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Dow dives
1,175 points,
wiping out
2018 gains
Growing fear of rising
interest rates triggers
the rout. Aerospace,
energy and tech are
among biggest losers.
By James F. Peltz
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
MARIA FLORES Alvarado, center, hugs her mother-in-law, Salud Fernandez. The visit was made possible
by a program in Mexico that helps parents secure tourist visas to see children living illegally in the U.S.
After decades apart,
families are reunited
Mexican program helps aging parents visit the U.S.
By Andrea Castillo
The round, wrinkled woman who
stepped off the bus was not the
mother Victor Castillo remembered
leaving behind when he packed up his
things 20 years ago and left their small
Mexican town.
In his memory she was still 56,
strong and slim. Now at 76, Albertina
Garcia Ruiz had a fuller belly, a bad
knee and wore her curly hair cropped
short. Castillo took his mother by the
arm and led her to meet her grandchildren.
“I love you,” he told her. “I’m so glad
you’re here with us.”
In late January, 48 such mothers
and fathers from the town of Nueva
Italia arrived in Los Angeles. Some
hadn’t seen their children in three decades.
Their visit was made possible by a
program run by the government of the
Mexican state of Michoacán that
helps aging parents reunite with their
children who have lived in the U.S. illegally for more than 10 years.
Castillo, 47, and his wife immigrated to California from Nueva Italia
in 1998 to work and start a family. He
now runs a landscaping business in
Orange County.
His three children — two boys ages
19 and 14, and a 2-year-old girl — knew
their grandmother only through photos and phone calls. As he and his
mother walked up to the rest of the
family, Garcia Ruiz let go of her son’s
arm to place a kiss on the cheek of each
“I can hardly believe it,” Castillo
said. “Twenty years. Can you imagine?”
The program, called Palomas Mensajeras, which means “carrier pigeons,” helps Mexican parents older
than 60 apply for a passport and a
tourist visa. Gilberto Cobian Cervantes, director of migrant affairs for the
Múgica municipality in Michoacán,
said the process can be long and complicated, especially for older people
from rural towns.
Other Mexican states, including
Zacatecas, Puebla and Hidalgo, operate similar programs. Cobian Cervantes said the Michoacán program
[See Reunions, A7]
The Dow Jones industrial
average plunged a record
1,175 points, or 4.6%, on Monday as a sell-off in the stock
market gained momentum
less than two weeks after the
market set record highs.
The percentage drop in
the Dow, the famed average
of 30 blue-chip stocks, was
well below its record singleday drop of 22.6% on Oct. 19,
1987, because stock prices
have soared in the decades
since then.
There was no discounting the damage Friday and
again Monday. The Dow has
now tumbled 8.5% since reaching a record high Jan. 26,
wiping out its gains so far
this year.
Although Wall Street is
about rising interest rates,
there was no major news
Monday that sparked the
latest drop and, early in the
session, the market tried to
rally from its big setback Friday, when the Dow tumbled
666 points, or 2.5%.
But when the rally fizzled, investor confidence in
stock prices quickly turned
sour again. And with the
market still sitting on major
gains for the last 12 months,
investors effectively threw in
the towel for at least one day
and resumed heavy selling
to cash in their profits.
The Dow at one point was
[See Stocks, A6]
Prosecutors in
rap mogul’s case
draw criticism
Aggressive tactics
raise civil liberty
concerns, experts say.
By James Queally
As a series of contentious
court hearings for Marion
“Suge” Knight came to a
close, a Los Angeles County
judge peered over his glasses
at a prosecutor.
It had been a long few
weeks for the former hip-hop
juggernaut — and virtually
anyone in his orbit.
Two attorneys who have
represented Knight at various times since he was
charged with murder had
released. Knight’s fiancee
was in jail, accused of violat-
ing the terms of a plea deal
from when she was charged
with selling a key piece of evidence to TMZ. Now, the
prosecutor was alleging that
another of Knight’s attorneys might have helped him
violate a court order.
“It seems like anyone who
represents Mr. Knight will
come under scrutiny,” Superior Court Judge Craig Richman said.
As Knight’s murder trial
and Sheriff ’s Department
investigators have taken aim
at the rap impresario’s attorneys, his associates and even
a pair of journalists making a
documentary about the
iconic record label he cofounded prior to his fall from
hip-hop royalty.
Law enforcement offi[See Knight, A10]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
A BIRD electric scooter at Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in Santa Monica. The
city has welcomed the lightweight matte black conveyances — sort of.
Electric scooters find
some paths of resistance
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MARION “Suge” Knight attends a hearing in L.A.
court Thursday. His murder trial is to begin in April.
The Birds
landed in
then, the
matte black
scooters have become as
ubiquitous on the streets of
Santa Monica and Venice as
skateboards and bicycles.
Each morning, as if by
magic, hundreds of them
materialize between 5 and 6.
I have seen Birds perched
on sidewalks, in alleys, in
front of restaurants, on the
Venice canals, at the Santa
Monica Pier. They have been
spotted as far away as Los
Angeles International Airport and West Hollywood.
Each evening after dark,
they are scooped up, taken
away to be recharged.
Depending on your point
of view, the Bird fleet is an
environmentally sound,
inexpensive way to go “the
last mile” between public
transit and your destination, an annoying impediment to pedestrians who
have to dodge them on
sidewalks, a safety nightmare, a tantalizing toy for
teenagers too young to
legally rent them, a crime
against the people of the
state of California as laid
out in a criminal complaint
by Santa Monica against
Bird Rides Inc.…or just a
hell of a lot of fun.
Last week, I opened the
Bird app and located a
scooter on 30th Place, an
alley around the corner from
my house in Venice. It was
parked at someone’s back
While I unlocked the
scooter, I spied a young
woman walking toward me.
As soon as she saw me with
the scooter, she turned and
walked away. Ha, I thought,
beat ya to it!
I pushed off, thumbed
[See Abcarian, A7]
famed for his risky
work dies in Kenya.
By Robyn Dixon
South Africa — Renowned
American conservation investigator Esmond Bradley
Martin, famed for his dangerous work uncovering illegal global trafficking of
ivory and rhino horn, was
stabbed to death over the
weekend at his home in Kenya, the latest in a series of
killings of high-profile environmental activists around
the world.
Police told local media
the case was believed to be a
robbery, though they did not
make any arrests or identify
any suspects. Authorities
said a lock on the back gate
of his house had been broken.
Bradley Martin, 75, was
known for his work infiltrating clandestine ivory and
rhino horn markets, analyzing demand and prices for a
product that has threatened
elephants and rhinoceros
with extinction.
“He was probably the single most knowledgeable person about both the ivory and
rhino horn trade. He developed the methodology that
many people use now,” said
Kenya-based American Dan
Stiles, a wildlife trade expert
and friend who had worked
with Bradley Martin on re[See Kenya, A4]
GOP memo
drama heats up
A House committee
approves the release of
a Democratic rebuttal
as both sides dig in for
a fight. NATION, A5
Is there room
for giant rocket?
SpaceX’s long-awaited
Falcon Heavy is being
launched in a changed
market. BUSINESS, C1
Warm and sunny.
L.A. Basin: 75/55. B6
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partially recycled paper.
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WORKERS clear snow from Red Square. The army was called in to help city crews in the Russian capital.
A snow day, for first time
Mayor’s order comes as the city gets more than 22 inches in 36 hours
hen Moscow Mayor
late Sunday that schoolchildren should stay home
from classes Monday morning because of heavy snowfall in the Russian capital
over the weekend, there was
a collective gasp on the
Moscow and wintry
weather have always been a
match made in hell — a
6-month-long stream of
early darkness, subzero
temperatures and frequent
snowstorms. The streets
can stay icy for months. Of
all of Europe’s large cities,
Moscow and its 14 million
residents can handle a
winter storm, and they pride
themselves on finding a
unique beauty in their harsh
Generations of Muscovites have never known a
snow day. As far back as
anyone can remember,
Moscow schools have never
been canceled because of
“Goodness, Moscow
mayor has allowed children
not to attend school tomorrow because of the continuing snowfall,” Leonid Rogozin, a Russian journalist,
tweeted from Berlin on
Sunday night. “I went to
school and university in
Moscow and never had that.
Snowfall is the most ridiculous excuse to miss school.
Something is very wrong
with this world.”
Others commented that
the snow day was unwarranted, given that most
Moscow city schools are
within walking distance of
students’ homes.
“Sergei Semyonovich,”
tweeted Olga Scheglova
using the polite form of
addressing the mayor by his
first name and patronymic.
“There is no reason to give
children a relief, schools are
often close to home, frost is
not strong, let them go.”
The city government and
meteorologist insisted that
the weekend storm wasn’t
just a regular snowstorm.
More than 22 inches fell in
the center of Moscow by
Monday morning. That’s
the equivalent of roughly a
month’s worth of snowfall in
36 hours, making it the
biggest snowfall in Moscow
since meteorological record
keeping began, Russian
media reported.
It was the storm of the
“Heavy snowfall will not
stop at night or tomorrow,”
the mayor tweeted at 7 p.m.
Sunday. “The road situation
will be difficult. It is better to
refrain from traveling in
personal cars if possible.
School attendance is declared free.”
Flights were canceled
and rescheduled at all three
major airports.
The storm started early
last week, turning Moscow’s
central streets into a picturesque winter painting,
sparkling under the $10.4million colorful lighting
systems the city government erected for the winter
holidays. It was the perfect
backdrop for selfies and
Instagram videos — a favorite pastime of Moscow’s
Vasily Maximov AFP/Getty Images
MOSCOW’S snowstorm felled trees but also turned city streets into a pictur-
esque winter painting. About a month’s worth of snow fell in 36 hours.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images
RUSSIAN honor guards march at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the
Kremlin. Snow day is a novel concept to Muscovites, long used to winter storms.
cosmopolitan population.
All week, city workers
have been on roofs, pushing
off piles of accumulating
snow. Many of Moscow’s
19th century buildings have
steep, slanted roofs with
alcoves, so workers tether
themselves together for
safety. The lumps typically
land with a thump on sidewalks below (making for
another Instagram video
trend); to protect unwary
pedestrians, city workers
have used red-and-white
striped ribbons to cordon off
sidewalks subject to
hurtling snow.
But the ribbons are often
ignored by pedestrians in a
hurry, and there have been
occasional accidents, in
which a passerby gets clobbered by a cloud of snow —
often eliciting a smirk from
the spotter on the ground.
Temperatures rose
slightly Saturday, and wet
snow turned streets into a
slushy, gray mess. In places
the slush became ankledeep puddles. On Sunday,
fresh, cold snow began
falling on top of the frozen
slush puddles, creating a
slippery new hazard.
By Monday, the epic
snowfall had a name. Russian meteorologists were
calling the back-to-back
storms the “Arctic invasion.”
The army was called in to
help about 3,000 city crew
members with the snow
removal. City workers shoveled sidewalks and then
chipped away at the thick
ice layer below. Snowplows
and snow removal trucks
worked all night to clear the
City officials said it could
take up to nine days to get
all the streets clear.
The mayor’s snow day
announcement seemed
intended to keep people off
the streets, so workers could
get more areas cleared
without the disruption of
cars and pedestrians.
“There is no collapse, no
catastrophe. The city is
functioning as normal,”
Sobyanin said, convincing
no one.
It should be said that
complaining has always
been a favorite Muscovite
pastime. At the same time,
the city’s ability to power
through its frigid winters is
a defining trait in a country
that has weathered its fair
share of tragedies and upheavals over the last century.
For every grumble about
the slow process of snow
removal, there were plenty
who were taking advantage
of it.
Just a 30-minute subway
ride north of the city center
is Sokolniki Park, a winter
playground with several
miles of ski trails, separate
ice trails and a rink for skating, and acres of woods for
strolling. Entrance is free.
By midday Monday, the
park was full of people
young and old taking advantage of the storm of the
century’s snowfall. The sun
was just visible behind the
thinning clouds.
“This is the best snow for
skiing,” said Yevgeny Zhudanov, 72, who was making
his way through the wooded
cross-country ski trails.
“You’ve got to get out and
breathe the air while you
“It’s the most beautiful
I’ve seen Moscow in a long
time,” said Svetlana Anatolyovna, a pensioner who
declined to give her full last
name, because “you never
know who’s listening” when
talking to a foreigner. She
was dressed in a long fur
coat with a rose-colored felt
hat as she strolled around
the park’s central, circular
path and watched as young
couples posed for selfies and
mothers pushed bundled
babies in strollers.
“How do you like our
winters?” she asked with a
The snow had started
falling again and the temperature was expected to
drop to 5 degrees overnight.
The forecast was already in
for Tuesday: More snow.
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2 priests
4 others
hurt in
Gunmen open fire on
vehicle as slain pair
head home from a
religious celebration.
By Kate Linthicum
priests were returning home
from a religious celebration
in a small town in southern
Mexico on Monday when a
vehicle suddenly cut in front
of their van, blocking their
It was then, authorities
said, that unknown assailants pulled out guns and
opened fire. The priests,
Ivan Añorve Jaimes and
Germain Muñiz Garcia,
were killed. Two men and
two women traveling with
the priests were wounded,
authorities said.
The early morning incident on a winding rural highway drew condemnations
from the local Catholic diocese and the governor of
Guerrero state, where the
town of Juliantla is located.
It also underscored the
threats faced by clergy in
Mexico, where in the last five
years, 21 Catholic priests
have been killed.
Although some of those
priests appear to have been
victims of random violence
— a real risk in a nation that
last year recorded nearly
30,000 homicides — others
appear to have been targeted specifically because of
their ecclesiastical work. In
Guerrero, where multiple
criminal groups are at war
for control of the state’s lucrative heroin trade, priests
have at times sought to broker truces between rival
gangs. Priests in the state
have also been on the front
lines of efforts to locate and
excavate mass graves.
A statement issued by
the local archdiocese Monday did not say why Añorve
and Muñiz may have been
targeted. But it said clergy
members across the region
are working for peace and
will not be daunted by violence.
“We will not cease in our
efforts to build peace in our
family, in our community, in
our state and in our homeland,” the statement said.
“Every day we ask the Lord
for this peace.”
The two priests had been
celebrating the Feast of Candelaria, also known as
Candlemas, which commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus at the
temple in Jerusalem and
marks the end of the Christmas season. Mexican Catholics celebrate the day by
dressing up infant Jesus figurines and taking them to
church to be blessed.
The priests were returning home to their respective
parishes, authorities said.
Around 4 a.m., state authorities received a report
that a vehicle pocked with
bullet holes was stopped on
the highway, Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said. Three of the survivors are in good condition,
Alvarez said, while one is in
serious condition.
Juliantla, a town of about
1,000, was made famous in a
song by the late Mexican
singer Joan Sebastian, who
grew up there. Long known
for silver mining and metalwork, the town and the surrounding region have more
recently gained notoriety as
one of the most dangerous
parts of Mexico.
The town is about an
hour north of Iguala, where
43 students disappeared in
2014. In nearby Chilapa, the
bodies of seven people were
recently discovered near a
The U.S. State Department
Americans not to travel to
Cecilia Sanchez in The
Times’ Mexico City bureau
contributed to this report.
Jeff Kearns For The Times
AT NANSHAN Ski Village in north Beijing, students line up for a lesson. “I’m excited and afraid,” said one woman at the faux snow resort.
Building a nation of skiers
China aims to draw
300 million into
winter sports by 2022
for Beijing Olympics.
By Jessica Meyers
NANSHAN SKI VILLAGE, China — The students at Nanshan Ski Village
stood before their instructor
in helmets and rented
turquoise jackets, wearing
the expression of a platoon
preparing for war. One spontaneously slid down the hill.
Another couldn’t move.
Someone on the end chatted
on her phone.
“This is a life experience,”
said Xiang Ying, 28, as if trying to remind herself why
she’d agreed to participate
in a company-sponsored
trip to the ski area. “I’m excited and afraid.”
A strip of fake snow amid
north Beijing’s low mudbrown mountains, Nanshan
serves as a training ground
for China’s new national ambitions.
The parking lot fills daily
with BMWs and school
buses. These visitors are embracing a government crusade to create a nation of
skiers by Beijing’s 2022
Olympics and build a winter
sports culture from scratch.
China aims to draw 300
million people into winter
sports by then with at least
800 ski resorts, nearly double the current number. A
high-speed train will soon
shuttle Beijing’s more ambitious skiers 95 miles north to
Chongli, where most of the
event’s snow sports will take
place. It’s the centerpiece of
a campaign to satisfy evolving tastes and ensure billions funneled into Olympic
projects don’t go to waste.
The success of this national effort rides on an adventurous, expanding middle class that could redefine
the global ski industry.
“It’s the only market with
such tremendous potential,” said Laurent Vanat, a
Swiss ski consultant, who
spoke recently at a winter
sports expo in Beijing that
featured exhibitors from
around the world selling
Squaw Valley and Alpine
Meadows, located near Lake
Tahoe, will sponsor a mogul
championship at Nanshan
this year for the first time.
Their logos appear on colorful posters throughout the
lodge, a Swiss chalet that
sells pork and leek dumplings.
Genting Secret Garden,
a luxurious resort in
Chongli, even named a run
after Squaw. The two
launched a partnership in
2016 and Squaw last year
hosted the Chinese freestyle
team. In turn, gold medal
Olympian Jonny Moseley, a
Squaw ambassador, sailed
slopes with an entourage of
Chinese skiers.
“The epilogue is self-evident,” said Andy Wirth,
president of Squaw Valley
Ski Holdings, which runs
Squaw Valley and Alpine
Meadows. “California not
only stands to gain, but so
does the ski industry in California.”
He estimates the increase in Chinese skiers
from 2015 to 2022 will equal
the growth in North America and Europe for the last
four decades.
The Chinese government
laid out a national plan in
2016 that called for ski education in primary schools and
the training of thousands of
coaches. Companies rushed
to oblige.
Real estate tycoon Wang
Jianlin last year opened a
six-run indoor ski park —
the world’s largest — as part
of a $6-billion project in the
country’s northeast. Tour
operators started heli-skiing and snowboarding trips
in the far west.
Those mountains, according to Chinese archaeologists, hold cave paintings of
stick-figure athletes that reveal skiing’s origins. Leaders no doubt recognize the
discrepancy. A country that
may have invented the sport
claims only one Winter
Olympic gold: aerials in
China sees the upcoming
Olympics as its dry run. Beijing won 100 medals when it
hosted its only Olympics,
the 2008 Summer Games. It
South African leader on the brink
The ruling party may
dump scandal-tainted
President Jacob Zuma
within a few days.
By Robyn Dixon
South Africa — Jacob Zuma,
once a Teflon leader who
was acquitted of rape, escaped corruption charges
and survived multiple noconfidence votes in Parliament, has become an embarrassment to his party.
The South African president is under intense pressure to resign before his
term ends next year. So far,
he has refused to go. But as
against him, Zuma could be
ousted as early as Wednesday.
On Sunday, he resisted
calls from the top six officials
in the governing African National Congress to resign.
On Monday, the party’s National Working Committee
convened to decide what to
do, calling an emergency
meeting of the national executive committee, the only
party body that can sack
The meeting will be held
Deputy President Cyril
Ramaphosa won the leadership of the party at a conference in December, meaning
he will become the next
South African president if
the ANC wins elections next
Publicly, Ramaphosa insists that he does not want
to humiliate Zuma by forcing him out. Privately, however, Zuma’s enemies in the
party want him out before
Thursday, when he is due to
deliver the state of the nation address to Parliament.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images
SUPPORTERS of South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chant slo-
gans at an anti-Jacob Zuma rally outside ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.
Many in the ANC fear
that unless Zuma is removed swiftly, the party’s
support in elections next
year could wither. But the
party is deeply divided and a
move to topple Zuma may
deepen the rifts.
Zuma, 75, is not the first
president to face removal
during his tenure. Former
South African President
Thabo Mbeki was toppled
by the ANC in 2008, nine
months before his term was
due to end, in a move orchestrated by Zuma’s supporters.
The corruption charges
against Zuma, 783 of them,
involve alleged bribes, including many from a French
arms company, Thales. The
charges were dropped by
prosecutors weeks before
the 2009 election, paving the
way for Zuma to assume the
presidency that year, but
they have since been revived
by a court. Several other top
ANC figures have been im-
plicated in corruption related to Thales.
Critics also claim Zuma
allowed his friends from a
powerful business family,
the Guptas, to have so much
influence that they “captured” the South African
A forthcoming commission of inquiry into the influence of the Gupta family will
probably turn up embarrassing revelations for Zuma
and his son Duduzane, who
was in a business partnership with the family.
Under Zuma’s leadership, global ratings agencies
last year downgraded South
Africa’s debt rating to junk
status. State-owned utilities, such as Eskom, the
electricity provider, and the
national airline, South African Airways, have required
successive hefty government rescue packages to
stay afloat.
Ramaphosa is a former
union official who turned to
business after losing out in a
bid to succeed Nelson Mandela in 1999. He had interests
in mining, energy, banking,
telecoms and farming but
surrendered much of his empire when he became deputy
An ANC announcement
of Wednesday’s executive
committee meeting made it
clear Zuma’s future was on
the line.
“Amongst the issues to be
tabled to the special ... meeting will be preparations for
the state of the nation address and a report back from
the National Working Committee on matters mandated to it, including management of the transition
between the fifth and sixth
administration of government and pending actions in
statement read.
would like to duplicate that
success in 2022.
Beyond nationalist pride
lies practicality. Leaders
hope to avoid the fate of the
2008 Olympic facilities,
which often sit empty. President Xi Jinping is pushing
winter sports as a thoughtful development approach
and a lifestyle goal, part of a
“new era” in which economic
progress no longer trumps
concerns about polluted air
and smart growth.
showed up at the ski village
during its first year in 2001.
Now, it sees 300,000 annually.
More than 5,000 people arrive on Saturdays to line up
for its 25 runs. Nanshan
charges about $71 during the
weekend for a full day of lifts
and rentals, but fancier resorts come closer to U.S.
prices. A package at Secret
Garden costs almost $140
per day.
The increased demand
presents one problem: When
most everyone is starting
fresh, who trains the skiers?
“It’s the biggest challenge
for the market because we
don’t have enough ski instructors that offer services
to beginners,” said Benny
Wu, chief strategy officer for
skiing at Vanke, a real estate
developer. “On the other
hand, most of the beginners
don’t want to have a
Wu estimates that 12 million Chinese skied last year,
slightly more than the
11.8 million Americans who
participated in downhill skiing, according to the trade
group SnowSports Industries America.
Many Chinese viewed the
experience as an experiment. Ren Xiaomao, a 60year-old house cleaner, did it
for the photos. She joined
former classmates and felt
pretty confident after the
first few falls. Then, just as
she headed to the changing
room, a missile of a young
man barreled toward her.
The impact knocked off both
her skis.
“I saw my foot going a different angle,” she recalled.
The accident broke her leg
so badly the hospital had to
install a metal plate.
Zhang Yan, among a new
breed of ski enthusiasts
hopes to avoid such mishaps
by training a younger generation. President Xi appears
to agree. He showed up at
Zhang’s ski camp in Chongli
last year and, surrounded by
helmeted children, peppered him with questions
about safety procedures.
“I thought, ‘There goes
my career,’ ” said Zhang, a
wiry athlete who opened
Magic Ski School four years
ago. He must have answered
correctly. The school stayed
open and the number of students continues to climb.
“It used to be that parents saw skiing as really dangerous, and then the government pushed the program,”
Zhang said. “Now, if by 2022
their kids can’t ski, they
think their child will be left
Meyers is a special
correspondent. Gaochao
Zhang and Nicole Liu in The
Times’ Beijing bureau
contributed to this report.
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Britons not taking Trump broadside
In response to his
tweet, they tell U.S.
leader their National
Health Service is
working just fine.
By Laura King
President Trump has a
way of bringing Britons together.
He united them in outrage when he retweeted antiMuslim videos posted by a
far-right British party. He
galvanized popular support
for London’s mayor when he
accused the mayor of not
taking terrorism threats seriously — even as London
was recovering from a
deadly terrorist attack. And
after a visit to the White
House last year, Prime Minister Theresa May was mercilessly mocked in the
British press for appearing
overly sycophantic toward
Trump, to the point of walking hand in hand with him.
Now comes a presidential
broadside against Britain’s
National Health Service —
and Britons, by and large,
are having none of it.
After large-scale weekend protests in London demanding improvements and
better funding for the public
health service, which offers
most medical treatments
free of charge or at low cost,
Trump tweeted Monday
morning that the NHS was
“going broke and not working.”
The president, who has
sought to scrap the Affordable Care Act, known as
Obamacare, one of his predecessor’s signature achievements, accused rival Democrats in the U.S. of “pushing
for Universal HealthCare
while thousands of people
are marching in the UK.”
Characterizing the protests
as a call to get rid of NHS altogether, Trump said of any
move to provide single-payer care for Americans: “No
Virtually no one in Britain considers the NHS perfect: The need for urgent reforms, such as reducing
waiting times and adding
doctors and hospital beds,
was the declared point of the
weekend demonstrations.
But Trump’s critique
touched a raw nerve in a
country that considers universal access to medical
services to be something
akin to a national treasure,
under a system created just
after World War II and now
relied on by millions of people.
After Trump’s tweet,
Britons went on social media and related personal stories of having received free or
low-cost medical treatment
for debilitating or lifethreatening ailments, and
denounced a U.S. system
under which serious illness
can lead to bankruptcy or
death or both. Others
Daniel Leal-Olivas AFP/Getty Images
AFTER PROTESTS in London over the weekend demanding improvements and better funding for Britain’s
National Health Service, President Trump tweeted Monday that the NHS was “going broke and not working.”
pointed to Britain’s lower
healthcare costs and longer
life expectancy when compared with the United
“All due respect, sir, it’s
working for me,” filmmaker
Colin Trevorrow tweeted
from an NHS hospital,
where he said he was recovering from an emergency appendectomy. He described
his care as excellent.
Another Twitter user
whose handle is David Ellis
wrote: “I was born with a
rare heart defect that would
have killed me” without
NHS treatment.
May has generally been
reluctant to criticize Trump,
with aides citing the longstanding “special relationship” with Washington, Britain’s closest ally, and noting
Britain’s hopes of forging a
strong trade relationship
with the United States after
a planned exit from the
European Union. But May
said through a spokesman
that she was “proud of our
NHS” and extolled the
healthcare system’s top
world ranking.
May also publicly backed
her health minister, Jeremy
Hunt, who had earlier said
on Twitter that he disagreed
with some of the marchers,
“but not ONE of them wants
to live in a system where 28m
people have no cover.” He
added: “NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be
from the country that invented universal coverage —
where all get care no matter
the size of their bank bal-
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Polls have consistently
shown Trump to be a highly
unpopular figure in Britain,
and fear of hostile crowds
may be one reason the president has yet to go to the
country — an unusual omission for a U.S. leader after
more than a year in office.
Last year, almost as soon as
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Distaste grew in Britain
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Conservation investigator killed
[Kenya, from A1]
ports quantifying the illegal
wildlife trade. “He cared
about facts. He didn’t care
about opinions.”
His death comes amid an
increase in killings of wildlife
activists, rangers and conservationists. Last year, 197
people were killed standing
up to governments and companies that confiscate land
or harm the environment,
according to a report last
week from Global Witness.
The group has documented
a substantial increase in
such killings — total attacks
last year had doubled from
what they were five years
Attacks in 2017 leveled off
for the first time in four consecutive years, the group reported.
Africa has been the scene
of much of the violence. Of
the 105 wildlife park rangers
around the world killed over
the 12 months that ended in
July, most were in Africa, according to the nonprofit
International Ranger Federation.
In August, renowned
South African elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter
was killed in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania. Lotter’s work using intelligence to track
poaching gangs helped
bring about the arrests of
several top poachers, and he
faced a constant stream of
death threats. Police have
called Lotter’s killing a robbery.
Although Bradley Martin’s killing — on the face of it
— resembles a home inva-
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ESMOND Bradley Martin, seen in 2008, posed as a
buyer at trafficking dens to learn traders’ secrets.
sion robbery, friends and colleagues said it was too early
to judge the motive for the
“I don’t think we’ll ever
know unless the perpetrators are caught,” said Stiles.
“You never know. That
might be framed up to look
like a robbery and it was a
Bradley Martin’s work involved entering wildlife trafficking dens in such places
as Yemen, Sudan and Asia,
painstakingly counting the
numbers of ivory and rhino
horn items on sale, studying
the prices, analyzing the
buyers and the reason for
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Similar views came from
across the political spectrum.
leader of the opposition Labor Party, flatly declared
Trump “wrong” and said
people were marching “because we love our NHS and
hate what the Tories” —
May’s Conservative Party —
“are doing to it.”
Like so many Trump
tweets attacking something
or someone, this one appeared to have been inspired
by cable television, specifically Fox News. Before the
president took to Twitter,
when Trump launched Twitter attacks against London’s
mayor, Sadiq Khan, after a
terrorist attack in and near
London’s Borough Market
in June that killed eight people. In November, he told
May, in essence, to mind her
own business when her
spokesman condemned the
president’s retweet of virulently anti-Muslim videos
posted by the extreme nationalist party Britain First.
“Theresa May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic
Terrorism that is taking
place within the United
Kingdom!” Trump wrote on
Both sides say a state visit will happen, but have not
said when. Trump in January passed up a chance to
visit London and inaugurate
the new U.S. Embassy, complaining on Twitter that the
new diplomatic facility was
overpriced and located in an
unsuitable neighborhood.
He blamed that on former
President Obama, although
the deal to move the previous embassy, which was
deemed too difficult to adequately protect, was made
under the George W. Bush
Another potentially awkward moment in U.S.British ties awaits in May,
when Prince Harry will
marry American actress
Meghan Markle, royal nuptials being depicted on both
sides of the Atlantic as a
swoon-worthy social event.
Harry is friendly with
Obama, and British tabloids
speculated the prince would
want to include the former
first couple on the guest list,
but had probably come
under pressure from the palace to invite Trump and his
wife, Melania, instead.
Trump said last month in
an interview with British
journalist Piers Morgan that
he didn’t know if he was being invited to the wedding.
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demand. He sought out
ivory and rhino horn traders, posing as a buyer,
learning their secrets.
“The only people who
have the information I want
are traders. I make a special
effort to meet them and to
socialize with them. I have
been attacked for spending
time with people when they
are crooks, but where else do
I get the information?” he
once told a journalist.
He photographed shops
with tourists gazing at piles
of carved ivory beads, bangles and pendants.
“Esmond has been a towering figure since the 1980s in
the first ivory poaching crisis that raged during the ’70s
and ’80s and halved the
population of Africa’s elephants. His work helped
bring about the ivory trade
ban,” said Frank Pope, chief
executive of Save the Elephants, which has published
a series of reports by Bradley
Martin and longtime fellow
researcher Lucy Vigne.
Wildlife advocates say a
number of recent arrests of
top criminals in the global
wildlife trafficking industry
have made the situation
even more dangerous for activists seeking to unmask
them — the stakes are now
higher for those seeking to
stop their work.
Last year, Bradley Martin and Vigne traveled the
jungles of northern Laos,
where they spotted a gold
Mercedes-Benz gliding up to
a casino at a sprawling re-
sort called Kings Romans on
the banks of the Mekong
River — an indication of the
spectacular wealth at play in
an area known for illegal
wildlife trafficking.
Their report, published
by Save the Elephants,
found that Laos is the fastest-growing illegal ivory
market in the world: As
China has clamped down on
illegal ivory, the trade has
shifted there and to neighboring countries including
Vietnam, Cambodia and
“In Laos there are these
strange no man’s lands
where Chinese businessmen
have bought up sections of
the jungle and have turned
them into little enclaves that
are run on Beijing time, they
run on Chinese currency and
they are dens of iniquity for
the kind of visitors from
China who want to indulge
in things they’re not allowed
to do back home. So a lot of
drugs, a lot of prostitution, a
lot of gambling and a lot of
wildlife trade,” Pope said.
Bradley Martin and Vigne, the only Westerners in
sight, stuck out like sore
thumbs, he said.
“That’s the only time I’ve
ever heard Esmond say that
he felt very threatened. They
had people watching them,
they had people following
them,” said Pope.
His last investigation trip
was a visit to Myanmar to
study the ivory trade. Stiles
met him just days ago, when
they discussed the research
each was doing there. The
work was dangerous and intense, according to Stiles,
who also visited the area recently.
“He’d found that the
ivory was going right to the
border of China. These Wild
West towns spring up, where
all kinds of illegal activity occur,” Stiles said.
The U.S. ambassador to
Kenya, Robert F. Godec,
said Bradley Martin’s killing
was “a tragedy for Kenya
and the world.”
“Esmond was a true giant
of conservation and a champion for African elephants
and rhinos. His extraordinary research had a profound impact and advanced
efforts to combat illegal
wildlife trafficking across
the planet,” he said in a
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 018
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Nunes memo drama far from over
As House panel OKs
Democrats’ response
to GOP document,
politicians are digging
in for war of attrition.
By Chris Megerian
dubious distinction, but in
the Donald Trump era, a single shorthand phrase — “the
memo” — now connotes
some of the same breathless
intrigue, cloak-and-dagger
characters and partisan fire
of distant political scandals,
from Watergate to Whitewater.
Just as those cases took
on a life of their own, the high
drama over the Republican
memo — and the dispute
over whether it shows
wrongdoing by the FBI and
Justice Department — just
heated up Monday.
Republicans vowed to
keep investigating what they
see as anti-Trump bias in
the government, Democrats
pushed for the release of
their own classified document, and President Trump
tweeted insults and praise
from the sidelines.
By day’s end, Democrats
were pleased when the
House Intelligence Committee unanimously approved
the release of their rebuttal
to the four-page Republican
memo that was put out Friday. That alone ensures the
controversy will stay in the
headlines and on cable
“We think this will help
inform the public of the
many distortions and inaccuracies” in the Republican
memo, Rep. Adam B. Schiff
(D-Burbank), the ranking
Democrat on the committee, told reporters.
The Democratic document now goes to the White
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REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-Burbank) leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting at which members OKd
the release of the Democrats’ rebuttal of a GOP memo, which alleges anti-Trump bias in the government.
House, which will have five
days to give it a legal and national
Trump could then decide to
declassify it, as he did with
the Republican version, or
keep it under wraps.
It’s unclear what the
president will do, but on
Monday morning, he blasted
Schiff in personal terms and
said he “must be stopped!”
“Little Adam Schiff, who
is desperate to run for higher
office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington,” Trump tweeted. (Schiff
later said that John F. Kelly,
the White House chief of
staff, should give the president “a timeout,” according
to CNN.)
Trump also showed his
appreciation for Rep. Devin
House Intelligence Commit-
tee chairman who spearheaded the GOP memo.
The president tweeted
that Nunes is “a man of
tremendous courage and
grit” and “may someday be
recognized as a Great
American Hero for what he
has exposed and what he
has had to endure!”
The White House said the
Democrats’ memo would be
treated fairly.
“We will consider it along
the same terms that we considered the Nunes memo,”
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said.
