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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
A male-heavy
Grammys sets
off music outcry
The Recording
Academy is the latest
to face a backlash
after an awards night
that belonged to men.
Ratings plunge
By Randall Roberts
Grammy categories handed
out Sunday only a dozen or
so went to women or acts coled by women, which is
pretty much in keeping with
the damning research paper
recently published by Stacy
L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and
Kate Pieper of the USC
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Looking at the gender
breakdown of nominees, it
found that just 9.3% of them
between 2013 and 2018 were
female.
Having
apparently
learned nothing from the
many men forced to walk
back tone-deaf commentary
during the #MeToo movement, Recording Academy
President Neil Portnow almost immediately made
things worse. He responded
to the hashtag by urging
[See Grammys, A10]
And now it’s the Grammys’ turn.
The Recording Academy
has largely avoided the sort
of criticism over lack of diversity that’s been leveled at
the Oscars. But hours after
men swept all but one of the
categories given out on live
television, #GrammysSoMale was trending.
Kesha’s
impassioned
performance of “Praying”
was certainly the highlight
of this year’s Grammys, but
the audience’s emotional response to the anthem of female-empowerment
appeared to be skin-deep when
the song lost to Ed Sheeran’s
“Shape of You” for pop solo
performance.
Indeed,
of
the
84
CBS’ telecast of the
Grammys hits a nine-year
low with 19.8 million
viewers. BUSINESS, C1
Christina House Los Angeles Times
A WOMAN runs at sunset in Griffith Park, where the temperature was above 80 degrees. Since the end of last
February, downtown L.A. has seen just 2.26 inches of rain — an anemic amount over an 11-month period.
Amid record heat,
fears of new drought
By Rong-Gong Lin II
Prime-time hour
to sell his vision,
lift poll numbers
Trump to present
his first State of
the Union address.
By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON — President Trump will try to bring
his pitchman’s A-game to his
first State of the Union address before a joint session
of Congress and a national
television audience, though
even the strongest performance may not sway many
voters.
Trump will have about 60
minutes of prime time Tuesday night to try to turn public opinion as his approval
rating sits at historic lows for
a president at this point in
his term, and his party faces
the prospect of losing control of the House and perhaps the Senate in the
midterm election.
Many viewers will tune in
to
hate-watch
Trump,
though a president’s fans are
usually more likely to watch
such speeches than are opponents. Only about 4 in 10
Americans
approve
of
Trump’s performance in office, numerous polls have
shown. His challenge will be
to reach the shrinking slice
of swing voters who can be
persuaded that he is taking
the country in the right direction.
White House advisors
suggest Trump won’t engage in the sort of bombastic
populist rhetoric that de[See Trump, A6]
Concern over
homeless camps
January in Southern California is typically marked by
rain, chilly temperatures
and snow-capped mountains.
But this month is ending
on a decidedly hot and dry
note, with umbrellas and
sweaters giving way to
bathing suits and air conditioning.
The region is in the midst
of a heat wave that on Monday brought record high
temperatures for the day in
places such as Long Beach
(91 degrees), UCLA (89),
Santa Ana (88), Oxnard (87)
and Newport Beach (85). At
93 degrees, Lake Forest was
the hottest spot in the
United States. More records
could fall Tuesday, and there
is no rain in the foreseeable
future.
It’s a repeat of the unusually hot, dry and windy
weather that helped fuel
huge brush fires in December. Since the end of last
February, downtown Los
Angeles has seen just 2.26
inches of rain — an anemic
amount over an 11-month period. Los Angeles has seen
just 28% of its average precipitation since October —
Brush fire in Malibu has
residents worried about
danger from portable
stoves. CALIFORNIA, B1
with most of it coming from
the rainstorm that caused
the deadly mudslides in
Santa Barbara County.
“We’re about halfway
through the rain season, so
we’ve only got February and
March, and they better be a
miracle,” said climatologist
Bill Patzert. “If they’re not,
we just backflipped into the
drought again.”
The culprit has been a recurring high-pressure system over the West. “It’s been
a hot summer, a hot fall, and
even now in the midwinter.
We’re talking mid-80s at the
end of January? That’s unheard of,” Patzert said.
“The heat today is pretty
extraordinary,”
added
UCLA climate scientist
Daniel Swain. “Coastal California is susceptible to midwinter heat spells, but this is
a particularly extreme example — to the point where
we are breaking records.”
[See Heat, A10]
In Super Bowl,
can NFL tackle
its challenges?
Social issues, injuries
and changing viewer
habits could hurt
ratings. That said, it’s
still a huge event.
Rahmat Gul Associated Press
MEN CARRY the coffin of a victim of the fake-ambulance attack in Kabul.
Militant attacks rise with
U.S. surge in Afghanistan
By Shashank Bengali
and Sultan Faizy
KABUL, Afghanistan —
With U.S. troops surging
into Afghanistan, Taliban
militants challenged a new
and inexperienced U.S. president with an escalating
campaign of bombings that
illustrated the difficulties of
winning the war.
The year was 2009, the
president
was
Barack
Obama and the cheap and
devastating Taliban tactic
was the roadside bomb,
which quickly became the
No. 1 killer of both U.S.-led
coalition forces and Afghan
civilians.
Nearly a decade later,
with President Trump renewing the war effort by
sending thousands more
troops and expanding their
combat
mission,
Afghanistan is experiencing
another grim increase in insurgent violence with three
major attacks in Kabul that
killed at least 136 people
within a span of 10 days.
The latest came Monday
when five militants attacked
an Afghan army unit guarding the country’s main military academy, killing at least
11 soldiers and wounding 16
others, officials said.
The attack in Kabul, for
which Islamic State claimed
responsibility, began before
dawn and sparked a gun battle that continued for several
hours. The capital’s weary
residents awoke to more carnage on a day that had been
declared a holiday to mourn
victims of the last bombing
— less than 48 hours earlier,
when a Taliban assailant
[See Afghanistan, A4]
By Stephen Battaglio
When Super Bowl LII
kicks off Sunday with the
New England Patriots facing
the Philadelphia Eagles,
there will be more on the line
than the Vince Lombardi
Trophy.
A season of turmoil and
changing viewer habits has
chipped away at what has
long been the most durable
TV franchise. As the league’s
marquee event, the Super
Bowl has always been bigger
than football, drawing nonfans who are partying with
friends and watching the
big-budget, celebrity-studded commercials priced at
$5 million per 30 seconds
that will be teased online
and presented to an audience of more than 100 million
viewers. Spending on Super
Bowl ads has surged 35% in
the last decade.
But this year the Super
Bowl will be a test of whether
the nearly 10% decline in
viewership during the regular season — the second consecutive ratings drop — is a
blip or marks a true turning
point in the public’s attitude
toward pro football.
The league has confronted myriad challenges,
including fan anger toward
the players protesting police
brutality by kneeling during
the national anthem, injuries and the long-term effects of concussions, as well
as lengthy games in an age
when young viewers prefer
sports highlights on their
phones.
“There was some expectation after last season’s ratings drop that this season
they would stabilize,” said
Jason Maltby, president and
co-executive director of national broadcast for the media services firm Mindshare.
“They didn’t, obviously. I
think there is no primary
cause. It’s a lot of different
causes and it’s definitely
concerning to the NFL and
their broadcast partners....
It’s beginning to feel like a
cultural shift.”
The audience shortfall
took a toll on TV ad revenue,
[See Super Bowl, A7]
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
Clippers trade
Blake Griffin
The team’s perennial
all-star forward is
going to the Detroit
Pistons. Columnist
Bill Plaschke says it’s
a move in the right
direction. SPORTS, D1
GOP to release
disputed memo
Republicans say the
classified document
will reveal improper
surveillance of Donald
Trump’s presidential
campaign. NATION, A5
Editor pledges
transparency
Jim Kirk, the Los
Angeles Times’ new
editor in chief, says
he wants to “start
fresh” in a newsroom
roiled by months of
turmoil. BUSINESS, C1
Weather: Dry and
unseasonably warm.
L.A. Basin: 85/57. B6
A2
T U E S DAY , JA N UA RY 30 , 2 018
S
L AT I M E S . C O M
BACK STORY
From low-key dispatch
to televised spectacle
How the State of the Union message has evolved since Washington
By Mark Z. Barabak
President Trump has
spent the last year trampling many of the courtesies
and customs associated
with his office and the
swampy bog, Washington,
D.C., he now calls home.
But there is one ritual
that holds fast: the State of
the Union address, set for
delivery Tuesday night to a
joint session of Congress.
Vaguely prescribed in
the Constitution — Article
II, Section 3, Clause 1, for
those keeping score — the
speech fulfills the obligation
of the president “from time
to time” to give “to the Congress Information of the
State of the Union, and
recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he
shall judge necessary and
expedient.” (And it’s been a
he, invariably, for the last
229 years.)
The dispatch of that
responsibility has evolved
considerably over time,
from a written message sent
inconspicuously to lawmakers to the modern pageant
of pomp and punditry that
includes wall-to-wall news
coverage, a televised response from the opposition
party, and no end of carefully considered postspeech reaction from members of the two major
parties.
(Spoiler alert: If Trump
delivers the speech standing
on his head and whistling
Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I
Like,” most Republicans
will decree the performance
outstandingly presidential.
Conversely, he can announce that he single-handedly discovered a cure for
cancer and eliminated
poverty, and many Democrats will express disappointment at his self-centeredness and refusal to
reach across the partisan
aisle.)
Bruno Mars?
Don’t count on it. The
president is expected to hew
to a fairly standard script,
discussing the political
impasse over immigration,
outlining an infrastructure
rebuilding plan and boasting of the nation’s robust
economy — which he will
gladly take credit for —
among the usual exhaustive
list of topics.
Because Trump’s an old
hand at this?
Well, yes and no. The
president delivered an
address to Congress in
February in a fashion identical to the speech he gives
Tuesday night. But because
Trump had not been in
office for a year, it was tech-
Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMAN delivers the first televised State of the Union address,
on Jan. 6, 1947. The first prime-time address came nearly two decades later.
nically not a State of the
Union address. That why
this one is being described
as his first.
How have other presidents
handled the speech?
Bit of a trick question
there. George Washington
spoke to a joint session of
Congress in 1790 in what
became the first State of the
Union address. But the
nation’s third president,
Thomas Jefferson, discontinued the practice, which
was a bit too monarchical
for his taste, choosing to
dispatch a written message
instead.
And that’s the way other
presidents handled their
congressional updating
obligation for well over a
century, until Woodrow
Wilson came along and, in
1913, traveled to Capitol Hill
to speak to lawmakers
directly.
Why, after so many years,
did he do that?
Begging indulgence,
Wilson said the list of topics
he needed to cover was
simply too long and matters
were too important to submit in abbreviated written
form. But Wilson also had
political motive, believing it
was important to elevate
the stature of the presidency and, he hoped, give a
boost to his progressive
political agenda.
Did Wilson tweet his remarks or post them on
YouTube?
Uh, no.
Sad!
Getting a bit ahead of
things there, though new
media have certainly had a
considerable impact.
In 1923, Calvin Coolidge
delivered the first State of
the Union speech carried on
radio, and in 1947 Harry
Truman delivered the first
televised address. Lyndon
Johnson gave TV’s first
prime-time speech in 1965,
and Bill Clinton delivered
the first address livestreamed on the internet in
1997.
Over time, changing
technologies have expanded
the president’s reach and,
with it, the import of the
speech. Today, tens of millions of people tune in on
various media platforms,
making the annual address
to Congress one of the most
widely followed and significant political events of the
year.
There’s certainly a lot of
theatrics involved. How
about substance?
There are quite a few
speeches that stand out for
their import. The Monroe
Doctrine, warning European powers against meddling
in affairs of the Western
Hemisphere, was enunciated by James Monroe in his
1823 message to Congress.
In 1862, Abraham Lincoln
used his annual dispatch to
press the case that abolishing slavery was integral to
preserving the Union.
Fast-forwarding to the
modern era, in 1941 Franklin
D. Roosevelt outlined the
“four essential human freedoms” — freedom of speech,
freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom
from fear — he deemed
essential to a safe and prosperous world. His vision
offered the ideological
groundwork for liberal
policies pursued at home
and abroad by subsequent
generations of Democratic
leaders.
In 1965, coming off his
landslide reelection, Johnson outlined portions of the
expansive government
vision — increased education spending, anti-poverty
initiatives, the Medicare
program — that came to be
known as the Great Society.
Just over 30 years later,
Clinton — chastened by a
Republican majority in
Congress — declared “the
era of big government is
over” and pushed to move
his Democratic Party closer
to the political middle.
How long does the State of
the Union speech last?
That’s entirely up to the
president. The famously
loquacious Clinton once
spoke for close to an hour
and 15 minutes. Richard
Nixon was able to knock off
most of his addresses in a
little over half an hour.
With interruptions for
applause and the like,
Trump’s speech to Congress
last year clocked in at 60
minutes almost on the dot.
And then?
As soon as the president
finishes Tuesday night, the
official Democratic response, by Massachusetts
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III,
will follow.
No Bruno Mars?
Sorry, no.
mark.barabak
@latimes.com
Twitter: @markzbarabak
1,000 WORDS: PARQUE PATAGONIA, Chile
Esteban Felix Associated Press
NEW NATIONAL PARKS
A llama-like animal known as a guanaco is silhouetted against a cloudy sky in Parque Patagonia, where
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed decrees Monday creating vast new national parks using land
donated by a U.S. conservation organization. It is believed to be the largest private donation of land from a
private entity to a country. The decrees will create Pumalin and Patagonia national parks, while expanding others. The result will contribute to what is being called a Route of Parks spanning more than 1,500
miles across the South American nation, stretching from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn.
T U E S DAY , JA N UA RY 30 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
Her
hijab
protest
gains
steam
Iranian at center of
the #Where_Is_She
campaign has been
released. Now, others
are copying her.
By Shashank Bengali
and Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN — An Iranian
woman who removed her
head scarf in public to protest the theocracy’s Islamic
dress code apparently has
sparked a bold trend in
Tehran, the capital.
Several images appeared
on social media Monday
purporting to show women
standing atop benches and
telephone utility boxes and
waving hijabs just like the
demonstrator who was arrested last month.
At least one demonstrator and a person photographing her were arrested,
according to witnesses.
A burgeoning movement
is challenging the compulsory hijab law, which requires women to cover their
hair in public. It is part of a
raft of social codes instituted
after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that reform-minded
Iranian women say are outmoded and infringe on freedom of choice.
Critics of the law had
been wearing white clothing
on Wednesdays for months
before a dark-haired woman
wearing sneakers stood in
Tehran’s bustling Enghelab
Square in late December
and waved her white hijab
on the end of a stick.
She was arrested, and
she became one of the emblems of the anti-government protests that would
sweep Iran a few days later.
A social media campaign
dubbed
#Where_Is_She
sprang up to demand information about her fate.
But her identity was not
publicly known until days
ago, when human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said
she had been told by a court
that handles alleged cultural
offenses that the woman was
released from custody.
Sotoudeh identified the
woman as Vida Movahedi, 31,
mother of a 20-month-old
child.
It was not immediately
clear whether Movahedi had
been charged with a crime.
State media have not covered the story.
On Monday, with parts of
Tehran still dusted with the
remnants of a weekend
snowfall, several women
were photographed mimicking her protest.
One stood in the same
spot as Movahedi, wearing a
green ribbon that probably
identified her as a supporter
of the opposition Green
Movement, whose leaders
are under house arrest.
A second was spotted in
bustling Ferdowsi Square,
north of the British Embassy, standing on a telephone box.
Yet another stood in Vali
Asr, a busy commercial area
in central Tehran, dangling a
black scarf on a fishing rod.
“The message of these
citizens is clear,” Sotoudeh
said. “We, the women and
girls, are fed up with this
compulsory hijab. We want
to manage our clothing and
what to wear.”
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SBengali
Special correspondent
Mostaghim reported from
Tehran and Times staff
writer Bengali from
Mumbai, India.
‘We ... are fed up
with this
compulsory hijab.’
— Nasrin Sotoudeh,
human rights lawyer
A3
THE WORLD
A Turkish question of authority
Lower courts’ snub of
higher ruling on jailed
journalists risks a
constitutional crisis
and other setbacks.
By Umar Farooq
ISTANBUL, Turkey —
Turkey risks being plunged
into a constitutional crisis,
human rights groups and legal experts warn, as lower
courts refuse to comply with
a ruling by the country’s top
court ordering the release of
jailed journalists.
The crisis has shaken advocates for the rule of law
and could have consequences for Turkey’s membership in several European
bodies.
The standoff began Jan.
11, when Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled 11-6 that
two journalists being tried
by lower courts on charges of
terrorism over links to a 2016
coup attempt must be released from prison pending
a verdict. But four separate
lower courts have refused to
comply.
“The lower court rulings
are shocking,” said Nate
Schenkkan, a project director with Freedom House, a
Washington-based watchdog organization. “Once the
top court has issued a ruling,
it has to be obeyed, there is
no way around it. If the government wants to change
the constitution, it can do
that, but this is not the case.
This is just a lower court saying, ‘You are superior, but we
think you are wrong.’ ”
The case at the center of
the controversy involves
Sahin Alpay, a political science professor, and Mehmet
Altan, an economist, both
columnists at leading newspapers. They were detained
in July 2016, accused of ties to
Fethullah Gulen, the cleric
blamed for the failed coup
that killed 250 people. Alpay
wrote a column for Zaman, a
newspaper linked to Gulen
that has since been shuttered, and many of its editorial
staffers are being tried in
similar cases.
Gulen’s organization has
been declared a terrorist
group by Turkey.
In court, both men told
judges they had no knowledge of the coup plot. Both
face aggravated life sentences on charges that include “attempting to over-
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images
RIOT POLICE disperse supporters of the Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Turkey, in March 2016. The paper
has been shuttered, and many of its staffers are being tried on terrorism charges over links to a failed coup.
throw the government” and
having “prior knowledge of
the coup attempt.”
The
Constitutional
Court found that the journalists’ pretrial detentions
were disproportionate. Although their trials could
continue, the top court said
that the defendants must be
released from custody.
Long periods in pretrial
detention, Schenkkan said,
were one target of a package
of constitutional amendments approved in 2010 that
allowed individual petitions
to the Constitutional Court.
Now, he said, it appears that
the government of President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
which pushed through those
reforms, is trying to undo
them.
More than 50,000 people
are in detention, including
more than 150 journalists,
many
facing
terrorism
charges, and Turkey has
been under a state of emergency for more than 18
months.
The move by lower
courts, critics of the government say, appears to be a political decision, taken under
pressure to prosecute Gulen’s suspected followers. A
day after the superior
court’s order, Deputy Prime
Minister Bekir Bozdag said
on Twitter that “the Constitutional Court has gone beyond the limits set by the
constitution and the laws.”
Prime
Minister
Binali
Yildirim said the lower
courts had “full knowledge
about the case,” and they
should be the ones to decide
on the detention of the defendants.
Legal experts, meanwhile, pointed out the basis
of the ruling had little to do
with the case, but with fundamental rights that had
been violated by the long detention of Alpay and Altan.
The lower courts “must immediately comply with the
Constitutional Court’s ruling,” Metin Feyzioglu, head
of the Union of Turkish Bar
Assns., told a conference of
legal experts in Istanbul.
It is not the first case of
the government expressing
dismay with a ruling by the
Constitutional Court. In
2016, judges ordered two
journalists, Can Dundar and
Erdem Gul, released pending a lower court verdict on
treason charges, as part of
an investigation into news
coverage that alleged the
Turkish government was
supplying weapons to Islamic State militants in Syria.
“I can only remain silent
on this decision. But I can’t
accept it. And I neither obey
the decision, nor respect it,”
Erdogan said at the time.
Dundar fled Turkey after
his release and now lives in
Germany.
The apparent sidelining
of the Constitutional Court
could have serious implications for Turkey’s membership in the Council of Europe, Schenkkan said. Turkey’s Constitution acknowledges that the European
Court of Human Rights has
jurisdiction in the country,
but so far that body has been
careful to allow domestic
courts to rule first on issues
before stepping in.
The European court,
which is based in Strasbourg, France, and monitors
human rights in Council of
Europe member states, has
historically been inundated
with petitions from Turkey,
which accounts for the
largest share of judgments
issued since the court was
formed in 1959. Asking petitioners to exhaust domestic legal remedies, said
Schenkkan, was one way the
European court tried to cut
down on that workload.
In November, the European court announced that
it would not review more
than 25,000 petitions related
to the purge of about 150,000
civil servants in Turkey since
the coup attempt, saying the
applicants should first try a
new state of emergency commission set up by Ankara to
review the cases.
The ruling was in response to an appeal by Turkish academics who were
fired because they signed a
petition calling for a ceasefire with the Kurdistan
Workers’ Party, a separatist
group that Turkey has declared a terrorist organization.
Although punitive measures by the Council of Europe tend to take years,
Schenkkan said an important precedent was being set
by Azerbaijan. In 2014, the
European Court of Human
Rights ruled an opposition
politician and blogger must
be released, and in December, the Council of Europe
opened proceedings that
could expel the country from
the organization.
Farooq is a special
correspondent.
Teen’s disappearance ignites a movement
A rare happy ending
unfolds in Mexico,
where boy vanished
after being arrested.
By Kate Linthicum
MEXICO CITY — A
skinny 17-year-old from a
middle-class neighborhood
in Mexico City, Marco Antonio Sanchez is an unlikely
cause celebre.
But his name has become
a rallying cry across Mexico
since he mysteriously vanished last week after being
detained by police. On Sunday, Marco Antonio was discovered many miles from
home, bruised, disoriented
and missing a shoe.
Mexicans uneasy about
surging violence and highprofile corruption scandals
are demanding answers in
the case. In street protests
and on social media, tens of
thousands of them have
asked: “Where is Marco Antonio?”
Although city officials
have touted his safe return
as a rare happy ending in a
country where more than
34,000 people have disappeared without a trace since
2006, his relatives and many
others want to know why he
was detained in the first
place and what role if any the
police played in his five-day
absence.
“Someone reappeared
who should never have disappeared,” tweeted economist Gerardo Esquivel.
Between August and October, a person went missing
every 90 minutes in Mexico,
according to the National
Registry of Data of Missing
Marti Quintana EPA/Shutterstock
PROTESTERS GATHER in Mexico City on Sunday holding pictures of Marco
Antonio Sanchez, who disappeared for five days after being detained by police.
Persons. Criminal groups or
corrupt officials are often to
blame. Sometimes, it’s a
combination of the two.
Disappearances have become so common that the
media here usually ignore
them, leaving families and
friends to mourn alone. But
occasionally a case resonates with a wide audience.
That’s what happened when
43 students at a teachers college in the town of Ayotzinapa went missing in 2014,
and that’s what happened
with Marco Antonio.
A high school student
and budding artist who had
won a prize from one of the
nation’s top art museums,
Marco Antonio was detained by police officers in
Mexico City’s Azcapotzalco
neighborhood. A friend present at the time told local
media that Marco Antonio
had noticed a stranger walking past an interesting mural and asked to take his
photograph.
Suddenly, police approached Marco Antonio
and accused him of assaulting the man, according to
the friend, who said one of
the officers had once asked
him for a bribe.
As tensions mounted,
Marco Antonio turned and
ran. Officers quickly caught
up and proceeded to beat
and handcuff him before
loading him into a patrol car,
the friend said. A photo taken during the incident shows
Marco Antonio on his back
with his eyes closed as a po-
lice officer appears ready to
strike him from above.
That evening, the teen’s
relatives tried to find him at
police stations, but were told
he was never brought to one
and could not be located.
Soon after they filed a complaint with Mexico City’s
Human Rights Commission, and #WhereIsMarcoAntonio became a trending topic on Twitter.
The four officers who arrested Marco Antonio told
city investigators that they
freed the teenager shortly after detaining him. Two of
those officers were put
under “provisional custody”
but have not been charged
with crimes. Hiram Almeida, Mexico City’s secretary of public security, de-
nied police were to blame for
the teen’s absence, telling
Reforma newspaper: “There
was no forced disappearance.”
On Sunday morning, protesters gathered at Mexico
City’s famed Independence
Monument, holding pictures
of Marco Antonio and signs
that said: “Enough with the
abuses of authorities.” The
Mexico representative of the
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights put out a statement, demanding answers
in the case.
The good news came that
evening: Marco Antonio had
been found.
The teen had first been
spotted in the city of Tlalnepantla, just outside Mexico City, capital Mayor
Miguel Angel Mancera announced. Police there had
taken him into custody because he appeared disoriented.
Video images taken by
police show Marco Antonio
walking unsteadily, his right
cheek heavily bruised. He
was taken to a hospital.
Marco Antonio and his
family have not spoken publicly since they were reunited.
Others in Mexico continued to vent their anger.
“When I was a child, they
told me that if you get lost, go
find a police officer,” opinion
writer Leon Felipe Sanchez
tweeted. “Today you are told
to never approach a policeman. That is the Mexico of
today.”
kate.linthicum
@latimes.com
Cecilia Sanchez in The
Times’ Mexico City bureau
contributed to this report.
A4
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Taliban is displaying its strength
[Afghanistan, from A1]
blew up a car bomb disguised as an ambulance outside a hospital, killing at
least 103 people.
“It’s similar to what happened during the Obama
surge, that instead of confronting NATO forces on the
battlefield they opted for
these low-cost terrorist attacks, and they have been
very effective,” said Haroun
Mir, a political analyst in
Kabul.
“It is becoming obvious
that the insurgents, with
three or four attackers, are
capable of paralyzing the
capital,” Mir said.
Every attack now seems
to come more quickly than
Afghans can recover from
the one before. A week before the hospital bombing, a
handful of Taliban gunmen
raided the Intercontinental
Hotel, a landmark in the
capital, and killed 22 people,
including four U.S. citizens.
The
last
time
Afghanistan endured a week
this deadly was barely three
months ago, when more
than 200 soldiers and civilians were killed, including at
least 50 in an Islamic Stateclaimed attack on a Shiite
mosque in Kabul.
Violence in Afghanistan
used to take a breather in
winter, when cold conditions
made it more difficult for insurgents to move back and
forth across the border from
their havens in Pakistan.
But 16 years after the U.S.led military invasion toppled
the Taliban, the increasingly
unrelenting pace of bombings has damaged Afghans’
faith in their government
and raised questions about
Trump’s strategy to stifle
the militants.
In boosting the U.S. troop
presence to 15,000 from 11,000
and giving U.S. commanders greater authority to
strike militants, Trump implicitly endorsed the idea
that Taliban insurgents
could be defeated on the
battlefield — or at least
weakened enough that they
would be forced to negotiate
a truce with the Kabul government.
But that strategy hinges
on the performance of
Afghan security forces —
trained and equipped large-
Wakil Kohsar AFP/Getty Images
AFGHANS CARRY away a body after a car bomb disguised as an ambulance exploded Saturday in Kabul,
killing at least 103. The capital has experienced three major attacks that killed at least 136 people in 10 days.
ly by the U.S. at a cost of
about $70 billion since 2002
— who have proved woefully
incapable of stopping devastating attacks against supposedly well-guarded targets. The ambulance attacker got past a security
checkpoint by claiming he
was ferrying a wounded patient; the Intercontinental
siege went on for 15 hours
and required U.S. troops to
respond to assist the
Afghans.
The Taliban has shown
little regard for civilian lives;
analysts say its goal is to
weaken the resolve of Afghanistan’s foreign backers,
mainly the United States, by
showing it can strike anywhere and at any time.
“Time is with the Taliban,” Mir said. “They know
that Trump is in office for
four years, and two years
from now there will be another election and another
political
debate
about
whether the U.S. should stay
in Afghanistan or not. These
kinds of attacks show their
strength while avoiding confrontation — that’s their
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strategy to overcome the
U.S. surge.”
Trump said Monday that
the worsening violence
made negotiating with the
Taliban a distant prospect.
“Innocent people are being killed left and right,
bombing in the middle of
children, in the middle of
families, bombing, killing all
over Afghanistan,” Trump
said. “So we don’t want to
talk with the Taliban. There
may be a time, but it’s going
to be a long time.”
Gen. Joseph Votel, the
head of U.S. Central Command who was in Kabul at
the time of the ambulance
attack, told reporters that
the increasing violence
“does not impact our commitment to Afghanistan”
and that victory was “absolutely” possible.
Since the end of 2014,
when the U.S.-led coalition
shifted to more of an advisory role and gave Afghan
forces responsibility for security, the annual number of
“security incidents” recorded by the United Nations
Mission in Afghanistan has
risen by more than 10%, according to an analysis published Monday by Thomas
Ruttig, co-director of the
Kabul-based Afghanistan
Analysts Network.
“All parties to the conflict
— the Taliban, the Afghan
and the U.S. government —
are almost entirely focused
on the war … and achieving
military advantage,” Ruttig
wrote.
Under Obama’s surge,
the number of U.S. troops
rose to nearly 100,000 from
fewer than 40,000, and the
pace of fighting rose at the
same time.
“What happened during
Obama’s surge of 2010 to 2012
could be repeated, that we
see a mutually reinforcing
spiral of escalation of the
conflict,” Ruttig wrote.
The recent attacks also
point to a bloody tussle between the Taliban — Afghanistan’s largest insurgent group — and supporters of Islamic State, who U.S.
officials say number less
than 1,000 in pockets of eastern and northern Afghanistan. The tit-for-tat
bombings by members of
the rival militant groups,
Ruttig said in an interview,
reflect “something of a competition over who, on the insurgents’ side, dominates
the war theater.”
In interviews, many
Afghans blamed President
Ashraf Ghani’s 3-year-old
government, which they argued is preoccupied with political squabbles and too
slow to stamp out corruption that has hollowed out
the army and police.
In a news conference
Sunday, top security officials
did little to reassure Afghans
about their response. Interior Minister Wais Ahmad
Barmak blamed intelligence
lapses and insurgent spies in
the Afghan forces. Intelligence chief Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai said, “Some
incidents really cannot be
stopped.”
Abdullah Hasanzadah, a
24-year-old who said he lost
a friend in the ambulance attack, said he didn’t blame individual soldiers or police for
the security failures.
“It’s a major concern that
the leadership is corrupt,
and it’s their weaknesses
that jeopardize our lives,”
Hasanzadah said.
Remote parts of Afghanistan have long been
outside government control.
The Taliban maintains
“shadow governors” in many
outlying areas, where they
collect taxes and settle disputes. As of October the government controlled or held
sway over only 57% of the
country’s 407 districts, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a
U.S. watchdog.
U.S. officials say the statistics are misleading because most insurgent-controlled districts are sparsely
populated, and their strategy has been to provide security in cities and towns where
most Afghans live.
But that isn’t working,
not even to safeguard supposedly fortified military installations. In the last 12
months, militants have
infiltrated a major base outside the northern city of
Mazar-i-Sharif and killed
more than 100 soldiers — a
stunning
breach
that
prompted the resignations
of Afghanistan’s defense
minister and army chief —
and killed about 50 people at
Kabul’s main military hospital.
With military targets so
often attacked, many civilians said they feel even more
vulnerable. Some Kabul
residents said they were
avoiding crowds and busy
streets, restricting their
movements and returning
home before nightfall.
Omid Azimi, a 19-yearold high school graduate,
said he prays each time he
leaves the house. He has also
begun carrying a piece of paper in his wallet on which
he’s written a relative’s
phone number.
“In case I get killed or
wounded,” he said, “it would
be easy for people to inform
my family.”
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
Special correspondent
Faizy reported from Kabul
and Times staff writer
Bengali from Mumbai,
India.
Brazil prison riot leaves 10 dead
The violence in an
overcrowded jail is
the latest involving
gang rivalries.
By Jill Langlois
SAO PAULO, Brazil —
With the fourth largest prison population in the world,
Brazil struggles to keep a lid
on simmering problems that
include severe overcrowding, poorly trained guards
and tense rivalries among
competing drug gangs.
The tensions exploded
into violence Monday, when
a fight between gangs broke
out in a jail in the northeastern state of Ceara, triggering
the latest in a series of riots
that have shaken the Brazilian justice system in the last
13 months.
At least 10 inmates were
killed and eight injured in
the melee, which started
around 8 a.m. at the Itapaje
Public Jail. Guards ultimately brought the situation under control.
The jail, which is in the
rural town of Itapaje, about
75 miles from the capital city
of Fortaleza, has a capacity
of 25. There were 113 inmates
squeezed into the facility
when the fight took place.
According to the Penitentiary Council of the State
of Ceara, the conflict between the rival gangs — the
local Guardians of the State
and Sao Paulo-based First
Capital Command — ended
in bloodshed because members of the two groups were
held together in the jail, and
not separated, as they are in
larger prisons in the state.
The deaths in the jail are
also thought to be in retaliation for a separate massacre,
which left 14 dead in the early
hours of Saturday morning.
According to the Assn. of
Public Safety Professionals
of Ceara, 15 heavily armed
men arrived in three vehicles
at the Forro do Gago nightclub in Fortaleza, where they
opened fire on the crowd.
Photos shared on social media showed bodies strewn
across the floor, mostly
women.
The secretary of public
safety said two of the victims
were minors.
The massacre is said to
have been the most deadly in
the state’s history.
The Guardians of the
State have since claimed responsibility for the attack on
the nightclub, which is suspected of being related to a
turf war for drug routes involving the local gang, the
First Capital Command and
another, Rio de Janeirobased gang.
One suspect was arrested Saturday and a rifle
was seized. Police are still investigating.
The massacre at the Itapaje Public Jail was one of
several problems in Ceara’s
lockup system Monday.
Three other public jails in
the state registered escapes
on the same day, including 10
from the Senator Pompeu
Public Jail, where inmates
made a hole in an exterior
concrete wall and slipped
out in the early hours of the
morning. They have yet to be
found.
The number of escapees
in the towns of Caridade and
Cascavel were not disclosed.
Brazil’s prison system
has come under particular
scrutiny in the last year, as
several prison riots left dozens of detainees dead across
the country. In the worst of
those, a prison riot in the
northwestern city of Manaus last January left 56 people dead.
The northeast has seen a
particular jump in violence
because of its location, a
much-desired drug-trafficking route.
In Ceara, two of every
three detainees are still
awaiting trial, making it the
state with the highest number of prisoners without a
conviction in the country.
The National Survey of Penitentiary Information, released by the Ministry of
Justice this month, said that
as of June 2016, 66% of detainees in the state had not
yet been convicted of a
crime. The national average
was 40%.
Langlois is a special
correspondent.
Wellington Macedo EPA/Shutterstock
POLICE in northeastern Brazil guard inmates at
Itapaje Public Jail, where a deadly riot broke out.
Irish to hold vote
on abortion ban
Nation has one of the
strictest restrictions in
Europe. Premier says
he backs repeal of law.
associated press
LONDON — Ireland’s
voters will decide in late May
whether to lift a constitutional ban on most abortions, Prime Minister Leo
Varadkar said Monday.
Varadkar spoke after a
special meeting of the Cabinet to agree on details of a
referendum on the 8th
Amendment to the Irish
Constitution.
He says voters will be
asked whether they want to
retain the amendment, or
repeal it and hand responsibility for abortion legislation
to Parliament.
The 1983 amendment
commits authorities to defend equally the right to life
of a mother and an unborn
child, giving this largely Roman Catholic nation the
strictest abortion restrictions in Europe. Abortion is
legal only in rare cases when
a woman’s life is in danger.
Several thousand Irish
women travel each year for
abortions in neighboring
Britain.
Varadkar, who leads the
center-right Fine Gael party,
said he will campaign to ease
the abortion ban. He said
the government would prepare draft legislation allowing for unrestricted abortion
up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
It will be introduced in Parliament only if the 8th
Amendment is repealed.
“For my part I will advocate a yes vote,” said Varadkar, who has previously described himself as anti-abortion. “My own views have
evolved over time. Life experience does that.”
Varadkar said he realized
that “this will be a difficult
decision for the Irish people
to make.”
“It is a matter for people
to make their own decision
based on the evidence they
hear, compassion and empathy and I want the debate
to be respectful on all sides
and it should never be personalized,” he said.
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A5
THE NATION
Attacks on Trump inquiry sharpen
House Republicans
vote to release a
secret memo, defying
Justice Department.
By Chris Megerian
and Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — As
President Trump seethes
about the investigation of
Russian meddling in the 2016
election, he’s been able to
count on rock-solid support
from his Republican allies in
Congress, who, amplified by
conservative commentators
on Fox News, have increasingly labored in recent weeks
to raise public doubts about
the inquiry.
Their efforts, cheered on
by a president who has
urged Republicans to “take
control” of the investigation
led by special counsel
Robert S. Mueller III, are
keeping Justice Department officials on the defensive at the same time prosecutors are seeking an interview with Trump himself.
The latest step came
Monday night when the
House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to
release a classified memo
that Republican members
insist shows improper surveillance of Trump’s campaign.
The committee’s Republican majority refused to authorize Democrats to release their own memo, which
challenges the Republican
version. The panel’s senior
Democrat, Rep. Adam B.
Schiff (D-Burbank), called
that vote an abuse that
would “politicize the intelligence process.”
“Today this committee
voted to put the president’s
personal interest, and perhaps their own political interests, above the national
interest,” Schiff told report-
Pablo Martinez Monsivais Associated Press
REP. ADAM B. SCHIFF (D-Burbank) said the vote
would “politicize the intelligence process.”
ers after the committee vote,
which took place behind
closed doors.
Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican and a member of the panel, said the
committee voted to make
the Democrats’ memo available to the rest of Congress,
much like the Republican
version was shared earlier
this month. It potentially
could be released “when it
goes through the same process as ours did,” he said.
Justice Department officials have objected in unusually strong language to making public the four-page
document, which was prepared by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin
Nunes (R-Tulare) and is
based on classified information. The White House could
block its release, but Trump
has already indicated his interest in making it public, a
sign that he believes it could
give him legal or political leverage.
For weeks, Republicans
have scoured private text
messages between FBI officials for evidence of partisan
bias against Trump. They’ve
also bottled up legislation
designed to insulate Mueller
from being fired, despite recent disclosures that the
president tried to remove
him last year.
“I don’t think it’s necessary,”
Senate
Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) said Monday on Fox
News. “I don’t think the administration wants to get rid
of Mueller and therefore the
legislation is not necessary.”
At the same time, Sean
Hannity and Lou Dobbs
have used their shows on
Fox News and the Fox Business Network to rail against
an alleged “deep state” conspiracy by high-ranking law
enforcement officials.
The escalating clashes
over the investigation, which
began as an inquiry into
whether
anyone
from
Trump’s team helped the
Russian efforts, come as
Mueller appears to be examining whether the president
obstructed justice by actions including the firing of
then-FBI Director James B.
Comey last year. Trump later said “this Russia thing”
was on his mind when he
made the decision.
Mueller is expected to
seek an interview with
Trump, who said he’s eager
to speak with the special
counsel’s office despite advice from friends who consider the idea foolhardy.
“I hope his lawyers will
talk him out of it,” Trump
ally and former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich told
“Fox and Friends,” a morning show frequently watched
by Trump.
The clash over the memo
has shown Trump to be in
conflict with his own Justice
Department. Nunes prepared the document after intelligence agencies provided
the committee with highly
classified information involving the Russia investigation, including at least some
of the evidence on which officials sought surveillance
warrants from the Foreign
Intelligence
Surveillance
Court.
Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general who
was appointed by Trump,
sent a letter to Nunes on Jan.
24 saying the memo should
not be released without a review.
“We believe it would be
extraordinarily reckless for
the committee to disclose
such information publicly
without giving the department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum,” he wrote. Most of
the members of the committee had not read the classified information on which
the memo purports to be
based, Boyd pointed out.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was allowed to
read the Republican memo
over the weekend.
On Monday, the White
House
indicated
that
the Justice Department
wouldn’t get a say. “The Department of Justice doesn’t
have a role in this process,”
Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, said on
CNN.
If the president does not
object to releasing the memo
within five days of the committee’s vote, it will become
public. Under law, presidents have authority to declassify information if they
conclude that doing so is in
the public interest.
