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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018
© 2018 WSCE
Conflicting
warnings
issued before
mudslides
OS CA R N O M I NAT I O N S
Christina House Los Angeles Times
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
JORDAN PEELE hits a historic high with nods for
GRETA GERWIG is the fifth woman to be up for a
producer, director and writer for thriller “Get Out.”
directing Oscar for the coming-of-age “Lady Bird.”
Discrepancy in Santa
Barbara County’s
evacuation guidance
left dozens of homes
off one warning list.
By Joseph Serna
In the days before deadly
mudslides devastated Montecito,
Santa
Barbara
County officials released
conflicting evacuation instructions that left some
hard-hit neighborhoods out
of the warning zone.
The
Santa
Barbara
County Sheriff ’s Office
posted on its website and on
Facebook a list of voluntary
and mandatory evacuation
areas for the town. But a
separate map on the county’s main website included a
larger voluntary evacuation
zone that included dozens of
Steve Dietl Netf lix
“MUDBOUND’S” Rachel Morrison makes Oscar history as the first female nominee in cinematography.
ANALYSIS
Hard-won progress
a long time coming
Academy lurches way forward with historic picks
Perris couple
curated public
life of children
Neighbors and others
who caught glimpses
of captive 13 now
struggle to process
what they missed.
By Paloma Esquivel
By Glenn Whipp
Recently, “Shape of Water” star
Sally Hawkins listened as Guillermo
del Toro, the movie’s writer-director,
described the plot of the lush, romantic fantasy, which revolves around a
mute female janitor in a 1960s government lab.
Punctuating his explanation that
a woman drives the entire story,
Hawkins waited a beat and then said:
“It’s about time.”
The nominations for the 90th
Academy Awards, which were announced on Tuesday, contained a
great many “it’s about time” moments. Jordan Peele, the mastermind
of “Get Out,” a social thriller about
American racism, became the first
African American to earn producer,
director and writer nominations for a
single film; the academy nominated a
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
ROMANTIC fable “The Shape of
Water” by writer-director Guillermo del Toro leads the Oscar
race with 13 nominations.
More Oscars coverage
CALENDAR, E1
latimes.com/entertainment
ANALYSIS
Pence’s survival
skills: Give praise
and take criticism
By Brian Bennett
JERUSALEM — Sitting
directly across the table
from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Vice President Mike
Pence maintained a placid,
mask-like face as the monarch publicly lit into him
over and over for not heeding
Arab concerns over the
White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s
capital.
The king’s voice — polished at Oxford and Sandhurst, the British military
academy
—
quavered
Russia inquiry
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is
the first Cabinet member
questioned by the special
counsel. NATION, A6
slightly as he admonished
Pence, sternly calling him
“sir” as TV cameras rolled,
for ignoring a year’s worth of
“continuously voiced” objections to Washington. Vowing
to be “candid and frank,” he
warned of a “potential major
source of instability” for Jordan and the region.
It was a rare face-to-face
public rebuke of an American vice president, and a
public humiliation that
Pence’s boss, President
Trump, is unlikely to have
sat through so quietly. Pence
said later that he and Abdullah “agreed to disagree.”
Pence’s stoic response
Sunday in Amman, the Jordanian capital, like the rest
of the four-day Middle East
tour he wrapped up Tuesday, shows he has honed a
unique set of survival skills
[See Pence, A4]
female cinematographer, “Mudbound’s” Rachel Morrison, for the
first time in its 90-year history; and
Greta Gerwig became just the fifth
woman recognized as a director, feted
for her wry, observational coming-ofage story “Lady Bird.”
Gerwig also picked up a nomination for the film’s original screenplay,
a story that focused on a young woman discovering herself while dealing
with a mother she can never seem to
please.
“We thought about putting a title
card at the end of the movie: ‘Call
Your Mom,’ ” Gerwig told The Times.
Has anyone who was not a nominee ever called mom to celebrate anything the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences has done?
Tuesday might have been the day
that actually happened.
After years of criticism for its lack
[See Nominations, A11]
homes not covered by the
sheriff ’s list.
Of the 21 people killed in
the mudslide, at least a dozen lived in areas that were
covered by the county’s
evacuation map but not included in the Sheriff ’s Office
warnings, according to records and data reviewed by
The Times.
In response to questions
from The Times, Santa Barbara County emergency officials acknowledged the discrepancy while emphasizing
the many other measures officials took to warn residents
of an approaching storm
that caused the mudslides,
including emails, social media alerts, news releases and
even deputies going door to
door in some areas.
“Regrettably, however,
also 30 hours prior to the
storm’s arrival, I approved a
press release and Facebook
post that had discrepancies
[See Mudslides, A10]
Two years ago, the neighborhood watch of the Perris
community where David
and Louise Turpin lived with
their 13 children held a
Christmas decorating contest, offering $50 and $25 gift
cards to the winners.
Some of the Turpin siblings joined in, placing a Nativity scene in their frontyard, with hay for the
manger and a Nativity star
in a window. Santa Claus sat
in his sleigh near the garage.
When the winners were
announced at a community
gathering, the parents and
five of their children were
there.
Louise Turpin spent the
evening chatting with a
neighbor about her children,
about the family’s roots in
West Virginia and Texas,
and about their love of Las
Vegas, said Salynn Simon,
who lives across the street
from the family’s home.
Last week, police discovered the Turpin siblings,
ages 2 to 29, living captive in
their parents’ home. They
had been tortured, abused
and neglected for years in
ways so extreme that the
siblings are severely malnourished and some show
signs of cognitive impairment and nerve damage,
prosecutors said.
The children were so isolated, some did not know
about police officers or medication, prosecutors said.
The alleged abuse started
decades ago and grew worse
in recent years.
But as their visit to the
neighborhood-watch meeting shows, the Turpin children were not completely
hidden from the outside
world.
There were glimpses of
[See Turpins, A9]
Parents, protect your children
Listen to them. Ask questions. Trust no one to do your job.
wonderful experience with
kind and decent people, it
could have been so much
different.
She could have been a
standout gymnast, and her
team doctor could have
been Larry Nassar, which
prompts a necessary conversation.
If a child molester like
Nassar can be protected by
a major university, a national sports organization
and the United States
Olympic Committee, who
can parents trust with their
child athletes?
The answer, as we’ve all
been so horribly reminded,
is to ask questions, listen to
your child and trust nobody
until they’ve earned it.
The horror on display for
the past week in Courtroom
5 of the Ingham County
[See Plaschke, A14]
BILL PLASCHKE
When my
oldest daughter was in
eighth grade,
she was
picked for a
traveling
all-star soccer
team, and I
momentarily
lost my mind.
I stopped being a parent
and started being a fan. The
coaches became deities,
their orders became gospel,
and my faith became blind.
The girls were traveling
with only a couple of chaperones to a state tournament?
Cool! They were staying in
some unnamed hotel with
who-knows-who in their
rooms? Awesome! Late
practices at weird locations
with special tutoring? Go
for it!
For a couple of weeks, my
parenting instincts were
sacrificed on the almighty
altar of sports, and even
though my daughter had a
Matthew Daesmith Associated Press
LARRY NASSAR , brought into court Tuesday in
Lansing, Mich., has admitted sexually assaulting
young athletes under the guise of medical treatment.
A2
W E D N E S DAY , JA N UA RY 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
ON THE GROUND IN LAREDO, TEXAS
with Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Photographs by
Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times
VIDEO BLOGGER Priscilla Villarreal Treviño, left, known online as Lagordiloca, issues bilingual reports on
crime to followers locally and nationwide. She mixes raw news and gossip, spiced with Spanish expletives.
Live, on the border, the
‘crazy fat lady’ tells all
Fans love her posts, but police don’t: She’s facing felony charges
oon after pulling up
to the scene of a
hit-and-run in her
blue pickup, Priscilla Villarreal Treviño whipped out her cellphone and started broadcasting live on Facebook as
police looked on.
“Lagordiloca, reporting
what’s happening — buenas
noches,” she told her 86,000
followers in Spanish, then
English. “A woman was run
over here in this street. You
can see in the road they
found some things: her
shoes. Imagine. They have
her in an ambulance.”
She is known as
Lagordiloca — her riff on la
gorda loca, the “crazy fat
lady” — not just in her border hometown, but across
the country. Fans tune in
from Los Angeles to Chicago, New York and Puerto
Rico to watch the tattooed
video blogger with a cascade
of curls tucked under her
rhinestone cap deliver bilingual nightcrawler-style
reports on car crashes,
shootings and other violent
crime.
Villarreal produces saucy
live feeds, peppered with
Spanish expletives, that are
a mix of raw news and gossip — or as she says, chisme
— and draw a range of Laredoans, from street hustlers to college students to
retirees.
Suburban moms on the
upscale north side discussed her posts at a recent
country club luncheon. In a
region notorious for corruption and a city where local
politicians have been under
investigation by the FBI,
many see her as someone
they can trust.
But Villarreal’s reports
also have sparked tensions
with the Laredo Police
Department, which last
month charged her with two
counts of misuse of official
information, a third-degree
felony, in connection with
her posts. Villarreal turned
herself in, was briefly jailed
and is fighting the charges,
contending that the department violated her right to
free speech.
Critics accuse Villarreal
of failing to vet information.
Last spring, she posted
allegations about abuse at a
day-care center that proved
unfounded, and the center
sued for defamation, obtaining a judgment of about
$300,000 after Villarreal
failed to show up in court.
Villarreal, 33, who has no
journalistic training, said
that she didn’t go to court
because her niece was fatally ill in the hospital and
that she is more careful now.
But her posts have irked
police. Last summer, she
warned of looming gas
shortages in the wake of
Hurricane Harvey, and
drivers swarmed local stations, leaving police to calm
the city. She reported that
police had warned a local
elementary school about a
man who had “an urge to kill
children,” and parents
across the city rushed to
bring their children home,
even though police had
already detained the man.
S
CRITICS ACCUSE Villarreal of failing to verify her information. But in a region
notorious for corruption, many consider her a source they can trust.
Villarreal was charged
last month after she posted
the name of a U.S. Customs
and Border Protection
agriculture supervisory
program manager who had
committed suicide by jumping from an overpass in
April.
Authorities say a Laredo
police officer leaked the
name to Villarreal, who
posted it before the department officially released it. A
police spokesman said the
officer involved was placed
on leave after officials received a warrant to search
her phone and discovered
hundreds of calls and messages she had exchanged
with Villarreal.
Laredo Police Chief
Claudio Treviño released a
statement saying the department is committed to
protecting and serving the
community, and “part of
that commitment is the
fulfillment of protecting
everyone’s rights under the
law, especially to the right of
freedom of speech. Additionally, there is also an
obligation to the protection
of a person’s right to privacy
as it relates to sensitive
information.”
Villarreal said the police
are trying to silence her and
she’s unwilling to back off,
having turned down job
offers from mainstream
news organizations rather
than tone down her posts.
“I’m independent. I can
say what I want,” she said. “I
didn’t do anything wrong.”
The police use a closed
radio system designed to
avoid monitoring by outside
scanners, chiefly drug traffickers across the border, so
Villarreal relies on tip calls,
texts and social media.
Drivers beep and wave as
they pass her truck, the
dinged Dodge Ram she
bought for $700, its dashboard patched with duct
tape. She does not get paid
outright, but she does accept free mangonada
drinks, candied apples and
other local favorites, promoting local businesses in
return. Lately she has tried
to minimize her swearing
before midnight since her
fame grew among local kids,
who recognize her on the
streets and wave.
“Que onda, guey?” she
said to fellow drivers stopping for gas on a recent
Saturday, “What’s up, guy?”
After posing with them
for photos, she pleaded for
information. “If you see
something in the street, call
me,” she said in Spanish.
Laredo police gave her a
wide berth when they saw
her at the Stripes gas station or Taco Palenque. She
kept her distance too, given
her ongoing case. But when
a police sergeant she has
known since childhood
approached her at Denny’s,
she greeted him warmly.
“He used to say, ‘Behave
or I’ll arrest you,’ ” Villarreal
said.
The two laughed.
“I was telling her, there’s
good cops and bad cops,”
the sergeant said before
rejoining his comrades at
another table.
Villarreal is also on good
terms with the local sheriff,
Martin Cuellar, brother of
Democratic Laredo
congressman Henry Cuellar.
“I don’t have a problem.
She’s from my old neighborhood — I know how she can
be,” Sheriff Cuellar said.
Villarreal grew up in the
gritty central Las Cruces
neighborhood, a cluster of
wood-frame ranch houses
whose yard shrines to the
Virgin of Guadalupe glow as
she passes at night. As a
child, she was an explorer
with the sheriff ’s office. But
she dropped out of high
school, racked up arrests for
drugs and tampering with
evidence in a murder case,
charges that were later
dismissed.
By the time she hit 30,
Villarreal had fallen in love
with a guy from the neighborhood and settled down.
Two years ago, she was
married, working for a
wrecker service and expecting her first child. But the
baby was born prematurely
and died after only a few
hours. Villarreal became
depressed, gained weight
and had trouble sleeping.
One night, as she drove
around town, she stumbled
upon police responding to a
hostage situation in prog-
ress at a home on the city’s
troubled south side, facing
the Rio Grande. Two girls
were inside, ages 6 and 16.
She started filming. She can
still remember the sound of
the shots. As she watched,
officers carried the girls’
bodies out. Within hours,
Villarreal’s video clips drew
more than 800,000 views.
“Lagordiloca” was born.
She’s sponsoring a float
in next month’s Presidents
Day parade with a 1st
Amendment theme, has her
own rap song by oilfield
worker Alex Martinez, aka
Wyze Mtz, and another in
the works about her criminal charges. Martinez described her posts as “unfiltered.”
“That’s what ticks off a
lot of people, but also makes
people feel close to her: It’s
how we are,” he said.
Villarreal’s mother
vowed her daughter would
prevail against the Police
Department.
“They don’t like that
she’s there before everyone
else,” Maricela Rodriguez
said. “They wanted to quiet
her, but they just made it
bigger.”
Villarreal asked followers
during a live video Saturday
why they tuned in. Their
responses came rapid fire:
“Because you’re against
corruption.”
“The chisme is the best!”
“As my mother says, you
don’t mince words.”
She’s instantly recognizable when she rolls up to
crime scenes in a
Lagordiloca T-shirt with
her catchphrases on the
back: “Que rollo” (“What’s
happening?”) and a much
saltier expression we won’t
print here.
At the hit-and-run, witnesses approached her,
offered a description of the
vehicle and encouragement
in her pending case.
“I don’t know what they
arrested her for — she tells it
like it is,” an elderly woman
said.
Lagordiloca shook her
hand, climbed back into her
truck and peeled off toward
the next scene.
molly.hennessy-fiske
@latimes.com
W E D N E S DAY , JA N UA RY 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
A3
THE WORLD
Pakistani city racked by child rape
Twelve kids in Kasur
district were attacked
in the last year. Only
one of them survived.
By Kiran Nazish
KASUR, Pakistan —
Nusrat Ameen sat on her
bed next to another mother
who had come from more
than 200 miles away to offer
condolences. Aneeka Malik
hugged Ameen and cried.
“I can’t imagine this happening to my child,” Malik
said. “If I lose sight of her, I
start getting panicked.”
In the weeks since
Ameen’s 6-year-old daughter, Zainab, was found dead
in a trash dump, her body
showing signs of rape, the
family has become Pakistan’s portrait of grief. Parents from across the country
have traveled to the eastern
city of Kasur and sat in the
family’s two-story house,
trying to offer comfort but
also to voice their anxieties
about what many describe
as an epidemic of child sexual abuse in Pakistan.
Malik, a 37-year-old from
the city of Multan, said she
once could not find her kindergarten-age
daughter
during school recess. Malik
said she screamed hysterically, causing a crowd to
gather. Her daughter was
quickly found on the playground, but a mother’s worries do not fade easily.
“I am here in solidarity
with Zainab’s family,” Malik
said. “No parent in the world
should go through this.”
The agony in Kasur did
not diminish Tuesday with
the news that authorities
had captured a man accused
of raping Zainab and seven
other children, all but one of
whom died. A total of 12 children have been raped over
the last year in this district of
3.4 million people, all the incidents occurring within a
1.5-mile radius, in neighborhoods with streets so narrow
that cars cannot fit.
Police identified the man
as a 23-year-old construction worker and religious
singer.
The news was immediately greeted with skepticism, however, because the
national furor over the attacks has brought intense
pressure on law enforcement to bring the culprits
to justice — and police have
frequently arrested and
even killed suspects who
were later found to be innocent.
Zainab’s killing set off
days of deadly riots and
prompted a nationwide social media campaign — coinciding with the #MeToo
movement in the United
States against sexual misconduct — in which Pakistani celebrities and ordinary citizens told of abuse
they faced as children.
In Pakistan, rape victims
have long been silenced by
cultural taboos, and culprits
often go free. Zainab’s killing
occurred in Kasur, a city
near the Indian border that
was long famous for Sufi
shrines but has gained the
unwelcome moniker of Pakistan’s “rape capital.”
Anxiety
runs
deep
among the parents in the
city. Teachers cordon off
Photographs by
B.K. Bangash Associated Press
PEOPLE attend a memorial to Zainab, 6, in Islamabad, Pakistan. News of an arrest in this month’s killing of Zainab, whose body bore
signs of rape, was met with skepticism, given Pakistani law enforcement’s record of arresting suspects who are later found to be innocent.
campuses during school recess. Shopkeepers swear to
keep an eye on anyone they
don’t recognize.
The street where Zainab’s family lives is now
adorned with decorations,
colorful and shiny bunting
stretching through the
street in remembrance of
the loss of an innocent child.
Banners bearing Zainab’s
face carry slogans both
sad and uplifting: “No more
inhumanity in this city,
monsters will be crushed,”
and “Children are our flowers.”
Ameen and her husband
were on a pilgrimage in
Saudi Arabia when she received a phone call on the
night of Jan. 4 notifying
them that the youngest of
their three daughters had
gone missing outside her
aunt’s house, where she took
Koran lessons with her cousins.
When police were slow to
respond — a local barber
said he saw officers napping
in their vans the night she
disappeared — relatives
formed a search party, and a
local baker and hardware
shop owner turned over security camera images to the
family to aid in the hunt.
“This could have been
avoided,” said her uncle,
Shabbir Ahmed, 44. “The
police pretended they were
doing their part. But that
night, the police were so lethargic that we had to
gather the neighborhood to
look for Zainab.”
Five days later, Zainab’s
mutilated body was found.
Her hands were broken, she
was covered in blood and feces, and her body showed
signs of rape, according to a
doctor who conducted the
autopsy.
Kasur was hit by revelations in August 2015 that a
pedophile ring based in a
nearby village had filmed
NUSRAT AMEEN and her husband, left, learned that daughter Zainab, seen in
photograph, was missing while they were away on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
about 280 children being
sexually exploited.
After one of the victims
went public with a video,
investigators found that
parents who learned of the
crimes had stayed silent
to avoid bringing shame
on their families in the
conservative country, where
sex and rape are taboo subjects.
Authorities were castigated for their neglect in
that case, and many residents of Kasur said it was
only afterward that police
took notice of child abuse
complaints.
“Before 2015, police used
to refuse to register rape
cases and often blamed
the families, discouraging
them” from even filing reports, said Jawad Bukhari,
40, chief executive of Alpha
Foundation, a child rights
advocacy group in Kasur.
That case helped bring
child sexual exploitation to
light in Pakistan but did lit-
tle to curb the problem. The
independent Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan
said that 1,582 rape cases
were reported in 2016, more
than twice the year before,
with child rape cases rising
by 10%.
After Zainab’s killing,
three days of riots broke out
in Kasur in which police
opened fire on demonstrators, killing three people. The case became a political issue, with Pakistan’s
military chief and the
Supreme Court chief justice
issuing condemnations.
Right-wing
Islamist
parties joined the demonstrators, adding to the embarrassment for Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s governing party, whose
stronghold is here in Punjab
province.
All the while, Zainab’s
family continued to press for
justice, breaking a taboo on
openly discussing sexual assault in Pakistan that has al-
lowed victims to go ignored
and perpetrators to go unpunished.
“The lengths this country goes to punish rape victims
is
unimaginable,”
Bukhari said. “From police
to the judicial system, every
step is flawed and filled with
hurdles for victims and parents.”
Families of victims in Kasur said police sometimes
turned them away or ask for
money to register an initial
report.
Two months before Zainab’s killing, a girl named
Laiba was attacked and
dumped in the trash in Kasur. She was the only one of
the 12 child victims to survive, but family members
say she is disoriented, does
not recognize them and cannot speak.
Her father drained the
family’s finances to pay her
medical bills. After Zainab’s
case became public, Laiba
was offered free treatment
at the local hospital.
Mohammad Asif, a fruit
seller, said it was only after
Zainab’s death that the family received a forensic report
in the rape and killing of his
daughter, 5-year-old Ayesha,
who was taken from a wedding in January 2017.
“For one year, I made
trips to the police station,
but they kept telling me that
I should look for the culprit
within my own family and
surroundings,” Asif said.
“If the police had done
their job in the previous
cases, my Ayesha would
have been saved. Or if they
would have done their job in
Ayesha’s case, Zainab would
have been saved.”
After Pakistan’s army
chief took notice of Zainab’s
death, a joint investigation
team was formed involving
local and provincial police
departments and major intelligence agencies.
Investigators said they
tested DNA from 600
neighborhood residents and
interrogated
dozens
of
people.
Sajid Ali, a spokesman
for the district police, acknowledged that the police
in the past had “mistakenly
caught the wrong culprits”
in the child rape cases. Some
were killed in “encounters,”
a term used to describe police killings in self-defense,
Ali said.
After Tuesday’s arrest,
Zainab’s mother said the
culprit should be punished
publicly.
He should be “stoned and
skinned in the middle of this
neighborhood,” Ameen said.
“The world should watch
him, so no man in the world
ever abuses a child like this.”
Nazish is a special
correspondent. Times staff
writer Shashank Bengali in
Mumbai, India, contributed
to this report.
Mexico activist’s death baffles self-governing town
Slaying victim took
on illegal loggers. But
relatives say they
know of no threats.
By Kate Linthicum
and Patrick J.
McDonnell
MEXICO CITY — Like
many residents of the pinecovered hills of Cheran in
central Mexico, Guadalupe
Campanur led a life of radical resistance.
As a young woman in 2011,
she joined town leaders in
fighting back against illegal
loggers and drug traffickers
accused of killing local farmers.
She later played a role
when the town’s newly
formed self-defense patrols
expelled the local government, replacing police officers and politicians aligned
with national parties with
homegrown militias and assemblies inspired by the
community’s
indigenous
roots.
Fellow activists say Campanur, 32, was deeply committed to the town’s unique
political and social experiment, leading patrols of the
militia as well as community
sewing classes.
Last week, she was found
strangled on the side of a
highway.
Was Campanur’s death
connected to her activism?
Environmental
activists
have been killed in Mexico
and countries across the
globe in recent years. Was it
the result of a personal conflict? Or was she just another of the 80 homicide victims
killed daily across Mexico, a
country where increasingly
balkanized criminal groups
have fueled a historic surge
of violence?
Whatever happened, the
incident is a profound loss
for a close-knit community
that has proudly sought to
insulate itself from the violence of the rest of the country, said Pedro Chavez, a
teacher and Cheran community leader.
“We have maintained our
struggle to confront this situation of insecurity, and the
death of a member of our
community hurts us deeply,”
Chavez said.
“Guadalupe had a dedication, like the majority of
the population here, to defend our community,” he
said. “She was a comrade.”
Michoacan Gov. Silvano
Aureoles said that although
authorities have not yet
identified any suspects, the
slaying “will not go unpunished.” According to the
state attorney general’s office, relatives of Campanur
said they were unaware of
threats against her.
Campanur’s body was
found near a highway about
15 miles north of Cheran, in
the town of Chilchota.
The state of Michoacan,
where Cheran and Chilchota
are located, is one of Mexico’s most violent places,
with 1,510 homicide investigations opened there last
year. In some regions, criminal gangs operate with near
impunity.
Traveling by automobile
is notoriously unsafe, and
road closures organized by
criminals — so-called narcoblockades — are frequent.
This month, the U.S. State
Department issued a warning urging American citizens not to visit the state.
Cheran, on the other
hand, has been a haven since
the community takeover.
It’s a heavily protected
bastion where local militia
members guard each main
entrance to town. Authorities say there has not been a
slaying there since the takeover in 2011.
The town runs a regular
forest patrol, with residents
armed with assault rifles
fanning out across the
woods in search of illegal loggers.
Political electioneering is
banned — no one can enter
the town with so much as a
bumper sticker promoting a
political party — because of
the link between political
parties and criminal gangs
that operate in the area,
town leaders say.
Because Cheran’s residents mostly belong to the
Purepecha Indian group,
they were allowed to set up
their own government under
Mexican laws governing indigenous areas. Still, it took
a lengthy court fight for the
town to be able to implement its own system of government.
Chavez said that after
Campanur’s death, the local
assemblies and the militias
have stepped up security in
the region.
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A rough Mideast trip for Pence
[Pence, from A1]
for serving under a mercurial and vindictive president:
Heap double scoops of
praise on Trump and his
agenda, and be prepared to
absorb the uncomfortable
criticism of U.S. allies.
It obviously wasn’t as bad
as when Vice President
Richard Nixon’s car was
pelted with rocks and spat
upon by anti-American protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, in May 1958. Still, it’s hard
to remember a more recent
vice president who has
pushed the limits of carrying
political grudges abroad,
created such controversy or
endured such public slights
and snubs on an overseas
trip.
It began when the trip
was repeatedly postponed
as anger and protests
spread across the Middle
East over Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The
move defied decades of U.S.
policy and international
consensus that said the divided city’s political status
should be determined as
part of a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Pence’s aides billed the
three-nation trip as a chance
to smooth relations with
close allies and to offer support to the region’s Christian minority. But after
Trump’s decision, the head
of Egypt’s Coptic Church
said he would not meet with
the vice president, and a
planned visit to the West
Bank city of Bethlehem was
scrapped.
Also scrubbed were any
meetings with Palestinians
after Mahmoud Abbas,
president of the Palestinian
Authority, called for a boycott of Pence’s visit and canceled a sit-down. Palestinian
protesters burned a photo of
Pence in Bethlehem on Sunday while Abbas flew to
Brussels to meet with European Union foreign ministers.
It got worse from there.
In Cairo on Saturday,
Egyptian President Abdel
Fattah Sisi rebuked him privately and at length. Pence
had to personally intervene
so American reporters who
had accompanied him could
be allowed in to cover their
public comments.
The headline in Egypt’s
state-owned Akhbar al
Youm newspaper described
Pence as the vice president
for “aborting peace.”
On Sunday, Abdullah
publicly chastised Pence at
the palace luncheon. “Today
we have a major challenge to
overcome, especially with
some of the rising frustrations,” he told the vice president as their aides and
wives, Queen Rania and
Karen Pence, watched silently.
Abdullah’s “angry message” was a “dire warning
that the U.S. was losing its
status and risking its national
security,”
Issam
Qadhmani, a columnist with
Ronen Zvulun AFP/Getty Images
VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence, in red tie, and wife Karen, center, visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, with Israeli Prime Min-
ister Benjamin Netanyahu, second from left, his wife, Sara, and others. Pence met a friendly leader in Israel, unlike in Egypt and Jordan.
Jordan’s state-owned daily
Al Rai, wrote.
Later that day, Pence
broke with long-standing
tradition that says elected
U.S. leaders should not
launch partisan attacks at
events with members of the
armed services, or indeed
while overseas. Meeting
fighter pilots at a U.S. base
near the Syrian border,
Pence blamed Democrats
for “playing politics with military pay” in the three-day
government shutdown, although military salaries apparently were not at risk in
the short run.
On Monday, Pence’s
speech to the Israeli parliament was disrupted when
lawmakers from the Arab
Joint List, Israel’s third-biggest party, waved placards
and shouted in protest —
probably a first for a visiting
U.S. leader. Thirteen members were forcibly escorted
from the chamber after
grappling with security staff.
That afternoon, after
Congress reached a deal to
end the shutdown, Pence
said “the Schumer shutdown failed” as he stood beside Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, who
has relied on Senate Minority Leader Charles E.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) as a dependable ally for Israel.
By Tuesday, as he toured
the solemn Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust and
placed a folded piece of paper in a crevice in the Western Wall, Pence was greeted
by a general Palestinian
strike and scattered protests in the West Bank and
East Jerusalem.
Pence’s team believes the
three-nation trip was a diplomatic triumph, one it
plans to enhance by visiting
up to 10 more countries this
year and can use to bolster
his otherwise low-wattage
record so far if he ever runs
for president. His team
members dismiss the complaints as proof that
Trump’s disruptive policy
is shaking up hidebound
views that have failed to produce a Middle East peace
deal.
In their telling, Pence
helped restore the goodwill
of Arab partners, shored up
crucial help in Egypt and
Jordan against terrorists
while countering the mullahs in Iran, and extracted
assurances from Sisi to look
into the imprisonment of
two Americans — although
not a promise to release
them or any political prisoners.
Many Israelis will remember his visit as historic:
the first U.S. vice president
to address the Israeli parliament and the highest-ranking foreign official ever to say
he was honored to visit
“Jerusalem, the capital of
the state of Israel.”
He won plaudits in Israel
— and among American
evangelical voters who see
Pence as their champion
— for announcing that
the Trump administration
would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem next year, not five
or six years down the road as
the State Department had
indicated.
And Pence’s visit is likely
to go down well with the Oval
Office. Time and again, he
said how proud he was to
represent Trump — not the
United States or the American people, as national politicians normally do. Pence
and Trump spoke by phone
at least twice a day during
the trip, according to an
aide.
More significant, the
White House is betting the
Arab states’ focus on the
plight of the Palestinians
has faded behind concerns
about Iran’s support for
militants in Syria and
Yemen and other activities.
Fear of Iran has driven
Sunni Arab states and Israel
closer together, at least behind the scenes, and created
a potential new alignment in
the Middle East that has
Washington’s support.
“The United States has
lost most of its credibility as
a peace partner to Jordan
and Egypt, and it’s clear it
sees the Arabian Gulf as now
holding the balance of power
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evangelical messaging” and
lacked substance.
“The American hug is
nice, but I haven’t heard any
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Russia inquiry reaches Sessions
Attorney general talks
with special counsel
team looking for any
collusion, obstruction.
By Chris Megerian
and Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — Atty.
Gen. Jeff Sessions, who
played a key role in several
controversies
shadowing
President Trump, was questioned for several hours last
week by the special counsel’s
office investigating Russian
interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sessions is the first
known member of Trump’s
Cabinet to be interviewed
in the criminal inquiry,
which is seeking to determine whether Trump or any
of his aides assisted the Russian campaign effort or were
involved in alleged obstruction of justice during the
subsequent FBI investigation.
The attorney general
could provide an eyewitness
account to special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III about
several key episodes under
scrutiny, including Trump’s
interactions with campaign
foreign policy aide George
Papadopoulos, who offered
to arrange meetings with
senior Kremlin officials, and
Trump’s decision to fire FBI
Director James B. Comey.
“Sessions is kind of everywhere,” said Susan Hennessy, a national security
and governance fellow at the
nonpartisan Brookings Institution. “If you are conducting a thorough investigation, who are the people
you absolutely need to talk
to? Trump is one of those
people. Sessions is another.”
The sit-down with Sessions is the latest evidence
that Mueller’s high-stakes
investigation is reaching an
advanced stage.
Mueller already has arranged to question Stephen
K. Bannon, who was
Trump’s campaign manager
and later chief strategist at
the White House until he
was fired in August. Mueller
also is expected to seek an
interview with Trump in
coming weeks.
Papadopolous and former White House national
security advisor Michael
Flynn have pleaded guilty to
lying to the FBI and are cooperating with prosecutors.
Trump’s former campaign
chairman, Paul Manafort,
and his deputy have pleaded
not guilty to multiple
charges.
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JEFF SESSIONS “is kind of everywhere,” a national security expert says of President Trump’s attorney general, seen in November, and
his potential role in the case. He’s apparently the first Cabinet member to be interviewed in the investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III.
A Justice Department
spokesman confirmed that
Sessions met with Mueller’s
team last week but declined
to say what was discussed.
The special counsel’s office
declined to comment.
Trump downplayed news
of the interview, which first
appeared in the New York
Times, while talking with reporters Tuesday in the Oval
Office.
“I’m not at all concerned.
Not at all,” he said, adding he
had not spoken to Sessions
about the interview.
The
development
emerged the day after Sessions said the Justice Department was investigating
why five months of text messages between Peter Strzok,
a senior FBI agent, and Lisa
Page, an FBI lawyer, had disappeared.
The pair, who reportedly
were in a romantic relationship, initially worked on the
special counsel’s team. But
Strzok was reassigned last
summer after an inspector
general’s investigation discovered that other texts between them included some
critical of Trump, as well as
of Democrats. Page had already left the team.
Sessions said Monday
that investigators would
“use
every
technology
available” to recover the
missing phone texts. The
FBI blamed a technical
problem, but Republicans
suggested the possibility of a
coverup.
“One of the biggest stories in a long time,” Trump
tweeted.
Ironically, Strzok apparently was not enthusiastic
about the Russia investigation. Sen. Ron Johnson (RWis.) released some of the
couple’s other texts on Tuesday, including one in which
the FBI agent wrote he was
hesitant to join Mueller’s
team in part because of his
own “gut sense and concern
that there’s no big there
there.”
Sessions was an early
and impassioned Trump
supporter and surrogate
during the presidential
campaign. He was the first
U.S. senator to support the
flamboyant New York business mogul, vouching for
Trump’s credentials as a
conservative hard-liner on
immigration, a core part of
his message.
After Trump’s upset victory, he nominated Sessions
to serve as attorney general,
the country’s top law enforcement official.
But Trump bitterly criticized Sessions after he
abruptly recused himself in
March from supervising the
Russia investigation, without first telling the president. Sessions withdrew after news reports revealed he
had failed to notify Congress
about his own meetings with
Russia’s ambassador.
His position and proximity to the president during
the campaign, the transition
and Comey’s firing could
make him a crucial witness.
On the day before he fired
Comey in May, Trump summoned Sessions and Deputy
Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein
to the White House and
asked their opinions about
whether to fire Comey. They
said Comey had mishandled
the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails during
the campaign, and the White
House initially cited letters
from them to justify Comey’s
dismissal.
Two days later, Trump
undercut them by telling a
TV interviewer that he already had decided to fire
Comey before the meeting
and that “this Russia thing”
was on his mind when he
made the decision. In the
uproar that followed, Rosenstein appointed Mueller to
lead the investigation in an
effort to protect it from political interference.
In recent months, Rosenstein has publicly defended
the special counsel despite
Republican criticisms that
the investigation is fueled by
a political agenda. Rosenstein, who also talked to
Mueller’s team last summer,
continues
to
supervise
Mueller’s investigation.
In several Senate hearings, Sessions has refused to
say whether Trump mentioned the Russia investigation in the Oval Office conversation about Comey because the president may
choose to assert executive
privilege to keep the information confidential.
“I am protecting the right
of the president to exert it if
he chooses,” Sessions told
the Senate Judiciary Committee in June.
But that argument likely
won’t work with Mueller’s investigators, said Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal
prosecutor who was part of
special counsel Patrick
Fitzgerald’s investigation of
a leak in 2003 that revealed
the identity of a covert CIA
operative.
“I believe that he would
have to answer all questions,” Zeidenberg wrote in
an email.
In recent weeks, Trump
has trained his anger on the
FBI and in particular Deputy Director Andrew McCabe,
a holdover from Comey’s
tenure and a target of attacks from conservatives.
McCabe plans to retire in
March, when he becomes eligible for his full pension benefits. But Sessions reportedly pressured FBI Director
Christopher A. Wray, whom
Trump appointed to replace
Comey, to force McCabe out
immediately.
On Tuesday, Trump denied a report on Axios that
Wray threatened to quit as
FBI director rather than fire
McCabe.
“He didn’t at all. He did
not even a little bit,” Trump
said.
Axios said it stood by its
story.
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Is an immigration deal within Congress’ grasp?
Bid to help ‘Dreamers’
recalls the bipartisan
effort in 2013, with
some key differences.
By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON — As
Congress searches for a deal
to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation, there
are parallels to 2013, when
immigration legislation won
widespread support in the
Senate only to be roundly ignored in the more conservative, Republican-led House.
But for all the similarities
to that undertaking, there
are also stark differences
this time around in the politics, players and public opinion, which bring a new dynamic as lawmakers once
again try to tackle immigration.
On Tuesday, Congress
got to work on relief for the
nearly 700,000 Dreamers,
young immigrants who grew
up in the United States after
arriving illegally as children,
and who now face possible
detention and expulsion.
President Trump plans to
end the program protecting
them on March 5, though a
federal judge has ordered
that it remain in place pending a court challenge.
As part of the agreement
to end the federal shutdown
this week, Congress gave itself less than three weeks to
resolve the issue before the
next shutdown threat, Feb.
8, when temporary funding
to run the government expires.
“Now, there’s a deadline.
Kids’ll be deported or lose
their job or lose their schooling,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (RAriz.), who was a member of
the original “Gang of Eight”
senators who crafted the
2013 deal and is at the center
of this effort. “That’s the
forcing mechanism. That’s
why it’s different.”
Many immigration advocates were displeased with
the deal to reopen the government, fearing it created
little incentive for Republicans to compromise with
Democrats on immigration,
which was a problem in 2013
too.
At the time, the bipartisan Gang of Eight helped
pass a bill that, after weeks
of hearings and debate, collapsed without consideration in the House under the
weight of Republican opposition to President Obama
and any hint of “amnesty”
for those here illegally.
Then-House
Majority
Leader Eric Cantor lost a
primary election to an unknown newcomer, Rep.
Dave Brat (R-Va.), in part
over Cantor’s willingness to
consider help for the very
youngest Dreamers, those in
kindergarten. Then-House
Speaker John A. Boehner
(R-Ohio) quickly abandoned the immigration bill,
but he too was later pushed
to resign by his party’s conservative flank.
Much of that standoff in
Congress remains. A bipartisan group of senators, who
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PRESIDENT TRUMP, with Democratic and Repub-
lican lawmakers recently, says he’s ready to deal.
represent states rather than
narrowly tailored House districts, are working on a compromise,
while
House
Speaker Paul D. Ryan (RWis.) has assured the conservative House Freedom
Caucus — which helped oust
Boehner — that he will not
bring up an immigration bill
that does not have support
from a majority of House Republicans.
“We have a decent shot
to get something through
the Senate. We have no shot
to get something in the
House,” said Frank Sharry,
executive director of the immigrant advocacy group
America’s Voice. “But if we
pass something in the Senate, it puts pressure on
Trump to do something.”
Unlike in 2013, Republicans now have majority
control of the House and
the Senate, and a president
from their party in the
White House.
The president has given
mixed views on immigration, but has said he wants to
do something “nice” for
Dreamers, despite his harsh
rhetoric and actions toward
immigrants and his promise
to build a wall on the border
with Mexico.
Confused senators jokingly speak about the “Tuesday president” and the
“Thursday president” — referring to the week when
Trump welcomed lawmakers to the White House for a
well-received televised immigration meeting in which
he embraced a bipartisan
“bill of love,” only to follow
that up two days later by rejecting a compromise and
making vulgar comments
about excluding immigrants
from poorer countries.
After the cameras clicked
off at that Tuesday meeting,
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-
N.J.), another member of the
2013 gang, said he appealed
to the president’s place in
history.
“I said to him, ‘Nixon
went to China. He was the ultimate anti-communist and
he could do that. Ronald
Reagan was against all taxes
and ended up raising taxes
to meet the nation’s needs,’”
Menendez said in an interview.
“I said, ‘You have the political capital to actually do
something, and do something big,’” Menendez said.
The president, he said,
responded, “We want to
make a deal.”
“He didn’t say which deal
— but ‘We want to make a
deal.’”
The outlines of a potential agreement are within
reach for Congress, but
would require both sides to
accept politically painful
compromises that they, as of
yet, are not willing to make
publicly.
An agreement would center on protections for the
Dreamers in exchange for
border security, including
money for Trump’s border
wall, and changes to family
and diversity visas.
A bipartisan group led by
Sens. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) and Richard J. Durbin
(D-Ill.), also members of the
2013 gang, proposed such a
bill, but it was roundly rejected by Trump. The White
House dismissed it Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader
Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) sweetened the offer
ahead of the shutdown by
putting Trump’s $20-billion
border wall request on the
table, a concession that
drew outrage from liberal
Democrats, even though the
White House disputes it was
ever made.
But Trump walked away
from that deal, and Schumer
said Tuesday that negotiations were starting anew.
“The wall offer is off the table,” he said.
The contours of what is
under discussion now are
more modest than in 2013.
At that time, the Senate
agreed to offer some 11 million immigrants here illegally a path to citizenship,
which would take 13 years for
most, though Dreamers
could qualify in less time. In
exchange, the Senate approved a $46-billion border
surge — with 24-hour
drones, fencing and 20,000
new Border Patrol officers —
all funded not by current
citizens, but from the fines
and fees the immigrants
would have to pay on their
path to legal status.
Trump has indicated he
has interest in a big deal like
that — one that could go beyond the Dreamer issue and
make more comprehensive
fixes to immigration law.
Lawmakers are game,
but also mindful of first
steps.
“Dreamers are like the
motherhood and apple pie of
immigration,”
Menendez
said. “If you can’t do Dreamers, forget about a bigger
deal.”
lisa.mascaro@latimes.com
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Bus riders asked to prove citizenship
Border Patrol agents
board a Greyhound
in Florida, angering
rights activists.
By Jenny Jarvie
The two uniformed U.S.
Border Patrol agents clambered aboard a Greyhound
bus in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
and instructed passengers
to show proof of citizenship.
“This is new?” a woman
on the bus from Orlando to
Miami asked fellow passengers as agents questioned another woman several seats in front of them.
“You ridden on the bus before?”
“Yeah,” another passenger replied. “A police officer is not even allowed to ask
for immigration papers.…
You have no right to stop me
and ask me for ID.”
Minutes later, the agents
escorted the woman they
had been questioning off the
bus.
Video of the encounter
Friday spread on social media over the last few days,
generating fierce criticism
from rights advocates who
question the legality of such
searches.
“Proof of citizenship is
NOT required to ride a bus!”
the Florida Immigrant Coalition said in a statement
when it shared the video on
Twitter.
Though immigration inspections on Greyhound
buses are not widely publicized, they are not new. Border Patrol agents routinely
conduct such inspections at
transportation
centers
across Florida, the Customs
and Border Protection’s Miami sector said in a statement Tuesday.
Over the years, activists
have voiced concern in cities
from Miami to Spokane,
Wash.
Some activists say that
such enforcement actions
violate the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment,
which protects against unreasonable searches and
seizures.
The ACLU of Florida said
it was investigating what
happened at the Fort Lauderdale bus station. “We are
extremely concerned with
the contents of this video,” it
said in a statement.
Customs and Border
Protection officials say they
are following federal regulations. The Immigration and
Nationality Act allows immigration officers to conduct
searches, without a warrant,
within 100 miles of any U.S.
border. The entire state of
Florida is within 100 miles of
the coast.
Border Patrol agents
should not be allowed to
board private Greyhound
buses to question travelers
without a judicial warrant,
said Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, membership director
for the Florida Immigrant
Coalition.
“This creates terrifying
concerns for our community,” she said. “Are Border Patrol officers going to be stopping us and asking us for our
citizenship when we are at
public parks, when we go to
get groceries, when our kids
are walking to school?”
While Customs and Border Protection officials say
such inspections are vital to
national security, activists
counter that they erode public trust in police, breed fear
and threaten public safety.
The video, which as of
Tuesday afternoon had
amassed 2.3 million views
since it was posted Saturday, shows two uniformed
officers, with “POLICE U.S.
BORDER PATROL” emblazoned on the back of their
shirts, walking through the
bus.
As the video rolls, passengers near the back of the
bus lift up their cellphones
to shoot videos. Among
themselves, some question
the agents’ right to demand
identification.
After questioning the
woman near the middle of
the bus and inspecting her
identification, an agent
asks: “Where’s your luggage?”
He then pulls a red suitcase from an overhead bin
and instructs her to exit.
The woman was heading
to a friend’s house in Miami
after visiting family in Virginia and meeting her
granddaughter for the first
time, Sousa-Rodriguez said.
In statement Saturday
shared by the coalition, the
woman’s daughter-in-law
said she was concerned
about the officers questioning the woman without a
lawyer present.
The Border Patrol’s Miami sector said Tuesday
that agents arrested a Jamaican woman at the Fort
Lauderdale bus station. Officials said the woman had
overstayed her visa and was
transported to the Dania
Beach Border Patrol station
and then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation
proceedings.
With mounting criticism
of its practice of allowing
Border Patrol agents on its
buses, Greyhound released
a statement saying it was required to follow all local,
state and federal laws and
cooperate with enforcement
agencies.
“We hear you, and we are
listening,” the statement
said. “Unfortunately, even
routine
transportation
checks negatively impact
our operations and some
customers directly.
“We encourage anyone
with concerns about what
happened to reach out directly to these agencies,” the
statement said.
“Greyhound will also reach out to the agencies to see
if there is anything we can do
on our end to minimize any
negative effect of this process.”
Florida Immigrant Coalition
Jarvie is a special
correspondent.
BORDER PATROL officials say searches without a
warrant are legal within 100 miles of any U.S. border.
James Poulson Daily Sitka Sentinel
ALASKA QUAKE
People gather at a Sitka, Alaska, high school after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska early
Tuesday triggered a tsumami warning for the state’s southern coast and British Columbia. No big wave
materialized, and there was no damage, not even on Kodiak Island, the closest land to the epicenter.
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them for years — during outings to Disneyland and Las
Vegas, video chats with family,
conversations
with
neighbors and in public photos and videos on Facebook.
One of the older children
even took classes at a community college.
And when a neighbor saw
the children in their Murrieta home, before the family
moved to Perris, marching
at night in circles past two
front windows, he did not
have to make a special effort
to see what was happening,
he said. The blinds were
open, and the lights were on.
Louise Turpin’s brother
Billy Lambert has even told
various media outlets that
his sister talked of having
her large family on a reality
show.
“She thought the world
would be fascinated by their
lives,” Lambert told Britain’s Sunday People.
Many of those who interacted with the family now
wonder if they should have
seen things differently.
Experts say it’s difficult
to know what motivated
David Turpin, 56, and Louise
Turpin, 49, when they made
some parts of their family life
public even as they went to
great lengths to hide the
abuse and torture that prosecutors say they inflicted on
their children.
Perhaps it was “just to try
to display a sense that
‘things are normal.... If we
show a little of something
maybe people won’t question us,’ ” said Dr. Karen
Imagawa, director of the Audrey Hepburn Cares Center
at Children’s Hospital Los
Angeles, who works with
children who have suffered
abuse and trauma. “Or maybe there’s a deeper psychological motivation that they’re
sort of trying to manipulate
to see what they can get
away with and almost
flaunting it out there with
the hope that no one is going
to know what is really going
on there.”
Prosecutors say the
Turpins used various methods to keep their children
isolated and out of public
view, including forcing them
to sleep all day and stay up at
night. Rather than send
them to school, David
Turpin registered a private
school at his home.
The sibling who was allowed to enroll at Mt. San Jacinto College was “sweet”
but an introvert in a music
class, student Angie Parra
told NBC4.
At a school potluck, he
ate like he was famished, she
recalled.
“He stood by the table
and didn’t sit down,” Parra
said. “He literally ate plate
after plate after plate.”
Prosecutors have said
that Louise Turpin waited
as the young man attended
class and took him home
afterward.
With the story of the
Turpins and their children
drawing international attention, numerous people with
ties to the family have come
forward to offer details
about their interactions
with the Turpins over the
years.
