the premiere in New York of “Being Serena,”
discusses her childhood, her marriage and her difficult childbirth in the show.
The Los Angeles Football
Club, Minnesota United and
Atlanta United made their
MLS debuts within the last
15 months, marking the
most ambitious wave of expansion in the league’s 23year history. But though the
clubs share similar birth
dates — and two of them are
officially United, at least in
name — there’s really not
much all three have in common.
Atlanta, for example, has
taken MLS by storm.
Playing under a former
World Cup coach in the most
expensive stadium in U.S.
sports, it made the playoffs
in its first season and, at 7-1-1,
has the league’s best record
two months into its second
TODAY’S MATCH
LAFC vs.
Minnesota
AT BANC OF
CALIFORNIA STADIUM
TV: YouTube TV, 7 p.m.
one. LAFC, which plays
under its own former World
Cup coach in the country’s
most expensive soccer-specific stadium, is second in
the Western Conference
eight games into its inaugural year.
Then there’s Minnesota,
which makes its first visit to
Southern California on
Wednesday to meet LAFC at
Banc of California Stadium.
Its coach, Adrian Heath,
came to MLS from the thenthird-tier United Soccer
League; the team doesn’t
[See LAFC, D2]
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Woods feels more upbeat than beat up
Despite up-and-down
season he’s healthy in
long-awaited Players
Championship return.
TPC facts
What: The Players
Championship
Where: TPC Sawgrass
(Players Stadium)
Yardage: 7,189 Par: 72
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
By Edgar Thompson
PONTE VEDRA BEACH,
Fla. — The last time Tiger
Woods teed it up competitively in Florida, he was on the
cusp of winning.
Woods returns nearly two
months later searching for his
game — and his first victory in
nearly five years.
Shaky iron play at the
Masters and an ice-cold putter during last week’s Wells
Fargo Championship have
stalled a comeback that had
defied odds and expectations.
Woods, a little more than a
year removed from spinal fusion surgery, looks to put all
the pieces together beginning
Thursday during his first
Players Championship appearance in three years.
“I haven’t played here in a
little bit now, and excited to
come back and play, take a
look at the golf course, see how
it’s playing,” Woods said Tuesday. “I haven’t seen the new
changes yet, so looking forward to seeing a few of those
little tweaks, and just looking
forward to playing in the Players Championship again.”
Anything is possible this
tournament with Woods, from
a missed cut to a spot on the
Sunday leaderboard. Even
while at the top of the game,
Woods experienced mixed results at the Stadium Course
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TIGER WOODS , back at the Players Championship for the first time in three
years, is trying to stay loose in spite of struggling in his last two tournaments.
at TPC Sawgrass, where he
won twice (2001, 2013) but also
finished outside the top 20 five
times from 1997 to 2007.
Among Woods’ last four
visits to TPC are a withdrawal
for neck pain in 2010, a win and
a tie for 69th place in 2015 — his
last appearance in the PGA
Tour’s showcase event. Since
then, Woods has undergone
three back surgeries that
made him wonder if he would
ever swing a golf club again.
The 42-year-old’s return
has given him a greater appreciation for golf. But consecutive top-five finishes by Woods
during the Florida swing in
March created greater expectations of himself.
“Yeah, it does,” he said. “I
had no idea what to expect. So
this is all new to me. This is all
exciting because I didn’t know
what to expect.”
Since his return, Woods
has been less predictable in
the public eye and more approachable with fans.
Woods used to arrive to
tournament dialed in, but he
is now is comfortable commenting on more than the
state of his golf game. Woods
also sticks around to sign autographs.
He spoke about Thurs-
Apaches’ perfect season
broken up by Falcons
Beer tosses a gem and
Arcadia’s 23-game win
streak ends on a play
at home plate.
CRESCENTA VALLEY 2
ARCADIA 1
By Eric Sondheimer
In 1985, Darren Beer was
the Pacific League player of
the year as a pitcher at Crescenta Valley High. Thirtythree years later, he was
standing in the dugout on
Tuesday night at Arcadia
High relaying signs to the
catcher while his son, Trevor, stood on the mound in his
blue Falcons uniform, trying
to end the Apaches’ 23-game
winning streak.
Beer, a senior left-hander
headed to UC Santa Barbara, always was the pitcher
No. 1-ranked Arcadia needed
to fear most in its bid for an
unbeaten regular season.
Wins over Santa Ana Mater
Dei, El Camino Real, San
Dimas,
Etiwanda
and
Chatsworth were nice, but
everyone knew it would
come down to finding a way
to defeat Beer under the
lights in the final week.
Father and son had a
plan. “They’re a disciplined
team,” Trevor said. “It was a
matter of not giving in.”
Beer made 116 pitches
and struck out six in 62⁄3 innings before Luke Hempel
had to get the game’s final
out for a 2-1 Crescenta Valley
victory. And what a final out
it was.
Arcadia had runners on
first and second with two
outs after Dustin Allen drew
a walk on a 12-pitch at-bat.
Jeffrey Castillo hit a ground
ball to shortstop JD Schaffer. Allen beat the throw to
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second. Second baseman
Justin Parrott saw Jacob
Lopez trying to score the
tying run and fired the ball to
catcher Brian Ghattas, who
tagged out Lopez to end the
game.
“They’re a well-coached
team,” the younger Beer said
when asked how Arcadia
was able to win 23 consecutive games.
“They play hard. They
play all 21 outs to the best of
their ability.”
But it was the Falcons
(22-4, 13-0) taking a onegame lead in the Pacific
League by scoring two runs
in the second inning.
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day’s much-anticipated pairing with Phil Mickelson and
opened up about his growing
friendship with the fellow star.
“Our relationship has certainly gotten a lot closer with
me being a vice captain the
last couple teams,” Woods
said, referring to the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents
Cup, “and sitting there and
having very lengthy conversations with him about things;
not just the pairings but just
about things in general.”
Woods even discussed the
greatness of LeBron James,
ending the news conference
with a comprehensive break-
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down of the games of James
and Michael Jordan.
Woods concluded, “At the
end of the day, they both win,
and they’re both guys that we
look at and say, ‘It’s unbelievable what they’re doing,’ and
they’re just changing the
game, the game how it’s
played. We didn’t know it
could be played that way, and
they both have done it.”
Woods changed the way
people viewed golf. The question remains can he still win
on tour?
Healthy for the first time in
years, Woods has given reason
for hope among his fans. He
also planted seeds of doubt.
Needing a birdie to force a
playoff at the Valspar Championship in Tampa on March
10, Woods played conservatively with an iron off the 442yard closing hole to leave himself with a long approach shot
that landed 40 feet from the
hole. The following Sunday at
Orlando’s Bay Hill Club and
Lodge, Woods was one off the
lead when he hit a driver out of
bounds on the par-five 16th.
Even for a player with 79
PGA Tour wins, each showing
was a rare moral victory, but
Woods has not been near the
lead during two starts since.
Woods’ iron play deserted
him at Augusta National Golf
Club during the Masters.
“I kept leaving myself
above the hole in places where
I just couldn’t miss the ball,”
he said. “I felt like I was
putting defensively for the entire week, and I could never
get the ball in the correct
spots. That was frustrating.”
Like his iron play, Woods’
short game and putting during the Florida swing resembled the Tiger of old. But last
week at Quail Hollow, Woods
took at least 30 putts in all four
rounds and posted just one
round in the 60s on his way to a
tie for 55th place.
“I just didn’t make anything,” he said. “Geez, I hit —
one of the days I hit a bunch of
greens, like 15 greens, and still
I turned a 63 or 64 into 68.”
As he exited the interview
room, Woods made a beeline
for the putting green at TPC
Sawgrass. It has been some
time since he’s played designer Pete Dye’s demanding
layout, but Woods is well
aware of the challenge ahead.
“It was 12 years between
wins here, and so just looking
at my record, I didn’t play this
place well,” he said. “I struggled with it. There’s no way of
faking it around this golf
course.”
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NHL NOTES
Hurricanes name
Brind’Amour coach
wire reports
The Carolina Hurricanes
hired former captain and
current
assistant
Rod
Brind’Amour as their coach
Tuesday, hoping the “greatest leader” in franchise history can end a nine-year
playoff drought.
The team also announced that president Don
Waddell will become the fulltime general manager after
serving as acting GM.
Waddell said a few coaching candidates were weighed
but “conversations with
staff and players consistently returned to the same
person.” One of the Hurricanes’ most decorated stars,
Brind’Amour
captained
their only Stanley Cup
championship team in 2006.
“Rod is the greatest
leader in the history of this
franchise, and has earned
the opportunity,” Waddell
said in a statement.
Thornton wants to
stay in San Jose
Joe Thornton tested the
market last summer before
returning to San Jose on a
one-year deal. If he has his
way this offseason, he’ll sign
with the Sharks again.
“I’m a Shark,” said
Thornton, who missed the
team’s playoff run after tearing knee ligaments in January. “I bleed teal and I want
to come back and I know I’m
going to be healthy.”
Etc.
The New Jersey Devils
say forwards Taylor Hall
and Patrick Maroon and
goaltender Cory Schneider
have undergone surgeries.
Hall and Maroon are expected to be ready for training camp, while Schneider
(torn cartilage, left hip) may
need five months to recover.
Minnesota ‘cathedral’ will open next season
[LAFC, from D1]
have a stadium yet; and it
has won just a third of its
first 43 games while giving
up a league-worst 86 goals.
“We are diametrically different in our approaches to
the team [and] the business
as a whole,” said Chris
Wright, Minnesota United’s
chief executive. “Our entire
business model is so totally
different to the Atlanta business model, different to the
LAFC business model. It
starts with that.”
The differences start
with the circumstances. Atlanta United and LAFC
sprung from whole cloth,
funded by deep-pocketed,
well-connected ownership
groups in two of the country’s top 10 metro markets.
Five months before its MLS
debut, Minnesota United
was playing in the third-tier
North American Soccer
League, which once took
over the team to save it from
bankruptcy, only to consider
folding the franchise in 2012.
Then between expansion
fees, land-acquisition costs
and stadium expenses related to the team’s step up to
MLS, United was out nearly
$400 million before it had
played a game in the league.
“We’re in a situation
where, based on everything
that we’ve got to do to service debt, to build a franchise,
we are probably taking a little bit more of a methodical,
deliberate approach to the
way we build,” Wright said.
“Thoughtful,
methodical, deliberate,” he repeats,
turning the team’s core philosophy into a mantra.
“[It’s] the way that I would
describe our approach.”
And it’s an approach,
Aaron Lavinsky Associated Press
DARWIN QUINTERO, right, with Houston’s Tomas
Martinez, was a big signing for Minnesota United.
built on a three-year plan,
that is picking up steam. Because if Atlanta United and
LAFC shot out of the blocks
at a sprint, Minnesota is now
beginning to close the gap.
After playing its first season without a designated
player — and with a team
payroll of $5.3 million, or less
than the Galaxy paid Giovani dos Santos — Minnesota signed Colombia midfielder Darwin Quintero
during this spring’s primary
transfer window and reportedly will pay him $1.5 million.
After opening its second
season in the University of
Minnesota’s football stadium — where United played
its first MLS home game in a
snowstorm — the team is
preparing to move into Allianz Field, its $200-million
soccer-specific home in St.
Paul next season. The team
has already reached its limit
of 14,500 season-ticket sales
and has nearly sold out its
premium spaces as well,
with only four suites still
available.
The outlook has improved on the field as well.
Minnesota (4-5-0) comes
into the match with LAFC
(5-2-1 and unbeaten in its
last four) riding its second
two-game winning streak of
the season. The team won
consecutive games once last
season.
“To get this right and to
be the kind of club that we
want to be, where we’re
proud for years to come, it’s
important that we build it
the right way,” said sporting
director Manny Lagos, a former MLS and U.S. national
team midfielder from St.
Paul who made his pro debut with the Minnesota
Thunder, United’s USL
predecessor.
“Certainly this year is a
really big building year for
us, to grow and get better
competitively on the field
and to build into the community. And there’s no
doubt when our cathedral
opens next year it’s going to
be one of the iconic stadiums
in the U.S.”
Wright, who played and
coached soccer in his native
England before serving 13
years as president of the
NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, agreed.
“We’re in that second season. This is the difficult season,” he said. “We’ve got to
be competitive on the field.
We’ve got to build relationships that we can capture
and captivate and then sort
of convince to be part of our
new stadium.
“So this year is probably
the hardest year, but at the
same time probably the
most enjoyable year. Because you know what you’re
building toward.”
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Twitter: @kbaxter11
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Paxton
displays
mastery
at home
McNair’s
credibility
called into
question
Member of infractions
committee testifies
coach knew Bush had
gotten extra benefits.
Mariners left-hander
is the first Canadian to
throw a no-hitter in
the country.
By Nathan Fenno
The
four-paragraph
email Eleanor Myers wrote in
March 2010 has been a frequent exhibit during the first
two weeks of testimony in former USC assistant football
coach Todd McNair’s defamation trial against the
NCAA.
“On the other side,” Myers, a member of the NCAA
infractions committee that
sanctioned McNair and USC,
said in the email to the rest of
the group, “we have a
botched interview in which
McNair did not have a good
opportunity to explain the
call since the date staff questioned him about was
wrong.”
During testimony Tuesday in Los Angeles County
Superior Court, Myers defended the email and the
committee’s handling of the
case against McNair and
USC. Myers, a Temple law
professor, said McNair’s answers to the infractions committee about the disputed
phone call with would-be
sports agent Lloyd Lake in
January 2006 undermined
the coach’s credibility.
“We gave him all these alternative possibilities,” Myers said of McNair’s appearance before the committee.
“We were begging him to tell
us the truth and I thought he
had ample opportunity to explain the call at the hearing,
so we cured whatever problem there had been during
the investigation.”
Though she questioned
the infractions case against
McNair in a handful of emails
as the committee deliberated
in early 2010 — “I am not comfortable with charging him
with lying,” she wrote in one
— she remained adamant
Tuesday that the coach
wasn’t credible and knew
“well before” the January
2006 call that Lake provided
extra benefits to Reggie
Bush.
Eleven attorneys and staff
members representing the
NCAA, including chief legal
officer
Donald
Remy,
watched the afternoon session of Myers’ testimony in a
stuffy room at the Stanley
Mosk Courthouse.
Under cross-examination
by McNair attorney Bruce
Broillet, Myers adjusted her
language about the March
2010 email, saying “the interviews weren’t botched” but
that two questions investigators asked were “mistaken.”
The most heated exchange came late in the day
when Broillet pressed Myers
about whether Rodney Uphoff, a nonvoting member of
the committee, and fellow
nonvoting member Roscoe
Howard participated in deliberations about USC and
McNair in violation of NCAA
rules at the time.
“Whatever your definition
of an active role is, he did not
take it,” Myers said of Uphoff.
Broillet asked if emails
were part of the deliberations, then displayed an
email Myers sent the committee in March 2010 saying
she was “increasingly uneasy
with conducting our deliberations via email.”
After a back and forth
about whether emails which
included Uphoff constituted
deliberations, Myers finally
allowed, “I believe some people were attempting to conduct deliberations by email.”
Uphoff, who wrote a
lengthy memo to the committee assailing USC, previously testified that he tried to
influence the group “to reach
the right decision.”
Myers testified that sanctions against USC weren’t increased after the group
found McNair guilty of unethical conduct — she
blamed a delay in reaching a
decision on the belated production of the transcript
from the committee’s hearing — but instead stemmed
from not banning the
school’s football games from
television.
“We basically increased
the scholarship [penalty] to
basically satisfy [committee
chair] Paul [Dee] and not
have a TV ban,” Myers said.
Closing arguments will
start Thursday or Friday.
Two economic experts are
the only remaining witnesses
expected to testify.
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Twitter: @nathanfenno
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CHRIS PAUL, left, greets James Harden after scoring 41 points to reach the conference finals for first time.
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP
Rockets 112, Jazz 102
UTAH
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Crowder.............33 2-11 1-2 2-8 0 0 6
Ingles ...............31 5-10 0-0 1-5 6 4 12
Gobert ..............33 5-9 2-4 4-9 0 2 12
Mitchell.............34 9-17 4-5 1-4 9 3 24
O’Neale.............37 6-10 4-4 0-3 1 5 17
Burks................31 7-15 5-5 1-3 5 1 22
Neto .................17 0-5 0-0 1-1 3 2 0
Favors ...............14 3-3 0-1 1-6 0 1 6
Jerebko ...............6 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 3
Totals
38-81 16-21 11-41 24 18 102
Shooting: Field goals, 46.9%; free throws, 76.2%
Three-point goals: 10-28 (Burks 3-5, Ingles 2-6,
Mitchell 2-7, Jerebko 1-1, O’Neale 1-2, Crowder 1-5,
Neto 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (19
PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Gobert 5). Turnovers: 12 (Crowder 3, Mitchell 3, Burks 2, Ingles 2, Neto, O’Neale).
Steals: 5 (Burks, Crowder, Gobert, Mitchell, O’Neale).
Technical Fouls: None.
HOUSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ariza .................24 1-4 0-0 1-6 1 2 2
Tucker ...............35 7-9 0-0 1-6 2 4 19
Capela ..............31 1-2 3-4 1-5 0 4 5
Harden..............34 7-22 3-4 1-4 4 3 18
Paul..................37 13-22 7-8 0-7 10 1 41
Gordon..............30 2-8 0-0 0-3 2 1 5
Mbah a Moute....20 3-5 1-1 0-2 2 1 8
Green ...............13 3-7 0-0 1-5 0 2 8
Nene ................11 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 6
Totals
40-83 14-17 6-40 21 18 112
Shooting: Field goals, 48.2%; free throws, 82.4%
Three-point goals: 18-39 (Paul 8-10, Tucker 5-7,
Green 2-6, Mbah a Moute 1-2, Gordon 1-5, Harden 1-7,
Ariza 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 9 (14
PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Capela 5, Tucker 3). Turnovers:
9 (Harden 3, Gordon 2, Mbah a Moute 2, Ariza, Tucker).
Steals: 10 (Capela 3, Harden 2, Ariza, Green, Mbah a
Moute, Nene, Paul). Technical Fouls: None.
Utah
Houston
16 30 32
21 33 21
24— 102
37— 112
A—18,055. T—2:11. O—John Goble, Mark Ayotte,
Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis
Warriors 113, Pelicans 104
NEW ORLEANS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Mirotic ..............37 4-9 1-2 0-7 1 1 12
Moore ...............40 4-12 1-2 1-2 4 3 10
Davis ................45 13-26 7-9 2-19 1 2 34
Holiday..............46 11-21 3-3 0-10 11 3 27
Rondo...............20 3-7 0-0 0-2 7 1 7
Clark.................29 4-9 0-0 1-4 1 1 9
Miller ................16 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 5
Hill .....................2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
41-88 12-16 4-44 26 12 104
Shooting: Field goals, 46.6%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 10-24 (Mirotic 3-6, Holiday 2-6,
Davis 1-2, Miller 1-2, Rondo 1-2, Clark 1-3, Moore 1-3).
Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 14 (24 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 5 (Davis 4, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Holiday
4, Moore 4, Davis 3, Rondo 2, Mirotic). Steals: 7 (Rondo
3, Clark 2, Davis, Holiday). Technical Fouls: None.
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant ..............37 10-18 3-5 0-6 7 2 24
Iguodala............25 1-4 0-0 1-4 5 0 2
Green ...............40 9-18 0-0 5-14 9 3 19
Curry ................37 10-16 5-5 0-7 8 2 28
Thompson..........37 10-22 1-1 1-6 3 1 23
Looney ..............23 2-6 0-0 4-8 1 6 4
Livingston ..........14 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 6
Cook.................13 2-5 1-1 1-2 1 2 5
Bell ....................5 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2
West...................4 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 0
Totals
48-100 10-12 12-53 36 18 113
Shooting: Field goals, 48.0%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 7-27 (Curry 3-6, Thompson 2-8,
Durant 1-4, Green 1-5, Iguodala 0-1, Cook 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 12 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Green 2). Turnovers: 12 (Curry 4, Green 4,
Livingston 2, Durant, Iguodala). Steals: 10 (Green 3,
Durant 2, Iguodala 2, Curry, Looney, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
New Orleans
Golden State
26 30 19
32 27 36
29— 104
18— 113
A—19,596. T—2:14. O—Josh Tiven, Derrick Stafford,
Ed Malloy
Paul turns 3-1 into 4-1
to reach West finals
wire reports
Chris Paul didn’t want to
talk about his postseason
failures, not after finally reaching the Western Conference finals.
His Houston Rockets
teammates were eager to
talk about Paul’s dominant
performance, including a
playoff career-high 41 points,
in Tuesday’s 112-102 victory
that eliminated the Utah
Jazz in five games.
“He went out there and
took over the game,” James
Harden said. “[To have] an
opportunity for him that
he’s never had before. He
went to go get it. He put us all
on his back and said ‘Listen,
I got us.’ ”
Top-seeded Houston will
face the defending champion Golden State Warriors,
the No. 2 seed who also advanced in five games, finishing off New Orleans.
