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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
Complaints
against USC
gynecologist
accumulated
School let the doctor
treat students despite
repeated accusations
of misconduct from
patients and staff.
By Harriet Ryan,
Matt Hamilton
and Paul Pringle
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
MARIAM GHANDOUR, 18, holds the body of her daughter, Layla. Her family says the 10-month-old died
after being exposed to tear gas in the Gaza Strip. A doctor says she had a preexisting heart condition.
A BABY GIRL DIES
IN HAZE OF GAZA
Her life is a tragic symbol of Palestinian desperation
By Alexandra Zavis
GAZA CITY — A skinny
boy named Ammar, who is 12
but looks much younger,
spent Monday playing with
his sister’s 10-month-old
daughter, Layla, at the
cramped apartment where
they both lived in the Gaza
Strip.
When the blue-eyed infant seemed hungry, he
shared a piece of flatbread
with her.
His sister, he figured, was
with other family members
at the massive Palestinian
protests demanding a right
to return to their ancestral
homeland.
He decided to go find
them.
He carried Layla to a bus
that was leaving from a
nearby mosque for the encampment where the family
had been stationing itself
along the eastern border of
Gaza during the weeks of
demonstrations.
When Ammar Rezeq
reached the camp, it was
teeming with thousands of
people, many of them
threatening to storm security barriers and swarm into
Israel. Israeli forces held
them back with barrages of
gunfire and tear gas. He
made his way toward a security barrier, where his relatives usually gathered.
Suddenly he was surrounded by clouds of acrid
white smoke. His niece began to cough.
“I put a scarf on my
mouth and was trying to find
my family,” Ammar recalled.
Finally, he found his
mother and one of Layla’s
aunts. They were shocked to
see him appear through the
haze, with the infant in his
arms. The baby’s mother
had never gone to the protests that day and stayed
home to take a nap, they
said.
The aunt took the baby
from Ammar, and the three
[See Gaza, A4]
For nearly 30 years, the
University of Southern California’s student health clinic
had one full-time gynecologist: Dr. George Tyndall. Tall
and garrulous, he treated
tens of thousands of female
students, many of them
teenagers seeing a gynecologist for the first time.
Few who lay down on
Tyndall’s exam table at the
Engemann Student Health
Center knew that he had
been accused repeatedly of
misconduct toward young
patients.
The complaints began in
the 1990s, when co-workers
alleged he was improperly
photographing
students’
genitals. In the years that
followed, patients and nursing staff accused him again
and again of “creepy” behavior, including touching women inappropriately during
pelvic exams and making
sexually suggestive remarks
about their bodies.
In recent years, some colleagues feared that he was
targeting the university’s
growing population of Chinese students, who often
had a limited understanding
of the English language and
American medical norms.
Still, Tyndall was allowed
to continue practicing. It
By Seema Mehta
and Ryan Menezes
Jim Cooper Associated Press
“FLASH OF THE HIGHEST ORDER”
Tom Wolfe, shown in 1998, was well known for his cream-colored suits. He
said they were “a harmless form of aggression” against New Yorkers.
TOM WOLF E , 1931 - 2018
Novelist and pioneer
of New Journalism
By Thomas Curwen
T
om Wolfe loved American culture for all its excess. Groupies,
doormen, hippies, astronauts,
bankers and frat boys took on
a magisterial presence in his
writing, and if there was a hint of hypocrisy in their actions, then all the better.
Wolfe reveled in worlds where people
stood tall and acted with extravagance
and swagger. He often joined the parade
himself, author-turned-celebrity in his
cream-colored suit, walking stick in hand.
Fervent disciple — if not the high priest
— of New Journalism, he brought to his
stories techniques often reserved for fiction and dispensed candid and often droll
commentary on the obsessions and passing trends of American society. The author of 15 books, fiction and nonfiction,
Wolfe is credited with such phrases as
“radical chic,” “the me-decade” and “the
right stuff.”
Kurt Vonnegut considered him a genius. Mary Gordon called him a thinking
man’s redneck. Surfers in La Jolla labeled
him a dork after he profiled them. Novelist
John Gregory Dunne observed that
Wolfe’s writings had the capacity “to drive
otherwise sane and sensible people clear
around the bend.”
Once asked why critics despised
him, Wolfe said, “Intellectuals aren’t used
to being written about. When they aren’t
taken seriously and become part of the
[See Wolfe, A6]
human come-
California voters have
seen a barrage of sunny television ads in recent weeks
touting former Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s record on finances,
crime and education, aired
by Families & Teachers for
Antonio Villaraigosa for
Governor 2018.
But the group is, in fact,
largely funded by a handful
of wealthy charter school
supporters, who together
AID IN
DYING
LAW IS
STRUCK
DOWN
Ruling, on procedural
grounds, gives state
5 days to file appeal.
By Soumya
Karlamangla
Wealthy backers
of charter schools
boost Villaraigosa
Millions are flowing to
an independent group
that’s working to elect
him as governor and
shift education policy.
was not until 2016, when a
frustrated nurse went to the
campus rape crisis center,
that he was suspended.
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. But in
a secret deal last summer,
top administrators allowed
Tyndall to resign quietly
with a financial payout.
The university did not inform Tyndall’s patients. Nor
did USC report him at the
time to the Medical Board of
California, the agency responsible for protecting the
public from problem doctors.
[See USC, A8]
have spent $13.7 million in
under a month to boost
Villaraigosa’s chances in the
June 5 primary — at a time
when his fundraising and
poll numbers are lagging.
Reed Hastings, the founder
of Netflix, jump-started the
group with a $7-million
check, by far the largest donation to support any candidate in the election.
Their efforts are part of a
broader proxy war among
Democrats between teachers unions — longtime stalwarts of the party — and
those who say those groups
have failed low-income and
minority schoolchildren.
Gary Borden, executive
director of the California
Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, which is behind the
independent expenditure
group, said it is backing
[See Villaraigosa, A12]
A Riverside County judge
overturned California’s physician-assisted suicide law
on Tuesday, giving the state
attorney general five days to
file an appeal to keep the law
in place.
California’s law, which allows terminally ill patients
to request lethal medications from their doctors, has
been the subject of a fierce
and emotional debate since
it was approved in 2015. The
state was the fifth in the nation to legalize the practice.
Superior Court Judge
Daniel A. Ottolia said Tuesday that the California Legislature violated the law by
passing the End of Life Option Act during a special session dedicated to healthcare
issues, according to the
plaintiffs in the case as well
as advocates for the law.
“We’re very happy with
the decision today,” said Alexandra Snyder, head of the
Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the groups that
filed the lawsuit. “We will
now wait and see what the
attorney general does.”
In a statement emailed to
The Times, California Atty.
[See End of life, A6]
Rift develops in
Korea relations
Protesting U.S.-South
Korea military exercises, North Korea
abruptly postpones
scheduled talks with
the South. WORLD, A3
Court wrestles
with DACA
Federal judges sympathetic to “Dreamers” are
unsure how to handle
Trump’s bid to end the
program. CALIFORNIA, B1
Weather: Partly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 71/56. B6
Laurent Emmanuel AFP/Getty Images
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Filmmakers Spike Lee, above, and Lars von Trier
elicited different reactions from critic Justin Chang
after their Cannes premieres. Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Chang writes, is “furious, beautifully controlled.” Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,”
meanwhile, “is useless garbage.” CALENDAR, E1
A2
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 16, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
BACK STORY
An old Iraqi foe tests U.S.
Electoral win may compel ties with cleric blamed for American deaths
By Tracy Wilkinson
and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON — For
years during the long U.S.
occupation of Iraq, Muqtada Sadr was an intractable foe, blamed by the
Pentagon for hundreds of
deaths of American service
members, as well as atrocities against Iraqi civilians.
But his surprise lead in
Iraq’s parliamentary elections may force American
officials into a new, unfamiliar relationship with a onetime foe, who rode to victory
on a platform that called for
attacking Iraq’s endemic
corruption and ousting
Iran, in addition to the U.S.
military, from Iraq.
By any account, Sadr’s
possible role as kingmaker
after the weekend vote will
complicate the U.S. military
mission, which now consists
largely of training and mineclearing in parts of the
country that have been
wrested back from Islamic
State militants.
Asked Tuesday whether
he was upset by Sadr’s
victory, Defense Secretary
James N. Mattis ignored the
question.
“The Iraqi people had an
election. It’s a democratic
process at a time when
people, many people,
doubted that Iraq could
take charge of themselves.
So we will wait and see the
results — the final results of
the election,” said Mattis,
who commanded Marines
as a general in Iraq’s Anbar
province during some of the
most violent years of the
Iraq war.
“And we stand with the
Iraqi people’s decisions.”
His comments echoed
similar noncommittal statements across the administration, including the State
Department and National
Security Council.
“We are very well aware
of Muqtada al-Sadr and his
background and his positions now,” State Department spokeswoman
Heather Nauert said when
asked about concerns over
Sadr’s victory.
Some U.S. officials believe that Sadr, a 44-year-old
Shiite Muslim cleric, is now
less virulently anti-American than he was in 2003,
when his militia, the Mahdi
Army, battled forces of the
U.S.-led coalition, set off
bombs and attacked Sunni
Muslim communities.
In one significant departure from his past, Sadr has
been openly critical of Iran,
and even made a recent trip
to Saudi Arabia, archrival of
Tehran.
That could mean that an
Iraqi government with Sadr
in it will not necessarily
disrupt Iraqi cooperation
with the Pentagon against
Islamic State.
Any unease on the U.S.
Karim Kadim Associated Press
FOLLOWERS of Muqtada Sadr gather in Baghdad’s
Tahrir Square to celebrate his political victory.
side, several analysts said, is
likely to be counterbalanced
by Sadr’s call for shrinking
Iran’s influence in Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated
government — another
longtime U.S. goal. Sadr has
called for both the U.S. and
Iran, which also sent advisors and assistance in the
fight against Islamic State,
to leave Iraq.
“Will there be less willingness to cooperate with the
U.S.? Maybe,” said Douglas
Ollivant, a former National
Security Council official in
the George W. Bush and
Obama administrations.
“But that will be more
than offset by the pushback
against the Iranians,” added
Ollivant, who served in
Baghdad as an Army officer
during the U.S. troop increase in 2007.
What Sadr’s role will be
in any new government
remains to be seen. In Iraq’s
convoluted parliamentary
system, his Sairoon coalition led the vote but did not
win a majority that would
have allowed it to rule alone.
A minimum of two weeks of
negotiation and horsetrading among the factions
now begin. In the end, Sadr
might even find himself on
the outs.
Failure to form a functional government after the
vote, analysts warned, could
lead to political paralysis
that would impede any
efforts at reform, long a
U.S.-backed project, and
could leave a vacuum where
more pro-Iranian politicians would step in to take
charge.
In the meantime, U.S.
officials are reacting cautiously as they await final
official results of the vote, in
which nearly 7,000 candidates vied for 329 parliamentary seats.
Iraqi Prime Minister
Haider Abadi, who was the
preferred U.S. candidate in
the balloting, had been
widely regarded as the
favorite. His campaign
capitalized on the military
victories against Islamic
State, but his party is holding at third place.
Abadi’s party could be a
likely coalition partner for
Sadr. If the Kurdish faction
is added to that, American
officials believe, the result
could be favorable to U.S.
interests.
Joining Abadi in a poor
showing was Nouri Maliki,
the former prime minister
whose pro-Iranian stance
has long frustrated U.S.
military advisors in Iraq.
U.S. officials say Maliki’s
closeness to Iran contributed to the rise of Islamic
State, a largely Sunni movement that gained strength
from Sunni grievances
about their treatment
under his government.
During the height of the
U.S. military presence in
Iraq more than decade ago,
Sadr was a formidable and
often underestimated
American foe whose call for
ending the U.S. occupation
proved a powerful rallying
cry for Iraq’s Shiite poor.
Militias loyal to the Iraqi
cleric fought bloody battles
against U.S. troops in Sadr
City, a Baghdad slum controlled by his supporters.
But following the end of
the large-scale U.S. presence in Iraq in 2011, Sadr’s
public criticism of the U.S.
eased. He remained restrained even after the U.S.
sent troops back in 2014.
“Once the U.S. was no
longer an occupying power,
he no longer had that much
of a problem with the U.S.,”
said Ollivant, a fellow at the
New America Foundation, a
Washington think tank.
With the American presence reduced in numbers —
the Pentagon is drawing
down U.S. force levels, which
reached 5,200 at the high
point of the fight against
Islamic State — Sadr turned
to his first hatred, Iran, and
cast himself as an ardent
nationalist, shunning any
occupiers.
Nonetheless, memories
of often brutal battles
against Sadr’s supporters
have not faded among U.S.
soldiers, and Pentagon
officials say privately that
they still distrust him.
“He is a corrupt ‘leader’
of gangs,” Mark Hertling, a
retired U.S. Army lieutenant
general, said in a tweet
Tuesday.
Hertling recalled fighting Sadr in 2003-04 in Baghdad and in the cities to the
south, Kut and Najaf, “as
the Iraqi government debated arresting him for
murder of his rivals” and
then again “as he fomented
anarchy in Baghdad in
2008.”
Other military officials
said they held out hope that
Abadi, with his strong U.S.
backing, will somehow be
able to assemble a coalition
that enables him to stay on
as prime minister.
“It’s not the best outcome, but we remain hopeful,” said one official, who
asked to remain anonymous
in discussing internal assessment.
Iraqi Shiites historically
have chafed at Iran’s influence and refused to import
the theocratic-style rule of
their neighbor. Sadr’s powerful father, the late Mohammed Sadeq Sadr, was a
fiercely nationalistic cleric
who promoted the Shiites’
identity as Iraqis and Arabs.
In addition, if Sadr and
his supporters hope to
make any headway against
endemic corruption, as he
pledged to do during the
campaign, they will need
U.S. backing to get help
from the International
Monetary Fund, the World
Bank and other international institutions. Iraq has
suffered chronic power
shortages and insecurity for
15 years and needs an estimated $88 billion to rebuild
areas destroyed in the war
against Islamic State.
Despite the complications and numerous moving
parts, Iraq’s change in government could provide U.S.
policymakers with an opportunity to set right the
chaos and suffering of the
last years, some analysts
said.
“The U.S. must do everything it can to convince as
many of those who are
elected that it will support a
strong and independent
Iraq — rather than try to
create a client state, and
that it will help any elements of the new government that actively seek
reform, recovery and development,” Anthony Cordesman, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in an
analysis he wrote for the
think tank.
Nauert of the State Department said, “We have a
good relationship ... with the
government of Iraq and we
believe that we will continue
to do that.”
tracy.wilkinson
@latimes.com
Twitter: @TracyKWilkinson
david.cloud@latimes.com
Twitter: @davidcloudLAT
1,000 WORDS: PAHOA, Hawaii
Mario Tama Getty Images
A CLOUD OVER TOURISM
Golfers play Tuesday as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The volcano has affected a relatively small portion of the island, but people are canceling vacations to the
Big Island and costing the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction keeps spewing lava.
Cancellations from May through July have reached at least $5 million, said Ross Birch, executive director
of the island’s tourism board. The booking pace for hotels and other activities, such as tours for lava viewing, zip lines and glass-bottom boats, has fallen 50%. A few cruise ships have also decided not to come into
port even in Kona, on the west side of the island, about 50 miles from the volcano. Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed to visitors because of seismic activity and the possibility of an explosion
at the summit. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano’s Halemaumau Crater “has raised the potential for explosive eruptions.”
WEDNESDAY , MAY 16, 2018
L AT I ME S . CO M
A3
THE WORLD
Steamed over North Korea turns surly
World Cup ban
By Adriana Leon
LIMA, Peru — The sipping of an aromatic tea
made from coca leaves — a
centuries-old tradition in
Andean countries — has
cost Peru’s national soccer
team its star player in the
coming World Cup in Russia,
a suspension Peruvian fans
and officials called unjust
and disproportionate.
Paolo Guerrero, 33, is the
national team’s leading
scorer and captain and was
instrumental in Peru’s qualifying for the World Cup for
the first time since 1982. The
player said he was given the
drink by a waiter at a hotel in
Lima in October and did not
know it was te de coca, a beverage made with coca, a
banned substance.
Tea made from coca
leaves ground into powder is
a legal, traditional drink in
the Andean region and is
used as a light stimulant like
coffee or to counter the effects of altitude sickness.
The drink is made from the
same base material as cocaine but is not nearly as
concentrated.
In its Monday ruling, the
Court of Arbitration for
Sport based in Lausanne,
Switzerland, said Guerrero
“was culpable or negligent …
and should have taken measures to avoid committing
an anti-doping violation.”
The court extended Guerrero’s original suspension of
six months, which he had
completed this month, to
last through 2018.
The court said it decided
to do so after the Montrealbased World Anti-Doping
Agency filed a brief in the
case arguing for a longer suspension.
Guerrero’s
attorney
Pedro Fida issued a statement Tuesday on his social
media account slamming
the ruling as “weak” and “inconsistent.”
“The ruling shows the
anti-doping rules to be contradictory and disproportionate. It verified that
Guerrero didn’t use social
drugs and didn’t have a goal
of improving his performance,” Fida wrote. Those circumstances, he said, should
have led the court to let
Guerrero stay on the team.
The court’s decision
means Peruvian coach Ricardo Gareca must reconfig-
ure the squad just one
month before the World Cup
opening
ceremony
in
Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium
on June 14. The Peruvian
team faces stiff first-round
competition in a group that
includes France, Denmark
and Australia.
“Of course the loss of its
best player, symbol and captain is going to affect the Peruvian team,” Lima TV
sports journalist Eddie
Fleischman said. “But the
scenario of a Cup without
Paolo must have been
planned for and one for
which the coaching staff has
been preparing. What’s required is a reshaping of the
team, and Gareca is good at
that.”
The Peruvian Football
Federation said Tuesday
that it “profoundly regretted” the court’s decision and
that Guerrero has always
showed “exemplary conduct.”
Guerrero said in a statement Monday that he had
never taken illegal drugs and
that he has “always been a
professional in every sense.”
He was “living in a dark
time.”
“I was observing the
regimen of [the Peruvian
Football Federation] and I
drank a tea that the waiter
should not have given a professional player,” Guerrero
said. “What has not been
proven is how can they ban
me from the World Cup
with no justification or debate?”
Upon his arrival at the
Lima airport Monday night
from Brazil, where he plays
for the Flamengo soccer
team, the popular Guerrero
was met by dozens of supporters.
Lima taxi driver and fan
Jaime Romero, 36, called
Guerrero’s exclusion from
the World Cup unjust. “It
was thanks to him that this
team classified [due to] his
tenacity and solidarity,”
Romero said.
“Last night we cried in
my house,” fan Jazmin Orellana, a 36-year-old bank
cashier, said Tuesday. “To
good people, unjust things
happen. Paolo, we are with
you always.”
Leon is a special
correspondent. Special
correspondent Chris Kraul
in Bogota, Colombia,
contributed to this report.
Pyongyang postpones
talks with Seoul and
warns Washington
about summit.
By David Lauter
and Matt Stiles
SEOUL — After weeks of
warming relations, North
Korea on Tuesday abruptly
postponed scheduled talks
with South Korea to protest
U.S.-South Korean military
exercises, but the Trump administration downplayed
the development, saying it
was continuing to plan for
next month’s summit with
North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un.
In a statement, North
Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency denounced the exercises,
which began Friday, as a “deliberate military provocation” designed to disrupt the
“favorably developing situation on the Korean peninsula.”
The air force exercises
were an “undisguised challenge” to the joint declaration that Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in
signed last month in Panmunjom, the so-called truce
village in the demilitarized
zone between North and
South, the North Korean
statement said.
“The U.S. will have to
think twice about the fate of
the DPRK-U.S. summit,”
the statement said, using
the initials of North Korea’s
official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of
Korea.
Whether the statement
reflected a serious change of
course on Kim’s part or just a
temporary shift in rhetoric
remained unclear.
The North has criticized
U.S.-South Korea military
exercises for years, often in
far more bellicose language
than it used in Tuesday’s
statement. But its complaints
have
remained
muted in recent months.
In the past, the North has
used the exercises to justify
additional ballistic missile
tests and provocative behavior, said Timothy Rich, an
associate professor of political science at Western Kentucky University whose work
focuses on East Asia.
“I could certainly see this
as a negotiation strategy on
North Korea’s part to paint
the U.S. and South Korea as
Journalist shot dead in Mexico
By Kate Linthicum
MEXICO CITY — Radio
journalist
Juan
Carlos
Huerta had just pulled out of
his subdivision in Mexico’s
Tabasco state Tuesday
morning when a truck
rammed into his car and
then stopped in the road,
blocking his path.
A blaze of bullets shattered the windows of Huerta’s silver BMW sedan. By
the time the truck sped off,
Huerta was slumped behind
the steering wheel, dead.
“They went to execute
him,” Tabasco Gov. Arturo
Nunez Jimenez said at a
news conference, dispelling
initial speculation that the
shooting may have been a
botched robbery. He said the
motive was unclear and no
suspects had been identified.
Huerta, a well-known
media figure who hosted a
radio program called “Without Reservations,” was at
least the fourth journalist
killed this year in Mexico.
His death on the outskirts of
the city of Villahermosa
shocked Mexico’s journalism community, which on
Tuesday was marking the
first anniversary of the slaying of prize-winning journalist Javier Valdez.
Valdez, who had reported
extensively on criminal
groups, was shot to death on
a busy road in broad daylight in the city of Culiacan.
The killing stunned many in
Mexico because of his high
profile, and it prompted
international calls that
Mexico do more to protect
journalists. Valdez was one
of 11 Mexican journalists
slain in 2017.
Federal authorities ar-
EPA/Shutterstock
RADIO host Juan Carlos
Huerta was at least the
fourth journalist killed
this year in Mexico.
rested a suspect in the
Valdez case in April, a rare
step in a country where most
homicides, including those
of journalists, go unpunished. Still, press freedom
groups such as the Committee to Protect Journalists
have pushed investigators to
do more, saying the suspect
who was arrested was probably a low-level assassin and
not the mastermind of the
attack.
Jan-Albert Hootsen of
the Committee to Protect
Journalists on Tuesday
called on Mexican authorities to thoroughly investigate the Huerta case. Hootsen, who was in Culiacan to
mark the anniversary of
Valdez’s death, said his
group had begun an investigation into whether the attack on Huerta was tied to
his journalistic work.
In Mexico, journalists
face threats from criminal
groups but also public officials, who were responsible
for nearly half of the 1,986 attacks on reporters since
2012, according to Article 19,
a press freedom group. Dozens have been forced to flee
the country or enter into
government protection programs.
In
recent
months,
Huerta had devoted much of
his coverage to Tabasco’s
gubernatorial election and
Mexico’s presidential election, both set for July 1. Campaign season has been
marred by violence across
the country: At least 93 political candidates, officeholders or political party leaders
have been slain in the last
eight months, according to
Etellekt, a security consultancy based in Mexico City.
Huerta’s killing prompted responses from several of
Mexico’s presidential candidates on Twitter.
Ricardo Anaya, of the National Action Party, tweeted
his condolences to Huerta’s
family and highlighted that
during the six-year-term of
current President Enrique
Peña Nieto, at least 37 people “have been killed for the
exercise of their journalistic
work.”
“All attacks on a journalist are attacks on freedom of
expression,” tweeted independent candidate Margarita Zavala.
Fernando
Valenzuela,
the chief prosecutor in Tabasco, said in a statement
that investigators were
combing the state in search
of the assailants’ truck and
that Huerta’s family members have been placed under
government protection.
Valenzuela added that it
was not just the journalism
community that was harmed by Huerta’s death, “but
also his radio listeners and
viewers — and society in general.”
kate.linthicum
@latimes.com
Yonhap
NORTH KOREA is angry over U.S.-South Korean
air force drills. Above, a U.S. fighter jet near Seoul.
acting against good faith,”
he said. “The challenge now
is to determine what North
Korea wants to return to the
table or if this was a planned
umbrage to deliberately
slow down dialogue.”
Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on
U.S.-Korea policy at the
Council on Foreign Relations, said North Korea’s decision to “play hard to get”
ahead of the summit
shouldn’t be a surprise.
“North Korean behavior
is reverting to form,” he said.
“There will be threats to pull
the plug on both sides before
Kim and Trump actually
meet.”
Relations may also have
been inflamed by Thae Yong
Ho, a top North Korean diplomat who defected in 2016
and has been making the
media rounds in Seoul in
advance of his new book.
He gave a talk at the National Assembly last week in
which he speculated about
Kim’s plans for the North’s
economy, among other
things.
The North Korean statement accused the South of
allowing “human scum to
brazenly hurl mud at the
dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK ... in
front of the building of the
National Assembly.”
The statement came the
day the North and South
were expected to hold another round of talks at Panmunjom. That meeting was
“indefinitely postponed” by
the North, according to
South Korea’s Unification
Ministry.
The negotiators were to
include Kim Jeong-ryeol, the
South’s vice transportation
minister, and Kim Yun
Hyok, the North’s minister
of railways, suggesting the
two sides might explore
ways to improve cross-border travel.
Other negotiators were
to include officials on both
sides with responsibility for
unification
issues
and
sports. The two countries
have been exploring opportunities for combined sports
participation, perhaps at
the upcoming Asian Games
in Jakarta, Indonesia, that
would be modeled after the
joint hockey team they
fielded at the recent Winter
Olympics.
Trump administration
officials brushed aside the
North’s comments, noting
that Pyongyang had not
made any direct comment to
Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo when he traveled to
North Korea this month and
met with Kim Jong Un to
prepare for the scheduled
June 12 summit in Singapore.
“The United States will
look at what North Korea
has said independently and
continue to coordinate
closely with our allies,”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked about
the North Korean statement.
At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the military
exercises should not be
problematic for North Korea, nor a surprise.
“What we have to go on is
what Kim Jong Un had said
before, that he understands
and appreciates the importance to the United States of
having these joint exercises,” Nauert said. “We’ve
received no formal or even
informal notification of anything.”
She said plans for the
summit continued.
The joint air force drills,
called Operation Max Thunder, are scheduled to last two
weeks.
At the Pentagon, officials
defended the exercises.
“While we will not discuss
specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many
decades and has not
changed,” spokesman Col.
Robert Manning said.
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Lauter reported from
Washington and special
correspondent Stiles from
Seoul. Times staff writer
Tracy Wilkinson in
Washington contributed to
this report.
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‘I want to see her one last time’
[Gaza, from A1]
of them started running
toward the bus. The girl’s
hands were turning blue.
They thought she had
fallen asleep on the bus, but
when she wouldn’t wake up,
they persuaded the driver to
take them to a hospital.
Ammar watched as doctors desperately tried to revive the infant.
“I thought she would
wake up,” he said, tears
welling in his eyes.
By Tuesday, Layla Ghandour had made international news as a symbol of
the Palestinian cause. The
Gaza Health Ministry added
her name to a list of protest
martyrs — the youngest of
more than 60 people who
died on the bloodiest day of
weeks of protests.
An
Israeli
military
spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, challenged the family’s
account, saying, “We have
evidence casting doubt on
the truthfulness of reports
about the death of a baby
girl in the Gaza Strip.” He
did not elaborate.
A doctor at the hospital
where Layla was treated
said she had a preexisting
heart condition that caused
her death. He asked not to
be identified because he was
not authorized to discuss
the child’s medical history.
Layla’s family and the
Health Ministry acknowledged the medical issue, but
said tear gas was a contributing factor in her death.
The clashes continued
Tuesday as Palestinian officials reported at least two
more fatalities near Gaza’s
frontier with Israel, pushing
the two-day death toll to 64.
Israel’s military also said
scattered clashes broke out
in the West Bank. It said
1,300 Palestinians participated in “violent riots” at 18 locations there Tuesday, with
protesters burning tires and
hurling rocks and firebombs
at security forces.
The latest deaths came
as Palestinians observed
what they call the Nakba, or
catastrophe, of their mass
displacement 70 years ago
during hostilities surrounding the creation of Israel.
Israeli officials maintain
that live fire was used in response to a deadly threat
posed by Palestinians seeking to breach the border
fence with Gaza. The military said that at least 24 of
those killed Monday were
militants and that in the
wake of Monday’s confrontation, its aircraft hit
more than a dozen sites in
Gaza that it described as
“terror targets.”
In justifying its use of
deadly force, Israel has cited
firebombs thrown by protesters and flaming kites being flown across the frontier.
The military said at least 400
protesters gathered Tuesday on the Gaza side and
that several Palestinians
were apprehended as they
tried to breach a fence.
But international criticism of Israel has been growing.
In Geneva, U.N. human
Photographs by
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
AMMAR REZEQ, 12, grieves for his niece Layla Ghandour, whose name was added to a list of martyrs kept by the Gaza Health Ministry.
DEMONSTRATORS move away from tear gas fired during a border protest in
Bureij in the Gaza Strip. The protests have been going on for weeks.
rights spokesman Rupert
Colville denounced what he
called the “appalling deadly
violence” by Israeli forces.
Ireland summoned the Israeli ambassador to urge restraint.
Turkey declared three
days of official mourning,
lowering flags to half-staff in
a salute to slain Palestinians. With Turkey having
temporarily expelled the Israeli ambassador in protest,
Israel on Tuesday asked the
Turkish consul general in
Jerusalem to temporarily
leave.
But at the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador
Nikki Haley staunchly defended Israel, telling the Security Council that no member “would act with more restraint than Israel has” in
the ongoing Gaza border
confrontation.
Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh, however, denounced the “massacre” in
Gaza, vowing to expand the
confrontation with Israel.
On Tuesday, thousands
of Palestinians staged angry
funeral processions after
midday prayers. They said
their dead included eight
children, a Hamas police officer and a double amputee
who was photographed during the protests using a
slingshot from his wheelchair.
Hundreds of mourners
marched for Layla.
Her father, Anwar Ghandour, once eked out a living
in tunnels along Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle in
food, medicine, weapons,
fuel and other goods. The
tunnels were built after the
Islamist militant group
Hamas took over Gaza in
2007 and Israel, in a bid to
protect itself, imposed a stifling embargo.
But Egypt destroyed
most of them after President
Abdel Fattah Sisi seized
power from his Islamist
predecessor,
Mohamed
Morsi.
Layla’s father hasn’t been
able to find work since then
— unemployment is nearly
50% in Gaza — and he struggles to provide for his family.
A year ago, he and his wife
lost a baby boy to the same
heart condition that afflicted Layla. Relatives said
he couldn’t afford to buy the
recommended medicines.
At the time, the couple
lived in a three-bedroom
apartment with nine other
members of his family. Furniture was sparse, because
the family had to sell it to buy
food and other necessities.
Mold covered the hallways,
and the smell of sewage
could be overpowering.
Layla’s mother, Mariam
Ghandour, 18, said she often
argued with her husband because he could not afford to
rent a home for them or provide food and diapers for his
children. Around the time
her son died, she moved
back with her mother and
grandmother.
The grandmother supported them from a stipend
provided by the Palestinian
Authority to the families of
those killed in the wars with
Israelis. Two of her sons died
in previous hostilities. Fourteen people lived off this
money, she said.
The power was out in the
father’s apartment when he
brought Layla’s body home
from the hospital. Neighbors
brought the family two buckets of water to wash her because the pipes had run dry.
The women in the family
placed the baby in a pink,
plastic basin and gently
scooped water over her head
by the light of a cellphone.
The
mother
then
wrapped Layla in a white
shroud and a red, green,
white and black Palestinian
flag.
“Oh my beautiful daughter, I lost you,” she sobbed,
holding the tiny bundle
tightly to her chest. “She is
all I have.”
As mourners lowered the
body into the sandy ground,
a wail echoed across ancient
tombstones.
“I want to see her one last
time,” her mother pleaded.
“It’s God’s will,” the men
told her as they shooed her
away.
“Have faith in God.”
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@latimes.com
Twitter: @alexzavis
Times staff writer Laura
King in Amsterdam and
special correspondents
Noga Tarnopolsky in
Ramallah, West Bank,
and Hana Salah in Gaza
City contributed to this
report.
