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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
talk on
at news
on USC
Many alumnae
describe disturbing
behavior by the
school health clinic’s
former gynecologist.
North Korea’s threat
to call off the June 12
meeting suggests that
Trump’s optimism
was premature.
By Harriet Ryan,
Matt Hamilton,
Sarah Parvini
and Paul Pringle
By Noah Bierman
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
When Chelsea Wu walked
into Dr. George Tyndall’s
exam room at USC’s student
health clinic, she was 19 and,
in her own words, “naive.”
The sophomore had never
seen a doctor without her
parents by her side and had
never been to a gynecologist.
“I was blindly trusting of
doctors. I pretty much followed whatever they say,”
Wu recalled.
During the 2016 appointment, Tyndall asked prying
questions about her sex life,
showed prolonged interest
in her Chinese heritage and
made comments about the
tone of her pelvic muscle as
he thrust his fingers inside
her, Wu said.
Still, Wu shrugged off the
experience until she read
The Times’ article Tuesday
detailing how the university
received years of reports
about inappropriate behavior by Tyndall before quietly
forcing him out last summer.
“I thought it was normal.
Being so young, I didn’t have
a framework for what was
acceptable,” said Wu, who
received an undergraduate
degree last year and will attend USC’s Gould School of
Law in the fall.
[See USC, A5]
NEW OFFICERS stand for inspection during a Los Angeles Police Academy graduation last month. Since
the 1992 riots, the LAPD has created a more diverse police force: 48% Latino, 10% Asian and 10% black.
A transformed LAPD
reflects the city it polices
In Trump era, diversity is a matter of civic trust
By Brittny Mejia,
Andrea Castillo
and Kate Mather
Al Labrada recalls the terror he felt as a
young boy each time he rode from Los Angeles to San Diego on a Greyhound bus and
passed through an immigration checkpoint.
Born in Mexico City, he had crossed the
border illegally when he was 5 while pretending to be asleep in the back seat of a
Ford station wagon.
His experience, the Los Angeles police
captain says, serves as a way for him to
connect with residents who express fear
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
CAPT. Al Labrada was
brought to the U.S.
illegally when he was 5.
about being caught up in immigration
sweeps. It’s a tale that the 47-year-old, who
became an American citizen while serving
in the Marine Corps, has shared in one-onone conversations and at public gatherings.
“I want them to understand that my
sympathy and my intent to build trust with
the undocumented is more on a personal
level, as well as a professional level,”
Labrada said after a recent meeting at
Santa Teresita Catholic Church, across
from a Boyle Heights public housing project.
Connecting with those in the country illegally has emerged as a major goal for the
[See LAPD, A8]
IMMIGRATION: President Trump meets with California critics of the state’s “sanctuary” law. NATION, A6
Judge blocks CBS
board changes in
Redstone drama
By Meg James
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
TOM-JELTE SLAGTER, as a “domestique” for Team Dimension Data in the
Amgen Tour of California, puts the squad’s lead rider’s needs ahead of his own.
Roadside assistance
Cycling’s ‘domestiques’ ride — and serve
By David Wharton
Minutes before the start
of the race, Tom-Jelte
Slagter is still fussing over
his bicycle, adjusting the
brake caliper on the rear
wheel, searching for just the
right setting.
The day ahead figures to
be arduous, with many of the
world’s top riders facing a
hilly, 97-mile course that
sweeps inland from Ventura
and ultimately scales the
mountains above Santa
“There will be 40 or 45
Slagter says of the finish. “If
you go too fast in the beginning … maybe you kill yourself before you’re halfway.”
Short and wiry, the
Dutch cyclist is well-suited
for such grueling conditions.
His years of experience on
the international circuit
should also help.
But as he fine-tunes his
bike and joins the rest of
Team Dimension Data —
the seven professional cyclists dressed in white jerseys and bright green helmets — there is one thing
missing from his strategy for
this early stage of the 2018
Amgen Tour of California.
Slagter does not plan on
crossing the finish line in
first place.
“I understand my role,”
[See Cycling, A7]
NEW YORK — In a day of
high drama even for the media industry’s most combative family, Shari Redstone
spent Wednesday furiously
trying to outmaneuver CBS
in a boardroom brawl for
control of one of America’s
most storied media companies.
The Redstone family
risks losing control of CBS,
which has been part of its
media empire for nearly two
America’s most watched
network. CBS board members, after months of behind-the-scenes
earlier this week began taking steps to strip the company’s controlling shareholders — the Redstone family —
of their power.
CBS’ independent board
members maintain that
Shari Redstone — the
daughter of the pugnacious
billionaire Sumner Redstone — has been undermining the broadcast company
by attempting to exert her
will over the company, even if
her decisions harm shareholders. She has been push-
ing to reunite Viacom with
CBS, which her father split
apart in 2006, but CBS has
been cool to the idea.
“This is getting down and
dirty,” said Lloyd Greif, a Los
Angeles investment banker.
“There is no way either party
comes away from this without getting bloodied.”
[See Redstone, A9]
WASHINGTON — President Trump smiled broadly
last week when a reporter
asked whether he deserved a
Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to get North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un to give
up nuclear arms.
“Everyone thinks so, but I
would never say it,” the president said, adding, “The
prize I want is victory for the
Modesty real or feigned
aside, for weeks Trump has
been clear that he views the
scheduled June 12 summit
with Kim as potentially a
crowning moment — both a
validation of his disruptive,
idiosyncratic approach to
world affairs and a rejoinder
to the investigations and
controversies that engulf his
Word of North Korea’s
threat late Tuesday to cancel the summit has cooled
some of that heady talk,
leaving the president and his
Wednesday about whether
the meeting comes off at all.
Kim’s government said it
would call off the meeting “if
the U.S. is trying to drive us
into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment.” Its statement cited
comments by Trump’s national security advisor, John
Bolton, that compared the
administration’s strategy
with North Korea to the
George W. Bush administration’s policy toward Libya,
which agreed to give up a
more primitive nuclear program in 2003. Libyan leader
Moammar Kadafi was toppled and executed by Western-backed rebels several
years later, serving as a cautionary tale to Kim.
Trump remained publicly sanguine. “We’ll see what
happens,” he told reporters
at the White House on
Wednesday, adding that he
had not heard anything official from North Korea.
Experts on North Korea
say that the latest setback,
even if it proves to be a mere
[See North Korea, A8]
Senate moves
to reinstate
net neutrality
Good talk
Ted Danson, Kristen
Bell and the rest of
the cast of “The Good
Place” give Glenn
Whipp a taste of the
coming third season.
Frozen yogurt, anyone?
Printed with soy inks on
partially recycled paper.
The Democratic-led
action is the first step
in a long-shot bid to
keep the online traffic
rules on the federal
books before their
repeal takes effect in
Mostly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 72/57. B6
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Robert Cohen St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GOV. ERIC GREITENS got one legal break, at least temporarily, on Monday when prosecutors dropped a
felony invasion-of-privacy charge over a revealing photo of a woman he acknowledges having an affair with.
Who wants Missouri’s
governor ousted, and why?
Following the big money and players that have added to his legal woes
By Matt Pearce
In Missouri, Republican
Gov. Eric Greitens faces
almost too many threats to
count: A mistress accusing
Greitens of sexual blackmail. An ex-husband who
leaked her story to the media. A newspaper publisher
who funneled cash to the
ex-husband’s lawyer. A
mysterious Republican
financier who wants to bring
down the governor and may
be the source of the cash.
And don’t forget the
state Legislature threatening impeachment and a
St. Louis prosecutor threatening imprisonment.
Welcome to politics in
the Show-Me State, where
power is often wielded in
secret, and often with cash.
On Friday, the Missouri
Legislature is expected to
convene a special session to
decide whether to remove
Greitens from office over his
treatment of his mistress
and his handling of campaign contributions.
In 2016, the Navy SEAL
turned philanthropist used
millions of dollars of stilluntraceable “dark money”
donations to help power his
way to the governorship.
In one criminal case
pending in St. Louis circuit
court, Greitens has been
accused of stealing a list of
donors from his nonpartisan charity, the Mission
Continues, to solicit donations for his political campaign. He has denied criminal wrongdoing.
In the most explosive
scandal, Greitens has been
accused of tying up his
hairdresser in 2015, stripping off her clothes, photographing her naked without
her consent and threatening to release the image if
she told anyone about their
His attorneys argued
that prosecutors in St.
Louis mishandled the investigation, resulting in a criminal case being dropped
Monday. Charges could be
refiled by a special prosecutor.
Greitens has admitted to
the affair but denies taking
the photo or threatening
The scandal only came to
light because the woman’s
former husband (whom The
Times is not naming in
order to protect his ex-wife’s
identity) and a St. Louis
lawyer named Al Watkins
gave the media private
recordings of the woman
talking about Greitens.
Watkins, it turns out,
wasn’t just working for the
Shortly before other
news outlets published
stories about the affair in
January, Watkins received a
visit from Scott Faughn,
publisher of the Missouri
Times, a small newspaper
for state political insiders —
and one of the most politi-
cally connected figures in
the state.
Soon after their meeting,
Watkins said in an interview
Wednesday, he received two
deliveries: $50,000 from
Faughn and another $50,000
from a man who went by the
name Skylar and was possibly just the courier.
Watkins said that
Faughn told him that all
$100,000 had come from “an
unnamed, anonymous
wealthy Republican who did
not like Greitens, and that it
was personal. That’s all I
knew about the guy.”
Watkins said he immediately took a photograph of
the money and sent it to the
FBI before depositing it into
his law firm’s trust account.
“There was no conditions to this money,”
Watkins said.
After the stories about
Greitens and the hairdresser went public,
Watkins said he received an
additional $10,000 from
Faughn and $10,000 from the
unknown source.
Faughn has told a different story about the money,
saying it was his and that he
was buying the ex-husband’s recordings for a book
he’s writing about Greitens
— although other journalists got the recordings for
“The money I used to buy
the tapes was my money,”
Faughn wrote in a column
this month. “There is no
huge conspiracy.” (He did
not respond to repeated
messages from The Times
seeking comment.)
That story has plenty of
doubters, because court
records show that Faughn
and his newspaper have had
financial problems.
“Scott Faughn does not
have $50,000 in cash,” said
Jason G. Crowell, a former
Republican state senator
and floor leader in the Missouri House of Representatives, as well as a Greitens
appointee to the state housing commission. “There’s no
journalist in the state of
Missouri, or anywhere else,
that’s rolling with $50,000 in
In one 2016 lawsuit, a
Jefferson City printing
company sued Faughn’s
newspaper for failing to pay
its modest printing bills
over several months.
Two state agencies have
repeatedly issued liens and
fines against the Missouri
Times seeking more than
$15,000 for unpaid payroll
taxes between 2014 and 2016.
And in 2015, Capitol One
bank garnished Faughn’s
wages after spending five
years trying to collect a debt
that ballooned from $846.56
to more than $2,000 due to
unpaid interest.
Faughn was sued again
in November, by a St. Louis
debt-collection firm, for
$1,245 in unpaid rent and
fees from 2008.
The Times was unable to
find any evidence that
Jack Suntrup Post-Dispatch
received large payments
with “no conditions.”
All $100,000 was
said to be from
an ‘anonymous
Republican who
did not like [Gov.]
Greitens, and that
it was personal.’
— Al Watkins,
St. Louis lawyer
Faughn owns a house or any
other property that he could
have borrowed against for
cash. In several court cases
over the last decade, the
addresses listed for him
were houses owned by relatives.
Faughn’s upcoming book
about Greitens, “While
Missouri Slept,” appears to
be self-published, so he
probably didn’t get a cash
advance from a publisher.
In a testy interview,
KMOX radio host Mark
Reardon put Faughn, a
longtime guest of the show,
on the spot: “Can you prove
that this money was yours?”
Faughn paused, then
stammered: “I don’t know
how you — I mean — I’m not
quite sure what you want to
prove. I’m not gonna — I’m
not sure what you’re asking.”
Greitens’ attorneys
would love to grill Faughn
about the source of the
money. But they haven’t
been able to find him, and
with the criminal case in St.
Louis now dropped, they
have also lost the power to
depose him under oath.
“He appears to be on the
run, because we’ve tried
multiple times to locate him
at the normal stomping
grounds for Scott Faughn
and have been unsuccessful,” said Jim Martin, one of
Greitens’ attorneys.
Enter the conspiracy
Greitens’ defenders
quickly pointed a finger at a
powerful special-interest
group that would profit
from the governor’s downfall: housing developers.
Last year, Greitens led
an effort that ended the
state’s lucrative tax credit
for building low-income
The program had
brought millions in profits
to developers, who use the
credits to finance their
projects, but the governor
argued it was inefficient.
After his intentions for
the tax credit became clear,
a handful of developers
began donating money to
political action committees
to prepare for the next
election cycle — presumably
to support candidates
who will support the tax
“Make no mistake: The
governor has many enemies
— most of his own making —
and they are celebrating his
demise,” St. Louis PostDispatch columnist Tony
Messenger wrote in a recent
opinion piece about housing
developers’ influence in
Missouri politics.
The developers would
benefit greatly if Greitens
were removed from office
and his replacement restarted the program.
Next in line for the governorship is Lt. Gov. Mike
Parson, who supports the
tax credits. Parson’s office
declined an interview request.
Faughn himself has been
an advocate for the tax
credit as “one of the economic development successes
in the state,” and Sterling
Bank of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a
former sponsor of a weekly
television talk show that
Faughn hosts, specializes in
financing projects involving
low-income housing tax
A spokeswoman for the
bank did not respond to a
request for comment. Neither did the bank’s lobbyist,
former state House Speaker
Steve Tilley, who has cohosted lobbyist parties for
lawmakers at Faughn’s
offices and has appeared on
the show.
Faughn’s involvement in
Greitens’ downfall has a
somewhat ironic twist,
given his own history.
In 2002, before he became a newspaper publisher, Faughn was the
22-year-old mayor of Poplar
Bluff, his hometown. But his
political career quickly
came to an end after he was
convicted of forging checks
related to a highway expansion project.
Faughn didn’t serve
prison time. Like Greitens,
he maintained that he was
innocent — the victim of
powerful, shadowy forces
working against an upstart
trying to shake up the status quo.
“In my community,”
Faughn said to a TV station
after his conviction in 2007,
“if you’re rich enough, if
you’re a powerful enough
attorney, and a powerful
enough newspaper publisher, and corrupt enough,
you can take out just about
Twitter: @mattdpearce
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
India’s guardians of gazelles
Caring for wildlife is a credo of the Bishnois’ faith, one that has seen them take on a movie star — and win
By Shashank Bengali
JAJIWAL, India — Early
one recent morning, a
motorcycle pulled up outside a temple in the northwestern Indian desert and
deposited a 6-month-old
gazelle that appeared to
have been attacked by a feral
dog and was bleeding from
the mouth. A temple worker
lay the fawn on the ground
and fed it water from his
Inside the open-air temple, dozens of the gazelles,
known as chinkaras, and a
long-horned blackbuck antelope ambled around a
sandy enclosure, all having
been brought there for care
after being wounded or orphaned. Leathery-skinned
women wearing jingling
bangles, men in white turbans and a rickshaw driver
in a dress shirt took turns
feeding the injured animals
handfuls of roasted chickpeas and offering prayers.
These were not ordinary
animal lovers. For the Bishnois — a community of about
700,000 Hindus scattered
mainly across the Thar
desert — caring for wildlife is
a credo of their ancient faith,
which reveres the desert’s
native antelope species as
Over the last six centuries, the Bishnois’ defense
of animals has occasionally
pitted them against powerful forces in India — but perhaps never more strikingly
than in the 20-year court
battle they have waged to
bring one of the country’s
most famous men to justice
in a poaching case.
Salman Khan, the brooding Bollywood megastar,
was accused of killing two
blackbucks in 1998 outside a
Bishnoi village near the city
of Jodhpur. Acquitted in two
related cases, Khan waged
an all-out defense, with film
industry luminaries and legions of fans demanding his
exoneration and lawyers
stalling the proceedings so
many times that the lead
witness, a Bishnoi villager,
had to appear in court 68
When a judge pronounced Khan guilty last
month and handed down a
sentence of five years in prison, Bishnois danced and
lighted fireworks outside the
“If any animal is attacked, we think of it as an
attack on our own family,”
said Mangalram Bishnoi, 35,
a leader in Kankani village
south of Jodhpur, where the
trial was held. (Like most in
the community, he goes only
by his first name; Bishnoi is a
shared surname.)
Khan, 52, is a muscled
star of action films with
an off-screen bad-boy persona to match. He has acknowledged becoming violent on movie sets and was
accused, though eventually
acquitted, of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run accident.
In many ways, he was the
perfect foil to the normally
pacifist Bishnois, who follow
the teachings of Jambheshwar, a 15th century guru who
enumerated 29 tenets of
healthy, moral and ecologically sustainable living, including compassion for all
beings and a prohibition on
felling living trees.
Respect for animals is
common in South Asian
faiths; many Hindus regard
the cow as sacred, while
Buddhists and Jains believe
shouldn’t be harmed. But
the Bishnois stand out
for taking their saint’s
precepts to extremes to
protect the rare blackbuck,
the delicate chinkara and
other antelopes that live
alongside them in the harsh
Legend has it that 363
Bishnois were killed in 1730
when they wrapped their
bodies around trees known
as khejri to stop soldiers
from chopping them down
to build a new palace for the
local ruler. It made them
perhaps the world’s earliest
tree huggers, and the inspiration for the Chipko conservation movement of the
1970s, when women in northern India garnered worldwide attention for encircling
trees to protest deforest-
Photographs by
Poras Chaudhary For The Times
THE BISHNOIS, a community of about 700,000 Hindus scattered mainly across India’s Thar desert, revere the desert’s native antelope.
RESIDENTS gather for evening prayers at a fellow Bishnoi’s home in Guda Vishnoiyan village near Jodhpur.
ation in the Himalayan foothills.
Last year, a photo went
viral showing a Bishnoi
woman — wearing a traditional patterned sari and a
large nose ring — breastfeeding a fawn. Several times
in recent decades, Bishnois
have put themselves between an antelope and a
hunter’s bullet.
It is the sort of steadfastness that Jambheshwar
imagined when he devised
his 29 rules — the group’s
name is a compound of the
Rajasthani words bish,
meaning 20, and noi, or nine
— which extend beyond biodiversity to personal health
and hygiene, social behavior
and worship.
Among his admonishments: rise early, bathe before sunrise, pray twice daily,
shun drugs and alcohol and
maintain a strict vegetarian
diet. And though it is not one
of the rules, Bishnois depart
from Hindu custom by burying their dead instead of
cremating them, believing
pyres to be a waste of wood
and that bodies laid to rest
underground provide nourishment for insects.
Orthodox Bishnois also
heed the guru’s instructions
to eat only home-cooked
food and not to accept any
food or drink from those
seen as less pure.
On a blistering afternoon
in late April, as the mercury
touched 110 degrees and the
sand underfoot singed san-
dal-clad toes, Hanuman
Bishnoi politely declined to
sip from a store-bought water bottle as he described
how his ancestors practiced
environmental sustainability long before the modern
world fretted about endangered species, forest cover
and climate change.
“Scientists across the
world are talking about environmental preservation,”
said Hanuman, a compact
45-year-old who runs a
transport business. “But our
respected guru wrote about
it more than 500 years ago.”
Inside Hanuman’s twostory house, a picture of the
white-bearded Jambheshwar, hands clasped on the
handle of a cane draped with
prayer beads, adorned a
small shrine next to the living room. On the stone floor
in the main hall, a priest prepared for an evening prayer
by spreading a mound of dirt
on which he would light the
ceremonial fire.
“The earth is holy,” Hanuman explained, “even if it’s
just the dirt outside your
Three village elders arrived for the prayer, and the
small gathering recited
verses on nonviolence.
Bishnois have sometimes
bent this principle. After the
prayer, 72-year-old Pokharam Bishnoi described how
an army officer from a
nearby military camp used
to land his helicopter in the
fields to hunt. Pokharam
‘If any animal is
attacked, we think
of it as an attack
on our own
— Mangalram
community leader in Kankani
proudly related how he and a
group of men once accosted
the brigadier before he could
reload his rifle and beat him
Nowadays, they are more
likely to hand over a poacher
to police.
Traditionally, Bishnois
don’t carry weapons. But
four years ago, after a 25year-old Bishnoi man was
shot and killed by a
chinkara hunter he confronted in northern Rajasthan, community leaders
renewed demands for arms
licenses and a greater share
of jobs in the government
wildlife service. The shooter’s trial is still not over.
Some environmentalists
methods, saying they harass
authorities and protect only
blackbucks and chinkaras
while ignoring other species.
Their practice of fencing
land for farming — long the
primary occupation in the
community — has some-
times resulted in injuries to
animals that get caught in
Bishnois say they are
protective of antelopes because the animals are easily
frightened and most vulnerable to hunters. Even critics
agree that the Bishnois’ devotion to the blackbuck and
chinkara has helped the
species’ populations rebound and reduced incidents of poaching.
“Even with the harsh conditions, the Thar is one of the
most densely populated deserts in the world, both in
terms of flora and fauna, as
well as of humans, in part because of the Bishnois’ practices,” said Pankaj Jain, a
professor of religion at the
University of North Texas.
Others criticize the Bishnois’ traditional practices
involving women, which can
appear out of step with the
modern age.
For 30 days after childbirth, according to Jambheshwar’s
mother and her newborn
should be segregated from
their family, looked after by
other women but made to
use separate plates and
utensils. The same goes for a
five-day period surrounding
a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, which traditional Bishnois regard as unclean.
Community leaders say
the practices allow women
to rest. But these rules too
are being bent in the modern
Vaibhav Bishnoi, a 28year-old lawyer in Jodhpur,
said that as more Bishnois
have begun working in cities,
“we’re not able to follow every rule every day.” She
doesn’t sequester herself
during her period, partly because she has to be in court.
“We do a havan [fire ritual] every month and that lets
us renew our faith,” she said,
“as long as we try to live up to
the principles.”
Those principles were on
display in the Khan case,
which began in October 1998
when the actor was shooting
a movie in the desert and
brought several of his costars on a nighttime hunting
Kankani village, in sparse
scrub dotted with bushy
khejri trees, Bishnoi villagers saw the beams of an
off-road SUV flash across
the moonlit brush.
When they heard gunfire,
two men climbed on a
motorcycle and raced to the
site to find two blackbucks
lying dead. They instantly
recognized Khan in the driver’s seat, speeding away.
Dozens of Bishnoi men
amassed on the main road
back to Jodhpur. They
blocked the way with stones
and tractors, and when
Khan’s SUV came roaring
through, one Bishnoi man
struck the vehicle with a
baton, denting the hood.
But Khan escaped. The
Bishnois went to the police
and, when the cops were
slow to act, staged protests
and reported the crime to a
local newspaper. Khan was
arrested a few days later.
Over the next 20 years,
apart from court appearances and a few nights in jail,
he was free on bail and continued to make blockbuster
In 2016, when Khan was
acquitted in a related case
of killing two chinkaras,
Bishnois held silent rallies
and defaced the actor’s
But the group has generally tried to avoid publicity —
lead witness Poonamchand
Bishnoi, who was one of the
men on the motorcycle, does
not speak to the press — and
cast the legal battle as a matter of religious duty.
“Twenty years is nothing.
In our minds it’s as if it happened just a month ago,”
said Jabbarsingh Bishnoi, a
burly man in his 40s with a
beaked nose and crushing
grip. “We would have pursued the case all the way to
the Supreme Court if we had
Twitter: @SBengali
Special correspondent
Parth M.N. contributed to
this report.
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
hopeful quits
race in Mexico
Former First Lady
Margarita Zavala was
polling at 3% in her
bid as an independent.
By Kate Linthicum
MEXICO CITY — Margarita Zavala, an independent Mexican presidential
candidate and former first
lady, said Wednesday that
she was dropping out of the
July 1 presidential race.
A former congresswoman with the center-right National Action Party, Zavala
broke with that party in October after a public spat with
Anaya, who went on to claim
the party’s nomination.
As an independent candidate, Zavala struggled to
attract widespread support,
in part because of the unpopular national security
policies of her husband, Felipe Calderon, who served as
president from 2006 to 2012.
Calderon’s decision to send
tens of thousands of soldiers
into the streets to fight powerful drug cartels has been
blamed for fueling Mexico’s
ongoing violence, which last
year claimed a record-breaking 29,159 homicide victims.
In a May 2 poll conducted
by the Reforma newspaper,
just 3% of respondents supported Zavala, far fewer
than the 48% who said they
would vote for front-runner
Obrador of the leftist National Regeneration Movement.
Anaya was in second
place in the poll with 30%, Jose Antonio Meade of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party was third with
17%, and independent candidate Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez was fifth with 2%.
In a television interview
announcing her withdrawal,
Zavala said she wanted to
free her supporters to “make
the decision they need to
make in this difficult race.”
Zavala’s exit fueled widespread speculation that she
might endorse Anaya, who,
despite their bad blood, is
the candidate with whom
she is ideologically most
But a member of Zavala’s
campaign said Wednesday
that was unlikely. “She’s not
throwing her support behind any candidate,” said
the campaign member, who
asked not to be named because he was not authorized
to speak to the media.
Whether or not she actually
Zavala’s departure from the
race could help him gain
slightly on Lopez Obrador,
political analysts said. Investors seem to think so:
The peso jumped Wednesday on their hope that
Zavala’s decision would help
Anaya or Meade, both of
whom, like Zavala, support
several recent market-driven changes to Mexico’s economy that Lopez Obrador
has threatened to roll back.
But Carlos Bravo Regidor, a professor at CIDE, a
public research center in
Mexico City, said Zavala’s
dropping out wouldn’t do
much to bolster the candidacies of others.
“I don’t think it will render Anaya much more competitive,” Bravo said. “What
Anaya needs is to grow, but
also for Lopez Obrador to
fall, and so far he’s not falling.
“When you’re that much
behind, 3% more of the vote
doesn’t really cut it,” Bravo
Zavala’s exit comes several days before the second
of three televised debates
among the candidates. Sunday’s event will be held in Tijuana, a city beset by rising
violent crime, and where it
was likely, analysts said, that
Zavala would have faced
tough questions about her
husband’s drug war strategy.
Along with electing a new
president, Mexican voters in
a month and a half will also
choose 500 members of the
Chamber of Deputies and
128 members of the Senate,
as well as a slew of local representatives.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images
MARGARITA ZAVALA was hurt by the unpopular
policies of her husband, ex-President Felipe Calderon.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images
ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening of the relocated U.S. Embassy. The
embassy move reversed decades of U.S. policy, which left Jerusalem’s status to be settled during peace talks.
Trump support for Israel
eroding U.S. standing
Response to Gaza
deaths and embassy
move have fueled
isolation from allies.
By Tracy Wilkinson
Trump administration has
gone further than any previous U.S. government in expressing full-throated support for Israel in the recent
clashes that left dozens of
Palestinians dead, isolating
itself internationally and
further relinquishing its role
as a Middle East peace broker.
Administration officials,
in a departure from previous
U.S. responses to violence
between Israeli forces and
Palestinians, have not called
for restraint on both sides
nor condemned the killings.
Instead, they lay the
blame entirely on Hamas,
the Islamist militant group
that governs the Gaza Strip,
not commenting on the fact
that some of the 55 people
shot dead by Israeli forces
Monday were children, and
that protests were spurred
in large part by this week’s
opening in Jerusalem of the
relocated U.S. Embassy.
In the long, tortuous saga
of Israeli-Palestinian relations, U.S. administrations
have been consistently proIsrael. But they have also
been careful to show sympathy for the Palestinian cause
of statehood and valued
their role as a peace broker
in the region. At times that
has meant chastising Israel
and urging restraint.
Those do not seem to fig-
ure in President Trump’s
foreign policy calculation.
“Rarely have I seen an administration more hostile
towards the Palestinians,”
said Aaron David Miller, a
vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars and veteran peace negotiator in the
Middle East. “What we are
seeing is a preternatural effort by the administration to
identify itself with the state
of Israel and this government of Israel.”
Miller, who served under
six secretaries of State
in Democratic and Republican administrations, said
the approach was unprecedented.
Trump, even more than
most conservatives, wears
his pro-Israel views as a
badge of honor, knowing it
brings strong support from
powerful donors such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson
and a solid core of evangelical Christians.
Although Palestinians
had been staging weekly
protests at the Gaza border
with Israel, the violence
surged Monday as Israel
held a ceremony inaugurating the new U.S. Embassy.
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel and transfer
the embassy from Tel Aviv
was a highly significant and
symbolic diplomatic gesture
that came without any apparent conditions or concessions from Israel.
The move has enraged
Palestinians and many of
Washington’s Arab and European allies. It reversed
decades of U.S. and international policy, which left the
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future status of Jerusalem,
claimed by both Israelis and
Palestinians as their capital,
to be settled during peace
And the timing of the U.S.
Embassy opening was particularly provocative, held
on the anniversary of Israel’s
founding, which every year
triggers large protests to
honor the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who
fled or were expelled from
their land in 1948.
The split-screen views of
a beaming Ivanka Trump
and her husband, Jared
Kushner, at the Jerusalem
event, and rock-throwing
Palestinians being killed
and wounded at the Gaza
border were jarring for many
The U.S. ambassador to
the United Nations, Nikki
Haley, went before the Security Council — not only to defend Israel, but also to praise
it. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,” she
said. She walked out when
the Palestinian representative took the floor to speak.
Haley also sought to dispel any link between the
Gaza killings and the embassy ceremony. “Those
who suggest that the Gaza
violence has anything to do
with the location of the
American Embassy are
sorely mistaken,” she said.
The most sympathy that
any administration official
has shown came from State
Department spokeswoman
Heather Nauert. When repeatedly pressed, she said,
“We regret the loss of life; we
regret the loss of all life.”
Israel has said many of
the casualties were members of Hamas, which has
both a political and a military wing. A Hamas official
acknowledged that some
were part of the group.
The United States and Israel came under harsh global condemnation for the embassy move and the killings.
The Trump administration finds itself increasingly
estranged from allies in Europe, while it partners with
Israel and Saudi Arabia and
like-minded Arab states.
The embassy transfer
and the reaction to the
deaths in Gaza are only the
latest steps that diplomats
and foreign leaders say have
diminished U.S. influence.
Just days before the embassy ceremony — which
took place 48 hours before
the advent of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan —
Trump unilaterally withdrew from the hard-fought
multinational deal to prevent Iran from developing
nuclear weapons.
Trump has also pulled
out of other joint efforts, including the landmark Paris
climate accord and a Pacific
Rim trade pact.
Nile Gardiner, an analyst
with the conservative Heritage Foundation, which has
advised the White House on
foreign policy, said Trump’s
approach to Israel and the
Middle East is positive and
appropriate. Concern over
the danger Iran poses is
what firmly unites Trump
with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, as
well as with the Saudi monarchy, Gardiner said.
Trump thinks “Israel is
the most important ally and
partner in the region,” Gardiner said. “The approach is
in keeping with the worldview that Iran is the biggest
threat and must be confronted on every front.”
The administration’s attitude toward Palestinians,
he said, is not a lack of sympathy but “zero-tolerance”
for Iran-backed Hamas, a
group that the United States
and the European Union
have long listed as a terrorist
Trump has said he believes “taking Jerusalem off
the table,” as he puts it, will
in fact promote peace and
pave the way for a negotiated solution. He has refused
to overtly back the two-state
solution of Israel living in
peace next to an independent Palestine, long the internationally accepted consensus for resolving the conflict.
Many Mideast experts
and diplomats believe the
opposite to be true, that
peace is more distant than
ever. If the provocative
moves were part of a broader
strategy, the embassy relocation might be an initial negotiating point. But the administration has given no
evidence of having a strategy. Trump assigned the pursuit of Mideast peace to the
young and inexperienced
“Peace talks were dead,”
said Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group,
which analyzes global political conflicts. “Jared’s likelihood of success was/is
roughly the same, if even
more implausible.”
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that Israel will interpret the
fervent U.S. support —
Trump and Netanyahu
practically gush over each
other — as giving it latitude
for any number of actions,
including a further crackdown on Palestinians.
have been reluctant to publicly tell Israel what it must
do. Doing so failed under
the Obama administration,
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settlement construction in
parts of the occupied West
Bank. The freeze failed to
put peace talks back on
track and Israel continued
to build in other disputed
areas claimed by Palestinians around Jerusalem.
Under Trump, analysts
said, pressure tactics have
not even been tried, giving
Netanyahu a freer-thanusual hand.
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USC ALUMNA Chelsea Wu says gynecologist George Tyndall asked prying
questions about her sex life during a 2016 appointment when she was 19.
More USC alumnae
speak out on doctor
[USC, from A1]
As revelations about
through the USC community, a generation of alumnae
were grappling with the
news that the physician who
served as the campus clinic’s
only full-time gynecologist
for nearly 30 years is now accused of serial misconduct.
Women who attended USC
from the 1990s onward found
themselves reassessing appointments with Tyndall
and often recoiling. The
Times spoke to more than a
dozen alumnae.
“Every female friend I
had, had contact with him,”
said 2017 graduate Ariel Sobel, who saw Tyndall three
times, starting when she was
18. “All of us are trying to figure out if we had been
Tyndall, who could not be
Wednesday, has denied
wrongdoing and said his exams were appropriate and
Current and former students were sharing memories of the gynecologist in
phone calls, group texts and
social media. Some were
poring over their medical records.
An attorney who attended USC for her undergraduate and law degrees
from the mid-1990s to the
early 2000s said she saw Tyndall about three times a year
while she studied there. She
spoke on the condition of
anonymity and said the physician, her first regular gynecologist, often made lewd remarks.
During frequent breast
exams, he commented on
the attractiveness of her
slender body, squeezed her
nipples and compared her
favorably to his wife, who
was also Asian.
“He’d tell me, ‘You have
nice full breasts,’ ” she recounted. “He’d say, ‘Not every Asian has nice big
breasts.’ ”
One graduate, a 27-yearold woman who works in law
enforcement, said she was 19
when she saw Tyndall for her
first-ever gynecology appointment, where he instructed her to lie on the
exam table. Tyndall, she
said, told her he was going to
put his fingers inside her so
he could ensure the speculum would fit. He put one in,
then a second. At one point,
he remarked, “You’ll be
great at sex,” she recalled.
As he put a third finger
inside her, she said, she
locked eyes with the nurse in
the room.
“She made eye contact
with me, and looked at me
remorsefully,” she said. The
nurse then turned away.
“I’ve seen plenty of gynecologists since him, and no
one has done it,” said the
woman, who spoke to The
Times on the condition of
After reading The Times’
article, she said, she called
her boyfriend and cried.
“I felt ashamed that I let
that happen to me,” she
said. “More than anything, I
was mad at USC for allowing
that to happen.”
She was one of 85 people
who contacted a phone line
and website the university
set up this week to field complaints about the former
whether identified or anonymous, is being carefully addressed on an individual basis for the appropriate referral and response,” a university spokeswoman said.
USC President C.L. Max
Who is protecting
our young women?
At USC and Michigan
State, no one in power
wanted to believe allegations, Robin Abcarian
writes. CALIFORNIA, B1
Nikias issued a public apology Tuesday, noting that his
two daughters attended the
university and calling Tyndall’s conduct “a shameful
betrayal of our values.”
Wednesday that Nikias first
learned of the complaints
against Tyndall late last fall,
months after the doctor had
resigned as part of a secret
deal that included a financial payout.
alumnae dismissed Nikias’
apology, noting recent USC
scandals involving the former medical school dean,
who was using methamphetamine and other drugs,
and other administrators.
“It’s just words. Students
have already been affected,”
said current undergraduate
Rose Martinez, 19. “It frustrates me that I can’t trust
the health center. It’s one of
the most important resources students have.”
The university’s secondin-command,
Michael Quick, met with the
Engemann Student Health
Center staff Wednesday
morning. Later at a campus
speech to education journalists, he did not mention Tyndall by name but called the
matter “very disturbing”
and said, “We are dealing
with that.”
Among the issues facing
USC and Tyndall is scrutiny
by the Medical Board of California, the agency responsible for protecting the public
from problem doctors. USC
maintains it had no legal obligation to report Tyndall to
the board at the time of his
departure, but has said “in
hindsight” the university
should have made a complaint. It filed a belated report in March.
“I can tell you we are looking closely at this story and
everything brought up in it,”
medical board spokesman
Some of the most serious
allegations against Tyndall
concern his use of fingers at
the start of pelvic exams.
Witnesses told The Times
the physician routinely inserted one finger and then a
second in patients after voicing concern that the speculum might not fit. While he
spoke, they said, he moved
his fingers in and out and
made remarks on the tightness of their vaginal muscles: My, what a tight muscle
you have. You must be a runner.
In recent interviews with
The Times, Tyndall, 71, defended his routine use of fingers at the start of the pelvic
exam, saying it served legitimate medical purposes, and
said some of his comments
were misinterpreted.
An internal USC investigation determined that Tyndall’s behavior during pelvic
exams was outside the scope
of current medical practice
and amounted to sexual harassment of students.
Many former patients recounted Tyndall making
comments during appointments that ranged from
slightly strange to jaw-dropping.
Kastalia Medrano, who
received an undergraduate
degree in 2013, said Tyndall
veered from a discussion
about her sexual health to a
recommendation that she
visit a sex shop he knew.
“He described different
kinds of dildos that I might
be able to get. He really emphasized the ones that
looked more human looking,
more realistic looking. I remember him saying ‘veiny,’ ”
she recalled.
Medrano said the moment was uncomfortable,
but “I just kind of wrote it
Former doctoral student
Sahra Sulaiman said that
when she brought up fibroids during an appointment in the mid-2000s, Tyndall opened one of his desk
drawers and took out a copy
of Cosmopolitan magazine.
“He said, ‘Do you want to
read this Cosmo article
about stopping your period
forever?’ ”
Sulaiman, now an advocacy
journalist in Los Angeles.
She said she was bowled
over: “I was like, ‘Are you a
doctor? Is this where you get
your medical information?’ ”
She said she complained
about Tyndall to a part-time
female gynecologist at the
clinic who was “sympathetic” and indicated she
had fielded other complaints.
Current graduate student Chia-An Wen said that
during an appointment
three years ago, Tyndall
asked her how often she had
anal and oral sex with her
“I felt my face heat up
when he asked,” she recalled. “It weirded me out
and I was confused why he
was asking. I felt because he
was a doctor I had to answer.”
Colleagues told The
Times that Tyndall appeared to prefer Chinese
students. Wu, the recent
graduate who saw Tyndall
when she was 19, said he told
her that he had a lot of Chinese patients who had come
to him not knowing very
much about sex.
He once pulled out a map
of China, solicited her opinion on the English translations on the map, and
asked for more information
about the country.
“It took 15 or 20 minutes,
longer than my pelvic exam,”
Wu said. “I didn’t understand why I was explaining
this to my doctor, because it
was totally unrelated to my
Times staff writers Joy
Resmovits, Sonali Kohli and
Melissa Etehad contributed
to this report.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Trump and his California supporters
President meets with
‘sanctuary’ critics to
talk immigration and
has harsh words for
Oakland’s mayor.
By Cathleen Decker
and Noah Bierman
WASHINGTON — President Trump recommended
an obstruction of justice investigation into Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf for impeding a federal roundup
and criticized Mexico for doing “nothing” to help on its
border with the United
States as he expressed his
sentiments about illegal immigration to a like-minded
group of Californians on
Trump previously had insisted on a harsh penalty for
Schaaf, but on Wednesday
his remarks were aimed directly at Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, one of nearly two dozen opponents of illegal immigration gathered for a public
meeting at the White House.
“You talk about obstruction of justice. I would recommend that you look at obstruction of justice for the
mayor of Oakland,” Trump
said, nodding in Sessions’ direction. “To me that’s obstruction of justice. Perhaps
the Department of Justice
can look into that.”
Schaaf has been unapologetic about her decision to warn Bay Area
immigrants about pending
arrests by Immigration and
agents in February. The result, federal officials said at
the time, was to reduce the
number of arrests of those
suspected of being in the
country illegally.
Trump’s castigation of
Mexico came after he rhetorically asked San Diego
County Supervisor Kristin
Olivier Douliery EPA/Shutterstock
PRESIDENT TRUMP meets at the White House with Californians who have
fought against the state’s “sanctuary” law. At left is Stanislaus County Sheriff
Adam Christianson. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Murrieta is at right.
Gaspar whether Mexico
“helps or it does nothing for
us” in quelling the number of
immigrants attempting to
cross the border.
“Mexico does nothing for
us,” he said, answering his
own question. “Mexico talks
but they do nothing for us,
especially at the border.”
The session arranged by
the White House included
fought against the state’s
new “sanctuary” law, which
limits communication between local law enforcement
and federal immigration
Included were elected officials, most of them from
conservative areas, and law
enforcement officials, all
outspoken about their allegiance to Trump.
Supporters of the law, in-
cluding some law enforcement agencies, contend that
it aids them by putting at
ease residents who otherwise would not trust police
and sheriff ’s deputies. Opponents argue that it forces
the release of criminals who
pose a danger to other residents — even if the measure
is limited in scope.
Over and over on
Wednesday, speakers compared the sanctuary law to
the relationship of different
federal and local agencies
before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — equating the potential threat of illegal immigration to the most damaging
terrorist strike on U.S. soil.
One speaker, San Juan Capistrano Councilwoman Pam
Patterson, suggested that
terrorists coming over the
border would target the San
Onofre nuclear power plant.
“We know that terrorists
are coming in,” she said, saying the threat equals that of
the nuclear disasters at
Chernobyl, Russia, and
Fukushima, Japan.
Trump did not make that
argument, but he did cloak
illegal immigration and immigrants in catastrophic
rhetoric. He termed them
“violent predators” and “sadistic criminals” and recounted “butchery” he said
they had employed.
“These aren’t people,
these are animals,” he said of
criminal immigrants.
The president’s guests,
to his seeming delight, cast
California as a ruinous state
and Gov. Jerry Brown as ignorant of the costs of the
sanctuary law he signed.
“California is going down
the drain,” said Escondido
Mayor San Abed. “When
Jerry Brown cares more
about illegal criminals than
cares about his community
and American citizens, this
is insanity.”
But Trump and his
guests also exaggerated the
breadth of the measure
Brown signed last year after
demanding changes from
legislators that gave greater
leeway for cooperation.
The law specifically allows local officials to alert
ICE agents about people in
jail whose crimes include serious or violent felonies, domestic violence or sex offenses. The measure also allows federal agents to question immigrants in county
jails and to work with state
prison officials on deportations, an element demanded
by Brown.
The governor fired back
at Trump immediately after
the president’s televised
“@realDonaldTrump is
lying on immigration, lying
about crime and lying about
the laws of CA. Flying in a
dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and
praise his reckless policies
changes nothing. We, the
citizens of the fifth largest
economy in the world, are
not impressed,” he said on
Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
the state’s senior Democratic elected official, likewise repudiated Trump,
saying his administration “is
once again attempting to divide Californians and all
“Their decision to convene this meeting is about
fueling fear of immigrants
and scapegoating entire
communities,” she said in a
The issue of illegal immigration was a staple of
Trump’s presidential campaign and has loomed larger
as the administration heads
into contentious 2018 congressional elections. Republicans see the issue as one
that activates the president’s base, which party
candidates need to turn out
in order to avoid losing the
House or Senate.
Trump has pounded Republican leaders in Congress for failing to pass
stricter immigration laws —
even as those same leaders
have refused to allow votes
on popular measures that
would protect young immigrants brought to the country as children.
Trump also said he would
push for full funding of his
House and Senate budget
negotiators offered him only
a minimal amount of money
this year and sharply limited
how it could be used.
Trump insisted that Californians had come over to
his side of the immigration
debate and wanted both the
construction of a border wall
and tougher enforcement —
an argument belied by public polls.
“I think a lot of the Democrat politicians don’t
understand what’s going
on,” he said. “Because it’s actually good politically.”
Trump also repeatedly
reminded his audience that
illegal border crossing attempts had dropped during
his time in office. That posed
a messaging conflict as the
president sought to fan fears
of a swell of unwanted immigrants.
When one local official invoked the need for a border
wall by citing thousands of illegal immigrants, Trump interrupted to insist that
things were getting better.
“Now, it’s reversing,” he
said, crediting his administration for positive change.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
These guys
are crucial
for road work
[Cycling, from A1]
he says.
The work of the “domestique” — French for “servant” — is cycling’s answer to
the basketball forward who
devotes himself to fighting
for rebounds or the football
lineman who does the dirty
work of protecting the
Once the race begins, domestiques must attend to
their designated lead rider
for the day, acting as a wind
block and pacesetter, a
cheerleader and butler who
drops back to the team car
for fresh bottles of water.
Such thankless duty
often leaves them spent and
trailing the pack at the end.
“On television you cannot always see that very
well,” Slagter says. “But it’s a
real team sport and you cannot win without every individual doing his part.”
Dimension Data leaves
the starting line for Monday’s second stage with clear
marching orders.
The day before, on a flat
course in Long Beach, the
team had focused on helping
its star sprinter, Mark Cavendish, position himself for
an all-out dash at the end.
Now the domestiques
form a circle around the
team’s best climber, Lachlan
Morton. Slagter also gets
preferential treatment because he is expected to pace
Morton on the final, sevenmile climb on Gibraltar
It is crucial to have helpers lead the way. By “drafting” or “slipstreaming” just
behind, Morton and Slagter
can save from 20% to 40% of
their strength. When the
route turns south, following
the beach, domestiques
form a wall to block the
“Everything is to save energy,” says Cavendish, who
has switched from lead to
support this morning. “It’s
kind of like saving pennies
for the end.”
Dimension Data also
keeps an eye on the competition. If rivals break away
from the peloton, or pack,
the domestiques will lead a
“chase,” pulling Morton and
Slagter along. If Dimension
Data decides to surge ahead,
a domestique might attempt to “block” the rest of
the field by lingering behind
and pedaling a little slower.
But there are no bold tactics this day, not with everyone mindful of the finish.
Only a few individual riders
break away — they can be
chased down later — as the
peloton maintains a conservative pace.
The course leads to Camarillo, then north through
Santa Paula and Ojai. Dimension Data’s coach — in
cycling, he’s called a sports
director — follows closely in
a line of support cars.
Roger Hammond keeps a
radio microphone in one
hand, a laptop propped
against the steering wheel, a
computer tablet on the
dashboard and two cellphones nearby. Watching for
changes in the wind, he relays information to his riders
who listen through earbuds.
“We always have a plan,”
Hammond says. “But 93 out
of 100 times, something
Each half an hour or so, a
domestique drops back to
the team car for water, sticking six plastic bottles down
the front and back of his jersey, then rejoining the pack
to supply his teammates.
This inevitably leads to
another sort of chore as riders pause to urinate beside
the road. If a leader requires
a “nature break,” a domestique might tag along, then
guide him back.
But there is no more time
for stopping as the peloton
reaches the outskirts of
Santa Barbara. The pace
quickens and Hammond
barks commands over the
With a series of hills and
turns preceding the final
climb, Dimension Data jockeys for position, eager to be
near the front when Gibraltar Road comes along.
“Once it gets twisty, it’s
quite difficult to move,” the
director reminds his riders.
“We need to get Lachlan in
And Slagter needs to be
with him.
Some riders, especially
younger ones, always find
themselves in a support role.
Others — sometimes called
“superdomestiques” — rotate between helper and
leader, depending on their
specialty and the event.
It’s all part of the career
path for an elite cyclist.
High-level teams such as
Dimension Data, sponsored
by its namesake South African technology company, offer lucrative contracts to
only those riders who have
excelled as amateurs.
Says Hammond: “They
start off as winners and you
have to change them into
That often means serv-
Photographs by
during the Amgen Tour of California. The team is in 15th place after Wednesday’s time trial.
TOM-JELTE SLAGTER , a “domestique” on Team Dimension Data, prepares in
his hotel room for a day of racing. “I understand my role,” he says.
ing an apprenticeship under
veteran teammates. Domestiques may be called upon
for the ultimate sacrifice —
surrendering their bicycle
midrace if the leader suffers
a major equipment failure.
Occasionally, a domestique will break ranks and
try to win a race or stage. If
he succeeds, it could boost
his standing. But if he
“The worst-possible scenario,” says Jens Voigt, a former cyclist who is an NBC
Sports analyst. “You mess
up the plan … that could result in a quick ticket to fly
home the day after.”
Known as a superdomestique in his time, Voigt believes support riders should
work their way up the ranks.
“You cannot have six or
seven prima donnas,” he
says, insisting that a careful
hierarchy is “the backbone
of the team.”
At the 2004 Tour of Denmark, Voigt held a slim lead
over teammate Kurt Asle
Arvesen entering the final
stage. He recalls wanting to
reward Arvesen.
“I had enough wins already,” he says. “I told the
team director, ‘You know
what? Give it to him.’ ”
Arvesen won the title the
next day. The problem is, domestiques can grow impatient if they are almost as talented as their leaders or
worry about getting pigeonholed in their roles.
Friction among riders
can sink a team.
How betting case helps California
Supreme Court embrace of states’ rights may apply in immigration battle
By David G. Savage
Supreme Court decision upholding states’ rights to offer
sports betting was backed
mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a
boost to California and other
liberal states that are defying the Trump administration’s drive for stricter immigration enforcement.
At issue on both fronts —
sports betting and immigration — is whether Washington can require states to accept a federal policy, or
whether they are free to go
their own way.
Court opinion trumpeted
the independence of the
The court struck down a
federal law on sports wagering based on the constitutional principle that the federal government may not
“commandeer” states and
force them to carry out federal directives. The law did
not make sports betting a
federal crime, but told states
they may not authorize the
practice under their laws.
Under President Obama
and other Democratic presidents, conservatives frequently invoked states’
rights to block liberal measures from Washington.
Since President Trump’s
election, states’ rights have
been the first line of defense
for the liberal states.
Experts say the court’s
strong endorsement of
states’ independence will
surely play a role in the legal
battles over immigration
and so-called sanctuary cities and states. At issue there
is whether states must cooperate with the federal government in detaining immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, said the Supreme
Court’s decision in New Jersey’s challenge to the sportsbetting law “will be directly
relevant” to how the courts
decide the issue of sanctuary
cities. The majority opinion
by conservative Justice
Samuel A. Alito Jr. “signals
the justices are serious
about the anti-commandeering rule and are suspicious of attempts to circumvent it.”
But others noted that Alito and his colleagues gave
no direct hint of how they
would decide a case involving immigration enforcement or sanctuary cities.
The Constitution makes federal law the “supreme law of
the land,” Alito said, but this
does not include the power
“to issue direct orders to the
“The anti-commandeering doctrine may sound arcane,” Alito said in the case,
Murphy vs. NCAA, “but it is
simply the expression of a
fundamental structural decision incorporated into the
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THREE MEMBERS of Team Dimension Data, wearing white jerseys, cruise along in the pack in Ventura
Constitution, the decision to
withhold from Congress the
power to issue orders directly to the states.”
