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tariff plan
riles allies,
roils market
Call for steep duties
on steel and aluminum
stirs friction with
Canada and fear of a
trade war with China.
By Don Lee
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
A CHILD walks near a crater in Homex’s Colinas de Santa Fe development in Veracruz, Mexico, in 2016. The
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against four of the developer’s former execs.
U.S. fraud case against
Homex hits roadblock
Developer’s former leaders elude SEC summons
By Richard Marosi
The U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission filed
civil fraud charges in October against former executives of Homex, a Mexican
construction company that
was once the country’s largest builder of affordable
It accused the four executives of faking the sales of
more than 100,000 homes to
boost revenues by $3.3 bil-
lion — a fraud that, if proved,
is believed to be the biggest
in Mexican history.
But the case appears to
have run aground because
the agency hasn’t been able
to deliver a summons to the
executives, according to
court documents filed in
San Diego federal court.
The procedural roadblock is the latest twist in a
scandal that has roiled
Mexico for years — part of
the fallout from a massive,
government-backed hous-
ing program whose collapse
was detailed in a Times
series in November.
Billions of dollars remain
working-class homeowners
are stranded in decaying developments all over the
The alleged fraud cost
Mexican taxpayers and foreign investors as much as
$1 billion and has inspired
awestruck commentary on
the vast scheme, which was
allegedly hatched by the
company’s former chief executive, Gerardo de Nicolas.
“A magician never existed that so captivated the
masses … with such a fateful
trick,” wrote Alejandro
Sicarios, a columnist for the
Noroeste newspaper in the
western state of Sinaloa.
But while Homex continues to generate outrage from
residents and some in the
media, the Mexican government and housing industry
have looked the other way.
[See Homex, A7]
WASHINGTON — President Trump unveiled plans
Thursday to slap hefty tariffs on global imports of steel
and aluminum, catching
much of his administration
by surprise, sending stocks
plunging and sparking widespread fears that he was
leading the United States
into an ugly trade war with
China as well as key American allies.
Trump said he would
sign an order next week to
impose 25% tariffs on steel
imports and 10% duties on
aluminum, using his authority under an obscure trade
law provision that permits
the president to take sweeping measures in the name of
national security.
Trump has long been a
critic of U.S. trade policies,
and he was elected partly on
the promise to revamp the
way Washington does business with the rest of the
world. On Thursday, Trump
assured U.S. manufacturers
that they will “have protection for a long time.... You’ll
have to regrow your industries. That’s all I’m asking.”
For months, administration officials with less nationalistic views on trade,
such as chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, have tried
to dissuade Trump from imposing broad tariffs in re-
Investor group to buy
Weinstein Co. assets
By Ryan Faughnder
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
THRIFT TOWN is one of several Sacramento sights
seen in “Lady Bird.” Director Greta Gerwig’s Oscarnominated film is a tribute to her hometown.
Sacramento plays
its role well in
‘Lady Bird’ film
By John Myers
clearly love Sacramento,”
says the Catholic nun and
high school principal as she
looks over the college essay
written by one of her students.
The teenager, who clearly
thinks the city is uncool,
shrugs and says she just
pays attention to her surroundings.
“Well, it comes across as
love,” says the nun. “Don’t
you think maybe they are
the same thing, love and attention?”
The scene is an inflection
point in the story line of
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s
tribute to her Northern California hometown. It’s also a
moment that rings true to
Sacramentans who see essential truths about their
city in the movie, which is
nominated for five Oscars,
including best picture.
“The pleasures of Sacramento are modest pleasures, but they’re also the
best pleasures,” said David
Watts Barton, a native
whose local journalism career has included a newspaper column and a public
radio talk show.
As a supply stop for Gold
Rush miners headed into
the Sierra Nevada and now
the center of the state’s political universe, Sacramento
is an essential character in
California’s history. But the
community and its people
aren’t accustomed to fan[See Sacramento, A9]
Countdown to the Oscars
Follow us in print and online for Academy Awards
coverage, before and after Sunday’s ceremony.
The saga over the future
of Harvey Weinstein’s onceinfluential studio took a new
and surprising turn Thursday when an investor group
said it had reached an agreement to buy the struggling
company’s assets, nearly
five months after sexual
abuse allegations against
Weinstein sent the company
into a death spiral.
An investor group led by
former U.S. Small Business
Administration head Maria
Contreras-Sweet and billionaire Ron Burkle has reached an agreement in principle to purchase assets of
Weinstein Co., the onetime
Evan Vucci Associated Press
Maria Contreras-Sweet
leads the investor group.
Obama administration official said Thursday. The deal
is subject to a 40-day closing
period, one person familiar
with the matter said.
“Our team is pleased to
announce that we have taken an important step and
have reached an agreement
to purchase assets from The
Weinstein Company in order
to launch a new company,
with a new board and a new
vision that embodies the
principles that we have
stood by since we began this
process last fall,” ContrerasSweet said in a statement.
Promising a new era for
Weinstein Co., ContrerasSweet’s plan would rename
the company and install a
new board of directors, the
majority of whom would be
Contreras-Sweet did not
disclose financial details of
the agreement. People fa[See Weinstein, A9]
sponse to America’s big
trade deficit and what the
president views as the world
taking unfair advantage of
the U.S. The shift was reflected in the recent rise in
influence of more hawkish
advisors who share Trump’s
skepticism of trade, including Peter Navarro.
came after a chaotic day in
which administration offi[See Tariffs, A7]
West’s missile defense
will be ‘useless,’ he
tells Russians. Some
see his rhetoric as
election posturing.
By Sabra Ayres
and Laura King
MOSCOW — Russian
President Vladimir Putin
boasted Thursday that Russia has developed a new generation of nuclear weapons
capable of bypassing any
missile defense system — a
claim that drew a rebuke
from the White House and
raised the specter of a rekindled Cold War-style arms rivalry.
Some analysts said the
bellicose tone of Putin’s
state of the nation speech
appeared mainly meant to
bolster a tough image in advance of this month’s presidential election, in which his
victory is a foregone conclusion. Others questioned
whether the new Russian
weapon, if it exists, would
represent a genuine threat
to American security.
Putin’s rhetoric, replete
with warnings that the
Kremlin would respond accordingly to any nuclear attack on Russia or its allies,
marked some of the most aggressive language he has deployed in the 13 months that
President Trump has been
in office.
“No one was listening,”
the Russian leader declared.
“Now you will listen.”
[See Russia, A4]
Desert couple
allegedly kept
kids in a box
Joshua Tree parents are
arrested after their children, ages 11, 13 and 14,
are found living in a
4-foot-high plywood box
with no electricity or
running water, authorities say. CALIFORNIA, B1
U.S. ambassador
to Mexico quits
Roberta Jacobson’s
exit appears to be
fallout from the Trump
roiling relations with
Mexico. WORLD, A3
Morning rain.
L.A. Basin: 58/49. B6
Los Angeles Times
Homelessness in Los Angeles is a humanitarian tragedy. Past efforts to solve the
problem have failed. It’s time to hold our leaders accountable. EDITORIAL, A10
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Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press
COLIN KAEPERNICK, center, kneels with then-San Francisco 49ers teammates for the national anthem in
October 2016 to protest racism. When teams later refused to sign him, his supporters boycotted NFL games.
A short history of boycotts
Actions like those against the NRA make a point. But do they work?
By Michael Livingston
Actress Alyssa Milano
was one of thousands who
called for a one-day boycott
on Thursday of FedEx, Apple TV and Amazon for not
severing their ties with the
National Rifle Assn. In a
tweet, she included a photo
of herself in front of the
White House, with the words
“Never Again” written on her
hands in red ink.
The call for action came
after Delta and United airlines, parent companies for
Avis and Budget, Enterprise, National and Alamo
car rentals, financial institutions and more have
dropped deals with the gun
rights lobbying organization
since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed.
In an effort to undermine
the NRA’s clout and to pressure lawmakers to pass gun
control legislation, organizations and individuals have
called for a variety of boycotts. Among them is David
Hogg, a senior at the school,
who in a Feb. 24 tweet said
that people should boycott
Florida for spring break until gun reform happens. If
lawmakers won’t listen to
students, he wrote, “maybe
[they’ll] listen to the billion
dollar tourism industry in
Boycotts are nothing
new. Here’s a quick look at
how they’ve played out in the
U.S. and abroad.
Are boycotts
The answer depends on
how you define success.
“Very few boycotts have
led to changes,” said Maurice Schweitzer, a professor
of operations and information management at the
Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
“Most boycotts lack a sustained effort” and people
lose interest or stop paying
attention, he said.
“In practice, most boycotts achieve the more
modest goal of attracting
media attention,” Schweitzer wrote in an email.
“There are, however, hundreds of calls for boycotts
each year, and most accomplish very little.”
Some targets of boycotts
in recent years include BP
for its role in the 2010 Gulf of
Mexico oil spill, and Chickfil-A, after executive Dan T.
Cathy’s comments against
same-sex marriage in 2012.
Can you measure a
boycott’s impact?
No, not always, simply
because multiple factors
can influence events. Consider the case of former San
Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who
took a knee during the
national anthem to protest
racism and police brutality,
launching similar protests
across the National Football
League. In the aftermath of
his protest, Kaepernick was
not signed by any team.
Kaepernick backers
urged fans to stop watching
NFL games, and a petition
calling for a boycott got over
200,000 signatures.
“Knowing that NFL
owners only respond to
ratings, which in turn brings
money from advertisers
and network partners, I
felt the only way to get the
Gene Herrick Associated Press
ROSA PARKS is fingerprinted in Montgomery, Ala. Her refusal to give up her
bus seat for a white passenger in 1955 led to a larger bus boycott for civil rights.
owners’ attention was to
create a petition asking for a
full boycott until Colin
Kaepernick got signed,”
Vic Oyedeji, founder of
Unstripped Voice, a platform that promotes racial,
social and economic equity,
wrote in an email.
The boycott will end if
Kaepernick is signed by an
NFL team, Oyedeji wrote.
Viewership for the NFL’s
2017 season dropped by 9.7%
compared to the previous
season, according to Sports
Illustrated. However, the
NFL’s ratings had also
dropped by 8% for the 2016
season — a year before the
NFL boycott started. There
is no conclusive evidence
that the boycott contributed to the ratings decline
when other factors — a
plunge in the quality of
games, growing concern of
the game’s violence — are at
“Boycotts are rarely the
precipitating factor for
change. Rather, they bring
attention to an issue and
signal the magnitude and
intensity with which a group
feels a particular way,”
Schweitzer said. “In most
cases, a small minority of
people call for a boycott that
the wider community fails to
support by taking substantive action.”
Can boycotts change
public opinion?
Yes, and perhaps one of
the best examples comes
from the civil rights era,
when a boycott rose out of
tensions over public buses
in Montgomery, Ala.
One day in 1955, 15-yearold Claudette Colvin was
dragged off a bus by police
officers for sitting in the
whites-only section. Nine
months later, Rosa Parks
refused to leave her seat on
a Montgomery bus.
Blacks began boycotting
the public buses, and soon
the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr., the Rev. Ralph Abernathy and other civil rights
leaders joined their cause.
Despite King and Abernathy’s houses being firebombed, they did not stop.
“My intimidations are a
small price to pay if victory
can be won,” King said.
A federal court eventually ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional
and violated the equal protection provisions of the
14th Amendment. The
boycott, along with Parks’
arrest, cast a harsh spotlight on the inequities African Americans suffered in
the Jim Crow South.
Do boycotts inflict
economic harm?
“Stop the Conference” that
estimated that Arizona lost
$45 million in convention
business because of a boycott called after passage of
SB 1070, a tough law targeting illegal immigration.
Most recently, boycotts
targeted North Carolina
after the passage of the
Public Facilities Privacy &
Security Act, commonly
known as House Bill 2,
which blocked localities
from passing protections for
the LGBTQ community and
instructed transgender
people to use the bathroom
of the sex they were assigned at birth.
In response to the passage of HB2, several organizations and agencies boycotted North Carolina. The
Los Angeles County Board
of Supervisors wrote a letter
to then-North Carolina Gov.
Pat McCrory to say county
employees were barred from
visiting the state for county
“We echo the overwhelming criticism expressed by
local governments in your
state and throughout the
nation that have passed
resolutions calling for the
repeal of HB2,” the letter
read. The board joined 28
other counties, seven states
and the District of Columbia, and 29 cities in barring
employees from traveling to
North Carolina.
Professional and collegiate sports leagues like
the National Collegiate
Athletic Assn., Atlantic
Coast Conference and the
Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Assn. all pulled
significant events from the
state. The NBA announced
on July 21, 2016, that the
league would move its 2017
All-Star Weekend from
Charlotte to New Orleans.
The loss of revenue to North
Carolina was estimated at
$100 million.
Entertainment company
Lionsgate canceled filming
of its Hulu series “Crushed”
in Charlotte. 21st Century
Fox, A&E Networks and
Turner Broadcasting said
they would not consider
North Carolina for future
production if HB2 were not
In all, the state lost more
than $3.76 billion, according
to an Associated Press
Once HB2 was repealed
and replaced, those corporations and organizations
agreed to do business with
North Carolina again.
Sometimes, yes. The
liberal polling firm Center
for American Progress
wrote a 2010 report called
Twitter: @mikelive06
Have other boycotts
changed minds?
In 1965, Cesar Chavez
and the National Farm
Workers Assn. urged the
public to boycott grapes to
compel growers to provide
better pay and working
conditions. The boycott
targeted nonunion grape
The National Farm
Workers Assn. joined the
Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to form
United Farm Workers and
increase attention on their
boycott. Millions showed
solidarity by not purchasing
grapes until the UFW
signed its first union contracts.
Another major boycott,
which won support from
across the globe as well as
the U.S., targeted South
Africa and its system of
racial segregation known as
apartheid. Individuals as
well as companies and
governments boycotted the
country. Tourists refused to
travel there, companies
would not do business
there, artists would not
perform there. South Africa
was excluded from the
Olympics for decades.
In 1986, Congress voted
to override a veto by President Reagan to enact the
Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. The act banned
South African imports,
airlines and foreign aid from
the U.S. International companies began leaving South
Africa in droves, causing
significant losses in revenue
and jobs there.
Leader P.W. Botha resigned in 1989, and his successor, F.W. de Klerk, lifted a
ban on the African National
Congress and freed Nelson
Mandela and all political
prisoners in 1990.
In 1993, the U.S. sanctions against South Africa
were lifted after De Klerk
announced a completely
representative democratic
process for their presidential election. The following year, Mandela was
elected as South Africa’s
first black leader and apartheid was dismantled.
The Montgomery bus
and South Africa boycotts
“are the exceptions, rather
than the rule, of boycotts
that ended with the desired
policy change,” Schweitzer
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New sign of U.S.-Mexico turmoil
‘This decision is
all the more
difficult because
of my profound
belief in the
importance of the
relationship and
knowledge that it
is at a crucial
American ambassador
resigns, continuing an
exodus of senior State
Department officials.
By Tracy Wilkinson
WASHINGTON — Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico and one
of the State Department’s
most experienced Latin
America hands, said Thursday that she is quitting in
what appeared to be fallout
of the Trump administration’s roiling relations with
Jacobson, who spent 31
years as a diplomat, becomes the latest veteran foreign service officer to step
down in an unusual exodus
of senior talent under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,
amid low morale and drastic
budget cuts at the State Department.
Joseph Yun, special representative on North Korea,
resigned this week, and John
Feeley, the U.S. ambassador
to Panama, in January announced his decision to
leave. Feeley said he could no
longer advocate for U.S. policy in the Trump administration.
The State Department
unit that handles Latin
America, the Bureau of
Western Hemisphere Affairs, has been especially
hard hit even as Washington
and Mexico seek to renegotiate the North American Free
Trade Agreement, battle
over immigration issues, cooperate on interdiction of
drug trafficking and organized crime, and face other
joint concerns.
In addition to Jacobson
and Feeley, a 28-year veteran, Thomas Shannon, undersecretary for political affairs, announced his retirement last month after 34
years at the State Department. Shannon, a former
ambassador, was seen as a
foremost expert on Latin
President Trump has yet
to nominate an assistant
secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, and
Tillerson has faced criticism
from members of Congress
and foreign policy experts
who say he is steadily dismantling the State Department. He has rejected the
— Roberta Jacobson,
U.S. ambassador to Mexico,
on her resignation
Rebecca Blackwell Associated Press
AMBASSADOR Roberta Jacobson, shown in Mexico City last month, has had a tricky job because of “Presi-
dent Trump’s propensity to send mixed, sometimes harshly critical messages” to Mexico, one analyst said.
criticism, saying he is trying
to improve efficiency and
streamline operations.
comes at a particularly difficult time in traditionally
close U.S.-Mexican relations. Mexican President
Enrique Peña Nieto called
off an official visit to the
White House — for the second time — after a testy
phone call with Trump on
Feb. 20.
Trump reportedly insisted on the call that Mexico pay to build a border wall,
as he had vowed during the
2016 campaign. Mexico has
repeatedly rejected that demand, and the dispute has
blocked an official visit since
Trump took office last year.
Jacobson, 57, did not
mention the bilateral tension in her resignation
memo, which was distributed to employees of the U.S.
Embassy in Mexico City. She
said her resignation would
take effect May 5, the Cinco
de Mayo holiday.
“I have come to the difficult decision that it is the
right time to move on to new
challenges and adventures,”
Jacobson wrote. “This decision is all the more difficult
because of my profound belief in the importance of the
and knowledge that it is at a
crucial moment.”
Jacobson saw her authority undercut at times as Luis
Videgaray, Mexico’s finance
secretary and later foreign
secretary, built a back-channel relationship to the White
House through Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and
senior advisor.
Trump had given Kushner the Mexico portfolio,
among other responsibilities, and Videgaray has visited the White House without telling the State Department.
The Mexican Foreign
Ministry said in a statement
Thursday that Tillerson
telephoned Videgaray last
week to notify him of
Jacobson’s decision.
The ministry praised
Jacobson’s “responsibility
and commitment … not just
in Mexico but for the benefit
of the entire region.” It
thanked her for working to
build a “frank and open relationship” between the two
But experts say representing the Trump administration to the Peña Nieto
government had become in-
creasingly difficult.
“The last year has been
[Jacobson] because of her
commitment to the bilateral
relationship and President
Trump’s propensity to send
mixed, sometimes harshly
critical messages to Mexico’s people and their president,” said Eric Olson, deputy director of the Latin
America program at the
nonpartisan Wilson Center
think tank in Washington.
Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to
the United States who now
works as a consultant on
both sides of the border, said
Jacobson would be “sorely
missed … at a truly trying
moment” in the relationship.
Rep. Eliot L. Engel of New
York, the ranking Democrat
on the House Foreign Affairs
Committee, said the U.S.
had been fortunate to have
Jacobson’s “steady hand”
amid “the Trump administration’s all-out offensive on
the U.S.-Mexico relationship.”
Her resignation is “another example of the Trump
administration pushing our
most accomplished diplomats to the exits,” Engel
said. “This White House’s
continued assault on America’s diplomatic corps is
causing damage to our national security that will take
many years to repair.”
Nauert pushed back, however, contending that the recent departure of so many
senior diplomats, including
Jacobson, would not harm
U.S. diplomatic efforts.
The high number of unfilled vacancies and resignations “doesn’t mean there
aren’t other experts” at
State who can handle the issues, Nauert told reporters
at a briefing Thursday.
served as assistant secretary of State for Western
Hemisphere affairs, built up
security cooperation between Washington and
Mexico City, and played a
key role in renewing diplomatic ties with Cuba under
former President Obama.
Twitter: @TracyKWilkinson
Cecilia Sanchez in The
Times’ Mexico City bureau
contributed to this report.
Games over, S. Korea refocuses on graft
Lee Myung-bak is the
latest former president
targeted as authorities
root out corruption.
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — For two weeks,
South Korea and its government basked in the glory
and honor of hosting the
Winter Olympics.
Now it’s back to reality:
One former president is being tried on corruption
charges, and authorities appear to be closing in on another.
Prosecutors are asking
for a 30-year prison term and
a $110-million fine for disgraced former President
Park Geun-hye, who was
driven out of office last year
before being arrested and
charged with bribery, coercion and abuse of power. A
formal conviction and sentence are expected as soon
as this month.
But South Koreans won’t
get a respite from news
about public corruption in
high places.
Former President Lee
Myung-bak, Park’s predecessor, is facing a sweeping
financial fraud inquiry.
The case centers on potential misdealings involving an auto parts company
that appears to be controlled by Lee’s family. There
are also questions about
suspected bribes paid by
Lee aides using funds from
the National Intelligence
Service during his tenure as
head of the agency.
This week, investigators
raided the home of Lee
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press
SOUTH KOREAN President Park Geun-hye was driven out of office in a corrup-
tion case. Now, her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, is under investigation.
Sang-joo, a senior executive
at Samsung Electronics Co.,
who is married to the former
president’s eldest daughter.
Others connected to the exleader, including his elderly
brother, Lee Sang-deuk, and
his son, Lee Si-hyung, have
been summoned by prosecutors or faced searches in
recent weeks.
Prosecutors have hinted
to local media that the former president will soon be
summoned for questioning,
a sign the case is serious,
though no charges have
been filed.
South Korea has grown
accustomed to seeing its
presidents investigated.
Park is the third one sent
to jail since the country began allowing direct elections
of presidents in the late
1980s. The two others, Chun
Doo-hwan and his successor, Roh Tae-woo, were
charged in the mid-1990s —
after they left office — with
improperly collecting tens
of millions of dollars from
businesses during their tenures.
The two men, former
army colleagues, also faced
sedition charges related to a
coup and an earlier violent
crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. They
were later pardoned.
Experts say such cases
are rooted in systemic corruption, especially involving
the corporate and governing
elites, that hasn’t changed
as rapidly as South Korea
has emerged as a global
“The politicians and the
big business are constantly
having to dodge around the
law in order to be successful,” said Michael Breen, author of “The New Koreans:
The Business, History and
People of South Korea.”
“What’s the thing that prevents you from being prosecuted? It’s luck and good
Politics, of course, is always an unavoidable factor
whenever a president is targeted.
“I’m wondering whether
this is politicized justice,”
said Robert Kelly, a political
science professor at Pusan
National University in South
Korea. “But on the other
hand, if these guys are genuinely corrupt, accountability
is really important. Just because
doesn’t mean you’re above
the law.”
Park’s lineage makes her
an especially divisive figure
She is the daughter of
Park Chung-hee, a former
general who ran the country
as a dictator and is credited
with starting its transition
from a poor, agrarian society
into the export-driven economic success it is today.
He was assassinated by
his chief spy in 1979, five years
after his wife, Yuk Youngsoo, was killed in a botched
attempt on his life.
Park won the presidency
in 2013, only to see her legacy
Her downfall played out
in slow motion for all the
country to see as local media
covered the investigation
and citizens took to the
streets to demand her ouster.
She was charged and
jailed on numerous counts,
including bribery and abuse
of power, related to a scheme
with a confidant to extort
millions of dollars from
South Korean conglomerates, including Samsung,
the nation’s largest company. A court sentenced the
confidant, Choi Soon-sil, to
20 years in prison in February.
The Park trial has
dragged on for months. At
one point, her legal team resigned in protest over her
pretrial detention, delaying
the proceedings. Park, 66,
has refused to attend recent
court hearings.
“A stern punishment by
the court is needed to send a
message to the public and
politicians that the tragic
history should not be repeated,” prosecutor Han
Dong-hoon told the court
this week.
Park’s small cadre of supporters believes the case is
“If the trial adheres to evidence, fact, law and principles — not rumors — then
President Park Geun-hye is
clearly innocent,” Cho Wonjin, a member of the National
Assembly from the Korean
Patriots’ Party, said this
Lee too has dismissed the
new inquiry as politically
motivated, saying it is retaliation for his decision in the
early days of his administration to investigate his more
liberal predecessor, Roh
Roh committed suicide
soon after the investigation
was launched.
“Many people see the
prosecution’s investigations
as a political campaign to
annihilate the conservatives
and political revenge,” Lee
said at a fiery news conference this year.
Stiles is a special
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Putin touts new nuclear arms
[Russia, from A1]
The White House, in turn,
called Putin’s comments a
vindication of Trump’s
pledge to modernize the U.S.
nuclear arsenal and beef up
defensive capabilities.
“President Putin has confirmed what the United
States government has
known all along, which Russia has denied — Russia has
been developing destabilizing weapon systems for over
a decade, in direct violations
of its treaty obligations,”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Trump, she said, “understands the threats facing
America and our allies in
this century, and is determined to protect our homeland and preserve peace
through strength.”
Putin’s annual address to
the Federal Assembly, which
encompasses both houses of
parliament, was marked by
not only rhetorical flourishes, but also eye-catching
visuals. As he stood at the
podium, animated videos
and graphics were projected
onto the large screen behind
him, aiming to illustrate the
might of the new weapons,
which he said included the
nuclear-powered, nucleararmed cruise missile, an
underwater drone and a
hypersonic missile.
The new weapons would
render NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense system “useless,” Putin intoned as a video behind him showed a
graphic of a missile weaving
around purported missile
defense systems on a spinning model of the Earth.
In Washington, State Department
Heather Nauert called the
simulated attack “cheesy,”
adding, “We don’t regard
that as the behavior of a responsible
The Putin presentation
marked “a mix of old and
new news,” said Malcolm
Chalmers, the deputy director-general of the Royal
United Services Institute, a
British defense think tank.
”This is an election
speech he was making,” said
Chalmers, noting that the
United States and Russia
have for decades had the
ability to overwhelm each
other’s defenses with a massive nuclear strike aimed at
multiple cities — but with
the deterrent factor that
such a strike would be met in
kind while missiles were still
in the air.
Nonetheless, he and others said the new cruise missile, as described by Putin,
reflects Russian fears about
U.S. defensive capabilities.
The Trump administration
last month released a Nuclear Posture Review that says
the U.S. “now faces a more
diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than
ever before,” which it vowed
to contain.
Some analysts said the
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RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation speech included video to illustrate the might of a new
generation of nuclear weapons that he said were capable of bypassing any missile defense system.
Putin speech reflected an increasingly muscular posture
by Moscow that is already
playing out on the ground.
Thomas Karako, the director of the Missile Defense
Project at the Washingtonbased Center for Strategic
and International Studies,
said Putin’s speech demonstrates a desire to “come up
with new and innovative
ways to deliver nuclear
weapons,” but also fit a
larger pattern of menacing
neighbors and North Atlantic Treaty Organization
“This is an example of
Russia being provocative,”
Karako said. “We have to
take that seriously.”
In his speech, Putin accused other nations of fueling the arms race by trying
to outdo Russia’s weapons
and imposing sanctions
meant to hinder Russia’s
weapons development.
“All [that] you wanted to
impede with your policies already happened,” he said.
“You have failed to contain
The new cruise missiles,
which Putin said were tested
in the fall, have unlimited
range and the ability to operate at high speeds, allowing them to avoid any missile
defense system. The Russian leader also devoted
nearly 40 minutes to touting
development of underwater
drones, hypersonic warheads and “menacing” intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Putin blamed the U.S. for
abandoning the 1972 AntiBallistic Missile Treaty, from
which President George W.
Bush withdrew the United
States in 2002, and subsequently refusing to cooperate.
“At some point, it seemed
to me that a compromise [on
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Taiwan denounces China’s offer
Beijing eases the way
for islanders to invest
or study on mainland.
Taipei sees a ruse.
By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Some
Taiwanese have long feared
that China would try to take
back the island by force.
This week China tried a far
gentler approach: measures
to make it easier for Taiwanese to invest, work and study
on the mainland.
Still, the 31 measures unnerved the government in
Taipei, which accused China
of trying to lure away talent
while undermining Taiwanese political identity.
Those reactions from
Taipei come less than a week
before China’s legislature
begins annual meetings that
normally include a sweeping, high-level statement on
the future of Beijing’s ever
thorny relations with Taiwan. They also follow nearly
two years of diplomatic and
economic pressure from Beijing against Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
China claims sovereignty
over democratic and selfruled Taiwan, viewing it as a
rogue province. China insists on eventual unification,
by force if needed, despite
polls showing that 70% to
80% of Taiwanese people
prefer their autonomy.
China’s Taiwan Affairs
Office on Wednesday announced the measures
aimed at attracting Taiwanese people to do business or
study in China.
Twelve of the measures
would give Taiwanese investors equal treatment
with mainland counter-
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ANALYSTS expect Beijing to find more ways to draw
Taiwanese people to the mainland. Above, a memorial
to Taiwan’s late President Chiang Kai-shek in Taipei.
parts. The office said the
package overall would help
Taiwanese factories cut
costs and allow their goods
to reach further into the
massive Chinese market, a
hallmark of the $11.2-trillionplus Chinese economy that
grows about 7% every year.
Nineteen measures make
it easier to study, set up businesses and work in China.
“They are aimed at sharing the opportunities of the
with Taiwan compatriots,”
the Taiwan Affairs Office
said on its website.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council dismissed the
measures as an attempt by
China to fulfill its goal of fusing the island and mainland together.
China has tightened pressure on us, then it releases
‘measures advantageous to
Taiwan’ to win over our public,” the council said in a
statement. “For mainland
China to repeatedly launch
numerous measures like
that over the long term
means it’s accelerating its
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missile defense with the
U.S.] could be found. But
no,” Putin said.
Because of this, he said,
Russia was forced to create
new weapons to respond to
U.S. actions that deployed
missile defenses on the territory of other countries.
Putin was probably referring
to NATO’s defense systems
in former Warsaw Pact countries that Russia has said
threaten regional stability.
Some observers saw an
increasingly dangerous dynamic.
“For the foreseeable future, it looks that the U.S.Russia agenda will be lim-
health and education infrastructures. The Kremlin
leader said Russia’s economic growth, which was 1.6%
in 2017, should exceed the expected global level of growth
of 3.1% in 2018 — a forecast
some analysts deemed
overly rosy.
“He seems to be talking
about something wildly optimistic,”
Courtney, a Rand Corp. analyst and a former ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan, both ex-Soviet republics. Nationalist rhetoric
on weaponry, he said, may
have been intended to paper
over sagging economic prospects.
The annual national address has in the past been
held at the gilded Kremlin
Palace. Thursday’s speech
was relocated to the Moscow
Manege, a 19th century exhibition hall just outside the
Kremlin’s red-brick walls.
The audience included
both houses of parliament,
regional governors and
members of the Cabinet and
administration. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sat
in the front row close to the
head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill,
whose presence in Russian
politics had played a key role
in Putin’s nationalistic response to what the Kremlin
sees as Western attempts to
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one-sided economic development goals by attracting
Taiwanese resources as well
as hoping [the measures]
will help change Taiwan’s
political identity.”
A day before China announced the measures, Taiwan’s president appealed for
foreign help in keeping her
island autonomous. China
has the world’s third-strongest military, compared with
Taiwan’s at No. 19.
China and Taiwan have
been separately ruled since
the Chinese civil war of the
1940s, when Chiang Kaishek’s Nationalists lost the
mainland to the Communists and moved their government to Taipei.
“Taiwan’s stance of maintaining status quo will not
change,” Tsai said at a Foreign Ministry event Tuesday
in Taipei, meaning no unification. “But I want to remind that this maintenance
is not just one country’s responsibility.
the status quo requires every country in the region to
work hard together.”
Beijing resents Tsai for
declining to see both sides as
parts of one country, a precondition for any dialogue.
Tsai, who took office in 2016,
is also backed by a political
party with senior members
who advocate more distance
from China.
To pressure Tsai, a 61year-old law scholar, China
has flown military aircraft
near the island and blocked
Taiwan from joining United
Nations organizations. The
Taiwanese government said
it canceled a February cultural event in the Indian
Ocean nation of Mauritius
after China forced a Taiwanese plane to turn back.
Beijing’s 31 measures
cut out any relations with
the Taiwanese government,
noted Alexander Huang, a
strategic studies professor
at Tamkang University in
“All these measures are
targeting Taiwan people,”
he said. “They bypass the
government and say, ‘We’ll
take care of you.’ They’re
turning from de jure unification into a de facto one.”
Tsai’s plea Tuesday may
bolster efforts in Tokyo and
Washington to help Taiwan
without jeopardizing their
own relations with China,
experts say. Both are
staunch informal allies of
Taiwan hoping to check China’s influence in the AsiaPacific region.
Japan might “tease” the
idea of letting Taiwan join
the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement as
leaders in Tokyo revive the
11-nation pact after U.S.
withdrawal more than a year
ago, said Sean King, vice
president of the Park Strategies consulting firm in New
York. China resents trade
deals that cast Taiwan as a
state rather than part of Chinese territory.
“Tokyo will continue to
try to balance economic engagement with China while
developing official and unofficial strategic partnerships
in the region including ...
Taiwan,” said Stephen Nagy,
senior associate professor in
politics and international
studies at International
Christian University in
Japan and Singapore
sent experts to Taiwan after
an earthquake in February
killed 17 people in the eastern city of Hualien, Tsai
noted Tuesday.
Washington may be inspired to sell more advanced
weaponry to Taiwan after
the June 29 announcement
of a $1.4-billion arms package, some analysts say. In
January, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed a
bill calling for more high-level U.S.-Taiwan visits. The
Senate passed the bill
Other countries also
might “call for greater participation by Taiwan in the
international community,”
said Bonnie Glaser, director
of the China Power Project
at the Washington-based
Center for Strategic and
International Studies.
But Chinese officials may
believe it is pointless to pressure Tsai this year, said Lin
Chong-pin, a retired strategic studies professor in Taiwan.
It might instead step up
actions, such as the measures announced Wednesday, aimed at luring Taiwanese citizens to China, he
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Mother confronts accused ex-nanny
New Yorker testifies
against the woman
suspected of killing
two of her children.
By Nina Agrawal
mother of two children brutally killed in an Upper West
Side apartment more than
five years ago strode into
a Manhattan courtroom
Thursday morning and angrily stared at the nanny accused in the deaths.
“I just need a good look,
you guys,” Marina Krim
said. “Because she’s a liar.”
Krim, 41, took a long look
at her former nanny, 55-yearold Yoselyn Ortega, before
beginning to testify about
the months, days and hours
leading up to the afternoon
of Oct. 25, 2012, when her 6year-old daughter, Lucia,
and 2-year-old son, Leo,
were found stabbed to death
in their home, a block away
from Central Park.
The case made national
headlines at the time and
stunned New Yorkers, not
least the affluent residents
of the Upper West Side
neighborhood where the
Krims lived — and where
parents commonly employ
nannies or send their children to day care.
Over several hours of
cross-examination on the
trial’s opening day, Krim alternately sobbed in heaves,
yelled at Ortega and her attorney, and giggled as she
described her husband and
children. She painted a picture of an idyllic life as a stayat-home mom who had married the love of her life and
whose children were the center of her world.
Krim, a native of Manhattan Beach, graduated from
USC with a degree in education and met her husband at
Pool Photo
YOSELYN ORTEGA listens in court as her murder trial begins in New York.
Prosecutors say she stabbed to death a 6-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy in 2012.
a restaurant in Venice, she
said Thursday. The couple
married in 2001, later moved
to San Francisco, and in
2009 moved with their children, Lucia and Ines, and
their greyhound to New
York, where Kevin Krim
worked as a media executive.
In 2010, when the Krims
were expecting their third
child, Leo, Marina Krim
hired Ortega to help on a
part-time basis. Ortega
helped manage drop-offs
and pick-ups to and from the
kids’ dual-language school,
ballet classes at a wellknown performing arts center and swimming lessons at
the local Jewish Community
A blog Krim maintained
at the time shows photos of
the three kids on trips to the
beach, sleeping next to toy
cars, visiting puppies and a
pumpkin patch, and eating
birthday cupcakes.
On the afternoon of Oct.
25, 2012, according to prosecutors, Ortega was supposed to drop Lucia off at
ballet class and then return
home with Leo, while Krim
took 3-year-old Ines, nicknamed Nessie, to her swimming lesson. Krim then
planned to pick Lucia up
from ballet and return
Recalling that day, Krim
described toting her middle
child to the class at the Kaufman Music Center and seeing no sign of her older
daughter, nicknamed Lulu.
“I see the kids getting let
out and Lulu’s not there. I
started feeling really nervous and panicked,” she said,
crying, her voice rising. The
dance teacher hadn’t seen
the girl.
“I said, ‘Well, where is
she?’” Krim said, her voice
hoarse and cracking.
Krim said she began frantically texting and calling
Ortega, and then running
home, dragging Nessie be-
hind her.
“She feared that something was terribly wrong,”
Courtney Groves, an assistant district attorney, told
the jury during opening
statements. “But what Marina Krim feared might have
gone wrong did not even approach what had actually
Speaking with her eyes
closed, Krim described returning to a quiet, dark
apartment, where she found
the two children dead in the
bathtub with multiple knife
wounds, and Ortega, who
had attempted to slash her
own throat.
In their opening statement and examination of
Krim, attorneys for the prosecution laid out their case,
claiming that Ortega was a
disgruntled employee who
deliberately planned the
killing of Lucia and Leo.
“The defendant resented
Marina Krim for being the
mother that the defendant
could not be,” Groves said.
“She resented Marina Krim
for everything she was and
everything she had.”
Groves said the evidence
would show Ortega had
asked her sister in advance
to take care of her son, got
rid of her cellphone the
morning of the slayings so
she couldn’t be reached, and
checked with the doorman
of the building where the
Krims lived to make sure
Marina Krim wasn’t home
before entering.
“The defendant knew
that if she did not take precautions she could be
stopped or interrupted,”
Groves said. “To avoid being
held responsible for the
murders she committed, she
attempted to take her own
“Hold her responsible for
those murders,” Groves told
the jurors. Ortega faces two
counts of murder in the first
degree and two counts of
murder in the second degree.
Ortega’s attorney, Valerie
Van Leer Greenberg, outlined a defense that will attempt to prove Ortega suffered from untreated mental
illness and was not responsible for the crimes she committed.
“You will know a diseased
mind when you see it,”
Greenberg told the jury,
adding that a “world-class
hospital” like New YorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell
Medical Center would not
have prescribed Ortega antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs after the incident
had she not been mentally
Greenberg said Ortega,
the second-youngest of eight
children, was born in the Dominican Republic, and her
parents owned and operated a bodega.
She had a son, who in 2012
was a teenager who had recently come to live with her,
posing financial and other
Greenberg emphasized
that Ortega had a history of
depression, dissociative episodes and hallucinations.
“As a result of mental disease or defect,” Greenberg
said, Ortega “lacked … capacity to know or appreciate
the nature or consequences
of her acts.”
Exiting the courtroom
for the day, Krim, who
looked gaunt and drained,
called Ortega and attorneys
for the defense liars.
In New York, an expensive city where both parents
in a household often work
and don’t have family close
by, employing a nanny or
sending a child to day care
are often the only child-care
options before kids are old
enough to go to school.
Some parents interviewed ahead of the trial said
they opted for day care over
nannies in part because they
felt more secure relying on
an established institution
where other caregivers and
even the threat of liability
provide a sort of check.
David Crow, who was
pushing his young son in a
stroller Wednesday afternoon along the street where
the Krims used to live, said
that in addition to being less
expensive than a nanny, day
care at a licensed center big
enough to have multiple locations across New York
City was “comforting.”
When Crow’s wife went
back to work a few months
after their son was born,
they began sending him to a
day care that came recommended and about which
they had a good gut feeling,
he said.
Since then, they’ve been
happy with the care.
Still, Crow said, “The idea
of leaving your child with an
essential stranger — there’s
always a risk to that.”
Puerto Rico death toll revisited
By Milton Carrero
Two months after Hurricane Maria ripped through
Puerto Rico, scores of people
were still dying in its aftermath, new government data
The data show total
deaths in the U.S. territory
by month and do not break
them down by cause. But
month-to-month comparisons with previous years
show the toll after the hurricane — which struck the is-
land on Sept. 20 — was far
higher than average.
The total number of
deaths above average in
September, October and
November was 1,230, said
Alexis Santos, a demographer at Pennsylvania State
University who obtained the
data from the Puerto Rico
Institute of Statistics and
conducted an analysis he released to The Times.
Of those deaths, 491 occurred in September and 584
in October — figures very
close to estimates Santos
published late last year
based on more limited data.
The new analysis shows
the higher death rate continued into November, the
most recent month for
which he obtained figures,
with 155 more than average.
“With the limited information available to the academic and policy community, we can say the humanitarian crisis resulting from
Hurricane Maria continued
affecting the people of
Puerto Rico after October,”
Santos said.
The death toll from Maria
has been controversial.
When President Trump visited Puerto Rico two weeks
after the storm, he used the
official death toll of 16 as evidence that his administration had been highly effective in dealing with the tragedy. After he left, the government announced a new
official toll of 34.
Since Dec. 9, it has stood
at 64 — a figure that Santos,
other researchers and news
organizations dispute. The
issue remains unresolved
largely because Puerto Rico’s government has denied
researchers and journalists
access to the database that
includes causes and circumstances of each death.
The government recently
hired the Milken Institute
School of Public Health at
George Washington University to investigate the
death count.
Puerto Rico’s Center for
has sued the government requesting access to death
certificates and other information that could paint a
more complete picture of the
reasons for the increase in
mortality rates.
A more detailed analysis
would improve understanding of how people die in hurricanes — whether from the
immediate impact of the
storm or after-effects such
as disease or shortages of
food and water — and potentially how to prepare for future storms, said Carla
Minet, the center’s director.
“To be able to establish
public policy that corrects
our deficiencies we must
have a precise diagnosis,”
Minet said.
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Steel, aluminum imports targeted
[Tariffs, from A1]
cials hastily summoned steel
executives, first said the
president would take action,
then said he would wait. In
the end, he made the announcement in an almost
off-the-cuff manner, responding to a shouted question from reporters at a
meeting with steel industry
Stocks sank sharply after
his remarks, as investors, already nervous about rising
inflation and interest rates,
began to worry that tariffs
would push up prices of
goods and lead to tit-for-tat
measures from China and
others. The Dow Jones industrial average ended
down 420 points.
Details of the tariffs, however, were unclear, including
whether they would apply to
all countries or just primary
targets, such as China.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said only that details
would be revealed next
Trump’s impromptu announcement rattled previously
Thursday in Washington between administration officials and a Chinese delegation led by Liu He, the
Communist Party’s most
powerful economic official,
who arrived this week in a
bid to strike a deal and head
off a trade war. If preliminary
talks had gone well Thursday, U.S. officials were pre-
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U.S. STEEL producers and lawmakers in steel-producing states have urged
President Trump to impose tariffs, but Republicans in Congress object.
pared to bring Liu to meet
Trump in person, a White
House official said, speaking
on condition of anonymity to
describe internal plans.
Chinese President Xi Jinping dispatched the trade
negotiators in advance of a
major Communist Party
gathering in March, and after another high-ranking
party official made a rushed
visit to Washington in early
February to meet with
Trump and try to smooth
over rising tensions over
trade and China’s relationship with North Korea.
It was unclear whether
Trump — who pushed the
White House to make the an-
nouncement Thursday —
was trying to send a deliberate message to China. Either
way, it will only further rile
Beijing and make retaliatory
action a near certainty.
The president has until
mid-April to issue his decision on steel and aluminum
tariffs under the law the administration is using to impose the punitive measures.
Officials are invoking a
rarely used and controversial provision that grants the
president wide discretion to
restrict imports on the
grounds of national security.
“With no legal requirement to announce tariffs
this week or next, it seems
like a slap in the face,” said
David Loevinger, an analyst
for TCW Emerging Markets
Group in Los Angeles and
former senior Treasury Department official for China
Administration officials
gave no reason for the back
and forth, but some analysts
speculated that the haphazardness reflected “internal
chaos” in the White House.
Trump fueled the confusion
by tweeting early Thursday:
“Our Steel and Aluminum
industries (and many others) have been decimated by
decades of unfair trade and
bad policy with countries
from around the world. We
declined to comment.
The SEC’s case against
the executives details a
fraud so remarkable that it’s
on a par with Bernie Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme, said
James Spindler, a University
of Texas law professor who
has represented foreign
companies seeking listings
on U.S. stock exchanges.
Such a case, he said,
would likely result in criminal prosecutions in the U.S.
Though it may go nowhere in
Mexico, the inaction has fallout.
“When you have a brazen
fraud like this and very few
consequences for people involved, then investors have
to question whether that’s a
good place to put their money in the future,” Spindler
Homex’s dealings were
long suspect but came
under scrutiny only after
they came to the attention of
regulators outside Mexico.
The few other cases against
business figures in Mexico in
recent years also came
about because of pressure
from outside the country.
Fernando Martinez de
Velasco, a Mexico Citybased attorney who specializes in financial crimes, compared Mexico’s handling of
white-collar criminals to the
way it deals with drug cartel
suspects, saying Mexican
authorities act only under
pressure from the U.S.
“It’s in the U.S. where
they get all the drug traffickers,” he said. “Here nothing
security, he said, and other
U.S. industries could seek
relief from import competition for that same reason.
“It’s a real slippery slope,” he
“I think China is going to
take it badly,” said Matthew
Goodman, a senior advisor
for Asian economics at the
Center for Strategic and
International Studies. “The
actual impact may not be
huge, but the symbolic impact is quite significant.…
The Chinese are going to feel
the need to respond with
some sort of retaliation.”
The Chinese Embassy in
Washington had no immediate comment on the planned
tariffs. Analysts expect Beijing will not overreact but
nonetheless will target U.S.
agricultural exports if the
tariffs are implemented —
products like soybeans,
whose farmers are a powerful lobby in Congress and are
likely to put pressure on the
Earlier this week European Union trade ministers
said they would respond
with countermeasures to
U.S. tariffs on metals. A representative of Japan’s steel
industry called the 25% steel
tariff “ill advised and naive.”
And Canada, which by far
is the largest exporter of
steel and aluminum to the
United States, said Thursday that it viewed as “absolutely unacceptable” any
trade limits on the Canadian
metals. “Should restrictions
be imposed on Canadian
steel and aluminum products, Canada will take responsive measures to defend its trade interests and
workers,” said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who
has also contended with the
Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to renegotiate
the North American Free
Trade Agreement.
At home, news of the tariffs scrambled partisan politics, with leading Democratic lawmakers praising
Trump’s plans to get tough
on trade and Republicans
warning of severe consequences. “Tariffs on steel
and aluminum are a tax hike
the American people don’t
need and can’t afford,” said
Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Orrin G. Hatch
After launching an investigation last spring, the
concluded that steel imports were “in such quantities” and “under such circumstances” that they
threatened to harm national
security, clearing the way for
Trump to implement sanctions. The Commerce report
urged Trump to consider
across-the-board tariffs or
targeted penalties on select
countries, as well as quotas,
or a combination of these.
Analysts and officials
from other nations have
questioned such a broad
reading of “national security,” given that U.S. steelmakers produce more than
what’s needed for the Defense Department and its
various military programs.
Any sweeping new tariffs are
expected to be contested at
the World Trade Organization.
The Trump administration has argued that the
country must ensure it has
ample U.S. suppliers of steel
to safeguard the nation’s
economic security, which encompasses infrastructure
such as energy generation,
water systems and transportation networks. Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross has said that the U.S.
has just one domestic maker
of transformers that are essential for the country’s electrical grid.
China’s exports of steel to
the U.S. were a mere 2.5% of
the total last year, thanks to
a host of previously imposed
duties for “dumping” and illegal subsidies.
However, China would be
a primary target of any
Trump action as some Chinese-produced
thought to be shipped to
America through other
countries. Massive overproduction at Chinese mills is
widely blamed for depressed
global steel prices.
“A remedy, whether tariffs or quotas or a combination of the two, is one piece of
the puzzle,” said Scott Paul,
president of the Alliance for
American Manufacturing,
which has advocated for
strong relief for domestic
steel producers. “Ultimately,
the administration needs to
work to squeeze out overcapacity in the steel industry
Times staff writer Brian
Bennett in Washington
contributed to this report.
must not let our country,
companies and workers be
taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and
The president has been
weighing various options to
limit imported aluminum
and steel, which accounts for
about one-fourth of U.S.
consumption and has left
domestic mills running well
below capacity. Imposing
tariffs or quotas would represent Trump’s most consequential action to date to
overhaul U.S. trade practices.
along with unions and lawmakers in steel-producing
states, have been pressuring
Trump to act swiftly. “We’re
counting on the administration to fulfill the promises it’s
made,” John Ferriola, chief
executive of the steelmaker
Nucor, said in a televised appearance with Trump on
Many other businesses
and groups, as well as some
administration officials and
congressional Republicans,
have sought to restrain the
president, arguing that such
action would hurt some
American companies and
consumers of steel, and possibly the U.S. economy, and
is certain to raise the ire of allies and adversaries alike.
It will open a Pandora’s
box, Loevinger said. Other
countries also will be
tempted to take protectionist actions based on national
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
A RESIDENT of a Homex development in Huehuetoca, Mexico, uses water from a truck in 2016 after the building’s water system failed.
