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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
© 2018 WSCE
Deal unlikely
on shutdown,
immigrants
Trump administration
is forced to renew
‘Dreamer’ permits as
a deadline to fund the
government looms.
By Sarah D. Wire
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
PASTOR J. Edgar Boyd speaks on Sunday at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. Boyd
asked God to hold President Trump accountable for “his words, his deeds and his actions,” drawing applause.
Two black churches,
one vision of King
‘We still have a way to go’: On the eve of holiday,
congregations in L.A. and Atlanta challenge Trump
By Jaweed Kaleem, Cindy Chang
and Jenny Jarvie
The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock had
not planned to mention the words
“Donald Trump.”
It was the day before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and
Warnock was going to focus elsewhere.
But after the president was said to
call African countries, El Salvador and
Haiti “shithole” places last week,
Warnock changed his mind.
He went all in. Trump is “a willfully
Race for
governor
to hinge
on L.A.
County
ignorant, racist, xenophobic, narcissistic con man,” he said to a largely black
crowd of more than 1,000 that came to
celebrate King at Atlanta’s Ebenezer
Baptist Church. All races, he said, must
stand up to the president and those he
denigrates.
More than 2,000 miles away in Los
Angeles on Sunday morning, the Rev. J.
Edgar Boyd was met with murmurs of
disapproval when he urged his mostly
African American congregation to pray
for Trump at First African Methodist
Episcopal Church. But when Boyd
asked God to hold Trump accountable
2018 OLYMPICS
for “his words, his deeds and his actions,” the crowd applauded.
Trump’s words last week during a
meeting on immigration have been
widely condemned by world leaders
and Republicans and Democrats at
home. The president and some Republicans who were present have denied
that he said them. But others have confirmed them, and they have particularly hit a nerve among African Americans, a group that has consistently
shown low support for Trump and has
been regularly insulted by the racially
[See King, A7]
WASHINGTON — The
Trump
administration,
under court order, said it
would resume taking applications to renew temporary
protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” who
came to the country illegally
as children, as the standoff
intensified between the
president and Congress over
the program’s future.
The U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services announced Saturday evening
that it will accept renewal
applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program. It will not
accept applications from
people who’ve not previously received permits.
The agency was forced to
act after a federal judge in
San Francisco on Tuesday
temporarily blocked the administration’s plan to end
the DACA program, which
was started by President
Obama.
The decision — and continued furor over reports
that President Trump questioned why the country has
to accept immigrants from
certain “shithole” countries
— adds to doubts whether
he and Congress can agree
this week on a bill to fund
large parts of the government before current funding
expires Friday.
Democrats and some Republicans insist the money
bill must include language
protecting Dreamers from
deportation.
Trump has said for
months that he wants a
DACA compromise, but on
Sunday he said on Twitter:
PYEONGCHANG
By Phil Willon
For the hopefuls in California’s race for governor,
the sprawling metropolis of
Los Angeles County is as
mesmerizing as the blanket
of lights that glistens every
night from the San Gabriel
Mountains to the Long
Beach coast.
The election will be decided here, where 1 in 4 of the
state’s voters live. It’s diverse, sprawling, expensive to
advertise in and voters often
don’t show up, especially
compared with the San
Francisco Bay Area. That’s
why anyone hoping to topple
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin
Newsom has to win the
county.
For
two
hometown
Democratic candidates especially — former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer
John Chiang of Torrance —
doing well in L.A. County is
essential. Yet this overwhelmingly
Democratic
stronghold continually bedevils even the most adept
campaigns.
More than 180 languages
are spoken here, where 5.2
million voters live, outnumbering the electorate in most
states. A plurality of the
county is Latino — 47.5% —
and huge ethnic enclaves
abound: Armenian Ameri[See L.A. County, A11]
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t
really want it, they just want
to talk and take desperately
needed money away from
our Military.”
Sunday night, before dinner with House Majority
Leader Kevin McCarthy (RBakersfield) at his Mar-aLago resort in Florida,
Trump repeated that criticism of Democrats. He also
denied accusations of racism triggered by his use of
the vulgar word to describe
countries in Africa and his
remark that he would rather
see the U.S. get more immigrants from Norway.
“No, I’m not a racist. I’m
the least racist person you
will ever interview,” he told
reporters.
Asked
whether
he
thought a government shut[See Immigrants, A4]
Buried
in mud,
with no
end in
sight
Crews must clear tons
of muck in Montecito,
where access to roads,
electricity is limited.
By Matt Hamilton
MONTECITO, Calif. —
The cobbled parking lots
outside
boutiques
are
empty. The Italian trattoria
known as Oprah Winfrey’s
favorite haunt is closed, as is
the Four Seasons resort
owned by Ty Warner, the
Beanie Babies tycoon.
A place famous for coastal affluence and extravagance is now unlivable and
grappling with one basic and
primitive question: Where to
put all the mud?
The picturesque topography that drew the rich
and famous here, hills and
mountains rising dramatically from the Pacific Ocean,
fed the destructive mudslides that killed at least 20
people, wiped out at least 73
homes and damaged hundreds more.
The disaster leaves Montecito with a cleanup that is
hard to fathom, and with no
timetable for completion.
Many streets have limited
access because of the mud.
Bridges are washed out.
Power and gas are shut off
for thousands. And when
the water does come out of
faucets, it’s not drinkable.
For Montecito to recover,
it must first move tons and
tons of mud.
Santa Barbara County
[See Montecito, A8]
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
CHLOE KIM soars in the finals of the ladies’ halfpipe competition at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in
Copper Mountain, Colo., last month. Kim, 17, a first-generation Korean American, finished in first place.
Rising star’s halfpipe dreams
Vigil held for
mudslide victims
Thousands gather in
Santa Barbara to mourn
as the death toll rises to
20. CALIFORNIA, B1
Snowboarder Chloe Kim should get serious airtime at Games
By David Wharton
Spinning, flipping, flitting from
one place to the next, Chloe Kim
speaks in much the same way she
rides the halfpipe, with breathless velocity and startling twists.
“Snowboarding brought me out of
my shell,” she says. “You know, if you
meet someone for the first time,
they’re not going to bite you.”
Sitting before a clutch of reporters, looking every bit the Southern
California teenager in lipstick and
blond highlights, Kim muses rapidfire about fan letters from prison,
less-than-stellar SAT scores and the
relative merits of the Korean food her
mother cooks.
“I need to go to Chipotle,” she
says. “It’s like KFC, where you at?”
Grit and daring have made this 17year-old from La Palma a prodigy in
her sport. The first woman to land
back-to-back 1080s — two triplespins in a flash — she is expected to
medal at the upcoming 2018 Winter
Olympics.
But if the Games serve as a water-
shed moment in her career, athleticism will be only part of the equation.
The U.S. State Department recently enlisted Kim, a first-generation Korean American, for a goodwill
tour of South Korea, where the
Olympics will take place. NBC has
placed her at the forefront of its promotional spots, and corporate sponsors love her connection with a young
demographic.
Sheer personality could make this
self-proclaimed “girly girl” a crossover star in the vein of fellow snow[See Kim, A12]
Jaguars and
Vikings move on
Jacksonville beats
Pittsburgh again, and
Minnesota stuns New
Orleans. SPORTS, D1
Weather
Clouds and sun.
L.A. Basin: 74/54. B6
A2
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
BACK STORY
Cliven Bundy the professor
Supporters learn his constitutional views — which a scholar disputes
By David Montero
LAS VEGAS — Inside
the dimly lighted law office,
there weren’t enough seats.
A receptionist went to a
back room and found a few
more chairs. On a small,
sunken couch by the window, three people scrunched together. Of the nearly 30
people there, many stood.
After about 30 minutes,
Cliven Bundy emerged
through the doorway. He
was wearing a cowboy hat,
long-sleeved flannel shirt
and dark blue jeans. Amid
applause and cheers,
phones and tablet computers were raised to capture
the moment.
He’d been in jail for
about two years. “A political
prisoner,” he’d groused. No
disagreement from his
supporters. He smiled and
gestured to the window with
a gnarled, weathered hand.
It was raining outside.
“Any time it rains, it’s a
beautiful day,” Bundy said.
“It’s not only a beautiful day,
it’s a great day for freedom
and liberty in this land, and
I’ve really been able to enjoy
it for almost 24 hours now.”
Bundy had been set free
Monday by U.S. District
Judge Gloria Navarro after
she determined the trial he
and his sons faced had been
compromised because of
federal prosecutors’ willful
withholding of evidence.
The felony criminal case
had included charges of
conspiracy and threatening
a federal officer.
The charges stemmed
from the showdown between federal agents and
Bundy supporters at his
ranch near Bunkerville,
Nev., in 2014 when the U.S.
Bureau of Land Management attempted to take his
cattle. He had refused to pay
grazing fees for decades
while his herd roamed on
federal land.
But now out of jail, he
could talk to his supporters
directly. They were engaged,
calling out answers to questions he asked, as if he were
a professor teaching a class.
He brought up the Bunkerville standoff (although
he takes umbrage at that
term and calls it a protest)
and talked about flags flown
there — namely the American flag, the Nevada state
flag and the Clark County
flag. He asked what order
they should be on the pole —
arguing the Clark County
flag should be highest because it has the most influence on Clark County residences.
“They’re the closest
government to we the people. They’re the ones we
really should be pledged to
in one sense. We shouldn’t
be pledging to a government
that has very little power; we
should pledge to the government that’s closest to us,”
Bundy said. “Isn’t that the
government that we elect?”
Bundy was just warming
up. He would go on for
about 40 minutes Tuesday
afternoon. He’d go on for
about another 40 minutes
Wednesday afternoon.
“Did you know there is
nothing in the Constitution
L.E. Baskow Las Vegas Sun
NEVADA RANCHER Cliven Bundy hugs Maysoun Fletcher, an attorney for his
son Ryan, in front of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department last week.
that allows the United
States government to own
land?” he asked before the
small group Tuesday. “The
only time we give any leeway
to that rule would be Article
1 ... where they can come
with approval from the
legislature of the state and
approval of Congress and
they can pay the state for
land for a purpose — most of
those purposes are military
purposes. The only other
purposes are for other needful buildings and those
things would be something
like a post office or a courthouse.”
Ian Bartrum, a University of Nevada, Las
Vegas, constitutional law
professor, said Bundy’s legal
arguments have been debunked, and wrote in a legal
analysis last week that
“there is almost no chance
the federal courts will reverse more than a century of
constitutional doctrine and
try to force Congress to
relinquish its landholdings
in Nevada or anywhere
else.”
“He’s giving his backers
the wrong answer, except on
the technical point about
the Constitution not specifically mentioning acquiring
property,” Bartrum explained in an email. “If he
were right, most of the
United States would not
exist: that [land] acquired
by the Louisiana Purchase,
the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo, the Gadsden Purchase, etc.... Not to mention
that the Supreme Court has
repeatedly and emphatically said he’s wrong —
which is all that really matters.”
But Bartrum wasn’t in
the law office to counter
Bundy’s points. And his
supporters weren’t arguing
with the rancher. Bundy
pressed ahead, trying to
explain how federal grazing
fees weren’t valid.
BLM officials did not
return requests for comment.
The supporters had
comments, however, especially in response to Bundy’s
questions — both rhetorical
and otherwise.
“Now who owns the
property?” Bundy asked.
“We the people,” someone said.
“We the people of who?”
Bundy asked.
There were some murmurs.
“This is sort of important,” Bundy said. “We the
people of New York think
they own this public land.”
A ripple of snickers went
through the room. A couple
of antsy children played by a
desk.
“And we the people up in
Elko County thinks we own
this public land,” Bundy
continued, alluding to a
northern Nevada county.
“But how the heck can that
happen — how can the
nation own it? Even the
international government
wants a piece of this land.
But who really owns this
land?”
“We the people of Nevada,” voices yelled in unison.
But Bundy wasn’t finished.
“OK, now you say we the
people of Nevada should
own this land — well I can
sort of agree with that,” he
said. “But look, we have a
Clark County border
around here. I want to ask
you, what power does our
Clark County sheriff have
when he walks across over
the Lincoln County line?”
“None,” a voice replied.
“What power does our
county commission have
when they walk over that
Lincoln County line?”
Bundy asked.
“Zero,” a few voices said.
Bundy, who had taken to
referring to himself in the
third person, asked whom
he was mad at after being
imprisoned. It was a line
he’d bring up on Wednesday
as well in front of the Las
Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department headquarters
— this time with about two
dozen supporters and a row
of reporters.
“Who would Bundy be
mad at?” he asked.
“Harry Reid!”
“Sheriff!”
Bundy scoured the
group before him. “Sheriff,
Harry Reid. Who else would
he be mad at?”
“Rory Reid!” one yelled,
referring to former Sen.
Harry Reid’s son.
“Obama!”
“Navarro!”
The old rancher paused
for a brief moment.
“Let me tell you who
Bundy would be mad at
right off the bat. I would be
mad at my Nevada state
brand inspector. Does that
surprise anybody?” he
asked. “I pay my Nevada
state brand inspector just
like I pay the sheriff here,
but I pay him even more
directly. Every time he
comes and inspects an
animal from my ranch, I pay
the Nevada state ranchers
inspector. Why do I pay the
brand inspector. What is his
job? What is he supposed to
do? He’s supposed to protect my cattle. He aids and
abets with the federal government to come and steal
my cattle.”
When asked whether the
brand inspectors help the
federal government steal
cattle, Ward Halterman, a
Nevada deputy brand inspector responded, “We
don’t help anyone steal
anything.”
Bundy took questions
from the crowd and reporters. He was coy about filing
a civil lawsuit against the
federal government. He
railed against the public’s
inability to freely access the
shores of Lake Mead. At
several points, supporters
yelled out “Amen!”
He’d been free for about
48 hours after being in jail
for about two years. Bundy
noted things hadn’t
changed that much.
“Our sheriff is still in the
same place he is. Our county
commissioners are in the
same place. Our highway
patrol is in the same place.
Our governor is in the same
place,” he said. “I mean, I’m
still running a ranch. I’m
still trying to raise cattle.”
The cattle. They too
remain largely in the same
place. On BLM land.
david.montero
@latimes.com
1,000 WORDS: TRABZON, Turkey
Muhammed Kacar Abaca Press
JET SKIDS OFF RUNWAY
A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey sat precariously Sunday on a muddy incline with its nose just feet from the Black Sea. Some of the 168 people on board the
Boeing 737-800 described it as a “miracle” that everyone was evacuated safely from the plane, which went
off a runway at Trabzon airport. If it had slid farther along the slope, the plane would have probably
plunged into the sea. Pegasus Airlines said no one was injured during the incident late Saturday.
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
A3
THE WORLD
Pope will focus on the indigenous
In Chile and Peru,
Francis will probably
also speak up for
rainforests, migrants.
By Patrick J.
McDonnell,
Tracy Wilkinson
and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile —
Pope Francis on Monday begins a weeklong visit to Chile
and Peru that is expected to
highlight the plight of the
continent’s indigenous peoples, the decimation of the
Amazon rainforests and the
struggles of immigrants and
the poor.
The trip will be the Argentine pope’s fourth visit to
South America, following his
trip to Colombia in September.
A series of gasoline firebomb attacks on Roman
Catholic churches in Chile
before the pope’s arrival has
dramatized tension in the
church here, which has been
riven by cases of clergy sexual abuse.
No one was injured in the
attacks overnight Friday on
three churches in Santiago,
the capital, and damage was
minimal from the crude
strikes with gasoline-filled
bottles. But after the incidents, President Michelle
Bachelet called on Chileans
to receive the pope in a “climate of respect.”
A fourth attack occurred
early Sunday at a church in
Melipilla, outside Santiago.
It was unclear who was
behind the strikes, and authorities downplayed the
significance, but the firebombings
were
clearly
timed to coincide with the
pope’s visit.
“The next bombs will be
in your cassock,” threatened
pamphlets found outside
one
of
the
targeted
churches.
The pamphlets also
championed the cause of
Chile’s Mapuche indigenous
group, which has been engaged in a battle for the return of ancestral territories
and for other rights.
On Wednesday, the pontiff is slated to travel to the
Esteban Felix Associated Press
IN TEMUCO, Chile, this month, Mauricio Painefil readies a traditional indigenous home known as a ruca for
tourists, in the Mapuche community Llaguepulli. Pope Francis plans to meet with Mapuche representatives.
Pablo Porciuncula AFP/Getty Images
IN SANTIAGO, Chile, police set up security fencing
at the Padre Hurtado Sanctuary for the pope’s visit.
Four churches were firebombed over the weekend.
central city of Temuco to celebrate Mass and meet with
Mapuche representatives.
Several Mapuche leaders
condemned the firebomb-
ings and rejected violence as
a means of social change, a
sentiment echoed by other
Chilean officials.
“There is no place for vi-
olence in a democracy,” said
Claudio Orrego, regional
governor of the Santiago
area.
Also in Chile, victims of
clergy sexual abuse have
been pushing for a meeting
with the pope during his visit
here, though no such meeting had been formally scheduled.
Many Catholics here
were outraged at the pope’s
appointment in 2015 of
Bishop Juan Barros Madrid
to head the diocese of
Osorno, about 510 miles
south of the capital. Barros
has denied covering up
allegations of abuse by a
prominent Santiago priest,
Father Fernando Karadima,
who was sentenced by the
Vatican in 2011 to a life of
prayer and penance for sexual abuse of children and
adults.
The pope is scheduled to
be in Chile from Monday to
Wednesday before heading
to Peru for the second leg of
his journey.
Massive crowds are expected for a number of outdoor celebrations. Officials
in both countries said security was being beefed up before the papal visit.
Emotions were running
high in advance of the visit to
the two largely Catholic nations. Images of the pope
and signs welcoming him
were already beginning to
line the streets of cities he is
planning to visit.
Francis, a native of
Buenos Aires of Italian ancestry, has never visited his
Argentine homeland as
pope. Many Argentines are
making the trip to neighboring Chile to pay homage to
their compatriot, the first
pope from the Americas.
The pope is scheduled to
Israel
says it
erased
tunnel
The army maintains
that it was built by
Hamas to smuggle in
arms and terrorists.
By Noga Tarnopolsky
JERUSALEM — It was
an unusual and terse announcement: “In accordance with current assessments,” Israel’s army said on
Saturday,
the
Kerem
Shalom crossing would be
closed the next day. There
was no further explanation.
Kerem Shalom is one of
the Gaza Strip’s few lifelines
to the outer world and the
principal entry point for humanitarian aid.
The mystery was resolved at 7 a.m. Sunday,
when Israel announced that
its air force had destroyed a
tunnel running from the
Gaza Strip south into Egypt
and north into Israel under
the delicate triple-border
area of Rafah.
Israeli authorities said
the tunnel extended almost
600 feet into Israeli territory
and was built solely with the
aim of executing terrorist attacks against Israelis. It was
dug below the border crossing, beneath pipes used to
transport natural gas and
fuel.
Israeli Defense Minister
Avigdor Lieberman said the
tunnel represented a “bla-
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images
A PALESTINIAN security worker shuts the gate of the Kerem Shalom border crossing, the main passage
point for goods entering Gaza, after it was closed Sunday by Israel after the discovery of a tunnel underneath.
tant violation of Israeli sovereignty. The destruction of
the network of attack tunnels is an essential part of
our policy of systematically
harming Hamas’ strategic
capabilities.”
Hamas is the Islamist militia that rules the Gaza
Strip, a tiny Palestinian territory wedged among Israel,
Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.
Countering Israel’s accusation that the wide, reinforced shaft was built to
smuggle weapons and terrorists into Israel, Hamas
claimed the tunnel was intended for smuggling goods.
“We have not encountered a tunnel like this before,” said Brig. Gen. Ronen
Manelis, a spokesman for
the Israel Defense Forces.
The existence of tunnels
used to smuggle terrorists
into Israel was revealed in
the initial days of the 2014
war between Hamas and Israel. During the night of July
21, 2014, two Hamas cells attempted to penetrate Israel.
In one of the attacks, 10 Palestinians exited a tunnel
wearing full Israeli army uniforms. Seven Israeli soldiers
and at least 10 guerrilla fighters were killed during the
nighttime combat, which
took place in residential
neighborhoods of Israeli
border towns.
The tunnel bombed on
Saturday night is the fourth
tunnel Israel has destroyed
in recent months.
After several setbacks in
detecting tunnels, the Israeli
army insisted Sunday that
Israel possesses “the most
advanced capability in the
world to locate underground
tunnels” and announced its
intention to demolish all of
the tunnels extending from
the Gaza Strip into Israel by
the end of the year.
Less than a week before
the arrival of Vice President
Mike Pence, the region is
once again on the verge of
turmoil. Pence’s first stop,
Egypt, brokered a faltering
reunification
agreement
signed in October in Cairo
between Hamas and Fatah,
the internationally recognized Palestinian movement that rules the West
Bank.
Egypt has been fighting a
war of attrition against Islamic State-affiliated militias in its vast Sinai desert,
which borders Gaza.
“The Egyptians who negotiated a reconciliation
with the Palestinian organization likely never imagined
that it would dare cooperate
with ISIS and dig a tunnel
reaching all the way to
Sinai,” Ron Ben-Yishai, a
military analyst for the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot,
wrote on Sunday, using an
acronym for the Islamic
State militant group. He
added that the demolition
“is likely to have strategic
consequences.”
He cautioned that “the
tunnel underneath the
Kerem
Shalom
border
crossing was an operation of
deception not only against
the Egyptians, but against
Israel too.
Hamas likely believed the
Israeli army would never
imagine it was digging a tunnel under the strip’s only lifeline, endangering the population’s welfare.”
Since President Trump’s
Dec. 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital, there has been an
uptick in border violence,
with more than 40 rockets
and mortars fired at Israel
from Gaza.
Tarnopolsky is a special
correspondent.
meet with the presidents of
both countries — Bachelet
in Chile and Pedro Pablo
Kuczynski in Peru — along
with
hosting
bishops,
priests and representatives
of the youth. He is also slated
to meet with female prisoners at a jail in Santiago.
Among other stops in
Peru, Francis is scheduled
to meet with Amazonian indigenous representatives in
the city of Puerto Maldonado, in Peru’s southeastern
Madre de Dios region, a
gateway to the Peruvian
Amazon.
Puerto Maldonado is
widely seen as a near-lawless
center of illicit gold mining
that has ravaged the environment, pushed indigenous people from their lands
and resulted in forced labor
and trafficking of women
and girls for prostitution.
The Vatican will be hosting a Synod of Bishops for
the Pan-Amazon region in
October 2019.
Francis’ previous visit to
South America — his fourday trip to Colombia in September — was by all accounts highly successful.
Huge crowds turned out to
see the pontiff, capped by
the 1.1 million who attended
a Mass on the runways of
Medellin’s downtown airport.
At the top of his list of sermon topics was reconciliation, a sensitive topic in the
aftermath of a peace deal
signed in 2016 by the Colombian government and FARC
rebels that ended half a century of conflict.
But the pope largely
steered clear of inserting
himself into what may be the
continent’s biggest crisis,
the civil unrest in Venezuela.
Although he met during his
Colombian trip with five
Venezuelan bishops, including Caracas Archbishop
Jorge Urosa, who have been
sharply critical of President
Nicolas Maduro, the pope
subsequently limited himself to calls for dialogue and
stability.
The theme of immigration is also expected to be
prominent during the pope’s
swing through South America. Chile and Peru have seen
influxes of Venezuelans and
others fleeing economic and
political turmoil.
Ahead of his departure
for South America, Francis
used his regular Sunday
service in St. Peter’s Square
to make an impassioned
plea for immigrants.
Being afraid of migration
is a natural human reaction
and not a sin, the pope said
after the Sunday Angelus
and speaking in honor of the
international day of migrants and refugees.
“The sin,” he said, “is to
allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit
our choices, to compromise
respect and generosity, to
feed hostility and rejection.”
He said it was incumbent
on residents in countries receiving immigrants and refugees to welcome them, and
incumbent on the new arrivals to learn and respect local laws and customs.
Francis has consistently
voiced support for the poor
and for those fleeing violence and turmoil — and
has assailed what he calls a
“throwaway culture” that,
he says, costs lives and damages the environment. He
openly criticized President
Trump’s vow to build a wall
along the U.S. border with
Mexico, saying those who
speak of walls and not
bridges are not true Christians. That brought an angry rebuke from Trump.
The Vatican newspaper
L’Osservatore Romano over
the
weekend
criticized
Trump’s latest characterization of countries in Africa,
Central America and the Caribbean as “particularly
harsh and offensive.”
patrick.mcdonnell
@latimes.com
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[Immigrants, from A1]
down would take place,
Trump said he was unsure.
“I don’t know if there is
going to be a shutdown,” he
said. “There shouldn’t be because if there is our military
gets hurt very badly. We
cannot let our military be
hurt.”
Most military operations
would not be affected by a
shutdown because they are
considered essential to protect life or property. In past
shutdowns, however, military pay was suspended, although soldiers were paid
retroactively when the stalemate ended.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who brought
one of the lawsuits against
the
administration
on
DACA, disputed Trump’s
assertion about Democrats’
goals and urged his party
not to accept any deals that
add “bad stuff ” related to
border security.
Among other things,
Trump wants money for a
southern border wall.
“I will tell my Democratic
friends the following: DACA
is actually now alive and the
Homeland Security Department is now accepting renewal applications, so it’s
nowhere near dead,” Becerra said on “Fox News
Sunday.”
“I would hope they would
not agree to any bad deals on
immigration, taking really
bad stuff that has nothing to
do with helping our borders
in order to get a DACA deal,”
he said, adding, “That
DACA deal should stand on
its own.”
While Trump has assailed the judge’s order on
Twitter, his administration
has not yet appealed the decision but is expected to do
so.
Immigration advocates
urged DACA beneficiaries to
seek renewals quickly.
“The Trump administration stated that it plans to
‘vigorously’ challenge the
district court’s decision.
This means that the window
of time available for sending
in your DACA renewal is uncertain,” the National Immigration Law Center said in a
release over social media,
urging those eligible “to apply immediately.”
About 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children have been
allowed to live, work and go
to school legally in the U.S.
under the DACA program,
and to serve in the military.
Nearly a third of beneficia-
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DEMONSTRATORS gather in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s offices in Los Angeles this month to show their support for “Dreamers.”
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Sunday urged Democrats not to accept any deals that add “bad stuff” related to border security.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP tweeted that a program to
protect young immigrants “is probably dead.”
ries are estimated to live in
California.
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Study finds accused
can mitigate social
consequences when
their families coalesce.
By Deborah Netburn
Witches continue to work
their dark arts in some parts
of the world, at least in the
minds of their accusers.
For example, in a rural
farming
community
in
southwestern China, 13.7% of
the population has been labeled “zhu,” or “witch,” by
their neighbors, according
to a new paper published
this month in Nature Human Behavior.
“ ‘Zhu’ households are
considered to raise snakes
and poison people by providing them polluted food or
simply by eye contact,” said
Ting Ji, an anthropologist at
the Chinese Academy of Sciences who worked on the
study.
The concept of zhu, also
known as zhubo, can be
spread or transferred from
zhu households to non-zhu
households by giving valuables, such as gold, silver or
silk, Ting said.
“The rumor of one household got ‘zhu’ will spread
quickly in the villages and to
the neighboring villages,”
she said.
In the new study, Ting
and her colleagues describe
the effects of being labeled
zhu in the community in
southwestern China.
The authors found that
the label has serious consequences for the accused and
their families, but that these
consequences are mitigated
when the “witches” band together.
Belief in witchcraft occurs in cultures throughout
the world, although the label
means different things to
different groups.
“Conceptions of witchcraft are very variable, so
sometimes it is not helpful to
use that word,” said Ruth
Mace, an anthropologist at
University College London
who also worked on the
study.
However, there are some
common themes. The label
is usually applied to middleaged women, and it frequently includes an attribution of blame for some misfortune.
The women designated
zhu in the Chinese community where Mace and her colleagues did their fieldwork
were mostly middle-aged
and, generally, the heads of
their households. They were
not hunted down and
burned at the stake by their
neighbors, but they were ostracized from their community, the authors found.
Specifically, zhu and
their families were less likely
to receive farming help from
their non-zhu neighbors, or
to be part of the community’s social networks, the authors report.
In addition, women who
had been designated zhu
had fewer children than
those who had not been.
It is illegal to accuse
someone of being a witch in
China, so it was difficult for
the researchers to learn how
the designations were originally made, or by whom.
“We think it is rumor or
gossip, but don’t know why it
sticks in some cases,” Mace
said. “Some also are said to
inherit the label from their
mother. The topic is taboo,
so it is a bit sensitive to discuss.”
To better understand the
interactions between those
bearing the zhu tag and
those who don’t, the authors
mapped their relationships
in five villages in a few ways.
They found that zhu families were more likely to have
children with each other
than with non-zhu families.
And when they played a giftgiving game — allowing villagers to decide how to dis-
tribute a small sum of money, non-zhu families were
more likely to give the money
to other non-zhu families,
while zhu families were more
likely to give it to other zhu
families.
Some anthropologists
have suggested that cultures
may apply the label of witch
to those who are more selfish
and less cooperative than
others.
In this case, the fear of being tagged a witch might encourage members of a community to act for the collective good. However, in this
study, the authors found no
evidence that women labeled zhu were any less cooperative than their neighbors.
Therefore, the authors
propose another potential
reason for why some people
get labeled zhu and others
don’t.
“Our finding that the label is more likely to fall on
wealthier
and
femaleheaded households fits with
anecdotal accounts from
other populations of accusations arising out of jealousy
or spite, directed particularly at women,” the authors
write in the paper published
on Jan. 8.
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THE NATION
Yes, they believe the Earth is flat
Colorado is a hub for
those who think the
science of the globe is
just a conspiracy.
By David Kelly
GOLDEN, Colo. —Moving with missionary zeal, Nathan Thompson swept into a
brewpub here bearing a battered globe under his arm
with the words “this is a
scam” scrawled on the side.
He dropped the defaced
orb like a vanquished enemy
on a table amid pints of beer.
“They say we are cult,” he
announced, “but the globe is
the biggest cult of all.”
Thompson, the 31-yearold host of the Official Flat
Earth Globe & Discussion
group on Facebook, was
guest of honor at the night’s
flat Earth meet-up. Clad in a
green jumpsuit festooned
with flat Earth maps, he
worked the room hard all the
while proclaiming Earth is
less a big blue marble than a
big blue pancake.
A 16-year-old boy approached and said his friend
had started a GoFundMe
campaign to prove the world
is a disk. Moments later a
middle-aged man declared,
“Earth is flat, not spheroid!”
Thompson beamed.
“This is not a conspiracy
theory,” he said. “This is a
conspiracy fact.”
With more people rejecting traditional sources of information and the internet
giving rise to a variety of alternative worldviews, the
granddaddy of all conspiracy theories is enjoying a renaissance and Colorado is the
epicenter.
Thousands of YouTube
videos claim the world is flat,
gravity is uncertain, space is
fake and the curvature of the
planet is an illusion. Followers say this ruse is perpetu-
David Kelly For The Times
“THEY want to dissuade you from the idea of a God,” says Bob Knodel, 57.
ated by a powerful cabal determined to make humans
feel small and powerless.
A conspiratorial mindset and a deep current of religious ideology permeate the
movement, which preaches
that Earth was created by
design. As evidence of its
shape, some reference Bible
verses touting “the four corners of the Earth” and Earth
being God’s “footstool.”
Many of the most popular
flat Earth videos come out of
Colorado, host of next year’s
Flat Earth International
Conference along with the
Colorado International Flat
Earth Film Festival.
Mark Sargent, a software
analyst from Boulder now
living in Seattle, is the primary organizer of the movement and has made over
1,000 videos. He believes Colorado’s open-mindedness
accounts for its prominent
position among believers.
Back in 2015, when he
typed “flat Earth” into
YouTube he’d get 50,000 hits.
Now it’s more than 18.7 million, beating out Lady Gaga
and closing in on Donald
Trump. Sargent said he suspects millions of believers remain “in the closet” to avoid
ridicule. “My channel broke
10 million views in December,” he said. “This is my fulltime job now.”
Sargent, 49, became a believer after watching videos
and realizing he could “no
longer prove the globe.”
The flat Earth revival, he
said, can be explained in
large part by YouTube, increased skepticism of authority and the message of
hope it conveys.
“You’re not on a tiny little
speck of rock just flying
through this endless, incomprehensible universe and
you are not small,” said Sargent, who believes Earth is
beneath a dome. “It was
built just for you. All the
world is a stage and you’re in
it. You are on a ride. Part
stage, part terrarium, part
planetarium. Whatever it is,
it is very deliberate.”
The concept of a flat
Earth goes back to the
Bronze Age. Later on, Greek
philosophers and mathematicians like Ptolemy, Aristotle and Pythagoras used calculations and observations
of Earth’s curved shadow on
the moon during lunar
eclipses to conclude the
planet was round.
Yet millenniums later
that still doesn’t sit well for
some.
One of the nation’s first
meet-ups dedicated to the
flat Earth cause convenes
weekly at the Purple Cup Cafe in Fort Collins.
John Vnuk started it in
2016 and soon received more
than 200 calls from people
eager to know more.
“I suspect there are more
people open to the idea of
flat Earth then we think,” he
said. “We had a multitude of
engineers attend our meeting … who just would rather
have a peaceful life with full
employment than join the
battle.”
At a recent meeting, Nathan Nichols, 39, rattled off
“proofs” for a tabular Earth.
He said it looks curved from
high altitudes because of
wide-angle camera lenses.
Ships disappear over the
horizon because of the limits
of human vision.
Some members believe
Earth is surrounded by a
wall of ice holding back the
seas while others suspect it’s
an infinite plane. Circumnavigating the world, they
explain, is simply traveling
in a big circle.
“I don’t know the motivation for hiding the truth,”
Nichols said. “The sobering
part of this is that you have
been lied to.”
As conspiracies go, this
one is remarkably nonpartisan, said Joseph Uscinski,
author of the book “American Conspiracy Theories.”
“Just like some have a
left- or right-wing worldview,
some people have a conspiratorial worldview where
they think every institution
is a liar,” he said.
The Los Angeles-based
Independent Investigations
Group, which looks into
claims of the paranormal
and pseudoscience, plans a
test in the coming weeks at
the Salton Sea hoping to
convince a group of flat
Earthers. They will fire a laser eight feet above the water to a target on the other
side. “If the Earth is flat the
laser will stay at eight feet
the whole way,” said Spencer
Marks, an investigator with
the group. “If it’s curved, it
will descend toward the surface of the water.”
Marks has debated flat
Earthers, but he’s not a scientist. In fact, few scientists
have weighed in.
“Science doesn’t even get
their arguments out there,”
Sargent said. “They try to
beat us with math, but people don’t understand it. It
might as well be static, so
they listen to me.”
David Falk, assistant
professor of astronomy at
Los Angeles Valley College,
thinks that’s a mistake. “The
serious science community
feels it’s so basic that they
don’t want to waste their
time debunking it,” he said.
“But ... the danger isn’t that
people don’t believe the
Earth is round; it’s the lack
of scientific literacy.”
Back at the Golden pub,
Bob Knodel, a 57-year-old
engineer whose “Globebusters” series has more
than 2.6 million views on
YouTube, held forth on the
flat Earth universe. “The
sun is about 3,419.5 miles
away by my calculations. It’s
not a burning ball of hydrogen gas; it is electrostatic energy,” he said. “We don’t
know how it’s powered.”
Brian Gegan, 55 and not a
flat Earther, wandered over.
“So you believe the Earth
is flat and stationary?” he
asked.
Thompson jumped in:
“We don’t believe, we know.
We live in a closed system.
The Earth is not spinning.
What would keep us on it if it
was spinning so fast?”
“Gravity,” said Gegan.
“Gravity has never been
proven,” Thompson said.
Gegan asked why it
would be hidden.
“They want to dissuade
you from the idea of a God,”
Knodel said. “Beyond that,
as a way to control your
mind. They want us to think
that we aren’t special, but we
are.”
Gegan walked away unconvinced.
Kelly is a special
correspondent.
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Photographs by Jenny Jarvie For The Times
THE REV. Raphael G. Warnock presides over Sunday’s service at Ebenezer Bap-
tist Church in Atlanta. He delivered a rousing, wide-ranging sermon.
Black congregants
challenge Trump
[King, from A1]
insensitive words that the
president tends to casually
mutter.
On the Sunday before
Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
a time that typically rivals
Christmas and Easter services at many black churches
across America, sermons
often reflect broadly on the
quest for justice in black
communities today in following the King tradition.
But in two of the nation’s
most historic congregations
— a California community of
19,000 that’s among the nation’s largest black churches
and the Georgia house of
worship whose name is synonymous with King — the focus became laser sharp.
Nearly a year into Trump’s
presidency, it was time to
take stock of black communities’ needs and challenges
in a nation many believed
was getting worse, not better, for them.
Trump shouldn’t get people down, pastors said. His
words should instead spur
them to fight on.
“Some of us came on immigrant ships, others of us
came on slave ships, but
we’re all in the same boat,”
Warnock told more than a
thousand congregants —
some dressed in long fur
coats, others in vivid, patterned shirts and robes —
who packed the wooden
pews of Ebenezer’s airy
modern sanctuary.
