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video from
LAPD to be
made public
Commission votes to
reverse policy, to help
‘build public trust,’ but
some fear footage may
hurt investigations.
By Kate Mather
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES’ homeless population is 25,237, according to the latest count, and encampments remain a
fact of life in neighborhoods throughout the city. Above, homeless people on North Spring Street.
Mayor’s goal for getting
people off street is 2028
Garcetti says homelessness can be halved in 5 years
By Dakota Smith
and Doug Smith
Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti knows the perils of
offering bold pronouncements about taming homelessness in L.A.
During his first mayoral
campaign in 2013, he vowed
to end chronic homelessness. Once in office, Garcetti
said he would find housing
for the city’s homeless veterans, first by 2015 and then
2016, before scrapping a
timeline altogether.
Garcetti now seeks to cut
the city’s “unsheltered”
population in half in the next
five years and reduce it to
“functional zero” by 2028 —
the final year of funding from
the Measure H and Pro-
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
MAYOR Eric Garcetti’s spokeswoman said he set
new homelessness goals last fall. They drew little
notice until he began discussing them this year.
position HHH ballot measures, spokeswoman Anna
Bahr said this week.
“The mayor set goals that
establish a realistic timeline
to end homelessness,” Bahr
said in an email.
Functional zero means
that there will “always be
people who are homeless or
at risk of becoming homeless” but they are quickly
identified and provided
housing, Bahr said.
Bahr said the mayor established the goals last fall.
But they drew little notice
until he began discussing
them at public events this
year. Some City Council
members said Tuesday that
they were unaware of the target dates.
The mayor’s timetable
[See Garcetti, A14]
The Los Angeles Police
practice of keeping video
from body cameras and patrol cars under wraps will
soon end after the agency’s
civilian bosses approved a
policy Tuesday that requires
the release of recordings in
the future.
The 4-0 vote by the Police
Commission marks a dramatic turnaround for a department that refused to
make such footage public
even as it rolled out thousands of body cameras to officers in recent years.
The new approach will
give the public a firsthand
look at some of the most crucial moments involving the
LAPD, including shootings
by officers, deaths that oc-
wizardry or
Some Republicans
heard Cambridge
Analytica’s election
data pitch and found it
to be digital snake oil.
By Evan Halper
piling up
in courts
Cambridge Analytica officials met GOP strategist
Mike Murphy at the start of
the 2016 presidential campaign, their pitch was slick
and full of swagger — but after a little probing, Murphy
ultimately found it to be full
of nonsense.
At the time, a meeting
with Murphy was in high demand. He was heading
Right to Rise, a PAC that
was practically printing
money, ultimately raising
$118 million in its unsuccessful effort to elect Jeb Bush.
Murphy’s team concluded
that Cambridge Analytica
had nothing to offer other
than hype.
Disclosures this week
By Mark Z. Barabak
and Michael Finnegan
President Trump faced
new legal and political jeopardy Tuesday as a former
Playboy Playmate and alleged paramour sued to
agreement and a judge rejected his move to quash a
lawsuit stemming from a
charge of sexual assault.
The developments, coming on opposite coasts,
promised months — if not
years — of legal skirmishing,
keeping Trump’s personal
conduct at the fore of this
election season and complicating GOP efforts to protect their congressional majorities in November.
The White House and Republican leaders on Capitol
Hill responded with silence.
Even as special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III probes
Russian interference in the
2016 campaign and investigates Trump’s tangled financial dealings, the president is confronting salacious accusations from his
days as a footloose — albeit
married — reality TV star
and man about Manhattan.
In three separate lawsuits, he is accused of sexually mauling a former con[See Trump, A8]
cur in their custody and
other encounters when they
use force that kills or seriously injures someone.
“Transparency and accountability are the bedrocks of building public
trust,” said Commissioner
Shane Murphy Goldsmith,
who helped draft the policy.
“The public has a right to see
these videos.”
The implications could
be felt beyond Los Angeles,
as the release of video has
become a central issue in the
push for greater transparency in policing. Law enforcement agencies across
the country are still struggling with when and how to
release video — if at all.
In California, lawmakers’
attempts at a statewide
answer have repeatedly
stalled, leaving a patchwork
of policies with varying degrees of public access.
Matt Johnson, the commission’s vice president who
spearheaded the policy reversal, said he and others
hoped the LAPD’s new approach would become a
model for other agencies.
[See Video, A10]
that the firm used massive
amounts of data from Facebook to develop profiles of
American voters to help
Donald Trump’s campaign
have generated a public image of Cambridge Analytica
as devious masterminds of
electoral manipulation. A
secretly videotaped interview in which the firm’s CEO
lays out how it could help clients blackmail rivals only fueled that perception.
But some GOP campaign professionals, data
scholars and former clients
offer a very different tale.
“They were telling me
what they had to sell was
more advanced than anything I had ever seen before,”
Murphy said of the now-embattled firm’s promise to use
[See Cambridge, A11]
Facebook’s execs
keep low profile
CEO Mark Zuckerberg
and COO Sheryl Sandberg are staying mum on
the data scandal. A good
PR strategy? BUSINESS, C1
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
AIMING to protect her Montecito home, Candra Emmeluth, right, gets help Tue-
day from daughter Jamie as son Brett, left, fills sandbags with daughter Curyn.
Bracing for more trouble
from the latest rainstorm
Montecito residents,
wary from recent fires
and floods, fear the
possibility of new
destructive mudslides.
By Melissa Etehad,
Joseph Serna and
Alene Tchekmedyian
MONTECITO, Calif. — It
started four months ago,
when the largest fire on
record in California history
besieged this upscale coastal enclave.
Soon after, heavy rains
sent tons of mud, boulders
and debris crashing into
Montecito neighborhoods —
killing 21 people in what was
the state’s deadliest flooding in decades.
Now, forecasters are predicting more trouble for the
beleaguered town. The most
powerful rainstorm of the
year is expected to deliver a
direct hit to areas burned in
the Thomas fire, bringing
with it fears of new destructive mudslides. Authorities
have ordered about 21,000
residents in Santa Barbara
County to flee, marking the
sixth evacuation since December for some.
“I’ve gotten to the point
where I just leave all my important documents in a zip-
lock bag, ready to take at a
moment’s notice,” said Montecito resident Ashley Mayfield.
morning checking off her todo list: Take out the garbage,
check the mail, pack the car.
About 10 a.m., deputies
came knocking.
“They’ve realized nowhere is safe and that we
need to get out,” Mayfield
said. “Evacuating is the fair
thing for us to do. It’s not fair
to put the lives of emergency
responders at risk by staying.”
The storm, a bloated atmospheric river of tropical
moisture known as a “pine[See Rainstorm, A11]
Dai Kurokawa EPA/Shutterstock
The last of his kind
Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros, has
died in Kenya, officials said, spelling almost certain
extinction for one of Africa’s iconic species. Only
two female rhinos of the species remain. WORLD, A3
Austin bombing
case intensifies
A fifth explosion takes
place, but investigators
discover a package with
a device that didn’t go
off. NATION, A6
Rain at times.
L.A. Basin: 69/60. B6
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 21, 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Chess great sees Putin’s
grip tightening in Russia
crazy ideas that Russia
should be in confrontation
with the West, and many of
them believe that I am a bad
guy. But I still believe I have
a massive following, and if
you want free and fair elections, I would be very happy
to debate Mr. Putin, or
whoever he appoints, on
Russian television. The
problem is that Putin has
never participated in a
single debate in his life.
The human rights
situation will further
deteriorate, Garry
Kasparov warns.
By Ann M. Simmons
Until his retirement from
the professional game in
2005, Garry Kasparov was
widely considered to be
the greatest chess player of
all time. These days, the
Russian grandmaster has
moved from battling opponents at the checkered
board to fighting for democracy and civil rights.
He is the chairman of
the New York-based Human
Rights Foundation, whose
mission is “promoting freedom and human rights
around the world and ... supporting dissidents, no matter what cause they stand
for, as long as it’s creative
dissent,” he said.
Dominating its recent
agenda is Russian President
Vladimir Putin. This month,
the foundation held PutinCon, a conference in New
York dedicated to examining the Russian leader’s rise
to power, his 18 years at the
helm and his vision for the
country’s future.
The gathering came two
days before Putin was reelected to a fourth term as
president and at a time
when Moscow faces drastically deteriorating relations
with the West, including
U.S. financial sanctions and
diplomatic expulsions from
Britain after accusations
that Putin sanctioned the
poisoning of a former Russian spy living in England.
Kasparov, who in 2007
launched — but was forced
to quit — a presidential campaign and fled the country
six years later for fear of political persecution, spoke to
The Times about Russia in
the age of Putin.
The interview has been
edited for length and clarity.
How do you
characterize human
rights in Russia
Russia is a personal
dictatorship that openly
embraces many elements of
fascist ideology and also
attacks its neighbors. Human rights in Russia do
exist, but only within the
territory that the Kremlin
allows it for its own political
No one is safe in Russia.
If you oppose the government, they may decide that
for a while you could be sort
of left alone. But you could
go to jail, or ... you could be
By the way, even reprinting [material considered
critical of the state] is now
one of the unofficial crimes
in Russia, because they
always find a way to describe it as an attempt to
disturb social peace. Dictatorships are very creative in
How do you envision
Russia post-Putin?
Thomas Samson AFP/Getty Images
GARRY KASPAROV chairs a human rights group
that held a “PutinCon” conference this month.
finding new quasi-legal
definitions that they use
against people who may
show either dissent, or in
some cases not celebrating
the dictatorship as vigorously as they’re supposed
So are you expecting
human rights to
deteriorate further
with the reelection
of Putin?
The situation will deteriorate because ... we have a
dictator that made it very
clear that he would not go
anywhere voluntarily. This
dictatorship will not end by
the ballot. They totally
control everything and the
grip on power in Russia has
reached a point where you
can hardly expect any social
uprising that can lead to
the demise of the regime,
unless the regime is being
weakened by geopolitical
How do you respond
to supporters of
Putin who say that
Russia doesn’t want
a democracy like the
West, that Russians
want and need
control by the
proverbial ‘iron
It’s absolute nonsense.
First of all, I don’t want
anybody to speak on behalf
of Russians. What I want is
just for people of my country
to be able — as in America
or Europe — to express their
views freely, without fear of
being punished for their
dissent. And then we’ll see
what happens.
And if Putin is so popular
... why are his critics and
potential opponents either
being jailed or pushed into
exile or killed?
People are saying, “Oh,
he’s very popular.” How do
you evaluate popularity in a
dictatorship? If you have
one restaurant in town
selling food and all the other
restaurants are burned to
the ground, is this [sole]
restaurant popular?
Also, polling in this country and elsewhere in the
world means that someone
calls you — a stranger — and
asks your opinion. Now,
what do you expect [of]
Russian people, many of
whom were born in the
Soviet Union? They still
know what the KGB is. They
know that a KGB lieutenant
colonel is in power now. Do
you expect them to be frank
telling the stranger on the
phone what they think
about Putin?
We can see clearly that
people given the opportunity to live in the free world
always perform better,
because at the end of the
day progress is based very
much on our ability to challenge the status quo, our
ability to go against authority, our ability to accept
failure as a part of our road
to success.
The central planning
economy, the communist
dictatorships, they cannot
accept failure because it
contradicts the notion of ...
supreme power.
What kind of
lessons and strategy
from being a chess
grandmaster could
be transferred to
your human rights
I could start reading a
long lecture about the
lessons from the game of
chess that can help you
make decisions, strategize,
be creative, read the opponent’s mind. The problem is
... that in Putin’s Russia it
didn’t help me at all, because in chess we have fixed
rules and unpredictable
results. In Putin’s Russia it’s
exactly the opposite. The
result always stays the
same, while the rules are
what the Kremlin thinks
today is the most convenient to attain their goals.
You were once a
beloved chess
champion. Everyone
knew you. How do
you feel Russians
view you today?
There are a lot who are
either on the [Kremlin’s]
payroll or some who have
The collapse of the Putin
regime — which I believe is
inevitable — doesn’t automatically mean that the
next day you have representative democracy.
I always warn people not
to expect immediate
changes because it’s not
about just building democracy on the rubble of dictatorship. It’s about giving
people a chance. Unfortunately they can very often
miss [this chance]. They
can blow it up.
I can guarantee you that
as long as Putin stays in
power nothing will happen.
There will be no positive
changes, and moreover we
could see that this paranoid
dictator is getting more and
more concerned about his
own physical safety. Unlike
dictators of the past, he has
his finger on the nuclear
button. And in the last few
months you could hear him
contemplating nuclear
conflicts. He’s reaching a
point where he doesn’t see
the world without him being
in power. And that’s very
dangerous. That’s why every
year he stays in power, every
month, even every day, puts
us in more danger.
The only way for the free
world to confront this very
dangerous development is
to make sure that some of
his close associates will be
forced to choose between
their personal interests and
their fortunes kept outside
Russia, and deciding if they
want to follow Putin’s criminal orders.
So the only way for us to
see the split between Putin
and the Russian elite is if the
free world actually demonstrates political will to fight
for our values and to make
sure that any attack on our
interests — on American
elections, on European
elections, God forbid on
America’s electrical grid —
will be met with an overwhelming response.
You’re very
passionate and
outspoken against
Putin. Do you fear
for your safety?
Would it help? People
kept asking me when I left
Russia, why I chose New
York and not London.
They’re not asking anymore.
Twitter: @AMSimmons1
Brynn Anderson Associated Press
Brian Smith, a student at Jacksonville State University, carries his belongings out of his apartment on
Tuesday, a day after a violent storm swept through eastern Alabama. The storm plowed through the
South, causing damage in Mississippi and Georgia as well. In one neighborhood near Atlanta, “it looks like
someone did a bombing run down the street,” said the state’s insurance commissioner, Ralph Hudgens.
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Last male northern white rhino dies
Loss of Sudan leaves
just two females,
meaning almost
certain extinction.
By Robyn Dixon
South Africa — Sudan, the
last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya, officials announced Tuesday,
spelling almost certain extinction for one of Africa’s
iconic species.
Sudan’s death leaves only
two female rhinos of the
species, Fatu and Najin, neither capable of natural reproduction, at the Ol Pejeta
Conservancy in Kenya,
where Sudan lived out his final years.
The three rhinos were
sent to Kenya in 2009 from
Dvur Kralove Zoo in the
Czech Republic in the hope
they would reproduce.
Hopes rose in 2012 when
two of the rhinos at Ol Pejeta
mated, but the cow did not
become pregnant. Breeding
efforts since have failed, with
neither of the surviving females capable of natural reproduction.
The best chance for
bringing the species back
from the edge of extinction is
in-vitro fertilization using
eggs from the surviving females, stored semen from
dead males and a surrogate
female rhino from another
subspecies such as the
southern white rhino, according to Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Rhinos have been in danger for decades because of
poaching by criminal syndicates for rhino horn, sold illegally mainly in China and
The range of the northern white rhino was in central Africa, including Democratic Republic of Congo
and the Central African Republic, where myriad militias often rely on income
from illegal trafficking of
minerals, wildlife products
and timber.
The western black rhino,
last seen in northern Cameroon, was declared extinct in
2011 after a survey of rhino
populations in Africa. The
International Union for the
Conservation of Nature
warned in 2006 that the
world was on the brink of losing the northern white
rhino, with only four surviving in Garamba National
Park. By 2008, the species
was considered extinct in
Associated Press
A RANGER cares for Sudan in May at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where the rhino lived out his final
years. The decision to euthanize Sudan, 45, was made by a group of veterinarians who said he was suffering.
the wild.
Sudan was 45 years old
and could no longer stand
up. He had been treated for
age-related degeneration of
muscles and bones, as well
as extensive skin wounds,
according to a joint statement from Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Dvur Kralove
The decision to euthanize Sudan was made Tuesday by a veterinary team
from the zoo, the conservancy and Kenya Wildlife
“During his final years,
Sudan came back to Africa
and stole the heart of many
strength,” the statement
said. “His condition worsened significantly in the last
24 hours; he was unable to
stand up and was suffering a
great deal.”
Ol Pejeta Chief Executive
Richard Vigne hoped Sudan’s death would focus
global attention on the need
to preserve species.
“We on Ol Pejeta are all
saddened by Sudan’s death.
He was a great ambassador
for his species and will be remembered for the work he
did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not
only rhinos, but also the
many thousands of other
species facing extinction as
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images
JEREMIAH KIMATHI, an Ol Pejeta caregiver, walks among headstones that
mark rhino graves. Rhinos have been in danger for decades because of poaching.
a result of unsustainable human activity.
“One day, his demise will
hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide,” Vigne
The last wild northern
white rhinos lived in
Garamba National Park in
northeastern Democratic
Republic of Congo, but fighting and poaching in the 1990s
and 2000s wiped out all but a
few. In 2005, Congo’s government agreed to move five
Garamba National Park to
Kenya for safety, but the
plan was never carried out.
The park has faced encroachment by highly organized criminal syndicates for
decades, many operating
from the country of Sudan, a
major trafficking hub for
wildlife. Elephants in the
park are currently under se-
vere risk from poachers.
The male rhino Sudan
was moved from Africa to
the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the
1970s when rampant poaching threatened to wipe out
the species. Sudan sired two
females, offering hope that
the species could be preserved.
The two surviving females were born in captivity.
They were transferred from
the Czech Republic to Ol Pe-
jeta Conservancy in 2009
with Sudan and another
male, Suni. Suni died of natural causes in 2014.
Sudan’s DNA, along with
that of other northern white
rhinos, has been preserved
in the hope that it can be
used in the future to revive
the species.
Rhino horn has been
prized in China for traditional medicine and more recently as a status item used
in bracelets and jewelry. One
of the main trafficking hubs
in Asia is Vietnam, with
rhino horn, ivory and other
illicit items crossing its border into China.
In recent years, poaching
of rhinos has been concentrated in southern Africa,
particularly in South Africa,
where 85% the world’s 25,000
rhinos survive. Most poaching cases occur in Kruger
National Park, which shares
a border with Mozambique,
where many of the trafficking gangs are based.
South Africa, hamstrung
by corruption and security
lapses, loses nearly three rhinos a day to poaching. Last
year in South Africa, 1,028
rhinos were poached, a
slight drop from 2016, when
1,054 were killed. At least 21
South African security or environmental officials, including police, soldiers and
rangers, were arrested last
year, suspected of poaching.
Private owners are important to the species’ survival, maintaining more
than 6,500 rhinos on an estimated 330 private game reserves, spanning 5 million
acres. But armed security
guards and technology are
required to keep the animals
safe, and the cost of security
measures to protect rhino
herds has made it difficult
for smaller game farmers to
keep rhinos.
The Institute for Conservation Research at San Diego Zoo has mounted a project to try to bring the northern white rhino back from
the brink of extinction. Researchers aim to use genome
sequencing and stem cell
technology to create northern white rhino embryos.
From there embryo transfer
could be employed, using
southern white rhinos as
surrogate mothers.
“One day we hope to see
this species saved through
successful births of northern white rhino calves at the
Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue
Center,” the zoo’s website
Xi projects an image of a strong and stable China
Congress cementing
his rule ends with the
president presenting
contrasts to Trump.
By Jessica Meyers
and Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING — President Xi
Jinping offered an assertive
vision Tuesday of a proud
and capable China, culminating an unusual legislative session that endowed
him with indefinite power
and sparked rare public dissent — including one extremely famous eye roll.
“Today, the creative spirit of the Chinese people is being realized in an unprecedented way,” Xi said in a televised address at the close of
the National People’s Congress. “We are making big
strides to the front of the
Xi’s speech — the equivalent of an inaugural address
for his second term — played
up themes of tradition and
nationalism that underscored a “Chinese dream” of
restored global prominence.
His words capped a legislative session at which the
party sought to present
China as strong, stable and
open — a foil, experts say, to
President Trump’s Washington and his claims that
China violates fair trade.
“There’s a whole lot of
politicking happening in
Beijing,” said Yanmei Xie, a
senior China policy analyst
at Gavekal Dragonomics, a
Beijing research firm. “But
the whole picture, it’s one of
long-term strategic vision, of
a team with continuity and
stability, and with competent management. Basically
every single aspect is the opposite of Washington, D.C.,
right now.”
Premier Li Keqiang reinforced that distance on
Tuesday by responding to
Trump’s threats of steep tariffs with a vow to further
open China’s markets. He
stressed the global ramifications of a trade war and encouraged everyone to “act
rationally instead of being
led by emotions.”
Li insisted China would
protect the intellectual
property of foreign companies that operate in the
country. His comments followed media reports that
the White House may slap
China with $60 billion worth
of tariffs for stealing trade
secrets or forcing U.S. companies to give them up. The
administration already has
announced tariffs on steel
and aluminum imports, although those are likely to
have a less punishing effect
on China than on U.S. allies.
The trade deficit with
China reached a record $375
billion last year, according to
the U.S. Commerce Department, a figure Trump often
“A large trade deficit is
not something we want to
see,” Li said at a news conference to mark the legislative
session’s end. “What we
want is balanced trade, otherwise bilateral trade would
not be sustainable.”
The reality is more complicated. China remains one
of the world’s most protectionist nations, and American businesses have com-
Greg Baker AFP/Getty Images
PRESIDENT Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Ke-
qiang greet other congress attendees, foreground.
plained that the environment is only getting tighter.
Li’s reassurances offered
yet another twist in an annual conclave that stretched
more than two weeks. The
National People’s Congress
— filled with hours-long
speeches and the dulling
certainty of a rubber-stamp
legislature — rarely makes
actual news. This year was
All but two of the 3,000
delegates voted to erase
presidential term limits, allowing Xi to extend his tenure indefinitely. The move
set the tone for a sycophantic show of political
pageantry that tossed aside
decades of collective leadership in favor of one man.
Officials agreed to enshrine Xi’s main ideology in
the constitution and unanimously approved his second
term as president. They also
elevated some of his closest
associates, including Wang
Qishan, the 69-year-old former head of the powerful
anti-corruption agency, to
vice president.
The gathering of China’s
political elite — military generals, local party chiefs, business leaders — framed the
changes as assurances of
stability. Delegates voted to
overhaul China’s regulatory
agencies, stripping away bureaucracy and planting the
party at the center of society.
They also approved a
new, national anti-corruption agency more powerful
than the nation’s judiciary. It
will be responsible for tackling graft but also imposing
the party’s ideology and instilling staunch loyalty to Xi.
“In the ’80s, the term we
used was ‘small government,
big society,’ ” said Zhang Lifan, a Beijing historian
whose father was persecuted during the Cultural
Revolution. “Right now it’s
the opposite: big government, small society.”
Xi already has entrenched the party more
deeply into China’s econo-
my, military and universities
and sought to minimize dissent. Authorities worked to
ensure a mundane congress,
from screened questions to
canned responses. But it
was a single eye roll that
pierced the pretense of democracy.
About midway through
the congress, state media
caught a Chinese reporter
expressing pure disgust at a
colleague’s lengthy, obsequious news conference question. Liang Xiangyi of the financial news company Yicai
Media rolled her eyes and
turned her head in such an
instinctual, visceral way
that the image went viral.
Censors blocked it by
nightfall, but not before citizens sent around GIFs and
created cellphone cases with
the epic eye roll.
The questioner, Zhang
Huijun, said she was affiliated with the L.A.-based
American Multimedia Television U.S.A., which partnered in the past with Chinese state TV. A petition
soon appeared on the White
House website, asking the
administration to investigate the California firm’s ties
to the Communist Party.
“This incident has now
turned into a meme, which is
going to be here for some
time to come,” said Manya
Koetse, who runs What’s on
Weibo, a site that tracks social media trends. “For many
people, the eye roll has also
come to represent a critique
of the media dynamics in
China ... a feeling many netizens have with these type of
rehearsed, stylized, safe and
Citizens also pushed
back against the term-limit
decision, a surprising public
outcry in a largely apolitical
society. Chinese students
abroad reportedly papered
campuses with a head shot
of Xi and the phrase “Not My
words such as “emperor”
and “I disagree.” Winnie the
Pooh, a favorite stand-in for
Xi on social media, also disappeared.
Xi “is trying to exploit the
constitution to fulfill his dictatorship purpose,” said a
Chinese college student who
studies law and requested
anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject.
State media stepped in
to shift the narrative.
The state-run broadcaster
showed images of officials
tearing up with joy as Xi took
the oath of office Saturday.
The state-affiliated English-language China Daily
said Xi was “steering China
to greater prosperity.” It referred to him as the “helmsman,” a title reserved for the
founder, Mao Tse-tung.
In any other country,
even one of the congressional changes would be farreaching, said Xie, the
Gavekal analyst. “Xi managed to accomplish all of
them in five short years. And
that takes a lot of skill and
political capital.”
Meyers is a special
correspondent. Kemeng
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India confirms 39 were killed in Iraq
DNA testing ends
mystery of what
happened to abducted
workers, who were
mostly from Punjab.
By Parth M.N.
and Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India — India
said Tuesday that 39 of its
citizens who were abducted
by Islamic State militants
had been found dead in
northern Iraq, ending a fouryear mystery that had
gripped the South Asian nation.
India’s foreign minister,
Sushma Swaraj, told Parliament that Iraqi authorities
found 39 bodies buried
under a mound near a village
northwest of Mosul, the city
that Iraqi forces freed from
Islamic State control in July.
Swaraj said DNA testing
confirmed that 38 of the victims were Indian construction workers — most from
the northern state of Punjab
— who were employed by a
company operating near
Mosul when the militants
overran northern Iraq in
2014. The workers were taken
that year in June.
Tests were still being conducted on the 39th victim,
who is believed to be part of
the same group, she said.
Amarinder Singh, the top
official in Punjab, said he
was “shattered at the heart-
Narinder Nanu AFP/Getty Images
IN THE INDIAN village of Chawinda Devi, Seema, left, and sons Karan and Arjun and mother-in-law, Jeeto,
right, take in the news that Seema’s husband, Sonu, was among the missing workers confirmed dead in Iraq.
wrenching news.”
Indian and Iraqi officials
did not disclose details of
when and how the victims
were killed. Swaraj said Iraqi
authorities used radar to
find the bodies outside the
village of Badush in September, and the Indian government sent DNA samples
from relatives of the missing
workers to Iraq for testing.
Many of the victims wore
the long hair and simple
bracelets identified with followers of the Sikh faith,
which is widely practiced in
Punjab, Swaraj said.
About 10,000 Indians
were working in Iraq in 2014,
according to the Indian government, many drawn to the
turbulent Middle Eastern
country by relatively highpaying jobs as construction
workers, oil field engineers
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — Military chiefs
from the United States and
South Korea announced
plans Tuesday to resume the
annual military exercises
that were delayed by the
Winter Olympics.
The resumption of the
drills, known as Foal Eagle
and Key Resolve, had been a
subject of speculation in recent weeks amid the postOlympic diplomacy between
South Korea, a key U.S. ally,
and North Korea.
The exercises could be a
first test of the nascent goodwill expressed by the three
They are now scheduled
to begin April 1, according to
a Pentagon statement noting an agreement between
Defense Secretary James N.
Mattis and his South Korean
that. But in several public
statements and meetings
Swaraj said the government
had information suggesting
that the workers were still
In July, she said that six
sources had told her the
workers were being held in a
jail in Badush and that she
had sent an envoy to Iraq to
“try to evacuate our people.”
Parth M.N. is a special
French ex-president held
over campaign funding
Joint war
games to
U.S.-South Korean
military drills could
test the post-Olympic
goodwill of the North.
and medical professionals.
Swaraj said the Indian
government had “worked
tirelessly” to find the workers, who were captured as
they attempted to flee Mosul. In the days after their
disappearance, some placed
distressed cellphone calls to
family members back in India, pleading for help.
India said it had no contact with the workers after
She and other officials repeatedly dismissed the account of Harjit Masih, an Indian national who was also
captured in Mosul and escaped, and who said in November 2014 that the other
workers had been shot and
“I have been saying what
Sushma-ji said [today] for
three years, but nobody was
ready to believe me,” Masih
said in a phone interview
Tuesday, using an honorific
for Swaraj. “I saw them dead
with my eyes.”
Opposition politicians
and some victims’ family
members — who said they
were not told the news before Swaraj addressed lawmakers Tuesday morning —
criticized the minister for
raising hopes that the workers could have survived.
“For the past four years,
the minister had told me
that they were alive,”
Gurpinder Kaur, sister of
one of the slain workers, told
India’s NDTV. “I don’t know
what to believe anymore.”
At a news conference,
Swaraj said, “I understand
the anger of the families. It is
a natural reaction. But I
didn’t give anyone false hope
or keep anyone in the dark. I
was consistent in my statements ... that I don’t have
proof to declare them alive
or dead.”
Sarkozy is suspected
of accepting millions
from Libya’s Kadafi.
Lee Jin-man Associated Press
By Kim Willsher
THE ANNUAL U.S.-South Korean war games,
which involve live-fire drills, are set to begin April 1.
counterpart, Song Youngmoo.
The Pentagon said the
exercises, which have angered the North in the past,
would proceed at a “scale
similar” to previous years.
The drills involve live-fire
preparations for a possible
war with the North, but
American and South Korean
leaders say they have always
been defensive. The North
sees them as practice for an
The North has been notified of the plans, according
to the statement.
comes after a flurry of diplomatic activity between the
North and the South, which
have been divided since an
armistice agreement in 1953
ended the Korean War.
An inter-Korean summit
between the South’s presi-
dent, Moon Jae-in, and the
North’s leader, Kim Jong Un,
is tentatively scheduled for
next month. Kim could also
soon hold a summit with
President Trump, though
the details are still unclear.
A key agenda item at both
meetings, should they occur,
will be the North’s illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons and
long-range ballistic missiles.
The nation’s repeated testing in 2017 prompted economic sanctions and condemnation from the international community.
But the Olympics, in
which the North was invited
to participate, offered an opportunity to cool tensions on
the peninsula, resulting in
the possibility of the planned
Stiles is a special
PARIS — Former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy
was being held by police
Tuesday and questioned by
whether he received millions
of dollars in illegal campaign
funds from the late Libyan
dictator Moammar Kadafi.
The investigation dates
back several years, and the
right-wing politician who led
France between 2007 and
2012 has repeatedly denied
the allegations, which nevertheless have refused to go
It is the first time Sarkozy
has been officially questioned over the scandal, possibly the most incendiary of
against him and members of
his team.
Sarkozy, who was being
held at the police station in
Nanterre, west of Paris, has
described the accusations to
French journalists as “gro-
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New clue in Texas serial bomber case
A fifth explosion
occurs, but a package
with a device that
didn’t go off is found.
By Molly
AUSTIN, Texas — As a
string of bombings continued Tuesday near the Texas
capital, authorities recovered what could be the first
crucial break in the case —
an intact package containing an explosive device that
may have been sent out for
delivery by a serial bomber.
The package was found
at a FedEx facility near the
Austin airport. The discovery came hours after an
early-morning explosion at
another FedEx facility, 60
miles south of Austin in the
town of Schertz.
It was the fifth in a series
of bombings this month that
have left two people dead,
four others injured and rattled a city known for its urban cool.
said on Twitter that both
packages Tuesday were connected to the previous four
devices, whose components
were similar.
The package that exploded was apparently
bound for an address in
Austin. It detonated shortly
after midnight. A FedEx employee was treated and released after complaining of
ringing in her ears.
“We’re confident that neither this facility nor any in
the Schertz area was a target,” said Schertz Police
Chief Michael Hansen.
The intact package was
found after police responded to a 6:19 a.m. call from the
FedEx facility reporting it
was suspicious. It contained
an explosive device.
“They’re trying to figure
out how to open the package
Scott Olson Getty Images
FEDERAL AGENTS carry evidence from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley, Texas,
from which authorities believe two package bombs were mailed.
without destroying it,” Rep.
Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas),
who had been briefed by investigators, told the Austin
He said the package as
well as the bomb that exploded in Schertz had both
been sent from the same
FedEx store in the city of
Sunset Valley, southwest of
Scott Stewart, a former
investigator for the U.S.
State Department and now
a vice president of a global
security firm, said the discovery could be a “gold
mine” for investigators.
Even a sophisticated explosives expert, he said, could
leave behind telltale signs
like hair and fibers while assembling a device.
lead, Rep. Michael McCaul
(R-Texas) told the Associated Press that federal authorities informed him that
they had surveillance videos
that “could possibly” show a
suspect in the Schertz
He said he hoped the
bomber’s “biggest mistake
was going through FedEx.”
The bombings have reverberated across the nation.
“This is obviously a very,
very sick individual, or maybe individuals … and we will
get to the bottom of it,” President Trump said at the
White House.
In the first three attacks,
bombs were left on front
porches. In the fourth one,
the bomb was left alongside
a roadway with a tripwire attached. The fifth bombing —
the explosion early Tuesday
— occurred as the package
was being moved along a
FedEx conveyor belt, being
readied for delivery.
Late Tuesday, an employee at a Goodwill store in
south Austin was injured
when what police described
as an “incendiary device”
was left in a donation box.
But authorities said they
had no reason to believe the
incident was related to the
package bombs.
Experts theorized the
string of bombings is the
work of a local man, perhaps
someone with military or law
handling explosives, who
has grown so brazen that he
may have left key evidence
behind, especially in the unexploded device.
“In many cases there will
be a layoff, give it time to cool
off after you attack. This guy
has kept up the tempo,”
Stewart said. “That tells me
he thinks he’s better than
the police.”
Stewart said he worried
the bomber’s familiarity
with explosives could lead
him to plant new kinds of
bombs, like pressure plates
or sticky bombs that can be
attached to the underside of
It took 17 years for authorities to catch Theodore
Kaczynski, the so-called
Unabomber, but that was
before fingerprint and DNA
databases expanded and
government agencies began
amassing biometric data
from things like passports,
Stewart said.
Security cameras and
cellphone towers have also
proliferated, increasing the
chances that investigators
can grab an image of whoever dropped off the package at FedEx.
Federal investigators say
the serial bombings are a national priority that have
drawn 500 federal agents,
support from national forensic labs in Quantico, Va., and
the attention of the president.
Austin Police Chief Brian
Manley told City Council
members at a meeting Tuesday that investigators were
sending evidence to federal
labs, which are reconstructing the devices to determine
what type of explosive
charges were used.
“I cannot sit here and tell
you whether there will be another incident. Based on the
information we have, there is
no reason to believe there
will not,” Manley said.
Manley said it wasn’t
clear whether an individual
or group committed the attacks. He has tried to reach
out to whoever is responsible, asking for a dialogue to
prevent further harm to residents. But hours after the
Austin police made a public
appeal in the case Sunday,
increasing the reward for information to $115,000, the
fourth explosion occurred.
Anthony Stephan House,
a 39-year-old construction
worker, was killed March 2.
Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old
high school student, was
killed March 12 in an explosion that injured his mother.
Hours later, a third device
exploded, injuring 75-yearold Esperanza Herrera.
Sunday’s explosion injured two men bicycling
through a wealthy neighborhood in southwest Austin,
miles across town from the
previous attacks. The two
victims, identified by a
friend and relative as former
high school classmates Will
Grote, 22, and Colton
Mathis, 23, were in good condition Tuesday, a hospital
spokeswoman said.
On Tuesday, would-be
customers milled around
outside yellow police tape
strung across the parking lot
at the FedEx store in Sunset
Valley, watching investigators in FBI and police jackets circle the building.
Jessica Wilkinson said
she was there to celebrate
her 37th birthday with her
mother and sister at a
nearby restaurant. She
didn’t notice investigators
at first, thinking the police
tape had been strung because of repairs.
“We didn’t know this was
a crime scene,” she said.
“Should we stay here?”
Wilkinson was concerned
— she’s been receiving birthday gifts by mail, and expects more since her husband’s birthday is Wednesday.
She also worried about
her sons, ages 8 and 4. Some
of their classmates were
evacuated from their homes
following Sunday’s explosion. But she said the attacks had been too random
to justify varying her daily
Wilkinson’s mother, Kelly
Metzler, 59, said she was reassured by the police presence and trusts the bomber’s seeming brazenness will
lead to an arrest.
“He seems to be a bit
braver — he’s hitting facilities now with security cameras that might be able to
catch him,” she said. “This
might be the last bomb —
Times staff writers Noah
Bierman in Washington and
Michael Livingston in Los
Angeles contributed to this
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Two wounded
in Maryland
school shooting
The gunman, 17, is
killed by a campus
officer. The victims
are hospitalized.
By Jenny Jarvie
Kevin Dietsch Pool Photo
SAUDI CROWN PRINCE Mohammed bin Salman, left, joins President Trump in the Oval Office as they
promote long-stalled military hardware deals. In a private meeting, they also discussed the Iran nuclear pact.
A meeting of ‘good friends’
As Trump and Saudi
prince tout potential
arms deals, Congress
debates curbing
military aid to Riyadh.
By Tracy Wilkinson
and Noah Bierman
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday
promised the crown prince
of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to help
push through long-stalled
arms deals for the desert
kingdom, saying the transactions would bring billions
of dollars in investment and
new jobs to the United
Trump gave an effusive
welcome to the young prince
on his first trip to the United
States, 10 months after the
president’s own sumptuous
reception in the kingdom.
Mohammed was opening
a two-week, coast-to-coast
swing, including stops in Los
Angeles and San Francisco,
as he seeks business ties
with U.S. oil, technology and
entertainment companies.
As the 32-year-old heir to
the Saudi throne began his
PR offensive, however, Congress was debating reducing
military aid to Saudi Arabia
because of alleged atrocities
in the war in Yemen. That
country has sustained heavy
bombardment by Saudi jet
fighters using U.S. intelligence, and more than 10,000
civilians have been killed
since 2014 while millions
more have been displaced or
face starvation, according to
human rights groups.
Neither the president nor
the prince mentioned that
debate in their public com-
ments. Trump promised
Mohammed delivery on a
sizable new arsenal including C-130 transport aircraft,
Bradley armored personnel
carriers, anti-submarine Poseidon jets and air missile
defense systems.
Trump traveled to Saudi
Arabia in May on his first
overseas trip as president,
and boasted that he’d come
away with billions of dollars
in business deals. Little
has materialized, however.
seemed aimed at making
those transactions happen.
show-and-tellstyle poster boards as he sat
in the Oval Office with Mohammed, who was dressed
in his royal robes and checkered kaffiyeh headdress,
Trump pointed to lists of the
equipment and a map of the
United States where he said
thousands of jobs would be
created. Those states were
colored in red; California
was one of them.
The president, who typically characterizes his foreign policy in personal
terms, making it more about
his relations with his counterpart than about relations
between their countries,
said of the crown prince,
“We’ve become very good
friends over a fairly short period of time.”
“Saudi Arabia has been a
very great friend and a big
purchaser of equipment and
lots of other things,” Trump
As he has done frequently, and unusually for
a sitting U.S. president,
Trump publicly criticized
his predecessor, President
Obama, in the foreign leader’s presence. He noted that
Obama had a testier relationship with the Saudi government; Obama adminis-
tration officials often took
Saudi Arabia to task for human rights violations, including in Yemen, and for repression of women and lagging contributions to regional peacekeeping efforts.
“The relationship now is
probably as good as it’s
really ever been,” Trump
said, and “will probably only
get better.”
After the public portion
of the meeting, Trump and
Mohammed and their delegations met privately and
had a lunch of halibut and
roasted cauliflower. Trump
was accompanied by Chief of
Staff John F. Kelly, son-inlaw and senior advisor Jared
Kushner, who has built his
own relationship with the
crown prince, and other officials. No female officials
were included in either
country’s delegation.
The two governments
share intense disdain of
Iran. Shiite Iran is Sunnidominated Saudi Arabia’s
archrival in the region. It is
the Saudis’ belief that Iran is
backing the Houthi rebels in
Yemen that has drawn the
kingdom into what has
turned out to be a quagmire
— and something of a disaster for Mohammed, who also
serves as his country’s defense minister.
Aides said that Trump
and the prince discussed the
landmark 2015 multinational deal that has curbed
Iran’s nuclear-power production. Trump is threatening to scuttle it in May,
having assailed it throughout his presidential campaign.
Amid the White House
meeting, the Senate was
debating legislation that
would reduce U.S. military
supplies to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen un-
til the humanitarian crises
there is eased. Senators sent
the measure to a committee
for further drafting.
“Congress has a constitutional responsibility to authorize war — which is why I
support this resolution that
halts U.S. military support
for Saudi Arabia’s war in
Yemen,” Sen. Richard J.
Durbin (D-Ill.) said via Twitter on Tuesday. The move,
he said, “is long overdue.”
The Pentagon argues
that helping Saudi fighter
pilots with targeting information based on American
intelligence reduces civilian
casualties, but there is no evidence for that.
The alleged atrocities in
Yemen, including the bombings of hospitals and other
civilian infrastructure, have
made some American companies skittish about entering into business with the
The crown prince has
also relaxed some of the
kingdom’s strictest social
prohibitions, promising to
allow women to drive cars
and reopening theaters.
While Mohammed wins
praise for those steps, they
have not translated to political freedoms. And he is still
seen as inexperienced, hasty
and without a deep bench of
seasoned advisors.
