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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
PYEONGCHANG
Tiny town
of Maywood
faces biggest
scandal yet
Search warrant
reveals corruption
investigators are
casting a wide net in
the long-troubled city.
By Ruben Vives
and Adam Elmahrek
Sergei Ilnitsky EPA/Shutterstock
ARTISTS perform at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Headed for its worst Games in recent
memory, the U.S. rebounded to earn 23 medals — fourth behind Norway, Germany and Canada.
LATE METTLE,
ADDED MEDALS
Unexpected victories help salvage Games for the U.S.
A Los Angeles County investigation into possible
corruption in Maywood has
set its sights on a broad
swath that includes four current and former council
members, 13 companies, five
current and former city administrators and one activist who dresses up as a
clown.
Investigators were authorized to search nearly
two dozen vehicles, according to a search warrant obtained by the Los Angeles
Times. Investigators also
descended on City Hall, the
homes of council members
and a city contractor’s office,
seizing computers, videos
and boxes containing documents ranging from personal bank statements to coun-
cil agendas, a spokesperson
with the district attorney’s
office confirmed.
The warrant suggests the
wide-ranging investigation
dovetails with the suspicion
many Maywood residents
have had about politics in
the city for years.
It shows that prosecutors
are looking at political recall
efforts from 2015 through
2017, a city maintenance contractor and a deal involving
city properties and plans for
a 24-hour charitable bingo.
A percentage of the profit
from the planned bingo, according to emails obtained
by The Times, was slated to
go to a nonprofit organization owned by Edwin T.
Snell, an activist who shows
up at City Hall meetings in a
clown outfit.
Maywood is one of Southern California’s smallest and
most densely packed cities
— 1.18 square miles with
nearly
30,000
people
squeezed into an industrial
zone south of downtown Los
Angeles.
But for its tiny size, Maywood has suffered oversize
problems for more than a
[See Maywood, A7]
By David Wharton
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images
MEMBERS of the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team
show off their hardware. The women outdid their male counterparts.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea —
A hard look settled over John Shuster’s face, equal parts concentration
and grit, as if he could move that 40pound rock with his eyes.
The leader of the U.S. men’s curling
team had just released a stone and
was urging it along, watching it slide
down the ice and come to rest at exactly the right spot.
“Yeah,” he said later. “Put an exclamation point on it.”
Shuster’s clutch shot all but
clinched the gold medal in Saturday’s
final against Sweden. On a grander
scale, it did a whole lot more.
Victories in unexpected sports
such as curling and cross-country —
along with a dramatic win in women’s
hockey — helped the U.S. forge a late
rally and avoid what might otherwise
have been a disappointing, if not embarrassing, 2018 Winter Olympics.
[See Medals, A9]
The longtime senator
falls well short of
winning endorsement
for her reelection bid.
SAN DIEGO — California Democrats overwhelmingly decided not to endorse
Sen. Dianne Feinstein this
weekend, an embarrassing
rebuke of a party icon who
has represented California
in the Senate for a quartercentury.
Nearly two-thirds of the
party’s delegates voted
against backing her campaign for a fifth full term, a
reflection of the dissonance
between an increasingly liberal state party and the
moderation and pragmatism that have been hallmarks of Feinstein’s political career.
The lack of support
could simply be a speed
bump on Feinstein’s path to
reelection in November. But
many Democrats gathered
in San Diego for their annual convention said they were
looking for a flamethrower
[See Feinstein, A12]
Studio’s board plans
to seek the protection
after sale talks with an
investor group fail.
By Ryan Faughnder
Weinstein Co., the New
York studio co-founded by
Harvey Weinstein, will file
for bankruptcy protection
after last-ditch talks to sell
its assets to an investor
group collapsed, the company’s board of directors said
Sunday night.
“While we recognize that
this is an extremely unfortunate outcome for our employees, our creditors and
any victims, the board has
no choice but to pursue the
only viable option to maximize the company’s remaining value: an orderly bankruptcy process,” the board
said in a statement.
The decision came after
the board was unable to revive a deal to sell the strug-
Her own
state
party
rebukes
Feinstein
By Seema Mehta
and Phil Willon
Weinstein Co.
says it will file
for bankruptcy
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
HARVEY Weinstein was
fired Oct. 8 from the
studio he co-founded.
gling studio to an investor
group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the
Small Business Administration
under
President
Obama from 2014 to 2017.
The bid, backed by billionaire investor Ronald
Burkle and Dallas private
equity firm Lantern Asset
Management, would have
given
Contreras-Sweet’s
[See Weinstein Co., A10]
Alexandra Zavis Los Angeles Times
ALIYA Mohammed’s son defied her order not to help Islamic State. She is
among the thousands ostracized by their communities after fleeing home.
Iraqi families suspected
of militant ties pay price
Guilty by association, they are trapped in camps
By Alexandra Zavis
HAMAM ALIL, Iraq — Aliya Mohammed begged her son not to get mixed up
with Islamic State. Now she is paying the
price for his decision to defy her.
Last year, as Iraqi forces were liberating the city of Mosul and surrounding
areas from a three-year occupation by the
extremists, pro-government militiamen
carried away her carpets, furniture and
plasma television. Then they set her
house on fire.
Neighbors and a nephew assisted in
the destruction. The word “Daesh” — a
derisive Arabic acronym for Islamic State
— was left scrawled across a charred wall.
“Why did they do this?” asked Mohammed, who was recently widowed. “I know
that my boy was at fault, but my husband
didn’t do anything wrong. He just did his
work.”
Today, months after the fighting
ended, she is trapped in a camp for the
displaced in the town of Hamam Alil —
one of thousands of people, the majority
of them women and children, who fled
their homes during the war and now cannot return because relatives are said to
have a connection to Islamic State.
Many are afraid to leave the camps.
But even if they want to do so, they often
find it impossible to get the necessary
paperwork. The craving for revenge
[See Families, A4]
Los Angeles Times
ECONOMICALLY HOMELE SS
L.A.’s homelessness crisis increasingly involves
a group that’s not always visible to the public.
Meet Nadia, above, and her kids. EDITORIAL, A11
NRA disagrees
with Trump
The group rejects the
president’s call for
raising the age limit to
buy rifles. NATION, A6
Weather
Sunny to partly cloudy.
L.A. Basin: 65/46. B6
A2
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ANALYSIS
Gerald Herbert Associated Press
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS High School shooting survivors Sophie Whitney, left, and Sarah Chad-
wick listen as Diego Pfeiffer speaks Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla., to a crowd of supporters and journalists.
Parkland shooting survivors
not in mood ‘to play nice’
Young gun-control activists reject critics who call them disrespectful
By Matt Pearce
Since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School on
Feb. 14, a student there
named Sarah Chadwick has
amassed a Twitter following
of more than 150,000 people.
On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a
thought with them.
Was it time for a message
calling for thoughts, prayers
and privacy?
Hardly. It was time to
dunk on one of Florida’s U.S.
senators for taking donations from the National
Rifle Assn.
“We should change the
names of AR-15s to ‘Marco
Rubio’ because they are so
easy to buy,” Chadwick
wrote, earning 45,000
retweets.
This is what politicizing
a tragedy looks like, and the
kids are more than happy to
keep doing it.
With 17 of their classmates and faculty shot to
death, the students of the
school have become celebrity activists, whom many
left-leaning Americans have
embraced as the new leaders of the nation’s guncontrol movement.
The students have been
bold, confrontational and
even abrasive, rarely holding back their anger, even if
it means disrespecting their
older, establishment opponents. They say what they
mean.
“Honestly, just using
brutal honesty — that’s it,”
said student David Hogg,
one of the movement’s most
prominent voices. “I know
people are saying it’s intense. I would argue the
opposite. We’re fighting for
these kids that died because
they can’t fight anymore.
We’re really trying to get
justice for them.”
Hogg added: “Everybody
deals with grief in a different
way. For me, it’s anger, and
wanting to prevent whatever caused it from happening
again.”
The students’ stridency
has added pressure on
lawmakers and kept the
shooting from fading from
the headlines.
It has also insulted the
feelings of right-wing adversaries at several points,
including by implying gunrights supporters have the
17 deaths at Stoneman
Douglas on their hands.
“Sen. Rubio, it’s hard to
look at you and not look
down a barrel of an AR-15
and not look at [suspected
shooter] Nikolas Cruz,”
student activist Cameron
Kasky told Rubio at CNN’s
Wednesday night town hall
with students, parents and
lawmakers.
The remark drew scorn
on the right.
“No thanks, Cameron,” a
writer at the conservative
website RedState.com fired
back at the student later. “I
don’t need some 17-year-old
putz to defend my kids. In
fact, either of my daughters,
particularly the 13-year-old,
Rhona Wise AFP/Getty Images
CAMERON KASKY speaks at a gun-control rally at
the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Florida.
Rich Schultz Associated Press
“HONESTLY, just using brutal honesty — that’s it,”
said David Hogg of the intensity of the movement.
can kick your ass. And when
it comes to choosing sides,
I’m on the other.”
The students have also
faced accusations of being,
well, disrespectful brats.
“Parents, what would
you do if your child lectured
and ridiculed a U.S. senator
on national television?” Fox
News personality Todd
Starnes tweeted after Kasky
and other students ripped
into Rubio.
The kids know exactly
what they’re doing, and they
don’t care about the criticism.
“When these politicians
kill our friends, why are we
expected to play nice?”
Hogg said. “Obviously it’s
due to their inaction; that’s
what we’re aiming at.”
Hogg’s own prominence
has led to a backlash of
conspiracy theories accusing him of not being a student at the school. It also led
him to question who, exactly, has been lowering the
discourse.
“You know what’s disrespectful?” Hogg asked.
“Calling out witnesses to a
mass shooting and calling
us actors. That’s disrespectful. And even questioning
whether we were even …
there.… We are teenagers …
we’re not known for being
mature, but c’mon.”
The students’ advocacy
has also been expressed in
the language of their generation, which is well-versed in
the combative “dunks,”
“burns” and “owns” of arguing on social media. They
know how to speak into
their own cameras, they
know how to play to audiences online, and so when a
fight breaks out on social
media, it’s on their turf.
Fellow student Chadwick’s AR-15 zinger about
Rubio drew the scorn of Fox
News host Laura Ingraham,
who, on her own Twitter
account, called out the
“sophomore” by name to
flag concern over “HOW
TEENS SPEAK TO AND
ABT ADULTS.”
Chadwick, suddenly
identified for misbehavior
by one of the most powerful
figures in conservative
media, responded drolly
with three words that
earned 15,000 retweets: “I’m
a junior.”
While the movement has
inspired students at schools
around the nation to perform walkouts in support of
gun control, the history of
21st-century activism has
shown that there are upsides and downsides to
organizing over social media.
Platforms such as Twitter excel at helping newfound activists to create and
document conflict, and to
attract ever-larger audiences for their own messages.
Their visibility also helps
recruit like-minded peers
outside of their own com-
munities.
But over the long term,
social media platforms can
also pose a risk to activist
movements by magnifying
and publicizing disputes
between members or creating bitterness among core
supporters who play key
roles but who attract less
public attention.
So far, few signs of internal dissent seem to have
broken out among Stoneman Douglas students,
whose cohesion has struck
longtime advocates as
unique.
“I don’t think we’ve ever
seen an entire community,
including the survivors,
have a clear call to action,”
said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action,
a gun-control group.
In past mass shootings,
it has been common for
family members of victims
to become passionate,
outspoken gun-control
advocates.
But in Parkland, “it’s as if
all of them agreed immediately that stronger gun laws
would prevent anyone else
from going through this
tragedy again,” Watts said.
“These teens are realizing
they don’t have to live this
way, they don’t have to die
this way.”
The students’ stridency,
however disliked by their
opponents, seems to have
had an effect on Republican
lawmakers. President
Trump and Florida Gov.
Rick Scott, who are strongly
supported by the NRA, have
signaled that they are open
to raising the age limit for
buying weapons.
Grilled by students,
Rubio declined to say he
would stop accepting donations from the NRA, but he
said he would be open to
banning large ammo magazines or supporting other
legislation.
Rubio also learned firsthand the risks of talking to a
radical younger generation
that has been unfamiliar
with the past failures of the
gun-control movement,
including the inability to
bring back the nation’s
assault-weapons ban.
“Once you start looking
at how easy it is to get
around it, you would literally have to ban every semiautomatic rifle that’s sold in
the U.S.,” Rubio said at the
town hall with students and
parents.
Rubio was implying that
such a move would, politically, go way too far.
What Rubio did not
anticipate is that the audience of students would start
applauding at the idea.
“Fair enough,” Rubio
said. “Fair enough. That is a
valid position to hold.”
But he added the political reality that students will
face as they prod federal
and state lawmakers
around the country: “My
colleagues do not support
banning every semiautomatic rifle sold in America.”
matt.pearce@latimes.com
Twitter: @mattdpearce
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A3
THE WORLD
China to scrap limits on Xi tenure
Party proposal could
pave the way for the
president to become
an ‘emperor for life.’
By Jessica Meyers
BEIJING — China’s
Communist Party plans to
eliminate presidential term
limits, paving the way for Xi
Jinping to stay in office and
solidify control over the
world’s
most
populous
country.
Senior officials proposed
removing from the constitution language that permits
the president and vice president to serve “no more than
two consecutive terms,” the
official New China News
Agency announced Sunday.
Xi began his presidency
in 2013 and is required to step
down after two five-year
terms. The proposed change
— a spectacular shift from
his recent predecessors —
could make him the longestrunning Chinese leader in
decades.
The proposed change
brushes aside the collective
leadership strategy created
after the protracted reign of
Mao Tse-tung, the country’s
volatile founder, intended to
ward against unchecked
power.
“This is extraordinary
because it represents a real
clear and fundamental
break with the four-decadelong process of trying to normalize Chinese politics after
the chaos of the Cultural
Revolution and the Mao
era,” said Jude Blanchette, a
researcher at the Conference Board in Beijing, who is
writing a book about Mao’s
legacy. “It puts to rest any
doubt that Xi designs to stay
in office much longer than
we originally thought.”
The news comes a day before the Communist Party’s
Central Committee, which
includes about 200 highranking party officials, is expected to meet in Beijing to
weigh major personnel decisions. The committee approved the amendment last
month, according to state
media, but only released it
Sunday.
Andy Wong Associated Press
PRESIDENT Xi Jinping is limited to two terms. But a proposed change could make him China’s longest-running leader in decades.
A full party-run legislature will convene in early
March to vote on amendments, a largely rubberstamp affair with choreographed clapping and long
speeches. The crucial decisions will already have been
determined.
“We are now dealing with
a situation where the second-largest economy in the
world, and arguably, the
other superpower, is careening pretty rapidly to de-institutionalization of the highest offices in the land,”
Blanchette said. “This move
makes the black box of Chinese politics even more
opaque.”
Such an amendment
seemed almost inconceiv-
able when the party initially
elevated a reserved, adequate bureaucrat to the
presidency because leaders
thought Xi was someone
who could be controlled.
Since then, the 64-year-old
Xi has rooted out dissent —
from human rights lawyers
to political rivals — and consolidated power to a degree
unseen since Mao.
The news wasn’t a complete surprise. Xi declined to
name an heir at a twice-adecade party congress in
October, breaking with precedent and leading analysts
to speculate that he might
seek to extend his tenure.
“This is a very dangerous
proposition,” said Willy
Lam, a Chinese University of
Hong Kong expert on elite
politics. “We now have the
theoretical and constitutional underpinning for an
emperor for life.”
Only his presidential title
has carried formal term limits; Xi also serves as general
secretary of the Communist
Party and commander in
chief of the military, even
more substantial roles.
Jiang
Zemin,
who
stepped down as president
in 2003 after two terms, continued to wield power as
leader of the country’s military. Hu Jintao, Xi’s immediate predecessor, yielded
complete control when his
term ended.
The Global Times, a
party newspaper, portrayed
the change as a means to ensure stability while China
achieves Xi’s vision of a modern, resurgent country.
China and the party
“need a strong, stable and
consistent leadership,” said
Su Wei, professor at the
Party School of the CPC
Chongqing municipal committee, according to the
paper. The shift “is serving
the most important and
fundamental national interest and the party’s historic
mission.”
In another sign of Xi’s influence, officials suggested
adding to the constitution
his main themes — “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism
with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”
Xi often draws comparisons to Russian President
Vladimir Putin, an authoritarian-style leader who also
has amassed remarkable
power. But Putin didn’t
change the constitution. Instead, he helped install an
ally as president for a term
and took on the role of prime
minister. He returned to the
presidency in 2012.
“Putin, at least, was willing to serve some rules,”
Lam said. With Xi, “what he
says is the rule.”
Twitter: @jessicameyers
Meyers is a special
correspondent. Kemeng
Fan in The Times’ Beijing
bureau contributed to this
report.
Warmed by Olympics, Koreas hint at talks
North signals possible
dialogue with the U.S.,
but security experts
express uncertainty.
By Matt Stiles
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea — The diplomatic thaw created on the
Korean peninsula by the
Winter Olympics showed
vague signs Sunday that it
could extend past the
Games — and perhaps even
include talks between the
United States and North Korea.
The South Korean presidential office said the totalitarian state — which has not
held high-level talks with the
United States in years —
might be open to dialogue
now.
The potential for any discussions, which remains
vague and perhaps premature, came after a high-level
delegation from the North
visited Pyeongchang, South
Korea, for the closing ceremony of the Games.
“The North Korean delegation also expressed its desire for DPRK-US dialogue,”
said a statement from South
Korea’s presidential office,
using the abbreviation for
the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s
official name. “They, too,
thought that North-South
relations and DPRK-US relations should advance together.”
The
sporting
event
helped restart stalled dialogue between the North
and the South after the two
sides agreed to march together during the opening
ceremony and to field a combined women’s hockey team.
The South also welcomed a sizable delegation
from the North, including an
Patrick Semansky AFP/Getty Images
NORTH KOREAN official Kim Yong Chol, seen at the Winter Olympics closing
ceremony in Pyeongchang, took part in an hourlong discussion with the South.
orchestra and cheerleading
squad, as a sign of goodwill
and cultural solidarity between the two nations.
The potential for talks
between the United States
and North Korea came two
weeks after another delegation from the North — this
one involving leader Kim
Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo
Jong — invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to
a summit in Pyongyang.
Moon has said “conditions” would need to be set
ahead of any top-level, interKorean summit, which
would be the first in more
than a decade, an indication
of his desire to see progress
beforehand by the North.
The thaw between North
and South, which remain
technically at war because
the 1950-53 conflict on the
peninsula ended with an armistice, had been welcomed
by international observers
who support a peaceful resolution to tensions caused by
the North’s illicit pursuit of
nuclear weapons and longrange ballistic missiles.
But a key sticking point
in whether the talks might
have any lasting effect on the
security environment had
been whether the North
might engage with the
United States, its top adversary and also a key South
Korean ally.
Uncertainty among Korean security experts remained high Sunday about
whether the diplomatic
hints — which came as President Trump’s daughter
Ivanka attended the Games’
closing ceremony — might
amount to substance later.
The North and the
United States, which has
28,000 troops in the South,
remain at odds over the nation’s nuclear weapons program, which has progressed
in recent years despite international
condemnations
and economic sanctions.
It’s unclear whether the
Trump administration — or
North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un — might ultimately
decide on terms to proceed
with talks.
Both sides, in theory,
have shown a willingness to
talk in recent years as the
North’s nuclear program
and missile development advanced into a realistic threat
to the American mainland.
Both have also shown a willingness to lay down terms
that prevented any dialogue.
The White House issued
a statement Sunday that
seemed to set denuclearization as a precondition for
talks.
“The maximum pressure
campaign must continue
until North Korea denuclearizes,” the statement said.
“We will see if Pyongyang’s
message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents
the first steps along the path
to denuclearization. In the
meantime,
the
United
States and the world must
continue to make clear that
North Korea’s nuclear and
missile programs are a dead
end.”
Observers have said
North Korea is unlikely to
commit to denuclearization,
especially as a precondition
for any dialogue.
“The reality is that there
is still a large gap in the positions of both sides,” said
James Kim, a research fellow
at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. “Without some answers to these
questions, I am not sure how
the two sides would come together for any serious dialogue or discussion.”
That uncertainty was
echoed by others who follow
the tensions between the
North and the United
States, which threatened to
escalate to armed conflict
last year as the North tested
three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted an underground
nuclear test. The Trump administration last week announced even more economic sanctions against the
North, focused on its economy through shipping.
The statement about potential dialogue came amid
the hype about peace and
the Olympics. It was issued
Sunday after an hourlong
discussion with the North’s
delegation, which included a
controversial hard-line gen-
eral, Kim Yong Chol, now
charged with inter-Korean
relations, and the South’s
president, Moon.
Moon’s office, which said
the meeting took place in
Pyeongchang, said the discussion included the South’s
national security and intelligence chiefs, among others.
Talks with the U.S. remain a vague but potentially
promising development after the Olympics discussions, which resulted in the
North’s participation after
Kim Jong Un gave a New
Year’s Day speech that included conciliatory statements toward South Korea.
“It is a straightforward
signal from a high-ranking
North Korean — a hawk, no
less — that they’re prepared
to talk,” said John Delury, an
associate professor of Chinese studies at Seoul’s Yonsei University. “That doesn’t
happen every day. That’s
significant, but for it to be of
consequence, talks actually
have to happen.”
The discussion also occurs as North Korean state
media said the potential resumption of war exercises
between the South and the
United States, which have
long angered the North,
could end hopes for any
talks.
It was another reminder
that the North’s intentions
remain unclear and unpredictable. It’s possible the
North is simply trying to win
favor now amid the Olympic
goodwill ahead of the exercises, which were delayed
until at least late March, said
Duyeon Kim, a visiting senior research fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul.
“We will need to see ...
what their conditions are for
talks,” she said.
Stiles is a special
correspondent.
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Militants’ kin
are unable to
return home
[Families, from A1]
against Islamic State runs
deep — as does the fear that
the militants could make a
comeback.
In and around Mosul, local leaders have drawn up
lists of families they say are
no longer welcome. Threatening letters have been
slipped under their doors
and posted in mosques.
Names have been stricken
from aid distribution lists.
Grenades have been tossed
through windows. Homes
have been bulldozed.
The families present a dilemma for the Shiite Muslim-led government, which
has called for reconciliation
between the country’s warring sects, ethnicities and
tribes. Iraqi officials say they
worry for the safety of the
families. But they also worry
that some harbor sympathy
for the Sunni extremists and
would help them regroup if
given the chance.
“Daesh controlled the
city for three years, so for
sure, people were affected by
their ideology,” said Nuraddin Qablan, deputy president of the provincial council in Mosul and surrounding
Nineveh province.
He would like to see the
families go through some
form of rehabilitation, but
said there is no money for
such a program. So local security authorities frequently
impose stringent requirements before they will allow
the families to return to their
areas.
The families must obtain
security clearance. They
may need to find a sponsor
to take responsibility if they
break the law. They may also
have to supply proof that the
locality where they intend to
go is willing to accept them.
All that is hard to do from
the confines of a camp.
There are families in Iraq’s
central Anbar province who
have been waiting for permission to return home
since mid-2016.
Complicating
matters
further are the many different security forces — including tribal and sect-based militias — deployed in former
Islamic State areas, each
with its own opinions about
who poses a threat. Some,
for example, will allow the
widows of dead militants to
return to their fathers’
homes, but not their children.
The war against Islamic
State was officially declared
over in December, but camp
managers say families continue to arrive from areas
where the militants imposed
their brutal reign.
In January, during an operation to clear Islamic
State remnants from the
Hawija area in nearby
Kirkuk province, Iraqi soldiers and allied militiamen
rounded up at least 235 people believed to have relatives
among the militants and
brought them to camps, according to the New Yorkbased advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Police
confiscated their identity
documents so they wouldn’t
leave.
Rights activists and humanitarian workers recognize the potential security
concerns posed by such families. But they say keeping
the families in camps
amounts to collective punishment and risks alienating
Sunni Arabs in a region that
has proved fertile ground for
extremism since U.S.-led
forces toppled the late
strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.
“There has to be reconciliation; there has to be reaching out,” said Jan Egeland,
head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, which runs the
camp south of Mosul where
Mohammed and four of her
children have been living
since July. “These children
should not grow up with bitterness in their hearts.”
Patrick Hamilton, the
International Committee of
the Red Cross’ deputy director for the Near and Middle
East, said he worries that recriminatory measures could
increase.
Some communities may
be feeling emboldened to
take matters into their own
hands. There is also a risk
that families and tribes will
try to prove their loyalty to
the government — or settle
old scores — by driving out
anybody who has been labeled a “Daeshi.”
“There is a need for there
to be a strong, objective application of the law and due
process to try and ensure
that only those that need to
be prosecuted are indeed
imprisoned and prosecuted,” Hamilton said. “Otherwise you just end up generating a sense of injustice
that breeds another round
of violence.”
Mohammed, 50, traces
her son’s radicalization to
the last time a major offensive was waged against
Sunni extremists in the Mosul region, more than a decade ago. She shared the
story on condition that neither her son nor their town
be identified, to avoid drawing attention to the family.
Mosul was then home to
many high-ranking members of Hussein’s military
who joined Al Qaeda when
the interim administration
led by L. Paul Bremer III disbanded the Iraqi armed
forces in a purge of regime
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pillars of Islam. Later they
found him a “nice girl” to
marry. But nothing seemed
to assuage his bitterness.
“His father told him, I
don’t want you getting involved in anything,” Mohammed said.
But when Islamic State’s
black-clad fighters stormed
into Mosul in 2014, her son offered his services to the
group as a medic. His father
threw him out of the house,
she said.
Last year, as government
forces were approaching, Islamic State militants ordered the family to leave
their area, on the southern
outskirts of Mosul, and
move into the city.
Mohammed’s
sister
promised to keep an eye on
her house. But according to
Mohammed, her sister’s son
joined in the looting. Her sofas and television now sit in
her sister’s living room, Mohammed said.
Over the summer, Mohammed received word that
the son who joined Islamic
State had been killed in an
airstrike.
Another strike destroyed
the house where the rest of
the family was staying in
west Mosul, killing two other
sons and nine grandchildren. Mohammed and her
younger children had been
out collecting water at the
time. Her husband also survived, but died of a heart attack soon after.
Mohammed
spent
months trying to replace ID
cards that were lost in the
airstrike. A city employee
eventually told her that he
was not authorized to provide the documents to Islamic State families.
Without them, she said,
she could not persuade a local hospital to release the
bodies of her dead family
members. She finally asked
her 30-year-old daughter —
the only close relative with
identification — to collect
the bodies and take them to
a graveyard.
The
daughter
sent
photographs of the graves to
her mother via cellphone
text message. Without identification, Mohammed can’t
visit them. There are too
many checkpoints to get
through.
So she sits on a foam mattress in an almost empty
tent and scrolls through
photos of her loved ones on
her phone. Then she kisses
the phone and weeps.
Her only wish is to find a
safe place to raise her four
youngest children — far
away from Mosul. Otherwise, she fears they too could
fall prey to the cycle of violence and revenge that
claimed their older brothers.
The children’s anger is
plain. When Mohammed
was asked which of the many
local security forces destroyed their home, her 15year-old son answered for
her.
“The Iraqi army didn’t do
anything when they came,”
he said. “It was the people
from the neighborhood who
did this to us.”
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U.N. call for Syria truce ignored
‘There is no cease-fire
at all,’ one activist
says of the fighting in
Damascus enclave.
By Alexandra Zavis
and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT — Hours after
the United Nations Security
Council called for a 30-day
halt to the fighting in Syria,
government forces attacked
a rebel-held eastern suburb
of Damascus from the air
and the ground Sunday, and
rebels lobbed shells at the
capital, residents and activists said.
One child died after suffering symptoms consistent
with a chlorine attack, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, which
said the child was among 16
people admitted with those
symptoms to a hospital it
supports in east Ghouta.
There was no immediate response from the Syrian government to the report.
The continued bombing
of east Ghouta came as a bitter, although not unexpected, disappointment to residents who have endured one
of the bloodiest assaults in
seven years of civil war. More
than 500 civilians were killed
in eight days of airstrikes
and artillery fire, according
to opposition activists.
Nearly a quarter of the dead
are children.
Although the shelling of
residential areas seemed
less intense Sunday, at least
eight more people were
killed, including three children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, a pro-opposition
monitoring group in Britain.
Activists on both sides
also spoke of a multipronged ground offensive,
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in an airstrike that killed several members of their family Sunday in Otaiba, Syria.
resulting in fierce clashes between government and rebel
forces on the enclave’s western and southern edges.
“There is no cease-fire at
all,” said Firas Abdullah, an
opposition activist reached
in the city of Duma.
Sunday brought some relief, however, to central
neighborhoods of Damascus, where at least 16 people
died in rebel shelling over
the last week, according to
state media reports. Schools
opened and residents ventured from their homes for
the first time in days.
But their freedom was
short-lived. Police told the
state-run Syrian Arab News
Agency that rebels fired 21
“rocket shells” on government-held areas in and
around the capital. One civilian was wounded.
The Security Council resolution, approved unanimously Saturday, called on
all parties in Syria to “cease
hostilities without delay” to
permit the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of critically sick and
wounded civilians. But exceptions were made for military operations against Islamic State, Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and other
groups designated as terrorist organizations.
Iran’s military chief of
staff, Gen. Mohammad
Baqeri, whose government
has provided critical backing to Syrian President
Bashar Assad, said the
cease-fire does not apply to
parts of the Damascus suburbs “held by the terrorists,”
according to Iranian news
reports.
The Turkish deputy
prime
minister,
Bekir
Bozdag, said the U.N. resolution also would not affect his
country’s offensive against
Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region.
Turkey regards the Syrian
Kurds as an extension of a
group that has waged a decades-long insurgency on its
side of the border.
Nicola Zahr, a Damascus-based political activist,
said the aim of the government’s ground offensive in
east Ghouta was to rout
fighters linked to the onetime Al Qaeda affiliate
known as the Organization
for the Liberation of Syria.
However, rebels say the
group accounts for just a few
hundred fighters in the enclave. The main rebel factions, the Army of Islam and
the Rahman Corps, contend
that the government and its
allies are using the presence
of small numbers of fighters
with links to Al Qaeda as a
pretext to continue their
campaign against the last
major rebel stronghold near
the capital.
“Today, Assad, Russia
and Iran are throwing the
resolution out the window,”
said Wael Olwan, a spokesman for the Rahman Corps.
Government
officials
counter that the other factions in the region are in effect allied with Al Qaedalinked ones.
Conditions in east Ghouta, a collection of towns
and farms that is home to
nearly 400,000 people, have
grown increasingly desperate since pro-government
forces surrounded the en-
clave in 2012. The region has
some of the highest malnutrition
rates
recorded
among Syrian children since
the conflict began in 2011.
The intense bombardments of the last week drove
much of the population
underground, into crowded
basements and makeshift
shelters that many feared
would become their graves.
The number of wounded
— more than 2,500, according to medical relief groups
— overwhelmed rescue
workers and health facilities, some of which have
themselves become targets.
News of the Security
Council resolution raised
hopes for a possible reprieve.
“Early in the morning,
around 5 a.m., people went
above ground to see what
was happening, but they
barely had a chance to check
on their houses and clean up
before the shelling came
back,” said Bayan Rehan,
who heads a women’s affairs
office at a council in Duma,
the region’s main city. “By
7 a.m., the first shells fell.”
Ingy Sedky, a spokeswoman for the International
Committee of the Red Cross,
said the organization was
ready to deliver medicine,
food and other aid to the enclave but had not yet received a green light from the
warring parties.
“So far, I have to say it
doesn’t look promising at
all,” she said by phone from
Damascus.
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NRA rejects Trump’s age limit idea
The group says the
president may change
his mind on a federal
ban on rifle sales to
those younger than 21.
By Laura King
WASHINGTON — Amid
an increasingly passionate
nationwide debate over gun
safety, the National Rifle
Assn. on Sunday rejected
President Trump’s call for a
federal ban on rifle sales to
those younger than 21, but a
spokeswoman sought to
play down the disagreement, suggesting Trump
could change his mind.
The exchange illustrated
the ways in which both allies
and opponents of gun-law
reform will have to maneuver gingerly when dealing
with a president known for
fluidity in his policy positions, especially in matters
on which public opinion is at
odds with the traditional
views of his Republican
Party.
NRA
spokeswoman
Dana Loesch, interviewed
on ABC’s “This Week” on
Sunday, said the gun lobby
does not believe the age for
purchases should be raised
from 18.
“You do not want to raise
the
age?”
interviewer
George
Stephanopoulos
asked. “That’s correct,”
Loesch replied.
But she swiftly sought to
minimize any policy differences with the White House,
saying: “I know that people
are trying to find daylight
between President Trump
and 5 million law-abiding
gun owners.”
Raising the age requirement, Loesch said, was only
a step that Trump was
mulling, not a hard-and-fast
commitment.
Evan Vucci Associated Press
GWENDOLYN Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., takes part in a gun-control rally last week at the White House.
“These are just things
that he’s discussing right
now,” she said.
Federal law includes several different age limits for
gun purchases. Licensed
gun dealers cannot sell a
handgun to a person younger than 21, but can sell a rifle
to anyone 18 or older. Unlicensed sellers, such as those
at gun shows, can sell handguns to those 18 or older and
rifles regardless of age.
The older age limit for
handgun purchases was put
into law in 1968, when concealed handguns were the
focus of gun control efforts
and sales at gun shows had
not yet emerged as an issue.
“It should all be at 21,”
Trump said Thursday, predicting the NRA would support that limit. He has repeated that call several
times.
The suspect identified by
authorities as having shot
and killed 17 people, mostly
teenagers, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla., is 19.
The debate in the aftermath of that shooting has
left the NRA on the defensive amid a widening boycott campaign aimed at
businesses with ties to the
group.
Politicians, too, have
been called out by a movement spearheaded by student activists, including
some survivors of the mass
shooting.
Among those young activists is David Hogg, a Parkland student who in the
wake of the shooting has
emerged as an ardent and
highly visible gun-safety advocate.
Interviewed Sunday on
ABC’s “This Week,” Hogg
said the NRA seeks to put
forth the false impression
that elected officials who receive campaign donations
are not beholden to it.
“It’s just disgusting. They
act like they don’t own these
politicians. They still do,”
said Hogg. “They’ve gotten
gun legislation passed before in their favor, in favor of
gun manufacturers.”
A few elected officials
whose positions have long
aligned with those of the
NRA, including Trump and
Florida Gov. Rick Scott,
have expressed newfound
support for raising the age
limit for gun sales, either
nationwide or at the state
level.
“I’m an NRA member, a
supporter of the 2nd
Amendment and the 1st
Amendment, and the entire
Bill of Rights for that matter,” Scott said Friday in announcing his support for a
package of gun control measures, including the age limit.
“I’m also a father and a
grandfather and a governor,” he said. “We all have a
difficult task in front of us
balancing our individual
rights with our obvious need
for public safety.”
Many congressional Republicans have remained
silent on the issue of tightening gun laws, however. Some
have gotten behind Trump’s
suggestion that some teachers should be issued weapons and trained in their use,
an idea that has drawn
strong criticism from educators.
“What you need is some of
the teachers who are
armed,”
Rep.
Thomas
Massie (R-Ky.) said on
NBC’s “Meet the Press” on
Sunday.
In the interview, Massie
also voiced strong opposition to weapons-free zones
in and around schools, and
likened calls for more stringent background checks to
putting “lipstick on a pig.”
He added that background
checks and similar measures offer “false senses of
security.”
“Criminals are going to
get ahold of guns,” he said.
Another Republican lawmaker, Sen. Patrick J.
Toomey of Pennsylvania,
said he doubted the efficacy
of raising the minimum age
to buy a gun.
Toomey, who previously
led a bipartisan bid to
strengthen the background
check system for gun purchases, said on NBC that the
“vast majority” of people between the ages of 18 and 21
were “law-abiding citizens
who aren’t a threat to anyone” and thus increasing the
age limit would not be a significant help.
“So I’m very skeptical,”
he said.
Like Scott in Florida, several Republican governors
are finding themselves
under pressure to change
their state laws.
Ohio’s Republican Gov.