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THE NATION
CIA pick’s confirmation looks certain
‘I believe she is
someone who can
and will stand up
to the president
if ordered to do
something illegal
or immoral —
like a return
to torture.’
Five Democrats plan
to vote for Gina
Haspel, who would
be the first woman to
lead the spy agency.
By Chris Megerian
WASHINGTON — Gina
Haspel, President Trump’s
nominee to run the CIA, is on
track to be confirmed by the
Senate after key Democrats
announced their support on
Tuesday.
Her nomination has been
deeply controversial because she once ran a secret
prison in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That chapter in
her 33-year career remains
shrouded in mystery because officials have refused
to declassify more information about it.
But Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Heidi Heitkamp
(D-N.D.) and Bill Nelson (DFla.) said on Tuesday they
would vote for her. Warner is
vice chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee.
Warner’s support came
after Haspel sent him a letter in which she said that the
CIA’s secret prison network
had been a mistake from the
start.
“With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a
senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA
should have undertaken,”
Haspel wrote.
The statement went a
step further than Haspel
had been willing to go in her
confirmation hearing, in
which she pledged to never
revive the interrogation program.
After the confirmation
hearing last week, two
Democrats,
Sens.
Joe
Manchin III of West Virginia
— Sen. Mark
R. Warner,
Democrat from Virginia
Salwan Georges Washington Post
GINA HASPEL at her confirmation hearing last week. Her nomination has been controversial because she
once ran a secret prison in Thailand where detainees were tortured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
and Joe Donnelly of Indiana,
announced they would back
Haspel.
Two Republicans, Sens.
Rand Paul of Kentucky and
John McCain of Arizona, oppose her nomination.
Republicans have a 51-49
majority in the Senate. With
Paul and McCain opposing
Haspel, Democratic support became crucial to her
confirmation.
Now, support from five
Democrats means Haspel
probably has the votes she
needs. She would be the first
woman to head the spy
agency, as well as the first
operations officer in dec-
ades to rise through the
ranks to the top spot.
It’s unclear when the
Senate will hold the vote.
Haspel faced an uncertain path to confirmation
two months ago when
Trump announced her as his
nominee to replace Mike
Pompeo, the former Republican congressman who is
now secretary of State.
Although she received
strong support from the intelligence community, including former CIA directors who served under presidents from both political
parties, Haspel’s role in the
interrogation program led to
an outcry from human
rights activists and many
Democrats.
In announcing his support, Warner said he believed she would be a capable director.
“Over the last year I’ve
had the opportunity to work
with Ms. Haspel in her role
as deputy director, and I
have always found her to be
professional and forthright
with the Intelligence Committee,” Warner said in a
statement.
“Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can
and will stand up to the president if ordered to do some-
thing illegal or immoral —
like a return to torture.”
Heitkamp said Haspel
had assured her that torture
would never be used again.
“While I trust her word, I
will also verify, helping to
ensure Congress conducts
robust oversight of the
CIA under her leadership,”
Heitkamp said.
California’s
senators,
both Democrats, remain opposed to Haspel.
“The United States must
send a message to the world
that we hold ourselves to a
higher standard than our
enemies,” said a statement
from Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
the former chairwoman of
the Intelligence Committee,
who spearheaded a critical
2014 report on the agency’s
interrogation program.
Sen. Kamala Harris said
on Twitter that supporting
Haspel would send “the
wrong signal to the CIA
workforce, the American
people,
and
countries
abroad about our values.”
McCain, a steadfast critic
of torture who suffered
abuse as a prisoner during
the Vietnam War, announced his opposition to
Haspel after her confirmation hearing, when she declined to say whether the
CIA’s past practices were
immoral. He’s been fighting
cancer at home in Arizona,
and it’s unclear whether he
will be able to return to Capitol Hill to cast a vote.
“I believe Gina Haspel is a
patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service
and defense,” he said in a
statement. “However, Ms.
Haspel’s role in overseeing
the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s
immorality is disqualifying.”
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TOM WOLFE , 1931 - 2018
He inspired a generation of writers
[Wolfe, from A1]
dy, they have a tendency to
squeal like weenies over an
open fire.”
One of the most conspicuous voices in American
letters, Wolfe died Monday
at a Manhattan hospital,
said his agent, Lynn Nesbit.
He was 88. He had been hospitalized with an infection,
according to the Guardian.
“Tom was a singular talent,” said his friend Gay
Talese. “He was an extraordinarily active reporter
whose unique prose was
supported on a foundation
of solid research.”
Often considered a satirist for his broadly drawn
portraits, Wolfe saw himself
as a realist and supported
the claim with his reporting.
“Every kind of writer,” he
once proclaimed, “should
get away from the desk and
see things they don’t know
about.”
“Tom had an extraordinarily sharp eye and a commitment to tell the truth,”
said Jann Wenner, friend
and founding editor of
Rolling Stone magazine.
“He didn’t write out of malice. He went to the essence
of the matter and called it
like he saw it.”
His pen may have been
caustic, but Wolfe in person
was unfailingly courteous,
said Pat Strachan, a former
senior editor at Little,
Brown & Co. who had
worked with him since the
late 1970s.
“His publishers and their
staffs know that he was an
exceptionally good-natured,
considerate, and generous
man — a kind and brilliant
man,” Strachan said.
Wolfe got his start in 1963
with a story that he almost
couldn’t write. He had gone
to California to report on
renegade car designers
working out of garages in
Burbank and Lynwood. After racking up a $750 tab at
the Beverly Wilshire hotel,
he returned to New York and
stared at his typewriter, unable to find the right words.
As the deadline neared,
he typed up his notes for his
editor, who planned to reassign the story to another
writer. Ten hours and 49
pages later, Wolfe had “The
Kandy-Kolored TangerineFlake Streamline Baby.”
In 1965, the story became
a centerpiece for a collection
of essays that established
his national reputation as a
writer who didn’t use the
English language so much as
detonate it. Allusions, dramatic asides, neologisms and
flamboyant punctuation became the hallmarks of his
style.
Surfers, sitting on the
edge of the break, were like
“Phrygian sacristans.”
Chuck Yeager, punching
through the sound barrier
above the Mojave, saw the
sky turn “deep purple and all
at once the stars and the
moon came out — and the
sun shone at the same time.”
A speedboat, racing
across Miami’s Biscayne
Bay, slams against the
waves, “throttle wide open
forty-five miles an hour
against the wind SMACK
bouncing bouncing its shallow aluminum hull SMACK
from swell SMACK to swell
SMACK.”
“What Tom did with
words is what French Impressionists did with color,”
said Larry Dietz, editor and
friend.
Larry Davis Los Angeles Times
TRAILBLAZER
Tom Wolfe, an inveterate New Yorker, dressed up his stories with scenes,
dialogue and a raucous point of view that soon distinguished New Journalism.
Deborah Feingold Corbis via Getty Images
A DISCIPLINED WRITER
Wolfe held himself to a quota of 10 triple-spaced pages a day, but writing was
never fun for him. “It’s the hardest work in the world,” he said.
A disciplined writer,
Wolfe held himself to a quota
of 10 triple-spaced pages a
day, but writing was never
fun for him. “It’s the hardest
work in the world,” he said.
“The only thing that will get
you through it is maybe
someone will applaud when
it’s over.”
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe
Jr. was born in Richmond,
Va., on March 2, 1931. Magnolia-lined streets, his neighbors’ accent and his mother’s mint tea gave his childhood a genteel, decidedly
Southern air. His grandfather had been a rifleman
for the Confederacy.
Wolfe claimed that as a
child, he would thank God at
night for being born in the
greatest city in the greatest
state in the greatest country
in the world.
Wolfe’s mother was a
landscape designer, and his
father was an agronomist at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an editor for an agricultural magazine. He had
a sister who was five years
younger than he. Watching
his father work — seeing
scribbled notes on a legal
pad transformed into pristine type on the page —
sparked Wolfe’s ambition to
be a writer.
At Washington and Lee
University, he helped edit
the campus newspaper and
co-founded its literary quarterly. He played baseball and
was known on the mound for
a sinker and slider. When he
was 21, he tried out for the
New York Giants.
He received a doctorate
from Yale in 1957 in American studies, and after sending out applications to 53
newspapers, took a job as a
reporter for the Springfield
Union in Massachusetts.
The most difficult phone call
he ever made, he said, was to
let his father know that instead of becoming a profes-
sor, he was going to be a reporter.
He told an interviewer
that he enjoyed “the cowboy
nature of journalism, the
idea that it wasn’t really respectable, and yet it was exciting, even in a literary way.”
After three years in Massachusetts and two years
with the Washington Post,
he headed to the New York
Herald Tribune, where he
would show up each day in a
$200 cream-colored suit that
he wore as “a harmless form
of aggression” against New
Yorkers unaccustomed to
seeing lighter shades worn
during winter.
Once asked to describe
the ensemble, he called it
“neo-pretentious,” but he
also discovered the style had
an advantage. “If people see
that you are an outsider,” he
said, “they will come up and
tell you things.”
Writing for the Tribune’s
Sunday magazine, Wolfe
dressed up his stories with
scenes, dialogue and a raucous point of view that soon
distinguished New Journalism, a phrase credited to
writer Pete Hamill and
whose practitioners included Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan
Didion and Talese.
“I had the feeling, rightly
or wrongly, that I was doing
things no one had ever done
in journalism,” Wolfe said.
His style would inspire a
generation of writers, including satirist Christopher
Buckley.
“His prose was so brilliant, so alive, so erudite, so
thrumming with electricity,
and so new that you
thought, ‘Wow. I didn’t realize we were allowed to do
this,’ ” Buckley said. “And
into the bargain, the white
suit! This was flash of the
highest order, and it made
thousands of people my age
want not only to be writers,
but to be Tom Wolfe.”
As much as the words
themselves, Wolfe’s perspective caught the attention
of readers and critics. At a
time when Vietnam cast a
shadow across American
life, he discovered something bright in stories about
stock cars, Cassius Clay,
Hugh Hefner and London’s
club scene.
“What struck me … was
that so many people have
found such novel ways of doing just that, enjoying, extending their ego way out on
the best terms available,
namely their own,” he said.
Wolfe’s amazement, however, could strike a withering
tone, such as the time he invited himself to a cocktail
party held for the Black Panthers in the Park Avenue
penthouse of Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia.
The year was 1970, and
the gathering was a fundraiser for members of the
party who had been jailed for
nine months without trial.
In “The Radical Chic,”
Wolfe savaged the evening
with a portrait of the fashionably liberal crowd engaging with militants over canapes.
The story brought to
light the conservative side of
Wolfe’s politics.
“He had this kind of
cynicism about liberalism,”
said writer and friend Ann
Louise Bardach. “If you
look at what upset Tom, it
was the card-carrying, raving, bring-down-the-barricade liberalism, but more
than that, he was contrarian
and a cynic in the sense that
every great reporter is.”
He would later attend
a state dinner at the White
House during the Reagan
administration,
support
President George W. Bush
and complain about having
to pay too much income tax.
Walking the crowded streets
of New York, Wolfe would
wear a U.S. flag lapel pin that
he likened to “holding up a
cross to werewolves.”
An
inveterate
New
Yorker, Wolfe once said that
he could imagine living nowhere else. “Pandemonium
with a big grin on it,” he
called Manhattan, and said
that his favorite pastime was
window shopping.
Single until he was 47, he
met his future wife, Sheila
Berger, at Harper’s magazine, where she was an art director. They married in 1978
after a long courtship and
kept a two-story town house
on the Upper East Side and a
home in Southampton on
Long Island.
They had two children,
Alexandra, a onetime staffer
at the New York Observer
and now a freelance writer,
and Tommy, who distinguished himself in college as
a champion squash player.
Coming off the success of
his ambitious and lucrative
portrait of the space program, “The Right Stuff,”
which was made into an
Academy Award-winning
movie, Wolfe turned from
journalism to fiction. Having
attacked contemporary novelists for their limited ambitions, he felt it only fair that
he try the form himself.
His first novel, “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” was serialized in Rolling Stone. A
sprawling portrait of New
York City in the 1980s, it became a bestseller in 1987.
Three years later, flush
with success, he issued a cri
de coeur calling for “a battalion, a brigade, of Zolas to
head out into this wild,
bizarre, unpredictable, hogstomping baroque country
of ours and reclaim its literary property.”
In 1996, he had a heart attack that required a quintuple bypass, and afterward,
he talked about being depressed and forgoing the
white suit. “I’ve never been
depressed before,” he told
Time magazine.
Upon recovery, he reclaimed his sartorial identity and went on to write
three more novels: “A Man in
Full” in 1998, “I Am Charlotte
Simmons” in 2004, and
“Back to Blood” in 2012.
It was an accomplishment that impressed Talese
from the start when Wolfe
wrote “The Bonfire of the
Vanities.”
“Here was a writer who
stuck his neck out, criticizing fiction writers and their
work,” Talese said. “Then he
goes ahead and writes a novel. He knows he will get killed
critically because everyone
in the literary establishment
will have it in for him.”
Wolfe had his revenge, as
Talese pointed out, when his
books became bestsellers.
He was honored in 2010 by
the National Book Foundation for his contribution to
American letters.
Wolfe is survived by wife
Shelia and children Alexandra and Tommy.
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Special-session vote improper, judge says
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Gen. Xavier Becerra said:
“We strongly disagree with
this ruling, and the state is
seeking expedited review in
the Court of Appeal.”
California’s law allows
patients with less than six
months to live to request
end-of-life drugs from their
doctors, a practice that has
been allowed in Oregon for
more than 20 years. Now,
nearly 1 in 5 Americans live
in a state where physicianassisted suicide is legal, according to advocacy group
Compassion and Choices.
In the first six months
that California’s law was in
effect, more than 100 people
made use of it to end their
lives. State data show 59% of
them had cancer.
John C. Kappos, an attorney representing Compassion and Choices, which advocated for the law, said he
believes the passage of the
law was constitutional because aid in dying is a
healthcare issue.
“Ultimately, we are confident an appeals court will
rule the Legislature duly
passed the End of Life Option Act and reinstate this
perfectly valid law, which the
strong majority of Californians support,” he said in a
statement.
He cited a 2015 survey
conducted by UC Berkeley
that found that 76% of Californians supported allowing
terminally ill patients to
take their own lives.
Harry Nelson, a healthcare attorney in Los Angeles,
said he thinks it’s unlikely
the law will be overturned
permanently. He said that
even if the court’s decision
stands, the Legislature
could reinstate the law with
whatever changes the court
deems necessary.
“I think this is a shortterm victory for people who
object on religious principles to the availability of this
option,” said Nelson, who
represents several doctors
who have written prescriptions under the law.
He said Ottolia’s decision
to give Becerra five days to
file an emergency appeal
was “aggressive.”
“It basically leaves the attorney general’s office with a
really narrow window to do
everything they need to do to
get the court of appeals to intervene and uphold and continue the law,” he said.
The push for physicianassisted suicide in California
came after Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old Californian with brain cancer,
moved to Oregon to take advantage of its end-of-life law.
When Gov. Jerry Brown
signed the law, he said he
was unsure what he would
want in such a situation but
imagined “it would be a comfort to be able to consider the
options afforded by this bill.
And I wouldn’t deny that
right to others.”
Dan Diaz, Maynard’s
husband, who advocated for
the law on her behalf, said in
a statement that he would
“once again focus all my efforts to convince Gov.
Brown, the attorney general
and the courts to keep this
law in effect.”
Writing the lethal prescriptions is voluntary for
doctors and medical facilities in California, and some,
including all Catholic and
church-affiliated hospitals,
have not allowed their physicians to prescribe such medicines. California’s data from
the law’s first six months
show that 173 physicians
wrote the 191 prescriptions
statewide.
The suit was originally
filed on the day the law took
effect two years ago, when a
judge denied a temporary
restraining order that would
have stopped the law from
being enacted.
“This ruling affirms that
assisted suicide advocates
circumvented the legislative
process,” Matt Valliere, executive director of the New
York-based Patients Rights
Action Fund, which opposes
legalizing
physicianassisted suicide, said in a
statement. “It represents a
tremendous blow to the assisted suicide legalization
movement and puts state
legislatures on notice regarding the political trickery
of groups like Compassion
and Choices.”
Ottolia read his ruling in
court Tuesday morning and
will not release the written
document for five days, said
David Gutknecht, deputy
executive officer of administration for Riverside County
Superior Court. Court logs
confirm the judge granted a
motion Tuesday morning.
Matt Fairchild, who has
skin cancer that has spread
to his brain, said he hoped
the law is ultimately reinstated. He does not qualify
for the law, but he said he
wants the option if his condition worsens.
The Burbank resident,
48, said it seemed unfair that
a court could make such a
big decision for someone
who is sick and perhaps suffering. “It’s going to affect
the way a person in California takes their last breath,”
Fairchild said.
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USC told The Times in a statement that it was under no legal obligation to report Tyndall. The
statement said that “in hindsight,”
USC should have reported him.
The university said it belatedly
filed a complaint with the medical
board March 9 after a request by
Tyndall to be reinstated. It was
about a month after Times reporters began questioning university
employees about Tyndall.
President C.L. Max Nikias sent
a letter to the campus community
Tuesday morning in advance of the
publication of this story. Nikias
noted that he had two daughters
who attended USC and called Tyndall’s conduct “a profound breach
of trust.”
“On behalf of the university, I
sincerely apologize to any student
who may have visited the student
health center and did not receive
the respectful care each individual
deserves,” Nikias wrote.
In interviews with The Times,
Tyndall, 71, insisted that he had
done nothing wrong. He said he
performed exams that were extremely thorough, but always appropriate.
“I’m there to protect the health
of Trojan women,” Tyndall said.
This story is based on interviews with more than 20 current
and former USC employees. Most
spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing patient confidentiality
laws and the potential of a negative
effect on their careers. The Times
also reviewed more than 100 pages
of documents related to complaints against Tyndall and his response.
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A USC investigation found that Dr. George Tyndall’s behavior during pelvic exams amounted to
sexual harassment of students. In interviews with The Times, he insisted he’d done nothing wrong.
a model.” Others, she said, had
complimentary things to say about
him.
The investigation concluded
there was no violation of school
policy.
“There was no there there,”
Means said.
Neinstein informed Tyndall in
the fall of 2013 that Gilbert had
complained about him. In an interview, he said he felt blindsided and
upset by what he viewed as false allegations. The only action Neinstein took as a result of the investigation was barring the gynecologist from locking the door of his office when with patients, according
to Tyndall, Gilbert and others who
worked with them.
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USC hired Tyndall in 1989 after
his residency at Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Boulevard. He
told people he had selected the job
over higher-paying opportunities
to work with the bright, sophisticated women of what he often
called “the Stanford of the South.”
Even the license plate on his Acura
declared his dedication to the job:
It read COEDDOC, according to
DMV records.
In the exam room, he was accompanied by a female nurse or
medical assistant known as a
chaperone — a practice embraced
by many male gynecologists. In the
years after he started, some chaperones became alarmed about the
frequency with which he used a
camera during pelvic exams, according to Tyndall and three colleagues with firsthand knowledge
of the concerns.
Gynecologists can have legitimate reasons to take pictures, including research, teaching and soliciting second opinions from colleagues. Tyndall’s chaperones in
the 1990s questioned his motivations, the sources said. One chaperone recalled him taking multiple
pictures of hundreds of patients’
genitals, while another said she
witnessed 50 to 100 patients photographed.
Bernadette Kosterlitzky, a
clinic nurse from 1992 to 2013, said
that after a chaperone alerted administrators to the camera, thenExecutive Director Dr. Lawrence
Neinstein ordered it removed.
“It was stopped as soon as it
came to light,” said Kosterlitzky,
who ran the clinic’s oversight committee.
Neinstein died in 2016.
Tyndall said he photographed
patients’ cervixes and external
genitals only with their permission
and for valid reasons. In some
cases, he said, he wanted to allay
students’ fears that they had genital warts. In others, he wanted to
document cervical exams in case a
patient later filed a lawsuit accusing him of missing a cancer diagnosis.
He said the images were magnified and not sexual, but acknowledged chaperones were suspicious.
“It seemed to be causing too
much controversy so I sent [the
camera] to storage,” he said.
Students also spoke up. In the
early 2000s, at least three patients
submitted letters complaining
about inappropriate touching and
remarks, according to a member of
the clinic oversight committee who
spoke on the condition of anonymity. The letters, the source said,
were read aloud during monthly
committee meetings.
After the third time that an
“alarming” letter about Tyndall
was read aloud, the committee
member said, he confronted Neinstein.
“I said, ‘Larry, this is unusual to
get so many of these letters. Something needs to be done,’ ” he recalled. The source provided university records that corroborate
his account.
Tyndall said he was never told
of the complaints. It’s unclear what
action Neinstein took, if any. USC
said last week it had no information about the committee letters
and that the now-deceased executive director had “handled patient
complaints independently.”
USC disclosed Tuesday that a
recent review of Neinstein’s files
found eight complaints against the
gynecologist from 2000 to 2014.
Some concerned “racially insensitive” remarks. Tyndall was accused
at various times in his tenure of
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COMPLAINTS against the gynecologist began in the 1990s; he
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making insulting comments about
African Americans and Latinos.
Tyndall could not be reached to respond to these allegations.
Other reports in Neinstein’s file
were about Tyndall’s patient care.
“Several of the complaints were
concerning enough that it is not
clear today why the former health
center director permitted Tyndall
to remain in his position,” the university said in a summary of the investigation into the physician.
::
Five years ago, the clinic moved
into a brand-new building, named
for a university trustee and her
husband. But in the Engemann
Student Health Center, the troubling questions about Tyndall only
intensified.
Within months of the grand
opening, chaperones observed behavior in the exam room that unsettled them, according to interviews with current and former employees as well as internal communications and notes reviewed by
The Times.
Chaperones were concerned
about what Tyndall described as a
full body scan for unusual moles.
They said Tyndall frequently had
women lie naked on the exam table
while he slowly inspected every
part of their body, down to the area
between their buttocks.
While he worked, he made comments that the nursing staff found
unseemly. He described patients’
skin as “flawless,” “creamy” or
“beautiful,” according to multiple
people who witnessed the exams or
were told about them. They said he
remarked on students’ “perky
breasts.”
“They stand right up there,
don’t they?” one recalled him
telling a patient.
Multiple witnesses to the exams
told The Times that many patients
were silent and did not complain.
“Some of them had never had a
gynecological exam before,” said
one longtime chaperone. She and
other clinic staffers said his behavior was often trained on international students from Asia.
“They are so innocent, a lot of
them. And they are going to do
what you say,” the chaperone said.
In a memo to The Times, Tyndall said the body scans were to
look for skin cancer and other conditions that warranted referral to a
dermatologist. In interviews, he
said a patient once asked him if her
breasts were “perky,” and he used
the word only in response to her
query. Some of the other comments reported by the chaperones
were misinterpreted, he said.
Multiple experts said a woman’s annual gynecological visit
could include a discussion of skin
problems, but said meticulous inspections of a patient’s nude body
would be highly unusual if not inappropriate. They also said a physician should confine his comments to medical observations.
“You are looking for moles, not
the individual impressions of the
attractiveness of body parts,” said
Frank W. Ling, the former president of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and coauthor of a medical school textbook on the field.
In the spring of 2013, eight chaperones reported concerns about
Tyndall to their supervisor, veteran nurse Cindy Gilbert. She went
to Neinstein, the clinic’s executive
director, and the head of clinic
nursing, Tammie Akiyoshi. Gilbert
said Neinstein told her that he had
talked to Tyndall about his behavior in the past.
Akiyoshi, now the clinic’s executive director, did not respond to interview requests.
Neinstein referred the complaints to the university’s Office of
Equity and Diversity, which investigates sexual misconduct and racial and gender discrimination. An
investigator interviewed seven employees and a patient, according to
USC. Tyndall, Gilbert and multiple
chaperones who complained said
they were never informed of the
probe or questioned by the investigator.
Gretchen Dahlinger Means, the
current executive director of OED,
said none of those interviewed accused Tyndall of inappropriate
touching or mentioned body scans
or comments about breasts. She
said one patient described him as
“creepy” and a staff member recalled overhearing him tell a patient, “You are pretty enough to be
Rattled by the accusations,
Tyndall said he concluded his
bosses didn’t understand how
much students liked him and
launched a campaign to collect
positive feedback. As some students left their appointments, he
handed them a letter.
“You indicated that you were
very happy with the women’s
health care that you received today...,” read a copy obtained by The
Times. “Engemann’s managers
greatly enjoy receiving favorable
comments about Engemann and
its clinicians.”
The letter provided the email
addresses of clinic administrators
and suggested patients blind copy
Tyndall on any messages.
In interviews, Tyndall said he
and his supervisors received
scores of glowing emails from students. He provided copies of some
letters to The Times with the authors’ names redacted.
A student in USC’s public policy
program wrote in 2014 that she had
seen four gynecologists before
Tyndall, and he was the first not to
cause her pain.
“He explained exactly what he
wants to do during the examination and how he does it,” she wrote.
A first-year student in 2014 said
she was nervous about her appointment — the first made without her parents’ help. Tyndall, she
wrote, made her feel “extremely informed and well cared for.”
Many patients pleased with
their visits were Chinese nationals,
Tyndall said. USC has aggressively
wooed international students in
recent years. The largest contingent is from China with about 5,400
students enrolled in 2017.
During consultations in his office, Tyndall tried to connect with
these students, he said. He ordered
a map of China and encouraged
women to point out their home
province. He kept a bamboo plant,
the traditional Chinese symbol of
longevity and vitality, on a shelf
above his desk, and recalled how
some patients liked to take pictures of it. He sometimes showed
off a photo of his Filipina wife and
shared details of their relationship,
according to two former patients.
“The word got out. A lot of [Chinese] patients would say, ‘My
friend recommended you,’ ” Tyndall said in an interview.
As he courted these patients,
Tyndall’s co-workers were becoming increasingly disturbed by his
behavior in the exam room. On top
of the conduct they had already reported, chaperones began discussing the way Tyndall used his
fingers during the pelvic exam for
many young women.
In the final stage of the exam,
gynecologists often assess the
uterus for lumps and other abnormalities by inserting two fingers inside a patient while pressing on her
lower abdomen.
What troubled chaperones was
Tyndall’s use of his fingers at the
start of the exam. Before inserting
a speculum, the metal duck-billed
device that spreads open the walls
of the vagina and enables the doctor to view the cervix, he would
voice concern that the speculum
might not fit.
“He would put one finger in and
say, ‘Oh, I think it will fit. Let’s put
two fingers in,” said a chaperone
who worked with Tyndall for years.
Four people familiar with Tyndall’s
exams said that while he spoke, he
was moving his fingers in and out of
the patients.
They said he made nearly identical statements to hundreds of
women as he probed them: My,
what a tight muscle you have. You
must be a runner.
The chaperone who worked
with Tyndall for years said she witnessed at least 70 such exams and
remembered thinking the physician would eventually become embarrassed about repeating the
same words to student after student.
“He never was,” she said.
During some exams, Tyndall
made explicit reference to sexual
intercourse while his fingers were
inside patients, according to five
people who heard the remarks or
were told about them.
“He would tell young ladies
their hymens are intact. ‘Don’t
worry about it, your boyfriend’s
gonna love it,’” a chaperone recalled.
In interviews, Tyndall defended
his routine use of fingers at the
start of the pelvic exam, saying it
served legitimate medical purposes. He said the method enabled
him to identify women with vaginismus, a condition in which vaginal muscles involuntarily spasm,
making pelvic exams particularly
painful. Tyndall also said he
sought to assess the health of
pelvic floor muscles.
“The medical assistants know
patients are smiling and that I never cause pain,” he said.
Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan, a national expert in pelvic pain, said
she had never heard of a gynecologist moving his fingers in and out of
a patient to gauge whether a speculum would fit and called the practice “very odd” and “creepy.”
Mahajan, the chief of Female
Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, said
inserting fingers before the speculum was not “a reliable” way of
identifying vaginismus.
Dr. Louise King, an assistant
professor of gynecology at Harvard Medical School, said she
found Tyndall’s explanation not
standard. She said that pelvic floor
muscles do not typically pose problems for young women and are not
examined unless a patient reports
pain there.
“It wouldn’t be something a
general gynecologist would do by
rote,” King said.
At Engemann’s first-floor walkin clinic, a nurse said that she
spoke to at least five women in 2013
and 2014 who refused to be scheduled with Tyndall despite having
gynecological
problems
that
needed immediate attention.
Some said “they felt like he was
inappropriately touching them,
that it didn’t feel like a normal
exam,” the nurse said. “They felt
like they were violated.”
She told her immediate supervisor and later Akiyoshi, the head
of nursing, who said “they would
look into it,” she recalled.
One clinician who recounted
unsolicited complaints from at
least three students from 2013 to
2016 said, “Patients complained
they would never see him again.”
The clinician gave the students
the email address for Neinstein or
another administrator and encouraged them to put their complaints in writing. It is unclear
whether they did.
A Chinese graduate student
who saw Tyndall in 2016 told The
Times she found it unprofessional
when he pointed out a picture of his
wife during their initial consultation. The student, who spoke on
the condition of anonymity, said
she decided to go forward with an
exam that day after looking at the
diplomas on his wall and reminding herself, “He’s a real doctor.”
He placed his fingers inside her
at the start of the exam, saying he
was determining if the speculum
would fit. She said she tried not to
“overthink” what was happening.
Of the visit with Tyndall, she said,
“I was not comfortable, but that
was the only choice I had.”
When she returned for test results another day, a nurse told her
that Tyndall wanted her to remove
all her clothes for an exam, she
said. As she waited for him naked,
she began to have doubts.
“It’s not right. Why do I have to
take off all my clothes?” she recalled thinking. She dressed and
told a female clinic employee she
wanted to see another doctor.
“She said there were a lot of
complaints” about Tyndall, the
student recalled.
Told of the woman’s account of
being asked to disrobe for test results, Tyndall said: “No. Impossible. Never happened.” He speculated he was being “set up” by clinic
staff.
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said that when she went to get a
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age and virginity. She told him she
wasn’t religious, but he was not deterred, said the student, who spoke
on the condition of anonymity.
“He offered me a little baggie of
blood I could pop on my wedding
night so my husband would think I
was a virgin,” she said. “I was
weirded out, but I was in a rush to
get birth control.”
She said Tyndall’s pelvic exam
was brief and she did not recall if
he used his fingers before the speculum. While her friends got yearlong birth control prescriptions
from other clinics, Tyndall approved only a two-month supply,
she said.
On a return visit to renew the
prescription, he posed questions
about her first sexual experience in
a way she found prurient.
“He asked how many times we’d
tried and if it hurt because I was
tight,” she said.
He continued providing her
short-term prescriptions that required her to revisit the clinic. On
one occasion in 2016, she wept when
a clinic staffer tried to take her
blood pressure.
“I told her I was feeling pressured … and just wanted my prescription,” she said.
The nurse who took down her
complaint said she was not the
first, the student said.
Tyndall called the woman’s account “so bizarre” and denied making the comments she alleged.
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Chaperones gave their supervisor, Gilbert, the names of women
who seemed particularly shaken
by Tyndall’s exams. Gilbert said
she contacted patients and explained how to make a written
complaint against the doctor.
Some did, but others indicated
they just wanted to find another
gynecologist and forget about the
experience, she said.
Gilbert volunteered to assist
Tyndall to see his exams firsthand
and said she witnessed at least a
dozen pelvic exams she felt were inappropriate. In one case, she said,
Tyndall removed an intrauterine
device from a patient and then
asked the young woman if he could
keep the used birth-control device,
which was covered in blood and tissue.
“The girl just looked so confused,” Gilbert said.
Multiple experts said they had
never heard of such a request and
knew of no medical reason a doctor
would retain an IUD.
Tyndall did not respond to
questions about the IUD.
Chaperones forwarded some
complaints about Tyndall to Sandra Villafan, who had replaced
Kosterlitzky in 2013 as the clinic’s
head of quality and safety. In response to queries from The Times
about Tyndall, Villafan said she
had relayed “any student and staff
concerns” to clinic administrators
and university leadership.