It will be Houston’s second trip to the conference finals in four years and the
first for Paul. The point
guard, who is in his 13th season, has been panned for
failing to get past the second
round in his nine previous
trips to the playoffs, including blowing a 3-1 lead over
the Rockets when he was
with the Clippers.
Paul left no room for error
this time. He made eight
three-pointers and had 10 assists and seven rebounds
without a turnover.
He’s the first player in
playoff history to have at
least 40 points and 10 assists
without a turnover since it
became an official statistic
in 1977-78, according to the
Elias Sports Bureau.
“The performance that
Chris put out there — if he
didn’t make it out this time,
something’s wrong,” coach
Mike D’Antoni said.
Houston made 18 threepointers to give the team 10
or more in an NBA playoffrecord 16 straight games.
Star rookie Donovan
Mitchell had 22 of his 24
points for Utah in the third
quarter before leaving with
about seven minutes left
with a sore left foot. The
team said X-rays revealed no
damage and he’d undergo
further tests.
“Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole,” he said.
Alec Burks scored 22
points off the bench and
Royce O’Neale added 17.
Rudy Gobert finished with
12 points, nine rebounds and
five blocks. The Jazz were
without Ricky Rubio and
Dante Exum because of
hamstring injuries. Rubio
missed the entire series.
at Golden State 113, New
Orleans 104: Stephen Curry
had 28 points, Kevin Durant
had 24 and the Warriors
made the conference finals
for the fourth straight year.
Klay Thompson added 23
points
and
Draymond
Green had 19 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, three
steals and two blocked shots
for the Warriors, who with a
15th straight home playoff
win tied Chicago for an NBA
record. They will open at
Houston on Monday.
Asked about facing the
Rockets, Thompson said
“That’s what I’ve expected
all year, with the trajectory
they were on.”
Anthony Davis had 34
points and 19 rebounds and
Jrue Holiday added 27
points and 11 assists for the
Pelicans, who shaved the
lead to seven with two minutes left, but got no closer.
NBA PLAYOFF
SCHEDULE
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 Houston vs. 5 Utah
Rockets win series 4-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Houston 110, Utah 96
Utah 116, Houston 108
Houston 113, Utah 92
Houston 100, Utah 87
Houston 112, Utah 102
2 Golden St. vs. 6 New Orleans
Warriors win series 4-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Golden St. 123, N.O. 101
Golden St. 121, N.O. 116
N.O. 119, Golden St. 100
Golden St, 118, N.O. 92
Golden St. 113, N.O. 104
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Toronto vs. 4 Cleveland
Cavaliers win series 4-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Cleve. 113, Toronto 112 (OT)
Cleveland 128, Toronto 110
Cleveland 105, Toronto 103
Cleveland 128, Toronto 93
2 Boston vs. 3 Philadelphia
Celtics lead series 3-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Boston 117, Phil. 101
Boston 108, Phil. 103
Boston 101, Phil. 98 (OT)
Phil. 103, Boston 92
Today at Boston, 5
Friday at Phil., 5*
Sunday at Boston, TBA*
CONFERENCE FINALS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 Houston vs. 2 Golden State
Best-of-seven series
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Monday at Houston, 6
May 16 at Houston, 6
May 20 at Golden State, 5
May 22 at Golden State, 6
May 24 at Houston, 6*
May 26 at Golden State, 6*
May 28 at Houston, 6*
All times PDT, p.m. unless noted
* if necessary
TORONTO — James
Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in
his home country, shutting
down the Toronto Blue Jays
5-0 on Tuesday night.
Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia
Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.
Paxton, from British Columbia, pointed to a tattoo
on his right forearm of a
maple leaf — a national symbol of Canada — as he celebrated to a standing ovation
at Rogers Centre.
“Of all places, to do it in
Toronto, it’s pretty amazing,” he said.
“The fans were great.
They were giving me some
trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past
that, they started kind of
cheering me on. It was cool.”
The 29-year-old lefthander nicknamed “The Big
Maple” threw 99 pitches in
tossing the third no-hitter in
the majors this year — each
in a different country.
Oakland’s Sean Manaea
pitched one against Boston
on April 21 in California.
Four Dodgers combined to
no-hit San Diego on Friday
in Monterrey, Mexico.
Coming off a career-high
16 strikeouts in his last start,
Paxton (2-1) was electric
again, hitting 100 mph with
his fastball while retiring
Josh Donaldson on a
grounder to end it.
Paxton struck out seven
batters, walked three and
benefited from an outstanding play by Kyle Seager. With
two outs in the seventh inning, the Gold Glove third
baseman made a full-length
diving stop on speedy Kevin
Pillar’s grounder down the
line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on
one hop.
Russell Martin led off the
Toronto eighth inning with a
drive that left fielder Ben
Gamel caught near the wall.
It was the sixth no-hitter
for the Mariners franchise,
and the first since Hisashi
Iwakuma did it against Baltimore in 2015. Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game in
2012 and Randy Johnson
tossed Seattle’s first no-hitter in 1990.
It was the first no-hitter
against the Blue Jays since
Detroit’s Justin Verlander
did it in Toronto on May 7,
2011. Toronto has been no-hit
five times.
Mike Zunino hit a tworun home run in the fourth
inning against Marcus Stroman (0-5), who gave up all
the runs in five innings.
HBO documentary ‘Being Serena’ gets mixed reviews
[Harvey, from D1]
Each episode in the fivepart series, which airs on
Wednesday nights through
May 30, three days after the
French Open begins, were
supposed to be that uncomplicated.
In Episode 1, Williams said
that she didn’t care that
much about winning the
Australian Open after learning she was pregnant the
night before the tournament
began. She said she just
wanted to get off the court as
quickly as possible, perhaps
explaining her straight-set
victories in all seven matches.
She won the title match
against sister Venus, who
said, “I think it was unfair
because it was two against
one. So I want a rematch.”
Viewers also got a glimpse
into her life with the baby’s
father — fiance (now husband) Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of the website Reddit. They appear extraordinarily compatible, despite
their differences.
As she said, “I’m an athlete. He’s a business guy. I’m
black. He’s white. We’re total
opposites. I don’t know why
we’re such a good fit.”
But life has seldom been
simple for Williams, 36, starting with her early years with
her family in Compton.
HBO
SERENA WILLIAMS holds her daughter, Alexis
Olympia Ohanian Jr., in a scene from “Being Serena.”
“Gangs, robbers, murder,
gunshots right outside our
door,” she said. “There was a
lot to run away from.” Halfsister Yetunde, a personal
assistant to Serena and
Venus, was fatally shot in
Compton when she was 31.
Williams, then 21, had
already won six of her 23
Grand Slam titles, the most
of any player in the modern
era. However, even in tennis
she has had struggles. She
was out for eight months in
2003 after knee surgery and 11
months in 2010-11 after suffering from a hematoma and
pulmonary embolism.
So, while all seemed to be
going well during her pregnancy for most of Episode 1,
she foreshadowed what was
to come when she recounted
her health issues, including
blood clots, in acknowledging
her vulnerability.
The hook came when she
said she almost died.
Reviewers, who were
provided with screenings of
the first two episodes before
the series began, have been
mixed in their appraisals.
One called the shows “intimate and raw.” Another said
Williams provided “powerful
narrative” but added that the
episodes were “not quite
documentary film making at
its finest” because HBO was
“too rapt with its subject.”
Perhaps that’s the price
HBO had to pay for intimate
access to one of the greatest
athletes ever, particularly one
who has been known for
vigorously protecting her
private life.
The series, she told the
New York Times, was her
idea.
“I like to believe, and I
would like all people to understand, that I’m not different
from anyone else,” she explained to the newspaper. “I
have the same struggles a lot
of women have had … there’s
literally no difference between
me and them with the exception of the side of me that just
so happens to play professional tennis.”
Her playing career is on
hold. She returned to singles
competition at the BNP
Paribas Open in Indian Wells
during the first week of
March, won her first two
matches, then lost to Venus in
the third round. She lost in
the first round later in the
month at the Miami Open.
She has not played since,
recently announcing her
withdrawal from the Madrid
Open, which began last week.
If she doesn’t play in the May
14-22 Italian Open in Rome,
she will have had no claycourt preparation going into
the French Open, should she
decide to play at Roland
Garros.
But her comeback is not
likely to be one of the major
themes of the next couple of
episodes. It’s certainly not of
Wednesday night’s Episode 2.
If you’ve read the numerous
articles about her difficult
childbirth, including the
decision to deliver by a Caesarean section and the ensuing
complications, you should
still watch because of the
intensity of the experience for
her and husband Alexis. You
will also meet the baby girl,
Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Alexis Sr. told Serena that
Alexis Jr. looks like a future
Wimbledon champion in 15 to
20 years.
“Not if I’m still on tour,”
Williams told him.
“You’re ridiculous,” he
said.
You also will learn in the
episode whether Williams has
a good singing voice.
Spoiler alert: During the
lullaby, she imagined her
daughter was thinking, “Shut
up, mama!”
sports@latimes.com
D4
S
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
BASEBALL
D’BACKS
DODGERS
L
W
West
Pct.
GB
L10
—
6-4
Arizona
24 11 .686
Colorado
21 15 .583 31⁄2
7-3
San Francisco
19 17 .528 51⁄2
7-3
DODGERS
15 20 .429
9
3-7
San Diego
13 24 .351
12
4-6
GB
L10
L
W
Central
Pct.
St. Louis
20 14 .588
—
5-5
Milwaukee
21 15 .583
—
5-5
Pittsburgh
20 16 .556
1
5-5
Chicago
18 15 .545 11⁄2
5-5
Cincinnati
9
East
27 .250
L
W
Pct.
12
3-7
GB
L10
Atlanta
20 14 .588
Philadelphia
20 15 .571
⁄2
—
4-6
6-4
Washington
20 17 .541 11⁄2
9-1
New York
18 16 .529
2
2-8
Miami
13 22 .371 71⁄2
6-4
1
Tuesday’s results
Arizona 8, at DODGERS 5, 12 innings
at Colorado 4, ANGELS 2
Minnesota 7, at St. Louis 1
at Philadelphia 4, San Francisco 2
Atlanta 1, at Tampa Bay 0
at Cincinnati 7, New York 2
at Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 2
at Chicago 4, Miami 3
Pittsburgh 10, at Chicago White Sox 6
Washington 4, at San Diego 0
AL STANDINGS
L
W
West
Pct.
GB
L10
—
5-5
Houston
23 15 .605
ANGELS
21 14 .600
1
⁄2
5-5
Seattle
20 14 .588
1
6-4
Oakland
18 18 .500
4
4-6
Texas
14 24 .368
L
W
Central
Pct.
9
3-7
GB
L10
—
3-7
Cleveland
17 18 .486
Minnesota
15 17 .469
1
⁄2
6-4
Detroit
15 20 .429
2
4-6
Kansas City
12 23 .343
5
7-3
Chicago
9
7
2-8
GB
L10
24 .273
L
W
East
Pct.
Boston
25 10 .714
—
6-4
New York
25 10 .714
—
9-1
Toronto
19 17 .528 61⁄2
Tampa Bay
15 18 .455
Baltimore
8
27 .229
5-5
9
5-5
17
2-8
ROCKIES
ANGELS
4
2
Streak
Lost 3 This month
3-4
Home
7-9 Road
8-11
Division
11-16 Interleague
1-1
Next: Tonight vs. Arizona, Dodger Stadium, 7
TV/Radio: SportsNet LA/570, 1020
Streak
Lost 1 This month
Home
8-10 Road
Division
12-4 Interleague
Next: Today at Colorado, noon PDT
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
5-2
13-4
1-3
Dodgers
Arizona
Peraltasslf
Taylor
Owings 3b
Verdugo
Marrero lf3b
Avila c c
Grandal
Gldsmdt 1b
1-Stripling
Pollock cf
f-Maeda
Souza Jr. rf
dDclso 3b1b
Bellinger
Marte 2b
Kemp
Ahmedrf ss
Murphy c cf
Pederson
Godley3b
p
Muncy
c-Dyson rf
e-Farmer
Totals c
Utley 2b
Hill p
a-Locastro
b-Barnes
Hrndz 3b
Totals
AB
6
5
0
1
4
6
3
2
5
4
5
2
2
45
R
0
1
0
1
2
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
8
H
1
1
0
1
1
2
2
1
0
2
1
0
0
12
BI
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
3
0
0
2
0
0
8
ERA
TIME
2.15
7 p.m.
3.83
SNLA
5.79 9:30 a.m.
3.96
MLB
4.82 2:15 p.m.
4.99
3.99
4 p.m.
4.76
2.33
6 p.m.
3.13
MLB
W-L
3-1
1-1
3-1
2-3
5-0
4-2
1-2
1-4
0-0
2-2
ERA
TIME
2.97
11 a.m.
3.29
1.42 12:30 p.m.
4.30
MLB
2.14
4 p.m.
4.61
ESPN
6.84
4 p.m.
4.89
3.57
4 p.m.
6.60
W-L
2-1
2-0
4-1
2-2
4-2
0-2
2-1
2-1
ERA
3.46
3.78
3.95
2.33
2.63
2.43
3.65
3.33
INTERLEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
Angels/Barria (R)
COL/Anderson (L)
CLE/Carrasco (R)
MIL/Guerra (R)
PIT/Williams (R)
CHI/Lopez (R)
ATL/Teheran (R)
TB/Yarbrough (L)
TIME
Noon
FS West
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
4 p.m.
TWINS
CARDINALS
7
1
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-2) gave
up two hits and one run in five innings,
Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run home
run and Minnesota won its seasonhigh fifth consecutive game.
Minnesota AB R H BI Avg. St. Louis
AB R H BI Avg.
Mrrisn 1b
5 0 1 1 .183 Crpntr 2b
4 0 0 0 .152
Dozier 2b
5 1 1 0 .225 DeJong ss
4 0 0 0 .250
Kepler cf
4 1 1 0 .274 Martinez 1b 3 1 1 1 .287
Escobar 3b 5 1 2 2 .313 Ozuna lf
3 0 0 0 .246
Rosario lf
5 3 2 0 .291 Fowler rf
3 0 0 0 .151
Grssmn rf
3 0 1 2 .213 Brebbia p
0 0 0 0 --Garver c
3 0 1 0 .256 Bader cf
3 0 0 0 .250
Adrianza ss 3 1 1 1 .211 Garcia 3b
2 0 0 0 .211
Odorizzi p
1 0 0 0 .000 Pena c-1b
3 0 1 0 .176
Pressly p
0 0 0 0 --- Martinez p
0 0 0 0 .200
b-LaMarre 1 0 0 0 .324 a-Gyorko
1 0 0 0 .324
Rogers p
0 0 0 0 --- Kelly c
1 0 0 0 .000
Hughes p
0 0 0 0 --- Totals
27 1 2 1
Totals
35 7 10 6
Minnesota
St. Louis
5
0
Coming off a 16-strikeout performance, James Paxton became the first
Canadian to throw a no-hitter in Canada and the second overall. Dee Gordon
had three of Seattle’s 12 hits.
Seattle
AB R H BI Avg. Toronto
Gordon cf
5 1 3 0 .353 Hernandez rf
Segura ss
5 0 0 0 .280 Dnldsn 3b
Cano 2b
4 1 2 1 .290 Solarte 2b
Cruz dh
4 0 2 1 .255 Smoak 1b
Seager 3b 5 0 1 0 .239 Pillar cf
Haniger rf
3 0 0 1 .289 Martin c
Healy 1b
4 1 2 0 .262 Morales dh
Zunino c
4 1 1 2 .185 Gurriel Jr. ss
Gamel lf
3 1 1 0 .178 Alford lf
Totals
37 5 12 5
Totals
AB
4
4
3
2
3
3
2
3
2
26
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
002 210 000 —5
000 000 000 —0
H
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BI
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Avg.
.247
.211
.264
.252
.309
.139
.148
.224
.167
12
0
0
1
Walks—Seattle 3: Cano 1, Cruz 1, Gamel 1. Toronto 3: Smoak 1, Morales 1,
Alford 1. Strikeouts—Seattle 5: Segura 2, Seager 2, Healy 1. Toronto 7:
Hernandez 2, Donaldson 2, Solarte 1, Gurriel Jr. 1, Alford 1. E—Smoak (1).
LOB—Seattle 9, Toronto 2. 2B—Gordon (8). HR—Zunino (5), off Stroman.
RBIs—Cano (19), Cruz (17), Haniger (28), Zunino 2 (12). SB—Gordon (15).
SF—Haniger. GIDP—Cruz, Pillar. DP—Seattle 1 (Seager, Cano, Healy);
Toronto 1 (Smoak).
Seattle
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Paxton, W, 2-1..............9 0 0 0 3 7
99 3.40
Toronto
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Stroman, L, 0-5............5 9 5 5 2 2
88 7.71
Mayza.........................2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
20 4.15
15 3.38
Petricka ....................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
Loup...........................1 1 0 0 0 1
13 4.61
Axford .........................1 1 0 0 0 0
12 1.56
Inherited runners-scored—Petricka 2-0.
U—James Hoye, Quinn Wolcott, Jeff Kellogg, Marvin Hudson. T—2:19.
Tickets sold—20,513 (53,506).
AMERICAN LEAGUE >>>
MATCHUP
DET/Liriano (L)
TEX/Colon (R)
HOU/Cole (R)
OAK/Mengden (R)
BOS/Porcello (R)
NY/Tanaka (R)
KC/Skoglund (L)
BAL/Cashner (R)
SEA/LeBlanc (L)
TOR/Garcia (L)
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** 6
** 4
** 0
** 0
** 5
** 6
** 5
** 4
** 2
** 4
** 1
** 0
** 1
** 1
** 43
MARINERS
BLUE JAYS
TODAY’S GAMES
W-L
4-0
0-3
2-2
2-3
1-1
3-2
3-2
1-2
4-2
3-2
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010 121 200 —7
100 000 000 —1
10
2
0
3
a-flied out for Martinez in the 5th. b-struck out for Pressly in the
8th.
Walks—Minnesota 3: Kepler 1, Grossman 2. St. Louis 2: Martinez
1, Garcia 1.
Strikeouts—Minnesota 4: Dozier 1, Kepler 1, Odorizzi 1, LaMarre
1. St. Louis 7: DeJong 2, Fowler 2, Bader 1, Garcia 1, Kelly 1.
E—Martinez (5), Ozuna (2), Garcia (2). LOB—Minnesota 8, St.
Louis 2. 2B—Kepler (11), Grossman (7). HR—Escobar (7), off Lyons;
Martinez (4), off Odorizzi. RBIs—Morrison (13), Escobar 2 (20),
Grossman 2 (13), Adrianza (3), Martinez (19).
SB—Adrianza (2). CS—Garcia (1). SF—Adrianza. S—Odorizzi 2,
Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position—Minnesota 5 (Morrison 2,
Grossman, Garver, Odorizzi); St. Louis 1 (DeJong). RISP—Minnesota
4 for 10; St. Louis 0 for 2. GIDP—Dozier. DP—St. Louis 1 (Garcia,
Carpenter, Martinez).
Minnesota
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Odorizzi, W, 3-2 ............5 2 1 1 2 3
93 3.83
Pressly ........................2 0 0 0 0 2
25 0.92
Rogers ........................1 0 0 0 0 2
11 6.75
Hughes .......................1 0 0 0 0 0
8 7.00
St. Louis
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Martinez, L, 3-2............5 4 4 2 3 2
85 1.62
Tuivailala .....................1 2 1 1 0 0
18 3.86
Lyons..........................1 2 2 2 0 0
13 6.17
Brebbia.......................2 2 0 0 0 2
25 0.00
HBP—Martinez (Garver).
U—Tim Timmons, Rob Drake, Sean Barber, Mike Winters.
T—2:54. Tickets sold—39,253 (45,538).
**TTOT**
BRAVES
RAYS
ROYALS
ORIOLES
4
2
Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon hitting
home runs, and Kansas City scored 10
runs before the Orioles came to bat.
San Fran. AB R H BI Avg. Philadelphia
Blanco lf
4 0 1 0 .263 Hrndz 2b
MCtchn rf
3 0 1 0 .248 Hoskins lf
Posey c
4 0 0 0 .306 Herrera cf
Belt 1b
4 1 2 0 .297 Altherr rf
Longoria 3b 4 0 1 0 .238 Santana 1b
Crawford ss 4 0 0 1 .242 Franco 3b
Hanson 2b
3 0 0 0 .286 Kingery ss
Jackson cf
3 0 0 0 .224 Alfaro c
Holland p
2 0 0 0 .000 Nola p
b-Sandoval 1 1 1 1 .255 a-Williams
Totals
32 2 6 2
Totals
Kan. City
Jay lf
Soler rf
Mstks 3b
Perez c
Butera c
Duda 1b
Mrrifld dh
Gordon cf
Escbr ss
Goins 2b
Totals
San Francisco
Philadelphia
R
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
4
010 000 010 —2
012 001 00x —4
H
1
0
2
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
8
BI
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
4
Avg.
.273
.274
.346
.209
.173
.278
.213
.222
.067
.219
6
8
1
0
a-hit by pitch for Nola in the 7th. b-homered for Gearrin in the 8th.