Most of those who filled
the room were African
Americans whose ancestors,
in most cases, came to the
U.S. on slave ships from
what’s now Nigeria, Angola,
Ghana and Gambia.
“We will not allow the politics of division to get in the
way of the vision of a shared
humanity, the vision of what
Dr. King called the beloved
community, the vision of one
nation
under
God,”
Warnock said.
The service, just across
the street from the modest
brick church where King delivered his first and last sermon, began with members
of the church’s drama ministry wearing “I AM A MAN”
sandwich boards and reading excerpts from King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the
Mountaintop.”
It ended with the congregation linking arms and
singing “We Shall Overcome.”
The crowd clapped, said
“Amen” and stood up as
Warnock delivered a rousing, wide-ranging sermon
peppered with references to
the Bible and King’s
speeches, and historical accounts of colonialism and
slavery. That wasn’t unusual; what was new were references to statements from
Trump.
The stories are well
known and also hard to
count. The president kicked
off his campaign by calling
Mexicans “rapists.” He
vowed to ban Muslim immigration into the U.S., and immigration advocates say he
achieved partial success
with his travel bans. He
railed against black athletes
who don’t stand for the national anthem in protest
against social injustice. He
described white supremacists as “very fine people.”
He suggested Puerto Ricans
were lazy when they requested more assistance
from the federal government
after a hurricane devastated
the island. And he reportedly dismissed dozens of
countries, and one entire
continent, as essentially
worthless. (On Sunday,
while in Palm Beach, Fla.,
Trump declared, “I am not a
VERONIKA JACKSON , a musician from Decatur,
Ga., was disheartened by President Trump’s remarks
last week, but felt uplifted as she left Ebenezer.
‘We will not allow
the politics of
division to get in
the way of the
vision of a shared
humanity, the
vision of what Dr.
King called the
beloved
community.’
— The Rev. Raphael
G. Warnock,
Ebenezer Baptist Church
racist,” in response to a journalist’s question about the
incident.)
Archie Shackles, 65, who
attends First AME in Los
Angeles, said it was “really
hypocritical” for Trump to
commemorate King after
the remarks he had made.
Shackles grew up in
Texas during segregation
and recalls having to step off
the sidewalk to let white people go by. Trump, he said,
wants to put African Americans in an even lower place
than that.
“He’d love to take us back
all the way to slavery,” said
Shackles, a librarian and
member of the church choir.
At First AME, the Rev.
Charolyn Jones offered inspiration from the Jews who
were held captive in Babylon
and followed God’s advice to
build houses, grow food and
raise
families.
African
Americans should turn
anger at Trump into action,
she said.
When people are “constantly subjected to racist,
vile, offensive and divisive”
remarks, they should continue to hope and look to the
future, whether by speaking
out against racism or by running for public office, Jones
said.
At Ebenezer, Warnock reminded congregants “of
some 2,000 Bible verses that
tell us to care for the poor
and the widows, the immigrants in our midst.”
Warnock railed against
the “large sectors of the
American church and their
shameful complicity, even
their active role” in putting
Trump in the Oval Office.
White evangelicals remain
one of the president’s
strongest groups of supporters, although recent polls
have shown some weakening
of that support.
He condemned politicians who make “mild, pious
pronouncements” in King’s
honor while resisting his ultimate message of love and
social justice. Trump signed
a routine proclamation
declaring the King holiday
on Friday, a day after his remarks during the immigration meeting.
“You cannot celebrate
the dream if you will not liberate
the
‘Dreamers,’ ”
Warnock said. “Give these
800,000 young people who
are in our colleges and in our
neighborhoods a path to
dignified citizenship,” he
said, alluding to the president’s vacillating positions
on the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals immigration program.
“Dr. King said a person
who has not found something he’s willing to die for is
not fit to live,” Warnock told
congregants. “Dr. King said
the ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and
convenience, but in time of
challenge and controversy.”
Outside Ebenezer, a
steady flow of locals and
tourists braved the bitter
cold to walk around the Martin Luther King Jr. National
Historic Site — upgraded to
a national historic park last
week in a new act signed by
Trump.
After watching a 30-minute video on King’s life and
legacy, Quiyana Shipp, a 22year-old supply specialist in
the U.S. Army, said she appreciated civil rights pioneers’ impact on modernday America. Growing up in
Suwanee, Ga., a suburban
area of metro Atlanta, Shipp
said she had not experienced overt discrimination.
Yet she believed many
Americans were not used to
seeing educated black women.
“I’m told I’m so well spoken — as if that’s unusual,”
she said. “We’ve come a long
way, but we still have a way
to go.”
Back inside Ebenezer,
Veronika Jackson, a 65-yearold musician from Decatur,
scribbled notes throughout
the service.
A descendant of West African slaves, Jackson was
born in Birmingham, Ala. As
a young girl, her school principal’s daughter was killed
when members of the Ku
Klux Klan planted a bomb in
the basement of the 16th
Street Baptist Church.
Although Jackson had
not been entirely surprised
by Trump’s remarks — “I already knew what kind of
man he is,” she said — they
left her disheartened.
But as she left the sanctuary, passing an obelisk bell
tower built in homage to the
ancient Stele of Axum in
modern-day Ethiopia, she
said she felt fired up by the
sermon. “I’m lifted up as a
black woman in my culture,”
she said. “I’m walking with
my head up.”
jaweed.kaleem
@latimes.com
cindy.chang@latimes.com
Times staff writers Chang
reported from Los Angeles
and Kaleem from New York,
and special correspondent
Jarvie from Atlanta.
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officials were hauling “lots
and lots of dump trucks” to a
site in Summerland, where
the contents were dried,
sorted and stockpiled. At
beaches in Goleta and Carpinteria, dump trucks unloaded mud and sediment
onto the sand. Public health
officials shut down several
beaches along the coast after tests showed abnormally
high levels of bacteria.
“The problem over the
last three days was the wetness,” said Chris Sneddon,
deputy director of Santa
Barbara County Public
Works. “It was runny, like
trying to pick up soup in
your hands and put it into a
bowl without leaking.”
Now the mud has begun
to dry — spackled onto the
pavement or pushed to the
curbs like mounds of fudge
topping several feet.
“It’s heavy,” said Ben
Chrestenson, whose crew of
40 workers helped clear out
the mud-clogged garage at
the Montecito Inn and other
streets in the shopping district along Coast Village
Road. “It has the consistency of concrete.”
He used a broom to
sweep dried dirt off the sidewalk as a dozer plowed the
CVS parking lot across the
street. Cleaning with power
washers would have to wait:
There was nowhere to drain
the water.
“You can’t just rinse it off
to your neighbors,” he said.
Chrestenson leaned on the
broom outside the Honor
Bar — a popular nightspot,
now closed. He pointed to a
mud-caked photo of an infant that was unearthed in
the rubble.
“People’s lives just tore
through here,” he said. He
knew more discoveries
would await.
Montecito is accustomed
to dealing with natural calamity. Brush fires roar
through the hills every few
years and periodic storms
batter the coast. But the
mud — piled up with cars,
rocks, tree trunks and refrigerators — is a disaster on a
different scale.
“In wind storms, the
power lines are down. In
rain, the sewers may clog,”
Sneddon said. “This is impacting everything: gas,
power, sewer, communications, and roads. And we
have a high level of damage
in a concentrated area.”
For the medley of agencies involved, the response is
a puzzle that’s always in flux:
Search teams can’t use
chainsaws or cutters if ruptured gas lines are leaking.
Sanitation crews can’t operate pumps without electricity. And no rescuer can
reach the wreckage if streets
are blocked.
The top priority is to keep
the 50 miles of roads and 25
bridges merely passable for
firefighters as well as bulldozers, dump trucks and
cranes. Open and accessible
was the goal.
“We’re not working on
Photographs by
Michael Owen Baker For The Times
A WORKER HELPS remove mud from U.S. 101 on Sunday. “Highway 101 will reopen,” a Caltrans spokesman said. “I just can’t say when.”
LOS ANGELES firefighter Jeffrey Neu gives water to Faith, a search dog, as they
comb through a wood pile for bodies Sunday in Montecito Creek.
getting them beautiful,”
Sneddon added.
Crews are also breaking
up large rocks, clearing 250
culverts and trying to open
up debris basins — tasks
that are more urgent as forecasters predict storms later
this week.
“There’s already a lot of
debris, mud and boulders.
When it does rain, it makes it
so stuff can move,” Sneddon
said. “It’s going to be a constant effort to keep the area
clear.”
U.S. 101 remained closed
here after a swampy bayou
formed in the highway’s lowest point, right next to the
Montecito Inn. Jim Shivers,
a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, said the freeway
was shut down indefinitely
as crews labored to pump
out water and debris.
The drying mud on the
sides of an abandoned black
Range Rover offered a yardstick of progress. So far, the
swamp line had dropped
about one foot.
“Highway 101 will reopen.
I can guarantee it,” Shivers
said. “I just can’t say when.”
The absence of a recovery
timeline was the new normal.
“We’re not done assessing,” said David Song, a
spokesman for Southern
California Edison. About
1,500 customers remained
without power, and so far, officials confirmed 62 power
lines were toppled.
In the field, 20 crews —
each with three to six people
— have barely recognized
the area. Homes were flattened. Pools were stuffed
with sludge. The concrete
foundations
sometimes
peek out, the only indicators
of what once was.
“The mudslides created
new terrain,” Song said. “We
have to completely re-engineer and rebuild infrastructure on new ground.”
Mudflows knocked out
six sections of Montecito’s
main water line that snakes
along the hills above most
homes. There, a pipeline
once partly aboveground is
now sometimes 50 feet in the
air after the ravines beneath
it washed out.
Access is difficult — and
some crews have to reach it
by foot. Debris flows also
knocked out a 100-foot section of the pipeline to Jameson Lake, which accounts
for up to 40% of the area’s
water supply.
For those who have water, pressure can be low, and
they are required to boil it.
“I’m hopeful that very
soon we’ll be providing water,” said Nick Turner, general manager of the Montecito Water District. “We’re
not days away, but certainly
sometime before the next
two months.”
An
additional
3,600
Southern California Gas Co.
customers were without
service.
Workers were still trying
to stop the gas leaks, which
sometimes required shutting down whole swaths of
the town, said Jimmie Cho, a
vice president for the utility.
Those who defied evacuation orders remain cloistered in their homes, with
food and water supplies
dwindling. California Highway Patrol officers stand at
checkpoints across the
town, reminding those who
left that they cannot return.
Barbara Mathews, a physician who owns a gated
eight-acre ranch high in the
hills, pressed a CHP officer
at one checkpoint to allow
her to pass. As he waved in
firefighters and gas company crews, the officer refused her entreaties.
“It’s frustrating not to
know how my house is and
what to do,” said Mathews,
who was now living at her
late parents’ home in Santa
Barbara. “I’m going to pray
it’s all right. I’m worried
about my barn, stable and
little cottage.”
Randy Hill, 59, stayed put
through the evacuation, living off a stock of food and 10
gallons of distilled water.
But he lost gas service in his
townhouse in central Montecito on Saturday as repairs
were underway. His propane
tank was low.
“We’ve hunkered down
but are thinking about leaving,” Hill said. The car was
already packed.
matt.hamilton
@latimes.com
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THE AGENDA: TAXES
Aleksandar Plavevski EPA/Shutterstock
APPLE is among the firms expected to repatriate billions of dollars to the United States due to the new tax law. Above, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook last month.
Will cash influx spur tie-ups?
As firms bring back dollars to the U.S., some experts expect a surge in mergers
By James F. Peltz
In late 2015, Apple Inc.
Chief Executive Tim Cook
was
asked
why
the
technology giant continued
to leave a mountain of
cash overseas rather than
return it to the United
States.
“I’d love to bring it home,”
Cook said of the cash hoard,
which now totals a staggering $265 billion, in an interview aired on “60 Minutes.”
But, he added, “it would cost
me 40% [in federal and state
taxes] and I don’t think
that’s a reasonable thing to
do.”
Now, with the new U.S.
tax law providing a much
lower cost for cash repatriation, Cook and the managements of many other U.S.
multinational companies
are expected to bring home a
sizable chunk of the $1.4 trillion that Moody’s Investors
Service estimates is held offshore by nonfinancial U.S.
companies.
The others include fellow
tech giants Microsoft Corp.,
Cisco Systems Inc., Google
parent Alphabet Inc. and
Oracle Corp.; drugmakers
Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer
Inc. and Merck & Co.; the
biotech company Amgen
Inc.; and industrial giant
General Electric Co.
In pushing for tax reform,
the Trump administration
and Republican congressional leaders argued that
the new law would end “the
perverse incentive to keep
foreign profits offshore,” as
they jointly said in their tax
proposal, and that the repatriated cash would help spur
additional business investment and job growth in the
United States.
“This tax system will
bring back trillions of dollars
that will be invested here,”
Treasury Secretary Steven
T. Mnuchin said in November.
But the repatriation scenario also has triggered
speculation that Apple and
other firms will use a good
portion of that cash to buy
other companies, swelling
the number of corporate
mergers and acquisitions
this year. The rest of the cash
is expected to be deployed
for stock buybacks, higher
dividends and debt repayment along with any business investment and added
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
AMGEN’S entrance in Thousand Oaks in 2014. The company had $38.9 billion
overseas as of Sept. 30 but did not say how much it planned to repatriate.
employment.
“This is going to be a robust year for mergers and
acquisitions with the influx
of cash that’s going to be
brought into the U.S.,” said
Lloyd Greif, president of
Greif & Co., a Los Angeles investment bank.
The tax law enacted last
month not only slashes the
federal corporate tax rate to
21% from 35%, it imposes a
one-time tax of 8% to 15.5%
on foreign earnings held
overseas.
That one-time tax must
be paid “whether the cash
comes back home or not,” so
there is no longer an incentive for companies to keep
the cash offshore as a way of
deferring paying taxes on
those earnings, said Manal
Corwin, principal in charge
of international tax policy at
the accounting and consulting firm KPMG.
The new law effectively
“removes the tax cost asso-
ciated with the decision to
repatriate,” Corwin said.
“It’s now a business decision
whether they actually repatriate their earnings.”
The companies will incur
a charge against their overall
earnings for the one-time
tax hit on their repatriated
dollars, which some firms already have detailed:
8 Amgen, which had $38.9
billion overseas as of Sept.
30, said it expected to incur a
tax-related charge of $6 bil-
lion to $6.5 billion, although
the Thousand Oaks firm did
not say how much it planned
to repatriate.
8 Goldman Sachs Group
Inc. said its 2017 earnings
would be cut by about $5 billion and that about twothirds of the reduction “is
due to the repatriation tax.”
The investment bank did
not say exactly how much
cash it planned to bring back
to the United States.
8 Johnson & Johnson,
with nearly $16 billion in cash
overseas, welcomed the tax
law and its repatriation features, Johnson & Johnson
Chief Executive Alex Gorsky
told CNBC. But he said that
didn’t mean his company
would automatically be buying up other firms. Any
merger “starts with science,
the right deal, the right company,” Gorsky said, although he acknowledged
that the cash infusion “gives
us more flexibility.”
That’s true with Apple as
well.
Daniel
Ives,
head
technology analyst at the investment research firm
GBH Insights, estimated
that Apple would repatriate
about $200 billion and that
“it is a ripe time” for the company to make a major acquisition, such as Netflix Inc.,
even though Apple historically has shied away from big
mergers.
“The burning question
on the Street’s mind is does
Cook make a big bet with
this infusion of cash and
do a larger deal (e.g. Netflix)
to catalyze and jump
start its streaming video/
content business,” Ives
wrote in a note to clients this
month.
Apple declined to comment on its repatriation or
acquisition plans, and Netflix did not respond to a request for comment. Although Apple could easily finance a deal for Netflix,
some argue that Netflix is
too expensive relative to
whatever added growth the
video-streaming firm could
provide Apple.
Netflix’s stock has soared
72% in the last 12 months,
closing at $221.23 a share Friday, and the company now
has an overall market value
of $96 billion. Given that a
buyer would have to pay a
premium for the shares, that
would lift the price for buying Netflix to well above $100
billion.
Apple not only has the
cash but also could use its
stock as currency in a transaction. Apple’s stock has
jumped 49% in the last 12
months, to $177.09 a share
Friday, and the company’s
total market value is $900
billion.
Doing a deal that massive “would be a cultural
shift” for Apple, but one that
is “potentially necessary if
Apple wants to make a big
bet on the streaming front,”
Ives contended.
What other decisions
might companies make for
the cash they bring back?
Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the USC Gould
School of Law and former
chief of staff for Congress’
Joint Committee on Taxation, said he expected stock
buybacks and higher dividends, similar to what occurred in 2004 when American companies last received
a tax break on repatriated
cash.
Those moves could bolster the companies’ stock
prices and “you can’t ignore
the fact that that’s in the interest of investors and the
senior executives whose
compensation is tied to the
stock price in many cases,”
he said.
Kleinbard said he also expects “a significant amount
of debt repayment to take
place” with the repatriated
cash.
Greif,
however,
expressed doubt about a wave
of stock buybacks this time,
noting that stocks are now
trading at or near record
highs.
“The stock market wasn’t
at an all-time high in 2004, so
a lot of the cash went into
stock buybacks back then,”
he said. “Frankly, I don’t see
the wisdom of that [now].
You buy back stock when
your stock is cheap.”
Will it also spark a merger
wave? “There’s no logical
reason why that should be
true given how cheap money
is” already in terms of corporate borrowing costs, Kleinbard said.
Still, he said, “there is
something about a pile of
cash that does excite the acquisition leanings in all of us.
You’ve got the liquidity right
there in your pocket.”
james.peltz@latimes.com
Twitter: @PeltzLATimes
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[L.A. County, from A1]
cans in Glendale, Chinese
Americans in Monterey
Park and Filipino Americans in West Covina. The city
of Los Angeles has the second-largest population of
Native Americans in the U.S.
Airing an effective television ad campaign — the only
realistic way to reach voters
from the Palos Verdes
Peninsula to Palmdale and
Pacific Palisades to Pomona
— can cost $2 million a week.
Harnessing the county’s
political power base is tricky
because it’s a mishmash of
entrenched public employee
unions, Westside wealth,
Latino-led political bulwarks and grass-roots organizations, Hollywood glitterati and corporate titans.
“I don’t see a path to victory unless Villaraigosa or
Chiang can dominate in Los
Angeles,” said Democratic
political consultant Rose
Kapolczynski, who served as
former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s
chief campaign advisor.
Newsom, a former twoterm San Francisco mayor,
is expected to receive a
warm embrace from voters
in the Bay Area, where turnout is historically higher
than in L.A. County, especially in non-presidential
years. Combined with his aggressive courtship of California’s liberals, who mostly
reside along the affluent California coast, the Bay Area
vote gives Newsom a considerable advantage and helps
explain his front-runner
status.
The race in Los Angeles
County itself is tighter. The
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles
Times poll conducted in late
October
and
early
November found Villaraigosa and Newsom neck and
neck among likely voters in
the county, with both favored by about 27% of the
electorate. Chiang landed in
a distant third with 15%. In
the Bay Area, Newsom was
backed by 62% of voters
compared with 12% for Chiang and 7% for Villaraigosa.
In a December poll by the
UC Berkeley Institute of
Governmental
Studies,
Villaraigosa led Newsom in
L.A. County, 31% to 20%, with
Chiang at just 6%. Newsom
still dominated in the Bay
Area, with 55% of likely voter
support and the others in
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
THE BIGGEST problem for state Treasurer John Chiang in the governor’s race
is his obscurity. A third of likely voters in L.A. County have never heard of him.
single digits.
Villaraigosa has some
built-in advantages. He was
twice elected mayor of Los
Angeles, California’s largest
city. Villaraigosa lost to
James Hahn in the 2001 race
for mayor of Los Angeles,
but unseated Hahn four
years later by cobbling together a patchwork of support, stealing from Hahn’s
previous voting base in
South L.A., the Westside
and the central San Fernando Valley.
The question is whether
Villaraigosa, who has been
out of office since 2013, has
the magic to pull that off
again. A second-place finish
in the June primary would
be good enough because
under California’s “top-two”
primary system, the two
candidates who receive the
most votes advance to the
November election regardless of their political party.
Polls show Villaraigosa
still has a strong grip on a
major slice of the electorate
— Latinos. About 40% of
likely Latino voters statewide back him, double that
of any other candidate, according to multiple polls.
About a third of California’s
Latino registered voters live
in L.A. County.
Latino turnout is strongest in presidential election
years. In L.A. County, the
electorate in an off-year primary election tends to be
older and less diverse. In the
2014 primary, voter turnout
statewide was 25% — and
just 17% in L.A. County.
Among Latinos, it was 10%,
said Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic
Engagement Project at UC
Davis.
Statewide turnout in 2016
among Latinos was about
50%, probably driven by opposition to then-candidate
Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. Should that
energy linger into June,
Villaraigosa might be the
main beneficiary.
Chiang’s biggest problem
is obscurity. Though he’s
from the South Bay and has
been elected to statewide office three times — twice as
controller and once as treasurer — close to a third of
likely voters in L.A. County
have never heard of him, a
Public Policy Institute of
California poll found.
Parke Skelton, who recently stepped down as Chiang’s campaign advisor,
said in December that the
treasurer has developed a
loyal following among California’s growing pool of
Asian American voters.
Skelton predicted the group
could make up 8% of the California primary electorate.
Chiang already has proved
to have a substantial edge
when it comes to winning
over Asian American political donors across the political spectrum.
Chiang always has done
well in L.A. County in his
statewide runs for office.
That included his hotly contested campaign for state
controller in 2006, when he
beat a state senator from Orange County in the Democratic primary. Chiang won
the primary in L.A. County
by more than 6 percentage
points, thanks in part to
strong support in Century
City, downtown Los Angeles,
Gardena, Burbank, Glendale and Van Nuys.
Newsom, who became a
darling of the left as mayor of
San Francisco when he directed the city to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses in 2004, glided to victory in his first campaign for
lieutenant governor.
But he had some trouble
in L.A. County in the 2010
Democratic primary. Just
like the governor’s race,
Newsom was challenged by a
well-known Democrat from
L.A., city councilwoman and
homegrown political scion
Janice Hahn. Hahn, the
daughter of former county
Supervisor Kenneth Hahn
and sister of the former L.A.
mayor, beat Newsom by 14
percentage points in the
county.
Newsom fared best in
some of the region’s most affluent areas, including the
Westside, Hollywood Hills,
West Hollywood, Santa
Monica and Malibu.
Newsom’s margins in
Northern California may
make up for a mediocre performance in Los Angeles,
but if he can boost his numbers in L.A. in the June primary, that would cement his
front-runner status.
He says he’s visited
Southern California at least
once a week since he was
elected lieutenant governor.
“We’re doing a lot of town
halls around the region. And
we’re not taking anything for
granted,” Newsom said.
Delaine Eastin won L.A.
County in her successful
statewide runs for state superintendent of public instruction in 1994 and 1998.
But polls put the Democrat,
who lives in Northern California, with county support
at 6% or less.
A Public Policy Institute
of California survey found
55% of county voters had never heard of her.
For the most prominent
Republicans in the race,
Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach and former
U.S. Rep. Doug Ose of Sacramento, prospects in L.A.
County also border on grim.
Hillary Clinton crushed
Trump by a 3-to-1 margin in
the county last fall.
Democrats have a 33 percentage-point voter registration advantage over the
GOP in the county. Even
“decline to state” voters outnumber Republicans by
360,000.
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[Kim, from A1]
boarder Shaun White.
“She is going to play very
well on TV,” says Andrew
Rohm, a marketing professor at Loyola Marymount
University. “This is her coming-out party on the world
stage.”
::
At first glance, nothing
about Kim — not her slim
build or bright smile or the
pitch of her voice — hints at
the ferocity with which she
attacks the 22-foot walls of
the halfpipe.
Speed translates into big
air. This amplitude buys precious time to do things no
one has seen in women’s
snowboarding.
“Ridiculously talented,”
says Rick Bower, a U.S. national coach. “She has a huge
bag of tricks.”
It all started with her father, Jong Jin Kim, who
years ago wanted to try
snowboarding. When his
wife refused to join him, he
instead
brought
their
daughter up to the Mountain High resort.
“He took me as bait so he
could be like, your 4-year-old
daughter is here with me on
the mountain, do you know
how dangerous that is?
You’re a bad mom for not
coming with her,” Kim recalls.
Southern
California’s
warm climate might not
seem conducive to winter
sports, but White — the
Michael Jordan of snowboarding — grew up near
San Diego, honing his skills
in the San Bernardino
Mountains.
Two aspects of Kim’s
early start laid a foundation
for success.
So small at first, she
could not afford to cautiously zig-zag across the
pipe.
The
preschooler
needed to take a riskier
path, angling downhill to
generate enough pace to
launch herself even a few feet
off the lip.
And though she was a natural “goofy-foot,” riding
with her right foot forward,
her dad made her practice
regular-foot until she was
Matthew Stockman Getty Images
CHLOE KIM competes in Colorado. She is “ridiculously talented,” says Rick Bower, a U.S. national coach. “She has a huge bag of tricks.”
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ONLY A minimum-age requirement kept Kim out of
the 2014 Winter Olympics as she began rattling off
podium finishes at competitions around the world.
comfortable either way.
“That’s not normal,”
Bower says. “Her ability to
ride switch-stance is pretty
amazing.”
After winning her first
junior competition at age 6,
Kim spent two years living
with an aunt in Switzerland,
making weekly trips to the
Alps. She then returned to
Los Angeles and joined the
developmental program at
Mammoth Mountain.
As his daughter’s skills
continued to blossom, Jong
decided to quit his job as an
engineer.
“He went home and just
told my mom, ‘I’m done
working, I’m going to make
my daughter an Olympian,’ ” Kim says.
Jong would drag himself
out of bed in the early morning, bundling his daughter
into the car, letting her sleep
as he drove hours north to
Mammoth Lakes.
Though not quite as confident about future stardom,
Kim gladly threw herself into
riding, which she considered
“a good obsession.” People
started noticing her on the
mountain.
“Just this tiny little girl,”
Bower recalls. “But she
could go so big out of the
pipe.”
::
The first milestone came
in 2014 when a 13-year-old
Kim performed a stunning
final run, capped by consecutive 720s, to take silver
at the X Games. Veteran
rider Kelly Clark, who won
that day, figures it was the
start of something historic.
“She’s one of the most talented young riders I’ve ever
seen,” Clark says.
One after another, Kim
mastered her sport’s midair
acrobatics — the spins, flips
and rotations known by
such names as McTwists,
frontside 9s and cab 720 melons. Her relaxed style belied
the strength and conviction
required to perform such
tricks.
Only a minimum-age requirement kept her out of
the 2014 Winter Olympics as
she began rattling off a
string of podium finishes at
competitions around the
world. The media dubbed
her an overnight success, a
natural-born talent.
That did not sound right
to her coach.
“It took a decade of very
hard work,” Bower says.
“She’s committed to doing
the nasty stuff that no one
likes to do, improving the
things she’s not good at.”
If anything came naturally, it was Kim’s ability to
draw fans.
Born to a generation that
subsists on social media, she
regularly posted photographs of her puppy and
her latest hair color, which
morphed into shades of purple, green and blue.
That letter from a prisoner? She answered it.
“I’m always trying to respond to my Instagram direct messages, even if
they’re a little weird,” she
says. “I’ll have a Q&A on
Snapchat and talk to everyone.”
In this very public life, no
subject is off-limits. At a recent media event organized
by the U.S. Olympic Committee, she free-associated
through a range of personal
topics.
On the first time her father met her mother: “He
was like, you’re actually
really cool. I’m gonna wife
you up.”
Growing up Korean
American: “What do they
call it? Yeah, banana. Asian
on the outside, white on the
inside.”
Earning an “average”
SAT score: “If someone’s kid
got that score, their [parents] are probably like, ‘Oh,
you’re taking it again.’ But
my parents were so happy.”
As the second-born from
an immigrant family — she
has an older sister — Kim
faced skepticism from relatives early on. She says: “You
know, a Korean’s ideal thing
is to be a lawyer, a doctor.”
Now the only one who harbors any doubts might be
Kim herself.
As the Winter Games
draw near, scheduled to begin in Pyeongchang on Feb.
9, she wonders about how
her life might change.
On the recent goodwill
tour of South Korea, as she
met with a group of schoolchildren,
photographers
crowded around. It was her
first paparazzi moment.
“I straight-up ran away,”
she says. “I was so scared.”
It took a few minutes to
calm down, at which point
Kim reconsidered.
If things go as expected
next month, she will face a
new level of celebrity. She
might even enjoy it.
“Like Kim Kardashian,”
she says, turning to show her
profile. “Yeah, this is my
good side.”
david.wharton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LAtimesWharton
Missile alert blunder leaves
Hawaiians fearful, skeptical
Residents and tourists
lose confidence in
the government.
associated press
HONOLULU — A blunder that caused more than a
million people in Hawaii to
fear that they were about to
be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday
about the government’s ability to keep them informed in
a real emergency.
Residents and tourists
alike remained rattled a day
after the mistaken alert was
blasted out to cellphones
across the islands with a
warning to seek immediate
shelter and the ominous
statement “This is not a
drill.”
“My confidence in our socalled leaders’ ability to disseminate this vital information has certainly been
tarnished,” said Patrick
Day, who sprang from bed
when the alert was issued
Saturday morning. “I would
have to think twice before
acting on any future advisory.”
The erroneous warning
was sent during a shift
change at the state’s Emergency Management Agency
when someone doing a routine test hit the live alert button, state officials said.
They tried to assure residents there would be no repeat false alarms. The
agency changed protocols to
require that two people send
an alert and made it easier to
cancel a false alarm — a
process that took nearly 40
minutes.
The error sparked a
doomsday panic across the
islands known as a laid-back
paradise.
Parents clutched their
children, huddled in bathtubs and said prayers. Students bolted across the University of Hawaii campus to
take cover in buildings. Drivers abandoned cars on a
highway and took shelter in
a tunnel. Others resigned
themselves to a fate they
could not control and simply
waited for the attack.
The 911 system for the island of Oahu was overwhelmed with more than
5,000 calls. There were no
major emergencies during
the false alarm, Honolulu
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
An investigation into
what went wrong was underway Sunday at the Federal
Communications Commission, which sets rules for
wireless emergency alerts
sent by local, state or federal
officials to warn of the threat
of hurricanes, wildfires and
flash flooding and to announce searches for missing
children.
The state of Hawaii “did
not have reasonable safeguards or process controls
in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert,” FCC
Chairman Ajit Pai said in a
statement, calling the mistake “absolutely unacceptable.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
urged Americans not to lose
faith in their government.
“I would hate for anybody
not to abide by alerts and
warnings coming from government systems,” Nielsen
said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“They can trust government systems. We test them
every day,” she added. “This
is a very unfortunate mistake, but these alerts are vital. Seconds and minutes
can save lives.”
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We need flood insurance
50 years on,
what would
King think?
By Kenneth S. Klein
On Martin Luther King’s birthday,
a look back at some disquieting
events in race relations in 2017.
N
early 50 years ago, the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. went to
the mountaintop and looked
out over the promised land. In
a powerful and prophetic
speech on April 3, 1968, he told a crowd at the
Mason Temple in Memphis that while there
would certainly be difficult days ahead, he
had no doubt that the struggle for racial justice would be successful.
“I may not get there with you,” he said.
“But I want you to know tonight, that we, as
a people, will get to the promised land. And
so I am happy tonight. I’m not worried
about anything.”
The following day, he was assassinated.
The intervening years have been full of
steps forward and steps backward, of extraordinary changes as well as awful reminders of what has not changed. What
would King have made of our first black
president? What would he have thought had
he seen neo-Nazis marching through the
streets of Charlottesville, Va., so many years
after his death? How would he have viewed
the shooting by police of unarmed black
men in cities around the country — or the
rise of the Black Lives Matter movement?
He would surely have heard the assertions
that we have become a “post-racial” society
because we elected (and reelected) Barack
Obama. But would he have believed it?
This past year was not terribly heartening on the civil rights front. It was appalling enough that racist white nationalists
marched in Charlottesville in August. But it
was even more shocking that President
Trump seemed incapable of making the
most basic moral judgment about that
march; instead, he said that there were
some “very fine people” at the rally of neoNazis and white supremacists.
Racial injustices that bedeviled the
country in King’s day — voter suppression,
segregated schools, hate crimes — have not
gone away. A report released last week by
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on inequities in the funding of public schools concludes — and this should surprise no one —
that students of color living in poor, segregated neighborhoods are often relegated to
low-quality schools simply due to where
they live. States continued in 2017 to pass
laws that make it harder, rather than easier,
for people of color to vote.
The Trump administration also seems
determined to undo two decades of Justice
Department civil rights work, cutting back
on investigations into the excessive use of
force and racial bias by police departments.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in March ordered a
review of all existing federal consent decrees
with local police departments with the possibility of dismantling them — a move that
could set back police reform by many years.
Here in Los Angeles County, this statistic
is telling: 40% of the estimated 57,000 homeless people — the most desperate and destitute residents of the county — are black. Yet
black residents make up only 9% of the L.A.
County population.
But despite bad news on several fronts,
what have been heartening over the last
year are the objections raised by so many
people across the country.
Consider the statues of Confederate generals and slave owners that were brought
down across the country. Schools and other
institutions rebranded buildings that were
formerly named after racists.
The Black Lives Matter movement has
grown from a small street and cyber-protest
group into a more potent civil rights organization focusing on changing institutions
that have traditionally marginalized black
people.
When
football
quarterback
Colin
Kaepernick took a knee during the national
anthem to protest, as he said, a country that
oppresses black people, he was denounced
by many (including Trump) but emulated
by others. Kaepernick has been effectively
banished from professional football but he
started a movement.
Roy Moore was defeated for a Senate
seat in Alabama by a surge of black voters,
particularly black women. (But no sooner
did he lose than Joe Arpaio — the disgraced,
vehemently anti-immigrant former Arizona
sheriff — announced that he is running for
Senate there.)
So on what would have been King’s 89th
birthday, it is clear that the United States is
not yet the promised land he envisioned in
the last great speech of his life. But we agree
with him that it’s still possible to get there.
W
e
live
in
Southern California, a semiarid
desert
ecosystem.
Most of us are no more than
beach-dweller wannabes who
get close to water — the ocean, a
river or a lake — by car or bike or
bus. There is no possible way
that we would need flood insurance, right?
Well, consider the disaster in
Montecito. In addition to the
truly tragic loss of life there,
more than 100 homes have been
damaged or destroyed — inundated or broken apart or swept
away — by the mudslides that
followed the record-setting
Thomas fire.
You might suppose that insurance for fire loss would automatically cover the loss of those
homes and their contents. You
would suppose wrong. Mudslide usually is excluded from
typical home insurance. Instead, it is covered by flood insurance. And it is a reasonable
bet that few inland Montecitans
have flood insurance. Why
would they? They simply
couldn’t conceive of being
flooded out of their “not on the
beach” neighborhoods.
There is an old joke that California’s four seasons are earthquake, fire, mudslide and
drought. Montecito just learned
the underlying truth of that
crack. Wildfire incinerates the
vegetation that holds the soil in
steep canyons and on hillsides.
Water plus soil minus vegetation causes mudslide. And because mudslide is soil carried by
water, insurance views this as a
flood event.
But people who do not have
a real fear of flood don’t buy
flood insurance. It’s not great
insurance anyway: Private insurance companies generally
don’t write it. Rather, you obtain flood insurance though the
National Flood Insurance Program. The NFIP is a federal government program, and because
it is under-funded it is a political
football that is in constant peril
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
MUDSLIDES like the Montecito disaster last week are considered flood events for
insurance purposes, although few inland Southern Californians have coverage.
of elimination by Congress.
This, in turn, puts pressure
on the kind of coverage that’s
available. What’s typical in private home insurance — such as
compensation for the cost of living elsewhere when a home is
being repaired or rebuilt — is
often not part of flood insurance. And the high cost of NFIP
coverage seems out of sync with
the likelihood of loss.
But if you lose your home to
flood, then flood insurance is
your best hope of rebuilding, or
even being able simply to pay off
your mortgage and move.
What is left as an option for
the mudslide victims if they are
uninsured for flood? They could
try to hold persons or agencies
or governments responsible for
faulty erosion or flood control
efforts. Or perhaps they will win
a legal argument that the destruction really does track back
to the wildfire, and so should be
covered by fire insurance.
These would be difficult (although not impossible) claims
to win, but when your only
choice is a hard choice you may
take it.
The rest of us need to do
more than cluck with anxiety
and sympathy. California is be-
set by wildfires, more and bigger all the time. And many of us
are living downhill from some
slope that if denuded sufficiently and rain-drenched sufficiently could bring mud to our
doors. Time to consider flood
insurance.
Kenneth S. Klein is a
professor at California Western
School of Law in San Diego,
where he teaches, among other
classes, a seminar called “Law
and Policy of Natural Disaster.”
He lost his own home to a
wildfire and counsels other fire
survivors.