Fraud case stalls; investors balk
[Homex, from A1]
The executives and the
company have thus far
avoided any serious sanctions, and there is no evidence that Mexican authorities are investigating any
possible criminal wrongdoing.
The SEC, meanwhile, has
been stymied because the
four executives named in the
complaint have not approved a waiver allowing
their representatives or attorneys to accept the summons on their behalf. The
SEC must now arrange delivery of the summons to the
executives in Mexico, a complex process governed by the
Hague Convention that
could take several months,
according to the SEC.
Homex did not respond
to requests for comment
from the executives, who resigned last year.
In a separate SEC case
filed against the company in
March 2017, Homex reached
a settlement without admitting or denying wrongdoing
and agreed to a five-year ban
from U.S. stock markets.
Mexico’s National Banking
and Securities Commission
fined the company $1.2 million.
Coming amid growing
public demands for corruption crackdowns and the arrests of some top politicians,
legal experts and critics say
the stalled case illustrates
how powerful business figures in Mexico remain insulated from consequences.
The lack of accountability contributes to Mexico’s
relatively low ranking for foreign investment, scaring off
investors who know their
funds can be wiped out.
Among the biggest losers
are housing developers trying to raise capital to address the country’s dire
housing shortage.
“It’s bad for business, bad
for the economy and bad for
the country,” said Thomas
Gorman, a former SEC attorney who is now a partner
at a Washington-based law
Jose Shabot, a developer
of affordable housing based
in Mexico City, said the
Homex case and other
housing-related scandals
have limited access to the
deep pools of money from
foreign investment banks
and private equity firms.
“When I talk with investors when these things
happen, there’s lots of distrust of the industry in Mexico,” said Shabot, whose firm,
Quiero Casa, builds about
1,500 apartment homes annually. “It’s been hard for
new companies to build a
reputation and grow.”
Homex was once flush
with Wall Street money as it
teamed with the Mexican
government to build affordable housing developments
across the country.
But by the early part of
this decade, the company
was floundering as thousands of residents began
developments, many of which
were poorly built and left
with substandard infrastructure.
The company had been
embraced by presidents and
World Bank officials as a
company that could help
solve the world’s housing
De Nicolas, a mild-mannered 48-year-old with a
background in engineering,
was the public face of the
company. He traveled often
to New York, where he dazzled investors and analysts
with his technical expertise.
“He was refreshingly entrepreneurial.... He broke
down the process of building
a home to a science,” said
one analyst who asked not to
be identified because of employer rules barring contacts with media. “He could
detail the exact materials
needed for a day’s job, down
to how many cinder blocks
and nails.”
But the technical wizardry was an illusion, according
to the SEC complaints.
Back in Sinaloa at
Homex’s corporate headquarters, De Nicolas was
running the company with
two sets of books, the SEC
alleged, one showing “actual” sales for internal use, and
the other called “accounting” for disclosures to Wall
The books were doctored
in such detail that the fake
revenues were accompanied
by fake expenses, the SEC
said. Tens of thousands of
phantom sales were manually entered every year into
financial statements.
Evidence of the alleged
deception was visible from
The company had reported selling hundreds of
homes at a development in
the state of Guanajuato
from 2010 to 2012, but a satellite photo taken in 2012
showed that it hadn’t even
broken ground, according to
the SEC complaint.
The allegedly false accounting deceived sophisticated institutional in-
vestors who had about $1 billion in bond holdings. Many
shareholders also lost money when Homex fell into
bankruptcy in 2014, wiping
out about $600 million in
shareholder equity.
Among the biggest losers
were Bank of America and
Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, the Newport Beach-based bond giant. Mexican banks also lost
as much as $7 billion, the victims of a related Ponzi-like
scheme, according to the
The World Bank, which
extended a credit line to the
company in 2012 through its
development branch, the
Corp., lost about $55 million
when the company went
bankrupt, according to
bankruptcy filings.
It declined to comment
on its Homex investment.
Other alleged victims
aren’t eager to lament their
losses either, at least not
publicly. No large investors
agreed to interview requests. Mexican banks have
not commented publicly, nor
have Mexico’s housingfinancing agency, Infonavit,
which lost $20 million, or
Mexico’s development bank,
which lost $54 million.
One possible explanation
for the silence is that institutional investors are avoiding
publicity that could embarrass them and raise questions about their investment
strategies, experts say.
There is considerable
investor wrath, however.
Shareholders have filed lawsuits, and experts say it was
likely a U.S. investor’s complaint that triggered the
SEC investigation. The SEC
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[Weinstein, from A1]
miliar with the talks previously said the bid was worth
$500 million, including $225
million in assumption of
Representatives for Weinstein Co. and the New York
attorney general’s office did
not immediately respond to
requests for comment.
marked a stunning reversal
from just a few days earlier
when it appeared that the
New York studio was headed
to U.S. Bankruptcy Court after the company’s board
said the deal was off the
table. The directors said
Sunday that the company
would prepare to file for
bankruptcy in the “coming
The board had blasted
the prospective buyers, saying they had refused to provide interim financing to
keep the company afloat
and would saddle the studio
with liabilities. Few insiders
thought there was much of a
chance that a deal could be
But the sale talks were revived Thursday at a last-
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
HARVEY Weinstein has
been accused of sexual
assault and harassment.
ditch meeting between the
investor group and Weinstein Co.’s board of directors
at the office of New
York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman, who sharply criticized the planned sale last
The focus of the meeting
was to come up with an
agreement that would keep
the studio afloat as the buyers try to close the sale, according to people familiar
with the matter who were
not authorized to comment.
Burkle, who has had ties
to the Weinsteins, had requested the meeting and
was key to resurrecting the
deal, sources said. Board
members Bob Weinstein,
who is Harvey’s brother,
Lance Maerov and Tarak
Ben Ammar also attended
the meeting.
All sides were motivated
to prevent a bankruptcy,
which probably would have
resulted in Harvey Weinstein’s accusers taking a
back seat to the company’s
secured creditors, which are
owed millions of dollars.
The bidders were close to
a deal in early February, but
negotiations came to a halt
after Schneiderman railed
against the sale, saying any
deal would have to adequately compensate victims, protect future employees and not enrich people he
said were complicit in Weinstein’s abuses.
The attorney general’s office sued Weinstein Co. and
the Weinstein brothers for
civil rights violations.
To help address Schneiderman’s concerns, the bidders have promised a fund
for Weinstein’s accusers to-
taling $90 million.
That fund includes $40
million to $50 million that
would be raised by selling off
Weinstein Co. film projects,
plus insurance policies and a
$10-million line of credit.
The board fired Chief Operating Officer and President David Glasser “for
cause” Feb. 16 in an effort to
salvage the deal talks.
Glasser threatened to sue
for wrongful termination.
Weinstein Co. has been
searching for a financial savior since its former co-chairman was accused of sexual
harassment and assault
against dozens of women.
Harvey Weinstein, who
was fired from the company
Oct. 8, has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
The Weinstein scandal
triggered the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment that spanned industries and political spheres,
but especially in entertainment, where high-profile
men including TV broadcasters Matt Lauer and
Charlie Rose and former
Amazon Studios head Roy
Price were ousted from their
jobs because of sexual misconduct allegations.
The allegations against
Harvey Weinstein turned an
already precarious financial
situation for Weinstein Co.
— which had struggled for
years under a heavy debt
burden, mismanagement
and a lack of hit films — into
a desperate one.
Weinstein Co. tried and
failed to secure financial lifelines from investors such as
Thomas Barrack’s Colony
Weinstein and his studio
have been hit with a barrage
of lawsuits, some of which
accused the company of negligence for failing to stop the
mogul’s conduct.
Weinstein Co. recently
asked a judge to dismiss a
federal class-action lawsuit
against the company filed in
December that described a
massive scheme that the
plaintiffs’ lawyers say facilitated predatory behavior by
Weinstein Co. said that
Harvey Weinstein acted
alone in his alleged abuses
and that most of the incidents occurred more than a
decade ago. He also faces
multiple criminal investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Contreras-Sweet’s offer
for the company, which first
came to light in November,
chance for survival for the
studio and the roughly 130
employees who are believed
to remain.
Bids came due in late December.
Santa Monica studio Lionsgate, known for “La La
Land” and “The Hunger
Games,” was interested in
buying certain assets of the
company. Killer Content,
the New York production
company behind “Carol”
and “Still Alice,” had offered
to buy the assets and remake them into an entity to
support women.
Other bidders included
Miramax (owned by BeIN
Media) and private equity
firms Shamrock Capital Advisors and Vine Alternative
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hit for
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fare. Nor do they often seek
“It’s not a ‘show-offy’
place,” said Gerwig, who
now lives in New York City, in
a phone interview. “It
doesn’t sell itself hard… It’s
not there to sort of prove it
on Instagram or something.
If you’re there, you know.”
It’s an attitude quickly
embraced by newcomers,
even those who once might
have offered the city its most
famous backhanded compliment: It’s close to both San
Francisco and Lake Tahoe.
“Sacramento was only a
stopping point for me at
first,” said Jenn Kistler-McCoy, who arrived almost a
decade ago from New Mexico. “But I fell in love with this
Kistler-McCoy began offering a communion with
Gerwig’s vision of Sacramento three weeks ago. Her
“Lady Bird” walking tour (at
$20 a person) guides visitors
from the quirky Pasty Shack
restaurant of East Sacramento to McKinley Park’s
historic rose garden, where
Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)
and Danny (Lucas Hedges)
pledge their love to one another.
(Kistler-McCoy offers a
running tour as well, for
those who want to burn a few
more calories while reveling
in the cinematic highlights.)
The 90-minute tour offers
a blend of movie production
notes and local history and
has drawn sightseers from
as far away as the East
Coast. But it seems most
popular with those who live
nearby. On a recent weekend, all but one of the 14 tour
takers were locals.
“One of the coolest things
I get to see is people talking
about their experiences,”
Kistler-McCoy said.
As the group stopped at
the post office where Lady
Bird mails her college applications — Kistler-McCoy offers stamped postcards for
the group to send thank you
notes to Gerwig — the conversation kept coming back
to how the movie “gets” Sacramento.
“People don’t see it like
that unless you live here,”
said Vanessa Crowder of the
portrayal. “You see the movie and you’re like, ‘Let’s just
keep that going.’ ”
“There’s always been cool
stuff going on here,” Barton
said of the city’s vibrant music and arts scene. “But you
need to look for it.”
Gerwig attributes the
connection that locals are
making with the film to her
own connection with another of the city’s native daughters, writer Joan Didion. The
movie opens with a 1979
quote from Didion: “Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never
spent a Christmas in Sacramento.”
“When I first read Joan
Photographs by
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“SACRAMENTO has a very specific and beautiful light,” Greta Gerwig said. The city’s Tower Bridge reaches across the Sacramento River.
FEW OF “Lady Bird’s” sites have received as much attention as the “blue house.”
Sightseers flock to see the 1935 home, nestled in the “Fabulous Forties” enclave.
MUCH OF THE movie features Sacramento’s more eclectic and upscale locations. The city’s American Market and Deli is featured in “Lady Bird.”
Didion,” Gerwig said, “I was
getting to see the place I was
from through the eyes of this
brilliant writer.” She paused
for a moment, and then said,
“It’s something to have your
place reflected back to you.”
So far, Sacramento likes
what it sees through the eyes
of the 34-year-old filmmaker.
On the day Oscar nominations were announced, a local
blazed a “Congratulations
Greta Gerwig” digital display on signs over the city’s
busy thoroughfares. At Club
Raven, a 70-year-old neighborhood bar whose neon
sign briefly flickers in the
movie, there’s now a $6
“Lady Bird” cocktail (vodka,
blackberry syrup, homemade sweet and sour mix
and soda water).
But while the movie hits
many of the right notes, it’s
missing some of what makes
up Sacramento’s unique
melody. Most notable may
be a sense of heterogeneity.
The teenager played by Ro-
nan bitingly calls it “the Midwest of California” in an
early scene. And yet a Time
magazine cover story from
2002 — the same year, ironically, in which the movie is
set — hailed Sacramento as
“America’s most diverse
Nor is the city of 495,000
immune to problems. Few
places in the nation were hit
harder by the Great Recession’s foreclosure crisis. And
like other California cities, it
faces a seemingly in-
tractable crisis of homelessness. Barton noted that rising housing costs, in a place
traditionally among the
state’s most affordable, have
squeezed out some of the
artists and musicians he describes as “the people who
make the city interesting.”
Still, leaders see a civic
renaissance led by an always
present sense of community.
“The ethos of Sacramento is its people,” said
Steve Hansen, a city councilman whose district includes
some of the locales featured
in the movie.
Gerwig attended the allgirls St. Francis High School
and grew up in the modest
River Park neighborhood,
which Lady Bird calls “the
wrong side of the tracks.”
But much of the movie showcases Sacramento’s more
eclectic and upscale locations.
Few of those places have
drawn as much attention as
the iconic “blue house,” a
stately two-story home built
in 1935 and impossible to
miss in the Sacramento
neighborhood known as the
“Fabulous Forties.” The
house is a key part of some of
the movie’s most pivotal
scenes (no spoilers here).
“We knew she had a small
budget,” said Chris Wood,
the house’s owner, who said
his family was paid a small
fee for the one-day shoot.
“When they knocked on the
door, we never thought it
would turn into something
like this.”
The steady stream of
sightseers began shortly after the film opened. Not that
he and his family mind; they
have been happy to step out
of the way for sidewalk photos. Last weekend, said
Wood, a couple showed up to
take engagement portraits
in front of the four-bedroom,
two-bath house.
Joan O’Neill, who plays
the grandmother of Lady
Danny, is a local who lives
just down the street from the
“blue house”; Gerwig used to
attend ballet class with
O’Neill’s granddaughter.
“The movie’s really incredible with how people relate to it,” Wood said. “It’s
pretty special.”
Gerwig said she hopes to
eventually make a “quartet”
of movies around her hometown. “Sacramento has a
very specific and beautiful
light,” she said. “We don’t
have to do anything to it to
make it beautiful. If we shoot
it honestly, it’ll look that
A montage sequence in
the film includes some of the
community’s most beloved
touchstones, including Gunther’s Ice Cream, in its 1949
location, and the Tower Theatre where Gerwig’s movie
still shows five times a day.
“For us, seeing it there
was just the best,” said
Michele Limeberger, a Sacramento native who lives in
the nearby Land Park neighborhood.
Locals love the inside
jokes, the reference to
wealthy students hanging
out at the upscale Pavilion’s
Shopping Center or living in
the tony suburb of Granite
Not surprisingly, some of
those most eager to soak it
all in are mothers and
“I bawled my eyes out the
whole time,” said Sarah
Lombardi, a graduate student who moved to Sacramento from Worcester,
Mass. “Some of it mirrored
my own experience. I wanted
that new adventure, but had
to leave my family,” she said
while taking the Lady Bird
tour with her mother, Mary
Jane Lombardi.
As the Lombardis stood
in front of the “blue house,”
an SUV parked on the opposite side of the street. A
mother and her two teenage
daughters quickly got out,
snapped a selfie with the
house, and drove away.
Wood said he’s thinking
about hosting an outdoor
Oscars party for his neighbors, a way to bring full circle
the movie that reaffirms
their love for a city that others may have overlooked in
their hurry to get somewhere else.
“It just makes you feel
good about who you are, and
where you’re from,” he said.
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A HOMELESS PERSON sleeps at the corner of 1st and Spring streets in downtown L.A., in the shadow of City Hall.
wo years after Los Angeles city leaders said they were
about to declare (although they never actually did) a state of
emergency over a deepening homelessness crisis; 18 months
after county supervisors called on the state to declare such
an emergency (it didn’t); more than a year after voters overwhelmingly agreed to pay $1.2 billion to house people now living on the street; eight months after L.A. County voters
raised their sales taxes by a quarter-cent on the dollar to pay for mental
health care and other support services for the homeless; and now, deep into
another winter in which tens of thousands of people huddled in flimsy tents
or with no shelter at all face violent Santa Ana winds, chilling nights and seasonal downpours — where are we?
How many people have we housed, or at least, how many are we on track
toward housing? Is Los Angeles setting the national standard for rapid and
effective response to a vexing problem? Or are its leaders merely mastering
the art of appearances while passing the buck and hoping things turn
Who knows? L.A. homelessness stats are spread among obscure reports
from city, county and federal agencies.
And you’ll learn nothing by attending a meeting of the body charged with
ending homelessness or hearing the report from the homelessness czar —
the point person reporting directly to both the city’s mayor and the county
Board of Supervisors. That’s because there is no committee and no czar with
sole responsibility for ending homelessness. Or rather, there are many committees and many sub-commanders, which is almost the same as there being none at all.
Who’s in charge here?
The question echoes unanswered through the streets of this notoriously
fractured, siloed and balkanized metropolis, where the city-county structure and the political culture too often allow politicians to wriggle their way
out of accountability. The city of L.A. and 87 other cities each control their
own land-use policies and therefore determine what housing can be built,
and where and for what purpose, while nearly every other aspect of human
service for the destitute and miserable — including mental health, public
health and addiction treatment — is handled by the massive Los Angeles
County government, with its five co-equal supervisors and its virtually unknown chief executive.
There may be no more telling example of the poor working relationship
between the city and the county — historically, anyway — than in the death of
a homeless Angeleno on the street more than a quarter of a century ago. The
city responded the way it knew best: by suing the county (for failing to deal
with poverty). The Board of Supervisors struck back by blaming the city (for
restrictive housing policies that put shelter beyond the reach of the needy).
Lawyers settled the suit by creating a new entity — the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, better known as LAHSA — to integrate the city and
county responses to homelessness. Instead of solving the problem, however,
that began a decades-long battle over control of both the agency and its leadership.
Now, the county’s homeless population has ballooned to nearly 58,000.
More than 800 homeless people died on the streets last year in Los Angeles,
which puts into tragic perspective the single death that led to the creation of
LAHSA in the 1990s.
The current LAHSA executive director, Peter Lynn, has not become
L.A.’s single point person on homelessness. LAHSA collects and distributes
money and performs the annual homeless count in order to compile the
numbers demanded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but Lynn does not direct L.A.’s homelessness operations. Lynn,
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
all argue that they work better together on homelessness than ever before,
and that may well be true — but they move forward with their own distinct
programs, policies, outreach and messaging.
Some L.A. homelessness advocates look longingly toward San Bernardino County, where the Board of Supervisors contracted with former county
CEO Greg Devereaux to preside over regular command sessions where department chiefs are grilled on the latest homelessness data. Where are the
hot spots? Who are the newly homeless? What’s blocking us from housing
them? Who is responsible for removing those blocks? Why haven’t you done
it yet?
But San Bernardino’s homelessness challenge is tiny compared with
L.A.’s. Here, a clearly frustrated City Atty. Mike Feuer is calling for a “field
general” in charge of logistics for the city, evaluating the data, instilling a
sense of mission, pressing council members to house a few more people in
their districts, operating in a direct link with outreach workers using handheld devices to instantly find available beds and other services with people in
need — and operating as an empowered emissary of the mayor.
Yet such a czar would only be as powerful as the mayor who appointed
him or her. And in L.A., the mayor lacks legal authority to override City Council members, who can and do frequently say “no” to proposed housing and
mental health facilities in their districts. And neither the mayor nor the czar
would have control over the county, which supplies the services, or the region’s other 87 cities. Czar-like powers would be possible only if council members were to relinquish some land-use and budget authority through something like an emergency declaration. And remember, they never did that.
They gathered together and said they were going to do it, and much of the
world’s media mistook that cleverly phrased promise to do it as actually doing it. You’ll find news stories saying they did it. But they did not.
Meanwhile, at the county, the Board of Supervisors put experienced official Phil Ansell in charge of its Homeless Initiative. But as Ansell recently reminded the panel overseeing expenditure of Measure H sales tax money, the
real roadblock to effectively dealing with homelessness — now that the money is coming in — is siting homeless housing. The county has no control over
that, except in places where there is no city government, such as Marina del
Rey (where land costs are prohibitive).
So now what? Do we give up?
Hardly. We instead distinguish between authority — which is granted by
city charters and ordinances — and power, which is exerted by leaders with
backbones and a willingness to spend their political capital when it really
matters. Garcetti could, if he wanted to, call out those council members who
refuse to permit construction of permanent supportive housing — or even
plain-old affordable housing — in their districts. He could shame them, cajole them, buoy them, empower them, pressure them. To date, has done too
little of this. In the months ahead, regardless of his plans for his political future, he needs to stay focused on solving the problems that face the city here
and now.
At the same time, the city, the county and LAHSA could demonstrate
their supposedly improved collaboration by creating a single point of contact for homelessness response.
The county is retooling its 211 telephone program to direct callers to services for homeless people, and that’s good. As it is now, who knows whom to
call when encountering a person on the street who may be ill, or who may
need a place to spend the night, or who may seem threatening? Do you call
the police? The paramedics? 911?
Now, it’s 211 — but how many people know about it, or know whether to call
that L.A. County number or 311, the L.A. city number? Whom do you call if
you’re in West Covina? Compton? Santa Clarita? Is it asking too much to
give residents, whether comfortably housed or otherwise, a single point of
contact for help with homelessness or indeed any other service regardless of
municipal boundaries? We certainly do that with 911 and calls for emergency
The county is expected to soon have an online dashboard showing expenditures of Measure H funds together with outcomes — how many
housed, how many served with mental health care and the like. And that’s
good, but why can’t we expect the same website to also inform residents of
how the city’s Proposition HHH housing bond funds are being spent, including how many units are being built, how many have broken ground, how
many are in the pipeline? And how many units are being built in Long Beach,
Burbank and the county’s other 85 cities? Homelessness transcends city
limits. So should the solutions and the accountability measures put in place
by county and city officials.
Los Angeles is not like San Francisco or New York, where the city and
county are combined in a single government. Here, cooperation and silobusting are essential, and are not yet where they need to be. Every city and
county elected official must be held to answer, individually and collectively,
on a regular basis, for clearly communicating how well their programs are
working, how many people they have housed — and how many they are leaving on the street.
It should go without saying that homelessness is an issue of a different
magnitude than, say, fixing potholed streets or ironing out the problems in a
new recycling program. This is a humanitarian tragedy of extraordinary proportions that the citizens and elected officials of this city and this county are
morally obligated to solve by working together, committing resources and, in
some cases, making sacrifices.
To that end, though, the people in charge need to show that they know
what to do, that they are making tough decisions, that they are getting the
most for our money and that the problem is receding. That’s what leadership
This is the sixth in a series. Letters to the editor will resume Saturday.
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A second assault weapons ban won’t work
By Jon Stokes
here is no denying
that the AR-15 — an
open-source, modular
weapon platform that’s
the fruit of many tens of
billions of private and public dollars in small arms research and almost six decades of innovation — is
the most easy to use and the most
lethal gun available to civilians.
Those of us who defend the 2nd
Amendment right to own guns
must reckon with this technological reality.
But we can’t find common
ground with gun safety advocates
as long as they use shoddy arguments and manipulated statistics
to cloud the debate.
A case in point is the widely
cited work of Louis Klarevas, a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston whose 2016
book, “Rampage Nation: Security
America From Mass Shootings,”
has lately bolstered calls for a renewal of the 1994 assault weapons
ban, which lapsed in 2004. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gave
President Trump a bar chart attributed to Klarevas at Wednesday’s guns roundtable.
Until Klarevas came along, virtually all researchers had concluded that it was impossible to
discern what, if any, positive effect
the ban’s prohibition of rifles with
“military-style features” had on
crime or mass shooting incidents.
This is why many gun-control advocacy groups, including Sandy
Hook Promise, do not include a
ban on their list of legislative priorities. The last ban was politically
costly for Democrats and, as a
ProPublica investigation reported
in 2014, gun control experts said
there was no evidence it saved
“Rampage Nation” has energized proponents of a new ban by
making the spectacular claim that,
contrary to the consensus, the
original was responsible for a remarkable 37% decline in mass
shooting fatalities.
But there’s a serious flaw in
Klarevas’ result: There are few actual “assault weapons” of any type
in his dataset, either pre- or postban. Klarevas and his allies are taking an apparent drop in fatalities
from what are mostly handgun
shootings (again, pre-ban as well
as post) and attributing this lowered body count to the 1994 legislation.
I say “apparent” drop in fatalities because, as Klarevas admits in
a footnote, if you use the most
widely accepted threshold for categorizing a shooting as a “mass
shooting” — four fatalities, as opposed to Klarevas’ higher threshold of six — the 1994 to 2004 drop in
fatalities disappears entirely.
Had Klarevas chosen a “mass
shooting” threshold of five fatalities instead of six, then the dramatic pause he notes in mass shootings between 1994 to 1999 would disappear too.
Klarevas doesn’t disaggregate
his list of mass shootings by weapon type, so I had to do that myself
by cross-referencing his dataset
with Mother Jones’ list of U.S. mass
shootings and with news reports.
What I found was that for the
decade prior to the ban, only two of
the 19 mass shootings in Klarevas’
dataset involved civilian versions
of military rifles. Another three involved pistols banned by name
under the 1994 legislation (two Uzis
and one Tec-9), but these small
guns use a popular handgun
round, 9mm, and not the much
larger 5.56 NATO rifle round that
features so prominently in current
arguments for why the government should ban the AR-15.
As for the decade during which
the ban was in place, Klarevas concedes in a footnote that of the 12
shootings in his dataset, only three
actually involved assault weapons.
All told, that’s five mass shootings that took place with “assault
weapons” in the decade before the
ban, and three that took place during its tenure. These numbers are
far too small for any sort of statistical inference, especially if you’re
trying to build a case for banning
tens of millions of legally owned rifles.
Ultimately, the same technological innovations that have made
the AR-15 so popular with hobbyists and so lethally effective have
also rendered functionally unenforceable the original ban’s feature-based approach. In fact, I can
say with confidence, based on the
modularity of the AR-15’s design,
that if a new ban passes and it’s
anything like the old one, millions
of Americans will be able to legally
obtain substantially the same guns
we can buy today, but we’ll just
have to buy them in pieces.
The ban’s backers will have
once again succeeded in frustrating gun owners with pointless, feelgood regulations, while saving no
Jon Stokes is the co-founder
of Ars Technica, a contributing
editor to
and founding editor of
Oscar nominee
interviews ...
his mother
By Michael Green
ry to enjoy it.”
That’s the advice I’ve heard most often, from people who care the most. But I’m sure to fail: I’m not especially talented at celebration.
From the morning my co-writers on “Logan” and I
learned we had been nominated for the best adapted screenplay Oscar, my life has been like a sock inside a washing machine and I have
only really felt the tumble.
In times like these, when momentum overtakes clarity, when the
heart-flutter of excitement is slapped out of my chest by anxiety, I rely
on how much my parents can enjoy the moment for me. They don’t
even need to try, they just do.
My immigrant mother, Hana Green, has been expecting the academy to nominate my work since I told her I wanted to be a writer 22 years
ago. I called her Wednesday to find out what enjoying the moment feels
Ricardo Moraes Associated Press
BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT, Michel Temer, signed a decree putting the military in charge of Rio’s
police and fire services. Murder rates have climbed back to levels not seen since the mid-2000s.
Beware the military
intervention in Rio
By Robert Muggah
here is a widespread
perception that violence in Rio de Janeiro is spinning out of
During last month’s Carnival
celebrations, disturbing clips of
tourists getting assaulted and
gunfire erupting between rival
drug gangs were broadcast repeatedly on television. Then President Michel Temer signed an extraordinary decree putting the
military in charge of Rio’s police,
fire services and prisons.
To some extent, the concern is
warranted. Rio’s murder rates
have climbed back to levels not
seen since the mid-2000s, and robberies, car-jackings and other
forms of theft are all too common.
But overall, crime rates are not
significantly higher than they
were a year ago. During Carnival
this year, the Rio police reported
5,865 incidents. (This includes 86
killings, 262 drug seizures and
more than 1,000 cases of pickpocketing.) That’s a lot, but it’s only 92
more than the 5,773 incidents reported during last year’s festivities.
So why the presidential decree? Or rather, why now?
The reason is simple: political
calculus. Polls consistently show
that security is the No. 1 priority of
Brazilian citizens. Temer and his
allies are trying to bolster their
ahead of Brazil’s general election
in October.
Although the extreme measures may play well with voters,
they aren’t likely to solve Rio’s
crime problem.
Rio’s security troubles stem
from a crisis of governance. The
state’s governor, Luiz Fernando
Pezão, and the capital city’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, have shown
little interest in designing or implementing a real public security
agenda. For years, two underlying
causes of crime — income inequality and concentrated poverty — were allowed to worsen. The
military takeover will do nothing
to change this.
What’s more, there is little reason to believe that the military will
Soldiers may
well be drawn
into bloody
street fights.
be any better at resisting corruption than Rio’s police. Drug-trafficking gangs have proved adept
at buying off security forces in the
past. Just last month, a military
officer was arrested on the outskirts of the capital city for transporting illegal assault rifles and
This is not the first time that
the army has been called in to
maintain law and order in Rio.
The military has been deployed
more than a dozen times since
2008, mostly to secure large events
and municipal elections. But it is
the first time since Brazil’s dictatorship ended in 1985 that the military has been put in charge of the
state’s entire public security system.
While many Brazilians revere
the military, security experts fear
that soldiers lack the experience,
training and equipment to effectively fight crime. And they aren’t
the only ones who are concerned.
Many activists rightfully fear that,
with generals in charge, there will
be a rollback of civil liberties and
human rights, especially for the
There is a real danger that the
military will be drawn into bloody
street fights and cause significant
civilian casualties, as has happened in Colombia, Mexico and
other parts of Central America.
Even the army’s commander,
Gen. Eduardo Villas Boas, has
raised concerns about the risks
associated with deploying troops
to fight crime. Brazil’s former defense minister, Raul Jungmann,
has described military interventions as an anesthetic that will
produce only short-term relief.
Lasting improvements will be
achieved only through far-reaching policy reform.
To really turn things around,
Brazil’s Supreme Court will need
to revise the country’s drug policies and fix its appalling prison
system. Brazil has the world’s
third-largest prison population,
about a third of which is languishing in pre-trial detention. Complicating matters, a majority of the
country’s prisons are, in effect,
run by drug-trafficking organizations.
Government leaders, together
with the private sector, will need
to redouble efforts to repair and
modernize Rio’s military and civilian police forces, which have
been crippled by steep budget
cuts. Police complain that they
lack electricity, gas and even toilet
paper. Not surprisingly, morale is
at an all-time low.
There have been some positive
developments. Rio’s police recently introduced crime-mapping
technologies for improving transparency and efficiency. Brazil's attorney general has approved a
federal task force to investigate
organized crime and corruption
in Rio’s police system.
The success of these measures
depends on what happens next.
Temer has announced that he is
establishing a new federal ministry of public security, to be overseen by Jungmann, though it is
unclear how the agency will work.
The armed forces have indicated
that they will help restructure
Rio’s police, in part by removing
bad cops from duty.
Even so, human rights advocates fear that Temer’s decree is
part of a larger shift toward more
punitive approaches to controlling crime.
They have good reason to
worry. Some military officials
have hinted that the extraordinary measures taken in Rio could
be replicated in other states.
Brazilians are understandably
looking for quick solutions.
Three-quarters of Rio’s residents
support the federal intervention.
But it won’t be possible to restore
public security through military
action alone.
Robert Muggah is a co-founder
of the Igarapé Institute,
headquartered in Rio de Janeiro,
and a co-director of the SecDev
Group in Ottawa.
ME: I’m turning on the recorder
MOM: Are you really recording
me, like a yutz?
ME: Is that OK?
MOM: Because I sound terrible.
We just came from temple. It’s
Purim. You know it’s Purim,
ME: Yes. And now everyone
knows you’re a Jewish mother.
MOM: I am a Jewish mother. We
can’t wait to see you this weekend.
ME: When did you start imagining us actually going to the Oscars ceremony together?
MOM: Ever since you started to
write for TV. I knew one day it is
in storage for you. Storage? Is
that right?
DAD (interjects from the background): In store!
MOM: In store for you. I knew it
was coming up. My sister and I,
we always talked about it. She
was sure it’s a done deal.
ME: You told me a long time ago
if I ever went to the Oscars —
MOM: That I must be there.
ME: You made me promise if I
was ever nominated, I would
bring you as my date, even if I’m
MOM: That must have been
before I knew Amber. I didn’t
know I’m going to love your wife
so much. That puts me in a different position. But you got us
extra seats!
ME: Not great seats.
MOM: Who cares! When you told
me last week that I’m coming to
the Oscars I was in disbelief. I
bought a dress. I got all my accessories. I am ready to go. I feel so
honored. Since I was a little girl
in Israel I thought Hollywood
was the end of the universe.
Hollywood sounded like magic,
like something nobody can reach. Something that exists but
it’s really on the other side of the
universe. And all those beautiful
stars. Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth
Taylor, Hedy Lamarr. They were
like from heaven. Who ever
thought I’m going to be in Hollywood? And at the Oscars. Unimaginable.
ME: Are there any stars you’d
like to see this year?
MOM: No, not in particular. I
want to see you. I really admire
the old-time movie stars. The
new ones, it’s hard to follow. I’m
not obsessed with anybody.
ME: Not even Harrison Ford?
MOM: Oh, he is the cutest thing
ever. I love him. He’s going to be
there? What about Nicole Kidman? I’d love to see Nicole Kidman.
ME: Is there anything you’re
worried about, going to the Oscars?
MOM: The two blocks that I
Jim Spellman WireImage
WRITER Michael Green
was nominated for a best
adapted screenplay Oscar
for his work on “Logan.”
have to walk there. My foot. I’m
worried I’ll be in pain. I have
comfortable shoes. I walked 45
minutes today. I’m all set to go.
ME: Is Dad set to go?
MOM: Dad is so happy he
doesn’t know what to do with
himself. He tells everybody he
knows about the movie. And
guess what? There is a doorman
in our building that saw Dad
wearing the shirt “Logan,” and
he said to him, “How did you get
that T-shirt”? So of course Dad
has to tell him the whole story,
“My son, the writer, ta-ta-dadum.” Well apparently that doorman, his name is Logan. His
parents named him after the
DAD (interjects from the background): From the comic!
MOM: If there is ever a fire or
anything in this building, guess
who is going to be saved first?
And because of your dad they’re
going to save me too.
ME: How did you like “Logan”?
MOM: Usually I don’t love the
superheroes. It’s not something I
would go voluntarily, but of
course I love the movie.
ME: Did you watch last year’s
MOM: I watch it every year. Of
course. How could you not! I love
the dresses. It’s fun! My God, it’s
the most important show of the
ME: And you’ll be there.
MOM: To be there, it’s like even
though I’ve lived in this country
for a long time now.... This is
something I will never forget. It’s
like I can die after and I’ve done
it. It’s in my portfolio. No one can
touch me. I hope you like my
DAD (interjects from the background): She looks great!
Michael Green is a producer
and screenwriter. His writing
credits include “Logan,” “Blade
Runner 2049” and “Murder on
the Orient Express.”
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Justice Dept.
opens review
of Oakland
mayor’s alert
White House says
inquiry targets Libby
Schaaf, who warned
residents of weekend
immigration sweeps.
By Alene
and Paloma Esquivel
Photographs by Genaro
Molina Los Angeles Times
SANTA BARBARA resident Margaret Van Sicklen, right, helps evacuate her mother Peggy Van Sicklen, 85,
from her home along San Ysidro Road in Montecito. It marked the third evacuation since the Thomas fire.
‘Biggest storm’ brings
rain, powder, warning
Snowpack might ease dry winter, but slides and floods pose threat
By Melissa Etehad,
Joseph Serna and
Hailey Branson-Potts
After enduring one of the
driest winters on record,
California is finally being hit
by a frigid storm moving in
from the Gulf of Alaska that
Sierra Nevada and concerns
about more mudslides and
flash flooding in Southern
“It’s the biggest storm of
the season,” said Jim
Mathews, a meteorologist
with the National Weather
Service in Sacramento.
“Of course, February was a
dud of a month, so March is
BILL WAGNER looks on as neighbor Reena Bajaj
writes her address on a barrier in Montecito.
coming in like a roaring lion.”
The storm is expected to
significantly improve California’s anemic snowpack,
which is a key source of water for a state that edged
back into drought due to the
dry winter. Forecasters are
predicting up to 7 feet of
snow in the Sierra Nevada,
with up to 10 feet possible in
the highest elevations in the
mountain range.
But to the south, predictions of heavy rain Friday
brought fears of more flooding in areas hit by December’s firestorms, particularly in Montecito, where
mudslides in January killed
more than 20 people.
Santa Barbara County
authorities ordered manda[See Storm, B6]
The White House on
Thursday said the Department of Justice was reviewing the actions of Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf, who
last weekend alerted residents in advance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Northern
“I think it’s outrageous
that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and
certainly put them in danger
by making a move such as
that,” White House Press
Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders told reporters.
She said Schaaf ’s actions
were under “review” but
would not be more specific.
Justin Berton, a spokesman for Schaaf, said the
mayor’s office is unaware of
any review and declined to
comment further. A Justice
Department spokesman in
the Bay Area also declined
to comment.
Schaaf has defended her
statement, saying she felt it
was her duty to warn residents of the ICE action.
Oakland, like many California cities, has declared itself a sanctuary for those
here illegally, and officials
there have vowed to fight
President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
She has won praise from
other officials in California.
But the Trump administration has rebuked her.
“The Oakland mayor’s
decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE opera-
Treasury chief tries
to block video of
heckling at UCLA
Cellphone clips of
Secretary Mnuchin’s
interview go viral
after his staff pulls
consent for release.
By Howard Blume
and Anna M. Phillips
U.S. Treasury Secretary
Steven T. Mnuchin has
blocked the release of a video that shows him being
heckled at UCLA, causing
the initially little-noticed incident to go viral.
Mnuchin was being interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host
of the public radio show
“Marketplace,” which focuses on news about business and the economy.
About 400 people attended
the free event Monday
at the UCLA Anderson
School of Management’s
Korn Convocation Hall, said
Peggy McInerny, a uni-
The height
of racial bias
in policing
Tall African American
men are more likely
to be perceived
as threats, new
research finds. B2
versity spokeswoman.
Mnuchin’s appearance
was arranged under the auspices of the UCLA Burkle
Center for International Relations, which had an agreement with the Treasury Department that video would
be posted on the center’s
website. But department officials “subsequently withdrew the consent,” said
“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time we
have been asked not to post
a video of an event,” she said.
But Mnuchin’s action did
not squelch the spread of
news about the unexpectedly uncomfortable Q&A.
Quite the contrary.
People in attendance began posting cellphone video,
which spread fast, and the
event itself had been recorded for broadcast by “Marketplace,” which was outside
Mnuchin’s control.
posted an edited transcript,
[See Mnuchin, B2]
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
BOBBY VERDUGO and his wife, Yoli Rios, at Garfield High School, where they
celebrated the East L.A. Chicano student walkouts that they helped lead in 1968.
A push to keep students
seated on walkouts’ 50th
LAUSD honors 1968
‘blowouts’ but hopes
to quell a similar
protest over gun laws.
Here’s a positive
domino effect
By Sonali Kohli
“Slammin’ Da Bones”
tournament on skid
row allows players to
connect the dots — and
with one another. B3
Fifty years ago, Mexican
American students in East
L.A. high schools walked out
of class and launched a historic movement protesting
substandard conditions in
their schools.
Garfield High School,
Lottery ......................... B2
where the walkouts began
March 5, 1968, commemorated the movement Thursday by ceding the stage to its
current students. One group
performed a musical history
of the so-called blowouts:
“We’ve got to walk out, walk
out for justice. We’ve got to
walk out, walk out for brown
rights.” A young man recited
a poem he had written about
what it means to be Chicano
in East L.A. today.
In 1968, students were
trying to call attention to a
host of problems in their
schools, including massive
class sizes, racist teachers
and the use of corporal punishment, said Yoli Rios, who
walked out of Lincoln High
School half a century ago.
She told hundreds of
Garfield students gathered
for a special assembly that
her math teacher would put
an assignment on the board,
then pull out a putter and
and practice his golf.
The walkouts brought almost immediate changes,
Bobby Verdugo, Rios’ husband and a fellow walkout
leader, said in an interview.
[See Walkouts, B2]
tions further increased that
risk for my officers and
alerted criminal aliens —
making clear that this reckless decision was based on
her political agenda with the
very federal laws that ICE is
sworn to uphold,” ICE’s acting director, Thomas D.
Homan, said in a statement
Speaking on “Fox and
Friends,” Homan added
that the mayor’s warning
helped an estimated 800
“criminal aliens” avoid capture. He also said federal authorities were examining her
“What she did is no better
than a gang lookout yelling
‘police’ when a police cruiser
comes in the neighborhood,
except she did it to a whole
[See Oakland, B4]
Joshua Tree parents
arrested after 3 kids
are found living in
squalor for four years.
By Alene
The deputy was driving
through a remote area of
Joshua Tree when he made a
startling discovery: Three
children on a property littered with mounds of trash
and several holes filled with
Authorities found that
the siblings, ages 11, 13 and 14,
had been living on the property with their parents for
four years in a makeshift plywood shelter, the San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s
Department said.
There was no electricity
or running water. No bathrooms or heating. Between
30 and 40 cats roamed
around the squalid desert
property and inside a nearby
travel trailer.
On Wednesday, the children’s parents, Mona Kirk,
51, and Daniel Panico, 73,
were arrested on suspicion
of willful child cruelty, the
Sheriff ’s Department said.
Authorities initially reported that the children
were living “in a box,” but
Capt. Trevis Newport of the
Sheriff ’s Morongo Basin
Station later clarified that
the children were not being
held captive in a confined
space like the Turpin children in Perris.
Newport said of the Joshua
Tree family. “It’s a shelter,
the shape of a box … nowhere
near what it sounded like
when it came out.”
photos of the property that
show a structure authorities
described as about 20 feet
long, 10 feet wide and 4 feet
A plastic tarp appeared
to be draped over the roof,
taped onto a wall of plywood.
Toys and bicycles, along
with furniture, containers
and other debris, were
strewn across the dirt.
“This time of year, it’s
very cold at night,” said
Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff ’s
Department. “When that
[See Joshua Tree, B5]
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The height of racial bias in policing
Tall black men are
more likely to be seen
as threats, study finds.
Being a tall guy is a great
big asset — if you’re a tall
white guy.
If you’re a tall black guy,
not so much.
New research finds that
the taller the African American man, the more threatening he is perceived to be —
by a majority-white audience, at least.
That finding is at stark
variance with a mountain of
evidence that we really look
up to men of physical stature. Americans tend to see
taller men as more
competent and intelligent.
We’re more willing to hire
and promote them than we
are shorter men, and more
likely to elect them to high
office. We like them more.
But those feelings largely
reflect our perceptions of
white men, said Neil Hester,
a social psychology graduate student at the University of North Carolina. In
about 15 studies that have
tested and confirmed our
admiration of tall men,
virtually all of the people
shown to experimental
subjects were white guys.
So, along with UNC
psychology professor Kurt
Gray, Hester tested whether
the racial bias that often
operates beneath our level
of consciousness would
change these rules when it
comes to evaluating tall
black men. They hypoth-
Spencer Platt Getty Images
RESEARCHERS examining eight years of data from New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program
found that, among men who were 6 feet 4, police officers stopped 6.2 black men for every white man.
esized that it would.
Hester and Gray explored a trove of existing
evidence and set up online
experiments in which survey-takers evaluated how
much they admired or
feared a collection of men
who varied in height and
skin color.
The researchers’ hypothesis was correct, according
to a study published this
week in the Proceedings of
the National Academies of
The new result sheds
light on such stunning findings as the one that showed
we judge black men — and
scary men — as taller than
they really are.
Our socialized minds
have given us cognitive
shortcuts that equate “the
other” with danger. And our
most primitive instincts
recognize large size as a sign
of a potential adversary’s
ability to subjugate us.
In other words, when we
see someone as an ally, their
large size comforts. When
we are primed to expect
confrontation, large size is a
For black men, Hester
and Gray concluded,
“height amplifies already
problematic perceptions of
threat, which can lead to
harassment and even injury.”
That message came
through when Hester and
Gray combed through eight
years of data generated by
New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program.
Launched by former
Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
the initiative empowered
New York police officers to
stop and question anyone
they “reasonably suspected” of having committed a crime or who, in the
view of officers, was about to
commit a crime. Police
Tough audience for Mnuchin at UCLA
[Mnuchin, from B1]
which noted that the audience hissed when Ryssdal
asked: “What was it about
the president’s approach to
the American economy that
made you say, ‘I want to
work for this guy?’ ”
“I think they’re going to
get more tired than I am,”
Mnuchin responded, referring to the hecklers.
“Fat chance,” yelled an
audience member.
“I’m dealing with students, I forgot,” Mnuchin responded. “There’s a lot of
Audio of the exchange
suggests that Mnuchin was
attempting to respond with
humor — and there was
some laughter. Though at a
different point in the interview, Mnuchin bristled at
Ryssdal’s questions and accused the radio host of bias.
Mnuchin lives in Bel-Air,
but has not always gotten
warm welcomes on his home
turf since he became a member of the Trump campaign
team and then a key official
in the Trump administration.
In late December, someone attempted to leave a
gift-wrapped box of horse
manure at Mnuchin’s home.
Christina House Los Angeles Times
PROTESTERS are arrested outside Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin’s
tense interview with “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal at UCLA on Monday.
A local psychologist took
credit for the deed, posting
pictures on Facebook, including a note to “Stevie”
and a card from “The American People” that read:
“We’re returning the ‘gift’ of
the Christmas tax bill. It’s
When a neighbor saw the
box, police cordoned off the
area for several hours and
called in the bomb squad. Investigators dumped the manure but retained the box
and accompanying note as
evidence. To date, no one
has faced any charges.
At UCLA, Mnuchin had
the added misfortune of being questioned by a sixthgrader in the audience, who
said to him: “You helped cut
taxes for the wealthy, which
makes them even richer. The
middle-class tax cuts are
small and last for just eight
years. But the corporate tax
cut was permanent. How is
that just?”
The student got a big
round of applause.
“The fact is we were able
to fix a broken system, make
America competitive, and
create middle-income tax
cuts,” Mnuchin responded,
to more hissing.
“And,” he continued, “you
can hiss all you want, but for
the people who are getting
these tax cuts, they’re not
Then he tried a lighter
tone: “I’m not getting a tax
cut, by the way. I live in California.”
the full audio online Wednesday at The
Wall Street Journal first reported Treasury officials’ refusal to allow the video’s release.
The interview was not
a complete disaster. Mnuchin’s initial comment drew
some applause.
“Let me first say,” said
Mnuchin, “I consider it a
great honor to serve the
Honoring ’68 walkouts, discouraging another
[Walkouts, from B1]
Corporal punishment disappeared. Chicano collegegoing rates increased. But
both Rios and Verdugo
pointed out that students
still face hurdles today.
Black and Latino students
still are often tracked into
less academically challenging classes. Class sizes remain large. Schools in
wealthier communities still
have greater resources.
Valeria Salazar Gamboa,
16, delivered a speech calling
out the inequalities that she
said still exist at Garfield.
High-achieving students get
the recognition and resources, she said, and the
district’s supposedly random searches often feel targeted and foster an environment of fear and distrust.
“There is still oppression,” Salazar Gamboa told
the gathering. “It is about
time we remove the blindfold and continue to fight for
a real education.”
Los Angeles Unified
School District has been
promoting a series of events
to celebrate the power of the
walkouts 50 years ago. But
the district is sending a different message about walkouts planned for this month.
At 10 a.m. March 14, students
across the country have
pledged to walk out of school
for 17 minutes in memory of
the 17 people killed in the
Parkland, Fla., shooting
Feb. 14. The walkouts will
push for stricter gun control.
But L.A. Unified interim
Supt. Vivian Ekchian issued
a statement saying students
should remain on their campuses.
“Students have the right
to freedom of speech, and
they may participate in
peaceful dialogue and activities on campus during noninstructional periods, within
parameters set by their administrators,” she wrote.
“We ask that parents talk to
their children and encourage them not to leave campus. Our goal is to provide
students with opportunities
to express themselves in a
safe manner that respects
the school environment and
all perspectives.”
A number of colleges, including UCLA, have pledged
not to punish the high school
students they’ve admitted
who choose to walk out as
part of peaceful protests.
Rios’ advice to students
was to get their parents and
communities on board. That
was key for some of the
movement’s leaders in 1968,
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
A STUDENT reads classmates’ notes on a wall at
Garfield High School celebrating the 1968 “blowouts.”
she said.
She and Verdugo said
they supported the students’ right to walk out but
thought there might be
other options today. If
school administrators and
lawmakers listen to teenagers and effect changes,
they said, giving up class
time might not be necessary.
Diana Calderon, 16, was
backstage at Garfield on
Thursday morning, painting
a “proud Chicano” sign. She
was one of thousands of students who walked out of
school after the 2016 presidential election, she said,
and it helped her find her
voice in mobilizing the community to support immigrants and young people
who could not yet vote. She
said she may walk out for
gun control March 14, but
only as part of a large and
purposeful group.