“So far he only believes
in himself,” said Jamal
Khashoggi, a Saudi political
columnist who spoke this
week at the Wilson Center in
Washington. The prince is
a visionary who wants to
truly change the country,
Khashoggi added, “but he is
not allowing dissent.”
A 17-year-old student
fired a handgun at a high
school in southern Maryland on Tuesday morning
and wounded two classmates before being killed in
an exchange of gunfire with
a school resource officer, authorities said.
The gunman, Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed
dead at 10:41 a.m., St. Mary’s
County Sheriff Timothy K.
Cameron said.
One of the victims, a 16year-old girl who authorities
said had a “prior relationship” with the shooter, was
in critical condition after being taken to a hospital from
Great Mills High School,
about 60 miles southeast of
The other victim, a 14year-old boy, was in stable
condition at a hospital.
“On this day we realized
our worst nightmare,” Cameron said. “Our greatest asset, our children, were attacked in … a bastion of safety and security, one of our
“The notion of ‘it can’t
happen here’ is no longer a
notion,” he said.
The shooting happened
at 7:55 a.m. in a school hallway. The resource officer,
Blaine Gaskill, a 34-year-old
sheriff ’s deputy, responded
gunfire with the shooter,
Cameron said. Gaskill was
not injured.
After a brief lockdown,
students were evacuated by
bus to a vocational center to
be reunited with their families.
The Maryland shooting
comes a month after a gunman rampaged through
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland,
Fla., killing 14 students and
three staff members with an
assault rifle.
The Feb. 14 massacre
spurred the formation of a
student movement across
the country to push lawmakers for stricter gun control
measures. Hundreds of
Great Mills students participated in a national school
walkout last week to protest
gun violence.
On Monday, Maryland’s
Senate followed the House
in passing a bill banning the
manufacture, sale, possession and use of “bump
stocks,” which allow semiautomatic rifles to mimic fully
automatic weapons.
The Maryland House has
also passed bills that would
force people convicted of domestic violence or deemed
mentally ill or dangerous by
a judge to surrender their
At a news briefing Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Larry
should do more to bolster
school security.
shooting, Hogan proposed
investing $125 million to
heighten school security to
reinforce doors and windows and install panic buttons, security cameras and
metal detectors.
An additional $50 million,
he suggested, should be funneled into new school safety
grants to fund school resource officers, counselors
“We need more than
prayers,” said Hogan, a Republican. “We’ve got to take
action. We’ve got one of the
most aggressive school safety plans in America that we
introduced several weeks
ago as emergency legislation, and the Legislature’s
failed to take action on it.…
To me, it’s outrageous we
haven’t taken action yet on
something so important as
school safety.”
Jarvie is a special
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STUDENTS at Great Mills High School in Maryland
walk to meet their parents after the shooting.
Trump’s sex scandals threaten to affect GOP’s standing
[Trump, from A1]
testant on “The Apprentice,” his show set in a corporate boardroom, and paying
money to hush two alleged
lovers, the former Playboy
model, Karen McDougal, 46,
and pornographic actress
Stormy Daniels, 39.
In Los Angeles on Tuesday, McDougal filed a suit
seeking to end the confidentiality agreement keeping
her from speaking openly
about her allegations of a
2006 affair with Trump, following a similar move earlier
this month by Daniels. McDougal accused her former
attorney of undermining her
interests by secretly colluding with Trump’s legal team
and American Media Inc.,
publisher of the National
American Media paid
McDougal $150,000 in 2016 for
the rights to her story about
a romance with Trump, a
deal that prohibits her from
sharing details elsewhere.
The firm, led by a close
friend of Trump, never published the story — a practice
known in the tabloid industry as “catch and kill.”
“AMI lied to me, made
empty promises, and repeatedly intimidated and
manipulated me,” McDougal said in a statement. “I
just want the opportunity to
set the record straight and
move on with my life, free
from this company, its executives and its lawyers.”
In New York, meanwhile,
a judge ruled that an Orange
County woman who accused
Trump of sexually assaulting her at the Beverly Hills
Hotel in 2007 can proceed
with a defamation lawsuit.
The ruling opened the
prospect of the president
facing deeply personal questioning under oath.
Schecter of New York state
court rejected a request by
Trump’s lawyers that she
dismiss the case filed last
year by Summer Zervos, 43,
a former contestant on his
As the 2016 election
neared, Zervos said Trump
tried to force himself on her
at a 2007 dinner in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He said Zervos and nine
other women accusing him
of sexual misconduct were
lying; Zervos countered with
the defamation suit seeking
a retraction, an apology and
unspecified damages. Her
complaint said he “knowingly, intentionally and maliciously threw each and every
one of these women under
the bus, with conscious disregard of the impact that repeatedly calling them liars
would have upon their lives
and reputations.”
Seeking dismissal of the
case, Trump’s lawyers argued that the Constitution
protects him from being
sued in state court while
president. They also said his
comments dismissing accusations were “fiery rhetoric”
and hyperbole protected by
the 1st Amendment.
In denying their motion,
Schecter said “no one is
above the law” and cited a
1997 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed a sexual
harassment case against
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
SUMMER ZERVOS is suing in response to President
Trump’s denials that he tried to force himself on her.
Ethan Miller Getty Images
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argues her nondisclosure
agreement is moot.
is also suing to end a deal
to keep her story private.
President Clinton to move
forward in federal court
while he was in office.
Schecter rejected arguments by Trump lawyers
that the federal ruling did
not apply to state courts.
“State courts can manage lawsuits against the
president based on private
unofficial conduct just as
well as federal courts,”
Schecter said. She also
turned down Trump’s request to halt proceedings
until he left the White House,
saying there was “absolutely
no authority” for doing that.
The president’s attorneys have the right to appeal
the decision, first to a panel
of judges in Manhattan and
then to New York’s highest
court — a process that could
drag out for years and extend well into Trump’s 2020
campaign for reelection.
Attorneys for both sides
declined to comment on further moves.
While Schecter’s ruling
stuck largely to legalities
and a dry recitation of facts,
McDougal’s lawsuit included sordid details and allegations of a double-cross
by her attorney, who she
says was colluding with
McDougal says she and
Trump had a 10-month relationship in 2006 and 2007, including a sexual encounter
at the same Lake Tahoe golf
event where Trump allegedly started an extramarital
affair with Daniels. His wife,
Melania, had recently given
birth to their son, Barron.
McDougal, Playboy’s 1998
Playmate of the Year, had
something else in common
with Daniels: Both employed the services of Keith
Davidson, a Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer.
McDougal said Davidson
“assured her that the rights
to publish her story were
worth millions” but was secretly advancing Trump’s
interests while pretending to
advocate on her behalf.
McDougal, now an actress and fitness model,
claimed in her suit that collusion between the publishing firm, Trump’s representatives and her lawyer
nullified her nondisclosure
agreement with AMI, allowing her to publicly discuss
the relationship.
In a written statement, a
spokesman for Davidson
said the attorney “fulfilled
his obligations and zealously
advocated for Ms. McDougal
to accomplish her stated
goals at that time.”
American Media issued a
statement saying the firm
“has a valid contract with
Ms. McDougal and we look
forward to reaching an amicable resolution satisfactory
to her and to AMI.”
In a suit filed earlier this
month, Daniels sought to invalidate her nondisclosure
deal with Trump, saying he
failed to sign the document
and thus rendered it moot.
Trump’s lawyers, in turn, say
she could owe him as much
as $20 million in damages for
breaking the pact.
Daniels, whose real name
is Stephanie Clifford, was
paid $130,000 in hush money
by the president’s personal
lawyer, Michael Cohen, and
has limited her public statements about Trump to
broad hints and innuendo
about an alleged affair from
July 2006 into 2007.
Daniels surfaced Tuesday on Twitter with a taunting message. “Technically I
didn’t sleep with the POTUS
12 years ago,” she wrote.
“There was no sleeping
(hehe). But ... People DO
care that he lied about it,
had me bullied, broke laws to
cover it up, etc.”
Daniels ended with, “I am
NOT going anywhere.” Indeed, she is scheduled to appear Sunday on CBS’ “60
Minutes” in an interview
taped earlier this month.
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE LAPD will have about 8,300 cameras in all
when the deployments of body cameras and video
gear in patrol cars are finished in coming weeks.
Public may
view video of
key incidents
[Video, from A1]
“I think this will go a long
way in helping build public
trust through a significant
increase in transparency,”
he said.
Video can be a crucial
piece of evidence in encounters involving police officers,
both for those investigating
the incidents and for outsiders interested in how they
unfolded. For many, the release of those recordings offers residents the chance to
see for themselves exactly
what happened, rather than
rely on sometimes-conflicting accounts from police and
But opponents fear that
making such footage public
could thwart an investigation, inflame tensions between the public and the police or, as LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said, offer a limited, incomplete snapshot of
an incident if other evidence
isn’t also shared.
The issue has become
more pressing as the LAPD
added body cameras and
video equipment in their
patrol cars — roughly 8,300
cameras in all when the de-
ployments are finished in
the coming weeks. The department has collected millions of recordings, a small
fraction of which will be publicly available under the new
Other evidence will be released along with the video
— information that until
now the public usually reads
about in reports summarizing an incident that typically
are published about a year
later. That could include recordings of 911 calls, witness
statements, photos from the
scene or details about the
weapons used, Beck said.
Under the new rules, video from “critical incidents”
involving the police will
automatically become public within 45 days after they
occur. The Police Commission or police chief could also
opt to release video from
other encounters if they decide it is “in the public interest.”
The policy extends beyond video captured by police cameras. Other images
the LAPD has of critical incidents, including recordings
from security cameras or by-
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THE NEW policy will significantly increase transparency, says Matt Johnson, left, with Steve Soboroff.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
PROSECUTORS released video from the 2015 fatal shooting of a homeless man in
Venice only after deciding not to file criminal charges against the officer.
standers’ cellphones, will
also be made public.
There is also a caveat
that allows the release to be
delayed if the police chief
and two commissioners
unanimously decide there is
a valid and specific reason
for doing so. Any delay
would be reevaluated every
two weeks and be voted upon by the full Police Commission if it stretches beyond 28
When asked about the
potential for delay, Beck said
what would give him pause
is whether releasing a video
would threaten a prosecution against anyone involved in the incident, officer
or civilian. But, he stressed,
he believes the 45-day
window offers authorities
“plenty of time” in the vast
majority of incidents to build
their cases and still make
the video public.
“I would anticipate that
this is a caveat that gets
used very rarely,” he told reporters.
In an email campaign
and again at Tuesday’s
meeting, the American Civil
Liberties Union of Southern
California pressed the commission to amend the policy
to include a 90-day cap on
delaying any release, expressing concern that the
exception will be overused.
“The department has
routinely withheld video on
grounds that it will interfere
with ongoing investiga-
tions,” staff attorney Melanie Ochoa told commissioners before their vote. “We
want to make sure this does
not occur under the new policy as well.”
Overall, Ochoa said, reversing the LAPD’s past
practice and allowing the release of video “can be an important step towards greater transparency.”
The public has seen
glimpses of LAPD body
camera footage recently —
from a deadly police shooting on skid row and a hitand-run investigation that
prompted allegations of officer misconduct — but only
after the recordings became
part of a court case and were
published by news outlets.
Other footage from controversial encounters — including the fatal police
shootings of a mentally ill
woman near downtown L.A.
and a 14-year-old boy in
Boyle Heights — have remained under wraps.
The policy will go into effect in 30 days and will apply
to shootings or other critical
incidents that occur after
that — meaning recordings
from past encounters may
not become public.
The new disclosure rules
were a year in the making,
led by police commissioners
who have long signaled their
desire for more transparency. The panel brought in a
group from the New York
University School of Law to
collect feedback. The results
indicated broad support —
from both the public and police — for releasing the
The LAPD and the union
representing rank-and-file
officers were also consulted.
So was Dist. Atty. Jackie
Lacey, who has had harsh
words for the proposal.
Lacey laid out her position in a memo last year, saying her office would not publicly release video evidence
from a police shooting until
deciding whether to file
criminal charges. Doing so
earlier, Lacey wrote, could
bias potential jurors.
“The Police Commission
policy jeopardizes the justice process by exposing witnesses to video evidence before they are interviewed by
our independent investigators,” she said last month
when the policy was unveiled. “It will make seeking
justice in these politically
charged cases more difficult.”
Two weeks ago, Lacey released video from a police
shooting for the first time
while announcing she would
not charge an LAPD officer
who killed a homeless man
near the Venice boardwalk
in 2015.
Beck, who had recommended criminal charges
against that officer, said the
Venice shooting was one of
only a few instances in which
he would have felt strongly
about delaying the release of
the video.
“On those 1-in-1,000 instances where I think there
might be a criminal prosecution of a police officer, I
think we need to understand
that we can’t jeopardize
that,” he said.
The police officers’ union
aligned with Lacey, saying it
would have preferred that
LAPD video not be released
until after investigations
were complete. But, the
union’s directors said, they
were glad that some of their
input was included in the
policy and believed those
suggestions strengthened
the final product.
“We may not always
agree on everything,” Jerretta Sandoz, the union’s
vice president, told the commission. “But we do respect
the relationship that we
formed and the dialogue we
When video does come
out, Beck cautioned, it won’t
always provide the clear-cut
answers new viewers might
expect. Officers’ hands
might block the camera’s
view. So could a steering
wheel. There might be a
struggle between an officer
and a civilian that makes it
hard to see what exactly
things, even when they are
completely justified, completely appropriate, are still
hard to watch,” he said.
“There is no acceptable way
for a viewer to watch somebody get shot.”
agreed. She and other police
watch videos from police
shootings as they determine
whether officers violated
LAPD rules for using deadly
“I still flinch every time I
hear a gunshot. Every time,”
she said. “Whether an officer
is defending their life or
whether a shooting is out of
policy, it doesn’t matter.
What’s occurring is tragic
and beyond difficult to see.”
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‘Not the storm to question’
[Rainstorm, from A1]
apple express,” made landfall Tuesday night. The system is predicted to dump 3
to 6 inches of rain along the
coast by Friday, and up to 10
inches in the mountains and
foothills above Montecito,
Carpinteria and Ojai.
It’s taking a “bull’s-eye
shot” at Santa Barbara
County, Ventura County and
the Thomas fire burn scar,
said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in
Robert Lewin, director of
the Santa Barbara County
Office of Emergency Management, said that “this
storm is not the storm to
question. This is a legitimate, hard-coming storm
that has the potential to
cause destruction. It has the
potential to take lives.…
Those mountains are locked
and loaded with debris”
that’s ready to come down.
By Tuesday afternoon,
Santa Barbara County sheriff ’s deputies had hit about
1,000 homes, urging people
to leave.
“We know it is disruptive,
costly and inconvenient,”
Sheriff Bill Brown said. “We
would not be making this decision without it being our
belief that it is necessary to
protect your safety.”
Roughly 2,400 Ventura
also ordered to leave, while
about 32,200 others there
live in voluntary evacuation
zones, said Deputy Chad
Anderson of the Sheriff ’s
Many Montecito residents spent their last hours
in town at grocery stores, filling shopping carts with water, bread, fruits and vegetables.
“We are very stressed,”
said Gretchen Norqual, 68,
as she loaded groceries into
her Land Rover with her
planned to pick up their two
cats and head to a hotel.
Nearby, Richard and
Colleen Stewart gassed up
their car and reflected on
how their lives have changed
since Jan. 9, when mudflows
damaged their home on
Glen Oaks Drive and took
the life of one of their neighbors.
The Canadian couple
spend their winters in Montecito. This season has been
marked by disaster after di-
Photographs by Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE STORM will probably bring a long period of nonstop rain. Above, Marit ter Mate-Martinsen and her two daughters pack their van.
“We have evacuation fatigue,” Richard Stewart
said. “If we have to evacuate
one more time, we will leave
and go back to Canada.”
They are haunted by
homes and cars crushed by
“We don’t drive on the
main street to get to our
house anymore,” he said.
“It’s too difficult to look at
the damage.”
Their dog, Sammy, was
nestled in the back seat of
their car near a handful of
suitcases, pictures and
other belongings.
Stewart and his wife decided to heed evacuation orders because of the constant
communication — emails
followed up by phone calls —
from officials who stressed
the potential danger.
By late Tuesday afternoon, the town was nearly
The rain comes just
months after the Thomas
fire scorched more than 440
AUTHORITIES have ordered about 21,000 residents
in Santa Barbara County to flee. Above, Browning
Allen prepares to evacuate Tuesday in Carpinteria.
Mississippi’s early
abortion ban is
blocked, for now
associated press
JACKSON, Miss. — A
federal judge on Tuesday
temporarily blocked a new
Mississippi law that bans
abortion after 15 weeks’ gestation — the most restrictive
abortion law in the United
The law took effect as
soon as Republican Gov.
Phil Bryant signed it Monday. The only abortion clinic
in Mississippi, Jackson
Women’s Health Organization, quickly sued the state,
arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it
bans abortion weeks before
a fetus can survive outside
the womb.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments
granting the clinic’s immediate request for a temporary
restraining order that would
block the law during the legal fight.
“The Supreme Court
says every woman has a constitutional right to ‘personal
body,” he wrote in a brief decision that quoted previous
rulings on abortion. “That
right protects her choice ‘to
have an abortion before viability.’ ”
Reeves said in court that
the “ultimate question” is
whether a state can ban
abortion before viability. He
later granted the temporary
restraining order, noting
that lawyers for the clinic
said a woman who is at least
15 weeks pregnant was
scheduled to have an abortion Tuesday afternoon.
His order noted that the
law “places viability at 15
weeks — about two months
earlier than where the medical consensus places it.”
The law and responding
challenge set up a confrontation sought by abortion opponents, who are hoping
federal courts will ultimately
prohibit abortions before a
fetus is viable.
Some legal experts say a
change in the law is unlikely
unless the makeup of the
Supreme Court changes.
square miles of land, reducing thick forest and chaparral to ash and making steep
hillsides susceptible to mud
and debris flows.
Flash flood watches were
issued in Santa Barbara and
Ventura counties, where
scorched hillsides will start
to dissolve into mud flows if
it rains at a rate of more than
half an inch an hour, according to the U.S. Geological
Although there’s little potential for a once-in-200-year
storm cell like the one in January that dumped half an
inch of rain in just five minutes and triggered the
deadly floods, this storm is
worrisome because it will
probably bring a long period
of nonstop rain.
Seto said the storm could
drop up to three-quarters of
an inch of rain an hour for
most of Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning over the fire-scarred
“Once those rain inten-
sities start they could block
the roads and they wouldn’t
be able to leave,” Seto said.
“That’s what’s different with
mudslides. Once they hit
their threshold, they’re going to go. They’re not going
to wait and give you time to
think about it.”
Lewin, of Santa Barbara
County, said the storm could
be intense enough to cause
flooding even without the recent fires.
“We could experience localized flooding and road
closures which are not isolated to the burn areas,” he
said. “The threat of rockfalls, mudslides and debris
flow is high.”
Etehad reported from
Montecito, Serna and
Tchekmedyian from Los
Deriding the ‘evil genius’ of data
[Cambridge, from A1]
“psychographic profiling”
that would cycle the tastes
and interests of millions of
voters into algorithms that
then target them with tailormade, highly persuasive digital ads. “They were just
throwing jargon around,” he
added, recalling that the
firm also claimed it did topsecret work for the military.
Whether the firm, even
with the massive amounts of
Facebook data it is accused
of improperly mining, was
the digital Svengali it marketed itself to be is very
much in doubt. For some clients, Cambridge Analytica
was more a conduit to endearing themselves to its billionaire financial backer,
Robert Mercer, who was also
a major contributor to conservative campaigns.
“The thinking was if it
gets Mercer to fund your super PAC, then it’s worth it to
use this firm,” said Luke
Thompson, vice president
for politics and advocacy at
the Republican analytics
firm Applecart. But he
said Cambridge Analytica’s
claim that it has reinvented
political persuasion is based
on “ludicrous assumptions
and leaps of faith.”
Thompson was helping
lead data efforts for the National Republican Senatorial Committee when the firm
pitched its products in 2014.
Thompson, a former academic who taught at Yale
University, found the claims
it was making absurd. He
said the psychographic
mapping that it promised
could be done on a large
scale struck him as improbable, and of limited value
even if it did pull it off.
“It was all based on this
pop psychology BS, and
even if you could do it, it
would add only the most
marginal value to a campaign,” he said. “Nobody was
asking them the most basic
data-sourcing questions.…
If you want to know what
people think about politics,
why would you do these surveys where you ask them
about things like antique
cars? Why not just ask them
about politics?”
Such criticism of the
company, which is common
among GOP analytics leaders, was muted by its connection to Mercer, a hedge
fund billionaire who built his
fortune creating a formula of
algorithms and equations
for investing that only a few
math geniuses understand.
“I don’t understand how
a man as smart as him put
all this money into this black
hole of nonsense,” Thompson said. The firm’s profile
also got a boost from its con-
Matthew Chattle Barcroft Media
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix,
center, after videos surfaced in which he described some of the firm’s tactics.
nection to former Trump
campaign chief and senior
advisor Stephen K. Bannon,
who had been a vice president there.
Cambridge Analytica did
not respond to questions
about Mercer’s involvement
or the firm’s track record.
But company leaders
have frequently touted successes, claiming its proprietary techniques helped
propel various prominent
politicians to victory. They
point, for example, to the triumph of Trump and early
primary wins by Republican
Ted Cruz, the Texas senator.
The Cruz campaign initially embraced the firm’s
narrative that it was using
cutting-edge technology to
engage and persuade voters
in ways that were transforming politics, but those who
worked for Cruz later cast
doubt on Cambridge Analytica’s effectiveness.
The firm’s salesmanship
persuaded Todd Wilcox to
sign up for its psychographic
profiling when the conservative super PAC he was running, Restore American
Leadership, was aiming to
elect business leaders and
veterans to office. Wilcox
was unimpressed.
“They said there was this
whole predictive analysis
they could do, but we didn’t
see any evidence it worked,”
he said. Wilcox also recalled
Cambridge Analytica touting how it could engage and
persuade voters by using
certain words and colors in
campaign graphics. “We
stopped using them,” he
said. “We saw no evidence
that different color shades
and verbiage motivated people in a different way.”
The firm earlier disputed
in a statement to the Wall
Street Journal the way
Wilcox describes the relationship, saying it did only
digital marketing and web
development work for his
group, not deep analytics.
A conservative organization called the Market Research Foundation was
similarly uninspired when it
partnered with SCL Group,
the company that would become Cambridge Analytica,
in a voter persuasion effort
leading up to the 2013 Virginia governor’s race. “We
would not recommend working with them on any project,” the foundation wrote in
a memo that concluded the
firm’s psychographic targeting effort was a failure.
When Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix later published a 65page white paper touting the
success of psychographic
profiling in Virginia, the
foundation felt compelled to
respond with its own memo
warning other Republicans
that Nix’s pronouncements
did not track with what actually happened. “MRF was
astonished by several of the
claims made,” the foundation’s memo said.
Those who have worked
with or studied the firm are
amused to see Cambridge
Analytica now cast as an evil
genius with the power to manipulate an election. While
the transgressions the firm
is accused of carrying out are
serious, critics who understand its work best say the
firm just wasn’t equipped to
do that much damage.
Eitan Hersh, a Tufts University professor and author
of “Hacking the Electorate,”
suggested that all the attention Cambridge Analytica is
getting in the controversy
over its alleged misuse of
Facebook data is misplaced.
Like many others interviewed, he said the firm sells
snake oil. “To me, the story is
99% about Facebook and 1%
about Cambridge Analyt-
ica,” he wrote in a direct message over Twitter.
Yet as lawmakers dig into
how the Facebook data were
used and a special counsel
investigates whether there
was coordination between
the Trump campaign and
Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election, it’s difficult to look away from
Cambridge Analytica.
On Tuesday, its board
suspended Nix over, among
other things, his comments
to a British reporter posing
as a potential client from Sri
Lanka. Nix suggested sending “girls around” to the
home of a prospective client’s rival, ostensibly for a
blackmail scheme.
There was also undercover video of Nix claiming
Cambridge Analytica played
an outsize role in Trump’s
victory. “We did all the research, all the data, all the
analytics, all the targeting,”
Nix said in the video captured by Britain’s Channel 4.
“We ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign, and our data informed all the strategy.”
Many in the Trump campaign disputed that.
As he tries to make sense
of it all, David Karpf, a
George Washington University professor who specializes in digital advocacy,
says Cambridge Analytica is
looking less like a mischievous genius than a mischievous amateur. He compares its alleged Facebook
intrusion to burglars who set
out to rob a vault full of diamonds and end up hauling
home a bag full of worthless
cubic zirconia.
“But even if the robbers
only got junk out of it, it is
still a crime,” he said. “And it
is still concerning that the
vault was so easy to rob.”
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 21, 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / O P I N I O N
Where our storm water goes
Southern California needs to hold
onto more of the rain that falls.
Northern California needs less.
s the March rains loosen
more Southern California mud
and fill more Northern California reservoirs, the state still
flirts with drought and we still
run short of water. Los Angeles is engineered to hustle filthy storm water to sea as
quickly as possible, as if it were the evil fluid
of the primordial abyss, yet we spend millions to import precious snowmelt from the
Sierra. It’s all just water. Meanwhile, the
Trump administration proposes to raise
Shasta Dam in the far north of the state to
capture more rainwater to send south, but
Democrats resist. Does any of it make any
It does, but it requires some time contemplating a map of California.
In vastly oversimplified terms, California
has two great mountain ranges that run
north-south. Smaller Pacific storms drop
their payloads on coastal cities when rain
clouds run into the lower, western ranges.
The bigger, colder storms make it east to the
Sierra before releasing their water as snow.
But nothing is that simple. In fact the
western ranges are crooked, and in Santa
Barbara County they bend from northsouth to east-west and form a horizontal
wall that, at places in the San Gabriel and
San Bernardino mountains, reaches two
miles high. The coast, rather than face west,
runs diagonally. The third side of this geographic triangle is formed by the so-called
peninsular ranges — an odd name for mountains sitting deep within Southern California until you realize that geologically, they
are the northern end of Baja California.
Squeezed into this small triangle, which
runs roughly from Santa Barbara to San Diego and features an attractive climate and
flat, buildable spaces, is half of California’s
thirsty population of 39 million. Winter rains
here are modest — except when they aren’t,
when storms hit the sun-warmed south-facing horizontal mountain wall. The precipitation rarely gets cold enough to take the form
of snow, so instead of piling up to melt during the spring and summer, as it does in the
cold, west-facing Sierra, the water comes all
at once, rushing suddenly from the mountains and through all those flat areas built
out with homes. There it can turn into the
sort of deadly mud that hit Montecito in
January and again threatens areas on the
mountainous margin of the Southern California triangle. It is the reason that in the
1930s engineers began the decades-long job
of encasing the Los Angeles River in concrete, to move the fearsome water safely to
The other half of California’s people, and
two-thirds of its precipitation, are spread
around the rest of the state. Central and
Northern California have also seen their
share of cataclysmic flooding over the years,
but instead of trying to push the water out
to sea as quickly as possible, they have tried
to capture it in order to release it in the
spring and summer, when it is needed for
In fact, agriculture grew so big and so important that it quickly gulped down much of
the annual snowmelt and began over-tapping groundwater. Now, between diversions
of Sierra snowmelt for crops and for residents in the Southern California triangle
and the Bay Area, and with the added pressure of drought, the water that used to flow
down the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and out to San Francisco Bay is too paltry to sustain migrating salmon and other
That leaves us with this odd environmental juxtaposition: In Northern California, we
hang on to too much storm water and instead need to send more of it to sea to prevent the ecosystem from collapsing. But in
Southern California, where our concrete riverbeds sweep biological and other toxic hazards into the ocean to foul beaches and poison marine life, we must send less out to sea
and instead hang on to more of it, capturing
it and allowing it to percolate into our aquifers to be naturally cleansed and available
for reuse in lieu of the Sierra water that we
import in excess.
Meanwhile, why not raise Shasta Dam?
There are many reasons, including continued environmental degradation of the
type we need to reverse, but let’s focus on
something else: Shasta is part of the federal
Central Valley Project, and its water is used
on farm fields that contract for that water.
But that relatively small group of farmers
would not pay for the project; U.S. taxpayers would. Just as Los Angeles taxpayers financed the projects that quench their thirst
with mountain water — the Owens Valley
project, the State Water Project, the Colorado River project — the people who pay
should generally be the people who benefit.
That’s something to keep in mind when considering any dam or other water project.
Los Angeles County voters are likely to
see a storm water tax ballot measure in November to allow us to finally make use of
those hazardous pulses of rain. In the end,
we may need to re-engineer the Southern
California triangle to finally keep that water
for ourselves, stop flushing it out to the
ocean, and allow more Sierra water, farther
north, to proceed to the sea.
The war on drugs. It’s back
resident Trump’s opioid response plan might have multiple
prongs, but when he unveiled it
Monday, he clearly was most interested in the prong that gets “very
tough” on drug dealers. We know this because he said so approximately 5,000 times
during a speech announcing the plan in New
Hampshire, a state chosen as the backdrop
because it is one of those hardest hit by opioid addiction and overdose deaths.
A few examples: “If we don’t get tough on
the drug dealers, we are wasting our time.”
“Toughness is the thing they most fear.”
What “tough” means to Trump, it turns out,
is not attacking addiction with treatment. It
means throwing more low-level drug dealers
in jail, building a wall along the southern
border and cutting funding for sanctuary
cities in California that he (wrongly) says
protect drug dealers. Also, it means executing drug dealers, because that works so well
in other countries. (Not.)
Sorry to be glib, but we have a hard time
taking Trump seriously when his longawaited response to an opioid crisis that
killed about 64,000 Americans in 2016 relies
on immigrant scapegoating, barbaric penalties and magical thinking. It’s not even original. Trump’s get-tough approach is little
more than a reboot of the failed “War on
Drugs” from the 1980s, in which the federal
government spent enormous sums trying —
and failing — to stop the crack cocaine crisis
by throwing people in prison, a disproportionate amount of whom were African
American and Latino.
Even more worrisome than the recycled
drug war posturing (Trump is also touting a
Just Say No-style advertising campaign to
tell kids how bad drugs are) was his praise
for countries with zero-tolerance drug policies. He didn’t say which countries, but
clearly he was referring to the Philippines,
where President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug
crackdown has resulted in the extrajudicial
killing of thousands of people (children in-
cluded) for petty crimes or drug use, according to Human Rights Watch.
Before Monday, there had been reason to
believe that Trump viewed opioid addiction
properly as a public health crisis, not a reason to launch War on Drugs II. His first
speech on the topic in October, while vague,
promised action on this “public health
emergency.” A few days later the commission he convened to study the problem and
come up with evidence-based solutions released a 131-page report with 56 recommendations, none of which suggested killing
people. The commission did call for enhanced law enforcement and stiffer penalties, but as part of a comprehensive strategy
that included such sensible actions as tracking opioid prescriptions, improving drug
take-back efforts (unused prescription opioids often get filched and sold on the black
market) and providing better access to
quality substance abuse treatment.
There was some good stuff in Trump’s
announcement, such as holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for their role
in pushing out opioids, making legal drugs
used in addiction treatment cheaper, developing non-addictive painkillers, making
sure that first responders and schools have
access to the overdose-prevention drug Naloxone, and working to reduce overprescription of opioids. But even if those prongs
hadn’t been overshadowed by all the talk of
being tough and executing kingpins, they
still wouldn’t be enough. Not when Trump’s
own budget proposal would gut Medicaid,
which is a crucial source of substance abuse
treatment in states like New Hampshire.
And not when there is so much more that
could be done to keep addicts alive until
they get treatment.
If there’s just one lesson to be learned
from the country’s last attempt to grapple
with a drug crisis, it is that we can’t arrest
our way out of drug addiction. Or kill our
way out of it. Just say no to Trump’s opioid
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
Lawrence K. Ho Los Angeles Times
vember 2017 that found
that ibuprofen-acetaminophen combination pills had
the same pain reduction
effects as opioid-acetaminophen pills on emergency
department patients with
acute extremity pain.
Perhaps the medical
profession needs to consider alternatives rather
than insisting on use of a
drug that has tragic consequences.
Chris Brewster
San Diego
DRIVERS and observers gather for an illegal street
race event along Ana Street in Compton in 2015.
Safer racing
Re “The fast and the fatal,,” March 17
I got my driver’s license in the 1960s, had a mechanical
nature, modified my car and did some drag racing. The
cars weren’t as powerful back then, but neither were they
designed with safety in mind.
But one thing the young hot-rodders had was a safe
place to show off if they were of the mind. Local drag
strips were commonplace with names such as San
Fernando, Lions, Pomona and Irwindale. Not only did
they furnish an outlet to prove ourselves and our
machines, but they also helped us recognize what
conditions contribute to a safe racing environment. Just
as important, they fostered racer’s etiquette and
The unintended consequence of closing these
facilities was to push racers back onto the streets with no
understanding how to play the game or size up the
conditions. With the strips gone we lost out on the
lessons they taught and the outlet they provided.
Jim Dryden
Street racing is definitely dangerous and illegal.
I remember a time when
there were several drag
racing tracks in Southern
California. There was a
night during the week,
Wednesday as I remember,
called Grudge Night, when
you could race another
contender to test your car
and your skills.
These drag strips were
closed down one by one
because of the noise and
nuisance to the neighbors.
Sadly, there is no place for
these street racers to go
But that isn’t an excuse
for this kind of behavior. I
don’t know what the solution is, but I’m sure it will
continue as long as there
are no alternatives. Blaming the “The Fast and the
Furious” movies is ridiculous and isn’t going to solve
the problem.
Alan Woodard
The best defense
against an “abusive government” lies with the rule
of law, an independent
judiciary and law enforcement, the free press, civil
disobedience against injustice, voting by all members
of our communities without voter suppression,
religious freedom and
tolerance, and respect for
life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness for all who
make their home in our
The myth that a gun
guarantees freedom has to
be shattered once and for
I hope the letter writer’s
students engage in a robust discussion of this
issue, perhaps even inviting surviving students and
their parents from Columbine, Parkland and
Sandy Hook, to name just a
Linda Allderdice
Los Angeles
Of course there’s
a drug shortage
Saturday’s Los Angeles
Times contained one story
on people killed by illegal
street racing and two stories on race cars that are
available to be driven on
public roads.
Are there no mirrors at
The Times’ building?
Jon Hartmann
Los Angeles
Patriotism is
not the issue
Re “Walk out, then vote,”
letters, March 16
I appreciate the passion
of the social sciences
teacher who praised the
students who did not walk
out of their classes on
March 14 in support of
more gun control. But this
is a practical issue, not an
issue of patriotism.
This issue is about a
specific product, not the
right to own a gun. The
majority of Americans
support common-sense
gun laws, including banning assault rifles, setting
higher age limits and requiring mental health
checks. They believe that
gun ownership should at
least have the same regulation attached as obtaining
a driver’s license.
And who is tilting at
windmills? The students
dealing with real fear and
death wrought by the
insanity of these frequent
mass shootings? Or those
who think they need to own
semiautomatic militarystyle assault rifles to fight
the government that’s
coming to crush their
Kathy McGrath
Los Angeles
One letter writer believes the “last line of defense against an abusive
government” is the right to
own guns. I disagree.
Re “Here’s the other opioid
crisis,” March 17
After years of ginning
up fears, both reasonable
and unreasonable, about
the “opioid epidemic,”
everyone seems surprised
that some of our hospitals
are facing a dangerous
shortage of many of these
same opioids.
This shortage doesn’t
surprise me, though I’m
surprised that the media
appear to be concerned
now about an opioid shortage after spending so much
energy on whipping up
political and public anger
toward opioids.
I predict that we can
continue to expect such
shortage as long as only
the “anti-opioid” lobby,
including many who’ve lost
loved ones to opioid addiction, are allowed in the
discussion. The solution is
to allow all sides of the
issue to be heard, and that
means inviting people
living with pain and their
physicians who manage
opioid medication responsibly.
The time has come for
us to have an honest and
equitable discussion on
this very serious subject.
Geneviève Clavreul
The writer is a registered nurse.
The Los Angeles Times
reports that patients are
“languishing in pain” due
to a shortage of opioids.
This is happening amid a
national crisis of addiction
and death caused by opioids.
More importantly, it
highlights the brainwashing of American physicians
by the pharmaceutical
The Journal of the
American Medical Assn.
published a study in No-
Yes, there is another
crisis (to use the inflammatory word regarding these
morphine-based medications).
We are the chronically ill
and in constant pain. The
U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set tight
limits on the amount of
medication we are allowed
each day. For those of us
who have taken this medication for years, the dosage
limit is not adequate.
Our pain doctors and
we, the patients, are going
crazy trying to find ways to
keep our pain in check. We
are suffering constantly,
begging for help. The FDA
must review its policies to
consider this group of
seriously ill patients and
make a set of separate
rules for us.
The FDA has gone
overboard with these inhumane limits.
Carol Dickinson
Laguna Niguel
A vote on the
L.A. Marathon
Re “A breathtaking feat to
reach the beach,” March 19
Your article described
the highlights of the Los
Angeles Marathon: the
great weather, the thousands of cheering spectators, the agony and the
ecstasy of the 24,000 runners.
Your article neglected
to mention the greatest
problem caused by the
race: the unbearable traffic. The road closures kept
many hundreds of thousands of motorists
stranded in gridlock most
of the day on the 405 Freeway, on Sunset Boulevard
and on every north-south
street blocked by the race
route and every east-west
street parallel to it.
The L.A. Marathon is a
privately run event with a
tremendously negative
impact on the whole city.
Let the people vote on
whether we want it — I
think the answer would be
a resounding no.
Michael E. Mahler
Los Angeles
Instead of expending
their time, energy and
money in running marathons, why don’t runners
use those for citizen science projects that collect
data for scientists?
The citizen science
projects may involve hiking, scuba diving and other
rigorous activities that are
rewarding for the participant as well as for the good
of science and humankind.
The narcissistic pleasures of activities like marathons and mountain climbing could be put to better
use by helping to advance
lasting science rather than
providing temporary
amusements for people.
Bob Ladendorf
Los Angeles
Money for Musk
Re “Musk’s 55 billion reasons to succeed,” Business,
March 18
So Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has 55
billion reasons to believe he
is the only one that matters. I can just imagine,
were I a Tesla employee or
executive, how Musk’s
incentive plan to pay him
up to $55 billion if he meets
certain performance targets would motivate me.
Bob Wieting
Simi Valley
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California’s unexceptional resistance
President Trump’s war
against the Golden State
is a war against the nation.
By David L. Ulin
he evening before the
2016 presidential election, Gov. Jerry Brown
joked at a political
dinner in Sacramento:
“If Trump were ever elected, we’d
have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the
rest of this country.”
At the time, it seemed a safe-ish
bit of humor because, of course,
Hillary Clinton would win. When
she didn’t, I came to imagine
Brown’s remark as the opening
volley establishing California as
the state of resistance — unique,
independent, distinct from the
rest of the United States.
Since the president and his
minions descended on Southern
California like a late winter storm
earlier this month, I’ve found
myself reckoning with a new realization: It’s the other way around.
California is not the resistance so
much as it is the mainstream. We
don’t need to defend ourselves
against the rest of the country,
because we represent it.
Don’t get me wrong; I realize
that California’s politics don’t
prevail in Washington, let alone
many statehouses. I understand
that resistance is essential. Indeed, I am drawn to the whole idea
of it, with its whisper — I won’t call
it a promise, exactly — of the people rising up.
(I was born in the early 1960s
and came of age in the backwash of
the counterculture. I went to my
first demonstration in 1977 when I
was 15; we were protesting Kent
State University’s plan to build a
gym annex on the site where,
seven years earlier, the Ohio National Guard had gunned down
four students. We lost.)
I am drawn, as well, to the idea
of California as a free state. Like
the governor, I’ve done my share of
cracking wise about the need for a
“big, beautiful wall,” but one that
runs north from the Gulf of California, not east from the Pacific
Ocean — a barrier to keep “the
Americans” out.
We Californians, after all, like to
think of ourselves as the vanguard,
as special in nearly every sense. We
take pride in living at the cutting
edge of art and culture, technology
and social change. These days, we
see in the multicultural landscapes of our cities a vision of what
America could, and should, become.
We sometimes call this sensibility California exceptionalism. The
phrase derives from Carey
McWilliams’ book, “California: The
Great Exception,” which was
published in 1949. It’s one of the
cliches of the state, a corollary to
the myth of West Coast reinvention, the faith that life here
lends itself to re-creation, to a
smarter, richer, better way of life.
That this is self-serving, smug
even, is obvious. We know California has its own complex and
less-than-progressive history,
(See Proposition 187, the racial
divisions that led to the 1992 uprising and the Watts riots a quartercentury earlier, the ongoing disaster of Proposition 13). We’re beset
with intractable contemporary
problems (homelessness, economic inequality). And yet, we cling
to a vision of ourselves as exceptional.