‘Work requirements’ are a sham
By David A. Super
O
nce upon a time,
everyone
knew
what a work requirement was. The
agency administering a public benefit program
would offer unpaid work to a recipient and reduce or terminate
assistance if she or he refused to
comply. Supporters extolled
the requirements as characterbuilding; critics worried about
displacing regular employees
and sometimes hazardous
workplace conditions. Those
days are long gone.
Today, politicians — including in the Trump administration, which last week said it
would allow states to tie Medicaid benefits to employment —
use the term “work requirement” to hide the true nature of
their proposals.
So-called work requirements are now really time limits, disqualifications for those
whose job searches have failed
to bear fruit, or ruses for running needy people through bureaucratic mazes until they inevitably miss a step and lose eligibility.
As part of the 1996 welfare reform legislation, for example,
the Clinton administration and
the Republican Congress added a work requirement to the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Childless adults between the ages of
18 and 50 could obtain nostrings-attached access to the
program for only three months.
After that point, if they couldn’t
find a job, they could theoretically retain eligibility by performing workfare.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AND
These days, they’re
really time limits, or
ruses to run needy
people through
bureaucratic mazes
until they miss a
crucial step.
But there was a catch:
States were not obliged to offer
recipients workfare slots. And,
in fact, the vast majority of
SNAP recipients cut off under
the work requirement were given no opportunity to work for
continued aid.
Even when the Clinton administration set aside a pool of
money to reward states that
pledged to offer work slots, only
a small handful accepted. As a
result, millions of needy people,
many of whom qualified for no
other public programs, were cut
off from food assistance without regard to their willingness
to work.
The SNAP work requirement continued in force until
the Great Recession, when
Congress suspended it temporarily as part of the Obama administration’s stimulus law. In
recent years, however, it has
been reimposed on much of the
country, with many otherwiseeligible people suddenly denied
food assistance when they
could not find jobs quickly
enough.
We shouldn’t be surprised
that states aren’t operating
large work programs — they’re
PUBLISHER
difficult and expensive.
All of us can think of a few
public services that could be
improved with better staffing,
but finding enough such positions for hundreds of thousands
or even millions is an entirely
different matter. Unemployed
public-benefit recipients commonly have limited job skills.
It’s a Herculean effort to match
people with tasks they can perform. Turnover is also a problem; those recipients who do
have skills leave for paying jobs
in the private sector.
Yet the Trump administration’s letter to states last week
encouraged them to make the
phony SNAP work requirement
the model for Medicaid eligibility restrictions. As per usual,
states are not required to give
Medicaid beneficiaries workfare slots if they cannot find private-sector employment.
A close cousin of the “work
requirement” as time limit is
the work requirement as calendar-filler that’s really an excuse
for caseload reduction. In some
states, for instance, recipients
subject to work requirements
are not actually asked to work
but rather obliged to come in for
a seemingly endless series of
orientations, meetings and repetitive pep talks. Sooner or later, the notice for one of these
meetings comes late in the mail,
or the meeting conflicts with an
interview the recipient has for
an actual job. As a result, the recipient is sanctioned for noncompliance. Because our safety-net agencies are woefully
understaffed, getting through
to someone on the phone to explain the problem and reschedule is often impossible.
The Trump administration’s letter to states also holds
up as a model the work programs under the Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families
block grant. These programs
have dramatically reduced participation despite continued
high poverty among families
with children — which is the
whole point.
The transformation in the
nature and function of “work requirements” reflects a change
in the agendas of those proposing them.
Previously, many conservatives’ public welfare policy focused primarily on correcting
the perceived flaws in low-income people’s behavior. Today,
the focus is on paying for huge
upper-income tax cuts. Traditional work requirements — in
which recipients were actually
given the opportunity to work
for continued aid — do not serve
that purpose because they actually cost money.
Arbitrary and unreasonable
time limits and purging stillneedy recipients through bureaucratic churn can reap large
budgetary savings. And calling
these proposals “work requirements” makes them seem fair
and reasonable.
David A. Super is a professor
of law at Georgetown
University.
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She’s further elevating her name
[Kim, from A1]
boarder Shaun White.
“She is going to play very
well on TV,” says Andrew
Rohm, a marketing professor at Loyola Marymount
University. “This is her coming-out party on the world
stage.”
::
At first glance, nothing
about Kim — not her slim
build or bright smile or the
pitch of her voice — hints at
the ferocity with which she
attacks the 22-foot walls of
the halfpipe.
Speed translates into big
air. This amplitude buys precious time to do things no
one has seen in women’s
snowboarding.
“Ridiculously talented,”
says Rick Bower, a U.S. national coach. “She has a huge
bag of tricks.”
It all started with her father, Jong Jin Kim, who
years ago wanted to try
snowboarding. When his
wife refused to join him, he
instead
brought
their
daughter up to the Mountain High resort.
“He took me as bait so he
could be like, your 4-year-old
daughter is here with me on
the mountain, do you know
how dangerous that is?
You’re a bad mom for not
coming with her,” Kim recalls.
Southern
California’s
warm climate might not
seem conducive to winter
sports, but White — the
Michael Jordan of snowboarding — grew up near
San Diego, honing his skills
in the San Bernardino
Mountains.
Two aspects of Kim’s
early start laid a foundation
for success.
So small at first, she
could not afford to cautiously zig-zag across the
pipe.
The
preschooler
needed to take a riskier
path, angling downhill to
generate enough pace to
launch herself even a few feet
off the lip.
And though she was a natural “goofy-foot,” riding
with her right foot forward,
her dad made her practice
regular-foot until she was
Matthew Stockman Getty Images
CHLOE KIM competes in Colorado. She is “ridiculously talented,” says Rick Bower, a U.S. national coach. “She has a huge bag of tricks.”
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
ONLY A minimum-age requirement kept Kim out of
the 2014 Winter Olympics as she began rattling off
podium finishes at competitions around the world.
comfortable either way.
“That’s not normal,”
Bower says. “Her ability to
ride switch-stance is pretty
amazing.”
After winning her first
junior competition at age 6,
Kim spent two years living
with an aunt in Switzerland,
making weekly trips to the
Alps. She then returned to
Los Angeles and joined the
developmental program at
Mammoth Mountain.
As his daughter’s skills
continued to blossom, Jong
decided to quit his job as an
engineer.
“He went home and just
told my mom, ‘I’m done
working, I’m going to make
my daughter an Olympian,’ ” Kim says.
Jong would drag himself
out of bed in the early morning, bundling his daughter
into the car, letting her sleep
as he drove hours north to
Mammoth Lakes.
Though not quite as confident about future stardom,
Kim gladly threw herself into
riding, which she considered
“a good obsession.” People
started noticing her on the
mountain.
“Just this tiny little girl,”
Bower recalls. “But she
could go so big out of the
pipe.”
::
The first milestone came
in 2014 when a 13-year-old
Kim performed a stunning
final run, capped by consecutive 720s, to take silver
at the X Games. Veteran
rider Kelly Clark, who won
that day, figures it was the
start of something historic.
“She’s one of the most talented young riders I’ve ever
seen,” Clark says.
One after another, Kim
mastered her sport’s midair
acrobatics — the spins, flips
and rotations known by
such names as McTwists,
frontside 9s and cab 720 melons. Her relaxed style belied
the strength and conviction
required to perform such
tricks.
Only a minimum-age requirement kept her out of
the 2014 Winter Olympics as
she began rattling off a
string of podium finishes at
competitions around the
world. The media dubbed
her an overnight success, a
natural-born talent.
That did not sound right
to her coach.
“It took a decade of very
hard work,” Bower says.
“She’s committed to doing
the nasty stuff that no one
likes to do, improving the
things she’s not good at.”
If anything came naturally, it was Kim’s ability to
draw fans.
Born to a generation that
subsists on social media, she
regularly posted photographs of her puppy and
her latest hair color, which
morphed into shades of purple, green and blue.
That letter from a prisoner? She answered it.
“I’m always trying to respond to my Instagram direct messages, even if
they’re a little weird,” she
says. “I’ll have a Q&A on
Snapchat and talk to everyone.”
In this very public life, no
subject is off-limits. At a recent media event organized
by the U.S. Olympic Committee, she free-associated
through a range of personal
topics.
On the first time her father met her mother: “He
was like, you’re actually
really cool. I’m gonna wife
you up.”
Growing up Korean
American: “What do they
call it? Yeah, banana. Asian
on the outside, white on the
inside.”
Earning an “average”
SAT score: “If someone’s kid
got that score, their [parents] are probably like, ‘Oh,
you’re taking it again.’ But
my parents were so happy.”
As the second-born from
an immigrant family — she
has an older sister — Kim
faced skepticism from relatives early on. She says: “You
know, a Korean’s ideal thing
is to be a lawyer, a doctor.”
Now the only one who harbors any doubts might be
Kim herself.
As the Winter Games
draw near, scheduled to begin in Pyeongchang on Feb.
9, she wonders about how
her life might change.
On the recent goodwill
tour of South Korea, as she
met with a group of schoolchildren,
photographers
crowded around. It was her
first paparazzi moment.
“I straight-up ran away,”
she says. “I was so scared.”
It took a few minutes to
calm down, at which point
Kim reconsidered.
If things go as expected
next month, she will face a
new level of celebrity. She
might even enjoy it.
“Like Kim Kardashian,”
she says, turning to show her
profile. “Yeah, this is my
good side.”
david.wharton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LAtimesWharton
Missile alert blunder leaves
Hawaiians fearful, skeptical
Residents and tourists
lose confidence in
the government.
associated press
HONOLULU — A blunder that caused more than a
million people in Hawaii to
fear that they were about to
be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday
about the government’s ability to keep them informed in
a real emergency.
Residents and tourists
alike remained rattled a day
after the mistaken alert was
blasted out to cellphones
across the islands with a
warning to seek immediate
shelter and the ominous
statement “This is not a
drill.”
“My confidence in our socalled leaders’ ability to disseminate this vital information has certainly been
tarnished,” said Patrick
Day, who sprang from bed
when the alert was issued
Saturday morning. “I would
have to think twice before
acting on any future advisory.”
The erroneous warning
was sent during a shift
change at the state’s Emergency Management Agency
when someone doing a routine test hit the live alert button, state officials said.
They tried to assure residents there would be no repeat false alarms. The
agency changed protocols to
require that two people send
an alert and made it easier to
cancel a false alarm — a
process that took nearly 40
minutes.
The error sparked a
doomsday panic across the
islands known as a laid-back
paradise.
Parents clutched their
children, huddled in bathtubs and said prayers. Students bolted across the University of Hawaii campus to
take cover in buildings. Drivers abandoned cars on a
highway and took shelter in
a tunnel. Others resigned
themselves to a fate they
could not control and simply
waited for the attack.
The 911 system for the island of Oahu was overwhelmed with more than
5,000 calls. There were no
major emergencies during
the false alarm, Honolulu
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
An investigation into
what went wrong was underway Sunday at the Federal
Communications Commission, which sets rules for
wireless emergency alerts
sent by local, state or federal
officials to warn of the threat
of hurricanes, wildfires and
flash flooding and to announce searches for missing
children.
The state of Hawaii “did
not have reasonable safeguards or process controls
in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert,” FCC
Chairman Ajit Pai said in a
statement, calling the mistake “absolutely unacceptable.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
urged Americans not to lose
faith in their government.
“I would hate for anybody
not to abide by alerts and
warnings coming from government systems,” Nielsen
said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“They can trust government systems. We test them
every day,” she added. “This
is a very unfortunate mistake, but these alerts are vital. Seconds and minutes
can save lives.”
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Immigrants
who battle
both fear
and bias
For black people here
illegally, ‘invisibility
only gets amplified.’
By Makeda Easter
The young Ethiopian
dreamed of owning his own
business. It’s what he had
worked toward since moving
to Los Angeles from Addis
Ababa more than a decade
ago.
Things seemed to be
looking up for the 28-yearold. He taught himself investment banking and day
trading and got a job as a
project manager for a mortgage company.
But he is also in the country illegally — a situation further complicated by the color of his skin.
When he accepted his job,
he hoped his legal status
wouldn’t come up.
“I didn’t know if my direct
manager knew about my
status when he gave me that
offer,” he said, asking to be
identified as Mesfin for fear
of being targeted for deportation. “But we’ll see how
that turns out.”
There are about 575,000
black immigrants in the U.S.
illegally. By comparison,
there are more than 1.4 million Asians and more than 8
million from Mexico and
Latin America, the largest
group of people in the country illegally.
When angry debates
blow up in online forums
about illegal immigration
and President Trump vows
to crack down on it — including by building a “beautiful
wall” — there is little question about which immigrants are front and center:
Mexicans — and, by extension, many from Latin
America.
This sense of constantly
being under political siege
has created fear, but also a
large network of activists
and politicians who advocate, not exclusively but
most obviously, for the large
number of Latino immi[See Immigrants, B4]
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MONTECITO NEIGHBORS hug outside the Santa Barbara Courthouse during a candlelight vigil Sunday
for victims of last week’s mudslides. Officials acknowledge that the time to find survivors is running out.
Victims mourned
as toll rises to 20
Thousands gather for memorial in Santa Barbara
after officials find the body of Pinit Sutthithepa, 30
By Michael Livingston
and Alene Tchekmedyian
Steve Saldivar Los Angeles Times
IT WASN’T until she was in high school that Denea
Joseph realized her status would be an impediment.
Fight brewing
over proposed
online college
GEORGE SKELTON
in sacramento
Gov. Jerry
Brown’s plan to
create a statewide community college that
offers only
online courses
seems headed for a
bruising legislative brawl.
Few important things
are easy to achieve in today’s fractious politics. This
includes a signature agenda
item for Brown in his newly
proposed $190-billion state
budget: the online college
that seems so logical, so
needed and a no-brainer —
at least in concept.
Brown wants to provide
an affordable, easily accessible way for working adults
to improve their job skills
and financial futures by
going online at home, maybe even with a smartphone.
The concept is generally
applauded. But the way the
governor wants to run the
For the U.S.,
2017 was a hot
and costly year
Weather and climate
disasters set the
nation back a record
$306 billion, NOAA
statistics show. B2
online system worries some,
especially the teachers
union. It fears job losses,
although that’s not what the
union is emphasizing.
The union and other
skeptics make a good point
in questioning whether
online teaching is the best
way to educate.
A Brown-heralded online
program at San Jose State
was abruptly scrapped in
2013 after half the students
failed to pass final exams.
“What makes education
really come alive for students is interaction with
instructors and other students,” says Joshua
Pechthalt, president of the
California Federation of
Teachers, which represents
community college instructors. “Online is not a good
approach. Students hurt
the worst are at the lower
end of the economic spectrum. They tend to drop out
of online courses at a higher
rate. The idea that it’s bene[See Skelton, B6]
MONTECITO, Calif. — Soon after
the sun set over Santa Barbara, Ann
Hagan grabbed a marker and wrote a
short message to the 20 strangers who
died in the devastating Montecito
mudslides.
“In our hearts,” she wrote before
signing her name on a whiteboard put
up at the Santa Barbara County
Courthouse.
Hagan was one of thousands of
people who huddled at the courthouse
late Sunday evening to take part in a
candlelight vigil.
They came to pay tribute to the
young and old — among them mothers, fathers, grandparents, small children — who did not survive when rainwater poured down fire-ravaged
slopes and unleashed a deluge of debris into their neighborhoods.
“This is my home too,” said Hagan,
66, of Goleta. “Those people were a
part of my community, a part of my
family.”
As Supervisor Das Williams read
aloud each victim’s name, some in the
crowd wept. Others embraced. Many
[See Montecito, B5]
Michael Owen Baker For The Times
MUD SURROUNDS a sign off U.S. Highway 101 in Montecito on Sun-
day. Officials are unsure when the freeway will be reopened.
Taking aim at oil companies
L.A. councilmen look
to sue over climate
change and its costs.
By David Zahniser
Bill would help
clear pot crimes
Assemblyman seeks to
make it easier to have
convictions removed
from the records of
marijuana users. B3
Lottery ......................... B2
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
L.A. COUNCILMAN Mike Bonin, above, and colleague Paul Koretz say oil and
gas firms knew they were contributing to climate change but did nothing about it.
Two members of the Los
Angeles City Council are
calling for legal action
against an array of petroleum companies, saying fossil fuel emissions have contributed to natural disasters
and “abnormally intense
weather patterns” that are
proving costly for taxpayers.
The push for financial reimbursement comes as
Southern California communities continue to deal
with the aftermath of an especially intense wildfire season and, in recent days, devastating mudslides caused
by a recent storm.
In their written proposal,
Councilmen Mike Bonin and
Paul Koretz said oil and gas
[See Oil, B5]
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SCIENCE FILE
Alzheimer’s drugs continue to fail
Latest setback may
mark the unraveling
of promising approach
to treating the disease.
MELISSA HEALY
To the roughly 400 clinical trials that have tested
some experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and come up short, we
can now add three more.
An experimental drug
called idalopirdine failed to
help people with mild to
moderate Alzheimer’s disease in a trio of trials that
involved 2,525 patients in 34
countries. Not only did the
drug fail to bring about any
meaningful change in cognitive tests that are widely
used in diagnosing and
tracking the progress of the
disease, it also failed to
cause significant improvements in general measures
of daily function among
those taking it at any of
three tested doses.
Those are relatively
modest goals — not to reverse Alzheimer’s disease or
block its progress, but simply to slow the loss of function in those who have it.
Even that, it turns out, is a
humbling challenge.
The failure of idalopirdine, reported last week in
the Journal of the American
Medical Assn., probably
marks the unraveling of an
approach to Alzheimer’s
treatment that has long
looked promising.
The experimental drug
largely acted to increase the
supply of the brain chemical
serotonin, which, among
other things, regulates
mood, sleep and appetite,
and ebbs in those with
Alzheimer’s disease.
Idalopirdine also acts on
four other neural transmitters that are affected by
Alzheimer’s: glutamate,
norepinephrine, acetylcholine and dopamine.
The drug had looked
promising in earlier clinical
trials that focused largely on
safety. But after 24 weeks,
subjects with Alzheimer’s
who got idalopirdine fared
no better than those who
got a sham drug.
The disappointing results follow the failure,
reported last fall, of
intepirdine, another
experimental drug that
acted on many of the same
brain systems as idalopirdine.
Sebastien Bozon AFP/Getty Images
AN EXPERIMENTAL drug called idalopirdine failed to help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease in trials involving 2,525
patients in 34 nations. The results underscore the challenge of merely slowing Alzheimer’s once its behavioral symptoms become evident.
Subjects in both trials
also took donepezil (long
marketed as Aricept) or
another Alzheimer’s drug in
the same class. Researchers
had hoped that the combination therapy might boost
the action of several different neurotransmitter systems at once to improve
mental function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Lundbeck, the publicly
traded Danish pharmaceutical company that was
developing idalopirdine,
told investors last year that
it would not be asking the
Food & Drug Administration to evaluate the drug
for the U.S. market. That
would have been the next
step if the phase 3 trials had
succeeded.
As researchers and
government officials have
focused on ambitious efforts
to reverse or even cure Alzheimer’s, doctors have
appealed for therapies that
will at least improve the
lives of the 5.5 million
Americans already living
with the disease.
Yet the new results
underscore the diabolical
challenge of merely slowing
Alzheimer’s disease once its
behavioral symptoms become evident, according to
Dr. David A. Bennett, a
neurologist and director of
Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in
Chicago.
Given the millions of
Americans already afflicted,
“better symptomatic therapies must continue to be
pursued,” Bennett wrote in
an editorial also published
in JAMA. “However, from a
public health perspective,
delaying the onset of Alzheimer disease dementia is the
most effective approach to
reduce the overall human
and economic toll of the
disease.”
That, he wrote, will require earlier diagnosis of
Alzheimer’s among a
broader range of people,
including people with no
outward sign of dementia.
And those in the disease’s
earliest phases will need to
be enrolled in clinical trials
of preventive strategies
faster, and in larger numbers.
A public hungry for quick
fixes and streamlined drug
development had better get
patient, Bennett added.
Citing a recent exploration
of why so many Alzheimer’s
disease drugs fail, he noted
that treatments that could
halt or reverse Alzheimer’s
might need to be tested for
five to 10 years for an effect
to be detected. Currently,
few such trials last for more
than three years.
And maybe, Bennett
added, we’re not seeing that
we’re on a trajectory —
albeit a long one — to eventual success.
“Given the series of
failures in rigorous attempts
to develop an effective treatment for Alzheimer disease,
it may seem difficult to be
optimistic,” he wrote. “Yet
lessons from the past century paint a different picture.”
With a request for $100
million in added funds for
cancer research in 1971,
President Nixon began a
process of investment and
discovery that has brought
forth treatments for cancer
that were beyond imagination at the time. In 2011,
President Obama launched
the National Alzheimer’s
Project Act with an initial
investment of $50 million.
By 2017, federal research on
Alzheimer’s disease had
reached $1.4 billion.
“It is just a matter of time
before that knowledge is
translated into effective
strategies for the treatment
and prevention” of Alzheimer’s, Bennett wrote.
And none too soon: The
Alzheimer’s Assn. estimates
that an American is newly
diagnosed with the disease
every 66 seconds.
melissa.healy@latimes.com
Twitter:
@LATMelissaHealy
For U.S., 2017 was a hot and costly year
Weather and climate
disasters set the
nation back a record
$306 billion, NOAA
statistics show.
AMINA KHAN
The year 2017 was the
third-warmest on record for
the United States, and
featured a pileup of weather
and climate disasters that
cost the nation a record $306
billion, according to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The preliminary data
released by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information serve as
another indication that
climate change shows little
sign of relenting — with
troubling implications for
the risk of extreme weather
and climate events in the
future.
“Clearly, 2017 underscores what we’ve seen in
the past with regard to
better mitigating our risk
and enhanced frequency of
weather and climate extremes,” Adam Smith, an
applied climatologist at
NOAA, said at a briefing
Monday.
Here are some highlights
from the NOAA report.
Temperature
The results put annual
average temperatures for
the lower 48 states at 54.6
degrees Fahrenheit, 2.6
degrees higher than the
average for the 20th century.
That places 2017 in the middle of the nation’s top five
hottest years since recordkeeping began in 1895. All
five top years — including
the country’s warmest, 2016
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
THIS MAP shows the temperature percentiles for 2017 over the contiguous
United States. Several states saw their highest-ever annual temperatures.
— have taken place since
2006.
With heat hitting parts of
the Southwest, the southern Plains and the Southeast, several individual
states saw their highestever annual temperatures:
Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, North Carolina and
South Carolina. Thirty-two
states, including Alaska,
had annual temperatures
that ranked in their top-10
warmest. Some areas, such
as part of the interior Northwest, saw below-average
temperatures.
“Not everywhere was
warm, but when we do average those temperatures
across the entire U.S., it
ranked as the third-warmest on record,” Jake Crouch,
a NOAA climate scientist,
said at the briefing. In fact,
every state in the lower 48
plus Alaska had aboveaverage annual temperatures for the third year in a
row.
Last year also marks the
21st year in a row that the
average annual temperature has been higher than
the 1901-2000 average,
Crouch said.
Extremes
The year 2017 also included 16 weather and climate disasters with losses
exceeding $1 billion each —
two inland floods, one freeze
event, eight severe storms,
three tropical cyclones, as
well as drought and wildfire,
Smith said.
Keep in mind, the average annual number of
events from 1980 to 2017 was
just 5.8 per year, and the
annual average for the most
recent five years (that is,
2013 to 2017) was 11.6 events.
Climate scientists have long
suggested that climate
change may lead to a higher
risk of certain extreme
weather and climate events.
While those 16 “billiondollar” events tied 2017 with
2011 for the highest number
in a single year, 2017 was by
far the most expensive,
racking up a total cost of
$306.2 billion. That far outpaced the previous record of
$214.8 billion in 2005, a year
that suffered Hurricanes
Rita, Wilma, Dennis and
Katrina. In fact, 2017 was a
record year for hurricane
costs alone — some $265
billion in losses out of the
total $306 billion. Those
included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which
joined Hurricanes Sandy
(2012) and Katrina (2005) as
the top five costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
Regional highlights
Last year was also the
most expensive wildfire
season, with a cost of $18
billion, Smith said, tripling
the previous wildfire record
from 1991. Those numbers
include the massive Northern California fires last fall
as well as the blazes that
burned through Southern
California in December.
Last year was also the
country’s 20th-wettest on
record, as well as the fifth
year in a row that had
above-average precipitation. The year started with a
very wet winter for the
Northwest, but ended with
the ninth-driest December
on record. This helped lay
the deadly groundwork for
the fires that scarred California, the scientists
pointed out.
“The really wet winter
there allowed vegetation to
flourish, and then during
the typically dry summer
and autumn period that
vegetation dried out —
providing ample fuels for
wildfires,” Crouch said. “It’s
been a pretty devastating
year out west, in that respect.”
What’s to blame
The scientists could not
say how much of the high
costs of this year’s major
disasters was attributable
to risks associated specifically with global warming
and climate change, and
how much was attributable
to the fact that humans
tend to live in cities and
build vital infrastructure
along coasts, rivers and
other high-risk zones.
“Both the economists
and the physical scientists
retrospectively will look at
that,” said Deke Arndt, chief
of the monitoring section for
NOAA’s National Centers
for Environmental Information. “But those kind of
happen at the speed of
science.”
amina.khan@latimes.com
Twitter: @aminawrite
Lottery results
For Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
SuperLotto Plus
Mega number is bold
3-24-28-33-40—Mega 27
Jackpot: $14 million
Winners per category:
5 + Mega
5
4 + Mega
4
3 + Mega
3
2 + Mega
1 + Mega
Mega only
No. of
winners
0
2
16
288
503
12,741
6,609
33,045
50,407
Amount
of prize(s)
—
$18,282
$1,142
$105
$54
$10
$11
$2
$1
Powerball
Powerball number is bold
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Jackpot: $50 million
California winners per category:
5 + P-ball
5
4 + P-ball
4
3 + P-ball
3
2 + P-ball
1 + P-ball
P-ball only
No. of
winners
0
0
1
38
75
2,240
1,760
13,990
34,351
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of prize(s)
—
—
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$212
$8
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$5
$4
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B3
CITY & STATE
Bill to
help
clear
pot
crimes
Assemblyman seeks to
make it easier to get
marijuana convictions
removed from record.
By Patrick McGreevy
AFP/Getty Images
DAMASO LOPEZ NUNEZ , the father of Damaso Lopez-Serrano, is led away by law enforcement after his arrest in May in Mexico City.
Lopez-Serrano now has pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges and also admitted to possessing guns for his cartel duties.
‘El Chapo’ godson pleads
guilty to role in drug cartel
He faces at least 10
years in prison, and
will forfeit $1 million.
By Kristina Davis
SAN DIEGO — A man
considered to be the highest-ranking Mexican cartel
leader to self-surrender to
the United States pleaded
guilty in federal court in
San Diego to a scheme to
distribute and import methamphetamine, heroin and
cocaine to the U.S., authorities said.
Damaso Lopez-Serrano,
29, is believed to be the godson of Sinaloa drug kingpin
Joaquin
“El
Chapo”
Guzman. In his plea, LopezSerrano admitted to being a
leader in the cartel, acting as
a major coordinator of moving drugs into the U.S. and
importing narcotics across
the border. He also admitted
to possessing guns for his
cartel duties.
Lopez-Serrano faces a
mandatory sentence of at
least 10 years in prison, and
he has agreed to forfeit
$1 million in cash.
Lopez-Serrano,
also
known as “Mini Lic,” gets his
nickname from his father,
Damaso Lopez Nuñez, also
known as “El Licenciado.”
The father, also reputed to
be in the cartel’s leadership,
is in Mexican custody awaiting extradition to the U.S.
Lopez-Serrano pleaded
guilty last week to all
charges in the indictment, as
well as to a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge out of
Virginia that also names his
father. He presented himself
to U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officers at the
Calexico West Port of Entry
on July 27. News reports out
of Mexico said authorities
there had been hunting for
him in Mexicali at the time.
Lopez-Serrano,
who
once enjoyed a close rela-
tionship with Guzman’s
sons, was said to be in the
middle of a power struggle
within the cartel after his
father fought them for control of the organization.
The guilty plea is part of
an extensive assault on the
Sinaloa cartel by the U.S.
attorney’s office, the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration
and
agencies
around the country.
The investigation began
in 2011 into what was at the
time believed to be a smallscale drug distribution cell
in National City and Chula
Vista. It was discovered the
drugs were being supplied
by the cartel, and the case
opened wide. More than 125
people have been charged,
including the cartel’s top
leadership tier.
Guzman’s co-leader of
the cartel, Ismael “El Mayo”
Zambada Garcia, is charged
in the initial indictment, as
are two of his four sons — one
of whom is in Mexican custody pending extradition to
the U.S. One of Guzman’s
sons also has been charged.
Guzman is awaiting trial
in New York on drug trafficking charges.
kristina.davis
@sduniontribune.com
Davis writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
Triple
slaying
under
inquiry
Bodies of man, his son
and daughter-in-law
are found in Palmdale.
By Carlos Lozano
Los Angeles County sheriff ’s detectives are investigating a triple homicide in
Palmdale, authorities said
Sunday.
Deputies
discovered
three bodies while conducting a welfare check at a home
in the 11 block of Avenue N-12
about 4 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from
the Sheriff ’s Department.
A sister of one of the victims notified officials after
she became concerned
about her brother, authorities said.
A man in his 80s, believed
to be the father of the woman who called authorities,
was found dead inside the
home on Avenue N-12; his
son and daughter-in-law,
both in their 50s, were found
dead at another location, according to the sheriff ’s statement. They have not officially been identified.
The exact cause of death
has not been determined,
but sheriff ’s officials said the
three victims “suffered some
trauma to their bodies.”
No arrests have been
made. Anyone with information about the killings can
call the Sheriff ’s Department homicide bureau at
(323) 890-5500.
carlos.lozano@latimes.com
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
NO ADMITTANCE
Event representatives, left, block protesters from entering California gubernatorial candidate Gavin
Newsom’s town hall at Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles. It was sponsored by area Democratic clubs.
Man accused of impersonating doctor
By Kristina Davis
SAN DIEGO — A man
who said he was an anesthesiologist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and a graduate of Harvard Medical
School was arrested last
week on suspicion of impersonation after he was found
in the hospital’s doctors
lounge, according to police
and hospital officials.
When hospital security
approached Zaid Bassam
Jeorge, 27, he was dressed in
blue scrubs and a white physician’s coat bearing the
Sharp logo and the name
“Zaid Jorge, MD Anesthesiologist,” according to a hospital security alert obtained
by the San Diego UnionTribune. He also had a
stethoscope, a cellphone
with Arabic messages on the
screen and a set of keys to a
rental Mercedes-Benz.
He could not provide any
credentials, and he explained that he was a student in Sweden here as part
of an apprenticeship, according to the hospital
memo. When asked if he had
a sponsor, he gave the name
of a doctor at the hospital.
But the doctor denied it,
saying Jeorge “seemed to
have latched onto him a few
weeks ago” after he accepted
a connection request from
Jeorge on LinkedIn, the
memo says.
No other doctors seemed
to know Jeorge either.
His LinkedIn profile said
he was a graduate of Harvard and had been a physician at Sharp for more than
a year. The profile also included photos of Jeorge appearing to work at a computer in an unknown Sharp facility. Other photos found
online show him in a Sharp
doctor’s coat standing outside the hospital.
The summary of his Instagram account, set to
private,
makes
similar
claims.
La Mesa police responded and searched Jeorge’s
rental car, which had been
parked across the street in
the Grossmont Center mall.
They found two passports
and an El Cajon address.
Jeorge was arrested on
suspicion of false impersonation and attempting to
practice without a license,
according to jail records.
A psychiatric evaluation
determined that he did not
meet the threshold for hospitalization. San Diego’s
Joint Terrorism Task Force
was also notified.
La Mesa Police Lt. Greg
Runge said Saturday that
his department is working
with hospital investigators
on the case but declined to
release further details.
kristina.davis
@sduniontribune.com
Davis writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
SACRAMENTO — Proposition 64, approved by
California voters in 2016 to legalize recreational pot use,
allows people to petition the
courts to have past convictions for marijuana offenses
expunged from their records. But the process can
be difficult and expensive,
according to supporters of
pot legalization.
In response, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) last week proposed
legislation that would make
it easier to have criminal
convictions removed from
the records of marijuana
users, potentially opening
more doors to employment
and housing.
Rather than require people to petition the courts for
a determination, AB 1793
would require criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses to be automatically expunged, placing
the burden on the courts,
Bonta said.
“Let’s be honest, navigating the legal system bureaucracy can be costly and
time-consuming,” the lawmaker told reporters at the
Capitol. His bill, he said, “will
give people the fresh start to
which they are legally entitled and allow them to move
on with their lives.”
Proposition 64 legalizes,
among other things, the possession and purchase of as
much as an ounce of marijuana and allows individuals
to grow as many as six plants
for personal use. The measure also allows people convicted of marijuana possession crimes eliminated by
Proposition 64 to petition
the court to have those convictions expunged from
their records as long as the
person does not pose a risk
to public safety.
They can also petition
the court to reduce some
crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, including possession of more than an
ounce of marijuana by a person who is 18 or older.
As of September, 4,885
Californians had petitioned
the courts to have marijuana
convictions expunged or reclassified, but many people
don’t know about the process, which can be difficult,
according to the Drug Policy
Alliance, which supported
Proposition 64.
Bonta’s bill was supported Tuesday by Laura
Thomas, the alliance’s state
director, and Dale Gieringer,
state coordinator of California NORML, another legalization group.
The bill, Thomas said,
“will help to expedite the
ability of people to achieve
the promise of restorative
justice.”
Bonta predicted other
bills will be introduced this
year to address problems
identified since the state began issuing licenses to grow
and sell marijuana Jan. 1. He
said measures to make it
easier for marijuana businesses to pay taxes in cash
and to protect medical marijuana patients in the workplace are expected.
patrick.mcgreevy
@latimes.com
Twitter: @mcgreevy99
B4
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A status complicated by skin color
[Immigrants, from B1]
grants in the country illegally.
Such a robust network
doesn’t exist for other
groups, especially black immigrants.
According to the Black
Alliance
for
Just
Immigration, black immigrants make up 1 in 5 facing
deportation on criminal
grounds, even though they
make up only about 7% of
the noncitizen immigrant
population.
Zack Mohamed, an organizer for the alliance, said
he is trying to counter a narrative that illegal immigration is overwhelmingly a
Latino issue.
The alliance “was created
to basically have the dialogue and the narrative
around that black migrants
do exist,” Mohamed said.
“And that is true in L.A., as
[it] is [in] all the nation.”
Patrice Lawrence, a coordinator
for
the
UndocuBlack Network, invoked the term “driving
while black,” which is used to
describe the racial profiling
of black motorists. But she
said the feeling is magnified
if you’re black and in the
country illegally.
It’s like “the fear that you
would have if you were to
drive and you forgot your
wallet at home and the cops
pull up,” she said. “Except
some of us feel that same level of anxiety every single
day.”
In addition to the fear of
deportation, black immigrants face the same systemic racism that has
plagued black people in the
U.S. for years.
“Black people in this
country have historically
been invisible in a lot of legislation, a lot of public policy,”
said Abraham Paulos, communications director for the
Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
“That invisibility only
gets amplified as an immigrant.”
After graduating from
‘Being
undocumented is
always feeling like
you’re going to be
denied something.
Which goes hand
in hand with
being black.’
— Jonathan Perez,
who is Afro-Latino
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
JONATHAN PEREZ sensed that being in the U.S. illegally — and black — would present special challenges.
USC with a degree in business, Mesfin was unable to
find work in his field. He
sought the help of an attorney when President Obama
issued the 2012 executive order for the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals. The
program gave an estimated
800,000 young people renewable two-year shields from
deportation and eligibility
for work permits.
Through DACA, Mesfin
got a job at a bank where he
worked for 3 1⁄2 years, eventually managing more than 20
people. But when it was time
to renew his work permit, delays in processing times
stalled the arrival of his
paperwork and his permit
expired, leaving him out of a
job.
Though a new contract
position seemed promising,
in September Trump announced the end of DACA
and set a date in March for
permits to begin expiring.
Dressed in a salmon-colored button-down shirt from
work, Mesfin shared his
story in the same place he
spent nearly every evening
the first year he arrived in
the U.S.: a Starbucks near
the Third Street Promenade
in Santa Monica.
In 2005, he left Ethiopia
to join his brother in Los
Angeles. As a student at
West Los Angeles Baptist
High School, he would study
nearly every day after school
at the coffee shop, waiting
for his brother to pick him
up late at night and take
him home to the one-bedroom Inglewood apartment
they split among five
people.
It took him years, but he
said he finally felt as though
he had found his place in
L.A. But the feeling that he
never fully controlled his
destiny never went away.
::
It was a late night when
Jonathan Perez, his mother
and siblings made their
sprint across an open field
into the United States.
His family had flown from
Colombia to Mexico before
crossing the border to join
Perez’s father in L.A., where
he worked as a day laborer
and sold textiles in swap
meets.
They settled into East
L.A.’s Maravilla public housing projects, a majority Latino community. As an AfroLatino, Perez said he struggled with bigotry.
He was often taunted in
school for his curly hair and
mercilessly teased after the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because some assumed he was Arab.