Susan Hennessey, a national security and governance fellow at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution,
questioned the Republicans’ goal in trying to make
the document public.
“Is it a good-faith undertaking or a bad-faith undertaking?” she said. Releasing
the memo could result in
“maximum damage with the
minimum possible public
education.”
“Selective release of classified material is bad because it gives a misleading
view of what the Intelligence
Committee
does,”
said
Mieke Eoyang, a former
committee staff member
now at Third Way, a Washington-based Democratic
public policy group. “You
don’t get a sense of what’s
normal and what’s a deviation from the norm.”
Mark Zaid, a Washington
lawyer who works on issues
involving classified information, said releasing the
memo could rupture cooperation between intelligence agencies and the congressional committees that
oversee them.
“You could really see a
war emerge from this,” he
said.
Trump may use the
memo to crank up the pressure on Deputy Atty. Gen.
Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mueller. Rosenstein
has defended the special
counsel’s office, and replacing him could allow the president to exert more control
over the investigation.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders sidestepped a ques-
tion Monday about whether
Trump still had confidence
in Rosenstein.
“When the president no
longer has confidence in
someone, you’ll know,” she
told reporters.
Rosenstein and Wray
met with officials at the
White House on Monday, according to senior officials
who were not authorized to
confirm the meeting on the
record.
For Republicans, a series
of text exchanges between
two FBI employees, Peter
Strzok and Lisa Page, has
become the raw material for
an escalating barrage of attacks.
Strzok, an experienced
counterintelligence agent
who headed the inquiry into
Hillary Clinton’s handling of
emails, later joined the
Mueller investigation. He
was reassigned after the
texts surfaced during an investigation by the Justice
Department inspector general about the handling of
the email case.
Page, an FBI lawyer, had
already left Mueller’s team.
In texts exchanged during and after the campaign,
Strzok and Page shared
their mutual disdain of
Trump, with messages calling him an “idiot” and deriding his conduct during a debate.
The attacks reached a
new level of vitriol when two
Republicans released a message that they said made reference to a “secret society”
within the FBI.
But a full reading of the
text message suggested the
reference was a wry joke
shared between the two
when they were apparently
commiserating
about
Trump’s victory.
chris.megerian
@latimes.com
joseph.tanfani
@latimes.com
A6
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Trump’s first State of the Union
[Trump, from A1]
fined his inaugural address,
with its bleak evocation of
“American carnage,” but
will, as one advisor put it, deliver a message that “resonates with our American values” and “unites us with patriotism.”
Trump will speak to the
nation as momentum seems
to be building in the special
counsel’s investigation into
whether his campaign colluded with Russia to win
the election and whether
Trump, as president, has
sought to impede the inquiry.
The president told reporters at the White House
on Monday that he had
“worked hard” on the
speech. It will “cover a lot of
territory,” he added, including what he called his administration’s “great success with the markets and
with the tax cut,” his proposed immigration deal and
demands for better terms on
trade.
Immigration will be a
prominent topic. Trump will
promote the legislative deal
he proposed last week to address the plight of young
beneficiaries of the Obamaera program called Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that he ordered to be ended in March.
He proposed to protect
from deportation the socalled Dreamers, who came
to the country illegally as
children, and to provide
them a path to citizenship.
But Trump also wants to
increase border security
spending, build his proposed southern border wall
and cut legal immigration.
Because his plan has bipartisan opposition, his remarks on the subject are especially anticipated.
Though
Republicans
have majorities in the House
and Senate, many oppose
any measure that would allow people who came here illegally to become citizens.
Trump acknowledged that
any immigration measure
has “got to be bipartisan be-
Jim Lo Scalzo Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, addresses Congress last year.
cause the Republicans really
don’t have the votes to get it
done in any other way.”
He added, “But hopefully
the Democrats will join us,
or enough of them will join
us, so we can really do something great for DACA and for
immigration generally.”
Democrats also are opposed to Trump’s immigration offer, however, because
of what they consider its proposed punitive cuts in legal
immigration. Also, they are
feeling hopeful about the
election in November and
showing few signs of being
conciliatory.
That goes as well for
Trump’s expected initiative
on infrastructure, which was
once seen as having the potential for bipartisan support.
Aides said Trump would
also address the nuclear
threat from North Korea,
ongoing attacks against Islamic State in Syria and
Iraq, and his push for increasing military spending.
On other policy matters,
the president could tip his
hand about crucial decisions on whether to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement
and the Iran nuclear deal.
He promised as a candidate
to scrap both pacts but
largely punted during his
first year in office.
Also, Trump may address how he and Congress
can meet a looming, self-imposed deadline to fund the
government on Feb. 8, when
the current stopgap spending measure — the fourth
since the start of the fiscal
year Oct. 1 — expires.
Yet the same issues that
have divided them, primarily military spending and immigration policy, remain unresolved.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders said the president
would talk about the “great
things happening in this
country,” accomplishments
in his first year, and “all of
the great things that we’re
going to do in the next seven
years after this.”
Judging by many polls,
however, Trump’s boasts
will be met with skepticism if
not hostility, except among
the loyalists who voted for
him. While the White House
sees this high-profile, unfiltered address as a rare opportunity for Trump, history
has shown that State of the
Union speeches rarely have a
lasting effect on approval
ratings.
Trump will tell the nation
that he is “building a safe,
strong, proud America,” yet
fewer than half of Americans
FBI’s No. 2, a
Trump target,
steps down
Andrew McCabe goes
on leave before his
retirement in March.
White House denies
pushing for his ouster.
By Joseph Tanfani
Andrew McCabe on Monday left his job as deputy director of the FBI after enduring withering attacks
from President Trump and
other Republicans.
McCabe went on leave
from the FBI, pending the effective date of his retirement
in March, said two government officials familiar with
the move.
McCabe’s presence at the
bureau had increasingly become a focal point of anger
for Trump, who continues to
fume about the special counsel investigation into his
campaign’s dealings with
Russia. The earlier-than-expected departure was first
reported by NBC.
Last month, Trump gave
a push to McCabe, questioning reports that he would
stay in the job until the
spring: “90 days to go?!!!”
Trump tweeted.
He has highlighted the
fact that McCabe’s wife, a
Democrat, ran a losing campaign for the state Senate in
Virginia and received contributions with help from
Hillary Clinton’s allies, or
what he termed “Clinton
puppets.”
This month, reports said
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions
pressured FBI Director
Christopher A. Wray to push
McCabe out, and a report in
the Washington Post said
Trump, after firing former
FBI Director James B.
Comey, asked McCabe how
he voted in the 2016 election.
Comey also has said Trump
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
PRESIDENT TRUMP attacked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, center,
in a tweet last month, focusing on his wife’s political ties to Hillary Clinton’s allies.
in private conversations insisted on loyalty.
“The president wasn’t
part of this decision-making
process, and we would refer
you to the FBI, where Christopher Wray serves as the director,” White House Press
Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders
said
Monday.
Trump has “full confidence”
in Wray, Sanders said.
McCabe ran the bureau
for several months after
Trump fired Comey in May,
and he notably refused to go
along with Trump’s assertions that the rank and
file in the FBI had lost faith
in the former director.
During a Senate hearing,
he testified that Comey still
had “broad support” within
the bureau and said he had
“the highest respect for his
considerable abilities and
his integrity.”
After Wray, the next in
command in the FBI is now
David Bowdich, who earlier
in his career was the agent in
charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.
joseph.tanfani
@latimes.com
Times staff writer Brian
Bennett in Washington
contributed to this report.
Reopening the door to some refugees
Partial ban on people
from 11 countries to be
lifted, but new vetting
procedures will be
tougher, officials say.
By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON — The
Trump administration says
it will lift a partial ban on refugees from 11 countries, but
subject them to tough new
security measures before allowing them to enter the U.S.
In October, President
Trump ordered an effective
freeze for 90 days on new
refugees coming from what
the administration termed
“high-risk” countries until
new screening procedures
were in place. The depart-
ment wouldn’t name the
countries,
but
refugee
groups and court papers
have identified them as
Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Mali, North Korea, Somalia,
South Sudan, Sudan, Syria
and Yemen.
The
administration
slashed the cap on the total
number of refugees admitted to the U.S., from 110,000 to
45,000 this year, but the new
rules could mean that the
actual number of people
who make it into the U.S.
could be far lower.
The new rules will involve
more intensive investigations and interviews of family members for people who
want to be admitted to the
U.S., though the Homeland
Security and State departments declined to provide
many details.
Ten of the 11 nations have
predominantly
Muslim
populations (North Korea is
the exception). Some are
also included in the latest
version of Trump’s travel
ban, which affects any foreigner from certain countries who wants to visit the
U.S., not just people seeking
refugee status.
Trump put severe restrictions on travel from
some
Muslim-majority
countries soon after taking
office, sparking demonstrations at airports and
battles in federal courts
across the country. Though
judges initially blocked the
ban, the Supreme Court in
December threw out injunctions and allowed the policy
to be enforced while it considers arguments.
Also in December, a
judge partially lifted the refugee ban, but only for people
with a family relationship to
someone already living in
the U.S.
In a speech Monday,
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said
the new measures would
prevent the refugee program
“from being exploited by terrorists, criminals and fraudsters.”
“I want to be clear. These
restrictions have nothing to
do with race or religion,” she
said. “This is about information sharing and knowing
who, as an individual, is
coming into our country.”
Homeland Security officials also signaled that U.S.
refugee policy was likely to
get even tougher: From now
on, they say, the administration will give security risks
greater weight when deciding who can be admitted on
humanitarian grounds.
With the details of the
new screening rules left
vague, one refugee advocate
said it was difficult to tell
how many people would be
able to pass muster and enter the U.S.
“The devil is going to be in
the details … whether this is
a ban by another name,”
said Jennifer Quigley, a refugee advocate for Human
Rights First. She said it was
likely that “you’re going to
continue to see very low admissions of Muslim refugees.”
The new policy has
placed many refugees in
danger, she said, including
Iraqis who worked for the
U.S. military, contractors or
other organizations during
the war.
joseph.tanfani
@latimes.com
— 44% — are positive about
the state of the nation, according to Gallup, the lowest
percentage since 2010, when
the country was slowly
emerging from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Unemployment is at 4.1%,
down from 4.8% on Trump’s
first day in office, consumer
confidence is high and, as
the president notes almost
daily, the markets repeatedly have broken records as
stocks have climbed in the
last year.
The backdrop of a bright
economy makes it all the
more remarkable that only
38% of Americans approve of
the job Trump is doing, according to the latest Gallup
poll, and 58% disapprove.
When asked who deserves
credit for the economy,
many Americans do not give
the president the credit he
craves.
Polling by the Pew Research Center shows that
overwhelming majorities of
black and Latino Americans
have negative views of
Trump’s performance: 87%
of black Americans and 72%
of Latino Americans disapprove. Among white Americans, 51% disapprove and
43% approve.
Trump takes the dais in
the House chamber with another disadvantage: Few
presidents have come to the
Capitol embroiled in such
threatening controversy so
early in their terms.
President Clinton delivered his fifth State of the
Union address in January
1998, days after news broke
of his affair with a White
House intern.
The next year, he spoke a
month after a Republicancontrolled House had impeached him and amid his
trial in the Senate, which later would acquit him. Clinton
made no reference to his impeachment.
President Nixon took a
different, defiant tack when
he addressed Congress in
January 1974, well into the
Watergate investigation.
“One year of Watergate is
enough,” Nixon said from his
Capitol stage, suggesting he
had complied with the investigation and needed to be
free to address “great and serious problems” facing the
country. Though his approval rating had dropped to
26%, Nixon said he had “no
intention whatever of ever
walking away from the job.”
He resigned six months later.
In keeping with tradition
dating to President Reagan,
the White House has invited
guests to sit in the House
gallery with First Lady Melania Trump.
Each of them will represent some aspect of Trump’s
message — benefits of the
Republican tax cuts for
workers, gang violence
linked to illegal immigration, the bravery of those
who saved lives during hurricane and fire disasters, antidrug efforts and the sacrifice
of troops overseas.
Melania Trump herself
will be a much-anticipated
presence. She has been absent from public view since
news broke related to her
husband’s alleged affair with
a porn star.
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NFL to
see its
moment
of truth
[Super Bowl, from A1]
as spending on the NFL was
down 1.2% to $2.42 billion
during the regular season,
according to Standard Media Index data.
The mammoth Super
Bowl audience has declined
slightly in the last two
games, which is not terribly
meaningful for an event that
delivered more than 111 million viewers. A drop of 6% or
more, however, “starts ringing bells,” Maltby said, because it would indicate that
some of the casual viewers
who have made past Super
Bowls huge are fleeing too.
Adam Schwartz, director
of national broadcast for
Horizon
Media,
which
bought time for several advertisers in the game, also
believes this year’s event will
be a moment of truth for the
public’s perception of the
NFL. He expects the audience level for Super Bowl LII
to drop around 5% from last
year.
He cites the continued
fragmentation in the TV
landscape, where more
viewers are getting their entertainment online, and perhaps some fatigue with the
Patriots, who are playing for
the third time in the last four
years. But a double-digit audience decline would be a
sign that the NFL’s problems go deeper than the disgruntled fan.
“That would certainly
scare me,” Schwartz said.
“That would tell you that
people are done with the
NFL. This is ‘The Game.’ It’s
a national holiday. If you’re
seeing a drastic decline
there, that’s going to be
telling.”
Any nervousness about
the NFL did not show up in
the strong market for Super
Bowl ads. NBC’s telecast is
nearly sold out, with a handful of commercials available
as of late last week. The
Rob Kalmbach Associated Press
SUPER BOWL ad spending is robust, despite lower ratings in the NFL’s regular
season. Above, a Pringles commercial features Bill Hader, left, and Sky Elobar.
game is the center of an advertising bonanza for the
network, which says it will
take in $500 million in revenue for programming for the
entire day, from pre-game
festivities to a special postgame episode of its hottest
prime-time program, “This
Is Us.” That figure equals
the amount that Fox took in
last year when it carried Super Bowl LI.
Advertisers are still lining up because ratings for
the game have been resilient, especially compared
with the rest of the TV business.
Ten years ago, in the prestreaming era of TV, the
most-watched
entertainment program was Fox’s
“American Idol,” with 29 million viewers. This season,
the top prime-time entertainment show is CBS’ “The
Big Bang Theory,” with
19.1 million viewers — 10 million fewer viewers — as the
TV audience spends more
time watching shows online
or on demand.
Over that same period,
the audience for the Super
Bowl has grown from
93.2 million in 2007 to
111.3 million in 2016. Last
year’s telecast on Fox was
down less than 3% from the
all-time high in 2015, when
114.4 million viewers watched
on NBC.
While a big decline in the
Super Bowl audience this
year would be a bad sign for
the NFL, the game will still
be the largest platform for
advertisers by far. ABC’s
telecast of the Oscars is typically the second mostwatched event of the year.
The 2017 ceremony averaged
32.9 million viewers last year,
close to its all-time low.
“Even if the game loses
10% of its audience, everything else pales in comparison,” Maltby said. “The relative gap between the Super
Bowl and anything else is
humongous, and because
the Super Bowl has been stable or growing in recent
years that gap widened
while everything else fell off.”
Added Schwartz: “It’s
still regarded in the ad community as the gold standard
to get your word out.”
Not only is the audience
for the Super Bowl massive,
but a significant portion
shows up to watch the commercials in an age when
viewers are otherwise avoid-
ing them. Social media,
where ads are teased and
previewed before the game
and then shared afterward,
have enhanced the value of a
Super Bowl buy.
“It really isn’t about the
commercial per se but more
of an experience,” said David
Angelo, chairman of the
El
Segundo-based
ad
agency David & Goliath.
“It’s an experience that
starts prior to the Super
Bowl, continues the day of
and then a few weeks after.
It’s like telling a great story.
So you can get people engaged. We believe there is a
great value in that.”
Angelo’s client Kia Motors enjoyed the prolonged
effect of a Super Bowl last
year when its commercial for
the hybrid vehicle Niro, depicting actress Melissa McCarthy in a series of spectacular stunts as an ecowarrior, became the secondmost-watched game ad on
YouTube, with 26 million
views. The spot also drove
up first-quarter sales of the
vehicle.
This year, Kia returns to
the game for the ninth
straight year with a spot for
its Stinger sports sedan featuring Brazilian racing
driver Emerson Fittipaldi
competing against a mystery celebrity.
Other repeat advertisers
say they have seen a boost in
business after running ads
in the game. Tel Aviv-based
web development company
Wix saw its first-quarter financial performance improve in the three years it
ran Super Bowl commercials, according to Chief
Marketing Officer Omer
Shai.
Wix, which last year offered action-packed spots
with Gal Gadot on the cusp
of her “Wonder Woman”
movie stardom, is sitting out
Super Bowl LII because the
company decided to allocate
its ad budget to online ads
and social media efforts this
year. But Shai said he would
not hesitate to advertise in
the game in the future.
“We are thrilled with the
success we saw,” Shai said.
“We might be a part of it next
year or a year later. It will still
have more than 100 million
people watching and be the
conversation of every talk
show the next day.”
Conversation is a key
part of the Super Bowl ad
game, even if it means stirring controversy. Last year,
Pennsylvania-based building supply company 84 Lumber rose out of relative obscurity with its series of commercials depicting a migrant family crossing into
the U.S. — a response to
President Trump’s stated
goal of building a border wall
and having Mexico pay for it.
Fox rejected the final spot’s
pro-immigration message,
and the company had to run
it online. Networks that
carry the Super Bowl are
vigilant about keeping advocacy messages out of the
game.
But pro-social messages
are already popping up in
ads that have been released
for Super Bowl LII. Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Stella Artois brand is partnering with
Matt Damon to promote the
actor’s Water.org, a charity
seeking to provide access to
clean drinking water. The
company’s Budweiser brand
is also touting its effort to
bring drinking water to
areas hit by hurricanes in
Florida, Texas and Puerto
Rico.
Sandy Henry, associate
professor at Drake University’s School of Journalism
and Mass Communication,
said viewers can expect
some advertisers to weigh in
this year with spots that address the Time’s Up movement, which is aimed at ending sexual harassment, assault and abuse.
“I will be shocked if we
don’t see any,” Henry said.
“Even last year with the Super Bowl after the inauguration there were several ads
that were focused on women
and their ability to achieve,
with Donald Trump coming
into office and people understanding his harassment issues coming to light before
the election.”
Henry believes the commercials serve as a pop culture and societal beacon
that transcends sports. She
is curious to see if there will
be a greater representation
of women in the commercials, as the media industry
goes through a self-examination over diversity issues.
Viewers should not expect to
see depictions of bikini-clad
spokeswomen featured in
Super Bowls past, she said.
“I think that would be a
horrific mistake,” Henry
said.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
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It’s time for a bullet train audit
A
fter years of mismanagement, missteps and bad luck
that delayed and inflated the
cost of California’s bullet train,
officials adopted a plan two
years ago that they promised would get
high-speed trains zipping between San Jose
and the Central Valley by 2025. Construction has ramped up since then, with hundreds of workers at more than a dozen sites
in the Fresno area building viaducts, underpasses and grade crossings.
But just when it seems like the bullet
train — the nation’s largest and most ambitious transportation project — might finally
be on track, there comes more bad news:
The project is over budget (again), potentially leaving it with too little money in hand
to complete the work.
The cost of building the 119-mile rail line
between Madera and a point north of Bakersfield has increased from about $6 billion
to $10.6 billion. This stretch through flat
farmland was supposed to be the least challenging portion of the roughly $64-billion
project. The lead consultant on the project
delivered the bad news this month to the
California High Speed Rail Authority in
blunt terms: “The worst case scenario has
happened.”
The cost overruns could threaten completion of the initial operating segment from
San Jose to the Bakersfield area, which was
pitched as the proving ground for highspeed rail in California. This portion was designed to comply with the requirement in
Proposition 1A, the $9.9-billion bond measure passed in 2008, for a “usable segment.”
It was also supposed to demonstrate to the
private sector that the bullet train is a viable
and worthy investment. That’s important
because about one-third of the train line is
supposed to be funded by private dollars. So
far, the project has relied on public money.
Although there have always been skeptics who believe the bullet train is an unnecessary, overpriced boondoggle, we haven’t
been among them. The Times’ editorial
board has long embraced the promise of
high-speed rail to provide extraordinary environmental, economic and transportation
benefits — even as we’ve been frustrated by
the ever-shifting plan and price tag.
Ten years after the passage of Proposition 1A and with the project again in
limbo, though, it’s time for a serious reckon-
ing. What’s it really going to take to build the
bullet train?
The High Speed Rail Authority is now
preparing its 2018 Business Plan, which is
supposed to explain how the agency will
complete the project. The authority also has
a new CEO: Brian Kelly, the former secretary of the California State Transportation
Agency. Kelly has said he wants a fresh assessment of the project as he tries to control
costs and avoid past mistakes.
An independent state audit could help.
Republican lawmakers have been pushing
for an audit for several years now, but
Democrats in the Legislature and Gov.
Jerry Brown have blocked those efforts.
Now state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), the
chairman of the Senate Transportation and
Housing Committee, has joined Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) in calling for
an audit that analyzes the policies and practices of the authority.
Beall is an influential voice for transportation funding, and he supports the
high-speed rail project. He wants an outside
party to analyze the authority’s contract
management and suggest ways to plan and
build the project faster and, ultimately,
more cheaply.
Massive, complex public works efforts,
like the bullet train, often run into trouble;
in fact, there’s a whole body of research examining why mega-projects so frequently go
way over budget. The reason, researchers
suggest, is that public officials often — intentionally or not — underestimate how difficult the projects will be to complete.
Boston’s Big Dig, a $15-billion highway
under the city, took eight years longer and
cost nearly six times more than planned.
Replacing the earthquake-damaged San
Francisco Bay Bridge took 20 years and cost
$6.5 billion — a whopping 2,500% increase
over initial estimates.
But just because we shouldn’t be surprised that the bullet train will cost more
than voters were promised in 2008, that’s no
reason to push ahead on the same, exceptionally overpriced track. Instead, as the authority wraps up its latest plan for how to
move this project forward, it’s a good idea to
have an audit that examines how the agency
got to this point. And it should be done now,
while there is new leadership ready to make
changes to the process and, if needed, the
project itself.
Forcing help on the homeless
B
y all means, let the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors
move ahead with its quest to step
up forcible treatment of mentally
ill people who appear unable to
recognize the gravity of their circumstances
or seek help on their own — as long as we
understand the practical limits and potential hazards of such a move.
The board is scheduled to hear a motion
Tuesday by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to
push California lawmakers to change the 51year-old state law governing involuntary
commitments. The action will stoke a recurring debate that’s worth having, although it
can never really be settled once and for all.
There is necessarily a certain tension between a humane society — one that refuses
to allow people to die on the street merely
because they have lost the capacity to look
after themselves — and a free society that
protects personal liberty and limits unbidden government intrusions into the affairs
of the individual. We can surely strive to be
both civilized and free, but doing so requires
that we constantly monitor, and if necessary
adjust, the balance between those absolutes. That’s the goal of Barger’s motion.
At issue are the key words “gravely disabled.” Under the Lanterman-Petris-Short
Act, signed into law in 1967, a person is gravely disabled — and can be taken into custody and forcibly medicated — if he or she is
unable to meet basic needs for food, clothing or shelter. Barger is asking that the definition be expanded to include those unable
to seek needed medical care, which would
allow custody and compelled treatment of
people who, in a court’s view, need medication but aren’t seeking it on their own.
We shouldn’t pretend that tweaking California’s landmark mental health law would
reverse the explosion of homelessness that
Los Angeles has seen in the last several
years, or that it would make up for the nation’s long and sorry handling of deinstitutionalization — the closing of mental hospitals, the release of patients on the promise
of community-based outpatient treatment
and care, and the shameful continuing
breach of that promise. Nor could it counteract by itself the profound systems failure
that is sinking our mental health infrastructure, misusing our jails and prisons and
leaving housing out of reach for a growing
portion of our neighbors.
Repeated attempts to amend the law
have too often been based on a widespread
misperception that the problem of homelessness is almost exclusively a matter of
failing mental health. Officials who make it
their business to tally and categorize the
homeless say that approximately 1 in every 3
homeless people is in serious need of mental
health treatment. That population pales in
comparison with the number of economically homeless who have been evicted on the
heels of climbing rent or vanishing employment.
Still, as Barger notes, the seriously mentally ill account for the most visible, the
most volatile, the most costly, the most persistent and perhaps the most vulnerable
portion of the street population.
A common critique of LPS, as it is known,
is that many homeless are “service resistant” and not amenable to help unless it is
forced on them, and that we need to change
the law in order to reach them. But the more
persuasive argument — offered by many
people who’ve been homeless, academics
who have studied the issue for years, and
service providers who are immersed in it —
is that the resistance too often is on the part
of the homelessness industry (including
government agencies like L.A. County),
which can put so many intrusive conditions
on housing and care that people choose to
live on the street to retain their self-determination.
Barger, to her credit, understands that
point, as do her colleagues. County outreach and services have improved in the last
three years, enticing more mentally ill
homeless into care, although sadly many enter the system only when they’re arrested
for crimes. L.A. and other counties have to
invest more in community mental health
treatment, residential facilities and hospitals. What is the point of more aggressive intervention if there is no place to house and
care for the people who need help? Meanwhile, any legal revision must be drafted
carefully to ensure that the law does not become an excuse for a wholesale round-up of
people who would be more successfully
treated if they decided for themselves to accept help.
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RICHARD MOOREHEAD , who says he has
muscular dystrophy, rests after wheeling his cart.
Yes, in our backyard
Re “Ceaseless crisis,” column, Jan. 28
Steve Lopez mentions that millions are spent every
year in Los Angeles County to address homelessness
with only marginal success. Our city and county leaders
must stop the bleeding and stop expecting the same old,
same old to bring different results.
There are examples of successful programs that have
significantly reduced the number of people living
unsheltered, including LA Family Housing’s supportive
housing model in North Hollywood, L.A. County’s
Housing for Health program, and San Diego’s three new
temporary shelters with a total of 700 beds and on-site
supportive services.
To those who state “not in my backyard,” you are
ignoring the truth that homeless individuals are already
living in all our neighborhoods. It is time to open our
hearts and minds, make the choice to be part of the
solution, and accept that some of the projects will be
close to you.
Without this change, the status quo will prevail, and
that would be expensive, unhealthy and unsafe — not to
mention an embarrassment to humanity.
Julie Lie
Long Beach
As usual, Lopez pulls on
our heartstrings and invokes political guilt for
falling short of solving the
problem. Interestingly, he
does not even mention
Costa Hawkins, the legislation that restricts rent
control to buildings built
prior to 1978, and permits
those rent-controlledbuilding landlords to raise
rents to whatever they
want on vacated units.
Costa Hawkins ensures
that the stream of people
from housing onto the
streets is guaranteed. It
must be defeated as soon
as possible to at least slow
down the eviction of currently sheltered households onto the streets, as
rents continue to skyrocket.
Lois Arkin
Los Angeles
::
The apocalypse is now.
This degree of homelessness isn’t just deplorable, it
also indicates the breakdown of our society.
What about seniors on a
fixed income who live in
non-rent-control buildings? When rents go up,
another senior takes her
belongings in a cart to the
street. Teenagers leaving
foster care sleep on sidewalks and in alleys every
day. Parents with small
children are living in their
cars.
With more than 58,000
people living on the streets
of Los Angeles County, if
there is a bed somewhere,
someone is in it. Let’s have
some of the Measure H and
HHH money for more
interim housing when
people need it — now.
Marsha Temple
Los Angeles
The writer is executive
director of the Integrated
Recovery Network.
::
I hope people take to
heart the Los Angeles
Times’ new series on
homelessness. It’s going to
include a lot more of us
before too long, as the
American middle class is
fined, fee’d and otherwise
pauperized out of existence.
The downside to lower
unemployment statistics is
their reflection of people no
longer eligible for benefits,
those who have simply
given up looking for a job,
and workers who remain a
paycheck away from disaster.
If these words sound
cranky, perhaps it is because I’ve just been notified that my health insurance premium, which has
doubled in the past decade, is about to go up another 25% because my “age
may have changed.” Only
in the land of opportunity
are you punished over the
inevitable march of time.
Save me a space on that
sidewalk.
Kevin Dawson
Los Angeles
Which refugees
do we admit?
Re “How America benefits
from the refugees among
us,” Opinion, Jan. 26
Helen Thorpe shares
the story of Solomon and
Methusella, two young
refugee brothers from the
Democratic Republic of
Congo.
Both are fine young
men with a thirst for
knowledge. They learned
English quickly, play soccer
and display unusual grace.
But this is an anecdotal
representation of refugees.
Of course there are fine
people among the millions
of refugees and immigrants
here, just as I am sure there
are people of poor character who have no interest in
learning English or assimilating into our culture.
The concern is over how
we admit the Solomons
and Methusellas while
keeping out others we do
not want here. Thorpe
might want to do some
research on that issue.
Jim Kussman
Glendale
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I applaud Thorpe for
connecting the U.S. consumption of coltan and
cobalt, the crisis in the
Congo and the plight of
refugees fleeing the country. I teach environmental
engineering to high school
students, and just recently
I reminded them that when
we “point a finger,” three
are pointing back at us —
in other words, that we
must look at our own consumption as a main driver
of many of these global
resource problems.
As a student of the Cold
War and its aftermath, I
must add that it was the
CIA-backed killing of the
deposed nationalist prime
minister Patrice Lumumba
in 1961 that set the stage for
decades of unrest in the
Congo. How many coups
did the U.S. support in the
developing world in the
name of anti-communism?
The global refugee crisis
has roots in U.S. foreign
policy. It is time the American public grew up and
faced this dark legacy.
Rachel Bruhnke
San Pedro
Lawful but
not popular
Re “Judge in sex assault
case faces reckoning,”
column, Jan. 27
Robin Abcarian writes
that recalling Judge Aaron
Persky of the Santa Clara
County Superior Court
“will send a powerful message that the abuse of
women — by men or by
courts — will no longer be
tolerated by Californians.”
Abcarian misses the
mark.
Persky’s sentence in the
case of a defendant convicted of sexual assault was
entirely lawful. He sentenced Stanford student
Brock Turner in accordance with applicable statutes and in line with the
California Department of
Probation’s recommendation.
If people are unhappy
with the sentence, the
Legislature is the appropriate body to make
change.
In addition, Persky had
particular insights into the
evidence of the case since
he presided over the trial.
He used his best judgment
in handing down the sentence, which is what judges
are supposed to do.
Although the sentence
Persky imposed is unpopular, that is no reason to
recall him.
In fact, we need more
judges who are brave and
follow the rule of law rather
than the court of public
opinion.
Melissa Weinberger
Los Angeles
The writer is a criminal
defense attorney.
::
The Stanford law professor pushing the recall
effort is not qualified to
offer any opinion on Persky. Michele Dauber is not
a practicing lawyer.
I did a search. She is not
part of the California Bar
Assn. and has not ever
picked a jury or argued a
probation report in the
state
I tried a case with Persky when I lived in San
Jose. My client was convicted, and Persky gave a
fair sentence.
Leonard Craven
Indio
Hold the trolls
responsible
Re “Free speech and internet trolls,” editorial, Jan. 26
The Times Editorial
Board supports the dismissal of a civil lawsuit
against the publisher of a
neo-Nazi website on the
basis of our right to free
speech guaranteed by the
1st Amendment.
I too believe that freespeech rights should be
protected. However, I
understand the protection
is from criminal prosecution and from government efforts to shut down
the free flow of ideas and
opinions by imposing
penalties.
I do not believe the 1st
Amendment allows us to
avoid all responsibility for
what we say. The suit
brought by Montana real
estate agent Tanya Gersh,
who was targeted by a
white supremacist website,
is a civil one. She and members of her family have
received hate mail and
death threats, among
other troubling communications.
She should have the
right to sue for damages. It
is up to a judge or a jury to
decide if she deserves to
recover them.
Kay Hopkins
Leawood, Kan.
::
The most extreme
trolling is largely the result
of anonymity.
Requiring all internet
users who post comments
online to use registered,
validated accounts and
their own actual, real-life
names would reduce this
kind of trolling exponentially.
It’s easy to be brutally
insensitive or racist while
hiding behind a screen
name. Free-speech protections should apply only to
actual people, not sock
puppets.
Robert C. Huber
Yorba Linda
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‘Jungle’ primary could hurt Democrats Wow,
have you
heard the
news?!
What will happen if many
candidates of both parties
run in a swing district?
By Harold Meyerson
hen two Orange
County Republican congressmen
— Ed Royce and
Darrell Issa, both
of whom were facing tough races
this November— declared earlier
this month that they wouldn’t seek
reelection, Democrats were elated.
Without an incumbent on the ballot, they believed, one of the many
Democrat challengers who’d already declared their candidacies
would surely emerge victorious in
each district.
Well, maybe. There’s a wild card
in this electoral deck that renders
those outcomes uncertain, and it’s
not just President Trump’s popularity or the state of the economy.
It’s the structure of California elections: more precisely, our crazy
“jungle” primary.
Under our newish electoral system, the top two finishers in the
primary election, regardless of
party affiliation, run against each
other in November. Because California has become so overwhelmingly a Democratic state, the full effect of our jungle primary has not
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yet been felt. A Democrat wins
statewide office by either defeating
a Republican in November or — if
Democrats place one-two in the
primary — by ensuring that no Republican appears on the November
ballot at all. (The referendum that
established the jungle primary also
eliminated the possibility of November write-in candidates.)
But what will happen when
multiple candidates of both major
parties seek office in a swing district? That’s exactly what’s shaping up in the contests to replace
Royce and Issa.
In Issa’s district, three Democratic candidates have already
raised more than $500,000 each.
And in the weeks since Issa announced his bow-out, a host of Republican candidates have come
forward, too, including one state
Assembly member, one former Assembly member, and a county supervisor. In Royce’s district, three
Democrats have raised more than
$600,000 each, while on the Republican side, a former state senator, a
former state Assembly member
and a county supervisor have also
entered the fray. In both districts,
other Democrats and Republicans
are also running, and more may yet
enter.
Here’s where the jungle primary
enters the picture.
Suppose — and it’s anything
but a wild supposition — that the
Koch brothers funding network, or
some other group of mega-rich
donors, decides to fund two Republicans in each of those races,
giving those candidates a decided
advantage. Suppose the three
leading Democrats in each of those
races stay in the race, along with
the other Democrats still in the
field. (There are seven Democratic
candidates in Royce’s district.)
Suppose, in the June primary, the
total vote for the district’s Republican candidates comes to 44%, with
the two leaders each winning 20%.
Suppose the total vote for the district’s Democratic candidates
comes to 54% (let’s say 2% goes to
minor party candidates), but it’s
split so many ways that the leading
Democrat gets just 19%.
If all those suppositions hold,
then the candidates in the November run-off would both be Republicans, even though the Democrats
would have collectively outpolled
the GOP hopefuls by 10 percentage
points.
How far-fetched is this hypothetical? Given that control of the
House is shaping up as a huge national battle, with Orange County
as its epicenter, it requires no
imaginative leap to see the Kochs
or their equivalents gaming the
system in just this manner.
The Democrats are generally a
more unruly bunch when it comes
to candidate selection. And this
year, with so many candidates
coming out of the woodwork, the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, at least in California, appears to have an uncharacteristic hands-off policy. Given
the suspicions that many progressive activists harbor toward the
DCCC, which has often favored
more centrist and self-funding
wealthy candidates, that’s a prudent move.
But unless Democrats want to
sacrifice potential congressional
pick-ups to the vagaries of the jungle primary, they need to devise a
winnowing process of their own.
Perforce, that duty falls to the activist groups in each of the districts: Indivisible, abortion-rights
groups, unions, civil and immigrant rights organizations, Our
Revolution, Democratic clubs and
so on. Somehow, in a process that’s
bound to be messy, the activists
who’ve powered the resistance
must find a way to come together in
support of one or two candidates,
and campaign for them as fervently and consistently as they
have campaigned against Trump.
Agreeing on a candidate is a lot
more complicated than agreeing
on the slogans for a march, but to
move from resisting policy to making policy, that’s what Democrats
— forced to compete under the law
of the jungle — will have to do.
Harold Meyerson is executive
editor of American Prospect. He is
a contributing writer to Opinion.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images
MEMBERS of a North Vietnamese female combat unit at the grave of a comrade killed during the Tet Offensive, which began
Jan. 31, 1968. The North lost in the fighting, but the carnage turned the U.S. public against the Vietnam War.
What Tet taught the U.S.
By ML Cavanaugh
ifty years ago, the
stunning Tet Offensive
shattered the American
war effort in Vietnam.
But its impact wasn’t
limited to Vietnam — it created a
shadow that has darkened
American military strategy ever
since.
On Jan. 31, 1968, 84,000 North
Vietnamese troops attacked 100
cities across U.S.-backed South
Vietnam, including the key targets
of Hue, Da Nang and Saigon. They
aimed to spark a widespread uprising, which didn’t happen.
Instead, North Vietnam stumbled into a costly war-winning
strategy. Costly because more
than half its attacking forces were
killed, wounded or captured. Winning because the carnage forced
Americans to confront the reality
of the war: a savage, endless conflict that contradicted official
talking points.
The U.S. commander, Army
Gen. William Westmoreland, famously focused on enemy body
counts in a strategy designed
to kill North Vietnamese troops
“at a rate as high as their capacity
to put men into the field.” Just before Tet, Westmoreland was “absolutely certain” the U.S. was winning. After Tet, he called it “a
striking military defeat for the enemy.”
The media was skeptical. On
Feb. 8, the New York Times opined
“neither side can win.” And on
Feb. 27, CBS News anchor Walter
Cronkite, back in the U.S. after a
reporting trip to Vietnam, delivered a commentary to more than
20 million viewers: “We are mired
in stalemate,” he said. “The only
rational way out … will be to nego-
F
tiate, not as victors ….” American
public support soon withered.
President Nixon replaced President Lyndon Johnson. Eventually,
the United States withdrew from
South Vietnam, which subsequently fell to the North in 1975.
Tet validated a Japanese concept. Toward the end of World War
II, when the American military
was dominant, Hiromichi Yahara,
a Japanese army colonel serving
on the island of Okinawa, forged a
strategy to win against such military superiority. Yahara saw that
direct assaults against overwhelming
American
forces
wouldn’t work. Instead, he aimed
to punish his adversary through
attrition, to inflict a terrible price
on the enemy no matter the cost to
his own soldiers. His plan was
guided by this precept: “If a poor
man fights with the same tactics
as a rich man, he is sure to lose.”
Yahara used intense bunkerand cave-fighting to bleed America’s will to fight. It yielded painful
results: The battle for Okinawa in
1945 resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties and helped
dissuade the U.S. from invading
and occupying Japan. Still, the
war too far gone, Japan would surrender — the last time a nation
formally surrendered to the
American military.
What didn’t work for Japan
succeeded in Vietnam after Tet.
And since then, weaker adversaries have adopted strategies
with common features against
stronger forces. Don’t try to win;
make your opponent lose. Attack
will; not strength. Leverage chaos;
inflict pain for gain. Bring down
the pillars of power, even if it costs
you everything.
“Davids” have won a majority
of wars against “Goliaths” since
Fifty years ago, the
North Vietnamese
showed how lesser
forces could
undermine our
military. Today, it’s a
lesson in how the
American ‘Goliath’
should fight.
1945. A 2010 Rand Corp. study
found that of 30 insurgencies
around the globe since 1978, only
eight were clear victories for the
governments over the rebels.
The American “Goliath” has
also fared poorly. In 1993, warlord
Mohamed Farah Aidid bloodied
the U.S., turning public opinion
against American involvement in
Somalia; U.S. forces withdrew.