In the past, the court has
said states and local officials
may not be required to carry
out a federal regulatory policy. In 1997, for example, the
court said county sheriffs in
Montana could not be forced
to conduct background
checks on gun buyers as required under the Brady
Handgun Act. Alito cited
that ruling.
Alito’s opinion went a
step further, saying states
may adopt “offending proposals” that contradict federal law. There was no question, he said, that New
Jersey lawmakers had authorized betting on sports,
even though federal law forbade them from doing so.
Nonetheless, he said, the
Constitution protects the
states’ right to make that
Otherwise it is “as if federal officers were installed in
state legislative chambers
and were armed with the authority to stop legislators
from voting on any offending
proposals,” he wrote. “A
more direct affront to state
sovereignty is not easy to
These words are likely to
be cited in two immigration
cases pending in California.
In March, U.S. Atty. Gen.
Jeff Sessions went to Sacramento to announce he was
suing California for adopt-
ing three laws that “reflect a
deliberate effort … to obstruct enforcement of federal immigration laws.”
“I understand that we
have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration. But the law is in
the books, and its purposes
are clear and just,” Sessions
said in a speech to the California Peace Officers’ Assn.,
referring to the federal laws.
“There is no nullification.
There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of
the land.”
He objected to a law that
authorizes California officials to inspect immigration
facilities where noncitizens
are being held. A second
state law limits how much information state and local officials give to federal agents
concerning immigrants in
custody. A third measure,
probably the most controversial, forbids private employers from cooperating
with federal immigration
Sessions says he wants a
federal judge to strike down
all three laws because they
are an “obstacle to the
United States’ enforcement
of the immigration laws.”
The federal-state conflict
is also at issue in a suit over
sanctuary cities and federal
funds. Last year, California
sued Sessions for seeking to
deny some law enforcement
funding to sanctuary cities.
The state said the Justice
Department had no author-
ity to add extra conditions to
federal spending laws.
UC Davis law school
Dean Kevin Johnson said
the court’s opinion in the
New Jersey case gave support to California’s legal
claims, but it did not ensure
they would prevail.
“An argument can be
made that the Trump administration, through executive order and otherwise,
is attempting to commandeer state institutions in the
name of immigration enforcement,” he said. Alito’s
opinion “will offer support to
the arguments that [California] Atty. Gen. [Xavier] Becerra is making in the sanctuary litigation.”
The court’s endorsement
of states’ rights was notable
also because none of the justices, on the right or left, disagreed with the principle
that Congress could not dictate to the states. Liberal
Justice Elena Kagan joined
Alito’s opinion in full, as did
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence
Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch.
Three others — Justices
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia
Sotomayor and Stephen G.
Breyer — would have upheld
the ban on sports betting,
but only because part of
the law also forbade individuals from sponsoring the
“There’s quite a lot of
managing personalities and
expectations,” Hammond
Slagter left his team for what
he saw as an opportunity at
Dimension Data.
His resume includes an
overall title at the 2013 Tour
Down Under and stage victories at Paris-Nice and the
Tour of Austria. People in
the cycling world regard the
28-year-old as a versatile
rider who is likable and conscientious.
Dimension Data’s managers promised Slagter that,
if he served a supporting role
in big tours, they would feature him in one-day classics
and smaller stage events.
“It’s a good mix for me,”
he says. “I can do my own
thing in races that suit me
and in other races I help the
team out.”
Despite all the careful
planning, things begin to fall
apart for Dimension Data
just before Gibraltar Road.
The team fails to push close
enough to the front and gets
caught in a logjam where the
course narrows.
“It was a big fight,”
Slagter says. “We had to
brake hard and lost position.”
At the start of the final
climb, Slagter and Morton
are 30 or so riders back,
which puts extra pressure
on them when Team BMC
mounts an early attack up
“Normally, there’s a bit of
a lull in the pace where you
can recover but that didn’t
come,” Morton says. “On a
climb like that, you have to
be honest with yourself …
when you aim at the front,
there is a chance of blowing
up completely.”
The pace wears on
Slagter, who struggles to
pull his teammate through
the crowd.
“C’mon, Tom,” Hammond urges over the radio.
“Keep fighting.”
Barely a mile into the
climb, Slagter falls behind.
Left to himself, Morton
doesn’t last much longer, on
his way to a 20th-place finish.
Meanwhile, a Team Sky
domestique sets a furious
pace, leading the pack for
about 20 minutes before
pulling aside so his leader,
Egan Bernal, can churn the
final mile to victory.
“I’m so happy to be in this
great team,” Bernal tells
The mood among Dimension Data is somber.
Says Slagter: “Obviously,
there were a lot of very good
climbers out there.”
Things go better the next
day when management decides to give him the freedom to do his best on a Stage
3 course that stretches
across smaller hills from
King City to Laguna Seca.
Taking advantage, Slagter
crosses the line in eighth
But, with Dimension
Data standing 15th after
Wednesday’s time trial, the
remainder of the tour will
bring more domestique
work, supporting Cavendish
on flat, sprinting courses.
“For me, it is easy to swap
roles,” Slagter says. “If you
have a leader and you do
your job, everybody is
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THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Building trust in L.A.’s policing
[LAPD, from A1]
Police Department in the
era of President Trump,
whose vow to ramp up deportations has stoked fear in
But it’s part of a policing
strategy that has been employed by the department
for decades.
Nearly 40 years ago, the
LAPD prohibited officers
from questioning residents
solely to determine their immigration status, in hopes of
fostering trust and cooperation.
In more recent years, a
dramatic shift in the department’s demographic makeup has deepened its relationship with the diverse
community it serves.
An LAPD that looks
more like L.A.
Since the racial unrest of
the 1992 riots, the LAPD has
created a force that, once almost all white, now nearly
mirrors the city: Forty-eight
percent of sworn officers are
Latino, 10% are Asian and
10% are black. About 15% of
the department’s officers
are foreign-born.
Though police use of
force and in-custody deaths
remain polarizing issues —
particularly in the black
community — experts say
the department has made
significant strides in forming a partnership with residents.
“They have not just reformed what they look like
and whom they hire, they’ve
reformed how they think,
they’ve reformed their entire
outlook of these communities,” said Connie Rice, a civil-rights attorney whose advice has been sought by police commissioners and
elected officials for more
than three decades. “And
they couldn’t have done that
with an all-white-dominated
force — they couldn’t have
done that with the old
Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, head of the LAPD’s Central Bureau and one of three
finalists to be the department’s next chief, said the
shift to a diverse police force
has been a long time coming.
While growing up in
northeast L.A., the thirdgeneration Mexican American said, the popular 1960s
TV show “Adam-12” “was
really … what I knew to be
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
‘One of the best ways to provide calm to the community is to say that
you are the community.’
who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a toddler and became a citizen after enlisting in the Army
“These two handsomelooking male whites,” Arcos
said, referring to fictional officers Pete Malloy and Jim
Reed. “When I saw police officers in my neighborhood, it
was very typical of watching
‘Adam-12.’ I never really saw
anybody who looked like
Added pressure for
new policies
The transformation of
the LAPD created opportunity, but also a new set of
pressures and expectations.
After Trump took office,
the department found itself
grappling with a drop in
crimes being reported by
From January to April
2017, Latinos reported 23%
fewer sexual assaults and 8%
fewer domestic-violence incidents, according to the
That prompted officers
to hold more than 100 forums
to remind people that the
department’s stance on supporting
375,000 Los Angeles residents who are in the country
illegally remained the same.
The department issued
an 11-page update on immigration procedures in late
December, expanding upon
its Special Order 40 from
1979 that tells officers not to
“initiate police actions with
the objective of discovering
the alien status of a person.”
The notice also expands upon
Garcetti’s Executive Directive 20 from March 2017,
which reaffirmed existing
policy about immigration
and barred city employees
from granting immigration
agents access to facilities
that are not expressly open
to the general public.
Under the new procedures, police no longer
record a place of birth when
interviewing victims, wit-
nesses or people who are
temporarily detained. Officers still ask anyone who is
arrested for their place of
birth. That information is
taken during fingerprinting
and sent to an FBI database,
which immigration authorities can access.
The LAPD also has
stopped engaging in joint
operations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and
Border Protection that directly involve civil immigration enforcement. Other cities, including San Gabriel
and Santa Cruz, have
stopped engaging in joint
operations altogether.
And the department no
longer transfers people with
certain minor criminal convictions to ICE custody. Officers continue to detain and
transfer immigrants sought
through a judicial warrant or
those previously convicted
in the United States of a serious or violent felony — a
classification that includes
more than 60 crimes, including murder, rape, criminal
threats, carjacking and arson.
Immigrants used to be
transferred to ICE custody
for aggravated felonies, of
which there are hundreds.
In a memo last month to
the L.A. Police Commission
— the civilian panel that
oversees the department —
Chief Charlie Beck noted
that crime statistics at the
end of 2017 showed a “significant improvement” in sexual assault and domestic violence reporting among
But immigration activists, in a recent meeting with
a City Council committee,
said the LAPD’s changes
don’t go far enough.
“The order introduced by
Chief Beck still allows for information sharing with ICE.
It still collects the place of
birth information for all
those who are arrested,
N. Korea seen as gaining leverage
[North Korea, from A1]
speed bump, should serve as
a reminder that achieving
any deal with North Korea
will not come without obstacles, false starts and repeated tests from an unpredictable government known
to toy with its foes.
Some warn that Trump’s
exuberance for striking the
ultimate deal already has
given Kim added leverage.
“Kim assumes rightly
that Trump is more eager
than he for a meeting,” said
Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korean
studies professor at Tufts
University in Massachusetts. “I would say Kim has
Trump on a short leash right
Administration officials
have insisted since March,
agreed to a summit, that
they are viewing Kim’s overtures with deep skepticism.
“We don’t want to get too
carried away with optimism,” a senior official said
in an interview last month.
Trump “will walk if he smells
the North Koreans using
their musty old playbook.”
Indeed, the president has
said more than once that he
would walk away from the
negotiating table if things
were not going well. He has
stuck to a demand that
North Korea will not accept,
in the view of many experts:
its complete denuclearization. To Kim and his government, its nuclear arsenal is
crucial not only to the nation’s power but also to its
continued existence.
It’s unclear whether Kim
would accept something
short of unilateral disarmament — or whether Trump
would. But North Korea has
put the question front and
center, after days in which
Trump’s optimistic pronouncements had obscured
the two leaders’ fundamental divide.
mood over a potential breakthrough with North Korea
has been a sharp departure
from his prior taunts of Kim
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press
VISITORS to the Seoul railway station watch a TV news report on the planned
summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
as “Little Rocket Man” and
his threats to Pyongyang of
“fire and fury like the world
has never seen.”
talked excitedly about holding the summit in the demilitarized zone between North
and South Korea because “if
things work out, there’s a
great celebration to be had
on the site.” His advisors,
who recognize that even a
successful summit would
not yield the immediate results Trump envisioned,
prevailed on him to meet instead in Singapore, a neutral
city-state in Southeast Asia.
Last week, when Trump
greeted three Americans released from Kim’s prisons,
he raved that the North Korean dictator “was really excellent to the men.” During a
rally in Indiana that night he
waxed optimistic about
what more would be
achieved — “a great deal for
the world, for North Korea,
for South Korea, for Japan,
for China.”
Trump also used the rally
to defend his impulsive ap-
proach to foreign policy, and
to criticize American reporters, telling the crowd to recall “the fake news, when
they were saying, ‘He’s going
to get us into a nuclear war.’ ”
“You know what gets you
into nuclear wars and you
know what gets you into
other wars?” Trump said.
On Saturday, Trump
used Twitter to praise North
Korea’s announcement that
it would dismantle a nuclear
test site, calling it “a very
smart and gracious gesture!”
Analysts, while recognizing the symbolic importance
of the announcement by
Kim’s government, were less
impressed with the substance. North Korea had already promised last month
to dismantle the site, one of
many, when Kim met with
South Korean President
Moon Jae-in.
Trump’s optimism suits
another purpose. He and his
allies have invoked his highstakes negotiations with
North Korea — and what
they saw as the prospects for
a major achievement — as a
shield against his domestic
problems, especially the
special counsel’s investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia
to influence the 2016 election
and whether he sought to
obstruct the investigation.
“There was no Collusion
(it is a Hoax) and there is no
Obstruction of Justice (that
is a setup & trap),” Trump
tweeted this month. “What
there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over
Nuclear War, Negotiations
going on with China over
Trade Deficits, Negotiations
on NAFTA, and much more.
Witch Hunt!”
Trump’s quick agreement in March to accept
Kim’s invitation to meet
face to face surprised many
world leaders and security
experts, not only because
Trump warned for his first
year in office that diplomacy
with Kim was a waste of time
but also because Trump did
not seem to have demanded
concessions before sitting
down with him.
“Since then, it’s been Kim
calling the shots for the
show,” said Lee, the Korean
studies scholar at Tufts.
Lee called Kim’s subsequent promises to freeze nuclear and missile tests a
trap, designed to win North
Korea the legitimacy it
has long craved without giving anything up in the long
“It’s a bit like an outlaw, a
notorious criminal, telling
the world, ‘I’m not going to
commit crimes for the time
being,’ and then being wined
and dined by world leaders,”
he said.
Michael J. Green, senior
vice president for Asia and
Japan at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, said he does not believe Trump has lost leverage with Kim through his exuberance, “but he has made
allies like Japan very nervous about how much he
might give away” in negotiations.
Dean Cheng, senior research fellow for Chinese political and security affairs at
the conservative Heritage
Foundation, said Trump is
hardly the only one excited
by North Korea’s “smile diplomacy” — from its participation
Olympics in South Korea in
February, through the recent series of negotiations
with South Korea and the release of the three Americans.
“A lot of people were
caught up in this, ‘Wow,
things could be really different,’ ” Cheng said. “Everyone would be well served
taking a step back.”
He added, referring to the
suspected chemical attack
that killed Kim’s halfbrother in Malaysia last
year, “You are still dealing
with Kim Jong Un, the man
who authorized the killing of
his brother at Kuala
Lumpur airport.”
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whether they are convicted
or not,” said Crissel Rodriguez of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. “To me, this is unsafe
and it further undermines
trust between the community and police.”
Beck, however, said police need to comply with the
“I think that our order …
keeps my obligations as chief
of police, but also recognizes
that the police draw their
most significant authority
through the public that they
serve,” Beck said in an interview. “And the reality is in
Los Angeles that a very
strong percentage of that
The LAPD plans to submit reports to the Police
Commission that detail
joint operations, including
criminal immigration enforcement, transfers of immigrants to ICE custody
and federal requests to interview detainees and be notified of their release.
Ingrid Eagly, an immigration-law professor at UCLA,
said the LAPD is among a
handful of departments
leading the way in generating policies that protect immigrant residents.
“We are in a moment of
heightened immigration enforcement that is heavily dependent on local police decisions to trigger deportations,” she said. “This makes
policing policy — both on the
street and inside local jails —
an important part of how
immigration is actually enforced on the ground.”
Officers who are
part of a community
The fact that some in the
LAPD know what it’s like to
be in the country without legal status is an advantage in
community outreach.
Jorge Villegas crossed
into California illegally as a
toddler with his mother and
his younger brother in order
to join his father. The family
ended up in Pico-Union in
the 1960s.
His father worked construction during the day and
at night in a factory. Villegas’
mother worked as a seamstress, unable to use the architectural degree she had
studied for in Guadalajara,
“We lived in fear of … la
migra,” Villegas said. “I remember not being allowed
to be out on the sidewalks or
the parks. I had to be picked
up from school and made
sure that we weren’t seen, so
to speak.”
His parents became legal
residents in 1970 but did not
get their citizenship until
the early ’80s.
Villegas enlisted in the
Army, where he was able to
expedite his citizenship
process. Now he is an assistant chief with the LAPD —
one of the highest ranks in
the 10,000-officer department.
“One of the best ways to
provide calm to the community is to say that you are the
community,” Villegas said.
“When you can genuinely say
it, it eases into the opportunity to have meaningful dialogue and to have relationships.”
On a recent evening at
the LAPD’s Hollenbeck station in Boyle Heights,
Labrada gathered with organizers and other officials
for a forum on immigration
For years, his mother
would travel between Mexico and the United States,
working to save enough
money to bring the family of
five to a one-bedroom house
in Rosemead in 1975.
While trying to gain residency, his family would wait
hours in the cold on Olvera
Street — where the Mexican
consulate was once located
— having an atole, a hot
drink made from corn, and
churro for breakfast.
“We knew there was a
process we had to go
through to become legal
residents without having
that fear of deportation,”
said Labrada, who joined
the LAPD in 1993.
“I think there’s a lot more
anxiety now than when I was
a child,” Labrada said, adding that the politics of immigration is not the issue for
him. “This is the human side
of it, and the human side of it
is people are still living in
this community, and they’re
in fear.”
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Mather is a former Times
staff writer.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
Judge enters CBS-Redstone drama
[Redstone, from A1]
The dispute has been a
distraction for CBS and
could unravel the company
that Chief Executive Leslie
Moonves built into a powerhouse over the last 22 years.
Should Moonves and other
CBS board members lose
their case against the Redstones, his illustrious career
could be over.
“I’ve never seen anything
like this,” Greif said. “We are
talking about lasting damage.”
CBS contends merger
talks have wiped out $7 billion in market value, harming rank-and-file shareholders. Last year, CBS shares
were trading as high as $70 a
share, but lately they have
been hovering around $50 a
share. CBS fell 1% on
Wednesday to $53.83.
The wrangling comes
during an important week
for CBS and other major TV
networks, which have been
rolling out their new fall
schedules to hundreds of advertisers in prestigious venues around New York City.
Wednesday was CBS’
turn. As Moonves walked
out onto his favorite stage at
Carnegie Hall, the advertisers and entertainment executives in the room gave him
a standing ovation.
choked up. He hesitated,
nodded his head, then asked
the audience: “How’s your
week been?”
USC business professor
C. Kerry Fields said the situation was “highly unusual
and unique.”
“It appears that nothing
short of Moonves — and
other members of this board
— leaving will satisfy National Amusements,” Fields
said, referring to the Redstone family investment vehicle. “But Wall Street is
definitely behind Moonves
and his management team.”
On Wednesday a Delaware judge, Andre G.
Bouchard, issued a protective order to prevent further
changes to CBS or its board.
About an hour before the
hearing, the Redstone family,
Amusements Inc., took the
extraordinary step of changing CBS’ bylaws. The move
CBS chief ducks
media at upfronts
Amid legal battle, Leslie
Moonves misses annual
breakfast with reporters.
appeared aimed at thwarting a planned vote by the
board to weaken the Redstones’ hold over the company.
The Redstones mandated that any major
changes at CBS would have
to be approved by 90% of the
CBS board. Such a move ensures that no decisions are
made without the support of
Shari Redstone and her allies on the board.
The action appeared to
trouble the judge, who will
issue a formal ruling on CBS’
request for a restraining order Thursday.
The high-stakes showdown in court comes after
four months of behind-thescenes tensions between
Moonves, other board members and Shari Redstone.
She wants to merge CBS
with another media company the family controls, Viacom, which owns MTV,
Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon and the struggling
Paramount Pictures. CBS
does not want to be saddled
with the troubles of the
weaker Viacom, and on Sunday a special CBS board
committee determined that
such a merger was not in the
company’s best interest.
That conclusion was a rebuff to Redstone, who believes the two companies
would be stronger together
as traditional media compete with such technology
giants as Facebook, Google,
Netflix and Amazon.
CBS plans to hold a special board meeting Thursday to issue a dividend that
would dilute the Redstones’
voting stock from nearly 80%
to 17%. CBS said there was a
provision in its charter that
allows for such a dividend. It
asked the judge to block the
Redstones from making any
changes to its board before
Thursday’s vote could take
“National Amusements
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for the New York Times
SHARI REDSTONE wants to merge CBS with Viacom, another media company
her family controls. But CBS does not want to be saddled with Viacom’s troubles.
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
LESLIE MOONVES could find his career at CBS
over if board members lose against the Redstones.
Inc. believes the irresponsible action taken by CBS and
its special committee put in
motion a chain of events that
poses significant risk to
CBS,” the Redstone family
said in a statement midday
Wednesday. “Due to the
magnitude of this threat,
NAI was compelled to take
this measured step to protect its position while also
mitigating further disruption to CBS.”
CBS has said it feared
that the Redstone family
would unilaterally make
changes that would harm
CBS shareholders. The Redstones’ bylaws change reinforces the company’s concerns, CBS said.
Harrowing interviews
of Vegas attack victims
By David Montero
LAS VEGAS — At first,
they thought it was part of
the show. Some looked up
for the fireworks. But within
moments, a horrible feeling
began to sink in as the
screams filled the air.
They wondered whether
they were going to die.
Las Vegas police released
more than 1,200 pages of witness interviews and officer
reports Wednesday that detail the harrowing moments
after a mass shooting that
killed 58 people in October.
The documents were the
second wave of items released after the Nevada
Supreme Court ordered the
police to provide the materials after media outlets, including the Los Angeles
Times, sued for them.
In statements and interviews days after Oct. 1, when
Stephen Paddock opened
fire from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel suite onto
22,000 people at the Route 91
Harvest country music festival, victims tell police about
their wounds and fears.
A 33-year-old woman
with a gunshot wound to the
thigh and a broken pelvis
told Las Vegas Police Det. T.
Townley in a recorded interview that she couldn’t
understand why the shooting kept up for so long.
“And, um, I kept praying,
please let them leave already. Why aren’t they walking and leaving? Why aren’t
they, you know, shooting and
then escaping? Like why are
they just standing? And just
sinking in ... they’re shooting
to kill us all. They’re shooting — we’re gonna die.”
In a hospital interview
with a pair of Las Vegas police detectives two days after
the shooting, another victim, whose name was redacted in a police report, described a chaotic, disorienting scene.
A detective identified as
D. Jappe asks the victim to
detail what happened after
hearing the gunfire.
“And then I would say, a
couple of seconds later, um, I
fell to the ground and I
couldn’t feel my arm,” the
victim said. “So I just kept
yelling, ‘I can’t feel my arm. I
can’t feel my arm. I can’t feel
my arm.’ Um, and then my
aunt was with me and she
was just like — You’re fine.
Get up. [Country singer Jason Aldean is] performing.
What are you doing on the
ground? ... Then she saw
blood coming from my arm.”
The victim said after a
second round of bullets, everyone hit the ground.
“There was like a bunch of
people on top of us — on top
of me specifically ... then
when it stopped we knew we
had to get up to get going,”
the victim said. “And I remember not being able to
get up. I just remember
telling [name redacted] like,
‘Get off me.’ ”
Hundreds were wounded
during Paddock’s rampage.
With his arsenal of ammunition and cache of weapons —
including at least one AR-15
rifle equipped with a “bump
stock” to simulate automatic fire — he killed 58 people in about 15 minutes before shooting himself in the
head. He was dead when police entered his suite.
A victim told detectives
that getting to a hospital was
a frenetic and sometimes
dispiriting journey.
A taxi driver drove off
when the victim asked for a
ride to the hospital. A limousine driver, after directing
the victim to a row of ambulances, changed his mind
and drove the victim to
Desert Springs Hospital
and Medical Center.
“The hospital was on
lockdown and people were
arriving in pickup trucks,”
said the victim, who later
was transferred to Sunrise
Hospital. “It was just, like,
chaos,” the victim said. Later the victim told a detective,
“People were just in hallways
in stretchers.”
The victim said the volume of patients was so great
that “they couldn’t get the
names of everybody … so
they just had a paper and
they just wrote, like, ‘She
had morphine.’ They had an
X-ray. But because they took
the X-rays before my registration, they couldn’t tie it to
me, so they couldn’t diagnose what was the issue.”
Police said they plan to
release more documents, video and 911 calls over the
coming months.
“The latest step by NAI
provides further evidence of
why we concluded that we
had no choice but to file our
action in the Delaware
courts, in order to protect
the interests of all CBS
shareholders,” CBS said in a
statement after the bylaws
Late Tuesday, the Redstones filed a brief in the lawsuit, calling CBS’ attempts
to eliminate their voting
control “egregiously overbroad and unjustified,” and
said the move would be “an
unprecedented usurpation
of a controlling stockholder’s voting power.”
The Redstones’ National
Amusements asked the
judge to deny CBS’ request
to block the Redstones from
making changes at CBS before Thursday’s board meeting.
Moonves has bristled
over media reports that
Shari Redstone has been
conducting a stealth search
to replace him.
Moonves prides himself
on his successful 12-year run
as CEO of the broadcasting
company with little oversight. But that changed in
the last two years as Sumner
Redstone, who turns 95 next
week, became ill and Shari
Redstone began taking a
more active role in Viacom
and CBS.
Legal experts have called
CBS’ gambit to dilute the
Redstones’ power the “nuclear option.” The Redstone
family told the judge that
there was no clear evidence
planned to make changes to
the board.
National Amusements
called CBS’ effort “extraordinary both in scope and finality in response to unsupported allegations.”
Shari Redstone already
has one close ally on the CBS
board: Robert Klieger, a Los
served as Sumner Redstone’s personal lawyer
when the patriarch was sued
by a former female companion. Klieger successfully represented Sumner Redstone
in that fraught 2016 court
case when the former companion, Manuela Herzer,
tried to get Sumner Redstone declared mentally incapacitated. In 2017, Klieger
joined the CBS board.
Last Friday, Klieger approached another board
member, Bruce Gordon, and
said National Amusements
wanted a third board member, Charles Gifford, removed from the board before CBS’ annual shareholders meeting Friday. In its
brief, National Amusements
said it had concerns with
Gifford that stemmed from
unspecified “incidents” that
occurred in 2016 and 2017.
Earlier this week, National Amusements said
Gifford, whom it previously
hadn’t identified, had engaged in “bullying and intimidation.”
Gifford was not immediately available for comment.
CBS defended Gifford on
Wednesday, saying in a
statement that he has “always conducted himself
with courtesy, integrity and
staunch dedication to all of
our shareholders.”
CBS noted that Shari
Redstone had previously
supported Gifford’s involvement in an important CBS
board committee. In addition, six weeks ago, National
Amusements said in a regulatory filing that it planned
to support the reelection of
all current CBS board members, including Gifford.
The corporate wrangling
comes just two years after
National Amusements unilaterally made sweeping
changes to Viacom’s board.
That dispute also wound
up in a Delaware court, and
Viacom Chief Executive
Philippe Dauman eventually
resigned. That helped clear
the decks for Shari Redstone to install Bob Bakish
as the new chief executive of
Talks about a ViacomCBS merger broke down
over her push to have Bakish
serve in an influential role at
the combined company.
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
The latest scandal at USC
or the second time in less than a
year, the University of Southern
California is drawing scrutiny not
just for the alleged misconduct of
one of its doctors, but also for the
way campus leaders handled the situation.
Any organization the size of USC is
bound to have problematic employees. The
issue is how the organization responds: Is it
bad luck? Bad supervision? Or a bad organizational culture?
In the latest incident, a Times investigation revealed that staff and patients made
repeated complaints, beginning in the 1990s,
about Dr. George Tyndall, the one full-time
gynecologist at USC’s student health clinic.
These included complaints about Tyndall
taking pictures of patients’ genitalia and
touching them in ways other gynecologists
would not. USC didn’t take the concerns seriously enough to suspend him until 2016; it
then brought in investigators who found
that Tyndall had made racially discriminatory and sexually inappropriate comments, and that his behavior during exams
amounted to sexual harassment. Tyndall
was quietly forced out and paid severance.
The university didn’t report any of these
findings to law enforcement or to the state
Medical Board, the agency responsible for
protecting the public from problem doctors,
until The Times began asking questions.
The university insists that it was not legally obligated to report Tyndall, but con-
cedes that it should have done so. Of course
it should have — reporting Tyndall to the
appropriate authorities could have triggered an investigation into the allegations
and helped alert future employers and patients to the doctor’s record.
The Tyndall episode echoes last year’s
revelations about Dr. Carmen Puliafito, the
former medical school dean. USC came
under fire for ignoring or mishandling
reports alleging that Puliafito took drugs
and partied with a circle of criminals and
drug abusers. USC also failed to report the
dean’s alleged substance abuse to the Medical Board, even as he continued to see patients.
President C.L. Max Nikias sent a letter to
the campus community Tuesday apologizing “to any student who may have visited
the student health center and did not receive the respectful care each individual deserves.” Still, the Tyndall case again raises
questions about the priorities of the university. Why did so many complaints of misconduct fall on deaf ears? How is USC going
to ensure patients are protected?
Students and staff must have confidence
that their concerns will be taken seriously
and investigated. Medical personnel must
be able to report concerns and know they
won’t be ignored or penalized for speaking
up. The questions are uncomfortable now;
they’ll grow more so if these episodes continue.
Jim McDonnell for sheriff
im McDonnell was elected as Los Angeles County sheriff in late 2014 amid
high hopes. How could he help but do
better than Lee Baca, who was sentenced to three years in federal prison
for presiding over a conspiracy to obstruct a
federal probe into violence at the county
jails? Baca’s former undersheriff, Paul Tanaka, already is in prison for his role in the
scheme. The two men and their top staff ran
the department’s fiber and morale into the
ground with a program of patronage, cronyism and cover-ups.
McDonnell was not merely some run-ofthe-mill cop with political ambitions. He became aware of the depth of the department’s problems while serving as a member
of a county Jail Violence Commission that
focused on the unconscionable abuse and
neglect of inmates. He co-authored a searing report that critiqued a toxic culture of
arrogance and mismanagement and a deepset resistance to accountability. He helped
craft detailed recommendations for recovery. As a candidate he spoke with approval
of criminal justice reform measures to emphasize second chances and expressed a
preference for drug treatment over incarceration. He was well-positioned as the chief
of the Long Beach Police Department and
the former second-in-command of the Los
Angeles Police Department to take Baca’s
job. He was a consummate law enforcement
insider, yet a refreshing Los Angeles County
Sheriff ’s Department outsider.
By the time he took over as sheriff, he
had become the symbol of a new direction
for the department.
Now, as he concludes his first term and
seeks a second, he is being challenged by
Sheriff ’s Lt. Alex Villanueva and retired
Sheriff ’s Cmdr. Bob Lindsey, both of whom
say McDonnell has bungled his makeover of
the department by promoting unworthy
personnel and imposing unfair discipline on
front-line deputies, leaving an underperforming force with low morale and an inability to fill hundreds of vacancies.
Incumbent L.A. County sheriffs are generally unassailable at reelection time, boasting a clear advantage in name recognition and fundraising prowess. Yet McDonnell’s challengers have done remarkably
well. Villanueva has won the endorsement of
the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Lindsey claims the lead in fundraising.
McDonnell’s administration has had its
ups and downs, so if either of his opponents
were to lay out a comprehensive program
for running a modern Sheriff ’s Department
that reflected the best thinking on criminal
justice reform, public safety and jail management, he would merit serious consideration. But both Villanueva and Lindsey focus too much on internal issues and resentments of the rank-and-file and insufficiently
on how the department could better serve
the county’s 10 million people.
Of the three, McDonnell remains the
best choice, although in many respects he
has thus far fallen short of his early promise.
Poor communication leaves the department aloof from the public. Workforce problems (low morale, an inability to hire) persist. As other law enforcement leaders
around the nation assert leadership in solving pressing criminal justice issues, such as
smarter bail policies and diversion programs for less serious criminals, McDonnell
sometimes appears to be leading California’s forces of reaction and retrenchment.
Changing times call for the leader of the nation’s largest sheriff ’s department to take a
central role in mapping out public safety
practices that emphasize rehabilitation and
diversion from arrest and incarceration for
people suffering addiction or mental illness;
but the L.A. County Sheriff ’s Department is
not currently among the groundbreakers.
There has been a discomfiting array of
deputy misbehavior or worse on McDonnell’s watch. Consider, for example, the deputy alleged to have raped inmates at the
women’s jail in Lynwood; the video of the
deputy ignoring a call of “shots fired” so he
could talk on the phone to his girlfriend; the
offensive racially charged emails sent by the
sheriff ’s then-chief of staff; the succession of
shootings of unarmed men; the continuing
deaths at the county jails; and the charges
against a sergeant for demanding sex in exchange for time off.
There will be problems in any organization the size of the Los Angeles County
Sheriff ’s Department, with its more than
17,000 employees, and certainly McDonnell
deserves credit for responding swiftly to the
various charges. Yet the incidents give evidence that the makeover of his department
remains a work in progress.
McDonnell likewise deserves a measure
of patience, given the scope of his task. He
runs the nation’s largest jail and consequently is also the nation’s largest provider
of mental health services. He must manage
contracts with 42 cities, the courts and community colleges, while also dispatching deputies to patrol county parks and hospitals
and to conduct search and rescue operations across 4,751 square miles.
He is hampered by a civil service system
that returns to duty many of the deputies he
fires for misconduct. His laudable attempt
to share with the district attorney the
names of deputies who have histories of lying or other misconduct has so far been
blocked by a deputies’ union lawsuit.
So what more could Los Angeles residents demand?
To some extent, they already have made
their demands. In overwhelmingly adopting
criminal justice reform measures such as
propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109, they have
a right to expect a sheriff who will make
those reforms work, rather than blame
them unfairly for an uptick in crime — while
simultaneously touting decreases in crime.
They should expect their sheriff to take the
lead on bail reform, so that suspects don’t
sit in jail awaiting trial merely because they
can’t afford to bail out. They should ask him
to apply to his overcrowded jails — in which
convicted misdemeanants serve just 10% of
their sentences and some are released the
same day they arrive — a triage model, in
which he assesses the risk of each inmate to
reoffend, keeps the most dangerous people
the longest and directs others to proven
treatment or rehabilitation programs.
As the best of the three candidates, McDonnell should get another term. Let’s hope
he uses it to take a more forward position,
leading the county into a more rational public safety and criminal justice system.
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
PEOPLE opposed to the state’s “sanctuary” law
protest at a Los Alamitos City Council meeting.
A prop for Trump
Re “Trump, O.C. leaders to meet,” April 15
In leading his city’s official opposition to the state’s
so-called sanctuary law, Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar
remarks that he was impressed that “our city has got
behind us.”
I do not deny there are people in Los Alamitos who
oppose the sanctuary law, but it should be pointed out
that whenever and wherever city councils take up this
issue, many supporters and opponents descending upon
otherwise lightly attended meetings come from outside
the city.
As much as people like to talk about local politics and
local issues, it is clear that the president and his attorney
general have made this a national issue; the practical
issue of how local police departments are to do their job
is wholly ignored.
Mayor Edgar says he hopes his meeting with
President Trump will be productive. Productivity has
nothing to do with it. The president will turn him into a
prop for his insensitive, anti-immigrant policies. It is
shameful for a mayor to travel across the country to
engage in a photo-op for hatred.
Edgar Kaskla
Garden Grove
Gun rights and
mental health
Re “More states passing
‘red flag’ gun laws,” May 14
Three months after a
gunman killed 17 people at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., it is clear that
the politics of gun violence
prevention have shifted. As
the Los Angeles Times
noted, one of the indicators
of this shift is the bipartisan passage of state laws
across the country to keep
guns away from people
determined to be at great
risk of committing violence.
The focus on behavioral
factors makes extreme risk
laws unique and effective,
as the criteria for removal
are based on behavior, like
a history of violence. These
risk laws should not be
based on a diagnosis of
mental illness.
Research shows that
mental illness is not a
significant risk factor for
interpersonal violence, and
blaming those with mental
illness reinforces stigma.
As dozens of states consider enacting extreme risk
laws, legislators must be
mindful to craft policies
based on evidence and
behavior, not prejudice and
Bryan Barks
The writer is executive
editor at the Coalition to
Stop Gun Violence.
Jerusalem. Kudos also to
the president’s senior
advisor Jared Kushner and
Ambassador to Israel
David Friedman for their
important assistance in
bringing this about.
What happened on
Monday was momentous,
but it should not have been
all that remarkable. After
all, in 1995 Congress recognized Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel and mandated that the U.S. Embassy be transferred to
Jerusalem no later than
To his everlasting credit, Trump was not deterred
by the many predictions
that the Arab world would
unite behind the Palestinians in resisting this move
and that America’s geopolitical interests would
Monday’s opening
ceremony for the
Jerusalem embassy came
at a particularly opportune
time. The show of firm
support for Israel after
eight years of fecklessness
from President Obama is
also a message to Iran and
others that the U.S. stands
behind its allies and is not
concerned about political
Brian J. Goldenfeld
Woodland Hills
What an amazing story:
Doctors telling patients
with dementia (those who
may not know where they
are, who they are, to whom
they are talking or what
they are doing) to give up
their guns.
One can see Wayne
LaPierre and Oliver North
of the National Rifle Assn.
going into a frenzy over
this. Without a doubt we
will see vociferous attacks
upon the medical profession by President Trump
and other NRA surrogates
exhorting the faithful to
prevent anyone from denying an American citizen,
regardless of whether he or
she has dementia, the
constitutional right to own
a gun.
After all, the right is
Frank Ferrone
El Cajon
It is so troubling and
upsetting to see the White
House open its embassy to
Israel in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims
the entire city for Israel,
which continues to build
on occupied land. Furthermore, the protesters in
Gaza had planned on
having their largest demostration yet on May 14, the
day our insensitive government decided to hold its
embassy ceremony.
I find that completely
confrontational, unconscionable, inconsiderate
and disgusting.
On their border with the
Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers
have been firing their
weapons into crowds
smothered by smoke. At
least 62 Gazans have been
killed since Monday, and
more than 2,700 have been
I condemn Israel for its
occupation of land that
belongs to the Palestinians
and for its military’s wanton killing of Palestinians
— and I condemn the
Trump administration for
playing a role in it.
Gerald Orcholski
Trump’s firm
stance on Israel
Warnings from
Lincoln, Rome
Re “Festivity, fury,” May 15
Re “Bloomberg warns of an
‘epidemic of dishonesty,’ ”
May 13
Re “Dementia — and gun
ownership,” May 15
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
The world needs to
salute President Trump for
following through on his
commitment to move the
U.S. Embassy in Israel to
Abraham Lincoln
would agree with former
New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg that any serious danger to the existence
of the U.S. must arise internally, and not by an external threat such as communism or terrorism.
Speaking of dangers to
the country in 1838 at the
Young Men’s Lyceum of
Springfield, Ill., Lincoln
said: “If it ever reach us, it
must spring up amongst
us; it cannot come from
abroad. If destruction be
our lot, we must ourselves
be its author and finisher.
As a nation of freemen, we
must live through all time
or die by suicide.”
The current trajectory of the United States
brings to mind the decline
of the Roman Empire,
where political expediency,
intimidation, deceit, a
desire to win at all costs
and so much power concentrated in a single individual trumped the historical norms of societal behavior — making acceptable what had been
Darrel Miller
Santa Monica
Bloomberg’s commencement speech on the
value of truth-telling reminds me of an incident
involving Gustav Holst,
composer of “The Planets,”
which was premiered
publicly in 1920, two years
after World War I ended.
The suite opens with
an ominous depiction of
Mars, “The Bringer of
War.” The British audience at the premiere, with
the devastation of the
war still fresh in their
minds, was wondering if
the piece was in response
to the war.
Holst could easily have
caved in to the public wish
and claimed that it indeed
reflected the horrors of the
war to further market his
composition. However, he
insisted that “Mars” was
composed before the war
started in 1914.
An honest man can
often be a publicist’s headache.
Dienyih Chen
Redondo Beach
She’s still
your mother
Re “My mom, the chrysalis,” Opinion, May 13
This Mother’s Day was
the first of 67 that passed
without my mother, who
died from complications of
dementia last January.
While I thoroughly
enjoyed and identified with
the honeyed prose that
emanated from Amy Koss’
opinion piece on her experiences with her elderly
mother, I view my mom
through a different looking
Even in death, my
mother will always be as I
remember her: self-effacing, showing unconditional
acceptance and forgiveness, and having an internal beauty that became
more luminescent as her
dementia became more
Marc Rogers
North Hollywood
I already had a lump in
my throat just reading the
title of Amy Koss’ op-ed
article and her observation, “Just as I will never
again see my kids as they
once were, I will never
again see my mom as she
once was.”
She beautifully captured my experience with
my mother, except that we
can still play a made-up
card game so she doesn’t
have to hold them and even
if at times she thinks I’m
cheating her.
I would just add that
the generational transformation Koss describes
includes my increasing
awareness that, in my
daughter’s eyes, she is
already losing sight of how
I once appeared to her, and
we both know it’s happening.
Jacqueline R.
Valley Village
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T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
Tom Wolfe found his theme in California
The writer mined the ethos
that produced hippies,
surfers and astronauts.
By Marc Weingarten
lthough he was a
Depression-era son of
the South, Tom Wolfe
was a consummate
New Yorker. He lived
there his entire adult life, and
could often be seen walking on the
Upper East Side in ice cream suits,
an occasional gilt-tipped walking
cane glinting in the sun. He was
the city’s most recognizable flaneur.
Wolfe, who died this week at 88,
was an atypical New Yorker in one
important respect: He loved California. Or rather, he was enamored of the energies to be found
here during the post-war era and
the cultural movements that were
upending the “statusphere” that
was Wolfe’s idée fixe for his entire
When I was spending time in
the early aughts with Wolfe for a
book that I wrote on New Journalism, he had fond reminiscences
about his California sojourns,
including a few somewhat discomfiting nights with his friend Hunter
S. Thompson. Wolfe embraced the
dynamism and creative spirit of
the region, and still felt its effects
decades after he’d done his seminal reportage from the state.
As a journalist in the early
1960s, Wolfe’s profile subjects were
West Coast figures: music producer Phil Spector, exotic dancer
Carol Doda, “The Pump House
Gang” surfers of La Jolla. Even
“The Right Stuff,” his 1979 book
about the Mercury space program,
was largely centered on Edwards
Air Force Base in Kern County.
New York had its Astors and
Rockefellers, but Wolfe instinctively knew that California was
emerging as the breeding ground
for the second half of the 20th
century. In his articles and books,
Wolfe explained California to the
rest of us. He was the first significant New York writer to take the
state seriously.
Wolfe took the measure of New
York as a young reporter at the
New York Herald Tribune and
realized that everything novel he
observed there was just a facsimile
of the real changes taking place on
the West Coast. While covering the
1963 New York Auto Show for the
newspaper, Wolfe gravitated to the
tricked-out, pinstriped custom
cars created by L.A. natives Ed
“Big Daddy” Roth, Dale Alexander
and George Barris. He compared
Roth’s custom cars to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island:
“Suddenly you come upon the
astonishing objects, and then you
have to figure out how they got
there and why they’re there.”
Wolfe sold Esquire on the idea of a
much larger article, and flew to
Los Angeles to observe “Kustom
Kulture” firsthand. It became the
anchor piece for his essay collection, “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.”
In L.A., Wolfe had stumbled
onto a new modality of American
life, a revved-up culture that was
fed by post-war prosperity and a
ritualized formalism that wasn’t
beholden to the past — in short,
the anti-New York. As Wolfe drove
around Los Angeles, he was taken
in by the city’s architecture,
“shaped not like rectangles but
James Berglie Tribune News Service
Mueller’s investigation
isn’t going to ‘wrap up’
hursday marks the
one-year anniversary of
the appointment of special counsel Robert S.
Mueller III. The milestone has emboldened White
House critics of the probe to declare, as Vice President Mike Pence
did on NBC News, that “it is time to
wrap it up.”
Never mind that the Mueller investigation is, comparatively, in its
infancy. The Whitewater probe of
Bill and Hillary Clinton, for example, began in 1994 and ended more
than six years later. Mueller’s 12
months of work has turned up more
clear wrongdoing than Kenneth
Starr ever did: There have been 20
indictments and 5 guilty pleas, including prominent senior members
of the campaign and administration, and that doesn’t take into account the wealth of information
that Mueller has yet to make public.
Some Republicans suggest that
public opinion is shifting, that
Trump’s refrain of “witch hunt”
may be gaining purchase. As the
president’s latest mouthpiece
Rudolph W. Giuliani crowed,
“We’ve gone from defense to offense.”
“Wrap it up” advocates can
point to a slight uptick in Trump’s
approval ratings, and a downtick
in public support for the investigation. They seem to think that if
Mueller doesn’t close up shop soon
in response to political pressure,
Trump’s position is strong enough
that he could put an end to it, perhaps by firing the special counsel
or the special counsel’s boss, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, and
weather any storm the move occasions.
They’re wrong. The probe isn’t
going to end soon, simply or painlessly for this president. Trump remains in great peril.
Anyone paying attention over
the last year knows Mueller will not
yield to political pressure. His investigators haven’t leaked; they
have ignored vicious personal attacks; they haven’t veered in the
slightest from prosecutorial professionalism.
Marc Weingarten is the author
of “The Gang That Wouldn't Write
Straight: Wolfe, Thompson,
Didion, Capote, and the New
Journalism Revolution.”
By Bill Pascrell Jr.
So to “wrap it up,” Trump would
have to make a move, but will he?
The president and his lawyers
are strategizing about whether he
will agree to be interviewed by
Mueller, either voluntarily or under
subpoena. If he were to refuse, as
the current swing of the pendulum
suggests, and then try to end the
probe, he would only seem more
guilty and undermine his support
even among Republicans. If his refusal were to lead, as expected, to a
court battle, we would expect the
Supreme Court to settle the issue.
Any move by Trump to preempt it
would again only undermine his
In addition, the president and
his circle are well aware of how fast
the midterm election is approaching and what effect an attempt to
fire Mueller could have on the outcome. They want to avoid any action that would help the Democrats
flip the House. Such a shift would
change every calculation, not least
because a Democratic majority
could move to impeach the president early next year.
Of course, Trump may calculate
that he could get away with firing
Mueller now, if he moved quickly
and the Republican leadership rallied to his side. But it is equally possible that Congress would respond
with legislation to reinstate
Mueller. Again, the field of battle
would shift to the courts.
Most importantly, even a successful ouster of Mueller would not
derail the investigation at this
point. Too much evidence has been
gathered, and too many prosecutors, who have surely considered
and planned for the contingency,
stand ready to carry on. Should
Trump try to shutter the entire special counsel’s office, a much graver
and politically and legally riskier
act than firing Mueller or Rosenstein, other divisions in the Department of Justice, in particular the
Southern District of New York,
would also be ready to take up the
The strength of all that evidence, the careful work done thus
far, and the indictments already
filed are the special counsel’s protection against “witch hunt” tweets
both the definitive report on the
San Francisco counterculture and
a cherished literary artifact of the
era. The book reads at times like
an acid trip, as Wolfe introduced
his daring style that carried echoes of Burroughs and Kerouac:
“The sweet wheatfields and dairy
lands of America would be sailing
by beauty rural green and curving,
and Sandy is watching the serene
beauty of it … and then he happens
to look into the big rear-view mirror outside the bus and — the
fields are — in flames ::::::: curve
and curdle straight up in hideous
orange flames.”
As a satirist, Wolfe could be
merciless. But that wasn’t the case
with his dispatches from California. Wolfe’s tenderness and
affection for the state’s endlessly
renewable culture was palpable,
both in conversation and in his
work. In Los Angeles and other
points west, Wolfe the social critic
turned into an advocate.
Live Nation has
a stranglehold on
music ticketing
The inquiry isn’t
going to end
simply or painlessly
for Trump.
By Harry Litman
like trapezoids, from the way the
roofs slant up from the back and
plate-glass fronts slant out as if
they’re going to pitch forward on
the sidewalk and throw up.” This
was meant as a compliment. Wolfe
saw the future in L.A.; to the largely right-wing, East Coast readership of the Herald Tribune, Wolfe’s
reporting was heresy.
Even Wolfe’s technicolor prose
was shaped by his visits to L.A. in
the 1960s. “When I started writing
in what was known as my style, I
was trying to capture the newness
and excitement of the West
Coast,” Wolfe told me in 2004.
Less than a year after Wolfe
introduced custom cars to a national audience, he was anonymously sent a cache of letters by
Ken Kesey. The author of “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,”
Kesey had jumped bail on a drug
charge and was living in exile in
Mexico. Down the rabbit hole went
Wolfe into Kesey’s communal
experiment with his followers the
Merry Pranksters, spending weeks
at the group’s La Honda compound in San Mateo.
What emerged was “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” which is
and protestations that the investigation is already over with nothing
to show for it.
In the course of the past year,
we’ve learned not to underestimate
what Mueller knows and what
bombshell he may have prepared. It
may involve the Russians and the
campaign, it may involve obstruction of justice, but there are other
relevant threads as well: the true
motive behind the Seychelles meeting between Trump associate Erik
Prince and the head of a Russian
wealth fund, the hacking of Democratic Party emails and its links to
Trump political advisor Roger
Stone, the recent sale of Russia’s
state owned oil company to Qatar.
Last week we discovered that
Mueller was way ahead of us on the
huge payments made to Trump’s
personal lawyer Michael Cohen for
access to the president. We don’t
yet know what he’s found out from
cooperating witnesses, including
Michael Flynn and Carter Page,
that might point directly at the
president. And there is still the possibility that Paul Manafort or Cohen could decide to cooperate with
the investigation.
None of these threads signals
Trump’s removal from office. A conviction in the Senate, no matter
what happens in the midterm,
would require a good number of Republicans to turn against the president, which seems remote absent a
smoking gun that proves grave
criminal conduct. But it is more
than plausible that the probe and
associated investigations will result
in additional indictments of Trump
associates — including Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. — and
wounded, an untenable candidate
in 2020. Once he leaves office, his legal exposure, both civil and criminal, would skyrocket.
The “wrap it up” crowd is indulging in wishful thinking. The first
anniversary of the Mueller investigation is unlikely to be the last.
Harry Litman teaches
constitutional law at UC San
Diego. He is a former U.S. attorney
and deputy assistant attorney
President Obama
was deciding
approve a merger between the
world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, and the
biggest ticket provider, Ticketmaster, a group of bipartisan
lawmakers pleaded with his
administration to block the
deal. This coalition, which included me, understood that
the joint company would strangle competition in live entertainment.
Obama’s top antitrust regulator at the time, then-assistant Atty. Gen. Christine A. Varney, reassured critics that
“there will be enough air and
sunlight in the space for strong
competitors to take root, grow,
and thrive.” The merger was
waved through and became final in 2010.
Eight years later, there are
no strong competitors taking
root, growing or thriving. The
online ticketing market, now a
$9-billion business, is still
dominated by Live NationTicketmaster. In 2008, the two
companies held more than 80%
of the market share. Combined, the new company, Live
Nation Entertainment, has
grown even larger, acquiring
other ticket companies, promoters and festivals, including
Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
Live Nation Entertainment
controls “nearly every aspect”
of the ticket business, producing record-high ticket prices
and onerous fees, according to
an investigation published last
month by the New York Times.
The Department of Justice is
now looking into complaints
that the company, which also
manages hundreds of top artists, tried to coerce venues into
using Ticketmaster.
I requested an evaluation of
the ticket market from the
Government Accountability
Office last year. The GAO’s
findings, made public this
week, confirm that the sprawling and opaque Live Nation
system is squeezing consumers.