Walks—San Francisco 1: McCutchen 1. Philadelphia 3: Hoskins 1,
Altherr 1, Alfaro 1. Strikeouts—San Francisco 17: Blanco 2,
McCutchen 1, Posey 2, Belt 2, Longoria 2, Crawford 2, Hanson 1,
Jackson 3, Holland 2. Philadelphia 6: Hoskins 2, Franco 1, Kingery 2,
Alfaro 1. E—Jackson (2). LOB—San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 6.
2B—Longoria (10), Hernandez (7). HR—Sandoval (2), off Ramos;
Altherr (4), off Holland; Alfaro (4), off Holland; Santana (5), off
Gearrin. RBIs—Crawford (11), Sandoval (9), Herrera (21), Altherr
(19), Santana (18), Alfaro (9). SB—Belt (2), Herrera (2). Runners
left in scoring position—San Francisco 2 (Hanson, Jackson);
Philadelphia 1 (Kingery). RISP—San Francisco 0 for 4; Philadelphia 1
for 6. Runners moved up—Crawford, Santana. GIDP—Hernandez,
Nola. DP—San Francisco 2 (Crawford, Hanson, Belt), (Hanson,
Crawford, Belt).
San Francisco
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Holland, L, 1-4 .............5 6 3 3 2 3
79 5.66
Gearrin........................2 1 1 1 0 2
27 3.95
Smith .........................1 1 0 0 1 1
19 0.00
Philadelphia
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Nola, W, 5-1 ................7 5 1 1 0 12
109 2.05
19 1.20
Ramos, H, 4 ................2⁄3 1 1 1 1 2
Hunter, H, 4.................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
6 3.86
Neris, S, 7-9................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
9 3.95
Inherited runners-scored—Hunter 1-0. HBP—Gearrin (Williams).
U—Gerry Davis, Pat Hoberg, Mark Carlson, Brian Knight. T—2:53.
Tickets sold—22,456 (43,647).
BREWERS
INDIANS
1
0
AB
6
4
6
3
1
4
4
5
5
5
43
R
3
2
2
1
0
1
1
2
2
1
15
Kansas City
Baltimore
H
3
3
3
1
0
0
2
4
2
2
20
BI
0
3
5
2
0
0
0
3
0
2
15
Avg.
.279
.324
.300
.276
.172
.230
.259
.321
.228
.273
Baltimore
Mancini lf
Jones cf
Peterson ss
Mchdo ss
Gentry cf
Schoop 2b
Trumbo dh
Davis 1b
Valencia 3b
Sntndr rf
Joseph c
Totals
AB
5
3
0
3
1
5
5
5
4
4
5
40
R
0
0
1
0
1
1
1
1
1
0
1
7
H
1
1
0
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
2
14
1000 032 000 —15
010 000 024 — 7
BI
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
2
1
1
7
Avg.
.256
.246
.204
.346
.193
.227
.310
.172
.250
.204
.167
20
14
0
0
Walks—Kansas City 3: Soler 1, Duda 1, Merrifield 1. Baltimore 4:
Jones 1, Peterson 1, Machado 1, Santander 1. Strikeouts—Kansas
City 6: Jay 1, Moustakas 1, Perez 1, Duda 1, Merrifield 1, Goins 1.
Baltimore 8: Mancini 1, Jones 1, Schoop 1, Trumbo 1, Davis 2, Joseph
2. LOB—Kansas City 6, Baltimore 11. 2B—Gentry (1). HR—Soler (5),
off Bundy; Moustakas (9), off Bundy; Perez (3), off Bundy; Gordon
(3), off Bundy; Moustakas (10), off Araujo; Davis (3), off Duffy;
Valencia (4), off Smith; Joseph (1), off Smith. RBIs—Soler 3 (15),
Moustakas 5 (28), Perez 2 (9), Gordon 3 (8), Goins 2 (2), Schoop 2
(5), Davis (10), Valencia 2 (7), Santander (5), Joseph (3). SF—Soler,
Perez, Valencia. GIDP—Escobar, Butera. DP—Baltimore 2
(Machado, Schoop, Davis), (Schoop, Peterson, Davis).
Kansas City
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
101 5.15
Duffy, W, 1-4..............51⁄3 6 1 1 2 5
Smith .......................22⁄3 4 2 2 1 3
46 4.96
Boyer ..........................1 4 4 4 1 0
36 15.32
Baltimore
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Bundy, L, 1-5 ...............0 5 7 7 2 0
28 5.31
Wright Jr....................42⁄3 8 5 5 0 1
80 8.38
Araujo.......................21⁄3 4 3 3 1 3
52 6.20
Bleier..........................1 2 0 0 0 0
13 0.44
Givens ........................1 1 0 0 0 2
19 3.79
Bundy pitched to 7 batters in the 1st.
Inherited runners-scored—Smith 1-0, Araujo 1-1. WP—Araujo.
U—Carlos Torres, Paul Nauert, Kerwin Danley, Scott Barry.
T—3:21. Tickets sold—10,863 (45,971).
3
2
Washington AB R H BI Avg. San Diego AB R H BI Avg.
Harper rf
4 0 0 0 .230 Jankowski rf 3 0 1 0 .346
Turner ss
4 0 0 0 .275 Hosmer 1b
4 0 0 0 .278
Rendon 3b
4 0 1 0 .286 Villanva 3b
4 0 0 0 .252
Zmrmn 1b
4 1 2 0 .205 Cordero lf
3 0 1 0 .273
Kendrick 2b 4 1 2 0 .292 Pirela 2b
3 0 0 0 .259
Adams lf
3 1 1 1 .308 Lopez c
3 0 1 0 .200
Suero p
0 0 0 0 --- Galvis ss
3 0 0 0 .227
Severino c
4 1 2 1 .268 Margot cf
3 0 0 0 .179
Hllcksn p
3 0 1 1 .100 Richard p
2 0 0 0 .154
Madson p
0 0 0 0 --- Cimber p
0 0 0 0 .000
Kintzler p
0 0 0 0 --- b-Headley
1 0 0 0 .133
a-Stvnsn lf
0 0 0 1 .333 Totals
29 0 3 0
Taylor cf
3 0 0 0 .184
Totals
33 4 9 4
Washington
San Diego
000 020 101 —4
000 000 000 —0
TIGERS
RANGERS
9
3
0
0
a-out on sacrifice fly for Kintzler in the 9th. b-lined out for Cimber
in the 9th.
Walks—Washington 1: Adams 1. San Diego 1: Jankowski 1.
Strikeouts—Washington 10: Harper 2, Rendon 2, Kendrick 1,
Adams 1, Severino 2, Hellickson 1, Taylor 1. San Diego 8: Jankowski
1, Hosmer 1, Villanueva 1, Lopez 2, Margot 2, Richard 1.
LOB—Washington 5, San Diego 3. 2B—Adams (4), Severino (3),
Hellickson (1). RBIs—Adams (24), Severino (8), Hellickson (1),
Stevenson (7). SF—Stevenson. S—Taylor.
Runners left in scoring position—Washington 3 (Harper, Taylor
2); San Diego 3 (Villanueva, Pirela 2). RISP—Washington 2 for 6;
San Diego 0 for 3.
Runners moved up—Hosmer. GIDP—Zimmerman, Galvis.
DP—Washington 1 (Kintzler, Turner, Zimmerman); San Diego 1
(Pirela, Galvis, Hosmer).
Washington
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Hellickson, W, 1-0 ......62⁄3 2 0 0 0 8
91 2.28
Madson, H, 6...............1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
2 5.17
Kintzler, H, 8 ................1 1 0 0 0 0
10 3.86
Suero .........................1 0 0 0 1 0
13 0.00
San Diego
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Richard, L, 1-5 .............8 7 3 3 0 8
102 5.72
Cimber........................1 2 1 1 1 2
30 3.32
Inherited runners-scored—Madson 2-0.
U—Tripp Gibson, Mike DiMuro, Roberto Ortiz, Brian Gorman.
T—2:31. Tickets sold—18,989 (42,445).
REDS
METS
15
7
seven innings, and Odubel Herrera had
two hits to extend his career-best
on-base streak to 37 games.
AB
4
3
4
3
4
4
4
2
2
0
30
4
0
Jeremy Hellickson (1-0) was perfect
until Travis Jankowski’s single leading
off the seventh inning and left after
striking out eight batters and giving up
two hits in 62⁄3 innings.
Colin Moran hit a key two-run double,
Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and
the Pirates improved to 7-2 in interleague play this year and an NL-best
65-44 over the last six seasons.
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MATCHUP
ARI/Corbin (L)
Dodgers/Wood (L)
NY/Wheeler (R)
CIN/Romano (R)
MIA/Chen (L)
CHI/Quintana (L)
SF/Stratton (R)
PHI/Pivetta (R)
WAS/Gonzalez (L)
SD/Lucchesi (L)
Avg.
.288
.232
.196
.158
.226
.308
.154
.259
.205
.227
.256
.077
.160
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PADRES
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Pittsbrgh AB Avg.
R H BI Avg. Chicago
AB R H BI Avg.
Angels
AB R H BIHAvg. Colorado
AB R H BIBI Avg.
Frazier 2b 4 1 0 0 .250 Garcia 2b
5 1 1 0 .269
Kinsler 2b
4 0 0 0 .189 LeMahieu 2b 4 0 1 1 .288
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**3b
.2325 2 3 1 .306
Rdrigz 2b** 00 **0 _##TABLE##_1_3_
0 0 .157 Sanchez
Trout cf
3 1 **
0 10**
.328
Blackmon cf 2**1 00 **0 .284
Polnco rf ** 04 **1 _##TABLE##_1_3_
2 1 .216 Abreu **
1b .2654 0 2 2 .270
Upton lf
4 1 **
2 12**
.245
Arenado 3b 3**1 11 **0 .315
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Marte cf 5 1 3 1 .291 Dlmnco lf
3 1 0 0 .234
Pujols 1b
4 0 1 0 .255 Story ss
3 1 2 2 .233
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Bell dh ** 24 **2 _##TABLE##_1_3_
2 1 .246 Castillo**c .2804 2 2 3 .237
Simmons ss 3 0 **
1 10**
.350
Desmond 1b 4**0 20 **0 .182
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**c.0000 0 0 0 .176
Dckrsn lf ** 05 **1 _##TABLE##_1_3_
4 2 .333 Narvaez
Cozart 3b
4 0 **
1 00**
.238
Parra lf
4**0 01 **1 .263
Cervelli c ** 03 **2 _##TABLE##_1_3_
1 0 .302 Palka rf** .1824 0 1 0 .222
Blash rf
2 0 **
0 00**
.167
Cuevas rf
3**0 01 **0 .333
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Moran 3b 5 1 2 2 .284 Dvidsn dh 3 0 1 0 .260
a-Ohtani
1 0 0 0 .333 Wolters c
4 1 1 0 .146
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Osuna 1b** 15 **0 _##TABLE##_1_3_
1 1 .333 Andrsn**ss.2884 0 1 0 .254
Young rf
0 0 **
0 00**
.167
Gray p
1**0 20 **0 .214
Mercer ss** 15 **1 _##TABLE##_1_3_
1 2 .237 Thpsn **
cf .3534 0 0 0 .120
d-Calhoun
1 0 **
0 00**
.165
b-Dahl
1**0 30 **0 .293
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Totals **40
10 16
10
Totals ** .26036 6 11 6
Mldndo c
3 0 **
1 00**
.218
Ottavino p
0**0 00 **0 _##TABLE##_1_3_
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0 **
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Heaney p
2 0 0 0 .000 Davis p
0 0 0 0 --Pittsburgh ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_
040 032
010 —10 16
0
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** .190
c-Valbuena
1 0 **
0 00**
.263
Totals
29**4 07 **4 _##TABLE##_1_3_
Chicago
410 000 010 — 6 11
0
Totals
32 2 **
6 02** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** .222
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Walks—Pittsburgh 4: Frazier 1, Polanco 1, Bell 1, Cervelli 1.
Angels
000
000
020
—2
6
0
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**Delmonico
0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_
** .244
Chicago 2:
1, Davidson 1. Strikeouts—Pittsburgh
6:
Colorado
001 001 20x —4
7
0
Marte 2, **
Dickerson
1, Moran 1, Osuna **
1, Mercer
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.000 1. Chicago 10:
a-grounded out for Blash in the 7th. b-grounded out for Gray in
Garcia
1,
Sanchez
1,
Abreu
1,
Delmonico
1,
Castillo
1,
Palka
1,
_##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 1 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** .286
the 7th. c-popped out for Ramirez in the 8th. d-grounded out for
Anderson 2, Thompson 2. LOB—Pittsburgh 8, Chicago 5.
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**Abreu
.192 (6). 3B—Bell (2),
Young in the 9th. ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_
2B—Polanco
(11), Moran (7),
Walks—Angels 2:**
Trout
1, Simmons
1. Colorado 4:
2,
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1 **
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**Blackmon
1 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_
** 1HR—Castillo
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
.229 (5), off Kontos.
Sanchez (4).
(4), off Nova;**Castillo
Arenado 1, Story 1. Strikeouts—Angels
8: Upton 2, Pujols
2, Cozart
RBIs—Polanco
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** 5 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_
** 9 **
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** 5 (19), Marte (17), Bell (18), Dickerson 2 (26), Moran
1, Blash 1, Heaney 2. Colorado 7: Arenado 1, Desmond 3, Parra 2,
2 (17), Osuna (4), Mercer 2 (10), Sanchez (18), Abreu 2 (19),
Arizona
201 200 000 003 —8 12
0
Gray 1. LOB—Angels 5, Colorado 7. 2B—Story (6). 3B—Story (2).
Castillo 3 (9). SB—Marte (9). CS—Dickerson (1). Runners left in
Dodgers
101 020 001 000 —5
9
0
HR—Upton (7), off Ottavino. RBIs—Upton 2 (23), LeMahieu (13),
scoring position—Pittsburgh 3 (Bell, Osuna 2); Chicago 4 (Garcia 2,
a-walked for Chargois in the 5th. b-struck out for Hudson in the
Story 2 (23), Parra (6). SB—Trout (7). S—Gray. Runners left in
Castillo, Thompson). DP—Pittsburgh 2 (Frazier, Osuna), (Frazier,
6th. c-grounded out for Bradley in the 9th. d-flied out for Boxberger in
scoring position—Angels 3 (Cozart 2, Maldonado); Colorado 2
Mercer, Osuna); Chicago 1 (Abreu, Thompson).
the 10th. e-struck out for Jansen in the 10th. f-out on sacrifice bunt
Pittsburgh
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
(Story, Desmond). RISP—Angels 1 for 4; Colorado 3 for 7. Runners
Nova...........................2 6 5 5 2 2
77 4.84
for Cingrani in the 11th. 1-ran for Grandal in the 10th.
moved up—Cozart, Ohtani.
Glasnow, W, 1-1 .........21⁄3 1 0 0 0 3
41 6.75
Walks—Arizona 5: Goldschmidt 2, Souza Jr. 1, Marte 1, Ahmed 1.
LIDP—Wolters. GIDP—Calhoun.
2
Santana....................1
⁄
3
2
0
0
0
1
29
3.45
DP—Angels 1 (Trout, Kinsler); Colorado 1 (LeMahieu, Arenado,
Dodgers 7: Taylor 1, Grandal 1, Bellinger 1, Pederson 1, Utley 1,
Feliz ...........................1 1 0 0 0 1
14 3.00
Desmond).
Locastro 1, Hernandez 1. Strikeouts—Arizona 11: Peralta 2, Owings
Kontos
........................1
1
1
1
0
1
17
4.41
Angels
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
NP
ERA
1, Goldschmidt 1, Pollock 1, Ahmed 2, Murphy 2, Godley 2. Dodgers
Vazquez.......................1 0 0 0 0 2
16 3.21
Heaney, L, 1-2..............6 5 2 2 3 5
86 4.78
11: Taylor 2, Verdugo 2, Kemp 1, Muncy 1, Farmer 1, Utley 2, Hill 1,
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Ramirez.......................1 2 2 2 1 1
22 3.86
Barnes 1. LOB—Arizona 7, Dodgers 11. 2B—Goldschmidt (8),
Giolito.........................4 7 4 4 2 3
98 7.25
Parker .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
15 3.50
Bellinger (8), Kemp (7). HR—Pollock (11), off Hill; Owings (2), off
Volstad, L, 0-2..............1 4 3 3 0 1
20 5.19
Colorado
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Hill; Murphy (3), off Hill; Descalso (4), off Garcia; Grandal (5), off
Avilan.........................1⁄3 2 2 2 1 1
19 5.23
Gray, W, 4-4.................7 4 0 0 1 8
99 4.24
Godley; Hernandez (5), off Boxberger. RBIs—Owings (9), Pollock 2
Beck.........................12⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
23 1.69
Ottavino ......................1 1 2 2 1 0
18 1.35
(31), Murphy 2 (7), Descalso 3 (18), Grandal 2 (23), Bellinger (17),
Soria ..........................1 2 1 1 0 0
11 4.38
Davis, S, 14-15 ............1 1 0 0 0 0
12 2.35
Kemp (17), Hernandez (12). CS—Souza Jr. (1). S—Godley, Maeda.
Santiago......................1
0
0
0
0
1
16
5.76
HBP—Heaney (Cuevas). WP—Heaney.
DP—Arizona 1 (Goldschmidt, Ahmed).
HBP—Giolito (Cervelli).
U—Jordan Baker, Jerry Layne, Greg Gibson, Jansen Visconti.
Arizona
IP H R ER BB SO NP
ERA
T—3:53. Tickets sold—12,871 (40,615).
T—2:42. Tickets sold—33,144 (50,398).
Godley......................52⁄3 ** **
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6 4 4 4 4 103
3.82
Salas, H, 2..................2⁄3 ** **
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3.00
De La Rosa, H, 5..........2⁄3 ** **
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1.50
Bradley, H, 13 ..............1 ** **
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1.35
The first eight Royals reached base,
Philadelphia’s
Aaron Nola (5-1) struck
Boxberger, BS, 1-12 ......1 ** **
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with Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas,
out 12 batters and gave up one run in
1 1 1 0 2 14
2.25
Seattle
Toronto
Tuesday’s results
at Colorado 4, ANGELS 2
Minnesota 7, at St. Louis 1
Kansas City 15, at Baltimore 7
at New York 3, Boston 2
Seattle 5, at Toronto 0
Atlanta 1, at Tampa Bay 0
at Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 2
Detroit 7, at Texas 4
Pittsburgh 10, at Chicago 6
Houston 4, at Oakland 2
PIRATES
WHITE SOX
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5
NL STANDINGS
7
2
Eugenio Suarez had a bases-loaded
single and a run-scoring double
against left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3),
and hit a run-scoring single in the
seventh to finish with four RBIs.
New York
AB R H BI Avg. Cincinnati AB
5
Conforto cf
4 0 0 0 .188 Peraza ss
Cabrera 2b 4 1 2 0 .326 Schebler rf 5
3
Cespedes lf 2 0 0 0 .250 Votto 1b
Bruce rf
3 0 0 0 .241 Suarez 3b 4
Gonzalez 1b 3 0 0 1 .247 Gennett 2b 4
Rosario ss
2 0 1 0 .248 Blndno 2b 0
2
a-Nimmo
1 0 0 0 .250 Duvall lf
c-Lagares
1 0 1 0 .333 Barnhart c 4
2
Nido c
3 0 0 0 .135 Castillo p
1
d-Mesoraco 1 0 0 0 .214 b-Herrera
Reyes 3b-ss 4 0 0 0 .125 Hamilton cf 4
34
Vargas p
1 0 0 0 .000 Totals
Flores 3b
3 1 2 1 .234
Totals
32 2 6 2
New York
Cincinnati
R
1
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
H
1
2
0
3
1
0
1
3
0
0
1
12
000 002 000 —2
202 000 30x —7
BI
0
0
0
4
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
7
Avg.
.282
.282
.276
.315
.288
.241
.169
.268
.308
.125
.208
6
12
1
0
a-struck out for Lugo in6th. b-struck out for Garrett in 6th.
c-singled for Sewald in 9th. d-struck out for Nido in 9th.
Walks—New York 4: Cespedes 2, Bruce 1, Gonzalez 1. Cincinnati
3: Votto 1, Duvall 2. Strikeouts—New York 11: Conforto 1, Cabrera 1,
Cespedes 1, Bruce 2, Gonzalez 1, Nimmo 1, Nido 1, Mesoraco 1,
Reyes 1, Vargas 1. Cincinnati 3: Votto 1, Herrera 1, Hamilton 1.
E—Cabrera (1). LOB—New York 7, Cincinnati 8. 2B—Schebler (4),
Suarez (6). 3B—Barnhart (1). HR—Flores (3), off Castillo; Gennett
(4), off Robles. RBIs—Gonzalez (20), Flores (7), Suarez 4 (25),
Gennett 2 (18), Barnhart (10). S—Peralta. DP—New York 1 (Reyes,
Cabrera, Gonzalez); Cincinnati 1 (Peraza, Blandino, Votto).