Osama bin Laden saw what had
happened and devised a plan, as
he described it in 2004, “to cause
America to suffer human, economic and political losses.” The 9/11
attack cost Al Qaeda $500,000; it
ultimately forced America to
spend nearly $5 trillion in its longterm response. Initial victories in
Afghanistan and Iraq have settled
into slogs and become the longest
wars in American history.
Even the successful Gulf War is
a rule-proving exception. When
the U.S. fights in open deserts
against uniformed soldiers, precise firepower works and America
tends to win. But that’s not where
this nation’s toughest enemies
choose to fight.
Our sharpest adversaries, fol-
lowing Yahara’s precept and Tet’s
example, prefer to fight in cities
like Kabul, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani now describes
as “under siege.” Our enemies
confront us in densely populated
urban areas because they know
these features negate American
technological advantages, particularly air strikes.
So how does Goliath win
against such enemies?
Despite the fact that a few
stubborn military officers still believe we can just kill enough of the
enemy to win, there’s a better way.
Going forward, America’s best
strategy is smart attrition warfare: Use multiple, precise military
means to remove the bad guys
from the field, including traditional strikes, but combine that
with non-lethal approaches such
as co-option, alliance-building
and other inducements to support local good guys and generate
gains.
We shouldn’t kid ourselves
that war will ever be bloodless, but
we must also recognize that strategic success has never been
strictly limited to killing the enemy. And it never will be.
When the Gulf War ended,
President George H.W. Bush
claimed America had “kicked the
Vietnam syndrome once and for
all!” That statement was premature. Hopefully, with smarter military strategies, we finally will.
Army Maj. ML Cavanaugh is a
nonresident fellow with the
Modern War Institute at West
Point and co-edited the
forthcoming book, with Max
Brooks, “Strategy Strikes Back:
How Star Wars Explains Modern
Military Conflict.” Twitter:
@mlcavanaugh
JONAH GOLDBERG
ashington
is
awash in so much
muchness these
days it’s hard to
follow the story.
And that may be the point.
Every new development or revelation is a “blockbuster” and smoking-gun proof that “this is bigger
than Watergate.” Every new dot is
connected seamlessly and instantaneously to fit a mosaic of outrage.
For those out to get the president at all costs, the scandal is a
moving target — Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, the
president’s mental competency,
etc. For those out to protect the
president at all costs, the scandal is
more stable — a conspiracy to destroy the president orchestrated
by the Deep State, abetted by the
media and Democratic lawmakers.
The only way to sustain the hysteria is to denounce the un-hysterical as complicit bystanders to the
alleged scandal. Lack of outrage is
itself an outrage. It’s a Beltway version of the old Marxist crime of
lacking revolutionary zeal.
The report last week that the
president wanted to fire special
counsel Robert S. Mueller III last
June (something we already knew)
was greeted by many “resistance”
types as indistinguishable from actually firing him. Never mind that
— as a matter of law and logic — being talked out of obstructing justice isn’t the same thing as obstructing justice.
But the resistance types aren’t
wrong that there is a shameless
and demagogic campaign to derail
and discredit Mueller as well as the
agency he once directed, the FBI.
There are four distinct story
lines here. The FBI’s investigation
into Hillary Clinton’s handling of
classified material; the use or
abuse of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court in investigating
some members of the Trump campaign; the recovered text messages
between two FBI agents having an
affair; and, finally, the Mueller
probe into allegations of Russian
collusion and the claim that the
president obstructed justice when
he fired FBI Director James B.
Comey.
One of these things is not like
the others.
Now, I actually believe that Clinton’s handling of classified material was outrageous. I am largely persuaded by the case laid out by my
National Review colleague Andrew
McCarthy, a former prosecutor,
that the fix was in at the Justice Department to protect her from a
criminal investigation because any
such investigation would also implicate President Obama.
I think the texts between FBI
agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
are somewhat damning — of Strzok and Page. They clearly didn’t
like Donald Trump and were
clearly too interested in the political ramifications of their work
(hardly unheard of at the FBI). But
so far, the claim that these private
texts between lovers prove profound FBI corruption and a vast
conspiracy to destroy Trump
strikes me as close to paranoid
delusion. (Sometimes people say
silly things to paramours.) Several
GOP lawmakers instantly transformed a joke about a “secret society” into proof of a fifth column in
our government — an embarrassing, gravity-defying leap to conclusions.
As for the surveillance court, I
have no idea what the full story is.
Some allege that the Obama administration used the so-called
Steele dossier to get a warrant to
monitor the machinations of Carter Page, an unpaid foreign policy
advisor to the Trump campaign. If
the Steele dossier was indeed the
only evidence used to authorize a
warrant, I think that’s a problem. If
it were merely part of the application, I fail to see the Watergate level
scandal.
But here’s the thing, so far none
of this has anything to do with
whether Mueller can do his job
properly. For all the phonusbolonus about Strzok’s Deep State
skulduggery, you’d think Strozk
was secretly running the Mueller
investigation. He was there for a little more than a month last summer. And Mueller dumped him
once he heard about the texts and
the affair.
Mueller, a man appointed to the
FBI by a Republican, has a sterling
reputation — even according to the
president’s praetorian guard, before partisanship forced them to
change their story. And he was in
private practice during all of these
other events.
But such facts don’t matter
when fog and outrage are your
most reliable weapons.
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A troubling theme weather-wise
[Heat, from A1]
The broiling January is
part of what experts call a
troubling theme. It was California’s hottest summer on
record. October and November were the hottest in 122
years of record keeping for
Southern California.
Dodger Stadium hosted
the hottest World Series
game ever (103 degrees).
Downtown L.A. sweated
through its hottest Thanksgiving (92 degrees) since records began being kept.
And L.A. recorded its driest March-through-December period on record, with
the paltry 0.69 inches beating out the 1.24 inches that
fell during the same 10month period in 1962.
The extreme heat has
been noticeable across California.
“This year, we’re seeing
some of these dramatic examples.... When it’s 106 in
San Francisco, that gets
people’s attention,” Swain
said.
The hot and dry weather
has come with danger, with
Southern California getting
an unusually persistent pattern of Santa Ana winds
blowing from inland to the
coast, raising fire risk. A
small brush fire broke out
early Monday in Malibu,
threatening homes before
firefighters were able to
knock it down.
Malibu is used to the
brush fire danger, but some
residents said a January
blaze is unusual.
“The fire was right in his
backyard. We saw at least
three helicopters drop water
and there were a few firefighter engines that came on
our block,” said resident Brian Rapf, a real estate agent.
“If it wasn’t for them, the
houses on our street would
have burned.”
Rapf said heavy Santa
Ana winds helped fuel the
fire, but the dry brush made
the situation even more dangerous.
“This time last year, it
would have been impossible
because the hills were green
from all the rain,” he said.
Northern California has
fared better than Los Angeles, but there is still cause for
concern. San Francisco is at
65% of average precipitation
and San Jose at 70%, with
the Bay Area affected by the
same mass of high pressure
as Southern California, said
meteorologist Jan Null.
The snow in the Sierra
Nevada, California’s greatest mountain range, has
been disappointing compared with last year’s
record-breaking season. At
Mammoth Mountain, snow
has been decent at the highest elevations, but at some
lodges the snow was dispiritingly thin.
“Unfortunately, the water content of the January
snowpack is only slightly
higher than it was in January 2015, while we were in the
middle of a crippling statewide
drought,”
John
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
IT’S JULY-TYPE weather in January for bicyclists along the beach in Santa Monica on Monday morning.
Leahigh, executive manager
of water operations for the
State Water Project, said in a
statement. “However, we are
only halfway through California’s rainy season and
have many opportunities to
see a significant improvement in conditions.”
The water content in the
northern Sierra Nevada
snowpack was only 30% of
normal for this time of year;
a year ago, officials recorded
it at 182%.
“It shows, once again,
California’s great variability
— it has the greatest
weather variability in the
country,” said Doug Carlson,
spokesman for the California Department of Water
Resources. “It’s not encouraging — but it’s nothing to
wring your hands over yet.”
A big problem has been
the rising temperatures in
the Sierra Nevada. Though
more storms have come to
the north than the south,
warmer temperatures have
caused precipitation to fall
as rain instead of snow.
That means that precipitation can’t be stored as
snow in the mountains during the winter and later
banked in the reservoirs
when it melts in the spring
and summer. Right now, the
reservoirs are mostly as full
as they can be, as they still
have leftover surplus from
last year’s record season
while still keeping enough
empty space available behind the dams should a
flooding event happen.
Carlson said officials are
not panicking about the
small snowpack, given the
time left in the winter, but
“all this adds up to keeping a
watchful eye to where the
rest of the wet season goes.”
The snowpack on average supplies about 30% of
California’s water demands
as it melts in the spring and
summer.
Even the storms that
have hit the Sierra are nothing like what the region saw
last year. “In the Sierra, we
had 10 strong ‘atmospheric
rivers’ that affected the
northern and central Sierra
last year,” said Chris Johnston, meteorologist with the
National Weather Service’s
Reno office. “This year we’ve
had very weak atmospheric
rivers, and the strongest one
was probably back near
Thanksgiving.” Even that
one was just moderate.
The National Weather
Service’s Climate Prediction
Center, which issues threemonth outlooks for precipitation and temperature,
doesn’t have particularly
good news. For February,
March and April, the center
is forecasting probable drier-than-average precipitation and hotter-than-average temperatures for Southern California.
One silver lining for California’s cities and farms is
that the reservoir system
can help get the state
through a dry year. “But we
never know what’s coming
next year,” Swain said.
And there is no reservoir
system
for
California’s
wilderness.
“That has really profound impacts on California’s forest, where there has
been tremendous mortality
in recent years,” Swain said.
The U.S. Forest Service has
estimated that more than
102 million drought-stressed
and beetle-ravaged trees
have died across 7.7 million
acres of California forest
since 2010 — unprecedented
in the recorded history of the
Sierra.
“If we see another low
snow year, that’s probably
going to continue … especially in the southern half of
the state,” Swain said.
ron.lin@latimes.com
Times staff writers Melissa
Etehad and Sarah Parvini
contributed to this report.
Grammy Awards spark backlash
[Grammys, from A1]
women to “step up.”
Just as if he hadn’t listened to Kesha’s song, or to
singer, actor and producer
Janelle Monae’s introduction: “To those who would
dare try and silence us, we
offer you two words: Time’s
up.” Identifying issues including wage inequality, discrimination,
harassment
and abuse of power, she declared, “It’s not just going on
in Hollywood. It’s not just
going on in Washington. It’s
right here in our industry as
well.”
Just like the #OscarsSo
White campaign forced the
film academy to reconsider
its almost all-white, mostly
male membership, the maledominated Grammy results
prompted many variations
on the same unanswered
question: Who, exactly, is deciding the winners of music’s
most coveted award?
Hard to tell. Like the
Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences’ demographics before The Times
investigated and revealed its
membership in 2012, the Recording Academy’s have
long been a mystery. It is
made up of 24,000 professionals who work in all aspects of the business — pro-
Photographs by
Kevin Winter Getty Images for NARAS
KESHA’S performance of the Grammy-nominated
“Praying,” left, was a highlight of the show. Best new
artist Alessia Cara was the only on-air female winner.
ducers and engineers, label
executives, music publishers and artists, of which
13,000 are eligible voters. (By
comparison,
there
are
roughly 8,400 members in
the film academy.)
But the leadership remains unwilling to offer basic data on its voters, such as
race and gender.
At the Grammys’ posttelecast news conference,
Portnow was asked directly
about male domination on
Sunday. “I think it has to begin with women who have
the creativity in their hearts
and their souls,” he answered, “who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part
of the industry on an executive level — to step up, because I think they would be
welcome,” Portnow said.
The backlash was swift.
“Neil getting up there and
saying that women should
‘step up’ just shows just out
of touch he is and how out of
touch the organization is,”
said Dorothy Carvello, a former record executive and
author of the upcoming music-industry memoir “Anything for a Hit: An A&R
Woman’s Story of Surviving
the Music Industry.”
“Women in music don’t
need to ‘step up’ — women
have been stepping since the
beginning of time,” recording artist Pink posted on
Twitter.
The Recording Academy
did not respond to repeated
requests for comment.
Further inflaming many
critically attuned music
fans, for the coveted album
of the year Grammy the
academy overlooked widely
regarded and topical hiphop releases from Kendrick
Lamar and Jay-Z in favor of
Bruno Mars’ album of retrofocused pop, “24K Magic.”
The slight renewed longheld criticism that, absent a
diverse membership, the
Grammys were denying a
major award to rap, the
dominant musical genre for
going on two decades now.
Over the years the academy has repeatedly been
called out by Kanye West, J.
Cole, 50 Cent, rap mogul
Steve Stoute (he once spent
$40,000 on an ad to criticize
the awards) and Jay-Z, who
went home empty-handed
despite having the most
nominations this year.
In the weeks before Sunday’s awards, Jay-Z was set
to perform but ultimately
pulled out. Producers said
the rapper simply wanted to
“enjoy” the night, but it’s
hard not to flash back to last
year when he watched his
wife, Beyoncé, shut out in
major categories — a snub
felt by many, including the
night’s big winner, Adele.
“What the … does she have to
do to win album of the year?”
Adele said backstage.
Last year, Chance the
Rapper became the first
black hip-hop artist since
Lauryn Hill in 1999 to win the
trophy for new artist. Song
and record of the year trophies have never gone to rap
artists. Had Jay-Z or Lamar
taken the night’s biggest
honor, album of the year, he
would have only been the
third rap artist to do so.
When asked whether the
telecast needed to have
more rap showcased on-air
this year given the genre’s
dominance in nominations,
Portnow said he didn’t think
so, at least not during its
60th-anniversary return to
the East Coast. “It’s got to be
a balance,” he said.
For Portnow, the goal is
“creating the night to be a
real experience and something special that people will
talk about for years. We have
to play to all of that.”
Acknowledging that he
didn’t have personal experience “with the kinds of brick
walls that [women] face,”
Portnow suggested widening the opportunities for inclusion by creating mentorships and opportunities
“not only for women but for
all people. And, moving forward, creating that next
generation of artists who feel
like they can do anything
and say anything.”
Whether the Grammys
are leading by example is debatable: Ratings for the CBS
broadcast dropped 24% over
last year’s show.
The criticism of the results comes less than a
month after the launch of
the high-profile Time’s Up
campaign, geared to shed
light on gender discrimination and sex abuse in the
entertainment business. To
extend the message on Sunday, an organization called
Voices in Entertainment invited Grammy attendees to
wear white roses in support.
“We can’t change the
number of nominees, but the
conversation changed completely,”
stressed
Meg
Harkins, a marketing executive at Roc Nation and a cofounder of the white rose initiative. “To see Janelle Monae’s speech and all those
women up there wearing
white and supporting Kesha
was incredible.” Harkins
agreed that the Grammys’
voting process was at least
partly to blame for the outcome. “I’m a voting member,
I’m a part of this institution,” she said. “The qualification for voting membership has to be reviewed. We
have to be more inclusive if
we’re going to make it better.”
During her Grammy acceptance speech for new artist, Alessia Cara — the lone
female victor of the CBS
broadcast — called for more
opportunity for artists because “everyone deserves
the same shot.”
randall.roberts
@latimes.com
Times staff writers August
Brown and Gerrick D.
Kennedy contributed to this
report.
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officials
quit amid
allegations
Both are accused of
allowing harassment
in district, sources say.
By Howard Blume
Photographs by Al Seib Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES COUNTY firefighters hike past debris on a scorched hillside where they battled a 2.6-acre
brush fire that was reported about 3:15 a.m. near the Malibu Library in the 23500 block of Civic Center Way.
After fire, concern
over encampments
Two senior administrators have resigned amid allegations that they tolerated a
climate of sexual harassment in the procurement division of the Los Angeles
Unified School District.
They are George Silva,
chief procurement officer,
and Quinton Dean, deputy
chief procurement officer,
The Times has learned.
Dean’s resignation took effect on Jan. 11, Silva’s on Jan.
12.
L.A. Unified made no announcement, but high-level
sources within the district
said that Silva and Dean
were given the choice of resigning or facing potential
dismissal. The sources are
not named because they
were not authorized to dis-
cuss the matter.
Both Silva and Dean
started their careers as district employees more than
three decades ago. Neither
responded to requests for
comment.
Silva struck a positive
tone in a farewell email to
staff.
“At this time, I am happy
to report to you that I will be
retiring from district services after 35 years of service,
effective Friday, Jan. 12,
2018,” Silva wrote. “It has
been my honor to serve the
students, staff and leadership of my beloved school
district over the years. I wish
peace, heath and blessings
upon each and every one of
you.”
The Times obtained the
emails that acknowledged
the sudden departures of
Silva and Dean in response
to a request for public records. District officials provided no documents related
to the allegations or an internal investigation. Several
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Malibu residents worry about danger from stoves
By Melissa Etehad
and Alene Tchekmedyian
A BROKEN chair, a wine bottle and other items that could indicate a
homeless encampment lie charred at the base of the hillside.
For months, Lara Vidaurri has noticed a growing number of people
cooking with portable stoves and over
open flames at a homeless camp a few
hundred yards below her Malibu
home.
She said she reported the issue to
police several times last year, worried
about the fire danger the camp posed
during what’s turned out to be the
most destructive fire season in California history. One day, she went herself to pick up trash in the area.
Vidaurri’s fears grew early Monday
when a wildfire crept up the hillside by
her home, scorching nearly three
acres and forcing her and her neighbors to flee.
Though the cause remains under
investigation, the blaze renewed concerns raised last month when a cooking fire at an encampment sparked
the destructive Skirball fire in Bel-Air.
A large swath of the affluent community was forced to evacuate, and several homes were destroyed.
“I’m more scared now,” Vidaurri
said Monday afternoon, as crews
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BOARD member George McKenna said adminis-
trators should be investigating misconduct cases.
No easy fixes
for Cal State’s
budget woes
Administrators say
another increase in
tuition is possible.
By Rosanna Xia
Setback for migrant minors
Asylum seekers aren’t
entitled to free legal
aid, 9th Circuit rules.
By Maura Dolan
A federal appeals court
decided unanimously Monday that minor immigrants
who are in the country without legal authorization are
not entitled to governmentpaid lawyers in hearings that
could lead to their deportation.
A three-judge panel of
the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld an immigration judge’s decision to deny
asylum to a minor identified
as C.J.L.G., who left Honduras at age 13 after being
threatened by gangs.
The boy did not have a
lawyer, and his mother was
unable to find free legal help.
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California State University faces difficult budget
problems with no quick solutions, and administrators
are preparing for tuition increases, program cuts and
other unpopular options
that seem unavoidable.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-19
budget plan, released this
month, proposed a fraction
of what administrators say
they need in state funding to
support the nation’s largest
public university system.
The system’s 23 campuses
are under pressure to enroll
more students and graduate
them faster, while also keeping up with faculty salary demands and a $2-billion
building maintenance backlog.
Dinosaur find
has large-scale
significance
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MOST OF the youths in deportation hearings fled violence in Honduras, Guate-
mala and El Salvador, an ACLU director says. Above, a rally in Connecticut.
Mansourasaurus
shahinae, discovered in
Egypt, is in same group
as some of Earth’s
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Chancellor Timothy P.
White is expected to address
these issues Tuesday in his
annual state of the university address during a
Board of Trustees meeting
in Long Beach. The state
covers a smaller proportion
of Cal State’s costs than it
used to, and the number of
students who want to attend
exceeds campus abilities to
accommodate them. Last
fall, Cal State had to turn
away about 31,000 fully qualified
students.
Total
enrollment has grown to
more than 484,000 students.
Looming over the meeting is a controversial
proposal to raise tuition by
$228 for in-state students,
bringing the annual cost to
$5,970. Full-time nonresident students would see tuition increase by about $900,
bringing the annual total to
$12,780. It would be the second consecutive increase after a six-year freeze on tuition hikes.
[See Cal State, B6]
Oscar winner on
‘Peyton Place’
Dorothy Malone, who
won the hearts of
viewers as a put-upon
mother in the 1960s TV
soap, dies at 93. B5
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Yes, it’s of large-scale significance
Dinosaur found in
Egypt is in same group
as some of Earth’s
largest creatures.
KAREN KAPLAN
Introducing Mansourasaurus shahinae, a
newly discovered dinosaur
from Egypt.
It’s a big discovery in
more ways than one.
This dinosaur is a titanosaur, so it belongs to the
same group as some of the
largest creatures that ever
walked the Earth.
It’s also Africa’s most
complete dinosaur specimen from the late Cretaceous epoch, researchers
say. Thanks to its age and
location, the researchers are
optimistic that it will help
them understand the geological and biological links
between Africa and the
other continents.
A team led by vertebrate
paleontologist Hesham
Sallam of Egypt’s Mansoura
University reported the find
Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
This dinosaur was a
creature to be reckoned
with.
The study authors estimate that Mansourasaurus
was about as long as a
school bus and as heavy as
an African elephant. It
measured 26 to 33 feet from
the front of its small head to
the end of its long, tapering
tail.
That huge body was
fueled by a plant-based diet.
Some of the bones in the
dinosaur’s front legs had
not fully fused. That led the
study authors to believe
that this particular animal
had not yet reached its
adult size.
Everything they know
about Mansourasaurus is
based on an assortment of
bones found in the Dakhla
Oasis in Egypt’s Western
Desert. About 80 million
Andrew McAfee AFP/Getty Images
A DRAWING released by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh shows a reconstruction of Mansourasaurus shahinae, a
titanosaur found in the Dakhla Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. Its huge body, as long as a school bus, was fueled by a plant-based diet.
years ago, when this dinosaur was alive, the area
was lush and coastal.
The bulk of the bones are
vertebrae from the dinosaur’s neck and back,
some of its ribs and portions
of its shoulders and front
legs. Paleontologists also
recovered pieces of its skull
and jaws, a few bones from
one of its hind feet and what
they think were bony scales
known as osteoderms.
Its features prompted
the paleontologists to classify Mansourasaurus as a
titanosaur, a group that
includes Dreadnoughtus,
the 65-ton behemoth that
weighed more than a Boeing
737, and the slightly larger
Patagotitan, which was 12
times heavier than an ele-
phant. However, for a titanosaur, Mansourasaurus was
not particularly big.
The researchers are
hopeful that that the discovery will help them understand some of the major
changes that were happening during and after the late
Cretaceous. The continents
were pulling away from each
other at that time, and
scientists don’t know how
isolated the animals of
Africa were.
M. shahinae’s bones
suggest that the animals
weren’t as cut off as some
researchers had come to
believe. This creature appears to have been a closer
relative of dinosaurs from
Europe and Asia than it was
to dinosaurs from the
southern part of Africa or
from present-day South
America.
The dinosaur was named
for Mansoura University
and for Mona Shahin, who
helped found the school’s
Vertebrate Paleontology
Center.
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A key tool in the search for life
Chemical cocktails
called biosignatures
could point to activity
on other planets.
AMINA KHAN
By studying the atmospheric contents of ancient
and present-day Earth,
scientists say they’ve discovered specific chemical
combinations that could
reveal the presence of biological activity on other
planets.
These biosignatures,
described in the journal
Science Advances, could
offer a key tool in the search
for extraterrestrial life.
“There’s a direct path
from the conclusions of our
work to the possible discovery, which would be a historic one, of life elsewhere,”
said senior author David
Catling, a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at the
University of Washington in
Seattle.
Thousands of planets
beyond our solar system,
known as exoplanets, have
been discovered in the last
several years, a small number of which appear to be
rocky, Earth-sized and at
the right distance from their
star to hold liquid water.
Studying the ones with
detectable atmospheres
could provide crucial clues
as to whether they host life.
As powerful new telescopes start to come online,
researchers are trying to
figure out exactly which
atmospheric chemicals they
should be looking for. After
all, just because a planet
looks as if it has the right
ingredients for life doesn’t
mean there’s actually anything living there.
Scientists have focused
on a few potentially telltale
molecules, such as methane. Methane is produced
in large quantities by microbes on Earth (including
those in the bellies of cattle).
But methane can also be
produced by nonbiological
sources, such as volcanoes.
Molecular oxygen (two
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ATMOSPHERIC chemical combinations, such as the combination of methane and carbon dioxide, might be
detectable by future observatories like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2019.
oxygen atoms bonded together) is produced in massive amounts today by
photosynthesizing algae,
plants and microbes. But
the photosynthetic mechanism is so complicated that
scientists think it evolved
only once on our own planet.
That means there’s no
guarantee of finding oxygen-producing photosynthesis on other worlds, even
if life does exist there.
Thus, relying on any
individual chemical could
produce false positives or
false negatives, said study
co-author Stephanie Olson,
an astrobiologist and graduate student at UC Riverside. But living things
alter their environments in
complex ways. What if there
was a particular mixture of
molecules that would not
exist without life?
To find out, Catling’s
graduate student Joshua
Krissansen-Totton led a
study that examined
Earth’s atmosphere in three
stages of its existence: the
Archean (4 billion to 2.5
billion years ago), the Proterozoic (2.5 billion to 541
million years ago) and the
Phanerozoic (541 million
years ago to the present).
During each of these
periods, life (and the planet
itself) looked very different.
Place a snapshot of each
Earthly period side-by-side,
and they’d look like totally
different planets.
“The phrase ‘Earth-like’
does not refer to a planet
that necessarily resembles
modern-day Earth at all,”
Olson said. “It’s actually a
very broad term that encompasses a broad variety
of worlds. It includes hazy
worlds like the Archean; it
includes icy worlds like the
‘snowball Earth’ intervals; it
includes anoxic worlds with
exclusively microbial
ecosystems; it includes
worlds with complex and
intelligent life; and it includes worlds that we
haven’t even seen yet.”
That’s helpful for scientists, she added, who need
several models for what life
on other worlds might look
like.
In spite of their differences, these periods in Earth’s
history all share at least one
characteristic: chemical
imbalances in their atmos-
phere. That’s because biological activity produces
substances that otherwise
have no business coexisting,
Catling said.
Take methane and oxygen: Placed together, these
gases quickly react and
destroy each other. But
there’s plenty of both on
Earth, because living things
keep making them.
“If you find a system in
equilibrium, you’ve found
something that’s dead. Or
something that’s not alive,”
Catling said. “When we see
something unusual, that’s
out of whack, it can be a sign
of life.”
People have talked about
this idea since the 1960s,
Catling said, but hadn’t
really quantified it up until
now. For this paper, the
scientists ran simulations
using the known chemical
contents of each atmosphere to see whether any
telltale chemical disequilibriums existed.
The researchers found
that during the Archean,
when there was little oxygen, the coexistence of
methane, nitrogen and
carbon dioxide in the at-
mosphere (together with
liquid water) would have
been a sign that living
things were hard at work.
“Large fluxes of each gas
in the absence of biology is
really difficult to explain,”
Olson said of the coexistence of carbon dioxide and
methane.
In the mid-Proterozoic,
as oxygen-producing microbes rose, the giveaway
would be a combo of oxygen,
nitrogen and liquid water.
Even if the levels of atmospheric oxygen are too low to
be detectable, scientists
could look for ozone instead,
Olson said.
That’s because ozone
(composed of three oxygen
atoms) is made by reactions
involving biologically produced oxygen and it produces a very strong signal
that could be detectable
even at low levels.
In the Phanerozoic,
which includes the present
day, the biosignatures
would be oxygen with nitrogen and water. (Oxygen
levels here would far higher
and much easier to detect
than in the mid-Proterozoic.)
A few of the chemical
cocktails, such as the combination of methane and
carbon dioxide, might be
detectable by future observatories like NASA’s James
Webb Space Telescope, set
for launch in 2019.
“It’s really giving people
a path forward on what to
focus on in their observations,” said Nikole Lewis, a
project scientist for the
James Webb who is based at
the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
James Webb will survey a
broad range of planets, and
having a wide variety of
biosignatures and a range of
planetary templates is a
crucial tool, she added.
That’s because the more
planets they’re able to find
that fit these criteria, the
more likely they are to discover the few that might
really host living things.
“We’ll have a large
enough sample that hopefully there’ll be a few that
will stick out like sore
thumbs,” Lewis said.
Until James Webb and
other telescopes capable of
finding these atmospheric
contents come online, the
hunt for possible biosignatures continues, scientists
said.
amina.khan@latimes.com
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CITY & STATE
Plot thickens over secret memo
classified information before it has been reviewed by
the intelligence community.
Here are 6 things to
know about fight over
release of Nunes’
House document.
Democrats question
memo’s narrative
By Sarah D. Wire
Washington is abuzz over
a secret memo that House
Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes,
a California Republican
from Tulare, has been pushing to release. The memo reportedly alleges senior FBI
and Justice Department officials relied on questionable
and politically motivated
sources to justify surveillance of President Trump’s
campaign.
In a highly unusual move
Monday, the committee
voted to declassify the
memo, meaning the public
could soon get a look at it.
Here are six things to
know about the controversial memo:
What we know
about the memo
The four-page document
alleges FBI and Justice Department officials abused
their power under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
According to multiple
news accounts, it alleges the
FBI’s 2016 application for a
warrant from the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance
Court to wiretap former
Trump campaign advisor
Carter Page was based on information in the infamous
Trump dossier.
That dossier of allegations on Trump’s connections to Russia was completed for the Democratic
National Committee and
Hillary
Clinton’s
presidential campaign. Trump
has furiously denied many of
the allegations, some of
which have not been verified.
To obtain a surveillance
warrant for a U.S. citizen like
Page, the government would
have had to show probable
Shawn Thew European Pressphoto Agency
DEVIN NUNES, a Tulare Republican and chairman of the House intelligence panel, backs making public a
memo with classified information about the federal investigation into President Trump’s campaign.
cause that Page was an
agent of the Russian government. The FBI has said the
warrant application was
based on a variety of
sources. Page, a former Moscow-based
investment
banker, was a foreign policy
advisor to Trump’s campaign.
Nunes spent months
compiling document
The Daily Beast reported
that Nunes and his committee staff spent months compiling the memo, but he’s
said next to nothing about it
publicly.
Nunes, who was a member of Trump’s transition
team, stepped away from
the
House
Russia
investigation last spring because of an ethics investigation into whether he had in-
advertently released classified information after he
rushed to tell the White
House about FISA wiretapping he learned about as a
part of the investigation.
Nunes came under intense
criticism and subsequently
admitted he had received
the information at the White
House, saying that it was the
only safe place to look at the
classified material.
But when the House Ethics
Committee
cleared
Nunes in December, he
didn’t officially retake control of the investigation and
hasn’t explained why he
compiled the memo.
Such memos aren’t unusual in Congress. But it’s
unusual to craft a memo
that relies on classified information and then try to
make it public.
Justice Department
objects to release
The House Intelligence
Committee’s vote Monday
overrode the Justice Department’s opposition to the
memo’s release. In a letter to
the committee, the department said that it would be
“extremely reckless” to release the memo before it has
been officially reviewed.
Fox News reported that
FBI Director Christopher
Wray traveled to the Capitol
last weekend to view the
document for the first time,
but he has made no public
comments about it.
Trump has five days after
Monday’s vote to block the
memo’s release for national
security reasons. The Washington Post reported that he
has indicated he would release the memo over the Jus-
Democrats say the memo
cherry-picks facts and tries
to create a narrative to show
the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016
election has been biased
since the start.
One committee Democrat, Rep. Jackie Speier of
Hillsborough, called it a
“pack of lies.” Another, Rep.
Eric Swalwell of Dublin,
called it a “perversion of the
facts.”
The ranking Democrat
on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff of
Burbank, said last week that
Democrats would push to
release their own memo if
the committee releases the
Nunes memo. Its contents
have not been made public,
and the Republican-controlled committee blocked
Democrats’ attempt to release it Monday.
“We have crossed a
deeply regrettable line,”
Schiff said after Monday’s
vote.
tice Department’s objections.
Nunes is getting
pushback at home
Republicans aren’t
united on what to do
The editorial board of the
Fresno
Bee
lambasted
Nunes over the weekend for
his focus on the memo, saying the eight-term congressman is doing the president’s
dirty work.
“What, pray tell, does
Rep. Devin Nunes think he’s
doing by waving around a secret memo attacking the
FBI, the nation’s premier
law enforcement agency?”
the editorial said. “He certainly isn’t representing his
Central Valley constituents
or Californians, who care
much more about health
care, jobs and, yes, protecting Dreamers than about
the
latest
conspiracy
theory.”
Some conservatives and
Russian troll accounts have
used the hashtag #releasethememo to push for
the its release and House
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield said
on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
on Sunday that he has read
the memo and “it would be
appropriate that the public
has full view.”
As of last week, Nunes
had refused to share the
document with fellow Republican Richard Burr,
chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Some
Senate Republicans have
said they are wary of releasing a document with
sarah.wire@latimes.com
Woman removed from Metro
train by L.A. officer files claim
Bethany Nava alleges
excessive force by a
lawman who told her
to take foot off a seat.
By Richard Winton
and Joseph Serna
A woman who was pulled
from a Metro subway train
after she refused a policeman’s order to take her foot
off the seat has filed a claim
against the city, saying she
suffered an injury during the
incident.
At a news conference
Monday, 18-year-old Bethany Nava said she sprained
her wrist when a Los Angeles
police sergeant grabbed her
arm and pulled her off the
Red Line train at the Westlake/MacArthur Park station Jan. 22.
A bystander’s video of
the confrontation has been
viewed more than 13 million
times and has prompted the
LAPD to initiate a use-offorce investigation.
The controversy comes
amid a crackdown on codeof-conduct violations on
Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicles.
Such violations include eating, drinking, vaping, gambling, littering and placing
feet or shoes on seats.
Nava — who was flanked
by her attorney and her
mother as she spoke Monday — said she did not hear
the Los Angeles police
sergeant the first time he
asked her to take her foot off
the seat. The video of the incident shows her wearing
earbuds.
“He snapped in my face
to get my attention. I then
paused the music, turned
toward him and he said ‘Put
your foot down’ and I did. I
put my foot down and he
walked away,” she said.
Nava acknowledged she
then put her foot on her
thigh and then she saw the
sergeant was back in front of
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
FORMER LAPD Officer Robert Cain appears in LA. Superior Court on Monday.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
OFFICIALS are targeting code-of-conduct violations
on Metro trains, such as eating, drinking and vaping.
her.
She said he yelled for her
to put her foot down or he
would arrest her and she immediately responded by
placing both feet on the
floor.
At that point, Nava said
she asked the lawman, “Why
you arresting me? What is
the law I am breaking?”
Nava said the sergeant
responded, “There doesn’t
need to be law, you disobeyed me.”
He then pulled her off the
train, she said.
Passenger
Selena
Lechuga got off the train at
the same time and shouted
at the officer, telling him he
was taking matters too far.
She was handcuffed by police at the same stop and spit
in an officer’s face, video
showed. She was eventually
arrested for battery on a police officer.
Nava’s claim, which is a
precursor to a possible lawsuit, accuses the sergeant of
excessive force, false imprisonment, negligence, infliction of emotional distress
and violating her civil rights.
She wore a brace on her right
wrist Monday.
Nava said other passengers on the train were
eating food and drinking
beverages, activities that
are also violations of Metro’s
code of conduct. She said
she doesn’t know why the
sergeant singled her out.
“It all happened so
quickly, I just needed an explanation as to why it was
happening,” she said. “I was
very confused. I needed to
know why he was telling me
all these things.”
Nava was ultimately
cited for loud and boisterous
conduct on a train and released. She was not cited for
violating rules for putting
her foot on a seat, her attorney said.
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office did not immediately comment on
Nava’s claim Monday.
Metro’s chief executive
released a statement about
the incident.
“We want our Customer
Code of Conduct rules enforced, but I’m disappointed
at the way the situation escalated,” Phil Washington
said. “The investigation is
underway to gather all the
facts, and until we have the
complete story, we must not
rush to judgment.”
richard.winton
@latimes.com
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Cain, 31, has already been sentenced to two years in prison in a weapons case.
Ex-officer pleads not
guilty to unlawful sex
Robert Cain, who left
the LAPD last year, is
accused of having sex
with a 15-year-old girl.
By James Queally
A former Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty
Monday to charges he had
sex with a 15-year-old girl
who was enrolled in the department’s signature youth
mentoring program.
Robert Cain, 31, was
charged with two counts of
oral copulation of a person
under the age of 16, lewd acts
on a child and unlawful sexual intercourse last year, as
part of an investigation into
the theft of LAPD cruisers
by teenage members of the
cadet program.
He entered his plea in a
downtown Los Angeles
courtroom and will remain
in custody in lieu of $240,000
bail. Cain is scheduled to re-
turn to court in early March.
The accusations against
Cain first surfaced in June,
after a wild car chase
through South L.A. revealed
that cadets had been stealing department cruisers, radios and other equipment.
Late last year, The Times
obtained court records that
showed the cadets had been
driving the stolen cruisers
around Los Angeles County
for months undetected.
Seven cadets were arrested in connection with
the thefts, and a search of
one of the teen’s phones revealed Cain had sex with a
15-year-old girl in the program on several occasions,
police have said.
He was personally arrested by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck as the investigation
unfolded. Cain, who was last
assigned to the equipment
room at 77th Street Division,
has since resigned from the
department.
Police found more than
100 firearms during a subse-
quent search of his Rancho
Cucamonga home, and Cain
pleaded no contest this
month to manufacturing an
assault weapon and possession of a “bump stock,” a
device that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire as
if they are automatic weapons.
Cain was sentenced to
two years in prison in the
weapons case. He faces a
maximum sentence of seven
years and eight months in
state prison if he is convicted
on the sex crime charges,
and could also be required to
register as a sex offender.
Police have said Cain
may have been complicit in
the theft of LAPD property,
alongside cadets from the
department’s Pacific and
77th Street divisions. Prosecutors have yet to charge
Cain or any of the cadets in
connection with the thefts.
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L.A. COUNTY firefighter Jake Whiteaker douses hot spots on the hillside where a brush fire burned near the Malibu Library and reached the backyard of a home.
A concern over homeless camps
[Malibu, from B1]
hood. “But there’s nothing
different I can do.”
The fire broke out during
a heat wave that has brought
record-breaking temperatures to parts of Southern
California and as powerful
winds prompted fire danger
warnings across the region.
More than 200 firefighters and three water-dropping helicopters were sent
out to fight the blaze, which
was reported about 3:15 a.m.
near the Malibu Library in
the 23500 block of Civic Center Way.
At one point the blaze
reached the backyard of a
home, but a team of firefighters doused the flames,
said Inspector Gustavo Medina of the Los Angeles
County Fire Department.
Within two hours the fire
was almost fully contained,
with no reports of damaged
homes. Shortly after 6 a.m.,
authorities lifted evacuation
orders issued in the Harbor
Vista Drive, Colony View Circle and Malibu Crest Drive
areas.
Authorities don’t know
when they’ll nail down the
cause of the blaze.
“We heard rumors that
the fire was started because
of a homeless encampment,
but we still do not know,”
Medina said. “It’s a growing
concern people in Los Angeles County have.”
Malibu residents said the
homeless crisis plaguing the
region, coupled with the
devastating fire season, has
left them more vigilant
about clearing dry brush
and other potential fire hazards.
Six months ago, Deborah
Benton chopped down all
but one tree in her Malibu
backyard. She also recently
installed more security cameras around her home.
“People here worry that
when they camp out below
these houses, a fire could
start,” she said.
Her next-door neighbor,
Linda Breakstone, pointed
to the recently trimmed tree
branches in the frontyard of
her home on Colony View
Circle, which overlooks the
ocean.
“I thought that nearby
trees would catch on fire last
night,” Breakstone said. “If
it weren’t for the firefighters
and if the wind didn’t change
direction, I don’t know if
my house would still be
here.”
A block away on Harbor
Vista
Drive,
Kemal
Ramezani said people have
raised
concerns
about
homeless people sleeping in
the foothills.
“I ask my gardener every
week to check the backyard
to see if anyone has been
there,” he said. “So far we
don’t think anyone has trespassed into our property.”
Not far from the Malibu
Library, Arnold Morales
skateboarded as his friends
watched, blasting music on
their portable radio.