The truth is that California is
more an exaggeration, an apotheosis, of America than an anomaly.
We are less distinct, less separate
than we would like to believe. At
our best, we share with the rest of
the nation a halting, if generally
forward, movement toward what
the Constitution calls “a more
perfect union.”
Californians are, and should be,
proud that the rule of law has
expanded civil rights. So are the
majority of Americans. Like nearly
70% of our fellow citizens, we
understand that climate change is
real. Most of us want to establish a
path to legalization not just for
“Dreamers,” but for their parents,
as do the vast majority — nearly
90% — of people in the United
When the president and U.S.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions came West
in early March, they did so with the
intent of accelerating what our
governor is calling a “war against
the state of California.” The main
target of their displeasure (and
the target of a federal lawsuit) are
three immigration statutes, in-
cluding the California Values Act,
all of which limit cooperation by
state authorities with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But “California values” is a
misnomer for these laws; it is
American values we’re talking
To wrap our minds around
what that means, we can return to
McWilliams and his notion of
California exceptionalism. In the
nearly 70 years since his book
appeared, his intentions have been
widely misunderstood. California,
he wrote, “is the great catch-all,
the vortex at the continent’s end
into which elements of America’s
diverse population have been
drawn, whirled around.” And
Californians “are more like the
Americans than the Americans
During his election eve remarks
in 2016, Brown added this: “We
don’t like walls, we like bridges.”
Another volley, and he wasn’t
speaking only for the Golden
David L. Ulin is a contributing
writer to Opinion.
The GOP’s
attack on the
of the vote
Republicans have doubled
down on the tactics of
voter suppression.
By Noah Berlatsky
Neal Hamberg Associated Press
JOAQUIN AVILA , who died March 9, crafted the legal strategy that remade how local elections
were run across the state and that led to the California Voting Rights Act in 2002.
Legacy of a ‘lion’
alifornians usually
don’t think of Watsonville as delivering much
more than strawberries and great Mexican food. But it was here in 1989
that attorney Joaquin Avila engineered one of the most significant
political overhauls in the state’s
history: district elections for local
government races.
Proponents argue this system
makes it easier for minority candidates to get elected because
they have to compete only in a
specific district, not across the
whole city in the traditional atlarge method. And, by splitting a
city council or school board into
districts, all neighborhoods —
not just the rich side of town —
wind up represented.
In 1989, Avila and the Mexican
American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund sued Watsonville in federal court over its atlarge elections for city council.
Avila successfully argued before
the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals that this was diluting the
Latino vote in a town that was
increasingly brown. His victory
made nationwide news and his
legal strategy won him a MacArthur “genius” fellowship. He went
on to help draft the California
Voting Rights Act, passed in 2002,
which made it easier for minority
groups to prove their votes were
being diluted.
Since then, civil rights organizations have sued or threatened
lawsuits against dozens of California cities, school districts,
county boards of supervisors and
other local entities, all in the
name of increasing political representation of minorities. When
Avila died of cancer March 9, this
legacy sparked nationwide tributes. California Secretary of
State Alex Padilla, for instance,
called the Compton native a “lion
of voting rights.”
That district elections are the
best way to elect candidates who
reflect our demographics is now
gospel for progressives across the
state. But as I read multiple
obituaries on Avila, it brought out
anew my own conflicting
thoughts. I’m still not fully convinced that they’re the silver
bullet against ballot box discrimination that Avila and his acolytes
made them out to be.
I’m particularly jaded because
of how the issue rolled out in my
home base. The first lawsuit in
Orange County to demand district elections happened in Anaheim in 2012, when there were two
minorities on the five-person city
council. The complaint spun a
dark tale of political racism
against Latinos in a town long
controlled by Disneyland and
other captains of industry. But to
my mind, the local voting-rights
activists didst protest too much.
Back in 2006, despite at-large
elections, four of the five Anaheim council members were
minorities, including two Latinos.
That fact was conveniently
ignored because the minority
politicians were conservatives.
Activists also don’t count the
current makeup of the Orange
County Board of Supervisors —
with three Republican Asian
Americans on it, two of them
immigrants — as a win for diversity. Likewise, in 1987 when
Watsonville elected its first-ever
Latino council member (just
before Avila’s lawsuit), the Los
Angeles Times reported that
voting rights advocates felt he
was “not very representative of
Latino community concerns.”
This suggests that the goal of
these suits, then and now, isn’t to
create a system that elects just
more minority politicians, but
more liberal minority politicians.
So let’s stop casting the push for
district elections as a modernday Freedom Summer.
The argument that only minority politicians can best repre-
sent their communities ignores
multiple local counterexamples
from the past. African American
voters never had a problem with
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Kenneth Hahn because he always
looked out for them. Minority
voters long sided with Jewish
candidates who understood
discrimination better than
WASPs. Anaheim Mayor Tom
Tait, a Republican who’s whiter
than Texas toast, has emerged as
an unlikely Latino champion
(and a supporter of district elections).
Meanwhile, Santa Ana —
where candidates are nominated
from six wards, though voted on
citywide — is the largest city in
the United States with an allLatino city council. It’s been like
this since 2008. What has happened in a decade of raza representation? Instead of addressing
the severe housing and job shortages that affect the city’s overwhelmingly Latino, overwhelmingly working-class residents, city
officials have focused on attracting hipster outsiders to live and
shop there by pouring millions
into downtown. White politicians
used to gentrify Latinos out of
town; now Latinos do it to themselves. That’s progress, right?
This week, however, as I read
an interview Avila gave in 2015 to
the Monterey County Weekly, I
came to acknowledge that district elections do attack a central
problem: We have too few candidates who are people of color or
working class. “Political power is
never given away,” Avila told the
paper. “You have to take it.”
Bingo. In an increasingly
stratified California, we should
take every chance we get to let
the pueblo better control its
democracy. So rest in power,
Joaquin Avila. May we one day
fulfill what you worked toward
your entire life.
Twitter: @gustavoArellano
he Supreme Court
this week refused to
hear Republican lawmakers’ attempt to
block a new map of
congressional districts in Pennsylvania. That means that Republicans’ extremely partisan
gerrymander of the state is out. A
new, less partisan map is in.
Many news outlets, including
Reuters, framed the Supreme
Court decision as a “win for
Democrats.” It is that; Democrats are likely to pick up around
three U.S. House seats, and perhaps more. But it’s also a victory
for small-d democracy.
The Pennsylvania Supreme
Court earlier struck down the Republican gerrymander because it
unconstitutionally “diluted” the
votes of one party to benefit another. “This is the antithesis of a
healthy representative democracy,” Justice Debra McCloskey
wrote for the majority. “Indeed,
for our form of government to operate as intended, each and every
Pennsylvania voter must have
the same free and equal opportunity to select his or her representatives.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise that,
according to McCloskey, the Republicans had robbed the people
of Pennsylvania of adequate representation. Over the last two
decades at least, it’s been clear
that Republicans benefit from restricting the electorate, while
Democrats benefit when it is expanded.
Republicans have worked to
institute voter identification laws
that discourage poor people and
people of color from voting. This
is supposedly intended to prevent (non-existent) voter fraud,
but many GOP officials have admitted that the real motivation is
partisan advantage.
Similarly, Republicans (unsucessfully) fought Virginia Gov.
Terry McAuliffe’s plan to enfranchise former felons. They have
blocked efforts to give the District of Columbia statehood and
representation in the Senate and
the House. Just last month, Wisconsin’s Republican governor,
Scott Walker, refused to call special elections for vacant legislative seats because he believes
that Democrats will win those
elections. Voters in those districts will not have representation in the state Legislature.
The conclusion is straightforward and inescapable: Democracy hurts Republicans. It’s no
coincidence that the GOP has
only won one popular vote for
president in the last 30 years. Republicans have made themselves
the party of rich white men, and
there simply aren’t enough rich
white men to make a majority.
Therefore, the fewer people who
vote, and consequently the fewer
people who have representation,
the better off Republicans are.
Or, to put it another way, Republicans stand to benefit as the
United States becomes more and
more authoritarian.
From this perspective, Donald Trump’s strong-man posturing is not an aberrant deviation
from GOP traditions. It is, instead, in line with a growing Republican commitment to disenfranchisement. When Trump
tweeted following the election
that he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for voting by
undocumented immigrants, he
was simply retooling GOP talking points used to justify preventing some people from voting.
Trump’s disturbing praise for rulers like the Philippines’ President
Rodrigo Dutarte is extreme. But
it points to common ground between the GOP and undemocratic leaders. Both want to rule without the consent of the governed.
The GOP isn’t doomed to be
authoritarian. Generally, in representative government, when a
party’s positions are so unpopular that it can’t win elections, it’s
supposed to adjust those positions. Back in the 1990s, when it
became clear that the GOP was
starting to be outnumbered, Republicans could have course-corrected, embracing policies that
would appeal to the poor, to Latinos, to African Americans, to
women. George W. Bush and Mitt
Romney both gestured in this direction. But they couldn’t figure
out how to reach out to these voters without creating an enormous backlash from their base.
And so the GOP has doubled
down and doubled down again,
turning away from democracy
and relying instead on the tactics
of voter suppression. Small wonder that such a party has elevated
to the presidency a man whose
disdain for the Constitution is
Horse-race accounts of gerrymandering present partisan efforts to gain electoral advantage
as a purely strategic issue: The
Supreme Court decision in Pennsylvania hurts Republicans and
benefits Democrats. But such accounts, by their nature, suggest
that the two parties are morally
equivalent. That’s misleading.
The GOP is actively attacking the
sanctity of the right to vote. It is
the enemy not just of Democrats,
but of democracy itself.
Noah Berlatsky is the author
of the forthcoming book
“Chattering Class War: Punching
Pundits from Chait to Chappo
and Brooks to Breitbart.”
Patt Morrison Asks
Steven Pinker
The Harvard University psychologist’s new book endorses the
long, uplifting view of humanity’s
progress, though humans themselves may need persuading.
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Garcetti seeks to get
people off street by ’28
[Garcetti, from A1]
comes at a crucial moment,
as public anger is rising over
why City Hall has failed to
make more progress in solving the crisis.
The city and the county
are beginning to spend the
voter-approved funds on
new homeless housing and
services, but encampments
remain a fact of life in neighborhoods throughout the
Garcetti is talking about
the goals as he considers a
run for president in 2020. If
he runs, the grim conditions
on L.A. streets could be a political liability.
The unsheltered population in Los Angeles — those
living on the street — is
25,237, according to the latest count. Garcetti aims to
get 12,500 of that group into
shelter or housing by 2022 —
the year Garcetti’s tenure as
mayor would end because of
term limits.
“We can cut this problem
in half in five years. And in 10
years … we can end life on the
street,” Garcetti said in January at the beginning of the
annual homeless count.
Bahr said Garcetti has
made public statements
regularly about his goals for
cutting the unsheltered
population, noting that he
has been quoted in The
Times about the timetable.
Councilmen Mike Bonin,
Mitchell Englander and
Mitch O’Farrell said Tuesday they hadn’t heard about
the plan.
“I haven’t been updated,”
O’Farrell said of the mayor’s
“Goals are laudable,”
Englander said.
Establishing a timeline
for solving homelessness is
not new for Los Angeles politicians.
More than a decade ago,
when he was a councilman,
Garcetti served with thenMayor Antonio Villaraigosa
and then-county Supervisor
Zev Yaroslavsky on a panel
for Bring Los Angeles Home,
a plan to end homelessness
in 10 years.
In another ambitious
County supervisors announced a $100-million initiative that included opening regional shelters for the
homeless. The shelter part
of the plan was shelved in
In 2014, Garcetti offered a
full-throated pledge to end
homelessness among veterans. He appeared alongside
then-First Lady Michelle
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
MAYOR Eric Garcetti tours homeless camps around the Sepulveda Basin in 2016.
Public anger is rising over why L.A. hasn’t made more headway against the crisis.
challenge to tackle the problem — an event that generated headlines.
Kerry Morrison, who has
led efforts to address homelessness in Hollywood and
serves as executive director
of the Hollywood Property
Owners Alliance, said she
didn’t know about the new
timeline until contacted by
The Times this week but
praised Garcetti’s decision
to set goals.
“It gives you something
to work for,” Morrison said.
She said in a recent interview that the mayor is generally being more assertive
and vocal about the homelessness crisis compared
with a year ago.
“We were having a hard
time getting people to talk
about it,” Morrison said.
“I’ve been here for 20 years,
so I have the credibility to
say, ‘It has never been this
bad.’ ”
The pitfalls of optimistic
homelessness are illustrated in the Los Angeles
Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 analysis of how
much new housing would be
needed to attain functional
Under the best scenario,
the analysis found, thousands would be homeless at
any point because of the
growing influx of newly destitute people.
Also, it takes a long time
— an average of three
months — for a homeless
person to obtain housing in
the area’s tight market, the
‘We can cut this
problem in half in
five years. And in
10 years … we can
end life on the
— Eric Garcetti,
L.A. mayor, in January at the
beginning of the annual
homeless count
report said.
“Fully meeting the housing gaps detailed in this report would only be able to
lower the [homeless count]
below 15,000,” the report
Even that unvarnished
projection, based on the 2016
assumption that the homeless population could be reduced by 14% annually,
turned out to be unrealistic.
From 2015 to 2017, homelessness rose more than 30% in
the city.
Chastened by the discrepancy, the agency included no projections when
it updated the analysis this
Whether the mayor is
able to achieve his goals
hinges on the success of the
county’s rollout of funds
raised through Measure H.
The city is unable to tackle
homelessness on its own,
city leaders have acknowledged.
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Thomas, who has worked
closely with the mayor on
homelessness, didn’t respond to a request Tuesday
for comment on Garcetti’s
Bahr said the mayor’s
long-term plan includes relying on general-fund dollars, money from Measure H
and Proposition HHH, and
private and philanthropic
In addition, his “shortterm strategy centers on
erecting as many emergency
shelters as possible near
across Los Angeles,” including one in a parking lot near
El Pueblo de Los Angeles,
Bahr said.
Philip Mangano, former
homelessness czar for President George W. Bush and
president of the American
Round Table to Abolish
Homelessness, last year
called Garcetti’s two yardsticks for ending veterans
homelessness a “well-intentioned misjudgment.”
However, on Tuesday, he
called the mayor’s latest
goals “ambitious.” He said
their success would be contingent on building enough
housing so people aren’t just
shuttled between shelters.
“He is putting himself on
the front line of another numerical commitment, which
has proven to be very difficult to keep in general in Los
Angeles,” he said.
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clinics may
win a round
in high court
Justices appear ready
to kill California law
requiring pregnancy
centers to disclose
state services.
By David G. Savage
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
DOZENS watch from the patio of Los Alamitos City Hall during Monday’s council meeting and vote.
Los Alamitos not
big on ‘sanctuary’
Supreme Court sounded
ready Tuesday to strike
down a California disclosure
law that requires pregnancy
centers — including those
that are faith-based — to notify women that the state offers subsidies for abortion.
The state Legislature
adopted the disclosure rule
three years ago based on
concerns that more than 200
so-called crisis pregnancy
centers sometimes used “deceptive advertising and
counseling practices that
often confuse [or] misinform” pregnant women
about their options.
Under the law, the nonprofit centers must post a
prominent notice if they
don’t have a “licensed medical provider” available. Centers that are licensed must
go further and notify clients
that the state offers “free
or low-cost” contraception,
prenatal care and abortion.
The state’s lawyers defended the law on the
grounds that warnings and
disclosures are routine for
hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs. They noted
that the Supreme Court in
the past has upheld the principle of “informed consent,”
including in abortion cases.
But during Tuesday’s argument, most of the justices
took sharp issue with all or
parts of the California law.
They said it unfairly targeted the faith-based centers. Doctors and for-profit
clinics were exempted from
the law.
“If it has been gerrymandered, that’s a serious issue,”
said Justice Elena Kagan.
Agreeing, Justice Samuel A.
Alito Jr. said the law “has a
lot of crazy exceptions.....
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O.C. city faces hurdles in bid to opt out of state law
By Cindy Carcamo
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
MIKE McCOY calls attention to his ICE sign outside Los Alamitos
City Hall on Monday where the council voted to go against the state.
The small Orange County suburb
of Los Alamitos has picked a big fight
with California by passing a resolution
saying it wants nothing to do with
“sanctuary state” laws aimed at protecting people here illegally from President Trump’s promised immigration
Now comes the hard part: Getting
legal clearance to opt out.
While legal experts said they are
doubtful Los Alamitos can prevail, the
city’s action has been viewed by some
as a shot across the bow in a liberal
state that has clashed with Trump on
immigration and a variety of other issues. And there are questions about
whether other red cities will follow
A crowd of more than 100 people descended on a raucous meeting Mon[See Los Alamitos, B2]
to add
Plan calls for 222 units
for the homeless in
each L.A. district.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Council
members pledged Tuesday
to support a minimum number of housing units for
homeless people in each of
the districts they represent.
Under the pledge, each
council member will back
the approval of at least 222
units of supportive housing
in his or her district before
July 1, 2020, including any
units approved since July.
The City Council resolution is not binding, but lawmakers said it is important
that they publicly make a
shared commitment to build
homeless housing across the
sprawling city.
Klasky[See Pledge, B4]
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, pictured in
September, is named in the lawsuit against the state.
A laughable
defense for ex
parte excuses
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
DONOHUE FARROW relaxes in the Anaheim motel room where he is staying
courtesy of a 30-day voucher after the Santa Ana River encampment was cleared.
No welcome mat for the
homeless in parts of O.C.
By Anh Do
One day after Orange County supervisors voted to spend more than $70 million to
house the homeless, residents in three prosperous cities expressed alarm about a proposal to set up “camp” shelters in their communities.
Besides creating permanent housing, the
officials’ plans call for possible camps on
county-owned land in Irvine, Laguna Niguel
and Huntington Beach.
The idea caused some residents on Tues-
day to express anger, suggest other locations
for the shelters — and to take digs at their
much larger neighbor to the north: Los Angeles.
“This freaks me out. I moved to O.C. because I thought it would be a safe place. Now
it’s getting more and more like L.A.,” said
Rob Howard, an office manager in Irvine.
“Who wants tons of traffic, high prices and all
kinds of unwanted people around you?”
Ann Huang, a computer programmer in
Laguna Niguel, said: “When we think of a
homeless crisis, we think of an urban envi[See Homeless, B4]
Let’s say you
have a favorite
beach in
California and
you find out
that someone
has applied to
build a restaurant nearby or
add a wing
onto the seaside house.
Maybe the project will affect
access or views, and you’re
convinced there’s going to
be a negative impact on the
And then you find out
that the permit applicant
has hired a big-name advocate who makes a handsome living by persuading
members of the California
Coastal Commission to
approve projects. An advocate who routinely meets
privately with voting commissioners and occasionally
shares a cocktail with them.
You’re not entirely helpless. You can hire your own
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player pleads
not guilty
Jonathan Martin faces
charges stemming from
alleged threats to
Harvard-Westlake and
former teammates. B3
advocate, if you’ve got a
trust fund or you just hit the
lottery. Or you can try to
arrange your own private
meeting to argue your point
of view. But even if you get a
commissioner’s ear, can you
compete with a lobbyist?
These are not hypothetical questions. These issues
have come into play thousands of times in California,
and they’re at the center of
the trial underway in San
Diego, where two current
and three former commissioners have been accused
of violating the rules of
private communications on
hundreds of occasions.
In its defense of the
commissioners, who are
being sued by Spotlight on
Coastal Corruption, the
state attorney general’s
office has argued that it’s all
nonsense — there was no
Deputy Atty. Gen. Joel
Jacobs argued on the first
day of trial, which I at[See Lopez, B6]
pediatrician dies
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton,
a TV host and author
whose work helped
explain what makes
kids tick, was 99. B5
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A new kind of stationary bicycle
‘Dockless’ bicycles
that are left by renters
are declared a public
nuisance in Coronado.
“Dockless” bicycles,
ubiquitous two-wheelers
that have overtaken downtown San Diego, have been
declared a public nuisance
in Coronado.
The city said it plans to
impound the bikes if they
are left in the public rightof-way — streets, sidewalks,
alleys and public parks or
beaches — and potentially
charge the companies that
lease them hundreds of
dollars to get them back.
Enforcement could begin
Wednesday, City Manager
Blair King said.
It is the latest bump in
the road for the bike-sharing companies since they
introduced the so-called
dockless service in the
region less than a month
ago, with complaints from
merchants about discarded
bikes cluttering sidewalks,
posing safety risks and
hurting business.
Coronado didn’t expect
to encounter those challenges. The city doesn’t
allow the companies to
operate. In December 2017, it
denied business permits to
LimeBike and other dockless bicycle companies.
“However, the rampant
use of dockless bicycles
from neighboring cities has
resulted in numerous dockless bicycles ending up in
Coronado,” King said.
Dockless bicycles from
Imperial Beach and San
Diego are making their way
to the peninsula via the
Coronado ferry and Silver
Strand Boulevard. Locals
have spotted bikes from
LimeBike, Ofo and Mobike
along Orange Avenue and
Highway 75.
The free-standing bikes
can be rented using a smartphone app for $1 or $2 and
don’t have to be returned to
a shop or docking station.
Instead, they lock in place
when not in use.
When the bike-sharing
companies approached the
city last year, several of
K.C. Alfred San Diego Union-Tribune
CORONADO plans to impound “dockless” bikes left on streets, sidewalks and alleys or in parks. Above, one of bikes on Bayshore Bikeway.
Coronado’s existing bikerental businesses asked the
council to deny them business permits. One of them
was Cruiser King, owned by
David Parrish.
“If the area is underrepresented by bike-rental
companies, maybe there’s
an opportunity for” dockless bikes, Parrish said. “But
the city has a right and
responsibility to back the
businesses that pay taxes.”
Parrish said people can
rent bikes throughout Coronado, including within 100
feet of the ferry.
Currently, Coronado can
impound tagged bikes after
72 hours.
Under the new enforcement policies, police officers
will place tags on the dockless bikes. If they are not
removed within two hours,
the bikes will be impounded.
Dockless-bike companies can claim their im-
pounded bicycles after
paying a fee or citation.
Coronado hasn’t determined exactly how much it
will charge, but it is considering $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second,
and $500 for any subsequent
Ofo, a dockless-bike
company operating in San
Diego, said the two-hour
time frame is too narrow for
it to respond. In a letter to
city officials, the company
said police officers should
be focusing on more pressing public safety concerns
instead of tagging bicycles.
“It appears the paper
notice serves as the sole
notification mechanism,
providing Ofo with a very
limited opportunity to
rectify, which essentially
makes the proposal an
impoundment ordinance,”
wrote Katie Stevens, an Ofo
public policy official. “While
we understand the concerns
voiced at previous hearings,
we believe this approach
unnecessarily places law
enforcement in a position to
tag bikes rather than handle
more pressing public safety
The company suggested
other enforcement actions,
such as having the city
notify the company with an
email instead of a tag.
Imperial Beach was the
first city in the county to
partner with a dockless
bicycle company, LimeBike.
The city likes the bikes so
much that it renewed its
six-month agreement.
San Diego cannot offer
an exclusive deal because of
an existing bike-share program, so multiple dockless
companies began operating
there three weeks ago. Business groups do not like that
bicycles and scooters are
being left on busy sidewalks.
The Little Italy Assn. is
lobbying Civic San Diego,
which oversees policies for
the downtown area, to request a cease-and-desist
action until the San Diego
City Council can study the
problem and approve a
comprehensive set of regulations.
North County cities of
Del Mar, Solana Beach and
Encinitas have agreed to
partner to create a regional
bike-share program. Carlsbad and Oceanside are
expected to vote on the
To date, the Coronado
Police Department has
impounded two dockless
bicycles, spokesperson Lea
Corbin said.
Coronado came up with
the new policies after asking
dockless bicycle companies
to remove their bikes from
the city in a timely manner.
However, King, the city
manager, said the companies “have so far provided
inadequate response to
those informal resolution
LimeBike said it is working with the city to address
“We have abided by their
process and have not distributed any bikes in Coronado,” LimeBike spokeswoman Mary Caroline said
in a statement.
“Any LimeBikes located
in that area would be from
San Diego residents and
visitors using them to ride to
The company will continue to conduct a “comprehensive outreach program
to ensure they are addressing any challenges and best
serving the needs of the
community,” she said.
Solis writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
City tests waters for opting out of law
[Los Alamitos, from B1]
day night when the City
Council voted to exempt the
city from a California law
that limits cooperation between local agencies and
federal immigration agents.
Mayor Pro Tem Warren
Kusumoto, who proposed
the initiative, admitted the
city is still figuring out what
to do next.
“We don’t know what the
effect will be on the public
and the police,” he said. “I
don’t know.”
Kusumoto said in an interview that he didn’t consult with the city attorney,
city manager, police chief or
any other member of his
staff before introducing the
ordinance. He said he
wanted to insulate city staff
from any kind of backlash.
He said he told them “you
get to blame me on this one. I
just want to put it out there
and get an up-and-down
vote,” he said.
The mayor acknowledged the ordinance might
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set off a legal battle but said
that doesn’t concern him,
adding the vote has important symbolic meaning.
“Is it going to hold up? I
don’t know,” he said. “I just
want to protect our community. It’s that simple.”
Kusumoto and other Los
Alamitos city leaders take issue with SB 54, which Gov.
Jerry Brown signed after the
Legislature passed it last
year. It prohibits state and
local police agencies from
notifying federal officials in
many cases when immigrants potentially subject to
deportation are about to be
released from custody.
The initiative is in addition to sanctuary city laws
passed by numerous communities and other state
laws that protect those without legal residency, including one that makes it a crime
for business owners who
have been notified of a workplace audit to voluntarily
help federal agents find and
detain unauthorized workers without having given employees prior notification.
Another law creates a state
inspection program for federal immigration detention
The Trump administration went to federal court
earlier to invalidate the state
laws, claiming they blatantly
obstruct federal immigration law and thus violate the
Constitution’s supremacy
clause, which gives federal
law precedence over state
measures. That case is
pending. Los Alamitos leaders voted Monday to file an
amicus brief to the Justice
Department’s lawsuit.
The ordinance probably
will instigate a lawsuit, some
law experts said.
Sameer Ahmed, staff attorney at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California,
called the measure a “blatant violation of the city’s obligation to follow state law,”
stating that the foundation
was ready to launch a lawsuit if the measure is given final approval.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
SPECTATORS cheer as the Los Alamitos City Council votes to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” law.
Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School
who specializes in immigration law, said the city won’t
prevail because there isn’t
any evidence that SB 54 is
“And the Los Alamitos
ordinance relies on the presumption that SB 54 is unconstitutional,” Kim said.
“That issue has not been adjudicated. One part of me
thinks that it seems premature to pass an ordinance
like the one in Los Alamitos
without seeing first how
the constitutional challenge
plays out in court. It doesn’t
make sense for Los Alamitos
to come out with this ordinance. It seems like a waste
of resources.”
Localities have a lot of
discretion but they cannot
contravene state law, said
Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School.
“That’s essentially what
they are trying to do. I think
this is a political statement
and not one that is necessarily legal,” she said. “Can you
imagine the consequences if
cities and counties could do
this on a regular basis.... You
shouldn’t make a political
statement through potentially impermissible laws.”
If the ordinance gets final
approval, Levinson believes
the courts probably will
block it until it makes its way
through the legal system.
Meanwhile, the ordinance has led to a lot of confusion on how it will affect
daily life in the city.
Kim said it would be complicated and possibly lead to
conflicts of interest for agencies such as the Los Alamitos Police Department.
For example, if an officer
member who hadn’t committed an aggravated felony
and in turn shared that information with federal immigration agents, the officer
would be in compliance with
the local ordinance but in
violation of state law.
“Would the district attorney’s office or attorney general of California who is following state law then prosecute the Police Department?” Kim asked.
Calls to California Atty.
Gen. Xavier Becerra were
not returned Tuesday, but
he did release a prepared
“Here in California, we respect the Constitution and
follow the law. As I’ve said
many times, our state laws
work in concert with federal
laws. That means all of the
laws, including the Values
Act,” he said. “We are in the
business of public safety, not
deportation. We will continue to defend attacks against
the Values Act.”
Some Los Alamitos residents on Monday strongly
backed the city’s action,
while others asked why the
city wanted to enter such a
heated immigration debate.
Denise Miller, a 60-yearold who lives in the unincorporated bedroom community of Rossmoor, spoke to the
council in opposition to the
ordinance. “I think it’s a publicity stunt by the members
of the City Council,” she said.
Robin Hvidston, executive director of We The People Rising, an anti-illegalimmigration organization,
praised Kusumoto for his actions and said it was not a
concern that the mayor
didn’t consult with the city
attorney before proposing
the ordinance.
“He consulted with the
highest source of the land,
the U.S. constitution,” Hvidston said. “He’s just trying to
do the right thing for his constituents and uphold the
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Former NFL player pleads not guilty
Charges stem from
alleged threats to
ex-Dolphins linemen.
By Richard Winton
Former NFL lineman
Jonathan Martin has long
been candid about his unhappiness in life and work,
detailing in social media his
failure to fit in at an elite Los
Angeles prep school, alleged
bullying by former Miami
Dolphins teammates and
suicide attempts.
Prosecutors say his personal troubles took a more
disturbing turn last month,
accusing him of posting an
Instagram message that
threatened former Dolphins
teammates and classmates
School. His attorney insists
the post was a plea for help,
characterizing it more as a
suicide note and insisting
that no one else was at risk.
On Tuesday, Martin, 28,
appeared in a Van Nuys
courtroom and pleaded not
guilty to four felony counts of
making criminal threats.
He also pleaded not
guilty to a misdemeanor
count of possessing a loaded
firearm in public.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Neetu S.
Badhan-Smith set bail at
$210,000, citing his potential
danger to the victims and
public at large. But she rejected a request by prosecutors to install an electronic monitoring device on
Martin. Instead, the judge
ordered Martin to stay away
from his four alleged
victims and Harvard-Westlake’s campuses.
As a condition of bail, the
judge also ordered Martin to
continue treatment at an inpatient mental health program and abstain from consuming alcohol.
The February post read,
“When you’re a bully victim
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JONATHAN MARTIN , center, walks with his attorney Winston McKesson, left, to be booked at LAPD.
& a coward, your options are
suicide, or revenge.” The image of a shotgun showed
“#MiamiDolphins” on the
handle and “#HarvardWestlake” on the barrel.
The post included the
Twitter handles of high
school classmates James
Dunleavy and Durall “T.J.”
Taylor, and former Dolphins
teammates Richie Incognito
and Mike Pouncey. Dunleavy is the son of former
NBA coach Mike Dunleavy
and played basketball at
Martin’s attorney, Winston McKesson, disputed
the intent of the post.
“I believe the facts do not
justify the ... criminal threats
charges,” said McKesson,
noting the language had no
clear threat. “The law re-
quires the statement be unequivocal. This was more
than anything a suicide
McKesson said Martin
knew he needed help and decided to enter a medical program for treatment.
“Nobody was at risk except Jonathan,” McKesson
said. “He never tried to contact anybody. He checked
himself in for treatment.”
McKesson said his client
is a gifted academic and athlete who struggled with emotional issues over the years.
“He is a productive member of society,” the attorney
An investigation of Martin began after parents at
Harvard-Westlake saw the
post on his verified Instagram account. Concerns
over the post triggered the
school’s closure on Feb. 23.
Martin was detained by
Los Angeles police and hospitalized at a mental health
facility after the image was
posted and officers found
him in possession of the
loaded weapon in a car in
Glendale. During a search of
his home, detectives confiscated other weapons, including an ax and a large
knife, according to law enforcement sources.
sources, Martin admitted to
making the Instagram post.
He was formally charged
threats on March 13.
Martin graduated from
Harvard-Westlake in 2008
and after attending Stanford joined the Dolphins in
2012. But during his second
year in the NFL, he became
the center of a scandal after
alleging that he was harassed and bullied by teammates, including offensive
linemen Incognito and
Pouncey. A league investigation found a hostile work environment inside the Dolphins locker room.
A judge issued a temporary
March 1, barring Martin
from going onto HarvardWestlake’s campuses or
near President and Head of
School Rick Commons and
other employees.
The order described
Martin’s Instagram post as a
“credible threat of violence”
and said that he could come
to “act upon his threat of revenge.”
A hearing scheduled
Thursday could make the
order permanent for three
president noted that the Instagram post came amid a
series of threats that
sparked multiple police responses at Southern California schools in the days after
a gunman killed 17 people at
a Parkland, Fla., high school.
Since his retirement from
the NFL in 2015 following a
back injury, Martin has been
living in West Hollywood,
which Harvard-Westlake officials noted was four miles
from its middle school campus.
Harvard-Westlake officials
said Martin had expressed
anger publicly toward the
school in the past and
blamed it for his struggles
later in life.
In a 2015 Twitter post,
Martin detailed his issues
growing up in Los Angeles,
saying they culminated with
him attempting to kill himself on multiple occasions
while in the NFL.
The roots of his troubles,
he wrote, were his struggles
with his racial identity and
discomfort as “one of just
a handful of minorities” on
the Harvard-Westlake campus.
“You learn to tone down
your size & blackness by becoming shy, introverted,
friendly, so you won’t scare
the little rich white kids or
their parents,” he wrote in
2015. “Neither black nor
white people accept you because they don’t understand
you. It takes away from your
self-confidence, your selfworth, your sanity.”
Martin’s next court appearance is April 25. He
could receive a sentence of
up to six years in prison if
convicted of all charges.
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By Joy Resmovits
A proposal to help find
spots for Cal State applicants who are shut out of the
most popular campuses
passed a key committee
Tuesday at the trustees
meeting in Long Beach.
The trustees are expected to vote Wednesday
on the plan to chip away at a
problem so serious that
about 32,000 eligible applicants were turned away
from the nation’s largest
public university system last
fall because of oversubscribed programs and campuses.
Six of the system’s 23
campuses are in such high
demand that each of their
programs has more qualified applicants than can be
In his 2017-18 budget, Gov.
Jerry Brown gave the university system a one-time
funding boost. But under
the budget bill signed by the
Legislature, Cal State officials had to commit to work
on enrollment problems.
The policies that advanced Tuesday reflected
that commitment. They
would offer eligible applicants turned away from
their first choices the chance
to rank their next favorites
and be admitted elsewhere
in the system. And local students would get priority in
admissions for overbooked
undergraduate programs.
Even with those changes,
though, staff members said
they expected that only
about 3,200 more students
would ultimately enroll.
Administrators say the
number of eligible applicants outpaces state funding to support them. Some
trustees called the effort to
enroll the extra students an
unfunded mandate, because
the $20 million Cal State received from the state to
boost enrollment last year
By Sarah Parvini
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THE VIEW near Cal State L.A. The CSU system turned away about 32,000 eligi-
ble applicants last fall because of oversubscribed programs and campuses.
was just a one-time payment. But their education
policy committee approved
it anyway.
Meléndez de Santa Ana said
she was concerned about
keeping the playing field level. She said after the meeting
that it worried her when administrators told her that
how much priority local students would be given could
vary campus to campus.
“It troubles me that students, just because of where
you grew up ... you’re unable
to attend” the college you
want, she said.
One tension is that the
Legislature sees Cal State as
a primarily regional system,
said Nathan Evans, chief of
staff and senior advisor for
Academic and Student Affairs.
The full board will vote on
the proposals Wednesday.
Trustees also are considering another round of tuition hikes, the second in a
row after a six-year freeze.
They say the state has left
them cash-strapped with
few other options. Brown’s
budget draft this year proposed a $92-million increase
for the system, $171 million
less than what trustees
Final budget decisions
are expected early this summer.
The tuition proposal,
which trustees are expected
to vote on in May, would
raise tuition by $228 for instate students, bringing the
annual cost to $5,970.
students would see tuition
increase by about $900, to
$12,780 a year.
Some students spoke out
against it during Tuesday’s
public comments. “Your
sustainable financial task
force recommendations ...
are far from being ethically
sustainable,” said Marissa
Mendoza, a San Diego State
student who said she is
$30,000 in debt. “Future CSU
students continue to be
failed with every tuition hike
that you approve.”
Cal State officials have a
plan to double the system’s
four-year graduation rate to
40% by 2025.
At one point, a handful of
students chanted, “The
more we pay, the longer we
Last year’s tuition increase raised $75 million,
said Loren Blanchard, Cal
State’s vice chancellor for
academic and student affairs. That money allowed
Cal State to add 3,200 new
meant 9,000 seats for students, Blanchard said. The
system also hired 228 new
academic advisors, a key
component of efforts to
boost graduation rates.
When Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White started
talking about the budget,
“Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Some faculty members
also registered their discontent with a plan to drop the
noncredit remedial courses
that thousands of freshmen
currently are required to
Gina Masequesmay, the
chairwoman of Asian American Studies at Cal State
Northridge, said professors
are scrambling to develop
new ways to fit such needed
material into for-credit
courses they’re developing
on the fly.
“I’m watching a disaster
unfolding,” she said, and
students “will be experimented upon with classes
we have never tested out. If
I’m a parent, I would sue the
state university.”
Sacramento police fatally shot an unarmed
man in his own backyard after responding to a call of a
person breaking car windows nearby, authorities
The Sacramento County
coroner’s office on Tuesday
identified the man as
22-year-old Stephon Clark.
Sunday night in the backyard of a home he shared
with his grandparents and
some of his siblings, Clark’s
brother told the Sacramento Bee.
Officers responded to the
7500 block of 29th Street
around 9:15 p.m. after receiving a call that a 6-foot-1 man
wearing a black hoodie and
dark pants was breaking
into vehicles. The caller said
the man had broken car windows and was hiding in a
backyard, according to the
Sacramento Police Department.
A Sacramento County
Sheriff ’s Department helicopter circling overhead
found a man in a backyard
at about 9:25 p.m. and directed police officers toward
him, authorities said. Deputies told police that the man
had picked up a “toolbar”
and broken a window to a
The helicopter spotted
the man running south,
toward the front of the
house, where he stopped
and was looking into another car, police said. Following
deputies’ directions, officers
entered the front yard of a
home and saw the man
along the side of the resi-
Police said the officers ordered the man to stop and
show his hands, but he ran
toward the back of the home.
They chased him to the
backyard, where, authorities say, he turned and advanced toward the officers
“while holding an object
which was extended in front
of him.”
“The officers believed the
suspect was pointing a firearm at them. Fearing for
their safety, the officers fired
their duty weapons, striking
the suspect multiple times,”
the Police Department said
in a news release. “The involved officers held their position for approximately five
minutes, until additional officers arrived. Officers approached the suspect, handcuffed him and began lifesaving efforts.”
He was pronounced dead
at the scene.
On Monday, police said
investigators did not locate
any gun after “an exhaustive
search” and that the only
item found was a cellphone.
Authorities said they identified at least three vehicles
they suspect Clark might
have damaged. A sliding
glass door at a nearby home
was also shattered, they
The two officers involved
in the shooting have two
and four years with the
Police Department, authorities said, and both had four
years of law enforcement experience with other agencies
before joining the Sacramento police.
Both were wearing body
cameras. Police said they
plan to release images from
those cameras along with
video and audio from the law
enforcement helicopter.
Neither officer was injured. Police said the officers
have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy.
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O.C. plan for
homeless riles
Stephan Savoia Associated Press
JUSTICE Ruth Bader Ginsburg, seen in January, said the abortion disclosure law “can be very burdensome.”
Breyer defends state law
[Abortion, from B1]
What you’re left with is a
very strange pattern, and,
gee, it turns out just about
the only clinics that are covered by this are pro-life clinics.”
Others said it violated
the 1st Amendment by requiring these private clinics
to put out the state’s message. Justice Anthony M.
Kennedy described the required notice as “mandating
speech” that “alters the content of the message.”
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch
agreed the state would want
people to have “full information about their options,”
but asked why the burden
should be on these centers.
The state has “other means
to provide messages.... It’s
pretty unusual to force a private speaker to do that for
you under the 1st Amendment,” he said.
Still others voiced concern over the advertising
burden put on small, nonprofit centers. Michael P.
Farris, a lawyer for the centers, said advertisements,
including billboards, would
have to include disclosures
in large print and in 13 languages.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the state’s lawyer
she found that troubling. “If
you have to say that, those
two sentences in 13 different
languages, it can be very
burdensome,” she said.
“What would happen if an
unlicensed center just had a
billboard that said, ‘Choose
Life.’ Would they have to
make the disclosure?” Kennedy asked.
“Yes, your honor,” Farris
“It would be 29 words, in
the same size font as
‘Choose Life’?” Kennedy
Yes, Farris said, “and in
the number of languages required by that county.”
Kennedy said he had
heard all he needed to hear.
“It seems to me that means
that this is an undue burden.
And that should suffice to invalidate the statute,” he
Only Justice Stephen G.
Breyer spoke strongly in defense of the state law, and he
did so based on a high court
ruling from 1992. Then, the
justices upheld a Pennsylvania law that required doctors who performed abortions to tell patients about
agencies that helped with
adoptions or prenatal care.