James Turpin, David
Turpin’s father, told the
Southern California News
Group that he and his wife
visited the family about six
years ago when they lived in
Murrieta and stayed for five
days.
He saw nothing wrong, he
said.
“Everyone was loving and
kind. The children were
happy,” James Turpin said.
A person who answered
the phone at James Turpin’s
home referred The Times to
an attorney who represents
the parents. The attorney
did not respond to a request
for comment.
Teresa Robinette, Louise
Turpin’s sister, said this
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
LOUISE TURPIN with her attorney Jeff Moore, center, and husband, David. The Turpins pleaded not guilty
to multiple felony charges after the discovery of their children, ages 2 to 29, living captive in their home.
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
SALYNN SIMON , right, handing hot chocolate to
Wendy Martinez, hosts a lemonade stand that raised
$2,000 that will go to a fund for the Turpin children.
week on “Megyn Kelly Today” that she used to videochat with the children,
though that stopped in the
last several years.
Robinette also told Kelly
that she and her sister and
other female relatives had
been sexually abused as children by a close relative.
The charges against
David and Louise Turpin include 12 counts of torture
and 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of
abuse of a dependent adult
and six counts of child
abuse. David Turpin was
also charged with one count
of a lewd act on a child under
the age of 14.
They have pleaded not
guilty to all charges. If convicted, they face up to 94
years in prison.
Mike Clifford, the neighbor who saw the children
marching in front of the windows at night, said he has
had difficulty sleeping since
the Turpin siblings were discovered.
At the time, he thought
the children might have special needs and that the repetitive circling was therapeutic or just their routine.
Any red flags were lowered because his wife often
made small talk with two of
the Turpins’ daughters on
their way to the mailbox, he
said.
Simon, who moved to
Perris’ Monument Park
neighborhood around the
same time as the Turpins,
said she remembers how on
the night of the Christmas
decorating contest Louise
Turpin talked proudly about
having 13 children — each of
whose first name starts with
J, according to the felony
complaint filed in Riverside
County Superior Court.
Louise Turpin introduced Simon to the children
who were with her at the
event. One of the boys,
Turpin told Simon, was in
his mid-20s.
“I told him ‘You look so
young, you look 15,’ ” Simon
recalled.
The young man smiled
and nodded, but Louise
Turpin did almost all of the
talking for the family, Simon
said.
Louise Turpin told Simon that she and her husband had taken their older
children to Las Vegas when
they turned 21. Turpin
laughed about how her children were constantly asked
for an ID during those trips
because they looked so
young.
Over the years, Simon
said, she would wave hello
and goodbye to the family
from across the road. From
time to time she took them
their mail, and last year,
when Simon’s daughter was
selling Girl Scout cookies,
Louise Turpin bought eight
or nine boxes, Simon said.
It was always clear the
family was not especially social, Simon said. But the
interactions they did have
made Simon feel “they were
just private.”
Now, Simon said, she and
many of her neighbors are
struggling to process what
they have learned about
what was allegedly happening inside the Turpins’ single-story house on Muir
Woods Road, where the Nativity star from two years ago
still hangs in the window.
Simon and her neighbors
gathered at a park Friday to
hear officials talk about how
to spot signs of abuse.
On Saturday, she and her
7-year-old daughter, Delilah,
hosted a lemonade stand
that raised $2,000 that will
go to a fund for the Turpin
children.
The neighborhood is also
preparing duffel bags with
toys and necessities for each
of the children.
“It’s a very sad situation
and we all feel it, we all feel
grief over the whole thing,”
said Sherri Kreissig, president of the Monument Park
neighborhood watch. “We
hope that we could have
helped in some way.”
paloma.esquivel
@latimes.com
Twitter: @palomaesquivel
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with the western boundary
of our intended voluntary
evacuation area,” Robert
Lewin, San Barbara County’s director of the Office of
Emergency Management,
said in a statement.
Officials
emphasized
that all those who died were
in a voluntary or mandatory
evacuation zone and that
the warnings probably saved
more lives in what were the
worst mudslides to hit California in several decades.
It remains far from clear
whether a broader evacuation warning would have
made a difference. Officials
estimated that only 15% of
the residents in the mandatory evacuation zone left the
area.
But the discrepancy in
the warnings adds to questions about whether more
could have been done to get
people out of harm’s way before the mudslides swallowed homes and buried
residents. The Times reported earlier that the
county did not send out Amber Alert-style bulletins to
cellphones until the mudslides had begun. By then, it
was too late for residents to
flee. There were also technical snafus that prevented
earlier warnings from getting to residents.
County officials said it’s
important to learn from the
mudslides — as well as the
fires that swept through the
area weeks earlier — to improve evacuation preparations and warnings.
“If you’re not learning
from every disaster and figuring out what to do better,
then in my view you’re not
doing your job,” County Supervisor Das Williams, who
represents Montecito and
Carpinteria, said in an interview last week. “Obviously in
retrospect
it
would’ve
helped to have more evacuated. But I don’t think there
was any disagreement.”
Photographs by Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
AN ESTIMATED 15% of residents in the mandatory evacuation zone left the area. Above, firefighter Alex Jimenez after the mudslide.
Evacuation zone
The county had been
warning for days of the coming rains and the mudslide
risk. But there has been
much debate about the actual evacuation orders.
At a news conference in
Carpinteria on Jan. 5,
Williams and other officials
stood in front of a map that
outlined what was possible
in a 100- or 500-year storm for
the county’s beach enclaves.
In Montecito, the map
showed that the areas that
would be hit hardest ran
parallel to creeks that
emerged from the foothill
canyons and wound south to
the ocean. The hardest hit
areas would be south of California 192 as mud and debris
became
lodged
under
bridges and in catch basins,
eventually pushing the mud
into residential streets.
In the end, that’s exactly
what happened the morning
of Jan. 9.
Authorities
followed
boundaries of evacuation
zones similar to ones that
SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES carry a body from the debris Jan. 9. Debris flows and
floods pose particular risks and challenges because they’re stealthy, experts say.
had been established weeks
earlier for the Thomas fire,
where homes north of California 192 were deemed most
at risk. Homes below the
highway were considered to
be in voluntary evacuation
areas and less vulnerable to
a landslide.
Sheriff Bill Brown, who
ultimately makes the decision on the evacuation plan,
said he approved the zones
at the recommendation of
local and county firefighters,
emergency planners and experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, among others.
In the end, the rain was
worse than expected, and
the mud caused destruction
much farther south than the
initial estimates.
“The storm that was predicted, the storm that we
prepared for, was not the
storm that we received,”
Brown said. “We knew that it
was going to be bad. But
looking at years gone by and
where damaged occurred …
the destruction was not anything close to the magnitude
of this.”
Ignoring warnings
Ahead of the storm,
Williams said many of his
constituents were doubtful
that the runoff would live up
to the hype. At the Jan. 5
news conference, Williams
said that the storm posed a
“very clear and present dan-
ger” to vulnerable areas.
“The night of the storm I
was monitoring Facebook
and the tone I got from the
community was, ‘If the
storm doesn’t materialize,
heads are gonna roll,’ ” he
said. “We’re ready to hold
people accountable for getting people all excited.”
It was a skepticism that
sheriff ’s deputies witnessed
firsthand. One resident
wrote on social media that it
took a 20-minute conversation with officials before ultimately deciding to leave
home for the night.
“I’ve seen experts opine
about how you essentially
not only have to warn people
but you sort of have to convince people,” Brown said.
“That’s a difficult order, but
one we’re obviously going to
have to take a look at.”
But there isn’t a lot of science available on what message will truly make people
appreciate a danger they
cannot see, said Art Botterell, senior emergency
services coordinator with
the governor’s office.
“I’m afraid what makes
them resonate is bitter experience,” he said. “If people
haven’t experienced a hazard recently, they tend not to
personalize it.”
Warnings need to be repeated and reinforced with
other indicators, he said. If
residents see a warning
about a landslide from the
National Weather Service
and look outside and see
only drizzling rain, they
won’t be convinced, Botterell said.
But if other neighbors are
leaving, they might take it
more seriously. Or if a message from the weather service is followed up by a text
alert from the county, then a
broadcast on TV, radio or social media, the chances of
people heeding the warning
increases, he said.
“It’s just like advertising
— repeated impressions
make a difference,” Botterell
said.
The danger of debris
flows or floods are particularly challenging because
they’re stealthy, according
to experts. In most cases,
people can see a fire raging
over a hillside and smell it
from miles away.
A landslide moves in with
a whisper.
“People are going to evacuate when there’s a cop on
every corner. They’ll stay out
when
there’s
National
Guard on every street,” said
James Langhorne, who was
the fire marshal for the Mon-
tecito Fire Protection District for 23 years before retiring nine years ago. “The real
issue is that people have to
own a piece of this thing. It’s
not something you can do for
them.”
Getting word out
County officials are eager
to say their best option for
messaging is their Aware
and Prepare community
alert initiative, a set of subscriber-based warning systems that can send timely
texts, phone calls, tweets
and emails to users when a
disaster is imminent or unfolding in real time.
But there are clear flaws
in systems like these, Botterell said.
For one, visitors in a tourist-reliant community like
Montecito don’t receive the
messages because they
haven’t signed up. Service
workers who live on their
employer’s property could
also miss out.
Records show that Santa
Barbara County relied almost exclusively on its
Aware and Prepare initiative
to distribute information to
subscribers ahead of, during
and after the storm, along
with social media postings
and traditional news media.
Officials told The Times on
Friday that about 50,000
people, barely more than
10% of the county, are
enrolled in the program.
Thousands of additional
landline calls were made
through reverse 911.
It wasn’t until the storm
was at its peak and homes
were being washed away
that the county’s Office of
Emergency
Management
used a federal warning system to send a message to all
cellphones in the affected
area that they should take
action, regardless of subscription.
Currently the system allows agencies to send out
only 90-character texts to
phones — not enough to give
accurate details on the nature and location of a threat.
That will change in May 2019
when the character limit
jumps to 360, Botterell said.
But there needs to be a
physical warning infrastructure in place too, Brown suggested, something along the
lines of sirens, “because it
doesn’t matter how many
messages you send out if you
don’t have your phone or if
they’re not at their computer.”
joseph.serna
@latimes.com
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of inclusion and in some
cases dearth of inspiration,
the motion picture academy
seems to be lurching toward
real and consistent progress.
The addition of nearly
1,500 new and demographically inclusive members over
the last two years has
started to lead to the more
“fair and equal representation” that former academy
President Cheryl Boone
Isaacs targeted when she
announced the A2020 diversity initiative at the Governors Awards in 2015.
Arriving in the midst of
the #MeToo movement,
more than half of the nine
movies nominated for best
picture featured women at
the center of the story. Women were among the producers on six of those nine movies. Women had a hand in
writing four of the 10 screenplays nominated and earned
nods for foreign film, animated film, documentary,
editing, production design,
song, makeup, costumes
and sound mixing.
And, again, that historic
nomination for Morrison.
“Literally, it’s a dream come
true,” she told The Times.
It would be overreaching
to proclaim the dawn of a
brand new day at the academy, or in Hollywood. But
change
is
happening,
though some of it is outside
the industry’s control. This
is the first awards season in
three decades without Harvey Weinstein somewhere
near its center. The movie
mogul often credited for creating the modern, take-noprisoners awards campaign,
Weinstein has been thanked
by Oscar winners more often
than God.
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DANIEL KALUUYA is in lead actor contention for his performance in the social
thriller “Get Out,” which is up for four nominations, including best picture.
will take the time to repudiate the systemic misogyny
that allowed his alleged harassment to go unchecked for
so long.
Academy members sent
messages along those lines
with the nominations, snubbing James Franco, long
considered a favorite to land
a lead actor nomination for
“The Disaster Artist.” Two
days before balloting closed,
five women accused Franco
of inappropriate or sexually
exploitative behavior in a
report published by The
Times. (Franco has disputed the allegations.)
Nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.,
Critics’ Choice Awards and
the Screen Actors Guild, he
won a Golden Globe,
skipped the Critics’ Choice
event and then showed up at
the SAG Awards on Sunday.
If he attends this year’s Oscar ceremony, it will be only
as a spectator.
Christopher Plummer,
however, will be there, recognized for his eleventh-hour
replacement
of
Kevin
Spacey in “All the Money in
the World.” After multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were made against
Spacey, director Ridley
Scott erased him from his already finished but not yet released film. Stepping in as J.
Paul Getty, Plummer was
brilliant, but he also serves
as a symbol of an industry’s
newfound determination to
swiftly turn the page.
That new paradigm can
be glimpsed among the best
picture nominees, which,
yes, involve the requisite historical dramas, including
two revolving around the
same event (“Dunkirk” and
“Darkest Hour”) and the
11th Steven Spielberg production (“The Post”) to land
in that prestigious spot.
But there are also all
those movies driven by
women (many of whom
are over 40, in itself a notable
change), including “The
Shape of Water,” with its
leading 13 nominations,
“Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri,” a movie that
walks a tonal tightrope
(whether it teeters or tumbles in its treatment of race
has been hotly debated) in
telling its story of a mother
seeking justice for her murdered daughter. Its star,
60-year-old Frances McDormand, won the Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday
and is favored to follow up at
the Oscars.
“Shape” took the Producers Guild’s top prize Saturday; “Three Billboards”
won the SAG ensemble
award the next night. If
these two best picture favorites are upended on Oscar
night, it might be by Peele’s
“Get Out,” a movie that will
be more than a year old by
the time of the ceremony but
still stand as the most culturally relevant picture in
the field.
Peele attended the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, where Norman
Lear presented him the
guild’s Stanley Kramer
Award. Lear, 95 and revered
within the industry, praised
“Get Out” for the “surgical
way it takes on the racist fear
that runs riot in America today.”
Peele lived up to that introduction, delivering a blistering speech that mixed
caustic humor with social
outrage to the delight of everyone in the Beverly
Hilton’s ballroom.
“I don’t usually go dark,”
Peele began. “I’m usually
pretty light, and I like to
make
my
statements
through my art, but this is a
time where it needs to be
said.” And what needed to
be said, in Peele’s mind,
was a blunt condemnation
of “that racist man in the
Oval Office” and the “systemic suppression of our
voices.”
With its wide-ranging
and reasonably inclusive
slate of Oscar nominations,
the academy has amplified
some of those too-longmuted voices.
Said Gerwig on nominations morning: “I hope that
girls or women who want to
be filmmakers — sorry, I’m
going to start crying again —
look at this and they feel like
‘Yeah, I’m going to go make
my movie.’ ”
glenn.whipp@latimes.com
BENTON, Ky. — A 15year-old student killed two
classmates and hit a dozen
others with gunfire Tuesday,
methodically shooting a
handgun inside a crowded
atrium at his rural Kentucky
high school, authorities
said.
“He was determined. He
knew what he was doing,”
said Alexandria Caporali, 16,
who grabbed her stunned
friend and ran into a classroom as other students hit
the floor.
“It was one right after another — bang, bang, bang,
bang, bang,” she said. “You
could see his arm jerking as
he was pulling the trigger.”
He kept firing, she said,
until he ran out of ammunition and took off running,
trying to get away.
Police arrested the student moments later.
Authorities did not identify the gunman responsible
for the nation’s first fatal
school shooting of 2018, nor
did they release any details
about a motive. They said he
would be charged with murder and attempted murder.
Kentucky State Police Lt.
Michael Webb said detectives were looking into the
boy’s home and background. “He was apprehended by the sheriff ’s department here on site, at the
school, thankfully before any
more lives could be taken,”
Webb said.
Seventeen students were
injured, 12 of them hit with
bullets and five others hurt
in the scramble as hundreds
of students fled for their lives
from Marshall County High
School. Many jumped into
cars, or ran across fields and
down the highway, some not
stopping until they reached
a McDonald’s restaurant
more than a mile away.
Parents left their cars on
both sides of an adjacent
road, desperately trying to
find their children.
The two fatalities were 15
years old: Bailey Nicole Holt
died at the scene and Preston Ryan Cope died at a
hospital, Kentucky State
Police Commissioner Richard Sanders said.
Preston was among six
boys flown about 120 miles to
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Sanders said the five others
were in critical condition.
The attack marked the
year’s first fatal school
shooting, 23 days into 2018,
according to data compiled
by the Gun Violence Archive, which relies on media
reports and other information.
The
anti-violence
group Everytown for Gun
Safety has counted at least
283 shootings at schools
since 2013.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and several people in Benton said they couldn’t believe a mass shooting would
happen in their small town.
But many such shootings
across the nation have happened in rural communities.
Marshall County High
School is about 30 minutes
from Heath High School in
Paducah, Ky., where a 1997
mass shooting killed three
people and injured five others. Michael Carneal, then
14, opened fire there about
two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High
School in Colorado, ushering in an era of mass shootings at schools.
“It’s horrifying that we
can no longer call school
shootings ‘unimaginable,’
because the reality is they
happen with alarming frequency,” said former Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head
in 2011.
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The price of a UC education
Board of Regents will consider
raising tuition and fees again this
week. Sadly, the hike is justified.
A
nother year, another tuition
increase? The University of California Board of Regents is
scheduled Wednesday to discuss its second consecutive hike
in tuition and fees. This time it’s $324; last
year it was $336. Taking room and board
into account and additional campus fees
(not including books), a year at UCLA already costs more than $28,000.
The proposed hike wouldn’t affect everyone. Financial aid covers the full tuition bill
for 60% of UC students. But middle-class
families who don’t qualify for full scholarships will start feeling the bite if the regents intend to make these price hikes an
annual thing. They’re beginning to add up.
Are they justified? On the one hand, Gov.
Jerry Brown, who has had an often-testy relationship with the university system, is
convinced that it hasn’t done everything it
can to reduce spending. And he’s not entirely wrong. After years of denial, UC leaders only recently acknowledged that many
employees are overpaid compared with others who do similar work for the state.
On the other hand, UC remains an educational powerhouse and is undoubtedly
one of the state’s best-run public institutions. That takes money.
UC has managed to retain its academic
luster and global admiration despite reces-
sion-era cutbacks and significantly less-lavish budgets than private universities enjoy.
It attracts research dollars and brilliant
minds to the state — as well as businesses
and, sometimes, even entire industries.
Despite what a state audit implied last
year, UC President Janet Napolitano is not
hanging on to tens of millions of dollars in
surplus money. What’s more, in inflation-adjusted dollars, the state’s per-student funding for UC has dropped to well under half of
what it was in 1990.
Indeed, Brown’s proposed state budget
for next year offers a relatively stingy 3% increase in funding for UC, compared with 4%
in recent years. The governor favors an onthe-cheap model of higher education, complete with plenty of low-cost online courses
and professors who willingly take lower salaries because they like the work. That’s not
the right model for UC.
It would be great if UC were free for all its
students. But unfortunately, tuition is part
of what UC must count on if it is to continue
providing an outstanding education.
Of course, the tuition hike would be questionable if it put a real burden on families
that couldn’t afford it. Instead, the university plans to provide enough money so
that students whose families’ income is
$100,000 a year or less will pay no tuition at
all. The state’s middle-class scholarship
program will soften the blow for families
earning more than that; it picks up 10% to
40% of tuition and fees for families with incomes between $100,000 and $165,000. And
families with more money than that should
be able to afford the extra few hundred dollars without too much strain.
#OscarsNotSoWhiteOrMale
L
ast year, we applauded when the
annual Oscar nominations went,
at long last, to a dramatically
more diverse slate of candidates
than in previous years. But once
was not enough. “This should be a trend,
not an aberration,” we wrote.
A year later, we’re starting to think that
maybe something’s really changed.
Consider
the
Oscar
nominations
announced Tuesday. Two of the five best actor nominees are black. And two of the best
supporting actress nominees are black. The
best director category includes a Latino
man, a black man and a white woman,
Greta Gerwig (only the fifth woman ever
nominated in that category).
Dee Rees, the director and co-writer of
“Mudbound,” became the first black woman
to be nominated for best adapted screenplay — along with writer Virgil Williams
(who is also black). And Rachel Morrison
became the first woman nominated for best
cinematography (for “Mudbound”). That’s
breathtaking, although it is appalling that it
took so long.
Meanwhile, “Get Out,” the riveting and
frightening social commentary on race,
earned nominations across the most prominent categories, including best picture, best
director for Jordan Peele and best actor for
Daniel Kaluuya. And those are just the highest-profile categories; there was more ethnic and gender diversity in the down-ballot
categories.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, whose members nominate candidates for the Oscars and then pick the winners, has been under pressure for several
years to diversify its overwhelmingly white
and male membership. And it has. (Although, as of summer 2017, women still
made up only 28% of the academy and nonwhites only 13%.)
The truth, though, is that the diversity of
this year’s nominees shouldn’t be attributed
to having more female and nonwhite academy members; it’s really about a slate of great
films by women and people of color that tell
compelling stories. That those movies got
made is truly heartening, although we
shouldn’t forget that African Americans,
Latinos and women continue to be woefully
underrepresented both onscreen and behind the camera. That must continue to
change.
The entertainment industry is in a period of tumult. Over the last few years, it has
been denounced for its lack of diversity, and
in the last few months, it has been further
upended by sexual harassment accusations
and an uprising of women (and men) demanding an end to Hollywood’s age-old
casting-couch mentality.
The hashtag #Oscarssowhite morphed
into #Oscarsnotsowhite last year. Is it time
to replace that with #Hollywoodkindofchanging?
Awful but not criminal speech
I
n 2016, Mark Feigin posted five antiMuslim statements on the Facebook
page of the Islamic Center of Southern
California.
They
included
the
Trumpian sentiment, “The more Muslims we allow into America, the more terror
we will see,” and the claim that “practicing
Islam can slow or even reverse the process of
human evolution.”
Feigin was engaging in disgusting bigotry, which is why the center understandably blocked him from making further comments on its page. But was he also committing a crime?
Not if the 1st Amendment means anything. As the Supreme Court has stated repeatedly, “the government may not prohibit
the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”
Yet the California attorney general’s office charged Feigin with violating a state law
against making repeated contact electronically “with intent to annoy or harass.” (In
addition to this misdemeanor charge, Feigin
is also charged with the felony of making a
threatening phone call to the center, an accusation he denies. Threats aren’t protected
by the 1st Amendment, no matter how
they’re delivered.)
Feigin’s prosecutors focused on the opin-
ions he uttered on Facebook, arguing that
the “mere content and nature of the posts”
establish that they “are meant to annoy and
harass.”
But speech is often viewed as annoying
or harassing by those who disagree with it.
Eugene Volokh, a 1st Amendment expert at
UCLA Law School, has suggested that the
attorney general’s theory in this case is so
broad that it could be used to criminalize
critical comments posted on the Facebook
pages of the National Rifle Assn. or a group
supporting President Trump.
It’s hard to imagine a more obnoxious
group than the Westboro Baptist Church,
the sect that holds demonstrations outside
the funerals of U.S. service members who, in
the church’s demented worldview, have
been punished by God for America’s tolerance of homosexuality. Yet in setting aside a
civil judgment against the church in 2011, the
Supreme Court held that the protests were
protected by the 1st Amendment because
the church was expressing opinions on matters of “public concern.” So, in his undeniably bigoted way, was Mark Feigin.
On Wednesday a judge is expected to decide whether to dismiss the charge arising
from Feigin’s Facebook posts. Those comments were hateful and repellent, but they
were also protected by the 1st Amendment.
Year One of the Trump
era has been a great one,
with the exception of the
failure to completely remove the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act. And for that I blame
Congress.
I can’t wait to read the
Los Angeles Times’ editorials over the next seven
years of the Trump era.
Robert M. Beberfall
Ontario
California High-Speed Rail Authority
San Joaquin River Viaduct north of Fresno.
Brown’s bad bet
Re “Can Brown get his costly ventures back on track?”
column, Jan. 22
As a civil engineer and career construction manager,
for most of my life I had never seen a large public works
construction project I didn’t like. But one also develops a
nose sensitive enough to smell boondoggles and money
pits.
When articles like those on bullet-train cost overruns
appear, I console myself that I didn’t vote for the original
bond issue in 2008.
I have supported Gov. Jerry Brown throughout his
political career, but now I fear that he has lost his mind
by continuing to support the California high-speed rail
project. He is about to leave a legacy of billions of dollars
in stranded assets and essentially useless bits of “bullet
train.”
Noel Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
The biggest cost increase that seems to be
ignored by the media in its
coverage of the California
High-Speed Rail Authority
is the ongoing litigation
over the parcel acquisition
that must take place before
construction.
I have worked in the
appraisal industry for
clients on both sides of the
transaction. Landowners
that don’t want to see the
project built continue to
extort the taxpayers by
requesting extensions on
their litigation and rejecting fair-market settlement
offers on their property.
Every time this happens,
the authority has to redo
its appraisal.
Every time landowners
exercise their constitutional right to dispute an
appraisal, that costs us,
the taxpayers. If there
should be any outrage over
the project, it should be
over this.
David Goldberg
Van Nuys
::
I am simply “shocked,
shocked” that the bullet
train is coming in way over
its budget. Who’da thunk
it?
Everybody but the
politicos who are pushing
it, that’s who.
I am a big fan of Brown,
but I am astonished and
dismayed that he remains
committed to this folly of a
project, a complete waste
of taxpayer money and
resources. Pull the plug
now, before this becomes
(if it hasn’t already) the
“Money train to nowhere.”
Roy Friedland
Los Angeles
No, Democrats
did not cave
Re “Moderates lead in deal
to reopen government,”
Jan. 23
Many people want to
paint the Senate Democrats as having “folded” by
agreeing to keep the government open until Feb. 8,
at which time if the Republicans’ promise to hold a
debate and vote on a bill to
protect “Dreamers” is not
kept, Democrats are free
once again not to fund the
government.
In return, 9 million kids
get insurance for six years,
thanks to the funding of
the Children’s Health
Insurance Program. Call
me crazy, but it seems like
a pretty good deal.
Michael Olson
Pasadena
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A SEGMENT of California’s bullet train along the
Hat trick! Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer
and his fellow Senate
Democrats managed to
score three goals against
themselves:
8 They fed the Republican narrative that “Democrats care more about
illegal immigrants than
they do about hard-working Americans who lost pay
during the shutdown.”
8 They gave up the
moral high ground by
shutting down the government on a nonfiscal issue.
8 They demonstrated
their legislative incompetence. How did they ever
dream this would pan out
their way?
If they want to go to the
mat on an issue, how about
choosing one that affects
Dreamers and the rest of
us alike, such as rebuilding
our aging infrastructure,
expanding Medicare or
slowing climate change?
David Weaver
San Juan Capistrano
::
It looks like Schumer is
playing the long game.
The Democrats have a
base, just as Trump does.
The difference in the next
election will be the independents, who do not like it
when either party shuts
down the government.
They also do not like refusing to compromise.
Schumer and the moderate Democrats did not
want to keep the government shut down for long
and wanted to force the
Republicans to compromise on immigration. The
key will be if White House
policy advisor Stephen
Miller and Trump’s chief of
staff John Kelly permit the
president to compromise.
I doubt they will, and as
a result independents will
vote for Democrats in
November. Good thinking,
Sen. Schumer.
Louis Rosen
Pacific Palisades
What Trump and
the GOP want
Re “Year One of the Trump
era,” editorial, Jan. 21
Your editorial might
have noted that the president’s public dismantling
of government is far from
his goal, but actually another distraction from the
joined-at-the-hip goal he
shares with the Republican
Party: pushing more
wealth to the top.
For 37 years and counting, the party has fanned
the flames of fear and
resentment while quietly
shredding our middle class
for the benefit of those who
need help the least.
President Trump’s
recent tax bill victory,
marketed as a godsend to
our middle class while
actually hammering that
group, is proof positive of
GOP intentions. Who
could have ever thought
that undermining American homeownership could
be sold as a middle-class
economic benefit?
This travesty can only
be brought to a close by its
victims’ recognition of the
damage done to them and
their families and a change
in their voting preferences.
Eric Carey
Arlington, Va.
::
I couldn’t disagree more
with your editorial.
The Times Editorial
Board summarizes the
incredible number of statements, stands, tweets and
reversals that have so
negatively reflected on
Trump in his first, frequently embarrassing and
often scary first year.
As a lifetime progressive Democrat, I have
grown much more tolerant.
Now, I would be quite satisfied with a George W. Bush
or Mitt Romney presidency
— or with most any of the
Republicans Trump defeated in the GOP primary
— in the White House
instead of Trump. Even for
two terms.
Jordan Austin
Port Hueneme
::
During his campaign,
Trump urged some to vote
for him with the line, “What
do you have to lose?”
Now we know what we
have to lose: truth, justice,
the American way and a
habitable planet.
Paul Goldfinger
Langley, Wash.
Abortion, not
more services
Re “When abortions are
denied,” Opinion, Jan. 22
While I applaud Diana
Greene Foster’s groundbreaking research on the
deleterious effects of being
denied an abortion, I found
odd her conclusion — that
we need more “government, employer, community and family supports for
struggling mothers.”
She seems to believe
that her findings should
not figure into political
debates on abortion access. Yet the most logical
response would be to call
on legislators in some
states to remove barriers
they have imposed that
hinder women’s ability to
obtain a timely abortion
(such as mandatory waiting periods and requirements of parental permission).
These barriers are not
only unwarranted, they are
also unjust. Clearly, as
Foster’s research shows,
they harm mostly poor
women, who may already
be contending with domestic violence, addiction or
depression.
The women in Foster’s
study were not asking for
more support from anyone.
They simply wanted to
terminate an unwanted
pregnancy — and missed
an artificial deadline by a
few days.
Paula Tavrow
Los Angeles
The writer is director of
the Bixby Program in
Population and Reproductive Health at UCLA’s
Fielding School of Public
Health.
::
Foster hopes that the
availability of hard data on
the effects of denying abortions to the women who
seek them will lead to an
expansion of services and
an opening of our hearts,
minds and wallets.
Ironically, many of
those who would deny
abortions to women favor
smaller government and
are critical even of the
meager safety net available
to poor mothers.
It seems that some of
the “pro-lifers,” who are so
passionately concerned
about the unborn, have
less compassion for the
suffering of already born
children and their families.
Michael Telerant
Los Angeles
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‘Felons, Illegals and MS-13 Welcome!’
GUSTAVO ARELLANO
n a couple of weeks, I plan
to drive to Albuquerque
because I’ve run out of green
chile. On my way back, I sure
hope to see signs that mock
our status as a sanctuary state.
“Felons, Illegals and MS-13
Welcome!” read metal plaques
posted on I-15 and I-40 East
around New Year’s Day, just below
our official, poppy-emblazoned
“Welcome to California!” greeting.
Caltrans quickly took them down,
but not before the anonymous
Know-Nothing crack drew worldwide attention.
It’s been hilarious to see the
snowflake right triggered over
moves by the state Legislature
and cities like San Francisco and
Maywood to create sanctuaries for
immigrants. And it ain’t over:
Even though Homeland Security
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen just
announced she’d like federal prosecutors to charge public officials
who stymie la migra, expect more
politicians in the Golden State this
year to stand up for residents
targeted for deportation.
I also found it telling that whoever put up the fake highway signs
included the name of a gang that
has become an obsession for Presi-
I
dent Trump. He and Atty. Gen.
Jeff Sessions have vowed to crush
MS-13 in the United States and
deport members back to El Salvador, the gang’s stronghold —
never mind that a similar move in
the 1990s is precisely what made it
the transnational terror that it is
today.
Along with alleged gang members, Trump wants to deport
many more Salvadorans: He plans
to rescind Temporary Protected
Status by next year to more than
250,000 Salvadoran refugees
(along with Haitians and Nicaraguans). But the fixation on MS-13
as a symbol of Everything Wrong
with Latino Immigration, coupled
with the end of TPS, are just the
latest insults against Salvadorans
in California, who number about
700,000 and represent our secondlargest Latino group.
They first came in large numbers in the 1980s during the Salvadoran Civil War, only to get denied
political refugee status by the
Reagan administration. NonLatinos wrongly assumed their
narrative was the same as Mexicans; Mexican immigrants and
Mexican Americans alike ridiculed
Salvadorans for their distinctive
Spanish, their food and, well, for
not being Mexican.
They persisted and forged new
lives in this country, just like all
previous immigrant groups. Yet to
this day, most non-Salvadorans
ignorantly reduce them to just two
things: pupusas and gangs.
That’s changing only slowly, as
a new generation of Salvadoran
Americans pushes to get their
stories heard in Latino and mainstream media.
One example is Wendy Carrillo,
whose voice I woke up with for
years when she hosted the late,
great “Knowledge is Power” Sunday morning radio show on Power
106. She just became one of the few
Central Americans ever to serve in
the California State Assembly
after winning a special election
late last year.
Carrillo and fellow Los Angeles
Democrat Miguel Santiago —
whose district includes Pico
Union, the Ellis Island for Salvadoran and other Central Americans in Los Angeles — plan to
introduce legislation that would
set aside $10 million to assist Salvadorans at risk of deportation.
I’m sure more than a few nonSalvadorans will question why the
state should help such a specific
population.
But that’s not how Carrillo sees
it.
Salvadorans
are ignorantly
reduced to gangs
and pupusas.
“Providing services for vulnerable members of our communities
targeted by the inhumane policies
of the Trump administration is
just the right thing to do,” said
Carillo, whose parents brought
her to this country without papers
as a child. She referred to a report
by the Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas,
which found that more than 94% of
male and 82% of female TPS holders from El Salvador contributed
to the labor force (only 63% of the
general American population did
the same). “They’ve worked hard
to achieve the American Dream
and contribute to California’s
economy. It’s senseless to rip them
from their families, jobs and communities.”
Supporting the Carrillo-Santiago measure is not just righteous,
it’s a callback to our history. During the 1980s, faith groups and
colleges across California housed
and fed Central American refugees. As a response, Los Angeles
made the historic decision to
declare itself a sanctuary city in
1985 — although it rescinded the
resolution and offered one that
dropped the word “sanctuary”
after Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner Harold
Ezell threatened to cut off federal
funds. (Ezell would later say that
immigrants in the country illegally
“shouldn’t be deported; they
should be deep-fried.”)
In an op-ed for this paper after
that vote, then-Councilman
Michael Woo compared the plight
of Central Americans to that of
Jews under Nazi Germany. “We
have learned from those experiences,” he wrote, “and the vow of
‘never again’ should apply today in
this case as well.”
“Welcome to California” prank
signs show that not enough of us
learned that lesson. That’s why I
do hope one is up there when I
pass I-40 — so I can knock it down
and throw it alongside Proposition
187 and the State of Jefferson in
the trash heap of Bad California
Ideas. One can dream, right?
mexicanwithglasses@gmail.com
Twitter: @GustavoArellano
Lean on state
courts and
constitutions
By Joshua A. Douglas
S
Lacy Atkins San Francisco Chronicle
SEA LEVEL rise could inundate eastern approach lanes to the Bay Bridge, new in 2013, by 2100.
After global warming,
California’s deluge
By Jacques Leslie
he first thing to go will
be California’s calling
card: its beaches.
Between a third and
two-thirds of Southern
California beaches will succumb to
sea-level rise by the end of this century unless global fossil fuel emissions are dramatically reined in, according to a 2017 U.S. Geological
Survey report. They will be “completely eroded (up to existing coastal infrastructure or sea-cliffs).”
Zuma, Redondo and Del Mar,
among many others, could all but
disappear.
As the beaches recede, California will lose a crucial economic
driver. The state’s last major free
recreational area will vanish along
with our defenses against coastal
storms. Our regional identity will
shift as we’re forced to turn inland.
The inundation news gets worse.
A state-commissioned 2009 report
by Oakland’s Pacific Institute found
that in even a medium to mediumhigh emissions scenario, nearly half
a million Californians, predominantly minorities and the poor, will
be vulnerable to flooding by century’s end.
Threatened infrastructure includes the nation’s two busiest
ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach,
as well as the Port of Oakland; the
San Francisco and Oakland airports; 3,500 miles of roads; 280 miles
of railways; 30 power plants; 28
waste treatment plants; vast wetlands; and, perhaps most distressing, 330 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-regulated Superfund
and other hazardous waste sites.
Flooding at those sites could
spread a toxic brew into groundwater and water bodies such as the
San Francisco Bay, where many of
the sites are located. The only way to
ward off that prospect is to clean the
sites now, but the Trump administration, apparently unconcerned,
has proposed cutting Superfund
program funding by a third.
Still not alarmed? Then consider
that the pace of sea-level rise is ac-
T
celerating. California has so far escaped the fate of Florida, where
many communities are already experiencing chronic flooding, but our
turn is coming. From 1880 to the present, the ocean has risen eight inches. Thanks to intensifying global
warming, from now until 2100, the increase will be a matter of feet, not
inches.
Until recently, climate scientists
believed that sea-level rise for the
rest of this century would amount to
about 1 ½ feet if global greenhouse
gas emissions were drastically cut,
and 2 ½ feet if emissions stayed high.
But an April 2017 report commissioned by two California state agencies concluded that under the lowemission scenario, the sea level
would rise 2.4 feet, and under the
high-emission scenario, it would
rise somewhere between a catastrophic 3.48 feet and an Armageddon-ish 10 feet. At a 10-foot rise, the
long list of affected communities includes Marina del Rey, Long Beach,
Huntington
Beach,
Newport
Beach-Balboa, San Diego and all
municipalities bordering the San
Francisco Bay.
On top of this, a December study
in Nature that compared climate
models with actual atmospheric
changes found that the most dire
climate projections have so far
turned out to be the most accurate
ones.
One reason that projections
have grown more ominous is that
scientists have concluded that
glacial melt, the chief driver of sealevel rise until now, is likely to be
supplanted by the more consequential melting of the Antarctic ice
sheet. As the ice sheet melts, gravitational forces there will dissipate,
allowing more water to spread out
from the poles. Thanks to the
Earth’s rotation, this will have a particularly strong effect on California:
For every foot of global sea-level rise
caused by Antarctic melting, the
state will experience a rise of about
1.25 feet, the report said.
If there is any consolation in all
this, it’s that the state has time to
adapt.
Many of Southern California’s
beaches, for example, could retain
their width if they were allowed to
expand inland, which is what would
happen naturally if highways, buildings, sewer pipes and other artifacts
of development weren’t in the way.
Beach house owners and local governments will resist abandoning or
relocating their structures, but if no
action is taken, the beaches will
shrivel and the property will get
flooded out anyway.
The alternative to retreat along
the coast — building sea walls, levees and bulkheads — is expensive,
damaging to beaches and would require constant maintenance and
updating.
The state’s most notable misstep so far is Caltrans’ failure to take
sea-level rise into account in the design for the post-Loma Prieta earthquake eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. It was completed
in 2013 at a cost of $6.5 billion. A
report a year later by the Bay Area’s
Metropolitan Transportation Commission found that by 2100, the approach lanes from the East Bay
would be permanently inundated.
State agencies are paying more
attention to sea-level rise now,
studying its likely effects as a prelude to devising appropriate adaptation policies. They have much
more work to do, but they’re way
ahead of the federal government,
whose head-in-the-sand approach
is embodied in President Trump’s
executive order in August instructing federal agencies not to consider
flood risk caused by sea-level rise
when building with federal funds.
Although state and local governments are left with the task of dealing with the consequences of sealevel rise, policy changes at the national and international level are urgently needed to ultimately curb it.
Contrary to Trump and his fossilfuel-addled supporters, the only
way to avert a cascade of catastrophes is to stop emitting greenhouse
gases as quickly as possible.
Jacques Leslie is a contributing
writer to Opinion.
tate constitutions
are powerful documents. They tend to
protect
individual
rights — including the
fundamental right to vote —
more broadly than the U.S.
Constitution. And this fact may
well help to fix our broken democracy.
The disparity between our
state and federal controlling
documents became obvious on
Monday when the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court struck down its
legislature’s congressional redistricting map, which heavily
favored Republicans. The court
wrote that the map “clearly,
plainly and palpably violates”
the state constitution. By contrast, a federal court ruling earlier this month rejected the
plaintiffs’ challenge to the same
map under the U.S. Constitution.
Although the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court did not give its
precise reasoning — it said that
a fuller opinion would follow —
presumably its judgment will
rest in part on two important
provisions of the state constitution: that all citizens in the state
“shall be entitled to vote at all
elections” and that elections in
the state must be “free and
equal; and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere
to prevent the free exercise of
the right of suffrage.”
These clauses mean that the
Pennsylvania Constitution explicitly protects the right to
vote.
The U.S. Constitution is
much less specific. It instead
says that states cannot discriminate in voting based on
various characteristics such as
race, sex, age or inability to pay
a poll tax. And the U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled that
states must confer voting rights
on an equal basis under the 14th
Amendment’s Equal Protection
Clause.
But nowhere does the U.S.
Constitution
affirmatively
grant the right to vote.
This silence is one reason
why the U.S. Supreme Court
has found it so hard to police
partisan
gerrymandering.
Without explicit protection of
voting rights within the U.S.
Constitution, the court has
struggled to find a proper test
for judges to use to invalidate a
map. Generally speaking, the
court often defers to states in
how they regulate their election
processes.
The court is hearing two
cases this term, one from
Wisconsin and the other from
Maryland, that ask it to strike
down extreme partisan gerrymandering under the Equal
Protection Clause or the 1st
Amendment. As is often the
case, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will likely be the swing
vote, so the outcome is uncertain. Regardless of what happens at the U.S. Supreme
Court, however, state courts
can follow Pennsylvania’s lead
in letting state constitutions
guide their decisions.
Unfortunately, some state
courts have analyzed their constitutions to go in lockstep with
the federal version, construing
these documents to provide the
same, relatively weak voting
protections as the U.S. Constitution. That’s wrong for a number of reasons: All 50 state constitutions explicitly protect the
right to vote; the U.S. Constitution actually points to state authority in dictating who may
vote in congressional elections;
and, as the most important
right in our democracy, the
right to vote should enjoy the
broadest possible force. Why
not let federalism thrive?
Indeed, the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court noted that it
had struck down the redistricting map on the “sole basis” of
the state constitution. This language presumably was meant
to indicate that it saw no issues
under the U.S. Constitution or
federal law, thereby preventing
the U.S. Supreme Court from
having jurisdiction to review the
decision. Although Pennsylvania Republicans will seek review
at the U.S. Supreme Court,
most observers think that’s a
long shot. The Pennsylvania
court will likely have the final
say.
Even as the U.S. Supreme
Court continues its conservative streak, state constitutions
and state courts provide a path
for reformers to challenge onerous laws involving partisan gerrymandering or other voting issues, such as voter ID laws. In
fact, in recent years several
state courts have struck down
voter ID laws under their state
constitutions, championing the
importance of the right to vote.
Others, however, when ruling
that the state constitution provides merely the same narrow
protection as the U.S. Constitution, have upheld these restrictions.
Voting rights advocates
across the country are celebrating the Pennsylvania case because of the message it sends:
There’s a meaningful way to
challenge the worst abuses in
partisan electoral gamesmanship.
All it takes is a state court
willing to take its state constitution seriously.
Joshua A. Douglas is a law
professor at the University of
Kentucky College of Law. He is
the coeditor of “Election Law
Stories” and is writing a book
on positive voting rights
expansions. Twitter:
@JoshuaADouglas.
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Syed
The director of a group that
trains California women how to
run for office analyzes big numbers and enthusiasm in the age
of Trump.
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Institutions failed to protect athletes
[Plaschke, from A1]
Courthouse in Lansing,
Mich., marks the largest
sexual assault scandal in
this country’s history and
maybe the most tragic
youth sports story ever.
It’s the story of nearly 200
females, mostly athletes,
including Olympic goldmedal gymnasts, who were
molested during examinations by Nassar over the
past two decades while he
was a USA Gymnastics and
Michigan State University
physician.
It’s the story of parents
continually trusting a
sports system that failed
them at every level, from the
lowliest Michigan State
coach to the vaunted USOC.
Nassar, 54, has been
sentenced for 60 years in
prison on child pornography charges. He also
pleaded guilty to 10 sexual
assault charges for which he
will be sentenced on
Wednesday.
As part of the plea deal,
Nassar’s victims have been
allowed to confront him in
court — 177 of them have so
far, powerful women and
girls facing their demon and
firing back with strength
and inspiration.
They’ve cried, they’ve
cursed, and some have
nearly collapsed, as they’ve
all powerfully given witness
to the pain of assault and
the will to endure.
Videos of their testimony
are all over the internet and
parents should watch. That
could have been your child.
It could have been my child.
Athlete after athlete told
stories of being ordered to
visit Nassar by a coach,
often without a parent
present. During what he
called treatment, he would
vaginally or anally penetrate them for as long as 20
to 40 minutes. When they
complained, they were told
they didn’t understand
medicine or were otherwise
shushed. Until now.
“Little girls don’t stay
little forever,” said Kyle
Stephens, the first victim to
testify last week, looking
directly in Nassar’s face as
the doctor hid behind his
hands. “They grow into
strong women who return to
Matthew Dae Smith Associated Press
JORDYN WIEBER , a member of the U.S. gymnastics team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics, gives her vic-
tim impact statement at Larry Nassar’s sentencing. More than 175 women and girls have spoken in court.
Dale G. Young Associated Press
ALY RAISMAN , anoth-
er gold-medal gymnast,
said USA Gymnastics
didn’t reach out to her
after she spoke up.
destroy your world.”
Mattie Larson, one of the
last women to testify, spoke
of being molested at the
Karolyi Ranch, the former
cathedral of USA Gymnastics. The ranch is located in
the woods outside Houston,
where cellphone service is
sketchy and parents weren’t
allowed. She also described
being molested in Minnesota at her first national
championships, penetrated
by the doctor even with a
USA Gymnastics trainer in
the same room.
“Larry, you were the only
one I trusted,’ she said. “In
the end, you turned out to
be the scariest monster of
all.”
The issue of trust has
been a recurring theme. The
athletes and their parents
had to trust a system that
churned out Olympians. Or
they had to trust the university if they wanted to
compete in college. And that
gave Nassar his opportunity.
Anne Swinehart, whose
daughter Jillian was abused
when she was 8, spoke for
many of the tortured parents when she said, “To
think I let this happen to my
child when I was sitting
right there…”
This could happen to any
of us with children in sports,
right? We hand them over to
strangers with no questions
asked. We send them to
distant backyards for pitching lessons, to desolate ice
rinks for early-morning
skating practice, and we
walk away for hours or even
entire weekends.
And when some sports
authority tells us our child
has potential but needs a
private therapy session with
a team doctor, we’re not
skeptical, we’re thankful for
the attention.
In this case, only too late
did the parents realize that
even the biggest and brightest of sports institutions
care mostly about themselves.
Nassar worked for Michigan State, and at least 14
staffers and school representatives reportedly knew
about his abuse for more
than 20 years. Yet, even
when Nassar was finally the
subject of Title IX and cam-
pus police investigations in
2014, school president Lou
Anna Simon reportedly did
nothing, didn’t even look at
the reports, and at least 12
more assaults occurred
before the doctor was fired.
Michigan State did
worse than ignore Nassar; it
enabled him. The school
even continued to charge
women for sessions in which
he was accused of molesting
them.
”My mom is still getting
billed for appointments
where I was sexually assaulted,” Emma Ann Miller,
15, said in court this week,
before the university finally
halted its billing.
This scandal is, by numbers, larger than the Jerry
Sandusky child molestation
case that cleaned out Penn
State’s president, athletic
director and legendary
football coach. So how does
MSU president Simon keep
her job? In one of the most
sickening statements in a
case full of them, trustee
Joel Ferguson said during a
radio interview, “There’s so
many more things going on
at this university than just
this Nassar thing. … I mean,
when you go to the basketball game, you walk into the
new Breslin [Center] and
the person who hustled and
got all those major donors
to give money was Lou Anna
Simon.”