Morales has been homeless for six years, most of
which he’s lived in Malibu.
He said about six people
were camping near the library when the fire started.
“The winds were so bad.
If it weren’t for the firefighters I don’t know what would
have happened,” he said.
Morales said that he’s
aware of the homeless encampment near the library
because his friend used to
sleep there, but he avoids the
area because it’s private
property.
“I wouldn’t go live there,”
he said. “Not everybody who
is homeless is like that. It’s
sad to see that happen.”
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@latimes.com
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2 LAUSD
officials
resign
abruptly
DOROTHY MALONE , 1924 – 2018
[L.A. Unified, from B1]
sources confirmed that an
investigation occurred.
The two administrators
are among the latest men to
lose their jobs because of
past or recent allegations of
inappropriate conduct. The
burgeoning #MeToo movement has inspired women to
step forward to report sexual harassment. Their accounts have pressured institutions, government agencies and companies to take
action.
L.A. Unified officials
won’t confirm the existence
of any allegations, but considered the situation serious
enough to call in the district’s inspector general,
sources told The Times.
Insiders familiar with the
conclusions said that there
are multiple allegations of
inappropriate conduct or remarks — and that at least
one allegation is not recent.
Overall, investigators suggested that the two supervisors created or tolerated a
work environment in which
women sometimes were
made to feel uncomfortable
or worse.
The district considers
such investigations to be
permanently confidential
unless the Board of Education votes to release the information.
The school board reviewed the findings Dec. 12
during a portion of a meeting that was closed to the
public. Later that day, in
open session, the board
voted to approve a resolution calling for top officials to
review sexual harassment
policies and return with recommendations.
The vote on the resolution — on the same day that
board members reviewed
the Silva/Dean investigation
— may have been coincidental.
The resolution had been
brought forward by board
member Nick Melvoin. During the meeting, Melvoin
said that he had become
concerned after being told
that no sexual harassment
allegations had reached the
central unit that handles
such complaints since July.
Complaints handled at
schools are not necessarily
tracked centrally, he noted.
Without better tracking, he
said, it is difficult to get a
read on the extent of the
problem.
“At this critical cultural
moment,” he said later, “revisiting district policy seems
like the right things to do.”
Board member George
McKenna offered another
explanation for the lack of
recorded allegations: that
sexual harassment simply
isn’t a major problem in district culture.
While Melvoin’s resolution piggybacks on a hot
topic, McKenna said, it may
contribute little because administrators already should
be investigating cases and
taking appropriate action.
“A lot depends on individuals,” he said in an interview.
“There are processes in
place, but are they always
followed?”
One issue under review is
who should respond to allegations. At a school, that is
probably the principal. In
contrast, when allegations
involve a student, the district brings in a specially
trained team.
Board member Kelly
Gonez said she wants to
make sure employees know
they can contact the district’s internal Equal Opportunity Section, under the
district’s legal office, for
help.
“I’ve seen a need to
strengthen our policies so
there’s a clear and consistent process for reporting
and handling these cases,”
Gonez said. “And ultimately,
if misconduct does occur, we
need to ensure there are
meaningful
and
timely
repercussions.”
Silva and Dean started
working for L.A. Unified in
1981 and gradually rose
through the ranks.
Silva, 57, had headed the
procurement division since
2013. Part of his role was to
make sure that district employees and outside contractors understood L.A. Unified’s rules for ethical business conduct. He led periodic presentations on the
topic and had admirers inside and outside the school
system.
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Oscar winner on ‘Peyton Place’
associated press
ctress Dorothy
Malone,
who
won the hearts of
1960s television
viewers as the
long-suffering mother in the
nighttime soap “Peyton
Place,” has died in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.
Malone died of natural
causes in an assisted living
center on Jan. 19, her daughter Mimi Vanderstraaten
said.
After 11 years of mostly
roles as loving sweethearts
and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to
gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. She
fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blond and
sought a new image.
“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners
in this business became
stars overnight by playing
shady dames with sex appeal,” she recalled in 1967.
She welcomed the offer for
“Written on the Wind,” in
which she played a promiscuous alcoholic infatuated
with Rock Hudson.
“And I’ve been unfaithful
or drunk or oversexed almost ever since — on the
screen, of course,” she said.
When Jack Lemmon announced her as the winner of
the 1956 Academy Award for
best actress in a supporting
role for the performance, she
rushed to the stage of the
Pantages Theatre and gave
the longest speech of the
evening. When Lemmon
pointed to his watch, she
continued, thanking “the
Screen Actors and the
Screen Extras guilds because we’ve had a lot of ups
and downs together.”
Malone’s career waned
after she reached 40, but she
achieved her widest popularity with “Peyton Place,”
the 1964-69 ABC series
based on Grace Metalious’
steamy novel that became a
hit 1957 movie starring Lana
Turner. Malone assumed
the Turner role as Constance MacKenzie, the
bookshop operator who harbored a dark secret about
Associated Press
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS WINNER
Dorothy Malone, shown with Anthony Quinn at the 1957 Academy Awards, took a
lower salary on “Peyton Place” in order to have more time for her young children.
the birth of her daughter Allison, played by the 19-yearold Mia Farrow.
ABC took a gamble on
“Peyton Place,” scheduling
what was essentially a soap
opera in prime time three
times a week. It proved to be
a ratings winner, earning
new prominence for Malone
and making stars of Farrow,
Ryan O’Neal and Barbara
Parkins.
“RIP Dorothy Malone,
my beautiful TV mom for
two amazing years,” Farrow
posted on Twitter.
Malone was offered a salary of $10,000 a week, huge
money at the time. She settled for $7,000 with the proviso that she could leave the
set at 5 p.m. to spend time
with her young daughters,
Mimi and Diane. She had
been divorced from their father, Jacques Bergerac.
He had been discovered
in France by Ginger Rogers,
who married him and helped
sponsor his acting career.
They divorced, and he
wooed and wedded Dorothy
Malone in 1959. The marriage lasted five years and
ended in a bitter court battle
over custody of the daughters. “I wish Ginger had
warned me what he was
like,” she said.
Malone married three
times — two and a half by her
calculation. Her second
marriage, to stock broker
Robert Tomarkin in 1969,
was annulled after six weeks,
Vanderstraaten said. A marriage in 1971 to motel chain
executive Huston Bell also
ended in divorce.
“I don’t have very good
luck in men,” she said. “I had
a tendency to endow a man
qualities he did not possess.”
When a reporter suggested that she was well
fixed because of the “Peyton
Place” money, she replied:
“Don’t you believe it. I had a
husband who took me to the
cleaners. The day after we
were married, he was on the
phone selling off my stuff.”
Dorothy Eloise Maloney
was born in Chicago on Jan.
30, 1924. (Her name was
changed to Malone in Hollywood “because it sounded
too much like baloney,” she
A blow to migrant minors
[Ruling, from B1]
The 9th Circuit said federal law did not guarantee
paid lawyers for children in
immigration court and that
the teenage boy failed to
show that he needed a lawyer to safeguard his rights.
“Mandating free courtappointed counsel could further strain an already overextended immigration system,” wrote Judge Consuelo
M. Callahan, who was appointed
by
President
George W. Bush.
The decision was a blow
to immigration rights activists, who have been trying for
years to get appointed counsel for youngsters facing deportation.
“It is a brutal decision,”
said Ahilan Arulanantham,
legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of
Southern California. “It is
brutal for him and also brutal for thousands of other
children who have fled three
of the most violent countries
on Earth — Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.”
He said most of the minors facing deportation proceedings without lawyers
came to the U.S. to escape violence in those three countries.
The ACLU and another
organization tried unsuccessfully in the past to obtain lawyers for minors
through a class-action lawsuit.
In Monday’s ruling, the
9th Circuit expressed sympathy for the teenager but
said the law did not support
him.
Immigration authorities
picked up the boy and his
mother four days after they
crossed the border in 2014.
They were detained in Los
Angeles.
An immigration judge repeatedly told the mother
that her son was entitled to a
lawyer, and she said she
could not afford one, the 9th
Circuit said.
In the end, she filled out
her son’s asylum application
herself.
“The application contains threadbare statements in support of C.J.’s
asylum claim and much
of what is written is border-
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
THE ACLU’S Ahilan Arulanantham called the rul-
ing “a brutal decision” for kids fleeing violence.
line inscrutable and nonresponsive,” the 9th Circuit
said.
The mother based her
son’s request for asylum on
threats by the Mara gang.
The boy “repeatedly
spurned” efforts by the gang
to recruit him, despite death
threats made against him
and his family, the 9th Circuit said. “After the Maras
threatened C.J. at gunpoint,
C.J. and his mother, Maria,
fled Honduras.”
The ACLU of Southern
California eventually took
the boy’s case, arguing that
he and other minors should
be entitled to appointed lawyers if they could not afford
to hire one.
“The decision is incorrect
and also just defies common
sense,” Arulanantham said.
“It is just sort of obvious that
a child cannot get a fair hearing in a deportation case,
particularly one as complicated as his … without a lawyer.”
He said the ACLU had
not yet decided whether to
appeal Monday’s ruling,
which affects all the Western
states covered by the 9th
Circuit. He said the boy is in
high school in Los Angeles,
and his mother works as a
cook on a taco truck.
By ruling against the
teenager, the 9th Circuit said
it realized he would be “returned to a country in turmoil.”
“We sympathize with his
personal plight, as C.J. appears to have displayed
courage in the face of serious
adversity,” Callahan wrote.
But “the law does not
support his requested relief,” she said.
In a concurrence, Judge
John B. Owens, an Obama
appointee, noted that the
ruling did not determine
whether
unaccompanied
minors were entitled to lawyers in immigration court.
The boy in Monday’s case
had been accompanied by
his mom when he crossed
the border.
Arulanantham
noted
that the other two judges in
the case had not endorsed
that statement.
“If this decision stands,
thousands of unaccompanied children who are presently in the system will be ordered removed and will never get a day in court,” Arulanantham said.
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said). When she was 3
months old, her father — a
telephone company auditor
— moved the family to Dallas, where she was raised.
“As a child I lived by the
rules,” she said in 1967, “repeating them over and over,
abiding by them before I
fully understood their full
meaning.”
In 1942, an RKO talent
scout saw her in a play at
Southern Methodist University and recommended
her for a studio contract.
Her first three movie roles
were walk-ons with no lines;
her later roles were not
much improvement. A move
to Warner Bros. in 1945 provided greater opportunity.
In her first film at Warner
Bros., “The Big Sleep,” she
was cast as a bookshop clerk
who is questioned by Philip
Marlowe (Humphrey Bog-
art). She closes the shop,
lets her hair down, takes off
her glasses and seduces the
private eye in a shelter from
a thunderstorm. Her other
films at the studio were less
provocative. They included
“Night and Day,” “One Sunday Afternoon,” “Colorado
Territory,” “Young at Heart”
and “Battle Cry.”
Free of her Warner Bros.
contract, Malone was cast
by Universal in “Written on
the Wind,” which she later
said was “the most fun picture I ever made.” Important films followed: “Man of
a Thousand Faces” as the
wife of Lon Chaney (James
Cagney); “Too Much, Too
Soon” as Diana Barrymore,
the alcoholic daughter of
John Barrymore (Errol
Flynn); “The Last Sunset,” a
western with Kirk Douglas
and Rock Hudson.
None
of
the
roles
matched her Marylee Hadley in “Written on the Wind,”
and she welcomed the offer
of “Peyton Place.”
“At the time, doing television was considered professional death,” she said in
1981. “However, I knew the series was going to be good,
and I didn’t have to prove
myself as a star.”
After the series ended,
she appeared in TV movies,
including “Murder in Peyton
Place” (1977) and “Peyton
Place — The Next Generation” (1985).
With her feature career
virtually ended, she moved
to Dallas to take care of her
parents. After they died, she
continued living there, making occasional returns to
Hollywood and forays into
dinner theaters.
In 1992, she was again in a
top feature, playing a murderer in the Sharon StoneMichael Douglas sex thriller
“Basic Instinct.” It was her
final on-screen role.
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No easy fixes for Cal State’s budget woes
[Cal State, from B1]
The University of California, facing similar budget
pressures, is also considering a tuition increase. After
student protests and a
heated debate, regents last
week voted to put off a decision until May in order to
step up pressure on the Legislature to increase state
funding for the university
system.
Discussions at Cal State
are expected to also be difficult. Trustees in a November
meeting expressed dismay
at the possibility of another
tuition increase.
“Trustees will not be
asked to raise tuition, if it becomes necessary, until at
least May,” White said Monday, acknowledging the
mounting concerns in recent days. “This will allow all
to gain a deeper understanding of the state’s financial
outlook, make our case to
policymakers and recognize
the efforts undertaken to
streamline
operations
across the university.”
But the financial options
are limited, administrators
said. Based on Brown’s current budget plan, administrators expect to get only
$92.1 million of the $263 million they say they need in additional state funding —
which would bring Cal
State’s total annual operating budget to $6.8 billion. They said $39.9 million
of the additional funding
they are seeking would be
used to enroll the equivalent
of 3,641 additional full-time
students, and $75 million to
continue efforts to double
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
“TRUSTEES will not be asked to raise tuition, if it becomes necessary, until at least May,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, center, said.
the four-year graduation
rate to 40% by 2025 (an ambitious undertaking that is estimated to cost $450 million
in total).
Employee
healthcare
and other mandatory costs
alone would eat up most of
the additional funding. A tuition increase, according to a
proposal submitted to the
Cal State Student Assn.,
would generate $90.5 million
in new revenue, after taking
into account additional financial aid costs.
Lobbying state lawmakers for more funding is still
the top priority for the next
few months, administrators
said. Without either additional state funding or tuition revenue, trustees and
campus leaders would have
to make some tough calls.
“The possibility for campus budget reductions is
real,” according to a report
prepared for trustees by Cal
State’s chief financial officer
and assistant vice chancellor for budget. “This includes the availability of
fewer course sections, a decrease
in
student
enrollment, fewer students
receiving financial aid, limits
to academic counseling and
psychological
well-being
counseling services, and
negative impacts on the operations and maintenance of
central plant facilities.”
Students and faculty say
they are frustrated with the
yearly budget impasse —
which many say avoids dealing with long-term, systematic funding problems.
“This is déjà vu all over
again. As we have seen so
many times before, rather
than push back, the administration offers ways to ‘adjust’ to the governor’s proposal, which always means
that students pay more and
get less, and thousands of
others get nothing because
they are turned away,” said
Lillian
Taiz,
professor
emerita at Cal State L.A.
and a member of the California Faculty Assn.
Trustees will also discuss
proposals on how to accommodate more students and
redirect them to less
crowded Cal State campuses. Though Cal State has
increased enrollment by
31,000 full-time equivalent
students since the recession
— the equivalent of two new
campuses — demand continues to outpace capacity.
Six of Cal State’s 23 campuses — Fresno, Fullerton,
Long Beach, San Diego, San
Jose and San Luis Obispo —
are so popular that every
major and program has had
more qualified students applying than can be accommodated by faculty, staff
and campus resources.
The trustees are scheduled to meet for two days. A
livestream of the open sessions can be viewed at
www.calstate.edu/bot.
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YouTube’s
balancing
act: stars vs.
advertisers
The platform changed
its ad policies after
controversial videos
bruised its image. Now
its creators are upset.
By David Pierson
Michael Loccisano Getty Images
MILEY CYRUS attends the Grammy Awards ceremony. The show’s ratings decline is the latest sign that
awards shows are grappling with dwindling audiences as younger people view highlights online.
Grammy audience
is lowest in 9 years
The number of viewers plunges 24% to 19.8 million
By Stephen Battaglio
The CBS telecast of the 60th
Grammy Awards was watched Sunday by 19.8 million viewers, a staggering 24% decline from last year’s show.
The live program from Madison
Square Garden in New York, with
“The Late Late Show” host James
Corden as emcee, drew its smallest audience since 2009, according to
Nielsen data.
The rating among viewers ages 18
to 49 — the group important to most
advertisers — hit an all-time low, with
5.9% of that audience tuned in compared with 7.8% last year.
The decline in viewership is the latest indication of how awards shows
are grappling with dwindling audiences as younger people watch highlights
online. Other big awards events such
as the Oscars and the Golden Globes
have seen losses among younger viewers in recent years as well.
Some viewers may have been
turned off by the highly political and
often somber nature of the evening,
which included speeches and performances recognizing the Time’s Up
movement and criticizing the Trump
administration’s stance on immigration.
A tribute to victims of last year’s
mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas and two numbers
saluting Broadway — included to note
the Grammy ceremony’s return to
New York after a 15-year absence —
contributed to a preponderance of
slow ballads on the program.
Political humor pieces are rare at
the Grammys, but several artists —
and Hillary Clinton — participated in
a segment in which they auditioned to
record an audio version of Michael
Wolff ’s Trump White House tell-all
book “Fire and Fury.”
When the program aired, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki
Haley responded to the short video
[See Grammys, C5]
Over the last 11 years,
Chris Thompson has built a
career on YouTube. His personal videos about relationships, sex and LGBTQ issues won him more than
385,000 subscribers.
But recent shifts by
YouTube led Thompson to
cast aside the platform that
provided his primary source
of income. This year, he’s trying to bring his audience
with him to the Amazonowned live-streaming service Twitch.
“I can talk about whatever I want on Twitch. I can
speak my mind,” Thompson
said.
Video producers like
Thompson have long been
considered the lifeblood of
YouTube’s thriving community of so-called creators.
But that same grassroots
community
that
helped YouTube spark a
paradigm shift in media consumption has also become a
growing source of risk for the
Google-owned property.
Advertisers recoiled during a bruising year for
YouTube’s
image
that
started with charges of
anti-Semitism against one
of the platform’s biggest
stars, PewDiePie.
It progressed to outrage
about disturbing videos disguised as children’s content,
and culminated on New
Year’s Eve when YouTube
star Logan Paul posted a video of himself discovering a
dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest.”
YouTube booted Paul
from its premium advertisement program and rolled
out a new advertising policy
that requires creators to attain more subscribers and
more hours of viewership to
earn revenue.
Some video producers
say they’re losing money because of the mistakes of
stars like Paul. Others worry
that in YouTube’s bid to appease advertisers, the com-
Does your home policy cover mudslides?
DAVID LAZARUS
Pamela
Jameson
Boehr and
her husband
own a home
and two
rental properties in
Montecito.
Each site was
affected by the devastating
mudslides that recently
swept through the area.
Boehr, 77, told me her
personal residence wasn’t
significantly damaged, but
one of the rental properties,
a pair of duplexes, is now
covered with nearly 2 feet of
mud and debris.
“There’s major destruction to the carport,” she
said. “The tool shed was
wiped off the face of the
Earth.”
Will Boehr’s homeowners’ insurance cover the
damage?
“That remains to be
seen,” she replied.
First came fire. Then
mud.
Now come the lawyers.
The typical homeowners’
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
MUD AND DEBRIS are piled near a Montecito home Jan. 16. Many residents
might argue the mudslides wouldn’t have happened if not for the Thomas fire.
insurance policy doesn’t
cover flood damage, which
would include some mudslides. You’d need supplementary coverage for that.
But the typical home
insurance plan does cover
fire-related damage.
So the case many Montecito residents will be
making — as evacuation
orders are finally lifted and
people get their first upclose looks at their properties — is that the mudslides
wouldn’t have happened, or
been so severe, if not for the
catastrophic Thomas fire,
which scorched nearly
300,000 acres last month.
In other words, homeowners’ mudslide claims
will be for fire damage, not
flood damage.
Whether that argument
holds up in court is an open
question.
“Your insurance company’s first answer is going to
be, no, you’re not covered,”
said Amy Bach, executive
director of the advocacy
group United Policyholders.
“But we’re encouraging all
homeowners to fight.”
[See Lazarus, C4]
pany may grow even more
sensitive to material that the
creators consider benign.
Thompson said he has already been the victim of
overzealous censorship by
YouTube. He says income to
his channel, SupDaily06, has
largely dried up since some
of his videos about LGBTQ
issues were deemed inappropriate for advertising.
YouTube is now at a
crossroads, analysts say,
torn between harnessing the
power of its dedicated army
of creators and placating the
risk-averse
advertisers
needed in ever-greater numbers to make the platform
[See YouTube, C4]
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
JIM KIRK is The
Times’ third editor in
chief in six months.
Times
names
new
editor
Jim Kirk seeks to unify
L.A. newsroom after
months of turmoil.
By Meg James
Jim Kirk, the Los Angeles
Times’ newly installed editor in chief, on Monday
sought to soothe a newsroom roiled by months of
turmoil — a unionization
campaign by staff members,
distrust about the motives
of corporate leaders and a
revolving door in management.
Kirk flew into Los Angeles on Monday morning, 24
hours after accepting the
top editorial job at The
Times in the latest management shake-up. Then, in a
late afternoon staff meeting,
the new boss took questions
for nearly 50 minutes, standing in front of the darkened
glass-walled office that his
predecessor,
Lewis
D’Vorkin, had occupied for
just three months.
“I want to start fresh and
bring this newsroom together,” Kirk told the nearly
200 newsroom employees
who attended the meeting.
“There has been too much
not-togetherness in the past
few months, and if we want
to be successful, that has to
change.”
It was a starkly different
tone from that set by
D’Vorkin, who conducted
two contentious staff meetings, including one in which
he scolded employees after
discovering that someone
had leaked a recording of a
previous gathering to the
New York Times. D’Vorkin
[See Kirk, C3]
C2
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BUSINESS BEAT
Qatar Airways
ends U.S. dispute
By Nick Wadhams and Michael Sasso
Boring Co.
ELON MUSK says his Boring Co. has pre-sold 10,000 flamethrowers at $500 each. Assemblyman Miguel San-
tiago was not amused: “We’ve just gone through some catastrophic fires in California,” he said. “It’s a bad joke.”
Flamethrower proves hot
By Samantha Masunaga
Elon Musk knows his audience. He just sold tens of
thousands of hats emblazoned with the name of his
Boring Co. tunnel business,
then followed up by slapping
his brand on something far
less practical: flamethrowers.
The Los Angeles entrepreneur — who also leads
SpaceX and Tesla Inc. and
has a flair for showmanship
— said Monday that his tunneling firm had pre-sold
10,000 Boring Co.-branded
flamethrowers since Saturday, pulling in $5 million.
Musk’s fans flocked to his
side project even as one of
his main ventures flounders.
Tesla received many pre-orders for its new Model 3 electric sedans, but it has yet to
ramp up output of the cars
as promised. Musk has said
Tesla is in “production hell.”
His brand has stayed
strong. Musk’s devoted fans
snapped up 50,000 Boring
Co. hats at $20 each and the
flamethrowers — which
Musk promised to start
shipping this spring — for
$500 apiece. Musk also said
Monday that he’d sold about
3,000 admittedly overpriced
fire
extinguishers
($30
each).
Flamethrowers
have
nothing
to
do
with
Hawthorne-based Boring
Co.’s stated mission of creating tunnels as a way to reduce surface-level street
traffic. And their buyers
probably don’t need the
flamethrowers to, say, clear
brush from large tracts of
land or to melt snow and ice.
On its website, Boring Co.
describes the fire-spouting
devices as “guaranteed to
liven up any party!” And
Musk tweeted over the weekend that a flamethrower was
a “super terrible idea” and
encouraged his followers not
to buy one — “unless you like
fun.”
California Assemblyman
Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) wasn’t smiling. He
said Monday he was worried
the sale of the flamethrowers could be a public hazard.
“We’ve just gone through
some catastrophic fires in
California,” he said. “It’s a
bad joke.”
Such devices have also
been used to devastating effect in war. In 1983, 115 nations — including the United
States — agreed to prohibit
attacks on civilians with “incendiary weapons,” which
includes flamethrowers.
The devices do have
peaceful, practical uses.
Farmers and ranchers
have bought flamethrowers
from Cleveland, Ohio-based
Throwflame to clear their
fields at the end of growing
seasons, and firefighters
have used the devices to do
controlled burns as they
seek to contain the spread of
wildfires, Throwflame Chief
Executive Quinn Whitehead
said.
Phoenix-based Ion Productions Team said its
flamethrowers can be used
to clear snow and ice, or to
incinerate weeds on large
lots of land. Customers are
about evenly split between
those who use the flamethrower for fun and those
who use it for work, especially on farms in rural areas,
CEO Chris Byars said.
In California, there are
some restrictions. State
health and safety codes
mandate that to use
flamethrowing devices with
a range of at least 10 feet, a
person must have a permit
or be part of a firefighting
agency.
A Boring Co. spokesman
said the flamethrowers on
pre-sale have a range of less
than 10 feet, so no such permits are needed. A short video on the company’s website shows the devices spitting a few feet of fire.
Flamethrower manufacturers say Musk’s foray into
flamethrowers has led to
more interest in their own
products.
Whitehead said Throwflame
customers
have
placed “quite a few” orders
since Musk first began
tweeting about his flame-
thrower
promotion.
Throwflame’s
signature
product is the X15 Flamethrower,
which
starts
around $1,600 and has a
range of about 50 feet.
Whitehead said the company, founded in 2015, has
sold several thousand X15
flamethrowers in the last
year or so, though it’s still a
niche market.
Ion Productions Team
said it got more than 2,400
orders for flamethrowers
last year. It now offers a new
flamethrower called the
XM42-M, which has a 30foot range.
samantha.masunaga
@latimes.com
German car firms
chided for tests on
monkeys, humans
associated press
Public criticism of the
German auto industry has
escalated after a report that
an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of
the effects of diesel exhaust
using monkeys, and that another study exposed humans to low levels of one
type of air pollutant.
The German government condemned the experiments Monday, and
Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with
its chairman saying that “in
the name of the whole board
I emphatically disavow such
practices.”
The tests reportedly were
commissioned by a research
group funded by major German automakers.
Revelations of the tests
add a twist to the German
auto industry’s attempt to
move past Volkswagen’s
scandal over cheating on
diesel tests and the resulting
questioning
of
diesel
technology across the industry.
Volkswagen Chairman
Hans Dieter Poetsch said
tests were “totally incomprehensible” and must be
“investigated
completely
and without reservation,”
the DPA news agency reported.
A report by the New York
Times found that a research
group funded by major German auto companies commissioned experiments in
which one group of monkeys
was exposed to diesel exhaust from a late-model
Volkswagen, while another
group was exposed to
fumes from an older Ford
pickup.
The experiments were
carried out in 2014 before
Volkswagen was caught using software that enabled
vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. They were intended to show modern
diesel technology had solved
the problem of excess emissions, but according to the
New York Times report, the
Volkswagen car in the tests
was equipped with illegal
software that turned emissions controls on while the
car was on test stands and
off during regular driving.
Volkswagen admitted in
2015 to using the software.
The scandal led to public
scrutiny of diesel emissions
as regulators discovered
that other companies’ vehicles also had higher emissions on the road than during testing, though not necessarily through illegal rigging. The industry has had
to fend off calls for diesel
bans in German cities with
high pollution levels.
Daimler said that it was
“appalled by the nature and
extent of the studies” and
that, though it didn’t have
any influence on the studies’
design, “we have launched a
comprehensive investigation into the matter.”
BMW said that it “did not
participate in the mentioned study” on animals
“and distances itself from
this study.” It said it was investigating the work and
background of the research
group.
The New York Times report said the group that
commissioned the studies,
known as EUGT, got all its
funding from the three automakers.
The New York Times report was followed by one in
Monday’s edition of the
Stuttgarter Zeitung daily
that the now-closed research group also commissioned tests in which humans were exposed to nitrogen oxides, a class of pollutant. The group reportedly
said the tests showed no effect on the subjects.
That study, carried out
by Aachen University, involved studying the effects of
exposing 25 people, mostly
students, to low levels of nitrogen dioxide like those
that could be found in the
environment — from a 40liter bottle, not a diesel engine. The individuals gave
informed written consent for
the study, which was approved by the ethics committee of the university’s
medical faculty, according to
the study.
The German government condemned the reported tests on animals and
humans. Transport Minister Christian Schmidt “has
no understanding for such
tests that do not serve science but merely PR aims,”
spokesman Ingo Strater
told reporters in Berlin.
Qatar Airways will commit to greater financial transparency and to not run any indirect flights to the U.S.
through other countries as part of an agreement with the
Trump administration addressing U.S. carriers’ accusations that their Gulf rivals get unfair government help.
Airlines are hailing the agreement as a victory, if not a
complete one, in one of the biggest trade disputes in U.S.
history. They’ve estimated that Qatar gave $17 billion or
more to Qatar Airways over a 10-year period.
“This would be a landmark milestone for the American
airline industry that will protect our workers and ensure
that our foreign competitors play by the rules and do not
undermine our international agreements,” said Peter
Carter, chief legal officer of Delta Air Lines. “We all support the administration as it holds their feet to the fire to
ensure they live up to their commitments.”
Senior State Department officials said that within a
year, Qatar Airways will adopt internationally recognized
accounting standards, and issue annual reports and
audited results, to the extent it is not already doing so.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will announce the arrangement Tuesday, after weeks of negotiation among
the State Department, White House and Qatar.
Within two years, the airline will disclose any major financial transactions with state enterprises to ensure
those are being done on commercial terms, said the officials, who declined to be identified.
Qatar Airways also informed the U.S. that it has no intention, for now, of conducting “Fifth Freedom” flights to
the U.S. Under commercial aviation protocols, those
flights are ones that start in an airline’s home country and
touch down in a different nation before continuing on to a
third country — in this case, the U.S.
Wadhams and Sasso write for Bloomberg.
Keurig agrees to
Dr Pepper deal
By Lisa Wolfson and Eric Pfanner
JAB Holding Co.’s audacious effort to build a foodand-beverage empire, which already includes Krispy
Kreme Doughnuts and Caribou Coffee, has taken a surprise turn into soft drinks.
The investment firm’s Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
business, known for its single-serve coffee brewers,
agreed Monday to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple
Group Inc. The deal would pay $18.7 billion in cash to
shareholders and assemble a massive beverage distribution network in the U.S., giving JAB’s businesses even
greater control over how Americans eat and drink.
Dr Pepper Snapple shareholders would get $103.75 a
share in a special cash dividend and retain 13% of the combined business, the companies said. The dividend is
about 9% above where shares of Plano, Texas-based Dr
Pepper Snapple closed Friday. Existing investors in
Keurig Green Mountain would own 87% of the new entity.
Dr Pepper Snapple shares jumped 22.4% on Monday
to $117.07.
The deal would vault JAB into competition with the
likes of Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc., bringing a stable
of brands that includes 7Up lemon-lime soda, A&W root
beer and Mott’s apple juice. Keurig Dr Pepper, as the new
company would be known, would have annual revenue of
about $11 billion.
JAB has been placing increasingly bold bets on food
and drink businesses. At the same time, it has shifted
away from fashion holdings such as Jimmy Choo.
The combined company would be able to cash in on
consumer trends in which people are turning away from
once-dominant colas, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst
Ken Shea said.
Wolfson and Pfanner write for Bloomberg.
Capital Group
lawsuit gets tossed
By James Rufus Koren
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Los
Angeles fund giant Capital Group that alleged the firm
was bilking employees by steering their retirement savings into its own mutual funds.
Former employee D’Ann Patterson sued the company
in June, saying it had made “imprudent and self-interested decisions” by offering mostly its own mutual funds
to employees through the company’s 401(k) plan, and
that those funds charged excessive fees.
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer called the allegations
implausible, saying it did not appear the company either
overcharged its employees or erred by offering them its
own mutual funds.
Capital Group, which manages $1.7 trillion in assets,
had called the lawsuit meritless when it was filed. Company spokeswoman Hannah Coan said Friday, “We are
pleased with the judge’s order, and agree with the ruling.”
Patterson’s attorneys did not respond to a request for
comment. The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court,
compared Capital Group’s American Funds family of mutual funds with similar offerings from passive investing
specialist Vanguard. It argued Vanguard provided better
performance and lower fees, giving Capital Group employees a bad deal.
There have been a handful of similar cases filed over
the last few years against money-management firms, all
arguing that companies are harming employees by
steering retirement savings into anything other than
cheap, passively managed funds — ones that track the
S&P 500 and other stock indexes.
Fees for American Funds, which are actively managed
by stock pickers, are generally higher than for passive
funds. But some of the comparisons in Patterson’s suit
showed that American Funds outperformed Vanguard
funds, even after the higher fees were taken into account.
Fischer dismissed the case but gave Patterson and her
attorneys until Feb. 20 to file an amended complaint.
james.koren@latimes.com
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Trump seeks U.S.-built 5G system
The idea for a secure
network is facing
pushback from
regulators and the
wireless industry.
By Margaret Talev,
Jennifer Epstein
and Todd Shields
U.S. regulators and the
wireless industry are pushing back against a plan
under discussion by the
Trump administration to
build a secure 5G network —
possibly with government
control — amid concerns
about China and cybersecurity.
The Republican head of
the Federal Communications Commission also issued a statement in opposition to any government control, suggesting that the
wireless industry is best positioned “to drive innovation
and investment.”
“I oppose any proposal
for the federal government
to build and operate a
nationwide 5G network,”
said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
who was appointed by President Trump. “Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network would be a
costly and counterproductive distraction from the
policies we need to help the
United States win the 5G future.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at
Monday’s news briefing that
discussions are at an early
stage. “There’s been absolutely no decision made
other than the fact, the need
for a secure network,” Sanders said.
The wireless industry
also appeared to throw cold
water on the plan. A leading
trade group whose members
include AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
said Monday that it sees a
competitive marketplace as
the best option for ensuring
the U.S. leads in 5G
technology.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
THE WIRELESS industry appeared to throw cold water on the plan to build a secure 5G network. Above,
Qualcomm President Cristiano R. Amon, left, Qi Lu of Baidu and Hans Vestberg of Verizon at CES this month.
The statements were in
response to reports that the
Trump administration is in
preliminary talks with U.S.
and European companies
about
pushing
5G
technology possibly with
federal funds, although key
decisions over funding and
control haven’t been reached, according to two administration officials familiar with the plans who discussed the deliberations on
condition of anonymity. The
government aims to decide
on a plan by the end of September and build it out over
the next few years, said one
of the officials.
If the U.S. opts for one secure network rather than
multiple systems, the main
unresolved questions would
be what portion of the proj-
ect would be funded by taxpayers and whether it would
be owned by the government, a private consortium
or some combination of public and private entities, one
of the officials said.
If the federal government
directly participates in
building a wireless network
intended for commercial
use, that would be a departure from the decades-long
tradition of auctioning licenses to telecommunications companies to build
their own networks.
“What government can
and should do is to push
spectrum into the commercial marketplace and set
rules that encourage the private sector to develop and
deploy next-generation infrastructure,” Pai said in his
statement.
A handful of carriers, including Verizon, have already been moving from trials to deployments of the
next-generation
wireless
network known as 5G. Most
mobile-phone companies
are targeting 2020 for the initial rollout of the technology,
which promises 10 times
faster speeds and lower latency, or lag time, in transferring data when it’s requested.
“The wireless industry
agrees that winning the race
to 5G is a national priority,”
Meredith Attwell Baker —
president of CTIA, the trade
group including the largest
wireless carriers as members — said in a statement
Monday. “The government
should pursue the free mar-
ket policies that enabled the
U.S. wireless industry to win
the race to 4G.”
The Trump administration is in contact with U.S.,
European and Asian companies, but not Chinese firms,
one of the administration officials said.
Engineers are still trying
to figure out how to make 5G
work. Rain, fog and trees
have long been the enemy of
high-frequency radio waves.
Given
the
relatively
short, fragile nature of 5G
signals, carriers have to configure networks differently.
They’re shifting more of the
network hardware from tall
towers that are scattered to
spread signals over broad
areas, to smaller, more clustered sites such as rooftops
and street poles.
Axios, citing sensitive
documents it had obtained,
reported
Sunday
that
Trump national security officials are considering a
takeover of part of the nation’s mobile network to
guard against China. The
best way to protect against
China — the “dominant malicious actor in the Information Domain” — is for the
U.S. to build a network itself
and then rent access to
carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US Inc.,
Axios quoted a memo as saying.
One of the administration officials dismissed the
notion of a “takeover” referenced by Axios as not part of
the administration’s thinking.
“Thanks to multibilliondollar investments made
by American companies,
the work to launch 5G service in the United States is already well down the road,”
AT&T said in a statement.
“We have no doubt that
America will lead the 5G revolution.”
The company didn’t
comment on whether it was
in talks about a governmentrun network. Verizon, Sprint
Corp. and T-Mobile didn’t
respond to requests for comment late Sunday.
According to the documents, a secure 5G network
is crucial to creating a secure
pathway for new technologies such as self-driving cars
and virtual reality, Axios reported.
U.S. lawmakers have
sounded alarms about the
growing power of Huawei,
the Chinese network equipment maker that has expanded its market share
around the globe, with its
products operating networks in Europe and Latin
America. A governmentbacked plan to accelerate
the development of 5G in the
U.S. would require support
from Huawei’s top rivals,
such as Nokia Oyj and Ericsson.
Talev, Epstein and Shields
write for Bloomberg.
New Times editor vows:
‘We will be transparent’
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U.S. TRADE Representative Robert Lighthizer, with President Trump last
week, offered a mixed assessment of the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations.
Hope rises for NAFTA
By Don Lee
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s chief trade official Monday offered a modicum of optimism about the
ongoing talks to revamp the
North American Free Trade
Agreement, even as he shot
down two key Canadian proposals and blasted a recent
trade action by Canada as a
“massive attack on all of our
trade laws.”
The mixed assessment
and tone from U.S. Trade
Representative
Robert
Lighthizer, after the sixth
round of NAFTA talks in
Montreal, reflects the arduous task ahead as U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials
try to bridge big gaps that
stand in the way of a revision
of the 24-year-old pact.
“I think there’s a considerable distance to go,” said
Rep. Sander M. Levin (DMich.), who was in Montreal
monitoring the talks and advocating for substantial
changes in NAFTA’s labor
provisions to address the
outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico.
On one hand, the comments by Lighthizer, as well
as his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, marked a
notable improvement from
the contentious atmosphere
in the previous round, when
some feared a breakdown in
talks amid U.S. demands
and continuing threats by
President Trump to withdraw from NAFTA.
Lighthizer said Monday
that in the last week, the
three sides were able to wrap
up an important section on
corruption and that they
had made headway on a few
other areas. And the parties
agreed to keep talking, although there was no official
word on a seventh round, expected to be held late February in Mexico City.
But even as Lighthizer
said “we finally began to discuss some of the core issues”
in Canada, he described the
talks as “progressing very
slowly.” And he reiterated
his sharp criticism of a recent action by Canada to
challenge American use of
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties before the World
Trade Organization.
Speaking in Montreal,
Lighthizer focused his remarks on heightened economic tensions with Canada.
The historically close allies
have argued over lumber,
newsprint, dairy and, until
Friday, Boeing’s dumping
complaint against Bombardier, which Boeing lost.
Lighthizer and the Canadian foreign affairs minister,
Chrystia Freeland, seemed
to take pains to try to dispel
reports of their frosty relationship following the previous negotiating session in
Washington.
At the same time,
Lighthizer insisted that it
was only reasonable for the
United States to look not
only to modernize NAFTA
but to “rebalance” it in light
of the U.S. trade deficit with
Canada. In 2016, he said,
Canada sold $87 billion more
in products to the United
States than the other way
around.
Canadian officials have
noted that when two-way
trade in services is included
— for example licensing fees
and engineering services —
the U.S. actually enjoyed a
small trade surplus with
Canada in 2016. Lighthizer,
like Trump, has made goods
the principal measure of bilateral trading relations,
and the administration’s
aim is to rewrite NAFTA in
such a way that deficits with
Canada and Mexico might
be reversed.
In Montreal, there were
no breakthroughs on the
thorniest issues, although
Canada offered proposals to
address U.S. demands on
two key issues. The Trump
administration wants to
raise to 85% the current requirement that 62.5% of an
automobile’s content be
made in North America before vehicles can be traded
from one NAFTA country to
another without paying duties. Canadian officials suggested a different way to calculate the value of cars, but
Lighthizer panned the idea.