The GAO found that the
ticket market as a whole is rife
with practices that are “not
fully transparent,” and that
Live Nation, which claims more
than half of ticket sales in the
United States, engages in questionable gimmicks to conceal
its extra costs.
Service fees, processing
fees, facility fees, promoting
fees: Americans know all about
these add-ons, hidden until
just before they click to buy
those Taylor Swift tickets. Live
Nation refers to these charges
as an “extension of the ticket
price,” an Orwellian construct
if there ever were one.
These fees make it difficult
for consumers to know the true
value of concert tickets. Primary ticketing companies —
the box office or ticket booth at
the venue itself, say — impose
fees that, on average, amount
to 27% of the original ticket
price. Secondary ticketing
companies, such as the eBay
subsidiary StubHub, charge an
average of 31% of the ticket
price. Because Live Nation
controls a significant portion of
both markets, the extra fees
give the company an enormous
competitive edge.
Moreover, if the GAO report
is correct, Ticketmaster is not
abiding by earlier promises to
stop some of its deceptive tactics.
In 2009, when tickets went
on sale for a series of Bruce
Springsteen concerts, the company displayed a “No Tickets
Found” message on its website,
steering customers to its affiliate in the secondary market,
TicketsNow, where tickets
were offered at much higher
prices. Although Ticketmaster
settled the case with the Federal Trade Commission in 2010,
the GAO found that the company continues to engage in
similarly manipulative practices.
Not all of the problems identified by the GAO can be attributed solely to Live Nation, and
many of them predate the
merger. But there is no question that Live Nation is exploiting the system to its advantage.
The company has sway over
nearly every facet of the liveevent business: recording,
record sales, licensing, talent
management, venue ownership, ticketing services and
even concessions.
Its dominance is reminiscent of the old Hollywood studio system, in which men like
Jack Warner and Louis B. Mayer exerted near total power:
writing and producing all their
movies, holding exclusive contracts with actors, colluding to
control how films were distributed and owning the theaters
in which they were shown. That
system of vertical integration
stifled independent producers
until the Supreme Court forced
studios to sell their theaters.
The ticket marketplace is
and wildly speculative, and federal regulation is nonexistent.
After the Springsteen tickets
fiasco, I introduced the BOSS
Act (Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing) to create better transparency in the
ticketing market. Following
the GAO’s report, I will be reintroducing that legislation
But regulation alone won’t
solve the Live Nation problem.
The company should be broken up.
When the merger was under
consideration, Live Nation’s
lobbyists, led by former executive chairman Irving Azoff, displayed a sense of entitlement
and dismissiveness toward
their customers — a preview of
how the company would wield
its monopolistic power. Without action from Congress and
more stringent enforcement
from the Department of Justice, there is no reason to believe Live Nation Entertainment will behave any differently now.
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.
represents New Jersey’s 9th
Congressional District.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
faces federal
bribery case
Man offered to buy a
home for L.A. County
worker in exchange
for a government
lease, officials say.
By David Zahniser
and Adam Elmahrek
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MEMBERS of the FBI and Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigate the Aliso Viejo blast. “We do not
believe this was an accident,” an FBI official said. Authorities ruled out a theory that a gas main was to blame.
O.C. explosion is being
investigated as homicide
Police seek motive after spa owner killed by mystery device
By Alene
Javier Panzar
and Anh Do
The device had arrived at
the Aliso Viejo day spa by
Tuesday afternoon — but investigators don’t know when
or how it got there, or who
brought it inside.
About 1:10 p.m., the device blew up, shaking the
two-story building so vigorously that people nearby
thought it was an earthquake.
The spa owner, Ildiko
Krajnyak, was killed in the
blast, authorities said. Two
customers had injuries that
required surgery, and one
other person was treated for
smoke inhalation.
For hours Wednesday, in-
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
A LONG BEACH home was among the sites
searched. Officials also interviewed those injured.
vestigators combed the
looking for any piece of evidence that could explain
what happened. The scraps
they discovered — materials
“inconsistent with” what
normally would be found at a
spa — were packed up and
loaded on a plane for shipment to the FBI’s crime lab
in Quantico, Va., where they
will be tested.
“We do not believe this
was an accident,” Paul Delacourt, assistant director of
the FBI’s Los Angeles office,
told reporters Wednesday.
Investigators ruled out a
theory that it was a gas main
Law enforcement officials searched four locations
the damaged business,
[See Explosion, B4]
A Beverly Hills real estate
developer was arrested
Wednesday on a felony
charge of bribing a Los Angeles County employee in exchange for a government
lease worth $45 million, federal law enforcement officials said.
Arman Gabaee, 57, provided the employee about
$1,000 a month over a sixyear period in exchange for
leases, nonpublic information and other benefits, according to the criminal complaint filed last week.
Prosecutors also say
Gabaee, known professionally as Arman Gabay, made
offers to purchase the
county employee a residence
in Santa Rosa for nearly $1.1
million. Those offers were
aimed at persuading the employee to sign off on a 10-year
lease for the county’s Department of Public Social
Services at a Gabaee property in Hawthorne, the complaint said.
Northern California property as “leverage to get the employee’s assistance obtaining the $45-million county
lease,” prosecutors said.
Sachi A. Hamai, the
county’s chief executive,
said in a statement that she
and other officials are
“deeply troubled” by the allegations.
“While we cannot comment on the specifics of this
pending case, we can say
emphatically that we expect
our employees to adhere to
the highest standards of ethical behavior as they conduct the public’s business,”
she said. “Anything less is a
betrayal of the public trust
and will not be tolerated.”
Gabaee appeared in federal court Wednesday and
was released after posting
$1-million bail. His attorney,
Thomas O’Brien, said he
had not received any evidence from the government
that would allow him to “analyze the truth of these allegations.”
“At this point, I have no
further comment,” he said.
Arraignment is set for
June 12. If convicted, Gabaee
faces up to 10 years in prison,
prosecutors said.
Gabaee is co-founder and
Charles Co., a Hollywood
real estate firm that develops projects across the region. In addition, one of his
companies, M & A Gabaee,
has leases with the county
for offices in Pasadena, El
Monte and elsewhere.
Investigators say Gabaee
began giving cash payments
to the county employee, who
handled leases and other
real estate matters, in about
2010 or 2011. Prosecutors contend that after the bribe payments began, the employee
“interference” between Gabaee
and county departments
that leased space from him,
helping out with such issues
as building repairs.
Prosecutors said Gabaee
[See Bribes, B4]
legal aid
for poor
Public defender’s
office lacks resources
to serve immigrants
in L.A., report says.
By Marisa Gerber
Shining light on
female patients’
The pregnant woman on
the other end of the call
sounded despondent. It was
about her partner, she said.
He was a permanent resident, but the government
wanted to deport him.
Keli Reynolds, an immigration attorney, agreed to
take the case and began
studying the 2013 joyriding
charge that triggered the deportation order. The man
had recently pleaded guilty
and accepted a 365-day sentence, but Reynolds knew
that if she could get the punishment reduced to 364 days,
it would no longer be considered an aggravated felony
and wouldn’t require mandatory deportation.
She had spotted the
workaround in a heartbeat,
but the man’s first attorney
— an L.A. County deputy
public defender — had
missed it.
Christian, whom Reynolds identified only by his
first name to protect client
confidentiality, is one of several immigrants highlighted
in an American Civil Liberties Union report released
Wednesday that criticizes
the public defender’s office
for its handling of cases involving clients who aren’t
U.S. citizens.
“There is a crisis today in
our county’s public defender
system,” the report reads,
arguing that the office
“underserves a large and vital segment of the Los Angeles population: the immigrant community.” The report credits the diligence of
many attorneys in the office
“enormous complexity” at
the intersection of federal
[See Report, B5]
You take off
your clothes,
and put on a
thin cotton
gown. You
sit on a
table covered with a crisp white piece
of paper that crackles every
time you move. Your bare
feet dangle. You stare at the
walls and wait. And wait.
Then the doctor walks in.
If the doctor is a man, he
comes in with a female
chaperone. The doctor tells
you to lie back, put your legs
in the metal stirrups on
either side of the table and
scoot down. Toward him.
“A little more, a little
more,” the doctor will say,
until it feels like your bottom
Mom of 10 faces
more charges
of child abuse
Additional evidence
brings new felony
counts against a Bay
Area woman accused of
neglect and torture. B3
is sliding off the table.
Rarely does a woman feel
more vulnerable than when
visiting a gynecologist. She
steels herself, knowing she
will be penetrated. If she is
in for a PAP smear, she
knows it’s going to hurt,
maybe a lot.
But she expects to be
treated gently and with
respect. She trusts the
doctor will be professional
and not make jokes about
how “tight” her vagina is, or
how attractive she is or how
smooth her skin is.
When a woman is young,
the experience can be
slightly terrifying. When she
is older, she is perhaps no
longer terrified, but still
mortified that someone who
is not an intimate partner is
touching her in a deeply
[See Abcarian, B4]
War reporter,
editor dies
Frank McCulloch
covered the Vietnam
conflict for Time and
was later a managing
editor of The Times. B5
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Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA’S polarized electorate has blunted the moderating aim of the “top-
two” primary. Democrat Gavin Newsom is likely to finish first in governor’s race.
A not-so-open primary
in sacramento
On paper,
“top two” open
primary made
sense: When
one political
party dominated an election, the
weaker party could support
a consolation moderate.
This seemed especially
beneficial for Republican
voters in statewide races.
The GOP was plummeting
into irrelevance. Rather
than a lefty Democrat being
elected almost automatically over a noncompetitive Republican nominee, there’d be a second, less
objectionable Democrat on
the ballot.
Republicans could swing
the election toward the
lesser of two evils.
But the whole theory
collapses if voters are so
polarized that they refuse to
vote for any candidate from
the other party.
That’s what we’re potentially looking at this year in
the gubernatorial election
to replace fiscal centrist
Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Republican and
Democratic voter bases are
hyper-polarized. They’re
mistrustful and intolerant
of each other. Democrats
easily have the upper hand
in California, out-registering declining Republicans by 44.6% to 25.3%.
Independents are nearly as
numerous as Republicans,
totaling 25.1% of registered
voters, and they lean Democratic.
The dynamics are these:
The most liberal of the
major Democratic candi[See Skelton, B6]
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Did drugmakers’ gifts fuel crisis?
Research says doctors
who got freebies
tended to prescribe
more opioid pills.
Health officials hoping to
stem the opioid crisis might
want to pay attention to
what doctors eat for lunch.
A new research letter
reports that doctors who
received free meals and
other kinds of payments
from pharmaceutical companies tended to prescribe
more opioid painkillers to
their patients over the
course of a year. Meanwhile,
doctors who didn’t get such
freebies cut back on their
opioid prescriptions.
The finding was reported
Monday in the journal
JAMA Internal Medicine.
A team led by Dr. Scott E.
Hadland of Boston Medical
Center’s Grayken Center for
Addiction examined Medicare data and found that
369,139 physicians prescribed an opioid painkiller
at least 10 times in 2015
under one of the insurance
program’s Part D plans.
Then they consulted the
Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services’ Open
Payments database and
found that 25,767 (or 7%) of
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THE MORE free meals and payments a doctor got from pharmaceutical compa-
nies in 2014, the more opioid prescriptions he or she wrote in 2015, a study found.
these same doctors received
“opioid-related payments”
from drug companies in
The payments added up
to just over $9 million, according to the report.
For doctors on the receiving end of this largesse,
payments most often came
in the form of food. The
companies bought 97,020
meals at a total cost of $1.8
million, and the median
value of these breakfasts,
lunches and dinners was $13.
(That means half of the
meals cost more than this
amount, and half cost less.)
The most expensive
category for the drug companies was “speaking fees
and/or honoraria.” These
funds went to only 3,115
recipients, but the payments were worth a combined $6.2 million, Hadland
and his colleagues found.
In addition, 1,862 physicians received $730,824
worth of travel, 360 doctors
were paid $290,395 in consulting fees, and 3,011 clinicians got $79,660 in funds
related to education.
None of the $9 million
was used to fund medical
research, the study authors
The physicians who
received these payments
prescribed opioid painkillers an average of 539
times in 2015. That figure
was higher than the average
for 2014.
By contrast, the doctors
who did not receive payments from pharmaceutical
companies prescribed
opioids an average of 134
times in 2015. That figure
was lower than in 2014.
The more meals a doctor
was treated to in 2014, the
more opioid prescriptions
he or she wrote in 2015. After
controlling for other factors,
the researchers calculated
that for each additional
meal over the course of the
year, the number of opioid
prescriptions rose by 0.7%.
The findings don’t prove
that payments to doctors
prompted them to write
more prescriptions for
painkillers at a time when
most of their colleagues
were cutting back. It’s possible that doctors who were
more inclined to prescribe
opioid painkillers in the first
place were also more likely
to be hired by drugmakers
to give speeches, consult on
medical issues or perform
other services.
Still, the link between
drug company payments
and opioid prescriptions
deserves further scrutiny in
light of the nation’s opioid
epidemic, the study authors
wrote. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 115
Americans die each day as a
result of an opioid overdose,
and the road to addiction
typically starts with a legitimately prescribed painkiller.
“Our findings suggest
that manufacturers should
consider a voluntary decrease or complete cessation of marketing to physicians,” they concluded.
“Federal and state governments should also consider
legal limits on the number
and amount of payments.”
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group of California’s Democratic state senators wants
to nearly triple Gov. Jerry
Brown’s proposed spending
for low-income and homeless housing.
The plan would put
$1 billion of the state’s projected $8.8-billion tax windfall toward financing low-
income housing projects,
supporting local efforts to
provide rental assistance
and shelters for homeless
residents, and funding other
programs. By comparison,
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unveiled last week.
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The senators’ $1-billion
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larger plan that would allocate $5 billion toward similar programs over the next
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an estimated 8,500 homes
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T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
State STD rate
hits new high
for third year
Experts blame trend,
mirrored nationwide,
on falling condom use,
fewer public clinics.
By Soumya
More Californians were
diagnosed with chlamydia,
gonorrhea or syphilis in 2017
than ever before, marking
the third year in a row that
the state’s sexually transmitted disease cases hit a
record high, officials said.
The trend is mirrored
nationwide, where STDs
have been rising for five
years. Experts blame the increases on falling condom
use, fewer public health clinics and people having more
sexual partners linked to
dating apps.
“STDs are preventable
by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can
be cured with antibiotics,”
California Department of
Public Health Director Dr.
Karen Smith said in a statement. “Regular testing and
treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people
who have no symptoms.
Most people infected with an
STD do not know it.”
More than 300,000 people
in the state were diagnosed
with syphilis, gonorrhea or
chlamydia last year, a 45%
increase compared to five
years ago, state officials said.
Officials said they were
especially concerned that as
the number of women with
syphilis has jumped, so has
the number of babies born
with syphilis passed from
their mothers. Congenital
syphilis, as it is known, can
cause stillbirths or permanent disabilities.
Since 2013, the number of
babies in California born
with congenital syphilis has
more than quadrupled — to
278 last year. There were
more babies born with congenital syphilis in California
in 2017 than there have been
since 1995, state data show.
There were 47 babies born
with congenital syphilis in
L.A. County alone last year.
Of the state’s 58 counties,
Los Angeles County had the
third-highest rate of gonorrhea, the eighth-highest rate
of chlamydia and the ninthhighest rate of primary and
secondary syphilis. The
county had the 14th-highest
rate of congenital syphilis.
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INA ROGERS, center, walks to Solano County Superior Court, where she was taken into custody Wednesday.
Bay Area woman’s
child abuse case grows
Ina Rogers, who’s
accused of torturing
nine of 10 kids, faces
nine new felonies.
By Brittny Mejia
Christina House Los Angeles Times
MORE THAN 300,000 Californians were diagnosed
with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia last year.
Builders can pay to
avoid planting trees
By Dakota Smith
Developers, businesses
and homeowners in Los Angeles who are required by
the city to replace or plant
trees can instead apply to
pay a fee to get out of the obligation under a new levy
system approved Tuesday
by the City Council.
The City Council voted 13
to 1 to create the fee, which
officials say will raise money
to fund tree planting in
nearby areas. Backers say
that several other cities, including San Francisco, have
similar fees to pay for trees.
Several groups opposed
the decision, urging the city
to create a comprehensive
urban forest plan before
passing the fee, including a
determination of which tree
species is needed in each
“Without structure, the
money collected by in-lieu
fees is subject to mismanagement by city officials,”
said Jacky Surber, a landscape designer who spoke at
a news event organized by
the Coalition to Preserve
L.A. before Tuesday’s council hearing.
Paul Krekorian, the only
council member to vote
against the fee, also said the
city needs a master plan to
manage its trees. He questioned the disparity in the
fee system, which will charge
large developers $2,612 for a
tree and smaller developers
and homeowners $267.
City Councilman Bob
Blumenfield, who chairs the
Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, said he
would like to see a higher fee
for homeowners but led his
colleagues in voting for the
plan. He said he supports
the program because it addresses problems with the
city’s tree replanting efforts.
Developers and homeowners typically are required to plant two trees for
every tree removed in the
public right of way, while developers are required to
plant multiple trees at some
multi-unit projects.
Under existing city regulations, developers and
homeowners can buy a tree
and send it to the city’s Bureau of Street Services to
satisfy their replanting obligation. But in some cases,
those trees have died before
they could be replanted,
Blumenfield said.
The city also receives
species of trees that aren’t
appropriate, officials said.
The fee is supported by
business groups, including
the Central City Assn. of Los
Angeles. Shane Phillips, the
group’s director of public
policy, said at a hearing on
the fee this year that it’s difficult to plant trees on small
lots with large buildings.
“This actually will allow
for a more rational approach
to tree planting, where we
can actually plan and plant
entire corridors, rather than
having trees planted just
where development happens to take place and leaving everywhere else kind of
blank,” Phillips said.
It’s unclear how much
money the fee will bring in. A
city report released this year
$618,060 could be raised over
about eight or nine months.
Each applicant must get
a determination from the
city that it’s not feasible to
plant trees on the site, Blumenfield’s office said. The
councilman said the city’s
priority is to replant on site
rather than accept the fee.
The City Council must
also approve the locations
for those trees that are
planted using the in-lieu fees
under an amendment added
to the ordinance. The ordinance also must return the
the council for a second vote.
Additional counts of felony child abuse have been
filed against a Fairfield, Calif., mother, nine of whose 10
children are believed to have
been tortured, according to
Ina Rogers, 30, appeared
before a Solano County Superior Court judge Wednesday after having already
been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.
That single count was
based on squalid conditions
that the police found in the
family’s home.
After the children were
removed from the residence,
further investigation revealed additional crimes
had occurred, the Solano
County district attorney’s
office said in a statement.
The court granted a motion to add nine felony
counts of child abuse or child
endangerment. The court
set bail on the additional
charges at $495,000, and
Rogers was taken into custody.
“We believe that we can
prove beyond a reasonable
doubt … the allegations that
she committed nine felony
counts of child abuse,” Sharon Henry, chief deputy district attorney, said Tuesday.
The investigation began
when Rogers’ 12-year-old
son went missing, prompting her to call the police
March 31.
The boy was found asleep
under a bush in a neighbor’s
Inside the home, officers
found spoiled food, trash
and feces strewn across the
floors and clutter blocking
the walkways.
Nine children, ages 4
months to 11 years, were inside.
The discovery triggered a
six-week child abuse investigation that uncovered disturbing allegations. Authorities said this week that nine
of the children had been tortured as far back as 2014,
with eight of them describing attacks that caused
puncture wounds, burns
and bruising, and involved
repeatedly getting shot with
a pellet gun. Some had visible scars.
Jonathan Allen, 29, who is
the biological father of some
of the children, faces seven
counts of torture and nine
counts of felony child abuse,
authorities said. He was arrested Friday and is being
held in lieu of more than $5million bail. He has pleaded
not guilty.
In an interview from jail,
Allen told reporters that he
is innocent and that the evidence will prove it. Allen said
he hopes to reunite with his
“I’m not 100% perfect, I’m
not perfect, no one is perfect,” Allen said. “But I am
not an animal, I’m not a torturer and I’m not a monster.
I’m just not.”
Rogers and Allen are
scheduled to return to court
May 24.
Twitter: @Brittny_Mejia
Charges filed over reptiles
Thousand Oaks man
is accused of animal
cruelty after snakes
escape from property.
By Brittny Mejia
The case began with a
neighbor spotting a cobra
slithering onto the neighbor’s
promptly using a car to
squash it.
Animal control officers
who responded to the Thousand Oaks neighborhood
last summer soon discovered a menagerie of alligators and dozens of venomous snakes allegedly belonging to a man named
Todd Kates.
Nearly a year later, Kates
has been charged with 14 felony counts of cruelty to an
animal and 26 misdemeanor
Fish and Game Code and
California Code of Regulations counts related to the
care and housing of the animals, the Ventura County
district attorney’s office
determined the snake had come
from the home next to the
neighbor who spotted the
cobra. And it wasn’t the first
time a snake had made a
great escape from the property.
In 2014 an albino monocled cobra had escaped and
eluded capture for days
while keeping locals on edge.
That snake ultimately was
captured but not before biting a 7-year-old whippet
named Teko.
After the most recent incident, a search warrant was
executed at Kates’ home
July 6.
During the search “numerous exotic animals were
found on the property in
Photographs by Al
Seib Los Angeles Times
AN ALLIGATOR found at the property in July. “Numerous exotic animals were
found on the property in poor health,” the district attorney’s office said.
TODD KATES faces a maximum penalty of 11 years
and eight months in jail. Above, his arrest in July.
poor health and unsanitary
conditions,” according to
the district attorney’s office.
In addition, Kates allegedly
lacked proper permits for
the animals.
Altogether, about 84
snakes were recovered, as
well as tortoises, birds and
other animals, officials said
at the time. Inside a murky
pool on the Thousand Oaks
property, officers found
eight crocodilians, each 2 to
3 feet long.
Kates faces a maximum
penalty of 11 years and eight
months in jail.
“The Los Angeles County
Department of Animal Care
and Control (DACC) is
thankful for the work done
by the Ventura County District Attorney and Sheriff ’s
Department,” the department said in a statement.
“DACC strongly discourages any resident from owning or keeping dangerous
reptiles that can cause harm
to the community, and are
kept against lawful regulations.”
Twitter: @Brittny_Mejia
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
arrested in
bribery case
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
INVESTIGATORS are uncertain how or when an explosive arrived at the Aliso Viejo day spa on Tuesday.
It did not travel through the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or United Parcel Service, authorities said.
Blast victim remembered
as hard worker, vivacious
[Explosion, from B1]
Krajnyak’s home in Trabuco
Canyon and a Long Beach
residence of one of her business associates. Authorities
are examining the victim’s
romantic, personal and financial relationships, according to sources familiar
with the investigation who
were not authorized to
speak publicly.
The explosion is being
treated as a homicide, and
investigators were interviewing those who were injured. As of Wednesday evening, no one had been arrested and the motive remained a mystery.
“We have hundreds of investigators of all disciplines
working around the clock to
get to the bottom of this matter,” Delacourt said.
A spokeswoman for the
U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the device that
caused the explosion did not
travel through the Postal
Service mail system. It
didn’t go through FedEx or
United Parcel Service either,
according to a law enforcement source.
Delacourt said there was
no indication of other
threats or of secondary devices in the community.
For much of the day
Wednesday, TV news vans
lined the curb of Drover
Court in Trabuco Canyon,
where the victim lived with
her family.
Krajnyak, 48, as a vivacious
world traveler. She worked
two jobs and “could talk to
everyone,” said Tiffany, a
neighbor who declined to
give her last name. Krajnyak
worked for three decades as
an aesthetician, according
to public records and her
LinkedIn account.
“She worked so, so hard,
always trying to make money to support her family and
sent her son to private
school,” Tiffany said. “She
would go on trips, come back
home and 45 minutes later,
walk back out, heading to
The victim had lived in
the neighborhood for at
least 12 years, along with her
mother, her husband and
her son, who attends college
in Washington state. Neighbors have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise
money to fly him home after
his finals.
“This poor family, no one
is prepared for anything like
this,” Tiffany said, adding
that they were trying to contact other family members
in Hungary.
On Wednesday evening,
Krajnyak’s cousin, Eva Boni,
and a family friend, Irene
White, emerged from the victim’s Trabuco Canyon home
to speak with reporters.
“Family always came first
for Ildiko,” White said. “We
would like to privately
mourn a mother, a wife, a
daughter and a friend.”
The explosion rattled the
suburban Orange County
community and sparked a
massive response from law
Andrew Dyjak, the owner
of a massage business inside
the building, said he realized
it wasn’t an earthquake
when he saw the devastation
“There was one part of
the building that was destroyed, like really destroyed,” he said. “No windows, glass, and we noticed a
small fire.”
Glass was everywhere,
and part of the building’s
walls were damaged, Dyjak
Augustine Tolar had
been driving to lunch along
Moulton Parkway, passing
Oso Parkway, when the
explosion caused him to
“I knew right away there
would be a fatality. No way in
hell could someone survive
that big of a hit,” said the
customer service clerk from
Laguna Niguel.
Laguna Niguel retiree
Judith Hoel was sitting in a
dental chair inside the
Ocean Valley Dental Center
across the street from the
building, about to get her
teeth cleaned, when she
heard a “huge boom” and the
clinic shook.
“It’s terrible to say, but I
hoped it was an accident and
not something that would be
worse,” she said. “It’s a
frightening world today.”
Times staff writer Richard
Winton contributed to this
[Bribes, from B1]
had been seeking a new lease
at 12000 Hawthorne Blvd. in
Hawthorne, a property that
the county had leased for
more than a decade.
In 2011, the county Board
of Supervisors signed off on
a five-year lease renewal for
the site, extending the rental
agreement to 2017. At the
time, county officials were
using the location for welfare
fraud investigations and
other purposes.
In 2016, the county employee began cooperating
with the FBI, agreeing to
record conversations with
Gabaee and others, the complaint says.
The employee acknowledged accepting “numerous
Gabaee and others,” as well
as committing — or attempting to commit — tax
fraud and bankruptcy fraud,
the document says. The employee also wants federal officials to consider that cooperation when they address “certain illegal acts”
the witness has committed.
FBI agents secretly recorded at least nine phone
calls between Gabaee and
the county employee, who is
not named in the complaint
and is identified only as “Cooperating Witness 1.” Agents
also recorded at least eight
in-person meetings between
the two and intercepted several phone calls by Gabaee
to other people.
At one breakfast meeting, Gabaee expressed concern that there were cameras “all over the … place,”
according to the complaint.
At another, he warned the
county employee that he
might have to speak with a
high-ranking elected official
about securing the longterm lease in Hawthorne,
the document says.
The complaint did not
identify the elected official.
FBI agents also recorded
Gabaee discussing efforts to
purchase a home in Northern California for the county
employee. In April 2017, prosecutors said, Gabaee identified a 3,000-square-foot
house in Santa Rosa wine
country, making an offer for
That same month, federal agents intercepted a call
in which the county worker
told Gabaee “Hawthorne
can move forward,” according to the complaint.
“I’m gonna move forward
with the 10-year” — a reference to the duration of the
lease, the document says.
According to investigators, Gabaee was grateful to
hear the news, telling the
county employee, “I can’t
thank you enough.”
The lease drawn up by
the employee called for the
county to pay a base
monthly rent of $324,120,
with the potential for yearly
increases. After telling the
employee he had signed an
offer on the Santa Rosa
property, Gabaee began asking about more favorable
terms for the rental agreement, including a commitment from the county to cover janitorial and utility costs.
Not long after Gabaee received a copy of the proposed lease, FBI agents approached him and told him
they were aware of the alleged bribe, according to
the complaint. Gabaee’s
offer on the Santa Rosa
property was withdrawn
“within hours,” the document says.
County Supervisor Janice Hahn said the allegations, if true, are “a reprehensible case of corruption
and a betrayal of public
At the county, “we have
no room for individuals only
looking to enrich themselves
on the public’s dime,” she
said in a statement.
Hamai, the county CEO,
said that before learning of
the federal investigation,
launched “extensive reviews” of leasing practices,
which have resulted in new
policies. The county initially
held off on taking any personnel actions, she said, to
avoid interfering with the
federal investigation.
“Eventually, based on the
county’s own investigation,
the county moved to terminate one employee, who resigned in lieu of termination
in August 2017,” she said.
Who is protecting vulnerable young patients?
[Abcarian, from B1]
private place. She grits her
teeth and hopes the exam
ends quickly.
I think this is why revelations about the alleged
behavior of a longtime male
gynecologist at USC’s student health clinic hit me so
hard. They come on the
heels of the terrible news out
of Michigan State University about Larry Nassar,
the cruelly abusive osteopathic physician who sexually brutalized hundreds of
women, including America’s
top female gymnasts, and
will probably end up dying
in prison.
In an investigation published this week, my colleagues Harriet Ryan, Paul
Pringle and Matt Hamilton
reported that, for years,
students and chaperones
lodged complaints about
USC physician George
Tyndall, the clinic’s only
full-time gynecologist. They
said he made sexually
charged remarks about his
patients’ bodies, touched
them inappropriately during pelvic exams and photographed their genitals.
Some of his colleagues
feared that he singled out
Chinese students with
limited English, who may
not have known what was
proper and what was not.
I will tell you this,
though: If a doctor did to my
daughter what Tyndall did
to his patients, I would urge
her to file a sexual assault
complaint. With police. Not
with USC, which allowed
Tyndall’s misconduct to go
on for decades.
As The Times discovered, Tyndall had been the
subject of numerous complaints from nurses and
medical assistants who
served as chaperones in his
DR. GEORGE Tyndall
has said he did nothing
wrong and that his examinations were proper.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
DESPITE NUMEROUS complaints, USC let Dr. George Tyndall keep practicing until a frustrated nurse
reported his behavior to the campus rape crisis center in 2016. Above, the Engemann Student Health Center.
exam room.
Imagine that: A clinic
puts a chaperone in a room
for protection and when the
chaperone reports questionable behavior by the
doctor, the clinic ignores it.
What, then, is the actual
point of having chaperones
in the exam room? And who,
actually, is being protected?
(Cynical answer: doctors.)
A number of chaperones
reported that they were
bothered by the way Tyndall
would insert his fingers into
women’s vaginas before
inserting a speculum to
check their cervixes.
Despite numerous complaints, university and clinic
administrators allowed
Tyndall to keep practicing
until a frustrated nurse
reported his behavior to the
campus rape crisis center in
2016, my colleagues reported.
I’d like to single her out
as a hero of this tale. Her
name is Cindy Gilbert. She
had reported Tyndall’s
behavior on multiple occasions, but no one seemed
interested until she found
an ally in Ekta Kumar, executive director of the rape
crisis center.
This time, USC officials
concluded that the doctor’s
behavior was outside the
scope of current medical
practice and amounted to
sexual harassment. And yet,
none of Tyndall’s patients
over nearly three decades at
the university was notified;
he was allowed to quietly
resign in 2017.
This is yet another black
eye for USC, which allowed
substance-abusing retina
surgeon Carmen Puliafito to
remain on its medical school
faculty and continue to
accept new patients after he
resigned as dean of the
medical school. His resignation followed the drug overdose of a young woman in
his hotel room.
Perhaps Tyndall did not
brutalize young women the
way that Nassar did. And
maybe, unlike Nassar, Tyndall won’t be prosecuted.
That’s too bad. If what he
is accused of is true, then he
routinely violated the bodies, and the trust, of the
vulnerable young women
who were his patients. No
one in a position powerful
enough to stop him wanted
to believe it.
Now, generations of his
patients are reading the
news stories, reliving his
touch and wondering what
they should have done.
“I felt ashamed that I let
that happen to me,” one of
his former patients told The
Times. “More than anything, I was mad at USC for
allowing that to happen.”
Twitter: @AbcarianLAT
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
FR A NK Mc CUL LOCH, 1920 - 2018
War reporter and onetime editor at Times
associated press
who covered the Vietnam War from
the front lines and
later worked as an
editor at newspapers across
the U.S., including as a onetime managing editor of the
Los Angeles Times, died this
week. He was 98.
McCulloch died Monday
at a Santa Rosa, Calif., nursing facility where he’d been
treated for a brief illness,
said Warren Lerude, a longtime friend and colleague.
The son of a rural Nevada
rancher, McCulloch got his
start in journalism at the
Sagebrush, the student
newspaper of the University
of Nevada, Reno.
He covered crime, sports
and politics for the Reno
Evening Gazette starting in
the late 1940s and served as
Saigon bureau chief for the
Amy Beck Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter
Frank McCulloch reported from Saigon and later
worked as managing editor at the L.A. Times.
Time-Life News Service during the Vietnam War.
President Lyndon B.
Johnson was enraged by McCulloch’s reporting in 1966
that the administration was
planning to increase U.S.
forces in Southeast Asia to
545,000, Lerude said.
The late journalist and
historian David Halberstam
once recalled the time a reporter in Washington raised
the topic of troop escalation
with Johnson, “who famously
Time’s bald-headed Saigon
bureau chief had been wandering around in the sun
without a hat and was addled.” The reporting eventually proved correct.
“I wasn’t any genius,” McCulloch later told the University of Nevada alumni
magazine. “I just had the
McCulloch wrote several
Time magazine cover stories, including a 1955 piece on
Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall.
Lerude said McCulloch
was the last reporter to interview Howard Hughes
when, in 1958, the reclusive
billionaire took him on a
flight in one of his new
McCulloch went on to top
positions at papers including the Los Angeles Times.
There, in 1961, he helped
oversee an investigation into
Photographs by
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
DEPUTY Public Defender Alisa Blair rallies with others in February, holding a sign opposing her new boss,
Nicole Davis Tinkham, whose office was faulted by the ACLU for underserving immigrant defendants.
Public defender criticized
[Report, from B1]
immigration law and state
criminal law, adding that the
problem stems from being
“grossly under-resourced.”
The 61-page report, which
relied on confidential interviews with dozens of attorneys in the public defender’s
office, ultimately makes an
appeal to the L.A. County
Board of Supervisors to fund
15 more attorneys in the office’s immigration unit. The
report says that the office of
roughly 700 lawyers has only
two designated immigration
law experts.
Because individuals in
immigration court don’t
have the right to free representation, it’s crucial they
get a vital defense from their
court-appointed lawyers in
criminal cases, said attorney
Andrés Dae Keun Kwon,
who wrote the report. In Los
Angeles County, he said,
public defenders “are the
first line of defense against
Trump’s deportation machine.”
In a statement to The
Times, Interim Public Defender Nicole Davis Tinkham defended the office,
saying it has “always been
committed to providing
strong representation to all
of our clients, including immigrants, who are facing
some unique challenges in
this difficult period.”
“We are still reviewing the
ACLU report but our initial
assessment is that it is
based on incomplete information about our practices,” Tinkham said, adding
that employees from the office recently met with immigration advocates. The office understands the importance of the issue, she said,
noting that they’re already
in budget discussions with
the county’s chief executive
and Board of Supervisors.
L.A. County Supervisor
Hilda Solis said in a statement that the board plans to
beef up the office’s immigra-
THE office is “grossly under-resourced,” the ACLU
report says. Above, deputy public defenders protest.
tion unit. They’re working to
add eight lawyers to the unit
this year, she wrote, “with
the goal of adding more next
year depending on need.”
“The county and the public defender’s office is moving forward to ensure everyone, regardless of citizenship status, has access to
high-quality legal representation,” she wrote. “Increasing immigration law training
across county departments
is essential.”
The ACLU report argues
that the office should require attorneys to receive
foundational training about
the intersection of criminal
and immigration law. Currently, the report says, only
new hires have to get that
type of training.
California law requires
judges to offer a blanket
warning to defendants before accepting a guilty or no
contest plea in a criminal
case. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, the judge advises, a conviction could lead to deportation, exclusion from the
U.S. or denial of naturalization.
L.A. County Superior
Court Judge Sergio C. Tapia
said he pays careful attention to how defendants respond to his advisement.
Their answers, he said, can
serve as hints.
“There have been times
where I suspect that, perhaps, a defendant is not getting adequate advice,” said
Tapia, a former L.A. County
deputy public defender.
When that happens, he gives
the defendant a chance to
talk to their attorney about
any concerns. Defense lawyers sometimes then ask for
more time to research an immigration issue, the judge
said, noting that he has
granted the requests in the
The judge said he’s had
concerns in cases involving
both public defenders and
private defense lawyers,
adding that it seems to happen more frequently among
private lawyers. Still, he
said, he supports the
ACLU’s call for more immigration personnel and training within his former office.
“It’s long overdue,” Tapia
said. “For the immigrant
community, it’s critical that
the office addresses this issue.”
For Christian, whose
family moved to the U.S.
when he was a toddler, his
partner’s dejected phone
call to Reynolds a few years
ago shifted the trajectory of
his life. After noticing the
365-versus-364 issue, Reyn-
olds asked her client about
the discrepancy.
“He had no idea the difference between that day,”
she recalled. Reynolds then
contacted the public defender’s office and eventually
spoke to one of the office’s
two immigration experts,
who asked, “What needs to
be done?”
“He needs a 364-day sentence, which he should’ve
gotten from the beginning,”
Reynolds recalled saying.
The public defender’s office
acted immediately, she said,
and helped secure the lowered sentence.
By that time, an immigration judge had already
ordered Christian’s removal
and the case had gone to the
Board of Immigration Appeals, a panel that interprets
and applies immigration
law. After Reynolds provided paperwork showing
the new sentence, the case
was returned to immigration court, where a judge terminated the removal proceedings.
Another of Reynolds’ clients, Norberto, also faced
the possibility of deportation after taking an illadvised plea.
In 2015, Norberto, who
was initially represented by
the public defender’s office,
pleaded guilty to possession
for sale of methamphetamine. Although it sounds
counterintuitive, he would
have been better off pleading
up to the more serious, but
not deportable, offense of
transporting methamphetamine, so Reynolds filed a
motion asking the trial judge
to amend the plea. The judge
granted the request and the
removal proceedings were
Both of her clients, Reynolds said, ultimately got to
keep their green cards.
Twitter: @marisagerber
the John Birch Society, an
early project championed by
publisher Otis Chandler.
The stories described the
Birchers’ extremist tactics
and positions and depicted
them as a threat to the
American way of life. The series was notable because
some members of Chandler’s family belonged to the
society. Many considered
the series a turning point in
Chandler’s transformation
of The Times into a top journalistic institution.
Columbia University’s
Graduate School of Journalism presented McCulloch its
highest award in 1984 “for
singular journalistic performance in the public interest” and “overarching accomplishment and distinguished service to journalism.”
He is survived by two
grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
The trouble with the ‘top 2’ open primary
[Skelton, from B1]
dates is Lt. Gov. Gavin
Newsom, the former San
Francisco mayor. He has led
everyone from the start,
based on polls. He’s expected to win the top spot in
the June 5 primary and
advance to the November
The crucial primary race
is for the second runoff spot.
Under top-two rules, a
candidate’s party doesn’t
If the second-place finisher is a Republican —
Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox or Huntington Beach Assemblyman
Travis Allen — Newsom’s
election in November is
virtually clinched. Neither
weak Republican could
attract enough independents, let alone Democrats,
to win.
Newsom was extraordinarily candid about that
during a televised debate
last week. Candidates were
asked whether they’d rather
face a Democrat or a Republican during the general
“A Republican would be
ideal,” Newsom quickly
replied, smiling. Turning to
Cox and Allen, he added:
“Either one of these will do.”
No Republican has won a
statewide race in California
since 2006.
There are two relatively
moderate Democrats on the
ballot: Former Los Angeles
mayor and Assembly
speaker Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer
John Chiang. Another De-
mocrat, former state
schools chief Delaine
Eastin, is as liberal as Newsom without the campaign
Much of the business
community is rooting quietly for Villaraigosa. But it
hasn’t helped him.
“Until there’s evidence a
candidate has a chance,
people aren’t looking to go
stick a finger in Newsom’s
eye,” one business strategist
told me.
Villaraigosa should have
some appeal to Republicans: As mayor, he took on
the powerful teachers union
in a partially successful
effort to improve schools.
He chopped paychecks and
pensions of city employees
to balance the budget.
And he has repeatedly
branded as “snake oil”
outrageously expensive
single-payer healthcare
legislation pitched by Newsom.
Republicans could vote
in the primary for Villaraigosa or Chiang and guarantee real competition against
Newsom in November. But
they’re apparently not in
the mood to help any Democrat, especially when
California Democrats and
President Trump are at war.
“It’s the reflection of the
times,” says Mark
DiCamillo, polling director
for the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. “It’s hyper-partisanship…. Republicans have
come to the judgment that
they’re going to vote for one
of the Republicans.”
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
IF JOHN COX or another Republican finishes second in the open primary for
governor, a Democrat who finishes first is all but assured of election in November.
In a late April survey, the
pollster found these results:
Newsom 30%, Cox 18%,
Allen 16%, Villaraigosa 9%,
Chiang 7%, Eastin 4%, undecided or “other” 16%.
Since then TV ads have
been running, so the standings may have changed.
DiCamillo’s most significant finding was this: Villaraigosa and Chiang each
drew only 1% of the Republican vote, Newsom 2%. Cox
and Allen attracted 2% and
3%, respectively, of Democrats’ support.
So voters aren’t buying
into the open-primary
concept of alternative
Inserting a bipartisan
election process into partisan politics has generated
loud squeaks and stout
“Voters don’t have an
inclination to vote for someone from the other party,”
veteran Democratic consultant Bill Carrick says. “In
the past, they voted with the
other side a little more.
There were Reagan Demo-
crats and Clinton Republicans.”
The main goal of openprimary advocates was to
moderate the Legislature.
After several summers of
embarrassing itself with
childish budget gridlocks,
the Legislature was forced
to place an open-primary
measure on the ballot in
exchange for a late-night tax
vote by then-Sen. Abel
Maldonado (R-Santa
Maria). Voters approved the
measure in 2010.
The perpetual budget
battle snafu was resolved
when the electorate lowered
the required legislative vote
for a budget from two-thirds
to a simple majority. But has
the Legislature become
more moderate?
Democrats are “somewhat more moderate,” says
Eric McGhee, politics researcher for the Public
Policy Institute of California. But he adds: “There
is no evidence of increased
moderation among Republicans.”
The Democrats’ moderation probably also results
from two other reforms, he
says: honest redistricting of
legislative seats and moreflexible term limits.
Marty Wilson, political
strategist for the California
Chamber of Commerce,
says there’s talk of scuttling
open primaries for statewide races but retaining
them for legislative and
congressional contests.
“It’s a little premature to
say the system is not working,” he says. “Let’s see how
it comes out this year.”
Fine. But if there were
party nominations again for
governor, it might lure more
qualified Republicans into
the race. There’d be a guaranteed ballot slot for a Republican in November.
Depending on what
happens this November,
maybe we should consider
reforming the reform.
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
to save
Long-shot bid aims to
overturn FCC’s repeal
of net neutrality.
By Jim Puzzanghera
Cliff Lipson CBS
THREE new shows on the CBS schedule have African American lead actors, including Damon Wayans Jr., right, in “Happy Together.”
CBS chief ducks media
as legal fight heats up
Leslie Moonves misses an annual breakfast amid battle with Redstones
By Stephen Battaglio
Since 1996, CBS has unveiled its new fall
prime-time program schedule at a news
media breakfast in its storied Black Rock
headquarters in Manhattan with CBS
Chairman Leslie Moonves.
The annual event, known informally as
Lox with Les, is a tradition during the week
of TV network presentations for the advertising community.
But Moonves skipped the gathering
Wednesday for the first time since its inception, when he was president of the network’s entertainment division, as the cloud
of litigation hangs over the future of CBS.
CBS filed a temporary restraining order
Monday seeking an injunction to block the
effort of its controlling shareholder, National Amusements, and Shari Redstone to
merge the company with Viacom.
The legal showdown could free CBS
from the control of the Redstone family or
eventually lead to the departure of
Dennis Van Tine TNS
CBS CHAIRMAN Leslie Moonves decided it was
better to avoid the media breakfast before the upfront presentation rather than face reporters.
Moonves, who has successfully led the company as a free-standing entity since it separated from Viacom in 2006.
On Wednesday, a Delaware judge issued
a temporary restraining order to prevent
any changes to CBS or its board.
Moonves, who can be counted on to deliver blunt opinions about the media industry, and his advisors decided it was better to
avoid the breakfast held before the presentation rather than face inquisitive reporters.
“Leslie sends his regards,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told reporters at the event. “He always enjoys this
breakfast and wanted to be here. But he
said when the number of questions he
couldn’t answer outweigh the number of
questions he could, he thought it might be a
good year to sit this one out.”
Moonves did not address the company’s
issues when he took the stage at the upfront presentation Wednesday afternoon
at Carnegie Hall. But the audience, which
[See CBS upfront, C3]
Senate on Wednesday narrowly advanced a Democratic-led attempt to retain
net neutrality regulations,
the first step in a long-shot
bid to keep the online traffic
rules on the federal books
before their repeal takes effect in June.
The effort, which has
built momentum in recent
weeks, also is intended to elevate net neutrality as a political issue in the fall elections.
themselves as defenders of
the rights of Americans to
unfettered access to the internet by keeping protections in place that they said
would prevent telecommunications companies from
serving as gatekeepers for
online content.
“This issue presents a
stark contrast: Are you on
the side of the large internet
and cable companies, or are
you on the side of the average American family?” said
Senate Democratic leader
Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.). “This is our chance,
our best chance, to make
sure the internet stays accessible and affordable for
all Americans,” he said as
the debate began.
But most Republicans
opposed the effort, saying
the regulations were potentially too onerous and
Democrats were trying to
use the issue for partisan
gains in November.
Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) called it a “highly politicized campaign” that was
filled with “fear-mongering
hypotheticals, misdirection
and outright false claims.”
The measure, approved
[See Net neutrality, C5]
McCarthy and
Pelosi aid each
other’s voters
My colleague
Mark Z.
expertly laid
out last week
the chances of
two leading
members of
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Kevin McCarthy
(R-Bakersfield), making
history after the November
That would happen if
Pelosi keeps her post as
leader of House Democrats
and McCarthy becomes
leader of House Republicans. It would be the first
time the leaders of both
party caucuses hail from the
same state.
As Barabak observed
further, the Californias
represented by Pelosi and
McCarthy look like two
different states. We have a
further observation: For
some reason, the policies
promoted by Pelosi help the
average resident of Bakersfield, while the policies
promoted by McCarthy
undermine his own constituents’ standard of living
while lavishly gifting Pelosi’s
constituents — in fact, the
wealthiest of Pelosi’s constituents.
Before we get into the
details, let’s examine the
economic and political gulf
separating these two communities.
The median income in
Bakersfield is a bit more
than half that in San Francisco, $59,000 to $104,000; the
average hourly wage in
Bakersfield is about twothirds of the Bay Area’s
level, average monthly rent
is less than one-third that of
the Bay Area. Bakersfield is
a blue-collar working-class
town; San Francisco is
quintessentially whitecollar, professional, techoriented.
Bakersfield voter registrations are about evenly
divided between Democrats
and Republicans; San Francisco, overwhelmingly
Democratic. Bakersfield
voted for Trump by a 13point margin; San Fran[See Hiltzik, C4]
David Butow For The Times
AN ANALYST expects Tesla to raise $3 billion in the third quarter. Above, Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., factory.
Is Tesla hurting for money?
By Liam Denning
Tesla Inc. says it doesn’t
need to raise more money.
But a new report from a usually supportive quarter suggests it not only should, but
really, really should.
Adam Jonas, a Morgan
Stanley analyst who typically rates Tesla stock with
gusto, just slashed his target
price 23% to $291 — curiously, within a buck of where
it closed the night before.
The stock duly dropped
about 3% on Tuesday but
rose $2.30, or 0.8%, to $286.48
on Wednesday.
There are a clutch of interesting things to note
about Jonas’ report. For example, despite the hammered target price and the
earnings estimate for 2019
going “poof ” from a positive
$1.31 a share to a negative
$4.69 — before counting
stock-based compensation
— Jonas’ Tesla rating is still
effectively a “hold.”
There is also the useful
fact that about a third of
that new $291 price target relates to Tesla Mobility, a
robo-taxi business that
doesn’t yet — how to put
this? — exist.
(Meanwhile, criticism of
Tesla’s board mounted as
proxy advisor Glass Lewis &
Co. sided with investors who
oppose the reelection of
three directors and want
Tesla to appoint an independent chairman to replace Elon Musk in that role.
He is also chief executive.
Tesla’s board has urged
votes against the independent chairman proposal.)
But about that new fundraising.
Jonas now expects Tesla
to tap investors for $3 billion
in the third quarter, up from
an earlier estimate of $2.5
billion. The kicker, though, is
that $3 billion doesn’t really
do much for Tesla’s strained
balance sheet these days.
Using the estimates in
[See Tesla, C6]
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Assigned seating in
offices losing favor
By Steve Brown
Seth Wenig Associated Press
THE THREE largest U.S. airlines have altered their policies on support animals since the start of this year.
Airlines can limit animals
U.S. won’t sanction
carriers for imposing
rules on support pets.
Regulators are making it
easier for U.S. airlines to limit the growing number of animals being brought onto
flights by passengers who
say they need them for emotional or psychological support.
Wednesday it won’t take action against airlines if they
refuse to let passengers take
aboard more than one support animal, demand assurance that a passenger has a
disability or require proof of
an animal’s vaccination and
The agency also will allow
airlines to impose “reasonable restrictions” on the
movement of emotional support animals in a plane’s
cabin, and is seeking public
comment on possible additional regulations to further
restrict the animals. Service
animals, including seeingeye dogs, won’t be restricted
The department’s announcement comes as the
three largest U.S. carriers
have altered their policies on
support animals since the
start of this year, as a growing number of passengers
claimed they needed them.
On Monday, American
Airlines, the world’s largest
carrier, announced it was
adopting rules that require
new documentation for passengers with animals and
ban altogether several types
hedgehogs, goats, ferrets,
chickens, birds of prey and
Federal law allows passengers to bring animals
into the cabin that provide
emotional support or assistance to fliers with disabilities free of charge. Such animals can sit at the feet or on
the laps of the passengers.
Small pets that are not
service or emotional support animals can be transported in containers that fit
under the airline seat.
Larger animals must be
shipped in carriers that are
placed in the cargo hold.
In the last few months,
the surge in animals being
brought onto planes has resulted in some animals urinating, defecating, biting,
barking and lunging on
carriers. A Delta passenger
was mauled by a 50-pound
dog on a flight from Atlanta
to San Diego last year.
American Airlines’ new
policy takes effect with tickets issued July 1. Among its
provisions, passengers must
submit a form 48 hours before their flight signed by a
mental health professional
who will attest that the passenger needs to travel with
an emotional support animal. The carrier reserves the
right to contact that professional.
Delta and Alaska have
also added rules that require
passengers to submit documents ensuring that their
animals are healthy, well
trained and being brought
on board at the direction of a
mental health professional.
Times staff writer Hugo
Martin contributed to this
Like fax machines and
desktop telephones, your individual office workspace
may be headed for extinction.