Natalye Carmona, who
also was painting a sign, said
she chose to stay on campus
during the 2016 walkouts and
participated in a panel instead of going to class. It
helped her, she said, to be in
that emotionally safe space,
sharing fears and feelings
with other students.
“Staying at school is
more impactful for students
individually,” Calderon said
in response. “Walking out
impacts the whole community.”
One of the 1968 walkout
leaders, John Ortiz, who
graduated from Garfield in
1969, came back for the commemoration Thursday and
said students need to make
sure they’re educated. But
he said he supports them if
they want to walk out.
“At what point was
LAUSD given the right to
tell kids how to use their civil
rights?” he said.
Garfield history teacher
Juan L. Garcia, who led the
planning of the commemorative event, said the walkouts in 1968 were a last resort. He said he hopes to create a forum on campus to
help address student concerns before March 14.
That being said, he wants
to leave it up to students to
determine how best to use
their voices, just as he did —
without interference — on
“If we stop the student
voices now,” he said, “then
it’s almost like we’re back in
could frisk a person if they
reasonably believed that
person to be armed.
The cops’ hunches were
not all that accurate. The
New York Bar Assn. found
that only about 6% of the
stops resulted in arrests and
2% in the recovery of weapons.
Other patterns emerged
as well. Overall, 85% of the
people stopped were black
and Latino, and they were
overwhelmingly male.
(In 2013, a federal district
judge ruled the stop-andfrisk program unconstitutional because it so clearly
discriminated against people of color.)
In close to 1.1 million
registered instances of stop
and frisk, the suspicious
person’s height was established by a governmentissued ID. What Hester and
Gray discovered was striking.
Among men who stood 5
feet 4, police stopped 4.5
black men for every white
man. Among men who were
5 feet 10, police stopped 5.3
black men for every white
man. And among men who
were a towering 6 feet 4,
police stopped 6.2 black
men for every white man.
Next, Hester and Gray
sought to test whether
experimental subjects
made similar judgments.
On a website for people
willing to participate in
experiments, they asked
subjects to look at pictures
of black men and white men
who were positioned to look
shorter or taller than they
actually were. The subjects
(the majority of them white)
evaluated the men in the
pictures on a number of
qualities, and they took a
test to gauge whether and
how much they considered
black people more threatening than white people.
Black men in the pictures were consistently
ranked as more threatening
than white men. That was
especially true when the
pictures made them appear
taller — the black men were
judged to be more menacing
while the white men were
judged to be more competent.
Among people who
already perceived black
men as threatening, the
taller the black men were,
the more threatening they
seemed. This was true
among both male and female participants, the
authors found.
However, when study
subjects did not reveal a fear
of black people generally,
they were more likely to
impute greater competence
to taller black men.
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On skid row, a positive domino effect
‘Slammin’ Da Bones’
tourney allows players
to connect the dots —
and with one another.
By Doug Smith
The moment had come to
find out who would be the
2018 “Slammin’ Da Bones”
champions of skid row.
But not before two little
disagreements between the
dominoes contestants and
the organizers got ironed
out — in the contestants’ favor.
“We’re going to play outside,” peer advocate manager Anthony Haynes informed the teams from six of
Skid Row Housing Trust’s
downtown buildings that
had assembled Tuesday
morning in the dining hall of
the Abbey Apartments near
6th and San Pedro streets.
The tournament is usually held in the open air. But
the terrace was damp and
gray Tuesday.
“It’s cold out there,”
someone said, touching off a
deafening chorus:
“We want to play here.”
The next issue was the
“The music is outside,”
Haynes said. “If you all want
the music, you have to go
Well, not quite. Spectators — mostly Skid Row
Housing Trust’s professional staff — unhooked the
speakers and brought them
Jeffrey Halbrook, a case
manager from the New Genesis Apartments, plugged in
his phone and selected some
“dancing hip-hop from the
’80s” to get things started.
The defending champions, from Star Apartments,
picked up the game from
childhood in different parts
of the country.
Colorado native Carl
Russell, 61, said he’s been
playing dominoes “since I
could walk.”
His partner, Anthony
Donnon, 55, of Los Angeles
said he started playing at
“If it was chess, you’d
Photographs by Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
MARK ABRAHAM, left, Carl Russell, Damon James and Anthony Donnon participate in the 2018 skid row dominoes tournament.
ABRAHAM holds his dominoes. The teams that met in the dining hall of the Abby
Apartments came from six of Skid Row Housing Trust’s downtown buildings.
spend all day playing one
game,” Haynes said.
dominoes as way for skid
row’s residents “to challenge
each other and to have social
The game can be intense,
but with a little less pondering and a lot more posturing
than chess. After each turn,
the next player must recalculate the sum of the dots on
all the end pieces and try to
place a domino that brings
the new total to a multiple of
Russell, who was a carpenter before his ankle was
shattered in an accident,
plays it cool, peering silently
under a wide-brimmed
leather hat, holding his
dominoes like poker cards,
bobbing his head rhythmically to the music.
Donnon, who was an auto
mechanic until what he de-
scribed as a “vacation” sent
him on a path he is now
coming out of, slammed
his dominoes on the table
to punctuate every good
play with a loud cracking
And during the semifinal,
chatter with the two women
from Abbey Apartments,
becoming more voluble as
his team’s victory became
“I like to have fun,” he
“He just likes to flirt,”
Russell said.
Lunch was served before
the Star team met St. Mark’s
Hotel Apartments.
For the second year, the
trophy went to Star.
Sheriff’s recruit Metro backtracks on 710 plan
is suspected of
theft from ATM
Agency agrees to
rebuild parts of the
freeway but decides
against adding a lane.
Investigators say they
found much of the
stolen $120,000 at his
Santa Clarita home.
By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County
Sheriff ’s
recruit a couple of months
into academy training was
arrested in connection with
a theft from a Newhall bank
ATM that saw $120,000 taken.
Julio Cesar Jimenez, 35,
was taken into custody Feb.
15, two months after he was
hired by the department. At
the time of the theft,
Jimenez was working as a licensed security guard for an
armored car company, according to a source familiar
with the investigation.
His arrest is another
black mark for the Sheriff ’s
Department recruiting program, which in the last decade has seen several trainees
and rookies arrested for
“Suspect Jimenez is no
longer employed by the Department,” Capt. Darren
Harris said in a statement
Wednesday in response to
questions about the arrest.
Jimenez was arrested in
connection with a sophisticated grand theft of money
from a Newhall bank automatic teller machine Nov. 28,
just two weeks before he formally joined the Sheriff ’s
Department. He is also suspected of a Dec. 1 arson.
The Santa Clarita resident was booked on suspicion of theft, arson and embezzlement. During a search
of his home, investigators recovered much of the stolen
Harris said Jimenez, who
formally started working for
the department Dec. 18, was
in the first phase of the 22week academy “when the
discovery of his potential involvement in the crimes surfaced.”
Jimenez could not be reached for comment. According to state records, Jimenez
is a licensed firearm-carrying security guard.
Harris said the Sheriff ’s
Department conducts an
extensive background check
of applicants, with less than
5% of them completing the
process and entering the
“Based on the timeline, it
appears the crimes allegedly
committed by Jimenez occurred between the time his
background investigation
concluded and his date of
employment with the department,” a department
statement said.
The Sheriff ’s Department has a history of hiring
some deputies with checkered pasts, and misconduct
has been a recurring issue.
Department oversight reports in the past have criticized the lowering of standards as the force has increased the number of deputies on the payroll.
In 2010, the Sheriff ’s Department hired nearly 300
officers from a little-known
county police force, including some who had accidentally fired their weapons,
had sex at work and solicited
prostitutes. Nearly, 100 had
issues with dishonesty, including lying or falsifying police records, according to records review by The Times.
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By Laura J. Nelson
For two decades, Los Angeles County transportation
officials have clashed with
local advocates over how to
untangle traffic on the
truck-choked 710 Freeway
without doing more harm to
surrounding neighborhoods
in what’s known as “the
diesel death zone.”
Faced again with a hotly
contested proposal to widen
the freeway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors
unanimously agreed Thursday to support rebuilding
some intersections and
ramps along the 19-mile
route but stopped short of
adding a new lane in each direction.
Under an amendment
written by county Supervisor Hilda Solis, Metro officials will be required to return to the board of directors
and seek approval for widening the freeway once initial
upgrades are complete,
which could take years.
Improvements on the
route are crucial to the
movement of goods between
the region’s sprawling network of freeways and warehouses and the ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach,
which handle 40% of the
country’s imports and exports, directors said. But
some directors expressed reluctance to approve another
freeway-widening project.
“I think it’s clear what
this board’s opinion is of
that,” said L.A. Mayor and
Metro Chair Eric Garcetti.
The 710 project has about
$1 billion secured through
the Measure M and Measure
R half-cent sales taxes.
That’s enough to fund some
improvements, but about
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
UPGRADES to the 710 Freeway are crucial to the movement of goods between the
region’s freeways and warehouses, and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
$5 billion short of what’s
needed to pay for new
interchanges and a wider route.
Directors asked Metro to
prepare a list of the improvements that could be built
quickly with an analysis of
the benefits for safety, transportation and air quality,
and with an analysis of how
to reduce resident displacement.
They also requested an
analysis of ways to separate
freight and commuter traffic
on the 710 and other freeways
across the region without
widening them, including by
reserving toll lanes for zeroand low-emission trucks.
Robert Garcia, whose city is
home to nearly half the
length of the 710, said the
proposed widening is “different from other highway and
freeway projects” because it
connects the region’s warehouses and big-box stores to
the twin ports.
Directors heard two
hours of public testimony
from residents of polluted
southeast county cities facing the specter of displacement and years of construction, many of whom said
they did not trust Metro and
Caltrans to keep their word.
up with a cohesive and
thoughtful plan, the board is
asking communities to take
a leap of faith and just
blindly trust that the agency
will somehow transform this
project at some point in the
future,” Adrian Martinez, an
attorney for Earthjustice, an
group, said in a statement.
He said the organization
was “deeply disappointed”
by the vote.
“Have you heard the
phrase, ‘Justice for all?’ ”
said Marlene Sanchez, 70,
who lives on the border of
Carson and Long Beach. “I
don’t think there’s justice for
all when I go out and clean
my car, and the paper towels
come away black from the
soot from the refineries.”
Any vote to enlarge the
freeway’s footprint after
hearing from the community “is a farce,” Sanchez said.
“They want us to believe
that they’re listening to us.”
Workers from local trade
unions packed the boardroom, wearing black Tshirts and neon-orange construction vests. Their representatives urged the board
to support local jobs and im-
proved goods movement by
starting the freeway upgrades but asked them to
invest in zero-emission
technology to improve air
“A zero-emission lane
commitment is what we all
need,” said Isabel Lopez, an
electrician apprentice with
the labor union IBEW Local
11. “Let’s build smarter.”
As other union members
urged Metro to widen the
freeway, advocates from the
county’s southeast cities
near the freeway held up
protest signs. Some wore
white stickers, showing a red
line slashing through a truck
spewing emissions.
Joe Kim of South Gate
said an advocacy group told
that their Wienerschnitzel
restaurant on Imperial
Highway, just west of the 710,
could be demolished to widen the freeway. When he contacted Metro, officials would
not confirm whether the
family business of 35 years
would be affected, he said.
“I just hope they can
think about the real families
that would be affected,” Kim
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California spent
nearly $1.8 billion
fighting wildfires
Federal government
will reimburse most
costs of battling blazes
that killed dozens.
associated press
SACRAMENTO — California state agencies spent
nearly $1.8 billion fighting
fierce wildfires that killed
dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes
and businesses last year, legislative budget experts reported Thursday.
The federal government
will reimburse most of the
costs, but the state still will
need to come up with about
$371 million on top of its existing wildfire budget, the
Legislative Analyst’s Office
told the Senate Budget
Committee. That shouldn’t
be a problem because state
revenue has far exceeded expectations so far this fiscal
year and the general fund is
flush with cash.
“The 2017 wildfire season
in California was nothing
short of catastrophic,” said
Mark Ghilarducci, director
of the Governor’s Office of
Emergency Services.
Nearly $1.5 billion was
spent on firefighting and recovery north of San Francisco in October, including
debris removal and infra-
structure repair. A series of
fires in wine country and
other areas killed 44 people
and destroyed 8,800 buildings, prompting $10 billion in
insurance claims.
The state spent about
$300 million on December
fires in Southern California,
including the Thomas fire,
which swept through Ventura and Santa Barbara
counties and was the largest
blaze in state history. The
preliminary numbers will
probably increase as officials get a better account of
Gov. Jerry Brown has
proposed spending $35 million in next year’s budget to
backfill lost sales, property
and hotel tax revenue for local governments and to repair infrastructure. He also
proposed spending $350 million from the state’s tax on
carbon emissions on fire prevention, new helicopters, fire
engines and other purposes.
Meanwhile, fire chiefs
from around the state
are asking lawmakers for
$100 million to boost the
state’s mutual aid system for
sharing resources across departments.
That could include overtime for firefighters positioned ahead of time in areas
weather, and for technology
such as satellite tracking to
monitor fire engines.
Patrick T. Fallon For The Times
CAMP PENDLETON firefighters battle to save
apartments from the Lilac fire in December.
Jane Tyska San Jose Mercury News
OAKLAND Mayor Libby Schaaf, pictured at left during a Wednesday news conference, has defended her deci-
sion last weekend to alert residents of imminent sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Feds to review Oakland mayor
[Oakland, from B1]
community. This is beyond
the pale,” he said.
In ICE’s four-day operation that ended Wednesday,
agents arrested 232 people
suspected of violating immigration laws, the agency said
Of those, 115 had prior
convictions for “serious or
violent” crimes or “significant or multiple” misdemeanors. The offenses include sex crimes against
children, weapons violations
and assault, the agency said.
agents had wrapped up the
operation, Homan said 864
immigrants with criminal
histories were still at large
despite the raids that led to
arrests in cities including
Stockton, Sacramento, San
Francisco and Bay Point. He
blamed Schaaf in part.
“I have to believe that
some of them were able to
elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision,”
Homan said.
Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and
former federal prosecutor,
said she believed Schaaf ’s
purpose in making the warning was not to help people
evade the law, but to give
them the opportunity to
make preparations for their
families or get appropriate
legal advice.
“As she stated it, it was
her purpose to make her
community safe,” Levenson
said. “She gave a general
warning. She did not tell individuals to make a run for
Levenson said she has yet
to see a justification for any
potential charges against
the mayor.
“They can continue the
political debate, but in terms
of whether she’s an accomplice or a co-conspirator or
obstructing justice I don’t
think we’ve seen evidence of
that,” she said.
Harry Litman, a former
U.S. attorney and deputy assistant attorney general who
teaches at UC San Diego,
said he was struck by the
“the near open warfare between the local and federal
“Normally the federal
government takes the lead
and the state authorities follow in these sorts of things,”
he said. Now, “you have essentially an almost guerrilla
movement by local authorities to try and undo federal
law enforcement efforts.”
Asked whether it would
be possible for charges to be
brought against the mayor,
Litman said he thought it
was not likely.
“That would be extraordinary,” he said.
Schaaf and her supporters say she did the right
“My statement on Saturday was meant to give all
residents time to learn their
rights and know their legal
options,” Schaaf said Tuesday in a statement. “It was
my intention that one
mother, or one father, would
use the information to help
keep their family together.
“I do not regret sharing
this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a
sanctuary city and we have
not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer
when families stay to-
gether,” she stated.
Among those at large are
Oakland residents with multiple prior removals, said
James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, a field office that
spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the Oregon border. They include someone
convicted of carrying a
loaded firearm and selling
drugs, and one suspected of
transporting cocaine and
having sex with a minor, he
Immigration detainers
lodged against them have
been “repeatedly ignored,”
Schwab said. “Instead they
have been released back into
the community to potentially reoffend.”
In fiscal year 2017, ICE arrested 20,201 people across
the state, Schwab said. Of
those, he said, 81% had criminal convictions.
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Kids lived
four years in
small shelter,
officials say
[Joshua Tree, from B1]
wind blows, it is freezing.…
These kids are living in a
shelter made of wood and
tarp and it’s 20 to 30 degrees
at night.”
The Sheriff ’s Department said the children did
not have enough food and
were living in an “unsuitable
and unsafe” environment.
But investigators don’t believe they were malnourished, Newport said.
“It’s just tragic that these
children were being raised in
conditions like this,” Bachman said. “There are services available to help these
folks, and clearly they chose
not to ask for any help.”
The children are not
enrolled in public schools,
and it’s unclear whether
they were being homeschooled. Officials with the
county’s Children and Family Services agency took custody of the three children,
who Newport said were in
“good spirits.”
“When it comes to raising
children, we have a standard
we have to live by,” Newport
said. “In this case, we decided, let’s pull the kids from
the residence, we don’t want
them living in that environment.”
Kirk and Panico were
booked into the Morongo
Basin Station jail and are
each being held in lieu of
$100,000 bail.
In the Perris case, prosecutors say David and Louise
Turpin inflicted severe
abuse and torture on their 13
children, who range in age
from 2 to 29.
The parents allegedly
punished their children by
beating and choking them,
tying them to beds for weeks
or months at a time, depriving them of food, and forcing
them to stay up all night and
sleep during the day.
They had been abused
and neglected for years in
ways so extreme that the
siblings are severely malnourished and some show
signs of cognitive impairment and nerve damage,
prosecutors said.
Authorities learned of
the situation after a 17-yearold girl called 911, saying she
had escaped through a window from her parents’
house, where she and her
siblings had been trapped.
After they were rescued,
the children were taken to
hospitals for treatment and
Anyone with information
on the Joshua Tree case is
asked to call San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s Department Morongo Basin
Station at (760) 366-4175.
James A. Finley Associated Press
William Bush used to recount that he once baby-sat
the future 43rd president of the United States.
Investor was
brother, uncle
of presidents
Known as ‘Bucky,’
he chaired George
W. Bush’s reelection
campaign in Missouri.
Associated Press
wealthy investor and the brother and
uncle of presidents, has
died. He was 79.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush confirmed Thursday
in an email to the Associated
Press that his uncle died
Wednesday in West Palm
Beach, Fla. He did not describe the cause.
Known as “Bucky,” the
brother of President George
H.W. Bush, uncle of President George W. Bush and
youngest son of Sen.
Prescott Sheldon Bush of
Connecticut was also active
in Republican politics.
He chaired George W.
Bush’s presidential reelection campaign in Missouri.
At the time, he recounted
that he used to baby-sit the
future 43rd president of the
United States.
Bush also was co-founder
and chairman of Bush
O’Donnell Investment Advisers in St. Louis. Before
that, he was president of
Boatmen’s National Bank of
St. Louis. He also served on
the boards of numerous corporations and foundations,
including WellPoint Inc.,
now Anthem, the parent
company of multiple Blue
Cross and Blue Shield
health insurers.
At one WellPoint board
meeting in 2010, Bush collapsed, bringing an abrupt
end to a consumer campaign against increases in
insurance premiums.
Bush was also in the spotlight in 2007, when he and
other directors of a defense
contractor reaped $6 million
from what federal regulators
called an illegal scheme by
two executives to manipulate the timing of stock option grants.
Bush was a nonexecutive
director of St. Louis-based
Engineered Support Systems Inc., whose profits
were bolstered because of
the Iraq war. He was not accused of any personal
wrongdoing in a lawsuit filed
by the Securities and Exchange Commission, but the
agency said he made about
$450,000 selling some of his
stock in 2005. Bush offered
no comment to the AP at the
On Thursday, Chairman
Todd Graves of the Missouri
Republican Party offered his
condolences to the Bush
family, tweeting that “Bucky
Bush was a strong leader
and champion for the state
of Missouri.”
THREE children were found living in a makeshift structure with no water or heat Wednesday in Joshua Tree,
Calif. Deputies arrested parents Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, on suspicion of willful child cruelty.
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Santa Barbara orders coastal evacuations
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tory evacuations Thursday
for residents in Montecito
and other fire-scarred areas,
saying an approaching
storm could again trigger
dangerous flash floods and
mud and debris flows.
County Sheriff ’s Office issued the mandatory evacuation order, effective at noon,
for individuals near the
Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fire burn areas. The order
affects the coastal communities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.
“Due to the size and
breadth of the evacuation
area, not all residents will be
contacted in person,” Santa
Barbara County Sheriff Bill
Brown said in a statement.
He cautioned residents in
affected areas not to wait for
deputies before deciding to
The evacuation order
comes barely two months
after a Jan. 9 storm poured
more than half an inch of
rain on Montecito in just
five minutes, triggering
burn-area mudslides that
destroyed homes and killed
at least 21 people.
Brown told reporters at a
news conference that the
storm is likely to make landfall at 2 a.m. Friday and
could last until about 8 a.m.
He said the trajectory of the
storm has been difficult to
track, making it hard for officials to pinpoint which burn
areas will be most affected.
“This is a challenging
storm. It’s traveling down
the coast of California, and
it’s gone through Monterey
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
SEAN BOLIS loads his car while evacuating from his home on San Ysidro Road
in Montecito. “I’m just hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” Bolis says.
and starting to hit San Luis
Obispo,” Brown said. “It’s
impossible to figure out
where it will hit and where it
will be worst.”
Brown estimated that
25,000 to 30,000 people are affected by the mandatory
evacuation notice.
Laura Bautista and her family decided to leave hours before the mandatory evacuations were ordered. Suitcases, pillows and clothes
were piled in the back seat of
her Honda, and next to her
sat her 10-year-old son, Jesus
Bautista. Her daughter was
in a car in front of her.
“We feel nervous and
stressed,” Bautista said in
her car. The family’s home
was damaged by mud and
debris during January’s
mudslide. They’ve put sandbags around their house but
said they are concerned
what shape their house will
be in when they return.
Ingrid McCann said she
was fearful of a repeat of January’s devastation. She and
her husband opted not to
evacuate then, and now regret that decision.
“We were traumatized in
January.… We are going to
get out of here soon,”
McCann said as she loaded
clothes and other belongings into her car.
Not everyone planned to
Pedersen, who is in her early
90s, lives in a mandatory
evacuation zone just a few
streets from Romero Canyon creek, she said she
planned to stay at home
with her cat.
“I feel comfortable at
home, and I don’t think
Pedersen told a reporter
Thursday afternoon. “I
didn’t evacuate in January,
and I was fine.”
As she spoke, her son,
John Pedersen, piled sandbags near the front lawn.
“It’s a calculated risk,” he
Forecasters warned of
possible flooding in the
Thomas, Whittier, La Tuna
and Creek fire burn areas
from 9 p.m. Thursday to
9 a.m. Friday. Rainfall rates
of half an inch per hour are
possible, which could trigger
dangerous mud and debris
flows, according to the
weather service.
Forecasters say the heaviest rainfall is expected
Thursday night and before
dawn Friday. An inch of rain
is possible, with 2 to 3 inches
possible in mountain areas.
The main cold front will
move out of the region by
Friday, but showers are
expected to continue off and
on through Saturday.
It’s too early to say
whether the storm portends
a March miracle capable of
pulling California’s snowpack out of the doldrums,
said Michael Anderson, the
state climatologist with the
Department of Water Resources.
The snowpack in the
Sierra Nevada had a snowwater equivalent of 24% of
average on Thursday, state
officials said. Sierra snowpack traditionally makes up
one-third of the state’s water
But thanks to the historically wet winter of 2016, the
picture isn’t as dire as it
could be after the last
several months of dry
conditions, Anderson said.
“In terms of having a base
flow coming out of the Sierra
into the larger reservoirs, it
still seems to be holding up
despite the dry winter,” he
When the current storm
passes, the snowpack could
see an increase of 25%, he
By midmorning Thursday, the Boreal Mountain
Resort near Donner Lake
had received a foot of snow.
The Squaw Valley Alpine
Meadows resort near Lake
Tahoe had received 7 inches,
and Bear Valley between
Lake Tahoe and Yosemite
had received 4 inches.
The fresh powder was a
welcome sight for Kristyn
Lucero in Tahoe City, who
was cleaning snow off her car
by 4:15 a.m. on Thursday.
By typical standards, the
snow hitting Tahoe City and
much of the Sierra Nevada is
par for the course this time
of the year. But meteorologists have noted that California’s rain and snowfall
have been alarmingly missing for much of the last five
months — the bulk of the
state’s rain season.
“It’s finally back again;
I know a lot of people are
excited about it,” said
Lucero, who works behind
the counter at Tahoe House
Bakery & Gourmet. “Cinnamon rolls were popular today, and a lot of warm drinks
are going out the door.”
Twitter: @melissaetehad
Twitter: @JosephSerna
Twitter: @haileybranson
Etehad reported from
Montecito, Serna and
Branson-Potts from Los
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A tussle
over Wells
growth cap
Fed chief says bank
must show ‘significant’
compliance before
restriction gets lifted.
By Jim Puzzanghera
and James Rufus Koren
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
CHIEF EXECUTIVE Evan Spiegel’s leadership team is trying to fix the impression that he rules the Los
Angeles company with little input or transparency. Above, employees enter a Snap office in Venice.
After hard year at
Snap, no bonuses
App maker struggles with morale, transparency issues
On Wednesday, Snap Inc. sent employees a survey
asking a broad set of questions to understand what
they’re happy about, what they want to improve and
what they want to say, anonymously, one year after the
Snapchat maker’s initial public offering of stock.
Grievances will be aired.
Just last month, the company reported revenue
that beat Wall Street’s projections for the first time,
causing the stock to surge 47%. Internally, the picture
isn’t as celebratory. The year involved a complete rethinking of the advertising business, an exodus of top
executives, a broadly critiqued redesign of the
Snapchat photo-sharing application and stiff competition from Facebook Inc.’s Instagram, leaving the
shares close to their IPO price.
Although Snap topped Wall Street’s estimates last
quarter, employees were told they didn’t beat internal
goals — and wouldn’t be getting cash bonuses, according to people familiar with the matter.
Snap’s internal targets weren’t defined for employees, but that wasn’t a surprise at a company where
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Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
SNAP chief Evan Spiegel, right, talks with NYSE
President Thomas Farley the day the stock debuted.
new chief of the Federal Reserve said Thursday that a
cap it placed on the growth
of Wells Fargo & Co. after
abuses would not be easily
lifted — but the bank would
not have to fully implement
reform plans before it was
Fed Chairman Jerome
H. Powell sparred over the
matter with Sen. Elizabeth
Warren (D-Mass.), one of the
leading critics of Wells Fargo
after its creation of millions
of unauthorized accounts
and the disclosure of other
questionable practices.
“Growth restriction is
your really big stick here,
and I hope that you won’t
consider lifting it just
because Wells makes some
marginal progress,” Warren
told Powell at his first
Senate Banking Committee
since taking over as Fed
chairman on Feb. 5.
“I want to be really clear
on this — to lift the growth
restriction, the Fed needs to
see that the plans have been
fully implemented, right?”
Warren asked. “It’s not
enough that Wells has taken
some preliminary steps
toward implementing the
plans, is that right?”
“No, I don’t think that is
right,” Powell said. “Once
we’ve improved the plans
and they begin to implement
them, we see them on track,
the growth restriction could
then be addressed. No
guarantee there, but we
would then be prepared to
look at it.”
Warren asked how much
progress Wells needed to
make. Powell said, “We’ll
have to be assured that the
company has made these
really significant measures
and suffered a significant
period of a growth cap.”
“We will not lightly lift it,”
Powell said.
Warren objected to lifting
Retailers’ gun policies make a statement
Walmart and other
chains restrict sales to
show they’re ‘good
community citizens.’
By James F. Peltz
Three major U.S. retailers voluntarily restricted
gun sales to make a policy
statement and manage their
image with consumers in the
aftermath of the Florida
school massacre, marketing
experts said Thursday.
Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, followed the lead of Dick’s
Sporting Goods Inc. and
tightened restrictions on
gun sales this week, including banning sales to customers under 21.
Kroger Co. followed suit
Thursday, saying it was
curbing firearm sales at its
Fred Meyer general-merchandise stores. Kroger also
is the parent of the Ralphs
grocery chain.
The retailers are responding to the national uproar that followed the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that
killed 17, especially the feverish debate on Facebook,
Twitter and other social media platforms. They are not
waiting for legislative action
to improve matters, analysts
“Gun violence is an epidemic,” Edward Stack,
Dick’s chief executive, said
in a statement, adding that
“we have to help solve the
problem that’s in front of
The retailers “want to position themselves in the
minds of consumers by taking steps like this,” even if it
means alienating some consumers who object to further gun controls, said
Roger Beahm, executive director of Wake Forest University’s Center for Retail Innovation.
A number of companies,
including Delta Air Lines
Inc. and Hertz Corp., also
programs available to the 5
million members of the National Rifle Assn. The trade
group called the moves “a
shameful display of political
and civic cowardice.”
“Let’s be honest, there is
a publicity value that comes
from taking a stand like this
early, even if it’s somewhat
controversial,” Beahm said
of the retailers and other
companies. “They’re benefiting from the awareness
that’s going to be generated
by having a position that
gets highly publicized.”
Walmart says it’s one of
the largest firearm retailers
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Joe Raedle Getty Images
RETAILERS are responding to the national uproar that followed the shooting in
Parkland, Fla., that killed 17. Above, a gun store in Pompano Beach, Fla., in 2013.
the restriction before Wells
Fargo fully addressed its
The clash between the
new Fed chief and Warren
came during a day when
there were new disclosures
about additional problems
at the bank and an announcement that four longtime board members will retire in the coming weeks.
The bank said in its
annual report released
Thursday that its board was
conducting a review of some
wealth and investment
management unit activities
in response to “inquiries
from federal government
On top of that, there was
a report that a former Wells
Fargo fraud investigator
had sued the bank and his
after telling his superiors
about yet another bad practice that stuck customers
with extra costs.
Powell, who has served as
a Fed board member since
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that aid
himself on
the back for
the “most
reform” in
U.S. history, which wasn’t
true but that wasn’t the
point. The point was that
Trump has made eliminating government regulations
one of his top priorities.
“We have decades of
excess regulation to remove,” he said, calling on his
Cabinet members “to find
and remove every single
outdated, unlawful and
excessive regulation currently on the books.”
Trump and his Cabinet
may want to rethink that
Last Friday night, when
the White House figured no
one was looking, it quietly
released a congressionally
mandated report from the
Office of Management and
Budget spelling out both
the costs of government
regulations on the private
sector and the estimated
monetary benefits to the
For example, the cost of
imposing clean-air and
clean-water rules on factories versus the benefit to
ordinary people of not getting cancer and running up
huge hospital bills.
In former President
Obama’s final year in office
— the period covered by the
report — 16 “major rules”
were fully quantifiable,
meaning their total costs
and benefits were capable of
being measured.
What Trump’s budget
office found was that these
rules cost up to $4.9 billion
to impose on businesses
and resulted in up to
$27.3 billion in benefits to
the American people.
That means taxpayers
got nearly six times as much
in benefits as was spent
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Twitter CEO
calls for ideas
Gary Friedman Los Angeles Times
THE ELIMINATION of Obamacare’s individual coverage mandate will cut enrollment but probably leave
California’s insurance market stable, a new study found. Above, an information booth in South L.A. in 2013.
A look at health mandate
By Jaclyn Cosgrove
health insurance market will
probably see a sharp drop in
enrollment but should remain stable after Congress
eliminated the requirement
for individuals to carry coverage, a Harvard-led study
published Thursday found.
The federal tax reform
act in December removed
the individual mandate and
the financial penalties that
consumers faced under the
Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, starting in 2019.
That led industry leaders
to worry about whether
healthier consumers will
buy insurance, and thus,
whether their lack of interest in enrolling without a
penalty will drive up premium costs.
The study — published in
Health Affairs and conducted in partnership with
Covered California, the
state’s insurance exchange
— is the first national attempt to measure the potential impact of removing the
individual mandate. The
California Health Care
Foundation provided funding for the 2017 survey and
data analysis.
In surveying California
consumers, the researchers
found that a larger percentage of people who had lower
healthcare costs would not
have signed up for individual
plans last year without the
mandate than those with
higher costs, most of whom
still would have bought coverage.
Overall, the removal of
the individual mandate
could result in 378,000 fewer
Californians with health insurance in the individual
market, including about
250,000 people who currently
have insurance through
Covered California.
Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee
said in a statement that he
expects the number of people with insurance to fall
more than that, including
people covered by Medi-Cal,
the state’s version of Medicaid. That’s because many
consumers find out they’re
eligible for Medi-Cal while
through Covered California.
California would continue to have a stable market,
he said, partly because so
many people in the exchange have their premiums
paid or partly paid through
subsidies, or premium tax
credits. Over the years, 85%
to 90% of Covered California
consumers have received
some level of financial help.
But the thousands leaving the marketplace — many
of them relatively healthy —
would drive up premiums for
people who stay in.
“The consumers who
leave the market would be
rolling the dice, hoping they
would remain healthy, but
the fact is that many of them
will lose that bet,” Lee said.
“The real penalty is not what
the IRS will collect through
the coming year for being
uninsured, but rather showing up at the hospital with no
insurance and leaving with a
massive debt.”
With the individual market tilted toward less-healthy
marketplace plans could see
premium increases for 2019
of between 12% and 16%. In
California, premiums for
people who don’t qualify for
subsidies have risen an average of almost 9% per year between 2014 and 2018.
Both the researchers and
Lee noted that other federal
healthcare policy changes
could have an impact as well
on premium costs and the
number of consumers willing to sign up. At least one
independent healthcare expert expressed skepticism
about the study because it
looked solely at the impact
of the elimination of the individual mandate and associated penalties.
The Trump administration also has proposed allowing the sale of insurance
plans that wouldn’t be required to meet certain
standards set by the Affordable Care Act, such as covering “essential benefits”
that Obamacare plans are
required to have. These
slimmed-down, less expensive plans would probably
allow insurers to reject people with preexisting conditions.
Twitter: @jaclyncosgrove
Cockpit trouble
on Navy jet is
By Samantha Masunaga
In the latest frightening
example of cockpit problems in high-performance
military aircraft, the Navy is
investigating a recent incident in which the cockpit
temperature of an EA-18G
Growler reportedly plunged
to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice coated flight instruments and windows, forcing
the plane’s two-person crew
to land using a Garmin
watch and spoken instructions from air controllers.
Trade publication Defense News, which first reported the incident, said the
crew suffered serious injuries from frostbite, including severe blistering and
burns on their hands.
The jet, which specializes
in jamming enemy electronics, took off Jan. 29 from
Naval Air Station Whidbey
Island in northern Washington and was bound for the
Naval Air Weapons Station
China Lake near Ridgecrest,
Calif., where the aircraft is
based, said Cmdr. Ron Flanders, Naval Air Forces
The crew received a
warning that the system
that supports cabin air quality and temperature was icing, according to Defense
News. Citing sources familiar with the incident and an
internal report it obtained,
the trade publication said a
mist pumped into the cockpit and iced over windows
and flight instruments, rendering the pilot and weapons system officer “almost
completely blind.”
The crew was able to land
the plane back at Whidbey
Island, Flanders said. One
crew member has since “returned to a flight status,”
meaning he or she is cleared
for flight. The other has not
yet been cleared but is “expected to make a full recovery,” he said.
Flanders said he could
not provide further details of
the flight or the injuries because of the Navy’s investigation into the matter and
patient privacy laws. Results of the investigation will
determine whether further
action is necessary, he said.
A spokesman for Boeing
Co., which builds the F/A-18
E/F Super Hornet and its derivative, the EA-18G Growler, declined to comment on
this incident or the environmental control system because of the Navy investigation.
The incident with the
Growler is the latest in-cockpit flight issue the U.S. military has dealt with. Pilots
have reported oxygen deficiency, also known as
hypoxia, while flying a variety of fighter planes, including the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, the F-22 and the F-35A.
Modern fighter pilots
don’t get enough oxygen in
their bloodstream when flying at high altitudes, meaning that the aircraft must
produce its oxygen on-board
during flight. Pilots breathe
that oxygen through a mask.
Last year, the Navy set up
a team to identify and find
solutions to so-called physiological episodes, which include hypoxia and other
Analysts said the Growler incident seemed to be an
unusual failure of the environmental control system.
An industry official said
Northrop Grumman Corp,
Honeywell and other firms
make a series of valves and
regulators for the system.
Twitter Inc. just admitted it’s become a swamp for
toxic conversations.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweetstormed a plea for ways to make Twitter’s social network
a nicer place by measuring “collective health, openness,
and civility of public conversation.” He said Twitter accepted responsibility for inadvertently helping to spread
misinformation, harassment and manipulation via bots.
He also asked the public to propose solutions and cited
work in this area by the nonprofit organization Cortico.
“We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies,
manipulation through bots and human-coordination,
misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive
echo chambers,” Dorsey tweeted. “We aren’t proud of how
people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.”
Twitter, like other social media platforms, has come
under fire for being a place for rancorous and toxic conversations. In addition to removing abuse and spam, the
company is broadening its scope to examine how it’s enabling public conversation. In November, Twitter halted
its verification system, calling it “broken” after the process became seen as a stamp of approval for trolls, white
supremacists and others disseminating hateful speech
The changes come as tech companies face backlash
over the negative effect some critics say they have on society. Late last year, Facebook even cited research indicating that social media can be bad for mental health. In addition to proliferating propaganda and fake news, Twitter
has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent abuse
and harassment. Many women have been driven off Twitter by vicious trolls.
Twitter has also been dealing with the congressional
inquiry into how it and other social media services such as
Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube were manipulated in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election..
Dorsey’s request for proposals is the latest effort by
Twitter to address such manipulation.
U.S. auto sales fall
2% in February
associated press
U.S. sales of new cars and trucks tailed off in February
as automakers eased up on discounts.
Sales fell 2% from last February to 1.3 million, according to Autodata Corp. Among major automakers, only Toyota, Subaru and Volkswagen reported year-over-year
sales gains.
Ford’s U.S. sales chief, Mark LaNeve, said automakers
spent an average of $65 less per vehicle on incentives in
February than they did the same month last year.
LaNeve said discounts could grow during the spring
and summer, when tax returns arrive and more people
shop for vehicles. But based on the first two months of
this year, he expects automakers to remain fairly disciplined. In the past, heavy discounting has led to overproduction and steep declines in automakers’ profits.
Here are some details regarding February sales:
8 General Motors Co. sales fell nearly 7% to 220,905 vehicles. Sales were dragged down by the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, GM’s top-selling vehicle. GMC and
Chevrolet sales were down for the month. Buick and Cadillac sales rose.
8 Ford Motor Co. sales fell 7% to 194,132. Ford said its
car and SUV sales were down, but sales of the F-Series
pickup — its biggest seller — climbed 3.5%.
8 Toyota Motor Corp. sales rose 4.5% to 182,195. Sales of
its top seller, the Camry sedan, jumped 12%. Sales of the
luxury Lexus brand rose 5%.
8 Fiat Chrysler’s sales fell 1% to 165,903.
8 Nissan Motor Co. sales fell 4% to 129,930. Sales of Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand fell 7%.
8 Honda Motor Co. sales fell 5% to 115,557.
8 Hyundai Motor Co. sales fell 13% to 46,095 as higher
sales of SUVs failed to make up for declining car sales.
8 Subaru brand sales rose 4% to 47,209.
8 Volkswagen brand sales rose 6% to 26,660.
SoftBank invests
in DoorDash app
The latest winner of the SoftBank Group Corp. lottery
is DoorDash Inc., a food-delivery app. SoftBank’s Vision
Fund is leading a $535-million investment in the San
Francisco company, almost triple the amount of capital
DoorDash had raised in the last five years.
The deal, which includes funding from Sequoia Capital and Singapore’s GIC sovereign-wealth fund, values
DoorDash at $1.4 billion and gives the company a boost in
the highly competitive food-delivery business. Inc., GrubHub Inc., Square Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., along with a bunch of start-ups, try to attract customers and restaurants to their own delivery
apps with discounts and other promotions.
But Tony Xu, DoorDash’s co-founder and chief executive, said his real competition is the telephone. Most people still order food by calling a restaurant directly. “We’ve
just scratched the surface, and our investors recognize
the incredible opportunity ahead,” he said.
The deal has potential conflicts for SoftBank. The Japanese firm bought a 15% stake in Uber and took two seats
on that company’s board in January. At a conference a few
days later, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talked up the
performance of UberEats. He said growth of the app was
exploding and estimated that it would be the world’s largest food-delivery business this year.
SoftBank will appoint Jeffrey Housenbold, a managing partner, to DoorDash’s board. Jeremy Kranz, head of
technology investing at GIC, will also become a director
at DoorDash.
With the new funding, Xu plans to hire 250 employees
on top of the 550 DoorDash has now and add restaurants
in 1,000 U.S. and Canadian cities to the 600 it has today. He
said DoorDash will expand internationally this year,
though he declined to say where.
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Franco is
sued over
movie deal
Former student of his
alleges actor reneged
on ‘Disaster Artist’
By David Ng
Danny Moloshok Associated Press
ROBERT KYNCL , chief business officer at YouTube, speaks in Los Angeles in 2015. Research shows 96.5% of
all of those trying to become YouTubers won’t make enough money from ads to crack the U.S. poverty line.
No ticket to stardom
Becoming a YouTube
celebrity isn’t easier
than making it on the
silver screen, new
research indicates.
By Chris
Do your children dream
of YouTube stardom? Do
them a favor: Crush that
ambition now.
New research out of
Germany billed as among
the first to review the
chances of making it in the
new Hollywood shows a
vanishingly small number
will ever break through —
just like in the old Hollywood. In fact, 96.5% of all of
those trying to become
YouTubers won’t make
enough money off of advertising to crack the U.S. poverty line, according to research by Mathias Bartl, a
professor at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences.
Breaking into the top 3%
of most-viewed channels
could bring in advertising
revenue of about $16,800 a
year, Bartl found in an
analysis for Bloomberg
That’s a bit more than the
U.S. federal poverty of
$12,140 for a single person.
(The guideline for a twoperson household is $16,460.)
The top 3% of video creators
of all time in Bartl’s sample
1.4 million views per month.
“If you’re a series regular
on a network TV show,
you’re getting a good
amount of money,” said
Alice Marwick, an assistant
professor of communications at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. “Yet, you can have half
a million followers on
YouTube and still be
working at Starbucks.”
YouTube was created in 2005
have grown up surrounded
by videos churned out by
performers such as Jake
Paul, PewDiePie and Zoella,
whose clips about their
daily lives, video gaming and
fashion, respectively, have
turned YouTuber into a
popular career goal.
One in 3 British children
ages 6 to 17 told pollsters last
year that they wanted to become a full-time YouTuber.
That’s three times as many
as those who wanted to become a doctor or a nurse.
Tom Burns, founder of
Summer in the City, an
annual British YouTube
convention, said his cousin
wanted to skip college to become a full-time YouTuber.
“I almost flipped out, because I was like, ‘No, that’s
the dumbest thing you can
say,’ ” he said. “You can’t
guarantee you’ll be able to
do it as a job.”
Of course, the goal is to be
a superstar. The top 1% of
creators garnered from 2.2
million to 42.1 million views
per month in 2016, Bartl’s research shows. Those top-tier
performers often earn side
money through sponsorships or other deals, so calculating their earnings is
more complicated.
YouTube’s ad rates are
opaque and have changed
over time, but Bartl used an
income of $1 per 1,000 views
for an average YouTuber to
calculate earnings estimates.
That rate is a good rule of
thumb, said Harry Hugo of
the Goat Agency, an influencer marketing firm in London. “I’ve seen as low as 35
cents per 1,000 views and
work with some YouTubers
who can earn $5 per 1,000,”
he said.
A YouTube spokeswoman said the company is working to help people make
more money, such as
through sponsorships and a
feature that lets viewers pay
to have their comments featured. The number of channels earning six figures is up
40% year over year, the
spokeswoman said.
“We continue to see
tremendous growth with
creators on YouTube,” the
spokeswoman said in an
In the U.S., the median
hourly wage earned by actors is $18.70, according to
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which doesn’t report
annual salaries for actors.
People trying to make it
on YouTube have long complained the company protects a handful of stars, promoting them at the expense
of the masses struggling to
break out.
The imbalance is huge
and becoming worse, according to Bartl’s research:
In 2006, the top 3% accounted for 63% of all views.
Ten years later, the top
YouTubers received 9 in every 10 views, he found. The
bottom 85% of those who
started posting in 2016 got a
maximum of 458 views per
There are hardly any barriers to entry: no auditions,
no studio executives to impress, no need to be physically anywhere close to Hollywood.
Theoretically, you just
need a phone and an internet connection. Still, professional classes and boot
camps have opened. Summer camps in the U.S. can
cost $569. Buying the same
equipment used by Casey
Neistat, a popular YouTuber, would cost $3,780.
Asher Benjamin, a 19-
year-old computer science
student at Grand Canyon
University in Phoenix, has
spent $460 on a camera and
tripod for his YouTube channel, where he uploads a video every day.
He has published more
than 150 daily video diaries,
or vlogs, that are essentially
a catalog of his life at college:
brief updates about things
he’s done, his plans for the
day, what he’s eaten, with
appearances from his roommates. “I don’t know where
it’s going to end up,” he said.
“It’d be cool if I could take
the path others have and
make it into a job, but we’ll
have to see.”
Benjamin spends an
hour a day editing his videos
and holds out hope his postings could become a career,
even after he heard the odds.
“I think if I keep uploading,
there’s no reason I shouldn’t
be able to make it a career,”
he said. He recently hit 100
subscribers, up from 71 at
the start of the year.
It’ll only get more difficult, YouTube announced
last month. Viewers must
have watched 4,000 hours of
their videos in the last year
and YouTubers need 1,000
subscribers or more to be eligible to make money from
There’s one route that is
easier to crack. If your child
is still intent on trying his
luck, tell him to pick up a joystick.
Gaming YouTubers —
such as 28-year-old Felix
“PewDiePie” Kjellberg, who
has 60 million subscribers —
have a 14 times better chance
than traditional vloggers,
who often upload to the People & Blogs category on the
website, Bartl’s research
Stokel-Walker writes for
Netflix widens European presence
Streaming giant teams
with Sky in Britain,
Ireland, other nations.
By David Ng
In a new deal that will expand its presence throughout Europe, Netflix is partnering with Sky to bundle
the full Netflix service into a
new Sky TV subscription
The service, which was
announced Thursday, will
make Netflix shows such as
“Stranger Things,” “Black
Mirror” and “The Crown”
available to users of the Sky
Q set-top box, with shows
from both services accessible under a single user
Netflix said that the new
service will become available
in Britain and Ireland by the
end of the year, and in Germany, Austria and Italy at a
later date.
No pricing for the bundled service has been
announced, but the stream-
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NETFLIX has 117 million subscribers in more than
190 countries. Above, its French user interface.
ing giant said customers
would receive one monthly
Netflix has already partnered with other traditional
pay-TV operators, including
Liberty Global in 2016, to
make the Los Gatos, Calif.,
streaming giant’s content
available to Liberty’s cus-
tomers around the world.
Sky already has content
partnerships with HBO,
Showtime and other U.S.
studios to make their TV series and movies available to
Netflix’s new partnership
with Sky comes as the
British pay-TV provider is at
the center of a fight between
21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp.
This week, Comcast proposed a $31-billion acquisition of Sky in a broadside to
Walt Disney Co., which
wants to buy Sky as part of
its proposed $52.4-billion
takeover of Fox.
Netflix counts more than
117 million subscribers in
more than 190 countries.
The streaming giant,
which has poached mega
TV producers Ryan Murphy
from Fox and Shonda
Rhimes from ABC, projects
it will spend $7.5 billion to
$8 billion on content this
year, up from $6 billion in
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A former student of
James Franco who took one
of the star’s classes at UCLA
is suing over “The Disaster
Artist,” claiming that the
movie’s production company failed to live up to its
agreement with him as an
uncredited screenwriter on
the project.
Ryan Moody alleges in his
complaint filed Wednesday
in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he sold his
screenplay for “The Disaster
Artist” to Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions, for only
$5,000 in exchange for being
credited as an associate producer and working as writer
and director on a similarly
budgeted, future movie project that would be in the $5million to $10-million range.
But Moody said in his
complaint that he was never
properly credited on “The
Disaster Artist” and that
Rabbit Bandini reduced the
budget of the future project
— a movie titled “On the
Bus” — to just $50,000.
The lawsuit also names
Point Grey Pictures, the film
founded by actor Seth Rogen and his business partner
Evan Goldberg. Point Grey
served as one of the production companies on “The Disaster Artist.”
An attorney for Franco
didn’t immediately respond
to a request for comment.
Point Grey also didn’t immediately reply to queries.
“The Disaster Artist,”
which Franco directed and
in which he stars, opened in
cinemas in December to
critical acclaim. The comedy
tells the behind-the-scenes
story of Tommy Wiseau’s
“The Room,” widely considered to be one of the worst
movies ever made. Franco’s
movie is adapted from the
2013 nonfiction book “The
Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest
Bad Movie Ever Made.”