John Kasich said on “This
Week” that people needed to
“search your heart on this,”
saying that the issue was
finding “reasonable approaches to keep our community safe.”
Family members of some
of those slain in the Parkland shooting vowed to keep
up the pressure. Andrew
Pollack, whose daughter
Meadow was among the
dead, told “Fox News Sunday” that “my daughter’s
death cannot be in vain.”
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‘A zombie ... that just won’t die’
[Maywood, from A1]
decade. Seemingly always
on the brink of financial collapse, the town played a role
in a huge corruption investigation in neighboring Bell.
Maywood officials had
hired Bell to manage key city
functions, an arrangement
that fell apart when that city
became entangled in a
scandal involving over-thetop salaries for council members and city administrators.
Maywood once had a Police Department that became a haven for many cops
who had been forced out of
previous jobs or had brushes
with the law. A 16-month
investigation by the attorney general revealed that
the culture at the department was “permeated with
sexual innuendo, harassment, vulgarity, discourtesy
to members of the public as
well as among officers, and a
lack of cultural, racial and
ethnic sensitivity and respect.”
Two years ago, a state audit found Maywood was
more than $15 million in debt
and owed money to its creditors. The City Council
raised ire by hiring a city
manager whom the mayor
met through his auto mechanic shop and who had no
government experience.
“What’s happened in
Maywood is like a battle between the forces of today
and yesterday,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), whose
district includes Maywood.
“It’s like a zombie coming
out of the grave that just
won’t die.”
Generations of
political upheaval
Southeast Los Angeles
County cities, including
Maywood, have been mired
in municipal corruption for
decades. The collection of
small cities along the 710
Freeway — Vernon, Bell,
Huntington Park, Cudahy —
have faced generations of
political upheaval, with
prosecutors claiming politicians take advantage of
electorates who are not always plugged in to what’s
going on.
Despite having arguably
the most consistently tumultuous City Hall in the
area, Maywood officials have
rarely found themselves facing criminal charges, at least
for political malfeasance.
“If folks are eventually arrested, that will be six of the
nine cities that I represent
that have had former council
members in prison,” Rendon said. “Six of the nine,
which tells us something
about the depth of the problems.”
A spokesman for the district attorney’s office could
not comment on the ongoing
investigation in Maywood.
But sources familiar with
the investigation told The
Times that one aspect of the
inquiry involves votes made
by elected officials that
could pose conflicts of interest.
In an odd twist, when investigators showed up at the
city to serve multiple search
warrants more than two
weeks ago, investigators discovered about 40 roosters
nestled in the corner of Mayor Ramon Medina’s mechanic shop. They called animal control to take the birds
away.
Medina said his 20-yearold son raised roosters.
The same day, photos
emerged
of
marijuana
plants growing at his auto
shop. Investigators found no
plants when they searched
the business. The mayor
said that his son had been
growing the plants and that
he asked him to remove
them.
Roosters and marijuana
plants were not mentioned
in the search warrant, and
there is no apparent link
with the birds or the pot to
the investigation.
A week after the raids,
angry residents packed into
City Hall to chastise the
council members. Resident
Lilia Mariscal, 63, didn’t
speak but held a sign that
read, “You Bring Maywood
Shame.”
“Nothing is going to
change here,” Salvador
Romero, 75, said. “I want to
know what’s going on. Is it
corruption?”
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
RECORDS from the auto shop of Maywood Mayor Ramon Medina, at the gate,
are taken in a probe of political recall efforts, a contractor and plans for a bingo.
Rendon said a lack of
civic engagement and low
voter turnouts, as well as
dwindling news outlets to
keep watch over elected officials, have contributed to
some of the problems in cities like Maywood. The city
has a large population of
Latino immigrants, many of
whom can’t vote.
In addition to the mayor,
other officials named in the
search warrant include City
Atty. Michael Montgomery,
Building and Planning Director David Mango and
Reuben Martinez, the acting
city manager.
Also listed are Vice Mayor Ricardo Villarreal and
Sergio Calderon, a former
councilman who resigned in
January to settle a conflictof-interest lawsuit filed by
county prosecutors.
Among the companies
listed on the warrant is ECM
Group Inc., which was the
subject of a federal corruption investigation in South
El Monte that ended with
the criminal conviction of
that city’s mayor in 2016.
The city of Maywood
hired ECM Group that same
year despite repeated warnings from Councilman Eduardo De La Riva, who said
the firm’s contract in South
El Monte had ended because
of questionable billing practices.
The month after Maywood hired the firm, South
El Monte released an audit
that accused ECM of submitting false time sheets and
billing reports to the city.
The audit said workers were
reporting 27-hour workdays.
Also named in the warrant is V&M Iron Works, the
city’s maintenance contractor, which has made close to
$1 million in a year, according to city records.
‘People ... can
change things’
The latest investigation
raises a larger question
about how Maywood can
turn itself around.
In 2016, the state auditor
found that Maywood had a
“flawed governance and fiscal mismanagement” that
prevented Maywood from
recovering its financial
health and made it susceptible to corruption.
“The city council has
made wasteful spending decisions that advanced the
council members’ personal
interests to the detriment of
Maywood’s residents, ” the
auditor’s report said.
The problems at City
Hall frustrate and embarrass residents, many of
whom said they are not sure
how to change things.
Maywood is 98% Latino,
and 46% of the city’s residents are foreign-born. It
garnered national headlines
a decade ago when it was one
of the first in the country to
declare itself a “sanctuary
city” for those here illegally.
Many residents are proud of
this distinction and note
that many other cities have
since followed Maywood’s
lead.
The city also received attention for supporting immigrant youth arts and culture, including a music
festival.
“Part of the reason why
we can’t get rid of these bad
politicians is because they
have a grip on the city and
they have that grip because
no one has gone down for
wrongdoing,” De La Riva
said. “If the district attorney
does come and finds wrongdoing and files charges, then
I think it will help the city get
rid of opportunists who get
on the council for the wrong
reasons.”
De La Riva said ultimately the citizens need to
show up, demand better
leaders and hold them accountable.
“I think people need to
understand that they can
change things and that they
need to stop accepting
things as they are,” he said.
“The power lies with them.”
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THE AGENDA: AUTOS
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IN MANY CASES , children work in hazardous conditions mining cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Above, miners sort minerals on a road in Congo.
A bump in the road for EVs
Electric car batteries rely on cobalt, a source of ethical and economic concerns
By Rob Nikolewski
The road to an imminent
electric vehicle future has hit
a speed bump — one made of
cobalt.
An essential ingredient
in lithium-ion batteries that
power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in
electric cars, cobalt is in
heavy demand.
But just as the silverishgray metal has established
itself as a crucial element in
the growth of the market in
electric vehicles, cobalt has
also become a source of serious ethical and economic
concerns.
Most notably, the majority of the world’s cobalt production is concentrated in
the Democratic Republic of
Congo, where in many cases
children work in hazardous
conditions mining the metal.
And once extracted,
there are questions whether
enough long-term supplies
of cobalt can be established
to fulfill the hopes of policymakers in places like California who want to transform
the transportation system
from gasoline-powered vehicles to EVs.
Supporters think the
problems associated with
the mining of cobalt can sort
themselves out, but even the
most ardent acknowledge
human rights as well as supply-chain issues need to be
resolved.
One company that’s taking matters into its own
hands is Apple Inc., which is
in talks to buy cobalt directly
from mining companies, according to Bloomberg. The
contracts would secure several thousand metric tons of
cobalt a year, ensuring a
steady supply for Apple’s
iPhone and iPad batteries.
Apple is one of the largest
consumers of cobalt; about a
quarter of global production
of the metal winds up in
smartphones.
A direct supply also
would give Apple greater
control over mining conditions. Amnesty International alleged in 2016 that
Apple and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Chinese suppliers were buying cobalt from
mines that rely on child labor. Last year, Apple published a list of the companies
that supply the cobalt used
in its batteries and said it
would not let cobalt from
small-scale mines in Congo
into its supply chain until it
could verify that the “appropriate protections” were in
place.
The connection between
cobalt
and
clean-car
technology may come as a
surprise to many car buyers.
“I think it’s really difficult
for the average consumer to
understand all the science
and the rare earth minerals
that go into” the production
of batteries for EVs, smartphones and computers, said
Blaine Townsend, senior
vice president at Bailard
Wealth Management, a Foster City, Calif., investment
firm.
The cathodes in lithiumion batteries typically used
in EVs are made of metal
oxides that contain a combination of cobalt and other elements. Cobalt helps the
cathodes concentrate a lot
of power in a confined space.
Without the element’s energy density, batteries without
cobalt tend to perform
worse.
It’s harder to recycle electric car batteries than leadacid batteries used in gasoline-powered vehicles because of the number of materials involved and differ-
ences in how manufacturers
build them.
As the EV sector attempts to move from niche
market status to mainstream acceptance, cobalt
demand is surging.
California policymakers
have pushed zero-emissions
vehicles as essential to meet
the state’s mandates to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov.
Jerry Brown has set a target
of 1.5 million clean-energy
vehicles on California’s
roads by 2025. In his final
State of the State address
last month, Brown ratcheted the number even higher
— to 5 million zero-emission
vehicles by 2030.
The United Kingdom and
France have announced
plans to phase out gasoline
and diesel-powered vehicles
by 2040. All 16 states in Germany — home of MercedesBenz, BMW and Audi — passed a nonbinding resolution
to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by
2030.
Though no date was set, a
government official in China
last year announced the
country’s intention to ban
the sale of cars using fossil
fuels. China represents the
auto industry’s largest market in the world, even bigger
than the U.S.
Automakers are making
their own moves.
Tesla has begun rolling
out its Model 3, with a
stripped-down base price of
$35,000, marketed as an EV
for the masses. Ford announced plans to spend $11
billion on EVs by 2022. Volvo
executives have vowed that
by 2019 all its models will be
either hybrids or powered
solely by batteries.
GM said it will add two
more all-electric cars to its
fleet this year and at least 18
more by 2023. “General Motors believes the future is allelectric,” Mark Reuss, the
company’s head of product
development, said in October.
Those plans are outrunning demand for EVs. Less
than 1% of U.S. motorists
own an electric vehicle. Con-
sulting firm IHS Markit
projects 94 million vehicles
will be sold globally this year,
with EVs accounting for 4
million, or about 4%.
But a 2017 report from the
financial giant Morgan
Stanley projected as many
as 1 billion electric vehicles
could be on the road worldwide by 2050. If EV sales
surge as anticipated, the demand for cobalt used in electric car batteries is expected
to increase nearly eightfold
by 2026.
The production of cobalt
has quadrupled since 2000,
but the price of the metal has
skyrocketed too — up more
than 230% since the end of
2015.
The vast majority of
cobalt is a byproduct from
the mining of nickel and copper; 54% of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo
has
suffered
through two violent civil
wars in its relatively short
history. The rule of law is
haphazard, and institutions
are rife with corruption.
Mining is a linchpin of the
economy, but the work is
often dangerous. Freelancers, known by the French
word creuseurs, use picks
and shovels to dig up cobalt;
child labor is common.
The 2016 report from Amnesty International cited estimates from UNICEF that
about 40,000 boys and girls
work in mines across Congo,
many of them at cobalt sites.
As with adult miners, the
children are exposed to high
levels of cobalt and work
without gloves or masks, the
report said.
Tesla has pledged to not
take cobalt from child labor
or creuseurs. But it’s hard to
track the metal’s origination
once it has reached the end
of the supply chain.
“It could come from 50
small suppliers to a middleman,” Townsend said. “That
middleman and five other
middlemen
ship
what
they’ve got to a smelter in
China, and Western companies have to buy from that
smelter.”
With an eye on its growing assembly lines of EVs,
China has moved quickly to
gobble up stocks of cobalt.
According to the CRU
Group, a mineral consultancy, China controls 62% of
the world’s cobalt supply.
That’s left North American and European carmakers scrambling to sign longterm contracts to ensure
their own supplies, as Apple
is trying to do. It’s also led to
searches for cobalt in other
places. Canada is the fourthlargest producer of cobalt,
and miners in provinces
from Ontario to the Northwest Territories are looking
at potential sites to develop.
Cobalt production in the
U.S. is small — just 650 metric tons in 2017, according to
the U.S. Geological Survey.
Congo, by comparison, produced 64,000 metric tons.
A number of chemical
companies and researchers
are working on batteries for
EVs that rely less on cobalt.
Two South Korean companies plan to roll out batteries
that are eight parts nickel
and just one part cobalt and
one part manganese.
But this month, the chief
executive at a Belgiumbased multinational that
produces cathodes for EV
batteries said cobalt will still
be needed for the foreseeable future.
“There isn’t a better element than nickel to increase
energy density, and there
isn’t a better element than
cobalt to make the stuff stable,” Marc Grynberg, chief
executive at Umicore, told
Reuters. “So [while] you
hear about designing out
cobalt, this is not going to
happen in the next three
decades.”
At the same time, Grynberg and others think concerns about cobalt supplies
can be eased by finding a
more efficient way to recycle
smartphones. There are an
estimated 1.6 billion discarded phones across the
globe with batteries that include cobalt.
Analysis from researchers at MIT have predicted
that although there may be
some bottlenecks in the supply chain, no serious obstacles are in place for the next
15 years to blunt rising demand.
“I think what will happen
is the lithium-ion battery is
probably going to be a transitional power source,” said
Townsend, “and scientists
are going to figure out a different chemical composition
to power the electric vehicles
that has less risk from the
supply-chain standpoint.”
Others are less sanguine.
“Until there’s a replacement material that can hold
a charge and create a charge,
we’ve got a problem,” said
Lauren Fix, executive director of the Car Coach and a
New York-based automotive
expert who is critical of EVs.
rob.nikolewski
@sduniontribune.com
Bloomberg contributed to
this report.
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[Medals, from A1]
Headed for their worst
Games performance in recent memory, the Americans rebounded to earn 23
medals — fourth behind
Norway, Germany and Canada — just as the 17-day competition reached its conclusion.
Sunday night’s closing
ceremony featured a modern theme as glowing figures
skated circles across an
Olympic Stadium floor that
pulsated with colored lights.
Later, the K-pop boy
band
EXO
performed,
chrome-plated all-terrain
vehicles careening around
them. A fleet of 300 twinkling
drones hovered like night
stars in the shape of a white
tiger overhead and dancers
whirled around a giant snow
globe.
When the athletes arrived, North and South Koreans once again walked together while Ivanka Trump
watched from the dignitaries’ box above, sitting
near a delegation from the
North.
“We are embracing these
new horizons,” Thomas
Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the crowd. “We offer
our hand to everybody to
join forces in this faith in the
future.”
That future will include
reassessment for a U.S.
team whose performance
could not match the 28 medals won at the 2014 Sochi
Games and the 37 from Vancouver four years earlier.
The Americans’ total in
Pyeongchang also fell short
of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own expectations. According to an internal document obtained by the Associated Press, USOC leaders
predicted a repeat of the
Vancouver performance.
“Everybody focuses on
medals — I’m focused on
them too,” said Alan Ashley,
the U.S. team leader. “Yeah,
you know, we always want to
do better.”
There
is
something
about the American sports
psyche, a “just win” mentality that cannot settle for anything less, even in sports
such as biathlon and ski
jumping that most fans
don’t care about until the
Olympics come around.
For much of the last three
weeks, the U.S. team has settled for “pewter” medals —
Olympic-speak for finishing
just off the podium.
The Americans had 35
athletes
finish
fourth
through sixth.
“Look at the depth of our
team,” Ashley said, offering
a positive spin. “We had
some incredibly close calls.”
Maggie Voisin put it a different way after finishing
fourth in the women’s ski
slopestyle: “It is bittersweet;
we can leave it at that.”
The Americans could
have reached their goal if
fewer than half of those nearmiss athletes had skied a
tenth of a second faster or
landed one more jump in figure skating. And some of
their struggles stemmed
from issues beyond anyone’s
control.
Last spring, bobsled icon
Steve Holcomb was found
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SUNDAY NIGHT’S closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium featured a modern theme.
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A FLEET of 300 twinkling drones hovered like stars overhead as dancers whirled around a giant snow globe.
dead in his room at a national training site, having
succumbed to a combination of alcohol and sleeping
pills.
Holcomb ranked among
the top drivers in the world,
winning three medals in the
last two Winter Games.
Without him, the U.S. men
managed no better than
ninth place.
The alpine ski team similarly lost potential contenders, such as Jackie Wiles,
Steven Nyman and Travis
Ganong, to injuries shortly
before the Games.
But
that
probably
doesn’t account for the drop
in medals from eight in Vancouver to three here. The
team appeared to lack the
depth of which Ashley
spoke, with a noticeable gap
between young talent and
aging stars such as Lindsey
Vonn and Ted Ligety.
Pyeongchang revealed
other systemic deficiencies.
Despite bronze medals in
ice dance and the team
event, figure skating stumbled in the high-profile singles events, with Nathan
Chen and Mirai Nagasu failing to meet expectations.
Speedskating fared even
worse.
This was a program that
won seven medals in 2006
and four in 2010, then
dropped off a cliff at the 2014
Winter Olympics.
Team members insisted
they had moved past the
“Sochi disaster,” but only a
late victory in the women’s
team pursuit saved them
from being shut out for a second straight Games.
“If we perform we perform, and if we don’t, we
don’t blame anyone else,”
veteran Joey Mantia said.
Pyeongchang came at a
difficult time for USOC officials, who have faced sexual
abuse scandals in gymnastics and swimming back
home. But dealing with
those issues might ulti-
Death toll rises after storms
pound central U.S. region
associated press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. —
The death toll rose to at least
five on Sunday after severe
thunderstorms
swept
through the central U.S.,
spawning a tornado that
flattened homes, gale force
winds
and
widespread
flooding from the upper
Midwest to Appalachia.
The
system
that
stretched from Texas to the
Canadian Maritime provinces had prompted several
emergency
declarations
even before the dangerous
storms arrived.
In southwestern Michigan, the body of a 48-yearold man was found floating
in floodwaters Sunday in
Kalamazoo, city Public Safety Lt. David Thomas said.
Police were withholding his
name until notifying relatives.
Thomas said the death
didn’t appear suspicious but
the cause wasn’t known, and
an autopsy was planned.
Kalamazoo has been hard
hit by flooding from last
week’s heavy rains and melt-
ing snow.
In Kentucky, authorities
said three people died. Two
bodies were recovered from
submerged vehicles in separate incidents Saturday.
A body was recovered
from a vehicle that was in a
ditch in western Kentucky
near Morganfield, the Henderson Fire Department
said on its Facebook page.
The body has been sent to a
medical examiner.
And a male’s body was
pulled from a vehicle in a
creek near the south-central
Kentucky community of
Franklin on Saturday, the
Simpson County Sheriff ’s
Office said in a statement.
The victim’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
About 20 miles away, Dallas Jane Combs, 79, was
killed when a suspected tornado destroyed her Adairville home earlier Saturday,
the Logan County Sheriff ’s
Office told news outlets.
The fifth death was in
northeast Arkansas, where
an 83-year-old man was
killed after high winds toppled a trailer home. Clay
County Sheriff Terry Miller
told KAIT-TV that Albert
Foster died Saturday night
after the home was blown
into a pond. About 50 miles
away, the National Weather
Service said the roof was
blown off a hotel in Osceola.
In central Tennessee, the
National Weather Service on
Sunday confirmed an EF-2
tornado with maximum
winds of 120 mph hit
Clarksville on Saturday. A
Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Office spokeswoman
said at least four homes were
destroyed and dozens of
others damaged.
“To look at what I’m looking at and know we didn’t
lose anybody is just a miracle,” Montgomery County
Mayor Jim Durrett told the
Leaf-Chronicle.
At Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, a 15year-old girl was hit by falling debris at a basketball
game after an apparent
lightning strike knocked a
hole in the arena’s roof Saturday night. The girl was
taken to a hospital as a precaution. The extent of her injuries wasn’t released.
mately affect performance
too.
Historically, USOC leaders have acted as a distant
overseer to the national governing bodies that run each
specific sport. Now, they will
probably step in and exert
tighter control.
“We’re going to take a
hard look at what occurred
here,” Ashley said of
Pyeongchang, adding: “I’m
not going to shy away from it.
I’m going to really look at my
leadership.”
There are positives in the
wake of the Games, starting
with victories by snowboarders and freestyle skiers, who accounted for
nearly half of the U.S. medals.
That cross-country gold
— won by Kikkan Randall
and Jessie Diggins in the
team sprint free — represented the first ever by
American women in that
sport.
Overall, women led the
way for the U.S., outdoing
the men 12 medals to nine,
with two others awarded in
mixed competition.
“Now, in society, being
strong is embraced and having muscles is wonderful,”
said Elana Meyers Taylor,
who took silver in bobsled.
“And I feel that’s encouraging more and more young
women to get into sport.”
With other Americans
heading home less satisfied
after Sunday night’s closing
ceremony, officials promised
their reassessment will be
far-reaching.
Norway’s success might
be part of the process. With
roughly the same population as Colorado, the Norwegians dominated in traditional winter sports such as
biathlon, cross-country and
ski jumping.
Their 39 medals broke
the record set by the U.S.
eight years ago.
“They really did a great
job of preparing their athletes and I really admire
them for that,” Ashley said.
“I want to find out some
things about what they’re up
to.”
david.wharton
@latimes.com
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[Weinstein Co. from A1]
consortium control of Weinstein Co.’s assets in a deal
worth about $500 million.
Their bid promised a new
era for the once-highflying
studio that has been in a tailspin
since
allegations
against Harvey Weinstein
shook the entertainment industry to its core more than
four months ago.
Under the proposed deal,
Weinstein Co. was to be renamed under a new board of
directors, the majority of
which would be composed of
women. The bidders had
promised to raise at least
$40 million for a fund to compensate Weinstein’s accusers.
But the discussions came
to a sudden halt Feb. 11 when
the New York attorney general’s office filed a civil rights
lawsuit against Weinstein
Co. and its co-founders. The
following day, Atty. Gen. Eric
Schneiderman blasted the
proposed sale and questioned the existence of the
promised
victims
fund
based on documents he’d reviewed.
Schneiderman
also
sharply criticized Weinstein
Co. Chief Operating Officer
David Glasser, whom he accused of not adequately responding to women’s complaints about Weinstein.
Glasser had been positioning himself to become
chief executive of the new
company.
The board, which includes Weinstein’s brother,
Bob, fired Glasser “for
cause” Feb. 16 in an effort to
salvage the deal talks.
Glasser last week threatened to sue for wrongful termination.
On Wednesday, Contreras-Sweet and Burkle met
with Schneiderman in Manhattan to discuss a compromise that would allow deal
talks to progress.
But those efforts now appear to have been in vain,
and the company was left
with no choice but to pursue
a bankruptcy filing. In a letter to Burkle and ContrerasSweet, the Weinstein Co.
board accused the bidders of
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THE STUDIO’S precarious situation became a desperate one after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
‘Your plan to buy
this company
was illusory and
would only leave
this company
hobbling toward
its demise.’
— Weinstein Co.
board,
in a letter to Ronald Burkle and
Maria Contreras-Sweet
failing to produce a deal that
would keep the company out
of bankruptcy with rescue financing and satisfy the concerns of the New York attorney general.
“We have believed in this
company and in the goals set
forth by the attorney general. Based on the events of
the past week, however, we
must conclude that your
plan to buy this company
was illusory and would only
leave this company hobbling
toward its demise to the detriment of all constituents,”
the board said in its letter.
Representatives
for
Burkle
and
ContrerasSweet declined to comment.
Weinstein Co. has been
searching for a financial savior since its former co-chairman was accused of sexual
harassment and assault
against dozens of women.
Weinstein, who was fired
from the company Oct. 8,
has denied all allegations of
nonconsensual sex.
The Weinstein scandal
triggered the #MeToo move-
ment against sexual harassment that spanned industries and political spheres,
but especially in entertainment, where high-profile
men including TV broadcasters Matt Lauer and
Charlie Rose and former
Amazon Studios head Roy
Price were ousted from their
jobs because of sexual misconduct allegations.
The allegations against
Weinstein turned an already
precarious financial situation for Weinstein Co. —
which had struggled for
years under a heavy debt
burden, mismanagement
and a lack of hit films — into
a desperate one.
Weinstein Co. tried and
failed to secure financial lifelines from investors such as
Thomas Barrack’s Colony
Capital.
A number of partners including Amazon Studios cut
ties with the studio, adding
to the financial pressure.
Weinstein and his studio
have been hit with a barrage
of lawsuits, some of which
accused the company of neg-
ligence for failing to stop the
mogul’s conduct. Weinstein
Co. recently asked a judge to
dismiss a federal class-action lawsuit against the
company filed in December
that described a massive
scheme that the plaintiffs’
lawyers say facilitated predatory behavior by Weinstein.
Weinstein Co. said that
Weinstein acted alone in his
alleged abuses and that
most of the incidents occurred more than a decade
ago.
Contreras-Sweet’s offer
for the company, which first
came to light in November,
represented
a
surprise
chance for survival for the
studio and the roughly 130
employees who are believed
to remain.
The sale process was being handled by Moelis & Co.
Bids came due in late December. Santa Monica studio Lionsgate, known for “La
La Land” and “The Hunger
Games,” was interested in
buying certain assets of the
company. Killer Content,
the New York production
company behind “Carol”
and “Still Alice,” had offered
to buy the assets and remake them into an entity to
support women. Other bidders included Miramax
(owned by BeIN Media) and
private equity firms Shamrock Capital Advisors and
Vine Alternative Investments.
Most of the competing
bids would have required a
sale through a Chapter 11
bankruptcy process. Bidders including Killer Content expressed frustration
with the way the deal making was being handled, as it
became clear that the Weinstein
Co.
management
wanted to do a deal with
Contreras-Sweet.
Contreras-Sweet’s emergence as a potential savior
for Weinstein Co. took Hollywood by surprise. Though
she has had a long career in
politics and the private sector, Contreras-Sweet lacked
experience in the entertainment industry. Some industry observers wondered why
the board did not select a female executive with Hollywood credentials such as
former Sony Pictures coChairman Amy Pascal or the
female leadership of Killer
Content, which had teamed
with philanthropist Abigail
Disney in its bid.
Another element that
raised eyebrows was the involvement of Burkle, the
supermarket billionaire who
has had close ties to the Weinsteins. He has invested in
movies with the brothers
and in 2010 backed a failed effort for them to buy their
previous studio Miramax
from Walt Disney Co.
Weinstein Co. released
Oscar winners including
“The King’s Speech” and
“The Artist,” but failed to reliably churn out profitable
hits. Recent duds including
“Gold,” “Burnt” and “Tulip
Fever” worsened Weinstein’s
standing in Hollywood.
On Oct. 5, the New York
Times first reported that
Weinstein had paid off women who had accused him of
sexual harassment over a
period spanning nearly
three decades. Then the
New Yorker published an
Oct. 10 story by Ronan Farrow saying Weinstein had
sexually assaulted women.
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
Florida sheriff defends his
leadership after shooting
By David Fleshler
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the state Department of Law Enforcement to
investigate the response to
the Parkland school massacre, as questions mounted
over the Broward County
Sheriff ’s Office’s handling of
the shooting.
The
announcement
came just hours after
Broward County Sheriff
Scott Israel appeared on
CNN and denied any blame
for his agency’s missteps
and touted his own “amazing leadership.”
The governor’s office said
in a statement released Sunday that the investigation
will begin immediately. It
did not specifically name
any law enforcement agencies. But the Sheriff ’s Office
was the lead agency on the
scene and criticism has
swirled about how it handled the first few minutes after a former student opened
fire at the school.
The Sheriff ’s Office has
also been faulted for fumbling warnings of the shooter’s volatile behavior and
statements from those close
to him that they feared he
might go on a shooting rampage. It issued a statement
Sunday saying that it welcomed the investigation.
“BSO will fully cooperate
with FDLE, as we believe in
full transparency and accountability,” Israel said in a
written statement. “This independent, outside review
will ensure public confidence in the findings.”
Appearing
Sunday
morning on CNN’s “State of
the Union with Jake Tapper,” the sheriff said his
agency was still investigating how multiple warnings
about shooter Nikolas Cruz
were missed and whether
additional sheriff ’s deputies
failed to enter Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School immediately when
they arrived.
But he said the only
known failure was on the
part of the school deputy
forced to resign last week for
not entering the school
building to confront the
killer.
“Deputies make mistakes, police officers make
mistakes, we all make mistakes,” Israel said. “But it’s
not the responsibility of the
general or the president if
you have a deserter. We’ll
look into this. We’re looking
into this aggressively, and
we’ll take care of it, and justice will be served.”
Tapper asked him: “Are
you really not taking any responsibility for multiple red
flags that were brought to
the attention of the Broward
Sheriff ’s Office about this
shooter before this incident,
whether it was people near
him, close to him?”
“Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew
about,” Israel said. “I exercised my due diligence. I provided amazing leadership to
this agency.”
Tapper
interjected:
“Amazing leadership?”
“I have worked — yes,
Jake,” Israel said. “There’s a
lot of things we have done
throughout this — this is —
you don’t measure a person’s leadership by a deputy
not going into a — these deputies received the training
they needed. They received
the equipment.”
Cruz, 19, entered the
school Feb. 14 with an AR-15
rifle and killed 14 students
and three adults.
“One person — at this
point, one person didn’t do
what he should have done,”
Israel said. “It’s horrific. The
victims here, the families, I
pray for them every night. It
makes me sick to my stomach that we had a deputy
that didn’t go in, because I
know, if I was there, if I was
on the wall, I would have
been the first in, along with
so many of the other people.”
Fleshler reports for the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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WITHOUT A HOME
EDITORIAL
Los Angeles Times
NADIA AND HER children eventually landed at a homeless shelter after she left her husband and couldn’t find a rental.
THE HOMELESS
ARE NOT WHO YOU
THINK THEY ARE
BY THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
any people think of homelessness as a problem of
substance abusers and mentally ill people, of chronic
skid row street-dwellers pushing shopping carts. But
increasingly, the crisis in Los Angeles today is about a
less visible (but more numerous) group of “economically homeless” people. These are people who have
been driven onto the streets or into shelters by hard
times, bad luck and California’s irresponsible failure to address its own housing needs.
Consider Nadia, whose story has become typical. When she decided she
had to end her abusive marriage, she knew it would be hard to find an affordable place to live with her three young children. With her husband, she had
paid $2,000 a month for a three-bedroom condo in the San Fernando Valley,
but prices were rising rapidly, and now two-bedroom apartments in the area
were going for $2,400 — an impossible rent for a single parent who worked
part time at Magic Mountain.
For months she hunted while staying with family and friends. She qualified for a unit in a low-income housing project, but the waiting list was two
years long. She obtained a federal Section 8 voucher to subsidize the rent in a
market-rate apartment, but landlord after landlord refused to accept Section 8, or charged a rent that was too high to meet the federal government’s
unrealistically low “fair-market rent” limit.
Nadia and her rambunctious young kids eventually wore out their welcome at the houses where they were staying. They found themselves left with
little choice, with neither a place of their own nor a friend to fall back on. Last
summer, they took refuge at San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s shelter
for homeless families.
M
::
Nadia and her children are among the economically homeless — men,
women and, often enough, families, who find themselves without a place to
live because of some kind of setback or immediate crisis: a divorce, a shortterm illness, a loss of a job, an eviction. In many cities across the nation, these
are not necessarily problems that would plunge a person into homelessness.
But here they can. Why? Because of the shockingly high cost of housing in
Los Angeles.
For decades, Southern California — stuck in a low-density, single-family,
not-in-my-backyard 20th century mindset — has failed to build enough
housing to keep up with population growth and demand. Rents are at an alltime high. Stagnant incomes and a shortage of middle-class jobs mean more
people are struggling. The safety net hasn’t grown to catch all the people in
need, nor has public sympathy always been on their side. In 2006, L.A. city
voters rejected a $1-billion bond to create 10,000 residential units for low-income and homeless people, thus exacerbating the housing shortage.
Today, we are paying the price: The economically homeless are now estimated to make up more than half of L.A.’s unhoused — and it is their rising
numbers that are fueling the unprecedented growth in that population.
More than half of the people surveyed by the Los Angeles Homeless Services
Authority last year said they were homeless because of an eviction, foreclosure, unemployment or “financial reasons.”
In just six years, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County has increased 67%, from about $1,200 to $2,000, according to Zillow’s Rent Index. The median household income during the same period increased only 23%, from $52,280 in 2011 to $64,300 in 2017.
Today, 1 in 3 renters in the Los Angeles metropolitan area is considered
“severely rent burdened,” meaning they spend at least half their income on
housing. Los Angeles County is the most unaffordable region in the country
for the poorest renters, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Department. To understand just how thin the line is between those
with a place to live and those without, consider a study conducted by Zillow
estimating that a rent increase of 5% in Los Angeles County would push 2,000
people into homelessness.
Guadalupe Linares is an example of someone who teeters on the edge.
She and her two children moved out of a $600-a-month illegally converted garage after a rat bit her son. But the one-bedroom she found cost twice as
much, forcing her to take on long hours in multiple jobs, including cleaning
houses and working in restaurants. Her 17-year-old daughter, Mariana, who
had been thinking about a career in medicine, began missing school to help
her mom clean houses from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. — which required her to transfer
to an independent study program through the school district. She quickly
learned that the program is full of kids putting their ambitions on hold while
they work to help keep their families housed.
This cannot be Los Angeles’ future.
To end the housing shortage that is driving rents to unaffordable levels,
Los Angeles County and its cities have to allow construction. A lot of it. We’re
not talking, in this instance, about permanent supportive housing for
chronically homeless people — that sort of housing (which includes access to
social services and substance abuse and mental health treatment) is absolutely essential and is being built under Measure HHH in Los Angeles. The
economically homeless need something else: affordable housing that offers
below-market rents for low-income people. And regular market-rate housing as well that will increase the supply and help bring down rents for everyone.
Since 1980, far fewer homes have been built than are needed to meet population growth in the county, according to the Southern California Assn. of
Governments, and now the county has a deficit of nearly 1 million housing
units. The vast majority of the 88 cities in the county are not adding enough
market-rate and affordable housing to meet their fair share of the region’s
growth.
Sure, there are some legitimate excuses — land costs are high and environmental concerns have slowed development. But far too often, residents
and elected officials act on their worst NIMBY instincts to block or restrict
housing in the name of preventing traffic and density and protecting neighborhood character. One Torrance city councilman argued against building
new homes, saying, “A city should be allowed to say we’re full.”
No — a city cannot say it’s full. Too many people are clinging to a old vision
of Southern California, when orange groves were plowed under for singlefamily subdivisions, wide avenues and freeways. Today, those ranch homes
cost $1 million and more, the roads are clogged and working-class families
can end up living in their cars. The region must build denser and taller to
make space for the people who are already here. That doesn’t require Dubaistyle skyscrapers; it can mean more townhomes and four-story apartment
buildings and high-rises near transit.
The state passed new laws last year to pressure cities to accommodate
more housing and to streamline approvals in communities that have failed
to keep up with population growth. California lawmakers also approved new
funding for affordable housing and gave cities the authority to enact inclusionary zoning laws, which require that affordable units be built in marketrate housing developments. These are positive steps, but the state should
adopt even more aggressive mandates if cities continue to throw up hurdles.
In some cases, this will change the look, feel and character of cities. But that’s
an inevitable result of population growth.
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Of course, it will take years to catch up on housing construction. In the
meantime, rent hikes and evictions will continue. That’s why policymakers
must make the prevention of homelessness a cornerstone of their efforts. To
that end, Los Angeles County plans to use Measure H funds to provide temporary rental assistance to help people on the brink of losing an apartment.
It’s easier and cheaper to keep people in housing than to help them off the
street after the fact.
The county is also funding legal services to help poor renters fight eviction or to help them qualify for relocation assistance. Fewer than 1% of renters facing eviction have lawyers. Cities should also consider passing laws to
require that landlords show “just cause” to evict.
The federal government has not done enough. HUD should significantly
increase funding for the Section 8 voucher program in Los Angeles County,
taking into account the high cost of housing here. Section 8 rental vouchers
are pegged to HUD’s “fair-market rents,” which are often substantially less
than actual market rents.