Breyer said the same
principle calls for upholding
the California requirement.
“In law, what’s sauce for the
goose is sauce for the gander,” he said. “If a pro-life
state can tell a doctor you
have to tell people about
adoption, why can’t a prochoice state tell a doctor, a
facility, whatever it is, you
have to tell people about
Farris was ready with an
answer. He said the Pennsylvania law applied to doctors
who were about to perform
an abortion, a medical procedure. “Informed consent
is triggered by a doctor
proposing to perform a particular medical intervention,” he said. By contrast,
he said, the California disclosure law applies to centers that will only discuss
pregnancy with clients.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
asked skeptical questions of
Farris, but said she, too, was
not convinced California
could impose strict disclosure rules for advertisements by nonprofit clinics
that do nothing but offer
counseling to pregnant
“A pro-life unlicensed facility has an ad that says
‘pro-life’ and puts its name.
Does it have to give the notice? Yes or no?”
“Yes, if it meets the other
criteria,” said Joshua Klein,
a deputy solicitor general
from San Francisco.
“That seems to me more
burdensome and wrong,”
Sotomayor said, “because
it’s not tied to an advertisement that is promoting
medical services.”
By the hour’s end, it appeared the justices would
vote to strike down all or at
least most of the law’s mandatory disclosure provisions.
Tuesday’s case marked
the third time in recent
months that the justices
have weighed a conservative group’s claim that a liberal state law amounts to unconstitutional “compelled
The National Institute
for Family and Life Advocates represents 110 pregnancy centers in California
that are strongly opposed to
abortion. They sued, arguing the disclosure laws could
turn them into “abortion referral services.”
The 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld the law
on the grounds that the disclosure was “professional
speech” subject to regulation by the state.
But in their appeal to the
Supreme Court, the antiabortion centers described
the disclosure law as
“ideological speech” involving a “matter of fundamental public debate.” They argued that the 1st Amendment forbids the government from telling private
entities what they must say
or disclose.
In response, lawyers for
California argued that the
government has broad authority to protect patients
and to require they are fully
informed of their options for
The required notice says:
“California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to
comprehensive family planning services (including
all FDA-approved methods
of contraception), prenatal
care and abortion for eligible
The court will also consider a second provision that
requires clinics that are unlicensed to inform patients
that they have “no licensed
medical professional” on
staff. These notices must be
posted in the clinic or
printed and given to the clients.
Lawyers for the Arizonabased Alliance Defending
Freedom represent the
pregnancy centers. The
same lawyers appeared before the court in December,
urging the justices to rule for
a Colorado baker who is asserting a free-speech right
against making a wedding
cake for a same-sex couple.
The justices will issue a
written opinion in the case,
NIFLA vs. Becerra, by the
end of the term in late June.
[Homeless, from B1]
ronment that’s overcrowded
and full of noise and chaos.
You don’t think of it happening in a place like O.C.”
Huang added: “I understand that we should be sensitive to needy people. But
definitely, I’m going to fight
any kind of facility that’s
close to our towns and kids.”
Some Orange County
residents said they supported moves to help the
homeless — as long as they
were moved somewhere
is taking action — doling
out this kind of money. But
they must understand that
they can use this money to
go buy land elsewhere, maybe the Inland Empire, to relocate the homeless,” said
Mark Smith, a Huntington
Beach renter looking to buy
a home near Pacific Coast
Highway. “We just can’t
lower our housing values
The Board of Supervisors’ vote is part of an effort
to wrestle with the growing
homeless problem in Orange County.
After a rare Saturday federal court hearing, Orange
County officials agreed to
extend motel stays “on a
homeless people removed
from encampments along
the Santa Ana River.
The daylong hearing
and negotiations marked
the latest chapter of an effort
advocates and a federal
judge to improve the situation for a growing homeless
population in one of the
most affluent counties in the
But as the vote by the supervisors on housing the
homeless shows, it’s unlikely
the plans will please everyone.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson said county officials
have limited options.
“I thought it made more
sense to have a manageable
plan before we start clearing
the riverbed homeless population, but no one cooperated,” he said. “Everyone
points to somewhere else.
Every community thinks we
ought to solve this crisis, and
every community thinks,
‘Why not go to another
spot?’ ”
The housing issue took
center stage Monday after
homeless advocates criticized county officials for not
having a plan to help the
more than 700 people moved
from the Santa Ana River
trail encampment into motels last month. Because
motel vouchers were only
available for 30 days, critics
questioned where the homeless would go when they expired.
Smith, the Huntington
Beach renter, said he’s been
reading social media posts
about the county’s housing
plan for the homeless.
“All my friends are saying
online that we’ve got to organize something to go to
the supervisors meeting and
speak our minds,” he said.
“We can’t let them act on
this. Citizens coming together can be powerful.”
Last year, Nelson suggested opening temporary
shelters at Huntington
Beach and Irvine sites — but
the other supervisors were
“Some people are creating a false narrative that
these cities are being picked
on. But we only have a short
list of locations we can use,”
he said, adding that the
Irvine location is not surrounded by residential
“No one on this board
takes glee in making this decision. But we have to have a
place for people to go to,”
Nelson said. “We are exiting
these people out of the riverbed with no options for
them, and we’re obligated to
step up.”
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
Twitter: DavidGSavage
SITTING on his motel room balcony, Donohue Far-
row isn’t sure what he’ll do when his voucher expires.
Vowing to be part of a solution
[Pledge, from B1]
Gamer, president and chief
executive of L.A. Family
Housing, which provides
housing and homeless services, said “political will” can
be one of the key obstacles to
building supportive housing.
“Your vote is a public
statement that you are committed to being part of the
told the council.
More than a year ago, Los
Angeles voters overwhelmingly approved a $1.2-billion
bond to fund new housing
with supportive services.
Such homeless housing
projects have historically
been concentrated in areas
of L.A. with higher levels of
poverty and racial segregation, according to a recent
analysis by the city housing
That has spurred concern about fairness and equity, with council members
from poorer districts calling
for the entire council to help
address the need for homeless housing.
The pledge is also meant
to help politicians withstand
pressure to turn down such
projects. Despite strong L.A.
voter support for the bond
measure, council members
can face vocal opposition
when homeless housing is
proposed in local neighborhoods.
The challenge is “this
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
IF ALL members of the City Council adhere to the 222-unit pledge, it would en-
sure that at least 3,330 units for the homeless are approved over three years.
question of NIMBYism —
not in my backyard,” Councilman Gil Cedillo said.
“Everybody wants this problem solved. Everybody does.
But ask if you can do it down
the block … and people are
up in arms.”
Councilman Paul Koretz,
who represents some of the
wealthiest areas in the city,
said his constituents might
be among the most likely to
balk at proposed sites for
homeless housing, but “I’m
not going to cave in to those
But Koretz added that it
has been difficult to find pos-
sible sites for supportive
housing in his Westside district because of high property values.
“I’m 100% committed to
it, but we definitely will need
some help” finding workable
sites, the councilman said.
Council members wield
homeless housing projects
in Los Angeles: Before a proposed project can get bond
funding, it must have a “letter of acknowledgment”
from the local council member. If the council member
refuses to provide that letter,
the application is rejected.
If all members of the
council adhere to the 222unit pledge, it would ensure
that at least 3,330 units are
approved over three years,
bringing Los Angeles close
to its stated goal of building
10,000 units for homeless
residents over a decade.
The council voted 14 to 0
for the resolution Tuesday
Huizar absent. Huizar was
one of the lawmakers who
pledge and voted for it at a
recent committee meeting.
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T. BERRY BRAZELTON, 1918 - 2018
Pediatrician, cable TV host, author
associated press
Brazelton, one of
the world’s most
well-known pediatricians and
child development experts,
whose work helped explain
what makes kids tick, has
died. He was 99.
Brazelton died Tuesday
at his Barnstable, Mass.,
home. The cause was congestive heart failure, said
Stina Brazelton, his youngest daughter.
A Texas native long affiliated with Harvard University, the plain-spoken
Brazelton was widely lauded
for changing the understanding of how infants and
children develop. The pediatrician, television personality and writer was spry into
his 90s, having published his
memoir in 2013, shortly before his 95th birthday, and
remained active teaching,
researching and lecturing
“Oh, golly, I don’t want to
give up,” he told National
Public Radio in an interview
aired on Father’s Day 2013. “I
learn every time I see a new
baby, every time I talk to a
new parent.”
Parents knew Brazelton
best from his popular
Touchpoints books, along
with the long-running cable
TV show “What Every Baby
Knows” and his syndicated
newspaper column, “Families Today.” He also spent
half a century working as a
pediatrician in Cambridge,
Mass. After retiring from
that practice in 1995, Brazelton estimated he’d seen
25,000 patients.
Doctors knew Brazelton
for his Neonatal Behavioral
Assessment Scale, sometimes called the Brazelton
scale, published in 1973. It is
still used in hospitals and research to evaluate physical
and neurological responses
in newborn babies and to assess emotional well-being
and individual differences.
In 2000, he was named a
Library of Congress Living
Legend. He was awarded a
2012 Presidential Citizens
Medal, appearing beside
M. Spencer Green Associated Press
T. Berry Brazelton was widely lauded for changing the understanding of how
children develop. He was known for his Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.
President Obama at a White
House ceremony in 2013.
In an interview that year
with Boston radio station
WBUR, Brazelton offered
his simple advice for frazzled
new parents: “I’d like for
them to learn that they can
understand that baby by
watching the baby’s behavior.”
Brazelton “showed the
world that babies are individual people from the very
beginning,” said longtime
colleague and friend Dr.
Joshua Sparrow.
The first of Brazelton’s
more than 30 books was “Infants and Mothers,” published in 1969 and translated
into 18 languages. The title of
his memoir, “Learning to
Listen,” described his philosophy for understanding
Brazelton believed that
moments he called “touchpoints” helped define childhood, reflecting periods
when children’s behavior
signals an impending advance in development.
From crying outbursts
when learning to walk to the
temper tantrums of the ter-
Charles Manson
cremated after
private funeral
Killer’s grandson was
among 25 who went to
open-casket service.
associated press
Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who
gained worldwide infamy for
the 1969 Los Angeles killings
he hoped would spark a race
The memorial occurred
Saturday at a funeral home
in Porterville, Calif., said
Mark Pitcher, pastor of the
Church of the Nazarene.
Pitcher, who presided,
told the Associated Press on
Monday that about 20 to 25
people attended, among
them Manson’s grandson,
Jason Freeman, and Freeman’s wife, Audrey. first reported
the funeral, and its story included a photo of Manson in
an open casket.
Pitcher said he agreed to
a request from the funeral
home to conduct the memorial after he was told that
Freeman and his wife are
Christians and that Freeman wanted his grandfather
to have “a proper burial” despite his notoriety.
The pastor declined to reveal who else attended, but
said some were friends of
Manson, the ersatz hippie
leader who inspired, with
drugs and charisma, a ragtag band of young followers
to murder actress Sharon
Tate and six others over two
bloody nights in August 1969
that terrified Los Angeles.
The Manson Family, as
his followers were called,
killed five of the victims on
Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate’s home.
Those killed included the actress, who was eight months
pregnant; coffee heiress Abigail Folger; celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring; Polish
Frykowski; and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s
The next night, a wealthy
grocer and his wife, Leno
and Rosemary LaBianca,
were stabbed to death in
their home across town.
During Manson’s funeral
service, Pitcher said he
meaningful to him and Freeman. Although he discussed
Pitcher said he did not shy
away from relating what he
had done.
choices thrust upon him
that brought about very
challenging circumstances
through his early years,” he
said of Manson, the son of a
prostitute who never knew
his father. “But he also made
choices that brought great
consequence and negatively
impacted other people for
many, many years.”
Pitcher said he exhorted
Freeman and his family to
see the funeral as an opportunity to establish “a new beginning” of making good
Freeman, whose own father killed himself under the
burden of being Manson’s
son, has said he learned of
his connection to the mass
killer only a few years ago.
After Manson’s death in
November at 83, Freeman
fought a months-long legal
battle to gain the right to his
Freeman, who couldn’t
be located for comment, has
said he wanted his grandfather cremated and his remains scattered to finally
put to rest “this so-called
monster, this historical figure that shouldn’t have been
blown up as big as it was for
all these years.”
rible twos to kindergartners’
thoughtful descriptions of
touchpoints helped parents
make sense of these vexing
His approach was influenced by Dr. Benjamin
widely read baby doctor,
who empowered parents to
make their own decisions
and respect children as individuals.
“Rather than compete, I
always felt like I added the
concept of looking at the
child, finding out what the
child is trying to tell you and
let them lead you,” Brazelton said.
Stina Brazelton said that
as a parent, she read Spock
— not her father’s books —
and didn’t seek his advice
until she learned that her
son’s doctors were heavily
influenced by her dad. She
said one of her father’s lasting legacies is his encouraging other fathers to express
their feelings for babies and
young children and to be involved in their development.
Thomas Berry Brazelton
was born in Waco, Texas, on
May 10, 1918, and grew up
with a businessman father
and civic-leader mother who
established what was probably the first abortion clinic
in Texas in the early 1940s.
Brazelton began his lifelong study of children when
he was a boy. Brazelton felt
his mother favored his
younger brother Chuck. But
then his grandmother put
him in charge of baby-sitting
cousins. “So I had to learn
how to get inside of each of
these children’s brains to
keep control, and it was wonderful to learn to watch their
behavior,” Brazelton said in
a 2006 interview. “I thought,
‘Well, at least I can take care
of other children.’ ”
Despite a well-to-do upbringing and an Ivy League
education, Brazelton was
down-to-earth, and his lowkey charm helped him easily
connect with families from
all walks of life.
Brazelton spent his undergraduate years at Princeton, received his medical degree at Columbia and did
postgraduate medical work
at Harvard, where he later
He founded the child development unit at the Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital in 1972. He
also created two programs
there: the Brazelton Institute, which trains professionals in using Brazelton’s
newborn assessment scale,
and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, which helps
educators and social service
agencies better serve families of infants and young
Sparrow said Brazelton
told him several days before
his death that he wanted to
make a trip to Boston before
a big birthday celebration
planned there. Brazelton
would have turned 100 on
May 10. “We will still have
that party, and celebrate his
life and celebrate his work,”
Sparrow said.
Brazelton’s wife, Christina, died in 2015. He is survived by three daughters, a
son and five grandchildren.
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[Lopez, from B1]
tended, that the accused
commissioners are in substantial compliance with
the rules on what are known
as ex parte communications. He also said that in
the late filing of paperwork
on such contacts, the blame
in some instances should go
to an inefficiently run
agency rather than to the
As I’ve already said, this
is cuckoo. Isn’t it a conflict
of interest for the attorney
general’s office to defend
commissioners in part by
blaming any misdeeds on
the staff of an agency the
attorney general normally
represents? If commissioners are found liable, fines
could run into the millions,
with taxpayers on the hook.
In a tentative decision a
little over a week ago, San
Diego County Superior
Court Judge Timothy Taylor did not give commissioners a free pass. In the next
phase of the trial, in a couple
of weeks, he’ll decide
whether to levy fines against
them. But he also seemed
somewhat sympathetic to
arguments offered in defense of the accused commissioners.
“The court sincerely
questions whether the
mandates of the Coastal Act
— the protection of natural
resources with due respect
for property rights — can be
efficiently carried out with
transparency and participatory openness using a parttime, unpaid volunteer
board that meets only 3
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PROTESTERS cheer after the Coastal Commission
rejected a Newport Banning Ranch project plan.
days a month at scattered
locations,” Taylor wrote.
I beg to differ. The system has worked reasonably
well for 40 years, with a few
Taylor also wrote that
commissioners have an
impossible amount of
preparation to do for each
meeting, including large
volumes of material to review.
“The defendants were
candid in acknowledging
they cannot read every
page,” Taylor wrote, adding
that “anyone who thinks
that commissioners are
actually studying all of the
voluminous materials presented is fooling herself/
The judge is right about
the workload, but I’m not
reaching for a hanky.
These are coveted and
powerful posts, and nobody
is forced to become a commissioner. If they do — out
of a commitment to the
cause, or to be closer to
some of the state’s most
powerful people and
wealthy donors, or all of the
above — their solemn duty
is to do all of the work, not
part of it.
“I read every single word
of every single page that
came to me, and I would
frequently ask for additional
information,” said former
Commissioner Sara Wan.
“It’s possible to do if you’re
committed to it.”
It’s also possible — and
pretty easy — to be in total
compliance, not substantial
compliance, with ex parte
rules. The ex parte disclosure form is not a brain
buster. It asks for the commissioner’s name, the name
of the project, the date, time
and location of the communication, the identity of
those present, a few other
minor details and a “complete, comprehensive description of communication
A sixth-grade education
should be enough to get
anyone through it.
If the system for filing ex
partes on time was not as
efficient as it should have
been, as one agency staffer
testified on the stand, that’s
certainly a problem.
But this case isn’t just
about late filings. It’s also
about ex parte disclosures
that weren’t even written by
the commissioners themselves. All they did was
rubber-stamp accounts
written for them by the paid
The case is also about
failing to file disclosure
forms altogether, as former
Commissioner Steve Kinsey
admitted to doing initially
on two occasions involving
the massive and controversial Newport Banning
Ranch proposal.
And it’s about disclosure
forms skimpy on what was
discussed. As in the case of
fanboy and current Commissioner Mark Vargas and
his “meeting” with U2 guitarist David Evans, in the
dressing room before a
concert in Ireland, days
before Vargas voted to approve Evans’ massive and
controversial Malibu project.
None of these things can
be blamed on the staff.
Taylor also wrote that
before August 2016, the
agency had “no process or
at best an inadequate process for [ensuring] that
commissioners were trained
in, understood and complied with their disclosure
I can see how Taylor got
that impression, especially
after Kinsey testified that
he recalled a group slide
presentation on ex partes at
a public hearing but got “no
coaching, no counseling, no
calling me out in any way on
ex parte matters.”
“Did we get training?
Yes, we got training,” said
former Commissioner Mary
Shallenberger, who served
with Kinsey. “Every new
commissioner is briefed by
the chief legal counsel, the
executive director and
others about ex partes and
the responsibilities of being
a commissioner, and they
get a big binder that includes all of that information.”
At the Aug. 15, 2014, commission meeting, which was
chaired by Kinsey, a 35-
minute ex parte refresher
with the aforementioned
slide presentation was
conducted by the agency’s
legal counsel and executive
director. The agenda for
that meeting included a
20-page tutorial on ex partes.
I watched the meeting. I
read the report. None of it
was hard to follow.
Cory Briggs, the lawyer
for Spotlight, told me he will
have a chance to argue some
of these points to Taylor in
the next round of briefings
on the case.
So stay tuned. In the
meantime, take solace in
knowing the current crop of
commissioners is more
professional than some in
the past, at least so far.
And why not help them
stay above the fray?
This trial wouldn’t be
happening if ex partes —
which are rare for quasijudicial bodies — were
banned. In such a case,
interested parties could
make written arguments for
or against projects, and
those could be posted on the
agency website for all to see.
Or they could speak up at
public hearings, rather than
having private contact with
A proposed ban on ex
partes died in the Legislature two years ago, but for
lovers and defenders of the
coast, is it time to ride that
wave again?
Twitter: @LATstevelopez
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out of
Weinstein Co. owed
over $500 million to
creditors but had less
than $500,000 before
filing for bankruptcy.
By Ryan Faughnder
Weinstein Co.’s Chapter
11 bankruptcy filing had long
been viewed in financial circles as the inevitable result
of the sexual abuse allegations against its namesake
founder. Even so, the bankruptcy documents, filed late
Monday night, paint a bleak
picture of a once-formidable
that had nearly run out of
funds after a desperate
search for a buyer.
More than five months
after dozens of women accused Harvey Weinstein of
sexual harassment and assault, the studio known for
“The King’s Speech” and
“Django Unchained” had
less than $500,000 in cash before seeking Chapter 11 protection from creditors, according to federal court
The filing reveals that the
company owed more than
$500 million to a list of creditors spanning 394 pages.
The financial strain illustrates the catastrophic impact of the allegations and
ensuing lawsuits against
Harvey Weinstein on the
New York company and its
employees. Since the first allegations surfaced in October after an expose by the
New York Times, the company’s workforce shrank to just
85 full-time employees from
As Weinstein Co.’s standing in Hollywood deteriorated, companies such as Amazon, Apple and Hachette
Book Group cut ties and
canceled projects. Quentin
Tarantino, long a prized
filmmaker for Weinstein,
jumped to another studio for
his next movie.
The allegations left the
company unable to function,
Robert Del Genio, the chief
restructuring officer for Weinstein Co. overseeing the
bankruptcy process, wrote
in his declaration.
“Even longstanding business partners have refused
to return the company’s
phone calls,” said Del Genio,
a senior managing director
for corporate finance and restructuring at Washington,
D.C.-based FTI Consulting.
To remain in business,
the studio sold off major
films including “Paddington
[See Weinstein Co., C3]
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press
ALLOWING access by third-party apps led to Facebook adding an average of 200 million users a year. Above, CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Dark side of giant’s growth
Facebook entrusted app developers with a trove of personal data
By David Pierson
Facebook had only 20 million
users when it opened up its budding
platform to outside app developers
in 2007, giving them much-needed
access to the social network’s growing web of friends and family.
The developers built online
games, quizzes and dating apps
that gave people even more reasons
to join Facebook.
“Until now, social networks have
been closed platforms. Today, we’re
going to end that,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a gathering of hundreds of developers at a
company conference at the time.
It proved a turning point for the
growth that saw Facebook add an
average of 200 million users a year
en route to becoming the world’s
biggest and most powerful social
network. It also entrusted outside
developers with Facebook’s treasure trove of personal data, showing
where users lived, where they went
to school and what, if any, political
affiliations they had.
The consequences of that shift
are now coming into sharper view
amid a growing scandal over Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics
firm tied to the Donald Trump presidential campaign that accessed
details from 50 million Facebook
users without their knowledge in an
attempt to influence voters.
Revelation of the scandal, which
was first reported by the New York
Times and the British newspaper
the Observer over the weekend, resulted in news Tuesday that the
chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, had been
suspended. Facebook is also the
subject of a new investigation by the
U.S. Federal Trade Commission to
see if it mishandled private user
data and a joint investigation from
attorneys general Maura Healey of
Massachusetts and Eric Schneiderman of New York.
[See Apps, C5]
Staying mum amid mounting questions
Facebook’s top execs are
absent from public view as
crisis over user data grows.
By Tracey Lien
mining firm’s alleged misuse of
Facebook user data is ballooning
into one of the highest-profile crises
that the social media giant has ever
faced. Yet Facebook’s highest-profile executives have so far been noticeably absent from the conversation.
Since Cambridge Analytica was
accused this weekend of misappropriating data linked to 50 million accounts in an attempt to sway users’
political opinions, Facebook has
faced questions from Congress and
the Federal Trade Commission and
has seen its stock price drop by
about 10%.
But the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and chief op-
Laurent Gillieron Associated Press
THE LAST Facebook post by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl
Sandberg was Saturday, about being at a kids’ debate day.
erating officer, Sheryl Sandberg,
have remained silent. Neither has
issued a public statement, and neither addressed employees at a company meeting about the controversy Tuesday.
In their place, high-ranking
managers with much less name recognition have taken to Twitter to
defend the company — with mixed
It’s a tactic that Eden Gillott
Bowe, president of crisis management firm Gillott Communications,
likened to “a really expensive, highstakes game of chess.”
In times of scandal, it’s not unusual for a company to send out a
lower-ranking official with knowledge on the issue to speak rather
than a top executive, Gillott Bowe
said. The hope is that lower-ranking
staff can quell concerns without
risking more valuable pieces.
“If you start bringing in the king
and queen, then it sends the message that this is a much bigger story
than we thought it was going to be,
[See Facebook, C5]
Are robot cars safer?
Only one way to find out
Driverless vehicles
have many miles to go
to win over public.
By Russ Mitchell
long as robot cars roam public streets and highways,
they will occasionally kill
people. That’s an ugly truth
that no one in the driverless
vehicle industry can deny.
Will those robot cars kill
people at significantly lower
rates than drunk, stoned,
tired or distracted human
drivers do now? Automakers, technology companies,
politicians and regulators
are betting they will, as driverless vehicles are rolling out
faster than almost anyone
expected as recently as a
year ago.
But the Sunday night incident in Tempe, Ariz., in
which an Uber robot car hit
and killed a woman walking
her bicycle across the street,
makes clear the industry is
much further behind in making its case to the public.
“It’s likely there will be far
fewer deaths with driverless
cars,” said Marlene Towns, a
professor at Georgetown
School of Business. “But getting to the point where people will be convinced of that
will be tough.”
Speculation by Tempe’s
police chief that the robot
may not be at fault in the
crash may temper any public or political backlash.
Uber was testing the robot car in autonomous mode
with a human engineer, who
[See Robot cars, C4]
Eric Risberg Associated Press
GEORGETOWN business professor Marlene Towns says convincing people that
driverless cars will cause fewer deaths “will be tough.” Above, an Uber robot car.
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Twitter shares fall
on Israeli stance
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THE ACLU says in a lawsuit that it suspects the TSA is looking at the data in electronic devices because of
media reports and complaints from domestic travelers. Above, fliers at Miami International Airport in 2016.
TSA denies accessing
U.S. fliers’ device data
By Hugo Martin
The Transportation Security Administration said
Tuesday that its airport security agents do not scan or review the data held on electronic devices carried by passengers on domestic flights.
The statement came in a
letter to the American Civil
Liberties Union chapter in
San Francisco, which filed a
lawsuit last week demanding that the TSA explain its
procedures and policies
when searching and scanning electronic devices
carried on domestic flights.
Despite the denial from
the TSA, the ACLU said it
continues to demand that
the TSA provide documentation to prove the
agency is not scanning electronic devices.
“The public deserves all
available information about
what is and isn’t considered
a permissible search by
TSA,” said Vasudha Talla,
staff attorney with the
ACLU Foundation of Northern California.
The ACLU claims in the
lawsuit that it suspects the
TSA is looking at the data in
electronic devices because
of media reports and complaints from domestic travelers who say they have had
their electronic devices
scanned for data by TSA officers.
The TSA has acknowledged that it adopted enhanced screening measures
last year that require passengers to put digital devices
larger than a cellphone in
separate bins before undergoing an X-ray scan to ensure
the devices do not contain explosives. But the agency insists it doesn’t look at the
data inside the devices.
“TSA does not search
electronic devices for electronic content that may be
contained on the devices, and
does not extract data from
passenger electronic devices,” the TSA said in a letter
sent Tuesday to Theodora Simon, an investigator at the
ACLU in San Francisco.
The ACLU filed requests
for information about electronic device searches in December 2017 and again in
January 2018. After receiving
no response, the ACLU filed
a lawsuit last week seeking
In its lawsuit, the ACLU
noted that U.S. Customs
and Border Protection
agents have increased the
number of scans of data on
electronic devices carried by
travelers on international
flights from 5,000 in 2015 to
30,000 in 2017. The lawsuit
said border agents have examined and copied information on electronic devices
carried by such travelers.
The national chapter of
the ACLU is challenging the
right of Customs and Border
Protection to scan such devices without a warrant, and
the San Francisco chapter is
seeking information on the
TSA’s search policies for domestic travelers.
The lawsuit claims it
“would reveal for the first
time information concerning TSA’s searches of domestic passengers’ electronic devices, and allow
members of the public a
meaningful opportunity to
vet the government’s broad
claim of authority to conduct such searches.”
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Stocks edge up; Facebook sinks again
associated press
Stock indexes finished
mostly higher after a day of
bouncing around Tuesday
as retailers, energy companies and banks recovered
some of their Monday losses,
but technology companies
dropped again.
Amazon led a rally
among retailers, and it passed Alphabet, Google’s parent company, as the secondmost-valuable U.S.-listed
company. Energy companies rose with oil prices.
Banks rose along with bond
yields. Federal Reserve leaders are expected to raise interest rates Wednesday.
Facebook sank after reports that the Federal Trade
Commission will investigate
its handling of user data and
after authorities in the U.S.
and Britain demanded answers from the social media
giant. That came after reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm
Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly obtained data on 50
million Facebook users.
Facebook stock regained
a portion of its losses by the
end of the day, but it has fallen more than 9% this week.
Social media companies
Twitter and Snap also fell as
investors considered the
possibility that the government will pass new laws affecting their businesses.
“We don’t know what’s in
store for an industry that
isn’t really regulated,” said
Samantha Azzarello, global
market strategist at JPMorgan
The gainers Tuesday
were mostly larger companies, which suffered the biggest losses Monday. Smaller
companies struggled.
Amazon jumped 2.7% to
$1,586.51, and Best Buy
climbed 2.2% to $70.04. Industrial companies including Caterpillar recovered
much of their Monday losses
too. Some major tech firms,
including Microsoft and
Nvidia, rose Tuesday after
dropping the day before.
Facebook slid 2.6% to
$168.15. The drop in the last
two days is the worst for
Facebook in two years, and it
knocked Facebook from its
perch as the fifth-most-valuable publicly traded company in the U.S. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway
moved ahead of Facebook.
Other social media companies also sank: After
sharp losses Monday, Twitter plunged 10.4% to $31.35,
and Snap slid 2.6% to $16. Alphabet, which fell 3% on
Monday, lost an additional
0.4%, closing at $1,095.80.
Oracle dropped 9.4% to
$47.05 after releasing a quarterly report that disappointed investors.
BlackBerry climbed 2.8%
to $13.08 after the technology
company announced a partnership with Microsoft.
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the 10-year Treasury note
rose to 2.89% from 2.85%.
When yields rise, that enables banks to charge higher
interest rates on mortgages
and other loans.
Banks and other financial companies rose, while
companies that pay large
dividends lost ground.
Benchmark U.S. crude
rose $1.34, or 2.2%, to $63.40 a
barrel. Brent crude rose
$1.37, or 2.1%, to $67.42 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline rose 4
cents to $1.97 a gallon. Heating oil rose 4 cents to $1.95 a
gallon. Natural gas ticked up
2 cents to $2.68 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold fell $5.90 to $1,311.90
an ounce. Silver fell 14 cents
to $16.19 an ounce. Copper
fell 4 cents to $3.04 a pound.
The dollar rose to 106.46
yen from 105.97 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2253 from $1.2357.
Germany’s DAX climbed
0.7%. The CAC 40 in France
gained 0.6%. Britain’s FTSE
100 closed up 0.3%. Japan’s
benchmark Nikkei 225 lost
0.5%, South Korea’s Kospi
gained 0.4%, and Hong
Kong’s Hang Seng edged up
Kalanick is CEO again, in real estate
By David Pierson
It’s not as splashy as disrupting the global transportation industry, but
Travis Kalanick is once
again a chief executive.
The controversial entrepreneur, who was ousted as
CEO of Uber in June,
tweeted Tuesday that he
will head City Storage Sys-
tems, a holding company
that redevelops distressed
real estate, particularly
parking, retail and industrial property.
“There are over $10 trillion in these real estate
assets that will need to be
repurposed for the digital
era in the coming years,” he
Kalanick is buying a controlling interest worth $150
million in the company
through his newly formed investment fund, 10100.
One of City Storage Systems’ existing assets is
CloudKitchens, which provides kitchens and software
to delivery-only food businesses.
Aside from what Kalanick shared, there’s little
public information about
City Storage Systems. (A
shelving company in Mumbai with the same name
far outranks it on Google.)
In his message, Kalanick
described it as a 15-person
Recode reported that the
limited liability corporation
is based in Los Angeles.
Kalanick could not be reached for comment.
The Israeli government is considering taking legal action against Twitter Inc. for ignoring repeated requests to
remove online content that was inciting or supportive of
terrorism, Israel’s justice minister warned Tuesday. Twitter shares tumbled more than 10%, their biggest drop in
eight months.
At a Jerusalem conference, Ayelet Shaked accused
San Francisco-based Twitter of failing to contribute to Israel’s fight against online incitement, according to an
emailed statement Tuesday from her office.
“Terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah have moved to Twitter instead of Facebook,” Shaked
said. “Through Twitter, the terrorist organizations promote terror and incite to violence, including public activity that they carry out without fear.”
The ministry didn’t have an immediate comment
when asked for more details about Shaked’s remarks.
The Israeli government has ramped up efforts to mitigate the effect of new technologies on its longstanding
conflict with the Palestinians. Social media was used to
stoke a wave of stabbing attacks in Israel in late 2014, politicians said. Since then, the government has tried to pass
a law that would give Israel the tools to have content “liable to lead to murder and terror” removed immediately,
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in December
The Israeli government submitted 12,351 requests to
take down posts in 2017, nearly six times more than the
previous year.
Although it wasn’t clear what steps Israel was contemplating against Twitter, “such action, if taken, would
clearly be unusual,” said Eran Peleg, Clarity Capital
KCPS Ltd.’s chief investment officer. The chances are low
that Israel will follow through, he said, but added: “The
current government is nationalistic and, perhaps similar
to the Trump administration in the U.S., is increasingly
taking actions that would be seen as unconventional or
extreme by historic standards.”
Twitter shares fell 10.4% on Tuesday to $31.35.
United to review
its pet handling
United Continental Holdings Inc. is halting reservations for its animal-transport service after drawing
worldwide scorn in recent weeks for the death of a dog and
other miscues in its handling of pets.
United Airlines will review the procedures for its PetSafe program until May 1, including which breeds of dogs
it will accept, it said in a statement Tuesday. During that
time, the carrier said, it will honor existing reservations
without accepting new ones for the service, which is for
animals traveling in the cargo hold.
United announced the move after a bruising week of
public relations fiascoes involving pets. A French bulldog
died March 12 after a flight attendant had the dog and its
crate placed in an overhead bin. In a separate incident,
the airline sent a Kansas-bound German shepherd to
Japan. A U.S. senator — John Kennedy (R-La.) — said
that United’s handling of pets was “simply inexcusable”
and that 18 of 24 animals that died on a major airline last
year were in United’s care.
“We think United’s issues highlight how fundamentally it has strayed from one of its core missions as a customer-service company,” CFRA analyst Jim Corridore
wrote in a note Tuesday, maintaining his “hold” recommendation on United shares. The shares edged up 35
cents, or 0.5%, to $70.48 on Tuesday. They are up 4.6% this
year, outpacing the 1.6% rise by the Standard & Poor’s 500
Because the PetSafe service is for animals in the
freight compartment, different procedures for the program wouldn’t have helped protect the bulldog, which
died in the passenger cabin. United has already announced a plan starting in April to issue brightly colored
bag tags to identify in-cabin pets. The PetSafe suspension won’t affect those animals.
Disneyland set to
alter Pirates ride
By Hugo Martin
The scene of leering pirates auctioning off women as
brides on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Disneyland will be gone forever next month, replaced by a
scene considered less offensive to contemporary tastes.
The Anaheim resort announced this week that it will
close the ride April 23 to begin its planned makeover,
which includes replacing the auction scene with a depiction of pirates selling the pilfered belongings of local
The ride should reopen this summer.
A similar overhaul was completed this week at the
Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. On that ride, a tall redhead in a red hat — the prized bride in the auction scene —
has been retained in the new scene, where she plays a guntotting pirate named Redd. The Pirates of the Caribbean
ride at Disneyland Paris was also overhauled.
In a post this week on the park’s blog, Disney officials
explained the changes by noting that Walt Disney himself
said he envisioned that his theme parks would always be
changing and evolving.
Some Disney fans and theme park experts note that
Disney has a history of revamping rides either to reflect
more sensitive contemporary tastes or to inject characters or scenes from new movies.
“At Disney, their specialty is scrubbing everything to
be squeaky clean and palatable,” Rick Rothschild, a ride
designer for Disney from 1978 until 2009, told The Times
this year.
This is not the first time the Pirates of the Caribbean
attraction has been altered. The scene of pirates chasing
women through a pillaged town was tweaked in 1997. And
characters from the multibillion-dollar movie franchise
starring Johnny Depp were added to the ride in 2006.
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55% of U.S.
pay to stream
By David Ng
Rich Fury Getty Images
GARY BARBER, left, shown with actor Joseph Fiennes last year, joined MGM in 2010 after its emergence
from bankruptcy. Under his leadership, the studio has enjoyed a recent resurgence in the TV business.
MGM to replace CEO
Gary Barber will step
down after 8 years as
the studio’s chief in a
surprise shake-up; no
reason was disclosed.
By Ryan Faughnder
announced that Gary Barber,
who helped rebuild the onceiconic studio, is stepping
down as chief executive in a
The company’s board of
directors said that Barber
would be replaced after
eight years as chief executive
of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and that it had launched a
search for his replacement.
In the meantime, a group of
division heads and senior
executives will carry out
MGM’s “strategic initiatives,” the Los Angeles company said in a statement
No reason was given for
the move, which comes just
five months after Barber’s
contract was extended
through 2022.
Barber joined MGM in
December 2010 after the
company’s emergence from
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Since then, Barber has
led the effort to revive the
studio, which has enjoyed
a recent resurgence in the
television business with
hit shows such as FX’s
“Fargo.” MGM also produced Hulu’s acclaimed
series “The Handmaid’s
Tale,” which last year became the first streaming
show to win the Emmy for
best drama.
In a statement, the company said the leadership
change would help usher in a
new phase of growth.
“Over the past eight
years, MGM has successfully built a world-class
company and talented
team,” said Chairman Kevin Ulrich. “With this transformation complete, MGM
is uniquely positioned for
exceptional future growth
in the evolving entertainment landscape. Now is the
right time to enable the
next generation of leadership who can help drive the
and partnership needed to
continue the company’s
positive trajectory.”
There has been widespread speculation that the
small studio could be acquired by a larger player as
legacy media companies
look to bulk up, and tech giants such as Apple, Amazon
and Google are ramping up
their Hollywood investments.
Last year, MGM acquired
full ownership of cable movie
network Epix for $1.2 billion.
It also announced the relaunch of Orion Pictures as a
theatrical film distributor
last month.
In film, the company is
best known as the producer
of the James Bond franchise.
The 25th film in the series is
expected to arrive in theaters in 2019. Sony Pictures
has released the recent 007
movies for MGM.
“Shark Tank” producer
Mark Burnett has run the
company’s TV division since
2016, after MGM bought full
control of his joint venture
with the studio, United Artists Media Group.
In yet another sign of
streaming media’s growing
dominance in the entertainment industry, the majority
of U.S. households now subscribe to at least one digital
video streaming service
such as Netflix, Amazon
Prime and Hulu, with a
surge of original content
driving consumer adoption,
according to a new survey released Tuesday by Deloitte.
Deloitte’s 12th annual
digital media trends survey
shows that streaming video
adoption passed the halfway
mark in 2017 with 55% of U.S.
households now subscribing
to paid services.
In less than a decade, the
percentage of U.S. households subscribing to a paid
streaming video service
surged 450% — from just 10%
in 2009 to 55% in 2017.
The survey found that
54% of streaming video subscribers said they had
signed up to watch original
content they can’t find anywhere else. Other factors include the ability to watch
movies and shows at any
time, as well as commercialfree content.
Nearly half, or 48%, of all
U.S. consumers streamed
television content every day
or weekly in 2017, compared
with just 37% of consumers
in 2016.
Consumers spend on average 38 hours watching video content each week, 15
hours (or 39%) of which is
One of the casualties of
the trend has been traditional pay-TV packages,
such as cable and satellite
bundles. As more consumers cut the cord, pay-TV penetration has fallen, dropping
to 63% in 2017 after remaining steady at about 75% for
years, the survey found.
The study showed that
16% to 22% of millennial consumers, as well as those in
Generations X and Z, have
never subscribed to a payTV service and are unlikely
to do so in the future. The
majority of survey respondents said they felt they were
paying too much for the value they received from a traditional pay-TV subscription.
Deloitte’s study found
that Generation X — those
ages 35 to 51 — have picked
up the viewing habits of
younger generations, such
as watching more content on
mobile devices. Typically, as
people grow older, they tend
to revert to the consumption
patterns of their parents.
“But what we’ve seen is
the opposite. The older is becoming like the younger,”
said Kevin Westcott, leader
of Deloitte’s U.S. Media and
Entertainment practice.
He said the proliferation
of streaming options could
lead providers to start rebundling services under a
single billing experience in
the coming years.
“I expect to see some
form of reaggregation to
happen maybe in 2019,” he
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A studio under financial strain
[Weinstein Co., from C1]
2” and “Six Billion Dollar
Man.” The company collected $13 million by selling
the rights to the “Paddington” sequel to Warner Bros.,
which also bought “Six
Billion Dollar Man” for $7.2
million. Weinstein Co. also
sold the Robert De Niro
Grandpa” to its producers
for $2.5 million.
“They were selling film
rights and film properties
left and right,” said Jack
Tracy, a legal analyst with
Debtwire, a firm that provides information about
bankruptcy cases. “Despite
all those efforts, they only
had $500,000 in cash.”