The rival memos focus on
what the FBI and Justice
Department disclosed to a
special court when they
sought a 90-day warrant to
eavesdrop on Carter Page
less than three weeks before
the 2016 election. Page al-
ready had left his post as a
foreign policy advisor on the
Trump campaign amid
questions about his Russian
The Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act warrant
was renewed three times —
by separate FISA court
judges, including once after
Trump had taken office.
and Republicans reviewed
the same classified materials provided to the FISA
judges, they’ve reached
starkly different conclusions
about what they mean.
Republicans insist the
FBI and Department of Justice improperly failed to disclose that some of the intelligence on Page came from a
former British spy working
from a Democratic-funded
opposition research group
that was looking at Trump’s
alleged ties to Russia.
Some Republicans go
further, saying senior officials at the FBI deliberately
misinformed the court to gin
up an investigation to tilt the
election to Hillary Clinton or
ultimately to undermine
Trump’s presidency.
Democrats have said
there’s no reason to think
the four judges would have
rejected the warrant application had they known of the
former spy’s alleged proClinton views.
say, the FBI didn’t seek the
FISA application on Page
until three months after it already had started a fullscale counterintelligence investigation into Russian
meddling with the election.
According to the Repub-
lican memo, the trigger was
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy aide to the
Trump campaign who had
offered to help set up meetings with the Kremlin. He reportedly confided to an Australian diplomat that the
Russians had dirt on Clinton, and the diplomat
shared it with U.S. authorities.
Trump isn’t having any of
it. On Saturday, he tweeted
that the Republican memo
“vindicates” him from the
“Russian Witch Hunt.”
Stewart Baker, who was a
senior policy official at the
Department of Homeland
Security during George W.
Bush’s presidency, had a
more jaundiced view.
“The Nunes memo is
clearly an advocacy piece, in
the sense that they assembled the facts that would be
most helpful in making their
case,” Baker said. “When you
have an advocacy memo like
that, you need to see the
facts from the other side.”
Nunes declined to speak
to reporters after the committee vote Monday.
For now, politicians on
both sides appear to be digging in for a war of attrition
whether voters trust the
conclusions of the investigation led by special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III.
Ron Hosko, a former FBI
official who now serves as
president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense
Fund, drew a contrast between Mueller’s quiet work
and the partisan bickering
on the House committee.
“They cannot tell you the
sky is blue in a joint fashion,”
Hosko said. “How can the
American public have trust
in them?”
He added, “All we have is
a food fight.”
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Dow’s 4.6%
decline is
worst since
August 2011
[Stocks, from A1]
down nearly 1,600 points.
“No one was willing to try
to catch a falling knife,” A.C.
Moore, chief investment
strategist at Dunvegan Associates Inc. in Santa Barbara, said of the market’s
downward momentum.
The Dow lost 1,175.21
points to 24,345.75, easily
breaking its previous record
point decline of 777.68 points
set Sept. 29, 2008, during the
nation’s financial crisis,
amounted to a 6.98% decline.
The percentage drop this
time was smaller because
stocks have been in a bull
market during the nine
years since then.
Last year alone, the Dow
Jones industrials soared
25.1% and the benchmark
Standard & Poor’s 500 index
gained 19.4%; the S&P 500
jumped an additional 7.5%
just last month.
The Dow, S&P 500 and
the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index all set record
highs Jan. 26.
Still, Monday’s drop was
the worst percentage decline since August 2011.
The market has been propelled mainly by low interest
rates, rising corporate earnings and economic growth
both in the United States
and abroad.
In light of those gains,
analysts had warned that
the stock market probably
would be more volatile in
2018 because prices simply
can’t keep climbing without
On Monday, the S&P 500
fell 113.19 points, or 4.1%, to
2,648.94, and the Nasdaq
composite lost 273.42 points,
or 3.8%, to 6,967.53.
The economic underpinnings continue to be favorable for stocks, even if interest rates keep edging up, but
the stock market was poised
for a pullback in prices, analysts said.
A drop of 10% or more is
what Wall Street technically
calls a “correction.”
“We had come such a long
distance in such a relatively
short period of time that, by
almost any measure, the
market was overbought,”
said John Bollinger, head of
Bollinger Capital Management in Redondo Beach.
“It just means the market
had come too far too fast and
that was unsustainable,” he
The rout hammered
stocks across the board,
with some of the heaviest
losses in the aerospace,
technology and financialservices industries. Boeing
Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp.
fell 5.7%, Facebook Inc. lost
4.7% and Netflix Inc. tumbled 4.9%.
The main catalyst for the
two-day drop was investors’
growing fear of rising interest rates, especially after the
Labor Department on Friday issued a robust U.S. jobs
report for January.
The thinking is that as
the economy grows stronger, especially with higher
workers’ wages, it will kindle
higher inflation, which in
turn will lead the Federal Reserve to keep nudging interest rates higher.
“The concern today is
that the Fed may need to
raise interest rates more
quickly and that could hin-
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THE DOW JONES industrial average has tumbled 8.5% since reaching a record high Jan. 26. Wall Street
considers a loss of 10% or more a “correction.” Above, a trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
der economic growth,” Alexandra Coupe, associate
director for investment firm
Pacific Alternative Asset
Management Co. in Irvine,
said in an email.
As rates go up, so do interest costs for businesses
and consumers, especially
for big-ticket items such as
houses and cars.
Market interest rates
also have been rising. On
Monday, though, the yield
on the 10-year Treasury note
fell to 2.70% from 2.84% on
Friday, yet stocks still fell.
President Trump, who
repeatedly had cited the
market’s gains as evidence
that his economic policy initiatives were succeeding,
was silent about the market
Friday and again Monday as
prices retreated.
During Monday’s plunge,
Trump was delivering a
speech touting his tax cuts
at a factory in Cincinnati,
calling employees to the
stage to discuss the gains
they expected to make as a
result of the recent U.S. tax
reform plan and what they
intended to do with bonus
checks they were receiving.
Raj Shah, the White
House deputy press secretary, told reporters on Air
Force One that “markets do
fluctuate in the short term.
We all know that.”
“But the fundamentals of
this economy are very
strong, and they’re headed
in the right direction — for
the middle class, in particular,” Shah said.
Some analysts said the
stock market’s downturn
opens up buying possibilities for many stocks because they’re now cheaper,
but they warned that the
market might well suffer
more substantial declines
before it rallies again.
“In the short term there’s
downside pressure of another 3% to 5% decline over the
next few days,” Tom Galvin,
managing director of equities
Rochdale, a wealth management unit of Los Angelesbased City National Bank,
said in an email.
In the meantime, he said,
“you’re getting a quick correction that is overdue — a
growth scare, if you will.”
Stocks in Europe and
Asia also fell.
slipped 1.5%, France’s CAC
40 slid 1.5% and the DAX in
Germany declined 0.8%.
Nikkei 225 dropped 2.6% and
the South Korean Kospi
shed 1.3%. Hong Kong’s
Hang Seng index fell 1.1%.
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‘I thought I would never see her’
[Reunions, from A1]
started last year and has
since reunited more than
1,000 parents with their children in California. Different
groups have gone to Illinois
and other states.
Another group of 27 parents from Nueva Italia
landed at San Jose International Airport on Friday.
Some parents have refused to sign up, thinking
the program is a scam. Several people from the Los Angeles group said only one of
their parents had gone
through with it because the
other was too skeptical.
The January reunion was
emotional. More than 100
family members crowded
near Spane Park in Paramount as they waited for a
bus to arrive with their parents from Los Angeles International Airport.
The families carried balloons, bouquets of roses and
handmade welcome signs.
As the sun set near 5 p.m.,
they grew anxious with anticipation.
When the bus pulled in,
the crowd erupted in cheers.
“They’re here!” one woman
screamed as she rushed
toward the bus. As if watching celebrities on a red carpet, family members pulled
out cellphones to record the
seniors stepping off the bus.
The last time Maria Luisa
Garcia saw her mother, she
was 21, newly married and
about to move to the U.S.
with her husband. As they
said goodbye, her mother,
Maria Elvira Espinoza, told
Garcia not to go.
In the 17 years since, Garcia’s biggest wish has been to
bring her mom for a visit or
be able to visit her. But, being in the country illegally,
the latter option was always
out of the question for her.
Garcia, now 38 and living
east of Los Angeles, missed
her mom’s cooking — especially ribs in salsa negra —
her advice and even her
“Even as an adult, you always need your mother,” she
said, carrying a large bouquet of roses, lilies and carnations.
The trip would be a time
for old memories and new.
Their plans for the three
weeks included Las Vegas,
Disneyland and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Garcia
looked forward to eating her
mother’s arroz con leche the
next morning for breakfast.
That night, she would introduce her to Vietnamese cuisine.
Espinoza, 63, was one of
the last people to get off the
bus. Garcia rushed to her,
and the women embraced
and cried.
Later, Garcia recorded a
mariachi performance on
Facebook Live. After a few
minutes, she flipped the
camera around, wrapped an
arm around her mom and
smiled widely: their first
Sergio Huerta, 44, spent
days preparing for his mother’s visit.
Though she would be
staying just three weeks, he
fixed up a spare bedroom in
his San Bernardino County
home and bought everything she’d need to move in:
Photographs by
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
A YOUTH mariachi band performs for reunited families at Spane Park in Paramount in January. Since the Palomas Mensajeras program
started last year, it has helped more than 1,000 parents from the Mexican state of Michoacán visit children living in California.
TIRZA VALENZUELA Esquivel, right, hugs her son Everardo Valenzuela after 20 years apart. The process
to apply for a tourist visa can be long and complicated, especially for older people from rural towns.
a bed, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, perfume, shirts,
sweaters and jackets.
In the days leading to
their reunion, nerves kept
him from sleeping. His wife
and three children — all U.S.
citizens — had visited his
mother, Maria Delgado
Renteria, in Mexico a couple
of months ago.
Huerta, 44, talks to his
parents twice every day but
hadn’t seen them in 21 years,
since just before he boarded
a plane to Tijuana and
crossed into California. His
brother Alonso Huerta, 42,
hadn’t seen them in 23 years.
Sergio Huerta stayed
busy planning the reception.
He organized a youth mariachi band to perform and arrived at the park hours earlier to set up the food and
The reunion brought
mother and sons to tears.
“I thought I would never
see her again,” Sergio
Huerta said. “It’s like I fulfilled a dream. Now I can
sleep soundly.”
His father was one of the
people who had refused to
sign up, thinking the program was a fraud. Now he
plans to visit his sons later
this year.
Not everyone fared as
well. Yuri Vences was ecstatic when she found out
there way a way to reunite
with her mother, Josefina
Baez, whom she hadn’t seen
in 18 years.
Baez, 62, had completed
the paperwork, gotten a
passport and was seven
days away from her visa appointment with the U.S. consulate in late December
when she died of a heart
Vences was devastated.
Her father died 10 years ago.
Her three children would never get to meet their grandparents.
“I can’t tell you how
painful it was to have such a
wonderful opportunity and
then have it slip from my
hands,” she said. “I thought
we would finally do so many
things that we weren’t able
to all those years.”
For Vences, the loss was
immeasurable. She had left
home at 15 to reunite with
the father of her 5-monthold boy, who had migrated to
California for work.
She remembers her
mother telling her not to go.
Vences assured her that
they would return after two
years. But she stayed on,
hoping to give her children a
better life with more opportunities.
Vences always dreamed
of bringing her parents for a
visit. But applying for a tourist visa required proof of significant income from both
her and her parents to show
that her parents had reason
to return to Mexico and that
she could cover their costs
while they were in the U.S.
She thought they’d never
Now, Vences said she
feels the pain of so many
other immigrants. Her
dream of someday returning
to her hometown feels pointless without her parents
there to welcome her back.
“Life no longer has meaning,” she said. “I missed the
opportunity to enjoy it.”
Police watch the Bird scooters with some alarm
[Abcarian, from A1]
down the throttle and
whooshed away. After a few
exhilarating minutes, I
circled back, then left the
Bird in front of my fence a
block from where I’d picked
it up. When I looked out my
front window 10 minutes
later, the Bird was gone,
unlocked by a new unknown
rider destined for whoknows-where.
The experience was
delightfully transgressive —
no reservations, no red tape,
nobody telling me where I
could leave the thing once I
was done.
All I had to do was agree
to follow the rules (be over
18, have a driver’s license,
wear a helmet, stay off the
sidewalk). And of course,
have a valid credit card. For
$1, plus 15 cents per minute,
I could go as far as the electric charge would take me,
up to 15 miles, at a top speed
of 15 mph.
“I’d never ridden a scooter before this,” said Isaac
Galan, 20, a Santa Monica
College student and avid
skateboarder who works at
the Cow’s End coffee shop
near the Venice Pier.
“I’ll go maybe a mile at a
time, maybe once a week, if I
don’t feel like skating or
Even though Birds are
meant to be ridden in bike
lanes on city streets, Galan
said, he does not feel safe on
one anywhere but the beach
bike path. “I’ve seen a lot of
people going 15 mph, and
then hit something because
they didn’t realize how close
they were. It’s not a problem
with the Bird scooter. It’s
more a problem with people’s depth perception and
misunderstanding their
Santa Monica police
have watched with some
alarm, particularly after a
helmet-less adult rider was
seriously injured last month
when she blew through a
stop near 6th Street and
Idaho Avenue and crashed
into a car.
“In the last couple of
weeks, our motor officers
have been issuing citations,”
said Santa Monica Police
Department spokesman Lt.
Saul Rodriguez. Sometimes, he said, officers will
warn a rider to use a helmet
or tell them to get off the
sidewalk into the bike lane
where they belong.
An even bigger problem,
though, is the number of
underage riders. You can
stand on the boardwalk
between the Venice and
Santa Monica piers any day
of the week and watch kids
who look way younger than
18 on the scooters. They
don’t wear helmets and they
often ride double on the
narrow plank meant for two
feet, not four.
Santa Monica police
sometimes issue citations.
“Sometimes we call Mom
and Dad,” Rodriguez said.
A Bird spokesman said
the company has changed
its policy and will soon be
requiring users to show
their driver’s license when
they create accounts.
Travis VanderZanden,
38, a father of two young
children who moved from
the Bay Area to Santa Monica to start Bird Rides Inc.,
said he has confiscated
scooters from underage
“We have disabled plenty
of accounts,” he said.
“Bird does not want
underage riders,” he said. “I
have talked to parents who
are letting kids ride, and I
have personally disabled
their accounts on the spot.”
He also has the ability to
identify individual scooters
and disable them, too, if he
sees they are being misused.
Bird, which rolled out in
San Diego two weeks ago
and has plans to go national
and international, according to its jobs listings, has
begun giving out free helmets to its users. They can
be ordered from the “safety”
tab in the app.
So far, it has delivered
2,500 helmets. I ordered one
Monday, although I am a
rebel at heart and did not
use one on my first two
rides. (Don’t disable me,
Santa Monica, which has
embraced bike hubs and
reducing dependence on
single-occupancy cars, has
welcomed Bird to town.
Sort of.
“It’s fun to be on a scooter and we completely understand the appeal,” said
Santa Monica public information officer Constance
Farrell. “But we also understand they are dangerous,
and not toys, and need to be
operated safely.”
Late last year, Santa
Monica city officials grew so
frustrated with Bird’s refus-
al to work out some licensing issues that the city attorney filed an eight-count
misdemeanor criminal
complaint naming the company and VanderZanden as
defendants. The complaint
alleges that Bird violated
requirements for business
licenses and vendor permits
and failed to pay administrative fines. Bird says
vendor permits apply to
food trucks, not scooters.
“Multiple attempts were
made and they were unwilling to come to the table to
work with us,” Farrell said.
“That’s why the criminal
complaint was filed.”
That is a rather intense
way to get a company’s
attention, I suggested.
Farrell did not disagree.
“Bird Rides Inc. has a business license to operate a
brick-and-mortar administrative office,” she said, “but
they do not have the appropriate license to operate
scooters in an ad hoc manner on the public right of
Santa Monica is eager to
disrupt dependence on cars,
Farrell said, but right now
Bird is in the doghouse.
“This is a rogue implementation model that does not
have an eye toward safety.”
The city, somewhat mollified by Bird’s free helmet
program, is especially concerned about scooters being
left on sidewalks, obstructing pedestrians and wheelchairs.
VanderZanden disputes
her description: “It’s not
rogue. We are working
closely with the city and feel
we have had some productive conversations.”
VanderZanden has
experience with tech companies whose boundary
pushing results in litigation.
He is a former chief operating officer and early
angel investor at Lyft whose
defection to Uber in 2014
resulted in an ugly lawsuit
that was settled confidentially in 2016.
On Thursday, a judge
delayed a hearing in the
criminal case to Feb. 24 to
allow the parties time to
I foresee an amicable
I also foresee more accidents.
And, of course, the inevitable lawsuit or two.
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Double dipping at the LAPD
early two decades ago,
when the Los Angeles Police
Department was tainted by
the Rampart scandal and
struggling to attract recruits,
city leaders cast about desperately for a way
to keep veteran officers from leaving. Their
solution was to propose a generous enticement to retirement-age personnel: If they
worked an additional five years, they could
collect their salary and their pension simultaneously. The salary they could spend right
away, but the pension checks would go into
a savings account, where it would grow 5%
per year until they finally left the job.
What a deal! The Deferred Retirement
Option Plan was pitched to voters in 2001 as
a way to keep experienced police officers
and firefighters on the job at no extra cost.
(The proposal was approved by a 3-to-1
margin.) But the program hasn’t quite
worked out that way.
A new Times investigation found that
rather than keeping senior staff on the job,
DROP seems to encourage people to perform less work — nearly half of its participants go out on injury leave after they enroll in
the program. Some workers file claims
within days of signing up for DROP. Some
spend months and even years on disability,
often for routine, age-related problems, including high blood pressure, carpal tunnel
syndrome and bad joints. Under state law,
such ailments are presumed to be work-related for public safety employees.
Sure, police and firefighters have physically demanding jobs, and they are more
likely to experience cumulative ailments later in their careers. Still, there’s clearly too
little scrutiny to prevent workers from gaming the system. Former firefighter Thomas
Futterer, an avid runner and Long Beach
resident, injured his knee “misstepping off
the firetruck” three weeks after entering
DROP and stayed off the job for a year because of the injury. Yet Times reporters
found that a Thomas Futterer from Long
Beach ran a half-marathon in Portland,
Ore., less than two months after the injury.
Futterer didn’t respond to requests for comment and his attorneys refused to confirm
whether he ran the race.
Worse, there’s a perverse financial incentive for employees to enter program and file
for injuries. DROP participants who file
workers’ compensation claims continue to
amass pension payments while collecting a
full salary for up to 12 consecutive months.
And while they’re on disability for a job-related injury, their paychecks are exempt
from state and federal taxes.
Capt. Tia Morris spent nearly two years
on disability and sick leave for various ailments while enrolled in DROP. Her husband, Percy, a detective, missed more than
two years of work for similar problems.
While receiving their salaries and pension
benefits, they spent some of their time recovering at their condo in Cabo San Lucas
and starting a theater production company.
The justification for the DROP program
is that it keeps experienced veterans on the
job longer. But is the city really getting the
bang for its buck when so many workers in
the program are on paid leave, and the city
has to backfill their shifts? Who knows? No
one in City Hall has seriously studied the financial impact of DROP, despite numerous
warnings that the program has flaws.
Indeed, DROP was controversial from
the start. There is no screening of applicants, nor any assessment of whether their
skills are needed. In 2003 — just one year after the program began — a high-ranking
LAPD official argued that the police chief
should get to decide who can enter DROP.
“A chief needs the ability to decide for the
good of the department. Yet as it stands, the
chief doesn’t have that ability,” said thenAssistant Chief George Gascón. (He’s now
the San Francisco district attorney.)
Then-Councilman Dennis Zine also
complained that some fire and police personnel were abusing the program by filing
for disability shortly after enrolling in
DROP. And in 2006 the city administrative
officer warned that police and firefighters
filed “significantly” more injured-on-duty
claims while they were in DROP and that
the mayor and City Council should address
the issue during contract negotiations.
That didn’t happen. Los Angeles leaders
have continued to parrot their support for
DROP even as other cities around the state
have canceled their programs. San Francisco suspended pension payments when
deferred-retirement participants took disability leave. Yet even after that reform, the
city still discontinued the program because
it was too expensive.
Los Angeles is long overdue for a serious
reevaluation of DROP. It’s a pricey program
that may not be necessary anymore and is
ripe for abuse.
The drug war’s sorry legacy
arijuana is now legal
under California law, but
hundreds of thousands of
Californians have criminal
records for possessing or
selling the drug when it was still banned.
Those records can make it harder for people
to get a job, obtain a loan, go to college, rent
an apartment or otherwise become productive members of their community — even if
their marijuana arrest happened decades
Proposition 64 not only allowed the sale
and adult use of marijuana going forward,
subject to state and local regulation, it applied the law retroactively and created a
process for people to have certain pot convictions reduced or expunged entirely from
their records. Yet few people — about 4,900
— have filed for expungements in the first
year. Perhaps they don’t know that this relief is available. Perhaps it’s too expensive or
intimidating; the process requires hiring a
lawyer, filing a petition and going to court.
Some prosecutors in California aren’t
waiting for petitions. They are proactively
reviewing marijuana cases handled by their
offices and doing the work to reduce or erase
the convictions. In San Diego County, the
district attorney and public defender have
already reduced the records of 700 people,
and have identified 4,000 more marijuana
convictions dating back to the early 2000s
that may qualify for relief.
San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón
announced last week that his office will be
reviewing and seeking resentencing of
nearly 5,000 pot felonies and dismissing
roughly 3,000 misdemeanor convictions dating back to 1975.
These are not hardened criminals or
drug traffickers. Proposition 64 says someone with a conviction for simple possession
can have that record erased. Felony convictions for possession or sales can be reduced
to misdemeanors, as long as the person
doesn’t have a violent background, multiple
convictions or a conviction for selling to minors.
Gascón said he decided to take action
because only 23 petitions for Proposition 64
expungement or resentencing had been
filed in San Francisco since the initiative
passed. He also sees automatic case review
as a way to help rectify the injustices and
disparities in how marijuana laws had been
enforced. Even after the state largely decriminalized marijuana possession, roughly
half the people arrested for marijuana
crimes in San Francisco were African
Americans, even though they made up just
6% of the city’s population.
San Francisco is by no means unique.
For decades, the war on drugs was disproportionately fought in low-income and minority communities. Despite national surveys showing that whites and blacks use
marijuana at approximately the same rates,
blacks have over the years been nearly four
times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. In California,
studies conducted before Proposition 64’s
passage found Latinos were two to three
times more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for marijuana crimes than non-Latino
If California is serious about repairing
the damage created by the war on drugs,
then every district attorney in the state
ought to follow San Francisco and San Diego’s example. So should the city attorneys
who handle misdemeanor prosecutions.
Yes, it would be labor-intensive. Los Angeles
County has about 40,000 felony convictions
involving marijuana since 1993, and Dist.
Atty. Jackie Lacey said she wants to develop
a system to prioritize marijuana conviction
review for those who need it most, such as
individuals applying for jobs.
If D.A.s won’t act — and frankly, they are
best positioned to do so — the Legislature
should consider having the courts systematically provide the relief that Proposition
64 makes available. Assemblyman Rob
Bonta (D-Alameda) has introduced legislation that signals his intent to do just that
(Assembly Bill 1793). If lawmakers go that
route, however, they would have to supply
the underfunded court system with the
budget necessary to conduct the reviews the
proposition requires, such as determining
which convictions were eligible for reduction or dismissal.
It’s cruel to allow people to continue to
suffer the penalties of a conviction for marijuana-related acts that the state no longer
considers a crime. The war on marijuana
was a mistake, and the sooner California alleviates the damage done, the better for all
Ross Levinsohn
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Stephen Miller, Kim Murphy, Michael Whitley
more sensitive, community-minded Beck deserves
far more credit than either
Smith or Abdullah seems
prepared to give.
Vincent Brook
Los Angeles
Andrew Harrer Getty Images
TRUMP TWEETED that the House Intelligence
Committee memo “totally vindicates” him.
Trump’s siren call
Re “Vindicated? Some in GOP say no,” Feb. 5
President Trump claims vindication after the release
of the memo written by the staff of House Intelligence
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), yet the
document states the Trump campaign investigation
began after an earlier incident involving George
Papadopoulos, not because of the infamous Steele
dossier or the FBI’s purported abuse of its surveillance
For the sake of saving his own hide, Trump is willing
to destroy public trust in vital American institutions.
We’ve long known the president is happy to lie to serve
himself; what his base apparently does not understand is
his willingness to drag his supporters to hell with him.
Let’s hope enough of his supporters catch on in time to
help the rest of us stop this slow-rolling tragedy.
Spike Tucker
Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for the startling
revelation that the memo
doesn’t prove FBI abuse.
Keep in mind that the
memo was not presented
as proof at this stage, but
rather as a summary of
findings about surveillance
abuse based on sworn
witness testimony, official
documents, emails and
text messages.
The proof comes later.
Stay tuned.
Ronald Masson
As I read of Trump’s
attacks on the FBI and the
Department of Justice,
and of his supporters’
positive responses to it, I
become more concerned
about what is happening to
our country.
It appears to me that
Trump fancies himself a
dictator, as he tries to
discredit the press and the
federal agencies we respect. When will the people
wake up and realize the
harm this man is doing to
our country?
We need to be aware of
the dangers facing us all
and put a stop to it before
he succeeds.
Zita Kass
Woodland Hills
I served in the CIA for
nearly 19 years. In my positions I was responsible for
what was, at the time,
some of the most sensitive
“sources and methods” the
intelligence community
had in our arsenal.
To claim that the recently released House
Intelligence Committee
memo contained information on sources and methods is absurd. There is
nothing in there that is
secret or sensitive from a
national security standpoint.
What the memo shows
is that classification is
often used to protect the
agency involved and not
national security. I have
seen classification misused
many times in government.
What the Democrats
are hoping is that most
citizens will not understand this and buy their
frankly stupid argument.
Robert Kohler
La Quinta
More nukes,
less diplomacy
Re “Trump wants to build
smaller atomic weapons,”
Feb. 3
President Trump’s call
for more nuclear weapons,
smaller in size but much
greater in power than
those that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is
The president is demonstrating his singleminded commitment to a
ham-fisted “my bomb is
bigger” approach to conflict.
If the aim is to incinerate the planet, Trump is on
the right track. If it is to
avoid nuclear war, we
should be diligently seeking out diplomatic options,
however limited, and pursuing them relentlessly.
Instead, the diplomatic
corps has shrunk to such
an extent that the U.S.
does not even have an ambassador to many countries, South Korea included.
Trump should bear in
mind that “fire and fury
like the world has never
seen” cannot be limited to
one part of this planet, but
would rain down on the
people of this country as
well as on innocent civilians elsewhere.
Betty Guthrie
So far we are the only
nation that has used nuclear weapons, and that was
more than 70 years ago.
Other nations have had
them for some time, but to
date they appear to understand that further use
could turn the whole world
into hell in a hurry. So far,
it’s been, “Don’t use yours
on us or we will use ours on
Trump appears to be
expanding potential reasons to carry out a nuclear
strike, including as a response to cyberattacks. In
some cases it may not be
possible to determine who
carried out a cyberattack,
but an impetuous leader
might blame any enemy
that he wants to put down.
I can only hope we will
not abandon the wisdom
the world has heeded for
the past 70 years.
Ken Hense
El Segundo
Why wasn’t this article
on the front page of the
Feb. 3 paper instead of
Page A-10?
I take seriously the
problem of the state Capitol’s decades of sexual
harassment, but the article
on the back page is shockingly scary. It warranted
screaming headlines.
Julie Allan
Los Angeles
Chief Beck in
LAPD context
Re “Let cops be cops, and
nothing more,” Opinion,
Feb. 1
With all due respect to
op-ed article writer Jamil
Smith, activist and Cal
State L.A. professor Melina
Abdullah and Black Lives
Matter, any assessment of
retiring Los Angeles Police
Department Chief Charlie
Beck’s rocky tenure must
be placed in historical
In a long and embarrassing line of overtly bigoted chiefs from James
“Two Guns” Davis and
William H. Parker to Darryl
Gates — a trend only reversed after the 1992 uprising following Rodney’s
King’s beating — the vastly
I agree that we should
just let cops be cops and
therefore redirect some of
the funding for the LAPD
to social services. It’s so
disheartening to hear
about police officers dragging people off of trains
and shooting unarmed
homeless people.
Let’s spend some of the
department’s money on
hiring minority officers
from high-risk communities as unarmed, plainclothes patrollers. Maybe
this is how we can slowly
move toward disarming
and becoming a gun-free
I know, this might
sound like a crazy idea. So
call me crazy.
Tony Wood
Don’t call them
liars or ‘flacks’
Re “Who is Hope Hicks,
and what’d she do?” Opinion, Feb. 4
Virginia Heffernan’s
op-ed column was incredibly rude and disrespectful
to the many professional
public relations experts
who provide story ideas
and background information that reporters depend
on to put out papers such
as the Los Angeles Times.
Especially obnoxious
was Heffernan’s use of the
derogatory word “flack” to
describe PR professionals.
She also wrote that “lying
to the media is traditionally called PR.”
It would be interesting
to see how the news business would fare if PR people stopped answering
media calls for a week.
Reporters would be paralyzed without sources for
their stories.
Susan M. Tellem
I consider myself a PR
professional. I have been in
the business for 35 years; I
have no degree in the subject, but I have been recognized for my work on a
couple of occasions by
organizations that I’m a
member of.
As such, I must take
direct offense at Heffernan’s flip final line, “Lying
to the media is traditionally called PR.” Yes, there
are whitewashes and obfuscations, but Heffernan’s
outlandish statement
seems to expose a personal
phobia on her part.
I don’t lie to the media.
My job, as I see it, is to get
our information out, relate
our story in the best possible terms and be available and responsive when
the media have questions. I
have huge respect and
admiration for the media
and the job they do.
Hefferman calling us all
liars will do nothing to
change that.
Doug Stokes
Too many people
Re “Society’s sickness,”
letters, Feb. 3
None of the letters
touch on what I suspect is a
major reason for the growing problem of homelessness in Los Angeles: overpopulation.
There is not only a
shortage of housing, but
there may well be not
enough jobs available here
or in the modern world in
general for an expanding
population. Across Europe
and North America, we are
seeing troubling trends on
You have only to look to
Spain to see where this is
leading: One-quarter of
people between 25 and 29
years old are unemployed.
Larry Marak
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Why child abuse like the Turpin
family horrors is so hard to stop
By Naomi Schaefer Riley
ard cases make bad
law. That may be the
disturbing but difficult-to-avoid lesson
from the stomachturning abuse suffered by the 13
children of David and Louise
Turpin for at least a decade.
The Turpins, who are set to return to court Feb. 23, are an extreme example. It’s not only the
number of children they allegedly
mistreated or even the length of
time for which the abuse went on.
It’s also the fact that — so far as authorities can figure and despite
what seems like a thorough search
by the media — no one appears to
have reported the Turpins to the
police or child services. This fact
alone makes the Turpin family unlike almost every other case of extreme neglect or abuse that has
been uncovered in the last few decades. And it’s why any attempt to
pass new legislation based on this
tragedy will be at best ineffective at
preventing similar situations and
at worst will unnecessarily infringe
on the freedom of millions of decent families.
Our system for child protection
is hardly foolproof. Those in Southern California will recognize the
name of Gabriel Fernandez, the 8year-old boy killed by his mother
and her boyfriend in Los Angeles in
2013 after multiple reports of
abuse. In Philadelphia, there was
Danieal Kelly, the cerebral palsystricken girl who died in 2006 at age
14 after almost a decade of investigations by city caseworkers. In
Florida, there was Tariji Gordon,
who was removed from her home
after her twin brother suffocated,
then returned to her mother. She
was later found dead and buried in
a suitcase.
Political leaders responded to
each crime with policy changes of
one sort or another. In some instances, they hired more caseworkers or increased penalties for child
abuse. They publicized hotlines to
call in case someone suspected
abuse. Something had gone wrong
inside our child welfare bureaucracy — between the moment a report of abuse was made and the
time a caseworker decided not to
remove a child from his or her
home. The changes had limited, if
any, effect on the overall success of
the systems.
The Turpins weren’t even on
the radar of that system. It didn’t
fail them as much as it simply
didn’t apply. Cut off from extended
family years ago, they successfully
isolated themselves in Riverside
County and other locales. After one
of the daughters ran away from
home when they lived in Fort
Worth, a former neighbor told the
Los Angeles Times that he considered reporting them to authorities
but decided against it because he
knew that David Turpin had a gun.
Others who noticed odd behavior
simply decided to respect the family’s privacy.
The children’s isolation was
partly a function of homeschooling. The Turpins met California’s
requirements for the practice.
Since their arrest, there have been
calls for tightening those regulations. If only the children had been
forced to report to authorities in
some way, the thinking goes, surely
someone would have realized what
was going on. But there are reasons
to question whether this would
have solved the problem.
In her 2013 memoir, “Etched in
The stomach-turning
abuse suffered by
the Turpin children
isn’t something
law and policy can
absolutely fix.
Sand,” Regina Calcaterra describes growing up on Long Island
during the 1970s and ’80s with a
mother who beat her and her siblings regularly. Cookie, as Regina
and her siblings called their
mother, left them alone for weeks
at a time with no food and sometimes no heat. While Cookie was
using the state’s payments for
housing and food to buy drugs and
alcohol, Regina and her siblings
were regularly enrolled in school.
Occasionally the police or child
services would realize something
was wrong. The siblings went to
live with foster families more than
once. But Cookie was a great liar
and the siblings — who did not
want to be split up into different
foster homes — learned to lie as
well. The abuse went on for two
More contact with authorities
might have reduced the isolation of
the Turpin children. But, as sociologist Richard Gelles, an expert on
child welfare systems, told me, “it
doesn’t confront the issue that
some people are able to put up a
good front.” That the eldest Turpin
son successfully attended community college, bears this out.
Gelles, who is the former dean
of the School of Social Policy and
Practice at the University of Penn-
sylvania, notes that teachers and
administrators — like neighbors
and relatives — often engage in “selective inattention.” The research,
according to Gelles, suggests that
people are less likely to report
those who look like them and seem
to be from the same socioeconomic
group. This is particularly true for
white, middle-class families. “The
more people are like me, the more
reluctant I am to report their deviant behavior,” Gelles explained.
Unfortunately, this tendency
isn’t something that state or local
governments can easily fix. Indeed,
despite the horrors of the Turpin
case, it’s not clear that we’d want
them to try. We are already living in
a country where more than a third
of children under 18 years old come
into contact with child services.
Some of these are no doubt instances of real neglect and abuse
but others are cases of kids who
have been left in the car while their
parent runs into the dry cleaner.
Do we really want to encourage
people to report on their neighbor’s parenting practices more
than they already do?
The Supreme Court has said
that parents have the right to raise
children without unwarranted government intervention. As Gelles
notes, we have created “a legal
moat around the house, which very
few of us would want to give up.”
The Turpins are the terrible but extremely rare price we pay for this
liberty. It’s hard to imagine what
kind of state intervention would
have prevented or halted the
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a
visiting fellow at the American
Enterprise Institute studying child
welfare issues.