For Ferguson’s Michigan
State, it seems that money
trumps morality. Listening
to the gymnasts, the same
philosophy was followed by
USA Gymnastics in the
pursuit of Olympic gold.
Four of the five members
of the “Fierce Five” group
that won a team gold medal
in the 2012 London
Olympics alleged they were
abused by Nassar.
“Both USA Gymnastics
and the United States
Olympic Committee have
been very quick to capitalize
on and celebrate my success,” gold medal winner Aly
Raisman said in one of the
many compelling statements last week. “But did
they reach out when I came
forward? No.”
Steve Penny, USAG
president, resigned last
March, and three members
of the organization’s board
of directors resigned Monday. But it’s not enough.
The USOC needs to
decertify USAG, clean
house, and start from
scratch. Current gymnasts
might temporarily lose
funding and their ability to
compete internationally,
and that might not be fair,
but it’s the only answer.
“The fact that a system
that is supposed to protect
children has failed them so
bad is so wrong,” Shawn
Johnson East, a 2008
Olympic gold medalist, said
in a video she posted on the
internet. “I think gymnastics is the best sport in the
entire world, but if I had a
daughter right now, I
wouldn’t put her in it.”
If you are a parent of a
child athlete, only one system of protection can be
totally trusted. That protection is you.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
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Lawmakers
focusing on
easing sting
of disasters
State legislation
includes several bills
that would change
insurance rules.
By Liam Dillon
Photographs by
Josh Edelson For The Times
JASON and Cheryl Sew Hoy in front of their Oakland home. Last year they received a $3,000 grant from
Earthquake Brace + Bolt for a retrofit to keep the 1930s-era structure solidly on its foundation.
Making single-family
homes safer in quakes
A growing number of owners are retrofitting with the help of grants
By Rong-Gong Lin II
OAKLAND — In the dead of night,
the earthquake shuddered through
this decades-old home, coming from
an epicenter just a mile away.
It was a scary moment, even
though the earthquake ended up being just a magnitude 4.4 and caused
no major damage. The couple who
own the home quickly took solace in
that just months before, they had
completed an earthquake retrofit to
keep their 1930s-era home solidly on
its foundation.
“Thank God we did it,” said Cheryl
Sew Hoy, 34, “especially with this one
coming,” pointing to her growing
belly. Her baby is due in less than two
months.
A few cities across California have
in recent years stepped up requirements that property owners retrofit
vulnerable buildings to better withstand earthquakes. But those efforts
have focused on apartment buildings,
brittle concrete buildings and unrein[See Retrofits, B4]
JAN IELEMAFFEI, chief mitigation officer for the California
Earthquake Authority, in the Sew Hoy home’s retrofitted basement.
Dozens of Californians
lost their lives in wildfires
and other natural disasters
in recent months.
In response to the widespread emergencies, Gov.
Jerry Brown and legislators
want to change insurance
rules, emergency alert systems and debris removal
policies and spend more
money on fire protection. If
passed, these new laws
would add to the many protections already enshrined
in state law for those who
have experienced natural disasters, including substantial relief from property
taxes.
State officials are warning that residents should expect more natural disasters
due to the effects of climate
change.
“Sadly, what these communities and these members’ residents have experienced is now going to be far
too common in California,”
Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones said last week at
a news conference while surrounded by state lawmakers. “We no longer have a fire
season. We have year-round
fire season.”
Here are some proposals
lawmakers are debating:
8 Eight bills address disaster victims’ relationship
with insurance companies.
Democratic state Sen. Mike
McGuire, who represents
communities affected by
last fall’s North Bay fires,
said more than a hundred
constituents have contacted
his office with “horror stories.” Residents, he said, are
struggling to remember
everything they owned before the fire, and in some
cases, provide receipts to
their insurance companies.
“We’re getting calls from
survivors literally experiencing PTSD, people having to
relive the most horrific night
of their lives and recall and
attempt to put a price on
their most priceless possessions,” McGuire said.
“It’s simply too much to ask.”
McGuire’s
legislation,
Senate Bill 897, would force
insurance companies to accept consumers’ tallies of
items lost to natural disasters and pay out no less than
80% of the policy limit even if
residents don’t have a full
list of what was lost.
If McGuire’s bill passes, it
would apply to victims of
wildfires late last year.
The rest of the legislation
[See Disasters, B4]
Probe
into
deputy’s
video
ends
Decision is pending
on a recording in
which he says he is
ignoring a gunfire call.
By Maya Lau
Why agreement on
illegal immigration
remains so elusive
STEVE LOPEZ
Don Rosenberg and I
have talked
about illegal
immigration
on the phone
and exchanged
emails over
the years, but
we had never met, until
Monday.
The federal government
shutdown last weekend, and
temporary reopening, are
about a lot of things, but
differing views on immigration are at the core of the
impasse. Rosenberg and I
come at the topic from
different directions, too, and
I was curious about whether
we could find the common
ground that eludes Washington.
So I drove to Rosenberg’s
home in Westlake Village
and we spent three hours
talking it over. I’d like to tell
you we brokered a deal, sent
it to Washington for approv-
al by both sides, and the
republic can now move
forward.
But as goes the nation, so
went the immigration summit in Westlake Village.
Let me begin with some
key background information about Rosenberg, who
is retired from sales and
marketing jobs in the entertainment industry.
Rosenberg and his wife,
an attorney, raised three
children. In November of
2010, the family was shattered by the news that their
eldest, Drew, a second-year
law student, had been killed
in a traffic accident in San
Francisco.
Drew, 25, was riding his
motorcycle at an intersection. A Honduran-born
man named Roberto Galo
hit Rosenberg at low
speed and then, either in
panic, confusion or an attempt to get away, hit him
again.
“He backed up, drove
over him a second time, and
[See Lopez, B6]
Don Bartletti Los Angeles Times
UC REGENTS will weigh raising tuition and student services fees for the next
academic year. Above, a rally against a similar motion in 2014 at UC San Diego.
UC and Brown poised to
face off over tuition hike
If regents vote to raise
fees, governor may
later cut university
funds in budget plan.
By Teresa Watanabe
Key Democrat
backs bullet
train audit
Sen. Beall joins an
Assembly Republican
in seeking a review of
the high-speed rail
project. B3
TV weather icon
dies at age 83
John Coleman helped
create the Weather
Channel and called
global warming a scam.
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SAN FRANCISCO —
University of California regents face a showdown with
Gov. Jerry Brown as they
prepare to vote Wednesday
on a plan to raise tuition and
student services fees for the
next academic year.
The proposed increase
would amount to 2.7% — or
$342 for state students.
Brown opposes any increase, though his 2018-19
budget proposal would give
the 10-campus public research university system
$34 million less than UC officials expected. In recent
years, he has increased UC’s
base budget by 4%. This year
he is suggesting 3%.
He recently said UC officials must live within their
means, cut costs and “more
creatively engage in the
process of making education
more affordable.”
George Kieffer, chairman
of the UC Board of Regents,
said the governor’s proposed funding would not
even keep up with inflation.
He said in an interview that
UC will need to raise more
money to protect the university’s vaunted quality while
it continues to find ways to
cut costs.
“The governor is right
that all of public higher education needs to adjust to
new funding realities and
public higher education is
doing so,” he said. “We have a
fiduciary duty to protect the
university and students …
[See Regents, B5]
The Los Angeles County
Sheriff ’s Department has
completed an internal investigation into a deputy who
was seen in a video declaring
his intention to ignore a call
about a shooting, but it has
not determined whether he
will be punished for the incident, an official said.
The deputy, Jeremy Joseph Fennell, remains on
paid leave pending a separate probe into allegations
that he was violent with an
ex-girlfiend.
Fennell, 27, was sitting in
his patrol car in uniform
when he recorded a video
message to his ex-girlfriend,
telling her he wanted her attention so badly that he
would not respond to an incoming radio call about a
possible gunshot victim.
After the woman published the video on YouTube
last February, the department said an internal investigation into the incident
was underway. The review
was completed on Jan. 10,
but a decision about
whether to discipline Fennell has not been made, said
agency spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell
has previously said the deputy’s actions were disturbing and at odds with department values.
Internal investigators are
also still looking into
whether Fennell violated a
department policy against
domestic violence, Nishida
said. Fennell’s ex-girlfriend,
Priscilla Anderson, alleges
that on Jan. 25, 2017, the deputy held her up against a wall
by her neck and pointed his
service weapon at her head.
He was arrested that day
on suspicion of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. A prosecutor wrote in
a
memorandum
three
[See Video, B5]
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EDUCATION MATTERS
Unions, LAUSD strike benefits deal
Tentative accord
retains employee
health perks but adds
pressure to solve
future funding woes.
HOWARD BLUME
A tentative three-year
agreement between the Los
Angeles Unified School
District and eight unions is
good for the district’s 60,000
employees, at least in the
short term. They hold onto
the healthcare choices they
have now without having to
contribute to their costs.
“After years of district
threats to our healthcare, it
is a victory to have all unions
remain steadfast against
any concessions,” the
unions said in a joint statement.
The district’s continued
commitment to covering a
broad range of benefits for
employees, however, does
nothing to ease its pressing
financial problems.
L.A. Unified employees
are not among the nation’s
highest paid, but they enjoy
comprehensive medical
benefits for themselves and
their families — without
paying monthly premiums
— a perk that is increasingly
rare in the workplace.
The Board of Education
and members of the unions
are expected to approve the
new pact.
All seven board members
responded to the agreement
in a district statement Friday.
Six of the seven signaled
their support.
“This agreement is a
testament to our district’s
ability to take responsible
actions to honor their promises to employees while also
continuing to provide a
quality, public education for
all children,” board member
Scott Schmerelson said.
Healthcare costs are a
major stress on the nation’s
second-largest school system, particularly coverage
of retirees.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
NICK MELVOIN is still undecided on the pact with the eight unions. “There was an opportunity to drive a little harder line,” he says.
The district pays more
$20,000 annually for the
healthcare of each retiree
who is too young to qualify
for the federal Medicare
program, said Najeeb
Khoury, the district’s chief
labor negotiator.
Older retirees use district benefits as a healthcare supplement to cover
what Medicare doesn’t,
which costs the district
about $7,100 a person each
year.
It would cost about $13.5
billion in today’s dollars to
pay for all retiree health
benefits over the next 30
years, Khoury said.
That’s a problem because L.A. Unified has put
aside relatively little to cover
these expenses.
Instead, it largely pays
for health costs out of each
year’s budget.
Over time, medical costs
for retirees could swamp the
general fund, crowding out
funds for academic pro-
‘This agreement is
a testament to our
district’s ability to
take responsible
actions to honor
their promises to
employees.’
— Scott
Schmerelson,
school board member
grams or for competitive
salaries for teachers.
Nick Melvoin is the only
member of the school board
who said he has yet to decide whether to support the
tentative agreement.
“There was an opportunity to drive a little harder
line,” he said. The district,
he added, needs to plan
ahead “so that we don’t have
to face drastic choices in the
future.”
Officials said the district,
too, won some concessions
in the agreement.
The most important one
is that L.A. Unified will
freeze the total annual
amount it pays out of the
general fund for healthcare
benefits for 2018 through
2020, the three years covered.
Under the agreement,
the district will hold to the
roughly $1.1 billion it pays for
the benefits at the moment.
The freeze is intended to
spare the general fund from
having to absorb healthcare
costs that have been rising
more than 6% a year. The
rising costs instead will be
covered by a healthcare
reserve that has grown to
about $300 million.
The unions control this
reserve and have now
agreed to let this reserve
pick up the increases.
The district has pledged
to maintain this reserve
fund at $100 million, provided that the unions do
more to lower healthcare
costs.
In L.A. Unified, the district negotiates with the
unions over how much to
pay for healthcare, but the
unions control how the
money is spent.
The unions determine
which health plans to offer
and how much, if anything,
to charge employees for
premiums and co-payments.
Board member Richard
Vladovic said the agreement
buys the district and its
workers time to make the
hard choices ahead.
“We now have three
years,” he said, to deal with
the long-term funding problem “once and for all.”
howard.blume
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@howardblume
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B3
CITY & STATE
L.A. County
OKs temporary
public defender
amid criticism
Agency’s lawyers are
concerned about her
lack of experience in
criminal law and prior
defense of deputies.
By Melissa Etehad
California High-Speed Rail Authority
GEOTECHNICAL testing for the bullet train in Kern County last month. The request for an audit comes
amid forecasts that the cost of the project’s first 119 miles would jump to $10.6 billion from $6 billion.
Bullet train audit request
backed by key Democrat
Sen. Beall joins Assemblyman Patterson in seeking a thorough review
By Ralph Vartabedian
Pressure for an audit of
the California bullet train
program increased Tuesday
when Sen. Jim Beall (D-San
Jose), chairman of the state
Senate transportation committee, joined Assemblyman
Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) in
a letter asking for a comprehensive review.
The letter is the first time
that a leading Democrat has
lent support to an audit
since the state auditor last
looked at the high-speed rail
project in 2012.
The request comes just a
week after the rail authority
disclosed that its main consultant, WSP, was forecasting that the cost of building
the first 119 miles of rail line in
the Central Valley would
jump to $10.6 billion from the
original estimate of $6 billion. Construction is running about seven years behind schedule.
The increases are likely to
drain funds that were intended for later construction of segments that would
ultimately link San Francisco to Los Angeles. The official cost estimate for the
overall project has been $64
billion, but that could
change when the rail authority issues its 2018 business
plan.
On Tuesday, the rail authority sent a letter to the
Legislature’s leadership saying it would need an extra 30
days to complete that busi-
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
SEN. JIM BEALL is the first leading Democrat to
back a bullet train audit since the state did one in ’12.
ness plan, noting that its
new chief executive, Brian
Kelly, and others would need
more time. The delay would
result in the Legislature getting the business plan June 1
rather than the May 1 legal
deadline for the biennial report, the authority said.
In their joint letter to Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi
(D-Torrance), who chairs
the joint audit committee,
Beall and Patterson asked
for an examination of contract costs, change orders,
economic effect to communities, the use of small businesses and environmental
outcomes that result from
the project’s “green construction practices.”
The Beall and Patterson
letter says the Legislature is
responsible for making sure
the project “is on an effective
path toward successful completion.” Beall has supported the rail project but
has expressed some concerns about its execution
and called an oversight
hearing a year ago to take a
closer look after the Federal
Railroad Administration issued a confidential risk analysis that cited rising costs
and a lagging schedule.
In a statement Tuesday,
Beall cited the many benefits of the project. “I have always believed that the state
must look for efficiencies
and savings that can speed
up HSR construction and
cut costs,” he said. “Today,
we are asking for a new set of
eyes — the state auditor — to
look at the project and identify ideas to lower costs and
accelerate construction.’’
Patterson, the former
mayor of Fresno, has been
an outspoken critic.
“Either the High-Speed
Rail Authority is grossly inept or they knew of these
problems and covered them
up,” he said Tuesday. “There
is only one way to get to the
bottom of this and it is with
an independent nonpartisan audit.”
Rail authority Chairman
Dan Richard said in a statement that the program has
been audited over the years
internally, as well as at the
federal and state levels, and
that the authority will “work
cooperatively with the committee to fully address the issues that are raised.”
Patterson asked for an
audit last year, but the request was denied by the audit committee. In 2016, Sen.
Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)
also asked for an audit that
was denied.
State Auditor Elaine
Howle audited the program
in 2010 and 2012, citing a
range of concerns about inadequate planning, rising
costs, questionable ridership estimates and future
operating costs.
ralph.vartabedian
@latimes.com
Twitter: @rvartabedian
The Los Angeles County
board of supervisors voted
Tuesday to appoint a new interim head of the public defender’s office, despite criticism from defense lawyers
that the new pick has no experience in criminal law and
previously defended law enforcement officers.
Six attorneys from the
public defender’s office told
supervisors at Tuesday’s
board meeting not to appoint Nicole Davis Tinkham,
saying she knew nothing
about the office’s work of
representing indigent clients in criminal cases.
The board unanimously
approved Tinkham’s sixmonth appointment without discussion.
In a letter sent to public
defender’s office employees
last week, Supervisor Sheila
Kuehl said Tinkham had a
deep appreciation for the
agency’s work and expressed confidence that she
could “help bring much
needed stability” to the office.
Tinkham, she said, would
bring a team from the
county counsel’s office.
Kuehl’s letter said the board
is also considering commissioning a management audit
to learn more about the challenges facing the public defender’s office.
Tuesday’s decision is the
latest move by supervisors
to find someone to run the
agency — the nation’s oldest
public defender’s office —
which has been without a
permanent leader for more
than a year since Ron Brown
stepped down at the end of
2016. Deputy public defenders represent an array of clients who cannot afford their
own lawyers, including
adults and juveniles accused
of crimes and people facing
civil commitments for mental health treatment.
In the days before Tuesday’s vote, around 390 of the
office’s 650 attorneys signed
a letter questioning Tinkham’s nomination for the
temporary position, said
Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes,
a deputy public defender
with the office for 15 years.
Tinkham, who has been a
lawyer in California since
2003, works as a senior deputy county counsel and has
defended sheriff ’s deputies
in several lawsuits against
the county.
Christine Rodriguez, a
14-year veteran lawyer in the
public defender’s office, told
supervisors she was astonished and disappointed that
they would appoint a person
who lacked hands-on experience representing indigent
defendants in criminal
court. She said the office
needs a leader who can help
shape criminal justice policy
at a state level.
“I understand that the label’s an interim and that it’s
temporary,” Rodriguez told
the supervisors, “but this is
at a critical juncture in our
criminal justice system.
There are issues such as bail
reform, mental health issues
and juvenile justice issues
that require attention at this
very moment.”
Tinkham replaces Kenneth I. Clayman, who
worked as the interim public
defender for four months.
In a statement to The
Times, she said she plans to
uphold the mission of the office while tackling its challenges.
“I intend to foster a collaborative approach that
recognizes the expertise of
the staff while also bringing
my own experience and
skills to the issues confronting the office,” the
statement said. “I will have
no divided loyalty as I dedicate my time and energy to
this interim position.”
Prior to joining the
county, Tinkham was a trial
attorney and partner at the
law firm Collins, Collins,
Muir and Stewart for 14
years where she represented
clients that included the
Sheriff ’s Department.
In one of those cases, she
defended a sheriff deputy
who shot a 15-year-old boy
brandishing a toy gun at
deputies responding to a
trespassing call, according
to court documents. After
Tinkham joined the county,
she worked on other cases
defending sheriff ’s deputies.
Thomas Tyler, a deputy
public defender for 19 years,
said he is concerned that
Tinkham’s involvement in
such cases creates a conflict
of interest, making it harder
for him to build trust among
clients he represents.
Supervisor Mark RidleyThomas said the board last
year offered the permanent
head public defender position to two candidates. Each
of them, he said, turned
down the job for personal
reasons. He said that the objections voiced at Tuesday’s
meeting over Tinkham’s appointment would not be ignored.
melissa.etehad
@latimes.com
Sheriff’s advisor named new LAPD inspector general
Mark P. Smith, who
started his career in
the office, will replace
Alex Bustamante.
By Kate Mather
A veteran police watchdog who currently advises
Los Angeles County Sheriff
Jim McDonnell has been
named the new inspector
general for the Los Angeles
Police Department.
The Police Commission
unanimously
appointed
Mark P. Smith to the role,
the civilian panel announced Tuesday. It marks
a homecoming of sorts for
Smith, who began his oversight career working for the
inspector general’s office in
2005 after interning there
during law school.
“It’s where I developed
my passion, my care for this
industry,” Smith, 40, told police commissioners after the
announcement. “It’s what
allowed me to take other
jobs across the country and
learn from different departments of different sizes fac-
ing different challenges.”
As inspector general,
Smith will play a crucial role
in the civilian oversight of
the 10,000-officer agency.
The inspector general’s office, which is independent of
the LAPD, monitors a wide
array of matters, including
complaints against officers,
department practices, and
shootings and other serious
force used by police.
The inspector general’s
office also acts as the investigative arm of the Police
Commission, the five-person civilian panel that oversees the LAPD. The office
has taken on more work in
recent years as the commission adopted a more handson approach to oversight,
pushing the Police Department toward new policies
and training intended to
help reduce shootings by officers.
In his new role, Smith will
play a key role in monitoring
those changes along with
other issues facing the department: the ongoing rollout of body cameras, the
yearlong test of drones, the
commission’s push for more
transparency.
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
THE HIRING of an LAPD inspector general comes a
week after Chief Charlie Beck said he’ll retire in June.
Smith’s
appointment
also comes at a pivotal moment for a department on
the cusp of new leadership.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
announced last week that he
will retire in June, ending his
eight-year tenure as chief
and launching a search for
his successor.
In an interview Tuesday,
Smith said he was humbled
by the appointment. That
summer internship at the inspector general’s office, he
said, is where he first began
to understand the crucial
role of civilian oversight in
law enforcement.
“That’s the way for me,
with my legal degree, to provide a public service,” he
said. “I’m not sworn. I
haven’t worn a badge. But
what I can do is help with effective oversight.”
One of Smith’s primary
goals, he said, was to provide
a “constant source of accountability” — monitoring
the department consistently, not just after a crisis.
“It’s really that constant
eyes and ears from an out-
side perspective that over
time is what helps an
agency,” he said.
Smith will replace Alex
Bustamante, a former federal prosecutor who left the
inspector general position
last year to become senior
vice president and chief
compliance officer at the
University of California.
Smith is one of two constitutional policing advisors
for the Sheriff ’s Department, a job he has held since
February 2016. There, he also
monitors and advises on
internal investigations and
disciplinary matters, and responds to deputy shootings
and other major incidents.
Previously, he worked as
the first independent police
auditor of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, a role created after the fatal shooting
of Oscar Grant by a BART
police officer in 2009. Smith
also worked in Chicago overseeing police there.
LAPD spokesman Josh
Rubenstein called civilian
oversight a “cornerstone of
community policing.”
“We welcome the opportunity to work with the new
inspector general and look
forward to a productive relationship as we reaffirm our
commitment to accountability and transparency,”
he said.
In a statement, the union
representing rank-and-file
LAPD officers also welcomed Smith’s appointment, urging him to be a “fair
and impartial voice for common sense solutions that
will improve the LAPD.”
Steve Soboroff, president
of the Police Commission,
said Smith’s familiarity with
the LAPD and its interactions with the civilian panel
made him an attractive candidate. “It’s almost like he
was born to do this,” he said.
“Some people want to play
football, some people want
to play on the Dodgers. He
interned with the LAPD.
This is a dream come true for
him.”
Smith will start next
month.
“It’s a big deal for me to
have the chance to come
back to the agency and the
office where all this started
for me,” he said. “That just
doesn’t happen that often.”
kate.mather@latimes.com
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JOHN COLEMAN, 1934 - 2018
Visionary behind Weather Channel
By Gary Robbins
and David Garrick
ohn Coleman, who cofounded the Weather
Channel and was the
original meteorologist
on ABC’s “Good Morning America” before stoking
anger by insisting global
warming was a hoax, has
died at age 83.
Coleman died Saturday
at his home in Las Vegas, according to KUSI-TV, where
he served as a forecaster
from 1994 to 2014, when he retired.
His retirement capped a
60-year career during which
he became a favorite in San
Diego as the dancing, prancing weatherman who would
sing out the letter “U” in
KUSI-TV’s call letters.
“Like a strike of lightning,
a clap of thunder and a ray of
sunshine, legendary weatherman John Coleman was an
exciting, powerful and humorous force in the lives of
so many,” KUSI evening anchor Sandra Maas said Sunday on Twitter. “There’s a
new dancer in heaven.”
Alex Tardy, a forecaster
at the National Weather
Service
in
Rancho
Bernardo, said: “This is a big
loss for the weather community. He brought a lot of energy and color and enthusiasm
to forecasting. My kids loved
watching him on TV.”
Tardy also said Coleman
never tried to push his skepticism about climate change
being man-made.
“We had good talks,”
Tardy said. “I enjoyed it.”
KUSI forecaster Dave
Scott said in an on-air tribute Sunday, “There is simply
no one like John Coleman.”
J
Marty Lederhandler Associated Press
ALL WEATHER, ALL THE TIME
Some dismissed the idea of a 24-hour weather network, but John Coleman, left, with publisher Frank Batten, launched the Weather Channel in 1981. Later in his career, Coleman became a climate change skeptic.
The tribute showed Coleman dancing to James
Brown music during one
forecast and kicking up his
left
leg
and
yelling
“breeeeze” in another, when
windy weather was the topic
of the day. He also was
shown delivering his gleeful
“K-UUUUUU-S-I” call-out.
Linda Newell, one of the
station’s viewers, wrote on
Facebook on Sunday: “Dear
John Coleman, you made me
Measures target
natural disasters
[Disasters, from B1]
would benefit only those affected by future disasters.
Six bills want to address
underinsurance and policy
cancellations in fire-prone
areas. North Bay residents
have complained that insurance companies are telling
them they don’t have
enough coverage to rebuild
their homes.
SB 894 from Sen. Bill
Dodd (D-Napa) allows residents to combine coverage
from their primary homes
and other buildings they
might have insured to rebuild their main residence.
Assembly Bill 1797 from
Assemblyman Marc Levine
(D-San Rafael) requires an
insurer to provide updated
estimates of the full replacement costs of their homes at
the time of annual policy renewal. Two other bills from
Levine, AB 1800 and AB 1799,
ensure that residents can
collect the full replacement
cost of their home even if
they decide to rebuild at another location and would require insurers to provide
complete policy documents,
instead of just summaries, to
residents upon request.
AB 1875 from Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) would mandate that
insurance companies make
available policies covering
no less than 150% of their
home replacement costs. A
measure from Sen. Ricardo
Lara (D-Bell Gardens), SB
824, would make it harder for
insurance companies to cancel or reduce coverage in
areas at risk for fires by making the state insurance commissioner sign off on such
decisions.
AB 1722 from Assemblywoman Cecilia AguiarCurry (D-Winters) gives
property owners three years
to rebuild their home after a
natural disaster and still receive the full replacement
cost from their insurance
company. Currently the
deadline is two years, but
Aguiar-Curry argues demand for construction after
an emergency often outpaces supply.
8 Two bills, SB 833 from
McGuire and SB 821 from
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson
(D-Santa Barbara), would
expand the reach of emergency alert systems.
County officials in Northern California faced broad
criticism when widespread
emergency alert systems
were not activated at the
start of fall’s wildfires. Later
on, when fires threatened
Southern California, state
officials sent warnings to 12
million residents to prepare
them.
McGuire’s bill gives the
state’s Office of Emergency
Services more authority to
issue alerts, while Jackson’s
allows the state to assist local governments in developing their own systems.
8 Though investigators
have yet to determine causes
for last year’s major wildfires
in Northern and Southern
California, lawmakers are
pitching two bills that would
toughen penalties for those
found responsible. SB 819
from Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San
Mateo) would prohibit electric utilities from passing
along the costs of fines or
penalties to ratepayers if
those companies were found
at fault. SB 901 from Dodd
requires electric companies’
wildfire plans to include details about when they should
de-energize power lines during high winds or other risky
conditions.
8 Other efforts would address translation needs and
ease cleanup and the fee
burden on affected homeowners. Activists in Ventura
County criticized the lack of
Spanish translation services
in the region’s response to
the wildfires. AB 1877 from
Assemblywoman Monique
Limón (D-Santa Barbara)
requires the state to translate its emergency communications into the language
other than English that is
most spoken in an affected
area. Limón also plans to introduce a bill that would
speed up debris removal, according to a spokeswoman.
When rebuilding, homeowners would be subject to a new
$75 fee on most real estate
transactions to fund low-income housing development.
Assemblywoman
Sharon
Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton)
has written AB 1765 to exempt people affected by disasters from paying the fee.
“The role of government
is to assist in aiding Californians in recovering from
such tragedies, not profit
from them,” Quirk-Silva said
in a release.
8 Brown has proposed
lots of new spending in his
2018-19 state budget to fight
fires. His plan would allocate
$2.27 billion to the California
Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection — $1.3 billion
more than in the budget four
years ago.
This year’s plan includes
nearly $100 million for four
new firefighting helicopters.
liam.dillon@latimes.com
smile for years. I am originally from Chicago and I
grew up watching you forecast the sun and the snow.
“I was happily surprised
when I moved to the San
Diego area and found you
were ‘my’ weatherman again
on KUSI News. You made
so many of us happy, may
you rest in peace and thank
you.”
Coleman was born Oct.
15, 1934, in Alpine, Texas, a
small town southeast of El
Paso. Coleman attended the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the
1950s and got deeply involved with radio.
In a classic showbiz story,
Coleman ended up filling in
one day in 1953 when the
weatherman for the college
station didn’t show up for
work. Before long, he was
tapped to do the weather by
Champaign’s WCIA-TV.
Coleman worked his way
up the TV ranks and in the
mid-1970s moved on to
“Good Morning America,”
which became a powerhouse
with its hosts Joan Lunden
and David Hartman.
About seven years later,
Coleman proposed the creation of a 24-hour-a-day national weather network,
which some broadcasters
thought was ludicrous. But
the idea led to the creation of
the Weather Channel, and
for a while Coleman served
as the network’s president,
chief executive and as a meteorologist.
Coleman got the Weather
Channel up and going in 1981.
But he left after about a year
due to internal friction. His
visionary work at the
Weather Channel wasn’t immediately clear as it languished as a little-viewed cable station. In time, though,
it evolved into a place where
millions of Americans turn
first to track hurricanes in
Florida, blizzards in the
Midwest and Santa Ana
winds in California, among
other phenomena.
From there, he did the
weather in New York and
Chicago, then landed at
KUSI in San Diego in 1994,
when he was 60.
His career, though, was
not without controversy,
which he courted by telling
people global warming was a
“scam” and a “hoax.”
Coleman was so convinced of his beliefs that he
eventually dropped out of
the American Meteorological Society, which had
named him AMS Broadcast
Meteorologist of the Year in
1983.
“John was a passionate
man. He owned his beliefs,”
said Scott, who worked with
Coleman for 20 years. “He
stood by what he thought to
be true.”
Coleman is survived by
his wife, Linda; a son, Scott;
a daughter, Susan Keim;
and two brothers, Richard
and Philip.
gary.robbins
@sduniontribune.com
david.garrick
@sduniontribune.com
Grants boost quake retrofits
[Retrofits, from B1]
forced brick.
Although single-family
homes have traditionally
been seen by experts as less
likely to cause death in an
earthquake, deaths are still
possible, and the financial
consequences can be catastrophic.
Homeowners who endure major damage can face
a bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of
living out of their home to repair the damage — all while
still paying the mortgage,
experts say. Only about 10%
of California homeowners
have earthquake insurance.
The Sew Hoys are part of
a growing number of Californians who have begun to
pursue earthquake retrofits
for
their
single-family
homes, taking advantage of
a grant program that has
been funded by the California Earthquake Authority
and the state Legislature to
retrofit single-family homes.
Well aware of the risk, experts are trying to entice
homeowners to act and
strengthen some of the most
commonly
vulnerable
homes across the state.
Particularly vulnerable
are homes of a type typically
built before 1979, with a
handful of steps above the
ground. There’s a problem
when the house is attached
to the foundation by a
flimsy, short wall — known
as a “cripple wall” — that
creates a crawl space. This
wall and the wood beams
that keep the house off the
ground often have not been
fastened tightly to the foundation.
So in an earthquake, the
lack of grip between the
house and foundation can
cause the home to be shoved
off — as if the shaking has
broken the building’s knees.
“It’s like you’re pulling
the rug out from under the
house,” said Janiele Maffei, a
structural engineer.
It can be a costly repair —
raising the home many feet
into the air and pouring a
new foundation before lowering the house back down.
Homeowners in many California earthquakes, from
the 1971 Sylmar earthquake
to the 2014 Napa earthquake,
have suffered such damage.
So in recent years, California officials have been
urging homeowners to take
action.
State officials and the
publicly managed California
Earthquake Authority established a program for certain ZIP Codes that offers
grants of up to $3,000 to retrofit homes where the cripple wall surrounding the
Josh Edelson For The Times
JASON SEW HOY in the basement of his earthquake-retrofitted home in Oak-
land. “Thank God we did it,” his wife, Cheryl, said after a Jan. 4 earthquake.
crawl space is shorter than 4
feet tall.
The statewide average
cost of such a retrofit is
about $5,000, although
many simpler retrofits in
Southern California are running in the $3,000 range.
The program, called
Earthquake Brace + Bolt,
reopened its registration list
for the first time in a year
Tuesday. Grants are available in certain regions of
California.
Registration
closes Feb. 23; applications
can be filed online at
www.earthquakebrace
bolt.com.
Part of what has made
the program possible is an
effort to simplify retrofit designs so that a custom engineering plan is not needed
and the work can be done by
a contractor. Hiring a structural engineer can be costly,
and the introduction of
ready-to-use retrofit designs significantly lowers
costs, said Maffei, who runs
the program for the state
and the California Earthquake Authority.
There are ongoing efforts
to simplify retrofit designs
for other types of vulnerable
homes.
By August, Maffei said, a
new ready-to-use retrofit design will become available
for homes with cripple walls
up to 7 feet tall — lowering
retrofit costs for homes in
that category. Grants will
also be made available for
those homes.
There are other types of
single-family homes that
also deserve scrutiny, but
there are no immediate
plans to offer grants at this
time.
One such type is homes
with a living space above a
garage. Sometimes, the
wooden walls supporting
the garage are too flimsy and
could collapse in an earthquake.
Because the main problem is a lack of strength in
the garage, the defect is
known as a “soft story,” and
fixing it may cost something
in the range of $20,000.
Another
problematic
class is hillside homes. During the 1994 Northridge
earthquake, a young Sherman Oaks couple fell to their
deaths when their hillside
home collapsed and slid
down the hill. Strengthening these homes can be
even more costly and generally requires a custom-engineered design.
More Californians have
grown interested in retrofitting homes with short cripple walls. Grants have been
provided to fund more than
4,000 retrofits in the last four
years, and an additional
2,000 are planned for this
year.
In 2016 and 2017, the
grants were funded both by
the state Legislature and
the California Earthquake
Authority, the publicly managed nonprofit that provides earthquake insurance
to Californians. This year, all
grants will be funded by the
authority; monthly premiums that go to the nonprofit
generate income from investments.
The solution is straightforward, as Maffei recently
showed The Times in a tour
of the Sew Hoys’ home. To
keep the home steady over
the concrete foundation,
one solution is to screw in
new metal bolts in the
house’s lowest wood section
to the concrete foundation.
“The bolts keep it from sliding,” Maffei said.
A second step, if needed,
is to add plywood to the wall
just above the foundation.
“The plywood keeps it from
toppling,” she said.
Finally, it’s also important to strap the water heater to a wall, foundation or a
metal pole. A common
source of fire after an earthquake is for the gas water
heater to fall.
Sew Hoy’s husband, Jason, said earthquake safety
was a priority for the couple
as they moved from being
renters in San Francisco to
homeowners in Oakland.
The $3,000 grant from
Earthquake Brace + Bolt
came in handy, shaving a
significant portion off the
$8,000 total retrofit cost. The
work took three days.
The Berkeley earthquake before dawn Jan. 4
“felt like a train was going
past right by the window. It
didn’t last that long, but
long enough that we were
both wide awake,” Jason
Sew Hoy, 36, said.
And the experience reminded them just how gratified they were to have finished the retrofit. “We feel
great,” he said. “We feel a lot
more secure.”
ron.lin@latimes.com
Twitter: @ronlin
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Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
GOV. JERRY Brown opposes a tuition hike, telling
UC officials to live within their means and cut costs.
Tuition vote
sets stage
for face-off
[Regents, from B1]
[and] express what we believe the needs are for the
crown jewel of the state.”
If regents vote to increase
tuition despite Brown’s opposition, the governor could
reduce UC’s state funding
when he revises his budget
plan in May.
H.D. Palmer, spokesman
for Brown’s Finance Department, would not say
whether the governor would
take such action. But he said
Brown told UC last May that
he planned to reduce his annual increase to 3% the next
year — and warned that any
tuition
increase
could
prompt “additional downward adjustments to state
support” to cover the increases in Cal Grants for
needy students that are
automatically triggered by
tuition hikes.
UC’s proposed increase
would bring California students’ tuition and fees to
$12,972 for 2018-19. Nonresident students would pay an
additional $978 in supplemental tuition, bringing
their total to $28,992.
The increase, if approved, would be the second
in consecutive years. Last
year’s hike followed six years
when tuition did not rise.
But UC officials say that increased financial aid would
cover the higher costs for
more than half of the system’s 180,000 California resident undergraduates who
already pay no tuition.
Those students also would
receive about $100 more each
for other expenses, such as
housing, food and books.
Officials say the roughly
$137 million that would be
raised by the increase would
pay for more financial aid,
enrollment growth, faculty,
courses, graduate student
fellowships, mental health
services, counseling and academic advising, technology
upgrades, library support
and building maintenance.
The proposal to raise tuition
and fees shelves a plan to increase contributions to the
employee retirement fund.
Students plan to protest
the proposed increase at the
regents meeting at UC San
Francisco. Some pushed for
a delayed vote to have more
time to lobby Sacramento
for additional support.
Kieffer said that Brown’s
proposed increase of 3%
would amount to only 1.3%
more for UC’s core educational budget. State funding
covers just 45% of that
budget, he said, and inflation grew by 2.5% last year.
According to Palmer, the
state has increased UC funding by $1.2 billion since 2012.
But UC officials contend
that the money available per
student from state contributions, tuition and fees, and
general university funds has
declined by about $11,000, or
31.2%, in constant dollars
since 2000. Over that time,
UC has seen its costs grow
for financial aid, pensions
and record enrollment increases of 90,000 students.
“We’re losing the battle,”
Kieffer said. “I support [a tuition increase] because the
chancellors have asked for it
and are making cuts with all
sorts of efforts to reduce expenditures.”
Last year, he said, UC
campuses collectively saved
$300 million by ordering
goods and services as a system. Officials also are saving
money by reducing pension
benefits for new employees
and working to help students
graduate
more
quickly, he said.
During their meeting, regents also are expected to
vote on reforms to prevent
UC employees from interfering in state audits of the Office of the President, as two
top aides were found to have
done last year. They also will
consider new policies to prevent campuses from improperly rescinding admission offers, as UC Irvine did
last summer.
teresa.watanabe
@latimes.com
Twitter: @TeresaWatanabe
Decision pending
in probe of deputy
[Video, from B1]
months later that marks
were found on the woman’s
neck and wrist, but concluded that criminal charges
should not be filed against
Fennell, citing contradictory
witness statements and evidence pointing to possible
mutual combat or self-defense.
Efforts to reach Fennell
or an attorney representing
him were unsuccessful.
In a lawsuit filed this
month against the deputy
and L.A. County, Anderson
alleges Fennell tried to intimidate her and dissuade
her from reporting him to
authorities by mentioning
his father, Cmdr. Joseph
Fennell, who holds a highranking position in the Sheriff ’s Department.
“Do you know who I am?
Do you know who my father
is?” Anderson quotes Jeremy Fennell as saying to her.
“You already tried calling
the police. I am the police,
there is nothing you can do.”
Joseph Fennell said he
could not comment on the
KTLA
DEPUTY Jeremy Fen-
nell is also the subject of
a separate domestic violence investigation.
case because he has no
knowledge of what happened between Anderson
and his son.
Nishida said the deputy’s
alleged comment about his
father is being addressed in
the internal investigation.
maya.lau@latimes.com
Twitter: @mayalau
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B6
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Little room for debate on immigration
[Lopez, from B1]
then went forward again,”
said Don Rosenberg. “The
rear tire was on my son’s
abdomen. He was probably
already dead at that point, I
don’t know.”
Rosenberg began investigating the accident and
the background of the
driver. Among other things,
he discovered that Galo was
in the United States on
temporary protected status,
which means he could have
qualified for a driver’s license.
But Galo didn’t have one.
And Rosenberg found that
five months before his son’s
death, Galo had been
stopped by police and cited
for going the wrong way on a
one-way street and driving
without a license or insurance.
After the accident that
took young Rosenberg’s life,
Galo was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, sentenced to six months in jail,
and was released after 43
days.
Rosenberg, a longtime
liberal and registered Democrat, became an activist.
His first focus was unlicensed drivers, and he
found that about 7,500
deaths annually were
caused by drivers with no
license or a suspended
license. He estimates half of
those drivers were here
illegally.
When I first wrote about
Rosenberg five years ago
this week, he railed against
policies in San Francisco
and Los Angeles in which
unlicensed drivers, when
Rosenberg family
DON ROSENBERG , center, with sons Drew, left, and Evan at a game. Drew was
killed in an accident involving a man in the U.S. on temporary protected status.
cited, can quickly retrieve
their cars and drive again.
L.A. Police Chief Charlie
Beck said it was “a fairness
issue for people who don’t
have the opportunity to get
licenses.”
“I’m just looking for sane
policy,” Rosenberg told me
at the time.
He has since evolved into
an ardent foe of illegal immigration, of California’s
“sanctuary state” status, of
the cost of services for those
here illegally, and of congressional failure to enact
tougher legislation. Republican politicians cater to
those who covet cheap
labor, as Rosenberg sees it,
while Democrats care more
about immigrants here
unlawfully than about citizens.
And he says the media
are radically biased, producing scads of “cry me a river”
stories about the plight of
those here illegally while
refusing to focus on the
crimes they cause, including
murder, or on the cost of
education, incarceration
and medical care.
Rosenberg makes some
fair arguments, and he says
they are based on research
rather than driven by anguish over the loss of his
son. When I pushed back on
certain points or “statistics”
that struck me as distortions, he pushed ahead.
To those who might
think he’s a racist, he says,
they’re wrong, for starters,
and in his opinion, nobody
pays a bigger price for illegal
immigration and its impact
on the economy than people
of color.
Rosenberg is no fan of
Donald Trump but met
with him briefly when
Trump was the toughtalking candidate who
launched his political career
on a promise to boot immigration violators back
where they came from.
But even at that, Rosenberg was disappointed
because he didn’t think
Trump, or congressional
Republicans, were willing to
go far enough. The wall is
fine, said Rosenberg, who
told me he visited the border last week to look at
30-foot-tall prototypes.
“You can’t build a 31-foot
ladder,” he said with a smile.
But in his opinion Trump
and Congress shouldn’t
even be discussing a deal for
DACA recipients — those
who have temporary protected status because they
were brought here as children — until they tackle the
bigger stuff, like birthright
citizenship.
“You’ve got Chinese
women coming over here
and giving birth to thousands of kids and going back
to China, and one day when
the kids come back we’ve
got to support them,” he
said.
This is how the conversation went, and I figured the
last card I could play was
DACA.
Surely we’d find agreement there, right?
Not entirely.
Rosenberg said he supports protected status for
those who came to the U.S.
unwittingly, so long as
they’re crime-free, but he
insists many of the 800,000
or so people in question
were “rubber-stamped”
rather than “screened,” and
“they’re not all Rhodes
scholars.”
Nobody said they were,
but I’ve met a lot of pretty
impressive ones.
If it wasn’t their fault
they came here, Rosenberg
said, “what are you going to
do about the people whose
fault it was?”
Clearly, we were following in the footsteps of Congress. I admit the immigration system is a manufactured mess, filled with contradiction and honest
difference of opinion, but I
disagree with Rosenberg’s
contention that it’s all cost
and no gain for the U.S.
Also, immigrant birth
rates are down, illegal immigration appears to be as
well, and crime is primarily a
home-grown problem. If it
were up to me, I’d spend
more to develop the economies of countries to the
south of us, and less on
multibillion-dollar border
walls or trillion-dollar wars
abroad.
I told Rosenberg that if I
lived in a country where jobs
were few while corruption
and narco-violence were
plentiful — in part because
of U.S. demand for illegal
drugs — and I feared for the
safety of my family, I
wouldn’t hesitate to cross
the border to safety and
opportunity.
And what would he do?
Rosenberg said of course
he’d do the same, but the
U.S. has to remove the magnets that draw people north.
Back to you, Washington.
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Tesla sets targets for a
series of $50-billion
gains in market cap.
CEO gets nothing if
goals aren’t met.
By Russ Mitchell
and Jim Puzzanghera
Frank Masi Sony Pictures
JACK BLACK, left, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in “Jumanji,” which has hit $768 million in ticket sales.
‘Jumanji’ gamble pays off
Sony’s surprise smash finds successful formula in stars, story line
By Ryan Faughnder
Sony Pictures executives had
ample reason to pass on another
“Jumanji” movie. After all, the original film came out more than two
decades ago, reboots of old franchises have proved increasingly
risky and the competition was formidable: The studio scheduled it to
compete directly with box-office
juggernaut “Star Wars: The Last
Jedi.”
Nonetheless, Sony Pictures’
gamble on “Jumanji: Welcome to
the Jungle” has paid off handsomely. The production, which cost
$90 million after factoring in tax incentives, has become a runaway
box-office success since its Dec. 20
release, roaring to life with $768 million in worldwide ticket sales and
becoming one of the biggest box-office surprises in the last year.
“Jumanji’s” breakout performance represents a much-needed
boost for Sony, which has struggled
for years to compete with other studios because of a lack of major franchises other than “Spider-Man.”
The Culver City film company,
owned by Tokyo-based Sony Corp.,
ranked fifth among the studios last
year in terms of domestic box-office
market share, thanks to disap-
pointments such as “The Dark
Tower” and “Flatliners.” Sony has
undergone a series of management
changes since a 2014 cyberattack on
the studio.
For now, things are looking up
for Sony with “Jumanji,” which has
taken in $318 million in the United
States and Canada alone to become
the studio’s biggest non-“SpiderMan” hit ever. Of course, the studio
is already planning a sequel.
The film is poised to soon cross
the $800-million milestone at the
worldwide box office and could
eventually collect as much as $900
million, which would make it one of
the 10 high-grossing pictures of 2017,
said Gitesh Pandya, a New Yorkbased film business analyst and
founder of BoxOfficeGuru.com.
“It’s quite an amazing run at the
box office, and it’s been a prolonged
run too,” Pandya said. “This is a
good old-fashioned word-of-mouth
film.”
The 1995 original about a board
game that comes to life, starring the
late Robin Williams, grossed $263
million globally and is viewed nostalgically by many people who saw it
at the time. But it has little name
recognition overseas, and reboots
of older properties have resulted in
many costly flops for studios. Just
[See ‘Jumanji,’ C4]
SAN FRANCISCO —
Tesla Inc. released a new
compensation plan for Chief
Executive Elon Musk on
Tuesday, with payments dependent on massive increases in the electric car
maker’s stock market value.
The
announcement
comes as Tesla prepares to
report 2017 financial results
that are expected to include
massive cash losses.
The new pay plan is similar to Musk’s current arrangement, the crux of
which is this: The higher
Tesla’s stock price goes, the
more Tesla stock Musk gets.
The eye-popping part:
The new plan envisions the
Palo Alto company’s value
skyrocketing. It sets market
value targets in 12 increments, starting at $100 billion and topping out at $650
billion. (The company’s current market value is about
$59 billion.)
If the stock hits none of
the milestones, Musk would
get nothing.
“Elon will receive no
guaranteed compensation
of any kind — no salary, no
cash bonuses, and no equity
that vests simply by the passage of time,” Tesla announced.
“Instead, Elon’s only
compensation will be a 100%
at-risk performance award,
which ensures that he will be
[See Musk pay, C5]
Despite solar tariffs, a sunny view CashCall penalty
slashed by judge
to $10.3 million
Trump fees may slow
growth but not long
term, industry says.
By Ivan Penn
Fees on solar panel imports imposed this week by
the Trump administration
threaten to increase customer costs and cut solar energy growth by as much as
11% over the next five years,
but the industry remains optimistic that the roadblock
will be temporary.