Moody claims in his suit
that he delivered five drafts
of “The Disaster Artist” between 2013 and 2014, but that
in April 2014, Franco told him
he was hiring more “established” writers. The movie’s
credited writers — Scott
Neustadter and Michael H.
Weber — have been nominated for the Academy
Award for adapted screenplay.
Moody also contends
that the finished movie contains elements from his
screenplay that weren’t in
the original book.
The new lawsuit comes
after Franco faced accusations from five women that
the star engaged in inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. The accusers
include former students who
took classes led by Franco.
Franco’s attorney, Michael
Plonsker, disputed all the
women’s allegations.
The writer recounts in
the complaint that he took a
class led by Franco titled
“Adaptation and Collaboration” at UCLA and later
served as the actor’s teaching assistant. At the time,
Moody was a master of fine
arts candidate in directing
at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
He alleges in the complaint that he initially
balked at selling his screenplay for “The Disaster Artist” for $5,000, but was pressured to do so by Franco’s
producing partner Vince Jolivette, Rabbit Bandini executive Iris Torres and Point
Grey’s James Weaver.
In addition to unspecified punitive damages, he is
seeking to rescind the purchase agreement he made
for his screenplay for “The
Disaster Artist.”
The movie, which was released by indie distributor
A24, has grossed more than
$21 million domestically.
Discovery exec
out in shake-up
ahead of merger
Changes at the top
come before the firm’s
marriage to Scripps.
By Stephen Battaglio
Discovery Communications is shaking up its executive ranks ahead of its
merger with Scripps Network Interactive.
announced Thursday that
TLC President Nancy Daniels has been elevated to the
new role of chief brand officer, putting her in charge of
the Discovery Channel, the
company’s flagship cable
network, and the Science
Daniels will replace the
departing Rich Ross, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Ross joined
Discovery in 2014 with the intent of bringing more
scripted programming to
the network. But the combination of Discovery and
Scripps, expected to be completed this year, is aimed at
amassing cable networks
that offer easy-to-watch,
nonscripted content.
Daniels oversaw one of
the few ratings success stories in the cable TV industry
last year with TLC, which
has had success in nonscripted shows that explore
unusual people and lifestyles. The channel saw its
2017 ratings grow year to year
by 12% in the 25-to-54 age
group important to advertisers.
Under the reorganization, Kathleen Finch, who
headed programming at
Scripps, will take over several Discovery networks in
the new role of chief lifestyles
brand officer. Her portfolio
will include HGTV, Food
Network, ID, TLC, Travel
Channel and DIY Network.
Howard Lee, who was in
charge of development for
TLC, has been elevated to
succeed Daniels as president of the channel. Henry
Schleiff will remain in place
as group president for ID,
Destination America and
American Heroes Channel.
Both executives will report
to Finch.
ID, which offers truecrime stories around the
clock, is the top-rated cable
network among women 25 to
Susanna Dinnage will
continue as global president
of Discovery’s Animal Planet. Jean-Briac Perrette will
remain president and chief
executive of Discovery Networks International. OWN:
Oprah Winfrey Network
President Erik Logan will
continue in his role and report to the OWN Venture
board of directors.
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
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U.S. stocks dived Thursday in another dizzying day
of trading after President
Trump promised stiff tariffs
on imported steel and aluminum. The move raised the
threat of escalating retaliation by other countries and
higher inflation. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index
erased nearly all of its gains
for the year.
Indexes bounced between modest gains and
losses earlier in the day, until
Trump told industry executives that they would “have
protection for the first time
in a long while” and that he
planned to impose tariffs of
25% on steel imports and
10% on aluminum imports
next week.
“I don’t know if this will
cause a trade war, and obviously that’s the fear,” said
Lamar Villere, portfolio
manager at investment
manager Villere & Co. “But
this is exactly what candidate Trump said he would
do: He said he would be very
protectionist and ‘America
first.’ ”
The S&P 500 tumbled
36.16 points, or 1.3%, to
2,677.67 — losing at least 1%
for the third straight day.
The index had only four such
days last year. It is now up
just 0.2% for the year.
The Dow Jones industrial
average dropped 420.22
points, or 1.7%, to 24,608.98.
The Nasdaq composite fell
92.45, or 1.3%, to 7,180.56.
As a candidate, Trump
campaigned on an “America
first” trade policy, and a big
fear for investors has been
that increasingly nationalistic governments will impose
barriers that hurt the global
economy and trade and that
harm U.S. exporters’ profits.
Apple, the most valuable
U.S. firm, got 63% of its sales
from outside the United
States in its latest fiscal year.
European Commission
Juncker said the European
Union will take retaliatory
action if Trump goes ahead
with his tariff plan.
Shares of U.S. steelmakers surged on the tariff
news. U.S. Steel rose 5.8% to
$46.01. But shares of companies that use lots of steel fell,
as did exporters.
Industrial companies in
the S&P 500 fell 1.9%, the
sharpest loss among the 11
sectors that make up the index. Aerospace giant Boeing
retreated 3.5% to $349.69.
Stocks of smaller companies, which tend to do more
of their business in the U.S.
and may not feel as much
pain from a global trade war,
held up better than the rest
of the market.
Bond prices rose as demand jumped for safer investments, which pushed
yields down. The yield on the
10-year Treasury note sank
to 2.81% from 2.86%.
Stocks were higher earlier in the day after Federal
Reserve Chairman Jerome
H. Powell testified before
Congress and appeared to
calm one of the market’s
main worries: that the Fed
may get more aggressive
about raising interest rates
to beat down inflation amid
the strengthening job market and economy.
Patterson Cos. dived
23.7% to $24.11 — the biggest
loss in the S&P 500 — after it
reported weaker quarterly
earnings than expected and
announced its chief financial
officer was leaving. The company sells dental and animal
health products.
Monster Beverage sank
14.4% to $54.22 after the energy drink company said its
gross profit fell and some
international customers cut
back on purchases.
L Brands slid 13.9% to
$42.49 after the Victoria’s Secret owner forecast a smaller
2018 profit than expected.
Box plunged 23.3% after
the cloud storage company’s
forecast disappointed. rose 2.7%
to $119.43 after the customermanagement software company had a better-than-expected quarter and gave solid 2018 forecasts.
Best Buy climbed 4% after posting a good holiday
season and issuing a rosy
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 65 cents to $60.99 a barrel. Brent crude fell 90 cents
to $63.83 a barrel. Natural
gas rose 3 cents to $2.70 per
1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil
fell 2 cents to $1.89 a gallon.
Wholesale gasoline fell 3
cents to $1.90 a gallon
Gold dropped $12.70 to
$1,305.20 an ounce. Silver fell
13 cents to $16.28 an ounce.
Copper fell 1 cent to $3.12 a
The dollar fell to 106.24
yen from 106.66 yen. The euro
rose to $1.2255 from $1.2203.
Olivier Douliery TNS
“GUN VIOLENCE is an epidemic,” Edward Stack, chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in a
statement. “We have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.” Above, a Dick’s store in Arlington, Va.
Retailers stake gun position
[Gun sales, from C1]
in the nation but does not
break out what portion of its
$308 billion in total fiscal 2017
U.S. sales was from firearms
and accessories. Dick’s did
not immediately respond to
questions about its annual
firearm sales.
U.S. sales of firearms and
ammunition to consumers
totaled about $9.7 billion last
year, according to the U.S.
Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The retailers are “paying
attention to what’s going on
in the lives of their customers, especially the ones who
really understand social media and understand how to
mobilize others into a
cause,” said Andrea Simon,
founder of Simon Associates
Management Consultants.
“I don’t think that in the
world of social media [the retail chains] can stay out of
the discussion,” she said.
In a broad sense, consumers usually dictate retailers’ actions. If they don’t
like a store’s products, services or even its corporate
philosophy, they take their
business elsewhere.
Publicly held retailers, in
turn, seldom are altruistic in
their actions. Instead, their
strategies are designed
mostly to reap the highest
possible sales, profits and
stock prices.
But the situation surrounding
shootings is not unlike those
after natural disasters when
retailers respond with assistance, Beahm said.
“They want to be viewed
as good community citizens,” Beahm said. “Retailers are recognizing that society and consumer demands
are changing.”
Miro Copic, a marketing
lecturer at San Diego State’s
business school and a principal at the consulting firm
BottomLine Marketing, said
the retailers were “making a
rational and safe choice” by
tightening sales restrictions
partly because “most consumers now feel that some
kind of responsible gun
regulation is warranted.”
“It’s not going to incite
people to picket Walmart or
Dick’s Sporting Goods,”
Copic said. “The reaction to
Parkland has gotten a lot of
leaders, whether in politics
or business, to think about
this differently.”
Simon said Walmart,
Dick’s and others might
even “see a surge in the top
line,” or in overall sales, by
taking stances on certain
gun controls that prompt
consumers to shift business
their way.
“Yes, you have a bottom
line and stockholders,” she
said. “But perhaps there’s
something more important
going on right now. Maybe
we are on the brink of something’s that transformative.”
It’s not often retailers
make such abrupt, voluntary and broad changes to
their major product lines in
the face of shifting consumer
demand or other external
events, but there are other
In 2014, CVS Health
Corp., the nation’s largest
drugstore chain, stopped
selling cigarettes and other
tobacco products. CVS said
that, although it would forgo
more than $1.5 billion in tobacco-related sales, the
move was necessary to support its commitment to
“Of course, there were a
number of smokers who reacted negatively” to CVS’
move, Beahm said. “You will
always have two sides to every issue. But that decision
resonated extremely well
with many consumers.”
Grocery chains also have
taken it upon themselves to
increasingly stock organic
and natural foods in recent
years because of consumer
demand for healthier foods.
And major automakers
are starting to retreat from
their decades-long habit of
using female models to
stand next to cars at major
auto shows — a response to
the growing #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, Bloomberg reported
A push to deregulate at any cost
[Lazarus, from C1]
stick, is a hell of a good
Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with
Public Citizen, told me the
report was released by the
White House with no fanfare
around 7 p.m. Friday. He
noted that the Trump
administration missed its
Dec. 31 deadline for the
report by two months.
“It seems like they don’t
want people to know that
the benefits of government
regulations in Obama’s last
year far exceeded the costs,”
Narang said.
I reached out to the
White House for comment.
No one got back to me.
Narang crunched the
numbers for the last decade
and estimated that the net
benefit to Americans from
regulations was as much as
$833 billion, or 12 times what
these rules cost industry to
“Much of these benefits
are in the form of health and
safety,” he said. “So one way
to look at this is that if you
don’t control emissions
from factories, you’re
looking at all sorts of added
costs to society, such as
cancer, children’s asthma
and serious respiratory
The Trump administration’s report completely
undercuts its argument
that regulations are bad for
the country because they
stifle job growth and
innovation. In fact, the U.S.
economy logged steady if
unspectacular growth
throughout the Obama
This week, we learned
that despite Trump’s deregulatory push, economic
growth slowed more than
initially thought over the
final three months of 2017,
down to 2.5% from 3.2%
during the previous quarter.
Perhaps that can be
traced to Trump’s arbitrary
and reckless policy that for
every new government
regulation, two existing
ones have to be thrown out.
He’s fond of saying this both
limits new rule-making and
cleans house of older rules
Evan Vucci Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP at an event on federal regula-
tions in December vowed to “cut the red tape.”
that don’t jibe with his
policy agenda.
Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau? Don’t
need that. Environmental
Protection Agency? It
can get by with 23% less
funding. School safety?
We can cut spending there
by $425 million.
What Trump isn’t saying
— but which his own
numbers clearly spell out:
Take away rules and
regulations, and all you end
up doing is shortchanging
the American people.
Net neutrality
Speaking of regulations,
here’s the latest on net
neutrality — and AT&T’s
acrobatic efforts to simultaneously support and oppose
the Trump administration’s
doing away with oversight of
high-speed internet service.
A federal appeals court
ruled this week that the
Federal Trade Commission
could continue pursuing a
lawsuit against AT&T over
internet speeds.
This is a big deal because, if AT&T had its way,
no one in Washington would
be telling it what to do.
The unanimous decision
by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals in San Francisco
came as the Federal Communications Commission
proceeds with plans to
chuck net neutrality out the
Those are the rules put
in place under the Obama
administration that prohibit internet service companies such as AT&T from
interfering with the content
flowing over their networks
or charging extra for more
reliable access.
Unless Congress or the
courts act, net neutrality
will officially end April 23.
One of the key arguments made by the FCC for
abandoning net neutrality is
that the Federal Trade
Commission can do a good
enough job protecting consumers from unsavory
telecom industry practices.
The FTC sued AT&T in
2014, charging the company
with deliberately slowing
the internet speeds of millions of customers who paid
for unlimited data plans — a
practice known as “throttling.”
AT&T countered that
the FTC had no business
telling it what to do because
only the Federal Communications Commission has
jurisdiction over internet
service providers.
Yes, that would be the
same FCC that’s trying to
get out of the internet regulation business, which
AT&T and other telecom
companies support.
In effect, AT&T was
trying to create a loophole
whereby no federal agency
would be looking over its
The 9th Circuit decided
that “common sense” suggests the line between
phone and internet companies has become blurry. “A
phone company is no longer
just a phone company,” the
judges ruled. So the FTC’s
lawsuit can move forward.
Ajit Pai, President
Trump’s appointee as chairman of the FCC and a former Verizon lawyer, said the
ruling means the Federal
Trade Commission “will
once again be able to police
internet service providers.”
Well, sort of. The FTC
enforces rules on fraud and
deception — in this case,
accusations that AT&T
reduced customers’ data
speeds after selling them
“unlimited” data plans.
The agency is not empowered to address other
issues raised by net neutrality, such as an internet
service provider’s treatment
of content. That’s why
Democrats in the U.S. Senate this week introduced a
bill to repeal the FCC’s net
neutrality repeal.
“President Trump and
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
might want to end the internet as we know it, but we
won’t agonize, we will organize,” Sen. Edward J. Markey
(D-Mass.) said in introducing the legislation.
“The internet is for all —
the students, teachers,
innovators, hardworking
families, small businesses
and activists — not just
Verizon, Charter, AT&T
and Comcast and corporate
interests,” he said.
That, undoubtedly, will
come as a surprise to Verizon, Charter, AT&T and
Comcast and corporate
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Equifax Inc. said Thursday that an additional
2.4 million Americans were
affected by last year’s data
breach, although not as
much personal information
was stolen from them.
The credit reporting
company said the attackers
stole only the names and
numbers of these additional
people, unlike the previously
Americans whose Social Security numbers were obtained. Attackers were unable to get the state where
the licenses were issued, the
date of issuance or expiration dates, Equifax said.
In total, roughly 147.9 million Americans have been
affected by Equifax’s data
breach. It remains the
largest known data breach
of personal information in
history. The company says it
was able to find the additional 2.4 million Americans
by cross-referencing names
with partial driver’s license
numbers using internal and
external data sources.
These Americans were
not found in the original
breach because Equifax had
focused its investigation on
those with Social Security
numbers affected. People
whose Social Security numbers have been stolen are
generally more at risk for
identity theft because of how
much the numbers are used
in identity verification.
Equifax said it will reach
out to the 2.4 million people
and will provide the same
credit monitoring and identity theft protection services
it has been offering to the
originally disclosed victims.
In October, Equifax was
dragged to Capitol Hill to answer for its missteps, with
former Chief Executive
Richard Smith accepting responsibility for the breach.
An investigation by Sen.
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
found that the company
failed to keep its computer
systems adequately up to
date and was not forthcoming enough about the damage.
Rep. Greg Walden (ROre.) said that despite “repeated” requests for documents from Equifax as part
of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee’s investigation, Equifax has provided only partial responses.
The Washington Post was
used in compiling this
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
MOST managers who have left since the IPO were succeeded by those familiar with the management style of CEO Evan Spiegel, center.
At Snap, a year of change
[Snap, from C1]
Spiegel tightly controls aspects of the business he
cares about — especially the
spread of information, said
the people, who asked not to
be identified discussing
internal matters. There is a
sense among employees
that since going public,
Snap has only become more
beholden to the one shareholder who matters: Spiegel.
Spiegel, who along with
co-founder Bobby Murphy
has the majority of voting
power at the company,
prefers executives who don’t
challenge his ideas, according to people familiar with
his meetings. Most managers who have departed
since the IPO, including the
leaders of engineering, sales
and products, were succeeded by internal candidates familiar with Spiegel’s
management style. Michael
O’Sullivan, a July replacement for the departed general counsel, was an external
hire but no exception to the
rule; he had previously
worked at a law firm with
Spiegel’s father, and represented Spiegel in negotiations with the company for
his voting rights and IPO
bonus, which amounted to
$636.6 million.
team is trying to fix the impression that he rules the
Los Angeles company with
little input or transparency.
There’s the survey, for one
thing. He has visited branch
offices in San Francisco and
elsewhere to hold questionand-answer sessions — rare
events before the IPO. And
in the last four months,
Spiegel has called smallgroup versions of his leadership meetings, the people
said. In the larger meetings,
with more than a dozen attendees, people often fear
confronting him. In the
smaller setting, executives
are invited to offer their
opinions on problems and
Last May, Spiegel told
employees in an email that
as the company grew larger,
other executives needed to
take ownership of big decisions, shifting from a culture
that values fast feature development to one that is
more thoughtful about its
next steps.
“This is a very important
transition for growing companies to make,” he wrote in
the email, which was responding to written employee questions. “This means
we need to get rid of conversations where people use
‘Evan said ...’ or ‘Bobby said
...’ as a way to validate decisions. We need conversations where people ask,
‘What is best for our company?’ ”
Snap still doesn’t have
Friday Q&A sessions like
many Silicon Valley companies, so some newly hired
employees arrive to feel information is lacking. Snap
said it’s trying to communicate more clearly with its
fast-growing workforce in
other ways. A month ago,
the company started its own
Snapchat Discover channel,
providing an internal information source on its own application. Weekly editions
show profiles of new hires
and spotlight the work of
various teams.
Even when inviting input,
Spiegel doesn’t always appreciate it. Several former
employees spoke of his dismissive reactions to concerns about Instagram affecting Snap’s growth. Instagram copied one of
Snap’s most popular products, Stories, with which
friends can share short videos for 24 hours before those
videos disappear. Spiegel
said Snap needed to instead
focus on resolving problems
with its Android application.
Instagram is out of
Snap’s control. But Snap
went public with several
other uncertainties.
It’s rare for companies of
Snap’s size to take that step
without visibility into their
own revenue trajectory.
Snap changed the way it
sells ads a few months after
its IPO, shifting to an automatic bidding model that
opened the system to more
advertisers but lowered the
average price dramatically,
leading to revenue numbers
that disappointed investors
for its first three quarters.
It also redesigned its application, making advertising revenue even more unpredictable. People use
Snapchat to talk to their
friends, sending photos and
videos that may be annotated with fun masks and
stickers. That draws people
to the app, where they find
other content from media
companies and celebrities
and a map that shows what
people are snapping publicly
around the world. The
changes separated friends’
snaps from the rest of the
content, spurring intense
public criticism, including
from celebrity Kylie Jenner.
“Only history will dictate if it
was the right choice” to redesign the app that way, said
James Cakmak, an analyst
at Monness Crespi Hardt &
change for employees in recent months is related to
compensation. Snap had a
future-weighted stock vesting schedule, so an employee
would have 10% of his or her
options vest in the first year
on the job, 20% in the second
year, 30% in the third and
40% in the fourth. Now, for
new hires, a quarter of the
options vest each year,
which is standard for Snap’s
competitors, according to
people familiar with the
matter. The company confirmed the new system,
which started in late January.
The various fixes meant
to improve employee morale
don’t necessarily mean it will
be easier to work at Snap. At
a Goldman Sachs conference last month, Spiegel explained that he likes his executive team to operate “just
below the boil,” where
there’s a lot of intensity and
energy, but enough clarity
and focus to get things done.
“Like when you heat water,
and it’s really ... hot, but it’s
just below the boil.”
Snap’s quick turnover for
its executive team is just a
continuation of how the
company worked before the
IPO, according to Rich
Greenfield, an analyst at
BTIG. Greenfield, like other
analysts covering the company, was disappointed with
Snap’s 2017 sales. But ultimately, as long as Spiegel
continues to deliver products that lead to an increase
in users, investors will be
happy, he said.
“Facebook’s first year
public was an even crazier
roller coaster,” Greenfield
Fed chief is queried on Wells growth cap
[Wells Fargo, from C1]
2012, voted with his other
colleagues to put the growth
cap in place on Feb. 2 in the
last official move by his predecessor, Janet L. Yellen.
prohibits Wells Fargo from
increasing its total assets
beyond $1.95 trillion, where
they stood at the end of last
year, until the Fed determines the bank “sufficiently
improves its governance and
The move was the most
serious regulatory step
taken against the San
Francisco financial giant
after it agreed in 2016 to pay
$185 million to settle
bank’s creation of millions of
accounts for customers
without their authorization.
The practice was first
reported by the Los Angeles
Times in 2013.
Since then, Wells Fargo
has admitted other questionable practices, including
charging auto-loan customers for car insurance they did
not need and charging
improper fees to mortgage
The consent order requires Wells Fargo’s board of
directors to submit written
plans within 60 days to
improve its oversight and
response to questions from
Warren, Powell said Thursday that the approval of
those plans would be delegated to the staff “in serious
consultation” with Fed
board members.
Warren said that wasn’t
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FEDERAL RESERVE Chairman Jerome H. Powell
sparred with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday.
good enough.
“Fed board members are
supposed to make the big
decisions, and Fed board
members are supposed to be
decisions,” she said.
Powell agreed to Warren’s
request to consider requiring the Fed board to vote to
approve the plans.
The order requires an
independent review to be
completed by Sept. 30 to
determine how Wells Fargo
is implementing the plans.
Warren requested that
Powell make that review
public while redacting any
confidential information.
Powell said he couldn’t
commit to do that but would
look into “if it can be made
Wells Fargo said in a
statement that it was “working with the Federal Reserve
to ensure our company fully
satisfies the consent order’s
requirements, which includes meeting its Sept. 30
deadline for a third-party
review of our plans.”
Wells Fargo’s review of
its wealth and investment
management unit is looking
at “whether there have been
inappropriate referrals or
recommendations, including with respect to rollovers
for 401(k) plan participants,
certain alternative investments, or referrals of
brokerage customers to the
company’s investment and
fiduciary services business,”
the filing said.
The Wall Street Journal
reported that the Justice
Department asked the bank
late last year to conduct the
independent investigation
after whistleblowers reported problems in the unit.
The annual report noted
that a separate review of the
wealth and investment management unit determined
custody accounts had been
subject to incorrect fees
In a message to bank
employees Thursday, Sloan
acknowledged the review
and said that, “when we
discover a problem, we are
moving to find the root
cause and fix it so we can
be confident we are doing all
we can to build a better,
stronger Wells Fargo.”
Regarding the incorrect
fees, Sloan said, “we have
started work to fix this issue,
and we will make things
right for any customer that
may have been impacted.”
The annual report also
noted Wells Fargo is reviewing its foreign exchange
business in response to
“inquiries from government
agencies.” The Wall Street
Journal has reported that
clients for foreign exchange
transactions to reap larger
In the whistleblower
lawsuit, which was filed
Wednesday, Matthew Valles
said he was fired from the
bank’s Portland office after
complaining Wells Fargo
would summarily close
accounts where there was
possible fraudulent activity
even if it was the account
holder who alerted the bank.
When accounts were
closed without a required
fraud investigation, customers would have to bear the
cost of any transactions that
turned out to be fraudulent
instead of the bank, according to the lawsuit.
Valles said he complained about the practice
to the human resources
department in 2015 and was
fired this January following
a medical leave. Michael
Fuller, Valles’ attorney,
alleged the bank was trying
to save money by pushing
fraud costs onto customers
and by understaffing its
fraud investigation unit.
“They had more internal
complaints than they could
handle,” he said.
Wells Fargo spokesman
Jim Seitz said that bank
policy prohibits retaliation
against workers who report
activities, including fraud.
“We take seriously the
concerns of current and
former team members and
thoroughly, and we are reviewing
the legal complaint that was
filed on Wednesday afternoon,” Seitz said.
provide a clue about an
ongoing investigation by
the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau into the
bank’s practices.
In the summer, Wells
Fargo noted in securities
filings that the agency had
opened an investigation into
whether customers were
harmed by the bank’s freezing or closing of accounts
that had been subject to potentially fraudulent activity.
Valles’ lawsuit notes a CFPB
complaint database includes customer complaints
about the practice.
The bank’s annual report
said that it was looking at
procedures for freezing and
closing consumer deposit
accounts “after the company detected suspected
third parties or account
holders) that affected those
Late Thursday, Wells
Fargo’s board released a
statement saying that longtime board members John
S. Chen, Lloyd H. Dean,
Enrique Hernandez Jr. and
Federico F. Peña would all
step down at the company’s
April 24 annual meeting.
The bank had said at the
time of the Federal Reserve’s enforcement action
that four board members
would be retiring this year,
though at the time it did not
identify them.
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F R I D A Y , M A R C H 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Thomas puts on a
show in fourth quarter
and L.A. ends 10 years
of losing in Miami.
By Tania Ganguli
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
SAQUON BARKLEY turned heads and left USC defenders in his wake on this 79-yard touchdown run that gave Penn State the lead
in the 2017 Rose Bowl. “You sit back and go, ‘Wow. This guy’s just fun to watch,’ ” Rams general manager Les Snead said.
Penn State’s Barkley, USC’s Jones
head a standout class in a position
that was recently overlooked
By Dan Woike
and Gary Klein
INDIANAPOLIS — On the second day of 2017, clouds filled the sky
above the Rose Bowl, turning one
of college football’s most picturesque venues into something, well,
The sun would eventually crack
through the clouds, but the explosion of light that annually bathes
the early quarters of the game never showed up when USC played
Penn State.
Instead, it was a player who
Penn State running back
Saquon Barkley terrorized the
USC defense in a classic game the
Trojans eventually won 52-49.
Sure, USC quarterback Sam
Darnold torched Penn State for
five touchdowns, but the game’s
most spectacular play came via
Barkley’s legs — the same pair that
could make him one of the top players picked in the 2018 NFL draft.
After busts and periods of
avoidance in the first round of the
draft, running backs are back in
vogue, thanks to a crop of talented
runners who boosted their teams
into playoff contention after being
selected early in the first round.
The Dallas Cowboys took Ezekiel Elliott fourth in 2016. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Leonard
Fournette fourth, and the Carolina
Panthers picked Christian McCaffrey eighth in 2017. All three teams
made the playoffs.
Plays like the most iconic one he
made in the Rose Bowl have made
[See Combine, D7]
Shotgun Spratling Los Angeles Times
AFTER SCORING 39 touchdowns in three seasons at USC,
Ronald Jones II says he’ll do whatever it takes for an NFL team.
Canada has quietly
become the driving
force for UCLA’s
women’s team
Steady McLaughlin
points the way to a
school-record run of
victories for USC
By Ben Bolch
By Lindsey Thiry
The preamble to UCLA women’s
basketball victories is often the same
breathless refrain centering on the
point guard.
Whoa, Canada.
Jordin Canada is a mesmerizing
talent capable of scoring in bunches
while ensuring the Bruins’ box score
is littered with teammates who also
reach double figures in points.
But long before Canada became
the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time assists leader and a senior captain on a
ninth-ranked team that will open
the conference tournament Friday
at KeyArena in Seattle, she faced a
mandate from coaches.
Grow, Canada.
She had arrived in Westwood in
the fall of 2014 as a quiet freshman
who nevertheless struck one teammate as conceited because she
didn’t, well, know Canada.
“I had always thought she was
cocky and big-headed and self-cen[See Canada, D5]
Andy Enfield followed a narrow
path to a court in a small, old auxiliary gym on a local high school campus.
The newly named USC coach situated himself on a set of rickety
wooden bleachers to watch Jordan
McLaughlin play for a local AAU
team in a tournament consolation
McLaughlin and his teammates
wore mismatched jerseys, but the
slender point guard dazzled as he
spun through the lane for easy layups, threw no-look passes and made
jump shots.
Enfield fixated on McLaughlin
and designated him as a top-priority
recruit, the first piece to building a
fast-paced, high-flying team.
“Watching him play,” Enfield said
Thursday after practice, “it just became apparent to all of us that this is
the player that we really wanted to
run our program, run the point
[See McLaughlin, D4]
Danny Moloshok Associated Press
JORDIN CANADA , a semifinalist for the Naismith Award, is adept
at scoring and putting her teammates in position for easy baskets.
MIAMI — This game was
Isaiah Thomas reminding
you how good he can be.
It was Dwyane Wade reminding you that not long
ago, and for 13 years, he ruled
this building.
It was Lonzo Ball reminding you how spectacular he can be, how much he
helped the Lakers before his
injury, even if he wasn’t scoring.
It was the Lakers reminding you that they actually
can win in Miami.
After three days in the
city whose nightlife wears
out many an NBA team, the
Lakers beat the Heat 131-113,
dominating the home team
for most of the game. It was
the first time they have won
in Miami since February
2008. The Lakers are 4-0
since the All-Star break and
27-34, which surpasses their
win totals of the last four
“It was beautiful to watch
Isaiah in the fourth quarter
again,” said Lakers coach
[See Lakers, D6]
in a row
for the
Carter scores another
goal, giving the
veteran three during
the winning streak.
By Kevin Baxter
There’s been no place like
home for the Kings this season.
That’s not necessarily a
good thing, though, because
of the 11 teams still in the
running in the tight Western
Conference playoff race,
only the Calgary Flames
have a worse home record
than the Kings.
Yet it’s also a trend that
may be ending for the Kings,
who rallied Thursday night
for a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to extend
their modest winning streak
to three games — with Jeff
Carter scoring a goal in all
It was the Kings’ fourth
victory in their last six
games at Staples Center,
where they will play 11 of
their final 17 games, and
marked a positive start to a
five-game homestand that
equals their longest of the
“We really have to make
sure we take care of business
[See Kings, D5]
faces Grandal
Free agency looms for
Dodgers catcher
Yasmani Grandal. D3
UCLA vs. California
Rick Loomis Los Angeles Times
POINT GUARD Jordan McLaughlin averages 12.3 points and 7.6
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assists for USC, which has won 80 games during his four seasons.
TV: ESPN, 7:15 p.m.
Angels starters
are on the mend
So far, so good for the
Angels rotation. D3
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at San
Prime, TNT
No pain, another main
for UFC champ Cyborg
She’s back in headline
role, barely two
months after defeating
Holm in five rounds.
By Lance Pugmire
at Seattle
YouTube TV
Shade denotes home game
NASCAR Xfinity Series, 300, final practice
3 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,
Stratosphere 200, qualifying
4 p.m.
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, 400
6 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,
Stratosphere 200
9 a.m.
Boston at St. Louis
Chicago Cubs at Angels
Dodgers at Chicago White Sox
11:30 p.m. David Carmona vs. Jesus Iribe
8 a.m.
Women’s ACC tournament, North Carolina State
vs. Duke
9 a.m.
Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin vs. Michigan St.
10 a.m.
Women’s SEC tournament, Kentucky vs.
Mississippi State
11 a.m.
Women’s ACC tournament, Va. Tech vs. Louisville
11:30 a.m. Women’s Pac-12 tournament, Colorado vs. Ore.
11:30 a.m. Big Ten tournament, Michigan vs. Nebraska
12:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament, Texas A&M vs.
Louisiana State
2 p.m.
Women’s Pac-12 tournament, California vs. UCLA
3 p.m.
Women’s ACC tournament, Virginia vs. N. Dame
3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
3 p.m.
Buffalo at Bowling Green
3:30 p.m. Big Ten tournament, Penn State vs. Ohio State
4 p.m.
Texas Arlington at Texas State
4 p.m.
Women’s SEC tournament, Tennessee vs. South
5 p.m.
Ohio Valley tournament, Jacks. St. vs. Murray St.
6 p.m.
Women’s Pac-12 tournament, USC vs. Stanford
6 p.m.
Big Ten tournament, Rutgers vs. Purdue
6 p.m.
Iowa State at Oklahoma
6 p.m.
WCC tournament, Portland vs. Loyola Marymount
6:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament, Missouri vs. Georgia
7 p.m.
Ohio Valley tournament, Belmont vs. Austin Peay
8:30 p.m. Women’s Pac-12 tournament, Arizona State vs.
Oregon State
11 a.m.
PGA, WGC-Mexico Championship
9 p.m.
LPGA, HSBC World Championship
7 p.m.
Columbus at Ducks
5 p.m.
Toronto at Washington
7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah
7:30 p.m. New York at Clippers
6 a.m.
NFL Scouting Combine
11:15 a.m. Germany, Monchengladbach vs. Bremen
11:30 a.m. France, Monaco vs. Bordeaux
12:30 p.m. Portugal, Porto vs. Sporting
5 a.m.
ATP Dubai Championships
4 p.m.
Center Court, ATP Acapulco
6 p.m.
WTA Telcel Mexican Open
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LAS VEGAS — Cris Cyborg’s rapid return to the octagon to headline Saturday’s
UFC 222 only two months after her Dec. 30 title defense is
uncommon, considering that
bout went five grueling
Cyborg said her uncommon pain threshold is the reason. After a classic stand-up
slugfest with former UFC and
world boxing champion Holly
Holm, in which Cyborg prevailed by decision, she revealed she awoke the next
morning with no discomfort.
“I really don’t have anything, like, hurt,” Cyborg said.
The Costa Mesa-based
champion from Brazil (19-1)
certainly knows how to inflict
pain, however, which she
plans to do in her second title
defense against Russia’s Yana
Kunitskaya (10-3) at T-Mobile
In exchange for the quick
turnaround, the UFC hype
machine officially anointed
Cyborg as the “baddest woman on the planet” instead of
former champion and current
WWE star Ronda Rousey.
“You know fighters always
say, ‘Anywhere, any time,’ but
in reality we always know
there’s going to be a long time
between our fights,” Cyborg
said. “This is old school. I was
taught to always stay prepared and be ready, and when
they called me and said they’d
like me to fight [Kunitskaya],
I checked my weight and said,
‘Let’s do that, it’s a great opportunity.’ ”
Cyborg said early last
month that she always carries
a mouth guard in her purse.
“Really I do, because I like
training,” Cyborg said. “I was
training in Portugal when I
agreed to the fight. … I was never dizzy after Holly’s
punches. I respect her, but I
take punches from guys in the
gym. I would’ve said if I
needed a break, but I had no
injury, and the doctor said,
John Locher Associated Press
CRIS CYBORG, left, and Holly Holm exchange blows during their bout in Las
Vegas on Dec. 30. Cyborg won and said, “I was never dizzy after Holly’s punches.”
UFC 222
When: Saturday
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Television: Pay-per-view ($64.95) begins at 7 p.m.;
preliminaries on FS1 at 5.
Main event: Cris Cyborg (19-1), Costa Mesa, vs. Yana
Kunitskaya (10-3) of Russia, for Cyborg’s women’s
featherweight belt.
Undercard: No. 2 Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. No. 3 Brian
Ortega (13-0), featherweights; Sean O’Malley (9-0) vs.
Andre Soukhamthath (12-5), bantamweights; No. 10 Stefan
Struve (32-9) vs. No. 12 Andrei Arlovski (26-15),
heavyweights; No. 6 Cat Zingano (9-2) vs. No. 5 Ketlen
Vieira (9-0), women’s bantamweights.
‘You’re free to fight.’
“After the fight I said, ‘I can
do 10 rounds. … ’ I do hard
sparring because I believe the
fight is an extension of your
It wasn’t long ago, with
Rousey in the mix, that the
UFC was in no rush to embrace Cyborg. Talent aside,
Cyborg’s inability to cut to
Rousey’s 135-pound bantamweight size and her positive steroid test in 2011 provided UFC leadership ample
excuses for not bringing her
aboard. Rousey’s massive fall
from prominence changed
that, and after winning the
belt in July and impressively
defending it against Holm,
Cyborg and the UFC couldn’t
be tighter.
“I haven’t spoke to [UFC
President] Dana White, but
I’m sure he’s happy. When I accepted this fight, I told them,
‘I’ll take this for the team,’ ”
Cyborg said. “It proves how a
fighter has to be ready because they can call you to be
added like this. A champion
has to remain ready and keep
training, because they can call
you at any time. I’m really
happy to do this. I felt it in my
heart I’m ready.”
Although this is the UFC
debut for Kunitskaya, a 10-1
underdog at the MGM-Mirage Sports Book, the bantamweight champion from
the Invicta organization indicates to Cyborg that the 145pound division is deepening in
talent. The St. Petersburg native is a stablemate of Holm’s
at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, and she has consulted with Holm.
“It’s very good that fight
went five rounds. We saw a lot
of things from Cyborg, good
points and mistakes, and my
fight will show that to everyone,” Kunitskaya said. “Holly
came right back to camp and
helped me. I so appreciated
Cyborg expressed no concern.
“Holly probably talked to
her, said how to beat me, but
this doesn’t annoy me,” Cyborg said. “Anyway, when
[Kunitskaya] steps in the octagon, nobody’s going to be
with her. Her team’s not,
Holly’s not going to hold her
hand. It’s going to be me and
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France’s Paris Saint-Germain — and perhaps Brazil — faces
a future without Neymar this weekend while Juventus hopes
to (finally) gain ground in Italy and Barcelona has a chance
to beat back its closest pursuer in Spain:
Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain will be without Neymar, its
$500-million-dollar man, when it meets Troyes on Saturday
(BeIN Sports, 8 a.m. PST). But that’s not the biggest news
here because the Brazilian forward is expected to miss up to
three months after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in
his right foot. That means Neymar, who broke the bone nine
minutes into last week’s win over Marseille, will miss what remains of PSG’s Champions League campaign and will be
racing the clock to get fit for this summer’s World Cup.
Serie A: Juventus hasn’t lost this year, winning its last nine
straight. But it’s actually lost ground over the last three
months to front-running Napoli, which has won 10 in a row.
However the six-time defending Serie A champion can pull
within a point of the leaders with a win Saturday at Lazio
(BeIN Sports, joined in progress at 10 a.m.) and a Napoli loss
to Roma. Lazio, which boasts the league’s leading scorer in
Ciro Immobile (23 goals) is one of only two teams to beat Juventus this season.
La Liga: Barcelona is the lone unbeaten team in Europe’s top
five leagues yet that has earned it just a narrow four-point
lead over defensive-minded Atletico Madrid heading into
Sunday’s showdown (BeIN Sports, 7 a.m.) of the league’s top
two teams. Barcelona has gotten there in large part thanks to
Lionel Messi, who leads La Liga in goals (22) and assists (12).
Atletico, which played Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in October, has
an exciting attacker of its own in Antoine Griezmann, whose
15 goals ranks fourth-best in Spain.
— Kevin Baxter
F R I DAY , M A R C H 2 , 2 018
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freeze gives
Grandal pause
By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX — If Jonathan Lucroy cannot find a
job this winter, will Yasmani
Grandal be able to find one
next winter?
Grandal, the Dodgers
catcher, is making $7.9
million this season, his last
before free agency. Lucroy, a
two-time All-Star catcher, is
winter’s free-agent freeze.
“I wouldn’t want to be in
his spot,” Grandal said
Thursday. “He’s put up
numbers. He obviously deserves to get his contract
“I’ve seen guys who have
signed for a lot of money and
haven’t quite done exactly
what he’s done.”
signed with the Baltimore
Orioles for two years and $15
million. None of the other
four free-agent catchers to
sign major league contracts
got even $5 million per season.
Grandal said he did not
necessarily believe collusion
was at work, citing the
possibility that clubs were
saving to bid in a free-agent
market next winter that
Kershaw, Bryce Harper
and Manny Machado.
“It’s a huge year,”
Grandal said. “You’re going
to have some of the best
baseball players possibly
ever coming out into free
agency. Everybody probably
wants to have the chance to
take a shot at them. That’s
my theory. I’m not 100% on it.
I don’t know what everybody
is thinking.”
Grandal is 29, two years
younger than Lucroy. The
Dodgers have options at
catcher, with Austin Barnes
and Kyle Farmer on the major league level, and top prospects in Keibert Ruiz and
Will Smith.
catcher with power and an
exceptional ability to frame
pitches, Grandal figures to
draw interest, even if the
Dodgers do not try to retain
him. However, he is concerned about how effective
he can be if teams wait to see
how low the market might
“I wouldn’t want to be
two weeks into spring training and not know where
I’m going,” Grandal said.
“As a catcher, I want to sign
as early as I can sign so I can
start doing my homework on
everybody I need to get
accustomed to and start
building those relationships, whether it’s texting
somebody or making calls or
to do.
“If you end up signing by
the end of spring, you’ve had
no reps, and you haven’t
built those relationships.”
In the unlikely event he
does not get a job, he said
with a smile, his wife is a
“Luckily for me, my wife
has a really good job,” he
“So, if I don’t sign, she can
still support us. And I’ve invested my money really well,
so I could pretty much sit at
home and not think about it
too much.”
Fever pitch
Kenley Jansen could
barely sleep Wednesday
He was another victim of
the illness that has infected
the Dodgers clubhouse. His
body ached. His head ached.
He had chills.
“Changed clothes like
four times last night,” he
said Thursday.
The Dodgers closer felt
well enough to report to
Camelback Ranch for his
scheduled bullpen session
Thursday. Manager Dave
Roberts said more than a
dozen players were sick and
out of camp Thursday,
including Cody Bellinger,
Barnes, Enrique Hernandez, Chase Utley and scheduled starting pitcher Ross
The Dodgers had the
clubhouse sanitized.
Jansen said he is not
scheduled to appear in a
Cactus League game until
March 9. He got his work in,
then left Camelback Ranch
around noon to get some
“A little fatigued,” he said
after his workout, “by having
whatever is going around.”
All-Star push
The Dodgers’ bid for the
2020 All-Star game took a
step forward Wednesday,
when the Los Angeles City
Council agreed to negotiate
a contract in which the team
would pay $100,000 for the
costs the city would incur
should the Dodgers be
awarded the game. The motion did not provide an estimate of what the actual
costs might be but called the
flat fee “appropriate” given
the potential economic benefit.
The All-Star game is set
for Washington this year and
Cleveland next year. The
Dodgers and Chicago Cubs
are considered the leading
contenders for the 2020
Manfred said last year that
he probably would announce the hosts for 2020,
2021 and 2022 at the same
The Dodgers last played
host to the All-Star game in
1980, the Cubs in 1990. The
Angels, San Diego Padres
and San Francisco Giants
all have hosted two All-Star
games since the Dodgers
last hosted one.
Twitter: @BillShaikin
Cleveland 8, Dodgers 7
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Keibert Ruiz, ranked as the
Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect and the sport’s No. 40 prospect by
Baseball America, singled in all three of his at-bats. …
Infielder Jake Peter hit a three-run home run. Peter, 24, has
never reached the majors but played second base, third
base, left field and right field last season at triple-A
Charlotte. He was acquired in the January trade that brought
left-handed reliever Scott Alexander to the Dodgers.
ON THE MOUND: Alexander pitched one inning, striking out
two of the three batters he faced. He struck out 59 batters in
69 innings for the Kansas City Royals last season, his first
full season in the majors. … Left-hander Manny Banuelos,
26, started for the Dodgers in place of the ill Ross Stripling,
giving up one run in two innings. Mariano Rivera once called
Banuelos the best pitching prospect he ever had seen, but
Banuelos has not regained his form since elbow ligament
replacement surgery in 2012. He is in camp as a nonroster
EXTRA BASES: Matt Kemp’s defensive reputation has taken
a hit over the last few years, but he lost 40 pounds last
winter. “He is moving considerably better than I recalled the
last couple of years,” Roberts said. Kemp, Enrique
Hernandez, Joc Pederson and Andrew Toles are among the
Dodgers’ options in left field, and Roberts said the Dodgers
will not employ one regular left fielder. “I wouldn’t say a
strict platoon,” Roberts said, “but I do see the playing time
broken up.” … The Dodgers on Friday will undergo training
to combat domestic violence and sexual harassment. The
training is provided to every team by Major League Baseball.
UP NEXT: Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox at noon Friday, at
Camelback Ranch. TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570.
— Bill Shaikin
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
ANGELS STARTING PITCHERS , from left, Garrett Richards, JC Ramirez, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney
and Matt Shoemaker all are seemingly back in the pink after injuries sidelined them for various lengths of
time the last two seasons. They are among eight candidates to fill out a potentially deep Angels rotation.
Healing bodies could
lead to depth in rotation
By Jeff Miller
Angels 11, San Francisco 4
TEMPE, Ariz. — The
movement is so obvious and
significant that it even has a
Six starting pitchers for
the Angels have been sidelined for notable chunks of
time because of injury the
last two seasons.
At the moment, only seven games into spring training, they are all sound, all
pitching and all, according
to one, on a “redemption
Heaney’s creation, the lefthander only one of the healing half-dozen.
Because of elbow ligament replacement surgery,
Heaney has started only six
games since 2015, a season in
which — it can be difficult to
remember now — he was 6-4
with a 3.49 earned-run average in 18 starts.
“We’ve kind of been a little bit of the weak spot, kind
of the disappointment in
some ways,” Heaney said of
the starters. “It’s definitely a
situation where we’re all out
to prove something.”
The injury list is lengthy,
the injuries themselves varied: Besides Heaney, there’s
Garrett Richards (elbow
nerve), Matt Shoemaker
(forearm nerve), Nick Tropeano (elbow ligament), Tyler Skaggs (oblique) and JC
Ramirez (elbow ligament).
Ramirez was the last of
the group to make his first
start of the spring, going two
innings Thursday against
the San Francisco Giants.
“I feel like I’m back,” Ramirez said after giving up
one hit and striking out one.
“I feel like I’m healthy.”
In his second appearance, Tropeano entered in
the fourth inning and
pitched two scoreless innings.
Add Shohei Ohtani and
Parker Bridwell and the Angels have eight candidates
with different levels of experience to fill out their rotation.
If they all stay injury-free,
that’s impressive depth, and
the Angels are planning on
using a sixth starter — to
mimic Ohtani’s schedule in
Japan — in an era when it
can be difficult for teams to
find five.
“It’s not like we’re one
unit on the mission to prove
people wrong or prove ourselves worthy,” Heaney said.
“But I think we, as a group,
understand the time is now
to put it together.”
No one can be sure what a
sound and productive rotation would look like for the
Angels, since this group never has been able to accom-
AT THE PLATE: Matt Thaiss had a two-run homer to highlight a five-run seventh inning. Colin
Walsh hit his second homer of the spring. David Fletcher stole home for the Angels’ first run.
He advanced on a double steal that included Kaleb Cowart swiping second. Later in the game,
Fletcher stole second. He eventually scored on a sharp single by Rymer Liriano. Jose
Fernandez had two RBI doubles and Michael Hermosillo had one.
ON THE MOUND: Nick Tropeano threw 25 pitches in his two innings and 20 of them were
strikes. “That’s as well as Nick has thrown the ball all spring,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
“He looked great.” Relievers Keynan Middleton and Jose Alvarez pitched scoreless innings.
Ian Krol, another potential option as a left-hander out of the bullpen, surrendered the Giants’
first two runs, in the eighth.
EXTRA BASES: Expect the Angels regulars to be back in the lineup Friday. … Scioscia said he
hoped to get his regulars 45 to 65 at-bats this spring, which includes possible minor league
games. … Unlike the Angels, the Giants started a more representative lineup, including Joe
Panik, Brandon Belt, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, among others.
UP NEXT: Chicago Cubs at noon Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
— Jeff Miller
plish that goal.
Last season, Ricky Nolasco was the only Angel
who made as many as 25
starts, and he finished with
15 losses and is out of baseball for now.
“We have a group that
feeds positively off everybody else’s success,” Shoemaker said. “We all want to
do great and be great.
“If we have the chance to
do that, it’s going to be a lot
of fun.”
Plan for Ohtani
schedule to start a “B” game
Friday morning in Maryvale
Brewers. He’ll pitch the
equivalent of three innings
and make about 50 pitches.
Though it won’t happen
during spring training, manager Mike Scioscia left open
the possibility that Ohtani
could bat in regular-season
games the day before he
“When the season opens
up, we’re going to look very
closely at it,” Scioscia said.
“We’re going to be flexible
with everything we do.”
Backup Rene Rivera is
scheduled to catch Ohtani
against the Brewers.
caught his first start.
Irregular lineup
One game after playing
his regulars, Scioscia went
back to starting a lineup
that in almost no way resembled what the Angels should
look like on opening day.
Maldonado was the lone
projected starter to play. He
was the designated hitter.
On Wednesday, against
the Cleveland Indians, the
Angels gave their fans a brief
glimpse of their everyday
lineup, but most of the starters were out by the midway
point of the game.
“It looked good,” said
Justin Upton, who in his
first at-bat drove in a run
with a sacrifice fly. “I liked
what I saw.”
Ian Kinsler batted leadoff, walking twice, stealing a
base, forcing an errant
throw and scoring two runs.