Ed Andrieski Associated Press
RIFLES at Firing-Line in Aurora, Colo. From 2014 to 2016, 50,000 U.S. guns were recovered in criminal investigations abroad.
American guns abroad
By Chelsea Parsons
rom his first official day as candidate for president (“When Mexico
sends its people, they’re not sending
their best. . . They’re bringing drugs.
They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists”), to his first speech as president (“This
American carnage stops right here and stops
right now”) to last week’s State of the Union address (“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most
vulnerable communities”), Donald Trump has
been clear that a core tenet of his policy agenda
is closing the borders to keep violent criminals
from coming into the country.
There are many flaws in this approach.
Missing from President Trump’s America
First program, for instance, is a recognition
that the exportation of violence actually goes
in the other direction. The United States is culpable in lethal violence abroad because of our
refusal to strengthen our own gun laws.
An astounding number of American guns
are smuggled across the borders each year,
where they are used to commit violent crimes.
A new report from the Center for American
Progress analyzing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) found that, from 2014 to 2016, more than
50,000 guns originally purchased in the U.S.
were recovered in criminal investigations in 15
North American, Central American and Caribbean nations.
This tsunami of guns leaving the U.S. comes
as no surprise when one considers two facts
about firearms in this country: There are an astronomical number of them, and our laws are
full of holes that enable trafficking.
To the first point, there are roughly 300 million guns in this country. And still, the gun in-
Our inaction on gun
violence hurts the
dustry continues to churn out more of them. In
2015 alone, the most recent year this data is
available, 9,358,661 new firearms were manufactured in the U.S., making it the second-highest year for gun manufacturing in three decades.
We also do much less to protect our collective arsenal than other countries. Both Canada and Mexico have enacted strict laws regulating guns that include limits on assault-style
rifles and more extensive background checks
and vetting. In contrast, under U.S. federal law,
a person can buy a gun from a private seller
without a background check. And since the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in
2004, there are few limits to amassing a stockpile of these highly dangerous weapons, except
in the seven states that have banned them.
The effect of these weapons on our neighbors is disturbing. Mexico experienced a 20year high in murders in 2017, and 66% of these
were committed with a gun. In 1997, by contrast, only 15% of Mexico’s murders involved a
gun. Canada is experiencing more gun use in
street crime, specifically semi-automatic rifles
and handguns — a new phenomenon in that
country. Our role in fueling these trends is obvious and alarming: 70% of the crime guns recovered and traced in Mexico, and 98% of crime
guns in Canada originate in the U.S.
We could reduce the number of crime guns
leaving the country, if only we could muster the
political will to do so. Closing the private sale
loophole and requiring a background check for
all gun sales, not just those facilitated by a licensed gun dealer, would be a start. These unregulated sales make it far too easy for traffickers to buy large numbers of guns without attracting the notice of law enforcement. We also
need to enact a distinct federal crime for gun
trafficking and straw purchasing so that prosecutors can focus on the individuals at the top
of trafficking networks who are most responsible for arming both sides of the border.
In addition, we need to protect a crucial investigative tool used by ATF to gain information about potential trafficking activity — reports of multiple sales of long guns made by
gun dealers in four southern border states. Every year, some in Congress try to prevent ATF
from requiring these reports through a restrictive policy rider attached to ATF’s budget, including in the 2018 budget passed by the
Some readers may be thinking, so what?
Why should we care about public safety concerns of other nations, especially those like
Mexico that have deeply rooted challenges
that contribute to high rates of violence unconnected to the availability of U.S. guns. This is
perhaps an understandable question in this
time of America First. But if we want to claim
any degree of moral authority in the world, we
need to take a careful look at how our inaction
on gun violence redounds to the detriment of
the safety and security of our international
Chelsea Parsons is the vice president for
guns and crime policy at the Center for
American Progress.
for the
arely has a president changed his
party as fast and
Donald J. Trump.
Love him or hate him, you can no
longer argue his ability to bend an
entire party to his will,” writes Axios’ Jonathan Swan in a piece titled
“The Cult of Trump.”
A source “close to GOP leadership” tells Swan: “We’re all MAGAs
I’m not quite sure it’s MAGA
hats for as far as the eye can see,
but Swan is right about the
broader point. There has been a
sea change on the right with
Trump at the helm. And not just
for HMS Grand Old Party.
To anyone who hasn’t lived and
breathed in conservative circles,
this change is both shocking and
hard to comprehend. I agree it’s
shocking, but it’s not so hard to
Three distinct factors go a long
way to explain it.
First, never before in modern
American history have we had a
president so transparently demanding not just of loyalty but
praise from his subordinates and
political allies. He considers criticism of his behavior a greater offense than voting against his
agenda — and so do his most ardent supporters. This creates a
powerful cultural incentive to define norms down, or just defenestrate them entirely.
This is one reason why evangelical leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr.,
who have spent a lifetime talking
about eternal principles, feel enormous pressure from above and below to give the president a “mulligan” on personal shortcomings (in
the words of Family Research
Council President Tony Perkins).
The other two factors say more
about the rest of us than they do
about Trump. One is the tribal belief that the other party is an existential enemy that will do anything.
And so we must be just as ruthless.
All of that stuff about Trump
being a “fighter” who “counterpunches” and isn’t “politically correct” is shorthand for this argument. But this attitude is not new
to the GOP nor to our politics generally. Under George W. Bush, one
heard a great deal from the left
about how only “fighting Dems”
who refused to be intimidated
could “take back America,” a slogan used by many Democratic politicians in the 2000s.
The dynamic only gets worse
with each election. The party out of
power convinces itself that obstruction — or now “resistance” —
is the only option. The party in
power talks a big game about bipartisanship, but it not only knows
the other side won’t cooperate, it
also realizes that its base sees compromise as weakness and capitulation.
The result is that the party in
power races to get its agenda accomplished and the base forgives
any abuses or violations of norms
in the process, thus proving the
worst suspicions of the opposition.
Liberals roll their eyes at the
claim that President Obama violated democratic norms or abused
his power. But putting aside the
specific arguments, conservatives
saw plenty of abuses and violations, from the IRS scandals and
Benghazi to the Iran deal. Obama
said many times he couldn’t unilaterally implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because he wasn’t a “king.”
Then he did it anyway.
And the process repeats itself,
getting worse and more egregious
each time. When I criticize Trump
the first response from countless
Republicans is, “Oh yeah, why was
it OK for Obama!?” If I point out it
wasn’t and that I said as much,
they switch gears to how we need a
fighter who gets things done and
doesn’t care about the “old rules.”
Which brings me to the third
Yes, there is a cult of Trump.
But that’s because we have a cult of
the presidency in this country. It
infects not just our understanding
of the office, but of the person holding it. When Obama acted like a
king — by his own definition — liberals cheered, because their loyalty
was to the man, not the office. It’s
getting worse with Trump, but this
dynamic has been getting worse for
And I suspect it won’t improve
much when he’s gone.
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‘A lot of troubling questions’
[Knight, from A1]
cials say they find themselves in an extraordinary
situation, trying to prosecute a man they allege has
intimidated witnesses in the
past while contending with a
defense team that appears
to have engaged in witness
tampering, bribery and repeated violations of court orders.
But some legal experts
and defense attorneys uninvolved in the case say aggressive actions taken by
law enforcement are butting
up against long-enshrined
civil liberties.
Under a court order obtained in 2016, sheriff ’s detectives have been listening
to some of Knight’s conversations from jail with his attorneys. Last month, investigators obtained a search
warrant to review the contents of one of the filmmakers’ phones. And questions
remain about why investigators made the surprising decision to arrest two defense
attorneys if the district attorney’s office wasn’t prepared to charge them.
“It’s an extreme case that
raises a lot of troubling questions. It’s always concerning
when you go after reporters,” said Laurie Levenson, a
professor at the Loyola Law
School and former federal
prosecutor. “It’s always concerning when you are listening to phone calls between
attorneys and clients. It’s always concerning when you
are arresting members of
the defense team.”
Matthew Fletcher, one of
the attorneys arrested and
released last month, denied
wrongdoing and sharply
criticized the action by detectives.
“It scared the hell out of
every attorney in the world,”
Fletcher said.
Shiara Davila-Morales, a
district attorney’s spokeswoman, said Knight’s “case
is being handled no differently” from any other.
“The district attorney’s
office expects everyone involved in a case, regardless
of their relationship with a
defendant, to follow the law
and all court orders,” she
wrote in an email to The
Sheriff ’s Cmdr. Steven
Katz said any suggestion
that the department is being
unduly aggressive in its pursuit of Knight is wrong.
“The fact that members
of the bar have been implicated in misconduct creates
a unique set of circumstances,” he said.
Knight has remained
jailed in downtown Los Angeles since January 2015,
when he struck two men
with his Ford F-150 truck in
the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers after a dispute on the
set of the N.W.A biopic
“Straight Outta Compton.”
Terry Carter, 55, died of
his injuries. Cle “Bone”
Sloan, 52, survived.
Knight has pleaded not
guilty and claimed he was
acting in self-defense. His
lawyers contend that one of
the victims had a gun, a
claim prosecutors reject.
The murder trial is scheduled to begin in April.
Knight has also been
charged in separate cases
with robbery and with making threats against F. Gary
Gray, the director of
“Straight Outta Compton.”
As Knight has sat in jail,
his legal troubles have ensnared those closest to him.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THADDEUS CULPEPPER and another attorney for Marion “Suge” Knight were detained overnight last
month in the rap mogul’s murder case. Culpepper criticized the move by sheriff’s detectives as a “false arrest.”
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
MATTHEW FLETCHER said the lawyers’ arrests
“scared the hell out of every attorney in the world.”
One of the lead investigators obtained confidential
information in 2016 that
Knight’s legal team and his
fiancee were “attempting to
cultivate witnesses to testify
falsely on the defendant’s
benefit,” according to court
A judge granted investigators permission to listen
to Knight’s jailhouse phone
calls, unless he was speaking
directly to one of his attorneys or a defense investigator. If Knight was involved in
a three-way call that included his attorney but also
a person who was not a
member of the defense
team, the judge allowed detectives to listen in.
The restriction was lifted
months later when detectives alleged that some of the
conversations showed that
Fletcher and another defense attorney, Thaddeus
Culpepper, were discussing
attempts to bribe people for
favorable testimony.
Information gleaned during those calls resulted in
charges against Knight’s fiancee, Toi-Lin Kelly, who
was accused of selling surveillance video of the incident at Tam’s Burger to
TMZ for $55,000. A judge had
ordered that the recording
not be given to the media.
Kelly pleaded no contest,
and was barred from having
contact with Knight and
members of his legal team.
On Friday, a judge concluded she had violated the
terms of her probation by
helping Knight defy a court
order limiting his jailhouse
communications. She was
sentenced to three years in
Sheriff ’s investigators recently
Knight had used another inmate’s identification number to make calls from jail to
the two documentary makers, Nora Donaghy and
William Erb, according to
court records. Their documentary,
Chronicles,” is produced by
EOne Entertainment and is
expected to premiere on
BET this month.
Detectives visited the
filmmakers’ homes late last
year, serving them with a
subpoena to testify before a
grand jury, according to a
person with knowledge of
the events. The person was
not authorized to talk about
the investigation and spoke
to The Times on the condition of anonymity.
seized Donaghy’s phone af-
ter obtaining a search warrant. Ultimately, investigators returned the phone
without searching its contents, Katz said.
The journalists sought to
quash the subpoenas, according to the Hollywood
Reporter, but it’s unclear
what happened. A court
bailiff ordered a Times reporter to leave a hearing last
month where their motion
was being considered, and a
judge ordered the paperwork sealed.
California law includes
broad protections for the
rights of journalists and prohibits search warrants for
their unpublished work.
“It bothers me that
they’re subpoenaing media.
I think that raises all sorts of
important 1st Amendment
issues,” said Levenson, the
law professor. “But it doesn’t
surprise me that they desperately want to know what
he’s saying to the media.”
Donaghy, Erb, their lawyer and EOne Entertainment did not return calls for
Asked if the Sheriff ’s Department had any concerns
about seeking a journalist’s
property, Katz said the
agency is “always mindful
about searches we conduct
and do so based on constitutional requirements.”
The Jan. 25 arrest of the
two lawyers came months
after prosecutors filed court
papers alleging that Knight,
Fletcher, Culpepper and
others appeared to be conspiring to bribe witnesses,
suborn perjury and obstruct
justice in the murder case.
The attorneys have adamantly denied the accusations, and Knight referred to
them as “fake news” in court
Culpepper criticized the
detectives’ move as a “false
arrest.” He has said any discussion of money on the
phone calls involved “witness fees,” such as expenses
or expert testimony, not
bribery. And he accused authorities of aggressively pursuing Knight’s legal team in
an effort to deter potential
witnesses from coming forward to testify in his favor.
“They are putting in the
public … the idea that there
is witness tampering,” he
said. “But it’s really witness
Fletcher and Culpepper
said, investigators told them
they had been detained on
suspicion of being accessories after the fact to the
murder Knight is accused of
Both men were held
overnight in lieu of $1-million
bail. But in an unexpected
turn, they were released the
next day.
“The case is very complex
in nature, requiring further
review by the Los Angeles
County district attorney’s
office,” a Sheriff ’s Department statement said at the
The detectives presented
a case to prosecutors for review the same day the lawyers were released, the district attorney’s spokeswoman said. The review is pending. Neither agency would
comment on the sheriff ’s investigators’ decision to arrest the attorneys without
consulting the district attorney’s office.
The move by sheriff ’s investigators puzzled legal experts, who questioned why
detectives did not wait to
make the arrests until knowing whether prosecutors
would file charges.
“I’d be inclined to bet that
they didn’t think this was a
case the district attorney’s
office was going to love,” said
Gabriel J. Chin, a law professor at the UC Davis School of
Law and a former prosecutor and criminal defense
Lou Shapiro, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who is not involved in
the case, said he was troubled by the way detectives
handled the arrests, including the decision to detain
Fletcher at a Long Beach
courthouse. He said the detectives could have contacted the lawyers in advance to turn themselves in.
“There was no need for
the drama, and that bothers
everybody,” he said.
A hearing last week again
illustrated the ever-ballooning legal ramifications for
those in Knight’s inner circle.
Prosecutors had filed a
motion claiming that one of
Knight’s attorneys in the
murder case, Dominique
Banos, had helped facilitate
Knight’s phone calls with
the journalists, which would
violate the court order limiting his jail communications. If Banos had committed a crime, she might have a
conflict of interest representing Knight, prosecutors
Moments later, another
attorney appeared in order
to represent Banos on the issue of a conflict.
“We have lawyers for lawyers,” Judge Richman said,
shaking his head. “That’s
how far we’ve got here.”
Times staff writer Matt
Hamilton contributed to
this report.
Supreme Court rejects GOP
request to block redistricting
associated press
The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday let a court-ordered
redrawing of congressional
districts in Pennsylvania
proceed, denying a plea from
leaders to block it.
Justice Samuel A. Alito
Jr., who handles emergency
appeals from Pennsylvania,
rejected the request from
the GOP leaders and voters
that the court put on hold an
order from the state
Supreme Court that could
now produce new congressional districts in the coming two weeks.
The Pennsylvania high
court ruled last month that
the map of 18 districts violated the state constitution
because it unfairly benefited
The U.S. Supreme Court
typically does not review
state court decisions based
on a state’s constitution, but
the Republicans asked the
high court to make an exception.
The decision came just
four days before the Republican-controlled
Legislature’s deadline for submitting a replacement map for
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf
to consider.
The Democratic-majority state Supreme Court has
ruled that if lawmakers and
the governor can’t agree to a
plan, the court will quickly
move to adopt one.
Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation has been 13
to 5 in favor of Republicans
during the three election cycles since the GOP-drawn
2011 map took effect. Democrats have about 800,000
more registered voters than
Republicans and hold top
statewide offices, but Republicans hold solid majorities in both chambers of the
Under the process laid
out two weeks ago by
four of the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court justices, all
Democrats, the Legislature
has until Friday to pass a
new map, after which Wolf
will have until Feb. 15 to
decide whether to endorse
it and submit it to the justices.
The state Supreme Court
said it expected new districts to be in place by Feb.
19, and the new map will be in
play for the May 15 congressional primaries.
Republican leaders successfully defended the 2011
plan against a separate lawsuit in federal court and
have complained that the
state court order did not
provide sufficient guidance
for them to draw a new
A group of voters persuaded all five Democrats
on the state’s seven-justice
high court that the map
violated the state constitution.
The Jan. 22 majority order said new districts should
be compact and contiguous
and split counties, cities,
towns, boroughs, townships
or wards only when needed
to ensure population equality.
The U.S. Supreme Court
last month delayed a lowercourt order that would have
produced new congressional districts in North Carolina.
The justices are considering challenges to Wisconsin’s state legislative districts and a congressional
district in Maryland.
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O.C. goes to
court over
Associated Press
Judge raises concerns
that people evicted
from encampments
could be criminalized.
By Anh Do
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
MORE PEOPLE claiming knowledge of the death of Natalie Wood, shown at top with Robert Wagner in
1978, have come forward since a “48 Hours” episode on the case, said Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, above.
With time running out, detectives appeal for help
determining cause of Natalie Wood’s 1981 death
By Cindy Chang
After nearly four decades of speculation and media frenzy, it had come to
In a last-ditch effort to generate
more leads in the drowning death of
actress Natalie Wood, detectives appeared on the CBS program “48
In the episode, which aired
Saturday, they cast doubt on the story
told by Wood’s husband, actor Robert
Wagner, who initially said she must
have drowned while trying to leave
their yacht in a small inflatable boat.
The detectives say they know more
now about the events leading up to
Wood’s death while boating off Santa
Catalina Island on the night of Nov. 28,
Yet the case remains classified as a
suspicious death, not a homicide. The
detectives admit they still cannot
prove how Wood, 43, went into the wa-
ter — was it an accident or did someone intend for her to die?
“Our biggest challenge is time,” Lt.
John Corina of the Los Angeles
County Sheriff ’s Department’s Homicide Bureau said at a news conference
Monday. “Many witnesses have
passed away, who were on boats
nearby. The original investigator has
passed away. We’re reaching out one
more time to see if people will come
forward with information.”
[See Natalie Wood, B4]
The cities of Anaheim,
Costa Mesa, Orange and the
County of Orange must appear in court next week to
prove that their anti-camping ordinances are not being
used to criminalize the
homeless camped along the
Santa Ana River trail, a federal judge said.
U.S. District Judge David
O. Carter has set a Feb. 13
hearing in a lawsuit filed on
behalf of people threatened
with eviction.
“The court is concerned
that persons who leave or
are evicted from the riverbed
may subsequently be cited
by defendant cities under
those cities’ anti-camping or
anti-loitering laws, even
though those persons may
not be able to find a shelter
or other place to sleep,”
Carter wrote in his request,
released Sunday.
Many of the more than
500 people living in the encampment have disabilities
or suffer from trauma that
make it difficult for them to
stay in small, high-traffic
areas such as shelters, according to advocates who
sued on their behalf.
Officials at the Elder Law
and Disability Rights Center, who filed the lawsuit
against the cities and the
county, are seeking a temporary restraining order that
would halt the removal of
the homeless, a process that
started Jan. 22.
Since then, the Orange
County Sheriff ’s Department, along with parole officers and public works crews,
has been a steady presence
at the encampment, urging
residents to pack and prepare for a move. They have
arrested individuals for parole violations, but so far, not
for trespassing, says Brooke
Weitzman, co-founder of the
Elder Law and Disability
Mass killer part of alt-right, report says
Elliot Rodger, who
stabbed and shot six
people in Isla Vista,
had interest in Nazis.
By Ben Poston
Elliot Rodger, the 22year-old who killed six
students in the college town
of Isla Vista in 2014, was the
first “alt-right killer” to
strike in recent years, according to a new report from
the Southern Poverty Law
Rodger among 13 alleged alt-
Lawrence K. Ho Los Angeles Times
a 137-page manifesto that
laid out his racist beliefs.
right killers whose actions
left 43 people dead and more
than 60 injured since 2014.
The alleged perpetrators
were all men and most were
under 30 years of age, the report says. The common
thread: All participated in
the “far-right ecosystem
that defines the alt-right.”
One of them made several references to Rodger before carrying out his attack
last year, the report says.
William Edward Atchison used the pseudonym
“Elliot Rodger” online and
gentleman,” a moniker
Rodger gave himself that became an alt-right meme, ac-
cording to the report. Atchison, 21, entered a New Mexico high school Dec. 7 and
killed two students before
taking his own life.
The list also includes Dylann Roof, the white supremacist convicted of fatally shooting nine black
members of a Bible class in
South Carolina in 2015.
Kelly Hoover, public information officer for the
Santa Barbara County
Sheriff ’s Office, said she had
not read the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report but
noted that investigators had
Rodger’s interest in Nazi figures.
Brown signs bill to protect whistleblowers
By Melanie Mason
to extend whistleblower protections to Capitol staffers
that had been repeatedly
shelved in previous years
cleared the Legislature on
Monday and was promptly
signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The legislation by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore)
would protect legislative
employees who report legal
or ethical violations, including sexual harassment, by
fellow staff or lawmakers.
“No one should have to
decide between keeping
their job and reporting
abuse,” Melendez said while
presenting Assembly Bill
403 on the Assembly floor. It
passed on a 74-0 vote to applause in the chamber.
Melendez first intro-
duced the measure in 2014,
after a string of ethical scandals in the state Senate led
to the unprecedented suspension of three senators. In
four attempts, her proposal
easily passed the Assembly,
only to be held in the Senate
Appropriations Committee
with little explanation.
The renewed focus on
sexual harassment in recent
months breathed new life
into the bill, with the list of
coauthors swelling to more
than 60. The measure was
amended to more explicitly
include protections for staff
who are filing reports on sexual harassment and also to
include an urgency clause,
which makes it go into immediate effect with Brown’s
Assembly members and
staff wore black to mark
Monday’s vote, the final leg[See Bill, B5]
“That’s something that
did come out as part of the
investigation,” Hoover said.
A 2015 report by the sheriff ’s office revealed Rodger’s
research of Nazis, including
some of the architects of the
Holocaust. The report does
not mention the alt-right.
“Upon review of the suspect’s internet search history, investigators have
learned that the suspect was
very interested in some of
the practices and techniques of the Third Reich,”
the sheriff ’s report said.
“The suspect’s in-depth research included information
about Joseph Goebbels and
[See Rodger, B6]
Santa Ana
ends needle
City denies permit
request, saying
discarded syringes
pose a health risk. B3
‘Frasier’ actor
dies at age 77
John Mahoney played
the cranky, lovable
dad on TV comedy. B4
Lottery ...................... B5
Rights Center.
“People do want to comply” with the removal order,
she said. “It’s not that they
want to be doing anything
wrong. They just have nowhere to go.”
Orange County lacks affordable housing or temporary housing that could offer
shelter to the homeless, and
people being referred to area
armories find that those facilities are operating on limited hours, Weitzman said.
“It’s desolation all around.”
[See Homeless, B4]
gun not
Someone in crowd
possibly took weapon
after deputies killed
youth, official says.
By Angel Jennings
and Javier Panzar
A gun authorities allege
was carried by a 16-year-old
boy who was shot and killed
by sheriff ’s deputies in
South Los Angeles during a
foot chase may have been
taken by someone in a crowd
of people who converged on
the scene, an official said
A crowd of 30 or more
people from the Westmont
deputies after the shooting
Sunday night, Los Angeles
County Sheriff ’s Capt. Chris
Bergner said at a news conference.
backup, and trying to control the situation, it’s believed that somebody may
have taken the gun that was
in the possession of the juvenile at the time of the incident,” Bergner said.
Two deputies responded
to a report of a young man in
blue jeans and a black shirt
pointing a handgun at a motorist about 8 p.m. in the 1200
block of 107th Street. The
caller, according to audio released Monday, said he
feared for his life.
While on foot, deputies
encountered a 16-year-old
boy who matched the description. They spotted a
handgun tucked into his
pants, according to statements by the Sheriff ’s Department. When they ordered him not to move, the
teen ignored the deputies’
command and took off running into an apartment complex known as a gang hangout, Bergner said.
The teenager led deputies into the courtyard, he
said. During the chase, the
young man turned toward
the deputies and one of the
deputies fired about 10
shots. The teenager was
struck “several times” in the
upper body, the department
said in a statement.
Neighbors flooded the
courtyard, Bergner said.
The two deputies called for
additional help to control
the crowd as it swelled to 30
or 40 people. It was in this
mayhem that deputies believe the gun went missing,
Bergner said.
Officials have talked to
residents and witnesses dur[See Gun, B4]
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a boost
He and other GOP
lawmakers donate to
group fighting state’s
gas tax increase.
By Patrick McGreevy
Photographs by
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
HOMELESS gather outside the Santa Ana Civic Center in 2016. City officials have blamed a needle exchange for syringes discarded there.
Orange County’s only program
to exchange needles is closed
Santa Ana denies
nonprofit’s permit
application, saying
littered syringes pose
a public health risk.
By Ben Brazil
Orange County’s first
and only needle-exchange
program has shut down after Santa Ana city officials
denied its permit application, sparking concerns
from public health advocates.
City officials say the move
was necessary because of an
increased number of discarded syringes in the Santa
Ana Civic Center, for which
they blame the needle exchange.
Kyle Barbour, co-founder
and board member of the
Orange County Needle Exchange Program, said the
nonprofit’s permit application was denied by the city in
The group, which operated in the Civic Center,
says needle exchanges are a
crucial public health service.
“People are going to die
and get infectious diseases,”
Barbour said. “There’s no
ambiguity that needle exchanges are an effective
Needle exchanges seek to
provide drug users with
clean needles to prevent the
spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV and hep-
SYRINGES dot the banks of the Santa Ana River in November. Public health
advocates say needle exchanges are crucial in preventing the spread of diseases.
atitis C, and other harm
caused by dirty needles.
The practice is endorsed
by the American Medical
Assn., the World Health Organization and the federal
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, among others.
Santa Ana has the highest rate of HIV infection in
the county, according to 2016
statistics from the Orange
County Health Care Agency.
There was a 201.2% increase
in hepatitis C rates in Orange County from 2011 to
2015, according to the California Department of Public
“Syringe services programs are an essential component of preventive healthcare for people who inject
spokesman for the state
agency, said in an email.
“Scientific studies have consistently found that syringe
services programs reduce
HIV and viral hepatitis infection and are among the
most cost-effective tools
“While the California
Health cannot predict the
specific results of closing
Orange County Needle Ex-
change Program services,
one could expect that it
would negatively impact
HIV, viral hepatitis, and opioid-overdose prevention efforts in Santa Ana and Orange County.”
The state health department is the supervising
agency for the Orange
County Needle Exchange
and recertified the nonprofit
on Jan. 12.
But the city of Santa Ana
decided the needle exchange
posed a public health issue
for visitors and the city and
county employees who work
Robert Cortez, Santa
Ana deputy city manager,
said that syringe litter became a rampant problem
since the needle exchange
opened about two years ago.
“A lot of unintended consequences came with the
program,” Cortez said.
“There was needle debris everywhere in the center, to the
point where some of the
books at the Santa Ana library had needles inside of
Cortez said workers had
been pricked by needles lying around the center.
When asked whether
needle litter had been an issue at the Civic Center before the arrival of the needle
exchange, Cortez said, “not
to the extent that you see
Brazil writes for Times
Community News.
SACRAMENTO — California’s Republican members of Congress are opening
their wallets to help a financially strapped campaign to
qualify an initiative that
would repeal the state’s recent increases in gas taxes
and vehicle fees.
If the effort works, it
might drive a November
turnout among voters who
favor repealing the tax hikes
— at a time when Republicans need a boost.
Among the contributors
is Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, who has been in the
headlines for his public push
to release a controversial
memo related to the Russia
investigation. Nunes, who is
campaigning against the gas
tax back home, contributed
$25,000 to Give Voters a
Voice, the group reported
Republican Rep. Doug
LaMalfa of Richvale chipped
in $2,500 to the campaign,
which had previously received $100,000 from House
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and
$25,000 each from Reps. Ken
Calvert of Corona and Mimi
Walters of Irvine.
raised about $615,000 to repeal the gas tax, but ended
2017 with just $3,791 in the
Carl DeMaio, a former
San Diego city councilman,
sent a fundraising appeal
Tuesday to supporters of the
repeal measure saying that
about 100,000 more petition
signatures were needed to
reach the required 587,000 to
qualify the measure for the
ballot. “We are really low on
funds now and we need more
financial help in our final
four weeks to get this done!”
DeMaio wrote.
The repeal campaign
also is getting help from
DeMaio’s Reform California
PAC, which raised $831,154
last year and ended 2017 with
$225,000 in the bank.
Republicans see political
benefit in putting a measure
on the November ballot as a
way to energize voters to go
to the polls.
The gas tax and vehicle
fee increases will raise more
than $5.2 billion annually to
repair roads and bridges and
improve mass transit.
Former top Schwarzenegger aide agrees to fines
Susan Kennedy will
pay $32,500 for
shadow lobbying.
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — Susan Kennedy, the former top
Schwarzenegger, has agreed
to pay $32,500 in fines for
shadow lobbying, or advocating for clients before a
state agency without registering as a lobbyist, according to documents released
The state Fair Political
Practices Commission’s enforcement staff says Kennedy failed to register
though she attempted to influence the California Public
Utilities Commission from
2012 through 2014 on behalf of
her clients, Lyft Inc. and San
Gabriel Valley Water Co.
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
SUSAN KENNEDY, then chief of staff to Gov. Ar-
nold Schwarzenegger, attends a meeting in 2010.
Kennedy was paid $201,000
for the lobbying work.
Kennedy served on the
California Public Utilities
Commission from 2003 to
2006. She was chief of staff to
Schwarzenegger from 2007
to 2011 before she became a
She signed an agreement
with the FPPC enforcement
staff admitting to the violations of the state Political
Reform Act.
“In this case, the violations were serious since the
public and other interested
parties were not informed of
Kennedy’s lobbying activity,” the agreement says.
“While Kennedy maintains
she did not intend to qualify
as a lobbyist, given her experience and sophistication,
she should have been aware
at the time that her activity
qualified as lobbying.”
The agreement and fines
are expected to be approved
by the Fair Political Practices Commission on Feb. 15.
The panel has been investigating shadow lobbying for
years at the state Capitol
and has fined others who
have tried to secretly influence state government.
The state defines a lobbyist as someone who receives
$2,000 or more in a calendar
month to communicate directly, or through an agent,
with state officials for the
purpose of influencing legis-
lative or administrative action. Such people must register as lobbyists with the
state and periodically report
how much and for what purpose.
Kennedy failed to register and disclose her payments, resulting in eight violations of the Political Reform Act. In 2012, Lyft Inc.
gave Kennedy a $15,000-amonth contract to help
“strategic management” of
Lyft’s public policy interests,
the report said.
Lyft and other ride-hailing firms including Uber
were under the scrutiny of
the PUC for operating without its approval at the time,
and Lyft agreed to pay a fine
of $20,000 for operating without the agency’s authority.
After being retained by
Lyft, Kennedy contacted
CPUC President Michael
Peevey, Executive Director
Paul Clanon and other staff
to convince them that the
state should work with the
ride-hailing firms, not shut
them down.
At Kennedy’s prodding,
the California Public Utilities Commission decided to
adopt rules on the new industry regarding liability insurance, driver licensing
and background checks,
driver training programs
and vehicle inspections.
James C. Harrison, an attorney for Kennedy, said she
“moved immediately once
the discrepancy was identified to provide the necessary
information requested by
the FPPC. Integrity and
character are hallmark principles in how Kennedy conducts herself in business,
which is why she is acting
swiftly and looks forward to
its resolution.”
Twitter: @mcgreevy99
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Cranky dad on TV show ‘Frasier’
By Steve Marble
ohn Mahoney, the English actor who became a
familiar presence on
American television as
Kelsey Grammer’s crankyyet-sensible
“Frasier,” has died. He was
Mahoney died Sunday after being hospitalized in Chicago, where he lived. His
death was confirmed by the
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he’d been an
ensemble member since
Though Mahoney was
best known for his role as
Martin Crane — the ex-cop
who regularly deflates the
fully expanded egos of his
two sons — his career was expansive and he tackled complex characters in both film
and television.
He appeared in “Eight
Men Out,” “Barton Fink,”
“Tin Man” and “Moonstruck” and was a regular
performer at the Steppenwolf, the acclaimed Chicago
theater company.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
Though his credits were numerous, John Mahoney, shown in 2009, said he became accustomed to people remembering his face but not his name.
nominated for an Emmy for
“Frasier” and won a Tony
Award for “The House of
Blue Leaves.” Mahoney’s recent roles included guest appearances on “Hot in Cleveland” and a 2015 episode of
“Foyle’s War.”
But it was his role as Martin Crane, seated in his
worse-for-wear recliner in
the midst of Grammer’s otherwise
apartment, for which he was
best remembered.
Though he was prolific
and his credits numerous,
Mahoney said he became accustomed to people remembering his face but not his
“I’ve got a sturdy ego,
and it doesn’t bother me,” he
told The Times in 1996. “As
long as writers, directors
and the people who can employ me know who I am, I’m
Born in Blackpool, England, Mahoney came to the
U.S. when he was young and
landed a job as the editor of a
medical magazine, until the
work tested his patience.
“What’s this, I’m going to
write about hemorrhoids
and cataracts the rest of my
But his career as an actor
didn’t begin to bloom until
he was in his early 40s.
“By the time I started my
career, most people had given up and started selling insurance,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 2004. “I
didn’t have so much competition.”
So he took drama classes,
landed roles at the Steppenwolf and worked with emerging actors such as John
Malkovich, Gary Sinise and
Laurie Metcalf.
As his television and film
career blossomed, Mahoney
shuttled between L.A. and
Chicago and bounced freely
between television, cinema
and the stage.
“You’re supposed to say
how wonderful the stage is
and how you only do film and
TV for the money, but that
sounds a bit whorish to me,”
he said in 2009.
“If it’s a great script, I
don’t care what the medium
Time running out in Natalie Wood case
[Natalie Wood, from B1]
Detectives would also
like to talk to Wagner again,
but the 88-year-old actor has
refused to be interviewed in
recent years.
Corina believes Wagner
was the last person to see
Wood before she plunged
into the waters that Thanksgiving weekend. There were
only two others on the yacht
besides Wood and Wagner.
swim, had spoken publicly
about her fear of “dark water.”
“Was she placed in the
water? Was she unconscious
and placed in the water?”
Corina said. “Or did she accidentally fall in the water and
nobody helped her?”
The chances those questions will ever be answered
are slim, said Stanley Goldman, a professor at Loyola
Law School and a former
public defender.
“Unless the early versions of TMZ were taking
pictures of three stars on a
boat, or Robert Wagner actually confessed, or if someone with some credibility
comes forward and says,
‘Twelve years ago, he confessed to me, he threw her
over the side’ — I find it very
hard to believe they can
charge him at this point,”
Goldman said.
From the beginning, celebrity elevated the tragic
nature of Wood’s death.
Wood and Wagner were a
Hollywood golden couple
who had divorced and then
married a second time, their
tempestuous relationship
adding to their glamorous
aura. On the yacht with
them were another wellknown actor, Christopher
Walken, and the vessel’s captain, Dennis Davern.