Ultimately there has to be a recognition that every new apartment unit
rejected is a family denied an affordable place to live. Just as Los Angeles voters were willing to say yes to higher taxes for homeless housing and services,
they have to be willing to say yes to the housing construction in their neighborhoods. That will, over time, alleviate the shortage.
Nadia notes that it is not laziness or drinking or drug abuse that’s plunging so many people into homelessness. It’s the lack of affordable housing.
After moving into the shelter she began working full time at a big insurance company doing data entry to save money for an apartment. Few coworkers knew she was living in a shelter.
Nadia said, “Nobody’s probably looking at me and saying, ‘That woman is
homeless.’ And I’m willing to bet a lot of them would be surprised.”
This is the second in a series.
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Feinstein is
rebuked by
Democrats
[Feinstein, from A1]
who would more aggressively confront President
Trump, and viewed Feinstein as a creature of the nation’s capital who has lost
touch with her California
roots.
Feinstein’s
opponent,
state Senate leader Kevin de
León of Los Angeles, won
54% of the delegates’ votes
Saturday, just shy of the 60%
needed to secure the endorsement. Feinstein received 37%.
“I have never seen her
ever at a convention until
she finally realized, ‘I’ve got a
challenge on my hands,’ ”
said Mark Gonzalez, chairman of the Los Angeles
County Democratic Party.
“People are frustrated….
She’s the most senior member and we value that, but as
the most senior member,
you’ve got to give it to
Trump. She has the power to
challenge him, and she
doesn’t always do that.”
De León seized on the
discontent as he sought the
party’s endorsement.
“I’m running for the
United States Senate because the days of Democrats
biding our time, biting our
tongue and triangulating at
the margins are over,” De
León said. “And I’m running
because California’s greatness comes from acts of human audacity, not from congressional seniority.”
De León, 51, still faces significant obstacles in his bid
to topple a powerful, wealthy
incumbent.
He trails Feinstein by 29
percentage points in the
most recent public poll and
started the year with
$360,000 compared with Feinstein’s $10 million. If he had
received the endorsement,
he would have gained access
to party resources and the
ability to jointly raise funds
with the party, which can receive unlimited contrib-
utions.
Feinstein’s longtime political advisor, Bill Carrick,
dismissed the significance of
the endorsement vote as a
beauty contest among party
activists who do not represent the broader California
electorate. He said that as a
senior senator in Washington, Feinstein could not
shower party regulars with
as much attention as De
León.
“He spent a lot of time
working the party [events]
over the years,” Carrick said.
“She’s obviously a senator in
Washington with a very serious day job.”
Both candidates walked
the convention halls courting delegates during the
three-day weekend gathering as their supporters
waved campaign signs and
handed out buttons. De
León handed out tacos and
cups of horchata to his supporters, while Feinstein provided scrambled eggs and
French toast during a rare
appearance at a state party
convention.
“There’s a difference between Republicans and
Democrats that I’ve noticed,” Feinstein told the
crowd at the breakfast she
hosted for delegates. “Republicans tend to stick by
their man no matter what.
Democrats don’t always. We
fractionate. We divide. This
must not happen. This great
California house of Democrats must come together
because we have a big job to
see that this country gets
straightened out.”
Feinstein, 84, held a conference call for delegates
earlier in the week and sent
them mailers touting her accomplishments. But the
senator from San Francisco
is not a frequent presence at
state party events, a point
raised often over the weekend.
“We have not seen her in
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
U.S. SEN. Dianne Feinstein greets well-wishers at the state Democratic Party’s convention in San Diego.
latimes.com
/essentialpolitics
Go online to learn more
about congressional endorsements and see photos
and video from the state
convention.
25 years,” Latino caucus
chairman Carlos Alcala said
to hoots from the audience
after Feinstein chose not to
address their meeting.
At a party labor caucus
meeting, some in the crowd
groaned and shook their
heads when Feinstein said
she had aligned with their
interests on “every vote I
know of in the U.S. Senate.”
And during her speech to
delegates Saturday, music
began playing as she ran
past the five minutes allotted.
De León’s supporters
used the moment to chant
“Time’s up! Time’s up!”
The at-times chilly reception is nothing new for Feinstein. When running for governor in 1990, she was booed
during her speech before the
state party convention for
affirming her support for the
death penalty — a moment
her campaign filmed and
turned into a TV ad as testament to her independence.
Feinstein did not win the
party endorsement but did
win the primary before losing in the general election.
Feinstein was warmly received by many delegates,
including members of the
party’s women’s caucus,
who greeted her with a
standing ovation.
“I think she’s fabulous. I
think she’s the model for every young girl coming up.
She’s got more grit than
some of the males that are in
Congress right now,” said
Toni Rigoni, 65, a corporate
event planner from San Jose. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m
all for change. I love change. I
think it’s important. But she
has the know-how, she has
the wit, she has the humor,
she has the determination.
She’s a professional. She
knows how Washington
runs, and that’s what we
need.”
The party is fractured between its more moderate
members and its progressive wing, a divide that
came into sharp relief during
a bitterly contested chairman’s race last year.
De León tried to appeal
to the newly energized liberal faction by contrasting
Feinstein’s record — including votes for the Iraq war
and warrantless wiretapping by the federal govern-
ment — with his support for
a $15-an-hour minimum
wage
and
single-payer
healthcare. He also highlighted controversial comments Feinstein made last
year calling for “patience”
with Trump and expressing
the hope that he could become “a good president.”
Ilissa Gold, 31, president
of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, said she backed
De León partly because of
his antagonistic approach
toward the president.
“We believe that California is on the forefront of the
resistance
to
Donald
Trump, and we believe we
need a senator who is going
to represent that,” she said.
“We very much respect her
long service to California. We
just believe that we’re at a
different point and time in
this country, and it’s time for
a change in our leadership.”
Feinstein’s supporters
argue her long history of
supporting progressive policy has been overlooked, including authoring the federal assault weapons ban
and her decision to release a
transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview of the co-founder of Fusion GPS, a firm that researched Trump during the
2016 campaign over the objections of Republicans.
“She is fighting hard and
she has been her entire career, since she came to the
Senate in 1992,” said former
Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a longtime Feinstein confidant.
“She’s shown herself to be a
stellar leader and an independent leader, and one that
is completely in line with
most Californians.”
Cheryl Conway, 61, a delegate from Cayucos, said she
wasn’t surprised that Feinstein was snubbed by the
party, because, as an influential member of the Senate
judiciary and intelligence
committees, she sometimes
has to put the nation’s interest over the party’s.
“Those who want a purity
test are always going to be
disappointed in a candidate,” she said.
Conway, a retired staff
member for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, voted to endorse Feinstein and said she
still expects her to win reelection — even without the
party nod.
“Dianne Feinstein is a big
girl. She knows how to do
this,” she said.
seema.mehta@latimes.com
phil.willon@latimes.com
Times staff writer Melanie
Mason contributed to this
report.
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Abuse
case
leads
to bill
State lawmaker seeks
to tighten home
school regulations
after Perris incident.
By Anna M. Phillips
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MONTCLAIR has outlawed crossing the street while on the phone. First-time offenders get a warning; after that, it could be a $100 fine.
Texting while walking?
City sends own message
In Montclair, it’s now illegal to cross the street while using phone
By Alene Tchekmedyian
Chances are, you’ve had this experience: You’re behind the wheel at
a stop sign or traffic light and have
the right of way, when a pedestrian,
looking down at a cellphone, steps
off the curb in front of your car.
Now, one Southern California
city is trying to tackle so-called distracted walking, making it a ticketworthy offense to cross the street
while on the phone. In Montclair, a
5.5-square-mile town just east of Pomona, pedestrians can’t text, talk
on the phone, or listen to music or
podcasts with two earbuds in while
in a crosswalk. 911 calls are an exception.
“The youth admit that they are
distracted by their cellphones,” City
Manager Edward Starr said. “This
has turned out to be a reminder for
them that their lives are on the line.”
Starr said he was pondering a
way last fall to address distracted
walking in the city, so he turned to
Google.
He came across some creative —
and probably not entirely serious —
ways cities around the globe have
tackled the problem.
At an amusement park in
Chongqing, China, called Foreigners’ Street, Starr said, there’s a 100foot phone lane to prevent people
from bumping into one another.
A similar installment exists in
Antwerp, Belgium. As it turned out,
the mobile lane experiment was
first executed in Washington, D.C.
“I thought, ‘Well, we can’t do
that,’ ” Starr said. “Because the issue is really about them being distracted as they’re crossing the
street.”
Eventually, he discovered a distracted walking ordinance implemented last year in Honolulu. Taking cues from Hawaii’s capital,
[See Montclair, B6]
A push to ‘Unlock the Vote’ behind bars
ACLU aims to register
thousands of inmates
at L.A., O.C. jails for
this year’s elections.
By Michael Livingston
Several men in green Los
Angeles County Jail jumpsuits stood behind bars and
listened to Esther Lim speak
about this year’s elections.
“How many here didn’t
know they could vote?” Lim
asked them. Some men
came out of their cells or
turned around as Lim explained their voting rights.
Later, in the day room of
the Men’s Central Jail downtown, a line of inmates eager
to register had formed.
In one of the largest efforts aimed at registering eligible incarcerated individuals in Southern California,
dozens of volunteers this
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
ESTHER LIM of the ACLU of Southern California looks over forms at Men’s
Central Jail as part of an initiative to educate inmates about their voting rights.
month are going inside jails
in Los Angeles and Orange
counties as part of the
American Civil Liberties
Union’s “Unlock the Vote”
campaign to educate inmates about their rights.
In California, individuals
awaiting trial, in jail for misdemeanors or probation violations or serving a county
jail sentence for a low-level
offense are eligible to
vote.
Those in state or federal
prison or found to be mentally incompetent are ineligible.
The goal is to have thousands of inmates registered
for the June 5 primary and
Nov. 6 general elections. The
last day to register is May 21
for the primary and Oct. 22
for the general election. Besides local bond measures
and initiatives, races include
that for L.A. County sheriff,
with contenders seeking to
[See Vote, B5]
CAPITOL JOURNAL
Playing catch-up on bail reform
Effort to bring justice to system that puts a price on freedom is gathering steam
GEORGE SKELTON
in sacramento
California is
moving
toward ending its unjust
pretrial bail
system, a
four-decade
effort begun
by Gov. Jerry
Brown when he was governor the first time.
Brown actually started
crusading for bail reform
before most current Californians were born.
In his 1979 State of the
State address, Brown called
the California bail system
an unfair “tax on poor people [who] languish in the
jails of this state even
though they have been
convicted of no crime. Their
only crime is that they cannot make the bail that our
present law requires.”
The governor urged the
Legislature to find “a way
that more people … can be
put on a bail system that is
as just and as fair as we can
make it.”
The Legislature ignored
him. If anything, relatively
fewer people are able to
make bail today than 40
years ago.
But the old speech excerpt is still alive. It was
resurrected recently by a
former top aide whom the
governor appointed as a
judge during his first term.
He’s J. Anthony Kline,
Brown’s legal affairs secretary in the 1970s and now
presiding justice of the 1st
District Court of Appeal in
San Francisco. Kline used
the excerpt prominently in a
landmark opinion he wrote
that almost guarantees the
enactment of a bail overhaul.
The ruling involved
Jeffrey Humphrey, 63, a
retired shipyard worker and
lifelong drug addict. There’s
nothing particularly sympathetic about the guy. He was
charged with mugging a
79-year-old man who uses a
walker and lives in the same
apartment building. Prosecutors say the suspect
slipped into the victim’s
room, threatened to put a
pillow case over his head,
was given $2, stole $5 more
and lifted a bottle of
cologne.
[See Skelton, B5]
California lawmakers are
pushing to increase regulation of home schools after a
dozen siblings were discovered locked in a dirty, dark
house in Riverside County.
The house in Perris had
been registered as a private
school — with the cheery
name of Sandcastle Day
School.
Last month, after a malnourished 17-year-old escaped and alerted authorities to the abuse she and her
12 siblings, ages 2 to 29, had
endured there, her parents
were arrested and charged
with multiple counts of torture and child endangerment. David Turpin, 56, and
Louise Turpin, 49, have
pleaded not guilty to the
charges against them, and a
judge has barred them from
contacting their children.
David Turpin had registered with the state as the
principal of Sandcastle Day
School, saying six schoolage children were enrolled.
The case attracted national attention, including
calls for California to reexamine its home-schooling
policies.
On Feb. 16, Assemblyman
Jose Medina (D-Riverside)
proposed a bill that he said
would “tighten up” state
regulation. Assemblywomen
Susan
Talamantes
Eggman (D-Stockton) and
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
(D-San Diego) have signed
on as co-sponsors.
Under current state law,
families who choose to educate their children at home
are deemed to be operating
private schools. They’re required to register with the
state Department of Education and submit annual
paperwork, known as a private school affidavit, that
tells the state how many students are enrolled and
where the school is located.
The only way to guess which
private schools actually are
home schools is to look for
those with very small numbers of students.
No one in the state Department of Education,
county or local school district has any legal responsibility to check on the conditions of home schools or assess the students’ academic
performance. And although
private schools are required
to get annual fire inspections, this regulation has never been broadly applied to
home schools.
Medina’s bill aims to
change that. The legislation
would require city and
county fire departments to
conduct annual inspections
of all registered home
schools in their areas.
Home-schooling
families
who live in parts of the state
without fire districts would
be subject to annual inspections by the Office of the
State Fire Marshal.
Under the newly proposed language, the state
superintendent of instruction would give these agencies lists of registered private schools within their jurisdiction, including those
that report enrolling five or
[See Home schools, B4]
Need help
for an injured
ant, stat!
An African species
uses a sophisticated
triage system to
decide which
comrades to save. B2
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Medic! Injured ants get attention
An African species
uses a triage system
to decide which
comrades to save.
AMINA KHAN
Move over, ant farms —
ant hospitals are where the
real action is. Scientists
studying the behavior of
African Matabele ants in
Ivory Coast have found that
the insects act like paramedics in a crisis, triaging
and treating the wounds of
their injured peers.
The discovery, described
in the Proceedings of the
Royal Society B, documents
a surprisingly sophisticated
system that helps determine which ants are most
likely to survive a combat
injury.
Ants are often thought to
live in systems where the life
or death of an individual
worker doesn’t matter
much. That’s because many
ant species live in giant
colonies whose workers
usually have very short life
spans relative to the queen,
and because the queen can
lay eggs for new workers at a
fast rate.
“The benefit from helping injured ants in this
scenario is small, because
replacing them should be
easier,” the scientists wrote.
“At the same time, if injuries
were mainly fatal, the benefit of a rescue behavior
focused on injured individuals would again be marginal.”
That’s not the case for
ants like Megaponera
analis, which venture out in
raiding parties of 200 to 600
individuals, attack termites
and carry their unfortunate
prey back home. The hardheaded termites don’t go
without a fight, though.
Many invading ants lose
legs or end up with termite
mandibles dug into their
bodies.
Surprisingly, the returning ants don’t abandon all
Erik T. Frank
A MATABELE ANT in Ivory Coast treats the wounds of a nest mate whose limbs were bitten off during a fight with termite soldiers.
their casualties: Before
returning home they look
for their injured comrades,
which send out a “distress
signal” pheromone. Within
24 hours of being taken back
to the nest and treated,
maimed ants can switch to a
four-legged or five-legged
gait that lets them run
almost as fast as their sixlegged peers.
Because these injured
ants can still do almost the
same things as their healthy
peers, it makes sense to
bring them home and treat
them — especially because
roughly a third of the small
ants that run these termite
raids have lost a leg at some
point in their life.
Gravely injured peers are
usually left behind. And
open wounds from severed
legs could easily become
infected and spread disease
in the ant nest, given that
there’s a lot of interaction
and very low diversity
within a single colony.
So for this paper, scientists from the University of
Wuerzburg in Germany
wanted to learn how the
ants providing medical aid
make decisions about which
wounded ants to save — or
whether it’s their decision to
make at all.
“While the benefit for the
colony of leaving behind
fatally injured ants is clear,
the mechanism that regulates this behavior remains
unknown: is the decision to
rescue made by the helper
or the fatally injured ant?”
the study authors wrote.
To find out, the researchers tracked 208 ant raids of
16 M. analis colonies in a
humid savanna woodland in
Comoe National Park in
northern Ivory Coast. They
dug up 14 colonies and surveyed the population, finding that the colony sizes
ranged from about 900 to
2,300 ants, and also put
captured ants in laboratory
“nests” to document their
behavior. They ran experiments on the ants, including
placing maimed nest mates
(missing either two or five
legs) in the path of raiding
parties returning home.
The scientists found that
it was the injured ants,
rather than the paramedics,
that determined whether
they’d be carried home or
left to die. That’s because
the wounded ants behaved
differently depending on
their physical state.
The ants with less serious injuries (just a couple of
maimed legs) walked slower
and stumbled more often
when their peers were
nearby. They also curled up
in a “pupae-like” position
when another ant felt them
up with her antennae —
presumably this made the
injured ant easier to carry.
The scientists aren’t sure
why the ants with relatively
“minor” injuries slow down
— perhaps it’s to make sure
they get noticed. But if the
raiding party passed them
by, they’d quickly speed up
and follow the group home.
The gravely injured ants,
on the other hand, flailed
wildly — making it very
difficult for potential rescuers to pick them up and take
them home. After a few
attempts, the helping ant
would give up and move on.
In this way, the lost causes
kept their fellow ants from
wasting any effort on them.
But that’s not to say that
the lightly injured ants are
“faking it,” the scientists
said.
“While comparisons to
human behavior and ‘acting
more injured’ near conspecifics are easy to make, we
want to emphasize that this
is not the case here,” the
authors wrote. “This behavior cannot be considered
cheating, because all these
ants are truly injured and
not only benefit themselves
from being carried back, but
so does the colony (by reducing foraging costs/mortality).”
That idea is further
bolstered by the fact that
the heavily injured ants did
not try to save themselves
by getting help, they added.
At the nest, the paramedic ants pulled off any
tenacious termites off the
injured insects’ bodies and
cleaned open wounds by
“licking” them intensely,
sometimes for several min-
utes in one sitting. The
scientists think that the
insects may have antimicrobial agents in their saliva
that might help stave off
infection. Whatever the
reason, their ministrations
worked: only 10% of the ants
that got treatment died.
Without that attention,
80% of those ants would die.
The wounds of heavily
injured ants did not get as
much grooming time as the
more lightly injured insects.
They were quickly carried
outside the nest and died
within 24 hours.
“These results are in line
with prior studies concerning rescue behavior and
support the hypothesis for
the evolution of prosocial
behavior without the necessity of empathy or cognition,” the study authors
wrote. The next steps, they
added, are to investigate the
nuances of the ants’ triagelike behavior.
“How do the ants know
where the injury is? How do
they know when to stop
treating the injury? Is the
behavior purely prophylactic or also therapeutic in
case of an infection outbreak? How big is the timewindow after injury in which
treatment is effective and
how does wound clotting
affect treatment?” the authors wrote.
amina.khan@latimes.com
Lottery results
For Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
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CITY & STATE
City closing
streets with
Oscar nigh
Closures near Dolby
Theatre will intensify
this week to prepare
for March 4 event.
By Doug Smith
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
THE STUDENTS marched from the beach to Malibu High School, where several spoke out against gun vi-
olence and called on leaders to take action. Above, junior Collette Aldrich speaks during the rally.
Marching in Malibu
against gun violence
Hundreds of students and their families attend a rally for stricter laws
By Carlos Lozano
Hundreds of Malibu High
School students and their
families participated in a
march and a rally Sunday
calling for stricter gun control laws.
The Call to Action March
at
Zuma
Beach
was
prompted by the mass
shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory
Science
Bowl
winner
advances
By Dakota Smith
North Hollywood High
School bested the competition Saturday in the Los Angeles Department of Water
and Power’s 25th Annual
Power Science Bowl regional competition.
The San Fernando Valley
school’s A Team took top
honors, marking the 19th
win in the last 21 years for
North Hollywood High, said
Walter Zeisl, DWP’s manager of education outreach.
The North Hollywood
team displayed an “outstanding grasp of advanced
science,
math
and
technology concepts, quick
reflexes and grace under
pressure,” according to a
news release from the utility.
Modeled after a television game show, the Science
Bowl quizzes the five-member teams on math, science
and technology.
A total of 50 teams from
29 schools in Greater Los
Angeles participated in Saturday’s all-day event, which
was held in downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Center for
Enriched Studies came in
second, and North Hollywood High School’s B Team
came in third.
Each member of the winning team received $1,000
courtesy of Hitachi and an
all-expenses-paid trip to
Washington to represent
L.A. in the U.S. Department
of Energy National Science
Bowl in April.
The National Science
Bowl is among the largest
U.S. science-related academic competitions and the
only one sponsored by a federal agency, the utility said.
dakota.smith@latimes.com
Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland, Fla.,
that killed 17 students and
school
personnel
and
wounded 16 others.
The shootings reignited
a national debate on gun
laws, particularly over the
accessibility of semiautomatic weapons like the
kind used in Florida. The
19-year-old
suspect,
a
former student at the
school, had legally bought
his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and ammunition magazines.
Many in the crowd Sunday waved signs that said
“Enough is Enough,” “No
Guns” and “Never Again.”
The students marched from
the beach to Malibu High
School, where several spoke
out against gun violence and
called on local, state and
federal leaders to take action.
Survivors of the Florida
shooting are organizing a
“March for Our Lives” rally
in Washington, D.C., on
March 24, and are expecting
up to 500,000 people to attend. Similar marches are
planned in cities around the
country.
carlos.lozano@latimes.com
Porn actress cashes in on
her alleged Trump tryst
Stormy Daniels is
mum on the president
at a tour stop in North
Hollywood strip club.
By Benjamin Oreskes
The promotion on the
Deja Vu strip club’s Instagram said it all.
“No hush money required
here. See the porn star
worth $130,000 but will only
cost you the price of admission.”
Stormy Daniels, who
vaulted into the national
spotlight as a result of her reported affair with Donald
Trump, would be writhing —
live on stage — at the North
Hollywood club.
Patrons paid $25 to see
her perform Saturday night.
The latest stop on her
nationwide tour came with a
fair bit of hype and anticipation. Earlier this month,
President Trump’s personal
attorney acknowledged paying Daniels, who is known
offstage as Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 just before the
2016 election, but has not
said why. This led Daniels’
manager, Gina Rodriguez,
to say that her nondisclosure agreement was invalidated and that “everything
is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story.”
The North Hollywood
club is a short drive from the
Beverly Hills Hotel, where
Daniels, 38, reportedly had
dinner and watched “Shark
Week” with Trump more
than a decade ago. So would
Saturday be the night when
she confirmed her tryst with
Trump?
As the anticipation grew,
some of the Deja Vu staff
grumbled that she was late.
For a Saturday, the room
wasn’t as full as they would
like.
Her first show was sched-
Patrick T. Fallon For The Times
ADULT FILM performer Stormy Daniels arrives at
a North Hollywood strip club on Saturday.
uled for 9 p.m. That would be
followed by another one at
midnight and yet another at
the Deja Vu club in Hollywood at 3 a.m.
“We’re not trying to make
the customers wait, but
she’s making us wait,” said
one employee, who gave his
name only as Eddie.
A 2011 In Touch Weekly interview with Daniels was
released last month in which
she is quoted detailing her
alleged affair with Trump in
2006. The liaison occurred
months before Trump’s wife,
Melania, gave birth to their
son, Barron.
Trump has denied the
story, which brought international media attention
and led to Daniels’ recent
appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” During the show,
she declined to reveal details
about her relationship with
the 45th president.
Arriving at the North
Hollywood club shortly after
9 p.m. Saturday in a white
Porsche sport utility vehicle,
Daniels breezed past three
reporters, flashing only a
smile.
“Do you think Donald
Trump will win the election
in 2020?” a TMZ reporter
blurted out. There was no response. (Daniels’ manager
said in an email that she
would not be doing interviews.)
Inside, one of the few
hints of politics was a patron
wearing a red Make America
Great Again hat. The announcer urged the crowd —
the place was half-full — to
get closer to the stage as he
introduced the porn star.
Daniels appeared in a red
cape to Sam the Sham and
the Pharaohs’ rendition of
“Li’l Red Riding Hood.” Men
in the front row ogled as she
began to strip, and stuck
dollar bills to her naked body
at one point.
After exiting stage left,
Daniels’ assistant brought
out a laundry basket to collect her tips.
Between shows, customers stood in line for a meet
and greet. One man, sporting a Wicked Pictures Tshirt, said he bought one of
Daniels’ adult films for her to
sign. That cost him $20.
For another $20, she
posed with him for a photo.
Was he there because of
Daniels’ newfound fame?
“No,” he said. “I’ve been a
fan of hers for a long time.”
If you were planning to
cruise Hollywood Boulevard
this week, forget about it.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the
block west of Highland Avenue — where the TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan
Theatre, Madame Tussauds
Hollywood and Michael
Jackson’s star are found —
will be closed to vehicles.
The closure, to clear the
way for construction of camera stations, fan bleachers
and pre-show stages for the
90th Oscars ceremony, will
continue through 6 a.m.
March 7.
In a plan worked out by
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and
the city of Los Angeles, additional streets, sidewalks and
crosswalks will be closed for
varying periods leading up
to the March 4 event at the
Dolby Theatre.
In addition to the street
closures,
MTA
subway
trains will bypass the Hollywood and Highland Station
after the last regularly
scheduled train on Saturday
until 6 a.m. March 5. Service
at the station will resume
with the first scheduled
train after 6 a.m.
Closures will become
more extensive during the
week, including Orchard Alley north of the theater,
Hawthorn
Alley
and
Hawthorn Avenue to the
south and portions of Orange Drive to the west.
For 24 hours beginning at
4 a.m. Sunday, some streets
will be closed in a wider area
extending east to Wilcox Avenue and west to El Centro
Avenue. Access will be allowed for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles.
Detailed
descriptions
and maps of the closures are
available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the 6th and the 13th
District City Council field offices and on the academy’s
website.
doug.smith
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATDoug
A horse on the
freeway, and it
wasn’t a Mustang
By Doug Smith
“So a horse walks onto
the 91 freeway … no joke.”
It was an unusually flip
beginning for a tweet from
the California Highway Patrol.
But then, it was an unusually zany incident, once it
was all over and no one was
injured — not horse, not
rider, nor arresting officer.
The tweet, posted at 6:51
p.m. Saturday by the CHP’s
Santa Fe Springs office, continued in earnest to report
that the man who rode his
horse onto the freeway was
arrested on suspicion of
DUI.
“Don’t put yourself, your
beautiful animal, or others
in danger of being killed in
traffic,” it concluded.
The suspect, identified as
Luis Alfredo Perez of Placentia, was reported to have
been celebrating his 29th
birthday when he rode his
white Arabian, Guera, onto
the 91 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard.
Perez had exited at
Downey Avenue and ridden
into Bellflower when CHP
officers, alerted by a 911 call,
stopped him and administered a field sobriety test. He
was recorded with a bloodalcohol level of 0.21%, more
than twice the legal limit,
City News Service reported.
Perez is being held in lieu
of more than $50,000 bail, according to the L.A. County
sheriff ’s online records,
which show additional cases
pending against Perez.
In a follow-up tweet, the
CHP doubled down on its
offbeat tone.
“We get a chuckle out of
the interesting situations we
encounter from time to time,
but one thing the CHP does
not do is ‘horse’ around with
DUI,” the agency tweeted a
few hours later.
Besides touching off a
small media flurry, the
tweets also stimulated a
give-and-take with the public on the CHP’s Twitter account.
“What about the horse?”
someone asked.
“ ‘Guera’ the White Arabian Horse was released to
the suspect’s mother immediately after the arrest,”
was the reply.
Then followed a lighthearted discussion of the
law. A pair, identifying themselves as former law enforcement officers in their 70s and
80s, asked the CHP a bit sarcastically for a definition of
the “D” in “DUI,” which they
doubted would apply to
horses.
“Is there really a horsey
deuce section now?” they
asked.
A
David
Sampson
chimed in, saying, “I’m no
expert, but I’m not seeing
anything except motor vehicles that require a license described in 21050 VC,” referring to the California Vehicle
Code.
Dead serious at last, the
CHP referred the skeptics to
the same section, “which
states that a person riding
an animal upon a highway is
subject to all of the same
rights and DUTIES as someone operating a vehicle upon
a highway.”
Yes, there is a horsey
deuce section.
doug.smith@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATDoug
CHP
benjamin.oreskes
@latimes.com
Twitter: @boreskes
AN UNIDENTIFIED California Highway Patrol
officer gives a field sobriety test to Luis Alfredo Perez,
who reportedly rode a horse onto the 91 Freeway.
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Home school rules under review
[Home schools, from B1]
fewer students, which are
likely to be home schools.
“The horrific child abuse
case in Perris ... raised questions about the lack of oversight of private schools,” Medina said in a statement. “I
believe it is important to
have different education options, such as private
schools, to meet each child’s
individual needs. However,
the state has a responsibility
to ensure that each child is in
a safe learning environment.”
‘The horrific
child abuse case
in Perris ... raised
questions about
the lack of
oversight of
private schools.’
— Jose Medina,
assemblyman
California’s current law
might
seem
unusually
hands-off for a state often
mocked for excessive regulation. But according to the
Coalition for Responsible
Home Education, a nonprofit that advocates for more
active oversight of homeschooled children, the state
has policies more stringent
than many others.
Eleven states don’t require parents to submit any
documentation or register
with state agencies or school
districts. Among them is
Texas, where the Turpin
family lived for a time.
California is one of 15
states that ask only that
families formally register
with a state agency. Here,
home-schooled children aren’t held to specific academic standards or required to
take standardized tests.
Their parents aren’t fingerprinted, and the state
doesn’t check their criminal
histories, as it would for a
traditional public or private
school teacher. Medina’s bill
does not address those ex-
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
THE BILL by Assemblyman Jose Medina would require fire departments to conduct annual inspections of all registered home schools in
their areas. Above, news crews outside the Perris home of David and Louise Turpin, who are accused of torture and child endangerment.
emptions.
Mike Smith, president of
the Home School Legal Defense Assn., a national advocacy group that opposes increased
home-schooling
regulations, called Medina’s
proposal
“the
biggest
threat” to come out of California in recent years. He
said the proposed language
would violate home-schooling families’ 4th Amendment privacy protections
and single them out for unnecessary scrutiny.
“We know what they’re
trying to do. They’re trying
to get into home-school
homes,” Smith said. “And
there are very few ways you
can invade a home. So that’s
what this is intended to do.”
Even among groups that
advocate for more monitoring, the reaction was lukewarm.
Rachel Coleman, executive director of the Coalition
for Responsible Home Edu-
cation, said the proposed bill
doesn’t solve some major
problems. The state is wrong
to carve out exemptions for
home-schooling
families
within its private school law,
she said, such as allowing
home-schooling parents to
avoid criminal background
checks.
“The private school law in
California was not designed
for home schoolers,” she
said. “In many ways, an individual home-school statute
would simplify the current
legal situation.”
anna.phillips@latimes.com
Twitter: @annamphillips
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Hunt
for
voters
in jail
[Vote, from B1]
unseat incumbent Jim McDonnell.
“You have a say in how
that happens,” Lim, who directs the jails project for the
ACLU of Southern California, told the men.
After decades of laws
that advanced felony disenfranchisement, many states
— California, Colorado, Connecticut and New York —
have begun to lift some restrictions.
Locally, the ACLU, politicians and community organizations are fighting the
misconception that incarcerated Californians, who
are disproportionately African American and Latino,
are locked out of the voting
process.
We’re “opening up those
avenues of education and
engagement so they do participate and do share their
voice,” Lim said at a recent
training session for volunteers.
The Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors this
month approved a countywide initiative to promote
voter education and registration for current and former offenders.
“No one should be denied
their constitutional rights,”
said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who co-wrote
the plan. “I think voter registration efforts in the jails
ought to be viewed as a significant piece to anti-recidivism and reentry.”
Tim Kornegay shook
hands with Ridley-Thomas
after the motion passed. In
1995, Kornegay, 55, was sentenced to 27 years in prison
for receiving stolen goods.
While locked up, Kornegay
said he “started seeing the
impact of how not being
knowledgeable”
harmed
him.
“I did my transformation
into a better man in there, so
when I came out I could be
ready to serve,” he said.
Since his release in 2015,
Kornegay has been involved
with L.A. Voice, a faithbased community organization, as a voter engagement
organizer.
“Voting for us is critically
important,” Kornegay said.
“The day I got off probation, I registered to vote,”
said Tiffany Johnson, associate director and community organizer for A New Way of
Life Reentry Project.
Registering herself and
others to vote “made me feel
for the first time in my life
that I wanted to be a part of
that process,” said Johnson,
who served 16 years for a second-degree murder conviction before her release in
Photographs by
tions. Voter registration in lockups gained momentum in 2016 after the passage of Assembly Bill 2466, which clarified voting eligibility.
2010.
The current L.A. County
jail population is nearly
17,500 inmates, sheriff ’s officials said. Jeff Klein, manager of voter education and
outreach for the Los Angeles
County registrar’s office,
said more than 600 jail inmates registered to vote in
2016.
During the February
drive so far, Lim said, 338 inmates at Men’s Central Jail
and Century Regional Detention Facility, the women’s
jail in Lynwood, have registered.
Many inmates listed their
home address or an address
on the outside on their application.
Others were already registered to vote before their
incarceration.
Voter registration in the
jails gained momentum in
2016 after passage of Assembly Bill 2466, which clarified
voting eligibility.
Assemblyman Matthew
Harper
(R-Huntington
Beach) opposed the measure and granting voting
rights to inmates altogether,
calling the efforts “a very
specific political drive” so
Democrats can stifle any political change in California.
“It dilutes the vote of the
law-abiding citizen,” Harper
said.
Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) said
these efforts send the signal
that “the consequences of a
felony are being removed.”
“Do your time and pay
your debt, thoroughly,” Patterson said. “Show a change
of heart, a change of life for a
substantial time,” and then
rights can be restored, he
said.
During the recent registration at Men’s Central Jail,
inmates sat two at a time at
silver octagonal tables,
under the watchful eye of
sheriff ’s deputies.
VOLUNTEER Elizabeth Garcia-Bynum, right, assists an inmate. So far 338 people from the men’s jail
and women’s facility in Lynwood have registered.
Volunteers helped applicants complete voter registration forms and vote-bymail ballot applications. For
their mailing address, applicants can use that of the jail
or one outside. Homeless inmates are able to use cross
streets of locations where
they live.
Inmates
lifted
their
hands to show the booking
number on their white wristbands.
The booking number is
necessary so that if an inmate transfers to another facility, his ballot can still be
mailed to him.
The voting process in jail
is “very secure,” Los Angeles
Sheriff ’s Sgt. Kevin Unland
said.
Deputies receive a ballot
box from the registrar’s office and begin handing out
ballots a day or two ahead of
the election.
Ballots are delivered to
the registered inmates in
their housing quarters,
placed in a sealed envelope,
and then handed back to the
deputies. The deputies
place the sealed votes in the
ballot box, which is sent
back to the registrar’s office.
“It’s a very interesting
partnership, with two government entities working
with the community to try
and engage” with inmates,
Lim said at the training session.
Deputies didn’t interact
during the application process but monitored the door
as inmates entered and left
the day room.
“I got the sticker. I’m a
registered voter now,” one
inmate said, placing his Unlock the Vote sticker on his
chest.
In all, volunteers helped
to register more than 50 individuals.
Elizabeth Garcia-Bynum
said three of the initial four
inmates she helped were
registering for the first time.
“Eleven for my first day is
pretty good,” she said.
michael.livingston
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@mikelive06
State is playing catch-up
[Skelton, from B1]
Bail was assessed at
$350,000. The standard 10%
fee to a bail bond agent
would have cost $35,000 out
of pocket. No way.
Humphrey was locked up
for months pending trial.
The three-judge appellate court unanimously
ruled that “by setting bail in
an amount it was impossible for [Humphrey] to
pay,” it in effect amounted
to a violation of “due process protections” guaranteed
by the Constitution.
The judges said the
suspect was entitled to a
new bail hearing at which
the court must consider “his
ability to pay” and “nonmonetary alternatives to
money bail.”