More than half of corporate executives say they plan
to switch to unassigned
worker seating for all or
some of their employees during the next three years. Instead of having their own
desks, workers will grab an
empty workstation when
they come to the office in the
Don’t be late to work, or
you could wind up sitting by
the smelliest trash bin.
It’s just one of the ways
employers are shaking up
the traditional office environment to cut costs and —
supposedly — increase productivity, according to a new
report by commercial real
estate firm CBRE.
In the last decade, business employers have increasingly shifted from individual offices to open work
environments. They usually
say the moves are to increase collaboration among
But major office users
also acknowledge that with
these changes, they are
slashing real estate costs.
At a growing number of
office centers, including JPMorgan Chase’s new campus in Plano, Texas, and Liberty
across the street, many
workers don’t have assigned
desks and keep their personal items in a locker or cabinet
when they leave.
“The modern workplace
is in a state of transition as
workplace design standards
have evolved from traditional layouts with a mix of
enclosed and open workspaces,” CBRE research analyst Julie Whelan said in the
new report. “Managing employees through this change
is critical, so that the initiative is viewed as being additive to productivity and wellness instead of a pure costcutting measure.”
The moves, it appears,
are only partially to build
teamwork and promote employee networking.
More than 50% of the
firms surveyed said their primary reason for the office
changes is to reduce costs.
Only 20% of companies said
they are going to the new office environments to promote innovation. And less
than a third said the changes
are to retain and attract talent.
CBRE surveyed mostly
banking and finance, tech
and telecom and professional service firms about
their office plans.
Almost half of the companies said they planned to
make workplace changes to
seek better use of space.
Less than half said they
planned to allocate primary
assigned worker seating in
the years ahead.
Not all trends are as utilitarian.
To keep their workers
happy, office users say they
plan to ramp up their workplace amenities, including
full-service cafeterias, employee showers, bike racks
for commuters, custom coffee services, green space,
game rooms and on-site
“Twenty years ago, real
estate was much different. It
was a place to house people.
But now our clients are using it as a tool to attract and
retain the best talent in their
respective industries,” said
CBRE’s Clay Vaughn, a
senior vice president in Dallas.
Brown writes for the Dallas
Morning News/McClatchy.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
1 Murdoch
son will lead
‘new’ Fox
Lachlan Murdoch will
be CEO after asset
sale is OKd. No word
on other son’s role.
By David Ng
20th Century Fox
DEADPOOL, played by Ryan Reynolds, and Colossus, voiced by Stefan Kapicic, in a scene from “Deadpool 2.”
‘Deadpool 2’ is likely
to unseat ‘Avengers’
Ryan Reynolds sequel may take in up to $150 million this weekend
By Ryan Faughnder
Time for Iron Man and
Captain America to give
someone else a turn at the
box office — namely, the guy
known for throwing shade at
his fellow superheroes.
Ryan Reynolds’ foulmouthed mercenary, Deadpool (a.k.a. Wade Wilson), is
poised to rule the charts this
weekend, two years after the
superhuman antihero first
shattered film industry expectations with his acerbic
take on the comic book
Twentieth Century Fox’s
“Deadpool 2” is poised to
open with $130 million to $150
million in box-office receipts
Friday through Sunday in
the United States and Canada, according to people who
have reviewed pre-release
audience surveys. The Rrated film will unseat
“Avengers: Infinity War,”
which has spent three weekends as the No. 1 film and has
grossed $1.66 billion worldwide.
The film is expected to
add more fuel to what the
film industry hopes to be a
box-office bonfire after a
weak 2017.
The industry is off to a
strong start, with box-office
receipts currently up 5%
over the same period last
year, according to data firm
The first “Deadpool”
launched in February 2016
with a domestic haul of $132
million, setting the record
for an R-rated picture — a
benchmark the sequel has a
solid chance of surpassing.
carried a relatively low production budget of $58 million, eventually collected
$783 million globally, including $363 million in the U.S.
and Canada.
The first “Deadpool” won
over crowds in part by skewering Hollywood’s omnipresent superhero franchises, and it’s clear the
character’s fans haven’t
tired of his antics. If anything, the studio has upped
the self-referential gags and
off-the-wall marketing gimmicks.
The promotional campaign has included a Celine
Dion music video, a teaser
trailer featuring Deadpool
as painter Bob Ross, and a
contest that lets artists on
the website DeviantArt submit their own posters for the
movie. One video featured
Deadpool in a pink suit to
support a cancer charity.
As superheroes continue
to dominate the box office,
Paramount Pictures will try
to draw older audiences with
“Book Club,” a comedy
about a quartet of ladies
whose love lives take a dramatic turn as they tackle the
novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Starring Diane Keaton,
Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen
and Mary Steenburgen,
“Book Club” is expected to
premiere with a modest $9
The studio, which is riding high on the success of “A
Quiet Place” ($271 million
worldwide), paid $10 million
for the domestic, British and
French distribution rights in
Global Road Entertainment, meanwhile, will try to
draw kids to cineplexes this
weekend with its canine
comedy “Show Dogs,” about
a Rottweiler that goes on an
undercover police mission at
a fancy dog show. The PG
flick is expected to gross
$5 million to $9 million.
Lachlan Murdoch will
take on the role of chairman
and chief executive of the
“new” Fox — the slimmed
down media company that
will be created following the
approval of Walt Disney
Co.’s acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox’s
His father, Rupert Murdoch, will assume the title of
co-chairman of the company, while John Nallen, currently 21st Century Fox’s
chief financial officer, will
take a bigger role as chief operating officer.
Conspicuously missing
from Fox’s announcement
on Wednesday was any mention of Lachlan’s brother,
James, who has worked
alongside his sibling for
years at their father’s media
empire. It remains unclear if
James Murdoch will have
any role in the new company,
though a recent Wall Street
Journal report speculated
that he will branch off to pursue his own ventures.
In a statement, Rupert
Murdoch said: “The new Fox
will begin as the only media
company solely focused on
the domestic market; focused on what Americans
love best — sports, news and
entertainment, built and delivered for a U.S. audience.”
The new Fox will consist
of the Fox News Channel,
which is the top-rated cable
news channel in the country,
as well as the Fox Business
Network and Fox Broadcasting Co.
It will also focus heavily
on sports, with such properties as Fox Sports and the
sports cable networks FS1,
FS2, Fox Deportes and Big
Ten Network.
Burbank-based Disney is
expected to acquire the majority of 21st Century Fox’s
assets, including the 20th
Century Fox movie and TV
studios, the cable channels
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images
touted the slimmer new
Fox’s focus on the U.S.
FX and National Geographic. The $52.4-billion
deal was announced late last
year but hasn’t formally
However, Comcast is
widely expected to launch its
own rival bid for Fox assets
this summer, which could
jeopardize the Disney agreement. But Lachlan Murdoch
said during a recent earnings call: “We are committed
to our agreement with Disney.”
On Wednesday, Lachlan
Murdoch, 46, said in a statement that “we have worked
through the winter ‘standing up’ a reimagined independent Fox. The strengths
of the new company, a leader
in news, sports and entertainment, present truly
unique opportunities.”
A spokesman for 21st
Century Fox, which is based
in New York, declined to
comment about James Murdoch.
Fox News separately confirmed on Wednesday that it
has reached a settlement
with a group of former employees who had filed lawsuits that included allegations of racial and gender
The spokesperson for the
cable news channel declined
to discuss the terms of the
However, a source with
knowledge of the agreement
said it involved about 20
cases for close to $10 million.
The same source said the $10
million includes contractual
Twitter: @DavidNgLAT
Legal battle keeps Moonves from media event
[CBS upfront, from C1]
included a number of CBS
executives, showed its support by greeting him with a
standing ovation.
Clearly moved by the response, Moonves waved to
the crowd before opening
with the line, “So how’s your
week been?” After a few brief
remarks about the network’s performance and the
resilience of the TV business, he turned the presentation over to Kahl.
Moonves’ decision to skip
the breakfast shows just
how combustible the boardroom brawl has become, creating uncertainty in the
team, which is fiercely loyal
to its leader.
But Kahl and Thom
Sherman, senior executive
vice president for CBS Entertainment, said the corporate legal machinations had
no effect on putting together
their schedule for the 2018-19
“From our perspective it
was business as usual,”
Sherman said.
Kahl said that despite
the distraction, Moonves
was as involved in the showpicking process as he has
been in past years.
Kahl presented his first
prime-time schedule since
being named head of entertainment for CBS last year.
As the longtime head of
scheduling for CBS, he was
known for building primetime lineups that could deliver large audiences even
when the network’s development of new shows fell
Stability has long been
the strength of CBS’ prime-
Skip Bolen CBS
DARYL MITCHELL is a regular on “NCIS: New Orleans,” which will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS.
time schedule — the most
watched on television for 15
of the last 16 years, including
the current TV season — and
that remains the case for the
new 2018-19 lineup.
Only Monday night,
when CBS saw a dramatic
decline in audience levels
over the last season, is
undergoing major changes.
The night will lead off with
two new comedies — “The
Neighborhood” and “Happy
Together” — followed by a
reimagined version of the
1980s action-adventure series “Magnum P.I.”
“Bull,” which has drawn
large audiences behind
“NCIS” on Tuesday, moves
to Monday at 10 p.m.
CBS has used “NCIS,” its
top-rated Tuesday 8 p.m.
drama, to launch new shows
before and will do so again in
the fall with “FBI,” a new
procedural drama from producer Dick Wolf that will air
at 9 p.m. “NCIS: New Orleans” returns at 10 p.m.
Wednesday will remain
intact with “Survivor,” “Seal
The network is playing it
conservatively on Thursday,
keeping television’s toprated new comedy, “Young
Sheldon,” on at 8:30 p.m.
with “The Big Bang Theory”
as its lead-in instead of having it anchor another night.
“You want to give shows a
couple years, give it time to
grow to find itself,” Kahl
CBS is also protecting its
revival of the 1990s hit “Murphy Brown,” broadcasting
at 9:30 p.m. behind the returning sitcom “Mom.”
“We wanted to support
it,” Kahl said. “You don’t
take anything for granted
these days. We want to make
sure it doesn’t fade out after
the buzz of the premiere.”
The network is returning
Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” on
Friday night. Saturday will
have repeats of dramas followed by the true-crime
newsmagazine “48 Hours.”
The network will give its
post-“60 Minutes” time period on Sunday to “God
Friended Me,” a drama starring Brandon Micheal Hall
as an atheist podcaster who
makes a spiritual connection on social media. It will
be followed by returning
shows “NCIS: Los Angeles”
and “Madam Secretary.”
Kahl believes the network has responded to critics who believe it has fallen
short in the diversity of its
shows’ casting.
Three of the new shows
on the CBS schedule — “The
Neighborhood,” “Happy Together” and “God Friended
Me” — have African American lead actors. Jay Hernandez, the actor playing the
new Magnum, is Mexican
We “told you we were going to do it, and frankly I
think there were lots of eyerolls,” Kahl said of CBS’
promise to diversify. “If you
look at the schedule, we did
what we said we were going
to do.”
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Helping each other’s California
[Hiltzik, from C1]
cisco for Clinton by a 74point margin.
This begins to look like
the situation addressed by
Thomas Frank in his bestselling 2004 book “What’s
the Matter With Kansas?”
The book asked why residents in the heartland kept
voting for politicians espousing policies that were
inimical to their own welfare
— chiefly conservative
Republicans hostile to
economic policies and government programs that the
voters needed. His answer
lay in the culture wars fostered by the GOP, which
preached antiabortion,
anti-“elite,” pro-Christianity, pro-“family values,”
while enacting policies that
made the rich richer and set
members of the working
class to fighting each other.
It’s hard to say whether
the same phenomenon is at
work in Bakersfield, where
Democrats and Republicans have a 36%-35% registration lineup. (This is
California, after all.) But it’s
proper to examine the policies the two parties espouse, and how they
affect residents of the two
Let’s start with health
policy. McCarthy worked
assiduously over the last
couple of years to repeal the
Affordable Care Act, including its Medicaid expansion
provision. His party has
been pushing to blockgrant Medicaid to the
states, a change that would
merely mask a reduction in
benefits and hamstring
states’ ability to respond to
healthcare crises as they
occur. The Democrats
under Pelosi opposed all
these plans.
Yet McCarthy’s district
is one of the nation’s most
dependent on Medicaid. In
Tulare County, 55% of the
population is on Medi-Cal,
the state’s Medicaid program. In Kern County, it’s
45%. By contrast, San Francisco’s Medicaid rate is
26.6%, lower than the statewide average of 34.5%.
(The figures are 2016
The ranks of the medically uninsured — the population the ACA is designed
to help — are much greater
in McCarthy’s district than
Pelosi’s. Of Bakersfield’s 11
ZIP Codes, the uninsured
rate in six was higher than
19%, and in one it was 28.3%.
San Francisco’s uninsured
rate in 2016 was 7.2%, a hair
above the statewide average
of 6.8%.
Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
REPS. Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy converse. The policies each lawmaker espouses tend to flow more toward the other’s supporters.
The tax cut enacted by
McCarthy’s caucus in December was skewed materially toward the affluent, who
are overrepresented in
Pelosi’s district and the San
Francisco metropolitan
area — the Bay Area counties of Marin, San Mateo
and Santa Clara are California’s richest.
To understand how the
tax cuts affect residents of
these two districts, let’s
break down the income
statistics and the distribution of the tax measure’s
bounty. According to 2016
census figures, about 45% of
the households in McCarthy’s district have incomes
of less than $50,000, and
10.5% collect more than
$150,000 a year.
In Pelosi’s district, these
statistics are turned on
their head. About 28% of its
households earn less than
$50,000 and 36% earn more
than $150,000.
That’s important because of how the tax cut is
distributed. According to an
analysis by the Tax Policy
Center, a joint project of the
Brookings Institution and
the Urban Institute, households earning less than
$50,000 will receive about
6.2% of all the tax benefits in
the tax measure. Households earning more than
$150,000 will receive 65.3% of
the benefits. In future years,
according to the TPC, the
benefits flow even more
sharply toward the wealthy.
Tulare and Kern counties both have poverty levels
of more than 22%; the poverty rate in McCarthy’s district overall is 20.9%, nearly
twice the 11.3% level in San
Francisco. Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara, the
neighboring counties to
Pelosi’s district, all have
rates in the single digits.
That puts the spotlight
on the two politicians’ ap-
proaches to federal antipoverty programs. McCarthy’s
House GOP cohort is pushing a drastic restructuring
of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
or food stamps, via a farm
bill produced by the
House Agriculture Committee.
The measure would
threaten benefits for as
many as 7 million low-income and working-class
individuals, according to a
report issued Tuesday by
the progressive Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities. By imposing stringent new work requirements on recipients and
validation requirements on
states, the bill also would
increase state administrative costs by at least $2.5
billion a year nationwide,
Agriculture Secretary
Sonny Perdue
acknowledged when it was
first taking shape in Febru-
Tech, health firms lift stocks
associated press
U.S. stocks notched solid
gains Wednesday, recouping
some of the market’s losses
from a day earlier.
Technology and healthcare companies drove much
of the rebound, outweighing
losses in safe-play stocks
such as utilities and real estate investment trusts.
Small-company stocks fared
better than the rest of the
Macy’s led a rally among
retailers after reporting surprisingly strong results, adding to the strong wave of corporate earnings in recent
“Earnings growth has
shown through, and that’s
been primarily based on
strong fundamental growth
from U.S. companies,” said
Jamie Lavin, global investment specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “And
when equity markets are
able to look through to that
and we don’t have any major
geopolitical headlines, we
tend to have stronger days in
the market.”
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index rose 11.01 points to
2,722.46. The Dow Jones industrial average gained
62.52 points to 24,768.93. The
increase nudged the 30-company average to a small gain
for the year.
The Nasdaq composite
added 46.67 points to
7,398.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company
stocks picked up 16.03 points
to 1,616.37, topping its last alltime high in January.
The stock indexes wavered little from their upward trajectory Wednesday
as investors appeared to
shake off concerns about the
prior day’s surge in bond
yields. The market also
failed to react much to a
Commerce Department report early Wednesday that
showed U.S. residential construction fell 3.7% in April
following a steep drop in
apartment construction.
“The market is taking the
weaker number with a grain
of salt, remembering that
colder weather could be a
factor,” Lavin said. “Yearover-year housing permits
are still up.”
Technology and healthcare companies bounced
back Wednesday after taking some of the worst losses
a day earlier. Western Digital
rose 4.9% to $87.02, while
Cerner added 2.9% to $59.97.
Investors continued to
sift through the latest batch
of corporate report cards
from big-name retailers,
many of which are issuing
quarterly results this week.
The latest results from
Macy’s far exceeded analysts’ expectations. The department store operator
noted that its Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury divisions, as well as its flagship
store brand, all did well. The
company’s shares led all
stocks in the S&P 500, vaulting 10.8% to $33.17.
earnings and guidance from
Macy’s, on top of as-expected growth in retail sales,
it gives investors additional
reason to be optimistic,”
said Sam Stovall, chief investment
CFRA Equity Research.
Office Depot climbed
5.1% to $2.46 after the office
supply company maintained its forecasts for the
Several other retailers
also moved higher. Nordstrom added 2.4% to $51.05,
while L Brands gained 2.6%
to $34.19. Target shares
picked up 2.9% to $75.23.
Investors will get to pore
over more results from retailers Thursday, including
Walmart, J.C. Penney and
“Retail is important because it’s a reflection of consumer sentiment and you
have many people who are
employed by the brick-andmortar retailers,” Stovall
Abaxis was among the
big gainers Wednesday. The
veterinary diagnostics products company rose 16.2% to
$83.34 after it agreed to be
acquired by Zoetis.
Traders bid up shares in
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries after Warren Buffett’s
company Berkshire Hathaway more than doubled the
size of its investment in the
Israeli drugmaker. Teva
added 2.9% to $20.88. Phillips
66 slipped 0.1% to $118.16 after
Berkshire sold about half its
investment in the oil and gas
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the 10-year Treasury rose
to 3.10% from 3.07% late
Tuesday, when the yield
climbed to its highest level in
nearly seven years.
The pickup in bond yields
weighed on utilities and
other high-dividend paying
stocks, adding to their losses
from a day earlier. Sempra
Energy fell 1.8% to $103.34.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil
recovered from an early
slide, adding 18 cents to settle at $71.49 a barrel in New
York. Brent crude, used to
price international oil, rose
85 cents to $79.28 a barrel in
The dollar fell to 110.25 yen
from 110.38 yen on Tuesday.
The euro weakened to
$1.1802 from $1.1847.
Gold rose $1.20 to
$1,291.50 an ounce. Silver
added 10 cents to $16.37 an
ounce. Copper gained 1 cent
to $3.07 a pound.
In other energy futures
trading, heating oil rose 2
cents to $2.27 a gallon.
Wholesale gasoline climbed
5 cents, or 2%, to $2.25 a gallon. Natural gas lost 2 cents
to $2.82 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Major indexes in Europe
finished higher Wednesday.
Germany’s DAX gained
0.2%, while France’s CAC 40
added 0.3%. Britain’s FTSE
100 rose 0.1%.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei
225 stock index lost 0.4% following new data showing
that Japan’s economy contracted in the first quarter.
The Kospi in South Korea
was essentially flat. Hong
Kong’s Hang Seng slipped
The burden on SNAP
recipients would fall unevenly across the state.
Among McCarthy’s constituents, 14.4%, or about
44,000, receive food stamps,
according to 2015 figures.
That was well above the
state average of 9.6% and
the national average of
12.7%.; only 11 of California’s
53 congressional districts
had a higher rate, including
districts represented by
Republicans Paul Cook of
Yucca Valley, David Valadao
of Hanford and Devin Nunes
of Tulare.
In Pelosi’s district only
4.7% of residents, or 24,000,
received food stamps. That
was the ninth-lowest rate
among California districts.
Yet McCarthy’s fellow Republicans are trying to cut
food stamp rolls and Pelosi’s
caucus is trying to hold the
line. (The proposed changes
are thought to be unlikely to
pass the Senate.)
That’s just a hint of how
Republican orthodoxy
disadvantages the working
class and middle class,
which are mainstays of
McCarthy’s district, and
helps upper-income families
that are overrepresented in
Pelosi’s district. The policies
espoused by Pelosi and her
caucus — expanding health
coverage, distributing tax
benefits broadly, providing
nutritional assistance to
working families — tend to
flow more toward the typical
families that have voted for
McCarthy. So, yes, it’s true
that they come from two
different Californias, but
they seem to be looking out
for each other’s voters.
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Novartis lawyer to
exit over deal with
Trump’s attorney
Move is an effort by
drugmaker to quell ire
from the controversial
$1.2-million contract.
Novartis’ top lawyer became the first executive to
take the fall for the controversial $1.2 million in payments he helped arrange to
President Trump’s attorney,
as the drugmaker tries to
contain the furor from last
week’s revelation.
Felix Ehrat, who along
with former Chief Executive
Joe Jimenez signed the
agreement with a consulting
firm led by lawyer Michael
Cohen, will step down after
seven years as Novartis’ general counsel, the Basel,
company said Wednesday in a
statement. In an interview
with Bloomberg, Jimenez
said Cohen told him he had
left Trump’s organization
and stopped working for
the president before pitching for business with Novartis.
Novartis’ new CEO, Vas
Narasimhan, has been grappling with the fallout over
the contract, which drew the
drugmaker into special
counsel Robert S. Mueller
III’s probe of suspected Russian meddling in the U.S.
presidential election.
with investors Wednesday in
Basel, conducted a conference call Monday for 5,000
managers in which he said
the company needs to rebuild trust and rethink
its approach to the use
of consultants and lobbying
firms, according to a
person familiar with the situation.
“Although the contract
was legally in order, it was
an error,” Ehrat said in
the statement. “As a co-signatory with our former
CEO, I take personal responsibility to bring the
public debate on this matter
to an end.”
Novartis is among a
handful of companies that
have been scrambling to explain why they made payments to Cohen’s firm, Essential Consultants. AT&T
Inc., which paid the firm
$600,000, forced out veteran
Robert Quinn as CEO Randall Stephenson called the
hiring of Trump’s lawyer a
“big mistake” and said that
its vetting process had
Novartis has said it
quickly determined that Cohen’s firm was unable to provide the services it anticipated and after a single
early-2017 meeting decided
not to engage further. Still,
the drugmaker was contractually bound to keep making
$100,000 for a year. Novartis
has said that Narasimhan
had no involvement.
Jimenez said in the interview that a “third party” had
recommended Cohen to Novartis, declining to identify
should have done more due
diligence and “definitively
parted ways” with Cohen as
soon as it knew he wouldn’t
be able to help, the former
CEO said.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
Uphill fight to save net neutrality
[Net neutrality, from C1]
by a 52-47 vote, would void a
decision made in December
by the Republican majority
of the Federal Communications Commission to scrap
the regulations established
in 2015 by the agency when
Democrats controlled it
during the Obama administration.
The repeal takes effect
June 11.
All 47 Democrats voted to
keep the rules in place. They
were joined by the two independents who usually vote
with them, Sens. Angus
King of Maine and Bernie
Sanders of Vermont, as well
as three Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, John
Kennedy of Louisiana and
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Collins announced her
support in January, but Kennedy and Murkowski had
been undecided. They were
the focus of heavy lobbying
by net neutrality supporters
in recent days in hopes of
having a stronger bipartisan
Neither tipped a hand
until they voted a few hours
earlier Wednesday to move
the measure past a procedural hurdle. Murkowski
spent about 30 minutes on
the Senate floor discussing
that procedural vote with
key Republicans and Democrats before making her decision.
Net neutrality supporters are using a legislative
tactic, the Congressional
Review Act, that allows lawmakers to block an action
taken by a federal agency
with a simple majority vote
in the House and Senate and
the president’s approval.
The measure cannot be filibustered in the Senate.
But the effort faces an
uphill battle in the House,
where Republicans have a
larger majority, and at the
White House, where President Trump would be expected to veto the measure.
The net neutrality rules
prohibit internet service
providers from selling faster
delivery of certain data,
slowing speeds for specific
content and blocking or otherwise
against any legal material.
The regulations are
strongly supported by liberals and online companies
including Amazon, Netflix,
Facebook and Google and
dozens of smaller web-based
Republicans said the
regulations threaten heavyhanded government intrusion that would stifle innovation on the internet. Telecommunications companies
oppose the regulations.
Polls also have showed
strong public backing for net
neutrality. Democrats think
the fight to restore the rules
could be a political winner
during November’s congressional midterm elections
even if the effort is unsuccessful because it will force
Republicans to vote against
reinstating the rules.
Wednesday as Democrats
paraded to the Senate floor
to give speeches in support
of net neutrality while most
Republicans were silent on
the matter.
“We will take a stand to
Karl Mondon TNS
POLLS have shown strong public support for net neutrality. Above, backers of the online traffic rules rally in San Francisco in December.
Zach Gibson Getty Images
SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-Conn.), right, with Sen. Maria Cantwell
(D-Wash.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), speaks last week about net neutrality.
protect our online economy,
or we will say goodbye to the
internet as we know it,” said
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.),
the leader of the Senate effort.
He and other supporters
of the rules argue they will
prevent AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other internet service providers from
acting as gatekeepers for
Americans’ online access.
Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
said Wednesday that the solution was for lawmakers to
draft net neutrality legislation “that would safeguard
consumers but still prevent
regulators from stifling innovation.”
“But Democrats have already made clear that the
resolution today is about the
elections in November,” McConnell said before the debate began. “They know
they won’t ultimately be successful, but they want to
campaign on their desire to
add new regulations to the
internet. This resolution
takes us in the wrong direction, and we should reject it.”
A major objection about
the rules was the FCC’s decision to classify broadband as
a more highly regulated utility-like service under Title 2
of federal telecommunications law.
Although the FCC exempted internet service providers from many aspects of
that tougher oversight, such
as rate regulation, opponents of the 2015 net neutrality rules said it opened the
door to onerous federal
would curb the necessary investment and infrastructure
improvements that are critical for connecting more
Americans to high-speed
broadband and enabling
wider internet access, especially in poor and rural
areas,” the leaders of three
leading internet service provider trade groups — the
NCTA, CTIA and USTelecom — wrote to Senate leaders Tuesday.
Thune has been pushing
for bipartisan legislation, a
draft of which he proposed
in 2015, that would give the
FCC limited authority to enforce net neutrality protections.
“Why aren’t we debating
a bipartisan bill instead of a
partisan resolution?” he
asked. “Well, some on the
other side of the aisle reached the cynical conclusion
that exploiting concern
about the internet outweighed the value of working with Republicans to pass
net neutrality protections.”
In a video message after
the vote, Murkowski said she
did not support the FCC’s
2015 regulatory approach to
net neutrality. But she said
she voted for the measure
“so that we can reset the discussion and really move beyond the politics at play”
and get a legislative fix.
Supporters of net neutrality regulations said they
hoped the stronger-than-expected Senate vote would
provide momentum as the
fight to retain the existing
regulations moves to the
A House companion to
the Senate measure, by Rep.
Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), has 162
co-sponsors, all Democrats.
Even if it got the support of
all 193 House Democrats, it
would need the support of
more than two dozen Republicans to pass.
Doyle said Wednesday he
was starting a push to collect the 218 signatures necessary on a so-called discharge
petition to force a vote over
the objections of the chamber’s GOP leaders.
Doyle said the pressure
will be on Republicans because Democrats were going
to tell Americans to call their
representatives to ask if they
have signed the discharge
“And I will bet you each
and every one of their opponents in the upcoming November election is going to
ask them if they’re on that
discharge petition too,” he
Democrats after the vote,
Schumer declared, “We consider this one of the major issues of the 2018 campaign.”
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 repealed using the Congressional Review Act. But
net neutrality regulations
are much more widely opposed by Republicans.
Rep. Tom McClintock
(R-Elk Grove) was among
the Republicans who voted
with Democrats on the privacy regulations. But in 2015,
the day after the FCC enacted the net neutrality
rules, McClintock went to
the House floor and blasted
the agency as “imposing leftist ideology on the internet.”
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
Bill worrisome for venture capitalists
Industry mounts a
lobbying effort over a
measure to boost U.S.
oversight of deals with
foreign investors.
By Sarah McBride
and David McLaughlin
Venture capitalists are
heading to Washington on a
mission to save their lucrative relationships with Chinese investors.
Proposed legislation in
Congress, which would give
the government greater
oversight of deals involving
foreign investors, is a central
issue at an annual summit
for venture capitalists that
kicked off Wednesday.
The meeting is welltimed. Next week, the Senate Banking Committee will
consider the bill, which
could make it harder for foreign firms to make investments in U.S. technology
companies and slow down or
block potential deals, including venture capital
funding rounds. Venture
capitalists fear that efforts
to keep American inventions
out of foreign governments’
hands will imperil their businesses.
The new law would expand the purview of an existing government committee,
which reviews deals involving foreign companies and
technology that could pose
national security threats. In
March, it threw up a major
obstacle to a proposed takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. by Singapore’s
Broadcom Ltd. before President Trump blocked the
Lawmakers are on track
to increase restrictions on
foreign investment and may
fast-track the measure by
attaching it to the National
Defense Authorization Act,
a must-pass bill set for a vote
in the coming weeks. The
plan, backed by Defense
Secretary James Mattis,
serves as a bargaining chip
in Trump’s trade negotiations with China, said Jim
Jochum, a lobbyist who previously served on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.
“It’s likely part of a big,
grand bargain,” he said.
While the new bill doesn’t
explicitly mention China, it
is worded in a way that
would have an outsized effect on investments by Chinese entities, mostly because the latest draft allows
the government to exempt
so many other countries. Potentially off the hook: countries that are members of
the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization and other allies.
The legislation plays well
to populist fears that China
is leapfrogging the U.S. in job
growth and innovation.
“One of the few areas of
bipartisanship this year is
lawmakers’ desire to get
‘tough’ with China,” Roman
Seiberg, analysts at Cowen
Inc.’s Washington Research
Group, wrote in a note Monday.
Proponents of the legislation, known as the Foreign
Investment Risk Review
Modernization Act, say the
government’s jurisdiction
over foreign investment
needs to be broadened because the current process
doesn’t capture deals that
threats. Foreign investors
have been able to bypass the
review process through joint
ventures or minority investments.
Venture capitalists argue
that their backers don’t pose
a threat to America. Investors in venture funds generally receive information on
the financial performance of
their private stock holdings,
not technology secrets. Venture capitalists say the bill
overreaches and will make
their case directly to lawmakers this week. Meetings
are scheduled Thursday
with members of the Senate
Banking Committee and the
House Financial Services
Committee, including Sens.
Mike Crapo of Idaho, Brian
Schatz of Hawaii and Thom
Tillis of North Carolina.
Lobbyists want to make
sure indirect investors, particularly foreign shareholders in their funds, don’t trigger government review.
They’ve had some success. A
new draft of the bill does exactly that.
Serious cash rides on the
outcome. Last year, U.S.
venture firms raised $32 bil-
lion, a 36% increase from five
years earlier, according to
the National Venture Capital Assn., the trade group
that organized this week’s
events in Washington. As
new investors pile into Silicon Valley, venture funds are
achieving record amounts of
capital not seen since the
dot-com era.
Publicly, venture firms
avoid acknowledging the
boost they get from China.
Scott Kupor, a managing
partner at Andreessen Horowitz and outgoing chairman of the venture trade
group, said in congressional
testimony in January that
lawmakers are wrong to
scapegoat the country and
that China accounts for less
than 5% of capital committed to U.S. venture funds.
venture funds or for a minority stake “are not security
risks and therefore should
not be prohibited,” Kupor
wrote in an email. “If the goal
is to prevent foreign governments from stealing IP or
compromising our security,
they simply can’t do that
through a minority investment.”
Chinese money kicks in
on the other side too. Acquisitions are the biggest driver
of capital returned to VCs,
and the number of Chinese
acquirers doubled over the
last three years, according to
research firm CB Insights.
Lobbying efforts by the
industry have ramped up
since Trump’s election. Venture firms sprang into action
to help save the carried interest tax benefit for investors and successfully
sued the Department of
Homeland Security last year
over delaying a visa program
designed to welcome foreign
entrepreneurs. The venture
capital association spent
$511,000 on lobbying in the
last quarter, a 19% increase
from the same period in 2016.
But the foreign investment issue differs in a major
way from those other Republican-led initiatives: A
leading sponsor of the bill is
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California —
home to the richest venture
firms and most venturebacked start-ups.
McBride and McLaughlin
write for Bloomberg.
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Would $3 billion suffice at Tesla?
[Tesla, from C1]
Jonas’ report, Tesla would
actually score worse on a
range of metrics that measure its liquidity — assets
that can be most readily converted to cash — at the end
of 2018 than it did at the end
of 2017, even with that $3-billion infusion:
8 Current ratio: 0.856
(2017), 0.751 (2018)
8 Quick ratio: 0.506 (2017),
0.318 (2018)
8 Cash ratio: 0.439 (2017),
0.201 (2018)
The only metric that improves is common equity
versus total assets — but
then, selling $3 billion of new
common equity will tend to
do that. And two other liquidity metrics — cash from
operations versus total liabilities and cash from operations versus average current
liabilities — have minus
signs in front of them, reflecting actual and expected
negative cash from operations.
This shouldn’t be surprising. Recall that Tesla’s
working capital is deeply
negative — to the tune of
$2.27 billion at the end of
March — and its leverage,
both on and off the balance
sheet, has continued to
climb. Any new equity raise
would have to be substantial
to offset those obligations
and get Tesla’s ratios looking healthier.
But Tesla bulls probably
wouldn’t look at it that way.
Rather, they would see the
next $3 billion as a shortterm bridge to a place where
Tesla has fixed its Model 3
problems, and cash from operations starts doing the
heavy lifting.
This is the crux of the bull
thesis: Sustained profitability, however deferred to date,
remains just around the corner, and Tesla’s giant $48.6billion market cap provides
the reserve tank (battery?)
David Butow For The Times
TESLA BULLS probably would see a $3-billion infusion as a short-term bridge to a place where Tesla has fixed its Model 3 problems.
to get there.
You can see evidence of
this in Tesla’s Altman ZScore, a weighted average of
five ratios in which a score of
less than 1.8 can indicate a
high risk of bankruptcy.
Tesla scored 1.3 at the end of
2017 and, using Morgan
Stanley’s numbers, would
theoretically end 2018 at 1.27
to 1.35, depending on how
one treats the equity sale’s
effect on the market cap.
Again, the $3-billion infusion doesn’t really move that
needle. More important,
though, in the absence of
positive profits and with
working capital so negative,
virtually all of Tesla’s Zscore is a function of that
market cap.
And the thing is, a big
market cap is powerful;
Tesla is living proof. But to
simply focus on that while ignoring the slow drip of faltering liquidity ratios is to run a
colossal risk and put a lot of
trust in your fellow shareholders keeping their nerve.
All of which makes Morgan Stanley’s target-price
cut unhelpful, especially as
the bank has led previous
capital rounds and analysts
have turned a bit more skeptical in general. A year ago,
Wall Street’s “buys” outnumbered “sell” ratings almost 2 to 1, according to data
compiled by Bloomberg. Today, the stock is slightly
lower, and buys and sells are
almost neck-and-neck.
Until there is hard evidence of sustained progress
on fixing the Model 3’s problems, Tesla relies on sheer
belief. And as these latest estimates from a long-standing bull suggest, shoring up
its balance sheet may require a bigger slug of belief
than even the believers expect.
Denning writes a column for
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
rally, but
L.A. suffers sixth loss
in a row after Baez
serves up decisive
home run in the sixth.
By Andy McCullough
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
JUSTIN VERLANDER THROWS OUT Mike Trout, who hit an easy grounder back to the mound on a check swing with runners on
second and third and two outs in the eighth inning. Verlander threw his first shutout in three years, giving up only five hits.
This is no JV pitcher
Verlander stifles
two late threats
and shuts down
the Angels
Astros wear
orange but have
a better blueprint
than Dodgers
By Jeff Miller
Three weeks after the
Houston Astros won the
World Series, Carlos
Correa was back in a
training facility less than
20 miles from his team’s
home stadium.
“The World Series
didn’t make us comfortable,” Correa said.
In the coming days and weeks, the
All-Star shortstop worked out alongside a group of teammates that included Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and
Marwin Gonzalez.
This band of 20-somethings weren’t
the only Astros feeling restless.
Months after trading for Justin Verlander, Jeff Luhnow’s front office acquired
Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Meanwhile, the team that pushed
[See Hernandez, D3]
They had the tying on second base
in the eighth inning and on first base in
the ninth, the go-ahead run at the plate
both times Wednesday night at Angel
Close but nothing more was all the
Angels could produce in another tight,
flustering loss to Justin Verlander and
the Houston Astros.
This one ended 2-0 and arrived as a
complete-game exclamation point delivered like his 96-mph four-seam, fivealarm fastball.
“I felt like in general we saw him
pretty good,” Zack Cozart said. “We
just missed some balls.”
Since joining Houston last season,
Verlander has faced the Angels four
times. He’s 4-0 in those games, with two
earned runs and 11 hits allowed in 31 in[See Angels, D3]
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
SHOHEI OHTANI loses his balance after a swing in the
fourth inning. Ohtani went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Best trainers
better apart
Baffert almost
worked for Lukas,
but the former said it
probably wouldn’t
have worked out. D2
MIAMI — Miracles last
only so long. The sixth inning of the sixth Dodgers
loss in a row proved that.
In the top of the inning, as
if possessed by a ghost from
seasons past, the offense
arose for a four-run, scoretying rally. In the bottom of
the frame, the reverie ended
when Pedro Baez served up
a game-deciding home run
to send the Dodgers toward
a 6-5 defeat. For the 2018
Dodgers, joy is fleeting and
heartache feels endless.
The evening revealed the
desperation of the Dodgers’
situation. Even if their offense improves, the rest of
the roster remains porous.
The team’s starting rotation
lacks the ability to last deep
into games. And the bullpen
features too many land
mines for any manager to
Every button manager
causes a conflagration: On
Tuesday, it was Adam Liberatore and J.T. Chargois. On
Wednesday, it was Baez, who
hung a lifeless changeup to
catcher J.T. Realmuto and
watched the pitch disappear
beyond the clutches of the
Clevelander nightclub in left
“I feel bad for Pedro, because I know he’s wearing it
right now, feeling bad,” Roberts said. “I feel bad for our
Wednesday followed a
script created from the dilemma choking the Dodgers
(16-26). Walker Buehler gave
up a season-high five runs in
five innings. He allowed his
first homer of the season, a
two-run blast by first baseman Justin Bour in the fifth
inning. The Dodgers bailed
Buehler out with a sixth-inning rally. Baez erased all
momentum soon after.
The loss gave the Dodgers the same record as the
Marlins. Both teams are on
pace for 100 losses. It should
be noted that only one of
[See Dodgers, D5]
Rockets deliver
a lot more thrust
Preakness draw ..... D2
Helton’s 2016
pay is revealed
The USC football
coach earned about
$2.6 million in his
first season, tax
records say. D2
They even series
against Warriors,
turning up intensity
all over the court.
By Dan Woike
Associated Press
LUIS PEREZ (12), last year’s winner of the Division II equivalent of the Heisman
Trophy while at Texas A&M Commerce, is trying to stick with the Rams.
Hoping Rams can spare a spot
Rookie Perez used to favor bowling over football
Expansion team is
two victories from
the Stanley Cup
Final after 4-2 win
over Jets. D5
The Rams have found an
overlooked quarterback
who could wind up being a
pro bowler one day.
Well, that’s not exactly
like it sounds.
The team has signed
rookie free agent Luis Perez,
a young man from Chula
Vista who once was on track
to be a professional bowler.
He barely played football in
high school, instead focusing on a sport where he
racked up far more Xs than
“I first started bowling
when it was my dad’s birthday,” said Perez, 23. “We
went out to bowl, and I did
pretty good compared to
everybody else, my brothers
and my dad. That’s when I
kind of fell in love with it, I
guess you could say. I
started going every Tuesday
night. Got my own ball, got
my own shoes, joined a
league, and then started
bowling pretty good and got
into tournaments.”
[See Farmer, D6]
Vegas takes
2-1 series lead
Who will be
new Clippers?
Their draft position
is set, so now they
have to figure out
which players can
make a difference. D7
HOUSTON — On the final day of March in 2015,
Stephen Curry dribbled
down the baseline at Staples
Center, crossing over behind
his legs three times, embarrassing the Clippers’ point
guard, sending him sprawling helplessly to the floor.
But it turns out revenge,
as they say, is a Chris Paul
dish best served cold.
In the Rockets’ 127-105
win in Game 2 of the Western
Conference finals Wednesday, it was Paul’s turn to get
Curry tripping, using a behind-the-back dribble to
send Curry to the deck, leading to a crisp pass and an
easy dunk.
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scored 27 points on an off
shooting night, drives
during the first quarter.
If it wasn’t premeditated,
it became clear early on at
Toyota Center: When Curry
was in a defensive crouch,
Paul, James Harden or whoever was going to attack.
The arena speakers often
played the theme from
“Jaws.” In Game 2, Curry
was the chum.
[See West, D7]
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
at Miami
9 a.m.
at Wash.
at Wash.
10:30 a.m.
at Montreal
at Portland
Ch. 11
Shade denotes home game
9 a.m.
Dodgers at Miami
4:30 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta
7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Angels
7 p.m.
Romero Duno vs. Gilberto Gonzalez
7 p.m.
Jorge Paez vs. Jose Carlos Paz
10:30 a.m.
Washington at Utah
6 p.m.
Arizona State at Arizona
1:30 p.m.
Amgen Tour of California, Stage 5
7:30 a.m.
LPGA, Kingsmill Championship
9:30 a.m.
Regions Tradition, Greystone
1 p.m.
PGA, Byron Nelson
2 a.m. (Fri.)
European PGA, Belgian Knockout
6 a.m. (Fri.)
European PGA, Belgian Knockout
5 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Washington
Trackside Live, Santa Anita
NBA Draft Combine
11:30 a.m.
Germany, Wolfsburg vs. Holstein
5:30 p.m.
Mexico, Santos Laguna vs. Toluca
10 a.m.
WTA, Italian Open
11 a.m.
Center Court, Italian Open highlights
3 a.m. (Fri.)
WTA, Italian Open
3 a.m. (Fri.)
Center Court, Italian Open highlights
5:30 a.m. (Fri.) WTA, Italian Open
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TV: FS West R: 830, 1330
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BOB BAFFERT, left, and Wayne Lukas will be looking for a record-tying seventh victory in the Preakness
Stakes on Saturday. After some early friction, the two Hall of Famers have a lot of respect for each other.
Lukas and Baffert might not
have been a stable pairing
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always fun to speculate
about what would have
happened if, almost a halfcentury ago when Bob
Baffert called Wayne Lukas
for a job, Lukas would have
said yes.
Instead, he said no.
“I asked him for a job one
time out of high school, and
he turned me down,” Baffert
Justify gets No. 7 post,
1-2 odds for Preakness
Kentucky Derby
winner will be a huge
favorite in a field of
eight Saturday.
By John Cherwa
BALTIMORE — The star
of Saturday’s show arrived
at Pimlico Race Course by
van at about 3:45 p.m. on
Wednesday afternoon. Led
by assistant trainer Jimmy
Barnes, Justify calmly got off
the van, ears perked, after a
Louisville, Ky., for Saturday’s 143rd running of the
Preakness Stakes.
Barnes did the handoff to
trainer Bob Baffert, who
walked the Kentucky Derby
winner around the shedrow
a couple of times before another handoff that eventually led the colt to Stall 28 at
the stakes barn.
More than 100 journalists
stood in the rain awaiting
the colt’s arrival and subsequent 20-second walk to the
barn area.
A little more than an hour
later, Justify was the first
name drawn for Saturday’s
race and was assigned the
No. 7 post in the eight-horse
Baffert was not sitting
with the ownership group
during the draw, instead
electing to stand with a couple of reporters off to the
side. Elliott Walden, one of
the owners who also acts as
the spokesman, flashed Baffert a thumbs up when the
seven was drawn.
“Yeah, he likes it,”
Walden said. “He’s averse to
the one hole for some reason.
I don’t mind the one hole.
I’ve had a lot of luck out of
there. I tend to do pretty well
in math and I know that’s
the shortest way around
there. But with an eighthorse field I don’t think any
place is bad.”
Walden is also part of the
same ownership group that
owns Quip, who drew the No.
1 post. The Tampa Bay
Derby winner was installed
at odds of 12-1.
“We hope that Justify
wins, for obvious reasons, it
points him toward the Triple
Crown,” Walden said. “But if
for some reason he stubs his
toe, we feel very good about
Quip’s chances to be the
horse that upsets him.”
Baffert saved his biggest
reaction to when Justify’s
morning-line odds were announced at 1-2. (Bet $2 to win
“Man, you talk about
pressure,” he said to those
near him.
Later, as cameras and
microphones enveloped the
trainer, he elaborated.
“When you’re 1-2, I always
tell everyone there is room
for error,” Baffert said. “He’s
a great horse, but there are
some really good horses. But
the horse doesn’t know he’s
The second favorite was
Good Magic, who finished
second in the Kentucky
Derby. He was given 3-1 on
the morning line as he drew
the No. 5 post.
“I’m fine with the draw,”
said trainer Chad Brown,
who doesn’t expect to arrive
in Baltimore until Friday.
“We should be close early.”
Brown won last year’s
Preakness with Cloud Computing.
The remainder of the
field was Lone Sailor (15-1) in
the two, Sporting Chance
(30-1) in the three, Diamond
King (30-1) in the four, Tenfold (20-1) in the six and
Bravazo (20-1) in the eight.
“I’ve always liked the five,
six, seven,” Baffert said. “I
would have been fine with an
inside draw, but at least he
gets to see what’s going on
inside of him.”
said. “I tell him, ‘I’m sure
glad you turned me down
because you’d be taking all
the credit for this.’ But he
probably would have fired
me after two weeks because
he works way too hard.”
“This,” as Baffert puts it,
is having the Kentucky
Derby winner who just may
be good enough to win the
Triple Crown. Justify takes
his second step toward that
goal Saturday in the 143rd
running of the Preakness
Stakes at Pimlico Race
There are a lot of similarities between the two trainers.
Baffert has won the
Preakness six times. So has
Lukas. Both were successful in quarter-horse racing.
Lukas, as a thoroughbred
trainer, has 14 Triple Crown
wins; Baffert has 13. Baffert
has one Triple Crown.
Lukas has none.
Both are in the Hall of
Fame — Lukas gave Baffert’s induction speech.
“He told me everybody
was laughing and kidding
[when they heard I was
inducting him],” Lukas
said. “They were saying he’s
not going to have Wayne do
it because they thought we
were rivals. Yet he came to
me, and I said, ‘Bob, I’ll be
honored to present you.’
And I did.”
The story was that they
weren’t buddies, and there
was plenty of evidence of
“The media portrayed us
as rivals and everything, so
we would go along with you
guys and then we’d go to
dinner later,” said Lukas,
standing near the Pimlico
stakes barn on a gloomy
Wednesday morning.
“We’ve been friends for a
long time. I have great
respect for his ability. He’s
got an excellent eye for a
horse. He’s one of the few
guys in the sale that when I
pick one out that I like, I
know sure as hell he’ll be
bidding too.”
Baffert, 65, and Lukas,
82, first crossed paths,
without meeting, when
Baffert was a teenager in
“I was 15, 16 years old and
he came in to run some
quarter horses in Sonoita,
Arizona,” Baffert said.
“That’s a little bush track
there by Nogales where I
learned about racing. I’ll
Preakness Stakes lineup
The field for Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes (Post time:
3:20 p.m. PDT. TV: Channel 4):
PP Horse
1. Quip
2. Lone Sailor
3. Sporting Chance
4. Diamond King
5. Good Magic
6. Tenfold
7. Justify
8. Bravazo
Ortiz Jr.
Santana Jr.
Weights: 126 each. Distance: 13⁄16 miles. Purse: $1.5 million. First
place: $900,000. Second place: $300,000. Third place: $165,000.
Fourth place: $90,000. Fifth: $45,000.
never forget when he came
with his fancy trailer, and
I’m thinking, man, there’s
Wayne Lukas.”
Baffert eventually followed Lukas into quarterhorse racing, finding almost
equal success. When Lukas
switched to thoroughbreds,
Baffert stayed in quarter
horses but eventually got
talked into trying the more
prestigious form of racing.
“We had a long talk one
day,” said Lukas, seemingly
not wanting to take too
much credit. “[In my upcoming book] Bob talks
about sitting down and me
influencing him to quit the
quarter horses completely
and come over.”
Baffert is not shy about
who should take ownership
of the move.
“He opened up the doors
for us quarter-horse guys to
try thoroughbred racing,”
Baffert said. “He changed
quarter-horse racing. He
changed thoroughbred
racing. Everywhere he goes,
he changes it.”
Lukas has started 41
horses in the Preakness, a
number that will grow by
two when Bravazo and
Sporting Chance go to the
gate Saturday.
Justify will be Baffert’s
19th starter. And Baffert has
won the Preakness all four
times when he brought the
Kentucky Derby winner to
A win by either trainer
will tie them with Robert
Wyndham Walden for most
Preakness wins. Walden
won his last one in 1888.
Despite mutual admiration, Lukas is not beyond
poking fun at Baffert.
“Here’s where our similarities stop,” Lukas said.
“Bob is a little more laid
back. He’s going to get in
and read the morning paper, have a cup of coffee,
where I’m going to hit the
floor running.”
Baffert doesn’t dispute
“His work ethic is just
second to none,” Baffert
said. “At his age, he’s positive, he leads one up there
and thinks he’s going to win
everything. I wish I had that
kind of energy.
“He is still above me. I
never felt in the quarter
horses I could get to his
level. I feel the same in
thoroughbreds. He’ll always
be an icon, and he’s the
No doubt Lukas is still
big, but he understands the
changing of the guard.
“He’s awful kind to say
those things,” Lukas said. “I
don’t know if we’re still the
standard. I think he’s getting to be the standard.
We’ve reversed those roles
pretty quickly.”
And of the time when
Lukas turned Baffert down
for a job?
“He tells the story quite
vividly,” Lukas said. “I remember him calling me. …
But I didn’t turn him down;
I just didn’t have a position
at that point where I could
use him. And of course, he
took off. He didn’t need me.
“I don’t know how it
would have worked. Maybe
I’d have gotten him up and
Helton earned about $2.6 million in first full season
USC coach received
an extension, but it
isn’t known if he also
got a pay raise.
By J. Brady McCollough
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
CLAY HELTON has records of 10-3 and 11-3 in his
two seasons as USC’s head football coach.
USC football coach Clay
Helton was paid about
$2.6 million during his first
season leading the program
in 2016, according to the
school’s federal tax return
for that fiscal year.
Helton coached the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory
over Penn State to end that
season with a 10-3 record. In
February of this year, he re-
ceived a contract extension
until 2023, but it is unknown
if Helton was awarded a pay
raise. As a private institution, USC is not required to
divulge the salary information of its employees.