The case quickly went
cold after the Los Angeles
Wood’s death an accident.
The actress slipped into
the water and drowned
while trying to board the
small boat, or dinghy, the
Noguchi, said.
Bruises on Wood’s left
cheek were consistent with
injuries she might have sustained if she hit the yacht as
she fell, Noguchi said at a
news conference days after
the death. Noguchi noted
that Wood’s blood-alcohol
content was .14% on a night
when there was “much recreational drinking.”
In 2011, almost 30 years to
the day after Wood’s death,
sheriff ’s officials reopened
the investigation. Then, in
2013, with Noguchi long out
of office, coroner’s officials
changed the cause of death
from “accidental drowning”
to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”
The new coroner’s report
cited fresh bruises on the actress’ arms and knee, along
with a scratch on her neck
and a scrape on her fore-
Los Angeles Times
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
NATALIE WOOD, shown in 1956 with actor Tab
CHRISTOPHER BERGNER, left, a captain with the Los Angeles County Sher-
Hunter, did not know how to swim and had spoken
publicly about her fear of “dark water.”
iff’s Department, speaks at a news conference Monday on the Natalie Wood case.
head, as evidence that she
might have been assaulted
before she drowned.
The coroner, Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran,
said in his report that investigators never took nail clippings from Wood’s body to
see if she made scratch
marks on the dinghy. If Wood
made the marks, that would
support the theory that she
was trying to get into the
smaller boat.
More than 100 people
contacted authorities after
the investigation was reopened, Corina said at Monday’s news conference.
Among them were witnesses on a nearby boat who
said they heard Wood and
Wagner arguing, corroborating Davern’s account.
Davern, who wrote a
book about the incident,
said he heard an intense argument coming from Wood
and Wagner’s cabin. He
went to check on them, worried that “some kind of assault was going on,” Corina
said at the news conference.
“That’s when he was told
to go away by Robert Wagner,” Corina said. “Natalie
Wood and Robert Wagner
ended up on the back of the
boat arguing, and then it
goes quiet.”
After hearing the additional witness accounts, Corina concluded that what
Wagner told investigators at
the time “made absolutely
no sense.”
“He figures, ‘Oh, she
must have gotten the dinghy
and went into town,’ ” Corina said. “In her pajamas, in
her socks, in the middle of
the night, it’s raining out,
and for some reason, she’s
going to take the dinghy,
which she doesn’t drive, she
probably doesn’t know how
to drive it, and take it into
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defend teen was armed
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remains a “person of
interest” in the case.
When Davern suggested
that they turn on a searchlight and look for Wood,
Wagner said no, Corina added. Nor did Wagner call for
help, instead insisting that
Davern drink alcohol with
him for the next hour and a
half, Corina said.
Wagner’s attorney, Blair
Berk, declined to comment
when reached by phone
Monday. In 2013, Berk said
that Wagner had nothing to
do with the death. “After 30
years, neither Mr. Wagner
nor his daughters have any
new information to add to
this latest investigation,”
she said then in a statement,
blaming publicity seekers
for exploiting the case.
More people claiming
knowledge of the case have
come forward since the “48
Hours” episode aired, Corina said. Whether Wood’s
death was an accident or a
murder depends on how she
got into the water.
Walken was asleep in his
room at the time, Corina
said. Wagner, he said, remains a “person of interest,”
not a suspect.
Times staff writer Maya Lau
contributed to this report.
[Homeless, from B1]
At the hearing, she will
represent seven homeless
individuals from the riverbed along with representatives of the Orange County
Catholic Worker, a group
helping the poor get access
to housing and social services.
Carter wrote in his ruling
that when all sides meet in
court, he is open to input
from organizations helping
military veterans or those
providing housing or protection for abused women.
He’s asking participants
to bring information on “the
number and circumstances
of any citations issued or arrests made” under the cities’
and county’s anti-camping
and anti-loitering laws since
Jan. 1.
Many among the homeless, such as Laura Kasten,
who grew up in Fullerton,
tell outreach workers that
when they’re “finally kicked
out,” they may resort to
parks or “anywhere I can set
up my stuff.”
“I’m frozen,” Kasten said.
“I don’t know where to begin
because ultimately, it’s not
about our belongings. We
can find more discarded
things. It’s about being
treated with respect and to
them, we’re throwaways.”
[Gun, from B1]
ing the investigation, including one who validated the
“deputies’ accounts and observations,” Bergner said
“The witness has stated
that they were not able to tell
if the subject had a gun but
did hear deputies telling
him ‘Don’t reach for it. Don’t
reach for it,’ ” Bergner said,
“intimating that the subject
did have a gun.”
Bergner said deputies
were sure they saw a weapon
on the teenager.
“Deputies were pretty articulate in describing specific features of the weapon
that led us to believe they did
see a gun,” he said. The deputies were not wearing body
The teenager, whom deputies did not identify due to
his age, was a suspected
gang member.
But other witnesses
question the deputies’ accounts. They said that the
teenager was seen throughout the day shirtless.
Bergner said paramedics
cut a shirt off the teenager as
they were trying to save his
Community activist Kevin Orange said that he personally knew the young man,
who was known by neighbors to be a member of a
gang. The teen was always
respectful during their interactions, Orange said.
“All the challenges he was
going through as a juvenile
and all the prevention programs they have out there,”
wasn’t enough to “prevent
him from going down that
road of joining a gang,” Orange, 54, a Westmont resident, said. “Men in our community failed him.”
Orange said he saw the
young man an hour before
the shooting. He was barechested with a white shirt
tied around his neck. He and
four or five friends were out
celebrating the Super Bowl.
The area where the
shooting occurred is known
to law enforcement as
“death alley” because it has
one of the highest mortality
rates in Los Angeles County.
“This is death alley,” Orange said. “People do carry
guns, not to hurt somebody
but to make sure they don’t
get hurt.”
Still, he said he never saw
the 16-year-old armed.
“I have never seen him
with a gun and I didn’t see
him with a gun that day,”
said Orange, who wondered
whether deputies had the
wrong suspect.
This is the first fatal deputy-involved shooting of
2018. Last year, there were
eight, according to statistics
released by the department
The L.A. County district
attorney’s office also is investigating the shooting.
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Security for
3 Berkeley
events cost
$3.9 million
Safety measures were
‘clearly necessary’
in charged political
climate, officials say.
associated press
$4 million on security for a
month of free-speech events
last year when the campus
became a flashpoint for the
country’s political divisions.
The university revealed
in documents that it spent
$3.9 million to bring in outside police forces, pay their
room, board and overtime,
standby, rent barricades
and pay other security costs
for three events scheduled
from Aug. 27 to Sept. 27.
The university split the
costs with the office of UC
President Janet Napolitano
for what both described as
unprecedented security circumstances.
“We would have certainly
preferred to expend these
precious resources on our
academic mission,” Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ
said Monday in a statement
from the university. “We do
not, however, regret having
taken the steps that were
clearly necessary to support
our paired commitment to
free speech and the safety of
our campus community.”
Berkeley’s reputation as
a liberal bastion and the
birthplace of the 1960s’ Free
Speech Movement made its
campus and the city a rallying point for extremist
groups from the left and
right wing after President
Trump’s election.
Several political demonstrations turned violent,
starting with a February 2017
event that was to be hosted
by conservative firebrand
Milo Yiannopoulos. It was
ultimately canceled as rioters set fires and smashed
campus windows ahead of
his planned speech.
After those riots, the university ramped up security
for other politically charged
Jeff Chiu Associated Press
UC BERKELEY split campus security costs with the
office of UC President Janet Napolitano, right, in
what both said were unprecedented circumstances.
Brown signs
[Bill, from B1]
islative hurdle for the measure. The bill also became a
rallying point for advocates
seeking an overhaul to the
way the Capitol handles sexual harassment complaints.
We Said Enough, a nonprofit
group formed by some of the
authors of an open letter released in October decrying
Capitol culture toward women, lauded its passage.
“We hope that the passage of AB 403 provides
some comfort to victims and
acts as a warning to perpetrators that harassment and
discrimination is unacceptable,” the group said in a
statement. “The responsibility to change behavior
rests with all of us, and as a
community we need to remain committed to continuing the fight for this goal.”
The vote came three days
after the Legislature released records on more than
a decade’s worth of substantiated sexual harassment
claims filed in the Capitol.
The disclosure offered the
most detailed look yet at
how the institution investigates and disciplines complaints of misconduct.
There were 18 substantiated cases of sexual harassment or abuse since 2006, according to the records, and
both houses say additional
inquiries are ongoing. Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) said the
uptick in investigations in
2017 is not a reflection of increased harassment in the
Capitol, but of more women
coming forward.
“I think that this will have
a chilling effect on people
who operate in the Capitol,
who know that women aren’t going to be silent any
longer,” said Friedman, who
Rich Pedroncelli AP
Melendez first introduced her bill in 2014.
chairs a committee evaluating the Legislature’s handling of harassment complaints. “They’re willing to
come forward, and this Legislature will investigate and
we will release the names of
people who are committing
these kinds of actions.”
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Isla Vista killer was in ‘far-right ecosystem’
[Rodger, from B1]
Heinrich Himmler, two infamous members of the Nazi
The internet search history log shows Rodger had
looked for terms such as “If
you were Adolf Hitler” and
“Nazi curbstomp.”
sheriff ’s
noted that Himmler’s date
of death coincided with the
date of Rodger’s attack: May
23. The report, however, says
this appears to be purely
The Southern Poverty
Law Center’s report says the
“timeline for alt-right killers
began on May 23, 2014.” On
that day, Rodger killed six
people before shooting himself.
The slayings started in an
apartment he shared with
Weihann “David” Wang, 20,
and Cheng Yuan “James”
Hong, 20. The two were ambushed separately as they
entered the apartment and
were stabbed to death.
Rodger then killed their
friend, George Chen, 19.
Deputies said Rodger left
his laptop on and open on his
bed; on the screen was the
Rodger had just uploaded
his video titled “Retribution.” He also posted a 137page autobiographical essay
that laid out his motives and
his racist beliefs.
“How could an inferior,
ugly black boy be able to get
a white girl and not me? I am
beautiful, and I am half
white myself,” Rodger wrote.
“I am descended from
British aristocracy. He is de-
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
RESIDENTS of Isla Vista gather near where Elliot
Rodger, 22, fatally shot himself after killing six people
and wounding 13 others on May 23, 2014.
scended from slaves.”
After he left the apartment, Rodger got into his
BMW and sped across Isla
Vista and fired more than 55
times. But he still had about
550 rounds of ammunition
with him. He fatally shot
three people and wounded 13
others before fatally shooting
wounded once when he exchanged fire with law enforcement officials who were
swarming the area. The
shooting rampage lasted
only eight minutes.
The shooting reignited
the national debate on gun
control because Rodger’s
weapons were purchased legally despite his family expressing concerns for his
mental health. It also
launched a conversation
about misogyny and entitlement by men; in a series of
sometimes disturbing, often
rambling video messages
posted to YouTube, Rodger
complained that he was a
virgin who couldn’t find a
girlfriend despite his money
and supposed attributes.
In his final video and essay posted online just minutes before he began the
rampage, Rodger vowed to
take revenge on the women
of Isla Vista for these perceived slights.
After the shooting, California passed a law that allowed guns to be temporarily seized from people determined to be dangerous.
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
UC SANTA BARBARA students participate in a memorial for Rodger’s victims.
The shooting reignited the national debate on gun control.
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Wells shares
hit hard after
Fed order
The 9.2% drop reflects
investor concern after
bank was punished for
its accounts scandal.
By James Rufus Koren
and Jim Puzzanghera
On a day when the Dow
experienced its biggest
point loss in history, Wells
Fargo & Co. did twice as bad.
The bank’s shares tumbled 9.2% on Monday — their
biggest single-day drop
since the financial crisis —
reflecting just how much investors have lost faith in the
San Francisco financial giant since it was severely punished last week for its accounts scandal and other assorted wrongdoing.
The Federal Reserve on
Friday ordered the bank to
stop growing, an action that
went far beyond the fines, legal settlements and other
regulatory actions that have
hit the bank over the last 18
“This is a big deal. If it
weren’t, the stock wouldn’t
be down almost 10%,” said
Scott Siefers, an analyst
with Sandler O’Neill. “It’s a
shocking penalty.”
The Fed also publicly
chided the company’s board
and two former chairmen —
and Wells Fargo announced
it would replace four board
members this year.
Though Wells Fargo’s
chief executive has said the
bank will remain “open for
business” and analysts say it
will certainly continue to
make loans and accept deposits, the Fed’s order will
require the bank to cut back
in some business areas and
temporarily shelve growth
Other banks have faced
big penalties from the Fed,
such as demands that they
not make acquisitions or pay
dividends, but it’s not clear
how Wells Fargo’s penalty
will affect the massive bank,
the nation’s third-largest by
“None of us have ever
seen anything like this before,” Siefers said. “I’ve never
seen an asset cap imposed
on a company, at least publicly.”
Ken Leon, an equity analyst at research firm CFRA,
likened Wells Fargo to an
auto plant. With the econo[See Bank, C4]
A FALCON Heavy rocket sits in Cape Canaveral, Fla., in December. The 27-engine rocket will launch
from Kennedy Space Center in its first demonstration mission carrying SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla.
SpaceX to launch
heavy-lift rocket
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
A WELLS FARGO branch in downtown Los Ange-
les. The Fed has ordered the bank to stop growing.
Behemoth announced in 2007 faces a changed market
trial underway
By Samantha Masunaga
Seven years ago, Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk
first publicly introduced the Falcon Heavy rocket, promising that the first launch of the 27-engine behemoth
would be “pretty epic.”
That day comes Tuesday, when SpaceX plans to
launch the Falcon Heavy at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time from
Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in its first demonstration mission. The Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful U.S. rocket since the famed Saturn V, which took astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.
A successful launch would vault SpaceX into the small
cadre of heavy-lift rockets available throughout the
world, incuding the European Ariane 5 and United
Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy in the U.S.
But the commercial market for massive satellites is
tight, meaning the Hawthorne space company will need
to capitalize on lucrative national security launches and
position itself to compete for new opportunities requiring
heavy hauling capacity to maximize its investment in Falcon Heavy.
“The world has changed since 2011 when Falcon Heavy
was announced,” said John Logsdon, professor emeritus
at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. “Falcon Heavy has to
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Case involves alleged
theft of trade secrets.
‘Famous’ witness asks
to testify in private.
By Russ Mitchell
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
SPACEX is based in Hawthorne. Falcon Heavy
markets could include NASA planetary missions.
Is CFPB giving Equifax a pass?
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
CFPB interim chief Mick Mulvaney reportedly has
decided not to issue subpoenas or seek sworn testimony from Equifax executives. Above, Senate Democrats discuss Equifax’s data breach last year.
The down-isup world of
the Trump
administration grew
even battier
amid reports
that the
Financial Protection Bureau is scaling back its
investigation into credit
agency Equifax, which
allowed hackers to access
the personal information of
more than 145 million
Because, you know, why
would you want the nation’s
top consumer watchdog
aggressively looking into
one of the worst data
breaches in the country’s
When I first heard the
news, I felt a little like Alice
trying to adjust to the impossible happening. “One
can’t believe impossible
things,” she laments.
To which the White
Queen replies: “I daresay
you haven’t had much practice.... Why, sometimes I’ve
believed as many as six
impossible things before
Reuters, citing “government and industry sources,”
said the bureau’s interim
director, White House
budget chief Mick Mulvaney, has taken us through
the looking glass by deciding not to issue subpoenas
or seek sworn testimony
from Equifax execs.
The CFPB also “has
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Uber’s a cheat that used
stolen trade secrets to boost
a lackluster driverless car
project in a craven attempt
to keep its ride-hailing business competitive as robots
replace human drivers.
Waymo’s a crybaby that
can’t hang on to talented engineers and compensates by
filing groundless lawsuits
about stolen trade secrets.
And Waymo’s trade secrets
aren’t really secret — just
stuff any engineer trained in
would already know.
That, in essence, is the argument each side is making
as Waymo, the driverless car
arm of Google’s Alphabet,
squares off in U.S. District
Court against Uber.
The long-awaited trial,
which started Monday in
San Francisco, pits two
technology giants against
each other in a battle for supremacy in the driverless car
and truck industry.
Plaintiff Waymo says that
eight trade secrets were
found in a cache of 14,000
documents allegedly stolen
by its engineer Anthony
Levandowski as he transitioned to Uber.
The stakes of the case
and the value of intellectual
technology is best illustrated in the price Uber paid
Levandowski to entice him
from Waymo: $592 million.
That covered the driverless truck company Otto,
controlled by Levandowski
and sold to Uber, with
Levandowski’s engineering
talents as part of the package. A swarm of Waymo engineers
Levandowski to Uber.
In opening arguments,
Charles Verhoeven noted
that Uber saw Google’s driverless technology as an existential threat to its ridehailing business and needed
to catch up fast. “They decided to win at all costs,” he
told the jury. Uber founder
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Snap to release
key results
Snapchat’s owner
needs to show strong
growth as it reports
earnings. C2
A bigger bid
from Broadcom
The chip maker’s
$82-a-share offer for
Qualcomm ramps up
pressure on investors
to back a takeover. C2
Game’s ratings
less than super
Viewership of the
Super Bowl telecast
falls 7% from 2017 to
the lowest number in
nine years. C3
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raises its bid
Chip maker ramps
up pressure on
shareholders to back
Qualcomm takeover.
By Mike Freeman
Bryan R. Smith AFP/Getty Images
WALL STREET’S consensus is that Snap will report revenue of $253 million in the fourth quarter. The com-
pany missed third-quarter expectations by nearly $30 million when it reported revenue of $207.9 million.
Snap’s fourth-quarter
profit report is crucial
Snapchat owner needs
to show strong growth
to put first-year
struggles behind it.
By David Pierson
Snap Inc., the parent
company of video messaging app Snapchat, will need
to show strong growth when
it releases its fourth-quarter
earnings report Tuesday if it
hopes to reverse what’s been
a difficult first year as a publicly traded company.
Despite major changes to
its famously esoteric interface, Snap has so far struggled to deliver sufficient user
growth and advertising revenue to satisfy investors in
the face of stiff competition
from Facebook and Instagram. A steady exodus of
executives has also raised
questions about the company’s stability.
“Snap is going through a
painful maturation phase to
turn this one-trick-pony
platform into a broader, adcentric consumer app that
will enable Snap to increase
[average revenue per user]
and [daily active user]
growth,” Daniel Ives, an analyst for GBH Insights, wrote
in a research note.
Ives expects Snap to have
added 6 million more daily
active users in the fourth
quarter, to bring the Venice
company’s worldwide total
to 184 million. By comparison, Instagram has 300 million daily active users.
photo and video app has
Snapchat’s products, including its short video compilations, which Instagram
calls Stories. Facebook cofounder and Chief Executive
Mark Zuckerberg told analysts last week in an earnings
call that Stories were on
track to overtake regular
posts on Facebook’s News
Consensus on Wall Street
is that Snap will report revenue of $253 million in the
fourth quarter — up from its
disappointing third-quarter
results when the company
missed expectations by
nearly $30 million after it reported revenue of $207.9 million.
Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities,
thinks Snap will disappoint
again in the fourth quarter,
predicting revenue below
consensus of $238 million.
trends, fierce competition
for user mindshare and advertiser dollars, and a history of being hugely unprofitable keep us on the sidelines,” Pachter told clients in
a research note.
Snap filed its IPO in
March to great fanfare, pricing its stock at $17. After
peaking at $27.09 shortly after, the company’s stock has
seen a steady decline, dropping as low as $11.83 in August.
The stock closed at
$13.85, up just over 1%, on
Monday, when many stocks
fell and the tech-heavy
Nasdaq composite index
slipped nearly 3.8%. The
wider volatility in stock
prices, however, means it’s
difficult to gauge the significance of Snap’s modest
gains Monday.
commands a highly desirable
user base of young people, in
the eyes of advertisers. But it
needs to find more ways to
generate revenue out of this
“Snapchat is doing really
well when it comes to engagement; its users spend a
significant amount of time
on the app, and young users
in particular are still very active,” said Debra Aho
Williamson, an analyst for
EMarketer, a research firm.
“But that hasn’t translated
to strong revenue growth. In
part, that’s because advertisers continue to funnel
more money to Instagram.”
Major changes are rolling
out on Snapchat to attract
more users. Among them, a
redesign aimed at making
the app’s interface more intuitive and a move to allow
users to share public
content on rival social media
Twitter: @dhpierson
Chip maker Broadcom
Ltd. boosted its buyout offer
for rival Qualcomm Inc. on
Monday to $82 per share —
ratcheting up the pressure
on shareholders to support a
hostile takeover bid.
The massive $121-billion
merger would be the largest
ever in the tech industry, and
Broadcom’s bid represents a
50% premium over the trading price of Qualcomm’s
shares in early November,
when Broadcom first made
overtures to acquire the San
Diego company.
Broadcom Chief Executive Hock Tan called the increase his “final and best’’ offer for Qualcomm.
In November, Broadcom
offered $70 per share to acquire Qualcomm, which the
company’s board rejected as
too low. Tan then nominated
a slate of alternative candidates to replace all 11 members of Qualcomm’s board of
directors in a hostile takeover bid. Qualcomm shareholders will choose either
Broadcom’s or Qualcomm’s
slate by its March 6 annual
The new offer would pay
$60 per share in cash and $22
in Broadcom stock. The
cash portion of the deal is
the same as it was in November. But the old bid offered
only $10 in Broadcom stock
per Qualcomm share.
“Our proposal includes
substantially more Broadcom stock, which will allow
Qualcomm stockholders a
greater opportunity to participate in the upside created by the combined company’s strategic and operational advantages,” Tan said
in a letter to Qualcomm’s
Qualcomm said that it
has received the revised offer and that its board will review it.
“We suspect the price is
still below what Qualcomm
is looking for,” Bernstein Research analyst Stacy Rasgon said in a report.
The combination would
create a semiconductor giant with more than $50 billion in annual revenue —
trailing only Intel and Samsung.
It also could cause significant upheaval at Qualcomm. Tan is known for operating lean. Broadcom,
based in Singapore and San
Jose, has roughly 17,000 global employees compared with
Qualcomm’s 33,000.
In its fight against the
hostile takeover, Qualcomm
has argued that future
growth prospects are strong
as it pushes into new markets beyond smartphones,
including personal computers, computer servers, automotive semiconductors, radio frequency chips and “Internet of Things” gadgets.
The rollout of next-generation 5G mobile networks
beginning in 2019 also is expected to help Qualcomm,
which estimates that it has a
one- to two-year lead over
Qualcomm argues that
its shares have been temporarily depressed from legal
battles with Apple Inc. and
global antitrust regulators
over its business practices
surrounding patent licensing. Once those disputes are
resolved, the company believes it can deliver $6.75 to
$7.50 per share in earnings in
But in a presentation to
contended Qualcomm has
long failed to deliver on its
projections, including missing targets for its chip business revenue, cost reductions and operating profit
“Given Qualcomm’s broken promises, should investors believe Qualcomm
can accurately project two
years forward?” Broadcom
said in its pitch to shareholders.
Rasgon called Broadcom’s rebuttal of Qualcomm’s growth prospects
“simply brutal.”
“Some elements of particular note include the observation that the 4G cycle
did nothing for Qualcomm’s
stock in a much better market environment, the fact
that Qualcomm’s future
growth model is the opposite of their history and that
traded above $82 for only
three days in its entire public
company history,” he said.
Broadcom added wrinkles to its new offer. It’s prepared to walk away if Qualcomm pays more than $110
per share for Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors.
The long-pending $38billion deal is awaiting final
regulatory clearance from
China and it’s unclear
whether Qualcomm can
close the NXP acquisition
before its March 6 annual
Broadcom said it will
withdraw the $82-per-share
offer if Qualcomm delays its
annual shareholder meeting
past March 6.
ended trading Monday
down 3% at $228.10.
Soylent grows
to East Coast
L.A. company hopes
its meal-replacement
drinks will appeal to
busy New Yorkers.
By Craig Giammona
Soylent is sidling up
alongside Slurpee.
The Los Angeles company, best known for chalky
nutrition-rich shakes used
by coders who are too busy
to eat, is trying to fuel growth
by pulling in mainstream
The move marks the
brand’s biggest attempt to
expand beyond its California roots. For the first time,
Soylent Co.’s bottled drinks,
which pack 400 calories and
are pitched as meal replacements, are now available in
stores on the East Coast.
The company is targeting
busy New Yorkers who
might otherwise opt for a
fast-food breakfast or skip
the meal entirely.
“We’re coming for fast
food,” said Bryan Crowley,
the company’s chief executive. “The growth will come
from the masses. This isn’t a
tech product — when people
see it, we want them to think
about food.”
Soylent, which has raised
more than $70 million from
investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and
Google Ventures, hit the
market in 2014.
Rob Rhinehart, the company’s founder and former
CEO, was trying to build a
tech business and had come
to see eating — or at least acquiring the nutrition necessary to function — as a waste
of time. So he set out to develop meal replacements
that could be consumed
Soylent initially generated buzz in tech circles with a
powder that was made into
tasteless shakes. It later
pushed into flavored bottled
drinks and snack bars.
The company has suffered setbacks. It experimented with an algae ingredient that led to a recall. The
presence of milk traces in
Anne Cusack Los Angeles Times
SOYLENT, a meal-replacement drink, will be sold at
7-Eleven stores in New York City and on Long Island.
products labeled lactosefree was another gaffe. And
Soylent got kicked out of
Canada because of a dispute
over nutritional claims.
Rhinehart stepped down
as CEO in December, handing over the reins to Crowley,
a food-and-beverage veteran with stints at Conagra
Brands Inc., Mars Inc. and
Pabst Brewing Co. For its
first few years, Soylent was
an online-only business.
Last summer, it pushed
into bricks-and-mortar retail with a test of the bottled
drink at a handful of 7-Elevens in Southern California.
The products are now in
hundreds of the convenience
stores on the West Coast,
and 2,000 outlets in total.
The East Coast expansion will put Soylent drinks
in 300 7-Elevens in New York
City and on Long Island. The
company also is talking to
major grocery chains as it
pushes further into bricksand-mortar retail.
Soylent, wryly named after a 1973 sci-fi film that featured food made from human remains, is actually a
vegan product. It offers convenience and portion control, capitalizing on food
trends that will resonate
among the harried masses
in New York, Crowley said.
“We’re targeting food as
fuel,” he said.
Giammona writes for
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Game draws
fewer viewers
Audience of NBC
telecast declines 7%
from 2017 to lowest
number in nine years.
By Stephen Battaglio
Associated Press
CELEBRITIES PROVIDED the bulk of the comedy in ads aired during the Super Bowl. Among them, Danny
DeVito, above, plays a human M&M who avoids getting eaten but gets slammed by a bus.
Super Bowl ads keep it light
Commercials mostly
take uplifting tone by
using humor, pulling
on heartstrings.
By Stephen Battaglio
The brigade of commercials for NBC’s Sunday telecast of Super Bowl LII trod
gently on political issues and
went for heartstrings and
easy laughs.
The mostly uplifting tone
of the spots is a sign advertisers believed that viewers
of TV’s most-watched event
of the year needed a break
from the partisan rancor in
public discourse during the
first year of the Trump presidency.
The political divisiveness
spilled into the NFL season
as President Trump has
been strident in his criticism
of players who knelt during
the playing of the national
anthem to protest police
brutality. The on-field controversy has been cited as a
factor in declining TV ratings for NFL contests this
There was no sign of such
protests before the Philadelphia Eagles won their first
Super Bowl title over the favored New England Patriots
by a score of 41 to 33 in Minneapolis.
The only commercial
that alluded to the conflict
was an ad for Blacture, a new
website for black culture.
The start-up’s spot showed
Fugees co-founder Pras, a
partner in the venture,
standing on the stage of an
empty theater and removing
black tape that covered his
But, overall, there were
no commercials approaching the overt political messages about immigration
and women’s empowerment
that viewers saw last year in
the months after the presidential election.
“It was a much more upbeat commercial atmosphere than last year,” said
Chris Chase, an attorney for
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein &
Selz who represented some
of the advertisers buying
time in the game.
Diversity messages during TV’s biggest ad showcase were celebratory in nature. T-Mobile’s “Change
starts now” ad used a continuous shot of cute babies.
Kraft offered up photos —
submitted by viewers during
the game — that showed an
array of gay parents,
straight couples and single
dads of all races topped with
the line “there is no one right
way to family.” Coca-Cola
served up a colorful montage of diverse couples and
young people.
A Stella Artois spot making a pitch for Matt Damon’s
clean water initiative was
the only blatant issue-oriented play — hardly controversial.
Building supply manufacturer Weather Tech offered the closest thing to a
Trump-like populist message. It showed footage of a
plant being built followed by
the tagline: “At Weather
Tech, we built our factory to
be right here in America.
Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?”
The humor in the ads
avoided the edginess seen in
previous years, trying hard
to entertain while not offending anyone.
With hyper-awareness of
the #MeToo movement
throughout the media industry, portrayals of women
were scant, perhaps to avoid
scrutiny. Unlike in previous
years, the Super Bowl did
not feature a commercial
with a woman in a bikini.
Toyota set the emotional
bar with its opening spot after the kickoff with the story
of Paralympic star and Canadian Alpine skier Lauren
Verizon ran a spot using
real-life audio of disaster victims thanking first responders and firefighters over
footage and stills of rescue
Dodge Ram trucks used
similar images, along with
soldiers returning from their
service and praying football
players, over audio of a sermon given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Feb. 4,
Appropriation of historical figures and events for an
ad is always a risk. (Historian Michael Beschloss noted
on Twitter that King’s sermon given 50 years ago also
“advised people not to spend
too much money on their
Budweiser highlighted
its efforts to provide canned
drinking water to natural
disaster victims in Florida,
Texas, Puerto Rico and
Grey’s acoustic version of
“Stand by Me” playing
Hyundai played up its contributions to childhood cancer research.
Celebrities were in large
supply and provided the
bulk of the comedy. Danny
DeVito played a human
M&M who avoids getting
eaten but gets slammed by a
bus. Chris Pratt mocked his
leading-man status in a spot
for Michelob Ultra. Tiffany
Haddish, a real-life Groupon
addict, appeared in the ecommerce company’s spot.
Keanu Reeves surfed on a
motorcycle for
The Super Bowl has been
around long enough that
viewers are now treated to
ads with homages to past
Super Bowl ads.
Tide used “Stranger
Things” star David Harbour
in a series of commercials
that played off past big game
ad tropes, featuring Old
Spice guy — the ad breakout
of 2010 — in one of them. Harbour also appeared in a
spoof of a sexy Mr. Clean
spot that was a hit in the
game a few years back.
(Packaged goods giant
Procter & Gamble owns the
Mr. Clean, Old Spice and
Tide brands).
Pepsi paid tribute to the
pop culture touchstones it
has featured in the game
over the years — a moonwalking Michael Jackson,
“Back to the Future,” and
Cindy Crawford.
The one big strategic surprise on the night was
from Netflix, which ran an ad
announcing its expensive
sci-fi feature “The Cloverfield Paradox” would begin streaming after the
The move was a major
finger in the eye to NBC,
which built up the post-Super Bowl airing of an epochal
“This Is Us” episode for
weeks. But for $5 million a
commercial, the network
clearly was not going to balk
at taking a competitor’s
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Wanda sells film unit stake
An exciting upset victory
in Super Bowl LII could not
prevent NBC’s telecast of
Sunday’s game from dropping for the third straight
year and hitting a nine-year
An audience of 103.4 million TV viewers watched the
Philadelphia Eagles win
their first Super Bowl with
their 41-33 victory over the favored New England Patriots, according to Nielsen, a
7% decline from last year for
TV’s biggest annual event.
NBC put the total number of people watching at 106
million including streaming
on digital platforms such as, NFL Mobile, Yahoo Sports and
The TV audience is the
smallest since 2009 when
98.7 million watched Super
Bowl XLIII on NBC.
The year-to-year decline
is not as steep as the nearly
10% drop the NFL experienced during the regular
season. But the 7% decline is
likely to cause some concern
for the league and its television partners.
The drop does not affect
NBC financially in the short
term as the advertisers who
spent an average of $5 million for a 30-second commercial are not guaranteed a
minimum audience. However, it could be detrimental to
CBS when it sells ads for
next year’s game.
The NFL’s regular season
decline was attributed to
longtime fans being upset
over players protesting police brutality by kneeling
during the national anthem.
The league also saw viewers pulled away by cable
news — which was up significantly on Sunday afternoons — and a growing number of younger fans watching
YouTube or the NFL’s own
Red Zone channel on cable
and satellite.
The league and advertisers were hoping that the Super Bowl’s celebratory tradition of the game — with its
parties, slickly produced
commercials and halftime
show fronted by a music
Chinese firm unloads
13% of subsidiary to
Alibaba and a Beijingbacked investor.
By Ryan Faughnder
China’s Dalian Wanda
Group has agreed to sell a
$1.24-billion minority stake
of its cinema subsidiary
Wanda Film to tech giant Alibaba Group and a government-backed investor, in the
latest move by the Beijing
property and entertainment
giant to shore up its finances.
Wanda, run by billionaire
Wang Jianlin, agreed to sell
13% of Wanda Film to Alibaba and Beijing-based
Cultural Investment Holdings, which have become the
unit’s second- and thirdlargest holders, respectively,
Wanda said Monday. Alibaba paid $743 million,
while the state-backed fund
paid $495 million.
Wanda remains the largest shareholder with about
48% of the subsidiary, which
controls China’s largest cinema chain. Wanda Film operates 516 theaters with 4,571
screens, accounting for 14%
of China’s growing film market, which is the world’s sec-
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THE WANDA FILM deal is Alibaba Group founder
Jack Ma’s latest play in the entertainment industry.
ond largest after the U.S.
and Canada.
Separately, Wanda owns
major U.S. entertainment
assets not included in
Wanda Film: the world’s
largest theater operator
AMC Entertainment and
“Dark Knight” production
company Legendary Entertainment.
The deal comes as Wanda
has been reducing financial
risk to its business by unloading assets. The Chinese
government has cracked
down on large, highly leveraged companies to reduce
risk to the nation’s economy.
Wanda last month sold
14% of its commercial property business to a group of
investors led by social media
and gaming company Tencent. In July, Wanda sold hotel and tourism projects,
along with its Qingdaobased soundstage business,
to rival Sunac China Holdings.
However, Wanda said the
latest sale was not just motivated by a need for cash. A
partnership with Alibaba,
which has also been making
a push into the entertain-
Ratner, accuser
clash in filings
Director is trying to
silence woman who
accused him of rape,
court document says.
By Victoria Kim
ment business, could offer
advantages because of its
vast reach among Chinese
consumers, often drawing
parallels to a combination of
Amazon, Google and Netflix. Wanda said Alibaba will
support Wanda Film’s business with data and its online
platform, Wanda said.