And he rejected outright a
Canadian proposal on a controversial provision related
to investors’ rights.
There are also major differences on government procurement and a desire by the
Trump administration to insert language that would allow the U.S. to review NAFTA’s performance and redress trade imbalances.
don.lee@latimes.com
[Kirk, from C1]
had begun assembling a
separate team of journalists
to create digital content for
social media and mobile
phones. But he had declined
to discuss those plans, raising suspicions among reporters and editors.
Kirk, 52, pledged to be
transparent in his dealings
with the newsroom, but he
declined to speculate on why
D’Vorkin
was
abruptly
forced out.
D’Vorkin, 65, will move to
a new position as Tronc’s
chief content officer, spearheading the parent company’s initiative to create news
“verticals” and other digital
products to try to capitalize
on the reach of the company,
which also owns newspapers
in Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and San Diego.
As part of the shake-up,
Mickie Rosen, who served as
The Times’ president for
three months, also is expected to shift to a new role
within the parent company,
according to knowledgeable
people who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Meanwhile, an investigation by law firm Sidley
Austin into the behavior of
Times publisher Ross Levinsohn continues. Levinsohn, who joined the paper in August, was placed on
unpaid leave earlier this
month after a detailed report by National Public Radio, which revealed that Levinsohn had been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits.
At the staff meeting Monday, one writer asked Kirk if
he had ever been accused of
sexual harassment.
“No,” Kirk said, prompting applause from the room.
It was a return to Los Angeles for Kirk, the former editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Illinois
native joined Tronc in August and was quickly dispatched to L.A. on Aug. 21 in
the previous management
overhaul. He served as interim editor until D’Vorkin, a
former top editor at Forbes,
came onboard on Nov. 1.
Just last week, Kirk was
managing the recently ac-
quired New York Daily News
as its interim editor, an assignment he was handed
one week before. He returned to his Chicago home
for the weekend, where he
got a call asking whether he
wanted to lead The Times’
newsroom. Monday morning, he was on his way to California.
Kirk becomes The Times’
17th top editor since the paper began publishing in 1881
— and its third in the last six
months.
Unifying the newsroom
will be key to Kirk’s and the
newspaper’s success, analysts said.
“When the news industry
is facing such huge challenges, all hands need to be
pointed in the same direction, trying to figure out
ways to better reach consumers on digital platforms,” said Gabriel Kahn, a
professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Kirk said he wanted to expand the newsroom and its
diversity. But he was candid
that there might be more
layoffs, though he said none
were currently planned. The
Times, and other newspapers, have been hit hard financially as advertisers shift
dollars to internet giants
Google and Facebook.
“There will be tough
choices to make, but I promise that we will be transparent when we have to make
those choices,” Kirk said.
Through the first nine
months of 2017, Tronc reported that print advertising revenue was down 17%
compared with the same period a year earlier, while the
company’s digital ad revenue fell 6%.
“The financial pressures
are great — we are a publicly
traded company,” Kirk said,
but he added that he wanted
to see The Times grow — not
shrink further. “I’m not going to sit here and watch the
diminution of the great Los
Angeles Times. That’s not
why I came out here.”
Kirk praised the quality
of the journalism, citing The
Times’ coverage of fires,
mudslides, the Mexico City
earthquake and sexual har-
assment scandals in Hollywood and Sacramento. He
also touted sports coverage
of the Dodgers’ run to the
World Series and investigative stories on Walt Disney
Co.’s strained relationship
with Anaheim that drew the
wrath of the company. The
Burbank entertainment giant shut out The Times’ reporters and film critics, and
staff members were disappointed with what they
viewed as D’Vorkin’s lack of
public support for the series.
Kirk was peppered with
questions about the digital
strategy
pursued
by
D’Vorkin,
which
had
prompted fears in the newsroom that the company
might blur the lines between
news and advertising. Kirk
said Tronc was expected to
provide more detail about
its plans later this week. He
said he would work with
D’Vorkin and other executives, but those digital products would be separate from
The Times.
“Our future is digital,”
Kirk said earlier in an interview. “We have to monetize
our content. We have to be
smarter when it comes to social media and understanding how we can propel our
content on multiple platforms. That will be our primary goal.”
The management shuffle
comes less than two weeks
after the newsroom voted
248 to 44 to join the NewsGuild-Communications
Workers of America — a historic step for an organization that had operated 136
years without a unionized
newsroom.
Before the vote, Kirk and
D’Vorkin had sent several
joint memos to the staff
making a case against
unionizing the newsroom.
On Monday, Kirk said that it
was time to move forward
and that he was ready to negotiate a contract that
would be fair to workers.
“There is not going to be a
fight, but there will be a negotiation,” he said. “The
union is here. The goal is to
work together to get a good
contract.”
meg.james@latimes.com
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Does your policy cover mudslides?
[Lazarus, from C1]
As the recent fires raged,
I wrote about some of the
pitfalls homeowners could
face in dealing with insurers.
While you’d certainly be
covered if your home burned
down, what about if your
property was affected by
smoke and ash?
Lawyers told me insurers
can be inconsistent on such
questions, requiring property owners to be assertive in
submitting claims.
Homeowners also can
pay a little extra for what’s
known as an extended replacement cost endorsement. This is additional
coverage intended to accommodate at least a portion of any unexpected cost
increases in labor or building materials.
Mudslides and mudflows
are a whole other matter.
And even flood insurance
won’t always protect you.
It comes down to
whether you’re dealing with
a chocolate milkshake or
chocolate cake.
According to the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency, “a mudflow is a
river of liquid mud similar in
consistency to a milkshake.
Mudslides, on the other
hand, are more solid and
more closely resemble a
cake.”
Milkshakes are usually
covered by flood insurance.
Cake, not so much.
Debris-laden mud apparently puts homeowners
in the territory of “earth
movement,” and that’s a
place insurers make clear
they don’t want to go.
Nearly all homeowner
policies exclude coverage for
earthquakes, landslides and
other instances of the
Michael Owen Baker For The Times
NEARLY ALL homeowner policies exclude coverage for earthquakes, landslides and other instances of the ground going places. And flood
insurance won’t always cover mudslides or mudflows. Above, firefighters clear mud in a garage park at a Montecito housing complex.
ground going places. Supplementary coverage, such
as quake insurance, is available, but it’s pricey.
Only about 10% of California homeowners are
covered for quakes.
Courts will sometimes
side with homeowners if an
earth movement is deemed
man-made — such as a
landslide resulting from a
neighbor excavating a hill.
But that doesn’t seem to
apply in the case of the
Thomas fire and Montecito
mud.
On the other hand,
“areas where wildfires or
human modification of the
land have destroyed vegetation on slopes are particularly vulnerable to landslides during and after
heavy rains,” according to
the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
That certainly seems to
be the case in Montecito.
The Thomas fire was followed by fierce storms,
which got the mud and
debris flowing.
“This is all about the
fire,” Bach said.
At least one state lawmaker agrees.
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, introduced legislation in Sacramento last
week requiring insurers to
consider the mudslides a
consequence of the wildfires, and thus covered by
homeowners’ insurance.
“My bill makes it clear
that current law requires
coverage of these firecaused events,” she said.
“This is a question of justice
and fairness.”
Armand Feliciano, vice
president of the Property
Casualty Insurers Assn. of
America, responded that
the industry is still reviewing Jackson’s bill, SB 917.
“We have initial concerns,” he told me. Not least
among those concerns is a
blanket acknowledgment
that every insured property
owner in the Montecito area
has a right to compensation.
“You have earthquake
insurance. You have flood
insurance. You have home
insurance,” he said. “These
are three different things.”
I pointed out that the
sequence of events — fires,
then storms, then mudslides — seems to support
homeowners’ contention
that any damage is firerelated.
“We’re sensitive to that,”
Feliciano replied. “Insurance companies will do their
due diligence on a case-bycase basis to determine the
predominant cause.”
Bach at United Policyholders countered that at
least some well-heeled
residents of Montecito
probably won’t hesitate to
lawyer up and force insurers
to do right.
It’s worth noting that the
area is home to a few rather
prominent figures, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen
DeGeneres and Rob Lowe.
These aren’t the sort of folk
PR-minded businesses
want to pick fights with.
“Insurers will probably
want to settle with celebrities,” Bach said. “But you
won’t hear about it because
they’ll be confidential settlements.”
Yeah, I’d hate to see that
getting out.
It would be like having
your cake and eating it too.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5. Send
your tips or feedback to
david.lazarus
@latimes.com.
When lifeblood is also liability
[YouTube, from C1]
profitable.
And it comes as the
stakes grow higher for
YouTube, which is establishing itself as a media company to be reckoned with by
investing in original content
and offering a streaming alternative to network and cable TV.
In order to move forward,
YouTube must do a better
job policing its platform for
harmful and offensive material by ensuring such content isn’t rewarded with ad
revenue.
But in doing so, it also
risks stoking the perception
it’s casting too wide a net
and alienating the up-andcoming creators who made
the platform so compelling.
It’s an unenviable task,
analysts say, one that could
lead to more defections to
other services if mishandled.
“YouTube has an identity
crisis,” said Peter Csathy,
founder of advisory firm Creatv Media. “It’s being pulled
two separate ways by its
past and where it wants to
go.”
YouTube doesn’t want to
lose its creators, but it wants
to make sure the ones it promotes are properly vetted.
The latest rules are
aimed at weeding out the
kind of fringe material that
has gotten the company in
trouble.
Creators are now required to have 1,000 subscribers and log 4,000 hours
of watch time in the last 12
months to be eligible for any
ad payments — far stricter
than rules established in
April that barred advertising from accounts with fewer
than 10,000 lifetime views. By
mandating a healthy subscriber base, YouTube says
it can prevent bad actors
from making money.
In addition, YouTube
said it would dedicate staff
to screen every video in its
more lucrative Google Preferred program, which consists of the platform’s top 5%
of most viewed channels, before they receive ad revenue.
“We are deeply invested
in ensuring that our community of creators, advertisers
Willy Sanjuan Invision/Associated Press
YOUTUBE’S Susanne Daniels and former NBA player Jay Williams discuss his
documentary series “Best Shot,” which is to air on the site’s streaming service.
and users continue to thrive
on YouTube,” the company
said in a statement. “Each
group’s success is dependent on the others, so it’s critical that our initiatives balance and align all of their interests in order for the
ecosystem to grow and
evolve.”
The new rules, which
were introduced Jan. 16,
were met with anger and
tears from owners of burgeoning channels.
“I feel like YouTube
doesn’t value small creators,” Christine Barger, a
vlogger with just over 1,500
subscribers, said in an emotional video.
Even owners of larger
channels felt the need to
speak out about the change.
“I was under the impression that YouTube exists to
empower content creators,
but
at
the
moment,
YouTube seems to exist to
empower advertisers,” said
Rob Jefferson, whose channel, ComicsExplained, has
1.2 million subscribers.
Critics of the new plan
also coalesced on Twitter to
elicit support for small creators — many of whom expressed a desire to move to
Twitch, which saw a 50% increase in daily users last
year.
YouTube has acknowledged how tough it has been
for many creators, but it also
defends its recent rule
change by arguing that the
financial hardship is limited.
It said 99% of the people who
now fall beneath the threshold for advertising previously made less than $100 a
year.
The company also noted
that some creators applauded the tougher requirements, albeit ones with
larger subscriber bases.
Ejecting the bad actors, they
say, improves the environment for good actors.
“This is actually great
news. It means those who
create channels to either
steal or upload trending content for a quick buck no longer can as they wont have the
[subscribers] or watch time
behind them,” tweeted video
gaming vlogger Suzy Lu, referring to the persistent
problem of smaller channels
uploading
videos
from
widely viewed YouTubers to
steal their traffic.
YouTube says it has no
plans to further increase the
requirements to qualify for
advertising.
But
Brian
Wieser, an analyst for Pivotal
Research Group, said the
company would have a much
easier time policing the platform if only the biggest producers earned revenue.
“That
would
allow
YouTube to manage dozens
of relationships rather than
thousands,” Wieser said.
Nielsen data from October suggest that’s not out of
the realm of possibility. The
research firm said 65 of the
biggest media brands on
YouTube account for half of
all the views.
But even the biggest
channels have to start small.
Some worry the added barrier to success will diminish
the ranks of talent bubbling
up.
Social media influencers
now have ample alternatives
to kickstart their careers. In
addition to Twitch, there’s
Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and potentially Twitter, which is looking into a
Snapchat-like video feature.
“You need a viable and
creative ecosystem,” said
Hank Green, founder of Vidcon, the annual digital video
conference, and a pioneering
YouTube creator. “I think
anyone worth their salt at
YouTube knows that.”
david.pierson@latimes.com
Twitter: @dhpierson
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viewers at
9-year low
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with a rebuke, saying on
Twitter: “Don’t ruin great
music with trash. Some of us
love music without politics
thrown in it.”
Awards shows have seen
audience declines as younger viewers seek out the highlights of the telecasts in clips
online instead of sitting
through an entire program
on traditional TV. It’s also
likely that more viewers
watched a live stream of the
program on CBS All Access,
the service that enables subscribers to watch the network’s programming online.
CBS said in a statement
that live streaming of the
Grammy Awards was up
40% over last year, but the
network does not release the
actual number of people
who watched. The company
has put the number of
streaming subscribers for
CBS All Access and Showtime around 4 million.
Although
streaming
could have cannibalized
some of the traditional TV
audience, it would not be
enough to account for such a
steep decline.
The political tone may
have been a factor, but past
Grammy
presentations
have confronted social issues. Ratings for the celebration of the music industry are typically driven by
audience interest in the performers on the stage.
The Recording Academy,
which presents the awards,
was lauded for giving unprecedented recognition to
hip-hop artists. But most of
the performers who appeared on the program did
not have the broad appeal of
2017 winners Adele and Bey-
once, who both performed
on that telecast. In 2017, the
Grammy Awards drew 26.05
million viewers, a 4% uptick
over the previous year.
Lauren Zalaznick, a veteran TV executive who oversaw cable network VH1 during its music programming
days, said the Grammy
Awards ratings slide demonstrates how it’s becoming
more difficult to satisfy an
audience with an awards
ceremony that covers every
genre of music.
“The music industry is
probably the most fractured, in terms of consumers, of any sector of the entertainment industry,” she
said. “So it’s near impossible
to unite the audience worlds
of country, rock, rap, and
pop fans over the course of a
3½-hour show.”
Although sexual harassment and empowerment of
women were addressed during the ceremony, there was
scant female representation
among this year’s nominees.
Many fans on social media questioned why female
star Lorde, nominated for album of the year, did not perform while U2 appeared
three times, even though it
was not up for a trophy.
(Lorde reportedly declined
to be part of a Tom Petty
tribute.)
Although hip-hop artists
were featured prominently
on the show, none won any of
the night’s top awards.
Mainstream singer-songwriter Bruno Mars swept the
major awards, winning
record of the year, song of the
year and album of the year.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks pull back
as tech firms drop
associated press
A broad sell-off Monday
handed the U.S. stock market its biggest loss in more
than four months, pulling
the major indexes below
their recent record highs.
Technology stocks, the
biggest gainers in 2017, accounted for much of the
slide. Energy firms also fell;
crude oil prices finished
lower. Utilities and other
rate-sensitive sectors slid as
bond yields hit their highest
level in almost four years.
Investors weighed company earnings and deal news
and looked ahead to a busy
week of corporate news and
economic data.
The pullback followed
Friday’s big rally, which gave
the market its biggest singleday gain since March 2017.
“It may just be we’ve had
a really good run and people
are taking profit off the table
right now,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at
Charles Schwab.
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the 10-year Treasury note
rose to 2.70%, the highest level in almost four years, from
Friday’s 2.66%.
The prospect for stronger
economic growth, both in
the U.S. and abroad, has
helped lift bond yields. Rising bond yields put pressure
on real estate investment
trusts, telecoms and utilities. The three sectors fell
more than 1% Monday and
are in the red for the year.
On
Wednesday
and
Thursday, several big-name
companies are due to report
quarterly results, including
Apple, Amazon, Microsoft,
Facebook and Alphabet,
Google’s parent company.
“Combined, that’s 14.3%
of the entire S&P 500 index
in five companies — $3.6 trillion in market cap,” said
Mike Baele, senior portfolio
manager at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.
About a quarter of the
companies in the Standard
& Poor’s 500 index have reported results this earnings
season, and some 65% of
those have delivered results
that exceeded financial analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Global Market
Intelligence.
On Monday, Lockheed
Martin shares rose 1.9% to
$351.42 after the defense contractor posted better-thanexpected quarterly results.
Apple fell 2.1% to $167.96
amid growing investor worries that the iPhone X has
not been a hit. The tech giant’s stock has been declining for several days.
Also on investors’ radar:
President Trump will deliver
his State of the Union address Tuesday night. And on
Wednesday, a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s
policymaking
committee
wraps up.
KapStone Paper & Packaging soared 30.8% to $34.71
on Monday after it agreed to
be bought by rival WestRock
for $35 a share, or $3.39 billion. WestRock fell 2.6% to
$68.41.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 58 cents, or about 1%, to
$65.56 a barrel. Brent crude
dropped $1.06, or 1.5%, to
$69.46 a barrel.
Gold fell $11.80 to $1,340.30
an ounce. Silver dropped 31
cents, or 1.8%, to $17.13 an
ounce. Copper slipped 1 cent
to $3.19 a pound.
The dollar rose to 108.94
yen from 108.66 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2389 from $1.2423.
Angela Weiss AFP/Getty Images
SOME VIEWERS may have been turned off by the highly political and often somber nature of the Grammy
Awards show. Above, Lady Gaga arrives for the ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Fiesta
for fans
as fight
finally
is firm
Alvarez-Golovkin
rematch finalized for
Cinco de Mayo, with
site to be determined.
By Lance Pugmire
Gennady Golovkin and
Canelo Alvarez will meet
again May 5 to settle their
unresolved draw, following
extended negotiating and
bickering by both boxers’
camps.
Golovkin promoter Tom
Loeffler told The Times
early Monday afternoon
that his three-belt middleweight
champion
from
Kazakhstan has agreed to
the rematch, which will be
broadcast by HBO pay-perview.
“He’s been ready for this
rematch since the last fight,”
Loeffler said of Golovkin,
who’ll turn 36 on April 8. “He
didn’t agree with two of the
judges’ cards. He feels he
and Canelo owe this to the
sport of boxing, and now
that the deal is done, he’ll
make an even more emphatic statement on the outcome of this bout.
“When you feel you’ve
won eight out of 12 rounds,
it’s hard to criticize yourself,
but I think he’ll start faster,
and no one expected Canelo
to move for 12 rounds
straight. Gennady will be
prepared for that movement
this time.”
Golovkin
(37-0-1,
33
knockouts), who was visibly
upset by the scores in the
first bout, tweeted, “This
time we won’t need the
judges” for his fifth defense
of his World Boxing Council,
World Boxing Assn. and
International Boxing Federation middleweight belts.
“I am ready to battle
Canelo again and happy he
took this fight,” Golovkin
wrote in a prepared statement. “This is the fight the
world wants. This is the fight
boxing deserves. This time,
there will be no doubt. I am
leaving the ring as the
middleweight champion of
the world.”
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs)
was in Paris with promoter
Oscar De La Hoya on Monday to visit a sponsor. Alva[See Boxing, D3]
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
BLAKE GRIFFIN , the face of the franchise since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, played a huge part in the Clippers’ most suc-
cessful era. But injuries dogged him from the start and contributed to playoff failures. On Monday, the Clippers finally made a break.
IT’S SPLITSVILLE
BILL PLASCHKE
By Lindsey Thiry
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will have a new
official name: the United
Airlines Memorial Coliseum.
USC President Max
Nikias
announced
the
change — the result of a 16year, $69-million namingrights deal — at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday
related to the $270-million
upgrade of the 95-year-old
venue.
“Part of USC’s stew-
By Broderick Turner
Did the Clippers really
just do what I think
they did?
Did they just trade
the best home-grown
player in franchise
history, their one real
connection with Hollywood, the most
glittering mural in the
rafters?
Did they do it barely six months
after basically making him a Clipper for
life by giving him a five-year, $171-million contract?
An about-face on the franchise’s
face? Calling a car for the guy who once
dunked over a car?
Works for me.
The Clippers’ trade of Blake Griffin
on Monday was stunning but smart, a
gutsy admission of a mistake and a
calculated gamble on the future.
Some of their longtime fans will
mourn it, and the city will miss him, but
long-term hopes for anything beyond
the second round of the playoffs demanded it.
Griffin was traded to the Detroit
[See Plaschke, D4]
Historic change
at the Coliseum
United Airlines pays
$69 million for
naming rights at
95-year-old venue.
Griffin dealt to
Detroit; Clippers
weigh more moves
Griffin will be
missed, but it’s the
right thing to do
ardship in opening the Coliseum included founding
sponsors whose support will
help us preserve this legendary landmark,” Nikias said.
This is the first time the
Coliseum’s naming rights
have been sold.
The name will officially
change in August 2019.
Lynn Swann, USC’s athletic director, said the university’s partnership with
United Airlines was critical
to funding renovations.
“Without their help and
support,” he said, “I don’t
think we’d be at this particular stage.”
The Coliseum is owned
by the state and the city and
county of Los Angeles but is
managed and operated by
[See Coliseum, D2]
Day beats Noren
in a playoff
Rallying to help
a teammate
Australian outlasts
Swede in a six-hole
tiebreaker in Farmers
Insurance Open at
Torrey Pines. D3
LAFC members come
through when Miller
sets up a fundraising
page for brother’s
fiancee. D2
Paul Sancya Associated Press
AVERY BRADLEY is one of three players the Clippers
acquired from Detroit, along with two draft picks.
Motown-bound and down
Blake Griffin, who was traded from the Clippers to Detroit
on Monday, has seen his shooting percentage decline for six
straight seasons. Here’s a look at his seasons in L.A.
Season
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
8 seasons
G
82
66
80
80
67
35
61
33
504
FG%
50.6
54.9
53.8
52.8
50.2
49.9
49.3
44.1
51.2
FT%
64.2
52.1
66.0
71.5
72.8
72.7
76.0
78.5
68.0
Reb.
12.1
10.9
8.3
9.5
7.6
8.4
8.1
7.9
9.3
Ast.
3.8
3.2
3.7
3.9
5.3
4.9
4.9
5.4
4.2
TO
2.7
2.3
2.3
2.8
2.3
2.4
2.3
3.0
2.5
Pts.
22.5
20.7
18.0
24.1
21.9
21.4
21.6
22.6
21.6
The Clippers, in a trade they believe
keeps them competitive and gives them
a future with assets and financial flexibility, sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit
Pistons for three players and a pair of
draft picks on Monday.
The Clippers acquired two starters
in guard Avery Bradley and forward Tobias Harris and also received backup
center Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 firstround pick and a 2019 second-rounder.
The first-round pick is protected if
it’s in the top four in 2018, 2019 and 2020,
according to one NBA executive not authorized to speak publicly, meaning the
Pistons would keep it until it falls out of
the top four, or until 2021 when the pick
is unprotected.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was
on board with the deal that was spearheaded last week by Lawrence Frank,
the Clippers’ president of basketball
operations, and that also sent reserve
center Willie Reed and seldom-used forward Brice Johnson to the Pistons.
“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy
within the community of Los Angeles
[See Clippers, D4]
SUPER BOWL LII
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
[AFC]
U.S. BANK STADIUM, MINNEAPOLIS
SUNDAY, 3:30 P.M. PST, CHANNEL 4
[NFC]
These folks love Brady a bunch
Quarterback often
spent summers as a
youngster at family
farm in Minnesota.
SAM FARMER
ON THE NFL
BROWERVILLE, Minn.
— There are no stoplights
here. Everyone knows everyone else. They are hardy
people, unflinching in the
face of winters so cold that
the temperature routinely
dips into negative numbers.
New England’s Tom
Brady would seem to be an
(ice) fish out of water here.
But this central Minnesota town of 750 people has a
piece of the cosmopolitan
quarterback’s heart. It’s
where his maternal grandparents lived, and where his
mom, the former Galynn
Johnson, was 1962 homecoming queen. The Brady
family used to spend two
[See Farmer, D7]
Family Photo
PAUL “PICKLE” JOHNSON , Tom Brady’s cousin, has quite a bit of New Eng-
land Patriots memorabilia in a large steel shed at a farm in Browerville, Minn.
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SpecSN
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LAKERS
CHICAGO
12:30
Prime
PORTLAND
7:30
TNT
CLIPPERS
at Dallas
5:30
FSW
at Nashville
5:30
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ARIZONA
7:30
FSW
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Prime
at Ottawa
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Prime
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10 a.m.
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KINGS
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TODAY ON THE AIR
TIME
EVENT
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
3:30 p.m.
Rhode Island at Massachusetts
4 p.m.
North Carolina at Clemson
4 p.m.
Indiana at Ohio State
4 p.m.
Texas Christian at Oklahoma State
4 p.m.
Rutgers at Illinois
4 p.m.
Florida at Georgia
5:30 p.m.
Xavier at St. John’s
6 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
6 p.m.
Baylor at Oklahoma
6 p.m.
Arkansas at Texas A&M
6 p.m.
Minnesota at Iowa
6 p.m.
Auburn at Mississippi
HOCKEY
4 p.m.
Ducks at Boston
4 p.m.
San Jose at Pittsburgh
5 p.m.
Chicago at Nashville
5:30 p.m.
Kings at Dallas
PRO BASKETBALL
5 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit
7:30 p.m.
Portland at Clippers
SOCCER
11:30 a.m.
Italy, Atalanta vs. Juventus
11:45 a.m.
England, Huddersfield vs. Liverpool
11:45 a.m.
France, Rennes vs. Paris Saint-Germain
TENNIS
9 a.m.
WTA, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy
2 a.m. (Wed.) WTA, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy
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LAFC
TYLER MILLER set up a GoFundMe page to help with the medical expenses for his brother’s fiancee, who is
battling brain cancer, prompting LAFC teammates, other players and fans to quickly answer the call.
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MATT KEMP was acquired by the Dodgers in a
December trade with the Atlanta Braves.
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In an LAFC locker room
full of leading men, Tyler
Miller is a role player.
Three teammates on the
first-team soccer club have
been to a World Cup and two
others, forwards Carlos Vela
and Diego Rossi, will be paid
more than $2 million this
season. Meanwhile, Miller, a
goalkeeper acquired in last
month’s expansion draft,
has played in three MLS
games in two seasons, giving
up five goals.
Last year he was paid
$65,633.40 with the Seattle
Sounders, mainly because
the league’s rules say the
team couldn’t pay him less.
Those differences faded
away when Miller took to
Twitter two weeks ago to
launch a GoFundMe campaign for his brother’s fiancee, who is battling brain
cancer.
“They didn’t even know
me and haven’t seen me play
a game,” Miller said of the
LAFC players and fans who
responded. “It doesn’t matter what your salary is or
your playing experience.
You’re all in it together,
you’re all on the same team.
“Everybody is going to
support everybody in the
locker room. That’s just the
type of team we’re building
here.”
It’s a construction project that’s just beginning,
though, which makes the
outpouring of support all
the more remarkable. Miller
started his fundraising project five days before the team
opened its first training
camp, one that started with
introductions and handshakes since few of the players had met one another.
Yet, one of the first donations came from teammate
Walker Zimmerman, who
got members of the U.S. national team to give as well.
“It doesn’t matter that it
was Tyler. If it was Vela,
Rossi, you pitch it for each
other,” Zimmerman said.
“That’s just part of the culture that I’m sure we hope to
create; that we’re there for
each other on the field and
off the field.
“When something serious like that happens, it’s a
no-brainer.”
In June, Dana Puhl, the
29-year-old fiancee of Miller’s brother Kyle, suffered a
seizure and was put in a
medically induced coma
while doctors searched for a
cause. When she woke two
days later she heard the
three words that would
change her life: You have
cancer.
Doctors were able to excise most of the tumor but
couldn’t remove it all because it rested on a sensitive
part of the brain. Puhl then
endured 33 rounds of radiation treatment and two
rounds of chemotherapy,
running up thousands of
dollars in medical expenses.
As a result, she started the
new year with a $7,000 debt
that had to be paid before
new treatment could begin.
Miller started the fundraising
(gofundme.com/
help-dana-get-through-chemotherapy), then put out
the word on Twitter. But
that message didn’t go very
far since Miller has only 1,805
followers.
So he turned to former
teammates Chad Marshall,
Brad Evans and Jordan
Morris, who have more than
a quarter-million Twitter
followers combined.
“I just asked them, ‘Hey,
can you retweet this?’ All I
was looking for at first was a
couple of thousand dollars,”
Miller said.
The three players also
wrote checks, though, and
within days money poured
in from players around the
leagues as well as from fan
groups in Seattle, where
Sounders
coach
Brian
Schmetzer made a donation, and Los Angeles.
By Monday afternoon, 12
days after the campaign
started, Miller had more
than doubled his goal of
$7,000, the amount Puhl
needed to restart her treatment.
So Miller has set a new
target of $20,000, still modest
but enough to fund a foundation he hopes to build
with LAFC to support other
families struggling with the
kind of financial difficulties
with which his soon-to-be
sister-in-law is dealing.
“That means a ton,” Puhl,
whose prognosis is good,
said of the support she has
received. “There’s been tons
of people that have reached
out. Seattle Sounders fans
who probably never even
saw Tyler play. And then
we’re getting tons of people
from L.A. who, again, never
saw Tyler play.”
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Naming rights help fund a Coliseum renovation
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USC, which plays its home
football games there.
Swann
acknowledged
“angst” among Trojans
boosters and fans who prefer
maintaining tradition over
upgrades funded by naming
rights to an iconic venue
steeped in history.
“If we’re not changing
and moving forward then
we’re stagnant and other
schools will pass us up and
we won’t be relevant in
terms of our facilities,”
Swann
said,
adding,
“There’s a need for change at
every step of the way.”
The Coliseum opened in
1923 and has hosted two
Olympics, with a third coming in 2028. It also hosted two
Super Bowls, including the
first in 1967, a World Series, a
papal Mass and a Billy Graham crusade that drew a
Coliseum-record 134,254.
Along with USC football
games, the stadium is temporarily the home of the
Rams.
The Rams have played at
the Coliseum in the two seasons since they returned
from St. Louis, and they will
play there the next two seasons as well before their new
stadium in Inglewood opens
in 2020.
Trojans football coach
Clay Helton has hosted several recruits at the construction site and said the upgrades were important in
keeping pace with programs
around the country and attracting top prospects.
Among the changes: the
seating will be replaced, luxury suites will be added and
new lighting and concession
stands will be installed.
The stadium’s capacity
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
A $270-MILLION RENOVATION is underway at the 95-year-old Coliseum, where the capacity for USC games will be reduced from
93,607 to 77,500. The makeover also will include luxury suites and a new press box as well as new lighting and concession stands.
will be reduced from 93,607
to 77,500 when the changes
are complete.
“When you bring Southern California kids to this
arena and when they see
what’s going on, whether it’s
the new scoreboards, the
new seating, the new press
box that is going to be created,” Helton said, “it just
shows the investment the
community and the university is making.”
Said Swann: “We’ll be
sold out or closer to sold out
every game and that’s going
to be a greater experience for
the players when they come
out of that tunnel.”
Though Monday’s event
at the Coliseum was referred
to as a groundbreaking ceremony, work at the venue be-
gan after the conclusion of
the Rams’ season more than
three weeks ago.
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T U E S DAY , JA N UA RY 30 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D3
Day makes pretty fast work of playoff
Australian defeats
Noren on sixth extra
hole to win Farmers
Insurance Open.
By Tod Leonard
LA JOLLA — Jason
Day’s playoff win in the 2015
Farmers Insurance Open ignited a run of eight victories
in two years, a major championship win and the ascendancy to the top of the
world golf rankings.
After some rough going
over the last year, the 30year-old Australian is hoping his latest Farmers victory in extra holes will do the
same.
Day needed only 14 minutes and four shots to prevail
Monday over Sweden’s Alex
Noren on the sixth hole of a
playoff that was extended to
an extra day because of
darkness Sunday.
Attempting to win for the
first time on the U.S. tour,
Noren tried to reach the Torrey Pines South Course’s
par-five 18th green with a
three-wood from 256 yards.
The shot was nearly perfect,
but the ball hit into the ups-
lope of the bank in front of
the green and trickled back
into the water.
Day, who had to lay up after hitting his drive into the
right rough, fired a lob
wedge from 85 yards to 10
yards past the flagstick, and
his ball came back to 18 inches from the cup. Day tapped
in for birdie and Noren finished with a bogey.
In all, Day made four
birdies at 18 in the playoff,
which was the longest by two
holes in the tournament’s
50-year history at Torrey
Pines.
He earned $1.24 million
for his 11th tour win.
A couple hundred spectators, mostly sitting in skyboxes at 18, were on hand for
the finish after tournament
organizers, citing volunteer
and security issues, decided
to not allow the public to attend.
By the time Day was
awarded his trophy for a second time in four years at Torrey, there were a handful of
Century Club members and
Day’s wife, Ellie, and their
two children there to celebrate.
“It’s special for me to be
able to win here again,” said
Day, who recorded his first
K.C. Alfred San Diego Union-Tribune
JASON DAY , right, defeated Alex Noren in a six-hole
playoff that started Sunday and concluded Monday.
victory since the 2016 Players
Championship. “I first came
over here as a junior and won
the junior world championships, and being able to
win in 2015 propelled me to a
really great year.
“Obviously, the preparation and the hard work over
the holidays has really paid
off early, so I need to make
sure I stay on top of that.”
There were numerous
subplots to Day’s victory.
His caddie for the week
was his friend from childhood, Rika Batisbasaga,
who was pulled into duty be-
cause Day’s regular caddie
had visa problems.
Day was struggling with a
sore back before the tournament and his prospects
didn’t look good when he
was three over on the South
Course
on
Thursday
through the first 12 holes.
Day also revealed that he
had a Saturday night conversation with Tiger Woods
about how to manage “momentum.”
“His piece of advice was
to not make bogey,” Day recalled with a laugh, knowing
full well that was a near-impossible task Sunday, when
the Santa Ana winds blew to
at least 20 mph at times.
On top of all that, Day
had taken a long break from
competition, and was coming off a 2017 season in which
he had only five top-10 finishes and saw his world
ranking drop to 14th after he
spent 51 weeks at No. 1.
In addition, personal turmoil dogged Day. His
mother was diagnosed with
lung cancer; late in the year
he decided to no longer have
his coach and mentor, Colin
Swatton, on the bag; and Ellie Day suffered a miscarriage on Thanksgiving.
“Last year I felt mentally
stressed, but also run down,
burnt out,” Day said. “It was
hard for me to be on the golf
course. But this year my
whole mind-set’s different.
I’m very motivated to get
back to the No. 1 spot, and I
know that the only way to get
back to the No. 1 spot is win,
and that’s what I’ve just got
to do.”
Day decided during last
season’s FedEx Cup playoffs
that he needed a change on
the course. He and Swatton,
who had served as his coach
and caddie since he was a
teenager, decided to find
someone else to carry the
bag.
Day began using Australian friend Luke Reardon,
but Reardon has had visa issues and has been unable to
join Day in the U.S.
His next choice was
David Lutterus, but he had
visa problems.
He then enlisted Batisbasaga, a professional golfer
who Day has known since
they were kids.
“Either grab him or grab
someone out of the crowd,”
Day said, jokingly. “I kind of
threw him into the deep end
quick.”
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Both Golovkin
and Alvarez
predict victory
Gerry Broome Associated Press
MARVIN BAGLEY III , left, and Alex O’Connell of Duke chase the ball with Notre Dame’s Austin Torres
during the first half. The freshman Bagley scored 12 points on four-for-14 shooting.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25
Duke bounces back with a rout
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After its lowest-scoring
game of the season, No. 4
Duke had no trouble putting
up points on Notre Dame.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 22
points and tied a season
high with 10 rebounds, and
the Blue Devils routed the
Fighting Irish 88-66 on Monday night in Durham, N.C.
Grayson Allen scored 18
points, and Wendell Carter
Jr. finished with 17 to help
the Blue Devils (19-3, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference),
who shot nearly 55% after
halftime and finished with 12
three-pointers.
They overcame a rare off
night — by his high standards, anyway — from star
freshman Marvin Bagley III,
and bounced back from a
two-point loss to Virginia
from what coach Mike
Krzyzewski called “self-inflicted stuff.” Duke has yet to
lose consecutive games this
season.
“I’m not saying Virginia
wasn’t worthy of winning,
but we had a great shot at
winning
that
game,”
Krzyzewski said. “And you
worry about a hangover
where you’re still thinking
about that. And that’s what
we’ve tried to address for the
last couple of days, and I
thought our team did that.”
T.J. Gibbs scored 22
points and John Mooney
added 14 with a career-high
four three-pointers for the
injury-riddled Fighting Irish
(13-9, 3-6), who have lost six
straight.
Dean Wade had 20 points
and eight rebounds, and Xavier Sneed scored 10 for the
Wildcats (16-6, 5-4), who had
their four-game winning
streak snapped.
No. 7 Kansas 70, at Kansas State 56: Svi Mykhailiuk
had 22 points to lead four
Jayhawks in double figures,
and Kansas beat the Wildcats to retain sole possession of the Big 12 lead.
Devonte Graham added
16 points and Malik Newman
had 13 for the Jayhawks
(18-4, 7-2), who celebrated
the Kansas Day holiday with
their seventh straight victory over their biggest conference rival.
at No. 24 Michigan 58,
Northwestern 47: Charles
Matthews scored 14 points,
and the Wolverines outlasted the Wildcats.
Michigan (18-6, 7-4 Big
Ten) labored through an
ugly first half but still led 2119 after 20 minutes. The Wolverines ended up shooting
just 42% from the field and
seven for 25 from three-point
range, but Northwestern (1310, 4-6) couldn’t take advantage.
Indians are set to retire Chief Wahoo
Controversial
caricature will be
removed from
uniforms in 2019.
By Bill Shaikin
Chief Wahoo has struck
out.
The Cleveland Indians
have agreed to remove the
big-toothed, red-faced caricature from their jerseys and
caps starting in the 2019 season.
The Indians have used
the Chief Wahoo logo since
1947, but Major League
Baseball has pressured the
team to end its use. The Indians will be allowed to use the
logo this year, then remove it
from team uniforms in 2019,
when Cleveland hosts the
All-Star game.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, reluctant to mandate a
Patrick Semansky AP
THE INDIANS have
used the Chief Wahoo
logo on their jerseys and
caps since 1947.
ban on the Chief Wahoo logo,
has urged Indians owner
Paul Dolan for several years
to remove the locally beloved
but racially charged logo.
“Paul Dolan made clear
that there are fans who have
a longstanding attachment
to the logo and its place in
the history of the team,”
Manfred said in a statement.
“Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no
longer appropriate for onfield use in Major League
Baseball, and I appreciate
Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgment that removing it from
the on-field uniform by the
start of the 2019 season is the
right course.”
Dolan told the Cleveland
Plain Dealer: “You can't help
but be aware of how many of
our fans are connected to
Chief Wahoo. We grew up
with it. I remember seeing
the little cartoon of The
Chief in the paper each day,
showing if the Indians won
or lost.”
In recent years, the Indians have emphasized the
use of a red block C on their
caps.
“While we recognize
many of our fans have a long-
standing attachment to
Chief Wahoo,” Dolan said in
a statement, “I’m ultimately
in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to
remove the logo from our
uniforms in 2019.”
The Indians are not
changing their team nickname, despite protests from
Native American groups.
The Cleveland baseball
club variously was known as
the Forest Citys, Spiders,
Blues, Bronchos and Naps
from 1869 through 1914. When
the club sold Hall of Famer
Nap Lajoie to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915, it
changed its name to Indians
in honor of Louis Sockalexis,
a Penobscot Indian from
Maine and the first recognized Native American to
play in the major leagues —
in 1897, when he batted .338
for Cleveland.