Weinstein Co.’s lengthy
lineup of creditors includes
the expected cadre of banks,
production companies, attorneys and vendors. But
the list also contains some
surprises among the names,
including the late David
Bowie, Malia Obama (the
former president’s daughter
who interned for the company) and the right-wing
outlet Breitbart News. New
Zealand-born model Zoe
Brock, who is part of a classaction lawsuit against Weinstein Co., also appears on
the list.
Despite its cash woes,
court documents paint a
picture of a studio spending
on luxury items. Its creditors
include a limo service, a ski
tour company in Aspen,
Colo., and a Porsche dealership in Beverly Hills.
Secured creditors including Union Bank and billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access
Industries, who are first in
line to be paid in a bank-
ruptcy sale, are owed a total
of about $345 million, according to court filings. That
includes $156.4 million owed
to Union Bank under a senior credit facility, $18.1 million owed to Bank of America under a term loan agreement, and $45.5 million in
obligations to Access Industries.
The bankruptcy petition
lists 30 top unsecured creditors — including law firms,
production companies, studios and other vendors —
who have claims totaling at
least $100 million.
Among the largest unsecured creditors is Wanda
Pictures, the film subsidiary
of a Chinese real estate and
entertainment conglomerate that has invested in Weinstein movies. Wanda is
owed $14.4 million. Law firm
Boies, Schiller & Flexner,
which has represented the
company and its founders in
numerous matters, is owed
more than $10 million.
Major unsecured creditors also include Viacom,
Technicolor, Disney and
Sony Pictures. The document lists law firm Leto Bassuk as the largest unsecured
creditor, seeking payment of
a disputed $17.4-million
The bankruptcy filing
is merely the first step in Weinstein Co.’s effort to rise
from the ashes after previous attempts to sell assets
Weinstein’s filing comes
just weeks after the sudden
collapse of an agreement to
sell the company to billionaire Ron Burkle and former
Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-
‘They were
selling film
rights and film
properties left
and right. Despite
all those efforts,
they only had
$500,000 in
— Jack Tracy,
Debtwire legal analyst, on
Weinstein Co.
Sweet for $500 million. People close to the Burkle deal
said they walked away from
the agreement in early
March because they found
more than $50 million in
undisclosed liabilities on the
company’s books.
On Monday, Weinstein
Co.’s board of directors said
it had secured a “stalking
horse” bid from Dallas private equity firm Lantern
Capital Partners that sets a
floor for an auction for the
Lantern, which was a minority backer of the failed
bid by Burkle and Contreras-Sweet, has offered $310
million in cash for the company. Under the deal terms,
Lantern would also assume
$115 million in liabilities related to TV shows — tied to
“Scream,” “Spy Kids” and
“The Mist” — and individual
movies, including “The Upside,” “The Current War”
and “Polaroid.”
Competing bids for the
assets are due April 30. Companies such as Lionsgate
and Miramax parent company BeIN Media have expressed interest in the assets and are expected to bid
on them in Bankruptcy
Court. Any sale must be approved by the bankruptcy
To stay in business during bankruptcy, Weinstein
Co. is counting on $25 million in new financing from
Union Bank.
Weinstein Co.’s board
said the Lantern bid was attractive because it promised
to hire most of the company’s employees and keep the
studio going.
Most of the bidders that
previously expressed interest were looking for individual assets, including the TV
division and individual
films, not the whole company, according to people familiar with the process. A
group of outsiders could
cobble together a bid for the
various assets that exceeds
Lantern’s offer.
Tracy said, the court is more
likely to favor a deal that
hands the bulk of the assets
to one buyer, making for a
simpler process with fewer
“For someone to really
compete in this, either
Lantern has to step away or
someone else has to come to
the table with a better price
for the whole enchilada,”
Tracy said.
Twitter: @rfaughnder
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A long road to proving robot cars are safe
[Robot cars, from C1]
was behind the wheel but
not driving. Elaine Herzberg, 49, walking a bicycle,
stepped in front of the car
from a center median, according to video evidence,
police said.
“The driver said it was
like a flash, the person
walked out in front of them,”
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia
Moir told the San Francisco
Chronicle. “His first alert to
the collision was the sound
of the collision.
“It’s very clear it would
have been difficult to avoid
this collision in any kind of
mode [autonomous or human-driven] based on how
she came from the shadows
right into the roadway.”
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are
both investigating the incident.
Automakers who publicly responded to the news
had different reactions. Toyota temporarily suspended
public-road driverless testing in the U.S. In Germany,
Volkswagen Group Chief
Executive Matthias Mueller
latched on to the chief ’s assessment. “There are indications that this accident was
unavoidable,” he said at an
earnings news conference.
“We won’t let ourselves be
brought off course from our
long-term strategy on the
basis of tragic events like
Uber issued a statement
offering prayers to the victim
and her family and promising a thorough investigation. Other companies at the
technology — automaker
Tesla, ride-hailing company
Lyft, driverless technology
pioneer Waymo — have remained silent about the
Uber incident thus far.
“That’s the right thing to
do,” said Michael Sitrick,
who heads Sitrick & Co., a
Los Angeles crisis management and public relations
firm. “They’re saying, ‘Let’s
take a deep breath’ ” while
the matter is sorted out.
The industry will need to
think strategically about
how to handle future tragedies, he said. In general, people fear new technology.
“But when you’re putting
people’s lives at risk, it’s
much more serious than a
bug in your phone,” Sitrick
The driverless vehicle industry faces a conundrum.
Statistical proof that robot
cars significantly reduce the
crash and death rate would
ease public acceptance of robot-caused carnage because
it’s better than the alternative. But the only way to accumulate the hundreds of
millions of miles of driving
experience needed to prove
that is to put the cars on the
In the face of uncertainty,
emotions trump numbers
for many people, Georgetown’s Towns said. “Behavioral research shows that
losses are felt more strongly
than gains.”
Or, as University of South
Carolina law professor Bryant Walker Smith put it
Monday: “This woman’s
tragic death is going to be in
every major newspaper and
on every major website”
while everyday highway
deaths go uncovered.
The potential effects of
robot cars and trucks are
enormous. As the motor vehicle industry is transformed, market researchers
say hundreds of billions of
dollars — and millions of
jobs — are at stake.
“Driverless cars are going
to be one of the main pillars
of the economy,” said
Grayson Brulte, a driverless
car industry consultant in
Beverly Hills.
buff, Brulte noted that in an
early Wright brothers test,
their new flying machine
crashed and killed a U.S.
Army lieutenant who rode
along with Orville Wright,
who was injured. The soldier
had taken the place of the
man originally scheduled for
the ride: President Theodore Roosevelt.
“It’s very important that
we do not allow one tragic
accident to sway public
opinion,” he said.
technology companies need
to be far more transparent
as they push forward, experts said.
“It’s important that we all
learn from this accident and
we make these technologies
even better, said Alain Kornhauser, a professor at
Princeton University and a
leading authority on driverless cars. “To that end Uber
must release all of the data
leading up to this crash. All
of the video, radar, lidar and
logic trails for the three or so
seconds leading up to the
crash. If this releases some
of Uber’s intellectual property, so be it.”
That advice, however,
bumps up against the highly
secretive process of new
technology development.
Driverless technology companies are racing to develop
and control the intellectual
property in sensors and
mapping and machinelearning software.
And up to this point at
least, industry has successfully pushed for less regulation.
Legislation that liberalizes driverless vehicle rules
— allowing manufacturers
to sell up to 2,500 driverless
cars a year without hardware such as steering wheels
and side mirrors — has been
passed by the U.S. House of
Representatives. A similar
bill is being considered by
the Senate.
Twitter: @russ1mitchell
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Facebook execs keeping low profile
[Facebook, from C1]
it elevates the issue, and it
creates a whole new news cycle,” she said.
works, the news cycle moves
on and people quickly forget
that there was ever an issue
to begin with. But if the
mounting pressure on Facebook and the company’s falling stock price are anything
to go by, the company’s efforts at explaining away the
controversy have so far
failed to calm regulators and
The day before news
broke of Cambridge’s alleged activities, Facebook
released a statement, attributed to deputy general
counsel Paul Grewal, announcing that it had suspended the data mining firm
for violating company guidelines.
Facebook’s head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth,
added on Twitter that Facebook was committed to “vigorously enforcing” its policies and “will take whatever
steps are required to see that
this happens.” A day later,
he tweeted to clarify that the
violation was not a data
breach and on Monday
posted on his Facebook page
a lengthy explanation of
Cambridge Analytica’s violations and the steps he says
his company is taking to protect user data.
Alex Stamos, Facebook’s
chief security officer, took to
Twitter on Sunday to reiterate that Cambridge Analytica’s violation of Facebook guidelines did not constitute a data breach. Hours
later, he deleted those
tweets, and wrote that he did
so “not because they were
factually incorrect but because I should have done a
better job weighing in.”
He went on: “I’m going to
step away from this one. I
really care about privacy
and security, as well as platform openness, freedom
from censorship and stopping authoritarians who use
the internet as a weapon. I
just wish I was better about
talking about these things in
the reality of 2018.”
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
EXECUTIVE SILENCE after a scandal can help or hurt a company, crisis management experts say. The last
Facebook post by company chief Mark Zuckerberg, above last year, was March 2, commemorating Passover.
On Tuesday, Stamos was
again on Twitter, disputing
reports that he plans to
leave Facebook because of
disagreements with Sandberg over how the social network can halt the spread of
Throughout all this,
Zuckerberg and Sandberg
stayed mum.
Despite being prolific
Facebook users, Sandberg
last posted on Saturday
about being at a kids’ debate
day, and Zuckerberg last
posted on March 2, com-
memorating Passover.
Bosworth, nor Facebook responded to a request for
comment. It is unclear
whether Facebook encouraged or was aware of the employees’ tweets before they
were published.
Executive silence after a
scandal can help or hurt a
company, according to crisis
Speaking too soon — and
claiming too much responsibility — can potentially put
an executive on the hook
when it comes to litigation
and depositions.
Dan Hill, chief executive
of communications strategy
firm Hill Impact, gave the example of Mary Barra, who
became CEO of General Motors around the time it issued safety recalls because
of deadly ignition switches.
After claiming full responsibility for the company’s
problems, “she was never
able to get away from it,” Hill
“She became the centerpiece of it. She was the
spokesperson for the company. On the one hand it
may look like you’re showing
leadership, but if you’re the
spokesperson during the crisis, it can also be hugely distracting,” he said.
Zuckerberg might be familiar with the downside of a
knee-jerk response. Days after the 2016 presidential election, he dismissed concerns
that the dissemination of
fake news on social media influenced the outcome of the
election, telling an audience
at a technology conference
that it was a “pretty crazy
idea.” A year later, he expressed regret at his comments and admitted that
Facebook “played a far bigger role in this election.”
Monday that it had hired a
digital forensics firm to investigate the Cambridge Analytica matter. The firm
paused its efforts at the request of the British Information Commissioner’s Office,
which is now conducting its
own investigation.
In a statement sent to
ABC News, Facebook said:
“Mark, Sheryl and their
teams are working around
the clock to get all the facts
and take appropriate action
moving forward, because
they understand the seriousness of this issue.”
But staying silent for too
long — especially when
other communication efforts have failed to quell the
controversy — can also do
“The longer you stay
silent, the more guilty you
look,” Gillott Bowe said. “It’s
not always fair, but that’s the
way it works.”
It’s not just a matter of
looking guilty, either. Andrew Gilman, founder of the
Group, said that executives
with the power and influence of Zuckerberg and Sandberg have a responsibility to
show that they care about
their users and are taking
steps to address the issue.
“It sounds like a playbook
answer, but people really
care about that kind of
thing,” Gilman said.
He likened their silence
to going to church and not
prayers; audiences are quick
to realize that something is
“There’s no such thing as
‘no comment,’ ” Gilman
said. “No comment, or lack
of comment, can be perceived as damaging. And
given that Facebook is all
about communication, one
would expect something.”
Twitter: @traceylien
Third-party app policies
set stage for data scandal
[Apps, from C1]
Authorities will likely
want to know how much
data Facebook provides to
outside app developers and
what role, if any, the social
network has in enabling unauthorized third parties to
gain access to that information, experts say.
“App integration allowed
people to do things like play
Scrabble online with their
old high school friends on
the other side of the country
and it allowed user growth to
increase a lot,” Heather Antoine, a Beverly Hills attorney who specializes in internet and privacy law, said of
the company’s new tack in
2007. “It didn’t start with a
malicious intent, and I still
don’t know if Facebook has
any malicious intent, but
other people did and they
found loopholes to get data.”
Cambridge Analytica, a
company owned by conservative billionaire Robert
Mercer, is accused of getting
the data from University of
Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan. He
had developed a personality
quiz app for Facebook called
“thisisyourdigitallife” that
was downloaded 270,000
times by Facebook users in
2013. At the time, Kogan
could glean information
from those users’ contacts,
leading to data from millions
more accounts.
Kogan had permission to
obtain the information, but
is accused of violating Facebook rules when he passed it
to a third party, Cambridge
Analytica, for money.
Facebook knew about
the access in 2015 and ordered Cambridge Analytica
to destroy the data — something the firm says it did.
However, former employees
of Cambridge Analytica say
the company still has some
of the data and that Facebook never bothered to verify that it had been deleted.
Their claims, if proved
correct, suggest there are
few consequences to ignoring Facebook’s terms of
service about receiving data.
Cambridge Analytica was
only suspended from Facebook on Friday, two years after the social media giant
knew about the violation.
The controversy has
raised suspicions that more
Facebook data have been
passed to third parties than
the company is willing to acknowledge — a potentially
vast market that has spread
to the so-called dark web,
where stolen information
and identities are exchanged. Facebook accounts were selling for $5.20
apiece on the dark web last
month, more than three
times the price for Twitter
Top10VPN, a site that tracks
online secuity tools.
Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook employee
whose job used to entail policing data breaches by
third-party developers, said
the spread of ill-gotten user
information was rampant.
“Once the data left Facebook servers, there was not
any control, and there was
no insight into what was going on,” Parakilas, who
served at his position for two
years starting in 2011, told
the Guardian.
“It has been painful
watching,” he added, “because I know that they could
have prevented it.”
Parakilas alleges that
Facebook turned a blind eye
because the company felt
willful ignorance of the problem would diminish legal liability. Despite that, it was becoming increasingly apparent that a black market existed for Facebook user
data, he said.
In November, the company’s vice president for global
operations, Justin Osofsky,
acknowleged that Facebook
had been lax about defending user data in the past. But
he said the company has
since introduced more stringent rules requiring developers to explain what data
they need and how they’re
going to use it.
“We also do a variety of
manual and automated
checks to ensure compliance
with our policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said in
an e-mailed statement
Tuesday. “These include
steps such as random audits
of existing apps along with
the regular and proactive
monitoring of apps.”
Had Kogan introduced
his app a little more than a
year later, he wouldn’t have
been able to access users’
contact lists. That’s because
Facebook reduced how
much data it shared with developers in 2015, including
details about work histories
and relationship statuses.
Now that Facebook has
amassed more then 2 billion
users, it has less incentive to
share its most valuable user
data. By keeping that information close, the company
can bolster its own ad business and reduce the risk of
security breaches.
The shift was necessary
because Facebook had been
under fire for sharing data
with third parties long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In 2011, Facebook settled
with the FTC and entered a
consent decree after the
regulator ruled the company
had deceived its users about
privacy claims. “Facebook
had a ‘Verified Apps’ program and claimed it certified the security of participating apps. It didn't,” the FTC
said at the time.
The action came not long
after the Wall Street Journal
reported widespread misuse
information by app developers and third-party companies. In one case, an online
RapLeaf was found to be collecting user data and selling
it to advertisers and political
consultants. Facebook later
banned the company.
While the breadth of data
now available to app developers has diminished, experts say it has only increased for Facebook. That
includes tracking users’ locations, their payments and
“activities on and off Facebook from third-party partners,” according to the company’s data policy.
“They’re still collecting
tons of information from us,”
said Betsy Sigman, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
“And they’re sharing it all
over the place and making
money. It’s the greatest registry the world has ever
Facundo Arrizabalaga EPA/Shutterstock
A DEPICTION of Alexander Nix behind bars. The Facebook data scandal led to
news of the suspension of the Cambridge Analytica chief executive.
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Rivers has harsh
words after lackluster
loss drops his team
into 10th place.
By Broderick Turner
Leopoldo Smith Getty Images
LANDON DONOVAN, left, celebrating a Liga MX victory with Leon teammate Luis Montes, says he’s rediscovered his passion for
soccer mentoring players on the Mexican league team. The former U.S. national team and Galaxy star says “it just feels like fun.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Clippers coach Doc Rivers was
unrelenting in his scathing
criticism of his players after
their disheartened 123-109
loss to the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Tuesday
night at the Target Center
before 16,351 fans.
“I just thought Minnesota came out and turned
the heat up, and we just
couldn’t handle the heat,
really,” Rivers began. “I
just thought the pressure
from them made us wilt. I
thought we went away. I
thought we let go of the rope
way too early in the game.
You could see it by our
body language. I thought
the only thing they did in the
second half was they got up
into us and we couldn’t handle it.
“For me, not because of
where we’re at playoff-wise,
this was the most disappointing loss because of the
way we played, the way we
carried ourselves and the
way we didn’t compete,” he
[See Clippers, D4]
Donovan, with nothing left to accomplish
or give to U.S. soccer, gets his kicks in Mexico
By Kevin Baxter
LEON, Mexico — Wearing a golf cap, gray T-shirt and shorts over ankle-high socks and running shoes, Landon Donovan steps out of an elevator and into a white-tablecloth restaurant. Surrounded by businessmen
and bankers in tailored suits and ties, arguably the greatest soccer player
in U.S. history looks like just another gringo on vacation in Mexico.
In a way, he is.
After coming out of retirement for the second time in 16 months to join
Leon in the Liga MX, Donovan found something in Mexico he says he lost
in the U.S. years ago: his joy for the game.
“I just don’t feel any pressure,” said Donovan, whose mid-January return caught most of the soccer world by surprise. “That’s probably why.
Before it really felt like a job. But now it just feels like fun.
“What it’s allowed me to do is just play. When we go out for training,
most guys are moping. I’m running out ready to get the ball. Because I
don’t have the weight of having to succeed or having to be one of the people
that’s helping the team win every day.”
Donovan, 36, says his third comeback in five years is not about winning,
or really even about playing. He’s already done plenty of both, capturing a
record six Major League Soccer titles with the Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes and ranking second in games played with the U.S. national team.
He says he’s come to Leon to help mentor the young players. “I’ve played
enough soccer games in my life,” Donovan said.
[See Donovan, D5]
Andy Clayton-King Associated Press
against Minnesota’s
Karl-Anthony Towns.
Kevin Baxter Los Angeles Times
DONOVAN’S image is draped from the stadium in
Leon, even though he’s hardly played for the team.
McNair’s attorneys seek to
depose NCAA’s Emmert
President’s would-be
deposition is latest
dispute in former USC
coach’s lawsuit.
Jamie Squire Getty Images
By Nathan Fenno
COACH John Beilein has Wolverines in Sweet 16.
Beilein makes believers in Michigan
Thwarted by sanctions and scandal, basketball
program found new life with determined coach. D6
Sweet-talking a
man named Suh
No surgery for
Dodgers’ Turner
As free-agent lineman
prepares to meet with
Rams coaches, others
are doing their part. D2
Third baseman may be
out of lineup until May
as he allows fractured
wrist to heal. D3
face new reality
Feeling at home
in Angels bullpen
With Sam Darnold
gone, Matt Fink and
Jack Sears are set to
fight for starting job. D2
Jose Alvarez is going for
his fourth full season
with the team, a long
time for a reliever. D3
does part
but is not
The three-paragraph notice laid out a plan to depose
NCAA President Mark
Attorneys for former
coach Todd McNair planned
to question Emmert on Feb.
9 at an office in the 49-floor
Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis. The
videotaped session would
start at 1:30 p.m. and continue for as many days as necessary, Sundays and holidays
The deposition never
“We suspect you are seeking it in order to harass President Emmert and place un-
due settlement pressure on
the NCAA,” Kosta Stojilkovic, an attorney representing the organization,
wrote in a Jan. 30 email to
three of McNair’s attorneys.
The would-be deposition
is the latest dispute in McNair’s long-running defamation lawsuit against the
The case is scheduled for
trial next month, nearly seven years after McNair first
sued in the aftermath of a
scandal over extra benefits
revolving around former
USC running back Reggie
But first, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller will hear arguments Thursday in McNair’s
motion to compel Emmert’s
deposition and the NCAA’s
motion for a protective order
to prevent it.
The NCAA didn’t respond to a request for comment and McNair’s attorneys have been content to let
their court filings speak for
In one filing, McNair’s attorneys described Emmert
as “one of the NCAA employees who participated in the
character assassination of
Mr. McNair” and accused
the executive of having
“orally made false statements to members of the
media … heard and read by
millions of people residing
around the world” about the
infractions case that led to
historic sanctions against
At issue are Emmert’s
comments to USA Today in
December 2010: “Everybody
looks at the Reggie Bush
case and says, ‘It took them
a long time.’ But they got it
right, I think.”
Though Emmert became
NCAA president only a
month before the interview,
some viewed the comments
as prejudicial because McNair’s appeal was pending.
[See McNair, D6]
Goaltender is solid
and helps Kings earn a
point despite offense
being held in check.
By Curtis Zupke
WINNIPEG, Canada —
The career resurgence of
Jack Campbell continues to
be a great story. Unfortunately, on this night, the
Kings couldn’t give it legs.
They were exhausted and
they knew it. And there was
little hiding it Tuesday. They
entered one of the NHL’s
more imposing venues,
against another hard-charging opponent, for the second
straight night and barely
touched the puck for the final 30-plus minutes.
“We knew it was going to
be tough, and it was,” Anze
Kopitar said.
Campbell’s 36 saves on 38
shots, behind a collective
veteran effort, got the Kings
one point in the standings in
a 2-1 overtime loss to the
Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS
Place. The Kings were outshot 15-2 in the third period
and overtime, and succumbed on Kyle Connor’s
goal 97 seconds into three[See Kings, D8]
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Come to L.A. and win a Suh-per Bowl
Rams try to persuade
notorious free-agent
lineman to be big part
of rebuilt defense.
By Gary Klein
Recruiting overtures from
the Rams began last week,
just after the Miami Dolphins
released five-time Pro Bowl
Ndamukong Suh.
Hall of Fame running
back Eric Dickerson made
the initial pitch, touting the
team’s defensive player of the
year, Aaron Donald, its “All
Pro secondary” and “Super
Bowl contender” status.
“This dream can become
a reality. Let’s win a Super
Then newly acquired
Rams cornerback Aqib Talib,
winner of a Super Bowl title
with the Denver Broncos,
weighed in:
“@NdamukongSuh let’s
get it!!! Last time I went to a
organization and they
brought in 3 big time players
on defense we won the
On Monday, the day before Suh’s Tuesday visit with
the Rams in Thousand Oaks,
Pro Bowl punter Johnny
Hekker offered his thoughts:
“Hey @NdamukongSuh,
Joe Skipper Associated Press
NDAMUKONG SUH , signed to a $114-million contract by Miami in 2015, was
released last week after collecting 151⁄2 sacks in three seasons.
Please come and play for
our team. Love, The Punter.”
The tweets might have
warmed the heart of the 6foot-4, 307-pound Suh, but
the real sales job commenced
Tuesday. Suh was scheduled
to meet with Rams coaches
and have dinner with head
coach Sean McVay and other
front-office personnel.
The Rams are the latest
stop on Suh’s free-agent tour.
It has included visits with the
Tennessee Titans and the
New Orleans Saints. Suh,
who grew up in Portland,
Ore., also has reportedly expressed interest in the Seattle Seahawks and is scheduled to visit the Oakland
Raiders on Wednesday, according to
But it is the Rams, and the
potential pairing of Suh with
Donald on the same line, that
has NFL observers buzzing.
Donald, 6-1 and 280
pounds, is regarded as per-
haps the league’s most disruptive defensive player. He
has amassed 39 sacks in four
seasons. Suh has 511⁄2 career
sacks in eight seasons,
though only 151⁄2 during his
three with the Dolphins. Last
season he had 41⁄2 sacks, the
fewest for a season he played
all 16 games.
Suh also has cultivated a
reputation for sometimes
overly aggressive play. During his five seasons with the
Detroit Lions, he was fined
nine times for nearly $300,000
for penalties and incidents
during games. In 2013 he was
fined $100,000 for an illegal
low block on then-Minnesota
Vikings center John Sullivan,
who’s now with the Rams.
Suh was sidelined for two
games in 2011 while serving a
suspension for stomping the
arm of a Green Bay Packers
lineman, the only starts he
has missed in 128 regular-season games.
Donald, 26, and Suh, 31,
could line up next to Michael
Brockers in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4
scheme and wreak havoc in
opposing backfields.
Donald already is familiar
with Suh — particularly Suh’s
last contract: a six-year, $114million deal the Dolphins
gave him in 2015, that included $60 million in guarantees.
Donald earned $1.8 million
last season. He did not participate in organized team activities, minicamps or training camp because he wanted
a new deal, and he sat out the
opener. He still finished with
a team-high 11 sacks in 14
Donald, set to earn about
$6.9 million this year, is seeking a contract that would
make him the highest-paid
defensive player and among
the richest in the NFL.
Rams general manager
Les Snead said last week that
a “timeline” for continued
talks with Donald’s representatives was in place but
declined to be more specific.
The Rams have about $30
million in salary-cap space.
They are not expected to be
the top bidder for Suh. But
the opportunity to play for
McVay and Phillips and
alongside Donald, for a playoff team that appears to be
ascending, might entice him
to join the Rams’ remade defense on a short-term deal.
Signing Suh would be the
latest in a series of moves to
strengthen a defense that
ranked 28th against the run,
13th against the pass, 19th
overall and 12th in fewest
points allowed.
Snead rebuilt the secondary by trading for Talib and
cornerback Marcus Peters,
signing veteran corner Sam
Shields, and re-signing slot
cornerback Nickell RobeyColeman. But the Rams need
depth for their pass rush and
at linebacker.
After trading veteran linebackers Robert Quinn and
Alec Ogletree, the Rams are
counting on second-year pro
Samson Ebukam to fill
Quinn’s edge-rushing role
and provide better run defense. Cory Littleton could
step in for Ogletree.
Suh was expected to encounter at least one familiar
face on his Rams visit.
Ted Rath, the team’s
strength and conditioning
coach, was an assistant
strength coach for the Lions
from 2009 to 2015 and held the
position with the Dolphins in
2016 before being hired by the
Rams last year.
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USC QUARTERBACKS Matt Fink, left, and Jack Sears impressed with their accuracy during workouts.
Quarterback battle takes shape
By Lindsey Thiry
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USC resumed spring practice Tuesday after taking a
week off for spring vacation.
The break allowed for redshirt freshman Jack Sears
and third-year sophomore
Matt Fink to study film and
digest their first-week performances as they compete to
replace quarterback Sam
“It gave me a great opportunity to kind of look through
the playbook and go through
those practices again,” Sears
said after practice. “Just figure out those first-week mistakes and try not to make
them again.”
Said Fink: “There’s a lot of
things I need to work on and
there’s a lot of things that I
need to get better at.”
Coach Clay Helton was
pleased with both quarterbacks’ accuracy in their first
week of workouts, but noted
that the team did not practice
in full pads and that many of
the drills were focused on individual skills.
This week, players will put
on pads for the first time and
the focus will shift to team
situations, allowing for Helton
to better evaluate each
“To see you function and
see your field generalship,
those are the situations that I
like seeing,” Helton said. “I’m
going to get a lot more to be
able to see them live and
where they are at.”
Sears and Fink appeared
more relaxed Tuesday as they
continued to settle into their
new reality — no longer waiting behind Darnold, but in
constant competition.
Helton has already declared that the position battle
would continue into the fall,
when incoming freshman J.T.
Daniels from Mater Dei High
will join the mix.
Sears, who missed a practice before spring break to
participate in teammate Andrew Vorhees’ wedding, took
most of the repetitions with
the starters Tuesday while
Fink practiced with the backups, a rotation that Helton
said would alternate throughout the spring.
Both quarterbacks have
identified areas needing improvement.
“Just becoming a better
passer,” Sears said. “Be more
Fink, who developed a
knack for scrambling in high
school, said he needed to become more comfortable in the
“That’s always a challenge
just for every QB,” Fink said.
“But that’s just a building
block for me to get to.”
Expanded audience
About a dozen NFL scouts
and executives watched the
two-hour practice ahead of
the Trojans’ scheduled pro
day workout on campus
Wednesday, which will feature
Darnold (a projected top-five
pick), running back Ronald
Jones II and linebacker
Uchenna Nwosu, among others.
Among executives in attendance
Raiders general manager
Reggie McKenzie, whose
son, Jalen, a redshirt freshman, is an offensive lineman
for the Trojans.
Cleveland Browns coach
Hue Jackson, a USC assistant from 1997 to 2000, also
watched a brief portion of the
workout. The Browns own the
No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the
With rain showers in the
forecast, Helton said pro day
would go on, rain or shine, and
that he encouraged underclassmen to attend the event.
“I know a lot of our kids will
come out and it is great to
have them up in the stands
and be able to do that and be
able to see that experience,”
Helton said. “It keeps a goal
out there for them to play past
Former USC offensive
tackle Dr. Charles Arrobio, a
1965 Academic All-American,
died last Sunday at the age of
73 after a prolonged illness. …
Lobendahn practiced in limited drills for the first time this
spring. Helton said Lobendahn is being held out of fullcontact drills as a precautionary measure to protect his
knees. … Former USC standout and Philadelphia Eagles
receiver Nelson Agholor attended practice.
Golovkin calls Alvarez cheater, Nevada commission ‘terrorists’
Boxing champ fumes
at lack of action over
drug test allegations,
still wants rematch.
By Lance Pugmire
Gennady Golovkin on
Tuesday cast Canelo Alvarez
as a known cheater and
called the Nevada Athletic
Commission “terrorists” in
its ongoing probe into two
drug tests they say Alvarez
More than two weeks after the commission revealed
Alvarez submitted two positive tests for the banned
substance clenbuterol, Alvarez has yet to make any pub-
lic comments about the situation. And the commission
has yet to announce any disciplinary action against Alvarez, considered boxing’s
biggest financial draw given
the large sums generated
from his pay-per-view fights.
The first Alvarez-Golovkin
fight last September drew
the third-biggest gate in Nevada history.
Golovkin, who agreed to a
May 5 rematch with Alvarez
in Las Vegas, echoed the
famed words of former
heavyweight champion Joe
Louis — “You can run, but
you cannot hide” — in his
blistering undressing of the
Mexican star.
Alvarez “proves he gets
benefits from everyone and
he can get away with it —
commentators, the commission, doping commission,
president of boxing — this is
a very bad business, not
sport,” Golovkin told reporters on his second media day
since the commission revealed the test results.
Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, put out a
statement following the news
that the level of clenbuterol
in Alvarez’s samples was consistent with contamination
from eating tainted Mexican
beef and vowed to move his
training camp to the U.S. The
substance is banned for its
effects on building cardiovascular stamina and endurance and was found at a time
in camp when such activity is
“Check him on a lie detec-
tor and then we can find out
everything,” Golovkin urged.
“Then there won’t be any silly
questions about meat, fruit,
Eric Gomez, the Golden
Boy president, answered, “I
guess GGG is preparing his
excuse in case he was to lose.
[Golovkin] doesn’t sound
like a confident fighter. I
guess he has a lot of insecurities. [Canelo] is a clean
fighter. The facts and statistics back it up.
“GGG sounds like a guy
trying to find a way out of the
fight. If he wants out, he
should just say so.”
Alvarez’s team messaged
The Times on Monday that it
does not plan to make him
available to address the test
results until fight week in
early May.
Golovkin said he is outraged by the potential lost
promotion of a lucrative bout
he expects to still happen.
“You’re asking about
meat? It’s nothing about
meat,” Golovkin said.
Golovkin elaborated that
he’s still willing to fight Alvarez. “I believe in my power
and boxing skills. If he beat
me the first fight, OK, I know
maybe this is not smart … .”
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob
Bennett declined to comment after hearing that
Golovkin ended his session
by calling the Nevada organization “terrorists.”
Bennett, who is probing
the positive samples that the
commission said Alvarez
provided on Feb. 17 and Feb.
20 in Mexico, told The Times:
“In regard to Mr. Alvarez being tested before his last
fight, there were no adverse
analytical findings concerning performance-enhancing
drugs or any other illegal
Golovkin still is fuming
over a 118-110 scorecard that
went against him in his draw
with Alvarez.
“The commission … they
all put their heads down to
avoid the eye contact,”
Golovkin said.
“I noticed it when I reviewed the fight again. These
people are terrorists, they are
killing the sport, not just
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Without Turner, moving on to Plan B
Third baseman won’t
have surgery on
broken wrist, but
return is still unclear.
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — A day after
watching one of his All-Stars
suffer a broken bone, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts
held his breath when another All-Star fouled a pitch off
his leg. Roberts watched
from the dugout at Hohokam Stadium as Cody
Bellinger hobbled for a moment before flashing a smile.
Roberts was relieved — but
still elected to remove Bellinger after four innings
“That was a little relief,”
Roberts said. “As we get
closer to breaking camp, you
want to keep these guys as
healthy as possible.”
The Dodgers would prefer to avoid a string of injuries. In the morning, Roberts confirmed that third
baseman Justin Turner will
not require surgery on his
fractured left wrist but declined to reveal when the
team expects him to return
to the field.
“How he heals will be determined,” Roberts said on
Tuesday, the morning after
Turner was struck by a fastball from Oakland Athletics
pitcher Kendall Graveman.
Turner described the injury
as a “small, non-displaced”
fracture. He was expected to
meet with team doctor
Brian Shafer during the day.
“He just wants this thing
to heal as quick as possible,”
Roberts said. “We know that
there’s a fracture in the
wrist. And that’s kind of all
we know.”
The injury means the
Dodgers will open the season without the leader of
their offense.
His absence destabilized
their infield and scrambled
the composition of their lineup. It also opened up a variety of possibilities for the
opening day roster, which
had looked mostly set before
the fastball collided with
Turner’s wrist.
Turner wore a brace as he
walked through the Dodgers
clubhouse on Tuesday. The
length of his absence is undetermined, and the Dodgers are unlikely to reveal a
timetable, a team official
said. The team has resisted
setting deadlines for the return of injured players, a
precedent which began with
Clayton Kershaw’s back issues in 2016 and 2017, and has
continued with the treatment of injured pitchers like
Julio Urias and Tom
Turner is unlikely to play
for the Dodgers until May, at
Carlos Osorio Associated Press
JUSTIN TURNER is unlikely to play for the Dodgers until May, at the earliest. Logan Forsythe will be his primary replacement at third.
the earliest. Atlanta Braves
first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks because of a similar injury last
season. Houston Astros outfielder George Springer
missed nine weeks in 2015.
Michael Hausman, an orthopedic surgeon and hand
specialist at Mount Sinai
hospital in New York,
watched video of Turner’s
Based on where the baseball struck Turner and the
team’s public diagnosis of
the injury, Hausman suggested Turner could return
to baseball activity within a
month. A wrist fracture is
troubling for a power hitter,
but it could be worse.
“Bone has the capacity to
heal perfectly,” Hausman
said. “I think over the long
term, the prognosis is better
with a fracture than with a
ligament injury.”
With Turner on the
mend, Roberts started to
piece together a plan to replace him. Logan Forsythe
will become the primary
third baseman. The void at
second base will be filled by
Enrique Hernandez and
Chase Utley, with backup
catcher Austin Barnes also
able to contribute.
Forsythe played third
base at the University of Arkansas. He developed into a
multipurpose utility player
as he came up with the
Tampa Bay Rays, but his
primary position is second
base. He has played in 517
games in the majors at second, compared with 88 at
third. He appeared in 39
games as a third baseman
for the Dodgers last season,
as Turner spent time on the
disabled list because of a
strained hamstring.
Forsythe had focused on
second base throughout this
spring, while doing enough
to stay ready at third. He intended to reconfigure his
workload and huddle with
third-base coach Chris
Woodward to sharpen his
“The only thing right now
is when I go back to third, the
reaction time isn’t as quick
as it used to be,” Forsythe
said. “But it doesn’t take too
long. The injury sucks for
J.T. But it gives me another
four, five days to a week to
get that reaction time back,
so it’s not just in-season,
where it just kind of happens.”
The injuries to Koehler
and Turner thwarted some
of the team’s planning. The
roster now looks unsettled.
Roberts has indicated the
team could carry either seven or eight relievers. In the
left-field competition, Andrew Toles has outperformed Joc Pederson this
spring, but both players
have minor-league options,
Dodgers 8, Oakland 2
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers scored seven runs against Paul
Blackburn and booted him from the game in the fourth inning at
Hohokam Park in Mesa, Ariz. Chris Taylor led off with a home
run. Yasiel Puig hit two two-run doubles. Yasmani Grandal
supplied his fifth home run of the spring. “I think things are
starting to align,” manager Dave Roberts said.
ON THE MOUND: Kenta Maeda gave up a leadoff triple in the
first inning and balked to allow outfielder Matt Joyce to trot
home. After that, Maeda shut out the Athletics through the fifth.
He logged five innings, struck out three batters and gave up
three hits. His Cactus League earned-run average is 2.19. “I feel
like I’m in a good place, being able to throw a lot of good innings
and pitches,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “I’ve got one
more opportunity to tune up, so I’m looking forward to that.”
EXTRA BASES: Rich Hill will start in a minor league game
Thursday. Hill retired only one of the eight batters he faced in
his last Cactus League outing, giving up a homer, a triple, two
doubles and three singles. He has historically struggled in
spring-training games, but had been much more effective
before his last game.
UP NEXT: Angels at 7 p.m. Thursday at Camelback Ranch. TV:
SportsNet LA. Radio: 570.
— Andy McCullough
and Toles missed the majority of 2017 after tearing his
ACL. With Turner down,
Thompson and utility man
Kyle Farmer hold more appeal.
Thompson is out of options. If he does not make
the majors, the team would
need to slip him through
waivers in order to send him
to the minors. Thompson
batted .122 last season after a
back fracture in 2016 stalled
his progress.
Farmer was a shortstop
at the University of Georgia,
but he split his time in the
minors as a catcher and a
third baseman. He received
a start at third in Tuesday’s
game against Oakland but
finished the game at catcher.
Farmer went one for five,
which dropped his Cactus
League batting average to
.394. “He’s in the mix,” Roberts said.
The injury to Turner improved Farmer’s chances of
making the opening day roster. He took little solace in
“It’s awful what happened to J.T.,” Farmer said.
“He’s probably the best third
baseman in all of the game
right now.”
Farmer may be exaggerating slightly — the sport is
littered with talented third
basemen, from Nolan Arenado in Colorado and Kris
Bryant in Chicago to Josh
Donaldson in Toronto and
Jose Ramirez in Cleveland.
At a time of historic depth at
the position, Turner remains elite. Since 2015 he
ranks fifth in FanGraphs’
version of wins above replacement.
Turner, 33, led the team
in on-base plus slugging percentage in 2017 while making
his first All-Star team. He
was the team’s primary hitter in the coveted No. 3 spot.
His place in the lineup will
likely be filled by Bellinger.
So soon after fouling that
pitch off his leg, Bellinger
was put on ice for the rest of
the game.
“He’s fine,” Roberts said.
“He’s fine.”
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Angels 6, Arizona 5
AT THE PLATE: Zack Cozart hit his second home run of the
spring, a solo drive off reliever Yoshihisa Hirano in the fifth
inning. Kole Calhoun, who had a double and a sacrifice fly,
probably wishes the season already had started. He’s hitting
.421 and easily has been the most consistent hitter among
the Angels’ regulars. Ian Kinsler was credited with an RBI
when he drew a bases-loaded walk. The Angels won with
three runs in the bottom of the ninth, two coming on a David
Fletcher triple and the final one an Alberto Triunfel single.
ON THE MOUND: Making his case for a spot in the rotation,
Parker Bridwell held Arizona scoreless through five innings.
In the sixth, however, he allowed homers to A.J. Pollack and
Steven Souza Jr. as the Diamondbacks evened the score 3-3.
Bridwell, who was lifted after 52⁄3 innings, struck out five and
walked two. Luke Bard retired all four batters he faced. A
Rule 5 pick from the Minnesota Twins, Bard is battling for a
final bullpen spot. Keynan Middleton worked a 1-2-3 eighth
inning. After giving up one run in his first seven appearances,
Jose Alvarez surrendered two Tuesday.
EXTRA BASES: Pitching in a minor league game, Matt
Shoemaker gave up one earned run and four hits in six
innings. He threw 74 pitches. … In the same game, Albert
Pujols had two sacrifice flies and a strikeout in four plate
UP NEXT: Dodgers at 7 p.m. Thursday at Camelback Ranch.
TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570.
— Jeff Miller
Chris Carlson Associated Press
THE MOST consistent Angels hitter this spring
has been Kole Calhoun, who is hitting .421.