The “goal in selling
Wanda Film shares was to
attract shareholders that
had strategic value for the
company, not merely for
raising funds,” the company
said in a statement. “The
synergy between the two
strategic investors and
Wanda Film will have longterm benefits for Wanda
The deal is Alibaba
Group founder Jack Ma’s
latest play in the entertainment industry, where his
holdings include production
company Alibaba Pictures,
which invested in Steven
Spielberg’s Amblin Partners
in 2016 and has bet on Hollywood movies such as Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond.” Alibaba also owns a
publishing company, a music arm, a video gaming division and Taopiaopiao, one of
China’s largest online ticket
superstar — would insulate
it from changing viewer habits and disgruntled core
fans. But the 7% decline in
viewership — close to the
10% drop during the regular
season — suggests that was
not the case.
The loss of viewers —
which was only 3% in the big
city markets measured by
Nielsen — indicates that the
NFL’s troubles are more significant in the country’s
The Super Bowl remains
a massive TV draw because
of the large number of casual
fans who tune in. The game,
which has been the most
watched annual TV attraction since its inception in
1967, does not face any significant competition when it
The game has delivered
more than 106 million viewers annually since 2010 after
hovering between 80 million
and 99 million viewers in previous decades. Last year’s
game delivered 111.3 million
viewers on Fox, a slight decline from the 111.9 million on
CBS in 2016.
Even with the audience
decline, Super Bowl LII is
the 10th-most watched TV
broadcast in history.
Super Bowl LII probably
was helped by the competitive nature of the game,
which saw a seesaw battle
for the lead and an outcome
decided in the final minutes.
However, the final score has
had less of an effect on the
ratings of the game in recent
years than in previous decades.
A woman who was sued
by director Brett Ratner for
defamation after she publicly accused him of rape alleged in a court filing Monday that the director was attempting to silence and intimidate her and other
women from coming forward about his sexual misconduct.
A federal judge in Hawaii
is scheduled to hear a motion this week in the lawsuit
filed by Ratner against Melanie Kohler, who posted on
Facebook in October that
she was raped by the director about 12 years ago.
Kohler’s attorneys have
asked the court to dismiss
the case, saying Ratner did
not have the factual basis to
prove Kohler published the
Facebook post with malice.
They also contend California’s anti-SLAPP law prohibiting lawsuits aimed at silencing critics should apply,
even though the suit was
filed in Hawaii, where Kohler
now lives.
“If wealthy, powerful
plaintiffs like Mr. Ratner can
burden victims of sexual assault like Ms. Kohler based
on nothing more than their
own say-so, then our fundamental 1st Amendment protections will offer no sanctuary to those who need them
most,” attorneys for Kohler
wrote in a filing Monday.
Ratner has denied raping
Kohler and called her accusations “false, fabricated,
and fictional” in his lawsuit.
The suit was filed just hours
after The Times published a
report on the stories of six
Kohler, who accused the director of misconduct.
In their response to the
motion for dismissal, Ratner’s attorneys said they
would prove Kohler posted
the rape claim on Facebook
knowing it to be false. As a
result, Ratner “suffered injuries to his personal and
professional reputations”
and “emotional distress,
worry, anger, and anxiety,”
the attorneys alleged.
“Mr. Ratner could and
would submit evidence to
show that Defendant has
changed her rape story multiple times since she initially
published it,” they wrote.
Lawyers for the director
contended California’s laws
against “strategic lawsuits
against public participation” did not apply because
Kohler, a former marketing
executive who now runs a
scuba shop, lives in Hawaii
and posted her allegations
from the state.
Kohler’s attorneys contended California law should
apply because the alleged
rape took place in California
and the case had significant
implications here.
U.S. District Judge Helen
Gillmor is scheduled to hear
the case Thursday.
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Wells Fargo shares plummet 9.2%
[Bank, from C1]
my expected to continue to
grow over the next few years,
the factory would ordinarily
expect to ramp up production and churn out more vehicles.
Instead, regulators have
ordered it to produce no
more units than it did last
year. So, as Wells Fargo
works to stay in line with the
Fed’s order, Leon said executives will be spending their
time figuring out which of
their loans are hot sellers
and which are gathering
dust on the lot.
“Management’s time will
be shifting to trying to optimize performance without
growing assets,” he said.
“That means shifting their
focus to looking for underperforming areas where they
can reduce assets.”
A company presentation
given to investors last week
showed the bank has more
than $180 billion tied up in
various securities and shortterm investments. Chief
Executive Timothy Sloan
said the bank could cut back
on those holdings in order to
free up assets to make loans.
Siefers said he expects
mostly moves like that —
ones in which the bank shifts
assets out of hidden corners
of its balance sheet and into
loans and other more ordinary assets. He doesn’t expect the bank to cut back on
the core business of making
consumer and business
“People hear about reducing assets or capping assets, and people think their
home equity loan is going to
be shuttered — but that’s
not going to happen,” he
said. “This is not going to affect Joe Smith’s loan. It’s going to be the more esoteric
components of the bank’s
balance sheet.”
However, Leon said he
would not be surprised if the
bank were to cut back on
some parts of its core banking business. For instance,
Wells Fargo — for years the
nation’s largest mortgage
lender — could cut back on
its mortgage business as a
way to free up assets.
There could be other effects, too, far beyond the
type of loans the bank makes
Susan Walsh Associated Press
FORMER Wells Fargo Chairman John Stumpf, shown in 2016, was chided by the
Fed for failing to recognize or stop abusive practices by the financial giant.
or the types of securities it
In a Monday interview
with Fox Business Network,
Sloan said it’s possible the
cap will be lifted by the end of
this year. But until then,
Siefers said, Wells Fargo’s
competitors will be able to
use the asset cap to woo
“Any competitor can go
to a Wells Fargo customer
and say, simplistically, ‘The
Fed thinks Wells is in so
much trouble that they can’t
do X, Y and Z,’ ” he said. “I
don’t actually think their
ability to do commercial
[loans] is impaired, but it’s
an opportunity for competitors to come in and take
market share.”
The same goes for
bankers. Leon at CFRA said
competitors might reach out
to Wells Fargo bankers with
a similar pitch: If a banker’s
job is to offer loans — in other
words, to produce assets —
why work for a bank that is
limited in the amount of assets it can produce?
Along with potentially affecting the bank’s day-today business, the Wells
Fargo penalties are “a shot
across the bow” of bank
boardrooms, which in the
past have avoided the fallout
from scandals, said Ed Mills,
a Washington policy analyst
at brokerage Raymond
James Financial Inc.
As part of its enforcement action, the Fed sent
letters to former Wells Fargo
Chairman Stephen Sanger
and former Chairman and
Stumpf, chiding them personally for failing to recognize or stop abusive practices. It also sent letters to
current board members,
saying the board had not
lived up to the Fed’s oversight expectations.
“In the past, it’s been the
CEO or C-suite executives or
shareholders that have taken the pain and the boardroom has been largely
shielded from regulatory action,” Mills said. “This is the
Fed taking a big step into the
boardroom and telling all directors that their actions are
going to have consequences.
I think you’re going to see a
change in the makeup of
some boards to make sure
they have the expertise necessary to perform their oversight functions of these companies.”
The penalties could paradoxically pave the way for
some loosening of regulations on smaller and regional banks by showing
that regulators are willing to
get tough on abuses, analysts said.
A bipartisan bill is pending in the Senate that would
reduce the number of financial institutions that face
heightened scrutiny required by the 2010 DoddFrank Wall Street Reform
and Consumer Protection
“Creating the perception
that regulators are willing to
take harsh actions against
mega banks for misdeeds is
critical in building and
maintaining political support for bank deregulation,”
Jaret Seiberg, an analyst
with brokerage and investment bank Cowen & Co.,
wrote in a report Monday.
Mills said that reducing
some regulations for smaller
and regional banks would allow them to compete against
Wells Fargo and the largest
“The big banks are going
to be the bogeyman that
helps the Senate pass this
bill,” Mills said.
The offset for loosening
some regulations will be the
willingness of regulators to
levy harsh penalties on
banks for violations, he said.
Friday’s Wells Fargo penalties were not the first time
the Fed limited a large
bank’s growth. In 2005, the
Fed banned Citigroup Inc.
from any significant mergers until it tightened risk
controls in the wake of the
bank’s involvement in the
failures of Enron and WorldCom, as well as other problems. The ban was lifted a
year later.
Although the Fed placed
restrictions on dividends
and stock buybacks for several banks in the aftermath
of the financial crisis, regulators didn’t levy harsher penalties because of the instability of the financial system, Mills said.
With bank profits near
record highs, there’s less
drawback now to cracking
down on bad actors, he said.
And unlike some of the complex abuses in the financial
crisis, Wells Fargo’s creation
of unauthorized accounts
was easy for average Americans and lawmakers to
understand. That added to
the pressure on the Fed to
act, Mills said.
“That might be the lesson of this scandal: If you run
afoul of regulators, don’t do
it in a way that’s easily
understood by average
Americans,” Mills said.
The bank in 2016 admitted its workers created perhaps millions of unauthorized accounts, leading to a
$185-million settlement with
regulators and the Los An-
geles city attorney’s office as
well as a $142-million classaction settlement. The creation of sham accounts, first
reported in a 2013 Times
investigation, proved to be
one of many abusive practices that were widespread
at the bank, including forcing unnecessary car insurance on auto-loan customers.
prompted the bank to replace its chief executive and
several board members,
eliminate account sales
goals blamed for encouraging sham accounts and take
other steps to right itself.
However, Friday’s action by
the Fed implied the regulator was not satisfied.
The latest action against
Wells Fargo came amid a
change of leadership at the
Fed, which plays an important role in oversight of
the largest banks in the
The Wells Fargo penalties were the last official act
of Fed Chairwoman Janet L.
Yellen, a Democrat who has
been outspoken on the need
for tough regulations and
oversight in the wake of the
2008 financial crisis. Her successor, Jerome H. Powell, a
Republican tapped by President Trump who was formally sworn in on Monday,
has served on the Fed board
since 2012. He has largely
brank’s tougher stance,
though he has indicated he’s
open to easing regulations
for smaller and regional
Powell, who was the Fed
policymaker overseeing the
Wells Fargo negotiations,
voted for the penalties along
with Yellen and Fed Gov.
Lael Brainard. The Fed’s
other board member, Randal Quarles, a Trump pick
who began his term in October, recused himself from
any matters involving Wells
Fargo to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest
because members of his extended family had sold their
interest in a bank to Wells
Editors fired in Newsweek upheaval
By Stephen Rex Brown
and Graham Rayman
Chaos roiled the Newsweek offices Monday with
the firings of the editor in
chief, his deputy and at least
one of the reporters who had
been working on stories
critical of the newsmagazine’s parent company.
Johnathan Davis, the cofounder of Newsweek Media
Group, ordered the firing of
top editor Bob Roe, Roe’s
deputy editor Ken Li and reporter Celeste Katz, a
source said.
Two other reporters —
Josh Saul and Josh Keefe —
saw their company email accounts disabled. Keefe ultimately kept his job. Saul’s
status was unclear.
Katz, Saul and Keefe had
been writing about an investigation of the company by
the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Their stories
Charles Krupa Associated Press
AT LEAST one reporter who produced unfavorable
coverage of Newsweek’s owner also was fired.
said it was a financial fraud
investigation that started
about a year and a half ago.
In addition to that investigation, Newsweek placed
Chief Content Officer Dayan
Candappa on leave in recent
weeks after allegations that
he repeatedly sexually harassed a woman while he was
a top official at Reuters. The
company hired a law firm to
investigate Candappa’s conduct. The three reporters
had written stories about
that scandal as well.
Roe and Li were closely
involved in editing those stories, the source said.
Keefe, a reporter for
Newsweek’s sister publication the International Busi-
ness Times, still has his job
— but his company email
was deactivated and he was
scheduled to meet with a human resources representative, another source said.
“I have not been fired, although that was very clearly
the plan,” Keefe said on
A third source said Roe
and Li told the Newsweek
staff last week that they
would protect Katz and
Saul, and promised to quit if
the reporters were fired.
Staffers had asked Roe and
Li if Katz and Saul were in
danger of losing their jobs
because of the coverage.
On Monday, editors told
staffers not to work until the
company briefs them on
what happened. The staff
was then sent home for the
Brown and Rayman write
for the New York Daily
State opposes U.S. tip proposal
Rule change could
lead to employers
pocketing billions
meant for workers.
By Andrew Khouri
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra joined a coalition Monday to oppose a
U.S. Department of Labor
proposal governing tips, arguing the new rules could result in workers losing billions of dollars each year.
Becerra, along with 16
other attorneys general,
filed a letter of opposition
with the department on the
last day of public comment
for a proposal that would rescind portions of a 2011
Obama rule that mandated
workers receive the tips given to them. Becerra’s
spokesperson said the office
helped lead the drafting of
the letter against the potential rule.
In announcing that proposed change, the U.S. Labor Department said it
would apply only to workers
who earn at least the federal
minimum wage of $7.25 and
would allow employers to
share tips with “back of the
house” workers such as
cooks who don’t receive
But critics say employers
will pocket tips earned by
their workers, essentially engaging in wage theft.
“When customers tip an
employee, they expect their
money to go to the employee,
not the employer,” Becerra
said in a statement. “Hardworking men and women,
especially those who are
paid close to the minimum
wage, depend on every
penny they’ve earned to feed
their families, keep a roof
over their heads, or advance
their education or careers.”
According to a Labor Department
who declined to be named,
an employer could legally
keep tips for themselves
under the new proposal,
though he said such a scenario would be unlikely, because it would reduce the incentive for good customer
service and cause workers to
find a new job.
There are about 1.29 million waiters, waitresses and
bartenders who receive tips
nationwide, according to the
Labor Department. The
new rules would not be restricted to the restaurant industry.
An analysis from the leftleaning Economic Policy Institute found employers
would keep $5.8 billion in
worker tips each year, about
16% of all tips earned.
The proposed change
has proved controversial, in
part because the Labor Department did not release
such an economic analysis
with its proposal.
Last week, Bloomberg
sources, reported the department did produce an
analysis but hid it from public view after it revealed
workers could be out billions
of dollars.
The Labor Department
spokesperson declined to
comment on that story but
said the agency followed the
required procedure and
would issue an “informed”
cost-benefit analysis as part
of any final rule.
On Monday, the department’s Office of Inspector
General announced it would
conduct an audit of the rulemaking process used to develop the tip proposal.
If the regulation is
changed, tipped workers
paid less than federal minimum wage would still keep
all of their tips.
That doesn’t apply to
California, where employers
must pay the state minimum wage regardless of
whether workers get tips.
Twitter: @khouriandrew
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Falcon Heavy is slated for launch
[Falcon Heavy, from C1]
create or facilitate a market
different than the one that
may have been the original
SpaceX already recognizes the changing market
for large commercial satellites. The company initially
thought it would fly the
same numbers of Falcon 9s
— the rocket that forms the
three engine cores of the
new, larger rocket — as Falcon Heavys. But that ratio is
turning out to be about two
to three times more Falcon 9
commercial missions, especially as upgrades to the Falcon 9 have made that rocket
more powerful.
“There is a part of the
commercial market that requires
Gwynne Shotwell, president
of SpaceX, said during an interview with The Times last
summer. “It’s there, and it’s
going to be consistent, but
it’s much smaller than we
New markets for the Falcon Heavy could include
NASA planetary missions.
Last year, Musk said the
rocket would be used to send
two tourists around the
moon, and analysts have
questioned whether the Falcon Heavy could factor into
the Trump administration’s
call to NASA to return to the
In a conference call with
journalists Monday afternoon, Musk said the Falcon
Heavy probably will not be
needed for crewed flights
such as the moon tourism
mission since development
of the company’s even larger
rocket system, known as
BFR, is progressing quickly
SpaceX’s BFR system —
a more than 500-foot-tall reusable booster and rocket
that will eventually replace
the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy
and Dragon spacecraft — is
intended to be used for
Musk’s Mars colonization
Once operational, the
Falcon Heavy probably will
compete largely against a
few heavy-lift rockets.
On the commercial side,
Arianespace’s Ariane 5
heavy launcher can hoist
ONCE operational, the Falcon Heavy probably will compete largely against a few
rockets, such as Arianespace’s Ariane 5. Above, a rendering of the SpaceX rocket.
more than 44,000 pounds to
low-Earth orbit.
The Ariane 5’s trademark
is its ability to launch two
satellites in a single mission,
making it a popular and
cost-effective option for
commercial satellite operators, said Phil Smith,
space industry analyst at
Technology. NASA plans to
launch its $8.8-billion James
Webb Space Telescope on an
Ariane 5 rocket next year.
The Ariane 5 is also considered extremely reliable,
despite an anomaly during a
late January launch that
placed two satellites in dif-
ferent orbits than originally
planned. Operators and
manufacturers for the two
satellites said plans were in
place to get the satellites to
the proper orbit, and
Arianespace has said it set
up an independent commission chaired by the general
inspector of the European
Space Agency to investigate
the “trajectory deviation.”
Massive U.S. national security satellites that require
SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon
9 or the Atlas V, made by a
joint venture of Boeing Co.
and Lockheed Martin Corp.,
rely on United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy.
With 2.1 million pounds of
thrust at liftoff and a payload capacity of 62,000
pounds to low-Earth orbit,
the Delta IV Heavy has been
the rocket of choice for the
heaviest spy satellites and
other sensitive payloads for
the U.S. government.
However, the rocket is
costly to produce — its
burnt-orange foam insulation must be applied by
hand and the rocket production line is large and complex
— and is being phased out.
The launch cost of a Falcon Heavy starts at $90 million, while that of its smaller
Falcon 9 starts at $62 million. The starting price for
ULA’s smaller Atlas V is advertised at $109 million. On
Monday, Musk said the low
starting cost for the Falcon
Heavy is derived from the
ability to reuse elements
such as the rocket booster
cores. If the company is successful in offering increased
heavy-lift capability for not
much additional cost than a
Falcon 9, Musk said it would
be “game over” for other
heavy-lift rockets.
The Falcon Heavy could
also compete against Russia’s Proton-M rocket for
commercial launches, as
well as several new heavy-lift
development, said Smith of
Technology. These include
ULA’s Vulcan, which would
eventually replace its intermediate and heavy-lift rockets, and Blue Origin’s New
Glenn, which is being envisioned in two-stage and
three-stage versions.
On Monday, ULA Chief
Executive Tory Bruno and
Jeff Bezos, head of Blue Origin, tweeted good luck messages to SpaceX, with Bezos
saying he was “hoping for a
beautiful, nominal flight.”
Musk, SpaceX’s chief execu-
tive, responded with a simple “Thanks,” along with a
kissing face emoji.
A failure on a new rocket’s
first flight is not uncommon
and probably would not
doom the Falcon Heavy program, analysts said.
“It’s not a make or break
for the program,” Logsdon
said. “If there’s a failure, it’s
not a catastrophe.”
Musk has already tried to
temper expectations, noting
the difficulties of wrangling
the rocket’s three engine
cores and saying there was a
“good chance” Falcon Heavy
would not make it to orbit on
its first try.
On Monday, he posted on
Instagram a video simulation of the launch, saying the
rocket will launch toward
Mars. In typical Musk fashion, the payload for Tuesday’s flight is his midnight
cherry Tesla Roadster,
which will travel on a “billion
year journey through deep
space,” he said on Instagram, “if it doesn’t explode
into tiny pieces.”
Musk said on the Monday
call that it would be a “real
huge downer if it blows up,”
but that he hoped the company would learn as much as
possible from the mission
data. SpaceX will also try to
land all three first-stage
boosters — two on land and
one on a floating platform in
the Atlantic Ocean. The
rocket’s two side boosters
have been recycled from previous Falcon 9 missions.
For Logsdon, the launch
will be a chance to compare
powerful rockets from past
and present. Years ago, he
watched Apollo 11, 14 and 17
launch from Kennedy Space
Center. He will be there
Tuesday to see Falcon
Heavy launch from the same
Logsdon remembers how
the Saturn V seemed to hang
in the air as it lifted off from
the pad, unlike the quick acceleration of the space shuttle rocket and its solid strapon boosters.
“I’m very curious how
this compares in terms of
spectacle,” he said.
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Powell is sworn
in as Federal
Reserve chief
Successor to Yellen
says central bank is
‘prepared to respond
to evolving risks.’
By Jim Puzzanghera
Stephen Lam Getty Images
WAYMO Chief Executive John Krafcik arrives at U.S. District Court in San Francisco for the beginning of the
trial between Waymo, the driverless car arm of Alphabet, and Uber. Krafcik was the first witness to testify.
‘Cheater’ vs. ‘crybaby’
[Trial, from C1]
“Travis Kalanick made a decision that winning was
more important than obeying the law.”
In Uber’s opening statements, attorney Bill Carmody said bluntly that
“there was no cheating.” The
reason, he said, is that what
Waymo claims are trade secrets are not trade secrets at
all. “There’s not a single
piece of Google proprietary
information at Uber,” he
said. “Zero, period.”
Waymo will have to prove
that the trade secrets are legitimate, and that they are
or have been in Uber’s possession.
Waymo wants to stop
technology for competitive
advantage, and wants Uber
to pay $1.8 billion in damages. The Google offshoot
can win its case if it can prove
that Uber is using any of the
supposed eight trade secrets in its own lidar
Many market researchers predict the driverless
market will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars in
revenue by the end of the
next decade, when all products and services are included.
“There is a big competition, and Google is in the
lead because they developed
it in the first place,” Verhoeven said.
To simplify the idea that
Uber tried to catch up with
Waymo by cheating, he told
the story of Rosie Ruiz, who
“won” the 1980 Boston Marathon by riding the subway
part of the way. She was
found out and disqualified.
Throughout his opening
punctuated technical arguments with the phrase, “they
took the subway.”
The first witness to take
the stand was Waymo Chief
Executive John Krafcik.
Waymo attorneys tried to
paint the 56-year-old silverhaired executive as a polished, accomplished gentleman whose utmost concern
is improving automobile
safety and saving human
lives. Uber tried to cast Krafcik as a beleaguered team
leader desperate to stop an
exodus of top talent from
Krafcik described his career to the jury — as an engineer, auto industry executive and internet entrepreneur before joining Waymo
in September 2015.
Asked by Waymo’s attor-
ney how many children he
had, Krafcik said two. Would
he feel safe with them traveling inside a Waymo driverless car? “Yes, I would.”
His demeanor shifted
downbeat as an Uber attorney produced emails that
showed Levandowski had
attempted to set up a separate driverless car project
within Google outside Krafcik’s authority.
He was also grilled about
several highly regarded engineers who left Waymo for
other companies and startup projects in the months after Krafcik’s arrival.
In one early January 2016
email shown to the jury,
Levandowski complained to
Google Chief Executive
Larry Page that the driverless car project is “broken”
and “we are losing our tech
advantage fast.”
Other emails show Page
eager to keep Levandowski
from leaving.
Krafcik testified that
Levandowski “was someone
I was getting to know and
understand” before the engineer left without notice
late in January 2016 to join
Later that year, he sold
Otto, a new company to develop driverless trucks, to
Uber for $592 million.
When Levandowski quit,
Krafcik said, he became an
“enemy,” though Krafcik
adopted the maxim “keep
your friends close and your
enemies closer.” The two exchanged at least one phone
call and 100 or so Twitter
messages, and met for lunch
at a Five Guys hamburger
joint, Krafcik said.
The long-anticipated trial began with U.S. District
Judge William Alsup criticizing a “famous” witness’ request to take the stand in a
private room outside the
view of the public.
“I won’t name any names,
but one witness who thinks
he’s important wanted a private room,” the judge said.
“Neither of your sides is going to get a private room, just
because they’re famous.”
There are only two people
on the current witness list
who could be considered famous. One is Krafcik, who
was in the courtroom when
Alsup said there’d be no private room. The other is
Kalanick, Uber’s embattled
He was nowhere to be
seen Monday.
Jerome H. Powell was formally sworn in Monday as
chairman of the Federal Reserve and vowed to remain
vigilant about risks to the financial system.
Powell, a Republican who
succeeded Janet L. Yellen,
also said he was committed
to “explaining what we’re
doing and why we are doing
it” as the central bank works
to sustain the ongoing economic recovery and oversee
some of the nation’s largest
financial institutions.
“Today, unemployment
is low, the economy is growing and inflation is low,”
Powell said in a video posted
on the Fed’s website.
“Through our decisions on
monetary policy, we will support continued economic
growth, a healthy job market
and price stability.”
Powell also said that the
“financial system is now far
stronger and more resilient
than it was before the financial crisis.”
“We intend to keep it that
way,” Powell said. “My colleagues and I will remain
vigilant, and we are prepared to respond to evolving
Powell has served as Fed
governor since 2012 and supported Yellen’s gradual increase in interest rates and
tougher oversight of the nation’s largest banks. He
voted along with Yellen on
Friday to order Wells Fargo
& Co. to cap its growth and
improve its corporate governance in the wake of the
bank’s unauthorized accounts scandal.
But as a Republican
nominated by President
Trump, Powell has said he
supports easing some financial oversight, particularly
for small and medium-sized
He hinted at that in his video, saying, “We will also
work hard to make sure that
our regulation and supervision are efficient as well as effective.”
Yellen, who was the Fed’s
first female chief, said in an
interview that aired Sunday
that she was disappointed
that Trump did not renominate her.
Although Yellen earned
praise for her four-year term,
she had the shortest tenure
for a Fed leader in nearly
four decades. On Monday,
she joined the Brookings Institution think tank as a distinguished fellow in residence in the economic studies program.
“I made clear that I would
be willing to serve another
term, and so yes, I do feel a
sense of disappointment,”
Yellen told “CBS Sunday
But Yellen said she supported the choice of Powell
as her successor.
“I’ve worked with Gov.
Powell for five years, very
constructively,” Yellen said.
“He is thoughtful, balanced,
dedicated to public service.
I’ve found him to be a very
thoughtful policymaker.”
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Andrew Harnik Associated Press
Twitter: @russ1mitchell
JEROME POWELL greets members of the audience
after being sworn in as Fed chairman Monday.
Is CFPB going to let Equifax off the hook?
[Lazarus, from C1]
shelved plans for on-theground tests of how Equifax
protects data,” Reuters
The agency declined to
comment directly on the
report. It said in a statement that “the bureau is
looking into Equifax’s data
breach and response. Reports to the contrary are
But consumer advocates
wasted no time in ringing
alarm bells about what
would be only the latest in a
series of recent moves by
Mulvaney to cripple the
CFPB’s regulatory role over
the financial services industry.
Christine Hines, legislative director for the National
Assn. of Consumer Advocates, told me Monday’s
news was “yet another
recent tragic case of the
agency going the wrong way
on consumer financial protection.”
Yana Miles, senior legislative counsel for the Center
for Responsible Lending,
said Mulvaney “is finding
new ways to sabotage the
consumer bureau.”
“The administration
should recognize the severe
harm Mulvaney is doing to
the public and nominate a
director who has people’s
interest at heart,” she said.
Now that would be a
President Trump, our
businessman-in-chief, has
made no secret of his disdain for the CFPB, which
has returned about $12
billion to aggrieved consumers since opening its doors
Jabin Botsford Washington Post
MICK MULVANEY, whose agency was created to protect consumers, has invited
businesses to submit “constructive feedback” about changes they’d like to see.
in 2011.
His appointee, Mulvaney, previously referred to
the agency as a “sick, sad
joke,” and has wasted no
time in making clear that
his idea of consumer protection includes protecting
business interests as well.
The bureau announced
last month that it will “reconsider” the first federal
rules providing oversight of
payday and car title loans —
protections put in place by
former President Obama’s
appointee to oversee the
CFPB, Richard Cordray,
who stepped down in November.
The bureau also announced it was dropping a
lawsuit against a group of
payday lenders that allegedly duped customers by
failing to reveal annual
interest rates of nearly
Mulvaney has invited
businesses to submit “constructive feedback” about
further changes they’d like
to see, which is widely interpreted as an opening for
banks, credit card issuers
and other lenders to compile a list of regulations
they’d prefer to be dumped
in the wastebasket.
Perhaps no move spells
out the Trump administration’s intentions more
clearly than Mulvaney’s
budget request for the current quarter. Under its
previous management, the
CFPB requested $217 million to fund three months of
investigations and enforcement actions.
Under the current management, the bureau requested bupkis.
Seriously. No money
whatsoever. Mulvaney said
the agency would make do
with whatever it had on
So it’s not very difficult to
believe the impossible: that
he’d now hand Equifax a
get-out-of-jail-free card for
breathtakingly lax data
security, which resulted in
the names, addresses and
Social Security numbers of
millions of people being
released into the wild.
“Only the consumer
bureau has the tools and
powers needed to investigate and hold the powerful
financial gatekeeper
Equifax accountable,”
noted Ed Mierzwinski,
federal consumer program
director for the U.S. Public
Interest Research Group.
The data breach has
resulted in dozens of lawsuits and investigations by
state attorneys general. But
the CFPB is uniquely positioned to hold Equifax accountable at the federal
level and send a strong
message not just to other
credit agencies, but to all
financial firms.
A go-slow — or, worse, a
no-go — policy under Mulvaney would be a clear
signal that cracking down
on data breaches isn’t much
of a concern for the Trump
That, in turn, would be
welcome news to businesses, which routinely
complain that privacy rules
make it too hard for them to
profit from consumers’
personal information.
As I reported last month,
Republican lawmakers
blocked all privacy-related
bills introduced by Democrats in the wake of the
Equifax breach. Some of
those bills would have required relatively innocuous
measures, such as credit
agencies providing free
credit freezes after a database is hacked.
Contrast this with what’s
happening in Europe, where
a new law, the General Data
Protection Regulation, will
take effect in May. Among
other things, it requires
companies to obtain consent from customers before
using or sharing their personal information.
It also requires that
customers be notified of any
security breach within 72
Mulvaney, meanwhile, is
twiddling his thumbs.
“Refusing to investigate
a data breach that put 145
million Americans at risk is
malpractice,” Sen. Sherrod
Brown, an Ohio Democrat
and ranking member of the
U.S. Senate Committee on
Banking, Housing and
Urban Affairs, said in a
“Once again, Mr. Mulvaney has made clear he will
always side with special
interests over the consumers who count on CFPB for
help,” he said.
Which is, of course, madness.
Then again, the Mad
Hatter noted that when it
comes to being nuts, “the
best people usually are,”
which sounds disturbingly
like something Trump
might say.
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T U E S D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 6 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
End run is a
for Clippers
L.A. finishes with a
13-0 push to defeat
Mavericks. Gallinari
scores season-high 28.
By Broderick Turner
Frank Franklin II Associated Press
CARSON WENTZ hands the Lombardi Trophy to Nick Foles after the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory. Wentz is
the franchise quarterback but backup Foles was the MVP of the Super Bowl, so what will Philadelphia do?
Hey Philadelphia, better
enjoy this while you can
Brady plans to return;
will Eagles bring Foles
back? QB questions
aplenty for 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS — Football is about moving forward, so even in the immediate afterglow of Super Bowl
LII, questions about the
NFL in 2018 hang in the air
like so much green, gray and
silver confetti.
There’s uncertainty
about stars and stripes —
the future whereabouts of
standout players, and where
officiating is heading — the
sale of the Carolina Panthers, the league’s renewed
focus on social justice, and
just where some of the most
coveted college players
might land.
The end of one season
marks the beginning of
another, with barely enough
time for a commercial
There’s even murkiness
surrounding the two
quarterbacks from the
season’s final game,
Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory
over New England in the
Super Bowl, which gave the
Signaling a change?
Plenty of teams need quarterbacks, and for once there
doesn’t seem to be any shortage of them on the market.
Here’s a look at a few quarterbacks who could have new
homes next season:
Nick Foles, Philadelphia
Foles was the Super Bowl most valuable player but is still
behind Carson Wentz on the depth chart. He’s under
contract for one more year but could be a trade candidate.
Kirk Cousins, Washington
The Redskins appear to be moving on after trading for
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins led Washington to
the NFC East title in 2015 and has played under one-year
contracts ever since.
Case Keenum, Minnesota
The Vikings have three quarterbacks to choose from,
including Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, and
Keenum may not be the answer they’re looking for.
Sam Darnold, USC
Darnold has been in the discussion for the top overall draft
pick, which belongs to Cleveland. The Browns haven’t used
a top-five pick on a quarterback since they drafted Tim
Couch No. 1 overall in 1999.
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Rosen is part of a deep draft class at quarterback and is also
in the conversation for the top overall pick. Other potential
landing spots include the Giants at No. 2 overall, the
Broncos at No. 5, or the Jets at No. 6.
Josh Allen, Wyoming
Another potential high first-round pick provides a third
option for teams looking to solve their quarterback
problems through the draft. Heisman Trophy winners Baker
Mayfield and Lamar Jackson are also available.
Eagles their first Lombardi
Asked after the game if
he plans to return for next
season, when he’ll be 41,
Patriots star Tom Brady
indicated he would be — but
left that door ever so slightly
ajar with: “I expect to be
back. It’s 15 minutes after
the game ended, so I would
like to process this. I don’t
see why I wouldn’t be back.”
More murky is the future
of quarterback Nick Foles
with the Eagles. Yes, Foles
was the Super Bowl’s most
valuable player, but the face
of the franchise remains
Carson Wentz, who is recuperating from a seasonending knee injury. Foles
has a year remaining on his
contract, but with all the
quarterback-needy teams
out there, and the prohibitive expense of keeping
what amounts to two starting quarterbacks on the
roster, all bets are off.
At the traditional Monday-after-the-Super-Bowl
news conference, featuring
the winning coach and the
game MVP, the last nine
questions to Doug Pederson
concerned the task of sorting out next season’s
quarterback situation.
“I knew I wouldn’t get off
this stage without answer[See Farmer, D3]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
MAVERICKS PLAYERS Yogi Ferrell (11) and Den-
nis Smith Jr. zero in on a loose ball.
Rumblings lead
to MLB labor
issues primer
They get a chance to shine
With no NHL players in the Games, rosters fill with unknowns
Discontent with lack
of free-agent signings
opens the door for
questions, answers.
Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers closer, has floated the
idea of a player strike.
Brodie Van Wagenen, a
prominent agent, has suggested a player boycott of
spring training. The players’
union is upset that the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh
Pirates appear to be stripping their roster of talented
players without investing
back into the team.
Spring training starts
next week, but the usual
happy countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting
has been replaced by
thoughts of players not reporting at all, whether by
choice or because they cannot find a job.
Don’t know
who Ryan
Zapolski is?
You’re not
alone. Even
the most
knowledgeable hockey
fan would
have trouble
identifying the likely starting goaltender for the U.S.
men’s team at the
Pyeongchang Olympics.
The NHL’s decision not
to allow its players to represent their homelands in
these Winter Games sent
national hockey federations
scrambling to fill their rosters. Suddenly, scouts were
watching video of players
toiling in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and
European elite and secondary leagues, seeking candidates who might have been
too small or too slow for the
NHL or were late bloomers
and would welcome an
[See Elliott, D2]
Game 2 of the Clippers’
new experience was especially challenging.
They are still trying to
find their footing with newly
acquired players Tobias
Harris and Avery Bradley
and they are still trying to
find their way with Danilo
Gallinari back in the lineup
after sitting out 25 games because of a glute injury.
It all made for a trying
game for the Clippers, who
had to battle back from 10
points down in the fourth
quarter and play their best
defense late to pull out a 104101 victory over the stubborn
Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at Staples Center.