“Interviews and investigations
were conducted in a timely manner
but I was not privy to the conclusions or details of them,” Villafan,
now at Stanford University’s student health center, wrote in an
email.
Gilbert said she went to
Akiyoshi, Neinstein and other
clinic administrators repeatedly
from 2014 to 2016. They seemed uninterested, she said.
Tyndall continued seeing patients — as many as 16 a day. The
frustration among chaperones was
profound. Gilbert recalled one
longtime medical assistant at the
clinic emerging from Tyndall’s
exam room in tears.
“She felt so strongly that it was
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any of our daughters,” Gilbert said.
Another chaperone said: “A
chorus of people were saying
there’s something inappropriate
about this guy.”
Increasingly, Gilbert said, she
struggled with the feeling that she
was letting down everyone around
her — patients, chaperones and
the university itself.
“It became clear he wasn’t going
to stop,” Gilbert said. “Some things
you can ignore. Some things you
can’t.”
In June 2016, Gilbert went to
USC’s rape crisis center, known as
Relationship and Sexual Violence
Prevention and Services, and
spoke to Executive Director Ekta
Kumar.
“We all feel the same. We can’t
get anyone to act on it,” Gilbert recalled telling Kumar.
She said Kumar, a psychologist,
seemed astonished and used the
word “abuse” in response to her description of Tyndall’s conduct. She
said Kumar promised to take the
matter higher at USC.
Kumar, who left the university
last year, declined to comment,
saying all her work at USC was confidential.
A few days later, Gilbert and
other staffers noticed a swarm of
tiny flies on the second floor of the
clinic, multiple employees said.
Eventually they traced the infestation to Room 215 — Tyndall’s office.
The gynecologist was on vacation so Gilbert and other employees unlocked his door to look for
the source of the insects. They
eventually located a sack of rotten
fruit under Tyndall’s desk. While
searching, they stumbled upon a
box in a cabinet containing images
of patients’ genitals.
The slides and photographs
were shot in the old clinic in 1990
and 1991 and some were labeled
with identifying patient information, according to Tyndall and others who saw the photos or were told
about them. A senior clinic administrator confiscated the box.
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In the wake of Gilbert’s report
to the rape crisis center and the
discovery of the images, university
officials moved rapidly.
A human resources staffer
phoned Tyndall on a Sunday and
told him not to return to the clinic.
He continued to receive his salary,
but was banned from campus. In
subsequent meetings, USC lawyers told him they had launched
two investigations — one into the
photos and another into the complaints of students and staff. Lawyers for USC interviewed Tyndall
on several occasions and he steadfastly defended his practices.
Chaperones were just as adamant
in criticizing his medical treatment
in their interviews with investigators.
One chaperone was asked how
she would react if Tyndall returned
to the clinic. The woman said she
was prepared to go to the police, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation.
USC said in the summary it released Tuesday that at some point
in the investigation school officials
consulted “a gynecology expert
who stated” that Tyndall’s use of
fingers in pelvic exams “could be
considered an acceptable practice.” The school said it did not
have consent to disclose the identity of the expert.
Ultimately USC brought in a
Colorado-based consulting firm,
MDReview, and a gynecologist
from Kansas to interview Engemann staff and Tyndall. The firm
found that Tyndall had “exhibited
unprofessional and inappropriate
behavior” and that his pelvic exams were outside “current standards of care,” USC said in a statement.
Laura LaCorte, the university’s
compliance chief, said in an interview that her review of the photos
found no federal or state privacy
violations. Most images lacked
identifiable patient information,
but a small collection “were labeled
with names that were not possible
to accurately trace,” the university
said. LaCorte said the images were
“purely clinical” and “there was
nothing sexual about them.”
The university consulted with
two criminal attorneys about
whether Tyndall’s pelvic exams
constituted a crime, but both lawyers determined there was no criminal activity to report, school officials said.
“We did not have a ‘victim’ to
talk to about what had occurred,”
said Means, the OED director and
a former sex crimes prosecutor.
Administrators sent a patient
survey to 2,500 students — male
and female — treated at Engemann in the spring of 2016. A quarter of the recipients were patients
of Tyndall. The university declined
to provide a copy of the questions
to The Times.
USC said it received less than
two dozen responses and “of those,
only two provided negative feedback” about Tyndall and both were
“unrelated to the conduct of his gynecological exams.”
In January 2017, Tyndall was
called to a conference room in a
building on the edge of campus and
presented with a four-page letter
informing him that he had violated
university policy on sexual harassment.
The
letter
included
MDReview’s findings about his
pelvic exams.
“I was shocked,” he recalled. He
vowed to appeal and pressed university officials to let him access his
office where he had documents.
Then in May, Ainsley Carry, the
vice president of student affairs,
summoned Tyndall to a meeting,
he said. A powerful figure at USC,
Carry presided over Greek life, student government, the rape crisis
center and student health. He reported directly to Provost Michael
Quick.
Carry told Tyndall he was
slated for termination. What happened next is in dispute.
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Tyndall said Carry proposed an
alternative to firing. If Tyndall
agreed to resign, he would be given
a severance and the conclusion
of the investigation would be
changed to “no finding,” the physician recalled Carry saying.
Tyndall said he inquired what
would happen if he refused the
deal.
“I asked, ‘Are you going to report that to the medical board?’
And he said, ‘Probably,’ ” Tyndall
recalled.
Carry called Tyndall’s account
of the conversation “false” in a
statement through a USC spokeswoman.
“USC would never offer to
change OED findings. Those findings stand today and remain in his
file,” Carry said.
The university said Tyndall
threatened to sue USC for age and
gender discrimination and “rather
than engage in protracted litigation” they sought a settlement.
Tyndall said he initially refused
Carry’s settlement offer and remained committed to appealing.
But USC continued to urge him to
take the deal, he said. The university’s deputy general counsel, Stacy
Rummel Bratcher, met with him
and Carry twice that spring. At the
second meeting, Tyndall said, they
handed him a separation agreement and said he had 21 days to
sign or face termination.
Tyndall said he had done noth-
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ing wrong, but felt like he had no
choice. He signed the document
minutes before the deadline, he
said. The terms prevented him
from disclosing the amount USC
paid him and also barred him from
returning to the clinic, he said.
Bratcher declined to comment
through a USC spokeswoman.
Tyndall’s resignation was effective June 30, 2017. Clinic staffers
were not told. A few weeks later,
they watched as his belongings
were removed from his office. A
terse email in October informed
colleagues only that Tyndall was
“no longer with the University of
Southern California.”
State law requires hospitals
and many clinics to notify the medical board in a variety of circumstances where they suspend, discipline or terminate the privileges of
physicians. These reports automatically trigger state investigations into a doctor’s license and
hospital leaders face steep fines for
failing to report.
USC said the law didn’t apply in
Tyndall’s case because the university itself wasn’t governed by
the rules for hospitals and clinics
and the complaints against the
gynecologist “were made as a human resources matter.” The university also said Tyndall had told
school officials that he was going to
retire from practice.
“In hindsight, while not legally
obligated, USC now believes it
should have filed a consumer complaint with the Medical Board
earlier in 2017 when Tyndall resigned,” the university said in a
statement.
USC said in a statement that it
does not believe Tyndall should be
allowed to treat patients and said
the university is “re-evaluating its
process” on reporting physicians.
Last week, after The Times sent
administrators detailed questions
about Tyndall, school administrators contacted the Los Angeles
County district attorney’s office
and later the Los Angeles Police
Department. The outcome of
those conversations is not clear.
By the time Tyndall resigned,
Gilbert had also left USC. She said
she had been promised a promotion and even given business cards
with the new title. But she said that
in the wake of her report to the rape
crisis center, administrators rescinded the promotion. Some
clinic managers stopped talking to
her, she said. She and many coworkers interpreted it as retaliation for speaking out about Tyndall. She resigned in June 2017.
USC disputed Gilbert’s account
and denied retaliating against
her.
In a series of interviews this
spring, Tyndall portrayed himself
as a victim. At one point, he offered
a theory that chaperones reported
him because they had trouble
reaching orgasm and were jealous
of young patients with tighter
pelvic muscles.
After speaking for more than 10
hours, Tyndall cut off communication with The Times and said he
was mulling over filing a lawsuit
against USC that might force administrators to reinstate him at
Engemann.
“When I am on my deathbed,”
he said, “I want to think there are
thousands and thousands of Trojan women out there whose health
I made a difference in.”
Tyndall renewed his California
medical license in January. He has
said he intends to work well into his
80s.
harriet.ryan@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesharriet
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Don’t expand Medi-Cal now
At the moment, California can’t
afford to offer free health coverage
to adults in the country illegally.
A
dvocates of a single-payer
healthcare system in California
have struggled to come up with
a realistic and feasible way to
pay for it, so this year they’re
pushing for more incremental steps toward
universal health insurance coverage. The
most far-reaching of these would be to expand Medi-Cal, the joint federal and state
insurance program for poor and disabled
Californians, to cover low-income residents
who are living in the country illegally.
Now is not the time to take that step,
however. Lawmakers should resist the
temptation posed by this year’s huge
budget surplus to commit billions of tax dollars annually to fixing a problem created by
the federal government’s failed immigration
policies.
Granted, bringing everyone — including
people living in the country illegally — under
the insurance umbrella is one of the steps
along the path to a more affordable healthcare system. It’s also more humane than the
current system, in which impoverished people without health coverage typically obtain
care only for acute conditions. Universal
coverage would enable insurers — whether
private or governmental — to promote more
cost-effective treatments by changing the
way healthcare is delivered and funded.
Attaining universal coverage, however,
requires covering every person living here,
legally or otherwise, and that’s not cheap. In
California there were an estimated 3 million
uninsured last year, according to modeling
by UC Berkeley and UCLA; of those, almost
1.8 million are immigrants ineligible for
Medi-Cal or subsidized private insurance
because they are here illegally. And of that
number, the UC researchers estimated, 1.2
million to 1.3 million have such low incomes
or disabilities that they would qualify for
Medi-Cal.
It’s worth noting that a limited version of
Medi-Cal already is available to immigrants
here illegally, covering such services as
emergency and maternity care, and the Legislature extended full Medi-Cal coverage to
minors in 2016 regardless of their immigration status. Extending it to adults as well
would cost an additional $3 billion a year,
the Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated
last week. Because the entire cost would be
borne by the state — federal Medicaid dollars can be spent only on services for legal
residents — the move would raise the state’s
Medi-Cal bill by 13%.
The state Senate and Assembly health
committees weren’t deterred by the potential costs — in fact, they advanced proposals
to expand Medi-Cal to all income-eligible
residents regardless of immigration status
(SB 974 and AB 2965) before there was any
estimate of the price tag. The measures are
awaiting more preliminary votes before
moving to the Senate and Assembly floors.
Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled Congress and the Trump administration have
been pushing in the other direction on Medicaid, trying repeatedly to cut funding and
cap future outlays. If they prevail, the state
will have to bear more of the cost of covering
those already enrolled in Medi-Cal — or
start denying coverage to some of those now
eligible. The effects of those proposals could
be devastating; by one estimate, the state
would lose $35 billion in federal aid between
2020 and 2027.
The state already spends too little on
Medi-Cal, keeping reimbursements to doctors so low that Medi-Cal patients in some
parts of the state have trouble obtaining the
care they need. Adding more than 1 million
additional potential patients won’t make it
any easier for enrollees to find doctors willing to treat them at the state’s low rates.
Advocates of the Medi-Cal expansion argue that it’s not fair to provide insurance
coverage to some poor Californians and not
to others based solely on their immigration
status. But before the Legislature acts on
this issue, there are sure to be many Californians posing a different question: How can
you expect legal residents who don’t qualify
for Medi-Cal to pay ever higher premiums
for coverage with ever higher out-of-pocket
costs while providing it at no cost to those
here illegally? And how fair would it be to
state taxpayers to open Medi-Cal to all comers, potentially drawing people in need of
care from neighboring states that aren’t so
generous?
The ultimate problem here is not only
the rising cost of care, but also failed federal
immigration policy that leaves millions of
longtime residents with no legal right to
work and unable to afford insurance. Expanding Medi-Cal would help ease the
symptoms of these problems, but it
wouldn’t solve either one.
Armed guards in our schools?
M
ass shootings like the one
in Parkland, Fla., in February are terrifying, abhorrent
and a sign of something extremely troubling in our society. But we shouldn’t be misled into believing they’re common.
In fact, in the more than five years since
the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Connecticut in 2012, there’s been
one shooting involving an injury or fatality
for every 1,000 schools in the country. According to David Ropeik, a Harvard University scholar who studies risk, the chance
of a child being shot and killed in school is
far lower than the chance that he or she will
have an accident on the way to or from
school, catch a potentially fatal disease
while in school, or suffer a potentially deadly
injury playing sports at school.
Of course that doesn’t mean that school
shootings shouldn’t worry us, or that we
shouldn’t take serious steps to prevent
them. But it does suggest that, despite the
attention and news coverage they get, these
events are relatively infrequent and not imminent at any given school — and that we
should be tactical and thoughtful about the
best way to prevent them.
That’s not the case with Assembly Bill
2067, which would mandate that an armed
security officer be posted at every publicly
funded school in California, including elementary schools and charter schools. The
state would pick up the tab, estimated at $1
billion per year, according to the office of the
bill’s author, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City).
Armed security guards might make
sense at some schools; Los Angeles Unified
already has such officers at almost all of its
high schools and about 20% of its middle
schools. But it has long resisted placing
them at elementary campuses; and why
should it or any other district be forced to?
The state is supposed to be ceding more
control to local school districts, which are in
the best position to determine their safety
needs.
Besides, even if the state has an additional $1 billion to hand to schools, it’s unclear whether this would be the wisest ex-
penditure. It’s easy to fall back on the old
cliché, “whatever it costs to save even a single life” — but, in fact, dollars are limited and
choices must be made about where they will
do the most good. Perhaps this money could
be better spent providing improved medical
and mental healthcare to children, more nutritious food or outstanding recreational facilities.
It’s hard to imagine how this bill passed
through the Assembly Education Committee — on a unanimous vote, no less. Was that
the result of a lack of courage among Assembly members desperate to show they cared
about campus safety?
Gallagher is currently working on
amendments to the bill, which could improve it. But he has a long way to go. At this
point, no one knows whether or how much
this proposal would improve school security
or protect students. Officers currently working at schools in Los Angeles were hired
mainly to keep peace among students and
to protect them in potentially dangerous
neighborhoods, not to respond to random
shootings.
Gallagher cites the case of an armed
school officer in Maryland who bravely ran
to the scene of a shooting in March after the
gunman had injured two students. That act
may have prevented further injuries or even
deaths. But then, of course, there’s also the
armed security officer at Parkland’s Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School who stayed
outside rather than enter the building and
confront the gunman.
Even if a security officer is brave enough
for the job, school campuses can be large
spaces with multiple access points. Would a
single armed officer really be able to prevent
a random shooting by a crazed person determined to wreak havoc? Is it clear that
adding another gun to the mix and increasing the chances of a firefight would reduce
the overall number of deaths?
The evidence is lacking. We prefer the approach taken by Los Angeles city and school
officials, examining the issue in a more comprehensive way, involving the community
and multiple agencies, and looking for multipronged answers to frightening new questions about safety.
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FOUNDED DECEMBER 4, 1881
countless more people to a
state that built something
like this. But that’s what
would be required for a
serious effort to “do something” about the homeless.
Putting Band-Aids on
gaping wounds is absurd
and a ridiculous approach.
The answer obviously lies
elsewhere than in the
hands of politicians.
Bill Schoettler
Studio City
Nick Agro For The Times
::
STATE SEN. Josh Newman faces a recall election
because of his vote in favor of a gas tax increase.
Another GOP recall
Re “Senator is mired in recall,” May 13
I don’t know for whom I have more disdain: the people
who signed the recall petition against state Sen. Josh
Newman (D-Fullerton) because he voted to increase the
state gas tax, or the Republicans who can’t find a worthy
issue on which to campaign.
Without much thought, Republicans seem to reject all
tax increases, an instinct primed by a noisy gas tax
repeal initiative that has been financed with $250,000
from Republican businessman John Cox and $300,000
from the campaign of Assemblyman Travis Allen
(R-Huntington Beach). Both are running for governor on
this issue.
Of course, both are trying to milk an anti-tax
movement that Republicans use to emotionally squeeze
voters, too many of whom do not understand the
connection between taxes, vehicles, deteriorating roads
and troubled transportation systems.
Jim Hoover
Huntington Beach
Good job trying to make
Newman look like an innocent lamb caught up in a
nasty political brawl. He
voted for the gas tax increase along with his fellow
Democrats, and he can’t be
called to account for that.
The last thing the already over-burdened taxpayers in California need is
a higher tax. The Democratic-controlled state
Legislature has pulled out
all the stops to protect
Newman, even passing a
new law designed to thwart
his recall.
The article mentions
the “popular conservative
radio talk show on KFIAM” but neglects to mention that Newman used an
expletive to describe the
show’s hosts while addressing a college group. I
say recall him.
Maureen Ballard
Rolling Hills Estates
::
How pathetic is the
state GOP’s accusation
that Newman is treasonous for voting to increase
the gas tax? When the
power of the party trumps
(pardon the pun) what’s
best for the people, we have
really lost the focus of the
function of our government, which is to provide
for the common good.
It’s also the fault of
Americans who want police protection, schools, fire
protection and better
roads but don’t want to pay
for them. Other countries
are glad to pay for these
benefits, but we’re more
concerned about taking
care of ourselves.
We get what we pay for.
Sandy Mishodek
Running Springs, Calif.
Existential threat
on Israel’s border
Re “The latest violence in
Gaza,” editorial, May 15
Apportioning blame is
not useful, and I certainly
don’t write to endorse
every action the Israelis
have taken, but it’s important to take a look at the
first principles of each
party to this intractable
conflict, and I think there’s
a clear difference.
Hamas runs the Gaza
Strip, and the group is
committed to the destruction of Israel. Full stop.
Say what you want
about Israel, but the country has made peace with
Arab Muslim neighbors in
the past. The elephant
that’s sat in the room since
1948 is the basic legitimacy
of the state of Israel. A few
of Israel’s neighbors have
choked down Israel’s existence and moved forward.
Gaza, its government
and its people have not
accepted that Israel’s
existence is anything other
than a temporary offense
that must be obliterated.
There is no path to peace
when your counterpart
demands you commit
suicide.
Until that mind-set
changes, Gaza will be an
active menace and existential threat on Israel’s
border.
Branden Frankel
Encino
::
Peace in the Middle
East will never be achieved
with the likes of President
Trump and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power. The trust
that must be achieved on
both sides and the recognition of wrongs done
cannot be forced by hardliners.
Trump and Netanyahu
are fomenting terrorism.
Their foolhardiness is
making a breeding ground
for the young and frustrated youth of Gaza to act
out in the only way they
may think they can: by
becoming terrorists for
their cause.
The complexities
abound. The world understands the plight of those
in Gaza and the very real
vigilance Israel must maintain against terrorist attacks and the ever-present
hatred by a frustrated,
hopeless people.
The responsibility for
lives lost, shattered or
maimed must be placed on
the feet of Trump and
Netanyahu. It is they who
threw the very hard work of
diplomacy away.
Diane Welch
Cypress
::
Although I deeply believe in a strong Israel with
Jerusalem as its capital, I
wonder how desperate
people must be to charge a
fence, with the other side
shooting live ammunition.
Rabbi Marc Dworkin
Long Beach
Tents and granny
flats won’t work
Re “Homeless housing
forecast looks bleak,” May
12
I am amazed, disappointed and frustrated by
the continuing reluctance
by government officials to
grapple realistically with
what everyone calls the
homelessness crisis.
The figure of 58,000 has
been used to identify the
number of people who are
living without homes in
Los Angeles County. That
number is the population
of a major city.
Who realistically believes that building structures in the backyards of
private homes will be the
answer? Who honestly
believes that putting up
tents on vacant lots will be
the answer? These proposals are insane.
On the other hand,
nobody suggests building
an entire city simply to
house the homeless. After
all, such a project would
not generate much tax
revenue but would attract
Cost is the big deterrent
to Los Angeles’ goal of
creating 10,000 units of
housing for homeless people within 10 years.
Let’s take the advice of
Miguel Santana, highly
respected for his years of
service as Los Angeles’ city
administrative officer:
Focus on innovation to
reduce per-unit costs. For
example, he suggests shipping-container construction and motel conversions.
I suggest we go one step
further: Why not use large
tents? Bathroom facilities
could be included or in
separate nearby locations,
with a small staff to maintain them. That should
satisfy the need at a fraction of the currently projected costs, which range
from $140,000 to $550,000
per unit.
The money for such
innovations is already
available. The forecast for
homeless housing need not
look bleak.
George Epstein
Los Angeles
Wishful thinking
on sex education
Re “Trump’s bad call on
family planning,” editorial,
May 14
Abstinence from sexual
activity is clearly the only
way to completely prevent
unwanted pregnancies and
sexually transmitted infections. Perhaps the best
contraceptive medication
would be aspirin — place
one between your knees
and hold it there.
In reality, abstinenceonly programs like those
favored by the Trump
administration have resulted in increased rates of
unplanned pregnancy and
STIs. Efforts to prevent
these pregnancies depend
on access to effective contraception and comprehensive education about
preventing pregnancy.
Promoting abstinence
rather than contraceptive
education is shortsighted
and represents wishful
thinking. The cognitive
development of adolescents lags years behind
their physical development. They have poor
impulse control, so while
we may not want young
people to be sexually active, many of them are. We
must give them the tools
and education they need to
protect themselves.
The injunctions should
be granted against the
Department of Health and
Human Services for
steering funding to agencies that promote only
abstinence programs.
J. Kelly Mantis, MD
Manhattan Beach
::
Of course the supreme
irony of the Trump administration preaching abstinence can escape no one.
The White House’s attacks
on contraception and
particularly on abortion
are meant to appeal to the
president’s God-fearing,
conservative base.
But if the truth is to be
told, about 20% of pregnancies end in spontaneous miscarriage, with
the woman sometimes
being completely unaware.
So logic would say that
either God is the greatest
abortion provider, or God
doesn’t exist and contraception and abortion are,
thank goodness, safe and
effective and should be the
prerogative of the individuals concerned.
Jane Roberts
Redlands
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Putin
fights for
his empire
Can’t barrios have craft beer?
By Stein Ringen
GUSTAVO ARELLANO
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fierce philosophical debate about
the future of Los
Angeles is getting a
national airing on
the TV series “Vida” on Starz.
It’s ostensibly a family drama
about two estranged Mexican
American sisters whose mother’s death brings them back to
Boyle Heights. But its true focus
is the real-world battle over a
new kind of gentrification.
Young Latinos from Anaheim to El Paso, and from Highland Park to Chicago have argued for the past decade about
whether it is OK for hipsters to
turn barrios into a playground
of Pilates studios, single-origin
coffeehouses and vegan taquerias — so long as those hipsters
look like the working-class
people they’re pushing out.
There are even cute terms for
the phenomenon: “chipsters”
(Chicano hipsters) and gentefication, a portmanteau of gente
(“people”) and gentrification.
Both describe upwardly mobile
Latinos who want to shop and
dine in the neighborhoods of
their youth — but in businesses
that reflect their social class.
Oh, and they’d like not to price
out anyone in the process.
Gentefication has a conscience never before seen in the
annals of gentrification, its
advocates say. Leftist Latino
ussia’s behavior under
Vladimir Putin seems baffling. Neighboring countries
invaded: Georgia and the
Ukraine. Crimea annexed. A
covert war waged in eastern Ukraine. In
Syria, chemical weapons and indiscriminate barrel bombing condoned. In
Britain, one political assassination and
another attempted. Throughout Europe, support of radical right-wing
parties and organizations. In Britain
again, propagandistic engagement
during referendums on Scottish independence and “Brexit.” In America and
Europe, systematic disruption of elections by social media and other manipulations.
Putin last week was inaugurated for
a fourth six-year term as president in a
hall where czars once were crowned.
How to account for a superpower
wreaking such havoc?
Under Putin, the Kremlin is now unmistakably a very assertive regime.
Gone is the confusion of his first presidential period (2000–08) when, for a
while, there was hope in the West that
he might be cleaning up corruption and
dragging Russia toward a semblance of
rule of law.
What instead happened was a kleptocratic consolidation. Some unfriendly oligarchs had their takings
confiscated; some were imprisoned.
Many escaped abroad. This didn’t
eliminate corruption, but rather narrowed it to a single oligarchical clan
under Putin’s control.
Any hope of democratization was
dashed. Russia is now an autocratic
system that barely bothers disguising
itself as democratic. In the recent presidential election, there were seven candidates in addition to Putin, none of
them independent, all anointed by
Putin. Putin’s administration is exposed to no outside controls, no effective legislature, no effective judiciary,
no effective press.
It can be tempting to think we are
dealing with a primitive regime that
has no imagination beyond brute force.
But that is to underestimate Putin and
his circle. They are, in fact, pursuing a
sophisticated agenda of ideas.
When the Soviet Union disintegrated, Western eyes saw a communist
dictatorship collapse. But Russian eyes
saw something else: a loss of empire.
The Soviet Union had been monumentally successful in completing a Russian expansion that had been unfolding
for centuries into an empire stretching
from Central Asia to Central Europe.
Overnight, that was all lost. What Putin
called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century” was not the
end of communism but of empire.
His response has been to start rebuilding it. His agenda of ideas is meant
to drive that purpose and secure his position in history as the czar who set the
job in motion.
The Putin ideology starts from a vision that goes by the name of “Eurasia.”
In that vision, “Russia” is a spiritual
empire of historical-religious origin, an
empire of virtue. The geographic empire may have collapsed, but its spiritual legitimacy survives irrespective of
transitory national borders. The
Ukraine cannot be independent and
European, for instance, because that is
simply not what it is; it is Eurasian and
inescapably a part of spiritual Russia.
The second component of the ideology: Russia has enemies, including the
European Union, America, liberalism
and democracy. That worldview was
confirmed, as seen from Moscow, by
Western policies in response to the fall
of the Soviet Union. Former communist
leader Mikhail Gorbachev had accepted German reunification in return
for a promise from America and Germany that NATO would not expand
eastward. This promise was broken
when the ex-Warsaw Pact nations, including Poland and the Baltic republics, were brought into NATO. The
European embrace of the Ukraine was
a continuation of that betrayal. Americans and Europeans will never afford
Russia respect or treat it as an equal
partner in collaboration, or so the
thinking goes in Moscow.
From these ideas come the convictions that Russia, as the Eurasian empire of virtue, has something to fight for
and the right to choose the means. Indeed, because it has enemies, Russia
has no choice but to fight.
Still, Putin has a dilemma: He is big
in ambition but small in power. The
Russian state has behind it an unsophisticated economy and a population
with a poor standard of education and
public health. So it must fight with consistently dirty means. As historian
Timothy Snyder writes in his just-published book, “The Road to Unfreedom,”
the “essence of Russia’s foreign policy is
strategic relativism: Russia cannot be
stronger, so it must make others
weaker.”
At the fall of the Soviet Union, the
West expected Russia to become a compliant collaborator. What has emerged
is an aggressive competitor.
Stein Ringen, a visiting professor of
political economy at King’s College
London, writes about democracy at
ThatsDemocracy.com. His most
recent book is “The Perfect
Dictatorship: China in the 21st
Century.”
Together, activists and
gentefiers could save
Latino neighborhoods.
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activists cry hypocrisy.
The clash has played out
most prominently in Boyle
Heights, where activists protested coffeehouses and
hounded art galleries out of the
neighborhood, attracting national news media attention.
Even longstanding institutions
like Self-Help Graph-ics were
accused by these folks of being
complicit in gentrification.
The sharp “Vida” lands its
punches. The main characters
Lyn and Emma are derided as
“bougie” and worse. The hermanas clap back with talk
about “baby mamas” and former friends stuck in the “vida
loca” by their own inertia. It’s
dialogue ripped straight from
social media feeds, where
friends and family go at each
other regularly over whether
one can enjoy a Chardonnay
and still be a woke Chicano.
This may look like an intraethnic fight, but how it plays
out could have implications for
the future of urban neighborhoods across the country. Can
cities evolve in such a way that
the local tamale lady can coexist
with bars that hold Morrissey
karaoke nights? Can development ever bring investment
to preserve, not supplant, longtime residents? And can young
professionals and creative types
with money ever move into an
area without messing it up for
the longtimers?
The desire to keep barrios
barrios is an urban movement
unprecedented in Southern
California history. For generations, the children of immigrants moved away from the old
neighborhood as soon as they
had the means to do so, and
they did not return. The Jews of
Boyle Heights decamped to the
Westside; African Americans in
South Central relocated to the
Inland Empire or Leimert Park.
After internment, Japanese
residents largely left Little
Tokyo behind to move to Torrance and Fountain Valley.
From the 1970s on, middleclass Latinos left East Los Angeles for San Gabriel Valley
cities like La Puente and Whittier. The working-class cousins
and compas who stayed behind
ridiculed them as uppity and
“Tio Tacos,” the Chicano version of an Uncle Tom. But no
one questioned this progression: You moved out once you
made money, and you returned
only for parties and funerals,
just like the girls in “Vida.”
Not gentefiers. They consciously and proudly want to
live and play in the old hood.
They view it as a step forward,
not back. Activists in the barrio,
however, refuse to give them a
pass. In fact, the critiques are
frequently harsher than those
leveled at non-Latino hipsters
because gentefiers should know
better.
I see promise and holes in
their respective arguments, and
I’ve been blasted by both sides.
Gentefiers act shocked that not
everyone wants to embrace
their gospel of chipsterdom. But
ultimately, it is still gentrification — now with a brown face.
No amount of Frida blouses or
Dia de los Muertos forearm
tattoos will change that.
I respect the resolve of
groups like Defend Boyle
Heights and their take-no-
prisoner campaigns. But people
who want to encase barrios in
amber turn off potential allies
with their atavistic views. They
certainly don’t consider that
some locals might want to walk
to a craft brewery without being
called a vendido (sellout). My
uncles wanted Bud Light, but
my cousins want a mezcalbased Old Fashioned. Is that so
wrong?
Is there common ground? I
say sí, and I hope barrios from
the Mission District in San
Francisco to Barrio Logan in
San Diego find it. Activists and
gentefiers alike say they want to
protect working-class neighborhoods, and they feel salvation
can come via culture as much as
it does from commerce. But this
is a novel concept in California,
where communities historically
have been defined by developers
who erect or destroy neighborhoods to suit the current tastes
of the wealthy and middle class.
Both sides are far more
invested in a positive outcome
than, say, transplanted New
Yorkers, who call our corner
markets “bodegas.” If gentefiers
and their antagonistes can
jointly hammer out a way forward for the barrios they profess
to love, they will revolutionize
the fight to protect workingclass neighborhoods in cities
across the United States.
And if they don’t? They’ll
have to take their squabbling to
the Inland Empire, where we’ll
all be living once Silicon Valley
discovers the real Eastside —
and that ain’t you, Silver Fake.
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Twitter: @GustavoArellano
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BRITAIN’S Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will be married on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
A royal fairy tale, rebooted
By Carla Hall
I
n the two minutes it will take Meghan
Markle to walk down the aisle of St.
George’s Chapel on Saturday to marry
Britain’s Prince Harry, the totems of
tradition that have marked British royal marriages for decades, if not centuries, will
topple once and for all.
Markle is a commoner — more shocking,
an American. She’s black, she’s divorced
and, at 36, she’s the older woman. (Harry is
33.) And she’s an actress; Markle just logged
her final season on the TV legal drama
“Suits.” A few monarchs ago, “actress” would
have been one rung above strumpet.
From all appearances, none of this matters to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles or
any of the other members of the royal family.
Less than a century ago, King Edward VIII
felt compelled to abdicate his throne to
marry an American divorcee (Wallis Simpson). As recently as the ’80s, Charles, supposedly, felt pressured into marriage with
the proper, unblemished Diana — a miserable mismatch.