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Vargas, L, 0-3...............4 6 4 4 2 1
75 13.86
Lugo ...........................1 0 0 0 0 1
11 2.66
Ramos ........................1 3 1 1 0 1
21 3.46
Blevins .......................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
8 5.62
19 5.23
Robles........................1⁄3 3 2 2 1 0
5 3.48
Sewald .....................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Cincinnati
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Castillo, W, 2-4 ..........52⁄3 3 2 2 1 7
81 6.47
Garrett, H, 3 ................1⁄3 0 0 0 2 1
16 1.93
8 2.70
Hernandez, H, 2 ...........2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
25 4.67
Peralta, H, 3 ..............11⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
Brice...........................1 1 0 0 0 1
12 4.05
Ramos pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. HBP—Vargas (Votto).
T—2:56. Tickets sold—14,804 (42,319).
CUBS
MARLINS
7
4
4
3
Ronald Acuna Jr., 20, became the
youngest player to homer in a 1-0 game
since Phil Cavarretta in 1935, and
Sean Newcomb (3-1) extended his
scoreless-innings streak to 13.
Reliever Brent Suter (2-2), who took
over after Wade Miley left because of
an injury in the first inning, homered
against Corey Kluber (5-2) and gave up
two runs in 42⁄3 innings for Milwaukee.
Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario
homered in the first inning, Jose
Iglesias homered in the second, and
the Tigers spoiled Adrian Beltre’s
three-hit game in his return from injury.
Kris Bryant slid home with the goahead run on Victor Caratini’s grounder to the right side in the bottom of the
eighth inning and Chicago overcame a
three-run deficit after the first inning.
Atlanta
AB R H BI Avg. Tampa Bay AB R H BI Avg.
Albies 2b
4 0 1 0 .284 Gomez rf
4 0 1 0 .202
Acuna lf
4 1 1 1 .320 Cron 1b
4 0 1 0 .256
Freeman 1b 3 0 1 0 .308 Duffy 3b
3 0 0 0 .286
Markakis rf
4 0 0 0 .333 Ramos dh
3 0 1 0 .316
Suzuki c
3 0 0 0 .299 1-Smith dh 0 0 0 0 .330
Bautista dh 2 0 0 0 .250 Robrtsn 2b
1 0 0 0 .291
Inciarte cf
4 0 0 0 .246 a-Span lf
1 0 0 0 .242
Camargo ss 4 0 0 0 .200 Hchvria ss
3 0 1 0 .262
Clbrsn 3b
4 0 1 0 .184 Miller 2b
0 0 0 0 .233
Totals
32 1 4 1
Sucre c
4 0 0 0 .250
Refsndr lf
2 0 0 0 .172
Wendle 2b
1 0 0 0 .282
Field cf
3 0 1 0 .270
Totals
29 0 5 0
Cleveland AB R H BI Avg. Milwaukee AB R H BI Avg.
Lindor ss
4 1 2 1 .289 Cain cf
4 0 1 0 .267
Kipnis 2b
3 0 0 0 .180 Yelich lf
4 0 3 0 .301
Ramirez 3b 4 1 1 1 .284 Braun 1b
4 1 1 0 .243
Brantley lf
3 0 0 0 .313 Shaw 3b
4 1 1 2 .230
Ecrncn 1b
4 0 1 0 .200 Santana rf
2 0 0 0 .266
Gomes c
4 0 0 0 .244 Franklin 2b 2 0 0 0 .000
Guyer rf
4 0 1 0 .179 1-Villar 2b
2 0 0 0 .268
Davis cf
3 0 1 0 .220 Pina c
4 0 0 0 .174
Kluber p
2 0 0 0 .000 Arcia ss
3 0 0 0 .216
a-Alonso
1 0 0 0 .208 Suter p
2 1 1 1 .200
Totals
32 2 6 2
b-Phillips
1 0 1 0 .167
Totals
32 3 8 3
AB R
Detroit
AB R H BI Avg. Texas
Jones cf
5 0 0 0 .235 DeShlds cf 5 2
41
Cndlrio 3b
4 1 2 1 .287 Choo dh
30
Cstllns rf
4 2 1 1 .321 Mazara rf
40
Mrtinez dh
4 1 1 2 .255 Beltre 3b
40
1-Reyes dh 1 0 0 0 .136 Gallo lf
41
Hicks 1b
3 0 0 1 .268 Profar ss
40
McCann c
3 0 1 0 .276 K.-Falefa
Goodrm lf
4 1 1 0 .193 2b
Iglesias ss
2 2 1 2 .228 Guzman 1b 4 0
Machdo 2b 4 0 2 0 .210 Perez c
30
Totals
34 7 9 7
a-Rua
10
Totals
36 4
Miami
Realmuto c
Maybin rf
Castro 2b
Bour 1b
Anderson 3b
Dietrich lf
Rojas ss
Brinson cf
Urena p
c-Shuck
Totals
Cleveland
Milwaukee
Detroit
Texas
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
001 000 000 —1
000 000 000 —0
4
5
0
0
a-walked for Robertson in the 7th. 1-ran for Ramos in the 9th.
Walks—Atlanta 4: Freeman 1, Suzuki 1, Bautista 2. Tampa Bay 5: Duffy 1,
Ramos 1, Robertson 1, Span 1, Miller 1. Strikeouts—Atlanta 9: Albies 2,
Acuna 1, Freeman 1, Bautista 1, Inciarte 2, Camargo 1, Culberson 1. Tampa Bay
8: Gomez 2, Cron 1, Duffy 3, Refsnyder 1, Field 1. LOB—Atlanta 8, Tampa Bay
7. 3B—Culberson (1). HR—Acuna (3), off Snell. RBIs—Acuna (6).
SB—Albies (4). Runners left in scoring position—Atlanta 3 (Freeman,
Markakis, Bautista); Tampa Bay 2 (Duffy, Refsnyder). RISP—Atlanta 0 for 6;
Tampa Bay 0 for 3. Runners moved up—Sucre. LIDP—Span.
GIDP—Hechavarria, Sucre. DP—Atlanta 3 (Camargo, Albies, Freeman),
(Albies, Camargo, Freeman), (Albies, Freeman).
Atlanta
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Newcomb, W, 3-1 .........6 2 0 0 3 6
108 2.88
Carle, H, 6...................1 0 0 0 1 0
10 0.87
Minter, H, 5 .................2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
9 2.40
Winkler, H, 5................1⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
8 1.15
Vizcaino, S, 5-6 ............1 1 0 0 1 0
16 1.72
Tampa Bay
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Snell, L, 4-2 ..............61⁄3 4 1 1 2 5
105 2.40
Stanek......................12⁄3 0 0 0 2 4
40 0.00
Venters........................1 0 0 0 0 0
7 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Winkler 1-0. WP—Stanek.
U—Phil Cuzzi, Adam Hamari, Chris Segal, Tom Hallion. T—2:55. Tickets
sold—15,382 (42,735).
YANKEES
3
RED SOX
2
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice,
Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single off
York
AB R H BI Avg.
**TEMPTAG**New
3 0 0 0 .198
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RGardner lf
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4 0 1 1 .295
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ss 4 0 0 0**.301
**TABO** ** 4 **Stanton
dh
3 2 2 2**.237
**TABO**
_##TABLE##_1_3_
0 **
c
3 0 0 0 .193
**TABO** ** 4 **Sanchez
**TABO**
_##TABLE##_1_3_
0 **
Hicks
cf
3 0 0 0**.231
**TABO** ** 4 **Andujar
**TABO**
_##TABLE##_1_3_
0 **
3b
4 0 1 0**.273
**TABO** ** 4 **Austin
1b
2 0 0 0**.247
**TABO**
_##TABLE##_1_3_
0 **
a-Walker
1b
1
1
1
0
.198
**TABO**
**TABO** ** 4 **Torres
_##TABLE##_1_3_
0 **
2b
2 0 1 0**.333
**TABO**
29 3 6 3** 2 **
**TABO** ** 4 **Totals
_##TABLE##_1_3_
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**TABO** ** 4 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 0 **
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**TABO** ** 35 ** _##TABLE##_1_3_ ** 2 **
Boston
AB
Betts
rf
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Benintendi
lf
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
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1b
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
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dh
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
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ss
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
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3b
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Nunez
2b
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Bradley
Jr. cf
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Vazquez
c
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Totals
** _##TABLE##_1_3_
Boston
New York
000 010 100 —2
010 100 10x —3
8
6
1
1
a-doubled for Austin in the 7th.
Walks— New York 5: Gardner 1, Stanton 1, Sanchez 1, Hicks 1, Torres 1.
Strikeouts—Boston 14: Betts 1, Benintendi 2, Martinez 2, Bogaerts 1, Devers
2, Nunez 2, Bradley Jr. 3, Vazquez 1. New York 8: Gardner 2, Judge 2, Sanchez
1, Andujar 2, Austin 1. E—Devers (9), Torres (2). LOB—Boston 7, New York 7.
2B—Martinez (9), Nunez (8), Walker (4). 3B—Betts (1). HR—Stanton (8), off
Pomeranz; Stanton (9), off Pomeranz. RBIs—Betts (27), Benintendi (17),
Judge (24), Stanton 2 (21). SB—Nunez (2), Stanton (2). Runners left in
scoring position—Boston 5 (Benintendi, Ramirez 2, Devers, Bradley Jr.);
New York 3 (Gregorius, Hicks, Torres). RISP—Boston 2 for 7; New York 1 for 8.
GIDP—Bogaerts, Gardner. DP—Boston 1 (Bogaerts, Ramirez); New York 1
(Torres, Gregorius, Walker).
NP ERA
Boston
IP H R ER BB SO
107 5.23
** _##TABLE##_1_0_ ** 4 2 2 2 6
Pomeranz ....................6
20 4.24
** _##TABLE##_1_0_ ** 1 1 1 2 0
Hembree, L, 2-1...........1⁄3
22 2.30
** _##TABLE##_1_0_ ** 1 0 0 1 1
Kelly.........................11⁄3
0
0
0
0
1
4 4.09
** _##TABLE##_1_0_ **
Smith .........................1⁄3
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
**OSET**
**OSET**
**OSET**
**OSET**
001 010 000 —2
201 000 00x —3
6
8
3
0
a-grounded out for Kluber in the 7th. b-singled for Jennings in the
7th. 1-ran for Franklin in the 4th.
Walks—Cleveland 2: Kipnis 1, Brantley 1. Milwaukee 2: Santana
2. Strikeouts—Cleveland 10: Kipnis 1, Ramirez 1, Encarnacion 2,
Gomes 2, Guyer 2, Davis 1, Kluber 1. Milwaukee 5: Cain 2, Braun 1,
Santana 1, Pina 1. E—Kipnis (3), Encarnacion (1), Guyer (2).
LOB—Cleveland 5, Milwaukee 7. 2B—Lindor (11), Braun (8).
HR—Ramirez (10), off Suter; Lindor (9), off Suter; Shaw (7), off
Kluber; Suter (1), off Kluber. RBIs—Lindor (21), Ramirez (22), Shaw
2 (18), Suter (1). Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 3
(Encarnacion 2, Gomes); Milwaukee 2 (Pina 2). RISP—Cleveland 0
for 5; Milwaukee 0 for 6. Runners moved up—Brantley.
LIDP—Kluber, Arcia. GIDP—Shaw. DP—Cleveland 2 (Kipnis, Lindor,
Encarnacion), (Kipnis, Lindor); Milwaukee 1 (Suter, Arcia).
Cleveland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Kluber, L, 5-2...............6 5 3 3 1 4
95 2.62
Marshall......................1 1 0 0 0 0
15 0.00
Olson .........................2⁄3 2 0 0 1 0
15 6.75
McAllister ....................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
15 8.76
Milwaukee
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Miley ..........................1⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
19 1.42
Suter, W, 2-2 .............42⁄3 5 2 2 1 5
81 4.86
Jeffress, H, 5..............11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
18 0.45
Jennings, H, 6..............2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
4 1.84
Hader, S, 5-6 ...............2 0 0 0 0 3
26 1.64
U—Manny Gonzalez, Andy Fletcher, Jeff Nelson, Laz Diaz. T—2:49.
Tickets sold—35,314 (41,900).
ASTROS
ATHLETICS
4
2
George Springer, who had six hits the
night before, added two more and two
RBIs, Alex Bregman homered and
Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth
consecutive start for Houston.
H
2
2
1
3
0
1
1
1
0
0
11
320 000 011 —7
000 011 020 —4
BI
0
1
0
2
0
1
0
Avg.
.301
.252
.288
.330
.217
.226
.245
0 .197
0 .111
0 .200
4
9
11
0
1
a-struck out for Perez in the 9th. 1-ran for Martinez in the 8th.
Walks—Detroit 3: Candelario 1, McCann 1, Iglesias 1. Texas 1:
Mazara 1. Strikeouts—Detroit 5: Jones 1, Castellanos 1, Hicks 1,
McCann 1, Machado 1. Texas 11: DeShields 2, Gallo 2, Profar 1,
Kiner-Falefa 1, Guzman 2, Perez 2, Rua 1. E—Beltre (4). LOB—Detroit
6, Texas 6. 2B—Candelario (11), McCann (5), Choo (10).
HR—Candelario (5), off Minor; Martinez (3), off Minor; Iglesias (1),
off Minor; Profar (2), off Fiers. RBIs—Candelario (15), Castellanos
(23), Martinez 2 (18), Hicks (9), Iglesias 2 (10), Choo (17), Beltre 2
(10), Profar (14). CS—Iglesias (2). SF—Hicks. DP—Detroit 2 (Hicks,
Iglesias), (Iglesias, Machado, Hicks); Texas 2 (Profar, Kiner-Falefa,
Guzman), (Perez, Kiner-Falefa).
Detroit
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Fiers, W, 3-2..............51⁄3 6 2 2 0 5
79 4.73
Stumpf .......................1⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
12 3.46
Farmer, H, 4 ..............11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
16 4.00
Jimenez ......................1⁄3 3 2 2 0 0
18 3.71
Hardy, H, 2 ..................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
5 6.75
Greene, S, 7-9 ...........11⁄3 1 0 0 0 3
20 4.11
Texas
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Minor, L, 3-2................7 7 5 5 0 4
97 4.72
Claudio .......................1 1 1 0 1 0
24 5.71
Jepsen ........................1 1 1 1 2 1
29 4.70
HBP—Minor (Iglesias), Claudio (Castellanos). WP—Fiers.
PB—Perez (1).
T—3:04. Tickets sold—18,634 (49,115).
Miami
Chicago
AB
4
4
4
2
4
3
4
4
2
1
32
R
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
H
0
0
1
1
2
1
0
1
0
0
6
BI
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
Avg.
.309
.232
.305
.236
.268
.237
.234
.167
.077
.216
Chicago
AB R H BI Avg.
Zobrist rf-lf
4 0 0 0 .293
Schwarber lf 4 0 1 0 .268
Bryant 3b-rf 2 2 0 0 .284
Rizzo 1b
4 0 2 0 .190
Caratini c
4 1 1 2 .288
La Stella 2b 4 0 1 0 .289
Russell ss
4 0 0 0 .241
Happ cf
3 1 1 0 .241
a-Bote
1 0 1 2 .200
b-Almora
1 0 0 0 .275
d-Baez 3b
1 0 1 0 .290
Totals
32 4 8 4
300 000 000 —3
020 001 01x —4
6
8
0
0
a-doubled for Tseng in the 2nd. b-flied out for Cishek in the 5th.
c-grounded out for Steckenrider in the 7th. d-singled for Strop in the
7th.
Walks—Miami 2: Bour 2. Chicago 1: Bryant 1. Strikeouts—Miami
10: Realmuto 2, Maybin 1, Castro 2, Bour 1, Anderson 1, Brinson 1,
Urena 2. Chicago 7: Zobrist 2, Schwarber 1, Bryant 1, La Stella 1,
Russell 1, Happ 1. LOB—Miami 5, Chicago 6. 2B—Anderson (8),
Dietrich (5), Schwarber (4), Bote (2). HR—Bour (7), off Tseng.
RBIs—Bour 2 (17), Dietrich (10), Caratini 2 (4), Bote 2 (2).
LIDP—Schwarber. DP—Miami 1 (Anderson, Bour).
Miami
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
87 4.37
Urena .......................51⁄3 7 3 3 0 6
6 1.08
Steckenrider ................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Guerrero......................1 1 0 0 0 0
8 4.15
Barraclough, L, 0-2 .......1 0 1 1 1 0
25 2.30
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Tseng..........................2 4 3 3 0 3
39 13.50
Zastryzny .....................2 1 0 0 1 2
38 0.00
Cishek ........................1 0 0 0 0 0
7 2.16
Wilson ........................1 1 0 0 0 1
19 4.05
Strop ..........................1 0 0 0 0 1
8 1.80
Edwards, W, 1-0 ...........1 0 0 0 1 3
18 0.53
Morrow, S, 8-9 .............1 0 0 0 0 0
5 1.38
Inherited runners-scored—Steckenrider 2-0. HBP—Zastryzny
(Dietrich), Urena (Bryant). WP—Barraclough.
U—Will Little, Ted Barrett, Nic Lentz, Lance Barksdale. T—2:38.
Tickets sold—40,051 (41,649).
NOTES
Mets trade Harvey for Mesoraco
associated press
The New York Mets traded for-
Houston AB R H BIBI Avg. Oakland
AB RAvg.
H BI Avg.
mer ace Matt Harvey to the CinSpringer rf 4 **
0 22 **2 .297
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cinnati
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Altuve 2b
4 0 1 0 .320 Joyce lf
3 0 0 0 .187
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**
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**
1
**
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Correa ss
5 0 1 0 .296 Lowrie 2b
2 0 0 0 .340
catcher
Devin Mesoraco in a swap
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Gurriel 1b 5 **
1 12 **0 .286
Davis dh
1 .213
of former
All-Stars with careers
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0 .240
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Gonzalez lf 4 0 2 1 .256 Chapman 3b 4 0 1 0 .229
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Gattis dh
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0 01 **0 .191
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37 **
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Saturday,
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010 021 000
1
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Reds decided to take a chance on
a-popped out for Gattis in the 8th.
Walks—Houston 2: Springer 1, Altuve 1. Oakland 4: Semien 1,
Harvey, who lost his spot in the
Joyce 1, Lowrie 2. Strikeouts—Houston 5: Correa 2, Bregman 1,
Mets’ rotation after four starts and
Marisnick 2. Oakland 7: Joyce 2, Olson 2, Chapman 1, Pinder 1,
Maxwell 1. E—Altuve (1). LOB—Houston 9, Oakland 5. 2B—Springer
was hit hard in four relief appear(10), Gurriel (8), Marisnick (3), Davis (8), Maxwell (4).
ances.
HR—Bregman (3), off Manaea. RBIs—Springer 2 (26), Bregman
Mesoraco has been slowed by
(16), Gonzalez (23), Davis (31). SB—Semien (3). CS—Springer (2).
SF—Davis. RISP—Houston 2 for 8; Oakland 1 for 5. Runners moved
injuries the last three seasons. He’s
up—Lowrie. GIDP—Bregman, Olson, Pinder, Piscotty. DP—Houston 3
batting .220 in 18 games with one
(Altuve, Correa, Gurriel), (Correa, Altuve, Gurriel), (Bregman, Altuve,
Gurriel); Oakland 1 (Semien, Lowrie, Olson).
homer and three RBIs.
Houston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
McCullers, W, 5-1 .........5 5 2 2 4 3
89 3.72
Peacock, H, 2...............2 0 0 0 0 3
21 2.30
Devenski, H, 7..............1 0 0 0 0 0
11 1.20
Giles, S, 4-4 ................1 1 0 0 0 1
11 4.76
Oakland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
All-Star closer Roberto Osuna
Manaea, L, 4-4 ..........52⁄3 7 4 4 0 3
82 2.11
Trivino.......................11⁄3 2 0 0 0 2
17 0.75
of the Toronto Blue Jays was
Dull ............................1 2 0 0 0 0
10 2.35
Casilla ........................1 1 0 0 2 0
20 2.40
charged with assault Tuesday and
Inherited runners-scored—Trivino 1-0. HBP—Manaea (McCann).
put on administrative leave by MaWP—McCullers 2, Casilla.
jor League Baseball, preventing
U—Doug Eddings, Marty Foster, Mark Ripperger, Joe West.
T—2:46. Tickets sold—9,675 (46,765).
him from playing for at least a
**TTOT**
Blue Jays’ Osuna
charged with assault
week.
Toronto Police declined to say
whether it was domestic assault.
Osuna, who is from Mexico, is
scheduled to appear in court June
18.
Etc.
The New York Yankees and
Boston Red Sox will face each
other in two regular-season games
at the Olympic Stadium in London
on June 29-30, 2019. The stadium
will have a capacity of 55,000. ... Red
Sox left-hander David Price was
sent back to Boston for medical
tests after experiencing a tingling
sensation in his pitching hand
again. ... Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop was activated from the disabled list following a three-week stay with a right
oblique strain. During his absence,
the Orioles went 3-17 and dipped
deep into last place in the AL East.