The new tariffs probably
will add about $650 to the average solar power system a
homeowner would buy, said
Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the Solar
Energy Industries Assn. But
the added cost is unlikely to
stop consumers and businesses from going solar or
force solar companies out of
business, she said.
“I think in the long run,
there’s no turning back,” Del
Chiaro said. “Consumers
have already gotten a taste
of what it means to have control in their world. It just has
the effect of potentially slowing us down.”
Analysts at GTM Research, a division of Bostonbased Greentech Media, estimate that the federal government’s decision to impose tariffs on cheap, imported panels, which have
fueled the industry’s explosive growth, will mean a cumulative reduction in solar
installations of about 7.6 gig-
CFPB had sought
$287 million for unfair
acts by O.C. lender.
By James Rufus Koren
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
SUNRUN WORKERS Elgin Clark, left, and Edgar Palma install a panel in Van
Nuys in 2016. The U.S. will impose an initial 30% levy on cheap, imported panels.
awatts, or 11%, through 2022
compared with what would
have been installed without
the levies.
The analysis found that
the big utility-scale solar
power systems would be
hardest-hit by the tariff,
which starts at 30% and decreases 5 percentage points
each year of the four-year
fee.
Emerging solar markets
in Southern states such as
Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida are ex-
pected to be heavily affected
by the tariffs, which are intended to bolster domestic
production and sales.
For California, the nation’s leader in solar power
installations, the move presents an impediment at an
inopportune time.
Rooftop solar installations through the end of November, the latest figures
available, showed a 13% decline compared with the
same period in 2016.
“The overall effect is a
meaningful but not destructive reduction to expected
solar installations in concert
with modest improvements
to a still challenging environment for domestic solar cell
and module manufacturing,” said M.J. Shiao, head of
Americas research at GTM
Research.
Two U.S.-based firms
filed the case for tariffs at the
International Trade Commission, arguing that their
businesses have been hurt
[See Solar, C4]
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered Orange
County lender CashCall
Mortgage and its owner, J.
Paul Reddam, to pay $10.3
million for violating consumer protection laws — a
fraction of the $287 million in
penalties and restitution
sought by a federal regulator.
District Judge John Walter in 2016 ruled that CashCall was guilty of unfair, deceptive and abusive acts for
making loans at interest
rates — often topping 100%
— that were far higher than
allowed in numerous states.
That was a victory for the
federal Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, which
had sued CashCall in 2013.
But Walter late last week
issued a judgment saying
that the CFPB’s proposed
penalties were too high because the lender did not violate consumer protection
laws recklessly or dupe consumers.
Thomas Nolan, an attorney for CashCall, said the
company was “gratified” by
the order, though he said his
client may still decide to appeal the case.
A CFPB spokesman declined to comment, saying
the case is still active and the
bureau does not comment
on pending litigation.
Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at
the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, called Walter’s judgment a bad decision that sought to rationalize abusive behavior.
“The judge is saying that
people knew they were being
ripped off and decided it was
OK to be ripped off,”
Mierzwinski said. “These
high-interest loans are designed to be debt traps. People may have thought they
got what they wanted, but
they had no idea what they
were ending up with.”
The key issue in the case
was CashCall’s relationship
with another company,
Western Sky Financial,
based on the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe’s reservation in South Dakota.
Lenders affiliated with
tribes or based on tribal land
have argued they are not
subject to state laws, including ones that limit the
amount of interest lenders
can charge.
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BUSINESS BEAT
CBS News to
get new exec
producer
Shuffle is part of effort
to further integrate
evening newscast into
streaming service.
By Stephen Battaglio
CBS News is making an
executive producer change
at its evening newscast with
anchor Jeff Glor.
The network announced
Tuesday that Steve Capus
will leave the flagship broadcast in several weeks. He will
be succeeded by Mosheh Oinounou, who managed the
launch of the network’s 24hour online streaming news
service CBSN.
The move is part of the
network’s effort to further
integrate its evening newscast into the streaming service. Glor was an anchor on
CBSN when it launched and
worked closely with Oinounou.
“An entrepreneur in our
newsroom, Mosheh was part
of the launch leadership of
CBSN, streaming our coverage to all devices on every
significant platform,” CBS
News
President
David
Rhodes said in a memo to
staff. “Mosheh’s digital experience and creativity will
help make the ‘CBS Evening
News with Jeff Glor’ an important part of the future of
news.”
Glor, a 10-year veteran of
the news division, took over
the anchor chair of “CBS
Evening News” in December. Networks typically
change executive producers
when there is a change in
front of the camera.
Oinounou, 35, joined
CBS News in 2011 after stints
at Bloomberg Television
and Fox News.
Capus, 54, has been executive producer of “CBS
Evening News” since May
2014, during Scott Pelley’s
tenure as anchor. Before
joining CBS, Capus served
as president of NBC News
for eight years. He is a former executive producer of
“NBC Nightly News.”
Capus, who also is an executive editor at CBS News,
told his staff that he would
consider other opportunities at the network.
“Now that Jeff is successfully launched, it’s time to
hand over the reins,” Capus
said in an email. “In the coming weeks, I will begin work
on my next chapters. Regardless of whether those
chapters are written here at
CBS or elsewhere, I’m looking forward to new endeavors.”
“CBS Evening News” has
trailed “ABC World News
Tonight with David Muir”
and “NBC Nightly News
with Lester Holt” in ratings
for the last decade. In the
fourth quarter of 2017, CBS’
news broadcast averaged
6.6 million viewers, compared with 8.9 million for
ABC and 8.5 million for NBC.
CBS recently began
streaming its evening newscast on CBSN at 7 p.m. Pacific time.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
SEN. SHERROD BROWN, left, greets Jerome H. Powell before his Senate banking committee hearing Nov.
28. “His track record over the past six years shows he is a thoughtful policymaker,” Brown said Tuesday.
New Fed chief confirmed
Jerome H. Powell
easily wins Senate
approval. He will
replace Janet Yellen as
chairman next month.
By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON — The
Senate on Tuesday voted
overwhelmingly to confirm
Jerome H. Powell to be the
next chairman of the Federal Reserve, allowing him to
take over when Janet L. Yellen’s term expires early next
month.
Powell, 64, a well-respected Republican who has
served as a governor on the
Fed board since 2012, en-
joyed broad bipartisan support, and his easy confirmation had been expected.
The vote was 84 to 13.
Most of the opposition
came from liberals eyeing a
2020 presidential run, including Cory Booker (DN.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.), Kamala Harris (DCalif.), Bernie Sanders (IVt.) and Elizabeth Warren
(D-Mass.).
California’s
other senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, also voted
against Powell.
All most likely were concerned — as Warren expressed in a speech before
the vote — that Powell will
roll back tough regulations
put in place after the financial crisis.
“We need a Fed chair who
can stand up to Wall Street
and think about the needs of
working families in this
country,” she said. “We need
someone who believes in the
toughest rules for banks, not
in weaker rules for banks.
That person is not Gov. Powell.”
There was some Republican opposition as well. Powell’s confirmation was opposed by Sens. Ted Cruz (RTexas), Mike Lee (R-Utah),
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — all
critics of the Fed’s recent
stimulative monetary policy,
which Powell has supported.
Powell will assume leadership of the world’s most in-
fluential central bank at a
challenging time.
The stronger economy,
which will get a boost this
year from the recently enacted tax cuts, is exerting
pressure on the Fed’s monetary policymakers to more
rapidly increase interest
rates. Such a move could
slow growth but head off
higher inflation.
Powell is expected to continue the strategy taken by
Yellen, a Democrat, of gradually raising the Fed’s key
short-term interest rate.
But he has signaled more
openness to easing financial
regulations, which would
align him more with President Trump and many Republicans.
Trump nominated Powell after a lengthy search
that included considering
Yellen for a second four-year
stint leading the Fed. Yellen
made history as the first
woman to lead the Fed in its
more than 100-year history.
She was confirmed 56 to 26,
with only Republicans in opposition.
Yellen’s term as chairwoman ends Feb. 3.
Powell’s nomination was
overwhelmingly approved
by the Senate Banking Committee, and the panel’s
chairman, Sen. Michael D.
Crapo (R-Idaho), and its top
Democrat, Sen. Sherrod
Brown (D-Ohio), both urged
their colleagues Tuesday to
support the nomination.
“His track record over the
past six years shows he is a
thoughtful
policymaker,”
Brown said before the vote.
Powell has extensive
Washington experience, including time as an assistant
Treasury secretary under
President George H.W.
Bush. Before joining the
Fed, Powell was a visiting
scholar at the Bipartisan
Policy Center think tank and
a partner at Carlyle Group, a
high-powered Washington
asset management firm.
He was first nominated
to the Fed by President
Obama, and since joining
the board, Powell has never
dissented on decisions by
Yellen and the rest of the
Fed’s monetary policymaking committee to raise
the central bank’s interest
rate very cautiously after the
unprecedented
stimulus
policies used to fight the
Great Recession.
In 2012, Powell was confirmed 74 to 21. All but one of
the opposing votes came
from Republicans amid concerns that Powell would be a
rubber stamp for the stimulus policies of then-Fed
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.
There also was general opposition among some in the
party to Obama nominees.
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Twitter operations chief
quits to be SoFi’s CEO
His departure could
slow the social media
giant’s momentum.
By Julie Verhage,
Selina Wang
and Sonali Basak
Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer Anthony
Noto has resigned to be chief
executive
at
financial
technology company Social
Finance Inc.
Noto is to assume the
post at SoFi in March. His
departure comes at a pivotal
time for Twitter, which is finally showing results from
its turnaround efforts. Since
the San Francisco company
beat Wall Street’s estimates
in late October, at least six
analysts have upgraded the
company, citing more user
engagement and improvements in Twitter’s live video
advertising.
Noto’s take-action attitude has been an important
balancing presence to Chief
Executive Jack Dorsey’s introverted leadership style,
according to people familiar
with the matter. Losing him
may deal a blow to the company’s momentum.
Twitter hired Noto, 49, as
CFO in 2014 — with a stock
award worth more than $60
million — after his career in
banking at Goldman Sachs
Group Inc., where he helped
Twitter go public. He served
as the social media company’s finance head before tak-
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ANTHONY NOTO had
a leading role in directing
Twitter’s product vision.
ing over as chief operating
officer in 2016. Noto has
played a leading role in directing the company’s product vision, especially in
shaping the platform’s future around live video
streaming.
“He has been a reassuring force for investors even
amidst the stock’s volatile
performance over the past
several years,” Anthony DiClemente, an analyst at Evercore ISI, wrote in a note.
“Investors may not ascribe
similar confidence in a replacement
lacking
the
unique combination of established
track
record
within Twitter [and] previous Wall Street experience.”
Twitter shares fell as
much as 3.9% early Tuesday,
their biggest intraday drop
since Nov. 29, before recovering somewhat. They closed
at $22.75, down 2.4%.
Noto comes into the role
at closely held SoFi facing a
number of questions, including the direction of the online lending firm. San Francisco-based SoFi — one of
the most valuable fin-tech
start-ups — lost its cofounder and CEO, Mike
Cagney, last fall amid company turmoil, including allegations of sexual harassment and fraudulent actions
by managers. Other highranking executives also have
departed, leaving SoFi without a permanent finance
chief or revenue chief.
Cagney had envisioned
building SoFi into a bank of
the future, targeting millennials with products including insurance, mortgages
and wealth management.
With Cagney gone, those
plans have been slowed or
put on hold.
SoFi Executive Chairman Tom Hutton has served
as interim CEO since
Cagney stepped down. He
will become nonexecutive
chairman of the board.
Noto’s responsibilities for
Twitter’s business operations and revenue-generating operations will be assumed by other members of
the company’s leadership
team, Twitter said. Matt
Derella, Twitter’s vice president of global revenue and
operations, will continue to
lead the company’s advertising sales efforts.
Verhage, Wang and Basak
write for Bloomberg.
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Fox takeover of Sky is dealt a setback
British regulators say
Murdochs would gain
too much control but
suggest how the firm
could win approval.
By Meg James
Dealing another setback
to 21st Century Fox, British
regulators said Tuesday
that the company’s proposed takeover of the London-based Sky pay-TV service was not in the public interest because it would give
Rupert Murdoch and his
family too much control over
media in Britain.
However, regulators did
not slam the door entirely on
Fox’s proposed takeover of
Sky. Instead, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said measures could
be taken — such as insulating the Sky News channel
with a board that was independent of the Murdochs —
to clear the way for the $16billion deal.
Fox also could sell the
Sky News channel, which
would provide another path
to win regulatory approval.
Also, if Walt Disney Co.
buys major Fox assets, then
the Murdoch family’s influence over Sky News would be
sufficiently diluted, regulators said. Disney has its eye
on Fox’s stake in Sky, which
would give the Burbank entertainment giant TV distribution in Europe.
Tuesday’s findings were
the latest wrinkle in the
Murdochs’ long odyssey to
control Sky — which has 22
million customer homes in
Britain, Ireland, Germany,
Austria and Italy. Six years
ago, the Murdochs abandoned an earlier bid for Sky
after damaging revelations
that Murdoch’s London tab-
Frank Augstein Associated Press
21st CENTURY FOX can win British regulators’ approval for its $16-billion takeover of Sky by insulating the
Sky News channel from the Murdoch family or selling it. Above, protesters of the deal in London in June.
loids had hacked into cellphone messages of celebrities, crime victims and the
royal family.
Fox owns 39% of Sky,
which Rupert Murdoch
helped launch in the late
1980s. In December 2016, Fox
tried again to gain full control by offering more than $15
billion to buy the 61% of Sky
that it does not own. The European Union supported
Fox’s Sky bid, but Britain’s
regulators have been reviewing the deal since.
Murdoch has a long his-
tory influencing British politics, through his ownership
of newspapers in London,
and British regulators are
particularly sensitive. In addition, the ruling Conservative Party has been weakened, and leaders of the rival
Labor Party have campaigned to block the Murdochs’ purchase.
The Competition and
Markets Authority findings
were preliminary, and the
body will make a final determination on the Fox-Sky
deal by May 1.
“We are disappointed by
the CMA’s provisional findings,” Fox said in a statement. “We will continue to
engage with the CMA ahead
of the publication of the final
report in May.”
In its report, the CMA
said news outlets controlled
by the Murdoch family “are
watched, read or heard by
nearly a third of the U.K.’s
population.”
Only
the
British Broadcasting Corp.
and ITN have a greater
share of the public’s news
consumption.
“The Murdoch family already has significant influence over public opinion,
and full ownership of Sky by
Fox would strengthen this
even further,” the CMA
wrote.
The Murdochs’ second
company, News Corp., owns
the Times of London, the
Sun and, in the U.S., the Wall
Street Journal and the New
York Post.
Disney’s $52.4-billion bid
to buy key Fox assets could
be a game-changer because
Disney does not have sub-
stantial media properties in
Britain. If the Disney-Fox
deal goes through, the Murdoch family would control
only about 5% of Disney, reducing the government’s
concerns about the Murdoch family’s influence.
But the Disney deal is a
long way from the finish line,
so the government’s review
of Fox’s plans continues.
In September, thenBritish Culture Secretary
Karen Bradley asked the
CMA to scrutinize Fox’s proposed Sky takeover, specifically evaluating media concentration in Britain as well
as whether the Murdochs
and Fox were fully committed to British broadcasting
standards.
The CMA dismissed concerns about broadcasting
standards, saying Fox and
Sky had a good record. It
also looked at allegations of
sexual harassment at Fox
News in New York.
“While these are serious,
the CMA has provisionally
found that these are not directly related to the attainment of broadcasting standards and do not call into
question Fox’s or the [Murdoch family’s] commitment
to broadcasting standards
in the U.K.,” the CMA said.
Analysts saw a glimmer
of hope in the findings because Fox could sell Sky
News or install an independent board over the news division to shield it from Murdoch meddling.
“On a positive note, the
CMA believes Fox does meet
U.K. broadcasting standards, which we think
would’ve been a bigger challenge to overcome for closing
the deal,” Wells Fargo Securities media analyst Marci
Ryvicker said in a report.
meg.james@latimes.com
The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
Disney to give $1,000 bonuses
Company also plans a
tuition aid program
for hourly workers.
By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. is giving
$1,000 bonuses to 125,000 employees and spending $50
million to create a new
higher education program
for workers, the company
said Tuesday.
The one-time cash bonuses are for full- and parttime nonexecutive employees in the U.S. who have been
with Disney since Jan. 1.
The new education initiative, which is designed to
cover tuition costs for hourly
employees, will receive $25
million in annual funding,
Disney said in a statement.
The Burbank entertainment giant is the latest major company to announce a
plan to disburse money to
Ricardo DeAratanha Los Angeles Times
DISNEY CEO Bob Iger said bonuses and tuition help
will have “immediate and long-term positive” effects.
employees since the December passage of the tax overhaul, which includes a lower
tax rate for corporations.
Since the sweeping bill
was approved by Congress
Dec. 20, more than a dozen
major companies — including AT&T, American Airlines and U.S. Bancorp —
have announced $1,000 bonuses for employees. Some
companies have announced
other benefits, such as Fifth
Third Bank and PNC Financial, both of which are boosting their minimum wages.
In announcing the bonuses and education initiative, Disney said the moves
were tied to the new tax law.
Disney, which has about
200,000 employees, is making the higher education
program available to nearly
88,000 hourly workers. The
company said participants
can use the program to pursue higher education or vocational training — and the
enrichment can be in fields
unrelated to employees’ responsibilities at Disney.
Disney Chief Executive
Robert Iger touted the bonuses and the new education program, which together represent $175 million
in spending this fiscal year.
“Education is the key to
opportunity; it opens doors
and creates new possibilities,” he said in a statement.
“Matched with the $1,000
cash bonus, these initiatives
will have both an immediate
and long-term positive impact.”
Disney said an existing
educational reimbursement
program that is available to
all full-time employees will
continue unaltered.
daniel.miller@latimes.com
Weinstein Co. talks are heating up
By Ryan Faughnder
Weinstein Co. has entered into a period of exclusive negotiations to sell its
assets to a group of investors
led by former Obama administration official Maria
Contreras-Sweet, two people familiar with the matter
said Tuesday.
Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the Small Business Administration, has
been trying to acquire the
troubled New York-based
studio since early November
and has financial backing
from investors including
Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos.
and Lantern Asset Management.
The talks intensified after the investor group made
a second-round offer that
improved the deal terms, according to another person
close to the talks who was
not authorized to comment
and requested anonymity.
This person did not give
specifics about the terms,
but The Times has previously reported that a deal
could be valued at about
$500 million, including debt.
Under the terms of the proposal, the investors would
inject cash into the business
and pay down liabilities to
give the company a stronger
financial footing, said a person with knowledge of the
bid. The new company
would also create a litigation
fund to help compensate alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein.
Contreras-Sweet
would take over as executive
chairwoman of the company, which would get a new
name.
A deal could be completed within a couple of
weeks, though the talks
could still fall apart, people
close to the process said.
Representatives for Weinstein Co. and ContrerasSweet declined to comment.
Moelis & Co., the investment
bank handling the sale, also
declined to comment.
Talks with ContrerasSweet appeared to hit a
roadblock last week as Harvey Weinstein and his
brother Bob Weinstein —
who own more than 40% of
the business — tried to push
for a sale to Miramax, according to a person familiar
with the matter. Miramax,
the company the brothers
founded in 1979 and left in
2005, said in a statement
that it had not held talks
with the brothers but was
pursuing a purchase of the
studio. However, Weinstein
Co.’s
management
has
pressed for a deal with Contreras-Sweet’s group, to the
frustration of other bidders.
Contreras-Sweet
had
long been viewed as the
front-runner in the protracted bidding process,
largely because her group
was the lone bidder that
would keep the company
relatively intact. Rebranding the company under female ownership could also
offer the studio a fresh start.
The competing bids would
have been orchestrated
through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
Weinstein Co. appeared
to be spiraling toward bankruptcy under a mountain of
debt after its co-founder was
accused of sexual harass-
ment and assault by dozens
of women in October. Weinstein, who was fired by the
board Oct. 8, has denied all
allegations of nonconsensual sex.
A sale to ContrerasSweet’s coalition would put
the company under majority
female control and be completed outside U.S. Bankruptcy Court, people familiar with the offer said.
In addition to Miramax
parent company BeIN Media, other bidders have included Santa Monica studio
Lionsgate, private equity
firm Shamrock Capital and
New York-based production
company Killer Content.
There’s no guarantee a
deal will be reached. Weinstein Co. in October entered
exclusive negotiations to sell
to Thomas Barrack’s private
equity firm Colony Capital,
but those talks fell apart.
Deadline first reported
on the exclusive negotiations
with
ContrerasSweet’s group.
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
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‘Jumanji’ finding success at box office
[‘Jumanji,’ from C1]
look at 20th Century Fox’s
“Independence Day: Resurgence” and Sony’s own
“Ghostbusters.”
“Hollywood does try too
much to reboot old brands,
and ‘Jumanji’ was not at the
top of the list of movies that
needed to be rebooted,”
Pandya said.
But “Jumanji: Welcome
to the Jungle,” produced by
Matt Tolmach and William
Teitler and shot in Hawaii
and Georgia, had multiple
factors in its favor.
Those included the star
power of Dwayne “The
Rock” Johnson and Kevin
Hart, two of the biggest boxoffice draws working in Hollywood, and an all-ages storyline that made it ideally
suited for viewing by parents
and their kids during a
month when there’s a lack of
popular family films in theaters. Also, unlike many reboots, the movie was generally liked by critics, who
praised its video-gamethemed update of the original concept. Reviews have
been 76% positive, according
to aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which has been an
increasingly
influential
resource for moviegoers.
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group, said in an interview that the movie is succeeding not because of its
brand name but because audiences are responding to its
fresh, compelling premise.
In the new “Jumanji,” a
group of teens stumble upon
an old-school video game
system that turns them into
avatars based on characters
they select for a jungle mis-
Frank Masi Sony Pictures
DWAYNE JOHNSON, left, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart work with director Jake Kasdan on the set of “Ju-
manji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The reboot had multiple factors in its favor, including an all-ages storyline.
sion — played by Johnson,
Hart, Jack Black and Karen
Gillan.
“People forget that, in the
movie business, big ideas
can be as valuable as preexisting intellectual property,” Rothman said. “That’s
what the movie business
used to be based on, and this
film is a throwback to that.”
“Jumanji’s” release date
was a big risk, too. Sony orig-
inally planned to unleash
the picture during the summer, normally harvest time
for Hollywood blockbusters.
But after seeing footage
from the first two weeks of
shooting, Rothman wanted
to set the release for Christmastime, when families are
more apt to go to the movies
together, he said.
The main problem was
the competition: Walt Dis-
ney Co.’s “Star Wars: The
Last Jedi” was scheduled for
a Dec. 15 debut. Going up
against a “Star Wars” movie
was dangerous because the
franchise is normally expected to suck the oxygen
out of the market for competing movies. But while the
acclaimed “Last Jedi” has
grossed nearly $1.3 billion,
that hasn’t stopped people
from going to “Jumanji.”
“Ultimately, believe me,
we didn’t think we were the
New England Patriots, but
we thought maybe we could
give them a game,” Rothman said. “Unlike the Super
Bowl, there can be more
than one winner.”
The success of “Jumanji”
also reflects a strong appetite for escapism at the
multiplex, something that
has driven sales of movies
such as 20th Century Fox’s
musical “The Greatest
Showman,” starring Hugh
Jackman as P.T. Barnum.
The diverse cast has also
widened the movie’s appeal,
Rothman said.
“You have a big star cast,
which also puts the lie to this
idea that stars don’t matter,” he said. “That’s just not
true. Stars matter very
much when they’re in roles
people want to see them in.”
The week-to-week boxoffice declines for the movie
have been relatively small as
its run has continued. “Jumanji’s” weekend grosses
have dropped 25% to 30% in
the last several weeks, according to data from Box Office Mojo. Typical blockbusters slip about 50% in the
weeks following their big
openings. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has ranked No. 1 for three consecutive weeks, a bright spot in
an otherwise shrinking market for cinemas. This weekend, it is expected to finally
yield the throne to “Maze
Runner: The Death Cure,”
the third film in Fox’s dystopian young adult series.
“Jumanji’s” resilience indicates that people are going
to see the movie multiple
times, said Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com.
“The legs are quite
strong, and the declines
have been relatively low each
week, so you’re getting repeat business,” he said. “It’s
entertaining, and it does the
most
important
thing,
which is pleasing the
crowds.”
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
MARKET ROUNDUP
Consumer-focused firms CashCall penalty is cut
boost stocks; Netflix soars in case brought by CFPB
associated press
Technology and consumer-focused companies
led U.S. stocks to more records Tuesday. Netflix, at
the center of both groups,
soared after saying it gained
more than 8 million subscribers last quarter.
Bond prices rose and
yields fell after the Bank of
Japan said it isn’t cutting
back its stimulus programs.
Yields had reached longtime
highs, and the decline
helped high-dividend companies such as utilities and
real
estate
investment
trusts. Healthcare and
household goods firms fell
after Johnson & Johnson
and Procter & Gamble gave
disappointing reports.
U.S. solar power companies surged after President
Trump approved tariffs on
imported solar-energy components. Some investors
were relieved: Analysts said
the tariffs will make production more expensive for U.S.
companies, but they weren’t
as harsh as they could have
been. Companies that do
their manufacturing overseas fell, and some of the U.S.
companies gave up their
gains before trading ended.
Netflix soared 10% to
$250.29 after the streaming
video firm said it picked up
8.3 million subscribers in the
fourth quarter, much more
than expected.
Big tech firms also rallied. Facebook rose 2.1% to
$189.35. Alphabet, Google’s
parent company, rose 1% to
$1,176.17. Amazon climbed
2.7% to $1,362.54.
Whirlpool climbed 3.2%
to $171.98 after the Trump
administration placed a tariff of 50% on large washing
machines and some parts.
Johnson & Johnson
dropped 4.3% to $141.83 after
the healthcare giant said
sharply higher spending
canceled out a big jump in
sales. A federal appeals
court also ruled that a Johnson & Johnson patent on its
rheumatoid arthritis drug
Remicade isn’t valid.
Tide detergent maker
Procter & Gamble slid 3.1%
to $89.05. It reported a bigger
profit and better sales than
expected, but analysts said
its profit margins were weak.
Kimberly-Clark
Corp.
rose 0.8% to $117.84 after the
maker of Huggies diapers
and Kleenex tissues said it
would cut 5,000 to 5,500 jobs.
Bond
prices
turned
higher. The yield on the 10year Treasury note fell to
2.62% from 2.66%.
Benchmark U.S. crude
climbed 90 cents, or 1.4%, to
$64.47 a barrel. Brent crude
rose 93 cents, or 1.3%, to
$69.96 a barrel. Wholesale
gasoline rose 3 cents to $1.91
a gallon. Heating oil rose 3
cents to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas rose 22 cents, or 6.8%,
to $3.44 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold rose $4.80 to
$1,336.70 an ounce. Silver fell
8 cents to $16.91 an ounce.
Copper fell 9 cents to $3.11 a
pound.
The dollar slid to 110.30
yen from 110.99 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2294 from $1.2258.
[CashCall, from C1]
CashCall issued its loans
through Western Sky, thinking the company’s location
and tribal affiliation would
allow it to skirt state usury
laws. But the CFPB argued,
and Walter agreed, that the
relationship was a sham.
Walter ruled in August
2016 that while Western Sky
played a role in the business,
CashCall was the “true lender” and the loans were therefore subject to state lending
laws.
“CashCall, and not Western Sky, placed its money at
risk,” Walter wrote in the
2016 ruling. “CashCall, and
not Western Sky, had the
predominant interest in the
loans.”
The CFPB wanted CashCall to pay $235.6 million in
restitution — the total
amount of interest and fees
paid on the illegal loans —
plus a $51.6-million penalty.
But Walter said that restitution was not warranted and
that the requested penalty
was too high.
Walter said restitution is
appropriate in cases in
which customers are duped
by a “snake oil salesman”
and might have changed
their behavior if they had
known the truth. But Walter
ruled that’s not what happened.
The CFPB, he said, did
not show that CashCall or
Western Sky made false
promises about the loans
and did not prove that customers cared which firm was
originating them.
“The CFPB did not present testimony from a single
consumer that suggests that
a borrower would not have
entered into a loan transaction if they had known
that CashCall — not Western Sky — was the true lender,” he wrote.
As for the penalty, the
CFPB argued that CashCall
knowingly, or at least recklessly, broke consumer protection laws. But Walter
ruled that “there was no evidence they decided to create
and implement an unlawful
scheme to defraud consumers” and reduced the penalty
to $10.3 million.
Mierzwinski said he believes it was clear all along
that CashCall knew its tribal
dealings either were a sham
or were immensely risky.
“They knew they were
rolling the dice,” he said.
“They knew the artifice
would collapse of its own accord, but they hoped it
would make enough money
before it collapsed and that
they could wriggle their way
out of it in court.”
Mierzwinski added that
the ruling was especially disappointing because the
CFPB is unlikely to appeal
now that it is being run by
White House budget chief
Mick Mulvaney. He replaced
Democrat Richard Cordray,
who had led the bureau
since 2012 and had been criticized by Republicans and
the financial services industry, which accused the
agency of being overly aggressive.
“There’s no question this
CFPB, unfortunately, may
not pursue the case further,”
Mierzwinski said.
CashCall was founded in
2003 by Reddam, a former
Cal State L.A. philosophy
professor, four years after he
sold online mortgage lender
DiTech. He also owns
thoroughbreds and has
twice won the Kentucky
Derby.
james.koren@latimes.com
Twitter: @jrkoren
Hopeful despite new tariffs
[Solar, from C1]
by cheap imports from Asia
and Europe, which produce
some 90% of the solar panels
installed in the U.S.
In a 4-0 decision last
month, the commission
voted in favor of imposing
the tariffs to prevent the demise of U.S. solar panel manufacturing, although the tariffs are not widely viewed as
helping to salvage the nation’s struggling panel production industry.
Tariff proponent Edward
Harner, chief operating officer of North Hollywoodbased Green Solar Technologies, told the International
Trade Commission that his
company found it increasingly difficult to offer U.S.made solar panels to its customers.
“If America is one of the
leaders in adoption of solar,
we should also be one of the
leaders in production of solar,” Harner said. “We were
the only nationwide installer
to testify in favor of these tariffs.”
Harner told the commission that over the last five
years, he had witnessed a
50% drop in solar panel
prices, which led many com-
panies to use foreign imports. And that, he said,
has contributed to driving
U.S. companies out of business.
In addition, Harner said
he is concerned about the
quality of the products from
the foreign manufacturers.
“This might cut out some
of the riffraff,” Harner said.
“All in all it kind of keeps the
industry honest.”
As for the increased cost
to consumers, Harner argues that the price of electricity from utility companies continues to rise too. So
slightly higher solar panel
costs will still be a good deal
for consumers, he said.
“I would argue the price
of panels has been artificially low,” Harner said.
But Del Chiaro and others said the tariffs add another hurdle for clean energy.
California mandates that
50% of the state’s electricity
generation come from clean
energy sources such as solar
and wind power by 2030.
Some have pushed for 100%
clean energy.
A significant driver has
been homeowners and businesses installing solar on
their rooftops.
The utility industry has
worked to thwart the expansion of rooftop solar, referring to it as “disruptive” to
the power companies’ business model. The utilities
have successfully lobbied to
decrease the benefits that
rooftop solar owners get for
selling their excess electricity to the power companies
and have said too much
rooftop solar can threaten
the stability of the electric
grid.
“It’s a speed bump,” Del
Chiaro said of the tariffs.
“It’s sort of one thing after
another. The goal posts just
keep getting moved for this
industry.”
But so far, Del Chiaro
said, she does not hear any
panic from her association
members — and doesn’t expect to.
“My phone is not ringing
off the hook with people
sending in their resignation,” she said. “I don’t want
to see some frenzy that solar
is just too expensive. Because that’s just not true.”
ivan.penn
@latimes.com
Twitter: @ivanlpenn
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Musk’s pay tied to Tesla market value
[Musk pay, from C1]
compensated only if Tesla
and all of its shareholders do
extraordinarily well,” the
company said. “Because all
Tesla employees are provided equity, this also means
that Elon’s compensation is
tied to the success of everyone at Tesla.”
It’s unclear how much the
financial rewards will motivate Musk, who already is a
billionaire and by all indications isn’t in it simply to get
rich.
“Musk doesn’t need the
money,” said Efraim Levy, an
analyst at CFRA Research.
“This is the usual case of
Tesla giving the bulls something to cling to and giving
the bears something to use
to say the stock is overvalued. It does create a robust
bulls-eye target to give people enthusiasm for Tesla
stock, but it doesn’t change
company fundamentals.”
Beyond stock market value, the plan also includes
revenue and profit targets.
The company, founded in
2003, has never posted an annual profit.
At each milestone, Musk
could exercise options on
about 1.69 million shares of
Tesla stock — an amount
equal to 1% of the shares outstanding as of Sunday. At
the first milestone, after Tesla’s market capitalization reaches $100 billion, he will be
able to exercise options
worth roughly $400 million.
That value could rise if he
waits to cash in and the
stock keeps rising; it could
diminish if Tesla were to issue more shares, as it probably will.
Currently, Musk owns
about 22% of Tesla shares,
worth about $13 billion.
Those shares are not at risk
under the new pay plan.
The plan reflects the
audacious nature of the
Tesla endeavor. The company sees itself not simply as
an electric car manufacturer, but rather, as it said Tuesday, as the “world’s first vertically integrated sustainable energy company.”
The vision: Tesla cars
and Tesla trucks charged by
Tesla storage batteries powered by Tesla solar roof systems. Plus, Tesla-brand utility-scale battery farms that
store green power when the
winds don’t blow and the
sun doesn’t shine.
“I actually see the potential for Tesla to become a trillion-dollar company within
a 10-year period,” Musk told
the New York Times.
For now, Tesla continues
to hemorrhage billions in
cash as it loses money on every vehicle it produces.
The company can’t hope
to begin turning profits until
its new Model 3 electric
sedan is produced in high
volume. The car was released in July, and Tesla was
supposed to be producing
them at a rate of hundreds of
thousands per year by now.
But “production hell”
problems, as Musk has
called them, have caused
major delays. Tesla’s battery
manufacturing line in Nevada and its auto assembly
line in Fremont, Calif., are
struggling to do their work
at the necessary volume.
Tesla reported delivering
only 1,770 Model 3s in 2017.
Musk isn’t the first automobile entrepreneur to struggle
with production: In 1903,
when Henry Ford launched
the Model A, only 1,708 were
sold in the first year.
EPA/Shutterstock
ELON MUSK’S pay plan envisions Tesla’s market value skyrocketing from the
current $59 billion to $650 billion over 10 years. Above, Musk with the Roadster.
Still, Tesla stock buyers
see tremendous upside once
volume
production
is
achieved. Last year, the
company reported that
455,000 potential Model 3
customers had put $1,000 refundable deposits down to
reserve a place in line.
Tesla said the 10-year pay
plan offers incentives to
keep Musk at the company
while allowing flexibility for
his role to change. He’s obligated to either remain as
CEO or change his title to
chief product officer while
continuing to head the
board of directors if a new
CEO is brought in, although
“there is no current intention for this to happen.”
The plan is similar to
Musk’s 2012 performance
package, which also was tied
to growth in the company’s
stock.
But with the company
much larger now, the stakes
are higher.
For Musk to receive the
maximum compensation,
Tesla’s market capitalization would have to swell
more than 10 times to $650
billion over the next 10 years.
Musk will get paid in 12
tranches if he meets market
capitalization and operational milestones, Tesla
said.
The first tranche would
kick in if Tesla’s market capitalization hits $100 billion
and the company reaches
targets for revenue and
earnings.
Each additional tranche
requires a $50-billion increase in market capitalization and escalating revenue
and profitability targets.
The pay plan offers a mixand-match system that requires a market value milestone be reached for each
tranche, but allows Musk to
choose one item from a list of
revenue and earnings measures to qualify for option
vesting.
Under one scenario —
far-fetched but possible if investor sentiment remains
enthusiastic — Tesla could
reach a $550-billion valuation with revenue of $175 billion without making a cent
in profit, and Musk would
still score big.
Under more likely scenarios, any earnings targets
achieved would use a definition of profit that deducts interest costs on Tesla’s loans
and depreciation costs on
the investment money spent
to build Tesla factories.
Tesla is expected to return to the capital markets
for new cash to keep the
company running. That
could include more borrowing or issuance of new
shares.
Shareholders will be
asked to approve the plan at
a special meeting in March.
Under Musk’s 2012 pay
plan, he was paid for hitting
market capitalization targets in $4-billion increments
and operational milestones,
including vehicle production targets.
Tesla stock has increased
more than seventeenfold in
that period.
In its news release Tuesday, the company did not
mention vehicle production
as part of the new pay plan.
russ.mitchell@latimes.com
jim.puzzanghera
@latimes.com
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Lakers walk
thin line to
beat Celtics
PYEONGCHANG
ROAD TO THE WINTER GAMES | FEB. 9-25
Despite poor free
throw shooting again,
they hang on for a
victory over Boston.
LAKERS 108
BOSTON 107
By Tania Ganguli
At the end of the Lakers’
tight matchup against the
Boston Celtics on Tuesday
night, Kentavious CaldwellPope was in the game because Lakers coach Luke
Walton trusted him to make
free throws under pressure.
But with 5.7 seconds left
and the Lakers up by one
point, Caldwell-Pope missed
both free throws after the
Celtics intentionally fouled
him.
Seconds later, however,
he made up for it and helped
the Lakers hang on for a 108107 victory over the Celtics at
Staples Center.
“KC made a big stop,”
said Jordan Clarkson, referring to the game’s final play,
when Celtics guard Marcus
Smart missed a three-point
try. “Everybody’s going to
look at the free throws, but
he made a big stop on Marcus that forced him into a
tough shot at the end of the
game. He made it up on that
end.”
Caldwell-Pope had left
the locker room by the time
Walton’s news conference
finished, leaving behind a
locker with a basketball in it
that had the words “free
throws” scrawled on it in
[See Lakers, D6]
Tony Avelar Associated Press
THERE’S A LOT of pressure on two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen, who lives and trains in the
Southland. No other U.S. figure skater appears to have a shot at a medal at the upcoming Olympics.
FIGURING IT
OUT EARLY
Chen predicted he would make the Olympic team
eight years ago, and now he’s one of the favorites
HELENE ELLIOTT
Even at 10 years old
Nathan Chen had the
focus and certainty of
a champion.
As the newly
crowned winner of the
2010 U.S. novice men’s
figure skating title, the
Salt Lake City native was invited to
join members of the Vancouverbound Olympic team in skating at a
post-competition gala. Skating to
“Peter and the Wolf,” the precocious,
4-foot-5 Chen reeled off a series of
difficult jumps with the charm of a
Parents of young
athletes must face facts
Nassar’s crimes show we can’t
count on institutions to keep our
kids safe, Bill Plaschke writes. A1
seasoned performer. Which he was,
in a way, thanks to his remarkable
skills at gymnastics, piano, ballet,
and the rec-room hockey games he
played against his two older brothers.
So when TV personality Andrea
Joyce asked him afterward when
Cooperstown set
for blue chippers
Hall of Fame class to
be revealed today;
you’ve got questions,
we’ve got answers.
BILL SHAIKIN
ON BASEBALL
With baseball’s hot stove
degraded to lukewarm this
offseason, the annual Hall of
Fame debates have generated more than the usual
fervor. With the results set
to be announced Wednesday (noon PST, MLB Network), a few questions and
answers:
Are Barry Bonds and
Roger Clemens getting into
the Hall of Fame this time?
No.
Who is?
Chipper Jones, Vladimir
Guerrero and Jim Thome,
based on the tabulations of
Ryan Thibodaux, who has
viewers could expect to see him in
the Olympics, Chen was prepared.
“Twenty-18,” he said on cue and with
confidence.
Chen smiled when he was reminded of that prediction after he
won his second straight U.S. men’s
senior title and, with it, a berth on
the Pyeongchang Olympic figure
skating team for the upcoming Winter Games.
“I do remember saying that as a
little kid. It was more centered on the
fact that I’d be age-eligible for 2018,”
he said. “Obviously, that was my goal
and that’s what I wanted, but I hon[See Elliott, D5]
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JOSH HART IS FOULED by Boston’s Al Horford in
the fourth quarter, but he missed the two free throws.
Kings doomed
by dismal start
They allow four goals
in first 10 minutes and
lose for the seventh
time in eight games.
VANCOUVER 6
KINGS 2
By Curtis Zupke
VANCOUVER, Canada
— Kings general manager
Rob Blake was fairly adamant that he wasn’t going to
make any rash decisions
based on this losing stretch.
With the Feb. 26 trade
deadline coming into focus,
Blake said before the Kings
played
the
Vancouver
Canucks that their deficiencies wouldn’t heavily impact
his deadline strategy.
“I don’t think it’s winning
or losing that’s going to create that [activity],” Blake
said.
The Kings made a pretty
good case to change his
mind Tuesday. A 6-2 loss at
Rogers Arena began with familiar futility and descended
from there. They allowed
four goals in the first 10 minutes and only got scores
from Alex Iafallo and Anze
Kopitar in their seventh loss
in eight games.
Jonathan Quick wasn’t
his best but also received
[See Kings, D8]
NFL MYTHS
There are many myths about what happens inside and outside the locker rooms in the NFL.
As Super Bowl LII approaches, The Times will examine some of these assumptions over the next five days.
Today: Offensive linemen are nothing but oversize human brutes.
‘THEY’RE NOT MEATHEADS’
Forget the cliches — offensive lineman might be the smartest players
By Dan Woike
Jones
Thome
compiled the more than half
the ballots publicly revealed
in advance of Wednesday’s
announcement. Trevor
Hoffman and Edgar Martinez are on the bubble.
What would be noteworthy
if Hoffman and Martinez
are elected?
The Baseball Writers’
Assn. of America (BBWAA)
has not elected five players
in the same year since 1936
— its first year of voting. The
elected class that year: Ty
Cobb, Walter Johnson,
Christy Mathewson, Babe
Ruth and Honus Wagner.
Would five players make for
[See Shaikin, D4]
You see the huge, human
frames and the jerseys
barely covering the round
bellies. Their arms are covered with scrapes and
bruises,
their
helmets
scratched and gauged, the
paint chipped from opposing facemasks slamming
into them.
Every snap looks the
same. The ball gets snapped
and then, whack, a quick human car crash.
Who in their right mind
would want to be an offensive lineman?
They’re battering rams.
They’re the biggest guys on
the field. And,unless you
know what you’re looking at,
it all looks pretty brainless.
“Battering ram or brute?
That’s a really nice way of
John Hefti Associated Press
RUSSELL OKUNG of the Chargers grew up a “com-
puter nerd” and his interests include politics and art.
putting it,” former NFL center Nick Hardwick said.
“What I think is when most
people think of the offensive
line, they just think it’s a
huge fat guy who stands in
the way and runs into other
fat guys.”
While there’s some truth
in that — NFL offensive linemen are almost always on
the plus side of 300 pounds —
there is also much more to it.
“It takes somebody special to want to do a job that’s
thankless and that involves
donating a significant portion of your body to get the
ball to move three yards forward or to protect somebody
else,” Hardwick said. “You
have a lot of very smart guys
and you have a lot of very
caring guys in that room.”
In fact they might be, as a
general rule, the smartest in
[See NFL myths, D4]
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He’s not his brother’s
keeper, only his caddie
Tim Mickelson makes
a career change and
will carry the bag
full-time for Phil.
Farmers
Insurance Open
By Tod Leonard
LA JOLLA — Tim Mickelson’s life at middle age was
nicely laid out before him.
There would be days of
walking finely manicured fairways around the world, and
he’d never want for money.
After a combined 14 years
of being a head coach at the
University of San Diego and
Arizona State, Mickelson
opened his next chapter in
2016 when he became the
agent for up-and-coming star
Jon Rahm, whom he’d recruited to Tempe from Spain.
It was the Mickelson family coming full circle, in a
sense, because Steve Loy, Phil
Mickelson’s coach at Arizona
State, had done the same
thing when the older Mickelson turned pro in 1992. The
company that Loy built
merged with Lagadere, for
which Tim was working.
Agents have a good life.
They travel with the players,
work on their off-the-course
engagements and have plenty
of nice meals getting cozy with
people in the golf world.
Tim Mickelson, 40, could
have done that for a couple of
decades, if not for the unexpected call he got last June.
His brother had a proposition for him.
Phil and the only caddie he
had as a pro, Jim “Bones”
Mackay, had parted ways. Big
brother wanted to know if little brother wanted to pick up
his bag.
“We had never talked
about it,” Tim Mickelson recalled last week while sitting
on the patio at La Quinta
Country Club. “Until the day
he called, I had never envisioned myself as a caddie for
him or as a caddie on the PGA
Tour.”
The situation was rather
complicated, and Tim was
torn. He had been Rahm’s
agent for less than a year. The
player was poised for a meteoric rise, with Tim sharing in
Rahm’s first PGA Tour vic-
Eric Risberg Associated Press
TIM MICKELSON , right, was going to be the agent
for rising star Jon Rahm until his brother, left, called.
tory in the Farmers Insurance
Open in January.
Tim Mickelson said he
thought of the affable Spaniard as a family member. But
there’s nothing like a blood
bond, or the chance to get inside the ropes with a brother
whose Hall of Fame career
stands among the greatest of
all time.
“We talked to Jon, and he
was great about it,” Tim Mickelson said. “He said, ‘There’s
not a lot that you have to do for
me on a day-to-day basis, and
our schedules are kind of the
same. I think we can manage
it.’ ”
Team Mickelson didn’t
win again in 2017 — Phil hasn’t
won since taking the 2013
British Open for his fifth major — but they enjoyed the togetherness and camaraderie,
and being on the winning
Presidents Cup team.
It was not much of a surprise when Phil asked Tim to
return to the bag in 2018. He
sought Rahm’s permission to
have that talk.
It was another tough call,
but Tim chose caddying, and
this time he is all in. He is
Phil’s full-time caddie and is
not representing Rahm. The
player is now being handled
by Loy, with agent Jeff Koski
taking over his affairs in the
U.S.
“They both deserved
somebody full time,” Tim
Mickelson said. “Phil needed a
guy 100% devoted to him, and
Jon needed someone 100%. At
that point, it’s sort of a decision I had to make.”
Tim wants to make one
thing clear: “Jon and I are
great. We still hang out. And
he knows that if he ever needs
anything that I’d be there for
him and vice versa.”
Rahm, who won last
week’s CareerBuilder Challenge to climb to No. 2 in the
world, is the defending champion this week in the Farmers,
while Phil Mickelson, 47, is a
three-time winner and competing at Torrey Pines for the
29th time.
Why did Tim pick caddying?
“The biggest thing is, it’s
family,” he said. “I thought it
would be neat to be out here
more, to spend more time
with my brother. And, indirectly, I’m going to end up
spending more time with everyone else in my family.”
There was certainly an adjustment period for Tim being
on the bag and taking over for
Mackay, who looped for Phil
for 25 years and was considered one of the best at his
craft.
“I think the most difficult
part was getting in sync with
exactly what he wants to do,”
Tim said. “With a ball in the
middle of the fairway, what’s
he thinking is going to be the
When: Thursday-Sunday.
Where: La Jolla.
Courses: Torrey Pines
South Course (7,698 yards,
par 72) and North Course
(7,258 yards, par 72.).
Purse: $6.9 million.
Winner's share:
$1,242,000.
TV: Thursday-Friday,
noon-4 p.m. (Golf
Channel); Saturday, 11
a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Golf
Channel), 1-4 p.m.
(Channel 2); Sunday,
10-11:45 a.m. (Golf
Channel), noon-3:30 p.m.
(Channel 2).