“That’s what he does,”
said Upton, who played with
Kinsler in Detroit. “He
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
A win at USC could
bring added benefits
By Ben Bolch
Rick Scuteri Associated Press
ARIZONA CENTER DUSAN RISTIC is fouled while trying to drive between
Stanford’s Reid Travis, left, and Daejon Davis during the second half.
Miller coaches team to title tie
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With coach Sean Miller
back on the job and Allonzo
Trier reinstated, No. 19 Arizona clinched at least a
share of the Pac-12 title with
a 75-67 victory over Stanford
on Thursday night.
Dusan Ristic scored 15 of
his 21 points in the first half.
Ristic, a senior, set a school
record by participating in
his 111th victory. Trier, reinstated by the NCAA after a
two-game suspension, added 18 points for the Wildcats
(23-7, 13-4) and Deandre Ayton, the freshman who leads
the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounding, had 12 points and
10 boards.
Arizona has won or
shared the conference regular-season title five times
since 2010-11. The Wildcats
can clinch the title outright
by beating California on Saturday night or if USC loses to
Miller returned after a
one-game absence. Earlier
in the day, the coach read a
statement to reporters vehemently denying he had approved payment to Ayton, or
any player, in his time at Arizona. The university's president said an examination of
the facts found no evidence
of wrongdoing and the
school was standing by him.
ESPN said it is standing
by its report that a wiretap
shows Miller talking about a
$100,000 payoff to Ayton. Ayton has denied that.
at Washington State 78,
Oregon 76: Malachi Flynn
scored 28 points with eight
rebounds and five assists as
the Cougars held on.
at Arizona State 84, California 53: Romello White
had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and the Sun Devils
pulled away.
at Washington 79, Oregon State 77: Noah Dickerson scored 15 of his 25 points
in the second half to help the
Huskies escape.
13 4 23 7
12 5 21 9
10 7 20 10
10 7 19 10
10 7 18 10
10 7 16 14
9 8 19 11
Arizona State
8 9 20 9
8 9 16 13
Oregon State
6 11 14 15
Washington State 4 13 12 17
2 15 8 22
Washington State 78, Oregon 76
Arizona State 84, California 53
Arizona 75, Stanford 67
Washington 79, Oregon State 77
Stanford at Arizona State ........... 11:30 a.m.
Oregon at Washington ................. 1:30 p.m.
California at Arizona ................... 3:30 p.m.
Oregon State at Washington State 3:30 p.m.
Colorado at Utah ............................ 4 p.m.
UCLA at USC ............................. 7:15 p.m.
UCLA’s mantra heading
into its game against USC on
Saturday could be, “Win and
we’re in … the Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinals!”
A victory over the Trojans
at the Galen Center would assure the Bruins of securing
the No. 3 or No. 4 seeding for
the tournament that starts
Wednesday at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas with
games involving the teams
that finish Nos. 5-12 in the conference standings. The winners of those games advance
to play the top four teams in
quarterfinals March 8.
UCLA, 19-10 overall and 10-7
in the Pac-12, is tied for third
with Stanford and Utah.
Should the Bruins beat
USC and finish in a two-way
tie for third or fourth place
with either Stanford, Utah,
Oregon or Washington, they
would hold the tiebreaker by
virtue of a combined 3-0
record against conferenceleading Arizona and the second-place Trojans.
“If we could take care of
business on Saturday,” UCLA
coach Steve Alford said
Thursday, “it would get us to 11
wins [in conference play] and
I think potentially push us
into one of those spots” in the
UCLA would secure no
worse than a No. 4 seeding in
all scenarios in which it finishes in a multi-team tie for
third place based on its record
in head-to-head competition
among the tied teams as well
as the Bruins’ record against
top finishers Arizona and
Avoiding the first round of
the Pac-12 tournament would
have meaningful benefits for
UCLA beyond avoiding the
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
AARON HOLIDAY, who averages a conference-high
37 minutes a game, carries a heavy load for UCLA.
need to win four games in four
days to capture the Bruins’
first conference tournament
title since 2014.
It would provide additional rest for a team with a rotation that goes only eight
deep and relies heavily on
point guard Aaron Holiday,
whose average of 37.2 minutes
a game leads the Pac-12.
“Winning four games in
four days, that takes a lot out
of you,” Holiday said, contemplating the possibility, “so if
we can get that extra day off
that would help us a lot.”
A loss to USC could drop
UCLA to as low as a No. 6 seeding for the conference tournament. That would mean
playing a first-round game
and might necessitate the
Bruins winning three or four
games to qualify for the NCAA
tournament given their status
as a bubble team.
Can you dig it?
The fallout from the college basketball corruption
scandal has already landed
one top recruit in UCLA’s lap.
Shareef O’Neal, a highly
touted center from Santa
Monica Crossroads High and
Point guard has proved worth to Trojans
[McLaughlin, from D1]
guard position and be the
leader. We kind of put all our
eggs in one basket.”
McLaughlin will play his
final game at Galen Center
on Saturday when USC, 21-9
overall and 12-5 in the Pac-12
Conference, hosts UCLA (1910, 10-7).
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound
McLaughlin, from Etiwanda
High in Rancho Cucamonga, selected the Trojans
over scholarship offers from
Kansas and UCLA, determined to build a hometown
program that would no longer sit in the Bruins’ shadow
or remain an afterthought in
college basketball.
USC won 12 games in his
freshman season before he
led them to 68 victories in
the next three, the most in
school history in that time
“We’ve built a culture
here that it’s a winning program,” McLaughlin said.
“I’m very proud of that.”
McLaughlin, who averages 12.3 points and 7.6 assists, has helped guarantee
the Trojans at least a second-place finish in the
Pac-12 for the first time since
2002 and put USC on the
verge of a third consecutive
NCAA tournament appearance for the first time since
the Trojans reached the
tournament three years in a
row from 2007 to 2009.
“For our system offensively and defensively, we
thought he was the perfect
fit,” Enfield said. “And he’s
turned out to be a perfect
McLaughlin also has
helped maintain an even
keel among teammates as
USC has endured a tumultuous season off the court.
An FBI probe into potential bribery in college basketball led to the firing of assistant coach Tony Bland and
the season-long benching of
De’Anthony Melton. More
recently, a Yahoo Sports report linked teammates
Chimezie Metu and Bennie
Boatwright to improper
benefits from an agency —
allegations that both players
have denied.
‘For our system
offensively and
defensively, we
thought he was the
perfect fit. And he’s
turned out to be a
perfect fit.’
— Andy Enfield,
USC coach, on Jordan
“It’s been a roller coaster,” McLaughlin said. “But I
would say there has been a
lot more ups than downs.”
Through nearly four seasons, McLaughlin has averaged between 12 and 13
points a game, as his number of assists has steadily
climbed from 4.5 as a freshman to 7.6 as a senior.
McLaughlin leads the
Pac-12 in assist-to-turnovers, averaging 2.2 turnovers.
UCLA coach Steve Alford, who also recruited McLaughlin, has been impressed by his development.
“He values possessions
and I think he’s just been a
really good leader for their
teams over the years,” Alford
said. “He really stepped into
that position as a freshman
and you’ve seen him grow
each year and I think that’s
always the sign of a really
good player.”
Perhaps no player has
benefited more from McLaughlin’s precision passing
than Metu, who averages 15.9
points — many on alley-oop
dunks off lobs from McLaughlin.
“He’s one of the reasons I
came here,” Metu said. “I
wanted to play with a great
point guard and he’s been
that and a lot more.”
McLaughlin is not listed
on most NBA draft boards
and is considered a fringe
prospect who might have to
make a roster via a training
camp invitation.
But Pac-12 records show
that he should be consid-
ered among the best point
guards in conference history. McLaughlin is only the
sixth player in the Pac-12 to
record more than 600 assists
and 1,500 points, joining former UCLA guard Tyus Edney, Oregon State guard
Gary Payton and Arizona
Stoudamire, among others.
“Right now it’s a team effort,” McLaughlin said.
“When I look back when I’m
done playing here, it will
hopefully be something special that everyone sees that
I’ve done.”
Enfield chuckled when
recalling the dilapidated
gym where he watched McLaughlin and envisioned
him as USC’s future point
McLaughlin laughed too,
acknowledging how much
time Enfield and his staff
dedicated to securing his
Both said Saturday’s
game would be bittersweet.
Twitter: @LindseyThiry
No. 1 Virginia wins in wild finish
at UC Riverside 72, Cal Poly 63: Dikymbe Martin had 20
points with eight rebounds and six assists and the Highlanders (9-20, 4-11) led throughout to beat the Mustangs to secure
a spot in the Big West Conference tournament beginning
March 8. Jakub Niziol led Cal Poly (9-20, 4-11) with 15 points.
Long Beach State 70, at UC Santa Barbara 69: Deishuan
Booker scored 20 points, including the winning layup as time
expired, to give the 49ers (14-17, 8-7 Big West) a dramatic win
over the Gauchos (21-8, 10-5). Booker shot eight for 11 from the
field. Gabe Vincent led UC Santa Barbara with a career-high
28 points, and Jalen Canty scored 17.
at Las Vegas
Game 1: No. 8 Loyola Marymount (10-19, 513) vs. No. 9 Portland (10-21, 4-14), 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara (11-19, 8-10) vs.
No. 10 Pepperdine (5-25, 2-16), 8 p.m.
Game 3: No. 3 Brigham Young (22-9, 11-7) vs.
No. 6 San Diego (18-12, 9-9), 1 p.m.
Game 4: No. 4 San Francisco (17-14, 9-9) vs.
No. 5 Pacific (14-17, 9-9), 3 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Gonzaga (27-4), 17-1) vs. Game
1 winner, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Game 6: No. 2 St. Mary’s (27-4, 16-2) vs.
Game 2 winner, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Game 7: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6
or 8:30 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6
or 8:30 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Game 9: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m., ESPN
Pepperdine 74, Santa Clara 63
Pacific 85, Portland 60
San Diego 61, Brigham Young 56
San Francisco 89, Loyola Marymount 76
Game 5: No. 1 Gonzaga (24-5)
vs. No. 8 Pepperdine (10-19), noon
Game 6: No. 2 St. Mary’s (20-9)
vs. No. 7 Pacific (14-16), 2 p.m.
Game 7: San Francisco (16-14)
vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 8: San Diego (16-14)
vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 9: Semifinal winners, 1 p.m., ESPNU
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Top 25 scores
De’Andre Hunter’s threepoint shot as time expired
Thursday night gave topranked Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville in a wild
finish at Louisville, Ky., that
made the Cavaliers the first
Atlantic Coast Conference
team to go 9-0 on the road in
league play.
Virginia, 27-2 overall and
16-1 in the ACC, tied the score
at 58-58 with two minutes to
play and overcame another
five-point deficit in the final
Louisville led 66-64 and
tried to inbound the ball
with 0.9 of a second left, but
Virginia got the ball after
Deng Adel was called for
traveling on the baseline.
After a timeout, Hunter
sank a three-pointer that
banked in at the horn.
Adel scored 18 points for
Louisville (19-11, 9-8).
No. 10 Cincinnati 78, at
Tulane 49: Kyle Washington
had 16 points and seven rebounds to help the Bearcats
Timothy D. Easley AP
shoots over Darius Perry
in the first half.
(26-4, 15-2) clinch a share of
the American Athletic Conference title.
No. 11 Wichita State 75, at
Central Florida 71 (OT):
Shaquille Morris scored 19
points in leading the Shockers (24-5, 14-3 American Athletic) to their seventh consecutive victory.
No. 15 Michigan 77, Iowa
71 (OT): Duncan Robinson
made Michigan’s only field
No. 1 Virginia
No. 10 Cincinnati
No. 11 Wichita State
Central Florida (OT)
No. 15 Michigan
Iowa (OT)
No. 19 Arizona
No. 24 Mid. Tennessee 82
Western Kentucky
goal in overtime, a go-ahead
three-pointer with 2:15 left,
and the fifth-seeded Wolverines (25-7) advanced to the
quarterfinals at New York.
at No. 24 Middle Tennessee 82, Western Kentucky
64: Brandon Walters scored
18 points and took down 11 rebounds, helping the Blue
Raiders (24-5. 16-1) clinch
their second consecutive
Conference USA title.
son of former Lakers star
Shaquille O’Neal, committed to the Bruins this week after rescinding his verbal
pledge to attend Arizona in
the wake of new allegations
facing the Wildcats.
ESPN recently reported
that Arizona coach Sean
Miller was heard on FBI wiretaps discussing a $100,000 payment to center Deandre Ayton, and assistant coach
Emanuel “Book” Richardson was fired in January
for his alleged role in a bribery
scheme. Miller on Thursday
strongly denied that any such
conversation took place.
While the addition of
O’Neal has boosted UCLA’s
six-man recruiting class to a
No. 3 national ranking according to, Alford
suggested the college basketball scandal had no direct influence on his team’s recruiting.
“The scandal has nothing
to do with how we go about
our recruiting,” he said. “We
recruit guys who are available.”
Twitter: @latbolch
A look at Friday’s top high
school basketball section
championship games:
Open Division: Chatsworth
Sierra Canyon vs. Santa
Ana Mater Dei, 8:30 p.m. at
Long Beach State
These two teams eliminated
the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds last
reaching peak form at the
right time. Sierra Canyon
has lots of top athletes, led
by Ohio State-bound guard
Duane Washington Jr., as
well as juniors Cassius Stanley and K.J. Martin. Mater
Dei is loaded with experience and size. Forward
Michael Wang has been a
force lately, but the Monarchs’ success still rests on
point guard Spencer Freedman and his ability to get the
ball to open teammates.
Mater Dei is seeking its 23rd
section title. The pick:
Mater Dei.
Open Division: Windward
vs. Studio City HarvardWestlake, 6 p.m. at Long
Beach State
It’s the third meeting this
season between two teams
that have been the best in
Southern California from
start to finish. On Nov. 22,
Windward won in overtime
68-67. On Dec. 2, HarvardWestlake won 67-54. Windward has lots of scoring
weapons and can make
three-pointers, led by junior
Charisma Osborne. Harvard-Westlake has Pepperdine-bound twins Jayla and
Jayda Ruffus-Milner and
top freshman Kiki Iriafen.
The pick: Windward.
Division II: Van Nuys vs.
King/Drew, 8 p.m. at Roybal
Van Nuys has Tyree Winbush, a scoring machine.
King/Drew has size and rebounding skills. If Winbush
is making his shots, it will be
trouble for King/Drew. The
pick: Van Nuys.
Division II: Hamilton vs.
Crenshaw, 6 p.m. at Roybal
Crenshaw is 16-0. Treasure
Sylve is averaging 18.2
points. Hamilton played in
the tough Western League,
facing the likes of Division I
powers Fairfax and Westchester. The pick: Hamilton.
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— Eric Sondheimer
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Chimera is ready to get back up to speed
By Mike Coppinger
With the season Jason
Chimera has endured, it
wasn’t a shock to find out
he’d been shipped elsewhere.
The winger was a healthy
scratch for five straight
games heading into the
trade deadline Monday, with
only two goals and nine assists in 58 games with the
New York Islanders.
So the Ducks jumped on
the opportunity to bring in
Chimera, a veteran with a
wealth of playoff experience
and speed, even at 38.
An opportunity, too, for
Chimera to rewrite his campaign with only 18 games re-
maining and the Ducks desperately fighting for the
“I’ve got a lot to prove, I
come off back-to-back 20goal seasons, you want to
build upon it,” said Chimera,
who occupied the left wing
on the fourth line in his first
practice with the Ducks, the
same role Chris Wagner
held before he was sent to
the Islanders. “You don’t
want to have that kind of
season. I think it’s a fresh
start, I think it’s good. I think
it’s re-energized me for
Now in his 18th NHL season, Chimera has seen it all.
Well, everything but the
Stanley Cup Final. The baldheaded native of Edmonton,
San Jose
St. Louis
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New Jersey
NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Tampa Bay
After spotting the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead, the Kings
scored three goals in the second period.
David Krejci had his fourth career hat trick and the Bruins
had their highest-scoring game since 2012.
Aleksander Barkov scored two goals, Robert Luongo
made 29 saves and the Panthers won their fourth in a row.
Cory Conacher scored with 41 seconds left in OT in the
Lightning’s fourth game in six nights that went extra time.
The Predators’ David Polie earned his 1,320th win as a
general manager, the most in NHL history.
Richard Panik broke a tie in the third period and the
NHL-worst Coyotes ended Wild’s five-game win streak.
Joe Pavelski scored twice and the Sharks handed the
Blackhawks their seventh straight road loss.
Justin Williams scored twice, Cam Ward stopped 21 shots
and the Hurricanes snapped a six-game losing streak.
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Columbus at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
Detroit at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
NY Rangers at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Montreal at NY Islanders, 4 p.m.
Buffalo at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Chicago at KINGS, 1 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 11 a.m.
NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Toronto vs. Wash. at Annapolis, Md., 5 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m.
Montreal at Boston, 2 p.m.
Ottawa at Arizona, 5 p.m.
NY Rangers at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at DUCKS, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Florida, noon
Detroit at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Columbus at San Jose, 6 p.m.
the kind of opportunity you
have here.”
The Ducks have a chance
with a roster built for playoff
hockey, and Chimera said he
“couldn’t help but smile,”
when he learned he was
traded to Anaheim.
But the Ducks have to actually qualify for the playoffs,
and that’s why Chimera was
acquired. Ducks general
thinks Chimera will provide
the club with “energy and
emotion … something we
can use in our group right
“I have a lot of speed, I
can contribute offensively, I
know that for sure,” Chimera said. “I think our lineup is
pretty solid. You come in
Nashville at Colorado, noon
Vegas at New Jersey, 2 p.m.
Winnipeg at Carolina, 4 p.m.
[Kings, from D1]
at home,” Kings coach John
Stevens said. “Our guys love
playing at home.
“Our fan base is exciting
to play in front of.”
Christian Folin, who finished with three assists,
“They deserve better.
Absolutely,” he said of the
home crowd. “A lot of guys
like playing in this building.
It’s a fun building. It’s been
loud the last few games.
“If we’re going to have a
long run we need to have
some good games in this
Tanner Pearson scored
what proved to be the winner
on a power play late in the
second period, erasing what
had been a 2-0 deficit. The
Kings also got two goals from
Alex Iafallo — who was promoted to the top line and responded with the first multigoal game of his career — and
one each from Nate Thompson and Carter.
“We’ve got to make sure
we stay positive and keep improving,” Iafallo said. “We’ve
got to turn it up here every
shift, right from the drop of
the puck.”
The Kings, who have
given up 62 first-period goals,
hadn’t even broken a sweat
before falling behind. After
an Anze Kopitar turnover
deep in the Kings’ end, Columbus’ Artemi Panarin
wound up with the puck behind the net and made a nifty
back-hand flip to set up Cam
Atkinson’s goal at 3:41.
The shot was Columbus’
sixth of the game. The Kings
didn’t get their sixth until the
final five minutes of the
period. By then the deficit
had doubled with Seth Jones
beating Jonathan Quick high
to his stick side from the high
slot at 13:33.
Kelly joins practice
Chimera wasn’t the only
veteran the Ducks added
this week. The team also
signed Chris Kelly, who
most recently was competing in the Olympics as Team
Canada’s captain.
The 37-year-old also
brings plenty of playoff experience, and he’s riding high
after claiming a bronze medal.
“It’s kind of been a roller
coaster of a year; to get this
opportunity was incredible,”
said Kelly, who attended
camp with the Edmonton
Oilers on a tryout but hasn’t
played in the NHL this season. “Obviously a great
team, and to get that call and
to be able to join this club,
I’m extremely honored.”
When: 7 p.m.
On the air: TV: FS West;
Radio: 830.
Update: Chimera and Kelly
are wearing No. 20 and 22, respectively, and they could
make up two-thirds of a
newly formed fourth unit. …
John Gibson figures to get
the start in goal, his first in
four games, after being sidelined because of a lowerbody injury.
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
KINGS GOALTENDER Jonathan Quick stretches toward the puck as Oliver
Bjorkstrand of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to poke it into the net.
And that brings us to another trend, because no team
in the NHL has erased more
first-period deficits to win
than the Kings, who did it for
the 11th time.
“We were a step, maybe
two steps slow in the first period,” Stevens said. “We were
late to pucks, we were late to
checks. They were playing
the game at a lot higher pace
then we were. Our whole
game pace had to come up a
step and it did.”
Thompson and Iafallo
started the comeback, scoring early second-period goals
to pull the Kings even.
Thompson’s goal, his first
as a King, came only 2:48 after the first intermission
when he wristed a shot from
the right-wing boards off the
far post and into the net.
Canada is
the Pac-12
leader in
[Canada, from D1]
Monique Billings, a former
high school rival of Canada’s,
recalled this week, “and I got
here and she was just quiet. I
was like, oh, she just doesn’t
speak. Like, that’s it. She’s
not cocky or rude or anything
like that.”
UCLA coach Cori Close
knew Canada was unlikely to
say anything untoward because she didn’t say anything
much at all. Close encouraged Canada to attend a
Leaders in Training course
led by assistant coach Shannon Perry.
Players worked on not just
being more vocal but learning
to assess situations and react
accordingly. Maybe a coach
was having a bad day and
practice would be more challenging than usual, leading to
some struggles among teammates.
“Whoever’s not having a
good practice,” Canada said,
reflecting upon her increased
mindfulness, “how can we
help them?”
The 5-foot-6 Canada is always happy to assist. A semifinalist for the Naismith
Award that goes to the nation’s top player, she became
the first women’s player in
Pac-12 history to log 1,800
points and 700 assists.
Canada broke the conference assists record on Feb. 19
against Oregon with a baseline pass to Kelli Hayes; she
now has 790 assists for her career.
“I’m not really a fancy pas-
here, you look at the names
and you say, ‘Holy smokes,
this is a really good team.’ ”
Iafallo scores twice for Kings
Canada, came awfully close
on a number of occasions
during seven seasons with
the Washington Capitals.
Those clubs led by Alexander Ovechkin were
often favored to win it all, but
they never reached the Eastern Conference finals.
In the twilight of his career, Chimera realizes he
doesn’t have many chances
left to play for the Cup.
“That’s the only goal I got
left,” said Chimera, who has
been traded four times in his
career. “I’ve hit the 1,000game plateau. That’s all I
want in my life. That’s selfish
of me, but I think it’s all I
really think of. Not that I
have any regrets if you don’t
win a Cup, but you realize
Iafallo tied the score less
than three minutes later, tipping in the rebound of a Folin
Pearson then put the
Kings ahead to stay with a
power-play goal, redirecting
a Drew Doughty slap shot
with 31⁄2 minutes left in the
Carter, who returned
from injury less than a week
ago, added to the lead with a
short-handed goal midway
through the third period before Iafallo closed out the
Kings sign Vilardi
Forward Gabe Vilardi, a
first-round selection in the
2017 NHL draft, signed a
three-year entry-level contract with the Kings. The 18year-old has appeared in 134
regular-season games in the
Ontario Hockey League with
Windsor and currently with
his hometown Kingston
Frontenacs. Vilardi has 43
points (14 goals, 29 assists) in
23 games with Kingston this
season despite sitting out the
first half because of an injury.
Columbus ................................2
KINGS .....................................0
0 — 2
2 — 5
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Clm., Atkinson 13 (Panarin), 3:41. 2. Clm.,
Jones 10 (Werenski, Calvert), 13:33. Penalty—Pearson, KINGS,
(slashing), 15:36.
SECOND PERIOD: 3. KINGS, Thompson 5 (Folin, Phaneuf),
2:48. 4. KINGS, Iafallo 7 (Muzzin, Folin), 5:11. 5. KINGS, Pearson
11 (Doughty, Toffoli), 16:33 (pp). Penalties—Iafallo, KINGS,
(hooking), 0:26. Panarin, CBJ, (hooking), 15:33. Vanek, CBJ,
(holding), 19:01.
THIRD PERIOD: 6. KINGS, Carter 3 (Folin), 8:22 (sh). 7.
KINGS, Iafallo 8, 16:43. Penalty—Forbort, KINGS, (holding),
SHOTS ON GOAL: Clm. 13-9-10—32. KINGS 8-14-12—34.
Power-play conversions—Clm. 0 of 3. KINGS 1 of 2.
GOALIES: Clm., Korpisalo 5-7-0 (34 shots-29 saves). KINGS,
Quick 25-23-2 (32-30). Att—18,230 (18,230). T—2:25.
USC fends off
Washington State
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Elaine Thompson Associated Press
UCLA POINT GUARD Jordin Canada looks for room to pass as Oregon State’s
Mikayla Pivec defends during the 2017 Pac-12 tournament. UCLA plays Cal today.
ser,” Canada said, “so I’m just
trying to make the simple
Canada’s aggressiveness
and slick ballhandling make
her a dual threat equally adept at scoring and putting her
teammates in position for
easy baskets. She also tends
to thrive this time of year going back to her freshman season at Los Angeles Windward
High, when she made a threepoint shot with less than a
minute to play to help her
team win a state championship.
As a freshman at UCLA,
Canada scored 31 points during the Bruins’ victory over
West Virginia in the title
game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. She was the first player
to climb the ladder inside the
Charleston Civic Center to
cut down the nets and
doesn’t hesitate when asked
whether she’s visualized do-
ing the same thing at a Final
“Hopefully,” she said, “we
get to do that in the NCAA
tournament and the Pac-12
tournament as well.”
UCLA has made it to an
NCAA tournament regional
semifinal in consecutive seasons for the first time in the
program’s history, leaving it
both grateful for its progress
and wanting more.
The fourth-seeded Bruins
(23-6) will take the next step
in what they hope will be a
lengthy postseason journey
Friday at 2 p.m. in the Pac-12
tournament when they play
fifth-seeded California. Topseeded Oregon could be up
next for UCLA in a semifinal
of a tournament that features
four teams ranked in the top
16 nationally.
Canada has modeled aspects of her game after some
of her favorite NBA players.
She admires Russell West-
brook’s intensity and Rajon
Rondo’s well-rounded play
that includes tenacious defense, something Canada has
valued on the way to becoming a two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year, including this season.
Her team-leading averages of 16.3 points, 7.1 assists
and 3.1 steals can’t begin to
encapsulate her value to the
Bruins, particularly in pivotal moments.
“When the team might be
struggling or when we really
need a bucket or when the
shot clock’s going down,”
Close said, “there’s just this
confidence about her that
she can go make the necessary play.”
It’s just Canada doing
what she does, giving herself
and everybody else something to talk about.
Twitter: @latbbolch
Minyon Moore scored 16
points and Aliyah Mazyck
scored 14 to lead seventhseeded USC to a 47-44 win
over Washington State on
Thursday night in the first
round of the Pac-12 women’s
tournament in Seattle.
The Trojans advance to
play No. 2 seed Stanford on
Friday. Borislava Hristova
started the fourth quarter
with a three-point play and a
layup to put the Cougars up
36-35 with 8:55 left. Sadie Edwards put USC up for good
with a pair of free throws and
Kisten Simon followed with
a layup for 39-36 margin.
Moore’s jumper with 6:05 left
made it 41-36 and neither
team scored for two minutes. Nike McClure hit a shot
to bring Washington State
within 41-38, Moore responded with a three and McClure
followed that with a threepoint play.
Sadie Edwards’ free
throw made it 45-41, and McClure countered with another three-point play with 46
seconds to go.
On the next Trojans (1910) possession, Kirsten Simon and Sadie Edwards
missed attempts but USC
corralled offensive rebounds
off both and forced the
Cougars to foul. Moore
ended the game with a layup
and the Cougars never got
off another shot.
Simon grabbed 12 rebounds and Jordan Adams
grabbed 10.
McClure led 10th-seeded
Washington State (10-19)
Colorado 66, Utah 56
California 71, Washington 68
USC 47, Washington St. 44
Arizona State 76, Arizona 47
at Key Arena, Seattle
TV: Pac-12 Networks
8 No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 9
Colorado, 11:30 a.m.
8 No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5
California, 2 p.m.
8 No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 7
USC, 6 p.m.
8 No. 3 Oregon State vs. No.
6 Arizona State, 8:30 p.m.
with 12 points.
Colorado 66, Utah 56:
Kennedy Leonard had 15
points, eight rebounds, four
assists and five steals as Colorado advanced.
California 71, Washington 68: Cal overcame a
fourth-quarter deficit to
hold off Washington’s upset
bid. Asha Thomas scored 22
points for the Bears.
Arizona State 76, Arizona 47: The sixth-seeded Sun
Devils routed their conference rivals. Arizona State
was led by Kianna Ibis, who
had 13 points and two rebounds, and Sophia Elenga,
who had 11 points and two rebounds.
FR I DAY , M A R C H 2 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Clippers’ Teodosic loves challenge
Point guard hopes to avoid
more injuries and help team
reach the playoffs in his first
season in the NBA.
By Broderick Turner
It was his love for basketball that
eventually pried Milos Teodosic away
from a successful career in Europe to
play for the Clippers against the best
in the world.
Sixty games into his maiden NBA
voyage has not changed Teodosic’s
passion for the game, even as a 30year-old rookie.
The Clippers signed the Serbian
point guard to a two-year, $12.3-mil-
lion contract last summer, hoping
Teodosic could provide some excitement after the trade that sent point
guard Chris Paul to the Houston
“So far, I really enjoy,” Teodosic
said. “I’m happy to be here and I
really enjoy playing with the best
players in the world and against the
best players in the world. I’m happy
that I’m here.”
Teodosic never played more than
48 games in a season in Europe. He
has played in just 31 of 60 games this
season for the Clippers because of
“I was expecting much faster and
much physical game here,” Teodosic
said of the NBA play compared to
Europe. “So it’s not nothing that I
didn’t expect. I expected this from
the best players in the world.”
Teodosic primarily has been a
starter over his career. He has started
27 of the 31 games he’s played this season, saying his role is not an issue.
He’s still averaging 9.4 points and 5.0
“We have a lot of injured players,”
Teodosic said. “So I don’t have a
problem with not starting because I
used to in Europe, two games start,
five games I come from the bench. For
me this is not big thing. For me it
doesn’t matter who is going to start.
It’s important who is going to finish
The most exciting thing for Teodosic is that the Clippers are in the
hunt for a postseason spot. They are
in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, a half-game behind
the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff berth.
“We have tough schedule, but I’m
pretty sure that this team can get to
the playoffs,” Teodosic said. “It’s going to be tough. But we’re not going to
give up. We’re going to fight to get in.”
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio:
570, 1330.
Update: Tobias Harris is averaging a
career-high in points (18.7) and threepoint shooting (42%) for the Clippers. The Knicks, who lost star
Kristaps Porzingis to a knee injury,
are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. Minnesota
4. Portland
4. San Antonio
6. New Orleans
7. Oklahoma City
8. Denver
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10. Utah
12. Dallas
12. Sacramento
14. Phoenix
15. Memphis
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.557 91⁄2
.550 10
.541 101⁄2
.516 12
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Atlanta
15. Orlando
New York
at Orlando
at Atlanta
at Chicago
at Washington
Oklahoma City
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76ers court James as
they top Cavaliers
J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Joel Embiid had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers
delivered an in-person sales pitch
to LeBron James by beating the
Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on
Thursday night to end an 11-game
losing streak against the Eastern
Conference champions.
Ben Simmons scored 18 and
Dario Saric 16, including a critical
three-pointer in the closing minutes, for the rising 76ers, who are
8-2 since Feb. 6.
James finished with 30 points,
nine rebounds and eight assists.
Earlier this week, three billboards urging the three-time
champion to sign as a free agent
this summer with Philadelphia
were unveiled on a busy highway
outside Cleveland. James said he
hadn’t seen the signs, which were
paid for by a Pennsylvania company, but he was pleased that fans
want him.
at Sacramento 116, Brooklyn 111
(OT): Bogdan Bogdanovic made a
go-ahead short runner from the
baseline with 1:06 left in overtime,
then added a pair of free throws for
the Kings. Sacramento blew a lead
late in the fourth quarter but
outscored the Nets 16-11 in the extra
period to end a five-game losing
at Portland 108, Minnesota 99:
Damian Lillard scored 35 points after a slow start and the Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Timberwolves for their season-high fifth
consecutive victory.
Lakers 131, at Miami 113
— associated press
Ingram .......35 8-14 2-2 0-5 5 4 19
Randle .......33 8-13 9-9 1-6 2 2 25
Lopez.........21 4-6 0-0 0-2 2 1 10
Ball ...........33 3-5 0-1 1-6 7 4 8
Cldwll-Pope.35 6-8 4-6 1-4 1 2 18
Thomas ......29 11-20 1-2 1-4 6 1 29
Kuzma........28 6-10 1-2 1-6 2 0 16
Zubac ........17 1-3 4-4 1-3 4 1 6
Ennis ...........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Payton II .......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Bryant..........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
47-79 21-26 6-36 29 17 131
Shooting: Field goals, 59.5%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 16-29 (Thomas 6-11, Kuzma
3-4, Ball 2-3, Caldwell-Pope 2-3, Lopez 2-4, Ingram 1-3, Randle 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team
Turnovers: 13 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Kuzma
2, Ingram, Lopez, Randle). Turnovers: 13 (Thomas
3, Ball 2, Caldwell-Pope 2, Randle 2, Bryant, Ingram, Kuzma, Zubac). Steals: 9 (Ball 6, Ingram,
Randle, Zubac). Technical Fouls: None.
Olynyk ........13 0-5 0-0 2-3 2 1 0
Winslow......30 7-11 0-2 1-5 2 2 17
Whiteside ...18 1-4 4-4 2-7 0 3 6
Dragic ........34 8-19 3-4 1-4 7 1 19
Richardson..35 6-17 0-0 3-3 2 3 15
Adebayo .....29 6-7 3-4 4-10 1 1 15
Wade .........25 11-18 2-2 0-3 3 4 25
J.Johnson....25 3-5 0-0 0-3 5 4 6
McGruder ...24 4-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 10
Babbitt.........1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Mickey .........1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
46-95 12-16 14-40 23 21 113
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-31 (Winslow 3-4, Richardson 3-9, McGruder 2-4, Wade 1-3, Babbitt 0-1,
J.Johnson 0-2, Olynyk 0-3, Dragic 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 11 (21 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Adebayo 2, J.Johnson 2, Richardson).
Turnovers: 11 (Richardson 4, Dragic 2, Whiteside 2,
Adebayo, Wade, Winslow). Steals: 6 (Richardson
3, Winslow 2, Dragic). Technical Fouls: Winslow,
4:02 fourth.
33 40 31 27— 131
36 26 32 19— 113
76ers 108, Cavaliers 97
Covington ...40 4-11 0-0 0-10 1 3 10
Saric..........29 5-13 4-4 3-9 0 3 16
Embiid .......34 7-18 3-8 6-14 6 1 17
Redick........29 7-11 4-6 0-2 2 3 22
Simmons ....31 8-14 2-2 1-9 8 5 18
Belinelli......23 4-9 2-3 1-3 0 1 11
McConnell ..19 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 2
Ilyasova ......18 2-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 6
Johnson......13 2-5 1-2 3-5 0 2 6
40-90 18-27 14-54 22 20 108
Shooting: Field goals, 44.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-30 (Redick 4-7, Saric
2-5, Covington 2-8, Johnson 1-1, Belinelli 1-4, Embiid 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2, McConnell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 9 (12 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Johnson 2, Covington, Embiid, Simmons). Turnovers: 9 (Embiid 2, Simmons 2, Belinelli, Covington, Ilyasova, Redick, Saric). Steals:
4 (Simmons 2, Covington, McConnell). Technical
Fouls: None.
Wilfredo Lee Associated Press
LAKERS FORWARD Julius Randle battles Miami’s Goran Dragic in the second half. Randle did most of
his damage during the first half, when he scored 21 of his 25 points as the Lakers took an 11-point lead.
Hart to have surgery today
at Philadelphia
Golden State
at Memphis
at Milwaukee
at Phoenix
at Utah
LAKERS 131, HEAT 113
A—19,600. T—2:15. O—Aaron Smith, Tony
Brown, David Guthrie
1. Toronto
2. Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Indiana
6. Philadelphia
7. Milwaukee
8. Miami
By Tania Ganguli
MIAMI — Wednesday night at a
steakhouse in Miami Beach, Lonzo
Ball offered to help his fellow rookie
Josh Hart with a complicated task.
Hart broke his hand in practice
earlier that day. He couldn’t cut his
“I offered,” Ball said. “At first he
was a little hesitant, but then he
looked at his hand and he said it was
Hart will have surgery Friday
morning to repair his broken left
metacarpal, the bone that extends
into the ring finger, during practice
Wednesday in Miami. He flew back to
Los Angeles on Thursday morning so
the Lakers team doctors could examine him. No timetable was immediately available, but he will be evaluated again after the surgery.
“Aw, man, it’s terrible, he did so
many things for us on both ends of the
floor, a lot that goes unnoticed,” forward Julius Randle said. “Like I said,
it’s going to be hard for us without him,
but we’re all gonna have to do a little
bit more and just keep going.”
Hart was the 30th pick in last
June’s draft. He has played in 55 of the
Lakers’ 61 games this season, starting
in 20. He’s averaged 21.5 minutes, 6.6
points and 3.7 rebounds and had five
“There’s going to be lineups out
there that haven’t played together
much,” coach Luke Walton said. “We’ll
probably get [Kyle] Kuzma at some 3
as well as 4 now, so guys just got to be
ready to play.”
Wade appreciates Thomas
Two of the players shuttled elsewhere Feb. 8, when the Cleveland
Cavaliers took a chainsaw to their roster, faced each other Thursday night
in Miami.
Neither Isaiah Thomas nor
Dwyane Wade had much of a role during their time with the Cavaliers, but
both players left with an appreciation
for the other.
“One thing I know about him, you
don’t become a household name at 5foot whatever he is without having
grit, without having toughness, without knowing that you can overcome
anything,” Wade said.
Thomas, listed at 5-9, played only
15 games for the Cavaliers after being
traded from the Boston Celtics. He
played through a torn labrum while
with the Celtics. Once in Cleveland, he
sat out while that injury healed.
Things soured between Thomas and
the rest of the team as the Cavaliers
struggled with chemistry issues.
“It was frustrating for him to work
six, seven months, trying to get back
on the basketball floor,” Wade said.
“And then when you finally get out
there … you’ve got a 15-game experiment and it doesn’t go right and it’s
not all your fault, but everyone’s going
to point at your fault. There’s a lot of
reasons things didn’t go right.
“But the biggest thing is everything
happens for a reason too and I liked
the way that he’s playing out there,
he’s free, he’s got a different bounce in
his step. He will continue to get his
confidence back in his body, and his
game. I enjoyed my time being his
teammate. He’s a little feisty little guy,
but off the court I definitely got a
chance to know him, and enjoy him.”
Ingram questionable
Brandon Ingram suffered a
strained left hip flexor in the fourth
quarter of Thursday’s game and is
questionable for Saturday’s game in
San Antonio.
“I will see how it feels tomorrow,”
said Ingram, who scored 19 points
against the Heat. “Of course we want
to close this road trip out with a 4-0
win streak and just see how it feels tomorrow and take it day by day. In my
mind, I want to play of course.”
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Ball effective without shooting a lot
[Lakers, from D1]
Luke Walton, who was an L.A. reserve
when the Lakers last won here. “It was
flashback to what he did to everybody
last season. It was a lot of fun to watch
that, see him do his thing.”
Said Thomas: “I’m not here to
prove to anybody I can do it. The world
knows what I bring to the table, and
my job is just to help this team get to
the next level and win and continue to
compete and continue to get better.”
Wade and Thomas put on a show.
Wade scored 25 points in his seventh
game back with the Heat since being
traded from Cleveland. At one point
Wade found himself hounded by Ball,
only to step back and score anyway.
“I wish it wasn’t against us,” said
Ball, who grew up watching the 36year-old shooting guard star for the
Heat. “I wish I saw that on TV. But
yeah he looks good, getting to the basket, hitting pull-ups. The shot on me
today, I was just like, I don’t know how
much better defense I can play.”
Thomas scored 29 points, making
six of 11 three-pointers. Eleven of his
points came in the fourth quarter, including three three-pointers, in what
was also his seventh game with his
current team since being traded from
“I was given more opportunity,
coach put me in a position to be who I
am,” Thomas said. “Teammates set
good screens to get me open and I got
the easy part, putting the ball in the
basket. It all came together tonight.”
Plenty of Thomas’ playing time
came with Ball, who made his first
start for the Lakers since Jan. 13, when
he suffered a sprained left knee that
caused him to miss six weeks and 15
consecutive games. He didn’t shoot
the ball much, making three of five
shots. But that is never his best attribute anyway.
Instead, Ball found his teammates
in positions to score. He fought for rebounds, getting his team extra possessions. In the first half, Ball made
three steals, once sending the ball forward to Kyle Kuzma for a breakaway
dunk. At another point, he called over
Thomas to get the Lakers into a play
that got Thomas another three-pointer.
“To me, he was probably the best
player on the court tonight,” Walton
said of Ball.
The Lakers, who shot 59.5% from
the field, trailed by three after one
quarter but pulled away in the second.
Julius Randle had 21 points by halftime, 25 in all.
In the second half, they kept a safe
distance from the Heat, who could never get closer to eight points.
And in the fourth quarter, Thomas
“I played most of the fourth,”
Thomas said. “If I play I’m gonna produce. That’s just who I am, that’s who I
always been. Injury is not gonna stop
me from doing that. Coach is going to
put this team in the best position to
win and like I said, when my name is
called I’m gonna be more than ready
to take advantage of the opportunity.”
An opportunity is all Thomas
seeks. He got one in Boston last year
and led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals. He might earn another
one with his play for the Lakers in the
final fourth of this season.
After the shoot-around Thursday
morning, Thomas sat on the scorer’s
table at American Airlines Arena and
considered what’s to come for him this
offseason. Thomas is in the final year
of his contract.
“All you need is one team to love
you,” Thomas said. “It’s like the draft
all over again. You just need one team.
So that is all I am doing and working
toward. Until then, I am focused on
doing whatever I can to make this the
best team possible.”
Then a few hours later he backed
up those words, his performance a reminder in a night full of them.
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James ........39 12-24 4-6 1-9 8 2 30
Osman .......15 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 6
Thompson...21 2-6 2-4 6-11 0 2 6
Hill ............22 3-10 1-2 2-3 3 2 7
Hood .........38 5-14 0-0 0-5 5 4 11
Korver ........27 3-8 0-0 0-2 1 3 9
Nance Jr. ....26 5-7 3-4 1-7 0 1 13
Clarkson .....26 3-7 4-5 0-3 4 1 10
Green.........22 1-6 2-2 0-4 1 2 5
Perrantes......0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
36-87 16-23 10-45 23 21 97
Shooting: Field goals, 41.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-32 (Korver 3-7, Osman
2-4, James 2-6, Green 1-3, Hood 1-5, Perrantes
0-1, Clarkson 0-2, Hill 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7.
Team Turnovers: 9 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6
(Nance Jr. 3, Hill, Hood, Korver). Turnovers: 9
(James 3, Green 2, Clarkson, Hill, Hood, Korver).
Steals: 4 (Clarkson, James, Nance Jr., Thompson).
Technical Fouls: Clarkson, 00:12 fourth.
32 27 18 31— 108
29 27 15 26— 97
A—20,562. T—2:22. O—Eric Lewis, J.T. Orr, Ed
Kings 116, Nets 111, OT
Carroll........33 8-12 3-3 2-10 4 3 22
Crabbe.......35 7-18 0-0 1-3 2 2 20
Allen ..........34 6-9 3-4 7-13 0 3 15
Dinwiddie ...36 3-10 2-2 0-6 5 2 8
Russell .......33 5-14 0-0 0-2 12 1 15
Hllis-Jffrsn...26 2-6 3-4 1-5 0 0 7
Harris.........24 4-9 0-0 2-4 3 0 11
Cunningham21 2-5 3-3 1-6 0 2 7
LeVert ........19 3-11 0-1 2-2 2 1 6
40-94 14-17 16-51 28 14 111
Shooting: Field goals, 42.6%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 17-45 (Crabbe 6-13, Russell
5-11, Harris 3-5, Carroll 3-6, Cunningham 0-1, LeVert 0-3, Dinwiddie 0-6). Team Rebounds: 4. Team
Turnovers: 21 (29 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Allen 3,
Russell). Turnovers: 21 (Allen 6, Russell 5, HollisJefferson 3, Carroll 2, LeVert 2, Cunningham, Dinwiddie, Harris). Steals: 10 (Crabbe 2, Cunningham
2, Dinwiddie 2, Carroll, Hollis-Jefferson, LeVert,
Russell). Technical Fouls: coach Nets (Defensive
three second), 3:39 second.
Jackson......23 3-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 6
Labissiere ...30 5-9 1-2 2-3 2 2 11
Cauley-Stein34 7-14 3-4 2-7 6 2 17
Bogdanovic .37 9-17 3-3 0-6 3 1 23
Fox ............30 10-17 0-0 0-2 1 2 21
Hield..........35 6-13 3-3 0-4 4 2 16
Temple .......30 4-5 0-0 0-4 0 0 9
Mason........20 3-12 0-0 2-2 0 1 7
Koufos .......20 3-6 0-0 4-11 4 2 6
50-96 10-12 10-43 20 13 116
Shooting: Field goals, 52.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 6-14 (Bogdanovic 2-5, Fox
1-2, Hield 1-2, Temple 1-2, Mason 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (20 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Fox 2, Koufos, Labissiere). Turnovers: 15
(Fox 5, Jackson 3, Koufos 3, Bogdanovic, CauleyStein, Hield, Labissiere). Steals: 15 (Hield 3, Temple 3, Bogdanovic 2, Fox 2, Labissiere 2, Mason 2,
Koufos). Technical Fouls: None.
31 20 28 21 11 — 111
22 31 20 27 16 — 116
O—Derek Richardson, Mark Ayotte, Bill Kennedy
Blazers 108, Timberwolves 99
Bjelica........34 4-5 0-0 1-12 0 2 8
Gibson .......29 4-8 1-2 1-4 0 3 9
Towns.........40 11-19 11-12 2-17 2 5 34
Teague .......36 5-14 2-2 1-5 5 1 13
Wiggins ......37 7-20 5-5 2-5 3 6 21
Crawford.....24 5-13 0-0 0-1 3 2 10
Dieng.........23 1-4 0-0 2-5 1 4 2
Jones .........12 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 2
Georges-Hunt 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
38-85 19-21 9-49 16 24 99
Shooting: Field goals, 44.7%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 4-20 (Wiggins 2-5, Teague
1-3, Towns 1-3, Bjelica 0-1, Gibson 0-1, Jones 0-1,
Crawford 0-6). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers:
15 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Towns 3, Bjelica,
Jones, Teague, Wiggins). Turnovers: 15 (Teague 5,
Wiggins 4, Gibson 2, Bjelica, Crawford, Dieng,
Towns). Steals: 5 (Teague 2, Towns 2, Bjelica).
Technical Fouls: Gibson, 00:17 first
Aminu ........28 3-7 3-5 2-12 1 3 10
Harkless .......7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Nurkic ........19 7-11 2-2 3-6 0 3 16
Lillard ........38 9-22 13-16 3-7 4 1 35
McCollum ...37 7-18 2-3 0-4 2 1 19
Davis .........27 5-6 0-0 4-11 1 3 10
Napier........27 4-11 7-9 0-3 2 1 16
Turner.........21 0-4 0-0 0-1 5 2 0
Collins........18 1-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 2
Cnnghton....13 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
36-92 27-35 12-48 16 18 108
Shooting: Field goals, 39.1%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-30 (Lillard 4-12, McCollum
3-6, Aminu 1-4, Napier 1-4, Connaughton 0-1,
Harkless 0-1, Collins 0-2). Team Rebounds: 12.
Team Turnovers: 8 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Davis
2, Aminu, Collins, McCollum, Nurkic). Turnovers: 8
(Aminu 2, Nurkic 2, Davis, Lillard, McCollum, Napier). Steals: 9 (Napier 2, Aminu, Collins, Connaughton, Harkless, Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic).
Technical Fouls: None.
24 25 29 21— 99
19 25 31 33— 108
A—19,533. T—2:24. O—Derrick Stafford, Karl
Lane, Nick Buchert
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Team plans to build around back Gordon
By Dan Woike
you’re looking for a special
place to make a long-term
commitment to a significant
other, you can do better than
the NFL scouting combine inside a convention hall in
downtown Indianapolis. But
romance aside, what Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and
general manager Tom Telesco
said Thursday about running
back Melvin Gordon probably
sounded pretty good to the
former first-round pick.
Telesco said even though
the team hasn’t spoken to
Gordon about a contract extension or their fifth-year option for 2019, he’s not going
anywhere. Lynn, a former running backs coach, said that’s
more than fine with him.
“The way he finished the
season, I’m very comfortable
[with Gordon],” Lynn said. “I
thought he was one of the best
runners in the game the last
four weeks. It just seems like
the bigger the game, the better he plays.”
Gordon rushed for 1,105
yards last season and caught
58 passes for 476 yards — all
career highs. In the last four
games — three wins — he averaged 4.29 yards per carry.