Of course, the queen has dispensed with
some of these disastrous conventions since
Diana’s death. Charles married Camilla.
William married commoner Kate Middleton.
Now, Markle offers a stunning reboot of
the fairy tale: “Anyone can grow up to be a
princess — and, this time, we mean it.”
Markle’s would-have-been mother-inlaw, Diana, was crowned the people’s princess because she connected with those on
the rope lines and cradled children whose
limbs were blown off by landmines. But she
grew up Lady Diana Spencer, the daughter
of an earl, living in a house on a royal estate.
Markle’s only youthful brush with a palace
was posing in front of Buckingham as a tourist.
Not that Markle is Cinderella. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in
Los Angeles and Northwestern University.
Anyone can be a
princess, and this time
we mean it.
Her African American mother, Doria Ragland, is a social worker and has a home in
View Park. Her white father, Thomas
Markle, was director of photography on the
TV show “Married With Children.” (Her parents are long divorced.) Markle ran with a
tony crowd in Toronto, where “Suits” is
filmed, and traveled frequently, including to
London, where a British socialite friend arranged for her to meet Harry.
But the mere fact that Markle is biracial
and an American puts an ocean of difference
between her and every British royal bride
who has come before her. At a time when
black men get arrested for sitting in Starbucks and someone calls the cops on a black
student napping in a Yale common room,
race is hardly a nonissue.
The royal family may be post-racial (or
think they are), but the rest of Britain is not.
London is a polyglot, global city, but Britain,
overall, is 87% white and just over 3% black.
The “Brexit” vote was fueled partly by antiimmigrant fervor. Under tough new immigration laws, some of the thousands of Caribbean immigrants who have lived and worked
legally in England for decades have been
wrongly threatened with deportation.
Against that backdrop, Markle has
stoked curiosity. Her new fans — young, old
and of many ethnic groups — crowd events,
hoping to make contact. Little black girls
beam when they see her. One, Sophia Richards, 10, confided that she too wanted to be
an actress. “Meghan told me that I can
achieve whatever I want to achieve,” the girl
told People magazine. “I will never forget this
day.”
Commerce says Markle’s a hit too. There
are
websites
chronicling
everything
she wears (whatmeghanwore.net and
meghansfashion.com are just two) and
where you can buy it — if you can get there
before it sells out. One consulting firm says
the Harry-Meghan wedding could add $1.4
billion to the British economy. All the big
broadcast networks — plus PBS, E! and BBC
America — will cover it live. Only 600 guests
— intimate by royal wedding standards —
are invited to the ceremony. But 2,600 members of the public (hand-chosen) will be allowed to, well, watch outside the chapel on
the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor.
Obviously, some naysayers denounce the
monarchy, especially royal weddings, as nonsense. They are expensive. Although the
queen and Prince Charles will pick up most
of the tab for Saturday’s celebrations, taxpayers will contribute $42 million for security. But consider that 100,000 people are expected in Windsor. That’s not the day to
skimp on security.
Here’s a possible downside to the pageantry: Some little girls who tune in may
internalize the message that marriage supersedes all other ambitions. Consider
everything that Markle is giving up — her career, her country (although she reportedly
will have dual citizenship), her Instagram
account. That’s as old-fashioned as Grace
Kelly leaving behind her life and career to
marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.
After Markle opens her 185th community
center, she may long for the independence
she once had. Then, again, with Harry sixth
in line to the throne and out of reasonable
contention for the crown, maybe the two of
them can chart an unconventional course.
Live in Africa? Start a theater? If they keep
surprising Britain the way they’ve already
done, that would be a fairy-tale ending.
Carla Hall is an editorial writer for The
Times.
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Democrats differ on charter schools
to overhaul how public
schools are run. Advocates
have frequently clashed with
teachers unions over issues
including merit pay, seniority, the use of standardized testing to evaluate
teachers and school choice.
While many education
decisions are made at the local school district level, the
state has notable power. The
governor makes appointments to the state Board of
Education and can use the
office to influence the legislative process. Many expect
California’s next governor to
play a significant role on policy that could reshape the
state’s public schools.
[Villaraigosa, from A1]
Villaraigosa due to his history of challenging the status quo in education as mayor of Los Angeles. While he
led the city, he tried to take
over its schools and criticized the influence of the local teachers union.
“He didn’t need to do the
things he did,” Borden said.
“Some of this goes back historically, just to how strong
Antonio has been on public
education, and our level of
confidence that that’s how
he will be as governor.”
His group’s effort has
raised over $17.1 million from
14 donors for the Families &
Teachers committee, according to campaign finance
documents filed with the
secretary of state’s office.
Such independent groups
cannot legally coordinate
with campaigns, but can accept unlimited donations.
Switching sides
Big charter backers
After Hastings, the biggest contributors are philanthropist Eli Broad and former New York Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg, who
each donated $2.5 million;
and hedge fund manager Bill
Oberndorf, who contributed
$2 million.
Oberndorf is a major
donor to Republican candidates and causes, and replaced Betsy DeVos as
chairman of the American
Federation for Children after President Trump nominated DeVos as secretary of
Education.
The donors did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Villaraigosa demurred when asked
about the charter school effort.
“Mayor Villaraigosa’s focus is how we unite Californians to lift more families
into the middle class — and
keep them there,” spokesman Luis Vizcaino said.
A spokesman for Lt. Gov.
Gavin Newsom, who is Villaraigosa’s main Democratic
rival and the gubernatorial
front-runner, sought to tie
Villaraigosa’s charter school
backers to DeVos.
Newsom “is not a rubber
stamp for any group, especially those who align them-
selves with Betsy DeVos.
And unlike Antonio Villaraigosa, he would never brag
about waging ‘a holy jihad’
on public educators,” said
Newsom campaign manager Addisu Demissie, referring to a statement the then-
mayor made to The Times’
editorial board about L.A.’s
teachers union as he sought
to take control of the city’s
school district.
The effort by the charter
school supporters is part of a
broader movement aiming
Education is one of the
few areas where Villaraigosa
and Newsom disagree.
The former big-city mayors of Los Angeles and San
Francisco, respectively, took
divergent paths on the issue.
When Newsom ran for
mayor, he touted charter
schools as places “to explore
new and better ways of
reaching and educating our
youth.”
But as he ran for governor, he told the California
Teachers Assn. that he did
not believe the number of
charter schools in the state
should increase, according
to the Sacramento Bee. A
spokesman told the paper
that Newsom believed that
no more should be authorized until there is greater
state oversight.
Villaraigosa started his
career as a union organizer,
and labor buttressed his
campaigns, donating millions of dollars and dispatching members to turn out voters. But as mayor, he became the most prominent
Democrat in California to
criticize teachers groups,
blasting Los Angeles’ union
as “the largest obstacle to
creating quality schools.”
He unsuccessfully tried
to seize control of the Los
Angeles Unified School District, arguing that city
schools needed to be dramatically overhauled because they were failing the
neediest students. He eventually took over more than a
dozen struggling campuses
Aric Crabb San Jose Mercury News
GUBERNATORIAL
candidate Antonio Villaraigosa tried to take over
L.A.’s schools as mayor.
through a nonprofit he
founded.
Borden said his group
grew alarmed by reports of
Newsom supporting limits
on charter schools.
The bulk of the group’s
television ads have promoted Villaraigosa, while a
smaller number have dinged
GOP candidate John Cox,
who polls show is Villaraigosa’s main competition for
the second spot in the primary. The ad paints the
wealthy Rancho Santa Fe
businessman as a Chicago
carpetbagger who failed at
multiple efforts to run for
elected office in Illinois.
The charter backers also
released an ad that criticizes
Newsom, though not by
name. The ad says as violent
crime went up in San Francisco, Villaraigosa put more
police officers on the streets
of Los Angeles, leading to a
sharp reduction in crime.
Newsom is the leader in
fundraising, and he too has
the support of well-funded
independent expenditure
groups, notably a labor committee that has raised $3.8
million.
He has been endorsed by
the California Teachers
Assn., one of the most potent forces in California politics. The union contributed
$1 million to another proNewsom independent expenditure committee on
Monday, and sent mailers to
California voters last week
saying that billionaires are
trying to “buy the election”
for Villaraigosa and Marshall Tuck, a candidate for
state superintendent of public instruction, “to privatize
California schools and take
away the rights of educators
and students.”
Eric Heins, the president
of the union, declined to say
how much it would spend
boosting Newsom. But he
pointed to Villaraigosa’s attempt to take over Los Angeles’ schools, as well as the billionaires backing his bid, to
explain why they are supporting Newsom.
“You can tell who bought
Antonio by where his money
is coming from,” Heins said.
The California Federation of Teachers also contributed $125,000 to a proNewsom group on Monday.
Changes ahead
The fight between the
teachers unions and the
movement to overhaul education comes at a time of
changing political dynamics
for both groups.
The California Teachers
Assn. has long been a kingmaker in Democratic politics. But the union faces
challenges, notably a Supreme Court decision expected in June that could
stop public employee unions
from collecting dues from
everyone they represent.
Meanwhile,
charter
school backers have been increasingly active in California, spending tens of millions of dollars on elections
in recent years, with varying
levels of success.
Democratic Gov. Jerry
Brown’s greatest focus on
education was changing the
school funding formula in a
way that sent more K-12 dollars to disadvantaged communities. But he largely
avoided wading into the
debate between teachers
unions and charter school
backers.
The next governor will
probably have to more forcefully address the schism.
“The money is lining up
the way it is because the
choice [for governor] moving forward is likely to be
more consequential,” said
John Rogers, director of
UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.
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ryan.menezes
@latimes.com
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Officer
accused
of lying
about
gang ties
Glendale detective is
suspected of links to
Armenian organized
crime, Mexican Mafia.
By Alene
Tchekmedyian
and Richard Winton
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
JACK BROWN, 37, looks for food in trash cans on the beach in Malibu. He is one of an estimated 180 homeless people in one of the most
affluent cities in the country. L.A. County officials have decided to use a vacant courthouse in Malibu to provide some homeless services.
Riches, poverty collide
Homelessness hits the shores of Malibu, and some try to offer a helping hand
STEVE LOPEZ
Wherever
there’s a
public library,
there are
homeless
people taking
shelter, and
this is true in
Malibu.
Perry
Thomas, who said he’s a
U.S. Army vet known as
“The Real,” was wheeling
his belongings into the Civic
Center library Tuesday
morning. He told me he
sleeps on Surfrider Beach.
“It’s about as safe as any
other place,” he said.
In a way it’s odd that
destitute people would
settle down in one of the
most affluent areas in the
country — a place where
there is no affordable housing, no shelter and very few
services.
On the other hand, if
you’re homeless, why not at
least enjoy your surroundings?
“I love the weather,” said
Bill Witter, a Pennsylvania
native who was badly beat-
en near the Civic Center
almost two years ago by
another homeless man.
Witter had numerous broken bones and a long recovery, and is now in a Santa
Monica shelter while he
waits for housing, but he
hangs out in Malibu by day.
Sade Bryan was crying
outside the library entrance
and claimed it was allergy.
But tears streamed down
her face, and it was nothing
Claritin could fix.
She said she became
homeless 10 years ago
thanks to an evil mother but
did not elaborate. And she
just moved to Malibu after
living in a skid row tent. Now
she sleeps on a mat near the
Civic Center.
The reason I stopped by
the library was that the
county courthouse next
door to it sits vacant, and
the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to serve
meals out of the space and
provide some homeless
services.
In Malibu, as in other
communities, people disagree over what to do about
homeless populations.
There’s fear of fires that may
be set by those who live in
the canyons, and break-ins,
and also a fear of whether
more services will only draw
more homeless people,
putting the library off-limits
for those who don’t want to
have to deal with them.
“It’s hard to balance
what everyone wants,” said
Malibu Public Safety Manager Susan Duenas, who
works with faith-based
groups even as she handles
complaints from residents
[See Lopez, B5]
As far back as 2015, a
Glendale narcotics detective used burner phones to
tip off gangsters about upcoming raids, once allowing
a top target of federal law enforcement to elude arrest for
a month, authorities said
Tuesday.
John Saro Balian is also
suspected of collaborating
with other criminals to steal
cars, presumably to sell
abroad, and taking a bribe
to hunt someone down.
When confronted by federal agents in four interviews over the last year, authorities say Balian, 45, lied
about his ties to the Mexican
Mafia and Armenian organized crime in Southern California.
“I’m not [expletive] on
anybody’s payroll,” he told
the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI in one interview.
Now, the veteran officer
who once served as the
spokesman for the Glendale
Police Department is facing
up to five years in federal
prison. Prosecutors this
week charged Balian with
one count of making false
statements to federal investigators, according to a
criminal complaint filed in
U.S. District Court.
“Mr. Balian moved in
criminal circles and operated as though he was
above the law by repeatedly
lying to hide his criminal ac[See Glendale, B4]
Shelters given priority as county
boosts budget by $143 million
Appeals
By Doug Smith
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
SANTIAGO Robles, 60, at his tent in L.A. The county
will dedicate more funds to emergency shelter beds.
The Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors voted
Tuesday to increase spending to address homelessness
by $143 million in 2018-19 —
the second year of money
flowing from the Measure H
sales tax increase that voters
approved last year.
The new budget calls for
$402 million in spending on
programs
that
include
homelessness prevention,
rent subsidies, outreach,
preservation of affordable
housing, employment services and shelters.
Most of the increase was
anticipated last year when
the supervisors adopted a
tentative three-year budget
that assumed less would be
spent in the first two years as
new programs got up to
speed.
Revisions adopted Tuesday add nearly $28 million to
that tentative budget. Highlighting the growing emphasis on temporary shelter to
serve people living on the
streets while more permanent housing is being built,
most of the increase was designated for emergency shelter beds.
About $5 million would go
to shelter construction and
[See Budget, B5]
A crash course on 1st day as LAUSD head
Austin Beutner spends
13 hours on a 12-stop
tour of district
facilities and schools.
By Howard Blume
and Anna M. Phillips
The Los Angeles Unified
School District introduced
itself Tuesday to a new superintendent who, unlike
his predecessor, didn’t rise
up through its ranks.
Austin Beutner, who has
never run a school or a
school district, is quick to
acknowledge that he has
much to learn. He kicked off
his first official day of work
with a 12-stop, 13-hour cram
course, which took him to
the San Fernando Valley
and Harbor City, to Mar
Vista, South L.A. and East
L.A.
Along the way, he visited
an afterschool program, an
automotive training program and a center that
coaches young parents.
If there was a takeaway
that district officials wanted, it was that L.A. Unified is
much more than its problems and is doing an impressive job educating many
children in an astonishing
variety of ways.
“This is a reminder of
why we do the work,” Beutner said after the final stop
at Garfield High School,
where he watched an orientation for hundreds of incoming ninth graders and
their parents. “You could
not help but be inspired today.”
Beutner is a philanthropist and former investment banker who also
served as first deputy mayor
of Los Angeles and as publisher of the L.A. Times. His
very presence in the school
system hierarchy is a signal
that the Board of Education
— and influential civic leaders — want to see sweeping
changes.
Beutner is expected to
confront not just the district’s lagging test scores
but to apply his business
savvy to its precarious financial situation. He made it
clear Tuesday that he
understood that the goodnews tour was only a partial
[See Schools, B6]
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
NEW L.A. SCHOOLS Supt. Austin Beutner, who has never run a school or a
school district, chats with children Tuesday at Cleveland Early Education Center.
Woman killed,
3 hurt in Aliso
Viejo explosion
Authorities are
looking into an office
building blast they
call “suspicious.” B3
Becerra, rivals
clash at debate
Officer charged
with sex assault
Attorney general is
accused of focusing on
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LAPD veteran is
accused of lewd act on
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panel
considers
challenge
to DACA
Judges sympathetic to
‘Dreamers’ are unsure
how to handle Trump
bid to end program.
By Maura Dolan
A federal appeals court
seemed concerned Tuesday
about the likely harm that
would result if the Trump
administration’s plan to end
protections for so-called
Dreamers goes forward, but
wrestled with technical legal
questions about the judges’
ability to intervene.
During a hearing, a
three-judge panel of the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
acknowledged that the end
of the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA,
would have significant effects on 700,000 immigrants
and their families.
The panel of three Democratic appointees is reviewing an appeal by the Trump
administration of a preliminary injunction issued by a
San Francisco federal judge
in January that required the
federal government to continue processing renewal
applications of immigrants
previously approved for the
program.
Judge John B. Owens,
appointed by President
Obama, asked whether the
[See Dreamers, B4]
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Attorney general’s boast turns into a roast
Debate rivals assail
Becerra for focusing
on suing Trump rather
than state issues.
PATRICK MCGREEVY
SACRAMENTO — California Atty. Gen. Xavier
Becerra is probably best
known to California voters as
the man who has sued the
Trump administration more
than 30 times, a feat he boasted about at a debate
Tuesday ahead of next
month’s primary election for
the attorney general race.
Becerra’s rivals worked to
turn the focus on the federal
government against him.
“Quite frankly, I think Mr.
Becerra is obsessed with
Donald Trump. It’s not the
role of state attorney general
to be suing our federal government every five minutes,”
said Republican Eric Early, a
Los Angeles attorney. “It’s
outrageous. There are all
kinds of problems in this
great state that are being
ignored.”
Becerra was pummeled
with criticism over his actions on immigration, the
environment, guns and
crime.
“My job as AG is to protect California families, to
protect our values and to
protect our resources,”
Becerra, a Democrat, told
the audience of business
leaders in Downey at his first
of two debates Tuesday.
Earlier in the day he sued the
Trump administration to
challenge a new policy
threatening funding to
Planned Parenthood.
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a Democrat who also is a candidate,
said he agrees with Becerra
that the attorney general
needs to “resist” the Trump
administration. “But there is
more to the office than suing
Trump,” he said, adding “a
lot more is not getting done
in the attorney general’s
office.”
He said Becerra is at fault
for delays in creating a database for opioid prescriptions
and a failure to go after oil
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA attorney general candidates, from left, Judge Steven Bailey, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, attorney Eric Early and state Insur-
ance Commissioner Dave Jones take the stage in Downey on Tuesday for the first of two forums.
companies on environmental issues. There also was
sharp debate as the rivals
accused Becerra of not doing
enough to collect guns from
10,000 people in California
who improperly possess
firearms despite felony
convictions or serious mental health problems.
At one point Jones addressed Becerra directly
with his critique, saying,
“You have to do the job.”
Becerra responded angrily to Jones, saying such
criticism is unfair to state
agents who risk their lives to
collect guns from criminals.
“That’s a low blow to the men
and women who have to do
this every day,” Becerra said,
adding he has asked for more
money to seize firearms from
criminals.
Republican candidate
Steven Bailey, a retired El
Dorado County judge, called
the slow pace of gun collection a “travesty.”
“It’s time that the attorney general was focused on
California’s problems, not
Washington’s problems,”
Bailey said, calling Becerra’s
legal challenges to the
Trump administration
“frivolous lawsuits that have
no basis.”
In response, Becerra said
his office has taken action
against criminal gangs,
consumer fraud and those
committing environmental
crimes, while he said he also
has been promoting economic development and jobs.
“At the same time, we will
go after anyone who tries to
stop us from becoming that
economic engine, including
the federal government,
which is constitutionally
overreaching its power,”
Becerra said.
Becerra, a former 12-term
member of Congress, became attorney general in
January 2017 after he was
appointed by Gov. Jerry
Brown to replace Kamala
Harris, who was elected to
the U.S. Senate.
The event was sponsored
by the BizFed Institute, a
nonpartisan organization
that advocates for economic
development in California,
and the Southern California
News Group.
Many of the same issues
were argued over by the
candidates at a second debate Tuesday evening on the
campus of UC Riverside.
Asked about priorities,
Jones told the audience that
one thing he would pursue is
“criminal justice reform,”
while Bailey said past
changes labeled as reform
have resulted in “unsafe
streets, unsafe schools.”
Early also challenged the
new laws, including Proposition 47, saying that they
mean too many criminals are
getting out of jail early to
reoffend. Becerra said “job
one is public safety” for the
attorney general.
In the first debate, Jones
said he agreed with Becerra’s
support for California’s
sanctuary state law, which
restricts law enforcement
cooperation with immigration agents. The Republicans onstage attacked the
law.
“Felons here illegally are
being treated better than our
taxpayers,” Early said.
Bailey said the “sanctuary state” law is unconstitutional, and he supports the
federal government’s lawsuit
challenging the state law. “It
is simply a protection of
convicted criminals,” he said.
Becerra said he respects
federal law on immigration,
but he defended the state
law. “The federal government can’t tell California
how to use its police,” he
said.
Asked about homelessness, Becerra said state and
local governments have to
collaborate on providing
shelter for those living on the
street and make “a better
investment” in growing the
state’s stock of affordable
housing.
“None of that is happening on your watch while you
sue the Trump administration, Mr. Becerra,” Early
responded. “There are tent
cities popping up in every
major city in our state.”
Jones said there are laws
requiring cities and counties
to provide zoning for homeless shelters and affordable
housing. “Guess what? The
attorney general is not enforcing that law,” Jones said.
At one point, Becerra
drew a laugh with a nod to
being criticized by candidates from each political
party: “I feel like Goldilocks:
too hot or too cold. I think
I’m just right.”
patrick.mcgreevy
@latimes.com
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L.A. officer
charged
with lewd
act on girl
Photographs by
KTLA
THE EXPLOSION shook the Aliso Viejo medical office building so forcefully that employees at neighboring
businesses thought it was an earthquake. “It’s a frightening world today,” one woman said.
One killed in ‘suspicious’
Aliso Viejo building blast
Authorities aren’t
sure if the explosion,
which also injured
three, was intentional.
By Javier Panzar,
Joseph Serna
and Anh Do
A woman was killed in an
explosion that rocked an Aliso Viejo medical office
building Tuesday, authorities said.
At a news conference late
Tuesday, authorities called
the explosion “suspicious”
but said it was unclear
whether it was intentional.
At least one person died
inside the building and three
others were injured, said
Tony Bommarito, a spokesman for the Orange County
Fire Authority. The explosion occurred about 1:10 p.m.
“We’re trying to determine if a vehicle was involved or if it was an accident
or inside the building,”
said Orange County Sheriff ’s spokeswoman Carrie
Braun.
Bommarito said that the
county’s bomb squad and
hazardous materials team
were preparing to search the
building. He said officials
had cleared all the buildings
but had not determined
whether a gas leak was to
blame.
Orange County Sheriff ’s
Cmdr. Dave Sawyer said investigators
were
interviewing the injured, who had
been taken to hospitals.
The explosion shook the
two-story building so forcefully that employees at
neighboring
businesses
thought it was an earthquake. Some stepped outside anticipating more shaking.
Andrew Dyjak, the owner
of a massage business inside
the building at 11 Mareblu,
said he realized it wasn’t an
earthquake when he got outside and 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 looked damaged, Dyjak said.
“For sure we are closing
for the day,” he said. “I don’t
think anybody is planning
on going back. And they
probably have to check the
structure.”
Besides Dyjak’s business, the building also
housed at least one chiropractic office and a medical
practice, he said.
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.”
FIREFIGHTERS evacuate children from Academy on the Hills preschool near the
office building. “I knew right away there would be a fatality,” one witness said.
More than 30 bystanders
stood across the street from
the building, snapping selfies and posting updates on
social media.
Several dozen employees
who worked in the medical
complex sat in grassy areas
facing the office.
Rows of emergency vehi-
cles blocked the streets as a
helicopter hovered.
Augustine Tolar had
been driving to lunch along
Moulton Parkway, passing
Oso Parkway, when the
explosion caused him to
stop.
“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.
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@latimes.com
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@latimes.com
anh.do@latimes.com
Alleged victim is
daughter of fellow
policeman at whose
home he was staying.
By Alene
Tchekmedyian
and James Queally
A Los Angeles police officer has been accused of
assaulting another officer’s
13-year-old daughter in her
bedroom while staying in
their home, officials said.
Kenneth Louis Collard,
51, was charged with three
counts of committing a lewd
act upon a child and one
count of sexual penetration
by a foreign object, according to the Los Angeles
County district attorney’s
office.
The alleged assault occurred at Collard’s friend’s
home, where he was staying
April 4 after an evening of
socializing.
At the end of the night,
Collard was encouraged not
to drive back to his Riverside home and to instead
stay with the friend — also
an LAPD officer — in Torrance, according to a law enforcement source familiar
with the investigation.
In the middle of the
night, prosecutors said, Collard entered the girl’s bedroom and assaulted her.
Torrance police began an
investigation, which included an analysis of forensic evidence.
In a statement, the Los
Angeles Police Protective
League Board of Directors
said it was “sickened by the
repugnant” allegations.
“If they are true he
should be prosecuted as
forcefully as possible,” the
‘There is
absolutely no
room in law
enforcement
or society for
anyone who
commits such
acts.’
— L.A. Police Protective
League Board of
Directors statement
board said. “As police officers, we are sworn to protect
the innocent, not to exploit
them. There is absolutely no
room in law enforcement or
society for anyone who commits such acts, especially on
a child.”
The LAPD also issued a
statement after Collard’s arrest, saying the department
“is aware of this arrest” and
has begun a personnel investigation.
“If the accusations are
true, this officer will be prosecuted to the fullest extent
of the law and will face
severe repercussions in regards to his employment as
well.”
Prosecutors are recommending Collard’s bail be
set at $400,000.
Collard is a 20-plus-year
officer who was assigned to
the West L.A. station. He
has been placed on paid administrative leave.
If convicted, he faces a
maximum of 32 years in
state prison.
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
james.queally@latimes.com
Cal State University officials plan big
lobbying push for more state funding
Trustees are hopeful
they can avoid
spending cuts or
a tuition increase.
By Joy Resmovits
In the final weeks of
budget negotiations in Sacramento, Cal State officials
plan an all-out lobbying
push. They say they’re racing against the clock to prevent harmful cuts by shaking more money out of state
coffers.
The university system’s
leaders say they’re still trying to rebound from recession-era cuts while they try
to accommodate more students. And even though the
state has tried to make up
funding in recent years, Cal
State’s needs have grown
and the money isn’t keeping
up.
Cal State asked for a
$263-million boost in ongoing funding. Gov. Jerry
Brown is proposing to give
$92 million of that, as well a
one-time $100 million to
catch up on deferred facilities maintenance.
The effort to get more
funding from the state was a
major topic Tuesday when
Cal State trustees met in
Long Beach.
Earlier this school year,
Chancellor Timothy P.
White had raised the
prospect of another tuition
increase — which would
have been the second in two
years. But last month, he
shelved the proposal, opting
to put more pressure on Sacramento instead of further
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
CAL STATE Chancellor Timothy P. White, shown in July, had raised the
prospect of another tuition increase earlier this year but shelved it last month.
burdening students. The decision was bolstered by news
that the state now expects
an $8.8-billion surplus.
Cal State is mobilizing
students, staff and alumni
to circulate a video called
“Invest in California’s Future,” and spread the message on social media. On
May 30, Cal State representatives plan to fan out
and meet with numerous
legislators and to post photos of those who are supportive with red signs that
say “Choose CSU.”
The University of California, which followed Cal
State in putting aside a proposed tuition increase, has
launched a similar lobbying
‘Even though
we’re not having
a tuition increase,
I strongly feel that
our students are
still scared.’
— Jorge Reyes
Salinas,
Cal State University’s
student trustee
effort to try to increase its
funding.
Cal State officials are
hopeful. “We’re encouraged
by discussions that we’ve
had with the Legislature,”
Executive Vice Chancellor
and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Relyea told trustees
Tuesday. “This is the time,
in these last few weeks, to
continue ... telling the story
of the California State University.”
They’re getting some political support. On Wednesday, Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside), chairman of the Assembly’s
higher education committee, is holding a Sacramento
news conference with students and faculty to pressure Brown to “fully fund”
both Cal State and UC.
What full funding would
be was the subject of some
confusion at the meeting
Tuesday.
Cal State officials say the
$263 million they requested
would be enough to cover
academic programs, staff
compensation,
growing
enrollment and a muchtouted initiative to boost
graduation rates.
But Brown has repeatedly stated that, rather than
ask for more and more, California’s public universities
should learn to live within
their means.
His proposed one-time
money for maintenance did
little to appease, especially
because Cal State has an estimated $2-billion backlog.
If June budget figures
still fall far short of Cal
State’s demands, White has
said he will be forced to
make some cuts. Ryan
Storm, assistant vice chancellor for budget, said they
could include freezing or reducing student enrollment,
hiring fewer staff and faculty
members and cutting back
on student services. Storm
said Cal State could also
slash spending on its graduation initiative, which costs
$75 million a year.
“Even though we’re not
having a tuition increase, I
strongly feel that our students are still scared,” student trustee Jorge Reyes Salinas said at the meeting.
“They’re scared that the
Legislature is not going to
pull through.”
joy.resmovits
@latimes.com
Times staff writer Teresa
Watanabe contributed to
this report.
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Judge
reverses
Oakland
ban on
shipping
coal
City’s action violates
agreement and is not
backed by evidence of
health risk, ruling says.
bloomberg
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
“DACA BROUGHT us hope and has shown the people that we are here,” a demonstrator said Tuesday as supporters of the protections for
young immigrants rallied in Pasadena. “And if they were to take it away, they’ll put us back in the shadows and ... back to the fear.”
9th Circuit panel weighs case for
continuing ‘Dreamers’ program
[Dreamers, from B1]
court could uphold the injunction on grounds that
were not reached by the district judge.
Although challengers argued that the repeal of
DACA amounted to unconstitutional discrimination,
they asked for and received
a ruling based on the argument that the recision was
arbitrary and capricious.
A lawyer for the Trump
administration said the 9th
Circuit could not address
the constitutional question
because there was no evidence presented on it in the
lower court.
A lawyer for the challengers said the court could uphold the injunction on
equal-protection grounds.
Judge
Kim
McLane
Wardlaw, an appointee of
President Clinton’s, noted
that the Supreme Court had
not barred legal challenges
of an agency’s “action that
disproportionally
affects
one protected group over
another.”
Immigrants from Mexico
have been the largest beneficiaries of DACA.
U.S. Deputy Assistant
Atty. Gen. Hashim Mooppan argued that the administration had the legal right
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to end the program and that
its discretion could not be
challenged on selective-enforcement grounds.
Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney for several DACA
beneficiaries, disagreed. He
told the court that President Trump had been using
DACA as a “bargaining
chip” for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“That is not going to happen with Norwegians,”
Rosenbaum said. “That is
not going to happen with
Western Europeans.”
Owens noted that the
U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the so-called Muslim
travel ban case would probably give the 9th Circuit lots
of guidance on how to resolve the DACA dispute.
‘That [use of
DACA to bargain
for a border wall]
is not going to
happen with
Norwegians.
That is not going
to happen with
Western
Europeans.’
— Mark Rosenbaum,
a lawyer for ‘Dreamers,’ saying
Trump’s bid to end DACA is
unconstitutional discrimination
He also asked why the
federal government wanted
a quick resolution in the
DACA litigation when there
was so much at stake.
Mooppan said that the
Supreme Court was not
likely to rule on the travel
ban until late June and
that the administration, in
the meantime, was being
forced to give work permits
to “700,000 illegal aliens”
under a policy it believes is
illegal.
“That is an extraordinary intrusion on the executive branch,” he said.
Wardlaw asked how the
court should weigh Trump’s
tweets about DACA and immigration. She wondered
whether the judges should
give greater weight to tweets
he sent after he took office.
Mooppan suggested the
tweets were irrelevant, especially
“pre-presidential
statements.”
The case stems from lawsuits filed by the University
of California, the states of
California, Maine, Maryland
and Minnesota, individual
immigrants and others to
block Trump from ending
the program.
U.S.
District
Judge
William Alsup ruled that the
administration’s decision to
repeal DACA was based on a
faulty legal premise and
should be blocked until the
legality of the program is decided.
maura.dolan@latimes.com
Twitter: @mauradolan
Glendale detective linked to
organized crime, officials say
[Glendale, from B1]
tivity,” Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of
the FBI’s Los Angeles field
office, said in a statement.