“The problem this case
presents,” the panel observed, “stems … from the
enduring unwillingness of
our society, including the
courts, to correct a deformity in our criminal justice
system that close observers
have long considered a
blight on the system.”
“Legislation is desperately needed,” the judges
asserted.
Next up was state Atty.
Gen. Xavier Becerra. The
Democrat announced last
week that he’d let the appel-
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
A LINE forms at the Men’s Central Jail to get help from the ACLU to complete voter registration forms and vote-by-mail ballot applica-
late ruling stand and not
appeal it to the state
Supreme Court.
“I am doing what I can to
add to that movement of
bail reform,” Becerra told
reporters. “Today’s bail
system doesn’t make you
safer because if you’ve got
the money and you’re dangerous, you still get out.”
“Bail decisions should be
based on danger to the
public, not dollars in your
pocket,” the attorney general added.
This is one of the few
issues that separate the
leading Democratic candidates to replace Brown, who
will be termed out after this
year.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
is a loud advocate for bail
reform.
“Cash bail insidiously
exacerbates our criminal
justice system’s class and
racial disparities by creating a cascade of devastating effects for poor people and their families who
often lose jobs, homes and
even their children before a
court even considers their
guilt or innocence,” Newsom wrote in an opinion
column for the Daily Breeze
last year.
But former Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
is cozy with the bail bond
industry and law enforcement groups that object to
proposed reforms. That has
helped him gain recent
endorsements from the
California Police Chiefs
Assn. and the Peace Officers Research Assn.
Villaraigosa “supports
reforming — not ending —
cash bail,” says his campaign spokesman, Luis
Vizcaino. “Cash bail does
have a place in keeping our
communities safe.”
State Treasurer John
Chiang advocates for major
change. “California should
reform our for-profit bail
system for those who don’t
pose a public safety risk,” he
says.
There’s a good chance
there’ll be a major overhaul
this year while Brown is still
governor. He hasn’t been
saying much. But last year
he pledged to work with
legislators and state
Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
“on ways to reform the
system in a cost-effective
and fair manner, considering public safety as well as
the rights of the accused.”
The chief justice created
a work group of judges that
recommended several
things. “California’s pretrial
release and detention system must be reformed,” it
concluded.
That effort in the Legislature is being spurred by
Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van
Nuys) and Assemblyman
Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). A
Hertzberg bill passed the
Senate and is stuck in the
Assembly Appropriations
Committee. A Bonta bill
died on the Assembly floor.
“The cost of bail has
skyrocketed since Jerry was
governor the first time,”
Hertzberg says.
David Quintana, the
lobbyist for bail bond
agents, agrees that bail is
too high. “It doesn’t work for
us if it’s too high for people
to pay,” he says. “They stay
in jail.”
Other states are far
ahead of California on reform. For a change, we’re
trying to play catch-up.
Pretrial release should
be based on a suspect’s
flight risk and danger to the
public. We shouldn’t be
requiring a payment for
freedom. Isn’t that extortion?
It sure seems un-American.
george.skelton
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesSkelton
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Dialing down on vehicles vs. pedestrians
[Montclair, from B1]
Starr’s staff drafted a law
that was approved by the
City Council in December.
For now, first-time offenders will get a warning.
Authorities will start giving
out tickets in August. The
penalty for an infraction? A
$100 fine.
Statistics show pedestrian fatalities have increased
nationwide in recent years.
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians
were killed in traffic collisions, a 9% increase from the
year before (5,495) and 22%
increase from 2014 (4,910), according to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency does not keep
data on how many of those
pedestrians were distracted,
but safety experts suspect
cellphone usage is tied to the
increase.
“Everyone’s using them,
we’ve got them glued to our
hands, whether we are on
foot or behind the wheel....
It’s definitely worth exploring more,” said Kara Macek,
a spokeswoman with the
Governors Highway Safety
Assn.
But because distracted
pedestrian laws are so new,
she said, the “jury’s still out
as to whether it’s actually going to make a difference.”
City officials in Montclair,
a city of about 38,000 residents, said a string of accidents in which pedestrians
were injured had something
in common.
Police noticed “that ones
that rose to the top as a significant concern involved
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MONTCLAIR officials hope the new law will reduce the number of pedestrians hit by vehicles. The city has
also added warning decals to many intersections, and it plans to paint stencils at every crosswalk corner.
the use of a cellphone,” Starr
said, pointing to a 2012 incident that was particularly
devastating.
Yessica Gonzalez, at the
time a 15-year-old high
school student, was walking
to Montclair High School
one morning in September.
As she stepped into a
marked crosswalk, she was
hit by a vehicle.
The crash left Gonzalez
hemiplegic and with severe
brain damage.
“She has mental wherewithal of between a 1- and 3year-old,” said her attorney,
Ernest Algorri.
City officials say she was
on her phone, with her earbuds in.
Algorri, who is suing the
city for damages, disputes
that and called the new law
an attempt to taint the jury
in his upcoming trial.
“We had been discussing
this issue, just safety in
general, as we’re seeing
people
blindly
walking
across the street, staring
at their phones without paying attention,” said Jon
Hamilton, the city’s director
of administrative services.
“It’s an issue that has
become more and more
prevalent based on the increased usage of cellphones,
particularly among younger
residents.”
One of them, Nicola Martinez, said she sees fellow
students walking home every day from Our Lady of
Lourdes School with their
devices out.
“I feel this [law] is actually really needed,” she said.
But another resident
criticized the law as an example of government overreach.
“We shouldn’t invent a
law just because you have
the authority to do so ... to
solve something that isn’t
prolific and an epidemic
within the city borders,” resident Benjamin Lopez told
the City Council in December.
Since then, officials have
launched an aggressive public awareness campaign in
schools.
The city plans to paint
stencils on every crosswalk
corner, designed to catch
the eye of someone looking
down at a cellphone.
And at the city’s more
than 50 signalized intersections, crews have stuck up
decals depicting a no-cellphone symbol below the
words: “Don’t be distracted.”
Some decals have since
gone missing. “We have to
keep putting them up. They
disappear,”
Starr
said,
laughing. “I would say it’s an
early protest by young people.”
Not everyone has heeded
the warnings.
In recent weeks, city officials said, a junior high
school student leaving campus was sideswiped after she
walked into the path of a car.
She was on her phone.
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @AleneTchek
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
LATIME S.COM/OLYMPICS
PYEONGCHANG
Jean-Christopohe Bott European Press Agency
LINDSEY VONN and the U.S. Olympians enjoy the closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Stadium. The U.S. won 23 medals, fourth most, including a bronze by Vonn.
FUN AND GAMES
That’s what Olympics wants us to remember, but the reality is hard to forget
DYLAN HERNANDEZ
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea —
Representing the
union of the world’s
continents, the
interlocking rings on
the Olympic flag
symbolized something else Sunday
night at the closing
ceremony of the Pyeongchang
Games.
Frustration. Exasperation.
Hopelessness.
So much for Faster, Higher,
Stronger.
With the International Olympic
Committee refusing to reinstate
Russia for the ceremony, the fivering banner remained the adopted
flag of the country’s delegation,
which competed under the moniker of Olympic Athletes From
Russia.
The neutral flag was ushered
into the Pyeongchang Olympic
Stadium along with those of the
other participating countries. It
was raised during a medal ceremony for the men’s 50-kilometer
cross-country skiing competition,
one on each side of Finland’s flag,
as Alexander Bolshunov and
Andrey Larkov finished second
Francois-Xavier Marit AFP/Getty Images
THE CLOSING CEREMONY was a celebration of the athletes and their achievements of the past
two weeks marked by extravagant fireworks displays and Korean pop music performances.
and third, respectively, to Iivo
Niskanen.
These awkward moments are
what will be remembered about
this closing ceremony, not the
K-pop performances, messages of
hope and solidarity or extravagant
fireworks displays.
Russia will be reinstated by the
IOC in the coming weeks or
months, provided no more of the
country’s Winter Games participants test positive for banned
substances. But the underlining
tensions will remain.
The IOC was in a no-win situation.
Considering the scope of Russia’s state-sanctioned doping
program and the damage it inflicted on the 2014 Sochi Games,
the country’s Olympic committee
deserved worse. The ban wasn’t a
complete ban, as the 168 athletes
from Russia were allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutral
OAR athletes. Restoring Russia’s
status as a participant for the 2020
Tokyo Summer Games feels like
letting a fox back into a henhouse
in which he already has feasted,
especially with the Russian AntiDoping Agency still suspended by
the World Anti-Doping Agency.
On the other hand, complete or
[See Hernandez, D10]
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Hockey players win gold and party by singing their banned anthem
HELENE ELLIOTT
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea
— Sweaty
and spent,
members of
the team
with the
awkward
name Olympic Athletes
From Russia gathered to
finish their mission.
Dazzling young forward
Kirill Kaprizov’s power-play
goal 9 minutes 40 seconds
into sudden-death play had
given them a 4-3 victory over
upstart Germany and had
transformed them into
Olympic hockey champions
for the first time since they
were known as the Unified
team in 1992, but there was a
job still to be done, a promise to keep.
Russia had been banned
from the Pyeongchang
Games by the International
Olympic Committee as
punishment for its state-
sponsored doping programs, but individual athletes were allowed to compete here as neutral athletes
after their doping histories
were reviewed.
The Russian flag wasn’t
depicted on the gear of
athletes who participated in
individual or team sports,
and the country’s anthem
was replaced by the
Olympic anthem for the few
who won gold.
That Olympic hymn
played on the sound system
at Gangneung Hockey
Centre on Sunday evening
after the Russians saved
their tournament by tying
the score with 55.5 seconds
left in the third period and
prevailed on Kaprizov’s
wicked shot from the right
circle.
The players ignored the
hymn. Standing with their
arms around one another,
they sang the Russian anthem. It was a violation of
the IOC’s sanctions against
[See Elliott, D2]
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
HOCKEY PLAYERS with the Olympic Athletes
From Russia team celebrate with coach Oleg Znarok.
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MEDAL COUNT
THE LEADERS
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NORWAY
39
31
29
23
20
G 14
S 14
B 11
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GERMANY
G 14
S 10
B 7
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CANADA
G 11
S 8
B 10
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UNITED STATES
G 9
S 8
B 6
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NETHERLANDS
G 8
S 6
B 6
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THE OTHERS
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MARIT BJOERGEN of Norway celebrates winning the women’s 30km mass start classic in cross-country skiing on Sunday. The history
books will look back at the Pyeongchang Games as an overwhelming success story for Norway, which emerged as the medal count leader.
OLYMPICS BUZZ
WINNERS AND LOSERS
By John Cherwa
This is your daily infusion of information and
news that you might have
missed. The really big stuff
you’ll find in other stories.
Here, in the final Buzz of
these Games, we take a look
at some of the winners and
losers.
Winners
Tourism Bureau of Norway. You can see the pamphlet now: “Come visit the
greatest Winter Olympic
country in the world. We’ve
got it all, especially if it can
be done on snow. Inviting
mountains, glaciers, deep
coastal fjords, pet a reindeer.
And while you’re at it, visit
the Lillehammer Olympic
Resort and relive Tonya and
Nancy.”
Bars near curling rinks.
The incredible gold success
of the U.S. men’s curling
team is sure to revitalize the
sport in this country, although can you revitalize
something that’s never been
vital? Part of the fun of curling is hoisting a few brews
with your friends and opponents in the nearby saloon.
As curling grows, so will the
beer consumption.
Drug scientists in Russia. No, not the current ones,
but the ones hired to replace
the current ones. There
should be lots of openings
for Russian scientists who
can invent new ways to disguise your specimen samples. The current people
need to go, especially after
two positives with the country’s “clean” athletes. They
need fresh blood (nontainted) in the scientist
ranks to go back to the future.
Adam
Rippon.
He
couldn’t do a quad, but he
sure could be magnetic. Rippon was nothing short of
brilliant
in
interviews
around the time he helped
the U.S. defend its bronze
medal in the team figure
skating competition. He was
so good that NBC invited
him to be a special correspondent for the rest of the
Games. But he turned the
offer down to continue to be
an Olympian in the Village.
Condom makers. These
Games set a record for the
number of free condoms distributed
at
a
Winter
Olympics — 110,000 or 37.6
per athlete. (Warning: Never
use the .6 ones.) It beat by
10,000 the number distributed at Vancouver and Sochi.
Organizers don’t expect
them all to be used but some
to be taken home as souvenirs. They probably won’t
need to be declared at customs.
Losers
“Today” show journalism. By all accounts,
Hoda Kotb is the nicest person you will ever meet, and
her on-air presence shows it.
But if the “Today” show
weren’t on at 7 a.m., you
could do a new drinking
game every time Hoda says,
“I [or we] love you,” or hugs a
U.S. Olympic athlete. If she’s
an entertainer, that’s great.
But journalists don’t say
that to people they are interviewing.
USOC men’s programs.
It’s not a great time to be
part of the U.S. men’s programs unless you are a curler, freestyler, snowboarder,
short tracker or luger. The
men were shut out in Alpine
skiing, bobsled, biathlon (of
course, the U.S. is always
shut out there), cross-country skiing, figure skating,
hockey, Nordic combined,
ski jumping, skeleton and
long-track speed skating.
Not good.
Figure skating coaches
in U.S. It’s hard to make a
case for all the young girls
and boys to seek out a local
rink and find a coach with
the goal of becoming a member of the U.S. team unless
you enjoy the feeling of ice on
your butt. Yes, they did get a
bronze in team and ice dancing, but expectations were
so much higher. The team
will rebound, but right now,
things are very disappoint-
ing.
NBC logo maker. I don’t
really know what NBC was
thinking (not an uncommon
thought), but what was with
making its Pyeongchang
logo have the Sydney Opera
House in the background?
Look it up, the sails of the
Opera House are the backdrop to the NBC Olympic
logo. We’re guessing it’s supposed to be mountains, but
to most everyone else, you’re
in Australia.
Music selector at hockey
venue. One of the high
points of the Games was the
U.S. women winning the
hockey gold in a game that
couldn’t have been much
better. But as the players
were on the ice, the sound
system in the arena started
playing Bruce Springsteen’s
“Born in the U.S.A.” Uh,
don’t they know that’s a protest song? It’s not really a
pro-U.S. song.
That’s it for now.
sports@latimes.com
Twitter: @jcherwa
RUSSIANS SING SWAN SONG
[Elliott, from D1]
their country. At that moment, they didn’t care.
“It means a lot,” said Ilya
Kovalchuk, a former NHL
standout who plays for
Saint Petersburg of Russia’s
Kontinental Hockey
League. “It feels good. We
knew that we would do it if
we win.”
They became the favorites as soon as it became
clear the NHL would not
allow its players to represent their homelands here.
The KHL, as Kovalchuk
pointed out, is the secondbest hockey league in the
world, and every player on
his team came from the
KHL, nearly all from Saint
Petersburg or CSKA Moscow.
Kaprizov, a Minnesota
Wild prospect; Kovalchuk;
former Kings defenseman
Slava Voynov — who was
voted the tournament’s top
defenseman — former
Tampa Bay forward Nikita
Gusev; and former Detroit
Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk gave them a strong
backbone of players who
were familiar with an established system. The United
States, Sweden, Finland
and others were forced to
scour second- and third-tier
leagues around the world
and try to make a whole out
of a bunch of jumbled parts.
For most, that was a
recipe for failure. Germany,
seeded 10th here, was an
exception. “What happened
here,” forward Moritz
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the puck down low and let
Gusev work his magic from
a sharp angle deep on the
left side.
“I think we thought we
won,” Goc said, “but they
didn’t stop.”
Kaprizov ended the
game 29 seconds after Germany’s Patrick Reimer was
sent off for high-sticking,
triggering roars from fans
who had chanted and sung
and waved Russian flags
throughout the game.
“This was my dream
since I was 5 years old,”
Kovalchuk said. “It’s good
for Russia, it’s good for
Russian hockey, it’s good for
everybody. I think the final
was so exciting and unpredictable. I think that’s what
this tournament is all
about.”
PLAYERS on the Olympic Athletes From Russia hockey team sing their national
anthem after receiving gold medals on Sunday at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
Muller said, “was a little
miracle.”
Under the guidance of
coach Marco Sturm, they
gained strength after they’d
lost their first two games
and mowed down Sweden
and Canada to reach Sunday’s final. They were within
a minute of pulling off a
huge upset. They might
have been the happiest
silver medalists ever to
stand on Olympic ice.
“After we lost the game,
we were really disappointed,
but more and more, we’re
going to realize we lost
against the Russian team in
the gold-medal game of the
Olympics, and I think we
can be proud of ourselves,”
forward Marcel Goc said.
Voynov, who was suspended by the NHL and
spent two months in prison
after pleading no contest to
a misdemeanor charge of
domestic violence against a
spouse, gave the Russians a
1-0 lead with a half-second
remaining in the first period
with a quick shot from the
high slot that zipped past
Germany goalie Danny aus
den Birken.
Germany tied it at 9:32 of
the second period on a
close-in shot by former
Buffalo Sabres draft pick
Felix Schutz that Russia
goaltender Vasili
Koshechkin knocked into
the net with his own blocker,
and the teams exchanged
goals in the third period.
Gusev scored from a sharp
angle over the German
goalie’s shoulder at 13:21 and
Dominik Kahun cashed in
from the slot at 13:31.
Germany took a 3-2 lead
with 3:16 left in the third
period on a shot by Jonas
Muller from between the
faceoff circles, but Russia
pulled even while killing a
penalty. With Koshechkin
pulled in favor of an extra
skater, the Russians worked
helene.elliott@latimes.com
Twitter: @helenenothelen
OAR 4, Germany 3 (OT)
Olympic Athletes Russia ......1 0 2 1 — 4
Germany...........................0 1 2 0 — 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1, OA Russia, Vyacheslav Voinov (Nikita Gusev, Kirill Kaprizov), 19:59. Penalties—Sergei Andronov, OAR (tripping), :15; Christian Ehrhoff, Ger (hooking), 11:52.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, Germany, Felix Schutz (Brooks
Macek, Patrick Hager), 9:32. Penalties—Patrick Reimer,
Ger (hooking), 9:49.
THIRD PERIOD: 3, OA Russia, Nikita Gusev (Kirill
Kaprizov), 3:31. 4, Germany, Dominik Kahun (Frank
Mauer, Yasin Ehliz), 13:31. 5, Germany, Jonas Muller
(Yasin Ehliz, Frank Hordler), 16:44. 6, OA Russia, Nikita
Gusev (Artyom Zub, Kirill Kaprizov), 19:04 (sh). Penalties—Sergei Kalinin, OAR, served by Mikhail Grigorenko
(tripping), 17:49.
OVERTIME: 7, OA Russia, Kirill Kaprizov (Nikita Gusev,
Vyacheslav Voinov), 9:40 (pp). Penalties—Patrick
Reimer, Ger (high sticking), 9:11.
Shots on goal: OA Russia 12-9-7-2-30. Germany 68-10-1-25.
Goalies—OA Russia, Vasili Koshechkin. Germany,
Danny Aus Den Birken.
Referees—Mark Lemelin, United States; Aleksi
Rantala, Finland; Jimmy Dahmen, Sweden; Sakari Suominen, Finland.
Country
South Korea
OA Russia
Switzerland
France
Sweden
Austria
Japan
Italy
China
Czech Republic
Finland
Britain
Belarus
Slovakia
Australia
Poland
Slovenia
New Zealand
Spain
Hungary
Ukraine
Belgium
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
G
5
2
5
5
7
5
4
3
1
2
1
1
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
S
8
6
6
4
6
3
5
2
6
2
1
0
1
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
B Tot.
4 17
9 17
4 15
6 15
1 14
6 14
4 13
5 10
2
9
3
7
4
6
4
5
0
3
0
3
1
3
1
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
0
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Note — Russia was suspended from the
Pyeongchang Games; athletes from the
country compete under the Olympic flag
as Olympic Athletes From Russia (OAR).
MEDALISTS
UPDATE
CROSS-COUNTRY
SKIING
Women’s 30km mass start
classic
G Marit Bjoergen, Norway
S Krista Parmakoski, Finland
B Stina Nilsson, Sweden
HOCKEY
Men’s
G Olympic Athletes From
Russia
S Germany
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It’s beat
USC or
else for
Bruins
Making
a pitch
to keep
Kershaw
BILL PLASCHKE
PEORIA,
Ariz. — In any
other year,
this trip
would have
felt like a
complete
waste of time.
I rolled
into Peoria
Sports Complex on Sunday
afternoon to check out
Clayton Kershaw’s first
Dodgers start of the spring,
and it lasted about five
minutes.
Typical Kershaw. Looked
like June. Needed 11 pitches.
Retired three Seattle Mariners big leaguers. None of
them made good contact. It
was over before it started.
Yawn.
In any other year, this
day would be a bore, but this
year is different. This year,
the mere sight of Kershaw
standing on a mound is
worth seeing, whenever
possible, wherever possible.
Each scuff of the mound
should be remembered.
Each strikeout should be
savored. Each sweaty growl
should be heard.
Because this year could
be Kershaw’s last year as a
Dodger.
This is not news. You’ve
read the stories. But do you
comprehend the realities?
At the end of this season,
Kershaw can opt out of his
contract and become a free
agent, and it is foolish to
think he would not do this.
After 11 years in one
uniform, it would be his first
chance to test his market
value. He could use the
opportunity to extend his
current deal beyond its two
remaining years after this
season. He could sign a new
contract that would carry
him through the remainder
of his baseball-playing life.
He would have control, and
[See Plaschke, D4]
Loss likely leaves
hopes for at-large bid
to NCAA tournament
hanging on finale.
COLORADO 80
UCLA 76
By Ben Bolch
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
BRIAN ORTEGA is 13-0 as an MMA pro and none of his five UFC bouts has gone the distance. He
will face former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
A GREAT
‘ESCAPE’
BOULDER, Colo. — Now
it’s getting dire.
UCLA, needing a road
win to aid its sagging NCAA
tournament chances, made
one large comeback but not
a second during an 80-76 loss
to Colorado on Sunday.
Trailing by 10 early in the
second half, the Bruins
briefly surged ahead before
faltering amid turnovers,
negligible transition defense
and a repeated inability to
guard the three-point line.
UCLA nearly came all the
way back again after falling
behind by 14 with less than
five minutes to play. The
Bruins closed to within four
with 15 seconds left and got
the ball back, but Jaylen
Hands and Kris Wilkes
missed three-pointers.
The Bruins were left to
walk off the court expressionless after what felt like a
sendoff for their NCAA tournament hopes.
“Nobody’s thrilled with it
or happy about it, so I hope it
hurts,” coach Steve Alford
said after the Bruins (19-10
overall, 10-7 Pac-12) dropped
into a tie with Utah for
fourth in the conference.
“We’ve got a good group of
guys who have been fighting
all year, so I’m sure it hurts.”
Now the Bruins likely
need to beat USC on Saturday at the Galen Center
and win a game or two in the
Pac-12 tournament to make
the tournament that really
matters. Lose to the Tro[See UCLA, D9]
Amid a troubled life, Ortega found inspiration — and his
ticket to potential UFC glory — inside his coach’s garage
BY LANCE PUGMIRE
Robert Gauthier L.A. Times
CLAYTON KERSHAW
could opt out of Dodgers
contract after season.
Guerrero Angels’
guest of honor
Newly elected Hall of
Famer who will wear
team’s cap is helping out
at spring training. D5
At the depth of his life as a teen, Brian Ortega was
pierced by an inspired thought: “I’m better than this, I
don’t belong here.”
Ortega’s reality quickly slapped the belief away. At 17,
he was out of his home, expelled from a fourth high
school for fighting, and associated with a meddlesome
group around the South Bay. Who believed in him?
Where else would he go?
Sanctuary, it turns out, was in a Harbor City garage.
At the Redondo Beach surfers’ haven, the Breakwall, a boxing coach happened to glance up before taking to the waves one day to spot Ortega. A friend at a
nearby jiujitsu academy had recently described a
skinny, shaved-head kid displaying rare talents, and the
coach connected Ortega to that description.
James Luhrsen approached Ortega, asking him how
strong his stand-up fighting was. Admitting it as a
weakness, Ortega accepted Luhrsen’s invitation to
come train with Luhrsen and his boxing brothers.
Luhrsen didn’t need long to assess that Ortega’s fighting stance was deeply flawed.
To fix it, he told Ortega, peering hard into the troubled boy’s dodgy eyes, “You need to listen. Are you going
to listen?”
Ortega turned 27 last week. Saturday night at UFC
222 in Las Vegas, the UFC’s unbeaten, No. 3-rated
featherweight has an opportunity to reach a title fight if
[See UFC, D9]
he can defeat former light-
David Zalubowski AP
AARON HOLIDAY has
a big game with 21 points
but can’t rescue UCLA.
Alford says Ball’s
opinion ‘ludicrous’
The Lakers guard’s
coach at UCLA says,
“That’s crazy. Not everybody’s getting paid.” D9
Will Kings, Ducks shuffle deck?
Teams not expected
to make major moves
prior to Monday’s
NHL trade deadline.
By Curtis Zupke
Reed Hoffmann Associated Press
THE RAMS agreed to acquire cornerback Marcus
Peters in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rams could go in
many directions
Chargers assess
needs at combine
After trading for
cornerback Marcus
Peters, the Rams weigh
their options ahead of
the NFL combine. D4
The team’s leadership
could consider a run
stuffer, a kicker and
possibly the plan for life
after Philip Rivers. D4
When Rob Blake hunkers
down in his office for the final
hours leading up to the NHL
trade deadline Monday, he’ll
be just like any other general
manager.
He’ll stare at the organizational depth chart on
the white board and try to
improve his team. But it’s
going to take a special deal
for Blake to get out his black
marker and move major
pieces around.
Since he became Kings
general manager last year,
Blake has stuck to his
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
David Zalubowski AP
ROB BLAKE was active
MAX PACIORETTY is
in the last two weeks.
grist to L.A. rumor mill.
approach of keeping them
contending without compromising the future.
He got a jump on the
deadline in the last two
weeks when he added
veteran defenseman Dion
Phaneuf, forward Nate
Thompson and speedy
winger Tobias Rieder, all
without giving up draft picks
or prospects. Of course,
Blake isn’t done searching,
but those moves addressed
the Kings’ two most pressing
needs heading into Monday.
“I think we’ve identified
speed,” Blake said. “We
identified an element of
scoring. There are things
we’ve set out to do.”
Blake has already stated
he’s not interested in highprice rentals, or players on
expiring contracts. That
didn’t stop the rumor mill
from churning as Sportsnet
reported Saturday that the
Kings are making a “push”
for Montreal Canadiens
forward Max Pacioretty.
Not only is that not believed
to be true, it goes against the
building-block strategy the
Kings have preached.
Blake has said he’s
mainly interested in hockey
deals, which would mostly
involve freeing up money or
stocking the cupboard. The
Kings have elite prospects at
several positions in forward
Gabriel Vilardi, defenseman
Kale Clague and goalie
Cal Petersen, and moving
them would hurt the team’s
already
below-average
minor league depth.
The Kings have dusted
off that cupboard this
[See Deadline, D7]
D4
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PRO CALENDAR
MON.
26
TUE.
27
WED.
28
THU.
1
FRI.
2
at Miami
4:30
SpecSN
at Atlanta
4:30
SpecSN
LAKERS
NEW YORK
7:30
Prime
at Denver HOUSTON
7:30
7:30
Prime, TNT Prime, ESPN
CLIPPERS
VEGAS
7:30
FSW
COLUMBUS
7:30
FSW
at Vegas
7:30
NBCSN
KINGS
COLUMBUS
7
FSW
DUCKS
Shade denotes home game
TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
EVENT
BASEBALL PRESEASON
10 a.m.
New York Mets at Houston
Noon
Angels at San Diego
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
4 p.m.
Duke at Virginia Tech
4 p.m.
Women, South Florida at Connecticut
4 p.m.
Women, Memphis at Temple
4 p.m.
Norfolk State at Howard
4 p.m.
Marquette at Georgetown
4:30 p.m.
Women, Kansas State at Texas Tech
6 p.m.
Texas at Kansas
6 p.m.
Texas Tech at West Virginia
6 p.m.
Women, West Virginia at Baylor
HOCKEY
5 a.m.
NHL Trade Deadline Day
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Kershaw belongs in L.A.
[Plaschke, from D3]
he could take control, and
nobody would blame him for
it.
It is also foolish to think
that he would easily leave, or
that the Dodgers make it
easy for him to leave. He is
their cornerstone. He is
their future statue. He could
become the only Dodgers
Hall of Famer to spend his
entire career with the Los
Angeles franchise. That will
probably mean something
to Kershaw and ownership
when it comes time to
crunch the numbers.
If Kershaw stays healthy
all year, and does not agree
to a contract extension
during that time, the early
chances of him opting out of
his contract are probably
100% and the chances of him
actually leaving are probably only 30%.
But still, a couple of
things could happen in the
next six months that would
definitely send him packing,
enough that it’s worth
watching and worrying.
What if his nagging back
bites him again, he sits out a
chunk of the season for the
third consecutive year, and
the Dodgers don’t want to
make the long-term investment in a 30-year-old that
another more desperate
team would make? In case
you haven’t noticed, this
front office doesn’t like
long-term deals for aging
arms and creaky backs.
Conversely, what if the
Dodgers win a World Series
for the first time in 30 years
and a playoff-vindicated
Kershaw just wants to go
home to Texas?
That last choice could be
the most probable, and
difficult: Does Kershaw
value a lasting legacy in Los
Angeles or a hometown life
in Dallas?
The easiest way for both
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
CLAYTON KERSHAW and the Dodgers are keeping
an “open dialogue” about his contract situation.
parties to end his impending drama would be for
everyone to agree upon that
extension, but it appears
that, for now, both sides
want to wait on Kershaw’s
physical condition and
baseball’s potential freeagent landscape. But that
could change in a week or a
month, who knows?
Kershaw will get $33
million this year, with scheduled salaries of $32 million in
2019 and $33 million in 2020,
so he would hold all the
cards in negotiations that
could be protracted and
fluid.
Last week, general manager Farhan Zaidi said that
Kershaw and the front office
were maintaining an “open
dialogue.”
I asked Kershaw on
Sunday about Zaidi’s quote
and he endorsed it.
“I think that’s a good way
to put it, for sure,” he said.
Would that open dialogue be about an extension? He wouldn’t say.
“We just talk,” Kershaw
said. “Farhan, [baseball
operations boss] Andrew
[Friedman] and I have good
communication. We’re all on
the same page as far as
everything is going.”
Kershaw has made it
clear he doesn’t want to talk
much beyond that, telling
reporters this offseason
that “I need to go pitch, and
then everything will take
care of itself from there.
There might be a decision,
but at the end of the day, I’ve
just got to go pitch and
figure it out from there.”
That is truly the bottom
line in all of this. Kershaw
just needs to go pitch, and
Dodgers management
needs to watch, and this
whole cloudy situation will
eventually become clear.
What could forever remain murky is the feelings of
Dodgers fans. They seem to
unconditionally love Kershaw, giving him the loudest
ovation at the recent fan
festival, and would be generally devastated at his departure. But underneath the
applause there will always
be grumblings about his
postseason.
On one hand, he is truly
the greatest pitcher on the
planet, and one of the greatest ever, with a career 2.36
earned-run average that,
since the start of the live ball
era in 1920, ranks as the
lowest among all starting
pitchers with more than
1,500 innings pitched.
Since making his debut
in 2008, he has amazingly
led the major leagues in
ERA, opponents’ average,
WHIP, shutouts and winning percentage. That’s an
entire decade of being the
best pitcher in the game. He
could retire now and be a
first-ballot Hall of Famer.
He has been Los Angeles’
baseball version of Kobe
Bryant, with one major
exception. He doesn’t have a
championship ring, and has
struggled in October, all
those long nights against St.
Louis, two years ago in
Chicago, and most recently
giving up leads of three and
four runs in a pivotal Game
5 of last year’s World Series
against Houston.
Do you want him to
remain a Dodger forever
because he is the greatest
pitcher of his generation?
Or are you so upset with
how even his greatest seasons have ended that you
don’t really care?
No matter how you feel
about him, for the thrills he
has brought to this city for a
solid decade, Kershaw
should be embraced in what
could be his final season in
L.A. It begins March 29
against the San Francisco
Giants, when he will make a
Dodgers-record eighth
opening-day start, ending a
tie with Don Drysdale and
Don Sutton.
If Kershaw wants to look
at those two Hall of Famers
for guidance, he can consider their two divergent
paths. Drysdale spent his
entire career with the Dodgers and is still idolized in
L.A. Sutton did not, and,
regrettably, is not.
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Rams weigh options before combine Chargers’ main
By Gary Klein
The exact details of the
trade that is bringing
cornerback Marcus Peters
to the Rams might not be
known for a few weeks.
But the impact of last
week’s agreement with the
Kansas City Chiefs, which
cannot
become
official
until the NFL’s new league
year begins March 14, will
influence how the Rams
approach this week’s NFL
scouting
combine
in
Indianapolis.
Before the deal for Peters
— a 25-year-old, two-time
Pro Bowl player — the Rams
were in the trade, draft
and free-agent markets for
cornerbacks.
They still might be active
on all of those fronts.
The Rams, however, are
no longer under pressure
to use their first-round pick
to increase depth at that
critical position.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
JARED GOFF was drafted first overall in 2016 after
the Rams swung a trade with the Tennessee Titans.
The Rams hold the 23rd
pick in the April 26-28 draft.
And though the deal for
Peters will include draft
picks, the Rams’ first-round
pick in this year’s draft is not
expected to be among them.
A day before news broke
about the Peters trade,
Rams coach Sean McVay
said during an interview
that the franchise was
preparing for the combine as
it did last year before his first
season.
But now, after leading the
Rams to the playoffs and
being voted NFL coach of
the year, McVay knows what
to expect.
“This time last year,
you’re kind of just keeping
your head above water, trying to at least get familiar
with the players at the combine as you go through the
week,” he said. “Whereas
[this year] we’ve been able to
be a little bit more diligent
with — first and foremost —
the evaluation of our own
players, then the free agents
and how that kind of affects
the focus and concentration
that we have specific to certain spots at the combine
with how we want to add
players through the draft.”
Another major difference
between 2017 and this year:
The Rams have a first-round
pick.
A 2016 trade with the
Tennessee Titans enabled
the Rams to move to the top
of that year’s draft and select
quarterback Jared Goff. But
the Rams gave up multiple
draft picks, including their
No. 1 pick last year. The
Rams selected tight end
Gerald Everett in the second
round with the 44th pick.
Presumably, they will not
have to wait as long this year.
So McVay, general manager
Les Snead and assistant
coaches and scouts this
week can focus part of the
energies on the types of
higher-profile players that
were out of reach a year ago.
“It does make a difference,” McVay said of having
a first-round pick, “because
some of those players that
you project as those top-tier
guys, you’re realistically —
without having to package
anything or move — you’re
realistically going to have a
chance to maybe pick those
guys.”
Goff, 23, is one of multiple
key young players on
offense, a unit that got a
major upgrade last season
through the free-agent
signings of receiver Robert
Woods and linemen Andrew
Whitworth and John Sullivan, the drafting of Everett
and receivers Cooper Kupp
and Josh Reynolds, and the
training-camp trade for
receiver Sammy Watkins.
Watkins and Sullivan are
among 14 pending unrestricted free agents, including safety Lamarcus
Joyner and cornerbacks
Trumaine Johnson and
Nickell Robey-Coleman.
Watkins and Joyner are
thought to be in play as
candidates for extensions or
the franchise tag. The Rams
would like to re-sign Sullivan, and Robey-Coleman
has said he wants to return.
The addition of Peters — at a
relative bargain $1.7-million
salary — probably means
the Rams will let Johnson hit
the market.
After the Rams’ playoff
loss to the Atlanta Falcons,
Snead noted that 2017 offseason moves had tilted
toward improving an offense
that went from the NFL’s
worst in 2015 and 2016 to one
of the league’s best in
McVay’s first season.
The defense under coordinator Wade Phillips was
19th in total defense, 12th in
scoring defense and fifth in
creating turnovers.
“We get that thing to
dominant,” Snead said of
the defense, “it would be
kind of fun.”