Latinos “can be super
prejudiced, like anybody,”
Perez said.
From a young age, Perez
had begun to get a sense
that being in the country illegally — and black — would
present special challenges.
His older siblings were told
in high school that they
couldn’t go to college because of their immigration
status.
“Being undocumented is
always feeling like you’re going to be denied something,”
Perez said. “Which goes
hand in hand with being
black.”
Some activists say that
even within the immigration
rights movement, black people can feel like outliers.
Denea Joseph, a community organizer, said that at
one conference a fellow advocate surprised her by asking where black people who
are undocumented even
come from.
“People haven’t even
come to terms with Latino
immigrants, so imagine let’s
push that a bit further and
understand that ... there’s
undocu-black people,” she
said.
Born in Belize, the 23year-old left her mother, father and siblings when she
was 7 on a visa to join her
grandmother in South Los
Angeles. Joseph said attorneys took advantage of her
grandmother when she tried
to remedy Joseph’s status.
It wasn’t until she was in
high school — when her
peers started getting driver’s licenses and jobs and applying for college scholarships — that she understood that her legal status
would be a serious impediment.
Joseph received help in
high school with the college
application process and applying for scholarships that
enabled her to attend UCLA,
where she majored in African American studies and
became involved in the immigration rights movement.
“Within the black community as a whole, we
learned to keep your head
down, go through, push
through, don’t tell anybody
your business,” Joseph said.
“We’re very protective about
our status, about our identity, because we understand
it’s already difficult to be a
black person in America.”
makeda.easter
@latimes.com
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B5
Community copes with its losses
[Montecito, from B1]
closed their eyes and bowed
their heads, their faces illuminated by flickering candles.
“This is a healing experience for everyone here,” said
Jennifer Adame, 44, of Santa
Barbara. “Everyone feels
frightened by the tragedies
in the past two months.”
As the community struggled to cope with the
tremendous loss, authorities said Sunday that they
had
transitioned
from
search and rescue to search
and recovery. For days, they
had scoured the devastation
for signs of life. Now hope
dwindled of finding more
survivors in the muck.
“This decision was not
made lightly,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill
Brown told reporters.
Earlier in the day, authorities had announced that the
death toll had climbed to 20.
Searchers had found the
body of the latest victim: 30year-old Pinit Sutthithepa,
whose 6-year-old son, Peerawat, was also killed. At least
four other people, including
Sutthithepa’s
2-year-old
daughter, Lydia, still are unaccounted for.
Meanwhile, crews continued to clear a two-mile
stretch of mud- and debrisstrewn U.S. Highway 101,
which remained closed indefinitely.
Officials had expected to
reopen the highway — a major artery that carries about
100,000 vehicles through the
Central Coast each day — on
Monday.
By Sunday, crews with
the Department of Transportation had removed 150
yards of debris from northbound lanes and 80 yards of
debris from southbound
lanes, Caltrans spokesman
Jim Shivers said.
But
officials
said
cleaning up one part of the
freeway at Olive Mill Road
was proving especially difficult because, as one of the
lowest points in the area, it
had served as a magnet for
water and mud.
About 75 people are assigned to the project, which
is focused on what Caltrans
calls “dewatering” — using
pumps to suck up the mud
and rainwater. Once the
mud and debris are removed, the pavement and
overpasses will need to be
evaluated for structural
safety. Then lines will need
to be repainted and signs
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
MOURNERS GATHER for a vigil outside the Santa Barbara Courthouse. As of Sunday, at least four people remained unaccounted for.
‘Everyone feels
frightened by the
tragedies in the
past two months.’
— Jennifer Adame,
Santa Barbara resident who
attended the vigil
Michael Owen Baker For The Times
HOLLY BULLOCK, a firefighter from L.A., pries open a car door along Mon-
tecito Creek. Officials have switched from search and rescue to recovery efforts.
and guardrails reinstalled.
By Monday, “we’ll have a
better understanding of
when the freeway will be
open and when people can
expect to drive it again,”
Officials call
for action over
climate costs
[Oil, from B1]
companies knew they were
contributing to climate
change and did “nothing to
stop their destructive ways.”
The result, they said, has
been expensive repairs to
streets and other public facilities.
“We’re getting rising sea
levels, wildfires, mudslides
— that’s the implication of
climate change right there,”
Bonin said. “That does damage to our infrastructure. It
just has some wide-ranging
and comprehensive implications.”
Friday’s proposal, which
was also signed by Councilmen Jose Huizar and
Marqueece Harris-Dawson,
seeks a closed-door meeting
with City Atty. Mike Feuer
on potential legal claims
against corporations that
profit from the production
and sale of fossil fuels. It also
calls for the city to file an
amicus, or friend of the
court, brief to assist New
York City with a lawsuit
against Chevron Corp.,
ConocoPhillips,
Royal
Dutch Shell and other companies.
In that case, filed Tuesday, lawyers said New York
City had suffered extensive
damage
from
climate
change, including “inundation, erosion and regular tidal flooding of its property.”
“In this litigation, the city
seeks to shift the costs of
protecting the city from climate change impacts back
onto the companies that
have done nearly all they
could to create this existential threat,” the lawsuit
states.
A Shell Oil Co. spokesman declined to discuss the
L.A. proposal, saying a law-
suit had not yet been filed.
Asked about the case in
New York City, he said climate change “should be addressed through sound government policy and cultural
change to drive low-carbon
choices for businesses and
consumers, not by the
courts.”
San Francisco and Oakland have filed their own climate change lawsuits, saying oil and gas companies
should pay for the ongoing
cost of protecting Bay Area
cities from rising sea levels.
Lawyers for San Francisco
said $5 billion would be
needed just to complete
long-term upgrades to that
city’s seawall, which covers
three miles of waterfront.
Chevron, one of the companies sued by San Francisco, said last fall that the
Bay Area lawsuits would not
help
address
climate
change. “Should this litigation proceed, it will only
serve special interests at the
expense of broader policy,
regulatory, and economic
priorities,” spokeswoman
Melissa Ritchie said in a
statement.
Representatives
of
Chevron did not respond to
a request for comment on
the L.A. proposal.
Bonin, who represents
coastal
neighborhoods
stretching from Westchester
to Pacific Palisades, said he
expects that parts of his district will be underwater in
the next 50 years. As part of
its climate change lawsuit,
the city should seek both financial reimbursement and
policy changes from the petroleum industry, he said.
david.zahniser
@latimes.com
Shivers said.
State Route 192, which
cuts across the foothills, is
also unsafe in places, and officials are trying to establish
an alternate route as quickly
as possible.
At least 296 buildings
were damaged or destroyed
by last week’s mudslides, officials said Sunday after a
partial, preliminary inspection. In that count were 73
homes that were destroyed
and 61 that sustained major
damage.
Those numbers are expected to rise. Inspectors
have completed about 35%
of assessments of residential
and commercial buildings.
On Wednesday, Santa
Barbara County will open an
assistance center at Calvary
Chapel Santa Barbara to offer resources to help the
community recover and rebuild.
At Sunday’s vigil, Lauren
Watson, whose family put up
the whiteboard they called
the “healing wall,” said they
planned to take the messages around the area starting Monday — to the Center
Stage Theater, farmers markets and other places downtown. Watson said the wall
may even travel to Ventura.
“We want to go to as many
places as we can,” said his
mother, Laura Watson. “It’s
a beautiful thing to do for the
community.”
michael.livingston
@latimes.com
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
B6
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Is public online community college a good idea?
[Skelton, from B1]
ficial to them flies in the face
of our experience.”
That thinking is dismissed by California Community College Chancellor
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, a loud
advocate of Brown’s proposal whose office would run
the online entity.
“The social network kids
are growing up very different today than you or I did,”
he says. “Students meet and
get to know each other
through social networks. We
may not prefer it that way,
but that’s the way they grow
up.”
The main benefit of
online courses is convenience. Brown’s desire is to
help an estimated 2.5 million Californians ages 25 to
34 who hold a high school
diploma but want more
education. Half are Latinos.
About 80% are working to
support themselves and
maybe some kids, and can’t
afford to take time off to
attend classes.
“We’re not targeting the
traditional college student,”
Oakley says. “We’re targeting people in apprenticeship
programs, people who are
trying to move from being a
medical assistant to a supervisorial job…. They don’t
have the time to spend
getting to know instructors
and students on campus.”
So although online
teaching probably isn’t the
best way to educate, it could
be the only way for many
working adults.
Pechthalt doesn’t necessarily agree. California has
114 community colleges, the
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
GOV. JERRY BROWN’S proposed $190-billion state budget includes $120 million to create an online commu-
nity college that would begin offering courses in fall 2019. The California Federation of Teachers opposes it.
union leader notes. There’s
one nearby everywhere
except in isolated outposts.
“It’s a misnomer to think
that people can’t get over to
a college,” he says. “For
those who can’t, colleges
already offer online opportunities. To create a whole
independent college that
does just online courses
seems counterproductive.
I’m not opposed to online
education, but schools
already offer that stuff.”
That’s the main concern
about Brown’s proposal.
Rather than pour extra
money into strengthening
current online programs
operated by individual
colleges, the governor wants
to create one separate statewide online-only college.
There’s a fear that will
pull students away from
local campuses. That’s not
just a worry of the union
leader who’s concerned
about jobs. It’s shared quietly by many college heads
who fear losing student
revenue. But they aren’t
speaking out yet because
they’re leery of tangling with
the governor and chancellor, according to a community college insider who
wants to remain anonymous for the same reason.
Brown earmarked $120
million to create an online
college that would begin
offering courses in fall 2019.
“That’s $120 million that
could be going to community colleges for courses in,
say, trade technology or
technical training,” the
insider laments.
But there’s general
agreement that community
colleges have been snailslow in developing online
courses. And Brown deserves credit for stepping in
and trying to do it himself.
“The challenge we have
today in this economy is we
have a lot of people, many of
them white males 50-plus,
who for many years had
access to good-paying jobs
with a high school diploma,”
says Oakley, the chancellor.
“Those jobs are gone. Those
people are stuck and very
frustrated. We’ve moved the
goal posts on them. They
can’t drop everything and
go back to school.
“California is becoming
undereducated relative to
what the changing economy
is demanding. We have to
create something different
to help these individuals.”
More than 100,000 Californians are enrolled in
online courses at private
institutions, but their costs
are far higher than public
college offerings, according
to the governor’s office.
Brown intends to push
the Legislature hard.
A top aide called Assemblyman Miguel Santiago
(D-Los Angeles) the day
before the budget unveiling
to tell him what the governor expected. Brown was
setting aside $46 million for
Santiago’s bill to waive
course fees for all first-year,
full-time students. And
Brown expects the lawmaker’s support for the online
proposal, the aide added.
“We’re going to talk to
our friends,” Pechthalt says,
“and we’re going to push to
kill it. We’ll see what little
influence we have.”
They have a lot. But the
governor has more.
Brown should compromise with the individual
colleges — preferably letting
them run their own shows
rather than creating a new
state bureaucracy.
george.skelton
@latimes.com
D
SPORTS
M O N D A Y , J A N U A R Y 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Jaguars give
an encore
performance
Q &A WITH DAN GUERRERO
They beat Steelers
again, this time with a
trip to the conference
title game on the line.
NFL PLAYOFFS
++++++++++++
CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
JACKSONVILLE 45
PITTSBURGH 42
By Sam Farmer
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
DAN GUERRERO , UCLA’s athletic director, says “there was a spike in both donations and ticket sales”
after Chip Kelly was hired as football coach. He is shown with Kelly at a Nov. 27 news conference.
GRIDIRON’S
NEW GLOW
PITTSBURGH — The
shout-out ended in a shootout.
Three months after the
Pittsburgh Steelers crowed
about how they were dying
to see Jacksonville again,
embarrassed by a lopsided
home loss to the Jaguars,
they got their wish. And the
results were painfully familiar.
Jacksonville
stormed
into Heinz Field again, built
a huge early lead, then held
on for a 45-42 victory to secure a spot in the AFC championship game.
In the week leading up to
Sunday’s game, a tweet that
got under the skin of the Jaguars came from Steelers
running back Le’Veon Bell:
“I love round 2’s ... we’ll have
two round 2’s in back to back
weeks ...”
That was a reference to a
rematch with the Jaguars,
and then, because there was
no way the Steelers would
lose, a rematch with the New
AFC
No. 3 Jacksonville at
No. 1 New England
Sunday, noon PST,
TV: Channel 2
NFC
No. 2 Minnesota at
No. 1 Philadelphia
Sunday, 3:30 p.m. PST
TV: Channel 11
SUPER BOWL LII
U.S. Bank Stadium,
Minneapolis
Feb. 4, 3:30 p.m. PST
TV: Channel 4
England Patriots, Pittsburgh’s opponent in last
year’s AFC title game.
Oh, really?
“For us, it wasn’t about
getting
into
talking
matches, trying to fight
[See AFC, D5]
UCLA athletic director is picturing bright future with Kelly
at the helm, but trajectory of basketball appears less certain
BY B EN B OLCH
an Guerrero has navigated a career’s worth of upheaval the last few months. The veteran UCLA athletic
director has fired and hired a football coach, helped resolve an international shoplifting incident and
dealt with the departure of a high-profile player and comments from his higher-profile father. If things
work out, the Bruins could make some long-awaited noise in college football after last appearing in the
Rose Bowl game after the 1998 season. The trajectory of men’s basketball seems less certain because the
seasonlong suspensions of three players were a blow to the team’s depth.
Guerrero, 66, recently spoke with The Times about the hiring of football coach Chip Kelly, his vision for the football
and basketball programs, and his own plans. Guerrero, who has spent the last 16 years guiding the sports programs
at his alma mater, faces a decision when his contract expires in December 2019.
The interview has been edited for brevity. A slightly longer version can be found online at latimes.com.
D
Is it true that athletic directors keep a wish list of
coaching candidates in case the need arises to make a
change?
I would venture to say that most do. I can’t say that all
do, but in this case, I would say that I do and always do
Soccer’s outside
shot is Wynalda
Once-volatile player may well be
voted president of U.S. federation
DYLAN HERNANDEZ
Eric Wynalda
was worried.
“How close
are we?” he
asked.
We lost
track of time
while talking
about the
state of soccer
in this country over a Denny’s breakfast. Now, his
8-year-old son’s soccer game
was about to start and we
had to return to the field,
which was in a part of Long
Beach that was unfamiliar.
“My wife is going to be so
pissed,” Wynalda said.
My phone vibrated. It
was a text message from his
unofficial press coordinator:
his wife.
“Tell her we’re two minutes away,” he said.
At this stage of his life,
the 48-year-old Wynalda
treasures peace and calm,
which is why the former U.S.
national team striker is
perplexed by his inability to
shake his reputation as a
volatile personality.
Soccer has flourished as
a business in this country
over the past decade and a
half, with Major League
Soccer more than doubling
its number of teams and the
United States Soccer Federation sitting on a surplus
reportedly in excess of $130
million. The game has become financially stable.
What still requires development is the soccer itself,
which makes this the right
time for the sport to come
under the leadership of a
soccer person such as
Wynalda, as opposed to a
[See Hernandez, D2]
because you don’t know what you may be confronted
with in any type of a situation, whether you have to make
the decision to make the change, whether a coach makes
the decision to move on to another position or something
[See Guerrero, D6]
else, some unforeseen thing
2018 OLYMPICS
PYEONGCHANG
ROAD TO THE WINTER GAMES: FEB. 9-25
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
CHLOE KIM of La Palma is expected to contend
for an Olympic medal in snowboarding.
She could be the face of Games
Chloe Kim, 17, is a first-generation Korean
American and a prodigy in her sport. A1
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USC 84, UTAH 67
Trojans unload from long range
They make 14 three-point baskets on the way to
ending a skid against the Utes at eight games. D7
Craig Lassig European Pressphoto Agency
CASE KEENUM celebrates his winning touchdown
pass to Stefon Diggs, right, as teammates look on.
MINNESOTA 29, NEW ORLEANS 24
It’s a Minny miracle
Unlikely touchdown pass in final seconds stuns Saints
and lifts Vikings into NFC championship game. D5
Lakers get a
history lesson
Team visits National
Civil Rights Museum
day before playing
Grizzlies in Memphis.
TODAY’S GAME
By Dan Woike
Lakers at
Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma wandered away from the group
in the first room of the National Civil Rights Museum
on Sunday afternoon. He
ducked into a corner, standing in front of the reproduced bowels of a slave ship.
Mannequins
were
hunched over, chained to the
floor, in the tightest of
spaces, while Kuzma studied the information printed
on the wall.
Soon after, he pulled out
his cellphone and sent a
tweet.
“Why is the beginning of
learning black history for
most people start with slavery?” he wrote. “Instead of
African kings and queens
and royalties. I wonder how
they teach it the history in
Africa. ... food for thought.”
TV: SpecSN, TNT
2:30 PST
Ball questionable: Lakers
rookie point guard has a
minor knee sprain. D4
More than 50 years before, some of the nation’s top
black athletes — Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill
Russell and Kareem AbdulJabbar (then known as Lew
Alcindor) — gathered for a
historic show of unity and
social consciousness inside
a nondescript Cleveland office building.
The process, now, has
been streamlined.
“Think about it,” NBA
guard Jamal Crawford said.
“When you saw those guys,
they were at a press confer[See Lakers, D4]
D2
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WED.
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at Memphis
2:30
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at Okla.
City
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DENVER
7:30
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LAKERS
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FRI.
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INDIANA
7:30
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PITT.
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NBCSN
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FSW
at Ducks
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NBCSN
KINGS
at Colorado
noon
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PITT.
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NBCSN
KINGS
7
NBCSN
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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ia — In her first match at the
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Williams sister was guaranGOLF
teed to win the title, Venus
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round to Belinda Bencic and
11 a.m.
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Exuma Classic
ensured it cannot happen in
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
2018.
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Venus lost last year’s final
10 a.m.
TV: ESPNU
Classic, Mater Dei vs. Montverde (Fla.)
at Melbourne Park to youngHOCKEY
er sibling Serena, who
clinched an Open era-record
23rd major but hasn’t played
a Grand Slam tournament
since because of her pregnancy and the birth of her
first child.
The 6-3, 7-5 loss for Venus
Williams was her first in five
career meetings with Bencic, who lost to Serena
Williams in the first round
here last year.
It was a bleak opening
day for American women,
with U.S. Open champion
Sloane Stephens, No. 10seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, a
semifinalist here and at the
U.S. Open last year, and CiCi
Bellis, the WTA’s newcomer
of the year, going out in the
first round. The U.S. women
were 0-7 in first-round singles by midday Monday.
Wynalda won fame on field
[Hernandez, from D1]
businessman in the mold of
departing federation president Sunil Gulati.
But Wynalda remains a
pariah in the eyes of the
sport’s ever-incestuous
establishment.
It was the spectacular
failure of that establishment to return the U.S.
men’s national team to the
World Cup that created an
unexpected opening for
Wynalda’s bid to take over
the national federation. A
new president will be
elected next month and
Wynalda surprisingly has
emerged as one of the favorites, as the prophetic nature
of his long-ignored warnings
has transformed many
skeptics into believers and
earned him the backing of
the segment of the electorate questioning the existing
power structure.
The former leading
scorer of the national team,
Wynalda has the highest
profile of the top candidates. But if his storied
playing career is his strongest selling point, it’s also
been his greatest liability.
Wynalda the player was
as temperamental as he was
gifted. The Westlake High
graduate was the first
American to play in Germany’s top division and scored
the first goal in MLS history,
but also is remembered for
being ejected from his first
World Cup game for throwing an elbow at an opponent’s head.
He was outspoken, too,
resulting in numerous conflicts with coaches.
A knee injury forced him
out of the game in 2002. He
began working as a television commentator soon
after, where he reinforced
his image as someone who
spoke his mind, unafraid to
criticize American players,
coaches and teams.
Wynalda said what he did
because he cared. But in a
climate in which an audience had to be found for an
inferior version of the sport,
the truth was considered
toxic. His honesty was
viewed as a betrayal.
Wynalda was only 21
when he played in the 1990
World Cup and a relatively
youthful 32 when he started
working on television. He
swears he has matured.
He said he used to be
driven by “misguided passion and misunderstood
enthusiasm,” for which the
penalties were significant.
Multiple efforts to become
an MLS head coach went
nowhere, as his contemporaries with vanilla personalities were awarded positions. U.S. Soccer’s player of
the decade in the 1990s, a
veteran of three World Cups,
became an outsider.
He wouldn’t encounter
such obstacles in almost
any other country, where
strong if not downright
defective personalities are
accepted as byproducts of
the creativity necessary to
be a star player. Diego
Maradona was a recovering
cocaine addict who once
shot at journalists with an
air rifle, and Argentina
selected him to coach its
national team at the 2010
World Cup.
But if the U.S. requires a
calm and measured demeanor, Wynalda said he is
ready to offer that. He still
has strong opinions, from
how overcoaching harms
developing talent to how
American players encounter an extra obstacle in
exploring opportunities
overseas because MLS’s
March-to-November schedule dissuades domestic
teams from participating in
FIFA’s summer transfer
window.
But, he added, “As you
get older, through experiences, you address almost
everything that you do in a
much more level-headed
way.”
In other words, he thinks
he has the diplomatic skills
to head the U.S. federation.
He has been traveling the
country, shaking hands and
picking up endorsements
from various state associations. The youth council is
one of four major groups
that will vote in the upcoming presidential election, the
others being the athletes,
adults and professional
councils.
He’s aligned himself with
owners of the minor North
American Soccer League,
and his platform includes a
push for a promotion-andrelegation system, as well as
making domestic leagues
compliant with the FIFA
calendar.
The major point
Wynalda and the seven
other candidates agree on is
the importance of improving player development,
particularly in regards to
including players from
lower-income backgrounds
who can’t afford to participate in the current pay-toplay youth system.
Five years ago, Wynalda
coached a collection of
overlooked players under
the banner of an amateur
team and upset MLS’ Portland Timbers in the third
round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Multiple players from that
amateur team went on to
have professional careers.
He later had similar success
with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL.
Whether he can change
the structure of professional
soccer in this country remains a legitimate question.
But he has an eye for talent
and knows others who do,
too. And if he can broaden
this country’s player pool,
that will be a victory. More
than anyone, he knows the
price of exclusion.
dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
U.S. Open finalist and
No. 11-seeded Kevin Anderson was the highest-ranked
man eliminated at that
point, losing in five sets to
Kyle Edmund — the only
British man in the draw after
five-time finalist Andy Murray withdrew. No. 16 John Isner lost in four sets to Australian Matt Edben.
The 20-year-old Bencic
saved five break points in the
eighth game before a rain delay caused an almost halfhour suspension of play as
the roof was closed on Rod
Laver Arena. She returned
on a roll, winning the next six
points to hold serve and
then clinch the set.
Bencic teamed up with
Roger Federer to win the
Hopman Cup for Switzerland in the first week of the
season, and had the 19-time
major winner’s parents in
the crowd supporting her on
Monday.
It must have helped, having overcome the surprise
when the draw was made
that she’d have to play another Williams in the first
round.
“Honestly, the first reaction of everyone was ‘Oh,
bad luck.’ But of course, it
would be nice to play somebody easier first round and
get your rhythm a little bit,”
Bencic said.
“It's amazing, when I was
a little girl, I was watching
them on TV. I never thought
I’d get a chance to play
them.”
Williams’ exit followed
No. 13-seeded Stephens’ 2-6,
7-6 (2), 6-2 loss to Zhang
Shuai.
Stephens had a chance to
serve for the match in the
10th game of the second set
but dropped her serve. She
was outplayed in the tiebreaker and in the third set.
It always shaped as a
tough opener for Stephens,
who hasn’t won a tour-level
match since her Grand Slam
breakthrough triumph at
the U.S. Open last year and
facing a player ranked No.
34, two spots off being
seeded for the first major of
the season.
Stephens didn’t play last
year’s Australian Open because of a left foot injury that
kept her out of action until
Wimbledon. Since beating
Madison Keys in the U.S.
Open final, Stephens has
lost eight matches.
“Sloane, she plays so well,
won the U.S. Open — everyone knows she’s a great player,” Zhang said. “I know how
hard I’m working coming to
Australia. I’m ready for every match, every player.
That’s why I won today.”
French Open champion
Jelena Ostapenko made a
positive start with a 6-1, 6-4
win over 37-year-old Francesca Schiavone, the 2010
French Open winner.
Vandeweghe was leading
in her first set before a rain
delay on Hisense Arena, and
Timea Babos rallied to win
7-6 (4), 6-2.
Of the other U.S. women
out in the first round, Sofia
Kenin lost to No. 12 Julia Goerges — who extended her
winning streak to 15 matches
— Bellis lost to No. 30 Kiki
Bertens, Alison Riske lost in
three sets to Kirsten Flipkens, and Taylor Townsend
lost in straight sets to No. 19
Magdalena Rybarikova.
Among the other seeded
players falling were No. 24
Dominika Cibulkova, the
2014 Australian Open finalist
who lost to Kaia Kanepi, and
No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova,
who lost 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 to IrinaCamelia Begu.
Ryan
Harrison
was
among the men advancing,
beating Dudi Sela in five
sets, along with No. 10 Pablo
Carreno Busta, No. 23 Gilles
Muller and No. 31 Pablo
Cuevas.
PREP BASKETBALL TOP 25
By Eric Sondheimer
Rk. School (W-L)
Comment (last week’s ranking)
1 BISHOP MONTGOMERY
(16-0)
vs. Utah Bingham at Salt Lake Community College,
today (1)
2 ST. JOHN BOSCO (15-2)
vs. Servite, Wednesday (9)
3 SIERRA CANYON (12-2)
at Bishop Gorman, today (3)
4 ETIWANDA (18-1)
at Rancho Cucamonga, Tuesday (4)
5 WESTCHESTER (17-3)
vs. Venice, Friday (5)
6 SANTA ANA MATER DEI
(11-5)
vs. Florida Montverde at Springfield, Ma., today (2)
7 RANCHO CHRISTIAN
(16-2)
vs. Corona Centennial at Orange Lutheran, today (10)
8 CRESPI (17-2)
at Chaminade, today (11)
9 HARVARD-WESTLAKE
(16-2)
at Crespi, Wednesday (12)
10 FAIRFAX (11-6)
at Palisades, Wednesday (6)
11 EASTVALE ROOSEVELT
(14-2)
vs. King, Wednesday (7)
12 SANTA MARGARITA (13-5) at JSerra, Wednesday (8)
13 ST. ANTHONY (15-2)
vs. Capistrano Valley at Corona del Mar, today (15)
14 LOS ALTOS (15-2)
vs. Rolling Hills Prep at Orange Lutheran, today (16)
15 OAK PARK (11-6)
vs. San Jose Valley Christian at St. Mary’s, today (17)
16 ST. BERNARD (11-6)
at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Wednesday (13)
17 ANAHEIM CANYON (18-1) vs. Cathedral at Corona del Mar, today (18)
18 CORONA CENTENNIAL
(10-7)
vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Orange Lutheran, today (NR)
19 DAMIEN (15-3)
vs. De La Salle at St. Mary’s, today (14)
20 DOMINGUEZ (11-5)
vs. Compton at Compton Centennial, today (19)
21 MAYFAIR (13-5)
vs. Los Alamitos at Orange Lutheran, today (20)
22 JW NORTH (13-1)
vs. Kaiser at Grand Terrace, today (22)
23 EL CAMINO REAL (12-8) vs. Birmingham, Wednesday (NR)
24 BIRMINGHAM (8-8)
at El Camino Real, Wednesday (NR)
25 CATHEDRAL (8-4)
vs. Anaheim Canyon at Corona del Mar, today (NR)
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D3
HOCKEY
STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
Calgary
KINGS
San Jose
DUCKS
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Winnipeg
Nashville
St. Louis
Minnesota
Dallas
Chicago
Colorado
W
29
25
24
22
20
20
18
10
W
26
25
26
24
24
22
23
L
10
16
14
13
15
23
21
28
L
13
11
17
17
17
17
16
OL
3
4
5
6
9
3
6
7
OL
7
6
3
5
3
6
3
Pts
61
54
53
50
49
43
42
27
Pts
59
56
55
53
51
50
49
GF
145
131
128
116
121
126
119
105
GF
153
131
134
133
133
136
139
GA
116
125
103
111
122
147
147
160
GA
127
114
122
131
122
123
125
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Columbus
New Jersey
Pittsburgh
N.Y. Rangers
Philadelphia
N.Y. Islanders
Carolina
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Detroit
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
28
25
22
24
22
20
22
20
W
31
24
25
18
18
18
15
11
L
14
18
12
19
17
15
18
17
L
10
10
17
18
19
20
18
24
OL
3
3
8
3
5
8
4
8
OL
3
7
3
7
6
5
9
9
Pts
59
53
52
51
49
48
48
48
Pts
65
55
53
43
42
41
39
31
GF
140
124
133
135
132
128
153
126
GF
161
135
146
117
122
111
117
99
GA
127
129
130
141
129
125
160
140
GA
112
105
131
131
141
133
149
151
RESULTS
VANCOUVER 3
AT MINNESOTA 2 (OT)
DETROIT 4
AT CHICAGO 0
AT PITTSBURGH 5
N.Y. RANGERS 2
CALGARY 4
AT CAROLINA 1
Brandon Sutter, making his return after missing 21 games
with a lower-body injury, scored 2:50 into overtime.
Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and
an assist, and the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks.
Dominik Simon got his first NHL goal and Phil Kessel
scored his 20th this season for his 700th career point.
Dougie Hamilton scored twice, Mike Smith made 38
saves and the Flames ran their winning streak to seven.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Colorado, noon
Dallas at Boston, 10 a.m.
San Jose at KINGS, 1 p.m.
New York Islanders at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY’S GAMES
St. Louis at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Rangers, 4 p.m.
Vegas at Nashville, 5 p.m.
New Jersey at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Dallas at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Alex Gallardo Associated Press
KEVIN BIEKSA lands a punch on Kings left wing Andy Andreoff during the first period Saturday. Three
fights resulted in six major fighting penalties within the first two minutes 33 seconds of the Ducks’ 4-2 win.
DUCKS REPORT
Come
out
fighting,
boys
Cogliano is
suspended,
ending streak
By Mike Coppinger
Andrew Cogliano’s ironman streak is over in the
most surprising of ways.
The Ducks winger, a fourtime nominee for the NHL’s
Bill Masterton Trophy for
sportsmanship, was suspended Sunday for two
games because of an illegal
hit on Adrian Kempe during
the team’s 4-2 victory over
the Kings one day earlier.
Cogliano not only made
contact with Kempe well after he passed the puck, but
he delivered the check forcefully with his left shoulder
planted into Kempe’s head.
The supplemental discipline brings Cogliano’s
streak of 830 consecutive
games played — the fourthlongest in NHL history — to
a conclusion.
He’s eligible to return Friday for the Ducks’ rematch
against the Kings.
It’s the first time in
Cogliano’s career that he’s
been suspended, and his
clean history was taken into
account during his hearing
with the NHL Department
of Player Safety.
“I was going to drive to
the net and then I didn’t see
it coming, so I was surprised,” said Kempe. “I’m
glad I’m [OK]. I feel good today.
“Obviously it’s a big rivalry. Everyone wants to
play physical. You expect
that from some guys. Sometimes it happens.”
Kempe wasn’t injured on
the play, and it resulted in a
minor penalty for interference.
And now the Ducks will
be short-handed again as
they head into a Monday
afternoon contest against
the Colorado Avalanche.
The Ducks finally had
their full complement of
players Saturday (minus
Patrick Eaves, who is battling Guillain Barre Syndrome).
The suspension comes in
the first game after Cogliano
was signed to a three-year
contract extension with an
average annual value of $3.25
million.
The 30-year-old is one of
the team’s core players and
has been since he was acquired in a summer 2011 deal
with the Edmonton Oilers
for a second-round draft
pick.
Cogliano plays on the
team’s second line and his ferocious forecheck and frenetic style of play create
headaches for the opposing
team.
He’s also one of the
Ducks’ best penalty killers
and his 14 short-handed
goals since joining the club
rank second in the NHL during that time.
Cogliano, who had never
missed a game during his 11season NHL career, has 18
points in 44 games this season.
Brown is the
newest Duck
J.T. Brown made waves
when he raised his fist during the national anthem earlier this season, marking the
first such protest by an NHL
player against racial inequality and police brutality.
Now, he’s a member of the
Ducks.
The team moved quickly
to pick up the right winger
on Sunday after the Tampa
Bay Lightning waived him.
To make room, the Ducks
waived
forward
Logan
Shaw, who posted eight
points in 42 games with the
club this season.
Brown,
an
African
American, quickly ended his
protest in October after receiving death threats, and
the agitator’s play dropped
off with one goal and three
assists in 24 games.
“I understand that this
issue cannot be resolved
overnight, nor can I do it
alone. I am done raising my
fist during the national anthem,” Brown said in October.
TODAY
AT COLORADO
When: noon PST.
On the air: TV: Prime
Ticket; Radio: 830.
Update: The Avalanche are
coming off a victory after
they topped the Dallas Stars
4-1 on Saturday. That was
the latest of six consecutive
wins, and along with the Calgary Flames, the Avalanche
are the hottest team in the
NHL. Colorado is one of
those clubs packed in tight
with the Ducks in the Western Conference playoff race
at 49 points. The Avalanche
are led by All-Star center Nathan MacKinnon, who’s already surpassed the 50point plateau with 19 goals
and 34 assists. They’ve also
been boosted by the play of
backup goalie Jonathan
Bernier, who is filling in for
Semyon Varlamov. He’s won
five straight games, and will
likely earn the nod Monday
against the club he played
for last season. Bernier led
the Avalanche to a 3-1 victory
over the Ducks when the
clubs met in October.
sports@latimes.com
Ducks and Kings duke
it out after bye week,
highlighting heated
race to make playoffs.
HELENE ELLIOTT
Fresh off
their bye
week, the
Kings and
Ducks were
energetic and
in a feisty
mood Saturday night
at Staples Center. Three
fights that resulted in six
major fighting penalties
within the first two minutes
and 33 seconds attested to
their eagerness to resume
play and to resume hostilities.
“Guys were excited to
come back,” Kings defenseman Alec Martinez said.
The Kings’ excitement
didn’t last long enough.
They fell behind by two
goals in the first period and
by three early in the third
before they began to push
back, moving within one
before Corey Perry’s emptynetter with 88 seconds left
clinched the Ducks’ 4-2
victory. It was the Kings’
first loss to their closest
geographic rival in three
games this season and it
dropped their record
against fellow Pacific Division teams to 5-6-3. It also
extended their losing streak
to three, cause for concern
because there’s a common
but correctable thread in
those defeats.
“We haven’t played a full
60 minutes,” Martinez said.
“I think back before the
break, you look at our second periods and they
haven’t been good enough.
[On Saturday] our start
wasn’t good enough. I think
we’re just not putting together a full game, and you
can’t afford to do that in this
league.”
The importance of mustering an all-out effort every
game is magnified now, as
the season lurches toward
the All-Star break and
deeper into its second half.
Division-leading Vegas (8-1-1
in its past 10 games) hasn’t
had the struggles expected
of an expansion team. Calgary on Sunday won its
seventh straight game and
moved into second place, a
point ahead of the Kings.
Colorado, also riding an 8-1-1
surge, unexpectedly has
become a factor in the playoff scramble. And the Ducks
are as healthy as they’re
going to get. They’ve made
late-season playoff pushes
before and they have the
depth to do it again.
A lapse or two against
division rivals and anything
less than a full effort in every
game could leave teams
outside the playoff picture.
“It’s a tight division,
conference,” Martinez said.
“We’ve been the hunters and
we’ve been the hunted.
We’ve kind of slipped, I
think, as of late. We’ve got to
figure it out and get back to
playing a full game and
playing our team game.”
Consistency will be
everyone’s mantra from
here on out, meaning relentless efforts within games
and over days and weeks at
a time.
“This is the type of
hockey that you’re going to
see down the stretch. This is
the importance of the
games,” Ducks coach Randy
Carlyle said. “I think you’ve
got to see it for 60 minutes,
and you’ve got to see it on a
consistent basis. And we’re
going to play some real good
hockey clubs as we go down
the stretch here.
“We’re going to go into
Colorado on Monday — they
went into Dallas and beat
them 4-1. Much different
type of hockey club than
what we saw [Saturday].
They’re more of a scooting
team, a skating team, and
we’re going to have to be
strong, and strong defensively, and play the body on
them also.”
Ducks captain Ryan
Getzlaf said his team felt
some pressure after its lead
was sliced from three goals
to one but no one panicked.
“It was good to see our composure stayed the same and
we kept playing,” he said.
That hasn’t always been the
case for the Ducks, who
must stay composed to
make up ground and get
back in playoff position.
There’s nothing wrong
with the Kings’ strategy or
game plan, center Anze
SATURDAY’S LATE RESULT
DUCKS 4, KINGS 2
DUCKS ....................................2
KINGS .....................................0
0
0
2 — 4
2 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1. DUCKS, Kase 12 (Rakell, Getzlaf),
6:14. 2. DUCKS, Kesler 3 (Kase, Montour), 18:50 (pp).
