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An abrupt
firing ends
a long drama
for Tillerson
By Tracy Wilkinson
and Brian Bennett
14 months of private tensions and public disputes,
President Trump on Tuesday ousted his beleaguered
secretary of State, replacing
Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a
shake-up of his national security and foreign policy
Shawn Thew EPA/Shutterstock
remarks, Secretary
of State Rex Tillerson
lobbed a barb at Trump.
An unchallenging
diplomatic choice
Trump is unlikely to hear
opposing views from
Mike Pompeo, his nominee to be the next secretary of State. NATION, A5
CIA hot seat
Trump’s pick to lead the
agency faces questions
about her role in harsh
interrogations. WORLD, A3
Trump announced the
reshuffle in a Twitter message about four hours after
Tillerson cut short a weeklong trip to Africa and
rushed back to Washington,
arriving at 4 a.m. The two finally spoke by phone about
noon after the White House
and the State Department
had issued conflicting versions of how and when Tillerson was fired.
Highlighting the clash
with the White House, the
State Department said Tillerson had not planned to resign and was “unaware of the
reason” for his dismissal.
The official who issued the
rebuttal, one of Tillerson’s
top aides, was then fired by
the White House for contradicting its version of events.
In an emotional farewell
in the State Department
press room, Tillerson appeared somber and his voice
quavered as he praised career diplomats and staff for
their integrity and dedication, and thanked Defense
Secretary James N. Mattis
for a robust working partnership.
Tillerson notably did not
thank Trump or mention
him by name, although he
said the administration had
made progress with North
Korea and Afghanistan. He
said “much work remains”
with Russia and China, adding a final barb: “Nothing is
possible without allies and
partners, though.”
The nation’s top diplomat said he would remain at the job until March
31 but would designate au[See Tillerson, A12]
K.C. Alfred San Diego Union-Tribune
PRESIDENT TRUMP views prototypes of his long-promised Mexico border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of
Entry in San Diego. On his first visit to the state as president, he also attended a fundraiser in Beverly Park.
Trump visits border
wall, averts protesters
As the president
comes to California
at last, the resistance
turns out, but he keeps
it at arm’s length.
By Brian Bennett
and Noah Bierman
Democrat leads
on GOP turf
in Pennsylvania
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
Newcomer Conor
Lamb’s thin advantage
in a special House
election shows larger
issues for Republicans.
By Evan Halper
closely watched special congressional election in western Pennsylvania was at a
virtual tie with almost all the
votes counted Tuesday
night — a result that suggests deep trouble for Republicans in this fall’s
midterm election.
As the final ballots were
tallied in a district that President Trump carried by a
large margin in 2016, the
tightness of the contest, regardless of the final winner,
provided further indications
that Republican campaign
themes are proving insufficient to offset highly motivated Democratic voters.
The Republican establishment and Trump himself
resources and energy into the
race, seeking to avoid the
embarrassment of losing a
district in which Democrats
haven’t been competitive for
But despite being heavily
outspent, and with limited
help from the national party,
the Democratic candidate,
Conor Lamb, a former Marine and political neophyte,
was narrowly leading his opponent, state lawmaker
Rick Saccone.
If Lamb wins — a result
that may have to await a
count of provisional and
some absentee ballots later
this week — a victory promises to energize Democrats
[See Election, A8]
A TRUMP- inspired protest at Beverly Gardens Park leads to testy exchanges.
A divisive spectacle
Trip to rogue state attracts president’s fans, foes
By Joe Mozingo,
Melissa Etehad
and Andrea Castillo
President Trump spent
his day in California perusing border wall samples,
needling state officials, raising money and upholding a
White House tradition:
causing traffic so bad it gets
a name.
Obamajams made way
for “Make America Late
Again” on Tuesday, as
Trump paid his first visit to
Backing Trump
Many in Newport Beach
are fond of the president,
columnist Steve Lopez
writes. CALIFORNIA, B1
California — a rogue state in
his eyes — since he won the
election in 2016.
It was a trip that brought
out his most ardent lovers
and haters, with enough law
enforcement and barricades
to keep them from assault-
ing each other — at least as
of Tuesday evening.
At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, he elicited
laughs and applause as he
ripped the media and proposed a new “Space Force”
to wage war in space.
In the Los Angeles area,
he was met with vitriolic protest signs and all manner of
ridicule, such as “Chicken
Don,” an inflatable chicken
with orange hair meant to
mock him as a coward.
When Marine One landed
[See Divisive, A9]
SAN DIEGO — President Trump saw just what
he wanted to see on his first
visit to California as president on Tuesday — physical
evidence of the “big, beautiful wall” separating the
United States and Mexico
that was the central promise
of his campaign — yet
steered clear of the resistance to his presidency that
has come to define the state.
Standing amid concreteand-steel prototypes at the
Mexican border, Trump had
harsh words for the state’s
Democratic officeholders
who oppose the wall as well
as his other anti-immigration policies. Protesters, including deported veterans
on the Tijuana side, were
kept mostly out of sight.
The president accused
Gov. Jerry Brown of “doing a
terrible job running the
state,” said residents would
begin fleeing California to
avoid its high taxes, vowed
to beat the state in court and
in Congress over its socalled immigrant sanctuary
laws and insisted that he
would build a new, bigger
“For the people that say,
‘No wall,’ if you didn’t have
[See Trump, A9]
STEP H E N H AW KI NG , 1942 -2 018
Federal Reserve
may regain clout
Physicist redefined view of universe
A Senate deregulation
bill would restore some
regulatory flexibility
the central bank lost
after the 2008 financial crisis. BUSINESS, C1
By Thomas H. Maugh II
tephen Hawking, the British physicist
whose body was chained to a wheelchair
by the ravages of a degenerative neuromuscular disease, but whose mind soared
to the boundaries of the universe and beyond, died Wednesday morning in Cambridge,
England. He was 76.
His death came from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known
as Lou Gehrig’s disease, from which he had suffered since he was 20.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary
man whose work and legacy will live on for many
years,” his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
Though ravaged by ALS, Hawking made
discoveries that were likened to Einstein’s.
a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
“His courage and persistence with his brilliance
and humor inspired people across the world…. We
will miss him forever.”
Hawking, whose contributions to theoretical
physics are frequently compared to those of Albert Einstein, was the Lucasian professor of
mathematics at Cambridge University, occupying the same seat once held by Sir Isaac Newton.
From that venerated position, he changed the
way the universe is viewed by physicists and laymen alike — the former through his seminal theories about the nature of black holes and the origin
of the universe, the latter with a bestselling book,
“A Brief History of Time.”
Carrying out complex mathematical calculations in his head
[See Hawking, A12]
MOCA fires
chief curator
The Museum of Contemporary Art cites
“creative differences”
in the surprise ouster
of Helen Molesworth.
Weather: Some rain.
L.A. Basin: 64/50. B6
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Mark Wallheiser Associated Press
FLORIDA GOV. Rick Scott, flanked by Parkland school shooting victims’ family members, signs the Marjory
Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act last week. The National Rifle Assn. quickly sued over the law’s age limits.
NRA takes on age limits
for purchasing firearms
Gun lobby says it’s unconstitutional for Florida law, inspired by
recent mass shooting, to limit sales to people 21 and older. Is it?
By Kurtis Lee
It’s bipartisan gun legislation centered on maturity
and safety. But to some gun
rights groups, most notably
the National Rifle Assn., it
can be defined by a single
word: unconstitutional.
Hours after Florida Gov.
Rick Scott on Friday signed
a measure that, among
other things, raises the minimum age to purchase a gun
from 18 to 21, the NRA filed a
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of banning
people under the age of 21
from buying firearms.
The lawsuit comes as
several states are exploring
similar legislation after the
Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland, Fla.,
where the 19-year-old arrested as the gunman used
an AR-15-style rifle to kill 17
people. Polls have shown
overwhelming public support for such legislation,
even as some have raised
questions of constitutionality.
On Monday, President
Trump, in announcing his
priorities for gun control,
said he was “watching court
cases” before taking a position on the issue.
Here are some questions
and answers about the legal
debate over age limits and
licensed dealer cannot sell a
handgun to anyone under
the age of 21. When it comes
to long guns, the age limit is
18. For unlicensed dealers,
which could be a neighbor
or someone at gun show,
the age limit drops to 18 for
In addition, several
states have passed laws
that implement age restrictions. California, for example, requires that a person
be 21 to buy a handgun and
18 to buy a rifle.
dismissed so easily.
“The state must show a
rational basis for distinguishing between an 18year-old and a 21-year-old.
Driving is not an express
right. Drinking is not an
express right. Gun ownership is,” Turley said. “This is
going to be a paradigm shift
in 2nd Amendment litigation. While the focus has
been on the limits on types
of weapons, this will focus
on the limits on those who
can exercise the right.”
Why is the NRA
suing over the law?
Have these laws
faced challenges?
Are other states
mulling such laws?
At its core, the NRA
argues that the law violates
the 2nd and 14th Amendment rights of those between the ages of 18 and 21
who want to purchase a gun
in the state.
“At 18 years of age, lawabiding citizens in this
country are considered
adults for almost all purposes and certainly for the
purposes of the exercise of
fundamental constitutional
rights. At 18, citizens are
eligible to serve in the military — to fight and die by
arms for the country,” according to the lawsuit filed
in U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Florida. “This blanket ban
violates the fundamental
rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding
Florida citizens.”
In addition, the complaint argues that the law
also disproportionately
violates the rights of young
“Females between the
ages of 18 and 21 … pose a
relatively slight risk of perpetrating a school shooting
such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,
or, for that matter, a violent
crime of any kind,” the
lawsuit says.
Absolutely — primarily
from the NRA.
In the case of the NRA
vs. the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives, the U.S. 5th
Circuit Court of Appeals in
2013 upheld the federal law
that prohibits federally
licensed firearm dealers
from selling handguns to
people under age 21.
Similar to its lawsuit in
Florida, the NRA argued
the federal law violated the
2nd Amendment rights of
citizens. The NRA then
appealed to the Supreme
Court, which declined to
hear the case.
As Florida joins Hawaii
and Illinois in banning gun
sales to people under 21,
other states are weighing
similar legislation.
In California, where
people have to be at least 21
to buy a handgun, lawmakers are considering legislation to raise the minimum
age to legally purchase rifles
and shotguns to 21.
In Vermont, lawmakers
recently advanced legislation that would raise the
minimum age to buy a gun
to 21. Republican Gov. Phil
Scott has indicated he will
sign the legislation if it
makes it to his desk.
Meanwhile, Tennesse
Gov. Bill Haslam, also a
Republican, has said he
supports raising the age
limit to purchase firearms,
although legislation in his
state has not been introduced.
“It’s just crazy to me that
you can’t buy a beer at 19,
but you can buy an AR-15,”
Haslam said during an
event at the Pew Charitable
Trusts in Washington last
month after the shooting in
Does federal law
address age limits?
Under federal law — the
Gun Control Act of 1968 — a
Michele Eve Sandberg AFP/Getty Images
A GUN SHOW in Miami just days after the attack that killed 17 in Parkland an-
ticipated increased sales to those who feared that new restrictions might follow.
So does that make
this settled law?
Perhaps, some say.
Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at
UCLA who has studied the
2nd Amendment extensively, said the NRA’s lawsuit in response to the Florida measure is largely symbolic.
“Federal courts have
consistently upheld agebased restrictions on gun
sales,” Winkler said. “The
NRA is really just saving
face with its members to
say, ‘Hey, we’re going to
challenge gun control laws
no matter what.’”
However, others believe
it’s more complicated.
Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George
Washington University, said
the issue should not be
Where does the
public stand?
Mostly in support of age
limits on gun sales.
In a CNN/SSRS poll
conducted in late February,
71% said they supported
raising the age limit to 21 to
buy any sort of gun. Demo-
crats and Republicans alike
support regulations.
Eighty-six percent of
Democrats supported
raising the age limit to 21,
compared with 61% of Republicans. About 67% of
independents expressed
Other polls have shown
similar views on the issue.
Since the Parkland
shooting, several retailers,
including Dick’s Sporting
Goods and Walmart,
among the nation’s biggest
gun sellers, have announced they will no longer
sell firearms to anyone
under 21.
What do politicians
say about the issue?
Several Republicans,
such as Florida’s Gov. Scott,
have joined Democrats and
pushed back against the
NRA, supporting age limits
on gun sales.
“I’m an NRA member, a
supporter of the 2nd
Amendment, and the 1st
Amendment, and the entire
Bill of Rights for that matter. I’m also a father, and a
grandfather, and a governor,” Scott said last month
in announcing his support
for raising the age limit. “We
all have a difficult task in
front of us balancing our
individual rights with our
obvious need for public
Others, like Trump, have
gone back and forth on the
“It doesn’t seem to make
sense that you have to wait
until you are 21 years old to
get a pistol, but to get a gun
like this maniac used in the
school, you get that at 18,”
he told Fox News in an
interview that aired Feb. 24.
On Monday, he had
changed his tone:
“On 18 to 21 Age Limits,
watching court cases and
rulings before acting. States
are making this decision.
Things are moving rapidly
on this, but not much political support (to put it
mildly),” he tweeted.
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Palestinian premier survives blast
Rami Hamdallah is
unharmed when a
bomb explodes near
his convoy at a
Gaza-Israel crossing.
By Noga Tarnopolsky
JERUSALEM — Palestinian Authority Prime
Minister Rami Hamdallah
survived a roadside bombing Tuesday, after his convoy
was hit by an explosive device as it passed the border
crossing between Israel and
the Gaza Strip.
About 10 a.m., Hamdallah and Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj entered the Palestinian territory for a long-planned visit
to inaugurate a wastewater
treatment plant partly
funded by the Palestinian
Authority. The authority is
led by President Mahmoud
Abbas and Hamdallah.
The visit also aimed to
continue to revive stalled
talks between Abbas’ ruling
party and Hamas, the Islamist militia that rules Gaza.
The talks have halted since a
promising start in October.
The device was initially
thought to have been hurled
from a passing motorcycle
about 600 feet past the ErezBeit Hanoun checkpoint.
Hamdallah and Faraj
were not injured and appeared on live television
shortly after the incident.
Five people in the convoy’s
last vehicle were slightly injured, according to Palestinian media.
Abbas’ party, the West
Bank-based Fatah, called it
a “terrorist attack” and an
attempted assassination for
which it held Hamas responsible.
“This attack is an attempt to kill all reconciliation efforts,” said Munir
Jaghoub, director of Fatah’s
information department in
the Office of Mobilization
and Organization. “It is a
dangerous step aimed at
spreading disorder and
fighting among our people.”
Israeli and Palestinian
observers said the attack
may have been carried out
by any of several independent militias challenging
Hamas’ rule in Gaza.
held Hamas responsible, demanding that the militant
group expedite its investigation.
“The developments have
proven that Hamas has
completely failed in providing security in Gaza, just as
it has failed in providing a
Adel Hana Associated Press
IN BEIT HANOUN in the Gaza Strip, security personnel inspect the site of the explosion that slightly injured five people in the last vehi-
cle of a convoy carrying Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and intelligence chief Majid Faraj, who was also unhurt.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images
HAMDALLAH, the Palestinian Authority prime minister, center right in tie, is escorted by his bodyguards as
he is greeted by the police forces of the Islamist Hamas movement upon his arrival in Gaza City.
decent life for our people in
the Strip,” he said.
By Tuesday evening,
however, tones shifted. According to the Israeli paper
Haaretz, following a conversation between Hamdallah
and Hamas leader Ismail
Haniyeh, the two agreed to
“blame Israel and its col-
laborators” for the attack.
“Despite what happened
we will continue to build our
institutions and we will
press on with the reconcilia-
tion efforts with the help of
Egypt,” Hamdallah said later in the day, calling on all
factions to help sustain this
“critical phase for the Pal-
estinian people.”
Global reaction to the attack was swift.
Nickolay Mladenov, the
United Nations Mideast envoy, said until the “legitimate” Palestinian Authority
takes power in Gaza, Hamas
is responsible for enabling
the internationally backed
government to work without
fear of intimidation, according to the Associated Press.
“This attack, once again,
demonstrates that Hamas is
profoundly unfit to govern
Gaza,” said White House envoy Jason Greenblatt in
Washington. “But we cannot
be deterred, and the Palestinian Authority should
not be deterred.”
Federica Mogherini, the
European Union’s foreign
policy chief, echoed Jaghoub’s sentiment that the attack was a “deliberate attempt” to undermine reconciliation between the divided Palestinian factions.
“For the European Union
it is clear: Those who work
to exacerbate divisions
through violence are working against the interest of
the people of Gaza and of all
Palestinians,” she said.
Tarnopolsky is a special
Trump’s CIA pick to face scrutiny over torture
Her confirmation
hearings are likely to
focus on her role in
harsh interrogations.
By Chris Megerian
Haspel, President Trump’s
choice for new CIA director,
would be the first woman to
run the nation’s premier spy
agency, but her confirmation hearings may focus
more on her role in the agency’s torture of terrorism suspects and the destruction of
key evidence more than a
decade ago.
If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel would succeed
Mike Pompeo, who Trump
plans to nominate to replace
Rex Tillerson as secretary of
State, in a reshuffle of his national security and foreign
policy teams.
At 61, Haspel is a veteran
CIA operative who has
deftly navigated challenging
foreign assignments as well
as the vast bureaucracy of
agency headquarters in
Langley, Va. She steadily
rose to top positions in the
male-dominated spy service
during a career, mostly in the
shadows, that began in 1985.
Haspel served as CIA station chief in several overseas
assignments, directing U.S.
espionage in those countries
or regions. She later served
as deputy director of the CIA
division responsible for clandestine operations, and was
promoted to deputy director
of the entire agency last year.
In a statement, Haspel
said she was grateful and
“humbled” by the opportunity to lead the CIA. “I look
forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he
has grown to expect during
his first year in office,” she
Trump called Haspel’s
nomination a “historic milestone” for the CIA.
Haspel played a key role
in the CIA’s urgent response
to the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks
on the World Trade Center
in New York, the Pentagon in
Virginia and a plane that
crashed in Pennsylvania.
Most importantly, she was
involved with controversial
interrogation tactics under
President George W. Bush
that some at the CIA believed were necessary to prevent new strikes on U.S. soil.
The CIA began seizing
terrorism suspects and shipping them to secret overseas
prisons, where some were
waterboarded, beaten, deprived of sleep and otherwise harshly interrogated in
an effort to obtain information about Al Qaeda’s plans.
Haspel reportedly ran one
such “black site” in Thailand, an experience that critics cited Tuesday to oppose
her nomination.
“She was at the center of
the rendition, detention and
said Laura Pitter, senior national security counsel at
nated as the next CIA
director, reportedly led
a Bush-era “black site.”
“Someone with that kind of
history should not have been
made deputy director, let
alone head of an agency with
this much power.”
One suspect at the prison, Abu Zubaydah, was waterboarded 83 times, a
painful process that simulates drowning. Some CIA
officers grew so concerned
about Zubaydah’s mistreatment that they reached “the
point of tears and choking
up,” according to a 2014 report from Democrats on the
Senate Intelligence Committee.
The extensive report concluded that the brutal CIA
interrogations over several
years did not produce
any actionable intelligence
about impending or planned
terrorist plots.
John Brennan, CIA chief
under President Obama,
vouched for Haspel in an in-
terview with MSNBC on
Tuesday, calling her a “very
working at an agency that
“was asked to do some very
difficult things in some very
challenging times.”
Ali Soufan, a former FBI
agent who helped interrogate Zubaydah in 2002, said
Haspel should face questions in her confirmation
hearing about her handling
of detainee interrogations.
“Maybe she was following
orders,” Soufan said. “But
we cannot deny there are a
lot of issues that need to be
When Pompeo was facing
confirmation as CIA director last year, he told senators
he would refuse a presidential order to restart what
the agency called its “enhanced interrogation” program.
“The American people
now deserve the same assurances from Gina Haspel,”
said Sen. John McCain (RAriz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a vocal critic of
the CIA program. McCain, a
former Navy pilot, was repeatedly tortured during his
5½ years as a prisoner of war
in North Vietnam.
During the 2016 campaign,
support for waterboarding
and other harsh techniques
that were discontinued and
denounced after they came
to light.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), who led the Senate investigation into the
CIA abuses, said, “It’s no secret I’ve had concerns in the
past” about Haspel’s connection to the program.
But, Feinstein added, “to
the best of my knowledge
she has been a good deputy
director, and I look forward
to the opportunity to speak
with her again.”
Others were more critical, pointing to Haspel’s role
in destroying videotapes of
CIA interrogations at the secret prison in Thailand.
In 2005, Haspel drafted a
cable directing agency employees to feed the tapes into
an industrial shredder, according to a memoir written
by Jose Rodriguez Jr., who
ran CIA covert operations at
the time. Rodriguez, who
was Haspel’s boss, wrote
that he sent the cable.
“Her reprehensible actions should disqualify her
from having the privilege of
serving the American people in government ever
again, but apparently this
president believes they merit a promotion,” said Sen.
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).
Haspel will probably face
a difficult balancing act
when dealing with Trump,
who has sharply criticized
the nation’s intelligence
During the campaign, he
mocked them for concluding
wrongly that Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein was hiding
weapons of mass destruction, and during his transition, he compared U.S. intelligence agencies to “Nazi
Germany” for allegedly leak-
ing derogatory information
about him.
As one of his first official
acts, he went to CIA headquarters in Langley and
stood before a marble wall
marked with scores of gold
stars to commemorate operatives killed in the line of
duty. Trump said little about
their sacrifice, using the
speech instead to make false
claims about the size of his
inauguration crowd.
Trump also has publicly
questioned the intelligence
community’s judgment last
year that Russian officials
authorized meddling in the
U.S. election in an effort
aimed, in part, at helping
him beat Hillary Clinton.
Pompeo has backed that
assessment as CIA chief, but
previously falsely claimed
that officials determined
that Russian meddling had
no impact on the outcome of
the election. The declassified intelligence community
report issued in January 2017
did not address that question one way or another.
Sen. Richard M. Burr (RN.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
said he would support
Haspel’s nomination and
looked forward to holding
the confirmation hearing.
“I know Gina personally,
and she has the right skill
set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation’s most critical agencies,” he said.
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U.N. says Rohingya target of genocide
Official decries what
he calls Myanmar’s
preventable scorchedearth campaign.
associated press
The United Nations advisor
on genocide prevention said
Tuesday that all information he has received indicates Myanmar’s government intended to get rid of
Rakhine state and possibly
even destroy them, “which, if
proven, would constitute the
crime of genocide.”
Adama Dieng visited
Bangladesh on March 7-13 to
assess the situation of the
Rohingya and called what
he heard and witnessed “a
human tragedy with the
fingerprints of the Myanmar
government and of the international community.”
campaign carried out by the
Myanmar security forces
since August 2017 against
the Rohingya population
was predictable and preventable,” Dieng said in a
statement. “Despite the numerous warnings I have
made of the risk of atrocity
crimes, the international
community has buried its
head in the sand.”
“This has cost the Rohingya population of Myan-
Bernat Armangue Associated Press
ROHINGYA refugees cross into Bangladesh. About 700,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh as Myanmar’s
government unleashed what the U.N. and human rights groups have called a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
mar their lives, their dignity
and their homes,” he said.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar doesn’t recognize the
Rohingya as an ethnic
group, insisting they are
Bengali migrants from
Bangladesh living illegally in
the country. It has denied
them citizenship, leaving
them stateless.
The recent spasm of violence began when Rohingya insurgents launched
a series of attacks on Aug. 25
against about 30 security
outposts and other targets.
Myanmar security forces
then began a scorched-earth
campaign against Rohingya
villages that the U.N. and human rights groups have
called a campaign of ethnic
cleansing. About 700,000
Rohingyas have fled to
Bangladesh, but several
hundred thousand remain
in northern Rakhine state.
Dieng said the Rohingya
“have endured what no human beings should have to
“Let us be clear: International crimes were committed in Myanmar,” Dieng
said. “Rohingya Muslims
have been killed, tortured,
raped, burned alive and humiliated solely because of
who they are.”
He said the solution lies
first and foremost with Myanmar’s government, which
must create conditions for
their safe return, with “the
same rights as any other citizen of Myanmar.”
Dieng also stressed that
the international community “must not fail the Rohingya population again.”
It has a responsibility “to
protect the population from
the risk of further atrocity
crimes,” he said.
“Whether or not we consider that the crimes committed amount to crimes
against humanity or genocide, this should not delay
our resolve to act and to act
immediately,” Dieng said.
The special advisor on
the prevention of genocide
also warned that returning
the Rohingya to Myanmar
now would put them at risk
of new “atrocity crimes.”
Dieng said he was encouraged by the commitment he received from Bangladeshi authorities that the
Rohingya will not be repatriated against their will.
While in Bangladesh, he
said, it is imperative that
the Rohingya have more
chances for education and
work, which will help them
as refugees and when they
eventually return to Myanmar.
Russia rejects poisoning accusations Egypt enlists
citizens to keep
media in check
Moscow says British
claims involving
ex-spy are ‘nonsense.’
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LONDON — Russia on
Tuesday dismissed accusations of any involvement in
the poisoning of an ex-spy
and his daughter as “nonsense,” saying it will only cooperate with a British investigation if it receives samples of the nerve agent believed to have been used.
Police, meanwhile, said
that the investigation of who
poisoned Sergei Skripal and
his daughter, Yulia, will last
many weeks and that they
are not ready to identify any
people of interest in the inquiry.
The father and daughter
remain in critical condition
in a Salisbury hospital.
British Prime Minister
Theresa May said Russia’s
likely,” and she gave the
country a deadline of midnight Tuesday to explain its
actions in the case. She is reviewing a range of economic
and diplomatic measures in
retaliation for the assault involving what she identified
as the military-grade nerve
As vote nears, public
is advised to report
any coverage deemed
critical or negative.
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Matt Dunham Associated Press
A POLICE fence blocks off Zizzi restaurant, where former Russian double agent
Sergei Skripal and his daughter ate on the day they fell ill in Salisbury, England.
agent Novichok.
U.S. and European officials were quick to offer
words of support for Britain,
which will need the backing
of its allies if any new sanctions are to have any impact.
Her Downing Street office said that she discussed
the Salisbury incident with
President Trump, and that
the U.S. was “with the U.K.
all the way” in agreeing that
Russia “must provide unambiguous answers as to how
this nerve agent came to be
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are we going to have more
Conservative lawmaker
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Earlier, Trump had said:
“It sounds to me that they
believe it was Russia and I
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in Moscow that his country’s
requests to see samples of
the nerve agent have been
turned down. He insisted
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for the poisoning.
“We have already made a
statement to say this is nonsense,” he said. “We have
nothing to do with this.”
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CAIRO — Egypt wants
its citizens to report on the
news media.
Escalating a preelection
crackdown on independent
or critical reporting, Egyptian authorities have published a list of telephone
numbers for citizens to alert
them to reports they view as
undermining security or
spreading false news.
President Abdel Fattah
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president, has waged a massive crackdown on dissent in
recent years, and authorities
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Authorities have already
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security forces.
By offering the telephone
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The statement advises
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statement last week by chief
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With the outcome of the
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turnout that would raise further questions about the
election’s legitimacy. To prevent that, the government
and local media — which are
dominated by Sisi supporters — are urging people to
head to the polls.
“The margin of freedom
is steadily narrowing and
there is a state of fear-mongering,” said Hassan Nafaa,
a political science professor
at Cairo University. “There is
genuine fear that social media networks will be used to
urge people to boycott the
The government has already sought to exert heavy
control over reporting on the
election, issuing guidelines
barring journalists from conducting any polls, or even
asking individual Egyptians
whom they plan to vote for.
Critical TV personalities
have been pushed off the air
and dozens of independent
and Islamist news websites
have been blocked. Around
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were arrested this month
while preparing a report on a
historic tramway in Alexandria. In a separate case, the
government demanded an
apology from the BBC and
called on officials to boycott
the network after it reported
on torture and disappearances.
Pro-government media
frequently portray negative
coverage as part of foreign
plots to sow chaos, and
sometimes accuse foreign
media of promoting a negative image of the country.
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A new, simpatico diplomat for Trump
As secretary of State,
Mike Pompeo is
unlikely to challenge
Trump on his views.
By Tracy Wilkinson
and Noah Bierman
last week, a particularly chaotic time at the White
House, President Trump
told reporters that he liked
conflict. He said he enjoyed
hearing disparate views before making decisions.
But only to a point, it
seems. In Mike Pompeo,
whom Trump nominated
Tuesday to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of State,
the president gets someone
more attuned to his erratic
style and flamboyant personality, and someone who
may more readily agree with
him than Tillerson did.
That could help Pompeo
operate as the nation’s top
diplomat, because foreign
governments are more likely
to view him as speaking directly for Trump when it
comes to North Korea, Iran,
trade disputes and other foreign policy issues. Tillerson
had credibility problems because he publicly disagreed
with Trump on several major issues.
“I’ve worked with Mike
Pompeo now for quite some
time,” Trump said Tuesday,
minutes after he announced
Tillerson’s dismissal in a
Twitter post. “Tremendous
energy, tremendous intellect, we’re always on the
same wavelength. The relationship has been very good
and that’s what I need as
secretary of State.”
On policy, Pompeo is also
likely to hew closer to
Trump’s views, although
those can often be moving
targets. More important, in
addition to clearly enjoying
Trump’s confidence, he has
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PRESIDENT TRUMP said he and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, now nominee for secretary of State, are
“always on the same wavelength.” That could assure foreign leaders that the new diplomat speaks for Trump.
deeply honed political skills
that Tillerson, a former
Exxon Mobil chief executive
with no government experience, lacked — including an
ease at dealing with Congress and the news media.
The downside, however,
is that Pompeo might be
inclined to withhold information that challenges
As director of the CIA
since the beginning of the
Trump administration 14
months ago, Pompeo is the
person who most frequently
gives Trump his morning intelligence briefing. Trump is
notoriously uninterested in
details, so Pompeo has
shortened the material and
reportedly avoids crucial issues such as Russian interference in U.S. interests,
which might anger the boss.
“A lot of it has to do with
personal chemistry, and he
obviously has that,” Rep.
Frank A. LoBiondo (R-N.J.),
who leads a House intelligence subcommittee overseeing the CIA, said in an interview. LoBiondo also credited Pompeo with “turning
around” the CIA, improving
morale and making it more
But Democratic lawmakers said failure to challenge
Trump could be dangerous.
Tillerson was often seen as a
moderating force who could
calm some of Trump’s more
rash positions.
“There’s a pattern and
practice to dismiss anyone
with whom this president
has a policy difference, and
that appears to be the case
with Secretary Tillerson,”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (DCalif.) said. “I regret to say
this, but it appears any number of things can put you on
the wrong side of President
Trump, who appears to have
very little patience with anyone who has a different point
of view.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (DSan Francisco) was even
tougher: “Secretary Tillerson’s firing sets a profoundly disturbing precedent in which standing up
for our allies against Russian aggression is grounds
for a humiliating dismissal.”
Publicly, however, Pompeo has not been shy about
joined other top intelligence
officials in congressional testimony last month to warn
that Moscow is mounting
another campaign to intervene in coming U.S. elections.
A lawyer by profession,
Pompeo, 54, represented
Kansas in the U.S. House of
Representatives for six
years through 2016, graduated from West Point in 1986
and was an Army officer who
served in the 1991 Persian
Gulf War.
He was born in Orange
and raised in Santa Ana.
Relations forged in his
military and political careers have served him well in
Washington, where he is
liked by many colleagues.
They say he is intelligent and
hardworking, even when
they disagree with him.
Critics, however, say they
are troubled by his failure to
condemn torture during his
CIA confirmation hearing,
and journalists have unearthed old, since-deleted
tweets that showed him
speaking favorably about
hackers who stole Democratic National Committee
emails that painted some
Democrats in a negative
He has opposed samesex marriage, drawing criticism from the gay community, and on Tuesday the
Council on American-Islamic Relations accused him of
views and urged the Senate
to reject his nomination.
Pompeo is far more
hawkish than Tillerson, and
some experts said that could
complicate already fraught
dealings with countries such
as North Korea.
However, Daniel Russel,
former assistant secretary
of State for East Asian and
Pacific affairs under the
Obama administration, said
Pompeo’s recent position as
head of the CIA actually
might be a boost.
“The job of ‘spy chief ’ is
one [the North Koreans]
fully understand and respect,” Russel said, noting
that South Korea’s intelligence chief was one of two
envoys sent to Pyongyang to
explore talks. “That may
give Pompeo a certain advantage.”
Speculation about Pompeo replacing Tillerson began late last year, though in
seemed to have weathered
the storm.
He started to give more
interviews to the media and
appeared to have figured out
how to handle Trump, sometimes delaying going to the
president until the options
were narrow enough on a
particular issue that Trump
would be forced to choose
the one Tillerson preferred.
But in the end, his oft-repeated lament that he didn’t
Washington worked proved
all too true.
Times staff writer Sarah
D. Wire in Washington
contributed to this report.
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Former Cuomo
aide convicted
in bribery case
Verdict reflects poorly
on the governor’s
office, though he was
not accused himself.
associated press
NEW YORK — Jurors
convicted a former top aide
to New York Gov. Andrew
Cuomo of federal bribery
and fraud charges Tuesday
in a trial that further exposed the state Capitol’s culture of backroom deal-making.
Joseph Percoco, who
Cuomo once said was like a
brother to him, faces up to
20 years in prison for his conviction on conspiracy to
commit honest services wire
fraud and soliciting bribes.
Jurors who deliberated
for three weeks acquitted
Percoco of extortion and one
of the bribery charges he
The jury also convicted
one of the businessmen
charged with paying the
bribes, Steven Aiello, an executive at a Syracuse, N.Y.area development company,
Cor Development. A second
executive with the company,
Joseph Gerardi, was acquitted on all charges.
The jury deadlocked and
a mistrial was declared in
the case of a fourth defendant, energy company executive Peter Galbraith Kelly.
The U.S. attorney’s office
didn’t immediately say
whether it would seek a retrial.
The trial put a harsh
spotlight on the attempts of
several companies to gain
influence with the Cuomo
Prosecutors say Percoco
and his family accepted
more than $300,000 in bribes.
They say that included a
$35,000 payment from Cor
Development to secure the
governor’s help redevel-
oping a state-owned tract of
land in Syracuse known as
the Inner Harbor, and a
$90,000-a-year job for Percoco’s wife from Kelly, a former
executive at Competitive
Power Ventures, to clear
hurdles with the state to
build power plants.
Speaking outside the
courthouse following the
verdict, Percoco’s lawyer,
Barry Bohrer, said that
there was “inconsistency in
the verdict” and that he
would explore appeal options.
Though Cuomo was not
accused of wrongdoing, testimony also painted an unflattering picture of the
inner workings of his office.
There was testimony
about administration officials using private email addresses to conduct state
business in secret and about
how Percoco continued to
work out of a state office
even after he was supposed
to have left government to
lead Cuomo’s 2014 reelection
Cuomo, who is regarded
as a contender for the 2020
nomination, said he respected the jury’s decision.
Cuomo said that while he
is sad for Percoco’s young
daughters, “who will have to
deal with this pain,” there’s
“no tolerance for any violation of the public trust.”
The trial was the latest in
a long line of corruption allegations to emerge from Albany in recent years. More
than 30 state lawmakers
have left office facing allegations of misconduct since
Two former powerful
leaders in the state, ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and exSenate Majority Leader
Dean Skelos, a Republican,
are scheduled to be retried
on corruption charges this
year after early convictions
were thrown out.
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JOSEPH PERCOCO , whom Gov. Andrew Cuomo
viewed like a brother, faces up to 20 years in prison.
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NIKOLAS CRUZ after the Feb. 14 attack that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Park-
land, Fla. The prosecution cited seven aggravating factors in announcing the death penalty would be pursued.
Death penalty sought in
Florida school shooting
Prosecutor declines
defense suggestion
of a guilty plea to take
capital punishment
off the table.
By Kurtis Lee
and Jenny Jarvie
Tuesday they would seek the
death penalty against the
suspect charged with killing
17 students and staff at a
Florida high school last
month, undermining a strategy from defense attorneys
to avoid a trial that is certain
to receive national attention.
Broward County State
Atty. Michael Satz filed the
formal notice to seek the
death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, who has been
charged with 17 counts of
premeditated murder and
is being held without
bond. Cruz, 19, is scheduled
for formal arraignment
Wednesday on a 34-count
indictment that also includes attempted murder
Cruz’s attorneys have
said in recent weeks he
would plead guilty if the
death penalty was not pursued.
Even so, Satz declined to
take the death penalty off
the table, listing seven “aggravating factors” in his
office’s decision to move
forward with the death penalty. Those factors, Satz
wrote in the filing, include
Cruz’s prior criminal record,
the “heinous, atrocious
and cruel” nature of the
crime, and the “cold, calculated and premeditated”
manner in which it was
carried out.
A plea deal, however,
could still be reached.
Cruz is alleged to have
carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history on Feb. 14,
methodically stalking the
hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
and firing into classrooms.
At a hearing last month,
Cruz’s attorney, Melissa McNeil, said he appeared to be
“fully aware of what is going
on.” But she said he had a
troubled background and
little personal support before the attack.
In the weeks before the
shooting, the FBI failed to
investigate a tip about Cruz.
On Jan. 5, a person close
to Cruz contacted the FBI to
report that the 19-year-old
had posted disturbing mes-
sages on social media and
had expressed a desire to
kill, according to the agency.
The FBI said proper “protocols were not followed” in
looking into the teenager.
The Justice Department is
procedures the FBI uses to field
tips from callers.
Tuesday is rare, as most
mass shooting cases do not
go to trial, often because the
suspect commits suicide before being arrested.
The most recent mass
shooter to stand trial was
James E. Holmes, who was
sentenced to life in prison for
killing 12 people at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in
July 2012.
George Brauchler, district attorney for Colorado’s
18th Judicial District, made
the decision in that case to
seek the death penalty
against Holmes. He said the
decision was made only after
he spoke with victims of the
“I had to take into consideration the victims. That
was No. 1 for me. I had a
whole mix of views from
them — from people wanting the death penalty to
others being staunchly
against it,” Brauchler said.
“At the end of the day, I
listened to the victims and
made my decision.”
On Tuesday, the reaction
in Parkland was one of
Nick Varias, 21, a junior at
Florida State University and
a Stoneman Douglas alumni, said he was not surprised
that prosecutors were seeking the death penalty
against Cruz.
“I don’t think there’s any
redemption for him at this
point,” he said as he stood
outside his former high
school gazing at a chain-link
fence festooned with balloons, ribbons and faded
bouquets. “How do you release someone like that back
into society?”
Clutching a bouquet of
purple carnations, his friend
Ashley Garrett, 21, a junior at
the University of Central
Florida who also graduated
from the high school, said
she felt the focus should be
on the victims. While she is
not an advocate of the death
penalty, Garrett said she
struggled with cases like
“The victims are children,” she said, shaking her
Times staff writer Lee
reported from Los Angeles
and special correspondent
Jarvie from Parkland.
Anti-sanctuary law
is upheld in Texas
Appeals court rules
against cities that seek
to protect immigrants
in the U.S. illegally.
associated press
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court Tuesday
upheld the bulk of Texas’
crackdown on “sanctuary
cities” in a victory for the
Trump administration as
part of its aggressive fight
against measures seen as
protecting immigrants who
are in the U.S. illegally.
The ruling by a threejudge panel of the U.S. 5th
Circuit Court of Appeals in
New Orleans allows Texas to
enforce what many consider
the toughest state-level immigration measure since Arizona passed what critics
called a “show your papers”
law in 2010.
The Texas law allows
police officers to ask people
whether they’re in the U.S.
legally and threatens sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
The ruling came a week
after the U.S. Justice Department — which had
joined Texas in defending
the law known as Senate
Bill 4 — sued California over
state laws aimed at protecting immigrants.
shouldn’t be allowed back
into our communities to possibly commit more crimes,”
Republican Texas Atty. Gen.
Ken Paxton said in response
to the ruling.
Leading the lawsuit were
Texas’ largest cities — including Houston, Dallas,
San Antonio and Austin — in
a state where the Latino
population has grown at a
pace three times that of
white residents since 2010.
Under the Texas law, local authorities can be fined
for failing to honor federal
requests to hold for possible
deportation people jailed on
offenses that aren’t immigration-related.
Police chiefs, sheriffs and
constables could also now
face removal from office and
even criminal charges for
failing to comply with such
federal “detainer” requests.
Lee Gelernt, an attorney
for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the organization was disappointed in
the ruling and would closely
monitor how the law is implemented. The only part of
the law removed by the court
was a portion prohibiting local officials from “endorsing” policies that limit immigration enforcement.
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Tax-cut talk
doesn’t seem
to benefit
[Election, from A1]
and move activists in the
party to rethink where they
can compete. Even a narrow
loss for the Democrats, however, would be a boost to
their prospects given the
district’s Republican tilt.
Democratic strategists
generally believe the party’s
best chances to unseat Republicans this year are in
suburban districts with
large numbers of college-educated, white-collar voters
who may have been turned
off by Trump.
But in Lamb, Democrats
found a candidate who connected in a heavily blue-collar district deeply skeptical
of the national Democratic
Party. He staunchly backs
the rights of gun owners,
personally opposes abortion, and wants Nancy Pelosi
out as House Democratic
The Pennsylvania election follows a pattern that
has been evident over the
last year: Even in elections
that the president’s party
has won, the trends have
been troubling for Republicans. Democratic candidates have made surprisingly strong showings in
some of the deepest-red territory in the country.
In the immediate term,
the outcome in the Pennsylvania race is largely symbolic. It will not change the
balance of power in Congress, and the winner’s term
will be short, lasting just
through the end of the year.
Moreover, the district,
Pennsylvania’s 18th, is slated
to be erased before the fall
election. The Pennsylvania
Supreme Court recently ordered the redrawing of the
state’s political districts,
finding they were improper-
ly designed to favor Republicans. Lamb and Saccone
would each have to compete
in a new district in November.
Yet symbolic races can
have concrete impacts: Republican operatives have
feared that a loss in Pennsylvania would further propel a
wave of retirements by GOP
congressional incumbents,
placing up for grabs even
more seats and increasing
the potential for Democrats
to win control of one or both
chambers of Congress.
In a district filled with
former steel and coal workers whose employment prospects and standard of living
have diminished with globalization, the race predictably became a referendum
on Trump’s policies.
Throughout the campaign, Saccone and his allies
emphasized the tax cuts
the president championed.
They labored to paint Lamb
as a loyalist to Pelosi (D-San
Francisco), even after Lamb
said publicly that he would
not support keeping her in
the leadership job. Trump’s
announcement that he
would impose tariffs on imported steel seemed timed
to propel Saccone forward.
But Saccone continued
to sputter. GOP operatives
complained privately that
he was a lackluster candidate. Defeat, if it happened,
would be more a reflection
of his energy deficit and
disconnect with voters than
of any broader concerns
Trump’s base has with how
the Republicans are running
Washington, they argued in
the days leading up to the
Unlike Trump, Saccone
showed little affinity for the
rank-and-file union workers
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DEMOCRATIC HOPEFUL Conor Lamb’s supporters cheer as returns come in on election night in Can-
onsburg, Pa. He led by a narrow margin at the end of the night, with absentee ballots remaining to be counted.