... The Chicago Cubs placed right
fielder Jason Heyward on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he banged his head against the
wall in St. Louis on Sunday while
chasing a home run.
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9 , 2 018
D5
BASEBALL
DODGERS REPORT
Kershaw feels optimistic about return
By Andy McCullough
A couple of minutes before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
Clayton Kershaw walked
onto the outfield grass of
Dodger Stadium.
He conducted core exercises with Dodgers strength
and conditioning coach
Brandon McDaniel. He ran
laps along the warning
track. He chatted with former teammate Dan Haren,
now a member of Arizona’s
front office.
It looked like an average
workout between starts for
Kershaw. Except it was not.
Kershaw was only two days
removed from an examination of his left shoulder and
placement on the disabled
list caused by biceps tendinitis. The date of his return
to the Dodgers was unclear.
The MRI conducted by
team doctor Neal ElAttrache “came back pretty
clean,” with no evidence of
structural damage to his
shoulder. Manager Dave
Roberts indicated Kershaw
could resume playing catch
this week. The Dodgers are
optimistic Kershaw may require only 10 days off.
“Hopefully,”
Kershaw
said, “it won’t be too long.”
There are no guarantees.
Kershaw has landed on the
disabled list in each of the
last three seasons. He dealt
with a herniated disk in his
lower back in 2016 and suffered a strained back muscle
in 2017. This is the first arm
Kershaw
Turner
injury of his career. Before
Sunday, Kershaw explained,
he had never even undergone a shoulder MRI.
At 30, in his 11th season as
a Dodger, Kershaw rejected
the suggestion that his latest problem was caused by
his workload. He has thrown
2,101 innings between the
regular season and the postseason in his career. He has
often pitched on short rest in
the playoffs.
Kershaw suggested the
arm issue might have occurred because of his mechanics.
Kershaw has recently
been working on tweaking
problems in his delivery with
pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Roberts said. Kershaw planned to intensify
those discussions during his
time away.
“I’ve joked about being
old, but I don’t think it has
anything to do with deterioration,” Kershaw said. “I just
think there’s some things I
can do to get better. Physically, I’ve felt great this
whole year. The back, everything, has felt really good. So
I’m not worried about deteriorating.”
In seven starts this sea-
son, Kershaw’s fastball velocity sat at 91.1 mph, according to FanGraphs. His career average fastball velocity
is 93.1 mph. For a pitcher entering his second decade in
the major leagues, losing velocity is natural. A pitcher
could compound the dilemma by compensating in
his delivery in an attempt to
reclaim the lost speed.
Roberts
downplayed
that suggestion.
“Pitchers deal with that
all the time,” Roberts said. “I
don’t know if that’s a byproduct of trying to create
more [velocity] or what it is.
I know that through texts
yesterday and through the
training staff today, he’s in a
really good state, and feeling
pretty optimistic.”
Turner, Forsythe
back next week?
Justin Turner (fractured
wrist) took batting practice
again Tuesday against a
high-velocity
pitching
machine. He could be activated for next week’s road
series against Miami. Logan
Forsythe (shoulder fatigue)
could also be ready by the
time the Dodgers face the
Marlins.
Short hops
The Dodgers optioned
pitcher Brock Stewart to
triple-A Oklahoma City in
order to activate Rich Hill
for Tuesday’s game.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Hernandez ties it,
Descalso wins it
Kelvin Kuo Associated Press
DIAMONDBACKS starting pitcher Zack Godley, right, tags out the Dodgers’ Max Muncy on an infield
grounder during the fourth. Godley gave up four runs in 52⁄3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
Reduced velocity and pain in
shoulder lead to more questions
[Plaschke, from D1]
relatively quick return,
saying, “This is first shoulder [injury] I’ve ever had ...
I’ve been fortunate as far as
that goes ... luckily the MRI
came back pretty clean. ...
That’s a good sign, and
hopefully it won’t be too
long.”
Kershaw also raised the
possibility of this being a
freak occurrence, saying,
“Maybe it’s just a fluke
injury and it won’t ever
happen again.”
But none of this changes
the fact that this season,
close observers can see that
he’s been a different Kershaw, and maybe this shoulder issue is the reason why.
He’s not throwing as
consistently hard. He
doesn’t have the same control. His home-run rate has
doubled.
He walked six in a game
against one of the worst
teams in baseball, the Miami Marlins. He has allowed
at least one home run in five
of his seven starts.
His ERA is still a minuscule 2.86, and he’s still
struck out 48 batters in 44
innings, but most of his
starts have felt like a grind,
like he’s laboring in ways
he’s never labored before.
Back in the spring, who
would have thought that
Kershaw’s ability to opt out
of his contract would be the
least of the Dodgers’ worries?
“You look at the radar
gun and it’s a tick down,”
manager Dave Roberts
acknowledged. “I know
some of it might be mechanics driven ... but we’re just
encouraged the scan came
back clear.”
Nothing is physically
broken, but nothing seems
quite right. It could just be a
byproduct of the Dodgers’
short winter. Or it could be a
result of all those long summers and short-rest Octobers.
When asked if he
thought the injury was a
result of age and innings,
Kershaw said, “I don’t think
so. ... I’ve joked about being
old, but I don’t think it has
anything to do with deterioration.”
He said he just needed to
work on his mechanics with
pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, noting, “I just think
there’s some things I can do
to get better. Physically, I’ve
felt great this whole year.
The back, everything, has
felt really good. So I’m not
worried about deteriorating.”
He’s always optimistic.
He’s always the fighter. But
this is something he’s never
fought before, so who knows
what happens next?
The Dodgers have
played well without Kershaw in the past, but this is
a different team, a team
lacking in the urgency seen
in the previous five division
champions.
“It feels a little different
... but you have to keep
fighting, man,” reliever
Kenley Jansen said.
It feels different because
it is different. They seem
weary. They play unsettled.
They’re terribly shorthanded, and lack both the
focus and firepower to deal
with it.
They need an ace, yet
don’t have a healthy one.
They need a consistent
bullpen stopper, yet he
hasn’t shown up. They need
a lineup leader, yet Justin
Turner is still a week from
making his season debut.
“You’ve got to keep
grinding until you find it,”
Jansen said. “We just got to
find that gear.”
Kershaw could be that
gear, yet what if they have to
spend the rest of the summer searching for him?
Ask a better question.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @billplaschke
[Dodgers, from D1]
homers in four innings, he
made a mess in the dugout.
An inning later, the group
emptied its lungs at Arizona
outfielder Stephen Souza Jr.
for a takeout slide at third
base of Max Muncy.
The dust-up between
Souza and Muncy felt like a receipt for the season’s strange
schedule. The Dodgers have
faced the Diamondbacks 11
times in the first 35 games of
2018, and they will meet again
on Wednesday. Arizona has
defeated the Dodgers eight
times thus far, which explains
its nine-game edge in the National League West.
The Dodgers (15-20) returned home on Tuesday after
a debilitating 10-day, 11-game
trip. As they traveled from
San Francisco to Arizona to
Monterrey, Mexico, the Dodgers placed Corey Seager,
Yasiel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu
and Clayton Kershaw on the
disabled list. Along the way,
they went 4-7 to division opponents.
The team hoped to activate some of its other injured
regulars in the coming days.
Hill was the first of the group
to return to action. It did not
go well. It did not last long, although Hill needed 79 pitches
to collect 12 outs. He gave up
seven hits. Three cleared the
fence.
Hil was pitching for the
first time since April 14. On
that night at Dodger Stadium, he gave up seven runs in
five innings to Arizona. As the
Diamondbacks pounded him,
Hill felt a nail on his left middle finger crack. The glitch affected his command and
started a cycle of rehabbing
that did not end until Tuesday. The nail grew back, but
the finger became infected,
which caused Hill to miss
more time.
The first inning Tuesday
looked similar to Hill’s last
outing against the Diamondbacks. Hill generated two
quick outs and then two
strikes against Diamondbacks first baseman Paul
Goldschmidt. Then Hill threw
four consecutive balls, fastballs that missed high and
curveballs that missed inside.
He set the table for Pollock,
one of the National League’s
most dangerous hitters.
Pollock entered the game
with 10 homers on the year. He
had hit six against the Dodgers, including three in one
game last month and two in
another. His 11th homer of the
season came on a 2-0 fastball
down the middle. Pollock
crushed the pitch for a tworun blast.
The Dodgers cobbled together a run in the bottom of
the inning. After walks by
Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp supplied an
RBI single off Arizona starter
Zack Godley.
The two teams traded solo
shots in the third. Hill paid for
an 87.5-mph fastball over the
heart of the plate to outfielder
Chris
Owings.
Yasmani
Grandal answered by clubbing an elevated fastball deep
into the right-field bleachers.
In the fourth, catcher John
Ryan Murphy hit a first-pitch
fastball for a rainmaking tworun drive out of the park.
After the inning, Hill
stomped into the dugout and
spotted an outlet for his rage.
After a moment of hesitation,
Hill grabbed a container holding hundreds of pieces of gum
and flung it to the ground.
The pile of yellow Dubble
Bubble sprayed across the
dugout as Hill screamed into
the void. He kicked at the
pieces of sugar-free and pink
classic. He spiked a water bottle for good measure.
As the fifth inning began, a
staffer swept away the gum.
The Dodgers were soon swept
up in another drama when
Souza walked against reliever
J.T. Chargois and went to second on another walk. As Chargois searched for his control,
Souza and second baseman
Ketel Marte attempted a double steal. Chargois spun in
time and threw to third.
Souza did not slow down.
Souza angled his legs
toward Muncy and used his
upper body to reach for the
bag. Muncy’s legs flew out
from under him. He rolled
over onto his back. Souza reached down to help him up before he realized the Dodgers
were screaming at him.
Souza did not back down.
He hollered back at the dugout and pointed in the general
direction of second base.
When these teams met in late
April, the Diamondbacks
were upset about an aggressive slide from Chase Utley
into second base. The duo of
Dodgers first-base coach
George Lombard and thirdbase coach Chris Woodward
seemed ready to jump the railing. Alex Wood joined the
barking.
Ultimately the group
stayed stationary. Eventually,
it turned into another tough
loss for the Dodgers.
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
D6
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 9 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
ANGELS REPORT
Slumping
Calhoun
doesn’t start
By Jeff Miller
DENVER — During a three-game
stretch ending April 11, Kole Calhoun had six hits in 13 at-bats.
Before Tuesday, he had six hits
since then — in 63 at-bats.
“It’s tough, but every day is a new
day,” Calhoun said. “You can’t
change the past. Going forward,
we’ve got an opportunity to have
some good at-bats and continue to
help this ballclub.”
The right fielder didn’t start for
the third consecutive game as the
Angels opened a series against Colorado. With left-hander Tyler Anderson scheduled to pitch for the
Rockies on Wednesday, Calhoun
likely won’t start again.
Manager Mike Scioscia said
over the weekend that the idea is to
give Calhoun a few days to “clear his
head” and allow him to work with the
team’s hitting coaches. Calhoun was
on the field early Tuesday for extra
batting practice.
“Trying to get there,” Calhoun
said. “Trying to get back to doing
what I do. Keep working and hopefully find some holes.”
Calhoun, who was hitting .167
with a .211 slugging percentage going
into the two-game series, had a triple
and a home run in his first two atbats of the season. Since then, he has
not had an extra-base hit, each of the
last 17 hits being singles.
He grounded into a game-ending
double play against Colorado.
“Just trying to get back to some
line drives,” Calhoun said, “and not
necessarily get the ball in the air but
more backspin some stuff and try to
find some holes.”
Jabari Blash, recalled from Salt
Lake on Sunday, has started the last
two games in right field.
Jack Dempsey Associated Press
NOLAN ARENADO of the Colorado Rockies scores in the seventh inning, barely beating a tag by Martin Maldonado of the Angels.
Heaney is sharp, Gray is sharper
[Angels, from D1]
Zack Cozart striking out on a fullcount slider to end the threat.
“He made a good pitch,” Scioscia
said. “But there was a lot of baseball
left.”
There just weren’t many chances
to come as the Angels were dominated by Gray, who continued a run
of unprecedented success by
Rockies starters.
The right-hander retired 11 batters in a row during one stretch and
gave up only two more singles, striking out eight over seven innings.
Gray’s performance was Colorado’s ninth consecutive quality
start, a franchise record.
“He made good pitches,” Simmons said. “He didn’t give anything
away.”
For the Angels, Andrew Heaney
provided another start that was
good in every way other than the fact
it wasn’t as good as Gray’s.
He gave up a run-scoring single
to DJ LeMahieu in the third inning
and, three innings later, a run-scoring single that Gerardo Parra just
sort of coaxed into left field.
Beyond that, only one other Colorado runner advanced past second,
Heaney holding down a team that
had scored 24 runs in its previous
four games.
“We had a game plan going in
there,” Heaney said. “I think with
the exception of a couple mistakes
on my part, we executed it pretty
perfectly.”
Since moving back to the firstbase side of the pitching rubber
three games ago, the left-hander has
a 2.12 earned-run average and 16
strikeouts in 17 innings.
Middleton pitches
with Salt Lake
Reliever Keynan Middleton (elbow inflammation) started a rehab
assignment, striking out two batters
and walking two in a scoreless inning
for Salt Lake.
He has served the required 10
days on the disabled list, meaning he
could rejoin the Angels this week.
Heaney started the game by setting down the Rockies in order in the
first inning on eight pitches, each
one a strike.
“I think Andrew is starting to get
into the flow of the season,” Scioscia
said. “He’s giving us chances to win
games. Andrew’s doing his part, no
doubt.”
Heaney was good, but he wasn’t
enough, not on a night when the Angels’ offense was better in practice
than in the real thing.
Catcher Martin Maldonado returned and catcher Juan Graterol
was optioned to Salt Lake. Maldonado sat out three games while on
the bereavement list. … Center fielder Mike Trout had an assist for the
second game in a row, throwing out
Gerardo Parra at second base to
complete a sixth-inning double play.
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Short hops
THE DAY IN SPORTS
PRO SOCCER
TENNIS
TRANSACTIONS
Hornets finalize deal to
hire Borrego as next coach
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
WEST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Sporting K.C....6 2 2
20 21 12
L.A. FC ...........5 2 1
16 18 14
Vancouver .......4 5 1
13 10 18
FC Dallas........3 1 4
13 11 7
Minn. United ...4 5 0
12 12 16
Houston .........3 3 2
11 18 13
Portland .........3 3 2
11 13 14
GALAXY ..........3 5 1
10 12 16
R. Salt Lake ....3 5 1
10 10 19
Colorado ........2 4 2
8 10 11
San Jose ........1 5 2
5 12 16
Seattle ...........1 4 2
5 5 9
EAST
W L T
Pts GF GA
Atl. United FC ..7 1 1
22 23 10
N.Y. City FC .....6 2 2
20 19 14
Orlando City ....6 2 1
19 19 14
New York ........5 3 0
15 21 10
Columbus .......4 3 3
15 13 10
New England ...4 3 2
14 15 12
Montreal.........3 6 0
9 14 23
Chicago..........2 4 2
8 12 14
Philadelphia....2 4 2
8 6 13
Toronto FC ......2 4 1
7 9 13
D.C. United .....1 4 2
5 8 13
Three points for a win, one for a tie.
Today’s Schedule
Minnesota United at L.A. FC, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Columbus, 4:30 p.m.
Seattle at Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Atlanta United FC,
4:30 p.m.
Montreal at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Friday’s Schedule
Houston at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
Today’s Schedule
Portland at Houston, 5 p.m.
Orlando at Utah, 6 p.m.
$15.44-MILLION MADRID OPEN
At Madrid
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (first round)—Roberto
Bautista Agut (11), Spain, d. Jared Donaldson,
United States, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, d. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 6-3, 6-4;
Robin Haase, Netherlands, d. Hyeon Chung,
South Korea, 6-2, 6-0; Evgeny Donskoy, Russia,
d. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3);
Borna Coric, Croatia, d. Pablo Carreno Busta (9),
Spain, 6-4, 6-2; Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay, d. Jack
Sock (12), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-0; Philipp
Kohlschreiber, Germany, d. Yuichi Sugita, Japan,
6-4, 6-3; Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, d. Marius
Copil, Romania, 6-4, 6-4; Fernando Verdasco,
Spain, d. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, 7-5, 6-4; Albert
Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, d. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5; Ryan Harrison d. Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (7); Kyle Edmund,
Britain, d. Danill Medvedev, Russia, 6-4, 6-0.
(Second round)—Denis Shapovalov, Canada,
d. Benoit Paire, France, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4; Dusan
Lajovic, Serbia, d. Richard Gasquet, France, 7-6
(1), 7-6 (1); Milos Raonic, Canada, d. Grigor
Dimitrov (3), Bulgaria, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Juan Martin
del Potro (4), Argentina, d. Damir Dzumhur,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-3, 6-3.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (second round)—Petra
Kvitova (10), Czech Republic, d. Monica Puig,
Puerto Rico, 6-3, 7-6 (8); Simona Halep (1), Romania, d. Elise Mertens, Belgium, 6-0, 6-3;
Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, d. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, 7-5, 6-2; Carla Suarez
Navarro, Spain, d. Elina Svitolina (4), Russia,
2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Daria Kasatkina (14), Russia,
d. Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 6-3, 6-1; Anett Kontaveit, Estonia, d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Bernarda Pera d. Johanna
Konta, Britain, 6-4, 6-3; Garbine Muguruza (3),
Spain, d. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
BASEBALL
Major League Baseball—Put Toronto pitcher
Roberto Osuna on administrative leave after he
was charged with assault.
Angels—Optioned catcher Juan Graterol to
Salt Lake (PCL); activated catcher Martin Maldonado from the bereavement list.
Dodgers—Activated pitcher Rich Hill from the
10-day disabled list; optioned pitcher Brock
Stewart to Oklahoma City (PCL).
Baltimore—Activated second baseman
Jonathan Schoop from the 10-day disabled list;
optioned infielder Engelb Vielma to Norfolk (IL).
Boston—Activated infielder-outfielder Brock
Holt from the 10-day disabled list; optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket (IL).
Chicago Cubs—Put outfielder Jason Heyward
on the seven-day disabled list; called up pitcher
Jen-Ho Tseng, infielder David Bote and pitcher
Rob Zastryzny from Iowa (PCL); optioned pitcher
Cory Mazzoni to Iowa.
Cleveland—Activated pitcher Oliver Drake;
optioned pitcher Alexi Ogando to Columbus (IL).
Colorado—Activated infielder D.J. LeMahieu
from the 10-day disabled list; optioned infielder
Pat Valaika to Albuquerque (PCL).
Milwaukee—Purchased the contract of
infielder Nick Franklin from Biloxi (SL); assigned
infielder Eric Sogard to Colorado Springs (PCL);
transferred center Stephen Vogt to the 60-day
disabled list.
N.Y. Mets—Traded pitcher Matt Harvey to Cincinnati for catcher Devin Mesoraco; called up
pitcher Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas (PCL); optioned pitcher P.J. Conlon to Las Vegas.
Pittsburgh—Called up infielder-outfielder
Jose Osuna from Indianapolis (IL).
St. Louis—Called up pitcher John Brebbia
from Memphis (PCL); optioned pitcher Ryan
Sherriff to Memphis.
San Francisco—Optioned pitcher D.J. Shelton
to Sacramento (PCL); called up pitcher Derek
Law from Sacramento.
Texas—Activated third baseman Adrian Beltre
from the 10-day disabled list; optioned outfielder
Eliezer Alvarez to Frisco (Texas).
PRO FOOTBALL
NFL—Suspended New Orleans running back
Mark Ingram for four games for his violation of
the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
Cincinnati—Claimed wide receiver Ka'Raun
White off waivers from Seattle.
Detroit—Waived linebacker Brandon Chubb.
Indianapolis—Signed defensive end Chris
McCain; waived-injured tight end Randall Telfer.
Kansas City—Claimed tight end Alex Ellis off
waivers from New Orleans; released defensive
tackle Stefan Charles; waived running back
Akeem Hunt.
Washington—Signed guard Shawn Lauvao.
HOCKEY
Carolina—Hired Rod Brind'Amour as coach;
announced that president Don Waddell had become the general manager.
Edmonton—Signed forward Tyler Vesel to a
one-year contract.
New Jersey—Signed defensive end Brian
Strait to a two-year contract.
N.Y. Islanders—Agreed to terms with forward
Travis St. Denis on a two-year contract.
SOCCER
Atlanta United—Signed goalkeeper Paul
Christensen.
FC Dallas—Loaned forward Jesus Ferreira to
Tulsa (USL).
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Chattanooga—Announced the retirement of
women's coach Jim Foster.
Clemson—Announced that junior forward
Jonathan Baehre had transferred from UNC
Asheville.
South Carolina—Announced that graduate
guard Tre Campbell had transferred from Georgetown.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Ohio State—Announced that senior quarterback Joe Burrow will transfer.
staff and wire reports
People familiar with the situation say the Charlotte Hornets
have finalized a deal to hire San
Antonio Spurs assistant coach
James Borrego as their next
head coach.