So the Rams will be no
doubt evaluate and interview edge rushers, linebackers and defensive backs this
week.
They also will be looking
for long-term successors for
Sullivan, 32, and 36-year-old
Whitworth.
McVay, speaking generally, said the Rams would
continue to develop depth
for the offensive and defensive fronts. And in the secondary.
Alabama’s
Minkah
Fitzpatrick, Ohio State’s
Denzel Ward, Iowa’s Josh
Jackson and Colorado’s
Isaiah Oliver are among the
defensive backs who will be
in Indianapolis.
“I don’t think you can
have enough guys that can
rush, and really, on the back
end, enough that can cover,”
McVay said. “So that will be
kind of a consistent theme,
regardless of the depth.”
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesklein
needs are heft
and a kicker
By Dan Woike
Every year, the NFL’s decision-makers descend to
the tropical paradise that is
Indianapolis in late February for answers.
They’ll find out how fast
someone can run; how many
times he can bench press a
certain weight. They’ll learn
how high he can jump, how
tall he is, and how much he
weighs.
And, maybe most important, they’ll get to learn
about the players’ injuries
and personalities.
Those are the questions
that will be answered in Indianapolis, but the Chargers,
like every other team, have
very specific questions that
won’t get answered until
deep into the draft process.
Here are the three biggest ones they’ll start addressing:
Quarterback plans
Until the Chargers actually make a move, this is the
question general manager
Tom Telesco will have to answer every time the NFL
draft rolls around: What’s
the plan after Philip Rivers?
Rivers did his part to slow
that timetable last season
with one of the best seasons
of his career. Rivers threw
only 10 interceptions — six in
two games against Kansas
City — a dramatic improvement from a 21-interception
season in 2016.
There have been mixed
feelings about this quarterback class, with the top-tier
names — Josh Rosen, Sam
Darnold, Josh Allen and
Baker Mayfield — all coming
with their unique concerns.
Considering the Chargers played so well under
Rivers last season, they
might not want to take a
quarterback in the early
rounds when players who
could make an immediate
impact are available.
Still, if one of the top
quarterbacks starts to slip,
the Chargers might be in position to start building a contingency plan — if they decide it’s the year to do it.
Biggest holes
The Chargers enter the
offseason in a unique situation — the roster was flawed
enough to lose four straight
games to start last season
and talented enough to win
nine of their last 12.
They were fairly healthy
for most of the season,
meaning the Chargers probably need to become deeper
than they were a year ago.
The bigger needs might be a
little more subtle.
The Chargers improved
dramatically against the run
over the course of last season, but they did so in unconventional fashion, using
more defensive backs than
linebackers.
The team could use some
heft in the middle — where
the career of Brandon
Mebane, 33, could be winding down — and will likely get
a good look at the top defensive tackles in the draft.
The Chargers also could
use help at linebacker, and
safety Tre Boston might
need to be replaced if he
leaves via free agency.
Offensively, depending
on free agency, the Chargers
might need to replace Antonio Gates at tight end, and
offensive linemen Matt Slauson and Kenny Wiggins.
Getting
second-year
guard Forrest Lamp back
from knee surgery will help,
and last year’s first-round
pick, receiver Mike Williams,
should play a bigger role,
too.
If the Chargers don’t find
great answers to what they
need most, they could end
up simply going for the best
value with each pick, a strategy Telesco has used before.
Kicker questions
The most obvious need
the Chargers have going into
this offseason is a reliable
kicker, something they
thought they had when they
signed Younghoe Koo as an
undrafted free agent …
something they thought
they had when they signed
Nick Novak … and so on and
so on ...
The first steps at the
combine will be figuring
which — if any — of the rookie placekickers is worth expending a draft pick.
The Chargers could look
for a veteran — Oakland’s
former kicker Sebastian
Janikowski perhaps — or another young kicker who has
been making the rounds, but
they’ll have to do something
to avoid last season’s disaster.
dan.woike@latimes.com
Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
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BASEBALL
DODGERS REPORT
Seager faces brother only as hitter
By Andy McCullough
PEORIA, Ariz. — Corey
Seager resisted the temptation. On Sunday afternoon
at Peoria Sports Complex,
he stood at the plate as his
brother Kyle manned third
base for Seattle. Never before had the Seager brothers
faced off in a game, separated by seven years in age
and kept apart by scheduling quirks each spring.
So Corey Seager had
multiple opportunities to
surprise his brother by laying down a bunt. He decided
against it. After all, the Dodgers will meet the Mariners
in Seattle in August.
“You’ve got to save your
free knocks for the year,
when they count,” Seager
said after going 0 for 3 in the
Dodgers’ 2-0 loss. “Catch ‘em
off guard when they count,
not now.”
Kyle Seager is an accomplished player. He was an
All-Star in 2014 and finished
12th in American League
most-valuable-player voting
in 2016. But he has already
conceded his title as the
family’s best player. During
Players Weekend last summer, Kyle wore a jersey that
read “Corey’s Brother.”
The duo will get a more
intense
opportunity
to
square off later in the summer. Corey Seager expected
his parents and several
other family members to
trek from their home in
North Carolina to catch the
series at Safeco Field.
By August, Seager might
be able to join his brother as
a full-time fielder. Seager
played designated hitter for
the Dodgers on Sunday, a
day after being scratched
from a game because of a
stomach ailment. That will
be his only position for the
immediate future.
As
Seager
builds
strength in his right elbow,
the Dodgers have not determined when he will be
cleared to play shortstop,
manager Dave Roberts
said. Roberts indicated Seager would need about 10
games in the field to be ready
for the season.
“The guys have him on a
Seattle 2,
Dodgers 0
The Dodgers lost to the
Mariners 2-0 at Peoria
Baseball Complex. The
Dodgers are 1-3 in Cactus
League play.
AT THE PLATE: The bats
were quiet on Sunday. The
collection of Chase Utley,
Corey Seager, Justin
Turner, Matt Kemp,
Yasmani Grandal and Joc
Pederson all went hitless.
Max Muncy, a non-roster
invitee playing at first
base, collected a pair of
doubles.
ON THE MOUND: Clayton
Kershaw required 11
pitches to complete his
first outing of the spring.
He retired all three batters
he faced in a brisk inning,
then threw another inning
in the bullpen. He earned a
cheer from the crowd after
unfurling a devastating
curveball to Mariners
second baseman Robinson
Cano. “It was good to get
back out there,” Kershaw
said. “I felt better doing
this one than I did in
bullpens or stuff like that.
With the crowd, facing a
different team, it helps a
little bit. Glad to get out
there, and even though it
was just one inning, it felt
good to be back out there.”
Carlos Osorio Associated Press
COREY SEAGER , tracking a popup during a spring-training game, is relegated to designated hitter for now.
The Dodgers shortstop is working to strengthen the right elbow that troubled him last season.
throwing program, a progression,” Roberts said.
“Probably not very aggressive. But it’s what we believe
is best for Corey. When he’s
in a major league game
playing shortstop, I don’t
know the date. But I know
that we’ve left enough time
on the calendar for him to
get the reps he needs out
there.”
Seager dealt with significant elbow pain throughout
the second half of 2017. The
Dodgers gave him 10 days off
in late August and early September to deal with the inflammation and discomfort.
Seager felt pain whenever he
threw the ball.
The Dodgers medical
staff determined Seager
would not require offseason
surgery. But the team has
been cautious with Seager
this spring.
Seager has been able to
play catch at a distance of
140 feet. He expected to complete a few more days of that
routine before graduating to
throwing on the bases. The
stress of throwing in a game
is more significant than
when throwing from a fixed
distance.
“It just takes a little longer to get loose,” Seager said.
“But really other than that,
it feels good once I start getting out there.”
Seager said he hoped to
maintain throwing without
discomfort throughout the
season.
“I don’t know if there will
be management to it,” Seager said. “I’m hoping there
won’t. It will just be probably
a lot of stuff in the training
room, strengthening stuff,
more than managing pain.”
Chargois makes it to
Camelback Ranch
back Ranch.
Chargois appeared in 25
games for Minnesota in 2016.
He pitched sparingly last
season, and has twice undergone elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
Roberts indicated Chargois has been cleared to
pitch for 2018.
“He threw four bullpens
before he got to camp,” Roberts said. “He threw two over
there. He’s right where he
needs to be.”
Roberts gave a nickname
to Chargois: “Shaggy.”
Claimed off waivers over
the weekend, reliever J.T.
Chargois arrived at Camel-
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EXTRA BASES: Alex Wood
will start on Monday
against the Rangers. Wood
has been limited in his
conditioning drills after
spraining his ankle early in
camp. The Dodgers have
allowed him to continue
his throwing program. He
plans to pitch exclusively
out of the stretch this
season to maintain his
mechanics. “His thought
was if he goes out of the
stretch, he can simplify,”
manager Dave Roberts
said. “And it’s easier to
detect if he does get out of
whack this year.”
UP NEXT: Dodgers at
Texas Rangers, noon
Monday, Surprise
Stadium. No TV. No radio.
— Andy McCullough
ANGELS REPORT
Guerrero glad to pitch in at camp
By Jeff Miller
TEMPE, Ariz. — They
certainly must understand
the magnitude of reaching
the Hall of Fame.
It’s just that some of
Vladimir Guerrero’s neighbors apparently don’t completely comprehend what
the honor brings.
“Many people in the Dominican [Republic] think I
just got this big signing
bonus,” he said Sunday
through an interpreter.
“Many people are knocking
on my door at 7 or 8 in the
morning and saying, ‘Since
you got this big signing
bonus, why don’t you share a
little more with us.’ ”
Guerrero,
who
was
elected in his second year of
eligibility in January, will be
inducted in July. He will become the first player whose
plaque shows him wearing
an Angels cap.
In camp as a guest instructor,
Guerrero
addressed the team at the request of manager Mike
Scioscia. Though he appeared in the majors as recently as 2011, he laughed
while saying there were players in the room unfamiliar
with him and his exploits.
“They never saw me
play,” said Guerrero, 43. “I
wanted to keep the message
to them about hard work,
about the things that allowed me to be successful in
the big leagues and get to the
Hall of Fame.”
He said the reality of being deemed an all-time baseball icon has sunk in, Guerrero explaining that the joke
in the Dominican Republic
is how he could successfully
run for president. He has
not, however, thought much
about what he’ll say during
his induction speech, only
the parameters of his comments.
“I want to keep it as simple as possible, just like I
am,” Guerrero said. “But I
want to speak about the opportunities that I got representing the Dominican, and
Angels 2
San Diego 1
The Angels beat San Diego
2-1 on Sunday at Tempe
Diablo Stadium. The
Angels are 2-1 in Cactus
League play.
AT THE PLATE: Jefry
Marte had an RBI single in
the third inning of a game
during which the Angels
didn’t manage much
offense, their only other
run scoring on a passed
ball. Jabari Blash just
missed hitting a two-run
homer in the second, the
ball coming down short of
the wall in left-center.
Backup catcher Rene
Rivera had two of the
Angels’ five hits, a single
and a double.
Ben Margot Associated Press
VLADIMIR GUERRERO throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s spring-training game in
Tempe, Ariz. Guerrero, 43, will be the first player to wear the Angels cap in the Hall of Fame.
beyond the Dominican, representing Latin America.”
It is common for a franchise to retire the jersey
number of a player who
makes the Hall of Fame. The
issue the Angels face is that
No. 27 is still being worn, and
it’s being worn by Mike
Trout, who’s building a career that appears headed
toward baseball’s highest
honor.
“It’s pretty cool to wear
his number,” Trout said,
“[knowing] what kind of person he is and what he
brought to the game and
what he brought to the organization.”
Guerrero indicated he
also thinks Trout continuing
to represent No. 27 is cool.
“It might be a different
story if the person wearing it
was not as good as he was,”
Guerrero said. “It might be
easier for the team [to make
the player switch numbers].
I am very proud of what Mike
Trout has done wearing No.
27 and, to me, it’s not an issue at all.”
Ohtani is already
target of critics
When not only the baseball world but the rest of the
world is watching, the expectations are bound to be high
and the critiques unforgiving.
Shohei Ohtani’s Cactus
League debut Saturday certainly was uneven — four
outs, two runs given up, almost as many balls as
strikes in 11⁄3 innings — a fact
not missed by those who witnessed it and reported the
details.
A headline on Newsday’s
website called the perform-
ance “somewhat underwhelming,” the story below
making sure to remind everyone that by choosing the
Angels, Ohtani was “forgoing a chance to join the Yankees.”
One baseball blogger labeled the effort “decidedly
ordinary” and Ohtani’s lack
of command “not encouraging.”
In rewriting an Associated Press story, the Japan
Times
mentioned
that
Ohtani, who likely would
have pitched two innings
had his pitch count been
lower, “got pulled early.”
Attempting to become
the first player to stand out
as a regular hitter and
pitcher in the big leagues in
nearly a century, Ohtani has
been likened to Babe Ruth.
Mercifully, no one used
his ho-hum debut to pro-
nounce him the “Joe Blanton of Japan.”
New nickname
for Ohtani
At least one Angel has
settled on a nickname for
Ohtani. Catcher Martin
Maldonado is calling him
“Jorge.”
“That’s his Latin name,”
Maldonado said. “He’s a
Latin player now.”
Short hops
Scioscia still has not
made official when Ohtani
will debut as a designated
hitter, with Monday or Tuesday most likely. … Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to make
his first start of the spring
Monday against the San Diego Padres.
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ON THE MOUND: Garrett
Richards made his 2018
Cactus League debut,
pitching a 1-2-3 first inning
before giving up a homer
to Austin Hedges leading
off the second. It was the
only hit Richards gave up
in his two innings. He
made just six starts in 2017
because of a biceps strain
and said he spent the
offseason focusing not just
on strength, but also on
flexibility. Rule 5 pick Luke
Bard pitched a scoreless
inning, his second of the
spring. Left-hander Ian
Krol worked into and out of
seventh- inning trouble,
two strikeouts helping
offset two walks. Felix Pena
closed out the game with a
scoreless ninth on his 28th
birthday.
EXTRA BASES: Nearly all
of the Angels regulars have
been held out of the first
three spring training
games and most aren’t
likely to play Monday. Look
for the likes of Mike Trout
and Albert Pujols on
Tuesday or Wednesday. …
Richards said his next start
would come Friday or
Saturday, as all the Angels
have to remain flexible as
the team maps out its
plans for a six-man
rotation.
UP NEXT: Angels vs. the
San Diego Padres at noon
Monday at Peoria Sports
Complex. TV: FS West;
Radio: 830.
— Jeff Miller
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NBA
STANDINGS
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: SCPS-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Portland
6. New Orleans
7. Oklahoma City
8. Denver
W
46
46
36
37
34
33
34
33
L
13
14
25
26
26
26
27
27
PCT
.780
.767
.590
.587
.567
.559
.557
.550
GB L10
10-0
1
⁄2 6-4
11
4-6
11
5-5
121⁄2 6-4
13
6-4
13
4-6
131⁄2 7-3
Rk.
S1
P1
S2
N1
N2
S3
N3
N4
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Memphis
13. Sacramento
14. Dallas
15. Phoenix
31
31
25
18
18
18
18
27
29
34
40
41
42
43
.534
.517
.424
.310
.305
.300
.295
1
2
71⁄2
14
141⁄2
15
151⁄2
7-3
9-1
6-4
1-9
3-7
2-8
1-9
P2
N5
P3
S4
P4
S5
P5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Toronto
2. Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Indiana
6. Milwaukee
7. Philadelphia
8. Miami
W
41
42
35
35
34
33
32
31
L
17
19
24
25
25
26
26
29
PCT GB
.707
1
.689
⁄2
.593 61⁄2
.583 7
.576 71⁄2
.559 81⁄2
.552 9
.517 11
L10
8-2
6-4
6-4
7-3
8-2
6-4
8-2
2-8
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
C2
C3
A3
S2
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
28
27
24
20
19
18
18
31
33
37
39
41
41
42
.475
.450
.393
.339
.317
.305
.300
5-5
6-4
1-9
2-8
1-9
4-6
3-7
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S4
S5
21⁄2
4
71⁄2
101⁄2
12
121⁄2
13
Clippers hamstrung with injuries
Key starters Gallinari
(hand) and Bradley (hernia)
sidelined during important
stretch run for playoffs.
By Broderick Turner
Two of the Clippers’ main cogs,
starters Danilo Gallinari and
Avery Bradley, are sidelined by injuries during the team’s most important stretch of the season.
Gallinari is perhaps the closest
to returning after the forward was
listed Sunday as day to day with a
bruised right hand.
The return of Bradley, one of the
top two-way guards in the league,
from a sports hernia is more uncertain.
Gallinari had two X-rays,
Thursday after the injury at Golden State and Friday night in
Phoenix, and both revealed no broken bone in his hand.
“There was nothing structural,”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before his team practiced Sunday.
Chris Szagola Associated Press
AVERY BRADLEY has a
sports hernia, which may require surgery after the season.
“The doctor thought he was day to
day and that it would be a pain tolerance thing.”
Bradley missed the last two
games because of the injury. He
has sought more medical advice,
but he still hasn’t been cleared.
“Avery is going to be out for a little bit so we’re just going to have to
figure out how long,” Rivers said.
“Don’t know. It could be a week. It
could be three weeks. But we don’t
know yet.”
Bradley tried to practice last
Tuesday but was in too much pain
to finish the session.
“The bottom line is, it’s a tough
injury to have,” Rivers said. “It’s the
same one that Jawun [Evans] has.
And especially with what Avery
does. He’s one of the top-five defensive players on the ball in the
league and that’s all movement
there. So, it’s a tough blow, but it is
what it is.”
Rivers was asked if surgery was
an option for Bradley.
“Yeah, it probably is at some
point,” Rivers said. “But that
would be his season. I think those
are the injuries that a lot of players
have. I think he has to consider it
after the season, but not now.”
The Clippers (31-27) just have to
push forward with 24 regular-season games left and the playoffs in
view.
Line
2
101⁄2
3
OFF
111⁄2
81⁄2
10
21⁄2
2
51⁄2
Underdog
at Atlanta
Detroit
Chicago
Memphis
at New York
Phoenix
Orlando
at Dallas
at Utah
at Sacramento
Wizards 109, 76ers 94
Time
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
HOUSTON 119, DENVER 114
San Antonio 110, at Cleveland 94:
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27
points, Danny Green had 22 and
the Spurs ended a losing streak at
four games. Green made five threepoint baskets. LeBron James had
33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who are 3-2
since overhauling their roster with
three trades.
at Charlotte 114, Detroit 98:
Dwight Howard had 17 points and
12 rebounds, Kemba Walker scored
17 points and the Hornets won
their fourth game in a row. The
Hornets bench outscored the Pistons reserves 51-28. Blake Griffin
scored 20 points for the Pistons,
who have lost five of six games.
New Orleans 123, at Milwaukee 121
(OT): Jrue Holiday scored 36
points, 28 in the second half, to lead
the Pelicans to their fifth consecutive victory. Anthony Davis had 27
points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which trailed by 18 points
early in the second half but
outscored Milwaukee 38-19 in the
third quarter. Khris Middleton
scored 25 points for the Bucks.
at Washington 109, Philadelphia
94: Otto Porter scored 24 points,
Bradley Beal had 23 and the Wizards cruised behind a dominant
second quarter for their eighth
home victory in a row over the
76ers. Joel Embiid had 25 points
and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.
The Wizards outscored the 76ers
37-20 in the second quarter to build
a 67-48 lead by halftime.
— associated press
NEW ORLEANS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Covington ...29 2-7 4-4 0-2 1 1 9
Saric..........29 5-17 1-2 7-8 3 1 13
Embiid .......31 9-20 5-6 2-10 4 5 25
Redick........29 2-10 0-0 0-1 4 1 6
Simmons ....36 6-12 4-6 4-8 8 3 16
Belinelli......27 3-10 2-3 1-3 0 1 10
McConnell ..20 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 1 0
Johnson......11 1-2 3-5 2-5 0 0 5
Holmes ......11 2-4 3-3 0-2 0 1 7
Booker .........8 1-2 1-2 1-2 1 2 3
Luwawu-Cbrot2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
31-86 23-31 17-43 24 16 94
Shooting: Field goals, 36.0%; free throws, 74.2%
Three-point goals: 9-33 (Embiid 2-6, Belinelli 2-7,
Saric 2-7, Redick 2-8, Covington 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7.
Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Embiid,
Holmes, Simmons). Turnovers: 15 (Embiid 5, Redick 3,
McConnell 2, Simmons 2, Belinelli, Johnson, Saric).
Steals: 13 (McConnell 4, Covington 2, Embiid 2, Belinelli,
Johnson, Redick, Saric, Simmons).
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Davis .........43 12-26 3-4 5-13 1 4 27
Moore ........35 4-11 1-2 0-3 0 3 11
Okafor........15 1-3 0-0 1-6 0 3 2
Holiday.......41 16-31 2-2 1-9 6 4 36
Rondo........35 7-11 0-0 3-8 12 3 16
Mirotic .......37 5-15 3-3 1-7 1 4 14
Miller .........28 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 6
Clark..........17 2-4 1-1 0-1 1 1 6
Diallo...........9 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 5
Liggins .........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Lemon Jr.......0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
51-107 11-14 11-50 22 24 123
Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws,
78.6%
Three-point goals: 10-30 (Miller 2-3, Rondo
2-3, Holiday 2-5, Moore 2-6, Clark 1-2, Mirotic 1-8,
Davis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers:
15 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Mirotic 4, Davis 2,
Holiday). Turnovers: 15 (Rondo 6, Davis 3, Mirotic
3, Holiday 2, Diallo). Steals: 8 (Davis 2, Moore 2,
Rondo 2, Holiday, Mirotic). Technical Fouls: None.
WASHINGTON
Rockets win 12th in
row behind Harden
Pelicans 123, Bucks 121, OT
PHILADELPHIA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris ........26 3-6 2-2 0-5 3 4 8
Porter Jr......32 10-16 0-0 2-7 3 4 23
Gortat ........27 6-11 1-1 4-10 2 2 13
Beal...........37 9-14 3-3 1-5 8 3 24
Satoransky..32 2-3 2-2 1-7 10 3 7
Oubre Jr......31 6-11 3-4 0-2 3 5 19
Mahinmi.....16 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 2
Scott..........14 3-7 0-0 0-2 1 2 6
Frazier........11 1-3 0-0 0-3 4 2 2
Meeks........10 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 0 5
Totals
43-79 11-12 10-48 35 28 109
Shooting: Field goals, 54.4%; free throws, 91.7%
Three-point goals: 12-25 (Oubre Jr. 4-7, Beal 3-5,
Porter Jr. 3-6, Satoransky 1-1, Meeks 1-2, Morris 0-2, Scott
0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 19 (31 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 6 (Oubre Jr. 3, Mahinmi 2, Gortat). Turnovers: 19 (Beal 7, Morris 3, Porter Jr. 3, Satoransky 2,
Frazier, Mahinmi, Meeks, Scott). Steals: 9 (Morris 2, Porter
Jr. 2, Beal, Frazier, Meeks, Oubre Jr., Satoransky). Technical Fouls: coach Wizards (Defensive three second), 7:34
first.
Philadelphia
28 20 25 21— 94
Washington
30 37 20 22— 109
RESULTS
James Harden had 41 points
and eight rebounds, Chris Paul
scored 23 points and the Houston
Rockets beat the host Denver
Nuggets 119-114 on Sunday night for
their 12th consecutive victory.
Harden has scored 40 points or
more nine times this season.
Nikola Jokic had 21 points and
14 rebounds, and Will Barton had
25 points for the Nuggets, whose
winning streak ended at four
games.
The Rockets are 21-4 since Dec.
29. They are outscoring opponents
by an average of 12.5 points during
the winning streak. The five-point
victory over Denver was their closest game during the streak.
Houston led by as many as 18
points but Denver rallied in the
fourth quarter.
Jokic’s tip with 2 minutes 12 seconds left made it 110-106 and after
Joe Johnson missed from the corner, Gary Harris had a chance to
cut it to a point with a three-point
basket. But the Nuggets’ leading
scorer, who had six points, missed
and Harden made two free throws
to make it 112-106 with 1:17 left.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
BOX SCORES
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
LAKERS
at Toronto
at Brooklyn
at Boston
Golden State
at New Orleans
at Oklahoma City
Indiana
Houston
Minnesota
They are in ninth place in the
Western Conference, just one game
behind Denver (33-27), which
would be the eighth and final seed
for the playoffs. The West standings are so tight, that only 41⁄2
games separate No. 3 San Antonio
(36-25), which won at Cleveland on
Sunday, and No. 10 Utah (31-29).
The Clippers face two teams
this week ahead of them — the
Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver and the Houston Rockets on
Wednesday night at Staples Center.
“Obviously this is the stretch
run right here so it’s frustrating,”
Rivers said. “It’s probably more
frustrating for everyone right now,
but we still have to figure out a way
to win this game. Then hopefully
Gallo plays [at Denver], and if not,
see if he can play by Houston. If not,
you just got to keep going that way.
“It’s the same thing with Avery. I
mean, Avery could be back within a
week. We don’t know that. We just
got to make sure he’s healthy.”
A—17,180. T—2:19. O—Tony Brown, Matt Boland, Derrick Stafford
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anttknmpo ..39 6-18 8-10 1-4 6 5 20
Middleton ...37 8-16 8-8
1-5 3 3 25
Henson ......27 5-7 2-3
1-7 0 1 12
Bledsoe......37 7-15 4-4
1-9 5 2 20
Snell..........34 4-9 0-0
0-3 1 1 9
Parker ........24 7-14 2-2
2-6 2 1 18
Brown ........20 4-5 0-0
0-4 0 2 9
Terry ..........18 0-7 0-0
0-1 1 1 0
Maker ........14 2-5 2-2
2-3 2 1 6
Zeller .........11 1-1 0-0
2-3 1 2 2
Totals
44-97 26-29 10-45 21 19 121
Shooting: Field goals, 45.4%; free throws,
89.7%
Three-point goals: 7-25 (Parker 2-3, Bledsoe
2-5, Brown 1-2, Snell 1-3, Middleton 1-4, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Maker 0-2, Terry 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (20 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Brown 2, Henson 2). Turnovers: 13 (Snell
6, Middleton 3, Bledsoe 2, Brown, Zeller). Steals:
10 (Snell 3, Antetokounmpo 2, Brown 2, Bledsoe,
Middleton, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
New Orleans 21 28 38 27
9— 123
Milwaukee
32 34 19 29
7— 121
A—18,717. T—2:32. O—Tre Maddox, Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte
Rockets 119, Nuggets 114
HOUSTON
Jim Mone Associated Press
LAKERS COACH Luke Walton has high expectations for Julius Randle, right.
Randle’s recent growth
coming at a good time
By Tania Ganguli
ATLANTA — All Julius
Randle could think about
was the one thing that
hadn’t gone his way during
the game. So Saturday
night, after he notched a
double-double in the Lakers’
113-108 win over the Sacramento Kings, before he did
anything else, Randle found
a practice court in the bowels of the arena.
He needed to shoot some
free throws.
“I wouldn’t be able to
sleep tonight if I didn’t go to
the gym and see a free throw
go in,” Randle said. “At least
one. I went 0-for-5. Jeez.”
That kind of accountability is typical of Randle these
days, and it’s one of the ways
in which he’s grown. It’s
helped contribute to his performance lately.
In the Lakers’ past two
games,
a
back-to-back
against Dallas and Sacramento, Randle notched a
triple-double before his 12point, 13-rebound performance in Sacramento. Where
he might have made the best
strides, though, is in his
growing understanding of
his role on defense.
“He was our enforcer like
he’s been the past few
months,” Lakers forward
Brandon Ingram said. “… He
knows what he can do on the
floor to affect our team.
When he gets in the paint, he
drives. He knows how to finish in the lane, he knows
where to kick the ball, he
knows where the defense is
going to be. He knows double teams are coming. He
knows what to expect now
and he’s being more aggressive.”
Ingram sees part of
Randle’s growth in Randle
understanding himself better, or “figuring out who he
is.”
He’s done that under
challenging circumstances
this season through losing
his starting job, through
trade rumors and through
the demands of his head
coach. Lakers coach Luke
Walton uses a mildly combative technique when
coaching Randle for two reasons.
First, he thinks Randle
responds well to that style of
coaching. Second, he has
high expectations for the
fourth-year power forward.
“He’s got the ability to
guard one through five,”
Walton said. “With that, as
the league goes smaller, he’s
still able to defend skilled,
space shooters and he’s able
to wrestle with power postup players. He can use his
skill set and his strength on
defense if they were trying to
use him on smaller players.
There’s definitely an advantage to be gained, but a lot of
it, what he’s gotten pretty
darn good at, is also being
able to recognize multiple
defensive coverages.”
Randle worked on that at
the insistence of his coaches.
He watched hours of film
and sometimes enlisted his
veteran teammates to help
him learn what tendencies
to expect from certain play-
ers.
“As years go on, you learn
schemes and how teams
play,” Randle said. “Sets
start to look familiar. You
know what’s coming before
it comes.”
It helps, too, that Randle
has a better understanding
of what his coaches meant
all last season when they
asked for more consistency
in his effort.
“It doesn’t mean going
100 miles an hour the whole
time he’s out there, but it
means when he’s in a defensive coverage, he’s down and
he’s ready to jump people,”
Walton said. “When he’s on
offense, it’s not just a job to
the three-point line but it’s a
sprint to the post and then
relocate from there. He’s doing a much better job of doing that.”
In the past few days,
Randle’s growth has helped
the Lakers start the final
stretch of the season with a
pair of wins.
TONIGHT
AT ATLANTA
When: 4:30 p.m. PST.
On the air: TV: Spectrum
Sportsnet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Update: The Hawks have
the worst winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, tied for second worst in
the NBA with the Mavericks,
whom the Lakers played on
Friday. They are half a game
worse than the Kings, whom
the Lakers played Saturday.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ariza ..........32 5-7 1-2 0-6 0 0 14
Tucker ........24 3-8 0-0 2-5 2 2 9
Capela .......26 3-6 0-0 2-7 0 3 6
Harden.......37 11-20 13-16 1-8 7 2 41
Paul...........32 6-14 9-10 2-5 6 1 23
Johnson......28 2-5 2-2 0-2 2 4 7
Mbh a Mte..22 3-8 1-2 0-2 1 3 7
Anderson....20 4-6 0-0 3-5 0 5 8
Wright ........15 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 4
Totals
39-77 26-32 11-42 18 23 119
Shooting: Field goals, 50.6%; free throws,
81.3%
Three-point goals: 15-35 (Harden 6-10, Ariza
3-4, Tucker 3-5, Paul 2-7, Johnson 1-3, Anderson
0-2, Mbah a Moute 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team
Turnovers: 18 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Capela
2, Wright). Turnovers: 18 (Capela 6, Harden 5, Paul
3, Mbah a Moute 2, Johnson, Tucker). Steals: 7
(Paul 2, Ariza, Harden, Johnson, Mbah a Moute,
Tucker). Technical Fouls: coach Rockets (Defensive
three second), 1:23 second.
DENVER
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Barton........36 10-15 2-3 1-7 6 4 25
Chandler.....31 5-10 0-0 2-3 3 5 10
Jokic ..........31 7-18 7-9 7-14 8 4 21
G.Harris......32 2-12 2-5 0-2 2 2 6
Murray .......36 8-13 0-0 1-2 5 4 19
Lyles..........22 5-8 1-2 0-4 4 1 12
Beasley ......20 3-10 1-2 0-2 1 1 9
Plumlee......16 2-2 2-2 1-2 3 2 6
D.Harris ......11 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 4 6
Totals
44-91 16-24 12-36 33 27 114
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws,
66.7%
Three-point goals: 10-29 (Murray 3-5, Barton
3-7, Beasley 2-5, D.Harris 1-1, Lyles 1-2, Jokic 0-1,
Chandler 0-3, G.Harris 0-5). Team Rebounds: 15.
Team Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6
(Chandler 3, Beasley, G.Harris, Jokic). Turnovers:
13 (Jokic 3, Murray 3, Lyles 2, Plumlee 2, Barton,
Beasley, Chandler). Steals: 13 (G.Harris 5, Barton
3, Plumlee 2, Beasley, Jokic, Lyles).
Houston
38 28 26 27— 119
Denver
25 27 27 35— 114
A—20,044. T—2:13. O—Lewis, Davis, Taylor
Hornets 114, Pistons 98
DETROIT
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Griffin.........30 10-18 0-0 0-4 4 5 20
Johnson......28 3-4 2-2 0-3 0 3 9
Drummond .32 7-13 0-1 4-14 1 3 14
Bullock.......29 5-14 3-4 1-3 5 2 14
Smith.........28 6-11 0-2 0-1 8 0 13
Ennis III......19 2-5 4-4 0-1 1 4 9
Tolliver........15 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 0
Buycks .......13 6-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 12
Galloway.....12 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Moreland....11 0-0 0-0 2-9 0 1 0
Ellenson .......6 3-5 1-1 0-2 0 0 7
Nelson .........6 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Kennard .......6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
42-85 10-14 8-41 23 22 98
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 4-18 (Johnson 1-1, Smith 1-1, Ennis
III 1-2, Bullock 1-5, Ellenson 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Tolliver 0-1,
Galloway 0-3, Griffin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Drummond, Ennis III,
Moreland). Turnovers: 17 (Griffin 6, Nelson 2, Smith 2,
Tolliver 2, Bullock, Buycks, Drummond, Ennis III, Johnson).
Steals: 4 (Smith 2, Drummond, Johnson). Technical Fouls:
Griffin, 8:00 fourth.
CHARLOTTE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kd-Glchrst...20 3-6 0-3 1-2 0 2 6
Williams .....24 3-7 0-0 0-7 0 2 8
Howard ......23 8-10 1-2 4-12 0 4 17
Batum........29 5-10 1-1 0-5 9 0 15
Walker........27 5-11 5-5 1-1 6 2 17
Kaminsky....23 4-9 2-4 2-8 1 1 13
Lamb .........21 4-10 0-0 0-0 5 2 11
Zeller .........21 6-9 1-2 3-5 0 2 13
Crtr-Wllms...18 3-6 3-4 0-3 6 1 10
Graham......17 1-3 1-2 2-4 1 2 4
Monk ...........6 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Hernangomez 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bacon..........3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
42-88 14-23 13-47 28 19 114
Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws, 60.9%
Three-point goals: 16-35 (Batum 4-7, Kaminsky 3-5,
Lamb 3-6, Walker 2-4, Williams 2-5, Graham 1-1, CarterWilliams 1-4, Monk 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 18 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Batum, CarterWilliams, Kaminsky, Walker). Turnovers: 18 (Howard 4,
Walker 4, Carter-Williams 3, Williams 3, Kidd-Gilchrist 2,
Batum, Kaminsky). Steals: 9 (Batum 3, Carter-Williams 3,
Kaminsky, Lamb, Zeller). Technical Fouls: None.
Detroit
19 27 25 27— 98
Charlotte
32 38 26 18— 114
A—17,894. T—2:08. O—Rodney Mott, Bill Spooner,
Leroy Richardson
Spurs 110, Cavaliers 94
SAN ANTONIO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aldridge......36 9-20 9-10 1-6 3 1 27
Anderson....29 4-7 2-4
1-6 4 2 10
Gasol.........25 5-9 1-2
3-7 3 2 11
Mills ..........35 3-9 3-3
0-2 5 1 11
Murray .......33 5-12 3-4
3-9 5 2 13
Green.........22 6-11 5-6
0-3 0 2 22
Forbes........20 4-7 2-3
0-1 0 0 12
Gay............15 2-8 0-0
0-4 1 2 4
Parker ........14 0-0 0-0
0-0 1 0 0
Lauvergne.....4 0-3 0-0
2-5 0 0 0
Paul.............1 0-0 0-0
0-1 0 0 0
Bertans ........1 0-0 0-0
0-0 0 0 0
Totals
38-86 25-32 10-44 22 12 110
Shooting: Field goals, 44.2%; free throws, 78.1%
Three-point goals: 9-19 (Green 5-9, Forbes 2-3, Mills
2-6, Gay 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 9 (11
PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Anderson 3, Murray 3, Aldridge,
D.Green, Gay). Turnovers: 9 (D.Green 3, Parker 3, Aldridge
2, Mills). Steals: 11 (Murray 4, Anderson 2, D.Green,
Forbes, Gay, Mills, Parker). Technical Fouls: coach Spurs
(Defensive three second), 7:30 fourth.