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GOP CANDIDATE Rick Saccone’s supporters were subdued at election events.
Aidan Davis, 9, watched the disappointing returns in Elizabeth Township, Pa.
who make up a big share of
the district’s electorate. He
is a strident “right to work”
proponent who has antagonized the same organized labor groups that had endorsed the Republican who
vacated the House seat in
October, Tim Murphy.
Scandal forced Murphy
to make an abrupt exit after
texts surfaced showing the
antiabortion crusader had
encouraged a staffer with
whom he was having an affair to seek an abortion.
Abortion then went on to
play big in the race to succeed him. Republicans tried
to paint Lamb as an abortion rights zealot, but it
proved a struggle. Lamb’s
position on abortion and
most other social issues, including guns, is not far to the
left of Saccone’s.
As Saccone relied on national Republican groups to
bail out his campaign and
funnel millions of dollars
into attacking his opponent,
Lamb carefully avoided affiliations with the national
Democrats who remain unpopular in the district. Although former Vice President Joe Biden, a workingclass favorite born in Pennsylvania, was warmly welcomed to stump for Lamb,
Pelosi and Senate Minority
Leader Charles E. Schumer
(D-N.Y.) and other urban liberals kept their distance.
Lamb was so wary of the
party on so many issues that
Trump joked while in Pennsylvania on Saturday that
Lamb was pretending to be a
As the campaign unfolded, however, Democrats
were not complaining. They
have been desperate to
notch victories — or even
compete — in Rust Belt regions like Pennsylvania’s
18th Congressional District,
where dismayed former factory and mine workers had
abandoned the party’s candidates in large numbers.
Tuesday’s results proved
a Democrat could compete
in such a district. Regardless
of the final outcome, that
message was as cheering for
Democrats as it was ominous for Trump and his
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[Trump, from A1]
walls over here, you wouldn’t
even have a country,” Trump
said, in a variation of one of
his favorite lines.
“The border wall is truly
our first line of defense.”
The president’s overnight trip to California, coming later in his term than for
any White House occupant
since Franklin D. Roosevelt,
was brief in duration but
long on symbolism as
Trump personally confronted the blue state he has
clashed with most.
The president did not
mix with ordinary residents,
let alone the many protesters at his San Diego and
Los Angeles stops. He spoke
to senior Border Patrol officials while inspecting the
wall prototypes for about an
hour, addressed service
members at the Marine
Corps Air Station Miramar
and, finally, mingled with
deep-pocketed donors at a
$5-million campaign fundraiser in the Beverly Park
home of Edward Glazer, cochairman of the Tampa Bay
The attention Trump
wanted to bring to his signature immigration issue was
overshadowed, as often happens with administration
initiatives, by the president’s own actions — in this
case a new round of chaos
within his leadership team
after the abrupt firing Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson. Trump called Tillerson as Air Force One was
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
OCEANSIDE residents Angela and Tosh Ervin join a rally supporting President
Trump in San Diego. Protesters also demonstrated in a number of cities.
flying to California, hours after firing his secretary in a
morning tweet.
Trump appeared to relish his visit to the border wall
prototypes, pointing eagerly
to charts and graphics
shown to him. “I’m a builder;
what I do best is build,” he
later told the troops at Miramar.
He spoke with border
agents about his preference
for “see-through” walls,
talked about the ugly aesthetics of current barriers
and insisted the new versions would block smugglers
who have the skills of “pro-
fessional mountain climbers.”
“The ones that work the
best aren’t necessarily the
most expensive,” he said approvingly.
The president has yet to
secure from Congress the
$25 billion he seeks to build a
wall, and it’s not clear
whether even that would be
enough. One estimate put
the cost as high as $100 billion. His campaign promise
that Mexico would pay for
the wall has been a nonstarter in that country.
On Tuesday, Trump introduced a new argument —
unsubstantiated and contrary to various studies —
asserting that his proposed
wall would more than pay for
“It will save thousands
and thousands of lives, save
taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing
crime, drug flow, welfare
fraud and burdens on
schools and hospitals,” he
said. “The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars —
many, many times what it’s
going to cost.”
Yet several studies have
shown that immigrants,
both legal and illegal, pro-
vide benefits for the economy because many work and
pay taxes. Many in the country illegally do not take advantage of government services for fear they will be discovered and deported. Fact
checkers have agreed that illegal immigrants add some
cost to taxpayers but have
called Trump’s claim that
the cost exceeds $100 billion
mostly false.
Trump also insisted
again Tuesday that California political leaders actually
want walls, despite what
they say publicly in opposition. “The state of California
is begging us to build walls in
certain areas. They don’t tell
you that,” he said.
That was hardly the only
shot he took at state leaders
and their policies, especially
the “sanctuary” laws that
are the subject of a new administration lawsuit.
He said the laws limiting
cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officers
are “the best friend of the
criminal … the smugglers,
the traffickers, the gang
members. They’re all taking
came a day after the spokesman for Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s San
Francisco office, James
Schwab, announced he was
resigning because of what he
said were false claims by administration officials about
the purported security
threat from immigrants in
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IAN JAMESON, a member of Pasadenans and Altadenans Against Police Violence, shouts at a Trump supporter in Beverly Gardens Park.
Spectacle of lovers and haters
[Divisive, from A1]
at Santa Monica airport,
people flipped the middle
finger at the helicopter or
chanted “no Trump, no
KKK, no Fascist USA!” For
many demonstrators, this
was the first time they could
register their anger directly.
Others came to witness a
small piece of history. Carlos
Jimenez brought his 4-yearold son to the airport just to
see a president. “Regardless
of political party, it’s still the
president,” Jimenez said.
“It’s an experience.”
Susan Diamond, 49,
wanted to show her 12-yearold son that free speech is
important. “We came to protest and show him that our
values are different from this
president,” she said.
Her son was more taken
with Marine One. “I like the
way they take off,” he said.
As Trump’s motorcade
sped off to a $35,000-minimum fundraiser in Beverly
Park, dozens of protesters
lined the streets.
Will Kozicki was walking
his two dogs at Bundy Drive
and Ocean Park Boulevard
when he stopped to observe
demonstrators. “I prefer
that Trump was playing golf
somewhere rather than
coming here,” he said.
“But I’m supportive of
the protesters,” said Kozicki, who works in finance.
“I’m psyched to feel their energy.”
Under gray, at times
rainy skies, turnout was ligh-
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ter than expected. The slippery roads during the evening commute only made
the traffic worse.
Mulholland Drive backed
up for miles behind its closure at Coldwater Canyon
Avenue. Streets around Beverly Hills came to a halt.
snarled near downtown,
where Trump was expected
later at the InterContinental
Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in the Wilshire Grand.
But that was old hat in
the land of Hollywood presidential fundraisers.
What was new was his visit to the Mexican border east
of San Diego.
On Otay Mesa, dozens of
Trump supporters gathered
early Tuesday about half a
mile from the boundary,
where Trump would inspect
eight prototypes for the border wall that was his signature campaign promise.
“Build that wall! Build
that wall!” they chanted.
“Trump 2020! Trump 2020!”
They waved American
flags and wore red “Make
America Great Again” hats.
Passing drivers honked and
gave a thumbs-up. One man
clutched a handmade sign
that read, “Assimilate Assimilate Assimilate” in red,
white and blue.
Gregory Brittain, an attorney and member of the
Redlands Tea Party Patriots, said he worries about
the porousness of the border, saying “criminals, terrorists and illegal drugs can
still come across.”
He said being a Trump
supporter in California is
“kind of like waging guerrilla
He said he hopes the
turnout of Trump supporters in California — where
even a low 26% approval rating accounts for 10 million
people — will inspire other
conservatives here. “I hope
this sends a message: ‘I can
do this, too,’ ” he said.
A small fracas broke out
after a protester dropped a
Mexican flag from a car. The
flag was torn to shreds and a
man in a Trump hat and
shirt threatened to burn it.
Others in the crowd calmed
him down, saying it sent the
wrong message.
To the west, at the border
gateway of San Ysidro, dozens gathered Tuesday in a
hilltop parking area with a
view into Tijuana to protest
Trump and his wall.
Fifteen people held up
Someone else hoisted a
sign that read, “Stormy
Daniels has a higher approval rating.”
Peter Sickels, a retired
Episcopalian priest from
Ramona, held a 15-foot pole
with a Mexican flag waving
from the top. He hoped people in Tijuana would see it as
a symbol of solidarity.
The Rev. Colin Mathewson, a priest at St.
Luke’s Episcopal Church in
San Diego, said the San Diego border barrier only
pushed crossings farther
east, into more dangerous
mountain areas.
“It’s sad because there’s a
reason people are coming
from Mexico,” he said. “The
border wall isn’t going to
stop them.”
Angelica Godinez, 42, of
San Diego, said the fact that
Trump didn’t visit California for a year as president
and is only coming to look at
wall prototypes is a “slap in
the face” to citizens and a
sign he didn’t come to mend
“He doesn’t come here to
talk to our residents, our
politicians, our communities. He comes here to see a
prototype of a border wall.
To me, that is disrespectful
to the people that vote, to
the citizens of the United
States of America.”
After his visits to the border and the Marine Corps
base, Trump flew to Los Angeles International Airport,
then to Santa Monica via
Hundreds of protesters
gathered in Beverly Hills,
several miles from the fundraiser, an event that resembled more of a festival than a
Street vendors sold hot
dogs and a live band played
music. Some protesters at
Beverly Gardens Park wrote
“dump Trump” in mud-covered areas with the soles of
their shoes.
It was only Omar Mohamed’s second day in Los
Angeles, but he said he already felt like he was at
Born in Tanzania, Mohamed, 37, lived most of his
life in Columbus, Ohio, and
said that the election of
President Trump shocked
him. He moved here this
week to start a two-month
job as a nurse.
“People in my community back in Ohio voted silently, so we were shocked
when Trump became president,” he said.
A friend from Ohio,
Heather Semreen, said she
was delighted to see the activism. “This needs to be
heard,” she said.
Times staff writers Sarah
Parvini, Hailey
Branson-Potts, Ruben
Vives, Richard Marosi and
Benjamin Oreskes
contributed to this report.
the country illegally. Schwab
said officials inflated the
number of suspected criminals that they said eluded
capture in recent California
raids because of warnings
from Oakland Mayor Libby
Schaaf, whom Trump lambasted again in San Diego.
The president singled
out Schaaf for criticism, as
he has in recent days, but he
reserved special criticism
for Brown, even as he called
him a “nice guy.”
“Gov. Brown does a very
poor job running California,”
Trump said. “They have the
highest taxes in the United
States. The place is totally
out of control. You have
sanctuary cities where you
have criminals living.”
Noting that he owns
property in the state, Trump
said, “The taxes are way, way
out of whack, and people are
going to start to move pretty
Brown tweeted in response to Trump’s Twitter
the shout-out, @realDonaldTrump. But bridges are
still better than walls. And
California remains the 6th
largest economy in the world
and the most prosperous
state in America. #Facts.”
Trump’s visit brought
him to the home turf of
the resistance movement
against his presidency. Immigrant, labor and LGBTQ
rights activists planned protests in multiple cities. A few
dozen were near the wall site
when he arrived, one holding
a sign saying, “No Wall, No
Hate, No Trump.”
some deported veterans of
U.S. military service, who
shouted from the Mexican
side of the border, out of
Trump’s sight.
“We just want a few minutes with the president. He’s
our commander in chief,”
said Hector Lopez, a former
resident of Madera who said
he served six years in the
U.S. Army Reserve. Lopez
said the veterans wanted
Trump to give them legal
status to return to the
United States.
Many Republican candidates kept their distance
from Trump on Tuesday,
given his low popularity in
the state.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the
Vista Republican who is not
seeking reelection, was an
exception. Greeting Trump
at the Marine base, he gave
the president a green baseball cap that said, “Make the
Hornet Great Again,” a reference to the F/A-18 aircraft
of that name, one of which
was parked nearby. Fellow
GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter
of Alpine joined Trump
while he examined wall
Democratic politicians in
the state, meanwhile, issued
denunciations of Trump. Lt.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a frontrunner in the governor’s
race, released an online animated video caricaturing
the president and his immigration policies. One image
showed Trump’s “Make
America Great Again” slogan reimagined as “Make
America White Again.”
“It’s official: Donald
Trump finally worked up the
nerve to visit California,
bringing his fear-of-everything agenda with him,”
Newsom said in a voiceover.
“Let’s get real. Donald
Trump’s border wall is a
monument to idiocy. A 1,900mile waste of taxpayer money that — news flash — is impossible to complete.”
The political action committee for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a run for president,
ran ads coinciding with
Trump’s arrival. In a fundraising email, he wrote,
“There’s one thing you need
to know: California Republicans and Donald Trump are
like peas in a pod.”
Trump will leave California on Wednesday for events
in St. Louis before returning
to Washington.
Despite Trump’s unpopularity in California, in a
state so large, millions are
eager to see him clash with
Democrats, who control the
levers of political power.
One supporter held up a
sign visible from the presidential motorcade: “Keep
calm and build the wall.”
Times staff writers Seema
Mehta in Los Angeles and
John Myers in Sacramento
contributed to this report.
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Rex Tillerson gets the boot
The secretary of State is just the
latest to go, a casualty of Trump’s
utterly chaotic management style.
ex Tillerson was the wrong
person to run the U.S. State Department, and he has done deep
damage to the organization —
most notably by proposing a controversial plan to restructure and shrink
the department, triggering the resignations
of more than half the senior career
diplomats, and failing to fill top vacancies
(the White House shares much of that
blame). But given Tillerson’s role as one of
the few sane heads in the upper echelon of
the Trump administration, it doesn’t bode
well for the country that the president
canned him Tuesday morning in favor of
Iran hawk and CIA chief Mike Pompeo.
A president, obviously, deserves to have
a secretary of State in whom he can feel confident and who tracks with his policy views.
But it’s hard to imagine anyone other than a
sycophant succeeding as secretary of State
to a president whose undisciplined thinking
and penchant for unilateral action regularly
undermine the foreign policy establishment, where international credibility is
predicated upon reliability.
For all of his flaws, Tillerson has been a
(slightly) moderating influence on a president who understands little of the world or
the power of nuance in diplomacy. The frictions between President Trump and Tillerson centered on the former’s nuttier
moves, such as his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, his taunting tweets
over North Korea and his ill-considered
drive to undo the Iran nuclear deal. If talks
with North Korea actually bear fruit, Tillerson likely deserves some of the credit, although the administration is already saying
the move was Trump’s alone. But Tillerson’s
defense of the Iran deal hasn’t been enough
to dissuade a president who still aims to
undo it (as, apparently, does Pompeo).
So where do we go from here? Well, it will
be up to the Senate to press Pompeo during
his confirmation hearing on what guidance
he would give the president on the Iran nuclear deal. (Trump lately has suggested that
he might reinstitute sanctions unilaterally if
European nations don’t agree to a deal
putting new limits on Iran’s nuke program.)
And Trump seems bent on a Mideast strategy of siding with Israel and the Saudis
against Iran and its clients. Will Secretary of
State Pompeo accelerate that policy? Would
he be right or wrong to do so? And how does
Pompeo view possible direct talks with
North Korea? How can the U.S. hope to persuade Kim Jong Un to denuclearize if it’s simultaneously backing away from its nuclear
deal with Iran?
Pompeo also has defended the intelligence community’s appraisal of Russian
meddling in the 2016 election, a conclusion
that Trump has derided. (Trump’s selfserving view of reality was reinforced Monday by a partisan and premature draft
report from House Intelligence Committee
Republicans, which concluded that there
was no effort by Russia to aid Trump in 2016
and no collusion with the Trump campaign.) As the Mueller investigation continues, does that difference of opinion make
Pompeo’s eventual dismissal inevitable?
Stay tuned.
The reality is that no appointees serve
this master well unless they are willing to
tack with his inconsistencies. One of the
president’s more notable comments Tuesday was his observation that “we’re getting
very close to having the Cabinet and other
things that I want.” That foreshadows more
dismissals and disarray, but 15 months after
the inauguration, the president — who appointed the numerous top-level officials he
has sacked or who have quit — is talking as
though he’s just finishing up the transition
work. That’s remarkably inept.
Moving Pompeo to State opens the top
position at the CIA, and Trump said he will
appoint Gina Haspel, whose long career at
the agency includes many years of undercover work, a key role in the “extreme rendition” program and oversight of a “black site”
in Thailand where terrorism suspects were
tortured. Though the appointment of the
first female head of the spy agency is laudable, senators must drill deeply into her
views of that dark past, and whether she has
repudiated those reprehensible practices or
would resurrect them under a president
who has admired waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
Ultimately, we fear that the removal of
Tillerson and the related deck-shuffling will
do little to settle the most unsettled administration in memory. Trump entered the
presidency uniquely unprepared for the job,
and he has proved to be a slow — or even
truculently resistant — learner of what it
takes to lead the nation and to set the moral
and diplomatic tone for much of the rest of
the world.
Reject Sinclair’s mega-merger
n 2004, Congress delivered what
seemed to be an unmistakable message about ownership limits in the TV
broadcasting industry. It ordered the
Federal Communications Commission
to institute a new cap: No company could
own stations that collectively broadcast
into more than 39% of U.S. homes.
So why hasn’t the FCC summarily rejected Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed
purchase of Tribune Media, which would allow Sinclair-owned stations to beam their
programs to more than 70% of U.S. TV viewers? Because by the deliberately skewed calculations of the FCC’s current Republican
majority, those stations’ broadcasts don’t
reach the households they really do reach.
Media mergers are routinely opposed by
consumer groups concerned about the consolidation of power among a relatively small
number of giant Hollywood studios and
communications companies. This deal has
drawn extra fire from left-of-center critics
because Sinclair’s owners have used their
stations to advance their own (conservative) agenda — for example, by requiring local broadcasters to run political commentaries by a former aide to President Trump
and promotions that echo Trump’s “fake
news” attacks on the media.
But Sinclair’s political leanings are not
the problem here. The real issue is whether
any company — regardless of its politics —
should be able to amass control over so
much of the public airwaves.
For more than 80 years, Congress has offered broadcasters an incredibly sweet deal:
They could obtain the exclusive rights to a
slice of prime airwaves in exchange for operating in the public interest. Lawmakers
left it to the FCC to define what that meant,
and the definition has changed over time.
Still, from the early days of TV, a key element has been offering programming of local interest. That local focus informs the TV
ownership limits, which also promote diversity in programming and viewpoints.
After initially capping the number of stations a company could own, Congress
shifted to capping the percentage of Americans that a company’s TV stations could reach. But during the analog TV era, stations
using Channel 14 and higher — those in the
UHF band — had a more limited range than
those on or below Channel 13 — the VHF
band. So in 1985, the FCC declared that
UHF stations would receive a “discount”:
Their signals would be deemed to reach only
half the viewers in their market.
That discount should have been phased
out by 2009, once broadcasters had completely shifted to digital signals that are just
as far-reaching in UHF as in VHF. Instead,
the commission didn’t eliminate the UHF
discount until September 2016, after a
lengthy rule-making process.
The repeal, which prohibited any further
mergers and acquisitions that would circumvent the 39% cap, was a much needed
corrective. But shortly after Republicans
took over the commission in 2017, they restored the UHF discount — even as they
were tossing out other regulations right and
left. Less than three weeks later, Sinclair —
the largest broadcast group, owning or operating more than 170 stations in 81 markets
— announced its $3.9-billion purchase of
Tribune, which owns or operates 42 stations
in 33 markets.
The transaction won’t go through unless
the Justice Department’s antitrust division
signs off on it and the FCC agrees to transfer
the licenses held by Tribune’s stations to
Sinclair. To bring itself down to the 39% cap
with the UHF discount, Sinclair has said it
would sell stations in San Diego, New York
City and Chicago. But it also plans to continue to operate the New York and Chicago
stations after the sale, while maintaining an
option to buy the stations back. So much for
diversity and localism.
Top Republicans on the commission
concede that the discount is technically indefensible. They decided to restore it, however, on the argument that it cannot be
changed without altering the 39% cap. The
commission is now formally exploring
whether it has the authority to change the
cap, despite Congress’ instructions in 2004
not to do so. Rather than let Sinclair own
stations reaching almost three-quarters of
the U.S. audience, the commission needs to
close the door it opened and respect the law
as it was written.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
same for all citizens and
then pay for it with some
kind of payroll tax. In
America, this is called
My business vote for
governor goes to Gavin
Richard Fertell
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Mike Balsamo Associated Press
JACKIE LACEY decided not to charge an LAPD
officer who shot a homeless man in Venice in 2015.
Where’s the D.A.?
Re “Justice in police shootings,” editorial, March 11
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey paints
her failure to bring charges against ex-LAPD Officer
Clifford Proctor in the death of Brendon Glenn in 2015 as
simply performing her prosecutorial duty. But in reality,
it’s further evidence of her failure to protect citizens from
officer wrongdoing.
Lacey claims prosecutorial ethics prevent her from
charging if a jury may not convict. Yet these ethics did
not prevent her office from bringing drug possession
charges against Ronald Shields, despite video evidence of
an officer planting drugs he claimed to find. While
Shields ultimately escaped conviction, Lacey has not
charged the perjuring officers.
Nor can she portray her inaction as a refusal to bow to
political pressure. Los Angeles Police Department Chief
Charlie Beck, who has every motivation to defend his
officers, reviewed the same evidence and uncharacteristically called for prosecution.
Lacey’s inaction only reinforces the dangerous belief
that officers are above the law.
Melanie Ochoa
Los Angeles
The writer is a staff attorney at the American Civil
Liberties Union of Southern California.
Lacey, after spending
almost three years considering whether to file criminal charges, finds no culpability for the officer by
“proving” the existence of a
negative: She said that “no
witnesses stated that
Glenn was not attempting
to grab the gun.”
Lacey’s decision flies in
the face of the positions
taken earlier by Beck and
the Police Commission.
She argues that the department’s unprecedented
recommendations are no
more persuasive than an
individual officer urging an
assistant district attorney
to file an indictment.
If D.A.s are really able to
convince a grand jury to
indict a ham sandwich,
Lacey should have pursued
criminal charges so the
matter could be decided by
a jury of the former officer’s
Noel Johnson
Trump and the
Re “Welcome to California,
Mr. President,” editorial,
March 12
U.S. News and World
Report recently rated
California as having the
worst quality of life in the
United States. In reaction,
one Fox News pundit wrote
that this was due in part to
the fact that Californians
“are simply insufferable.”
Thanks to his admitted
aversion to reading, we
needn’t worry about President Trump basing his
opinion of our state on the
Your editorial listed
some places Trump might
visit in order to get a feel for
some of the issues our state
faces. Most leaders would
consider this a priority.
However, if we have
learned anything these last
14 months, it’s that our
president has no interest in
basing his opinions and
actions on thoughtful
examination and investigation. As far as California is
concerned, the only fact
Trump cares about is that
we “insufferables” haven’t
joined his team.
Mary Franklin
Huntington Beach
The Times suggests
that Trump’s California
visit include stops in immigrant and lower-class
communities so he can see
the rest of our Golden
State. How soon we forget!
I confess having had a
great deal of schadenfreude when my relatives on
the Westside were boxed in
by President Obama’s
frequent trips there, while
his motorcade cruised
between mansions for
At least he got to the
studios to film episodes
with the various late-night
hosts. Plain folks, them.
David Goodwin
Los Angeles
Since President Trump
has a well-earned 66%
disapproval rating in California, most of us aren’t
very welcoming of him
during his brief visit to
Trump has bent over
backward to give the benefit of the doubt to neoNazis and people accused
of spousal abuse and sexual harassment. He has
suggested that Democrats
who don’t clap for him are
treasonous. He honors
Russia and dishonors the
FBI. He looks favorably on
deceit, hypocrisy, conflict
of interest and nepotism.
He lies.
Welcoming Trump to
California is tantamount to
welcoming a despot.
Bunny Landis
The Times editorial
board points out the wonderful and exciting things
Trump might get to see
and know if he were inclined to do so.
Unfortunately, one
thing California shares
with the rest of the country
is not just an appearance of
liberal media bias, but
outright hostility toward
Ron Lesovsky
Huntington Beach
Business case
for single-payer
Re “Single-payer care is a
pipe dream,” column,
March 12
George Skelton’s March
12 column hits me where it
counts: my pocketbook.
Coming from the smallbusiness community, I
have felt the financial pain
of our current healthcare
system on the bottom line.
Skyrocketing costs, rationed health plans and
telephone books of insurance paperwork make for a
competitive nightmare in
this state.
Americans are the only
entrepreneurs in today’s
global economy forced to
endure such an expensive
and wasteful way of providing healthcare. Germany,
Japan, Israel, China and all
of our other wealthy trade
partners have healthcare
systems that give their
businesses a global advantage over American ones.
We can spread risk
better by putting everyone
in the same pool and control costs by providing a
comprehensive health
benefit package that is the
Skelton is right that a
state single-player plan is a
terrible idea.
No government entity in
the U.S. has been able to
bring healthcare costs
under control. Medicare
faces serious financial
challenges. What makes
the California Legislature
think it can control costs
better than the feds?
I am not as optimistic
as Skelton that this is just a
pipe dream. I think the
Democratic supermajority
in Sacramento could very
well pass a single-payer
bill. I also think that President Trump would love to
limit the federal government’s liability for Medicare while also shifting the
financial burden for all of
California’s healthcare to
the state.
I do think we need a
system of universal healthcare, but both parties
should work together in
Congress to create a whole
new system based on both
the Democrats’ concept of
universal coverage and the
Republicans’ principle of
some individual choice.
After all, the feds can
print money. All California
can do is tax.
Arthur L. Wisot, MD
Rolling Hills Estates
Skelton and Antonio
Villaraigosa are both
wrong. We currently do
provide insurance for
everyone in emergency
Single-payer healthcare
will end up costing California $37 billion less than
we are currently spending,
according to one analysis.
It will insure everyone. It
will enable people to get
comprehensive and preventive care, which will
ultimately cost less than
accessing care in an emergency room.
It will save lives because
people without insurance
die. It’s the hard truth.
With healthcare costs
continuing to rise, California can’t afford not to
enact a single-payer plan.
We nurses understand this
better than anyone.
Maryann Kachur
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
More inaction
on gun control
Re “Trump reneges on gun
control promise,” March 13
President Trump reneges on his gun control
promises. This is news?
When has Trump not
reneged on a promise to
the American people?
And we thought Trump
wasn’t a politician.
The president promises
people to whom he is
speaking what he believes
they want to hear, then he
does what his donors want.
He has become the consummate politician.
Shirley Conley
Thus is the hope for
meaningful restrictions
sicklied o’er by power, and
in the enterprises of great
pith and moment, we lose
the name of action.
But I’m still marching in
the Parkland-inspired
March for Our Lives on
March 24. Sooner or later
the tipping point will be
Carole Cooper
Manhattan Beach
I’ve got a great idea:
We’ll stop carrying guns,
and we’ll hire “policemen”
to protect us from one
Ray Sherman
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What Breitbart would think of Bannon
Ex-Trump aide embraces
caricature of a right-wing
racist that late critic hated.
ne of the things that
motivated my old
friend Andrew Breitbart was his righteous
indignation at being
called a racist. That’s a running
theme in his book, “Righteous
His friend Ben Shapiro told me:
“Andrew Breitbart despised racism. He took pride in rejecting
racism and fighting it tooth and
nail. He saw it as a form of bullying.
Nothing devastated him more
personally than being maligned as
He would also advise conservatives not to be deterred if their
opponents on the left unfairly
called them racists — something
he rightly believed happened all
the time. Indeed, one of the things
that got him out of bed in the
morning was fighting the mediaDemocratic narrative that conservatives are all a bunch of racists.
In one famous episode, members of the Congressional Black
Caucus walked through a crowd of
tea party protesters seeking a
provocation. Subsequently they
claimed the attendants screamed
the N-word and other epithets at
them. The press reported it all as
fact. Breitbart, noting the sea of
cameras and iPhones at the event,
offered a $10,000 reward to anyone
who could provide proof of the
CBC’s claims. No one came forward.
That was the Andrew Breitbart
I was proud to call my friend.
Last week, just after the sixth
anniversary of his demise, the man
who replaced him at Breitbart
News, Stephen K. Bannon,
launched his blood and soil tour of
Europe. The climax was a speech
to the ultra-right French National
Front in which he perverted Breitbart’s defiant message, preferring
to embrace the caricatures Breitbart dedicated himself to fighting.
Bannon told the crowd: “Let
them call you racists. Let them call
you xenophobes. Let them call you
nativists. Wear it as a badge of
He continued: “The tide of
history is with us, and it will compel us to victory after victory after
There’s something darkly
comic about a guy who in the last
year was fired from the White
House, fired from his website and
defenestrated by the patrons who
supported him, speaking to a
sparse crowd of Vichy nostalgists,
claiming that the tide of history is
with him.
If Breitbart were still around, I
bet he’d tell Bannon to stay in
Europe — and not just because his
tendency to wear several shirts
seems more consistent with European fashion. Bannon’s understanding of conservatism is entirely European.
In a famous — and famously
misunderstood — essay, “Why I
Am Not a Conservative,” Friedrich
Hayek, the Nobel Prize-winning
economist and political theorist,
wrote: “Conservatism proper is a
legitimate, probably necessary,
and certainly widespread attitude
of opposition to drastic change. It
has, since the French Revolution,
for a century and a half played an
important role in European politics. Until the rise of socialism, its
opposite was liberalism.”
What Hayek meant by liberalism is the laissez faire, limited
government, philosophy that
defined the best parts of the
French and Scottish Enlightenments.
These classical liberals fought
with conservatives of all stripes,
arguing for inalienable and universal human rights. And they
were opposed by theocrats, aristocrats, monarchists and archtraditionalists who argued for the
rule of altar and throne, caste and
“There is nothing corresponding to this conflict in the history of
the United States,” Hayek observed, “because what in Europe
was called ‘liberalism’ was here the
common tradition on which the
American polity had been built:
thus the defender of the American
tradition was a liberal in the European sense.”
Conservatism in America has
always been deeply traditionalist,
sometimes too much so. But at the
core of the modern conservative
movement has been the effort to
protect, defend and conserve the
traditions of a liberal revolution,
grounded in the best arguments of
the enlightenment (slavery notwithstanding).
Bannon’s potted blood and soil
nationalism and racially tinged
populism run counter to that
project and the best and highest
ideals of conservatism and America itself.
He turned in to a
“platform” (Bannon’s word) for
the alt-right seeking to inject
European swill into the American
body politic.
Let him stay in Europe and
hand out torches for the marchers.
His un-American schtick has no
place here. I’m sure Breitbart
would agree.
An immigration
policy based on
the president’s
fever dreams
The people in charge are
trying to scare us into
giving them more power.
By Matt Welch
ast week in Sacramento, U.S. Atty. Gen.
Jeff Sessions said that
because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf gave a
public warning before a recent
immigration sweep, agents from
Immigration and Customs Enforcement “failed to make 800 arrests that they would have made
if the mayor had not acted as she
This was, like so many things
Sessions and his boss, President
Trump, say about immigration, a
lie. From sanctuary cities to voter
fraud to the visa lottery system,
this administration is not only
bending the truth about the foreigners in our midst, but also actively basing policy on its fever
The ICE raid in question targeted around 1,000 people, leading to 232 arrests. According to
reporting by the New York Times,
such large-scale enforcement actions typically have a success ratio of around 30%. If that’s true,
the arrest deviation from the
norm was about 70, not Sessions’
What’s more, the blanket
characterization of the noncaught as “criminal aliens and
public safety threats” (in the
words of Acting ICE Director
Thomas Homan) isn’t accurate,
either. Only half of those arrested
had convictions for “serious
or violent” crimes or “significant
or multiple” misdemeanors,
consistent with stats from previous raids. It’s almost as if the people in charge of enforcing our laws
are trying to scare us into giving
them more power.
In a rare and clarifying moment of bureaucratic honesty,
ICE San Francisco spokesman
James Schwab resigned rather
than go full boogeyman.
“I didn’t feel like fabricating
the truth to defend ourselves
against [Schaaf ’s] actions was
the way to go about it,” Schwab
told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“We were never going to pick up
that many people. To say that
100% are dangerous criminals on
the street, or that those people
weren’t picked up because of the
misguided actions of the mayor,
is just wrong.”
Immigration hard-liners may
be asking themselves: What’s the
problem with a little hyperbole,
especially given that politicians
and government officials (including many in California) routinely
dissemble and lie?
It’s a good question, with an
easy answer.
Any government propaganda
is worth calling out, whether it’s
Barack Obama’s “noble lie”
about people being able to keep
their doctors and insurance policies, or the fibs most of California’s political class have told
themselves over the years about
the affordability of that $77.3 billion (and counting) bullet train
scheduled for completion any
decade now.
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THE SECRETARY OF STATE learned via Twitter that the president was replacing him.
Rex Tillerson was an
odd fit from the start
By Doyle McManus
he mystery isn’t why
Rex Tillerson was fired
this week. It’s why he
lasted so long.
Tillerson, a thoroughly conventional conservative
who became secretary of State on
the strength of a career negotiating
oil deals for Exxon, was out of step
with his boss from the start.
He was a George W. Bush Republican in a Donald Trump world.
His chief sponsors were Bush
aides, Condoleezza Rice and
Robert M. Gates. He was the embodiment of the theory that
Trump would “pivot” toward traditional GOP policies after his inauguration. But the pivot never happened.
That left Trump and Tillerson
at odds on major issues. Trump’s
version of “America First” views
international alliances as costly
encumbrances; Tillerson wanted
to preserve them. Trump wanted
to tear up Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran; Tillerson
wanted to keep it. Trump pulled
the United States out of the Paris
agreement on climate change; Tillerson wanted to stay in.
If that weren’t enough, Tillerson was simply bad at his job. Instead of focusing on diplomacy, he
spent much of his time redesigning
the State Department bureaucracy and offering to cut his own
Tillerson’s defenders said he
was a voice for moderation, and he
was — but an ineffective one.
Trump undercut him relentlessly,
dismissed his attempts to negotiate a deal with North Korea as useless, and finally took over the effort
Nor did Tillerson ever sincerely
attempt to win over his boss on a
personal level. When NBC reported that Tillerson had privately
called Trump a “moron,” the secretary of State denounced the report
— but never quite denied it.
Rumors began circulating almost six months ago that Trump
was ready to fire his ill-fitting secretary of State. The reports even
named the most likely successor:
CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
So Tillerson’s dismissal came as
the least surprising, and least
graceful, firing in recent political
history — the first time a president
has ever fired a Cabinet member
on Twitter.
The clumsy episode revived a
perennial question: Can anyone
who agrees to serve Trump escape
without serious damage to his
Pompeo is about to find out.
On the surface, the former tea
party congressman from Kansas
looks like the anti-Tillerson. Tillerson is taciturn, understated and
imperious. Pompeo is swaggering,
loquacious and brashly hard line.
The CIA, he said last year,
“must be aggressive, vicious …
[and] focused on crushing our enemies.”
He’s won Trump’s heart the
same way Defense Secretary
James N. “Mad Dog” Mattis did, by
sounding like a take-no-prisoners
tough guy.
Pompeo is clearly more hawkish
than Tillerson, especially on Iran.
After Trump’s election, thenCongressman Pompeo said he
looked forward “to rolling back this
disastrous deal with the world’s
largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
He has accused American Muslim
leaders of being “potentially complicit” in domestic terrorism.
But Pompeo, who learned international politics at West Point and
graduated from Harvard Law
School, is also quite capable of nuance and revision.
Once installed at the CIA, he acknowledged that the Iran deal had
put the United States “in a marginally better place” because it allowed international inspections of
nuclear facilities.
On North Korea, he believes
that it may be impossible to force
Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear force immediately, and that
the United States should pursue
the “secondary goal” of stopping
nuclear tests.
And he has endorsed the intelligence community’s view that Russia’s Vladimir Putin meddled in the
2016 election and is trying to meddle again — an unusual break from
the president. He has consistently
argued that Russia is a bigger
threat than Trump seems to think.
So it’s not clear that Pompeo’s
ascent means a major shift in foreign policy. Instead, it likely means
a more effective Trump foreign policy — one with the State Department inside the circle of decisionmakers, instead of outside.
Long before this week, Trump
wasn’t listening to Tillerson; he
was listening to Pompeo, who often
delivered the president’s morning
intelligence briefing in person.
The question for Pompeo, now
that he is getting the most important job in the Cabinet, is how he
will define his role. Will he be
Trump’s enabler — or will he try to
restrain the president’s undiplomatic impulses, as Tillerson tried
to do? Will he submit to Trump’s
worst instincts? Or will he tell the
president when he’s wrong?
And will Trump listen?
Doyle McManus is a
contributing writer to Opinion.
Twitter: @doylemcmanus
But what’s weird about
America in 2018 is that the political fables we tell about our opponents are now becoming the basis
of real-world government action,
frequently misguided. This is
particularly true in the divisive,
difficult and emotional area of
immigration policy. Consider:
8 Days after taking the oath of
office, Trump made the factually
ludicrous claim that 3 million to
5 million people voted illegally for
Hillary Clinton in 2016. This led directly to the creation of the Presidential Advisory Commission on
Election Integrity, a debacle that
was thankfully disbanded before
it could do real harm. The voterfraud conspiracy theorists associated with the commission,
though, are now concentrating
their energies on making sure the
immigrants in the country illegally by asking all recipients
about their legal status for the
first time since 1950. (Undercounting would lead to less political power in the House of Representatives in blue states such as
California with large populations
of people here illegally.)
8 Trump has for months been
campaigning to end the “diversity visa lottery,” making it a condition of getting a final deal on socalled Dreamers. His description
of the visa, which is granted to
50,000 people a year from low-migration countries, bears almost
no resemblance to reality.
“Do you think the country is
giving us their best people? No.
What kind of a system is that?” he
told FBI graduates in December.
“They come in by lottery. They
give us their worst people, they
put them in a bin, but in his hand,
when he’s picking them is, really,
the worst of the worst. Congratulations, you’re going to the United
Actually, home-country governments don’t pick their exiting
populations, and the recipients
have to meet education requirements and other qualifications
imposed by Washington.
8 Trump wants to end what he
and Sessions call chain migration
(family migration is the more value-neutral term), arguing in his
State of the Union address that,
“under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring
in virtually unlimited numbers of
distant relatives.” This description, too, is untrue: Immigrants
can only bring in members of
their nuclear family, through a
process that is in practice quite
We expect, though should never accept, that political actors
will fudge facts and straight-out
make things up to persuade people and gain votes. But Trump
and Sessions are more than just
politicians — they are the head of
the executive branch and the No.
1 law enforcement official in
America, and they’re weaving
policy from fantasy.
Matt Welch is editor at large of
Reason, a magazine published
by the libertarian Reason
Foundation, and a contributing
writer to Opinion.
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A voice of moderation ousted
[Tillerson, from A1]
thority for running the State
Department to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan. He
said he is committed to ensuring “an orderly and
smooth transition.”
Tillerson was blindsided
last week when Trump
abruptly decided to accept
an invitation for a meeting
with North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un, an ambitious
but risky diplomatic initiative that normally would involve immense State Department input.
Tillerson also has opposed Trump’s repeated
vows to withdraw from the
2015 nuclear disarmament
accord with Iran as early as
mid-May unless it undergoes substantial revisions
that Iran and most U.S. allies have rejected.
Speaking to reporters before he flew to San Diego for
his first visit to California as
president, Trump said he
and Tillerson “disagreed on
things,” citing the Iran nuclear deal.
“So we were not thinking
the same,” Trump said.
“With Mike Pompeo, we have
a similar thought process.”
The president said he
wished Tillerson well. “I actually got on well with Rex,
but it was a different mindset.”
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
PRESIDENT Trump said he and Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson “disagreed on things.” Tillerson had
challenged him on NATO, Russia and other issues.
praised Pompeo, saying,
“We’ve had a very good
chemistry right from the beginning.”
Trump said he would
nominate Gina Haspel, the
CIA’s deputy director, to replace Pompeo as head of the
nation’s chief spy service. If
confirmed by the Senate,
she will be the first woman to
lead the agency — at a time
when it faces complex new
military and digital threats
from Russia, China and
other rivals and adversaries.
Haspel is likely to face
tough questions during her
Senate confirmation hearing about her role in one of
the CIA’s darkest periods:
the harsh interrogation —
critics called it torture — of
terrorism suspects in “black
sites” overseas after the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Pompeo is expected to
win easy confirmation in the
Senate after hearings next
month. The Senate confirmed him as CIA director
by a vote of 66 to 32 last year.
Pompeo, a West Point
graduate from Kansas who
served in Congress from 2011
to 2017, said he was “deeply
grateful” to Trump and that
he looked “forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the
world to further America’s
Pompeo has savvy political skills that Tillerson lacks,
said Michael Allen, who
worked in the George W.
Bush White House and advised the Trump transition.
“He can do media, he
does the Hill, he does everything Tillerson didn’t do,”
Allen said. “Most of all, he
has Trump’s confidence.”
Trump’s allies on Capitol
Hill generally applauded the
move, suggesting that Pompeo could help Trump deal
with foreign policy challenges if only because it
would be clear that he spoke
for the president. Tillerson
often didn’t.
“As director of the CIA,
Mike has made contacts
throughout the world and
has come up with aggressive
policies to defend our homeland,” said Sen. Lindsey
Graham (R-S.C.). “No one
understands the threat
posed by North Korea and
Iran better than he does.”
Pompeo often briefed
Trump in person in the Oval
Office on crucial intelligence
issues, and in recent weeks
played a pivotal role in brokering messages from South
Korean officials about a pos-
sible meeting with the North
Korean leader.
Tillerson, a voice of moderation in an administration
riven by chaos, struggled to
find common ground with
Trump. He publicly challenged the president over his
withdrawal from the Paris
climate accord, his denigration of the NATO military alliance, his failure to confront
Russian operations overseas, and other major foreign policy issues.
After Trump gave a harsh
campaign-style speech to a
Boy Scout Jamboree in July,
Tillerson reportedly called
Trump a “moron” in a private meeting. Tillerson, a
former national president of
the Boy Scouts, later refused
to deny the remark, and it
clearly incensed Trump.
Trump publicly mocked
Tillerson in October for
“wasting his time trying to
negotiate with Little Rocket
Man,” referring to Kim, although the president ultimately seized the chance to
meet with the North Korean
leader — but cut Tillerson
out of the deliberations.
Still, Tillerson’s firing
was brusque even by
Trump’s standards. The
White House chief of staff,
John F. Kelly, phoned Tillerson before dawn Saturday
in Nairobi, Kenya, and urged
STEPHEN HAWKING, 1942 - 2018
Celebrity physicist, revolutionary
[Hawking, from A1]
because of his physical inability to use pencils,
and speaking only with a
computer-controlled synthesizer, Hawking reshaped
basic ideas about the universe not once but twice. He
first helped to promote the
theory that the universe
originated in a “big bang”
about 15 billion years ago,
then reversed field and postulated a universe without
beginning or end.