Penalties—Boll, ANA, Major (fighting), 2:29. MacDermid, KINGS, Major (fighting), 2:29. Bieksa, ANA, Major
(fighting), 2:31. Andreoff, KINGS, Major (fighting), 2:31.
Clifford, KINGS, Major (fighting), 2:33. Ritchie, ANA,
Major (fighting), 2:33. Cogliano, ANA, (interference),
3:41. Doughty, KINGS, (interference), 17:31.
SECOND PERIOD: Scoring—None. Penalties—Kesler,
ANA, (slashing), 17:00.
THIRD PERIOD: 3. DUCKS, Kase 13 (Ritchie), 2:10. 4.
KINGS, Shore 4 (Lewis, Folin), 8:32. 5. KINGS, Kopitar
19 (Forbort, Iafallo), 13:46. 6. DUCKS, Perry 8 (Lindholm), 18:32. Penalties—Forbort, KINGS, (high
sticking), 8:50.
SHOTS ON GOAL: DUCKS 5-7-10—22. KINGS 7-810—25. Power-play Conversions—DUCKS 1 of 2. KINGS
0 of 2.
GOALIES: DUCKS, Gibson 15-13-5 (25 shots-23
saves). KINGS, Quick 19-15-2 (21-18). Att—18,443
(18,230). T—2:26.
Kopitar said. The responsibility lies with players to be
consistent within a framework that has been crucial
to their turnaround from
missing the playoffs last
season.
“We don’t put together a
60-minute effort where
we’re firing on all cylinders
right from the get-go and all
throughout the game.
There’s definitely room for
improvement in that department,” Kopitar said.
“We’ve just got to play. Now
the system has been proven
that it’s working, but it’s up
to us to put in the work and
the compete level’s got to
get higher. And, I guess, the
desperation level.”
Desperate times don’t
always call for desperate
measures. For playoff hopefuls in the NHL, these times
call for consistency.
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
KINGS REPORT
Long wait for backup goalie
By Curtis Zupke
Some players used the
NHL’s mandatory bye week
to take a mini-vacation.
Some simply stayed put and
rested. Darcy Kuemper indulged in something he
hadn’t done since he was a
kid. He went to Disneyland.
The Kings goalie put his
mask away and saw other
kinds of masked characters.
And he didn’t have to wait
long at the crowded park for
his favorite ride — Space
Mountain.
“I just tried to take advantage of the Fastpass,”
Kuemper said in reference to
the option that allows visitors to bypass long lines.
As far as hockey, Kuemper has had a long wait to get
back into the Kings net. He
hasn’t played since Dec. 16,
and if Jonathan Quick
makes his 10th straight start
Monday, Kuemper will have
gone more than a month between appearances.
It’s a challenge that
Kuemper has learned to
handle. He credits goalie
coach Bill Ranford for helping him stay on point. His
practices are his games.
That’s the life of a backup
goalie to an elite No. 1, a role
Kuemper has held for most
of his NHL career (he was
the No. 2 goalie behind Devan Dubnyk for the Minnesota Wild before joining the
Kings).
“I’ve been through it before and I can draw confidence from that,” Kuemper
said. “That’s probably the
hardest part of it is going out
there and still knowing that
you can do it, because you
can’t be going out there second-guessing yourself.”
The Christmas break
and the bye week allowed
the Kings to spread out
Quick’s nine starts over 27
days. But Saturday was a reminder that Quick is human. He allowed a soft goal
on the first shot, and he lost
the puck behind the net
(which resulted in a 3-0
Ducks lead in a 4-2 Ducks
win).
Quick’s All-Star season
and stubborn competitiveness, combined with
Kuemper’s ability to adjust
to sporadic playing time,
have made it easier for Kings
coach John Stevens to sit
Kuemper for long periods.
“He’s got the right mindset,” Stevens said.
“He’s got a really good
personality. He works hard
at his game. He stays sharp.
He uses practices to stay
ready. It’s worked for him
well. He’s done a good job of
it.”
Kuemper still hasn’t absorbed a regulation loss (50-3). His 2.11 goals-against
average would rank second
in the NHL if he met the minimum requirement of 15
games played.
Kuemper’s current wait
is nothing compared to the
2½ months he spent on the
bench in 2015, when Dubnyk
started 39 straight games.
“It wasn’t fun,” Kuemper
said. “But the team was doing well, and that made it
easier.”
The Kings only hope
that’s the scenario again.
body) practiced and could
play depending on how he
responds, Stevens said. …
Trevor Lewis was given the
day off. Lewis took two hits
from the Ducks’ Jared Boll
on the same shift. … Assistant coach Pierre Turgeon
left Saturday’s game early to
catch the NHL debut of his
son, Dominic, for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
… Jonny Brodzinski was recalled.
Etc.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
Jake
Muzzin
(upper
TODAY
VS. SAN JOSE
When: 1.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: San Jose goalie
Martin Jones was pulled almost 14 minutes into Saturday’s game after he allowed three goals on six
shots. The former Kings
goalie shut out the Kings 2-0
on Dec. 23. ... Joe Thornton
will pass Wayne Gretzky for
sole possession of 21st place
on the NHL’s all-time
games-played list at 1,488.
D4
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
Paul downplays facing former team
By Broderick Turner
At times, Chris Paul fidgeted
while being asked by the media to
share his feelings about facing the
Clippers in Los Angeles for the first
time since he requested a trade to the
Houston Rockets last June.
At times, Paul smiled while being
queried about growing tired of
playing for the Clippers and instead
wanting to take his chances of winning an NBA title with the Rockets.
As he addressed questions before
the Rockets practiced on the campus
of UCLA on Sunday, Paul seemed at
ease with his decision to join forces
with James Harden, coach Mike
D’Antoni and the rest of Houston’s
cast rather than continue with Blake
Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, coach Doc
Rivers and the rest of the Clippers.
In what was his typical way of
dealing with touchy subjects during
his six years with the Clippers, Paul
didn’t provide much insight on why
he so badly wanted to depart L.A.
WESTERN CONFERENCE
L
9
11
15
16
20
20
21
21
PCT
.795
.732
.659
.644
.535
.524
.512
.512
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. Phoenix
12. LAKERS
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Sacramento
21
17
16
15
15
13
13
21
25
28
27
29
28
29
.500
.405
.364
.357
.341
.317
.310
GB L10
8-2
31⁄2 5-5
6
6-4
61⁄2 7-3
111⁄2 5-5
12
6-4
121⁄2 4-6
121⁄2 5-5
Rk.
P1
S1
S2
N1
N2
S3
N4
N3
1
⁄2
41⁄2
61⁄2
61⁄2
71⁄2
8
81⁄2
8-2
3-7
4-6
4-6
6-4
4-6
2-8
P2
N5
P3
P4
S4
S5
P5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Miami
5. Washington
6. Detroit
7. Indiana
8. Milwaukee
W
34
29
26
25
25
22
23
22
L
10
12
16
17
18
19
20
20
PCT GB
.773
.707 31⁄2
.619 7
.595 8
.581 81⁄2
.537 101⁄2
.535 101⁄2
.524 11
L10
8-2
6-4
3-7
8-2
7-3
5-5
4-6
5-5
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
S2
C2
C3
C4
9. Philadelphia
10. New York
11. Charlotte
12. Brooklyn
12. Chicago
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
19
19
16
16
16
12
11
20
24
25
27
27
31
31
.487 11⁄2
.442 31⁄2
.390 51⁄2
.372 61⁄2
.372 61⁄2
.279 101⁄2
.262 11
5-5
2-8
5-5
4-6
5-5
1-9
4-6
A3
A4
S3
A5
C5
S4
S5
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at MEMPHIS
at CLIPPERS
at Detroit
at Philadelphia
at Washington
San Antonio
at Brooklyn
at Chicago
Golden State
at Oklahoma City
at Utah
Line
2
OFF
3
OFF
5
71⁄2
11⁄2
1
5
111⁄2
OFF
Underdog
LAKERS
Houston
Charlotte
Toronto
Milwaukee
at Atlanta
New York
Miami
at Cleveland
Sacramento
Indiana
But they never got past the second round of the playoffs, going out in
the first round in their last two postseason appearances.
“We didn’t win it all. That was the
point,” Paul said. “I’m happy with the
times that I had. I had a chance to
grow here. … It was a lot of great times
here, and I still wish them the best —
Ballmer and the guys.”
NEW YORK
CLIPPERS TONIGHT
VS. HOUSTON
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 570.
Update: The Clippers have listed Jordan as questionable because of a
sprained left ankle. The Clippers are
seeking their first five-game winning
streak of the season and to be over
.500 for the first time since they were
5-4 on Nov. 5. Rockets All-Star guard
James Harden is out with a hamstring injury.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Porzingis.....43 10-24 1-2 0-6 3 5 25
Thomas ......26 2-5 2-2 1-6 1 3 7
Kanter........36 9-14 0-0 4-10 1 4 18
Jack...........36 9-14 2-2 1-4 8 4 22
Lee............35 3-10 0-0 1-2 4 1 7
Hardaway Jr.32 8-17 7-10 1-5 3 3 25
O’Quinn......16 2-3 2-2 2-4 2 4 6
Ntilikina......16 0-2 0-0 0-4 3 1 0
McDermott..12 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 8
Beasley ........9 0-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 0
Totals
46-97 14-18 10-44 28 27 118
Shooting: Field goals, 47.4%; free throws,
77.8%
Three-point goals: 12-34 (Porzingis 4-10, McDermott 2-2, Jack 2-3, Hardaway Jr. 2-10, Thomas
1-1, Lee 1-5, Beasley 0-1, Ntilikina 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 22 (15 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Kanter 2, Porzingis 2, Lee, O’Quinn,
Thomas). Turnovers: 22 (Jack 5, Beasley 3, Hardaway Jr. 3, Ntilikina 3, Porzingis 3, Lee 2, Kanter,
McDermott, O’Quinn). Steals: 12 (Porzingis 5,
Hardaway Jr. 3, Jack 3, McDermott). Technical
Fouls: coach Knicks (Defensive three second),
2:00 second.
New Orleans 13 35 34 27 14— 123
New York
29 28 39 13
9— 118
LAKERS REPORT
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
W
35
30
29
29
23
22
22
22
Steve Ballmer but did not discuss
any riffs he may have had with Griffin
or Rivers.
“It don’t matter. It doesn’t matter
now,” Paul said, his voice rising. “All
that stuff is in the past. I’m so glad to
be in a space now where I am and I’m
excited.
“That’s so long ago now, I don’t
know. It was a while ago, but when it
happened, it was time. They seem to
be doing well and I’m trying to do the
same.”
After Paul was traded, he had dinner with Ballmer at the owner’s request. The two had forged a bond and
agreed it wasn’t going to be broken after the trade.
“Steve is a great guy, still somebody I have the utmost respect for,”
Paul said. “So, when he wants to talk
… he wants to talk now. … What I always talk about, communication?
That’s the way you get things better.”
During his six years with the Clippers, there were high expectations
and the team was often considered a
championship contender.
NEW ORLEANS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Davis .........49 17-30 12-15 6-17 0 2 48
Moore ........44 6-14 0-0 0-1 2 3 16
Cousins ......44 4-16 7-12 3-16 5 5 15
Holiday.......44 12-19 4-5 1-5 4 2 31
Rondo........24 2-7 0-0 1-4 5 1 4
Clark..........25 2-5 1-2 0-3 3 1 5
Miller .........19 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 4
Cunningham11 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Totals
45-95 24-34 12-47 19 17 123
Shooting: Field goals, 47.4%; free throws,
70.6%
Three-point goals: 9-32 (Moore 4-7, Holiday
3-7, Davis 2-6, Miller 0-1, Clark 0-3, Rondo 0-3,
Cousins 0-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers:
19 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Cousins 3, Davis 3,
Holiday). Turnovers: 19 (Cousins 5, Davis 4, Holiday 4, Rondo 4, Miller, Moore). Steals: 17 (Cousins
7, Davis 4, Holiday 4, Moore, Rondo). Technical
Fouls: None.
A—19,812. T—2:32. O—Ron Garretson, Bill
Spooner, Justin Van Duyne
STANDINGS
Team
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Oklahoma City
6. New Orleans
7. Denver
7. Portland
and how strained the relations became with that group.
“I understand the game and all
that stuff, but it’s not about me,” Paul
said, as he sought to downplay his return. “It’s about us and doing what we
came out here to do.”
Paul was injured and didn’t play
when the Clippers beat the Rockets
in Houston last month. He will play in
this one and was asked about his
emotions facing the Clippers in L.A.
“Being back,” Paul said, pausing,
“um, it’s a little different. Obviously
living here for a while and still having
my home. … I don’t know. Fortunately
we played against the Lakers here already once and I got a chance to see a
lot of the people that work there at
Staples Center. I don’t know. This is
home. I’ll still come back when the
season is over.”
Paul said he still talks to Jordan,
Wesley Johnson, Clippers assistant
coach Sam Cassell and Jasen Powell,
the team’s head athletic trainer.
Paul even said he has enjoyed his
conversations with Clippers owner
Pelicans 123, Knicks 118, OT
Time
2:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
noon
noon
12:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
6 p.m.
RESULTS
Heat extend winning
streak to seven games
MIAMI 97, MILWAUKEE 79
Goran Dragic scored 11 points in
the fourth quarter and finished
with 25, and the host Miami Heat
ran their winning streak to seven
games with a 97-79 victory over the
Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
The Heat outscored the Bucks
41-21 in the first 16 minutes of the
second half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had
22 points for Milwaukee, which
shot 32% from the field.
Miami committed 15 turnovers
but Milwaukee converted those
into only two points.
New Orleans 123, at New York 118
(OT): Anthony Davis had 48 points
and 17 rebounds, and the Pelicans
rallied from a 19-point deficit in the
third quarter. Jrue Holiday had 31
points, including three baskets
and two free throws in overtime.
The Knicks lost their third game in
a row.
at Minnesota 120, Portland 103:
Jimmy Butler scored 24 points,
Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points
and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double, and the
Timberwolves wrapped up their
first 5-0 homestand since 2001.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points for
the Trail Blazers.
Indiana 120, at Phoenix 97: Darren
Collison scored 19 points to lead
seven players in double figures for
the Pacers, who have won four of
their last five games. Rookie Josh
Jackson scored a career-best 21
points for the Suns, who have lost
four of five.
— associated press
Mild knee sprain could force
Ball to sit out against Grizzlies
By Dan Woike
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Lakers
survived a serious scare Sunday with
prized rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.
After waking up with a sore left
knee the morning after Saturday’s win
in Dallas, Ball underwent an MRI
exam.
The test, though, revealed only a
minor sprain.
He’s questionable for Monday’s
game against the Grizzlies.
Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in the
2017 NBA draft, is averaging 10.2
points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists this
season.
He played 43 minutes Saturday in
the Lakers’ 107-101 overtime win in Dallas.
Ball recently returned from a sixgame absence after recovering from a
sprained left shoulder.
Since his return, the Lakers have
gone 4-1 with the wins all coming in a
row.
Etc.
Second-year forward Brandon Ingram is also questionable for Monday’s game because of an ankle injury.
Ingram sprained his left ankle in
the first half of the win against the
Mavericks.
MINNESOTA
A—14,739. T—2:09. O—James Capers, Nick Buchert,
Curtis Blair
Pacers 120, Suns 97
INDIANA
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
THE LAKERS are 4-1 since Lonzo Ball’s return from a shoulder in-
jury. He is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season.
TODAY
AT MEMPHIS
When: 2:30 p.m. PST
On the air: TV: TNT, Spectrum
Sportsnet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Update: The Lakers have a season-
best four-game winning streak but
could be without Ball and Ingram.
Memphis scored only 78 points in its
most recent game, a loss Friday.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Athletes open to discussing politics
[Lakers, from D1]
ence. They were actually holding the
press conference to talk to the media.
Now, through social media, you can
hold your own press conference any
time you want. It’s at your fingertips,
literally.”
Donald Trump’s controversial
presidency, police brutality, sexual
harassment — it’s all been discussed
and argued about on social media and
some professional athletes have no
problems wading into those pools.
Kuzma, who along with the Lakers
will play the Memphis Grizzlies on
Monday blocks from the hotel where
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, said he always thought he
would use his platform to share his
views if given the opportunity.
“I really never thought I would
have an opportunity to do that. I always said if I had a platform to speak, I
am going to speak. I feel it is just important not only for African American-related things but world things in
general,” Kuzma said. “I feel like it is
very important for us to do that because for many of us we are the voice of
the people; there are people that look
up to us that have these certain things
to say that they can’t say because they
are not somebody [famous]. For us I
think it is very important to use our
stage.
“… It’s how I want to approach it. I
am always a woke person, know about
things, always feel a certain type of
way.”
Athletes in 2018 don’t have to be
“woke.” They don’t have to be political.
J.A. Adande, the director of sports
journalism at Northwestern University and a former sports columnist
at The Times, said we’ve seen athletes
manage to stay apolitical. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant
brushed off questions about fellow
NFL players protesting during the na-
PORTLAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aminu ........20 3-7 0-0 2-7 1 1 6
Turner.........23 2-6 4-4 2-3 1 1 8
Nurkic ........20 3-6 2-2 3-5 1 3 8
Lillard ........34 7-14 5-6 0-6 8 3 21
McCollum ...25 7-15 1-1 0-0 0 4 18
Collins........28 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 5 7
Connghton ..28 7-13 0-0 0-1 3 1 18
Davis .........21 0-1 0-2 1-8 0 4 0
Napier........12 3-5 2-2 0-0 2 3 9
Vonleh..........6 0-2 0-0 0-6 0 0 0
Layman ........6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Harkless .......6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Leonard........4 4-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 8
Totals
39-79 14-17 8-38 19 27 103
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 82.4%
Three-point goals: 11-25 (Connaughton 4-8, McCollum
3-4, Lillard 2-6, Collins 1-1, Napier 1-2, Aminu 0-1, Harkless 0-1, Turner 0-1, Vonleh 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team
Turnovers: 17 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Aminu, Connaughton, Napier). Turnovers: 17 (Lillard 6, Turner 4, McCollum 2, Napier 2, Nurkic 2, Aminu). Steals: 6 (Connaughton, Davis, Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic, Turner). Technical Fouls: coach Trail Blazers (Defensive three second),
9:04 third
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gibson .......28 6-11 0-0 3-5 0 3 12
Wiggins ......31 8-11 1-2 1-4 2 1 17
Towns.........36 6-11 6-7 0-11 2 4 20
Butler.........34 7-11 9-11 1-5 4 2 24
Teague .......28 8-15 5-6 0-1 8 2 22
Dieng.........20 1-2 0-0 1-5 1 2 2
Crawford.....19 3-9 2-3 0-1 1 0 10
Bjelica........18 2-4 0-0 1-5 1 2 5
Jones .........11 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 4
Muhammad ..4 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 2
Georges-Hunt 4 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Brooks .........2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
43-80 27-33 7-38 21 17 120
Shooting: Field goals, 53.8%; free throws, 81.8%
Three-point goals: 7-19 (Towns 2-3, Crawford 2-7, Butler 1-1, Teague 1-1, Bjelica 1-2, Brooks 0-1, Dieng 0-1,
Gibson 0-1, Jones 0-1, Wiggins 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7.
Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Dieng 2,
Crawford). Turnovers: 11 (Wiggins 3, Bjelica 2, Teague 2,
Towns 2, Dieng, Gibson). Steals: 12 (Butler 2, Gibson 2,
Jones 2, Teague 2, Wiggins 2, Crawford, Towns). Technical
Fouls: Crawford, 9:38 fourth.
Portland
33 10 31 29— 103
Minnesota
31 26 34 29— 120
Roster moves
The team plans to sign Gary Payton II to a two-way contract in addition to calling up rookie Alex Caruso
from the team’s G-League affiliate,
the South Bay Lakers, to help at point
guard.
Payton, the son of NBA Hall of
Famer and former Laker Gary Payton, played 18 games with the Milwaukee Bucks over two seasons before being waived. Caruso has averaged 8.7
minutes in 11 games this season.
Timberwolves 120, Blazers 103
tional anthem this past season.
But, in a way, Bryant is an outlier.
“It’s not that it’s impossible to
avoid [politics],” Adande said. “It’s
just that it’s more possible to weigh in.
“…The main thing is we don’t have
to wait for athletes to be asked the
questions anymore. It used to be we’d
really only hear about it when a question was asked, and the question
didn’t come up that often. Now, they
can jump in on their own.”
NBA players, in particular, play in
a league where the biggest stars aren’t
afraid to voice their opinions.
LeBron James has evolved into a
powerful voice on social issues, from
protesting Trayvon Martin’s death in
2012 to wearing shoes with the word
“equality” printed on the back during
a game in Washington this season.
Lakers rookie Josh Hart said
James has set the tone for young players entering the league.
“He wasn’t at first when he was
younger, but now he’s a lot more vocal,” Hart said. “He’s the best player in
the world and him being that vocal,
he’s a role model.”
Inside the Lakers locker room, forward Luol Deng has tried to mentor
the team’s younger players, even advising them to be cautious with what
they say on social media when it
comes to politics or activism.
“I think the older you get, the more
you voice your opinion,” Deng said.
“For a lot of young guys, I can’t even
imagine dealing with the stuff they
have to deal with today — just that
their opinions are out there on social
media. Everything you do, you’ve got
to be careful.”
It’s just not Twitter, though.
More reporters are asking players
about topics such as politics, territory
that’s fair to ask even the league’s
youngest players, Adande said.
“That’s the ultimate expression of
your political opinion, right — the vot-
ing booth. If 18-year-olds can have that
right, then 19-year-olds certainly can
have their opinions,” he said. “And, it’s
fair to ask them of their opinions. It’s
also fair to abstain from weighing in if
you feel like you don’t know enough.”
Crawford, an 18-year veteran of the
NBA, spent most of his career without
talking much about politics until the
2016 presidential campaign.
“I think [you need to] be passionate about it, whatever it is that you’re
talking about. When you’re passionate about it, you want to know more
about it so you do more research on
why you feel the way you do,” Crawford said. “Don’t just speak out because it’s the popular thing to do. And,
then, you speak from your heart.
When you speak from your heart and
it’s coming from a good place and
you’re passionate and feel strongly,
you’ve got to go for it.”
As the players walked through exhibits chronicling the most important
moments of the civil rights struggle in
the 20th century, the tour guide reminded players that their actions outside of the museum matter. Monday’s
game in Memphis, after all, will honor
King because of his actions and his
words.
It’s a message Deng has tried to impart to the team’s younger players as
well.
“A lot of times, it’s not just about
voicing your opinion. What do you
really stand for? I think a lot of guys
who speak out, speak out because
they can back it up,” he said. “A lot of
people do that because they’re already doing stuff in their community
or working on whatever issue they’re
voicing out about. A lot of times, guys
are afraid to speak because they’re
not doing anything about a situation.
“For them, it’s just an opinion.”
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic .21 4-10 4-4 0-0 0 1 14
T.Young.......24 4-7 0-0 1-4 2 4 10
Sabonis......23 2-5 0-0 4-14 1 2 4
Collison......27 8-14 2-2 2-3 2 0 19
Oladipo ......21 6-11 3-4 0-5 1 3 17
Joseph .......31 7-11 0-0 0-1 6 1 16
Leaf ...........23 4-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 9
Stephenson 19 3-6 2-2 0-4 5 5 9
Jefferson.....19 5-9 0-0 1-7 1 1 10
J.Young.......17 4-7 2-2 0-1 1 2 10
Anigbogu......4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Poythress......4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
48-88 13-14 8-42 20 22 120
Shooting: Field goals, 54.5%; free throws, 92.9%
Three-point goals: 11-23 (Joseph 2-3, T.Young 2-3,
Oladipo 2-4, Bogdanovic 2-5, Leaf 1-1, Stephenson 1-2,
Collison 1-4, J.Young 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 6 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Anigbogu). Turnovers: 6
(Oladipo 2, Bogdanovic, Collison, Leaf, Sabonis). Steals: 9
(Oladipo 4, Jefferson 2, Collison, Joseph, Stephenson).
Technical Fouls: None.
PHOENIX
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bender .......30 0-7 0-0 1-5 0 2 0
Jackson......30 7-16 5-5 3-6 3 1 21
Chandler.....25 3-5 3-4 6-14 0 1 9
Booker .......33 5-16 4-4 0-5 7 4 15
Ulis............24 5-9 0-0 0-0 2 3 10
Canaan ......20 3-6 5-7 0-2 2 1 13
Len............19 6-7 0-2 4-10 3 0 12
Daniels.......18 5-9 0-0 0-0 0 2 13
Peters ........16 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
House ........11 0-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 1
Reed............4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Monroe ........3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Dudley .........2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
35-85 18-24 14-45 20 16 97
Shooting: Field goals, 41.2%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 9-37 (Daniels 3-5, Canaan 2-4,
Jackson 2-6, Peters 1-4, Booker 1-6, Dudley 0-1, Reed 0-1,
House 0-2, Ulis 0-2, Bender 0-6). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 12 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Len). Turnovers: 12 (Bender 3, Canaan 3, Booker 2, Jackson 2, Daniels, Len). Steals: 2 (Ulis 2). Technical Fouls: Booker, 6:44
third.
Indiana
30 34 32 24— 120
Phoenix
16 28 22 31— 97
A—17,091. O—Fitzgerald, Nansel,Ayotte
Heat 97, Bucks 79
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anttknmpo ..30 6-12 10-10 1-6 1 4 22
Middleton ...33 3-16 9-10 1-6 2 1 16
Henson ......25 2-5 0-0 2-9 0 2 4
Bledsoe......31 4-16 2-3 1-3 4 4 10
Brogdon .....34 7-12 0-0 1-5 1 5 15
Brown ........22 1-5 0-0 0-5 0 1 3
Snell..........20 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 3
Maker ........16 0-5 2-2 2-3 1 2 2
Kilpatrick ....12 0-2 2-2 0-2 0 2 2
Dellavedova 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Wilson .........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
25-79 25-27 8-40 9 23 79
Shooting: Field goals, 31.6%; free throws,
92.6%
Three-point goals: 4-28 (Brogdon 1-3, Brown
1-3, Snell 1-4, Middleton 1-8, Henson 0-1, Maker
0-1, Kilpatrick 0-2, Bledsoe 0-6). Team Rebounds:
7. Team Turnovers: 15 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1
(Henson). Turnovers: 15 (Bledsoe 3, Henson 3,
Middleton 3, Antetokounmpo 2, Brogdon, Dellavedova, Kilpatrick, Maker). Steals: 8 (Middleton 2,
Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe, Brogdon, Brown, Henson, Wilson). Technical Fouls: None.
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson....25 2-8 0-0 0-4 8 5 4
Richardson..30 6-9 2-2 0-6 0 2 16
Whiteside ...25 5-6 5-7 1-10 0 1 15
Dragic ........32 9-17 3-4 0-3 2 0 25
T.Johnson....34 5-11 1-1 0-6 1 1 14
Ellington .....32 2-8 2-3 0-5 2 1 7
Adebayo .....27 2-6 2-2 0-4 6 4 6
Olynyk ........17 3-7 1-1 2-7 0 3 7
Winslow......13 1-4 0-0 0-4 4 1 3
Totals
35-76 16-20 3-49 23 18 97
Shooting: Field goals, 46.1%; free throws,
80.0%
Three-point goals: 11-29 (Dragic 4-6, T.Johnson
3-8, Richardson 2-2, Winslow 1-1, Ellington 1-7,
J.Johnson 0-2, Olynyk 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5.
Team Turnovers: 13 (2 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8
(Whiteside 4, J.Johnson 2, Richardson, T.Johnson).
Turnovers: 13 (Whiteside 4, Ellington 3, Dragic 2,
Adebayo, J.Johnson, Olynyk, Richardson). Steals: 8
(J.Johnson 2, Whiteside 2, Dragic, Olynyk, Richardson, T.Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Milwaukee
23 20 16 20— 79
Miami
21 20 30 26— 97
A—19,600. T—2:08. O—C.J. Washington, Bill
Kennedy, Ben Taylor
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AROUND THE LEAGUE
Saints safety
vows to ‘never’
blow it again
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STEFON DIGGS catches the final pass of the game, and when Saints safety Marcus Williams misses the
tackle, Diggs races to the end zone for a 61-yard score. “I don’t stop playing till the clock hit zero,” Diggs said.
Saints whiff on final play,
Vikings hit walk-off shot
Last-ditch heave and
defensive breakdown
send Minnesota to
NFC title game.
MINNESOTA 29
NEW ORLEANS 24
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MINNEAPOLIS
—
There wasn’t much left for
Case Keenum to do but to
fling the ball deep and hope
for a miracle.
Miracle answered.
Keenum completed a
last-ditch heave near the
sideline Sunday on the
game’s final play, and Stefon
Diggs slithered away for a 61yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over
New Orleans and send the
Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more
win needed to become the
first Super Bowl host team
to play in the game.
Drew Brees had driven
the Saints in position for Wil
Lutz’s go-ahead 43-yard
field goal with 25 seconds remaining, punctuating a
steely rally from a 17-point
deficit that stood until 1:16
was left in the third quarter.
The Vikings were out of
timeouts and nearly out of
options
when
Keenum
dropped back with 10 seconds to go from his 39 and
threw high into a crowd.
Diggs jumped in front of
Marcus Williams, who rolled
awkwardly under Diggs in a
poor attempt at a tackle.
Diggs held his ground,
kept his feet in bounds and
raced untouched into the
end zone as the crowd at U.S.
Bank Stadium erupted.
“I’m just thankful,” Diggs
said. “They count us out all
the time. Nobody thinking
we can do it. This game was
over. I don’t stop playing till
the clock hit zero. That’s it.”
This wasn’t quite Franco
Harris and the Immaculate
Reception for Pittsburgh in
the 1972 playoffs, but these
Vikings are on some kind of
special path. They finished
13-3 during the regular season, giving the career
backup Keenum the keys to
the offense after Sam Bradford went down with a knee
injury after the opener.
The Vikings will play at
Philadelphia next weekend,
after Jacksonville takes on
New England for the AFC title. The Super Bowl is in
Minnesota two weeks later.
“Heck of a game, wasn’t
it?” coach Mike Zimmer
said. “And the good guys
won.”
Brees connected with
Michael Thomas for two of
his three touchdown passes
in a span of 3:09 of the second
half. The first score came after a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
The second was set up at the
Minnesota 40 by an interception by Williams after an
off-balance
throw
by
Keenum.
When George Johnson
blocked Ryan Quigley’s
punt, the Saints took over at
the Vikings 40. Four plays
later, rookie Alvin Kamara,
whose breakout was a major
factor in the team’s NFC
South title and breakthrough from three straight
7-9 finishes, caught a 14-yard
pass from Brees for a 21-20
lead with 3:01 left.
Kai Forbath’s 53-yard
field goal, his third against
his former team, gave the Vikings their lead back with
1:29 left. That was more than
enough time for Brees, the
sure-fire Hall of Famer.
But after Brees got Lutz
in position, there were just
enough seconds remaining
for Keenum, the undrafted
and undersized all-time
leading passer in NCAA history at Houston, whose first
career playoff start ended in
spectacular fashion. He finished with 318 yards, going 25
for 40, with Diggs getting 137
yards on six catches.
“This will take a while to
get over,” said coach Sean
Payton, who fell to 1-5 on the
road in playoff games.
Now the Vikings have
spun an unprecedented scenario. Next weekend, instead of the usual win-or-gohome stakes, they’re in a
win-and-go-home situation
with the Super Bowl set for
Feb. 4 under the reverberating, translucent roof of U.S.
Bank Stadium.
Vikings 29, Saints 24
New Orleans ...........................0 0 7 17—24
Minnesota ............................10 7 0 12—29
First Quarter
Min—McKinnon 14 run (Forbath kick), 9:45.
Min—FG Forbath 20, 4:42.
Second Quarter
Min—Murray 1 run (Forbath kick), 9:58.
Third Quarter
NO—Thomas 14 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 1:18.
Fourth Quarter
NO—Thomas 3 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 13:09.
Min—FG Forbath 49, 10:12.
NO—Kamara 14 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 3:01.
Min—FG Forbath 53, 1:29.
NO—FG Lutz 43, :25.
Min—Diggs 61 pass from Keenum (run failed), :00.
Attendance—66,612.
TEAM STATISTICS
NO
Min
First downs ...................................23
24
Total Net Yards .............................358
403
Rushes-yards ............................24-80
29-95
Passing.......................................278
308
Punt Returns ................................1-1
1-19
Kickoff Returns ...........................2-50
0-0
Interceptions Ret. ........................1-12
2-18
Comp-Att-Int..........................25-41-2
25-40-1
Sacked-Yards Lost .......................2-16
2-10
Punts .....................................4-48.0
4-31.8
Fumbles-Lost................................1-0
0-0
Penalties-Yards ...........................7-97
4-30
Time of Possession ....................26:43
33:17
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: New Orleans, Kamara 11-43, Ingram 1025, Ginn 1-11, Brees 2-1. Minnesota, Murray 19-50,
McKinnon 8-34, Ham 1-7, Keenum 1-4.
PASSING: New Orleans, Brees 25-40-2-294, Snead
0-1-0-0. Minnesota, Keenum 25-40-1-318.
RECEIVING: New Orleans, Ginn 8-72, Thomas 7-85,
Kamara 4-62, J.Hill 3-54, Snead 2-18, Ingram 1-3. Minnesota, Diggs 6-137, Thielen 6-74, Rudolph 5-28,
Wright 3-56, McKinnon 3-6, Murray 2-17.
FIELD GOALS MISSED: New Orleans, Lutz 58. Minnesota, Forbath 49.
Marcus Williams sat sobbing in front of his cubicle in
the silenced New Orleans
locker room, his face buried
in a folded white towel.
Deep inside Minnesota’s
stadium that erupted in victorious euphoria a few minutes earlier, Williams was
having a hard time grappling with what had just
happened. The rest of his
Saints teammates were, too,
after a 61-yard touchdown
pass by Case Keenum to
Stefon
Diggs
burned
Williams on the game’s final
play and gave the Vikings a
29-24 win for a place in the
NFC championship game.
“You can’t let it beat you
down,” Williams said, his
eyes still red. “I’m going to
take it upon myself to do all I
can to never let that happen
again. If it happens again,
then I shouldn’t be playing.”
Williams, the rookie free
safety and second-round
draft pick from Utah who
was one of several new players who helped the Saints
transform a once-lagging
defense, was the last man in
coverage when the Vikings
sent Kyle Rudolph, Jarius
Wright and Diggs on routes
toward the sideline with no
timeouts remaining. Diggs
was the deepest, and as he
jumped for the ball, Williams
went low to undercut him
but missed completely.
“It was just my play to
make,” Williams said. “The
ball was in the air. I can go attack it.”
Diggs, who made sure to
note right before the catch
that Williams was the only
one behind him, kept his balance as he landed and deftly
kept his feet in bounds. Then
he spun around and kept
running into the end zone.
“As a safety back there,
you’ve got to be the eraser,”
Williams said. “Last play of
the game, you’ve got to go do
it. You know you’ve got to
save the game.”
The Saints were both defensive and supportive of
their first-year teammate.
“He’s got to keep his head
up,” said cornerback and fel-
NFL PLAYOFFS
low rookie Marshon Lattimore. “I’m not going to say
he’s not feeling bad about
the play, but we’ve got his
back. We’re young, and we’re
trying to come back next
year. Marcus is a special
player. You can’t let that one
play, as big as it was, turn you
against him. He’s been
playing great all year. Just
didn’t get the tackle.”
Defensive end Cameron
Jordan tried to take on some
of the blame.
“Had I been a half-step
faster and been able to get off
the tight end and the tackle
and completely take over
that play,” Jordan said, he
could have sacked Keenum.
Williams
intercepted
Keenum to set up the Saints’
second touchdown. But in
the end, all that mattered
was the missed tackle of
Diggs on the final play.
“You work so hard for a
goal. It’s right there, and you
come up short,” linebacker
Manti Te’o said. “You can
imagine anybody, how they
would feel.”
Bills hire ’Bama OC
The Buffalo Bills hired
Alabama assistant coach
Brian Daboll as their offensive coordinator, two days
after firing Rick Dennison.
Daboll, 42, was offensive
coordinator for the national
champion Crimson Tide this
season. It was the sixth time
he was part of a national title-winning team’s coaching
staff. Before that, Daboll
was the tight ends coach for
Super Bowl-champion New
England. He has 17 seasons
of NFL coaching experience,
including stints as offensive
coordinator for Cleveland
(2009-10), Miami (2011) and
Kansas City (2012).
The Bills were 29th in
yards per game (302.6) this
season and 22nd in points
(18.9) under first-year coach
Sean McDermott.
Etc.
Tennessee Titans right
tackle Jack Conklin tore his
left anterior cruciate ligament and likely will start
training camp on the physically unable to perform list,
coach Mike Mularkey said.
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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday
AFC: No. 3 Jacksonville at No. 1 New England.................Noon (Ch. 2)
NFC: No. 2 Minnesota at No. 1 Philadelphia ...........3:30 p.m. (Ch. 11)
SUPER BOWL
Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
AFC champion vs. NFC champion .............................3:30 p.m. (Ch. 4)
Jaguars start fast and then have to hang on
[AFC, from D1]
them, trying to do anything,”
Jacksonville
defensive
tackle Malik Jackson said.