He dealt with knee pain
early in the season that limited some of his effectiveness,
and as the year went on, the
team limited his practice reps.
“We’re going to have to
monitor that knee a little bit,”
Lynn said. “He was gimpy at
the beginning of the season, I
think, because he maybe
pushed too much in training
camp. Being around him for a
year and knowing what he can
handle, we’ll just have to do a
better job of that.”
That doesn’t mean the
Chargers are out of the market for another running back.
Though undrafted rookie
Austin Ekeler had 615 total
yards in limited opportunities
over 11 games last season,
Lynn said he wants the Chargers to find more help for Gordon and the rushing attack.
“I think Austin did a heck
of a job last year, but, I like to
have a tandem backfield. I
think when it was DeAngelo
Williams and Jonathan Stewart [with Carolina], I loved the
way 10 years ago they started
that attack out of the backfield. It was two different skill
sets. It keeps the defense off
balance. And any time you can
attack a defense that way, why
wouldn’t you?
“I played in the backfield
with Terrell Davis and he
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
RUNNING BACK Melvin Gordon rushed for 1,105
yards last season. He also caught 58 passes.
carried the ball 400 times a
year. You can’t be at your best
400 times a year. You’re going
to have to take some time off.
When you have two guys doing
it, I think you have a better
chance of having a better
rushing attack.”
Is that Ekeler or is it someone in this deep crop of running backs in the 2018 draft?
“I think Austin can compete for that spot, but we need
to get someone else who can
compete for that spot as well,”
Lynn said.
Lamp in Lynn’s plan
round pick a year ago, guard
Forrest Lamp, didn’t play a
single snap last season because of a year-ending knee
injury he suffered early in
training camp.
But despite playing only a
limited number of days with
the offensive line, Lamp
would’ve been in position to
win the team’s right guard
spot, Lynn said.
“Losing Forrest last year
was big. I saw enough in a
week to know what he
could’ve done for the rest of
the season,” Lynn said. “He’s
working his way back right
now. He’s not quite back yet.
With him back in the lineup at
that right guard position, I’m
expecting him to pick up
where he left off last year.”
Lynn also mentioned the
possibility of re-signing veteran Matt Slauson to play left
guard, which could kick the
Chargers’ third-round pick
last year, Dan Feeney, over to
“Dan could be an elite center in this league,” Lynn said.
“If Slauson comes back and
can hold down the left guard
spot, we’ll see.”
Lynn said the team would
like to keep free agent Kenny
Wiggins, who started at right
guard with Lamp sidelined
last season.
“We like him. I think he
played well enough where he’s
going to get some interest.
But we’d love to have him
back,” Lynn said. “You don’t
want lose offensive linemen,
especially guys who know the
system, the terminology.”
Bosa gets located
For the better part of his
two-season NFL career, Chargers edge-rushing terror Joey
Bosa played with a dislocated
finger on his right hand. He
suffered the injury early as a
rookie and played with it for
all of the 2017 season.
“He had five weeks to do it
last year and he chose to train
and play with it,” Lynn said.
It didn’t stop him from
earning a trip to the Pro Bowl
after finishing last season
with 12.5 sacks, though he
didn’t play in the game.
Bosa, the team confirmed,
had the finger operated on
this offseason and should
make a full recovery by May.
Lynn again said his preference would be for the Chargers to find a young kicker
who could “grow with the organization.” Earlier this offseason, the team signed former
Roberto Aguayo, 23, to a reserve/futures contract. The
Chargers are expected to have
a kicking competition in training camp after using four kickers last season. … While not
putting a timetable on the
Chargers’ injured players, Telesco did say former Pro Bowl
cornerback Jason Verrett is
“on track” after missing all but
one game last season because
of a knee injury. … Tight end
Hunter Henry, who suffered
a lacerated kidney late in the
season, is expected to be with
the team byApril.
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Snead won’t hesitate to
make the Rams better
The pressure may be
off, but the general
manager still managed
big move with Peters.
By Gary Klein
Darron Cummings Associated Press
ASKED WHAT he could bring to an NFL team, Ronald Jones II said, “Impact.”
Jones rushed for more than 100 yards nine times last season for the Trojans.
Elliott’s first-year success
in Dallas inspired Barkley
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it a near certainty that Barkley will join that group and be
picked in the top 10. If that
happens, he will become the
fourth back in three years to
be picked in the top 10 — further distancing the NFL from
a period when only six running backs were top-10 picks
in the 10 drafts prior to 2016.
Barkley’s signature Rose
Bowl play occurred early in
the third quarter, when he
took a handoff and broke a
tackle in the backfield. He
bounded to the right, where
he juked his way free. From
there, he ran through the
arms of a tackler before finding himself surrounded by
four USC defenders, all converging on him. He escaped
in a blink and cut across the
field, making the USC defense look helpless on a 79yard touchdown run.
“That run,” Barkley said
Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, “it was a special
run, especially because of the
significance of the game and
the history behind the Rose
Bowl. That run was definitely
one of my favorite runs I ever
He followed up the Rose
Bowl performance with 21 total touchdowns, 1,271 yards
rushing and 632 yards receiving in his junior season before
declaring for the draft.
“You sit back and go,
‘Wow. This guy’s just fun to
watch,’ ” Rams general manager Les Snead said. “He did
some amazing things.”
Barkley is not the only
running back evaluators are
excited about.
USC’s Ronald Jones II,
who also played in that Rose
Bowl, Georgia’s running back
duo, Sony Michel and Nick
Chubb — 2018 Rose Bowl heroes — and Louisiana State’s
Derrius Guice are also pos-
‘I think you’re still
going to see some
really good
players at running
back come out of
this draft third,
fourth, fifth, sixth
—Chris Ballard,
Indianapolis Colts GM
sible first-round picks.
“At running back you’re
going to see at all levels that
you’re going to have some
high-end players,” Indianapolis Colts general manager
Chris Ballard said. “And I
think you’re still going to see
some really good players at
the running back position
come out of this draft third,
fourth, fifth, sixth round.”
But no one will be expected to do more — and do it
quickly — than Barkley.
Barkley said he’s hopeful
he can affect a team similar to
how Elliott, who played at
Ohio State, helped the Cowboys in 2016, the year after the
franchise finished 4-12. Elliott
amassed nearly 2,000 yards
from scrimmage during a 13-3
That kind of production
right away helps Barkley believe he can do it too.
“It gives you a lot of confidence,” Barkley said. “Especially a guy like Ezekiel Elliott. He’s very talented, arguably one of the top five — you
could argue number one —
running back in the NFL.
“He came from the same
division, same conference as I
came from in the Big Ten. He
had a lot of success in the Big
Ten and I was able to have a
lot of success in the Big Ten.
His game was able to translate to the next level, and I
hope the same goes for mine.”
Jones also is out to prove
he can be an impact player in
the NFL.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound
Jones rushed for 3,619 yards
and 39 touchdowns in three
seasons for the Trojans. Last
season, he ran for 1,550 yards
and 19 touchdowns. He
eclipsed 100 yards rushing
nine times, and amassed 216
yards against Arizona State.
Asked Thursday what he
could bring to an NFL team,
he was as quick to answer.
“Impact. Dynamic playmaker. I can catch, run, return, line me up wherever,” he
said. “I can do it all, just trying
to help the team win.”
Jones said he hoped to run
the 40-yard-dash in 4.4 seconds to demonstrate his
“I want to make sure
teams know I’m an everydown back and I’m working
on my strength to get ready
for the next level,” he said.
Jones rushed for 55 yards
and a touchdown in 20 carries
in USC’s Rose Bowl victory
over Penn State, which ended
on a last-second field goal.
And he chuckled when recalling Barkley’s dominating
“He showed up that
game,” Jones said. “He went
It wasn’t the first time, or
the last. And if all the scouts
and evaluators are right,
there’s more to come.
“He’s a special talent
now,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He can go.”
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Twitter: @LATimesklein
circumstances surrounding
Les Snead’s appearance before reporters at the NFL
scouting combine Thursday
were in stark contrast to a
year ago.
In February 2017, Snead
faced an uncertain future as
the Rams’ general manager.
The team had finished the
season 4-12. Jeff Fisher, hired
in 2012 along with Snead, had
been fired and replaced by unproven Sean McVay, the
youngest coach in modern
NFL history.
To many observers, the
Rams’ 2016 predraft decision
to trade up to the No. 1 spot
and select quarterback Jared
Goff looked like a major mistake.
And they blamed Snead.
But a year later, Snead —
and the Rams — are riding
Under McVay and his new
staff, Goff developed into a
top-10 passer, the Rams led
the NFL in scoring and they
won the NFC West title.
Snead pulled off another
headline-grabbing predraft
trade last week by acquiring
star cornerback Marcus
Peters from the Kansas City
Chiefs in exchange for draft
picks, none in the first round.
Thursday that the heat was
off and thanked owner Stan
Kroenke and chief operating
officer Kevin Demoff for keeping him in the fold after the
2016 season.
“I was fortunate that Stan
and Kevin gave me that
chance to stay on,” Snead said
during a hallway interview at
the Indiana Convention Center. “They had seen some
things over the years that they
felt, ‘OK, we’re going to give
Les a chance to work with
“I’m fortunate to enjoy
some of the fruits that were
planted not just last offseason, but offseasons before.
Some people in this league
don’t get that chance. And for
that, I’ll always be grateful.”
Throughout the Rams’
turnaround season, McVay
made no secret of his appreciation for the personnel moves
that Snead had engineered after McVay was hired in January 2017.
Before last season, the
Rams signed free-agent receiver Robert Woods and offensive linemen Andrew
Whitworth and John Sullivan.
They drafted tight end Gerald
Everett, receivers Cooper
Kupp and Josh Reynolds and
safety John Johnson. They
also traded for receiver
Sammy Watkins.
The Rams’ agreement to
acquire Peters, a two-time Pro
Bowl player, will cost only $1.7
million in the upcoming sea-
Michael Conroy Associated Press
LES SNEAD says he
likes the “two-minute
mode” to make trades.
son. The salary-cap friendly
trade, which provides the
Rams with flexibility in free
agency and the draft, will not
become official until the
NFL’s new league year begins
March 14.
Snead, who feared tampering charges, jokingly tried
to cut off any questions about
the deal as he stepped to a podium before reporters in the
interview room.
“We should probably just
do this on March 14,” he said.
“I’ll be able to elaborate. But
since it’s March 1 we’ll get 15
minutes in.”
Snead deflected questions
about Peters but answered
one about his own growing
reputation for making predraft trades.
“It’s an urgency to get better,” he said of his philosophy.
“It’s an urgency to improve.
You have things you want to
address and there’s a lot of avenues to address them.
“And then, just like some
offensive coordinators, you
like to attack. You like to put it
in two-minute mode and get
things done.”
Snead has a full agenda
this week.
He is evaluating and interviewing prospects, and talking business with other general managers. In 2016, the
trade with the Tennessee Titans that catapulted the
Rams to the top of the draft
and netted Goff had its genesis at the combine.
“You want it to work out for
both sides,” Titans general
manager Jon Robinson said of
the deal this week. “I am sure
they’re glad they made the
trade and we are as well.”
Snead and other team executives also are scheduled to
meet with agents representing Rams defensive tackle
Aaron Donald.
The defensive player of the
year is entering the final year
of a contract that will pay him
about $6.9 million this season.
He is seeking a new deal that
will make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player.
Snead also is attempting
to re-sign pending free agents,
including safety Lamarcus
Joyner and receiver Watkins.
“Obviously, Aaron’s important,” Snead said. “But
we’ve got it budgeted that
we’ll be able to sign someone
tomorrow if Aaron’s not first.
So that’s all worked out.”
The Rams used the fran-
chise tag the last two seasons
on cornerback Trumaine
Johnson, another pending
free agent.
Joyner or Watkins are regarded as potential candidates for the franchise tag if
the Rams are unable to work
out deals by March 6, the
deadline for applying the tag.
“We definitely know we’ve
got it, and we know we’ve got
to use it strategically,” Snead
said of the tag, which can be
applied to only one player.
“How we do that will depend
on the next few weeks. But
we’re well aware it’s in the
back pocket. And we’re also
trying to get things done without using it.”
The addition of Peters
takes pressure off the Rams to
specifically target a cornerback with the 23rd pick in the
April 26-28 draft.
They can turn part of their
focus to edge rushers and
building depth along the offensive and defensive fronts.
Several mock drafts have
the Rams choosing Ohio
State center Billy Price with
their first pick. Price, who also
plays guard, reportedly suffered an injury Thursday during bench-press testing. He
did not appear with other offensive linemen at a scheduled media session.
Asked if the Rams would
consider choosing a center in
the first round, Snead said it
was possible, citing the Dallas
Cowboys’ selection of Travis
Frederick with the 31st pick in
“That is conceivable, but
you want it to be the right
one,” he said, considering the
reaction to Cowboys’ selection. “It was, ‘Oh, they took a
center? Why would you take a
“However many years later, they supposedly had the
best line in the league.”
As he did a day after the
season ended, Snead told reporters he constantly reminds himself to remember
what it felt like on the drive
home after the Rams lost to
the Atlanta Falcons in a wildcard playoff game.
Snead said he wrote the
phrase “Remember the Feeling” at the top of a computer
document he checks occasionally. He uses it as motivation.
“Every now and then, I
change colors,” he said. “Because you know how it is, you
psychologically see it over the
day — and it’s like, ‘Oh wait, I
didn’t notice that today.’
“So I put it in italics.”
Snead’s handwriting is all
over a roster that he began to
build six years ago, and he will
continue to reshape it in the
coming months.
“Our goal from a philosophical standpoint was, ‘OK,
let’s acquire as much young
talent as possible so that as
they get experience and grow,
and when we do tip, there’s a
chance for sustainability, because you did it with a longterm approach in mind.’ ”
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FR I DAY , M A R C H 2 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Ex-quarterback Kelly battling cancer again
staff and wire reports
Jim Kelly has again been diagnosed with oral cancer.
The Hall of Fame former Buffalo Bills quarterback released a
statement Thursday through his
publicist saying that he is “shocked
and deeply saddened” by the news
and vows to again fight to overcome the disease. He did not go
into specifics about the diagnosis
except to say the cancer was discovered following a test.
The diagnosis comes a few
weeks after Kelly celebrated his
58th birthday.
Kelly had been cancer-free since
September 2014 but had been required to undergo routine followup testing.
He was first diagnosed with
squamous cell carcinoma, which
led to him having surgery to have a
portion of his upper jaw removed in
June 2013.
At Mexico City—Par 71
Club de Golf Chapultepec—7,345 yards
18-Hole Scores
Louis Oosthuizen ...................32-32—64 -7
Chris Paisley .........................31-34—65 -6
Xander Schauffele .................31-34—65 -6
Shubhankar Sharma ..............32-33—65 -6
Rafa Cabrera Bello ................33-33—66 -5
Kiradech Aphibarnrat .............32-34—66 -5
Jon Rahm.............................33-34—67 -4
Pat Perez..............................33-35—68 -3
Sergio Garcia........................34-34—68 -3
Tony Finau............................31-37—68 -3
Brian Harman .......................33-35—68 -3
Rickie Fowler ........................34-34—68 -3
Russell Henley ......................36-33—69 -2
Dustin Johnson .....................34-35—69 -2
Alex Noren ...........................34-35—69 -2
Bubba Watson ......................38-31—69 -2
Phil Mickelson ......................32-37—69 -2
Patton Kizzire ........................35-34—69 -2
Marc Leishman .....................33-36—69 -2
Brendan Steele .....................32-37—69 -2
Daniel Berger........................35-34—69 -2
Thomas Pieters .....................36-33—69 -2
Jhonattan Vegas ....................35-35—70 -1
Kevin Kisner .........................34-36—70 -1
David Lipsky .........................34-36—70 -1
Charley Hoffman ...................35-35—70 -1
Patrick Cantlay ......................34-36—70 -1
Adam Bland .........................34-36—70 -1
Jordan Spieth .......................36-34—70 -1
Tyrrell Hatton ........................35-35—70 -1
Adam Hadwin .......................34-36—70 -1
Abraham Ancer .....................37-34—71 E
Matthew Fitzpatrick................35-36—71 E
Charl Schwartzel ...................36-35—71 E
Ross Fisher ..........................36-35—71 E
Kyle Stanley .........................38-33—71 E
Francesco Molinari ................37-34—71 E
Justin Rose...........................35-36—71 E
Jorge Campillo ......................37-35—72 +1
Patrick Reed .........................37-35—72 +1
Chez Reavie..........................34-38—72 +1
Justin Thomas.......................37-35—72 +1
Tommy Fleetwood ..................34-38—72 +1
Webb Simpson......................38-34—72 +1
Branden Grace......................37-35—72 +1
Jason Dufner ........................35-37—72 +1
Joost Luiten..........................35-37—72 +1
Satoshi Kodaira ....................37-35—72 +1
Yuta Ikeda............................35-38—73 +2
Kevin Chappell......................36-37—73 +2
Bernd Wiesberger ..................37-36—73 +2
HaoTong Li ...........................37-36—73 +2
Dylan Frittelli ........................35-38—73 +2
Dean Burmester ....................35-38—73 +2
Paul Casey ...........................35-38—73 +2
Paul Dunne ..........................35-38—73 +2
Peter Uihlein.........................37-37—74 +3
Gary Woodland .....................39-35—74 +3
Matt Kuchar .........................37-37—74 +3
Brandon Stone......................36-39—75 +4
Yusaku Miyazato....................41-36—77 +6
Brett Rumford .......................40-38—78 +7
Gavin Kyle Green...................37-41—78 +7
Wade Ormsby .......................41-38—79 +8
At Singapore—Par 72
Sentosa Golf Club —6,718 yards
18-Hole Scores
Jennifer Song................................65-7 -7
Eun-Hee Ji ...................................67-5 -5
Michelle Wie ................................67-5 -5
Brooke M. Henderson ....................68-4 -4
Ariya Jutanugarn............................68-4 -4
Danielle Kang ...............................68-4 -4
In Gee Chun .................................68-4 -4
Jessica Korda ...............................68-4 -4
Madelene Sagstrom.......................68-4 -4
Chella Choi ..................................68-4 -4
Su Oh .........................................68-4 -4
Sung Hyun Park ............................68-4 -4
Marina Alex ..................................69-3 -3
Jeong Eun Lee ..............................69-3 -3
So Yeon Ryu .................................69-3 -3
Mirim Lee ....................................69-3 -2
Charley Hull..................................70-2 -2
Sei Young Kim ..............................70-2 -2
Nicole Broch Larsen.......................70-2 -2
Cristie Kerr ...................................70-2 -2
Caroline Masson ...........................70-2 -2
Moriya Jutanugarn .........................70-2 -2
Nelly Korda ..................................70-2 -2
a-Atthaya Thitikul...........................70-2 -2
Shanshan Feng.............................70-2 -2
Ha Na Jang ..................................70-2 -2
Hyejin Choi...................................71-1 -1
Carlota Ciganda ............................71-1 -1
Candie Kung.................................71-1 -1
Minjee Lee ...................................71-1 -1
Jodi Ewart Shadoff.........................71-1 -1
Lizette Salas.................................71-1 -1
Austin Ernst..................................71-1 -1
Lydia Ko ......................................71-1 -1
Jenny Shin ...................................71-1 -1
Jin Young Ko ..................................72E E
Brittany Altomare............................72E E
Sandra Gal....................................72E E
Mi Hyang Lee.................................72E E
Hyo Joo Kim ..................................72E +1
Georgia Hall ................................73+1 +1
Brittany Lincicome ........................73+1 +1
Inbee Park...................................73+1 +1
Angel Yin.....................................73+1 +1
Jacqui Concolino ..........................73+1 +1
Pernilla Lindberg ..........................73+1 +1
Tiffany Chan ................................74+2 +2
Katherine Kirk ..............................74+2 +2
Pornanong Phatlum ......................74+2 +2
Amy Yang ....................................74+2 +2
Mi Jung Hur .................................75+3 +3
Anna Nordqvist ............................75+3 +3
Lexi Thompson .............................75+3 +3
Megan Khang ..............................75+3 +3
In-Kyung Kim ...............................75+3 +3
Alena Sharp ................................75+3 +3
Ashleigh Buhai.............................75+3 +3
Jane Park ....................................75+3 +3
Sarah Jane Smith .........................75+3 +3
Kim Kaufman...............................75+3 +3
Angela Stanford ...........................76+4 +4
Karine Icher.................................78+6 +6
Haru Nomura...............................78+6 +6
At Waterkloff, South Africa—Par 71
Pretoria Country Club—7,081
18-Hole Leaders
Louis De Jager, South Africa...............64 -7
Felipe Aguilar, Chile ..........................65 -6
Julian Suri, U.S.................................65 -6
Thomas Aiken, South Africa................65 -6
Shaun Norris, South Africa.................66 -5
Combrinck Smit, South Africa.............66 -5
Christopher Mivis, Belgium.................67 -4
Jin-ho Choi, South Korea ...................67 -4
Breyten Meyer, South Africa................67 -4
Chris Bezuidenhout, S.Africa...............67 -4
George Coetzee, South Africa .............67 -4
Scott Jamieson, Scotland ..................67 -4
Richard Sterne, South Africa ..............67 -4
Dan Van Tonder, South Africa .............67 -4
Patrick Newcomb, U.S. ......................67 -4
Max Kieffer, Germany ........................67 -4
Justin Walters, South Africa................67 -4
Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal..................67 -4
Scott Fernandez, Spain .....................67 -4
Jeff Winther, Denmark .......................67 -4
Adilson Da Silva, Brazil......................67 -4
Robin Sciot-Siegrist, France ...............67 -4
J.J. Senekal, South Africa ...................67 -4
Zack Byrd, U.S. ................................75 +4
Chase Koepka, U.S. ..........................77 +6
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
UCLA d. Stanford, 25-12, 25-16, 18-25, 25-21
BYU d. Pepperdine, 22-25, 27-29, 25-23, 2522
UC Santa Barbara d. USC, 25-20, 25-23, 2225, 25-23
USC 6, San Diego 1
Win for U.S. women
Megan Rapinoe scored in the
17th minute and the U.S. women’s
soccer team held on for 1-0 victory
over Germany in a matchup of the
world’s top two teams at Columbus, Ohio. The top-ranked Americans controlled the pace on a cold,
rainy central Ohio night in the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team roundrobin tournament that also includes England and France.
Germany’s Sara Dabritz got a
point-blank opportunity in the
16th minute but pulled it far right.
Less than a minute later, Rapinoe
caught up with a long goal kick and
her shot went between goalkeeper
Almuth Schult’s legs.
Barcelona said it sent a signed
team jersey to a student and fan
who was credited with saving the
lives of at least 20 other students
during a school massacre last
month in Parkland, Fla. The club
said it would also help organize a
meeting between its players and 15year-old Anthony Borges, who was
shot five times during the Feb. 14
massacre at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School.
ESPNLA-AM (710) and KFWBAM (980) have joined the Los Angeles Football Club as the expansion soccer team’s flagship radio
partners. ESPNLA will carry the
games in English and KFWB in
Spanish beginning with Sunday’s
season opener at Seattle.
—Kevin Baxter
Louis Oosthuizen made a short
eagle putt late in his round and
made birdies on two of the short
par fours for a seven-under 64 to
lead the Mexico Championship at
Mexico City. One shot behind were
two players making their first ap-
pearances in a World Golf Championship: Chris Paisley, who led for
much of the afternoon before a late
bogey at Chapultepec Golf Club,
and Xander Schauffele.
penalty Thursday night.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive
end Dante Fowler was sentenced
to a year of probation and 75 hours
of community service for a parking
lot attack on a man last July in St.
Petersburg, Fla. He could still be
disciplined by the NFL.
John Dorsey, general manager
of the Cleveland Browns, might
make a deal for the top pick in the
NFL draft — if the price is the right.
“There are a lot of things we can do
at No. 1 and not just get a quarterback,” he said. “If someone wants
to come up and make a trade, I’d
make a trade, too. Just give me a
call and see what’s up.”
The group looking to bring an
NHL expansion team to Seattle for
the 2020 season said it surpassed
25,000 ticket commitments in two
hours after kicking off its seasonticket drive.
Former Lakers guard Corey
Brewer will sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after clearing
waivers, said his agent, Happy
Walters. The Lakers agreed to a
buyout with the 6-foot-9 Brewer on
Wednesday. ... Cleveland Cavaliers
guard J.R. Smith was suspended
one game by the team for detrimental conduct, serving the
Texas Wesleyan fired its baseball coach after he told a high
school player from Colorado that
the team doesn’t recruit from the
state because players there fail
drug tests. President Fred
Slabach said Mike Jeffcoat was
fired both for his remark and amid
an investigation into an NAIA violation regarding players’ eligibility.
UC Riverside 72, Cal Poly 63
Long Beach St. 70, UC Santa Barbara 69
Arizona St. 84, California 53
Washington St. 78, Oregon 76
E. Washington 74, S. Utah 51
Arizona 75, Stanford 67
UC Davis 70, Hawaii 59
North Dakota 90, Sacramento St. 73
N. Colorado 85, Portland St. 78
Washington 79, Oregon St. 77
Delaware St. 87, Morgan St. 80
Alabama St. 62, Jackson St. 60
Bethune-Cookman 89, Florida A&M 77
Cincinnati 78, Tulane 49
Fla. International 89, Charlotte 83
Georgia Southern 81, South Alabama 74
Georgia Tech 78, NC State 75
Hampton 74, Norfolk St. 71
Howard 78, Coppin St. 71
La. Lafayette 85, Arkansas St. 74
La. Monroe 48, Ark. Little Rock 44
Middle Tennessee 82, W. Kentucky 64
N.C. Central 70, N.C. A&T 59
Old Dominion 69, Fla. Atlantic 64
Prairie View 79, Alcorn St. 69
Savannah St. 94, S.C. State 81
South Florida 75, Memphis 51
Troy 83, Georgia St. 70
Tulsa 72, East Carolina 58
Ala. Birmingham 91, Marshall 77
Virginia 67, Louisville 66
Wichita St. 75, Central Florida 71, OT
North Texas 80, UTSA 62
Rice 76, UTEP 70
Montana 75, Weber St. 57
Idaho St. 101, Montana St. 78
Idaho 66, N. Arizona 52
Atlantic Sun
Florida Gulf Coast 95, North Florida 72
Lipscomb 77, Jacksonville 62
Big South
Liberty 73, Campbell 59
Radford 59, Longwood 53
UNC Asheville 71, Charleston Southern 66
Winthrop 72, Gardner-Webb 68
Big Ten
Second Round
Michigan 77, Iowa 71, OT
Penn St. 65, Northwestern 57
Rutgers 76, Indiana 69
Wisconsin 59, Maryland 54
Metro Atlantic
First Round
Fairfield 71, Marist 57
Quinnipiac 67, Siena 58
St. Peter’s 60, Monmouth (N.J.) 58
Missouri Valley
First Round
N. Iowa 60, Evansville 50
Ohio Valley
Second Round
Jacksonville St. 73, Tennessee Tech 70
Boston U. 88, Lehigh 82
Bucknell 81, Loyola (Md.) 78
Colgate 76, Lafayette 54
Holy Cross 81, Navy 65
No. 12 Tennessee 64, Auburn 61
No. 14 Missouri 59, Mississippi 50
No. 15 Texas A&M 82, Arkansas 52
No. 23 N.C. State 77, North Carolina 64
No. 25 Mercer 75, Western Carolina 44
USC 47, Washington St. 44
Pepperdine 74, Santa Clara 63
San Diego 61, BYU 56
UC Davis 67, Cal St. Fullerton 55
Cal St. Northridge 71, UC Irvine 67
Long Beach St. 70, UC Riverside 58
San Francisco 89, Loyola Marymount 76
UC Santa Barbara at Hawaii, late
California 71, Washington 68
Pacific 85, Portland 60
Arizona St. 76, Arizona 47.
Delaware St. 60, Morgan St. 56
Drexel 72, Delaware 53
Manhattan 55, Iona 39
Monmouth (N.J.) 61, Canisius 58
Niagara 60, St. Peter’s 48
Virginia Tech 85, Syracuse 70
Alabama A&M 71, Grambling St. 64
Bethune-Cookman 62, Florida A&M 42
Charlotte 51, Old Dominion 43
E. Tenn. St. 78, Wofford 64
Elon 82, William & Mary 61
Fla. Atlantic 62, Marshall 55
Georgia St. 85, Troy 78
Hampton 70, Norfolk St. 56
Howard 87, Coppin St. 69
Jackson St. 69, Alabama St. 50
Jacksonville St. 69, Morehead St. 56
Kentucky 71, Alabama 64
La. Lafayette 60, Arkansas St. 53
Mercer 75, W. Carolina 44
Miami 68, Wake Forest 60
N.C. A&T 60, N.C. Central 57
N.C. State 77, North Carolina 64
Prairie View 96, Alcorn St. 76
SC State 80, Savannah St. 78
Samford 59, Furman 58
South Alabama 81, Georgia Southern 74
Southern Miss. 69, W. Kentucky 63
Tennessee 64, Auburn 61
Texas Southern 66, Southern U. 60
Ark. Little Rock 71, La. Monroe 47
UNC-Greensboro 70, Chattanooga 66
UNC-Wilmington 64, Towson 53
Virginia 60, Georgia Tech 58
Drake 97, Loyola Chicago 53
Indiana 111, Michigan St. 109
Iowa 55, Northwestern 45
Missouri St. 97, Evansville 51
N. Iowa 76, Valparaiso 53
Rutgers 62, Purdue 60
S. Illinois 54, Indiana St. 43
SIU Edwardsville 76, Austin Peay 43
Louisiana Tech 70, Rice 62
Texas A&M 82, Arkansas 52
Ala. Birmingham 69, North Texas 51
UTEP 86, Fla. International 70
Colorado 66, Utah 56
USC 47, Washington St. 44
WASHINGTON ST.—Washington 1-2 0-0 2,
Kostourkova 0-5 1-2 1, Molina 2-8 0-0 6,
Pavlopoulou 2-3 0-0 6, Swedlund 2-7 1-3 5,
Brown 1-2 0-0 3, Hristova 4-12 1-1 9, McClure
4-10 4-4 12, Hailey 0-2 0-0 0, Totals 16-51 7-10
USC—Simon 3-16 2-2 8, Adams 1-2 0-0 2,
Edwards 2-10 3-4 7, Mazyck 6-19 2-2 14, Moore
6-11 2-2 16, Tapley 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 18-58 9-10
Halftime—USC 18-16. Three-point goals—
Washington St. 5-10 (Molina 2-3, Pavlopoulou
2-2, Swedlund 0-1, Brown 1-1, Hristova 0-2, Hailey 0-1), USC 2-11 (Simon 0-1, Adams 0-1, Edwards 0-1, Mazyck 0-6, Moore 2-2). Assists—
Washington St. 8 (Molina 3), USC 7 (Edwards 3).
Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Washington St.
32 (Washington 5), USC 40 (Simon 12). Total
Fouls—Washington St. 12, USC 12. Technical
Fouls—None. A—NA.
Gregory Shamus Getty Images
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen rolls a birdie attempt on the 18th hole during the first
round of the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship in Mexico City. He didn’t
make the putt, but Oosthuizen shot a seven-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead.
At Phoenix:
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Upt Jr. lf
3 0 0 0 C.Tylor ss 2 0 1 1
T.Nquin lf 2 1 1 0 Rbinson ss 2 0 0 0
Y.Gomes c 3 0 1 0 J.Trner 3b 3 0 1 0
E.Haase pr 2 0 0 0 Santana 3b 2 1 1 0
Y.Alnso 1b 2 0 0 0 Ma.Kemp lf 3 0 1 0
Rdrguez pr 1 2 1 0 Tijeron pr 1 0 0 0
Encrncn dh 2 1 0 0 Ya.Puig rf 3 1 1 0
Ya.Diaz ph 2 1 1 2 Yu.Diaz lf 1 1 0 0
Shaffer 3b 3 0 0 0 Grandal c 2 0 0 0
Urshela 3b 2 1 2 1 Ke.Ruiz c 3 0 3 1
G.Allen cf 2 0 0 0 Pderson dh 2 0 1 0
Almonte cf 2 1 1 2 Zarraga ph 2 0 1 1
Rfsnydr rf 3 0 1 1 Verdugo cf 2 1 1 1
F.Mejia ph 1 0 1 1 D.Pters cf 2 1 1 0
Y.Chang ss 2 0 0 0 MMncy 1b 2 0 0 0
W.Cstro ss 2 0 0 0 Ed.Rios 1b 2 1 0 0
D.Mggi 2b 3 0 2 0 J.Peter 2b 3 1 2 3
Stamets pr 1 1 1 0 Lcastro 2b 1 0 0 0
38 812 7 Totals
38 714 7
010 000 061 — 8
010 010 500 — 7
E—Haase (1), Ruiz (1). DP—Cleveland 1, Dodgers 3. LOB—Cleveland 7, Dodgers 7.
2B—Rodriguez (1), Santana (1). HR—Peter (1).
3 3 1 1 1 0
1 0 0 0 0 1
1 3 1 1 0 0
1 2 0 0 0 0
⁄3 3 5 2 1 2
⁄3 2 0 0 0 1
Mrshll W, 1-1
1 0 0 0 0 1
Zarate S, 1-2
1 1 0 0 1 2
2 1 1 1 1 3
1 0 0 0 0 1
1 0 0 0 0 2
1 1 0 0 0 2
Santana H, 1
1 1 0 0 1 0
Moran H, 3
1 0 0 0 0 2
⁄3 2 3 3 1 1
0 3 3 3 0 0
Ramos BS, 0-1 2⁄3 2 0 0 0 0
Moseley L, 0-1 1 2 1 1 0 1
WP—Paredes, Ramos, Moseley. T—3:26.
At Scottsdale:
San Francisco
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Vlbna 1b 3 0 0 0 J.Panik 2b 3 0 1 0
M.Thiss 1b 3 2 2 2 M.Gmz 2b 2 0 0 1
Mldndo dh 2 0 0 0 Br.Belt 1b 2 0 0 0
C.Crter ph 1 1 0 0 Cstillo pr
2 1 1 0
R.Rvera c 2 0 0 0 McCtchn rf 2 0 1 0
C.Perez ph 3 1 1 0 Hrnndez pr 3 1 1 1
Bo.Way pr 0 1 0 0 Lngoria dh 3 0 1 0
J.Marte 3b 3 0 2 0 Wllmson ph 1 0 1 1
Frnndez ph 2 1 2 2 Hundley c 2 0 0 0
Yng Jr. cf 3 0 0 0 T.Brown c 1 0 0 0
J.Jones ph 2 0 0 1 O’Cnner c 1 0 0 0
Fltcher ss 2 2 2 0 Jackson cf 2 0 0 0
C.Walsh 2b 1 1 1 1 G.Blnco cf 2 1 2 0
K.Cwart 2b 3 0 1 0 A.Slter lf
2 0 0 0
Gibbons lf 2 0 1 0 Ch.Shaw lf 2 1 2 0
Liriano rf 3 1 1 1 d’Arnud 3b 2 0 1 0
Ycinich ss 1 0 0 0 Arenado 3b 2 0 1 1
Briceno ph 0 0 0 1 Calixte ss 2 0 0 0
Hrmsllo lf 4 1 1 1 J.Sands 1b 2 0 0 0
Johnson lf 1 0 0 0
411114 9 Totals
38 412 4
000 010 514 — 11
San Francisco
000 000 022 — 4
—E—Middleton (1), Yacinich (1), Gomez (1), Arenado (3). DP—Angels 1, San Francisco 0.
LOB—Angels 8, San Francisco 8. 2B—Thaiss (1),
Marte 2 (3), Fernandez 2 (2), Hermosillo (3),
Hernandez (1), Williamson (1), Shaw (3).
3B—Gibbons (1). HR—Thaiss (1), Walsh (2).
SB—Fletcher 2 (2), Cowart (1).
2 1 0 0 0 1
1 1 0 0 0 1
Trpano W, 1-0
2 2 0 0 0 1
Alvarez H, 1
1 0 0 0 1 0
1 2 0 0 0 2
1 2 2 0 0 1
1 4 2 2 0 2
San Francisco
3 1 0 0 1 3
1 1 0 0 0 1
Law L, 0-1
1 2 1 1 0 1
1 1 0 0 0 2
⁄3 3 4 4 1 1
⁄3 2 1 1 0 0
1 2 1 1 0 0
⁄3 2 4 2 1 1
⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
HBP—by Herb (Walsh). WP—Fernandez.
T—3:08. A—7,788
Thursday’s Results
Cleveland 8, DODGERS 7
ANGELS 11, San Francisco 4
Atlanta (ss) 5, Detroit 2
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 10, Boston 5
Minnesota 3, St. Louis 3
N.Y. Yankees 6, Philadelphia 4
Pittsburgh 4, Toronto 1
Washington 6, Atlanta (ss) 2
Miami 3, N.Y. Mets 2
Cincinnati 8, Chicago White Sox 7
Colorado 2, Chicago Cubs 2
San Diego 9, Texas (ss) 9
Texas (ss) 9, Oakland 4
Kansas City 4, Seattle 3
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 1
Today’s Schedule
DODGERS vs. Chicago White Sox at Phoenix,
Chicago Cubs vs. ANGELS at Tempe, noon
Kansas City vs. PADRES at Peoria, noon
Premier League
Manchester City 3, Arsenal 0
La Liga
Betis 0, Sociedad 0
Las Palmas 1, Barcelona 1
Alaves 1, Levante 0
CONCACAF Champions League
Round of 16
Second Leg
New York Red Bulls (U.S.) 2, Olimpia (Honduras)
0, New York advances on 3-1 aggregate
Seattle (U.S.) 4, Santa Tecla (El Salvador) 0, Seattle advances on 5-2 aggregate
At Columbus, Ohio
United States 1, Germany 0
Thursday’s Results
Girls’ Open Division
Consolation final
Narbonne 41, Eagle Rock 36
Girls' Division 3
Gardena 59, Jefferson 36
Boys' Division 3
South East 65, Manual Arts 44
Today at Roybal
Girls' Division 2: No. 3 Los Angeles Hamilton
vs. No. 1 Crenshaw, 6 p.m.
Boys' Division 2: No. 3 Van Nuys vs. No. 1
King/Drew, 8 p.m.
Today at Cal St. Long Beach
Girls' Open Division
No. 2 Windward vs. No. 1 Harvard-Westlake, 6
Boys' Open Division
No. 5 Sierra Canyon vs. No. 3 Mater Dei, 8:30
Today at Azusa Pacific
Boys' Division 3A
No. 1 Riverside Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Bishop
Amat, 6 p.m.
Girls' Division 2A
No. 1 Glendora vs. No.3 Downey, 8 p.m.
at Bowl. Green
at Toledo
E. Michigan
Kent St.
at Akron
at Dartmouth
at Harvard
at Brown
at Yale
at C. Michigan
W. Michigan
at Miami (O)
Ohio U.
Texas Arlington
at Texas St.
Ball St.
at N. Illinois
Rhode Island
at Davidson
at Oklahoma
Iowa St.
Michigan St,
No line
Indiana St.
Illinois St.
Youngstown St.
Cleveland St.
1 ⁄2
Green Bay
2 ⁄2
Santa Clara
No line
Updates at
—Associated Press
College Basketball
At Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Robert Bautista
Agut (3), Spain, d. Borna Coric, Croatia, 7-6 (4),
6-4; Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, d. Stefanos Tsitsipas,
Greece, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Lucas Pouille (2), France,
d. Yuichi Sugita (8), Japan, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Filip
Krajinovic (7), Serbia, d. Evgeny Donskoy, Russia, 6-1, 6-2.
DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Jamie Cerretani,
and Leander Paes, India, d. Raven Klaasen,
South Africa-Michael Venus (4), New Zealand,
2-6, 6-4, 10-7; Jean-Julien Rojer, NetherlandsHoria Tecau (2), Romania, d. Marcin Matkowski,
Poland-Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Pakistan, 6-4,
6-4; Ivan Dodig, Croatia, and Rajeev Ram (3), d.
Robin Haase-Matwe Middelkoop, Netherlands,
6-3, 7-6 (6).
At Acapulco
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Jared Donaldson d. Feliciano Lopez, Spain, 6-3, 6-1; Alexander Zverev (2), Germany, d. Ryan Harrison,
6-4, 6-1; Kevin Anderson (5), South Africa, d.
Chung Hyeon, South Korea, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Juan
Martin del Potro (6), Argentina, d. Dominic Thiem
(3), Austria, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
WOMEN’S SINGLES (second round)—Stefanie
Voegele, Switzerland, d. Sloane Stephens (1),
6-4, 5-7, 6-2; Daria Gavrilova (3), Australia, d.
Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2;
Lesia Tsurenko (7), Ukraine, d. Kristina Mladenovic (2), France, 6-2, 6-2; Rebecca Peterson,
Sweden, d. Zhang Shuai (4), China, 6-2, 6-1.
MEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Jamie Murray, Britain-Bruno Soares (3), Brazil, d. Marcelo
Demoliner, Brazil, and Sam Querrey, 6-2, 6-3;
Nikola Mektic, Croatia-Alexander Peya, Austria,
d. Oliver Marach, Austria-Mate Pavic (2), Croatia,
7-5, 7-5; Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock d. Feliciano Lopez-Marc Lopez, Spain, 6-7 (5), 6-3,
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Tatjana
Maria, Germany-Heather Watson, Britain, d. Desirae Krawczyk, and Giuliana Olmos, Mexico,
4-6, 6-4, 10-3; Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina
Santamaria, d. Anna Smith, Britain-Renata Voracova (1), Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5; Monica Puig,
Puerto Rico, and Sloane Stephens, d. Dalila
Jakupovic, Slovenia-Arantxa Rus, Netherlands,
6-4, 6-3; Lara Arruabarrena-Aranxta Parra Santonja (4), Spain, d. Ana Sofia Sanchez-Renata
Zarazua, Mexico, 6-3, 6-2.
$516,205 BRASIL OPEN
At Sao Paulo
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (second round)—Nicolas Jarry, Chile, d. Guido Pella (6), Argentina, 6-7 (2), 6-4,
7-6 (2); Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, d. Guilherme Clezar, Brazil, 6-3, 6-4; Horacio Zeballos,
Argentina, d. Gael Monfils, France, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3;
Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, d. Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 6-4, 6-2.
Chicago—Signed forward Jarell Eddie to a 10day contract.
Kings—Signed forward Gabe Vilardi to a
three-year contract.
Arizona—Called up forward Laurent Dauphin
from Tucson (AHL).
Colorado—Assigned defenseman David
Warsofsky to San Antonio (AHL).
New Jersey—Assigned goaltender Eddie Lack
to Binghamton (AHL); activated goaltender Cory
Schneider from injured reserve.
Barre-Boulet to a three-year contract; called up
forward Anthony Cirelli from Syracuse (AHL).
Galaxy—Signed goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg.
Portland—Waived defender Chance Myers.
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Co. 37th day of 59-day meet.
2316 FIRST RACE. 1 mile turf. Maiden claiming. Fillies and
mares. Three-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
P# Horse
2 Flammetta
9 Tell Me More
4 Turing Machine
8 Also Ran: On a Toot, Brandon’s Law, Unlucky Hillary, Swallows Inn Gal,
Pure Sugar, Baby Beauty.
8 Time: 23.32, 46.87, 1.11.17, 1.23.55, 1.35.81. Clear & Firm. Trainer:
Richard Baltas. Owner: Ron McCauley.
8 Scratched: Grace Hopper.
8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (2-9) paid $15.20, $1 Superfecta (2-9-4-6) paid
$1,001.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-9-4) paid $35.30, $1 X-5 Super High Five
(2-9-4-6-8) , X-5 Super High Five Carryover $3,314.
2317 SECOND RACE. 7 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. Fillies. Three-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000.
Purse $56,000.
P# Horse
3 First Dudette
4 Poetic
1 Cognitive
Van Dyke
8 Also Ran: Fracas.
8 Time: 22.76, 45.65, 1.11.04, 1.24.52. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Brian J.
Koriner. Owner: Blinkers On Racing Stable, Lyons, J., Robin, C., VanDrie, J.
and Wagner, L..
8 Scratched: Emboldened.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-3) paid $111.60, $1 Exacta (3-4) paid
$17.30, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-4-1) paid $12.00.
2318 THIRD RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
Three-year-olds. Claiming price $30,000. Purse $21,000.
P# Horse
2 Infuriated Gary
1 Bourbon Dude
6 Sharon’s Fury
8 Also Ran: Fabrication, The Italian.
8 Time: 23.23, 46.68, 1.11.63, 1.17.95. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Philip D’Amato. Owner: D’Amato, Philip and Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable LLC.
8 Scratched: Your Grace.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (3-2) paid $97.00, $1 Exacta (2-1) paid
$34.10, $1 Superfecta (2-1-6-5) paid $306.30, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-1-6) paid
$77.45, $1 Pick Three (2-3-2) paid $547.60.
2319 FOURTH RACE. 5 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
Four-year-olds and up. Claiming price $20,000. Purse
P# Horse
1 Milhaud
8 Towards the Light
3 Awesome EK
8 Also Ran: Pure Pursuit, Capes Hot Rocket, Contento, Sonic Boy, Life’s
8 Time: 22.07, 45.93, 58.69. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Richard E. Mandella.
Owner: Bacharach, Burt and Jane.
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-1) paid $117.40, $1 Exacta (1-8) paid $9.20,
$1 Superfecta (1-8-3-5) paid $108.30, $1 Super High Five (1-8-3-5-6) paid
$269.00, 50-Cent Trifecta (1-8-3) paid $22.40, $1 Pick Three (3-2-1) paid
2320 FIFTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Claiming. Fillies
and mares. Four-year-olds and up. Claiming price $40,000.
Purse $33,000.
P# Horse
4 Lori’s Attitude
3 Zero Zee
1 Paddy Jean
8 Also Ran: Candy Ruler, Tiffany Diamond, Coalinga Hills, No Comparison,
Briartic Gal.
8 Time: 22.06, 44.60, 1.07.72, 1.13.98. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Carla
Gaines. Owner: Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc..
8 Scratched: Looking At Thelake.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-4) paid $76.20, $1 Exacta (4-3) paid
$14.70, $1 Superfecta (4-3-1-7) paid $180.80, $1 Super High Five (4-3-17-5) paid $611.50, 50-Cent Trifecta (4-3-1) paid $32.20, $1 Pick Three
(2-1-4) paid $333.20, 50-Cent Pick Four (3-2-1-4) 4 correct paid $1,145.85,
50-Cent Pick Five (2-3-2-1-4) 5 correct paid $10,111.80.
2321 SIXTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Waiver claiming. Fillies and
mares. Four-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$25,000-$22,500. Purse $29,000.
P# Horse
5 Pica
4 Sturdy One
6 Wedding Blush
8 Also Ran: Princess Kendra, Scathing, Parasail.
8 Time: 21.99, 44.84, 1.10.30, 1.16.99. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Eddie Truman. Owner: Roper, James L. and Ilene A..
8 Scratched: none.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-5) paid $31.40, $1 Exacta (5-4) paid $9.30,
$1 Superfecta (5-4-6-2) paid $130.50, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-4-6) paid $12.05,
$1 Pick Three (1-4-5) paid $96.00.
2322 SEVENTH RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Claiming. Four-year-olds
and up. Claiming price $12,500. Purse $16,000.
P# Horse
9 Seau
3 Moonlight Blue
4 Moonman
8 Also Ran: Reverend Al, Squared Squared, Yo La Tengo, Super Echelon,
Big Day Tomorrow, Dominant Don.
8 Time: 23.63, 47.65, 1.12.58, 1.38.73, 1.45.43. Clear & Fast. Trainer:
Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: Hollendorfer, LLC and Three Kings Racing.
8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-9) paid $48.20, $1 Exacta (9-3) paid
$34.60, $1 Superfecta (9-3-4-1) paid $916.50, 50-Cent Trifecta (9-3-4) paid
$80.15, $1 X-5 Super High Five (9-3-4-1-6) , X-5 Super High Five Carryover
$2,515, $1 Pick Three (4-5-9) paid $120.90.
2323 EIGHTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Maiden claiming. Fillies
and mares. Three-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
P# Horse
3 Christmas Carol
7 Bee Sweet
6 Majestic Design
8 Also Ran: Tim’s Girl, Topaz Time, All Net, Cee Sam’s Girl, Sunset Melody,
Silverado Mist.
8 Time: 22.65, 46.37, 1.11.58, 1.24.25, 1.37.13. Clear & Firm. Trainer:
Richard Baltas. Owner: BHMFR, LLC.
8 Scratched: Feeling the Heat.
8 Exotics: $2 Pick Six Jackpot (2-1-4-5-9-3) , Pick Six Jackpot Carryover
$8,164, $2 Daily Double (9-3) paid $102.80, $1 Exacta (3-7) paid $13.90,
$1 Superfecta (3-7-6-1) paid $1,003.70, $1 Super High Five (3-7-6-1-4) 1
ticket paid $23,492.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-7-6) paid $148.50, $1 Pick
Three (5-9-3) paid $94.90, 50-Cent Pick Four (4-5-9-3) 1329 tickets with 4
correct paid $251.50, 50-Cent Pick Five (1-4-5-9-3) 99 tickets with 5 correct
paid $1,781.90, $2 Pick Six (2-1-4-5-9-3) 35 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid
$235.40, Pick Six Carryover $38,101.