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
James ........39 14-25 3-4 2-13 9 3 33
Osman .......15 1-6 2-3 0-1 0 4 4
Thompson...22 3-7 0-0 7-13 0 3 6
Hill ............25 1-7 0-0 2-2 1 2 2
Smith.........20 1-8 0-0 0-2 0 2 2
Hood .........28 2-6 2-2 1-2 2 1 6
Korver ........25 2-7 0-1 0-5 1 3 6
Clarkson .....23 7-14 0-0 1-2 0 2 17
J.Green.......21 6-9 1-2 0-2 1 0 14
Nance Jr. ....15 1-1 2-2 0-4 4 4 4
Holland ........1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Zizic.............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Calderon ......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
38-91 10-14 13-47 18 24 94
Shooting: Field goals, 41.8%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 8-34 (Clarkson 3-7, James 2-5, Korver 2-7, J.Green 1-3, Holland 0-1, Hood 0-1, Hill 0-2,
Osman 0-2, Smith 0-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (29 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Nance Jr. 2, Hill).
Turnovers: 15 (James 6, Clarkson 3, J.Green 2, Korver 2,
Smith 2). Steals: 8 (Korver 2, Nance Jr. 2, Hood, J.Green,
James, Thompson). Technical Fouls: James, 6:57 fourth.
San Antonio
25 25 26 34 — 110
Cleveland
20 33 21 20 — 94
A—20,562. T—2:16. O—Ken Mauer, Mark Lindsay, Derek Richardson
CLIPPERS, LAKERS STATISTICS
CLIPPERS
L.Williams
Griffin
Harris
Gallinari
Rivers
Beverley
Jordan
Wallace
Harrell
Bradley
Teodosic
Wilson
W.Johnson
C.Williams
Evans
Reed
Dekker
Thornwell
PPG
23.3
22.6
19.4
15.9
15.5
12.2
11.8
9.8
9.3
9.2
9.2
7.0
6.3
5.9
5.6
4.9
4.3
3.2
RPG
2.5
7.9
7.4
4.9
2.2
4.1
15.0
3.4
3.9
3.7
3.0
2.1
3.4
1.5
2.0
3.1
2.5
1.4
APG
5.4
5.4
3.1
2.1
3.8
2.9
1.4
2.4
.7
1.8
5.0
.7
.9
.9
2.4
.2
.6
.7
LAKERS
Ingram
Kuzma
Randle
Clarkson
Caldwell-Pope
Thomas
Lopez
Ball
Nance Jr.
Hart
Brewer
Ennis
Frye
Zubac
Caruso
Payton II
Deng
Bogut
PPG
16.1
15.5
14.7
14.5
13.5
13.2
11.7
10.2
8.6
6.5
3.7
3.1
3.0
3.0
2.6
2.5
2.0
1.5
RPG
5.3
5.8
7.5
3.0
5.0
1.4
3.8
7.1
6.8
3.8
1.7
1.4
.0
1.8
1.3
1.5
.0
3.2
APG
3.8
1.7
2.5
3.3
2.2
4.2
1.5
7.1
1.4
1.2
.8
1.6
.0
.2
1.9
1.0
1.0
.6
M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D7
NHL
Fans receive
Carter warmly
in Kings return
Personnel changes are
a positive work in
progress heading into
series with Vegas.
By Curtis Zupke
Reed Saxon Associated Press
THE DUCKS’ Brandon Montour is upended as he tangles with Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse, left, and Milan
Lucic in the second period Sunday. The Ducks have lost two straight against clubs outside the playoff picture.
Ducks’ frantic comeback
wasted in shootout loss
Rakell completes hat
trick against Oilers by
scoring twice in final
seconds of regulation.
EDMONTON 6
DUCKS 5 (SO)
By Mike Coppinger
One by one, the hats hit
the ice. Orange lids. Black
ones.
They came in waves after
Rickard Rakell completed
the unthinkable — a second
goal in less than 15 seconds,
and his third of the contest,
tying the score with 5.6 ticks
left.
With Ryan Miller on the
bench for the extra attacker,
the
Ducks
frantically
pressed, and the all-star’s
first career hat trick forced
overtime, the first time a
team has reached the extra
period facing such a deficit
with 21 seconds or fewer in
nearly 14 years.
If there’s such a thing as a
moral victory in sports, this
was it. Still, the Ducks, and
even Rakell, were in no mood
to celebrate after they lost
6-5 in a shootout on Sunday
at Honda Center.
“It always feels good to
score, but it feels better to
win,” said Rakell, who generated nine shots on goal and
ended an eight-game goal
drought. “The way the
standings look right now, we
need to take every point we
can get and move forward.
We’re going to need them all
in the end.”
The four-game winning
streak entering the weekend
is now simply a distant
memory. Any momentum
created by their best run this
season has been erased after
these back-to-back losses to
clubs sitting outside the
playoff picture.
The Ducks found themselves in desperation mode
after a bevy of sloppy turnovers and lost puck battles
allowed the dangerous duo
of reigning MVP Connor McDavid (who scored the deciding shootout goal) and
Leon Draisaitl to dazzle with
multi-point games.
McDavid picked up three
assists, including a nifty
backhanded dish behind the
net on the give-and-go to
Anton Slepyshev.
Miller allowed five goals
on 42 shots, but he was spectacular in the overtime period with a highlight-reel
split save on McDavid.
The 37-year-old goalie
didn’t have a chance on most
of the goals, many of which
came on odd-man rushes.
“We had some breakdowns, my first play of the
game was a breakdown,”
said Ducks captain Ryan
Getzlaf, whose errant center-ice pass led to a Draisaitl
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
DUCKS
Calgary
KINGS
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
Minnesota
Dallas
St. Louis
Colorado
Chicago
W
41
33
31
32
33
27
24
18
W
38
37
35
35
34
32
27
L
16
21
21
22
24
31
31
34
L
14
16
20
23
25
24
28
OL
4
9
12
9
5
4
7
10
OL
9
9
7
4
4
5
8
Pts
86
75
74
73
71
58
55
46
Pts
85
83
77
74
72
69
62
GF
215
182
176
182
177
177
167
148
GF
196
208
188
184
173
187
178
GA
166
176
178
185
155
204
201
205
GA
155
164
174
164
164
185
179
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
Columbus
NY Islanders
Carolina
NY Rangers
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Boston
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
35
33
36
32
31
29
27
27
W
42
39
37
28
26
23
21
19
L
20
19
23
22
26
27
25
30
L
17
20
15
25
26
29
30
33
OL
7
10
4
8
5
7
10
6
OL
3
5
8
6
10
9
10
11
Pts
77
76
76
72
67
65
64
60
Pts
87
83
82
62
62
55
52
49
GF
194
188
206
185
163
207
164
177
GF
223
213
195
175
165
157
166
151
GA
184
178
187
188
174
225
189
201
GA
167
178
150
193
183
193
216
206
RESULTS
EDMONTON 6,
AT DUCKS 5 (SO)
NASHVILLE 4
ST. LOUIS 0
AT BUFFALO 4
BOSTON 1
DETROIT 3
at N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT)
AT MINNESOTA 3
SAN JOSE 2 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3
AT ARIZONA 1
Ryan Strome scored twice for the Oilers, who won in a
shootout after giving up two late goals in regulation.
Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who
handed the Blues their sixth consecutive loss.
Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres,
who spoiled the debut of Bruins forward Rick Nash.
Trevor Daley scored on a deflected shot with 5.6 seconds
remaining in overtime for the Red Wings.
Jared Spurgeon scored with 12 seconds left in overtime
and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild.
The Canucks’ Daniel Sedin broke a 1-1 tie with 9:17
remaining with his second goal of the game.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
Vegas at KINGS, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Washington at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Toronto at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Washington, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Boston, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Calgary at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Detroit at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
NY Rangers at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 6:30 p.m.
goal 13 seconds in.
“It’s a matter of showing
desperation from the start
of the game. … We have a few
days off now so we can regroup and get going.”
Less than two minutes after the Oilers jumped on the
board, Rakell scored his first
of the game, a short-side
goal with plenty of open net.
He had to work harder for
his last two.
The Swede whipped
around and slung the puck
past Al Montoya on his second tally, and on the third,
he picked up his own rebound in a mad dash for the
puck through a scrum. With
the hat trick, Rakell eclipsed
the 50-point plateau for the
second consecutive campaign and matched his point
total from last season.
“He’s a streaky scorer,”
said coach Randy Carlyle,
“and we’d like to see him continue to fill the net.”
Said Getzlaf: “He’s developing his game and playing
the way we need him to.
Again, this league is all
about building that consistency as a player.”
Rakell will have a chance
to turn this into another
goal-scoring streak after the
trade deadline, when the
Ducks return Friday against
the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Gibson update
Carlyle said John Gibson
will return to practice this
week and the “expectation”
is that he’ll be available to
play against Columbus. The
starting goaltender is currently on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury.
Ducks add center
The Ducks signed center
Chris Kelly to a one-year
contract worth $1.25 million
(prorated for the balance of
the season), according to a
source who was not authorized to speak publicly. The
deal includes unspecified
bonuses. Kelly, who led Canada to a bronze medal in the
Olympic Games this month,
was out of the NHL this season after playing with Ottawa in 2016-17.
The timing of Jeff Carter’s first shift was such that
it happened out of a stoppage in play, so there was a
built-up pause before he
took a faceoff.
The fans at Staples Center used that moment to give
Carter a big, audible welcome-back ovation Saturday, and Carter took note.
“It’s good,” Carter said.
“It’s nice. It makes you feel
good about yourself. You’ve
done some good around
here. Always nice to hear
from fans.”
Unfortunately for Carter
and the Kings, they couldn’t
return the warm sentiment
with a win. They didn’t move
the puck well and it ultimately cost them in a 4-3 loss
to the Edmonton Oilers that
ended with a controversial
goalie interference call that
negated what would have
been Dustin Brown’s scoretying goal with about 10 seconds to go.
Carter, like the Kings, is a
work in progress. He got his
first game out of the way Saturday and acknowledged his
timing was off, having not
played in a game since October because of an ankle tendon injury.
“Just read and react and
being in the right place at
the right time,” Carter said
Sunday.
“I could have practiced
for two weeks and I still
would have felt the same out
there. It’s totally different,
especially this time of year,
when you jump into a game.”
Carter said it shouldn’t
take too long to get that feel
back and “hopefully doesn’t
[take long] anyway. We’ve
got some work to do.”
The Kings go into the
first half of a home-andhome series against the
Vegas Golden Knights with
two straight losses, but they
can see their personnel
come into focus with the return of Carter, in addition to
such new players as Dion
Phaneuf, Nate Thompson
and Tobias Rieder. Thompson, who played against
Carter while with the Ducks,
is intrigued by having Carter
on his side.
“A player of his caliber
and how elite he is, and what
he’s done year in and year
out, even being on the other
side of it, playing against
him, it’s been fun being on
the same team as him,”
Thompson said.
“I think adding these
guys will be able to spread it
around a little bit more for
guys’ ice time. Some guys
being able to play different
roles, and accepting their
roles, only makes us better.”
TONIGHT
VS. VEGAS
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: Trevor Lewis (upper-body injury) skated on
his own again but has not yet
been cleared to practice with
the team, Kings coach John
Stevens said. The Kings are
winless (0-1-1) against Vegas
this season. William Karlsson paces the Golden
Knights with 33 goals and is
one of five 20-goal scorers for
Vegas.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
sports@latimes.com
OILERS 6, DUCKS 5, SO
Edmonton.........................2
DUCKS .............................1
1
1
2
3
0 — 6
0 — 5
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Edm., Draisaitl 20 (Cammalleri),
0:13. 2. DUCKS, Rakell 23 (Fowler, Getzlaf), 1:46. 3.
Edm., Slepyshev 5 (Cammalleri, McDavid), 12:55.
Penalties—None. .
SECOND PERIOD: 4. DUCKS, Henrique 19 (Getzlaf,
Montour), 1:22 (pp). 5. Edm., Strome 11 (Montoya,
Draisaitl), 8:02. Penalties—Larsson, EDM, (boarding),
0:10. Nurse, EDM, (tripping), 12:53. Lindholm, ANA,
(tripping), 17:17. .
THIRD PERIOD: 6. Edm., Strome 12 (Puljujarvi, McDavid), 2:31. 7. DUCKS, Getzlaf 9 (Lindholm, Perry),
14:00. 8. Edm., Pakarinen 2 (Lucic, McDavid), 15:40. 9.
DUCKS, Rakell 24 (Getzlaf, Perry), 19:39. 10, DUCKS,
Rakell 25 (Grant, Perry), 19:53. Penalties—Cogliano,
ANA, (interference), 4:10. Caggiula, EDM, (tripping),
16:20. .
OVERTIME: Scoring—None. Penalties—None. .
Shootout—Edm. 2 (Cammalleri NG, Draisaitl G, McDavid G), DUCKS 1 (Rakell G, Getzlaf NG, Kase NG). .
SHOTS ON GOAL: Edm. 12-17-6-7—42. DUCKS 1311-20-2—46. Power-play Conversions—Edm. 0 of 2.
DUCKS 1 of 3. .
GOALIES: Edm., Montoya 4-2-1 (46 shots-41 saves).
DUCKS, Miller 8-5-6 (42-37). Att—17,174 (17,174).
T—2:45.
Harry How Getty Images
JEFF CARTER returns to game action after a four-
month recovery from a lacerated ankle tendon.
Kings, Ducks bombshells unlikely
[Deadline, from D3]
season in giving long looks to
Michael Amadio and Jonny
Brodzinski, among others,
along with the development
of Adrian Kempe and Alex
Iafallo.
“I think what you’re
seeing now is what we have,”
Blake said. “We don’t have a
lot coming that’s going to
step in here and score us a
goal this year again from the
minors. We understand
what our depth is, but those
guys are also capable of
playing here.”
While the Kings know
what they have, the Ducks
are in the unusual position
of assessing whether they
warrant adding significant
pieces. Injuries rendered the
first half of the season a
wash, and the past 20 games
have still made it befuddling.
They didn’t clarify matters with a 2-0 loss to the
Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. It also doesn’t help
that goalie John Gibson is
hurt and Ryan Kesler is
playing through injury.
General manager Bob
Murray has voiced his frustration at the inconsistency
and, given his history of high
activity, it’s likely that
Murray will try to improve
his club.
One potential target is
winger Thomas Vanek of the
Vancouver Canucks, according to a report by Elliotte
Friedman of Sportsnet. It
seems likely that the Ducks
would seek a lower-profile
option along the lines of
their acquisition of Patrick
Eaves last season.
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
THOMAS VANEK , a left wing for the struggling Vancouver Canucks, is a poten-
tial target for the Ducks at the trade deadline, according to a Sportsnet report.
In an unrelated depth
move, the Ducks reportedly
agreed to terms on a oneyear contract with Chris
Kelly, captain of the Canadian Olympic team.
The Kings and Ducks
were never players in major
deals that went down
Sunday, such as the New
York Rangers’ long-awaited
trade of Rick Nash to the
Boston Bruins, for Ryan
Spooner, Matt Beleskey,
prospect Ryan Lindgren, a
first-round pick in 2018 and a
seventh-round pick in 2019.
In a rare trade between
historic rivals, the Canadiens traded Tomas Plekanec,
along with prospect Kyle
Baun, to the Toronto Maple
Leafs for Rinat Valiev, Kerby
Rychel and a second-round
pick this year.
Deadline day is always
unpredictable, but given
their situations, the Kings
and Ducks aren’t looking
for a savior so much as
supplemental players to add
to foundations that they
hope will spark soon.
Kings
coach
John
Stevens summed it up
Sunday when asked if he
thought this was essentially
their team now.
“We believe the group
in here is a group that’s
capable of winning,” Stevens
said.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
D8
M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Thomas wins Honda Classic in a playoff
wire reports
HOCKEY
Justin Thomas nearly holed a
wedge that got him into a playoff,
and then hit five-wood over the water and onto the green to beat Luke
List in a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the Honda Classic in Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.
Thomas closed with a twounder 68 and won for the second
time this season. He also won in a
playoff at the CJ Cup last fall.
List was going for his first PGA
Tour victory. He put the pressure
on Thomas by reaching the parfive 18th in two in regulation, twoputting for birdie and a 69. But he
missed the fairway in the playoff
and made par.
Tiger Woods was briefly within
three shots of the lead on the front
nine. He shot a 70 and finished 12th.
Jessica Korda closed with a
four-under 67 to complete a fourshot victory and set the tournament record at 25-under 263 in the
Honda LPGA Thailand.
Gionta goes from
Olympics to NHL
Brian Gionta is returning for a
16th NHL season after the Boston
Bruins signed the United States
Olympic team captain to a oneyear, $700,000 contract.
The Bruins announced the
signing hours after they acquired
veteran forward Rick Nash in a
trade with the New York Rangers.
Gionta joins the Bruins after
competing at the Pyeongchang
Games, where the U.S. was eliminated in a 3-2 shootout loss to the
Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The 39-year-old winger held
off signing with an NHL team last
summer to pursue an opportunity
to compete at the Olympics.
Gionta spent the past three seasons as captain of the Buffalo Sabres. He was also captain of the
Montreal Canadiens and won a
Stanley Cup with New Jersey in
2003. He has 289 goals and 588
points in 1,006 NHL games.
Speedway by holding off Brad Keselowski in the rain-delayed
NASCAR Cup race.
Harvick, who was dominant
Saturday in winning the Xfinity
race, duplicated the three-finger
salute he gave after his other Cup
win in Atlanta in 2001, following the
Daytona death of Dale Earnhardt,
who drove the No. 3 car.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forwards Tomas Plekanec
and Kyle Baun from the Montreal
Canadiens for defenseman Rinat
Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and
a 2018 second-round draft pick. ...
Minnesota’s Chris Stewart, Ottawa’s Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows and Columbus’ Jussi Jokinen
have been put on waivers, the Associated Press reports. ... Carolina
Hurricanes co-captain Jordan
Staal, who missed this weekend’s
games, is mourning the death of his
infant daughter. ... The Rangers
honored Hall of Fame center Jean
Ratelle by retiring his No. 19.
Courtney Force won the funny
car competition at the NHRA Arizona Nationals after her father
John, a 16-time funny car champion, escaped serious injury in an engine explosion and crash. Courtney Force beat Tommy Johnson
Jr. in the final round with a 3.834second run at 337.16 mph. Steve
Torrence won in top fuel and Chris
McGaha in pro stock.
one-year, $6.5-million contract, the
Associated Press reports. ... Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will
Middlebrooks broke his left leg in a
collision in a spring training game.
Frances Tiafoe, 20, became the
youngest American to win an ATP
title since Andy Roddick, beating
Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4 in the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. ... Diego
Schwartzman beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 to win the Rio Open
for his second career title. ... Karen
Khachanov secured the second
ATP title of his career, beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Open
13 final in France.
ETC.
Harvick pulls off
sweep in Atlanta
Minnesota Timberwolves AllStar Jimmy Butler had surgery on
the injured meniscus in his right
knee. He’s out indefinitely.
Kevin Harvick completed a
weekend sweep at Atlanta Motor
Slugger Logan Morrison and
the Minnesota Twins agreed on a
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High of Parkland, Fla., won a state
title in hockey, 11 days after the
school shooting that killed 17.
After finishing his first season
in England empty-handed, manager Pep Guardiola finally collected his first trophy with Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over
Arsenal in the League Cup final.
Gold Coast rivals
wave a white flag
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
and Lancaster Paraclete have
become dominant as league
decides safety is paramount.
ERIC SONDHEIMER
ON HIGH SCHOOLS
In the middle of the high school
basketball and soccer playoffs, I just
have to tell you about this startling
agreement reached by the Gold
Coast League for the 2018 football
season: Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
and Lancaster Paraclete are guaranteed the league’s two automatic
playoff spots regardless of their
record.
The other four league schools that
play 11-man football — Brentwood,
Calabasas Viewpoint, Lancaster
McAuliffe and North Hollywood
Campbell Hall — in return won’t be
required to play Sierra Canyon or
Paraclete. They will compete for
third place.
This decision was made because
Sierra Canyon and Paraclete have
apparently gotten too strong for the
other schools in football. Viewpoint
forfeited to Paraclete last year, citing
safety reasons.
Based on this decision, Sierra
Canyon and Paraclete could go 0-9
before meeting in their season finale
and still be awarded the two automatic playoff berths from the league.
Asked if the Southern Section
would intervene, Southern Section
spokesman Thom Simmons said:
“We can’t do something that is not in
our power, according to the bylaws.”
Sierra Canyon and Paraclete
certainly aren’t feeling bad. In fact,
they get to schedule nine nonleague
games against quality opponents
before ending the regular season
playing for the Gold Coast title.
Sierra Canyon has already
scheduled games against Westlake,
Lawndale, Redondo, Valencia,
Bakersfield, Simi Valley Grace
Brethren, Calabasas and San Pedro.
Paraclete still has openings but
reached agreement to play Higley
(Ariz.), West Hills Chaminade,
Quartz Hill, Sherman Oaks Notre
Dame and La Cañada St. Francis.
The Southern Section had better
take notice, because if schools can
get together and decide not to play
a particular school, others might
follow.
Should Moore League teams stop
playing Long Beach Poly because it
dominates? Last season, the
Jackrabbits won a league game 81-0.
And another they won 64-0.
Said Simmons: “The bylaws provide no direction or ability for us
other than to accept the entries of the
league. It’s not something we would
push, but it’s not our role to get
involved. It’s a league decision.”
Campbell Hall athletic director
Juan Velazquez said his school,
which competes in the Division 13
playoffs, is not ready to face Division
3 Sierra Canyon.
“We’re trying this for this year,” he
said.
This could be a developing weakness of the new Southern Section
playoff format that places each
school in a specific playoff division
regardless of the league. Schools can
keep rising within a league while
others are stuck.
At a minimum, the Gold Coast
League has launched a debate about
what to do when ambitious programs
become too good within a league. The
other schools have basically waved
the white flag when it comes to
playing Sierra Canyon or Paraclete in
football.
“I think it’s wrong and goes
against everything competitive
athletics is about,” Sierra Canyon
football coach Jon Ellinghouse said.
“It’s crazy,” Paraclete coach Dean
Herrington said.
But at a time when parents are
concerned about safety issues in
football, the other schools don’t have
any other choice. They can’t simply
boot Sierra Canyon and Paraclete
out of the league. And taking a forfeit
is worse.
Without membership providing
new options, the Southern Section
can’t do anything. Remember the
Southern Section tried to move
Westlake Village Oaks Christian and
Ventura St. Bonaventure to new
leagues, spent thousands of dollars
in legal costs and lost. There won’t be
any intervention this time.
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: @latsondheimer
Moutinho’s goal makes all
the difference for LAFC
Rookie acquired in the MLS
super draft scores in the 60th
minute in the club’s final
preseason game.
LAFC 1, SACRAMENTO 0
By Kevin Baxter
LAFC’s first preseason sputtered
to a close Sunday with the expansion
Major League Soccer club beating the
Sacramento Republic of the secondtier USL 1-0 on rookie Joao Moutinho’s goal in the 60th minute.
The win, in Sacramento, was
LAFC’s first in a preseason in which it
went unbeaten, playing to draws in its
first three games in its temporary
training home at UCLA.
But with less than a week to go before the regular-season opener in Seattle, the result wasn’t nearly as noteworthy as the lineup coach Bob Bradley put on the field.
Missing were veteran center backs
Walker Zimmerman and Laurent
Ciman and winger Omar Gaber. A
team spokesman said Zimmerman
didn’t travel to Sacramento because
Bradley wanted to get a look at other
players, starting first-round draft
pick Tristan Blackmon and Canadian
international Dejan Jakovic on the
back line instead.
Ciman (knee) and Gaber (groin),
meanwhile, have been sidelined much
of the preseason with injury and
Bradley said last week there’s a
chance both could miss the team’s
first two games.
LAFC has a three-week international break after that so keeping
both players on the sidelines would
give them an additional month to get
healthy.
LAFC said it would release an injury update Monday.
As for the game, LAFC dominated
throughout, outshooting Sacramento 25-5 and putting nine of those
on goal. Bradley got 75 minutes out of
Marcos Urena and 80 from Carlos
Vela in their final tuneups for next
Sunday’s opener.
The only goal came from
Moutinho, the top pick in last month’s
MLS super draft, who collected a Vela
pass midway into the attacking end,
made a long run between two defenders, then put a low left-footed shot inside the far post.
kevin.baxter@latimes.com
Twitter: @kbaxter11
GOLF
Sam Greenwood Getty Images
QUICK ENDING
Justin Thomas plays a shot on the way to defeating Luke List in
only one playoff hole to win the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., his second victory on the PGA Tour this season.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOCCER
AP TOP 25
No. 2 Michigan State 68, Wisconsin 63
No. 9 Purdue 84, Minnesota 60
No. 11 Cincinnati 82, Tulsa 74
No. 20 Nevada 92, Colorado State 83
No. 23 Houston 109, East Carolina 58
NC State 92, No. 25 Florida State 72
SOUTHLAND
Colorado 80, UCLA 76
UC Irvine 66, Hawaii 57 (late Sat.)
WEST
New Mexico 91, UNLV 90
EAST
Canisius 98, Marist 74
Illinois 75, Rutgers 62
Manhattan 92, Quinnipiac 86, 2OT
Memphis 83, UConn 79
Rider 110, Iona 101
Temple 75, UCF 56
SOUTH
Furman 79, ETSU 76
Mercer 69, Wofford 68
UNC-Greensboro 88, Samford 75
VMI 68, Chattanooga 65
W. Carolina 92, The Citadel 75
MIDWEST
Iowa 77, Northwestern 70
N. Kentucky 75, IUPUI 56
Nebraska 76, Penn St. 64
Wright St. 88, Ill.-Chicago 81
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No. 2 Mississippi State 85, Kentucky 63
No. 4 Louisville 81, Pittsburgh 49
No. 5 Notre Dame 86, No. 21 NC State 67
No. 7 South Carolina 46, No. 15 Tennessee 65
No. 8 Oregon 74, Arizona 61
No. 9 Florida State 64, Georgia Tech 61
No. 11 Missouri 63, No. 17 Texas A&M 82
No. 12 Oregon State 64, Arizona State 60
No. 13 Maryland 77, Nebraska 75
No. 14 Ohio State 89, Penn State 64
No. 16 Stanford, Washington State, ppd.
No. 19 Georgia 63, Florida 43
No. 20 Duke 70, UNC 54
No. 22 Green Bay 88, Detroit 45
No. 24 LSU 79, Alabama 78
WEST
California 83, Washington 67
EAST
DePaul 72, Seton Hall 68
Drexel 62, Towson 54
Fairfield 59, Iona 39
Georgetown 74, Providence 48
Maine 74, Albany (NY) 69
Marquette 76, St. John’s 57
Quinnipiac 77, Monmouth (NJ) 57
Rider 53, Manhattan 50
Stony Brook 55, Vermont 49
Syracuse 69, Boston College 63
Villanova 55, Creighton 48
SOUTH
Auburn 60, Mississippi 55
FAU 67, FIU 63
James Madison 67, Delaware 56
Miami 76, Virginia Tech 46
Middle Tennessee 54, Charlotte 53
Northeastern 67, Coll. of Charleston 48
Southern Miss. 60, UTEP 53
Tennessee 65, South Carolina 46
Vanderbilt 78, Arkansas 73
Virginia 48, Wake Forest 41
MIDWEST
Drake 80, Illinois St. 64
IUPUI 56, N. Kentucky 54
Indiana St. 74, Loyola of Chicago 67
INTERNATIONAL
ENGLAND
Premier League
Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham 1
Manchester United 2, Chelsea 1
EFL Cup
Manchester City 3, Aresenal 0
ITALY
Serie A
Crotone 2, Spal 3
Sampdoria 2, Udinese 1
Fiorentina 1, Chievo 0
Verona 2, Turin 1
Sassuolo 0, Lazio 3
Juventus vs. Atalanta, ppd.
Roma 0, AC Milan 2
SPAIN
La Liga
Villarreal 1, Getafe 0
Athletic Bilbao 2, Malaga 1
Valencia 2, Sociedad 1
Sevilla 2, Atletico 5
FRANCE
Ligue 1
Bordeaux 0, Nice 0
Lyon 1, Saint-Etienne 1
PSG 3, Marseille 0
GERMANY
Bundesliga
Leverkusen 0, Schalke 2
RB Leipzig 1, Cologne 2
Minnesota 84, Illinois 75
N. Iowa 63, Bradley 50
Northwestern 63, Rutgers 50
Valparaiso 67, Evansville 54
Wright St. 80, UIC 53
Xavier 57, Butler 54
SOUTHWEST
Texas A&M 82, Missouri 63
UTSA 62, Rice 58
PRO BASEBALL
MLB EXHIBTIONS
Angels 2, San Diego 1
Seattle 2, Dodgers 0
Washington 9, Atlanta 3
NY Mets 10, Miami 3
Boston 7, Baltimore 1
Houston 7, St. Louis 3
NY Yankees 8, Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 8, Detriot (SS) 8
Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 4
Detriot (SS) 6, Toronto 3
Chicago Cubs 12, San Fransico 10
Chicago White Sox 8, Cincinnati (SS) 5
Texas 4, Colorado 2
Oakland 4, Kansas City 4, 10 innings
Cleveland 2, Cincinnati (SS) 2
Milwaukee 5, Arizona 1
Mariners 2, Dodgers 0
Dodgers
ab
3
1
3
1
3
1
2
1
1
1
3
3
2
1
2
1
r
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
h
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
bi
ab r h bi
Utley 2b
0 Gamel lf
3 1 1 1
Peter pr
0 White 1b 1 0 0 0
Sager dh
0 Sgura ss
3 0 0 0
Tijeron ph
0 Law 2b
1 0 0 0
Trner 3b
0 Cano 2b
2 0 0 0
Beaty 3b
0 Vncej 2b
1 0 0 0
Kemp lf
0 Mndza ph 1 0 0 0
Jackson ss
0 Cruz dh
1 0 0 0
Grandal c
0 DeCarlo ph 2 0 1 0
Lcastro pr
0 Sager 3b 2 0 2 0
Pderson cf
0 Mjs-Brn 3b 2 0 0 0
Toles rf
0 Znino c
2 0 0 0
Muncy 1b
0 Gswisch c 1 0 0 0
Rios ph
0 Perkins rf 2 0 0 0
Slano ss
0 Ford 1b
2 0 1 0
Smith c
0 Androli pr 0 1 0 0
Mller cf
2 0 0 0
Totals
29 0 2 0 Totals
28 2 5 1
Dodgers
000 000 000 — 0
Seattle
001 010
00x — 2
E—Jackson (1), Segura (1). LOB—Dodgers 5, Seattle 6. 2B—Muncy 2, Ford. 3B—Gamel.
IP H R ER BB SO
Dodgers
Kershaw
1 0 0 0 0 0
Koehler
1 1 0 0 1 0
Alexander L,
1 1 1 1 0 1
0-1
Baez
1 1 0 0 0 1
Stewart
1 1 1 1 0 0
Lowe
1 1 0 0 0 1
DeFratus
2 0 0 0 1 2
Seattle
Gonzales
2 0 0 0 1 4
Nicasio W, 1-0
1 1 0 0 0 1
Diaz H, 1
1 0 0 0 1 0
Whalen H, 1
2 1 0 0 1 3
Bradford H, 1
2 0 0 0 0 1
Moll S, 1-1
1 0 0 0 0 0
HBP—by—Koehler (Cruz). WP—Koehler, Alexander, Gonzales. Umpires—Home, Lance Barrett
T—2:33. A—7,504
PGA TOUR
$6.6-MILLION HONDA CLASSIC
At Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Par 70
PGA Palm Beach Gardens — 7,140 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
272 (-8)—$1,188,000
x-Justin Thomas (500)...............67-72-65-68
272 (-8)—$712,800
Luke List (300) ........................71-66-66-69
273 (-7)—$448,800
Alex Noren (190) .....................66-75-65-67
274 (-6)—$316,800
Tommy Fleetwood (135) ............70-68-67-69
276 (-4)—$250,800
Byeong Hun An (105) ...............70-72-69-65
Webb Simpson (105)................66-72-66-72
277 (-3)—$221,100
Jamie Lovemark (90) ................68-69-68-72
278 (-2)—$191,400
Sam Burns ..............................70-71-69-68
Emiliano Grillo (80) ..................71-72-69-66
Kelly Kraft (80) ........................72-69-66-71
279 (-1)—$165,000
Dylan Frittelli ...........................71-72-67-69
280 (E)—$151,800
Tiger Woods (65)......................70-71-69-70
281 (+1)—$123,750
Dominic Bozzelli (56)................68-73-71-69
Derek Fathauer (56) .................73-72-71-65
Thomas Pieters (56) .................69-70-71-71
Adam Scott (56) ......................73-72-67-69
282 (+2)—$86,366
Greg Chalmers (45) ..................74-71-70-67
Lucas Glover (45).....................70-75-71-66
C.T. Pan (45) ...........................71-71-71-69
Jason Dufner (45) ....................69-72-70-71
Tom Lovelady (45) ....................75-70-67-70
Scott Piercy (45) ......................70-70-71-71
Rory Sabbatini (45)..................69-69-71-73
283 (+3)—$54,780
Tyler Duncan (34).....................70-74-70-69
Russell Henley (34) ..................68-70-74-71
John Huh (34) .........................71-73-68-71
Louis Oosthuizen (34) ...............67-72-69-75
Michael Thompson (34) ............76-69-70-68
284 (+4)—$43,890
Daniel Berger (27)....................67-72-70-75
Rafa Cabrera Bello (27) ............70-72-73-69
Adam Schenk (27) ...................69-71-71-73
Scott Stallings (27) ..................73-70-70-71
285 (+5)—$29,954
Joel Dahmen (17) ....................74-71-73-67
Roberto Diaz (17).....................71-73-70-71
Sergio Garcia (17)....................72-70-72-71
Chris Kirk (17) .........................71-74-72-68
William McGirt (17) ..................71-71-74-69
Chris Stroud (17) .....................69-73-72-71
Jimmy Walker (17)....................76-68-74-67
Nick Watney (17) .....................71-71-72-71
Harris English (17) ...................71-74-67-73
Brian Harman (17) ...................74-70-69-72
Ben Martin (17) .......................70-71-70-74
Patrick Rodgers (17) .................72-71-69-73
Aaron Wise (17).......................76-69-69-71
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR
$1.75-MILLION QATAR MASTERS
At Doha, Qatar — Par 72
Doha Golf Club — 7,400 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
270 (-18)
Eddie Pepperell, England ...........65-69-66-70
271 (-17)
Oliver Fisher, England................66-69-65-71
272 (-16)
Marcus Kinhult, Sweden ............68-69-67-68
273 (-15)
G Fernandez-Castano, Spain ......68-68-69-68
Gregory Havret, France ..............65-69-70-69
Pablo Larrazabal, Spain.............68-67-70-68
Renato Paratore, Italy................71-66-70-66
274 (-14)
George Coetzee, South Africa .....69-66-71-68
Sebastian Heisele, Germany.......67-68-71-68
275 (-13)
Matthew Baldwin, England .........68-70-68-69
Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France..........68-68-69-70
Adrian Otaegui, Spain ...............67-66-73-69
276 (-12)
Mark Foster, England ................71-68-68-69
Seungsu Han, United States.......69-71-69-67
David Horsey, England ...............71-68-65-72
Matthew Nixon, England ............69-68-69-70
Andrea Pavan, Italy ...................68-69-67-72
Chris Wood, England.................68-69-68-71
COLLEGE
BASEBALL
NONCONFERNCE
Cal Poly 8, Michigan 1
CS Northridge 9, Manhattan 1
Gonzaga 5, UC Irvine 3
Houston 10, CS Fullerton 5
Michigan State 1, Pepperdine 0
Oregon 9, Loyla Marymount 2
TCU 5, Long Beach State 2
UC Riverside 6, Washington 3
UCLA 3, Baylor 0
USC 5, Villanova 2
TENNIS
$1.7-MILLION ATP RIO OPEN
At Rio de Janeiro
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
Singles Championship
Diego Schwartzman (6), Argentina, def. Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, 6-2, 6-3.