Alvarez showing staying power
By Jeff Miller
TEMPE, Ariz. — His job
isn’t one that generally offers
stability, Jose Alvarez attempting to open what
would be his fourth full season in the Angels bullpen.
Relievers, especially ones
who aren’t All-Stars or closing games or both, need to be
fluid when it comes to their
allegiance, a different jersey
always looming in the near
“It’s nice to still be here,”
Alvarez said. “It feels like
Only Cam Bedrosian is a
longer-tenured Angel among
the relievers, though Alvarez
has pitched in 50 more
games than Bedrosian since
debuting with the team with
two appearances in 2014.
In 194 games, he has a 3.58
earned-run average and
three times as many strikeouts as walks. Alvarez, 28,
has been a significant piece
on the team, especially for
someone with only five Angels victories.
“I always want to pitch
more,” he said. “I need to be
ready every day when they
need me. Whatever situation, whatever they need me
to do, I’ll be ready.”
Over the last three seasons, only one left-hander
has appeared in more American League games than Alvarez. And Dan Jennings has
done so only after switching
teams in a trade from the
Chicago White Sox to Tampa
Other left-handers who
have pitched in relief for the
Angels during Alvarez’s time
include Wesley Wright, Brett
Oberholtzer and Cody Ege,
names that have long since
moved on while Alvarez remains.
Yet, even with his extended run in Anaheim, Alvarez has spent parts of the
last two seasons at triple-A
Salt Lake, meaning he, too,
has been somewhat on the
This spring, he gave up
only one earned run and five
hits in his first 81⁄3 innings before giving up two ninth-inning runs Tuesday in the Angels’ 6-5 victory over Arizona.
“Every spring training is a
new start for me,” Alvarez
said. “But I do feel good here.
I hope I can stay for as long as
Heaney feels good
Andrew Heaney was back
stretching with his teammates, still sidelined by elbow inflammation but also
one relieved starter.
“I feel really good,” the
left-hander said. “I’d rather
it not be a thing, but I feel
good about it.”
Heaney was diagnosed
Monday with no structural
damage, the timetable for
his return remaining no
more specific than when the
swelling subsides.
He underwent elbow ligament-replacement surgery
in July 2016, which prompted
the Angels to take a conservative
Heaney reported what he
called “abnormal soreness”
after his most recent start.
“Obviously, anything to
do with the elbow, they’re going to be really careful with,”
Heaney said. “They’re extremely cautious and careful
when it comes to getting correct diagnoses.”
If Heaney is unavailable
for the start of the season,
Nick Tropeano likely would
take his place in the rotation,
with Parker Bridwell also an
Ohtani’s drought ends
Shohei Ohtani ended an
0-for-14 stretch with an opposite-field single against Arizona’s Colin Poche.
He finished one for four
and is three for 28.
Ohtani will make his next
appearance as a pitcher Saturday.
The Angels have not announced if he’ll work in a minor league game or in their
Cactus League finale in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
Struggling relievers
Although Alvarez has
been steady, a few other relievers have struggled, including Blake Parker (16.20
ERA), Blake Wood (.452 opponents’ batting average)
and Keynan Middleton (6.00
Not that the Angels’ decision makers are terribly preoccupied with those numbers.
“Spring-training stats?”
Eppler said. “I can’t talk
about spring-training stats.
I don’t even know what they
Eppler said that the
team’s evaluators, particularly when it comes to assessing veterans, are more focused on things like velocity
and tools displayed.
That’s not the case with
some Angels fans who have
expressed concern via social
media about what has happened the last month, particularly with a free-agent
closer like Greg Holland unsigned.
Specifically on Parker,
who finished last season as
the Angels closer, Eppler dismissed the numbers.
“I’ve seen him throw
some pretty good splits,”
Eppler said. “The velocity is
there. We’ll roll with that
and what he did last
year. Nothing there is sounding an alarm in my head yet.”
Trade is finalized
The Angels acquired infielder Luis Rengifo from
Tampa Bay to complete the
Feb. 17 trade of C.J. Cron.
Rengifo, 21, appeared in
125 Class-A games last season, hitting .250 with 12 home
runs and 34 stolen bases. He
primarily has played second
base and shortstop.
In 35 spring-training atbats, Cron is hitting .257 with
a .773 OPS and one home run
for the Rays.
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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 topseeded team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team
would play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of
several tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. y-Houston
2. y-Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
5. San Antonio
7. Minnesota
8. Utah
GB L10
171⁄2 5-5
9. Denver
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Indiana
5. Washington
6. Philadelphia
7. Miami
8. Milwaukee
GB L10
111⁄2 5-5
121⁄2 5-5
151⁄2 4-6
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Atlanta
14. Orlando
x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division
at Milwaukee
at Cleveland
at Philadelphia
at Miami
at New Orleans
at San Antonio
New York
at Brooklyn
at Chicago
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6:30 p.m.
Harden, Rockets halt
Trail Blazers’ streak
There aren’t enough
bodies to practice
By Broderick Turner
the most important part of
the season for the Clippers,
but yet they are unable to
stay sharp and efficient because of a lack of practice.
Over an eight-day period
that started Sunday, the
Clippers play five games,
four of them on the road.
And then because they
have so few healthy bodies,
the Clippers can’t afford to
push their players and take a
chance of them having heavy
So it becomes nearly impossible for the Clippers to
practice when they need it
the most.
“We can’t. … We don’t
have enough guys to practice,” coach Doc Rivers said.
“You still can do things. You
do it with film work.
“There’s nothing better
than practice, let’s be honest. But we’re not going to
have a practice for a while.”
Entering Tuesday night’s
game, the Clippers had players miss a total of 216 games
with injuries.
Currently, the Clippers
are down forward Danilo
Gallinari, who didn’t make
the four-game trip because
of a nondisplaced fracture of
his right hand. The team is
not sure when he’ll return.
Guard Avery Bradley
had surgery last week for an
abductor and abdominal injury that is supposed to sideline him for five weeks.
Guard Pat Beverley is
out for the season after having right knee surgery.
“We don’t practice as
much,” Rivers said. “Nobody
Rivers talks about
coaches’ health
With Cleveland Cavaliers
coach Tyronn Lue taking a
temporary leave of absence
from his job for health con-
Atlanta 99, at Utah 94: Dennis
Schroder scored a career-high 41
points, including 17 in the fourth
quarter, and the Hawks snapped a
six-game skid and the Jazz’s winning streak at nine. Utah, which
won 21 of 23 games in between
losses to the Hawks, missed its last
five shots.
at New Orleans 115, Dallas 105: Anthony Davis scored 37 points and
the Pelicans overcame the absence
of No. 2 scorer Jrue Holiday.
Toronto 93, at Orlando 86: Kyle
Lowry scored 25 points and the
Raptors rallied in the fourth to
hand the Magic their seventh loss
in eight games.
Detroit 115, at Phoenix 88: Blake
Griffin (26 points) finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and
the Pistons celebrated the return
of Reggie Jackson from a 24-game
absence by handing the Suns their
ninth straight loss. Phoenix played
without its top two scorers, Devin
Booker and T.J. Warren, due to injuries and lost for the 24th time in
26 games.
at Minnesota 123, Clippers 109
— associated press
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Gibson .......37 6-8 3-3 1-8 1 2 15
Towns.........40 10-19 7-8 3-10 3 5 30
Teague .......34 8-13 3-3 0-4 12 3 20
Wiggins ......38 9-16 5-5 0-3 0 3 27
Crawford.....32 7-13 4-4 0-2 1 1 20
Jones .........13 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Dieng.........12 0-3 0-0 3-6 2 3 0
Rose............6 4-6 1-1 0-0 1 1 9
Aldrich .........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
45-86 23-24 7-41 23 21 123
Shooting: Field goals, 52.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-25 (Wiggins 4-5, Towns
3-7, Crawford 2-7, Teague 1-2, Dieng 0-1, Bjelica
0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (10
PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Wiggins 3, Dieng, Gibson,
Towns). Turnovers: 11 (Crawford 3, Teague 3, Gibson 2, Bjelica, Rose, Wiggins). Steals: 5 (Towns 2,
Crawford, Jones, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: coach
Tom Thibodeau, 8:57 second.
32 26 25 26— 109
28 31 36 28— 123
Kyusung Gong Associated Press
COACH DOC RIVERS talks with Milos Teodosic,
left, and Austin Rivers during a game this month.
cerns, it has become a topic
with NBA coaches.
Rivers had his own health
scare last season, forcing
him to miss several games
and practices before he finally was diagnosed with a
parasite he said was giardia.
He took some time off
and let assistant coach Mike
Woodson run things, but
Rivers said it wasn’t enough.
“What I should have done
is walked away for about
three weeks and I could have
found out what was wrong,”
Rivers said. “I could have
probably ended up being a
better person, a better coach
and all those. Instead you
keep doing it. Then I started
missing games and losing
Rivers said he spoke with
Lue, who was an assistant
on his staff with the Clippers.
“I worry about all of us,”
Rivers said. “Coaching is
hard. It’s a high-stressed job.
It’s a tough job, it really is.
“It’s a hard job because
you put your heart and your
soul and your love into it at
there’s times where it comes
back and bites you.”
When: 5 PDT.
On the air: TV: Prime
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Update: The Bucks’ otherworldly Giannis Antetokounmpo is having an outstanding season. He is third
in the NBA in scoring (27.5)
and 10th in rebounds (10.1)
and double-doubles (36).
He’s also averaging 4.8 assists, which is tied for first on
the Bucks with point guard
Eric Bledsoe.
Twitter: @BA_Turner
A—16,351. T—2:13. O—Brian Forte, Justin Van
Duyne, John Goble
Raptors 93, Magic 86
Anunoby.....14 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Ibaka .........27 5-11 1-1 0-6 0 1 13
Valanciunas 19 4-8 1-4 1-8 2 1 9
Lowry.........36 9-17 0-0 0-5 8 0 25
Miller ...........8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wright ........28 3-6 4-6 1-5 4 3 10
Miles .........20 1-9 0-0 0-4 2 0 3
Siakam ......20 3-9 1-2 1-7 1 0 8
Brown ........18 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 7
Powell ........17 4-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 10
Nogueira.....17 2-2 0-2 1-4 0 1 4
Poeltl .........11 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 1 4
35-77 9-17 6-45 19 10 93
Shooting: Field goals, 45.5%; free throws, 52.9%
Three-point goals: 14-36 (Lowry 7-13, Ibaka 2-4, Powell
2-4, Brown 1-1, Siakam 1-2, Miles 1-7, Anunoby 0-1, Valanciunas 0-2, Wright 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 17 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Ibaka 2, Nogueira 2,
Powell, Siakam, Valanciunas, Wright). Turnovers: 17 (Lowry
4, Powell 3, Siakam 3, Anunoby, Brown, Ibaka, Miller,
Poeltl, Valanciunas, Wright). Steals: 7 (Anunoby, Brown,
Miles, Poeltl, Siakam, Valanciunas, Wright). Technical
Fouls: None.
Gordon.......33 7-15 0-0 0-6 3 2 16
Isaac .........27 4-7 0-1 1-5 0 4 10
Vucevic.......31 7-19 0-0 1-9 3 2 15
Afflalo ........23 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 1 2
Augustin .....35 4-9 0-0 0-3 10 2 9
Mack .........23 7-16 0-0 0-0 4 1 17
Iwundu.......20 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 2
Hezonja......18 4-12 0-0 0-4 0 2 8
Biyombo .....16 2-4 2-2 3-8 1 2 6
Birch............9 0-1 1-2 2-4 0 0 1
37-90 3-5 10-45 22 16 86
Shooting: Field goals, 41.1%; free throws, 60.0%
Three-point goals: 9-25 (Mack 3-6, Isaac 2-2, Gordon
2-8, Vucevic 1-2, Augustin 1-4, Iwundu 0-1, Hezonja 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (10 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Biyombo 2, Isaac 2, Afflalo, Gordon, Hezonja).
Turnovers: 12 (Isaac 3, Afflalo 2, Augustin 2, Biyombo,
Hezonja, Iwundu, Mack, Vucevic). Steals: 13 (Isaac 5,
Vucevic 3, Mack 2, Gordon, Hezonja, Iwundu). Technical
Fouls: None.
24 28 16 25— 93
25 26 25 10— 86
A—16,228. O—Jacyn Goble, Mark Ayotte, Zach
Celtics 100, Thunder 99
Anthony......34 5-13 1-3 0-5 3 1 13
George .......39 9-19 1-1 1-13 1 5 24
Adams .......37 4-7 6-10 3-7 2 1 14
Brewer........35 4-12 2-2 1-5 3 3 11
Westbrook...36 9-21 7-11 2-8 7 2 27
Patterson ....14 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 1 2
Ferguson ....12 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Felton ........11 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 2
Grant ...........9 3-5 0-0 1-2 1 2 6
Huestis.........4 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
Abrines ........4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
35-85 19-29 8-44 19 20 99
Shooting: Field goals, 41.2%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-27 (George 5-8, Westbrook 2-5, Anthony 2-6, Brewer 1-6, Ferguson 0-1,
Huestis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers:
13 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Anthony, Brewer,
Felton, Grant, Huestis, Patterson). Turnovers: 13
(Westbrook 5, George 4, Anthony 2, Adams,
Grant). Steals: 6 (Brewer 2, Anthony, George, Patterson, Westbrook). Technical Fouls: None.
Jerry Holt Minneapolis Star Tribune
Horford.......33 2-9 0-0 0-6 7 2 5
Morris ........30 8-13 2-2 0-4 0 3 21
Baynes .......14 1-4 0-0 0-5 0 3 2
Rozier ........34 5-15 1-2 1-6 6 5 14
Tatum.........35 8-12 4-4 2-11 4 3 23
Ojeleye .......27 0-6 2-2 1-6 0 1 2
Larkin.........24 5-9 1-1 2-4 1 0 13
Monroe ......21 6-12 5-5 4-6 3 3 17
Nader ........18 1-7 0-0 1-4 1 4 3
36-87 15-16 11-52 22 24 100
Shooting: Field goals, 41.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 13-36 (Morris 3-6, Tatum
3-6, Rozier 3-9, Larkin 2-4, Horford 1-4, Nader 1-4,
Ojeleye 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers:
17 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Horford 2, Baynes,
Monroe, Tatum). Turnovers: 17 (Horford 4, Rozier 4,
Monroe 2, Morris 2, Nader 2, Baynes, Larkin,
Tatum). Steals: 6 (Rozier 2, Monroe, Morris, Nader,
Tatum). Technical Fouls: None.
Oklahoma City
26 22 27 24— 99
18 27 28 27— 100
A—18,624. O—Matt Boland, Ed Malloy, Tony
DeANDRE JORDAN blocks a shot by the Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson (67) during
the Clippers’ loss at Minnesota. L.A. is 2 1⁄2 games behind in its bid for the playoffs.
Pelicans 115, Mavericks 105
Rivers decries effort by Clippers
[Clippers, from D1]
added. “The one thing I
think we’ve done all year is
competed. Tonight, we
didn’t have any of that.”
The Clippers came undone at the start of the third
quarter when the Timberwolves went on a 13-1 run to
open a 13-point lead that
grew to as much as 21 in the
Unable to recover from
that salvo, the Clippers went
on to drop their fourth consecutive game and to fall into
the 10th spot in the Western
Conference, 21⁄2 games behind the eighth-place Utah
“I thought we competed,”
said Lou Williams, who had
15 points. “I don’t think we
had the urgency we needed.
There is a difference between competing and having urgency. Urgency is more
of adrenaline and playing
harder. Sometimes just being
enough. We didn’t play with
the urgency, so I kind of
understand where he’s coming from.”
With their playoff fate at
stake and with just 12 regular-season games left to
make a move, Williams was
asked why.
“I don’t know the reason
why,” he said. “But we
should have it, especially if
we want to make a serious
run and get in these playoffs.
We should definitely be
playing with a sense of urgency.”
The Clippers will have to
see whether they can rediscover their competitive spirit Wednesday night in Milwaukee in a back-to-back
game after watching Minnesota’s
Towns (30 points) and Andrew Wiggins (27) hit them
“That particular thing
has to come individually,”
Williams said. “Every indi-
vidual guy has to bring it.
Once we do that collectively,
I think we’ll give ourselves
an opportunity to win
games. At this point, it’s all
or nothing. Everybody has to
be in. You can’t [have] half
the group playing with urgency, half the group not
playing with it. Everybody
got to be on the same page to
give ourselves a chance to
win games.”
missed the shoot-around
earlier in the day with the flu,
but he gave what he had in 24
minutes, 24 seconds.
“I’m not feeling that well,
but I was going to go out and
try to do my best,” Harris,
who had 10 points, said in a
low voice. “At this point, I
just felt I got to be there for
my teammates, and whatever I could bring just bring. It
was a rough night.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Hawks 99, Jazz 94
Harris.........24 5-16 0-0 0-6 1 4 10
Thornwell ....25 1-4 5-6 2-5 3 0 7
Jordan........32 9-11 0-0 4-12 3 3 18
Rivers.........34 4-14 1-2 0-1 1 0 11
Teodosic .....22 3-8 2-2 0-1 2 2 10
L.Williams...26 4-11 7-7 1-1 5 2 15
Harrell........22 3-9 3-4 2-5 2 6 9
Kilpatrick ....20 5-10 2-2 0-2 1 1 15
Marjanovic....9 2-3 0-0 1-6 1 1 4
Johnson .......7 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 3
Dekker .........7 3-5 0-1 0-0 0 1 6
Evans...........7 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 2 1
40-93 21-26 11-41 21 22 109
Shooting: Field goals, 43.0%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 8-24 (Kilpatrick 3-6, Rivers
2-5, Teodosic 2-5, Johnson 1-1, L.Williams 0-2,
Harris 0-5). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers:
10 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Marjanovic 2, Harrell, Jordan, Rivers). Turnovers: 10 (L.Williams 3,
Evans 2, Harrell, Harris, Jordan, Kilpatrick, Thornwell). Steals: 4 (Evans, Jordan, Rivers, Thornwell).
Technical Fouls: coach Clippers (Defensive three
second), 4:16 second.
James Harden scored 42 points
and the Houston Rockets snapped
the Portland Trail Blazers’ 13game winning streak, 115-111 on
Tuesday night.
Chris Paul added 22 points for
the Rockets, who have won six
straight and 23 of their last 24 and
have the best record in the NBA.
Al-Farouq Aminu had 22 points,
including six three-pointers, for
Portland, whose winning streak
was tied for the second-longest in
franchise history. The Blazers also
had won nine straight at home.
Jusuf Nurkic added 21 points
and 11 rebounds for Portland, while
Damian Lillard had 20 points. Neither Lillard nor backcourt mate
C.J. McCollum hit a three.
Houston, which has won all
three meetings this season, finished with 19 three-pointers while
Portland had 11.
at Boston 100, Oklahoma City 99:
Marcus Morris (21 points) made a
three with 1.2 seconds left to snap
the Thunder’s six-game win
streak. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics, who were without injured Kyrie
Irving, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 27
points, eight rebounds and seven
assists for Oklahoma City, which
fell apart in the closing minute.
Carmelo Anthony, fouled with 7.7
seconds left and a two-point lead,
missed both attempts. Westbrook
also came up short on a three at the
Fnny-Smth ..25 2-6 0-0 0-6 0 2 5
Powell ........24 5-6 0-0 3-6 3 4 11
Nowitzki......23 7-13 1-2 0-3 2 3 19
Barea.........28 5-11 0-0 1-4 8 0 10
Barnes .......34 8-19 2-2 1-4 2 0 19
McDermott..30 5-11 0-0 0-4 1 3 11
Ferrell ........26 6-14 2-2 0-3 2 1 15
Noel ..........20 3-3 0-0 3-6 2 0 6
Collnswrth...19 2-5 3-3 0-2 5 0 8
Kleber..........5 0-2 1-2 1-2 0 1 1
43-90 9-11 9-40 25 14 105
Shooting: Field goals, 47.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-35 (Nowitzki 4-8, Powell
1-1, McDermott 1-3, Barnes 1-4, Collinsworth 1-4,
Finney-Smith 1-4, Ferrell 1-6, Kleber 0-2, Barea
0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8 (12
PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Noel 2). Turnovers: 8
(Barnes 4, Barea 3, Ferrell). Steals: 4 (Noel 2, Ferrell, McDermott). Technical Fouls: None.
Davis .........35 15-21 5-7 0-8 2 2 37
Hill ............11 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2
Okafor..........5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Moore ........35 6-13 0-2 0-1 6 3 14
Rondo........30 8-14 2-4 0-9 14 0 19
Mirotic .......31 3-10 0-0 2-7 2 0 8
Clark..........30 9-15 0-0 0-1 4 1 19
Diallo.........24 4-8 2-2 5-14 0 3 10
Miller .........18 0-5 0-0 0-2 2 0 0
Drew II .......13 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 1 6
Liggins .........4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
48-91 9-15 9-46 33 11 115
Shooting: Field goals, 52.7%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-25 (Drew II 2-2, Davis
2-3, Moore 2-4, Mirotic 2-5, Clark 1-3, Rondo 1-4,
Hill 0-1, Miller 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Davis 2). Turnovers: 9 (Rondo 4, Clark 2, Davis, Diallo, Okafor).
Steals: 5 (Rondo 3, Mirotic, Okafor). Technical
Fouls: None.
30 22 28 25— 105
New Orleans
29 25 26 35— 115
A—14,484. T—1:56. O—JB DeRosa, Tom Washington, Courtney Kirkland
Muscala .....29 3-9 0-0 2-5 0 4 8
Prince ........37 3-13 5-5 0-3 2 4 11
Dedmon .....29 7-13 0-0 4-15 4 5 15
Lee............31 2-6 1-2 0-6 1 0 5
Schroder.....34 16-28 6-10 1-5 7 3 41
Dorsey .......19 3-10 0-0 1-5 3 1 7
Taylor .........19 1-7 2-2 1-1 2 2 4
White III......16 2-5 0-0 1-8 2 1 6
Plumlee......11 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
Cavanaugh..10 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0
38-94 14-19 11-52 21 23 99
Shooting: Field goals, 40.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-33 (Schroder 3-7, White III
2-3, Muscala 2-5, Dorsey 1-3, Dedmon 1-5, Cavanaugh 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Lee 0-2, Prince 0-6). Team
Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 13 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Dedmon, Muscala, White III).
Turnovers: 13 (Dedmon 2, Plumlee 2, Prince 2,
Schroder 2, Taylor 2, White III 2, Dorsey). Steals: 7
(Dedmon 2, Muscala 2, Prince 2, Dorsey). Technical Fouls: None.
Ingles.........35 4-11 7-8 0-8 7 4 16
Jerebko ......13 0-4 0-0 1-5 0 0 0
Gobert .......35 7-10 1-2 6-16 0 5 15
Mitchell ......40 9-28 5-5 2-6 4 2 24
Rubio.........34 7-14 6-6 0-3 3 3 23
Crowder......32 3-10 1-2 3-6 2 1 8
O’Neale ......19 1-6 0-0 0-3 0 3 2
Exum .........16 2-4 2-2 0-2 0 4 6
Udoh .........12 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
33-89 22-25 12-51 16 22 94
Shooting: Field goals, 37.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 6-34 (Rubio 3-7, Crowder
1-3, Ingles 1-8, Mitchell 1-10, Udoh 0-1, Jerebko
0-2, O’Neale 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 16 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Udoh 4,
Gobert 2, O’Neale, Rubio). Turnovers: 16 (Gobert
4, Rubio 4, Ingles 3, Mitchell 3, Exum, O’Neale).
Steals: 8 (Exum 2, Rubio 2, Crowder, Ingles, Mitchell, Udoh). Technical Fouls: None.
21 20 22 36— 99
27 15 25 27— 94
O—James Williams, Dedric Taylor, Mark Lindsay
Pistons 115, Suns 88
Griffin.........32 9-15 5-5 2-9 10 1 26
Johnson......27 2-12 1-2 1-6 0 1 5
Drummond .25 4-9 2-3 3-10 0 4 10
Bullock.......20 4-9 2-2 0-1 1 3 12
R.Jackson ...15 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 1 7
Smith.........30 5-13 2-2 1-3 3 1 13
Tolliver........26 3-7 1-1 1-7 0 1 9
Kennard .....24 6-11 1-1 0-6 3 1 16
Ennis III......23 4-9 0-0 3-5 1 1 10
Moreland......7 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 2
Ellenson .......3 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 5
Buycks .........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
43-97 14-16 12-50 22 16 115
Shooting: Field goals, 44.3%; free throws, 87.5%
Three-point goals: 15-36 (Kennard 3-6, Griffin 3-7,
Bullock 2-3, Ennis III 2-4, Tolliver 2-5, Ellenson 1-2,
R.Jackson 1-2, Smith 1-3, Johnson 0-4). Team Rebounds:
5. Team Turnovers: 8 (5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 14 (Drummond 5, Moreland 3, Kennard 2, Tolliver 2, Griffin, Johnson). Turnovers: 8 (Drummond 4, Ennis III 2, Bullock,
Moreland). Steals: 12 (Johnson 5, Smith 3, Bullock, Drummond, Moreland, Tolliver). Technical Fouls: None.
Bender .......30 4-13 0-0 2-6 3 0 9
J.Jackson ....37 6-19 3-6 2-11 2 2 15
Len............25 9-11 1-1 5-12 1 2 19
Daniels.......31 6-9 2-3 0-3 0 2 18
Payton........22 2-6 0-2 0-3 5 1 4
Chriss ........17 3-10 3-4 1-4 1 3 10
Reed..........16 0-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 0
Harrison .....15 1-6 2-2 0-2 2 2 4
Dudley .......15 2-5 0-0 0-1 3 1 4
Ulis............15 0-3 2-2 1-4 5 3 2
Peters ........12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
34-90 13-20 12-49 22 16 88
Shooting: Field goals, 37.8%; free throws, 65.0%
Three-point goals: 7-34 (Daniels 4-5, Chriss 1-4, Peters
1-4, Bender 1-8, Dudley 0-1, Payton 0-1, Ulis 0-2, Harrison
0-3, J.Jackson 0-3, Reed 0-3). Team Rebounds: 15. Team
Turnovers: 19 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Len 3, Bender 2,
Chriss 2, Harrison). Turnovers: 19 (Bender 4, Chriss 3,
J.Jackson 3, Dudley 2, Payton 2, Reed 2, Daniels, Len,
Ulis). Steals: 1 (J.Jackson). Technical Fouls: coach Suns
(Defensive three second), 3:24 first.
19 25 36 35— 115
19 19 26 24— 88
A—17,400. O—Derrick Collins, Derek Richardson,
Scott Foster
Rockets 115, Trail Blazers 111
Ariza ..........27 2-7 1-2 1-3 2 1 6
Tucker ........29 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 3
Capela .......24 2-3 1-3 1-6 1 4 5
Harden.......32 13-25 11-15 0-6 7 3 42
Paul...........31 6-16 5-6 3-8 6 2 22
Gordon.......33 7-14 1-2 1-4 0 5 18
MbhaMoute 25 5-7 1-1 0-4 1 2 13
Johnson......15 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0
Green.........10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
Anderson......9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 3
38-79 20-29 7-38 18 23 115
Shooting: Field goals, 48.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 19-36 (Harden 5-7, Paul 510, Gordon 3-8, Mbah a Moute 2-2, Anderson 1-2,
Green 1-2, Tucker 1-2, Ariza 1-3). Team Rebounds:
12. Team Turnovers: 9 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Tucker 2, Capela, Green). Turnovers: 9 (Harden 4,
Gordon 3, Capela, Mbah a Moute). Steals: 3
(Mbah a Moute 2, Johnson). Technical Fouls:
Aminu ........34 7-11 2-3 1-8 4 5 22
Harkless .....29 5-5 4-6 0-1 1 3 17
Nurkic ........27 9-10 3-6 2-11 3 5 21
Lillard ........36 5-17 10-10 0-4 6 3 20
McCollum ...34 4-15 0-0 0-2 3 1 8
Davis .........20 1-2 1-2 4-10 0 0 3
Turner.........19 5-10 0-0 2-3 3 0 10
Napier........16 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 3
Collins........12 2-5 0-0 1-3 0 0 4
Connghton....8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 3
40-81 20-27 10-44 20 18 111
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-28 (Aminu 6-8, Harkless
3-3, Connaughton 1-1, Napier 1-2, Collins 0-1,
Turner 0-1, McCollum 0-5, Lillard 0-7). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Nurkic 4, Harkless 2, Aminu). Turnovers:
8 (Collins 2, Nurkic 2, Connaughton, Davis, Harkless, Lillard). Steals: 6 (Nurkic 2, Aminu, Connaughton, Lillard, Napier). Technical Fouls: coach
Trail Blazers (Defensive three second), 10:16 third.
27 28 31 29— 115
31 24 32 24— 111
A—20,012. T—2:16. O—Eric Lewis, Derrick
Stafford, Tre Maddox
Payton II
23.0 2.6
20.1 6.7
15.9 4.9
15.6 2.6
12.2 4.1
12.0 15.4
10.4 3.9
10.1 3.4
9.2 3.7
9.2 2.9
5.9 1.5
5.6 3.1
5.2 1.9
4.4 3.2
4.1 2.4
16.2 5.4
15.9 7.9
15.6 6.2
15.6 2.2
13.5 5.5
12.9 3.9
10.1 6.8
6.6 3.8
4.7 2.2
3.1 1.4
3.1 2.2
2.7 1.3
1.7 1.0
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
open to
in L.A.
‘I’m just doing it from a place of wanting to help versus feeling like
it’s my obligation. That mind-set ... allowed me to really enjoy this.’
on playing in Mexico
Guard isn’t ruling out
returning to the
Lakers, even in a
backup role.
By Tania Ganguli
Isaiah Thomas answered
fan questions on Twitter on
Sunday, many of the messages led to reciprocal positivity.
Lakers fans were telling
him they wanted him to stay
a Laker next year, and he
was telling them he would
love that. It’s not quite that
simple, of course, and there
are many moving parts. And
though Thomas sees himself
as a starter, he told The
Times he wouldn’t rule out
returning to the Lakers in a
role similar to what he has
now, coming off the bench
for significant minutes.
“I like it here, I like the situation I’m in, the system,
coaching staff,” Thomas
said. “Organization’s been
great to me. If things work
out I would love to be here.
You just never know. With
free agency you’ve got to
keep your options open. I
have no complaints since
I’ve stepped foot and put a
Laker uniform on.”
Thomas has played 16
games for the Lakers, one
more than he played for the
Cleveland Cavaliers until being traded Feb. 8. He’s come
off the bench in all but one
Lakers game. He started
against the Golden State
Warriors as the Lakers
played without Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart or Kyle
In that time, Thomas has
averaged 15.6 points and 5.2
rebounds. Although he isn’t
shooting as well as he did in
Boston as he continues to recover from a torn labrum in
his hip, Thomas’ 37.7%
shooting is still better than
he did in Cleveland.
He is one of a few bench
players to get consistent
minutes for the Lakers these
days and has developed
strong chemistry with Julius
Randle and Lonzo Ball. In
fact, Lakers lineups that include Randle and Thomas
together have been more
productive on offense and
defense than those that
don’t include that pair.
Thomas is in a very different place than many of his
young teammates.
“I want to be great,”
Thomas said. “I want to
win MVP, I want to continue
to be an All-Star. Their
goals probably aren’t that
yet. Coming straight into the
league especially at 19, 20
years old. They’re in it for the
experience just to figure
things out on their own.
And then on top of getting to
the playoffs and winning
championships, I want all
that and it might not be
their mindset yet. But at
the same time being on this
team I’m trying to put that in
their heads that you can do
whatever you put your
mind to. Why not think
The Lakers have liked
Thomas’s influence on their
young team. Coach Luke
Walton has appreciated having a veteran voice on the
court this season. He’s appreciated Thomas’s attitude
in practices, knowing this
isn’t the perfect situation for
This summer the Lakers
will take big swings in free
agency in hopes of luring
players who will garner maximum contracts and start
for them. If they can’t add
those players this summer,
they plan to save salary-cap
space to have the ability to
do that next summer.
That means it’s possible
they’d be willing to offer
Thomas only a one-year
deal, like they offered players last summer.
So much of the situation
remains uncertain, though.
What players will even be
available is unclear.
Thomas knows that.
And he knows what will be
important to him this summer.
“Obviously I want to
make a lot of money, but I
want to be where I’m wanted
at and where the team wants
me to be who I am,” Thomas
said. “And that’s being an
All-Star. Being a special
guard in this league.”
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Gustavo Becerra AFP/Getty Images
LANDON DONOVAN salutes the crowd after putting on his Leon jersey during his official presentation at the team’s stadium in January.
Hardly playing, but they’re paying
[Donovan, from D1]
“I don’t need any more.”
Whatever his motivation,
Donovan’s salary is reportedly about $3 million, more
than he made in his secondto-last full season with the
Galaxy. It makes him among
the highest-paid players in
the Mexican league.
The big contract, combined with Donovan’s lack of
playing time, has led members of the Mexican media to
conclude the signing was
nothing more than a publicity stunt to deflect criticism
away from team president
Jesus Martinez — who, at 33,
is three years younger than
his oldest player — and his
Bruce Arena, Donovan’s
coach for 13 years with the
national team and the Galaxy, also is skeptical. He’s
not buying the idea that
Donovan came to Mexico to
“To bring an American
into a Mexican club to be a
mentor to young players?
That doesn’t sound right to
me,” Arena said. “I would tell
you this: Every very good or
great player, they got there
because they have big egos.
And they don’t like not
Yet Donovan hasn’t complained publicly despite
Leon coach Gustavo Diaz
using him in just four games
for a total of 37 minutes in his
first two months. In last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Lobos
at Estadio Leon, where a
with his likeness hangs from
the rim of the stadium and
where vendors hawk replica
jerseys with his name and
No. 20 on the back, Donovan
never stirred from the
“No one’s there to be a
good guy, a cheerleader, a
“They’re there to play and
make a statement.”
However, it could be that
the player who once quit soccer briefly to roam Cambodia seeking happiness and
fulfillment is now looking for
contentment by returning to
the game in Mexico.
“It’s a new place, a new
situation, a new league, a
new style, a new coach, new
players,” Donovan said.
“Everything is new and different. It feels different and
“I’m just doing it from a
place of wanting to help versus feeling like it’s my obligation. That mind-set, coupled
with knowing that there are
a hundred thousand other
jobs that I could have to
work in my life, allowed me to
really enjoy this. And I really
enjoy it.”
For more than 15 years,
Donovan was the face of U.S.
When he returned from a
failed stint in Germany in
2001, he helped save the financially challenged MLS,
then became the league’s all-
Gustavo Becerra AFP/Getty Images
DONOVAN says he wanted the chance to change his image in Mexico. “I’m not this villain,” he says.
Kevin Baxter Los Angeles Times
DONOVAN’S jersey is
sold outside the stadium
and popular with both
children and adults.
time leader in goals, assists
and championships.
Two years after he joined
the U.S. national team as a
teenager, he led it to the
World Cup quarterfinals —
its best performance of the
modern era — on his way to
becoming U.S. Soccer’s alltime leader in goals, assists
and World Cup caps.
It was more than he expected when he fell in love
with the game as an undersized, overactive boy playing
on weed-strewn fields in Ontario. And it turned out to be
more than he could handle.
Everything changed, he
said, after the 2006 World
Cup. The U.S. entered the
year ranked fourth in the
world but went winless in
the tournament, getting
bounced in three games in
which Donovan managed
neither a goal nor an assist.
“I didn’t feel any pressure
until after [that],” he said. “I
played poorly, the team
didn’t succeed and I got critiqued for the first time.
Then it all kind of changed.”
He continued to play
well, leading the national
team in scoring in each of the
next four seasons, then taking the Galaxy to MLS Cup
championships three times
between 2011 and 2014. But off
the field he was struggling
with burnout and depression. Overwhelmed, he
walked away from soccer for
the first time in early 2013, escaping to Cambodia where
he went unnoticed until he
joined some neighborhood
children in a pickup game.
The experience, he said,
convinced him that he
missed the sport. But the
game proved cruel and unforgiving when he returned.
The sabbatical cost him the
captain’s armband with the
Galaxy and, a year later, contributed to Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave him
off the U.S. team for the 2014
World Cup.
That fall, after winning
his sixth MLS Cup, Donovan
walked away again at 32. The
break lasted nearly two
years, until he returned late
in the 2016 season to help the
Galaxy reach the MLS playoff quarterfinals. When the
Galaxy didn’t offer him a
new contract for the next
season, Donovan retired
again, turning to broadcasting, fatherhood and a quiet
life in San Diego.
“I wanted to stop. And
then I wanted to play. And
then I wanted to stop. And
then I wanted to play,” he
said. “I reached a point
where I knew I had too much
to give to just sit home every
day … and do nothing. I’m
just too ambitious and I just
want to do so much and
achieve so much that I can’t
just be home every day.”
A solution came in January when Donovan’s agent,
Richard Motzkin, had a conversation with Martinez, the
Leon president. The team
was in transition, Martinez
said, and needed an experienced player with a history
of winning to mentor its
younger players.
Motzkin said he knew
just the guy.
This latest comeback
crossed a number of items
off Donovan’s bucket list.
He says he always
wanted to play in Mexico,
having developed an appreciation for the league and its
history growing up in the Inland Empire with Mexican
American kids who taught
him the game and their language. He also wanted to repair his complex relationship with that country’s soccer fans.
As a young player, he was
arrogant, outspoken and
easy to dislike — and Mexican fans took the bait, raining boos, beers cans and
worse on him whenever he
played in their country. But
when Donovan refused to
back down, he eventually
earned their respect. TV giant Televisa even cast him in
a commercial for a Mexican
He felt like a caricature
either way.
“I’ve never known the
Mexican people away from
Azteca Stadium or [the]
Guadalajara stadium. I’ve
only know them from being
booed and [having] stuff
thrown at me,” he said. “I
wanted to know people away
from that. I wanted to come
to the city and mingle with
people and talk with people
so they can see I’m not this
The timing was right, too.
Two years earlier and Donovan probably wouldn’t have
been interested. Two years
later and he would have been
too old.
“This is the only opportunity of getting to do this,”
said Donovan, whose one
demand was that he be able
to bring his wife and two
young sons to Leon.
Negotiations with Leon
lasted just days, and when
an agreement was reached
Donovan tweeted to Martinez in Spanish that he
didn’t believe in walls — a
Trump’s promise to build a
barrier along the Mexican
border. Leon returned the
embrace when 7,000 people
packed the team’s stadium
at 9 on a Monday night for
Donovan’s formal introduction.
The hardest part of the
comeback for Donovan has
been regaining his fitness.
While the mind was willing,
the body was a little hesitant.
During a brisk training
session last week, as his
teammates milled about between drills, Donovan bent
over, hands on his knees,
gasping for oxygen in Leon’s
mile-high air.
Donovan has yet to make
a contribution on the field —
he has taken just one shot in
four games — but goalkeeper William Yarbrough
said he had an influence on
the team just the same.
“He brings a lot to the
group,” Yarbrough said. “He
understands the game better than a lot of guys. He’s
the greatest soccer player in
U.S. history, so you want to
“You’re seeing what he
does and what he does different that makes him different. What time does he get
his rest? What kind of diet
does he have? What extra
work does he do? It’s good
for our young kids to take
that approach.”
Donovan’s best days are
behind him, and he declines
to say how many may be in
front of him. His contract
with Leon expires in December and he hasn’t ruled out
signing another one.
“I may never retire,” he
Why would he? For the
first time in 12 years, Landon
Donovan says soccer is a fun
Who walks away from
Twitter: @kbaxter11
WE D N E S DAY , M A R C H 21, 2 018
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Wolverines feeling fab with Beilein
Dormant basketball
program revived by
low-key coach with
high expectations.
By Nathan Fenno
On an April morning almost 11 years ago, John
Beilein left the Morgantown,
W.Va., airport in a Cessna
Citation jet with a large
block ‘M’ on the tail.
The three-hour flight to
Ann Arbor, Mich., completed the coach’s breakneck courtship to leave West
Virginia for Michigan.
“One day you’re at the
lowest of lows regarding the
decisions you have to make
and the friends you have to
depart from,” Beilein told reporters at the time. “The
next day you walk into an environment like this and it’s
hard to comprehend.”
Though memories of that
day have faded, the impact
has not. Beilein revived
Michigan’s dormant basketball program, became the
winningest coach in school
history and has more than
700 career victories. He will
lead the third-seeded Wolverines against seventhseeded Texas A&M on
Thursday at Staples Center
in the West Regional semifinals.
Before Beilein took over,
Michigan hadn’t appeared
in the NCAA tournament
since 1998. The program
sagged under the weight of
NCAA sanctions from a
scandal involving team
booster Ed Martin. Banners
from the vacated Final Four
appearances in 1992 and 1993
were consigned to storage at
Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.