The fiscal period of the
most current available tax
return covers July 1, 2016, to
June 30, 2017. USC provided
the return in response to a
request from The Times. Records for the 2017-18 fiscal
year were not available.
In 2016, according to a
database of college football
coaching salaries compiled
by USA Today, Helton would
have ranked 46th in the
country and 11th in the
Pac-12. His peers then were
Oregon State’s Gary Anderson, Duke’s David Cutcliffe
and Vanderbilt’s Derek
Mason — none at a traditional football power like
Helton’s 2016 salary broke
down thusly: base ($2.3 million), bonus and incentives
($30,500), other reportable
compensation ($249,530),
retirement and other deferred
($26,500) and nontaxable
benefits ($51,661).
As a comparison, former
USC coach Steve Sarkisian
was paid $3.7 million in 2014.
In 2015, former USC athletic director Pat Haden
fired Sarkisian and later
promoted Helton to head
coach after he went 5-2 in an
interim role. USC went 11-3 in
Haden, according to the
2016 tax return, was paid
about $2.8 million during
that fiscal year, in which he
stepped down as athletic director and remained at USC
as a special advisor to the
USC basketball coach
Andy Enfield was not included in the 2016 return’s
listing of the school’s highest-paid employees. The last
known salary for Enfield was
$1.9 million in 2014. In 2017,
Enfield signed a contract extension through 2023.
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
[Angels, from D1]
nings, striking out 31 and
walking four.
That computes to an
ERA of 0.58, a number that
reads like the finest of print,
nearly too small to see.
Then again, there’s even
more, which is to say, there’s
even less.
In 34 innings on the road
this season, Verlander has
permitted a single earned
run. That’s an ERA of 0.26.
“You know that you can’t
make mistakes,” Angels
starter Garrett Richards
said. “You know he’s going to
put up zeroes. You just try to
match him. Unfortunately, I
wasn’t able to do that
tonight. So I kind of feel like I
lost us the game.”
Richards didn’t allow an
earned run and gave up only
one run-producing swing (a
two-run homer by Evan Gattis) and still that wasn't
enough, the Angels succumbing only after their final two shots at Verlander.
With two outs in the
ninth, Albert Pujols singled
and Andrelton Simmons
walked. Cozart worked the
count to 2-1 before — on Verlander’s 118th pitch of the
night — popping out for Verlander’s first shutout since
“I was trying to get a good
pitch to hit,” Cozart said,
“and popped it up.”
The threat in the eighth
was even more dramatic.
With one out, Ian Kinsler
singled and Kole Calhoun
hit a ground-rule double to
center, Calhoun’s first extrabase hit since opening day
and third hit in 28 at-bats
against Verlander. Kinsler
couldn’t score as the ball
bounced over the fence.
Manager Mike Scioscia
then used Luis Valbuena to
hit for Martin Maldonado.
Although Valbuena was only
three for 33 all-time against
Verlander, one of those hits
was a homer.
Here, the Angels’ most famous bat-flipper watched a
97.5-mph fastball for strike
three, Valbuena in such disagreement with umpire
Chris Conroy’s call that he
actually flipped his bat. Yes,
on a strikeout.
That brought up Mike
Trout, matching a pair of
players at the tops of their
respective games.
The great showdown
lasted one pitch and ended
with an overwhelmingly
swing, Trout tapping gently
back to Verlander, who
tossed to first for the third
“Just my timing is a little
late right now,” said Trout,
who is one for 18 on this
homestand. “Easy fix. Big
situation tonight. But a lot of
baseball left.”
For the second consecutive game, Scioscia batted
Trout first and Shohei
Ohtani second in the order.
For the second consecutive
game, the results weren’t
good. In those two games,
they are one for 14.
In fairness, Scioscia
could have put Trout and
Ohtani in all nine spots in
the lineup and it might not
have mattered.
Not with Verlander on
the mound, the Houston
right-hander diminishing
the Angels’ hitters so completely that it was going to
take more than a monkey to
rally them.
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IT WAS THAT KIND of night for the Angels, as Shohei Ohtani reacts after striking out in the sixth inning.
Barria sent to minors after strong start
By Jeff Miller
Had the bullpen finished
Tuesday what he so expertly
started, Jaime Barria would
have spent Wednesday in one
of the strangest places in
Leading the Angels in victories and playing for the Salt
Lake Bees.
The rookie was optioned
back to triple A despite another strong start against Houston. He left after seven splendid innings and with the Angels leading 3-1. Reliever Jose
Alvarez then gave up three
runs in what became a 5-3
The development cost
Barria his fourth win, which
would have tied Garrett
Richards for tops on the
Barria was sent down because the Angels won’t need
an extra starter until their
next trip. Reliever Eduardo
Paredes was recalled to take
his roster spot.
“It’s tough,” manager
Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t
think anyone when they’re
performing well would expect
it. But there’s a difference in
getting to the big leagues and
then making footprints in the
big leagues.
“Right now, Jaime is obviously starting to make some
footprints. But he’s not quite
there yet. There are a lot of
Leading role
ing Ian Kinsler and Zack
Cozart. Trout also hit first
The players who haven’t
been tried in that spot include
the one who leads the team in
hits and is second in on-base
Andrelton Simmons and
his .342 average (entering
Wednesday) have been moved
no higher in the order than
“He’s doing a great job and
comfortable hitting with the
grouping he’s in now with
some guys on base,” Scioscia
said, all indications being that
Simmons will stay put for now.
Mike Trout became the
third player to hit leadoff for
the Angels on Tuesday, join-
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things that are out of his control.”
Only 21, Barria remains the
sixth starter on a team that
has been gathering quality
starts of late. Four of his five
starts for the Angels have
been notably good.
Barria’s 2.13 ERA and 1.026
walks-plus-hits per inning
pitched are best among the
starters. Only Shohei Ohtani
has held the opposition to a
lower batting average among
Angels pitchers who have appeared in more than one
Astros continue to excel while Dodgers continue to sink
[Hernandez, from D1]
the Astros to a seventh game
in the World Series didn’t
make any intentional upgrades to its roster. The
Dodgers traded for Matt
Kemp, but that was only to
balance their books. They
didn’t expect Kemp to be on
their opening-day roster,
much less their leading
Last season, the Dodgers
and Astros were as evenly
matched as two teams could
be. This season, they
couldn’t be further apart.
The Dodgers are a traveling
dumpster fire, dropping
series after series to teams
designed to lose and secure
high draft picks. The Astros
remain in first place in the
American League West after
a 2-0 victory over the Angels
on Wednesday night at Angel
This isn’t to suggest that
the offseason strategies of
their respective front offices
were entirely responsible for
their divergent fortunes this
season. But it definitely was
a factor.
Relative to the Dodgers,
who have to figure out who
will start for them while
Clayton Kershaw and HyunJin Ryu remain sidelined, the
Astros have luxurious concerns. Before the series finale
in Anaheim, manager A.J.
Hinch spoke about when the
similarly styled Verlander
and Cole could stop pitching
on successive days.
Hinch acknowledged the
problem wasn’t really a
problem, saying, “I think if
you ask across the way,
whether it’s [the Angels] or
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A.J. HINCH has Houston atop the American League
GERRIT COLE , who is 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA, has add-
West after winning the World Series last year.
ed a power arm to an already strong Astros staff.
San Francisco next week,
they won’t be excited to face
similar styles when their
names are Gerrit Cole and
Justin Verlander.”
Cole is 4-1 with a 1.75
earned-run average. He
started the game the Astros
won Tuesday. The only AL
pitcher with a lower ERA
than him is the resurgent
Verlander (5-2), who
Wednesday lowered his mark
to 1.05 after pitching his first
shutout in three years.
Dallas Keuchel is a Cy
Young Award winner. Charlie
Morton has a 2.03 ERA. The
team’s youngest starter,
complacency that could have
set in after winning the World
“That kind of allows guys
not be complacent with
themselves,” Keuchel said.
“You have somebody else
that’s hungry and wants to
win a World Series. It gives
guys an extra bonus when
they might be taking off a
little bit, just kind of going
through the motions because of how taxing it is.”
Hinch was worried about
a so-called World Series
hangover. He consulted with
other coaches in Houston,
Mike D’Antoni of the NBA’s
Lance McCullers, is 5-2 with
a 3.63 ERA.
“Sometimes it’s boring
because you don’t get any
ground balls,” Correa said,
jokingly. “You see strikeouts
The relatively recent
additions of Verlander and
Cole also fortified the
bullpen. Collin McHugh and
Brad Peacock, who were
starters last season, have
moved into relief roles and
Keuchel theorized that
adding a significant component such as Cole has helped
the Astros fight against any
Rockets and Bill O’Brien of
the NFL’s Texans. While at
baseball’s winter meetings,
he spoke to other managers
with World Series experience, including Joe Maddon
of the Chicago Cubs and
Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians.
“But I also subscribe to
the theory you have to manage your own team,” Hinch
said. “I know my guys better
than anybody.”
Hinch scaled back the
playing time for some players
early in the exhibition season, but said, “You have to
work and prepare to play at
this level. One thing I wasn’t
going to allow was us to limp
into that season.”
It helps to have a lineup
as youthful as it is deep.
Correa is 23 and Bregman is
24. Altuve and George
Springer are 28. Gonzalez is
Asked about how Correa
and some of the others
started their offseason training programs so quickly after
winning the World Series,
Hinch said, “It’s great to be in
your 20s, isn’t it?”
Hinch followed up by
saying half-jokingly, “I bet
[34-year-old catcher Brian]
McCann took a little bit of
time off. I bet [31-year-old
outfielder Josh] Reddick
took a little bit of time off.”
If the team’s young nucleus supplies the Astros with
energy, it also provides a
framework of ambition. A
first overall draft pick, Correa was part of a celebrated
farm system that also included McCullers, Springer
and Bregman.
As these players scaled
up the minor leagues, they
had visions of not only becoming more than World
Series champions. They had
ambitions of becoming a
“We’re young,” Correa
said. “We’re hungry. We want
to strive for more. We want to
build a legacy here.”
The Dodgers can’t think
in those terms. Not yet.
Before they can make history, they first have to become respectable again.
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
25 18 .581
23 20 .535
San Francisco
22 22 .500 31⁄2
San Diego
17 27 .386 81⁄2
16 26 .381 81⁄2
25 17 .595
26 18 .591
St. Louis
23 17 .575
22 18 .550
15 29 .341
26 16 .619
24 16 .600
24 18 .571
New York
20 19 .513 41⁄2
16 26 .381
Wednesday’s results
at Miami 6, DODGERS 5
Philadelphia 4, at Baltimore 1
at Pittsburgh 3, Chicago White Sox 2
St. Louis 7, at Minnesota 5
Toronto 12, at New York 1
Milwaukee 8, at Arizona 2
Cincinnati 6, at San Francisco 3
at Atlanta 4, Chicago 1
at Washington 3, N.Y. Yankees 3, 5 inn., rain
N.Y. Yankees at Washington, rain
Lost 6 This month
8-13 Road
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Next: Today at Miami, 9 a.m.
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Dodgers AB R H BI Avg.
Utley 2b
5 0 1 0 .247
Pederson lf 5 1 1 0 .235
Turner 3b
5 0 2 0 .333
Grandal c
4 2 2 2 .278
Bellinger cf 3 1 1 0 .270
Taylor ss
4 1 2 1 .240
Muncy 1b
3 0 1 2 .237
Puig rf
4 0 0 0 .202
Buehler p
2 0 0 0 .091
1 0 0 0 .304
1 0 0 0 .219
37 5 10 5
Prado 3b
Realmuto c
Castro 2b
Bour 1b
Anderson rf
Dietrich lf
Rivera ss
Rojas ss-1b
Brinson cf
Hrnndz p
Shuck lf
000 104 000 —5
101 031 00x —6
a-struck out for Buehler in the 6th. b-grounded out for
Steckenrider in the 7th. c-out on fielder’s choice for Fields in the 8th.
Walks—Dodgers 1: Bellinger 1. Miami 4: Prado 1, Bour 2, Dietrich
1. Strikeouts—Dodgers 7: Utley 1, Grandal 1, Taylor 2, Muncy 1, Puig
1, Kemp 1. Miami 9: Prado 1, Realmuto 1, Castro 1, Bour 2, Anderson
1, Brinson 2, Hernandez 1. E—Taylor (4), Castro (4). LOB—Dodgers
7, Miami 10. 2B—Pederson (5), Bellinger (9), Muncy (4), Castro (8),
Rojas (6). HR—Grandal (7), off Hernandez; Bour (9), off Buehler;
Realmuto (6), off Baez. RBIs—Grandal 2 (26), Taylor (16), Muncy 2
(10), Realmuto (12), Castro (19), Bour 2 (23), Anderson (21), Rojas
(16). SF—Rojas. DP—Miami 1 (Castro, Rivera, Rojas).
Buehler .......................5 7 5 4 2 7
Baez, L, 1-2.................1 2 1 1 1 1
Fields .........................1 1 0 0 0 0
Hudson....................... 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
Alexander.................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Hernandez ...................5 3 1 1 1 2
Tazawa........................1⁄3 3 3 3 0 0
Stkdr, W, 2-1, BS, 1-1 .12⁄3 3 1 1 0 4
Barraclough, H, 5 .........1 0 0 0 0 1
Ziegler, S, 7-7 ..............1 1 0 0 0 0
HBP—Buehler (Rojas), Barraclough (Muncy).
T—3:01. Tickets sold—5,721 (36,742).
Pinch-hitter Josh Bell singled to end a
seventh-inning tie and Pittsburgh won
for the seventh time in its last eight
games. The Pirates are 10-2 in interleague play this season.
Lost 2 This month
11-14 Road
13-6 Interleague
Next: Tonight vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 7
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
Other upcoming games
Friday vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 6 p.m.
Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 1 p.m.
AB R H BI Avg. Angels
AB R H BI Avg.
Springer cf
4 0 1 0 .287 Trout cf
4 0 0 0 .298
Bregman 3b 4 0 1 0 .259 Ohtani dh
4 0 0 0 .325
Altuve 2b
4 0 1 0 .309 Upton lf
4 0 0 0 .257
Correa ss
3 0 0 0 .281 Pujols 1b
4 0 2 0 .256
McCann c
4 0 0 0 .261 Simmons ss 3 0 1 0 .342
Gurriel 1b
4 0 0 0 .263 Cozart 3b
4 0 0 0 .229
Reddick rf
3 1 0 0 .228 Kinsler 2b
3 0 1 0 .212
Gattis dh
3 1 1 2 .212 Calhoun rf
3 0 1 0 .165
Kemp lf
3 0 1 0 .333 Mldndo c
2 0 0 0 .261
32 2 5 2
a-Valbuena 1 0 0 0 .246
Rivera c
0 0 0 0 .259
32 0 5 0
020 000 000 —2
000 000 000 —0
a-struck out for Maldonado in the 8th.
Walks—Houston 1: Correa 1. Angels 1: Simmons 1.
Strikeouts—Houston 7: Springer 1, McCann 1, Gurriel 2, Reddick
1, Gattis 2. Angels 7: Ohtani 3, Pujols 1, Calhoun 1, Maldonado 1,
Valbuena 1.
E—Cozart (3). LOB—Houston 4, Angels 6. 2B—Bregman (14),
Altuve (11), Calhoun (1). HR—Gattis (4), off Richards. RBIs—Gattis 2
Runners left in scoring position—Houston 2 (Altuve, Correa);
Angels 3 (Trout 2, Cozart). RISP—Houston 0 for 3; Angels 0 for 3.
DP—Angels 1 (Cozart, Kinsler, Pujols).
Verlander, W, 5-2 ..........9 5 0 0 1 7
118 1.05
Richards, L, 4-2............7 4 2 0 1 4
91 3.47
Ramirez.......................1 1 0 0 0 1
17 3.80
Parker .........................1 0 0 0 0 2
15 3.10
U—Chris Conroy, Chris Segal, Brian O’Nora, CB Bucknor. T—2:39.
Tickets sold—28,078 (45,050).
Moncada 2b
Sanchez ss
Abreu 1b
Delmonico lf
Davidson 3b
Garcia rf
Narvaez c
Engel cf
Santiago p
Pittsburgh AB R H BI Avg.
Moroff 2b
2 0 0 0 .219
c-Frazier cf
1 0 0 0 .229
Polanco rf
4 0 0 0 .228
Freese 3b
4 0 0 0 .250
Osuna 1b
3 0 0 0 .300
Dickerson lf 3 1 1 0 .318
Diaz c
2 2 1 0 .383
Rodrigz cf
4 0 1 2 .171
Mercer ss
2 0 0 0 .234
Taillon p
1 0 0 0 .154
1 0 1 1 .263
27 3 4 3
010 010 000 —2
020 000 10x —3
a-grounded out for Santiago in the 6th. b-singled for Santana in
the 7th. c-out on fielder’s choice for Moroff in the 7th. d-flied out for
Jones in the 9th. e-singled for Sanchez in the 9th. 1-ran for Castillo in
the 9th.
Walks—Chicago 3: Moncada 1, Narvaez 2. Pittsburgh 6: Osuna 1,
Dickerson 1, Diaz 2, Mercer 1, Taillon 1. Strikeouts—Chicago 6:
Sanchez 1, Abreu 1, Davidson 2, Engel 1, Santiago 1. Pittsburgh 7:
Moroff 1, Polanco 2, Freese 1, Dickerson 1, Rodriguez 1, Mercer 1.
E—Sanchez (4). LOB—Chicago 10, Pittsburgh 7. 2B—Garcia (2),
Diaz (2), Rodriguez (2). HR—Garcia (2), off Taillon; Sanchez (2), off
Taillon. RBIs—Sanchez (20), Garcia (11), Rodriguez 2 (9), Bell (25).
DP—Chicago 1 (Santiago, Moncada, Abreu).
Santiago......................5 2 2 2 3 2
64 5.29
Fry .............................1 0 0 0 1 2
17 0.00
Soria, L, 0-2 ................1 2 1 1 1 2
32 4.72
Jones..........................1 0 0 0 1 1
20 3.86
Taillon.......................52⁄3 5 2 2 3 5
96 3.97
Santana, W, 1-0 .........11⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
16 3.00
Feliz, H, 8....................1 1 0 0 0 1
14 3.00
Vazquez, S, 8-8 ............1 1 0 0 0 0
9 2.55
HBP—Santiago (Moroff), Taillon (Garcia).
U—Bruce Dreckman, Mike Estabrook, Kerwin Danley, Chad
Fairchild. T—2:45. Tickets sold—20,286 (38,362).
Trevor Bauer struck out 10 in eight
sparkling innings, and visiting Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep by
the injury-plagued Tigers. The scuffling
Indians lead the AL Central despite a
.500 record.
Davis cf-lf
Brantley lf
1-G.Allen cf
Ramirez dh
Lindor ss
Guyer rf
Alonso 1b
Gnzlz 3b
Kipnis 2b
Perez c
28 17 .622
25 18 .581
24 18 .571
21 22 .488
17 27 .386 101⁄2
21 21 .500
18 21 .462 11⁄2
19 23 .452
Kansas City
13 30 .302 81⁄2
10 29 .256 91⁄2
New York
28 12 .700
29 14 .674
22 21 .512 71⁄2
Tampa Bay
19 22 .463 91⁄2
13 29 .310
Wednesday’s results
Houston 2, at ANGELS 0
Philadelphia 4, at Baltimore 1
at Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 2
Cleveland 6, at Detroit 0
St. Louis 7, at Minnesota 5
Toronto 12, N.Y. Mets 1
Tampa Bay 5, at Kansas City 3
Texas 5, at Seattle 1
at Boston 6, Oakland 4
at Washington 3, New York 3, 5 inn., rain
New York at Washington, rain
200 310 000 —6
000 000 000 —0
7 p.m.
FS West
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
Reds’ Votto
issues apology
Cincinnati first baseman Joey
Votto apologized for saying he
doesn’t care about Canadian baseball after being asked about a recent no-hitter by Seattle’s James
Paxton at Toronto.
In a Yahoo Sports podcast,
Votto said that “as far as Toronto,
and Canadian baseball, and the
country of Canada, and [Paxton]
being Canadian, I don’t care at all.”
The Toronto native said he is
“terribly ashamed” of his comments and called them “ridiculously selfish and short-sighted” in
an email posted on the Canadian
Baseball Network website.
Votto said the question brought
back feelings of resentment over
not making Team Canada or being
drafted by the Blue Jays. Votto
played for Canada in the 2009 and
2013 World Baseball Classics.
Minnesota catcher Jason Castro is out for the season after knee
surgery. ... Oakland catcher Bruce
Maxwell will sit out a four-game
series at Toronto that starts
Thursday because he can’t enter
Canada while awaiting sentencing
in Arizona on a gun-related charge.
... Landing on the disabled list:
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis
Cespedes (hip), Tampa Bay outfielder Carlos Gomez (groin), St.
Louis reliever Luke Gregerson
— associated press
301 010 000 —5
000 120 000 —3
Walks—Tampa Bay 1: Wendle 1. Kansas City 4: Jay 1, Moustakas
1, Gordon 2. Strikeouts—Tampa Bay 5: Cron 1, Wendle 1, Miller 1,
Smith 1, Field 1. Kansas City 8: Jay 1, Soler 1, Moustakas 2, Perez 1,
Merrifield 1, Dozier 1, Escobar 1. E—Smith (3). LOB—Tampa Bay 6,
Kansas City 9. 2B—Span (6), Robertson (7), Jay (5), Soler (13),
Gordon (4). HR—Cron (10), off Hammel. RBIs—Cron (26), Miller
(14), Hechavarria 2 (16), Soler (19), Moustakas (30), Escobar (12).
SB—Soler (2). SF—Moustakas, Escobar. Runners left in scoring
position—Tampa Bay 5 (Span, Miller 2, Smith, Field); Kansas City 2
(Perez, Escobar). RISP—Tampa Bay 2 for 12; Kansas City 2 for 6.
Runners moved up—Miller, Robertson, Field, Ramos 2, Dozier.
FIDP—Soler. GIDP—Ramos, Perez. DP—Tampa Bay 2 (Span,
Wendle), (Hechavarria, Wendle, Miller); Kansas City 1 (Escobar,
Merrifield, Dozier).
Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien tags out Boston outfielder Mookie Betts on a
steal attempt in the second inning. The Red Sox won 6-4 at Fenway Park.
9 a.m.
4 p.m.
5.05 4:15 p.m.
2.66 4:30 p.m.
3.12 7:15 p.m.
Bauer, W, 3-3...............8 4 0 0 0 10
108 2.59
C.Allen ........................1 1 0 0 0 3
17 3.18
Carpenter, L, 0-1 ..........5 7 6 5 1 0
88 8.31
Lewicki........................4 3 0 0 1 4
72 3.60
HBP—Carpenter (Guyer).
U—Ed Hickox, Jerry Meals, Gabe Morales, Roberto Ortiz. T—2:33.
Tickets sold—24,771 (41,297).
Tampa Bay
Kansas City
TB/Archer (R)
Angels/Skaggs (L)
OAK/Triggs (R)
TOR/Sanchez (R)
BAL/Gausman (R)
BOS/Price (L)
TEX/Hamels (L)
CHI/Shields (R)
DET/Boyd (L)
SEA/Gonzales (L)
Tampa Bay AB R H BI Avg. Kan. City
AB R H BI Avg.
Span lf
5 1 2 0 .254 Jay rf
4 1 3 0 .299
Cron dh
4 3 2 1 .289 Soler dh
4 1 1 1 .314
Wendle 2b 3 0 1 0 .286 Mstakas 3b 3 0 0 1 .294
Ramos c
4 1 2 0 .289 Perez c
4 0 0 0 .244
Miller 1b
4 0 0 1 .225 Mrrifld 2b
4 1 1 0 .289
Hchvria ss 4 0 1 2 .267 Gordon lf
2 0 1 0 .279
Smith cf
4 0 1 0 .308 Dozier 1b
4 0 1 0 .273
Rbrtsn 3b
4 0 1 0 .260 Escobar ss
3 0 0 1 .235
Field rf
4 0 0 0 .265 Almonte cf
4 0 1 0 .205
36 5 10 4
32 3 8 3
Bartolo Colon (2-1), on the cusp of his
45th birthday, laughed off a line drive
that hit him in the stomach. He allowed
four hits in 72⁄3 shutout innings, lifting
Texas over the host Mariners.
Milwaukee hit four home runs in the
first four innings against Matt Koch
(2-2), and Brandon Woodruff (2-0) held
Arizona to one hit in five innings,
Daniel Descalso’s two-run home run.
AB R H BI Avg. Seattle
DeShields cf 4 0 1 2 .263 Gordon cf
Choo dh
5 0 1 1 .241 Segura ss
Profar ss
5 1 1 0 .231 Haniger rf
Mazara rf
4 0 0 0 .279 Seager 3b
Gallo lf
4 0 0 0 .200 Healy 1b
K.-Falefa 3b 3 2 2 0 .257 Gamel lf
Odor 2b
4 1 1 0 .200 Zunino dh
Guzman 1b 4 1 0 0 .200 1-Hrdia dh
Perez c
2 0 1 0 .143 Romine 2b
a-Chirinos c 1 0 0 0 .194 Freitas c
36 5 7 3
Cain cf
Yelich lf
Aguilar 1b
Shaw 3b
Santana rf
Villar 2b
Saladino ss
Bandy c
Woodruff p
Albers p
Jennings p
Lopez p
C.J. Cron, who extended his on-base
streak to 22 games, homered and
scored three runs, and visiting Tampa
Bay completed a three-game sweep of
the woeful Royals (13-30).
Charles Krupa Associated Press
Dodgers/Maeda (R)
MIA/Smith (L)
SD/Lauer (L)
PIT/Kuhl (R)
PHI/Velasquez (R)
STL/Weaver (R)
CHI/Lester (L)
ATL/Soroka (R)
COL/Bettis (R)
SF/Samardzija (R)
Jones cf
Reyes lf
Kozma 3b
Cstllns dh
Goodrm rf
Hicks 1b
Mhtook lf
Greiner c
Iglesias ss
Mchdo 2b
1-ran for Brantley in the 9th.
Walks—Cleveland 2: Ramirez 1, Guyer 1.
Strikeouts—Cleveland 4: Lindor 1, Alonso 1, Kipnis 1, Perez 1.
Detroit 13: Reyes 2, Kozma 3, Castellanos 3, Goodrum 1, Hicks 2,
Mahtook 1, Greiner 1.
E—Carpenter (1). LOB—Cleveland 7, Detroit 3. 2B—Kipnis (10),
Greiner (1). HR—Brantley (6), off Carpenter. RBIs—Brantley (28),
Ramirez (30), Lindor (27), Gonzalez (7), Kipnis (14), Perez (3).
Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 2 (Lindor, Alonso);
Detroit 1 (Kozma). RISP—Cleveland 2 for 7; Detroit 1 for 4.
Runners moved up—Alonso. GIDP—Alonso, Hicks, Iglesias.
DP—Cleveland 2 (Lindor, Kipnis, Alonso), (Lindor, Alonso); Detroit
1 (Carpenter, Iglesias, Hicks).
000 000 014 —5
000 000 001 —1
a-struck out for Perez in the 8th. 1-ran for Zunino in the 8th.
Walks—Texas 3: DeShields 1, Kiner-Falefa 1, Chirinos 1. Seattle 1:
Healy 1. Strikeouts—Texas 10: Choo 1, Mazara 1, Gallo 3, Odor 1,
Guzman 3, Chirinos 1. Seattle 3: Gordon 1, Romine 2. E—Healy (1).
LOB—Texas 7, Seattle 5. 2B—DeShields (5), Profar (11), Gamel (3).
HR—Seager (8), off Kela. RBIs—DeShields 2 (6), Choo (16), Seager
(28). SB—Guzman (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Texas 5 (Choo 2, Profar 2,
Odor); Seattle 2 (Segura, Romine). RISP—Texas 2 for 10; Seattle 0
for 3. GIDP—Gamel.
DP—Texas 1 (Profar, Odor, Guzman).
96 2.82
Colon, W, 2-1.............72⁄3 4 0 0 0 3
Diekman .....................0 1 0 0 0 0
2 3.68
Leclerc, H, 3 ................ 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
1 2.57
Kela ...........................1 1 1 1 1 0
25 5.06
Bergman .....................7 2 0 0 0 5
90 0.00
6 1.65
Pazos, L, 1-1 ...............1⁄3 2 1 1 0 1
Vincent ....................... 2⁄3 2 1 0 0 1
10 3.63
Rzepczynski ................. 2⁄3 0 3 0 1 3
18 8.53
Altavilla.......................1⁄3 1 0 0 2 0
20 3.68
Diekman pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Vincent pitched to 1 batter
in the 9th.
Inherited runners-scored—Diekman 1-0, Leclerc 2-0, Vincent
2-1, Rzepczynski 1-1, Altavilla 2-2. PB—Freitas (3).
U—Jeff Nelson, Laz Diaz, Manny Gonzalez, Andy Fletcher. T—2:52.
Tickets sold—20,629 (47,943).
Betts rf
Bnntndi cf
Ramirez dh
Martinez lf
Bogaerts ss
Moreland 1b
Nunez 2b
Devers 3b
Vazquez c
000 020 101 —4
300 003 00x —6
a-homered for Pinder in the 7th.
Walks—Oakland 5: Lowrie 2, Davis 1, Pinder 2. Boston 2:
Martinez 1, Moreland 1. Strikeouts—Oakland 13: Semien 1, Canha
2, Lowrie 1, Davis 1, Chapman 3, Olson 1, Piscotty 2, Lucroy 2.
Boston 6: Benintendi 1, Bogaerts 1, Moreland 3, Nunez 1. E—Pinder
(1). LOB—Oakland 5, Boston 4. HR—Semien (4), off Sale; Joyce (5),
off Hembree; Olson (6), off Kimbrel; Martinez (12), off Cahill;
Bogaerts (5), off Dull. RBIs—Semien 2 (20), Olson (16), Joyce (7),
Ramirez (29), Martinez 2 (36), Bogaerts 3 (21). CS—Betts (2).
Runners left in scoring position—Oakland 2 (Chapman, Piscotty);
Boston 2 (Betts, Bogaerts). RISP—Oakland 0 for 5; Boston 3 for 7.
Runners moved up—Ramirez 2, Martinez.
DP—Boston 1 (Bogaerts, Nunez, Moreland).
Cahill, L, 1-2................5 5 3 3 1 1
88 2.79
Dull ............................1 4 3 3 1 1
34 5.79
Hatcher .......................1 0 0 0 0 1
11 5.93
Coulombe....................1 0 0 0 0 3
16 5.40
Sale, W, 4-1 ................5 2 2 2 4 9
102 2.29
Barnes, H, 10 ..............1 1 0 0 0 2
16 2.89
Hembree .....................1 1 1 1 0 1
20 5.31
Kelly, H, 5....................1 0 0 0 1 0
12 2.21
Kimbrel, S, 12-14 .........1 1 1 1 0 1
19 2.45
PB—Vazquez (3).
U—John Tumpane, Jim Reynolds, Ben May, Mark Wegner. T—3:08.
Tickets sold—34,947 (37,731).
AB R H BI Avg.
Peralta lf-rf
4 0 0 0 .279
Dyson cf
1 1 0 0 .182
b-Owings cf 1 0 0 0 .202
Dscalso 3b 4 1 1 2 .261
Gldsmdt 1b 4 0 0 0 .208
Souza Jr. rf
3 0 1 0 .154
Marrero 3b
1 0 0 0 .192
Marte 2b
4 0 1 0 .226
Avila c-1b
2 0 0 0 .125
Ahmed ss
4 0 1 0 .213
Koch p
1 0 0 0 .125
McFrlnd p
1 0 0 0 .000
1 0 0 0 .125
Murphy c
0 0 0 0 .231
31 2 4 2
320 120 000 —8
200 000 000 —2
a-struck out for McFarland in the 7th. b-grounded out for Dyson in
the 8th. c-popped out for Jennings in the 9th.
Walks—Milwaukee 2: Cain 2. Arizona 4: Dyson 2, Avila 2.
Strikeouts—Milwaukee 2: Yelich 1, Bandy 1. Arizona 11: Peralta 2,
Descalso 2, Goldschmidt 1, Souza Jr. 2, Marrero 1, Marte 1, Avila 1,
Walker 1. LOB—Milwaukee 3, Arizona 6. 2B—Shaw (12), Villar (2).
3B—Ahmed (1). HR—Shaw (10), off Koch; Santana (2), off Koch;
Yelich (4), off Koch; Saladino (2), off Koch; Descalso (5), off
Woodruff. RBIs—Yelich 2 (17), Shaw 2 (26), Santana 2 (11), Villar
(11), Saladino (4), Descalso 2 (22). SB—Cain (10), Dyson (6).
DP—Arizona 1 (Goldschmidt, Dyson).
Woodruff, W, 2-0 ..........5 1 2 2 4 6
94 6.75
Albers .........................1 1 0 0 0 0
15 1.29
Jennings......................2 1 0 0 0 3
29 2.41
Lopez..........................1 1 0 0 0 2
17 4.32
83 4.06
Koch, L, 2-2 ..............41⁄3 9 8 8 1 0
McFarland .................22⁄3 1 0 0 1 1
40 1.91
De La Rosa..................1 0 0 0 0 0
14 2.40
Chafin.........................1 0 0 0 0 1
7 1.88
Inherited runners-scored—McFarland 2-2.
U—Jeremie Rehak, Bill Miller, Todd Tichenor, Alan Porter. T—3:04.
Tickets sold—16,762 (48,519).
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home
run, J.D. Martinez added a two-run
shot and Boston avoided its first
series sweep and avoided matching its
season-high three-game losing skid.
Semien ss
Canha cf
Lowrie 2b
Davis dh
Chapman 3b
Olson 1b
Piscotty rf
Pinder lf
a-Joyce lf
Lucroy c
Cincinnati AB R H BI Avg. San Fran.
Peraza ss
5 1 2 0 .269 Blanco cf
Gennett 2b 4 2 2 1 .327 b-Hrndez cf
Votto 1b
3 2 1 1 .289 McCthn rf
Duvall lf
4 1 2 3 .191 Belt lf
Schebler rf
4 0 0 0 .245 Longoria 3b
Barnhart c
4 0 0 0 .274 Sandval 1b
Blandino 3b 4 0 2 0 .278 Hndley c
Harvey p
2 0 0 0 .182 Gomez 2b
1 0 0 0 .258 Tmlnsn ss
Hamilton cf 4 0 0 0 .212 Suarez p
35 6 9 5
St. Louis
Pham cf
Martinez dh
DeJong ss
Ozuna lf
Fowler rf
Gyorko 3b
Crpntr 1b
Pena c
Garcia 2b
Wong 2b
San Francisco
400 010 100 —6
201 000 000 —3
a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th. b-popped out for Blanco in the
6th. c-grounded out for Hughes in the 9th. d-singled for Valdez in the
Walks—Cincinnati 1: Votto 1. San Francisco 2: McCutchen 1,
Sandoval 1. Strikeouts—Cincinnati 7: Votto 1, Schebler 1, Blandino
2, Harvey 1, Hamilton 2. San Francisco 10: Blanco 1, McCutchen 2,
Belt 1, Sandoval 1, Hundley 1, Gomez 1, Tomlinson 1, Suarez 1,
Jackson 1. LOB—Cincinnati 4, San Francisco 9. 2B—Gennett (11),
Blanco (4), McCutchen (11), Tomlinson (4). HR—Duvall (8), off
Suarez; Gennett (7), off Gearrin; Belt (9), off Harvey. RBIs—Gennett
(25), Votto (24), Duvall 3 (23), McCutchen (17), Belt (23), Sandoval
(12). SF—Sandoval. S—Peralta. DP—Cincinnati 2 (Peralta, Gennett,
Votto), (Peraza, Gennett, Votto).
Harvey ........................4 7 3 3 0 5
77 6.17
Peralta ........................2 2 0 0 2 1
28 3.80
Hughes, W, 2-2 ............2 2 0 0 0 2
25 1.40
Iglesias, S, 8-9 .............1 1 0 0 0 2
19 1.31
San Francisco
Suarez, L, 1-3 ..............6 8 5 4 1 5
96 4.88
Gearrin........................1 1 1 1 0 1
13 4.08
Valdez.........................2 0 0 0 0 1
16 11.25
PB—Hundley (3).
U—Doug Eddings, Marty Foster, Mark Ripperger, Joe West.
T—2:41. Tickets sold—38,662 (41,915).
AB R H BI Avg. Atlanta
Almora cf
4 0 1 0 .297 Albies 2b
Bryant 3b
4 0 3 1 .301 Acuna lf
Rizzo 1b
4 0 0 0 .195 Freeman 1b 3
Contreras c 2 0 1 0 .277 Markakis rf
Baez 2b
4 0 1 0 .266 Flowers c
Schwarber lf 4 0 0 0 .241 Inciarte cf
Russell ss
4 0 1 0 .250 Camargo ss 2
Happ rf-lf
4 1 1 0 .233 Flaherty 3b 4
Chatwood p 1 0 0 0 .200 McCarthy p 2
a-La Stella
1 0 0 0 .302 b-Tucker
Zobrist rf
1 0 0 0 .287 Totals
33 1 8 1
Hrndz 2b
Hoskins dh
Herrera cf
Santana 1b
Williams rf-lf
Franco 3b
Florimon ss
Valentin lf
a-Altherr rf
Knapp c
000 010 000 —1
100 000 03x —4
a-popped out for Duensing in the 7th. b-lined out for Minter in the
Walks—Chicago 2: Contreras 2. Atlanta 7: Freeman 1, Markakis
2, Flowers 1, Inciarte 1, Camargo 2. Strikeouts—Chicago 11: Almora
3, Rizzo 1, Baez 3, Schwarber 2, Happ 1, Chatwood 1. Atlanta 5:
Acuna 1, Flowers 1, Inciarte 1, Camargo 2. LOB—Chicago 8, Atlanta
7. 2B—Bryant (12), Russell (10), Albies (15), Flowers (1). 3B—Albies
(2). RBIs—Bryant (22), Acuna (8), Freeman (32), Flowers (5),
Camargo (11). S—Chatwood. DP—Chicago 3 (Russell, Baez, Rizzo),
(Russell, Baez, Rizzo), (Rizzo, Russell, Duensing); Atlanta 1
(Freeman, Camargo).
Chatwood..................51⁄3 4 1 1 2 2
79 3.14
Duensing .................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
12 0.64
Cishek ........................1 0 0 0 1 2
17 1.83
16 3.79
Edwards, L, 2-1............1⁄3 3 3 3 2 0
Hancock ..................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 1
14 3.38
McCarthy.....................6 5 1 1 2 8
85 5.05
Carle ..........................1 2 0 0 0 1
19 0.72
Minter, W, 2-0 ..............1 1 0 0 0 1
15 2.50
Vizcaino, S, 8-10 ..........1 0 0 0 0 1
13 2.61
Carle pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Inherited runners-scored—Duensing 1-0, Hancock 3-1, Minter
T—2:55. Tickets sold—28,264 (41,149).
St. Louis
Minnesota AB R H BI Avg.
Mauer dh
5 0 2 1 .287
Dozier 2b
5 1 0 0 .242
Rosario lf
4 1 3 0 .296
Kepler rf
4 0 1 1 .241
Garver c
4 1 1 0 .254
Mrrisn 1b
3 1 2 2 .206
Buxton cf
3 1 0 0 .167
Grsmn rf
0 0 0 0 .230
Adrnza ss
3 0 0 0 .224
Escbr 3b
1 0 0 0 .279
Petit 3b
2 0 1 0 .438
34 5 10 4
210 010 210 —7
110 001 020 —5
Walks—St. Louis 6: Martinez 1, DeJong 2, Fowler 2, Pena 1. Minnesota 5:
Rosario 1, Morrison 1, Grossman 1, Petit 2. Strikeouts—St. Louis 10: Pham 2,
Martinez 1, DeJong 1, Ozuna 1, Gyorko 1, Carpenter 1, Pena 1, Garcia 1, Bader 1.
Minnesota 6: Dozier 2, Kepler 1, Buxton 1, Adrianza 1, Escobar 1. E—Fowler (2).
LOB—St. Louis 10, Minnesota 7. 2B—Martinez (11), DeJong (8), Carpenter 2
(8). HR—Pham (8), off Hughes; Morrison (5), off Bowman. RBIs—Pham (18),
Martinez (23), DeJong (19), Fowler 2 (18), Gyorko (8), Carpenter (14), Mauer
(11), Kepler (15), Morrison 2 (15). CS—Fowler (2). DP—St. Louis 3 (Gyorko,
Garcia, Carpenter), (DeJong, Garcia, Carpenter), (Gyorko, Wong, Carpenter);
Minnesota 1 (Dozier, Petit, Morrison).
St. Louis
85 2.63
Mikolas.....................42⁄3 7 2 2 2 2
Cecil .......................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
5 3.38
Bowman, H, 5 ..............1 1 1 1 0 1
29 5.82
Hicks, W, 2-1 ...............1 0 0 0 1 0
16 0.92
16 6.17
Holland....................... 1⁄3 2 2 2 2 0
Norris, S, 9-9.............12⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
22 2.14
Lynn, L, 1-4 .................3 4 3 3 4 5
82 7.47
22 5.94
Rogers ......................12⁄3 2 1 1 0 0
Magill ......................... 2⁄3 2 0 0 0 1
17 0.84
Pressly ........................1 1 2 2 2 1
23 2.31
7 3.86
Duke ..........................2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
Hughes .......................1 1 1 1 0 1
14 6.55
Reed ..........................1 2 0 0 0 1
17 2.42
WP—Lynn, Norris, Reed. T—3:50. Tickets sold—25,180 (38,649).
J.A. Happ struck out 10 and gave up
two hits in seven innings, helping
Toronto to its first win at New York in 13
games, the longest skid against one
team in interleague history.
Baltimore AB R H BI Avg.
Mancini lf
2 0 0 0 .271
1-Gentry lf
0 0 0 0 .206
Jones cf
4 1 1 1 .259
Machado ss 4 0 0 0 .342
Schoop 2b
4 0 0 0 .240
Trumbo rf
4 0 0 0 .304
Davis 1b
4 0 1 0 .173
Sisco c
3 0 1 0 .227
Alvarez dh
3 0 0 0 .193
Peterson 3b 3 0 1 0 .194
31 1 4 1
000 003 100 —4
100 000 000 —1
Nick Pivetta overpowered host Baltimore with his fastball and curve, tying
a career high with 11 strikeouts, and
Cesar Hernandez homered for Philadelphia in a wet interleague matchup.
Dexter Fowler reached base four times
and drove in two runs, Matt Carpenter
had three hits, and St. Louis, which
had lost five of seven games, beat
former Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in Ozzie Albies
with the tiebreaking run in a three-run
eighth inning in which reliever Carl
Edwards Jr. (2-1) allowed five consecutive baserunners.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett
homered half an inning after saving
two runs with a diving catch on a
difficult popup and teammate Adam
Duvall hit a three-run home run.
Tampa Bay
89 5.20
Faria.........................41⁄3 4 3 3 4 2
7 4.60
Roe............................ 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Andriese, W, 1-1...........3 3 0 0 0 3
42 3.38
Colome, S, 9-11 ...........1 1 0 0 0 2
17 4.12
Kansas City
Hammel, L, 0-5 ............6 10 5 5 0 2
73 6.28
Keller..........................1 0 0 0 1 1
20 2.08
Boyer ..........................1 0 0 0 0 0
9 12.89
Adam .........................1 0 0 0 0 2
16 0.00
Hammel pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
HBP—Hammel (Cron), Faria (Soler). WP—Faria.
U—Mike Muchlinski, Tim Timmons, Rob Drake, Sean Barber.
T—2:59. Tickets sold—19,611 (37,903).
a-popped out for Valentin in the 8th. 1-ran for Mancini in the 8th.
Walks—Philadelphia 3: Santana 1, Williams 1, Knapp 1.
Baltimore 2: Mancini 2.
Strikeouts—Philadelphia 8: Hernandez 1, Hoskins 1, Santana 1,
Franco 1, Florimon 2, Valentin 1, Knapp 1. Baltimore 13: Mancini 1,
Jones 1, Schoop 2, Trumbo 4, Davis 1, Sisco 2, Peterson 2.
LOB—Philadelphia 7, Baltimore 5. 2B—Hoskins (12), Williams
(3), Davis (3), Peterson (3). 3B—Hernandez (1). HR—Hernandez (5),
off Cashner; Jones (7), off Pivetta. RBIs—Hernandez (14), Hoskins
(26), Franco (29), Florimon (2), Jones (21). CS—Williams (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Philadelphia 3 (Santana, Franco,
Valentin); Baltimore 3 (Machado 2, Alvarez). RISP—Philadelphia 3
for 7; Baltimore 0 for 4. DP—Baltimore 1 (Sisco, Machado).
Pivetta, W, 3-2 .............7 2 1 1 1 11
99 3.72
Hunter, H, 7.................1⁄3 2 0 0 0 0
6 4.15
Garcia, H, 9................. 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
12 2.81
Ramos, H, 5 ................ 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
6 1.08
Neris .......................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
5 5.06
Cashner, L, 1-5 ..........52⁄3 5 3 3 3 6
103 4.83
Bleier ......................... 2⁄3 2 1 1 0 1
8 1.52
Givens ........................2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
7 3.22
Scott ..........................1 1 0 0 0 0
15 3.00
Brach..........................1 0 0 0 0 1
11 4.32
Inherited runners-scored—Garcia 2-0, Bleier 2-1, Givens 1-1.
U—Brian Gorman, Adrian Johnson, Tripp Gibson, Shane
Livensparger. T—2:42. Tickets sold—29,706 (45,971).
Grdrsn lf
1-Smith lf
Dldsn 3b
Urena ss
Smk 1b
Hrndz rf
Slrte 2b
Pillar cf
Maile c
Urshla ss
Happ p
New York
New York
AB R H BI Avg.
Lagares cf
3 0 0 0 .339
1 0 0 0 .230
Cabrera 2b 3 0 0 0 .320
Nimmo lf
1 1 1 1 .267
Flores 1b
4 0 2 0 .229
Conforto rf
4 0 0 0 .200
Evans lf-3b 3 0 0 0 .000
Gulrme 3b
3 0 1 0 .600
Lobaton c
3 0 0 0 .152
Wheeler p
1 0 0 0 .250
Reyes dh
1 0 0 0 .143
Baumann p 1 0 0 0 .000
Rosario ss
3 0 0 0 .254
31 1 4 1
100 233 003 —12
000 000 001 — 1
a-flied out for Loup in the 9th. b-struck out for Lagares in the 9th.
1-ran for Granderson in the 7th.
Walks—Toronto 6: Granderson 1, Donaldson 1, Smoak 1,
Hernandez 1, Maile 1, Happ 1. Strikeouts—Toronto 11: Granderson
2, Donaldson 1, Smoak 1, Hernandez 1, Pillar 2, Maile 1, Urshela 2,
Happ 1. New York 12: Lagares 2, Bruce 1, Conforto 1, Evans 3,
Lobaton 2, Wheeler 1, Reyes 1, Rosario 1. LOB—Toronto 9, New York
3. 2B—Granderson 2 (7), Smoak (10), Smith Jr. (3), Flores 2 (6).
HR—Smoak (6), off Wheeler; Hernandez (7), off Wheeler; Urena (1),
off Baumann; Nimmo (2), off Barnes. RBIs—Donaldson 2 (16),
Smoak 3 (25), Hernandez 3 (18), Pillar (18), Urena 3 (3), Nimmo
(5). SF—Donaldson.
Happ, W, 5-3 ...............7 2 0 0 0 10
101 4.15
Loup...........................1 0 0 0 0 1
10 3.63
Barnes ........................1 2 1 1 0 1
24 3.00
New York
Wheeler, L, 2-3.............4 7 6 6 3 7
81 5.92
Gsellman.....................1 0 0 0 1 1
21 3.04
Ramos........................2⁄3 4 3 3 1 0
27 5.17
26 4.50
Rhame......................11⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
Baumann ....................2 3 3 3 0 3
39 19.29
Wheeler pitched to 5 batters in the 5th.
U—Nic Lentz, Tony Randazzo, Lance Barrett, Bill Welke. T—3:34.
Tickets sold—28,400 (41,922).
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
Fleury shining for Knights on and off ice
— The Winnipeg Jets
were coming
at Vegas
Fleury in
waves in the third period,
using their brawn and skill
to create dangerous scoring
opportunities in an effort to
pull even in the third game
of the Western Conference
Just over eight minutes
into the period on Wednesday it looked like the Jets
would succeed.
That’s when forward
Mark Scheifele, the most
prolific scorer in this season’s Stanley Cup playoffs,
found himself in the left
circle with the puck on his
stick and only Fleury between him and new life for
the Jets. Scheifele shot.
Fleury got his right toe on it
but inadvertently deflected
the rebound into the slot.
“That wasn’t ideal,” Fleury
acknowledged. Scheifele
pounced and shot again.
Fleury made a frantic dive
to his left and got his body in
front of it, advancing the
Golden Knights’ improbable playoff drive again as
the emotional and competitive backbone of a 4-2 victory at T-Mobile Arena that
gave them a 2-1 series lead.
“He’s been doing it all
playoffs, his whole life,” said
Vegas forward James Neal,
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GOLDEN KNIGHTS’ James Neal, second from
right, is congratulated after scoring in second period.
who took an elbow to the
face from Dustin Byfuglien
and missed part of the first
period to undergo concussion protocol but returned
to contribute a goal and an
assist. “That was a key
It was an extraordinary
display, but then again,
nearly everything the firstyear Golden Knights have
done has defied belief. Their
success stems from their
speed and balance, and the
exploits of players like
undersized but big-hearted
forward Jonathan Marchessault, who scored in the first
and last minute on Wednes-
day. But it’s all possible
because of Fleury’s skills
and also his humor: During
a blowout win over San Jose
in the second round he
joined fans in doing the
wave, and when a scrum
formed in front of him on
Wednesday, he reached in
and playfully tickled the left
ear of startled Winnipeg
forward Blake Wheeler.
“I did that?” he said, in a
tone of pretend innocence.
“There are cameras everywhere.”
His sneaky move drew
laughs on Vegas’ bench.
“That’s a Flower move for
sure,” defenseman Brayden
1 Vegas vs. 2 Winnipeg
Golden Knights lead series 2-1
1 Tampa Bay vs. 1 Washington
Capitals lead series 2-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Winnipeg 4, Vegas 2
Vegas 3, Winnipeg 1
Vegas 4, Winnipeg 2
Friday at Vegas, 5
Sunday at Winnipeg, noon
Tuesday at Vegas, 6*
May 24 at Winnipeg, 5*
Washington 4, Tampa Bay 2
Washington 6, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2
Tonight at Washington, 5
Sat. at Tampa Bay, 4:15
Monday at Washington, 5*
May 23 at Tampa Bay, 5*
* if necessary
* All times PDT, p.m.