[Boxing, from D1]
rez is interested in increasing his endurance for the rematch and is exploring
training in the high altitude,
perhaps Colorado Springs,
De La Hoya said.
“He’s serious about this
fight and he wants no judge
to decide this outcome,” De
La Hoya said. “It’s an excellent idea. It worked for me
and I believe it’s going to
work for Canelo on Cinco de
Mayo.”
The deal was covertly
signed Saturday night at the
Forum with Loeffler and De
La Hoya in attendance during title victories by Jorge Linares and Lucas Matthysse.
The bout’s location has not
been confirmed yet. Las
Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena is expected to again host the
fight, but Madison Square
Garden has “expressed a
large interest, larger than
what we generated in the
first fight,” Loeffler said. The
deal is expected to be finalized in February.
“I’m delighted to once
again participate in one of
the most important boxing
events in history,” Alvarez
said in a statement. “The
second fight is for the benefit
and pleasure of all fans who
desire to see the best fight
the best.
“This time, Golovkin
won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because
I’m coming back to knock
him out.”
Earlier this month, Eric
Gomez, the president of Alvarez’s promotional company, Golden Boy, told The
Times the deal was days
from being done, that Alvarez had agreed to all deal
points with no rematch
clause in place.
Golovkin was in Kazakhstan at the time and was
irked by how the story appeared,
ordering
talks
frozen until he returned to
the United States and scrutinized the remaining deal
points until they were reopened for discussion.
“It created some internal
issues. We had to finalize the
last points. Unless it’s done,
it can’t get announced,”
Loeffler said. “It got worked
out with concessions from
both sides.”
The first bout, on Sept. 16,
was ruled a draw after judge
Dave Moretti scored it 115-113
in Golovkin’s favor while vet-
eran judge Adalaide Byrd ignited a controversy by giving
the more popular, former
two-division champion Alvarez 10 of the 12 rounds with
a 118-110 score. Judge Don
Trella had the bout even, 114114.
The 27-year-old Alvarez
likely will be backed by a
strong crowd on Cinco de
Mayo, although Golovkin
has long been a favorite
among Latinos given his
study of and fighting resemblance to Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
The lack of a rematch
clause may ultimately complicate a possible trilogy
bout, especially with the
presence of World Boxing
Organization middleweight
champion Billy Joe Saunders and former WBA secondary champion Daniel
Jacobs available as alternate
foes whose bouts are also
televised by HBO.
“Eric [Gomez] and I
agreed, let’s get this deal
done and then we’ll go from
there,”
Loeffler
said.
“Gennady needs Canelo and
Canelo needs GGG to do
these kinds of numbers at
the gate and on pay-perview.”
The first bout generated
in excess of $26 million in
live-gate revenue, with an estimated 1.3 million pay-perview buys, creating around
$80 million in total sales.
De La Hoya said without
losing the dollars that were
taken away by the Floyd
Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor
novelty
boxing
match three weeks before
the first Golovkin-Alvarez
fight, the rematch could generate “as close as three
times” more revenue.
“There’s nothing serious
that will interrupt Cinco de
Mayo,” De La Hoya said.
“Canelo and Triple-G are
proven
commodities.
They’ve proven the first time
around was a real, great
fight, and I believe this fight
will be greater.
“Canelo will be able to adjust, and the fact he did so
well late is a big deal. Canelo
is only improving. … If
Golovkin wants to prepare
for Canelo’s movement, he
better also prepare for his
aggressiveness, or Canelo
will knock him out.”
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John Gurzinski AFP/Getty Images
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Twitter: @BillShaikin
CANELO ALVAREZ , left, and Gennady Golovkin
weigh in for their first fight, which ended in a draw.
D4
T U E S DAY , JA N UA RY 30 , 2 018
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
Pacers 105, Hornets 96
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).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Oklahoma City
6. New Orleans
6. Portland
8. Denver
W
40
35
33
32
30
27
27
26
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Memphis
13. Phoenix
14. Dallas
15. Sacramento
25
21
19
18
17
16
15
L
10
13
19
21
20
22
22
24
24
28
30
31
34
35
34
PCT
.800
.729
.635
.604
.600
.551
.551
.520
GB L10
8-2
4
8-2
8
5-5
91⁄2 5-5
10
8-2
121⁄2 7-3
121⁄2 6-4
14
5-5
Rk.
P1
S1
S2
N1
N2
S3
N3
N4
1
.510
⁄2
.429 41⁄2
.388 61⁄2
.367 71⁄2
.333 91⁄2
.314 101⁄2
.306 101⁄2
7-3
5-5
7-3
6-4
2-8
3-7
2-8
P2
N5
P3
S4
P4
S5
P5
Team
1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Miami
5. Milwaukee
5. Washington
7. Indiana
8. Philadelphia
W
36
33
29
29
27
27
28
24
L
15
15
19
21
22
22
23
23
PCT GB
.706
.688 11⁄2
.604 51⁄2
.580 61⁄2
.551 8
.551 8
.549 8
.511 10
L10
5-5
5-5
4-6
6-4
6-4
4-6
7-3
6-4
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
C2
S2
C3
A3
9. Detroit
10. New York
11. Charlotte
12. Brooklyn
12. Chicago
14. Atlanta
15. Orlando
22
22
20
18
18
15
14
26
28
29
32
32
35
34
.458 21⁄2
.440 31⁄2
.408 5
.360 71⁄2
.360 71⁄2
.300 101⁄2
.292 101⁄2
1-9
3-7
5-5
3-7
4-6
5-5
2-8
C4
A4
S3
A5
C5
S4
S5
PHILADELPHIA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Covington ...33 3-12 6-6 1-6 2 3 13
Saric..........33 7-18 5-5 2-9 2 1 19
Johnson......18 2-5 1-1 2-5 2 0 5
Lwawu-Cbrrt 22 2-8 2-2 0-1 3 2 6
Simmons ....29 7-10 2-3 0-6 5 3 16
Anderson....24 4-7 2-2 1-3 1 2 10
Holmes ......22 6-8 1-2 3-6 1 3 13
Young.........19 2-3 0-0 0-1 2 1 5
McConnell ..19 1-5 0-0 0-3 3 2 2
Booker .......13 1-3 2-2 1-3 0 0 4
Drew II .........2 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
Embiid .........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
36-82 21-23 10-43 22 17 95
Shooting: Field goals, 43.9%; free throws,
91.3%
Three-point goals: 2-26 (Young 1-2, Covington
1-8, Anderson 0-1, Drew II 0-1, Holmes 0-2,
Luwawu-Cabarrot 0-4, Saric 0-8). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 14 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Covington 2, Anderson, Johnson). Turnovers: 14 (McConnell 5, Covington 3, Saric 2, Simmons 2, Holmes, Luwawu-Cabarrot). Steals: 5 (Anderson, Booker, Covington, McConnell, Simmons).
INDIANA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic .24 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
T.Young.......34 8-12 0-0 1-4 4 3 16
Sabonis......27 5-11 1-3 3-10 3 4 11
Collison......29 5-10 2-2 0-3 6 1 13
Oladipo ......36 11-15 2-2 0-5 3 3 25
Joseph .......24 2-6 0-0 1-3 5 3 4
Stephenson 21 5-12 0-0 1-4 2 2 10
Turner.........21 8-11 2-2 0-4 3 1 22
Leaf...........11 1-1 2-2 0-3 0 0 4
J.Young.........7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Totals
45-83 9-11 6-38 28 19 105
Shooting: Field goals, 54.2%; free throws,
81.8%
Three-point goals: 6-21 (Turner 4-6, Oladipo
1-3, Collison 1-4, Bogdanovic 0-1, Joseph 0-1, J.Young 0-1, T.Young 0-2, Stephenson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 12 (12 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Collison, Oladipo, Turner). Turnovers: 12
(Oladipo 3, Collison 2, Stephenson 2, Turner 2,
Bogdanovic, Sabonis, T.Young). Steals: 7 (Joseph
2, Sabonis 2, T.Young 2, Oladipo). Technical Fouls:
None.
Charlotte
23 28 27 18— 96
Indiana
23 29 29 24— 105
EASTERN CONFERENCE
A—14,225. T—1:59. O—Brent Barnaky, Haywoode Workman, John Goble
Hawks 105, Timberwolves 100
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at CLIPPERS
Oklahoma City
at New York
at Toronto
Cleveland
at Houston
at New Orleans
at San Antonio
Golden State
Line
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5
61⁄2
2
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OFF
61⁄2
7
Underdog
Portland
at Washington
Brooklyn
Minnesota
at Detroit
Orlando
Sacramento
Denver
at Utah
Time
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
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5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
RESULTS
Celtics escape when
last shot is too late
BOSTON 111, DENVER 110
Jaylen Brown hit a go-ahead
three-pointer with 34 seconds left
and the struggling Boston Celtics
edged the Nuggets 111-110 on Monday night in Denver.
“I was like, no way I’m missing
this one,” Brown said.
The Nuggets had a chance to
win but Torrey Craig’s layin of Will
Barton’s long three-point attempt
was too late.
“We were gassed at the end of
the game,” Celtics coach Brad
Stevens said. “We missed some defensive assignments, and I thought
we missed some good opportunities on offense, but they found a
way.”
Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his 27
points in the fourth quarter and
finished 11 for 17 from the field to
lead the Celtics to just their second
win in seven games. Jayson Tatum
added 20 points and Marcus Morris had 14 off the bench.
Boston blew a 20-point lead and
trailed heading into the final period, then couldn’t hold on to a 108102 advantage with 2:12 left. Jamal
Murray scored twice in the final
minute, first to tie the score with 43
seconds to go and then to cut the
lead to one with 28 seconds left.
Irving missed his final shot with
seven seconds left and Trey Lyles
grabbed the rebound, but Barton,
who made just one field goal in the
fourth quarter, couldn’t connect
from 34 feet and Craig, who was
wide open under the basket,
couldn’t beat the buzzer.
Barton finished with 19 points
and Murray 14. Nikola Jokic, who
had a double-double by the first
minute of the second half, led the
Nuggets with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Mason Plumlee had 16 points
and eight rebounds before he left
with a leg injury in the fourth.
at Milwaukee 107, Philadelphia 95:
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31
points and 18 rebounds and the
Bucks won their fourth straight
since firing coach Jason Kidd.
at Atlanta 105, Minnesota 100:
Kent Bazemore scored 22 points,
including a tiebreaking three, and
the Hawks rallied from 11 down in
the third quarter.
at Indiana 105, Charlotte 96: Victor
Oladipo scored 25 points and the
Pacers won for the fourth time in
five games.
Miami 95, at Dallas 88: Hassan
Whiteside had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Heat completed a
season sweep of the Mavericks.
at Memphis 120, Phoenix 109:
Tyreke Evans scored 27 points and
the Grizzlies sent the Suns to their
fifth straight loss.
— associated press
MINNESOTA
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
BLAKE GRIFFIN , who signed a five-year, $171-million contract extension with
the Clippers last summer, was traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Griffin never should
have been cornerstone
[Plaschke, from D1]
Pistons with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson
for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban
Marjanovic, a first-round pick and secondround pick. Translated, that’s one five-time
All-Star for two starters, a potentially starring kid, and cap space for potential free
agents. As an equation, it tilts heavily in the
Clippers’ favor.
The Clippers have never really had a
trusted personnel guy running the show
before now, so it’s understandable if this is
all very hard to endorse, but with Jerry West
pushing it and Lawrence Frank making it
happen, their first bold move makes sense.
Remember when the Dodgers’ Andrew
Friedman made his first big splash as baseball boss three years ago by trading Matt
Kemp in a controversial move that helped
them build a pennant winner? This feels a
lot like that.
As a star, Griffin was fun. But as a foundation, he was shaky.
You could cheer for him, but you couldn’t
build on him. He was great in commercials,
but struggled in fourth quarters. His dunks
were breathtaking, but so were his debacles.
He never should have been made the
cornerstone. He was always just a supporting player. During one of his hot streaks, I
once wrote a column saying this was his
team, and smart fans roasted me for it, and
they were right.
Griffin could have been gone two winters
ago when he broke his hand punching assistant equipment manager Matias Testi.
Griffin should have been gone last summer
the minute Chris Paul left town.
Once the Big Three became the Big Two,
the Clippers’ chances of contending became
a Big Fat Zero, and Griffin should have been
allowed to walk.
The Clippers panicked. They worried
about justifying those incredibly rising
ticket prices. They were in negotiations for a
new arena. They were going through a frontoffice transition.
They felt Griffin was their best chance at
maintaining the perception of stability, so
last summer they decorated Staples Center
and hired a choir and threw him a party in
which the announcer pretended it was 2029
and announced Griffin as a “lifelong Clipper.’’ And he bit. And they bit.
And they were together for life, at least
until Griffin suffered a knee injury at the end
of November and missed 14 games and
Frank realized exactly what they had purchased. Griffin was flashy, but he will not
play a full season for the fifth time in eight
years. He was a force, but the team actually
seem to play just as well without him, going
8-8 in games in which he didn’t appear,
which almost mirrors their 25-24 record.
Frank, who was named basketball boss
shortly after Griffin was signed by owner
Steve Ballmer, knows that the worst thing
one can be in the NBA is mediocre, and
that’s where the Clippers were headed
under Griffin. West, who was brought in last
summer to bend Ballmer’s ear, was preaching that same gospel to the owner.
This is not the front office that presided
over the six-year frustrations of the Big
Three. This is a front office that, with several
smart new hires surrounding Frank and
West, have decided to build it differently.
They agreed that even though Griffin
was their guy, he could never be The Guy, so
kudos to them for swallowing their egos,
shipping him off to Detroit for moves that
could eventually land them that guy.
It won’t be Harris or Bradley, although
both are good players, with Harris a particularly intriguing young scoring talent. It also
won’t be Marjanovic, though he is a 7-foot-3
bundle of fun.
But The Guy could come in next year’s
draft, considering the Clippers now have
two picks that could be in the top 10, the first
time they can make a real draft impact since
Griffin was drafted first nine years ago. The
Guy could also come in one of the next two
free-agent classes, considering the Clippers
have cap space that is only growing.
Growing because, yeah, you know this
was coming, this move means DeAndre
Jordan is also in play for next week’s trade
deadline. This could set them up not only to
make some noise this summer in the Paul
George sweepstakes, but also next summer
when players such as Kawhi Leonard and
Klay Thompson could be available. The
remodeling also could affect the coaching
staff, depending on Doc Rivers’ patience
with all the dust.
Clippers fans are being asked to swallow
hard for the next couple of months, but once
Paul left, they had to know this was coming.
The last six years were a blast, but now, as
with most NBA teams coming off a stretch
of relative success, the Clippers can’t move
forward without blowing some stuff up.
They no longer need someone who can
jump over cars. They need somebody to
drive one.
Lawrence Frank had to begin his search
for that guy, because it was never going to be
Blake Griffin.
bill.plaschke@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
Bucks 107, 76ers 95
CHARLOTTE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kdd-Glchrst.23 3-4 0-0 1-4 1 0 6
Williams .....25 1-6 0-0 1-2 3 1 2
Howard ......37 9-15 4-5 2-11 2 3 22
Batum........34 8-17 1-2 1-4 2 2 22
Walker........34 7-15 6-7 0-3 4 1 23
Lamb .........23 4-9 0-2 3-6 2 1 8
Kaminsky....22 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Crtr-Willms..18 1-4 2-2 0-3 1 2 4
O’Bryant III..10 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 4 5
Graham......10 1-3 0-2 2-2 1 0 2
Totals
37-83 13-20 11-40 18 14 96
Shooting: Field goals, 44.6%; free throws,
65.0%
Three-point goals: 9-31 (Batum 5-10, Walker
3-5, O’Bryant III 1-1, Howard 0-1, Graham 0-2,
Carter-Williams 0-3, Kaminsky 0-3, Lamb 0-3,
Williams 0-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers:
16 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Batum, Howard).
Turnovers: 16 (Batum 4, Howard 3, Walker 3,
Williams 2, Carter-Williams, Graham, Kaminsky,
Kidd-Gilchrist). Steals: 5 (Graham 2, KiddGilchrist, Lamb, Walker). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gibson .......34 8-12 1-2 2-4 2 2 17
Wiggins ......37 8-14 0-0 0-3 3 3 18
Towns.........32 6-8 2-2 1-13 3 3 15
Butler.........36 7-15 9-9 2-7 3 2 24
Teague .......34 1-12 0-1 0-0 10 4 2
Crawford.....18 3-7 2-3 1-2 1 2 10
Dieng.........15 5-7 1-1 0-3 0 1 11
Bjelica........13 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 1 3
Jones .........13 0-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Georges-Hunt 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
39-83 15-18 7-35 24 18 100
Shooting: Field goals, 47.0%; free throws,
83.3%
Three-point goals: 7-19 (Crawford 2-4, Wiggins
2-4, Bjelica 1-2, Towns 1-2, Butler 1-3, Jones 0-2,
Teague 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers:
13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Butler, Gibson,
Teague, Towns, Wiggins). Turnovers: 13 (Butler 4,
Towns 3, Teague 2, Bjelica, Crawford, Dieng, Wiggins). Steals: 15 (Gibson 4, Teague 4, Towns 2,
Wiggins 2, Bjelica, Butler, Crawford). Technical
Fouls: Teague, 5:46 fourth
ATLANTA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ilyasova ......30 5-10 0-0 0-4 0 1 10
Prince ........24 1-10 0-0 0-4 1 4 3
Plumlee......13 3-3 0-0 3-6 0 1 6
Bazemore ...30 8-14 2-3 0-4 4 3 22
Schroder.....33 5-15 8-9 0-2 11 2 18
Delaney......25 4-6 0-0 0-1 7 1 9
Collins........20 4-4 0-0 3-11 0 1 8
Dedmon .....18 3-3 2-2 1-6 2 2 10
Belinelli......16 2-6 2-2 0-0 1 2 8
Muscala .....13 1-2 0-0 0-4 1 1 3
Dorsey .......13 3-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 8
Totals
39-79 14-16 8-44 27 18 105
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
87.5%
Three-point goals: 13-34 (Bazemore 4-8, Dedmon 2-2, Dorsey 2-3, Belinelli 2-5, Muscala 1-1,
Delaney 1-2, Prince 1-6, Schroder 0-2, Ilyasova
0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 21 (24
PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Bazemore 2, Ilyasova 2,
Muscala 2, Plumlee, Schroder). Turnovers: 21
(Schroder 7, Bazemore 3, Collins 3, Dedmon 2,
Delaney 2, Belinelli, Ilyasova, Plumlee, Prince).
Steals: 8 (Delaney 2, Ilyasova 2, Schroder 2, Bazemore, Plumlee). Technical Fouls: coach Hawks
(Defensive three second), 2:17 first.
Minnesota
32 26 21 21— 100
Atlanta
27 28 21 29— 105
A—12,589. T—2:08. O—Holtkamp, Ford, Guthrie
Grizzlies 120, Suns 109
PHOENIX
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bender .......20 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 0
Warren .......35 10-18 4-6 3-7 1 4 24
Monroe ......23 6-8 2-5 3-6 3 2 14
Canaan ......16 1-5 2-2 0-3 3 0 4
Daniels.......23 2-8 3-3 0-1 1 2 9
Ulis............31 6-13 0-0 0-1 7 1 13
Jackson......29 6-16 6-8 5-8 0 3 20
Dudley .......27 4-8 3-3 0-1 3 2 13
Len............24 3-4 6-9 4-8 0 4 12
Reed............7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
38-82 26-36 15-37 20 20 109
Shooting: Field goals, 46.3%; free throws,
72.2%
Three-point goals: 7-23 (Dudley 2-5, Jackson
2-5, Daniels 2-6, Ulis 1-3, Canaan 0-2, Warren
0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 19 (20
PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Daniels, Jackson). Turnovers: 19 (Bender 3, Jackson 3, Monroe 3, Ulis 3,
Canaan 2, Len 2, Daniels, Reed, Warren). Steals:
11 (Ulis 5, Dudley 2, Bender, Len, Monroe, Warren). Technical Fouls: None.
MEMPHIS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Brooks .......25 5-8 1-2 0-3 2 2 12
Martin ........34 4-9 1-2 2-4 3 4 9
Gasol.........23 5-10 1-1 0-10 1 3 12
Harrison .....29 5-10 0-0 2-5 6 5 11
Selden .......30 7-12 0-1 0-2 6 4 17
Evans.........26 11-17 2-2 1-1 4 2 27
Rabb .........20 2-4 6-6 4-7 3 1 10
Chalmers ....19 2-4 2-2 1-2 3 3 7
Davis .........17 5-6 2-2 2-4 0 3 12
Henry.........12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Totals
47-83 15-18 12-38 29 27 120
Shooting: Field goals, 56.6%; free throws,
83.3%
Three-point goals: 11-22 (Selden 3-4, Evans
3-5, Brooks 1-2, Chalmers 1-2, Harrison 1-2, Henry
1-2, Gasol 1-4, Martin 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7.
Team Turnovers: 20 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9
(Gasol 3, Martin 3, Harrison 2, Davis). Turnovers:
20 (Brooks 4, Gasol 4, Martin 3, Rabb 3, Harrison
2, Selden 2, Davis, Evans). Steals: 7 (Chalmers 2,
Martin 2, Davis, Evans, Gasol). Technical Fouls:
Harrison, 1:38 fourth.
Phoenix
26 21 27 35— 109
Memphis
22 42 26 30— 120
A—13,202. T—2:07. O—Karl Lane, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Antetknmpo 35 10-22 10-10 3-18 6 4 31
Middleton ...37 7-19 3-4 1-7 6 3 19
Henson ......29 5-7 3-4 2-4 2 3 13
Bledsoe........2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2
Brogdon .....21 1-4 2-2 1-4 4 1 4
Snell..........31 4-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 11
Dellavedova 25 3-6 2-2 0-1 3 1 10
Brown ........20 4-7 0-0 0-2 0 1 10
Maker ........17 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 3 2
Terry ..........16 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 5
Plumlee........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Kilpatrick ......0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Vaughn.........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
38-80 20-22 8-42 26 19 107
Shooting: Field goals, 47.5%; free throws,
90.9%
Three-point goals: 11-28 (Snell 3-5, Brown 2-3,
Dellavedova 2-4, Middleton 2-5, Terry 1-2, Antetokounmpo 1-5, Maker 0-1, Brogdon 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 9 (9 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 8 (Henson 2, Maker 2, Antetokounmpo,
Brogdon, Middleton, Snell). Turnovers: 9 (Antetokounmpo 4, Brogdon 2, Terry 2, Middleton). Steals:
6 (Dellavedova 2, Middleton 2, Brown, Terry). Technical Fouls: coach Bucks (Defensive three second), 00:35 second.
Philadelphia
30 23 22 20— 95
Milwaukee
28 27 28 24— 107
A—14,126. T—2:09. O—Scott Twardoski, Josh
Tiven, Tony Brothers
Heat 95, Mavericks 88
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
J.Johnson....28 2-4 2-2 0-0 6 2 6
Richardson..38 4-8 2-4 0-3 3 2 14
Whiteside ...26 10-15 5-6 7-14 2 1 25
Dragic ........28 6-14 0-0 1-4 3 3 13
T.Johnson....27 2-6 2-3 0-3 3 4 8
Ellington .....27 3-9 0-0 0-3 0 1 9
Winslow......22 2-4 2-2 0-5 1 5 6
Olynyk ........21 4-12 2-2 1-4 1 0 12
Adebayo .....19 1-3 0-0 2-5 4 1 2
Totals
34-75 15-19 11-41 23 19 95
Shooting: Field goals, 45.3%; free throws,
78.9%
Three-point goals: 12-31 (Richardson 4-7,
Ellington 3-9, T.Johnson 2-4, Olynyk 2-7, Dragic
1-2, J.Johnson 0-1, Winslow 0-1). Team Rebounds:
9. Team Turnovers: 16 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11
(Richardson 4, J.Johnson 2, Winslow 2, Adebayo,
Dragic, Whiteside). Turnovers: 16 (Richardson 3,
Winslow 3, Adebayo 2, J.Johnson 2, T.Johnson 2,
Whiteside 2, Ellington, Olynyk). Steals: 9 (T.Johnson 3, Richardson 2, Adebayo, Dragic, Ellington,
J.Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
DALLAS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Barnes .......33 8-18 3-4 1-2 0 1 20
Kleber ........15 4-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 9
Nowitzki......26 3-11 2-2 1-6 1 3 10
Matthews....34 7-12 2-2 1-7 3 3 19
Smith Jr. .....35 4-17 5-6 1-2 10 4 14
Ferrell ........32 2-9 2-2 1-2 3 0 6
Powell ........20 2-2 0-0 3-10 0 3 4
Harris.........16 1-7 0-0 0-1 1 3 2
Mejri ..........14 2-3 0-0 3-8 1 2 4
Collinsworth ..9 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0
Totals
33-86 14-16 11-40 20 22 88
Shooting: Field goals, 38.4%; free throws,
87.5%
Three-point goals: 8-29 (Matthews 3-6, Nowitzki 2-6, Kleber 1-1, Barnes 1-5, Smith Jr. 1-7, Ferrell 0-2, Harris 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team
Turnovers: 12 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Harris,
Mejri, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 12 (Smith Jr. 5, Ferrell
2, Collinsworth, Kleber, Matthews, Mejri, Powell).
Steals: 10 (Powell 3, Matthews 2, Mejri 2,
Collinsworth, Nowitzki, Smith Jr.). Technical Fouls:
None.
Miami
22 29 24 20— 95
Dallas
26 20 15 27— 88
A—19,555. T—2:12. O—Curtis Blair, Derrick
Stafford, Ben Taylor
Celtics 111, Nuggets 110
BOSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Horford.......32 4-12 0-0 1-4 6 0 10
Tatum.........32 8-13 2-2 1-6 4 3 20
Baynes .......17 3-10 0-0 1-3 0 2 6
Brown ........33 4-11 0-0 1-6 2 3 9
Irving .........36 11-17 3-3 0-3 6 4 27
Rozier ........29 3-8 0-0 4-9 6 1 8
Theis..........20 4-9 0-0 2-3 4 5 11
Ma.Morris ...20 4-8 3-5 0-4 0 1 14
Ojeleye .......16 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 6
Totals
43-91 8-10 10-40 28 19 111
Shooting: Field goals, 47.3%; free throws,
80.0%
Three-point goals: 17-36 (Ma.Morris 3-4, Theis
3-6, Ojeleye 2-3, Irving 2-4, Rozier 2-4, Tatum 2-4,
Horford 2-6, Brown 1-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team
Turnovers: 9 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Horford 2,
Baynes, Rozier, Tatum, Theis). Turnovers: 9 (Baynes
2, Irving 2, Ma.Morris 2, Brown, Horford, Rozier).
Steals: 4 (Irving, Rozier, Tatum, Theis). Technical
Fouls: Ma.Morris, 00:00 second
DENVER
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Barton........43 8-18 1-1 2-7 7 3 19
Jokic ..........35 8-17 6-7 4-11 5 2 24
Plumlee......28 7-10 2-4 2-8 0 2 16
Harris.........36 6-16 2-2 0-1 4 2 15
Murray .......38 5-11 3-3 1-4 8 3 14
Lyles..........26 7-10 2-4 2-7 3 1 20
Craig..........14 0-1 0-0 2-4 0 1 0
Mudiay .......11 1-7 0-0 0-0 4 0 2
Faried ..........5 0-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 0
Totals
42-93 16-21 15-47 31 14 110
Shooting: Field goals, 45.2%; free throws,
76.2%
Three-point goals: 10-33 (Lyles 4-7, Jokic 2-5,
Barton 2-7, Murray 1-5, Harris 1-7, Craig 0-1, Mudiay 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 10
(11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Plumlee 2, Lyles).
Turnovers: 10 (Barton 2, Jokic 2, Murray 2, Craig,
Harris, Lyles, Plumlee). Steals: 4 (Harris 2, Barton,
Murray). Technical Fouls: Plumlee, 1:45 second
Boston
32 24 24 31— 111
Denver
21 24 37 28— 110
A—19,520. T—2:08. O—Tre Maddox, James Capers, Kevin Cutler
Griffin trade brings more financial flexibility
[Clippers, from D1]
will be permanent,” Ballmer said in
a statement. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I
wish him, as well as Brice and
Willie, the best of luck.
“While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by
Lawrence Frank and Michael
Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been
higher. I believe today, more than
ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”
And the Clippers may not be
done making deals before the Feb.
8 deadline. Center DeAndre Jordan and high-scoring sixth man
Lou Williams could be traded if
L.A. can get the draft picks and
young players that it desires, according to NBA executives.
The Clippers have had discussions with Jordan about a contract
extension, but the sides have not
come to an agreement, according
to the executives. The Clippers
wanted Jordan, who will earn $22.6
million this season, to use next
year’s player option for $24.1 million and then sign an extension.
But Jordan has been opposed to
doing that.
The Clippers also have had contract talks with Williams, who is
making $7 million this season, but
again the two sides have not come
to an agreement.
The Clippers are expected to
continue contract conversations
with both Jordan and Williams.
One executive said they are looking
to improve in both the short and
long term. But if they remain outside the playoff picture — they sit
half a game behind Denver for the
eighth spot in the West — the Clippers, who have their own firstround pick, could have two lottery
selections in this year’s NBA draft.
It’s the end of an era, the most
successful in Clippers history, with
the exit of Griffin and last summer’s trade of Chris Paul.
Griffin signed a five-year, $171million extension that summer,
but the Clippers have struggled
with injuries all season, including
to Griffin, who missed 14 games
with a knee sprain. Injuries marred
Griffin’s nine years in L.A. from the
start — a knee fracture wiped out
his entire first season, and the 6foot-10, 250-pound forward failed to
finish each of the Clippers’ past two
playoff runs, cementing the team’s
failure to get past the second
round.
The Clippers acquired one of
the best perimeter defenders in the
NBA in Bradley, who has made the
NBA’s All-Defensive team twice
and is averaging 15 points a game.
Bradley, who was traded to Detroit
by Boston last July, spent three
years playing for Clippers coach
Doc Rivers when he was the Celtics’ coach.
Just 27, Bradley is in the last
year of his deal that pays him $8.8
million and will be an unrestricted
free agent this summer.
Harris, 25, averaged a careerhigh 18.1 points to go with 5.1 rebounds for the Pistons this season.
The 6-9, 235-pounder can play both
small and power forward.
Harris will earn $16 million this
season and $14.8 million in the last
year of his deal in 2018-19.
Marjanovic is a 7-3 center who
averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in limited action in two
years in Detroit. The third-year
player from Serbia is under contract this season and next before
becoming a free agent.
The Clippers gained about $1.6
million in payroll space by sending
out about $32.2 million in the salaries of Griffin, Reed and Johnson
while taking in about $30.6 million
in the contracts of Bradley, Harris
and Marjanovic.
The Clippers like the financial
flexibility they get this summer
and after the 2018-19 season, when
they’ll have cap space to go after
someone like Golden State’s Klay
Thompson, who’ll be an unrestricted free agent.
TONIGHT
VS. PORTLAND
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 570.
Update: The Trail Blazers have
one of the best backcourts in AllStar Damian Lillard, who averages
25.4 points, and C.J. McCollum,
who averages 21.5 points.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
LAKERS REPORT
Johnson wants to help Michigan State
By Tania Ganguli
Magic Johnson weighed
in on the sexual abuse scandal that has his alma mater,
Michigan State, under federal investigation, saying he
wants to be “part of the solution.”
“If anyone was aware of
the sexual assault happening to women on the MSU
campus from the office of the
President, Board of Trustees, athletic department,
faculty & campus police,
and didn’t say or do anything about it, they should
be fired,” Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball
operations, wrote Monday
on Twitter.
Larry
Nassar,
who
served as team doctor for
Michigan State’s athletic
programs as well as USA
Gymnastics for nearly two
decades, was sentenced to
up to 175 years in prison for
multiple counts of sexual
misconduct against victims
that included Olympic gymnasts. School President Lou
Anna Simon resigned and
athletic director Mark Hollis retired in the wake of the
scandal.
“The roles of the new
President, Board of Trustees, athletic department,
faculty, campus police and
students will be to work to-
time that happened. I wasn’t
guarding too many stretch
fours because I was switching one through five.”
Said Walton: “I think he’s
been spectacular all year of
the switching part of it.
Guarding all the positions,
one through five. Recently
he’s gotten much better at
our defensive scheme, the
coverages and recognizing
what we’re trying to do.”
gether to create new policies
and procedures to ensure
this never happens again,”
Johnson tweeted.
In a final post, Johnson
wrote that he wants to work
with the university and
Michigan State basketball
coach Tom Izzo on being
“part of the solution.”
Randle responds
Julius Randle looked angry as he tangled with Toronto Raptors center Jonas
Valanciunas on Sunday.
Players pushed the two
apart, muting the tension
before it went further.
That emotion, though, is
just what the Lakers want
from Randle.
“I love that,” Randle said.
“I live for that.”
He added: “I just play
physical and some people
don’t like that.”
Two weeks after coach
Luke Walton said he wants
Randle to set the tone when
it comes to toughness and
physicality, it’s clear from his
play that Randle has accepted that challenge.
“He has been great. ... It is
more just [his being] our aggressor so that we have
somebody that is physical
on our team that stands up
when we get pushed around,
and I think he has done a
really nice job of that,” Walton said.
Walton on refs
Matt Marton Associated Press
JULIUS RANDLE has accepted the challenge to be
more physical. “I love that,” he said. “I live for that.”
Randle has made adjustments on what the Lakers
want from him defensively,
and cited a lesson learned
recently against the Charlotte Hornets.
“I was overhelping,”
Randle said. “Me and Luke
talked about it and from
then on — we played Atlanta
the next game — I was
locked in. … That is the first
Walton has had his fair
share of disagreements with
officials. He has received five
technical fouls this season,
and at the time he got his
fifth, he was the league’s
leader among coaches.
After the Lakers lost to
Portland last month, Walton
used part of his postgame
news conference to express
frustration with the way the
game was called and what he
felt was an unfair slant
against his team.
But when asked about
the relationship between the
referees and players this
week, in light of the NBA’s
proposed meeting between
the two sides to iron out issues, Walton demurred.
“The refs do a fine job,”
Walton said. “It has been like
this since I played. I don’t see
it being much different. As
far as what they are addressing, I haven’t delved much
into that so I don’t know the
details of that meeting and
what they are planning. But
they have a very challenging
job and do it to the best of
their ability. There was a
time when we didn’t have
those refs and it was much
worse.”
Asked if tensions have reached an apex, Walton said
they hadn’t. He said there is
just more attention paid to
disagreements
between
players and officials. He did
say that rule changes have
made the jobs of both sides
more challenging.
“There’s a lot of and-ones
in the history of the NBA
that are not being called
now,” Walton said. “You got a
split second to decide if the
player had two hands on the
ball or cradled it with one
hand. That takes some getting used to. And with the
new rules, coming over
screens, and what is a shooting foul and what is not, that
is stuff that takes time.
“There are also a lot of
new, young referees in our
league that are like young
players, like young coaches,
like young anything, are still
getting better at their craft
and learning how the NBA is
played and getting familiar
with it.”
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
WHAT WE LEARNED IN
THE NHL
What we learned in the NHL over the last week of play:
You can home again
The unholy matrimony between the New York Islanders
and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will be dissolved, leading the
Islanders back to Nassau Coliseum for 60 games over the
next three seasons until they open a new arena near Belmont
Park. The Islanders left Nassau Coliseum (now called NYCB
Live) in 2015 but terrible sightlines and an unfamiliar commute to Brooklyn cost them many fans. They’ll start by
playing 12 games next season in their old barn, which was
renovated but now must be upgraded to more closely meet
NHL standards. That’s a good resolution to a nasty problem.
Saluting Jaromir Jagr: the man, the mullet
Jaromir Jagr’s NHL career apparently has ended a few
weeks short of his 46th birthday and 34 games from tying
Gordie Howe’s record of 1,767 NHL games played. The Calgary Flames, for whom Jagr played only 22 games in an injurymarred season, announced Monday he had cleared waivers
and was assigned to the Czech club HC Kladno, which Jagr
owns. In his prime, he was a dynamic scorer and two-time
Stanley Cup champion who played in 10 All-Star games. He
holds the NHL record with 135 game-winning goals and
ranks second in points with 1,921, behind Wayne Gretzky’s
2,857. He will be missed.
The Bruins keep rolling along
They’ve lost bodies but have been gaining ground in the
Atlantic Division, moving five points behind first-place
Tampa Bay with two games in hand. Standout rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy underwent a procedure to correct
an abnormal heart rhythm, and then forward Brad Marchand elbowed New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson in the head
and was suspended for five games. His sentence should have
been twice as long because of his multiple repeat-offender
status. The Bruins have taken everything in stride, extending their winning streak to five before the All-Star break.
The Penguins are on the move
Todd Korol Associated Press
KINGS GOALIE Jonathan Quick is eligible to be activated Thursday, but there is no guarantee he will be.
Victories in their last two games before the break and seven of their last 10 lifted the two-time defending Stanley Cup
champions to third in the Metropolitan Division and into a
playoff position. Their struggles were serious enough to distract Sidney Crosby — who scored the golden goal that secured Canada’s 2010 Olympic triumph at Vancouver — from
brooding about NHL players missing the Pyeongchang Winter Games. “It’s weird,” Crosby said of being at the All-Star
game instead of preparing for the Olympics. “Once you know
you’re not going, you kind of turn it off and you don’t think
about it. You’re thinking about your team, especially with the
situation we’re in. We’re in a pretty tight playoff race.”
Quick on injured reserve
but should return soon
Golden Knights still jousting
The Kings goalie
spent the All-Star
break rehabbing a
lingering injury.
The first-year team has the NHL’s best home record, at 193-2, but coach Gerard Gallant discounted the theory that
visiting teams make it easier by overindulging in the city’s entertainment offerings. “I think the way we play at home has
more factored in than the Vegas flu,” he said. “Back in my era
it might have been a factor but I think the players are more
respectful today.”
Brock Boeser had a good week
The Vancouver Canucks’ 20-year-old rookie had a decent
few days. He scored two goals leading into the All-Star break
to increase his total to a rookie-best 24, won the accuracy
shooting contest at the All-Star skills exhibition on Saturday, and collected two goals and an assist for the triumphant Pacific Division All-Stars on Sunday. He also won
most-valuable-player honors, the first rookie to do so in an
All-Star game since Mario Lemieux in 1985. Boeser got a car
as his MVP reward, plus about $90,000 for being on the winning team and $25,000 for his accuracy shooting win. He also
triggered $425,000 in bonuses for being chosen an All-Star
and for being named MVP. Not too shabby.
— Helene Elliott
DUCKS TONIGHT
AT BOSTON
When: 4 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830.
Update: The Ducks begin post-All-Star-break play with a
five-game trip, and it’s the Bruins up first. Boston goaltender
Tuukka Rask is one of the hottest in the league, not having
lost in regulation since Nov. 26. The Ducks won’t have to face
All-Star winger Brad Marchand, though. He’s in the midst of
a five-game suspension for elbowing. Ducks goaltender John
Gibson suffered a lower-body injury in the last game before
the break, but was back at practice Monday. The Ducks beat
the Winnipeg Jets in that game and, with a victory over the
Bruins, would earn their third three-game winning streak of
the season. Adam Henrique is riding a five-game point
streak. The trip continues Thursday at Ottawa. The Ducks
have 57 points and are in a four-way tie for the final wild-card
spot in the Western Conference.
— Mike Coppinger
By Curtis Zupke
FARMERS BRANCH,
Texas — Jonathan Quick
sure didn’t sound as if he
spent the weekend watching
the All-Star game with a bag
of popcorn. The showcase
event is torturous for goaltenders, and Quick didn’t
wonder about what he
missed.