$556,010 ATP DEL RAY INTERNATIONAL
At Delray Beach, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Singles Championship
Frances Tiafoe, United States, def. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles Championship
Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow, United
States, def. Nicholas Monroe, United States, and
John-Patrick Smith (4), Australia, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
$226,750 WTA HUNGARIAN LADIES OPEN
At Budapest, Hungary
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
Singles Championship
Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, def. Dominika
Cibulkova (1), Slovakia, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Doubles Championship
Georgina Garcia Perez, Spain, and Fanny Stollar, Hungary, def. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, and
Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 4-6, 6-4, 10-3.
LPGA TOUR
$1.6-MILLION LPGA THAILAND
At Chonburi, Thailand — Par 72
Siam Country Club — 6,576 yards
Final 72-Hole Scores
263 (-25)—$240,000
Jessica Korda ..........................66-62-68-67
267 (-21)—$128,770
Lexi Thompson .........................66-68-69-64
Moriya Jutanugarn ....................66-69-65-67
270 (-18)—$83,762
Minjee Lee ..............................66-67-68-69
271 (-17)—$61,290
Shanshan Feng ........................69-68-68-66
Ariya Jutanugarn.......................68-69-65-69
272 (-16)—$39,022
Jin Young Ko............................73-67-68-64
Pornanong Phatlum ..................69-69-70-64
Brooke M. Henderson................67-68-70-67
Brittany Lincicome ....................67-65-73-67
273 (-15)—$30,644
Michelle Wie............................68-67-69-69
274 (-14)—$28,601
Megan Khang ..........................67-69-69-69
275 (-13)—$26,803
Charley Hull.............................70-70-69-66
276 (-12)—$22,555
Azahara Munoz ........................69-68-71-68
Austin Ernst.............................71-67-69-69
Nicole Broch Larsen..................70-67-68-71
Nelly Korda .............................70-69-65-72
Amy Yang................................67-69-68-72
SANTA ANITA RESULTS
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Co. 36th day of 59-Day meet.
2307 FIRST RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Claiming.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse
$33,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
7 Royal Opera House Desrmux
11.80
4.40
3.40
3 Swinging Star
Prat
5.00
3.20
8 Awesome Heights
Nakatani
3.20
8 Also Ran: Curly’s Waterfront, Particleacelerator, Carrie, Sunny Kat, Pappou.
8 Time: 21.71, 44.05, 1.07.84, 1.13.99. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Alfredo
Marquez. Owner: Cannon, Robert T., Goodwin, Kelley and Goodwin, Tim.
8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (7-3) paid $26.50, $1 Superfecta (7-3-8-6) paid
$331.20, $1 Super High Five (7-3-8-6-5) paid $495.70, 50-Cent Trifecta
(7-3-8) paid $44.60.
2308 SECOND RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden Claiming.
3-year-olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse
$29,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
4 El Asesino
Elliott
8.40
3.80
2.20
5 Imagineiamfastest
Franco
3.60
2.20
2 Alternate Rhythm
Prat
2.10
8 Also Ran: Charming Gent, Dynamic Duo.
8 Time: 22.29, 45.69, 58.18, 1.10.91. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Mick Ruis.
Owner: Ruis Racing LLC.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (7-4) paid $65.40, $1 Exacta (4-5) paid
$16.30, 50-Cent Trifecta (4-5-2) paid $12.25.
2309 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Spring Fever Stakes. Fillies
and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $100,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
3 Miss Sunset
Smith
4.40
3.00
2.10
4 Cuddle Alert
Baze
6.00
2.40
1 Majestic Heat
Prat
2.10
8 Also Ran: Bad Ju Ju, Shy Carmelita.
8 Time: 22.42, 45.68, 57.74, 1.09.92. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Jeff Bonde.
Owner: Klein, Alan Phillip and Lebherz, Philip.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-3) paid $20.40, $1 Exacta (3-4) paid
$12.20, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-4-1) paid $8.95, $1 Pick Three (7-4-3) paid
$56.00.
2310 FOURTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance
optional claiming. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming Price $62,500. Purse $58,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
6 Blame It On Alphie Van Dyke
10.80
4.40
3.60
5 Spin Me a Kiss
Maldonado
9.00
5.40
3 Angel Allie
Baze
5.20
8 Also Ran: Bowie, Zaffinah (IRE), Saida, Instant Reflex.
8 Time: 21.93, 44.00, 1.06.97, 1.13.08. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Richard E.
Mandella. Owner: Johnson, Ellen and Peter O.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (3-6) paid $20.00, $1 Exacta (6-5) paid
$50.00, $1 Superfecta (6-5-3-4) paid $862.40, $1 Super High Five (6-5-34-1) paid $2,234.70, 50-Cent Trifecta (6-5-3) paid $128.05, $1 Pick Three
(4-3-6) paid $81.30.
2311 FIFTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden special weight.
3-year-olds. Purse $54,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
2 Graycaster
Prat
5.20
2.40
2.20
5 Facts Matter
Roman
3.20
2.40
4 Upo
Espinoza
2.20
8 Also Ran: Nate’s Attack, Harbor Drive.
8 Time: 22.07, 45.33, 57.45, 1.03.95. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: C T R Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC and Robertson, Richard.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-2) paid $36.40, $1 Exacta (2-5) paid $6.20,
50-Cent Trifecta (2-5-4) paid $6.15, $1 Pick Three (3-6-2) paid $44.60,
50-Cent Pick Four (4-3-6-2) 4 correct paid $102.60, 50-Cent Pick Five
(7-4-3-6-2) 5 correct paid $342.30.
2312 SIXTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies and mares.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Purse $16,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
6 Dragon Flower
Quinonez
24.80
6.60
3.80
4 Pomp and Party
Roman
2.60
2.10
2 Rockantharos
Pena
4.80
8 Also Ran: Holidayincambodia, Sweetwater Gal, Fruity (IRE).
8 Time: 22.36, 46.11, 58.95, 1.12.17. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Derek Meredith. Owner: Mark Mandala.
8 Scratched: Herunbridledpower.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-6) paid $89.60, $1 Exacta (6-4) paid
$24.30, $1 Superfecta (6-4-2-5) paid $668.00, 50-Cent Trifecta (6-4-2)
paid $85.00, $1 Pick Three (6-2-6) paid $282.40.
2313 SEVENTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance
optional claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming Price $75,000.
Purse $56,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
3 Masked
Van Dyke
3.80
3.00
2.40
8 Cono
Smith
4.80
3.00
7 La La Land (IRE)
Talamo
4.80
8 Also Ran: Risky Proposition, Magic Musketier, Cannonball Comin, Mar-
tin Riggs, Trusting Friend, Colonel Cash.
8 Time: 21.75, 44.03, 1.07.12, 1.13.32. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Bob Baffert.
Owner: Abdullah Saeed Almaddah.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-3) paid $56.00, $1 Exacta (3-8) paid $8.00,
$1 Superfecta (3-8-7-4) paid $645.90, $1 Super High Five (3-8-7-4-1) paid
$3,200.90, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-8-7) paid $29.00, $1 Pick Three (2-6-3) paid
$106.20.
2314 EIGHTH RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $35,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
5 Clear the Mine
Baze
13.40
5.60
4.00
6 Ike Walker
Prat
3.20
3.00
1 Just Kidding
Roman
3.60
8 Also Ran: Mr. Opportunist, Stormin Monarcho, Raagheb.
8 Time: 22.66, 46.21, 1.11.52, 1.24.31, 1.37.27. Clear & Fast. Trainer: John
W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (3-5) paid $35.00, $1 Exacta (5-6) paid
$21.90, $1 Superfecta (5-6-1-4) paid $277.60, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-6-1) paid
$47.90, $1 Pick Three (6-3-5) paid $232.30.
2315 NINTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden special
weight. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Purse $54,000.
P# Horse
Jockey
Win
Place
Show
5 Travieza
Bejarano
9.00
4.20
3.40
10 Rockin Ready
Talamo
3.20
2.40
3 Stradella Road
Franco
4.80
8 Also Ran: Sensible Myth, Spiel, Operandi, Lady Lemon Drop, Sutro, My
Princess Taylor, Sea Glass, Eurasia.
8 Time: 23.28, 46.14, 1.08.68, 1.14.33. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Doug F.
O’Neill. Owner: W.C. Racing Inc. and Lewis, Greg.
8 Scratched: Ladybug.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-5) paid $75.20, $1 Exacta (5-10) paid
$12.90, $1 Superfecta (5-10-3-12) paid $230.70, $1 Super High Five (5-103-12-2) 41 tickets paid $674.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-10-3) paid $32.85, $1
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Ball’s remarks
‘ludicrous,’ says
UCLA’s Alford
Lakers guard’s college
coach rejects notion
that ‘everybody’s
getting paid anyway.’
By Ben Bolch
BOULDER, Colo. —
UCLA coach Steve Alford
and point guard Lonzo Ball
were completely in sync
throughout
Ball’s
one
season with the Bruins, but
they have vastly differing
opinions on the issue of illicit
payments to college basketball players.
Ball, nearing the end
of his rookie season with
the Lakers, said Friday in
response to the widening
scandal threatening college
basketball that “everybody’s
getting paid anyway, you
might as well make it legal.”
Alford didn’t take even a
full second to respond after
he was relayed the quote
from his former star player
Sunday afternoon following
UCLA’s
80-76
loss
to
Colorado at the Coors
Events Center.
“I mean, that’s ludicrous,” Alford said with a
chuckle. “I mean, that’s all
I’ve got to say on that. I
mean, that’s crazy. Not
everybody’s getting paid.”
Ball told reporters he
wasn’t paid because his
father wasn’t interested in
inducements while building
the family’s Big Baller Brand
shoe and apparel label while
he was at UCLA.
But Lakers teammate
and former Utah standout
Kyle Kuzma was among the
players identified as having
been paid by an agent while
in college in documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
Kuzma has declined to
comment on the matter,
saying he was gathering
information.
A possible UCLA connection emerged Friday when
an email obtained by Yahoo
revealed that Brandon
Dawkins, a former business
associate of disgraced NBA
agent Andy Miller, whose
ASM Sports agency is at the
heart of the FBI probe into
alleged payments to high
school prospects, college
players and other intermediaries, met with a prominent
club team director.
Dawkins said in the email
that he had met with Etop
Udo-Ema, the director of the
high school club team the
Compton
Magic
that
Dawkins
described
as
“pretty big time” and
“looking for new partners”
despite an existing relationship with another sports
agency.
Several Magic alumni
have gone on to become
Bruins, including TJ Leaf,
Jaylen Hands, Jalen Hill and
Ike Anigbogu.
Asked if he was concerned about a possible
link between the Compton
Magic and ASM, Alford said,
“Zero concerns. Zero.”
Alford declined to say
how the corruption probe
might change the landscape
of college basketball but
reiterated he was not worried about any connection to
UCLA.
“When it comes to that, I
always sleep well,” Alford
said. “I know how we do
things. I know how our staff
operates, I know how I
operate, so that’s never an
issue when I go to bed.”
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
David Zalubowski Associated Press
ALEX OLESINSKI battles the Buffaloes for a rebound on a night when the Bruins were playing catch-up
most of the time. UCLA fell to 2-6 in Pac-12 games on the road entering Saturday’s season finale at USC.
Swept in the season series
[UCLA, from D3]
jans, and the Bruins might
have to win the conference
tournament to keep playing
meaningful games.
Then again, improbable
history could repeat itself.
UCLA’s resume is fairly similar to the one that got the
Bruins into the NCAA tournament during the 2014-15
season when some didn’t
even consider them on the
bubble. That team got in
with a 20-13 record after going 11-7 in the Pac-12 and advancing to the semifinals of
the conference tournament.
These Bruins share a
more unsettling similarity:
Their defensive efficiency
entering the game Sunday
was No. 118 nationally, according to analytics guru
Ken Pomeroy, the same
ranking UCLA held when it
last missed the NCAA tournament in 2015-16.
It didn’t figure to improve
after the Bruins became the
first team to allow Colorado
(16-13, 8-9) to reach 80 points
PAC-12
STANDINGS
Conf.
TEAM
W L
Arizona
12 4
USC
12 5
Stanford
10 6
UCLA
10 7
Utah
10 7
Oregon
9 7
Washington
9 7
Colorado
8 9
Arizona State
7 9
Oregon State
6 10
Washington State 3 13
California
2 14
David Zalubowski Associated Press
STEVE ALFORD , shown coaching UCLA against
Colorado on Sunday, rejects Lonzo Ball’s assertion
that college players are receiving illicit payments.
Overall
W L
22 7
21 9
16 13
19 10
18 10
19 10
19 10
16 13
19 9
14 14
11 17
8 21
SUNDAY’S RESULT
Colorado 80, UCLA 76
THURSDAY’S GAMES
Oregon at Washington State ............. 6 p.m.
California at Arizona State ................ 6 p.m.
Stanford at Arizona ......................... 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Washington ............. 8 p.m.
SATURDAY’S GAMES
Stanford at Arizona State ........... 11:30 a.m.
Oregon at Washington ................. 1:30 p.m.
California at Arizona ................... 3:30 p.m.
Oregon State at Washington State 3:30 p.m.
Colorado at Utah ............................ 4 p.m.
UCLA at USC ............................. 7:15 p.m.
since Washington State in
mid-January. The Buffaloes
shot only 41.4% and made
the same number of threes
(14) as the Bruins, but won
because they took 25 free
throws and made 18; UCLA
took 12 and made eight.
The Bruins also expended lots of energy with
their first big comeback,
leaving little in reserve.
“When you’re down 12, 13,
14 ... and you battle all the
way back, that takes a lot out
of you,” Alford said.
UCLA took a 56-54 lead
midway through the second
half after a 16-4 run. It
wouldn’t last. Some of the
lowlights as Colorado went
on a 17-1 push included a
Chris Smith turnover leading to Dominique Collier (19
points) making a three, the
Bruins watching as guard
McKinley Wright went in for
a transition layup, and
UCLA’s Aaron Holiday committing a turnover seconds
after a timeout.
Big games from Holiday
(21 points, six assists) and
Wilkes (20 points) weren’t
enough to keep the Bruins
from being swept in the season series.
UCLA fell to 2-6 in Pac-12
road games this season and
18-26 in conference road
games in Alford’s five seasons, largely because of a
lack of sustained urgency
and defensive lapses that
the team doesn’t seem to
know how to fix.
“That effort, that mindset that we’re about to lose
this game that we had in that
last three to four minutes,
we’ve just got to play like
that the whole game,” Wilkes
said. “I just think it kicks in
too late for us a lot of times.”
UP NEXT
Saturday at USC, 7:15 p.m.,
Galen Center, TV: ESPN —
The Bruins toppled the Trojans 82-79 in the first game
this season.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
COLORADO 80, UCLA 76
UCLA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Goloman...........27 4-5 0-0 3-6 0 3 9
Welsh ...............35 2-8 0-0 1-10 1 1 5
Hands ..............19 2-4 0-0 0-5 0 3 6
Holiday .............39 6-19 5-8 1-6 6 3 21
Wilkes ..............31 7-17 3-4 2-3 3 4 20
Ali....................19 4-7 0-0 1-5 2 2 11
Olesinski ...........17 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 4
Smith ...............13 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
Totals
27-65 8-12 9-38 12 21 76
Shooting: Field goals, 41.5%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 14-31 (Holiday 4-9, Ali 3-6, Wilkes
3-8, Hands 2-3, Goloman 1-1, Welsh 1-2, Olesinski 0-1,
Smith 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 11 (8
PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Goloman 2, Smith, Wilkes).
Turnovers: 11 (Holiday 5, Hands 3, Olesinski, Smith,
Wilkes). Steals: 4 (Holiday 2, Hands, Wilkes). Technical
Fouls: Holiday, 16:01 first.
COLORADO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Walton..............21 2-5 0-1 0-7 2 3 4
Collier...............33 5-10 4-6 0-4 3 1 19
King .................28 4-11 5-6 1-4 1 2 16
M.Wright ...........32 4-13 2-4 0-4 8 3 10
Bey ..................17 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2
Siewert .............23 3-5 7-8 3-5 0 2 15
N.Wright............18 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 1 11
Nikolic ..............17 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 3
Schwartz ...........11 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Repine ...............-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
24-58 18-25 5-32 15 15 80
Shooting: Field goals, 41.4%; free throws, 72.0%
Three-point goals: 14-30 (Collier 5-9, N.Wright 3-5,
King 3-9, Siewert 2-2, Nikolic 1-2, Schwartz 0-1,
M.Wright 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 10
(18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (King 3, Bey, Walton). Turnovers: 10 (M.Wright 3, King 2, N.Wright 2, Collier, Siewert, Walton). Steals: 8 (Collier 2, King 2, M.Wright 2, Bey,
Siewert). Technical Fouls: None.
UCLA
36 40— 76
Colorado
45 35— 80
A—8,176 (11,064).
TOP 25 ROUNDUP
Michigan St. clinches Big Ten
associated press
No. 2 Michigan State arrived at Wisconsin feeling a
little discombobulated with
so many off-the-court issues
swirling around the program.
The Spartans are returning to East Lansing with the
outright Big Ten regularseason title and more clarity
about the future of star forward Miles Bridges.
Cassius Winston scored
20 points and went six for six
from the three-point line,
and Bridges hit two late foul
shots to hold off the Badgers
for a 68-63 win on Sunday.
The Spartans (28-3, 16-2)
celebrated in the locker
room after clinching the top
seed in this week’s Big Ten
tournament in New York.
It appears that Bridges’
short-term future is more secure after he was cleared by
the NCAA following a Yahoo! Sports article on Friday
that identified him as one of
many players who may have
received improper benefits.
“I didn’t get anything,
that’s the truth,” Bridges
said.
tin scored 25 points, Jordan
Caroline had 21 points and 14
rebounds
and
Nevada
clinched the No. 1 seed in the
Mountain West tournament
and at least a share of the
regular-season
championship.
at No. 9 Purdue 84, Minnesota 60: Dakota Mathias
matched his career high
with 25 points and led
Purdue to a blowout win.
Carsen Edwards had 18
points for the Boilermakers
(26-5, 15-3 Big Ten).
at No. 23 Houston 109,
East Carolina 58: Houston
(22-6, 12-4 AAC) shot 67%
from the field and built a 6213 first-half lead for the most
points scored in a half by the
Cougars since scoring 62 in
the second half against Florida Tech on Nov. 22, 2005.
at No. 11 Cincinnati 82,
Tulsa 74: Gary Clark led a
24-4 run that put Cincinnati
(25-4, 14-2) ahead to stay
early in the second half, and
the Bearcats held on to preserve their one-game American Athletic lead.
at No. 20 Nevada 92, Colorado State 83: Caleb Mar-
at North Carolina State
92, No. 25 Florida State 72:
Allerik Freeman scored 25
points to lift North Carolina
State. N.C. State (20-9, 10-6)
won its fourth consecutive
Atlantic Coast Conference
regular-season game in the
same season for the first
time since 2006.
‘Dungeon’ helps UFC fighter steer life in right direction
[UFC, from D3]
weight champion Frankie
Edgar, 36, at T-Mobile
Arena.
Reflecting on how he has
gotten here, Ortega pointed
to Luhrsen’s question.
“We’ve all had that one
time ... when you have this
choice, that one chance,” Ortega said. “That’s your ticket
out. That’s your escape. A lot
of people don’t take it, the
guys who tell you later in life,
‘I could’ve done this, I
should’ve been here. ...’ I
heard it all the time. So I just
knew what I was supposed
to do. The energy that time
was, ‘Take this opportunity.’ ”
It would start then as Ortega’s fight camps still begin,
with the fighter driving his
dated Chevy SUV to
Luhrsen’s garage for sessions that cover opponent
breakdown, heavy bag striking, weightlifting and, most
important, deep conversation.
Ed Soares, Ortega’s manager and a longtime friend of
Luhrsen, says, “The influence and guidance James provided Brian is like that of a
father, a confidant, a shadow. Brian is a good-hearted
human being, the captain of
his own ship. All he needed
was to be guided, someone
to help him navigate.”
Luhrsen calls his one-car
garage “the dungeon.”
The pair is shielded from
the world when the garage
door slides down. Inside, Ortega has bared the darkest
torment of his past and reached the most painful limits
of physical conditioning.
“We always said this is going to be from the ground up.
It’s not much, definitely not
state of the art, but it’s where
we started,” Ortega said. “It
started by having this fantasy talk of, ‘One day, you’re
going to do this and that,
and then be champion.’ All
of a sudden, we’re sitting
here training for Frankie
Edgar and the winner gets a
shot at the belt.
“A lot of people think they
need the best training partners, the best gym. I started
with Vans, Jack in the Box
and a dream, and now I’m
here. You just need to have
that work ethic, focus and
dedication.”
There was much to discuss inside the garage —
“there’s some real dark side
to his before,” Luhrsen said.
‘The mind is a powerful tool, and my
mentality in the octagon is literally,
“You have to kill me to stop me.” ’
— Brian Ortega
Ortega had much to be
angry about. He drifted from
an erratic home life in which
his father worked around
the clock and his mother
had criminal trouble. He
sought to harness his interest in fighting at the Gracie
jiujitsu academy in Redondo
Beach, but that sport’s attention to discipline was
sabotaged by his life on the
street.
“My house was a revolving door,” Ortega said. “I was
just telling James’ son, who’s
17, ‘Dude, when I was 17, I
wouldn’t come home for two
to three weeks.’
“And I wouldn’t even get a
call of ‘how are you?’ or
‘where are you?’ It was just …
different. I was up to no
good, and when you’re living
in the houses of the people
who’ll just take you in, the
environment is … not the
best.”
Ortega says it was like
Luhrsen had a crystal ball in
predicting how the fighter’s
friends would fall by the wayside. Luhrsen, who would
only say he is in his 50s, withstood a similar life a generation earlier. He listened and
nodded as Ortega would
confide to the doubts fanned
by those people, even as Ortega went 11-0 in amateur
fights, then won his first
eight pro bouts to land a
UFC contract in 2014.
“There’s always a way to
pull back and discredit ourselves, but once you just
shut that out and start doing it, you realize things
about yourself that you never thought were possible,”
Ortega said. “This was a vision … I used the negativity
as gasoline.
“We just had each other
in the garage. Fight by fight,
it was like, ‘Boom, proved
you wrong.’ They still had
something to say — ‘It’s only
the minor leagues,’ ‘You
barely made it through,’
‘You won’t do it in the UFC —
Now, finally now, they’re like,
‘We believed in you.’ ”
Ortega is 13-0 as an MMA
pro and none of his five UFC
bouts have gone the distance. His most recent victory was a second-round
submission over veteran
Cub Swanson in December
to earn his third fight-of-thenight bonus. Then, earlier
this month, featherweight
champion Max Holloway
withdrew from UFC 222 because of a leg injury and Ortega emerged.
Huddled in the garage,
where Ortega has hung his
blood-stained fight uniforms — “war paint,” he says
— he and Luhrsen consider
the double-edged sword of
his youth and energy versus
Edgar’s wisdom and age.
“James sharpens the
right tools in the right place
to help Brian execute what
he needs at the right time,”
said Soares, who also manages UFC legend Anderson
Silva. “Anderson once told
me there’s a magic moment
in every fight, and Brian’s
able to feel and capitalize off
those magic moments.”
Something that can’t be
coached also stirs in Ortega,
and it’s been seen in his unflinching
response
to
punches in the face.
“The mind is a powerful
tool, and my mentality in the
octagon is literally, ‘You have
to kill me to stop me,’ ” he
said. “I never want to lose,
but James knows the way I
think: If you’re going to fail,
fail big.”
The proof he lives that
motto: A skilled surfer, Ortega dismissed Luhrsen’s
warnings in 2016 about high
surf and took on the Breakwall’s biggest waves. A local
news story headlined, “Two
dead, MMA fighter gets a
scare,” is taped to the garage
wall, after Luhrsen’s friends
pulled a breathless Ortega
from the ocean floor to resuscitate him.
“I’ve proven I can hang in
there, go through adversity
and pull tricks out of the bag.
This is another step I have to
go through. I’m dangerous,”
Ortega said, “because I have
nothing to lose.”
lance.pugmire@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimespugmire
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THE CLOSING CEREMONY brought us a reminder that amid the pageantry of the Games, there remain some cold, hard realities for the athletes in them.
DOPING TAINTED GAMES
[Hernandez, from D1]
continued banishment of
Russia would have punished individual athletes
who had no control or say
over the governmentbacked drug program.
Compared to other athletes,
the Russians were subjected to more extensive
drug screenings before and
during the Games.
There were four positive
drug tests at these
Olympics, two of them by
OAR athletes. But IOC
President Thomas Bach
explained that he didn’t
view the cases as extensions
of what Russia did in Sochi.
These were isolated instances, he said, as opposed
to part of systemic abuse.
Bach said he was pleased
with how OAR responded to
the positive tests, particularly that of bronze-medalwinning mixed curler Alexander Krushelnitzky.
OAR didn’t appeal the
results of the test and immediately returned the
medals that were won by
Krushelnitzky and his wife.
However, the two positive tests were why Russia
failed in its quest to be reinstated for the closing ceremony. Bach never explained
why. Bach also never said
how the IOC determined
these were isolated cases
instead of part of something
larger.
“This fight with doping
will never be over,” Bach
said. “We have to be realistic. The day where we say
‘We have won this fight
against doping’ will not
come. As long as you have
human beings in competition with each other, you will
have some who try to cheat.
In society, you have laws
against theft or robbery for
thousands of years, but
there is still theft and robbery. This is unfortunate,
but we cannot ignore human reality.”
Bach’s statement was
common sense. It was also
extraordinary.
Dan Istitene Getty Images
MADISON CHOCK and Evan Bates of the U.S. did
not medal in ice dance but didn’t let that spoil the fun.
As much as anything, the
organizations and leagues
that control sports sell
stories — stories about
athletes, stories about the
significance of competitions, stories about what
the sports themselves represent.
To be in the sportsentertainment industry is to
nurture and protect these
myths. By saying what he
did, Bach conceded one of
the great myths of the
Olympics — the one about a
level playing field — is, in
fact, a myth.
If the Olympic ideals
exist, they exist inside of the
athletes.
When a group of American athletes was asked
about the IOC’s decision on
Russia, a United States
Olympic Committee
spokesman answered for
them.
“You’re telling us the
news, so I think we probably
need a little time to digest
it,” he said. “But it seems
like the appropriate decision.”
But freestyle skier David
Wise spoke up.
“Cheating’s cheating,”
Wise said. “I think any true
competitor, any true champion, admires winning fairly
more than winning in general. And some people get
lost in that and they make
winning their end goal
rather than winning well
and winning with a conscience, so, yeah, cheating’s
cheating.”
Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor added to the
chorus of frustration. She
spoke of how drugs have
specifically affected her
sport. OAR’s other positive
test at these Games was by
a bobsledder.
“It’s a really difficult
situation as an athlete to
know that these offenses
have occurred and that
they’ve drastically affected
medals, and not only medals, but even who was able to
participate in the Games,”
Meyers Taylor said.
Meyers Taylor understands why this is a problem
not only for her sport, but
the entire Olympic movement.
“I feel like there’s been a
loss in faith of the athletes of
these Games, of all Games,
because of the offenses that
have occurred,” she said.
She still believes. But
who else does? And if there
are others, for how much
longer?
dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
Twitter: @dylanohernandez
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COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
THE TUMULTUOUS scene at last year’s Oscars, with host Jimmy Kimmel, left, commiserating with Warren Beatty about the best-picture envelope mix-up.
AH, MEMORIES
What’s in the cards for the TV production team after last year’s debacle?
BY JOSH ROTTENBERG >>> Rob Paine, supervising producer of
the Academy Awards, remembers an urgent message — one that no
one ever imagined they’d hear — coming over his headset: “It’s wrong!
It’s wrong!”
Derek McLane, the Oscar telecast’s production designer, was
seated in the audience at the Dolby Theatre and recalls the “murmur
of confusion” that suddenly swept through the crowd.
Stationed in a production trailer behind the Dolby, the show’s announcer, Randy Thomas, remembers simply thinking, “What the …?”
Few who sat at home watching last year’s Oscars telecast are likely
to soon forget the show’s shocking and chaotic final moments, in which
“La La Land” was mistakenly announced as best picture over the actual winner, “Moonlight.” But for those who worked behind the scenes
on the show’s production team, that epic snafu wasn’t just a crazy TV
moment. It was a four-alarm disaster that played out on one of the
world’s biggest stages, and, even as they prepare to turn the page with
the 90th Oscars telecast next Sunday, it remains indelibly seared into
their memory.
The best picture win for “Moonlight,” a low-budget, poetic indie
about a gay black boy growing up in Miami, over the musical juggernaut “La La Land” was an upset in its own right. But the way in which
that win unfolded turned what had otherwise been an amiable if somewhat predictable night into one of the most memorable shows in Oscar
history and a reminder that in any live event — the Super Bowl, the
presidential election — anything can happen.
For a film academy that had weathered two [See Oscars, E5]
Era of artisanal blockbusters Americana from
SoCal to Texas
Directors’ personal
touches invigorate
recent mega-movies.
Dave Alvin and
Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s
“Downey to Lubbock”
finds common ground.
By Mark Olsen
The supersized success
of “Black Panther” didn’t
just smash assumptions
about what superheroes are
allowed to look like, it has
also proved that the best
franchise films put the emphasis on the film, rather
than the franchise. Following on the heels of Rian
Johnson’s “Star Wars: The
Last Jedi,” Taika Waititi’s
“Thor: Ragnarok,” Patty
Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman”
and James Mangold’s “Logan,” Ryan Coogler’s “Black
Panther” is one more example of Hollywood’s most surprising trend — artisanal
blockbusters.
[See Blockbusters, E3]
By Randy Lewis
Film Frame / Marvel Studios
“BLACK PANTHER,” from director/co-writer Ryan Coogler, is a superhero film
with an auteur feel. Lupita Nyong’o, left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira star.
Two Americana music
veterans whose paths have
crossed for nearly half a century — even before they
knew each other — are teaming up for their first recording as a duo, a project that
brings Southern California
native Dave Alvin together
with esteemed West Texas
singer-songwriter Jimmie
Dale Gilmore.
The pair recently joined
forces to record the forthcoming album “Downey to
Lubbock,” the title referring
to their hometowns. The
Times is premiering one of
the new collection’s original
songs, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo,” about an imagined
meeting between the two
19th century outlaws whose
lives became the stuff of legend in the American West.
You can listen at lat.ms/
downeytolubbock.
“I thought Jimmie and I
needed something to sing together,” Alvin, 62, said in an
interview shortly after getting home from a recent
round of tour dates with
Gilmore, who is a decade
older. “I’d had the song in
pieces. Usually when I write
the semi-historical mythical
songs, there’s at least five
other verses laying around
— like old folks songs themselves.
“I write in a flurry, then go
back and say, ‘We don’t need
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TELEVISION REVIEW
Franchising
mob model
ROBERT LLOYD
TELEVISION CRITIC
Josh Stringer NBC
MAE WHITMAN , left, Christina Hendricks and Retta play struggling moms who rob a grocery store.
TELEVISION REVIEW
‘Good Girls’ need risks
After the robbery, it’s
unclear what these
moms can get away
with on a network.
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
Three
working-class
moms are driven toward a
life of crime in NBC’s dramedy “Good Girls.”
Waitress Ruby (Retta)
needs life-saving medication
for her daughter, which isn’t
covered by her or her husband’s (Reno Wilson) bottom-end insurance. Mother
of four Beth (Christina Hendricks) must fix the financial
mess left by her philandering husband (Matthew Lillard) or risk losing their
home. Beth’s sister Annie
(Mae Whitman) has to make
enough money to win custody of her daughter against
her moneyed ex (Zach Gilford), but that’s never going
to happen on her minimum
wage salary as a grocery
store clerk.
So the trio slip on ski
masks and rob a grocery
store at (toy) gunpoint. Now
that the loot’s in the bag,
nothing will ever be the same
— except for Ruby’s lasagna
because she froze enough of
it to sustain her family in
case she winds up in prison.
Part “Breaking Bad” and
part “Thelma and Louise,”
this hour-long series which
premieres Monday combines the desperation of
those living the vanishing
American dream with the
fury of the #MeToo movement.
These women want the
good life for their children,
and they want R-E-S-P-EC-T. What’s clear is they’ll
never achieve either of those
goals by playing by the rules.
The premise is similar to
that of “Claws,” the TNT series about the working women of a nail salon who struggle to get ahead in a man’s
world, even as the men
themselves are turning to
any means necessary to
make ends meet. That series, set in the exotic surrounds of central strip-mall
Florida, is fueled by sharp
and sometimes crass humor, and its cast is a wonderful mix of eccentric personalities.
“Good Girls,” which is
executive
produced
by
Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”), doesn’t
quite stand out in the same
way. It’s set around Detroit,
but the surrounds (at least
in the first few episodes
available for review) don’t
contribute much to the
story. The writing has promising moments but is more
safe than daring, which renders the characters a bit too
tame, especially in a narrative where the women’s morality is challenged by their
increasing desperation.
It begs the question:
Would the smooth and middling “Good Girls” be sharper and funnier as a cable or
streaming series? Traditional networks are in the
impossible position of trying
to figure out just who their
audience is among the multiple platforms and billion
new shows, and that requires appealing to a wide
swath of demographics
without alienating advertisers. Edges get sanded, rough
bits polished.
The networks’ comfort
‘Good Girls’
Where: NBC
When: 10 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-14-DLSV (may
be unsuitable for children
under the age of 14 with
advisories for suggestive
dialogue, coarse language,
sexual content and
violence)
zones are sitcoms such as
“The Big Bang Theory” and
“Modern Family,” or police
procedurals which follow
formats that have worked
since the dawn of television.
When the story lines become more complicated,
however, that tightrope walk
between challenging artistry and mass appeal becomes more precarious.
Walter
White’s
crime
odyssey and the liberation of
Thelma and Louise crossed
TV and film boundaries: he
was a working-class hero
who wasn’t exactly heroic,
and they grabbed the wheel
from the men who’d been
driving them mad.
“Good Girls,” of course,
shouldn’t be held to those
impossible high standards.
But it does need some element of risk to make it pop,
and even as the ladies’ simple plan of robbery turns into
a crime spree that includes
kidnapping, bilking a senior,
and tangling with prisontattooed gangsters, there’s
not a lot of surprises here.
Hendricks isn’t the most
convincing
desperate
housewife. The detached demeanor and ambition that
made “Mad Men’s” Joan a
memorable character didn’t
entirely fade with that pe-
riod show, and it’s hard to
reconcile with the freshly
woke soccer mom in “Good
Girls.” One of the best moments for Hendricks’ Beth is
when she does find her mojo
after kicking her cheating
husband out of the house.
She spends several episodes trying to master the
impossible remote control
system to simply turn on cable TV — input, input, power
cable, menu (or something
like that). The kids are losing confidence in mom.
When she finally masters it,
it’s almost as if the clouds
part, and she’s showered in a
small ray of empowerment.
Retta and Whitman are
better suited in their roles,
and their characters provide
the
deepest
emotional
hooks. When they interact
with their kids, you can feel
Ruby’s powerlessness as she
sits in a free clinic begging
for the doctors to pay attention to her child’s failing kidneys. Impulsive single mom
Annie is immature. Her
tween daughter Sadie (Izzy
Stannard), who dresses like
a boy, is the grown-up in this
relationship. Their family
life may look dysfunctional,
but they protect each other,
and the love between them is
palpable. Scenes between
these two are as sweet as
they are believable.
Women driven to the
edge is no doubt a poignant
theme in the time of #Times
Up. But as the culture
pushes forward into unexplored territory, so too must
the characters of TV and
film. The “Good Girls” need
more than ski masks. They
need a challenge.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
Twitter: @lorraineali
The eight-part drama
“McMafia,”
premiering
Monday on AMC, is one of
those productions that
regularly wash up on our
shores, with exotic locations
and multinational casts involved in international skulduggery. The title, which
comes from Misha Glenny’s
2008 nonfiction book, “McMafia: A Journey Through
the Global Criminal Underworld,” is explained within
the series when a character
compares the drug trade to a
fast-food franchise: The one
with the most locations
wins.