The halcyon days of the
Fab Five — the trademark
Charlie Riedel Associated Press
JOHN BEILEIN is the winningest coach in Wolverines history, with 245 victories in his 11 seasons.
baggy shorts and black
socks and trash talk —
seemed like memories from
another lifetime.
Beilein changed everything, down to practicing
with special $46 basketballs
he designed to teach proper
rotation on jump shots. He
looks more like a small-town
high school coach with
rolled-up sleeves and an
ever-present cup of coffee
than someone making almost $3 million a year. But
the Wolverines have won 245
games in 11 seasons under
the coach. That includes
eight NCAA tournament appearances and advancing to
the national title game in
It started with a story in
Sports Illustrated.
The name of West Virginia star Kevin Pittsnogle
caught the eye of Bill Martin,
then Michigan’s athletic director, while skimming the
magazine in 2005. He became a closet fan of Beilein’s
up-tempo offense inspired
by former Washington coach
Andy Russo.
Tommy Amaker two years
later after going 109-83 in six
seasons, Beilein’s name sat
atop the list of 40 candidates
compiled by the school’s
search committee.
One Michigan administrator repeatedly lobbied
Martin via email to hire
Beilein (he had been her social studies teacher in seventh grade).
Beilein and his wife, Kathleen, during a discreet meeting in a hotel conference
room in Atlanta during the
Final Four.
The folksy, low-key coach
who grew up on an apple
farm in New York with eight
siblings doesn’t have a traditional background.
He has never been an assistant, instead starting as
the junior varsity coach at
Newfane (N.Y.) High in 1975.
He did the team’s laundry
and taped players’ ankles
before games at Erie Community College in New York.
He drove the team van at Le
Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y. He
added stops at Nazareth,
Canisius and Richmond, becoming a specialist at rebuilding programs, before
West Virginia.
At one point during the
meeting with Martin — they
didn’t talk much basketball
— Beilein and his wife exchanged a knowing look.
Michigan felt right.
Beilein and Martin soon
agreed on a six-year con-
tract. The coach expected
this to be his last job.
Five days later, the jet left
West Virginia at 9:07 a.m.
“It’s a thrilling day for the
Beilein family,” Beilein said
at his introductory news
The coach upended
Michigan’s program. No detail seemed too small.
A big-screen television to
review game tape replaced
the trophy from Michigan’s
National Invitation Tournament championship in 2004
that occupied a prominent
place in Amaker’s office.
Michigan players had to
meet 15 goals before they
were allowed to practice.
The tests included running
a mile in 5 minutes, 30 seconds or less, and making 50
three-point shots in five
Beilein implemented a
conditioning regimen involving sprinting around the
track at Michigan’s Ferry
Field — four sets each of 400
meters, 200 meters, 100 meters, then repeat with shorter target times.
“Nobody’s going to be in
better shape,” the coach told
his players after one early
He explained his system
to players with a board in his
office, moving blue and yellow checkers around to
simulate plays.
When practice started,
Beilein introduced a new
language with terms that included: “aircraft carriers”
(when a player’s defensive
stance is too low); “banana
cuts” (moving too deep
when cutting toward the
basket); “Nash” (trying a
scoop shot like Steve Nash,
the former NBA guard).
Beilein didn’t care about
a player’s recruiting ranking
— he targeted kids who fit
his exacting system.
Even the literature in
lockers received a makeover.
Each player received a laminated sheet of paper with
motivational quotes unique
to their role.
Almost 11 years later,
Michigan is a program made
in Beilein’s image.
“There’s opportunities.
There’s challenges. There’s
big challenges, but I’ve never
looked at the challenges as
much as I’ve looked at the
opportunities,” the coach
said at his first news conference after being hired. “We
have one great opportunity
here to put the University of
Michigan basketball program back on a national
stage and be national contenders.”
The words almost seem
Twitter: @nathanfenno
All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the
completion of the previous one):
Young is leaving for NBA
at Atlanta
7 Nevada (29-7) vs. 11 Loyola Chicago (30-5) ...........................................4 p.m.
5 Kentucky (26-10) vs. 9 Kansas State (24-11) ....................................*6:30 p.m.
at Staples Center
3 Michigan (30-7) vs. 7 Texas A&M (22-12) ..........................................4:30 p.m.
4 Gonzaga (32-4) vs. 9 Florida State (22-11)............................................*7 p.m.
at Omaha, Neb.
1 Kansas (29-7) vs. 5 Clemson (25-9) ......................................................4 p.m.
2 Duke (28-7) vs. 11 Syracuse (23-13).................................................*6:30 p.m.
at Boston
1 Villanova (32-4) vs. 5 West Virginia (26-10) ........................................4:15 p.m.
2 Purdue (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (26-9)...............................................*6:45 p.m.
All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the
completion of the previous one):
at Kansas City
1 Mississippi State (34-1) vs. 4 N.C. State (26-8) .......................................4 p.m.
2 Texas (28-6) vs. 3 UCLA (26-7) ...........................................................*6 p.m.
at Lexington, Ky.
2 Baylor (33-1) vs. 6 Oregon State (25-7)..................................................4 p.m.
1 Louisville (34-2) vs. 4 Stanford (24-10).................................................*6 p.m.
at Albany, N.Y.
2 South Carolina (28-6) vs. 11 Buffalo (29-5) .......................................8:30 a.m.
1 Connecticut (34-0) vs. 5 Duke (24-8) ............................................*10:30 a.m.
pearance in nine seasons.
The 54-year-old Boyle
had a 129-98 record in seven
seasons at Virginia.
staff and wire reports
guard Trae Young is leaving
for the NBA after leading
the nation in scoring and
Young, who averaged 27.4
points and 8.7 assists, announced the decision Tuesday on Twitter.
He scored 43 points
against Oregon on Nov. 26
and less than a month later
tied the NCAA record with
22 assists against Northwestern State. He later
scored at least 40 points
three times in a six-game
“We’re very excited for
him going forward and the
next chapter in his basketball career,” coach Lon Kruger said. “We expect it to all
work out for him in a fantastic way.”
Bamba going pro
Freshman forward Mo
Bamba said he is leaving
Texas for the NBA, calling
his one season with the
Longhorns “incredibly rewarding.”
Bamba, who is 6 feet 11
with a 7-9 wing span, averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. He set a school
record for blocks in a season
with 111 in 30 games.
Cleared to return
at Spokane, Wash.
1 Notre Dame (31-3) vs. 4 Texas A&M (26-9) ..............................................1 p.m.
2 Oregon (32-4) vs. 11 Central Michigan (30-4) .......................................*3 p.m.
Auburn forward Danjel
Purifoy will be eligible to
play most of next season.
Rising attendance
Attendance for the first
two rounds of the women’s
NCAA tournament is the
highest in a decade, with an
average of 5,067 spectators
taking in the first 48 games.
South Carolina led the way
with 11,085 spectators in its
opening-round victory. Fellow Southeastern Conference member Mississippi
State followed with 10,211 in
the opener on its home
Last season’s regionals
were at a 20-year low for attendance.
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TRAE YOUNG led the nation in scoring (27.4) and
assists (8.7) his freshman season for Oklahoma.
The university said the
NCAA ruled that Purifoy
must sit out the first 30% of
the season before returning.
Purifoy and center Austin
Wiley sat out all of the Tigers’ run to a share of the
Southeastern Conference
regular-season title and the
NCAA tournament.
Former Auburn assistant
Chuck Person has been
charged with accepting
bribes to steer players to a financial advisor once they
turned pro and funneling
some of that money to the
families of Wiley and Purifoy.
Wiley has been cleared to
play next season.
Purifoy averaged 11.5
points and 4.7 rebounds as a
redshirt freshman.
Boyle retires
Virginia women’s basketball coach Joanne Boyle
said she is retiring because
of an unspecified family matter.
Boyle’s retirement comes
only days after the Cavaliers
were knocked out of the
NCAA tournament in the
second round. It was the
program’s first NCAA ap-
Cal Baptist loses
Jordan Heading scored
21 points, Ty Rowell had 20
and Kalidou Diouf had 19,
but Cal Baptist fell 100-94 to
Queens University of Charlotte (32-3) in the NCAA Division II men’s quarterfinals
at Sioux Falls, S.D.
It was the first Elite Eight
appearance for the Lancers
(28-6), who trailed 94-92
with 58 seconds to play.
Westmont falls
Four players scored in
double figures for Westmont
but the Lions lost 76-64
against Freed-Hardeman in
the NAIA Division I women’s
final at Billings, Mont.
Attorneys for former USC assistant seek court order
[McNair, from D1]
The January email from
the NCAA attorney pushed
back, saying Emmert was
“walled off ” from the infractions proceeding against USC
and McNair. It noted Emmert
didn’t have a case file on the
matter and, as shown during
discovery for McNair’s lawsuit, possessed a single nonpublic document on the case:
an email giving advance notice that the report by the
NCAA Committee on Infractions would be released.
“There is no evidence on
the record that President
Emmert had any involvement
in the adjudication of the USC
or McNair matters, and you
have never been able to point
to any evidence to the contrary,” Stojilkovic wrote in the
He added: “The purported
statement does not come
close to justifying your deposition request.”
The attorney said the
plaintiffs couldn’t demonstrate Emmert has any
“unique or superior knowledge” about the case that
would allow his deposition.
In the motion to compel
the deposition, McNair’s attorneys called Emmert’s refusal “unreasonable.”
“It is now clear that only
Mr. Emmert himself can testify regarding the reasons
why he said what he said,
whether he exhibited reckless
disregard for the truth or falsity of his statements and
what he meant by his words,”
the motion said.
It’s unclear how many
times Emmert has been deposed while NCAA president.
A Maryland judge ordered his
‘One of the NCAA employees who
participated in the character
assassination of Mr. McNair.’
—Attorneys for Todd McNair,
the former USC assistant, referring to NCAA President Mark
Emmert in a court filing
deposition in 2014 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the
parents of Frostburg State
University football player
Derek Sheely, who collapsed
and later died from a head injury suffered during a practice in 2011. NCAA attorneys
fought Emmert’s deposition,
calling it “unreasonable and
The motion by McNair’s
attorneys recapped years of
sparring between McNair and
the NCAA that included a
three-year odyssey through
California’s 2nd District
Court of Appeal after the
NCAA sought to reverse
Shaller’s strongly worded denial of the organization’s motion to dismiss McNair’s suit.
The Los Angeles Times
and New York Times successfully fought to unseal more
than 700 pages of internal
NCAA emails and other documents regarding McNair and
USC, including one email
from a Committee on Infrac-
tions member deriding the
coach as a “lying, morally
bankrupt criminal, in my
view, and a hypocrite of the
highest order.”
The appellate court refused to allow the NCAA to
file the documents under seal
and rejected the motion to
dismiss, among a series of legal setbacks for the organization.
The NCAA tried to remove
Shaller, a USC graduate, as
the case’s judge in 2016 because of the “perception of
potential judicial bias.” That
brought another detour to
the appellate court, where
McNair’s attorneys again prevailed.
McNair hasn’t coached at
the college or professional level since the Infractions Committee ruled he had engaged
in unethical conduct and gave
him a one-year “show-cause”
order that renders a coach
virtually unemployable.
The NCAA determined
that Bush violated NCAA
rules while playing for the
Trojans from 2003 to 2005,
banned USC from bowl
games for two seasons and
stripped the program of 30
scholarships over three years.
McNair was Bush’s position
coach at USC.
“The NCAA’s career-ending report was false and its
findings were based on the
NCAA’s deliberate falsification of evidence which was
done to justify its predetermined outcome,” the motion
by McNair’s attorneys said.
The NCAA has denied the
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W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 21, 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
At Staples Center
Thursday's schedule
Texas A&M (22-12) vs. Michigan (30-7),
4:37 p.m.
Florida State (22-11) vs. Gonzaga (32-4),
7:07 p.m.
Saturday's schedule
Semifinal winners
At San Antonio
Saturday's schedule
South champion vs. West champion
East champion vs. Midwest champion
April 2
Semifinal winners
Tuesday’s results
Penn State 85, Marquette 80
Mississippi State 79, Louisville 56
Today’s schedule
Western Kentucky (26-10) at Oklahoma State
(21-14), 5 p.m.
Utah (21-11) at Saint Mary's (30-5), 7 p.m.
March 27
Penn St. (24-13) vs. Mississippi St. (25-11), 7 or
9:30 p.m.
W. Kentucky-Oklahoma St. winner vs. Utah-St.
Mary's winner, 7 or 9:30 p.m.
March 29
Semifinal winners
Today’s schedule
Jacksonville State (23-12) at North Texas
(17-17), 5 p.m.
Thursday’s schedule
Campbell (18-15) at San Francisco (20-15),
7 p.m.
Championship Series
Best of three
March 26-30
Today’s Schedule
UIC (18-15) at Austin Peay (19-14), 5 p.m.
Northern Colorado (23-12) at San Diego
(20-13), 7 p.m.
Thursday’s schedule
Sam Houston State (20-14) at UTSA, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule
Central Michigan (21-14) at Liberty (21-14),
11 a.m.
March 28
Quarterfinal winners
March 30
Semifinal winners, TBA
NCAA Division II
Today’s schedule
West Texas A&M (31-3) vs. Le Moyne (27-6),
11 a.m.
Ferris State (35-1) vs. Barry (23-8), 1:30 p.m.
Queens (NC) (31-3) vs. California Baptist
(28-5), 5 p.m.
Northern State (34-3) vs. East Stroudsburg
(27-5), 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s result
Graceland (Iowa) 83, LSU Alexandria (La.) 80
Second Round
Tuesday’s result
New Mexico 93, Rice 73
Third Round
Thursday’s schedule
Purdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14), 4 p.m.
James Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11),
4 p.m.
Fordham (24-9) at Virginia Tech (20-13), 4 p.m.
Duquesne (25-7) at St. John's (18-14), 4 p.m.
Georgia Tech (20-13) at Alabama (19-13),
5 p.m.
Michigan State (19-13) at South Dakota (28-6),
5 p.m.
TCU (21-12) at New Mexico (25-10), 6 p.m.
Friday’s schedule
UC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), 5 p.m.
NCAA Division II
Tuesday’s result
New Mexico 93, Rice 73
Third Round
Thursday’s schedule
Purdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14), 4 p.m.
James Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11),
4 p.m.
Fordham (24-9) at Virginia Tech (20-13), 4 p.m.
Duquesne (25-7) at St. John's (18-14), 4 p.m.
Georgia Tech (20-13) at Alabama (19-13),
5 p.m.
Michigan State (19-13) at South Dakota (28-6),
5 p.m.
TCU (21-12) at New Mexico (25-10), 6 p.m.
Friday’s schedule
UC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s result
Yale 70, Binghamton 64
Friday’s schedule
South Alabama (21-12) at Yale (17-13), 3 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule
Nevada (19-16) at Central Arkansas (24-9),
3 p.m.
March 28 or 29
Semifinal winners
Tuesday’s result
Freed-Hardeman 76, Westmont 64
1964—UCLA caps a 30-0 season with a 9883 victory over Duke in the NCAA basketball
championship. The victory gives coach John
Wooden the first of his ten NCAA Tournament
ANGELS 6, Arizona 5
DODGERS 8, Oakland 2
Detroit 8, N.Y. Yankees 3
Boston 12, Pittsburgh 6
Philadelphia 2, Toronto 0, F/7
Washington 8, Miami 3
N.Y. Mets 8, St. Louis 7
Chicago White Sox 10, Texas 0
Milwaukee 4, Colorado 4
Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore, cancelled
Kansas City 10, San Francisco 1
Cincinnati 3, San Diego 3, F/10
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Peralta lf 2 0 0 0 Kinsler 2b 2 0 0 1
K.Ngron 3b 2 0 0 0 C.Crter 1b 2 1 1 0
Pollock cf 3 1 1 1 M.Trout cf 2 0 0 0
J.Mrphy c 2 0 0 0 Yng Jr. cf
1 1 1 0
Gldmdt 1b 3 0 1 0 J.Upton lf 2 1 0 0
Rbrtsn rf
1 0 0 0 Fltcher ss 2 1 1 2
Lamb 3b 3 1 1 0 Z.Czart 3b 3 1 2 1
C.Dcker 1b 1 0 0 0 Liriano rf
2 0 0 0
Sza Jr. rf
3 1 1 2 Calhoun rf 2 1 1 1
Slverio lf 1 0 0 0 Johnson 2b 1 0 0 0
Marte 2b 2 0 2 0 Wass ph
0 0 0 0
Mdrano 2b 0 0 0 0 Smmns ss 1 0 0 0
Hrrmann c 3 0 1 0 Bo.Way lf 1 0 0 0
McPrsn ph 1 1 0 0 Trunfel ph 1 0 1 1
Ahmd ss 3 0 0 0 J.Marte 1b 3 0 0 0
Herum 3b 1 0 1 1 K.Cwart 3b 1 0 1 0
Crbbs pr
0 1 0 0 S.Ohtni dh 4 0 1 0
Rob.Ray sp 1 0 0 0 Mldnado c 2 0 0 0
DeLuzio ph 3 0 1 1 Grterol ph 1 0 0 0
35 5 9 5 Totals
33 6 9 6
000 003 002 — 5
011 010 003 — 6
E—Souza Jr. (2). DP—Arizona 1, Angels 0.
LOB—Arizona 6, Angels 11. 2B—Herum (1),
Cozart (4), Calhoun (3). 3B—Lamb (1), Fletcher
(1). HR—Pollock (1), Souza Jr. (2), Cozart (2).
SB—DeLuzio (2), Trout (3). SF—Calhoun (2).
2 1⁄3 2 2 2 5 2
1 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 2
1 1 1 1 0 2
2 2 0 0 0 4
1 1 0 0 0 0
Taylor L, 0-1
⁄3 2 3 3 2 1
BS, 2-3
0 1 0 0 0 0
5 2⁄3 7 3 3 2 5
1 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
1 0 0 0 0 1
Alvarez W, 1-0
1 2 2 2 1 1
WP—Poche, Bridwell. T—3:13. A—7,947
At Key Biscayne, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
WOMEN'S SINGLES (first round)—Christina
McHale, U.S., d. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, 1-3 retired. Ajla Tomljanovic, Australia, d. Lesia
Tsurenko, Ukraine, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Beatriz
Haddad Maia, Brazil, d. Heather Watson, Britain,
7-6 (3), 6-2. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, d. Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 4-6, 7-6 (5),
7-5. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, d. Kristyna
Pliskova, Czech Republic, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Amanda Anisimova, U.S., d. Wang Qiang, China,
6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, d.
Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 6-7 (3), 7-5,
6-1. Claire Liu, U.S., d. Whitney Osuigwe, U.S.,
6-3, 6-1. Bernarda Pera, U.S., d. Lara Arruabarrena, Spain, 7-5, 6-4. Timea Babos, Hungary, d.
Mona Barthel, Germany, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Maria
Sakkari, Greece, d. Aleksandra Krunic, Serbia,
7-5, 6-1. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, d. Mihaela
Buzarnescu, Romania, 6-2, 6-3.
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
C.Tylor cf 4 1 2 1 M.Joyce dh 3 1 1 0
L.Lndon pr 1 0 0 0 Garneau ph 1 0 0 0
C.Sager dh 2 1 1 1 M.Smien ss 3 0 0 0
A.Toles ph 2 0 0 0 Mrcedes ss 1 0 0 0
Bllnger 1b 1 2 0 0 .Lwrie 2b 3 0 0 0
Ahmed 1b 2 0 0 0 White 2b 1 0 0 0
Kemp lf
2 1 0 0 Olson 1b 3 0 1 0
Garlick lf 2 0 0 0 Hthcott pr 1 1 0 0
Ya.Puig rf 3 1 2 4 Pscotty rf 3 0 1 0
Rbinsn ss 2 0 1 0 Churlin rf 0 0 0 0
Grandal c 4 1 2 2 Fwler cf
2 0 0 1
Sntna 3b 1 0 1 0 Blnco cf
1 0 0 0
C.Utley 2b 4 0 1 0 Chpmn 3b 3 0 1 0
M.Perez 2b 1 0 0 0 Tffey pr
1 0 0 0
Hrnndez ss 3 0 1 0 Maxwell c 2 0 1 0
D.Casey rf 2 0 2 0 Tylor pr
1 0 0 0
K.Frmer 3b 5 1 1 0 Pwell lf
1 0 0 0
Ramirez lf 0 0 0 0
41 814 8 Totals
30 2 5 1
401 300 000 — 8
100 000 100 — 2
DP—Dodgers 0, Oakland 1. LOB—Dodgers 10,
Oakland 5. 2B—Puig 2 (7), Grandal (2), Casey
(1), Farmer (6), Olson (7). 3B—Joyce (1).
HR—Taylor (1), Grandal (5). SB—Bellinger (1).
SF—Fowler (1).
Maeda W, 2-0
5 3 1 1 0 3
1 0 0 0 1 2
1 2 1 1 0 1
2 0 0 0 2 2
Blckbrn L, 0-3 3 1⁄3 7 7 7 3 3
1 2⁄3 3 1 1 1 0
1 1 0 0 0 1
1 1 0 0 0 1
1 0 0 0 0 2
1 2 0 0 0 1
WP—Castro. Balk—Maeda. T—3:02. A—7,227
Through March 18
FedExCup Season Points
1, Justin Thomas, 1,573.125. 2, Patton
Kizzire, 1,313.590. 3, Phil Mickelson, 1,149.117.
4, Dustin Johnson, 1,044.083. 5, Jon Rahm,
982.317. 6, Justin Rose, 939.500. 7, Brendan
Steele, 866.273. 8, Jason Day, 852.125. 9, Tony
Finau, 849.697. 10, Paul Casey, 841.786.
Scoring Average
1, Dustin Johnson, 68.843. 2, Justin Thomas,
69.054. 3, Justin Rose, 69.282. 4, Alex Noren,
69.456. 5, Tiger Woods, 69.474. 6, Rafa Cabrera Bello, 69.488. 7, Webb Simpson, 69.501.
8, Phil Mickelson, 69.511. 9, Tommy Fleetwood,
69.647. 10, Paul Casey, 69.724.
Driving Distance
1, Tony Finau, 322.7. 2, Trey Mullinax, 319.7.
3, Luke List, 316.7. 4, Bubba Watson, 316.2. 5,
Ryan Palmer, 315.1. 6, Rory McIlroy, 314.1. 7,
Kevin Tway, 314.0. 8, Justin Thomas, 312.5. 9,
Gary Woodland, 312.2. 10, Keith Mitchell, 312.1.
Total Driving
1, Jason Day, 37. 2, Byeong Hun An, 44. 3,
Keegan Bradley, 54. 4, Paul Casey, 57. 5, Tommy
Fleetwood, 71. 6, Gary Woodland, 77. 7, Kevin
Chappell, 87. 8, Alex Noren, 88. 9, Emiliano
Grillo, 89. 10, Bronson Burgoon, 90.
Thursday’s schedule
At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif.
(ESPN2), Ryan Garcia vs. Fernando Vargas, 10,
junior-lightweights; KeAndre Gibson vs. Eddie
Gomez, 10, welterweights; Joet Gonzalez vs.
Rolando Magbanua, 10, featherweights.
Friday’s schedule
At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla., Stephon Young vs. Reymart Gaballo,
12, for the interim WBA World bantamweight title;
Juan Carlos Payano vs. Mike Plania, 10, superbantamweights.
LAFC..............2 0 0
6 6 1
Minnesota U ...2 1 0
6 6 5
Sporting KC.....2 1 0
6 7 7
Vancouver .......2 1 0
6 5 6
Houston .........1 1 1
4 7 4
FC Dallas........1 0 1
4 4 1
R Salt Lake .....1 1 1
4 3 6
San Jose ........1 1 0
3 5 5
GALAXY ..........1 1 0
3 3 3
Colorado ........0 1 0
0 1 2
Seattle ...........0 2 0
0 0 4
Portland .........0 2 0
0 1 6
NYC FC...........3 0 0
9 6 1
Columbus .......2 0 1
7 5 2
Atlanta U ........2 1 0
6 7 6
Philadelphia....1 0 1
4 2 0
New York ........1 1 0
3 4 1
Montreal.........1 2 0
3 4 5
New England ...1 1 0
3 2 3
D.C. United .....0 1 2
2 4 6
Orlando City ....0 2 1
1 2 5
Chicago..........0 2 0
0 4 6
Toronto FC ......0 2 0
0 0 3
Saturday's schedule
GALAXY at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
New York City FC at New England, 10:30 a.m.
Portland at Dallas FC, 12:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Columbus, 3 p.m.
Minnesota United at New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 6 p.m.
DODGERS—Optioned pitchers Dylan Baker
and Adam Liberatore to minor league camp; assigned infielders Jake Peter and Donovan Solano
to minor league camp.
Arizona—Optioned pitcher Jimmie Sherfy and
outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker to Reno (PCL).
Chicago White Sox—Assigned pitcher
Michael Kopech and outfielder Jacob May to minor league camp.
Colorado—Optioned infielder/outfielder Jordan Patterson to Albuquerque (PCL); assigned
infielder Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rogers
and catcher Jan Vazquez to minor league camp.
Kansas City—Signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to
a minor league contract.
Miami—Optioned outfielder Braxton Lee and
pitchers Nick Wittgren and Sandy Alcantara to
New Orleans (PCL).
N.Y. Mets—Optioned infielders Gavin
Cecchini and Luis Guillorme to minor league
camp; assigned outfielder Matt den Dekker,
catcher Jose Lobaton, infielder Ty Kelly, pitchers
Matt Purke, P.J. Conlon, Drew Smith, A.J. Griffin
and Corey Taylor to minor league camp.
N.Y. Yankees—Acquired pitcher Anyelo Gomez
as a Rule 5 Draft return from Atlanta and assigned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
Tampa Bay—Sent infielder Luis Rengifo to the
Angels to complete an earlier trade.
Pittsburgh—Optioned second baseman Max
Moroff, pitcher Nick Kingham and outfielder
Christopher Bostick to Indianapolis (IL); assigned outfielder Todd Cunnigham; catcher Jackson Williams; infielders Pablo Reyes, Erich Weiss
and Eric Wood; and pitchers Brett McKinney,
Casey Sadler and John Stilson to minor league
Washington—Optioned outfielder Victor Robles to Syracuse (IL); assigned pitcher Ismael
Guillon to minor league camp.
NBA—Fined Houston guard/forward Gerald
Green $25,000 for shoving Minnesota center
Gorgui Dieng and Boston forward Marcus Morris
$15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official.
Buffalo—Agreed to terms with linebacker Ramon Humber on a one-year contract.
Carolina—Signed receiver Jarius Wright to a
three-year contract.
Indianapolis—Signed receiver Ryan Grant
and offensive lineman Matt Slauson.
Jacksonville—Released receiver Allen Hurns
and tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Oakland—Traded fullback Jamize Olawale
and the 192nd 2018 draft pick to Dallas for the
173rd pick.
Pittsburgh—Signed safety Morgan Burnett to
a three-year contract.
San Francisco—Signed guard Jonathan
Cooper to a one-year contract.
Washington—Named Phil Rauscher assistant
offensive coach; promoted Kevin O'Connell to
passing game coordinator.
DUCKS—Recalled defenseman Andy Welinski
from San Diego (AHL).
Arizona—Recalled center Dylan Strome and
defenseman Trevor Murphy from Tucson (AHL);
signed goaltender Merrick Madsen to a two-year,
entry-level contract.
Calgary—Assigned goaltender Mason
MacDonald from Stockton (AHL) to Kansas City
Martinsen from Rockford (AHL) on an emergency
Dallas—Recalled left wing Curtis McKenzie
from Texas (AHL).
NCAA—Announced Auburn sophomore
basketball forward Danjel Purifoy must sit out the
first 30 percent of the 2018-19 season.
Eastern Michigan—Announced plans to drop
softball, men's swimming and diving, women's
tennis and wrestling at the end of the academic
Kim Ludbrook European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock
The lead peloton pedals through the Breede River during the 110-kilometer Stage 2 of
the Cape Epic mountain bike race on Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
Bills receiver is arrested
after naked argument
staff and wire reports
Buffalo Bills receiver Zay
Jones was arrested Monday
night in Los Angeles after a
naked, bloody argument with his
brother, Minnesota Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones.
The player, whose legal name
is Isaiah Avery Jones, was arrested after officers were called
to a disturbance in downtown
Los Angeles, said Luis Garcia, a
police spokesman.
When the officers arrived,
they found Jones “breaking glass
doors and windows” and arrested him on suspicion of felony
vandalism, Garcia said.
The arrest was first reported
by TMZ, which posted a video of
the brothers arguing that
showed a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother in what appeared
to be the hallway of an apartment building. The site also obtained a photo of a broken window with what appeared to be
blood on the floor nearby.
Jail records showed Jones, 22,
was being held Tuesday on
$20,000 bail. His agent, Zeke
Sandhu, did not reply to text and
voicemail messages. Sandhu
also represents Cayleb Jones.
The Bills said in a statement
they were aware of an incident involving Jones and were gathering
additional information.
The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longest-tenured player on their roster, and he wasn’t happy about it.
The Jaguars released veteran
tight end Marcedes Lewis after
12 seasons to save $3.5 million in
salary-cap space. The move
came the same day Jacksonville
parted ways with receiver Allen
Hurns to save $7 million.
Hurns’ future had been in
doubt since Dede Westbrook
and Keelan Cole emerged as bigplay receivers late last season.
Hurns really became expendable
when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back
Marqise Lee and adding Donte
Moncrief in free agency.
Lewis, who played at UCLA,
thought his spot was safe, even
after Jacksonville signed Austin
Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul
last week. The Jaguars picked up
an option in Lewis’ contract last
Lewis told the Associated
Press he felt “disrespected” by
the timing of the move. It came a
week after free agency began.
“I wish they would have done
it sooner,” he said. “I think I deserved a little better than this.”
Former Chargers lineman
Matt Slauson signed a one-year
deal with the Indianapolis Colts
after starting all 23 games he appeared in for the Chargers over
the last two seasons.
Slauson, a respected veteran
in the Chargers locker room,
moved to left guard last season
after starting all 16 games in 2016
at center. He suffered a seasonending biceps tear midway
through last season.
The team lost starting right
guard Kenny Wiggins in free
agency after he signed with Detroit.
Slauson and Wiggins are expected to be replaced by Forrest
Lamp and Dan Feeney — the
teams second- and third-round
picks in the 2017 draft.
— Daniel Woike
The Oakland Raiders traded
fullback Jamize Olawale to the
Dallas Cowboys in a deal that
also includes a swap of picks in
the upcoming NFL draft. Dallas
sent Oakland one of its two fifthround picks (No. 173 overall) in
exchange for a sixth-round pick
(No. 192 overall). The Cowboys
now have three picks in the sixth
Warriors’ Curry
cleared to practice
Stephen Curry has been
medically cleared to resume full
practice beginning Wednesday
with the hope he can return from
his latest right ankle injury later
in the week.
Curry was re-evaluated Tuesday and the Golden State Warriors said the two-time MVP is
making good progress. Golden
State hosts Atlanta on Friday, so
if all goes well Curry could be
back for that game or Sunday’s
home matchup with Utah.
IndyCar driver Pippa Mann
has been hired by Dale Coyne
Racing to compete in this year’s
Indianapolis 500.
She has made five of her previous six starts with Coyne’s team,
including last year when she finished a career best 17th. Mann
has been tabbed as the unofficial
record-holder for the fastest lap
by a woman on Indy’s 2.5-mile
Ninety of the top 100 players
on the LPGA’s money list, including Danielle Kang, Lydio Ko,
Brooke Henderson, Inbee Park,
Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis,
have committed to play in the
Wilshire Country Club on April
The tour is returning to Los
Angeles for the first time since
the Office Depot Championship
was played at several courses
from 2001 to 2005.
— Mike James
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 21, 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
New Jersey
N.Y. Rangers
N.Y. Islanders
Tampa Bay
Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the game 1:37 into
overtime as the Jets set a frachise record for wins (44).
John Carlson scored the go-ahead goal in the third for the
Capitals, who dropped the Stars to 0-4-2 on the trip.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists for the Oilers,
who scored six goals on their first 22 shots.
Frans Nielsen scored his NHL-record 22nd shootout
winner for the Red Wings, who ended a 10-game skid.
Nathan MacKinnon had two assists, extending his point
streak to a career high-tying 13 games for the Avalanche.
Jannik Hansen scored his first goal of the season and
Logan Couture added his 30th for the streaking Sharks.
Artemi Panarin had three goals and an assist as the Blue
Jackets extended their winning streak to nine games.
Mathew Barzal and Adam Pelech scored in the first period
for the Islanders, who snapped a three-game skid.
Jared McCann had a goal and two assists. Ottawa’s Erik
Karlsson sat out after the loss of his unborn son.
Alex Killorn broke a tie in the third and Lightning goalie
Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his 41st win of the season.
The Golden Knights’ Jonathan Marchessault scored his
23rd goal of the season, ending an 11-game drought.
For complete NHL summaries, go to
DUCKS at Calgary, 6:30 p.m.
Arizona at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Montreal at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with
the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card team. The races:
WEST (Division)
EAST (Division)
1. Colorado (C)
1. Philadelphia (M)
2. DUCKS (P)
2. New Jersey (M)
3. Dallas (C)
3. Florida (A)
4. St. Louis (C)
4. Carolina (M)
5. Calgary (P)
5. N.Y. Rangers (M)
6. Chicago (C)
6. N.Y. Islanders (M)
Ducks’ Manson could sit out
By Mike Coppinger
When a speedy forward
dares streak into the Ducks’
zone, he must account for
Josh Manson, who’s been a
physical presence all season.
The 26-year-old Manson
is the only Ducks player to
suit up in all 73 games, and
even a skate blade to the face
wasn’t enough to keep him
out of the lineup.
But Manson might finally
be forced to watch from the
press box as the Ducks gear
up for their last road swing of
the regular season, one that
could decide their playoff
Manson suffered an upper-body injury Sunday in a
4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, and he missed
practice Tuesday.
He traveled with the
Ducks for their game
Wednesday against the Calgary Flames, but the topfour defenseman’s availability is uncertain.
“He’ll be a day-to-day decision on how he feels in the
morning and where his ailment [stands] and how
close he is to playing,” said
coach Randy Carlyle, adding
that the staff won’t be able to
gauge Manson’s readiness
until he joins the team’s
If Manson is unable to go,
rookie Marcus Pettersson
could be pressed into major
minutes during a playoff
push just 13 games into his
NHL career.
The 21-year-old Swede
made his NHL debut last
month, and now with Kevin
Bieksa sidelined following
hand surgery, Pettersson
figures to play in all nine of
Slowly but surely, the 6foot-4, 180-pound defenseman is finding his confidence. He delivered a crushing open-ice blow on Devils
center Blake Coleman that
ignited the Ducks, and he
earned his first career NHL
assist moments later.
“It set the tone for myself
as well,” said Pettersson,
who is playing on the team’s
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
THE DEVILS’ Sami Vatanen loses his balance as he fires a shot amid defensive
pressure from the Ducks’ Josh Manson during the first period Sunday.
second power-play unit. “I
think a little bit [of the
nerves] is gone, but it’s still
there, like every game is so
big right now. So I think it’s
there all the time.”
When Manson went
down in the first period, it
was Pettersson who picked
up his minutes, and he rose
to the occasion.
“You kind of feed off that”
coaches, he said.
He’s been tentative at
times this season, but the
comfort level is starting to
find him.
“I feel like every time I
think like that, I play a bad
game, so I try as much as
possible not to think too
much out there and just
trust my instincts and play
my game,” Pettersson said.
“And as soon as I start
thinking, I start making slow
decisions and I’m slow with
the puck and that’s when I
get beaten and get smothered.”
Pettersson isn’t the only
rookie defenseman for the
Ducks. The team recalled
Andy Welinski from the
club’s minor league affiliate
in San Diego on Tuesday.
Welinski made his NHL
debut in December, but he
played in just four games before he was returned to the
If Manson misses any action, the 24-year-old Welinski could be back in the lineup.
When: 6:30 p.m. PDT.
On the air: TV: FS West;
Radio: 830.
Update: Calgary is one of the
clubs the Ducks must contend with for the final playoff
spots in the Western Conference, but the gap is widening. The Flames lost three
straight games, and they sit
six points behind Anaheim
and have played one more
game. … The Ducks signed
left winger Kiefer Sherwood
to a two-year entry level contract Tuesday. The 22-yearold had 30 points in 36 games
with Miami of Ohio this season.
Trevor Hagan Associated Press
KYLE CONNOR scores past Kings goaltender Jack Campbell to lift Winnipeg in
overtime as Tanner Pearson looks away. Connor also scored in the second period.
Campbell gets praise from
teammates for a solid effort
[Kings, from D1]
on-three play seconds after
Tyler Toffoli struck the post
at the other end.
“Jack played fantastic,”
said Kopitar, who reached a
career high with his 82nd
point. “He gave us a chance
to win, obviously, more than
just a chance to win. I mean,
he stood on his head that
second period. I’m sure it
wasn’t easy on him with all
the penalty kills that we had
and they had us in our zone
quite a bit, so he played outstanding.”
Connor also scored in the
second period and those
were the only pucks the Jets
got past Campbell in their
franchise-record 44th win.
They accomplished it without 43-goal scorer Patrik
Laine, who left because of a
lower-body injury early in
the second period when he
blocked Alec Martinez’s
Campbell stopped Laine
on Winnipeg’s second shot.
He made 14 saves in the third
Handed the backup role
when Darcy Kuemper got
traded, Campbell is enjoying
Winnipeg 2, KINGS 1
KINGS ..............................0
Winnipeg ..........................0
0 — 1
1 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: Scoring—None. Penalties—Byfuglien,
WPG, (holding), 13:24.
SECOND PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Brown 23 (Kopitar, Phaneuf), 8:42. 2. Winnipeg, Connor 26 (Wheeler,
Scheifele), 17:06. Penalties—KINGS bench, served by
Iafallo (too many men on the ice), 4:28. Martinez,
KINGS, (high sticking), 9:46. Kempe, KINGS, (high
sticking), 13:48.
THIRD PERIOD: Scoring—None. Penalties—Kopitar,
KINGS, (tripping), 5:15. Stastny, WPG, (interference),
OVERTIME: 3. Winnipeg, Connor 27 (Little, Morrissey), 1:37. Penalties—None.
SHOTS ON GOAL: KINGS 8-7-2—17. Winnipeg 11-1214-1—38. Power-play Conversions—KINGS 0 of 2. Winnipeg 0 of 4.
GOALIES: KINGS, Campbell 1-0-2 (38 shots-36
saves). Winnipeg, Comrie 1-1-0 (17-16). Att—15,321
(15,294). T—2:29.
the ride. He is still without a
regulation loss at 1-0-2 after
he dueled with Winnipeg’s
Eric Comrie, a Canadian
who moved to Newport
Beach at 9 and played youth
hockey for the LA Selects.
“It was pretty fun,”
Campbell said. “It’s fun to
come into this building in a
huge game of the season and
have the trust of the
coaches. Winnipeg’s a heck
of a team. We’ll never say
we’re satisfied with one
point, but the guys battled
super hard. You saw how
many blocks we had in the
game. To get a point is pretty
The Kings got it without
Trevor Lewis because of his
upper-body injury suffered
Monday, and it’s unclear
how long he’ll be out.
“In terms of a timeline, I
don’t know yet,” coach John
Stevens said. “I wouldn’t say
it’s long, long-term.”
Derek Forbort had seven
of the Kings’ 23 blocked
shots and, along with Drew
Doughty and Nate Thompson, played more than four
minutes shorthanded. Kopitar did his usual MVP-like
work at both ends of the ice
and got an assist when he
waited a beat on a two on one
and quickly zipped the puck
to Dustin Brown for Brown’s
23rd goal, his most since he
scored 28 seven seasons ago.
“I thought our goalie gave
us a chance tonight, I
thought our defense played
really hard and I thought our
veteran leaders were a big
reason we got a point,”
Stevens said. “We need a lot
more from a lot more guys.”
Twitter: @curtiszupke
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‘My Girl,’ ‘Raising
Hell’ by Run-DMC
among the 25 cited by
the national registry.
By Randy Lewis
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
LAUREN Yee’s play “Cambodian Rock Band” combines comedy, mystery and music in its telling of the genocide by the Khmer Rouge.
She’s on the verge
It began with a simple
two-note figure: one long,
two short, played on the
bass, the genesis of what became the first No. 1 hit for
Motown Records’ group the
Temptations back in 1965.
Now “My Girl” is also one
of 25 sound recordings being
honored with election to the
National Recording Registry, a compendium of recorded works singled out by
the Library of Congress for
their historical, cultural or
aesthetic significance.
“It’s a dream come true
for me, man,” the song’s cowriter, William “Smokey”
Robinson, 78, told The
Times on Tuesday. “When I
write something, I try to
write something that will
mean something — and
mean something from now
on, or in this case, from then
“My Girl,” which Robinson wrote with his bandmate in the Miracles Ronald
White, is joined this year by
two dozen other typically
diverse recordings being
added to the registry, which
was established by Congress
[See Registry, E2]
Playwright Lauren Yee emerges with a work that melds music
and truth to relate a tragic chapter in Cambodian history
BY STEVE APPLEFORD >>> A real moment of dread came
early in the rehearsals for “Cambodian Rock Band.” In Lauren Yee’s new play, a musician trapped in a country ripped
apart by revolution and genocide announces from the stage:
“They’ve taken over the airport. No one’s getting out!”