Defending champion: Jon
Rahm.
right club for the situation? Is
it nine-iron or eight-iron? Is it
a fade or something else?
That certainly took some
time, and will continue to take
time.
“I’m not trying to do as
good a job as Bones did.
Bones was amazing,” he added. “I’m trying to do the best
job I can for my guy.”
Of Tim’s work, Phil said
last week, “There’s a great energy. And he’s got a great
knowledge base on how to
look and assess a golf course,
because he did that for so
many years as a coach.
“He’s able to assess and
manage based on how I’m
playing. He’s got a lot to add —
and he’s a phenomenal reader
of greens.”
The brothers shared some
good moments last season,
but nothing compared to the
Presidents Cup. As a captain’s
pick, Phil went 3-0-1 and the
Americans scored a 19-11 victory.
“From beginning to end, it
was the best seven days of my
life,” Tim said. “To experience
that with Phil and the other
guys on the team, to be in the
locker room with the other
caddies … I envisioned what it
was going to be like, and it was
way better.”
sports@latimes.com
Matthysse confident third time’s the charm
Veteran makes maybe
his last attempt at a
world championship
Saturday at Forum.
By Lance Pugmire
One of the gifts that has
allowed veteran boxing publicist Bill Caplan to remain
employed well into his 80s is
his creativity, which was recently on display as he told
an interesting story about
Argentinian boxer Lucas
Matthysse, who was training
in Indio for what will be his
third — and perhaps last —
opportunity to win a world
title.
With Matthysse in pursuit of the vacant World Boxing Assn. welterweight belt
against Thailand’s Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 knockouts) in
the HBO-televised Saturday night main event at
the Forum, Caplan said he
heard that Matthysse would
use his purse money to purchase a ranch and become
some type of modern-day
gaucho on horseback.
Interesting premise and
worth exploring.
Into the Indio gym walks
Caplan, making his way to a
sweat-soaked Matthysse,
who gave up his Christmas
and New Year’s Eve with his
family to train in the desert
in pursuit of a belt, which he
failed to capture in a 2013
unanimous-decision loss to
Danny Garcia and then
again in a 2015 loss to Viktor
Postol by 10th-round knockout at StubHub Center.
Caplan tells Matthysse
what he’s heard and how the
reporter
is
intrigued.
Matthysse then breaks into
a hearty laugh, one interpreted to mean, “You drove
all the way out here for
that?”
This fight isn’t about
buying a ranch. It’s about
keeping his career from buying the farm.
Thanks to other purses,
Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) already purchased a ranch in
Argentina.
“I have the ranch … it’s
Jeff Gross Getty Images
MATTHYSSE says he was briefly blinded by a blow
that sealed his 2015 knockout loss to Viktor Postol.
Boxing
Main event: Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) vs. Tewa Kiram
(38-0, 28 KOs), for vacant WBA welterweight title.
When & Where: Saturday at Forum, card begins at 3 p.m.
Television: HBO, broadcast begins at 7:30.
Tickets: $10, $25, $50, $100.
Co-main event: Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) vs. Mercito
Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs), for Linares’ WBA lightweight belt.
Ethan Miller Getty Images
LUCAS MATTHYSSE celebrates his TKO of Emmanuel Taylor with the WBA
Inter-Continental welterweight belt and WBO International welterweight belt.
big, right next to a river,”
Matthysse said through an
interpreter. “I just need the
horses now. I don’t know if
I’d ride them, though, and
they cost a lot. I could never
be a gaucho. I just ride quads
around.”
Ranch
life
provided
Matthysse a needed break
after the 2015 loss to Postol
for the World Boxing Council
junior-welterweight belt. After taking an early lead on
scorecards,
Matthysse
found himself increasingly
struck by Postol, who landed
a
power
punch
to
Matthysse’s left eye that
caused temporary blindness
that lasted nearly 20 seconds, he said, making it unwise to rise from the canvas.
His vision returned in time
to see the belt fitted around
Postol.
“The hurt was bad, and I
didn’t like it … after, I just
wanted to rest,” Matthysse
said.
He said he weighed 170
pounds at his peak before
aligning with trainer Joel Diaz in Indio and returning to
the ring in May to score a
fifth-round technical knockout of veteran Emmanuel
Taylor on the undercard of
Canelo Alvarez’s one-sided
victory over Julio Cesar
Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas.
“I got the rest and now
I’m ready,” Matthysse said.
He’ll face a 25-year-old,
No. 2-ranked WBA contender in Kiram. Since many of
Kiram’s past fights were in
Bangkok and not televised,
scouting him is an inexact
but important undertaking
in light of what Thailand’s
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai did
in coming to the U.S. last
year to twice defeat former
No. 1 pound-for-pound
fighter Roman “Choco-
latito” Gonzalez.
Matthysse vows he’s
ready to make his third
world title bid the winner,
expressing interest in both a
Garcia rematch and a shot
at the winner of April’s Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn
World Boxing Organization
welterweight title fight.
‘“We’ve got some tape. We
know [Kiram’s] big and he
knows how to work the distance, but we’ve done a great
camp here,” Matthysse said.
“I’ve done all these sacrifices
for my family, all the people
who mean so much to me,
and that’s why I’m going to
get the title.
“You learn from your mistakes. I learned I might’ve
trained too hard for the
Postol fight. I was a little too
tired. You learn every time
you fail. Now, I feel the best
moment of my career has
not arrived yet. On [Saturday], it will arrive.”
lance.pugmire@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimespugmire
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BASKETBALL
UCLA REPORT
Analytics aren’t
pretty for defense
By Ben Bolch
D. Ross Cameron Associated Press
JORDAN McLAUGHLIN of USC intercepts a pass intended for Stanford’s Daejon Davis during a Jan. 7
game. In that game, Davis stunned the Trojans by making a spectacular shot as the buzzer sounded.
For Trojans, a shot at revenge
In previous meeting,
Stanford’s Davis sank
a 50-foot shot at the
buzzer for the win.
By Lindsey Thiry
Jordan
McLaughlin
couldn’t believe his eyes
when he saw it the first time,
so the USC point guard
watched the film again and
again.
The
ending
never
changed: Stanford’s Daejon
Davis drained a 50-foot shot
as the buzzer sounded to defeat the Trojans 77-76.
“I just couldn’t believe it
went in,” McLaughlin said
Tuesday after practice. “After he shot it, I was like, I said
to myself, ‘That didn’t just
go in.’ ”
Davis’ winner handed the
Trojans their second Pac-12
Conference loss.
But they’ve been on a roll
since.
The Trojans (11-9, 5-2
Pac-12) are on a four-game
win streak and in second
place in the conference as
they prepare to play Stanford (11-9, 5-2) for a second
time Wednesday at the
Galen Center.
Forward Chimezie Metu
said the early January loss
inspired more consistent
play on defense after they
surrendered a 15-point lead
in a 10-minute span and
allowed the last-second basket.
“We went back and
watched film and have buck-
led in,” said Metu, who is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.
The Trojans have held
their last four opponents to
70 or fewer points and are
leading the conference in assist-to-turnover margin, averaging 16.3 and 11.2 per
game.
McLaughlin, averaging
13.9 points, 7.5 assists and
two steals, said the defensive
effort has translated to offense and that the team
won’t soon forget the result
of a letdown.
“Coach keeps bringing it
up,” McLaughlin said, “saying we played well ever since
that 10-minute span where
we let up.
“But ever since then
we’ve been playing really
good basketball.”
TONIGHT
VS. STANFORD
When: 6.
Where: Galen Center.
On the air: TV: ESPNU; Radio: 710.
Update:
The
Trojans
snapped their 14-game losing streak to Oregon and defeated the Ducks in Eugene
for the first time since 2009.
... Stanford defeated No. 16
Arizona State, then had a
five-game winning streak
snapped by No. 14 Arizona at
Maples Pavilion. ... Fourthyear junior forward Reid
Travis leads the Cardinal in
scoring, averaging 20 points
per game. Four Cardinal
players average double figures.
lindsey.thiry@latimes.com
Twitter: @LindseyThiry
UCLA coach Steve Alford has a mountain of analytics that spells out his
team’s deficiencies on defense. The Bruins’ other recent shortcoming has been
harder to quantify but just as
significant to a season-worst
three-game losing streak.
“I think that’s what’s being challenged here is just
how tough we are,” Alford
said Tuesday.
Alford wasn’t referring to
effort so much as the toughness of fighting through fatigue with an eight-man rotation while executing the
game plan at a high level. The
Bruins’ inability to do so has
resulted in repeated slow
starts and players abandoning the team’s defensive principles, with excruciating results.
UCLA is in the midst of its
longest losing streak since a
five-game free fall to end the
2015-16 season, leading to a
banner being flown over campus calling for Alford’s dismissal. Alford then returned
a one-year contract extension as a goodwill gesture before earning it back with last
season’s 31-5 record.
It appeared that this season’s team was headed
toward a likely NCAA tournament berth before a skid that
has left it with records of 13-7
overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12
Conference.
“From the first of December all the way through Colorado,” Alford said, referring
to his team’s 65-59 loss to the
Buffaloes on Jan. 13, “I was
seeing growth defensively,
and the last three games
we’ve had slippage there. All
of our discussions the last
two days have been, ‘If you’re
going to continue to have slippage at that end, this team’s
not going to be successful.’ ”
UCLA’s defense is the
worst of the Alford era, according to the analytics of
Ken Pomeroy. The Bruins’
adjusted defensive efficiency
ranks No. 137 nationally after
having been ranked No. 85
last season, No. 118 in 2015-16,
No. 66 in 2014-15 and No. 37 in
2013-14.
UCLA also lags in more
traditional metrics; its defense gives up an average of
76.7 points per game, ranking
next to last in the Pac-12.
Alford had trumpeted his
team’s defensive potential
before the season, citing the
length and athleticism of a
seven-man freshman class.
He said Tuesday that the suspensions of forwards Cody
Riley and Jalen Hill and the
departure of guard LiAngelo
Ball in the wake of a shoplifting scandal should not be
used as justification for
spotty defense.
“There’s no excuse and
we’ve told our team that,” Alford said. “There’s no excuse
for the way we’ve defended in
the last two weeks.”
Point guard Aaron Holiday suggested the team
lacked the tenaciousness it
had shown earlier.
“Just gotta fight more, get
in gaps,” Holiday said.
“Tapes went out and everybody knows what to attack
and all that, but at the end of
the day we’ve just got to fight
and get this turned around.”
Players said the team held
a spirited practice Monday
that felt more like one from
before the season, when the
Bruins weren’t trying to preserve themselves for games.
“It was just a lot of competitive stuff, more blue versus gold, consequences if you
lose,” forward Alex Olesinski said.
Said shooting guard
Prince Ali: “Everybody was
just out there competing,
man. We’ve got to play with
an urgency now because
we’re trying to do good
things, so everybody’s out
there competing and trying
to get better.”
Injury update
Reserve forward Ikenna
Okwarabizie, who has been
sidelined since suffering a
concussion two weeks ago,
participated in noncontact
drills Tuesday.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
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TOP 25 ROUNDUP
Sooners’ Young is efficient in victory
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Trae Young vowed to
make changes after his spectacular, yet inefficient game
against Oklahoma State.
He wasn’t kidding.
Oklahoma’s
fabulous
freshman point guard had
26 points on nine field goal
attempts, and the 12thranked Sooners rallied to
beat fifth-ranked Kansas
85-80 on Tuesday night at
Norman, Okla.
Young scored 48 points
against Oklahoma State,
but he took 39 shots and
missed potential game-winning three-pointers at the
end of regulation and overtime in a loss . Before that, he
turned the ball over 12 times
in a loss to Kansas State.
“The way I played at OSU
— I was overly aggressive at
OSU,” Young said. “I think
tonight, I managed the game
a lot better. I got back to the
way I was playing before last
week and even before
K-State. I managed the
game a lot better and teammates did a great job of mak-
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36
No. 4 Duke
Wake Forest
84
70
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85
80
No. 14 Texas Tech
Oklahoma State
75
70
No. 22 Tennessee
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ing plays too.”
The Sooners (15-4, 5-3 Big
12) won their 13th consecutive game at home.
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 24
points and Malik Newman
added 20 for Kansas (16-4,
6-2), which had won five in a
row. Devonte’ Graham, the
Jayhawks’ leading scorer,
finished with 11 points on
four-for-19 shooting.
at No. 14 Texas Tech 75,
Oklahoma State 70: Keenan
Evans scored 22 of his 26
points after halftime, and
the Red Raiders (16-4, 5-3
Big 12) rallied from a 15-point
deficit to avoid a third
straight loss. Jarrett Culver
scored 25 points for Texas
Tech, making four threepoint baskets. Jeffrey Carroll had 16 points for the
Cowboys (13-7, 3-5), who
were coming off an overtime
win three days earlier over
then-No. 4 Oklahoma.
at No. 1 Villanova 89,
Providence
69:
Eric
Paschall scored 17 points to
lead the Wildcats (19-1, 6-1
Big East), who had six players in double figures in their
sixth straight win. The Friars (14-7, 5-3) dropped to 1-3
against top-25 teams this
season.
No. 4 Duke 84, at Wake
Forest 70: Wendell Carter Jr.
had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Blue Devils
(18-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast
Conference) built a 20-point
lead with their defense and
fended off the Demon
Deacons the rest of the way.
Garett Fisbeck Associated Press
KANSAS’ Udoka Azubuike, right, makes a pass against Oklahoma’s Kameron
McGusty during the first half as the Sooners’ Khadeem Lattin closes in.
Edwards scores 24 points to help Etiwanda prevail in OT
Senior stands out in a
game that matches up
two highly successful
basketball coaches.
ETIWANDA 69
DAMIEN 67 (OT)
ERIC SONDHEIMER
ON HIGH SCHOOLS
On one side was La Verne
Damien coach Mike LeDuc,
with 901 basketball victories.
He helped develop Tracy
Murray and Casey Jacobsen.
On the other side was coach
Dave Kleckner of Etiwanda,
known for teaching great
man-to-man defense and the
mentor for Darren Collison
and Jordan McLaughlin.
It was no ordinary prep
basketball game Tuesday
night. LeDuc versus Kleckner was worth the price of
admission. And the game
lived up to the hype — it
went into overtime.
Etiwanda (22-1), the No. 2
team in Southern California
behind unbeaten Torrance
Bishop Montgomery, held on
for a 69-67 victory.
Kessler Edwards, a
Pepperdine-bound senior,
scored 24 points for Eti-
wanda, including a onehanded dunk in overtime.
Krystian Wilson had 16
points and Dylan Gaines
had 10, including a basket
with 3.6 seconds left in regulation to send the game into
overtime.
Damien (19-4) trailed by
as many as 13 points until
rallying in the second half.
Cameron Shelton, who
finished with 24 points before fouling out in overtime,
made a three-point basket
with 13 seconds left in regulation for a two-point lead
until Gaines raced toward
the basket and scored.
“We knew coming in it
was going to be a battle,”
Kleckner said. “They shoot
the ball so well and play with
a lot of pride. The turnovers
and careless plays offensively were very frustrating.”
Damien trailed by seven
points at halftime but went
on a 16-4 run behind freshman Malik Thomas, who
scored all 13 of his points in
the second half.
There was one consistent
player throughout, and that
was Edwards. Whether
rebounding, playing defense
or scoring from inside and
outside, the 6-foot-7 Edwards was the player Kleckner could count on.
“He always has his head
in the game,” Kleckner said.
With the playoffs beginning next month, Etiwanda
is certain to be one of the top
teams in the Southern Section Open Division. For
years, Kleckner has taught
his players to be fundamentally sound on defense, and
this season’s veteran team
represents Etiwanda at its
best.
“They play ridiculous
defense,” LeDuc said.
Kleckner resigned as
Etiwanda’s coach in June,
then changed his mind when
a possible replacement fell
through. The Eagles have an
18-0 junior varsity team, so
the talent is flowing very
well.
And don’t forget about
Damien, either. The Spartans forced numerous turnovers in the second half.
Damien is 3-2 in the Baseline
League and Etiwanda is 5-0.
There will be only eight
teams in the Open Division
this season instead of 16.
There are lots of equal
teams after Bishop Montgomery and Etiwanda, but
Tuesday night, Damien
showed it can hang too.
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Twitter: @latsondheimer
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No need
to pout,
Trout is
staying
AROUND THE NFL
Angels star supports
his childhood team,
the NFL’s Eagles, but
he loves Anaheim.
staff and wire reports
Veterans’
Super
Bowl ad
rejected
By Bill Shaikin
Mike Trout chuckled,
even before the reporter
could finish asking the question. Trout has become the
most prominent fan of his
childhood football team, the
Philadelphia Eagles. So he
was ready for the obvious
question: Does his devotion
to the Eagles mean he wants
to return home and play for
the Phillies?
“I’m an Eagles fan,” Trout
said on a conference call
Tuesday. “I obviously grew up
a Philly sports fan. I love
playing in Anaheim. Obviously, I’ve got a couple more
years left on my contract. But
I love the city of Anaheim
and, obviously, the West
Coast.”
Trout’s contract with the
Angels expires after the 2020
season, when he will be 29.
The Angels have not won a
postseason game since the
two-time American League
most valuable player debuted with the team in 2011.
The Eagles are bound for
the Super Bowl. Trout raved
about the energy at the NFC
championship game in Philadelphia, but he did not bring
up dog masks or any other
stunt when asked what the
Angels might borrow from
the Eagles to enliven the
crowd in Anaheim.
He brought up the World
Series.
“This offseason has been
unbelievable for our organization,” Trout said. Angels
general manager “Billy [Eppler] and the front office and
[owner] Arte [Moreno] have
a winning mentality, bringing
in [Shohei] Ohtani, [Zack]
Cozart, [Ian] Kinsler and
keeping [Justin] Upton.
“We’re going the right way.
We’re putting a lot of pieces
together that we needed last
year. A lot of people were asking me about the atmosphere
at the [Eagles] game. Obviously, the World Series has
got to be the same way.”
Trout invited Angels
teammate Tyler Skaggs, a
Minnesota Vikings fan, to join
him in Philadelphia for the
NFC championship game.
Trout said he has not decided
whether to attend the Super
Bowl in Minnesota or watch
with family and friends at
home, although he said he
would wear his Eagles dog
mask either way, and he
promised to post a picture of
it on social media.
He said Skaggs was far
from the only teammate to
give him a hard time about
the Eagles this season.
“A lot of players from the
Angels doubted them,” Trout
said. “They gave me a lot of
grief, all the time, that they
were not going to go anywhere.
“They’re all rooting for
them now, because they’re
going up against Tom Brady.”
Trout said he grew up
watching the 40-year-old
Brady, who will be trying to
win his sixth Super Bowl with
the New England Patriots.
“It’s going to be tough,
anybody that goes against
Tom Brady,” Trout said.
“He’s obviously the best, the
greatest of all time.”
That did not stop Trout
from making this Super Bowl
prediction: Eagles 31, Patriots 24, with the Eagles clinching victory on a “late interception” of Brady.
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NICK HARDWICK , who spent his 11-year career on the Chargers’ offensive line, now serves as the team’s
radio analyst and dissects defenses. “It takes somebody special to want to do a job that’s thankless,” he says.
More to O-linemen than size
[NFL myths, from D1]
an NFL locker room.
Brian Billick, who won the
Super Bowl as the coach of
the Baltimore Ravens in 2001,
said the offensive linemen
are definitely different from
the other players.
“They’re not meatheads.
They’re a bunch of old women is what they are,” Billick
joked. “They’re going to complain and get in their knitting
circle and [say] ‘We’re not
running enough’ this, that
and the other.
“As a whole, they’re probably the brightest position
group on the team.”
They’ll
acknowledge
they’re different. Offensive
linemen are the only players
who never get to tackle or
touch the football. They
rarely get attention from fans
or the media. And, they probably didn’t grow up with
dreams about blocking for
quarterbacks and running
backs.
“It’s fair to say it. Incredibly fair to say that,” Hardwick said, laughing. “But you
get in where you fit in. You
love the game, you have an
aggressive streak about you,
it’s a great outlet and you’re
willing to do whatever it
takes just to be a part of the
team.”
Chargers offensive tackle
Russell Okung, who was
named to the Pro Bowl this
week, didn’t even want to
play football when he was
growing up.
“I was actually forced into
football. I grew up this complete nerd. I loved art. I loved
computers,” Okung said.
‘Most guys I know, when we sit down
and have conversations, we talk world
events. We talk politics. Rarely do we
talk about football outside of game
plans and issues like that.’
— Russell Okung, Chargers tackle,
on the eclectic interests of offensive linemen
“Really, I loved all things that
weren’t football. My mom
said, ‘Hey … I want to make
sure you’re going to be a
man.’ So, she threw me into
football to get disciplined
and for character development and integrity stuff.
“And, I just happened to
be good at it.”
While the league is full of
stories about quarterbacks
growing up idolizing Joe
Montana, Troy Aikman and
Michael Vick, Okung said the
linemen he’s played alongside all had different interests.
Instead
of
pouring
through books and magazines about football greats,
Okung spent his time wondering about ancient civilizations and Alexander the
Great.
“Most guys I know, when
we sit down and have conversations, we talk world events.
We talk politics. Rarely do we
talk about football outside of
game plans and issues like
that,” Okung said.
“Four or five years ago, I
went out and ran with the
bulls. And, I was so surprised
that only the offensive line-
men would know about it. I
would tell the [defensive
backs] and other guys, and
they had no idea what I was
talking about.”
This past season, the
Chargers locker room spent a
lot of time talking about
cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
“If you heard anyone talking about it,” Okung said,
“it’s because I brought it up.”
The demands of the position require players to look at
the defense and try to figure
what they’re going to do.
They have to process all this
while matching up with some
of the best athletes in the
world.
“I like to say we’re the
most athletic guys on the
field. In my situation, you’re
playing a guy who runs a 4.4
[40-yard dash], who lifts all
the weight in the world,
jumps a 40-inch vertical,”
Okung said. “And, my job is
to stay in front of this guy?
Whether he spins or uses
power, my job is to stay in
front of him and keep him off
the quarterback.
“… But I was coding when
I was a teenager. Learning
concepts wasn’t a hard thing
for me.”
Solving those problems
before and after each snap is
enough to give linemen a
high. Hardwick, who played
all 11 of his NFL seasons with
the Chargers, still gets his fix
as the team’s radio analyst.
His favorite pastime? Figuring out defenses with three or
more cornerbacks on the
field.
“It’s the most stimulating
by far. If I were to have a drug
of choice, it would be Nickel,
Dime, sub-pass protection,”
he said. “That’s my Zelda.
That’s my Mario Kart. That’s
my ‘Game of Thrones’. Whatever you want to call it. That’s
my drug.”
And he knows how to
push it. If a friend or family
member didn’t understand,
he’d tell them where to look.
“I’d give them an assignment: Next game, don’t follow the ball around. Pick out
one offensive lineman and
just watch him,” Hardwick
said. “Watch him every play
that you can. And, come back
to me and tell me how different the game is. … I’ve had so
many friends who have followed my career, who over
time after watching me for so
many games, they’ll be like
‘The offensive line is fascinating. There are so many details about it. It’s so intricate.’ ”
Brutes? Hardly.
For linemen in the NFL,
it’s as much physics as physical.
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Twitter: @DanWoikeSports
The NFL has rejected an
ad for the Super Bowl’s
printed program submitted
by a national veterans organization. The full-page ad features a photo of the American
flag, along with the words
“Please Stand.”
“While we are well aware of
the controversy surrounding
players kneeling during the
National Anthem and the
public relations problems this
has caused the NFL, our ad is
neither a demand nor a judgment upon those who choose
to kneel during the National
Anthem,” AMVETS National
Commander Marion Polk
said in a letter sent to NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday.
“It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership,
particularly those whose
missing or paralyzed limbs
preclude standing. We sought
to give a new context to the
discussion from the perspective of veterans who had been
largely disregarded.”
NFL spokesman Brian
McCarthy said in a statement this week: “The Super
Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game,
players, teams and the Super
Bowl. It’s never been a place
for advertising that could be
considered by some as a political statement.”
According to McCarthy,
the league tried to work with
AMVETS in coming up with
alternative wording but had
no success.
“We looked to work with
the organization and asked it
to consider other options such
as “Please Honor our Veterans,” McCarthy stated. “They
chose not to and we asked it to
consider using ‘Please Stand
for Our Veterans.’ Production
was delayed as we awaited an
answer.”
Another veterans organization, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, submitted a similar ad
with the slogan, “We Stand for
Veterans,” McCarthy said.
That ad was approved.
Former San Francisco
49ers quarterback Colin
Kaepernick started a movement in 2016 by refusing to
stand for the anthem before
games as a social protest
against the number of black
men killed by police. Many
other players have done the
same during the past two seasons, particularly after President Trump, early in the 2017
season, called on team owners
to fire players who protested
in such a manner.
“Freedom of speech works
both ways,” Polk said in his
letter. “We respect the rights
of those who choose to protest
as these rights are precisely
what our members have
fought — and in many cases
died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny
that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us
all is reprehensible and totally
beyond the pale.”
— Chuck Schilken
Etc.
Dallas Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones told the Dallas
Morning News that backup
quarterback Kellen Moore is
joining the coaching staff as
quarterbacks
coach.
...
Kaepernick and Houston’s
J.J. Watt are among the five finalists for the NFL Players
Assn.’s Byron “Whizzer”
White Award, which recognizes players for exceptional
community service in their
team cities and hometowns. ...
The NFL has established a
player-owner committee focusing on social justice initiatives.
Primer on Hall of Fame provides answers
[Shaikin, from D1]
a long induction ceremony?
The July 28 induction
ceremony also will include
Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were selected last
month by a Hall of Fame
veterans committee. So the
ceremony could include as
many as seven players.
If Hoffman and Martinez
are elected, what player
would get the most votes
without getting elected?
Bonds or Clemens?
Probably Mike Mussina.
Are Bonds and Clemens
really going to get shut out
of Cooperstown?
It’s possible that there
never will be a plaque for the
only seven-time MVP and
the only seven-time Cy
Young Award winner. Neither has been shut out of the
Cooperstown museum; the
Hall displayed the ball
Bonds hit for his record
756th home run, bought by a
collector and then decorated by an asterisk.
But as far as an election
and the plaque that comes
with it, Bonds and Clemens
have four years remaining
on the BBWAA ballot.
With 75% of the votes
required for election, Bonds
and Clemens each got 54%
last year. Neither is expected to get to 60% this
year, according to projections based on Thibodaux’s
calculations.
Who are the most prominent players set to appear
on the ballot for the first
time next year?
Mariano Rivera, Todd
Helton, Andy Pettitte and
the late Roy Halladay.
If Guerrero decides to wear
a Montreal Expos cap on
his Hall of Fame plaque,
when might the Angels
finally get one of their caps
on a player’s plaque?
Could be a while. Mike
Trout is 26.
When was the last time the
Dodgers got their cap on a
Cooperstown plaque?
Twenty years ago with
Don Sutton. In the interim,
they traded Pedro Martinez
and Mike Piazza, each of
whom since has been inducted into the Hall of
Fame.
Who’s next for the Dodgers?
Could be a while for
them, too. Clayton Kershaw
is 29.
Mark Duncan Associated Press
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Twitter: @BillShaikin
ROGER CLEMENS , a seven-time Cy Young Award
winner, likely won’t get into Hall of Fame this year.
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Galaxy goalkeeper relishes fresh start
Once an All-Star with
San Jose, Bingham was
on the bench after a
contract dispute.
By Kevin Baxter
The first time goalkeeper
David Bingham trained with
the home side at StubHub
Center he was with the U.S.
national team. So when he
returned this week to begin
practicing with the Galaxy,
at least he knew his way
around.
Yet a lot has happened
between that 2016 call-up to
Jurgen Klinsmann’s January camp and his first practice with the Galaxy. In between he played three games
for the national team without giving up a goal, pitched
15 shutouts for the San Jose
Earthquakes
and
was
named an MLS All-Star.
Oh, and he also lost his
job — which is how he wound
up in a Galaxy jersey in the
first place.
In his first two years as a
starter in San Jose, Bingham tied for the MLS lead
with 20 shutouts, leading the
Earthquakes to offer him a
long-term contract before
the 2017 season.
As negotiations dragged
on, however, Bingham tired
of talking and said he
wouldn’t re-sign. And in August, with Bingham at the
end of a stretch in which he
gave up 13 goals in five
games, he was benched.
“I think it’s pretty safe to
Stephanie Romero L.A. Galaxy
“I’M VERY HAPPY to be here,” says Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham, shown this week at training camp.
In his first two years as a starter in San Jose, Bingham tied for the Major League Soccer lead with 20 shutouts.
say that they’re definitely
correlated,” Bingham said of
the contract situation and
his subsequent benching.
“It was definitely to the
point where it just wasn’t going to work anymore,” he
added. “I wanted to get out
of there as soon as possible.”
The
Earthquakes,
through a team spokeswoman, declined comment. But
while Bingham’s move to the
Galaxy will give him a
chance to start over, he’s
looking at it more as a
chance to pick up where he
left off last summer.
“It’s not starting from
scratch. You’re not a differ-
ent player than [the one]
called into the national team
for the last two years,” said
Bingham, whose rights were
acquired by the Galaxy in
exchange for $200,000 in allocation money. “So the stuff ’s
all there. It’s just you continue to get better.”
The Galaxy could really
use improvement at the
goalkeeper position — they
gave up a franchise-record
67 goals last season. As a result, Galaxy coach Sigi
Schmid’s winter housecleaning swept away all
three of last year’s keepers
and replaced them with
Bingham, 28, and USL veter-
an Brian Sylvestre, 25.
Dominic Kinnear, the
coach who made Bingham
the starter with the Earthquakes and now a Galaxy assistant, said he thinks a
change of scenery will do
Bingham well after his bitter
breakup in San Jose.
“It’s a fresh start,” he
said. “It’s a new coach, new
teammates.
“We had a couple of conversations and I told him I
think he’s going to like it
down here.”
Not that it took much to
sell him on the move. Shortly
after the Galaxy claimed
him, Bingham, a Castro Valley native who had never
lived outside the Bay Area,
moved into an apartment in
Hermosa Beach.
“Every time you experience a new place, a new culture, new people, you always
learn a little bit more about
yourself,” said Bingham, one
of 10 new players on the Galaxy roster. “You can always
pick up a few things that will
help you in the long run. So
I’m definitely excited.”
By the way, he has also
had a change of heart regarding long-term contracts
— at least with the Galaxy.
Terms weren’t disclosed,
but Bingham, who made
$197,750 last season according to the MLS Players Assn,
offered this confirmation
with a smile.
“I’m very happy to be
here. And I look forward to
the next three years here.”
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Twitter: @kbaxter11
Big jumps make Chen a favorite to medal
[Elliott, from D1]
estly didn’t really think it
would be attainable. I
thought 2022 would be more
in my sights since 2018 was
so close.
“It’s crazy how fast time
flies and how things progress. I’m super blessed to
have the opportunity to
compete at these events and
prove that I deserve an open
spot in 2018.”
Chen, who trains at The
Rinks-Lakewood Ice and
lives in Long Beach, resoundingly earned his
Olympic spot. Despite
losing training time to illness before the U.S. competition, he landed two quadruple jumps in his short
program and five in his long
program, which matched
the record he set last year
for most quads in a program
and kept him undefeated
this season.
His jumping proficiency
is a formidable weapon,
putting him in position to be
the only American singles
skater to take home a medal.
Of the other men, 17year-old Vincent Zhou has
the jumps but lacks artistry
and experience, while 28year-old Adam Rippon —
who finished fourth at the
U.S. competition but got a
Pyeongchang berth because
he had a better resume than
runner-up Ross Miner over
the past year — has the
artistry but can’t compete
quad-for-quad with the
world’s elite.
No one in the women’s
delegation of Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and
Karen Chen is expected to
win a medal, though Nagasu
might become a factor if she
can land a high-scoring
triple axel jump. The pairs
event is a lost cause, ice
dance might produce a
bronze medal and a team
medal is a possibility, but
Chen alone is a top contender for individual hardware.
This season he has beaten
world and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan,
who recently resumed practice after an ankle injury, as
well as 2017 world runner-up
Shoma Uno, also of Japan,
and Russians Dmitri Aliev
and Mikhail Kolyada, who
finished second and third,
respectively, at the European championships.
Chen said he doesn’t
follow what his rivals are
doing and instead immerses
himself in his own task. It
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NATHAN CHEN, who won his second U.S. title this
month, said, “If the jump is perfect, you come out and
you feel like you took a three-pointer in basketball or
doing the perfect thing in whatever your sport is.”
will be a big one. Zhou,
whose approach for
Pyeongchang is to gain
experience for a medal run
in 2022, sees the enormous
burden Chen carries. “I
don’t feel the same pressure
that I would if I were expected to medal,” Zhou said.
“I can’t imagine the pressure on Nathan. Absolutely
insane.”
Chen, who’s modest
enough to still marvel at
seeing his image on Corn
Flakes boxes, seems to be
handling the stress well. He
lives near the beach and
finds the shore a good place
to escape the daily grind,
but he truly enjoys practices. He and Rippon, as
well as U.S women’s
Olympic alternates Ashley
Wagner and Mariah Bell,
often are on the ice at the
same time with coach
Rafael Arutunian, a unique
setup. Elite-level competitors usually practice at
separate sessions, but these
skaters thrive on being
together.
“I’ve seen drama happen
between a lot of other
groups, especially when
they’re that close in competition, but we’ve never had
anything like that. Never
had any bad situations
occur,” Chen said. “We’ve
always been very positive
and definitely helped motivate each other.”
Chen recalled he began
trying quadruple jumps
when he was 11 or 12 and
became discouraged when
things didn’t go well. “I
would fall really, really hard
and I kind of got scared of it.
I didn’t even really want to
attempt it,” he said. But he
knew he’d need a quad to be
competitive, and he wanted
to do a quadruple toe loop
like those done by Olympic
champions Evgeny
Plushenko and Alexei
Yagudin. He began landing
them regularly when he was
14 or 15. Now, doing them is
largely muscle memory.
He’s in the air for only
about three-quarters of a
second and lands with
enough force to jar his joints
but it’s still nirvana to him.
“If the jump is perfect, you
come out and you feel like
you took a three-pointer in
basketball or doing the
perfect thing in whatever
your sport is,” he said. “You
just get that adrenaline
rush, a sense of satisfaction,
like you want to do it again
and again.”
Getting the level of his
artistry closer to the extraordinarily high level of
his jumps is his biggest
challenge. Don’t put it past
him, though. That 10-yearold who predicted he’d
compete in the 2018
Olympics lives on in his soul
and his resolve.
“I’ve been working on it a
lot, trying to find the artistic
balance, trying to find purpose in my movement,
combined with the jumps,”
he said. “It’s very difficult to
combine the two, but at the
same time I believe that
given a little bit more time, I
think we will find that balance.”
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LAKERS REPORT
Now Bryant is an Oscar nominee
By Tania Ganguli
Kobe Bryant’s Oscar nomination, announced Tuesday, came for a
film that has a deep personal meaning to him.
“Dear Basketball,” the five-minute film he worked on with artist
Glen Keane, who animated characters for Disney movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the
Beast,” and Oscar-winning composer John Williams, was among the
five nominees for best animated
short film.
“It was emotional when I first
wrote it,” Bryant told The Times
about a month before the nominations were announced Tuesday.
“When I sat down and thought about
what I wanted to say, and then once I
wrote it and stepped away from it
and read it. I’d spoken to the game
before. The game has done so much
for me and my family. It’s taught me
so much and I’ve never actually gotten a chance to thank it.”
Bryant wrote the poem in 2015
when he announced his retirement
from basketball. He spent all 20
years of his career with the Lakers
and was an 18-time All-Star.
After retiring from basketball, his
ambition didn’t disappear. It merely
shifted.
“The film itself is … about a dream
and trying to keep that dream as an
adult,” Bryant said. “And it’s a
dream within you. And ultimately
you have to let go of the thing that
you love the most for years and years
and years and you have to move on.
How do you come to terms with
that?”
The film was available to watch
on Verizon’s go90, and the Lakers
aired it Dec. 18, at the start of their
ceremony to retire Bryant’s two jerseys.
Byrant said he hoped the film
stirred in people memories of their
own childhoods.
“If it moves people one way or the
other … Glenn and I both are happy
with that,” Bryant said. “The idea
when you create something is you infuse it with truths, you infuse it with
emotion that hopefully the people
that view it can pull from and internalize.”
Upon hearing of its nomination,
Bryant wrote a message of thanks on
Twitter.
“What?? This is beyond the realm
of imagination,” he said. “It means
so much that the @TheAcademy
deemed #DearBasketball worthy of
contention. Thanks to the genius of
@GlenKeanePrd & John Williams
for taking my poem to this level. It’s
an honor to be on this team.”
The Academy Awards will be presented March 4.
Ball still out
As the Lakers wrapped up a
shootaround Tuesday morning,
Lonzo Ball could be seen jogging on
a treadmill off the court.
Ball has been jogging since Saturday. He began shooting this week
and did some stationary dribbling,
but as of Tuesday evening had not
yet done any agility work. Agility
work will come before Ball is able to
get on the court for practices. Lakers
coach Luke Walton would like to see
the rookie point guard practice before he plays.
Ball has missed five games with a
sprained left knee, which he injured
five games after returning from a
shoulder sprain that kept him out
six games.
Change of scenery
The Boston Celtics lost their
marquee free-agent signing Gordon
Hayward in the opening minutes of
the NBA season when he suffered a
gruesome ankle injury.
And while Hayward still hasn’t
been cleared to travel with the team,
he did make an appearance at Staples Center on Tuesday night. The
Celtics want to give him a change of
scenery.
The Celtics will play the Clippers
on Wednesday, and Boston coach
Brad Stevens said Hayward will remain in Southern California after
the rest of the team leaves.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
BOX SCORES
Kings 105, Magic 99
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic .....33 4-12 0-0 0-4 4 3 8
Cauley-Stein....32 9-18 3-4 5-9 4 2 21
Labissiere .......22 3-5 4-5 1-9 3 0 10
Carter ............29 1-7 2-2 0-1 6 1 4
Fox ................10 3-6 0-0 1-1 0 1 7
Temple ...........40 14-17 2-2 1-2 5 3 34
Hield..............28 5-10 0-0 1-5 2 3 13
Jackson..........24 2-4 0-0 0-8 0 1 4
Richardson......15 2-6 0-0 1-3 0 1 4
Papagiannis ......3 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Randolph..........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
43-87 11-13 11-44 24 15 105
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 84.6%
Three-point goals: 8-26 (Temple 4-7, Hield 3-6,
Fox 1-1, Jackson 0-2, Richardson 0-2, Bogdanovic
0-4, Carter 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers:
14 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Cauley-Stein 5,
Labissiere 3, Hield, Papagiannis, Richardson). Turnovers: 14 (Bogdanovic 5, Hield 2, Temple 2, Carter,
Cauley-Stein, Jackson, Labissiere, Papagiannis).
Steals: 9 (Hield 4, Carter 3, Cauley-Stein, Richardson). Technical Fouls: None.
ORLANDO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gordon...........35 6-17 2-3 4-12 2 3 16
Simmons ........34 5-9 1-1 0-4 2 2 14
Biyombo .........27 2-5 0-0 2-6 3 6 4
Fournier..........38 7-17 6-6 0-2 4 1 22
Payton............33 9-14 2-3 2-7 7 2 21
Augustin .........16 3-6 2-2 1-2 3 0 10
Birch..............13 1-4 1-2 2-6 1 1 3
Hezonja..........12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Mack .............12 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 4
Iwundu.............9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Speights...........6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
36-83 16-19 11-40 23 17 99
Shooting: Field goals, 43.4%; free throws, 84.2%
Three-point goals: 11-31 (Simmons 3-5, Augustin
2-3, Gordon 2-7, Fournier 2-10, Iwundu 1-1, Payton
1-1, Hezonja 0-1, Mack 0-1, Speights 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 17 (22 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Biyombo 4). Turnovers: 17 (Gordon 7, Payton 3, Biyombo 2, Augustin, Fournier, Hezonja, Simmons, Speights). Steals: 9 (Payton 3, Augustin 2,
Hezonja 2, Birch, Gordon). Technical Fouls: None.
Sacramento
28 24 25 28— 105
Orlando
27 26 29 17— 99
A—18,846. T—2:07. O—Tyler Ford, JB DeRosa, Brian Forte
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
Thunder 109, Nets 108
BROOKLYN
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll............29 3-11 4-6 0-3 2 0 13
Hollis-Jefferson 27 4-9 3-4 1-6 3 1 11
Zeller .............15 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 4 4
Crabbe...........31 5-13 0-0 0-6 1 3 12
Dinwiddie .......28 4-9 2-2 0-3 7 5 13
Harris.............23 7-10 0-0 0-0 1 2 19
Allen ..............23 4-6 3-6 4-11 1 3 12
LeVert ............19 2-4 2-3 0-5 6 3 6
Acy................17 3-6 0-0 1-5 0 1 7
Russell ...........14 2-6 2-2 1-2 4 2 7
Okafor..............9 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 1 4
Totals
37-79 18-25 8-45 27 25 108
Shooting: Field goals, 46.8%; free throws, 72.0%
Three-point goals: 16-38 (Harris 5-5, Dinwiddie
3-6, Carroll 3-8, Crabbe 2-8, Allen 1-1, Acy 1-4, Russell 1-4, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, LeVert 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 12 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Zeller 2, Allen, Harris, Okafor). Turnovers: 12
(Dinwiddie 3, Carroll 2, LeVert 2, Russell 2, Crabbe,
Harris, Hollis-Jefferson). Steals: 1 (Crabbe). Technical
Fouls: None.
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. Minnesota
3. San Antonio
5. Oklahoma City
6. New Orleans
7. Portland
8. Denver
W
38
33
31
31
27
25
25
24
L
10
12
18
18
20
21
22
23
PCT
.792
.733
.633
.633
.574
.543
.532
.511
GB L10
8-2
31⁄2 7-3
71⁄2 7-3
71⁄2 5-5
101⁄2 7-3
12
7-3
121⁄2 6-4
131⁄2 4-6
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Memphis
13. Phoenix
14. Dallas
15. Sacramento
23
19
18
17
17
16
14
23
28
29
29
30
31
33
1
.500
⁄2
.404 5
.383 6
.370 61⁄2
.362 7
.340 8
.298 10
Rk.
P1
S1
N1
S2
N2
S3
N3
N4
OKLAHOMA CITY
6-4
3-7
7-3
6-4
3-7
4-6
2-8
P2
N5
P3
S4
P4
S5
P5
GB L10
6-4
11⁄2 6-4
6
3-7
61⁄2 7-3
71⁄2 5-5
81⁄2 6-4
9
4-6
91⁄2 7-3
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
S2
C2
C3
A3
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony..........32 4-12 2-2 2-8 0 2 10
George ...........37 9-20 9-11 2-9 1 3 28
Adams ...........34 3-12 0-2 9-14 0 3 6
Roberson........28 1-2 1-4 2-6 0 2 3
Westbrook.......36 12-27 8-11 1-5 6 2 32
Patterson ........17 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 6
Felton ............16 6-8 0-0 0-2 4 1 14
Ferguson ........14 1-5 2-2 0-0 1 1 5
Grant .............11 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 2
Huestis...........10 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 3
Totals
40-94 22-32 16-50 12 18 109
Shooting: Field goals, 42.6%; free throws, 68.8%
Three-point goals: 7-25 (Felton 2-2, Patterson 2-2,
Huestis 1-2, Ferguson 1-5, George 1-7, Grant 0-1, Anthony 0-2, Westbrook 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team
Turnovers: 4 (5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Ferguson 2,
Anthony, Roberson). Turnovers: 4 (Adams, Felton, Patterson, Westbrook). Steals: 8 (Adams 3, Patterson 2,
Westbrook 2, Felton). Technical Fouls: None.
Brooklyn
26 33 26 23— 108
Oklahoma City
30 17 27 35— 109
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Miami
5. Washington
6. Indiana
7. Milwaukee
8. Philadelphia
W
34
31
27
27
26
25
24
22
L
14
14
19
20
21
22
22
21
PCT
.708
.689
.587
.574
.553
.532
.522
.512
9. Detroit
10. New York
11. Charlotte
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Atlanta
15. Orlando
22
21
19
18
18
14
14
23
27
26
29
30
32
33
.489 1
.438 31⁄2
.422 4
.383 6
.375 61⁄2
.304 91⁄2
.298 10
A—18,203. T—2:13. O—Sean Corbin, Jason
Phillips, Leroy Richardson
Spurs 114, Cavaliers 102
2-8
3-7
6-4
5-5
3-7
4-6
2-8
C4
A4
S3
C5
A5
S4
S5
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Crowder..........31 4-6 2-2 0-4 0 2 13
James ............37 10-23 6-10 2-9 7 0 28
Love...............26 4-8 2-2 0-11 0 3 10
Smith.............28 0-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 0
Thomas ..........27 3-9 8-9 1-1 2 1 14
Thompson.......19 3-4 2-2 0-1 1 2 8
Wade .............17 6-8 0-0 1-6 2 1 12
J.Green...........16 3-4 2-2 2-4 0 2 8
Korver ............14 1-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 3
Rose ..............12 1-1 4-4 0-0 1 0 6
Shumpert .........5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Osman .............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
35-72 26-31 6-41 19 14 102
Shooting: Field goals, 48.6%; free throws, 83.9%
Three-point goals: 6-21 (Crowder 3-4, James 2-6,
Korver 1-4, Love 0-1, Shumpert 0-1, Thomas 0-2,
Smith 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 18
(21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (James, Rose, Smith).
Turnovers: 18 (James 5, Rose 4, Thomas 3, J.Green 2,
Smith 2, Wade 2). Steals: 6 (Wade 2, J.Green, Love,
Thomas, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at CLIPPERS
at Philadelphia
at Charlotte
at Detroit
at Indiana
Toronto
at Memphis
Houston
at Portland
Line
OFF
5
11⁄2
21⁄2
71⁄2
6
OFF
51⁄2
OFF
Underdog
Boston
Chicago
New Orleans
Utah
Phoenix
at Atlanta
San Antonio
at Dallas
Minnesota
Time
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO
RESULTS
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
THE LAKERS’ Julius Randle is caught between Boston’s Jayson Tatum, left, and Al Horford as they go
after a loose ball. Randle had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory.
James joins the 30K
club in loss to Spurs
SAN ANTONIO 114
CLEVELAND 102
LeBron James became the
youngest player ever with 30,000
career points, then got upstaged by
the youngest player on the court.
Spurs point guard Dejounte
Murray — a friend and mentee of
James — had 19 points, 10 rebounds
and seven steals to lift host San Antonio over the slumping Cleveland
Cavaliers 114-102 on Tuesday night.
“He’s fearless, he’s not impressed,” Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich said of the 21-year-old.
“He really sets the pace for us.”
James had 28 points while becoming the seventh member of the
30,000-point club.
at Oklahoma City 109, Brooklyn
108: Russell Westbrook made a goahead layup with 3.3 seconds left
for the Thunder, who rallied from a
15-point second-half deficit.
at Golden State 123, New York 112:
Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 32
points in the third quarter and
added seven assists and six rebounds for the Warriors.
Sacramento 105, at Orlando 99:
Garrett Temple scored 19 of his
career-high 34 points in the final
quarter as the Kings ended a losing
streak at eight games.
at Lakers 108, Boston 107
— associated press
Missed free throws at finish
nearly cost Lakers a victory
[Lakers, from D1]
black marker.
The Lakers won despite making
21 of 36 free throws (58%). With the
win the Lakers are 18-29 while the
East-leading Celtics fell to 34-14.
“The message right now is defense,” Walton said. “Everything is
defense. Because we’re shooting this
from the free throw line, because
we’re not doing this whatever it is,
we’re still able to win games because
of our defense.