“His alleged actions impeded legitimate investigations into organized violent
crime and consequently
presented a threat to public
safety.”
It’s unclear whether
Balian has retained an attorney.
Balian was identified as a
person of interest by the
FBI’s Eurasian Organized
Crime Task Force, which in
2016 was probing ties between the Mexican Mafia
and Armenian organized
crime.
Since then, three confidential informants have described a series of troubling
interactions with the detective — known to them as
“Saro” — that are detailed in
a 47-page affidavit supporting the complaint.
In some cases, Balian appears to have instigated
clashes between the two
sides, according to court re-
cords. Investigators corroborated some of the informants’ stories with cellphone records, police reports and interviews.
In one incident, Balian
allegedly offered an informant and a second man
$100,000 to “scare” the bodyguard of an Armenian
businessman in Commerce,
a request that led to a shooting in July 2016.
After the encounter, the
second man spoke with the
informant.
“I think I hit him,” he
said, the filing said. Later, he
added, “I think I killed him.”
The alleged shooter gave
the gun to the informant,
who said he gave the gun to
Balian, according to the filing. It’s unclear whether the
bodyguard lived.
In one case, that same informant described a situation in which Balian offered
a tip about a gang sweep, allowing a top target — a Frogtown gang member — to flee
before agents arrived.
“Tell your boy Bouncer
that he’s the No. 1 on the list
for
tomorrow,”
Balian
warned, the affidavit said. It
took agents another month
to arrest the target.
The informant also said
Balian gave him locations of
marijuana grow and drug
stash houses — information
he was privy to as an officer
— and told him to “hit them”
before law enforcement
could execute their search
warrants, according to the
court filing.
Balian also allegedly instructed him to “slap
around” people to persuade
them to pay money. Armenians would not respect or pay
him, Balian told the informant, if they didn’t fear him,
the filing said.
Another informant met
with Balian up to 15 times in
2015 and occasionally saw
him wearing a badge and a
gun. That person admitted
to stealing more than a dozen high-value cars for
Balian and his associate, the
filing said. He said he’d leave
the keys inside the car and
park it on a designated
street, where someone else
would pick it up.
During a search of a third
informant’s home, investigators found handwritten
notes in the trash referencing “Saro” and possible
cocaine shipments from
Mexico. It’s unclear whether
a transaction occurred and
if Balian was involved.
Federal
authorities
Tuesday afternoon were
searching Balian’s Seal
Beach home, an FBI spokeswoman said. They were
looking for evidence of racketeering, interference with
commerce by robbery or extortion, and bribery, the affidavit said.
Investigators first interviewed Balian in April of last
year. He told them he was an
expert on the Mexican
Mafia when he worked for
the Montebello Police Department, so he used to
“stay on top of all these
guys.”
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
richard.winton
@latimes.com
A federal judge struck
down Oakland’s ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through a proposed export terminal that
U.S. miners see as a key link
to overseas markets.
The ban — enacted by the
city in 2014 — violates a development agreement, U.S.
District
Judge
Vince
Chhabria ruled Tuesday,
siding with a developer who
wants to use the proposed
marine terminal to transport coal from Utah to Asia.
Chhabria said the City
Council did not have enough
evidence that the coal operations would pose a substantial threat to health or
safety.
As demand for coal in the
U.S. declines, miners depend increasingly on overseas markets. Meanwhile,
Oakland is among several
terminal locations in California and the Pacific Northwest that environmentalists
have pushed to close to miners in an effort to keep U.S.
coal off the international
market. Reversing the ban
could increase exports by as
much as 19%, according to
the Sierra Club.
“Access to growing world
markets for our coal reserves could be greatly enhanced — as well as the employment it would support
throughout the supply chain
— if we had the infrastructure befitting a global economic power,” Luke Popovich,
a spokesman for the National Mining Assn., said in
an email.
The legal dispute hinged
on whether the coal ban violated an agreement between
the city and a company developing a bulk loading terminal near the city’s port.
The developer, Oakland
Bulk & Oversized Terminal,
argued that the city had no
substantial evidence that
shipping coal through the
terminal would endanger
the health of workers or surrounding communities.
“On the primary question presented by this lawsuit, Oakland is wrong,”
Chhabria wrote.
City leaders approved
the rail and marine terminal
in 2013 as part of a makeover
of a former Army base. But
they voted to ban shipments
of coal and petroleum coke, a
solid derived from oil refining. The $250-million terminal is in west Oakland, a historically African American
neighborhood that is among
the poorest and most polluted in the region.
Even without the ban at
the Oakland terminal, miners may still face obstacles
trying to ship coal through
the West Coast, said Jeremy
Sussman, an analyst at
Clarksons Platou Securities.
“Most realists have come
to the conclusion that West
Coast states such as California, Washington and Oregon
simply aren’t going to allow a
lot of coal exports now or in
the future,” he said in an
email.
In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown
signed legislation banning
state transportation funding for new coal export terminals.
The Associated Press was
used in compiling this
report.
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Homeless living among the most affluent
[Lopez, from B1]
“who are just fed up” and
want the city to do more
about public safety issues.
As John Maceri sees it,
Malibu has done a comparatively decent job of bridging
differences among various
groups. He’s director of the
People Concern, which has
worked for about a year and
a half to serve Malibu’s
estimated 180 homeless, and
has found housing for at
least two dozen so far. People tend to live in canyons,
Maceri said, and many have
some combination of serious physical and mental
health issues along with
addiction problems.
All of that can complicate efforts to reel them in,
and then there’s the everpresent challenge that’s
going to be with us for a
while.
Not enough housing
anywhere in L.A. County.
And certainly nothing in
Malibu.
Despite voter-approved
initiatives and more funding, problems festered for
far too long, progress has
been slow, mismanagement
of available funds is always a
threat, and we’ll find out
soon — in the latest homeless count for the county — if
we’re keeping up or losing
ground.
That brings me to Orange County, where demands to get homeless
people away from the Santa
Ana River were followed by
the unsurprising discovery
that there’s nowhere for
them to live. And even if
there were, they might be
turned away.
Last month, protesters
rallied at Irvine City Hall
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
BILL WITTER, 45, sits outside the county library and vacant courthouse in Malibu. The Pennsylvania native
spends the night at a Santa Monica shelter while he waits for housing, but he hangs out in Malibu by day.
even after county officials
dropped a plan to consider
the use of public land in
Irvine, Huntington Beach
and Laguna Niguel for
temporary housing.
“We are strong,” one
protester said. “We will
decide who comes into our
city, and we will activate our
supporters to make sure our
children are safe.”
An Irvine councilwoman
urged residents to “get a
good description” of home-
Pooling funds
from Measure
H for services
[Budget, from B1]
$18.32 million to operating
new beds. The addition
would raise total spending
on shelters to $93 million and
support 1,267 additional
beds over the 2018-19 fiscal
year, according to a summary of the budget included in
the motion.
Funds allocated from
other Measure H programs
and county health departments would raise the number of new emergency beds to
3,250.
Though the new spending
plan does not specifically
designate funds for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s
recent shelter initiative,
those could be included, said
Phil Ansell, director of the
county’s homeless initiative.
“A portion of the increased Measure H funding
for interim housing could be
used for operating costs for
the new shelters which the
city of Los Angeles is seeking
to establish,” Ansell said.
Garcetti has asked for
$20 million in the new city
budget to construct 1,500
shelter beds that would be
operated with county funds.
The other main spending
categories approved Tuesday were $73 million for rapid
rehousing programs, designed to transition people
quickly into permanent
housing, $49 million for rent
subsidies and $30 million for
outreach.
Before the vote, all five supervisors assembled on the
steps of the Hall of Administration to give an assessment of what Measure H
funding accomplished in its
first year.
“We are making some
headway,” board Chairwoman Sheila Kuehl said. “We
have a long way to go. But
what we are going to share
with you today is really encouraging.”
In the nine months since
the sales tax increase kicked
in, Kuehl said, “thousands of
individuals and families in
every part of L.A County
have already been helped
through the expansion of
outreach, shelter, rapid rehousing and supportive
housing as well as benefits
advocacy for homeless disabled adults.”
Supervisor Hilda Solis
said that more than 5,200
families and individuals secured permanent housing
funded by Measure H. Also,
Solis said, more than 10,000
people entered crisis or
bridge housing and contracts had been awarded for
302 new shelter beds.
Later, the supervisors
voted unanimously to ap-
‘We are making
some headway. ...
[W]hat we are
going to share with
you is really
encouraging.’
— Sheila Kuehl,
County board chairwoman
prove the new budget without change.
In a separate action, the
supervisors
unanimously
approved a motion directing
the county and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to fund an additional
outreach team to work weekends in the San Gabriel Valley and to develop a plan for
reserving interim housing
and motel vouchers for people brought in through that
outreach.
“The need to serve our
homeless is not 9-to-5, five
days a week. It’s 24 hours, all
day, all week,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the measure’s cosponsor.
The measure also called
for county staff to report in 60
days on how to expand access to homeless services
across the county outside
normal business hours.
Aside from the added
funds for shelters, the new
budget makes only minor adjustments to the tentative
plan adopted last year.
That could change next
year, Ansell said.
The county will develop a
“final” plan for Measure H
spending in 2019-20 “based
on experience and outcomes
as of that time and the level of
funding available,” Ansell
said.
The initial three-year
plan was crafted loosely to
the $355 million in projected
annual revenue from the
Measure H sales tax hike. It’s
still too soon to gauge the actual revenue, which could exceed or fall short of the estimate.
The increase to the plan
in the second year is being
covered with unspent funds
from the first year’s budget
and a $5-million shift from
the fiscal year 2019-20 budget.
But the projected growth
next year to $431 million
would exceed the projected
revenue.
That shortfall would have
to be made up with any unspent funds from the first
two years or with increased
revenue from the sales tax
hike or other sources.
doug.smith@latimes.com
less people moving into the
community and call the
police.
Look, I can understand
the fears and the anger. To a
degree. Some homeless
people are addicted to drugs
that kill their pain one day
and cause new problems the
next, some of them commit
crimes, and few among us
would choose to have an
encampment near our
home or business or school.
But for the most part,
the homelessness are a
prophetic presence — a
symbol of breakdowns on so
many levels. Widespread
poverty in a land of riches,
unaffordable housing, substandard healthcare, limited psychiatric services
and facilities. All of that has
taken a toll, and so have the
brigades of scarred, bombrattled veterans returning
from distant wars, out of
one tent and into another.
And Irvine’s message is,
“Sorry, it’s not our problem.”
The latest flashpoint in
this developing human
catastrophe is in Koreatown, where there’s opposition to a plan by L.A. Mayor
Eric Garcetti and council
President Herb Wesson to
put a temporary shelter on a
city-owned lot.
Some foes say the shelter
has been forced on them
without enough of a chance
for their input. But is that
really the issue, or is Korea-
town just one more place
that would rather let someone else take care of the
problem?
“I’ve gotta give the mayor and City Council credit
for trying to use city-owned
property to start moving
people off the streets, but
it’s like every community
experiences this level of
pushback,” Maceri said. “If
every community would
take a piece of it, it could be
broken into smaller chunks.
It’s like we’re chasing our
tails. No one wants the
problem, but no one wants
to be a part of the solution.”
Last year, complaints
from concerned residents
forced the end of free meals
for the homeless Wednesdays and Thursdays at
Malibu United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Sandy
Liddell said meals are now
distributed at nearby Zuma
Beach just once a week.
“Some people are just
afraid,” Liddell said, and she
understands legitimate
fears about public safety.
But she went on to say that
many people, some of whom
“have so much” they don’t
need, make harsh judgments about those with
next to nothing.
“You can be forgiven for
just about anything in our
culture, except not pulling
your financial weight,”
Liddell said. “It’s the one
unforgivable sin.”
But there are those
among us, she said, “who
just will always need extra
help.”
And there will always be
those who step up, and
those who turn away.
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picture.
“You always start with
what you’re proud of and the
community
should
be
proud,” he said. “But stay
tuned.… I [also] will take a
tour and see things that are
a challenge. And we’re going
to work on those, too.”
His day began at 5 a.m. at
a Sun Valley yard housing
300 school buses. There,
driver Maria Carrillo, a district parent, walked the new
superintendent through her
daily
20-minute
safety
check. She checked lug nuts,
tire treads and more than
three dozen lights. She
opened the luggage compartments to look for emergency supplies and lifted the
hood to examine fan belts
and oil levels.
Beutner was impressed:
“I just get in the car and
make sure my wife didn’t
leave a soft drink from the
day before.”
As at every stop to come,
he had many questions.
Training for bus drivers, he
learned, includes CPR, in
case there is a medical emergency.
Tanya Walters, another
driver who looked on and
provided some answers,
said she was encouraged despite Beutner’s lack of
school-system experience.
“Sometimes it’s not what
you have behind you but
that you have an open mind
to learn,” said Walters, an officer in the union that represents bus drivers. “He’s willing to walk with the people
who do the job on a day-today basis.”
On Tuesday, the effort to
make an impression went
two ways, and Beutner never lost his poise or curiosity.
“It sounds like he’s
very interested in what we
do, the routines, and wanting to learn more,” said
third-grade teacher Danielle Tognozzi, who met the
new superintendent when
he stopped by her class at
Napa Street Elementary in
Northridge to meet students and watch them have
breakfast in the classroom.
One stop that Beutner
asked to have included was
the automotive training
program at Van Nuys High
School.
Instructor
Joe
Agruso said it took him
more than a decade to build
it into an apprenticeship
and enrichment program
that enrolls 135 students.
Van Nuys, Agruso said, is
one of only eight campuses
in L.A. Unified with an automotive program, though
there used to be many more.
Julia Melero, a 17-yearold junior, already has a job
at a local dealership. On a
specially outfitted computer, she showed Beutner how
a hybrid engine works.
As Beutner was leaving,
Agruso made a pitch for expanding such career technical programs — which used
to be known as vocational
classes — in the school system. Beutner said it’s something he wants to do.
Other stops included
Grand View Elementary in
Mar Vista, where students
learn in Spanish and English and become fully bilingual.
At an early childhood
center in Reseda, Beutner
Photographs by Brian
van der Brug Los Angeles Times
L.A. UNIFIED Supt. Austin Beutner, a philanthropist and ex-investment banker,
never lost his poise or curiosity Tuesday. Above, he visits Napa Street Elementary.
toured an infant program
with a dual purpose: to provide needed parenting guidance and to give young parents enough time off from
their babies to complete
high school.
In South L.A. Beutner
watched as sixth-graders
in uniform at the all-male
Boys Academic Leadership
Academy chanted, as they
do daily, “I am the master of
my fate.”
At the Maywood Center
for Enriched Studies, which
serves grades six through 12,
Beutner learned that each
student gets a Chromebook
to take home — and that a
BEUTNER stands in line for lunch with students at
Maywood Academy for Enriched Studies.
corporate donor has provided all the high schoolers
with hot spots to make sure
they have access to the internet at home. He also
learned that this campus
has a waiting list.
While there, he gamely
grabbed a cafeteria meal
and consumed half a barbecue pork sandwich. He
also chatted about the NBA
playoffs with a table of students, and called over the
principal to point out two
ninth-graders who said they
wanted to start a book club.
At Narbonne High in
Harbor City, he took off his
jacket and took a few swings
of batting practice. He
didn’t embarrass himself.
“At least I got one out of
the infield,” he said afterward, a little excited and a
little relieved.
Beutner has so far left
his critics and supporters
guessing as to his broader
agenda for the district.
One theme emerged:
Beutner wants to add more
offerings for students, despite the financial challenges. Throughout the day,
he saw an array of programs
meant to connect with specific types of students. The
point, he said, is to keep students engaged and build
their confidence.
“For me, it was music,” he
said. “I could perform in
front of people long before I
could speak in front of
them.”
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RULES
FOR
BOEING
U.S. may impose
sanctions over illegal
subsidies for Airbus.
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ROSEANNE BARR and John Goodman star in the “Roseanne” reboot, which has averaged more than 19 million viewers an episode.
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‘Roseanne,’ ‘Idol’ lift
ABC from ratings cellar
By Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images for SiriusXM
THE CAST of “Roseanne” includes Michael Fishman, left, Alicia Goranson, Roseanne
Barr, Sarah Chalke and John Goodman. The sitcom’s success has surprised analysts.
NEW YORK — Who would have thought a
sitcom that premiered in 1988 would help rescue
the ABC television network?
Welcome to 2018.
The Walt Disney Co. broadcast network on
Tuesday celebrated its successful reboots of
“Roseanne” and the singing competition show
“American Idol” with hundreds of advertisers
who flocked to the David Geffen Hall in New
York City for a peek at ABC’s new fall schedule.
Nielsen ratings released earlier in the day
showed that ABC is distancing itself from its
cellar-dweller days. ABC, which has finished the
last few TV seasons in third or fourth place
among viewers ages 18 to 49, is tied with CBS
and Fox for second place in the coveted demographic for the current TV season. NBC continues to lead the pack.
Much of the credit goes to “Roseanne,”
whose success has surprised some analysts.
The show, which showcases a struggling working-class family, has averaged more than 19 million viewers an episode, outpacing “The Big
Bang Theory” on CBS.
“The last time we had the No. 1 show was 24
years ago,” said Ben Sherwood, president of
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Amazon fumes over new Seattle tax
An exec at the retailer
calls the City Council
‘hostile’ to large firms
after it passes a levy
to help the homeless.
By Rick Anderson
SEATTLE — After a
threat by the world’s richest
man that he might reconsider investing in Seattle, a
divided City Council came
together this week and
unanimously approved a
new tax on high-grossing
corporations — but at about
half the amount originally
proposed.
Both sides — the city, personified by socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant,
and the corporations, represented by Jeff Bezos, the
multibillionaire founder of
retail giant Amazon — could
claim some measure of victory in the reduced tax.
A
council
chamber
packed mostly with rowdy,
shouting supporters of the
tax erupted in cheers and
sign waving Monday once
[See Seattle, C6]
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
THE SEATTLE City Council voted for a tax of $275 per employee per year on firms grossing at least $20 mil-
lion a year. Critics at the meeting said the city has fallen short on transparency about funds spent in the past.
The U.S. threatened to
impose sanctions against
the European Union after
the World Trade Organization ruled that Airbus received illegal government
funding to develop jetliners,
costing Boeing Co. sales.
The final decision affirmed a 2016 finding that the
EU had failed to eliminate
unfair subsidies for two Airbus twin-aisle models, ending a long-running trade
case. The international
court is expected to rule this
year on a separate case in
which the EU challenged billions of dollars in U.S. tax incentives to Boeing.
The litigation adds to the
tension between the U.S.
and Europe, two once-cooperative trade partners that
are already sparring over
President Trump’s steel and
aluminum tariffs and his decision to back out of a nuclear treaty with Iran, jeopardizing $40 billion in aircraft
sales.
The next stage of the 14year battle decided Tuesday
will be over the size of the
tariffs the U.S. will be allowed to impose to compensate for lost exports. The Geneva-based WTO can’t force
nations or companies to
drop payments that violate
trade rules, but it can
[See Boeing, C5]
Picks
for Fed
slam
Wells
Two nominees vow to
ensure reforms before
lifting cap on bank.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — Two
Federal Reserve nominees
Tuesday slammed Wells
Fargo & Co. for its consumer
abuses and indicated that
they would have to see significant improvements before voting to lift a cap on the
San
Francisco
bank’s
growth.
“Just based upon the
news accounts, which of
course is all I have to go on,
the activities of Wells Fargo
in this domain are egregious
and unacceptable and I was
as shocked as anyone to read
about it in the newspaper,”
economist Richard Clarida,
the nominee to be vice chairman of the Fed, said at a Senate Banking Committee
hearing.
“If I am confirmed and
this matter came before me,
as it looks like it would, I
would certainly individually
want to be absolutely convinced that appropriate
steps had been taken and
could be verified,” he said in
response to questioning
from Sen. Jon Tester (DMont.).
The other of President
Trump’s Fed nominees at
the confirmation hearing,
Kansas banking regulator
Michelle Bowman, said she
concurred with Clarida’s answer.
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ESPN’S new streaming service, ESPN+, received ample stage time at its upfront presentation Tuesday.
ESPN focuses on digital
future in advertiser pitch
In age of cord-cutting,
network is embracing
change with streaming
service, other efforts.
By Stephen Battaglio
ESPN put its digital future on display at its upfront
presentation for advertisers
Tuesday.
The sports media company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service,
ESPN+, and its “SportsCenter” editions for social
media platform Snapchat
received ample stage time at
the Minskoff Theatre in New
York, where parent company Walt Disney’s “The Lion King” is staged nightly.
The first show featured at its
annual event was “Detail,”
the basketball analysis series hosted by Los Angeles
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant,
which is available only to
ESPN+ subscribers.
The emphasis on digital
content was meant to send a
message to Madison Avenue
that ESPN is fighting its image on Wall Street as a poster child for a TV industry
challenged by the erosion of
cable and satellite subscriptions.
ESPN’s subscriber revenue growth has slowed because of cord-cutting by
viewers who prefer online video. But executives emphasized to advertisers that
they can reach young viewers who are watching less
traditional TV through ESPN’s digital properties,
which now include the
streaming video service with
a menu of live events available for $4.99 a month.
“We’re embracing change
in our industry,” said Jimmy
Pitaro, who became ESPN
president in March after
running Disney’s digital initiatives and consumer products division.
He
replaced
John
Skipper, who departed
ESPN to deal with substance addiction.
In a news conference after the presentation, Pitaro
said the company is pleased
with early numbers on
ESPN+ subscribers, although he did not release
any subscriber data. The
service launched in March.
Pitaro said the company
will aggressively pursue the
rights for more events that
will appeal to younger consumers expected to use the
service.
Last week, ESPN signed
a $750-million deal with the
UFC, which will bring an exclusive package of mixed
martial arts events to
ESPN+ subscribers.
Although ESPN has to
contend with the change in
how consumers are choosing to get their video content, its presentation reminded advertisers that virtually all of its programming
is live — a commodity that is
gaining value in the new TV
landscape.
As more viewers choose
to watch scripted dramas
and comedies on streaming
devices, on-demand services or a DVR, live programs
are seen as the best opportunities for advertisers to
bring their ad messages to a
mass audience.
Even against the tide of
cord-cutting, ESPN saw
growth in the advertisercoveted audience of 18- to 49year-olds in 2017, largely because of the increasing
popularity of NBA basketball.
ESPN also announced it
will partner with Netflix on
the production of a 10-part
documentary series on NBA
legend Michael Jordan and
his championship Chicago
Bulls team of the 1990s. The
series, directed by Jason
Hehir and produced by
Michael Tollin, will premiere
in 2019.
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Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
‘Roseanne’ delivers ratings boost to ABC
[ABC ratings, from C1]
Disney/ABC
Television
Group. “If anyone came to
play a drinking game for how
many times we mention
‘Roseanne’ — you’re welcome.”
The ABC sitcom, starring Roseanne Barr, is jockeying with NBC’s acclaimed
family drama “This Is Us” for
the crown as the highestrated scripted show among
18- to 49-year-olds this season. In addition, ABC
launched the season’s most
popular new drama, “The
Good Doctor.”
ABC and other networks
are grappling with sweeping
changes in the TV industry,
including the loss of TV show
hit-makers to Netflix. Media
companies including Disney
are aggressively searching
for ways to compete against
Netflix and other tech giants
such
as
Amazon.com,
Google and Facebook.
Disney has offered $52.4
billion to buy much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century
Fox company, including the
FX and National Geographic cable channels,
along with the prolific 20th
Century Fox television and
movie studios.
For Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, a prime motivation to buy the Fox assets
is to quickly bulk up ABC’s
production capabilities at a
time when owning TV shows
is important.
ABC has struggled over
the years to create blockbuster shows beyond those
produced
by
Shonda
Rhimes, who announced
last year that she was leaving her longtime ABC Studios home to join Netflix. For
example, “The Good Doctor” originated at Sony Pictures Television, which coproduces the show with
ABC. Returning sitcom
“The Goldbergs” also is a
Adam Rose ABC
“ROSEANNE,” starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, is vying with NBC’s
“This Is Us” to be the highest-rated scripted show among viewers ages 18 to 49.
Sony production, and “Modern Family,” which has
played on ABC for nine seasons, hails from 20th Century Fox Television.
Disney needs rights to
shows to stream them on its
digital entertainment platforms, including a Disneybranded streaming service
set to launch next year.
Should Disney succeed in
acquiring the Fox properties, the Burbank entertainment giant also would gain
the majority stake in
streaming service Hulu.
(Cable giant Comcast Corp.,
which owns NBCUniversal,
is expected to bid for the
same Fox properties that
Disney wants to buy.)
But ABC executives
haven’t been waiting for the
Fox acquisition to try to up
their game. The network
made an expensive bet this
season to bring back “American Idol,” a hit show for the
Fox network for more than a
decade. On ABC, the show
has been averaging about 10
million viewers an episode.
“Having ‘American Idol,’
such a beloved show, added
eyeballs to the network,”
said Lisa Herdman, a senior
vice president of the Santa
Monica advertising agency
RPA, who manages ad buys
for national video platforms.
“And then, along came
‘Roseanne.’ Who in the heck
knew it would be so big?”
ABC has ordered 13 episodes of “Roseanne” for next
season. The show, Herdman
said, might have helped fill a
hunger for programming
that features characters
from Middle America.
“We are seeing real advantages for programming
for Middle America,” Herdman
said.
“Sometimes
programmers — and advertisers — get stuck in our own
lives on the two coasts, and
we are not reflective of the
rest of the country. But we
don’t want to do ourselves a
disservice by neglecting this
audience.”
Cultural clashes have
been a major topic even before Donald Trump’s campaign for president and have
continued since. Families
bickering among themselves over Trump became a
plot point in the first episode
of the “Roseanne” reboot.
“One of the things we
have continued to try to do
as a network is to be as diverse and inclusive as possible,” ABC Entertainment
President Channing Dungey
told reporters during a conference call before the network’s presentation to advertisers. “We look to be diverse and inclusive from a
racial perspective, from a
gender perspective, from a
religious perspective and
also from an economic perspective.”
“Roseanne,” she said, focuses on a family dealing
with economic constraints,
which differs from several
other ABC comedies, such
as “black-ish” and “Modern
Family,” in which the families represent those in a
higher income bracket.
However, the network
has expressed some concern
that Barr’s outspoken support of Trump might turn off
viewers who dislike the president. As the season went on,
political themes dissipated
as the show delved into “everyday trials and tribulations that this family faces,
but still brings them together,” Dungey said.
Next season, the show
will move further “away from
politics and [be] more focused on family,” Dungey
said.
Like
“Roseanne,”
“American Idol” and ABC’s
perennial favorite, “Dancing
With the Stars,” all play well
in the heartland.
“Network
schedules
should reflect the variety of
tastes and trends in the
country,” said Garth M.
Tiedje, a senior vice president at the ad-buying firm
Horizon Media.
The trick, he said, is striking a balance with different
programming to engage a
mass audience. “The power
of shows such as ‘Roseanne’
and ‘black-ish’ rests in their
ability to creatively appeal
far beyond their base targets,” Tiedje said.
Despite its ratings gains,
ABC has a ways to go. It has
averaged a prime-time audience of 6.1 million viewers,
which is less than NBC and
CBS, both of which average
more than 9 million a night
in the current season, according to Nielsen.
ABC will program 10
comedies every week in the
fall, spread out across three
nights. The second revival
season of “Roseanne” will be
paired on Tuesday with the
single-camera comedy “The
Kids Are Alright,” which follows a working-class family
in the 1970s. It will be joined
by the new drama “The
Rookie,” in which Nathan
Fillion’s character decides to
leave his small town to join
the Los Angeles Police Department, becoming the
force’s oldest rookie.
Much of the Wednesday
comedy block will return
and will help launch “Single
Parents,” a comedy from
“New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether about a group of single parents who lean on one
another. The new drama “A
Million Little Things,” about
a group of friends trying to
fully live after the death of
one of their own, will cap off
the night.
ABC’s other comedy veterans, “Fresh Off the Boat”
and “Speechless,” will move
to Fridays in the 8 p.m. hour.
They’ll hold court alongside
game show “Child Support”
and “20/20.”
ABC embarks on a new
season without Rhimes, the
creative force behind such
shows as “Grey’s Anatomy”
and “Scandal.” She is ending
her 15-year tenure at ABC
Studios for a rich, multiyear
deal at Netflix.
But ABC isn’t dismantling its version of Shondaland, the name of Rhimes’
production company, from
its prime-time lineup just
yet. This fall, three hourlong
dramas created or produced
by Rhimes will continue to
fill Thursday nights: “Grey’s
Anatomy”; a “Grey’s” spinoff, “Station 19”; and “How to
Get Away With Murder.”
Coming later in the season are returning series “For
the People” and “Agents of
Shield,” as well as “American
Idol” and “The Bachelor.”
New series launching midseason include “The Fix,”
“Whiskey Cavalier” and
“Grand Hotel.”
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@latimes.com
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MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks slide amid
losses in tech and
healthcare firms
associated press
Losses in technology and
healthcare
companies
helped pull U.S. stocks lower
Tuesday,
ending
eight
straight days of gains by the
Dow Jones industrial average.
The broad sell-off followed a slide in bond prices,
which sent the 10-year
Treasury yield to its highest
level in almost seven years.
That paves the way for
higher borrowing costs on
mortgages and other loans.
The prospect of higher
mortgage interest rates
weighed on home builders,
while the rise in bond yields
sent shares in high-dividend-paying stocks lower.
“We’re of the view that
we’re not in a high-rate environment, we’re in a less-lowrate environment,” said Erik
Davidson, chief investment
officer at Wells Fargo Private
Bank. “So we’re not too concerned at these levels, but
that’s definitely driving the
market today.”
The S&P 500 index fell
18.68 points, or 0.7%, to
2,711.45. The Dow lost 193
points, or 0.8%, to 24,706.41.
The drop pulled the 30-company average to a slight loss
for the year.
The Nasdaq composite
dropped 59.69 points, or
0.8%, to 7,351.63. The Russell
2000 index of smaller-company stocks finished flat at
1,600.34.
The market slide comes
amid a strong May for
stocks. The Dow is on track
for a gain of 2.2%, while the
S&P 500 is closing in on a
gain of 2.4%. The Nasdaq is
up 4%.
On Tuesday, it was the
bond market that appeared
to hold investors’ focus.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury rose to 3.07% from
3% late Monday. That’s the
highest level since July 2011
for the yield, which is used to
set interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of
loans.
The surge came after the
Commerce
Department
said retail sales climbed
0.3% in April. The agency
also revised March sales
higher to 0.8% from 0.6%.
The retail sales data suggest
that consumers are spending more after a weak first
quarter. Bond yields tend to
rise when investors expect
faster economic growth and
higher inflation.
The Federal Reserve has
signaled that it will raise
rates twice more this year,
after having done so initially
in March, and most economists foresee the next increase in June. Some Fed
watchers have been caution-
ing that any lasting uptick in
inflation or in economic
growth might spur the
Fed to pursue an additional
rate increase before year’s
end.
“The stock market was
due for a digestion of the
gains that we’ve seen over
the last eight trading sessions,” said Quincy Krosby,
chief market strategist at
Prudential Financial.
The rise in bond yields
pulled down shares in real
estate investment trusts
and other high-dividendpaying stocks. Essex Property Trust fell 3.4% to $233.78.
It also put investors in
the mood to sell their shares
in home builders. Mortgage
rates, which have been rising
this year, tend to track the
movement in the 10-year
Treasury
yield.
Higher
mortgage rates can make it
harder for would-be buyers
to afford to purchase a
home. D.R. Horton slid 6.7%
to $40.58.
Some banks got a boost
from the higher rates, which
make loans more profitable.
Capital One Financial rose
1.6% to $94.65.
Home Depot dropped
1.4% to $187.98 after the
home-improvement retailer
reported weaker-than-expected sales, partly because
of inclement weather, and
said the second quarter got
off to a slow start.
Technology and healthcare sector companies took
some of the worst losses.