The people spoke to the Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the
Hornets haven’t announced the
hiring.
A news conference is expected
in the next few days.
The 40-year-old Borrego has
spent 15 years as an NBA assistant coach, including 10 with San
Antonio under Gregg Popovich.
The Hornets fired coach
Steve Clifford this offseason after five seasons with the team.
Charlotte has failed to make the
playoffs in three of the last four
seasons.
A person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not discipline forward
Rodney Hood for refusing to play
in Game 4 against the Raptors. ...
The Minnesota Timberwolves
say assistant coach Rick Brunson has resigned amid reports
that women had accused him of
improper conduct.
NFL
League suspends
Ingram four games
New Orleans running back
Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regularseason games of 2018 because of a
violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Rams said they will participate in two joint practices
with Baltimore during training
camp. The Ravens will host the
practices, which will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, in advance of the teams’ Week 1 pre-
season game on Thursday in Baltimore. ... San Francisco linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded
not guilty to charges stemming
from allegations that he attacked
his then-girlfriend in their home.
tween Gennady Golovkin and
Vanes Martirosyan on Saturday
night at StubHub Center was the
top-rated bout on premium cable
this year, drawing an average of
1.249 million viewers to HBO.
— Lance Pugmire
COLLEGES
UFC and the Walt Disney Co.
announced an agreement for live
fight coverage on its new subscription streaming service beginning in January. The agreement calls for 15 live UFC events
to stream exclusively on ESPN
Plus. Each event will be called
“UFC on ESPN Plus Fight Night”
and will feature 12 bouts.
UCLA lands two
local commitments
Juniors Jaime Jaquez Jr. and
Jake Kyman announced they
have committed to UCLA. The 6foot-6 Jaquez averaged 31 points
and 12.8 rebounds last season for
Camarillo. The 6-7 Kyman averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds
for Santa Margarita.
— Eric Sondheimer
Brian Mosallam, a member of
Michigan State University’s governing body, released proposals
in the wake of the Larry Nassar
sexual abuse scandal, including a
call for an independent review of
the Nassar matter to begin immediately. ... Chattanooga’s Jim
Foster is retiring after a career in
which he won more than 900
games and became the only
women’s basketball coach to
earn NCAA tournament bids
with four schools. ... Quarterback
Joe Burrow has decided to transfer from Ohio State. ... Former Division III football player William
Riley Gaul was found guilty of
first-degree murder in Knoxville,
Tenn., after shooting through the
bedroom wall of his ex-girlfriend.
Gaul played for Maryville College. ... Florida gave defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a
three-year deal worth $4.47 million.
ETC.
Golovkin fight
top-rated bout
The middleweight fight be-
CYCLING
Finland dispatched Norway
7-0 at the ice hockey world championships in Herning, Denmark.
The Czech Republic beat Switzerland 5-4 after a penalty shootout while Slovakia rebounded
from two losses by rallying to a 4-2
victory over Austria. Newcomer
Korea remained without a point
after losing 5-0 to Latvia.
FIFA says the Russian soccer
federation has been fined $29,900
because fans racially abused
France players during a game in
St. Petersburg in March. ... A Paraguayan court on Tuesday confirmed the extradition of Nicolas
Leoz, the former president of
South America’s soccer confederation. FIFA ethics judges have
imposed a life ban from soccer on
a Guatemalan official Hector
Trujillo who took bribes linked to
marketing deals for World Cup
qualifying games.
GIRO D’ITALIA
At Caltagirone, Sicily
Fourth Stage
A 126-mile (202-kilometer) leg
from Catania to Caltagirone
1. Tim Wellens, Belgium, Lotto Fix All,
5:17:34. 2. Michael Woods, Canada, EF Education First-Drapac, same time. 3. Enrico Battaglin,
Italy, LottoNL-Jumbo, st. 4. Simon Yates, Britain,
Mitchelton-Scott, st. 5. Davide Formolo, Italy,
Bora-Hansgrohe, st. 6. Roman Kreuziger, Czech
Republic, Mitchelton-Scott, :04 behind. 7. Patrick Konrad, Austria, Bora-Hansgrohe, same
time. 8. Luis Leon Sanchez, Spain, Astana Pro
Team, st. 9. Domenico Pozzovivo, Italy, BahrainMerida, st. 10. Esteban Chaves, Colombia,
Mitchelton-Scott, st.
Others included: 30. Chris Froome, Britain,
Sky, :21 behind. 51. Nathan Brown, U.S., EF Education First-Drapac, :43. 87. Benjamin King,
U.S., Dimension Data, 3:18. 92. Joe Dombrowski, U.S., EF Education First-Drapac, same
time. 99. Chad Haga, U.S., Sunweb, 3:25.
STANDINGS (After four stages)—1. Rohan
Dennis, Australia, BMC Racing Team, 14:23:08.
2. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlamds, Team Sunweb,
:01. 3. Yates, :17. 4. Wellens, :19. 5. Pello Bilbao,
Spain, Astana Pro Team, :25. 6. Maximilian
Schachmann, Germany, Quick-Step Floors, :28.
7. Domenico Pozzovivo, Italy, Bahrain-Merida,
same time. 8. Thibaut Pinot, France, GroupamaFDJ, :34. 9. Patrick Konrad, Austria, Bora-Hansgrohe, :35. 10. Carlos Betancur, Colombia, Movistar Team, same time.
Others included: 19. Froome, :55. 52.
Brown, 2:19. 72. King, 4:30. 75. Dombrowski,
4:46. 100. Haga, 7:35.
Kia Nurse’s game-high 19 MINOR LEAGUE
points led a group of four Liberty BASEBALL
players in double figures en route PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Results
to New York’s 81-75 preseason vic- Tuesday’s
Colorado Springs 9, Nashville 3
tory over the Sparks in Un- Iowa 8, Omaha 4
8, Oklahoma City 3
casville, Conn. Cappie Pondex- Memphis
New Orleans 10, Round Rock 2
ter had 17 points and five assists Tacoma 10, El Paso 6
Albuquerque 5, Reno 1
for the Sparks.
Fresno 14, Las Vegas 6
Top-ranked Simona Halep
reached the third round of the
Madrid Open by beating Elise
Mertens 6-0, 6-3.
Sacramento 7, Salt Lake 1
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
Tuesday’s Results
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lake Elsinore 1
Stockton 6, Visalia 2
Inland Empire 6, Lancaster 5
Modesto 4, San Jose 2
THE ODDS
Baseball
National League
Favorite
at DODGERS -115
New York
-115
at Chicago
-222
at Philadelphia -121
Washington
-122
American League
Favorite
at Texas
-122
Houston
-172
at Baltimore -131
at New York -170
at Toronto
-120
Interleague
Favorite
at Colorado -144
Cleveland
-144
Pittsburgh
-121
Atlanta
-113
Underdog
Arizona
at Cincinnati
Miami
San Francisco
at San Diego
+105
+105
+202
+111
+112
Underdog
Detroit
at Oakland
Kansas City
Boston
Seattle
+112
+160
+121
+158
+110
Underdog
ANGELS
at Milwaukee
at Chi. W. Sox
at Tampa Bay
+134
+134
+111
+103
NBA Playoffs
Favorite
Philadelphia
Line (O/U)
1 (204)
Underdog
at Boston
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Favorite
Underdog
at Nashville -148 Winnipeg
+138
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
COLLEGE
BASEBALL
NONCONFERENCE
Long Beach St. 5, UCLA 1
Pepperdine 5, UC Santa Barbara 3, 11 innings,
completion of March 27 suspended game
Pepperdine 3, UC Santa Barbara 1
Arizona 20, Grand Canyon 6
Fresno St. 6, Cal St. Northridge 3
Loyola Marymount 10, Cal St. Bakersfield 0
Nevada 6, San Francisco 0
UC Riverside 6, San Diego 5
Stanford 9, Santa Clara 0
Arizona 20, Grand Canyon 6
Sacramento St. 5, UC Davis 2
BOXING
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Friday
At Philadelphia (SHO), Devin Haney vs. Mason Menard, 10, lightweights; Glenn Dezurn vs.
Josh Greer, 10, super- bantamweights.
At Ontario, Roberto Arriaza vs. Juan Ruiz, 10,
welterweights.
PRO FOOTBALL
ARENA LEAGUE
Friday’s Schedule
Albany at Washington, 4 p.m.
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He
won’t
leave
quietly
Roman Polanski is
threatening to sue
over his expulsion
from the academy.
By Josh Rottenberg
Adam Rose ABC
JACKIE and Roseanne meet the new neighbors. From left: Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne Barr, Alain Washnevsky and Anne Bedian.
Confronting the
‘terror’ next door
‘Roseanne’ weighs in on the American panic over Muslims
BY LORRAINE ALI TELEVISION CRITIC >>> They’ve debated
the 2016 election, argued gender identity and made fun of
both hand-wringing liberals and paranoid conservatives. In
its most provocative and perhaps strategic move yet, “Roseanne” on Tuesday tackled the hot-button topic of Islamophobia in its latest episode, “Go Cubs!”
The Conners have new neighbors in their fictional Chicago
suburb of Lanford. They’re Muslim, which automatically
gets Roseanne’s (Roseanne Barr) antennas up. She’s been
watching them closely and noticed they’re stockpiling “crazy
amounts” of fertilizer in their backyard.
So what? argues her family, who have learned after 30
years to dismiss her general disdain for the human race.
“This is what people from I-Rack and Talibanistan do,” says
Roseanne. “They hide out in neighborhoods like Lanford.
Don’t you watch the news?” Her self-professed snowflake of
a sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is quick to respond, “You
don’t mean the news. You mean Fox News.”
Still, Jackie, as well as Roseanne’s nonplussed husband,
Dan (John Goodman), eventually question the new neighbors’ intentions even after admonishing Roseanne for her
unfounded accusations.
The 30-minute episode was intended to ruffle feathers,
and it did, ultimately redeeming itself by making Roseanne’s
ignorance — not her neighbor’s faith, religious attire or unpronounceable last name — the butt of the joke.
Civil rights groups and conservative bloggers immediately
jumped into a debate over the offensiveness and/or bold
truths of the installment, shocked and electrified by the
lightning rod that is “Roseanne.” The episode, however, is
hardly emblematic of the general direction that scripted TV
has been headed in when portraying people with last names
like mine.
From 1997 until now, a stretch when [See ‘Roseanne,’ E4]
By Adam Tschorn
“Sunday best” was how
the dress code was described for the 2018 Met
Gala, which celebrated the
opening of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art’s new exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies:
Fashion and the Catholic
Imagination.”
It’s true that the outfits
that crossed the red carpet
were perhaps a little less revealing skinwise than in past
years, but they actually revealed a good deal about the
celebrities wearing them in
that what-does-your-Halloween-costume-say-about-
you kind of way. It’s a feeling
that was heightened by the
fact that religion is perhaps
one of the least-discussed
topics on the red carpet today (or any day).
And since celebrity culture and the Catholic
Church are two of the most
rigidly hierarchical social
structures around, what the
Met Gala congregants chose
to wear Monday night was
an intriguing exercise in sartorial symbolism. No one leveraged this to greater effect
than Rihanna, a gala cohost, who arrived in full pontiff regalia — a pearl-and
jewel-embellished, seafoam
and silver Maison Margiela
Artisanal bustier minidress, jacket and open skirt
ensemble topped with a
bishop’s mitre. RiRi’s skirt
didn’t trail behind her like so
many others on the red car[See Met Gala, E6]
Healing with
the help of art
The exhibition “Since
We Met” pays tribute
to an artist’s journey
to recovery. E3
Cannes festival
kicks off in style
Female empowerment
is front and center as
jury members launch
this year’s event. E7
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TV guide ................. E10
‘Legion’ finds a
good fit in L.A.
Heavenly vibe
takes wing at
the Met Gala
Rihanna, Lena Waithe
and others make the
religious theme their
own at the N.Y. event.
Just days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences voted to expel
Roman Polanski from its
ranks, the director’s attorney sent a letter to the organization Tuesday morning, arguing the move was
unlawful and threatening to
take legal action if Polanski
is not granted a hearing.
In his letter, a copy of
which was obtained by The
Times, Polanski’s attorney,
Harland Braun, said the
academy had failed to follow
both its own rules and California law in denying the
Oscar-winning director a
chance to present his own
case.
“We are not here contesting the merits of the expulsion decision but, rather,
your organization’s blatant
disregard of its own Standards of Conduct in, as well as
its violations of the standards required by California
Corporations Code,” Braun
wrote.
The academy’s board of
governors, which includes
such industry heavyweights
as Tom Hanks, Kathleen
Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, voted last week to expel the Oscar-winning filmmaker, along with disgraced
comedian Bill Cosby, in accordance with new standards of conduct adopted by
the group in response to the
sexual harassment scandals
that have rocked the industry since the fall.
Polanski, who has earned
five Oscar nods for his work
[See Polanski, E7]
A new season of FX’s
superhero show meets
its match in the city’s
many personalities.
By Chris Barton
Neilson Barnard Getty Images
MET GALA co-host Rihanna tops off her Maison
Margiela Artisanal ensemble with a bishop’s mitre.
On a chilly night just before Christmas, helmeted
black-clad soldiers pursued
a homeless person in an otherwise quiet Grand Park.
The disheveled man struggled up one of the park’s long
concrete stairways as the
armed phalanx closed in.
Cornering their helpless
prey, the squad parted to
make way for their leader —
a swaggering young woman
wearing an outfit that could
be called “Lenny Kravitz
casual” who brandished a
samurai sword.
Have City Hall’s efforts
to manage a homeless crisis
in downtown Los Angeles
reached a surreal, authoritarian peak?
Not yet. The scene was
actually a dramatic moment
being filmed for an episode
of FX’s “Legion,” a spinoff of
Marvel’s “X-Men” films that
just launched its second season. The bearded vagrant
was the heavily made up
Dan Stevens, who stars as
David Haller, a powerful
telekinetic mutant who reckons with questions of madness, reality and identity.
The drama has been
hailed by critics, who’ve said
its mix of sound, visuals and
unconventional narrative
has redefined where a superhero story can go. Based on
what the second season has
shown, “Legion” has no intention of playing things
straight now.
“There’s now, what, 500
shows on the air?” series creator Noah Hawley asks in a
phone call. “And so many of
them have gotten so good at
doing all the things that traditional great storytelling
does, right? I guess my feeling was, ‘Well, if it’s not just
about creating an emotional
[See ‘Legion,’ E5]
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5 DAYS
OUT
Highlights in the week
ahead in arts, and music
and performance
STAGE
OPERA
OPERA
MUSIC
MUSIC
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Theatre at Ace Hotel, L.A.
7:30 p.m. Saturday
$39-$49
“Rigoletto”
Los Angeles Opera
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Through June 3
$52-$329
“The Love Potion”
Long Beach Opera
Warner Grand Theatre,
San Pedro
Opens 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Through May 19
$49-$150
“Reid & Riley”
Los Angeles
Master Chorale
Walt Disney Concert
Hall, L.A.
7 p.m. Sunday
$29-$129
Audra McDonald
UCSB Arts & Lectures
Granada Theatre,
Santa Barbara
7 p.m. Tuesday
$49-$129
THEATER REVIEW
A stage farce
laughs it up
By Philip Brandes
‘Noises Off ’
That a play in which
things go so horribly wrong
can get things so hysterically
right is the fundamental
paradox at the screwball
heart of “Noises Off,”
Michael Frayn’s classic comedy that returns to A Noise
Within for a fourth (and already extended) run.
The enduring popularity
of this production, once
again co-directed by the
wife-husband team of Julia
Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff
Elliott, lies in its spot-on performances, surgically precise slapstick and ingenious
deconstruction of the conventions of farce even as it
faithfully executes them —
from slamming doors to
bawdy double-entendres.
Life in the theater meets
Murphy’s Law in Frayn’s intricate play-within-a-play,
as a touring troupe keeps
trying to get through the
first act of the dreadful sex
farce aptly titled “Nothing
On.” Their first attempt is a
dress rehearsal in which
missed cues and flubbed
lines do not bode well.
Things haven’t improved
when they try the same
scene a month into the tour.
We watch from behind the
stage (courtesy of Fred Kinney’s superbly detailed, revolving two-story set) as
their egos, rivalries and amorous intrigues prove as
disastrous as their mediocre
onstage talents.
Reprising their roles
from 2009, Geoff Elliott’s sarcastic, lecherous director,
Deborah Strang’s absentminded star, Apollo Dukak-
Where: A Noise Within,
3352 E. Foothill Blvd.,
Pasadena
When: 8 p.m. Fridays, 2
and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2
p.m. Sundays; ends May
26. See website for
additional performances.
Tickets: $25-$84
Info: (626) 356-3121,
anoisewithin.org
Running time: 2 hours, 35
minutes
is’ tipsy old-timer, Emily
Kosloski’s ditzy bombshell
and Jill Hill’s gossip-monger
show that they have their
characters (and their characters’ characters) in their
bones. Rafael Goldstein,
Erika Soto, Kasey Mahaffy
and Jeremy Rabb hold their
own with the frenetic pacing
in a production that offers as
many laughs per minute as
anything you’re likely to find
in a theater.
Still, it’s hard to see in
these relentlessly lowbrow
antics the same heady playwright whose “Copenhagen”
explored human relations
through the lens of quantum
physics — until the third act.
Watching once again from
the house perspective as the
hapless troupe’s final performance completely unravels, it finally dawned on me
that far from being a mere
entertaining
diversion,
“Noises Off ” is the living embodiment of thermodynamic entropy in action.
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Photographs by
Christina House Los Angeles Times
MICHAEL GITTES includes his “Diagram of a Day” (2017) in an exhibition called “Since We Met.”
Q&A
Lifelike color
An artistic doctor helped painter Michael Gittes
through a crisis. To celebrate: a joint exhibition.
By Sharon Mizota
Craig Schwartz
BACKSTAGE panic strikes for Deborah Strang, left,
Erika Soto, Geoff Elliott and Jill Hill in “Noises Off.”
AHMANSON THEATRE
Actors to reprise
roles for ‘Humans’
By Jessica Gelt
ships during Thanksgiving
dinner at a run-down apartment in New York’s Chinatown.
As parents Deirdre and
Erik Blake, Houdyshell and
Birney earned critical acclaim and ultimately Tony
Awards for featured actress
and actor in a play.
The play began a national tour in November, but
Houdyshell and Birney are
joining the troupe only for
the tour’s final stop in L.A.,
from June 19 to July 29.
Jayne Houdyshell and
Reed Birney will reprise
their Tony Award-winning
roles in Stephen Karam’s
play “The Humans” when
it’s staged at the Ahmanson
Theatre this summer, Center Theatre Group announced Wednesday.
“The Humans,” which
won the 2016 Tony for best
play for its run at the Helen
Hayes Theatre in New York,
provides a window into a
family’s fraught relation- jessica.gelt@latimes.com
Ten years ago, L.A. artist Michael
Gittes thought he had superpowers.
As a student at Wesleyan University,
he said, he was gripped by a mental
crisis so profound that he spoke
mostly in colors and numbers, and he
thought he could stop traffic simply
by walking into the street.
He was placed in a mental institution. When his mother brought him
back to Los Angeles, Gittes said, she
put him in the care of Dr. Lewis Engel, who happens also to be an artist.
Today, Gittes credits the doctor
with saving his life and has organized
an exhibition featuring work by both
of them.
“Since We Met,” on view by appointment (email contact@mgittes
.com) through Thursday at the
Gabriella Foundation in downtown
L.A., is a celebration of their relationship and a tribute to art’s role in
Gittes’ recovery. It is also, some will
say, a problematic blurring of the
therapeutic boundary between doctor and patient. Engel is still his doctor, but Gittes prefers to see the show
as an evolution of their relationship.
Gittes also will be included in the
group show “Michael Jackson: On
the Wall” opening in June at the National Portrait Gallery of London. He
recently sat down in his live-work
space in the Arts District for this conversation, which has been edited for
length.
How did this L.A. show come about?
It was my idea, and I had been
pushing for it for years. First and
foremost, I liked Dr. Engel’s work, but
I just knew I wanted to show with
him, and for whatever reason, he for
years said, “No.” And then, after my
dad died last year, he agreed to do the
show.
How did you and Dr. Engel meet?
Brigitte Lacombe
“THE HUMANS,” with Reed Birney, left, Sarah
Steele, Jayne Houdyshell and Arian Moayed.
I had a serious mental episode for
a year or so where I slowly became a
different person, and then eventually
I was a completely different person,
from my religious beliefs to my morals and ethics. A girl who I loved more
than anyone else meant nothing to
me. It was the weirdest thing, almost
like “the ultimate betrayal,” is how I
think of it.
As I got crazier and crazier and
crazier, I eventually ended up in a
mental institution in Connecticut,
and I essentially had stopped speak-
GRATEFUL , Gittes says that because of Dr. Lewis Engel “and be-
cause of art, I was able to heal.” Their joint show is in downtown L.A.
ing. I would speak almost exclusively
in numbers and colors because I
remember thinking that too much
got lost in translation, even in the
same language.