On-track attendance-2,655. Mutuel handle-$646,179
Inter-track attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$1,325,332
Out-of-state attendance-N/A. Mutuel handle-$4,731,412
Total attendance-2,655. Mutuel handle-$6,702,923
38th day of a 59-day thoroughbred meet.
2324 FIRST RACE. (1 p.m.) 1 mile turf. Maiden special
weight. 4-year-olds and up. State bred. Purse $54,000.
2327 FOURTH RACE. 5 furlongs. Maiden claiming. Fillies
and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $20,000.
Purse $18,000.
Horse (PP)
2101 Save Ground,7
M Gutierrez,122
2222 Wild Lando,4
E Roman,X117
2222 Tatar,8
R Fuentes,122
2101 Dial Me In,5
V Espinoza,122
2260 Accreditation,2
G Franco,122
2151 Siege Of Vicksburg,1 K Desormeaux,122
2232 Son of the South,9
R Maragh,122
2101 Hailey’s Kid Comet,6 T Pereira,122
2222 Tribute to Oscar,3
F Rojas,122
2325 SECOND RACE. 1 mile. Maiden special weight. Fillies
and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Purse $54,000.
Horse (PP)
7007 Jeweled,3
E Roman,X117
2184 Radio Chatter,4
T Baze,122
3070 My Alchemist,2
R Maragh,122
6055 Tenthousandreasons,8 J Talamo,122
2246 Knowitallhousewife,6
E Maldonado,122
3267 Prize Ticket,5
A Espinoza,XXX112 15-1
2220 Angela’s Rose,9
C Franco,XX115
3141 Louder California,7
F Rojas,122
2262 Sonnet’s Joy,1
B Harvey,122
2328 FIFTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds.
Claiming prices $50,000-$45,000. Purse $40,000.
Horse (PP)
2143 Tea For Tam,3
V Espinoza,120
2143 Tequila Sunrise,1
K Desormeaux,120
2153 Tell Your Mama,5
R Maragh,120
2280 Malibu Model,2
T Pereira,126
2056 End Of Now,4
B Blanc,120
2326 THIRD RACE. 11⁄16 mile. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up.
Claiming prices $25,000-$22,500. Purse $23,000.
Horse (PP)
(2118) Dr. Ann,9
F Prat,121
1024 Neon Gypsy,5
K Desormeaux,121
2244 Mraseel (IRE),7
A Quinonez,121
(2015) Uno Trouble Maker,4 E Roman,X114
(2209) An Eddie Surprise,3 M Gutierrez,121
(2249) Silverspun Pickup,2 G Franco,121
2127 Empress of Lov,6
T Pereira,121
(2206) Tapitha Bonita,8
F Ceballos,X116
2244 Holy Diver,1
C Franco,XX114
2329 SIXTH RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. Fillies and mares.
4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000. Purse
Horse (PP)
Fire To The Wire,3
Southern Thunder,4
Many Treats,5
S Gonzalez,123
F Prat,123
K Desormeaux,123
D Van Dyke,123
A Espinoza,XXX113
Forbidden Command,5
T Baze,121
2243 Ipray,4
E Roman,X116
2084 Honor Maker,2
E Payeras,XX114
2225 Hope She Will,7
A Quinonez,121
2243 Jill Madden,3
R Maragh,121
(2140) Blondy’s Reward,1
R Fuentes,123
2243 Veronica Bay,6
T Pereira,121
2077 I’m No Patsy,8
S Gonzalez,121
2330 SEVENTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Allowance optional
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $62,500. Purse
Horse (PP)
3008 Ten Blessings,7
D Van Dyke,122
2193 Red Lightning,2
K Desormeaux,122
M Smith,122
2042 Law Abidin Citizen,5 F Prat,122
V Espinoza,122
2034 Dr. Dorr,8
J Talamo,122
6121 River Echo (GB),4
E Roman,X115
1092 Rocko’s Wheel,3
T Pereira,124
2331 EIGHTH RACE. 61⁄2 furlongs. Claiming. 4-year-olds and
up. Claiming prices $25,000-$22,500. Purse $29,000.
Horse (PP)
Boy Howdy,9
Madelyn’s Wild Max,6
Best Two Minutes,1
Street Vision,3
Papa Turf,8
Hitters Park,2
Tough But Nice,5
Gonna Fly Now,7
Native Treasure,4
J Talamo,121
B Pena,121
R Bejarano,121
T Baze,121
S Gonzalez,121
J Ochoa,121
G Franco,121
R Maragh,121
E Roman,X114
F R I D A Y , M A R C H 2 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
Spy games
better left
to the pros
Jennifer Lawrence and
a strong cast can’t save
cat-and-mouse tactics
of ‘Red Sparrow.’
Simultaneously effective
and uninspired, “Red Sparrow” is successful in fits and
starts. A perfectly serviceable spy thriller, it inevitably leaves behind the feeling that a better film was
possible than the one that
made it to the screen.
Certainly, all signs were
promising, starting with the
strongly reviewed Edgarwinning 2013 novel by Jason
Matthews, a 33-year CIA veteran who, the book’s publicity somberly noted, “engaged in a clandestine collection of national security
intelligence, specializing in
Hard to argue with that.
It’s also hard to nitpick
the cast, top-lined by the always appealing Jennifer
Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, with supporting work
by all-star teammates like
Jeremy Irons, Charlotte
Rampling and Matthias
And the plot on offer certainly is a juicy one, with
Lawrence playing a reluctant Russian former ballerina trained by the state to
use the arts of sexual seduction to extract information
from unsuspecting foreigners. Edgerton is the CIA operative who becomes the object of her machinations.
What could go wrong?
In truth, nothing catastrophic does. Though there
are significant plot changes
from the book, including a
key deviation near the end,
“Red Sparrow” does not
stint on surprise twists and
unexpected events — so
many that we sometimes
have trouble keeping up.
But even as we are appreciating what is successful,
starting with the impeccable work of Irons, Rampling and Schoenaerts, it’s
hard not to notice that
the level of intensity, intelligence and involvement here
does not reach the level of
classic all-in spy movies like
the Bourne films or Tomas
Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy” and Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted
[See ‘Red Sparrow,’ E6]
Fox Searchlight Pictures
FRANCES McDORMAND and “Three Billboards” seem destined to take the top prizes on Sunday.
Murray Close
Few races are as hard to predict as best picture
this year, but here’s where they all will likely land
JENNIFER LAWRENCE plays a Russian former
ballerina-turned-spy in the thriller “Red Sparrow.”
‘Hondros’ PAGE E5
Doc focuses on late
combat photographer.
‘Death Wish’
Bruce Willis in gory
update of 1974 thriller.
‘Oh Lucy!’
Jack English Focus Features
Justin Lubin Universal Pictures
JORDAN PEELE’S “Get Out” has built such
portrayal in “Darkest Hour” is surely unbeatable.
momentum, it may just surprise at the end.
Rock ’n’ roll at
Arroyo Seco
Jack White, Neil Young,
Robert Plant and Kings
of Leon top the bill at
the Pasadena festival. E2
TV grid ...................... E15
Comics ................. E16-17
Rap’s golden
age and beyond
‘Unsolved’ and
‘Atlanta’ are apt but
different depictions
of hip-hop culture.
GARY OLDMAN’S uncanny Winston Churchill
Cultures, desires clash
in melancholy comedy.
BY GLENN WHIPP >>> Talking to academy members in the past couple of weeks, I heard
an earful about all the problems they had with various best picture contenders — “Why’d
she have to … that fish?” lamented one voter of “The Shape of Water’s” interspecies sex
scene — but not so much about the ways they loved the nominated movies. Right up until
the Feb. 27 deadline, many still couldn’t decide how to rank their ballots.
With Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney sweeping
all of the key precursor awards, the four major acting races appear to be locked down. But
the overall indecision in the best picture field has proved contagious. With this year’s best
picture race being such a wide-open free-for-all, I’ve gone back and forth on my own
prediction a couple of times.
Will it be “The Shape of Water”? Could “Get Out” sneak in? What about “Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”? Can’t we just give it to
[See Winners, E12]
‘Pickings’ and
other films.
The rap game, and hiphop culture, are at the core of
two cable series hitting airwaves this week — one a
newcomer that arrived with
little fanfare and the other a
returning favorite with skyhigh expectations.
USA Network’s scripted,
true crime serial “Unsolved:
The Murders of Tupac and
The Notorious B.I.G.,” is set
around hip-hop’s golden
age, the 1990s, when artists
such as Lauryn Hill, Nas and
Jay-Z broke music and color
barriers with game-changing albums. It looks at the
demise of the genre’s top talent, young men both cut
down before age 26. It’s a
compelling and fresh look at
two of the most famous cold
cases in entertainment history.
FX’s returning half-hour
dramedy, “Atlanta,” which
won Emmys and Golden
Globes for its first season, is
set in the present day. It follows three young-ish men
trying to make it in an age of
depleted music revenues
and free streaming. The gold
of hip-hop’s golden era has
been melted down and
pawned. Their half-realized
aspirations and desperation
make this second visit to
“Atlanta” a painfully funny
follow-up to a debut season
that seemed hard to top.
Though far flung in terms
of their approaches, both
shows hit it out of the park in
their respective genres, one
[See Rap shows, E15]
FR I DAY , M A R C H 2 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
Pasadena fest is making
itself a destination for rock
Neil Young, Robert
Plant and Jack White
and Alanis Morissette
will anchor the event.
By Randall Roberts
The lineup for the second
Arroyo Seco Weekend in
Pasadena has been announced, and the acts at the
top of the bill have long been
true-believers in rock ‘n’ roll:
Detroit blues-rock slinger
Jack White; king of elongated, distorted guitar solos
Neil Young; former Led Zeppelin anchor Robert Plant;
and Southern arena-pop
band Kings of Leon.
They’ll be joined by a few
dozen other acts including
Alanis Morissette, Pharoah
Sanders, Margo Price, Los
Lobos, Belle and Sebastian,
Kamasi Washington, the
Pretenders, the Bangles and
Irma Thomas.
The concerts are scheduled for June 23 and 24 on
the grounds of Brookside
Golf Course by the Rose
Bowl. Those who attended
last year can expect some
changes, including a new
stage set-up with wider footprints, an expanded VIP section and a new top-tier, $999
“Weekend Clubhouse VIP”
With a notably varied roster of veteran artists, the festival, which is produced by
Southern California concert
powerhouse Goldenvoice
FYF and others), is further
defining itself as a destination for hardened rock acts.
Last year’s inaugural event
starred Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers, Mumford &
Sons, Alabama Shakes, and
Dawes, among others.
“I didn’t necessarily set
out to say, ‘OK, you have to
have a guitar to play the
show,’ but the style of the
show lends itself to the guitar,” says Paul Tollett, who
books the festival in his role
as president of Goldenvoice.
Last year’s event drew an
estimated 25,000 each of its
two days, and although most
viewed it as a success, Tollett
acknowledges a few hiccups.
“I think we had some
bumpy public assembly issues. I saw it myself and it
was frustrating,” he says.
His experience was shared
by others. Too many diehard fans set up camp near
the fronts of the stages with
picnic blankets, staking
valuable land that they protected during prime time,
much to others’ chagrin.
Tollett has been in business long enough to expect
early stumbles. “The first
year of Coachella there were
some issues. Even though
we didn’t have that many
people, we made some mistakes, for sure, and secondyear came back stronger.”
For 2018, the festival has
more specifically defined
areas where picnickers with
blankets can lounge, as well
as space for chairs. With new
locations for its three stages,
promoters have reconfigured the VIP area. It will now
be possible for the very important folks to walk from
stage to stage without once
having to interact with those
in general admission.
The festival’s demographic is open to such amenities, says Nic Adler, festival director for Goldenvoice.
“Today there’s an audience
for almost every age demo in
the festival market, and
while we were a little apprehensive at first, we saw the
excitement last year.”
As with the first year, Arroyo Seco will offer fancy
food from some of the city’s
most estimable establishments, including Jon & Vinny’s, Hatchet Hall, Fritzi
Coop and Hanjib. Craft beer
will be selected by Beer
Belly, and parents can enjoy
it while their offspring play
in an area set up by Kidspace
Children’s Museum.
Adds Adler: “This festival
is never about one or two
shows. Within L.A., there
was almost like a void for
this. And it’s not really a
genre, more that we’ve created the right environment
for these bands to play in.”
In discussing Arroyo
Seco, Tollett also confirmed
that a second installment of
Desert Trip, a 2016 Goldenvoice festival that in its
first year booked Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the
Rolling Stones, Neil Young,
Roger Waters and the Who,
would not be occurring in
2018. He cited “a plethora of
reasons” for its absence.
“It’s such a special thing
and we have to have it be
really great.”
Arroyo Seco will also feature performances by Gary
Clark Jr., Hooray for the Riff
Raff, Prince’s former band
the Revolution, the Specials,
Third Eye Blind, Aaron Neville, Capital Cities, Shakey
Graves, North Mississippi
Allstars, Seu Jorge, Dwight
Twilley, Trampled by Turtles, Typhoon and others.
Passes go on sale March 9
at 10 a.m. PT. Prices include
single-day passes for $149
(plus fees), two-day passes
for $249 (plus fees) to VIP
packages starting at $349
and up to $999.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images
ALANIS MORISSETTE will perform at the second
Arroyo Seco Weekend festival near the Rose Bowl.
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
NEIL YOUNG is scheduled to play at the music festi-
val being put on in Pasadena on June 23 and 24.
aty Winn Invision
JACK WHITE is another headliner for the two-day
event, which also includes a few dozen other acts.
Artist Sabo strikes again
Street artist Sabo has again popped up in Hollywood
ahead of an awards ceremony, this time preceding the
Academy Awards with a riff on “Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri” in protest of child abuse in the
entertainment industry.
Now he is looking for tickets to the Oscars, which he said
he would attend with a particularly provocative guest: Milo
Yiannopoulos, the conservative commentator and
The red overlays with black writing were put up late
Tuesday night over three existing billboards near Wilshire
and La Brea boulevards, a few miles from where the Oscars
will be held on Sunday.
Angelenos in the area were greeted Wednesday morning
by the message “And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to
... ? We all knew and still no arrests / Name names on stage or
shut the hell up!”
— Christie D’Zurilla
Tarantino details
next film project
Quentin Tarantino’s next
film will be titled “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and
will star Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, it was announced Wednesday by the
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.
The film has been
shrouded in mystery, with
many rumors that it somehow related to Charles Manson and the Tate-LaBianca
murders. According to the
news release, the film’s release date will be Aug. 9, 2019,
which is also the 50th anniversary of the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four
others in Los Angeles.
In a news release,
Tarantino described “a
story that takes place in Los
Angeles in 1969, at the height
of hippy Hollywood. The two
lead characters are Rick
DiCaprio), former star of a
western TV series, and his
longtime stunt double Cliff
Booth (Brad Pitt). “Both are
struggling to make it in a
Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has
a very famous next-door
neighbor … Sharon Tate.”
— Mark Olsen
TCM to give
Scorsese award
Turner Classic Movies
announced Thursday that it
will present the inaugural
Robert Osborne Award to
filmmaker Martin Scorsese
at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26.
The award, honoring the
network’s longtime host
who died in 2017, will be given
annually to “an individual
who has significantly contributed to preserving the
cultural heritage of classic
In 1990 Scorsese established the Film Foundation,
a nonprofit collaboration
with studios and archives
that has restored more than
800 films.
“I started the Film Foundation 28 years ago in order
to preserve and share cinema’s history with audiences
of the present and the future,” Scorsese said in a
— Kevin Crust
Minhaj lands
Netflix show
Michael Kovac Getty Images
BRAD PITT will work
with Quentin Tarantino.
Chris Pizzello Invision / AP
will costar in a 2019 film.
“The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj will
be the first Indian American
host of a weekly comedy talk
show, Netflix announced
Minhaj’s show, which received a 32-episode order
and will premiere this year,
will explore the cultural and
political landscape.
“Each week, Minhaj will
bring his unique comedic
voice and storytelling skill to
investigate the larger trends
shaping our fragmented
world,” Netflix said.
“I’m thrilled to be joining
the Netflix family as the
country braces for another
election season,” Minhaj
said in a statement. “And
like you, I cannot wait to find
out who Putin picks this
— Alejandra
F R I DAY , M A R C H 2 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
Classics and newbies tread the boards
By F. Kathleen Foley
This week’s picks from L.A.’s small-theater scene come
courtesy of Del Shores, Molière, Wendy Graf and Lorraine
Hansberry. Here’s a quick rundown of Celebration theater’s
“Six Characters in Search of a Play,” City Garage’s “The
School for Wives,” Little Victory’s “Unemployed Elephants”
and A Noise Within’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
‘Six Characters’
at Celebration
The essentials: “Six
Characters in Search of a
Play” is an off-night offering
at the theater where “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” is
packing ’em in. Veteran
playwright Del Shores
frames six characters he has
met in real life into a vivid
gallery of eccentrics, including an anti-vegetarian Dallas waitress and a “monkeyhating lesbian with COPD.”
Why this? From uproarious comedies about trashy
Texas clans in crisis
(“Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got
the Will?” and “Sordid
Lives”) to more serious
material about domestic
abuse (“The Trials and
Tribulations of a Trailer
Trash Housewife”), Shores’
works are miracles of regional specificity that seldom strike a false note.
Shores gets to stretch his
wings as a performer as well
as a writer in this solo show,
which should be a treat.
Details: A Celebration
presentation at the Lex
Theatre, 6760 Lexington
Ave., Los Angeles. 8 p.m.
Mondays and Tuesdays;
ends March 27. Dark March
5, additional show 7 p.m.
March 25. $25. (323) 957-1884,
‘School’ is open
at City Garage
The essentials: This
comedy, considered by
many to be Molière’s great-
est, concerns a controlling
guardian who has carefully
cloistered his decadesyounger ward in the hope of
transforming her into the
“perfect” (and perfectly
ignorant) wife who will
never stray. Controversial in
its day, the premise seems
abhorrently timely now.
Why this? Dedicated
avant-gardists Frédérique
Michel and Charles Duncombe have devoted their
theatrical careers to defiantly alternative theater.
Their well-regarded translation of “Wives,” first produced at their theater in
2009, brings an invigoratingly revisionist perspective
to Moliére’s classic.
Details: City Garage,
Building T1, 2525 Michigan
Ave. Santa Monica. 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 3
p.m. Sundays; ends April 1.
$25. (310) 453-9939.
Mat Hayes
DEL SHORES performs at the Lex Theatre in a solo piece he calls “Six Characters in Search of a Play.”
days and Saturdays, 4 p.m.
Sundays; ends April 15.
$24-$34. (818) 841-5422.
‘Elephants’ roam
at the Victory
The essentials: Set in
2015 in Myanmar, Wendy
Graf ’s play was written two
years before the ethnic
cleansing of the country’s
indigenous Rohingya, although it does touch peripherally on that issue. Mainly,
however, “Elephants” concerns two colorfully offbeat
characters whose chance
meeting on vacation results
in unlikely romance.
Why this? Graf is a prolific playwright most notable for drama, including
2016’s “Please Don’t Ask
About Becket,” about a
family destroyed by an
A Noise Within
revisits ‘Raisin’
Craig Schwartz
“A RAISIN in the Sun” at A Noise Within features
Saundra McClain, left, and Toya Turner.
off-the-rails adolescent. She
tries to demonstrate her
knack for lighter fare in this
whimsical world premiere.
Director Maria Gobetti’s
own comedic ability has
been amply demonstrated
over the years, most recently with “Resolving
Hedda,” “Pie in the Sky” and
“The Engine of Our Ruin” —
all Times Critic’s Choices.
Details: The Little Victory Theatre at the Victory
Theatre Center, 3326 W.
Victory Blvd., Burbank. In
previews; opens March 9.
Performances 8 p.m. Fri-
The essentials: Lorraine
Hansberry’s 1959 play, first
produced on the cusp of the
civil rights era, focuses on
the struggles of an African
American family to purchase a home in a white
neighborhood — a dream
deferred because of racist
resistance from residents
Why this? Hansberry’s
richly humanistic portrait of
the hard-working Younger
family emphasizes commonalities of the American
experience, a message that
bears repeating given the
country’s enduring racial
ruptures and divisions.
Details: A Noise Within,
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Plays in repertory; call
for dates and times. Tickets
from $25. (626) 356-3100,
The 99-Seat Beat appears
every Friday. Our team of
reviewers — people with
more than 75 years of
combined experience
tracking local theater —
shortlists offerings with an
emphasis on 99-seat
theaters and other smaller
venues. Some (but not all)
recommendations are
shows we've seen; others
have caught our attention
because of the track record
of the company, playwright,
director or cast. You can
find more comprehensive
theater listings posted every
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Packing heat but no sense
Bruce Willis takes aim and misfires in an ultra-violent ‘Death Wish’ remake
Last week I received an
email taking issue not with
my review of the horror film
“Annihilation” but with the
publicity still that ran alongside it in print.
Shaken, as many of us
were, by news of the shooting
at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,
Fla., the reader wasn’t
thrilled to be confronted with
the image of Natalie Portman
and her co-stars wielding
“Where,” he asked, “is the
sense of social outrage at the
merchandising and embrace
of this sick garbage?”
A worthy question if also,
in this case, a misdirected
one. The gun violence depicted in “Annihilation,”
committed in self-defense by
trained professionals navigating a disaster zone, is the opposite of gratuitous.
The movie, an unusually
cerebral and imaginative addition to the science-fiction
annals, doesn’t begin to descend to the level of sick
garbage. Hollywood does have
a violence problem, but not all
depiction is glorification, and
our outrage is usually best deferred until after we’ve seen
what’s being depicted.
None of which should be
taken as a recommendation
that you subject yourself to
“Death Wish,” a gore-slicked
update of the 1974 Charles
Bronson vigilante thriller
that launched numerous sequels, countless imitators
and delusional revenge fantasies everywhere — including those of our current president, who, on the campaign
trail in 2015, invoked the movie admiringly in defense of
the 2nd Amendment. “Today
you can’t make that film,” he
said, “because it’s not politically correct!”
Apparently you can. If the
arrival of a feature-length National Rifle Assn. infomercial
starring Bruce Willis and a
large supporting cast of firearms seems ill advised in the
wake of Parkland and a vital
national conversation on gun
control, it’s worth pointing
out that the movie was originally set for a November 2017
release, only to be delayed in
the wake of October’s Las
Vegas shootings. The real
America, it would seem, is
peddling violent spectacle at a
rate far in excess of Holly-
Takashi Seida MGM Studios / Annapurna Pictures
BRUCE WILLIS stars as Dr. Paul Kersey in “Death Wish,” an update directed by Eli Roth of the 1974 Charles Bronson vigilante thriller.
‘Death Wish’
Rated: R, for strong bloody
violence, and language
Running time: 1 hour,
48 minutes
Playing: In general release
wood, a situation that shows
little sign of abating anytime
In any event, to criticize
“Death Wish” for its indelicate timing would be to suggest that there might ever be
an appropriate moment to
see it. Directed by Eli Roth
with the same knowing smirk
that has informed his previous exercises in self-satisfied
bloodletting (“Cabin Fever,”
“The Green Inferno,” the
“Hostel” movies), the movie
is a slick, straightforward revenge thriller as well as a
sham provocation, pandering shamelessly to the viewer’s bloodlust while trying to
pass as self-aware satire.
Your time, to say nothing of
your outrage, is much better
spent elsewhere.
Bronson’s Paul Kersey is
now Willis’ Dr. Paul Kersey, a
Chicago-based surgeon who
sees gunshot victims daily.
But he isn’t prepared for the
latest two to be his loving
wife, Lucy (Elisabeth Shue),
and their teenage daughter,
Jordan (Camila Morrone),
whom we see being assaulted
during a home burglary gone
awry — a horribly upsetting
sequence and an irritating
reminder that Roth can still
generate screw-tightening
dread when he lets the spirit
move him.
The rest of it is all heatpacking fun and games.
Roughly echoing the original
film and Brian Garfield’s 1972
novel (adapted here by Joe
Carnahan), the wife dies
while the daughter remains
in a coma. Paul is left to fester
in his grief and rage — or, in
Willis’ interpretation, to pass
a bothersome but shortlived kidney stone — while a
pair of detectives (Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise) try in
vain to track down the perps
“If a man really wants to
protect what’s his, he has to
do it for himself.” Those
words are spoken by the
great Len Cariou, not, alas,
reprising his famous performance as Sweeney Todd
but instead taking on the
slightly less incongruous
role of Paul’s rifle-toting father-in-law.
Soon thereafter Paul acquires his own handgun and
begins learning to use it,
none too expertly. One night
he steps out in a gray hoodie
and stops a carjacking,
killing the two thugs behind
the wheel but also injuring
himself in the process.
At this point you might
ask yourself which is less convincing: Willis playing a surgeon, or Willis playing someone who’s clumsy with a gun?
The answer hardly matters.
This “Death Wish” may use
Chicago as a crime-riddled
backdrop, in much the same
way the earlier movie exploited 1970s New York, but in
truth it occupies a bizarre,
ugly parallel reality where every angry middle-class dude
is just a few training montages away from unleashing
his inner John McClane.
In this world, the hoodie,
a significant emblem of the
Black Lives Matter movement, has been imbecilically
repurposed as a white man’s
carapace. (Pointedly, black
actors have been broadly
cast here as cops, criminals,
victims and radio commentators, a choice that does
nothing to relieve the movie
of its own oblivious privilege.) After an eyewitness video of this unidentified killer
goes viral, “the Grim
Reaper” becomes Paul’s
spurring a vigorous local debate on the morality of vigilante justice.
“Death Wish” is littered
with these bogus stabs at
self-critique, but it all feels
like a coy put-on, a glib distraction from the bloody
business at hand. For those
who know and crave what
they’re signing up for, the
sight of Paul recklessly hunting down his family’s attackers — unlike Bronson’s Paul,
who spent his movie picking
off random muggers — will
have its desired effect.
I’m not sure if it weakens
the movie’s thrust that some
especially choice moments of
retribution have nothing to
do with firearms at all (notwithstanding an uncensored
reference to the AR-15, the rifle used in the Parkland
shooting). The audience I
was with duly whooped and
hollered at the sight of Paul
making splattery use of a car
grille, and they winced appreciatively as he put his
medical expertise to work in
a scene that reconfirms Roth
as one of our most skilled torture-porn practitioners.
As it happens, this “Death
Wish” was rendered irrelevant years ago by James
Wan’s little-seen “Death Sentence” (2007), a tense, visceral and fascinatingly conflicted thriller starring Kevin
Bacon as another grieving father who takes vengeance
into his own hands — and,
unlike Willis’ character, goes
on to reap the consequences.
It was adapted from another
Garfield novel, one that he
wrote out of disgust at the
way the 1974 movie had
warped his original point.
If “Death Sentence” offers
a corrective to the “Death
Wish” mythos, it’s one I recommend cautiously, and at
the risk of perpetuating a fallacy about violent entertainment that those of us who
sometimes fall back on too
readily. I’m not sure what the
antidote to a bad movie with
a gun is, but a good movie
with a gun can go only so far.
Movie recommendations
from critics Kenneth Turan
and Justin Chang.
(Jérémie Renier) in
François Ozon’s delirious
cracked mirror of an erotic
thriller, which plays like the
kinky love child of David
Cronenberg and Brian De
Palma. (Justin Chang) NR.
Paddington 2
Natalie Portman plays a
biologist who joins an allfemale expedition into the
heart of an environmental
disaster zone in this eerily
beautiful and hypnotically
unsettling mind-bender
from “Ex Machina” writerdirector Alex Garland.
(Justin Chang) R.
Black Panther
Giora Bejach
YOUNG SOLDIERS staff a desolate military outpost in the profound “Foxtrot.”
Israeli film ‘Foxtrot’ dazzles
Though the foreign language committee members who didn’t include “Foxtrot” in the final five vying for this year’s Oscar should frankly be ashamed at the omission, moviegoers in
Los Angeles will not have to suffer as a result.
This exceptional Israeli film is back in theaters starting March 2 at Arclight Hollywood
and the Laemmle Royal, West L.A.
Winner of the Silver Lion at Venice and eight Ophirs, the Israeli Oscar, including for picture, director Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” is ambitious and daring in the way it combines intense emotional drama, surrounding a death in the Israeli Army, with visual pizzazz and
bursts of unexpected surrealism.
An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance starring top Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, “Foxtrot”
is profound and moving and wild and crazy at the same time, telling a specific story and offering an emotional snapshot of the toll constant war can take on a nation’s psyche.
There are no answers here — there couldn’t be — but “Foxtrot” understands the importance of asking the questions.
— Kenneth Turan
A superhero movie with
characters who have integrity and dramatic heft, filled
with engaging exploits and
credible crises grounded in
a vibrant and convincing
reality, laced with socially
conscious commentary as
well as wicked laughs, this is
the model of what an involving popular entertainment
should be. And even something more. (Kenneth Turan) PG-13.
Call Me by
Your Name
Timothée Chalamet and
Armie Hammer give superb
performances as two young
men falling in love in the
northern Italian countryside in this rapturously
beautiful collaboration
between director Luca
Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (Justin
Chang) R.
Double Lover
A Parisian woman (Marine
Vacth) begins seeing identical twin psychiatrists
Early Man
Four-time Oscar-winning
director Nick Park, the
creator of Wallace and
Gromit, is back with a droll
romp through prehistoric
times that will put a smile
on your face. (Kenneth
Turan) PG.
A Fantastic Woman
Chilean writer-director
Sebastián Lelio’s follow-up
to “Gloria” is a compassionate and captivating portrait
of a young transgender
woman (a superb Daniela
Vega) dealing with hostility
and intolerance in the wake
of her lover’s death. (Justin
Chang) R.
Lady Bird
As warm as it is smart, and
it is very smart, this portrait
of a high school senior year
marks actor-screenwriter
Greta Gerwig’s superb
debut as a solo director and
yet another astonishing
performance by star Saoirse
Ronan. (Kenneth Turan) R.
A story about a broken
marriage and a missing
child becomes a withering
snapshot of Russian social
malaise in this bleak and
beautifully shot drama from
the gifted Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”). (Justin
Chang) R.
Everyone’s favorite Peruvian-born, London-based
bear is back, this time
facing off against a nefarious stage actor (Hugh
Grant) in this beautifully
structured and executed
comedy from director/cowriter Paul King. (Justin
Chang) PG.
The Post
Director Steven Spielberg
and stars Meryl Streep and
Tom Hanks combine for a
thriller cum civics lesson
showing the value of newspapers hanging together
and holding government
accountable for deception.
(Kenneth Turan) PG-13.
The Shape of Water
Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical “Beauty
and the Beast” tale with
moral overtones, Guillermo
del Toro’s film plays by all
the rules and none of them,
going its own way with
fierce abandon. (Kenneth
Turan) R.
Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Uncommon writer-director
Martin McDonagh and a
splendid cast top-lined by
Frances McDormand,
Woody Harrelson and Sam
Rockwell present a savage
film, even a dangerous one
— the blackest take-noprisoners farce in quite
some time. (Kenneth Turan) R.
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‘Hondros’ shines a light in the dark
An intensely personal
documentary explores
the life of acclaimed
combat photographer.
“Hondros” is not the first
documentary about a celebrated combat photographer. It was preceded by,
among others, “Which Way
Is the Front Line From Here:
The Life and Time of Tim
Hetherington,” “War Photographer” with its focus on
“Robert Capa: In Love and
War.” But the new film has
something special to offer all
the same.
Like Capa and Hetherington, Chris Hondros was a
superb photographer who
died young in a combat situation. In fact, he and Hetherington were killed together
in a mortar attack outside of
Misurata, Libya, in 2011.
Asked by an unseen questioner if in fact combat photographers were the craziest
of journalists, Hondros politely demurs.
“The problem with war
photography is that there’s
absolutely no way to do it
from a distance,” he explains. “You have to be there,
you have to figure out a way
to get in the midst of things.
Sometimes you have to suspend your reason.”
“Hondros” is co-written
(with Jenny Golden) and directed by Greg Campbell, a
childhood friend of Hondros’ who made his own career as a journalist and
wrote the book that inspired
“Blood Diamond.”
Because of that private
connection, “Hondros” is
definitely a personal documentary, with the loss and
pain Campbell is still experiencing taking center stage
more often than might be
But that connection also
leads to detours that might
not have happened otherwise, sequences that show
what made Hondros special
as a photographer and a person.
The film opens with a ter-
rifying firefight on a bridge in
Liberia in 2003, with hypedup teenagers with automatic
weapons shooting at all and
Hondros is shown not
only coolly taking pictures in
the midst of the chaos but
actually taking a call on his
satellite phone. “Things are
fine,” he says, the picture of
sangfroid as bullets scatter.
“Can you give me a call back
in half an hour?”
Out of that confusion
came one of Hondros’ iconic
photos, a bare-chested
young fighter literally jumping for joy after firing off a
rocket-propelled grenade.
That picture was typical
of Hondros’ best work, the
way he captured images others might not, the way his
deeply empathetic photos
cut to the emotional core of a
Never cavalier about risk,
Hondros was thoughtful
about what it meant and
worked to keep it all in perspective. “You learn to face
your fears,” he says matterof-factly. “If not, you’ve
wasted all the time spent
getting there.”
Hondros took those risks
because he believed deeply
in the mission, believed, as
one of his colleagues says, in
“shining a light in places
that otherwise would be
dark,” a light that could lead
to change the way the impact of his Liberia photos
hastened a negotiated truce.
Because of his long
friendship with Hondros, director Campbell has gotten
key people on camera, including the photographer’s
mother Inge, who cautioned
him “a picture is not worth
your life,” and executives at
Getty Images, where he
spent most of his professional career.
Campbell also tracked
down fellow combat photographers, including the New
York Times’ Tyler Hicks, a
Pulitzer Prize winner who
credits Hondros for giving
him his first job.
One thing that made
Hondros stand out, his
friends and colleagues say, is
the enduring connection
and responsibility he felt to
the people whose lives he
The photographer, for in-
Photographs by
Chris Hondros Getty Images
LIBERIAN fighter Joseph Duo jumps for joy in July 2003 in a photo by Chris Hondros that would become a
defining image of Liberia’s turmoil. Hondros would go on to befriend Duo and help him go back to school.
stance, not only encouraged
Joseph Duo, the young soldier in the Liberia photo, to
go back to school, he also
helped pay his tuition.
“Hondros” is honest
enough, however, to note
that all these stories did not
turn out well. The lives of the
orphaned children he photographed in his widely seen
pictures from Tal Afar, Iraq,
did not have happy endings
despite his efforts, and neither did, sadly, Hondros
Twitter: @KennethTuran
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour,
32 minutes
Playing: Laemmle Monica,
Santa Monica
A FIGHTER for the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democ-
racy stands among hundreds of shell casings in August 2003 in Monrovia, Liberia.
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Murray Close
DOMINIKA (Jennifer Lawrence, center) learns to use psychological manipulation and sexual seduction to extract information from Westerners in “Red Sparrow.”
Leap into spying
[‘Red Sparrow,’ from E1]
Man,” both based on novels
by the genre’s master, John
le Carré.
Instead, as directed by
Francis Lawrence from a
script by Justin Haythe,
“Red Sparrow” defaults to
stodgy when its story isn’t
dishing out the book’s explicit sex and violence (including attempted rape),
with lines and scenes that
feel flat and obligatory alternating with ones that have
no trouble holding our attention.
Director Lawrence, initially best known for his music video work, met star
Lawrence (no relation)
when he directed her as Katniss Everdeen in the last
three “Hunger Games” movies, and it was his interest in
the spy novel that led to her
involvement in the film.
But though director
Lawrence brought a necessary pizzazz to the “Games”
films, the difficulty he has
here creating involving
emotional connections on
screen echoes the problems
he had adapting 2011’s “Water for Elephants,” and
screenwriter Haythe, whose
best known films are “Revolutionary Road” and the miserable “Lone Ranger,” is not
much help.
Which leaves Lawrence
and Edgerton to shoulder
the lion’s share of audience
involvement more or less on
their own. They do the best
they can under the circumstances, which include bookderived scenes of graphic
torture that do not help.
“Red Sparrow” begins
with parallel narratives, introducing the film’s two protagonists both having to deal
with the essence of their lives
going very, very wrong.
Met first is Moscowbased undercover CIA operative Nate Nash (Edgerton),
the man who handles the
agency’s invaluable Russian
double agent, code name
Marble. A clandestine meeting with Marble is botched
and Nash, his cover blown, is
forced to leave the country.
Dominika Egorova (Lawrence), by contrast, is a top
Russian ballerina and a Bolshoi star whose on-screen
dancing combines the actress’ hard work with CGI
wizardry. (Egorova’s gift for
synesthesia, the ability to see
the emotions of others as
colors, though central to the
book, has been eliminated
without a trace.)
A career-ending injury,
however, puts the dancer’s
entire life, including the
apartment where she cares
for her ailing mother (Joely
Richardson), in jeopardy.
Then her uncle, Ivan Egorov,
intensely played by Schoenaerts as a Vladimir Putin
look-alike, takes a hand.
As first deputy director of
the SVR, Russia’s foreign in-
telligence service, Egorov is
in a position to offer his niece,
Lawrence convincingly conveys, a different way of life.
In consultation with
the head of the SVR’s Americas Department, Maj. Gen.
Vladimir Korchnoi (Irons,
excellent as always), Egorov
talks up the clandestine
State School No. 4, where
students train to become
“sparrows,” experts in the
use of psychological manipulation and sexual seduction
to extract information from
gullible Westerners.
His niece is contemptuous at first, complaining that
“you’re sending me to whore
school,” but go she does, and
under the stern tutelage of
Matron (Rampling at her
most chilling), she learns
what it means when “your
body belongs to the state.”
Hint: Nudity is involved.
Egorova’s first post-grad
assignment is Nash, who has
gone to Budapest to attempt
to reconnect with the mole
Marble. The elaborate spyversus-spy cat-and-mouse
games these two play, the
psychological jujitsu moves
they try on each other, are
the heart of “Red Sparrow.”
It’s just too bad it doesn’t
make our own hearts beat as
fast as they should.
Twitter: @KennethTuran
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Making music for Russian spies
‘Hunger Games’
director and
composer reunite for
‘Red Sparrow.’
By Emily Zemler
LONDON — “This is one
of my favorite parts of the
filmmaking process,” says
director Francis Lawrence,
sitting in one of the session
rooms at AIR Studios in
London in October.
He and composer James
Newton Howard have decamped to London to spend
a week recording the score
for “Red Sparrow,” a new
Russian spy film starring
Jennifer Lawrence (no relation). “You’ve been living
with these synthy, sample
versions of the music for so
long so to have the real, wellrecorded score with skilled
musicians makes a huge difference,” he adds.
Lawrence’s sixth collaboration with Howard, an eighttime Oscar-nominated composer with whom he first
worked on “I Am Legend” in
2007. Howard scored three
alongside the director, as
well as “Water for Elephants,” and the pair have
created a dynamic working
relationship that relies on
strong communication.
“There’s a certain level of
trust,” Howard says. “And
there’s a process you establish. Francis expects and
hopes that I will write fairly
quickly and start early and
provide him with music during the cutting stage. Our
last three movies together
have been ‘The Hunger
Games.’ This movie is so
completely different. It created a different kind of excitement and anticipation
around the recording.”
He adds, “I was interested in exploring the world,
but as always I’m most interested in the story and the human dynamics that take
place in the movie, which
here are pretty intense.”
The film, adapted from
Jason Matthews’ novel, follows a Russian ballerina
turned spy named Dominika Egorova (Jennifer
Lawrence), who travels to
Budapest to seduce CIA operative Nate Nash (Joel
Edgerton). Her loyalty and
motives remain uncertain
throughout the story. The
music, which is intense and
layered, matches that aesthetic.
Lawrence looked to classical pieces like Mozart’s
“Requiem” and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” for tonal
inspiration, and even listened to them in headphones while filming. Because Howard had limited
time in his schedule, he
started writing the score before seeing any of the film. It
didn’t take him long to find
the right sensibility, which
veers between tense and ominous, and lyrical and atmospheric.
“I start the way I think
most people start, which is
just by playing music,” says
the composer, who has experience in the spy film genre
from “The Bourne Legacy.”
“I sit at a piano and play. I try
and write a fair amount in
the beginning without the
movie. And then when I do
get the movie, I create these
demos, just mock-ups, and I
throw them up against the
picture and some of it sticks
and some of it doesn’t. But
I’m very careful before I play
anything to picture, because
that’s such a profoundly important moment. It can be
very encouraging or very
discouraging because you
can love a piece of music before you play it to picture and
then it doesn’t work. Or it
unlocks something special.”
A central moment in the
score is the opening sequence, which cuts between
Nate in action on the streets
of Moscow and Dominika
dancing onstage in a ballet.
The ballet is an original
piece by Howard, who had to
write it to a predetermined
rhythm. Lawrence used
“The Firebird” when filming
the choreography, and then
overlaid Howard’s version
“The idea was that it
should feel Russian, but he
could interpret it in his own
way,” the director says. “We
got very specific with the
rhythm and the beats per
minute. The choreography
stuck very closely to specific
BPM and then my editor created a click track to that
BPM and we created the sequence to a click track.
James knew that he could
write something to a rhythm
and it would work with the
dancing. It was really technical. I think my music video
background gave me some
help with that.”
For Lawrence, every
scene in a film needs to stand
on its own without the
sound. When cutting one of
the more visceral torture
scenes in “Red Sparrow,” he
worked to create the tension
without the score or sound
effects first. The eventual
sonic tone of this sequence,
which takes place in a
kitchen late in the movie, is
sparse, with the music building to a cacophonic climax
alongside the violent action.
“The sound of the whole
movie, which was a big discussion, informs some of the
other choices,” Lawrence
notes. “When you get to a
scene like the one in the
kitchen there’s a palate of
sounds and themes to pull
from. You can start to decide
whether you create something new or hint at other
sorts of themes or call back
on something.”
There are also moments
where music is purposefully
left out. On Lawrence and
Howard’s first collaboration, the apocalyptic action
drama “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith, Lawrence
ended up using only 24 minutes of Howard’s 80-minute
score. At first Howard was
disappointed, but when he
saw the final cut he understood. “There’s much more
music now in movies than
there used to be,” Howard
says. “Maybe sometimes
there’s too much music.”
That’s why a pivotal
scene involving Dominika in
Sparrow school (where the
film’s spies are trained) humiliating another cadet was
best accompanied by silence. “It’s very bare and
raw,” Lawrence says. “It was
very brave what Jen was doing. It plays beautifully
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JENNIFER LAWRENCE and Joel Edgerton in “Red Sparrow.” Composer James Newton Howard said that
for the film score, “I’m most interested in the story and the human dynamics that take place in the movie.”
and Howard want the score
to bring a new sense of worth
to a scene. It should be
barely noticeable, blending
into the other elements of
the film, and offer a new level
or surprising note to what’s
happening on screen.
This score, which was recorded in AIR Studios over
six days — with five for the
orchestra and one for a choir
of 40 — doesn’t hit you over
the head, even when it becomes undeniably intense.
Still, it’s memorable, especially when the music feels
slightly off-kilter with what’s
happening to the characters
on the surface.
“I never think you just
want to play into whatever
the emotional value of the
scene is going to be,”
Lawrence notes.
“I’m a melody guy,” Howard says. “To me, that’s a
musical souvenir people
take from a movie. They remember a theme or a feeling,
and if they’ve had a good or
bad experience it evokes
that sensation whenever
they hear it again. I believe
very strongly in having melodic hooks, whether they’re
short or intricate, that you
really remember in a movie.”
The creative partnership
with his director is at the
root of every choice: “What
I’m really trying to do is get
the whole thing to feel and
sound the way Francis was
hoping it would. And beyond
that, maybe reveal things in
the movie that even he didn’t
expect, which is what happens when music and movies really connect together in
a magical way. You get this
third entity that emerges.”
‘Red Sparrow’
Rated: R, for strong
violence, torture, sexual
content, language and
some graphic nudity
Running time: 2 hours,
20 minutes
Playing: In general release
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IN THE JAPANESE melancholy comedy “Oh Lucy!” Shinobu Terajima’s character gets a golden wig and a new obsession that leads to a trip to Southern California.
On a wig and a prayer
A downtrodden Tokyo office worker doesn’t beg for sympathy, but you’ll give it
The Lucy in “Oh Lucy!” is
a droopy middle-aged Tokyo
office worker named Setsuko Kawashima (Shinobu
Terajima), who abruptly decides to take a break from
her gloomy, deadening routine. At the insistence of her
upbeat young niece, Mika
(Shioli Kutsuna), she joins
an English class, held in a
shady-looking motel and
taught by a gregarious tourist named John (Josh Hartnett).
Radiating warm exuberance from beneath glasses
and a thin mustache, John
hands the befuddled Setsuko a curly golden wig and a
new name, Lucy, teaching
her to cast aside her worries
and embrace the laid-back
American way.
“Looks like you need a
hug,” he says, pulling her
into a tight embrace. Setsuko doesn’t know how to respond at first to John’s
strong arms and giddy vocal
exercises, but her long-neglected heart knows instinctively. Before long she is
smitten, so much so that
when John suddenly quits
and hops a plane for sunny
Los Angeles, taking Mika
with him, Setsuko impulsively decides to follow. At
which point I started to wonder if I had wandered into a
Japanese riff on Wong Karwai’s dazzling Hong Kong
nocturne “Chungking Express” (1994), a movie similarly awash in blond hairpieces, brief encounters and
California dreamin’.
The first feature written
and directed by the Japanese filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi, adapting her own
22-minute short of the same
title, “Oh Lucy!” doesn’t
have much of Wong’s narrative or stylistic playfulness.
Nor does its story of a jaded,
alienated loner throwing off
the shackles of her everyday
existence break any new
But within the confines of
this cross-cultural shaggydog tale, Hirayanagi locates
both a sharp vein of absurdist comedy and a bitter, melancholy undertow. She also
has a deft enough touch to
make one mode almost indistinguishable from the
Are we meant to laugh or
cry at an early scene in which
Setsuko’s younger co-workers bid an insincere farewell
to a weepy office lifer being
forced into retirement?
Knowing the same fate
surely awaits her someday —
followed, maybe, by a grim
fate not unlike the one she
witnesses on a subway platform one morning — Setsuko decides to ditch her
lowly job and cluttered studio apartment and bask in
‘Oh Lucy!’
Not rated
In Japanese and English
with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour, 35
Playing: Nuart Theatre,
West Los Angeles
the SoCal sunshine. She embraces her inner Lucy.
She makes the mistake,
however, of bringing along
some not-insignificant baggage — namely her estranged sister, Ayako (an impressively sour Kaho Minami), who is also Mika’s
overbearing mother. The
two sisters land in L.A. and
manage to track down John,
now wasting away in the
crummy apartment he once
shared with Mika, who has
headed south to San Diego.
And so this improbable trio
follows suit, with Setsuko
and Ayako rehashing old
gripes and petty resentments at every step, even as
Setsuko stealthily, endearingly and finally cringingly
tries to worm her way into
John’s affections.
Hirayanagi has a sharp
understanding of the pleasures of role play, something
she signals with an early
scene in which Mika, a Tokyo
café waitress, wears a regulation French maid’s dress.
There’s something goofily
liberating about the alter
ego Setsuko tries on with
John and her only classmate,
Yakusho), who becomes
“Tom” with the help of his
own frumpy brown toupee.
But every mask inevitably falls away, as John’s
does, revealing past mistakes and a dead-end existence to rival Setsuko’s own.
(Hartnett, in a slyly self-ef-
facing performance, completely nails John’s deadbeat charm.)
Haunted by the looming
specter of suicide throughout, “Oh Lucy!” takes some
intriguing left turns in its
second half, not all of them
successful; this slender
character study can’t entirely support the weight of
the bitter family dynamics it
sets in motion. What distinguishes the movie is Hirayanagi’s talent for distilling complex emotional histories into crisp, eloquent
images — a crowded drawer,
a cluttered apartment — as
well as Terajima’s performance as a downtrodden, defiant woman who never begs
for the audience’s sympathy
and winds up earning it anyway. Against all odds, you
find yourself rooting for Setsuko, and for Lucy, too.
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JOEL Bernard plays Boone Pickens, who, along with
OAK (Kaniehtiio Horn) is out for revenge in this
MICHELLE McLeod stars as the dorky, determined
his sisters, helps the lead in a fight against mobsters.
lean, gritty indie thriller set during the War of 1812.
Irene. This was the late Bruce Gray’s last film role.
The horrors of
A stylish blend
of something new our bloody past
The visually arresting,
wickedly entertaining crime
drama “Pickings” marks an
impressive narrative feature
directing debut by Usher
Morgan, who also wrote,
edited and produced. He’s a
talent to watch.