Chipmaker Nvidia fell 3.8%
to $245.56. Drugmaker Celgene slid 3.9% to $81.98.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil
reversed an early side, rising
35 cents to settle at $71.31 a
barrel in New York. Brent
crude, used to price international oil, added 20 cents to
close at $78.43 a barrel in
London.
The dollar rose to 110.38
yen from 109.66 yen late Monday. The euro weakened to
$1.1847 from $1.1944.
The greenback’s gains
weighed on precious metals
prices. Gold fell $27.90, or
2.1%, to $1,290.30 an ounce.
Silver dropped 38 cents, or
2.3%, to $16.27 an ounce.
Copper slipped 4 cents, or
1.2%, to $3.06 a pound.
In other energy futures
trading, heating oil was
little changed at $2.25 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline
added a penny to $2.21 a gallon. Natural gas dipped a
penny to $2.84 per 1,000 cubic
feet.
Major indexes in Europe
finished mixed Tuesday.
Germany’s DAX fell 0.1% after new data showed the
country’s economy slowed in
the first quarter. France’s
CAC 40 inched up 0.2%. Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.2%.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES joined other carriers in banning certain emotional support animals from the cabin.
Snakes on a plane? Not
on American Airlines
Carrier clamps down
on emotional support
animals. Goats, ferrets
and others are barred.
By Hugo Martin
Forget about bringing
your goat on an American
Airlines flight for emotional
support.
The
world’s
largest
carrier announced Monday
that it was joining several
other airlines in adopting
new restrictions for passengers who bring animals
into the cabin of a plane.
Citing a 40% increase in
passengers bringing animals into the cabin, the Fort
Worth-based
airline
adopted a set of rules that
require new documentation
for passengers with animals
and establish an outright
ban on several types of
creatures, including hedgehogs, goats, ferrets, chickens, birds of prey and
snakes.
Federal law allows passengers to bring animals
into the cabin that provide
emotional support or assistance to fliers with disabilities free of charge.
Those 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,
several major carriers have
reported a surge in animals
brought into commercial
airline cabins, resulting in
animals urinating, defecating, biting, barking and
lunging on planes. 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 on or after July 1.
Passengers must fill out a
form 48 hours in advance
that lists the name and contact information of a mental
health professional who will
attest that the passenger
needs to travel with an emotional
support
animal.
American Airlines reserves
the right to contact that
mental health professional.
Also, the new form requires the passenger to assure the airlines that the animal will not block the seats
or the aisles of the cabin, will
not threaten the health and
safety of other passengers
and will not defecate in the
cabin during the flight.
Other airlines such as
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.
hugo.martin
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@hugomartin
Uber eases arbitration rule
It will allow accusers
in sexual harassment
or assault cases to sue
rather than resolve
disputes out of court.
By Tracey Lien
SAN FRANCISCO — As
Uber continues its makeover from Silicon Valley bad
boy to good corporate citizen, the ride-hailing giant
announced Tuesday that it
will no longer require that
drivers, employees or customers who allege sexual assault or harassment go
through arbitration instead
of suing the company.
Previously, Uber’s terms
of use required them to resolve any legal disputes with
the San Francisco company
through arbitration, a form
of dispute resolution that
takes place outside the
courts and away from public
scrutiny. The company had
given drivers and employees
— but not riders — a 30-day
period to opt out of that provision.
Under the new system,
anyone who brings sexual
harassment
or
assault
claims against Uber will be
able to do so in private mediation, arbitration or open
court.
“We have learned it’s important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they
pursue their claim,” Tony
West, Uber’s chief legal officer, said in a company blog
post. “Whatever they decide,
they will be free to tell their
story wherever and however
they see fit.”
Uber also announced
that it will no longer require
sexual assault and harassment survivors to sign confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements. And it
will publish a transparency
report on sexual assaults
and other incidents reported during Uber rides.
Lawyers who have filed
sexual harassment and assault claims against Uber
welcomed the announcement, but they criticized the
company for not going further to allow groups of people to file class-action lawsuits against it. Under its existing user agreement, employees, drivers and riders
are not able to participate in
group litigation against the
company.
“Preventing victims from
proceeding together on a
class basis shows that Uber
is not fully committed to
meaningful change,” said
Jeanne M. Christensen, a
partner at Wigdor, a law firm
that is representing 15 women who plan to sue Uber, alleging sexual assault or
rape.
“Victims are more likely
to come forward knowing
they can proceed as a
group,” Christensen said.
“This [change that Uber announced Tuesday] is the beginning of a longer process
needed to meaningfully improve safety.”
The changes come as
Uber tries to repair its public
image after a tumultuous
2017 in which former employees alleged systemic sexual
harassment, discrimination
and coverups at the company. The months of scandal
led to the ouster of its cofounder and chief executive,
Travis Kalanick. In August,
former Expedia CEO Dara
Khosrowshahi took the
helm.
Khosrowshahi aims to
clean up Uber’s culture and
image and to take the business, which is valued at more
than $60 billion, public in
2019. Under his leadership
Uber has launched a new
app for drivers, promising
them a better experience,
and pledged to be more
transparent with employees
and customers, adopting
the mantra, “We do the right
thing. Period.” — a far cry
from previous mantras,
which included “Always be
hustlin’” and “Meritocracy
and toe-stepping.”
tracey.lien@latimes.com
A shuffle at Warner Bros.
Global distribution
head will leave studio
amid reorganization.
By Ryan Faughnder
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros.’ longtime head of international
distribution, is planning to
leave the studio by the end of
this year after nearly three
decades at the Burbankbased film company.
The latest leadership
shuffle comes amid a larger
regime change at the Time
Warner Inc.-owned studio.
Veteran studio marketing chief Sue Kroll stepped
down this year in a broader
consolidation of the film studio’s
operations
under
Warner
Bros.
Pictures
Group Chairman Toby Emmerich.
A widely respected executive, Kwan Vandenberg,
54, has led Warner Bros.’
international film distribution division since 2000 and
was a key part of the studio’s
push into China, now the
world’s second-largest boxoffice market.
During her tenure, the
international box office became dramatically more important to Warner Bros.’
bottom line. She oversaw the
release of major franchises
— such as the “Harry Potter”
films and Peter Jackson’s
“Hobbit” trilogy — outside
the United States and Canada.
She first joined Warner
Bros. in 1990 as a sales analyst, after the studio bought
Lorimar Film Entertainment, where she worked in
international marketing.
Hong Kong-born Kwan
Vandenberg was ideally
suited for the international
job at Warner Bros., having
grown up living in six countries and having learned to
speak English, Cantonese
and German by age 6.
“Warner Bros. could not
have had a better representative in the global
marketplace,” Emmerich
said Monday in a statement.
Tom Molter, who previously reported to Kwan Vandenberg, will take over the
international distribution
operations at the studio, reporting to worldwide theatrical distribution and home
entertainment
President
Ron Sanders.
In a Monday memo to the
staff, Warner Bros. announced Kwan Vandenberg’s departure as part of a
larger reorganization in its
film division.
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
Twitter: @rfaughnder
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C5
Times’ Beijing
bureau chief
suspended after
sex allegation
Newspaper is looking
into female journalist’s
account of behavior
that she said ‘crossed
the line’ after a party.
By Andrea Chang
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
WELLS FARGO is under a Fed-imposed cap on its growth in response to the bank’s various consumer abuses.
Two Fed nominees slam
Wells in Senate hearing
[Nominees, from C1]
“The actions of Wells
Fargo were absolutely inappropriate and I would certainly want to make sure
that any concerns are addressed by the bank prior to
any discussion,” she said.
Tester had asked them
for assurances that they
would not support releasing
Wells Fargo from the growth
cap until “they significantly
change the way they do business.”
In February, the Fed
board voted unanimously to
order Wells Fargo to cap its
growth at the $1.95 trillion in
assets reached at the end of
last year and to improve its
corporate governance in response to the creation of millions of unauthorized customer accounts and other
consumer abuses.
The consent order required Wells Fargo’s board of
directors to submit written
plans to improve its oversight and risk management,
which it did last month. An
independent review by a
third-party firm must be
completed by Sept. 30 to determine how Wells Fargo is
implementing the plans.
Fed Chairman Jerome H.
Powell said last week in a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(D-Mass.) that Wells Fargo
would have to receive a formal vote from the Fed board
before the growth restriction was lifted.
At a March hearing, Warren had objected when Powell said the decision would be
made by Fed staff in consultation with the board. Warren pressed Powell to hold a
vote so Congress and the
public could hold the Fed accountable when it decides
whether to lift the stiff penalty it placed on the San Francisco banking giant.
Wells Fargo Chief Executive Timothy Sloan told investors at a conference last
week that he expected the
growth cap would probably
continue into 2019.
Requiring a Fed vote
would make it harder for
Wells Fargo to get the cap
Inform Inc.
FED nominee Richard Clarida told senators he would
need to be “absolutely convinced” Wells had taken
appropriate steps before voting to lift its growth cap.
lifted, cutting into the bank’s
profit.
A Wells Fargo spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday.
Clarida is a respected
economics professor at Columbia University as well as
global strategic advisor at
Newport Beach-based bond
giant Pacific Investment
Management Co., known as
Pimco. He has Washington
experience, having served as
assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy
from 2002 to 2003 and
senior staff economist for
the White House Council of
Economic Advisors from
1986 to 1987.
On Tuesday, former Fed
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke
and three well-known economic policymakers wrote a
letter to committee leaders
endorsing Clarida’s nomination.
“Each of us has known Dr.
Clarida for many years and
has high regard for his academic work and professional
qualifications,” said the letter from Bernanke, former
Fed Vice Chairmen Stanley
Fischer and Alan Blinder,
and Martin Feldstein, former chairman of the Council
of Economic Advisors.
But at Tuesday’s hearing, Warren was critical of
what she said was Clarida’s
lack of experience on regulation. She pushed him to
commit that he wouldn’t
vote to reduce the amount of
capital held by the largest
banks amid a deregulatory
push by the Trump administration.
Clarida declined but said
he would try to make sure
any reduction in regulations
didn’t erode the gains in financial stability caused in
part by tougher rules put in
place by the 2010 DoddFrank act.
“I do think there are opportunities to tailor regulations appropriately, but an
equal priority is preserving
the substantial gains and resiliency and stability of our
financial system,” he said.
Bowman has been the
Kansas state bank commissioner since 2017. She was an
executive at Kansas-based
Farmers & Drovers Bank,
which
her
great-great
grandfather helped charter.
She also has worked as a
congressional staffer in
Washington, as well as at the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
She is nominated for the
seat on the Fed board reserved for someone with
WTO ruling favors Boeing
[Boeing, from C1]
authorize retaliatory measures to pressure governments into complying with
its rulings.
The disputed funding to
Airbus has cost U.S. aerospace manufacturers “tens
of billions of dollars in lost
sales,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
said in a statement. “Unless
the EU finally takes action to
stop breaking the rules and
harming U.S. interests, the
United States will have to
move forward with countermeasures on EU products.”
The trade panel’s decision affirmed a ruling that
France, Germany, Spain
and the U.K. have failed to
adequately remedy marketdistorting aid for the launch
of Airbus’ A380 superjumbo,
infrastructure support and
equity investments that unfairly benefited the plane
maker. The bloc compounded the issue with below-market loans for Airbus’
marquee A350 jetliner.
The financing hurt sales
of Boeing’s 747 jumbo jetliner and 787 Dreamliner
and clipped exports to the
EU, Australia, China, South
Korea, Singapore and the
United Arab Emirates, the
panel determined. The body
also upheld an earlier finding that the EU aid had no
adverse effect on the market
for single-aisle jet sales, the
largest source of profit for
Boeing and Airbus.
The size of U.S. tariffs to
be allowed will be determined through a WTO arbitration process, and will be
based on the annual harm to
the U.S. and Boeing — losses
that the U.S. had previously
pegged at $7 billion to $10 billion a year.
Airbus said it would take
steps to ensure its aid complies with the decision, and
predicted any eventual
sanctions would be minor.
“Despite Boeing’s rhetoric, it is clear that their position today is straightforward healthy: They have half
the market and a full order
book, they have clearly not
been damaged by Airbus repayable loans,” Airbus CEO
Tom Enders said in a statement.
The U.S. and the EU have
spent more than a decade
wrangling over various government efforts to help Chicago-based Boeing and
Toulouse, France-based Airbus defray billions of dollars
in costs to design and produce commercial aircraft.
This year, a separate WTO
compliance panel is expected to deliver its decision
on whether the U.S. complied with the terms of a 2012
ruling against illegal U.S. tax
subsidies that gave Boeing
an unfair advantage.
The trade court in September ruled in Boeing’s favor in another case brought
by the EU, overturning an
earlier finding that $8.7 billion in state aid to Boeing for
making the 777X in Washington was a prohibited subsidy.
Shares of Airbus fell 0.9%
to 96.25 euros in Paris. Boeing fell 0.7% to $342.12.
community banking experience.
There are four vacancies
on the seven-member Fed
board. Another nominee,
Carnegie Mellon University
economist Marvin Goodfriend, is awaiting a full Senate vote after the Banking
Committee narrowly approved his nomination, 13 to
12, in February.
His nomination appears
in trouble because Democrats uniformly oppose him
as too conservative and Sen.
Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Fed
critic, also has said he would
vote against confirmation
because of some of Goodfriend’s past positions.
Shares of Wells Fargo
gained 26 cents Tuesday to
$54.75.
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
The Los Angeles Times
suspended Beijing Bureau
Chief Jonathan Kaiman on
Tuesday and has launched
an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct.
On Monday, former Beijing-based journalist Felicia
Sonmez sent a letter to the
Foreign
Correspondents’
Club of China detailing
“problematic behavior” during a sexual encounter with
Kaiman in September.
In the letter, Sonmez said
she and Kaiman attended a
party in Beijing and left together on her scooter while
heavily intoxicated. She alleges that as she drove
toward Kaiman’s apartment, he repeatedly groped
her without her consent.
Once they arrived, she said,
he backed her against a wall
and began undressing himself in public while ignoring
her protests.
“Even though parts of the
evening were consensual,
while on the way, Jon escalated things in a way that
crossed the line,” Sonmez, a
former Wall Street Journal
editor and a former Washington Post reporter, wrote.
She said that the two
then engaged in intercourse
in his apartment, but that
she was uncertain about the
circumstances. “Many parts
of the night remain hazy,”
she wrote. “I am devastated
by the fact that I was not
more sober so that I could
say with absolute certainty
whether what happened
that night was rape.”
Sonmez, 35, did not file a
police report or alert The
Times after the incident.
When reached on Tuesday, Sonmez, who now lives
in Washington, D.C., said
she decided to come forward
because “I knew that not
speaking out about it was
going to do far more damage.”
In a statement to The
Times, Kaiman, 31, said “all
of the acts we engaged in
were mutually consensual.”
“My perception and Ms.
Sonmez’s perception of that
night’s events differ greatly,”
he said. “It’s unfortunate
that, in hindsight, she feels
the way she does about that
night. I am a proponent of
women’s rights and believe
that every woman has a
right to be heard and to tell
her truth.”
Jim Kirk, editor in chief of
The Times, said the paper
“takes these accusations seriously and is investigating.”
The latest allegation
comes a few months after a
different woman, Laura
Tucker, accused Kaiman of
pressuring her to have sex in
2013. After Tucker, a former
roommate of Kaiman’s in
Beijing, wrote about the encounter on blogging platform Medium in January,
Kaiman resigned as president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China
and posted an apology on
Twitter.
The club issued a statement to its members on
Tuesday, saying it “strongly
opposes acts of sexual misconduct against any person.”
Kaiman, previously a correspondent for the Guardian, was an intern for The
Times in 2011 and was hired
as a reporter in 2015.
andrea.chang@latimes.com
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Seattle OKs
worker tax,
drawing ire
of Amazon
[Seattle, from C1]
the 9-0 vote was recorded.
The result is a new tax of
$275 per employee per year
on companies grossing at
least $20 million per year. It
replaces a proposed $500per-head tax.
Mayor Jenny Durkan,
who received a $350,000
campaign donation from
Amazon through a Chamber
of Commerce committee,
had threatened to veto the
higher tax.
About 3% of Seattle businesses will end up paying the
tax, which will be used to
help the poor and the homeless. The tax will sunset after
five years but can be renewed by the council in 2023.
Amazon emerged as the
tax’s main target after the
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
THE TAX approved by Seattle’s City Council will raise about $50 million annually and will sunset in 2023.
company announced it
would temporarily halt work
on a new skyscraper it was
building in Seattle and reconsider a separate plan to
move into another tower as
well.
The company, which has
headquarters in Seattle and
employs about 45,000 workers here, never said it was
flexing its muscle as the
city’s largest company. But
many who follow politics in
the Emerald City had little
doubt about the intent.
Sawant said Amazon’s
decision to halt construction was a not-too-subtle
message to the city that Seattle’s biggest employer was
willing to invest elsewhere
and amounted to “extortion.”
Amazon is planning to
build a second headquarters
in another U.S. or Canadian
location, offering a $5-billion
investment and up to 50,000
jobs in return for free property, tax breaks and whatever
else the winning city is willing to part with. Amazon recently reported first-quarter
earnings of $51 billion.
Yet, Sawant said after
Monday’s vote that the
downsized tax, which would
raise close to $50 million annually to build more affordable housing and aid the
homeless, was still a win for
the city’s poor.
However, Amazon Vice
President Drew Herdener
indicated that hard feelings
linger.
“We are disappointed by
today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on
jobs,” he said in a statement.
“While we have resumed
construction planning … we
remain very apprehensive
about the future created by
the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward
larger businesses, which
forces us to question our
growth here.…
“The city does not have a
revenue problem — it has a
spending efficiency problem. We are highly uncertain
whether the City Council’s
anti-business positions or
its spending inefficiency will
change for the better.”
Starbucks Corp., another of the 300 businesses that
will have to pay the job tax,
seconded that.
“This city continues to
spend without reforming
and fail without accountability, while ignoring the
plight of hundreds of children sleeping outside,” John
Kelly, the coffee giant’s senior vice president of global
public affairs, said in a statement.
“If they cannot provide a
warm meal and safe bed to a
5-year-old child, no one believes they will be able to
make housing affordable or
address opiate addiction.
This city pays more attention to the desires of the
owners of illegally parked
RVs than families seeking
emergency shelter.”
Speakers told the council
Monday that the city continues to fall short of full transparency in tracking how it
‘The city does not
have a revenue
problem — it has
a spending
efficiency
problem.’
— Drew Herdener,
Amazon vice president
has spent as much as a billion dollars on homeless issues in recent years. They
demanded accountability
and audits.
“All that,” said one
speaker, “and the best
you’ve come up with is to put
people in tiny boxes.”
After the vote, the mayor
tweeted that she would sign
the measure into law.
“We have a lot of work to
do [to] move aprox 4,000
people off the streets and
into safer places,” Durkan
tweeted.
“I am also focused on accountability and transparency in how this new revenue
is invested and how we are
using taxpayer dollars. I
have heard Seattle residents
loud and clear that they are
concerned about whether
our city is investing wisely,
efficiently, and responsibly,”
she wrote in another tweet.
Anderson is a special
correspondent.
D
SPORTS
W E D N E S D A Y , M A Y 1 6 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Can’t fish or cut bait
Turner and Forsythe
return to lineup, but
L.A.’s hitting problems
go on against Marlins.
MIAMI 4, DODGERS 2
By Andy McCullough
MIAMI — The cavalry arrived Tuesday. And nothing
changed.
Inside a distressing Dodgers season, it was just another day. The Dodgers
played a fellow bad team.
They lost again, for the fifth
game in a row, this time 4-2
to the Miami Marlins, who
were unimpressed by the return of Justin Turner and
Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers lineup.
Onward the Dodgers
slouch toward last place,
performing as if hell-bent on
evicting the San Diego Padres from the basement of
the National League West.
The Padres remained in last
Tuesday, but perhaps they
should not buy real estate.
The Dodgers are racing to
the bottom at an alarming
speed. After winning 104
games in 2017, they are on
pace for 99 losses in 2018.
Tuesday’s game felt like
so many before. The starting
pitcher was useful but far
from dominant. The bullpen
leaked like a sieve. The offense was absent. The manager offered no answers.
“This is testing every bit
of fight you have,” manager
Dave Roberts said. “This is a
stretch that I’m sure a lot of
these guys haven’t gone
through.”
Alex Wood (0-4) pitched
well enough to win, which
meant, as a member of the
2018 Dodgers, he was saddled with a loss. He gave up
two runs in six innings, scattering nine singles and striking out five batters. One of
the runs was unearned, the
[See Dodgers, D5]
Lottery gives the
Clippers the 12th and
13th picks in next
month’s NBA draft.
By Broderick Turner
Eric Espada Getty Images
training, a significant addition to a lineup that continues to struggle. Turner went one for four.
Astros’ MVP has a
bases-loaded double
in eighth after Barria
goes a strong seven.
HOUSTON 5
ANGELS 3
By Jeff Miller
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
IAN KINSLER SLIDES, but he’s tagged out in the seventh inning by
Houston catcher Brian McCann. Umpire CB Bucknor watches closely.
The latest buzz concerning Shohei Ohtani started
early Tuesday.
Way early, like four hours
before the game early.
That’s when manager
Mike Scioscia’s posted lineup in the Angels’ clubhouse
became public knowledge,
with certain portions of the
public, at least, ecstatic
about the possibilities of
Mike Trout leading off and
Ohtani batting second.
No one said anything
about what could potentially happen later to Jose
Alvarez, the reliever who was
so reliable for so long this
season — until the arrival of
the latest eighth inning.
Alvarez entered the game
having given up three runs in
21 appearances and then
gave up three runs while getting only one out as the Angels lost to the Houston
Astros 5-3.
“Just a bad game,” Alvarez said. “I’ll take the loss.
We’ll take the loss. I feel bad
about it. But tomorrow’s another day.”
Alvarez hadn’t pitched
since Thursday, Scioscia explaining that the left-hander
simply was fatigued by his
extensive early-season use.
Against the Astros, he
failed to protect a 3-1 lead
[See Angels, D5]
PR E A K N E S S S TA K E S
PIMLICO RACE COURSE, BALTIMORE | SATURDAY, 3:20 P.M. PDT | TV: CH. 4, 2 P.M.
Horse justifies all
the secrets and lies
JOHN CHERWA
ON HORSE RACING
BALTIMORE — First
there was the visit, then the
lie, and finally the injury —
three sets of circumstances
that helped chart the course
for Justify, who is ready to
take his second step toward
a Triple Crown in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Things can easily go
wrong in horse racing, and
the timing for late-developing colts is even more
CHICAGO — They were
given two of the final three
lottery picks at the NBA’s
drawing Tuesday, but the
Clippers have no issues with
the 12th and 13th selections.
They have seen players
selected late in the lottery
positions turn into stars in
the league, and that is the
hope the Clippers will cling
to during the NBA draft on
June 21 at Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jerry West, the Lakers
legend who’s now a Clippers
consultant, smiled when
asked how the team can improve with these draft picks.
West had been the team’s
representative on stage during the lottery and recalled
how Kobe Bryant was
drafted 13th overall by Charlotte in 1996 and became one
of the NBA’s all-time greats
after he was traded by the
Hornets to the Lakers on
draft night — a deal he engineered as the Lakers’ general manager at the time.
West also pointed out the
Utah Jazz struck gold last
year with the 13th pick.
“One of the great rookies
I’ve seen come into this
league in a long time was
drafted [13th] last year, Donovan Mitchell,” West said.
[See NBA draft, D3]
THIRD BASEMAN Justin Turner is back with the Dodgers after suffering a broken wrist in spring
Altuve unloads against Angels’ Alvarez
Baffert used a few
tricks and got a few
breaks on the way to
Kentucky Derby win.
L.A.
happy
with
order
tricky. There is no margin
for error.
So it was quite the surprise when trainer Bob
Baffert visited the office of
Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle in early
February to inquire about a
maiden race.
“I remember it was 9:30
or 10 and Bob casually walks
in and asks, ‘How’s that
second race going?’ ” Hammerle said. “Now, Bob rarely
comes by at entry time, so I
asked him what was going
on. It was so unlike him.”
Hammerle told Baffert
that there were only four
horses entered but added he
wasn’t worried. The race
would fill.
Baffert then pulled Ham[See Preakness, D6]
RANDY HARVEY
ON SPORTS MEDIA
Garry Jones Associated Press
threat in Justify before horse debuted as a 3-year-old.
Draft will be held June 21
at Barclays Center in
New York.
TV: ESPN, 4 p.m. PDT
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7. Chicago
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8. Cleveland-x
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x-from Brooklyn
y-from Lakers
z-from Detroit
‘Lottery picks’ has
whole new meaning
Like it or not, the way
sports are covered is
about to change with
Supreme Court ruling.
BOB BAFFERT knew he had a Kentucky Derby
NBA DRAFT
LOTTERY RESULTS
You could have bet Steve
Kerr, who seldom misses an
opportunity to comment on
current events, would be
among the first high-profile
sports figures to address
the Supreme Court’s decision enabling states to
decide whether to allow
gambling on professional
and college sports.
“I take the Warriors plus
one and a half,” Golden
State’s coach said before his
team’s Western Conference
final Monday night at Houston. “… I guess I’m allowed
to announce my picks for
the week. Stay away from
Boston. You’ve got to be
careful on those Game 2s.
“Adam Silver on line two.
I’m about to get fined.”
It’s doubtful NBA Commissioner Silver did anything other than laugh at
Kerr, who obviously was
joking. But after sports
wagering begins expanding
to states beyond Nevada,
Silver, other league commissioners and NCAA officials
probably will insist coaches
and players refrain from
talking publicly about gambling. It’s not good for
sports if fans, bettors or not,
believe the athletes involved
in the action on fields and
courts know too much
about the action away from
them.
It’s clear that we are on
the verge of a new world in
sports.
It will also be a new world
[See Betting, D3]
D2
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Lightning back in it
with victory on road
Hedman has a goal
and two assists and
Vasilevskiy makes 36
saves for Tampa Bay.
TAMPA BAY 4
WASHINGTON 2
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WASHINGTON — Victor
Hedman figured all the
Tampa
Bay
Lightning
needed to get back on track
was a shift in momentum.
The big defenseman took
it upon himself to provide it.
Hedman scored his first
goal of the playoffs and added two assists, and Andrei
Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of 38
shots to help the Lightning
beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the
Eastern Conference final
Tuesday night and cut their
series deficit to 2-1. Hedman
had the primary assist on
power-play goals by Steven
Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and was a key part of
three big penalty kills for
Tampa Bay.
“I’m put in a position to
produce, and I put that pressure on myself to do it,” said
Hedman, who has a goal and
10 assists during an eightgame point streak. “For me,
it’s about being effective at
all ends of the ice and trying
to be a difference-maker every time I step on it.”
Hedman was dominant
all over the ice as Tampa Bay
looked like a different team
from the one that lost the
first two games of the series
at home and now has a
chance to tie it in Game 4 on
Thursday. The Norris Trophy finalist who played a
team-high 25:08 was most
proud of successful penalty
kills.
“He’s a perennial Norris
guy,” Stamkos said of Hedman. “We can’t describe how
good he is out there. We rely
on him a ton, he’s a horse and
most nights if he’s going well,
we’re going well as a team.
Another big effort for him
tonight, and you could see
we all followed suit.”
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at Wash.
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CONFERENCE FINALS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Vegas vs. 2 Winnipeg
Series tied 1-1
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
Winnipeg 4, Vegas 2
Vegas 3, Winnipeg 1
Today at Vegas, 6
Friday at Vegas, 5
Sunday at Winnipeg, noon
Tuesday at Vegas, 6*
May 24 at Winnipeg, 5*
* if necessary
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Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Washington 4, Tampa Bay 2
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Thursday at Washington, 5
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Monday at Washington, 5*
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It wasn’t perfect, but it
was a more complete effort
from Tampa Bay, which
jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Brett Connolly answered for Washington in
the second. Brayden Point’s
goal less than five minutes
later allowed the Atlantic
Division champions to play
with a comfortable lead that
survived
Evgeny
Kuznetsov’s 6-on-5 goal with 3:02
remaining.
The Capitals outshot the
Lightning 38-23 but committed six minor penalties.
Lightning 4, Capitals 2
Tampa Bay ...............................1
Washington ..............................0
3
1
0 — 4
1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Tam., Stamkos 6 (Point, Hedman),
13:53 (pp). Penalties—Stralman, TB, (boarding), 8:58.
Holtby, WSH, served by Chiasson, (tripping), 12:57.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. Tam., Kucherov 7 (Stamkos,
Hedman), 1:50 (pp). 3. Tam., Hedman 1 (Palat,
Kucherov), 3:37. 4. Was., Connolly 4 (Stephenson,
Niskanen), 10:31. 5. Tam., Point 6 (Johnson, Coburn),
16:03. Penalties—Eller, WSH, (closing hand on the
puck), 1:34. Eller, WSH, (slashing), 6:44. Callahan, TB,
(roughing), 13:20.
THIRD PERIOD: 6. Was., Kuznetsov 9 (Oshie, Eller),
16:58. Penalties—Killorn, TB, (interference), 4:01.
Stamkos, TB, (roughing), 7:01. Eller, WSH, (crosschecking), 7:01. Kempny, WSH, (cross-checking), 7:17.
Kuznetsov, WSH, (high-sticking), 12:03.
SHOTS ON GOAL: T.B. 10-8-5—23. Was. 14-11-13—
38. Power-play conversions—T.B. 2 of 5. Was. 0 of 3. .
GOALIES: Tam., Vasilevskiy 9-4 (38 shots-36 saves).
Was., Holtby 10-4 (23-19). Att—18,506 (18,277).
T—2:39.
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WASHINGTON’S John Carlson, left, and Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat cross sticks
as they battle for a loose puck during the third period Tuesday night.
Seattle might have the Vegas idea
HELENE ELLIOTT
The unexpected success of the
first-year
Golden
Knights has
had ripple
effects that
reach well
beyond the hockey oasis
known as Las Vegas.
Their speed has advanced a trend. Their ability
to coax big production from
players who had small roles
elsewhere should lead
teams to be more patient
while developing prospects.
Their compassion after 58
people were killed and hundreds more were injured at a
music festival in Las Vegas
last Oct. 1 exemplified how a
sports team should react in
the face of tragedy. They’ve
made T-Mobile Arena a
hostile place for visitors and
it will be rocking again
Wednesday when they try to
tip the Western Conference
final in their favor after
splitting the first two games
against the Jets at Winnipeg.
In short, the Golden
Knights have set a formidable standard for the NHL’s
next expansion franchise,
which is all but sure to be
awarded to Seattle for a
debut in 2020-21. For Tim
and Tod Leiweke, who are,
respectively, leading the
Seattle bid and overseeing
operations for the prospective 32nd NHL team, Vegas
will be an extremely tough
act to follow.
“I don’t think that necessarily their success guarantees ours. I think their success comes from having
really smart people,” said
Tod Leiweke, whose resume
includes being No. 2 in command at the NFL before he
joined Seattle Hockey Partners to work with owners
David Bonderman, a billionaire businessman, and
TV/movie producer Jerry
Bruckheimer.
“I think George McPhee
is an absolutely fantastic
general manager with a
proven track record,” he
said of Vegas’ general manager. “So I think the pressure is on us to replicate
what they’ve done and to
hire great people and then
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
TOD LEIWEKE, left, and brother Tim are key
figures in Seattle’s bid for an NHL expansion team.
to make sure that they’ve
got the structure around
them and the support
around them.”
Tim Leiweke, a former
Kings and AEG executive,
heads the Oak View Group,
which plans to gut KeyArena — except its iconic
roof — to build a bigger,
grander version. He admires Vegas’ feats and
played a role in their history:
While with AEG he was
involved in the vision and
creation of the partnership
between AEG and MGM
Resorts International to
build an arena before the
team existed.