“We’re just trying to let the
clock run out and go home
and prepare for New England that they’re about to
play next week in Imaginary
Land.”
Even though the Steelers
had the gaudiest numbers —
545 yards, five touchdown
passes by Ben Roethlisberger — the Jaguars left
with the big prize. They will
play in the third conference
championship game in club
history, at New England on
Sunday, and their first Super Bowl berth is a distinct
possibility.
“The media, everybody
was talking about how it’s
not going to be like last week,
Blake Bortles this, Blake
Bortles that,” said Jaguars
defensive
back
Barry
Church, referring to the
team’s widely disparaged
quarterback. “All he did was
dominate their defense.”
While not everyone would
describe Bortles as dominating, he was rock-solid. He
completed 14 of 26 passes for
214 yards and directed a crucial, clock-consuming touchdown drive in the fourth
quarter that put Pittsburgh’s offense in deep
freeze on the sideline.
The real workhorse for
the Jaguars was rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who had a game-high
109 yards in 25 carries and
scored three touchdowns.
What’s more, he left for a
chunk of the second quarter
because of an ankle injury
that forced him to crawl off
the field. He would return after halftime and score his
third touchdown.
“For a rookie to come in
and play football for a year
straight now, and to go
through everything that he’s
been going through, is really
impressive,” Bortles said.
“People talk about hitting a
rookie wall. He’s powered
right through it.”
Similarly, this was a
breakthrough performance
for the Jaguars, a franchise
that was pretty much an
afterthought after getting to
the AFC title game twice in
its first five seasons, in 1996
and 1999. In the 17 years that
followed, the Jaguars made
the postseason only twice,
never getting past the divisional round.
Outside the Jacksonville
locker room after the game,
there was an impromptu
Jaguars reunion with former
stars Mark Brunell, Tony
Boselli and Maurice JonesDrew, all of whom are in the
media to some degree, basking in the afterglow of victory.
“It’s been so long since
we’ve had a season like this,”
said Brunell, Jacksonville’s
quarterback during those
early successful years. “It’s
been a long drought. For the
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LEONARD FOURNETTE scores in the first quarter,
one of three touchdown runs for the Jaguars rookie.
organization, the franchise
and the fans, it’s been a long
time coming. It’s been bad.
It’s been really bad. So this is
exciting.”
Pittsburgh fans were excited, too. Then, the game
started.
Jacksonville scored in
rapid-fire succession. There
were two touchdowns by
Fournette, one at the end of
a long opening drive, the
other set up by a Myles Jack
interception. Then, a touchdown run by T.J. Yeldon. By
the start of the second quarter, the Jaguars had a 21-0
lead and Heinz Field was a library. For the Steelers, it was
the kind of start that gave
new meaning to Terrible
Towels.
The Steelers finally got
on the board with a 23-yard
touchdown reception by Antonio Brown. But the Jaguars counterpunched with a
strip-sack of Roethlisberger,
with
linebacker
Telvin
Smith running back the
fumble 50 yards for a score.
In wasn’t until the end of
the first half that Pittsburgh
really started to come alive.
Roethlisberger threw a 36yard touchdown to Martavis
Bryant on fourth and 11 with
32 seconds left in the half.
That cut the lead to 28-14.
On the opening drive of
the third quarter, Roethlisberger trimmed the deficit
to seven points with a 19yard touchdown pass to Bell
on third down.
But every time the Steelers would almost claw their
way out of the hole, the Jaguars would respond with a
big play to stay ahead.
“In the first half, we didn’t
stop the run at all,” defensive
end Cameron Heyward said.
“Second half, we didn’t convert on third down. It’s just
disappointing. Everyone’s
disappointed.”
Questions will hang in
the air, maybe for the entire
offseason. There was the
play selection on a couple of
unsuccessful
fourth-andone situations (although
Roethlisberger also had
three touchdown passes on
fourth down). There was the
decision to try an onside kick
with 2 minutes 18 seconds remaining, providing the Jaguars with a short field for
their margin-of-victory field
goal.
“I stand by the calls we
made,” said coach Mike
Tomlin, whose offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, has
finished his contract. “We
just did not execute them.”
Then, there’s the football
future of Roethlisberger,
who will turn 36 this offseason. He flirted with retirement a year ago, and the
topic surfaced again Sunday. Some of his teammates
told reporters they were convinced he was coming back
for another season.
“I definitely have the desire to play,” Roethlisberger
said. “I love this game. I love
these guys.”
But after a stinging loss, a
loss in which the Steelers
gave up a club-postseason-
record 45 points, can anyone
be sure of anything? At the
moment, it’s all Imaginary
Land.
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Jaguars 45, Steelers 42
Jacksonville ..........................14 14 0 17—45
Pittsburgh...............................0 14 7 21—42
First Quarter
Jac—Fournette 1 run (Lambo kick), 10:40.
Jac—Fournette 18 run (Lambo kick), 5:26.
Second Quarter
Jac—Yeldon 4 run (Lambo kick), 11:31.
Pit—A.Brown 23 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell
kick), 8:20.
Jac—Smith 50 fumble return (Lambo kick), 2:20.
Pit—Bryant 36 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell
kick), :25.
Third Quarter
Pit—Bell 19 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick),
9:09.
Fourth Quarter
Jac—Fournette 3 run (Lambo kick), 10:34.
Pit—A.Brown 43 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell
kick), 9:05.
Jac—Bohanon 14 pass from Bortles (Lambo kick),
4:19.
Pit—Bell 8 run (Boswell kick), 2:18.
Jac—FG Lambo 45, 1:45.
Pit—Smith-Schuster 4 pass from Roethlisberger
(Boswell kick), :01.
Attendance—64,524.
TEAM STATISTICS
Jac
Pit
First downs ...................................22
28
Total Net Yards .............................378
545
Rushes-yards ..........................35-164
18-83
Passing.......................................214
462
Punt Returns ................................0-0
0-0
Kickoff Returns ...........................3-47
4-104
Interceptions Ret...........................1-0
0-0
Comp-Att-Int..........................14-26-0
37-58-1
Sacked-Yards Lost .........................0-0
2-7
Punts .....................................4-32.8
2-39.5
Fumbles-Lost................................1-0
1-1
Penalties-Yards ...........................3-40
4-25
Time of Possession ....................28:50
31:10
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Jacksonville, Fournette 25-109, Bortles 535, Yeldon 5-20. Pittsburgh, Bell 16-67, Roethlisberger
2-16.
PASSING: Jacksonville, Bortles 14-26-0-214. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 37-58-1-469.
RECEIVING: Jacksonville, Yeldon 3-57, Lee 3-28,
Fournette 2-10, Cole 1-45, Koyack 1-21, O’Shaughnessy
1-19, Bohanon 1-14, Hurns 1-12, Westbrook 1-8. Pittsburgh, McDonald 10-112, Bell 9-88, A.Brown 7-132,
Rogers 5-42, Smith-Schuster 3-5, Bryant 2-78, James
1-12.
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Guerrero’s proudest achievement
[Guerrero, from D1]
that might occur that requires you
to make the change.
When did Kelly get added to your
wish list?
I think it was pretty common
knowledge across the country that
Chip Kelly might be available to go
back to college, and if that were
the case, certainly he was at the
top of most lists.
Was there a certain game or loss
that triggered the change in
football coaches?
It was more of an evaluation of
what the future looked like when
you looked at the program. We
weren’t clicking on all cylinders on
all facets of the game, and by
Year 5 [of Jim Mora’s contract]
you’re anticipating that that’s
going to happen. When it didn’t, it
became clear that there was going
to be a significant sea change in
order that was required for us to
get back on track. I just felt that it
was going to be difficult with Jim
and so [we] made the move after
the USC loss and then aggressively went after our next hire.
What was your confidence level at
the time you made the move that
you would be able to secure
Kelly?
We needed to aggressively
engage his representation to see if
there was an interest, and that’s
what precipitated the move after
the USC game. There was no
question that he was the most
coveted coach out there, and for us
to be able to have an opportunity
to have the conversation we
needed to do so with the timing
that we did.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
A KELLY JERSEY is displayed by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, left, and Chip Kelly after he officially replaced Jim Mora
as football coach. Guerrero said he and Kelly “expect to accomplish things at UCLA that we haven’t done in many years.”
How did it unfold from there?
There was a meeting in San Francisco?
I was expected to be in San
Francisco that evening with the
chancellor [Gene Block]. We had
athletic directors and CEO meetings, Pac-12 meetings at the Pac-12
office. I had reached out to make
contact with Chip’s representation to ascertain whether there
would be an interest. As soon as it
was evident there would be interest, we mobilized and made the
effort to get Chip out to California
the next day and we spent that
entire day dealing with talking to
Chip to ascertain if there was an
appropriate fit for both of us and
that led the discussions that continued throughout the rest of the
week.
He has a reputation for being
headstrong. What made you
think he would be a good fit for
UCLA?
The crux of our conversation
dealt more with off-field issues
than on-the-field issues and it
became very evident to me early
on that Chip had done his homework about UCLA. ... We didn’t
have to sell him on what UCLA is
and all those kinds of things. We
really needed to talk about those
things that were important to him
and whether there was a mutuality
of interest and alignment of vision
as to what was important for our
program. Three things stood out
for me when I talked to Chip: one is
the importance for him in the
development of the young men in
our program. That was No. 1 for
him; it wasn’t about facilities, it
wasn’t about travel, it wasn’t
about money and resources. It was
about leadership development. It
was about the importance of nutrition and what our commitment
was to that. It was about sports
science and how we might be able
to add value to that, which was
important to him, what we had in
place in all of those areas.
You mentioned sports science
and nutrition. How innovative do
you think Kelly will be in those
areas and was that the impetus
for the intellectual property
rights clause in his contract? Is
that unique to him, or something
you routinely include for all
coaches?
It’s a unique clause to the University of California, not necessarily germane to Chip Kelly. But the
issue that comes into play as it
relates to all three of those factors
is, it was important for him to
understand what our level of commitment was to those three things.
When you talk about nutrition and
sports science, we have one of the
world-class medical centers in
America and the opportunity to
take advantage of that in support
of any initiative he might have in
those particular areas is pretty
good, so that was important to the
whole equation.
What has been the reaction
among fans and donors as far as
increased contributions to the
athletic department and ticket
sales?
I can’t give you specifics; I can
tell you there was a spike in both
donations and ticket sales coming
out of the gate and obviously we
anticipate as we go through the
spring as he begins to show our
community what our program
could look like that there will be
more interest as we move along.
What are your short- and longterm expectations for the program under Kelly?
for the next six years, and … not
going to be able to do anything
relative to the negatives at this
point and time, so the positives is
really where you need to focus on
— the exposure, the quality of the
network, the content and what
that meant from a positive standpoint for the institutions. The
negatives … the most important
thing that one can say is to be
poised to deal with the next negotiating cycle to be able to optimize
not only those things that are good
about the network but also to
shore up those elements as you’ve
described that need to be remedied.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
A BRUINS basketball scandal was a “tough one” for the athletic director. Freshmen, from left,
Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill were caught shoplifting during a team trip to China.
My expectations are going to be
very similar to what Chip’s are.
Chip had an extraordinary career
at Oregon. My gosh, 46-7 I believe
was his record; went to major bowl
games in each of the four years he
was there; played for a national
championship. We expect to accomplish things at UCLA that we
haven’t done in many years, and
whether that happens tomorrow
or whether that happens over the
course of a year or two or whatever
the case may be, the most important thing is that the trajectory is
where we want it to go.
Three UCLA basketball players
were caught shoplifting on a team
trip to China. Where does that
incident rank among the crises
that you’ve had to navigate as
athletic director at UCLA?
How one deals with that incident isn’t found in the athletic
director’s manual. Certainly, it
was a very difficult situation for,
first and foremost, the studentathletes and their families and
also for the university, for our
athletic department, for our fans.
Everyone became very emotional
about that situation, so it was
hard. As it relates to the circumstances, this was a tough one
because it actually dealt with
student-athletes who made a
decision that ultimately became
an international incident and that
made it a different kind of a crisis,
if you will.
What was the hardest part of that
situation for you?
They were in a foreign country
and we didn’t know, and didn’t
have the confidence at any point
and time, how this might work out
in the end. And so for a period of
time there we were laser-focused
on simply doing everything that
we could to abide by the rules,
abide by the expectations of the
Chinese government, so that it put
our students in the best position
possible to be released.
Is there clarity as to how much of
a role President Trump played in
their return?
No. There’s no clarity.
In November, you mentioned that
there would be a determination
of reimbursement for expenses
paid to keep the three players in
China after the team had moved
on. Is that process complete?
That still needs to be resolved.
With respect to what Lonzo Ball
accomplished at UCLA and the
way he has represented the university, are you relieved to be free
of any connection to the rest of
the Ball family?
Mostly, the feedback you get
from parents is generally of gratitude and thankfulness for the
experience their son or daughter
had either because of the athletic
exploits or also because of the
education that they received. But
occasionally you’re going to have
parents that may have other viewpoints about the experience, and I
think what we have always done
and what I have always done in
either case is to deal with each of
those situations with respect and
integrity and dignity and so that’s
sort of been the rule of thumb.
As it relates to any parent that
is involved with the program and
specifically the parents — LaVar
[Ball] — that you’re talking about,
Lonzo was a great student-athlete
in our program, a great teammate,
a very good student, and obviously
we’re very happy that he’s been
able to move on and into professional ranks. As it relates to the
rest of the family, they’ve made the
decision to move on and we just
hope nothing but the best for all of
them.
Do the suspensions factor into
your evaluation of the job that
coach Steve Alford does this
season as far as maybe lowering
expectations?
Our goals don’t change; we still
want to win the conference championship, we still want to get in the
tournament and go deep to the
extent that we can, but we have to
evaluate and see how things work
out. I mean, Thomas [Welsh] has
taken a couple of shots in the nose.
If Thomas can’t play or if Aaron
[Holiday] can’t play, or whatever
the case may be for whatever
reason, then obviously you have a
completely different scenario in
terms of what the makeup of your
team will be. … This is not the team
that we thought we were going to
have at the beginning of the year
and we’ll see how it plays out.
Alford has talked about UCLA
being one of only a handful of
teams to go to three Sweet 16s in
his four seasons here. What is
your benchmark for a successful
basketball season?
Our goal in every one of our
programs is to play to the best of
our abilities and to take our programs as far as we can take them.
At UCLA, by and large because of
who we are and the access to talent that we’re able to recruit and
things of that nature, very often
the best you can be is to wind up
winning national championships.
So that’s always our goal. And
that’s Steve’s goal as well.
Do you think the Pac-12’s new
basketball task force [of which
Guerrero is a member] can make
a meaningful difference in
cleaning up the sport?
When you look at that group
and the composition of that group,
I think it’s formidable. You have
Tom Jernstedt, who in my mind
was one of the architects of the
Final Four and March Madness.
Tom’s retired, a former vice president of the NCAA; he’s on the
committee, he’s an Oregon grad.
You have Steve Lavin, who both
coached at this level and certainly
as an analyst, so he sees it from a
different filter; Brevin Knight, a
Stanford grad and analyst with
the Memphis Grizzlies; Charles
Davis, a Stanford grad who can
also see things through his perspective; Mike Montgomery, who
coached both at Cal and Stanford.
I mean, it’s a really good group of
individuals who can see it through
a different vantage point and a
different filter but can all add
value as you look at identifying the
problems and then possible solutions.
The FBI has said that its investigation into college basketball is
ongoing. Has UCLA been asked to
provide any information or been
contacted?
No.
What are your thoughts on the
Pac-12 television contracts in
light of the criticisms over things
such as midweek games, basketball trips that can last five days,
8 p.m. start times and revenues
that lag behind those generated
by other Power Five conferences?
The business model has been
one that has been questioned by
many, and we’re living within the
confines and the construct of the
deal points that exist. … We’re
going to live with these deal points
How will the new Mo Ostin and
Wasserman centers for basketball and football impact the future?
The feedback has been unparalleled. I think for our program to
be able to finalize and construct
these buildings has meant a great
deal for those programs. I mean,
all you need to do is ask Chip as
he’s gone through the initial weeks
of recruiting what that has meant
to some of those recruits. From a
basketball standpoint, you talk to
Cori [Close, women’s basketball
coach] and you talk to Steve, same
thing. From a logistical, practical
standpoint, the ability to have
their own facility has been a godsend for them and the fact that
we’ve had so many of our former
athletes come back to see the
facility, whether it’s Russell [Westbrook] or Luc [Mbah a Moute] or
some of those guys, I mean they’re
absolutely stunned by it, so [it’s]
something that was greatly
needed.
Your contract runs through 2019.
Do you have an idea of how much
longer you would like to be the
athletic director at UCLA?
I haven’t made any decisions
about my future. ... There are still a
lot of things that we would like to
accomplish both from winning
championships to graduating
student-athletes and enhancing
and building more facilities.
What’s been your proudest
achievement at UCLA?
I would say that the most memorable achievement for me personally was to be able to retire Jackie
Robinson’s jersey in all sports
because of what he meant to me
and to my dad when I was younger.
In part, I grew a love for UCLA as a
young boy because Jackie went to
school here and my dad used to
tell me that UCLA was a university
for the people, and what he meant
was a person that was an African
American, a person that was Hispanic or someone that was a minority would be welcome at a place
like this. And that resonated with
me. So I was always a UCLA fan
when I was a young boy. So the
opportunity to get a scholarship to
come here and to play here was
special. I can remember the first
time I put the UCLA jersey on, I
mean, that’s what I thought of. I
said, ‘I’m wearing the jersey that
Jackie Robinson wore.’ And he
was a second baseman and I was a
second baseman. So to do that, to
be in the chair and to have the
opportunity to do that, it was very
special to me and I’ll never forget
that.
What would it mean if you could
get a national championship in
football or basketball before
leaving?
It would be a dream come true.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D7
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Trojans hit
mark from
long distance
They connect for 14
three-point baskets to
end skid against Utes
at eight games.
USC 84
UTAH 67
By Nathan Fenno
Zack Wajsgras Associated Press
DEVON HALL of Virginia drives around Markell Johnson of North Carolina State in the second half. Hall, a
redshirt senior, had a career-best 25 points to help Virginia improve to 5-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
TOP 25
Cavaliers win eighth in a row
NO. 3 VIRGINIA 68
N.C. STATE 51
associated press
CHARLOTTESVILLE,
Va. — Devon Hall scored a
career-best 25 points and
No. 3 Virginia pushed its
winning streak to eight
games with a 68-51 victory
over North Carolina State
on Sunday night.
Kyle Guy scored 17 points
for the Cavaliers (16-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Virginia has won 11 consecutive regular-season meetings with the Wolfpack.
Torin Dorn scored 16
points to lead the Wolfpack
(12-6, 2-3), who arrived with
a 3-0 record against ranked
teams.
The Wolfpack have beaten the No. 2 team twice — Arizona on Nov. 22 and Duke on
Jan. 6 — and were coming off
a 78-77 victory against No. 19
Clemson.
North Carolina State
scoring leader Allerik Freeman (15.2 points per game)
did not score in 29 minutes,
missing all five of his shots
from the field.
Virginia led 30-20 at the
break and quickly built its
margin to 37-20 in the open-
ing minutes of the second
half.
The Cavaliers still led by
11 points with eight minutes
to play but the Wolfpack
were on an 11-2 run.
Hall got the ball on the
right baseline, drove hard
and laid it in.
Thirty seconds later, after a turnover, Hall scored on
another drive, was fouled
and converted the threepoint play, allowing the
Cavaliers to feel a little better with a 52-36 advantage.
“I’ve been here for five
years and so that’s the time
where a leader steps up,”
Hall said.
SOUTHLAND
WOMEN
USC 58, at Utah 47: Aliyah Mazyck made four three-point shots and scored 20 points to lead the
Trojans (13-4, 3-3 Pac-12) to their third win in a row. Sadie Edwards had 12 of her 16 points in the
first half for USC, which held the Utes (12-5, 3-3) to their lowest point total of the season.
No. 14 UCLA 93, at Colorado 55: Japreece Dean scored a career-high 21 points, 15 on three-point
baskets, and the Bruins (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) cruised after opening with a 16-0 run. The Buffaloes
(11-6, 2-4) scored only nine points in the opening quarter, all in the final 4 minutes 14 seconds.
PAC-12
STANDINGS
TEAM
Arizona
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Washington
Colorado
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
Utah
Washington State
California
SUNDAY’S RESULT
at USC 84, Utah 67
Conf.
W L
4 1
4 1
4 2
4 2
3 2
3 3
2 3
2 3
2 3
2 4
1 4
1 4
Overall
W L
14 4
10 8
13 5
13 6
13 5
11 7
14 3
12 6
10 7
10 7
9 8
7 11
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
Arizona at California ........................ 6 p.m.
Arizona State at Stanford ................. 8 p.m.
THURSDAY’S GAMES
Washington State at Colorado ........... 5 p.m.
USC at Oregon ............................... 6 p.m.
Washington at Utah ........................ 7 p.m.
UCLA at Oregon State ...................... 8 p.m.
As speakers blasted
“Mony
Mony”
midway
through the first half Sunday, the defensive lapses and
erratic play that marked the
first half of the season for
USC seemed far away.
Instead, the 4,822 at
Galen Center celebrated the
Trojans finally resembling
the group picked among the
nation’s top 10 teams during
the preseason.
Behind a barrage of
three-point baskets and a
suffocating defense, USC
beat Utah 84-67. The game
wasn’t even as close as the
score.
“They’ve been to two consecutive NCAA tournaments and they know what it
takes,” USC coach Andy Enfield said.
Sophomore Jonah Mathews came off the bench to
score a team-high 17 points,
including consecutive threepointers that ignited the celebration and turned the
game into a blowout.
USC (13-6, 4-2 Pac-12 Conference) had dropped eight
consecutive games to Utah,
not beating the Utes since
January 2013.
Mathews said Utah (10-7,
2-4) coaches and players reminded USC of the streak
“before, during and after the
whole game.”
But the Trojans held the
Utes to 46.9% shooting from
the field, continuing their
improved defense since last
month’s debacle against
Washington.
USC
also
forced 17 turnovers.
“If we can keep doing
that, we’ll have a chance,
whether it’s at home or on
the road,” Enfield said.
The Trojans had 14 threepointers, including three
each from Mathews and senior Elijah Stewart.
It was USC’s first game
since the school announced
Thursday that sophomore
De’Anthony Melton, linked
to the college basketball
bribery probe, would be held
out for the rest of the season.
The decision prompted a series of furious tweets from
junior Chimezie Metu. He
made a habit of wearing
“#FREEDMELT” T-shirts
during postgame news conferences in recent weeks.
None were in evidence Sun-
day.
Metu, never one to hide
his feelings, picked up a technical foul late in the second
half for trash talk after a
jump shot.
“He’s like that right now
because of the whole De’Anthony
thing,”
junior
Shaqquan
Aaron
said.
“They’re pretty close and
he’s pretty upset.”
Melton sat on the end of
the bench in a gray sweatsuit, his usual spot this season while USC investigated
his eligibility. A person close
to the versatile guard said
Melton is still deciding
whether to return to the Trojans next season. For the
time being, he remains on
scholarship and practices
with the team.
Enfield
said
Melton
“dominated” practice after
the announcement Thursday, then worked on his shot
for 45 minutes.
USC didn’t need him
against Utah.
“When you get back on
the court,” Aaron said, “use
that anger as fuel to dominate.”
UP NEXT
vs. Oregon, Thursday, at
Knight Arena, 6 p.m. TV:
ESPN2. The Trojans have
lost
seven
consecutive
games in Eugene, Ore., last
beating the Ducks there Jan.
2, 2009. Overall, USC has lost
14
consecutive
games
against Oregon.
nathan.fenno@latimes.com
Twitter: @nathanfenno
USC 85, UTAH 67
UTAH
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Collette ..............-- 4-8 3-3 3-6 0 3 11
Rawson ..............-- 2-6 0-0 0-4 2 0 5
Barefield.............-- 0-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Bibbins...............-- 6-10 2-2 0-2 4 3 19
Caldwell..............-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bealer ................-- 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Johnson..............-- 5-5 4-7 2-9 1 4 14
Van Dyke ............-- 2-2 1-2 0-1 2 1 7
Tillman ...............-- 4-9 0-0 0-3 3 2 10
Popoola..............-- 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Seeley................-- 0-1 1-5 0-3 1 4 1
Totals
23-49 11-19 5-31 16 19 67
Shooting: Field goals, 46.9%; free throws, 57.9%
Three-point goals: 10-24 (Bibbins 5-8, Van Dyke 2-2, Tillman
2-3, Rawson 1-4, Bealer 0-2, Barefield 0-5). Team Rebounds: 4.
Team Turnovers: 17 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Collette, Johnson, Seeley). Turnovers: 17 (Bibbins 6, Rawson 3, Barefield 2,
Tillman 2, Collette, Popoola, Seeley, Van Dyke). Steals: 2 (Bibbins, Van Dyke). Technical Fouls: Seeley, 6:00 second.
USC
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Boatwright ..........-- 5-12 1-2 2-8 1 2 13
Metu..................-- 4-11 2-5 1-6 1 4 11
Aaron.................-- 3-6 1-1 0-0 2 3 9
McLaughlin .........-- 4-6 4-6 2-2 7 1 15
Stewart...............-- 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 4 9
Thornton .............-- 0-4 2-2 0-2 3 0 2
Usher .................-- 3-6 2-2 0-2 2 3 9
Uyaelunmo..........-- 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
O’Bannon ...........-- 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Mathews.............-- 7-11 0-0 1-1 1 0 17
Rakocevic ...........-- 0-3 0-0 4-6 1 3 0
Totals
29-65 12-18 10-32 19 20 85
Shooting: Field goals, 44.6%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 15-30 (Stewart 3-4, Mathews 3-5, McLaughlin 3-5, Aaron 2-5, Boatwright 2-5, Metu 1-2, Usher 1-3,
Thornton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 5 (17 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Aaron, Metu, Rakocevic). Turnovers: 5 (Thornton 2, McLaughlin, Metu, Stewart). Steals: 5 (Aaron, Mathews,
Metu, Thornton, Usher). Technical Fouls: Metu, 7:46 second
Utah
22 45— 67
USC
46 39— 85
D8
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Arizona selects Sumlin as coach
staff and wire reports
BASEBALL
Arizona has chosen Kevin
Sumlin, formerly of Texas A&M, as
its football coach and will introduce him Tuesday.
“He is a proven winner who will
have an immediate impact on not
only our football program, but also
on our department and University,” athletic director Dave
Heeke said in a statement Sunday.
Sumlin is getting a five-year
contract to replace Rich Rodriguez, who was fired Jan. 2 amid
sexual harassment allegations.
Sumlin was fired after six seasons at Texas A&M. The Aggies
went 51-26 and went to a bowl game
every season under Sumlin, but
were 25-23 in SEC play and never
matched his first season in College
Station, when they were 11-2.
Sumlin also spent four years at
Houston, going 35-17, including 12-1
his final season in 2011.
Arizona went 7-6 in Rodriguez’s
sixth season, losing four of its final
five including 38-35 to Purdue in
the Holiday Bowl. Sumlin is expected to keep defensive coordinator Marcel Yates and add Noel
Mazzone as offensive coordinator.
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
AP TOP 25
No. 3 Virginia 68, N.C. State 51
SOUTHLAND
USC 84, Utah 67
Hawaii 77, UC Santa Barbara 76
EAST
Army 64, Navy 62
Boston U. 54, Holy Cross 40
Canisius 94, Monmouth (NJ) 79
Davidson 75, Fordham 45
Iona 91, Rider 64
Lehigh 76, American U. 66
Loyola (Md.) 83, Lafayette 77
Niagara 73, St. Peter’s 70
Ohio St. 68, Rutgers 46
UMass 72, Saint Joseph’s 69
SOUTH
Houston 65, East Carolina 49
MIDWEST
Indiana 66, Northwestern 46
Missouri St. 76, Indiana St. 73
Women
AP TOP 25
No. 2 Notre Dame 89, Boston College 60
No. 4 Mississippi State 75, Alabama 61
No. 5 Baylor 74, Oklahoma 52
No. 6 Tennessee 86, No. 9 South Carolina 70
No. 8 Oregon 74, No. 18 Arizona State 64
No. 13 Florida State 107, Virginia Tech 62
No. 14 UCLA 93, Colorado 55
No. 16 Duke 55, Virginia 48
Georgia 92, No. 17 Texas A&M 84
No. 22 Oregon State 88, Arizona 48
No. 24 California 66, Washington State 60
SOUTHLAND
USC 58, Utah 47
WEST
California 66, Washington St. 60
Colorado College 63, Centenary 59
Stanford 71, Washington 45
EAST
American U. 82, Lehigh 64
Bucknell 77, Colgate 57
Delaware 51, Towson 49
Drexel 68, UNC Wilmington 42
George Mason 92, Rhode Island 53
Hofstra 65, Coll. of Charleston 60
Lafayette 65, Loyola (Md.) 54
Navy 70, Army 44
Pittsburgh 68, Georgia Tech 62
Seton Hall 70, Georgetown 65
St. John’s 70, Villanova 64
SOUTH
Arkansas 68, Auburn 58
Davidson 68, Richmond 65
Emory 64, Case Western 47
Fordham 64, VCU 54
LSU 66, Florida 59
Miami 72, Clemson 60
NC State 60, Syracuse 56
North Carolina 79, Wake Forest 76
South Florida 62, UCF 45
William & Mary 81, Elon 75
MIDWEST
Dayton 101, Saint Louis 76
DePaul 87, Butler 65
Drake 107, Evansville 66
Illinois St. 49, S. Illinois 46
Marquette 88, Xavier 67
Missouri St. 71, Bradley 65
N. Iowa 59, Indiana St. 53
Penn St. 69, Wisconsin 62
BOXES
NO. 14 UCLA 93, COLORADO 55
UCLA (13-4)—Billings 2-5 1-2 5, Drummer 3-6
4-6 10, Burke 3-5 6-6 12, Canada 5-10 0-0 10,
Hayes 5-8 0-0 13, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Onyenwere
5-12 1-1 11, Rosenblum 1-4 0-0 2, Baird 1-5 0-0
2, Dean 8-13 0-0 21, Horvat 2-7 0-0 5, Totals
36-77 12-15 93.
COLORADO (11-6)—Bunn 2-12 0-0 4, Jank 2-6
0-0 4, Caylao-Do 2-8 0-1 4, Leonard 5-11 1-2 12,
Robinson 2-5 0-0 6, Curtis 3-3 0-0 6, Carter 2-6
0-0 6, Castro 0-4 2-4 2, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Hollingshed 2-5 1-1 5, Knight 2-7 1-3 5, Thomas 0-3
1-2 1, Totals 22-70 6-13 55.
UCLA .............................27 25 21 20—93
Colorado ...........................9 19 12 15—55
Three-Point Goals—UCLA 9-19 (Burke 0-2, Canada 0-1, Hayes 3-5, Dean 5-7, Horvat 1-4), Colorado 5-13 (Jank 0-1, Caylao-Do 0-1, Leonard
1-1, Robinson 2-3, Carter 2-3, Castro 0-1,
Hollingshed 0-3). Assists—UCLA 22 (Canada
11), Colorado 16 (Leonard 5). Fouled Out—None.
Rebounds—UCLA 53 (Billings 11), Colorado 42
(Jank 7). Total Fouls—UCLA 19, Colorado 12.
A—2,160.
USC 58, UTAH 47
USC (13-4)—Simon 7-16 0-2 14, Adams 2-3
0-0 5, Edwards 5-13 5-6 16, Mazyck 7-17 2-4
20, Moore 1-9 1-2 3, Milisic 0-0 0-0 0, Tapley 0-1
0-0 0, Abejon 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 22-59 8-14 58.
UTAH (12-5)—Corbin 1-2 0-0 2, Huff 5-13 0-0
10, Provo 2-7 1-2 6, Bean 2-5 0-0 4, Williams
3-5 0-0 8, BoClair 1-6 1-1 3, Jacobs 1-3 0-0 2,
Potter 3-6 2-2 8, Clark 1-2 2-2 4, Moore 0-2 0-0
0, Totals 19-51 6-7 47.
USC ...............................17 13 13 15 —58
Utah.................................14 9 14 10—47
Three-Point Goals—USC 6-15 (Adams 1-1, Edwards 1-4, Mazyck 4-8, Moore 0-2), Utah 3-17
(Huff 0-5, Provo 1-5, Bean 0-1, Williams 2-4, BoClair 0-1, Moore 0-1). Assists—USC 12 (Adams
6), Utah 11 (Bean 5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—USC 31 (Mazyck 8), Utah 41 (Potter 11).
Total Fouls—USC 8, Utah 16. A—1,574.
PRO BASEBALL
MLB CALENDAR
Jan. 24—BBWAA Hall of Fame voting
announced.
Jan. 29-Feb. 16—Salary arbitration hearings,
Phoenix.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1—Owners meetings, Beverly
Hills, Calif.
Feb 15—Voluntary reporting date for pitchers,
catchers and injured players.
Feb. 19—Voluntary reporting date for other
players.
Feb. 24—Mandatory reporting date.
March 29—Opening day. Active rosters
reduced to 25 players.
April 17-18—Cleveland vs. Minnesota at San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 4—Amateur draft starts.
June 15—International amater signing period
closes.
July 2—International amateur signing period
opens.
July 6—Last day to sign for amateur draft picks
subject to deadline.
July 17—All-Star Game, Washington.
July 29—Hall of Fame inductions,
Cooperstown, N.Y
THIS DAY IN
SPORTS
1965—In one of the most notable trades in
NBA history, the San Francisco Warriors deal Wilt
Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and
cash.
2000—The Jacksonville Jaguars steamroll
their way into the history books and the AFC
championship game. In the second-most overpowering playoff performance ever, the Jaguars
rout the Miami Dolphins 62-7. The 55-point margin is the second-largest in playoff history.
Gonzalez joins Mets
The New York Mets reached an
agreement with former Dodgers
first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to
a one-year contract.
The deal is contingent on the 35year-old passing a physical. Gonzalez had a herniated disk in his
back last year and went on the disabled list for the first time.
Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star
and four-time Gold Glove winner,
hit .242 with three home runs in 71
games last year, ending a streak of
11 seasons in which he ranked
above the league average in batting. He lost his job to National
League rookie of the year Cody
Bellinger and was not on L.A.’s
postseason roster.
Gonzalez was sent to Atlanta
Dec. 16 in a trade for Matt Kemp.