Instead he took aim at
getting well and was back at
practice Monday.
“Obviously with 30 games
left, that’s more important
[than] playing in the games
this past weekend,” Quick
said. “I’m focused on that.”
How helpful were the
days off to rehab what the
Kings call a lingering injury?
“Very,” he said.
Kings
coach
John
Stevens elaborated more,
saying Quick received “lots
of rehab” over the break and
should be back in a “really
healthy position” going into
the second half.
The Kings placed Quick
on injured reserve, but it was
for roster considerations as
Michael Amadio, Jonny
Brodzinski, Paul LaDue and
Jack Campbell were recalled. Quick can be activated
Thursday,
though
Stevens stopped short of
predicting that.
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
26
24
22
19
12
W
29
29
30
28
27
26
23
L
12
15
16
18
17
24
24
29
L
13
11
18
18
18
18
19
OL
4
7
8
5
9
3
6
9
OL
8
7
3
4
3
5
7
Pts
68
59
58
57
57
47
44
33
Pts
66
65
63
60
57
57
53
GF
164
143
137
139
141
135
127
118
GF
164
145
148
155
157
144
146
GA
128
133
135
121
141
157
159
172
GA
136
123
130
134
139
140
136
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Columbus
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
Philadelphia
N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers
Carolina
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Detroit
Montreal
Florida
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
29
27
27
24
24
25
25
22
W
34
29
28
19
20
19
15
14
L
15
19
21
16
17
20
20
19
L
12
10
18
21
23
22
23
26
OL
5
3
3
8
8
5
5
8
OL
3
8
5
8
6
6
9
9
Pts
63
57
57
56
56
55
55
52
Pts
71
66
61
46
46
44
39
37
GF
150
131
151
144
141
172
153
137
GF
175
156
162
126
129
132
124
114
GA
138
137
153
146
141
180
151
154
GA
125
116
146
146
156
158
166
163
TODAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Boston, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Florida at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
New Jersey at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Montreal at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Vegas at Calgary, 6 p.m.
KINGS at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
San Jose at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Ottawa at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Chicago at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
New York Islanders at Toronto, 4:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 5 p.m.
San Jose at Detroit, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Ottawa, 4 p.m.
Toronto at New York Rangers, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Boston, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
KINGS at Nashville, 5:30 p.m.
Montreal at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Florida at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Vegas at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Dallas at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
“We don’t expect him to
be long-term,” Stevens said.
“I think he’s day to day, and I
think if he continues to progress, there’s no reason why
he shouldn’t join us soon.”
Quick isn’t eligible to play
Tuesday because he missed
the All-Star game, league
rules stating a player must
miss a regular-season game
if they drop out of All-Star
festivities. Campbell, a former first-round pick of the
Dallas Stars, was recalled to
presumably back up Darcy
Kuemper. This two-game
Southern tour represents
the third time in a month the
Kings will return from a hiatus. The results are middling
at best. They went 2-2-1 out
of the Christmas break but 14-0 out of the bye week.
If there is any added incentive needed, the timing is
right because the players’ fathers are traveling for this
trip, a tradition among
many NHL clubs.
“I think the families are
watching, whether they’re
with us or not, but certainly
having them in-house — winning’s
winning,
right?”
Stevens said. “The trip’s going to be more enjoyable for
the dads if you have success,
and I think the players want
nothing more than that.”
TONIGHT
AT DALLAS
When: 5:30 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: Derek Forbort (upper body) and Nick Shore
(lower body) practiced. Jeff
Carter (ankle) is making
progress, Stevens said, but
hasn’t begun skating with
the team. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov is on a career-high-tying nine-game
point streak. Teammate
John Klingberg leads NHL
defensemen in scoring.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
D6
T U E S DAY , JA N UA RY 30 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
Brandon Dill Associated Press
O N YOUR MARK, GET SET ...
Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe, left, and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin give chase to a loose ball
during Monday night’s game at Memphis. Martin scored nine points in the Grizzlies’ 120-109 victory.
Congress passes legislation
in response to Nassar case
wire reports
Congress followed up on the sex abuse
scandal involving sports doctor Larry
Nassar by passing legislation Monday
that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to promptly report abuse
claims to law enforcement.
Nassar was sentenced last week to up
to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing
more than 150 women and girls over 25
years.
The sentencing sparked new calls from
lawmakers to complete action on legislation that had already received widespread
support in both chambers of Congress.
The House agreed to take up the Senate
version of the bill to speed up its passage.
The bill passed by a vote of 406-3 and went
to President Trump for his signature.
Supporters of the bill, sponsored by
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said a
patchwork of state laws on reporting suspected sex abuse made it necessary to enact a uniform national standard that
would apply to amateur sports groups
such as USA Gymnastics as well as to
other sports organizations that participate in interstate and international travel.
The failure to report a sexual abuse allegation could lead to up to one year in prison.
State Atty. General Bill Schuette of
Michigan is asking Michigan State University for emails and text messages related to Nassar, an initial salvo in his investigation into how the college handled complaints against the longtime campus
sports doctor. In a letter, Schuette and his
special independent counsel, William
Forsyth, requested the communications
of 20 current and former school officials,
including the entire eight-member governing board of trustees and President
Lou Anna Simon and athletic director
Mark Hollis — who both quit last week after Nassar’s sentencing.
BASKETBALL
Bucks’ Parker to return
to action on Friday
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari
Parker is set to return to the court Friday
against the New York Knicks, nearly a year
after being sidelined with the second major left knee injury of his career.
Milwaukee said Monday night that
Parker was medically cleared, making the
announcement during the second quarter
of its game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Parker tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on Feb. 8, 2017, against Miami. At the
time, he was averaging a career-high 20.1
points and 6.2 rebounds as one of the franchise cornerstones.
Parker tore the same ACL in December
2014, ending his rookie season after 25
games. Milwaukee selected Parker with
the second overall pick of the 2014 draft.
ETC.
Royals sign Escobar
The Kansas City Royals signed Alcides
Escobar to a $2.5-million deal for the upcoming season, keeping their longtime
shortstop on the roster after he joined first
baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman
Mike Moustakas, outfielder Lorenzo
Cain and pitcher Jason Vargas in hitting
the open market.
Royals general manager Dayton
Moore said last week, when the framework for a contract was in place, that he
hoped Escobar could give the club more
time for top prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. to
mature. The 31-year-old Escobar was hoping for a long-term contract in free agency,
but the offers never materialized.
Also Monday, in a deal that freed up
about $5 million in salary that the club
could use to sign free agents, the Royals
acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and
Heath Fillmyer from the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Ryan Buchter, designated hitter Brandon Moss and cash considerations.
Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood’s plans
to announce his retirement were sidetracked due to issues arising over what he
is owed over the final two years of his contract, a person with direct knowledge of
the situation told the Associated Press.
Instead of announcing his retirement
in front of a large gathering of family,
friends and teammates in Orchard Park,
N.Y., the nine-year veteran instead spent
less than two minutes reading from a prepared statement in which Wood stressed
he is still on the team’s roster.
Wood will never play again after tests
revealed he has two disks that he said are
“dangerously close to my spinal cord.”
Oakland hired the son of former
Raiders coach Bill Callahan to serve as its
quarterbacks coach under Jon Gruden.
Brian Callahan spent the previous two
seasons as the quarterbacks coach with
the Detroit Lions. He also was a coach
with the Denver Broncos for six years from
2010-15.
Safeties coach Darren Perry is leaving
the Green Bay Packers in the wake of a
staff overhaul by coach Mike McCarthy.
David Beckham and Major League
Soccer announced that a long-awaited
franchise in Miami is now born.
It took Beckham nearly four years just
to get this far with Miami, and there are a
slew of details still to come — such as the
team name, logo, when it will start play
and when the stadium will open. “Bringing an MLS club to Miami,” Beckham said,
“has been a hell of a journey.”
EAST
Fairfield 103, Iona 100, OT
Lehigh 71, Holy Cross 67
NJIT 74, Kennesaw St. 71
Rider 92, Monmouth (N.J.) 85
Siena 59, St. Peter’s 57, 3OT
SOUTH
Chattanooga 87, UNC Greensboro 85, 2OT
Coppin St. 73, Md.-Eastern Shore 68
Duke 88, Notre Dame 66
E. Tenn. St. 73, The Citadel 71
Florida Gulf Coast 103, North Florida 70
Grambling St. 92, Miss. Valley St. 89, OT
Hampton 80, Bethune-Cookman 69
Jacksonville 68, Stetson 67
Lipscomb 110, S.C. Upstate 106, 2OT
Norfolk St. 80, Florida A&M 71
Prairie View 88, Alabama A&M 67
S.C. State 74, Morgan St. 59
Samford 93, VMI 79
Texas Southern 97, Alabama St. 82
Wofford 77, W. Carolina 68
MIDWEST
Kansas 70, Kansas St. 56
Michigan 58, Northwestern 47
Nebraska 74, Wisconsin 63
Siena Heights 96, Akron-Wayne 68
UIC 74, Milwaukee 56
SOUTHWEST
Ark. Pine Bluff 60, Jackson St. 58
BOX SCORE
AP Top 25
No. 4 Duke 88, Notre Dame 66
NOTRE DAME—Geben 3-7 2-2 8, Mooney 5-9
0-0 14, Pflueger 2-8 1-2 6, Djogo 4-12 1-1 10,
Gibbs 6-16 9-10 22, Torres 1-5 0-1 2, Burns 1-4
2-2 4, Gregory 0-0 0-0 0, Nelligan 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 22-61 15-18 66.
DUKE—Bagley 4-14 3-6 12, Carter 6-8 5-6
17, Allen 7-12 1-1 18, Trent 8-16 0-0 22, Duval
4-8 3-3 12, DeLaurier 1-1 0-0 2, White 2-3 0-0
5, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Bolden 0-0 0-0 0, Goldwire 0-0 0-0 0, O’Connell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 3264 12-16 88.
Halftime—Duke 42-34. A—9,314 (9,314).
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No games scheduled
SOUTHLAND
Biola 71, Academy of Art 61
WEST
Fresno St. 64, Air Force 48
EAST
Fairleigh Dickinson 61, LIU Brooklyn 49
Robert Morris 66, CCSU 47
St. Francis (Pa.) 87, Bryant 69
St. Francis Brooklyn 63, Sacred Heart 48
SOUTH
Bethune-Cookman 61, Hampton 56
Coppin St. 69, Md. Eastern Shore 63
Grambling St. 64, Miss. Valley St. 62
Morgan St. 65, S.C. State 55
Norfolk St. 70, Florida A&M 49
Prairie View 55, Alabama A&M 48
Texas Southern 71, Alabama St. 39
MIDWEST
Nebraska Omaha 63, Peru St. 47
SOUTHWEST
Jackson St. 60, Ark.-Pine Bluff 54
Kentucky 76, Arkansas 65
AP TOP 25 POLL
(Through Jan. 28)
Rank Team .............
Record
Pts
20-1
1607
20-1
1572
21-2
1501
18-3
1372
20-3
1347
19-3
1278
17-4
1224
19-2
1208
18-4
1103
17-4
987
19-2
882
15-5
840
21-2
753
19-4
750
16-5
709
17-4
635
18-5
566
15-5
512
16-6
470
17-4
414
16-5
344
17-3
327
15-6
172
17-6
103
16-5
100
Others receiving votes: Kansas St. 94, Florida St. 76, Nevada 41, Louisville 39, Creighton
33, Seton Hall 16, Miami 12, TCU 11, Houston 8,
Alabama 6, New Mexico St. 5, N.C. State 5, USC
3.
1. Villanova (47) ..
2. Virginia (17) ....
3. Purdue (1) .......
4. Duke ................
5. Michigan St. ....
6. Xavier ..............
7. Kansas ............
8. Cincinnati ........
9. Arizona ............
10. Texas Tech ....
11. Auburn ...........
12. Oklahoma .....
13. St. Mary’s ......
14. Gonzaga .......
15. W. Virginia .....
16. Wichita St. .....
17. Ohio St. .........
18. Tennessee ....
19. N. Carolina ....
20. Clemson ........
21. Kentucky .......
22. Rhode Isl. ......
23. Florida ...........
24. Michigan ........
25. Arizona St. ....
USA TODAY COACHES POLL
(Through Jan. 28)
Record
Pts
Rank Team ...............
1. Villanova (22)....
20-1
765
2. Virginia (8) .........
20-1
751
3. Purdue (1) .........
21-2
716
4. Michigan St.......
20-3
637
5. Duke ...................
18-3
621
6. Xavier .................
19-3
610
7. Kansas ..............
17-4
601
8. Cincinnati ..........
19-2
593
9. Arizona ..............
18-4
469
10. Texas Tech ......
17-4
438
11. West Virginia ..
16-5
408
12. Gonzaga .........
19-4
358
13. Auburn .............
19-2
336
14. St. Mary’s ........
21-2
334
15. Oklahoma .......
15-5
327
16. Wichita St........
17-4
309
17. North Carolina
16-6
268
18. Ohio St. ...........
18-5
255
19. Tennessee ......
15-5
238
20. Clemson ..........
17-4
226
21. Rhode Island ..
17-3
190
22. Kentucky .........
16-5
151
23. Arizona St. ......
16-5
94
24. Florida .............
15-6
86
25. Michigan ..........
17-6
71
Others receiving votes: Creighton 41, Nevada
36, Miami 31, Seton Hall 28, Florida St. 27,
Louisville 21, Kansas St. 19, New Mexico St. 7,
Boise St. 3, Houston 2, La. Lafayette 2, Middle
Tenn. 2, Alabama 1, USC 1, TCU 1, Virginia Tech 1.
SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
SPAIN
La Liga
Celta Vigo 3, Betis 2
GOLF
$6.9-MILLION FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
At La Jolla—Par 72
Torrey Pines, South Course—7,698 yards
Final 72-Hole Leaders
(FedEx Cup points in parentheses)
278 (-10)—$1,242,000
x-Jason Day (500).................73s-64n-71-70
278 (-10)—$607,200
Alex Noren (245) ..................70s-66n-69-73
y-Ryan Palmer (245)..............66s-67n-73-72
279 (-9)—$331,200
J.B. Holmes (135) .................70s-72n-65-72
280 (-8)—$276,000
Keegan Bradley (110)............70s-69n-71-70
281 (-7)—$239,775
Tony Finau (95).....................65n-70s-73-73
Charles Howell III (95) ...........69s-72n-71-69
282 (-6)—$193,200
Harris English (78) ................70s-68n-73-71
Robert Garrigus (78)..............69s-70n-73-70
Marc Leishman (78) ..............71s-69n-69-73
Justin Rose (78) ...................69n-70s-69-74
283 (-5)—$123,338
Retief Goosen (55)................70n-68s-72-73
Lanto Griffin (55) ..................72s-68n-69-74
Emiliano Grillo (55) ...............70s-72n-67-74
Brandon Harkins (55) ............70n-70s-70-73
Tom Hoge (55)......................72s-69n-72-70
Luke List (55).......................69n-66s-73-75
Hideki Matsuyama (55)..........72n-69s-73-69
Gary Woodland (55) ..............74n-68s-66-75
284 (-4)—$83,260
Abraham Ancer (43) ..............72s-69n-73-70
Rory Sabbatini (43)...............68n-73s-71-72
Cameron Smith (43)..............71n-68s-73-72
285 (-3)—$59,685
Chesson Hadley (35) .............71n-72s-71-71
J.J. Henry (35) ......................70s-72n-70-73
Michael Kim (35) ..................69n-68s-70-78
Patrick Reed (35)..................68s-72n-72-73
J.J. Spaun (35) .....................70n-71s-69-75
Tiger Woods (35) ..................72s-71n-70-72
286 (-2)—$43,873
Corey Conners (26) ...............72s-68n-70-76
Russell Knox (26)..................69n-73s-69-75
Maverick McNealy .................72s-70n-72-72
Jon Rahm (26) .....................68s-66n-75-77
Brendan Steele (26)..............70n-72s-68-76
Kevin Streelman (26).............71s-68n-71-76
287 (-1)—$30,464
Martin Flores (17) .................70s-67n-73-77
Brice Garnett (17) .................69s-70n-75-73
Cody Gribble (17) .................70s-70n-74-73
Adam Hadwin (17) ................71s-70n-72-74
Charley Hoffman (17) ............71s-70n-71-75
Beau Hossler (17).................71s-68n-69-79
Si Woo Kim (17) ...................71s-71n-74-71
Chris Kirk (17) ......................70s-71n-72-74
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Kevin Tway (17) ....................72s-71n-68-76
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Phil Mickelson (10) ...............70n-68s-76-74
Francesco Molinari (10) .........68s-73n-73-74
Brandt Snedeker (10) ............72s-71n-74-71
289 (+1)—$16,606
Patrick Cantlay (8).................69n-73s-72-75
292 (+4)—$14,628
Jimmy Walker (4) ..................70s-72n-73-77
x-Won playoff on sixth-extra hole; y-Was
eliminated on first-extra hole.
THE ODDS
College Basketball
Favorite
Rhode Island
at Clemson
TCU
at Ohio St.
at Illinois
Florida
at Missouri St.
Xavier
at Oklahoma
at Iowa
Auburn
at Texas A&M
at Kentucky
Line
101⁄2
PK
11⁄2
111⁄2
41⁄2
21⁄2
71⁄2
41⁄2
71⁄2
2
4
41⁄2
11
Underdog
at Mass.
N. Carolina
at Okla. St.
Indiana
Rutgers
at Georgia
Illinois St.
at St. John’s
Baylor
Minnesota
at Mississippi
Arkansas
Vanderbilt
Pro Football
Super Bowl
Favorite
Line (O/U)
Underdog
New England
41⁄2 (48)
Philadelphia
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
TRANSACTIONS
PRO FOOTBALL
Minnesota—Signed offensive tackle Storm
Norton and safety Jack Tocho to reserve-futures
contracts.
Pittsburgh—Signed wide receivers Trey Griffey
and Tevin Jones, and running back James Summers to reserve/futures contracts.
HOCKEY
Calgary—Called up left wings Ryan Lomberg
and Andrew Mangiapane from Stockton (AHL).
Dallas—Called up forward Jason Dickinson
and defensemen Dillon Heatherington and Julius
Honka from Texas (AHL).
Tampa Bay—Called up goaltender Louis
Domingue from Syracuse (AHL).
SOCCER
Major League Soccer—Awarded an
expansion franchise to Miami.
TENNIS
$733,900 ST. PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY
At St. Petersburg, Russia
Surface: Hard-Indoor
SINGLES (first round)—Alize Cornet, France,
d. Mona Barthel, Germany, 6-3, 7-5; Katerina
Siniakova, Czech Republic, d. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; Anastasia Potapova, Russia,
d. Tatjana Maria, Germany, 6-2, 6-4.
$226,750 TAIWAN OPEN
At Taipei, Taiwan
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
SINGLES (first rouond)—Yulia Putintseva (5),
Kazakhstan, d. Junri Namigata, Japan, 6-2, 6-4;
Duan Ying-Ying, China, d. Miyu Kato, Japan, 6-2,
4-6, 7-5; Kateryna Kozlova, Ukraine, d. Zhang
Shuai (2), China, 6-2, 6-4; Zarina Diyas (6),
Kazakhstan, d. Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-2, 7-5;
Monica Niculescu, Romania, d. Ons Jabeur,
Tunisia, 6-1, 4-0 retired; Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan,
d. Lee Ya-hsuan, Taiwan, 7-5, 6-2.
VOLLEYBALL
MEN
Nonconference
At Honolulu
UCLA d. Hawai’i, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 32-30
Win ends Hawai’i’s 26-match home win streak
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SUPER BOWL LII: NEW ENGLAND VS. PHILADELPHIA
Photographs by
Eric Gay Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES players use their phones to take selfies during Super Bowl opening night at Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild.
NOTES
Foles appears rather comfortable
Reimer was suspended
by the radio station but
Brady said he did not want
anyone to lose their job over
the situation.
“We all have careers and
we all make mistakes,” he
said, “and I mean I’d hate for
someone to have to change
their life over something like
that. That was certainly not
what he intended.”
By Gary Klein
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The
reporters, camera operators
and assorted characters
that are part of the annual
Super Bowl opening night
crowded into a semicircle
around Philadelphia Eagles
quarterback Nick Foles. It
was about two-thirds thinner than the six-deep crowd
that an hour earlier had
ringed his more accomplished counterpart, New
England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
But Foles appeared to be
enjoying the moment Monday night at Xcel Energy
Center.
The backup who stepped
in for injured Carson Wentz
late in the season had
prepped for the event.
“I’m not going to lie,”
Foles said. “I Googled it just
to see what it looked like,
and it’s pretty wild.”
Foles, though, looked
and sounded as comfortable
as he did while leading the
Eagles to playoff victories
over the Atlanta Falcons
and Minnesota Vikings.
“I’m speaking from the
heart,” he said. “The good
thing about it is there is a
positive thing to answering
all these questions — I will
sleep really well tonight.
“When I get to bed, I’m
going to sleep really good.”
Foles said he was “just a
piece of the puzzle” for the
Eagles, and that Wentz has
been helping him ever since
he stepped into the lineup.
Wentz suffered a seasonending knee injury against
the Rams in Week 14 at the
Coliseum.
“He’s absolutely helping
On the move?
JOE THUNEY , an offensive lineman for the Patriots, is interviewed during Super Bowl opening night.
me,” Foles said. “This is Carson’s team.”
But it was Foles who was
on one of the select podiums.
During the session, Foles
was approached by a cast
member of a national television show, who asked him to
sign Brady’s book, “TB12:
How to Achieve a Lifetime of
Sustained Peak Performance.”
Foles said he would wait
until after the game to avoid
“a bad aura” that might result.
“You’re going to get some
crazy questions,” he said. “I
don’t have a cook book yet, I
haven’t arrived, which is
fine. I’ll come out with a cook
book later.”
The gloved one
Brady, who had stitches
removed from his right hand
last week, wore a knit hat
and sported black gloves on
both hands during his session.
Brady, making his eighth
Super Bowl appearance, appeared upbeat throughout.
The day did not start out
that way.
Before the Patriots left
Foxborough, Mass., Brady
cut short a regular weekly
radio interview with station
WEEI because a station employee had disparaged his
daughter on a different radio
show.
Brady and his family are
the subject of a Facebook video series, “Tom vs Time.”
Alex Reimer described
Brady’s 5-year-old daughter
as “an annoying little pissant.”
Word got back to Brady,
who did not take kindly to
the comment.
“I’ve tried to come on this
show for many years and
showed you guys a lot of respect,” Brady told WEEI.
“I’ve always tried to come on
and do a good job for you
guys. So, it’s very disappointing when you hear that,
certainly with my daughter,
or any child, they certainly
don’t deserve that.”
Brady said he would evaluate whether he would ap-
pear on the show again, and
then went on to end the interview.
“I really don’t have much
to say this morning,” he said.
“Maybe I’ll speak with you
guys some other time.”
The Patriots arrived in
Minneapolis on Monday
afternoon and were at the
media event several hours
later.
“I just think any parent is
really protective of their
kids,” Brady said, “and I’ve
never stayed away from criticism. I understand that
criticism is part of sports,
but I certainly don’t think
my children or any other
children really deserve to be
in that.”
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is reportedly set to be hired as
coach of the Indianapolis
Colts after the Super Bowl.
McDaniels did not address the situation specifically but said his focus was
on the Eagles.
“They demand every bit
of your attention, and
they’re going to get it all
week long,” McDaniels said.
During the playoffs last
season, McDaniels interviewed for jobs, including
with the Rams, who hired
Sean McVay.
McDaniels interviewed
with the Colts twice this
month.
He said coaches are accustomed to multitasking,
so interviewing for head
coaching positions was not a
distraction.
“There was time set aside
for doing that, and that time
was used the right way,” he
said. “And after that, it’s
been all about this team and
this year and this season and
what we’re trying to accomplish as a team here.
“And that’s where my focus has stayed, and that’s
where it will stay this week.”
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesklein
Town enjoys link to Brady
[Farmer, from D1]
weeks each summer here, a
two-hour drive from Minneapolis, where Sunday the
Patriots will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super
Bowl LII.
“I’ve known Tommy
since he was this big,” said
his uncle, Allen Johnson,
holding his hands about a
foot apart. “My dad was a
dairy farmer. All the sisters
and Tommy would be here.
We’d play ball, they’d help
Grandpa milk the cows, and
Tommy loved to fish. Once,
we took him up to the lake
and it started to pour. We
had enough sunfish to come
back and have a fish fry, but
he didn’t want to stop. He
didn’t want to leave.”
On a typically frigid
Monday, Johnson is wearing
a bright red Patriots jacket
that’s sore-thumb visible in
a state painted Vikings
purple. He lives in the modest farmhouse of his late
parents, a place that might
go unnoticed but for the
Patriots doormats.
The town is filled with
Johnsons, some directly
related to Brady, others at
the furthest reaches of the
family tree. All are proud to
call him one of their own.
“It will be fun because my
uncles still live there, my
cousins,” Brady said recently on WEEI radio, when
asked about returning to
Minnesota for his eighth
Super Bowl. “It’s a great
place. It’s really special to go
back there. The last time we
played Minnesota, I had a
lot of people come, a lot of
family and extended family.
There will be a lot of great
support there in Minnesota
too.”
Brady’s grandfather was
a dairy farmer and parttime barber, whose shop is
now a vacant standalone
building on the main street
through town. His grandmother was a hairdresser
who shared space in the
shop. The quarterback’s
mother might have stayed
in Browerville like her two
brothers, Allen and Gary,
but left to become a TWA
flight attendant. She moved
to the West Coast, met and
married Tom Brady Sr., and
they started a family.
“She was so doggone
nice, and a nice-looking gal,”
said Gary, her older brother.
“She was so compassionate.”
Brady’s mother was the
focus of media attention
during last year’s Super
Bowl because of her battle
with breast cancer, yet was
able to make it to that game
against the Atlanta Falcons,
a historic comeback victory
by New England.
Of the Browerville family,
Brady is closest to his cousin Paul “Pickle” Johnson,
who got his nickname because he sold pickles door to
door as a kid. He has fond
memories of the Bradys
visiting from California each
August and for the occasional Christmas, whether it
was fishing, or playing in
nearby gravel pits, or endless games of Wiffle ball.
“He was persistent, full of
energy, and very athletic,”
said Johnson, 50, a son of
Gary. “He can golf, play
baseball. His sisters are
closer to my age, and
Tommy would tag along.
The whole family’s athletic.”
Johnson pays tribute to
his cousin’s NFL accom-
plishments in a large steel
shed on his property. The
heated structure is a comfortable winter hangout,
with a big TV in the corner, a
couch in the middle, along
with mounted fish and
animals, and Patriots memorabilia everywhere you
look. There’s a massive
Fathead poster of Brady on
one wall, seat pads from
New England’s Super Bowl
victory over Carolina, neon
Patriots signs, even fishing
lures featuring the team’s
logo.
Johnson, married with
two children, has an array of
shots of Brady with his kids,
including two family trips to
Gillette Stadium and to
Super Bowls.
“They’ve been so good,
they go out of their way to
accommodate us,” Johnson
said of Brady and his wife,
Gisele Bundchen. “They
don’t treat us any different,
we don’t treat them any
different. They’re just the
same humble and kind
people, and I like to think
we’re that way too.”
Once, Johnson was on
the commuter train in Bos-
Family Photo
ALLEN JOHNSON , uncle of Tom Brady, holds a
photo of himself and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
ton with his wife and kids.
They were all dressed in
Patriots garb, and their
Minnesota accents attracted the attention of a
fellow fan. He asked where
they were from, and they
told them of their Brady
connection. The young man
was so excited, he and his
girlfriend took selfies with
the family and promptly
posted them on Instagram.
Johnson still marvels at
the hubbub surrounding his
cousin, that tag-along kid.
“It’s amazing,” he said.
“But it’s still Tommy. The
Tommy we know.”
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
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’70s
press
drama
is still
timely
‘All the President’s
Men’ receives a
stirring reading at Los
Angelus City Hall.
CHARLES McNULTY
THEATER CRITIC
Junfu Han Detroit Free Press
ROSE McGOWAN , shown speaking at a convention in October, has a book and a TV show that call attention to abuse and harassment.
FIGHTING SPIRIT
BOOK REVIEW
TELEVISION REVIEW
Rose McGowan begins at
the beginning in raw account
of turning anger into action
The E! series ‘Citizen Rose’
offers a strong entry point
into the #MeToo movement
By Amy Kaufman
LORRAINE ALI
TELEVISION CRITIC
There is a moment in Rose McGowan’s new documentary series when she learns that Harvey Weinstein has allegedly stolen the first half of her memoir, “Brave,” months in advance of its publication.
“I can’t tell you how violating it felt,” she explains
via voice-over. “It was like being back in that room
with him all over again, only this time, it was the inside of my mind and not my body.”
Readers of “Brave” will understand why the revelation so enraged McGowan. She does not hold
back when writing about Weinstein, whom she
refers to only as “The Monster.”
Long before the Weinstein scandal broke, McGowan publicly alleged that she had been raped by
a Hollywood producer. After other women came
forward with allegations of abuse, McGowan
named Weinstein. But “Brave” is [See ‘Brave,’ E4]
HarperOne
“BRAVE” by Rose McGowan.
HarperOne: 272 pp., $27.99.
The #MeToo movement gets the documentary
treatment, with a little reality-TV and art-house
flair, in “Citizen Rose.”
The five-part docuseries, which premieres Tuesday on the E! Network, focuses on the plight and
message of actress-tuned-activist Rose McGowan.
McGowan, who executive produced the series,
has been the equivalent of rocket fuel for the #MeToo movement after the former “Charmed” star
came forward last fall with rape allegations against
film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, she has remained incredibly vocal,
emerging as a social media warrior for women’s empowerment issues and as a colorful proponent for
resistance and change.
McGowan is an eccentric [See Television, E4]
MUSIC REVIEW
L.A. Opera offers a ‘Candide’ for all
The famously thorny
musical is embraced
and even enhanced in
all its messy glory.
MARK SWED
MUSIC CRITIC
In his Los Angeles Opera
program note for Leonard
Bernstein’s
“Candide,”
which opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on
Saturday night, music director James Conlon points out
that the Broadway show’s
origins lie in a response to
Joseph McCarthy’s House
Un-American
Activities
Committee in the 1950s.
In a short interview on
the L.A. Opera website, director Francesca Zambello
notes that the operetta (or
whatever you want to call it
these days), based on
Voltaire’s study in meticulous and miraculous abuse,
seems about right for our
[See ‘Candide,’ E2]
At the electric reading of
William Goldman’s screenplay for “All the President’s
Men” at Los Angeles City
Hall on Saturday night,
Watergate once again had
the freshness of current
events.
Corruption and coverup
are making headlines today
just as they did in the early
1970s, when the historical
drama (based on the book
by Bob Woodward and Carl
Bernstein) is set. Equally
timely is the struggle of journalists to uncover the truth
that politicians and their
henchmen are determined
to keep hidden from the voting public.
The Fountain Theatre,
collaborating with the city of
Los Angeles, presented this
special event in the John
Ferraro Council Chamber as
a reminder of what’s at stake
when the press is under
siege, as it has been since
President Trump starting
slinging the phrase “fake
news” at political coverage
he’d like to make disappear.
Actors from theater, film
and television (many of
them alumni from “The
West Wing”) gathered at the
seat of Los Angeles’ government in a show of solidarity
with truth-seekers everywhere emboldened by the
example of Woodward and
Bernstein, whose Washington Post reporting of the
Watergate scandal led to the
resignation of President
Nixon. The evening was an
eloquent testimonial to the
crucial watchdog role of the
fourth estate.
The tribunal ambience of
the
council
chambers
seemed especially appropriate at a time when a pillar of
democracy is itself on trial.
An audience of celebrities
(including Judd Hirsch) and
ordinary citizens sat on
wooden pews as cast members arrayed themselves behind desks, public hearing
style, with small groups
moving to standing microphones in the foreground as
the suspenseful newsroom
drama galloped from scene
to scene.
In his prefatory remarks,
Los Angeles Councilman
Mitch O’Farrell, who hosted
the free one-night event, reminded the audience of the
primacy of 1st Amendment
freedoms in the Bill of Rights
and congratulated those in
attendance on being part of
the resistance. Stephen
Sachs, the Fountain’s co-artistic director who directed
the reading, expressed gratitude to Los Angeles for turning over City Hall to artists,
who much like the journalists depicted in “All the President’s Men” recognize free
expression as a necessary
condition for a well-func[See ‘Men,’ E5]
Women-led film
series returns
“Grown-ish” star
Yara Shahidi joins
other female directors
for a new season of the
Shatterbox series. E3
Rapper’s video
reaches out
Stars help get the
word out on Logic’s
Grammy-nominated
suicide prevention
music video. E4
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
KELSEY GRAMMER, left, and Jack Swanson in L.A. Opera’s “Candide” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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QUICK
TAKES
‘Ellen,’ it’s
Michelle
Obama
Former
First
Lady
Michelle Obama is paying
another visit to “The Ellen
DeGeneres Show.” She’s
scheduled to drop by the
daytime talk show on Thursday, according to an announcement Monday.
It will be Obama’s first
television sit-down interview since she and former
President Barack Obama
left the White House in early
2017. Obama is stopping by to
celebrate DeGeneres’ 60th
birthday and help the host
acknowledge the people who
participated in her #OneMillionActsOfGood campaign, the show said.
The philanthropist has
paid the show numerous visits over the years, participating in dance and exercise
routines, co-hosting the program and even going on a
shopping trip to CVS with
DeGeneres in 2016.
— Nardine Saad
Nelson joining
literary group
Willie Nelson, the country
music legend, will become
the first songwriter to be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, one of the
most prestigious literary organizations in the Lone Star
State.
Nelson will join 18 other
inductees — including novelist Bret Anthony Johnston, playwright Kirk Lynn
and screenwriter Richard
Linklater — in the new class,
which will be honored in San
Antonio in April.
In a news release, the institute offered this justification for the Red Headed
Stranger’s selection: “He’s
Willie. Do we need to say anything else?”
— Michael Schaub
Hanks cast as
Mister Rogers
It’s a beautiful day in this
neighborhood
for
Tom
Hanks, who’ll star as Mister
Rogers in the upcoming biopic “You Are My Friend.”
TriStar Pictures announced Monday that it has
acquired worldwide rights to
the film, to be directed by
“The Diary of a Teenage
Girl” filmmaker Marielle
Heller.
The film will focus on the
friendship between the host
of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and journalist Tom
Junod. Junod reluctantly
agreed to profile Fred Rogers only to find “his perspective on life transformed.”
Production will begin in
September, with a 2019 release expected.
— associated press
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
THE STRONG ENSEMBLE of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” commands the stage Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Elevating Bernstein’s ‘Candide’
[‘Candide,’ from E1]
current #MeToo moment.
That is to say the evermessy “Candide,” which
went through 35 years of revision from the Broadway
stage to the opera house to
the concert hall right up to
the last year of Bernstein’s
life, has always also been
right for its current moment. And for the Music
Center.
In fact, there was something very right about L.A.
Opera beginning the Bernstein centennial with “Candide” just as the campus has
begun a major renovation
meant to better integrate
the performing arts center
into downtown L.A. street
life.
It was director Gordon
Davidson’s 1966 UCLA production, which had flopped
on Broadway a decade earlier despite its remarkable
score, that not only began a
serious reassessment of
“Candide” but also led to
Dorothy Chandler hiring
Davidson to create the Center Theatre Group at the
Music Center.
In 1995, Davidson staged
a new production to open
the renovated Ahmanson
Theatre. Across the way at
the Music Center, “Candide”
came to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion first as light opera (by the then-resident
company, Civic Light Opera, in 1971) and later in a
touring production by New
York City Opera (the first
opera company to come up
with a version of “Candide”).
No two of those “Candide” productions were remotely similar. The work
evolved theatrically and
musically. There are now a
number of versions from
which to pick and chose or to
make your own.
Voltaire recognized back
in the 18th century that, try
to change the world and you
will only make matters
worse with its intractable
dualities. Ultimately, we can
only accept frailty as the human condition and cultivate
our own garden as best we
can. The same goes with
mounting “Candide.”
The L.A. Opera “Candide,” which Zambello directed for her Glimmerglass
Festival in upstate New York
three years ago, relies on a
1999 Royal National Theatre
production by John Caird,
who rewrote the book to
more closely reflect Voltaire’s novel. Zambello hues
to Voltaire as well with a period production but one fanciful enough to allow in a bit
of Las Vegas.
There is not much in the
way of the overtly political or
any other kind of innuendo
that has tempted many another director. (A 2006 production in Paris scandalously parodied George W.
Bush, Vladimir Putin, Tony
Blair and other world leaders, all of whom parade in
bathing suits.) Zambello
keeps slapstick at a respectful minimum, although
there is frolicking aplenty by
dancers in their corsets and
stockings.
Mainly, though, this is a
“Candide” that tries to have
a little of it all without ever
getting out of hand. The cast
features young opera singers and two Broadway (and
television) veterans, Kelsey
Grammer and Christine
Ebersole. Broadway sound
designer Kai Harada adds
respectfully restrained amplification. Conlon conducts
with Verdian verve.
The results are a model
“Candide” for a show that
has no model, which is a
Ken Howard L.A. Opera
JACK SWANSON as Candide, left, Christine Eber-
sole as the Old Lady and Erin Morley as Cunegonde.
‘Candide’
Where: Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2
p.m. Feb. 18
Tickets: $18-$324
Info: (213) 972-8001,
laopera.org
Running time: 3 hours
(with one intermission)
mixed blessing. Everyone
works together well as an ensemble. Broadway and the
lyric stage find common
ground. But that requires
taming a wondrous beast.
The two-level stage set by
James Noone looks like a decaying theater or ship. Jennifer Moeller’s costumes are
conventional but come off
often enough to add to the
sense of things coming
apart. Eric Sean Fogel’s
choreography creates an ongoing atmosphere of move-
ment.
Grammer serves as both
Voltaire, who in Caird’s
often tiresome version acts
as host, offering a longwinded précis of his novel,
and Dr. Pangloss, the optimist tutor who views all
things in the world as for the
best, no matter how terrible.
In this Grammer gives as
much theatrical heft to
Voltaire as he can (a thankless task) but proves an engagingly ridiculous Pangloss as well as capable singer.
Jack Swanson is a sweetnatured, sensitive Candide,
game for it all as he travels
from country to country getting taken advantage of. Erin Morley’s slightly hardened Cunegonde — her
“Glitter and Be Gay” is
played more for coloratura
#MeToo
anxiety
than
laughs — makes her own
travails more touching than
usual. Likewise, both the supercilious
Maximillian
(Theo Hoffman) and the
flirtatious Paquette (Peabody Southwell) are unusu-
ally fleshed out rather than
Broadway comic book.
Ebersole’s Old Lady, she
who is so easily assimilated,
gracefully refrains from
broad ethnic humor (another mixed blessing).
All in all, the large cast
(which includes Matthew
Scollin as James the Anabaptist and Martin, the
pessimist philosopher), Brian Michael Moore (Grand
Inquisitor and Governor of
Montevideo),
Joshua
Wheeker (Cacambo) and
Taylor Raven (Vanderdendur) all add something of
value.
Even so, the greatness of
“Candide,” as Conlon also
suggests in his note, is that it
is no one thing. In Bernstein,
stylistic opposites and theatrical opposites may attract but not tidily. The L.A.
Opera “Candide” makes its
garden grow by tidying up
and making do of a glorious
mess like no other. A little
more of that bewildering
mess might make for an even
more organically authentic
garden. But this is a garden
worth tending nonetheless.
The
Music
Center’s
Bernstein celebration continues with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic
mounting
“Mass” for Gustavo Dudamel’s programs this week
in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The late Gordon Davidson
also happened to stage the
premiere of that for Bernstein to open the Kennedy
Center. The Los Angeles
Master Chorale has also
joined into the Bernstein
Music Center festivities this
season.