“I think AEG has been
fantastic at the risk they
took, the way they built it
and the success they’ve had
at selling it and booking it,
and both they and MGM
deserve the run they’re on,”
Tim Leiweke said. “But I’d
agree with Tod. I think
George McPhee has done
one of the great jobs in the
history of the National
Hockey League and that’s
going to be very, very hard to
replicate going forward.”
It will help that the next
expansion team will have
the same generous draft
rules Vegas had. Existing
teams were allowed to protect seven forwards, three
defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters and
a goalie; both combinations
left talent available. The
salary cap will rise, but there
will be cap-strapped teams
that will have to let go of
stars, as Pittsburgh made
goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
available to Vegas. McPhee
also made clever deals in
which he agreed to not claim
a specific player in exchange
for receiving another player
or draft pick. “I think
they’ve done many, many
things right there and that’s
a helpful blueprint for us,”
Tod Leiweke said.
Authorized by the NHL
to conduct a season-ticket
drive to gauge interest, Oak
View said it received 10,000
deposits for season tickets
in the first 12 minutes of
availability. Deposits
topped 33,000, and a waiting
list was started. “I think
that everyone associated
with the NHL was impressed,” said Tod Leiweke,
a former chief executive of
the Seattle Seahawks.
Tim Leiweke said he
anticipates no difficulty
selling the arena’s naming
rights, a lucrative revenue
source. “I’ve been doing this
40 years and have had 18
different facilities that I’ve
had the good fortune to be
part of developing,” he said,
“and this is the first time
we’ve had people chasing us
for naming rights. We expect we’re going to do well.”
Many steps remain before fans can craft draft
strategy and debate the
team’s name. There’s sentiment for honoring the Seattle Metropolitans, who in
1917 were the first U.S.-based
team to win the Stanley
Cup, and for reviving the
name of the old Western
Hockey League Totems.
The Leiwekes and others
with the Seattle group
recently met with NHL
representatives to discuss
the design of the arena,
which will accommodate an
NBA team. It would be
foolish not to provide for
that possibility even though
the NBA hasn’t accepted
expansion applications.
Tim Leiweke said his group
will “follow the lead” of NBA
Commissioner Adam Silver
in that regard.
Demolition work on the
old arena is scheduled to
begin Oct. 7. Tim Leiweke
said they’re on time but
slightly over their $660million budget. NHL executives will continue to weigh
ticket and sponsor interest
and will meet again in midsummer. “My guess is that
this is not going to be approved by then because we
still have work to do with the
city and work to do with
getting all of our agreements in place, but I think
those will all be done in
short order,” he said.
“I think Seattle is the
single-most amazing, brilliant marketplace today in
North America without a
winter sports franchise. It is
a city dying, ultimately, to
have that activity and a
team that represents them
and engages on the fans’
behalf. It is a marketplace
that needed a solution on
the arena and like a lot of
other places, it was never a
question of the marketplace, its fans, or the potential. It was always a question
of trying to get the arena
built.”
Both brothers are watching the playoffs and not
merely to measure the
standard Vegas is setting.
Tod Leiweke has a rooting
interest in East finalist
Tampa Bay after spending
five years working with
owner Jeff Vinik to stabilize
the Lightning’s hockey and
business operations. “The
NHL has flourished there,
and if it can flourish there, it
can flourish here,” he said.
“It was a real inspirational
experience in my career to
go there and be a part of
something like that, and I’m
going to bring all of that
experience and everything
we did there to bear here.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
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D3
Rockets better
at defending
themselves
than Warriors
Outlets
will soon
cater to
bettors
[Betting, from D1]
in sports media.
In anticipation of the
Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling,
the Chicago Tribune’s Phil
Rosenthal wrote last week,
“Any media organization
without a contingency plan
to follow suit is missing a
possible lifeline in what has
been very rough waters for
the business.”
Among the people who
foresaw this future were
former sportscaster Brent
Musburger and his nephew,
Brian, who started the
Vegas Stats & Information
Network (VSiN) 18 months
ago. The Action Network,
targeting the same audience
of sports bettors and fantasy players, debuted last
year.
VSiN’s slogan: We’re
Changing the Way You
Watch Sports.
Change will come more
rapidly with the Supreme
Court’s decision.
“This is going to open up
a whole new direction of
reporting on sports,” VSiN
executive producer Rick
Jaffe said in an email.
“Games that normally
people might have turned
off previously because they
were too one-sided in one
way or another will hold
fans’ interest until the end.
We talk all of the time in the
office about the game itself
might have been no good,
but it went down to the wire
on either the spread or the
over-under.”
We have research to
support that already in the
NFL.
According to the American Gaming Assn., nonbettors watch 16 games per
season compared with 35 for
regular bettors. More to the
point, the latter group also
accounts for 47% of all the
minutes of games watched,
although it represents only
25% of the audience.
If gambling on NFL
games is legalized in most
states, the betting audience
is expected to increase to
50% of the audience.
That won’t happen
overnight. New Jersey,
which brought the case to
the Supreme Court, will
need all of at least two
weeks. The state expects to
have a sports book open by
Memorial Day. Four other
states probably aren’t far
behind. It is projected that
32 states, including California, will be in operation
within five years.
Media outlets will start
preparing sooner rather
than later. Those broadcasting NFL games can use
the AGA estimates to start
selling advertising today. So
can those broadcasting
games in other major
sports, assuming they also
will have more viewers for
more hours.
There will be countless of
hours of other gamblingrelated inventory for them
as well from media outlets
that don’t carry games.
Sports gambling has
existed as long as sports
have, though traditional
media never have totally
embraced it. CBS was
groundbreaking when it
hired Jimmy “The Greek”
Snyder in 1976 to appear
regularly on “The NFL
Today” pregame show, but
he wasn’t allowed to discuss
odds or betting lines. The
subject is still kept at arm’s
length.
However, soon you can
expect television shows,
perhaps even channels,
devoted to gambling. Some
newspapers and other
outlets with websites will
begin covering it like they do
the stock market.
That’s merely the beginning of the possibilities.
There will be mobile apps
that enable you to legally
bet on games as they occur.
Let’s say you took Cleveland over Boston in Game 1
of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. It was clear
early you would lose. But
you might still have won had
you correctly bet during the
game the over-under on how
many points LeBron James
would score. If you had
Houston on Monday night,
maybe you could have recouped your losses with the
over-under on how many
times TNT’s Marv Albert
would say, “Yes!”
You don’t like this new
world of sports media?
It doesn’t matter. It’s
coming.
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 16 , 2 018
Houston disputes idea
isolation plays won’t
work on Golden State
after Game 1 loss.
By Dan Woike
Charles Krupa Associated Press
JAYSON TATUM , whose shoulder hit LeBron James “square in the jaw” and
briefly knocked him out of the game, helped rally Boston over Tristan Thompson
and Cleveland for a 2-0 lead in the East finals. James had a 42-point triple-double.
Celtics hit James
with their best shot
Shot to jaw staggers
star amid a huge half.
Cavaliers lose steam,
then lead, then game.
BOSTON 107
CLEVELAND 94
wire reports
BOSTON — LeBron
James, shut down by Boston
in Game 1, came out swinging Tuesday night.
He poured in the points
and breathed life into the
Cleveland Cavaliers. But the
Celtics withstood the barrage and dished out some
punishment of their own —
including a shot to the jaw
that briefly knocked James
out of the game — as they
took control in the second
half for a 107-94 victory and a
2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Jaylen Brown scored 23
points, Terry Rozier added
18 and Al Horford finished
with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Boston improved
to 9-0 this postseason at TD
Garden. The Celtics never
have blown a 2-0 lead.
“We’re going to fight,”
Rozier said. “At this point we
don’t care if we win by half a
point. If we win, that’s all
that matters.”
Boston withstood a 42point
triple-double
by
James, who added 12 assists
and 10 rebounds. He scored
21 of Cleveland’s 27 points
in the first quarter, tying
his playoff career high for
points in a period. His 42
points marked his fifth 40point game of this postseason.
But he didn’t seem to
play with the same force
after straining his neck in a
first-half
collision
with
Jayson Tatum, and the
Cavaliers wilted in the sec-
NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
CONFERENCE FINALS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 Houston vs. 2 Golden State
Warriors lead series 1-0
Gm 1
Gm 2
Gm 3
Gm 4
Gm 5
Gm 6
Gm 7
Golden St. 119, Houston 106
Tonight at Houston, 6
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*
EASTERN CONFERENCE
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
May 23 at Boston, 5:30*
May 25 at Cleveland, 5:30*
May 27 at Boston, 5:30*
All times PDT, p.m.
* if necessary
ond half, with the Celtics
outscoring them 59-39.
“His shoulder hit me
square in the jaw. It didn’t
affect my game after that,”
James said.
“I’ll be fine,” he added.
“I’m not going to lose sleep
over it. You go out and when
you lay everything on the
line, at the end of the day,
you can live with that. They
did what they had to do, and
that was protect home, and
now it’s our time to try to do
that, as well.”
Kevin Love finished with
22 points and 15 rebounds for
Cleveland. As expected,
Tristan Thompson started
in place of Kyle Korver in the
hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish
Cavaliers offense in Game 1.
Thompson got Cleveland’s
first basket and helped limit
Horford’s effectiveness on
the inside early on.
But he and fellow starters
J.R. Smith and George Hill
combined for just 11 points
on five-of-17 shooting.
Tempers flared with 3:49
to play with Boston leading
97-89. Marcus Morris got in
Smith’s face after Smith
pushed Horford in the back
to prevent a layup. Smith
shoved Morris and the pair
had to be separated.
Smith was assessed a flagrant foul and both received
technical fouls.
“I felt like it was uncalled
for,” Horford said.
Said Smith: “I blatantly
pushed him. It wasn’t like I
was trying to low bridge him
or something. Just make
sure he didn’t get it. It was a
good, hard foul.”
Celtics 107, Cavaliers 94
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
James ...............38 16-29 5-10 1-10 12 3 42
Love .................35 9-18 2-2 2-15 2 4 22
Thompson..........29 4-6 0-0 4-7 0 3 8
Hill ...................33 1-4 1-2 1-2 1 3 3
Smith................27 0-7 0-0 0-3 1 2 0
Green ...............27 2-5 1-2 0-2 1 3 6
Korver...............21 4-8 1-1 0-1 0 0 11
Hood ................11 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2
Nance Jr. ...........11 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 2 0
Calderon .............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Osman................1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
37-80 10-17 8-45 18 21 94
Shooting: Field goals, 46.3%; free throws, 58.8%
Three-point goals: 10-31 (James 5-11, Korver 2-5,
Love 2-6, Green 1-3, Hill 0-2, Smith 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 15 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots:
5 (Green 2, Hill 2, James). Turnovers: 15 (James 6,
Green 5, Thompson 2, Hood, Love). Steals: 2 (Nance Jr.
2). Technical Fouls: Thompson, 5:14 third
BOSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris ...............34 5-14 1-1 1-5 3 5 12
Tatum ...............31 5-12 0-0 0-3 2 3 11
Horford .............37 5-13 4-5 3-10 4 0 15
Brown ...............35 9-18 2-4 2-7 3 2 23
Rozier ...............35 7-16 2-2 0-5 2 3 18
Smart ...............30 3-9 4-4 3-5 9 3 11
Baynes..............17 4-7 0-0 2-6 1 0 9
Ojeleye................9 0-0 2-2 0-4 0 1 2
Monroe ...............6 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4
Yabusele .............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Nader .................1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Totals
40-92 17-20 11-46 24 18 107
Shooting: Field goals, 43.5%; free throws, 85.0%
Three-point goals: 10-31 (Brown 3-8, Rozier 2-8,
Baynes 1-1, Smart 1-3, Tatum 1-3, Horford 1-4, Morris
1-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 5 (5 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Horford 2). Turnovers: 5 (Tatum 2,
Brown, Morris, Rozier). Steals: 8 (Smart 4, Horford 2,
Brown, Tatum). Technical Fouls: Morris, 5:14 third
Cleveland
27 28 22 17— 94
Boston
23 25 36 23— 107
A—18,624. T—2:21. O—Sean Wright, Mike Callahan,
Derrick Stafford
HOUSTON — The makeshift
television
studio
perched above one of the
four corners of the Toyota
Center is where basketball
conversations are driven,
with Ernie Johnson hosting
a TNT show flanked by
Shaquille O’Neal to his right
and Kenny Smith and
Charles Barkley to his left.
After 48 minutes during
which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston
Rockets 119-106 in the Western
Conference
finals
opener Monday night, the
guys on set made up their
mind.
“I don’t feel good about
this series right now,” said
Barkley, a former Rocket.
Smith, another former
Rocket, questioned the viability of the style of offense
Houston is playing — isolation-heavy without a lot of
movement.
“I said the Rockets can
win the series, but they can’t
win it the way they’ve been
playing. They have to be uncomfortable and do something different,” Smith said.
“Mike D’Antoni is a great offensive mind. He’s a great
coach. He might say, ‘Now I
might do something different.’ But you had to test the
water to see if you could play
that way and win.
“The water’s tested. It’s
cold and it’s deep.”
Word made its way back
to D’Antoni, because the
Rockets coach spent much
of his Tuesday media session defending his offensive
strategy.
“One thing we can shore
up is be sure to keep all the
noise out,” he said. “We
talked about that. … We play
the way we play. When we’ve
played that way, we’re pretty
good.”
When asked what he
meant by noise, D’Antoni focused on unnamed critics of
the Rockets’ isolation play.
“Like, ‘Oh my gosh the
[isolations], that’s all we do.’
No, it isn’t. That’s what we
do best,” he said. “We scored
like 60% of the time on that.
Oh, really? ‘Oh, they don’t
pass, everybody’s standing.’
Really? Have you watched
us for 82 games? That’s
what we do. We are who we
are, and we’re pretty good at
it.”
The Rockets had one of
the best offenses in the NBA
this season because of how
good Harden and, to an extent, Chris Paul are in situations when they can go one
on one against certain defenders. It was clear to D’Antoni early this season that
would be the way his team
plays.
“What is the best way we
can play this team with this
talent? This is the best way,”
D’Antoni said. “We won 65
games … so why wouldn’t we
play this way? I think this is
the best.
“James is one of the best,
if not the best ever, one-onone player.”
Maybe, though the Rockets were too much of who
they are during Game 1.
Harden scored 41 points
in the opener, but he held the
ball for long stretches, repeatedly dribbling it between his legs while he was
being defended in mismatches by the likes of former UCLA big man Kevon
Eric Christian Smith AP
‘We are who we
are. We got
here, 65 wins, so
at the end of
the day, I think
we’re going to
be who we are.’
— C HRIS PAUL
Looney. Sometimes he’d
score,
sometimes
he
wouldn’t, but it usually took
a long time with the other
four Rockets standing,
watching and waiting.
According to Second
Spectrum statistics, Harden had 28 touches that
lasted longer than 10 seconds. The Warriors, combined, had just 17 10-second
touches.
Rockets guard Eric Gordon told the Undefeated after the game he felt the
Rockets needed to go in a
different direction.
“We can’t isolate as much
against a good defensive
team,” he said. “I don’t care
who you are. We have some
of the best isolation players
out there. But against a
team like that, it’s going to be
too tough.”
Paul, confident knowing
his team led the NBA in wins
this season, said the Rockets need to be resolute.
“We are who we are,” Paul
said to repeated questions
about the Rockets’ one-onone play. “We got here, 65
wins, so at the end of the day,
I think we’re going to be who
we are.”
Harden said it’s fair to say
the Rockets’ bigger adjustments in Game 2 on Wednesday will be on the defensive
end, where they need to be
more disciplined in their
switching and quicker to recover in transition.
The
Warriors?
Well,
there’s not a lot of reason to
do much differently. And
they don’t expect the Rockets to look like a drastically
different team, no matter
what people are saying.
“It’s not like in the playoffs you can just change who
you are. You’ve got to be who
you are,” Golden State
coach Steve Kerr said.
“You’ve got to play the way
you play. But you’ve got to do
that better. That’s what everyone does.”
So don’t expect the Rockets to discover pace and
passing in favor of deliberate
dribbling in Game 2.
“We can run a thousand
plays. At the end of the day, if
James looks up, and there’s
Looney right in front of him
because
they
switched
everything, well, we have to
take advantage of that,”
D’Antoni said. “If we can’t,
then they’ve imposed their
will better than we’ve imposed ours.”
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Clippers are glad to have two picks in draft’s first round
[NBA draft, from D1]
“He’s a star. Hopefully we
can come up with those kind
of players.”
Phoenix wound up with
the top pick, Sacramento
was second, followed by
Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas,
Orlando, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, the Clippers’ two selections and
Denver.
The Clippers got the 12th
pick from the Detroit Pistons during the Blake Griffin trade. Detroit would
have kept the pick had it
been in the top four.
It was the Clippers’ first
time in the lottery since 2010,
when they selected AlFarouq Aminu eighth overall.
The Clippers have been
in the lottery 22 times.
“Well, we’re glad to have
two lottery picks in the first
round,” Clippers owner
Stave Ballmer said. “We
would have liked to hit our
2% for a top-three pick, but
we’re going to make a great
set of picks. We’re going to
improve our team. Things
will be awesome. There’s a
lot of great guys. I’m very
excited about where we
are.”
Now the Clippers have to
have some moxie and luck
when deciding which players to take.
They
have
already
worked out some players at
their practice facility in Playa Vista and will get a closer
look at a number of potential prospects this week in
Chicago at the NBA combine.
“We have to do a good
job of selecting the picks,”
West said. “It’s always nice
to be in a position where you
think you can better your
team and improve your
team from what might
be on your squad right
now.
“But we’ll probably get
some very young kids.
We’re going to have to develop them. We’re going to have
to have our coaches baby-sit
them and help them grow
up and be professional
players. I think we’re going
to get two really good prospects.”
Many NBA scouts and
draft boards have the Clippers looking at 6-foot-6 Kentucky point guard Shai
Gilgeous-Alexander, Texas
A&M
center
Robert
Williams (6-9) and Kentucky forward Kevin Knox
(6-9).
The Clippers are known
to have interest in 6-7 Michigan State forward Miles
Bridges, but he’ll likely be
gone by the time they draft.
“To me, this is the fun
part of it,” West said.
“Maybe we don’t even
keep the draft picks. You never know. There will be a lot
of teams calling wanting to
know if you want to make a
trade.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
D4
S
W E D N E S DAY , M AY 16 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
BASEBALL
MARLINS
DODGERS
NL STANDINGS
L
W
West
Pct.
GB
L10
—
4-6
Arizona
25 17 .595
Colorado
23 20 .535 2 ⁄2
5-5
San Francisco
22 21 .512 31⁄2
4-6
DODGERS
16 25 .390 81⁄2
2-8
San Diego
17 27 .386
1
L
W
Central
Pct.
9
5-5
GB
L10
Pittsburgh
24 17 .585
—
7-3
Milwaukee
25 18 .581
—
6-4
Chicago
22 17 .564
1
6-4
St. Louis
22 17 .564
1
5-5
Cincinnati
14 29 .326
11
6-4
GB
L10
—
6-4
East
L
W
Pct.
Atlanta
25 16 .610
Philadelphia
23 16 .590
1
7-3
Washington
24 18 .571 11⁄2
8-2
New York
Miami
1
20 18 .526 3 ⁄2
3-7
15 26 .366
10
4-6
Tuesday’s results
at Miami 4, DODGERS 2
at San Diego 4, Colorado 0
at Pittsburgh 7, Chicago White Sox 0
at New York 12, Toronto 2
Chicago 3, at Atlanta 2
at Minnesota 4, St. Louis 1
at Arizona 2, Milwaukee 1
at San Francisco 5, Cincinnati 3
N.Y. Yankees 3, at Washington 3, 5 innings,
suspended, rain
Philadelphia at Baltimore, rain
4
2
Streak
Lost 5 This month
Home
8-13 Road
Division
12-16 Interleague
Next: Tonight at Miami, 4 PDT
TV/Radio: SportsNet LA/570, 1020
Dodgers
AB R H BI Avg. Miami
Taylor ss
3 0 1 0 .234 Prado 3b
Hrndz cf
2 0 0 0 .216 Realmuto c
a-Pdrsn cf
2 0 0 0 .237 Castro 2b
Turner 3b
4 0 1 0 .250 Anderson rf
Kemp lf
4 0 0 0 .306 Bour 1b
Barnes c
2 0 1 0 .222 Maybin lf-cf
b-Grandal c 2 0 0 0 .270 Rojas ss
Bellinger 1b 4 1 1 1 .269 Brinson cf
Forsythe 2b 4 0 0 0 .160 d-Rivera
Puig rf
2 1 1 1 .210 Chen p
Wood p
1 0 0 0 .000 Shuck lf
c-Muncy
1 0 0 0 .232 Totals
Totals
31 2 5 2
Dodgers
Miami
AB
4
4
3
4
4
4
3
2
1
1
1
31
ASTROS
ANGELS
4-9
8-12
1-1
R
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
H
2
3
0
2
2
1
0
1
1
0
0
12
000 000 101 —2
100 100 20x —4
BI
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
Avg.
.167
.322
.284
.268
.244
.229
.255
.176
.147
.200
.232
5
12
1
0
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 5th. b-flied out for Barnes in the
6th. c-grounded out for Wood in the 7th. d-doubled for Guerrero in
the 7th.
Walks—Dodgers 3: Taylor 1, Puig 2. Miami 1: Castro 1.
Strikeouts—Dodgers 5: Hernandez 1, Kemp 2, Bellinger 1, Puig 1.
Miami 6: Prado 1, Realmuto 1, Castro 2, Bour 1, Brinson 1.
E—Forsythe (5). LOB—Dodgers 6, Miami 6. 2B—Realmuto (5),
Rivera (1). HR—Puig (2), off Guerrero; Bellinger (6), off Ziegler.
RBIs—Bellinger (19), Puig (9), Realmuto (11), Anderson (20), Rojas
(15). SF—Rojas. S—Wood, Shuck. Runners left in scoring
position—Dodgers 5 (Hernandez, Turner 2, Kemp, Forsythe); Miami
1 (Anderson). RISP—Dodgers 0 for 7; Miami 2 for 9. Runners moved
up—Turner, Pederson. GIDP—Rojas. DP—Dodgers 1 (Taylor, Forsythe,
Bellinger).
Dodgers
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Wood, L, 0-4................6 9 2 1 0 5
93 3.35
Liberatore....................1⁄3 1 1 1 0 0
3 3.38
22 4.80
Chargois .....................2⁄3 2 1 1 1 1
Venditte.......................1 0 0 0 0 0
12 6.75
Miami
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
83 7.56
Chen ........................41⁄3 3 0 0 3 3
24 0.69
Wittgren, W, 2-0 .........12⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Guerrero, H, 5 ..............1 1 1 1 0 0
13 3.98
Barraclough, H, 4 .........1 0 0 0 0 1
15 1.93
Ziegler, S, 6-6 ..............1 1 1 1 0 1
15 6.23
U—Jerry Layne, Greg Gibson, Jansen Visconti, Vic Carapazza.
T—2:54. Tickets sold—6,242 (36,742).
PADRES
ROCKIES
5
3
Streak
Lost 1 This month
9-5
Home
11-13 Road
14-4
Division
13-5 Interleague
2-3
Next: Tonight vs. Houston, Angel Stadium, 6:30
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
Other upcoming games
Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, Angel Stadium, 7 p.m.
Houston
AB R H BI Avg. Angels
AB
Springer cf
4 0 0 0 .288 Trout cf
2
Bregman 3b 3 2 1 0 .259 Ohtani dh
4
Altuve 2b
3 0 2 3 .311 Upton lf
4
Correa ss
4 0 0 0 .287 Pujols 1b
4
McCann c
4 0 2 1 .273 Simmons ss 4
Gonzlz 1b
4 1 0 0 .218 Valbuena 3b 4
Gattis dh
4 0 0 0 .209 Kinsler 2b
4
Reddick rf
4 1 1 0 .234 Calhoun rf
3
Fisher lf
2 0 0 0 .181 Rivera c
3
a-Gurriel 1b 2 1 1 0 .272 Totals
32
Totals
34 5 7 4
Houston
Angels
R
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
000 100 031 —5
200 010 000 —3
H
0
1
1
1
2
0
1
1
1
8
BI
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
Avg.
.306
.342
.263
.250
.342
.248
.209
.162
.259
7
8
0
2
a-singled for Fisher in the 8th.
Walks—Houston 1: Bregman 1. Angels 2: Trout 2.
Strikeouts—Houston 7: Correa 2, Gonzalez 3, Reddick 1, Fisher
1. Angels 12: Trout 2, Ohtani 1, Upton 2, Valbuena 3, Kinsler 2,
Calhoun 1, Rivera 1.
E—Kinsler (1), Johnson (1). LOB—Houston 4, Angels 4.
2B—Altuve (10), Reddick (5), Kinsler (5). HR—Upton (11), off Cole;
Rivera (3), off Cole. RBIs—Altuve 3 (20), McCann (12), Upton 2
(34), Rivera (10). SB—Gonzalez (2). CS—Simmons (2).
Runners left in scoring position—Angels 1 (Rivera).
RISP—Houston 3 for 8; Angels 1 for 2. GIDP—Gattis, Gurriel.
DP—Angels 2 (Simmons, Pujols), (Valbuena, Kinsler, Pujols).
Houston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Cole ...........................5 5 3 3 2 7
98 1.75
McHugh, W, 1-0 ...........2 2 0 0 0 2
32 0.54
Harris, H, 5..................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 3.60
Giles, S, 6-6 ................1 1 0 0 0 2
14 4.05
Angels
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Barria .........................7 4 1 1 0 7
96 2.13
Alvarez, L, 2-1, BS, 3-3 .1⁄3 3 3 3 1 0
24 2.89
Bedrosian ...................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
8 3.38
Johnson ......................1 0 1 0 0 0
10 3.18
Inherited runners-scored—Bedrosian 1-0. HBP—Barria (Altuve).
WP—Barria.
U—Fieldin Culbreth, Chris Conroy, CB Bucknor, Brian O’Nora.
T—3:18. Tickets sold—28,358 (45,050).
METS
BLUE JAYS
4
0
Jordan Lyles came within five outs of
the first perfect game in team history
before allowing Trevor Story’s single in
the eighth. Lyles struck out 10 against
his old team.
Noah Syndergaard won for the first
time in five weeks and knocked in two
runs. Juan Lagares had four hits and
three RBIs as New York improved to
12-0 at home against Toronto.
Colorado
AB R H BI Avg. San Diego AB
Dahl cf
4 0 0 0 .298 Jankowski cf 3
Parra lf
4 0 0 0 .262 Hosmer 1b
4
Arenado 3b 4 0 0 0 .317 Pirela 2b
3
Gonzalez rf
3 0 0 0 .219 Asuaje 2b
0
Story ss
3 0 1 0 .229 Cordero lf
4
Vlaika 1b
2 0 0 0 .115 Reyes rf
3
Wolters c
3 0 0 0 .138 1-Margot cf 1
Castro 2b
2 0 0 0 .148 Lopez c
3
b-Blackmon 0 0 0 0 .275 Villanva 3b
3
Dunn p
0 0 0 0 --- Galvis ss
3
Marquez p
1 0 0 0 .286 Lyles p
3
a-Cuevas
1 0 0 0 .300 Yates p
0
Rusin p
0 0 0 0 .000 Hand p
0
c-Dsmnd 1b 1 0 0 0 .171 Totals
30
Totals
28 0 1 0
Toronto
Grndrsn lf
Dnldsn 3b
Urshela 3b
Smoak 1b
Hernandez rf
McGuire p
Solarte 2b
Pillar cf
Martin c-ss
Urena ss
Maile c
Garcia p
Smith Jr. rf
Totals
Colorado
San Diego
R
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
4
000 000 000 —0
200 002 00x —4
H
2
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
8
BI
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
4
Avg.
.370
.270
.260
.198
.252
.143
.200
.214
.238
.232
.000
--.000
1
8
0
0
a-grounded out for Marquez in the 6th. b-walked for Castro in the
8th. c-lined out for Rusin in the 8th. 1-ran for Reyes in the 6th.
Walks—Colorado 2: Valaika 1, Blackmon 1. San Diego 2:
Jankowski 1, Pirela 1. Strikeouts—Colorado 13: Dahl 2, Parra 1,
Arenado 2, Gonzalez 2, Story 2, Wolters 1, Castro 2, Marquez 1. San
Diego 7: Hosmer 1, Pirela 1, Cordero 2, Reyes 1, Villanueva 1, Lyles 1.
LOB—Colorado 3, San Diego 4. HR—Hosmer (6), off Marquez;
Villanueva (10), off Rusin. RBIs—Hosmer 2 (16), Villanueva 2 (22).
SB—Jankowski (4), Hosmer (3).
Runners left in scoring position—Colorado 2 (Desmond 2); San
Diego 3 (Pirela, Reyes 2).
RISP—Colorado 0 for 2; San Diego 0 for 7.
Runners moved up—Hosmer.
GIDP—Lyles. DP—Colorado 1 (Wolters, Arenado, Valaika).
Colorado
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Marquez, L, 2-5............5 6 2 2 1 5
87 5.15
Rusin..........................2 2 2 2 0 2
30 6.27
Dunn ..........................1 0 0 0 1 0
10 8.71
San Diego
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Lyles, W, 1-1..............71⁄3 1 0 0 1 10
85 2.53
Yates, H, 6 ..................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
5 0.71
Hand, S, 12-14..........11⁄3 0 0 0 1 2
23 2.45
Inherited runners-scored—Yates 2-0, Hand 2-0.
U—Hunter Wendelstedt, Ramon De Jesus, Dave Rackley, Larry
Vanover. T—2:23. Tickets sold—19,598 (42,445).
AB
4
4
0
3
2
1
4
4
3
3
1
2
1
32
R
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
H
1
1
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
BI
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
Avg.
.265
.240
.500
.250
.264
1.00
.253
.300
.167
.200
.313
.000
.400
Toronto
New York
L
W
Pct.
GB
L10
—
6-4
Houston
27 17 .614
ANGELS
25 17 .595
1
5-5
Seattle
24 17 .585
11⁄2
6-4
Oakland
21 21 .500
5
5-5
Texas
16 27 .372 10 ⁄2
L
W
Central
Pct.
GB
L10
—
3-7
AB
5
5
4
1
4
5
2
5
1
1
1
4
38
28 12 .700
8-2
Boston
28 14 .667
1
5-5
Cleveland
Detroit
Toronto
21 21 .500
8
3-7
Tampa Bay
18 22 .450
10
4-6
Baltimore
13 28 .317 151⁄2
5-5
Minnesota
Detroit
18 20 .474
1
⁄2
7-3
19 22 .463
1
6-4
Kansas City
13 29 .310 71⁄2
3-7
Chicago
10 28 .263 81⁄2
2-8
L
W
East
Pct.
GB
L10
—
Tuesday’s results
Houston 5, at ANGELS 3
at Pittsburgh 7, Chicago 0
at Detroit 9, Cleveland 8
Oakland 5, at Boston 3
at N.Y. Mets 12, Toronto 2
at Minnesota 4, St. Louis 1
Tampa Bay 6, at Kansas City 5
at Seattle 9, Texas 8, 11 innings
N.Y. Yankees 3, at Washington 3, 5 innings,
suspended, rain
Philadelphia at Baltimore, rain
BI
1
3
1
1
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
2
12
Avg.
.254
.357
.327
1.00
.215
.232
.214
.146
.111
.258
.000
.261
6
16
1
0
9
8
JaCoby Jones hit a first-inning home
run and a double in the seventh inning,
when Detroit rallied for five runs
against reliever Andrew Miller (1-2) to
win its third game in a row.
New York
20 21 .488
H
1
4
1
1
0
1
2
1
1
1
0
3
16
a-singled for Syndergaard in the 5th.
Walks—Toronto 2: Smoak 1, Martin 1. New York 4: Flores 1,
Mesoraco 3. Strikeouts—Toronto 12: Granderson 2, Donaldson 1,
Smoak 1, Pillar 1, Martin 1, Urena 2, Maile 1, Garcia 2, Smith Jr. 1.
New York 6: Nimmo 1, Lagares 1, Cabrera 1, Flores 1, Reyes 1, Lugo 1.