McNabb said, using Fleury’s
nickname. “He’s been
around long enough to know
when you’ve got to be serious, when you keep things
light. An intense game like
that he wants to be light and
that’s what makes him very
After the game, Fleury
again showed he has his
priorities in order. Still
wearing pads scarred by
pucks from some of his 33
saves, he spent time with
Carson and Jackson Haugan, whose father, Darcy,
was the coach and general
manager of the Humboldt
Broncos junior team and
was among the 16 people
killed in a bus crash in rural
Saskatchewan last month.
Fleury chatted with the
boys, answered their questions, made them feel at
home in the crowded locker
room. It was a touching
moment, grander than the
noise and flashing lights
and everything else that
happened on Wednesday.
And a lot did happen,
starting with Marchessault’s goal 35 seconds into
the first period. McNabb,
who was credited with a
game-high seven hits, created a turnover in the neutral zone and quickly got the
puck up to Marchessault.
Taking full advantage of his
speed, Marchessault escaped the clutches of Winnipeg defenseman Jacob
Trouba and maintained
control of the puck. He used
his deft stickhandling skills
to deke goaltender Connor
Hellebuyck before he
slipped a backhander into
the net.
The Jets made it 1-1 at
5:28 of the second period,
when Scheifele tipped a
sharp-angled shot by
Wheeler past Fleury at 5:28,
but the tie didn’t last long.
Hellebuyck was attempting
to bang the puck off the
boards and out of danger
but Vegas center Erik Haula
intercepted the puck and
passed it in front to Neal,
who had an easy time scoring at 5:40 for his fourth goal
of the playoffs. Alex Tuch
extended the lead to 3-1 at
8:13 when Neal captured the
rebound of a shot Hellebuyck had saved, went
behind the net and came
out on the other side to feed
Tuch, whose goal touched
off more roars from the
amped-up crowd.
Scheifele set a singlepostseason record with his
11th road goal, taking a pass
from Kyle Connor and besting Fleury 18 seconds into
the third period to bring the
Jets within one. But after
that, Fleury stepped up,
stopping a breakaway by
Tyler Myers before he kept
those two shots by Scheifele
out of the net. Marchessault
scored into an empty net
with three seconds left in
the third period, ensuring
the Jets would lose two
straight games for the first
time in their postseason run
and that Fleury’s feats
didn’t go to waste.
“Coming in here I just
wanted to help this team
any way I could, especially
on the ice,” Fleury said.
“Here we are. It’s been a long
and fun road so far.”
He has made that trip
both enjoyable and possible. And it’s not over yet.
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Golden Knights 4, Jets 2
Winnipeg .................................0
Vegas ......................................1
1 — 2
1 — 4
FIRST PERIOD—1, Vegas, Marchessault 7 (McNabb),
0:35. Penalties—Haula, VGK, (tripping), 11:10; Morrissey, WPG, (holding), 14:50; Perreault, WPG, (tripping),
SECOND PERIOD—2, Winnipeg, Scheifele 13
(Wheeler), 5:28. 3, Vegas, Neal 4 (Haula), 5:40. 4,
Vegas, Tuch 5 (Neal, Schmidt), 8:13.
Penalties—Scheifele, WPG, (slashing), 9:50; Sbisa,
VGK, (holding), 14:39; Scheifele, WPG, (roughing),
17:26; Carpenter, VGK, (roughing), 17:26; Eakin, VGK,
(roughing), 17:26; Wheeler, WPG, (roughing), 17:26.
THIRD PERIOD—5, Winnipeg, Scheifele 14 (Connor,
Wheeler), 0:18. 6, Vegas, Marchessault 8 (Fleury, McNabb), 19:57. Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL—Winnipeg 3-16-16—35. Vegas 1012-8—30. Power-play conversions—Winnipeg 0 of 2;
Vegas 0 of 3. Goalies—Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 9-5 (29
shots-26 saves). Vegas, Fleury 9-3 (35-33).
A—18,477 (17,367). T—2:40.
Hill should
make start
on Saturday
By Andy McCullough
MIAMI — The Dodgers
plan to reincorporate a pair of
left-handed pitchers into
their roster on Saturday
against Washington, with
Rich Hill scheduled to make
his start despite a blister issue
and reliever Tony Cingrani
expected to leave the disabled
list where he has been recovering from shoulder inflammation.
Hill completed a bullpen
session on Wednesday at Marlins Park. He was removed in
the sixth inning of his last outing when the blister flared up
on his left middle finger. This
was the same digit that suffered a cracked fingernail and
subsequent infection in April.
Manager Dave Roberts was
still confident Hill could pitch
this weekend.
“Rich is on for Saturday,”
Roberts said. “Ready to go.”
Cingrani has not pitched
since May 8. He experienced
fatigue during his outing in
San Francisco on April 27.
Cingrani termed this “dead
arm,” but the symptoms continued after that appearance.
The Dodgers could face
weather-related complications this weekend. The forecast calls for significant rain in
Washington on Friday and
Saturday. The Dodgers do not
have a day off on Monday, with
a series scheduled to start
against the Rockies at Dodger
Kershaw makes
throwing progress
Clayton Kershaw expanded his throwing program
to play catch from a distance
of 90 feet on Wednesday. Kershaw has been playing catch
regularly since landing on the
disabled list on May 6 with biceps tendinitis. He is eligible
to come off the 10-day disabled
list this week but is not expected to throw off a mound
during this road trip.
“I’m not sure what the plan
is tomorrow,” Roberts said.
“He may be off tomorrow. I’m
not sure. But today was good.
It was really good.”
Prospect Santana
bound for OKC
The Dodgers promoted
pitching prospect Dennis
Santana to triple-A Oklahoma City. Santana, a 22year-old right-hander, posted
a 3.96 earned-run average in
eight starts for double-A
Tulsa. He struck out 11.9 batters per nine innings. After
Walker Buehler, Santana
might be the most promising
young pitcher in the Dodgers
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Photographs by
Eric Espada Getty Images
YADIEL RIVERA of the Marlins forces Chase Utley of the Dodgers at second and throws to first for a game-ending double play.
Same story: Dodgers don’t get it done
[Dodgers, from D1]
these two teams considered
playoff contention in 2018 a
possibility when the season
began. Miami tanked its
chances by trading all three
members of the starting outfield during the offseason. The
Dodgers are tanking in less efficient, more excruciating
“Right now — for quite
some time, to be honest — we
haven’t been synced up,” Roberts said.
As he pondered the fate of
his team on Wednesday afternoon, Roberts reached across
the pond and through time.
He brought up a quote from
Winston Churchill. “When
you’re going through hell,”
Roberts as Churchill said,
“keep going.”
It was also Churchill who
said “success consists of going
from failure to failure without
loss of enthusiasm.” That
encapsulates Roberts these
days. He has revealed frustration for this group on only a
few occasions this season —
when Cody Bellinger did not
hustle to the manager’s
standard in San Francisco,
when the offense rolled
over last week against Cincinnati — but usually projects
A hint of exhaustion colored Roberts’ voice as he outlined his explanation for de-
YASMANI GRANDAL of the Dodgers is congratu-
lated after hitting a home run in the fourth inning.
ploying Baez in the sixth inning on Wednesday. Because
Buehler lasted only five, Roberts needed to string together
12 outs from his relievers.
Chargois was unavailable.
Roberts intended to distribute the workload between
Baez, Josh Fields and Daniel
“Someone’s going to have
to pitch,” Roberts said.
So he went to Baez. Realmuto crushed a belt-high
changeup for a two-out solo
shot. Baez may be the most
loathed member of the team
— a subject of scorn and ridicule from fans, a Dodger
jeered at Dodger Stadium —
but he still owns a lower
earned-run average than fellow relievers Hudson, Chargois, Scott Alexander and
Tony Cingrani.
“We have to make the adjustments in the bullpen, and
try to contribute as well,”
Baez said through his interpreter, Jesus Quinonez.
After roaring in the sixth,
the Dodgers whimpered
through the final three innings. The offense returned to
the slumbering state they had
experienced against Elieser
Hernandez, a 23-year-old chosen in the Rule 5 draft by Miami last winter. Hernandez
was making the first start of
his big league career.
Hernandez kept the Dodgers quiet through the first
three innings. The offense
squandered an opportunity in
the second. After a leadoff
walk by Bellinger and a single
by Chris Taylor, Max Muncy
stared at strike three, Yasiel
Puig flied out and Buehler
grounded out.
In the fourth, the Dodgers
broke through with a solo
home run from catcher Yasmani Grandal. By that point,
though, the team was already
Buehler permitted a run in
the first inning on a pair of hits
wrapped around a walk. Two
innings later, Buehler could
not erase a runner created by
a leadoff error from Taylor,
who fumbled a grounder hit
by third baseman Martin
Prado. Prado scored on a single by second baseman Starlin Castro. “I gave up too many
runs for us to win the game,”
Buehler said.
In the fifth, Castro bothered Buehler again. Castro
laced a single into center field
to set the stage for Bour. The
count ran full. Buehler fired a
96-mph fastball toward the
outer edge of the plate. Bour
displayed enough power to
drive the baseball the other
way for a two-run shot. Miami
would add another run with a
sacrifice fly from former Dodger Miguel Rojas, but Buehler
ended his night stunned by
Bour’s power.
“Just a gigantic, really,
really strong human, man,”
Buehler said. “I don’t really
know what else to say.”
Hernandez departed after
five innings. The Dodgers offense responded in uncharacteristic fashion: It awakened.
Joc Pederson doubled off reliever
Grandal provided an RBI single. Bellinger doubled.
As the Dodgers faced another situation with runners
in scoring position, manager
Don Mattingly inserted a new
reliever, Drew Steckenrider.
Taylor greeted him with an
RBI single. Muncy tied the
game in the next at-bat, hammering a 93-mph fastball for a
two-run double.
It was a rare sight: A string
of hits with men on base, an
electric dugout, a chance at
victory. It felt like a miracle. It
didn’t last long.
“It’s the same story,” Roberts said. “We just didn’t get it
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Nassar victims
reach settlement
staff and wire reports
Michigan State agreed to pay
$500 million to settle claims from
more than 300 women and girls who
said they were assaulted by sports
doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sexabuse case in sports history, officials
announced Wednesday.
The deal surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State to settle
claims by at least 35 people who accused assistant football coach Jerry
Sandusky of sexual abuse, though
the Nassar deal involves far more victims.
“We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they
have been through, and we admire
the courage it has taken to tell their
stories,” said Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State’s governing
It’s not clear how much each victim will receive, although the money
will not be divided equally. It’s also
unclear where the money will come
from. University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said school leaders will
now work on a way to pay the bill.
Nassar treated campus athletes
and scores of young gymnasts at his
Michigan State office, building an
international reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
The university and lawyers for 332
victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a
mediator. Under the agreement,
$425 million will be paid to current
claimants and $75 million will be set
aside for any future claims. Lawyers
will also be compensated out of the
$500-million pool.
McNair-NCAA trial
deliberations continue
The jury in former USC assistant
football coach Todd McNair’s defamation trial against the NCAA resumed deliberations less than 24
hours after telling the judge they were
Shortly before lunch at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, the jury foreman told Los Angeles County Judge
Frederick Shaller the group was taking a “deeper dive” into the case’s evidence in an attempt to get “the bigger
The jury reached an 8-4 impasse,
one vote from a verdict, though it
wasn’t clear which side the group favored.
The jury foreman said another
vote could take place Thursday
— Nathan Fenno
The UCLA men’s golf team qualified for the NCAA championships by
finishing in the top five at the College
Station Regional in Bryan, Texas.
The Bruins shot two over par in the
three-round tournament and finished fourth.
USC, which won the Pac-12 championship, struggled to a ninth-place
finish in the Pacific Regional in Stockton and did not make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.
The Trojans shot three over par. UC
Irvine finished 11th at eight over.
Pepperdine shot even par and
placed eighth in the Norman Regional in Oklahoma. Pepperdine
sophomore Joshua McCarthy shot
six under par to tie for fifth. He advanced to the NCAA tournament as
the top individual on a team that
didn’t qualify for the finals.
The wife of former U.S. Open golf
champion Lucas Glover made the
first call to 911 and claimed she was attacked by her mother-in-law, according to a tape of the call released that
provided another bizarre twist in the
wife’s arrest on a domestic violence
charge. Glover answered when the St.
John’s Sheriff ’s Office in Florida
called back and said his wife was lying.
Fabio Fognini beat sixth-seeded
Dominic Thiem 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach
the third round of the Italian Open in
Olympic gold medalist swimmer
Katie Ledecky made her pro debut
by breaking her own world record by
exactly five seconds in the 1,500-meter
freestyle at the TYR Pro Series meet
in Indianapolis.
Tejay van Garderen won the
Stage 4 time trial in 40 minutes, 47
seconds over the 21.6-mile course in
San Jose to take the overall lead of the
Tour of California bicycle race.
Marco Andretti led four Honda
drivers atop the speed chart on the
second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Mike Slive, the former Southeastern Conference commissioner who
guided the league to unprecedented
success, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Perez is trying to beat
the odds with Rams
[Farmer, from D1]
That took him to competitions all
over California, Arizona and Nevada.
Perez has rolled 12 perfect games.
But Perez loved football as a kid,
even though he didn’t stick with it
long enough to make varsity at Otay
Ranch High near San Diego, and
ultimately gave it a second chance.
He played quarterback for two seasons at Southwestern College in
Chula Vista — he ascended to starter
after being ninth of nine quarterbacks on the depth chart — before
moving on to Texas A&M Commerce, where last season he led the
Lions to a Division II national title.
Perez, whom the Rams list at 6
feet 3 and 220 pounds, showed a
knack for reading defenses, making
adjustments on the fly and putting
the ball in the right place. He threw
for 5,001 yards and 47 touchdowns
last season, completing 70.6% of his
‘To be able to come out
here and compete with
all these guys, show
them what I’m made of,
is just a dream come
—Luis Perez,
free-agent quarterback, on signing with
the Rams
passes. That earned him the Harlon
Hill Trophy, the Division II version of
the Heisman.
“Talent-wise, there are probably
better out there,” said Matt Storm,
offensive coordinator at Texas A&M
Commerce. “But he’s meticulous,
he’s detailed, and he’s going to figure
out a way to be successful.”
It’s not as if the Rams are looking
for a quarterback to replace Jared
Goff. And they already have backups
Sean Mannion and Brandon Allen.
But it’s a coup that Perez has gotten
this far, with a chance to get to training camp, and another — albeit a
slim one — to make the practice
squad. Already at offseason workouts, he has made a good impression.
“He comes up to you, looks you in
the eye, shakes your hand,” coach
Sean McVay said. “You can see he’s
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press
The Tour de France has the devil. Apparently the Tour of California has been blessed
with Dore Holte, who waits for riders during the Stage 4 time trial near San Jose.
Through May 13
FedExCup Season Points
1. Justin Thomas, 1,874.208. 2. Jason Day,
1,532.935. 3. Phil Mickelson, 1,348.222. 4.
Patton Kizzire, 1,328.500. 5. Patrick Reed,
1,315.261. 6. Bubba Watson, 1,291.780. 7.
Dustin Johnson, 1,227.777. 8. Webb Simpson,
1,227.704. 9. Jon Rahm, 1,144.168. 10. Tony
Finau, 1,117.732.
Scoring Average
1. Dustin Johnson, 69.198. 2. Justin Thomas,
69.314. 3. Webb Simpson, 69.455. 4. Jason
Day, 69.522. 5. Henrik Stenson, 69.677. 6.
Justin Rose and Paul Casey, 69.808. 8. Jordan
Spieth, 69.920. 9. Tommy Fleetwood, 69.947.
10. Rory McIlroy, 69.962.
Driving Distance
1. Trey Mullinax, 319.8. 2. Tony Finau, 316.6.
3. Luke List, 316.1. 4. Rory McIlroy, 316.0. 5.
Bubba Watson and Gary Woodland, 313.7. 7.
Tom Lovelady, 313.2. 8. Justin Thomas, 312.6. 9.
Keith Mitchell, 311.9. 10. Sam Burns, 310.8.
Driving Accuracy Percentage
1. Henrik Stenson, 76.80%. 2. Ryan Armour,
72.92%. 3. Chez Reavie, 72.22%. 4. Kyle Stanley, 71.14%. 5. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 70.96%. 6.
Colt Knost, 70.91%. 7. Brian Stuard, 70.68%. 8.
K.J. Choi, 70.38%. 9. Ryan Moore, 70.25%. 10.
Pat Perez, 69.91%.
Greens in Regulation Percentage
1. Henrik Stenson, 74.24%. 2. Kyle Stanley,
71.62%. 3. Jordan Spieth, 71.60%. 4. Kevin
Streelman, 71.24%. 5. Gary Woodland, 71.16%.
6. Pat Perez, 71.05%. 7. Bubba Watson,
70.80%. 8. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 70.76%. 9.
Brendan Steele, 70.60%. 10. Rickie Fowler,
SG: Putting
1. Jason Day, 1.414. 2. Phil Mickelson, 1.175.
3. Sam Burns, .976. 4. Greg Chalmers, .872. 5.
Webb Simpson, .832. 6. Branden Grace, .778.
7. Kiradech Aphibarnrat, .732. 8. Johnson Wagner, .708. 9. Peter Malnati, .703. 10. Kevin
Kisner, .670.
Birdie Average
1. Jon Rahm, 4.78. 2. Dustin Johnson, 4.72.
3. Phil Mickelson, 4.69. 4. Justin Rose, 4.59. 5.
Justin Thomas, 4.48. 6. Jason Day, 4.41. 7. Pat
Perez, 4.39. 8. Jordan Spieth, 4.33. 9. Chesson
Hadley, 4.27. 10. Bryson DeChambeau, 4.24.
Eagles (Holes per)
1. Dustin Johnson, 64.0. 2. Kiradech
Aphibarnrat, 66.0. 3. Sam Burns, 66.9. 4. Justin
Thomas and Conrad Shindler, 72.0. 6. Rafa Cabrera Bello, 76.0. 7. Tony Finau, 85.1. 8. Brandon Harkins, 87.2. 9. Webb Simpson, 96.0. 10.
Keegan Bradley, 102.0.
Sand Save Percentage
1. Jason Day, 68.18%. 2. Ben Crane, 64.18%.
3. Rob Oppenheim, 64.00%. 4. Phil Mickelson,
63.10%. 5. Webb Simpson, 62.34%. 6. Rory
Sabbatini, 62.18%. 7. Louis Oosthuizen,
62.00%. 8. Henrik Stenson, 61.54%. 9. Brandt
Snedeker, 61.33%. 10. Seamus Power, 60.64%.
All-Around Ranking
1. Justin Thomas, 223. 2. Dustin Johnson,
260. 3. Tommy Fleetwood, 277. 4. Rickie Fowler,
293. 5. Justin Rose, 311. 6. Jon Rahm, 335. 7.
Jason Day, 338. 8. Paul Casey, 350. 9. Chesson
Hadley, 388. 10. Webb Simpson, 402.
Sporting K.C....7 2 2
23 23 12
L.A. FC ...........6 2 2
20 22 16
FC Dallas........4 1 4
16 14 9
Vancouver .......4 5 3
15 14 22
Portland .........4 3 2
14 14 14
R. Salt Lake ....4 5 1
13 13 21
Minn. United ...4 7 0
12 13 21
Houston .........3 3 3
12 20 15
GALAXY ..........3 6 1
10 14 19
San Jose ........2 5 3
9 17 19
Colorado ........2 5 2
8 11 13
Seattle ...........2 5 2
8 7 11
Atl. United FC ..8 2 1
25 25 13
Columbus .......6 3 3
21 17 10
N.Y. City FC .....6 2 3
21 21 16
Orlando City ....6 3 1
19 20 16
New York ........6 3 0
18 23 11
New England ...5 3 2
17 18 14
Chicago..........3 5 2
11 13 17
Philadelphia....3 5 2
11 8 14
Montreal.........3 8 0
9 14 26
Toronto FC ......2 6 1
7 12 18
D.C. United .....1 5 2
5 10 16
Three points for a win, one for a tie.
Wednesday’s Result
San Jose 2, Vancouver 2
Friday Schedule
Orlando City at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
L.A. FC at Portland, noon
Colorado at New York City FC, 10 a.m.
Vancouver at FC Dallas, 1 p.m.
Columbus at New England, 4:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m.
D.C. United at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday’s Schedule
Sporting Kansas City at Minnesota United, 11
Houston at Chicago, 1 p.m.
New York at Atlanta United FC, 4 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
Houston at Utah, 12:30 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 4 p.m.
North Carolina at Sky Blue FC, 4 p.m.
Chicago at Seattle, 7 p.m.
At San Jose
Stage 4
A 21.6-mile time trial around San Jose
1. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team, 40
minutes, 47 seconds. 2. Patrick Bevin, BMC Racing Team, :07 seconds behind. 3. Tao Geoghegan Hart, Team Sky, :32 behind. 4. Lawson Craddock, EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, :46. 5. Filippo Ganna, UAE Team Emirates,
:49. 6. Mikkel Bjerg, Hagens Berman Axeon
Team, :53. 7. Jack Bauer, Mitchelton-Scott, :55.
8. Neilson Powless, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, :56. 9.
Maciej Bodnar, Bora-Hansgrohe, :57. 10. Daniel
Felipe Martinez Poveda, EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, same time.
STANDINGS (after four stages) 1. Van
Garderen, 12 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds. 2.
Egan Bernal, Team Sky, :23 seconds behind. 3.
Daniel Martinez, EF Education First-Drapac p/b
Cannondale, :37. 4. Tao Geoghegan Hart, Team
Sky, :52. 5. Adam Yates, Mitchelton-Scott, 1:07.
6. Rafal Majka, Bora-Hansgrohe, 1:29. 7. Brandon McNulty, Rally Cycling, 2:08. 8. Laurens De
Plus, Quick-Step Floors, 2:13. 9. Kristijan
Durasek, UAE Team Emirates, 2:15 10. Brent
Bookwalter, BMC Racing Team, 2:34.
At Osimo, Italy
11th Stage
96.9 miles from Assisi to Osimo, with a pair
of Category 3 climbs and a finishing Category
1. Simon Yates, Britain, Mitchelton-Scott,
3:25:53. 2. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Sunweb, :02 behind. 3. Davide Formolo, Italy, BoraHansgrohe, :05. 4. Alexandre Geniez, France,
AG2R La Mondiale, :08. 5. Domenico Pozzovivo,
Italy, Bahrain-Merida, same time. 6. Patrick Konrad, Austria, Bora-Hansgrohe, st. 7. Thibaut
Pinot, France, Groupama-FDJ, st. 8. Maximilian
Schachmann, Germany, Quick-Step Floors, :11.
9. Rohan Dennis, Australia, BMC Racing, :18. 10.
Fabio Aru, Italy, UAE Team Emirates, :21.
Others included: 23. Chris Froome, Britain,
Sky, :40. 55. Nathan Brown, U.S., EF Education
First-Drapac, 2:24. 62. Benjamin King, U.S., Dimension Data, 2:52. 72. Joe Dombrowski, U.S.,
EF Education First-Drapac, 4:04. 116. Chad
Haga, U.S., Sunweb, 9:10.
STANDINGS (after 11 of 21 stages)—1. Yates,
47:08:21. 2. Dumoulin, :47. 3. Pinot, 1:04. 4.
Pozzovivo, 1:18. 5. Richard Carapaz, Ecuador,
Movistar, 1:56. 6. George Bennett, New Zealand,
LottoNL-Jumbo, 2:09. 7. Dennis, 2:36. 8. Pello
Bilbao, Spain, Astana, 2:54. 9. Konrad, 2:55.
10. Aru, 3:10.
Others included: 11. Froome, 3:20. 40. King,
33:33. 43. Dombrowski, 34:45. 53. Brown,
41:03. 71. Haga, 1:04:49.
Arizona—Put outfielder A.J. Pollock on the 10day disabled list; called up first baseman Christian Walker from Reno (PCL).
Cleveland—Signed pitcher Matt Belisle to a
minor league contract.
Detroit—Optioned second baseman Dawel
Lugo and pitcher Zac Reininger to Toledo (IL);
called up pitchers Artie Lewicki and Ryan Carpenter from Toledo.
Miami—Sent pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to
Jupiter (FSL) for a rehab assignment.
N.Y. Mets—Put outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on
the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14;
called up infielder-outfielder Phillip Evans from
Las Vegas (PCL).
Oakland—Optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski
to Nashville (PCL); activated pitcher Trevor Cahill
from the 10-day disabled list.
Philadelphia—Activated pitcher Mark Leiter
Jr. from the 10-day disabled list.
St. Louis—Put pitcher Luke Gregerson on the
10-day disabled list; called up pitcher John Brebbia from Memphis (PCL).
Seattle—Designated pitcher Erik Goeddel for
assignment; purchased the contract of pitcher
Christian Bergman from Tacoma (PCL).
Tampa Bay—Put outfielder Carlos Gomez on
the 10-day disabled list; optioned pitcher Hunter
Wood to Durham (IL); called up third baseman
Christian Arroyo and pitcher Anthony Banda from
Toronto—Optioned pitcher Deck McGuire to
Buffalo (IL); called up pitcher Danny Barnes from
Minnesota—Released defensive tackle Dylan
Bradley; signed defensive tackle David Parry.
New England—Signed defensive back Duke
Oakland—Signed wide receiver Marcell
Ateman and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.
Tennessee—Agreed to terms with wide receiver Nick Williams.
Washington—Hired Brian Lafemina as
president of business operations and chief operating officer.
Washington (Arena League)— Fired coach
Dean Cokinos; promoted defensive coordinator
and defensive line coach Benji McDowell to interim coach.
Washington—Signed defenseman Aaron
Ness to a one-year.
Clemson—Announced that freshman defensive tackle Josh Belk will transfer.
Duke—Reinstated punter-kicker Austin Parker
to the team.
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
with quarterbacks Sean Mannion (14) and Jared Goff, is impressed with Luis Perez.
got a command and a nice presence
about himself. Everybody that I’ve
talked to can’t say enough about the
human being. But then when you just
watch him in terms of a natural base,
balance, body position to deliver the
ball. He earned the right to be able to
be on this team and carve himself out
a role as far as being able to compete
as a quarterback.”
Perez, whose father was a pro
soccer player in Mexico, always had a
good arm as a kid and routinely
would play quarterback when getting
together with friends. He played a bit
in high school but didn’t see a lot of
action as a receiver in a wing-T offense. His interest in the game was
reignited during his senior year,
when friends from the team asked
him to come watch their finale.
“I’m sitting in the stands and
looking around and I’m seeing everybody come out of the tunnel and I’m
like, ‘Holy cow! What am I doing up
here? I need to be down there,’ ” he
said. “That was the moment that I
decided, you know what, it’s time to
play football.”
So, off came the bowling shoes
and on came the cleats.
And now, after a rookie tryout?
“Dream come true, that’s all I can
say,” he said. “To be able to come out
here and compete with all these guys,
show them what I’m made of, is just a
dream come true. Close to home,
L.A., I’m used to this weather, I’m
loving it.”
That he has gotten this far was as
unlikely as picking up a 7-10 split.
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Pacific Regional
At Stockton—Par 72
Spanos Regional Course—7,239 yards
Final 54-Hole Leaders
TEAM (top five advance): 844—Kansas. 845—
Stanford. 847—Iowa St. 849—Alabama. 852—
Nonqualifiers included: 867—USC. 872—UC
INDIVIDUAL: 201—Norman Xiong, Oregon,
68-67-66. 202—Brandon Wu, Stanford, 67-6768. 207—Wilson Furr, Alabama, 73-64-70;
Charles Corner, UTEP, 69-69-69. 208—Andy
Spencer, Kansas, 69-69-70; Sam Vincent, Iowa
St., 69-69-70; Jonathan Hardee, Alabama, 6873-67.
Others included: 213—Riley Elmes, Loyola
Marymount, 72-69-72. 214—Justin Suh, USC,
College Station Regional
At Bryan, Texas—Par 72
Traditions Golf Club—7,212 yards
Final 54-Hole Leaders
TEAM (top five advance): 837—Texas A&M.
846—Clemson. 857—Baylor. 866—UCLA. 874—
INDIVIDUAL: 205—Chandler Phillips, Texas
A&M, 68-68-69. 206—Doc Redman, Clemson,
70-67-69; Brandon Smith, Texas A&M, 68-6870. 207—Braden Thornberry, Mississippi, 6968-70. 208—Bryson, Nimmer, Clemson, 71-7067; Blake Elliott, McNeese St., 70-68-70.
Others included: 211—Devon Bling, UCLA,
73-69-69. 214—Cole Madey, UCLA, 69-73-72.
Norman Regional
At Norman, Okla.—Par 72
Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club—7,452 yards
Final 54-Hole Leaders
TEAM (top five advance): 850—Oklahoma.
851—BYU; North Florida; Auburn; Arkansas.
Nonqualifiers included: 864—Pepperdine.
870—San Diego St.
INDIVIDUAL: 205—Travis Trace, N. Florida, 7070-65. 206—Patrick Fishburn, BYU. 208—Quade
Cummins, Oklahoma, 69-72-67. 209—Blaine
Hale, Oklahoma, 67-69-73. 210—Joshua McCarthy, Pepperdine, 74-65-71.
Note: The NCAA Championships will begin Friday May 25 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
American North .........W L Pct. GB
Okla. City (Dodgers)....24 12 .667
Colo. Sprgs (Brewers) .24 13 .649
Omaha (Royals) .........14 25 .359 111⁄2
Iowa (Cubs) ..............12 25 .324 12 ⁄2
American South .........W L Pct. GB
Memphis (Cards) .......23 17 .575
Nashville (A’s)............20 18 .526 2
New Orleans (Marlins).20 19 .513 21⁄2
Round Rock (Rangers) 16 24 .400 7
Pacific North ............W L Pct. GB
Fresno (Astros) ..........24 16 .600
Tacoma (Mariners)......20 20 .500 4
Sacramento (Giants)...20 20 .500 4
Reno (D’backs)..........17 23 .425 7
Pacific South ............W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake (Angels) ......23 17 .575
Albuquer. (Rockies) ....20 20 .500 3
El Paso (Padres) ........20 20 .500 3
Las Vegas (Mets)........16 24 .400 7
Wednesday’s Results
No games scheduled
North Division ...........W L Pct. GB
Stockton (A’s) ............24 15 .615
Visalia (D’backs)........22 17 .564 2
San Jose (Giants).......22 17 .564 2
Modesto (Mariners) ....17 22 .436 7
South Division ...........W L Pct. GB
Lancaster (Rockies) ....19 20 .487
Inland Empire (Angels)18 21 .462 1
Ran. Cuca. (Dodgers)..17 22 .436 2
Lake Elsinore (Padres) 17 22 .436 2
Wednesday’s Results
Inland Empire 6, Lake Elsinore 3
San Jose 3, Modesto 2
Lancaster 4, Visalia 2
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Stockton 3
At Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio,
(ESPN), Romero Duno vs. Gilberto Gonzalez, 10,
lightweights; Oscar Duarte vs. Rey Perez, 10,
At Oxon Hill, Md. (SHO), Gary Russell Jr. vs.
Joseph Diaz Jr., 12, for Russell's WBC featherweight title; Romero Duno vs. Gilberto Gonzalez,
10, lightweights; Oscar Duarte vs. Rey Perez, 10,
At Leeds, England, Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington, 12, for Selby's IBF featherweight title;
Darren Tetley vs. Mason Cartwright, 12, welterweights.
At Montreal (SHO), Adonis Stevenson vs.
Badou Jack, 12, for Stevenson's WBC lightheavyweight title.
At Tokyo, Ryoichi Taguchi vs. Hekkie Budler,
12, for Taguchi's WBA World-IBF junior-flyweight
Saturday’s Schedule
Baltimore at Washington, noon
Albany at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
National League
at Miami
No line
at Pittsburgh -165
at St. Louis
at S. Francisco -121
American League
at Toronto
at Seattle
at Boston
San Diego
at Atlanta
No line
Tampa Bay
at Chicago
NBA Playoffs
at Cleveland
Line (O/U)
61⁄2 (2051⁄2)
Stanley Cup Playoffs
at Washington -109 Tampa Bay
Updates at
—Associated Press
Today’s Schedule
No games scheduled
Friday’s Schedule
Dallas at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
Chicago at indiana, 10 a.m.
Sunday’s Schedule
SPARKS at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Las Vegas at Connecticut, 10 a.m.
Indiana at Washington, 10 a.m.
Atlanta at Dallas, noon
New York at Chicago, 4 p.m.
Phoenix at Seattle, 6 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule
At Hempstead, N.Y.
Yale (14-3) vs. Loyola (Md.) (13-3), 9 a.m.
Albany (N.Y.) (15-2) vs. Denver (13-3), 11:30
Sunday’s Schedule
At Annapolis, Md.
Maryland (13-3) vs. Cornell (13-4), 9 a.m.
Johns Hopkins (12-4) vs. Duke (14-3), 11:30
At Rome
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (second round)—Fabio
Fognini, Italy, d. Dominic Thiem (6), Austria, 6-4,
1-6, 6-3; Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, d. John
Isner (8), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5); Rafael Nadal
(1), Spain, d. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 6-1, 6-0; Kei Nishikori, Japan, d. Grigor Dimitrov (3), Bulgaria, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4; Pablo Carreno Busta (10), Spain, d. Steve Johnson, 6-4,
2-6, 6-4; Novak Djokovic (11), Serbia, d. Nikoloz
Basilashvili, Georgia, 6-4, 6-2; Aljaz Bedene,
Slovenia, d. Kevin Anderson (7), South Africa,
6-4 retired; Marin Cilic (4), Croatia, d. Ryan Harrison, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1); Juan Martin del Potro
(5), Argentina, d. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece,
7-5, 6-3; Benoit Paire, France, d. Diego
Schwartzman (14), Argentina, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Kyle
Edmund, Britain, d. Lucas Pouille (16), France,
6-2, 7-6 (3); Denis Shapovalov, Canada, d. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3; Alexander Zverev (2), Germany, d. Matteo Berrettini, Italy, 7-5, 6-2.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (second round)—Sloane
Stephens (9), d. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, 6-0, 5-7,
6-4; Simona Halep (1), Romania, d. Naomi
Osaka, Japan, 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Garcia (7),
France, d. Timea Babos, Hungary, 6-3, 6-4;
Maria Sakkari, Greece, d. Karolina Pliskova (6),
Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; Madison Keys
(13), d. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (0);
Johanna Konta, Britain, d. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan,
6-0, 6-4; Daria Kasatkina (14), Russia, d. Danielle Collins, 6-2, 6-3; Anett Kontaveit, Estonia,
d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, 7-5, 7-5; Anastasija Sevastova (15), Latvia, d. Aleksandra
Krunic, Serbia, 6-4, 6-4; Angelique Kerber (11),
Germany, d. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 3-6,
7-5, 7-5; Venus Williams (8), d. Elena Vesnina,
Russia, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Maria Sharapova, Russia,
d. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2;
Caroline Wozniacki (2), Denmark, d. Alison Van
Uytvanck, Belgium, 6-1, 6-4; Daria Gavrilova,
Australia, d. Garbine Muguruza (3), Spain, 5-7,
6-2, 7-6 (6).
MEN’S DOUBLES (first round)—John Isner and
Jack Sock d. Nikola Mektic, Croatia-Alexander
Peya, Austria, 7-6 (8), 6-4.
(Second round)—Pablo Carreno Busta,
Spain-Joao Sousa, Portugal, d. Sam Querrey and
Rajeev Ram, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Marco Andretti turned the fastest lap Wednesday on the second day of practice for the Indianapols 500. Andretti led four Honda drivers
with a speed of 227.953 mph. Scott Dixon was
second at 226.329 mph followed by last year’s
winner Takum Sato and Robert Wickens.
Charlie Kimball was fifth in a Chevrolet, and
four more Chevy drivers followed him.
Qualifying for the May 27 race begins Saturday.
Source: Associated Press
19th day of a 42-day thoroughbred meet.
2697 FIRST RACE. (12:30 p.m. post) About 61⁄2 furlongs
turf. Allowance optional claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming
price $50,000. State bred. Purse $56,000.
Horse (PP)
3016 Raven Creek,1
T Baze,122
2497 Vutzak,2
S Elliott,122
3016 Croissant,4
M Gutierrez,122
Brave Helios,3
F Prat,122
3027 Drizzy,6
V Espinoza,122
3027 Uh Oh Baby,5
J Talamo,122
2698 SECOND RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds.
Claiming prices $20,000-$18,000. Purse $25,000.
Horse (PP)
2506 Empress of Lov,2
T Pereira,122
3024 Sapphire Kid,1
A Espinoza,XX115
3069 Mischievous Song,5 M Pedroza,120
(3031) Wampus,6
S Elliott,122
3074 Millie Joel,3
G Franco,122
3097 Instinctual Kash,4
T Baze,122
2699 THIRD RACE. 41⁄2 furlongs. Maiden. Fillies. 2-year-olds.
State bred. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
Settle It,2
Six Pack Gal,8
Derby Luck,4
Ron’s Cat,7
Swing Thoughts,5
Also Eligible
M Gutierrez,122
R Bejarano,122
R Fuentes,122
A Quinonez,122
J Talamo,122
H Figueroa,XX115
F Rojas,122
T Conner,122
Rejoyce and Sing,10 F Ceballos,X117
Takahiro’s Dream,9
M Pedroza,122
2700 FOURTH RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Claiming. Fillies and mares.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $12,500. Purse $16,000.
Horse (PP)
Dizzy Diva,4
Princess Leia,1
Lovely Linda,5
J Talamo,125
A Espinoza,XX118
T Baze,120
S Elliott,120
R Fuentes,125
F Ceballos,X120
2701 FIFTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance
optional claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000.
Purse $56,000.
Horse (PP)
9142 Armour Plate,1
R Bejarano,122
3114 Move Over (GB),7
T Baze,124
2497 Axelrod,2
F Prat,120
2521 Calexman,6
A Quinonez,122
(2333) Heartfullofstars,4
C Nakatani,122
3021 Graycaster,5
T Conner,122
(2416) Crazy Uncle Rick,8
E Maldonado,120
(3037) Giddymeister,3
R Fuentes,120
2702 SIXTH RACE. 5 ⁄2 furlongs. Maiden. Fillies and mares.
3-year-olds and up. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
Now Blessed,4
Jest a Princess,3
Smart Dorie,1
T Baze,125
D Van Dyke,125
A Espinoza,XX113
R Bejarano,120
K Desormeaux,120
The Innocent One,5
She Fox,2
T Pereira,120
T Conner,120
F Prat,120
2703 SEVENTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies and
mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$20,000-$18,000. Purse $25,000.
Horse (PP)
Tangled Up in Ju,8
Princess Ashlyn,5
Time and Chance,4
Revenue Virginius,6
Cioppino Pasadino,2
Adios Cali,7
Sharona Sunset,3
E Maldonado,123
G Franco,123
A Espinoza,XX116
C Nakatani,123
R Bejarano,123
S Elliott,123
A Quinonez,123
B Pena,118
2704 EIGHTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden
claiming. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming
price $75,000. Purse $33,000.
Horse (PP)
Navajo Dreamer (IRE),2
Gia Lula,7
She’s Legit,5
True Testament,1
No Wine Untasted,3
One Upper,9
Tiz Goldilux,8
Also Eligible
It’s Alexus,11
K Desormeaux,120
F Prat,120
T Conner,120
V Espinoza,125
A Espinoza,XX118
M Gutierrez,120
M Pedroza,120
S Elliott,120
T Pereira,120
R Bejarano,125
K Frey,120
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
West is on the hunt for difference-makers
Clippers are ready to
review medical data
and begin interviews
with prospects.
By Broderick Turner
CHICAGO — With the
NBA lottery drawing behind
them, the Clippers will turn
their attention to the league
combine and what knowledge they can gain about potential draft picks.
The Clippers have the
12th and 13th picks in the
June 21 NBA draft, but
preparation starts much
earlier as they interview prospects and watch them play
with the hopes of finding the
correct fits for their roster.
“It’s probably just a refresher course when you see
them,” said Jerry West, the
Clippers consultant who
was on stage at the NBA’s
lottery drawing Tuesday.
“To me, it’s important to
see a kid out of his system
and more in an NBA environment and what his adjustments are going to be. Is
he going to look lost out
West said the Clippers
and the rest of the NBA al-
ready have scoured scouting
reports on players from their
college days.
“I just like to concentrate
on the few that I’ve seen play
this year,” West said. “Our
scouts have seen a lot more.
This is a fun time of the year,.
“We’re trying to find people that are going to be difference-makers for this franchise.”
Players that could be
high on the Clippers’ list include Kentucky point guard
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander,
Michigan State forward
Miles Bridges, Texas A&M
center Robert Williams and
Kentucky forward Kevin
Knox, but there is more to be
On Wednesday, the NBA
started its first medical examinations of the players.
Lawrence Frank, the
basketball operations, said
they will want to see data
about a player’s size, wing
span, vertical leap, and shuttle-run and lateral-slide
“What it does is give you
data that you can compare
apples to apples and then
you can go back to past
drafts,” Frank said.
“So, you have these physical prototype for every posi-
tion, and as you see with the
league, it’s getting longer,
stronger and more versatile.”
Interviews with players
started Wednesday and will
continue Thursday.
Frank said each team
gets 30 minutes to “get to
know each player” and that
the Clippers will interview
the NBA maximum of 20
players over the next few
“All throughout the process, you’re constantly collecting information on each
player,” Frank said. “And
with each player, you’ll have
some questions. This is your
an 0-2
[West, from D1]
Curry said.
Normally, the Warriors’
team defense is good enough
to cover for their star point
guard when he’s getting relentlessly attacked, sliding
into the paint to help and
quickly rotate out to shooters.
But with a more active Houston offense, fueled by desperation, any lethargy would be
It was.
“We got what we deserved,” Golden State coach
Steve Kerr said. “They just
played a lot harder than they
did in the first game.”
The Rockets were heavily
criticized for how they played
in Game 1, with the basketball
sticking to Harden’s hands for
nearly entire possessions. In
the aftermath, players and
coaches defended the game
plan with a shrug.
“We are who we are,” they
said for the last two days.
If they were right, the
Rockets did a whole bunch of
self-improvement between
Playing with more urgency, energy and pace, the
Rockets, still playing a lot of
one-on-one, went faster into
the teeth of Golden State’s defense, drawing extra defenders and leaving the Rockets’
role players open, ready to
make an impact.
“We just played with a little
more thrust,” Paul said.
Eric Gordon, who spoke
out about the Rockets’ stagnant offense in Game 1, was
maybe the biggest reason
Houston evened the series.
Gordon drained six-ofnine from three-point range
and scored 27 points off the
Houston bench, more than
anyone on Golden State not
named Kevin Durant.
Durant scored 38, but he
finished with five turnovers
and no assists. Curry finished
with 16 on 19 shot attempts,
but no one else on the Warriors scored more than eight
points. Klay Thompson made
only three of 11 shots.
The Rockets’ starting
wings, Trevor Ariza and P.J.
Tucker, combined to score
just nine points in Game 1, a
mark they zoomed past in the
first half.
Tucker missed just one of
his nine attempts, making five
of six from three-point range.
He finished with 22 points.
Ariza, hampered by foul trouble, had 19 points and six assists.
opportunity in a 30-minute
window to try to get right to
There also will be five-onfive scrimmages Thursday,
another way for the Clippers
to see players in a competitive environment outside
the college setting.
“With every single player
strengths, weaknesses and
the things we need to find
out,” Frank said. “So every
opportunity you get exposed
to them is an opportunity to
find out those missing
Bucks pick
as coach
wire reports
The Milwaukee Bucks
came to an agreement with
Wednesday to become the
team’s next head coach, the
Milwaukee Journel Sentinel
reported. The decision was
made after an interview process that lasted nearly two
In his five seasons with Atlanta, Budenholzer compiled
a 213-197 record.
Budenholzer, 48, was selected from a group of two finalists, with San Antonio
Spurs assistant Ettore Messina being the other coach
with a second interview.
Others reportedly interviewed included David Blatt,
Steve Clifford, Becky Hammon, Joe Prunty and Monty
Awards finalists
Ronald Martinez Getty Images
HOUSTON’S P.J. Tucker dunks with authority during the the first half, when the Rockets took a 64-50 lead.
1 Houston vs. 2 Golden State
Series is tied 1-1
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Golden St. 119, Houston 106
Houston 127, Golden St. 105
Sunday at Golden State, 5
Tuesday at Golden State, 6
May 24 at Houston, 6
May 26 at Golden State, 6*
May 28 at Houston, 6*
2 Boston vs. 4 Cleveland
Celtics lead series 2-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Boston 108, Cleveland 83
Boston 107, Cleveland 94
Saturday at Cleveland, 5:30
Monday at Cleveland, 5:30
Wed. at Boston, 5:30*
May 25 at Cleveland, 5:30*
May 27 at Boston, 5:30*
All times PDT, p.m.
* if necessary
The changes to the offense
— that thrust Paul talked
about — weren’t philosophical ones. The Rockets are
still a team that wants to attack one-on-one. They just
were much better at it
And while the Rockets’ offense was good (51.1% from the
field), their defense was almost completely turned
Following the opening
game of the series, when it
seemed likely that the Warriors would be leaving Houston
with a 2-0 series lead, the
Rockets swore that their defensive mistakes in the opener
were correctable.
“We played harder. We got
into them. They felt us physically,” Houston coach Mike
D’Antoni said. “We didn’t
quite have the same intensity
in the first game. Our guys are
great and they learned from
The teams now have three
days before the series shifts to
Oakland, where the Warriors
will host Game 3 on Sunday.
If Houston hadn’t figured
things out, if the Rockets kept
letting Thompson get wideopen looks, it they kept the
ball bouncing off of Harden’s
fingertips while seconds
ticked off the clock, the series
easily could have ended at Oracle Arena.
But the Rockets didn’t
panic, didn’t put “must-win”
pressure on a game they had
to win.
“I don’t think we overreacted,” Paul said.
While the world talked
about the flaws in their style,
about the ways the defending
NBA champs dismantled and
defended the Rockets in
Game 1, Houston’s players
talked and texted with one another, remaining calm, waiting for their chance in Game 2.
“We are who we are, and we
had to be who we are,” D’Antoni said. “Guys believe it, and
we’re not going to change anything up. That would be silly
on my part to panic. You don’t
do that.
“We’re very comfortable
about who we are, and we can
beat anybody anywhere at
any time playing the way we
It’ll be tough, maybe improbable, to keep it up on the
Warriors’ home court. But, it’s
not impossible.
Now, the Rockets know it.
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Durant ..............35 13-22 9-9 1-3 0 5 38
Iguodala............27 2-4 1-2 2-6 1 2 5
D.Green.............37 2-5 2-2 0-6 6 4 6
Curry ................34 7-19 1-1 0-7 7 3 16
Thompson..........36 3-11 0-0 0-2 2 1 8
Livingston ..........18 2-3 1-2 1-1 2 1 5
Young ...............17 2-6 0-0 1-1 2 3 6
Looney ..............11 2-4 0-0 3-5 0 1 4
West...................6 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 4
Bell ....................5 0-2 1-2 0-3 0 0 1
Pachulia..............5 2-2 1-2 1-1 1 0 5
Cook ..................5 2-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 7
39-85 18-22 9-36 21 22 105
Shooting: Field goals, 45.9%; free throws, 81.8%
Three-point goals: 9-30 (Durant 3-7, Thompson 2-4, Young
2-6, Cook 1-2, Curry 1-8, Iguodala 0-1, D.Green 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 15 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(D.Green 2, Bell, Looney). Turnovers: 15 (Durant 5, D.Green 4,
Iguodala 3, Curry 2, Looney). Steals: 6 (D.Green 2, Thompson 2,
Looney, Pachulia). Technical Fouls: Durant, 5:39 fourth.
Ariza .................35 7-9 4-4 2-4 6 3 19
Tucker ...............36 8-9 1-2 1-7 4 4 22
Capela ..............30 2-3 1-5 3-10 1 3 5
Harden..............33 9-24 6-6 0-10 3 3 27
Paul..................33 6-14 3-3 0-4 6 5 16
Gordon..............32 8-15 5-5 0-3 2 0 27
G.Green ............14 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 2 3
Mbah a Moute .....6 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Jackson...............3 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 4
Anderson.............3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Black..................3 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2
Johnson ..............3 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
45-88 21-27 10-47 23 24 127
Shooting: Field goals, 51.1%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 16-42 (Gordon 6-9, Tucker 5-6, Harden
3-15, Ariza 1-3, Paul 1-5, G.Green 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Johnson 0-1,
Mbah a Moute 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 13 (12
PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Gordon). Turnovers: 13 (Harden 4,
Capela 3, Paul 3, G.Green, Jackson, Tucker). Steals: 8 (Paul 3,
Ariza 2, Gordon, Harden, Tucker). Technical Fouls: None.
Golden State
21 29 29 26— 105
26 38 31 32— 127
A—18,119. T—2:18. O—Ed Malloy, Pat Fraher, David Guthrie,
Ken Mauer
Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s
James and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis are the finalists
for the NBA’s MVP award. The
winners will be announced
June 25.
Davis was also a finalist for
defensive player of the year,
along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center
Joel Embiid.
The other finalists:
Rookie of the year: Donovan Mitchell, Utah; Ben
Jayson Tatum, Boston.
Coach of the year: Dwane
Casey, Toronto; Quin Snyder, Utah; Brad Stevens,
Sixth man: Lou Williams,
Clippers; Eric
Houston; Fred VanVleet, Toronto.
Most improved: Clint
Capela, Houston; Spencer
Dinwiddie, Brooklyn; Victor
Oladipo, Indiana.
No penalty for
Cavaliers’ Smith
Cleveland’s J.R. Smith
will not be further punished
by the NBA for his aggressive
foul in Game 2 of the Eastern
Conference finals on Boston
center Al Horford, who was
in the air when he got pushed
and could have been seriously
There was a startling disparity between Cleveland’s
and Boston’s starting backcourts that allowed the Celtics to withstand a 42-point effort by LeBron James and
take a 2-0 series lead. Smith
and George Hill were
outscored 41-3 by Boston’s
Jaylen Brown and Terry
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
like a
The TV air time
being devoted to the
big wedding indicates
just how batty the
world has become.
A royal romance. A fairytale affair. A love story for the
Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s royal wedding has
sounded more like an ad
campaign for a new Barbie
Princess franchise than coverage of a 21st century union
between two live adults.
Amid news of broken
talks between North and
South Korea and the massacre of 60 Palestinian protesters,
whether we want to or not,
that the couple’s wedding invitations were printed on
British paper by a 1930s die
press using American ink,
their cake will be lemon
elderflower and Markle may
or may not wear a tiara.
Listed in your cable server’s guide or On Demand
right now are more specials,
documentaries and dramas
revolving around this “unlikely dream couple” than
there are dainty finger sandwiches in Windsor Castle.
Toss rose petals in any given
direction and they’ll land
atop a marriage countdown,
fantasy guest list or the latest on “conflicting reports”
whether the bride’s father
will be attending the wedding.
If the sheer volume of air
time devoted to their engagement is any indication,
Americans apparently do
want to immerse themselves
in a ceremony full of arcane
tradition for a royal sixth in
line to the throne.