The Clippers trailed 101-91
with 4 minutes 23 seconds to
But they stopped the
Mavericks cold after that,
holding Dallas scoreless the
rest of the way while scoring
the game’s final 13 points.
Bradley had one steal
during the game-ending run
David Zalubowski Associated Press
RYAN ZAPOLSKI , playing goalie for Mercyhurst in 2010, probably will be the
starting goaltender for the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
and hustled back on defense
several times to prevent the
Mavericks from scoring.
“If you think about it, we
started the game very well,”
said Gallinari, who scored a
“Then it was a lot of ups and
downs in the game. But I
thought our intensity and focus on the game at the end in
the fourth quarter was better. Our defense was able to
keep us in the game and
make us win the game.”
strong game with 19 points.
Bradley had 12 points and
three steals, Lou Williams
scored 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds.
“We were good enough offensively to hang in the
game,” Clippers coach Doc
Rivers said, “and in the last
three minutes of the game,
we got stops.”
Harris missed a potential
go-ahead shot but Gallinari
tapped out the offensive rebound to Williams.
Rivers ran up the sideline
to get the attention of the officials to call a timeout with
1:04 remaining and the Clippers trailing 101-100.
Then came a wild finish.
Williams missed a shot,
but Bradley stole the ball
from Dennis Smith Jr.
Gallinari then turned the
ball over, leading to a missed
shot by Maxi Kleber.
[See Clippers, D4]
What has been the most
common fan reaction?
Some version of “Those
greedy players! They already make too much money! I can’t afford to take my
family to a game as it is!”
So what? Isn’t that all
No. Ticket prices are
driven by supply and demand, not player salaries.
The Dodgers, for instance,
are cutting payroll with the
intent of not paying a luxury
tax this year. They could
save $100 million in payroll
and taxes compared to last
year. They are not cutting
ticket prices.
OK, but players still are
getting paid millions to
play baseball. So what are
they so upset about?
This is a high-profile case
study of the American economy as a whole: management makes more money
than ever, but wages for
workers do not rise accord[See Shaikin, D3]
Seven isn’t lucky
for the Ducks
UCLA women
get past USC
They end three-city
Canadian swing with a
7-4 loss as Toronto
Maple Leafs unload on
goaltender Miller. D2
The No. 8 Bruins pull
away late for an 84-70
victory, their second
win over the Trojans in
four days. D3
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at Detroit
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at Phila.
at Florida
at Tampa
at Buffalo
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3 p.m.
Pennsylvania at Princeton
3:30 p.m. Xavier at Butler
4 p.m.
Tennessee at Kentucky
4 p.m.
South Carolina at Arkansas
4 p.m.
Central Florida at Cincinnati
4 p.m.
Michigan at Northwestern
4 p.m.
Alabama at Mississippi State
5 p.m.
Baylor at Oklahoma State
5:30 p.m. Georgetown at Providence
6 p.m.
Michigan State at Iowa
6 p.m.
Texas Christian at Kansas
6 p.m.
Wichita State at Memphis
6 p.m.
Nebraska at Minnesota
6 p.m.
Missouri at Mississippi
7 p.m.
Boise State at New Mexico
8 p.m.
San Diego State at Fresno State
4 p.m.
Ducks at Buffalo
5 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis
5 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Lakers
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5 a.m.
Oklahoma City at Golden State
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What we learned in the NHL over the last week of play:
Kings at a crossroads
The Kings can’t let their romp over league-worst Arizona
on Saturday fool them into thinking all is well. They’ll probably have to finish among the top three teams in the Pacific
Division in order to make the playoffs because teams in the
stacked Central Division are likely to grab the two West wildcard spots. The Kings seem to carom from one extreme to the
other, sandwiching shutouts of Dallas and Arizona around a
weak effort in a shutout loss at Nashville. Rob Blake’s best
move since becoming general manager was signing goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who has provided excellent backup
to an off-his-game Jonathan Quick. Blake has until the Feb.
26 trade deadline to make an impact move that will get the
Kings back into postseason play.
Healthy Predators will be dangerous
Forward Filip Forsberg made an impact in his return from
an injury last Thursday when he scored a goal in Nashville’s
5-0 thrashing of the Kings. A day earlier, Mike Fisher ended
his retirement and signed a professional tryout contract; his
plan is to sign a contract for the rest of this season before the
trade deadline. The NHL on Sunday suspended Forsberg
three games for a late hit on New York Rangers forward
Jimmy Vesey on Saturday night. In regaining Fisher, the
Predators, who are riding a 9-1-1 surge, get a proven leader
who was crucial to their run to the Stanley Cup Final last
spring. There could be more June hockey in Smashville.
Jets are set
Major injuries have taken key players out of the Winnipeg
Jets’ lineup for long chunks of time, but they’ve managed to
stay near the top the formidable Central Division. They’ve
withstood losing No. 1 center Mark Scheifele, third-line center Adam Lowry and defensemen Toby Enstrom and Dustin
Byfuglien, but they took another hit last week when defenseman Jacob Trouba suffered a lower-body injury that’s expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks. But the Jets
kept rolling last Saturday, with Connor Hellebuyck making
25 saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory
over Colorado. “The team is playing really well in front of me,”
he told “They’re bringing it every night and you
can tell.”
New owner, same old results for ’Canes
The Carolina Hurricanes are less than the sum of their
parts, collecting good young talent — Sebastian Aho, Jaccob
Slavin, Teuvo Teravainen, and Noah Hanifin — but never
putting together complete teams. Since their 2006 Stanley
Cup title, they’ve made the playoffs once and have missed
out the last eight seasons. This will be the ninth, giving new
owner Thomas Dundon time to develop a case of buyer’s remorse or to change the club’s operations. Coach Bill Peters’
frustration boiled over on Sunday after a 3-1 home loss to San
Jose. “We can’t put that group out again after that. It’s unacceptable,” he told the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer.
“They let each other down, too, in the room. There were some
guys who were very light on the puck. Very light.”
— Helene Elliott
Ducks go O for Canada
Rakell’s two goals are
not nearly enough to
keep them from losing
all three during swing.
wire reports
TORONTO — William
Nylander scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal
early in the third period, and
the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ducks 7-4 on Monday night.
Rickard Rakell scored
twice for the Ducks, and
Corey Perry assisted on all
four goals. Ryan Getzlaf and
Ondrej Kase also scored.
“We’re not going to beat
anybody 8-7, I’ll tell you that
... the way we’ve played defensive hockey is abysmal,
giving up over five goals a
night,” Getzlaf said.
The Ducks lost their
third in a row, giving up 14
goals in losses to Ottawa,
Montreal and Toronto.
Maple Leafs starting
goaltender Frederik Andersen left at 6 minutes 15 seconds of the second period after being struck in the head
by Perry’s left skate.
Andersen was replaced
by Curtis McElhinney, who
improved to 6-4 this season.
Coach Mike Babcock said
Andersen seemed fine after
the game.
Nylander scored his second goal of the game on a
breakaway. His wrist shot
beat goaltender Ryan Miller
at 3:28 of the third period to
put Toronto ahead 5-4.
“It’s not terrible, but we’d
like to clean up a few things,”
said Miller, who gave up six
goals on 39 shots. “I thought
the third-period goals were
things we could just clean up
by structure.”
The Maple Leafs opened
the scoring 6:32 into the first
Matthews skated in unabated and wrapped the
puck around the net and
past Miller. Matthews finished with two goals.
The Ducks responded
when Rakell centered a pass
to Getzlaf in front and his
shot beat Andersen 43 seconds into the second period.
Nylander and Rakell
traded goals before Kase
scored at 8:23 on the power
play to give the Ducks a 3-2
Toronto answered with a
power-play goal by Mitch
Marner to tie the score 3-3 at
15:28 of the second period
and Leo Komarov put the
Maple Leafs ahead 4-3 by
tipping Jake Gardiner’s shot
past Miller at 17:40.
Rakell scored his second
goal of the game at 2:07 of the
third period to tie the score
When: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime
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Update: Miller started all
three games in a swing
through Canada because
John Gibson has a lowerbody injury, and if Gibson
can’t play tonight, it will
likely be Reto Berra in net. ...
Perry was elevated from the
fourth line back to the top
unit Monday and responded
with a season-best four assists. ... The Ducks are pushing for the playoffs but are on
the outside looking in. Their
60 points tie them with two
other teams, and with a
game against the Eastern
Conference-worst Sabres
(37 points) on tap, they need
to find a way to come away
with two points. Buffalo has
lost three games in a row.
— Mike Coppinger
Frank Gunn Associated Press
RYAN MILLER of the Ducks makes a save against
James van Riemsdyk (25) of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
New Jersey
N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers
Tampa Bay
30 17 5 65 162 152
27 16 8 62 154 151
29 22 3 61 164 162
27 21 4 58 137 147
26 22 6 58 181 197
24 19 9 57 150 154
24 21 8 56 143 162
25 23 5 55 156 162
36 14 3 75 189 140
31 11 8 70 164 121
31 19 5 67 179 154
22 22 6 50 143 163
21 22 8 50 134 151
22 25 6 50 139 164
17 25 9 43 132 176
14 29 9 37 117 171
DUCKS ....................................0
Toronto ....................................1
1 — 4
3 — 7
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Tor., Matthews 24 (Hyman, Nylander), 6:32. Penalties—Zaitsev, TOR, (hooking), 7:37.
Bieksa, ANA, (interference), 11:40. Dermott, TOR, (cross
checking), 17:47.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. DUCKS, Getzlaf 7 (Rakell,
Perry), 0:43. 3. Tor., Nylander 11 (Gardiner), 5:52. 4.
DUCKS, Rakell 20 (Perry, Getzlaf), 8:23. 5. DUCKS,
Kase 13 (Perry, Silfverberg), 11:06 (pp). 6. Tor., Marner
10 (van Riemsdyk, Kadri), 15:28 (pp). 7. Tor., Komarov 5
(Gardiner, Kadri), 17:40. Penalties—Komarov, TOR,
(high sticking), 9:10. Ritchie, ANA, (slashing), 14:12.
Fowler, ANA, (slashing), 19:25.
THIRD PERIOD: 8. DUCKS, Rakell 21 (Manson, Perry),
2:07. 9. Tor., Nylander 12 (Gardiner), 3:28. 10, Tor.,
Matthews 25 (Kapanen), 16:49. 11, Tor., Hyman 11
(C.Brown, Matthews), 19:06. Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: DUCKS 16-14-14—44. Tor. 15-916—40. Power-play Conversions—DUCKS 1 of 3. Tor. 1 of
GOALIES: DUCKS, Miller 6-4-5 (39 shots-33 saves).
Tor., McElhinney 6-4-0 (16-15), Andersen 25-15-4 (2825). Att—19,055 (18,819). T—2:39.
William Nylander and Auston Matthews each scored twice
to lead the Maple Leafs.
Ryan Johansen tied it in the final minute of regulation and
Roman Josi won it 3:42 into overtime.
Tyler Seguin scored in the second period to tie it and
Martin Hanzal scored a power-play goal in the third.
Connor McDavid scored four goals and had an assist and
the Oilers improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven.
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DUCKS at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Washington at Columbus, 4 p.m.
New Jersey at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Arizona at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
San Jose at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Vegas at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Calgary at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Success could put end to obscurity
[Elliott, from D1]
unexpected shot at Olympic
The Olympic Athletes
from Russia — so named
because the country was
banned from the Games for
previous doping violations
but many of its athletes
were invited to compete —
had an easier time because
it could draw on its strong
domestic league (the KHL)
to choose former NHL stars
Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya
Kovalchuk, and former
Kings defenseman Slava
Which brings us back to
Zapolski. The 31-year-old
from Erie, Pa., and Mercyhurst College (now University) spent three seasons
in the ECHL and three
seasons with Lukko Rauma
of the Finnish Elite League
before moving to the Finnish team Jokerit, which
plays in the KHL. He’s not a
household name among
those who follow the NHL,
but as was mentioned to
him on a media conference
call last week, neither were
goalie Jim Craig and the rest
of the 1980 U.S. team at Lake
Placid until they shocked
the Soviets, went on to win
the gold medal, and were
acclaimed heroes.
This is a different era,
and unlike Herb Brooks’
fresh-faced, young squad,
coach Tony Granato has
only four college players on
his roster. The players’
average age is over 29. So,
winning a gold medal in
Pyeongchang — which
would be the first for the
U.S. men since the “Miracle
on Ice” — wouldn’t have the
same stunning, against-allodds feel. But success would
lift Zapolski and his teammates out of obscurity, at
least for a while.
“I know not many people
know me, especially in
North America. I’m a little
bit more known in Europe,”
said Zapolski, who has a 1.73
goals-against average and
.932 save percentage in the
KHL this season. “I think
it’s a great opportunity for
our whole team to do something like that. If we can play
well there, people will know
who we are. But that’s not
our concern. We’re just
going over there to try to
play hockey and whatever
happens, happens. I think
the focus of the team is to
compete for a medal and
play as well as we can.”
Canada, with a larger
pool to draw upon, chose
some players with extensive
NHL experience, including
goalie Ben Scrivens — a
former King — defenseman
Chris Lee, and forwards
Rene Bourque, Chris Kelly,
Maxim Lapierre, Mason
Raymond and Derek Roy.
It’s not the same as having
Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews, Drew
Doughty and others who
were the core of Canada’s
2010 and 2014 Olympic champions, but coach Willie
Desjardins hopes his players will be motivated by
carrying a chip on their
collective shoulders.
“Most guys on this team
have been told ‘No,’ at some
point in their careers,” said
Desjardins, a former Van-
couver Canucks coach. “No,
they can’t play in the NHL.
No, it’s over. But they’ve
managed to battle and
stuck with it. They didn’t
give up. That’s the nature of
being Canadian.”
The teams were divided
into three groups of four and
will play a round-robin
within the group to rank
them for the qualification
round. The teams with the
top four records will get byes
to the quarterfinals and
teams 5 through 12 face one
another, with five facing 12,
six vs. 11, seven vs. 10, and
eight vs. nine. The winners
will advance to quarterfinals in a bracket format.
There are provisions for
coach’s challenges for possible offside and goaltender
Sweden, the 2014 silver
medalist, should be strong
again. Its featured attraction will be 17-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin,
ranked No. 1 among European skaters by NHL Central
Scouting for this year’s
draft. Alas, the Lundqvist
on Sweden’s roster is Joel,
not his twin brother, New
York Rangers goalie Henrik.
Finland, winner of a silver
medal and two bronze medals in the last three Winter
Games, will move on without former Ducks right wing
Teemu Selanne, a six-time
Olympian and four-time
medalist. Selanne retired in
2014 after leading Finland to
a bronze medal and solidifying his status as the alltime leading Olympic
Russia, with a fearsome
group of forwards but iffy
defense, is the favorite although the country has not
won an Olympic medal
since it took bronze at Salt
Lake City in 2002.
“I think hopefully the
experience I have and some
other guys have of playing
against those guys will
help,” Zapolski said. “It’s
going to be a challenge for us
to contain a team like that.
Their roster is dangerous for
sure, but we have a team to
compete with anybody.
They’re not a team that
we’re going to be scared of
or anything like that.”
The U.S. roster selection
was overseen by general
manager Jim Johannson,
who died unexpectedly in
his sleep on Jan. 21 at age 53.
Granato said the team will
decide how to honor Johannson, but the best way
would be for players to
justify his faith in them and
remember his joy when he
called each one to say they
were Olympians.
“We have a lot of players
that have had NHL experience and success,” Granato
said. “We have a bunch of
other players with international experience and
success. We have young
college players that are
going to add a tone of life
and energy and skill to our
lineup as well, so I think the
balance of the team that we
put together and JJ envisioned it to be, is exactly
what it is right now. And
now we have to go perform.”
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for UCLA on Monday, the
Bruins turned to senior
point guard Jordin Canada.
Canada scored 10 of her 18
points in the fourth quarter
against USC and added
eight assists in the game to
lead No. 8 UCLA to an 84-70
win at the Galen Center.
Monique Billings scored
18 points and had 11 rebounds for her 41st career
double-double. It was the
second time in four days
UCLA beat USC.
UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12)
moved into a three-way tie
for first place in the conference with Oregon and Stanford. It was the Bruins’
eighth consecutive win and
they moved up one spot in
the national rankings earlier
in the day.
The Bruins haven’t lost a
game this season (19-0) in
which they’ve led after three
quarters. Canada has much
to do with that.
“She’s a gamer. She just
knows how to show up and
handle business on the
court,” Billings said. “Every
time she does, I always tell
her ‘be a pro.’ I try to get that
into her mind-set. I think
that’s what she’s really
Aliyah Mazyck had a
team-best 21 points for the
Trojans (15-8, 5-7 Pac-12).
Minyon Moore made one of
two free throws to pull USC
within 69-68 with 4:41 left,
but the Trojans wouldn’t get
any closer as the Bruins
closed the game on a 15-2
Canada made all seven of
her free throws in the final
with win
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NORMAN, Okla. — Lamont West scored 17 points,
and No. 19 West Virginia survived a 32-point night from
Oklahoma’s Trae Young to
escape with a 75-73 win over
the 17th-ranked Sooners on
Monday night.
Esa Ahmad and Sagaba
Konate each scored 14 and
Jevon Carter added 10
points, eight assists and six
steals for the Mountaineers
(18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who swept
the regular-season series
and moved within half a
game of conference co-leaders Kansas and Texas Tech.
Young, the freshman who
leads the nation in scoring
and assists, had only one assist.
Brady Manek scored 12
points and Khadeem Lattin
had 13 rebounds and four
blocks for the Sooners (16-7,
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 018
Starting to show some muscle
The injury is Ball’s second. He missed six games after spraining his shoulder on
Dec. 23.
By Tania Ganguli
After hitting rock bottom
two years ago, the Lakers are
now in their second year of
dramatic improvement.
That might not have
seemed true during their
nine-game losing streak, but
nearly a month removed
from it, the Lakers are
playing as well as they have
in years and showing promise as the All-Star break approaches.
The Lakers are 21-31, a
win total they did not reach
until March 24 last year, and
four wins better than they
finished the 2015-16 season.
They are 10-4 since the
nine-game losing streak —
better than every team in
that span except the Houston Rockets (11-3) and the
That 10-4 Lakers run includes wins over possible
playoff teams — Indiana,
Boston, San Antonio and
Oklahoma City. It also includes losses to two teams
that surely will miss the
playoffs — Memphis and Orlando.
Mostly, though, the Lakers have played well enough
to beat the teams they
should beat.
No single statistical category fully explains the dramatic shift. The Lakers’ pace
Nance gets an assist
Mary Altaffer Associated Press
LARRY NANCE JR. can flex, just not on the officials, coach Luke Walton says.
of play is a little lower than it
has been on average this season — down from just over
103 possessions per 48 minutes, which leads the NBA,
to 101.52, which ranks fifth.
That is a function of missing
point guard Lonzo Ball, who
has been sidelined the past
10 games with a sprained
Two statistics that help
paint the picture, though,
are related to toughness and
tenacity. The Lakers’ defensive rating has ranked in the
top five over their past 14
games, giving up 102.8 points
per 100 possessions. Their
rebounding has ranked second at 46.6 a game, as has
their defensive rebounding
with 36 a game.
Ball out till break?
The Lakers declared Ball
out for Tuesday’s game
against Phoenix. It might
not be the last.
Having invested a second
overall draft pick in Ball and
placed high expectations on
him for the future of the franchise, the team is not interested in rushing Ball back.
Ball could be held out un-
til after the All-Star break,
and possibly the Rising
Stars game, which pits firstand second-year players
against each other. Ball, fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma and
second-year forward Brandon Ingram are tentatively
scheduled to play in it.
Ball sustained the injury
Jan. 13, and while he has not
had any setbacks, he did experience some soreness
when the Lakers tried to increase his load during a recent rehab session. The Lakers did not push him further,
choosing to err on the side of
Larry Nance Jr. owed
Luke Walton a measure of
thanks after the coach ran
onto the court Sunday at
Oklahoma City to save him.
Nance had objected to a
foul called on him with an expletive directed toward an
official. Walton rushed over
and drowned out Nance, absorbing the technical foul instead. Afterward, Nance acknowledged the gesture.
“He said, ‘Thank you for
saving me $2,500,’” Walton
said. “I said, ‘No problem
that’s my job.’ … Players
need to play. I don’t like
when my players talk to the
refs. Let me do that.”
When: 7:30.
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Update: Suns rookie Josh
Jackson, the fourth overall
pick in last year’s draft, has
scored 20 or more points in
four consecutive games — or
one more than he’d had
overall in his first 48 games.
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Many questions for the offseason
[Farmer, from D1]
ing that question,” Pederson said to laughter.
“You know what? We’re
just going to enjoy this
moment. It’s not just about
one guy. It’s about the
But the coach also said
he turned to Wentz in the
aftermath of Sunday’s
victory and essentially told
him to absorb what he was
watching unfold.
“Hopefully, we’ll be back
in this game with him leading the way,” Pederson said.
Foles isn’t the only accomplished quarterback
who could wind up elsewhere. There’s Case
Keenum, who played his
way into the MVP conversation in Minnesota because
of injuries to Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford;
and Kirk Cousins, who will
be the subject of a bidding
battle now that Washington
has moved on to Alex Smith,
acquired in a trade with
Kansas City.
The New York Jets are
looking for a quarterback,
as are the New York Giants
(to receive the baton from
Eli Manning), Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals. The urgency
Jacksonville felt for a longterm answer at that position likely was quelled by
the strong play of Blake
Bortles at the end of the
season, but the shifting
sands of the league never
fail to produce surprises.
Then there are the newcomers. For the first time,
there could be a pair of
first-round quarterbacks
coming out of USC and
UCLA in the same year. It
wouldn’t be stunning if the
Bruins’ Josh Rosen and
Trojans’ Sam Darnold were
selected among the top 10 in
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JOSH ROSEN of UCLA and Sam Darnold of USC both could be picked in the
first round of the NFL draft, which would be a first in the history of the rivalry.
this year’s draft. The only
other time in the modern
era that quarterbacks from
the rival schools were selected in the same year was
1989, when UCLA’s Troy
Aikman went No. 1 overall
and USC’s Rodney Peete
was taken in the sixth
The quarterback-
prospect spotlight isn’t
trained only on Darnold and
Rosen. Among the other
potential first-round picks
are Oklahoma’s Baker
Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh
Allen, and Louisville’s
Lamar Jackson.
The top six picks go:
Cleveland, Giants, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Denver,
Jets. Of those, only the Colts
have their quarterback
situation locked down —
assuming Andrew Luck is
healthy after sitting out this
season because of shoulder
When it comes to officiating changes, the NFL is
going to take a hard look at
what is and what isn’t a
catch, a vexing issue that
seems to crop up on a
weekly basis. Commissioner Roger Goodell has
formed a committee to
clarify the rule, and intends
to start from scratch in
looking at the definition.
Also on the table is the
situation with the Panthers.
Not only has owner Jerry
Richardson put the team up
for sale, but he’s also under
investigation by the league
for alleged inappropriate
workplace conduct and
comments. It’s unclear
what the league will do
about the investigation if or
when a sale happens. Regardless, it’s a dark cloud.
The NFL announced last
week that Fox has bought
the broadcast rights for
Thursday Night Football for
the next five years, and it
will be interesting to watch
how that network promotes
and presents those games.
There are situations to
watch in the broadcast
booth, too. Who will ESPN
hire to replace Jon Gruden
on Monday nights, now that
the scowling coach has
returned to the Raiders?
And what of retired Arizona
coach Bruce Arians? How
will his colorful personality
transfer to TV, with networks lobbying for him to
become an analyst?
The Coliseum, home to
the Rams, is getting a face
lift, and the Chargers are
hoping StubHub Center
can feel more like a home
Some of the answers will
come sooner, some later,
but, like with that fluttering
confetti, the air eventually
will clear. Just in time for
more questions.
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Glut of unsigned free agents is causing angst among players
[Shaikin, from D1]
ingly, or at all.
Spare me the tears. The
average major league salary last season was $4 million.
Major league payrolls
could drop from last season
to this one, for the first time
since 2009. But the heart of
the matter is that, as in so
many other sectors of the
American economy,
technology has disrupted
the covenant between management and labor.
Could you explain that last
part in plain English,
For four decades, the
essential promise to players
has been this: You can strike
it rich in free agency, but
only after six years in the
major leagues.
Now, with the rise of
analytics, teams have data
confirming that a player’s
most productive years often
come before he can be a free
agent, and that long-term
contracts that pay a player
into his late 30s tend to be
poor investments.
Rather than pay for past
performance, analytics can
suggest which players to pay
for projected future performance. The Chicago
Cubs, for instance, spent
$38 million on Tyler Chatwood, betting an escape
from Coors Field will help a
walk-prone pitcher still in
his prime at 28, albeit one
that posted an earned-run
average near 5.00 last season.
And, in hiring the general
managers to run their
teams, owners have pivoted
from a “baseball man” to a
savvy executive as familiar
with risk management and
cost-benefit analyses as
with building a minor
league system and a major
league pitching staff.
What’s wrong with that?
This is what Toronto
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins
said Thursday: “Teams are
getting to a certain point,
saying, ‘This is our value.’
And that’s good business to
walk away and not going
over your value. So it seems
as though that’s the case,
that teams are valuing
players in a similar way.”
This is what agent
Joshua Kusnick tweeted
Friday: “On a daily basis I
am being asked to believe all
30 MLB teams decided to
evaluate talent and then
value talent in exactly the
same way.”
Is that wise management
or collusion? It is difficult to
believe that management,
with a commissioner who is
a trained labor lawyer and
owners once fined $280
million for collusion, would
sanction another episode of
collusion. The union is
expected to collect contract
offers from agents, then
examine for any patterns
that might show clubs acting in concert.
So a free agent might not
get paid this year what he
might have gotten paid
three or four years ago. It’s
a free market, right?
Yes and no.
It is a free market in the
sense that there is no salary
cap, that all 30 teams can
pay a free agent whatever
they like, and that all 30
teams ostensibly want to
In reality, not every team
is trying to win every season.
If a team is building for the
future, and if analytics show
the most effective route to
fielding the best possible
team later is to field the
worst possible team now,
adding a free agent that
might help win an extra
game or two or three is not
only more expensive than
promoting a minor league
player but also is counterproductive.
And, among the teams
that are trying to win this
year, baseball’s biggest
spenders, the Dodgers and
New York Yankees, are
among the teams effectively
capping their salaries to
avoid the luxury tax.
Doesn’t the amount a team
can spend without paying a
luxury tax go up every
No. That amount was
frozen at $189 million in 2014,
2015 and 2016, then under the
new collective bargaining
agreement rose modestly, to
$195 million last year and
$197 million this year. Baseball’s revenues — that is,
money to owners — exploded above the $10-billion
mark last year.
The players approved
that collective bargaining
agreement, but now many
players and agents who saw
this coming are disenchanted with the union leadership
that negotiated the deal.
The players let owners limit
spending on amateur players, only to see the owners
limit spending on free
agents as well.
Are players really going to
boycott spring training?
The union says it has
neither threatened nor
recommended a boycott.
Who is still available in free
You could make a pretty
good team out of players
who normally would have
been signed weeks ago:
Jonathan Lucroy at catcher,
Eric Hosmer at first base,
Neil Walker at second base,
J.J. Hardy at shortstop,
Mike Moustakas at third
base, J.D. Martinez, Carlos
Gonzalez and Jon Jay in the
outfield, and Logan Morrison at designated hitter,
with Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn
and Jason Vargas atop the
starting rotation and Greg
Holland, Tony Watson, Joe
Blanton, Tyler Clippard and
Bud Norris heading the
“I’ve spent the last six
weeks trying to find a house
in Arizona,” Dodgers
pitcher Ross Stripling said.
“It’s really hard to do, and
these guys don’t even know
what state they’re going to.”
Twitter: @BillShaikin
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 6 , 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).
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Oklahoma City
6. Denver
6. Portland
8. New Orleans
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10. Utah
12. Memphis
13. Phoenix
14. Sacramento
15. Dallas
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1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Milwaukee
6. Indiana
7. Miami
8. Detroit
8. Philadelphia
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10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Brooklyn
13. Chicago
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
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Trade rumors have
Clippers on edge
Deadline to deal
players is Thursday
and nervousness fills
the locker room.
By Broderick Turner
With the NBA trade
deadline looming, Clippers
coach Doc Rivers said Monday night that there is some
anxiety inside his locker
He has players who are
concerned about whether or
not they will be traded by
Thursday’s deadline.
Rivers said he has talked
to his players to see what
their mood is, but he didn’t
mention any names.
But Rivers didn’t really
have to, because the names
mentioned in the rumors the
most to be moved have been
Williams and Avery Bradley.
“Yeah, you watch the
body language. That’s what
you do anyway,” Rivers said.
“Sometimes you’ll go talk to
a guy and a guy will say, ‘Oh,
I’m good.’ And that could
mean he’s not good or good.
You got to read that. Sometimes it’s clear as day.
“I can tell you I’ve seen
that over the last three or
four days from a couple of
guys. It’s obviously weighing
on them. You really just want
to give them a hug. I’ve been
through it. It’s no fun. I think
people just look at athletes
as if they don’t have feelings
and they do. They are emotional and there’s nothing
you can do about it. It’s part
of the business. It’s the nofun part of the business.”
The Clippers made a
trade last week that was
Griffin’s going to the Detroit
Pistons for Bradley, Tobias
Harris and Boban Marjanovic.
Rivers said “it’s no fun”
for players to hear their
names come up in trade
“It’s the worst time of the
year, obviously every year,”
he said. “Sometimes some
years are worse than others.
Some years aren’t bad at all
because you know you’re not
making any moves, or even
in the discussions.
“This year there’s been so
much talk, I think there’s a
lot of angst right now. From
a coaching standpoint, you
remove the other part that
you do, you’re just trying to
see if you can mentally get to
this game and win the game,
because it’s hard. It’s hard to
keep your focus when all this
stuff, clutter is going on. And
we have a lot of clutter right
now because of it.”
So it’s up to Rivers to try
to settle the nerves of his
players who are worried
about the chatter.
“Guys respond to the
talk,” Rivers said. “But still,
right when they finish talking to you their agent calls
and then they go right back
down. I’m really looking forward to Friday.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
at New York
at Atlanta
at Toronto
at Philadelphia
at Golden State
at Orlando
at Brooklyn
Oklahoma City
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Matthews....34 7-16 2-2 0-2 5 2 23
Nowitzki......25 4-11 2-2 0-6 0 1 12
Powell ........29 2-3 4-6 3-10 4 3 8
Ferrell ........32 4-11 0-0 0-3 1 2 9
Smith Jr. .....34 5-17 0-0 0-3 5 6 12
Barea.........22 4-8 2-2 0-3 5 0 12
Mejri ..........22 2-4 2-2 3-7 0 3 6
D.Harris ......20 4-6 6-6 0-1 1 5 16
Kleber ........19 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 1 3
Jones ...........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
33-80 18-20 7-38 22 23 101
Shooting: Field goals, 41.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 17-42 (Matthews 7-12,
D.Harris 2-3, Barea 2-4, Nowitzki 2-7, Smith Jr.
2-7, Kleber 1-3, Ferrell 1-6). Team Rebounds: 11.
Team Turnovers: 20 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Matthews 2, Mejri, Nowitzki, Powell). Turnovers:
20 (Smith Jr. 9, Barea 2, D.Harris 2, Matthews 2,
Powell 2, Ferrell, Mejri, Nowitzki). Steals: 5 (Barea,
D.Harris, Kleber, Matthews, Mejri). Technical Fouls:
Barea, 00:13 third.
Holiday.......35 6-10 4-5 0-4 2 3 20
Portis .........32 7-19 2-4 2-14 4 2 18
Lopez.........13 1-5 0-0 1-1 1 3 2
Grant .........36 1-6 6-6 1-4 5 3 9
LaVine........31 9-18 5-5 1-3 2 2 27
Zipser.........32 3-10 2-2 0-4 2 3 10
Valentine ....22 5-9 0-0 0-7 2 2 11
Felicio ........17 0-1 1-2 4-7 2 3 1
Nwaba .......12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Arcidiacono...6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
32-80 20-24 9-46 20 21 98
Shooting: Field goals, 40.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 14-36 (Holiday 4-7, LaVine
4-8, Portis 2-6, Zipser 2-6, Valentine 1-4, Grant
1-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 12 (13
PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Zipser). Turnovers: 12
(Grant 3, Valentine 3, LaVine 2, Zipser 2, Felicio,
Portis). Steals: 6 (Portis 2, Holiday, LaVine, Valentine, Zipser). Technical Fouls: Lopez, 4:21 second
Gallinari .....34 9-13 6-6 1-5 2 1 28
T.Harris.......35 9-20 0-2 0-5 2 3 19
Jordan........33 3-6 0-0 1-13 3 1 6
Bradley.......27 6-10 0-0 1-3 2 2 12
Teodosic .....21 1-6 0-0 1-2 7 0 3
L.Williams...33 5-15 4-4 0-4 8 0 15
Johnson......17 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 3
Harrell........14 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 4
Wallace ......13 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 4
Dekker .........9 4-7 0-0 1-3 1 1 10
Marjanovic....0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
42-87 10-12 5-39 29 16 104
Shooting: Field goals, 48.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-27 (Gallinari 4-5, Dekker
2-2, Johnson 1-2, T.Harris 1-5, Teodosic 1-5,
L.Williams 1-5, Bradley 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 13 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Jordan 2, Harrell). Turnovers: 13 (L.Williams 4, Jordan
2, Teodosic 2, Wallace 2, Bradley, Gallinari, T.Harris). Steals: 10 (Bradley 3, T.Harris 3, Harrell, Jordan, L.Williams, Wallace). Technical Fouls: Jordan,
1:45 first
28 27 27 19 —101
32 26 20 26 —104
A—15,127. O—Ben Taylor, Ed Malloy, Ray
Andre Drummond had 17
points and 17 rebounds, and the
Detroit Pistons beat the Portland
Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday
night for their fourth straight win.
The victory pulled the Pistons
back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference.
Blake Griffin had 21 points, nine
rebounds and six assists, and did
damage from the perimeter, making three three-pointers.
Detroit had 36 assists on 44 field
Drummond and Griffin seem to
be developing chemistry, and they
combined for 11 assists.
“It can only get better from
here,” Drummond said. “He’s going a great job of adjusting right
now. We didn’t really understand
what was going to happen when we
first got him. We didn’t know how
long it was going to take for him to
adjust, but him being the professional that he is, he adjusted very
Detroit has won three in a row
with Griffin. Saturday, coach Stan
Van Gundy said the Pistons might
be playing through Griffin too
much. He still led Detroit in scoring
Monday, but the Pistons had
plenty of threats.
“They had one action — dribble
handoff out of the corner — and
they kept getting down to the center of our defense,” said Portland’s
Damian Lillard, who had 20 points.
Drummond has 266 doubledoubles since entering the NBA in
2012-13. He’s tied with DeMarcus
Cousins for the most in that span.