Hawking’s field was cosmology, the branch of physics that deals with the origin,
structure and evolution of
the universe.
“My goal is simple,”
Hawking once told Science
magazine. “It is complete
understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and
why it exists at all.”
Hawking made his reputation with his study of “singularities,” objects predicted by Einstein’s theory of
general relativity.
When a star with several
times the mass of our sun exhausts its nuclear fuel, it collapses, its matter crushing
together with such force
that it forms a singularity, an
infinitely dense point with
no dimensions and infinitely
large gravity.
The region around the
singularity is a black hole,
whose immense gravity prevents anything, including
light, from escaping.
Although a variety of evidence confirmed the existence of black holes, physicists in the 1960s were less
sure about singularities,
questioning whether a real
object could be so small as to
be dimensionless and nonetheless be infinitely dense.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images
Hawking’s discoveries
on black holes are his
most enduring.
As a Cambridge graduate student working with
mathematician Roger Penrose of Birkbeck College in
London, Hawking was able
to prove mathematically
that, if Einstein’s theory of
general relativity is correct,
then singularities must exist
precisely as described. He
subsequently showed, also
assuming general relativity
is correct, that the universe
must have begun as a singularity, which exploded in the
tremendous burst of the big
Later, he also showed
that the big bang must have
created huge numbers of
mini black holes, each with
the mass of a mountain condensed into a space the size
of a proton. He reached
the then-startling conclusion that these mini black
holes would evaporate,
shedding particles in spite of
their massive gravity.
According to his theory,
“empty space” at the edge of
a mini black hole would oc-
casionally release two complementary particles —
matter particles and antimatter particles (which effectively add up to “nothing”).
Hawking reasoned that if
the particle pair were created at the edge of a black
hole, one would fall into the
hole while the other would
fly off into space. Therefore,
the hole would radiate away
some of its energy.
When he first presented
his revolutionary idea at a
1974 symposium at Rutherford Laboratory near Oxford, the conference moderator shut off debate on his
proposal, saying, “Sorry,
Stephen, but this is absolute
rubbish!” Today, these particles are widely accepted
and are known as “Hawking
Hawking also concluded
that, 10 billion years or more
after their formation, these
black holes would ultimately
explode with the energy of
millions of hydrogen bombs.
In later years, Hawking
and UC Santa Barbara
physicist James Hartle
reached the remarkable, not
to mention ironic, conclusion that the universe is a
self-contained object that,
like the Earth’s surface, has
no edge or boundary, no beginning or end. If that is the
case, Einstein’s theory of
general relativity would have
to be modified, Hawking argued, and there would be no
“The universe would not
be created, not be destroyed;
it would simply be,” he concluded. “What place, then,
for a creator?”
Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford on
Jan. 8, 1942, exactly 300 years
after the death of the great
astronomer Galileo, as he
often noted. He was raised in
London and St. Albans in
He was an unexceptional
student, slow to read and never placing above the middle
of his class in elementary or
high school. But “it was a
very bright class,” he often
Entering Oxford, he
wanted to major in mathematics, but his father, a researcher on tropical diseases, disparaged the job
prospects of a mathematician and encouraged him to
study biology. As a compromise, he studied physics.
By his own admission,
Hawking had “an attitude of
complete boredom and a
feeling that nothing was
worth making an effort for.”
He was the prototypical
gentleman student, partying frequently, serving as
coxswain of the secondstring crew and studying for
only about an hour a day.
Nonetheless, he graduated
with “first class honors” —
the highest — when he gave
an impressive performance
on an oral exam at the conclusion of his studies.
He entered graduate
school at Cambridge but
had difficulty in mastering
the physics courses, in no
small part because his
movements were clumsy
and awkward. Physicians diagnosed his condition as
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in his first year and predicted that he would live
only three to five years, an
outlook that plunged him
into depression.
But remarkably, the progression of his disease
slowed. He also began to
make progress in understanding general relativity
and, perhaps more important, met and became engaged to Jane Wilde, an undergraduate studying modern languages at Westfield
College in London.
“If we were to get married,” he later said, “I had to
get a job. And to get a job, I
had to finish my PhD. I
therefore started working
hard for the first time in my
life. To my surprise, I found
that I liked it.”
The couple married in
1965 and had three children,
Robert, Lucy and Tim. The
couple separated in 1990 and
later divorced. In 1995,
Hawking married his onetime nurse, Elaine Manson;
they divorced in 2006.
By the early 1970s, Hawking had begun to make a
name for himself in the insular world of physics, but his
disease had progressed to
the point where he was restricted to a wheelchair. The
family found accommodations in a ground-floor
apartment owned by the
university, only a half-mile
from his office. He made the
daily commute in his electric
As his speech deteriorat-
ed, Hawking’s words were
interpreted by one of the
three nurses who were with
him around the clock, by one
of his graduate students
who usually accompanied
him on his wide travels, or by
his wife. But in 1985, while
visiting Geneva, he nearly
suffocated when he contracted pneumonia.
Physicians performed a
tracheotomy, permanently
installing a tube in his throat
through which he could
breathe comfortably. But in
saving his life, they muffled
his voice forever. Afterward,
he was only able to “speak”
through a speech synthesizer, which he controlled
by operating his onboard
computer through slight
motions of his hand.
In 1988, Hawking published his critically acclaimed book, “A Brief History of Time.” The book was
a popular success as well,
dominating the bestseller
charts and translated into
more than 22 languages.
He also made appearances on PBS’ “Nova,” was
on the cover of Newsweek
and profiled in Time, and
was the subject of several TV
In recent years, Hawking’s disability had worsened to the point where he
could move only some facial
muscles and fingers. Yet he
remained an energetic —
even flamboyant — partygoer, counting movie stars
as his friends.
Hawking never dwelled
on the “what ifs” — never
questioning what he might
have accomplished had he
not been disabled: “I doubt
that it would have been
much different. I have done
most of the things that I
wanted to do. Anyway, there
is no good thinking about
what might have been. I
might as well wonder what I
might have done if I had not
been good at physics.”
After his reputation was
established, Hawking focused on the search for a
grand unified theory, or
“theory of everything,” that
ties all the forces of nature
into one neat bundle.
His early life was chronicled in a 2014 film by that
name, with Eddie Redmayne winning the best actor Academy Award for his
portrayal of the scientist.
Though he was not successful in this final quest to
prove his theory, Hawking
was convinced that when it
was ultimately discovered,
its inevitable simplicity
would make it as intelligible
to laymen as to physicists.
As he concluded in his book:
“If we find the answer to
that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would
know the mind of God.”
Maugh is a former Times
staff writer. Former Times
staff writer Charles Piller
and the Associated Press
contributed to this report.
him to return to Washington
as soon as possible, according to the White House.
Trump announced Tillerson’s dismissal on Twitter
barely four hours after Tillerson landed in Washington
from Abuja, Nigeria. The two
had not spoken directly at
that point.
Hours later, the White
House also fired Steven
Goldstein, whom Tillerson
picked three months ago to
serve as undersecretary of
State for public affairs and
Goldstein had told reporters that Kelly had told
Tillerson to expect a presidential tweet, not that he
would be fired. That contradicted the White House version, which said Kelly had
warned Tillerson he was being replaced.
Tillerson is only the third
U.S. secretary of State to be
fired. The most recent was
Alexander Haig, who was
forced out in 1982 after his
brash leadership caused
problems with President
Tillerson’s taciturn style
was the opposite of brash.
But he clashed with Trump
over several key policy issues.
In addition to resisting
Trump’s effort to scrap the
deal with Iran to curb its
opposed Trump’s decision
to move the U.S. Embassy
in Israel to the divided city
of Jerusalem. The plan
has seemingly destroyed
chances of a negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the
short term.
And despite a record of
high-stakes energy deals
with Russian authorities in
his former job as chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.,
Tillerson has voiced more
public mistrust of Moscow
than Trump has.
On Monday, Tillerson
again departed from the
White House position, denouncing Russia for a poison attack in Britain that
targeted a former Russian
spy, who has criticized President Vladimir Putin, and his
daughter. More than 20 people, including first responders, were injured by the
chemical agent.
The attack “clearly came
from Russia” and will “trigger a response,” Tillerson
said. Earlier in the day, the
White House had conspicuously declined to join British
officials in blaming Russia
for the attack.
For much of his 14-month
tenure, Tillerson traveled
the world doing damage
control, trying to placate allies in Europe and elsewhere
who felt alienated or confused by Trump’s erratic
policy pronouncements and
threats. His trip to Africa
was partly to mollify governments offended by Trump’s
reported dismissal of immigrants from “shithole countries.”
Time after time, Tillerson
had to explain to foreign allies what Trump has meant
when he seemed to be insulting their countries. “The
president’s tweets don’t define the policy,” Tillerson
said last month during a trip
to Latin America, where
Trump’s policies have roiled
Even as he differed with
Trump, Tillerson had few allies on Capitol Hill or among
the diplomats and civil servants in the sprawling department he headed. Many
in the foreign service saw
him as aloof and distant as
he pursued a plan to cut
budgets, trim staff and reorganize the department’s bureaucracy.
His legacy in public service has few clear achievements. Rep. Eliot L. Engel
(D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said
Tillerson leaves a “hobbled”
State Department.
“The timing of this move
also couldn’t be worse,” Engel said. “Less than a week
after announcing a summit
with Kim Jong Un — the sort
of engagement that will require a diplomatic full-court
press — the president has let
the world know that he’s
throwing an already hollowed-out State Department into further disarray
with a transition at the top.
However much I may have
disagreed with Secretary
Tillerson, to push him out
at this moment sends a terrible message to friends and
adversaries all over the
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Students and
face choices
on walkouts
Planned protests mark
a month since deadly
Florida rampage.
By Howard Blume
and Sonali Kohli
Photographs by Robert
Gauthier Los Angeles Times
TAYLOR POAGE , center, exults with a friend in San Diego after seeing President Trump drive by Tuesday.
Where Trump
passes for Reagan
Many in Newport Beach admire both presidents
ADRIAN ASENCIO of Redlands salutes as the national anthem is
played at a rally for Trump supporters in San Diego on Tuesday.
Can you guess which
Southern California
city has a John Wayne
Day on the birthday of
the late actor and
staunch conservative?
Clue: It’s the same
city that has a statue of
former President Ronald Reagan.
You’re disqualified if you live in
Newport Beach, which I visited Tuesday to test the water on how locals feel
about President Trump. The president had just arrived at the Mexican
border to inspect the prototypes for
his big beautiful wall, and he wasn’t
on the ground long before he poked a
stick in California Gov. Jerry Brown’s
“I think Governor Brown has done
a very poor job running California,”
said Trump, who made a crack about
high taxes and said once again that
we are “totally out of control” here.
I can think of a dozen things I’d
like to say about Trump judging
anyone else’s job performance, but
I’m not going to. California literally
rained on Trump’s parade Tuesday,
relieving me
[See Lopez, B4]
A cold California shun
GOP candidates keep their distance during Trump visit
By Christine Mai-Duc
President Trump vowed earlier
this year that he’d stump for Republicans in competitive House races, saying he would spend “probably four or
five days a week” helping GOP candidates get elected. As he made his first
visit to California, a state with several
seats in play, few seemed interested in
taking him up on his offer.
A presidential visit in an election
year often comes with an entourage of
local officials and candidates hoping
to catch a photo op or ride his coattails. But in Southern California, a
hotbed of the left’s resistance out West
that could prove crucial in the
midterm elections, many are staying
The Times asked more than a dozen Southern California GOP candidates if they would attend events with
Trump. Most of them either did not respond or said they had no plans to join
the president.
“I can 100% assure you that he will
not be at any Trump events this week,
fundraisers or otherwise,” said
Brooke Borcherding, a campaign
spokeswoman for Assemblyman
Rocky Chavez, a moderate Republican running for Rep. Darrell Issa’s
open seat in Congress. Borcherding
said his absence is both a deliberate
choice and an [See Republicans, B4]
As a 16-year-old in high
school and a student of history, Axel Ortega faces a
tough choice on Wednesday
morning: Does he walk out
of class at Garfield to take a
stand or stay put? And if he
walks out, does he leave his
East Los Angeles campus?
Axel’s principal and
other administrators also
have been pondering what
choices Axel and other students will make and how to
Wednesday is the onemonth anniversary of the
mass shooting at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland, Fla. Student activists across America have declared it a national day of action to raise
awareness about the effects
of gun violence and push for
lawmakers to take action to
reduce it. Many different activities have been planned,
and thousands of students
from coast to coast are expected to walk out of classes
for 17 minutes, in honor of
the 17 killed in Parkland.
L.A. Unified officials find
themselves in an ironic
place. For about a month
they’ve celebrated the 50th
anniversary of Eastside
Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai
ERIC MUHAMMAD, left, an Inglewood barbershop
owner, checks the blood pressure of client Mark Sims.
A trip to barber
could also trim
blood pressure
Visits to trusted shop
cut hypertension in
black men, study says.
By Melissa Healy
When a customer opens
the well-worn door to Eric
Muhammad’s barbershop in
Inglewood, he’ll be looking
to relax in the comfort and
camaraderie of a neighborhood meeting place and
maybe to take a little off the
top or sides.
If that visitor is among
the close to 40% of African
American men with high
blood pressure, he might
also get a little taken off the
top of that vital health reading.
New research suggests
Capital murder
charge filed in
officer’s slaying
Hayne Palmour IV TNS
PRESIDENT Trump visits Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Polls
show he could be a liability for Republican incumbents in tight races.
walkouts in which students,
mostly of Mexican descent,
defied teachers, administrators and police. Those walkouts changed things for the
better, they’ve said.
At the same time, officials said they would prefer
students stay in their classes
and do other things now,
such as carrying out “17 acts
of kindness.”
Axel took part this
month in a district-sponsored reenactment of a
school board meeting from
the Eastside walkouts era.
Those walkouts “took a lot of
courage,” he said. “I know
many students were beaten
up by police and the teachers didn’t allow them to go
and some didn’t have the
support of their parents.”
In the run-up to Wednesday, many campus administrators offered compromises
— allowing students to leave
class for in-school events
paying homage to the 17 who
lost their lives in Parkland.
At the Carson High campus quad, students will hold
a 17-minute sit-in. Some will
speak about ways to deter violence.
At Francis Polytechnic
High in Sun Valley, students
will link arms on the football
field during a one-hour
assembly with the title
Interim L.A. schools
Supt. Vivian Ekchian will
join Eagle Rock High students for a silent remembrance before 17 empty
[See Walkouts, B5]
Prosecutors will decide
whether man accused
of fatally shooting
Pomona rookie will face
the death penalty. B3
that shops like Muhammad’s A New You Barber
and Beauty Salon might be
just the place to rescue African American men from an
epidemic that has ravaged
their ranks: uncontrolled
The study found that
when a group of African
American men with untreated high blood pressure
got a screening and a
friendly nudge from their
barber, as well as a visit to
the shop from a pharmacist,
close to two-thirds of the
men brought their blood
pressure into a healthy
Their systolic blood pressure — the top-line number
that measures the pressure
in your vessels when the
heart beats — fell by an aver[See Barber, B6]
Grandson to get
Manson’s body
Court decision leaves
the court saga of the
infamous killer’s death
half over. Next up is the
fight for his estate. B3
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Students aim to shut down UC vote
University of California
students from across the
state plan to converge on
the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday at UCLA to
protest a proposal to raise
tuition on out-of-state students.
In their “shut down the
vote” campaign, they will
ask the regents to reject a
proposed 3.5% increase in
the extra tuition that nonresident students pay. If
approved, that supplemental tuition would rise to
$28,992 for the 2018-19 school
year from $28,014.
The 3.5% increase would
raise $34.8 million. UC officials say nonresident tuition
dollars have helped pay for
more courses at UCLA,
academic support and
advising at UC Berkeley and
programs to raise graduation rates at UC San Diego.
Regents will not vote on a
proposed 2.7% increase in
tuition and fees for California students until May. In
their January meeting, they
postponed that vote to
allow more time to lobby the
Legislature for additional
Chloe Pan, a UCLA
student government leader,
said many students were
“infuriated” by the regents’
decision to vote separately
on tuition increases for
California and nonresident
“It’s an attempt to pit
communities against each
other,” said Pan, a senior
from Michigan majoring in
international development
and Asian American studies.
Pan said she and other
nonresident students have
contributed to the community. She said she has
worked as a campus organizer on sexual misconduct
and college affordability,
helped found UCLA’s first
residential community
focused on public service
and served on a student
advisory board to a campus
vice chancellor.
She said many more
students than usual plan to
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
STUDENTS plan to protest at UCLA over a proposed tuition increase for nonresidents. Above, a protest at a January regents meeting.
and UC officials
‘absolutely favor
— George Kieffer,
UC Board of Regents chairman
attend the meeting Wednesday because it will be held at
UCLA, which is far more
accessible to them than UC
San Francisco, a graduate
campus where most regents’ meetings are held.
Students also plan to speak
about other pressing needs,
she said, including housing,
financial aid and higher pay
for student workers.
Board Chairman George
Kieffer said the Legislature
was unlikely to provide
more funding to avoid a
tuition increase for nonresident students. State policymakers, along with UC
officials, “absolutely favor
California students,” he
said, adding that the extra
nonresident tuition dollars
help all students. The full
board will vote on the proposal Thursday.
After state officials cut
UC funding by one-third
following the 2008 recession,
campuses began enrolling
more students from other
states and countries to
replace the lost revenue.
From fall 2009 to fall 2017, the
number of nonresident
undergraduates nearly
quadrupled, to 37,217 from
9,552, while the number of
Californians rose from
167,900 to 179,530, according
to UC data.
To avoid a tuition increase for California students next year, UC students, faculty, administrators, alumni and regents
have launched a unified
effort to lobby for more state
They are asking legislators for an extra $140 million:
$70 million in lieu of a tuition increase, $10 million to
add California students,
$25 million to ease overcrowding and a one-time
$35 million in aid to cover
maintenance of classrooms,
labs and other facilities that
had been deferred.
The extra money is
needed especially, they
argue, because Gov. Jerry
Brown cut his proposed
increase to 3% this year
from 4% in recent years.
Brown, who opposes a tuition hike, said UC officials
should cut spending rather
than get more money.
To persuade legislators
otherwise, UC students
have made three trips to
Sacramento this week and
plan a major phone-bank
effort Wednesday at UC
Berkeley. Sarah Abdeshahian, a Berkeley sophomore and student activist,
said they will be luring stu-
dents into calling their
“The No. 1 way to get
students to phone bank is
free pizza, and that’s exactly
what we’ll be offering them,”
she said.
Kieffer and others said
the lobbying seems to be
making a difference. A bipartisan coalition of legislators, flanked by university
students and officials, unveiled a proposal this week
to give the UC system
$197 million more this year.
That’s more than double
Brown’s proposed funding
The regents also plan to
examine the university’s
costs and financial-aid
operations, as well as
UC President Janet Napolitano’s office budget and
program initiatives. A state
audit last year called on the
regents to strengthen their
oversight of her office.
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Remains of
Manson will go
to his grandson
Jason Freeman wins
court battle. Awarding
of estate is undecided.
By Alene
and Joseph Serna
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
POMONA Police Chief Michael Olivieri visits a memorial for Officer Greggory Casillas, who was slain Friday.
Cop killing charges filed
The man accused of
shooting Pomona
officer Greggory
Casillas could face
the death penalty.
By Brittny Mejia
A man accused of killing a
Pomona police officer was
charged with capital murder
and could face the death
penalty, the Los Angeles
County district attorney’s
office said Tuesday.
Isaias De Jesus Valencia,
38, was charged with one
count of murder in the death
of Greggory Casillas, with
the special-circumstance
allegations of murder of a
peace officer and murder
for the purpose of avoiding
or preventing a lawful arrest.
Valencia also faces seven
counts of attempted murder
and one count each of fleeing
a pursuing peace officer’s vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Friday, police received a call about a reckless
driver, and when the suspect
refused to stop, he led police
on a chase that ended when
he crashed into a parked car.
The man then ran into an
apartment building, where
he fired at officers from behind the door of a unit, police
Casillas, a 30-year-old
Upland father just six
months on the job, was
struck by gunfire and killed.
A second officer who was
shot in the face as he tried to
rescue Casillas was released
from a hospital and is recovering from his wounds, authorities said.
The shooting led to a
standoff that ended about 15
hours later when Valencia
was handcuffed by Los Angeles County sheriff ’s deputies.
Before the shooting,
Valencia had a history of
arrests in the Pomona
area, according to public records.
Nearly three years ago,
he was sent to state prison
for illegally possessing a
firearm and ammunition
and discharging a gun in
a school zone, as well as
destruction of jail property,
according to California
Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation press
secretary Vicky Waters.
Valencia was out on proba-
Valencia had suffered
from depression and drug
addiction, according to
Amos Young, an acquaintance who knew him through
the Pomona church Kingdom of God Revelation Ministries.
If convicted as charged,
Valencia faces the death
penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A decision on whether to
seek capital punishment will
be made later, the district
attorney’s office said.
Times staff writer Emily
Alpert Reyes contributed to
this report.
ICE spokesman quits in S.F.
By Alene
Christie Hemm Klok For The Washington Post
OAKLAND Mayor Libby Schaaf, above, was blamed for 800 “criminal aliens”
avoiding arrest. The ICE spokesman who quit called the statement false.
they’re a type of dangerous
criminal is also misleading,”
he said.
When he raised his concerns to ICE leadership,
Schwab said, he was instructed to “ ‘deflect to previous statements.’ Even
though those previous statements did not clarify the
wrong information.”
In a statement Tuesday,
ICE walked back the remarks, saying it’s hard to
know how many people
avoided arrest due to
Schaaf ’s alert.
“Even one criminal alien
on the street can put public
safety at risk and as Director
Homan stated, while we
can’t put a number on how
many targets avoided arrest
due to the mayor’s warning,
it clearly had an impact,”
said ICE spokeswoman Liz
Johnson. “While we disagree
with Mr. Schwab on this issue, we appreciate his service and wish him well.”
In an interview Tuesday,
Schaaf said she was moved
by Schwab’s decision to
stand aside.
“I can’t tell you how
touched I was that the ICE
spokesman resigned over
this incident, over the fact
that he was being told to
misrepresent the truth as a
government servant, as a
public servant,” Schaaf said.
“I really honor him for that
decision, because we really
have to continue to... reclaim
the trust that our residents,
I believe, are losing in the institution of both government and democracy.”
U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions repeated the claim at
the 26th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day
last week, saying agents
“failed to make 800 arrests
that they would have made if
the mayor had not acted as
she did.”
“Those are 800 wanted
aliens that are now at large
in that community — most
are wanted criminals that
ICE will now have to pursue
with more difficulty in more
dangerous situations, all because of one mayor’s irresponsible action,” Sessions
Last month’s sweep netted 232 arrests of people suspected of violating immigration laws. Of those, 115 had
prior convictions for “serious or violent” crimes or
“significant or multiple”
Schwab called the mayor’s alert misguided and not
“I think she could have
had other options,” he said.
“But to blame her for 800
dangerous people out there
is just false.”
Times staff writer Mark
Barabak contributed to this
Twitter: @AleneTchek
Pasadena police
chief is retiring
Announcement comes
amid federal inquiry
and use-of-force case.
By Alene
Official says agency
chief overstated the
effects of Oakland
mayor’s raid warning.
A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Francisco
resigned his post, disillusioned by what he called
false claims spread by
Trump administration officials after a four-day raid in
Northern California last
month, according to reports.
“I just couldn’t bear the
burden, continuing on as a
representative of the agency
and charged with upholding
integrity, knowing that information was false,” James
Schwab told CNN.
The story was first reported by the San Francisco
The controversy stems
from the warning sent by
Schaaf before the raid, in
which she urged immigrants
in the country illegally to
take precautions.
In a news release during
the sweep, ICE’s acting director, Thomas Homan, said
that “864 criminal aliens and
public safety threats remain
at large in the community,
and I have to believe that
some of them were able to
elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”
Homan later appeared
on “Fox and Friends” and
Schaaf ’s
saying she helped an estimated 800 “criminal aliens”
avoid capture.
Schwab told CNN he
thought that number was inflated.
“It’s a false statement because we never pick up 100%
of our targets. And to say
The remains of cult
leader Charles Manson were
awarded to his grandson
from Florida, court records
Kern County Superior
Court Commissioner Alisa
R. Knight authorized coroner’s officials to release
Manson’s remains to Jason
Freeman, according to the
ruling issued Monday.
“The court orders that
disposition of the remains
are to be determined by
Freeman … who will also be
responsible for the costs of
burial and funeral expenses,” the ruling said.
Manson was the mastermind of the gory rampage
that claimed the life of pregnant actress Sharon Tate
and six others during two
August nights in Los Angeles in 1969. The problematic
prisoner with a swastika
carved into his forehead generated a cult following during his four decades of imprisonment.
“We are delighted that
the judge found in our favor,”
said attorney Alan Davis,
who represented Freeman.
He said his client plans on
cremating Manson’s remains and then spreading
them privately.
Three people claimed to
be the rightful heir to Manson’s
Michael Brunner, who contends he is Manson’s last
surviving son; and Michael
Channels, his longtime pen
pal from Newhall.
All three were fighting in
court over Manson’s body —
which has been in storage
with the Kern County coroner since he died at 83 in a
Bakersfield hospital Nov. 19.
According to an attorney
County coroner, Manson
told guards at Corcoran
State Prison that he had no
surviving children and did
not have a will.
Channels, who said he
had a will from Manson bequeathing everything to
him, said on Facebook that
he would respect the commissioner’s decision.
“I am not sad, I am not
mad, I am at peace. I fought
for the wishes of a guy
who only I knew what his
wishes were anyway,” Channels wrote. “I would like to
think I would have still
fought as hard even if that
dude would have only been
John Doe or even you, my
friend. I am not as baffled in
the decision of the California
Court as some are, I guess
because I live here and not a
lot makes any sense here
With Monday’s order, the
saga over Manson’s death is
half over.
The same parties who
were vying for his remains
are also battling it out in a
downtown Los Angeles
courtroom for his estate and
are due back in court Friday
for the next hearing.
An attorney for Brunner
did not respond to requests
for comment.
Pasadena Police Chief
Phillip Sanchez announced
his retirement Monday from
an agency that has been embroiled in controversy in recent months.
In a statement, Sanchez
said his decision to step
down, effective April 18, after
eight years at the helm took
“much deliberation and
careful thought.”
“Putting on the Pasadena police uniform every
day has truly been a humbling experience,” he said. “I
am proud of the progress we
have made as an agency during my tenure.”
He cited the department’s body-camera program and headway in bringing diversity to the agency to
better reflect the community.
Sanchez’s statement did
not mention several recent
controversies, including the
federal investigation of a
lieutenant who served as his
adjutant and was indicted
on charges of selling dozens
of guns across Southern California without a license.
Lt. Vasken Gourdikian,
who formerly served as the
faces four felony counts, including illegally possessing a
short-barreled rifle and providing false statements
while buying firearms, according to the indictment
filed earlier this month in
U.S. District Court.
The department also
came under fire last year after two Pasadena police officers were captured on video
hitting a black motorist at
an Altadena gas station,
causing outrage in a community with a history of
complaints about how law
enforcement treats African
American men.
Videos captured by the
police and a bystander show
one officer repeatedly striking the unarmed motorist
with a baton during the Nov.
9 incident.
Another officer screams
at the man to give up his
hands and punches him at
least five times before slamming his face into the asphalt. Eventually, the officers handcuff the man behind his back.
The motorist, Christopher Ballew, suffered a broken leg and has filed a claim
for damages against the city
of Pasadena, the Police Department and chief, and the
two officers involved.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
PHILLIP SANCHEZ , who led the Pasadena Police
Department for eight years, will retire April 18.
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Newport residents fond of Trump
[Lopez, from B1]
of the need to mark turf.
Instead, I’m going to
remind myself that while
almost 9 million Californians voted for Hillary Clinton in a blowout, nearly
4.5 million voted for Trump.
In Newport Beach, Trump
had dissenters. But in most
neighborhoods of the affluent community, Trump
prevailed by a comfortable
margin, even though Clinton won Orange County —
which is much bluer than it
once was — and became the
first Democrat to do so
since the Great Depression.
On Balboa Island, under
skies as gray as the shrunken California Republican
Party, I found a 94-year-old
gent strolling near the water. Sy Kimball said he once
owned a convalescent home
where John Wayne’s mother
was a resident.
Reagan was a good man,
Kimball said.
I asked what he thought
Reagan would make of
Trump, and Kimball didn’t
have to think for long.
“Trump’s more like
Reagan than any president
we’ve had,” said Kimball,
who told me exactly what he
likes about the man who
currently calls the White
House home.
“If he says he’s going to
do it, he’ll do it,” he said.
Well, that’s not true. But
Kimball was such a genial
guy, I wasn’t going to argue
with him.
It’s gotta be tough for
older Californians to adapt
to the kind of changes that
have transformed the state.
Between 1952 and 1988,
Republicans won all but one
presidential election. And
we used to have Republican
governors and statewide
officeholders rather than
Democratic domination, so
on tough issues, there was a
healthy back and forth.
We’re too polarized now,
with extreme and inflexible
views on both sides of the
aisle. Reagan, for instance,
signed a bill that made
nearly 3 million immigrants
who were in the country
illegally eligible for amnesty,
and as governor he signed
an abortion rights bill.
Photographs by Genaro
in L.A. on Tuesday hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
TRAFFIC on 7th Street in downtown L.A. is blocked by an LAPD bus a block
from the InterContinental, where President Trump planned to stay Tuesday.
Fox News would ridicule
and destroy a man like that.
So let me repeat the
question, this time for Patti
Stern, president of the
Newport Harbor Republican Women: What would
Reagan make of Trump?
“I have no idea, and it’s a
very different country,” said
She’s right about that.
The country is much more
diverse, for one thing, and
Trump used that as a wedge
from the first day of his
Immigration is the “primary topic of discussion
this month,” said the February newsletter for Stern’s
group. Stern, in her message
to members, advocated for
Trump’s wall and his immigration policies.
“If we elect Republican
officials who refuse to acquiesce to the Democrats’
kowtowing to their base,
many of whom are here
illegally and are breaking
our laws, it will slow down
illegal crossings,” Stern
That same newsletter
carried a warning about a
report that “millennials are
increasingly turning away
from capitalism and toward
socialism — and even communism as a viable alternative.”
Hey, it’s Trump who
seems to be in love with
Vladimir Putin. Why no
mention of that?
On March 22, the Republican Women will host a visit
from Juanita Broaddrick,
who has alleged that President Bill Clinton raped her
in 1977 when he was Arkansas attorney general.
If it’s true, there’s no
defending Clinton.
But what does Stern
have to say about allegations against Trump, who
was heard on tape talking
about how he grabs women,
and who has given rise to
the career of stripper
Stormy Daniels, who says
they had an affair?
“I’m not going to be
discussing that,” said Stern.
Getting back to immigration for a moment, I
spotted three landscapers
Trump snubbed by GOP
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indication of Chavez’s demanding schedule “being
out in the community, talking to voters.”
Breaking with tradition,
no members of Congress
traveled to California on Air
Force One. When Trump arrived in San Diego on Tuesday morning, he was met at
different points by Issa and
congressman from the area,
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.
Issa, who announced in
January he would retire this
year, was seen in a VIP section at Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar in San Diego County as Trump addressed members of the military Tuesday afternoon. As
the president walked past
him to the stage, Issa handed him a green hat that
read “Make the Hornet
Great Again,” referring to a
military aircraft flown by
Marine pilots on base. They
shook hands.
The F-18 fleet is aging,
Issa said moments before
Trump arrived, and at any
given time almost half the
fleet is in repair.
“Support for our military
is one of the hallmarks of this
administration,” Issa said.
“The military was pretty demoralized at the end of the
Obama era.”
Hunter was spotted talking with Trump as he toured
prototypes for the border
wall in Otay Mesa. A Hunter
spokesman said his office received a call from the White
House before 6 a.m. Tuesday,
congressman was set to go
live on a local TV news show.
Trump was requesting
that Hunter and his father,
former Rep. Duncan L.
Hunter, join him at the border wall site. Hunter’s office
quickly rescheduled his
flight back to Washington,
D.C., so he could attend.
No other vulnerable Republican incumbents were
Later in the afternoon,
Shawn Steel, one of California’s two representatives to
the Republican National
Committee, was on hand to
greet the president after he
landed aboard Air Force
One at Los Angeles Interna-
Molina Los Angeles Times
A FAN of President Trump with apropos socks waits
working in a Balboa Island
yard and asked the crew
chief what he thought about
Trump’s visit.
“It’s not good,” he said,
telling me that he and the
other two are all undocumented, and the idea of
Trump being in the state
was a little unsettling.
He didn’t want to get in
trouble with his boss, but he
said he and his buddies get
$11 an hour, or $16 if they
drive the company truck.
Legal residents make a few
dollars an hour more, but
complaining means losing
your job.
California has exploited
immigrant labor throughout its history, which is why
immigration policy operates
on a wink and a nod. Too
many people benefit from it,
including agribusiness, the
hospitality industry and
homeowners who like cheap
goods and low wages —otherwise we would have
stopped sending mixed
messages long ago.
A couple of miles away, I
stopped at a house with an
American flag and a sign
that said “Buy American.” I
called to see if anyone was
home, but there was no
answer. A woman named
Nancy came by, walking her
dog, and when I told her
about the landscapers I’d
spoken to, she agreed that
immigration can be complicated.
That’s one reason she
and her husband are big
supporters. It’s an issue
crying out for someone to
take charge.
Lawyer fought for
Latino civil rights
ivil rights lawyer
who fought discrimination
classrooms, workplaces and voting booths as
a leader of the Mexican
American Legal Defense
and Educational Fund, has
died. He was 69.
Avila died Friday of cancer at his Seattle home, the
advocacy group said.
Avila was a point man in
the Latino civil rights battle
and argued voting rights
cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court.
In 1996, he was awarded
the MacArthur Foundation
“genius grant,” one of several noted accolades for his
work on the issue.
His son said Avila was a
kind, compassionate person. “If he saw someone in
trouble he tried to do something about it,” Joaquin
Avila Jr. said in a statement.
As a former president
and general counsel of the
Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational
Fund, Avila was involved in
groundbreaking court victories that led to more Latinos
working as electricians, firefighters and border guards,
and allowed parents in the
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
House seat, was too busy campaigning to be with Trump, a spokeswoman said.
tional Airport, along with his
wife, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, who is
running for reelection.
Another Republican congressional candidate, Scott
Baugh, said he is “100% focused on my campaign” and
would not attend any events
with Trump. Baugh is a former Orange County party
chairman who recently
jumped in to challenge Rep.
Dana Rohrabacher (RCosta Mesa). John Gabbard, a real estate developer
who’s running for the same
seat, said he also would not
see Trump.
“I’m telling them to stay
away,” another Republican
consultant based in Southern California said of his clients. He requested anonymity to avoid offending
Trump. “We’re not going to
dis the president, but we’re
not going to do a photo op
with him, either.”
Aside from the obvious
fact that Trump remains
stunningly unpopular statewide (a poll released in January by the Public Policy Institute of California put his
approval rating at 32%
among likely voters), recent
numbers show he could be a
liability for GOP incumbents in tight races.
A poll last month by UC
Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies painted
Trump as an albatross for
Rohrabacher and Rep.
Steve Knight (R-Palmdale),
both facing competitive
races. The pollsters found a
high correlation between
those who disapprove of
Trump, disapprove of the
Republican Congress and
say they’re disinclined to reelect their Republican member.
Add to that the perception of this year bearing a
Democratic wave and that
Democrats continue to
dominate in the “generic ballot” polls that ask which
party voters are inclined to
vote in a congressional race
and it starts to become clear
why Republican candidates
might not want to risk an appearance with their party’s
Focusing their campaigns on what they hope
will be a booming economy,
enthusiasm for the president’s tax plan and more local issues could help Republicans hold on in a year that
many predict will be good for
Allowing their races to be
framed around Trump, who
was the focus of many
Democrats’ campaigns in
2016 and remains a divisive
figure in California, could
spell doom.
In some districts where
Trump enjoyed wide support in 2016, candidates are
slightly more open to align-
ing themselves with the
president. A campaign
spokeswoman for Bill Wells,
the anti-abortion, pro-gunrights mayor of El Cajon who
is running against scandalplagued Hunter, said he
would have been happy to
have an audience with
Trump but wasn’t invited.
“He supports the president
and the plan to build the
wall,” the spokeswoman
Andrew Sarega, one of
several Republicans vying
for the seat being vacated by
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) who’s running on a platform supporting the tax bill
and opposing the Affordable
Care Act, said he also
wouldn’t have minded some
time with the president but
had “other commitments”
during the day.
As for the high-dollar
fundraiser Trump attended
in Beverly Hills on Tuesday
evening, Sarega said he
would be tied up at a meeting of the La Mirada City
Council. “But more realistically,” Sarega added, “I
could not justify spending
$50,000 on a dinner, regardless of the company.”
Times staff writers Sarah
Parvini in Otay Mesa and
Brian Bennet at Miramar
contributed to this report.
associated press
ASSEMBLYMAN Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), who is running for an open
Yes, she said, she thinks
Trump had an affair with
Stormy Daniels and is trying to cover it up, and yes he
says stupid things, and yes
he has “issues of moral
But she still likes what
she sees.
“As taxpayers, we feel
like our economy is going
down,” she said, which is a
curious argument from a
physical therapist married
to a physician and living
near the beach in one of the
most expensive ZIP Codes
in California.
“So many people are here
that aren’t part of the system. They get free schooling, they get free food.…
Somebody has to stand up
to them….
“That’s basically why
we’re Trump supporters.
We feel like everybody
should have to pay their
taxes and abide by the law,
and it’s not fair that our
kids, when they apply to
schools … a white male has
no prayer of getting into any
California school because
it’s all illegals who get first
dibs, and then it’s out-ofstate students.”
Some readers, I’m sure,
will cheer those sentiments.
For those who were
depressed by them, I met a
woman in her 20s two blocks
away. She said she and the
young people she knows, for
the most part, don’t hold
those views.
The past can’t hold.
The future is theirs.
U.S. illegally to enroll their
children in public schools
without paying tuition.
In an Associated Press
interview in 1983, Avila said
he saw those successes as a
measure of how the system
can be changed by working
within it. “We’re an instrument at the forefront of social change,” he said.
Avila has also been credited as the chief architect of
the California Voting Rights
Act, a state law that allowed
voters to challenge at-large
election systems on the basis that they dilute the
strength of minority voters.
However, his work also
prompted criticisms when
Avila himself was handling
dozens of cases against cities and school boards involving the issue.
In 2003, he wrote a UCLA
law school study saying the
state Constitution should be
amended so millions of noncitizen adults can vote.
Avila most recently was
director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at Seattle University
School of Law.
The native of San Antonio had degrees from Yale
and Harvard Law School.
He is survived by his wife,
three children and a brother.
Neal Hamberg Associated Press
If Joaquin Avila “saw someone in trouble he tried to
do something about it,” his son said in a statement.
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a gumball trail
By Brittny Mejia
Sacramento police are
searching for a man dubbed
the “Gumball Bandit” after
his struggle to steal a gumball machine from an animal
shelter was captured in a
widely shared video.
Front Street Animal
Shelter shared surveillance
footage of the suspect, adding subtitles, music and the
“The Gumball Bandit
faced many trials and tribulations when he broke into
our shelter and stole our
fund-raising gumball machine,” the shelter posted on its
Facebook page last week.
“But don’t feel too sorry for
this candy crook, he did just
steal from a shelter after all.”
The man appears to enter the shelter through a
doggie door and struggles to
push the gumball machine
through the same entrance,
spilling gumballs everywhere and later slipping on
Video subtitles note that
the suspect started picking
up about a dollar in quarters
from the ground.
“What a baller. (A gum
baller),” the subtitles read.
The man then tries to pry
open the machine’s quarter
compartment. The shelter
pointed out that the bandit
ignored a donation box filled
with cash sitting a few feet
“Suspect has a stroke of
genius, realizing buildings
sometimes have more than
one door,” another subtitle
reads. The man left through
another door, throwing the
machine over a barbed wire
The video has been
shared more than 12,000
The incident happened
about 5 a.m. March 7, according to Eddie Macaulay, a
detective with the Sacramento Police Department.
Police responded to the shelter after receiving a call
about the theft.
“There have been no arrests made, but it is an active
and open investigation,”
Macaulay said. “We encourage anybody who knows the
identity of the person to contact the Police Department
because we’d like to speak to
Twitter: @Brittny_Mejia
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
STUDENTS MARK the 50th anniversary of the
Eastside L.A. walkouts at an event at Garfield High.
Protesting guns and
other school issues
[Walkouts, from B1]
School police will not
physically block students
from walking off campus but
will encourage them to stay
put, said L.A. Unified School
Police Chief Steve Zipperman.
In previous walkouts,
school staff members — and
school police — often have
joined students to keep
them together and supervised. Arrests are rare,
though officials don’t rule
out the possibility that some
students could face discipline on Wednesday.
The #Enough National
School Walkout has been organized by the youth arm of
Women’s March, the nonprofit that planned megademonstrations in January
2017 and 2018. Organizers say
more than 2,800 walkouts
are scheduled nationwide —
as clocks strike 10 a.m. in
each time zone.
The students in Parkland
are organizing a separate
event, March for Our Lives,
on March 24 in Washington,
D.C., with hundreds of affiliated
around the country.
In 1968, the divide between district administrators and students was large.
Today’s L.A. Unified officials
express much in common
with the students. On Tuesday, the school board passed
a resolution calling for bans
on assault weapons, universal background checks
for gun purchasers and
other gun-control measures.
And a delegation of district
officials is scheduled to be in
Washington on Wednesday
to lobby for stricter gun control.
But students are planning wildcat events to push
against some district policies.
Axel wants to end the
practice of randomly searching students and to remove
police from campus — or at
least redefine officers’ roles.
“Honestly, I feel intimidated about them being
there,” he said. “They should
get to know us instead of
stopping us for no reason.
They could be nearby, but I
don’t know why they’ve got
to be at school. School is a
safe place. I don’t think we
need them inside.”
School police insist that
they see themselves as mentors and unofficial counselors.
Many student organizers
across the country have
shared views similar to Axel’s. They hope to use the
heightened public attention
to voice them.
Talk of bringing in more
police or arming teachers
“just sounds like making our
schools into prisons, which
they already are,” said Walle
Telusnord, a senior at Miami
Edison High School in Miami.
For students in South
L.A. and on the Eastside, violence isn’t so much the rare,
terrifying appearance of a
gunman, but an everyday
trauma, said Jennifer Maldonado, a community organizer who works with students through the East L.A.
group InnerCity Struggle.
“They know about gun violence because it happens in
our communities, either between each other or from police brutality,” Maldonado
Los Angeles has a long
history of student walkouts,
stretching back to the 1968
Eastside “blowouts,” when
thousands of students, most
of Mexican descent, staged
protests for more than a
week, demanding better
learning conditions. In 2006,
close to 40,000 students
across Southern California
walked out to protest proposed immigration legislation. In November 2016,
thousands of high school
students marched to City
Hall and other landmarks to
protest the outcome of the
presidential election.