“We should be quite aware of the
fact that we’ve lost our fair share of
games because we didn’t shoot free
throws well.”
Kyle Kuzma heated up in the
fourth quarter. After scoring 11 points
through the first three periods, he
scored 17 in the fourth, including a
three-pointer that gave the Lakers a
late lead.
Kuzma contributed in other ways
too. The Lakers took a 90-89 lead
with 6:40 remaining in the game,
when Kuzma flipped the ball behind
his back to Larry Nance Jr. for a
dunk.
Kuzma notched his 15th 20-point
game of the season, the most by a
Lakers rookie since Eddie Jones had
15 in the 1994-95 season.
Kyrie Irving scored 33 points for
the Celtics, 12 of them in the fourth
quarter.
“We were talking a little bit,”
Kuzma said of Irving. “He’s a great
LAKERS 108, CELTICS 107
BOSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Baynes....................................10 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 0
Tatum .....................................30 1-6 1-2 0-5 0 4 4
Horford ...................................31 5-11 0-0 3-12 6 4 13
Brown.....................................25 4-11 0-0 0-2 2 2 9
Irving......................................38 13-24 3-3 0-3 4 1 33
Smart .....................................33 7-13 4-4 0-2 8 5 22
Morris.....................................26 6-11 0-1 0-7 0 1 13
Rozier .....................................23 4-7 0-0 1-3 0 2 9
Theis ......................................15 2-3 0-0 3-5 2 1 4
Eddie .......................................3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
42-90 8-10 7-42 22 25 107
Shooting: Field goals, 46.7%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 15-44 (Smart 4-10, Irving 4-11, Horford 3-5, Rozier
1-3, Tatum 1-3, Morris 1-4, Brown 1-5, Baynes 0-1, Eddie 0-1, Theis 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Horford 2, Morris 2, Baynes). Turnovers: 11 (Tatum 3, Baynes 2, Theis 2,
Horford, Irving, Morris, Smart). Steals: 3 (Brown, Rozier, Smart). Technical Fouls: Tatum, 2:07 second.
LAKERS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ingram ....................................33 2-11 3-4 2-9 4 1 7
Randle....................................26 6-12 2-3 5-14 1 3 14
Lopez .....................................14 5-10 2-3 1-2 0 2 12
Caldwell-Pope ..........................23 2-8 2-4 1-4 1 1 8
Ennis......................................13 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 3 2
Clarkson..................................34 8-17 6-7 3-5 4 1 22
Kuzma ....................................26 10-16 3-5 1-4 3 0 28
Nance Jr..................................26 4-5 3-6 0-9 2 3 11
Hart .......................................23 2-4 0-2 1-2 1 1 4
Caruso....................................18 0-4 0-2 0-0 1 1 0
Totals
40-91 21-36 14-51 18 16 108
Shooting: Field goals, 44.0%; free throws, 58.3%
Three-point goals: 7-26 (Kuzma 5-7, Caldwell-Pope 2-6, Ingram 0-1,
Caruso 0-2, Hart 0-2, Clarkson 0-4, Lopez 0-4). Team Rebounds: 17.
Team Turnovers: 10 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Ingram, Lopez). Turnovers: 10 (Ingram 3, Clarkson 2, Nance Jr. 2, Randle 2, Lopez). Steals: 6
(Clarkson 2, Caruso, Ingram, Nance Jr., Randle). Technical Fouls: None.
Boston
21 32 21 33— 107
LAKERS
15 30 31 32— 108
A—18,997. T—2:21. O—Matt Boland, Gediminas Petraitis, Marc Davis
competitor. I like playing against
guys like that. Good chirping.”
The Celtics, who entered the
game on a three-game losing streak,
threatened to pull away late in the
second quarter, building a lead of 14
points, but the Lakers scored six unanswered points at the end of the half
to cut that lead to eight.
The Lakers’ continued their run
after the break, scoring six points in a
row to open the third quarter. They
outscored the Celtics by 10 points in
the third.
The Celtics trailed by six points at
106-100 when Smart made a threepointer after a Lakers miscommunication on defense.
The Celtics aimed at the Lakers’
biggest weakness — free throw
shooting. It almost worked.
The Lakers missed four free
throws in the game’s final 20 seconds,
after intentional fouls by the Celtics.
Boston had the ball with 5.7 seconds
left in the game, trailing by one, when
Smart missed.
After the game, Walton congratulated the team on the win. But immediately afterward he scolded them
for yet another poor free throw performance.
“I know we haven’t made [free
throws, but] we have guys that I trust
at the line that need to step up and
knock those down,” Walton said.
“Obviously we love the win, our guys
did a heck of a job of scrapping and
fighting. ... [but] our execution down
the stretch is not OK.”
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aldridge..........40 12-18 6-7 3-8 3 0 30
Anderson........33 5-10 0-0 3-12 5 3 10
Bertans ..........29 4-9 3-3 0-5 3 2 13
D.Green..........29 3-11 0-0 1-5 2 3 7
Murray ...........29 8-15 3-4 4-10 3 4 19
Forbes............22 3-8 0-0 0-1 0 2 8
Mills ..............19 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 9
Parker ............18 7-12 0-0 0-0 6 1 14
Lauvergne .......11 2-3 0-2 2-3 0 1 4
Paul.................3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Hilliard .............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
47-94 12-16 13-45 23 19 114
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 8-28 (Mills 3-5, Forbes 2-6,
Bertans 2-7, D.Green 1-7, Aldridge 0-1, Parker 0-1,
Paul 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 9 (8
PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (D.Green 2, Aldridge, Anderson). Turnovers: 9 (Murray 4, Aldridge 2, D.Green,
Lauvergne, Parker). Steals: 11 (Murray 7, Aldridge 2,
Anderson, Bertans). Technical Fouls: coach Spurs
(Too Many Players), 8:17 first.
Cleveland
29 26 26 21— 102
San Antonio
25 38 26 25— 114
A—18,418. T—2:15. O—Tom Washington, Mark
Lindsay, Dedric Taylor
Warriors 123, Knicks 112
NEW YORK
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Beasley ..........35 8-15 5-5 1-4 4 4 21
Hardaway Jr.....34 4-12 2-2 0-5 4 1 11
Kanter............25 6-12 4-4 1-9 5 5 16
Jack...............28 4-9 2-2 0-2 6 2 13
Lee................38 8-13 2-4 1-5 2 2 20
Thomas ..........20 3-7 0-0 1-5 0 1 8
Ntilikina..........19 3-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 6
Hernangomez ..17 3-4 2-2 1-3 5 0 8
McDermott......11 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 3
Noah ...............4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Burke...............2 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 4
Baker...............2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
43-83 17-19 6-38 28 20 112
Shooting: Field goals, 51.8%; free throws, 89.5%
Three-point goals: 9-22 (Jack 3-3, Thomas 2-4,
Lee 2-6, McDermott 1-1, Hardaway Jr. 1-6, Beasley
0-1, Ntilikina 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 13 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 13
(Kanter 3, Hernangomez 2, Jack 2, Baker, Hardaway
Jr., Lee, McDermott, Noah, Ntilikina). Steals: 4 (Baker,
Hernangomez, Jack, Lee). Technical Fouls: coach Jeff
Hornacek, 4:24 third.
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant............32 4-10 4-4 1-4 14 3 14
Green.............32 5-9 0-0 0-5 6 2 12
Pachulia .........14 5-6 3-3 0-4 0 1 13
Curry .............33 9-19 6-6 0-6 7 2 32
Thompson.......34 4-10 1-2 0-2 4 2 9
Iguodala.........20 2-2 1-2 0-3 2 3 5
Young.............16 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 5
West ..............15 5-6 2-2 0-4 4 0 12
Looney ...........15 4-5 0-0 1-4 2 2 8
Livingston .......12 4-8 1-1 0-2 1 0 9
McCaw.............8 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
McGee .............2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Casspi .............2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
46-83 18-20 3-36 40 16 123
Shooting: Field goals, 55.4%; free throws, 90.0%
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Curry 8-15, Green 2-3,
Durant 2-5, Young 1-4, Thompson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 12 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Durant 2, Green). Turnovers: 12 (Durant 5,
Casspi, Curry, Green, Iguodala, McCaw, McGee,
Pachulia). Steals: 6 (Durant 2, Green, Livingston,
Looney, Pachulia). Technical Fouls: Durant, 3:24 third
New York
31 29 26 26— 112
Golden State
21 37 37 28— 123
A—19,596. T—2:06. O—James Williams, Brett
Nansel, Brent Barnaky
SS
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
W E D N E S DAY , JA N UA RY 2 4 , 2 018
D7
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Serena Williams to return in Fed Cup
staff and wire reports
Serena Williams will return to
competition for the first time in
more than a year at the Fed Cup
matches against the Netherlands
next month in Asheville, N.C.
Williams has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her
23rd Grand Slam singles title. She
was pregnant during that tournament and gave birth to a daughter
on Sept. 1.
Joining Williams on U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi’s roster is older
sister Venus, a seven-time major
champion.
Also on the team: CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open last
year. A fourth member will be announced next week.
Sam Querrey, John Isner,
Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson are on the U.S. Davis Cup roster that will play at Serbia — minus
Novak Djokovic — in the first
round next month. The highest-
ranked American man, No. 9 Jack
Sock, was not included in captain
Jim Courier’s team.
son between the New York Mets
and Dodgers, hitting .212 with 26
home runs in 527 plate appearances.
BASEBALL
Center fielder Austin Jackson
agreed to a $6-million, two-year
contract with the San Francisco
Giants, a week after the Giants
traded for right fielder Andrew
McCutchen.
kees’ third baseball for the 2004
season.
ETC.
Angels, Dodgers
to extend netting
The Angels and Dodgers plan to
extend protective netting at their
stadiums next season.
The teams are the latest to respond to an incident at Yankee
Stadium in September in which a
girl was seriously injured when hit
by a foul ball.
The Angels said Tuesday they
would extend netting from the near
end of the dugouts to the far end.
The Dodgers are expected to unveil
their plan shortly, a club official
said Tuesday.
—Bill Shaikin
Outfielder Curtis Granderson
and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $5-million, one-year contract. The 36-year-old split last sea-
Former top Houston Astros
prospect Jon Singleton and Houston pitcher Dean Deetz have been
suspended after testing positive
for banned drugs. Deetz who drew
an 80-game ban, has never played
in the majors but is on Houston’s
40-man roster. Singleton was
banned 100 games after a third positive test for a drug of abuse.
Alex Rodriguez is taking over
for Aaron Boone again, this time
moving into the ESPN booth for
Sunday night baseball. Rodriguez
fills the ESPN spot held last season
by Boone, hired last month to manage the New York Yankees. Rodriguez replaced Boone as the Yan-
Kelly hires Bible as
UCLA QB coach
UCLA coach Chip Kelly completed his staff by hiring Dana
Bible as the team’s quarterbacks
coach, the school announced.
Bible, who has more than 40
years of coaching experience at the
college and NFL levels, served
under Kelly as a senior advisor with
the San Francisco 49ers during the
2016 season. He was diagnosed
with a rare form of leukemia in 2009
that he overcame during his most
recent stops with the 49ers and at
North Carolina State.
Bible, 64, has tutored current
NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson,
Matt Ryan and Mike Glennon.
—Ben Bolch
Running back Jordan Scarlett
and three other Florida football
Coaches have reservations
about some of the reserves
As backups are announced,
Clippers and Lakers are left
without a representative to the
All-Star game at Staples Center.
By Mike DiGiovanna
There will be no hometown favorites in
the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center
on Feb. 18. Neither the Clippers nor Lakers
had a player among the 14 reserves selected Tuesday by NBA head coaches.
With Clippers forward and five-time
All-Star Blake Griffin limited to 30 games
because of a knee injury and concussion,
the most worthy local candidate was
shooting guard Lou Williams, who leads
the Clippers with a scoring average of 23.3
points and is shooting 40.5% (133 of 328)
from three-point range.
But Williams appeared to be edged out
for the game by Portland guard Damian
Lillard, the 2012-13 rookie of the year who
ranks seventh in the league with a 25.2point average to go with 6.6 assists and 4.8
rebounds.
The other six reserves selected from
the Western Conference are guards Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Jimmy
Butler (Minnesota) and Klay Thompson
(Golden State), forwards LaMarcus
Aldridge (San Antonio) and Draymond
Green (Golden State) and center KarlAnthony Towns (Minnesota).
The seven reserves selected from the
Eastern Conference are guards Victor
Oladipo (Indiana), Bradley Beal (Washington), John Wall (Washington) and Kyle
Lowry (Toronto), forwards Kevin Love
(Cleveland) and Kristaps Porzingis (New
York) and center Al Horford (Boston).
The format for the game, which traditionally pitted players from the East
against players from the West, was
changed in October to produce what TNT
broadcaster Kenny Smith said will be “an
old-fashioned pick-up game.”
The leading vote-getters from each
conference — Cleveland’s LeBron James
and Golden State’s Stephen Curry — will
be team captains and draft from the pool
of eight starters and 14 reserves, regardless of conference. The final teams will be
announced Thursday on TNT at 4 p.m.
PST.
NBA All-Star game
At Staples Center | Feb. 18, 5 p.m., TV: TNT.
The 2018 NBA All-Star game will be the first without a matchup between the Western
and Eastern Conferences. The two teams will be chosen by their captains — Golden
State’s Stephen Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James — who were awarded the honor
by being the top vote-getters in their respective conferences. On Thursday, the two
will draft from a pool consisting of the remaining four top vote-getters and the seven
reserves from each conference.
WESTERN CONFERENCE
EASTERN CONFERENCE
TOP VOTE-GETTERS >>>
TOP VOTE-GETTERS >>>
P Player
Team
P Player
Team
G Stephen Curry
Golden State
G Kyrie Irving
Boston
G James Harden
Houston
G DeMar DeRozan
Toronto
C Anthony Davis
New Orleans
C Joel Embiid
Philadelphia
F DeMarcus Cousins
New Orleans
F Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee
F Kevin Durant
Golden State
F LeBron James
Cleveland
RESERVES >>>
RESERVES >>>
P Player
Team
P Player
Team
C Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota
F Kristaps Porzingis
New York
F Draymond Green
Golden State
F Kevin Love
Cleveland
G Jimmy Butler
Minnesota
C Al Horford
Boston
G Klay Thompson
Golden State
G Kyle Lowry
Toronto
G Damian Lillard
Portland
G Bradley Beal
Washington
G Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City
G John Wall
Washington
F LaMarcus Aldridge
San Antonio
G Victor Oladipo
Indiana
James, as the leading overall vote-getter, will have the first pick in the draft.
Curry will have the first choice of jersey
color.
The other four starters from the Eastern Conference are Boston guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan,
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The other four starters from the Western Conference are Houston guard James
Harden, Golden State forward Kevin Durant, and New Orleans forward Anthony
Davis and center DeMarcus Cousins.
Westbrook, the reigning NBA most
valuable player and two-time All-Star
game MVP, was a lock to be chosen as a reserve; he is averaging a near triple-double
(24.8 points, 10.1 assists, 9.7 rebounds) for
the second consecutive season.
Among the other Western Conference
reserves, Aldridge (22.3 points, 8.7 re-
bounds), Butler (21.7 points, 5.0 assists),
Thompson (20.6 points) and Towns (20.0
points, 12.1 rebounds) are averaging at
least 20 points a game.
Eastern
Conference
selections
Oladipo (24.2 points), Beal (23.6) and
Porzingis (23.3) rank among the top 15 in
the league in scoring. Wall is averaging 19.3
points and 9.2 assists, Love is averaging
18.6 points and 9.4 rebounds, and Horford
is averaging 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Among the league’s best players who
were not selected All-Stars were Oklahoma City forward Paul George (20.8
points, 5.5 rebounds), Miami guard Goran
Dragic (17.3 points, 4.9 assists), Philadelphia point guard Ben Simmons (16.3
points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists) and Detroit center Andre Drummond (14.3
points, 15.0 rebounds).
mike.digiovanna@latimes.com
Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna
From star sub to an All-Star snub
ond in fourth-quarter points per game
(7.5) behind Cleveland All-Star LeBron
James (8.2).
Despite all that, Williams, who has been
a reserve and starter for the Clippers, was
an All-Star snub.
“Honestly, I deserve it,” he said before
the Clippers played the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. “I rarely speak about myself
because I’ve never set personal goals. Being an All-Star wasn’t even on my radar
this year. But with what this team has been
through this year with injuries, with so
many different lineups and still having an
opportunity to compete for the playoffs
and to put ourselves over .500 at this point,
I think I’ve got something to do with that.”
The All-Star game is Feb. 18 at Staples
Center.
Clippers’ Williams says he
deserved honor, and he appeared
to have the numbers to back it
up, but he doesn’t make team.
By Broderick Turner
Lou Williams did not get his wish
granted to represent the Clippers in the
NBA All-Star game as a reserve this season.
Williams was not among those chosen
by league coaches when the 14 players they
picked were announced Tuesday in a nationally televised show on TNT.
He had told The Times on Saturday in
Salt Lake City that “I deserve” to make the
All-Star team considering what he had accomplished for the Clippers and as an individual.
But obviously not enough coaches felt
the same way despite Williams having a career year and keeping the Clippers afloat
throughout an injury-marred season.
The coaches had to pick two guards,
three frontcourt players and two wild
cards for the reserves on the All-Star team.
Though Williams was twice named the
Western Conference player of the week, it
was not enough for the 31-year-old guard to
be selected.
Williams led the league in scoring (31.2
points) over a three-week span starting
Dec. 22. He also led the league in threepointers made (57), three-point percentage (46.0%) and 30-plus point games (8) in
that span.
CLIPPERS TONIGHT
VS. BOSTON
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LOU WILLIAMS, shooting against
the Suns’ Danuel House Jr., leads the
NBA in fourth-quarter points.
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN;
Radio: 570.
Update: The Clippers listed center DeAndre Jordan as doubtful for Wednesday
night’s game with a sprained left ankle, an
upgrade from being listed as out on the injury report. Jordan has missed the past
five games recovering from the injury he
suffered almost two weeks ago against the
Sacramento Kings. ... The Clippers’ bench
is ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 40.8 points per game. The Celtics are
giving up 98 points per game, the secondfewest in the league.
Over that stretch, Williams was second
in field goals made (123) behind Oklahoma
City All-Star Russell Westbrook.
Williams also was second in free throws
made (102) behind Minnesota All-Star
Jimmy Butler during the period.
Williams is averaging career highs in
points (23.3), assists (5.1), three-point
shooting (40.5%) and free-throw shooting
(90.4%).
Williams is first in the league in points broderick.turner@latimes.com
scored in the fourth quarter (323) and sec- Twitter: @BA_Turner
players suspended last season
amid felony fraud charges have rejoined team activities. Receiver
Rick Wells and linebackers James
Houston and Ventrell Miller also
are enrolled in school and expected
to take part in team workouts
Wednesday. Those four, and three
others, were charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft.
Marcel Hirscher won a World
Cup night slalom at Schladming,
Austria, after his Norwegian rival,
Henrik Kristoffersen, had snowballs thrown at him by spectators
during his final run.
Hirscher got his ninth win of the
season and 54th overall, matching
Austrian great Hermann Maier’s
career total. It was the 500th win for
Austria in the 51-year history of the
men’s World Cup.
Teenager Joaquin Niemann of
Chile closed with an eight-underpar 63 for a five-shot victory in the
Latin America Amateur Championship at Santiago to earn an invitation to the Masters.
TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
Major
League
Baseball—Suspended
Houston pitcher Dean Deetz 80 games after he
tested positive for a performance-enhancing
substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program; suspended Houston first baseman Jonathan Singleton (Corpus Christi-Texas) 100 games
after his third positive test for a drug of abuse in
violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention
and Treatment Program.
N.Y. Mets—Agreed to terms with infielder Ty
Kelly on a minor league contract.
BASKETBALL
Agua Caliente Clippers (NBAGL)—Acquired
forward DeAndre Daniels from the G League
available player pool; acquired the returning
player rights to guard Cameron Ayers and forward
JayVaughn Pinkston from Maine for forward Vitto
Brown.
PRO FOOTBALL
Minnesota—Signed wide receiver Cayleb
Jones to a reserve-future contract.
Arena League—Announced that the nickname name of the new Albany, N.Y. team will be
the Empire.
HOCKEY
Buffalo—Called up defenseman Matt
Tennyson from Rochester (AHL).
Detroit—Assigned defenseman Joe Hicketts
and center Dominic Turgeon to Grand Rapids
(AHL).
SOCCER
Los Angeles FC—Acquired midfielder Aaron
Kovar on loan from Seattle FC.
Colorado—Hired Ena Patel as director of
player personnel.
Portland—Acquired the Homegrown Player
rights to midfielder Eryk Williamson from D.C.
United for $100,000 General Allocation Money,
$100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, an international spot and a natural second-round pick in
the 2020 SuperDraft.
Washington (NWSL)—Acquired goalkeeper
Aubrey Bledsoe and a 2019 first-round draft
choice from Orlando for defender Shelina
Zadorsky.
WEIGHTLIFTING
USADA—Announced that Alyssa Travis had
accepted a four-year sanction for an anti-doping
rule violation because of her refusal to provide a
sample during an out-of-competition test.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
UCLA—Hired Roy Manning as special teams
and outside linebackers coach and Vince
Oghobaase as defensive line coach; retained receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, running backs
coach DeShaun Foster, offensive line coach
Hank Fraley and tight ends coach Angus McClure.
Florida—Announced that suspended running
back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Rick Wells
and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell
Miller are now on active roster.
Ohio State—Promoted Ryan Day to offensive
coordinator.
Syracuse—Announced that running back
Abdul Adams had transferred from Oklahoma.
TENNIS
$43.7-MILLION AUSTRALIAN OPEN
At Melbourne
Surface: Hard-Outdoors
MEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Hyeon
Chung, South Korea, d. Tennys Sandgren, 6-4,
7-6 (5), 6-3.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Angelique Kerber (21), Germany, d. Madison Keys
(17), 6-1, 6-2; Simona Halep (1), Romania, d.
Karolina Pliskova (6), Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Elena
Vesnina, Russia and Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Yi-Fan Xu, China and Gabriela Dabrowski (6), Canada, 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2).
(Semifinals)—Kristina Mladenovic, FranceTimea Babos (5), Hungary, d. Shuai Peng, ChinaSu-Wei Hsieh (8), Taiwan, 6-4, 6-2; Elena Vesnina-Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, d. Monica
Niculescu-Irina Begu (10), Romania, 6-4, 6-3.
MIXED DOUBLES (second round)—Rohan
Bopanna, India-Timea Babos, Hungary, d.
Franko Skugor, Croatia, and Vania King, 6-4, 6-4;
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France-Andrea Sestini
Hlavackova, Czech Republic, d. Marcel Granollers, Spain-Nadiia Kichenok, Ukraine, 6-2,
7-5; Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada- Mate Pavic,
Croatia, d. Jean-Julien Rojer-Demi Schuurs,
Netherlands, 6-1, 6-3.
BOYS’ SINGLES (third round)—Hugo Gaston
(5), France, d. Alexey Zakharov (12), Russia, 7-5,
1-0; Timofey Skatov (1), Russia, d. Yanki Erel, Turkey, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3; Chun Hsin Tseng (6), Taiwan,
d. Igor Gimenez, Brazil, 6-2, 7-6; Sebastian Korda (7), U.S., d. Philip Henning, South Africa,
4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Aidan Mchugh, Britain, d. Ondrej
Styler (14), Czech Republic, 7-6, 6-3; Ray Ho,
Taiwan, d. Wojciech Marek, Poland, 6-1, 3-6,
7-5; Rinky Hijikata, Australia, d. Drew Baird, U.S.,
6-4, 6-3; Marko Miladinovic (2), Serbia, d.
Rudolf Molleker, Germany, 6-3, 6-4.
GIRLS’ SINGLES (third round)—Xiyu Wang (9),
China, d. Alexa Noel (7), U.S., 6-3, 7-5; Dalayna
Hewitt, U.S., d. Amber Marshall, Australia, 7-5,
6-2; Naho Sato (5), Japan, d. Lulu Radovcic
(10), Switzerland, 7-6, 6-7, 6-1; Xin Yu Wang (1),
China, d. Mananchaya Sawangkaew, Thailand,
6-4, 4-6, 6-2; En Shuo Liang (2), Taiwan, d.
Kamilla Rakhimova (16), Russia, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4;
Clara Burel, France, d. Elysia Bolton (12), U.S.,
6-7, 7-6, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Italy, d.
Hong Yi Cody Wong, Hong Kong, 6-4, 6-2.
BOYS’ DOUBLES (second round)—Philip Henning, South Africa-Andrew Paulson, Czech Republic, d. Thiago Seyboth Wild, Brazil-Sebastian
Baez (1), Argentina, 2-6, 7-6, 14-12; Henri
Squire-Rudolf Molleker, Germany, . Sergey
Fomin, Uzbekistan, and Jaycer Lyeons, U.S., 7-5,
6-2; Naoki Tajima, Japan- Alexey Zakharov (3),
Russia, d. Alexander Crnokrak-Jayden Court,
Australia, 6-4, 6-3; Thiago Agustin Tirante, Argentina-Filip Cristian Jianu, Romania, d. Juan
Manuel Cerundolo, Argentina and Tristan Boyer
(5), U.S., 6-2, 6-4; Ondrej Styler-Tomas Machac
(6), Czech Republic, d. Andrew Fenty and
William Woodall, U.S., 6-4, 7-5; Aidan Mchugh,
Britain-Timofey Skatov (4), Russia, d. Damien
Wenger, Switzerland-Jaimee Floyd Angele,
France, 6-4, 7-6; Hugo Gaston-Clement Tabur
(7), France, d. Chun Hsin Tseng, TaiwanWojciech Marek, Poland, 6-4, 6-2; Nicolas
Mejia, Colombia and Sebastian Korda (2), U.S.,
d. Siddhant Banthia, India-Christian Didier Chin,
Malaysia, 6-4, 6-4.
(Quarterfinals)— Hugo Gaston-Clement Tabur
(7), France, d. Nicolas Mejia, ColombiaSebastian Korda (2), U.S., 6-3, 6-4.
GIRLS’ DOUBLES (second round)—En Shuo
Liang, Taiwan-Xin Yu Wang (1), China, d. Kamilla
Rakhimova-Alina Charaeva, Russia, 6-2, 6-3;
Dalayna Hewitt and Peyton Stearns, U.S., d. Daniela Vismane, Latvia-Gergana Topalova (6), Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-0; Yuki Naito-Naho Sato (3), Japan,
d. Viktoria Morvayova, Slovakia-Nika Radisic,
Slovenia, 7-6, 6-3; Gabriella Da Silva Fick-Ivana
Popovic, Australia, d. Hong Yi Cody Wong, Hong
Kong-Valentina Ivanov, New Zealand, 7-6, 6-4;
Violet Apisah, Australia- Lulu Radovcic (7),
Switzerland, d. Sada Nahimana, Burundi-Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Italy, 6-4, 6-2; Loudmilla
Bencheikh, France-Mana Kawamura, Japan, d.
Sohyun Park, South Korea-Mananchaya
Sawangkaew, Thailand, 6-4, 6-4; Megan SmithOlivia Gadecki, Australia, d. Clara Burel, FranceQinwen Zheng (8), China, 6-3, 6-0; Simona Waltert, Switzerland-Xiyu Wang (2), China, d. Rina
Saigo, Japan and Alexa Noel, U.S., 6-2, 6-3.
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
WEST
Grand Canyon 96, William Jessup 80
Fresno St. 69, Nevada Las Vegas 63
EAST
Buffalo 83, E. Michigan 69
Creighton 68, St. John’s 63
Old Westbury 70, Yeshiva 68
Rider 90, Fairfield 88
Villanova 89, Providence 69
SOUTH
Arkansas 80, Georgia 77, 2OT
Barton 75, North Greenville 63
Campbell 94, Liberty 85
Duke 84, Wake Forest 70
Kentucky 78, Mississippi St. 65
LSU 77, Texas A&M 65
Mississippi 78, Alabama 66
Tennessee 67, Vanderbilt 62
Virginia 61, Clemson 36
MIDWEST
Akron 71, Ohio 68
Bradley 72, Missouri St. 52
Dayton 65, Davidson 64
Edgewood 68, Rockford 67
Indiana-East 66, Brescia 60
Iowa 85, Wisconsin 67
Kent St. 88, Ball St. 80, OT
Lakeland 97, Dominican (Ill.) 68
Miami (Ohio) 70, Cent. Michigan 61
Milwaukee Engineering 72, Marian (Wis.) 71
Minn. St.-Mankato 95, Concordia (St.P.) 66
N. Illinois 93, Bowling Green 62
Northwestern 77, Minnesota 69
Toledo 85, W. Michigan 81
VCU 75, Saint Louis 74, OT
William Jewell 86, Mo. Kansas City 74
SOUTHWEST
Oklahoma 85, Kansas 80
Oral Roberts 93, E. Texas Baptist 66
Texas Tech 75, Oklahoma St. 70
BOX SCORES
AP Top 25
No. 2 Virginia 61, No. 18 Clemson 36
CLEMSON—Simms 4-8 0-1 9, Thomas 1-3
0-0 2, Mitchell 0-3 0-0 0, Reed 3-10 0-0 6, DeVoe 4-10 3-3 11, Skara 0-2 0-0 0, William 0-2
0-0 0, Donnal 1-2 0-0 3, Spencer 2-6 0-0 5,
Oliver 0-0 0-0 0, Trapp 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-47
3-4 36.
VIRGINIA—Wilkins 1-2 1-2 3, Salt 3-4 0-3 6,
Guy 5-12 0-0 12, Jerome 3-5 0-0 8, Hall 6-11
0-0 14, Katstra 1-1 0-0 2, Huff 0-0 0-0 0, Diakite
1-5 0-0 2, Anthony 1-2 0-0 3, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4,
Bartley 0-0 0-0 0, Gross 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter 2-9
3-3 7. Totals 25-56 4-8 61.
Halftime—Virginia
27-23.
A—14,149
(14,593).
No. 4 Duke 84, Wake Forest 70
DUKE—Carter 6-9 10-13 23, Bagley 4-9 8-11
16, Trent 6-12 5-6 19, Duval 0-8 0-2 0, Allen
4-10 7-7 17, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0
0, DeLaurier 1-2 0-0 2, Buckmire 0-0 0-0 0,
Goldwire 0-0 0-0 0, O’Connell 3-3 0-0 7. Totals
24-53 30-39 84.
WAKE FOREST—Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Moore
9-9 0-0 18, Brown 7-14 2-2 16, Crawford 2-8
5-6 10, Wilbekin 1-7 0-0 3, Mitchell 1-4 1-2 3,
Rike 0-0 0-0 0, Sarr 0-5 2-2 2, Childress 7-14
1-1 18, Eggleston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 11-13
70.
Halftime—Duke 41-30. A—13,209 (14,665).
No. 12 Oklahoma 85, No. 5 Kansas 80
KANSAS—Azubuike 4-5 1-7 9, Graham 4-19
2-4 11, Vick 2-6 0-0 4, Mykhailiuk 9-19 0-0 24,
Newman 7-12 3-3 20, De Sousa 0-0 0-0 0,
Lightfoot 4-6 0-0 8, Cunliffe 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett
2-4 0-0 4. Totals 32-71 6-14 80.
OKLAHOMA—Manek 5-8 0-0 14, Lattin 4-6
0-0 8, James 5-14 2-3 15, Odomes 1-3 7-8 9,
T.Young 7-9 10-12 26, Doolittle 0-0 0-0 0, Freeman 0-1 0-0 0, Polla 1-3 0-0 2, McNeace 3-6
0-1 6, McGusty 2-7 1-1 5, Shepherd 0-0 0-0 0,
Lazenby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 20-25 85.
Halftime—Oklahoma 43-41. A—11,886
(11,562).
No. 14 Texas Tech 75, Oklahoma St. 70
OKLAHOMA ST.—Solomon 1-2 0-0 2, Sima
2-4 1-5 5, Averette 2-8 2-2 7, Carroll 5-10 4-5
16, Shine 2-7 0-0 4, McGriff 2-3 3-4 7, N’Guessan 0-0 0-0 0, Waters 4-6 1-1 10, K.Smith 5-11
0-0 11, Dziagwa 2-3 2-2 8. Totals 25-54 13-19
70.
TEXAS TECH—Gray 1-3 2-2 4, Odiase 0-1 0-1
0, Culver 8-15 5-8 25, Z.Smith 1-9 0-0 2, Evans
7-13 9-12 26, Hamilton 1-1 0-0 3, Ondigo 0-0
0-0 0, Francis 3-7 1-4 9, Webster 0-0 0-0 0,
Moretti 0-1 0-0 0, Stevenson 1-2 4-6 6. Totals
22-52 21-33 75.
Halftime—Oklahoma St. 37-25. A—12,585
(15,098).
No. 22 Tennessee 67, Vanderbilt 62
VANDERBILT—Roberson 8-15 5-7 21, Baptiste 2-4 0-0 4, Willis 1-7 0-0 3, Lee 0-4 0-0 0,
LaChance 9-17 3-3 25, Brown 2-2 1-2 5, Obinna
0-0 0-0 0, Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Austin 0-2 2-2 2,
Toye 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 23-57 11-14 62.
TENNESSEE—Schofield 2-6 3-4 7, Alexander
2-2 2-2 6, Williams 3-8 12-14 18, Bowden 6-10
2-7 19, Bone 1-4 0-0 2, Walker 1-2 3-4 5, Pons
0-0 0-0 0, Daniel 1-3 0-1 3, Turner 3-9 0-0 7.
Totals 19-44 22-32 67.
Halftime—Tennessee 32-15. A—14,127
(21,678).
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No. 16 Michigan 74, Michigan State 48
EAST
Marist 86, St. Peter’s 53
Penn St. 68, Illinois 59
SOUTH
Campbell 73, Gardner-Webb 44
Liberty 63, Longwood 51
Presbyterian 78, Winthrop 45
Radford 50, High Point 47
UNC Asheville 78, Charleston Southern 61
MIDWEST
Michigan 74, Michigan St. 48
SOUTHWEST
Oral Roberts 118, Central Christian College of
Kansas 47
THE ODDS
College Basketball
Favorite
at USC
at Xavier
at Syracuse
at Florida
at Florida St.
at La Salle
Nebraska
at Miami
Loyola Chicago
at S. Illinois
at Valparaiso
at Georgetown
at Illinois
at Utah St.
at Cincinnati
N.C. State
at Missouri
at Boise St.
at UC Irvine
at S. Diego St.
Nevada
Line
91⁄2
71⁄2
71⁄2
111⁄2
111⁄2
61⁄2
1
3
21⁄2
21⁄2
4
41⁄2
1
81⁄2
131⁄2
7
2
211⁄2
10
151⁄2
5
Underdog
Stanford
Marquette
Boston College
South Carolina
Georgia Tech
Massachusetts
at Rutgers
Louisville
at Drake
Indiana St.
Evansville
DePaul
Indiana
Air Force
Temple
at Pittsburgh
Auburn
San Jose St
UC Riverside
Colorado St
at Wyoming
Pro Football
COLLEGE TENNIS
MEN
Nonconference
UCLA 5, Loyola Marymount 2
Super Bowl
Favorite
New England
Line (O/U)
51⁄2 (48)
Underdog
Philadelphia
D8
W E D N E S DAY , JA N UA RY 2 4 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Ducks shake things up to spark scoring
Lineup changes result
in four-goal first period, highest-scoring
effort since Oct. 24.
DUCKS 6
N.Y. RANGERS 3
By Mike Coppinger
Andrew Cogliano let loose
with a wrist shot that sailed
past Henrik Lundqvist’s
glove, and with it, the AllStar goalie’s night was over
after facing only seven shots
in just over 16 minutes.
The Ducks still had a
short-handed goal left in
them for their best first period of the season, and those
four goals propelled them to
a 6-3 victory over the New
York Rangers on Tuesday in
front of 16,763 at Honda Center.
Clearly, coach Randy Carlyle’s lineup tinkering paid
dividends, with Corey Perry
sliding down to the No. 4 line
from his usual spot on the top
unit, and each trio of forwards represented a different look following Sunday’s
6-2 loss to San Jose. The result was the Ducks’ highestscoring performance since
Oct. 24, as they improved to
3-1 on their five-game homestand.
“We’re trying to spark
something,” said Perry, who
scored a power-play breakaway goal in the opening period. “Goals have been tough
to come by lately.”
They sure seemed to
come easily against the
Rangers. J.T. Brown’s first
goal as a Duck, a short-side
wrist shot through Lundqvist’s right armpit, opened
the scoring and Ryan Getzlaf ’s empty netter concluded it.
The Ducks also got a goal
from Adam Henrique, riding
a four-game point streak, on
a short-handed breakaway
in an opening period that featured two in-close scores
from Rangers power forward
Rick Nash.
“That team over there is
playing with some despera-
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
Calgary
KINGS
DUCKS
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Winnipeg
Nashville
St. Louis
Dallas
Colorado
Minnesota
Chicago
W
32
26
25
25
23
21
19
12
W
29
28
29
28
27
26
22
L
11
14
16
18
17
24
23
28
L
13
11
18
17
17
17
19
OL
4
7
6
5
9
3
6
9
OL
7
7
3
4
3
5
6
Pts
68
59
56
55
55
45
44
33
Pts
65
63
61
60
57
57
50
GF
163
138
133
137
137
131
127
117
GF
161
142
145
154
156
141
139
GA
126
127
129
120
138
154
155
170
GA
132
123
129
130
136
134
132
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Columbus
Pittsburgh
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Carolina
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Detroit
Montreal
Florida
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
28
24
24
26
26
24
24
21
W
33
28
26
19
20
19
15
13
L
15
15
16
19
21
20
20
19
L
12
10
18
20
22
21
22
26
OL
5
8
8
3
3
5
5
8
OL
3
8
5
8
6
6
9
9
Pts
61
56
56
55
55
53
53
50
Pts
69
64
57
46
46
44
39
35
GF
146
144
140
129
145
147
170
131
GF
170
153
155
125
124
130
122
110
GA
136
143
136
136
150
146
179
149
GA
124
114
143
141
150
154
163
163
RESULTS
AT VANCOUVER 6
KINGS 2
AT DUCKS 6
N.Y. RANGERS 3
AT PITTSBURGH 3
CAROLINA 1
AT BOSTON 3
NEW JERSEY 2
PHILADELPHIA 3
AT DETROIT 2 (OT)
AT MONTREAL 4
COLORADO 2
AT ST. LOUIS 3
OTTAWA 0
TAMPA BAY 4
AT NASHVILLE 3 (OT)
AT DALLAS 6
FLORIDA 1
BUFFALO 5
AT EDMONTON 0
AT VEGAS 6
COLUMBUS 3
WINNIPEG 5
AT SAN JOSE 4 (OT)
The Canucks scored four times in the first period, two in
the second and were never challenged.
Andrew Cogliano and Adam Henrique capped the Ducks’
four-goal first period.
Dominik Simon and Jean-Sebastien Dea scored 76
seconds apart in the second period.
Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, and the Bruins
improved to 13-0-4 in their last 17 games.
Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime and a
video review confirmed he was not offside.
Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two assists to help end
the Avalanche’s winning streak at 10 games.
Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his 10th career shutout
and second one this season.
Yanni Gourde scored 1:45 into overtime to end the
Predators’ winning streak at five games.
Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist in a
penalty-filled game.
Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and Robin Lehner earned his
second shutout this season.
William Karlsson scored two goals against his former
team, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots.
Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 18
seconds into overtime.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY’S GAMES
Winnipeg at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Washington at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Columbus at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
New York Rangers at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Nashville at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
Carolina at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
Toronto at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Calgary at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
New York Islanders at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Chris Carlson Associated Press
RYAN McDONAGH of the Rangers collides with
Ducks center Adam Henrique in the second period.
tion, as are we, so it was kind
of a crazy first period,” said
defenseman Cam Fowler,
who posted his first multi-assist game of the season. “You
don’t really see that very
often. ... [Nash is] a pretty
good player. He had his legs
moving, he was aggressive
and he’s a big load to handle
in front of the net.
“I got tied up there and
just couldn’t get down on his
stick but we were able to
weather the storm after
that.”
The speedy Michael
Grabner scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway in
the second period after Getzlaf fell while handling the
point pass, and it appeared
the Ducks might have to
weather a furious comeback.
Rickard Rakell’s rebound
power-play goal in the open-
ing minutes of the final period seemed to deflate the
Rangers’ spirits, and despite
a 44-31 edge in shots for New
York, the Ducks cruised over
the final 20 minutes.
The victory was much
needed, for confidence as
much as points, after the
Ducks were beaten down by
the Sharks in a lousy performance that sent the team
soul-searching.
Ondrej Kase replaced
Perry on the top line, Brown
was moved up to the No. 2
trio and Jakob Silfverberg
shifted to the third combination of forwards.
“We knew we had to work
hard coming into this game,”
Brown said. “It’s two big
points for us here, and obviously it started with working
hard. There’s still things that
we can clean up, but at the
end of the day, we got the job
done.”
Far more work remains
with the Ducks still sitting
outside the playoffs as they
jockey for position with seven
other squads. A rout of the
Rangers is a nice start, but
sooner or later, they need to
string some wins together
and create some separation.
They limited the penalties to Carlyle’s goal of three,
and enjoyed twice as many
power-play opportunities.
And if they can continue to
chase goaltenders the caliber
of Lundqvist, or at least
make life difficult for them,
the Ducks won’t be attempting to secure a playoff spot for
long.
sports@latimes.com
DUCKS 6, RANGERS 3
N.Y. Rangers .............................2
DUCKS ....................................4
1
0
0 — 3
2 — 6
FIRST PERIOD: 1. DUCKS, Brown 2, 3:25. 2. N.Y. Rangers,
Nash 14 (Zuccarello, Buchnevich), 11:09 (pp). 3. DUCKS, Perry 8
(Getzlaf, Fowler), 13:23 (pp). 4. N.Y. Rangers, Nash 15 (DeAngelo, Zibanejad), 15:14. 5. DUCKS, Cogliano 6 (Lindholm, Manson), 16:21. 6. DUCKS, Henrique 12 (Getzlaf), 18:38 (sh).
Penalties—Vesey, N.Y.R, (tripping), 5:13. Silfverberg, DUCKS,
(hooking), 10:28. Zuccarello, N.Y.R, (tripping), 11:46. Montour,
DUCKS, (tripping), 16:48.
SECOND PERIOD: 7. N.Y. Rangers, Grabner 21 (Zibanejad),
15:53 (sh). Penalties—N.Y. Rangers bench, served by
Buchnevich (too many men on the ice), 3:59. Nash, N.Y.R,
(hooking), 15:37. Smith, N.Y.R, (slashing), 18:29.
THIRD PERIOD: 8. DUCKS, Rakell 18 (Fowler, Perry), 0:30
(pp). 9. DUCKS, Getzlaf 6 (Montour), 17:39. Penalties—Fast,
N.Y.R, (interference), 0:12. Kase, DUCKS, (hooking), 7:18.
SHOTS ON GOAL: N.Y. Rangers 18-14-12—44. DUCKS 8-14-9—
31. Power-play conversions—N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3. DUCKS 2 of 6.
GOALIES: N.Y. Rangers, Pavelec 3-6-1 (23 shots-21 saves),
Lundqvist 21-14-4 (7-4). DUCKS, Gibson 17-14-5 (44-41).
Att—16,763 (17,174). T—2:31.
Kings unable to tame Eriksson
[Kings, from D1]
scant defensive support and
was removed after five goals
allowed on 19 shots. The six
goals were the most the Kings
have allowed this season, and
it came against the 14th-place
team in the Western Conference. Quick did not look like
he wanted to leave but Kings
coach John Stevens put in
Darcy Kuemper.
“If I could have put them
both in the net tonight, I
would have left them both in,”
Stevens said. “They were the
least guys I could blame.”
The Kings have been
outscored 11-1 in the first period of their last seven games.
Tuesday’s start was dumbfounding given the Kings had
just ended a six-game losing
streak and are trying to climb
back into playoff position.
“Whether you’re in first
place or last place, it doesn’t
matter,” Kopitar said. [It’s]
very disappointing on our
part. We got a big win two
days ago, and coming in here,
knowing that we need the two
points just because we know
where we are in the standings.
To have it turn out the way it
did is disappointing.”
The talk here beforehand
concerned the future of Vancouver’s Daniel and Henrik
Sedin, who are both in the final seasons of their contracts.
Henrik Sedin said Tuesday
morning that they could give
management an indication of
their intentions before the
trade deadline. Asked what
factors will play into their decision, Henrik Sedin said,
“There’s family, there’s how
we feel physically and mentally. There’s a lot of different
things.”
But it was another veteran
forward, Loui Eriksson, who
singlehandedly staked Vancouver to a 3-0 lead with two
goals and an assist. He
tapped in a loose puck 62 seconds in, buried Bo Horvat’s
pass on a two-on-one and
sprung Thomas Vanek, who
Darryl Dyck Associated Press
THOMAS VANEK of the Canucks finds himself behind Kings goalie Jonathan
Quick after getting checked into the net.
ripped a slap shot past Quick
at 5:49.
Stevens called timeout,
and the Kings got an important response goal from
Iafallo, his fourth of the season. But the Kings gave it
back on a faceoff violation
that led to Sven Baertschi’s
power-play goal and 4-1 lead
that mercifully ended the
scoring in the first period.
The Canucks’ sixth-ranked power play scored three
goals against the Kings’ No. 1
penalty killing unit. Numbers
didn’t matter to Stevens.
“This one tonight, [you]
just throw out,” Stevens said.
“Total reluctance to follow
the game plan. For whatever
reason they come in ready to
check and play hard on pucks.
We tried to play a rush game
and allowed people to get behind us. The two best players
in the game tonight were our
goalies. It’s not often you say
that when you lose 6-2, but
that’s pretty much what it
summed up to.”
The Kings began the second period strong, but that
was negated by Alec Martinez’s hooking penalty, one of
two penalties drawn by Vancouver’s impressive rookie
Brock Boeser.
Boeser scored his 23rd and
24th goals in the second period, including a five-on-three
power-play goal after he was
shaken up by Trevor Lewis’
cross-checking penalty. Horvat finished with two assists
for a Canucks team that
looked fresh with a healthy
lineup.
Kings defenseman Derek
Forbort left the game with an
upper-body
injury
and
Stevens did not have an update.
TONIGHT
AT CALGARY
When: 7 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: The Flames went
into the bye week on a sevengame win streak but came out
of it with one goal scored in
each of their last two games.
Sean Monahan is the second
player in franchise history, after Kent Nilsson, to score at
least 20 goals in each of his
first five seasons.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter @curtiszupke
CANUCKS 6, KINGS 2
KINGS .....................................1
Vancouver ................................4
1
2
0 — 2
0 — 6
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Van., Eriksson 7 (Vanek), 1:02. 2. Van.,
Eriksson 8 (Horvat), 3:50. 3. Van., Vanek 14 (Eriksson), 5:49. 4.
KINGS, Iafallo 4 (Brown, Kopitar), 8:01. 5. Van., Baertschi 10
(Del Zotto, Vanek), 10:02 (pp). Penalties—KINGS bench,
served by Kempe (faceoff violation), 8:19. Folin, KINGS, (delay of
game), 11:01.
SECOND PERIOD: 6. Van., Boeser 23 (Edler, Horvat), 4:21
(pp). 7. KINGS, Kopitar 19 (Muzzin, Doughty), 5:48 (pp). 8. Van.,
Boeser 24 (Edler, Gagner), 7:57 (pp). Penalties—Martinez,
KINGS, (tripping), 3:50. Biega, VAN, (delay of game), 5:14. Martinez, KINGS, (hooking), 7:06. Lewis, KINGS, (cross checking),
7:45. Lewis, KINGS, (delay of game), 10:33. Stecher, VAN, (holding stick), 14:45. Edler, VAN, (holding), 19:49.