But beyond that, the series, created by Hossein
Amini and James Watkins,
does not really go deeply into
particulars, other than to offer some money-laundering
montages, highlight the use
of shipping containers and
picture the enterprise as run
by men in expensive suits
speaking politely, often in
nice restaurants or fancy
parties.
Alex Godman (James
Norton, the priest-detective
in the “Masterpiece: Mystery” series “Grantchester”)
is a Russian-born investment banker raised in
British boarding schools
and polished at Harvard. He
has a small but successful
firm he has been careful to
keep apart from all things
Russian or connected with
his family, which has a criminal past.
Without going too much
into spoilery detail, things
occur that put Alex reluctantly in cahoots with
Semiyon Kleiman, a drugrunning Israeli politician
(David Strathairn, oddly
cast but not uninteresting),
who is attempting surreptitiously to undermine his
Russian rival, Vadim Kalyagin (Merab Ninidze). (That
the Godmans, too, are Jewish, is expressed only by the
men wearing yarmulkes at
funerals, and Alex’s remembering being called a “Yid” at
school.)
The unsuccessful target
of an assassination attempt
in one of the series’ early
scenes, Vadim is also the reason the Godman family is in
exile, which has left papa
Dimitri
(Aleksei
Serebryakov) an extravagantly
sorrowful drunk, dreaming
only of the day he can safely
return to Moscow. In the
meantime, he has a dangerous habit of going up to the
roof with a bottle of what I
can only suppose is vodka,
forcing his children to keep
the windows locked. He is
not particularly a candidate
for your sympathy.
With scenes set in London; Tel Aviv; Moscow;
Mumbai, India; Prague,
Czech Republic; and Istanbul, Turkey, among other
passing locations, the series
does not lack for incidental
glamour. (There is a yacht
too.) At the same time, the
photography, even in the action sequences, remains
Nikola Predovic Cuba Pictures
“McMAFIA” drama
stars David Strathairn,
left, and James Norton.
‘McMafia’
Where: AMC
When: 10 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-14-LSV (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14 with
advisories for coarse
language, sexual content
and violence)
calm and naturalistic — it is,
one might say, a matte finish
approach, rather than a
glossy one.
What’s difficult is caring
what happens to most of
these characters for any
amount of time, given how
much time there is — a task
complicated by the fact the
person you may be rooting
for in one scene is the person
you may have rooted against
in the previous one, or will in
the next. That they may love
their children or friends —
whose lives may be endangered by that love — may
briefly soften a viewer’s
heart. Some (Kirill Pirogov
as a Russian security agent)
get by on actorly charisma.
But apart from the women
— the wives, girlfriends,
daughters and a kidnapped
beautician (Sofia Lebedeva)
— most of the main characters are bad people doing
bad things for bad reasons.
There is something undeniably appealing in Alex’s
nearly unflappable sangfroid and we are shown him
training in hardcore martial
arts to let us see that he is
disciplined and plausibly capable of surviving an action
scene or two. At the same
time, Norton’s performance
is so measured that whatever internal struggles Alex
is experiencing on his journey through the dark side
remain obscure to the
viewer.
Alex believes he is working mainly to ensure the
safety of his family and his fiancée, Rebecca Harper (Juliet Rylance), who works for
an “ethical capitalist.” He is
not even sure he is doing
wrong, just moving money
around — though he is sufficiently unsure to lie about it
— and convinced in any case
that it is only for a while. He
thinks he’s in control, but he
does make some poor
choices on the way to filling
up eight hours of television.
robert.lloyd@latimes.com
TELEVISION REVIEW
‘Living Biblically’s’ sin? A lack of laughs
By Chris Barton
Like a lot of failed sitcoms, CBS’ new “Living Biblically” probably seemed like
a good idea at the time.
Inspired by A.J. Jacobs’
2007 bestseller “The Year of
Living Biblically: One Man’s
Humble Quest to Follow the
Bible as Literally as Possible” — a title that works as
a tidy elevator pitch itself —
the show arriving Monday
centers on Chip (Jay R. Ferguson, best known as the
amply bearded Stan Rizzo
from “Mad Men”), a newspaper film critic and lapsed
Catholic who follows in
Jacobs’ footsteps to enter a
sticky world of ancient absolutes to the chagrin of his
friends, family and so on.
Presumably, the facial hair
will make a comeback too.
Except in the case of
Jacobs — the writer of similar journalistic gadget-plays
such as attempting to outsource his life and embarking on an effort to read every
volume of Encyclopedia Britannica — the dip into the
Bible was driven by a book
that also examined other
perspectives among the devout about faith and religious practice. Produced by
“Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny
Galecki, “Living Biblically”
flips the concept by placing
Chip at a personal crossroads between the death of a
best friend and the prospect
of impending fatherhood,
two factors that lead him to
follow the Bible in the hopes
of becoming a better person.
While Chip is eventually
encouraged to turn his efforts into a column at his paper, the motivational switch
seems driven by an urge for a
tidier narrative, which is
part of the problem. “Living
Biblically” adheres to sitcom
tropes so strictly, it’s as if
those have also been written
in stone, perhaps somewhere on a CBS backlot.
You have the preternaturally patient wife (Lindsey
Craft), who weathers the
complications spurred by
her husband’s impulsive
pursuit; the wisecracking
coworker (Tony Rock); the
intimidating boss (a wasted
Camryn Manheim); and
even a local bar where Chip
talks theological matters
with a willing rabbi and a
‘Living
Biblically’
Where: CBS
When: 9:30 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-PG-L (may be
unsuitable for young
children with an advisory
for coarse language)
Sonja Flemming CBS
CHIP (Jay R. Ferguson) and Leslie (Lindsey Kraft)
share a glass or two with Father Gene (Ian Gomez).
priest (David Krumholtz
and Ian Gomez, respectively), whom he dubs his
“God squad.”
Centuries of religion and
decades of television have
proved such strictures can
be useful guides if coupled
with good works — in this
case, strong jokes and writing. But that’s where “Living
Biblically” falls short.
A spiritual crisis of the
kind that would lead some-
one to return to their faith is
rich material from a character standpoint, but you never get the sense that Chip is
much more than a tourist.
His Bible study leads him to
consider his phone a false
idol in the second episode,
but
“Living
Biblically”
mostly uses it to show it’s
hard to live without one.
And rather than giving
Chip a moral compass
strong enough to tell a “bro-
code”-spouting adulterer in
the office to shut his mouth
in the first episode, Chip
eventually follows the Old
Testament’s way, which
strangely feels far less direct.
In the early going, the show’s
conceit is less of a means to
consider faith, self-improvement and how both mingle
with modern life than it is a
desire to be told what to do.
Chip doesn’t seem to be
finding religion as much as a
few quirky new habits.
Though his faith seems renewed in the last of the three
episodes CBS made available for preview (featuring
JoBeth Williams as his judgmentally atheist mother-inlaw), his advocating for surrendering to something
greater through prayer is
undercut by the episode’s
simplistic reinforcement of
the practice as a means to
get what you want.
But even setting aside
the show’s lack of interest in
the complexity of faith, it’s
greatest sin is simply not being funny enough. The characters are too thin and familiar to generate laughs on
their own, and some jokes
rely too heavily on references
while others just don’t make
sense. “Who are you?
Kramer?” his priest asks as
Chip barges into someone’s
confessional, having evidently not yet discovered
“The Golden Rule.”
The show’s failures are a
shame because religion is a
powerful enough presence in
our culture to be approached with honesty and
wit. The British import
“Rev” comes to mind as a
compelling example, as well
as HBO’s stand-up comedycentric “Crashing,” which
follows its own bent spiritual
journey. To do it right, however, you have to be willing to
break a few rules.
chris.barton@latimes.com
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
King T’Challa still reigns
‘Black Panther’
remains leader of the
pack and is the top
February film ever.
By Kevin Crust
No one will ever underestimate King T’Challa of
Wakanda again.
“Black Panther,” proving
its $200-million opening
weekend was no fluke,
eclipsed $108 million over the
last three days, trailing only
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the largest second
weekend of all time, according to data from measurement and analytics firm
ComScore.
Directed
by
Ryan
Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B.
Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o,
Marvel
Studios’
latest
superhero epic continued to
monopolize the domestic
box office, easily sweeping
aside the week’s newcomers
— “Game Night,” “Annihilation” and “Every Day” — its
three-day total accounting
for more than 50% of the
weekend’s gross.
“Black Panther’s” $400million North American total already makes it the
highest-grossing February
film ever. Internationally,
the Disney release tallied
$83.8 million to bring its
global total to $704 million.
No. 2 “Game Night,” an
action-comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel
McAdams, opened with $16.6
million, apace with analysts’
projections but higher than
the studio’s reported expec-
Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada:
3-day
Percentage
gross
change from
Total
(millions) last weekend (millions)
Movie
(Studio)
Days in
release
1 Black Panther
$108.0 -47%
$400.0
10
(Disney)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 Game Night
$16.6
N/A
$16.6
3
(Warner Bros.)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 Peter Rabbit
$12.5
-28%
$71.3
17
(Sony)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 Annihilation
$11.0
N/A
$11.0
3
(Paramount)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Fifty Shades Freed
$6.9
-60%
$89.6
17
(Universal)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 Jumanji: Welcome to
$5.7
-29%
$387.3
68
the Jungle
(Sony)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 The 15:17 to Paris
$3.6
-53%
$32.3
17
(Warner Bros.)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------8 The Greatest Showman $3.4
-32%
$160.8
68
(20th Century Fox)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 Every Day
$3.1
N/A
$3.1
3
(Orion)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 MET Opera: la Bohème $1.9
N/A
$1.9
1
(Fathom Events)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Industry totals
3-day gross
(in millions)
Change from
2017
Year-to-date
gross
(in billions)
Change
from
2017
Change in
attendance
from 2017
54.5%
$1.9
12.7%
N/A
$192
Sources: comScore
Los Angeles Times
tations.
Despite
The
Times’
Justin Chang’s assessment
of “Game Night” as a “tediously overworked suburbannoir farce,” it satisfied most
critics, netting 81% fresh on
review aggregator Rotten
Tomatoes, while scoring a
B+ with audiences per the
polling firm CinemaScore.
Holdover “Peter Rabbit,”
Sony’s hybrid live-action/
animation adaptation of the
Beatrix Potter children’s
classic, held on to third place
with $12.5 million in its third
weekend. Its modest 28%
drop, reflecting it being the
primary option for families
with young children, brings
its total to $71.3 million.
In fourth place, British
writer-director Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller “Annihilation,” his first film since
the critically acclaimed “Ex
Machina” in 2014, earned
$11 million. The film stars
Natalie Portman as a biologist on a mission with an allfemale team in a toxically
mutated region of the U.S.
that Chang called “a mindbending foray into the
unknown.” The cerebrally
challenging movie received
only a C CinemaScore but
pleased critics, with an 87%
on Rotten Tomatoes.
Rounding out the top five
was “Fifty Shades Freed” at
$6.9 million, also in its third
weekend. The wind-up of the
erotic romance trilogy, starring Dakota Johnson and
Jamie Dornan, stands at
$89.6 million total. The previous two installments, 2015’s
“Fifty Shades of Grey” and
2017’s “Fifty Shades Darker”
finished at $166.2 million and
$114.6 million, respectively.
Finally, the third of the
week’s new releases, “Every
Day,” the rebooted Orion
Pictures’ teen fantasy romance, finished ninth with
$3.1 million on 1,600 screens.
Kimber Myers, reviewing for
The Times, characterized
the movie as “all soul and no
brain.” The film rated a B+
on CinemaScore, and left
critics split, landing at 50%
on Rotten Tomatoes.
Next week, “Black Panther” faces Bruce Willis in
the “Death Wish” remake
and Jennifer Lawrence’s spy
thriller “Red Sparrow.”
calendar@latimes.com
Super-visionary filmmakers
[Blockbusters, from E1]
Each of these films, in its
own way, bears the unmistakable imprint of its director,
whether the exploration of
identity and representation
in “Black Panther,” the genre
sleight-of-hand in “Last
Jedi,” the liberating optimism of “Wonder Woman,”
the absurdist humor of “Ragnarok” or the intense character drama of “Logan.” And
that in itself feels like a win for
the industry and audiences
alike.
Collectively they feel like a
triumph over the long-simmering tension between art
and commerce — between
personal expression and
commercial concerns — that
has seen renewed debate in
the film industry as artists
endeavor to make movies
that feel like more than another episode in a series.
The rise of franchiseminder figures such as Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy in
roles that are an unusual
blend of producer, production chief and showrunner,
initially looked to be pointing
toward a homogenous sameness from film to film in the
name of quality control and
brand management.
When director Edgar
Wright left Marvel’s “AntMan” just before it went into
production in 2014, it was interpreted as a blow against
allowing for the idiosyncrasies of individual filmmakers
within the confines of the current production model. A
similar reaction erupted
when filmmakers Chris
Miller and Phil Lord left the
upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars
Story” deep into production,
citing “creative differences.”
And related or not, it was after the disastrous reception
to his oddball indie “The
Book of Henry” that “Jurassic World” director Colin
Trevorrow departed the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode
IX” project.
One of the most common
complaints against current
serialized franchises, and installments such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Justice
League,” is that the films do
not seem like individual
works, but rather episodes in
some larger story. The recent
films such as “Black Panther” that have gotten
around that problem have
done so in part because their
filmmakers draw outside the
lines. There’s a push toward
putting a personal imprint
on the storytelling rather
than conforming to some
greater blueprint. The resulting films stand firmly on their
own.
One uniting factor among
these recent franchise auteurs is that each latched on
to the scale of the storytelling
Clay Enos Warner Bros.
“WONDER WOMAN’S” Chris Pine and Gal Gadot share sometimes touching,
sometimes screwball rapport in director Patty Jenkins’ World War I-set film.
the projects afforded them.
From more creatively conceived villains to sidestepping the trope of mass destruction as climactic event,
this is where a grasp of storytelling beyond mere plot mechanics really comes into
play.
The new breed of franchise auteurs are engaging
audiences on deeper levels of
character and thematic development.
All
initially
emerged with low-budget independent features (many of
them made their debut at the
Sundance Film Festival). It is
likely also noteworthy that
these filmmakers all place
particular emphasis on collaboration — most work with
core colleagues from film to
film, opening up their own artistic practice and smashing
the dictatorial stereotypes of
the director.
Which is another way of
saying that the works they
create are just good movies,
well-made, engaging and entertaining. The screwball
snap between Gal Gadot and
Chris Pine in “Wonder Woman,” the zesty verve of Cate
Blanchett and Tessa Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok” or
the discovery of young Dafne
Keen in “Logan” all bring a
human scale of emotion to
outsized stories.
Late in “The Last Jedi,”
one space transport smashes
through a much larger vessel
in a bold, desperate maneuver to save a small fleet of escaping ships. The exposure of
the image dramatically shifts
as the impact fills the entire
screen and the soundtrack
drops out to a suspended silence, creating an unexpectedly serene moment of obliteration, hope, sacrifice and
survival. The formal daring of
the moment is the exact sort
of thing these types of movies
typically don’t do, which is exactly what makes Johnson’s
choice so exciting, so impactful, so special.
Likewise, early in “Black
Panther,” a futuristic ship
sweeps across an African
plain, taking in a postcard
landscape. Then it suddenly
swoops within a secret city in
the hero’s home nation of
Wakanda, flying by skyscrapers with thatched balconies
and a cityscape drawn from
the iconography of Afrofuturist science fiction. It is a
breathtaking moment of immersion and innovation that
in many other films would be
a throwaway series of expository shots.
Coogler’s
arrival
sequence is also something of a
microcosm for the rest of the
film, a surprise world hidden
underneath more typical expectations.
There are plenty of projects on the way from the
Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men
and DC franchises, and many
more opportunities for the
filmmakers behind these
franchises to continue to distinguish themselves. Even
the venerable James Bond
franchise has found new life
with two recent films directed by Sam Mendes and
current reports that Danny
Boyle is in consideration for
the next adventure.
With filmmakers such as
Coogler and Johnson —
alongside Jenkins, Waititi
and other creators of handcrafted blockbusters — blazing a trail, hopefully more
filmmakers will find a way to
satisfy the needs of the system while also building vehicles for personal expression
and achievement of craft at
the highest levels. And hopefully they will be granted the
same leeway to do it.
While franchise films are
simply a reality of contemporary Hollywood, filmmakers
have shown that the effort
that goes into them does not
have to be as simplistic nor as
cynical as the old adage “one
for them.”
Rather, by making movies
that smartly and distinctly
bridge that eternal art/
commerce gap and appeal
to inclusive modern audiences, they are working to
ensure the franchises are for
all of us.
mark.olsen@latimes.com
Twitter: @IndieFocus
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THEATER REVIEW
‘Henry V’ may please all but the purists
A Noise Within’s
shortened adaptation
of Shakespeare classic
proves a rousing ride.
‘Henry V’
Where: A Noise Within,
3352 E. Foothill Blvd.,
Pasadena
By F. Kathleen Foley
Co-directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott have certainly not held
back in their bold staging of
“Henry V” at A Noise Within,
beginning with a truncated
adaptation by Geoff that
runs just a tad over two
hours and takes certain liberties with the text.
Shakespeare
purists
might balk at the omissions,
but if you’re not a Shakespearean stickler, you may
well find that this “Henry” is
a breathless theatrical joy
ride full of thrills, chills and
spills (of blood, naturally).
As the action opens,
Henry V (an authoritative
Rafael Goldstein, the linchpin of the production) has
just ascended to power and
must assert his supremacy
over a divided nation that’s
still rankled by his father’s
usurpation of the throne.
Henry’s dissolute youth tells
against him, but a pointed
insult from the French
Dauphin (Kasey Mahaffy)
cements Henry’s resolve to
invade France and recon-
When: In repertory (see
website for schedule);
ends April 6
Tickets: From $25
Info: (626) 356-3100,
www.anoisewithin.org
Running time: 2 hours, 10
minutes.
Craig Schwartz
A SCENE from the action-packed “Henry V,” nimbly co-directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott,
quer the lands he considers
his by right.
Of course, from there, the
play charts Henry’s rise to
glorious manhood and royal
supremacy,
culminating
with the magnificent St. Cri-
spin’s Day speech, a call to
arms that, in Goldstein’s
stirring delivery, raises
goosebumps.
Frederick Stuart is particularly fine as the French
King Charles VI. Erika Soto
is an ideal gamine as Katherine, the French princess
whom Henry woos and wins.
And Mahaffy strikes just the
right note of effete hubris as
the Dauphin.
Among the design el-
ements, Robert Oriol’s
sound and original music
are standouts.
Frederica Nascimento’s
set, however, is a mixed
blessing, at least initially, as
the performers labor up and
down daunting steps apparently designed for giants.
(That unit, fortunately, later
breaks apart into components that serve the action
well.)
Combat sequences by
fight choreographer Kenneth R. Merckx Jr., assisted
by co-fight choreographers
Marc LeClerc and Collin
Bressie, are inspired — rousing battles that fill the stage
with tumult and turmoil.
Rodriguez-Elliott and Elliott are intrepid vandals in
the high church of Shakespeare. They may have
spray-painted out a few passages, but they have kept the
meaning intact in a richly articulate production that never flags in energy or style.
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It can’t happen again, right?
[Oscars, from E1]
years of #OscarsSoWhite
controversy and now finds
itself trying to navigate the
#MeToo moment, this was a
singular crisis it could never
have seen coming.
The show’s director,
Glenn Weiss, is one of many
members of that team returning to work on this
year’s telecast, including
producers Michael De Luca
and Jennifer Todd. For
Weiss, who earned a Directors Guild Award earlier this
month for his work on last
year’s show, the best-picture
fumble and the nonstop coverage that followed dramatically illustrate the high
stakes of mounting one of
the
most-watched
live
shows on television.
“The difference between
doing the Oscars and other
shows is not the mechanics
of the job, it’s not the functions that you do every day,
it’s the microscope the show
is under,” said Weiss, who
has also directed the Tony
Awards and the Emmys,
among other live broadcasts. “It’s scrutinized. It’s
watched all over the world.
Just looking at the red carpet and how many outlets
are here, it’s something that
is focused on and paid attention to within and without
the industry.”
It’s easy to forget after the
most stunning blunder in
Oscars history, but as Weiss
points out, the show had
gone off without a hitch up
until that final envelope was
opened. Indeed, as the producers of “La La Land” took
the stage to accept what
they thought was their best
picture award, the production team was preparing to
bring the carefully choreographed telecast in for a
smooth landing.
“I was about to tweet
‘That’s a wrap,’ ” says Thomas, who was the first woman
ever hired by the academy to
announce the Oscars — and
will return this year for her
ninth time.
When the show’s key
stage manager Gary Natoli
announced over the production’s internal communications system that a mistake
had been made, it took a moment for some on the crew to
wrap their heads around
what he was saying.
“I couldn’t figure out
what
was
supposedly
wrong,” Paine said. “I
thought Gary had lost his
mind. I thought he was upset about the fact that ‘La La
Land’ had won. Then I
looked up and I saw him on
camera — and, well, I don’t
think you can print what we
all said in the truck.”
As the reality quickly
sank in, Weiss knew that he
had to let the audience see
what was happening in real
time with complete transparency. No matter how
awkward or embarrassing it
might be, there would be no
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FAYE DUNAWAY and Warren Beatty prepare to open the envelope they had been given for best picture.
cutting to a commercial, no
breaking away for “technical
difficulties.”
“In the world of live television, mishaps happen, and
reflexively, instinctively you
go wide, you cut away, you do
what you can not to show it,”
Weiss said. “In this case, it
had to play the opposite way.
I don’t care that suddenly
there’s a guy in a headset onstage now, I don’t care that
suddenly the accountants
are on stage. What we need
to do is make sure that we’re
not accused of covering anything up.”
When “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz held
up the right card showing
that “Moonlight” was indeed
the winner, Weiss had a camera ready to zoom in on it,
creating an image that became an instant viral meme.
“I’ve been joking about
the fact that I’ve spent a
whole career staging breathtaking, beautiful moments
on television, and the shot
that I’ll be remembered for is
a guy holding a card,” Weiss
says. “But I have to thank
Jordan. Not only did he handle this so graciously — and
I’m not sure everybody
would have in this situation
— but he gave us the opportunity to get that shot.”
Taryn Hurd, who is returning this year for her fifth
time as the show’s talent
producer, was seated next to
De Luca and Todd as the
shock waves spread. As the
person on the production
team responsible for booking and taking care of the
show’s presenters, she felt
awful for Faye Dunaway and
Warren Beatty, who had
been handed the wrong envelope by a PricewaterhouseCooper accountant.
“It broke my heart for
them,” said Hurd. “Obviously, as we all know now, it
had absolutely nothing to do
with them and was not in
any way their fault, but they
were the faces of it. Once it
all unfolded on stage and everyone came back, there was
definitely a feel of, like, ‘OK,
let’s take stock.’ All of us
were just trying to figure out
how that happened so we
could get ahead of it because
we knew the kind of story it
was going to be.”
Looking to this year’s
show, the production team is
confident that sort of freak
bungle won’t happen again.
New procedures have been
put in place to further guard
against such a mix-up, and
the PricewaterhouseCoopers officials who handled last
year’s envelopes have been
replaced. While it’s safe to
predict that returning host
Jimmy Kimmel will make a
joke or two about it, the hope
is that the audience can shift
its focus back to the movies.
“The most important
thing is to remember that it’s
about the movies,” said returning head writer Jon
Macks, who is working on his
21st Oscars telecast.
With the show just days
away, the production team is
intent on preserving as
many surprises as possible.
But given the 90th ceremony
milestone, you can expect
the telecast to be steeped in
the histories of Hollywood
and Oscar shows.
“When I grew up watching the show, and in my early
days on the show, the musical numbers used to be very
large and extravagant,” said
Paine, who has been a part of
the Oscars production team
for more than 20 years. “I
think there will be a few of
those moments this year.”
“We took an extra-careful
look at the history of the Oscars as an event, really looking at what its roots were as
a show to see if there were
any ways to honor that on
this occasion,” said McLane,
who says the driving visual
motif of this year’s set design
is “light and reflectivity.”
“There are things that
are both reminiscent of
some of the shows from the
past, but there’s also a lot of
stuff that I hope will feel very
contemporary and modern
and forward-thinking.”
This has been no ordinary year in Hollywood, as
the industry has been
rocked for months by ongoing sexual harassment
scandals. Earlier this year,
last year’s lead actor winner
Casey Affleck, who has faced
allegations of inappropriate
behavior toward two women, withdrew from presenting the lead actress award at
this year’s show. (“I’m not
really at liberty to talk about
that one,” Hurd says.) Beyond that, while there’s no
doubt the #MeToo movement will be represented in
the show, how exactly that
unfolds remains to be seen.
“At the end of the day we
can’t control what someone
at a microphone is going to
say,” Weiss said. “But our focus is to celebrate 90 years of
a great industry, and there is
so much to work with with
that. We want to keep it positive and stay on that message.”
As for last year’s chaotic
conclusion, Weiss can even
see the positive in that.
“When people come up to
me at parties and ask the
question, the first thing I say
to them is, ‘Can you tell me
right now, without taking
out your phone, who won
best picture three years
ago?’ ” he said. “And nobody
can name it. I think ‘Moonlight’ will be remembered. I
don’t wish this on anyone,
but the upside for them at
least is there’s notoriety in
some way.”
josh.rottenberg
@latimes.com
Twitter: @joshrottenberg
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
The American Contract
Bridge League’s Spring
Championships start next
week in Philadelphia. The
ACBL, which promotes all
types of bridge with a focus
on competition, runs hundreds of tournaments yearly
as well as local club games.
Philadelphia is hosting one
of three 10-day nationals.
ACBL tournaments are
for everyone. There will be
events and activities for
players at all levels.
Tournament play improves your game and measures your progress. Doing
well is exhilarating, but you
need good technique. Say
you play at 3NT as today’s
South, and West leads the
queen of spades, won by
your ace.
You have six top tricks
and need three more before
West can use his spades. If
the missing clubs break 2-2,
you can get three extra club
tricks. If clubs break 3-1, you
can succeed by losing a heart
to the ace and finding a 3-3
diamond break.
Test the diamonds. If
they break 3-3, force out the
ace of hearts. If not, play
clubs and hope for good luck.
Question: You hold: ♠ A 4
♥ Q 6 5 ♦ K 7 5 ♣ 9 8 6 4 2. Your
partner opens one spade,
you respond 1NT, he bids
two hearts and you return to
two spades. Partner then
bids 2NT. What do you say?
Answer: Your false preference of two spades showed
fewer than 10 points and only
a tolerance for spades, not
real support. Knowing that,
your partner bid again and
so remains interested in
game. Since you have a maximum hand for your previous bidding, go to 3NT and
expect to make it.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠A4
♥Q65
♦K75
♣98642
WEST
EAST
♠ Q J 10 8 7
♠9652
♥ A 10 8 3
♥972
♦863
♦ J 10 9
♣J
♣KQ7
SOUTH
♠K3
♥KJ4
♦AQ42
♣ A 10 5 3
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1 NT
Pass
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ Q
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ASK AMY
Suddenly, a libido surge
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You’re not a stereotype. Today there’s a reward for defying the stereotype.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): The only good thing
about regret is that it shows
you what to want today. Use
it as information to help you
look for opportunities.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Among the strongest addictions of all is a person’s addiction to his or her own
story. If yours isn’t a story
that’s serving you, give it up.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You know it’s “just” an experience, but it’s still your life.
Whatever the stakes may be,
play full out.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Without a destination, you’ll
do a lot of moving but feel as
if you’re getting nowhere.
Give yourself the satisfaction of arrival.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don’t explain what went into
your special recipe; just go
for the overall effect.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
You can save yourself a lot of
hassle by choosing right in
the first place. This will be
true for relationships, tasks,
items just about everything
you do.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Skilled actors know that
even if they are playing
someone deplorable, they
must use a nonjudgmental
kind of compassion to find
the motivation behind villainy. This will apply in the
case of your figuring someone out today.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): There’s a new pattern emerging in your life.
Give it scrutiny. Is this really
what you want to repeat?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): It’s a flipbook kind of
day. You’ll go quickly from
scene to scene. Be sure to appreciate each moment.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’re very supportive in
a particular situation these
days. Just don’t let this be
the norm, or someone will
become dependent on you.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You can afford to be selective. There’s a big difference between action and intelligent action.
Today’s birthday (Feb.
26): You’re not the same person you were last year, and
by your next birthday, you’ll
have evolved again. You’ll
get funding for a project, and
an adventure begins. In
April, love sparks your creativity. A new interest will
have you making big plans in
May and following through
for most of the summer on
them. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky
numbers are: 8, 5, 3, 33 and
38.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: I’m a 52-yearold happily married woman.
My husband and I have
been married for 12 years. We
enjoy a very close, passionate and loving relationship.
I’ve been in menopause for
the last year. This can be a
challenge, because my libido
is waning. My husband’s libido has not waned.
Here’s the thing: I’ve developed a crazy, physical
crush on my daughter’s
coach. Amy, he’s a good 22
years younger than I, and I
would absolutely never
cheat on my husband with
him, but his effect on my libido is extraordinary.
Needless to say, my husband is thrilled by my sexual
revival, but I can’t help but
feel guilty.
As long as I don’t act on
my fantasies, am I OK having them? I’d appreciate
your insights.
What’s a Girl to Do?
Dear What’s a Girl: You
are not cheating. You are not
guilty of anything nefarious.
You are a perfectly normal
woman who is lucky enough
to be experiencing a libido
surge during a period that
can be very tough.
What you are experiencing now is partly what has
made the “50 Shades” books
and movies such a phenom-
enon among women, which
is using a fantasy to spark a
renewed and refreshed reallife and sexy connection with
the person you love. I don’t
see any difference between
fantasizing about Christian
Grey (or any ripple-chested
attraction from a romance
novel) and the soccer coach
across a field.
Sex and love spring from
different motivations. Show
your love and passion abundantly and without reservation, and feel free to keep
your fantasies to yourself.
Dear Amy: Way back in
1983, I was completely devastated after a breakup with a
man I deeply loved. I had a
nervous breakdown and had
to be hospitalized for several
days.
On the day I thought he
would propose he broke up
with me, saying he realized
he had been using me on the
rebound from a previous relationship.
Three weeks ago, this
same man approached me in
the airport and asked me if I
was so-and-so.
He was smiling and acted
happy to have run into me
again after all these years.
Amy, I could feel my insides falling apart all over
again. I thought I was going
to start crying right there in
the airport. I told him he was
mistaken and he moved on,
but I’m sure he knew I was lying to him.
How could he think I
would be happy to see him?
I’m completely broken up all
over again, and it seems that
all these years later I never
really moved on. How can I
get beyond this?
Sad
Dear Sad: First of all, good
burn! He approached you
and you denied him.
Granted, you did so out of
paralysis, but he doesn’t
know that. This encounter
triggered a long-buried traumatic memory for you. It
seems to have erased all the
years, and all of the recovery
you’ve made, but it hasn’t.
You’ve only hit a skid.
I suggest you get out a
pen and paper and make
notes of all of your best moments in the past 34 years.
Think about all you’ve done
which this experience did
not rob you of. Own this,
proudly. A professional
counselor could help you
make sense of your reaction,
and put it into a healthy and
forward-looking context.
Send questions to askamy@
amydickinson.com or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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‘Downey to Lubbock’ plays with history
[Duo, from E1]
this, we don’t need that, we
don’t need to know what color his socks were,” he said
with a laugh. “I like it — of
course, it’s historically inaccurate because it never happened. … I like dialogues
about archetypes and guilt
and all that.”
Alvin tackles the vocals
for the lines expressing the
imagined views of Billy the
Kid, a.k.a. William Bonney,
a.k.a. William Henry McCarty Jr., the young gunslinger infamous for killing 21 people and who was famously
shot to death at age 21 by
Sheriff Pat Garrett.
Gilmore, who is part Native American, voices the
thoughts Alvin wrote for Geronimo, the Chiricahua
Apache chief who was one of
the last Native American
leaders to abandon his resistance against white colonization of the American Southwest:
Billy the Kid said, “We’re
just the same.
We’re cursed and we’re
damned as they whisper our
names…”
Geronimo said, “No, We’re
not the same, for the harm I
have done, I feel great shame
“But we’ll pay the same
price for the blood on our
hands”
Alvin sounded especially
thrilled to have Gilmore sing
the Geronimo part. “He’s got
native blood on both sides,
and I guess I was a kid at one
time, so there you go.”
The album is due June 1,
the same day they start a
joint tour in Houston. The
trek will occupy them for
most of June and July —
bringing them to Southern
California July 25 at the Belly
Up in Solana Beach and July
26 at the Troubadour in West
Hollywood.
“I first met Jimmie probably 27 years ago — maybe
more,” Alvin said. “Tom Russell [another former L.A.based
singer-songwriter]
had put together a songwriter-traveling-circus kind
of show with Butch Hancock
and Jimmie Dale” — who had
played together with Joe Ely
in the fabled 1970s West Texas
trio the Flatlanders — “and
Tom and me and Steve
Young and Katy Moffatt. As
we rolled along with picked
up Lucinda Williams and
some other folks.
“I’d heard of him, mentioned in a kind of whispered
status, but when we met, I
discovered he was a really
nice guy and we kind of
clicked,” Alvin said. “There
were certain complexities to
him musically that took a
while to figure out — like I
knew he was influenced in
many ways by blues stuff. A
couple of years after that, I
heard him pull out a Blind
Lemon Jefferson number.
There are not many people
who do Blind Lemon.”
Alvin discovered later
that the two of them had
been hanging around the
1960s L.A. folk-blues club the
Ash Grove during the same
period and likely attended
some of the same shows, unknown to each other.
“I probably came up to his
belt buckle at that point,”
Alvin said, acknowledging
how he and his older brother,
Phil, had started seeking out
celebrated folk and blues
musicians when they were
still passionate teenage music fans from Downey.
“There’s a Lightnin’ Hopkins song on the album because Jimmie had heard
Lightnin’ do it at the Ash
Grove,” he said, referencing
“Buddy Brown’s Blues.” “He
dropped that one in one
night on stage, and when I
picked my jaw off the floor, we
started talking and figured
we might have been there at
the same time.”
That would have occurred
well before the Alvins formed
their high-octane roots music band, the Blasters.
They also included “Seven Bridges Road” writer
Young’s song “Silverlake”
and found out each felt a
sense of proprietary connection to the song, which Young
wrote about the neighborhood adjacent to Echo Park,
where Young and Alvin once
lived. Young, who died in 2016,
long ago told Alvin he wrote it
for him but also told Gilmore
that he yearned to hear him
sing it.
“I cut it five years ago,”
Alvin said, “but I never released it. That’s really
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worked out for the best. Steve
may have written it for me,
but he wrote it for Jimmie to
sing, and he’s right. All these
old songs, shared experiences, historical and sociological things come out of
that space between our two
hometowns.”
Alvin and Gilmore collaborated on the title track,
which highlights those areas
of commonality. They’ve also
recorded “The Gardens,” a
song written by Alvin’s best
friend and former bandmate,
Orange County singer-songwriter Chris Gaffney, who
died in 2008 of cancer.
“I had to do it,” he said.
“It’s coming up on the 10th
anniversary of Chris’ death,
and as we all are about some
passings, I’m still mourning
that one. And it’s a great
song. As the record was shaping up, it kinda captures the
idea of Downey to Lubbock
and what’s in between, which
is where most of these songs
reside in one way or another.”
DAVE ALVIN and Gilmore had been crossing musical paths for years before they
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Kacey Musgraves performs. (N) 11:34 p.m.
KNBC
The Late Show Jennifer
Lawrence; Patton Oswalt;
MGMT performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
The Late Late Show Johnny
Galecki; Steve Harvey;
Nate Fernald. (N) 12:37
a.m. KCBS
Late Night Uma Thurman;
Jimmi Simpson; Stephanie Wittels Wachs. (N)
12:37 a.m. KNBC
formally met, and now they’re pooling their talents for an album and a short tour.
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