— Bill Shaikin
MOTOR SPORTS
Racer Gurney dies
Dan Gurney, the first driver to
GOLF
SOCCER
$6.2-MILLION SONY OPEN
At Honolulu—Par 70
Waialae CC—7,044 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
x-won on sixth playoff hole
263 (-17)—$1,116,000
x-Patton Kizzire (500)................67-64-64-68
263 (-17)—$669,600
James Hahn (300) ...................67-69-65-62
264 (-16)—$421,600
Tom Hoge (190).......................65-65-64-70
265 (-15)—$256,267
Webb Simpson (115)................67-70-63-65
Brian Stuard (115) ...................67-66-67-65
Brian Harman (115) .................64-63-68-70
266 (-14)—$193,233
Gary Woodland (85) .................67-67-68-64
Ben Martin (85) .......................69-66-66-65
Ollie Schniederjans (85)............66-65-67-68
267 (-13)—$148,800
Ryan Blaum (68)......................66-68-68-65
Chris Kirk (68) .........................63-67-67-70
Russell Knox (68).....................69-64-65-69
Kyle Stanley (68) .....................64-67-65-71
268 (-12)—$108,500
Daniel Berger (54)....................67-68-69-64
Zach Johnson (54) ...................63-67-71-67
Jerry Kelly (54) ........................66-67-69-66
Justin Thomas (54)...................67-67-66-68
269 (-11)—$75,463
Austin Cook (43)......................67-71-65-66
Jason Dufner (43) ....................69-65-69-66
Daisuke Kataoka ......................65-68-69-67
Chez Reavie (43)......................68-69-65-67
Jordan Spieth (43) ...................69-68-66-66
Talor Gooch (43) ......................64-66-70-69
Cameron Smith (43) .................66-67-66-70
270 (-10)—$46,323
Jonathan Byrd (31)...................68-68-67-67
Brandon Harkins (31) ...............67-68-69-66
Kevin Kisner (31) .....................68-64-71-67
Keith Mitchell (31) ...................70-66-67-67
Xinjun Zhang (31).....................72-65-66-67
Scott Piercy (31) ......................69-67-65-69
Sam Saunders (31) ..................67-67-66-70
271 (-9)—$33,569
Charles Howell III (21)...............67-68-69-67
Wesley Bryan (21) ....................68-66-70-67
Stewart Cink (21).....................70-64-69-68
Tony Finau (21)........................70-67-67-67
Nicholas Lindheim (21) .............66-70-67-68
Rory Sabbatini (21)..................71-65-65-70
Xander Schauffele (21) .............68-64-72-67
272 (-8)—$23,560
Ryan Armour (14).....................67-67-67-71
Dominic Bozzelli (14)................70-67-67-68
Keegan Bradley (14).................70-68-67-67
Corey Conners (14) ..................70-66-67-69
Matt Jones (14) .......................67-68-68-69
Nate Lashley (14).....................68-67-66-71
Jonathan Randolph (14)............69-68-69-66
Adam Schenk (14) ...................70-65-69-68
273 (-7)—$15,925
Marc Leishman (9) ...................68-66-71-68
John Peterson (9) .....................66-64-74-69
Roberto Diaz (9) ......................70-67-70-66
Emiliano Grillo (9) ....................68-67-67-71
Jason Kokrak (9) ......................67-70-68-68
Conrad Shindler (9) ..................66-72-67-68
J.J. Spaun (9) ..........................67-70-70-66
274 (-6)—$14,198
Shugo Imahira .........................67-71-70-66
Stephan Jaeger (6) ...................68-70-70-66
Seamus Power (6) ....................68-68-71-67
Hudson Swafford (6).................68-66-73-67
275 (-5)—$13,578
Brian Gay (5)...........................70-68-67-70
Lanto Griffin (5) .......................67-70-66-72
Si Woo Kim (5) ........................67-71-70-67
Ryan Palmer (5) .......................71-64-71-69
Sam Ryder (5) .........................68-70-68-69
Tyrone Van Aswegen (5).............68-68-69-70
276 (-4)—$13,144
Harris English (4) .....................69-65-70-72
277 (-3)—$12,958
Scott Brown (4)........................69-67-66-75
William McGirt (4) ....................66-72-72-67
278 (-2)—$12,710
Blayne Barber (4).....................68-69-72-69
John Oda ................................68-70-69-71
279 (-1)—$12,338
Steve Allan..............................68-70-72-69
Colt Knost (3)..........................68-70-73-68
Andrew Putnam (3)...................71-66-71-71
Kevin Tway (3)..........................71-66-71-71
280 (E)—$11,966
Joel Dahmen (3) ......................68-70-74-68
D.A. Points (3) .........................68-70-72-70
281 (+1)—$11,780
Matt Every (3) .........................65-71-71-74
EUROPEAN TOUR
$1.21-MILLION S AfricaN OPEN
At Gauteng, S Africa—Par 72
Glendower Golf Club—7,594 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
267 (-21)
Chris Paisley, England................66-65-70-66
270 (-18)
Branden Grace, S Africa ............65-71-66-68
272 (-16)
JC Ritchie, S Africa ...................72-70-65-65
274 (-14)
Scott Vincent, Zimbabwe ...........70-66-71-67
Jacques Kruyswijk, S Africa ........68-67-71-68
Jacques Blaauw, S Africa ...........68-70-66-70
275 (-13)
Renato Paratore, S Africa...........71-67-69-68
Adrien Saddier, France ..............68-63-73-71
Darren Fichardt, S Africa............70-71-64-70
Chase Koepka, U.S. ..................65-71-68-71
276 (-12)
Charlie Ford, England................71-72-67-66
277 (-11)
Hennie Otto, S Africa ................71-72-70-64
Marcus Kinhult, Sweden ............70-72-66-69
Jorge Campillo, Spain................70-70-67-70
278 (-10)
Neil Schietekat, S Africa ............70-72-69-67
Ryan Evans, England.................74-67-68-69
Charl Schwartzel, S Africa ..........69-70-69-70
a-Kyle McClatchie, S Africa ........68-71-68-71
Trevor Fisher Jnr, S Africa ...........69-70-67-72
279 (-9)
Retief Goosen, S Africa..............69-67-73-70
Dylan Frittelli, S Africa ...............70-71-67-71
280 (-8)
Ernie Els, S Africa.....................71-70-70-69
288 (E)
Zack Byrd, U.S. ........................69-71-74-74
INTERNATIONAL
(Home team listed first)
ENGLAND
Premier League
Bournemouth 2, Arsenal 1
Liverpool 4, Manchester City 3
SPAIN
La Liga
Levante 0, Celta Vigo 1
Alaves 1, Sevilla 0
Espanyol 1, Athletic Bilbao 1
Real Sociedad 2, Barcelona 4
FRANCE
Ligue 1
St. Etienne 2, Toulouse 0
Lyon 1, Angers 1
Nantes 0, Paris Saint-Germain 1
GERMANY
Bundesliga
FC Koln 2, B. Monchengladbach 1
Dortmund 0, Wolfsburg 0
MEXICO
La Liga
UNAM Pumas 3, Atlas 1
Veracruz 0, Monterrey 2
WEB.COM TOUR
$600,000 BAHAMAS GREAT EXUMA CLASSIC
At Great Exuma, Bahamas—Par 72
Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club—7,001 yards
Partial second-round leaders
Dan McCarthy .....................70-66—136 -8
Rhein Gibson......................69-68—137 -7
Mark Anderson....................66-71—137 -7
Sungjae Im.........................69-69—138 -6
Augusto Nunez ....................66-72—138 -6
Billy Kennerly......................68-70—138 -6
Brandon Matthews...............71-68—139 -5
Bo Hoag ............................67-72—139 -5
Lee McCoy .........................67-72—139 -5
Albin Choi ..........................68-72—140 -4
Justin Lower........................67-73—140 -4
Wes Roach .........................69-71—140 -4
Curtis Luck .........................68-72—140 -4
Jamie Arnold ......................67-73—140 -4
Erik Compton......................70-71—141 -3
Tim Wilkinson .....................73-68—141 -3
Derek Ernst ........................74-67—141 -3
Casey Wittenberg ................69-72—141 -3
John Chin...........................71-71—142 -2
Brendon de Jonge................69-73—142 -2
Cameron Champ .................69-73—142 -2
Julian Etulain ......................69-73—142 -2
win in Formula One, IndyCar and
NASCAR, died from complications of pneumonia in Newport
Beach. He was 86.
Gurney began racing in 1955
and won in nearly every series he
ran in. He drove for Ferrari, BRM,
Porsche and Brabham in Formula
One, then formed his own team. He
won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967
in his own car, the first and only
time an American won an F1 race in
a car of his own design.
Gurney teamed with A.J. Foyt
that year to win the 24 Hours of Le
Mans in a Ford GT40, and he’s
often credited with starting the
tradition of spraying the champagne from the podium at that
race. Gurney retired from driving
in 1970 with 51 victories.
night and taken off on a stretcher.
The team did not announce when
Danault, who has seven goals and
15 assists in 43 games, could return.
five times, six All-Star Games and
4,673 games in the regular season.
His plaque at the Hall of Fame
in Cooperstown, N.Y., notes that
“his knowledge of the rules and nononsense control of the game led
players to refer to him as ‘god.’ ”
Jeremy Stephens stopped Doo
Ho Choi in the second round of the
main event at the UFC’s Fight
Night event in St. Louis.
Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20
knockouts), moving toward the
possibility of becoming the first
unified heavyweight champion
since British countryman Lennox
Lewis, agreed to fight Joseph
Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 31
in Cardiff, Wales.
— Lance Pugmire
Patton
Kizzire
outlasted
James Hahn in six extra holes to
win the Sony Open in Hawaii to become the first two-time winner on
the PGA Tour this season. ... Scott
Parel beat fellow Champions Tour
player Scott Dunlap on the first
hole of a playoff to complete a wireto-wire victory in the Diamond Resorts Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was arrested on suspicion of
DUI in Newport Beach late Saturday. Rodman, who has multiple
DUI arrests, was released Sunday.
The New York Knicks signed
guard Trey Burke, a former lottery
pick who had been playing with
their G League team.
Bazu Worku won the Houston
Marathon for the third straight
time. Biruktayit Degefa won the
women’s race and two-time Olympian Molly Huddle broke the
record for the fastest half-marathon by an American woman.
Montreal Canadiens forward
Phillip Danault was released from
a hospital after he was hit in the
head by Boston defenseman
Zdeno Chara’s slap shot Saturday
Manchester City’s 22-match unbeaten run in the English Premier
League ended with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool, where the team has just one
league win in 37 years.
ETC.
Umpire Harvey dies
Doug Harvey, one of 10 umpires
enshrined in the baseball Hall of
Fame, has died. He was 87.
Harvey umpired in the National
League from 1962 through 1992 and
was a crew chief for 18 of his 31 seasons. He worked the World Series
COLLEGE
HOCKEY
EAST
Boston College 5, New Hampshire 2
ODDS
NFL PLAYOFFS
Sunday
Favorite
Line (O/U)
Underdog
at N ENGLAND
9 (47)
Jacksonville
Minnesota
31⁄2 (371⁄2)
at PHILA
Updated odds available at Pregame.com
PRO FOOTBALL
NFL CALENDAR
Sunday—Conference championships.
Feb. 4—Super Bowl at Minneapolis.
Feb. 20—First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.
Feb. 27-March 5—NFL comine in
Indianapolis.
March 6—Deadline for clubs to designate
franchise or transition players.
March 14—2018 league calendar begins, free
agency opens, trades allowed.
March 25-28—Annual league meeting,
Orlando.
April 2—Clubs that hired a new head coach
after the end of the 2017 regular season may
begin offseason workouts.
April 16—Clubs with returning head coaches
may begin offseason workout programs.
FIGHT SCHEDULE
Saturday’s schedule
At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHO), Errol
Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson, 12, for Spence's
IBF welterweight title; Robert Easter vs. Javier
Fortuna, 12, for Easter's IBF lightweight title; Marcus Browne vs. Francy Ntetu, 10, light-heavyweights; Adam Kownacki vs. Iago Kiladze, 10,
heavyweights; Anthony Peterson vs. Luis Florez,
10, super-lightweights.
Jan. 27
At The Forum, (HBO), Lucas Matthysse vs.
Tewa Kiram, 12, for the vacant WBA World welterweight title; Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta, 12,
for Linares' WBA World lightweight title; Yoshihiro
Kamegai vs. Daquan Pauldo, 10, junior-middleweights.
At Riga, Latvia, Oleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis
Briedis, 12, for Usyk's WBO and Briedis' WBC
World cruiserweight titles (World Boxing Super
Series semifinals).
Feb. 2
At WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa
(SHO), Ronald Ellis vs. Junior Younan, 10, for the
vacant USBA super-middleweight title.
Feb. 3
At Alder, Russia, Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos, 12, for Gassiev's IBF and Dorticos' WBA
World cruiserweight titles (World Boxing Super
Series semifinals).
At Bank of America Center, Corpus Christi,
Texas (ESPN), Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed, 12, for Ramirez's WBO super-middleweight
titles; Jerwin Ancajas vs. Israel Gonzalez, 12, for
Ancajas' IBF super-flyweight title; Jesse Hart v
Thomas Awimbono, 10, super-middleweights.
Feb. 4
At Naha, Japan, Daigo Higa vs. Moises Fuentes, 12, for Higa's WBC flyweight title.
Feb. 10
At Copper Box Arena, London, Zolani Tete vs.
Omar Narvaez, 12, for Tete's WBO bantamweight
title.
At Alamodome, San Antonio (SHO), Sergey
Lipinets vs. Mikey Garcia, 12, for Lipinets's IBF
junior-welterweight title; Rances Barthelemy vs.
Kiryl Relikh, 12, for the vacant WBA World superlightweight title; Richard Commey vs. Alejandro
Luna, 12, lightweights; Ray Robinson vs. Yordenis
Ugas, 12, welterweights; Mario Barrios vs. Andrey
Klimov, 10, junior-welterweights.
At Cancun, Mexico, Miguel Berchelt vs. Cristian Mijares, 12, for Berchelt's WBC junior-lightweight title.
Feb. 16
At Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno,
Nev., Raymundo Beltran vs. Paulus Moses, 12,
for the vacant WBO World lightweight title; Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. David Avanesyan, 10,
welterweights.
Feb. 17
At Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
(SHO), Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios, 12,
welterweights; David Benavidez vs. Ronald
Gavril, 12, for Benavidez's WBC World supermiddleweight title.
TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
N.Y. Mets—Agreed to terms with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a one-year contract.
San Diego—Agreed to terms with pitcher Brad
Hand on a three-year contract.
BASKETBALL
New Orleans—Signed guard Mike James to a
two-way contract.
New York—Signed guard Trey Burke.
FOOTBALL
Buffalo—Named Brian Daboll offensive
coordinator.
HOCKEY
NHL—Suspended Ducks forward Andrew
Cogliano two games, without pay, for an interference penalty against Kings forward Adrian
Kempe on Saturday night.
KINGS—Recalled forward Jonny Brodzinski
from Ontario (AHL).
Buffalo—Assigned
goaltender
Jonas
Johansson from Rochester (AHL) to Cincinnati
(ECHL).
Calgary—Put forward Jaromir Jagr on injured
reserve, retroactive to Dec. 31; recalled forward
Ryan Lomberg from Stockton (AHL).
Colorado—Recalled forward J.C. Beaudin
from Colorado (ECHL) to San Antonio (AHL).
Pontus Lundahl European Pressphoto Agency
GETTING SOME SERIOUS AIR
From left, Russia’s Igor Omelin, Italy’s Stefan Thanei, Canada’s Ian Deans and Sweden’s
Victor Oehling Norberg compete in a freestyle ski cross event at Idre, Sweden.
SANTA ANITA RESULTS
12th Day of a 59-Day Thoroughbred Meet. Copyright 2018 by
Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited.
2096-FIRST RACE. 1-mile turf. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds
and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Principal Bob
Gutierrez
12.20
4.00
3.40
4 Impression
Smith
2.60
2.20
7 Mongh Moprblms Prat
5.20
8 Also Ran: Odyssey Explorer, Street to Indy, Ya Gotta Wanna, Traffic Thief, Perfection Tale, Bryan Habana (ARG), Lighthouse Point.
8 Time: 22.90, 46.24, 1.10.51, 1.22.46, 1.34.68. Clear &
Firm. Trainer: Patrick Gallagher. Owner: Michael W. Sutton.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (1-4) paid $13.20, $1 Superfecta (1-4-710) paid $654.90, $1 Super High Five (1-4-7-10-9) paid
$2,508.90, 50-Cent Trifecta (1-4-7) paid $44.35.
2097-SECOND RACE. 1-mile. Starter Optional Claiming. 3
year olds. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $30,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
5 Fire When Ready Elliott
7.00
3.60
2.80
4 Oh Man
Bejarano
3.40
2.40
3 Kaleidoscope Kid Dsrmeaux
2.80
8 Also Ran: Big and Loud, Builder, Ima Take Charge.
8 Time: 23.81, 47.82, 1.12.95, 1.26.05, 1.39.59. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: Loooch Racing Stables,
Inc..
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-5) paid $46.60, $1 Exacta (5-4)
paid $10.50, $1 Superfecta (5-4-3-6) paid $173.30, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-4-3) paid $17.80.
2098-THIRD RACE. 1-mile turf. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds
and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Acker
Prat
4.40
2.80
2.40
3 Big Sky Logan
Dsrmeaux
3.40
3.00
6 Haylord
Gnzalez
11.20
8 Also Ran: Rak City, Kona Coast, Warren’s Fandango, Vegas Itch,
Bottle Service, Wise Curlin, Gio Star.
8 Time: 23.29, 47.64, 1.12.12, 1.24.20, 1.35.75. Clear &
Firm. Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Wertheimer and Frere.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-1) paid $17.80, $1 Exacta (1-3)
paid $6.00, $1 Superfecta (1-3-6-5) paid $838.20, 50-Cent Trifecta (1-3-6) paid $64.70, $1 X-5 Super High Five (1-3-6-5-7) ,
X-5 Super High Five Carryover $3,043, $1 Pick Three (1-5-1) paid
$60.90.
2099-FOURTH RACE. 1-mile. Claiming. 4 year olds and up.
Claiming Price $16,000. Purse $20,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
1 Gentrified
Roman
10.40
5.40
3.60
3 All Star Parade
Gnzalez
6.20
4.00
6 American League Baze
3.20
8 Also Ran: Midnight Harbor, Spitfire, Harrovian, Hot Paris Night.
8 Time: 23.28, 47.01, 1.12.21, 1.25.09, 1.37.73. Clear & Fast.
Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Mueller, Martin, Scott, Michael,
Seymour, Lauri and Cerin, Vladimir.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-1) paid $25.00, $1 Exacta (1-3)
paid $25.50, $1 Superfecta (1-3-6-4) paid $456.60, $1 Super
High Five (1-3-6-4-2) paid $1,705.20, 50-Cent Trifecta (1-3-6)
paid $45.65, $1 Pick Three (5-1-1) paid $60.60.
2100-FIFTH RACE. 1-mile. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds.
Claiming Price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
10 Touchdown U S C Pereira
6.60
4.20
3.40
4 Old School Ike
Baze
6.40
5.00
3 Alphadar
Arias
8.80
8 Also Ran: Danny O, Dos Palos, Derby Factor, Starship Chewy,
Gryffindor, High Rize, Straightcash Homie.
8 Time: 23.37, 47.15, 1.12.37, 1.25.24, 1.38.83. Clear &
Fast. Trainer: Sam J. Scolamieri. Owner: Petrosian Brothers Racing
Stable.
8 Scratched: Captain N. Barron, Downhill Run.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-10) paid $31.00, $1 Exacta
(10-4) paid $21.70, $1 Superfecta (10-4-3-11) paid $1,444.60,
$1 Super High Five (10-4-3-11-1) paid $1,935.10, 50-Cent Trifecta
(10-4-3) paid $128.00, $1 Pick Three (1-1-10) paid $41.00, 50Cent Pick Four (5-1-1-7/10/12) 1797 tickets with 4 correct paid
$98.10, 50-Cent Pick Five (1-5-1-1-7/10/12) 780 tickets with 5
correct paid $828.20.
2101-SIXTH RACE. 1-mile turf. Maiden Special Weight. 4
year olds and up. Purse $54,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
9 Bold Papa
Bejarano
6.80
4.00
3.20
8 Save Ground
Gutierrez
4.60
3.40
10 Atonarun
Maragh
4.80
8 Also Ran: Dial Me In, Reckless Gravity, Accreditation, Hailey’s
Kid Comet, Schooley, Anziyan Cat, Cosmotivo.
8 Time: 22.87, 46.42, 1.10.90, 1.23.23, 1.35.29. Clear &
Firm. Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Dunn, Christopher T. and
Peskoff, Jeremy.
8 Scratched: Tatar.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (10-9) paid $25.40, $1 Exacta
(9-8) paid $15.30, $1 Superfecta (9-8-10-6) paid $227.20, $1
Super High Five (9-8-10-6-4) paid $2,217.30, 50-Cent Trifecta
(9-8-10) paid $28.20, $1 Pick Three (1-10-9) paid $77.10.
2102-SEVENTH RACE. 61⁄2-furlongs. Allowance Optional
Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Purse
$56,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
7 Show It N Moe It Bejarano
4.60
3.20
2.80
6 Smiling Tigress
Baze
8.40
4.80
1 Carpathia
Gnzalez
9.60
8 Also Ran: Carrie’s Success, Family Girl, Silverspun Pickup,
Twisted Rosie, Sharona Sunset, If Only Ida.
8 Time: 22.04, 45.04, 1.10.43, 1.17.07. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Gary Sherlock. Owner: London, Tom, Lovingier, Terry C. and Zondlo,
Eugene.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (9-7) paid $25.80, $1 Exacta (7-6)
paid $17.20, $1 Superfecta (7-6-1-4) paid $1,065.80, $1 Super
High Five (7-6-1-4-2) paid $4,989.70, 50-Cent Trifecta (7-6-1)
paid $117.55, $1 Pick Three (10-9-7) paid $31.90.
2103-EIGHTH RACE. 61⁄2-furlongs. ’Kalookan Queen Stakes’.
Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Purse $75,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
2 Selcourt
Baze
8.40
5.40
4.00
4 Cuddle Alert
Qnonez
8.40
4.60
7 Cuyathy
Solis
6.20
8 Also Ran: Princess Karen, Malibu Stacy, Mother of Dragons, Dis
Smart Cat, Reverse.
8 Time: 21.77, 44.28, 1.09.30, 1.15.88. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
John W. Sadler. Owner: Medallion Racing, Abrahams, Keith and
Lazaruk, Sandra.
8 Scratched: Ashley’s Sassy.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (7-2) paid $24.00, $1 Exacta (2-4)
paid $32.40, $1 Superfecta (2-4-7-5) paid $600.60, $1 Super
High Five (2-4-7-5-3) paid $1,423.80, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-4-7)
paid $111.25, $1 Pick Three (9-7-2) paid $50.80.
2104-NINTH RACE. 11⁄2-mile turf. ’Astra Stakes’. Fillies and
Mares. 4 year olds and up. Purse $75,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win Place Show
6 Plein Air (IRE)
Baze
16.60
7.80
7.00
11 Evo Campo (IRE) Bejarano
4.80
3.80
1 Lucy De
Dsrmeaux
5.80
8 Also Ran: Estrechada (ARG), Queen Blossom (IRE), Shazara,
How Unusual, Antonina (PER), La Manta Gris, Sweet Connie.
8 Time: 23.56, 47.28, 1.12.88, 1.38.74, 2.03.12, 2.27.34.
Clear & Firm. Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Sunny Brook Stables,
LLC.
8 Scratched: Scandal.
8 Exotics: $2 Pick Six Jackpot (1-7/10/12-9/11-7-2-6) , Pick
Six Jackpot Carryover $360,660, $2 Daily Double (2-6) paid
$68.80, $1 Exacta (6-11) paid $44.60, $1 Superfecta (6-11-1-10)
paid $2,085.10, $1 Super High Five (6-11-1-10-2) 5 tickets paid
$4,123.10, 50-Cent Trifecta (6-11-1) paid $222.60, $1 Pick Three
(7-2-6) paid $88.90, 50-Cent Pick Four (9/11-7-2-6) 2379 tickets with 4 correct paid $208.55, 50-Cent Pick Five (7/10/12-9/
11-7-2-6) 1729 tickets with 5 correct paid $780.85, $2 Pick Six
(1-7/10/12-9/11-7-2-6) 731 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $79.60,
$2 Pick Six (1-7/10/12-9/11-7-2-6) 26 tickets with 6 correct paid
$15,648.00.
ATTENDANCE / MUTUEL HANDLE
On-Track Attendance-6,219. Mutuel handle-$1,313,458
Inter-Track Attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$2,080,340
Out of State Attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$8,887,426
Total Attendance-6,219. Mutuel handle- $12,281,224
SANTA ANITA ENTRIES
13th Day of a 59-Day Thoroughbred Meet.
2105 FIRST RACE. 1 mile turf. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000. Purse $38,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
9083 Little Scotty,3
T Baze,120
5-2
2026 Conquest Sabre Cat,1 R Bejarano,120
4-1
8118 Defiantly,4
C Nakatani,122
4-1
(9060) Waldorf,6
E Roman,X115
9-2
....
Any Questions,5
K Desormeaux,122
6-1
(9062) Excessive Kid,2
K Frey,122
6-1
9083 Malko (IRE),7
S Elliott,122
6-1
2106 SECOND RACE. 7 furlongs. Maiden Claiming.
3-year-olds. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $25,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
8138 Trapper Peak,4
J Ochoa,122
....
Risky Proposition,6
E Roman,X117
2041 The Italian,5
A Delgadillo,122
1066 Lord Charles,1
B Pena,122
9009 Sandbed,2
R Maragh,122
1087 Skagit River,3
B Blanc,122
2107 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden Special Weight.
3-year-olds. State bred. Purse $54,000.
Odds
8-5
5-2
4-1
5-1
6-1
8-1
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
9059 Violent Ridge,8
G Franco,122
5-2
1040 Yes I’m Ready,7
T Baze,122
7-2
....
Faversham,4
S Elliott,122
4-1
....
Born On the Bayou,1 E Roman,X117
5-1
....
Coil Me Home,2
F Prat,122
5-1
....
Fly First Class,5
J Talamo,122
6-1
9059 Mavericks,6
R Bejarano,122
12-1
2036 Mac McLovin,3
A Quinonez,122
20-1
2108 FOURTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Claiming. 4-year-olds and
up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Purse $23,000.
PR
1053
Horse (PP)
Mister Mojo,8
Jockey,Wt
T Baze,123
Odds
5-2
1053
Zap Again,7
T Pereira,123
4-1
9092 Reverend Al,6
R Bejarano,123
6-1
1031 Two Thirty Five,2
S Gonzalez,123
6-1
1079 Celebrate Life,1
S Elliott,121
8-1
9060 Pampers n’ Boots,9 A Delgadillo,123
8-1
9139 Trapalanda,5
R Maragh,123
8-1
9139 Upperclassman,3
E Roman,X118
8-1
1053 Trickonomics,4
K Frey,123
12-1
1
2109 FIFTH RACE. About 6 ⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance
Optional Claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming Price $75,000.
Purse $56,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
....
Move Over (GB),2
M Smith,124
(9051) Afleet Ascent,1
R Bejarano,122
9119 Colonel Cash,8
F Prat,122
9119 Candy Crew,5
M Pedroza,122
....
Platinum Equity,3
A Quinonez,122
9119 Trusting Friend,4
K Frey,122
2043 Cannonball Comin,6 E Roman,X115
2035 Holy Diver,7
M Linares,117
2110 SIXTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden Claiming.
3-year-olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
Odds
2-1
5-2
3-1
6-1
6-1
10-1
20-1
50-1
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
1006 Gem of a Guy,4
E Roman,X117
2-1
....
Jimmythisnjimthat,8 T Baze,122
5-2
....
Pure Moment,7
T Conner,122
4-1
....
Imagineiamfastest,2 M Pedroza,122
6-1
....
Lighthouse Boogie,6 K Frey,122
6-1
....
Nine Issues,5
S Elliott,122
10-1
....
Midnight World,10
T Pereira,122
20-1
1048 Derby Kingdom,3
B Pena,122
30-1
1026 Agressivebrawler,1
M Linares,122
50-1
1003 Chiquilin,9
A Solis,122
50-1
2111 SEVENTH RACE. 1 mile turf. ’Megahertz Stakes’.
Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $100,000.
PR
Horse (PP)
Jockey,Wt
Odds
9140
9140
1033
2021
8169
8053
9109
9114
Insta Erma,4
Thundering Sky,5
Madame Stripes
(ARG),3
Laseen (IRE),2
Chocolate Coated,8
Lady Valeur (IRE),7
Bombilate,6
Do the Dance,1
C Nakatani,122
F Prat,122
K Desormeaux,122
V Espinoza,120
M Smith,120
R Bejarano,122
S Elliott,120
E Roman,120
2-1
3-1
7-2
5-1
6-1
10-1
20-1
20-1
2112 EIGHTH RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Allowance Optional Claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Purse
$58,000.
PR
(2023)
1092
2006
4254
1092
(9128)
(1041)
Horse (PP)
Donworth,2
Hot Sean,1
Colonist,4
Grazen Sky,3
Stormin Monarcho,5
Air Vice Marshal,6
Mr. Opportunist,7
Jockey,Wt
E Roman,X115
J Talamo,120
C Nakatani,122
F Prat,124
T Baze,124
M Smith,120
V Espinoza,120
Odds
9-5
3-1
7-2
5-1
6-1
10-1
12-1
2113 NINTH RACE. about 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden Special
Weight. Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Purse
$54,000.
PR
9116
9091
9116
....
8079
4402
1022
3092
9116
....
4236
Horse (PP)
Red Shelby,6
Sunday Prophet,11
Delectable,1
Meal Ticket,4
Starlet Storm,8
California Breeze,5
Gone to Town,2
Beauty Divine,9
Deccan Queen,10
Secret Offer,3
Tim’s Girl,7
Jockey,Wt
K Desormeaux,122
M Smith,122
J Talamo,122
T Pereira,122
F Prat,122
E Roman,X117
A Quinonez,122
G Franco,122
S Elliott,122
T Baze,122
S Gonzalez,122
Odds
7-2
4-1
9-2
8-1
8-1
10-1
10-1
12-1
12-1
12-1
12-1
E
CALENDAR
M O N D A Y , J A N U A R Y 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
THEATER REVIEW
Finding
peace
beyond
reach of
words
Bess Wohl’s ‘Small
Mouth Sounds’ turns
silence into eloquence
at the Broad Stage.
CHARLES McNULTY
THEATER CRITIC
Playwright Bess Wohl,
who trained as an actor at
the Yale School of Drama,
has written a play that asks
actors to do more than
speak the speech trippingly
on the tongue, as Hamlet
advised the strolling players
when they came to Elsinore.
“Small Mouth Sounds,”
which opened Friday at the
Broad Stage in Santa Monica, is set at a silent retreat.
Six characters in search of
stillness arrive at a wellness
center hoping to quiet the
inner cacophony that has
led them to sign up for a fiveday break from their smartphones and small talk.
This might sound like recalcitrant material for a
play, but just look at how
Samuel Beckett in “Krapp’s
Last Tape,” Peter Handke in
“Kaspar” and Franz Xaver
Kroetz in “Request Concert”
have turned silence into excruciating eloquence.
Wohl’s
method
is
broader. “Small Mouth
Sounds” is a comedy with
satiric bite. The main target
is the comodified spirituality that has encouraged
the thinking that inner
peace, a birthright, is just a
guru, mantra or self-help
book away.
There are moments of remarkable tenderness scattered throughout the play.
But the writing lacks the
psychological delicacy of
Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror
Transformation,” another
work in which disparate
strangers slowly let down
their guards in a free-form
therapeutic space.
“Small Mouth Sounds,”
which is on a multi-city tour
with this Ars Nova production directed by Rachel
Chavkin, contains a surprising amount of sitcom zing
for a play that became a
critically touted off-Broadway sleeper. Perhaps some
subtlety has been lost on the
road. Fortunately, the characters provoke enough curiosity to keep us from wanting to flee as they writhe
and decompress in the enforced hush of the retreat
center (brought to life in all
its meditative simplicity by
the ingenious set designer
Laura Jellinek).
[See ‘Sounds,’ E2]
Christina House Los Angeles Times
EXECUTIVE producer Salim Akil, left, with Cress Williams, who carries the title role of the CW superhero series “Black Lightning.”
It’s a jolt of reality
The new ‘Black
Lightning’ is a
legacy project
TELEVISION REVIEW
A high-voltage
mix of politics,
escapist fantasy
By Greg Braxton
The new year isn’t even a month
old, and a new superhero is charging onto the scene, smashing into
the jam-packed universe already
occupied by Superman, Batman,
Thor, Wonder Woman and a seemingly endless parade of costumed
crime fighters.
But the producers of “Black
Lightning,” the new CW series
based on the DC Comics character
launching Tuesday, have a broader
agenda than creating another fantastic world where good battles evil.
The drama, which joins the network’s superhero slate — “Arrow,”
“Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s
Legends of Tomorrow” — aims to
deliver a shock wave, injecting topical issues and a sharp cultural perspective focused on the concerns
facing African Americans.
“We want to have an authentic
black voice and a show that deals
with what I grew up with and what I
know,” said executive producer and
showrunner Salim Akil.
[See Superhero, E5]
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
Bob Mahoney The CW
PRINCIPAL Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) becomes a super-
hero again to battle evil forces in the CW’s “Black Lightning.”
It’s no coincidence that the CW’s
latest offering in a successful string
of superhero series premieres the
day after Martin Luther King Day.
The hero at the center of “Black
Lightning” is an African American
educator who prefers to counter
systemic racism, inner-city violence
and corrupt law enforcement
through peaceful means.
But when the lives of his family
and community are threatened by a
ruthless criminal operation that encompasses all the above, the retired
superhero must make a tough decision: continue to fight the good fight
as a local high school principal or
dust off the old mask and use the lethal high voltage coursing through
his veins to level the playing field.
That tension powers the first
couple of episodes of “Black Lightning,” a thrilling, smart and pop culture-savvy series that bounces be[See Review, E5]
Black Eyed Peas in activism revival
With ‘Street Livin’,
the hip-hop group
turns from pop hits to
social commentary.
By August Brown
In a backstage trailer behind the politically charged
Into Action gallery show in
Chinatown on Friday, three
members of the Black Eyed
Peas prepared to walk onstage with new music for the
first time in seven years.
The gallery was packed
with young left-leaning activists, radical-chic paintings and mixed-media installations, and speakers
like the former Obama environmental advisor Van
Jones.
For fans who only got to
know the Peas as one of the
biggest-selling pop acts of
the 2000s, with multi-plati-
num, wedding-dance-floor
hits such as “I Gotta Feeling,” “My Humps” and
“Boom Boom Pow,” it may
have seemed a bit incongruous.
But
when
will.i.am,
Taboo and apl.de.ap (longtime singer Fergie wasn’t
there because she’s on leave
from the group pursuing
solo material) walked onto
the gallery stage to introduce “Street Livin’,” a dark
yet poignant new musing on
gun control, prison reform
and American racism, it felt
like a return to the act’s beginnings as streetwise L.A.
rappers.
“It’s not like ‘Oh, the
Black Eyed Peas are back
and now they’re militant,”
will.i.am. said. “Our first big
hit was ‘Where Is the Love?’
where we were talking about
real stuff. From the brutality
of the education system to
prison reform, we’ve been
[See Peas, E3]
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Washington’s
dancers soar
The Lula Washington
Dance Theatre troupe
comes home. E2
‘Into Action’
festival rolls on
Activism-spurring
nine days of events
will end Sunday. E3
Diverse dramas
keep it lively
The 99 Seat Beat
column looks at three
local productions. E4
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
WILL.I.AM, center, apl.de.ap, left, and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas have a new
album and a new philosophical direction as they head into the new year.
Comics ................... E6-7
TV grid ...................... E8
E2
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
DANCE REVIEW
A homecoming for Lula Washington
Her troupe soars with
three varied programs
in as many nights, and
the timing was perfect.
By Laura Bleiberg
On the same day the
president of the United
States allegedly spat out
profanity against African
and other countries, Lula
Washington Dance Theatre
began a three-night run here
that celebrated in dance and
music African peoples and
their American descendants. What timing!
Lula Washington founded her multiethnic company
in urban Los Angeles, but
the troupe’s first concert almost 40 years ago was at
Beverly Hills High School, so
call the Wallis Annenberg
Performing Arts Center
shows that ran through Saturday a homecoming.
A different program for
each of the three shows was a
luxury for this company —
for any group, in fact. That
allowed Washington to delve
into her extensive repertory
devoted to African American culture and history.
The opening program
brought us works by four African American male choreographers of differing style
and vision plus an excerpt
from Washington’s “The
Movement.”
The premiere of Anthony
Burrell’s “Temporary Spaces” kicked off the night at
breakneck speed.
Burrell has made a name
for himself choreographing
for pop stars such as Beyoncé.
In
“Temporary
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
THE LULA WASHINGTON Dance Theatre troupe performs an excerpt from Washington’s harrowing 2004
work “The Movement,” a depiction of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King as a centerpiece.
Spaces,” he establishes two
couples, one dressed in
white, the other in black
(Burrell and Evan Wilson
designed the costumes),
and it initially appeared that
he would delve into contrasts and comparisons.
But soon the four dancers were in unison, with almost note-for-note pacing to
Philip Glass’ “Primacy of
Numbers.” (The evening’s
music was recorded.) Burrell had given his cast 10 minutes of swirling, spinning,
bravura steps, executed at
such a rapid pace that the
dancers, though outstanding, eventually were toiling
to maintain the full-tilt
rhythm.
But there was no denying
the excitement or the urgency here — quick directional shifts and movement
that cascaded inexorably,
like a chain of explosions.
Christopher
Huggins’
“Love Is …” brought an atmospheric shift. Huggins
exchanged the ellipse in the
title for a differing descriptor
in each section of this 2010
piece to music by the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós.
The emotions and situations ranged from exultant
to torturous, exploring the
extreme swings of feelings
love elicits.
For “At First Sight,” performers Christopher Frazier
and Tehran Dixon gave us
amour of delirious joy and
innocence,
capped
by
Dixon’s flying jump to an arabesque while standing on
Frazier’s upper thigh.
In “Fleeting,” Krystal
Hicks was hilarious as a
woman who can’t decide between two doting fellows —
Joshua
Alexander
and
Michael Tomlin III — while
Saidiya Imari was harrowing as a figure drowning in
loss.
The grounds shifted
again for Donald Byrd’s
“Communion,” made in 1994
to honor the special mentoring and mother-like relationship Washington has
with her students.
Byrd’s portraits, though,
are stiff and military-like, as
four students take directions from a maternal figure,
portrayed Thursday by
Queala Clancy. With loud
“Hah!” exclamations and
arm-waving exhortations,
Clancy dispensed steps/
knowledge, which the others
repeated briskly, emotionlessly.
For all its good intentions, “Communion” proceeded
monotonously
toward its conclusion.
Though brief, Washington’s “The Movement” was
harrowing. This 2004 depiction of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther
King Jr. inspired sadness
and fear.
We see a white man
throwing objects at a group
of walking protesters, and
we watch an emotional solo
for Tomlin, portraying King
as photographs of lynchings
and other horrors unreel on
the backdrop.
Washington chose to
send us home with “Reign,”
best described as a praise
dance from Philadelphia’s
great Rennie Harris with a
mixed music score from
James “JT” Wilconson.
This group work of hiphop genius, made to mark
the 30th anniversary of
Washington’s troupe, brings
the apprentices and some
student dancers onstage
with the core company. This
bounding crowd, everyone
moving with oversized abandon, can’t help but lift spirits. Kudos to Hicks for her
quality leadership and heaven-ward jumping.