Blame or thank a world
gone mad. Harry and
Meghan’s wedding is a fortuitously timed distraction
from the disturbing deterioration of our own democracy, which appears to be
crumbling like the British
Empire we once fought to escape. But it’s also a curious
escape hatch given that the
last few royal nuptials to elicit this much attention from
American TV audiences
were hardly idyllic or
dreamy affairs.
The “Game of Thrones”
blood-soaked “Red Wedding” is still at the top of that
list, followed by King Joffrey’s less bloody but still colorful demise. Then there’s
“The Crown’s” near-loveless
union between Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, “Victoria’s” fraught marriage, the
[See Wedding, E8]
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
THROWBACK TUESDAY: Bono has a few things to say at the Forum in a concert that saw U2 turn inward, back to earlier times.
Shout-out to ’90s
At the Forum, band revives era when the world still needed U2
What to do after reviving the 1980s? How
about resurrecting the 1990s?
That’s one way to look at U2’s recently
launched Experience + Innocence tour, which
the veteran Irish band brought to the Forum on
Tuesday night for the first of two dates.
Ostensibly designed to support U2’s 2017 album, “Songs of Experience,” the new road show
follows the group’s stadium tour last year marking the 30th anniversary of its landmark “The
Joshua Tree,” which came out in 1987.
It’s that throwback impulse that still seemed
to be driving U2 at the Forum — only this time,
with a different decade (and a different attitude)
in mind.
The concert featured a long section in which
Bono, wearing whiteface and a top hat, performed as MacPhisto, the devilish alter ego he
By Jeffrey Fleishman
In ‘Good Place,’
or are they?
Ted Danson, Kristen
Bell, above, join
castmates to discuss
the show. The Envelope
The focus is on
ordinary life
Daily existence and
stamina interact in
Meleko Mokgosi’s
show at Fowler. E4
Comics ................... E6-7
TV grid ...................... E8
Sun.” (Bono introduced that tune, from 1997’s
“Pop,” as one about “political blindness — the
kind that can tear up a home or a nation.”)
During “Acrobat,” a song from “Achtung
Baby” that U2 began playing live just this year,
Bono-as-MacPhisto did a few lines from the
Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” but
tweaked the words to evoke Donald Trump: “I
made damn sure the president’s hands were full
of stormy weather.”
However up-to-date the details, though, the
larger idea that U2 was putting across — that a
world-famous rock band should engage directly
with the politics of the day — registered as a remnant from before the turn of the millennium.
Since 2000, rock has given way at the center of
the conversation to other forms; hip-hop, with all
its outrage and hedonism, is now the voice of
popular culture.
And many of the rockers that remain have
turned inward — think of Bob Dylan’s journey
through the Great American [See U2, E2]
A bit of Travis Bickle in his preacher
Paul Schrader’s lead
character in ‘First
Reformed’ wrestles
with despair and hope.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
devised for U2’s early ’90s Zoo TV tour.
There was a comic book-style video interlude
set to a recording of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,
Kill Me” — the band’s contribution to the soundtrack for 1995’s “Batman Forever” — sung by
Gavin Friday and Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne.
And the show had an overall world-weary vibe
that felt in keeping with U2’s “Achtung Baby,”
even as the group sought to refresh its concept of
mass-media fatigue for the iPhone era.
Addressing the audience before he sang
“One,” Bono urged people to take part in a certain social-media initiative, then appeared to
lose track of which hashtag he’d meant to promote.
“So many hashtags in my life,” he said with a
knowing chuckle.
U2 peppered the concert with other references to now-current events, including images of
the Charlottesville, Va., tiki-torch mob that
flashed on giant screens during “Staring at the
Paul Schrader glanced
across the table: scrappy,
lined, blinking, pressed
nose, razor mind, a man of
appetites, a Calvinist reborn
in the 1970s as a gun-toting
wild man whose dislocation
and spiritual pain became
the seeds of a cinema that
set loose angels and demons
across ever encroaching
He ordered a dirty martini and a steak and, on a
cool Santa Monica night,
with a gruff charm and a
bookie’s laugh, mentioned
that he once had to hire a
Victoria’s Secret model —
she couldn’t act — after her
boyfriend invested $250,000
in Schrader’s movie. That
was not as disquieting as
when two Homeland Security agents showed up at his
apartment after he posted
an insurrectionist’s appraisal of newly elected President
Trump. (The agents looked
around, but nothing came of
A conversation can go in
smooth, with phrases like,
“here’s a funny story” or “the
ability to make the soul leap”
or “I fell into a kind of alcohol
depression.” But the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and
“Raging Bull,” a man who
has explored the wretched
and the sublime and was at
the heart of the 1970s independent film revolution,
flew in from New York to talk
about his new movie, “First
Reformed,” his most searing
and profound work in years.
The film, opening Friday
in Los Angeles, tracks the
[See Schrader, E5]
Ricardo DeAratanha Los Angeles Times
“YOU HAVE a character who is ill,” says filmmaker Paul Schrader of the lead
character in his new film. “He has despair, angst. ... He sees a kindred spirit.”
T HU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Rap’s T.I.
out on bail
after arrest
Rapper T.I. was arrested
outside his gated community in Atlanta after what authorities called a drunken
argument with a security
guard — but he says the
charges are bogus.
T.I., whose legal name is
Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested for public drunkenness, simple assault and
disorderly conduct around
4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
T.I. told the Blast shortly
after he was released that he
called out the guard for
sleeping on the job. When
the guard refused to apologize, they had a “very heated
debate” that never got physical.
He told the website that
the guard was the aggressor
and said he plans to take legal action against his homeowners association.
T.I. did not appear in
front of a judge but was released around 8 a.m. on
$2,250 bail.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
Wee royals will
be in wedding
Britain’s Prince George
and Princess Charlotte will
take part in Saturday’s royal
wedding festivities by serving as a pageboy and a
Kensington Palace announced on Wednesday.
The wee royals, nephew
and niece to groom Prince
Harry and third and fourth
in line to the British throne,
respectively, will be among
the 10-child wedding party
when Harry and actress
Meghan Markle’s celebration kicks off at Windsor
Castle this weekend.
George, 4, and, Charlotte,
3, took on similar roles in
their aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding around this
time last year.
— Nardine Saad
BONO channels MacPhisto, the devilish alter ego he devised for U2’s early ’90s Zoo TV tour, during the band’s show Tuesday at the Forum.
Dancing with the group’s past
[U2, from E1]
Songbook or Bruce Springsteen’s deeply personal
Broadway show.
U2 has done that too.
“Songs of Innocence,” its
2014 album, looked back in
detail at Bono’s childhood
and at the band’s beginnings
in Dublin.
The group played some of
those songs Tuesday — including “Raised by Wolves,”
about a terrorist car bombing, and “Iris (Hold Me
Close),” titled after Bono’s
mother, who died when he
was 14 — in arrangements
held over from U2’s 2015 tour
behind that record.
As on the earlier trek, the
group performed on two
stages connected by a narrow walkway that allowed
the musicians to walk between those huge video
screens, which the audience
could see through. The effect
in “Cedarwood Road,” about
the street where Bono grew
up, was that the singer
looked like he was standing
in front of his old house.
Yet “Songs of Experience” reset the band’s view
on the outside world — and,
in that way, marked a return
to U2’s old-fashioned belief
in its own importance.
Could the group convince
anyone else that it still matters? Occasionally.
“The Blackout,” a cut
from the new album in which
Bono worries that “democracy is flat on its back,” was
punchy and loud; it carried
an urgency that lived up to
the memory of those earlier
days, when fans were hanging on the singer’s every
And among the oldies U2
played, “Pride (In the Name
of Love)” inspired a palpable
surge in the crowd as the
Edge’s guitar line ricocheted
through the arena and the
screens flashed images of
the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. — reliable liberal chum for
an audience hungrier than
ever for it.
At other points, though,
U2 wasn’t doing enough realtime work to transcend easy
“Until the End of the
World” had the bleary textures of “Achtung Baby” but
lacked the album’s anxious
propulsion, while “City of
Blinding Lights” delivered
far less energy than its title
And too many of the
group’s dimwitted new
songs — “American Soul,”
“Love Is All We Have Left,”
you get the picture — de-
ployed the language of classic U2 without any of the intellect that once defined the
You could understand, of
course, why the group had
its heart (if not always its
head) in the ’90s: Back then,
U2 was popular enough that
it could withstand the blowback to the experimental
though, it’s no longer clear
that the world needs U2.
This show didn’t quite
make the case.
Twitter: @mikaelwood
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
A curated calendar of live
music not to be missed
Desert Daze Caravan Tour
feat. Ariel Pink, DIIV, more
Wiltern Theatre,
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
$30-$35, 7 p.m.
Peter Hook and the
Wiltern Theatre,
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
$25-$40, 8 p.m.
Taylor Swift
Rose Bowl,
$119-$600, 7 p.m.
(also Fri.)
Ashanti, Ja Rule
Saban Theatre,
8440 Wilshire Blvd.,
Beverly Hills
$65-$85, 9 p.m.
Paul Simon
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N.
Highland Ave.
Sold out, 8 p.m.
That’s music
to his ears
Sony/ATV publishing
chief says things are
looking up again in biz
after a long drought.
By Randy Lewis
Martin Bandier, chief
executive of the world’s leading music publisher, Sony/
ATV Music Publishing, has
had many reasons to celebrate recently.
Last week, the company
commemorated 52 straight
weeks with songs by Sony/
ATV writers in the No. 1
spot on the Billboard Hot
100 singles chart — starting
in May 2017 with “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy
Yankee and Erika Ender
and continuing this month
with Drake’s “Nice for
The next day, Sony/ATV
was named publisher of
the year at Broadcast Music
Inc.’s annual BMI Pop
Music Awards ceremony in
Los Angeles.
The one-two celebratory
punch is especially gratifying for Bandier, who is
navigating an ever-changing
landscape. Music publishers
have been forced to adapt
to a new world order in
the business, one in which
streaming, rather than owning, is consumers’ preferred
way of getting music. Even
so, Sony/ATV had 26 of the
50 most-performed songs
of 2017.
Bandier sat down with
The Times to talk about
how this affects the creative
community that writes the
songs that music lovers
most want to hear.
He came to Sony/ATV in
2007 after 17 years at the
helm of the world’s previous
top music publisher, EMI
Music Publishing, which became part of the Sony/ATV
family after Bandier helped
negotiate its acquisition in
2011. The firm now represents a catalog containing
more than 3½ million songs
by artists including the
Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis
Presley, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Drake.
Sony/ATV is privately
held and does not release
revenue figures. But according to the Music & Copyright organization’s annual
survey of the publishing
business, global revenue
11.2%, compared with 2016, to
$4.92 billion overall in 2017.
Sony/ATV’s portion of that
total was estimated at
27.3%, or $1.34 billion.
What does it mean to you
that Sony/ATV was named
publisher of the year at
the BMI Pop Music Awards
last week?
It’s one of the most prestigious events of the year,
because, as I explain to
people, it’s not a beauty
contest. It’s a contest based
on merit, [recognizing]
songs that are the mostperformed songs on radio,
television, etc. We had the
most performed songs and
won that award. The song
“Shape of You,” written by
one of our writers, Ed
Sheeran, won song of the
year [as the most performed
song of 2017].
The music industry’s business model now centers on
streaming services. It’s
been the case for performers and record companies,
and I see it’s also become
the primary revenue
source in music publishing as well.
We all lived through a
downslide of physical CD
sales and of digital downloads. And then on the
horizon came streaming. It
was something we all looked
at, and we all thought it was
an interesting thing where
you can pay a certain
amount of money and all
you can eat — like a buffet in
Las Vegas: $10 and all you
can eat. And it sort of took
hold, and it grew. In this
past year, [publishing]
revenue from streaming was
greater than both the CD
physical sales and digital
download sales, which is
pretty remarkable.
Your company just completed a rather remarkable
run — a full year with Sony/
ATV songs at No. 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100.
You have no idea what an
unbelievable accomplishment that is. We are in a very
competitive business, and it
gets more competitive every
day, because people want to
be in the music business.
That’s a statement that
hasn’t been uttered much
in the music business in
recent years, what with the
steady decline in sales of
recorded music in physical
or digital form.
Let me unequivocally
state that the music business is a growth business
today. Five years ago, people
were looking around and
wondering, “Are we just
going to putter around
forever and ever and ever?”
Because we weren’t a
growth business.
I actually endowed a
school at Syracuse University, my alma mater,
which is the Bandier Program for music business
and entertainment industries. I did it — what, 15
years ago? — and I started
to feel guilty about the students. I was saying to myself, “God, all these kids who
love music and want to be in
the business — their passion was so great — am I
putting them in a position of
doom and gloom?” Now, we
get 400 applicants for 30
spots [each year].
Our business is growing,
competition is incredibly
keen, and there is so much
money floating around that
wants to own content. And
what better content can
there be than songs?
Twitter: @RandyLewis2
Larry Busacca Getty Images
HONOREE Martin Bandier chats with Taylor Swift
at pre-Grammy gala/salute to industry icons in 2015.
Danny Clinch
JOHN PRINE opens up about his creative process as well as his admiration for Taylor Swift’s talents.
Prine is back
The singer-songwriter returns with a live gig and
his first album in years, ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’
By Randy Lewis
John Prine has a number of ideas
of what he thinks heaven might be, all
of which are the focal point of one of
the new songs on his first album of
original material in a dozen years,
“The Tree of Forgiveness.”
The veteran singer and songwriter, best known for such songs as
“Hello in There,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Sam Stone,” also is
pretty well convinced of one thing he
doesn’t expect to find should he make
it past the Pearly Gates one day.
“Surely they don’t have ‘No Smoking’ signs in heaven,” Prine, 71, said
with a gravelly chuckle on a cool afternoon this week at his Hollywood hotel, a few days before his concert Friday at the Ace Hotel downtown.
“I really miss smoking cigarettes,”
he said by way of explanation of the
genesis of “When I Get to Heaven,” a
strikingly humorous take on life after
death. “I gave them up the night before I had my neck surgery.” (He
underwent an operation 20 years ago
to remove a malignant tumor.)
“I thought, maybe when I get to
heaven I can smoke cigarettes,” he
said. “That’s how I came up with the
[lyrical reference to a] cigarette nine
miles long and the rest of the thing.”
Prine was opening a window into
his creative process that’s every bit as
acute today as it was when he put out
his 1971 self-titled debut album, still
regarded as one of the most auspicious arrivals in pop music history.
“When I Get to Heaven” is among
10 new songs that address issues of
aging and mortality, although Prine
said it was a surprise to him when he
sat back after the record was done
and soaked in the new collection.
“I thought I had 10 songs I believed
in,” he said with the permanent growl
that’s been with him since he beat the
cancer by sacrificing a significant
part of the right side of his neck. “But I
didn’t think any of them had anything
to do with each other.”
It shows up in songs as lighthearted as “When I Get to Heaven”
and as darkly foreboding as “Caravan
of Fools, which he wrote with Black
Keys’ guitarist, singer and songwriter, Dan Auerbach, and frequent
John Prine
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collaborator Pat McLaughlin.
“The only time I ever think about
getting old is when I look in the mirror,” said Prine. “I feel pretty good
about it, actually.”
Prine has plenty to feel good about
these days. In the month since it was
released, “The Tree of Forgiveness”
has sold more than 70,000 total equivalent sales, according to the Nielsen
sales monitoring service, and has garnered mostly positive reviews.
Prine said he thought another
song he wrote with Auerbach,
“Boundless Love,” was initially for
Auerbach’s 2017 solo album, “Waiting
on a Song.”
Then Prine decided to record it
himself. “I called Dan and told him,
‘I’m going to have to John Prine this
song up.’
“He said ‘What do you mean?,’”
Prine said. “I said, ‘Well, there’s a part
where the guy wants to come home
and he asks [his woman] if she’ll make
him some food. I said I’m going to
make it, ‘Fry me some pork chops.’
“Then I replaced the second verse
with ‘I’ve got a heart like an old washing machine / Bounces ’round till my
soul comes clean.’ I said, ‘That
sounds more like John Prine,’” he said
with a laugh. “And I’ll be darned,
those songs live, especially ‘Boundless Love,’ are really taking off. The
crowd really seems to like it.”
His career is now managed by his
wife, Fiona. And Oh Boy Records, the
label he set up more than 30 years ago,
is being overseen by his son, Jody,
since the death in 2015 of Prine’s longtime manager, Al Bunetta.
Prine’s long been a critical favorite,
and early on caught the attention of
esteemed peers including Kris
Kristofferson, who was among the
first to champion the erudite songs
that allowed Prine to quit his day job
as a mail carrier in Chicago.
Bob Dylan also has sung his
praises over the years, telling writer
Bill Flanagan almost a decade ago
that “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian
mindtrips to the nth degree. And he
writes beautiful songs.”
He also has become a touchstone
for a new generation of country and
Americana singer-songwriters, including Miranda Lambert, Kacey
Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jason
Isbell, Amanda Shires, Brandy Clark
and Margo Price.
Some have shared concert bills
with him, recorded his songs or, in the
case of husband-wife team Isbell and
Shires, sung harmonies with him on
the new album.
In fact, when Musgraves first arrived in Nashville, she looked Prine up
at one of his shows and tried to get
him appropriately conditioned to
hear a song she’d written about him.
“She and [her] friend wanted to
take me out to the parking lot,” Prine
said, “and get me to smoke a joint with
Then she played him her song,
“Burn One With John Prine,” with this
key line: “My idea of heaven / Is to burn
one with John Prine.”
“She’s really something,” he said.
“I think she’s going to be really big.”
He also expressed his admiration
for an artist he otherwise might seem
to have little in common with: Taylor
“Even when she was just trying to
appeal to other 18- and 19-year-olds,
they were always interesting songs,”
he said. “It was there.”
In fact, many younger songwriters
are giving Prine renewed hope about
the state of pop and country music.
“I hear good songs with good,
grounded ideas,” Prine said. “I didn’t
know if another generation was
gonna come along like that.
“My music has been called so
many different things over the years,”
he added with his Cheshire cat grin, “I
figure as long as it’s selling, call it what
you want.”
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
Meleko Mokgosi’s art of daily living
Meleko Mokgosi describes
himself as a history painter,
but what he considers to be
historic is what sets his work
apart. Kids at school, people
lounging at home, a young
woman getting her hair done
— ordinary life is offered with
the same focused intensity of
classical history and myth,
history painting’s usual subjects.
At the UCLA Fowler Museum, curator Erica P. Jones
is presenting the Botswanaborn, New York-based artist’s
first West Coast museum
show. (Mokgosi, who completed his master’s at UCLA,
won the 2012 Mohn Award in
conjunction with the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.”
exhibition.) In “Bread, Butter
and Power,” daily existence
and stamina interact.
A gallery is lined with 19
large canvas panels, while a
20th — neatly rolled and
wrapped in plastic, as if
awaiting its eventual display
— leans against a post in the
center of the room. The rolled
painting offers a tantalizing
glimpse of a man clutching a
large trophy, delighted winner of we-know-not-what.
(Maybe the Mohn Award?)
The rest are snapshot-like
scenes based in unidentified
places in southern Africa — in
schoolyards, bedrooms, at
the market, at a gathering of
military veterans and more.
Most of the panels are installed edge to edge. Sometimes the image in one slides
into the panel adjacent, as
when a grinning girl dressed
in a bright-red school uniform
shares pictorial space with an
unrelated scene of a woman
on a patio grooming a young
woman’s hair. A stylized presentation of formal and informal education comes into
Mokgosi paints in a concise, declarative manner. He’s
a realist, but he’s not overly
attentive to the minutiae of
representation. A few strokes
of gray and white paint conjure a tin bucket. The stripes
on a school uniform necktie
are the same quick white lines
that define the edge of the
student’s sweater and the
pattern of her jacket in a
scene composed like a yearbook’s class picture..
The economy of means
can be provocative. Those
same white stripes on the students’ clothing also describe
security bars on the window
behind the kids. Only then
does it sink in that the girls
and boys both wear masculine-identified attire, locking
into place a prevailing social
hierarchy. The jacket-and-tie
clothing identifies the pecking order as traditionally European.
Nearby, a picture of veterans, older men and women
dressed in military uniforms
and laden with medals, telescopes the student yearbook
picture’s intimation of institutionalized power relations.
The image is sent spinning by
UCLA Fowler Museum
“BREAD, BUTTER AND POWER” (detail) in installation view by New York-based artist Meleko Mokgosi at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.
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Smallish works,
strong impact
Michael Kohn Gallery
“SPECTRA,” a 2018 oil on canvas from artist Mark
Innerst on display at the Michael Kohn Gallery.
the adjacent panel, in which a
teenage boy wearing shades
and a red beret sits crosslegged in a chair and flanked
by two muscular security
guards. He’s part Napoleonic
wannabe, part Black Panther revivalist.
Mokgosi slyly pulls abstraction into the mix, which
he divides into black and
white. One nearly blackedout panel slowly reveals a
barely legible woman sleeping in a bed, her dark skin
congruent with the jet-black
night. Other panels are raw
canvas covered in cursive
white text — barely legible
writing in Setswana (the language of Botswana), or else
dense academic jargon (the
language of the university).
A scholastic dissertation
on the relationship between
“alterity and ipseity” — otherness and selfhood, to use
common language — becomes almost satirical juxtaposed with a painting of an attractive young woman casually posed in regal profile on a
chair. The window curtains
behind her are pulled back
like those on a theater stage.
In relation to grand canvases that depict ordinary
daily life, colonial history
painting merges with contemporary genre painting.
The two written texts — obscure to most viewers and implying the divisions between
an initiate and a comrade —
resonate as power tools that
cannot help but divide, even
as they struggle to connect.
UCLA Fowler Museum, 308
Charles E. Young Drive N.,
Los Angeles. Through July 1;
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (310) 825-4361, www
As a painter, Mark Innerst
is an intimist of spectacle.
The closely held visual language of quiet French domestic scenes — think Édouard
Vuillard or Pierre Bonnard —
is relocated into the modern,
usually urban American public sphere, where it blows up
into a showy pageantry of
anonymous pomp and circumstance.
The result can be disarming. The seductive, eye-popping glamour of the city hums
as a roaring engine of solitude
and loneliness.
Most of Innerst’s 23 recent
paintings at Kohn Gallery
recruit a modest number of
square inches to draw a
viewer in close. (Eighteen
inches is the largest dimension in half the works.) The
artist also designs and makes
most of the frames — wide,
heavy, dark strips that emphasize a frame’s material
function as a fictional picture’s factual furniture.
Skyscraper canyons, subway platforms, the view out a
museum window, monumental freeway overpasses — the
city is a constructed place of
mammoth wonder. Sometimes the view is slightly offaxis, yielding a visual wooziness. Often it is difficult to tell
where Innerst physically
stands in relation to the
scene: The vantage hovers
improbably in space, a floating eyeball, while that museum building might in fact be
an architect’s small foamcore model.
When people are shown,
they are usually undifferentiated spots of light moving
through a powerfully built environment.
In four larger paintings
(the largest is 56 inches
square), the more abstract
the better. An intense poetry
of color projects inner feelings
onto monumental forms in
“Spectra” and “Beneath a
Canopy of Light,” where vertical bands of color marked by
patterned fenestration dissolve into tiny, dazzling dots
of hypnotic light.
Kohn Gallery, 1227 N. Highland
Through May 23; closed Sundays and Mondays. (323) 4613311,
Building off of
‘Rainbow Sign’
The Rainbow Sign” has
been an important meme in
African American life for decades. Now, New York-based
artist Rashid Johnson brings
it to bear in a new body of
At David Kordansky
Gallery, Johnson’s “The Rainbow Sign” takes the form of 16
monumental collages and
mixed-media works. A particular politics of reconciliation with history began with a
slave song, the black spiritual
“Mary Don’t You Weep.” The
narrative continued through
writer James Baldwin’s “The
Fire Next Time” (“God gave
Noah the rainbow sign / No
more water, the fire next
time”), then Noah Purifoy’s
sculptures and reliefs forged
from the charred rubble of the
Watts Rebellion and on to
concert promoter Mary Ann
Pollar’s black cultural center
and social club of that name,
which flourished in Berkeley
in the 1970s.
Johnson extends the
theme into assertive wall reliefs composed from materials favored in his earlier work
— ceramic tile, tar-black
spray enamel, shea butter,
black soap, broken glass, etc.
A group of kaleidoscopic “Escape Collages” incorporates
vinyl photographs of natural
landscapes (the deserts
could be Saharan, the tropical forests sub-Saharan) cut
into repeated shapes of pyramids and shields.
Power and protection are
conjured in equal measure,
along with image-fragments
of African masks and
scrawled, graffiti-like heads
reminiscent of Jean-Michel
Basquiat. Rashid’s wallworks are descendants of
Combine paintings, ornamental puzzles made from
everyday materials. Elsewhere, panels of bronze mesh
evoke the diffusion filter on a
condenser microphone, dispersing the visual resonance.
Perhaps the most moving
work is the simplest — an
awkwardly affecting group of
30 joyfully glazed, kiln-fired
ceramic “Ugly Pots,” set out
as if for sidewalk sale atop a
threadbare Persian rug. Vessels are analogous to human
bodies, so the display of imminent commercial transactions generates an unexpected jolt of recognition.
David Kordansky Gallery,
5130 W. Edgewood Place, L.A.
Through May 19; closed Sunday and Monday. (323) 9353030, www.davidkordansky
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
An eye on revivals and reboots
‘Murphy Brown’ and a
new ‘Magnum P.I’ join
a healthy dose of fresh
dramas and comedies.
By Yvonne Villarreal
The return of a hardnosed TV anchor, a mustache-light version of “Magnum P.I.” and a dude who receives a “friend” request
from God are part of the
freshman class coming to
CBS in the 2018-19 season.
CBS executives unveiled
the new schedule lineup to
reporters Wednesday morning in New York ahead of the
network’s upfront presentation to advertisers at Carnegie Hall. Viewers can expect a healthy dose of new series—five dramas, four comedies — and few big changes
to the network’s prime-time
The schedule stands as
the first one incorporating
show orders from the network’s entertainment chief,
Kelly Kahl, who previously
served as the scheduling
maestro solving each season’s time slot puzzles for
The new season will see
CBS continuing to mine television’s yearbooks for familiar faces and properties to
enlist. A revival of “Murphy
Brown,” from original series
creator Diane English and
starring Candice Bergen, is
coming to Thursday’s comedy block, and a modern retelling of “Magnum P.I.,” with
Jay Hernandez in the role of
Man on the edges
You can feel them, gnawing, bristling, seething, scary
storms approaching. They
are especially compelling
when the world beyond
them, its politics and accumulating troubles (Toller is
a former military chaplain)
render them powerless and
force them to action. Toller,
like Schrader, is a man on
the fringes, a brooding intellect and spiritual thinker
navigating a time of denial,
when euphemisms are exalted, Instagrams are the
new cinema, political correctness is in vogue and the
consequences of sins are negotiable.
“First Reformed” unfolds
in long scenes and lingering
camera shots reminiscent of
classic European auteurs
such as Robert Bresson and
Carl Theodor Dreyer. The
mood is uncompromising
and contemplative, nudging
the viewer to lean into the
film rather than be overrun
by special effects, quick-cut
editing and manipulative
Riley is
but film
taps out
By Mark Olsen
meeting of the minds. When
you’re in that groove, everything you do is right, and
when you’re not, nothing is.”
He added: “I’ve always
felt that the final scene of a
movie should occur on the
sidewalk outside the theater.
The movie’s finished and a
couple walks out and one
says to the other, ‘Well, I
thought so and so.’ And the
other says, ‘No, that’s not the
case.’ But today they walk
out of the theater while the
movie’s still playing and say,
‘Where do you want to eat?’ ”
Schrader can be ferocious and “quite often forgets to say hello or goodbye.
He’s immediate. You know
exactly how he feels,” said
Hawke. “When we were filming one scene Paul was in another room watching the
monitor. He’s getting so
worked up. He’s got headphones on so he’s not aware
that his breathing is becoming so loud and labored that
we had to stop the scene. He
was wringing himself out,
like an aging lion.”
That tenacity was evident in the anger over his
troubled “Dying of the
Light,” a 2014 thriller starring
Nicolas Cage, which received
a rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. The studio did not
give him final cut and re-edited the film. Schrader said,
“I thought my career would
end in debacle. I will be alone
with my resentment and regret and that is my legacy to
myself.” As he would on
“First Reformed,” Schrader
demanded final cut in 2016
on “Dog Eat Dog,” a black
comedy crime caper with
There was, however, another problem.
“Here’s a funny story,” he
He pressed in, then
pulled back, coaxing, as if in
a scene from a transcendental skit, his dinner companion to lean toward him.
“I had to hire a Victoria’s
Secret model because her
boyfriend had given us
$250,000. We needed the
money,” he said. “Boyfriends
used to buy jewels and cars;
now they buy their girlfriend
movie roles. This girl comes
to Cleveland, and she’s terrible.”
The actress had been
promised three scenes, but
Schrader and Cage decided
to kill her off after the first
one. It took a bit of finessing.
“We had to sell her on this,”
he said. “I say to her, ‘Look,
your girlfriends are all going
to see this movie. What
would you rather be, the little mousy wife or the girl who
gets shot on the staircase?’
She agreed.”
He leaned farther back
and smiled.
“Besides,” he said. “I had
final cut.”
Sundance Institute has
two announcements: one
spoken, one unspoken.
The institute has announced it will present its
Vanguard Award to Boots
Riley as part of its summer
fundraiser on June 14. The
event at the Theatre at Ace
Hotel in downtown Los Angeles will include the local
premiere of the movie
“Sorry to Bother You.”
Written and directed by
Riley, a musician making his
feature film debut, the movie is an absurdist satire with
an ensemble cast including
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa
Thompson, Armie Hammer
and Steven Yeun.
Previous recipients of the
Vanguard Award include
Dee Rees, Marielle Heller,
Damien Chazelle and Ryan
Coogler. The award has for
the last few years been given
out in conjunction with Sundance’s Next Fest, a summer
festival in Los Angeles. The
official announcement of
this year’s Vanguard Award
presentation included no
mention of Next Fest.
Which brings us to the
unspoken announcement—
that, indeed, while Next Fest
is not officially finished, the
event will not be held this
In a statement released
to The Times, a Sundance
spokesperson said, “After a
five-year run, Next Fest is
taking a hiatus as we continue to focus on and evolve our
event profiles to best reach
our audiences and celebrate
our artists. We’ve had the
summer benefit for many
years so we’re happy to continue this event and use it as
a platform to present our
Vanguard Award.”
Sundance declined to
comment further.
Next Fest had fast become a leading highlight of
the summer film calendar in
Los Angeles, following local
premieres of movies from
the Sundance Film Festival
with musical performances
or extended conversations
with special guests.
Last year’s Next Fest
program featured Janicza
Bravo’s “Lemon” paired
with the performer Lizzo,
Marianne Palka’s “Bitch”
paired with the group Sleigh
Bells, Alex Ross Perry’s
“Golden Exits” followed by a
talk with Peter Bogdanovich, the series “Gentefied” paired with a mariachi
band and a conversation on
gentrification, and Justin
Chon’s “Gook” plus an extended conversation with
Ava DuVernay.
Along with the Los Angeles Film Festival’s move to
fall, the Next Fest hiatus
means that Outfest, running this year from July 1222, will be the only major film
event in the city for the summer. Many films that premiered earlier in the year, at
festivals such as Sundance,
South by Southwest or Tribeca, will now potentially
have no outlet to be seen in
the city until months later.
“Sorry to Bother You,”
which could have presumably had its Los Angeles premiere as a part of Next Fest,
will not have that problem.
The event for the film in
June will be one of the
splashier and highest profile
for an independent film in
the city during the summer.
Though the film won no
awards at Sundance, where
it premiered as part of the
U.S. Dramatic Competition,
with its attractive and buzzworthy cast and a savvy,
catchy promotional campaign from distributor Annapurrna Pictures, the anticipation for the film is
sharply on the rise ahead of
its release July 6.
“ ‘Sorry to Bother You’
exemplifies Boots’ uncompromising and fearless independent
Michelle Satter, founding director of the Sundance Institute feature film program,
in a statement. “When he
was a Fellow at our 2015 Directors Lab, his official bio
noted that he had never won
an award for artistic
achievement, and we’re so
pleased to change that with
this celebration.”
Twitter: @IndieFocus
Cliff Lipson CBS
“HAPPY TOGETHER” stars Damon Wayans Jr., from left, Amber Stevens West and Felix Mallard.
the private investigator
made famous by Tom Selleck, is headed to Mondays.
In fact, Mondays will be
mostly new blood. The night
will start with newcomer
“The Neighborhood,” a
fish-out-ofwater comedy starring Max
Greenfield and Cedric the
Entertainer as neighbors, in
the 8 p.m. slot, followed by
the Damon Wayans Jr.-led
comedy “Happy Together.”
“Magnum P.I” will take the 9
p.m. hour before returning
drama “Bull” closes the
Tuesdays will be anchored by “NCIS,” which will
lead in to the new Dick Wolf
drama “FBI,” about the
inner workings of the
agency’s New York office in
the 9 p.m. hour. “NCIS:
New Orleans” will take the 10
p.m. hour.
Wednesday and Friday
bring no changes. Wednesday will have “SEAL Team”
sandwiched between “Survivor” and “Criminal Minds.”
And Fridays will open with
“MacGyver.” ”Hawaii Five-0”
will take the 9 p.m. hour,
while “Blue Bloods” ends the
“Murphy Brown,” which
sees the veteran fictional
journalist serving as host of a
cable morning show, is the
only change hitting Thursdays. The returning favorite
will be buoyed by “Mom” at 9
p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
and returning spinoff “Young
Sheldon” will hold court in
the 8 p.m. hour. And returning drama “S.W.A.T.” will ride
out the night.
Sundays, meanwhile, see
the addition of “God
Friended Me,” a drama from
Greg Berlanti, at 8 p.m., followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Madam Secretary.”
Twitter: @villarrealy
Schrader creates another lost soul
[Schrader, from E1]
unrequited Rev. Ernst Toller
(Ethan Hawke), a harddrinking,
preacher with suicidal tendencies who has lost life’s
meaning until he meets an
eco-terrorist whose aim to
save the world inspires him.
Suddenly, Toller, whose congregation could fill a single
pew, has found purpose and
fury. He plots martyrdom, as
if a misguided saint calling
attention to and atoning for
a polluted and degraded
“You have a character
who is ill,” said Schrader.
“He has despair, angst. And
he rightly recognizes in the
young boy Michael [ecoterrorist] that we’re all woken
up in the middle of the night
with a sickness unto death.
The ecology situation is new,
but the blackness is not. He
sees a kindred spirit in this
boy who has a similar disease of the soul, and it reminds him of his own suffering. Is he really an ecological
activist, or has he just
caught this virus? The virus
that makes his suffering
more important. What he’s
going through is essentially
quite selfish.”
Echoes of Travis Bickle —
the wiry, deranged cab
driver played by Robert De
Niro in Martin Scorsese’s
“Taxi Driver” — run through
Toller. So does the pain of
Wade Whitehouse (Nick
Nolte) in “Affliction,” written
and directed by Schrader,
who says: “I get to feeling like
a whipped dog some days.
Some night I’m going to bite
Schrader’s characters, they
personify flawed canvasses
of American masculinity,
beaten loners desperate for
understanding and redemption.
ETHAN HAWKE, who plays a soul-scarred preacher who has lost his way, and
Amanda Seyfried star in Paul Schrader’s latest drama, “First Reformed.”
Michael Ochs Archives Moviepix / Getty Images
SCHRADER wrote the screenplay for 1976’s “Taxi
Driver.” It starred Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle.
music. Schrader fell under
the spell of transcendental
cinema when he was a film
student at UCLA in the
1960s. He wrote a book,
which he recently updated,
about the transcendental
method, but it has taken him
half a century to direct a
movie in that style.
“It’s beautiful to see that
he’s been struggling for 50
years to arrive right back
where he started, but now he
knows himself and his form
and what he wants to say,”
said Hawke, who as Toller
has the scoured, haunted
look of a man whose prayers
are seldom answered. “It
was exciting to be invited
into a mature process. The
movie is kind of like an Ingmar Bergman film if
Bergman were cranking the
Ramones the whole time.
When I came to set, I felt like
I had arrived someplace
where somebody was at
work. He’s very aware of his
Dressed in a blue sweater, his face occasionally
aglow in a smartphone light,
Schrader sat in the corner of
a dark restaurant the other
night. He was agitated by an
eye injury, but gregarious,
sliding an olive out of a mar-
tini and making quick work
of a rare steak. He spoke of
still writing scripts on spec
(“a scavenger-dog mentality”), and how today’s audiences don’t take movies as
seriously as they did in the
turbulent ’60s. His best
works rank among the finest
in American cinema, but he
has had a number of misfires, notably “The Canyons,” a crowdfunded venture starring Lindsay Lohan. Don’t ask.
He folded his hands after
the plates were cleared and,
with a white goatee and an
etched face, had the air of a
prophet just returned from
the desert with scraps of
grace. Raised in a strict Calvinist family in Michigan —
he saw his first movie in his
late teens — Schrader’s religious underpinnings and his
obsession with film entwined when he critiqued
about the misfortunes of a
“It was a decisive moment,” said Schrader, whose
new movie is co-produced by
Christine Vachon, a leading
voice in independent film. “I
sensed two things: There
was a connection between
the world of religious belief I
was raised in, the sacred
world, and the profane world
I was now living in as a UCLA
film school student and writer with the L.A. Free Press.
The link between those
worlds was a link of style not
of content. There was a realization that maybe there’s a
place for me in cinema.”
But a burgeoning independent film movement and
a sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll
insouciance made Los Angeles inviting, dangerous and
isolating for someone with a
rigid theological upbringing. Schrader became a fallen soul in a strange paradise.
“Things had turned
wrong for me, and I was
starting to become this
thing I was very frightened
of. The thing was Travis
Bickle,” he said. “I was living
in my car. I had a gun under
the seat. Drinking, morbid.
At that time theaters like the
Pussycat you could sleep in.
I had a pain in my stomach, a
bleeding ulcer. And I went to
the hospital and realized I
hadn’t spoken to anyone in
weeks. Then a metaphor
came to me of this yellow
steel coffin moving through
the sewers of the city with a
kid trapped inside, desperately alone. I wrote ‘Taxi
Driver’ as self-therapy.”
‘Taxi Driver’ trio
He would wrestle with cocaine addiction for years,
but “Taxi Driver” spoke to
the gritty side of an America
in search of itself. “I was so
grateful Marty directed it,”
said Schrader, who teamed
up with Scorsese again on
“Raging Bull” (Schrader cowrote the script) and “The
Last Temptation of Christ.”
“I certainly couldn’t have
done it at that level at that
time. He got it. So did Bob
(De Niro). We didn’t talk
much about that script. We
knew exactly who this kid
was. We didn’t have to say
who is it. It was a magical
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
By Frank Stewart
Many of us live by the procrastinator’s rule: You can
always do it today, but it will
be today again tomorrow. A
good declarer knows when
to procrastinate in drawing
At four hearts, South
took the ace of diamonds
and cashed the A-K of
trumps. With a 4-2 split, he
would have been safe, but
when East threw a spade on
the second trump, it was too
late to procrastinate.
South next led a club, but
West won and forced South
to ruff a diamond. East won
the next club and forced in
diamonds again, and South
had lost control. West got a
trump and two long diamonds: down two.
against a bad trump break.
Since he can afford to lose
two clubs and a ruff, he leads
a club at Trick Two. If West
wins and leads another diamond, South ruffs and leads
another club. Then if East
leads a third diamond,
dummy can ruff, and South
keeps control and loses only
two clubs and a trump.
South fails only if a defender has two clubs and one
trump: not likely.
Question: You hold: ♠ 9 ♥
10 9 7 6 2 ♦ K Q 10 9 4 ♣ A 6.
Your partner opens one
spade, you respond 1NT, he
bids two clubs. Now what?
Answer: The deal might
be a vicious misfit, and to
pass before things get worse
might be best. A bid of 2NT
would be a slight stretch,
and a bid of two hearts
would be speculative. Bid
two diamonds. If partner
drops you there, you will at
least be sure of some winners.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♠ Q 10 8 4
♥ 10 9 7 6 2
♦ K Q 10 9 4
♣ Q 10 9 4
All Pass
Opening lead — ♦ K
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Teen gets speeding ticket
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Dear Amy: Our 16-yearold, recently licensed daughter was pulled over today for
doing 32 in a 20-mph school
zone. She has to enter a fourlane road with heavy traffic
and obstructed visibility just
below the crest of a hill. She
accelerated too fast and was
immediately stopped by a
cop who had set up a speed
trap for people speeding
down the hill (one of the reasons she has anxiety about
pulling out into traffic to begin with).
She is not a scofflaw and
was very upset by the interaction.
Her stepmother (my
wife) wants to take the car
away for three weeks and
make her pay any increase in
insurance rates that accrue
due to this incident, along
with any fines (she doesn’t
have a job yet). She’s at her
mother’s house now but will
be back with us tomorrow.
I think that’s excessive. I
believe the consequences
should match the severity
and willfulness of the act. In
this case, I see no willfulness
and lots of contrition on her
part, so I’m for letting it go
with a warning and having
her pay any fine she may receive. What say you, Amy?
Upset Father
Dear Father: Your daughter is an inexperienced
driver. All of the adults involved need to understand
that everything that happened here (aside from the
speeding in a school zone) is
a good thing. She should not
take routes that scare her
until she feels ready to handle merging into traffic at
the correct rate of speed.
Although having a teen
driver with a speeding offense boosts insurance
rates, contact your insurance provider to see what
programs they offer for
teens to clean up their
record. High grades, weekend
courses and perfect attendance at school can help.
I don’t agree with your
wife’s idea of taking the car
away and further punishing
your daughter. Your daughter needs more time (supervised) on the road — not less.
Yes, I agree with you that she
should pay the speeding
fine. She should participate
in programs to control your
insurance rates. You should
all see this as a very common
learning opportunity.
Dear Amy: I married
about a year and a half ago. I
changed my last name and
my email account name.
Prior to getting married,
my email address was based
on my maiden name, and
now it is based on my mar-
ried name.
Several people still contact me via my old email address. I have asked them to
change it in their contact
list, but they still contact me
via the old email address,
which is based on my maiden name.
Is there a way to deal with
this not-so-major matter
without making a big fuss?
Newly Married
Dear Newly Married:
This is happening because
when any of us fills out the
“To:” address field to send
an email, the provider will
guess (usually correctly)
who we are addressing it to,
and autofill the remainder of
the address. Because historically emails were generated to and from this previous address, people will continue to use it.
One way to get this
changed is to always send
and reply from your current
(corrected) address. (Don’t
click reply from the incorrect
address.) That way the
email chain will essentially
switch over to your current
address. Run a signature
line reminding people to
change your address in their
contacts list.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
T HURSDAY , MAY 17, 2018
THU R S DAY , M AY 17, 2018
A jolly good
way to escape
[Wedding, from E1]
pairing that ripped apart a
nation in “The White Queen”
and the ill-fated string of
matrimonies that made
marriage a blood sport in
“The Tudors.” And we
haven’t even hopped the
channel yet to the infidelity
capitol of “Versailles.”
The renewed interest in
British monarchy has as
much to do with peering behind the brocade curtains at
royal dysfunction and the
erosion of power than with
the majesty of the crown.
Yet the countdown to
Harry and Meghan’s big day
has even turned a cynical
media soft, driving them
toward princess-isms that
feminist moms have been
steering their daughters
away from for decades.
Dream wedding. A love for
the ages. A rags-to-riches
By the time the ceremony
is televised from St. George’s
Chapel in Windsor Castle,
there better be a unicorn
pulling the regals in a 24-karat gold carriage — or dragons
overhead spelling out “Congratulations Newlyweds” in
flames — to live up to all the
breathless hype.
Royal weddings have of
course been the subject of
worldwide fascination given
the remnants of British culture scattered about the
globe because of migration
and colonization. The special event results in commemorative tea tray sales
across places such as Australia and India, and allows
American news anchors like
Hoda Kotb and Katie Couric
to emulate their favorite
“Downton Abbey” character
for a weekend. Borrowing
from traditions we once rejected as remnants of an oppressive empire is in itself an
American tradition.
The Trumps have been
called American royalty, but
their recent state-sponsored
celebration beamed ’round
the globe was not a storybook event. As Ivanka and
Jared Kushner waved at the
cameras like blue bloods
during the opening of the
hotly contested U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli
Defense Forces were shooting scores of unarmed protesters on the Gaza border
60 miles away. No amount of
fairy dust could make that
scene majestic.
Harry’s engagement to
Markle isn’t all that exceptional in the history of royalfalls-for-commoner relationships. Sophie Rhys-Jones
and Kate Middleton were
commoners. Camilla Parker
Bowles was a mistress. Edward VIII abdicated the
crown in 1936 when he fell in
love with the twice-divorced
Macall B. Polay HBO
NATALIE DORMER, Jack Gleeson and Peter Dinklage in a “Game of Thrones” episode with quite a loss.
American Wallis Simpson.
And like Camilla Parker
Bowles when she wed Harry’s dad, Prince Charles,
Markle’s not the first divorcee to marry into the royal family. The intrigue
around the “Suits” co-star is
perhaps due to her Hollywood roots, but even that
pales when compared to the
glow that hovered over actress Grace Kelly, who be-
Jay Leno’s Garage Fellow
former late-night host
Craig Ferguson shows
Leno how to be a rebel
while driving a British
mail delivery car in this
new episode. 7 and 10 p.m.
Supernatural Either Sam or
Dean (Jared Padalecki,
Jensen Ackles) could find
his life drastically altered
by an impulsive decision
in the season finale. 8 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy Expect
major changes for Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)
and her colleagues in the
season finale of the medical drama. 8 p.m. ABC
Gotham Gordon (Ben McKenzie) gets an alert from
Jeremiah (guest star
that more trouble is on the
way in the drama’s fourthseason finale. 8 p.m. Fox
Siren Donna (Sibongile
Mlambo) comes ashore
with two other members
of her colony to bring Ryn
(Eline Powell) back home
in this new episode of the
mermaid series. 8 p.m.
Life in Pieces Jen and Greg
(Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin
Hanks) get a big shock in
the season finale of the
family comedy. James
Brolin, Dianne Wiest and
Betsy Brandt also star. 9
p.m. CBS
American Ninja Warrior In
advance of next week’s
season premiere, this special episode features the
return of athletes from
past episodes. 9 p.m. NBC
Arrow Oliver and Diaz
(Stephen Amell, guest
star Kirk Acevedo) engage in an epic final battle
in the season finale of the
adventure series. Emily
Bett Rickards and David
Ramsey also star. 9 p.m.
Station 19 Ben (Jason
George) reaches a milestone in his development
as a new firefighter, and
the decision of who will be
named the new captain is
delayed by a fire in a skyscraper that leaves lives in
peril. Chandra Wilson
guest stars in her “Grey’s
Anatomy” role. Jaina Lee
Ortiz, Grey Damon and
Danielle Savre also star. 9
p.m. ABC
David Bukach Freeform
RYN (Eline Powell) is
wreaking havoc on shore
in the mermaid drama
“Siren” on Freeform.
S.W.A.T. Swatting — calling
in a false report to send
police officers to phony
crime scenes — interferes
with Hondo’s (Shemar
Moore) team’s search for a
white supremacy group
using bombs to commit
terrorism in the season finale. 10 p.m. CBS
The Carbonaro Effect Magician Michael Carbonaro
returns with a new season
of illusions, 10 p.m. Tru;
the premiere of sister series “The Carbonaro Effect: Inside Carbonaro,”
follows at 10:30.
Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen A profile of
Catherine Middleton, wife
of Prince William. 8 p.m.
BBC America
The Royal Wedding 2011:
Prince William and Catherine Middleton This new
special recalls the royal
wedding of Prince William
and Catherine Middleton.
9 p.m. BBC America
Royal Wedding Watch This
new episode of the special
series looks at the components of celebrating a royal marriage. 10 p.m. KOCE
and 11 p.m. KPBS
Loving (2016) 9:30 a.m. Cinemax
Atomic Blonde (2017) 5:35
p.m. HBO
CBS This Morning Ken
Langone, Home Depot.
(N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Road to the Royal
Wedding. (N) 7 a.m.
Good Morning America
Countdown to the royal
wedding. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Stuntwoman Deven MacNair;
Kate Walsh; Kathy Griffin.
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today The royal wedding. (N) 9 a.m.
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Scott Foley (“Whiskey
Cavalier”); Yara Shahidi
(“Grown-ish”). (N) 9 a.m.
The View Author Bret Baier;
Alan Cumming. (N) 10
a.m. KABC
The Talk Candice Bergen;
Curtis Stone; Carrie Ann
Inaba. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Home invasions. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors More sex may
improve sleep. (N) 2 p.m.
Steve Sugar Ray Leonard.
Panel: Dr. Tiffanie Davis
Henry, Summer Sanders
and Tamar Braxton. (N) 2
p.m. KNBC
Harry Scotty McCreery performs; Parker Schnabel.
(N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Dr. Phil A 45-year-old man
runs away with his daughter’s 16-year-old best
friend. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Sandra Bullock (“Ocean’s
8”); Shawn Mendes performs. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real Jane Kaczmarek
(“Spill”). (N) 3 p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
The Daily Show Roy Wood
Jr.’s highlights. (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon Tina Fey;
Paul Bettany; Courtney
Barnett performs. (N)
11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show Jake Tapper; Liam Payne and J
Balvin perform. (N) 11:35
p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Will
MGMT performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show: James
Corden Steven Tyler;
Morena Baccarin; Kacey
Musgraves performs. (N)
12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night: Seth Meyers
Kate McKinnon; Candice
Bergen; André Leon Talley; Matt Byrne performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Bill Nye; Marlon
Williams performs; Graham McTavish. (N) 1:38
a.m. KNBC
came Princess Grace after
marrying the Prince of Monaco.
L.A.-raised Markle is
multiracial though, and
that’s made for uncomfortable headlines in the British
press as well as attention
around their early days as a
couple way back in the intolerant 2016s. Their engagement in November 2017 must
have been devastating news
for boilerplate bigots and
anyone banking on making
#WindsorSoWhite the next
big cause across social media.
But those earthly trifles
aren’t what the American
media and a generation of
viewers who still care about
palace tradition want from
this wedding. The world is
spinning faster than it did for
those old enough to remem-
ber the “fairy-tale” wedding
of Diana and Charles. Saturday’s ceremony is not that
of a likely future king and it
won’t transport them back
to simpler times, but if they
squint hard enough and believe, they can become the
subject of a care free kingdom for a day.