Yet the Bernstein-begun
Center Theatre Group, with
the most to celebrate, remains curiously aloof.
mark.swed@latimes.com
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Female directors tell their stories
Film series Shatterbox
Anthology returns for
a second season with
TV stars and others
behind the camera.
By Jen Yamato
Yara Shahidi had just
wrapped the first season of
“grown-ish,”
her
ABC
“black-ish” spinoff, when she
dived into her next role: directing her first film.
“I enjoy acting thoroughly, but I also like the
process in which we tell stories,” Shahidi, 17, told The
Times of her directorial debut for Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology, a series of female-helmed shorts created
in 2016 with the mission of
giving female directors a
platform to tell their stories.
In its founding class,
Kristen Stewart and Chloe
Sevigny made directing debuts with shorts that premiered at the prestigious
Sundance and Cannes film
festivals, respectively, while
costume designer-turneddirector Courtney Hoffman
turned her feminist western
short “The Good Time
Girls” into a calling card that
landed her a feature directing gig for Amblin.
Now in its second season,
the Shatterbox Anthology
will feature eight films. This
year’s directors are Shahidi,
“Community’s”
Gillian
Jacobs, Academy Awardnominated Jessica Sanders,
Gilly Barnes, Ivy Agregan,
Janine Shermon Barrois,
A.M. Lukas (nee Anna Martemucci) and Allana Harkin.
Partnering with TNT Networks, the new season of
shorts will screen across all
TNT social, digital and television channels as part of a
multiplatform release.
In control
Shahidi says the opportunity to direct came with an
offer she couldn’t refuse: full
creative control. She developed the concept for her film
and wrote the script with
“grown-ish” writer Jordan
Reddout, drawing inspiration from the 1956 French
film “The Red Balloon,” the
podcast “99% Invisible” and
her own experience strolling
along Los Angeles’ Melrose
Avenue one day with friends.
“The
story
centers
around one character who
we have aptly titled ‘X,’ and
it’s X’s journey through L.A.
— a day in the life — but also
a larger commentary on
what it’s like to maneuver
through a space that you
don’t own or have ownership
of,” Shahidi said.
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
“DIRECTING REALLY makes you stick to your voice and have the ability to back it up,” says actor Yara Shahidi of her directorial debut.
“Being somebody who’d
been in California for most of
her life, I’ve benefited from
how diverse it is, how open it
is, how liberal it is,” she continued.
“This
really
stemmed from us wanting to
dive further into that ... and
still discuss the universality
of what it’s like to be an unprotected class of any kind,
whether you’re a person of
color, whether you’re an immigrant, whether you’re a
woman, whether you’re differently abled — whatever it
is.”
For Shahidi, the experience was a family affair —
mother Keri Shahidi served
as executive producer and
father Afshin Shahidi was
her director of photography
on a crew that included several members of the “grownish” and “black-ish” sets.
“Directing really makes
you stick to your voice and
have the ability to back it up,
saying, ‘This is how I want to
do it.’ Of course you have to
make compromises here
and there, but it really did remind me to not be so willing
to [make compromises],
and to feel empowered to execute my vision.”
Sanders, whose Shatterbox Anthology entry is the
dark comedy “End of the
Line,” is a veteran director.
Her 2005 wrongful-conviction documentary “After Innocence” premiered at the
Sundance Film Festival,
where it won the special jury
prize. She’s returned this
year to premiere “End of the
Line,” starring Brett Gelman and Simon Helberg as
two men locked in a surreal
power struggle.
Creative shift
Making a transition from
nonfiction to fiction storytelling is Sanders’ focus at
the moment. She will make
her narrative feature debut
with “Picking Cotton,” adapted by “Elle’s” David Birke
from a story featured in “After Innocence.” It’s about
the unlikely friendship between Jennifer Thompson, a
white woman raped in 1984,
and Ronald Cotton, the
black man who served 11
years in prison before being
exonerated of the crime by
helping to catch the real perpetrator.
“There’s documentary in
my blood, but right now I
have a lot of narrative stories
to tell,” said Sanders. “I
think Refinery is making a
huge difference in Holly-
wood by making our films
and respecting the director’s
vision.”
In an industry in which
women account for 52% of
moviegoers but only 4% of
directors of the top 100 films
at the box office, the extreme
lack of gender parity is an issue studios and their gatekeepers have been slow to
address in concrete ways.
Refinery29 chief content officer Amy Emmerich says
the media company focused
on women has invested in female directors and voices
because it’s what their audience craves.
“When we started the
first year, it was about increasing the ranks of women
in front of and behind the
camera — more important,
more female directors was
the priority,” said Emmerich. “The second was
representation: What kind
of stories are out there, and
are they representing our
audience and what they
want to see in the world? Obviously, that wasn’t the case.
We had a large amount of audience data where they felt
they weren’t seeing themselves in media. So by
putting more female directors in the chair, we would
change, then, the representation.”
For “Empire” actress
Gabourey Sidibe, who made
her own debut behind the
camera in the first-season
Shatterbox Anthology short
“The Tale of Four,” the experience was transformative.
Before debuting the film —
based on Nina Simone’s 1966
song “Four Women” — last
October, Sidibe was “fearful
that it wouldn’t really matter
to anyone outside of myself,
that my opinions and my
point of view wouldn’t make
sense to anyone.”
“But now that [the film]
has been out and people
have seen it, I don’t know
why I cared so much in the
first place — my art still is my
art, and I’m the one who validates it, not anyone else,”
said Sidibe, with a laugh.
She tapped Aisha Hinds, Ledisi Young and Jussie Smollett for the multi-thread
piece about black womanhood.
The short film also gave
her the chance to hire diversely in key roles throughout her production and to
hire department heads of
color who had never been
hired as leads.
“It was really important
for me to hire people of color,” said Sidibe, whose producing partner Kia Perry cowrote the piece with Ayanna
McMichael. “The first real
step was finding our producer, and we wanted a producer who was a black female.”
She
found
one
in
“Shadowboxer” producer
Lisa Cortes, her mentor
since the two worked together on “Precious.” “I
really wanted a black woman to tell this story, because
what I see in media is other
people telling our story and
getting it wrong.”
Now, Sidibe says, she’s
eager to get behind the camera again — and is shadowing her “Empire” EP and
mentor Sanaa Hamri to
learn the ropes of directing
television.
“I’d love to direct again. I
can’t wait to direct again.
And some opportunities
have come up, but more
than that, I know that I can
do this now. I learned that I
can make my own opportunities — I don’t have to wait
for someone to give them to
me.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
Twitter: @jenyamato
At the intersection of beauty, comedy
Franchesca Ramsey’s
social media hobby
has turned into a
full-fledged career.
By Tre’vell Anderson
When Franchesca Ramsey first logged on to
YouTube in May 2006, she
wasn’t quite sure what her
“Chescaleigh”
channel
would become. After all, the
video-sharing website was
created just a year earlier.
“For me, YouTube was
about creating content because I had an interest in
beauty and comedy and
wanted to find a way to mix
those two things and I could
do it from my home, own my
own time,” she said.
Less than 10 years later,
however, what started out as
a hobby has now become a
career. With two channels
under
her
belt
—
“Chescaleigh” a comedy
channel, and “Chescalocs,”
which focuses on beauty, natural hair care and styling —
Ramsey has a YouTube following of more than 340,000
subscribers who’ve given
her more than 38.5 million
views. Additionally, her
Twitter follower base is well
over 194,000, with an Instagram of more than 118,000
followers.
All of this has helped catapult her from online vlogger
and content creator to a
writer and contributor for
“The Nightly Show With
Larry Wilmore” on Comedy
Central and host of the MTV
News web series “Decoded.”
It’s a realization that Ramsey finds “so funny.”
“There’s no way I
could’ve ever known [my ca-
reer] would be what it is
now,” she said. “At the time,
there was no full-time
YouTuber and no one was
getting TV deals or hopping
into mainstream media
from social media.”
But Ramsey is representative of a generation of
creatives that have done just
that — developed an entire
career and community from
social media. Her latest project, an eponymous comedic
culture series unveiled at the
Sundance Film Festival on
last Jan. 23 as part of the
newly launched Indie Episodic program, is just another way to prove that all those
hours online creating content continue to pay off.
The Times spoke with
Ramsey about her style inspiration, the stigma around
beauty and fashion and
what she hopes audiences
will take away from the series seeking distribution out
of the festival.
At what point did you realize that what you were
doing on YouTube could
become an actual career?
I started doing videos in
2006 and had a full-time job
up until 2012 when my video
“[Stuff] White Girls Say to
Black Girls” went viral. That
was the first time I realized
this as a real thing. I got my
agent from that video. I got
a manager and started
getting opportunities to
audition for shows and tour
colleges. That was the moment where I realized this
thing I was doing from my
apartment was turning into
a way to pay my bills and
continue creating content
that I love.
How did this project,
“Franchesca,” come to-
in that way but also be
introduced to some of my
friends that inspire me and
are doing awesome things
too.
Some might say beauty
and fashion are trivial
matters, compared to a lot
of the work you’ve done
commenting on racism or
other social issues. How do
you respond to that?
I think it’s really unfortunate that people have that
outlook, but it’s not surprising because beauty is largely
associated with women and,
unfortunately, we live in a
culture that often demeans
the interests of women.
When men are interested in
cars or sports no one says
those are trivial.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
YOUTUBE maven Franchesca Ramsey also works
with “The Nightly Show” and an MTV web series.
gether?
I was on a panel a year
and a half ago and a producer at Topic was there.
We started having meetings
and throwing ideas around.
What’s interesting is that I
started with beauty and
haven’t really returned until
now [with this show]. It’s a
chance for me to go back to
my roots and a cool opportunity to talk about beauty
and culture in a way that we
don’t really get to see often.
Most people will know you
for hosting or direct-tocamera work. How is this
show different and what
will audiences get to see in
each episode?
In every episode, friends
of mine from different media
— comedians, actors, writers — join me to explore a
different aspect of beauty.
It’s partially scripted and
loosely improvised. This is
different [from what I’ve
done in the past] because
it’s more slice-of-life. It’s
loosely scripted in the sense
that we might have some
whimsical comedic bits that
happen throughout the
episode, but it’s also really
getting a chance to see me in
my natural element. I’m
excited for people to see me
Let’s talk trends and
beauty remedies. What
your favorite natural hair
secret?
Moisture. Our hair has a
propensity to get dry, especially with these winter
months. I always make sure
to moisturize my hair. I love
natural oils, coconut oil.
Moisture is one thing you
can never go wrong with.
And I love gold, so I’ve
been adding little gold bits
to my hair which is fun. It’s
like dressy but dressy caj.
What’s your self-care routine?
The biggest thing I try to
do is to unplug and give
myself time away from
social media and the internet. One thing I’ve started
doing in the new year is that
when I go to bed, plugging
my phone in away from my
bed so I’m not tempted to
look at it in the middle of the
night. And giving myself
time to decompress. Now, I
try to give myself an hour
before I go to bed to get a
really good night’s rest. It
really brightens up your day.
Is there a trend of years
past you’d like to resurrect?
I think the cool thing
about my generation and
fashion and beauty right
now is that we’re very much
paying homage to lots of
different decades. But you
can’t go wrong with cat
eyeliner, which is like ’60s
go-go.
Who’s your fashion and
beauty inspiration?
Solange, obvi. I’m trying
to drop her name in as many
interviews as possible so
that when her Google alerts
go off, she’s like, “Who’s this
girl that keeps talking about
me?” [Laughs] Her style is
everything. She takes so
many risks in color and
patterns, and she mixes
patterns. Her hair is always
gorgeous. The styles she
wears are so interesting and
playful.
What do you hope people
take away from the show?
I want them to understand that beauty is something that’s personal and
unique to everyone and that
it can be a way to feel good
about yourself. Just investing a little time into how you
look and how you feel ...
there is nothing trivial or
frivolous about that. If
people can have their eyes
opened and try something
different or understand an
aspect of beauty in a different way, then I think the
show has done a good job.
trevell.anderson
@latimes.com
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Speaking out
about abuse,
harassment
Dimension Films
IN HER NEW memoir, Rose McGowan writes about her experience in “Grindhouse,” above, Robert Rodri-
guez’s 2007 homage to B-movies, which played a part in setting her on the path to severing her Hollywood ties.
Her whole story unfolds
[‘Brave,’ from E1]
the first time she has described the alleged attack.
Weinstein has denied the allegations.
Midway through the
memoir, the incident occupies an entire chapter called
“Death of Self.” At the 1997
Sundance Film Festival, Weinstein invited McGowan to
his hotel room for a meeting.
Just a few hours before, he
had sat behind her at the premiere of her film “Going All
the Way,” in which she appeared topless.
Her manager insisted the
meeting was important, she
writes. “I was so new to the industry’s upper echelon, I
didn’t know … what so many
already knew, that he was a
predator and I was walking
into a trap.”
Once she was inside his
hotel room, Weinstein offered
to show her the hot tub, and
before long, she writes, he had
pushed her into a steamy
room and begun stripping
her clothes off. After picking
her up and putting her on the
edge of the Jacuzzi, she
writes, he forced her legs
open and performed oral sex
on her while masturbating.
She pretended to have an orgasm in an attempt to end the
experience.
“I did what so many who
experience trauma do, I disassociated and left my body.
Detached from my body, I
hover up under the ceiling,
watching myself sitting on
the edge of the tub, against a
wall, held in place by the Monster whose face is between my
legs, trapped by a beast. In
this tiny room with this huge
man, my mind is blank. Wake
up Rose; get out of here.”
The alleged sexual assault
was the culmination of years
of torment for McGowan, and
“Brave” begins at the beginning. Using a brash tone that
will be familiar to the millions
who follow her on Twitter,
McGowan describes her life,
starting with the girlhood
years she spent in a religious
cult (“I was told I was worth
nothing in the eyes of God”),
the eating disorder she suffered as a teen (“I was never
able to get below 92 pounds”),
and her decision to legally
emancipate herself from her
parents at 15.
Still, as she describes her
formative years it is clear that
McGowan, 44, has always
viewed herself as a defiant
spirit and still takes pride
that she grew angry over being made to wear a pink
smock at school while the
boys got blue ones.
That was after her family
split from the Children of
God. McGowan’s father led
the Italian branch and McGowan remembers being
forced to declare her acceptance of God, lest she be beaten. When she was 4 a cult
elder spotted a wart on her
thumb and sliced it off with a
razor blade, beginning “a
narrative that [messed] with
my head for years, that of perfection as self-protection. I
told myself if I were just perfect enough, I’d be okay.”
When the cult began promoting sex between children
and adults, McGowan’s father decided to leave. After
the family returned to America, where they split time between Oregon and Colorado,
she felt out of place. Her
schoolmates couldn’t understand her odd upbringing
and she lashed out, still describing their “proverbial
white picket fence” backgrounds as equally dangerous, “a different kind of cult.”
“I’m sure I was unnerving
as a child because of my intensity. I know I was because
I basically was the same as I
am now, and I tend to unnerve people to this day.”
Hollywood move
A runaway at 13, McGowan lived for a year on the
street. When she returned
home, her father demanded
$300 a month in rent so she
began gigging as an extra for
$35 a day. Before long, she’d
moved to Hollywood, finding
leading roles in movies like
“Scream” and “Jawbreaker.”
She began dating high-profile men such as Marilyn
Manson and director Robert
Rodriguez, whom McGowan
calls only “RR.”
Her relationship with
Manson, though oft-scruti-
nized in the press, was largely
without conflict, blissful
even, from her descriptions of
Manson “painting watercolors of my Boston terriers
while I was ordering glassware from Martha Stewart’s
online store.”
This was not the case with
“RR,” whom McGowan met
at the Cannes Film Festival
while the filmmaker was still
married. RR was at turns
weirdly flattering — “I got you
at your ripest,” he told her —
and intensely possessive. On
the set of “Grindhouse,” McGowan writes, RR would
often fly into jealous rages,
accusing her of secretly being
in love with his collaborator,
Quentin Tarantino. Then, after the movie was completed,
RR sold it to Dimension
Films, a division of the Weinstein Co.
“I can’t tell you what it was
like to be sold into the hands
of the man who had assaulted me and scarred me
for life,” McGowan writes. “I
had to do press events with
the Monster and see photos
of us together, his big fat paw
pulling me in to his body.”
(In October, Rodriguez
released a lengthy statement
saying he was aware of what
Weinstein had done to McGowan and purposefully
made “Grindhouse” with his
company in an effort to make
the executive literally pay for
what he had done.)
“Grindhouse” was the beginning of the end for McGowan and what she calls
the cult of Hollywood. To promote the film, she and costar
Rosario Dawson were asked
to pose naked on the cover of
Rolling Stone in 2007, their
bare bottoms touching.
When she saw the cover image — her long hair teased voluminously, her pout drawn
out with red lipstick — she
was horrified.
“Who is that person?” she
recalls thinking. “What have
they done to you? This is
what it’s come to?”
While she admits to being
complicit in the creation of
this image, she also says the
public often misinterpreted
why she was showing off her
body. When she turned up
nearly nude to the 1998 MTV
Video Movie Awards with
Manson — dressed only in
beaded transparent mesh
that left her bare breasts and
thong underwear exposed —
she writes that she was trying
to reclaim her body after her
recent assault.
Over the past decade McGowan began to cut ties with
the industry, even shaving
her head to distance herself
from the “long, glossy Kardashian-esque” ideal that
agents told her would make
her desirable to men.
And then she found Twitter. In 2015, McGowan received a casting call for an
Adam Sandler movie that
urged actresses to wear
push-up bras to an audition.
She was disturbed by the request but not surprised by it
— so when she posted it on
Twitter and the message
went viral, she was stunned.
“I realized it was time I finally start some real conversation with the public,” she
writes. “I would no longer be
silenced.”
Web warrior
Since then McGowan has
become one of social media’s
leading warriors, calling out
what she views as abuses of
power in the movie business
and encouraging her followers to join the #RoseArmy.
The journey has not always
been smooth — at moments
she has personally attacked
even her closest allies, including “Charmed” costar Alyssa
Milano and Amber Tamblyn.
McGowan has acknowledged she is a work-in-progress — recently tweeting that
there is “no map for this road
I’m on.”
“Brave” is in part an exploration and explanation of
the rage constantly leaking
out of McGowan’s pores. But
her aim is not to engender
sympathy — rather it’s to encourage those feeling disempowered to channel some of
her plentiful anger.
“Being angry is okay,” she
advises, “no one is going to
die if we women let our anger
out in healthy ways.”
amy.kaufman@latimes.com
[Television, from E1]
and egotistical personality
who repels as much as she
attracts, and that’s what
makes her a particularly interesting entry point here
into a vast and overwhelming subject.
Her mercurial nature and
willingness to call it as she
sees it (she criticized the
Time’s Up campaign and the
black dresses worn in solidarity on the Golden Globes
red carpet as “Hollywood
fakery”) have also made her
a controversial personality.
That means, of course,
she’s got what it takes for a
successful reality series. But
this is a much more serious
effort than most of the fare
on E!, a network best known
for more tawdry and glamour-infused programming
like “Keeping Up With the
Kardashians” and red carpet coverage.
“Do I make you uncomfortable?” asks McGowan
provocatively in the first few
moments of “Citizen Rose.”
Her voice is pitted against
glam shots of her as a Hollywood starlet and today’s McGowan — close-cropped,
dark hair and heavy eyeliner
more akin to punk rock anarchy than cinema glam.
“Good,” she says. “Let me
tell you how enraged I am,
not just for me but for anyone who’s been disbelieved.”
McGowan, 44, has alleged that Weinstein raped
her in a hotel room during
the Sundance Film Festival
in 1997. He’s denied the
charges, but she claims that
he kept her quiet for years
with $100,000 in settlement
money.
She along with Ashley
Judd spoke out in a New
York Times investigative report in October, which laid
out a damning history of alleged predatory behavior
and crimes by Weinstein
stretching back decades.
Over the hourlong debut
episode and four more halfhour episodes airing this
spring, “Citizen Rose” documents her rise to fame — the
objectification of Hollywood, the loss of innocence
— and the ways in which she
was sidelined by an industry
that once championed her
as its sexy “bad girl.”
One of the more compelling aspects of the show is
watching the actress who
once starred in such titillating films as “Jawbreaker” reinvent herself as a spokesperson for women’s rights.
The cameras follow as
she speaks at large rallies,
sits in a circle at intimate
women’s groups and conducts one-on-one interviews
with the press about her ordeal and the larger reckoning with harassment in
workplaces nationwide. The
cameras follow behind her
on the journey, giving the
show a real-time feel.
The docuseries is a mixed
bag of selfless activism, selfpromotion and gut-wrenching accounts by McGowan
and other women about the
indignities suffered at the
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Now What?’
Where: KOCE
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Rating: Not rated
hands of those who abused
them.
The series shows how her
anger and healing are intertwined with an attempt to rebuild her career. It’s no coincidence that McGowan’s
book “Brave” will be released
the same day her E! show debuts. And she has an album
coming out.
Her rebirth is part of the
healing process, and watching her piece her life back together is something anyone
who’s been victimized can relate to, no matter their occupation.
Another five-part series
exploring similar terrain,
PBS’s
“#MeToo,
Now
What?,” is also due this week.
It, however, is fronted by an
activist turned host for the
show, Women for Women
International
founder
Zainab Salbi. The PBS docuseries, which isn't yet available for review, doesn’t rely
on just one personality to
bring viewers through the
history and current events
that brought #MeToo into
the spotlight in 2017. Instead,
it aims to take a broader look
at the topic from multiple
points of view.
The E! networks docuseries is undoubtedly the
more high-profile and provocative of the two. But the
mere existence of both prove
the point: Sexual abuse and
harassment have a wide and
long arc, no matter whether
you’re a Hollywood star or a
drugstore clerk.
lorraine.ali@latimes.com
Twitter: @lorraineali
THE GRAMMYS
Music video delivers an urgent message
How Logic’s suicideawareness song ‘1-800273-8255’ reached out
via the short film.
By Jen Yamato
Filmed in three days in
Los Angeles last summer,
the
Grammy-nominated
music video for rapper Logic’s single “1-800-273-8255,”
like the song itself, had a mission: to tell a story that could
reach people in need and let
them know they weren’t
alone.
Oscar-nominated actor
Don Cheadle came onboard,
as did Luis Guzmán,
Matthew Modine and filmmaker Andy Hines, to help
tell a poignant story of an African American teenager
struggling to come to terms
with his homosexuality. Best
new artist Grammy nominees Alessia Cara and Khalid
also appear in the video.
The hit’s title is the number for the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline. The day
it was released last April, the
hotline received 4,573 calls,
its second-highest call volume at the time. The line
logged a record in August the
day after Logic, Cara and
Khalid performed the song
on the MTV Video Music
Awards.
The video, written and
directed
by
Hines,
is
anchored by a moving turn
by young actor Coy Stewart
(“Are We There Yet?”).
Filmed at James Marshall
High in Los Feliz, it debuted
in August and quickly went
viral. It has since been
viewed more than 194 million
times on Logic’s YouTube
channel alone.
According to John Draper, director of the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
calls have increased by 30%
to 50% thanks to the increased awareness spread by
the video.
Sunday night at the
Grammys, Logic, Cara and
Khalid performed “1-800-2738255”; joining them onstage
were a group of people who
either lost loved ones to
suicide or attempted it themselves.
“Coy is stopped every day
by people now,” said Hines,
in New York for the Gram-
Def Jam
COY STEWART stars as a teen struggling to accept
himself in the Grammy-nominated music video.
mys. “He really touched people. It’s been really incredible
and unexpected. We had
hoped that using the song
and the video could get the
message out further.”
The concept began with
an idea from Logic, who collaborated with Hines on his
VMA-winning video for
“Black Spider-Man.” “He
wanted me to tell the story of
a young black teenager who’s
having trouble figuring out
his sexuality,” said Hines, describing the short film and
song as two parts of a whole.
Cheadle, who was cast as
Stewart’s father after reading a treatment, was drawn
to the project by its powerful
message.
“[Cheadle] was really interested in the subject and
the project as a whole, and
he’s a believer in equality,”
Hines said. Modine came
aboard the morning of filming to play the parent of
Stewart’s love interest, and
Guzmán, a former social
worker, was cast as a coach
and teacher who takes action
when he notices the boy is in
crisis. Images of Cara and
Khalid, contributing vocal-
ists, appear on different
screens in the video.
“It was very important to
me that the parental figures
and authority figures not
come off in any sort of stereotypical reaction,” said Hines,
whose own daughter was
born three days before filming. “I was a brand-new dad,
looking at Don Cheadle’s
character so empathetically,
shooting these scenes of him
holding this brand-new
baby.… It was really overwhelming for me in the moment. I was just trying to
make something she would
be proud of.”
The video, he says, is
meant to be a mirror — not
just for those considering suicide but for the people
around them.
“It’s for everyone: fathers,
mothers,
schoolteachers,
bullies. It’s for everyone to
watch,” he says.
Hines says the success of
“1-800-273-8255” as well as his
VMA-winning 2015 video for
Big Sean’s “One Man Can
Change the World” has led to
more interest from artists
who want to make socially
conscious music videos. His
next project, for Canadian
rapper Classified, similarly
aims to bring awareness to
the missing indigenous
women of Canada.
“I’m trying to do with it
what Soul Asylum did with
‘Runaway Train,’ how they
were able to find missing kids
from using their real missing
posters in the project,” said
Hines, a Nova Scotia native
based in L.A. “We’re going to
be using real missing people’s pictures so we can bring
awareness to them again, because there are a lot of mothers and fathers in that community that have not been
able to get any answers, let
alone have closure.”
“One Man Can Change
the World” “was the first time
I’d been able to get an artist
and a label backing behind a
project that was socially conscious in this kind of way,” he
said. “It’s more satisfying
now to know that other artists will say, ‘We’d like to do
something similar to that or
with the same intent.’ It’s not
such an uphill battle anymore to try to make things
that will help people.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
Twitter: @jenyamato
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Photographs by
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
JEFF PERRY , left, Joshua Malina, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff perform the screenplay on Saturday.
Reviving Watergate tale
[‘Men,’ from E1]
tioning democracy.
Bradley Whitford gave
cocky young Woodward a
slightly
sardonic
edge.
Joshua Malina brought out
the persistence and precision of the more experienced Bernstein. Together,
they painted an inspiring
portrait of journalistic
doggedness — the reporter
as
gumshoe
detective
rather than as showboating
social media personality
(something we have an oversupply of today).
One of the minor criticisms of Alan J. Pakula’s 1976
film was that the tools of the
journalistic trade — pounding the pavement, cold calls
on rotary phones, tense negotiations with impatient
editors — aren’t inherently
dramatic.
But there’s something
stirring in the depiction of
old-school journalism at its
unglamorous essence: the
painstaking acquisition of
concealed facts in the pursuit of a verifiable story intended to serve the public
interest.
Rather than worrying
about their positions in the
Washington
firmament,
where access is prized over
ethics, Woodward and Bernstein concentrate on cultivating new sources inside
government.
Whistle-blowers
are
coaxed to give more than
they intend. Persuasion,
rooted in appeals to justice
and fair play, challenges partisanship.
Historical analogies are
never exact, but one word
struck a contemporary
chord: “believe.” As the
scope of Nixon’s crimes
comes into focus, credulity
is strained in the newsroom.
Editors are having a hard
time trusting a story that
defies belief.
Harry Rosenfeld (Richard Schiff) buys his reporters time when Howard Simons (Ed Begley Jr.) questions first their credentials
and later their judgment.
Ben Bradlee (Jeff Perry)
erupts when he hears that
Deep Throat (Joe Morton),
Woodward’s secret source,
MALINA , left, plays Carl Bernstein to Whitford’s Bob Woodward in the reading
of “All the President’s Men” in John Ferraro Council Chamber at L.A. City Hall.
DEEP THROAT (Joe Morton) confirms scoops in
the Fountain Theatre’s one-night-only production.
is a shadowy figure cryptically confirming scoops in
the bowels of a parking garage.
The news business, as
Steven Spielberg’s film “The
Post” powerfully depicts in
its chronicling of another
Washington Post muckraking milestone, can interfere
with news-gathering. “All
the President’s Men” dramatizes the fear running
through the masthead over
an investigation that the
most powerful men in Washington want quashed.
How might American
history have been changed
without Bradlee’s courageous leadership? The question weighs heavily as the
strained economics of journalism, exacerbated by technological shifts that have
permanently transformed
readership habits, have
raised new challenges in the
ability of newspapers to perform their duty of holding
government officials to account.
Politicians are constitutionally resistant to trans-
parency, but today, journalists seem to be fighting not
just with the subjects of
their coverage but with corporate overlords who are no
longer sure that they want
to keep funding such an expensive, idealistic mission.
Partisan extremism has
thrown up only more obstacles.
This reading of “All the
President’s Men” provided a
valuable reminder of what
society stands to lose when
journalism is assailed from
all directions. (No wonder
the Society of Professional
Journalists, the ACLU of
California and the Los Angeles Press Club were
among the sponsors of Saturday’s event.)
Telling stories about the
role that newspapers have
played in defending our democracy is a civic imperative right now. These are
dangerous times. Which is
why it is heartening to see an
intimate theater like the
Fountain advocating for
what is in our collective interest as a nation.
charles.mcnulty
@latimes.com
Twitter: @charlesmcnulty
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COMICS
BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Cy the Cynic not only expects the worst, he makes
the most of it when it happens. He was declarer at today’s 3NT. West led a diamond, and North tabled his
dummy, no doubt expecting
an overtrick. East put up the
king, and the Cynic took the
ace and started the clubs,
muttering that the suit
would probably break badly.
Sure
enough,
West
showed out on the second
high club. All Cy could do
was to play four rounds of
clubs to set up dummy’s fifth
club, and when East took the
jack, he led a diamond. West
ran the diamonds for down
one.
Cy made the worst of the
situation. He is at risk only if
East has a club trick and
West’s diamonds are Q-10-xx-x. But then Cy can isolate
West’s diamonds with a
hold-up play.
Cy must duck East’s king
of diamonds and duck the
next diamond. He wins the
third diamond and starts
the clubs. When East wins
the fourth club, he has no
diamonds left, and Cy has
four club tricks, three
spades, a heart and a diamond.
Question: You hold: ♠ K
Q 3 ♥ A 4 3 ♦ 6 5 ♣ Q 10 7 4 2.
Your partner opens one diamond, you respond two
clubs, he rebids two diamonds and you try 2NT.
Partner then bids three
clubs. What do you say?
Answer: Partner’s bidding is not encouraging; he
has no interest in game or
notrump and is looking for a
safe partscore. Pass. To per-
sist with 3NT would be
undisciplined and to push
toward an 11-trick minor-suit
game too aggressive.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
NORTH
♠KQ3
♥A43
♦65
♣ Q 10 7 4 2
WEST
EAST
♠6542
♠ J 10 9
♥K87
♥ Q 10 2
♦ Q 10 8 7 2
♦K43
♣6
♣J983
SOUTH
♠A87
♥J965
♦AJ9
♣AK5
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1 NT
Pass
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♦ 7
Tribune Media Services
ASK AMY
Son’s family has questions
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
You’ll decide quickly and execute just as fast. This is the
kind of behavior that makes
some people fall in love with
you.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Today, once again,
things that catch the light
will beckon you and have you
reaching for the wallet.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You can’t do everything, but
you can do something. You’ll
be surprised by what a small
accomplishment can begin.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
You sense nuances, so seeing an idea or person as totally right or totally wrong
won’t be an option.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Going the extra mile today
will put you way ahead of the
competition.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Technicalities might hang
you up, but there’s an opportunity in this. Don’t wish for
fewer problems. Get more
skills.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
The difference between external and internal wealth is
that inner wealth makes external wealth irrelevant.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Today needs a lighter touch.
Just do the thing that occurs
to you to do.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Whatever it is you
feel that you lack, chances
are strong that you either
have it or don’t need it at all.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): It’s true there’s a potential for getting your feelings
hurt or losing something.
But this is worth taking a
chance on.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’re about to go into
something new, and you still
have time to find out more
about the situation. Study
up. You won’t be sorry. The
more you learn the better
your chances will be for a
positive result.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): When two people who
don’t deal well in emotional
territory
get
together,
there’s a great potential for
cringe-worthy, if not disastrous, scenarios. You’re
emotionally mature, which
comes with the onus of handling people who aren’t.
Today’s birthday (Jan.
30): You’ll find the place
where your talents are most
needed, wanted and appreciated, and you’ll have financial proof of this, too. The exceptional progress of a project will catch the public eye.
Your curiosity is strongest in
April, which is why you wind
up in a remarkable setting.
Love promises will be made
in May. Cancer and Leo
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 20, 1, 18 and 42.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: I got pregnant
37 years ago. The father and I
were in our 20s and engaged
to be married, but he
dumped me when I refused
to have an abortion. He and I
tried to reconcile a couple of
times, but it was always contingent on me “getting rid of
the kid.” He didn’t care how
— I could leave our son with
relatives — but there was
just no place in his plans for
children.
I agreed not to sue for
child support as long as he
stayed out of our lives.
I sent a birth announcement to his mother; she and
I stayed in touch for a couple
of years. She expressed interest in meeting her grandson but wanted to respect
her son’s decision and never
asked to meet him.
Fast-forward to the present day. My son’s father is
deceased, the family was
helping Grandma move and
the birth announcement
was discovered.
The paternal relatives
who have contacted my son
are very accepting of him,
but they are understandably
upset by the deception.
I have offered to answer
any questions they may
have, and I am helping my
son to navigate these new relationships. I do not expect
to have a relationship with
any of these people, but I feel
like there is something more
I should do.
I’m worried about the
choices I made. Should I
have inserted us into the
lives of his paternal family?
What do you think?
Conflicted
Dear Conflicted: Given
your choices up to this point,
I think you are doing the
right thing to basically turn
this issue over to your son.
He is an adult, and he has
the right to make choices
concerning having relationships with his biological
relatives.
You should continue to
be transparent with all
parties and compassionate
regarding any questions
your son has about your life
before and after his birth.
I can’t fully agree with
your choice to withhold your
son from his paternal family
members, but given the father’s wholesale rejection, I
understand why you made
this particular choice (and
your son’s grandmother
could have sought him out
but didn’t). This falls into
the category of: You did
what you knew to do.
Dear Amy: My name is
“Emma,” and I’m 23 years
old. I’ve been friends with a
wonderful woman, “H,”
since my high school years.
H is a couple of years older
than me.
I subsequently introduced her to a friend of mine,
“D.” I’ve known D since
childhood, and the two
women hit it off and became
very good friends.
When H announced her
engagement to her girlfriend, H subsequently
asked me to be a bridesmaid,
and I was very excited and
accepted. However, I was
shocked when H asked D to
perform the ceremony.
I can’t shake the feeling of
annoyance that D was asked
to do something so intimate,
when I was the one who met
H first. I’m wondering how
to approach the situation
without sounding like a terrible friend.
At A Loss
Dear At A Loss: H and her
fianceé have the right to
adorn temporary clergy
hood upon anyone they
choose. If you choose to participate in this wedding,
your job is to accept this
bridal choice, and keep your
questions and objections to
yourself. You are being honored with the distinction of
standing with your friend
during her nuptials. So, do
that.
Send questions to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
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L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
We’ll Meet Again The new
episode “Rescued From
Mount St. Helens” focuses
on individuals seeking to
reconnect with the people
who helped save them
during
the
volcano’s
deadly 1980 eruption. Ann
Curry hosts. 8 p.m. KOCE
Citizen Rose This new reality series follows actress
Rose McGowan, who has
lately taken up the mantle
of activist in the battle
against sexual assault and
harassment. 8 p.m. E!
Black Lightning Jefferson
(Cress Williams) wonders
if the community could be
kept safe without the help
of his superhero alter ego
on a new episode of the action drama. 9 p.m. KTLA
Bizarre Foods With Andrew
Zimmern Your host gets a
taste of the Old West out
on the Jesse James Trail
in this new episode. 9 p.m.
Travel Channel
The Quad The university is
hit by an outbreak of
norovirus on a new episode of the campus
drama. Anika Noni Rose
stars. 10 p.m. BET
Stripped This reality series,
in which people voluntarily surrender all their
worldly possessions, ends
its first season. 10 p.m.
Bravo
Drunk History Jerry O’Connell
(“Sliders”),
Bob
Odenkirk (“Better Call
Saul”) and “Saturday
Night Live’s” Taran Killam help tell tales of
Rasputin and other madmen on a new episode of
the satirical series. 10 p.m.
Comedy Central
Another Period Famed magician Harry Houdini
puts in an appearance on
a new episode of this comedy set during the Gilded
Age. 10:30 p.m. Comedy
Central
The Detour Nate (Jason
Jones) has a hard time adjusting to his new role as a
stay-at-home dad. 10:30
p.m. TBS
SPECIALS
State of the Union Broadcast networks and cablenews outlets will offer live
coverage as President
Trump addresses a joint
session of Congress and
the nation. 6 p.m. CBS,
NBC, KTLA, ABC, Fox,
Jim Lo Scalzo Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP
will deliver his first State
of the Union address to a
joint session of Congress.
KOCE, CNN, C-SPAN, CSPAN2, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel
and MSNBC; Repeating
on CNN at 8 and 9 p.m.
Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2018 Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah
return to host an all-new
countdown of memorable
ads from Super Bowls
past. 8 p.m. CBS
MOVIES
King Kong A giant ape runs
amok on Skull Island,
then in Manhattan, in this
1933 creature feature. With
Fay Wray. 5 p.m. TCM
Mad Max (1979) 11:30 a.m.
AMC
Thelma & Louise (1991) 2:20
p.m. Epix
Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix (2007) 3:30
p.m. HBO
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Author
Marley Dias. (N) 7 a.m.
KCBS
Today Nathan Chen; Brain
Power
Today;
Jason
Aldean performs. (N) 7
a.m. KNBC
KTLA Morning News (N) 7
a.m. KTLA
Good Morning America Author and actress Rose McGowan; actor Joel Kinnaman. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Ann Curry;
Joe Perry (Aerosmith);
author J. Randy Taraborrelli (“Jackie, Janet &
Lee”); Nikki Goldstein.
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Alzheimers: Dr. Mehmet Oz. (N)
9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Dylan McDermott (“LA to
Vegas”); Katie Lowes. (N)
9 a.m. KABC
The View Ana Navarro;
Rose McGowan. (N) 10
a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Donald Trump’s reported
affair with a porn star;
Jools Holland and Ruby
Turner perform. (N) 11
a.m. KTTV
The Talk Helen Mirren; Amber Theoharis. (N) 1 p.m.
KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Louise
Turpin’s sister and cousin.
(N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors A DIY secret
for chapped lips. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
Steve Chris Harrison (“The
Bachelor”); boxer Laila
Ali. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC
Harry Andrew Zimmern.
(N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Beth Stern.
(N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil Divorced parents
accuse one another of
breaking parenting agreement. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Best moments of the season. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real (N) 3 p.m. KTTV
SoCal Connected Workplaces that employ mostly
“gig workers”; entrepreneur Cisco Pinedo. 8 p.m.
KCET
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show David Remnick. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy
Central
Conan Kevin Nealon; Martin Freeman; Jordan Temple. (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show: Jimmy
Fallon Joe Scarborough;
Mika Brzezinski; Chrissy
Teigen; the Voidz. (N)
11:34 p.m. KNBC
The Late Show Tommy Vietor; Jon Favreau; Jon Lovett; Jessica Williams;
Phoebe Robinson; Chris
Stapleton performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Kerry
Washington; Stormy Daniels; Elise Trouw. (N) 11:35
p.m. KABC
The Late Late Show Helen
Mirren; J.K. Simmons.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night With Seth Meyers Glenn Howerton;
Common; Chloe Benjamin; Nikki Glaspie. (N)
12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call AnnaLynne McCord; Liam Gallagher; Esther Povitsky. (N) 1:38
a.m. KNBC
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