E—Pillar (2). LOB—Toronto 6, New York 7. 2B—Donaldson (7),
Cabrera (13), Bruce (8), Syndergaard (2), Rosario (8). 3B—Lagares
(1). HR—Mesoraco (3), off McGuire. RBIs—Solarte 2 (25), Nimmo
(4), Lagares 3 (6), Cabrera (24), Mesoraco 2 (6), Syndergaard 2
(2), Rosario 2 (12), Guillorme (1). SB—Granderson (1), Lagares (3).
SF—Syndergaard. RISP—Toronto 2 for 6; New York 8 for 14. Runners
moved up—Solarte, Pillar. GIDP—Hernandez, Nimmo. DP—Toronto 1
(Urena, Solarte, Smoak); New York 1 (Rosario, Cabrera, Flores).
Toronto
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Garcia, L, 2-3 ............32⁄3 6 6 6 3 3
67 6.28
Petricka.......................1 6 3 3 0 0
31 8.44
McGuire ....................31⁄3 4 3 3 1 3
49 8.10
New York
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Syndergaard, W, 3-1......5 5 2 2 2 7
103 3.14
Lugo ...........................3 1 0 0 0 4
35 2.13
Rhame........................1 0 0 0 0 1
9 5.79
Inherited runners-scored—Petricka 1-1, McGuire 2-0.
HBP—Syndergaard (Hernandez).
U—Bill Welke, Nic Lentz, Tony Randazzo, Lance Barrett. T—3:02.
Tickets sold—28,967 (41,922).
Cleveland AB R H BI Avg. Detroit
Davis lf
6 2 3 2 .232 Jones cf
Brantley dh 4 1 1 0 .328 Kozma 3b
Ramirez 3b 5 0 3 1 .297 Cstllns rf
Lindor ss
1 1 0 0 .316 Martinez dh
Gomes c
4 0 1 0 .255 1-Reyes dh
Guyer rf
5 1 1 4 .160 Goodrum lf
Kipnis 2b
4 0 1 0 .172 Mahtook lf
Gnzlz 1b
2 1 1 1 .367 Hicks 1b
aAlnso 1b 3 1 2 0 .226 McCann c
Allen cf
5 1 0 0 .192 Iglesias ss
Mchdo 2b
Totals
39 8 13 8
Totals
Cleveland
R
0
2
0
0
1
1
4
1
0
1
0
2
12
TIGERS
INDIANS
3-7
1
New York
Nimmo lf
Lagres cf
Cbrera 2b
Gllrme 2b
Flores 1b
Bruce rf
Msraco c
Reyes 3b
Sndrgrd p
a-onzlez
Lugo p
Rsrio ss
Totals
002 000 000 — 2
010 530 03x —12
AL STANDINGS
West
12
2
Gene J. Puskar Associated Press
CAN’T STOP THE SLIDE
Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier beats the tag by Chicago’s Welington Castillo to score in the sixth
inning of the Pirates’ 7-0 win. The White Sox lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
AB
5
4
4
3
0
3
0
3
4
4
4
34
R
2
1
1
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
1
9
H
2
1
1
0
0
1
0
2
2
0
1
10
410 003 000 —8
100 021 50x —9
BI
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
1
9
Avg.
.254
.316
.324
.222
.111
.260
.173
.304
.272
.236
.225
13
10
0
1
a-singled for Gonzalez in the 6th. 1-ran for Martinez in the 7th.
Walks—Cleveland 8: Brantley 2, Lindor 4, Gomes 1, Kipnis 1.
Detroit 3: Martinez 1, Goodrum 1, Hicks 1. Strikeouts—Cleveland 5:
Lindor 1, Gomes 2, Guyer 1, Allen 1. Detroit 6: Jones 1, Martinez 1,
Goodrum 2, Hicks 1, McCann 1. E—Greene (1). LOB—Cleveland 12,
Detroit 4. 2B—Davis (3), Ramirez 2 (13), Alonso (4), Jones (9),
Kozma (2), McCann 2 (8). HR—Guyer (3), off Liriano; Gonzalez (1),
off Liriano; Jones (3), off Tomlin; Castellanos (4), off Tomlin.
RBIs—Davis 2 (3), Ramirez (29), Guyer 4 (10), Gonzalez (6), Jones 2
(10), Kozma (6), Castellanos (24), Hicks 2 (13), McCann (15),
Iglesias (14), Machado (15). SB—Davis (8). DP—Cleveland 1
(Gonzalez, Allen); Detroit 2 (Iglesias, Machado, Hicks), (Machado,
Iglesias, Hicks).
Cleveland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Tomlin.......................51⁄3 6 4 4 0 4
78 7.84
10 6.23
Olson .........................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Otero..........................1⁄3 2 3 3 0 0
12 7.47
Miller, L, 1-2, BS, 2-3....1⁄3 2 2 2 3 0
22 3.09
15 0.00
Ramirez ....................11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
Detroit
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Liriano ......................41⁄3 7 5 5 3 3
91 4.03
Reininger...................12⁄3 3 3 3 3 0
36 10.12
Coleman, W, 1-0...........1 2 0 0 0 1
22 0.00
Stumpf, H, 7 ................1 1 0 0 2 1
25 5.40
Greene, S, 9-11............1 0 0 0 0 0
17 3.72
WP—Liriano, Tomlin, Greene.
T—3:21. Tickets sold—20,997 (41,297).
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*-joined in progress
Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock has a broken left thumb and is
expected to be sidelined from four to
eight weeks.
Pollock was injured diving for
Tyler Saladino’s line drive that
turned into an inside-the-park
home run in the Diamondbacks’ 7-2
loss to Milwaukee on Monday.
Pollock is batting .293 with 11
home runs and is second in the
National League with 33 runs
batted in.
Etc.
Right-hander Carson Smith
dislocated his pitching shoulder
when he threw his glove in the dugout after leaving Boston’s 6-5 loss to
Oakland on Monday and was put on
the 10-day disabled list. ... Carson
Fulmer will pitch Friday at Texas
instead of Wednesday at Pittsburgh
because the Chicago White Sox
want the right-hander to get extra
time between starts. ... Landing on
the disabled list: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre (hamstring),
St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright (elbow), San Diego rookie
left-hander Joey Lucchesi (hip).
—associated press
CUBS
BRAVES
TWINS
CARDINALS
3
2
RAYS
ROYALS
4
1
6
5
Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty homered
in his first at-bat after being reinstated
from the bereavement list and saluted
his late mother by patting his heart and
glancing to the sky.
Addison Russell drove in the tying run
in the ninth and Ben Zobrist put Chicago back on top with a two-out single.
Ronald Acuna Jr. had put Atlanta
ahead with a homer in the eighth.
Bobby Wilson, a catcher with six teams
in nine big league seasons, hit a
two-run home run to cap a three-run
seventh inning. It was his first major
league home run since Sept. 21, 2016.
Joey Wendle drove in the go-ahead run
in the ninth inning and Jonny Venters
earned his first victory since 2012, his
last year in the majors because of four
major elbow surgeries.
Oakland
Semien ss
Pinder lf
Lowrie 2b
Davis dh
Chapman 3b
Olson 1b
Canha cf
1-Fowler cf
Piscotty rf
Lucroy c
Totals
Chicago
AB R H BI Avg. Atlanta
AB R H BI Avg.
Zobrist rf
4 0 1 1 .290 Albies 2b
3 0 1 0 .278
Bryant 3b
4 0 2 0 .288 Acuna lf
3 1 1 1 .263
Rizzo 1b
3 0 0 0 .202 Freeman 1b 3 0 0 0 .318
Contreras c 3 1 1 0 .274 Markakis rf
4 0 0 0 .337
Baez 2b
4 0 0 0 .267 Suzuki c
4 0 0 0 .262
Schwarber lf 4 0 0 0 .250 Inciarte cf
4 1 2 1 .269
Happ lf
0 0 0 0 .232 Bautista 3b 3 0 0 0 .156
Almora cf
3 1 1 0 .299 Camargo ss 3 0 1 0 .200
Russell ss
4 1 1 1 .250 Fltynwcz p
1 0 0 0 .125
Darvish p
2 0 0 0 .100 a-Culberson 1 0 0 0 .191
b-Bote
1 0 0 0 .263 Flaherty 3b 1 0 0 0 .290
c-La Stella
1 0 0 0 .308 Totals
30 2 5 2
Totals
33 3 6 2
St. Louis
AB R H BI Avg. Minnesota AB R H BI Avg.
4 0 1 0 .282
Pham cf
4 0 0 0 .308 Mauer 1b
3 1 1 0 .250
Crpntr 1b
4 0 0 0 .140 Dozier 2b
4 0 1 0 .284
Martinez dh 4 0 0 0 .286 Rosario lf
Ozuna lf
4 0 0 0 .258 Escobar 3b 4 0 2 1 .281
4 0 0 0 .241
Gyorko 3b
3 0 0 0 .308 Kepler rf
DeJong ss
2 0 0 0 .259 Morrison dh 4 1 1 0 .195
3 1 1 0 .175
Bader rf
3 1 1 0 .262 Buxton cf
Wong 2b
2 0 0 0 .182 Adrianza ss 3 0 1 0 .233
3 1 1 2 .133
Kelly c
2 0 1 1 .111 Wilson c
32 4 9 3
a-Garcia
1 0 0 0 .239 Totals
Pena c
0 0 0 0 .174
Totals
29 1 2 1
Tampa Bay AB R H BI Avg. Kan. City AB R H BI Avg.
Span lf
5 1 1 0 .248 Mrrifld dh
5 0 2 3 .290
Cron dh
5 1 2 2 .284 Jay rf
4 0 1 0 .288
Wendle 2b 5 0 1 1 .284 Perez c
4 0 0 0 .256
Duffy 3b
3 1 1 0 .322 Mstkas 3b 4 1 2 0 .299
Rbrtsn 3b
2 0 0 0 .261 Escobar ss 4 0 2 0 .240
Miller 1b
2 1 1 0 .235 Gordon lf
3 2 1 1 .275
Hchvrria ss 4 0 1 1 .268 Dozier 1b
4 2 2 0 .286
Smith cf
3 1 1 1 .310 Almonte cf 3 0 0 0 .203
Gomez rf
1 0 0 0 .200 Goins 2b
4 0 1 1 .245
Field rf
1 1 1 0 .289 Totals
35 5 11 5
Sucre c
3 0 1 1 .238
Totals
34 6 10 6
St. Louis
Minnesota
Tampa Bay
Kansas City
AB
5
5
4
4
3
2
4
0
4
3
34
R
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
5
H
1
1
1
1
2
0
1
0
1
1
9
BI
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
1
0
5
Avg.
.271
.265
.329
.218
.237
.231
.270
.133
.248
.295
Oakland
Boston
Boston
Betts rf
Bntndi cf
Ramirez dh
Martinez lf
Bogaerts ss
Mrlnd 1b
Nunez 2b
Devers 3b
Vazquez c
a-Holt
Totals
AB
5
5
5
4
4
3
4
4
3
1
38
R
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
H
0
3
1
1
2
2
0
0
0
1
10
210 000 020 —5
000 110 001 —3
BI
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
Avg.
.349
.266
.282
.344
.308
.330
.233
.250
.174
.328
9
10
1
1
a-doubled for Vazquez in the 9th. 1-ran for Canha in the 8th.
Walks—Oakland 3: Chapman 1, Olson 1, Lucroy 1. Boston 1: Moreland 1.
Strikeouts—Oakland 5: Semien 1, Pinder 1, Davis 2, Canha 1. Boston 6:
Betts 1, Martinez 1, Bogaerts 1, Nunez 1, Devers 2.
E—Chapman (5), Nunez (2). LOB—Oakland 6, Boston 9. 2B—Chapman
(4), Canha (6), Benintendi (12), Moreland 2 (9), Holt (8). HR—Piscotty (3), off
Rodriguez; Benintendi (3), off Mengden. RBIs—Chapman 2 (19), Canha 2
(18), Piscotty (14), Betts (28), Benintendi (22), Moreland (21). Runners left
in scoring position—Oakland 3 (Olson, Piscotty 2); Boston 4 (Ramirez 2,
Devers, Vazquez). RISP—Oakland 2 for 9; Boston 2 for 12. Runners moved
up—Betts. GIDP—Pinder, Chapman. DP—Boston 2 (Bogaerts, Moreland),
(Devers, Nunez, Moreland).
Oakland
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Mengden, W, 3-4 ..........6 8 2 1 0 3
95 3.75
Trivino, H, 3 .................2 1 0 0 1 2
30 0.64
Treinen, S, 8-10............1 1 1 1 0 1
18 1.33
Boston
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Rodriguez, L, 3-1 ..........5 6 3 3 0 4
98 4.68
Wright.......................21⁄3 2 2 2 3 1
49 7.71
13 2.08
Poyner ........................2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
Johnson ......................1 0 0 0 0 0
18 6.00
Inherited runners-scored—Poyner 2-2. HBP—Rodriguez (Olson).
WP—Treinen. U—Mark Wegner, John Tumpane, Jim Reynolds, Ben May.
T—3:16. Tickets sold—34,906 (37,731).
NOTES
Pollock suffers
a broken thumb
5
3
MARINERS
RANGERS
9
8
Guillermo Heredia singled to left field
against Alex Claudio (1-2) with one out
in the bottom of the 11th inning to drive
in Ryon Healy from second base with
the winning run.
Texas
DShlds cf
Choo dh
Profar ss
Mazara rf
Gallo lf
K.-Flfa 3b
Odor 2b
Chirinos c
Rua
Perez c
Guzman 1b
Totals
Texas
Seattle
AB
5
6
6
6
5
4
5
4
0
0
3
44
R
0
0
1
1
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
8
H
0
1
1
2
2
1
1
3
0
0
1
12
BI
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
3
0
0
1
7
Avg.
.264
.242
.232
.286
.205
.245
.196
.196
.183
.121
.211
Seattle
AB R H BI Avg.
Gordon cf
5 0 0 0 .317
Segura ss
5 3 3 1 .316
Haniger rf
5 1 3 2 .295
Cruz dh
1 1 0 0 .240
Gml dh
3 0 0 0 .172
Seager 3b 5 0 1 3 .241
Healy 1b
5 2 2 1 .287
Zunino c
5 0 1 0 .203
Romine
0 0 0 0 .185
Freitas c
1 0 1 0 .237
Heredia lf
5 1 2 1 .260
Bckhm 2b 4 1 2 0 .250
Totals
44 9 15 8
030 003 011 00 —8
113 100 020 01 —9
12
15
1
2
Walks—Texas 5: DeShields 1, Gallo 1, Kiner-Falefa 1, Chirinos 1,
Guzman 1. Seattle 4: Segura 1, Haniger 1, Seager 1, Healy 1.
Strikeouts—Texas 7: DeShields 2, Mazara 1, Kiner-Falefa 1, Odor 2,
Chirinos 1. Seattle 12: Segura 1, Cruz 1, 1-Gamel 2, Seager 1, Healy
1, Zunino 2, Heredia 2, Beckham 2. E—Leclerc (1), Leake (1), Segura
(5). LOB—Texas 10, Seattle 13. 2B—Mazara (8), Kiner-Falefa (6),
Odor (3), Seager (12), Heredia (2), Beckham (1). 3B—Haniger (2).
HR—Gallo (13), off Leake; Healy (8), off Minor. RBIs—Gallo 2 (27),
Odor (5), Chirinos 3 (15), Guzman (12), Segura (28), Haniger 2 (32),
Seager 3 (27), Healy (20), Heredia (5). SB—Chirinos (1), Segura 4
(11). S—Kiner-Falefa, Gordon, Heredia, Beckham. DP—Seattle 2
(Segura, Healy), (Healy, Segura).
Texas
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Minor........................31⁄3 8 6 6 2 5
88 5.61
Mann........................12⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
35 0.00
Barnette......................2 0 0 0 0 3
23 3.48
Leclerc........................1⁄3 2 2 1 1 0
18 2.63
Diekman .....................2⁄3 0 0 0 1 2
15 3.68
Claudio, L, 1-2...........21⁄3 4 1 1 0 2
45 5.49
Seattle
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Leake .......................51⁄3 9 6 5 0 2
84 6.00
Altavilla.......................1 0 0 0 1 0
11 3.77
Pazos .........................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
8 1.12
Nicasio .......................2⁄3 2 1 1 1 1
23 6.41
Rzepczynski .................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
1 9.53
Diaz............................1 1 1 1 0 1
19 2.11
Goeddel, W, 2-0 ...........2 0 0 0 3 2
46 1.23
HBP—Leake (Guzman), Minor (Cruz), Mann (Cruz). WP—Diaz,
Goeddel. T—4:26. Tickets sold—14,670 (47,943).
Chicago
Atlanta
000 100 002 —3
000 100 010 —2
6
5
2
1
a-out on fielder’s choice for Foltynewicz in the 5th. b-popped out
for Montgomery in the 7th. c-grounded out for Edwards in the 9th.
Walks—Chicago 5: Zobrist 1, Bryant 1, Rizzo 1, Contreras 1,
Almora 1. Atlanta 3: Albies 1, Acuna 1, Freeman 1.
Strikeouts—Chicago 15: Zobrist 1, Bryant 1, Rizzo 2, Contreras 2,
Baez 3, Schwarber 3, Russell 2, Darvish 1. Atlanta 7: Albies 1, Acuna
1, Freeman 1, Bautista 3, Foltynewicz 1. E—Contreras (5), Baez (9),
Suzuki (4). LOB—Chicago 8, Atlanta 4. 2B—Contreras (13), Almora
(6), Russell (9). HR—Inciarte (4), off Darvish; Acuna (4), off
Edwards. RBIs—Zobrist (10), Russell (9), Acuna (7), Inciarte (19).
SB—Albies (6), Freeman (4), Inciarte (18). CS—Bryant (2). Runners
moved up—La Stella. DP—Atlanta 1 (Suzuki, Camargo).
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Darvish .......................4 3 1 1 2 5
61 5.56
Montgomery.................2 1 0 0 1 0
20 3.86
Strop ..........................1 0 0 0 0 1
12 1.50
Edwards, W, 2-0 ...........1 1 1 1 0 1
12 2.41
Morrow, S, 10-11..........1 0 0 0 0 0
10 1.20
Atlanta
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Foltynewicz ..................5 3 1 0 5 10
107 2.87
26 1.69
Gohara .....................21⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
12 0.98
Winkler .......................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
Vizcaino, L, 1-2, BS, 2-9 1 3 2 2 0 1
21 2.75
WP—Foltynewicz.
U—Jim Wolf, Carlos Torres, Alfonso Marquez, Sam Holbrook.
T—2:51. Tickets sold—34,452 (41,149).
DIAMONDBACKS 2
BREWERS
1
Daniel Descalso singled in the
tiebreaking run in the eighth inning,
and Arizona ended a six-game losing
streak behind Zack Greinke’s six
innings despite getting just three hits.
Milwaukee AB R H BI Avg. Arizona
AB R H BI Avg.
Cain cf
4 0 0 0 .276 Peralta lf
4 0 1 0 .287
Yelich lf
4 1 1 0 .298 Owings cf
3 0 0 0 .204
Aguilar 1b
4 0 1 0 .310 Marrero 3b
0 0 0 0 .196
Shaw 3b
3 0 1 1 .242 Descalso 3b 3 1 1 1 .262
2-Perez
0 0 0 0 .262 Gldsmdt 1b 3 0 1 0 .213
Santana rf
4 0 0 0 .258 Souza Jr. rf
3 0 0 0 .139
Villar 2b
4 0 0 0 .272 Marte 2b
3 0 0 0 .225
Pina c
3 0 1 0 .220 Ahmed ss
3 0 0 0 .212
Arcia ss
3 0 0 0 .213 Mathis c
2 0 0 0 .190
Chacin p
2 0 1 0 .167 1-Dyson cf
0 1 0 0 .184
a-Bandy
1 0 0 0 .185 Greinke p
1 0 0 0 .267
Totals
32 1 5 1
b-Murphy c 0 0 0 0 .231
Totals
25 2 3 1
Milwaukee
Arizona
000 100 000 —1
000 100 01x —2
5
3
1
1
a-popped out for Chacin in the 8th. b-out on sacrifice bunt for
Bradley in the 8th. 1-ran for Mathis in the 8th. 2-ran for Shaw in the
9th.
Walks—Milwaukee 1: Shaw 1. Arizona 4: Owings 1, Descalso 1,
Goldschmidt 1, Mathis 1. Strikeouts—Milwaukee 10: Cain 1, Yelich
2, Aguilar 2, Santana 2, Villar 3. Arizona 7: Owings 1, Descalso 1,
Goldschmidt 1, Marte 1, Ahmed 1, Mathis 1, Greinke 1. E—Chacin (1),
Murphy (2). LOB—Milwaukee 5, Arizona 5. 2B—Yelich (6), Aguilar
(7), Shaw (11). RBIs—Shaw (24), Descalso (20). S—Greinke,
Murphy. GIDP—Arcia, Souza Jr.. DP—Milwaukee 1 (Arcia, Villar,
Aguilar); Arizona 1 (Ahmed, Marte, Goldschmidt).
Milwaukee
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Chacin ........................7 2 1 1 2 7
96 3.63
9 3.14
Williams, L, 0-1............ 1⁄3 0 1 1 1 0
4 0.00
Logan .........................1⁄3 1 0 0 1 0
3 4.91
Lopez .........................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Greinke .......................6 4 1 1 1 5
104 3.46
Hirano.........................1 1 0 0 0 1
10 2.33
Bradley, W, 1-1.............1 0 0 0 0 2
12 1.96
Boxberger, S, 12-13 ......1 0 0 0 0 2
18 2.00
Inherited runners-scored—Logan 1-1, Lopez 2-0.
U—Alan Porter, Jeremie Rehak, Bill Miller, Todd Tichenor. T—2:40.
Tickets sold—17,914 (48,519).
001 000 000 —1
000 001 30x —4
2
9
1
0
a-struck out for Kelly in the 8th.
Walks—St. Louis 1: DeJong 1. Minnesota 1: Dozier 1.
Strikeouts—St. Louis 12: Pham 3, Carpenter 2, Martinez 1, Ozuna
1, Gyorko 2, Bader 2, Garcia 1. Minnesota 5: Mauer 1, Rosario 2,
Escobar 1, Wilson 1.
E—Gregerson (1). LOB—St. Louis 3, Minnesota 5. 2B—Morrison
(6). HR—Wilson (1), off Gregerson. RBIs—Kelly (1), Escobar (21),
Wilson 2 (5).
Runners left in scoring position—Minnesota 1 (Kepler).
RISP—St. Louis 1 for 1; Minnesota 3 for 5.
Runners moved up—Wong.
St. Louis
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Flaherty ....................52⁄3 5 1 1 1 3
98 2.87
Cecil, L, 0-1 ................1⁄3 1 1 1 0 0
9 3.86
Gregerson ...................1⁄3 2 2 2 0 0
10 8.64
Tuivailala ...................12⁄3 1 0 0 0 2
27 3.00
Minnesota
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Berrios, W, 4-4...........71⁄3 2 1 1 1 10
102 4.05
Reed, H, 7 ..................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2
10 2.53
Rodney, S, 8-11............1 0 0 0 0 0
12 3.07
Cecil pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Inherited runners-scored—Cecil 2-0, Gregerson 1-1, Reed 1-0.
HBP—Berrios (Wong). WP—Gregerson.
U— Scott Barry, Angel Hernandez, Paul Nauert, D.J. Reyburn.
T—2:45. Tickets sold—24,259 (38,649).
GIANTS
REDS
5
3
Brandon Crawford, batting .454 in
May, doubled, singled three times and
scored twice, and pinch-hitter Pablo
Sandoval hit a tying two-run single in
San Francisco’s four-run fourth inning.
Cincinnati AB R H BI Avg. San Fran. AB R H BI Avg.
Peraza ss
4 0 0 0 .265 Blanco lf
4 0 1 0 .267
Winker lf
4 1 0 0 .260 McCthn rf
4 0 0 1 .252
Suarez 3b
3 1 2 2 .297 Posey c
4 0 1 0 .310
Gennett 2b 4 0 2 0 .323 Belt 1b
3 1 1 1 .298
Duvall 1b
4 0 0 0 .182 Longoria 3b 4 1 1 0 .244
Schebler rf
3 0 0 0 .255 Crawford ss 4 2 4 0 .290
Cruz c
3 1 1 0 .167 Jackson cf 4 1 1 0 .228
e-Barnhart
1 0 0 0 .283 Tmlnsn 2b 4 0 1 1 .246
Mahle p
1 0 0 0 .083 Blach p
1 0 0 0 .050
c-Blandino
1 0 1 0 .265 a-Sandoval 1 0 1 2 .279
f-Votto
1 0 0 0 .289 b-Hrnndz
1 0 0 0 .271
Hamilton cf 3 0 1 1 .219 d-Gomez
1 0 0 0 .000
Totals
32 3 7 3
Totals
35 5 11 5
Cincinnati
San Francisco
002 100 000 —3
000 400 01x —5
301 001 001 —6
010 020 200 —5
7
11
0
1
a-singled for Blach in the 4th. b-struck out for Smith in the 6th.
c-doubled for Garrett in the 7th. d-struck out for Watson in the 8th.
e-grounded out for Cruz in the 9th. f-struck out for Peralta in the 9th.
Walks—Cincinnati 1: Suarez 1. San Francisco 1: Belt 1.
Strikeouts—Cincinnati 9: Peraza 1, Suarez 1, Gennett 2, Duvall 1,
Schebler 1, Cruz 1, Votto 1, Hamilton 1. San Francisco 8: Blanco 2,
Belt 1, Jackson 1, Tomlinson 2, Hernandez 1, Gomez 1. E—Tomlinson
(1). LOB—Cincinnati 5, San Francisco 7. 2B—Suarez (7), Blandino
(2), Crawford (9). HR—Suarez (7), off Blach; Belt (8), off Mahle.
RBIs—Suarez 2 (30), Hamilton (12), McCutchen (16), Belt (22),
Tomlinson (7), Sandoval 2 (11). CS—Hamilton (2). S—Mahle.
DP—San Francisco 1 (Crawford, Tomlinson, Belt).
Cincinnati
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
86 4.34
Mahle, L, 3-5.............31⁄3 7 4 4 1 2
Garrett......................22⁄3 2 0 0 0 4
44 1.40
28 2.53
Hernandez.................12⁄3 2 1 1 0 1
5 4.19
Peralta........................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
San Francisco
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Blach..........................4 5 3 1 1 1
62 4.05
Johnson, W, 2-1 ...........1 0 0 0 0 1
16 4.79
Smith, H, 1..................1 0 0 0 0 2
9 0.00
Dyson, H, 6 .................1 1 0 0 0 2
17 2.95
Watson, H, 8................1 1 0 0 0 2
13 2.50
Strickland, S, 9-11........1 0 0 0 0 1
9 2.41
HBP—Blach (Schebler).
U—Joe West, Doug Eddings, Marty Foster, Mark Ripperger.
T—2:53. Tickets sold—37,809 (41,915).
10
11
0
0
Walks—Tampa Bay 3: Miller 2, Gomez 1. Kansas City 1: Gordon 1.
Strikeouts—Tampa Bay 9: Span 1, Cron 2, Wendle 1, Robertson 1,
Smith 2, Gomez 1, Sucre 1. Kansas City 4: Escobar 1, Gordon 1,
Almonte 1, Goins 1. LOB—Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 5. 2B—Duffy
(7), Miller (4), Smith (8), Moustakas (10), Dozier (1). HR—Cron (9),
off Kennedy. RBIs—Cron 2 (25), Wendle (11), Hechavarria (14),
Smith (9), Sucre (4), Merrifield 3 (16), Gordon (9), Goins (3).
SF—Smith. S—Gomez, Sucre, Almonte. Runners left in scoring
position—Tampa Bay 3 (Sucre 2, Robertson); Kansas City 1
(Almonte). RISP—Tampa Bay 2 for 8; Kansas City 3 for 9.
Runners moved up—Hechavarria, Gordon, Dozier, Goins.
GIDP—Perez.
DP—Tampa Bay 1 (Hechavarria, Wendle, Miller).
Tampa Bay
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Banda.........................5 6 3 3 0 1
52 5.40
Alvarado, H, 12 ..........12⁄3 2 2 2 1 1
28 2.95
Romo, BS, 3-3.............2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
8 4.96
Venters, W, 1-0 ............2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1
9 1.42
Colome, S, 8-10 ...........1 1 0 0 0 1
16 4.34
Kansas City
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Kennedy......................6 7 5 5 3 6
101 4.98
McCarthy.....................1 0 0 0 0 2
13 3.24
Hill .............................1 0 0 0 0 1
17 3.46
Herrera, L, 1-1 .............1 3 1 1 0 0
22 1.15
Inherited runners-scored—Romo 2-2.
U— Sean Barber, Mike Muchlinski, Tim Timmons, Rob Drake.
T—2:53. Tickets sold—21,500 (37,903).
PIRATES
WHITE SOX
7
0
Trevor Williams pitched seven innings
and Adam Frazier homered to start
Pittsburgh’s four-run first inning.
Chicago has lost 12 of 14 and is off to
its worst start since 1948.
Chicago
Moncada 2b
Sanchez 3b
Abreu 1b
Delmonico lf
Castillo c
Palka rf
b-Davidson
Garcia cf-rf
Anderson ss
Lopez p
Beck p
Engel cf
Totals
Chicago
Pittsburgh
AB
4
4
4
4
4
3
1
4
3
1
1
1
34
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
1
1
2
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
7
BI
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Avg.
.263
.295
.290
.222
.242
.260
.259
.255
.239
.000
.000
.191
Pittsburgh
Frazier 2b
Polanco rf
Marte cf
Rdrigz cf
Bell 1b
Dickerson lf
Cervelli c
Diaz c
Moran 3b
Mercer ss
Williams p
a-Osuna
Totals
AB
4
4
1
4
4
4
1
2
2
4
3
1
34
R
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
H
1
2
1
1
2
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
10
000 000 000 —0
420 001 00x —7
BI
1
1
0
1
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
7
Avg.
.231
.234
.308
.167
.258
.317
.302
.378
.292
.237
.063
.353
7
10
0
0
a-struck out for Williams in the 7th. b-struck out for Volstad in the
9th.
Walks— Pittsburgh 3: Polanco 1, Moran 2. Strikeouts—Chicago
9: Moncada 1, Abreu 2, Castillo 1, Palka 2, Davidson 1, Lopez 1, Beck
1. Pittsburgh 8: Polanco 1, Rodriguez 3, Mercer 1, Williams 2, Osuna
1. LOB—Chicago 7, Pittsburgh 8. 2B—Abreu (9), Polanco (11), Marte
(5), Bell 2 (9), Moran (9). 3B—Rodriguez (1). HR—Frazier (3), off
Lopez. RBIs—Frazier (6), Polanco (22), Bell 3 (24), Moran (21),
Rodriguez (7). Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 3
(Sanchez, Palka 2); Pittsburgh 7 (Frazier 2, Dickerson, Mercer,
Rodriguez, Osuna 2). RISP—Chicago 0 for 7; Pittsburgh 3 for 13.
Runners moved up—Dickerson, Mercer.
Chicago
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Lopez, L, 0-3................2 7 6 6 2 0
61 3.50
Beck.........................32⁄3 0 1 1 0 3
42 3.94
Bummer....................11⁄3 3 0 0 1 3
32 4.26
Volstad........................1 0 0 0 0 2
14 4.50
Pittsburgh
IP H R ER BB SO
NP ERA
Williams, W, 5-2 ...........7 6 0 0 0 6
94 2.72
Crick...........................1 1 0 0 0 1
19 2.61
Rodriguez ....................1 0 0 0 0 2
16 1.72
Lopez pitched to 2 batters in the 3rd.
HBP—Lopez (Cervelli), Beck (Frazier).
U—Chad Fairchild, Bruce Dreckman, Mike Estabrook, Kerwin
Danley. T—3:03. Tickets sold—11,847 (38,362).
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