Twitter: @lorraineali
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Ted Danson,
Kristen Bell
and their pals
from that
funny ‘Place’
tell us about
the afterlife.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 17 , 2 0 1 8
{ This week on }
Episode 67 (season 7, episode 7), debut 8/27/17: Bill Kelliher, Brent Hinds in "Game of Thrones." photo courtesy of HBO
It’s baaaack. With its July 2017 launch of Season 7, perennial Emmy favorite “Game of Thrones,”
pictured, missed the cutoff date for eligibility last time. Now it’s back in the race, but those episodes
ended in August. Will voters remember Arya’s vengeance, the advancing White Walkers or Jon
and Daenerys’ heat? Or will newer series, such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” or newly relevant series,
such as “The Americans,” crowd it out? See what our experts think at
Justin Renteria For The Times
Happy to cede
the spotlight.
Christina House Los Angeles Times
TV in the #MeToo era.
Debra Messing’s notion.
These freshmen
are killer fun.
Peter Sarsgaard
in the turf wars.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Glenn Whipp
offers four tips.
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
J U S T I N H A RT L E Y of “This Is Us”
is featured in a Times interview series.
Spoilers redacted!
Meet the showrunners.
Images, clockwise fromp top left, by
Christina House L.A. Times;
Justin Renteria For The Times;
Kirk McKoy L.A. Times;
Kirk McKoy L.A. Times
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 17 , 2 0 1 8
Lingering over Envelope articles about our favorite TV
shows and actors is one of our
favorite ways to blow off housework. Well, that and actually
watching our favorite TV
shows. So what could be better
than watching one-on-one video interviews with our favorite TV actors? We are giddy
with joy (and anticipate an unreasonably dirty house) now
that the Emmy Contenders
video series has arrived. And
you can bliss out on them too —
either live as they stream on
the L.A. Times Facebook page
(look for Twitter alerts from
@latimesent as to timing) or at
your leisure on our website.
Start today with Justin Hartley
of “This Is Us,” then move on to
Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”)
or maybe Kyle MacLachlan
(“Twin Peaks: The Return”).
And come back for Niecy Nash,
Claire Danes and more at
By Margy Rochlin
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 17 , 2 0 1 8
n 2016, Debra Messing was asked by
“Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan to reunite
with the costars of her hit sitcom for
a 10-minute get-out-the-vote special.
“I don’t think any of us anticipated that
the video would get 7 or 8 million hits in a
week,” says Messing about the foursome
who hadn’t acted together since the series
ended in 2006 but still showed their popping chemistry. “Suddenly, there was
buzz.” By September 2017, a revival was on
the air. Recently, Messing, 49, could be
found at the Montage Beverly Hills discussing Grace’s newfound politicization,
her late costar Debbie Reynolds, and who
was most reluctant to resurrect the series
(spoiler: It was her).
Before agreeing to a “Will & Grace”
series return, you, Eric McCormack,
Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally discussed it over dinner. What were the
sticking points?
Sean and Megan were like, “Let’s do
it!” Eric and I were the ones who had the
hesitation. My hesitation was “Why?” It
was so joyful to be reunited that the idea
of doing more was exciting to me. But it
had never been done before. Eleven years
later, you’d come back and do a series
again? Also, I was the only one living in
New York City. I’m a single mom with a
then-13-year-old son. The logistics were
Your son, Roman, was an infant during
the first run of “Will & Grace.” What’s
his take now on seeing you perform?
He loves it. He’s a funny kid. He’s doing
stand-up comedy in New York now. He’s
really interested in the anatomy of a joke.
At one point he said, “Mom, don’t you
Christina House Los Angeles Times
DEBRA MESSING says her only request on the new “Will & Grace” was giving her character a more activist presence.
think it would be funnier if you did it this
way?” I said to him [sternly], “Do not
open your mouth. Do not pitch it.” So it’s
the first scene and we do it in two takes.
Then … Max comes up to me and says,
“OK, Debra your new line is … .” That’s
when I realized he’d gone up to Max and
pitched a joke. I almost died. And I looked
at him like, “Nooooo.” But I did the joke
and it got a big laugh. Afterward, he came
up to me and said, “See? It’s funny.” Then
I thought, “Oh, crap. Now I’m in trouble.”
You’re an outspoken feminist. Did you
have anything to do with Grace’s newfound confidence?
That was my only request: I said I
wanted Grace to be a more vocal, active
feminist in this iteration. That made
sense to me given who she was, what she’s
been through and where we find her.
April 10 was Equal Pay Day. Talk about
your red carpet confrontation with E!’s
Giuliana Rancic about Catt Sadler,
formerly of E! News.
I was lucky enough to be in the room
pretty early on with Time’s Up in New
York. It was beautiful, banding together
with all these women and saying, “How
can we collectively use our voice and
platform to help effect change?” The day
of the Golden Globes I was texting with
some of the women. I think it was Amy
Schumer who said, “If one of you gets on
E! bring up [Catt Sadler]. Ask why [her
male co-host was paid almost double her
salary].” I happened to be the first person
that Giuliana interviewed. My hands were
dripping with sweat, I was so nervous. I’d
have never done this in a million years
except for the support of all of these women, knowing that if people came after me,
they’d have my back. That was a new
feeling for me. It’s a very moving byproduct that I’m grateful for.
Grace’s father announce that they’re
getting married. Thoughts?
It’s very classic Max and Dave. In the
whole run of the first go-around, they’d
always try to paint themselves into a
corner. But the idea that Will and Grace
could become brother and sister? That’s
so outrageous, I can’t even wrap my head
around it.
In this season’s finale, Will’s mother and
The late, great Debbie Reynolds played
Grace’s mother from 1999 to ’06. Share a
Debbie was a broad with a capital B in
the best way. She was just a hoofer, a
performer. Any time she’d come onstage
she was always performing. It didn’t matter if you were in the audience or at the
catering table. My son is the lead in [a
school production of] “Singin’ in the
Rain.” I was like, “Hey, want to watch
Debbie?” The full circle of it was beautiful.
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BY RANDEE DAWN >>> new york city — Here’s a twist: The marvelousness of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is pretty much reserved for
the women on the show. Fortunately, three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, who plays the title character’s dad, Abe, and Michael
Zegen, who plays her wayward husband, Joel, are delighted to make hay from the back seat as the women drive the plot surrounding the
Mrs. in question (Rachel Brosnahan), a 1950s housewife who, when ditched by her husband, decides to become a stand-up comic. ¶ Shalhoub and Zegen sat down with The Envelope at Bond 45 in New York City to discuss what makes them laugh.
Considering the name of the show, and
that the Maisels split in the first episode,
I didn’t really think you’d be sticking
around, Michael.
Zegen: My parents said the same thing.
Shalhoub: A lot of people asked me, “Is
he going to be gone?” No! He’s never leaving.
Zegen: Amy [Sherman-Palladino] and
Dan [Palladino, co-showrunners], unless
you get them drunk, don’t really reveal too
Shalhoub: I prefer not knowing too
much, because when you’re doing any
given episode, it’s like life. We don’t know
what’s going to happen in our lives. If you
know too much it can sometimes color or
inform what you’re doing. It’s more liberating to blindly put one foot in front of the
“Maisel” is very female-centered; the
men are really more supplemental to the
story. Does that feel different to you both
in some ways?
Zegen: I did “Boardwalk Empire” and
“Rescue Me,” which are pretty masculine
shows. It does feel different to me, but after
the pilot aired, one of the Teamsters who
was driving me said, “I loved the pilot.” It’s
funny and universal in that regard.
Shalhoub: I find it liberating. There’s a
pressure that’s lifted. We’re not really
driving story so much, we’re in more of a
reactive mode, and that’s freeing because
these men are not your typical TV male
characters. One thing I talked to Amy and
Dan early on about, before I got on board
— I wanted their reassurance that this
wasn’t going to be a typical TV dad who’s
the brunt of everyone’s joke. That’s been
done to death.
With so much television today, one
marker that makes things stand out is
when story lines don’t go where you expect.
the writers have in mind. But Abe — as we
transition into the early ’60s and Kennedy
and Nixon and the Cuban Missile Crisis,
I’d like to see that he gets really obsessed
as a father, as a citizen. I’d love to see
that this is another huge obstacle in his
Zegen: I would like for Joel to find
something he’s good at. He doesn’t have a
game plan right now. Right now he’s kind
of miserable — and I just want him to be
Have either of you ever done stand-up?
Zegen: No desire at all.
Shalhoub: I can’t imagine anything
more terrifying.
Zegen: I applaud anyone who has the
courage to do that. Getting heckled —
that’s something I don’t need to experience.
Jennifer S. Altman For The Times
THEY’RE NOT your “typical TV male characters,” says Tony Shalhoub, right,
of his and Michael Zegen’s characters in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Zegen: For me [the series] turned into
something even greater than I’d expected.
I didn’t know how big it was going to be. I
walked into the Gaslight [comedy club] set
and I was, like, “This is incredible.” Then
in the second episode it’s, like, “Oh, they
got more money.” This scene I’m walking
through the garment district and they had,
like, 200 extras and they shut down streets
and there was a 1950s bus driving by and
I thought, “This is going to be a big show.”
What’s your dream arc for upcoming
seasons with Joel and Abe?
Shalhoub: It’s risky to get ahead of
ourselves, because we’re not privy to what
So what makes you laugh?
Zegen: I’ve always been attracted to
sarcasm. I grew up watching “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live” and my
dad raised me on Bill Murray movies.
Randomness, random humor.
Shalhoub: I like political humor, the
kinds of things [“Late Night” host] Seth
Meyers does, and [“Late Show” host
Stephen] Colbert.
Zegen: These days it’s funny, but so
Shalhoub: But I need it; I need to be
able to look at that material to get some
relief. These guys devote all their time
and energy to finding that perfect comedic
Zegen: I was listening in at the last
table read, and there are lines on paper
that wouldn’t be funny — but when Tony
says them they’re hilarious. How do you do
Shalhoub: I wish I knew.
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BY LISA ROSEN >>> Spring is here, bringing with it a fresh bouquet of television shows. The latest entries in our annual spotlight on new
shows worthy of discussion are fascinating genre hybrids, balancing humor with something darker — at times even deadlier. They tackle loss,
obsession and the search for self in ways rarely seen on television. It’s a blend that is working; all three series have already been reupped for
second seasons.
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After surviving a horrific traffic accident
in 2014, Tracy Morgan has returned triumphantly to television as Tray, an ex-con who
returns somewhat less triumphantly to his
Brooklyn neighborhood after 15 years in
prison for drug dealing. In his absence,
Brooklyn has gone bougie, as has his girlfriend Shay (Tiffany Haddish). Now called
Shannon, she’s married to a white man and
has twins; she just neglected to tell Tray the
kids are his. Created by Jordan Peele and
John Carcieri, the show is a surprisingly
poignant fusion of humor and sorrow.
The reviews: Richard Lawson of Vanity
Fair calls it “blunt and funny and heartwarming, a perfectly calibrated mix of
bawdy silliness and sincere feeling.” Of the
fish-out-of-water story, he adds, “the show
finds its amiable comedy in that bittersweet clash; it skewers both past and present humanely, while still reveling in Morgan’s caustic incorrectness.” The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever cautions, “its first
six episodes are packed too heavily with
plot and too easily move past the real attraction, which is watching Tray wander
around Brooklyn in a state of cultural bewilderment.”
The scoop: “This is straight from my life,”
says Morgan of the series. “I know these
people. It’s about the human spirit. It’s
about evolution, people changing, second
chances. Tracy Morgan got a second
chance at life, why can’t Tray Parker?” He
notes that it can be painful “to relive a lot of
the stories that are true in my life, but these
stories have to be told.”
The laughs are grounded in realistic
story lines, giving them added emotional
heft. “The thing I love is that it’s a kind
show,” he says. It’s also the highest-rated
comedy on cable; Morgan says people in the
street are already calling him O.G. “I’ll take
Francisco Roman TBS
TRACY MORGAN returns to series TV as an ex-con returning home in “The Last O.G.,” opposite Tiffany Haddish.
on ‘Killing Eve’s’
unexpected blend of genres
John P. Johnson HBO
ACTION comedy: Acting waylays an assassin played by Bill Hader in “Barry.”
Bill Hader is Barry, another paid killer,
but this one embodies more pathos than
pathology. Created by Hader and Alec
Berg (“Silicon Valley”), who both run the
show as well, the series melds comedy
with the darkness of a lost soul. Barry’s
hit man work brings him to Los Angeles;
in pursuit of his mark, he happens upon
an acting class (led by the wonderful
Henry Winkler) and gets hooked. Other
supporting standouts include Paula
Newsome as a cop on Barry’s trail and
Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank, the
cheeriest Chechen mobster you’ll ever
BBC America
ASSASSIN meets spy in “Killing Eve.” Jodie Comer, left, and Sandra Oh costar.
The reviews: TV Guide’s Matt Roush is
all in: “Not since Dexter has a stone-cold
murderer warmed the heart so weirdly
and endearingly as hit man Barry,” and
celebrates the show’s “wildly original and
suspensefully entertaining hybrid of dark
comedy and delirious action.” But the
New York Times’ James Poniewozik
expresses concern: “The season finale
does raise the question of how long the
series can string out its double-life premise.”
The scoop: “We always said the world of
the crime world was high stakes but no
drama, and the world of acting is all
drama and zero stakes,” Hader says in
describing the show’s mix of tones. In the
world of “Barry,” the criminals are portrayed with as much compassion as the
actors. “Bad guys don’t know they’re bad
guys; if they do it’s one-dimensional and
But Hader, who has also directed
several episodes, never wants the violence to look cool. “It’s a world Barry
wants to get out of, so it would make
sense that you would want to portray
that world as demoralizing.” And unlike
his character, the actor is useless with
guns. “They always have to cut around
me, because when I shoot I close my
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The scoop: Sandra Oh is having a ball
‘It keeps you
leaning forward,
because you don’t
know what’s going
to happen.’
The reviews: The A.V. Club’s Lisa Weidenfeld raves, “Waller-Bridge was equally
assured in ‘Fleabag’; here her dry wit
finds its perfect avatar in Sandra Oh,
who anchors the show so effortlessly it
may be an actual crime that no one has
been giving her roles this good. She
imbues Eve with an effortlessly earthy
vibe, simultaneously a little off-putting
yet very real.” The Hollywood Reporter’s
Tim Goodman is slightly less enamored:
“A couple of big twists are telegraphed
well in advance, mostly by bad decisions
the characters otherwise probably
wouldn’t make,” although he concedes it
is “relentlessly engaging and surprising
where it’s least expected, making for the
next must-see show of 2018.”
Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star
and creator of Amazon’s heartbreaking
comedy “Fleabag,” now turns her twisted
attention to merging humor with thriller.
“Killing Eve,” based on the Villanelle
novellas by Luke Jennings, centers on
the mutual obsession between a British
spy (played by Sandra Oh) and a beautifully creepy psychopathic assassin (Jodie
playing the novice spy, even while acknowledging that the blend of drama,
thriller and irreverence is tricky work. “I
think that’s one of the reasons why people are surprised by the show,” she says.
“It keeps you leaning forward, because
you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
When super spy Carolyn (Fiona Shaw)
asks Eve to lead a secret task force to
catch Villanelle, Oh found that the plot
point resonated beyond the series.
“Eve’s first position is insecure — ‘I
don’t deserve it,’ ” she explains. “Especially in where we are and the movements that are going on now, there are a
lot of us who don’t see the actual grace,
power, skill, whatever — readiness,
within ourselves. It’s a beautiful time to
awaken to it. And definitely I feel ‘Killing
Eve’ is about Eve’s awakening to herself.”
BY RANDEE DAWN >>> Nine months ago, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements changed the narrative arc
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in the U.S. First, scores of women (and some men) spoke up about serial sexual abusers and harassers in front of
and behind Hollywood cameras. Then the women-centric series “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”
won big at the Golden Globes and Emmys. And more recently, HBO equalized pay for men and women, and “The
Crown” agreed to pay its male and female leads equally. Floodgates had been thrown open.
All of which is laudable, but thus far another area of potential change is just awakening.
TV has long been understood to both reflect and shape real-life perceptions and narratives — so just how will the actual stories being written change in the wake of #MeToo and
Time’s Up?
“Television is the mythology of our time,”
says Michael Chernuchin, showrunner for
“Law & Order: SVU,” a series that since 1999
has been airing versions of the exact stories
that are only now capturing the nation’s attention. “I think because of our show, victims
feel more empowered. People can come out of
the shadows to talk about it more: ‘I was a victim, and now I’m a survivor.’ ”
Yet despite 19 seasons of a single show’s attempt to address what was clearly a festering,
otherwise-ignored issue, few shows have
stepped forward to try to reshape actual
male-female dynamics in their scripts.
Actors have noticed. “I’ve been begging for
so long for that accountability, about how we
treat female characters on television — the
need to have more agency for characters,”
says “Ray Donovan’s” Paula Malcomson. But
in the wake of Time’s Up, she says, “People are
shaking in their boots.”
“The Good Fight” doesn’t shy from grayarea, controversial issues, and to its credit
leaped on the #MeToo movement with multiple story lines this season, including addressing the issue of consent and an updated hesaid-she-said date situation that went sour.
“When you write scripts five or six months
before they come out, you’re never sure what
stories will continue to burn,” says Robert
King, co-showrunner of the series with his
wife, Michelle King. “This story had so much
traction that we had stories that played into it
in different modes.”
Simply reflecting back, however, hardly
confronts the building blocks of the tropes
and familiar story arcs that TV has been
telling for decades. Virtually everyone can
agree that there are too many dead women’s
bodies on TV, or assault/rape scenes included
to do little more than advance emotional plot,
or that “strong female characters” are necessary — but reconsidering the narrative starts
on a less melodramatic level too.
Veena Sud, showrunner for “Seven Seconds” (and previously “The Killing”), says
she’s insisted on story arcs for years that feature men and women collaborating without a
romantic relationship emerging.
“That trope is frustrating to me, because it
says we cannot be true partners in our work.
We cannot be true equals, we cannot hold
each other up,” she says. “That trope contributes to the sense that the only relationship
men and women can have to each other is
sexualized, and that’s not true.”
“One of the problems with television as a
medium is its lack of subtlety,” says Jane
Campion, filmmaker and co-creator of “Top of
the Lake” (with Gerard Lee). “You need someone with a vision who insists on changing
things and wants to illuminate a different
pathway. Male-think is so pervasive in our cul-
ture: The hero story is a male story of
strength, integrity and sacrifice. Those stories
don’t interest me.”
Masterpiece’s “Victoria” doesn’t have room
for a literal examination of the movement,
taking place as it does in Victorian England.
But showrunner Daisy Goodwin — who has a
#MeToo story of her own, having been groped,
she says, by a government official on a visit to
No. 10 Downing Street during David Cameron’s tenure as prime minister — is doing her
best to highlight the power her female characters hold.
“We have to dare to think differently,” she
says. “I’m not reinforcing stereotypes because
that’s a dramatic trope that’s easy to do.
“I’m nervous of doing anything where
women don’t have agency — because that’s
what’s been done for so long. I’m not interested in women made powerless by the crisis
of the show. I’ve seen enough female corpses.”
Ultimately, though, it takes the conscious
effort of — as Campion puts it — “visionary”
writers to rethink and reconsider every aspect
of the stories being told about women, men,
and women and men to effect a true #MeToo
change on television.
“We reflect reality,” says Sud. “The stories
we tell show the possibilities that exist, and
close doors as well. Powerlessness is a certain
kind of assault too, and we see it over and over
again. The girls of the next generation need to
know they can be heroes too.”
Justin Renteria For The Times
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BY GLENN WHIPP >>> “The Good Place” ended its first season with an astonishing,
ground-shifting bombshell — Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a human trying to save her soul by
becoming a better person after death, figured out that the Good Place was, in fact, the Bad
Place, which should have been obvious all along what with those ubiquitous frozen yogurt
stores in the neighborhood. ¶ Ted Danson’s afterlife architect, Michael, confirmed this
delicious disclosure with a maniacal giggle that became an instant moment of classic
television, also revealing himself to be an immortal demon, and the episode itself
firmly established the show’s bona fides. If series creator Michael Schur possessed the
confidence to play that kind of a long game, what might he do for a follow-up? ¶ The
13-episode second season answer proved every bit as satisfying. While premises were still
made to be broken, Schur and the show’s writers leaned into the idea of community,
exploring the idea that people define themselves by the strength of their tribes. For
“The Good Place,” that includes four humans striving to avoid eternal damnation, a
demon learning to love flawed mortals and an all-knowing Siri-like being named
Janet who appears to be turning into a human herself. ¶ The actors playing the
members of this makeshift family — Danson, Bell, D’Arcy Carden, William Jackson
Harper, Manny Jacinto and Jameela Jamil — have quickly become one of the most
appealing ensembles on television. The day before they were to begin shooting the
third season premiere, we sat down with the cast on the Universal Studios backlot to talk about the show’s radical optimism.
I want to get just a taste of the upcoming
season, and I have it on good authority
that one of you has trouble keeping secrets.
Bell: Loose Lips Danson!
Danson: That’s absolutely true. I’m
impossible. So let me guess: You probably
want to know about what’s in store for our
group of humans, who, last we saw them,
were down on Earth pursuing their second
chances. And Michael and Janet are monitoring them ...
Bell: I think we can reveal that, metaphorically, this next season is about how
you can play chess with people who don’t
know you’re playing with them and doing
so in a way that doesn’t affect the greater
Danson: What she said. [Laughs]
Bell: Because our characters don’t
know there’s a greater mission. We’re
meandering on Earth. What I loved about
that whole last episode from Season 2 was
that it summed up everyone’s yearly existence from Jan. 1 to March 1. You make
resolutions. You’re going to be a better
person. You’re going to work out more.
You’re going to eat broccoli. And by
March, none of that is happening.
You saw it with Eleanor. She vows to
change, and then she gets bored.
So now we are all left on Earth separately. And what we learned from the first
two seasons is that our strengths come
when we’re together. But can Michael and
Janet tamper with us without affecting
the universe?
Jamil: I will also add that the scripts
we’ve read so far are even funnier. And
slightly filthier.
Filthier how? Asking for all those fans
writing “Good Place” erotic fan fiction.
Danson: Wait a minute. Where do you
see this erotic fan fiction?
Jamil: On your blog, Ted. No … there’s
volumes of it, mostly about me and Kristen.
Bell: It’s no secret that Eleanor’s very
fluid in her sexuality. So people have been
stimulated by that thought.
Jamil: The stories always start the
same way. We’re just laughing and having a
great time. And then one of our fingers
[See ‘The Good Place,’ S14]
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Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
from left,
D’Arcy Carden,
William Jackson Harper,
Kristen Bell,
Ted Danson
and Jameela
Jamil make up
the main cast
of “The Good
Place,” the
NBC comedy
that thoughtfully deals with
ethics, moral
philosophy and
the afterlife.
Showrunners roundtable
A conversation with six multitaskers,
including “The Good Place’s” Mike
Schur, who sweat the details on some
of the edgiest scripted TV programs.
[‘The Good Place,’ from S12]
touches the other one’s hair and then one
thing leads to another.
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And a hot-diggity-dog moment ensues …
Carden: You get it!
Jamil: It’s genuinely very sweet. Our
fans are so passionate. They’ve made so
many amazing paintings and even some
Carden: I’d like to buy some of it. Is
that dorky?
Danson: Well, it’d be like going to someone’s house and they have a baby picture
of themselves out.
Carden: What if I buy it and make my
parents put it up in their house? That’s
cool, right?
Harper: No. But I have a framed baby
picture of myself, so who am I to say?
Going back to that idea of Michael and
Janet tampering with the humans, we
saw that in the last episode where
Michael shows up as a bartender on
Earth, offering Eleanor guidance. Ted,
did you enjoy that “Cheers” callback?
Danson: No. I’m literally traumatized
if I have to get behind a bar. For some
bizarre reason, I break into a sweat.
Bell: You’re so weird. Is it too much
Danson: No. It’s really like … I don’t
know …
Bell: Well, dig deep!
Danson: It blindsides me every time.
And if I have to be attractively coming on
to a woman in a scene, it just devastatingly
paralyzes me. I just hope they can get
back to the Good Place without Michael
having to do that.
Do you think there is a Good Place?
Jamil: I don’t know. But I do know I
think about my motivations a lot more
since doing this show.
Danson: Making sure the waitress sees
how large a tip you left. Everybody does
Bell: Will just whispered that he tries to
hide it.
Harper: I don’t want to be that cheesy
Colleen Hayes NBC
CHIDI (William Jackson Harper), center, teaches Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and
Michael (Ted Danson) a moral philosophy classic in “The Trolley Problem.”
guy who looks them in the eye and says,
“Hey, that’s for you.”
Bell: Mike developed this point system,
this little game with himself where if he’s
driving and someone cuts him off, it’s
minus 20 points. He tallies people all day
for a fun game for himself.
And what he figured out for the show
was … [Section redacted because it involves a huge spoiler for Season 3.]
Carden: That was a bit that got taken
out of Season 2.
Harper: Yeah. But it will come back.
Danson: Who’s “Loose Lips” now?
Will I have points deducted if I put that
information in the story?
Bell: You will go straight to the Bad
If you went through life in a Mike Schur
way, what kind of behavior loses points?
Bell: I judge everything by: Does it lean
toward happiness or does it lean toward
suffering? Like cutting someone off in
traffic or all the seven sins … because
cutting people off in traffic is one of them,
Harper: In L.A. Also: Selfies.
Jamil: Selfies definitely. And anyone
who designs any sort of G-string. I’m more
about minutiae.
Carden: I think about the point system
a lot because my husband and I have a
different moral compass. He’s a very good
person, but he can justify just about
anything if it helps his family or people he
Bell: That’s tribal and, to be stereotypical, it’s more male. It’s more female to see
the world a little more maternally. But
look, if there was a lion in my backyard, my
whole family would be dead. I’d be wondering if he needed water or had a thorn in
his paw.
Jamil: Manny, what would your Bad
Place things be?
Jacinto: I grew up in a very religious
household and was fortunate to be given
those principles as a kid. But who knows if
they’re right or wrong. I think all I know is
that I know nothing.
Danson: He’s just going for being the
smartest person in the room. Because it’s
true, what he said. I remember watching
my mother die. Up until then, I had read
this philosophy, that religion, meditating,
Zen and felt a kind of spiritual pride about
who I was. And watching her die, I was
like, “Oh, I know nothing. She may be
about to know. But I don’t have a clue.”
Which brings us back to wondering if
there’s a Good Place — both on the show
and the afterlife.
Bell: Maybe the Good Place is right
here, finding those people who challenge
you and help you grow. And you do the
same for them.
Carden: And no mobile phones. There
are no mobile phones in the Good Place.
Jamil: Because we have Janet. But
think about it: If the characters had
mobile phones, they never would have
bonded. Too many distractions — the
breaking news alerts, the social media, the
apps. Also Chidi would have ghosted the
hell out of Eleanor every time she got in his
face about his neuroses.
Danson: Now what does “ghosted”
mean again?
Carden: It means when you don’t reply
to a text. Ted, you should know. You’re a
big ghoster!
Harper: I think we see groups of people
doing bad things so often in the media
that, with our show, it’s heartening to see
a bunch of people come together and look
out for each other without it being cheesy.
In life, I’ve been part of groups of friends
with really great people, and I’m a better
person because of that. I think it’s a pretty
common experience, so it’s nice to reflect
Bell: I think this show helps us digest
the negative things around us and transcend them. Because if you look at the
statistics and start from a place of logic,
things have never been better. It’s like
Steven Pinker said in a lecture a couple of
weeks ago: Every newspaper could have
printed for the last 30 years that “Today,
138,000 less people died of starvation.” The
world is not getting worse. I mean, the
Crusades aren’t going on. Little things
like that.
Jamil: Absolutely. You know, there are
moral philosophy lecturers discussing this
show in their classes.
Danson: [Feigning pomposity] Oh,
we’re fabulous. You know the trouble with
these conversations is you always walk out
and step into a big pile of karmic poop.
We’re all going to have to tread carefully
the rest of the day.
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OVER FIVE seasons of “Orphan Black,” Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany
From the start, the actress turned
heads for the way she could seemingly
shape-shift into versions of a person who always looked more or less the same, yet each
was clearly a unique individual. “It was a
huge learning curve,” recalls the actress,
who faced additional challenges like sometimes playing a clone who was pretending
to be yet another one of the clones. “Thanks
to the writing, the voices were clear on the
page, and I had the luxury of an hour in hair
and makeup where I could let an old character leave and a new one come in.”
“Orphan’s” cult success had a ripple effect on its network, which was in the process of refining its brand on this side of the
pond and wanted a defining series. While
“Orphan” never reached the heights of, say,
“Mad Men” or “The Sopranos,” it was successful at giving BBCA a voice, particularly
with women and the LGBTQ community.
“It positioned us as being a place that
was willing to take fresh risks, and a place
that would bank on outlier stories,” says
BBCA President and General Manager
Sarah Barnett. “But it also taught us how
fans could form a passionate nucleus for
the show, and we learned our job was to give
the audience content they could share.”
In the end, “Orphan’s” success lay in its
content — that it wasn’t just “that show
about clones.”
“Our show is about individual and community identity and how you define yourself,” says Maslany. “The clones are seeking
autonomy and freedom to be who they are.
That is what we were interested in exploring, and that’s what people responded to.”
Still, after five seasons Manson says it
was time to put a period on the end of this
16-year sentence. That said, he (and
Maslany) are both open to more “Orphan”
projects down the road, including a movie.
As for how the TV series ended, Manson
wanted to keep things open-ended.
“We wanted to honor these characters’
choices and their individuality,” he says.
“That’s what they fought for. Maybe you
can figure out a way to say that I could
barely use the word ‘hope.’ I do like the
sense that there’s still a future to come.
That we really watched the journey … but
the journey isn’t over.”
played a raft of clones (who sometimes pretended to be other clones) including, clockwise from top left, Rachel, Sarah, Beth, Cosima, Alison, Helena.
By Randee Dawn
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rphan Black” may be — to
the uneducated eye — just
“that show about clones.”
But during its five-season run on BBC America,
“Orphan Black,” which began its final episodes just after Emmy eligibility last summer, was actually about much more, focusing on themes of identity and body autonomy led by a tour-de-force, Emmy-winning
performance from star Tatiana Maslany,
who played no fewer than 12 clones during
the series.
And as it turns out, when creators
Graeme Manson and John Fawcett first
formulated the germ of the idea for the
show in 2001, all they knew they had was a
wicked opening scene: a young woman
briefly sees her doppelganger, who
promptly walks in front of an oncoming
train and dies. The surviving woman — a
grifter and con artist — assumes the woman’s identity, which leads her down a dark,
conspiracy-laden rabbit hole.
So who was the woman? “We knew we
had a rich opening,” says Manson. “We
thought, ‘twins?’ — but quickly, we got to
clones. We were fascinated with nature versus nurture.”
They were also approximately 10 years
from seeing that idea realized on camera.
Their concept was too early for the zeitgeist
storm that would make “Orphan Black”
light up: cable TV’s appetite for original
programming was just getting whetted,
and science-fiction dramas were still a few
years away from being trendy. The idea was
too big for a feature film, so the pair set to
developing a TV series and started pitching
in 2009. It would take another year or so before BBC America gave the green light.
“Everyone said no,” recalls Manson. “Everyone was thinking, ‘How are they going to
pull this off?’ Because if an actor couldn’t
do absolutely everything, it was going to
suck.” Fortunately, Maslany came along
and was perfect. “The show was a high-wire
act, and she never wobbled,” says Manson.
“We wanted it to be funny, action-oriented,
slap-the-viewer-upside-the-head, gory and
sick and meaningful and have real characters. Tatiana gave us that ability.”
Photographs from BBC America
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BY YVONNE VILLARREAL >>> In an era of too much TV, creating must-see TV is
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Frankie, at a screening of the pilot, there was a woman there who took real issue with the fact that your
character makes a quick run to the corner store
while her son is sleeping.
Frankie Shaw: She was demanding to know if I had
done it myself. I’m not claiming to represent every
single mother who has ever lived. This is a show that
takes place in blue-collar Boston. There’s a Latino
clockwise from
left, Michael
Schur, Frankie
Shaw, Joel
Fields, Prentice
Penny, Laeta
Kalogridis and
discuss the
value and
of making TV
that matters.
baby daddy. And, then, it’s very female-centered. A lot
of the stories are based on stories that have happened
to me or my writers. And so it’s not necessarily, ‘Oh,
we’re going to be this issue show.’ We’re just sort of
reflecting the world in which the show takes place.”
Joel Fields: On “The Americans,” the whole show
[about Cold War-era Russian spies infiltrating America] was designed to not be topical. It was designed to
take a look at an enemy that was no longer an enemy
and to examine that time.
Schur: You should have just claimed you knew it
was all going to unfold this way.
Fields: Yeah, I’m getting a lot of pitches that the
next show we do should be about world peace because
now that’ll happen.
Schur: Like “The Secret.” Just put it out there.
Fields: But it’s actually been irritating to have all
this stuff happen. My partner Joe [Weisberg] says it’s
bad for the show. I like to say it’s bad for the world too.
But it sucks because you’re trying to do something
that isn’t about that, that’s about getting people to
look at identity and look at conflict and look at enemies and look at marriage in a different way, and suddenly it’s now through the prism of what’s happening
in the world today, and it’s no longer universal. But
look, none of us can control how the audience is going
to experience what we do. And the good news is now
the shows we do are around for a long time. So audiences later will experience them in different ways.
[See Showrunners, S20]
You have explored sexism, classism, morality, sexual
assault, mental illness. Talk about being topical.
Michael Schur: “The Good Place” was explicitly
about ethics and morality and it was designed before
the current administration. But it has been interesting
to be discussing this stuff at a time when the front
page of every newspaper, including yours, very
frequently has the word “ethics” in it. So that’s been
interesting, but it’s coincidental.
Whitney Cummings: I am a stand-up [comic] first,
so I think that my brain is very attracted to the things
that make people uncomfortable, that make people
laugh, that piss people off. Anything that I’m conflicted about is usually something I want to write
about. When the idea of “Roseanne” came across my
plate, I was attracted to how controversial the show
always was and how controversial the star tends to be.
I disagreed with a lot of the things that the show was
going to maybe explore. And after the election, I just
had a compulsion to be in a room with someone that I
disagree with and see if we could find common ground.
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no easy task. The Envelope gathered six TV masters — Whitney Cummings (“Roseanne”), Joel Fields (“The Americans”), Laeta Kalogridis (“Altered Carbon”), Prentice
Penny (“Insecure”), Michael Schur (“The Good Place”) and Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”)
— to discuss the creative process. The conversation touched on the responsibility a
show has to its audience, being unafraid to push boundaries and knowing when it’s
time to bring a show to a close.
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[Showrunners, from S19]
Prentice Penny: Yeah, our show went
through a weird thing where we started
breaking stories during the first season
with Obama still in office. And our show is
talking about things that people of color
talk about privately and then putting those
things out publicly. Conversations that we
have in our living rooms and with our
friends that most of the audiences, you
know, certainly mainstream white audiences don’t ever get to be a part of. And then
the election happened so the beginning [of
the season] is a lot of people of color wanting to talk about things that don’t get
heard, and then the election happened and
this sort of veil was off. And a lot of white
people were like, “This is crazy.”
Cummings: You guys didn’t know
there’s racism out there?
Schur: Welcome, white people. Come in.
Cummings: In comedies, it used to be
“How far can we push the envelope, how
can we sort of test people, how can we
challenge people, how can we make people
laugh?” But then the election happened
and it was like there’s this new social responsibility where you want to be edgy and
you want to explore and you want to push
the envelope, but you also don’t want to set
a bad example or reinforce stereotypes.
There’s this whole new floor of like broken
glass that you kind of have to walk around.
Penny: But it has to have meaning behind it, sometimes networks want to have
you push stuff as opposed to what is it
actually saying? Not just throwing something out there for shock value.
Frankie, this is your first time writing. You
took a training course?
Shaw: I did the WGA training program
for six weeks. But also you can’t know until
you’re doing it. I think maybe the most
surprising part was being faced with your
worst qualities and your best qualities. I feel
like, “Oh, this part of my being uber controlling really works here, but it also maybe
doesn’t work with this personality.” So
PRENTICE PENNY, of “Insecure,”
thinks about the intent behind art.
you’re just sort of constantly having to be a
little bit self-aware and figure out the best
way to manage up here and down there.
That’s been a huge thing for me.
Laeta Kalogridis: It is certainly the
most intensity to something that doesn’t
involve curing cancer. There’s a lot of like
real deep panicked intensity.
Fields: I learned a lot from working over
many years with Steven Bochco, who today
I miss a lot. And it was the opposite with
Steven. There was never panic. There was
always a sure hand. There was always incredible respect. He always had the writer’s
back and the writer’s room was a sacred
place. And then we tell personal stories, and
he was always efficient and calm. And he
knew that he could be a leader and that it
was also a team sport. So he found this
incredible way of running shows.
Penny: One of the things that I always
try to take from it is, how do you get the
best? How do you get the best out of this
person’s gifts, that person’s gifts and kind
of still shape that into an actual story. And I
think that if you hire good people, then
you’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting because you can trust them now to do those
things. One of the things I learned working
on “Happy Endings” under a showrunner
named Josh Bycel — he always told me,
“Your life is your life. The show is not your
life. Have a life.” I don’t always follow it
great, but I always go back to it as a benchmark of just being a well-rounded healthy
WHITNEY CUMMINGS of “Roseanne ” is drawn to conflict and controversy.
JOEL FIELDS says that “The Ameri-
Carbon” promotes female agency.
cans” was supposed to not be topical.
individual because you’re managing so
many people, so many circumstances.
Shaw: Right, it’s hard, but it’s definitely
also the most fun. If it’s working well, I’ve
never laughed harder in my entire life.
Fields: Yeah, I’m with you. It’s fun. It’s
joyous. I mean, we all work hard, but we’re
not curing cancer. We’re telling stories. It’s
Cummings: I feel like we all probably
say, “We’re not curing cancer, everybody
calm down.” But I remember Michelle
Obama did a call to some producers or
something. It was a couple of years ago, and
she was talking about how the metrics were
in for how “Will & Grace” actually affected
the outcome of the marriage equality vote
because it was putting gay people in the
rooms of people that maybe never met a
gay couple before, maybe had prejudices
around it. And she was basically like,
“Please put diverse people on your shows.”
We’re not curing cancer, but we kind of are
subconsciously helping heal people.
Laeta, you’re in a male-dominated field
with this R-rated, sci-fi epic drama on
Netflix. Talk about the importance of
showing that women can do this.
Kalogridis: For me, the fun is when you
get to create these female characters who
have all this power in a very dark and chaotic world. The idea that our nightmares — of
women and more marginalized people —
are just as well explored. We did this sequence that’s probably the most intense
sequence in the entire show. It’s two women, and it is an all-out, knock-down, dragout fight. One of them is Latina and one of
them is Asian, and they fill the whole
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accomplished showrunners.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
screen. They are everything and that is very
much what the show is about for me, that
representational element. I don’t have
control over how people take it, but I do
have control over what we were saying,
which is “Watch the … out because it’s coming.” Anything that’s trying to do something
different is always going to be hard.
Cummings: Yeah, there’s already what
we go through when you make something,
“God, that wasn’t good enough” and “Oh,
this could be better, and we should reshoot
that.” And now you get the added feedback
from Twitter and stuff.
Penny: I had an experience last year
with it. We had an episode where the character doesn’t use a condom. For the most
part, we try to always be responsible. I
remember people were like, “You’re saying
black people get this rate of AIDS, and
you’re being irresponsible. You’re showing
this.” And I was like, “Well, it’s a TV show.
We don’t have time to show them go get the
condom, cut it open, put it on.” I got into a
big debate with people and I was like, “I’m
doing so much for black people behind the
curtain you guys don’t even know.” Like I’m
tearing down the black community and I
want AIDS to get black people. It was just
Cummings: Still, you guys talk about
how fun it is. I have been working on a show
where the main character voted for Donald
Trump. So our room was very tense and
stressful and not a safe space. Very triggering, so it was intense but kind of cathartic
at the same time. But there was a really big
argument in the room about Dan Connor
[talking about] undocumented workers
taking his jobs because he’s in freelance
Let’s talk about the responsibility to the
audience in another way. [To Schur] You
pulled off the greatest TV twist when you
revealed that “The Good Place” wasn’t in
fact in the good place. And how did you
move forward from that?
Schur: So the twist at the end of Season
1 was baked into the show from the beginning. It was part of what got Ted Danson to
sign on. And because we knew about it so
early we had a chance with the writers to
look forward. So we’ve been a sort of a
season ahead in terms of being able to
anticipate what we’re going to do and we
decided pretty early that because the twist
at the end was so world upending that we
didn’t want to try to outdo ourselves.
[To Fields] How about knowing when it’s
time to wrap things up?
Fields: Joe and I talked from early days
about what the end was. It was pretty clear
to us that it was going to be six seasons. We
tried a version that was five for a day, and it
just wasn’t enough room. So we were able
to write to that from early on and that was
really liberating.
Cummings: In network TV, you just
write the finale for every season.
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Photographs by
MICHAEL SCHUR’S “The Good Place” revolves around ethics and friendship.
Were you shocked by the numbers that the
show receives? And the aftermath of
things that have come to light?
Cummings: I don’t know what you’re
talking about. Yes.
Kalogridis: I think there’s something
really valuable about triggering conversation, in getting people to talk about something. Even, dear God, help us all, if it’s
uncomfortable. One of the things that
worries me the most is the idea that censorship is in some way virtuous. Censorship is
never virtuous. Censorship is just censorship.
Shaw: If you are normalizing certain
behavior that might lead to the devaluing of
human life, then that’s the question that we
all have to answer when we are creating and
if we can justify it. Everyone should feel
represented, but we’re also dealing with a
bigger thing here where a lot of people are
losing their lives.
Kalogridis: If I present a show in which
a man who’s lived for hundreds of years gets
off on killing women. Yes, it’s horrible and
I’m showing violence toward women. I’m
also showing what I think will happen if
someone gets into a position of power
whose idea of a good time is hurting people.
Penny: It’s to what you were saying
construction, whether he would say “illegals.” And I was like, “We can’t say that.
This is wrong. It’s racist.” I was so angry.
But that’s what he would say. He’s not PC.
draws from her and her writers’ lives.
earlier, it’s what is the driving force behind
the art? If I’m showing something that’s
sort of a cautionary tale about this because
that’s my intent versus my intent is to hurt
or to be mean or to dismiss.
Cummings: My intent in terms of working with Roseanne is I would like a liberal,
progressive person to be in that room. And
I guess I’m going to have to do it. When you
make a show, can you tell the difference
between the show’s star and the show they
make? I think we’re at a point where you
kind of can’t.
Schur: It’s just asking so much of audiences because the show in this case is
named after her and it’s based, it was originally based on her stand-up, which was
based on her real life. And then she goes on
Twitter and says all the stuff she says.
By Yvonne Villarreal
t took Peter Sarsgaard five months to consider signing on to Hulu’s “The Looming
The 10-episode series, based on Lawrence Wright’s 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning
nonfiction book of the same name, traces the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks nearly two
decades ago. Sarsgaard, who had read the book not long after its release, said he
ultimately took the plunge because he hadn’t stopped thinking about the script.
In the series, he plays Martin Schmidt, a composite character who is the head of the
CIA’s Al Qaeda task force. Schmidt is often at odds with his FBI counterpart, John
O’Neill (played by Jeff Daniels).
Sarsgaard recently paid a visit to the L.A. Times video studio, where he discussed
Wright’s book, the clashing between the CIA and the FBI, and media literacy.
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“The Looming Tower” is based on the
book of the same name. But you didn’t
want to do it at first?
An emotional event like this, everyone’s
first reaction is just to lick their wounds,
you know? It’s completely understandable.
Like if you have a relative who died of a
drug overdose, not everybody wants to talk
about the heroin problem on the day of the
funeral. So for a long time, I was just not
interested in talking about the hows and
whys of what had happened. So when this
book came along, it really went after all
these questions that we had all been either
too afraid to ask, or people weren’t providing answers to for one reason or another.
What do you remember about when you
finally read the book?
The book is just extraordinary. It just
has so much detailed information on how
we arrived at that day. It’s like a way
through the grieving process. I think it’s a
very important thing to consider now.
Martin Schmidt can be rather territorial
and prickly.
He’s quite defensive about his own
involvement, which is, of course, very natural behavior. I don’t find him to be the
person where we should put blame, if
there’s a person. You just sort of see the
way that human behavior leads toward
things like this. One thing sets off another
thing, sets off another thing.
How was it for you on the set? What did
you guys do?
Jeff sort of plays his guitar, which he
wears headphones for, and has a Tigers
baseball game on all the time. But he’s a
really intelligent, interesting guy, and I
always enjoyed his energy, and I felt like we
were playing people that were going at
each other all the time, so it wasn’t really
like we were, you know, celebrating each
other’s birthdays or anything.
‘You just
sort of see
the way that
leads toward
things like
Talk about playing these two agencies
that can’t quite work together, the sort of
turf wars that were going on.
It would be behavior that’s familiar to
audiences, like just the way our relatives
act with each other, this is the way we act
with each other. A lot of time, we hold
agencies and government, and certain
people up to a different standard than we
ourselves even do. I know we have great
reason to be very critical of the government right now. But the onus is on us. We
are the revolutionaries. We are the people
that carry the Constitution. It’s our responsibility. The people are bigger than the
government. And I think just make your
own neighborhood what it should be? And
let that positivity spread. And that’s the
best economic message anyway.
Did it make you think about news differently, or make you a more critical person
now watching the news?
“Critical” is the understatement of the
year. I mean, it’s difficult to consume news.
I think the main thing is to not get side-
on the confluence of
events that resulted
in the 9/11 tragedy
Christina House Los Angeles Times
tracked by the salacious, because that’s
what happened with Monica Lewinksy
[during the Clinton administration], and
that’s what took our eye off of Al Qaeda,
really, it’s one of the things. It’s that we’re
always interested in that stuff more. And if
there’s one takeaway for me from it, it’s
like, I was thinking of that time, and I
thought I was paying attention to Monica
When 9/11 happened, and I was right
downtown, I thought, “This is Osama bin
Laden.” I knew his name because of the
previous bombing. But I hadn’t really
thought about it. And I think for a lot of
people that day, when they started saying,
“It’s Osama bin Laden,” we went, “Oh,
yeah, that guy that’s just been standing
there the whole time.” So I worry that
we’re getting into a similar territory like
that now, and with the way information
even comes to us, and people have this
thing on their phones where it delivers —
You get the alerts all the time.
You get the alerts and the alert could
be, “Boy trapped in refrigerator eats own
foot.” Or it could be Kim Jong Un is threatening Japan, you know? You don’t know.
Ready for more?
Go online to watch the video of Yvonne
Villarreal’s full conversation with “The
Looming Tower” star Peter Sarsgaard.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler rank as the
best awards show hosts since we somehow survived Y2K. There’s no point in
naming a runner-up as nobody comes
close to their three-year run anchoring
the Golden Globes from 2013-15.
The announcement that another
“Saturday Night Live” pair, Michael Che
and Colin Jost, would host this year’s
Emmys wasn’t greeted with much enthusiasm. But with “SNL” creator Lorne
Michaels and his deep connections on
board as executive producer, this show
could be fascinating. The range of outcomes — like “Saturday Night Live” itself
from week to week — is massive. Making
judicious use of the hosts’ cast mates will
be key. Less Alec Baldwin, more Kate
McKinnon (why isn’t she hosting?)
Mark Ellen Matthews NBC
“SNL’S” Colin Jost and Michael Che
will host this year’s Emmys show.
should be the operating principle. If
Michaels can have some fun with the
format, it could be a memorable show for
all the right reasons.
If the 18-chapter “Twin Peaks: The
Return” was good enough to make its
way onto best-of lists for both TV and
film critics, then Emmy voters should
follow suit, raise their coffee mugs and
lavish David Lynch’s uncompromising
landmark with a bevy of nominations.
Likewise Netflix’s big-hearted remake
of “One Day at a Time,” which deepened
its characters and stories in its superb
second season, elevating it to the ranks of
television’s best comedies. It picked up
one measly nomination last year, and,
somehow, that wasn’t for Rita Moreno.
That oversight needs to be fixed.
Suzanne Tenner Showtime
KYLE MacLachlan, left, LauraDern,
David Lynch in “Twin Peaks” redux.
ROSEANNE (Roseanne Barr) and sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) face off.
Emmy voters never nominated “Roseanne” for comedy series, even at its creative and commercial peak. But its
namesake star did earn four nominations, winning once, 25 years ago.
The 65-year-old comedian’s bite and
comic chops remain potent, and her
live-wire presence and broad appeal
would give the Emmy broadcast a boost
at a time when awards show ratings are
cratering. But many voters — even those
who enjoy the show — will think twice
about checking off Barr’s name, simply
because they can’t stomach her inflammatory Twitter feed, where she has,
among other things, trolled school-shooting survivor David Hogg and endorsed
right-wing conspiracy theories.
Costar Laurie Metcalf, who won three
Emmys from 1992-94 for playing Roseanne’s sister, figures to be nominated.
Maybe John Goodman too. (Boy, did we
take this cast for granted back in the
day.) Whether Barr joins them might be
the most interesting question surrounding this year’s nominations.; Twitter: @glennwhipp
Yes, “Will & Grace” piled up 83 Emmy
nominations during its initial run, winning 16, including comedy series for its
second season in 2000. But there’s a
reason two-thirds of its audience bailed
on its revival from its premiere to its
finale. It wasn’t awful. It was just pretty,
pretty good … much like, yes, the return
of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
The Emmys should reflect the best of
television now — not the turn of the
century. Not every reboot recaptures the
magic. Again, though, the Emmys have
always been slow to say goodbye to their
favorites. Meaning: Legit or not, get
ready to welcome back Candice Bergen
and “Murphy Brown” next year.
Adam Rose ABC
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Chris Haston NBC
THE NEW “Will & Grace,” with
Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
f you’re a Television Academy member (and with 22,000-plus members, who isn’t
these days?), for the last few weeks you could have had your hair done like the
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, watched David Letterman interview Jerry Seinfeld at
Netflix’s massive Emmy campaign space or wallowed in free drinks at a saloon
made to resemble “Westworld’s” Mariposa bar and brothel. (Black hat optional.)
Actually, you could be sloshing around in free booze and meals well into June, because in this time of Peak-Plus TV, networks have to break out the hors d’oeuvres and
make sure there’s plenty of ice to get voters’ attention. So many shows, so little time. If
you wonder why the same series earn Emmy nominations year after year, it’s not (necessarily) due to merit. They’ve simply managed to form a beachhead by lodging themselves in enough voters’ DVR queues.
Last year, thanks to some retirements and an exasperating sophomore season letdown (“Mr. Robot”), five first-year shows (“The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is
Us,” “Westworld” and the eventual winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) broke through in
the drama series category. And they all followed up with sturdy enough second seasons,
meaning that novelty of Emmy newcomers was probably an anomaly. Short of the Upside Down turning sideways or the Pearsons ridding their lives of drama, we could be
seeing this quintet of nominees for some time. But there are a few ways the Emmys
could change things up and offer a little intrigue this year:
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