“Students are engaged
and ... they’re willing to
stand up for their fellow students in powerful and compelling ways,” said Victor
Leung, deputy litigation director at ACLU of Southern
In Southern California,
many walkouts are expected
in schools — including those
in Corona del Mar and
Glendale — not often associated with activism.
South High in Torrance
alerted parents in a letter of
two separate, simultaneous
demonstrations: one promoting gun-control measures; the other opposing
“Planned speeches are
designed to be respectful
and appropriate,” wrote
Principal Scott McDowell.
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Haircut with a blood pressure trim, please
[Barber, from B1]
age of 27 points. In addition,
their diastolic blood pressure — the bottom number
that measures pressure on
the vessels’ walls between
heart beats — fell by an average of nearly 15 points.
The 132 men who got a
barbershop visit from a
pharmacist were almost six
times more likely to bring
their blood pressure under
control than were those who
just got a barber’s advice to
eat better, exercise more and
see a doctor. Fewer than 12%
of the 171 men in the latter
group brought their blood
pressure under control.
(Their average reductions in
systolic and diastolic blood
pressure readings were too
small to be considered statistically significant.)
The clinical trial was conducted from February 2015
to July 2017 in 52 blackowned barbershops across
Los Angeles County. Two
trained to treat high blood
pressure shuttled across a
450-square-mile area bringing advice and an array of
medications to the study’s
“Bringing rigorous medicine directly to men in a
barbershop, and making it
so convenient for them,
really made a difference,”
said Dr. Ronald G. Victor,
who led the new study.
“We had hoped for maybe
a seven-point difference” between the two groups in
their systolic blood pressure, the one that is considered a better predictor of
heart attack and stroke risk,
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
BRINGING medicine to black men at a barbershop helped lower their blood pres-
sure levels, a new study says. Above, Eugene’s barbershop in South L.A.
Victor said. “But this was a
really big difference” — the
kind that “could make an impact on a national level” if
the initiative were scaled up,
he said. “We were really ecstatic.”
The trial results were
published in the New England Journal of Medicine
and presented Monday at
the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting.
Victor said that the inclusion of two pharmacists — a
black man and a white woman, each of whom turned in
similar results — was the
“secret special sauce” that
appeared to bring participa-
nts’ blood pressure in check.
But skilled as these pharmacists were, Victor said
they might not have gained
the trust and influence they
eventually enjoyed if they
had not been welcomed into
barbershops and introduced by their trusted proprietors.
enough how much the barbers’ buy-in made all the difference,” said Victor, the associate director of CedarsSinai’s Smidt Heart Institute. The African American
shop owners who participated in the study had been in
business an average of 17 to
18 years, and the men they
enrolled had typically been
coming to their shops for
more than a decade, typically once every two weeks.
Muhammad was among
the first to sign on to the
study. The proprietor of his
shop for 18 years, Muhammad helped recruit nearly
half of the other barbers who
participated in the trial.
At the busy corner of La
Brea and Florence avenues,
Muhammad presides over a
“refuge” whose door is open
“whether you’re a doctor or a
gang member.” For a lot of
people, he said, “just being
here is a blessing.”
Muhammad said he has
always considered himself a
potential agent of health
promotion. But “it certainly
surprised me for a doctor to
come up with that idea,” he
Victor said that his own
hypertension had been diagnosed by a barber during a
training session for an earlier version of this study in
Texas. When Victor protested that he must have
been momentarily tense
while getting tested, the barber gently admonished him.
“If you can’t relax in my
barber chair, Doc, you’ve got
a problem,” the stylist told
him. “Now if you’re gonna
talk the talk, you gotta walk
the walk.”
Close to 40% of African
American men have high
blood pressure, a higher rate
than any other ethnic group.
And about one-third of
those men — compared with
43% of white men and almost 50% of black women —
have brought their hypertension under control with
This exacts a breathtaking toll among African
American men in terms of
death and disability. Their
high rates of heart attack
and stroke largely explain
the 3.4-year difference in the
life expectancy between
blacks and whites in the
United States.
Victor was optimistic
that barbershops could help
close that gap.
places,” he said. “They’re a
window into some of the
most positive aspects of
black men’s social lives: loyalty, friendship, inclusiveness. There are dads bringing their sons in, customers
who have come to the same
place since they were children. These men were not in
the clinic, that’s for sure.”
In African American
communities, “we can map
the places of black barbers
right there alongside black
ministers” as agents of trust
and authority, said Vassar
College history professor
Quincy T. Mills.
might ordinarily view physicians and pharmacists with
a suspicion borne of years of
systemic abuses, Mills said.
But in the familiar environment of their barbershop, “I
suspect the men were comforted that these interactions were happening in a
crowd of people, giving them
space to ask others, to push
Mills, the author of “Cutting Along the Color Line:
Black Barbers and Barber
Shops in America,” said that
a man’s health is not a subject that routinely comes up
while he is in the chair. But a
barber’s position of leadership, his association with
personal care and the connections he forges over time
with his customers may allow him to stretch the
bounds of what is permissible.
“That level of trust in the
barber is the first critical
piece here,” he said.
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in measure’s
restoring of
Fed latitude
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Amir Levy Getty Images
Senate banking bill
would bring back
some of central bank’s
discretion, but critics
say that’s dangerous.
By Jim Puzzanghera
Amir Levy Getty Images
Mark Lennihan Associated Press
KEY PLAYERS in the fight between AT&T and the Justice Department over Time Warner are, clockwise
from upper left, President Trump’s new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim; Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chief
executive; Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner’s CEO; and Daniel Petrocelli, AT&T’s and Time Warner’s lead attorney.
AT&T, Justice Dept.
ready for court clash
Stakes are high in trial over Time Warner merger
By Meg James
Two titans — the U.S. Justice Department and telecommunications
giant AT&T Inc. — are locked in a
high-stakes showdown to decide who
controls some of the nation’s most
popular television channels.
The Justice Department sued to
block AT&T’s planned $85-billion
purchase of Time Warner Inc., the
New York media company that owns
HBO, CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Hollywood’s largest movie
and TV studio, Warner Bros. The dis-
pute — a rare standoff in an antitrust
case — will be decided by a federal
judge after a trial that begins Monday
in Washington, barring a last-minute
The government alleges that
AT&T, which already owns the nation’s largest pay-TV provider, DirecTV, would use its added clout to
bully others, freeze out new entrants
in the TV industry and increase rates
for consumers. The Dallas phone
company scoffs at such concerns, saying the prices for TV service should go
down — not up — if AT&T wins its
The trial’s outcome will go far beyond who produces the next Batman
movie. Experts say that if AT&T prevails, the trend of media consolidation
probably will accelerate. A loss by
AT&T could chill the market for
blockbuster media mergers.
The case also could help shape how
traditional television is incorporated
into mobile phone offerings. AT&T
wants to use CNN, HBO and other
networks as incentives to keep customers on their mobile phones. The
company also has said it could produce bigger profits by weaving adver[See Trial, C3]
teetered on the brink of
meltdown in the fall of 2008,
former Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan
— known for years as “the
Oracle” — admitted he had
been blindsided by the housing crash and breakdown in
the credit markets.
“This crisis … has turned
out to be much broader than
anything I could have imagined,”
Greenspan testified before a
House committee, which
had summoned him to determine why one of the nation’s key financial regulators had failed to see the
dangers in the explosive
growth in subprime lending.
stepped down in 2006 after
more than 18 years leading
the central bank, and other
Fed officials were a major
reason Congress enacted
the Dodd-Frank reform act.
The 2010 law instituted new
restrictions on the banking
industry and financial markets — and took away some
of the Fed’s discretion.
Now, less than a decade
later, a Senate banking deregulation bill would restore
some of the Fed’s regulatory
flexibility — something critics warn is dangerous and
would increase the risk of
another crisis.
“Everyone should be justifiably scared about what’s
happening,” said Phil Angelides, who chaired the federal commission that examined the causes of the financial crisis. “At the end of 10
years of relative stability in
the financial system and
with an economy that is
growing, why would we put
ourselves at risk again?”
Some Senate Democrats
are dubious that regulators
appointed by President
Trump will be tough enough
on large banks to prevent another crisis despite promis-
A push to improve retail worker schedules
Survey finds short
notice of workweek,
last-minute changes.
By Andrew Khouri
The Kmart in Los Angeles where Noemi Castro
works often doesn’t post her
schedule until a few days before the week begins, she
said. Days off frequently
change, as do her hours.
Last week, she got 26 hours;
this week only eight.
Sometimes, Castro said,
a last-minute change is
made to an online scheduling document without her
knowledge. “The manager
calls and says, ‘Why aren’t
you here?’ ” she said.
Erratic scheduling is
common in retailing, worker
advocates say. Now, on the
heels of a successful push to
raise the minimum wage in
Los Angeles, advocates are
setting their sights on making work hours in the city
more predictable for retail
Ricardo DeAratanha Los Angeles Times
NOEMI CASTRO wants to go back to school but says she’s hindered by her er-
ratic hours at Kmart. A group will lobby L.A. officials for a retail worker policy.
In coming weeks, advocates led by the influential
labor-aligned group Los Angeles Alliance for a New
Economy, or LAANE, plan
to start lobbying city officials for a retail worker policy that would include advanced notice of schedules,
pay for canceled shifts and
consent to last-minute additions.
In conjunction with the
effort, the UCLA Labor Center and LAANE released a
report Wednesday that finds
unstable hours and lastminute shift changes have
amped up stress among
workers, caused bills to go
unpaid and made it extremely difficult for those
holding down a retail job to
handle schoolwork or care
for children.
“For us, it is a call to
policymakers to pick this up
and think about this as an
important issue,” said Saba
Waheed, research director
for the UCLA Labor Center.
The unpredictability is
fueled by the growing popularity of “just-in-time sched[See Schedules, C4]
es from new Fed Chairman
Jerome H. Powell that he
would remain vigilant.
Sen. Catherine Cortez
Masto (D-Nev.) said she’s
“not at all” comfortable deferring regulatory decisions
to Fed officials after she saw
the flood of foreclosures in
Nevada caused by subprime
lending when she was a state
official from 2007 to 2015.
“The question I had when
I was attorney general was:
Where was the Fed from the
very beginning prior to 2007”
when the housing market
crash began? she said.
“They weren’t there. So now
we’re going to trust them
that they’re going to be there
this time?”
The Senate legislation is
focused on easing regulations on small and midsized
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on guns
a myth
Milton Friedman should
be spinning in
his grave just
about now. In
1970, the
turned his
glare on business leaders
who asserted that “business
has a ‘social conscience’ ”
and the responsibility for
“providing employment,
eliminating discrimination,
avoiding pollution and
whatever else may be the
catchwords of the contemporary crop of reformers.”
These business leaders,
Friedman declared, were
“preaching pure and unadulterated socialism” and
were nothing less than
“unwitting puppets of the
intellectual forces that have
been undermining the basis
of a free society these past
Yet in recent days, numerous public companies
including Walmart and
Delta Air Lines have taken
stands against gun sales,
raised the minimum age for
gun purchases, or put daylight between them and the
National Rifle Assn. by
canceling member discounts and other cooperative marketing deals.
The most outspoken
may be Dick’s Sporting
Goods, a public company,
which said on Feb. 28, in the
wake of the Parkland, Fla.,
massacre, that it would stop
selling assault-style rifles or
high-capacity magazines
and not sell firearms to
anyone under 21. The company also called on lawmakers to ban assault weapons
and high-capacity magazines, raise the minimum
age for firearms purchases
to 21, and require universal
background checks of buyers.
“The systems in place
are not effective to protect
our kids and our citizens,”
said Dick’s Chief Executive
Edward Stack. “We believe
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Immigration interpreters win in court
Ruling orders back
pay, jobs for staffers
fired after organizing.
Firm told to reclassify
workers as employees.
By Nina Agrawal
The company that provides the vast majority of interpreters in immigration
courts nationwide illegally
retaliated against some of
them for organizing and
must offer them reinstatement and back pay, a judge
for the National Labor Relations Board ruled Monday.
which is under contract with
the Department of Justice to
provide immigration court
interpreters, misclassified
those interpreters as contractors instead of employees and violated the National Labor Relations Act
by terminating interpreters
who organized, administrative law judge Michael A.
Rosas said in Washington,
Rosas ordered the company, also known as SOSi, to
offer workers who suffered
retaliation full reinstatement and back pay, and to
reclassify its interpreters
who work in immigration
courts as employees.
“I’m very happy. I was
crying for hours,” said Patricia Rivadeneira, one of the
interpreters who lost her job
after organizing.
In a statement, the company said it disagreed with
the judge’s decision and
planned to appeal.
“We follow industry practice of drawing from a large
number of independent,
sub-contracted interpreters
to meet our DOJ contract requirements,” the statement
said. “We continue to feel
that our position is consis-
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PATRICIA RIVADENEIRA is one of the immigration court interpreters let go by SOS International after
organizing for improved wages. “I’m very happy,” she said of the labor ruling, which SOSi plans to appeal.
tent with past legal precedent and that the contractual arrangements between
the contracted interpreters
and SOSi remain consistent
with the mutual intent of
both parties.”
A spokeswoman for the
Justice Department said the
Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts,
does not comment on federal agency decisions.
The judge’s ruling, if upheld, will affect hundreds of
interpreters who have been
contracted by SOSi to work
across the country. Those
courts are facing a growing
backlog of nearly 700,000
cases. The majority of the
cases are conducted in a language other than English,
and their outcomes can
sometimes hinge on accurate interpretation.
The order also comes at a
time of debate about the use
of independent contractors
in many sectors of the economy, from truckers at the
ports of Los Angeles and
Long Beach to ride-hailing
“This is an important issue nationwide,” said attorney Lorrie Bradley, who represented the interpreters’
union and whose firm primarily handles labor cases.
“Misclassification is one of
those things that happens
everywhere, literally from
high tech to agriculture.”
The interpreters’ case
stems from a series of disputes between the interpreters and SOSi dating
back to 2015, when the company was first awarded the
Justice Department contract and offered some longtime interpreters a wage of
$35 an hour — significantly
lower than what they had
previously earned. That
didn’t include payment for
time spent traveling between assignments or waiting in line at courthouses,
compensation for parking or
expenses, or any minimum
guarantee of hours.
Many interpreters, including Rivadeneira, balked
and instead organized to ne-
gotiate a higher rate. They
were ultimately successful,
securing rates of $225 for a
half-day and $425 for a full
day, plus additional compensation for travel cases.
But the company later refused to renew their contracts, an action that formed
the basis of charges they
filed with the labor board.
After investigating those
charges, the board filed a
formal complaint against
SOSi last spring. A trial was
held in Los Angeles and
Washington in September.
In Rosas’ decision, he
said the “overriding issue”
was the interpreters’ status
as employees or independent contractors.
The distinction deter-
mines whether workers receive certain protections
and benefits from their employers — such as being able
to organize and seek remedy
from discrimination, receive
workers’ compensation, and
be paid minimum wage and
After considering the extent of control that SOSi
maintains over the interpreters’ working conditions,
Rosas found that they are indeed employees. For example, he wrote, the SOSi interpreters wear companybranded name badges, are
prevented from soliciting
outside business and conduct an essential part of the
company’s business. They
also have little choice but to
accept the assignments and
rates that SOSi offers.
Rosas ordered SOSi to
reinstate six of the eight interpreters named in the case
and to compensate them for
any loss of earnings and
other benefits. (He did not
conclude that the other two
interpreters had been unfairly let go.) He also ordered
the company to post notices
of the interpreters’ rights to
For Rivadeneira, who
started working in immigration court in 2002, the day
she returns to work can’t
come soon enough.
Since her contract with
SOSi was terminated by the
company in 2016, she and her
husband have had to rely on
his Social Security check
and on their adult son, who
moved in with them and
pays for almost everything
besides the rent.
Going back to work will
mean a return to independence, Rivadeneira said. It’s
also a matter of pride.
“I love my work,” Rivadeneira said. “I love my job
and I do it well.”
Twitter: @AgrawalNina
Changes at McDonald’s
super-size worker stress
For Dudley Dickerson,
the mobile-app orders were
the last straw.
McDonald’s Corp. has
been updating with new
technology, delivery, a revamped menu and curbside
pickup. But the chain’s “Experience of the Future” effort could backfire. Employees are handling more tasks,
in many cases, they say,
without pay raises or adequate staffing. So Dickerson, 23, handed in his spatula.
“They added a lot of complicated things,” Dickerson
said. “It makes it harder for
the workers.”
A lot of fast-food employees hop from job to job. But
with unemployment so low,
turnover is becoming a problem. Workers are walking
away rather than dealing
with new technologies and
menu options.
The result: Customers
will wait longer. Already,
drive-through times at
McDonald’s slowed to 239
seconds last year — more
than 30 seconds longer than
in 2016, according to QSR
magazine. It’s also pokier
than Burger King, Wendy’s
and Taco Bell.
Turnover at U.S. fastfood restaurants jumped to
150% — meaning a store employing 20 workers would go
through 30 in a year. That
figure is the highest since industry tracker People Report began collecting data in
“Quick-service restaurants are having a little more
trouble with job openings
and finding workers,” said
Michael Harms, executive
director of operations at
People Report. “It’s the pace
of work, the pace of
technology and the lower
wage rate.”
McDonald’s and its franchisees haven’t seen an increase in crew turnover over
the last year, nor is there a
correlation between the new
initiatives and turnover,
Terri Hickey said in an
Amanda Myers Associated Press
McDONALD’S has been adding new technology,
making jobs more complicated, employees say.
emailed statement. “Together with our owner-operators, we are investing in
all necessary training to ensure successful implementation of any changes in our
restaurants,” she wrote.
“Just as Experience of the
Future modernizes the
restaurant experience for
our customers, there is also
a focus on improving the
work experience for restaurant employees.”
McDonald’s Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook has
been pushing initiatives that
have helped turn around
which rose 3.6% last year in
the U.S. But they’ve also
made it tougher to retain
restaurant employees in an
already tight labor market.
“The ball is really in the
court of the workers,”
Harms said. “Not the employers.”
Last year, McDonald’s
said it employed 235,000
people, including corporate
and restaurant workers.
Each of those people generated $97,000 in revenue, compared with about $65,000 the
year before. Although this
could be a sign of increased
efficiency, it can just as well
be seen as stretching thin an
inadequate number of employees.
In Broward County, Fla.,
Westley Williams said he’s
switching to a job at burger
joint Checkers after being
stretched too thin at
McDonald’s. Williams, 42,
said he’s quitting because of
the chaos caused by mobileapp orders, new items and
six recently added self-order
“It’s more stressful now,”
said Williams, who added
that he didn’t get a raise for
doing more work. “When we
mess up a little bit because
we’re getting used to something new, we get yelled at.”
On a recent Wednesday
afternoon, about 10 McDonald’s workers hustled behind
the counter of a store in Chicago’s Loop. They called out
order numbers for those
waiting for lunch — some
had ordered via an in-store
kiosk, some from the mobile
app and some the old-fashioned way, at the register.
An order of a Bacon McDouble, small fries and an
apple juice took about 2½
minutes, faster than the average drive-through time,
but the drink was missing
and the employee seemed
confused when asked for it.
“The biggest risk when
you have a lot of employee
turnover is the customer experience,”
Yarbrough, an analyst for
Edward Jones. “If that starts
to wane, then this turns into
a bigger problem.”
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Trial over
merger is
set to begin
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tising messages relevant to
consumers into content
streamed on phones.
“This is an important
case in the fast-evolving industry of video distribution,” said Douglas Melamed, a Stanford Law School
professor. “But these are difficult cases, and that’s why
we don’t see too many of
In the run-up to the trial,
there has been much speculation over whether President Trump is behind the
government’s effort to scuttle the AT&T-Time Warner
deal. Trump has long been
opposed to the merger, first
denouncing it in October
2016, when the deal was announced. Since arriving in
Washington, Trump has
threatened to use the Justice Department to punish
political rivals, such as Hillary Clinton, and he has long
groused about CNN’s unflattering coverage of him. During a campaign rally last
weekend in Pennsylvania,
the president again belittled
the channel, calling it “fake
as hell — the worst.”
Last week, a group of
prominent former Justice
Department officials, including former Nixon White
House Counsel John Dean,
former U.S. Atty. Preet
Bharara of New York and
former Immigration and
Customs Enforcement Director Sarah R. Saldaña,
sounded an alarm. In a court
document, they said White
House meddling would
amount to selective law enforcement, which is unconstitutional. Both Bharara
and Dean are paid CNN analysts, but they said they were
speaking for themselves, not
the cable network.
“There’s been a lot of suspicion about whether the trial has anything to do with
the president’s well-publicized distaste for CNN,” said
Scott Martin, an antitrust
expert with law firm Hausfeld in New York. “But I don’t
think that’s what is driving
this case.”
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon also seemed skeptical. Last month, the presiding judge denied AT&T’s
request to review White
House call logs to see
whether there had been
communications with the
Justice Department. AT&T
failed to prove it was a victim
of selective enforcement, the
judge ruled.
Martin said the case instead illustrates how government regulators have become more aggressive in
challenging mergers that
might be anti-competitive.
“We’ve got a Justice Department that, in recent years,
has been unafraid to take a
case to trial,” he said, citing a
federal trial in 2014 over
whether American Express
had violated antitrust laws
by steering customers to
certain credit cards.
He said the Justice Department has bolstered its
ranks with established liti-
Andrew Gombert EPA/Shutterstock
THE JUSTICE Department has sued to block AT&T’s planned $85-billion purchase of Time Warner. There
has been speculation over whether President Trump is behind the government’s effort to scuttle the deal.
gators from private practice.
And in late September,
Trump’s new antitrust chief,
Makan Delrahim, took office.
serves as assistant attorney
general, immigrated with his
family to the U.S. from Iran
when he was a boy, and they
settled in Los Angeles.
He has expressed opposition to the Justice Department’s previous tactic of
adding a long list of remedies as conditions for a
merger approval. Such behavioral remedies, Delrahim
has said, are difficult to enforce, and thus, largely ineffective. Instead, he prefers
In this case, AT&T refused the government’s demand that it divest some of
the Time Warner networks
or DirecTV.
Prominent Los Angeles
attorney Daniel Petrocelli is
on the other side, leading
AT&T’s and Time Warner’s
large legal team. Petrocelli
won a wrongful death civil
verdict against O.J. Simpson when he represented the
families of Ronald Goldman
and Nicole Brown Simpson.
He also successfully defended Walt Disney Co. more
than a decade ago in a case
over Winnie the Pooh royalties.
AT&T Chief Executive
Randall Stephenson has
said the company has been
preparing its case for nearly
18 months.
“Since the day we’ve announced this, we’ve been
preparing to litigate this
deal, and we have been working very diligently on a litigation strategy and a litigation
plan,” Stephenson said at a
November investor conference.
The burden is on the government to prove that
AT&T would use HBO,
TBS, CNN and other networks as weapons to harm
AT&T is the nation’s
largest pay-TV provider
with more than 25 million
customer homes through its
DirecTV and U-Verse television services. It also boasts
more than 100 million customers for mobile phone
service, which is increasingly important as phones
have become screens of
choice for younger consumers.
But the company has
been struggling to remain
dominant amid dramatic
changes in consumer behavior. Three years ago, AT&T
spent $67 billion, including
debt, to buy DirecTV.
Since then, the El Segundo satellite TV service
has been bleeding customers. AT&T, in court filings,
acknowledged that DirecTV
and U-Verse combined lost
1.2 million subscribers in
Consumers are ditching
satellite dishes in favor of
less-expensive streaming
options, known in the industry as over-the-top services,
which are delivered via internet connections.
“In only a few years, this
phenomenon of ‘over the
top’ premium video has irreversibly reshaped the landscape for the creation and
delivery of television content, pushing all players in
the market to respond in numerous ways that benefit
consumers,” AT&T and
Time Warner said in their
pretrial filing.
The government, however, doubts that AT&T will
play nice given the intense
pressure on its business. It
argues that AT&T has an incentive to coordinate with
the nation’s other major
pay-TV operator, Comcast
Corp., to thwart competitors
that might try to muscle
onto their turf.
“Prior instances have
shown that the industry is
vulnerable to coordination,”
the government said.
It pointed to the rocky
rollout of the Los Angeles
Dodgers’ television channel,
SportsNet LA, in 2014. Two
years later, the Justice Department sued DirecTV and
AT&T, alleging collusion
among pay-TV operators in
Los Angeles.
In that case, the government argued that a high-level DirecTV executive shared
information with rival executives at other pay-TV
companies, which all declined to carry the channel.
That case was eventually
settled, but DirecTV still
does not offer the Dodgers’
channel, citing its price tag.
“These incidents are irrelevant, yet the government persists in pursuing
them,” AT&T and Time
Warner said in their filing.
Some of the same antitrust lawyers who prepared the Dodgers channel
lawsuit are now working to
block AT&T’s merger with
Time Warner.
But not everybody believes the government’s effort will be successful.
“The Justice Department has a tremendous uphill climb,” said David A.
Balto, an antitrust expert in
Washington. “They are going to have to bring some
compelling evidence or else
it will be like batting against
the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw when you have two
strikes against you.”
Balto and other experts
said the government typically does not challenge socalled vertical mergers —
combinations of different
parts of the supply chain.
Historically, those deals
have not been viewed as
horizontal mergers, which
are tie-ups of direct rivals.
In fact, the Justice Department allowed a similar
vertical merger in 2011 when
it approved Comcast’s acquisition of media giant
“I think the government
has had some seller’s remorse on that one,” said
Martin, the attorney.
Before it was owned by
AT&T, DirecTV protested
the marriage of Comcast
and NBCUniversal. DirecTV
told the government that
Comcast would become too
powerful if it owned TV
channels as well as the distribution system.
Leon, the judge, also was
involved with that Comcast
He made headlines when
he threw out an initial agreement between the Justice
Department and Comcast.
Leon demanded the government strengthen the Comcast merger conditions,
which expire later this year.
“This will be a very interesting trial to watch,” Martin said.
Twitter: @MegJamesLAT
‘Black Panther’ has a solid debut
Marvel blockbuster
racks up $67 million
over the weekend.
By Gaochao Zhang
BEIJING — Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” premiered in China on Friday,
marking the completion of
its international tour and
helping the film reach the
milestone of $1 billion in
ticket revenue.
The first superhero film
with an all-black cast had a
strong opening in the
world’s second-largest film
market, scooping up $67 million in ticket sales in just
three days. “Black Panther”
has grossed more than $1 billion globally since its release
less than a month ago.
It has become the first
Hollywood film to top China’s box office in 2018, according to film consulting
firm Artisan Gateway, as authorities blocked foreign releases during February’s
Chinese New Year period to
boost domestic films.
Despite the film’s impressive box-office debut, “Black
Panther” received mixed reviews and sparked heated
debate online and on social
media. On Chinese film rat-
Matt Kennedy Marvel Studios
ANGELA BASSETT and Lititia Wright star in
“Black Panther,” which has grossed $1 billion globally.
ing website,
61% of more than 85,000
moviegoers rated the film as
“average” or “bad.”
Few Chinese moviegoers
praised and appreciated the
film’s breakthroughs in
terms of racial diversity, with
a large proportion of commentators leaving insensitive or blunt comments.
“It’s just another Marvel
superhero blockbuster, but
the superheroes are replaced by a black cast,” one
reviewer said. “The storyline
was cliché as always.”
Another said it was “too
politically correct in promoting racial equality.”
On Los Angeles-based
Rotten Tomatoes, the film
received a 97% rating among
critics and had an audience
score of 79%.
“Black Panther” soon will
face a challenge from other
Hollywood titles, with Warner Bros.’ “Tomb Raider” set
for release in China on Friday and Fox Searchlight’s
Oscar-winning “The Shape
of Water” to be released the
same day.
“Operation Red Sea”
came out on top during the
Chinese New Year period after a nearly monthlong battle among Chinese titles.
Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s military action film
took in $55.5 million last
week, giving it $530.6 million
after four weeks in theaters
and making it the thirdhighest-grossing film in the
Middle Kingdom, behind
“Wolf Warrior 2” and “The
Action-comedy “Detective Chinatown 2” came in
third, adding $25.8 million
for a total of $523.8 million in
ticket sales after 24 days.
The domestic patriotic
China,” which boasts China’s recent achievements,
ranked fourth, earning $21.4
million for $36.1 million after
10 days. It overtook “Twenty
Two,” a documentary about
China’s surviving “comfort
women” during World War
II, to become the country’s
highest-grossing domestic
India’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” retained fifth place for
the second week. It garnered
$17.7 million in box-office receipts for a total of $26.3 million after 10 days.
Zhang is a special
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At retailers,
woes over
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uling” software that predicts
consumer demand to generate shifts. That helps stores
efficiently match work hours
to busy and slow periods,
but can make it difficult for
workers to plan their lives or
attain full-time employment.
“Workers are not prepared to shoulder that risk,”
said Jonathan Morduch, a
professor of public policy
and economics at NYU, who
was not involved in the report. “That is kind of the fundamental unfairness of how
the economy has shifted.”
Businesses worry that
new regulations would make
it even harder for bricksand-mortar stores to compete with e-commerce.
“Adding yet another
costly, draconian regulation
onto an industry that is facing the challenge of survival
not only hurts the employer,
it hurts the employees,” said
Ruben Gonzalez, a senior
advisor for the Los Angeles
Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gonzalez maintains that
the groups behind the study
are biased in favor of the labor movement. He predicted that LAANE would push
for an exemption to a scheduling law for unionized
shops, to make employers
more receptive to organizing.
LAANE didn’t deny that
was a possibility, but said
the chamber was simply
fighting pro-worker reforms.
The group and UCLA stood
by their report and survey,
which they funded.
“Our research and findings are in line with other national studies on the issue,”
the UCLA Labor Center
said, noting that it had academic advisors on those
studies and others review
the methodology and report
The survey was conducted with 818 Los Angeles
frontline floor workers —
those who have the most direct interaction with retail
sales, including salespeople,
cashiers, stockers and food
Among the findings in
the report:
8 Of those surveyed, 84%
said they lack a set schedule.
8 Workers get little notice
of when they will be working;
nearly 80% said they receive
schedules a week or less before their shifts.
8 More than 60% said
managers later change
those schedules, with half
of individuals reporting
changes saying they can
come only a day — even
hours — before they have to
show up for work.
8 Sixteen percent have
had a shift canceled with less
than a day’s notice.
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AMONG the findings of a survey of 818 retail employees in L.A., most say that they get their schedules a week
or less before their shifts and that changes can come just hours before their shifts start. Above, a Gap store.
8 Just over half the workers said they were part time,
with most of them wanting
more hours.
8 Most frontline retail
workers in L.A. County are
age 25 or older, according to
Census Bureau data included in the report. Of
those surveyed, 62% support at least one family
8 There are nearly 182,500
frontline retail workers in
L.A. County and 64% earn
$13.63 an hour or less, according to the Census Bureau data.
In a statement, Kmart
said it schedules workers
Stocks sink as tech firms fall
associated press
U.S. stocks fell Tuesday
and a seven-day surge in
technology shares ended after President Trump, citing
national security, blocked
Singapore-based chipmaker
Broadcom’s effort to buy
The Dow Jones industrial
average climbed as much as
197 points early in the day after investors were pleased
with a Labor Department
report that showed inflation
stayed in check last month.
But the gains soon faded.
Technology stocks were
at record highs after a recent
rally. Although Qualcomm
had rejected all of Broadcom’s takeover offers, investors are now wondering if
other deals might also be
blocked and if companies
will hesitate to make bids for
overseas competitors.
“I don’t think we’ve
started to price in protectionism on a broader level,”
said Gina Martin Adams,
chief equity strategist for
Bloomberg Intelligence.
Qualcomm slid 5% to
$59.07. Broadcom rose more
than 3% early in the day but
then erased that gain, finishing down 0.6% at $261.22.
Also on Tuesday, the government said prices paid by
consumers rose 0.2% in February, matching estimates.
“based off of anticipated
store sales and workload,” so
hours and days do vary week
to week. But the company
said it posts schedules at the
store and online at least 11
days before shifts start and if
changes are made, someone
must contact the worker.
Castro, who lives in a
Westlake apartment with
her parents and younger
brother, said that typically
has not been the case since
she started working at
Kmart nearly three years
ago. She took the job so she
could help her family with
groceries and rent, while
saving to go back to school.
At times, Castro said,
she’s has to do “clopening”
shifts in which she gets off at
10 p.m., only to have to be
back at 7 a.m.
Sometimes there’s too
much work, other times
there’s not enough. At $12 an
hour, if she doesn’t get more
hours this week, she’ll have
made only $96 before taxes.
“I don’t think people realize
working for retail can be this
difficult,” said Castro, whose
sister is an organizer for
LAANE. “I would like to go
back to school ... but it’s not
possible with the hours I
Morduch, the NYU professor, said erratic hours became more common nationwide as the economy shifted
from manufacturing to service work and technology enabled employers to better
predict consumer demand.
“It helps us explain why
unemployment can be so
low ... and yet so many
households feel economic
anxiety,” said Morduch, who
co-wrote “Financial Diaries,” a book that followed
the financial decisions of 235
low- and moderate-income
households for a year.
“It is not all about
whether you have a job or
not.... It’s also about the
quality of that job.”
In 2014, San Francisco became the first city to pass a
so-called predictive sched-
uling law. Among other
things, it requires large retailers to provide schedules
two weeks in advance and, in
the event of last-minute
changes, pay a penalty that
goes to the worker. Seattle,
New York and the state of
Oregon have passed similar
A spokeswoman for
LAANE said 80% of the
funding for its Fair Workweek LA campaign comes
from foundations, mostly
the Marguerite Casey and
Liberty Hill foundations
that help low-income individuals. Ten percent is being
provided by a local of the
United Food and Commercial Workers.
Nelson Motto, director of
LAANE’s Fair Workweek LA
campaign, said the campaign expects to start asking city officials to address
retail scheduling in April or
Fed may regain flexibility
Excluding food and energy
costs, prices have risen 1.8%
in the last year. Prices
jumped in January. Over the
last month investors have
worried about the prospect
of faster inflation, but Tuesday’s price report and Friday’s monthly jobs report
suggest inflation isn’t moving any more rapidly than in
the recent past.
With investors expecting
slower gains in interest
rates, bond yields fell. The
yield on the 10-year Treasury
note slipped to 2.85% from
2.87%. Faster inflation probably would lead the Federal
reserve to raise interest
rates more quickly. Investors feared that could
slow the economy and the
market’s gains.
Lower bond yields mean
lower interest rates, and
that weighed on bank
stocks. Bank of America
shares fell 1.5% to $32.36.
Companies considered
bond proxies, such as utilities and real estate investment trusts, did better than
the rest of the market. They
often move in the opposite
direction of bond yields because investors seeking income buy those stocks for
their big dividend payments.
Benchmark U.S. crude
slumped 65 cents, or 1.1%, to
$60.71 a barrel. Brent crude
fell 31 cents to $64.64 a barrel.
Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent
to $1.89 a gallon. Heating oil
rose 1 cent to $1.87 a gallon.
Natural gas rose 1 cent to
$2.79 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold rose $6.30 to $1,327.10
an ounce. Silver rose 9 cents
to $16.63 an ounce. Copper
rose 1 cent to $3.14 a pound.
The dollar rose to 106.61
yen from 106.35 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2397 from $1.2336.
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banks. Many of the rules
were put in place by the
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The bipartisan deregulation bill, which is expected to
get Senate approval this
week, would reduce the
number of larger financial
institutions that are mandated to face more intense
scrutiny from the Fed under
The legislation would
raise the threshold for socalled systemically important financial institutions,
which face mandatory and
rigorous annual “stress
tests” and other heightened
oversight, to $250 billion in
assets from the current $50billion level.
The new level would provide significant relief for
about two dozen large firms.
Critics of the bill said that
level is higher than it needs
to be to ease burdens on
midsized banks without
adding to the risk of a future
Instead of requiring annual stress tests to determine a bank’s ability to withstand a severe economic
downturn, for example, the
bill would direct the Fed to
conduct “periodic” tests for
banks with more than $100
billion in assets but less than
$250 billion.
“Who decides what periodically means — the former
investment bankers Donald
Trump has nominated to
lead the Fed and to head up
work?” said Sen. Elizabeth
Warren (D-Mass.).
Powell was an investment banker early in his career and later was a partner
at a private equity firm. And
the new Fed vice chairman in
charge of bank oversight,
Randal Quarles, worked as
an investment manager and
at a private equity firm.
Another change in the
law actually takes away
some discretion from the
Fed but not in a good way,
bill opponents said. Instead
of stating that the Fed “may”
tailor its rules for the largest
banks — those with more
than $250 billion in assets —
the law would be changed to
say the Fed “shall” tailor its
“That one word change
will allow the big banks to
sue the Fed if they don’t
weaken the rules the way the
banks want,” Warren said.
“And that pressure on the
Fed will lead to a systematic
weakening of the rules for all
the big banks.”
Powell was pressed at a
Senate Banking Committee
hearing on March 1 about
threshold for tough regulation would hinder the Fed’s
“Is it accurate that this
provision does not in any
way restrict the Fed’s supervisory, regulatory and enforcement authorities to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions?” asked committee
Chairman Mike Crapo (RIdaho), the bill’s lead author.
Powell responded, “Yes,
He later said Fed officials
would “feel comfortable”
about imposing tougher
oversight on any bank with
less than $250 billion in assets that they deemed
needed it.
Raskin, who served on the
Fed board from 2010 to 2014
before becoming a top
Treasury Department official in the Obama administration, called the Senate
bill’s language giving the Fed
the ability of regulators to
maintain tough oversight
“legislative fool’s gold.”
“My time serving as a
Federal Reserve governor
taught me that the Federal
Reserve has never been inclined to act quickly and proactively when bank conditions begin to deteriorate
but almost always waits until a crisis has peaked and
the costs of remedy are already
Raskin wrote last month in a
letter to Sen. Sherrod Brown
Angelides, a former California state treasurer, said
giving Fed regulators more
flexibility made no sense given the findings of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Its 2011 report cited the
Fed’s “pivotal failure to stem
the flow of toxic mortgages”
as a “prime example” of
regulatory inaction that led
to the crisis.
“As irresponsible lending, including predatory and
fraudulent practices, became more prevalent, the
Federal Reserve and other
regulators and authorities
heard warnings from many
quarters,” the commission
said. “Yet the Federal Reserve neglected its mission
‘to ensure the safety and
soundness of the nation’s
banking and financial system and to protect the credit
rights of consumers.’ ”
In 1994, Congress gave
the Fed the power to enact
rules to protect consumers
from unscrupulous mortgage lending. But the Fed
waited until 2008 to adopt
rules to prohibit unfair, abusive or deceptive lending
practices — long after the
housing crash triggered the
Great Recession.
The long delay in taking
action was a major reason
that Dodd-Frank created
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau and
shifted the Fed’s authority
over mortgages to the new
Former Rep. Barney
helped lead the effort to pass
the 2010 bill that bears his
name, said he attributed the
Fed’s subprime failures to
Greenspan’s strong deregulatory views.
“The best law in the world
is not self-enforcing…. It depends on the regulators,”
Frank said. “It’s very hard to
guard against a regulator
not using their powers.”
Frank said he’d be more
worried about the Senate
bill’s effect if Trump hadn’t
selected the well-respected
Powell to lead the Fed.
Although Frank believes
Trump appointees will be
less likely to use regulatory
power in a precautionary
way, he said Fed officials
have learned from the 2008
crisis and predicted they
would act more quickly if
they see problems developing.
Frank said he would not
vote for the Senate bill, in
part because he preferred
the threshold for tough bank
oversight only be increased
to $125 billion. But he doesn’t
think that what he called the
bill’s modest changes would
significantly reduce financial stability.
“I do not regard it as the
unraveling of Dodd-Frank if
it passes,” he said.
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
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Debunking the shareholder value myth
[Hiltzik, from C1]
it’s time to do something
about it.”
“Gun control” is today’s
reform “catchword,” to use
Friedman’s term, and some
of these steps may well cut
into those companies’ sales
and profits.
So are we witnessing an
outbreak of pure and unadulterated socialism
among corporate CEOs? Or
are we seeing a long-overdue reevaluation of the
myth that a corporation
exists for one reason only —
to maximize its shareholders’ wealth?
It’s certainly true that
gun control is an issue that
the public wants to see
progress on. Masses of
students, teachers and
supporters are being called
on to participate in a National School Walkout for
17 minutes Wednesday at
10 a.m. — one minute for
every death in the Feb. 14
mass shooting at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
The shareholder value
myth sprang in large part
from the mind of Friedman,
who articulated the case in
an op-ed the New York
Times published in September 1970. Its title was “The
Social Responsibility of
Business is to Increase its
Yet as Cornell law professor Lynn Stout showed in
her 2012 book “The Shareholder Value Myth,” Friedman’s notion was unsup-
ported by corporate law,
corporate economics or
empirical results.
The legal case establishing shareholder value as the
be-all and end-all of corporate management was
Dodge vs. Ford, a Michigan
Supreme Court case in 1919
that was chiefly about the
duty that Henry Ford owed
to the Dodge brothers, who
were minority shareholders.
Ford Motor was then privately held so the case
didn’t even involve public
In the course of ruling for
the Dodges, however, the
Michigan court happened to
assert that “a business
corporation is organized
and carried on primarily for
the profit of the shareholders.” Stout labels this remark “dicta,” referring to a
casual observation in a
court ruling that is largely
irrelevant to the issue at
hand. Over the years it has
been frequently cited by
business commentators,
but almost never by other
judges as precedent, Stout
The shareholder value
idea got wrapped up with
the concept of the shareholders as the “owners” of a
public company. That’s also
a myth. Shareholders don’t
have many of the rights we
normally associate with
ownership of anything.
They don’t get discounts on
company products. They
can’t appoint a CEO (that’s
the board’s job).
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DELTA AIR LINES has sought to put daylight between itself and the NRA by
canceling member discounts. Above, at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.
They have a limited and
conditional right to a portion of the company’s profits, but only if the board
grants that by declaring a
dividend. If a company is
liquidated in bankruptcy,
the shareholders are entitled to whatever’s left after
all other stakeholders,
including tax collectors,
vendors and bondholders,
are paid off.
Nor is there any evidence
that a single-minded focus
on shareholder value makes
a company more successful
in the long term. Corporate
success is the product of
many factors, including
factory floor efficiency,
innovative products, and
positive popular esteem.
Focus on those factors, and
shareholders may be among
the beneficiaries. Focus on
shareholders — including
CEOs with big option
grants — and other stakeholders may become unhappy and unproductive,
and the company will stagger.
One reason the shareholder value myth has been
so alluring since Friedman’s
essay is that it offers a simple proxy for corporate
success: the share price.
How is IBM doing? Well, the
stock’s up today, so what do
you think!