Aminu ........29 3-11 2-2 2-13 1 1 9
Harkless .....23 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 6
Nurkic ........25 5-10 0-0 0-5 2 3 10
Lillard ........37 8-17 3-3 1-5 5 2 20
McCollum ...29 6-15 0-0 1-2 1 3 14
Napier........25 3-12 0-0 0-1 3 0 8
Connghton ..18 3-4 2-2 1-1 3 0 11
Davis .........17 2-5 0-0 6-10 0 3 4
Collins........15 1-8 0-0 0-4 0 0 2
Vonleh..........4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Leonard........4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Swanigan .....4 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Layman ........4 2-4 0-1 0-0 1 0 5
37-94 7-8 13-44 18 14 91
Shooting: Field goals, 39.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-33 (Connaughton 3-3,
McCollum 2-6, Napier 2-6, Layman 1-1, Aminu
1-5, Lillard 1-5, Swanigan 0-1, Vonleh 0-1, Harkless
0-2, Collins 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 13 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Nurkic 2,
Lillard, McCollum). Turnovers: 13 (Lillard 5, Aminu
2, Davis 2, Napier 2, McCollum, Nurkic). Steals: 10
(Aminu 3, Lillard 2, Harkless, Layman, McCollum,
Napier, Nurkic). Technical Fouls: McCollum, 11:52
Utah 133, at New Orleans 109: Rodney Hood scored 30 points in his
second game back from injury and
the Jazz scored a season high in
winning their sixth straight.
at Denver 121, Charlotte 104: Gary
Harris had 27 points and Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 16 rebounds in
the Nuggets’ third win in a row.
Washington 111, at Indiana 102:
Bradley Beal had 21 points as the
Wizards won their fifth straight
without John Wall. The Pacers
were without Victor Oladipo (sick)
and Darren Collison (knee surgery), who’s out two to three weeks.
Orlando 111, at Miami 109: Mario
Hezonja scored 20 points and Jonathan
tiebreaking dunk with 1:31 left as
the Magic handed the Heat their
fourth straight loss.
at Sacramento 104, Chicago 98:
Bogdan Bogdanovic made a
tiebreaking three with 52 seconds
left and the Kings rallied from 21
down to sweep the season series.
at Clippers 104, Dallas 101
— associated press
Wizards 111, Pacers 102
Morris ........29 5-13 0-0 2-10 2 3 11
Porter Jr......25 6-11 0-0 1-2 3 4 13
Gortat ........20 5-8 1-1 3-9 1 3 11
Beal...........36 9-16 2-2 0-1 3 1 21
Satoransky..21 2-3 1-1 0-2 6 2 5
Oubre Jr......32 4-9 6-8 0-7 2 1 15
Mahinmi.....24 4-4 4-5 1-7 1 6 12
Scott..........19 5-10 0-0 0-4 2 1 11
Frazier........18 1-2 0-0 0-1 6 2 2
Meeks........11 4-6 0-0 0-0 3 0 10
45-82 14-17 7-43 29 23 111
Shooting: Field goals, 54.9%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 7-25 (Meeks 2-4, Scott 1-3,
Beal 1-4, Oubre Jr. 1-4, Morris 1-5, Porter Jr. 1-5).
Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (11 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 1 (Oubre Jr.). Turnovers: 13 (Beal 6,
Mahinmi 2, Morris 2, Frazier, Gortat, Meeks).
Steals: 7 (Frazier 2, Mahinmi 2, Satoransky 2,
Oubre Jr.). Technical Fouls: coach Wizards (Defensive three second), 2:58 second
Photographs by
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
Dwight Powell, pulls down one of his game-high 13 rebounds.
Clippers are winners in last
game at home until Feb. 28
Bogdanovic .36 9-15 6-7 1-4 2 0 29
T.Young.......30 3-10 0-1 4-7 2 0 7
Turner.........22 2-5 2-2 2-5 0 5 6
Joseph .......35 2-7 3-4 0-2 4 3 7
Stephenson 37 4-14 4-6 0-9 6 4 13
J.Young.......27 6-10 0-1 0-2 0 0 17
Sabonis......26 7-12 1-3 1-4 2 2 15
Jefferson.....16 4-7 0-1 0-1 3 2 8
Moore ..........6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
37-80 16-25 8-35 19 18 102
Shooting: Field goals, 46.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Bogdanovic 5-7, J.Young 5-8, T.Young 1-2, Stephenson 1-7, Sabonis
0-2, Joseph 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 15 (30 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Bogdanovic,
Turner). Turnovers: 15 (Stephenson 6, Sabonis 3,
Turner 3, T.Young 2, Bogdanovic). Steals: 5
(Stephenson 2, Bogdanovic, J.Young, T.Young).
Technical Fouls: None.
28 30 28 25— 111
23 26 25 28— 102
A—13,169. O—Ford, Lewis, Twardoski
[Clippers, from D1]
Eventually Gallinari was
fouled. He made two free
throws for a 102-101 Clippers
lead with 24 seconds left.
Now the Clippers had to
get a defensive stop, which
they did when Yogi Ferrell
missed a shot.
But Jordan and Salah
Mejri both came up with the
rebound, forcing a jump ball
with 1.2 seconds left.
Jordan won the tip,
knocking the ball down
court to a streaking Bradley,
who waltzed in for a layup
that gave the Clippers a 104101 lead with 0.7 seconds left.
The game, the Clippers’
last at Staples Center until
Feb. 28, still wasn’t over until
Ferrell stepped out of
bounds before launching a
three-point attempt with 0.4
seconds left.
“For me, defense wins
games,” Bradley said. “If
you’re able to get some consistent stops, especially
down the stretch, I feel like
you give yourself a chance to
be in the game.
“And that’s what we were
able to do.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Jazz 133, Pelicans 109
Favors ........27 7-11 3-4 3-7 1 2 19
Ingles.........29 7-12 0-0 0-5 3 3 18
Gobert .......32 7-8 5-5 2-10 1 4 19
Mitchell ......19 1-6 0-0 0-0 3 0 2
Rubio.........32 8-19 3-4 0-3 11 4 20
Hood .........27 12-14 2-2 0-3 3 0 30
O’Neale ......20 6-7 0-0 1-6 3 2 13
Johnson......16 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 2
Neto ..........12 2-3 2-2 0-1 1 0 8
Jerebko ........9 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 2 0
Udoh ...........9 1-2 0-0 2-6 1 1 2
McCree ........1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
52-89 15-17 9-45 29 18 133
Shooting: Field goals, 58.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 14-21 (Hood 4-4, Ingles 4-5,
Favors 2-2, Neto 2-2, O’Neale 1-1, Rubio 1-3, Jerebko 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Mitchell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 13 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Udoh 3, Gobert, Ingles). Turnovers: 13
(Favors 3, Mitchell 3, Rubio 2, Gobert, Hood, Ingles, Johnson, O’Neale). Steals: 6 (Ingles 2, Gobert, Hood, Jerebko, Mitchell). Technical Fouls: Gobert, 5:16 second.
A—13,810. T—1:52. O—DeRosa, Wall, Goble
CLIPPERS CENTER DeAndre Jordan, in front of Dallas Mavericks forward
A—17,583. T—2:09. O—Marat Kogut, Justin Van
Duyne, Rodney Mott
Griffin.........30 9-20 0-0 1-9 6 2 21
S.Johnson ...33 3-10 1-2 1-4 4 3 8
Drummond .33 7-12 3-4 5-17 5 4 17
Bullock.......34 4-8 2-3 0-6 3 0 13
Smith.........28 3-8 1-1 0-2 7 1 7
Tolliver........26 6-9 0-0 0-7 1 0 15
Kennard .....23 5-7 1-2 0-2 4 1 12
Galloway.....18 5-8 0-0 1-1 6 2 13
Felder ..........2 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Hearn ..........2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Ellenson .......2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Reed............2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
44-87 8-12 10-51 36 14 111
Shooting: Field goals, 50.6%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 15-30 (Bullock 3-5, Galloway
3-5, Tolliver 3-6, Griffin 3-7, Hearn 1-1, Kennard
1-2, S.Johnson 1-3, Felder 0-1). Team Rebounds:
7. Team Turnovers: 15 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Drummond 3, S.Johnson). Turnovers: 15 (Drummond 4, Griffin 3, S.Johnson 3, Felder, Galloway,
Kennard, Smith, Tolliver). Steals: 7 (Bullock 3,
Smith 2, Drummond, S.Johnson).
20 23 24 24— 91
22 27 30 32— 111
Pistons pull to .500,
into playoff picture
Cauly-Stn....16 3-7 1-2 1-6 1 5 7
Jackson......23 4-7 3-4 0-4 1 1 11
Randolph....28 5-13 1-1 2-9 4 0 11
Bgdnovic ....30 3-9 6-6 0-4 4 0 15
Fox ............16 2-7 1-2 1-2 2 1 5
Temple .......26 4-9 2-2 0-1 3 1 12
Hill ............25 4-9 4-5 2-4 5 3 14
Hield..........21 4-10 0-0 0-2 1 1 11
Sampson....18 4-5 0-0 2-6 0 2 9
Koufos .......16 2-3 1-3 1-6 0 1 5
Carter ........15 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4
37-84 19-25 9-45 22 17 104
Shooting: Field goals, 44.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-32 (Bogdanovic 3-7,
Hield 3-7, Hill 2-4, Temple 2-4, Sampson 1-1, Fox
0-1, Carter 0-2, Jackson 0-3, Randolph 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 11 (8 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Randolph 2, Hield, Koufos, Sampson).
Turnovers: 11 (Carter 2, Fox 2, Hill 2, Temple 2,
Cauley-Stein, Jackson, Randolph). Steals: 5 (Bogdanovic 2, Jackson, Randolph, Temple). Technical
Fouls: None.
28 27 24 19— 98
9 32 36 27— 104
Pistons 111, Trail Blazers 91
Kings 104, Bulls 98
Magic 111, Heat 109
Mirotic .......32 2-8 1-2 0-3 2 2 5
Moore ........30 5-9 2-2 0-1 1 1 14
Davis .........34 6-16 3-4 2-11 3 2 15
Holiday.......33 13-21 0-1 0-5 3 2 28
Rondo........30 7-13 0-2 0-3 8 3 18
Miller .........19 1-3 0-0 1-1 4 0 2
Clark..........19 7-11 0-0 0-2 2 2 14
Diallo.........14 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 6
Liggins .......13 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 4
Okafor..........8 1-2 1-2 2-2 0 0 3
James ..........2 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
47-93 7-13 6-30 24 15 109
Shooting: Field goals, 50.5%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 8-22 (Rondo 4-6, Moore
2-3, Holiday 2-5, Clark 0-2, Davis 0-2, Mirotic
0-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 14 (20
PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Davis 3, Diallo, Liggins,
Moore). Turnovers: 14 (Davis 5, Rondo 3, Holiday
2, Mirotic 2, Clark, Moore). Steals: 10 (Holiday 2,
Liggins 2, Davis, Diallo, Miller, Mirotic, Moore,
Rondo). Technical Fouls: None.
34 36 29 34— 133
New Orleans
23 41 22 23— 109
A—14,293. T—2:20. O—Derrick Collins, Jacyn
Goble, Sean Wright
Nuggets 121, Hornets 104
Kaminsky....22 4-8 0-2 0-2 3 1 9
Kdd-Glchrst.28 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 1 2
Howard ......27 9-11 1-5 0-7 1 3 19
Batum........31 5-11 2-4 1-4 5 2 15
Walker........33 6-13 5-6 0-3 4 1 20
Graham......25 4-7 0-0 0-1 2 0 11
Lamb .........25 5-11 3-3 0-3 2 3 14
Zeller .........17 2-3 4-4 3-10 1 2 8
Crtr-Wllms...16 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 3 6
O’Bryant III ...3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bacon ..........3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Monk ...........3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Stone...........3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
39-77 15-24 5-36 21 16 104
Shooting: Field goals, 50.6%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-26 (Graham 3-4, Walker
3-6, Batum 3-7, Kaminsky 1-3, Lamb 1-4, CarterWilliams 0-1, Monk 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team
Turnovers: 10 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Howard).
Turnovers: 10 (Howard 2, Walker 2, Zeller 2, Batum,
Carter-Williams, Kaminsky, Kidd-Gilchrist). Steals:
7 (Graham 2, Lamb 2, Kaminsky, Monk, Walker).
Technical Fouls: None.
Barton........33 7-10 2-2 0-2 8 2 18
Chandler.....21 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Jokic ..........32 5-11 3-3 3-16 7 3 15
Harris.........33 9-13 4-5 0-1 2 1 27
Murray .......32 7-15 0-0 1-4 7 3 18
Craig..........26 3-6 0-0 1-7 2 1 6
Lyles..........24 4-8 1-2 0-7 1 2 11
Mudiay .......18 5-7 1-1 0-2 2 0 12
Arthur ........13 4-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 10
Hrnangmz .....1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Beasley ........1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
46-81 11-13 5-41 30 15 121
Shooting: Field goals, 56.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 18-34 (Harris 5-7, Murray
4-8, Arthur 2-3, Barton 2-3, Jokic 2-4, Lyles 2-4,
Mudiay 1-1, Beasley 0-1, Chandler 0-1, Craig 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Barton, Lyles). Turnovers: 11 (Jokic 3, Harris 2, Murray 2, Arthur, Barton, Beasley,
Mudiay). Steals: 10 (Arthur 2, Jokic 2, Murray 2,
Barton, Chandler, Harris, Mudiay).
25 37 22 20— 104
36 27 34 24— 121
Hezonja......31 7-14 2-2 0-5 3 2 20
Simmons ....26 6-9 2-3 1-3 1 2 16
Biyombo .....23 3-5 3-4 0-5 1 1 9
Fournier......25 6-13 0-0 0-4 1 4 13
Payton........25 3-8 4-4 1-2 7 3 10
Mack .........26 2-4 2-2 0-2 5 1 6
Augustin .....22 6-11 1-2 1-1 3 3 16
Iwundu.......17 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 5
Speights.....16 4-9 2-2 0-5 1 5 12
Afflalo ........15 1-4 0-0 0-6 2 2 2
Birch............7 1-4 0-0 2-4 1 2 2
41-84 16-19 5-39 25 26 111
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Hezonja 4-9, Augustin 3-6, Simmons 2-2, Speights 2-6, Iwundu
1-1, Fournier 1-4, Afflalo 0-1, Payton 0-1). Team
Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (16 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Biyombo 2, Afflalo, Hezonja, Speights).
Turnovers: 11 (Speights 4, Simmons 2, Afflalo,
Birch, Biyombo, Mack, Payton). Steals: 8 (Hezonja
2, Augustin, Biyombo, Fournier, Iwundu, Payton,
Simmons). Technical Fouls: Fournier, 2:30 second
CLIPPERS GUARD Avery Bradley, surrounded by
Mavericks, dives for a loose ball in the third quarter.
Olynyk..........6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Winslow......26 6-10 4-4 2-8 2 4 16
Whiteside ...22 8-16 3-5 6-14 1 0 19
Dragic ........35 5-13 2-4 3-9 7 5 13
Richardson .37 8-13 4-5 0-2 2 0 20
T.Johnson....32 5-14 0-1 1-3 4 1 12
Ellington .....28 0-9 5-5 1-3 2 2 5
Adebayo .....26 6-13 6-8 2-10 1 2 18
J.Johnson....18 2-5 2-3 2-3 1 3 6
Mickey .........5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
40-93 26-35 17-53 21 19 109
Shooting: Field goals, 43.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 3-23 (T.Johnson 2-7, Dragic
1-4, J.Johnson 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Adebayo 0-2,
Ellington 0-8). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 12 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Adebayo 2,
Mickey, Winslow). Turnovers: 12 (Dragic 4, Richardson 2, T.Johnson 2, J.Johnson, Mickey, Whiteside, Winslow). Steals: 5 (Adebayo, Dragic, J.Johnson, Richardson, Winslow). Technical Fouls: None.
26 33 34 18— 111
35 25 27 22— 109
A—19,600. O—Gary Zielinski, David Guthrie,
C.J. Washington
Through Sunday’s games
Nance Jr.
Payton II
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Patricia leaves Patriots to coach the Lions
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The Detroit Lions hired Matt
Patricia on Monday, doubling
down on the franchise’s hope it can
copy the New England Patriots’
formula for success.
The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
“This position comes with great
responsibility,” Patricia said in a
statement released by the Lions,
“and I will commit every ounce of
my energy to this football team,
starting today.”
Lions general manager Bob
Quinn made the move, reuniting
with a man he worked with for
more than decade in New England.
“He has been preparing for this
opportunity his entire career, and
he’s ready for the responsibility
and its challenges,” Quinn said.
Quinn fired Jim Caldwell last
month with a record eight games
above .500 over four years and playoff appearances in 2016 and 2014.
No. 19 West Virginia vs. No. 17 Oklahoma
Fairfield 78, Siena 65
Indiana 65, Rutgers 43
Lehigh 92, Bucknell 89, OT
Md. Eastern Shore 62, Florida A&M 61
Coppin St. 84, SC State 60
Grambling St. 81, Alcorn St. 72
Hampton 86, NC Central 70
MVSU 77, Alabama A&M 67
Morgan St. 97, Howard 61
NC A&T 54, Delaware St. 51
Norfolk St. 83, Bethune-Cookman 79
Syracuse 78, Louisville 73
No. 2 Mississippi St. 67, No. 7 S. Carolina 53
No. 3 Baylor 74, Oklahoma 66
No. 6 Texas 73, West Virginia 55
No. 8 UCLA 84, USC 70
No. 15 Missouri 66, Florida 64
Albany (NY) 93, Mass.-Lowell 60
Binghamton 69, Stony Brook 64
Bryant 60, Sacred Heart 56
CCSU 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 56
Canisius 52, St. Peter’s 49
Maine 59, Hartford 56
Md. Eastern Shore 87, Florida A&M 70
Siena 44, Monmouth (NJ) 41
St. Francis Brooklyn 75, Mount St. Mary’s 56
Vermont 58, New Hampshire 53
Wagner 52, LIU Brooklyn 44
Alabama A&M 57, MVSU 49
Bethune-Cookman 60, Norfolk St. 45
Grambling St. 68, Alcorn St. 51
Hampton 62, NC Central 53
Howard 68, Morgan St. 61
NC A&T 75, Delaware St. 55
SC State 67, Coppin St. 65
Savannah St. 79, Allen 41
Southern U. 68, Jackson St. 58
Ark. Pine Bluff 55, Alabama St. 53
NO. 8 UCLA 84, USC 70
UCLA (19-4)—Billings 5-12 8-10 18, Drummer
4-8 2-6 11, Burke 2-3 4-4 8, Canada 3-11 11-13
18, Hayes 3-6 2-2 10, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Onyenwere 2-4 0-0 4, Rosenblum 0-0 0-0 0, Dean 3-6
0-0 8, Horvat 3-4 0-0 7, Totals 25-54 27-35 84.
USC (15-8)—Simon 4-11 2-2 12, Adams 1-6
1-2 4, Edwards 2-5 2-2 6, Mazyck 7-20 3-4 21,
Moore 4-13 2-4 11, Effa 1-3 5-5 7, Milisic 1-1 1-2
3, Tapley 2-5 1-2 6, Totals 22-64 17-23 70.
UCLA..............................26 18 17 23—84
USC ...............................20 13 23 14—70
Three-Point Goals—UCLA 7-17 (Billings 0-1,
Drummer 1-1, Burke 0-1, Canada 1-2, Hayes 2-5,
Dean 2-5, Horvat 1-2), USC 9-25 (Simon 2-2,
Adams 1-6, Edwards 0-1, Mazyck 4-11, Moore
1-2, Tapley 1-3). Assists—UCLA 14 (Canada 8),
USC 15 (Moore 11). Fouled Out—USC Simon, Adams. Rebounds—UCLA 47 (Billings 11), USC 28
(Simon 5). Total Fouls—UCLA 17, USC 24. Technical Fouls—UCLA Billings 1,A—876.
Saturday’s schedule
At Copper Box Arena, London, Zolani Tete vs.
Omar Narvaez, 12, for Tete's WBO bantamweight
At Hartman Arena, Park City, Kansas (CBSSN), Tramaine Williams vs. Alexei Collado, 12,
for the vacant WBO International super-bantamweight title.
At Cancun, Mexico, Miguel Berchelt vs. Cristian Mijares, 12, for Berchelt's WBC junior-lightweight title.
Feb. 16
At Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno,
Nev., Raymundo Beltran vs. Paulus Moses, 12,
for the vacant WBO World lightweight title; Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. David Avanesyan, 10,
The Lions were 9-7 this season
and missed the playoffs.
Patricia was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator for six seasons,
ending with his unit giving up 41
points and 538 yards to the Eagles.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick
was no more forthcoming about
his surprise benching of one-time
Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler.
Speaking on a conference call
the day after the Patriots blew
their chance at a sixth NFL title,
Belichick said “there are a lot of
things that go into that.” He declined to be specific.
Butler was one of the Patriots’
steadiest players this season, appearing in 98% of the defensive
snaps and starting 17 of 18 games.
But the defensive back made it
on the field for only one play Sunday — on special teams.
A man being held in a suspected
drunk-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin
Jackson and his Uber driver has
twice been deported from the U.S.,
a revelation Indiana congressman
Todd Rokita said should anger “all
Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, remained jailed but has not been
charged in Sunday’s deadly crash
along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
State Police said Monday that
the suspect is a citizen of Guatemala who gave officers a fake name
when arrested after the crash.
Investigators said he was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was
again living illegally in the U.S.
Police said Jackson and Uber
driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were
standing outside Monroe’s car
along I-70 after Jackson became ill
while Monroe was driving him.
Both men were struck and killed by
a pickup truck driven by OrregoSavala, police said.
Investigators said they believe
Orrego-Savala, who lives in Indianapolis, was intoxicated and driving without a license.
The Oakland Raiders released
former starting cornerback David
Amerson, who played just seven
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’
college basketball poll, with first-place votes in
parentheses, records through Feb. 4, total points
based on 25 points for a first-place vote through
one point for a 25th-place vote and previous
Pts. Pv.
1. Connecticut (32) ......22-0
800 1
2. Mississippi St. .........23-0
764 2
3. Baylor.....................21-1
732 3
4. Louisville.................24-1
701 4
5. Notre Dame.............22-2
683 5
6. Texas......................18-4
610 8
7. South Carolina .........18-4
579 7
8. UCLA......................18-4
558 9
9. Oregon ...................21-4
555 6
10. Maryland ................20-3
535 11
11. Tennessee ...............19-4
483 12
12. Florida St. ...............19-4
445 10
13. Ohio St. ..................19-5
360 18
14. Texas A&M ..............18-6
348 14
15. Missouri..................17-5
332 15
16. Oregon St................17-6
298 16
17. Stanford .................16-8
283 24
18. Georgia...................20-3
267 17
19. Duke ......................18-6
219 19
20. Green Bay ...............21-2
218 20
21. Michigan.................19-6
175 13
22. Oklahoma St............16-6
92 23
23. NC State.................19-5
78 —
24. TCU........................16-6
72 22
25. Arizona St. ..............17-7
52 —
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 46, Belmont 28, South Florida 28, LSU 21, Nebraska
12, Mercer 8, Dayton 7, California 2, Cent. Michigan 2, Gonzaga 2, Iowa 2, DePaul 1, Purdue 1,
Rutgers 1.
Mets land Frazier
A person familiar with the deal
told the Associated Press that freeagent third baseman Todd Frazier
and the New York Mets have
agreed on a two-year contract for
$17 million.
The person spoke on condition
of anonymity because the deal was
still pending a physical.
Frazier, who turns 32 next week,
hit a combined .213 with 27 home
runs and 76 runs batted in last season for the Chicago White Sox and
New York Yankees.
World Series MVP George
Springer and the Houston Astros
avoided arbitration by agreeing to
a $24-million, two-year contract. ...
Marcus Thames was promoted to
hitting coach by the Yankees.
Committee rejected a request to invite
Pyeongchang Winter Games only
days after the athletes’ doping
bans were overturned by the Court
of Arbitration for Sport.
The 13 active athletes and two
retired athletes working in support
roles were among 28 athletes
whose bans were overturned by
CAS on Thursday. The ban on 11
other Russians was upheld.
Russia Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev denounced the IOC
move as “shameful.”
Aaron Gordon (hip flexor)
won’t compete in the NBA All-Star
dunk contest Feb. 17 at Staples
Center, Orlando announced. He’ll
be replaced by Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell. ... Brooklyn traded
center Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee
for guard Rashad Vaughn and a
second-round pick.
The Kings traded defenseman
Zac Leslie, a former sixth-round
draft pick, to the Vegas Golden
Knights for future considerations.
Sex-abuse case ends
with another sentence
Pts. Pv.
1. Villanova (48)..........22-1
1608 1
2. Virginia (16) ............22-1
1572 2
3. Purdue (1) ..............23-2
1500 3
4. Michigan St. ............22-3
1407 5
5. Xavier .....................21-3
1350 6
6. Cincinnati................21-2
1305 8
7. Texas Tech ...............19-4
1182 10
8. Auburn ...................21-2
1138 11
9. Duke ......................19-4
1075 4
10. Kansas ...................18-5
1015 7
11. St. Mary’s (Cal)........23-2
895 13
12. Gonzaga .................21-4
851 14
13. Arizona ...................19-5
816 9
14. Ohio St. ..................20-5
747 17
15. Tennessee ...............17-5
739 18
16. Clemson .................19-4
720 20
17. Oklahoma ...............16-6
636 12
18. Rhode Island ...........19-3
486 22
19. West Virginia............17-6
457 15
20. Michigan.................19-6
331 24
21. North Carolina .........17-7
304 19
22. Wichita St. ..............17-5
295 16
23. Nevada...................20-4
205 —
24. Kentucky.................17-6
133 21
25. Miami.....................17-5
76 —
Others receiving votes: Butler 65, Washington
54, Florida St. 27, New Mexico St. 23, Seton Hall
20, Creighton 18, Arizona St. 17, Texas 15, NC
State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma
St. 2, ETSU 1, Vermont 1.
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’
women’s college basketball poll, with first-place
votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place
vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and
last week’s ranking:
games last season.
It’s mostly symbolic because
disgraced gymnastics doctor
already was assured of
spending rest of life in prison.
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The National Dance Company of Korea
demonstrates a “Five Drum Dance” performance ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Houston—Agreed to terms with outfielder
George Springer on a two-year contract.
N.Y. Yankees—Named Josh Bard bench
coach, P.J. Pilittere assistant hitting coach, Phil
Nevin third base coach, Reggie Willits first base
coach/outfield instructor, Carlos Mendoza quality control coach/infield instructor, Jason Brown
catching coach, Radley Haddad coaching assistant/bullpen catcher and Brett Weber coaching
assistant/instant replay coordinator.
Texas—Agreed to terms with infielder Darwin
Barney on a minor league contract.
$624,335 SOFIA OPEN
At Sofia, Bulgaria
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Lukas Lacko, Slovakia,
d. Evgeny Donskoy (8), Russia, 6-4, 6-4. Joao
Sousa (8), Portugal, d. Dimitar Kuzmanov, Bulgaria, 7-6 (6), 6-1.
Brooklyn—Traded center Tyler Zeller to
Milwaukee for guard Rashad Vaughn and either a
2018 second-round draft pick or a 2020 secondround draft pick.
Detroit—Named Matt Patricia coach.
Tennessee—Signed cornerback Demontre
Calgary—Recalled forward Marek Hrivik from
Stockton (AHL).
Carolina—Recalled guard Callum Booth from
Florida (ECHL) to Charlotte (AHL).
LAFC—Signed midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye.
San Jose State—Promoted Fred Guidici to
special teams coordinator, Joe Bernardi to offensive line coach and run game coordinator, Alonzo
Carter to running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, Ryan Gunderson to quarterbacks
coach and passing game coordinator and Derrick Odum to associate head coach and defensive coordinator; named Kevin McGiven offensive
coordinator, Aric Williams defensive backs coach
and Terry Malley football analyst.
At Quito, Ecuador
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Corentin Moutet,
France, d. Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, Spain,
6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2. Andrej Martin, Slovakia, d.
Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 7-5, 6-4. Stefano
Travaglia, Italy, d. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 6-4, 5-7,
7-5. Christian Ruud, Norway, d. Carlos Berlocq,
Argentina, 7-5, 6-0. Victor Estrella Burgos (6),
Dominican Republic, d. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil,
4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
(Home team listed first)
Premier League
Watford 4, Chelsea 1
La Liga
Las Palmas 1, Malaga 0
Serie A
Lazio 1, Genoa 2
First Round
Northeastern 3, Boston College 0
Boston U. 3, Harvard 2, 2OT
CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The worst
sex-abuse case in sports history
ended Monday with a third long prison sentence for Larry Nassar, and his
victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in a scandal that upended the gymnastics world and
raised alarms about the sport’s askno-questions culture.
Long after the disgraced doctor is
locked up in a federal prison, investigations into his misconduct will go
on, perhaps for years.
“We have taken care of one perpetrator. We have not taken care of the
systems that allowed him to flourish,”
said Rachael Denhollander, who filed
a police report in 2016 about how Nassar had molested her 16 years earlier,
when she was 15, with her mother in
the room.
The latest sentence of 40 to 125
years was for molesting young athletes at Twistars, an elite Michigan
gymnastics club. The sentence is
largely symbolic because Nassar, who
pleaded guilty, is already assured of
spending the rest of his life behind
bars. Before serving his two state
terms, the 54-year-old must first
serve 60 years in federal prison for
child pornography crimes.
An astonishing 250-plus women
and girls gave statements in two
Michigan courtrooms over 10 days of
proceedings. In all, some 265 women
and girls have reported being molested by Nassar, some of the cases
dating to the 1990s.
The focus will soon shift to lawsuits and multiple probes of Nassar’s
actions and those of people around
him when he worked for Michigan
State University and USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body.
Those inquiries include a special
prosecutor and a legislative probe in
Michigan, a law firm investigating the
U.S. Olympic Committee and a Texas
Rangers review of claims that Nassar
assaulted some of the world’s best
gymnasts while they trained at a
ranch southeast of Huntsville.
The NCAA has signaled that it
may investigate potential rules violations related to Nassar’s crimes. The
Education Department is reviewing
how Michigan State handled complaints about Nassar. And Congress
is investigating USA Gymnastics, the
university and the committee.
Michigan State interim university
president John Engler announced
that Bill Beekman, the school’s vice
president and secretary of its board,
will be the interim athletic director.
He steps in for Mark Hollis, who retired last week.
Beekman will keep his role as vice
president of the school and secretary
of its board when the search begins
soon for an athletic director. Engler
said that “no internal candidates will
be considered” for the job.
Larissa Boyce and another teen
gymnast in 1997 reported Nassar to
Michigan State’s then-gymnastics
coach, but he was not investigated
until 2004, when another teen filed a
complaint with police.
Even then, that report did not result in criminal charges.
“I felt like a weight lifted off of me,”
Boyce said of Nassar’s latest sentence. “Finally, I don’t have to face
him in court anymore.”
Boyce said she hopes the university and USA Gymnastics will
“show the world how Nassar’s actions
were missed, the mistakes that were
made so that other people can take a
look and make changes where they
need to make changes so this never
happens again.”
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A sci-fi
its way
‘The Cloverfield
Paradox’ on Netflix
didn’t make it into
theaters for a reason.
The “Cloverfield” movies
so far have been governed by
a fairly simple premise — an
alien invasion of Earth is
underway. But the films’ distribution and marketing
strategies have been anything but straightforward.
As a storyteller, the producer J.J. Abrams has
proved himself to be a serviceable recycler of B-movie
ideas, but as a master of
event-movie showmanship
he has relatively few equals.
He takes an impish delight
in ambushing the audience,
in trotting out the kinds of
promotional gimmicks that
arrest our attention, even as
they threaten to reduce the
movies themselves to mere
Abrams and Paramount
Pictures stirred up a lot of
stealthy, spoiler-averse ad
campaign for “Cloverfield”
(2008), a clumsy but selfconsciously clever Manhattan monster movie told entirely
footage.” Eight years later,
the studio classed up the series considerably with “10
Cloverfield Lane,” a superior
captivity thriller so unexpectedly tense and well
acted, it was no surprise to
learn that it had been con[See ‘Paradox,’ E5]
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“I’D LIKE to think I care about the people I love, like Jack does,” Milo Ventimiglia says of comparisons to his “This Is Us” character.
The deal with Dad
Milo Ventimiglia’s path to becoming the ‘This Is Us’ patriarch
By Yvonne Villarreal
It’s just after 1 a.m. and Milo Ventimiglia, finally settling into his Minneapolis hotel room after a climactic Super Bowl night, can at long last
sleep with one less secret to keep.
“I’m happy everyone is in the know,” he says by
As flawed-but-nearly-perfect patriarch Jack
Pearson on NBC’s megahit “This Is Us,” Ventimiglia has joined the roster of TV’s most beloved
dads. So beloved, in fact, that the character’s
death, revealed in the show’s debut season, and
the mystery surrounding it, kindled the question,
“How did Jack die?” It quickly became a pop culture phenomenon rife with conspiracy theories.
On Sunday, the answer came. (This is … where
the spoilers start.)
With its plum post-Super Bowl slot, the timejumping, twist-friendly family drama once and
for all revealed that Jack died of cardiac arrest after inhaling too much smoke while saving his
family’s dog — and a few other things — as a fire,
sparked by a faulty slow cooker, ravaged the
Pearson home.
“He got the dog!” the 40-year-old actor exclaims, still lively after a long night that included
an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon.” “And he got everything else out.
He got the moon necklace. He got the photo albums. Like, come on, Jack. Really?” (Take heart:
Just because the mystery has been solved, the
character won’t be disappearing.)
The episode, which stands as the mostwatched post-Super Bowl entertainment telecast in six years, with an average of 27 million
viewers, had fans reaching for tissue boxes — and
their mobile devices.
[See Ventimiglia, E4]
Mingling and
holding court
Smiles and selfies are
front and center at
nominees gathering.
By Amy Kaufman
The ballroom was stuffed
Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan.
But it was an athlete who literally — at 6-foot-6 — stood
out in the crowd at the Acad-
emy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences’ Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday:
Kobe Bryant.
Why, might you ask, was
the former Lakers star mingling with the stars of “Get
Out” and “Lady Bird”? The
39-year-old produced and
wrote an animated short,
“Dear Basketball,” that’s up
for a coveted golden statue
next month. As a result, Bryant scored an invite to the
[See Luncheon, E3]
for war
‘Elliot,’ the opening
chapter in a family
story, explores service
to country and self.
February is Quiara Alegría Hudes month in Los Angeles. For the first time, the
three plays in her heralded
Elliot trilogy will be performed concurrently at
separate theaters in the
same metropolitan area. It’s
taken a while for the series to
reach our shores, but the
L.A. theater community, led
by Center Theatre Group, is
giving Hudes the royal treatment she deserves.
Fugue,” the 2006 drama that
began the series, opened
Saturday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. “Water by the
Spoonful,” the Pulitzer
drama, opens Sunday at the
Mark Taper Forum. And
“The Happiest Song Plays
Last,” the final installment,
[See ‘Elliot,’ E2]
And there goes
Rhymin’ Simon
Rock Hall of Fame
luminary Paul Simon
says his upcoming
tour will be his last. E2
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LAURA DERN , left, an academy governor, with actress nominee Sally Hawkins.