The actor who utters those lines, Joe Ngo, 33, recalled
how his mother — a survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s short but
horrific reign in Cambodia, and also the play’s language
consultant — panicked.
“After we did that scene, she told me, ‘I remember that
day. We were just kids,’ ” Ngo said.
“Cambodian Rock Band,” running through this weekend
at South Coast Repertory, is a richly layered exploration of
that tortuous time, earning accolades from Times reviewer
Margaret Gray as a “fierce, gorgeous, heartwarming, comedic fairy tale set against one of history’s grisliest mass
The play is Yee’s first with live music and another step in
the evolution of the fast-emerging playwright, whose Asian
heritage is central to her work and whose rise comes at a
time when theaters are pushing for more inclusion in both
casting and the stories being told.
Yee wrote her first play at 15 as part of a competition for
the Asian American Theater Company. She studied English and theater at Yale and UC San Diego. Her work is often
family-focused and sometimes provocative (hence her 2008
title “Ching Chong Chinaman”), mingling drama and “sideways” comedy.
Last year at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City, the Center
Theatre Group mounted her autobiographical “King of the
Yees,” another family drama-comedy, this one centered on
her father and the fading of Chinatowns.
Yee’s play “The Great Leap” just closed in Denver.
[See Yee, E4]
“Cambodian Rock Band” is set to open
A sketch of
one artist’s
shifting styles
An exhibit at Doyle
Arts Pavilion peeks at
the works and career
of Jim DeFrance.
Jim DeFrance (1940-2014)
made abstract paintings
that analyze more than accept, cogitate more than assume. Poetry eclipses prose,
often with color as primary
A modest retrospective
of around 30 paintings and
works on paper, co-curated
by Tom Dowling and Trevor
Norris for the Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, offers a
welcome opportunity to
become reacquainted with
DeFrance’s art, which isn’t
often seen. The high-flying
Neo-Expressionist juggernaut that swept through art
in the 1980s, followed by the
1990 market crash, didn’t
leave much room for an abstract painter of DeFrance’s
His exposure was limited
after 1987, following a string
of closely watched solo
shows over nearly 20 years at
Nicholas Wilder and Jan
Baum galleries. “Jim DeFrance: A Retrospective” is
a concise and worthy reintroduction. More a thumbnail sketch of a career than a
full accounting — necessary
given the venue’s limited
space — it succeeds in sparking interest to see more.
Oddly, if one juxtaposed
an early painting with one of
his last, it might initially look
like two different artists had
made them. The abstract
motifs vary widely, but the
survey also reveals a
[See Galleries, E8]
Noel Malcolm
REV RUN, a.k.a. Joseph
Simmons, a member of
hip-hop trio Run-DMC.
about it
Can a Superman-themed
Syfy’s new series “Krypton” is set on the hero’s
doomed home planet 200
years before Kal-El (a.k.a.
Superboy) was sent to Earth
by his protective father just
as the planet explodes.
So why watch a story
where the main attraction is
missing, and everyone else is
destined to become space
“Krypton,” premiering
Wednesday, addresses that
issue within minutes of the
opening credits: “This story
isn’t about how we died but
how we lived,” says Seg-El
(Cameron Cuffe), Superman’s grandfather and the
hero of this story.
If only life on Krypton
[See ‘Krypton,’ E5]
Eternal life and
other debates
Long Beach Opera’s
“Invention of Morel”
comes with too-loud
music and a boatload
of issues to ponder. E3
Doyle Arts Pavilion
“TANGO ” is one of the works featured in a retrospective on artist Jim DeFrance.
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25 classic recordings
make registry’s cut
[Registry, from E1]
as part of the National Recording Preservation Act of
They include Run-DMC’s
1986 breakthrough rap album “Raising Hell” and
Tony Bennett’s signature
1962 pop ballad “I Left My
Heart in San Francisco.”
Also included is news coverage of proceedings that led
to the creation of the United
Nations and Bill Haley and
His Comets’ 1954 call to teen
action on the dance floor,
“Rock Around the Clock.”
Fleetwood Mac’s 1977
blockbuster rock album
“Rumours” is also newly
headed into the registry
along with the 1965 soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” featuring Julie Andrews,
a 1972 live album “An Evening With Groucho” documenting the famed comedian’s performance at Carnegie Hall and pianist Artur
Schnabel’s set of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas recorded from 1932 to 1935.
“It’s wonderful,” said
Robinson, who noted that
the inspiration for the song
wasn’t, as has been suggested over the decades, the
desire to create a love song
for his wife. Instead, he said,
“I wanted to write something sweet for [Temptations singer] David Ruffin to
Until that point, Ruffin
had never sung lead on one
of the group’s singles.
“Now, anywhere in the
world I go, people know that
song and sing along — in
France, Italy, even places
where English isn’t their
first language,” he said. “It’s
something I didn’t expect,
because I don’t expect anything. I’m just writing and
hoping people will like it.
This is proof to me that I succeeded.”
For Run-DMC member
Rev Run, news of “Raising
Hell” joining the registry is
“a massive honor. I could not
believe that something we
put together so many years
ago was going to be honored
at such a high level. I had to
ask my manager two times if
this was for real.
“I am truly grateful to be
in such great company,” he
told The Times. “For a rap
artist to be put on the same
level as these other great
artists is truly a massive
The newly designated recordings span nearly the entire 20th century. Included is
a 1911 recording by Victor
Herbert and his orchestra of
Herbert’s operetta “Dream
Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta,” as well as a 1996
album from cellist Yo-Yo Ma
that premiered contemporary cello concertos by
Richard Danielpour, Leon
Kirchner and Christopher
Recordings must be at
least 10 years old before they
become eligible for the registry. The choices are not limited to music, although mu-
Lawrence K. Ho Los Angeles Times
“MY GIRL” co-writer
Smokey Robinson gave it
to the Temptations.
Associated Press
“THE SOUND of Music”
soundtrack with Julie
Andrews made the list.
Eric Charbonneau
“THE GAMBLER” is in,
sung by Kenny Rogers,
written by Don Schlitz.
sic represents the vast majority in the registry.
There are also spokenword recordings and noteworthy newscasts, including
NBC Radio’s World War IIera coverage of the gathering in San Francisco of people from around the world
that led to the creation of the
United Nations.
“This annual celebration
of recorded sound reminds
us of our varied and remarkable American experience,”
Librarian of Congress Carla
Hayden said in a statement.
“The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic
significance reflected in the
National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories
— all reflected in our recorded soundscape.”
Among the more esoteric
selections are recordings on
some 200 wax cylinders of
the voices of Sioux YanktonDakota tribe members
made at the Standing Rock
Reservation in 1928. They
consist of spoken-word presentations and many of the
tribe’s songs.
Recordings are chosen
with both expert and public
input, the latter submitted
to the registry’s website.
Other recordings joining
hundreds previously inducted include Puerto Rican band Canario y Su Grupo’s 1930 single “Lamento
Borincano” and the Mississippi Sheiks’ blues hit from
the same year “Sitting on
Top of the World.”
Harry Belafonte’s 1956 album “Calypso” is also
among this year’s class chosen for the registry, for its
role fueling public interest in
world music more than six
decades ago and launching a
nationwide passion for calypso music of the West Indies, where his parents were
The only known radio
broadcast by blues musician
Sonny Boy Williamson II, a
1965 “King Biscuit Time”
program, is going into the
registry, along with Clara
Ward and the Ward Singers’
1950 gospel song “How I Got
Other entries include
country guitarist, singer and
songwriter Merle Travis’
1946 album “Folk Songs of
the Hills,” Arlo Guthrie’s
comically rambling 1967 hippie-culture anthem “Alice’s
Restaurant Massacree” and
Kenny Rogers’ 1978 country
hit “The Gambler.”
“The song was not written about gambling, it was
written with a very personal
look at life,” said Rogers of
the Don Schlitz song he
turned into a No. 1 country
hit and a Top 20 pop hit as
well. “To say I’m proud is an
understatement. It speaks
very highly for Don Schlitz’s
writing ability.”
Reich, Richard Maxfield and
Pauline Oliveros’ avant
garde 1967 album “New
Sounds in Electronic Music,” Chic’s 1978 disco hit “Le
Freak,” Kenny Loggins’
theme song for the 1984 movie “Footloose” and Gloria
Estefan and the Miami
Sound Machine’s “Rhythm
Is Gonna Get You” round
out the latest choices for the
Congress charged the librarian of Congress with
choosing 25 titles per year,
with advice from the National Recording Preservation Board and factoring in
public input.
This year’s crop brings
the total of recordings in the
registry to 500, a small slice
of the library’s collection of
nearly 3 million sound recordings.
Twitter: @RandyLewis2
Twitter is
crazy for
“Black Panther” has set
tweeted about movie ever.
Twitter said Tuesday
that Ryan Coogler’s box-office smash has been tweeted
about more than 35 million
times. That pushes it ahead
of the previous record-holder, “Star Wars: The Force
Awakens.” The most recent
“Star Wars” installment,
“The Last Jedi,” ranks third.
“Black Panther” became the
first film since 2009’s “Avatar” to top the box office in
North America five straight
weekends. It has grossed
more than $607 million domestically and $1.2 billion
In the next week, it’s expected to pass “The Avengers” as the highest-grossing
superhero film ever, not accounting for inflation.
— associated press
Producers tackle
‘Crown’ dispute
Left Bank Pictures is attempting to quell the firestorm sparked last week
over pay disparity on the hit
Netflix series “The Crown.”
Public outcry flared up
after producers revealed
that Matt Smith, who portrayed Prince Philip in the
first two seasons, was paid
more than Claire Foy, who
wore the titular crown as
Queen Elizabeth II.
The production company released a statement
Tuesday addressing the salary issue and sent a message
to its stars.
“We want to apologize to
both Claire Foy and to Matt
Smith, brilliant actors and
friends, who have found
themselves at the center of a
media storm this week
through no fault of their
own,” Left Bank said.
— Libby Hill
A drum roll for
Sir Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr, 77, received
his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William on
Tuesday and used his real
name, Richard Starkey, for
the big event.
It comes more than half a
century after the youthful
Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive
MBE awards. The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997.
“I had dinner with him
last week, and we were both
actually laughing about
where we came from, and
we've ended up in the palace
and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir
Richard,” said Starr.
— associated press
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Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
With violinist Daniel Hope
The Wallis,
Beverly Hills
7:30 p.m. Thursday
“Speak: Tap & Kathak Unite”
Michelle Dorrance, Rina
Mehta, Dormeshia SumbryEdwards & Rachna Nivas
Broad Stage, Santa Monica
7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
South Coast Repertory,
Costa Mesa
Previews begin 8 p.m. Sat.
$23 and up
“Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
on a Theme of Paganini”
Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium,
2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
“Orpheus and Eurydice”
L.A. Opera and Joffrey Ballet
Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, L.A.
7:30 p.m. Wed. and Sat.,
2 p.m. Sun.
$16-$324 (subject to change)
‘El Niño’
with laughs
By Daryl H. Miller
“Dysfunctional” would
be a polite word to describe
the characters dreamed up
by Justin Tanner. No action
goes uncriticized, no comment unjudged among the
sniping family members in
his new comedy.
The play is called “El
Niño,” and it marks the end
of a drought. Across two
decades, the Los Angeles
playwright delivered a play
a year, including the hit
character comedies “Pot
Mom” and “Intervention.”
But after 2011, six years piled
up with no new piece.
Those absent years provided material for “El Niño,”
which Rogue Machine is
producing at the Met
Theatre in East Hollywood.
The setting is a Craftsman-style charmer of a
home in Highland Park, but
don’t be deceived by the cozy
surroundings (designed by
John Iacovelli), least of all
the prominent “Home Sweet
Home” sampler.
A duffel bag has exploded
clothes onto the floor beside
the couch, where visiting
daughter Colleen (Maile
Flanagan) is encamped.
Mom (Danielle Kennedy)
and Dad (Nick Ullett) venture near, with Mom demanding answers and Dad
quickly shifting into what
seems a long-practiced role
as pacifier. Colleen has been
in residence for a week —
plenty long enough. “So bottom line: We love you, hon,
it’s been a blast,” Mom says
with mock sincerity, “but
let’s pack it up, huh?”
Colleen, who is 48 but reverts to about 13 around her
parents, sputters with indignation, then comes clean.
She’s had a blowup with
her boyfriend, who threw
her out, so she’s essentially
homeless. Painful back and
foot ailments prevent her
return to make-do work as
an Uber driver. These miseries pile atop career depression. She’s a sciencefiction writer of minor renown, and she’s been creatively blocked for a while.
Things go from bad to
worse with the arrival of
Colleen’s self-satisfied sister, Andrea (Melissa Denton). She might seem more
pulled-together; she’s certainly a sharper dresser
than Colleen, who lives in
jeans and singularly unattractive T-shirts. (The
clever costumes are by
Halei Parker.) But Andrea is
an apple who hasn’t fallen
far from the tree of their brittle, cutting mother, and she
isn’t improving in the company of a smugly well-to-do,
casually racist boyfriend
(Jonathan Palmer).
Into this pileup of bad behavior wanders a sad-sack
next-door neighbor. Disheveled Kevin (Joe Keyes)
might not seem to have
much going for him, but the
gentleness he shows to his
aging, enfeebled cat indicates he might be the only
person in sight with a functioning sense of humanity.
As he helps to move
boxes from the family’s raininundated basement, he notices one of Colleen’s books,
and not realizing she’s the
author, expresses a fan’s
appreciation for it. Wait,
did a nervous attraction just
Most of the actors are
Tanner veterans who skillfully mine his laughs. Lisa
James directs with an eye
for nuance, drawing out the
worst of the characters’ behavior, yet not letting them
descend into sheer despicableness. Problem is, Tanner
doesn’t make these folks, except for Kevin, very likable.
He also has rushed the ending, building to a big, seemingly calamitous blowout,
then brushing it aside.
The snorts of laughter
more than compensate,
In his time away from the
stage, Tanner suffered the
same back and foot ailments
he gives his central character, and he too burned out in
a career that delivered a coterie of local admirers but
not much more. The similarities don’t end there, as his
fans certainly will notice.
They’re bound to rally
round “El Niño” and let him
know just how good it is to
have him back.
‘El Niño’
Where: Met Theatre, 1089
N. Oxford Ave., L.A.
When: 8:30 p.m. Saturdays
and Mondays, 3 p.m.
Sundays; ends April 22
Price: $40
Info: (855) 585-5185,
Running time: 1 hour, 25
Photographs by
John Perrin Flynn
DUKING it out are, top, from left, Danielle Kennedy,
Melissa Denton, Nick Ullett, Maile Flanagan and
Jonathan Palmer. Above are Joe Keyes and Flanagan.
Photographs by
Kip Polakoff
THE FUGITIVE (Andrew Wilkowske, left), doppelganger Narrator (Lee Gregory) let loose in “Morel.”
Oh, our ears!
Long Beach Opera raises life’s questions, cranked
to 11, in Stewart Copeland’s ‘Invention of Morel’
By Ricahrd S. Ginell
The new Stewart Copeland-Jonathan Moore opera “The Invention of
Morel” from the mavericks at Long
Beach Opera comes with a boatload
of issues to ponder. Here are just a
few: Is unrequited love worth dying
for? Does science know what’s good
for us? Is eternal life desirable?
The opera’s characters have at
the questions in a howling fury that
left at least one listener Saturday
night feeling as if he had been in a
shipwreck himself.
“The Invention of Morel,” which
has a short run at the Beverly O’Neill
Theater, is a Long Beach Opera cocommission with LBO artistic and
general director Andreas Mitisek’s
former company Chicago Opera
Theatre, which presented the world
premiere in February 2017.
The piece is based on the novel “La
Invención de Morel” by Adolfo Bioy
Casares, and there is an autobiographical element in that the unrequited love element of the piece was
inspired by Bioy Casares’ crush on
film star Louise Brooks.
The opera’s Fugitive from something-or-other lands on a remote
Pacific island, where he spies upon
and comments about a bunch of frolicking tourists decked out in 1920s
Jazz Age costumes.
In stage director and librettist
Moore’s concept, we are supposedly
in the 1960s, but other than some
tacit reminders of “Gilligan’s Island”
(the socialites, the Professor, the
Movie Star), the time frame isn’t that
The Fugitive develops an overwhelming desire for one of the
tourists, Faustine, who is completely
oblivious to him. She is under the
sway of Morel, who has invented
a machine that is supposed to grant
an immortality of sorts to those on
the island.
Issues are raised, debated and
declaimed, often at the top of the
cast’s lungs. The synopsis in the program is deliberately sparse, and I
won’t spoil the denouement of the
plot; it will be clear enough in the theater. But I will say this: Nothing fundamentally changes in the end.
Copeland, of course, made his initial splash as the drummer for the
mega-popular rock group the Police
and has since branched out into
composing music for film, TV, video
games and opera.
This is Copeland’s fifth opera (he
is also credited as co-librettist), and
he has his chops in place. The 87minute score has the feel and flow of
opera spiked by occasional pastiches
of rhumbas or ’20s jazz and a minimum of rock.
What this score doesn’t have much
of is dynamic contrast, or ideas that
pop out and stay in the mind upon a
first hearing. Scored for a 16-piece
band that often sounds as if bal-
NATHAN GRANNER and Jamie Chamberlin don 1920s togs for a
1960s-set piece. What? Perhaps an immortality machine plays a part.
‘The Invention
of Morel’
Where: Beverly O’Neill Theatre, 300
E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Price: $49-$150 (subject to change)
Info: (562) 470-7464, longbeach
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
(no intermission)
looned into something 10 times its
size, the music hectored the audience
persistently, often at odds with the
contours of the vocal lines.
When Morel addresses the society
folk about his machine, Copeland
does relax and applies subtler
strokes, but before long he’s at it
of barren pomposity.
At the Chicago premiere, the ensemble was in the pit, and conductor
Mitisek reportedly had trouble keeping the volume down for the singers
to be heard. In the O’Neill, Mitisek’s
ensemble played from the wings to
our left, which solved the balance
problem but created the doubleddown effect of a high-powered production in a room too intimate and
dry to handle it. Thank goodness for
supertitles that made sense of the
sometimes-tangled streams of words.
The role of the Fugitive (Andrew
Wilkowske) was doubled by a doppelganger Narrator (Lee Gregory), and it
was appropriate that their strong
baritones were a virtual match. Jamie
Chamberlin mostly sang quavery
wordless vocalises as the mysterious
Faustine, and tenor Nathan Granner
exuded the self-satisfaction of Morel.
Suzan Hanson nearly walked off with
the show whenever she appeared as
the socialite Dora.
Video designer Adam Flemming
provided projections that included
sunsets on the shoreline, the jungle, a
faded mansion and the gears of the
machine. All of this was set behind a
tilted structure presumably representing something amiss on this island. Among other things.
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Kevin Chang
JOE NGO , from left, Brooke Ishibashi and Raymond Lee rehearse “Cambodian Rock Band” in Costa Mesa.
Ngo lives family history
[Yee, from E1]
next year at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.
As the play’s title suggests, Yee’s way into Cambodian culture was through
music. A Chinese American
who grew up in San Francisco, Yee said she wasn’t
about Cambodia, its music
or its tragic history when a
friend took her to see the
band Dengue Fever eight
years ago.
Yee instantly fell for the
Los Angeles band’s playful
mix of Cambodian pop and
American surf rock from the
1960s and early ’70s. She
became obsessed with the
sound and its country of
“Before Cambodia got involved in Vietnam, the country was an incredibly optimistic, forward-thinking nation in which the songs were
all these bubblegum love
songs,” Yee said. “There was
this innocence that the war
and the Khmer Rouge
regime robbed from Cambodia.”
In “Cambodian Rock
Band,” she tells the story of a
musician, Chum (Ngo), who
survives the genocide and
lands in America, sharing little of the horror he’s seen.
When his adult daughter
travels to Cambodia as part
of an effort to prosecute a
man who ran a notorious
Khmer Rouge prison, Chum
follows her there, and previously unspoken history finally unfolds between them.
“I gravitate towards family stories,” Yee said. “There
is something that all of us go
through when we meet our
parents as adults. We think
we know our parents, but
how much do we really know
them and what their lives
were like before they had
kids? This play is another
way of exploring that story.”
Musicians were among
the artists, intellectuals, professionals and others targeted for death by the Khmer
Rouge, in part for being associated with Western culture.
Nearly 2 million are esti-
Tania Thompson
DAISUKE TSUJI, left, and Joe Ngo in “Rock Band.”
In real life, Ngo’s parents survived the Khmer Rouge.
Rock Band’
Where: South Coast
Repertory, 655 Town
Center Drive, Costa Mesa
When: 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday, 2 and
7:45 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.
Sunday. Ends March 25
Tickets: $30-$83 (subject
to change)
Info: (714) 708-5555,
Running time: 2 hours, 20
minutes (including one
mated to have been killed by
execution and starvation at
the end of the 1970s.
“For me as an artist, the
idea that music and art can
be so powerful that a regime
goes after you is a really startling idea,” Yee said. “It
makes me wonder what the
world lost when the Khmer
Rouge went after all those
In 2015, she began developing what became “Cambodian Rock Band” through a
commission from the South
Coast Rep’s CrossRoads initiative, which calls for playwrights to engage with
diverse local communities.
The company invited Yee to
Orange County, and she met
with members of Dengue Fever at the annual Cambodian
Music Festival in nearby
Long Beach. The band got involved with the play, and several Dengue Fever songs are
included in the final production.
Yee brought an early draft
of the play to a workshop
with Ngo, who had appeared
in one of her earlier plays. His
reaction surprised her.
“After I read the first draft
of it, I told her this is my family’s story, and my parents
are survivors of the Khmer
Rouge,” Ngo said.
He told Yee that his parents were teenagers during
those years and that they
were put to work in camps.
His father worked building
(and rebuilding) local dams,
and his mother planted rice.
Ngo had never talked
about his heritage before
with Yee. The actor grew up
in Monterey Park, and like
many others of Cambodian
and Vietnamese heritage
around him, Ngo had little
knowledge of his family background. He developed what
he called a “healthy or unhealthy detachment to that
In his 20s, he started to
look closer and began understanding why he had never
known some relatives in old
family photographs.
“I sat down and started
reading about it and looked
into the numbers,” he said.
“My aunt told me when she
was a little girl, a Khmer
Rouge soldier spared her life.
My mom told a story of
watching a little boy get
killed right in the middle of
their camp.”
Ngo took in that history
and now plays Chum at ages
18, 21 and 51, helping to spread
the kinds of stories that audiences may not have truly absorbed before. He points to
last year’s “First They Killed
My Father,” a feature film
directed by Angelina Jolie, as
a positive sign that Cambodian stories are being more
widely heard.
“‘It’s more relevant than
ever to tell this story because
of where we are in our political climate,” Ngo said. “It’s a
real sharp reminder of what
happens when you have paranoia in government.”
Yee said she’s glad to be
not only telling an Asian
story of profound meaning
but also showcasing Asian
American talent, though
that’s only one aspect of representation.
“What I stand for as an
artist is making sure you’re
hiring great Asian American
talent,” she said, “not only for
plays like ‘Cambodian Rock
Band,’ but also for your
Shakespeare and your classics and your shows that
have nothing to do with cultural identity.”
She said for inspiration
she turns to universal family
dynamics and true stories —
Ngo’s parents among them.
“His mother is one of the
sunniest, most joyful people
around,” she said affectionately. “It’s a reminder that
people deal with trauma in
all sorts of ways, and sometimes joy is a survival strategy. It almost seems like his
mother has compensated for
this incredibly dark time in
her country’s history by being a beacon of joy and light.”
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Adventures of Supergramps
[ ‘Krypton,’ from E1]
were as dramatic and colorful as that line suggests.
Instead, drab, neutral
browns and institutional
gray appear to be the official
colors of Kandor City, Krypton’s capital. Superman’s
ancestors are tried for treason in a chamber of muted
colors. The rabble-rousing
Seg-El picks fights in dreary
alleyways. Even the snowy
terrain outside the protective (and confining) city
walls appears more beige
than white.
No wonder Superman
chose a flashy red cape and
bright blue unitard. It’s an
instinctual reaction to all
that monotone.
The series relies on that
we’ve associated with deep
space ever since Han Solo
ordered that first drink in
Tatooine’s Mos Eisly Cantina. You know the place —
cavernous stone-like spaces
equipped with high-tech
gadgetry, with an inhospitable climate right outside
But what works in the billion-dollar “Star Wars” franchise productions sets this
prequel back in unintended
When those meant-to-be
smooth doors open and
close in “Krypton,” they look
more out of alignment than
space-age. And when a fight
breaks out between characters, it’s hard not to root for
the walls, which appear to be
made out of molded plastic
not unlike your little brother’s Incredible Hulk Halloween costume.
It’s a shame, because
over the first three episodes
reviewed here, the untold
story of Krypton — and
Superman’s family saga —
holds promise.
The pilot episode finds
Superman’s family clan, the
House of El, in peril. Seg-El’s
grandfather Val-El (Ian
McElhinney) has warned
the society’s rulers and magistrates that there are other
life forms in the universe,
and they mean to harm
Krypton. He’s not only ignored, he’s sentenced to
death for suggesting theirs is
not the only life form in the
universe, and the family is
CAMERON CUFFE portrays Seg-El, the grandfather of Superman, who is having
a secret affair with Lyta-Zod, played by Georgina Campbell, in Syfy’s “Krypton.”
Where: Syfy
When: 10 p.m. Wednesday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
stripped of its elite rank. A
young Seg-El witnesses it all.
Fast forward 14 years:
Seg-El is 23, cavorting with
the rank-less lower caste and
pulling scams in a local bar
to help support his parents,
Ter-El (Rupert Graves) and
Charys-El (Paula Malcomson).
changes when an Earthling,
Adam Strange (Shaun
Sipos), travels back in time
to Krypton to warn Seg-El
about the fate of his future
grandson. (In the DC universe, Strange becomes a
space-faring superhero.)
Strange, who looks like
Eminem in his hoodie and
Detroit Tigers baseball cap,
tells Seg-El he must find a
way to save his grandson —
and Krypton — from harm,
or Superman will fail to exist
and Earth will be left unprotected. When Seg-El later
discusses his odd run-in later with friend Kem (Rasmus
Hardiker), he says the interloper is ”from another planet. Detroit, I think he called
Krypton may not be the
most colorful place, but at
least they have a sense of humor.
The race is on to save a
grandson who’s yet to be
born. Seg-El must fight the
planet’s caste system, the
militarized political forces
that run the city and his family legacy to succeed. He’s
also having a clandestine affair with Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell), the daughter of hard-nosed military
leader Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo). And we haven’t even
gotten to the nefarious plans
of Brainiac, the planet-detroying extraterrestrial.
The show, from executive
producers David S. Goyer
(“Man of Steel,” “Batman v
Superman: Dawn of Justice”
and Cameron Welsh (“Constantine,” “Ash vs Evil
Dead”), has the opposite
problem of other superhero
productions that tend to be
all action and no story.
There’s a compelling narrative here, but the drama
lacks the fireworks and color
to keep things engaging.
Hand-to-hand combat
scenes are plentiful, but awkward choreography and
truncated shots remind
viewers that this show could
really use a superhero — or
more high-end production
And though the tensions
between the rank-less masses of Kandor and the elite
military group draw interesting parallels to many scenarios around our world
right now (the disenfranchised poor are rounded up,
abused and labeled terrorists if they resist), it’s a little
too grim without the counterbalance of a powerful
avenger to set things right.
The latter, of course, will
come with time. But as a prequel without a caped crusader, “Krypton” needs
more lift to get off the
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By Frank Stewart
Setting up a long suit is a
basic skill in dummy play,
but the right way to go about
it may be subtle.
At today’s 3NT, South
took the jack of hearts and
counted three heart tricks
and four clubs. He could get
one diamond by forcing out
the ace but needed two. At
the second trick, South led
the queen of diamonds. East
played low.
When South next let the
10 ride, East took the jack
and returned a heart. Since
dummy had only one entry,
South couldn’t set up the
diamonds and get back to
cash them. He ended with
the eight tricks with which
he began.
At Trick Two, South
should lead the 10 of dia-
monds and play low from
dummy. If East takes the
jack and returns a heart,
South overtakes the queen
of diamonds with the king to
set up the diamonds. The
queen of clubs is an entry.
If instead East lets the 10
of diamonds win, South
leads the queen next,
playing low from dummy. He
is sure of the two diamond
tricks he needs.
Question: You hold: ♠ A
10 8 ♥ 7 6 4 2 ♦ A J 7 ♣ 10 7 3.
Your partner opens one
club, and the next player
doubles. What do you say?
Answer: If your opponent had passed, you would
(or could) have responded
one heart to look for a fit in
the major suit. But the double suggests length and
strength in hearts, significantly reducing the chance
that you belong at hearts.
Moreover, the auction may
turn competitive. Bid 1NT,
giving partner a general description of your hand.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♠ A 10 8
♥ Q 10 9 8
♣ 10 7 3
♦ Q 10
2 NT
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 10
2018, Tribune Media
Teen’s mom is ‘that’ mom
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You wonder why you agreed
to this, but that doesn’t matter now. Keeping your word
will be key to your liberation.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): You’ve a wow factor. It’s
innate or at least comes easily. But it’s something you
wouldn’t want to lose.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Storytelling is important to
success, but so is storydoing: living up to the hype of
one’s reputation. And it’s
what you’ll spend your hours
on today.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You may feel like someone
else is the star of the show today, but there are fantastic
opportunities to be mined
here nonetheless.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’re a meteorologist of
emotional weather. A metaphorical umbrella will serve
you well around certain individuals.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’re going to meet the
right person to help you take
your plan all the way. But the
plan has to be in motion.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Though it may have felt like
a series of small accidents
and odd coincidences that
led you here, you’re the best
person for the job.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Loved ones don’t know how
good they have it until you
withdraw. Only then will
they remember what it’s like
to live without the “You”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Your influence isn’t
as great as you’d like it to be.
Your territory is smaller
than you believe you can
handle. No matter. Use your
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): If you feel like you have to
constantly check to know
whether you are in or out of
favor well, at least you’re in
tune with the ridiculous social reality.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’ve great potential to
make an impact by carefully
honing the image you put
out into the world.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): There’s a lot that’s not
worth dealing with. Giving
even a moment of attention
is a loss.
(March 21): You’re the new
ruler. Later, others will come
along to claim the role, and
you’re enlightened enough
to realize that this is just the
natural cycle. But right now
it’s about living your role to
the fullest and creating your
legacy. Nature energizes
you. Define relationships in
June. You’ll cash the big
check in September. Cancer
and Taurus adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 4, 39, 33,
19 and 40.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: My teen daughter is the one who plans and
invites the group of friends
to movies, skating, over to
our home, etc. She does the
calling and arranging, and it
is extremely rare that she receives a reciprocal invitation. This has been going on
for years.
My response is that she
should stop the planning/
inviting. She thinks someday things will turn around.
But like I said it’s been years.
I am the mom to pick them
up/drop them off, etc. I ask if
others can contribute and
am given excuses as to why
the other parents cannot.
Any advice? I just want
Tired Mom
Dear Tired: Many teenage
friend groups have a dynamic similar to your daughter’s,
where one individual is basically the social engine the
group runs on. Please understand that your daughter is
both skilled and lucky. Many
teens do not have the social
confidence, ability or parental participation to successfully plan anything. You’re
the mom who is available —
and tolerated. You’re THAT
mom, and your house is
THAT house — the house
where kids feel comfortable.
Unless your daughter
feels ignored, discounted or
dominated by this friend
group she is providing for, I
hope you will continue to
participate. This life-phase
is so short.
Contact other parents directly — not through their
kids — and ask them to do
some driving. Also, if these
teens are old enough to go on
outings alone, then they are
old enough to catch a bus.
Dear Amy: Two years ago,
when my (male) cousin was
engaged, I attended his fiancée’s bridal shower. The
shower was lovely, and the
bride’s registry was extravagant (to say the least). Nonetheless, I gave a generous
gift and attended happily.
A few months later I went
to their wedding. My husband and I gave a thoughtful
Months went by and no
one received a thank-you for
either event!
Fast-forward to today.
My cousin’s wife is now pregnant, and I have received a
baby shower invitation. I am
tempted to not attend because I will be angry about
not receiving a thank-you.
Should I go and give a
small gift, or give an excuse
and not attend? Maybe I
should include a self-addressed thank-you card
along with my gift?
Snubbed Cousin
Dear Snubbed: This is an
all-too-common problem.
However, I’d like to point out
that while you are fixated on
their rudeness, including a
passive-aggressive thankyou card with a shower gift is
also rude, and hanging onto
a grudge for two years is a bit
impolite too.
Yes, this couple was
thoughtless, but you do not
have to be. You should contact them via email and say,
“I’m embarrassed to ask
this, but did you ever get
your ‘thank you’s’ out after
your engagement and wedding? If so, we never received
them. Honestly, that has
hurt my feelings. These
landmark occasions are so
thanked for giving a gift
closes the circle for the people who celebrate with you.”
This is a polite and honest
nudge. Do not tie it to the
baby shower.
If you can attend this
shower and still be polite to
this couple, then do so, and
give them a small gift like
you had planned — without
the self-addressed note. If
you think that you are incapable of being polite at this
shower, then stay home.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
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[Galleries, from E1]
through-line of impeccable
Deskilling is the currently fashionable, sometimes useful effort to eliminate the value given to artisanal competence. The aim
is to shake up and destabilize institutionalized judgments of aesthetic worth.
But deskilling was not a
part of DeFrance’s vocabulary — perhaps because his
work was launched at a moment when the pristine aesthetic of finish fetish art, the
so-called L.A. look, was ascendant. The path of DeFrance’s work after 1965, the
year he graduated with an
MFA from UCLA and had
his first gallery appearance
in a group exhibition, is long
and winding.
It began with a bang.
“Dazzler,” one of the earliest works on view, is an Op
extravaganza that melds
chromatic dissonance (diagonal stripes of turquoise
and vermilion) with physical
and optical shape-shifting
(a skewed, 10-sided canvas
with an interior jigsaw-puzzle composition of interlocking and overlapping rectangles and triangles). Frank
Stella’s paintings are a likely
inspiration, but with a slight
A pair of cut-out trapezoid shapes in the middle of
the canvas makes negative
space — actual, not illusionistic — essential to the composition’s
DeFrance introduced an element of the new, environmental Light and Space art
into painting.
Light and Space artists
like Doug Wheeler and
Robert Irwin were leaving
painting behind — dematerializing the art object, in
critic Lucy Lippard’s famous
phrase — while Larry Bell
was moving into sculpture.
DeFrance refused to let
painting go.
His next works, which
launched his solo gallery
career, were the so-called
“slot paintings.” Minimalist,
Christopher Knight Los Angeles Times
TOYS become art in Charlemagne Palestine’s “Ccornuuoorphanossccopiaee Aanorphansshhornoffplentyyy.”
mostly monochrome canvases featured geometric
patterns of cut-out rectangular slots.
“Saint Cloud,” 6 feet high
and 12 feet wide, is emblematic: a black canvas pierced
by six evenly spaced rows of
seven horizontal slots. The
cut-outs expose the wall on
which the painting hangs,
but slow perusal begins to
reveal vaporous flickers of
pale color within the neat
lineup of empty spaces.
stretcher bars are unusually
deep — maybe 3 or 4 inches
— which allows light to circulate behind the picture
plane. The optical haze arises from reflections of a rainbow of color blocks that DeFrance painted in an irregular pattern on the back of
the canvas.
For the viewer looking at
the front, hints of soft light
lurk within the overall darkness. You practically want to
crawl inside the painting to
discover what is happening
— and how.
viewer is a hallmark of DeFrance’s work, which is positioned as a meeting point between artist and stranger.
One later piece, 1984’s “Flywheel,” is even a functional
credenza, furniture whose
colorful surfaces constitute
a three-dimensional painting pushed up against a wall.
The show moves quickly
through a variety of series.
There are paintings with
woven geometric patterns,
some with combed and fluid
surfaces, a few seemingly
aerial views of abstract landscapes and a pair of doorway-like
made from interlocking
shapes and implying passages into other realms.
A group of eccentrically
shaped panels of wood veneer painted in wavy stripes
of snazzy, multicolor acrylic
is inexplicably mesmerizing.
DeFrance was a gifted colorist, and his hues tend
toward the tertiary — rather
than a purist’s red, yellow
and blue, for example, he
gives us magenta, chartreuse and teal.
The concluding works,
made after 2000 and the
dawn of a new millennium,
are precisely crafted, interlocking panels of softly
stained birch wood — perceptually quiet and meditative in the extreme. According to the show’s small catalogue, some are inspired by
Japanese Zen brushwork
(one is named for the gate of
a Shinto shrine), while others are tagged for birds and
for monumental, prehistoric
stone monoliths.
The stained panels, although softly hued, bring
you back to “Dazzler,” whose
clashing colors of cinnabar
and turquoise signal spiritual elements of celebration
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blew up. Seg-El ( Cameron
grandfather, faces decisions about his world’s
fate. 10 p.m. Syfy
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and healing within Asian
and Native American cultures. (DeFrance was born
in Alliance, Neb., a region
rich in Native American
tribes.) The early and late
works look nothing alike, but
they do fit easily together.
Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Merrimac Way, Costa
Mesa. Through April 7. (714)
432-5738, orangecoastcoll
This exhibition
is truly stuffed
A marvelously abundant,
even overstuffed installation
by artist and composer
Charlemagne Palestine fills
an industrial warehouse
space with tons of plush
comfort, kaleidoscopic color
and rhythmic waves of noise.
Brussels-based artist, 71,
has compared the copiousness of his work to an “everything” bagel. No purist, he;
Palestine has seen to it that
about 18,000 stuffed animals
have taken up temporary
residence in the gallery at
356 S. Mission Road.
Mickey, Minnie, SpongeBob SquarePants, Hello
Kitty, plus a much bigger
menagerie of anonymous
animals (elephants, croco-
diles, toucans, lambs, owls,
you-name-it) and, most of
all, teddy bears cavort
among brightly colored fabric strips, table cloths and
yards of inexpensive textiles.
The room’s big window
panes are smeared in bright
colors, like finger-painted
stained glass for a secular
Chartres Cathedral. For
good measure, spotlighted
and spinning mirror-balls
send dots of light gaily skittering around the room.
The plush toys are attached to both sides of nine
wheels. Petals torn from artificial flowers are scattered
beneath them on the floor —
a traditional wedding symbol of fertility made joyfully
secular. Here, creation is
Other plush toys are
loaded inside seven coffins
made of plain pine and ranging in size from small child to
extra-large adult; piled in
great mounds within the
cabinets of three baby grand
pianos; heaped inside two
topsy-turvy rowboats and
one small sailboat suspended from the ceiling (the
“Nina,” “Pinta” and “Santa
Maria”); jammed within
hanging bathtubs; strewn
along the floor the length of
one wide wall; covering the
surface of the opposite wall
and — here, there and everywhere — hanging from vivaciously colorful fabric para-
chutes that dangle in the air.
The parachute brigade is
like a rescue team arriving to
save the day, a Berlin airlift
for the beleaguered soul.
The emergency is not
topical. Palestine has compared school to a concentration camp and his mother to
Margaret Thatcher, the
cold-blooded Iron Lady,
which gives at least some indication as to why liberation
is needed. Soft kiddie toys
are cuddly, all-purpose talismans of succor and solace.
In the center of the room,
a ceremonial semi-circle has
been set up with a makeshift
ring of tatty television monitors playing a selection of
Palestine’s video performances from the past 40 years.
In one, the artist runs
around a small, plain room,
banging into walls as if
trapped and unable to break
free, yet confirming the protective shelter of the place.
In another, the camera
seems adrift at sea. In a
third, he swings a lantern on
an electrical chord around
his head, like a cowboyshaman with a lariat of light.
Through it all, a soundtrack of rhythmic chanting
swells and falls. Sound is integral to Palestine’s installation, whose title incorporates letters repeated like
resonant sonic vibrations.
Buried within “Ccornuuoorphanossccopiaee
as the installation is titled,
are an orphaned cornucopia
and horn of plenty. The
gallery, stuffed, becomes its
own environmentally scaled
stuffed toy.
Palestine’s cascades of
emotionally loaded plush
animals and exuberant explosions of bright commercial gewgaws for children
preceded related work by
accomplished artists as diverse as Larry Mantello in the
1990s and Mike Kelley in the
1980s. (Palestine taught at
CalArts, where Kelley went
to school, in the early 1970s,
and the current exhibition is
sponsored by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.)
The installation is all really
just too much — which, in
these cruel and emotionally
crushing days, means it’s
almost just enough.
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