It was really, really hard to communicate with me. This guy, Dr.
Engel, figured it out. He figured out
that the color that I was naming had
significance to what we were talking
about. I was extremely surprised,
because I really thought that no one
else could ever get to my level. But I
was also just really relieved, because
it felt like I had been alone for so long.
Do you think he understood you
because he’s an artist?
sounds like a breach of the doctorpatient relationship.
I haven’t really talked to him
about it. I think he wants to do [the
show] for me because I think he
knows that it’s really important to me
that people know that therapy is
important. But for me, a big part of it
is coming to terms with the fact that
it happened, and wearing that feeling
as a badge. Yes, it was embarrassing;
it was shameful and it was terrible.
But because of this man and because
of art, I was able to heal.
How were the works selected?
He asked me a question and I
think I said, “Red.” And he said, “No,”
and I went, “Then blue!” And he said,
“Yes.” And that was, like, “Ooh!” I
could finally just relax, because
somebody was finally there with me. I
was no longer on the other side.
It’s inspired by when Dr. Engel
and I met, which was May 6, 2008, and
it’s our favorite works we’ve done
since we met. But “Since We Met”
means a lot of other things as well.
It’s when I met art. It was like meeting myself for the first time. But also
it’s, for me, a celebration of the fact
that I’m comfortable in my own skin,
and I have a relatively good sense of
my identity. So now I’m capable of
functioning in the real world. So the
“we” is me and you, the audience.
What’s important to me is celebrating the idea that there exists a
mechanism for finding harmony with
something that’s bigger and more
beautiful than all the things on Earth
that cause you pain. And I don’t
know how it works for other people,
but I do believe that that area of
understanding, and expression, and
fun, that’s the gravity that holds us
all together.
To many people, this exhibition
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I think so. I think that we’re vastly
different people, but that overlap is
important. I think if you really care
about art, a lot of that is just honesty
and understanding. And I don’t think
it’s just necessarily painting and
drawing; it could be music or surfing.
I want to celebrate this language,
and I want to celebrate the fact that
he knows it, and the combination of
those two things, I think, is frankly
why I’m alive today.
So would he speak back to you in
numbers?
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TAKES
Sundance
finds new
director
Kim Yutani, formerly
senior programmer for the
Sundance Film Festival, is
now its director of programming, festival director John
Cooper announced late
Monday.
She will lead the festival’s
curation of film, media and
off-screen programming at
the winter festival in Park
City, Utah, as well as other
year-round events supporting indie storytellers and
their films.
A former film critic and
freelance journalist, Yutani
started her programming
career at Outfest Los Angeles, the city’s leading
LGBTQ festival, where she
was the artistic director and
the director of programming.
— Tre’vell Anderson
Jay-Z to submit
to deposition
A New York judge says
rapper Jay-Z must answer
questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe by
the regulator.
Lawyers for the SEC and
Jay-Z settled on May 15 for a
deposition Tuesday after
U.S. District Judge Paul
Gardephe said Jay-Z can’t
dodge the questions any
longer.
Jay-Z has argued that his
testimony is not that important to the SEC’s probe of
the Iconix Brand Group.
Jay-Z, who was not in court,
sold his apparel brand to
Iconix in 2007. He also says
he’s too busy getting ready
for a worldwide tour starting
next month.
— associated press
Third ‘Sherlock’
film announced
Nearly seven years after
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game
of Shadows” hit theaters,
Warner Bros. Pictures says a
third installment of the
“Sherlock Holmes” franchise is coming in 2020.
The studio said Monday
that Robert Downey Jr. will
reprise his role as Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective
alongside Jude Law as his
counterpart Watson.
“Sherlock Homes” was a
box-office hit for the studio
when it was released in 2009;
a sequel quickly followed in
2011. Combined, the films
grossed north of $1 billion.
Both were directed by Guy
Ritchie.
A director has not been
announced, but the new film
is dated for a Christmas 2020
release.
— associated press
Adam Rose ABC
STRUGGLING financially, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) devise a plan — and end up facing their prejudices, too.
A TV lesson in facing our fears
[‘Roseanne,’ from E1]
“Roseanne” was in hibernation, series TV and its viewers grappled, together, with
the horror of 9/11, the Iraq
war, the fear of ensuing terror threats, the rise of Islamic State and the heartbreaking imagery of desperate
Middle Eastern refugees and
Syrian war victims, including many children.
The learning curve has
been steep, from the one-dimensional barbarians of
“24” who lived to destroy
America to the conflicted
cell members of “Homeland”
to the multifaceted depictions of Muslims in recent
programming such as “The
Night Of,” “Master of None,”
“The Punisher” and “The
Looming Tower.” It’s been
one scripted step forward, a
couple of Muslim-bashing
Fox News segments back.
The “Roseanne” Muslim
panic episode, as it’s now
been called, isn’t the next
progressive leap in demystifying an entire faith and people. It’s a throwback to the
bigoted rhetoric of Archie
Bunker, but as offensive as
many will find it, it serves a
purpose. Ignorance, not hatred, underpins Roseanne’s
suspicions about her hijabclad neighbor Fatima (Anne
Bedian). And that’s a distinction that matters, as evidenced by another big moment across TV on Tuesday
— also the result of a rebooted story line involving
rogue Muslims with weapons of mass destruction.
America’s pullout from
the Iran nuclear accord was
announced hours before
“Roseanne” aired. Not even
Barr, the crafty master of
controversy, could have
planned such a serendipitous coupling.
Craig Blankenhorn AP
Kelsey McNeal Fox
MUSLIMS were portrayed one-dimensionally in the Fox series “24,” with Adoni Maropis, Ricky Schroder and
Kiefer Sutherland. In the HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed, right, portrayed a fully drawn character.
‘Roseanne’
Where: ABC
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Rated: TV-PG-DL (may be
unsuitable for young
children, with advisories
for suggestive dialogue
and coarse language)
John Bolton, the White
House’s newly appointed national security advisor, has
spent decades referring to
various Middle Eastern regions, Muslims and Islam as
America’s — and Christianity’s — greatest threat. Unlike the “Roseanne” revival,
Bolton hasn’t revised his
story line.
His
“Muslims
With
WMDs”
narrative
first
gained traction in 2002 as a
prelude to the invasion of
Iraq. As undersecretary of
State for arms control and
international security for
President George W. Bush,
Bolton ignored evidence to
the contrary when telling the
BBC, “We are confident that
Saddam Hussein has hidden
weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq.”
And we know how well
that information panned
out. Millions of lives and several fallen civilizations later,
Bolton is still shopping the
same script.
Ignorance is not the reason Bolton and newly appointed Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo have spent the
last 15 years stoking fears
that Muslim-majority countries are out to destroy
Christian civilization. Instead, both men, who have
been affiliated with alarmist,
anti-Islam groups, have
been instrumental in promoting that “us or them”
mind-set that drives Americans like the Conners to fear
those who resemble, say,
Aziz Ansari. An old, tired
and debunked Death to
America story line influencing foreign policy … and
“Roseanne.”
While that narrative’s diplomacy-busting implica-
tions are terrifying for
America and the world, they
set the perfect stage for the
sitcom to inspire a national
conversation. “Go Cubs” is
also the show’s most direct
response yet to the knee-jerk
#BoycottRoseanne movement.
The Trump-extolling creator, Barr, uses the opportunity to throw a bone to her
red-state voter base with terrorist jokes that play off
campaign
speeches
by
Trump and other Republican candidates and counters the cries of critics by pitting her shallow judgments
with the deeper humanity of
neighbors Fatima and Samir (Alain Washnevsky).
She is shamed, for a change.
Less explored is when
Dan claims that his work opportunities are being taken
away by “illegals.” The show
is already renewed for a new
season, so there’s plenty of
time to infuriate all sides of
the immigration debate.
One of the best moments
in Tuesday’s episode —
“Roseanne,” not that other
saber-rattling show out of
Washington — came when
Roseanne was forced to go to
ask a favor of Fatima and
Samir. The first time she
meets them face to face she’s
armed with a baseball bat …
and so are they.
It’s a telling moment: No
one trusts anyone. Roseanne knows what she knows
from Fox News and its regular contributors like Bolton
and Rudy Giuliani, and the
Muslims know from experience that not everyone in
the neighborhood is welcoming, such as the supermarket checkout clerk who
wants them to “get on their
camel” and go back to wherever they came from. It’s
Yemen, by the way, not “Talibanistan.”
A simplistic learning moment may appear to have
dragged the conversation
backward, but as other
events on Tuesday proved,
it’s a conversation worth
having.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
Twitter: @lorraineali
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Cast learns to
‘navigate’ a
strange world
[‘Legion,’ from E1]
arc that rides along a predictable rail, what happens if we
take this roller coaster off the
rails?’ ”
Haller’s katana-weilding
adversary in the scene was
Kerry Loudermilk (Amber
Midthunder), usually one of
David’s allies and a fellow
mutant who, in a complicated bit of Marvel Universe
physics, shares a body with
Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin).
Cary is a scientist and the
brains of the two, which
makes the younger Kerry
(who ages only when outside
their body) the brawn. If this
already sounds confusing, it
was for the actors too, especially as “Legion’s” strange
world was established in the
first season.
“We all know this year how
to navigate the madness,”
Midthunder says between
takes, huddled under a long
down coat over her caramelcolored sleeveless leather
duster costume. “I think we
all understand how to not
understand anything,” she
adds with a laugh.
Despite the fantastic elements to the scenes being
filmed downtown, “Legion”
did not always appear to be
out of sync with the normal
atmosphere of the area.
“It was amazing how few
people batted an eyelid,”
Stevens said of the shoot in a
later phone call (prosthetics
left him barely able to speak
on set that day). “This crazed
man shuffling along the
streets, barking — you don’t
have to go far in this town to
see that, anyways. It was interesting to step out and see
how much of the weirdness of
our show is not all that foreign.”
Last year, “Legion” was
one of a handful of shows that
moved their productions to
Los Angeles from Vancouver,
Canada, to take advantage of
a tax credit. But even when
the series was shooting in
Canada, it remained cagey
about when and where it took
place, with a mix of otherworldly technology and design flourishes that drew
from the ’60s and ’70s.
“We never say what the
environment is. There’s no
kind of geopolitical name to
anything,” says episode director John Cameron, who is
also an executive producer.
“But we knew we were moving, and it was going to be
somewhat of a road season.
L.A.’s the perfect location for
most things, because we kind
of have everything here.”
“You have the paradigm
of a place that is a paradise,
but it’s also a desert at the
same time,” adds Hawley, an
Emmy-winning producer of
the network’s “Fargo,” which
he created. “There’s just a lot
of impossible things about
this city that are interesting
to explore.”
As if to further complicate
things, the episode filmed in
Grand Park finds a distraught Haller wishing to live
in any other reality than his
own, and in an apt “It’s a
Wonderful Life”-like twist
given the timing of shoot, the
episode explores multiple
other ways his life could have
turned out differently. In this
reality, he is alone, raving and
homeless, and judging by the
Suzanne Tenner FX
L.A. CITY HALL looms beyond David Haller (Dan Stevens) in a scene from the new season of “Legion.”
‘Legion’
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When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
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unsuitable for children
under the age of 17, with
advisories for coarse
language and violence)
gunmen in pursuit, it does
not end well.
That night, with a head
full of prosthetic teeth and
makeup, Stevens joined
Cameron around a monitor
to review the scene he was
just in. He watched footage of
his character scrambling up
the stairs and, for a moment,
looking desperate in front of
the park’s cheerfully pink
Christmas tree.
Behind him, the pale
majesty of City Hall towered
overhead. It’s an iconic, even
heroic shot for a show that
despite its ties to the “X-Men”
series does not often allow
such things.
But what “Legion” does
embrace is the bizarre, both
in its storytelling and atmosphere. Hawley credits podcasts like “Radiolab” as inspiration for this season’s instructional interludes explaining (in a dark, “Legion”
sort of way) a few mental
health concepts. Some of this
year’s visual flourishes — the
basket-headed Adm. Fukuyama and a virus that immobilizes people into teethchattering zombies — are as
haunting as the villainous
Shadow King, played by Audrey Plaza, who at times also
appears as a nightmarishly
pale, obese figure.
“The X-Men were originally called ‘The Uncanny XMen,’ and ‘uncanny’ is such a
specific word that refers to a
certain kind of horror you feel
when familiar things act in
unfamiliar ways,” he says. “A
haunted house story is terrifying, because your house
isn’t supposed to do that, and
what’s really unsettling
about people frozen with
their teeth chattering is it’s
not what people are supposed to do. So, rather than
having to work hard to create
some kind of horror that’s a
lot bigger, often it’s those simple elements.”
Yet for all its ventures into
swanky astral planes and
various mazes within the
mind, the new season of “Legion” has also evolved to become something maybe even
more unexpected — topical.
With its exploration of
how unhealthy ideas can
spread from person to person, this season reminded
Stevens of how personal information from Facebook
was used in the Cambridge
Analytica scandal.
“There was one headline
that said, ‘The data was used
to target users’ inner
demons,’ ” Stevens said.
“And I thought, ‘To see the
phrase “inner demons” in a
headline?’ That’s really what
a lot of ‘Legion’ is all about is
inner demons, those deeply
rooted psychological fears
and how they’re preyed upon.
[To be] exploring this very
abstract space, looking at the
philosophy of the mind and
mind control, and then to see
it echoed in reality is bizarre.”
Hawley agreed, to an
extent.
“If Season 1 is the story of
an insane man in a sane
world, maybe Season 2, now
we realize David is sane,
[but] maybe the world has
gone crazy on him,” he says.
“That a society can succumb
to an idea and become someplace where, just a few years
ago, if you looked forward to
see where we were, it would
seem insane. And yet, somehow we get these moments in
history where what is considered normal suddenly becomes very abnormal.
“If that’s a topical subject,
that wasn’t necessarily on
purpose.”
Back at the park, a camera swoops along an overhead cable to capture the advancing soldiers, Haller’s labored attempt to flee toward
what looks like a harsh end.
Or maybe it isn’t. As the cameras reset, Cameron deflects
when asked about a theory
on what might lie ahead.
“Could happen, anything’s possible,” he says.
“That’s the bottom line for
‘Legion.’ ”
chris.barton@latimes.com
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POP STAR Katy Perry is in angelic form at Monday’s Met Gala in New York, showing off a custom-made Atelier Versace chain mail mini-dress complete with wings.
Where imagination takes flight
[Met Gala, from E1]
pet, but let’s face it: When
your outfit says “head of the
Roman Catholic Church,” a
flowing train is superfluous.
Also at the top of the fashion food chain? Vogue editor
in chief Anna Wintour, who
quipped on the carpet that
she was wearing “Cardinal
Chanel” — as in Chanel couture, an all-white dress with a
high, priest-like collar and a
jeweled rosary necklace front
and center. Rounding out the
highest-to-heaven contingent was Gucci’s holy trinity
— creative director Alessandro Michele, Jared “Jesus”
Leto and singer Lana Del Rey
— who arrived together looking like refugees from a Renaissance tapestry, the latter
in full Our Lady of Sorrows
mode, with a stitched gold
metal heart pierced with a
half-dozen daggers.
In the Catholic Church,
cardinals rank just below the
pope. It was easy to imagine
those who arrived in shades
of red occupying a similar
plane. Anne Hathaway and
Bee Shaffer (both in Valentino),
Amber
Heard,
Priyanka Chopra (in scarletred velvet Ralph Lauren) and
Andrew Garfield in a watermelon-red velvet Tom Ford
shawl-collar cocktail jacket
had us seeing red.
Wearing red, of course,
can also be a nod to the cartoonish representation of the
devil incarnate. That seemed
to be what Nicki Minaj was
aiming for in her devil of a red
dress from Oscar de la Renta.
“I wanted to make sure the
bad guy was here,” she said by
way of explanation, presumably referring to Old Scratch.
Scarlett
Johansson
seemed to be sending a message as well with her burgundy-red gown by Marchesa, marking a return to the
red carpet for the label cofounded by Georgina Chapman, ex-wife of Harvey Weinstein. Major stars had
avoided Marchesa through-
out this year’s awards season, but in a statement to
multiple press outlets, Johansson said, “I wore Marchesa because their clothes
make women feel confident
and beautiful, and it is my
pleasure to support a brand
created by two incredibly talented and important female
designers.”
Every movement has its
flag wavers, and those displaying the predominant yellow color of the Vatican flag
(knowingly or not) included
Amanda Seyfried (in Prada),
Gabrielle Union in a Prabal
Gurung stunner and former
Hillary Clinton aide Huma
Abedin.
Metallic gold, which represents, well, gold, to most
of the world, can symbolize
the birth and resurrection of
Christ in liturgical vestments, so it was no surprise
that there was a deep vein of
the precious metal. Evan
Rachel Wood made the color
her own thanks to an Al-
tuzarra ensemble with a
golden metallic feather-covered cape that evoked a pair
of angel’s wings folded neatly
behind her. Other golden
girls included Kerry Washington (in Ralph Lauren),
Kim Kardashian West in an
Atelier Versace form-fitting
liquid gold chain mail gown
embellished with beaded
Byzantine crosses and Olivia
Munn in a golden chain mailinspired H&M Conscious
Collection dress.
Munn was hardly alone. A
surprising number of women
opted for chain mail and armor motifs. While the trend
could easily be seen as a symbolic reference to the medieval Crusades, Michelle
Williams (in Louis Vuitton)
and Zendaya (in Atelier Versace custom-molded gunmetal chain mail with
Swarovski crystal embellishments) tipped the scale in favor of a full-on Joan of Arc
vibe. And what better heroine to reference in the #Me-
Too era than a warrior woman who, after being burned at
the stake at age 19 was later
canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.
The church is nothing
without its angels. Preacher’s
kid Katy Perry was the evening’s fine-feathered focuspuller in this area, arriving in
a custom-made Atelier Versace look that paired a gold
chain mail mini-dress with
angel wings so super-sized
she had to arrive in a convertible. At the opposite end of
the spectrum (make that
pew) was Kate Moss, who
made her return to the Met
Gala as an angel of darkness
in an inky black mini-dress,
her bare shoulders graced by
the sparest jets of black ostrich feathers.
Others rocked riffs on the
halo, from Lily Collins’ subtle
semicircle to Cardi B’s bejeweled Moschino headpiece.
And we don’t even know
where to start with Sarah
Jessica Parker’s towering
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda
topper that seemed more like
a music box than any kind of
headgear.
A few outliers evoked the
look of stained-glass church
windows (Gigi Hadid in Atelier Versace), and Ariana
Grande’s custom silk organza ball gown depicted
scenes from Michelangelo’s
“The Last Judgment” in the
Sistine Chapel.
But the evening’s best
symbolic use of color came
courtesy of writer and “The
Chi” creator Lena Waithe,
who won the evening — and
threw no small amount of
shade at the Catholic Church
in the process — by hitting
the 2018 Met Gala arrivals red
carpet in a black tuxedo,
which she wore under a voluminous custom Carolina
Herrera cape designed to
look like the rainbow-striped
gay pride flag.
adam.tschorn
@latimes.com
For ‘Tully,’ Mackenzie Davis pulls a night shift
A role as a late-shift
caregiver enhances a
reputation for brave,
unpredictable choices.
By Mark Olsen
With a screen presence
that exists on a spectrum between earthy and ethereal,
actress Mackenize Davis
comes across as both otherworldly and familiar. Which
is what makes her role in the
new film “Tully” one of the
best showcases for her talent yet.
The third collaboration
between screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason
Reitman, “Tully” is a story of
reassessment and renewal,
what happens when the reality of middle-aged responsibility confronts the wacky
wisdom and ambitious idealism of youth.
Davis plays the title character, a night nurse who enters the life of a woman
named Marlo — played by
Charlize Theron — to help
out after the birth of Marlo’s
third child. As Tully becomes a bigger part of Marlo’s life, they both confront
who they are and who they
will become.
“It feels very different
from other roles I’ve played.
I felt so comfortable playing
this part in a way that was
really satisfying,” Davis said
during a recent interview in
Los Angeles. “Not to be cynical and not to be sardonic
and not to have a wall up — I
find some of the characters I
play have a real hardness to
them that is really fun but
also so different from me
that it can feel really sad.
The labor can be really nourishing and fun but leave you
feeling really drained. With
this, the labor was really en-
ergizing.”
Even after four seasons
on AMC’s acclaimed but little-watched tech-drama series “Halt and Catch Fire,”
Davis may be better known
to many for her appearance
in the award-winning “San
Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror” anthology series.
Her film work includes
last year’s “Blade Runner
2049” and the 2016 indie
drama “Always Shine,” for
which she won a best actress
prize at the Tribeca Film
Festival. It was recently announced she will star in a
“Terminator” reboot.
But it was her first film
role, in Drake Doremus’
“Breathe In,” and her subsequent work on “Halt” that
caught Reitman’s eye. He
had read with her for a role in
another film, and when it
came to find an actress to
play off Theron, he knew
where to look.
“Mackenzie is clearly one
of the bright lights of her
generation,” Reitman said.