And thanks too to Washington, for staying the
course and reminding us of
the joys and responsibilities
we all have to make a better
world. An important message to keep in mind on this
MLK holiday weekend.
calendar@latimes.com
Six characters in search of stillness
[‘Sounds,’ from E1]
As the enlightenment
seekers boisterously arrive
and settle in, we grow acquainted as they do. Their
teacher (Orville Mendoza)
remains unseen, but his
words resound with the
lulling cadences of a boutique prophet.
In a slow, accented voice
eager to dispense pearls
of patchouli-scented wisdom, he tells his charges,
“Think of this retreat as a
vacation from your habits.
Your routines. Yourself. It is
the best kind. Of vacation.
Because after this. You
don’t ever have to go back.
To who you were.”
Bearded Jan (Connor
Barrett) has a friendly demeanor, though he cannot
tolerate the mosquitoes
that have singled him out
or the incursions into his
space by Rodney (Edward
Chin-Lyn), a handsome
yoga instructor who always
seems to be stretching a
preternaturally
flexible
limb past someone’s head.
Joan (Socorro Santiago)
and Judy (Cherene Snow), a
lesbian
couple
going
through a rough patch, are
having difficulty putting
aside the conflicts that have
brought them to this institute in the woods in the first
place.
And Ned (Ben Beckley),
a New Age nebbish, is distracted from his obsessive
rigidity by Alicia (Brenna
Palughi), an attractive woman whose crying jags and
sloppy snacking hint at a
chronic broken heart.
No one is without grief,
illness or psychological distress. (Even the retreat center teacher is in the middle
of a crisis, which is why he
keeps interrupting his talk
to take forbidden phone
calls.) But discovering what
each character is specifically suffering from can be
surprising.
In a play in which conversation occurs in fugitive
bursts, much of the information
is
transmitted
through body language.
Loss, loneliness and physical pain are communicated
through faces, breath patterns and collapsing pos-
tures. The audience, like a
retreat
participant,
is
forced to intuit what has yet
to be disclosed in a series of
encounters that keep rambunctiously shifting from
the meeting room to the
shared sleeping accommodations to the lake, where
nudity is optional.
Ned is given one of the
play’s
more
extensive
monologues in a scene in
which he reveals his own
Job-like
struggles.
His
agonies have opened the
door to a different existence. He volunteers now
for Earthwatch and is grateful for being on a path of
self-discovery. But he can’t
help wondering whether it’s
noble to be seeking serenity in a world that is destroying itself.
Wohl, who had a small
success with “Barcelona” at
the Geffen Playhouse in
2016, returns to this point
through the teacher, who
tries to impress upon his
pupils that suffering, the
inescapable fact of life, is
what unites us. Yet close to
a breakdown himself, he
‘Small Mouth
Sounds’
Where: The Broad Stage,
1310 11th St., Santa Monica
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays
and Fridays, 2 and 7:30
p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays. (Call for
exceptions.) Ends Jan. 28.
Cost: Starting at $45
Info: www.thebroad
stage.org or (310)
434-3200
Running time: 1 hour,
50 minutes, no
intermission
can only ask the group not
to be like all the other students who have passed
through the retreat center
and returned home to their
old ways. He cries out, more
in desperation than exhortation, “Change. Somebody.
Please. Change.”
“Small Mouth Sounds”
can seem a little too carefully worked out in places,
as though the playwright
has already figured out her
philosophy and is eager to
impose the truth of it like
a god with a wicked sense
of humor. Death is the ultimate reality, suffering is inextricably bound up with
living and anyone who
claims to have the answer is
conning you.
Nothing to argue with
here, but the characters,
who are used at times like
comic pawns, aren’t always
in on the jokes. Gag setups
and punchlines are not especially generous to the objects of ridicule. Some of the
more mechanical aspects of
the comedy diminish the
work’s perceptiveness.
Wohl, to her credit,
makes room for some unforeseen connections. Unexpected friendships arrive,
and in the unpredictable
fluidity of shared silence,
resentments melt away in
mutual recognitions that
are beyond the reach of
words.
charles.mcnulty
@latimes.com
Twitter: @charlesmcnulty
M O N DAY , JA N UA RY 15 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
E3
A mission to ‘take back our hope’
‘Into Action’ festival
aims to reflect on the
last year and build
momentum via art,
music, social justice.
By Deborah Vankin
It’s been nearly a year
since Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration and the
subsequent marches last
January, when millions took
to the streets advocating for
women’s rights and other social-justice issues.
Marking the occasion,
“Into Action,” a free festival
of art, music and activism,
kicked off Saturday. It brings
together more than 200 highprofile visual artists from
around the U.S., plus DJs,
musicians and more than 100
nonprofits for performances,
exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops in a
warehouse on the eastern
edge of downtown Los Angeles.
The mission? “Illuminate
our resilience and take back
our hope,” organizers say.
“The idea is to take a second and reflect on a year
that’s left a lot of people feeling insecure, a lot of families
feeling like their future is in
question — literally whether
they’re gonna be able to stay
in the country or not — there
are real threats to families
across the country who are
feeling great concern,” says
festival executive producer
Yosi Sergant.
During installation of the
artworks — which include
paintings, prints, video
works and large scale sculptural installations — in the
40,000-square-foot
warehouse — one work stands
out. The wall collage, by Florida-based
artist
Derek
Gores, is a frenetically layered mishmash of 2017 newspaper headlines: “Gun Violence on the Rise.” “Fires
FBI Chief…” “Sexual Harassment Claims…” “The Wall.”
“What Does It Mean to Be
Presidential?”
Stepping
back from the installation,
one phrase emerges from
bits of darkened newspaper
images: “What a Year.”
“There’s never been a social movement without artists at the tip of the sphere,”
says Sergant, who co-curated the exhibition with L.A.
artist Glenn Kaino, Hank
Willis Thomas and Michelle
Woo and Oakland-based artist-activist Favianna Rodriguez. Thomas co-founded
the artist-run Super PAC for
Freedoms, and Woo is its director.
“It takes creativity to help
us see through our darkest
moments; it takes artists
to help us make sense of
really complex situations,
and they always have been
first to step up to speak truth
to power.
“We believe we need to invite them and create space
for them in these conversations and dialogues and cre-
Hadas
“IT TAKES creativity to help us see through our darkest moments,” says festival’s Yosi Sergant, in front of Derek Gores’s wall collage.
‘Into Action’
Where: 1726 N. Spring St.,
downtown L.A.
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday; 6-10 p.m. Tuesday
to Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Free
Info: www.into-action.us
Michael Murphy
MICHAEL MURPHY’S “War Machine” addresses the military industrial com-
plex. From the front, it appears to be an American flag; from side, a dollar sign.
ate a bridge between the artists and the activists and
those policymakers who are
shaping the laws that govern
us. I think of this space as a
momentum builder.”
Artists such as Shepard
Fairey, Sam Durant, Robbie
Conal, Edgar Arceneaux,
Ken Gonzales-Day, Swoon
and Cole Sternberg as well as
emerging and student artists, donated or created new
works addressing one of six
themes: “Justice Is a Human
Right,” “Together We Rise,”
“No Human Is Illegal and No
Human Should Feel Unsafe,”
“This Moment — in History,”
“Manifesting Solutions” and
“Love, Peace and Empathy.”
Wall text beside many of
the works includes a phone
number visitors can text for
information on getting involved in causes they care
about. Representatives from
many of the nonprofits will
speak with attendees at an
action hub adjacent to the
exhibition space.
John Legend and Bryan
Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice
Initiative, will discuss slavery, mass incarceration and
criminal justice reform on
one panel. Jill Soloway will
appear on a panel exploring
Hollywood’s role in activism.
All the while, DJs aligned
with panel programming
will perform in the exhibit
space.
During the “Together We
Rise” panel on women’s
rights, for example, all the
DJs will be women. DJ
Masha, a “dreamer” originally from Serbia, will perform in conjunction with the
event’s DACA panel.
But at its core, “Into Action” is a sprawling and energetic art exhibition finely curated around issues of human rights and social justice.
Kate DeCiccio, a Washington, D.C.-based stencil
artist, painted a mural on
wood board depicting five
mothers who lost their sons
in police shootings. Another
work, by Brooklyn-based
Jeremy Dean, is a circular
sculpture made from 16 salvaged
battered
folding
chairs, all perfectly balanced
and upright, that’s both
heavily industrial and delicate at once.
“One of the most critical
questions we’re facing right
now is ‘Is community really
possible and is democracy
possible?’ ” Dean says. “So
there’s a tension in this.
There’s a fragility to it, and
it does form community,
but it’s almost at the point
of failing. But it’s really
meant to be a hopeful gesture
about the power of community and overcoming cycles of
history and weight and gravity and memory.”
One particularly striking
work, by Ohio artist Michael
Murphy, is a sculptural installation addressing the
military industrial complex,
or the “war machine,” as he
puts it. It features dozens of
red, white and blue objects —
3-D printouts and acrylic laser cutouts of guns and bullets, children’s toys, media
logos, religious totems — all
hanging from the ceiling like
raindrops in a giant mobile.
Tiny stars are scrawled
with congressmen’s names
and the sum of money each
has received from defense
lobbyists. Looking at the
work head on, it appears to
be an enormous, three-dimensional American flag.
From the side, however, the
entire work takes the shape
of an American dollar sign.
“I want people to think
critically and see the big picture, all the components of
the military industrial complex together.” Murphy says.
“I’m trying to make a vehicle
that captures people’s attention, draws them in, is aweinspiring in some way in its
technical trickery, and it
forces them to investigate it
further. And your brain
starts working.”
Michele Pred’s “Power of
the Purse” installation addresses of-the-moment feminist memes. She threads vintage purses with electroluminescent wire, stitching
words and phrases such as
“Me Too,” “Vote,” “Nasty
Woman” and “Times Up” in
blinking neon colors.
“They’re meant to be
small-scale, mobile political
billboards,” she says. The
Berkeley
Art
Museum
acquired one of her installations recently and Hillary
Clinton owns a purse, she
says.
Detroit artist Ann Lewis’
installation, “Shattering,” is
more interactive.
Viewers are given a white
ceramic plate on which
they’re invited to write something they want to rid themselves or the world of. They’re
then given safety glasses and
ushered into a private chamber, where they can smash
the dish to smithereens.
The destroyed bits of dinnerware, marked with the
remnants of words such as
“Patriarchy” or “KKK,” remain shattered on the floor,
utterly obliterated.
Which, ultimately, is the
point of “Into Action.”
deborah.vankin
@latimes.com
Twitter: @debvankin
The Peas’ new
record shines
a light on life
[Peas, from E1]
out in the community. This is
the work we’ve been doing.”
In 2018, it’s another era for
the Black Eyed Peas, one
that looks a lot like where it
started. But in a time of so
much challenging, inventive
hip-hop — and terrible divisions in American life —
where do the Peas fit in? The
top of the pop charts, the
front lines of activism or
somewhere in between?
The act has penned some
of the stickiest pop-radio
staples of the decade, but
the Black Eyed Peas’ time
away proved formative for
how its members wanted to
reset the band — and how
they wanted to respond to
the changes in America.
“Athletes have been
standing up more than musicians,” will.i.am. said. “We
have to start standing up
too.”
Seven years is an eternity
in pop music, but the Peas
were far from idle in the
meantime. After performing
at the 2011 Super Bowl halftime show, will.i.am released
a solo record, Taboo overcame a scary bout of cancer
and protested the construc-
tion of an oil pipeline on the
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation,
and
apl.de.ap
opened schools in his native
Philippines.
The time away from the
pop spotlight only reinforced that there was
much more work to be done,
and the Black Eyed Peas are
in a unique position as
top-40
hitmakers
with
scrappy backgrounds of activists and “conscious” rappers.
“From me beating cancer
and going to Standing Rock,
to Ap’s work in the Philippines,” Taboo said, “all of
this has been a preparation
for a bigger fight.”
“Street Livin’ ” is indeed a
hard-left turn from the act’s
glossy, raved-up pop tunes.
Built around a mournful jazz
sample, it’s a forthright indictment of institutional
racism in America that feels
like an honest shot at matching the poetry and vitality of
Kendrick Lamar.
When the group prepped
for its Friday appearance,
President Trump’s “shithole” comment regarding
immigrants from countries
in Africa, Central America
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
THE BLACK EYED PEAS discuss their “Street Livin’ ” video Friday at Into Action gallery show in L.A.
and the Caribbean had just
begun circulating, and the
message of “Street Livin’ ”
seemed sadly well-timed.
After all, as will.i.am said
onstage when presenting
the video for “Street Livin,’ ”
“Whenever you see those
commercials about sponsoring a kid for a dollar a day,
remember that Ap was one
of those kids.”
The song is tied to the
group’s new Marvel comic
book project, “Masters of the
Sun: The Zombie Chronicles,” which hits some of the
same notes as the much-anticipated Marvel film “Black
Panther.” That is, the work
takes a multicultural spin on
genre-fiction and sci-fi noir,
with a side of augmented reality and voice acting from
Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah
and Stan Lee.
It’s not quite an album
but more of a multiplatform
media project of the sort
that will.i.am has been pushing for years as a designer
and tech investor.
While it may not match
the sheer ubiquity of the
group’s mid-aughts pop
smashes, the act is fine with
that. All the cultural urgency
— and big streaming numbers — these days is coming
from gritty, intense hip-hop
with no illusions about the
state of American life right
now.
The Peas helped pave
that way, even if the group’s
youngest fans may not have
been alive when its members
were cutting those early LPs.
The Black Eyed Peas
may not be as edgy as the
face-tatted Soundcloud gen-
eration or as critically lionized as the Top Dawg Entertainment stable, but the
group has experience and a
proven history, and in tumultuous times, that has to
count for something.
“Right now, I look at hiphop like punk rock — the
Clash, Suicidal Tendencies,”
will.i.am said. “Hip-hop is
going through its own punk
phase, and we’re going to
have a new Clash come out
of it.”
august.brown@latimes.com
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THE 99-SEAT BEAT
Personalities clash in diverse dramas
By Philip Brandes
Sigmund Freud, C.S. Lewis, Michael Kearns, Disney’s
“Splash” and the ’80s soap “Dynasty” all factor into this
week’s roundup of “The 99-Seat Beat,” our weekly highlights
from L.A.’s small-theater scene.
‘Bugaboo’ at
the Lounge
The essentials: Playwright-director Marja-Lewis
Ryan returns to the Lounge
Theatre with her empathetic
new character-based drama
about two misfit cellmates in
a women’s prison. They
manage to cross lines of
alienation, defensiveness
and despair and find their
way to emotional and spiritual connection.
Why this? The production reunites Ryan with lead
actress Heidi Sulzman from
their previous collaboration,
“One in the Chamber,”
which won Ryan the 2015
L.A. Drama Critics Circle
playwriting award. Ryan
remains fiercely committed
to live theater despite her
rapidly ascendant Hollywood profile: She’s the
showrunner for Showtime’s
forthcoming “L Word” sequel, screenwriter for Disney’s gender-swapped
“Splash” remake, and director for the Netflix feature “6
Balloons.”
Details: A Chris Bender
production at the Lounge
Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica
Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m.
Sundays; ends Jan. 27. $34.
(800) 838-3006, batso.brown
papertickets.com.
‘Last Session’
at the Odyssey
The essentials: In a 1939
meeting of great minds, an
ailing Sigmund Freud and
rising star C.S. Lewis put
their colorful personalities
and opposing philosophies
on the line. The tension
between the grimly rational,
secular humanism of Freud
(played here by Martin
Rayner, who originated the
role) and the faith-based
optimism of Lewis (British
actor Martyn Stanbridge)
takes on ominous urgency as
the world teeters on the
brink of World War II.
Why this? Playwright
Mark St. Germain specializes in fictionalized encounters between historical
figures, and his witty, insightful and well-researched
2010 off-Broadway hit raises
the stakes way beyond
merely contrasting celebrity
bios. The revival for L.A.’s
venerable Odyssey Theatre
is staged by Emmy winner
Robert Mandel — and who
better to probe metaphysical inquiries amid an existential threat to civilization
as we know it than the director of the original “X-Files”
pilot?
Details: An Odyssey
Theatre Ensemble production, 2055 S. Sepulveda
Blvd., West Los Angeles. 8
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays,
2 p.m. Sundays (see website
for additional performances); ends March 4. $30$35 ($10 on Jan. 24, Feb. 2 and
March 1). (310) 477-2055,
www.OdysseyTheatre
.com.
‘Bloodbound’
at Highways
The essentials: After
extensive workshopping at
the Skylight Theatre, the
official premiere of Michael
Kearns’ poetic and unsettling memory play explores
the layers of alienation and
tortured family bonds between two gay brothers,
from their coming-of-age in
the closeted 1950s through
the present. Their late-in-life
confessions play out against
incarnations of their younger wayward selves through
Billy Baque
HEIDI SULZMAN, with Jacqueline Toboni behind her, star in “Bugaboo & the Silent One” at the Lounge.
Sonja Brenna
Ron Sossi
FREUD (Martin Rayner), left, and C.S. Lewis (Mar-
“BLOODBOUND” stars Mike Bash, left, Gordon
tyn Stanbridge) debate in “Freud’s Last Session.”
Thomson, Mason Mahoney and Greg Ainsworth.
fragmentary narrative elements the playwright considers “autobiographical …
to an extent.”
Why this? As Hollywood’s first openly gay and
later first openly HIV-positive actor, playwright-actoractivist Kearns has long
been pushing boundaries.
Where many gay-themed
plays focus on the anxieties
of sexual orientation, for
Kearns those are merely the
ways Performance Space,
1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
Performances on various
Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays. Check website for
times and dates. $25. www
.highwaysperformance
.org.
jumping-off point into far
deeper psychological quicksand as he gleefully upends
theatrical cliches. Gordon
Thomson, best known as the
suave, dastardly Adam
Carrington on the 1980s
nighttime serial “Dynasty,”
stars as the renegade older
brother trying to come to
terms with his past misdeeds.
Details: A Moon Mile
Run production at High-
The 99-Seat Beat is a
regular feature. Our team of
reviewers — people with
more than 75 years of
combined experience
tracking local theater —
shortlist current offerings at
99-seat theaters and other
smaller venues. Some (but
not all) recommendations
are shows we’ve seen; others
have caught our attention
because of the track record
of the company, playwright,
director or cast. You can
find more comprehensive
theater listings posted every
Sunday at latimes.com
/arts.
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A charged-up superhero
[Superhero, from E1]
“This is personal to me,”
said Akil, who wrote the pilot
with his wife and fellow executive producer, Mara Brock
Akil (“Girlfriends,” “The
Game”). “I wanted to add
something not only to black
culture but to American culture that can’t be taken
away.”
Cress Williams (“Hart of
Dixie,” “Living Single”)
plays the titular hero, Jefferson Pierce, a scrupulous
high school principal and divorced father of two daughters living in the fictional city
of Freeland.
Nine years before the
start of the series — after a
near-fatal showdown with
his nemesis Tobias Whale
(Marvin Jones III) — Pierce
retired his alter ego Black
Lightning, a masked vigilante with the power to manipulate electricity.
But superheroes rarely
stay retired. Pierce resurrects Black Lightning to
combat racist cops and a violent gang, led by Whale, terrorizing the community. The
battle becomes personal
when gang members target
his
daughters,
activist
Anissa (Nafessa Williams)
and high-schooler Jennifer
(China Anne McClain), who
turn out to have special skills
of their own. (Stay tuned for
“Thunder” and “Lightning.”)
One of the key goals for
Akil, who grew up in Richmond, Calif., is to show that
black heroes matter.
“In my community, I
know who the good guys and
the bad guys are,” he said.
“I’ve never seen Superman
go to Chicago. I’ve never
seen Batman go to Watts.
There are no superheroes
going into the neighborhoods I grew up in and fighting any kind of crime. So that
was a must in terms of the
world ‘Black Lightning’
would live in. There are no
more heroic people than
those who live with the
threat of gun violence and
drugs. It’s not even about
what race you are. It’s about
socioeconomic status.”
Williams, in a joint interview with Akil, said he was
overcome with emotion
when he watched the pilot.
“This is a legacy project,
not only for me as an actor
but as an artist,” said the
big- and small-screen veteran who has appeared on
everything from “Beverly
Hills, 90210” to “Friday Night
Lights.” “This is a show I can
hang my hat on. I’ve never
wanted my art to be just
about entertainment. I want
it to touch, illuminate and inspire things.”
Although “Black Lightning” features many familiar
comic book touchstones —
Richard Ducree The CW
TRACEY BONNER stars as LaWanda White in “Black Lightning,” set in the
fictional city of Freeland, where a gang and rogue cops are plaguing residents.
‘Black
Lightning’
Where: The CW
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Rating: TV-14-LV (may be
unsuitable for children
under age 14 with
advisories for coarse
language and violence)
the reluctant hero, the
snazzy suit, the complicated
romantic life — they are filtered through a contemporary prism crafted by a predominantly black writing
staff.
Characters quote Martin
Luther King Jr. and civil
rights activist Fannie Lou
Hamer (“I’m sick and tired
of being sick and tired.”) The
soundtrack ranges from
contemporary hip-hop to
vintage R&B tunes like
Isaac Hayes’ version of the
pop classic “Walk on By” and
Billy Paul’s socially conscious “Am I Black Enough
for You?”
While the series hails
from executive producer
Greg Berlanti, the man behind the other D.C. shows
on the CW, don’t look for any
crossover episodes. “Black
Lightning” is designed to
stand on its own.
“I saw the script, and it
was different in so many
ways but also fit the genre,”
said CW President Mark Pedowitz. “It’s a DC character
and property. It fits the lineup, but we made a decision
that it doesn’t fit in the ‘Arrowverse’ because it has a
unique perspective. Black
Lightning is a more mature
superhero. The show depicts an African American
family trying to exist and
survive in this world. It’s
about realizing that vision,
not making [it like] everything else.”
“I’d rather be here than
that clubhouse,” agrees
Williams of staying out of the
“Arrowverse.” “We offer the
audience for those shows the
things they like to see, and
more. It might add another
dimension to their palette.”
The drama marks a triumphant return to the CW
for the Akils. The couple departed in 2009 when the network axed “The Game,” the
sports-world comedy created by Brock Akil. BET
picked up the show, which
not only became a hit but
helped launch that network
into the scripted series
space. (Brock Akil also created BET’s first hour-long
drama, “Being Mary Jane,”
starring Gabrielle Union.)
“Black Lightning” also
plunges into a genre formerly dominated by white
crime fighters, that is now
seeing an increasing number
of costumed superheroes of
color, including Netflix’s
“Luke Cage” and the Justice
League’s “Aquaman.” Marvel’s “Black Panther” is already a hot property weeks
before its Feb. 16 premiere.
Akil said he has no concerns about competition
from other black superheroes. “ ‘Black Lightning’ is
not ‘Black Panther.’ They’re
not telling our story. ‘Luke
Cage’ is not telling our story.
All these stories are different, and they can all exist,”
he said. “It shows that we
can be just as diverse as
white people.”
A smiling Williams added, “Nobody ever asks if
there are too many white
superheroes.”
While Akil is crossing his
fingers that “Black Lightning” strikes a chord with
viewers, he has an even bigger hope.
“If I see one kid dressing
up as Black Lightning
or Thunder or Lightning
at Halloween,” he said,
“That would be it for me. I’m
good.”
greg.braxton@latimes.com
Twitter:@GeBraxton
Black Lightning to the rescue
[Review, from E1]
tween present-day politics
and escapist fantasy that
debuts Tuesday.
Based on the ’70s DC
comics of the same name,
the hour-long series joins a
small but powerful group of
black superheroes arriving
on the big and small screens
this year.
Disney’s highly anticipated film about Marvel’s
“Black Panther” is due next
month, and Marvel’s bulletproof “Luke Cage” returns to
Netflix for a second season
this year. Starz is also developing a “Black Samurai” series.
The potential for “Black
Lightning” to be heavy-handed yet shallow was high because it tackles complex issues of race and power on
the same platform that gave
us “Riverdale.”
Though “Black Lightning” employs a similar formula as the latter — tucking
topical allegories inside
larger, action-packed narratives about family dynamics
and high school life — the
stakes are higher here in
wake of #BlackLivesMatter
and the rise of white nationalism.
“Black Lightning” successfully walks the line between advocacy and entertainment thanks to deft storytelling and a sense of when
to be obvious and when to
pull back.
The series, created by
Mara Brock Akil and Salim
Akil (“Being Mary Jane”)
and executive produced by
Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,”
“The Flash”), follows Black
Lightning, who retired from
fighting crime years ago in
his fictional city of Freeland
after it wreaked havoc on his
personal life and marriage.
He traded the mask for a
suit and tie and is now simply respected high school
principal Jefferson Pierce
(Cress Williams). He channels his pent-up need to help
the community into enriching the lives of the predominantly black student body.
That is until a powerful gang
known as the 100 forces the
conflicted father of two to
tap back into all that dormant ampage.
Making matters more urgent, the gang’s thugs have
targeted Pierce’s daughters,
Anissa (Nafessa Williams)
and Jennifer (China Anne
McClain), who themselves
are no shrinking violets.
When Pierce’s negotiations
go nowhere, it’s Black Lightning who shows up to save
them. But violence begets violence, and his actions open
a Pandora’s box of wrongs
that need to be righted.
Some of the more charming scenes arrive when older
folks in the neighborhood
recognize Black Lightning
and welcome him back but
not before admonishing
him: Where have you been?!
After all, if he doesn’t defend
the community, who will?
Apparently, no one, because
crime skyrocketed in his absence.
Music is strategically deployed throughout the show.
Heady soul numbers by artists
like
Maxwell
for
thoughtful moments, the
booming bass of hip-hop —
courtesy
of
acts
like
Kendrick Lamar and ASAP
Rocky — when the young
folk meet in clubs and a
smattering of disparate
styles from elsewhere, including the dance rock of
DNCE and trip-hop favorites Portishead. The teens
also pepper their conversa-
tions with a rap-music
shorthand that baffles their
parents.
“Black Lightning” also
plays with dueling perspectives about race. On a fictional TV news show in the
series, a commentator —
played by TV One host and
former CNN personality
Roland Martin — wrestles
with the distinction between
vigilante and hero when the
subject in question is African American.
The CW, which already
has “Arrow,” “The Flash,”
“Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” under its
utility belt, adds a new dimension to its superhero
universe with “Black Lightning.” This electrifying
avenger
couldn’t
have
picked a better time to return to the fold and shock
some sense into a world gone
mad.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
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COMICS
BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Entering the last set of
the Senior Teams final at the
2017 World Championships,
the United States (Jeff Wolfson-Neil Silverman, Mike
Becker-Allan Graves, Dave
Berkowitz-Alan
Sontag)
had a slim lead over Italy. Italy had just gone down in
two poor slams, else they
would have been well ahead.
With the match still tight,
North-South for Italy got to
five diamonds in today’s
deal, a safe contract even if
declarer lost a club to the
queen. He could pitch a
heart on the fifth club, losing
only a spade and a club.
In the replay, Berkowitz
landed at five clubs, where
picking up the trumps
looked crucial. Declarer
ruffed the second spade, and
when he took the A-K of
trumps next, he was faced
with three losers.
Berkowitz didn’t give up.
He took the A-K of hearts,
then ran the diamonds.
When West refused to ruff,
Berkowitz exited with a
trump. West had to yield a
ruff-sluff, and declarer’s
heart loser went away.
Making five, a tied deal,
and the U.S. went on to win.
You hold: ♠ K J 8 4 3 ♥ 9 2 ♦ 7 6
2 ♣ Q 7 2. The dealer, at your
left, opens one diamond.
Your partner doubles, you
bid one spade and he raises
to two spades. Now what?
Answer: Partner has a
huge hand. He is willing to
undertake an eight-trick
contract, and for all he
knows, you have no points
and four poor spades. Since
you actually have a good
five-card suit and a useful
queen as well, bid four
spades. Partner may hold A
Q 7 2, A 8 6 3, 9 3, A K 6.
South dealer
E-W vulnerable
NORTH
♠Q6
♥K86
♦KQ95
♣ A 10 4 3
WEST
EAST
♠KJ843
♠ A 10 9 7 2
♥92
♥QJ754
♦762
♦84
♣Q72
♣5
SOUTH
♠5
♥ A 10 3
♦ A J 10 3
♣KJ986
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1♦
Pass
2 NT
Pass
3♠
Dbl
Pass
Pass
5♣
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ 4
Tribune Media Services
ASK AMY
Package deal includes kids
Dear Amy: Do I have a say
if I don’t want my boyfriend’s
two children to live with us?
I am childless at the moment (going to college), and
do not want this to affect my
budget.
I am supportive, and he
has joint custody. I just cannot commit to being a fulltime mom to other children
when I don’t even have my
own.
I know what I signed up
for, but I’ve seen great fathers that don’t live with
their children (like my dad).
Wondering Woman
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Give them something to believe in and they’ll give you
back a loyalty beyond anything you could order or
bribe.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): You know how to help
the people around you because you’ve taken the time
to understand their unique
needs. Can you apply it to
another area of your life?
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
What you’re attracted to
isn’t always the best choice
for you.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You don’t have to agree on
every interest, but early in
the relationship is the best
time to assess whether there
are enough commonalities
present to sustain it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’ll be tempted to get
close to people at work, but it
will be important to maintain a professional distance
from the ones you are supposed to be leading.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’ll ask around and get a
variety of answers to the
question: Which one is
right? You are asking the
wrong question.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Today’s right choice could
be decidedly less appealing
and take more effort than
the option that brings immediate gratification.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Some say closure is a myth.
Regardless, it will still feel
good to complete a cycle and
put an obvious, if ritualistic,
ending on it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You’ve been trying
to get rid of an uncomfortable feeling. What if you try,
instead, to accept it?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Cynics say that things
don’t really ever move forward. Nope. Progress is real.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): The pressure is something you are putting on
yourself. Just pull your hand
away.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You don’t want yes people around you. You want
people around you whom
you can learn something
from. You’ll find them today.
Today’s birthday (Jan.
15): You care about your own
happiness, but there’s so
much you’ll put first this
year: your sense of duty, a
concern for the betterment
of your community and environment, etc. Keep those
priorities and the beautiful
cosmic gift of this solar return is that it all comes together for you — plus happiness, the cherry on top. Aries
and Cancer adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 2, 18
and 40.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Wondering: No, you
don’t have a say. What I
mean is that you simply
don’t have the right to ask a
committed parent to give up
shared custody of his children for you. And if you think
the main impact of having
these children in your life will
be on your budget, then you
are simply not equipped to
take this on.
Most important — and
really the only thing that
matters — is that you obviously do not want to do this.
It is valid at your stage in life
to make a choice not to have
children. This is the essence
of a person’s right to choose.
You are correct that
many wonderful parents do
not have custody of their
children. However, your
guy’s choice is to share custody of his children. He and
his kids are a package deal,
and you must either accept
the package, or leave the relationship, because it isn’t
what you want.
Dear Amy: I’ve been communicating with an old
friend, “Jonas,” over Facebook. About 10 months ago
he asked me to a movie. We
also attended another event
together, which I planned
and paid for. I thought we
both had fun.
He continued to contact
me with small talk but didn’t
ask me out again. In the
summer, he posted pictures
of himself posed with another woman on Facebook.
I didn’t initiate contact
after that, but he would
regularly contact me, asking
how I was, or make some
other small talk.
About a month ago, he
asked if I wanted to date
him, making some inference
about not feeling good
enough for me to consider
him as more than a friend.
I invited him to dinner to
talk about it. We managed to
talk about everything but
dating. Again, I thought we
had a great time, but his
communication since then
has been more small talk
with no follow-up plans.
Is this how dating is in
this day and age, and what
do I do about the small talk?
Perplexed
Dear Perplexed: Dating
has always been confusing —
in every era and at every age.
Because “Jonas” is an introvert, he might be taking
things as far as he is able.
Small talk might be his conversational wheelhouse, but
he actually asked you if you
want to be his steady gal.
You followed through, but
then you both chickened out
when you were faced with
the in-person awkwardness.
Posting a picture with another woman on Facebook
means nothing. It means
that he was standing next to
someone when someone else
took a picture.
He is waiting for you to
take the lead. You seem capable of this, and so I hope
you will seize this opportunity. Write him a short, plainly
stated note: “I know we said
we would talk about dating,
but then I think we both
chickened out. Do you want
to talk about it? I find this
aspect of the world very confusing these days, and I assume you do, too.”
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TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
Supergirl The injuries that
Supergirl
(Melissa
Benoist) suffered from
Reign (Odette Annable)
leave her in something of a
trance. 8 p.m. KTLA
The Gifted Stopping Dr.
Campbell (guest star Garret Dillahunt) from making his antimutant initiative a national cause is the
mission in the series’ twohour first-season finale.
8 p.m. Fox
Independent Lens Raoul
Peck’s Oscar-nominated
2016 documentary “I Am
Not Your Negro,” inspired
by the unfinished James
Baldwin book “Remember This House,” encompasses the assassinations
of civil rights leaders
Medgar Evers, Malcolm X
and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Samuel L.
Jackson narrates. 9 p.m.
KOCE
Chain of Command Chris
Evans (“The Avengers”)
narrates this new eightpart documentary series
that examines the U.S.
military’s mission to fight
violent extremism across
the world. 9 p.m. National
Geographic Channel
The Brave Noah (Tate
Ellington) assumes command of operations from
the sidelined Patricia
(Anne Heche) and faces
an immediate challenge
when an airplane is hijacked. 10 p.m. NBC
The Good Doctor Shaun
(Freddie Highmore) returns from his impromptu
getaway, causing distress
for Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff). 10 p.m. ABC
SPECIALS
Kingdom Day Parade The
33rd annual procession
celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader
the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. 11 a.m. ABC
MOVIES
The Jackie Robinson Story
(1950) 9:30 a.m. TCM
(500) Days of Summer
(2009) 10:30 a.m. HBO
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
11 a.m. TCM
The Band’s Visit (2007)
11 a.m. TMC
Casino (1995) Noon Spike
Open Range (2003) 12:10
p.m. Showtime
Dan Budnik
THE WORDS of James
Baldwin are featured in
“I Am Not Your Negro”
on “Independent Lens.”
The Lego Batman Movie
(2017) 12:15 p.m. HBO
Bridge of Spies (2015) 12:30
p.m. TMC
Sounder (1972) 1 p.m. TCM
Pitch Perfect (2012) 1:30
p.m. MTV
Back to the Future (1985) 2
p.m. HBO
First Blood (1982) 3 p.m.
AMC
A Patch of Blue (1965) 3 p.m.
TCM
Cape Fear (1991) 3:35 p.m.
Cinemax
Mulan (1998) 4:30 p.m.
Freeform
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 5 p.m.
AMC
A Warm December (1973)
5 p.m. TCM
Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon (2000) 5:23 p.m.
Starz
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today Gary Oldman; First
Impressions Today; Join
the Journey. (N) 7 a.m.
KNBC
KTLA Morning News (N)
7 a.m. KTLA
Good Morning America (N)
7 a.m. KABC
Good Day LA Pianist Daniel
Pollack; Cheryl “Action”
Jackson, Minnie’s Food
Pantry; Skyler Samuels
(“The Gifted”). (N) 7 a.m.
KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today (N)
9 a.m. KNBC
Live with Kelly and Ryan
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson;
Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”); Powerball Pilates.
(N) 9 a.m. KABC
The View 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
(N) 11 a.m. KTTV
The Talk Selma Blair; Derrick Levasseur (“Big
Brother”);
Preacher
Lawson. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show (N) 1 p.m.
KTTV
The Doctors (N) 2 p.m.
KCBS
Steve George Foreman;
Geoff Stults. (N) 2 p.m.
KNBC
Harry
Yolanda
Hadid
(“Making a Model”); the
New Orleans Saints;
power lifter Naomi Kutin.
(N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray (N) 2 p.m.
KCOP
Dr. Phil A mother may go to
jail for refusing to allow
her ex his court-ordered
visitations with their kids.
(N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Hugh Jackman; Demi
Lovato performs; hip-hop
dancer Zhu “Amy” Pengrong. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real (N) 3 p.m. KTTV
To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé Women in the
cannabis industry. (N)
6 p.m. KVCR
Amanpour on PBS (N)
11 p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central
Conan
Allison
Janney;
comic Pete Holmes; comic
Daniel Sloss. (N) 11 p.m.
and 12:30 a.m. TBS
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon Lily Tomlin
and Jane Fonda; Cole
Sprouse; Walk the Moon
performs. (N) 11:34 p.m.
KNBC
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert John
Lithgow; Sen. Charles E.
Schumer (D-N.Y.); Black
Eyed Peas perform. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live 11:35
p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show With
James Corden Cedric the
Entertainer; athlete Usain Bolt; Jesus Trejo performs. 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night With Seth Meyers David Duchovny;
Megan
Boone
(“The
Blacklist”); Jillian Jacqueline performs. (N) 12:37
a.m. KNBC
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
KABC
Last Call With Carson Daly
Paul Reiser; Warbly Jets
perform; actress Vicky
Krieps. 1:38 a.m. KNBC
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