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This tour
is it, Paul
Simon says
Paul Simon will hit the
road in May to undertake
what is being billed as his
farewell tour beginning in
May, bringing to an end a
touring career that has
spanned more than 50 years.
“I’ve often wondered
what it would feel like to
reach the point where I’d
consider bringing my performing career to a natural
end,” Simon, 76, said Monday. “Now I know: It feels a
little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of
a relief.
“I love making music,” he
added, “my voice is still
strong, and my band is a
tight, extraordinary group
of gifted musicians. I think
about music constantly. I
am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course,
most of all to the audiences
who heard something in my
music that touched their
The tour as unveiled begins May 16 in Vancouver,
Canada, and hits the Hollywood Bowl for two nights
May 22 and 23. It includes 20
shows in the U.S. and Canada, plus an additional nine in
Europe, culminating with a
final show July 15 in London’s Hyde Park, where Simon will be accompanied by
longtime friends James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.
— Randy Lewis
Mom sues over
‘Natalee’ series
The mother of Natalee
Holloway, the U.S. teen who
vanished during her senior
trip to Aruba in 2005, is seeking at least $35 million from
the producers of what she
contends was a fake TV documentary about the case.
Beth Holloway said in a
federal lawsuit filed Friday
that the deception surrounding last year’s six-episode “The Disappearance of
Natalee Holloway” was so
complete she was even
tricked into providing a
DNA sample to match
against what producers
claimed were remains that
could be those of her longmissing daughter.
Holloway is seeking
$10 million in compensation
and $25 million in punitive
damages against Oxygen
Media, an arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment,
Graden Media. Neither company responded to emails
Monday seeking comment.
Rather than being a documentary or true investigation, the show was a
“scripted, pre-planned farce
calculated to give the impression
events,” the suit contends.
— associated press
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
THREE generations of soldiers in a Philadelphia family are played by Peter Mendoza, top, Rubén Garfias, left, and Jason Manuel Olazábal.
A battlefield carried inside
[‘Elliot,’ from E1]
opens later this month at the
Los Angeles Theatre Center.
The plays share characters and thematic concerns,
but each is a standalone experience with its own dramatic architecture, theatrical
tempo and emotional palette. You don’t have to see
them all, but why would you
pass up an opportunity to become acquainted with one of
the leading voices of this
thrilling new generation of
American playwrights?
Hudes, who studied music at Yale as an undergraduate before getting a master’s
in playwriting at Brown, has
developed unique musical
structures for each play in
the trilogy. Her body of work,
which includes the book for
the Tony-winning musical
“In the Heights,” translates
social justice concerns into
dramatic scores.
“Elliot,” which looks at the
experience of three generations of military veterans in a
Puerto Rican family, centers
on Elliot (Peter Mendoza), a
North Philadelphia native
and recent high school gradate who’s about to ship off to
Iraq with the Marines in 2003.
His story is interwoven with
his father’s Vietnam War
past and his grandfather’s
Korean War history in a
drama that organizes itself
along the mingling lines of a
Grandpop (Rubén Garfias), who brought his flute to
Korea, where he soothed his
fellow soldiers with Bach
during lulls in the fighting,
enlightens us on the special
qualities of a musical form he
compares to an argument:
“The voice is the melody, the
single solitary melodic line.
The statement. Another
voice creeps up on the first
one. Voice two responds to
voice one. They tangle together. They argue, they become messy.”
How to sort the major and
minor keys, “all at once on
top of each other”? Grandpop, speaking as much for
the playwriting as for himself, explains, “It’s about untying the knot.”
The knot here has to do
with identity — ethnic, cultural, familial, professional
and communal — each
strand asserting its prerogative as it entwines with the
others. Parts may vanish in
the jumble, but loosen one
section and another hidden
facet returns.
In Shishir Kurup’s production, unfolding on a darkened set with a mirrored
backdrop, voices take primacy in a play that poetically
alternates between narration and dramatization. The
voices are embodied in characters, but the wartime stories they tell bleed across
Olazábal), who served in
Vietnam, where he met
Ginny (Caro Zeller), a nurse
with a sensuously healing
touch, carries his father’s
flute along with shared values, remembrances and
scars, some of which he has
pushed out of view. Grand-
‘Elliot, A
Soldier’s Fugue’
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Theatre, 9820 Washington
Blvd., Culver City
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pop, whose memory is fading
with old age, recalls bits of his
combat experience, which
prefigures what happens to
his son and grandson.
The traumatic tales echo
one another. The assimilation to hostile conditions, the
initiation into killing, the
grievous bodily harm that inscribes the war permanently
on minds and limbs constitute an uncanny refrain.
Ginny, who spends time
in the garden she cultivates
for the benefit of her neighborhood, has aligned herself
with the forces of life. Her
planting has increased since
Elliot has left for Iraq. Each
seed, she says, “is a contract
with the future,” an expression of faith that “something
better will happen tomorrow.”
Hudes lays out the trilo-
gy’s central thematic material in “Elliot,” but many of the
threads will be more fully developed in the later plays. Issues of class are touched on
— Elliot, for instance, believes that the only alternative to the military is a job
making sandwiches at Subway — but will be dealt with
more explicitly in “Water by
the Spoonful.”
What distinguishes “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” is the
potent way it grapples with
the physical pain of wartime
injuries. The suffering that
Elliot experiences replicates
what Pop undergoes, a history that Elliot takes in only
after Ginny shares with him
letters that Pop wrote to his
father from Vietnam. These
missives were moldering in
the basement, packed away
like so much of the past that
Pop would rather put behind
youthful innocence and vigor, Mendoza raises the emotional stakes for the audience
as the young Marine descends into hell. Elliot’s inevitable brush with death raises
questions about the cycle of
suffering the men in his family have all undergone and
kept under wraps. The physical pain, while undeniably
real, becomes a metaphor for
later psychological misery.
Olazábal’s Pop communicates through his detachment a sense of betrayal. War
is nothing like the movies or
the patriotic tales that circulate to buck up morale — a
lesson that his son can only
learn for himself. Guilt and
resentment press on him
from both generational sides.
Grandpop can’t recall
much about his travails in
Korea beyond the music he
played. Garfias’ Grandpop,
lighting up when talking
about the flute, conveys the
sense that it was Bach that
rerouted his mind from despair.
Zeller’s Ginny is most
memorable in her hospital
flashbacks with Pop in which
she flirts with him to restore
him as a man. More than her
lyrical musings about gardens, it is her boundless love
that transforms the broken
men around her.
Sibyl Wickersheimer’s set
and Geoff Korf ’s lighting
might be colder than necessary. The ambience is modern but not particularly inviting. These choices are, however, thematically appropriately for a play that travels to
places that can neither be
vividly remembered nor once
and for all forgotten. The
scenes exist in forbidding
By the end, Kurup’s staging locates the painful yet
persevering lyricism of “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue.” It’s
an ideal preparation for “Water by the Spoonful,” a play
that will explore the dissonance in Elliot’s life from a
wider communal perspective. Whatever you do, don’t
miss the middle masterpiece.
Twitter: @charlesmcnulty
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Al Seib Los Angeles Times
KOBE BRYANT appears dwarfed by others gathering for the class photo at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon. He is nominated for the animated short “Dear Basketball.”
Showtime before the show
[Luncheon, from E1]
honors each and every Oscar
nominee — from the sound
mixers on “Baby Driver” to
veterans such as Streep, who
will be in contention for the
21st time March 4.
The highlight of the
luncheon tends to be the
class photo, during which
Laura Dern — governor of
the academy’s actors branch
— this year introduced the 170
nominees who showed up to
pose on bleachers alongside
a life-size Oscar. The roll call
took about 30 minutes to
complete, leaving women on
the top row such as Mary J.
Blige, Greta Gerwig and Octavia Spencer to teeter in
their high heels for longer
than most would prefer. Bryant, meanwhile, scored one of
the sought-after seats in the
front row, where his height
presented no issue.
“Ladies and gentlemen,
I’m a Los Angeles native,”
Dern said, clearly starstruck
as she called the basketball
player to his spot. When it
was announced Jan. 23 that
Bryant had received an Oscar nod, the news stirred up
some controversy online,
with many on social media
calling out the fact that the
athlete had been accused of
rape in 2003. (The charges
against him were later
dropped.) Not that anyone at
the Hilton seemed distracted
by those headlines.
After the official class
photo was taken — snapped
by cameras on the ceiling —
Bryant was asked to pose for
a handful of other photos
with selfie-seekers. Timothée
Chalamet, the 22-year-old
star of “Call Me by Your
Name,” posted a shot to his
Instagram account with his
mouth agape as Bryant
flashed a peace sign in the
background: “KOOOBE!!!!”
his excited caption read.
Nearly everyone in the
room was wielding an iPhone
in an attempt to commemorate the moment. Even Spielberg, whose film “The Post” is
up for best picture, wasn’t
above a selfie, asking Gerwig
and Guillermo del Toro to
pose with him for a shot. (The
nominees are spread among
different tables during the
actual eating portion of the
event, mixed with Academy
Governors and members of
the press, whose seating assignments are randomly spit
out via a Bingo cage.)
While there were certainly
a respectable number of
movie business stalwarts in
attendance, plenty of vets
simply skipped the event altogether: Daniel Day-Lewis,
Denzel Washington, Frances
McDormand and Christopher Plummer were among
the major nominees to
bypass the luncheon.
That seemed to be of little
consequence to millennial
nominees such as Daniel
Kaluuya, Saoirse Ronan and
Chalamet, who huddled together on the bleachers after
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
ALLISON JANNEY is a first-time nominee, earning a supporting actress nod for her portrayal in “I, Tonya.”
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
DANNY GLOVER , left, talks with Daniel Kaluuya,
RACHEL Morrison, left with Dee Rees, is the first
who is nominated for his performance in “Get Out.”
female cinematography nominee, for “Mudbound.”
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
Robert Gauthier L.A. Times
DIRECTOR JR carries a cutout of fellow director Agnes Varda on the red carpet.
Both directed and starred in nominated French documentary “Faces Places.”
and Emily V. Gordon.
the class photo like the
coolest clique in the room.
There was a lot of love in the
room for first-timers, including Rachel Morrison — the
first woman to be nominated
in the cinematography category, for her work on “Mudbound” — and “Get Out” director Jordan Peele, who
both received prolonged
applause from the crowd
when their names were
announced by Dern.
Even John Bailey, the
president of the academy,
acknowledged the young energy in the room.
“I may be a 75-year-old
white male, but I’m every bit
as gratified as the youngest of
you here that the fossilized
bedrock of many of Hollywood’s worst abuses are being jackhammered into oblivion,” Bailey said during his remarks, referring to the #MeToo movement. (There was
little mention of #Oscars
SoWhite inside the ballroom,
despite the fact that over
three dozen protesters gathered outside the hotel on
Santa Monica Boulevard to
advocate for more Latino
representation in the film
It remains to be seen how
second-time Oscars host
Jimmy Kimmel will address
the wave of sexual harassment allegations that has
swept through Hollywood in
recent months. But at the
luncheon Monday, nominees
were advised to be mindful of
who they thank in their
speeches, lest they come to
regret a televised shout-out
months later.
“Maybe think twice before
you mention your agents and
managers,” said Patton Oswalt, the comedian who was
brought out by telecast producers Michael De Luca and
Jennifer Todd to offer speech
advice. “I don’t know if you’ve
been paying attention to
what’s been going on this last
year in Hollywood. I’m just
saying, cover for yourself. You
don’t want to have to explain
to your grandkids why you
thanked someone who Dateline just did a four-part series
Other words of wisdom
from the self-proclaimed
“guy who voices the cartoon
rat” in “Ratatouille”?
Get up on stage as quickly
as possible. You’re given 45
seconds for your speech from
the time your name is read —
not from the moment you get
on stage. No “cute” trips or
falls — “Jennifer owns” that
already, Oswalt said, referring to Jennifer Lawrence’s
infamous up-the-stairs trip in
2013. And stop acting so
shocked when you win, he
said — after all, most nominees are all dolled up in expensive gowns and tuxedos.
“If you go up on stage in like a
McDonald’s giveaway T-shirt
and cargo shorts,” Oswalt
said, “I believe that. I get it.”
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Now that ‘This Is Us’ secret is out ...
Stars Milo Ventimiglia
and Mandy Moore
can finally talk about
what happened.
By Yvonne Villarreal
It was a script so
shrouded in secrecy that it
was printed on red paper —
to prevent photocopies from
being made — and handed to
the cast in person.
Fittingly titled “Super
Bowl Sunday,” the long-anticipated episode of NBC’s
hit drama “This Is Us” finally
provided the answer to the
central mystery that has
loomed over the show since
its debut season: How did
Jack Pearson, the beloved
patriarch of the Pearson
clan, die?
“We all know now,” Milo
Ventimiglia, who plays Jack,
said by phone after the episode aired. “I’m happy the
year and a half, or however
long we’ve had to hold it, of
silence of Jack’s death is
In a separate call Monday
morning, Mandy Moore, who
plays matriarch Rebecca
Pearson, said she was relieved that this piece of
the puzzle was finally out in
the world.
“It frees us to continue
telling this story of this
family and the aftermath,”
she said.
The groundwork had
been laid when the current
sophomore season premiered in the fall and hinted
that a fire had taken Jack’s
life. The circumstances
came into focus with the
Jan. 23 episode, which
showed a faulty slow cooker
sparking flames in the Pearson home — giving weight to
speculation that Jack, indeed, had perished in a fire.
But Sunday’s episode saw
Jack walk away from the
blaze after saving his family
— and the dog … and photo
albums … and a moon necklace — on the night of Super
Bowl Sunday, Jack’s favorite
day — in 1998.
His death, instead, came
later at the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest caused
by smoke inhalation.
“It was kind of what was
just always in my brain of
what happened to them —
from inception,” “This Is Us”
creator Dan Fogelman said
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
“IT FREES US to continue telling this story of this family,” says Mandy Moore, with costar Milo Ventimiglia of the NBC hit “This Is Us.”
‘This Is Us’
Where: NBC
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
of Jack’s cause of death. “I
thought as it related to Jack
— he is the hinge for this family. I always thought it would
be a fire. And after this big,
heroic escape, he would have
this small, quiet death. That
was always in my head.”
The fire sequence was
filmed over three days in December in Newhall Ranch,
with the whole exterior and
top half of the Pearson home
rebuilt. There were stunt co-
ordinators, stunt doubles —
atypical for a show like “This
Is Us” — because, well, they
were working with actual fire.
“Even though we were as
safe as we could be away from
it, there were moments
where the booming force of
this fire was real and it was
right on the other side of
the door from us,” Ventimiglia said. “It was pretty
Of course, being in the
presence of a raging fire can
also make the “acting” part
slightly hard to focus on.
“There were moments
where Glenn [Ficarra] and
John [Requa], the directors
of the episode, were like, ‘Mi,
we have a hard time asking
this, but can you actually
slow down so we can make
sure we capture you in this
fire?’ ” Ventimiglia recalled
with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Got
it, got it. I’m moving a little
fast. It’s a little scary, guys.’ ”
Then there was the heartwrenching moment in the
hospital when Rebecca,
jolted by the news that her
husband had died in the
short time she was gone
from his room to make a
phone call and visit the vending machine, saw her husband’s body.
Moore said she didn’t
know Ventimiglia was going
to be lying on the hospital
bed when she filmed the
“I was very quiet — I was
sitting in one of the rooms
on the hospital set, and I
had my headphones in and
was in my own world,” Moore
said. “Then they called me to
shoot that particular scene
to go into Jack’s room, and
I didn’t know he was going
to be there that first take.
It was startling, to say the
least. It was very jarring.
When I was just mentally
prepared to go in and see an
empty hospital bed and have
to conjure up something
from there, but to see Milo in
it was just hard.”
and emotional breakdowns
aside, the episode also had
the unique challenge of incorporating footage from
Super Bowl LII into the episode. Producer Nick Pavonetti worked with his team
on adding certain markers —
from the pregame show,
the kickoff and a big play
from the first or second
quarter — into the episode,
Fogelman said. There were
dry-run rehearsals last week
to see how quickly they
would be able to clip the
footage and get it into the
feed that went out to the
Next comes Tuesday’s
“The episode that airs
[Tuesday] is maybe more
sad somehow than last
night’s episode, because it’s
the reality of: This man is
gone,” said Moore. “The patriarch of this family is gone,
and this family has to figure
out how they are going to
move forward without the
most incredible presence in
each of their lives. It’s pretty
The actor
behind the
beloved dad
[Ventimiglia, from E1]
Barely halfway into the episode, Twitter was already reporting it was the mosttweeted episode to date in
the show’s two-season run.
“I feel for the audience
right now,” Ventimiglia says,
“because not only did they
get hit with learning how
Jack died, but, on Tuesday
night, they’re gonna get hit
with another whammy.”
Yes, there’s another new
episode set to air Tuesday.
But let’s not get ahead of
ourselves. Instead, in the
spirit of the show, let’s flash
back to a few days ago, when
Ventimiglia was riding out
the last days of the mystery
at his home in Los Angeles.
(And because you’re probably wondering: Yes, his
smoke detectors have batteries — “I change them regularly” — and, yes, the two
slow cookers in his kitchen
function properly.)
The actor — who up until
now was best known for his
breakout roles as Jess Mariano, the moody bad-boy
“Gilmore Girls,” and Peter
Petrelli, the medical caregiver with superhuman powers in “Heroes” — is very
much like the genial, family
man-type character he currently portrays. A floor-toceiling photo collage of
friends and family lines a wall
in his kitchen. He built part
of his backyard patio with his
father, Peter — their names
are inscribed in the concrete
footings. And as a hobbyist
photographer — nearly every
drawer in his office is a warehouse for lenses, film, etc. —
he is known to take pictures,
whether on set or in life, and
gift them as keepsakes.
Ask Ventimiglia in what
ways he’s most like Jack
and he’ll start off with their
“I’m not an alcoholic, so I
don’t think I’m like him in
that way,” he says. “My parents didn’t drink, and it was
never anything I was raised
around, so it just, it never factored into my life... How we’re
alike? I’d like to think I care
about the people I love, like
Jack does.”
But more than living up to
a fictional character, Ventimiglia is trying to fill the
shoes of his parents — his
mother, Carol, a retired
teacher, and his father, Peter,
a Vietnam veteran who was
in the printing business before he retired.
“I still want to be my dad,”
he says, flashing his signature crooked smile. “Growing up, my father represented this person of
strength, of character. I saw
not only the way he would
talk to other people and his
family but also how people
would talk about him. People
love my father — people love
my mother. For me, it’s always been, ‘I want to live up
to that.’ ”
Amy Sherman-Palladino,
the creator of “Gilmore
Girls” and a longtime friend,
can attest that he does —
and not simply because he’s
the one who persuaded her
to stop consuming energy
“If you know Milo the way
I know Milo — I always say
that I could never have kids,
because I could never be
guaranteed that they would
turn out to be Milo,” says Palladino, who sees Ventimiglia
more frequently on the red
carpet as of late thanks to her
new Amazon series, “The
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
“He’s always been such a
stand-up guy. He’s so kind.
He’s so thoughtful of everybody and so gracious to his
Ron Batzdorff NBC
MILO VENTIMIGLIA and Mandy Moore play parents on the time-hopping NBC family drama “This Is Us.”
co-actors and his crew. He
takes his work extremely seriously without taking himself extremely seriously.”
Mandy Moore, who plays
Jack’s wife, Rebecca, on
“This Is Us,” says Ventimiglia
is Peak Dad in the little moments. She offers a time, before production on the first
season had begun, when the
two were set to make a press
appearance and a strap on
her shoe broke.
“He pulled out a pocket
knife and, like, MacGyver-ed
the thing and was able to
tie the piece back on on my
foot and made the shoe
work,” she says by phone.
“He’s that guy.”
Ventimiglia’s road to becoming America’s TV dad
has been a winding one,
starting at age 8 — the age
he knew he wanted to be an
actor. Growing up in Anaheim, Ventimiglia would put
on plays with his two sisters
in the family living room — he
recalls coming up with plays
inspired by the 19th century
children’s novel “The Water
“I remember watching
the Academy Awards with
my mom and dad as a kid
and seeing the acting clips
[and] thinking, ‘That’s what
I want to do,’ ” he says. “But I
didn’t understand that it
could be a career. I just knew
I wanted to do it.”
Bit parts on TV shows
such as “The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air” and “Saved by the
Bell: The New Class” eventually led to bigger roles, but in
between there were moments in which he grew disenchanted with Hollywood.
Ventimiglia had just come off
the ABC sci-fi thriller “The
Whispers,” which was canceled after one season in
summer 2015, and was reassessing what he wanted “out
of going into my 40s, as an
actor, as a man. I pulled my
foot off the gas a little bit and
backed off and re-engaged
with life.”
By October, the script for
“This Is Us” turned things
“When Milo first came in
to meet with us, I knew instantly that that was the
guy,” show creator Dan Fogelman says by phone. (In
fact, hanging in Ventimiglia’s
home office is a framed copy
of the email Fogelman sent to
studio executives about casting Milo.)
“It just made perfect
sense,” Fogelman adds,
“that, ‘Oh, yes, he is the patriarch of this family.’ This
young man who would grow
into an adult man who would
bring a certain kind of masculinity and old-school dad
to the part, but in a fresh and
exciting new way. And look,
there’s no mystery if you
don’t care about this guy.
And people do.”
Writer and producer Bryan Fuller, who worked with
Ventimiglia on “Heroes,”
isn’t surprised in the least
that the actor, who isn’t married and doesn’t have kids in
real life, has become America’s dad.
“It is no wonder,” Fuller
wrote via email. “The
warmth and accessibility he
brought to many of his earlier roles has transformed into
something nurturing and
strong. In many ways, Milo’s
evolution as an actor parallels his evolution as a human
being. A good guy that has
grown into a good man.”
As “This Is Us” moves
past one of its key plot
points, Ventimiglia, who also
splits his time producing
projects with his longtime
producing partner Russ
Cundiff via their DiVide
Pictures company, is eager to
move on to other aspects of
“I feel like I’ve only been
with this man a short period
of time,” he says. “We’ve seen
maybe 32 hours’ worth of
Jack’s life… I still feel like
there’s a lot we don’t know
about him — getting into his
thoughts, into his heart, into
his daily struggles as a human being. Then again, will
we ever really know what
the inside of Jack is? Because
he mostly only reflects the
Contemplating all that’s
to come also gets Ventimiglia
wondering what Jack would
be like today, at age 74.
“He’d be in love with those
grandkids and he’d be doing
something with houses —
something creative,” Ventimiglia says. “And he’d be
engaging with his adult children. I do wonder, though, if
those lessons that his kids
learned by only having Jack
for a period of time — if they
would have been lost if he
was still around. The what ifs
can trip you up.”
Twitter: @villarrealy
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Photographs by
Scott Garfield Netf lix
DAVID OYELOWO, center, with John Ortiz, left and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as crew members of a space station.
‘Paradox’ is the weak link
[‘Paradox,’ from E1]
ceived as a stand-alone item
and was reverse-engineered
into a “Cloverfield” movie late
into the process.
In a series where anything
goes, it was perhaps a shrewd
decision for Netflix, the distributor of “The Cloverfield
Paradox,” to release this
third chapter immediately
after the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday night — and to
first announce that release
only hours before. Never
mind the fact that your
game-day pizza boxes were
probably ejected with more
fanfare. It turned out to be a
fitting release strategy for a
movie that demands to be
consumed — if it must be
consumed at all — under the
booziest, most anticlimactic
circumstances possible.
Only in a room dominated
by the sounds of celebratory
(or commiserative) beer
clinking and leftover nacho
scarfing can the nuances of
Oren Uziel’s script be properly appreciated. Rather than
lobbing your questions and
exclamations into the silent
void of a darkened theater —
“wait, what just happened?”
“What’s going on with that
dude’s face?” “Ewww!” — you
and your friends can discuss
them among yourselves, and
perhaps even come to a few
where the filmmakers have
neglected to provide any.
After a brief prologue establishing a devastating energy crisis on Earth, the Nigerian American director
Julius Onah whisks us
aboard the Cloverfield Space
Station, where a crew has
spent more than a year trying
to harness a new power
source. Led by Cmdr. Kiel
(David Oyelowo), the team
begins testing an extraordinarily powerful particle accelerator that could save
their planet from permanent
blackout. Unfortunately, it
could also “rip open the
membrane of space time,”
unleashing chaos on a truly
monstrous scale — a risk that
these astronauts have little
choice but to take.
There are early warning
signs of a less-than-unified
front, thanks to some
strained bickering between
ZHANG ZIYI and Daniel Brühl in the Netflix entry to “Cloverfield” franchise.
(In English and Mandarin
with English subtitles)
Where: Netflix
When: Anytime
Rating: TV-MA (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 17)
Running time: 1 hour, 42
the two shiftiest staffers (Aksel Hennie and Daniel
Brühl). But we are meant to
take solace in the professionalism and decency of Tam
(Zhang Ziyi), the most fluent
of the many Mandarin speakers on board, and Monk
(John Ortiz), the team’s Godfearing conscience, as well as
the comic relief supplied by
Mundy (Chris O’Dowd). And
it’s easy enough to warm to
the movie’s protagonist, Ava
Hamilton (Gugu MbathaRaw), a devoted team player
who can’t wait to be reunited
with her husband (Roger
Davies) back on Earth.
Naturally, nothing goes
according to plan. Despite its
efforts to sidestep some of
the more obvious clichés of
its chosen subgenre, “The
Cloverfield Paradox” falls
very much in that tradition of
movies that play out like
“And Then There Were None”
in space, in which the individual astronaut characters
struggle to be as memorable
as their death scenes. There
are a few surprising developments, many of them involving some awfully creative
bodily trauma. Certainly no
picture that finds room for
Elizabeth Debicki could be
reckoned a complete waste of
But what excitement this
movie is able to muster soon
gives way to the startling realization that virtually none
of its twists, for all their dimension-hopping audacity,
have been coherently or intelligently thought through.
Narrative incompetence is
one of the more venial sins of
big-budget filmmaking, but
there is something particularly ugly and cynical about
the sloppiness of “The Cloverfield Paradox,” as if its
steppingstone excused its
blithe contempt for the audience’s satisfaction.
conspiracy theorists can distract themselves by figuring
out this story’s relationship
with the other two films, even
if the connections feel vague
and scattershot at best. And
even self-identifying fans
may be dispirited by the degree to which the movie plays
like a retread of innumerable
“Alien” movies, “Event Horizon,” “Sunshine,” “Europa
Report” and last year’s underappreciated “Life,” which
died a premature death in
A similarly indifferent
box-office fate might well
have awaited “The Cloverfield Paradox” before its
original distributor, Paramount, doubtless aware
that its price tag (north of $40
million) was grossly disproportionate to either its quality or its potential, wound up
selling the movie to Netflix,
ensuring it at least a blip in
the annals of great publicity
Perhaps that’s the true
meaning of the “Cloverfield”
paradox, whereby the highprofile disappointments of
the past can be instantly configured into the event movies
of the future. It’s a pretty neat
trick, even if it’s the audience
that winds up paying the difference.
Twitter: @JustinCChang
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By Frank Stewart
Eddie Kantar has contributed “Thinking Bridge”
to Daily Bulletins at the
ACBL North American
deal appeared during the
Fall NABC in San Diego.
South’s opening bid of
two clubs is strong and artificial. North’s two diamonds
is negative or waiting, and
East’s double is lead-directing. North would prefer
three-card spade support to
raise at his second turn, but
he has no better call.
South’s jump to five clubs
at his third turn is a gadget
called “Exclusion Keycard
Blackwood”: It asks North
to show aces outside the
club suit. His five hearts
shows one, so South goes to
six spades.
West leads a diamond, so
declarer is at risk of a ruff. If
he lets the queen of trumps
ride next, or even if he leads
the ace and a second trump,
he goes down.
Instead, South goes to
the ace of spades and discards his last diamond on
the ace of clubs. He can then
lead a second trump safely.
Question: You hold: ♠ A 8
♥ 3 2 ♦ 7 5 4 3 2 ♣ A 10 8 7. Your
partner opens one spade,
you respond 1NT, he bids
two hearts and you return to
two spades. Partner bids
three hearts. What do you
Answer: Despite your
weak preference, partner
still aspires to game. He
wouldn’t have bid three
hearts just to show you
length in both majors. Since
you have a side ace and a
possible ruffing value, bid
four spades. He may hold K
Q J 9 4, A Q 10 5 4, A 6, 5.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
♣ A 10 8 7
♦ K J 10 9 8
♠ Q J 10 5 4 3
♥ A K Q J 10
♣ None
All Pass
Opening lead — ♦ 6
2018, Tribune Media
Angry over wife’s assault
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
There is hardly an agreement that can’t be made
sweeter for you with a little
creative thinking on your
part. So don’t settle.
Taurus (April 20-May
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be the success of a project,
deal or relationship. Sure,
you could do it remotely, but
it’s not the same.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
That gnarly bit of unpleasantness you experienced is
all in the past now — you’ve
been made richer for it,
which is why you’ll have so
much to give today.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You don’t have to do much to
get things moving in the
right direction today. Just
show up and the inspiration
of your presence will be
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Your creative muse is tapping you on the shoulder.
Shut the world out for a
while, and let your imagination carry you away.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
They want what you’re not
willing to give. Solve a
deeper problem. Go back to
the root, not the symptom.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
You are in a position to help
someone save face. You
would definitely want this
person to help you out, were
the roles reversed.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
You are just trying to solve a
problem and go on your
merry way, but people are
apt to confuse things by giving you too much information.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You’re the beautifier today, and what you touch
will become more cohesive,
graceful and tasteful.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Moral sense can be
highly subjective, especially
when you get into the nittygritty details of it.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): People are not one way,
one thing or one note. People
are dynamic symphonies,
each movement a different
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You’re a fish in your
school today, so don’t worry
yourself with too many decisions. Nature will have you
swimming with your group.
Today’s birthday (Feb.
6): You’ll be charged with
keeping the standards high
because people admire your
approach to life. Spring
brings a transformation.
You’ll win at work and enjoy
the applause. But your personal breakthroughs will
bring a deeper validation
with its own resonance. Invest in yourself in June. Aries
and Capricorn adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 45,
3, 38, 13 and 9.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: My wife and I
have been happily married
for 26 years. We have raised
two terrific daughters. I continue to struggle with an
event that happened while
we were dating.
While at a business conference, my wife (girlfriend
at the time) was sexually assaulted by a client.
She was concerned about
the impact on her career, her
reputation and the public
nature of reporting the
crime. He was also deemed
to have powerful friends
across the industry who
would protect him. She
made the difficult decision
not to pursue this individual
for his crime and was able to
resolve the suffering and
pain he caused.
While I fully supported
(and still do) my wife’s decision not to proceed, I was
torn that a man was (and is)
walking the streets unaware
or indifferent to the agony
and suffering he caused.
For years, I have buried
these conflicting feelings,
however with all of the recent coverage of sexual harassment — these feelings
have resurfaced, and my desire for justice grows louder
every day
I will not break my vow to
my wife, as I realize that she
is the one who has endured
the real trauma. I realize
there is no easy answer.
Still Struggling
Dear Struggling: You
don’t mention if the “Me
Too” movement has triggered your wife’s experience
of her sexual assault; I would
assume that it has — no matter how successfully she has
put this event behind her.
Your question is a perfect
illustration of how the pain
and trauma of assault radiates outward and affects
many people, including family members, friends, colleagues and other witnesses
to the consequences of sexual violence.
I agree that you should
respect your wife’s needs
and choices here, but I also
think that you should advocate — but not pressure —
her to explore her options regarding reporting this assault, including telling your
daughters about it.
You can relieve your feeling of powerlessness by becoming an advocate for survivors, by believing them,
even if it takes decades to report their experience, and by
making sure your daughters
feel empowered.
Dear Amy: I work as a
caregiver for an elderly man
with dementia. His health
went downhill recently after
a fall, but he’s slowly recover-
ing. In the meantime, his
well-meaning granddaughter temporarily moved into
the basement of his house to
help take care of him.
When she moved in, I noticed behavior from her
toward my client that made
me feel uncomfortable.
She’s overly affectionate and
constantly touches and
kisses him. She even “snuggles” with him in his bed every night. I don’t know how
to tell her that this is too
much, especially since he
has dementia and isn’t “all
there.” I want to tell her to
back off without losing my
job. What should I do?
Dear Caregiver: All states
have mandatory reporting
laws protecting elder citizens. As a caregiver, you are
a mandated reporter. You
must report this to your supervisor and/or adult protective services/law enforcement in your area.
I can’t state unequivocally that this is abusive, but
you are a professional, you
know the client and his capacities for consent, and
your instincts are screaming. Do the right thing.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
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out of the FBI and working as a private eye, in this
new episode. 8 p.m. CBS
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kooky reality show hosted
wraps its freshman season. 8 p.m. NBC
The Flash Katee Sackhoff
continues her guest role
as the sinister Amunet. 8
p.m. KTLA
The Middle Norm Macdonald returns as Mike’s (Neil
Flynn) brother Rusty on a
new episode of the family
sitcom’s final season. 8
p.m. ABC
We’ll Meet Again A Vietnamese woman searches
for her American father on
a new installment of this
series hosted by Ann
Curry. 8 p.m. KOCE
America’s Next Top Model
Supermodel Ashley Graham and social media
guru Patrick Starr help
the models create their
own blogs. 8 p.m. VH1
Fresh Off the Boat Connie
Chung guest stars as herself on a new episode of the
sitcom. 8:30 p.m. ABC
This Is Us The Pearsons’ automobile serves as the
central character on a new
episode of the family
drama. 9 p.m. NBC
American Experience The
new episode “The Gilded
Age” revisits the post-Civil War period when American industry thrived, creating a new class of
wealthy businessmen like
Andrew Carnegie and J.P.
Morgan. 9 p.m. KOCE
Bizarre Foods With Andrew
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highway in Germany. 9
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Real Housewives of New
York”) and Fredrik Eklund (“Million Dollar Listing New York”) team as
house-flippers. 10 and
10:30 p.m. Bravo
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Method Man and RavenSymoné take part in a special Black History Month
episode celebrating hiphop, Motown and TV’s
first interracial kiss. 10
p.m. Comedy Central
Comedy Central
QUESTLOVE from the
Roots narrates a tale on
a new “Drunk History”
on Comedy Central.
Lost Treasures of the Maya
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survey of the jungles of
Guatemala uncovers surprising new facts about
Mesoamerican civilization in
this new special. 9 p.m.
National Geographic
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a.m. Showtime
May It Last: A Portrait of
the Avett Brothers (2017)
4 p.m. HBO
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Clear. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Lindsay Wagner;
Where are they now: Kristi
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Good Morning America
Bob Roth; Linsey Davis.
(N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. (N) Yolonda
Ross (“The Chi”). 7 a.m.
Megyn Kelly Today Author
Michele Rigby Assad;
Vanessa Williams. (N) 9
a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Taylor Kitsch (“Waco”);
NeNe Leakes; Da Rhythm
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