But the share price can
be a deceptive proxy, since
it’s based not merely on
performance but expectations of performance. And
both can turn on a dime —
witness the sudden revaluations of companies such
as Enron, or America’s
banks after their gluttonous
appetite for toxic assets
almost destroyed the
global financial system in
Who are the shareholders, anyway? Some (usually
most) will be long-term
investors holding shares
through mutual or pension
funds. Others are shortterm traders hoping to
capture a decimal or two
and then bail out. Their
“values” are certain to be
very different.
The truth is that a public
corporation is a public
licensee, granted certain
legal and economic advantages for the benefit of the
public, not of a narrow and
ill-defined shareholder
group. Its duty is to apply its
public benefits for the good
of all its stakeholders: suppliers, customers, communities and employees.
A public company has
the power to make life miserable for all these stakeholders, and those with a
laser-like focus on shareholder wealth tend to
squeeze the others mercilessly. In the long run, everyone suffers except perhaps
the CEO who has managed
to cash out his shareholder
benefits and salted the
money away for retirement.
The recent actions of
companies placing restrictions on gun sales and backing away from the NRA fit
much better with the responsibilities of public
corporations than a policy
that allows unrestricted gun
sales because they bring
profit to those companies.
These companies understand their duties to the
community at large. Professor Friedman, maybe your
time is past.
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will take
With the exception
of Jordan, team ‘got
away with’ uninspired,
offensive display.
By Broderick Turner
CHICAGO — Doc Rivers
leaned against a wall outside
of the Clippers’ locker room
and sighed.
“Well, we won. That’s all
I’ll say about that one,” the
Clippers coach said.
His team was a listless
group for so much of Tuesday night’s 112-106 victory
over the going-nowhere Chicago Bulls at the United
Center before 20,912 fans.
The Clippers lacked energy and their defense was
At one point the Clippers
trailed by eight points in the
second quarter. The Bulls
made 58.3% of their shots in
the second quarter, 51.9% by
the half.
“We haven’t done this a
lot,” Rivers said. “We just felt
like it was one of those
games where guys struggled
a little bit offensively and
they let it affect them on the
defensive end. I think they
felt they were going to win
anyway. We’re not good
enough to do that, but we
did it tonight and got away
with it.”
DeAndre Jordan did his
share to make sure the Clippers began their three-game
trip with a win.
He was a monster on the
backboards again, collecting 18 rebounds. He was a
force on offense, producing a
[See Clippers, D7]
hear from
fans, not
Crowd boos Nuggets
guard for his antics
during previous game
between teams.
By Tania Ganguli
This time, Jamal Murray
stood with his hands on his
hips, silently, as the clock expired.
In an arena full of hostile
fans who booed and chanted
his name derisively, Murray
didn’t lose his spirit for most
of the game. But his team
lost, and that kept Murray a
little more quiet.
The Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 112-103. Kyle
Kuzma scored 26 points, all
but two of them in the second half. He also had 12 rebounds for his 14th doubledouble and seventh game of
at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
scored 26 points as well and
Isaiah Thomas scored 23.
“Honestly, I like the kid to
be honest,” Randle said of
Murray. “I just don’t — we’re
not for the antics that he’s
had the past couple games. I
like him, he’s a Kentucky
guy, I’m always going to have
that relationship. But this is
my team, and I’m not going
to let the antics fly.”
The win avenged a ninepoint loss to the Nuggets in
Denver just four days prior
and a double-digit loss in
Denver on Dec. 3.
The loss Friday was colored by Murray behaving in
a way that Lakers coach
Luke Walton found disre[See Lakers, D6]
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KRIS WILKES didn’t start after being late to the team bus, and as a whole the Bruins, relegated to the first play-in game in school
history, didn’t arrive with their A-game against Amadi Ikpeze and the Bonnies, who got their first NCAA tournament win since 1970.
Bumbling Bruins
can’t play their
way into NCAAs
UCLA simply got
outplayed in its
play-in game
By Nathan Fenno
DAYTON, Ohio — The UCLA pep
band didn’t show up. Only a
couple of dozen UCLA fans
showed up.
On a snowy night on the outskirts of the NCAA tournament,
it seemed like few Bruins folks
were even remotely interested in
UCLA’s play-in game against St.
This apparently included the players.
They didn’t show up either.
The Bruins’ journey into March Madness
lasted exactly 40 minutes worth of March Badness. At the first strains of the Big Dance, they
tripped on their shiny shoes and landed on their
scrubbed faces. Forced to play their way into
the tournament for the first time in program
history, they played their way into next November with one of the worst tournament losses in
program history.
The final score was St. Bonaventure 65,
UCLA 58, and while that
[See Plaschke, D3]
DAYTON, Ohio — The cramped locker room
didn’t hold any answers.
A dozen UCLA basketball players wedged
into folding chairs, knees and elbows bumping
against neighbors. No one touched the refrigerator jammed with sports drinks and sodas.
Voices didn’t rise above a whisper.
As team managers rolled out bags of equipment, players stared at the cinder block walls
and tried to make sense of the sudden end to
their season in an NCAA tournament play-in
game at the University of Dayton Arena.
Plagued by uncharacteristic turnovers and
an out-of-sync offense, UCLA lost to St. Bonaventure 65-58 on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately in March, there’s a finality to
it,” coach Steve Alford said. “And we’ve reached
our finality today.”
A chartered plane had been on call to fly
UCLA to Dallas to continue the season. Instead,
St. Bonaventure, which
[See UCLA, D3]
LADARIEN GRIFFIN of St. Bonaventure
celebrates the Bonnies’ lead late in the
game against UCLA.
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16 LIU Brooklyn .............................................. 61
16 North Carolina Central vs.
16 Texas Southern, 3:30 p.m. PDT, TruTV
11 St. Bonaventure ........................................... 65
11 UCLA .............................................................. 58
11 Arizona State vs.
11 Syracuse, 6 p.m. PDT, TruTV
Kings are dust
in the desert
They overcome a
two-goal deficit in
third period but lose
to Arizona 4-3 in a
shootout. D5
Watkins bolts
from the Rams
Free-agent receiver
is heading to Kansas
City, but the club
reaches deal to keep
Robey-Coleman. D7
Angels backup
never gives up
Reserve catcher
Rivera brings
scrappy attitude and
stellar defense to the
team. D7
1 USC 103
8 UNC Asheville 98 (2 OT)
Still stinging from being left out of NCAA
tournament, the Trojans need double
overtime to keep their season alive. D4
Halep is awed by Serena Williams
The current No. 1 says the former No. 1 is best player
Halep knew
her roundof-16 match
was scheduled to be the first played
Tuesday morning at the
BNP Paribas Open, and an
early wakeup call would
usually dictate an early
bedtime the night before.
Halep instead made an
intriguing choice that could
bring her more benefits
than she would have gained
from staring at the walls of
yet another hotel room in
another city somewhere in
the world.
Halep decided to spend a
portion of Monday night
watching Serena and Venus
Williams’ dramatic thirdround match at Stadium 1,
drawn by her respect for the
trailblazing sisters from
Compton and by her desire
to pick up what she can
from them. Not so much
their ground strokes, but
the values that ground
them and have made them
so successful for so long.
Halep was especially
awed by Serena’s return to
competitive tennis at 36
after giving birth to a
daughter. Halep said Serena, a 23-time Grand Slam
event singles champion,
should have been the No. 1
seed in this event “because
she left as No. 1 in the world.
… And to give birth, it’s the
best thing in the world. It’s
more than a sport.”
The rules don’t allow for
that, but Serena’s status as
an unseeded player didn’t
diminish her in Halep’s
[See Elliott, D2]
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forehand on the way to
defeating Qiang Wang.
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at Golden
at Houston
at Okla.
By Helene Elliott
Shade denotes home game
10 a.m.
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7 p.m.
At 20, Naomi Osaka has
an old-timer’s attitude
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3:30 p.m. NCAA, North Carolina Central vs. Texas Southern
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11 a.m.
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Naomi Osaka loves video
shows on Netflix and peppering her conversations
with the word “like.” She’s 20,
but don’t call her young. “I
feel old,” she said. “I feel like
I’ve been on the tour forever.
So, I mean, I feel like I know a
lot of stuff. Yeah, I don’t feel
like I’m new to this.”
She has the calm of a veteran. Osaka reached the
quarterfinals of the BNP
Paribas Open with a 6-1, 5-7,
6-1 victory over Maria
Sakkari of Greece on Tuesday, another solid performance in a string that began
with victories over Maria
Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sachia Vickery.
Osaka’s quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova, who ended
the impressive run of 16year-old American Amanda
Anisimova with a 6-1, 7-6 (2)
“I’m not scared from
those young girls because I
know my game. I know I can
be solid,” Pliskova said. “So
there is nothing what can
surprise me. I was ready.”
Osaka isn’t a typical
young girl. “I try to think
about it: What are my skills?
And what is the other person’s skills?” she said. “I
really don’t think age matters right now because there
is a lot of good, top players
that are, like, some people
would say they are old, but I
don’t think it’s like that.”
Anisimova didn’t drop a
set against Pauline Parmentier,
Pavlyuchenkova and No. 9
seed Petra Kvitova but was
rattled by Pliskova’s fast,
forceful pace. “I’ve had a
great tournament, so there’s
nothing to be upset about,”
she said.
No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki, this year’s Australian
Open champion, was upset
Tuesday by No. 20 Daria
Kasatkina of Russia, 6-4, 7-5.
Kasatkina will face the winner of Tuesday’s late match
between No. 7 Caroline Gar-
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NAOMI OSAKA reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-1,
5-7, 6-1 victory over Maria Sakkari of Greece. She’ll face Karolina Pliskova.
Featured matches
Top matches today at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
(play begins at 11 a.m.)
8 Taylor Fritz vs. Borna Coric
8 Simona Halep vs. Petra Martic
8 Roger Federer vs. Jeremy Chardy
8 Naomi Osaka vs. Karolina Pliskova, not before 7 p.m.
8 Juan Martin del Potro vs. Leonardo Mayer, not before 6 p.m.
cia and No. 10 Angelique Kerber. “She outsmarted me today, which is fair enough. But
at least I tried, and I tried to
do what I thought I needed
to do out there today. I just
couldn’t execute as well as I
wanted to,” Wozniacki said
of Kasatkina.
Venus Williams, the oldest player in the draw at 37,
came back in both sets to defeat Anastasija Sevastova,
7-6 (6), 6-4. It’s remarkable,
considering she had a quick
turnaround after defeating
her sister Serena in a thirdround match Monday and
couldn’t ease up against the
intense Sevastova. “There
was no conserving energy. I
had to let it all go and try to
win the point because she
wasn’t conserving anything,
I don’t think, either,”
Williams said. Her quarterfinal opponent will be Carla
Suarez Navarro, a 6-2, 6-4
winner over former NCAA
champion Danielle Collins.
Jack Sock, the highestseeded American man here
at No. 8, exited at the hands
of No. 28 Feliciano Lopez of
Spain, who prevailed 7-6 (6),
4-6, 6-4. Lopez will face
American Sam Querrey, the
No. 18 seed, who advanced
with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 victory
over Yuki Bhambri of India.
No. 31 seed Philipp
Kohlschreiber of Germany
defeated No. 2 Marin Cilic of
Kohlschreiber will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who
advanced when Gael Monfils
retired from their thirdround match because of a
back injury with Herbert
leading 6-2, 3-1…. Taro Daniel
of Japan, who stunned Novak Djokovic on Sunday,
came back to earth on Tuesday when Leonardo Mayer of
Argentina dismissed him,
6-4, 6-1. Mayer’s next opponent will be No. 6 seed Juan
Martin del Potro, who outhit
David Ferrer of Spain 6-4, 7-6
(3). Del Potro and Mayer
grew up together and frequently practice together. “It
will be a special match for
both,” Del Potro said. “And I
know if he has a good day he’s
very dangerous guy and he
plays solid from the baseline.”
In another round-of-16
matchup, Milos Raonic of
Canada will face Marcos
Raonic defeated Joao Sousa
in three sets, and Baghdatis
eliminated Dudi Sela of Israel in straight sets.
Halep finds motivation from watching Williams sisters
[Elliott, from D1]
“I’m the world No. 1 in
this moment,” Halep said,
“but I just watched the best
player in the world.”
Halep didn’t have to
apply many of the lessons
she learned from the
Williams sisters in her match
Tuesday, a 7-5, 6-1 victory
over Qiang Wang that
launched Halep into the
quarterfinals. Halep initially
had difficulty finding her
rhythm but the 26-year-old
Romanian finally found a
comfortable pace that enabled her to move her opponent around and breeze to
the finish. She will next face
an old junior-level foe, Petra
Martic of Croatia, who advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (4)
triumph over Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Halep didn’t remember
facing Martic at the professional level but they’ve met
twice, with Martic winning a
2011 hard-court match in
three sets and Halep beating
her in straight sets in 2015,
also on a hard court. In this
tournament, Martic has
gained attention for her
three-set upset of French
Open champion and No. 6
seed Jelena Ostapenko in
the third round.
“She’s serving strong and
the kick is going to be tough.
Also, the forehand, she has a
big forehand. She’s coming
to the net,” said Halep, who
has lost one set in getting
Photographs by
John G. Mabanglo EPA/Shutterstock
SERENA WILLIAMS should have been the No. 1
VENUS WILLIAMS , shown playing sister Serena on
seed at the BNP Paribas Open, Simona Halep says.
Monday, beat Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday.
this far, in the round of 32
against American Caroline
Dolehide. “So I know a little
bit how she’s playing, but I
will focus on myself like
always. I just want to have
the plan what I have to do. I
will talk with my coach [Darren Cahill] tomorrow, and
that’s it. Nothing else. Nothing special.”
Maybe in that round or
the round after that or in the
next tournament Halep will
be able to apply what she
learned from watching Venus prevail over a rusty but
still fiery Serena in straight
sets Monday. The match
made a deep impression on
Halep, who is spending her
18th and 19th weeks as world
No. 1 but has yet to win a
Slam. She is 17-1 this year but
those victories don’t mean as
much as the loss, to Caroline
Wozniacki in the Australian
Open final, Halep’s third
runner-up finish in her quest
for that elusive first Slam
“I know that I lost the
final and [it] was really
tough,” she said.
That’s part of what drives
her to become a better player
and where her habit of observing the Williams sisters
comes in.
“It’s always nice to watch
them. I love the way that
they are motivated and they
are still playing at this age,
Serena with the kid. So it’s a
great thing what they do for
sport, and it’s great that
tennis has them,” Halep said
before Venus joined her in
the quarterfinals with a 7-6
(6), 6-4 victory over Anastasija Sevastova on Tuesday
afternoon. “It was really fun
to come out here and watch
the game. And also, you
know, I have many things to
learn from them. That’s why
I’m trying just to go in to
watch every time I can.”
She looks more at their
mind-set and mental toughness than specific strategy,
although that’s part of what
Halep has identified as traits
that continue to set the
sisters apart.
“Also the motivation, the
game, the way that they are
hitting in important moments, the way they stay
there and they are focused
for every ball,” Halep said.
“So everything in general, I
have things to learn.”
She has already learned
important lessons about
respect and never passing
up a chance to learn. Good
things to know in tennis, and
in life.
Twitter: @helenenothelen
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
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Pac-12 proposes overhauling basketball
Recommendations in
report include the
elimination of the
one-and-done rule.
By David Wharton
With the NCAA considering widespread changes to
Pac-12 Conference has issued a set of recommendations for overhauling a sport
beset by scandal.
In a 50-page report released Tuesday, the conference proposed abolishing
the one-and-done age limit
and creating an independent enforcement unit to police the game nationwide.
“I think there has been a
wakeup call,” Commissioner
Larry Scott said. “It’s time
for bold reform.”
The Pac-12 is hoping its
suggestions will influence a
broader commission established by the NCAA in the
fall. Though critics of college
sports applauded the effort,
some wondered whether it
went far enough.
“Getting rid of one-anddone is not a panacea,” said
Dave Ridpath, an Ohio University associate professor
who heads a reform organization called the Drake
Group. “People like Larry
Scott are still holding onto a
model that is ultimately going to fail.”
The report was triggered
by an ongoing federal investigation that has alleged
widespread cheating with
coaches, agents and others
funneling cash to players
and recruits.
So far, 10 people have
been charged in federal
court, including former USC
associate head coach Tony
Bland and former assistants
at Arizona, Auburn and
Oklahoma State.
The Pac-12 formed its
task force in October, enlisting UCLA athletic director
coaches Steve Lavin and
Mike Montgomery; and former athletes Jennifer Azzi,
Charles Davis and Brevin
Knight, among others.
The group met over a period of nearly five months
before issuing its recom-
‘There’s a lot of damage being
done to the NBA and their nextgeneration stars. The NBA needs
to be a big part of the solution.’
Pac-12 commissioner
Of primary concern was
the one-and-done issue,
which refers to an NBA rule
that since 2005 has prohibited players from entering
the league until they are 19
and one year after their high
school class graduates.
Athletes forced to spend
a season in college are considered more likely to take
money from agents and
boosters. The Pac-12 wants
the NBA to accept players
straight from high school
but wait at least three years
for those who choose to
enroll in college first.
Furthermore, an athlete
who enters the NBA draft
but does not sign a professional contract would retain
his college eligibility.
Though the NBA and its
players union have been reluctant to rescind the age
limit, Scott believes the
scandal has changed minds.
“There’s a lot of damage
being done to the NBA and
their next-generation stars,”
Scott said. “The NBA needs
to be a big part of the solution.”
The creation of an independent enforcement unit
— paid for by television contracts, corporate sponsorships and other revenue —
would remove the onus from
NCAA investigators who are
seen as overburdened and
largely ineffective.
Rules covering minor violations, such as schools oc-
casionally paying for meals
or family travel, would be relaxed, with an emphasis
placed on major infractions.
The Pac-12 task force also
called for altering the game’s
relationship with shoe and
apparel companies.
Schools and coaches
would have to disclose the
terms of contracts with such
companies. Assessment of
recruits would shift from
tournaments run by shoe
events co-sponsored by the
In a suggestion that
might be viewed as more
controversial, high school
athletes from sophomore
class onward would be allowed to seek professional
guidance from agents.
“Now is the time to step
up and make changes to
both restore trust in our
game and protect the best
interest of our student-athletes,” Guerrero said in a
Analysts contend the
task force has ignored a basic inequity whereby young
athletes who help generate
billions of dollars for college
sports are receiving scholarships and stipends that
pale in comparison to their
true market value.
“That’s really the elephant in the room,” said
Mark Conrad, director of the
sports business program at
Fordham University. “What
should student-athletes receive?”
The task force’s narrower
focus was unanimously approved by Pac-12 presidents
and chancellors at the conference basketball tournament last weekend.
The report has been forwarded to the NCAA commission, headed by former
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which is expected to deliver its own report soon.
“I am confident these recommendations will receive
wide support,” Scott said.
“And we look forward to
working with the NCAA and
our colleagues across all
sports to make these ideas a
Twitter: @LAtimesWharton
Bruins’ turnovers
result in early exit
Photographs by
Joe Robbins Getty Images
“WE HAVE to go back and really think about how we can do better as a team,” Jaylen Hands said.
Bonnies advance to play Gators
[UCLA, from D1]
hadn’t won a tournament
game since 1970, will face
sixth-seeded Florida in the
first round Thursday.
“We just beat UCLA,”
Schmidt said. “How much
prouder can I be?”
That brought an abrupt
finish to a season that
started with an international incident for the Bruins after three freshman
were caught shoplifting during the team’s trip to China.
But UCLA (21-12) moved
past the incident and a
shorthanded roster to advance to the tournament for
the fourth time in the last
five years under Alford.
Then they ran into St.
Bonaventure on a snowy
evening in the middle of
Inside the Bruins’ locker
room, the loss hung heavy in
the stuffy, sweat-filled air.
Players struggled to find an
explanation for the forgettable performance in front of
an arena packed with busloads of noisy supporters of
the Bonnies (26-7).
UCLA seemed to be in
shock, digesting another
surprise after the tournament selection committee
unexpectedly banished the
Bruins to the play-in game
for the first time in school
Problems started before
points, didn’t start after being late for a team bus Monday. The school’s band
wasn’t on hand, either, left in
Los Angeles because of logistics due to the short notice for the game and finals.
“We knew how tough they
were going to be,” said junior
point guard Aaron Holiday,
the Pac-12 Conference’s
leading scorer who matched
his average with 20 points. “I
felt like we matched them
to end any chance of a late
rally by UCLA. The celebration by supporters from the
tiny school near Buffalo,
N.Y., started in earnest.
Dancing. Chest bumps.
Enough noise to make your
ears hurt.
This is what happens in
“So it hurts. It stings,” Alford said. “It will sting even
more, and I’ve done it
enough now, 27 times, that
that finality, when you don’t
get to coach that group
again … and now that comes
to an end very quickly.”
Not far away, a group of
St. Bonaventure cheerleaders sent text messages and
took selfies.
“Let’s get on the plane,”
one said, “to Texas.”
But the Bruins are
headed home.
Twitter: @nathanfenno
IDRIS TAQQEE and the Bonnies took advantage of
turnovers and poor shooting by the Bruins.
pretty well. We just turned
the ball over too much.”
UCLA had 20 turnovers,
tying its season high, including 10 by the normally surehanded Holiday. The Bruins
almost eclipsed their season
average of 11.8 turnovers per
game in the first half when
they gave the ball away 11
The mistakes, many of
them unforced, threw the offense off-kilter and led to
UCLA making just two field
goals in the final 14 minutes
of the first half. And the Bruins never found a way to take
advantage of their size advantage over the Bonnies,
who have just one player
taller than 6-foot-6.
“We have to go back and
really think about how we
can do better as a team,”
freshman Jaylen Hands
Thanks to relentless defense by Holiday, the Bruins
held St. Bonaventure senior
Jaylen Adams, the co-player
of the year in the Atlantic 10
Conference, to two-for-16
shooting. Junior Courtney
Stockard, recovering from a
hamstring injury, picked up
the slack with 26 points.
After Holiday hit two free
throws to tie the score at 58
with 1:11 left, Adams responded with a jump shot.
But Holiday turned the ball
over three times in the final
29 seconds. The chants of
“Let’s go, Bona!” grew louder
with each mistake.
Adams added three free
throws in the final seconds
Stockard ...........40 9-20 6-8 0-4 0 4 26
Ikpeze...............15 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0
Adams..............38 2-16 4-6 0-1 3 1 8
Mobley .............35 4-12 4-4 2-7 3 3 14
Taqqee..............36 2-3 1-2 3-11 0 3 5
Griffin ...............25 5-6 0-1 1-3 1 1 10
Brockington .........9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Kaputo ...............2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
23-60 15-21 7-30 7 14 65
Shooting: Field goals, 38.3%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 4-19 (Mobley 2-7, Stockard 2-7,
Adams 0-5). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 6 (30
PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 6 (Mobley 2,
Stockard 2, Griffin, Ikpeze). Steals: 11 (Stockard 4, Adams 3, Griffin 3, Taqqee). Technical Fouls: None.
Goloman...........22 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 4 2
Welsh ...............32 1-5 0-0 2-15 0 1 2
Ali....................25 5-10 1-2 1-2 1 2 13
Hands ..............23 1-4 1-2 0-5 1 0 4
Holiday .............40 7-17 2-2 1-5 7 5 20
Wilkes ..............34 3-7 1-2 0-3 3 2 10
Olesinski ...........16 3-4 1-2 1-4 0 3 7
Smith .................9 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Okwarabizie.........-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
A.Wulff ...............-- 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
21-50 6-10 5-37 13 18 58
Shooting: Field goals, 42.0%; free throws, 60.0%
Three-point goals: 10-30 (Holiday 4-11, Wilkes 3-6,
Ali 2-6, Hands 1-3, Smith 0-1, A.Wulff 0-1, Welsh 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 20 (3 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Goloman 4, Ali, Hands). Turnovers: 20 (Holiday 10, Welsh 3, Wilkes 3, Ali 2, Hands 2). Steals: 1
(Wilkes). Technical Fouls: None.
St. Bonaventure
28 37— 65
23 35— 58
A—12,336 (13,435).
[Plaschke, from D1]
might look respectable, don’t
be fooled. It could have been
worse. It would have been
much worse.
The Bruins lost dribbles,
lost passes and seemingly
lost their minds while committing 20 turnovers that
resulted in 30 Bonnies
The Bruins were outhustled for seemingly every
loose ball, outshoved in
nearly every physical encounter, and outplayed even
after the final buzzer.
As UCLA walked slowly
off the University of Dayton
court, a couple of Bonnies
celebrated their first NCAA
tournament win in 48 years
by actually doing choreographed dance steps amid a
gleeful midcourt party.
Even the venerable Dayton arena, which has hosted
more NCAA tournament
games than any other gym,
pounded all night on the
Bruins. The place was filled
with St. Bonaventure fans
who made the six-hour drive
from the 2,000-student campus located in southwestern
New York. They booed
UCLA’s every move and
roared with the Bonnies’
every success. It was all so
intense, it was surprising
that afterward, they didn’t
become the first NCAA
tournament crowd to storm
the court.
“It felt like the Reilly
Center all over again,’’ said
St. Bonaventure coach Mark
Schmidt, referring to the
Bonnies’ home court. “And
we just beat UCLA. How
much prouder can I be?”
The depth of his pride
was matched by the Bruins’
disappointment, particularly
since, as bad as they played,
it was still 58-all with 1:11
remaining before they handed it back to the Bonnies for
“You know, it sucks,” said
the Bruins’ Kris Wilkes. “It’s
hard. It’s hard to believe.”
The Bruins’ downfall was
actually epitomized with the
gifted freshman Wilkes, who
was late for a team bus on
Monday’s hasty journey here
and benched for the game’s
first five minutes.
“My phone was dead, I
didn’t wake up in time, and
that really hurt us,” acknowledged Wilkes.
It was almost as if the
entire Bruins mojo was dead
and didn’t wake up in time,
and that normally doesn’t
happen to this program in
this month.
When it does, it becomes
a dark part of UCLA history,
and so this now joins a short
list of other maddening
tourney upset losses.
This was Tulsa in 1994.
This was Princeton in 1996.
This was Detroit Mercy in
1999. This is also the first
time in coach Steve Alford’s
four UCLA tournament
appearances that his team
didn’t advance to the Sweet
“Unfortunately in March,
there’s a finality to it, and
we’ve reached our finality
today,” said Alford.
Nowhere was that finality
more evident than on the
finally sagging shoulders of
guard Aaron Holiday, a
junior probably playing his
last UCLA game before
entering the NBA, a guy who
had carried the Bruins
throughout this shorthanded season.
In the end, he tried to do
too much, tried to drive into
too much traffic and make
too many impossible passes,
and he finally succumbed to
the weight of it all. He scored
20 points, but committed 10
turnovers, and finally fouled
out in the final seconds while
throwing elbows and glares.
You know that 58-all tie?
The Bonnies scored the last
seven points after Holiday
committed three turnovers
and a foul in that span.
“They were grabbing me,
so I used my arm to get them
off me,’’ Holiday said.
It seemed like the Bruins
spent the entire night
backed against the ropes and
covering up against a team
that just kept coming.
“This hit us hard,’’ said
Thomas Welsh could have
dominated the smaller Bonnies inside, but he was shut
down by a swarming zone
defense and wound up with
just two points. Fellow big
man Gyorgy Goloman took
just one shot. Freshman
Jaylen Hands had two turnovers and one basket.
“We played hard, we just
didn’t play smart at times,’’
said Wilkes. “I don’t know if
we weren’t prepared, it was
just a tough loss all around.’’
One theory is that the
Bruins just didn’t want to be
here. After all, they finished
the season strong, pushed
Pac-12 champ Arizona into
overtime in the Pac-12 tournament, and expected to be
seeded in the regular tourney
beginning Thursday or
They were surprised to be
sent to a play-in game, and
seemingly unprepared for
the quick turnaround it
“They know this is the
tournament,’’ said Alford,
discounting that theory.
“They had a very serious
Another theory is that,
after losing three players in
the China shoplifting incident at the beginning of the
season, the Bruins finally
just wore down. That theory
would be supported by the
eventual pained and weary
stumbles by Holiday and
Five top recruits join the
Bruins next season, the
third-ranked class in the
country, and they’ll be needing every one of them.
“We had to ask a lot out of
[Holiday],’’ said Alford. “We
had to ask a lot out of Tom.
We didn’t have that depth.’’
In the end, they just
didn’t have much of anything, the game actually
turning with seven minutes
remaining, when UCLA blew
its last lead in a series of
plays fitting for this night: a
Chris Smith air ball, a bad
pass by Hands, and a bad
pass by Prince Ali. They
looked up and a 51-49 edge
was a 58-51 deficit, and they
never recovered.
“It’s still hard for me to
wrap my head around it,”
said Wilkes.
Join the club.
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Trojans almost add flub to ‘snub’
They need double
overtime to avoid a
first-round exit from
the NIT.
USC 103
John Minchillo Associated Press
Radford drives on Zach
Coleman in second half.
with First
Four win
wire reports
Travis Fields Jr. and Ed
Polite Jr. each scored 13
points to lift Radford to its
first NCAA tournament win,
71-61 over Long Island Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday night at Dayton, Ohio.
Carlik Jones had 12
points and 10 rebounds for
the Highlanders (23-12), who
will face No. 1 seed Villanova
(30-4) on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Radford, the Big
South Conference champion, is making its third tournament appearance and
first since 2009.
Brooklyn stayed within
striking distance for much of
the game and got to within a
point with five minutes left,
but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders allowed them to
close it out.
The Blackbirds (18-17)
went without a field goal in
the last seven minutes and
shot 30.4% from the field in
the second half. Both teams
were plagued by turnovers.
Jashaun Agosto scored
16 points and Raiquan Clark
had 14 for the Blackbirds,
who are winless in seven
trips to the tournament.
Virginia’s Hunter
is sidelined
Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter, the Atlantic
Coast Conference’s sixth
man of the year, will sit out
the NCAA tournament because of a broken left wrist.
The school said Hunter
suffered the injury during
the ACC tournament. He
will have surgery Monday.
Hunter, a redshirt freshman, averaged 9.2 points
and 3.5 rebounds in 33
The Cavaliers, the top
seed in the tournament,
open play Friday night
against Maryland Baltimore
County in Charlotte, N.C.
Miami’s Brown
isn’t ready to play
Miami guard Bruce
Brown Jr.’s injured left foot
is healing faster than expected, but coach Jim Larranaga said the sophomore
won’t play Thursday against
Loyola of Chicago.
Brown sat out 11 games
before receiving medical
clearance Monday to remove his walking boot and
rejoin practice. He underwent surgery Feb. 1.
Big East extends
The Big East Conference
extended the contract of
Commissioner Val Ackerman through June 2021.
The three-year extension
was announced three days
after the conference played
its men’s basketball tournament at New York’s Madison
Square Garden for the 36th
consecutive year. Six of the
10 teams received bids to the
NCAA tournament.
Villanova, a current No. 1
seed, won the NCAA title in
Four Big East teams received bids to the women’s
NCAA First
Four schedule
8 16 N.C. Central (19-15) vs.
16 Texas Southern (15-19),
3:30 p.m. PDT.
8 11 Arizona State (20-11) vs.
11 Syracuse (20-13), 6 p.m.
Note: Second games start
about 30 minutes after the
first games end.
By Lindsey Thiry
Two days after USC was
snubbed by the NCAA tournament, hints of disappointment lingered throughout the
Galen Center as the Trojans
opened play in the National
Invitation Tournament.
“All of us at USC were very
confident that they had
earned their way in,” athletic
director Lynn Swann said
Tuesday before USC defeated
North Carolina Asheville, 10398, in double overtime in front
of 1,614 fans.
“That’s why we’re all in
Even as the Trojans (24-11),
considered a 14-point favorite
over Asheville, advanced in a
late thriller to the second
round of the consolation
bracket, it was the perceived
snub that stayed on everyone’s minds.
“It was tough, it was tough
for me,” point guard Jordan
McLaughlin said afterward
when he spoke to reporters for
the first time since the
bracket was released. “I
thought we had a pretty good
USC finished second in the
Pac-12 this season before falling to Arizona in the conference tournament title game.
With an RPI of 34, they became the highest-ranked major conference team to be left
of the NCAA tournament
since it was expanded to 68
teams in 2011.
“The difficult part about
this process is that once they
select, there is no time to have
a counter opinion, to have a
voice in trying to create
change,” Swann said.
“It’s done.”
Arizona earned a No. 4
seed in the NCAA tournament. UCLA, which finished
tied for third in the Pac-12, and
Arizona State, which finished
tied for eighth and lost in the
first round of the conference
tournament, got at-large bids
and were among the “last
four” in.
The Bruins fell to St. Bonaventure, 65-58 on Tuesday in
their play-in game.
“It happens to be one of the
biggest snubs in NCAA tournament history,” forward
Nick Rakocevic said. “So that
right there speaks for itself.”
In the aftermath of the
snub, junior forward Chimezie Metu sat on the bench
Tuesday in a white polo shirt
and jeans. Metu, who averaged a team-high 15.7 points
and 7.4 rebounds per game, is
projected as a first-round pick
in the NBA draft and will not
play in the NIT to avoid injury.
McLaughlin scored a
team-high 26 points against
Asheville (21-13), including a
three that sent the game to
double overtime. He also had
13 assists. Rakocevic scored 24
and had 19 rebounds. Elijah
Stewart scored 22.
Monday vs. Western
Kentucky, 8:30 p.m. PST,
Galen Center. TV: ESPN2 —
The Trojans will play their remaining games without their
top two scorers, Metu and
Bennie Boatwright, who averaged 15.7 and 13.6 points
Boatwright has been sidelined since last month because of a knee injury. McLaughlin, who was averaging
12.4 points and 7.5 assists, almost doubled those numbers
on Tuesday night.
Twitter @LindseyThiry
Baehre..............36 11-17 2-2 3-14 2 2 28
Miller................41 4-9 4-6 0-2 8 5 16
Teague..............43 9-24 2-2 1-3 1 2 26
Thomas.............39 6-12 1-2 2-8 4 3 13
Vannatta ...........37 4-8 3-4 0-3 2 2 11
Rackley.............11 0-3 2-2 0-0 1 2 2
Wnuk................10 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 1 2
Gilmore...............3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
35-75 14-18 8-34 19 18 98
Shooting: Field goals, 46.7%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 14-31 (Teague 6-11, Baehre 4-6, Miller
4-8, Thomas 0-1, Rackley 0-2, Vannatta 0-3). Team Rebounds:
4. Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Baehre 5).
Turnovers: 15 (Miller 4, Thomas 4, Teague 3, Baehre 2, Vannatta
2). Steals: 11 (Thomas 4, Baehre 2, Miller 2, Rackley, Teague,
Wnuk). Technical Fouls: None.
Rakocevic..........36 11-17 2-5 7-19 1 1 24
Mathews ...........31 1-4 1-2 0-2 0 3 4
McLaughlin........41 10-21 2-2 0-3 13 1 26
Stewart .............36 7-15 5-5 1-6 0 3 22
Usher ...............28 5-10 0-0 1-2 1 1 13
Aaron ...............27 2-6 0-2 1-6 1 3 4
Thornton ...........16 3-4 2-5 0-1 0 1 8
Uyaelunmo ..........5 1-1 0-2 1-3 0 0 2
40-78 12-23 11-42 16 13 103
Shooting: Field goals, 51.3%; free throws, 52.2%
Three-point goals: 11-27 (McLaughlin 4-8, Usher 3-5, Stewart
3-8, Mathews 1-4, Aaron 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 16 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Rakocevic, Thornton). Turnovers: 16 (McLaughlin 6, Mathews 3, Rakocevic 2, Stewart 2,
Thornton, Usher, Uyaelunmo). Steals: 5 (Aaron 2, McLaughlin,
Stewart, Usher). Technical Fouls: None.
UNC Asheville
17 17 21 15 15 13— 98
19 20 17 14 15 18— 103
Tough job: Turn Northridge into winner
Gottfried, who got his
coaching start in L.A.,
is back to build with
ex-Bruin boss Harrick.
By Eric Sondheimer
Standing at a podium on
the basketball court with a
giant “Welcome to the Matadome” sign as the backdrop,
Mark Gottfried was introduced as Cal State Northridge’s coach on Tuesday.
The last time he was recruiting L.A. it was 1995,
when UCLA won the national championship and he
was an assistant. He went on
to become head coach at
Murray State, Alabama and
North Carolina State.
He said when he first arrived from the Midwest in
1988, at 23, to be a graduate
assistant at UCLA under
coach Jim Harrick, “I didn’t
know a human being in this
town.” He also didn’t know
about the 405 or 101 freeways
and took turns living in West
Brandon Ilano Cal State Northridge
MARK GOTTFRIED is introduced as the new men’s
basketball coach at Cal State Northridge.
L.A., Calabasas and Woodland Hills.
He’s about to enter culture shock. The median
home price in the San Fernando Valley in 1995 was
$165,958. In January, it was
$643,783. The 405 and 101
have added more traffic.
But at least one thing is
the same: Northridge, which
last week fired Reggie
Theus, is still struggling to
become a winning basket-
ball program.
Gottfried received a sixyear contract with a base
first-year salary of $400,000,
according to a university official. Although he lacked
specifics, Gottfried made it
clear that the 79-year-old
Harrick is likely to be involved in helping turn
around a program that has
made the NCAA tournament twice since moving to
Division I in 1990.
“We’re going to get there,”
Gottfried said.
“When you recruit the
right kind of people, you can
turn everything around,”
Harrick said afterward. “I
used to tell my assistants,
‘You got three jobs. Recruit,
recruit and recruit.’ ”
Gottfried spent six years
as coach at N.C. State until
he parted ways with the program last year. He said he
and Northridge President
Dianne F. Harrison discussed the FBI’s ongoing
college basketball investigation and the allegations that
former Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. received loan
money from an agent.
“I don’t foresee any red
flags that I’m aware of,” said
Gottfried, who has been
working as a scout for the
Dallas Mavericks.
Gottfried said he wants
to restore pride and success
at Northridge, something he
believes he has done at each
of his coaching stops.
The repeated challenge
at Northridge has been trying to lure top players from
Los Angeles and elsewhere
to a commuter campus
where many in the community are more devoted to following UCLA and USC.
Longtime high school
basketball coach Derrick
Taylor of Woodland Hills
Taft said, “That’s a tough
job. No one has been able to
figure out winning on a sustained level.”
Gottfried has accepted
the challenge.
“I hope I’m here for a long
time,” he said. “Great things
can happen here.”
Twitter: @latsondheimer
Not tough: Winning with Northridge women
Flowers has Cal State
Northridge back in
the NCAA women’s
By Sam Farmer
The Cal State Northridge
women didn’t take the prescribed path to the NCAA
tournament. They limped
out of the gate, losing their
first five games before regaining their balance, finding their footing, and ultimately earning an invitation
by winning the Big West
The 16th-seeded Matadors, who play at No. 1 Notre
Dame on Friday in their
NCAA tournament opener,
have the right person at the
helm. Because when it
comes to navigating roundabout routes, coach Jason
Flowers is a human GPS.
Flowers, 38, dreamed of
playing at UCLA when he
was a kid growing up in
Watts. But, like his team this
season, he didn’t get off to a
promising start. He was cut
by the Bruins as a walk-on,
transferred to UC Irvine and
made a name for himself in
two seasons there, then
worked his way back to
“He was definitely tenacious and relentless in bringing a competitive spirit to every practice,” recalled Steve
Lavin, his coach at the time.
“His teammates were better
prepared for competition
because he went full throttle
every day.”
That ethos has worked
out beautifully in Flowers’
eight seasons at Northridge.
He has guided the Matadors
to the NCAA tournament
three times in the last five
years. Not bad for a coach
who inherited a program
that had won a combined 13
games in the three seasons
before he arrived.
Northridge on Tuesday
introduced its new men’s
coach, Mark Gottfried. He
replaces the fired Reggie
Theus, who was 53-105 in five
seasons. The Matadors have
not finished the season with
a winning record since going
Spokane Regional
Friday at South Bend, Ind.
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CS Northridge
vs. 1 Notre Dame
Reed Saxon Associated Press
JASON FLOWERS cuts down the net after coaching Northridge to victory in the
Big West tournament, earning a third NCAA tournament spot in five years.
17-14 in 2008-09.
That invites the question: Would Flowers ever
consider coaching on the
men’s side?
“God will place me exactly where he wants me,”
said Flowers, whose 122-134
record gives him the most
coaching wins in school history. “He’s been in control up
until this point, and the ride
hasn’t been the smoothest of
rides — just like anybody
else’s life — but the path that
I’ve traveled I wouldn’t
change for anything. Whatever destination or whatever
check points are along that
path, I’m OK with.”
By every indication,
Flowers is happy with the
foundation he and his assistants have built, working
Northridge softball coach
Tairia Flowers, and raising
their three children. And he
enjoys not only coaching
players but helping them develop as human beings.
“Basketball is basketball,
coaching is coaching,” he
said. “But the men’s and
women’s jobs are completely
different in many respects.
There’s so much more involved with men’s basketball
than just basketball.
“Some people will watch
women’s basketball and say
it’s more of a pure game because it’s played below the
rim, and you have to focus on
fundamentals and those
things. I agree, and as a
coach I appreciate that we
have to teach those things.
But I think there’s just as
much purity in the developmental aspect of young
people in women’s basketball, as opposed to men, as
“These young men, who
are kids, the first time
there’s a sign that they could
be good, they get all of these
people trying to latch on and
advise, do this and that. But
I don’t have to worry about a
player coming in here and
being one-and-done. … I can
focus on four years of development, not just in basketball, but developing these
players as young women and
being successful in whatever
it is they want to do.”
Each week, Flowers has a
regularly scheduled meeting
with his players to discuss
issues other than basketball, whether it’s their academics, home life, or any
problems they might be confronting.
He’s far from a pushover,
and had two of his best players coming off the bench for
prolonged stretches this
season when they failed to
meet his standards.
Although Flowers expects the same level of focus,
preparation and intensity
from his players at this
point in the season, he
doesn’t have to emphasize
that as much.
“His attitude in the preseason and regular season
compared to when it was
time for the Big West tournament was completely different,” sophomore forward
Eliza Matthews said. “Now,
he’s more chill and relaxed,
like, ‘This is what I prepped
you for this entire year.
You’ve got this.’ ”
Flowers is one of several
guards from that era of
UCLA basketball who have
carved out careers as
coaches. Among them, Earl
Watson played 13 years in the
NBA and had a stint as
coach of the Phoenix Suns;
Cameron Dollar was head
coach at Seattle University
and now is an assistant at
the University of Washington; Tyus Edney is a UCLA
“Moose” Bailey coaches
basketball at the Brentwood
Flowers likes to say he’s
comfortable coaching women’s basketball because “I
tell people all the time, women made me a man.”
“I was raised by a single
mom,” he said. “For a good
chunk of time growing up,
we lived with my aunt and
her daughter. Literally, I was
around women all the time. I
had coaches who were male
figures … but the women
made me a man. My daughter was born my freshman
year at UCLA, so there’s another woman who made me
a man — there’s no option.