“She just kind of pops from
the screen.”
Because Davis plays a
character who arrives only
at night, when the rest of the
house is asleep, her scenes
are entirely with Theron.
The two actresses make for
an interesting pairing, as the
low-simmering rage and
frustration of Theron’s
Marlo is tempered by the
beatific generosity of Davis’
Tully.
Reitman said the chemistry between the two was
immediate.
“I wish I could say that I
brought some magic to the
table and got over some impressive hurdle,” Reitman
said. “But the truth is —
[Billy] Wilder talked about it
— you pick a great screenplay and you pick great actors and a lot of it is going to
work itself out. And that’s
the truth. They are both
brave,
brilliant
women
who happen to have incredible chemistry. And my
job is: The camera better be
… rolling.”
Davis, 31, hails from Vancouver, Canada, and studied
acting in New York before
moving to L.A. Part of her
career learning curve has
been discovering how interviews can be a platform for
talking about the things she
actually wants to talk about,
“gaming the system” as she
put it. While promoting “Always Shine” in late 2016,
Davis and director Sophia
Takal spoke about issues of
representation and identity
faced by women in front of
and behind the camera.
In the time since, the
broader cultural conversation has shifted toward
those issues as well, meaning that they have remained
a through line in Davis’ interviews. And while these
are still topics very much on
Davis’ mind, returning to
them again and again can be
taxing.
“I would also like the conversation to produce change
and move fast, because you
get tired spinning your
wheels,” Davis said. “And
you just want it to happen
and to stop being asked
about it. It’s an interesting
conversation, but it’s only interesting in so far as there is
action, and pretty immediate action.”
The issues touched on by
“Tully” have provided more
to think and talk about. Although the movie is ostensibly about motherhood, it is
also about grappling with
how one sees oneself and the
sense of satisfaction one
does or does not derive from
where they are in life. Davis
found a lot to wrestle with
within Cody’s script.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
HER ROLE in “Tully” as an empathetic night nurse
“was really energizing,” says Mackenzie Davis.
“I think in this era of people striving to tell more authentic stories about women
— regardless of whether it’s a
story you can directly relate
to or not — you relate to the
authenticity of the telling of
it,” Davis said. “It makes you
feel seen even if you are not a
part of that particular demographic.
“So I felt seen as a woman
in this movie of people talking about how [difficult] it is,
the upkeep of the facade of a
perfect life, to be a perfect
woman,” she said. “Even
though I don’t have children
and that’s not part of my up-
keep, I still can relate to the
upkeep itself.”
Since “Halt” began, Davis
has been able to jettison the
sort of girlfriend/sidekick/ingénue parts that Hollywood
would conventionally put
forward for someone in her
career position. This has led
to an unpredictable filmography, yet one that somehow still hangs together,
even as she moves between
smaller-scaled films such as
the upcoming “Izzy Gets the
… Across Town,” on which
she takes her first producer
credit, to big-budget bonanzas like “Blade Runner
2049.”
“I think everyone has an
idea of what they want to do,
I just don’t think everyone
knows how to achieve it,”
said “Always Shine” director
Takal, who has remained
close to Davis. “She can look
at the landscape and the environment and understand
how the choices she makes
will affect other choices
she’ll have to make down the
road.”
Davis recently finished
shooting “The Turning” for
director Floria Sigismondi
and costarring Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”)
and Brooklynn Prince (“The
Florida Project”). Even with
her “Terminator” movie on
the horizon, she noted that it
takes all kinds of projects to
make a career.
“If you do big movies, you
get to make smaller movies,
because all of a sudden you
have this power,” she said. “I
would only make small movies if I could only make small
movies, but there’s a limit to
that, to how long that can
last. So you have to invest in
yourself and then go back to
making the scrappy movies.”
With her mix of insight,
intuition and intelligence,
there should be little doubt
of what Davis can accomplish when she sets her mind
to something. And she acknowledges, somewhat reluctantly, that she wants
even greater control over her
material.
“I want to be in charge
of the stuff that’s being
made,” she said. “I feel sort
of weird talking about it because every actor says they
want to direct, and I don’t
want to talk about it until I
have something to talk
about.”
mark.olsen@latimes.com
Twitter: @IndieFocus
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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Tough questions, answers in #MeToo era
Female empowerment
is a hot topic as jury
members gather to
launch the event.
By Amy Kaufman
CANNES, France — For
the first time, the Cannes
Film Festival banned selfies
on the red carpet. The organization is taking the new rule
so seriously that when journalists retrieve their press
passes this year, they are also
given a bright red postcard
reminding them of the rule,
decrying “offenders will be
denied entrance to the
screenings.”
Off the red carpet, however? Apparently anything
goes. At the opening news
conference here on Tuesday,
meant to introduce the starstudded jury to the media, reporters toting cellphones
gathered en masse at the
front of the room. When the
eight jury members — including President Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and
Ava DuVernay — arrived at
their seats, the journalists remained, snapping photos of
celebrities just mere inches
from their face.
Eventually, a moderator
shooed the crowd away so the
event could commence. But
the instant the news conference
concluded,
many
rushed to the stage again,
seeking autographs. One
woman even took Blanchett’s
half-empty water bottle
and took a sip from it. Très
chic!
As the head of the jury —
which is rounded out by
Chang
Chen,
Robert
Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa
Seydoux, Denis Villeneuve
and Andrey Zvyagintsev —
Blanchett fielded the majority of the questions during
the 30-minute affair. Though
she went to lengths to remain
equanimous — describing
Cannes as a nonpolitical festival and giving inoffensive
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CATE BLANCHETT, Cannes jury president, was in
the eye of the photo storm at the press conference.
answers on the subject of
#MeToo and women in the
film industry — she was also,
at moments, fierce.
When she was asked how
female
empowerment
squares with a festival where
actresses pose in high heels
and gowns, she retorted: “Being attractive doesn’t preclude being intelligent.” And
when a journalist asking why
He calls them hypocrites
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on such films as “Chinatown”
and “Rosemary’s Baby,”
pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a minor,
then-13-year-old Samantha
Geimer. Since fleeing the
U.S., he has been living in exile in Europe for the past four
decades and is considered a
fugitive by the U.S. criminal
justice system. Cosby was
convicted of three counts of
sexual assault April 26.
In January, the academy
outlined new procedures for
how claims of violations of its
standards of conduct will be
reported, investigated and
appealed, even as it stipulated that the board retains
the right to take action regarding a member’s status
“on any matter, whether submitted by the process outlined above or not.” In his letter, however, Braun contends
that state law requires that
“the expulsion of any member must be done in good
faith and in a fair manner.”
“The only thing we’re asking for is a hearing, a chance
to present his side,” Braun
told The Times in an interview Tuesday. “What I would
hope is that [the academy’s
legal counsel] would say,
‘Let’s avoid an expensive lawsuit. Let’s just start over.
We’ll rescind the expulsion
and we’ll put him on notice
that we’re thinking of expelling him and we’ll give you
the opportunity to present
your case.’ That’s the only rational thing. Otherwise,
we’ve got to go to court and
get a judge to rule that the
academy has to follow its
own rules, which should be a
no-brainer.”
Polanski, who served 42
days in Chino State Prison in
1977, has long contended that
the judge in his case engaged
in misconduct by reneging
on the terms of his plea deal
and that he should be allowed to return to America
on time served. For her part,
Geimer has publicly forgiven
Polanski and joined Braun
last year in an unsuccessful
effort to convince a judge to
free the director from his
international warrant. In an
interview with Vanity Fair
last week, she called the
academy’s decision to expel
Polanski “an ugly and cruel
action which serves only appearance.”
The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Polanski’s threat of legal action.
But for the organization, the
push-back from the filmmaker highlights the complications it could face in
attempting to enforce its
standards of conduct.
Indeed, some within the
group
have
questioned
whether the academy should
police its members’ behavior
at all. Last month, producer
and former studio executive
Bill Mechanic resigned from
the academy’s board with a
scathing letter that criticized
the group, in part, over its
handling of the issue.
In its statement last week
expelling
Polanski
and
Cosby, however, the academy
reaffirmed its commitment
to upholding its standards of
conduct, writing, “The board
continues to encourage ethical standards that require
members to uphold the
academy’s values of respect
for human dignity.”
Braun told The Times
that Polanski was personally
galled that an organization
that gave him a standing ovation when he won the directing Oscar for “The Pianist”
had kicked him out without
granting him a hearing.
“He said, ‘They’re a bunch
of hypocrites,’ ” said Braun.
When that award was given,
everyone knew about the offense. It wasn’t a secret. And
all of the sudden, they turn on
him and expel him without a
hearing? … I think they
thought this was an easy one:
An 84-year-old director’s not
going to fight it, right?”
josh.rottenberg@
latimes.com
movies still matter addressed the question only to
the filmmakers on the jury,
she bristled with sarcasm.
“Actresses, don’t answer that
question. Because you have
no idea how to answer that
question.”
DuVernay made an oblique reference to the debate
between the theatrical and
streaming experience in her
answer — Cannes didn’t allow Netflix to compete for the
Palme d’Or this year — noting that she believes a film is a
film “whether it is in a theater
or not.”
“A film is a story told by a
filmmaker, and the way in
which that film is presented
to the audience, I don’t think
has any bearing on whether
or not it is a film,” she said.
DuVernay made the documentary “13th” for Netflix
and continues to work with
the streaming platform.
As for how the jury will select the festival’s top prize,
Stewart said she would be
looking for a movie that left
her “fundamentally, undeniably moved.”
“Yes, the topical nature of
films in festivals is important,” the actress said. “But I
think it’s more important to
know that in 10 years time it
will stand — and I think it’s
pretty obvious when you
watch a movie like that.”
Only three of the films
competing for the Palme
d’Or were made by women, a
fact that Blanchett lamented. But change will not
happen overnight, she noted,
adding that she believes
coming to Cannes as a director is an “exposing” sport and
“you wanna know that the
filmmakers are ready to have
their films displayed.”
“Would I like to have more
women displayed? Absolutely. But we are dealing
with what we have this year.
Our job as industry members
away from this festival is to
help with change,” she said.
“Is [#MeToo] going to have a
direct impact upon the films
in competition this year, six,
nine months on [from the
Harvey Weinstein controversy]? Not specifically.
There are several women in
the competition, but they
aren’t there because of their
gender. They are there because of the quality of their
work.”
amy.kaufman
@latimes.com
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COMICS
BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Millard Pringle, a regular
at my club, is a quiet little
man who gets lost in the
maze of bridge “rules.” In a
team match, Cy the Cynic
and Millard both raced into
3NT after West opened the
bidding. Both Wests led a
heart, perhaps unwisely,
and Cy and Millard won with
the queen.
“I led the king of diamonds next,” Cy said, “and
West ducked, won the next
diamond and led a second
heart to my ace. When I took
the jack of diamonds, East
discarded. All I could do was
lose a fourth diamond —
West’s six was high — and he
cashed three hearts for
down one.”
“How did Millard operate?” I asked.
“He believes in cashing
winners, not setting them
up,” Cy growled. “After he
won the first heart, he took
his high spades. West had to
discard twice, and he naturally threw a club and ... a diamond. Then Millard started the diamonds and had no
trouble making 3NT.”
Cy was outdone. Millard
had nothing to lose.
Question: You hold: ♠ J ♥
K J 9 6 4 ♦ A 6 5 2 ♣ K 7 5. Your
partner opens one spade,
you bid two hearts, he rebids
two spades and you try 2NT.
Partner next bids three
clubs. What do you say?
Answer: This case is
close. Partner has six
spades, four clubs and minimum values. Your 2NT was
conservative; some players
would have committed to
game. Though your heart
honors may face a singleton,
bid four spades. Partner will
have a chance if he has K Q 10
8 6 4, 7, 4 3, A Q 10 6.
West dealer
Both sides vulnerable
NORTH
♠9763
♥8752
♦98
♣J62
WEST
EAST
♠J
♠ 10 8 5 4 2
♥KJ964
♥ 10 3
♦A652
♦ 10 7
♣K75
♣ Q 10 8 4
SOUTH
♠AKQ
♥AQ
♦KQJ43
♣A93
WEST
NORTH EAST
SOUTH
1♥
Pass
Pass
Dbl
Pass
1♠
Pass
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 6
2018, Tribune Media
Services
ASK AMY
Are kids safe with teen?
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You’ll be thinking a lot about
your personal philosophy,
deciding what it is (and
whether it’s changed), honing it and living it more fully.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Be wary of anyone who
seems to take advantage of
(or be oblivious to) those in a
down position.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You’ll be drawn to connect.
You have a lot to share, but
you won’t know what it is until you get into the jazz of social interaction.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You are in perfect step with
your people, and you’re able
to create a new and complementary rhythm.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’ll put your heart into
what you make. People who
experience your creation will
feel this.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Your service is a sacrifice, yet
you may also be paid for it.
That doesn’t take anything
away from when you dedicate yourself to doing the job
with full attention and love.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
This is a time to do full disclosure, be totally transparent and show your work. You
will create bonds as you fascinate others.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Usually, you know when to
step in and lend a hand. But
today brings up some gray
area. You may not be sure
whether it’s your place or
your turn.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You don’t want to
be repetitive, but they won’t
get it unless you repeat yourself. Say it differently each
time or say it the same; that
doesn’t matter.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You’ll have self-editing to
do today. You’ll pump up the
fun parts, amplify the essential, ax the superfluous,
nix the unnecessary.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’re wary of being
sold, as you should be. When
it’s a good match, you don’t
need to be sold.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): There won’t be a lot of
transactions that must happen today. So you can concentrate on producing and
creating.
Today’s birthday (May
9): You look younger than
you did last year. Way to annoy your friends! You’ll complete a big project, revel in
freedom for weeks and then
quickly be immersed in a
new interest. In July, you’ll
either move or refresh your
digs. The work you do to improve daily routines will
open unforeseen lucky opportunity. In September,
you’ll cash in. Leo and Libra
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 12, 39, 4 and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: I am a mother
of two young children: a
daughter, age 4, and a 1-yearold boy. They currently go to
my
husband’s
cousin’s
house for child care every
day. My oldest has been going there for over two years,
along with our nephew and
niece (who are the same
age). Our family member
(along with her helpers) provides wonderful care. I know
they are safe and well looked
after.
Every summer, another
family member sends her
three foster children to the
same house for child care.
This was their day care from
when before they were
school age. Although these
children are older than ours,
they are not allowed to be at
home under the supervision
of the oldest child, a 13-yearold boy, because he has
shown behavioral issues.
He was temporarily removed from his home once
over violent threats toward
his younger brother and has
been ordered to attend mandatory counseling, as he has
been making violent statements in his school setting.
He has also sent text messages to his female classmates stating he is going to
violate them, sexually. This
very much worries me.
I don’t know what to do if
I find out he will be going to
our day care for summer vacation again. This boy took a
shine to my daughter last
year over these summer
months.
What is the best way to
deal with this?
Worried Mother
Dear Worried: I can’t
imagine many 13-year-olds
who would do well in an allday environment that includes his own siblings as
well as preschoolers and at
least one toddler. It’s an extreme age range, and this
does not sound like a good
situation for him. Nor does it
sound like a good situation
for the younger children. I
agree with your concern.
You should inquire about
this summer. Will the older
boy be present (perhaps
they’ve found a specialized
program for him)? If the older boy is going to be present,
you should express your
concerns, and all of the
adults involved should put
their heads together to try to
find a workable solution.
You might need to find another day care for the summer.
Your tone should be neutral and focused on a solution. Your foster nephew is
going through an extremely
tough patch, and you should
express compassion for him.
But your own children’s well-
being is on the line, and you
will have to be stalwart,
steady and focused — always — on their safety.
Dear Amy: My ex-wife and
I have been divorced for
eight years. We have a 9year-old son together.
We both have recently
been having these “I think I
wanna try again” thoughts,
now that we’re both older
and realize what a special relationship we had.
Do you see her coming
back to me soon?
Anxious
Dear Anxious: Sorry, but I
left my crystal ball in my
other jacket. I can’t predict
anyone’s behavior.
If you two decide to try to
reunite, I hope you will do so
very carefully. Try “dating”
before running together at
high speed. Understand
that, even though you are
both more mature, the issues that caused you to divorce likely won’t have gone
away. Have you both
changed?
Be very cautious around
your son. It would be an
emotional roller coaster for
him if you two came together, only to split again.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
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TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
The
Blacklist
Samar
(Mozhan Marno) is targeted by someone on the
Blacklist. 8 p.m. NBC
The Goldbergs After seeing
the movie “Spaceballs”
Adam (Sean Giambrone)
becomes fanatical about
Mel Brooks and wants to
start a fan club to honor
the comedian/filmmaker,
but Jackie (guest star
Rowan
Blanchard)
doesn’t take him seriously. The voice of Rick
Moranis (“Spaceballs”) is
heard in this new episode.
8 p.m. ABC
Empire Cookie (Taraji P.
Henson) and her mother
(guest star Alfre Woodard) have a tense reunion
while Lucious (Terrence
Howard)
and
Eddie
(guest star Forest Whitaker) continue to struggle
for control of Empire. 8
p.m. Fox
Nature The program’s new
three-part
miniseries,
“Natural Born Rebels,”
wraps up with “The Mating Game,” documenting
underhanded tactics animals use to find a mate
and reproduce. 8 p.m.
KOCE and KPBS
SEAL Team Jason (David
Boreanaz, who also directs) is injured in a helicopter crash, but the mission must go on in this new
episode. 9 p.m. CBS
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit After a man reports that his sister was
the victim of a gang rape,
Fin (Ice T) investigates
and soon has doubts.
Guest
stars
include
Rachel Hilson, Big Daddy
Kane and George Wallace.
9 p.m. NBC
Modern Family Meeting
Arvin’s (guest star Chris
Geere) parents (guest
stars Kate Burton and
Jim Piddock) leads Haley
(Sarah Hyland) into a reunion with her exboyfriends. Mira Sorvino,
Adam Devine and Nathan
Fillion
(“Castle”)
all
reprise roles. 9 p.m. ABC
The Expanse The search for
Prax’s
(Terry
Chen)
daughter (Leah Jung)
comes to a head while Admiral Souther’s (Martin
Roach)
crew
plots
mutinyin this science fiction adventure series. 9
p.m. Syfy
Michael Ansell ABC
NATHAN FILLION
guest stars as himself in
a new episode of “American Housewife” on ABC.
American Housewife Immediately following an episode of “Modern Family”
in which he also appears,
Nathan Fillion guest stars
as himself as Katie (Katy
Mixon) takes the family to
New York to locate the actor at a convention honoring his former series
“Firefly.” 9:30 p.m. ABC
Being
Serena
Serena
Williams gives birth to her
daughter after an emergency cesarean section
and reveals the life-threatening complications that
followed in this new episode of the unscripted series. 10 p.m. HBO
America Inside Out With
Katie Couric In this new
episode Couric explores
gender equality in the
United States. 10 p.m. National Geographic
Krypton Seg (Cameron
Cuffe) and Zod (Colin
Salmon) collaborate on
forming a resistance
movement. 10 p.m. Syfy
MOVIES
WALL-E (2008) 9:36 a.m.
Encore
Florence Foster Jenkins
(2016) 2:40 p.m. EPIX
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Author
Harlan Coben; Michael C.
Hall. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Jennifer Lopez; Melissa McCarthy. (N) 7 a.m.
KNBC
Good Morning America A
Disney fairy-tale wedding.
(N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m.
KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Lauren
Sivan (“Abuse of Power”);
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. (N)
9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Chadwick
Boseman;
Barenaked Ladies perform. (N) 9 a.m. KABC
The View Jake Tapper. (N)
10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Michael Bolton; Lidia
Bastianich. (N) 11 a.m.
KTTV
The Talk Gayle King; James
Vaughan. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Unforgettable and crazy birth stories; LuAnn de Lesseps.
(N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Christie Brinkley. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS
Steve Bethenny Frankel.
Panel: Keri Hilson, Diann
Valentine and Kristine
Leahy. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC
Harry LuAnn de Lesseps
(“The Real Housewives of
New York City”); Laila Ali
(“Home Made Simple”).
(N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Emeril Lagasse. (N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil A girl began acting
out at age 12. (N) 3 p.m.
KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Rob Lowe (“Code Black”);
former NFL player Jon
Dorenbos. (N) 3 p.m.
KNBC
The Real Boris Kodjoe
(“Code Black”). (N) 3 p.m.
KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show Diane
Guerrero. (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Conan Brian Posehn; James
Veitch. (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show: Jimmy
Fallon Jennifer Lopez;
Phoebe
Waller-Bridge.
(N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show: Stephen
Colbert Gayle King; Anna
Wintour. (N) 11:35 p.m.
KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Alden
Ehrenreich; Ben Falcone;
2 Chainz performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show Heidi
Klum; soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Alice
Merton performs. (N)
12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night Michelle Wolf;
Zach Woods; Jessie Ware;
Aaron Spears. (N) 12:37
a.m. KNBC
Last Call Tom Arnold; Absofacto performs; Ella
Purnell. (N) 1:38 a.m.
KNBC
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