THIRD PERIOD: Scoring—None. Penalties—Brown, KINGS,
(interference), 5:43. Del Zotto, VAN, (interference), 6:18. Gagner, VAN, (holding), 9:04.
SHOTS ON GOAL: KINGS 7-13-12—32. Van. 15-8-12—35.
Power-play conversions—KINGS 1 of 5. Van. 3 of 7.
GOALIES: KINGS, Kuemper 5-1-3 (16 shots-15 saves), Quick
20-17-2 (19-14). Van., Markstrom 13-15-5 (32-30). Att—18,865
(18,910). T—2:41.
Chung continues making
history at Australian Open
He beats Sandgren to
become first Korean
to reach semifinals of
a major tournament.
associated press
William West AFP/Getty Images
ANGELIQUE KERBER of Germany shows intensity while hitting a shot on the
way to a 6-1, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Madison Keys of the United States.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung has reached the semifinals of a
Grand Slam event for the
first time, following up his
upset victory over six-time
Australian Open champion
Novak Djokovic in the fourth
round with a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3
win over Tennys Sandgren
on Wednesday.
In the women’s draw, topseeded Simona Halep of Romania defeated No. 6seeded Karolina Pliskova of
the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2,
and will play in the semifinals against Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated Madison Keys of the
U.S. 6-1, 6-2.
The
No.
58-ranked
Chung is the first Korean
player to reach the semifinals of a major, and the lowest-ranked man to reach the
Australian Open semifinals
since Marat Safin in 2004.
After taking out No. 4 Alexander Zverev and 12-time
major winner Djokovic in
consecutive rounds, Chung
could next face defending
champion Roger Federer for
a spot in the final. Federer
was playing Tomas Berdych
later Wednesday in the
quarterfinals.
Chung, 21, missed four
match points in the final
game and had to fend off two
break points as the pressure
increased.
“In last game, I’m thinking to start what I had to do
in ceremony or something
like that,” he said, explaining
how he got slightly ahead of
himself. “After deuce, break
point. Nothing to do with
ceremony. Just keep focused.”
Until the last game,
Chung had been simply too
consistent for No. 97-ranked
Sandgren, the 26-year-old
American who had never
won a match at a Grand
Slam tournament or beaten
a top 10 player until last
week.
Halep recovered from an
early service break and won
nine consecutive games.
She’s seeking her first major
title.
Kerber also cruised, winning the first four games
against the No. 17-seeded
Keys, who held in the fifth
game of the first set. Kerber
went on another roll to lead
3-0 in the second set.
Keys slowed the momentum by holding and then getting her first service break of
the match, but Kerber responded quickly to finish it
off in 51 minutes. She broke
Keys six times and improved
to 7-1 against her.
“I’m not going to walk
away from this tournament
and think it was terrible because I had one bad match,”
Keys said. “I definitely think
I have taken a lot of steps in
the right direction and feel
good about my game and
feel like I’m thinking a lot
clearer out there. I think it’s
just going to take a little bit
of time.”
Sixteen-time
major
champion Rafael Nadal of
Spain said an MRI exam
confirmed he has a muscle
injury in his upper right leg.
The top-ranked Nadal retired from his quarterfinal
match against Marin Cilic of
Croatia on Tuesday night
while trailing 0-2 in the fifth
set.
Also Tuesday, secondranked Caroline Wozniacki
of Denmark defeated Carla
Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-0,
6-7 (3), 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
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O SCAR NOMINATIONS
PERFECT MATES
The academy’s choices nicely blend the old and the new
BY KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC >>> I dreamed a dream of Oscar on Monday
night. Not of winning one, nothing so presumptuous as that. My dream was that I’d
completely slept through the nomination announcements. That scared me so much
that I immediately woke up and got to the TV on time. True story.
I had Oscar anxiety not only because these awards have meant a lot to me since
childhood but because I was intensely curious about the results. This was supposed to
be the most up-in-the-air Oscar race in years, and I wanted to know how, no pun intended, things would shape up.
For though we live in an age awash with awards prognosticators and websites that
claim to chart who is up and who is down on an almost daily basis, nothing predicts
the Oscars like the Oscars, and no amount of reading Golden Globes and SAG tea
leaves can give you a clear idea of what those voters will do.
For with its 8,000-plus members spread across all the motion picture crafts, the
academy is its own beast, an organization with its own particular dislikes and likes —
for instance, recognizing Denzel Washington’s strong work in the little-seen “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” while other groups did not.
Also, because of the academy’s recent push for diversity, its welcome decision to add
new members, the voting mix is even more volatile and unpredictable than usual.
Would these new voters change the academy, or would the academy change them?
What would this reconstituted group end up liking?
The answer to that question is, overwhelmingly, Guillermo del Toro’s masterful
“The Shape of Water,” which easily led all comers with 13 nominations.
Best news for that romantic fantasy/fantasy romance was the way it balanced below-the-line and above-the-line nominations, including the surprise of having three
of its actors — Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins — getting nods.
Also a constant this year, as always with the academy, is a [See Academy, E10]
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‘Get Out’s’ four major
nominations mark an
emotional turning
point for director
Jordan Peele.
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The talented Frances
McDormand, Mary J.
Blige and Greta
Gerwig set the bar
high in their own ways.
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Paul Thomas
Anderson’s “Phantom
Thread” is a surprise
contender. That’s a
wonderful thing.
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Hollywood becomes
more inclusive with
honors for trans
projects and female
cinematographer.
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Fox dominates over
other Hollywood
studios with a big push
from ‘Shape of Water,’
‘Billboards.’
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L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
OSCAR NOMINATIONS
EXPRESSIVE FACES
Some are repeat contenders, others are first-timers
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Sally Hawkins
“The Shape of Water”
London-born Hawkins, 41, lands
her second Oscar nomination
and first in this category. Previously nominated for Woody
Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,”
Hawkins has already earned
BAFTA, SAG and Golden
Globe award nominations for
her turn as a mute cleaning
woman who falls in love with a
fish man in Guillermo del Toro’s
celebrated fantasy.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
Frances
McDormand
Margot Robbie
Saoirse Ronan
Meryl Streep
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
The 27-year-old Aussie skates
off with her first Oscar nomination in the role of disgraced
Olympian Tonya Harding. She
also earned her first SAG, Golden Globe and BAFTA award
nominations. Robbie will soon
be seen as Queen Elizabeth I,
opposite fellow nominee Saoirse
Ronan, in “Mary, Queen of
Scots.”
At 23, the youngest nominee in
this category, the Bronx-born,
Ireland-raised actress scores
her third Oscar nomination.
She won a Golden Globe earlier
this month and also received
BAFTA and SAG award nominations. If you’re wondering
how to pronounce her first
name, it rhymes with “inertia.”
Streep garners her 21st Oscar
nomination — more than any
other actor, ever — and her
performance as fierce Washington Post publisher Katharine
Graham stands among her very
best. The unparalleled 68-yearold has won three prior Oscars
(for “Kramer vs. Kramer,”
“Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron
Lady”) and was also nominated
for a Golden Globe for this role.
This year’s Golden Globe and
SAG award winner collects her
fifth Oscar nomination and
second in this category. Her
only previous win was 21 years
ago, for lead actress, for the
Coen brothers’ dark comedy
classic “Fargo.” McDormand,
60, is also in contention for a
BAFTA award next month.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Timothée
Chalamet
Daniel
Day-Lewis
Daniel Kaluuya
Gary Oldman
“Get Out”
“Darkest Hour”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Phantom Thread”
For his performance as a young
man exploring his sexuality
in 1980s Italy, the 22-year-old
earns his first Oscar nomination. He was also nominated for
Golden Globe and SAG awards
and is in contention for a
BAFTA award. Chalamet also
appears in this year’s best picture nominee “Lady Bird.”
The three-time Oscar winner
earns his sixth Academy Award
nomination for his performance
as renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas
Anderson’s period romantic
drama. Day-Lewis was also
nominated for a Golden Globe
and is up for a BAFTA award
next month. Now 60, he has said
that “Phantom Thread” will be
his last film.
The 28-year-old British-born
Kaluuya earns his first Oscar
nomination for his turn as a
man who is unwittingly drawn
into a racially charged nightmare in Jordan Peele’s hit horror-satire “Get Out.” Kaluuya
also earned a Golden Globe and
SAG award nomination and is
in the running for a BAFTA
award. He will next be seen in
the Marvel superhero film
“Black Panther.”
The 59-year-old earns his second Oscar nomination for his
virtually unrecognizable turn as
British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill in director Joe
Wright’s period drama. Oldman
— who received a 2012 Oscar
nod for “Tinker Tailor Soldier
Spy” — won Golden Globe and
SAG awards and is nominated
for a BAFTA award for his work
in “Darkest Hour.”
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
Denzel
Washington
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Nominated last year for his turn
in the drama “Fences,” Washington, 63, earns his eighth
acting Oscar nod for his titular
role as an idealistic lawyer.
Washington’s performance also
earned him Golden Globe and
SAG nominations. Washington
has won two previous Oscars,
for his work in 1989’s “Glory” and
2001’s “Training Day.”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
)
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Mary J. Blige
Allison Janney
Lesley Manville
Laurie Metcalf
Octavia Spencer
“Mudbound”
“I, Tonya”
“Phantom Thread”
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
With only a handful of film credits, Blige earns her first two
Oscar nominations thanks to
her performance in “Mudbound” and the original song
she contributed to the film. The
nine-time Grammy winner also
earned Golden Globe and SAG
award nominations. Blige, 47,
becomes the 20th black actress
to be nominated in this category, which Hattie McDaniel made
history by winning in 1940.
A first-time Oscar nominee, but
a frequent presence on the TV
awards circuit, Janney is also
this year’s Golden Globe and
SAG award winner thanks to
the role of Tonya Harding’s
acerbic and domineering
mother. Janney, 58, will also
contend for a BAFTA award
next month.
Manville is arguably the year’s
most surprising acting nominee, with her critically hailed
turn as the steadfast sister of
Daniel Day-Lewis’ fashion
designer overlooked by Golden
Globe and SAG voters but
recognized with a BAFTA nomination. This is the first Oscar
nomination for the 61-year-old
actress. She has a son with lead
actor nominee Gary Oldman.
Another first-time Oscar nominee but veteran award winner
on both stage and the small
screen, Metcalf has found the
most celebrated film role of her
career as the critical but loving
mother of the titular free spirit
character. Metcalf, 62, was also
nominated for SAG and Golden
Globe awards and will contend
for the BAFTA award.
With her third Oscar nod, Octavia Spencer has tied Viola Davis
as the most nominated black
actress in Oscar history. Also a
Golden Globe and BAFTA
award nominee this year,
Spencer, 47, previously won an
Oscar in this category for “The
Help” and was nominated last
year for “Hidden Figures.”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
Willem Dafoe
“The Florida Project”
Now on his third nomination in
this category — the last came 17
years ago for “Shadow of a Vampire” — Dafoe, 62, also earned
BAFTA, SAG and Golden
Globe nominations for the role
of an overworked but bighearted hotel manager toiling in the
shadow of Walt Disney World.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Woody
Harrelson
Richard Jenkins
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
Jenkins picks up his second
Oscar nomination and first in
this category (the previous
coming in 2009 for the indie
drama “The Visitor”). The
role of a passionate movie buff
and kindly confidant to the
fantasy film’s heroine has also
earned the 70-year-old actor
Golden Globe and SAG award
nominations.
This is his third Oscar nod, and
second in this category. The role
of a small town sheriff battling a
life-threatening illness has also
earned him SAG and BAFTA
nominations. Harrelson, 56, was
in three other films released in
2017 and will next be seen in
“Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
“The Shape of Water”
Liz O. Baylen Los Angeles Times
Christopher
Plummer
“All the Money in the World”
A last-minute replacement in
the role of J. Paul Getty, the
88-year-old earns his third
Oscar nod. He won this category in 2012, for “Beginners.” He
holds the record as the oldest
winner of a competitive Oscar
at the time he won, and also
received Golden Globe and
BAFTA nods for this role.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Sam Rockwell
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
The Golden Globe and SAG
Award winner, and BAFTA
nominee, lands his first ever
Oscar nomination thanks to the
role of a racist small town cop
who bonds with a single mother
out for revenge. Rockwell, 49,
will soon be seen playing George
W. Bush in a film about the rise
of Dick Cheney.
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JORDAN PEELE is the third first-time filmmaker to be nominated for best picture, director and screenplay and the fifth African American director to be nominated.
UNSUNKEN PLACE
‘Get Out’ has defied many expectations — including those of its director
By Jen Yamato
When Jordan Peele received the
news that the biggest gamble of his
career had earned four major
Academy Award nominations, including best picture, director and
original screenplay, he got on the
phone with his “Get Out” star,
Daniel Kaluuya — and broke down
in tears.
“It was very emotional,” said
Peele, the comedian-turned-director who made his directorial debut
with the race-themed social
thriller, made for a modest $4.5 million, about a young African American man (Kaluuya) who goes to
meet his white girlfriend’s family
only to find himself trapped in a
sinister nightmare.
“Whenever I talk to him about
this stuff, I just break down,” Peele
said Tuesday morning. “We both
went from knowing we were taking
this huge risk and that we could
very well be hated for the risk, to
being here and getting the acknowledgment of our peers —
peers who, by the way, we didn’t
even feel like we could call our peers
a year ago.”
Peele’s nods launch him into the
annals of Oscars history with
poignant distinction: He is only the
fifth black filmmaker in 90 years
nominated for directing. And he’s
the third first-time filmmaker to
hit the nominations trifecta — picture, director and screenplay — all
at once.
The honors remind Peele that
he had once sidelined his aspirations of directing because of how
improbable they seemed.
“I left my dream of being a director behind long ago, and I think
that was because, while I have a
great respect for film, I didn’t really
believe there was a place for very
many black directors,” Peele said.
“I thought it would be harder for
me as a person of color to convince
someone to let me use their money
to make a movie.
“Many years later, I came back
to my original dream,” he said.
“And the fact that it’s been received
the way it has been received
teaches me a lot about how I internalized the system.”
“It’s his heart, man,” said Kaluuya, the 28-year-old Brit whose
lead actor nod is a career first.
“[‘Get Out’] is genre, but the big
thing we’re tapping into in terms of
being black is that this ain’t jokes,”
he said. “This is real pain. We had to
communicate it in some sort of way
by telling a story. I called him, and
he was crying, and I was like, ‘You
did the work, Jordan — you did the
work and you deserve this.’”
Exactly a year ago, Peele and
Co. were at the Sundance Film Festival anxiously awaiting word on
whether the film’s first audience
would embrace their bold and unflinching narrative, whose horrors
are frighteningly relatable for most
folks who don’t find themselves
privileged and white in America.
That midnight screening, a
“secret” sneak the night before the
2017 Oscar nominations were
announced, was an undeniable
success.
“I had no idea it would get
awards attention or break records
commercially,” said producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions teamed with QC Entertainment and Peele’s Monkeypaw
Productions to make the film. “A
very solid drop for a genre movie is
50%; the movie dropped 20% in its
second weekend, and that’s when
we knew we had an anomaly on our
hands.”
That anomaly has persisted in
the pop culture conversation longer than usual for a film released in
February (or any time of year).
“It makes me very happy that
this movie has caused people to
talk about race,” said producer
Sean McKittrick of QC Entertainment, who shares the best picture
nod with Peele, Blum and Edward
H. Hamm Jr., also of QC. “It makes
me very unhappy to see how the
country has devolved under President Racist.
“If you look back in history,
some of the greatest films of all
time were genre films that really
had something to say about where
we are in the world,” he added.
“And ‘Get Out’ is a reflection of a
really dark time in our country.”
Since opening to widespread
acclaim and going on to gross
$254 million in worldwide box office, the film has given voice to
moviegoers struggling to escape
their own respective sunken
places, as evidenced by the fan art
that started flooding into Peele’s
social media mentions — renderings of Kaluuya’s face, of Chris in
the sunken place, of the teacup.
“The sunken place, to me, is the
silencing of voices and the silencing of expression, and the cries for
help and the cries for justice,” Peele
said. “And this is an instance in
which I feel like my cry for justice
has been heard, has been magnified, and is being acknowledged by
my peers and the world. Right now,
today, I feel like I’m in the opposite
of the sunken place.
“But the important thing to
note is that many people in America — as we’ve seen in this past year
— have been in and remain in the
sunken place. You look at how the
president treated Colin Kaepernick, how [ESPN] treated Jemele
Hill for speaking her mind. There
are so many checkpoints at which
art and expression are silenced
and muffled. So, yes, this feeling
shows me that there is an opposite
to the sunken place. But there’s so
much more work to do before this
country is out of it.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
DIRECTOR
Christina House Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Paul Thomas
Anderson
Guillermo
del Toro
Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
Anderson earns his second
directing nomination for his
brooding period romance. He
was previously was nominated
for directing “There Will Be
Blood” and for writing “Boogie
Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will
Be Blood” and “Inherent Vice.”
Del Toro earns his first directing
nomination for the 1960s-set
romantic fantasy. The Mexicanborn director previously earned
a writing nomination nod for
2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Del
Toro, 53, won the Golden Globe
for directing and is also nominated for BAFTA and DGA
awards.
Actress-turned-filmmaker
Gerwig earns her first Oscar
nomination for her semi-autobiographical dramedy. The
34-year-old earned a DGA
nomination for directing as well
as BAFTA, Golden Globe, WGA
— and now Oscar — nods for the
film’s screenplay. “Lady Bird” is
in contention for five Oscars
overall, including best picture.
“Lady Bird”
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
Christopher
Nolan
Jordan Peele
“Dunkirk”
Comedic actor-turned-filmmaker Peele, 38, earns his first
Oscar nomination for his button-pushing horror satire,
nominated for four Oscars
overall. One of 2017’s biggest
hits, Peele’s directorial debut
has also earned him a DGA
nomination as well as Oscar,
BAFTA and WGA nominations
for the film’s screenplay.
Nolan earns his first directing
nod for his World War II actionthriller. He previously earned a
best picture nomination for
“Inception” along with screenplay nods for “Inception” and
“Memento.” Nolan, 47, earned a
Golden Globe directing nod for
“Dunkirk” and is in contention
for DGA and BAFTA awards.
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OSCAR NOMINATIONS
THE OTHER NOMINEES
Best picture
“Call Me by Your Name,”
Peter Spears, Luca
Guadagnino, Emilie
Georges and Marco Morabito, producers
“Darkest Hour,” Tim Bevan,
Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce,
Anthony McCarten and
Douglas Urbanski, producers
“Dunkirk,” Emma Thomas
and Christopher Nolan,
producers
“Get Out,” Sean McKittrick,
Jason Blum, Edward H.
Hamm Jr. and Jordan
Peele, producers
“Lady Bird,” Scott Rudin, Eli
Bush and Evelyn O’Neill,
producers
“Phantom Thread,” JoAnne
Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and
Daniel Lupi, producers
“The Post,” Amy Pascal,
Steven Spielberg and
Kristie Macosko Krieger,
producers
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro and J.
Miles Dale, producers
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri,” Graham Broadbent, Pete
Czernin and Martin McDonagh, producers
duction design: Dennis
Gassner; set decoration:
Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” production
design: Sarah Greenwood;
set decoration: Katie
Spencer
“Dunkirk,” production design: Nathan Crowley;
set decoration: Gary
Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” production design: Paul
Denham Austerberry; set
decoration: Shane Vieau
and Jeff Melvin
Animated feature
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora
Twomey and Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich and
Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota
Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
and Ivan Mactaggart
Original score
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny
Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”
John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter
Burwell
Original screenplay
“The Big Sick,” written by
Emily V. Gordon & Kumail
Nanjiani
“Get Out,” written by Jordan
Peele
“Lady Bird,” written by
Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,”
screenplay by Guillermo
del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; story by Guillermo del
Toro
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri,” written
by Martin McDonagh
Adapted screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name,”
screenplay by James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,”
screenplay by Scott
Neustadter & Michael H.
Weber
“Logan,” screenplay by Scott
Frank & James Mangold
and Michael Green; story
by James Mangold
“Molly’s Game,” written for
the screen by Aaron
Sorkin
“Mudbound,” screenplay by
Virgil Williams and Dee
Rees
Foreign-language film
“A Fantastic Woman,” Chile
“The Insult,” Lebanon
“Loveless,” Russia
“On Body and Soul,”
Hungary
“The Square,” Sweden
Documentary feature
“Abacus: Small Enough to
Jail,” Steve James, Mark
Mitten and Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” Agnès Varda,
JR and Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel and
Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras
Fayyad, Kareem Abeed
and Søren Steen Jespersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford
and Joslyn Barnes
Documentary short subject
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura
Checkoway and Thomas
Lee Wright
“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on
the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin
Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas
Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis
and David Heilbroner
Film editing
“Baby Driver,” Paul Machliss
and Jonathan Amos
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon
Gregory
Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger
A. Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno
Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van
Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel
Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan
Laustsen
Production design
“Beauty and the Beast,”
production design: Sarah
Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” pro-
Costume design
“Beauty and the Beast,”
Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline
Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark
Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis
Sequeira
“Victoria & Abdul,” Consolata Boyle
Makeup and hairstyling
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro
Tsuji, David Malinowski
and Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria & Abdul,” Daniel
Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten
Original song
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” music and lyric by
Mary J. Blige, Raphael
Saadiq and Taura Stinson
“Mystery of Love” from “Call
Me by Your Name,” music
and lyric by Sufjan
Stevens
“Remember Me” from
“Coco,” music and lyric by
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
and Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something”
from “Marshall,” music by
Diane Warren, lyric by
Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane
Warren
“This Is Me” from “The
Greatest Showman,”
music and lyric by Benj
Pasek and Justin Paul
Animated short
“Dear Basketball,” Glen
Keane and Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire
and Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins and
Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max
Porter and Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob
Schuh and Jan Lachauer
Live-action short
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed
Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin
Seale and Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,”
Kevin Wilson Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris
Overton and Rachel
Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja
Benrath and Tobias
Rosen
Sound editing
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark
Mangini and Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Richard King
and Alex Gibson
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”
Matthew Wood and Ren
Klyce
Sound mixing
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater,
Tim Cavagin and Mary H.
Ellis
“Blade Runner 2049,” Ron
Bartlett, Doug Hemphill
and Mac Ruth
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker
and Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
and Glen Gauthier
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”
David Parker, Michael
Semanick, Ren Klyce and
Stuart Wilson
Visual effects
“Blade Runner 2049,” John
Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul
Lambert and Richard R.
Hoover
“Guardians of the Galaxy
Vol. 2,” Christopher
Townsend, Guy Williams,
Jonathan Fawkner and
Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,”
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff
White, Scott Benza and
Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and
Chris Corbould
“War for the Planet of the
Apes,” Joe Letteri, Daniel
Barrett, Dan Lemmon
and Joel Whist
Warner Bros. Pictures
“DUNKIRK” received eight nominations, including for best picture and Christopher Nolan’s first for director.
ACADEMY CASTS
MUCH WIDER NET
Women and people
of color received
more recognition
than in years past.
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By Josh Rottenberg
The most unpredictable
Oscars season in years finally
came into focus Tuesday as
the 90th Academy Awards
nominations
were
announced, with nine films representing a wide range of
genres earning best picture
nods, from a sweeping World
War II epic to a hot-button,
racially charged horror film
to an intimate portrait of a
feisty teenage girl growing up
in Sacramento.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical fable “The Shape of
Water,” which fuses an oldfangled love of Hollywood
films of yesteryear with a
timely message of inclusion
and tolerance, led the field
with 13 nominations. The
story of a mute janitor who
falls in love with an aquatic
humanoid creature picked
up the first directing nod for
Del Toro along with nominations for lead actress Sally
Hawkins, supporting actor
Richard
Jenkins
and
supporting actress Octavia
Spencer.
For Del Toro, who cowrote the film with Vanessa
Taylor and was inspired by
his boyhood love of classic
monster movies like 1954’s
“Creature from the Black Lagoon,” the bonanza of nominations — just one shy of tying the record — was deeply
gratifying. “What is beautiful
is to get there being faithful to
the images you have loved all
your life,” he told The Times
Tuesday morning. “My 6year-old self would say, ‘Way
to go!’ ”
One of the summer’s biggest box office hits, the World
War II thriller “Dunkirk,” followed with eight nominations, including best picture
and the first directing
nomination for Christopher
Nolan. “Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri” —
a dark morality tale about a
mother seeking justice for
her murdered daughter —
also made a strong showing
with seven nods, including
for best picture, lead actress
Frances McDormand and
supporting actors Sam
Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
Rounding out the best
picture category were the romantic drama “Call Me by
Your Name,” the Winston
Churchill biopic “Darkest
Hour,” the coming-of-age
Niko Tavernise
MERYL STREEP , as Katharine Graham, earned her
21st nomination, breaking her own acting record.
dramedy “Lady Bird,” the
period romance “Phantom
Thread,” the Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” and
the smash hybrid of horror
and social satire “Get Out,”
which picked up four nominations overall, including
writing and directing nods
for Jordan Peele and a lead
actor nomination for Daniel
Kaluuya.
The Oscar potency for
“Get Out” defied the conventional wisdom that films released early in the year (“Get
Out” came out last February) often struggle to get
awards love, as do horror
films. Then again, it’s only fitting for a film that bent genres and played with cultural
taboos to buck norms, said
Kaluuya. “There are no
rules,” said the first-time nominee. “That’s what I love
about this movie. Just tell the
truth and give everything.”
In a year that has been
dominated by discussions
about lingering inequities in
the entertainment industry,
the nominations in many
ways reflected a motion picture academy that has been
remaking itself in public view.
In the wake of two years of
#OscarsSoWhite protests,
the academy began taking
dramatic steps in 2016 to
bring more women and people of color into its historically overwhelmingly white
and male membership ranks,
and as a result the pool of
academy members — now
numbering roughly 8,400 —
has become younger and
more diverse.
Reinforcing
those
broader trends, “Lady Bird”
writer-director Greta Gerwig
became only the fifth woman
ever to score a nomination
for directing, while Peele became the fifth black filmmaker to score a nomination
in that category and just the
third person to receive best
picture, directing and writing
nominations for a debut feature. Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated in the cinematography
category for her work on the
period drama “Mudbound.”
Against the backdrop of
the sexual harassment scandals that have roiled Hollywood in recent months and
ignited the #MeToo and
Time’s Up movements, the
strong showing for films with
female
protagonists
—
including “The Shape of
Water,” “Three Billboards,”
“Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” —
was particularly heartening
to many. (That said, the most
commercially successful female-centric film of 2017, the
comic-book
blockbuster
“Wonder Woman,” came
away empty-handed.)
“This film was always going to be successful, because
it’s so universal,” said supporting actress nominee
Laurie Metcalf, who earned
her first Oscar nod for “Lady
Bird.” “But in this particular
time, it just makes it all the
more apparent that women’s
stories are really powerful.”
In an era in which hashtag
protests can quickly spread
like wildfire on social media,
the academy avoided a
potentially thorny situation
when James Franco — who
has recently faced accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior from several
women — failed to score a
lead actor nod for his performance in “The Disaster
Artist,” which earned him a
Golden Globe award for
actor in a musical or comedy
just weeks ago.
The acting nominees
included a number of Oscar
stalwarts: Meryl Streep
earned her 21st Oscar nod for
her turn as Washington Post
publisher Katharine Graham in Steven Spielberg’s
“The Post,” while Denzel
Washington picked up his
eighth for “Roman J. Israel,
Esq.” and Daniel Day-Lewis
earned his sixth for “Phantom Thread.” (Even their
achievements pale, however,
in comparison with composer John Williams, who collected his 51st Oscar nomination for his work on “Star
Wars: The Last Jedi.”)
The acting categories also
featured eight first-timers,
including Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your
Name”), Sam Rockwell
(“Three Billboards”), Margot
Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville (“Phantom
Thread”) and Mary J. Blige
(“Mudbound”).
“I can’t stop crying all
these happy tears,” Blige
said. “It shows that someone
recognizes my hard work and
the dedication and how serious I’m taking this craft. It
just feels really good to run
into Meryl Streep at the
Golden Globes and have her
say, ‘Oh, my God. That work
you did.’ I’m like, ‘What?!!’ ”
As first-timer Gerwig
said, barely containing her
joy, “I’ve just been yelling on
the phone for the last three
hours — that’s all I’ve been
doing, excitedly yelling and
not making any sense. I’m
going to stop people in the
street and yell in their faces!”
josh.rottenberg
@latimes.com
Twitter: @joshrottenberg
Times staff writers Tre’vell
Anderson, Mark Olsen,
Jen Yamato and Yvonne
Villarreal contributed to
this report.
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ROLE MODELS
An acting veteran as a fierce agitator, an actress-singer as a quiet
power and a female director show what women can accomplish
Chris Morris For The Times
FRANCES MCDORMAND
MARY J. BLIGE
GRETA GERWIG
She brings
integrity and
relentlessness
to her work
A whole new
confidence in
stripped-down,
liberating role
Aiming to
inspire girls
and women to
be filmmakers
After taking home Golden Globe, SAG and
Critics Choice awards this season, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances
McDormand could be closing in on the Oscar.
The actress, 60, won her first Academy Award
more than 20 years ago for her role as the pregnant
police chief in the Coen brothers’ black comedy
“Fargo” and currently stands one Grammy shy of
EGOT status. This year, she’s nominated in the
lead actress category for her portrayal of a bereaved mother in director and screenwriter Martin
McDonagh’s best picture-nominated film.
In an interview with The Times on Tuesday
morning, McDonagh called McDormand “probably the best actor of her generation.”
“She’s got an integrity to her and a fierceness,”
he said. “There’s an integrity to everything she
does that is completely perfect for [this] part. And
she’s not sentimental about her choices, and that
was especially what we needed.”
“She has a very particular kind of integrity that
is well-suited for this role,” agreed costar Sam
Rockwell. “This role is written for her. There’s a
kind of relentless pursuit of the truth. Like a real
kind of soothsayer, like she’s trying to find the
truth. She doesn’t want any b.s. in her portrayals,
in her lifestyle.”
McDormand brought that signature integrity
to her portrayal of Mildred Hayes, a grieving
mother spurred to action after her daughter’s
murder has gone unsolved for several months.
Frustrated with the investigation’s lack of suspects, Hayes rents out the titular billboards, calling out small-town Police Chief Bill Willoughby
(Woody Harrelson) for the lack of progress and
creating a controversy among the town’s residents.
“We all know how brilliant she is, but she really
especially hits it out of the park with her performance in this movie,” McDonagh said. “I’m really
happy to be putting a film out there with a woman
as strong as Frances in the lead. It’s a great thing
to be part of.”
“Martin McDonagh, you know how I feel about
being your Mildred Hayes,” McDormand said
onstage during her Golden Globes acceptance
speech. “Her every ragged inhalation and fierce
exhalation is evidence of my gratitude.”
McDormand also thanked her “two favorite
cowboys, Sam and Woody,” both of whom are
nominated for supporting actor trophies at this
year’s Oscars. In an interview with The Times,
Rockwell gushed over McDormand, a fellow theater actor whom he calls “a badass.”
“The fact that she wears very little to no makeup whether she’s doing a film or a red carpet, she’s
pretty minimal,” Rockwell said. “I think she’s a
true — I wouldn’t call her necessarily an ironclad
feminist but she’s a really strong, beautiful, soulful
woman and a great actor.”
— Sonaiya Kelley
Mary J. Blige’s inclusion in award season conversations is surely a surprise — not because the
Queen of Hip Hop Soul’s performance in “Mudbound” is anything less than stellar, but who
would’ve ever expected that the “Rock of Ages” and
“I Can Do Bad All by Myself ” actress would turn out
a deeply emotional and dramatic rendering? But on
Tuesday morning, Blige became a double Oscar
nominee, for her supporting role in Dee Rees’ Jim
Crow-era epic and for the original song “Mighty
River” with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.
“It feels really good to be recognized, with all
these nominations, because it shows that someone
recognizes my hard work and the dedication and
the time and how serious I’m taking this craft,”
Blige said in an interview with The Times. “That
means a lot because I never wanted to take this
lightly, [and] I didn’t want people to look at me like I
didn’t take it seriously because you have the Queen
Latifahs and the Tarajis [P. Henson] and the Angela Bassetts and the Viola Davises who worked
really hard to pave the way for us. I really want them
to be proud of me as well.”
“Mudbound” follows two soldiers, one black, one
white, who’ve returned to small-town Mississippi
following World War II to discover that their ideas
about race have been dramatically altered, although those of the people around them have not.
Their families are connected by land with the Jacksons, black sharecroppers, claiming an ancestral
connection to the soil they till while the McAllans
have just recently purchased the farm. Blige plays
Florence, the matriarch of the Jacksons, opposite
an ensemble cast that includes Jason Mitchell, Rob
Morgan, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason
Clarke and Jonathan Banks.
Of her character, Blige has said, she “is like every
woman.”
“She’s the center and holds things together
without getting too emotional about it,” she said.
“She loves her family. So, I hope people know that …
you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a
quiet, silent power.”
The role required her to strip away the hair,
makeup and nails of her stage persona, an emotionally difficult task especially as she had just come off
a reunion show with Bad Boy Records.
“You don’t realize how vain you are and the
issues you have until you have to play Florence and
have to get rid of lashes and wigs,” she said. “But
when you get rid of these things and you’re walking
around and people are seeing your natural beauty
and they’re actually complimenting you ... I realized
I didn’t need all of these things.”
In the end, Blige said Florence “actually liberated me in a lot of ways [and] gave me a lot of newfound confidence.”
“I hold my head up regardless of if I have a perm
or nails or lashes,” she said. “Florence helped me in
a time when I was needing that confidence.”
— Tre’vell Anderson
The five Oscar nominations for “Lady Bird” —
including best picture — were the latest affirmations for Greta Gerwig’s breakout film. Gerwig
became only the fifth woman in Oscars history to
be nominated for best director, and she also picked
up a nomination for original screenplay.
The meaning of that director nomination is not
lost on Gerwig.
“It means the world to me,” she said in a phone
call from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, recalling her feelings when Kathryn Bigelow became the
first woman to win an Oscar for director for “Hurt
Locker” in 2010. “I remember crying and feeling so
excited and feeling like she did it, and there she is
and so much more feels possible. And I hope that,
honestly, I hope that girls or women who want to be
filmmakers — sorry I’m going to start crying again
— look at this and they feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to
go make my movie.’ ”
“And I hope that it does that. Because I selfishly
want to see those movies,” Gerwig added.
The film’s success is all the more remarkable
because it’s Gerwig’s solo directing debut. Set in
Sacramento, where Gerwig grew up, the film follows a high school senior who prefers to be called
Lady Bird (lead actress nominee Saoirse Ronan)
as she navigates the complex relationship with her
mother (supporting actress nominee Laurie Metcalf), capturing the difficulties of growing up and of
letting go.
Gerwig emerged from the underground of micro-budget filmmaking with performances in movies such as “Hannah Takes the Stairs” and “Baghead.” She co-directed the 2008 feature “Nights &
Weekends” in which she also acted.
Conventional Hollywood has never quite known
what to do with her, stuffing the sparkling smarts
of her screen presence into roles in films such as
“Arthur” and “No Strings Attached.” She also
appeared in “Greenberg,” and would go on to cowrite and star in two more projects with filmmaker
Noah Baumbach, “Francis Ha” and “Mistress
America.” Last year she also earned praise for her
feisty performance in “20th Century Women.”
On Tuesday, Metcalf spoke about Gerwig’s
demeanor on set while making “Lady Bird.”
“She was a natural,” Metcalf said. “I have an
image of Greta standing at the monitor with the
headphones on next to her d.p. [director of photography] Sam Levy, with a giant grin on her face,
just filled with joy.” I know she felt so comfortable in
that position.”
Gerwig saw the nominations for herself, her
performers and the film as recognition of a group
effort. “I just keep going back to my cast and the
crew. Movies are not a solo endeavor; they are the
most collaborative art form,” she said. “Everybody
not only brought their heart and soul to it, they
brought the most detailed level of craft and art and
that in itself is an act of love.”
— Mark Olsen
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FOR GREATNESS’ SAKE
‘Phantom Thread’s’ surprise showing highlights that merit lies beyond relevance
JUSTIN CHANG
FILM CRITIC
Sorry, everyone. Those
loud noises you heard
around 5:30 Tuesday morning were almost certainly my
shouts of delight and surprise at learning that “Phantom Thread” — generally
perceived to be an awardsseason also-ran — had received an unexpected but
richly deserved haul of six
Academy Award nominations.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s
1950s London chamber
drama was expected to receive at least three of those
six, for Jonny Greenwood’s
score, Mark Bridges’ costumes and Daniel Day-Lewis’ lead performance as a
petulantly exacting couturier named Reynolds Woodcock.
Far fewer industry observers were predicting the
film to factor into the highly
competitive races for best
picture, director and supporting actress, where Lesley Manville received a
nomination for her magnificently icy turn as Woodcock’s sister and business
partner.
There were reasons to be
skeptical, especially in a
year where “relevance” and
“diversity” have become
necessary if inevitably overused watchwords. “The
Shape of Water,” “Lady
Bird” and “Get Out,” all of
which did expectedly well in
the nominations, made significant strides for greater
inclusiveness, in terms of the
stories they told and the
filmmakers they employed.
“Call Me by Your Name”
gracefully ushered the gay
love story closer to the mainstream, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri” showily engaged
the zeitgeist as a thriller
about sexual assault and
race relations in small-town
America.
Including
“Phantom
Thread” on his 2017 top-10
list, New York Times critic
A.O. Scott wrote, “There are
movies that satisfy the
hunger for relevance, the
need to see the urgent issues
of the day reflected on
screen.” Anderson’s film, he
noted, “is emphatically and
sublimely not one of them.”
It is, on the contrary, a ravishing connoisseur’s object
— a film that rehabilitates
stories, themes and images
from the golden age of Hollywood melodrama, all in
service of a perverse meditation on obsession, duplicity,
power and the inherent vice
of heterosexual relations.
I suppose you could read
some darkly feminist subtext into Vicky Krieps’ bravura performance as a
Laurie Sparham Focus Features
“PHANTOM THREAD,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s high-fashion drama, picks up six nominations, including
one for Daniel Day-Lewis’ lead performance, a supporting actress nod to Lesley Manville and best picture.
Christina House Los Angeles Times
ANDERSON is up for the directing award, a welcome
surprise given his film was expected to be an also-ran.
young muse and paramour
seizing control over Woodcock and her own destiny,
but to do so would be to force
Anderson’s splendidly slippery creation into a generic
mold that it instinctively
rebels against. In an era
when the rallying cry of #OscarsSoWhite has ceded the
social-media spotlight to
the #MeToo movement,
“Phantom Thread’s” retreat
into a bygone era of haute
couture and mushroom omelets feels at once timeless
and gloriously untimely.
There was another, more
practical reason to assume
that “Phantom Thread”
might have missed its moment. The Focus Features
release,
which
opened
Christmas Day, was one of
the year’s last major entries
to screen for craft guilds and
critics’ groups, giving it little
time to court industry momentum and seep into the
cultural consciousness. And
as “The Post” and “All the
Money in the World” can perhaps attest, it can be risky to
arrive too late in the conversation, even for understandable, unforeseeable reasons.
Given director Ridley
Scott’s miraculous last-minute tinkering, “All the Money
in the World” can probably
count itself victorious for
scoring a lone nomination
for Christopher Plummer’s
supporting performance —
a marvelous piece of screen
acting that is being partly
rewarded, no doubt, for the
nearly unprecedented speed
and urgency with which it
came together.
The lackluster fate of
“The Post,” a crackerjack
newsroom thriller about the
freedom of the press in the
face of hostile government
interference, is a more mysterious thing to contemplate. As evidenced by a
well-timed Seth Meyers bit
at the Golden Globes, a topical drama starring Meryl
Streep and Tom Hanks, and
directed by Steven Spielberg, might have been expected to run the table.
But it came up emptyhanded that night, was
largely overlooked by the
guilds and, in the end,
scored only two Oscar nominations, for picture and lead
actress (Streep) — major
categories, to be sure, but far
less than what 20th Century
Fox must have been hoping
for.
Was it simply too obvious
a choice? Did academy vot-
ers resent the appearance of
being courted with such an
embarrassment of Oscarbait riches? Did they not
want to repeat themselves
after giving best picture two
years ago to “Spotlight,” a
less flashy but far richer examination of the inner workings of the Fourth Estate?
Or were there perhaps
deeper, structural faults in
“The Post,” a terrifically entertaining movie whose
timeliness may have been
both its greatest strength
and its greatest weakness?
What’s bracing about
Spielberg’s movie is its lack
of self-importance; it moves
too briskly and efficiently to
linger on its own worthiness.
But that worthiness looms
over it all the same. In giving
us a proto-feminist heroine
in the form of Washington
Post publisher Katharine
Graham, striking a 1st
Amendment blow against a
corrupt presidential administration, “The Post” might
have gambled a bit too
boldly, reverse-engineering
its own relevance rather
than allowing it to arise organically from the material.
“Phantom Thread,” by
contrast, arrived in December feeling like the very opposite of a rush job. Visually
and musically exquisite, a
luxuriant swirl of silk and
crinoline, it’s the kind of
movie that seduces you into
a world as fully formed as the
Manderley of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940), one
of its most significant influences.
For all Anderson’s fastidiousness as a stylist and
his idiosyncrasies as a storyteller, he has made an audience picture through and
through: a witty, subversive
dark comedy that had the
audience cackling repeatedly, and in all the right
places, both times I saw it.
Indeed, were I in a mood to
quibble, I might have faulted
the academy for not giving
“Phantom
Thread”
its
proper due in the original
screenplay race, especially
considering
Anderson’s
past writing nominations
for “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood”
and “Inherent Vice.”
Still, that strong track
record, plus the seven Oscar-nominated
performances he’s directed (including Day-Lewis’ winning turn
in “There Will Be Blood”),
suggests the industry has always held this filmmaker in
high regard — for the intelligence and muscularity of his
filmmaking, for his love for
the traditions and myths of
classic Hollywood cinema,
and perhaps above all for his
unswerving allegiance to his
own vision.
justin.chang@latimes.com
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Michelle Bossy
TRANSGENDER actress Daniela Vega “brought a real, beating heart to everything,” says “A Fantastic Woman’s” director. The film received a foreign language nod.
‘BIG STEP’ FOR DIVERSITY
Historic honors
acknowledge trans
projects and female
cinematographers.
By Tre’vell Anderson
When the dust settled
Tuesday after announcement of this year’s Oscar
nominees, it was clear that
motion picture academy voters had diversity and inclusion on their minds. Among
the nominees are Pakistani
American Kumail Nanjiani
for “The Big Sick” (who wrote
the original screenplay nominee with his wife, Emily V.
Gordon, inspired by their
courtship), “Mudbound” actress Mary J. Blige (in the
supporting actress and original song categories, the latter
of which she shares with Raphael Saadiq) and three directors — Jordan Peele (“Get
Out”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady
Bird”) and Guillermo del
Toro (“The Shape of Water”)
— who don’t fit their category’s historically white male
template.
Making history, however,
are the film “A Fantastic
Woman” and the feature documentary “Strong Island,”
projects with transgender
voices, making it quite possible that the work of an
openly trans person could
earn one of the industry’s top
prizes in March. “Mudbound”
cinematographer
Rachel Morrison also made
history as the first woman
nominated in that category.
“Seeing two out transgender people [represented] in
this year’s Oscar nominees is
a big step forward toward
more inclusive and diverse
content in Hollywood,” said
Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media
and representation, in a
statement to The Times.
“A Fantastic Woman,”
nominated for the foreign
language Oscar, follows Marina, a waitress and nightclub
singer who must put her life
back together after her older
boyfriend dies suddenly. But
because she’s a transgender
woman in a country with little to no support for trans
people, she has to navigate
cruelties lodged both by
her boyfriend’s unaccepting
family and the government.
Newcomer Daniela Vega,
who is trans, stars in the Chilean movie, and though her
performance wasn’t recognized on its own, director
Sebastián Lelio said the picture wouldn’t be what it is
without her.
“Daniela’s presence took
the film in a different dimension, and she brought something that a cisgender actor
wouldn’t be able to bring,”
Lelio said. “She brought a
real, beating heart to everything.”
Vega also served as a cultural consultant of sorts for
Lelio in the writing process.
In an interview with The
Times last year, Vega, who
called herself the first and
only trans actress in Chile,
lent her voice to the ongoing
conversation about LGBTQ
representation in film.
“Why is it just now that
trans individuals are starting
to run next to people who
have always had those opportunities to play the main
roles?” she asked. “Why is
that just happening?”
As for “Strong Island,”
which won a special jury prize
at Sundance last year, it
charts Yance Ford’s journey
to reconnect with the officers
and prosecutors involved in
the case about his brother’s
killing and discover how the
grand jury could have made
its decision.
Featuring emotional interviews with Ford’s mother
and sister, it’s an intimate
meditation of how a family’s
personal tragedy is situated
in an institutionalized fear of
blackness and how a loved
one’s unexplainable death
has impact decades later.
Ford, who directed the film, is
a trans man.
While the film doesn’t address Ford’s trans-ness, “it is
important that his work has
received recognition from
the academy,” said Adams.
Morrison also finds herself in the history books as
SNUBS AND SURPRISES
the first woman, after 90
years of the film academy, to
receive a cinematography
nomination. In responding to
the “dream come true” nod,
she said she hopes it “opens
the door for more women to
believe that they can do it
and follow their dreams and
become cinematographers.”
“I think that once you see
50% of us [represented in the
industry,] you’ll see a lot
more nominations this time
of year,” she said.
We’ll find out March 4
whether any of these nominees will become Oscar winners. Until then, the recognition does represent a more
diverse and equitable future
the industry appears to be
working toward.
trevell.anderson
@latimes.com
Twitter: @TrevellAnderson
A FEW
QUIRKY
FACTS
EMERGE
No love for ‘Wonder
Woman’ or Michelle
Williams, but Denzel
Washington is tapped.
By Amy Kaufman
By Mary McNamara
Nearly two weeks after
five women accused James
Franco of inappropriate or
sexually exploitative behavior, the actor missed out on
an Academy Award nomination for his performance in
“The Disaster Artist.”
The 39-year-old had been
an early favorite on the
awards circuit for his turn as
the eccentric Tommy Wiseau, winning the leading comedic actor prize at the
Golden Globes on Jan. 7.
Four days later, on Jan. 11,
The Times published a story
detailing the five women’s
accounts, all of which Franco
has denied. Voting for the
Oscars closed on Jan. 12.
Among those to earn a
nomination over Franco on
Tuesday was “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” star Denzel Washington, whose performance
received positive reviews in a
movie that bombed at the
box office and was generally
not beloved by critics. Tom
Hanks, who played Washington Post Editor in Chief
Ben Bradlee in “The Post,”
did not receive a nomination, but newcomer Daniel
Kaluuya, who stars in “Get
Out,” did earn recognition
from the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.
Front-runners Gary Oldman of “Darkest Hour” and
Timothée Chalamet of “Call
Me by Your Name” were
nominated as expected, as
was “Phantom Thread” star
Daniel Day-Lewis, who has
said the performance in the
movie will be his last as he
heads into retirement.
Justina Mintz A24
JAMES FRANCO won a Golden Globe acting award for “The Disaster Artist” but didn’t get an Oscar nod.
In the directing category,
Paul Thomas Anderson received a nomination for
“Phantom Thread” — which
had a surprisingly strong
showing overall with six
nominations — while Steven
Spielberg did not for “The
Post.” (Spielberg’s film received only two nods, for picture and lead actress Meryl
Streep.)