Then I meet my wife later on
at UCLA, and she continues
the process of making me a
“So for me, I guess I was
trained for this position for a
long time.”
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Kings miss wide in shootout with Coyotes
A possible win early
in overtime turns out
to be a mirage as a
goal is waved off.
By Curtis Zupke
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The
Kings crawled back through
the desert and thought they
found an oasis.
They stared at a three-goal
deficit against one of the
hottest teams in the NHL.
Then Jeff Carter tipped the
game with a pair of deflection
goals in the final eight minutes of regulation to force
overtime. The Kings nearly
pulled out a win, too, on a goal
that was called back on goalie
interference, but lost to the
Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in the
fifth round of a shootout to
end a wild Tuesday night at
Gila River Arena.
stopped four of five shootout
attempts to get his first NHL
win, while Kings starter Jack
Campbell, in his third career
NHL start, took the loss in his
first NHL shootout.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be
happy with just a point,”
Campbell said. “I’m really
proud of the way the guys
fought all 60 minutes and into
overtime. I’ve just got to make
a couple more saves and we
get two points.”
The Kings thought they
had won early in overtime
when Carter’s shot from his
knees went into the net off
Drew Doughty, who crashed
into Hill, but it was disallowed
on goalie interference.
“I’m trying to stop and obviously getting pushed by the
guy behind me,” Doughty
said. “I don’t know whether
that should count. Honestly, I
have no idea. But I tried to
stop and not hit the goalie. It
wasn’t intentional.”
The referee initially announced it was a goal but that
it had to be reviewed.
“I had a feeling when the
crowd started cheering and
then he didn’t really finish his
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
New Jersey
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Tampa Bay
Alex Goligoski scored the decisive goal in the fifth round
of a shootout and Adin Hill earned his first NHL win.
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and the Canadiens
snapped a five-game losing streak.
Mike Hoffman scored two goals as the Senators ended
the Lightning’s 10-game streak without a regulation loss.
David Pastrnak scored three of Boston’s five goals for his
first career hat trick as the Bruins rallied for the win.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and the Predators scored
two short-handed goals.
Nathan MacKinnon scored his 33rd goal of the season
and J.T. Compher had his first career two-goal game.
Mike Smith made 28 saves, Johnny Gaudreau scored and
the Flames ended a seven-game losing streak to Oilers.
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New Jersey at Vegas, 7 p.m.
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Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with
the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card team. The races:
EAST (Division)
1. Colorado (C)
1. Columbus (M)
2. Dallas (C)
2. New Jersey (M)
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3. Florida (A)
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4. Carolina (M)
5. St. Louis (C)
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shot by Kings center Tobias Rieder (10).
sentence, I had a feeling they
were going to say something
went wrong,” Doughty said.
“It sucked. I thought we won
for a second.”
Carter got a piece of
Doughty’s shot on the power
play with about eight minutes
remaining in regulation, with
the man advantage courtesy
of an Arizona too-many-men
penalty. The two hooked up
again with 2:18 left when Cart-
er neatly deflected Doughty’s
shot high to tie it 3-3.
The anticipated matchup
against Arizona goalie Darcy
Kuemper didn’t happen.
Kuemper was reportedly sick
going into Tuesday and he
dressed as backup to Hill, who
spent most of the season in
the minors.
But the Kings didn’t put
much pressure on Hill until
midway through the game
Futa stays put
Kings assistant general
manager Michael Futa has
withdrawn his name from
consideration for the Carolina
Hurricanes general manager
position. Futa confirmed, via
text message, a Sportsnet report Tuesday that he does not
want to be a distraction during the Kings’ playoff chase.
Futa has become a popular candidate for general manager, to the point that he was
promoted by the Kings to
keep him in the organization.
He has built up a decade-long
track record in helping the
Kings develop prospects.
Twitter: @curtiszupke
KINGS ..............................0
0 — 3
0 — 4
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Arizona, Keller 19 (Stepan), 5:08. 2. Arizona, Cousins 11 (Hjalmarsson), 15:43. Penalty—Hjalmarsson,
ARI, (closing hand on the puck), 18:47.
SECOND PERIOD: 3. Arizona, Dvorak 14 (Cousins, Domi),
10:13. 4. KINGS, Pearson 14 (Toffoli, Kempe), 10:40.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. KINGS, Carter 5 (Doughty, Muzzin), 12:03
(pp). 6. KINGS, Carter 6 (Doughty, Kopitar), 17:42.
Penalties—Ekman-Larsson, ARI, (delay of game), 5:57.
Thompson, KINGS, (slashing), 9:25. Arizona bench, served by
Perlini (too many men on the ice), 10:25.
OVERTIME: Scoring—None. Penalties—Panik, ARI,
(tripping), 0:23.
Shootout—KINGS 1 (Kopitar NG, Carter NG, Kempe G, Lewis
NG, Toffoli NG), Arizona 2 (Cousins NG, Keller G, Panik NG,
Dvorak NG, Goligoski G).
SHOTS ON GOAL: KINGS 9-7-13-8—37. Arizona 9-12-5-3—29.
Power-play conversions—KINGS 1 of 4. Arizona 0 of 1.
GOALIES: KINGS, Campbell 1-0-1 (29 shots-26 saves). Arizona, Hill 1-3-0 (37-34). Att—11,346 (17,125). T—2:51.
Ducks know error of their ways
Ross D. Franklin Associated Press
COYOTES goaltender Adin Hill makes a save on a
snapped a shot from the high
slot on the rush, from a backhand assist from Adrian
Kempe, for Pearson’s second
goal in two nights.
Arizona took a 3-0 lead 27
seconds earlier on Christian
Dvorak’s wide-open wrist
shot from the top of the right
circle. The Coyotes gained
Muzzin’s clearing attempt
was knocked down by Nick
Cousins and fed to Max Domi.
The Kings looked a step
slow early and Arizona’s forecheck helped give it a 2-0 lead
at first intermission. Just
more than five minutes into
the game, Clayton Keller beat
Campbell from the lower right
side after the Kings got
caught in their zone. Ten minutes later, Cousins’ centering
pass glanced off Doughty’s
skate and slid under Campbell across the goal line.
Mental lapses lead to
a losing streak and a
spot outside of the
playoff picture.
By Mike Coppinger
The Ducks find themselves at a crossroads with 12
games remaining in the regular season.
Their hot streak, with
points earned in eight of nine
games? Extinguished in a
matter of days.
They suffered defeats on
consecutive nights on the
road against the Nashville
Predators and Dallas Stars.
Then they turned in a lethargic performance Monday at
home against the St. Louis
What once seemed to be a
formality now looms as one giant question mark: Will the
Ducks qualify for the playoffs?
The Kings and San Jose
Sharks each won Monday to
boot the Ducks out of their
standing as the No. 3 seed in
the Pacific Division.
When the Ducks play Vancouver on Wednesday at
Honda Center, they’ll start
the game on the outside of the
playoff picture.
The Ducks and Colorado
Avalanche have 80 points, but
the Avalanche are in the second wild-card spot because
they have played two fewer
Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks’
longtime captain, explained
that every time the team has
battled back over the last
three losses, it has killed its
momentum with a mental
mistake that led to a goal.
“We gotta find a way to just
play consistent throughout a
game and do what [the Blues]
did,” said Getzlaf, who has 13
points over a six-game scoring
Alex Gallardo Associated Press
LONGTIME DUCKS captain Ryan Getzlaf, left, facing off against Dallas’ Jamie
Benn, says, “We gotta find a way to just play consistent throughout a game.”
“You watch their game
plan all night long, it didn’t
change. They chipped the
puck, they skated onto it and
then they forechecked and
they worked. We do it at times
and we do it through periods
and it seems to work but then
it kind of goes to the side and
we have to find a way to do
that consistently.”
Certainly, that’s the brand
of hockey coach Randy Carlyle wants the team to play.
The Ducks aren’t built to outskate opponents.
It’s a veteran roster that
excels at a grinding game, and
when the Ducks’ forecheck is
clicking, they’re a tough team
to play against.
They proved that with a
4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals last week, the last
time they won a game, when
stymied the offensive powerhouse from the East.
“Everything we’re doing
right now is all mental mistakes, it’s not anything to do
with physical fatigue,” Getzlaf
said. “We’re working and we’re
doing the things; we’re skating.
“But it’s the mental errors
that are not allowing us to
continue with success. [It’s
frustrating] to say the least.
It’s not a frustration with our
effort, it’s a frustration with
the fact we’re having trouble
understanding what it takes
to do shift in, shift out every
period at this time of year.”
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Update: A game against the
Canucks should present an
opportunity for the Ducks to
get back on track. With only 25
victories, the Canucks are one
of the worst clubs in the NHL,
and they arrive in Anaheim
having lost four games in a
row. They’re also without
their best player, Brock
Boeser. The Calder Trophy
candidate suffered a back injury last week and is unlikely
to return this season. He recorded 55 points in 62 games
during his rookie season.
Sierra Canyon rallies from
17-point hole in third quarter
Trailblazers use a
trapping defense to
erase deficit, prevail
in regional semifinal.
By Eric Sondheimer
High school basketball
can’t produce more OMG
moments than what transpired Tuesday night during
the Southern California
Open Division regional
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
and Torrance Bishop Montgomery in front of a packed
gymnasium at Calabasas.
Down by 17 points in the
third quarter, Sierra Canyon
used a trapping defense and
clutch shots by Duane
Washington and Scotty Pippen to pull out a 72-70 overtime victory, sending the
Trailblazers into Saturday’s
game against Etiwanda at
Long Beach State.
“It was a crazy game,”
Washington said.
Only three weeks ago, the
two teams engaged in a double-overtime thriller in the
Southern Section Open Division semifinals won by Sierra Canyon. This game was
Washington was cold
from outside and Josh
Vazquez was connecting
from three-point range.
opened a 51-34 lead late in
the third quarter. But the
Trailblazers didn’t panic;
they started applying defensive pressure.
They went on a 12-0 run to
start the fourth quarter.
Cassius Stanley delivered
two thunderous dunks that
sent Sierra Canyon fans into
a frenzy. Bishop Montgomery, however, still appeared headed to victory.
The lead was 65-60 with 1
minute 31 seconds left.
Stanley made a basket
with 59 seconds left. The
Knights then shot the ball
too quickly and missed.
That gave Washington a
chance to tie it, and he made
a three-pointer with 23 seconds left. It was similar to
what he did Feb. 24, making
a three-pointer at the end of
regulation during Sierra
Canyon’s 77-74 double-overtime win.
Regulation ended with a
follow shot by Bishop Montgomery rolling around the
rim and falling out as the
buzzer sounded.
In the overtime, Pippen
made an off-balance jump
shot with 42 seconds left to
give Sierra Canyon a 71-70
He had told Washington
moments earlier he was going to win the game.
“I just let it fly,” Pippen
said with his father, former
NBA star Scottie, watching
and cheering from a frontrow seat.
had a chance to win the
game. The Knights had the
ball with 11.4 seconds left, but
two three-point tries didn’t
“We locked down defensively and did everything
right in the last few minutes,” Washington said.
Vazquez finished with 23
points, David Singleton 16
and Gianni Hunt 15 for
Bishop Montgomery (28-2),
whose losses this season
were to the Trailblazers
(25-4). Sierra Canyon received 20 points from Stanley, 19 from Washington and
13 from Pippen.
Washington had only
three points at halftime. His
shot wasn’t falling. Then he
got hot.
Etiwanda reached the final with a 62-34 win over
Fairfax. Kessler Edwards
scored 21 points.
Etiwanda and Sierra
Canyon meet at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
Twitter: @latsondheimer
SIERRA CANYON’S Cassius Stanley (3) helps L Simpson defend a shot by
Bishop Montgomery’s David Singleton in an Open Division semifinal.
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
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).
Actor Johnson, sprinter Felix visit
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4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
6. Minnesota
8. San Antonio
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7. Milwaukee
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Westbrook records
100th triple-double
Russell Westbrook picked up
the 100th triple-double of his career, and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a late 16-0 run to pull away
from the visiting Atlanta Hawks,
119-107 on Tuesday night.
Westbrook scored 32 points
with 12 assists and 12 rebounds to
become the third-fastest player to
reach the milestone. Only Oscar
Robertson (277 games) and Magic
Johnson (656) got to No. 100
quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th
contest. And Jason Kidd is the only
other player with more (107).
“The group of guys that’s ahead
are Hall of Famers,” he said.
Atlanta’s Taurean Prince (25
points) knocked down a three to tie
it with 5:15 left, but the Thunder
dominated the rest of the way.
Carmelo Anthony capped the run
with his sixth three.
Paul George went down hard on
a foul in the third quarter and
didn’t play at all in the final period.
Toronto 116, at Brooklyn 102: Jonas
Valanciunas had 26 points and 14
rebounds and the Raptors won
their ninth straight. D’Angelo Russell hit his first seven shots — all
threes — and scored 24 points in
the first quarter for the Nets, who
have lost 11 straight to the Raptors.
Russell finished with 32.
at Utah 110, Detroit 79: Rudy
Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, sending the Jazz to their
seventh consecutive victory.
Indiana 101, at Philadelphia 98:
Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws, and
the Pacers snapped the 76ers’
13-game home win streak. Indiana
won its third straight to improve to
a season-high 12 games over .500.
Minnesota 116, at Washington 111:
Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points
and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves rallied from 10 down.
at New Orleans 119, Charlotte 115:
Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, and Jrue
Holiday scored 10 of his 25 in the
final 2:39 to end a two-game skid.
Dallas 110, at New York 97: Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and
the Mavericks handed the Knicks
their eighth straight loss.
at San Antonio 108, Orlando 72:
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24
points, helping the Spurs stop a
three-game slide.
Cleveland 129, at Phoenix 107:
LeBron James had his 69th tripledouble, and 14th this year, with 28
points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Clippers 112, at Chicago 106
at Lakers 112, Denver 103
— associated press
Nobody was foolish enough to
challenge Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson to a competition in the
weight room, but Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope did challenge
sprinter Allyson Felix, an Olympic
champion, to a race.
“She was wearing jeans and untied Jordans and could probably
still beat him in a race,” Kyle
Kuzma said of the challenge.
Felix and Johnson interacted
with the Lakers this week as part of
a series of speakers they have had
throughout the season meant to
expose their young players to successful people in different fields.
The speakers have included Tesla
and SpaceX founder Elon Musk
and recording artist Kendrick
Felix spoke to the Lakers on
Monday and Johnson on Tuesday.
Johnson has a relationship with
Lakers strength and conditioning
coach Gunnar Peterson, who had
several celebrity clients in his personal practice.
“He was great, he really was,”
coach Luke Walton said of
Johnson. “It was the first time I
met him. Great messaging as far as
what he’s done in his career
from learning from his disappointments and his life experience and
how he approaches different situations.”
Throughout the season the
Lakers have made a point to offer
different experiences to their players outside of basketball. The team
took a trip to see “Hamilton” during their stay in New York. While in
Memphis, Tenn., they visited the
National Civil Rights Museum as a
“I think it’s very cool to see successful people, they always have a
story to tell,” Kuzma said. “It
doesn’t matter whether you play
basketball or you’re a wrestler or
actor. Track and field star. DreamWorks, whatever. You can always
take something from someone’s
profession and use it in yours.”
Hart starts shooting
Josh Hart was running and
shooting Tuesday, his left hand
still wrapped in medical tape.
“His hand is pretty fat still,”
Walton said. “This is the first
time he has been getting some
shots up but this is the most he has
done today as far as moving and
doing drill work like this. We will
keep reevaluating him but my
guess is at least a couple of weeks
Hart’s surgery was done by the
same doctor who performed Larry
Nance Jr.’s surgery. Nance’s injury
was less complicated but Walton is
optimistic that Hart might be back
before the end of the season.
Of the three players who are not
able to play — Hart, Brandon Ingram (strained groin) and Channing Frye (appendectomy) — Walton guessed that Ingram would be
ready first.
Caruso nearing end
The Lakers had Alex Caruso,
who is on a two-way contract, with
them Tuesday. Caruso will have
one more day he is allowed to
spend with the Lakers until the
end of the G-League playoffs.
Players on two-way contracts
may spend 45 days with the NBA
team and must spend the rest of
their time with the team’s developmental affiliate. After the GLeague playoffs end, two-way players may return to the NBA level.
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Update: Warriors point guard
Stephen Curry will not play because of an ankle injury. The Warriors have lost their last two games.
Kuzma, Randle help silence Nuggets’ Murray
[Lakers, from D1]
spectful. After the game, Lonzo
Ball and Kuzma indicated they
were looking forward to seeing
Murray again soon.
The days since cooled the narrative. Walton told his player to focus on winning the game. Denver
coach Mike Malone declined to discuss the issue in the morning, but
said he warned his team against
getting involved in “shenanigans.”
“Before the game we just talked
about treating it as another game
knowing that guy does what he
does,” Thomas said. “We’re not too
worried about him; we’re worried
about ourselves and winning the
game. I think we did a great job of
that tonight.”
Murray was booed at introductions and every time he touched
the ball early in the game.
When he scored, he would shout
about his prowess and mime
shooting a bow and arrow.
With his father Roger sitting
courtside on the baseline, Murray
scored eight first-quarter points.
But Lakers took an early lead and
finished the period up 35-22.
Their game fell apart in the second quarter. The Lakers made only
three of 18 shots and saw almost all
of their lead evaporate. They went
Kelvin Kuo Associated Press
LAKERS FORWARD Travis Wear, front, is fouled by Denver
Nuggets guard Devin Harris during the first half.
into the third quarter with a onepoint lead, but quickly lost it for the
rest of the period.
Ball had been impacting the
game positively all night, grabbing
rebounds, securing chase-down
blocks and converting assists. But
the one thing he couldn’t do for
much of the game was hit shots.
When he’s missing shots, Ball
always says the same thing: “I’m
gonna keep shooting.”
On Tuesday night he kept
shooting, and the seventh threepoint shot he attempted offered a
turning-point moment for the Lakers.
It was Ball’s first made three of
the game, it came with 7 minutes 40
seconds to play and it gave the Lakers their first lead since the start of
the third quarter 90-89. The Lakers
never trailed again.
That shot finally got the crowd
louder than it was when booing
Not long after that, Randle
threw down a one-handed dunk on
a pass from Kentavious CaldwellPope after Caldwell-Pope stole the
With the win well in hand, the
crowd turned its attention back to
deriding Murray, chanting “Murray sucks” loudly as the Lakers
shot free throws.
“Definitely heard the crowd, especially when we were shooting
free throws,” Ball said. “I don’t
know if I like them screaming while
we’re shooting free throws, but I
like the energy they had.”
Roger Murray liked the energy,
too, even though it was directed at
his son, who scored 18 points.
“This is good energy,” he said.
“We feed off it to get better. I don’t
mind this. I love this.”
Appreciating the show runs in
the family.
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Thunder 119, Hawks 107
Raptors 116, Nets 102
Pelicans 119, Hornets 115
Chandler..........41 11-16 0-1 1-10 4 3 26
Millsap ............26 2-5 1-3 0-5 2 2 5
Jokic ...............26 5-8 3-3 1-9 5 3 15
G.Harris ...........35 6-17 0-0 0-1 2 5 14
Murray.............34 5-11 5-6 0-6 4 3 18
Barton.............25 3-14 2-2 1-4 3 2 8
Plumlee ...........21 2-3 1-2 2-8 5 5 5
Lyles ...............16 2-7 2-2 0-1 1 1 7
D.Harris ...........13 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 5
Arthur ...............0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
38-86 14-19 5-44 26 26 103
Shooting: Field goals, 44.2%; free throws, 73.7%
Three-point goals: 13-40 (Chandler 4-7, Murray
3-7, Jokic 2-5, G.Harris 2-7, D.Harris 1-4, Lyles 1-5,
Millsap 0-1, Barton 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team
Turnovers: 19 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Millsap 2,
Plumlee 2). Turnovers: 19 (Jokic 4, Murray 4, Millsap 3,
Plumlee 3, Barton 2, Chandler 2, G.Harris). Steals: 12
(G.Harris 3, Chandler 2, D.Harris 2, Murray 2, Jokic,
Millsap, Plumlee). Technical Fouls: Jokic, 00:21 fourth.
Anthony ...........29 7-15 1-1 0-4 0 1 21
George ............25 5-12 0-1 0-4 3 1 12
Johnson.............6 1-1 1-2 1-2 0 1 3
Brewer.............32 2-6 2-2 1-2 4 4 7
Westbrook........35 12-20 8-10 4-12 12 3 32
Grant ..............32 8-14 2-2 1-5 1 3 20
Felton .............20 2-9 1-1 0-2 5 2 6
Patterson .........18 3-4 4-6 1-2 0 4 12
Ferguson..........16 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 0
Abrines............14 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 3
Huestis..............5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Collison .............2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Hamilton ...........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
42-89 19-25 9-38 27 21 119
Shooting: Field goals, 47.2%; free throws, 76.0%
Three-point goals: 16-35 (Anthony 6-11, Patterson
2-3, Grant 2-4, George 2-5, Huestis 1-1, Brewer 1-2,
Abrines 1-3, Felton 1-6). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 7 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Anthony 3, Brewer
2, Grant 2, Abrines, Ferguson, Patterson, Westbrook).
Turnovers: 7 (Westbrook 4, Anthony, Collison, George).
Steals: 9 (Brewer 3, Grant 2, Abrines, Felton, George,
Westbrook). Technical Fouls: None.
Ibaka ..............27 2-6 5-5 3-9 1 2 9
Powell .............11 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 5
Valanciunas......26 12-20 2-5 4-14 1 1 26
DeRozan..........32 6-12 2-2 1-7 2 0 15
Lowry ..............32 4-13 2-2 1-3 11 2 11
VanVleet ..........27 5-10 2-2 0-1 4 1 15
Poeltl ..............20 4-7 0-1 2-6 1 5 8
Miles...............19 3-7 3-3 1-3 0 4 12
Siakam............18 2-5 1-1 1-5 2 2 5
Wright .............16 4-6 0-0 0-3 4 0 10
Miller ................4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Hayes................0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Nogueira............0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
44-91 17-21 13-53 27 20 116
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws, 81.0%
Three-point goals: 11-31 (Miles 3-6, VanVleet 3-6,
Wright 2-4, DeRozan 1-2, Powell 1-2, Lowry 1-8, Ibaka
0-1, Miller 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4.
Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Poeltl
3, Ibaka, Nogueira, Valanciunas). Turnovers: 11
(DeRozan 4, Wright 3, Poeltl, Siakam, Valanciunas,
VanVleet). Steals: 7 (VanVleet 2, DeRozan, Ibaka,
Lowry, Poeltl, Wright). Technical Fouls: None.
Kdd-Glchrst ......24 3-9 1-2 2-6 0 2 7
Williams ..........19 1-8 0-0 1-9 1 3 2
Howard............34 9-12 4-7 2-11 2 2 22
Batum.............41 7-16 5-5 0-5 8 1 20
Walker.............38 9-20 1-1 0-3 7 1 22
Kaminsky.........28 9-13 1-1 1-2 0 2 21
Lamb ..............23 5-9 6-6 2-6 2 2 16
Graham ...........13 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Monk ..............12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Bacon ...............3 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
45-93 18-22 8-45 22 13 115
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws, 81.8%
Three-point goals: 7-26 (Walker 3-7, Kaminsky 2-4,
Monk 1-3, Batum 1-5, Bacon 0-1, Lamb 0-1, Williams
0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 9 (Batum 3, Howard 3, Lamb 2, KiddGilchrist). Turnovers: 13 (Howard 3, Walker 3, Williams
3, Batum 2, Kaminsky, Lamb). Steals: 8 (Batum 4,
Bacon, Graham, Kaminsky, Walker). Technical Fouls:
Green..............27 4-12 2-2 0-4 1 3 11
James .............33 7-14 13-15 0-13 11 2 28
Nance Jr. .........14 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 4
Hill .................26 3-9 2-2 0-3 2 3 10
Korver .............23 6-7 5-5 0-4 1 4 22
Holland ...........28 1-7 0-0 2-6 2 3 2
Clarkson ..........26 8-14 1-2 0-0 1 1 23
Smith..............22 5-12 2-2 2-5 1 2 14
Calderon..........17 1-2 0-0 0-2 5 2 2
Zizic ................14 5-5 1-2 1-4 1 3 11
Perrantes ...........6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
43-87 26-30 5-44 25 25 129
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 86.7%
Three-point goals: 17-35 (Clarkson 6-10, Korver
5-6, Smith 2-4, Hill 2-6, James 1-2, Green 1-3,
Calderon 0-1, Holland 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team
Turnovers: 19 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Green 3, Holland 2, James 2, Nance Jr., Zizic). Turnovers: 19 (James
5, Zizic 3, Clarkson 2, Hill 2, Holland 2, Korver 2, Green,
Nance Jr., Smith). Steals: 12 (Green 3, James 3, Clarkson 2, Hill 2, Calderon, Smith). Technical Fouls: None.
Collins.............30 5-10 0-0 3-9 2 6 10
Prince .............33 9-20 4-4 1-8 3 0 25
Dedmon ..........27 2-4 0-0 1-6 1 0 5
Dorsey.............18 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 5
Schroder..........33 6-16 5-8 1-2 8 3 18
Muscala ..........23 2-6 2-2 2-6 3 4 7
Taylor ..............20 3-9 6-6 2-3 4 6 12
White III...........20 3-4 0-0 1-5 0 1 9
Lee .................17 4-8 3-4 0-4 2 1 13
Cavanaugh .......14 1-3 0-0 2-3 1 2 3
37-87 20-24 13-47 26 25 107
Shooting: Field goals, 42.5%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 13-31 (White III 3-4, Prince 3-8,
Lee 2-4, Cavanaugh 1-1, Dedmon 1-2, Muscala 1-2,
Schroder 1-3, Dorsey 1-5, Taylor 0-2). Team Rebounds:
10. Team Turnovers: 15 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Muscala 2, Prince 2, Collins). Turnovers: 15 (Collins 3, Taylor
3, Dedmon 2, Prince 2, Dorsey, Lee, Muscala, Schroder,
White III). Steals: 5 (Dedmon 2, Lee, Prince, Taylor).
Technical Fouls: coach Mike Budenholzer, 1:06 first
Oklahoma City
31 23 36 29— 119
28 38 22 19— 107
Carroll .............28 3-7 2-3 0-6 1 2 9
Crabbe ............29 2-7 0-0 1-6 3 2 6
Cunngham .......23 4-9 1-1 3-4 1 2 10
Dinwiddie ........28 2-11 2-2 0-3 5 1 7
Russell ............34 10-22 5-5 1-7 0 4 32
LeVert..............29 4-11 2-2 1-3 7 2 11
Hllis-Jffrsn ........27 7-11 5-6 3-7 2 2 19
Harris..............21 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 3
Acy .................16 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 5
35-86 17-19 9-38 21 19 102
Shooting: Field goals, 40.7%; free throws, 89.5%
Three-point goals: 15-36 (Russell 7-12, Crabbe
2-5, Cunningham 1-2, Harris 1-2, Carroll 1-3, LeVert
1-3, Dinwiddie 1-4, Acy 1-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Russell 2,
Acy, Crabbe, Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson). Turnovers: 11
(Russell 4, Hollis-Jefferson 3, LeVert 2, Dinwiddie, Harris). Steals: 9 (LeVert 3, Dinwiddie 2, Crabbe, Cunningham, Hollis-Jefferson, Russell). Technical Fouls: None.
32 25 30 29— 116
40 27 18 17— 102
Kuzma.............39 10-20 1-1 0-13 2 2 26
Randle ............39 11-17 4-7 7-13 2 4 26
Lopez ..............26 6-13 2-3 1-3 0 4 17
Ball.................40 2-11 0-2 0-9 8 1 5
Caldwell-Pope...36 3-6 3-4 1-8 5 3 10
Thomas ...........31 7-19 5-6 3-4 2 2 23
Wear ...............12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 3
Caruso ..............9 0-0 2-2 0-1 1 0 2
Zubac ...............4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
40-90 17-25 12-52 20 23 112
Shooting: Field goals, 44.4%; free throws, 68.0%
Three-point goals: 15-40 (Kuzma 5-11, Thomas 4-9,
Lopez 3-6, Wear 1-3, Caldwell-Pope 1-4, Ball 1-7).
Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 15 (12 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Ball 2, Lopez). Turnovers: 15 (Ball 4,
Randle 4, Thomas 3, Kuzma, Lopez, Wear, Zubac).
Steals: 6 (Ball 3, Caldwell-Pope 2, Kuzma). Technical
Fouls: Thomas, 11:39 fourth
22 25 35 21— 103
35 13 29 35— 112
A—18,997. T—2:16. O—Haywoode Workman, Sean
Corbin, Tom Washington
Jazz 110, Pistons 79
Ennis III ...........11 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 4 3
Griffin..............28 5-16 2-2 0-2 2 1 13
Drummond.......23 4-8 5-8 5-11 1 5 13
Johnson...........31 2-8 0-0 0-1 0 3 5
Smith..............22 4-9 1-2 1-3 1 3 9
Kennard ..........36 8-13 1-1 1-5 2 2 18
Nelson ............25 0-5 0-0 0-1 4 1 0
Moreland .........24 1-2 0-0 1-7 3 1 2
Galloway..........16 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 1 8
Tolliver.............12 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 4
Ellenson ............6 0-5 4-4 0-1 0 0 4
30-80 14-19 8-32 14 23 79
Shooting: Field goals, 37.5%; free throws, 73.7%
Three-point goals: 5-25 (Galloway 2-5, Johnson
1-3, Griffin 1-5, Kennard 1-5, Ennis III 0-1, Nelson 0-1,
Smith 0-1, Ellenson 0-2, Tolliver 0-2). Team Rebounds:
7. Team Turnovers: 17 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Moreland 2, Smith, Tolliver). Turnovers: 17 (Johnson 4,
Griffin 3, Ellenson 2, Kennard 2, Smith 2, Drummond,
Ennis III, Moreland, Tolliver). Steals: 14 (Johnson 4,
Galloway 2, Moreland 2, Smith 2, Drummond, Kennard, Nelson, Tolliver). Technical Fouls: None.
Favors .............27 5-7 1-3 2-4 2 0 12
Ingles..............26 6-10 2-2 0-7 7 3 17
Gobert.............30 9-12 4-9 5-12 1 3 22
Mitchell ...........33 4-10 2-4 1-9 3 3 13
Rubio ..............29 2-9 0-0 0-3 9 4 4
Crowder...........24 5-8 1-1 0-4 3 1 14
Jerebko............19 6-9 1-2 2-8 1 4 16
O’Neale ...........17 1-3 0-0 1-3 2 2 2
Burks ..............15 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 0 6
Udoh ................6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Niang................5 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4
McCree .............4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
42-76 13-23 11-52 29 22 110
Shooting: Field goals, 55.3%; free throws, 56.5%
Three-point goals: 13-34 (Ingles 3-5, Jerebko 3-5,
Crowder 3-6, Mitchell 3-8, Favors 1-1, Burks 0-1, McCree 0-1, Niang 0-1, O’Neale 0-2, Rubio 0-4). Team
Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 22 (29 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Gobert 2, Favors, Jerebko, O’Neale). Turnovers: 22 (Favors 4, Mitchell 4, Gobert 3, Niang 2,
O’Neale 2, Rubio 2, Burks, Crowder, Ingles, Jerebko,
McCree). Steals: 10 (Burks 2, Crowder 2, Mitchell 2,
Ingles, McCree, O’Neale, Rubio). Technical Fouls:
21 18 20 20— 79
42 22 22 24— 110
A—18,306. T—2:04. O—Tony Brown, Scott Twardoski, James Capers
A—16,739. T—2:09. O—Nick Buchert, Kane Fitzgerald, Tre Maddox
A—16,654. T—2:08. O—Jason Phillips, Mark Lindsay, Curtis Blair
Mavericks 110, Knicks 97
Pacers 101, 76ers 98
Barnes ............33 10-19 9-9 2-4 4 0 30
Nowitzki...........21 5-10 0-0 0-6 1 2 13
Finney-Smith ....20 1-4 1-2 3-9 2 3 3
Ferrell .............28 4-8 0-0 0-1 2 1 10
Smith Jr. ..........31 6-19 2-2 2-3 2 3 17
Collinsworth .....22 0-0 0-0 2-3 3 3 0
McDermott.......21 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 8
Barea..............20 5-10 0-0 0-2 7 0 12
Noel................20 1-5 0-0 1-6 1 1 2
Warney ............11 4-7 0-1 1-3 0 1 8
Powell ...............8 1-1 4-4 1-2 0 0 7
40-89 16-18 12-40 22 15 110
Shooting: Field goals, 44.9%; free throws, 88.9%
Three-point goals: 14-35 (Nowitzki 3-7, Smith Jr. 3-8,
Barea 2-4, Ferrell 2-5, McDermott 2-5, Powell 1-1,
Barnes 1-3, Finney-Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6.
Team Turnovers: 12 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Smith Jr.).
Turnovers: 12 (Barea 4, Barnes 2, Nowitzki 2, Smith Jr. 2,
Finney-Smith, Warney). Steals: 11 (Collinsworth 2, Ferrell 2, Noel 2, Smith Jr. 2, Finney-Smith, McDermott,
Nowitzki). Technical Fouls: None.
Bogdanovic ......25 1-11 0-1 0-5 3 2 2
T.Young ............31 7-11 5-5 5-10 2 1 19
Turner..............30 9-12 5-6 2-6 0 5 25
Joseph ............33 5-8 2-2 1-5 5 1 13
Oladipo ...........33 4-21 2-3 0-4 3 4 11
Collison ...........21 3-8 4-5 0-3 2 2 10
Stephenson......18 5-10 1-2 1-4 3 2 11
Booker ............17 2-5 1-1 3-6 0 1 5
Robinson III......12 1-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 2
Sabonis...........10 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 3
Jefferson............6 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
38-95 20-25 14-45 20 23 101
Shooting: Field goals, 40.0%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 5-24 (Turner 2-4, Sabonis 1-1,
Joseph 1-2, Oladipo 1-4, Robinson III 0-1, T.Young 0-1,
Booker 0-2, Collison 0-2, Stephenson 0-2, Bogdanovic 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9
(12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Jefferson, Oladipo). Turnovers: 9 (Stephenson 2, Turner 2, Bogdanovic, Booker,
Joseph, Oladipo, T.Young). Steals: 13 (Joseph 3,
Oladipo 2, Sabonis 2, T.Young 2, Collison, Jefferson,
Robinson III, Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
Davis ..............38 13-26 5-6 3-14 3 2 31
Moore .............32 6-14 0-0 2-6 0 1 14
Okafor .............26 7-14 0-0 4-8 0 5 14
Holiday............38 11-21 0-0 3-6 9 2 25
Rondo .............36 6-13 0-0 1-5 17 0 12
Mirotic.............30 4-9 0-0 0-9 1 2 11
Clark ...............20 5-6 1-2 1-2 2 2 12
Miller ................9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Liggins ..............5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
52-104 6-8 14-50 33 16 119
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 9-22 (Holiday 3-6, Mirotic 3-6,
Moore 2-4, Clark 1-2, Miller 0-1, Davis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (22 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Davis 5, Miller, Mirotic). Turnovers: 12 (Davis
3, Rondo 3, Holiday 2, Moore 2, Miller, Okafor). Steals:
10 (Rondo 5, Okafor 3, Davis 2). Technical Fouls:
32 33 27 23— 115
New Orleans
37 35 20 27— 119
A—15,507. T—2:01. O—Josh Tiven, J.T. Orr, Rodney
Spurs 108, Magic 72
Hezonja ...........28 2-7 0-0 2-6 3 1 4
Isaac...............24 3-5 0-0 0-5 0 3 7
Vucevic............23 5-14 0-0 3-10 1 2 10
Augustin ..........25 3-7 2-2 0-1 6 1 9
Simmons .........23 3-13 3-3 0-1 0 3 10
Birch...............21 2-6 0-0 3-7 0 3 4
Mack...............19 3-9 0-0 0-1 3 0 7
Iwundu ............18 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4
Afflalo .............15 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 7
Speights ..........15 2-6 0-0 0-4 1 2 6
Purvis..............14 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 2
Biyombo ............8 0-0 2-2 1-2 1 2 2
28-82 9-9 9-41 16 19 72
Shooting: Field goals, 34.1%; free throws, 0.0%
Three-point goals: 7-23 (Speights 2-5, Augustin
1-1, Afflalo 1-2, Isaac 1-2, Mack 1-4, Simmons 1-5,
Hezonja 0-1, Purvis 0-1, Vucevic 0-2). Team Rebounds:
6. Team Turnovers: 20 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3
(Speights 2, Isaac). Turnovers: 20 (Vucevic 4, Augustin
3, Isaac 3, Purvis 3, Hezonja 2, Simmons 2, Birch,
Iwundu, Mack). Steals: 5 (Augustin, Birch, Hezonja,
Iwundu, Purvis). Technical Fouls: coach Frank Vogel,
3:27 second.
Covington.........37 4-9 0-1 1-10 2 5 10
Saric ...............32 4-11 8-10 1-3 3 1 18
Embiid ............32 11-22 7-8 2-12 4 4 29
Redick.............28 6-10 0-0 0-2 1 1 16
Simmons .........30 4-10 2-2 1-13 10 3 10
Belinelli ...........26 2-7 1-1 1-2 1 3 6
McConnell........21 2-3 0-0 0-3 1 2 4
Ilyasova ...........20 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 3 5
Johnson...........10 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 3 0
35-75 18-22 7-48 24 25 98
Shooting: Field goals, 46.7%; free throws, 81.8%
Three-point goals: 10-30 (Redick 4-5, Saric 2-6,
Covington 2-7, Ilyasova 1-2, Belinelli 1-5, Embiid 0-5).
Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 21 (29 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 7 (Covington 3, Embiid 3, Belinelli).
Turnovers: 21 (Embiid 8, Saric 5, Belinelli 2, Ilyasova 2,
Simmons 2, Covington, Johnson). Steals: 3 (Ilyasova
2, Belinelli). Technical Fouls: coach 76ers (Defensive
three second), 6:03 third
33 24 26 18— 101
23 30 26 19— 98
Hardaway Jr. .....38 8-17 2-2 0-3 1 2 19
Thomas ...........22 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 3
Kanter .............20 1-4 1-2 4-15 1 2 3
Lee .................15 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Mudiay ............25 4-9 0-0 0-1 2 1 10
Beasley ...........32 10-13 1-1 2-4 1 1 21
Williams ..........22 3-8 1-2 3-8 1 1 7
O’Quinn ...........21 3-5 2-2 1-6 4 3 8
Ntilikina...........16 2-8 0-0 0-2 6 2 4
Burke ..............14 6-9 1-1 0-3 0 1 16
Dotson ..............9 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 6
40-82 9-12 10-44 19 18 97
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 8-25 (Burke 3-4, Mudiay 2-4, Dotson 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-6, Lee 0-1, Williams
0-2, Ntilikina 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers:
19 (32 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (O’Quinn). Turnovers: 19
(Hardaway Jr. 4, Kanter 3, Mudiay 3, Williams 3, Burke 2,
Lee 2, Beasley, O’Quinn). Steals: 9 (O’Quinn 2, Thomas
2, Williams 2, Burke, Lee, Mudiay). Technical Fouls:
coach Knicks (Defensive three second), 3:24 first.
29 28 26 27— 110
New York
31 29 12 25— 97
Anderson .........22 2-2 0-0 2-6 4 2 5
Green..............21 3-9 2-2 0-3 0 3 11
Aldridge...........25 11-17 2-4 3-7 2 1 24
Mills................25 4-8 3-3 0-1 3 0 13
Murray.............24 5-7 1-3 2-8 2 1 11
Forbes.............22 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 6
Parker .............19 4-9 2-2 0-1 8 0 10
Gay.................19 2-9 4-4 1-6 0 2 9
Gasol ..............15 3-6 5-5 1-5 2 1 11
Ginobili ...........14 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 4
Paul ................12 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bertans .............9 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 0 0
Lauvergne ..........9 2-6 0-0 2-5 0 0 4
40-84 19-23 11-48 24 13 108
Shooting: Field goals, 47.6%; free throws, 82.6%
Three-point goals: 9-19 (Green 3-6, Forbes 2-2,
Mills 2-5, Anderson 1-1, Gay 1-3, Bertans 0-1, Ginobili
0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 12 (10 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 7 (Gasol 2, Green 2, Anderson,
Bertans, Paul). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 3, Gay 3,
Aldridge, Bertans, Forbes, Murray, Parker, Paul).
Steals: 10 (Murray 3, Anderson 2, Forbes, Gay, Green,
Mills, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
18 19 20 15— 72
San Antonio
24 38 34 12— 108
A—20,531. T—2:25. O—John Goble, Bennie Adams,
Derek Richardson
A—18,597. T—2:04. O—Brent Barnaky, Jonathan
Sterling, Bill Kennedy
A—18,418. T—2:01. O—Bill Spooner, Kevin Scott,
Justin Van Duyne
Cavaliers 129, Suns 107
Jackson ...........34 6-15 6-8 0-3 1 3 19
Warren ............32 8-17 3-4 5-10 0 3 19
Bender ............23 2-9 2-2 1-5 3 2 7
Booker ............33 7-16 3-3 1-3 6 3 17
Payton.............23 4-10 2-3 0-4 7 1 10
Dudley.............20 1-4 2-2 0-9 0 3 5
Daniels............17 3-7 0-0 0-1 0 1 9
Chriss..............17 1-4 3-4 3-5 0 2 5
Ulis.................14 0-6 2-2 1-3 0 1 2
Harrison ..........11 4-6 2-2 0-1 0 1 10
Reed.................6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Len...................4 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2
38-98 25-30 11-47 17 21 107
Shooting: Field goals, 38.8%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 6-32 (Daniels 3-7, Dudley 1-3,
Jackson 1-3, Bender 1-5, Warren 0-1, Harrison 0-2,
Reed 0-2, Booker 0-3, Payton 0-3, Ulis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 16. Team Turnovers: 18 (21 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Bender, Jackson). Turnovers: 18 (Booker 5,
Payton 5, Chriss 3, Jackson 2, Bender, Dudley, Ulis).
Steals: 10 (Jackson 4, Dudley 2, Booker, Harrison, Payton, Ulis). Technical Fouls: coach Suns (Defensive three
second), 8:13 first
38 30 34 27— 129
18 34 28 27— 107
A—18,055. T—2:11. O—Marat Kogut, Zach Zarba,
Aaron Smith
Timberwolves 116, Wizards 111
Bjelica.............38 7-16 0-0 2-8 7 4 17
Gibson ............27 5-8 0-2 3-8 0 3 10
Towns..............40 13-17 8-8 3-10 3 5 37
Teague ............28 6-11 1-1 1-2 5 0 13
Wiggins ...........37 7-14 2-2 0-1 1 2 16
Crawford ..........28 4-10 2-2 0-3 1 3 11
Jones ..............19 3-6 2-2 0-2 5 4 8
Rose ...............10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Dieng................7 1-2 2-2 2-2 1 0 4
Aldrich ..............1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
46-87 17-19 11-37 23 21 116
Shooting: Field goals, 52.9%; free throws, 89.5%
Three-point goals: 7-21 (Towns 3-3, Bjelica 3-7,
Crawford 1-3, Rose 0-1, Jones 0-2, Wiggins 0-2, Teague
0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 10 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 7 (Towns 2, Wiggins 2, Bjelica, Gibson,
Teague). Turnovers: 10 (Bjelica 3, Gibson 2, Wiggins 2,
Crawford, Teague, Towns). Steals: 10 (Jones 2, Teague 2,
Bjelica, Crawford, Gibson, Rose, Towns, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: None.