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”)
and Greta Gerwig (“Lady
Bird”) were nominated too,
but Martin McDonagh —
who was favored by prognosticators for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and earned a Directors Guild Award nomination — was not.
Christopher Plummer,
who filled in as a last-minute
replacement
for
Kevin
Spacey on Ridley Scott’s “All
the Money In the World,”
scored a supporting actor
nomination. The 88-year-old
finished his work on the film
in November. (The film was
not honored in any other categories, including for the
Golden Globe-nominated
work of lead actress Michelle
Williams
and
director
Scott.)
Woody Harrelson and
Sam Rockwell were recognized for their work in
“Three Billboards,” but neither Armie Hammer nor
Michael Stuhlbarg got nods
for their performances in
“Call Me by Your Name.”
Lesley Manville, who
stars opposite Day-Lewis in
“Phantom Thread,” was
nominated for supporting
actress after receiving a
BAFTA Award nomination
but no other major precursor.
SAG award nominee
Holly Hunter, however, was
not honored by the academy
for her turn in “The Big
Sick,” and neither was SAG
and Golden Globe nominee
Hong Chau for her work in
the box office flop “Downsizing.”
The generally unpredictable foreign language
film category snubbed two
top contenders — Israel’s
“Foxtrot,” which collected
the second place prize at the
Venice Film Festival, and
Germany’s Golden Globewinning “In the Fade.”
On the nonfiction front,
Brett Morgen’s “Jane” — the
documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall that’s
swept up a handful of awards
over the last few months —
was overlooked. The documentary, a rare commercial
success, collected more than
$1 million more in its theatrical release than any of the
academy’s five nominees.
Of course, it wasn’t the
only hit to be ignored: “Wonder Woman,” the third-highest-grossing picture of 2017,
received no love from the
academy.
The superhero smash —
a long-shot contender for
picture, director, adapted
screenplay and actress —
was expected to at least have
a chance in technical categories, including costume design and sound.
amy.kaufman@latimes.com
Twitter: @AmyKinLA
First: “Mudbound’s”
Rachel Morrison is the first
woman ever nominated for
cinematography.
Second: This is the second time the directing nominees included a woman,
Greta Gerwig for “Lady
Bird,” and a black man,
Jordan Peele, for “Get Out.”
The first time was 2010 when
Kathryn Bigelow won for
“The Hurt Locker” and Lee
Daniels was nominated for
“Precious.” (A black woman
has never been nominated.)
Third: Peele is the third
person to be nominated in
best picture, directing and
writing categories for his first
feature film as a director.
(Previous newbie trifectas:
Warren Beatty for “Heaven
Can Wait” in 1978 and James
L. Brooks for “Terms of
Endearment” in 1983.)
Fourth: Gerwig’s “Lady
Bird” is the fourth film written and directed solely by a
woman to receive both picture and writing noms.
Youngest: Timothée
Chalamet, 22, is the year’s
youngest acting nominee. If
he takes the prize, he would
become the youngest ever
lead actor winner. (A record
currently held by the 29year-old Adrien Brody in
“The Pianist.”)
Oldest: At 89, both James
Ivory, nominated in adapted
screenplay for “Call Me by
Your Name,” and Agnes
Varda, nominated for her
documentary “Faces
Places,” are now the oldest
Oscar nominees on record.
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Merrick Morton 20th Century Fox Film
“THREE Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is among Fox Searchlight films scoring several nominations.
FOX STANDS TALL
AMONG STUDIOS
‘Shape of Water’ and
‘Billboards’ give
Searchlight a boost. In
second is Universal.
By David Ng
Fox scored the most
Academy Award nominations of any Hollywood studio on Tuesday, led by its indie film label, Fox Searchlight, which released “The
Shape of Water” and “Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri.” Both movies received multiple nods, including best-picture nominations.
The studio received 27
Oscar nominations, with
Searchlight accounting for a
whopping 20 of those. Universal came in second place
with 18 nominations, led by
its own specialty division,
Focus Features, which released “Phantom Thread”
and “Darkest Hour.”
Rounding out the major
studios were Warner Bros.,
which received 14 nominations thanks largely to
“Dunkirk”; Sony, with 11
nominations; and Walt Disney Co. with 10. Paramount
received no nominations.
Fox’s strong showing
comes amid uncertainty
about the future of the studio and its specialty film division. Disney recently acquired most of 21st Century
Fox in a historic $52.4-billion
deal that was announced
last month. But the acquisition is still subject to regulatory review and hasn’t officially closed.
Fox’s nominations haul
included two nods for
Steven Spielberg’s “The
Post” and one for the superhero movie “Logan,” both of
which were released by 20th
Century Fox. The company
also received nominations
for the animated movies
“Ferdinand” and “The Boss
Baby,” the latter of which
Focus Features
FOCUS FEATURES also fared well, with six nominations for “Darkest Hour.”
was a DreamWorks Animation production.
“Each of these films represented risks taken, and all
involved were rewarded for
that courage. We couldn’t be
more proud to be in business
with these incredible filmmaking talents across our
studio,” said Stacey Snider,
chairman and chief executive at 20th Century Fox
Film, in a statement.
Universal received a significant Oscar boost from
“Get Out,” the horror movie
written and directed by Jordan Peele. The Blumhouse
production, which received
four nominations, was released in February, making
it one of just a handful of
first-quarter releases to receive a best-picture nomination. Other movies to notch
this achievement include
“Erin Brockovich” and “The
Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Blumhouse has made
more than 20 movies with
Universal, many of them
horror or genre films. “We
have a real comfort with
them. They were the strategic drivers behind the campaign,” said “Get Out” producer Jason Blum.
The awards campaign included screenings and other
industry events to help keep
the movie on voters’ minds.
A slew of critics prizes also
kept the film in the spotlight.
“Get Out” was a sleeper hit
that grossed more than $175
million domestically.
Netflix put in its strongest showing with eight nominations. The streaming entertainment giant has riled
Hollywood with its day-anddate strategy of releasing
movies simultaneously on
its online platform and in a
handful of cinemas. “Mudbound,” which Netflix released in November, received four nominations.
Rival Amazon Studios,
which last year made history
with six nods for “Manchester by the Sea,” received only
a single screenplay nomination for “The Big Sick,”
which it released with Lionsgate.
Indie distributor A24
continued its Oscar streak
with seven nominations,
driven by Greta Gerwig’s
“Lady Bird.” The New Yorkbased label took home the
best-picture Oscar last year
for “Moonlight.”
Sony’s 11 nominations
came largely from its specialty label, Sony Pictures
Classics, which distributed
“Call Me by Your Name.”
Sony
also
co-financed
“Blade Runner 2049,” which
received five nominations in
the technical categories (the
film was distributed domestically by Warner Bros.).
“Star Wars: The Last
Jedi” received four nominations. The Disney release
was the year’s top-grossing
movie at the box office.
For the first time in more
than a decade, Weinstein Co.
received no nominations.
The New York indie production and distribution company was an Oscars powerhouse for years, racking up
nominations for movies including “Lion,” “Carol” and
“The King’s Speech.”
But Weinstein Co. is
mired in the sex scandals
surrounding
co-founder
Harvey Weinstein, who has
been accused of assaulting
and harassing numerous
women over three decades.
Weinstein has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.
david.ng@latimes.com
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Disney / Pixar
THE DAY of the Dead-themed “Coco,” an international blockbuster, is up for two Oscar nominations: original song (“Remember Me”) and animated feature film.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILMS
A MIX OF HITS, UNDERDOGS
Two indies take their
chances against big
films in the animated
feature category.
By Michael Ordoña
The Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences
changed its rules this year
for the animated feature category, opening up the nominations to the entire membership.
Whereas that could have
tilted the field away from the
indie and foreign “Davids”
and toward the massively
marketed major-studio “Goliaths,” the five nominees announced Tuesday represent
what has become the category’s hallmark mix of gi-
ants and kids with slings.
Together,
Disney’s
“Coco” and Fox’s “The Boss
Baby” and “Ferdinand” have
grossed in the neighborhood
of $1.4 billion worldwide and
each enjoyed domestic distribution to more than 3,200
domestic venues. “Loving
Vincent,” released in the
U.S. by Good Deed Entertainment,
has
quietly
grossed over $6.5 million
while never playing in more
than 218 theatres. GKids release “The Breadwinner”
has a domestic gross under a
quarter-million dollars, and
has not expanded beyond 43
theaters.
That doesn’t mean the
smaller films didn’t have
global ambitions, or the
larger ones didn’t tell personal stories.
“The Boss Baby” may
seem like a wacky talkingbaby action-comedy (with
Alec Baldwin voicing the
baby-on-a-mission), but to
director Tom McGrath, “It’s
a love letter to my brother.
“I was the Boss Baby. To
come out the other side [of
family fighting] like my
brother and I did, they’re the
best friend you have in the
world. So it’s a love letterslash-apology letter for all
the years I tortured him.”
Nora Twomey’s “The
Breadwinner,”
adapted
from Deborah Ellis’ novel
about brave Afghan girl Parvana, has racked up major
honors from critics and animation groups worldwide.
Its limited release and paltry
stateside gross, however,
seemed to make it a prime
candidate to be overlooked.
Twomey says, “We don’t
have a huge publicity
budget, so to get this kind of
acknowledgment from our
peers in the industry is really
incredible and very encouraging. It means that stories
like Parvana’s are being listened to and people appreciate this story about a young
girl growing up in a part of
the world where things were
extremely difficult.”
By any standard, Disney/
Pixar’s “Coco” is a massive
hit. With its fantastic lands
and incredible creatures, codirector and co-writer (with
Adrian Molina) Lee Unkrich
created what he calls, “a
relatively small story. ... We
did all this work to balance,
to make sure we had the
‘Wow’ and the splendor of
this beautiful landscape, but
we’re telling a really intimate, simple story.”
“Loving Vincent,” a “Citizen Kane”-style multipleperspective mystery about
the death of Vincent Van
Gogh, has been heralded for
its ambitious visuals: each
frame is hand-painted in oils
in the style of the artist.
Says “Loving Vincent”
co-writer and co-director
Hugh Welchman (who made
the film with his wife, Dorota
Kobiela, “This was something my wife came up with
in an attic in Poland 10 years
ago. She’s the first woman to
direct a feature animation in
Poland; it’s the first time a
Polish film has ever been
nominated for animation
feature film. So it’s just enormous for us.”
Although “Ferdinand” is
one of the Goliaths — and director Carlos Saldanha was
previously nominated for
the 2002 short “Gone Nutty”
— the honor was no less
sweet. Saldanha got the
news just before boarding a
flight and was “going crazy.”
“Then I was on the plane
by myself for six hours,” he
says. “It was the longest New
York-L.A. flight I’ve ever
been on in my life.”
Saldanha’s film takes
Robert Lawson’s beloved,
slender volume, “The Story
of Ferdinand” and expands
it into an action-packed,
computer-animated extravaganza about a pacifist bull
who refuses to fight.
“I got a message from a
friend of mine who took her
kids, and one of the kids
said, ‘Mom, I am Ferdinand.’
When that happens, it
makes my day.”
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OSCAR NOMINATIONS
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
NOTICEABLE
STRUGGLES REVEALED CHANGES
From abroad come
tales of political
tension, a fight for
visibility, a yearning
to connect and more.
By Jeffrey Fleishman
A transgender woman
grieving the loss of her lover,
an insult that riles tensions
in the Middle East and a vanished boy in snow-swept
Russia — stories of personal
struggle against the often
cruel designs of larger forces
— anchor this year’s list of
Academy Award nominees
for foreign language film.
Geographically, the five
nominated films stretch
from the discos of Santiago,
Chile (“A Fantastic Woman”)
to the outskirts of Moscow
(“Loveless”) with stops in
Lebanon (“The Insult”),
Hungary (“On Body and
Soul”) and Sweden (“The
Square”).
The tales — from some of
the world’s most insightful
and idiosyncratic directors
— include a modern-day fable of love, a hate born from
war and an unreconciled
past, and a satirical skewering of a well-heeled, ego-driven art world that often falls
short in its espousals of human empathy.
The seemingly endless
animosities of the Middle
East propel “The Insult,”
Ziad Doueiri’s examination
of pride and the relentless
tug of past injustices in a
part of the world where a
slight carries the weight of a
stone. A confrontation between a Palestinian and a
Christian spins out of control
in Beirut, forcing each to
understand the sins committed by and inflicted upon the
other. It is, like so much that
radiates from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a meditation and metaphor exploring
how brutal legacies infect the
present.
"This is the first time that
Magnolia Pictures
IN “THE SQUARE,” elite intellectuals are jolted out
of comfort zones. The Swedish film joins four others.
Lebanon enters the Oscars
race. It took me by complete
surprise,” Doueiri said. “It is
a great day for freedom of
speech. We have been subjected to intimidation and
people who are trying to silence us from telling the
truth, but today the will of
the people prevailed. I want
to thank the incredibly dedicated Lebanese cast who
gave their best in spite of the
intimidation tactics they
were faced with. I also wish to
thank the producers and the
crew from Lebanon and
France. This is the happiest
moment in my life.”
“A Fantastic Woman,” directed by Sebastián Lelio,
traces the indignities and
suspicions thrust on Marina
(Daniela Vega), a transgender woman, after the death
of her lover, Orlando. Marina
is despised by Orlando’s
family and humiliated by societal strictures in a patriarchal Chile. Like many persecuted for their sexual identities, she must find a way to
grieve and move on, relying
on an inner spirit that is at
once resilient and sublime.
The subconscious channels love between two misfits
in “On Body and Soul,” a fantastical and moving glimpse
of the human heart by Ildikó
Enyedi, the only female director among the nominees.
In a Hungarian slaughterhouse, a dour business manager and a quality-control
worker with autistic tendencies discover that they share
the same nightly dream. The
mystical romance of their
sleep slips into the waking
world in an eccentric allegory that unfolds against the
purity of a winter forest and
the industrial precision of
the killing floors.
“My intention was to have
an encouraging end,” Enyedi
said by phone from Budapest. “To show that even if
it’s not perfect — because we
are hunting something always perfect, and if it’s not
then we throw it away. But
it’s not bad if it’s not perfect.
They continue to be difficult
people. They continue to
struggle with a lot, but they
are not anymore alone, and
it’s worth a fight to cherish
it.”
The divorcing couple in
“Loveless,” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, revile each
other so much that they are
blind to what they have done
to their 12-year-old son. A
reckoning is at hand when
the boy vanishes and the
couple must confront the neglect and torment the boy
has endured. The film is a
portrait of self-absorbed,
cruel parents living in an indifferent Russia with its news
of the Ukraine war, corruption and predictions of the
apocalypse.
“We
are
absolutely
thrilled by this recognition
from the academy,” said
Zvyagintsev, whose 2014 film,
“Leviathan,” which also
probed Russia’s dark heart,
was nominated for foreign
language film in 2014. “It
means a great deal to us as
filmmakers, and it encourages us to continue to tell the
stories that move us, in the
way we want to tell them.”
Ruben Östlund’s “The
Square” is a many-barbed
satire of art and the highly
cultured. The ensemble comedy revolves around the impeccable curator of a
Swedish museum who is
forced into damage control
after his cellphone is stolen
and he is nudged beyond his
liberal-minded and financially secure world. The film,
which won the Palme d’Or at
Cannes, cleverly shatters the
facade of the smug cocoon of
the intellectual elite as it touches on Europe’s unsettled
conscience.
“What ‘The Square’ is
dealing with is that we have
to believe in the power of
community and organizing
ourselves in order to make
things happen,” Östlund
said. “To believe in a bigger
society and the humanistic
manner of this are things we
have to be reminded of in
these very individualistic
times. That is the core of the
film.”
He added that in cinema
“we have to ask ourselves
what are we missing out on.
What do we need to tell? We
have to do this without looking at the economical aspect.
We have to step back and
think: What is the most important thing with art and
with expressing ourselves?”
jeffrey.fleishman@
latimes.com
Twitter: @JeffreyLAT
[Academy, from E1]
respect for craft. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” received eight nominations,
second only to “The Shape
of Water,” and “Blade Runner 2049,” which, though dismissed by audiences, got
the five nominations it deserved.
More of a surprise,
though a gratifying one,
were the six nominations for
Paul Thomas Anderson’s
“Phantom Thread,” a film
that was given short shrift
by other groups and prognosticators. Though its romantic plot is a bit twisted,
“Phantom Thread” is impeccably made from top to
bottom, and that clearly
carried a lot of weight with
the academy.
Overall, the 2018 nominations revealed a Motion Picture Academy not radically
transformed but, rather, in
the process of change.
Like an enormous oceangoing tanker, which it often
resembles, this group alters
direction slowly and with
difficulty, but change was
definitely visible this year.
On the one hand, several
films that would not have
been considered Oscar material in the past, like the
heist movie “Baby Driver”
(which received a trio of
sound and editing nods)
were smiled on this year.
The biggest beneficiaries
of that change were Jordan
Peele’s “Get Out” and Greta
Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”
While an earlier generation of social commentary
genre films like “Invasion of
the Body Snatchers” were
not awards season players,
“Get Out” came away with
four key nominations, including Peele for writing and
directing, star Daniel Kaluuya for lead actor, and best
picture.
The outcome was similar
for “Lady Bird,” an emotional knockout that might
have seemed too small-scale
in previous years but got five
nominations this time, including for best picture, costars Saoirse Ronan and
Laurie Metcalf, and a rare female directing nomination
as well as a writing nod for
Greta Gerwig.
Still, the traditional oldschool aspects of the academy refused to go quietly into
the night. “Darkest Hour,”
for instance, a Dunkirkthemed dinosaur enlivened
only by Gary Oldman’s performance
as
Winston
Churchill, came away with
six nominations, including
best picture.
Not surprisingly, the
films that did best this year
were the ones that adroitly
threaded the needle between modern and traditional.
This group included
“Dunkirk,” which used an
unusual time structure to
tell an old-school World War
II story, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri,” filled with wicked
twists that upended conventional expectations.
No film did that threading better than “The Shape
of Water.” By telling a recognizable genre story with
spectacular craft and modern “the monster gets the
girl” unconventionality, it established itself as the favorite. Victory is far from inevitable — the Oscars never are
that simple — but it is definitely the one to dream on.
kenneth.turan
@latimes.com
ON THE COVER
Photographs are by: Amblin
Entertainment, A24, Columbia Pictures, Focus
Features, Fox Searchlight
Pictures, Los Angeles
Times, Neon, Netflix, Sony
Pictures Classics, TNS, 20th
Century Fox, Universal
Pictures, Warner Bros.
Pictures, Working Title
Films.
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5 DAYS
OUT
Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
performance
THEATER
OPERA
ART
MUSIC
MUSIC
“The Hothouse”
Antaeus, Glendale
Preview 8 p.m. Wed.;
opens 8 p.m. Thu.
Through March 11
$15-$34
“Candide”
Los Angeles Opera
Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, L.A.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Through Feb. 18
$49-$334
“Smoke and Mirrors”
Torrance Art Museum
Through March 10
Free
“Dudamel Conducts Brahms”
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A.
8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 p.m. Sun.
$109-$195
“Midweek Mozart”
Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra
Alex Theatre, Glendale
8 p.m. Tuesday
$27-$124
ART REVIEW
A film debut
that resounds
By Sharon Mizota
Photographer Catherine
Opie’s first film, “The Modernist,” follows the exploits
of an artist-turned-arsonist
who sets his sights on famous
L.A.
modernist
homes.
Screening on a loop in a
large, custom-designed theater inside the main gallery
at Regen Projects, the 22minute piece addresses our
fascination with midcentury
modern architecture and
design. The work is in the
style of Chris Marker’s 1962
film, “La Jetée,” told in a series of still images. Marker’s
post-apocalyptic time-travel tale is well served by this
disjunctive storytelling; the
film feels like a series of
documents from a strange
time and place. Opie’s effort,
while less disjointed, partakes of some of this estrangement, situating dystopian reality closer to
home.
Played by Stosh, a.k.a.
Pig Pen, a longtime friend
and subject of Opie’s, the arsonist is a good Hollywood
villain, plotting his targets
out on a wall. (It’s worth noting that L.A.’s modern
homes have often served as
villain’s lairs in films such as
“Diamonds Are Forever”
and “Lethal Weapon 2.”) He
clips newspaper articles
about California fires and
collages them with photographs of famous homes.
Eventually he takes the next
step, dousing houses, including John Lautner’s Chemosphere and Sheats-Goldstein residences, with lighter
fluid and striking a match.
This progression from
representation to reality —
that art should become life
— was the modern artist’s
dream. It’s not unlike the
American dream, the promise that one’s aspirations
can be realized.
Some of L.A.’s postwar
modernist houses were supposed to make this dream
more attainable. They were
to revolutionize home construction, making modern
design and convenience
mass-produced and affordable. Instead, these structures have become artifacts
of a fantasy, mocking the
current housing crisis from
their hilltop perches.
Opie’s protagonist sleeps
on the couch in an immaculately curated modernist living room, surrounded by
books about L.A. modern
architecture and carefully
arranged flowers. But he
soon tires of longing.
In creating our perfect
“Mad Men” interiors, we buy
into a nostalgia that comes
with racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic baggage. When people say they
want to “make America
great again,” isn’t that the
America they’re talking
about?
“The Modernist” is a
silent film, except for one
moment at the Chemosphere house. The arsonist
lights a match and the
sound — a sharp hissing and
spitting as the flame appears — makes one jump. It
marks a pivot, the moment
when idea becomes action.
Opie’s protagonist has chosen to set fire to a failed
dream; this spark reminds
us that we too have a choice.
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‘The
Modernist’
Where: Regen Projects,
6750 Santa Monica Blvd.,
L.A.
When: Through Feb. 17;
closed Sundays and
Mondays
Info: (310) 276-5424,
www.regenprojects.com
Pouya Afshar & Advocartsy
“MULTIPLE MEMORIES” (detail) by Iranian artist Pouya Afshar, from his upcoming show at LACMA.
Grief as art
An Iranian artist channels mourning into his craft
By Deborah Vankin
Catherine Opie Regen Projects, Los Angeles
“THE MODERNIST,” Catherine Opie’s first film,
reflects on the fascination with midcentury design.
NEW CONTRACT
Musicians reach
deal in Pasadena
By Jessica Gelt
More than a month after
members of the Pasadena
Symphony and Pops voted
to authorize a strike for
higher pay, a new five-year
labor contract agreement
has been reached, the Pasadena Symphony Assn. and
American Federation of Musicians Local 47 announced
Jan. 19.
The retroactive agreement, which starts from the
2016-17 season, includes annual increases to the musicians’ minimum wage scale
totaling 14.5% over five years.
A new artistic advisory
committee has been established with the goal of coordinating discussions between musicians and management.
Pouya Afshar, an Iranian artist who grew up in Tehran, was an undergraduate student studying animation at CalArts. Leo Hobaica Jr. was his colorand-design class professor. But more than that, Hobaica was a mentor and a
friend — someone who gave his time and guidance to help Afshar navigate life
in America and life as an artist.
So it was devastating to Afshar, personally and creatively, when three years
ago Hobaica died from cancer. Afshar channeled his grief into his art. He created paintings, charcoal drawings, animated videos and delicate sculptures
addressing birth, death, the charged but ephemeral nature of creativity and
the subjectivity (and ultimate disintegration) of memory.
Afshar’s work will be part of a Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition in May. But first he has the solo show “En Masse” at the Space by Advocartsy in downtown L.A., where 15 works are centered on mourning. “Leo’s loss
made me vulnerable,” he said in an interview for this edited Q&A. “This was a
beginning for me to climb out of my shell, to grow and to empathize.”
“It’s been a thoughtful
process which reflects our
shared commitment to the
future of this great orchestra
and its unique role in the region,” symphony chief executive Lora Unger said in an
email to The Times.
She added: “This agreement sets the stage for us to
launch a number of strategic
growth initiatives within a
fiscally responsible framework.”
Local 47 President John
Acosta said, “We believe it’s a
fair agreement, one that
we’re proud of and the musicians are proud of, and we
look forward to working with
the association under the
agreement toward the common goal of putting on some
great music.”
Much of your work draws on Persian
and Muslim Shiite mourning rituals, called Ta’zie, which unfold almost like community theater. Can
you elaborate?
Having grown up in Iran, my work
is informed by traditions and rituals.
I materialize these traditions
through art. [In the animation short
“En Masse”] the process of transformation is as equally substantial to
me as the product itself. How I, as a
mentee, am advised by my environment … plays an integral part.
The nature of Ta’zie is very similar. Ta’zie occupies the audience
emotionally and lets them react in a
naive way. The audience is engaged
in the performance and will experience changing roles as the narrative
unfolds. People who attend these
rituals are experiencing them not
only as art but as a communal tool to
ease challenges. It lets them complement life’s difficulties and grow by
being vulnerable to their feelings.
They can let go in a play and hide
between their role, as audience. The
same happens for the actors of Ta’zie
who are usually amateur artists.
jessica.gelt@latimes.com
How is “En Masse” related to an-
other piece of yours, “Mourn Baby
Mourn,” that will show at LACMA
as part of “In the Fields of Empty
Days: The Intersection of Past and
Present in Iranian Art”?
In “Mourn Baby Mourn,” the story
of Ashoura unfolds in a narrative
manner. “Mourn Baby Mourn” sets
up a virtual theater within a tent,
chasing a young boy (representing
myself) witnessing the events of
Karbala while he carries a sculpture
made by Leo. The video maneuvers
between imagination, reality and
melancholy. What I am presenting
with “En Masse” is a representational
view of Ta’zie, while “Mourn Baby
Mourn” depicts a personal journey.
So much of your work is about the
nature of memory — and the disintegration of it, especially when it
comes to recalling the faces of loved
ones. Why?
When we remember a loved one,
we don’t just visualize an image. We
recall several tangible elements from
our perception about that person.
Even with objects, if we spend some
time with one, we develop sympathy
towards that object. We collect data
when in the presence of someone or
something and store them based on
our observation. The interesting
thing is that this data constantly
changes in form, shape, texture and
meaning in our mind. If we come to
the conclusion that we cannot access
that thing or person for good, our
mind starts to manipulate the data
in a way that we can cope with the
void.
Your series of hanging works,
“Memories Layered,” are intricate
sculptures that you call 2.5-D works
rather than 3-D works. Why?
They are fluid in depth and not
entirely registered on that dimension. That’s how I feel about memories. What are memories without
time? Or without space?
In a sense, depth acts as time here
for me. When two people meet in a
certain time and a certain place, they
create a connection that solidifies
based on their perception of each
other. If we change any of those two
factors, time and space, the quality of
that connection changes. If the audience moves around these pieces,
their perception of what they see also
changes, so their connection to that
piece changes too.
How are the reflections and shadows they cast as important a part of
the work?
The outcome of this clash between time and space is translated
on the wall [through shadows] as
images that can change if the lighting
changes.
I always think to myself: “How
would my relationship with Leo be if I
met him at a different time, in a different setup? How would it change
my perception of him and vice
versa?” This thought helps me be
aware of how I treat my own students
and the connections we make.
deborah.vankin@latimes.com
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TELEVISION REVIEW
‘Waco’ is a little bit wacko
Ill-fated cult leader
David Koresh as a
sympathetic figure?
That’s its early take.
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
The ’90s are the decade
that keeps on giving in terms
of tragedy and crime that
can be spun into bankable
television. Following O.J.
Simpson, the Menendez
brothers and Gianni Versace
comes “Waco,” a six-part,
limited series that unpacks
enough political baggage to
fuel a 10-season run.
The Paramount Network
(formerly Spike TV) series
dramatizes the 1993, 51-day
standoff between government agencies and the
Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by polygamist
and self-proclaimed second
Messiah, David Koresh.
Six Koresh followers and
four Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (ATF) agents were
killed in the initial February
raid. The ensuing standoff —
which received wall-to-wall
media coverage — culminated in a fire that engulfed
the Davidian compound,
killing 76 followers, many of
whom were children.
Waco, along with an earlier siege known as Ruby
Ridge, validated and stoked
antigovernment sentiments
in a growing number of
Americans, some with separatist beliefs. Oklahoma City
bomber Timothy McVeigh
cited both events as motivation for blowing up a federal
government building in 1995,
killing 168 people in the country’s deadliest domestic terrorism incident prior to 9/11.
Press materials sent out
for “Waco,” which premieres
Wednesday, contend that
media distortions, government lies, religious zealotry
and conspiracy theories
make the Texas standoff
“one of the most misunderstood stories in American
history.” So this production
from showrunners John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (the former directed episodes along with Dennie
Paramount Network
TAYLOR KITSCH portrays Branch Davidian leader
David Koresh as a handsome, fun-loving, devoted dad.
‘Waco’
Where: Paramount
Network and CMT
When: 10 p.m. Wednesday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
Gordon), is meant to raise
new questions with a fresh
narrative based on four years
of research and interviews
with key players and witnesses from all sides of the
conflict.
But as the first three episodes of “Waco” attest, detangling a tragedy as fraught
and loaded with triggers as
this one is no easy task,
which explains why this dark
chapter hasn’t already been
strip-mined like the O.J.
Simpson or JonBenet Ramsey cases.
“Waco,” however, doesn’t
appear to have struggled
with the rigors of balance
over its first three episodes.
It’s firmly planted in Koresh’s
corner, inspiring sympathy
for a man who, by all accounts, showed little sympathy for the followers he led
into a futile battle with a militarized foe.
The series opens in the
initial moments of the ATF
raid, when helicopters and
heavily armed troops swarm
the Branch Davidian compound as a tactical commander proclaims “Showtime. Showtime. Showtime.”
A stunned and frightened
Koresh (Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights”) comes
out the front door wide-eyed,
hands up, pleading: “Calm
down. There are women and
children in here.” Then
there’s the sound of gunfire,
and the screen goes black.
Who shot first, and who
ended up burning down the
compound, are still the
source of debate today.
“Waco” implies throughout
the first few episodes that
the FBI was trigger-happy,
and the cult — or at least Koresh — was victimized.
Yet the self-ordained
leader is known to have taken girls as young as 12 as
“wives,” emasculated his
male followers by insisting
they take a vow of celibacy
while he impregnated their
wives, and stockpiled an arsenal of automatic weapons
for a doomsday battle that
would usher in the End Days.
That disturbing side of Koresh is included here but portrayed largely as a side effect
of his earnest faith as opposed to dangerous ego.
“Waco” spends much
more time establishing that
Koresh was a handsome,
fun-loving and devoted father to the multiple children
that he, like the FBI, would
ultimately endanger. Koresh
is charismatic in Kitsch’s
portrayal, but it’s his genuine
character that wins over new
recruits. Undercover agent
Jacob Vazquez (John Leguizamo) even miraculously
falls for the cult leader after a
few short chats.
It’s a much more sinister
scene at the the FBI crisis
management unit training in
Washington, D.C., where students learn the art of hostage
negotiation in a classroom
where posters read: “Bad
Things Happen.” Instructor
Gary Noesner (Michael
Shannon) is a respected FBI
negotiator who sees a disturbing pattern of the agency
choosing military-style force
over dialogue. His experience at Ruby Ridge reinforces his suspicions when an alleged white supremacist
holes up with his family in a
shootout with tactical forces,
but it’s his wife and son who
are killed.
“Waco”
isn’t
skillful
enough to weave all the opposing perspectives here
into a three-dimensional
story, where the ultimate victims are the innocent folk betrayed by their leader and
their government. It’s so
busy delivering Spam-sized
chunks of ham-fisted dialogue defending the misunderstood Koresh, it loses all
those other critical threads
that make “Waco” a cautionary tale for all sides.
Unless the series flips the
narrative in its second half
(the last three episodes were
not made available at the
time of review), it boils a
complex tragedy, that still
vexes Americans today,
down to a simplistic, good vs.
evil tale.
When the compound is
under siege and Koresh himself is bleeding profusely, terrified members dial 911 for
help. But as one person
screams: “Who do you call
when it’s your own government attacking you?!” It’s a
provocative question that
would carry a lot more
weight had there been a
more balanced setup, and
more accountability for the
man who led his flock — and
children — astray.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
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Simmons asks ‘What if?’
producer] Justin Marks and
I talked about making distinct physical differences.
And in a way, I would have
liked to have done it.
I thought, “Well, the first
Howard that we meet” —
the kinder, gentler Howard,
as I refer to him, and who I
really still think of as the
protagonist — “Well his
exercise regime would be
riding his bicycle to work
and being very cardio, and
the other Howard would be
in the gym pounding
weights.” And they would
have a slightly different
physique. I even went so far
as to think, “Is one of these
guys vain enough to be
wearing a toupee?” And I
thought they’ve had different dentists for 30 years, so
does one of them have a
better set of teeth? But at
the end of the day it was just
impractical and expensive.
The actor ponders
how an apparent ‘bad
piece of luck’ shaped
his life and career
By Yvonne Villarreal
On an ordinary morning,
J.K. Simmons contemplates
the “what ifs” in his life.
The actor, 63, has played
dozens of characters over
the course of a decades-long
career, including a neo-Nazi
in the HBO series “Oz,” an
enigmatic music teacher in
“Whiplash” and the guy who
knows a thing or two in those
Farmers Insurance commercials.
But would those roles,
and his other achievements,
still have fallen into place if,
at roughly 35 years old, a gig
as an understudy on Broadway had gone differently?
“I thought I was going to
have the opportunity to
move up from being the understudy to playing the
part,” Simmons explains,
careful not to reveal the
name of the play. “And it
seemed like, in a fair world,
that would have been the
case. The playwright wanted
me, the director. It was a perfect match.”
“But,” he continued, “it
didn’t go my way because
the producers felt they
needed somebody recognizable. It was crushing to me at
the time… and I felt ignorantly confident that it was
going to happen, because it
should have happened.”
Simmons went to his
agent’s office the next day
because he wanted “something else, anything else.”
That turned out to be the
role of Captain Hook in the
1991 Broadway revival of “Peter Pan,” where he met his
wife, Michelle Schumaker.
“So what seemed like a
bad piece of luck professionally led me to my wife,” Simmons says. “And here, talking to you. It is interesting to
think of what path my career
would have taken had that
understudy job turned into
something. Would I have
found my way to ‘Whiplash’
or this? I don’t know.”
“This” is new spy thriller
“Counterpart.” Simmons
plays two versions of the
same character. The Berlinset series, which continues
Sunday on Starz, concerns a
bureaucratic agency concealing a secret portal to an
alternate universe, in which
replicas of people diverge
slightly from their doppelgangers.
The Times spoke with
Simmons about working for
two, life after winning an Oscar and his path to acting.
The following is an edited
version of the conversation.
You said you were surprised by the twist in the
series — had you not been
told you’d be playing two
characters?
I don’t know if this is
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J.K. SIMMONS plays two versions of the same char-
acter in the Starz spy thriller “The Counterpart.”
usual or unusual, but whenever my agent sends me
something, I just read the
script. I don’t read the
breakdown because I don’t
want my opinion colored by
anything other than the
script. So, I’m reading the
script ... and when ... the Big
Reveal happens — I would
love to see video of my reaction because I had a very
visceral, physical reaction.
It was really mind-blowing.
Unfortunately, of course,
audiences won’t have that
same experience as me
because the description of
the show is out there.
What kind of scripts had
been coming your way after
winning an Oscar for
“Whiplash”? Had you been
looking to return to TV?
No. I was getting a fair
amount of [scripts] — because of Hollywood’s usual
lack of imagination — “Oh,
we need a guy who berates
everybody in his path. Let’s
hire that guy.”
But this came along and
it wasn’t attached to Starz. I
went to the meeting because I loved the script. I did
not think I was going to do
the job because I wasn’t
sure I was right for it. I
wasn’t sure I wanted to put
in that much time, frankly,
because it was clear that it
was going to be long hours
to play those two characters. Also at the time, the
plan was to shoot the whole
thing in Europe, and I didn’t
want to be away from my
family... I said, “I just can’t
go off to Europe for 5
months.” I have kids in
school — a life that I’m not
willing to put on the back
burner. Glances were exchanged and, next thing you
know we’re shooting in L.A.
I guess you win a few
trophies and all of a sudden
you can throw your weight
around.
What went into forming the
identities of what is essentially two versions of the
same character?
[Creator and executive
Keeping the ‘what if ’ theme
going, what do you think
you’d be doing if you
weren’t acting?
I would probably be a
starving musician. When I
was in college, studying
music, I planned on getting
my music education degree
as well, but then I did my
student teaching, and I
realized that: A) I was terrible at it, and B) I really
hated it.
As you go along in your
education, you realize some
teachers are passionate and
some are not, and I did not
want to be one of those
teachers who’s just
punching the clock.
Looking at your IMDb
page, it’s a stunning list of
credits.
It is kind of crazy. I never
really had great ambition or
a plan. I just fell in love with
pretending to be other
people. I’ve been fortunate
to have enough of a variety
offered to me. The reality is,
I was not hurting for opportunities before “Whiplash.”
But since all the attention
from that movie, the number of scripts coming my
way has increased a lot, but
the end result is that I’m
working less.
yvonne.villarreal@
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
“Your partner had a
tough problem on that last
contract he played,” I said to
Cy the Cynic after the day’s
penny game. “What did you
think of his execution?’’
“I was all in favor of it,” Cy
growled.
Cy’s partner had gone
down at four hearts. East
took the ace of clubs and saw
he needed to kill dummy’s
entry to the diamonds. So
East shifted to a low spade:
four, 10, king. South drew
trumps and led the jack of
diamonds, but East ducked,
won the next diamond and
got out with a club. South
lost two spades.
“Partner deserved the
guillotine,” Cy grumbled.
I think not, but four
hearts was indeed makable.
After South takes the king of
spades and draws trumps,
he cashes his high club and
leads the jack of diamonds
to the queen. When East
ducks, South ruffs dummy’s
last club and leads another
diamond.
East wins but is stuck; he
has only spades and a diamond left. He can only cash
the ace of spades to hold
South to his contract.
Question: You hold: ♠ A J
7 6 ♥ 9 8 2 ♦ A 7 6 ♣ A 8 5. Your
partner opens one heart,
you bid one spade and he
jumps to three hearts. What
do you say?
Answer: Partner has
about 16 points with a good
six-card suit (rarely, a sevencard suit). You must try for
slam or commit to slam
since a sound hand for him
such as 3, A K Q 7 5 3, K Q 3, K
6 4 will produce 12 tricks.
With an aggressive partner,
bid five hearts. With a conservative partner, bid six
hearts yourself.
East dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠KQ9
♥63
♦ K Q 10 9 3
♣742
WEST
EAST
♠ 10 3 2
♠AJ76
♥74
♥982
♦852
♦A76
♣ J 10 9 6 3
♣A85
SOUTH
♠854
♥ A K Q J 10 5
♦J4
♣KQ
EAST
SOUTH WEST
NORTH
1♣
1♥
Pass
2♦
Pass
4♥
All Pass
Opening lead — ♣ J
2018, Tribune Media
Services
ASK AMY
Mentor has been accused
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You have more power than
you are exercising, but you
wisely weigh the consequences of each action.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): The absence of a person
can be a presence — a presence so strong it dominates
the room, the hour, the talk
and the feeling of the day.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You’ll be the one with the
cool news soon enough. Today you’ll get a chance to
practice reacting to the cool
news of others.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Setting yourself up for success will mean finding someone to impress, someone to
learn from and someone to
cheer you on.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Your secret to relating to
people is not in expressing
yourself exceptionally well
but in observing exceptionally well.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
If external circumstances
exist to balance and harmonize what’s going on inside
you, change your interior
world through a rearrangement of your environment.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
It is your desire to be a delight to others. You won’t
have to do too much to
achieve this effect.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
“How my achievements
mock me!”: That’s everyone
who’s ever done something
remarkable and been daunted by trying to repeat it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Because you know
yourself well, you will see the
world with greater accuracy.
You can remove your
strengths and failings and
try for an unbiased view.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Plant your affection and
something will grow. Maybe
it won’t be what you expected. But something will
come of it.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): To think deeply into
seemingly shallow things is
the tendency shared by poets and storytellers, mystics,
inventors, designers and
pied pipers of all sorts.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): You might have to kick
around some beliefs and stories to see how sound they
really are.
Today’s birthday (Jan.
24): You’ll accomplish much
by thinking positively and
strategically and then acting on what you plan. You
really do need a mentor,
though, to keep you on track.
Seek qualified candidates
now and by March you’ll be
on a plan you can stick to.
You’ll be celebrating major
success milestones in April
and August. Cancer and Leo
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 31, 20 and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: Recently, a
close mentor of mine was accused by multiple women of
sexual misconduct in the
’90s. The accusations (many
of them quite graphic) were
made public in a national
and highly respected publication.
I was absolutely devastated. He is a relatively highprofile figure, and I looked
up to him. Within 24 hours of
the public disclosure, he had
stepped down from his job
without any investigation or
even a chance to respond to
the accusations.
I am a man who considers
myself a feminist, and I
wouldn’t for a second want
to question these women’s
accounts just because they
pertain to someone I know
and trusted. At the same
time, it is extremely surprising to me that this person,
who from my immediate experience and that of many
others’ (both women and
men) was a genuinely good
person with a solid set of ethics, would do such things.
My head is spinning, and
I have a lot of conflicting
thoughts and feelings. This
person gave me guidance
and support when I was in a
very dark place in my life,
and reignited a passion for
my work that burns even
stronger now.
I don’t know if I should
maintain a relationship, or if
doing so would suggest that
I tacitly condone his (alleged)
behavior.
What
should I do?
Confused Mentee
Dear Confused: Your reaction to this is a perfect example of how the consequences
of this sexually aggressive
behavior radiates outward,
affecting all other relationships, until YOU are left feeling bewildered and questioning your own judgment.
You should contact your
mentor, express your confusion and dismay and ask for
answers. I doubt you will receive them. If he admits this
to you, you should sever your
ties with him. You will have
to use your own discernment
and decide on the most ethical path forward, but believing the women is a place to
start.
Dear Amy: My ex-husband
told me he wanted a divorce
over a month ago.
I did not want to split, but
he insisted — so I moved out.
I did not contact him after leaving, but he has been
calling me almost every day.
We keep the conversation
light and have not spoken
about us as a couple or about
what happened.
How do I broach the subject without him shutting
down, as he so often did
when we were together?
I get the sense he wants
to get back together, but he’s
not mentioning it and I am
too worried to bring it up myself.
Worried in Hartford
Dear Worried: If you two
can’t communicate about
your relationship, even to
the point of you asking him if
he even wants to be married
to you, then your relationship is destined to carom
along in this cycle.
And if you can’t muster
the courage to ask your husband if he wants to be married to you without fear of
him shutting down, then you
probably shouldn’t be together.
You might start by asking, “Why are you really calling me?”
No matter how he responds, leave some silence
around it. Tell him, “I’d like
to talk about what happened between us. If you’re
not ready to do that now,
let’s take some time off until
you are ready.”
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson by email to
askamy@amydickinson
.com or by mail to Tribune
Content Agency, 16650
Westgrove Drive, Suite 175,
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TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
TALK SHOWS
The Amazing Race One
team tries to stay on track
after improperly reading a
clue. 8 p.m. CBS
CBS This Morning James
Corden. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today
Chef
Ching-He
Huang; Devin Dawson.
(N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America
Demi Lovato; Eugene
Levy
and
Catherine
O’Hara. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Justin
Moore; chef Curtis Stone.
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Gwen
Carr; Samira Rice. (N) 9
a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
James Corden talks about
hosting the Grammy
Awards; Eugene Levy
(“Schitt’s Creek”). (N) 9
a.m. KABC
The View La La Anthony.
(N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Dan
Levy
(“Schitt’s
Creek”). (N) 11 a.m. KTTV
The Talk Rita Moreno and
Justina Machado; Ellen K.
(N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Self-care
secrets. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Cancer survivor’s makeover. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
Steve Mario López; Francia
Raisa (“Grown-ish”). (N)
2 p.m. KNBC
Harry Rob Riggle (“12
Strong”); food hacker
Todd Wilbur; Esther
Povitsky (“Alone Together”). (N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Boxer Laila
Ali. (N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil Woman alleges a
scam of disaster victims.
(N) 3 p.m. KCBS
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah P.K. Subban. (N)
11 p.m. Comedy Central
Conan DJ Khaled; Natasha
Leggero. (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show Ice T;
Meghan Trainor; the
Avett Brothers perform.
(N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show Willem
Dafoe; RuPaul Charles;
Roy Wood Jr. (N) 11:35
p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Lisa
Kudrow; Rich Eisen; Bahamas perform. (N) 11:35
p.m. KABC
Late Night Jim Gaffigan;
Van Jones; Josh Gondelman; Brann Dailor performs. (N) 12:37 a.m.
KNBC
Riverdale As the rest of the
town prepares for an annual festival, Jughead
(Cole Sprouse) uncovers
some shocking details
about Riverdale’s history.
8 p.m. KTLA
The Goldbergs This special
new episode titled “The
Goldbergs: 1990-Something” is a pilot for a spinoff that takes place in the
same Philadelphia high
school that Adam Goldberg and his siblings attended in the ’80s. Tim
Meadows stars as a former teacher, now head of
the school. Nia Long and
Bryan Callen also star,
and Wendi McLendonCovey guest stars. 8 p.m.
ABC
The X-Files Mulder (David
Duchovny) and Scully
(Gillian Anderson) gain
some possible insights
into the backstory of the
FBI’s X-Files office while
delving into a mystery in
which large groups of people “remember” an alternate version of history. 8
p.m. Fox
Grown-ish
Zoey
(Yara
Shahidi) is shocked and
horrified when her Instagram account suddenly is
flooded by an influx of
posts from haters for no
apparent reason. 8 p.m.
Freeform
Mosaic Eric’s (Frederick
Weller) sister (Jennifer
Ferrin) heads to Louisiana to track down Joel
(Garrett Hedlund), who
reluctantly agrees to return. 8 p.m. HBO
The Librarians Jenkins
(John Larroquette) inadvertently does a “Freaky
Friday”-style body switch
with a mellow 28-year-old
slacker in this new episode. 8 p.m. TNT
American Housewife Oliver
(Daniel DiMaggio) suffers
a total meltdown after a
minor incident, prompting Katie (Katy Mixon) to
give him a day off from
school to chill out and regain his perspective in this
new episode. 8:30 p.m.
ABC
Dynasty Fallon (Elizabeth
Gillies) is taken hostage. 9
p.m. KTLA
Ron Tom ABC
TIM MEADOWS in a
special episode of “The
Goldbergs” on ABC.
9-1-1 Bobby (Peter Krause)
and his team rush to the
scene of a horrific plane
crash and try to help
thesurvivors. 9 p.m. Fox
Secrets of the Dead This
new episode documents a
discovery scientists made
in their effort to solve the
4,500-year-old mystery of
what lies within the Great
Pyramid of Giza. 10 p.m.
KOCE and KPBS
Waco The ATF receives a tip
of suspicious activity involving weapons taking
place among a small religious community led by
David Koresh (Taylor
Kitsch) at the Mount
Carmel Center, located
just outside of Waco,
Texas, in the premiere of
this six-part miniseries.
Michael Shannon, Demore Barnes and Melissa
Benoist also star. 10 p.m.
Paramount and CMT
Happy! Back together as a
team, Sax (Christopher
Meloni) and Happy (voice
of Patton Oswalt) make a
last, desperate push to
rescue Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo). Medina Senghore,
Ritchie Coster and Debi
Mazar also star. 10 p.m.
Syfy
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Correspondents
are sent around the globe
in an Apology Race to
make amends for any
deeply
embarrassing
comments made by President Trump in this new
episode. 10:30 p.m. TBS
MOVIES
John Wick (2014) 2 and 7:30
p.m. Paramount
Back to the Future Part III
(1990) 3:30 p.m. HBO
Spy (2015) 7 and 9:30 p.m.
FXX
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