Morris .............33 10-15 4-4 0-4 2 2 27
Porter Jr. ..........35 4-14 0-0 2-7 2 2 8
Gortat .............24 2-3 2-2 2-2 1 3 6
Beal................33 8-16 2-3 1-4 5 0 19
Satoransky.......31 4-7 6-6 2-8 7 3 15
Mahinmi ..........22 5-7 0-0 5-9 0 3 10
Sessions..........16 3-7 2-4 1-1 2 3 9
Oubre Jr...........15 2-5 3-4 0-1 1 0 8
Meeks .............14 2-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 5
Scott...............12 2-5 0-2 1-2 4 0 4
42-82 19-25 14-39 26 17 111
Shooting: Field goals, 51.2%; free throws, 76.0%
Three-point goals: 8-20 (Morris 3-5, Meeks 1-1,
Satoransky 1-1, Sessions 1-1, Oubre Jr. 1-3, Beal 1-4,
Scott 0-2, Porter Jr. 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gortat 2, Mahinmi,
Porter Jr.). Turnovers: 11 (Beal 4, Oubre Jr. 2, Mahinmi,
Meeks, Porter Jr., Satoransky, Sessions). Steals: 6
(Satoransky 3, Mahinmi 2, Sessions). Technical Fouls:
coach Wizards (Defensive three second), 11:15 third.
25 28 29 34— 116
26 33 31 21— 111
A—17,078. T—2:12. O—David Guthrie, Sean Wright,
Lauren Holtkamp
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Rams lose Watkins, keep Robey-Coleman
Receiver reportedly
will sign with Kansas
City; cornerback and
club agree to terms.
By Gary Klein
A news conference to introduce players the Rams
acquired in offseason trades
and signed as free agents is
scheduled for Wednesday.
The free agent the Rams
perhaps wanted most will
not be there. Receiver
Sammy Watkins, acquired
by the Rams before last season, reportedly is set to sign
with the Kansas City Chiefs
on Wednesday, the start of
the new league year.
The Rams have agreed to
terms with cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, retaining depth in a talented position group that now includes
Marcus Peters and Aqib
Talib, multiple Pro Bowl selections who will be introduced Wednesday after the
headline-grabbing trades
that brought them to the
Rams become official.
Safety Lamarcus Joyner,
who last week received an
$11.2-million franchise tag
from the Rams, also is
scheduled to be on a conference call.
The Rams took a calculated risk by choosing to tag
Joyner rather than Watkins,
which would have cost
nearly $16 million. They continued to pursue Watkins
with the hope that demand
for his services on the freeagent market would not put
his price out of reach.
But the market spoke.
Watkins will receive a threeyear, $48-million contract,
with $30 million guaranteed,
according to
The Rams acquired
Watkins last August in a
trade for cornerback E.J.
Gaines and a second-round
pick in this year’s draft. The
Rams viewed the deal as an
opportunity to add a deep
threat, though one with a
history of injuries. If Watkins
remained healthy and flourished, they planned to consider signing him to a longterm contract or using the
franchise tag to let him
prove his value.
They presumed that if he
turned out to be a one-year
rental, they would receive a
third-round compensatory
draft pick in 2019 for losing
him as a premium free agent.
Watkins caught 39 passes, eight for touchdowns.
The statistics, though, did
not reflect his value as a
threat that opened the field
for receivers such as Robert
Woods and Cooper Kupp,
and running back Todd Gurley.
“It’s important when you
look at the way he, and
Robert, and Cooper, and our
tight ends, and Todd —
those pieces all come together to fit your offense,”
coach Sean McVay said at
the recent NFL combine.
“And that’s why it’s so important to get him back.”
Now that Watkins is
gone, the Rams could look to
Josh Reynolds, a fourthround draft pick last year.
Reynolds caught 11 passes
for 104 yards and a touchdown last season.
“Very excited about him
no matter who the first three
receivers are,” Rams general
manager Les Snead said at
the combine.
The Rams also are expected to monitor the receivers market.
While the search for pass
catchers continues, the
Rams’ need for pass defenders appears nearly complete.
Terms of Robey-Coleman’s deal were not disclosed, but he agreed to a
contract, with $8 million
guaranteed, according to
signed with the Rams as a
free agent before last season
and mainly played as a slot
cornerback. The former
USC standout performed
well in Wade Phillips’ 3-4
scheme, starting four games
and intercepting two passes.
After the season, RobeyColeman said that his preference was to remain with
the Rams. Now he is part of a
remade secondary that includes Peters, Talib and veteran Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, who
did not play last season because of concussions but
signed a contract with the
Rams last week.
Kayvon Webster — a
starter last season who is recovering
surgery — Troy Hill and Kevin Peterson are among other
cornerbacks on the roster.
The Rams on Monday
submitted a minimum-salary tender to Hill, an exclusive-rights free agent. The
tender was for $705,000.
The trades for Peters and
Talib ostensibly ended cornerback Trumaine Johnson’s tenure with the Rams.
Johnson, who earned nearly
$31 million playing under the
franchise tag the last two
seasons, reportedly has
agreed to a deal with the
New York Jets that will pay
him $15 million per season.
Tight end Derek Carrier,
who played for the Rams last
season, reportedly reached
agreement on a deal with the
Oakland Raiders. Greg Olson, the Rams’ quarterbacks coach last season, is
the Raiders’ offensive coordinator under new coach
Jon Gruden.
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Bradley out rest Rivera took long, varied path
of regular season
By Jeff Miller
By Broderick Turner
CHICAGO — Clippers
guard Avery Bradley had
surgery Tuesday to repair
abdominal muscles, the
team announced, and will be
out six to eight weeks.
The Clippers, fighting for
a playoff spot in the Western
Conference, have just five
weeks left in the regular
season, meaning Bradley
won’t be back before the
Bradley, acquired from
Detroit in the Blake Griffin
trade, played in only six
games for the Clippers after
sustaining a sports hernia.
He’s averaging 14.3 points in
46 games this season.
“That’s a tough one,”
coach Doc Rivers said. “It is
what it is. Tough break for
us. Tougher break for Avery.
“Like I said, that one little
stretch when we had Gallo
[Danilo Gallinari], Avery
and Tobias [Harris], DJ
[DeAndre Jordan] and
Austin [Rivers] as the starters, the other guys coming
off the bench, we were pretty
good. … Like, that’s what this
year has been like for our
guys. It’s just tough news,
but we got to keep playing.”
Gallinari missed his
ninth consecutive game because of a sprained and
bruised right hand. He’s
played in just 19 games because of injuries. Rivers said
there is no timetable for Gallinari’s return.
“He’s progressing,” Rivers said. “I think I’ve said
that all year.”
With Bradley out, the
Clippers will sign guard
Sean Kilpatrick to a second
10-day contract, according
to an NBA official who was
not authorized to speak
publicly. Kilpatrick has
played 15 minutes over two
Celtics drama
Doc Rivers was asked
about former Boston Celtics
guard Ray Allen’s new book.
In it, Allen talks about the
bitter relationships and
mostly with Rajon Rondo
and Kevin Garnett.
Rivers was the coach of
that team, which won the
2008 championship.
“There always are issues
in the locker room,” Rivers
said. “But I will say this: I
thought we played great together on the floor. I didn’t
see anybody not pass to anybody or anything like that. I
just wish they’d all let it go, to
be honest. That was a great
championship team and the
guys got along great overall.
But just like any family,
there’s issues and most of
them are resolved, except for
that one.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Clippers’ Jordan was
monster on boards
[Clippers, from D1]
game-high 29 points on
11-for-12 shooting.
He also had five assists.
“He was great,” Rivers
said about Jordan. “They
were going to trap. We told
them that before the game
and we told them, ‘If they
trap, DJ you roll and let’s
keeping finding him.’ I think
that’s the one thing we did
well. In the game plan, we
kept finding DJ rolling down
the middle of the paint and
he finished for us.”
Lou Williams was steady
again, scoring 26 points
and handing out five assists.
He earned 13 of his points
at the free-throw line, missing just one of his 14 attempts.
Tobias Harris contributed 18 points.
But the Clippers never
were able to get solid footing
in this game.
They shot just 48.7% from
the field, 27.6% from threepoint range.
They were outrebounded
45-42, a clear sign of the low
energy the Clippers played
“The game was such a
sour game for me. I don’t
want to compliment anybody, including the coaching,” Rivers said. “It was just
a bad game. But we won.
That’s the good thing.”
This was a Bulls team
that reportedly had been
warned by the NBA about
tanking and resting players.
And yet the Bulls held out
rookie Lauri Markkanen
(back spasms), didn’t play
starting center Robin Lopez
after the first quarter and
didn’t play Justin Holiday at
But the Bulls hustled and
Harris................37 6-14 2-2 0-3 2 4 18
Thornwell...........30 1-3 1-2 2-4 2 3 3
Jordan...............37 11-12 7-12 3-18 5 2 29
Rivers ...............35 4-11 3-4 1-3 6 1 12
L.Williams..........34 6-15 13-14 0-3 5 1 26
Teodosic............24 3-8 0-0 0-4 4 1 7
Evans................13 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 2 5
Harrell...............10 3-4 4-7 0-1 1 0 10
Johnson ..............5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Marjanovic...........5 0-3 0-0 0-3 0 0 0
Dekker ................4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
37-76 30-41 6-42 27 14 112
Shooting: Field goals, 48.7%; free throws, 73.2%
Three-point goals: 8-29 (Harris 4-8, Evans 1-2, Rivers 1-5,
Teodosic 1-5, L.Williams 1-7, Johnson 0-1, Thornwell 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 14 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Thornwell 3, Jordan 2, Harris). Turnovers: 14
(L.Williams 5, Harris 2, Jordan 2, Harrell, Marjanovic, Rivers,
Teodosic, Thornwell). Steals: 4 (Rivers 2, Harris, Jordan).
Technical Fouls: None.
TEMPE, Ariz. — He’s a
catcher, not a runner,
though the mileage he covered to reach this destination is impressive.
In the Angels clubhouse
this spring, there isn’t a player who arrived from farther
away, which is saying something since Shohei Ohtani’s
first steps came in Japan.
“He is,” general manager
Billy Eppler said, “the
Rene Rivera is a backup
whose unlikely tale of perseverance is worthy of starting in anyone’s lineup of
spring training stories.
He is an example, a reason to believe, a guy who is
paid to squat in place yet has
refused to settle.
“God gives you the
strength to play this game,
this hard game,” Rivera said.
“There’s such a small percent of people who can reach
this level. Why do you wanna
take your jersey off? Why not
wait until they take your jersey off?”
And when they do take
your jersey off, why accept
your fate? Why not keep
pushing, against the wind,
the odds, whatever’s trying
to halt your progress?
Rivera, 34, signed as a
free agent in January, bringing along his stellar defense,
occasional power and interminable will:
He once went 41⁄2 years —
prime years, ages 23 to 27 —
between big league games.
He began one season
with an independent league
team that went out of business long before he did, the
Camden Riversharks folding in 2015.
He spent all of the 2012
season — nearly eight years
after making his major
league debut — buried in the
“Some people will think I
took some steps back in life,”
Rivera said. “But you learn
and you grow. I learned you
keep working for your
dreams. You never give away
your dreams.”
A—20,912. T—2:09. O—C.J. Washington, Kevin Cutler, Eric
played hard and gave the
Clippers all they could handle.
“We did enough to win,”
Rivers said. “We’ll take it. It’s
the first game of a road trip.
But give the Bulls credit. I
thought they played hard.
We just didn’t have one of
our better games. Didn’t
have a lot of energy at all
tonight — on either end, offensively or defensively. The
last five minutes was brutal
to watch. It really was.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
is playing for his seventh major league organization.
At one point during his
meandering journey, after
being released by Tampa
Bay just four days before the
2016 season opener, Rivera
tweeted the following: “My
career has been everything
but normal.”
As if to accentuate that
point, a week after his release, he signed with the
New York Mets and, by the
midway point of that year,
was playing so well that he
had become Noah Syndergaard’s personal catcher. A
season that began with Rivera unemployed ended
with him starting in the National League division series.
climbed obstacles, a lot of
obstacles,” Eppler said.
“That lends itself to really
trusting a guy’s character
and desire.”
The Angels are Rivera’s
seventh organization, seven
also the number of times he
has been granted free
agency by teams unconvinced they needed him. He
has been traded and selected off waivers, once
apiece. He has spent parts of
nine seasons in the majors
and parts of 10 in Triple-A.
He has appeared on14 minor
league teams, including the
Las Vegas 51s in 2008 and
then again almost nine years
“I never give up,” Rivera
said. “That’s one thing that I
feel has made me a better
person. If I believe in myself,
if I believe I can still do it,
why not give it a shot?”
He has played winter ball
in the Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico and summer ball just about everywhere else, including in the
Atlantic, International, Midwest, Northwest, Pacific
Those stops, at least, had
a direct link to hope as official big league affiliates. The
independent Riversharks
were linked mostly to desperation, Rivera joining the
outfit in 2010 because he was
unwanted by the majors, all
the majors, every one of its
30 teams.
After a month and immediately after catching
both ends of a doubleheader,
Rivera signed with the New
York Yankees, although it
would be another year and
another change of organizations — this time to Minnesota — before he was back in
the big leagues.
“When they hear about it,
I’ve had teammates come up
to me and say, ‘Wow, I had no
idea where you’ve been,’ ” Rivera said. “They think it’s
amazing. I don’t see it that
way. It’s just part of my life. It
seems normal to me.”
A native of Puerto Rico,
Rivera said his family was
spared during the hurricanes in September, though
For Ohtani, some
hits and misses
Ohtani had a double and
a single off Nick Tropeano
during a 2-for-8 performance in an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
He looked more comfortable facing the right-handed
Tropeano than the left-handed Tyler Skaggs, against
whom Ohtani struck out
three times.
“I thought it was pretty
good as I was able to square
up a few pitches,” Ohtani
said via the Angels media relations department. “I’m not
sure how that will pan out in
games. But I hope to make
adjustments in each of my
He is scheduled to throw
a bullpen session Wednesday morning and, if he feels
OK, could start as the designated hitter in the Cactus
League game against Cleveland in Goodyear.
Short hops
Chris Young (calf), Jefry
Marte (groin) and Nolan
Fontana (shoulder) also
batted in the scrimmage and
are close to returning. … Skaggs and Tropeano pitched
five innings apiece.
Kelly has a simple credo for defense
Nwaba ..............27 7-11 0-0 1-4 1 1 15
Vonleh ..............27 3-11 2-2 3-7 2 4 8
Lopez................12 6-8 0-0 3-3 0 0 12
Dunn ................26 6-9 6-6 0-1 6 5 18
LaVine ..............26 3-13 3-3 1-6 2 3 10
Felicio...............29 2-6 0-0 1-3 5 4 4
Portis................27 8-19 0-0 1-9 1 5 19
Payne................21 4-10 1-2 0-5 3 2 10
Blakeney ...........21 2-8 1-1 0-0 4 2 6
Valentine ...........20 2-6 0-1 1-7 2 2 4
43-101 13-15 11-45 26 28 106
Shooting: Field goals, 42.6%; free throws, 86.7%
Three-point goals: 7-29 (Portis 3-6, Nwaba 1-2, Payne
1-2, Blakeney 1-3, LaVine 1-5, Felicio 0-1, Valentine 0-1,
Dunn 0-2, Lopez 0-2, Vonleh 0-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Team
Turnovers: 9 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Nwaba 2). Turnovers: 9 (Dunn 2, LaVine 2, Valentine 2, Felicio, Nwaba, Vonleh). Steals: 11 (Blakeney 2, Dunn 2, Payne 2, Portis 2, Felicio, Nwaba, Vonleh). Technical Fouls: LaVine, 00:24 second
31 31 28 22— 112
27 33 18 28— 106
Matt York Associated Press
he lost communication with
his mother for more than
two weeks.
Three months later,
working with stores in South
Florida, where Rivera lives
in the offseason, he collected
more than 25,000 toys and
threw a Christmas party for
kids back on his island
That also seemed normal, he explained — someone who has had to work for
everything appreciating the
value of receiving a gift.
“You can learn in life, always,” Rivera said. “I feel
good that I can share my
story with people. I did it
through baseball. But I believe anybody can do whatever they want if they believe
in themselves and they work
at it.”
By Ben Bolch
Some of Chip Kelly’s
coaching mantras have required a decoder. There was
“Feed the tuna mayonnaise”
(become as efficient as possible), “Water the bamboo”
(continue to work without
visible results) and “A
quarterback is like a tea
bag” (you won’t know how
they will do until you put
them in hot water).
Then there’s his credo for
the UCLA defense, which requires only one word and
speaks for itself.
“Tackle,” Kelly said Tuesday. “You gotta be a good
tackling football team to be a
good defensive football team
so that’s what we talk to our
football team about and
that’s what we practice.”
The Bruins struggled in
that department last season, perhaps the biggest reason for the team’s 6-7 record
despite possessing one of
the nation’s most prolific
passing offenses. UCLA’s
tackling problems led to a
defense that ranked last nationally in rushing defense,
allowing 287.4 yards per
Enter Kelly and a 3-4 defensive alignment designed
to do one thing exceptionally
“Really good at stopping
the run,” Kelly said when
asked what had drawn him
to that formation.
Kelly’s defenses have also
been known for an attacking
style that helped his Oregon
teams lead the nation with
131 forced turnovers during
his four seasons with the
Ducks from 2009 to 2012.
After four spring practices, UCLA defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa said
he was starting to get a feel
for why Kelly’s defenses have
had so much success at the
college level.
“Schematically, I think it
makes it hard for an offensive lineman,” Odighizuwa
said, “all the types of movement and just the attack
That’s a mentality being
instilled by defensive line
coach Vince Oghobaase,
who has spent part of each
practice standing on the
back of a blocking sled while
encouraging his players to
get nasty.
“More violence, guys,”
Oghobaase yelled last week.
“I’ve got to feel it!”
And what does violence
mean, exactly?
“It means attacking the
man in front of you, it means
doing everything you do
with violence,” defensive
lineman Marcus Moore
said. “That means running,
setting your hands on the
man in front of you, your
mentality, everything.”
Kelly said he considered
the Bruins a multiple defensive team that would vary its
formations based on the situation. Linemen have been
learning to play every position
Odighizuwa said.
The linemen spent their
offseason focused on body
composition, meaning some
lost weight and others
gained weight to reach the
ideal body-fat percentages
that would allow them to
keep up with the team’s new
frenzied pace.
“I feel stronger and faster
than I’ve ever felt,” said
Odighizuwa, who dropped
eight pounds to reach 270,
“so props to the strength
Chigozie Nnoruka said
he gained “some good
weight” to reach 295 pounds
and help him play nose
guard as part of the team’s
3-4 alignment. His undershirt soaked in sweat,
Nnoruka acknowledged he
was still making some adjustments.
“I’m just trying to get a
hold of the speed,” Nnoruka
said, “and once I get a hold of
the speed, I’ll be good.”
He’s still got it
Kelly, a former high
school quarterback, has
thrown some passes in drills
over the last three practices
with the Bruins down to only
four quarterbacks before the
arrival of graduate transfer
K.J. Carta-Samuels in a few
No, Kelly does not consider himself a candidate to
replace the departed Josh
“Oh, it’s easy because I’m
always throwing to the [running] backs,” Kelly cracked
of his passing ability. “I take
the shortest route.”
Twitter: @latbbolch
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 14 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Bradford moves, Brees stays Lomachenko
Nelson out, Graham in
wire reports
The Arizona Cardinals settled on Sam
Bradford to replace retired quarterback
Carson Palmer, agreeing to a $20 million
contract with a second-year option, the
Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Bradford completed 72% of his passes
the last two seasons in Minnesota but was
sidelined most of last year.
Drew Brees agreed to a two-year, $50
million extension with New Orleans, the
AP reported. Brees, 39, completed an
NFL-record 72% of his passes for 4,334
yards last season.
Kirk Cousins, the last big-name freeagent QB left, will meet Wednesday with
the Vikings, his agent said. ESPN reported
Cousins will sign with the Vikings, but his
agent said no deal was in place.
The New York Jets reportedly agreed to
a one-year deal with former Vikings
quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who
missed almost all of the last two seasons
with a knee injury, and re-signed Josh McCown. Case Keenum, the third Vikings
QB on the market, will sign with Denver,
according to reports.
Aaron Rodgers is losing his top receiver but getting an upgrade at tight end.
The Green Bay Packers released Jordy
Nelson, the third-leading receiver in team
history, but are signing tight end Jimmy
Graham and defensive end Muhammad
Wilkerson, according to reports.
Nelson, who had 550 catches and 69
touchdowns in 10 seasons in Green Bay,
had his production decline last season
with Rodgers sidelined by injury.
Butler, Lewis to Tennessee
Cornerback Malcolm Butler’s agent
says the Tennessee Titans agreed to a fiveyear deal worth more than $60 million.
Butler spent the last four seasons with
the New England Patriots. The hero of
their 2014 Super Bowl win over Seattle,
Butler was mysteriously benched for last
month’s Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis also
is joining the Titans on a four-year deal, according to reports.
More moves
The Cardinals released running back
Adrian Peterson, who turns 33 next week
and ranks 12th in career rushing with
12,276 yards. ... Wide receiver Danny
Amendola is leaving the Patriots for a twoyear deal with the Miami Dolphins. ... Running back Jonathan Stewart, who’s
played his entire 10-year career in Carolina,
is signing with the New York Giants. ... The
Jets reached a deal with running back Isaiah Crowell, according to reports. ... The
Chicago Bears are adding receivers Allen
Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, tight end
Trey Burton and kicker Cody Parkey. ...
The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing signing All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell and receiver Donte Moncrief and re-signing receiver Marqise Lee. Linebacker Paul
Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in
franchise history, is retiring after 11 seasons. ... The Eagles cut tight end Brent
Celek and are adding five-time Pro Bowl
defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. ... The Buffalo Bills are adding tackle Star Lotulelei
and re-signing defensive tackle Kyle
Williams. ... The Kansas City Chiefs will
sign linebacker Anthony Hitchens. ...
Tight end Cameron Brate and the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers agreed to a six-year contract worth nearly $41 million.
sets title fight
staff and wire reports
World Boxing Organization super-featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will pursue a
third division belt May 12 at Madison Square Garden by moving up to take on World Boxing Assn.
lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
Lomachenko’s promoter, Top Rank, and Linares’ representatives, Golden Boy Promotions, hammered out a complicated deal that the fighters
signed, a key official involved in the negotiation who
was not permitted to speak publicly about it said
Tuesday morning.
Lomachenko (10-1, eight knockouts), a two-time
Olympic champion from Ukraine who trains in Oxnard, last fought at Madison Square Garden in December, dominating Cuba’s super-bantamweight
champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), from Venezuela, has won
13 consecutive bouts, including two victories by decision at the Forum in the last year against England’s Luke Campbell and the Philippines’ Mercito
— Lance Pugmire
Baltimore—Optioned pitcher Alec Asher to
Norfolk (IL); agreed to terms with pitcher Hunter
Cervenka on a minor league contract.
Chicago Cubs—Optioned pitchers Jen-Ho
Tseng, Cory Mazzoni and Luke Farrell; second
baseman David Bote and pitchers Rob Zastryzny
and Dario Alvarez to Iowa (PCL).
Chicago White Sox—Optioned outfielder
Daniel Palka and shortstop Jose Rondon to Charlotte (IL); outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Ian
Clarkin to Birmingham (SL); and outfielders Luis
Alexander and Micker Adolfo to Winston-Salem
Cincinnati—Assigned infielder Dilson Herrera
outright to Louisville (IL).
Detroit—Optioned pitcher Ryan Carpenter,
catcher Grayson Greiner and outfielder Mike Gerber to Toledo (IL); shortstop Sergio Alcantara and
pitcher Sandy Baez to Erie (EL); and pitcher Eduardo Jimenez to Lakeland (FSL).
Minnesota—Optioned pitchers Adalberto
Mejia, Stephen Gonsalves, Aaron Slegers and
John Curtiss to Rochester (IL), and pitcher Fernando Romero to Chattanooga (SL).
N.Y. Mets—Optioned pitchers Gerson
Bautista, Jamie Callahan, Marcos Molina and
Corey Oswalt to their minor league camp; assigned pitcher Kevin McGowan and outfielder
Tim Tebow to their minor league camp.
N.Y. Yankees—Optioned catcher Kyle
Higashioka and infielder Gleyber Torres to Scranton/Wilkes/Barre (IL).
Oakland—Optioned pitcher Lou Trivino,
outfielder Ramon Laureano and pitcher Jairo
Labourt to Nashville (PCL).
Philadelphia—Agreed to terms with pitcher
Tim Berry on a minor league contract.
Texas—Optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun,
infielders Ronald Guzman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and
pitcher Connor Sadzeck to Round Rock (PCL),
and catcher Jose Trevino to Frisco (TL); assigned
infielders Hanser Alberto and Christian Lopes,
outfielder Scott Heineman, and pitchers David
Hurlbut, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Paolo Espino, Reed
Garrett, Adrian Sampson and Tayler Scott to its
minor league camp; assigned catcher Brett
Nicholas outright to Round Rock.
Toronto—Optioned catchers Reese McGuire
and Danny Jansen to Buffalo (IL).
Atlanta—Signed guard Damion Lee to a 10day contract.
New York—Signed forward Troy Williams for
the rest of the season.
Minnesota (WNBA)—Signed guard Tanisha
Arizona—Released running back Adrian
Atlanta—Signed cornerback Leon McFadden
and offensive lineman Austin Pasztor to one-year
Baltimore—Released running back Danny
Buffalo—Agreed to terms with defensive
tackle Kyle Williams on a one-year contract.
Chicago—Put right of first refusal tenders on
wide receiver Joshua Bellamy, defensive back
Bryce Callahan and wide receiver Cameron Meredith.
Detroit—Signed safety Tavon Wilson.
Green Bay—Released wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Jacksonville—Announced the retirement of
linebacker Paul Posluszny.
Miami—Released linebacker Lawrence
Philadelphia—Released tight end Brent
Tampa Bay—Signed wide receiver Mike Evans
to a five-year contract and tight end Cameron
Brate to a six-year contract.
N.Y. Rangers—Called up defenseman Ryan
Sproul from Hartford (AHL).
St. Louis—Assigned goaltender Ville Husso to
San Antonio (AHL).
Washington—Assigned defenseman Madison
Bowey to Hershey (AHL).
Washington State—Announced that women's
coach June Daugherty will not return.
College Basketball
At Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (third round)—Pierre-Hugues
Herbert, France, d. Gael Monfils, France, 6-2,
6-1; Philipp Kohlschreiber (31), Germany, d. Marin Cilic (2), Croatia, 6-4, 6-4; Leonardo Mayer,
Argentina, d. Taro Daniel, Japan, 6-4, 6-1; Juan
Martin del Potro (6), Argentina, d. David Ferrer
(29), Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (3); Milos Raonic (32),
Canada, d. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2;
Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, d. Dudi Sela, Israel,
7-6 (5), 6-4; Sam Querrey (18), d. Yuki Bhambri,
India, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; Feliciano Lopez (28),
Spain, d. Jack Sock (8), 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-4.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (fourth round)—Simona
Halep (1), Romania, d. Wang Qiang, China, 7-5,
6-1; Petra Martic, Croatia, d. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6 (4); Karolina
Pliskova (5), Czech Republic, d. Amanda Anisimova, 6-1, 7-6 (2); Naomi Osaka, Japan, d.
Maria Sakkari, Greece, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1; Venus
Williams (8), d. Anastasija Sevastova (21),
Latvia, 7-6 (6), 6-4; Daria Kasatkina (20), Russia, d. Caroline Wozniacki (2), Denmark, 6-4,
7-5; Carla Suarez Navarro (27), Spain, d. Danielle Collins, 6-2, 6-4.
MEN’S DOUBLES (second round)—Pablo
Cuevas, Uruguay-Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, d.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut (5),
France, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 13-11; Bob Bryan and Mike
Bryan (7), d. Pablo Carreno Busta and David
Marrero, Spain, 6-2, 6-3.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada-Xu Yifan (3), China, d.
Andreja Klepac, Slovenia-Maria Jose Martinez
Sanchez (8), Spain, 7-6 (7), 5-7, 12-10; Timea
Babos, Hungary-Kristina Mladenovic (4), France,
d. Monica Niculescu, Romania-Andrea Sestini
Hlavackova (5), Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3; Hsieh
Su-wei, Taiwan-Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic, d. Vania King, and Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, 6-4, 6-1.
At Dayton, Ohio
Radford 71, LIU Brooklyn 61
St. Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58
Today’s Schedule
N.C. Central (19-15) vs. Texas Southern (1519), 3:40 p.m.
Arizona St. (20-11) vs. Syracuse (20-13),
6:10 p.m.
First Round
USC 103, UNC Asheville 98, 2OT
Baylor 80, Wagner 59
Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58
Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64
Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62
Oklahoma State 80, Florida Gulf Coast 68
Notre Dame 84, Hampton 63
Oregon 99, Rider 86
St. Mary’s 89, SE Louisiana 45
Today’s Schedule
Harvard (18-13) at Marquette (19-13), 4 p.m.
La. Lafayette (27-6) at LSU (17-14), 4 p.m.
Temple (17-15) at Penn St. (21-13), 5 p.m.
Nebraska (22-10) at Mississippi St. (22-11),
6 p.m.
UC Davis (22-10) at Utah (19-11), 6 p.m.
BYU (24-10) at Stanford (18-15), 7 p.m.
Boise St. (23-8) at Washington (20-12), 10
First Round
Tuesday’s Result
Utah Valley 87, Eastern Washington 65
Today’s Schedule
Miami (Ohio) (16-17) at Campbell (16-15), 4
Jacksonville State (21-12) at Canisius (2111), 4 p.m.
Texas Rio Grande Valley (15-17) at New Orleans (15-16), 5 p.m.
North Texas (15-17) at South Dakota (26-8),
5 p.m.
Colgate (19-13) at San Francisco (18-15), 7
Mercer (18-14) at Grand Canyon (22-11), 7
Central Arkansas (17-16) at Seattle (20-13),
7 p.m.
First Round
Today’s Schedule
Niagara (19-13) at Eastern Michigan (21-12),
St. Francis (Pa.) (18-12) at Illinois Chicago
(17-15), 5 p.m.
UTSA (19-14) at Lamar (19-13), 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s Results
Regional Finals
East Stroudsburg 84, Shippensburg 72
Northern State 90, Minnesota State-Mankato 83
Le Moyne 75, Bloomfield 59
Ferris State 80, Findlay 65
Barry 79, Eckerd 72
Queens (N.C.) 69, Lincoln Memorial 57
West Texas A&M 95, Texas Permian Basin 87
Friday’s Schedule
Ramapo (25-6) vs. Wisconsin Oshkosh
(24-7), 2 p.m.
Nebraska Wesleyan (28-3) vs. Springfield
(22-8), 4:30 p.m.
First Round
Today’s Schedule
The Master's (29-2) vs. Peru St. (21-13), 6
Westmont (24-7) vs. Dillard (20-9), 8 p.m.
William Carey (25-5) vs. Life (20-11), 7 a.m.
LSU Alexandria (25-7) vs. Lewis Clark St.
(23-9), 8:45 a.m.
Georgetown (Ky.) (25-6) vs. Central Baptist
(21-8), 11 a.m.
Oklahoma City (23-8) vs. Xavier (La.) (24-8),
LSU Shreveport (27-4) vs. Harris-Stowe St.
(23-10), 2:45 p.m.
Central Methodist (27-5) vs. Wayland Baptist
(23-9), 4:30 p.m.
Texas South.
N.C. Central
Arizona St.
1 ⁄2
at Marquette
at LSU
4 ⁄2
La. Lafay.
at Penn St.
9 ⁄2
at Miss. St.
at Utah
12 ⁄2
UC Davis
at Stanford
at Boise St,
at S. Francisco
at S. Dakota
North Texas
at Grand Can.
6 ⁄2
at Campbell
Miami (O)
at New Orleans
Rio Grande
at Seattle
C. Arkansas
at Canisius
4 ⁄2
Jacks’ville St.
at Ill. Chicago
St. Fran. (Pa.)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
N.C. State
San Diego St.
Loyola Chi.
Wright St.
Texas Tech
Steph. Austin
Ohio St.
S. Dakota St.
UNC G’boro.
at Aus. Peay
La. Monroe
Kansas St.
Texas A&M
North Carolina
CS Fullerton
Michigan St,
Georgia St.
Florida St.
West Virginia
Murray St.
Wichita St.
New Mex. St.
Updates at
—Associated Press
Tuesday’s Results
Baltimore 7, Minnesota 5
Detroit 2, N.Y. Yankees 2
St. Louis 11, Miami 4
Philadelphia 6, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 13, Atlanta 6
Houston 6, N.Y. Mets (ss) 1
Oakland 9, Kansas City 8
Milwaukee 4, Texas 3
San Diego 7, Chicago Cubs (ss) 5
Colorado 8, Seattle 7
Washington 7, N.Y. Mets (ss) 4
Chicago Cubs (ss) 2, San Francisco 1
Today’s Schedule
ANGELS vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, 1 p.m.
Colorado vs. DODGERS at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Cal Lutheran 6, Ithaca 3 (Victory is Cal Lutheran
coach Marty Slimak’s 700th.)
L.A. FC ...........2 0 0
6 6 1
Vancouver .......2 0 0
6 4 2
Houston .........1 1 0
3 5 2
San Jose ........1 0 0
3 3 2
Minn. United ...1 1 0
3 4 4
GALAXY ..........1 1 0
3 3 3
Sporting K.C....1 1 0
3 4 5
FC Dallas........0 0 1
1 1 1
R.Salt Lake .....0 1 1
1 2 6
Colorado ........0 1 0
0 1 2
Seattle ...........0 1 0
0 0 1
Portland .........0 2 0
0 1 6
Columbus .......2 0 0
6 5 2
N.Y. City FC .....2 0 0
6 4 1
New York ........1 0 0
3 4 0
Philadelphia....1 0 0
3 2 0
New England ...1 1 0
3 2 3
Atlanta FC.......1 1 0
3 3 5
Orlando City ....0 1 1
1 2 3
D.C. United .....0 1 1
1 2 4
Chicago..........0 1 0
0 3 4
Montreal.........0 2 0
0 3 5
Toronto FC ......0 1 0
0 0 2
Three points for a win, one for a tie.
UEFA Champions League
Second Round
Second Leg
Manchester United (England) 1, Sevilla (Spain)
2, Sevilla advancesd on 2-1 aggregate
Roma (Italy) 1, Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 0,
2-2 aggregate; Roma advances on 1-0 away
CONCACAF Champions League
Second Leg
New York (U.S.) 3, Tijuana (Mexico) 1, New York
advances on 5-1 aggregate
Tigres (Mexico) 3, Toronto (Canada) 2, Toronto
advances 2-1 on away goals
First Round
Today’s Schedule
Freed-Hardeman vs. The Master's, 3 p.m.
LSU Shreveport vs. Menlo, 9 a.m.
Columbia (Mo.) vs. Benedicitne (Kan.), 7:30
Campbellsville (Ky.) vs. Faulkner (Ala.), 11
Montana Western vs. Dillard (La.), 12:45 p.m.
Central Methodist vs. Arizona Christian, 4:45
Science & Arts (Okla.) vs. Rocky Mountain, 7
Lindsey Wilson vs. Martin Methodist, 8:45
Etiwanda 62, Fairfax 34
Sierra Canyon 72, Bishop Montgomery 70 (OT)
St. John Bosco 71, Rancho Christian 54
Chino Hills 77, Pasadena 74
Birmingham 48, Brentwood 43
Crossroads 85, Cajon 56
Riverside Notre Dame 59, Knight 43
Bishop Amat 60, Murrieta Mesa 51
El Cajon Christian 43, Hillcrest 42
View Park 48, King/Drew 38
Santa Clarita Christian 67, San Diego 48
Van Nuys 72, San Diego Southwest 52
Sacramento Sheldon 64, Folsom 56
Oakland Bishop O'Dowd 61, Modesto Christian
Palo Alto 54, Atherton Menlo 47
Walnut Creek Las Lomas 84, San Jose Mitty 70
Alameda 66, Sacramento Grant 60
Stockton St. Mary's 67, Moraga Campolindo 65
Modesto Central Catholic 59, San Jose Valley
Christian 55
Chico Pleasant Valley 74, San Francisco University 56
San Francisco Stuart Hall 72, Galt Liberty Ranch 57
Albany St. Mary's 69, Sacramento West Campus 59
Jackson Argonaut 51, San Francisco Urban 44
Colfax 52, Gridley 49
Windward 75, Etiwanda 49
Fresno Clovis West 46, Harvard-Westlake 45
Ribet Academy 57, Granada Hills 43
Gardena Serra 72, Sierra Canyon 62
Redondo 74, Westchester 43
San Diego County San Marcos 71, San Diego Cathedral 55
Chula Vista Mater Dei 71, Tulare Mission Oak 50
Sunny Hills 61, Legacy 45
Knight 51, Brentwood 49
Rolling Hills Prep 70, Foothill Tech 53
Hanford Sierra Pacific 56, Grace Brethren 41
Hueneme 66, Bermuda Dunes Desert Christ. 54
UC Irvine d. George Mason, 25-21, 25-20, 2523
LAFC’s Rossi is player of week
Diego Rossi’s record-setting performance in
LAFC’s 5-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday
earned the rookie Major League Soccer’s player-ofthe-week award.
Rossi, 20, had two goals and three assists in the
win, marking only the sixth time in league history —
and first since 2008 — that a player was involved in
five goals in a game.
Rossi also scored the game winner in LAFC’s
season-opener this month, giving him three goals
and three assists only two games into his MLS career and making LAFC the first expansion team to
win its first two regular-season games on the road.
— Kevin Baxter
Sevilla reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after beating Manchester
United 2-1 thanks to two second-half goals from
substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.
American League rookie of the year Aaron
Judge will be paid $622,300 in the major leagues as
part of his one-year contract with the New York
Yankees. Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs,
is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the
2019 season. ... Carlos Correa skipped the Houston
Astros’ visit to the White House to help arrange for
more relief supplies for shipment to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, where he grew up. ... Tim Tebow
was reassigned by the New York Mets to their minor
league camp after he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in an exhibition against the Astros. The former
NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .056 (one for 18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big
league exhibition games.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will
miss at least another week with a right ankle injury.
... The Minnesota Lynx signed free-agent guard
Tanisha Wright, a 12-year veteran who most recently played for New York in 2016.
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were selected to be
the next Presidents Cup captains for the 2019
matches in Australia. Still to be determined is
whether one of them plays. Woods said he would
talk to the PGA Tour about a possible change to allow him to be a playing captain.
Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean
Smith was sentenced to one year in prison and five
years of probation after pleading guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to a felony count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury.
Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam tournament titles in men’s doubles and two in mixed doubles, has died, according to the ATP World Tour and
International Tennis Federation. He was 54. ...
Heart disease caused the death of USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson, an autoposy revealed.
W E D N E S D A Y , M A R C H 1 4 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
Helen Molesworth
is no longer chief
curator. Museum cites
‘creative differences.’
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
TAYLOR MAC rehearses “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” which packs the U.S. timeline into a show at the Theatre at Ace.
A fabulous history
Performance artist Taylor Mac hopes his musical retelling
of America’s story will both inspire and challenge his audience
and university mandarins having lunch at an elegant UCLA
campus restaurant the other day had no idea that seated inconspicuously among them was a cultural revolutionary.
Wearing a knit cap and eating a flank steak, playwright and
performance artist Taylor Mac patiently fielded questions
about the staggeringly ambitious production that is about
to take over Los Angeles.
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is presenting
Mac’s chef-d’oeuvre, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” in a four-show series at the Theatre at Ace Hotel beginning Thursday. Broken into six-hour installments spaced
out over two weeks, the hallucinatory concert extravaganza
is being custom tailored, with local musicians, guest artists
and glittery supernumeraries brought in for the occasion.
Mac, a galvanic performer who combines the otherworldly gender fluidity of Ziggy Stardust and the unstoppable razzle-dazzle of a post-modern Liza Minnelli, could
easily stop traffic in these groves of academe with a simple
change in headdress. The costumes for the 24-hour production, couture concoctions of mad brilliance by the designer
known as Machine Dazzle, serve as glittery chrysalises for
the astonishing transformations Mac undergoes while
leading us decade by decade through American history via
the reinterpretation and reframing of our music heritage.
A California native raised in Stockton who lives in New
York with an architect husband, Mac examines the nation’s
past (from its Revolutionary
[See Taylor Mac, E5]
Blooming in Time’s Up era
The rebellious girl in
‘Flower’ intrigued its
director and star.
By Randy Lewis
When director Max Winkler first encountered the
script for “Flower,” a comedy-drama about a teenage
girl with unorthodox sexual
proclivities, it arrived with a
“The script had come to
me with a disclaimer,” said
Winkler. “It basically said,
‘This is a writing sample. It’s
amazing, but it’s an impossible movie to make.’ ”
When he asked why, the
powers that be informed him
that no one would want to
make (or see) a film about a
girl like Erica Vandross, a 17year-old who uses sex to extort men of means. That
made Winkler only more interested.
“I’d never seen a female
[See ‘Flower,’ E7]
Matthew Takes
DIRECTOR MAX WINKLER says he was excited to turn outdated ideas of
sexuality on their head with the “Flower” character played by Zoey Deutch.
Jay L. Clendenin L.A. Times
AS CHIEF curator,
Helen Molesworth set
artistic direction.
On a new mission
with their music
Nathaniel Rateliff &
the Night Sweats aim
to build a community.
By Sonaiya Kelley
Helen Molesworth, the
chief curator at the Museum
of Contemporary Art whose
exhibitions have included
the critically acclaimed 2017
Kerry James Marshall retrospective that was also a rare
popular hit, has been fired,
according to sources close to
the museum.
MOCA Director Philippe
Vergne took the dramatic
step on Monday, sources say.
An email sent to MOCA
trustees Monday announced
that Molesworth “is stepping
down” from the high-profile
post, among the most coveted of its kind nationally, effective immediately. The implication was that Molesworth had resigned.
“No,” artist and board
member Catherine Opie said
by phone when asked about
the email wording. “He fired
Efforts to reach Molesworth were unsuccessful.
MOCA responded to The
Times' requests for comment
with a statement Tuesday
afternoon that said: “The
Museum of Contemporary
Art (MOCA) and Helen
Molesworth have decided to
part ways due to creative differences. MOCA is grateful to
Helen Molesworth for her
work over the past 3 and a
half years as Chief Curator at
the Museum.” The statement also said Molesworth
“will continue to work with
MOCA on her upcoming exhibition ‘One Day at a Time:
Manny Farber and Termite
Art,’ scheduled to open in
October 2018.”
Opie said she called
Vergne after receiving the
surprise message and was
told that Molesworth had
[See Curator, E6]
Nathaniel Rateliff & the
Night Sweats’ “Hey Mama,”
a song on the band’s compelling sophomore album,
“Tearing at the Seams,” gets
at the idea of never giving up
— physically, emotionally or
spiritually — before putting
everything you’ve got into
the goal at hand.
That appears to be a
cornerstone principle for the
Denver-based musician and
his seven hard-working,
hard-playing band mates.
Whether it’s being expressed by a parent to a
child, a romantic partner or
one friend to another, the
song that channels both the
Band and Van Morrison
circa “Astral Weeks” is in-
tended as a wake-up call to
the recipient: “You ain’t
gone far enough to say ‘At
least I tried’ / You ain’t
worked hard enough to say,
‘Well, I’ve done mine’ / You
ain’t run far enough to say,
‘My legs have failed’…You
ain’t run far enough to say, ‘It
ain’t gonna get any better.’ ”
The soul-R&B-rock collective, which scored nationwide success three years ago
with rave-up hit single
“S.O.B.,” ranks as one of the
[See Rateliff, E6]
A museum not
far, far away
The George Lucas art
museum, which is to
open in 2021, breaks
ground Wednesday in
Exposition Park. E3
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L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
Cloud Gate Dance
Theatre of Taiwan
Segerstrom Hall,
Costa Mesa
7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.
“The Invention of Morel”
Long Beach Opera
Beverly O’Neill Theater,
Long Beach
Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Through March 25
“Lagrime di San Pietro”
(Tears of St. Peter)
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
8 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun.
“Rembrandt and the
Inspiration of India”
Getty Center,
Through June 24
Free; parking $15
“The Book of Mormon”
Segerstrom Hall,
Costa Mesa
Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Through April 1
A class act
explores the
sex industry
By Margaret Gray
The writer and actress
Sarah Jones is gorgeous,
about 8 feet tall (at least it
seems that way) and rail
thin, with a mane of hair.
When she walks onstage at
the Geffen Playhouse, where
she is performing her onewoman show “Sell/Buy/
Date” through April 15, it’s
impossible to imagine her
hiding in plain sight.
But that’s what she proceeds to do, over and over
again, for the next 85 minutes. Without actually going
anywhere, or altering her appearance beyond slipping
on a pair of glasses, she becomes a series of different
women and men: an elderly
Jewish woman, a lingospouting college student
with severe vocal fry, a retired New York vice cop, a reformed-pimp-turned-motivational speaker.
Each new character
weaves an illusion so powerful that whenever one occupies her body, Sarah Jones is
nowhere to be seen.
Jones isn’t the only performance artist to play multiple personae, but her virtuosity puts her in a different
category: She’s so good it’s
almost creepy. She can —
and does — persuasively
replicate any accent the human tongue has developed,
a gift in and of itself, but the
accent is only a small aspect
of each transformation.
The vocal timbre and cadence, facial expression,
stance, even the sense of humor of her characters is so
distinctive that collectively
they threaten our basic assumptions about human
identity. Although some
characters are more satirically drawn than others,
none is inherently unsympathetic. Jones likes her people. She makes them feel
It would be worth the
price of a ticket to watch
Jones do this trick over and
over, but “Sell/Buy/Date” is
more than a magic show. It’s
also a sophisticated piece of
storytelling. Not every narrative risk Jones takes pays
off, and sometimes her sociopolitical agenda feels a bit
oversimplified, or on the
nose. But when her plotting,
argument and wit work together, the effect is dazzling.
An exploration of the sex
industry (including pornography and prostitution) and
how it permeates our culture, “Sell/Buy/Date” premiered at the Manhattan
Theatre Club soon after the
2016 election. Jones’ feminist
views on sex work and its
consequences for women
and men aren’t hard to
guess, but her clever narrative framework makes her
arguments feel dispassionate and playful.
She introduces herself as
Dr. Serene Campbell, a
Where: Audrey Skirball
Kenis Theater at the Geffen
Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte
Ave., Los Angeles
When: 8 p.m. TuesdaysFridays, 3 and 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays;
ends April 15
Tickets: $60-$80
Info: (310) 208-5454,
Running time: 1 hour, 25
poised British professor who
is delivering a social history
lecture. Her topic is the sexual mores of the benighted
past — that is, our present.
Campbell and her students
live in the future, in a reality
so different from ours that
she is obliged to define a lot
of terms for them. People in
the early 2000s carried “external” cellular phones, she
explains. They sorted themselves and each other into
understanding of gender
was “quite binary” and they
weren’t always free to travel
among countries.
Obviously, a lot has
changed since 2018. (Dane
Laffrey’s futuristic-looking
set, a collection of large
screens around a podium,
chair and file cabinet, suggests a minimalist but hyperconnected cyber-reality.)
The subject of Campbell’s
lecture is how it happened.
She shows the class interviews with people from our
era. These interviews, we
learn, were recorded with
“bio-empathetic resonant
technology,” a technique invented in 2019, which allows
viewers to experience the
subject’s feelings and memories.
If not the most feasible of
inventions, it provides the
dramatic pretext for Jones
to slip seamlessly into her
vivid alter-egos, who gradually reveal the phases of the
revolution that turned our
broken world into this
A lot, obviously, went
down. There were some very
bad times before things began to change for the better.
Jones and her director,
Carolyn Cantor, who helped
develop this piece, are able
to communicate the many
developments with remarkable concision.
While Campbell is teaching us about sweeping social
changes, she’s also having a
personal identity crisis,
which we watch develop in
real time. Some plot points
feel a little clunky; a few
monologues get preachy.
But the intelligence, humor,
empathy, fierce criticism
and even fiercer optimism of
Jones’ solo work make it a
Chris Whitaker
SARAH JONES plays many people, including a pro-
fessor, in “Sell/Buy/Date” at the Geffen Playhouse.
Images from MAD Architects
THE MUSEUM’S exterior, grounds and interior lobby, from top, in an artist’s renderings. The “icon of
21st century design” will house George Lucas’ personal collection of fine and popular art, a mix that includes “Star Wars” ephemera, movies and illustrations, as well as Norman Rockwell paintings.
‘Force’ field
On groundbreaking day, a new look at the design
of George Lucas’ art museum in South L.A.
By Deborah Vankin
When the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art officially breaks ground
Wednesday in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the photo op will include
not only filmmaker George Lucas but
also the newest model of his forthcoming building.
The museum also is releasing new
renderings of the design, shown here,
by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects.
Among those scheduled to be on
hand with ceremonial shovels at the
groundbreaking: Lucas; his wife,
Ariel Investments President Mellody
Hobson, a guiding force in museum planning; Mayor Eric Garcetti;
and L.A. County Supervisor Mark
“There’s been some pre-construction, soil samples, things like that,”
the museum’s founding president,
Don Bacigalupi, said in an interview.
“But this is the big, monumental
It’s a moment that’s been more
than a decade in the making, as
Lucas considered sites in San Francisco and Chicago but wrestled with
community opposition.
“So this is a milestone in the life
of the museum,” Bacigalupi said.
“We’re very excited to be breaking
ground in South L.A. And I think
George is very energized to get
to this point and begin to make the
museum real.”
The museum’s backers have
touted the thousands of jobs that
Lucas’ $1-billion museum will create,
directly and indirectly, in Los Angeles. Bacigalupi didn’t offer a tally to
date, but he said the museum is
focusing on “inclusion and diversity” as it awards contracts.
“We’re focused on making sure
that contracts for pre-construction
and construction get equitably distributed,” he said, “with a lot of focus
on women-owned, minority-owned
and veteran-owned businesses.”
The new model will show landscaping for the museum’s 11 acres,
formerly asphalt parking lots.
Museum officials envision park space
for family-friendly festivals, outdoor
film screenings and educational
“Undoubtedly, like many urban
environments, L.A. is lacking in green
space,” Bacigalupi said. “So to have
that amenity, particularly in South
L.A., it’s a tremendous gathering
space for enjoyment and all kinds of
other experiences.”
The museum’s target for completing construction is 2021. It will house
Lucas’ personal collection of fine and
popular art, a mix that includes the
original Darth Vader mask and other
“Star Wars” ephemera as well as
Norman Rockwell paintings.
The museum has been expanding
its collection, Bacigalupi said, “diversifying and broadening,” though he
declined to reveal specifics about
“The building itself will certainly
be an icon of 21st century design,”
Bacigalupi said. “And as we operate
the museum, we’re looking at 21st
century technologies and also, how
the museum views art.”
The museum will showcase, in addition to paintings, sculpture and
photography, “realms of art that
most art museums don’t pay attention to,” Bacigalupi said. “Movies, illustration, comic art, all kinds of
popular forms that tend to be overlooked because they’re popular in
nature or published and disseminated broadly. We’re interested in art
that tells a story.”
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accused of
Getty Center architect
Richard Meier has been accused of sexually harassing
five women and will take a
six-month leave of absence
from his firm.
Four women who worked
with the architect and another who encountered
Meier while he was working
on the Getty described incidents of him exposing himself and other misconduct
in interviews with the New
York Times published Tuesday.
In a statement, the 83year-old Pritzker Prize-winning architect said he is
“deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts”
and apologized to those offended by his “words and actions.”
— Nardine Saad
Locklear faces
battery charges
Heather Locklear is no
longer facing domestic violence charges after allegations that she hit her
boyfriend last month. The
actress now faces four misdemeanor counts of battery
on a first responder and one
misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer.
Officers from the Ventura
County Sheriff ’s Department responded to a domestic incident at Locklear’s
home on Feb. 25, where the
actress “was extremely hostile and uncooperative.”
— Libby Hill
‘Romeo and Juliet’ can’t connect
The Joffrey’s take on
the Shakespeare love
tragedy is poorly
conceived, executed.
Joffrey Ballet’s
and Juliet’
When: 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles
Tickets: $38-$144 (subject
to change)
Info: (213) 972-0711,
By Laura Bleiberg
Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor’s version of
“Romeo and Juliet,” which
the Joffrey Ballet performed
Friday night at the Music
Center, inspires this thorny
question: Does a ballet
company really need an updated production of every
classic work?
Probably not, and in
the case of this specific ballet, answer that with a definitive “no.”
Pastor, director of the
Polish National Ballet, devised his pseudo-political
take on the Shakespearean
love tragedy for the Scottish
National Ballet in 2008; the
Joffrey premiered it six
years later. It’s a jarring departure from John Cranko’s
1962 traditional and emotionally fulfilling “Romeo
and Juliet,” which was a repertory staple under founderdirectors Robert Joffrey and
Gerald Arpino.
It’s a reasonable assumption — as well as a simple
fact — that living choreographers will have their way
with the classics. The art
form must evolve, and dancers need new material. This
poorly represents these spirited dancers and sends the
art form reeling backward
rather than advancing it.
This “Romeo” does hew
to the narrative’s wellknown outlines: The children of warring families fall
in love, defy their parents
and choose death over a life
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
JULIET (Christine Rocas) sees Romeo (Rory Hohenstein) for the first time in
the Joffrey Ballet’s performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the Music Center.
apart. Pastor tacks on a
strange conceit, shifting the
ballet’s time period in each
of the three acts, the scenes
supposedly shifting from
the 1930s to the 1950s and finally the 1990s, ostensibly
to highlight periods of turmoil within Italian politics.
He tries to establish
place and time with videos
of street scenes and the
aftermath of Red Brigade
bombings, for example, and
through Tatyana van Walsum’s spare set pieces and
costumes. But the concept
is so poorly executed that
it’s difficult to decipher any
switch in eras. Plus no sword
fights. And a glass elevator
makes a poor stand-in for a
Pastor seems mostly
focused on ’30s fascism. He’s
got a group of stiff-legged
soldiers, and he turns Juliet’s father, Capulet, into
a kind of Benito Mussoliniesque dictator.
Fabrice Calmels, a tall —
no, towering — principal
dancer, made Capulet a terrifying monster. When he
was onstage, everyone cowered, even his wife, an illused April Daly, who tried
hard with this sorrowful role.
Capulet drove the ballet’s
mayhem. Calmels even handed a knife to Temur Su
luashvili, the simpering
Tybalt, so he could kill Mercutio. The high-spirited Yoshihisa Arai was the lively
Mercutio, bringing bravura
and joyful gusto to doleful
proceedings. Van Walsum
cloaked Capulet in a stiff,
Calmels loom even larger
and reducing the story into
a tale of one abusive man.
Pastor’s foundation is
classical dance, but he
blends in naturalistic gestures and jarringly stylized
moves that are intended to
telegraph emotion. The consequence is he takes away
the dancers’ ability to shape
their own characters.
So Juliet, the dynamic
and beautiful Christine Rocas, repeatedly executed a
side kick that said to Capulet, “Get away from me.” But
it also made her look like a
A few characters simply
had no personality — including Romeo. In the ballet’s
opening crowd scene, it was
hard to find him.
Rory Hohenstein was an
lover, uncomfortable perhaps with the awkwardness
of his partnering duties.
Pastor is unable to give Rocas and Hohenstein anything remotely lovely to express during composer
Sergei Prokofiev’s soaring
balcony scene pas de deux.
Hohenstein did finally give it
the full-throttled treatment
in the crypt scene, demonstrably mourning his Juliet.
Despite the chopped-up
and rearranged score, Prokofiev was well served by the
Music Center orchestra, led
by Joffrey conductor Scott
Speck. Rocas was another
bright spot. Maybe she’ll
eventually get an opportunity to show what she can
really do in a production
that’s worthy of her.
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The audience is key, identity is not
[Taylor Mac, from E1]
beginnings through the
bloody wreckage of the Civil
War to the civil rights movement and beyond) through a
queer lens but stresses that
the work is not ultimately
about identity: “Identity politics is just not interesting
enough to me,” Mac said.
“That doesn’t mean my identity isn’t declared or referenced. I’m queer, but the
work is not about queerness.
It’s always there, but it’s not
the point.”
Mac, whose preferred
pronoun is “judy,” is more
playfully subversive than politically correct. The artist’s
producing team at Pomegranate Arts requested
through CAP’s press representative
avoided, but Mac seemed
more fatigued than fazed
when I asked whether there
was a difference between
Taylor Mac the stage creation and Taylor Mac the
white, gay man tucking into a
steak before me.
“There is a difference,”
Mac said. “Right now, I’m
wearing relative man drag.
I’m trying to blend in. On
stage, I have a responsibility
to expose the inner workings. So I say my gender isn’t
male or female. My gender is
performer and my gender
pronoun is ‘judy’ because I
wanted a gender pronoun
that is an art piece, that
makes people pause and
consider and laugh because
everyone is so uptight about
getting it right.”
With protean magic and
fierce cabaret brilliance, Mac
slips effortlessly in “A 24Decade History” not just between the sexes but also between epochs and music
styles, animating, appropriating and annotating the
country’s patchwork story
through its music.
USC professor David
Román, who is editing a
book on Mac, shared his
thoughts via email while he
was in London preparing his
upcoming lecture, “Taylor
Mac Sings the Revolution,”
at the Royal Central School
of Speech and Drama.
“It’s too easy to say that
Taylor Mac queers the history of popular music,”
Román said. “Mac revives
the role of popular music to
rally people to resist oppression by showing us how it’s
been done time and time
When asked about similarities between “A 24-Decade History” and “Hamilton,” an even more celebrated musical of historical
reclamation, Mac explained
the difference by way of analogy: “I’m not making Alexander Hamilton gay. I’m
looking for the queer person
hanging out with Alexander
Hamilton and giving him ideas. It’s a different approach.”
That’s not the only difference. Mac praised the “polish” of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
musical and emphasized
that this isn’t a “backhanded
compliment,” because Mac’s
own work, though carefully
scripted, is more accommo-
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TAYLOR MAC decided to use “judy” as a gender pronoun to make “people pause and consider and laugh.”
‘A 24-Decade
History of
Popular Music’
Where: Theatre at Ace
Hotel, 929 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
(Chapter 1), Saturday
(Chapter 2), March 22
(Chapter 3) and March 24
(Chapter 4)
Tickets: $45-$250 per
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TONALITY , a new L.A.-based choral group, is pelted with pingpong balls during
dress rehearsal of Taylor Mac’s upcoming “24-Decade History” at Theatre at Ace.
dating of mess, sprawl,
chance and chaos. “Perfection” actually gets dissed in
the show as the opposite of
“Content dictates form”
is a guiding dictum for the
author, a MacArthur grant
recipient who wears the
award’s “genius” distinction
lightly but unmistakably.
“The content of the show is
about communities building
themselves as a result of being torn apart and how that
has happened throughout
our history,” Mac explained.
“And so I thought the form of
the show should reflect this
experience of a community
building itself even as it’s being torn apart by the onslaught of time.”
The audience, in other
words, is integral to the act.
The exhaustion of this
performance journey, more
extreme than a Jerry Lewis
telethon, isn’t the price one
pays for the artistic experience but an inseparable part
of a work that is constructed
as a communal ritual. Mac
has performed the piece in
various configurations, including a straight-through
24-hour marathon at St.
Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. But whether it’s a threehour sneak-peek, as was offered at Royce Hall in 2016, or
lengths, those in attendance
are actively incorporated
into the theatrical proceedings. We all become the show.
“Performance work can
be ephemeral in the sense
that it doesn’t fully exist as a
text or as a recording,” Kristy
Edmunds, who leads UCLA’s
Center for the Art of Per-
formance, reflected earlier
this year when talking about
her upcoming season. “But
performance has the power
to create communal memory, which is a living archive of
the experience.” For Edmunds, Mac’s “24-Decade
History” realizes the radical
potential of this unique
bonding experience.
Mac, who comes off as a
sincere ironist in conversation, rejects the grant-speak
claims about most interactive performance.
“People in the theater
world like to say it’s all about
‘the community of the audience, blah blah, blah,’ ” Mac
said. “But we all know it’s a
temporary community that
usually lasts 90 minutes. It’s
different when you can point
to tangible changes in the
world. People at our shows
have hooked up, started relationships and businesses.
There are babies that
wouldn’t have been born had
we not made the show.”
Mac’s entry into the theater came via acting, but playwriting quickly asserted itself. “After acting school in
New York, I’d get these regional theater jobs, and once
the show opened, I’d have all
this time, so I started writing. I had a lot to say that
went beyond what actors are
empowered to do. I needed
to make my own work.”
Unclassifiable performance pieces showcasing the
artist in outrageous drag established Mac’s singular
reputation, but plays written
for others, such as the offBroadway hit “Hir,” have followed. Mac has three new
plays in the works but groans
in frustration at the bureaucratic grind: “I just hate the
American theater. I really do.
It’s the slowest process
known to man.”
Broadway keeps offering
acting jobs, but Mac would
rather perform in Sondheim
or Shakespeare than do
watered-down versions of
the gender-blurring act that
some would like to commercially exploit. Logistics, however, are the bigger issue
right now. Mac is touring a
show that requires superhuman vocal, mental and spiritual strength.
The gargantuan “24-Decade History” was created in
close collaboration with
Matt Ray, the music director
and arranger, who shared
with Mac the $100,000 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for
Drama Inspired by American History last year. Niegel
Smith, another key collaborator, co-directs with Mac,
who occupies the center of
the performance swirl, which
includes a troupe of “dandy
minions” (“candy stripers for
the audience,” charged with
performing “random acts of
Mac honed an array of audience participation techniques through years of drag
performance. “I went to the
clubs because I didn’t have
the improv skills and learned
by watching all the great
drag queen performers and
emcees grapple with tons of
calamity in the room — people drunk and having sex
while they’re putting on a
show. I learned how to incorporate the chaos into the
theater. Audience participation isn’t just something you
do. It doesn’t work if you
don’t put in the 10,000 hours.”
Hostile eruptions have
occurred, including a little
frat-boy fracas in the South.
Mac has developed a strategy for dealing with the occasional belligerent homophobe who has somehow
stumbled into the theater: “If
something is threatening
to take the story away from
the storyteller, incorporate
that threatening thing into
the story at all costs. So if
there’s an antagonist in the
audience, I position them as
an antagonist within the
hero’s journey. Suddenly I’m
the hero involving the audience in how we’re going to
keep the story moving forward.”
Mac prefers when the audience reflects the heterogeneity of the nation.
“We may not have that
many conservative people at
the show in L.A., but we have
definitely performed for
Trump voters,” Mac said.
“When there’s variety, actual
diversity, audience members
teach each other how to listen. If it’s an entirely queer
audience, like say at an
LGBT festival where I usually have half the number of
people in the audience because I don’t lip-sync or do
vagina jokes, they’ll laugh at
something that might be a
little serious. With straight
people in the audience, they
teach queers how to listen to
something differently and
vice versa. The show is really
trying to get the audience to
express the full range of what
America has been and can
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Reaching out with second album
[Rateliff, from E1]
most thrilling arrivals of recent years, its reputation
stoked considerably by the
But Rateliff and company, as suggested by those
words from “Hey Mama,”
aren’t about to settle easily
into self-satisfaction over
their ability to move bodies
onto a dance floor and put
feet in motion.
“With everything that’s
happening nowadays in our
country and in our culture
and in the culture worldwide, I think we need to
strive and struggle to be
more than the devices in our
hands,” Rateliff, 39, said during a recent swing through
L.A. that included two
nights of shows at the venerable Troubadour club in
West Hollywood.
shows anticipated a springsummer headlining tour at
larger facilities, among them
an Aug. 15 show in L.A. at the
Greek Theatre.
“Besides playing music, I
want to build a sense of community,” Rateliff said, sipping his Paloma, a concoction of tequila and grapefruit, and seated at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in a
dark booth next to the
band’s bassist, his longtime
friend Joseph Pope III.
The music on “Tearing at
the Seams,” as it was on its
Sweats,” is an invigorating
latter-day incarnation of
vintage soul and R&B music
that was the stock-in-trade
at Memphis’ Stax Records
label, not coincidentally the
reactivated imprint that
signed Rateliff three years
“I don’t want to alienate
people about what they believe in and what their political views are,” Rateliff said,
“but actually make people
feel it’s important for us to
come together — and that
the person next to you is just
as important as yourself, if
not more important.”
It’s a tall order, something that Rateliff, Pope and
fellow band members Luke
Mossman (guitar), keyboardist Mark Shusterman,
drummer Patrick Meese,
trumpeter Scott Frock and
saxophonists Jeff Dazey and
Andreas Wild take to heart,
on stage and in the recording
If their talk seems to echo
the Blues Brothers’ signature claim to be on “a mission from God” with their
music, it is.
Rateliff and his cohorts
have noted the deaths in recent years of many of their
musical heroes, a fact of life,
however sad, that they’ve
taken as a clarion call for a
new generation to step up to
the plate and at least attempt to fill their shoes.
“Who’s going to take over
for them?” Rateliff asked.
“There’s a Kevin Morby song
called ‘Beautiful Stranger,’ ”
at which point Pope interjects in one of many exchanges in which one of
them often finishes, or ex-
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after the fact.
“As much as it seemed
like that record came out of
nowhere,” Pope said, “I told
Nathaniel and I’ve said it before: When he played those
demos for me from his attic, I
felt like I’ve been hearing
this guy singing my whole
life, from the time he started
writing songs until now, and
this feels to me like the most
guttural, most transparent
and natural thing I’ve ever
heard him do.”
This time, all the band
members spent about a
week working at a studio in
New Mexico, and then another nine days back in Cottage Grove at Swift’s facility
— exchanging ideas, all contributing parts to various
“I hope you can hear a difference from that first
record,” Pope said, “and
then you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s
a band that’s been on the
road for three years. That’s a
band that’s grown together.
That’s a band that contributes to this process collectively.’ ”
Don’t, however, expect
anything remotely resembling a son of “S.O.B.” this
time out.
“I liked the whole [debut]
record, and I thought that
‘S.O.B.’ was the weakest
track on the whole thing,”
Rateliff said with a husky
laugh. “But what do I know?
“With ‘S.O.B.’ doing so
well,” he said, “I knew I certainly wasn’t going to write
another one of those. And
Chris [Tetzeli], our manager, even before I started to
write for this new record, he
said, ‘You know, you don’t
have to write another radio
hit. You don’t need to write
another ‘S.O.B.’ You just
need to make a record you
like.’ That’s kind of what
we’ve always tried to do.”
[Curator, from E1]
not written a letter of resignation but was terminated for
“undermining the museum.”
Opie was nonplussed.
“I think you have made a
terrible mistake” by firing
her, she said she told Vergne.
Molesworth joined the
MOCA staff in 2014, moving
to Los Angeles from the Institute of Contemporary Art,
Boston. Since then she has
been responsible as lead curator for the museum’s two
most critically admired
shows — “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” a blockbuster
that saw galleries crowded
with visitors during its run
last spring, and “Anna Maria
Maiolino,” a retrospective of
the Brazilian artist that was
a highlight of the citywide,
Getty-sponsored initiative
“Pacific Standard Time: LA/
LA” in the fall.
Firing a chief curator is
highly unusual. The post is
responsible for setting the
museum’s general artistic
agenda, which had been
adrift at MOCA following a
lengthy period of fiscal and
board turmoil marked by the
2008 departure of director
Jeremy Strick and the tumultuous four-year tenure of
New York art dealer Jeffrey
Deitch. For a museum of its
size and reputation, MOCA
now has a small curatorial
staff — just one senior curator and three assistants.
Typically, a director is
charged with marshaling administrative support for the
chief curator’s agenda, with
backing from a board of
trustees. Observers knowledgeable of MOCA’s inner
workings say that conflict
had arisen between Vergne
and Molesworth over artistic
direction, with Vergne assuming curatorial duties less
commonly the purview of a
museum director.
Vergne, himself a former
chief curator at Minneapolis’
Walker Art Center, was lead
curator for two large MOCA
exhibitions — “Carl Andre:
Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010”
in 2017, a traveling show that
he brought with him from his
prior post as director of New
York’s DIA Art Foundation,
and “Doug Aitken: Electric
Earth” in 2016.
Last month, the museum
was embarrassed by the mishandling of the 2018 MOCA
gala honoring one of its artist
board members, Mark Grotjahn. After the event was announced, Grotjahn withdrew
his acceptance of the honor,
citing rumblings of constituent concern about a lack of
diversity among the museum's three previous gala honorees, all of whom have been
straight, white men.
The gala was shelved on
Friday, according to a museum insider not authorized
to discuss the matter, with
$1.4 million in pledges set to
be returned to donors.
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Christina House Los Angeles Times
NATHANIEL RATELIFF said he wants to “actually make people feel it’s important for us to come together.”
WITH A NEW album out, Nathaniel Rateliff & the
Night Sweats will perform at the Greek in August.
tends, the other’s thoughts,
“He wrote it in response to
the Bataclan attack” in 2015
in which terrorists killed
more than 100 people in Paris.
“That’s the premise,”
Pope said, “ ‘You’re a beautiful stranger and I’m going to
be your cover’ — as opposed
to responding in a violent
way. It’s an incredible song.”
Added Rateliff: “He says
at one point: ‘Pray for Paris,
they’re not going to scare us
or stop the music.’ I want to
be part of that. I’m not living
my life in fear. I want to be
the thing — we want to be
the thing — that we need to
be a community. A community of lovers and a community of friends is much better
than a community of warriors.”
Their conversation took
place barely a week before a
19-year-old gunman in Parkland, Fla., entered his former
high school and killed 17 students and faculty members,
and before President Trump
began lobbying to arm
school teachers as a deterrent against similar attacks.
“I feel like we have fans on
all sides of political issues,”
Pope said. “Recognizing
that we have a bit of a plat-
form we’ve never had before,
you start to think about,
‘What should the message
be?’ Or should there be a
message? I think generally
what we want people to get
from us is everything that
Nathaniel just said. I think
for this album I hope you can
hear it.”
Lyrically, Rateliff often
employs more poetically inclined, often-impressionistic lyrics that reflect his
years plying the boards as a
folk-informed singer-songwriter. In many of his songs,
people are seeking understanding about relationships that have failed, yearning for connection or railing
against self-deception.
He had released several
well-regarded solo albums
— former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is among his
admirers — but none connected commercially. As he
told The Times three years
ago, he decided he was ready
to quit music and return to
his previous career as a gardener, but before throwing
in the towel decided to make
one more record tapping the
classic soul sound that he
loved growing up.
Something of a musical
Hail Mary pass, the album
became a surprise hit,
thanks in no small part to
some serious cheerleading
on the band’s behalf by host
and namesake of the “The
Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon.”
“The night we first performed there, I remember
being with one of the people
from [his indie PR company] and looking at them
and the makeup people
while Jimmy kept interrupting the show to play the
Rateliff, a man with the
physique of a longshoreman
and free-flowing beard of a
lumberjack who often surprises first-time audiences
with nimble dance moves
that would make James
Brown proud.
“I didn’t know if he was
making a joke of us, or if he
was actually that enthusiastic about the material,” he
said. “At one point I just
looked at them and said, ‘Is
this good?’ ” he recalled.
They said, ‘This is great.
We’ve never seen him do
this.’ ”
In a matter of weeks,
Rateliff & the Night Sweats
leapfrogged from scarcely
attended club shows to soldout theaters of 1,000 and
1,500 seats and more.
For close to three years,
the group maintained a
daunting schedule of concerts — 175 to 200 shows a
year — during which
Rateliff ’s marriage collapsed while his professional
career was booming.
Last year they started
work on a follow-up album,
this time working in a fully
collaborative fashion. For
their debut album, Rateliff
wrote most of the songs
in isolation, at home in
Denver, and recorded basic
musicianproducer Richard Swift at
his studio in Cottage Grove,
Ore. The album’s coup de
grace horn parts were added
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A dark coming-of-age tale
[‘Flower,’ from E1]
character written like this
before,” he said. “With this
rebellious spirit … To me she
was like ‘Rebel Without a
Cause’ or ‘Taxi Driver,’ like
those types of iconic, really
rebellious spirits that probably have good intentions
but go about them in the
wrong way.”
The original script, written by young-adult novelist
Alex McAulay, was overhauled by Winkler and his
writing partner Matt Spicer
to make it as true to a young
woman’s experience as possible. That process continued into filming with Winkler
hiring women in key crew
roles — including director of
Costa, editor Sarah Beth
Shapiro, production designer Tricia Robertson,
costume designer Michelle
Thompson, consulting producer Caroline Goldfarb and
line producer Maritte Lee Go
— and leaning heavily on the
opinions of his star, “Before I
Fall” breakout Zoey Deutch.
“It wasn’t something I
was doing to prove a point,”
said Winkler. “It was the best
way to tell this story. For me,
the best way to make this
movie as authentically as
possible was to hire people to
really keep me honest and
try to eliminate the male
gaze as much as I could.
“Zoey was 21 when we
made it, and the character is
17. You have to be an idiot to
think you know what goes on
inside a 17-year-old’s mind
more than the women on
“I really, honestly, with
confidence can say you are
the director that has by far
listened the best of anyone
I’ve ever worked with,”
chimed in Deutch. Even
though they had never
worked together prior to
“Flower,” the two seem to
have a camaderie like that of
old teammates and the intimacy of longtime friends.
“I’m not a director,” she
“You kind of are,” offered
“No, I’m not,” she said.
“But if I ever became a director, I would not want to exclude the possibility of making a movie about a boy or a
male. Do I know what it’s like
to be a boy or a male? No. But
I’d surround myself [with]
men who understand what
it’s like to exist in that body.
And that’s what Max did.”
The resulting dark comedy, which was shot in just 16
days for a modest budget of
$500,000 and is opening in
limited release Friday, tells a
nuanced story of a girl seeking to regain control of her
life the only way she knows
how. Which just happens to
include extortion.
“I never set out to make a
movie about a young girl’s
sexuality,” Winkler said.
“Everything that happens in
the movie that can be interpreted as sexual I always
found to be very transactional and almost the opposite of intimacy.”
For example, in the opening scene when Erica performs a sex act on a cop while
her friends secretly record it
for blackmail material, it was
important for Winkler and
Deutch to convey the power
play inherent in Erica’s behavior.
Though Winkler originally imagined the character
wearing overall shorts in the
scene, “We get [to set] on the
day of shooting and Zoey’s
like, ‘No, I’m not wearing
this,’ ” he recalled. “And I’m
like, ‘Great. Why?’ ”
Deutch felt that the outfit
was inauthentic to Erica’s
nature; someone using sex
as a tool would never allow
her skin to be shown. “ ‘She
needs to wear jeans and
Timberlands and a shirt
that covers up to her wrists
because she’ll never allow
anybody close to her or to get
to her,’ ” Winkler recalled her
Those nods to the character’s deep-rooted fear of
abandonment helped to establish Erica as more than
just a one-dimensional Lolita and gave her a depth that
Deutch relished.
“This is an exciting part
to play,” said Deutch. “This is
a part where I get to delve
deep, do research, kick ass,
work my ass off. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it wasn’t
hard. Hard is a one-dimensional female character in a
male-driven comedy. Which
I’ve done. Trying to make an
underwritten part interesting is … near impossible.”
“You’ve done it, though,”
Winkler said.
“I’m just saying it’s truly,
truly difficult,” Deutch continued. “It was a really joyous
experience getting to live in
her brain for 16 days.”
Despite her layered performance, Deutch noted
The Orchard
ZOEY DEUTCH, with Adam Scott in the background, plays a teen seeking to
regain control of her life in “Flower.” “This is an exciting part to play,” she said.
that she’s heard plenty of
criticism about Erica’s behavior since “Flower” premiered at last year’s Tribeca
Film Festival. The actress
feels those attitudes reflect a
double standard.
“They go, ‘It’s so interesting, she has such few redeeming qualities, it’s crazy
that you were so brave to
play such an unlikable character,’ ” Deutch recalled with
a laugh. “And I try my best
not to be judgmental, and I
try to think, ‘What would
they call a male character
that does these things?’
Probably ‘morally ambiguous.’ A man would be ‘morally ambiguous’ and a woman would be ‘unlikable and
lacking redeeming qualities.’ ”
For Winkler, it was exciting to turn outdated notions
of sexuality and respectability politics on their head.
“I loved that it felt like the
movies I used to watch as a
kid that always had male
leads and where the girl was
always the object of affection,” said Winkler. He
points to films like “The 400
Blows,” “Risky Business”
and “Ferris Bueller’s Day
Off” as sources of inspiration.
Winkler and Deutch are
following in the footsteps of
Hollywood parents — he is
the son of actor Henry Winkler and Stacey Weitzman,
and she is the daughter of actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch.
“I’m sure hanging around
on film sets and seeing that
this was a potential way to
make a living rubbed off on
me at a young age,” said
Winkler, who was directing
short films and web series
like “Clark and Michael” by
age 23. “To me, that’s where
I’m happiest and probably
the least anxious. I just love
the community, and I love
making things with other
“I don’t have any qualms
about discussing my family
because I am proud of
them. They’re awesome
artists,” Deutch added. “I
spent many years shying
away from it because I
thought that was something
that I was supposed to do.
I watched people I admire
hide that their parents
did the same thing ... because they had a fear that
other people would judge
“I love that I can talk to
my family. That’s what com-
munity is. No one can do
things alone. And I think it’s
specifically something that
women are told: that we’re
supposed to do things alone.
Men for some reason surround themselves with other
men, and they build each
other up. And now [in the era
of #MeToo and Time’s Up]
it’s so exciting, I feel this energetic shift that we’re all
coming together.”
The fact that “Flower”
hits theaters at a time when
female empowerment is in
the zeitgeist isn’t lost on either Winkler or Deutch.
“I think there’s more of a
place for [the film] now than
there was two years ago,”
Winkler said. “Two years
ago, everyone’s like, ‘You
can’t make a movie about
a woman who speaks like
this — a girl who speaks like
“But people in positions
of power have been abusing
those positions of power for
years and years, way before
anyone outed Harvey [Weinstein] or anyone else. So it
felt as relevant to us then as
it does now.”
Twitter: @sonaiyak
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By Frank Stewart
“I can tell you a few things
about the virtues of procrastination,” said Cy the Cynic,
“but we’ll discuss it later.”
Cy’s funeral will probably
start 10 minutes late to honor his memory, but at least
he knows the value of waiting to draw trumps. When
Cy was declarer at today’s
five diamonds, he took the
ace of hearts and saw that he
needed to play the trumps
for one loser. If the missing
trumps broke 2-2, fine, but if
a defender had the singleton
ace, Cy needed to make the
first lead through him.
At Trick Two, Cy led a
sneaky jack of spades from
dummy. His “fake finesse”
didn’t work. East’s queen
covered, and the Cynic’s
king lost to West. But then
Cy knew East had the ace of
diamonds: West was a passed hand and had shown the
K-Q of hearts plus an ace.
So Cy ruffed the spade return, ruffed a heart in
dummy and returned a
trump. When East’s ace appeared, the contract was
safe. Well done, Cy.
Question: You hold: ♠ K
♥ J 6 4 ♦ K 7 6 5 3 ♣ A 10 6 4.
Your partner opens one
spade, you respond two diamonds, he rebids two hearts
and you try 2NT. Partner
then bids three spades.
What do you say?
Answer: Partner’s auction suggests six spades,
four hearts and extra
strength. If his values were
minimum, he would have rebid two spades. His three
spades is forcing. Bid four
spades, which should be a
better spot than 3NT. Your
singleton king is adequate
West dealer
N-S vulnerable
♠ Q 10 9 5
♥ 10 9 8 5 2
♦ J 10 9
♣ A 10 6 4
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ K
2018, Tribune Media
He’s gone on a guilt trip
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
There will be a gap between
what people think you know
and what you actually know.
Mind that gap.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Complex thinking is best taken on earlier. Do the
hard tasks before the easy
ones and you’ll minimize the
threat of procrastination.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
In theater, the lights, sound,
scenery, props, even the
scent and temperature of
the venue contributes to the
success of the show. Setting
the stage for your life will be
no different.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Stories are the way we pass
on knowledge from one generation to the next. Your
story matters. Believe it.
Work on it. Refine it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Mirror neurons in the human brain fire when imagining or watching an action,
and they also fire when performing an action, allowing
for both experience and vicarious experience.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
This is not a day to blindly
heed your gut reaction. Buy
time. Decide later.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
There will be moments of
stress that you’d do well to
shake off as quickly as you
can. Find a spot of earth, put
both hands on your head,
and jump repeatedly.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Now that you can do what
you want without asking
permission, you seldom do.
Change that dynamic today.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): The option of going
back in some way exists, but
you’ll probably think better
of it.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You’ll stave away boredom with a friend who
craves novelty and adventure as much as you do.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’re confident enough
to let go of your preconceived notions in favor of being present to the needs of
the moment.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): When people around
you are letting the wrong
things get to them, you’ll
stay centered and calm with
a few deep breaths.
(March 14): You have more
fans than you know, and
your base will grow both in
numbers and in affection
this solar return. Your relationships grow strong because you serve people better, answer their needs and
questions and relate to the
issues you have in common.
There’s a new kind of work in
July. August ends a kind of
trial period. Gemini and
Virgo adore you. Your lucky
numbers: 7, 4, 44, 9 and 38.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: What are my
obligations to my sister, who
left the country and moved
to Israel?
My wife and I returned to
our hometown after college,
specifically because we
wanted to be close to our
families/parents. We wanted
our kids to have grandparents and cousins nearby
and to gather with extended
family (and my sister) when
they come to visit.
Whenever my expat sister and her kids visit each
year, we spend a lot of time
with them.
Recently she has been
giving me the biggest guilt
trip about not attending my
nephew’s Bar Mitzvah, in Israel, almost 6,000 miles
away. She feels hurt that she
is “low priority” on my list.
Honestly, I was planning
on going, but my pregnant
wife is so sick, and I feel
guilty leaving her alone to
care for our other young
Is the person who moved
away allowed to make the
left-behind feel guilty for not
spending thousands of dollars and several days on a
plane? I have been to visit Israel several times, but I feel
that she is out of line with the
guilt. She is the one who
chose to live abroad. I’ve never made her feel guilty. But I
don’t think it’s fair to say I’m
not choosing family, when I
specifically live where I do
because I chose family.
How do I navigate this
without making her feel bad
but so that I don’t feel bad,
Anonymous Uncle
Dear Anonymous: You
don’t get to ask if someone
“is allowed” to make you feel
guilty. Guilt is a two-way
Do not diminish the importance of a Bar Mitzvah in
a family’s story. This is huge.
You seem unwilling to feel
“bad” for having to miss this.
But aren’t you sorry that you
won’t be able to witness this
important passage in your
nephew’s life? Dude, go
ahead and feel bad!
It might help the dynamic with your sister if you basically cop to being sorry
about this, but — given your
you’ve decided it isn’t wise
for you to go. This will be
your final answer, so any reaction she has is just the
“guilt balloon,” caroming
around the room as it runs
out of air.
Write a warm and avuncular letter to your nephew,
offer him a special experience the next time he is able
to come to the States, send a
generous gift and express
genuine interest in seeing
photographs from the celebration.
Dear Amy: My boyfriend
and I have been in a relationship for three years. His wife
died six years ago, and I’ve
been divorced for a long
His adult children will
not allow me to come to any
of their kids’ birthdays,
school events or family activities. They feel that if I am
there, they are being disloyal
to their late mother.
This has caused us much
pain and stress. We’ve respected their wishes, but we
feel that by now things need
to change.
What should we do?
Left Out
Dear Left Out: You should
accompany your guy to
school events, concerts and
games — or other essentially
public events. Greet everyone warmly but otherwise
keep a discreet and calm distance.
Basically, you will need to
demonstrate your presence
and that you are not going
away. Your guy should gently encourage them to accept you.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
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cold case. James Spader
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about the Lodges’ role.
Cole Sprouse, Mark Consuelos and Lili Reinhart
also star. 8 p.m. KTLA
Speechless Maya (Minnie
Driver) is less than
thrilled to see Taylor’s
mom (guest star Sarah
Chalke) when both report
for jury duty in the first of
two new episodes. 8 and
8:30 p.m. ABC
The X-Files Mulder and
Scully (David Duchovny,
Gillian Anderson) are on
the trail of a bizarre cult
during an investigation of
missing human organs.
Jere Burns (“Dear John”)
guest stars, and Mitch Pileggi also stars. 8 p.m. Fox
Grown-ish When Cal U
Hawkins Hall, Zoey (Yara
Shahidi) and her friends
plan a protest to protect
their “safe space.” 8 p.m.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A surgeon who
removed a deceased girl’s
organs — without her parents’ permission — becomes a target of Benson
and Stone (Mariska Hargitay, Philip Winchester).
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Hale) fears losing Wes (Elliot Knight) when immigration agents arrive to
verify their marriage. 9
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p.m. ABC
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season finale. Jake Weisman and Lance Reddick
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Block The Woods sisters
(Holland Roden, Olivia
Luccardi) have a confrontation with the Peach
family in the season finale.
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My Cousin Rachel (2017) 9
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4 p.m. FXX
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Mike Krzyzewski. (N) 7
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Today Damian Lewis. (N) 7
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