This stylish — and stylized — neo-noir journey
evokes the work of Quentin
Tarantino, spaghetti westerns, “The Sopranos” and
graphic novels, yet still manages to feel singular as it
weaves its gripping tale of
family loyalty, self-preservation and retribution.
Southern transplant Jo
Lee-Haywood (a terrific
Elyse Price) runs a successful small-town Michigan bar
called Pickings with her
daughter, Scarlet (Katie
Vincent, also the film’s original music composer). But
when mobsters (Emil Ferzola and others), want in on
Jo’s business, a brutal war
ensues between the factions,
with the haunted, hard-
boiled Jo and her pistolpacking posse of siblings
proving formidable foes.
Using evocative flashbacks and voiceover, kinetic
musical choices and more,
Morgan inventively metes
out the details of his Chinese
box of a story, filled with
deep-seated tragedy, violence and bits of kicky melodrama.
The filmmaker is aided
immeasurably by a superb
tech and effects team and a
vivid cast. Most especially,
though, he’s created a cool
and crafty anti-heroine in
the take-no-prisoners Jo,
who would seem to have
plenty of movie mileage left
in her. Sequel, anyone?
— Gary Goldstein
“Pickings.” Rating: R, for
throughout and for some
drug use. Running time: 1
hour, 42 minutes. Playing:
AMC Burbank Town Center
6; AMC Norwalk 20.
“Mohawk” writer-director Ted Geoghegan and cowriter Grady Hendrix are
horror veterans, but their
new movie traffics in a different kind of fear — more existential than supernatural. A
revenge thriller tied to
America’s grim past, “Mohawk” is a lean, gritty film
that mostly overcomes the
limitations of its low budget
thanks to focused plotting.
Kaniehtiio Horn stars as
Oak, a Mohawk in an intimate relationship with two
Calvin Two Rivers (Justin
Rain) and sympathetic Englishman Joshua Pinsmail
(Eamon Farren). As the War
of 1812 rages, the trio find
American soldiers because
of their guerrilla activities
and because of who they are.
Ezra Buzzington makes a
good villain as Hezekiah
Holt, an officer who drives
his men to pursue Oak and
her lovers, risking everyone’s
life. WWE Wrestler Harper
(acting under his real name
Jon Huber) is just as memorable as a burly militiaman
with a gentle soul who questions a mission that seems
pointlessly dangerous.
The quality of the acting
varies, the costumes sometimes look cheap, and aside
from scenes in camps, forts
and on the river, the forest
scenery is nondescript.
But Geoghegan and
Hendrix keep the storytelling punchy, developing
their characters through
multiple scenes of angry
men and women chasing
each other. “Mohawk” is a
gripping and despairing action picture, about how we
can’t seem to stop trying to
destroy those we distrust —
including ourselves.
— Noel Murray
“Mohawk.” Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle Music
Hall, Beverly Hills.
A bowl of sugar,
with pep and sour
The winsome Canadian
comedy “Don’t Talk to
Irene,” which debuted at the
Torornto International Film
Festival last fall, combines a
high school misfit movie
with a backstage musical
and adds a few fantastical
flourishes for an uplifting
tale about an outsider finding her place in the world.
It’s so sweet it just might
give you a cavity.
But writer-director Pat
Mills balances the sugary
sentimentality of the story
with the right amount of
sour in his smart and snappy
dialogue. His heroine, Irene
(Michelle McLeod) is a
chubby, overprotected dork
who wants to be a cheerleader, despite the protestations of her mom Lydia
former pepster herself.
When a cheer squad initiation prank goes wrong, Irene
and her bully Sarah (Aviva
Mongillo) are suspended
and put on volunteer duty at
the local retirement home.
Irene, who receives spiritual guidance in the form of
Geena Davis via the “League
of Their Own” poster on her
ceiling, is ever enterprising
and decides she’ll make
cheerleading happen. She
marshals the residents, staff
and her flamboyant queer
friend Tesh (Andy Reid),
and armed with a few Milli
Vanilli tapes, makes her own
This cute movie hits all
the heartwarming notes —
adorable seniors, sassy
gender-noncomforming kid
and even a love interest for
Irene. It all wraps up perfectly, and though it can
seem a bit pat, “Don’t Talk to
Irene” is sincere enough to
earn it.
— Katie Walsh
“Don’t Talk to Irene.” Not
rated. Running time: 1 hour,
30 minutes. Playing: Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly
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Snappy scenes
propel action
spell of
a pagan
When they’re not casting
spells, making deals with a
cackling devil or creating
magical servants from inanimate objects, the 19th-century villagers of “November”
work and thieve — whatever
it takes to eke out a living
from the muck.
Writer-director Rainer
Sarnet’s earthbound fairy
tale occupies a dreamscape
somewhere between the
teeming canvases of Brueghel and the existential agonies of Bela Tarr’s films. And
it’s funny, with a sly salaciousness all its own. Based
on a 2000 novel by Andrus
Kivirähk that draws on the
mythology of Estonia (it was
that Baltic country’s submission to the Academy
Awards), this folk tale braids
together the primordial and
the divine in endlessly surprising ways.
The shimmering blackand-white cinematography
by Mart Taniel tracks the
connections among a village’s wolves and witches,
landed gentry and scrabbling farmers. And then
there are the kratts — creature-contraptions
bargained-for infusions of
human soul, usually constructed from cast-off items
like tools and animal skulls.
One defiant young man
builds his from a snowman,
who turns out to be a most
poetic being.
That young man is Hans
(Jörgen Liik), one of the unrequited lovers at the center
of the story. While Hans
schemes to get near a sleepwalking German baroness
(Katariina Unt), fellow villager Liina (Rea Lest), the
luminously feral heart of the
movie, pines for him.
More than the love story,
it’s the potent stew of nature
and spirit, pagan and Christian, that gives the film its
— Sheri Linden
“November.” In Estonian
and German with English
subtitles. Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes. Playing: Arena Cinelounge Sunset, Hollywood.
Darkness runs
deep in ‘Lullaby’
Prolific South African
filmmaker Darrell James
Roodt has directed more
than 30 movies in the last 30
years, ranging from Oscarnominated social dramas
(“Yesterday”) to tawdry Bhorror. “The Lullaby” —
written by frequent Roodt
collaborator Tarryn-Tanille
Prinsloo — falls into the
latter category, though the
veteran director has more
than enough chops to keep a
doggedly generic premise
Reine Swart stars as
Chloe, a teenage runaway
who returns home — depressed and pregnant — to
her disapproving, meddling
mom, Ruby (Thandi Puren).
Chloe’s funk deepens after
she gives birth, when she begins seeing a ghostly crone
urging her to slaughter the
newborn baby that she’s
persistently too blue to care
Roodt and Prinsloo borrow heavily from Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby”
and “Repulsion,” closely examining one woman’s paranoid anxiety. Chloe’s mysterious moods may be tied to
one of the men in her life: her
therapist, Dr. Reed (Brandon Auret) and/or her suspiciously kindly ex-boyfriend,
Adam (Deànré Reiners).
As is often the case with
movies like this, the resolution to Chloe’s story is ultimately unsatisfying — despite how vague Roodt and
Prinsloo try to keep the details, all the way through to
their big question mark of an
But by sticking closely to
a heroine who’s skating on
the edge of sanity, the film
keeps the audience properly
disoriented. Darkness runs
deep in “The Lullaby,”
rooted in the never-ending
conflict between mothers
and daughters.
— Noel Murray
Gabriela Liivamagi Oscilloscope Laboratories
JETTE LOONA HERMANIS , left, and Rea Lest portray 19th century Estonian villagers in “November.”
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A TEENAGE runway who’s pregnant (Reine Swart)
LOGAN LERMAN plays a J.D. Salinger wannabe in
returns home to horror in “The Lullaby.”
the indie drama “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.”
“The Lullaby.” Not rated.
Running time: 1 hour, 27
minutes. Playing: Laemmle
Music Hall, Beverly Hills.
Only thing to
vanish is interest
The most passable lens
through which to watch
Christensen’s risible indie
drama “The Vanishing of
Sidney Hall” is by counting
the many ways it grates as
both an agonized-artist pity
party and a male fantasy of
envied power.
Sidney (Logan Lerman)
is at first the precocious,
misunderstood high school
writer wannabe whose class
readings routinely get him in
trouble. But he’s also sought
out by the waifish blond admirer (Elle Fanning) across
the street and the secretholding jock (Blake Jenner)
who used to bully him.
Then Sidney becomes
the new J.D. Salinger, bespectacled, dismissive of
fame and weird fans, and
blasé about bedding the
daughter of his editor (Nathan Lane). But when a devotee kills himself, Sidney
withdraws, morphing into
an outlaw-bearded, trainriding hobo who burns his
own books as penance, even
as a mysterious searcher
(Kyle Chandler) wants to
write his biography.
That’s a lot of poor-talented-me “ouch” to cram
into one misguided narrative, the three phases in Sidney’s life played out simultaneously (but not seamlessly) through cross-editing. Christensen’s purity of
pretentious purpose is remarkably unconcerned with
such things as obviousness,
superficiality, and retrograde views of women
(they’re all portrayed as
needy drags).
The many ridiculous
tragedies are just there to
slather showy woundedness
on a weak, annoying character, leaving “The Vanishing
of Sidney Hall” a mysteryfree mystery with an inexhaustible supply of eyerolling postures.
— Robert Abele
“The Vanishing of Sidney
Hall.” Rated: R, for language and some sexual references. Running time: 1
hour, 57 minutes. Playing:
Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills.
Enough creepy
chills to satisfy
“Midnighters,” a sinister
crime thriller marking the
feature debut of siblings Julius (director) and Alston
plays like “Blood Simple’s”
impressionable but less proficient kid brother, nevertheless has some devious
touches of its own.
Released, appropriately,
under the IFC Midnight
banner, the film takes place
on an ill-fated New Year’s
Eve, as young couple Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and Jeff
(Dylan McTee), returning
home from festivities, accidentally run over a man appearing in the middle of a
dark, heavily wooded road.
Realizing that neither of
them would pass a Breathalyzer test, they panic, stashing his body in their car until
they can come up with a viable Plan B. In the interim,
they discover that their encounter with the heavily
bleeding victim lying in their
backseat wasn’t as random
as believed — what with the
slip of paper they find in his
wallet with their address
written on it.
Like Joel and Ethan Coen
and Danny and Oxide Pang
before them, the Ramsay
brothers are attracted to all
the grisly stuff found at the
noirtinged thrillers and scarlethued horror, although the
plotting here isn’t as tightly
coiled and the characters aren’t as delineated as obviously intended.
Even so, the amount of
creepy atmosphere they’ve
resourcefully squeezed from
a limited budget — and
spine-tingling Rhode Island
backdrops — are enough to
make you curious about
what they’ll do for an encore.
— Michael
“Midnighters.” Not rated.
Running time: 1 hour, 33
minutes. Playing: Arena
Cinelounge Sunset, Hollywood; also on VOD.
Raging against
today’s horrors
As gutbucket personalproject indies go, the volatile, graphic and (somehow)
corny “Eat Me” couldn’t
have arrived at a more propitious time for a story about
the nightmare of sexual assault. Except that actresswriter Jacqueline Wright’s
adaptation of her controversial, trauma-inspired play
(which was staged in L.A. in
2005) doesn’t fit easily into
categories like horror or
thriller or issue drama and
at times even hopes you can
choke out an uncomfortable
A one-set two-hander
taking place over a night, it
starts with a deliriously despondent,
woman (Wright) jolted from
her pill-gobbled suicide attempt by a home invasion.
After a prolonged sequence
of degrading, violent rapetorture, her attacker (a demonic Brad Carter) comes
to realize his ready-made
prey has an armor of audacious, mood-jarring selfloathing that, once she
voices it, opens his own psychic wounds.
The theatrical origins of
“Eat Me” are ever-present
and not very successfully
hidden by director Adrian
Cruz. (As for the aforementioned stabs at humor, the
less said the better.) But if
you can get through the first
half ’s repulsiveness in word,
deed and exploitation-adjacent rendering, Wright’s and
Carter’s committed mosh
pit waltz of bloody, angry Act
2 unburdening — simultaneously garish and sensitive
— creates its own weirdly
galvanizing, human tension.
No easy path to forgiveness and communication,
this one, but as a tour-deforce howl of primal, damaged rage, it contributes in
its own strange way to the
current era of public reckoning and testy healing.
— Robert Abele
“Eat Me.” Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes. Playing: Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills.
“Golden Slumber” is the
rare chase picture as invested in its characters and
setting as in its twists. Director Noh Dong-seok — working from a Kôtarô Isaka novel — fills the film with rich detail, helping this “innocent
man, wrongly accused” story
overcome its dogged conventionality.
Gang Dong-won stars as
Kim Gun-woo, a delivery
man who achieved viral
fame across Korea after being caught on a security
camera rescuing a pop star.
Then a shadowy black ops
organization — connected to
a member of Kim’s defunct
rock band — takes advantage of his popularity and
frames him for a political assassination.
Most of “Golden Slumber” apes the likes of “North
by Northwest” and “The Fugitive,” following the hero as
he narrowly dodges capture,
sometimes with the help of a
(played by Kim Eui-sung).
Noh, best known for arty
low-key dramas, excels at
the movie’s many action sequences.
But he’s much better at
character-building. It’s easy
to care about Kim’s fate, given how well Gang and Noh
define the character as a
nice guy who’s abandoned
his ambitions and is maybe
too naive about how the
world actually works.
“Golden Slumber” isn’t
as wide-eyed as its protagonist, though. The movie ultimately paints mass media
cynicism as its real villain,
noting how a sensationalist
press and a gullible public allow amoral creeps to spread
dangerous lies. And that’s a
valuable warning — even
when embedded within
some snappy entertainment.
— Noel Murray
“Golden Slumber.” In Korean with English subtitles.
Not rated. Running time: 1
hour, 48 minutes. Playing:
CGV Cinema, Los Angeles;
CGV Buena Park, Buena
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Sharing favorite memories
BY SUSAN KING >>> The first Academy Awards began rather quietly on May 16, 1929, at the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel,
with nominees, winners and guests enjoying Lobster Eugenie. It was hosted by silent film superstar and academy President Douglas Fairbanks
and screenwriter and director William DeMille. ¶ On Sunday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting ABC’s live
coverage of the 90th Academy Awards. For this landmark anniversary, The Times checked in with veteran Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences members — several of whom are former winners and nominees, with one presenting Sunday — about their favorite memories.
difficult to let it go because it
matches my jewelry.’ About six
weeks later, I got it.”
Carol Channing
The Broadway musical comedy
legend is best known for her Tony
Award-winning role in Jerry Herman’s beloved musical “Hello,
Dolly!” She was nominated 50
years ago for supporting actress
for the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which starred Julie Andrews.
“I can’t recall how long I have
been a member of the academy. It
seems as though it has been almost
as long as they have been giving out
their award. The year I was nominated for Muzzy in ‘Thoroughly
Modern Millie’ is a blur to this day. I
can only remember that the great
Martin Luther King had been assassinated just days before and
how supportive Julie was to me.
She was so certain I was going to
win that I almost believed it myself.
I don’t remember who won. Isn’t
that awful? But I am sure they were
very deserving.”
Carol Burnett
The multi-Emmy Award winner
starred in the classic 1967-78 CBS
comedy-variety series “The Carol
Burnett Show” and has appeared
in such films as 1972’s “Pete ’n’
Tillie,” 1978’s “A Wedding,” 1981’s
“The Four Seasons” and 1982’s “Annie” and has received two Tony
nominations (“Once Upon a Mattress,” “Moon Over Buffalo”). She
was one of the hosts of the Academy Awards in 1973.
“ I was asked, I think it was Ray
Stark — I can’t remember if he was
producing or Howard Koch —
‘Would you present the best actor
award? It was kind of a surprise because I’m a television person
mainly. Then he called back and
said ‘I’m sorry, but John Travolta
wants to present the best actor
award, so would you mind presenting best picture? I went ‘Oh, my
God, wow.’ And ‘Gandhi’ won.
When I presented it, I couldn’t believe it — that they would ask me to
do that.”
George Chakiris
The actor-dancer-singer of
stage, screen and television won
supporting actor as Bernardo,
the leader of the Sharks and Maria’s brother, in 1961’s “West Side
“I will forever be grateful to be
included in the same company of
such extraordinary people who
have been honored by our peers
over the years. I feel the same pride
about being a member of the academy. To be part of its history and
the legacy is very humbling. Last
year, I was invited to speak to a
group of young people at the Dolby
Theatre on the eve of the Academy
Awards and let them take photos
with my Oscar. They had all seen
‘West Side Story,’ and I was surprised by the influences that just
one film could have on so many
generations and that the academy
has been honoring films that have
been just as influential for 90
Eva Marie Saint
Gary Friedman Los Angeles Times
CAROL CHANNING says the year she was nominated for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a blur.
Tippi Hendren
The former model-turned-actress and animal activist came to
fame in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963’s
“The Birds” and 1964’s “Marnie”
and is the mother of 1989 lead actress nominee Melanie Griffith
(“Working Girl”) and grandmother
of Dakota Johnson.
“I don’t think I realized then as
much as I do now how much of an
honor it was to be accepted as a
member of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences. It isn’t
an easy thing to do and some very
accomplished individuals try for
years to acquire the privilege.
“I would have to say that my
greatest Academy Award memory
was not having to do with my own
career but, rather, that of my
daughter and best friend, Melanie,
I still recall how much pride I felt
when I heard her named called
along with Jodie, Glenn, Sigourney
and Meryl. I think that’s an awfully
impressive list of women to be included among, don’t you think?”
Bruce Dern
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
Paramount Pictures
COMPOSER Leslie Bricusse, left, shown with Ian Fraser, has
won two Oscars, one in the song category and original song score.
Oscar history in 1983
Louis Gossett Jr.
The actor made his Broadway
debut at 17 in 1953’s “Take a Giant
Step,” earned an Emmy as Fiddler
in 1977’s ‘Roots” and became the
first African American male to win
a supporting actor Academy
Award for 1982’s “An Officer and a
“Voting for the Oscars every
year is an absolute privilege. Deciding what films and artists are
worthy of this honor is a great responsibility and one I have always
taken very seriously. This is
an exciting time for the Oscars
and our industry as we are seeing
much more diversity in films and
that is creating great opportunities.
“The year I won the Oscar, I was
pretty sure it would go to either
James Mason for ‘The Verdict’ or
Robert Preston for ‘Victor/Victoria.’ When they called my name, I
thought to myself that this was impossible; I must be dreaming. What
I remember most about that year
was after I won I got an extremely
firm handshake from Superman
(Christopher Reeve) and a big
hug and kiss from Susan Sarandon.”
Dern made his film debut in
1960’s “Wild River” and received
Oscar nominations for supporting
actor for 1978’s “Coming Home”
and lead actor for 2013’s “Nebraska.” Dern, his daughter Laura
Dern and his ex-wife Diane Ladd
have seven Oscar nominations between them.
“I was in New York [in 1979]
doing the only Broadway play
later in my life and [my publicist]
Stan Rosenfield called me away
from rehearsals. Stan said, ‘I didn’t
mean to bother you and get you
out of rehearsal but you were
nominated for an Oscar for best
supporting actor in ‘Coming
“And I was stunned because
there’s only so many people’s attention you can get when you’re in
the movie; I just felt a sigh of relief
because I felt somebody noticed
that I had a little game, and I liked
that. I didn’t feel like I had a chance
in the world. But I was thrilled [at
the ceremony] to actually have a
seat with my name on it. You know,
a paper tag that said ‘Bruce’ and it
was fairly down close!”
Diane Ladd
United Artist
GEORGE CHAKIRIS won the supporting Oscar as Bernardo in 1961’s “West Side Story.”
Angie Dickinson
The veteran leading lady and
sex symbol starred in such films as
Sam Fuller’s 1957 “China Gate,”
Howard Hawks’ 1959 classic “Rio
Bravo” with John Wayne, John
Boorman’s 1967 “Point Blank” and
Brian De Palma’s 1980 “Dressed to
“The year [the 1970 ceremony]
that John Wayne won for ‘True
Grit’ was so tearful and wonderful
for Duke to finally get an Academy
Award after so many great movies
and being the top movie star of
the world for so long. And then to
make light of it by saying that he’d
Saint received a supporting actress award for her first film, 1954’s
“On the Waterfront” and was also
about to give birth to her son Darrell. She has also appeared in such
favorites as 1957’s “Raintree
County,” 1959’s “North by Northwest” and 1960’s “Exodus” and won
an Emmy for 1990’s “People Like
Us.” Her last feature was 2014’s
“Winter’s Tale.” Saint is also presenting at the Oscars Sunday
night but is keeping mum on what
award she’s giving out.
“Jeff [her husband] was sitting
next to me and he whispered ‘Now
honey, if they call your name I want
you to count to six, don’t get up,’
because I was just about to give
birth. So when I heard my name, of
course, I started [to get up.] I
couldn’t get up because his thumb
was on my left thigh. I thought,
well, I can take directions. I’m going one, two, three and then I
rushed up. I said, ‘I’m so excited, I
think I’m going to have the baby
right here.’ ”
Warner Bros.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures
HER film debut in 1954 earned
BRUCE DERN’S most recent nomination was for 2013’s “Ne-
Eva Marie Saint an Oscar.
braska.” He received a supporting nod for 1978’s “Coming Home.”
have worn the eye patch a lot
sooner had he known it would be so
paint — the Smell of the Crowd.”
He won the Oscar in the song category 50 years ago for “Talk to the
Animals” from “Doctor Dolittle”
and won another with Henry Mancini for music, original song score
for 1982’s “Victor/Victoria.”
“I was in England [in 1968]
working on another film. I wasn’t
able to come back for my Oscar the
Leslie Bricusse
The composer-lyricist-writer
penned such famous musicals as
“Stop the World — I Want to Get
Off ” and “The Roar of the Grease-
first time. So Sammy Davis Jr.,
who’d made the hit recording of
‘Talk to the Animals,’ was a very
close friend of mine at the time. So I
said, ‘If I get lucky, will you pick up
the award?’
“Sammy picked it up and then
kept the Oscar and took it on tour
with him. I called up and said,
‘Where’s my Oscar?’ He said, ‘It’s
Ladd has received three supporting actress nominations — for
1974’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” 1990’s “Wild at Heart” and
made history with her daughter
Laura Dern when they became the
first mother and daughter to be
nominated for the same film, 1991’s
“Rambling Rose.” Dern was nominated for lead actress and Ladd received the supporting actress
nomination. They also presented
the award for visual effects at those
“I looked at Laura [onstage] for
like 10 seconds. I realized I went
through living hell [the death of her
first daughter at an early age] and
God gave me a child who wanted to
be an actress. I wanted her to stand
on my shoulder, so she could see
further than I have. That’s what we
should want for our children — to
be better than we are and she is.
And then there was a tear in my eye
and I’m sure anybody sitting out
there had no idea what the tear was
for. I’m so proud of her this year.
Baby, she’s getting as hot as Jennifer Lawrence.”
Movie celebrates a
California treasure
“Lady Bird” puts Sacramento
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What’s on the menu for the Governors Ball after the Academy Awards on Sunday? Chef Wolfgang Puck, center, with Dawn Hudson, chief executive of the
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They just didn’t do it for him
A theater critic can’t get
past the writing and plot,
and character points in
“Billboards,” “Name.”
Like many Americans, I find it
increasingly easy to talk myself out
of going to the movies. There’s
plenty to watch at home and so little to lure me back onto the roads
and into those unfathomable parking structures from which no car is
guaranteed of returning.
But awards season has a way of
concentrating the middle-aged
mind. As a drama critic who would
rather read, whittle down the DVR
listings or dart mindlessly down internet holes on his night off, I still
consider it an obligation to support
movies not targeted to the reptilian
brain of tweens. But more to the
point, I long to see my life reflected
on the screen, and last I checked,
there was no flying saucer or caped
muscleman outside my window.
If there wasn’t a 2017 film that
separated itself from the pack, an
instant classic to gather up all the
golden bric-a-brac, there was
enough evidence that we are living
in fertile moviemaking times.
Any year that can make room
for the biting originality of Jordan
Peele’s “Get Out,” the bespoke detailing of Paul Thomas Anderson’s
“Phantom Thread,” the invigorating feistiness of Greta Gerwig’s
“Lady Bird,” the controlled sensory
overload of Christopher Nolan’s
“Dunkirk” and the timely conscience of Steven Spielberg’s “The
Post” can’t be all bad. They did
what I expect movies to do: allow
me to lose myself in the dark for a
couple of hours, entranced by the
power of big-screen storytelling.
That was not my experience
with two awards contenders I felt
sure would satisfy my seasonal
yearning for intelligent filmmaking. I rushed to see Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name”
(based on the novel by André Aciman) and Martin McDonagh’s
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri” (the latest film from the
comically ruthless Irish-English
playwright), but neither created a
convincing enough reality to seize
hold of my imagination and unsnag
me from my qualms.
In both cases, I found myself
quarreling with the writing, much
as I had earlier in the year when I
saw “A Quiet Passion,” the
overtouted Terence Davies film
about Emily Dickinson. I couldn’t
understand how friends and fellow
critics could overlook the implausibilities of language, character,
culture and plot that repeatedly
wrenched me out of the fictional
moment. I envied them, but I wondered if McDonagh’s overblown
reputation as a theatrical insurgent
and the combination of Guadagnino’s insistent artiness and Aciman’s self-conscious literariness
may have hoodwinked them.
“Three Billboards” strikes me as
a screenplay in search of a stage.
McDonagh began as an enfant terrible of the theater, an iconoclast
who, in plays such as “The Beauty
Queen of Leenane” and “The Pillowman,” wreaked bloody havoc on
theatrical stereotypes and comforting middle-class clichés.
A master technician with more
defiant verve than depth of vision,
McDonagh successfully deployed
his patented gift for making laughter scald like battery acid in his film
“In Bruges,” a black comedy about
hired assassins holed up in the medieval Belgian city. Bruges serves
as a humorous backdrop for this
fish-out-of-water tale about two
Irish killers laying low in a ludicrously quaint town with nothing
to do but bicker, sightsee and brood
over their fates. “Three Billboards,”
by contrast, wants to enjoy its
stagy revenge drama while rolling
through the American landscape.
Frances McDormand will likely
win an Oscar for her no-holdsbarred performance as Mildred, a
wrathful mother frustrated by the
failure of the local police to find the
maniac who raped and killed her
daughter. McDormand’s avenging,
crotch-kicking boldness provides a
capper to a long overdue cultural
moment of female empowerment.
The film has a satiric western
swagger, updated by a woman of a
certain age in the vigilante role. McDonagh complicates Mildred’s
story by showing how the lust for
justice can grow depraved the longer it is denied — a subject of dramatists going back to Aeschylus.
But the film’s comic contrivances and extravagant banter can
seem incongruous in a dramatic
context that flips between grotesque parody and gritty realism.
The twee artificiality of the town
suits the chiseled dialogue better
than the long shots of natural scenery, which recur whenever we return to the trio of billboards Mildred has rented to vent her spleen
at the police chief, who’s frustrated
by his inability to solve the case.
Tonally, “Three Billboards” is as
antic as its soundtrack, which
darts from folk to opera to blues to
patches of melancholy strings.
Irony and sarcasm dominate, yet
more vulnerable sentiments are
permitted to crop up between
punchlines. Such variety can be a
sign of artistic complexity, a postmodern refusal to hew to predictable patterns of genre. But awkwardly calibrated, the film seems at
loggerheads with itself.
The scene in which Mildred firebombs the police station has all the
campy mischief of the old “Batman” TV series with Adam West,
but then Dixon, the racist cop
played by Sam Rockwell, is gruesomely burned. The violence,
which includes Woody Harrelson’s
terminally ill police chief blowing
his brains out, stops the laughter.
But I found myself flinching more
in annoyance at the way the film
rubs our noses in the gore. The brutality is neither credible enough for
serious drama nor cartoonish
enough to laughingly dismiss.
Merrick Morton 20th Century Fox
“THREE BILLBOARDS Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” with Fran-
ces McDormand, is a screenplay in search of stage, critic writes.
Sony Pictures Classics
“CALL ME by Your Name,” with Armie Hammer, left, Timo-
thée Chalamet, is a story of cowardice, compromise, critic writes.
Warped by fury, Mildred acts
callously not only to those who deserve it but also to the little person
(played by Peter Dinklage) who
provides her with an alibi for the
firebombing. (McDonagh clearly
has a weakness for “midget” jokes.)
As she proved in the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” McDormand can keep us on her side even
when her character is at her unsentimental worst. But I experienced a
growing impatience as the camera,
taking a breather from the corrosive comedy, closes in on Mildred
peering somberly into the middle
distance. McDonagh doesn’t usually sugar his strychnine.
The actors are impressively agile, but the film confounds with
mixed signals. McDonagh is clearly
trying to move beyond the straitjacket of violent comedy. But in
blurring the difference between the
world he contrives and our own, he
exposes his limited understanding
of American culture and undermines his unique strengths as a
fiendish comic fabulist.
Set in Northern Italy in 1983,
“Call Me by Your Name” offers the
surface pleasures associated with
Merchant-Ivory films — lush estate
grounds, tony interiors, vivid period clothes and sumptuous nakedness. James Ivory wrote the
screenplay based on Aciman’s novel about a romance between a pro-
fessor’s precocious teenage son and
the gifted graduate student who
spends part of the summer at the
professor’s country villa.
The book is elliptical in a manner that is seductive, open-minded
and ultimately unsatisfying. Aciman leaves out too much of the
story, investigating only those
parts of the characters’ lives that
suit his airily philosophical, overly
romanticized purposes.
Ivory doesn’t have much success in filling in the elisions, but
Guadagnino’s direction compounds the superficiality with
camerawork that can’t resist
fondling every surface. The film is
as sleek as an orgy co-sponsored by
Travel + Leisure and GQ.
Timothée Chalamet’s performance as Elio, the professor’s multilingual son, is a marvel. The camera loves him — maybe a little too
much. There’s only so much meaning that Guadagnino can derive
from a slim, hairless torso.
But the love story between Elio
and Oliver, the visiting student, is
hampered by the casting of Armie
Hammer, who resembles not so
much a budding archaeologist with
a deep knowledge of philology but a
junior associate at Goldman Sachs
with a wad of traveler’s checks in
his preppy shorts. Hammer’s Oliver seems too old, too confident
and too blunt for the delicate affair
whipped up for him.
The erotic adventure of the
young men is art-directed to be poetic (secret foot massages!) rather
than convincingly candid. “Call Me
by Your Name” wants to depict
sexuality given a furlough from societal prohibitions, but the film
would rather not delve into the psychology of the closet. Identity politics needn’t be rigidly brought into
the story, but sexuality and selfhood seem to have only a passing
acquaintance here. It’s a fantasy
for those afraid of their fantasies.
There’s nothing in the movie as
gripping as that moment in the
1987 film “Maurice,” which Ivory directed and co-adapted from E.M.
Forster’s novel, when James
Wilby’s Maurice and Hugh Grant’s
Clive finally succumb to tenderness
as students at Cambridge University. Maurice’s unstoppable caress of Clive, who’s seated beneath
his chair, is reciprocated with an
upstretched hand that promises
more than upper-class English society in the early part of the 20th
century can accommodate. Their
silent interaction is more eloquent
than all the academic smart talk in
Ivory’s screenplay.
“Call Me by Your Name” has
only marginal interest in its female
characters, who are seen chiefly in
relationship to the needs of men.
More problematic is the handling
of Elio’s father (played by Michael
Stuhlbarg with dependable dexterity), who lives vicariously through
his son’s sexual awakening. He has
been supervising Elio’s sentimental education like a paternal, voyeuristic Flaubert.
Near the end of the film, Professor Perlman passes along some
sage words to his son about treasuring the quickly fading springtime of passion. “Call Me by Your
Name” would rather generalize
this romantic wisdom than explore
its neurotic origins in the professor’s walled off homoerotic desire.
All the sexy cinematography is
ultimately a subterfuge, a mythological screen to divert attention
from a more shadowy story of cowardice and compromise. The endless scrutiny of Chalamet’s face as
it shades from innocence to experience through the pain of loss
makes for a striking finale. But the
profundity of “Call Me by Your
Name” is shallow. The house is full
of books and literary references are
strewn about like confetti, but the
overriding sensibility is more decorative than dramatic — MerchantIvory for the age of Instagram.
Perhaps my expectations for
“Three Billboards” and “Call Me by
Your Name” were unduly raised by
all the awards buzz, but I was unable to stay immersed in their fictional worlds. (“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s romantic
fable about a sea creature and a
mute custodial worker, did a better
job of keeping me submerged.) As
this year’s Oscar hopefuls attest,
filmmakers can conjure any reality,
as long as they don’t wake you from
the spell they’re casting.
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DIRECTOR Guillermo del Toro, center, guides stars Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins on the set of “Shape of Water.” Del Toro is likely to win the directing Oscar.
How races will shape up
[Races, from E1]
“Moonlight” again, this time
in a proper fashion? But the
wheel’s got to stop spinning
sometime. Here’s where it
(Note: In races where an
upset may be looming, I’ve
offered an alternate prediction. The others you can take
to the bank.)
Best picture
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
WINNER: “Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
The safe bet is “Shape of
Water” with its PGA and
DGA wins, plus its leading 13
noms. And “Get Out” appears poised for a “Moonlight”-style ambush with voters gravitating toward its social message as a way to extend another middle-finger
salute to Washington.
meanwhile was labeled “divisive” after a handful of critics
thoughtfully objected to the
way the film used and dealt
with race. The arguments
have merit, but they haven’t
seemed to persuade awards
season voters. “Three Billboards” swept through the
SAG Awards and took the
top honor from the British
Film Academy. I didn’t find
many academy members
who found the movie problematic.
Voters I spoke with responded to the palpable
sense of rage coursing
through the film, the helpless
frustration and anger expressed by Frances McDormand’s grieving mother. It’s
no accident that artists and
activists have been using the
movie’s titular tactic and creating their own protest messages.
The movie connects with
its audience in ways they
might not be able to fully articulate. Hell, I’m not even
sure if writer-director Martin
McDonagh knows what he’s
trying to put across here. But
that doesn’t mean you
should underestimate the
connection. Two members of
the movie’s ensemble —
Frances McDormand and
Sam Rockwell — are heavily
favored to win Oscars. The
actors branch, by far the
academy’s largest group,
might push this all the way to
the top.
Paul Thomas Anderson,
“Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro,
“The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Christopher Nolan,
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
WINNER: Del Toro
There’s no reason to pick
against the well-liked Directors Guild winner Del Toro,
putting him on a list of
winners including fellow
Mexican filmmakers (and
González Iñárritu.
Lead actress
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape
of Water”
Frances McDormand,
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
WINNER: McDormand
McDormand, one of the
industry’s most admired
performers, takes her second Oscar.
Lead actor
Timothée Chalamet,
“Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis,
“Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman,
“Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington,
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
WINNER: Oldman
Oldman pretty much had
this in the bag the moment
he agreed to play Churchill.
Supporting actress
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville,
“Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer,
“The Shape of Water”
WINNER: Janney.
Seven Emmys, seven
SAGs, a Golden Globe, a
BAFTA and now an Oscar.
Supporting actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida
Woody Harrelson,
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins,
“The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All
the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing,
WINNER: Rockwell.
He, like Oldman, McDormand and Janney, won the
Golden Globe, SAG Award
and BAFTA honor. You
don’t bet against that kind of
Original screenplay
“The Big Sick,” Emily V.
Gordon and Kumail
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,”
Guillermo del Toro,
Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin
WINNER: McDonagh
Want to get an early read
on the best picture winner?
Watch this category. If Peele
prevails (as he should), then
“Get Out” could go on to win
best picture. If it’s McDonagh, then it’s probably
“Three Billboards.”
There’s also the possibility of smorgasbord voting,
where members will go for
“Get Out” here, but “Billboards” or “Shape of Water”
for picture. (That damn preferential ballot complicates
things.) But to buy into that,
you have to ignore decades of
history. Best picture winners
also usually win for their
writing. So if I’m thinking
“Billboards” takes picture,
I’ve got to go with it here too,
much as it pains me to do
Adapted screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name,”
James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,”
Scott Neustadter & Michael
H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank &
James Mangold and
Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron
“Mudbound,” Virgil
Williams and Dee Rees
Agnès Varda’s high-profile appearance at the Governors Awards gives “Faces
Places” an edge, but the Winter Olympics might have provided “Icarus” with enough
of a boost to prevail. If it were
a slightly better movie, I’d
probably pick it.
Foreign language
“A Fantastic Woman”
“The Insult”
“On Body and Soul”
“The Square”
Trans actress Daniela
Vega’s superb turn in “A Fantastic Woman” was widely
noticed and praised, making
the Chilean film the favorite
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”
WINNER: “Blade Runner”
of Water”
After winning awards
from the British Film Academy and American Society of
Cinematographers, it would
seem like it’s probably — finally — Roger Deakins’ time.
Look for “Blade Runner” to
bring him a win on his 14th
Film editing
“Baby Driver”
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
makes this one of the evening’s safest bets.
Animated feature
Costume design
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Loving Vincent”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria & Abdul”
WINNER: “Coco”
WINNER: “Phantom
“Abacus: Small Enough
to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”
WINNER: “Faces Places”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”
WINNER: “Dunkirk”
WINNER: “The Shape of
Runner 2049”
It’s possible that “Blade
Runner” could pull off an upset here for its harsh, brutal
dystopia. But I think
“Shape,” with its overall support (and its own expertly realized Brutalist vision) will
WINNER: “Dunkirk”
A no-brainer given the
topic and the talent. You
don’t cross the House of
Makeup and
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria & Abdul”
WINNER: “Darkest Hour”
You’ve seen photos of
Gary Oldman in real life,
“Dunkirk” again, though
“Baby Driver” — with its emphasis on music — could surprise. Music-heavy movies
do well in this category.
Visual effects
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the
WINNER: “Blade Runner
“Phantom Thread”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri”
WINNER: “The Shape of
It should be first-time nominee Jonny Greenwood’s
lush, melodic score for
“Phantom Thread,” but alas,
Alexandre Desplat’s sumptuous work on “Shape” looks
like the heavy favorite to
bring the composer his second Oscar.
“The Mystery of Love” (from
“Call Me by Your Name”)
“Mighty River” (from
“Remember Me” (from
“Stand Up for Something”
(from “Marshall”)
“This Is Me” (from “The
Greatest Showman”)
WINNER: “Remember Me”
At 89, Ivory will be the oldest Oscar winner ever — unless Agnès Varda, eight days
his senior, wins for documentary.
The film’s acclaim and
popularity make it the heavy
favorite in a thin category.
(“Ferdinand”? Really?)
Production design
“Remember Me” comes
from the songwriting team
behind “Frozen.” “This Is
Me” was written by two of the
songwriters from “La La
Land.” So pedigree is a draw.
But “Remember Me” is used
four different times in
“Coco,” each to memorable
effect. I think voters will go
with the song that made
them cry.
Sound editing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
WINNER: “Dunkirk”
War movies do well here;
Nolan-directed movies have
won twice.
Sound mixing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“The Shape of Water”
Remarkably, the groundbreaking “Apes” series has
twice been a second banana
(sorry) here, losing to “Hugo”
and “Interstellar.” It’s easy to
question those choices, but
harder to ignore the history.
Animated short
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”
WINNER: “Dear Basketball”
Angelenos like to see Kobe Bryant (who produced
and wrote the short) holding
trophies, and it’s been a long
Documentary short
“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on
the 405”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
WINNER: “Heroin(e)”
ALTERNATE: “Edith+Eddie” or “Heaven Is a Traffic
This shorts category is
the deepest and, thus, hardest to predict. “Heroin(e)”
puts a human face on an urgent subject, the opioid epidemic, and comes from Netflix, giving it an edge in terms
of viewership and promotion.
Live action short
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote / All of Us”
WINNER: “DeKalb Elementary”
With a story focusing on a
school shooting, the excellent “DeKalb” is timely. But
the heartbreaking “Silent
Child” is equally good and
poses a threat.
Twitter: @glennwhipp
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L.A. Phil sounds so cinematic
This year’s nominated
scores are performed
alongside classic film
works on star-studded
Disney Hall stage.
By Rick Schultz
Do classical music people still look down on music
composed for film? It was a
question considered by
Laura Karpman, one of the
curators of “The Oscar Concert” on Wednesday night at
Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“It’s an old way of thinking,” Karpman said before
the concert, which she curated with Michael Giacchino, the Oscar-winning
composer of “Up,” and
Emmy-winning composer
Charles Bernstein. “It’s not
what’s happening now.
There’s this constant interaction with classical music
— an intersection of new
music, world, concert and
film music.”
Three of this year’s five
Oscar-nominated composers were on hand to lead the
Los Angeles Philharmonic
in excerpts of their scores:
Carter Burwell for “Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri,” Alexandre Desplat for “The Shape of Water” and John Williams for
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Thomas Wilkins conducted the other two nominees: Jonny Greenwood’s
Thread,” introduced by the
film’s director, Paul Thomas
Anderson (who said backstage that he asked his composer to “write some music
like Nelson Riddle’s”); and
Hans Zimmer’s score for
“Dunkirk,” during which
Zimmer played keyboards.
“The music for the film
couldn’t be jubilant or sentimental,” Zimmer said before the concert. “The spirit
of ‘Dunkirk’ is one reason
why I’m here. My mother
was a European refugee —
so the music for the film had
to come from a different
place. It’s not the happiest
piece you’ll hear tonight.”
But happy isn’t always
the point, composers said
during a pre-concert conversation backstage. A good
score, Giacchino said, ideally provides a soul for a film.
“It’s a direct representation of emotion, but you
have to be very careful. It’s
easy to ruin a film,” said Giacchino, whose favorite
scores include Max Steiner’s
music for the 1933 “King
“He showed us the way,
using leitmotifs — themes
attached to characters,”
Bernstein added. “We all
come from the School of
Steiner. That’s where we
learned our craft.”
Photographs by
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
FILM DIRECTOR Ava DuVernay introduces a concert segment at a themed concert of movie scores. Three
of this year’s five nominated composers were on hand to conduct their music with the L.A. Philharmonic.
TRUMPETER Terence Blanchard performs with
COMPOSER Michael Giacchino helped to curate
the Los Angeles Philharmonic at a movie concert.
the pieces chosen for Wednesday’s concert.
Once the concert got
underway, celebrities including actresses Daniela
Vega and Michelle Rodriguez and director Ava DuVernay introduced music
passages grouped in categories such as “The Sound of
Love,” “The Sound of the
Chase” and “The Sound of
“Courage” included Alex
North’s clashing, martial
There was a striking continuity between North’s score
and Zimmer’s largely abstract, electronic one played
later in the program. Similarly, Desplat’s lushly romantic music for “The
Shape of Water” seemed a
not-so-distant, French-accented relation to Erich
Wolfgang Korngold’s richly
melodic “The Adventures of
Robin Hood.”
The concert juxtaposed
movie music with film clips,
so while the orchestra performed “Spartacus,” images
from “Milk” and “Gandhi”
flashed on screen as examples of courage. In “The
Sound of the Chase,” the
L.A. Phil’s account of Lalo
Schifrin’s propulsive, brassy
music tailored to the car sequence in “Bullitt” played
with a jumble of snippets
from other films including
“The French Connection,”
“Drive” and “The Road Warrior.”
More in sync were the
short excerpt from Quincy
Jones’ edgy, modernist jazz
score for “In Cold Blood” and
Mica Levi’s disorienting,
moody work in “Jackie” —
both selections from “The
Sound of Fear” portion of
the program, introduced by
Michael Abels.
Guillermo del Toro, the
favorite to win the director
Oscar for “The Shape of Water” on Sunday, introduced
himself by quipping: “Good
Moore,” a reference to the
similarly portly but perhaps
better known director.
Also on hand was A.R.
Rahman, who won the original score and song Oscars in
2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.” Rahman introduced
“The Sound of Home.”
“I grew up with ‘The
Sound of Music,’ ” Rahman
said earlier backstage, talking about the universality of
film music. “I lived in a remote town in South India.
Our teacher played ‘Do-ReMi’ on the piano. These days
everything is just a Google
search away.”
Some of the loudest audience response was reserved
for John Williams, who
conducted “The Rebellion Is
Reborn” section from his
Jedi” score — his 51st nomination.
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Carlos Gonzalez Minneapolis Star Tribune
USA PLAYERS celebrate after winning the gold medal in women’s hockey Feb. 22 at the Winter Olympics.
Olympics give NBC a win
But fewer watched
prime-time coverage
than they did past
Winter Games.
city news service
Viewership for NBC’s
prime-time coverage of the
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was lower than at least
each of the past six previous
Winter Games, even when
cable and streaming viewership is included.
NBC’s 18 nights of coverage, which concluded with
Sunday’s closing ceremony,
averaged 17.8 million viewers,
according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.
What NBC dubbed its Total
Audience Delivery — which
includes cable and digital
viewership — was 19.8 million
The NBC viewership was
down 16.4% from its 21.3 million average for the 2014
Sochi Games. When the cable and streaming audience
is included, the drop was 7%.
Viewership for most
forms of programming has
dropped in recent years, in
part because of increased
viewership of streaming programming.
Games were the first Winter
Games where cable and
streaming coverage was
available at the same time as
prime-time broadcast coverage.
The Olympics coverage
was profitable for NBC, according to Mark Lazarus,
chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports.
Even with the drop in
viewership, NBC’s Olympics
coverage was 82% larger
than the combined audiences of CBS, ABC and Fox, 9.8
million, the largest Winter
Olympics advantage.
An Olympics telecast was
the most-watched program
for all 18 nights of the
Pyeongchang Games, just
like it was during the Sochi
Games. Olympics telecasts
came in first on 14 of the 17
nights of the 2010 Vancouver
Games and eight of the 17
nights of the 2006 Turin
against every important
said in a statement. “Viewers came in droves across all
dayparts and platforms, our
advertisers are all delivered,
and our affiliate and distribution partners are extremely happy.”
NBC’s prime-time programming between Feb. 19
and Sunday — which for ratings purposes consisted entirely of the Olympics-related programming except
for an episode of the comedy
“A.P. Bio” that followed Sunday’s closing ceremony —
averaged 14.19 million viewers, 19.9% less than its 17.72
million average for the final
week of the Sochi Games.
CBS was second, averaging 4.83 million viewers, ABC
third, averaging 3.47 million,
and Fox fourth among the
broadcast networks, averaging 2.04 million.
As is typical for a final
Olympics, Olympics programming accounted for
each of the week’s eight
most-watched programs.
The week’s most-watched
night of Olympics coverage
was Tuesday, which featured the ladies figure skating short program, averaged
17.53 million viewers.
For the second consecutive week, the most-watched
non-Olympics program was
the CBS news magazine, “60
Minutes,” which averaged
8.33 million viewers.
“A.P. Bio” averaged 5.89
million viewers after Sunday’s closing ceremony, finishing 17th among the week’s
prime-time and cable programs and sixth among
scripted programming. The
program that followed the
2014 closing ceremony, the
Fisher,” averaged 8.86 million viewers.
Fox News Channel returned to the top of the cable
ratings after a one-week absence, averaging 2.23 million
mostwatched cable program was
the first original episode of
the AMC horror series “The
Walking Dead” since Dec. 10,
which averaged 8.28 million
viewers, 10th overall.
Here are the combined rankings for national prime-time
network and cable television last week (Feb. 19-25), as compiled by Nielsen. They are based on the average number of
people who watched a program from start to finish during
its scheduled telecast or on a playback device the same day.
Nielsen estimates there are 289 million potential viewers in
the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
1 2018 Winter
Olympics (Tue.)
2 2018 Winter
Olympics (Mon.)
3 2018 Winter
Olympics (Thu.)
4 2018 Winter
Olympics: Closing
5 2018 Winter
Olympics (Wed.)
Net- Viewwork
NBC 17.53
NBC 16.37
--------------------------------------6 2018 Winter
Olympics (Fri.)
7 2018 Winter
Olympics (Sat.)
8 2018 Winter
Olympics: Figure
Skating Gala
9 60 Minutes
10 The Walking Dead
(9 p.m.)
NBC 12.89
NBC 10.85
--------------------------------------11 The Big Bang
Theory (Thu. 8
13 Young Sheldon
14 Pyeongchang
15 The Big Bang
Theory (Thu. 9
--------------------------------------16 The Bachelor
17 A.P. Bio
18 Big Brother
19 Bull (Tue.)
20 NCIS: New
--------------------------------------21 America’s
Funniest Home
22 Big Brother (Sun.)
23 Big Brother
24 Mom
25 Big Brother (Fri.)
--------------------------------------26 The Amazing
27 Blue Bloods
28 The Bachelor: The
Women Tell All
29 The Good Doctor
30 NBA Basketball:
Thunder at
--------------------------------------31 S.W.A.T.
33 Young Sheldon
34 The Big Bang
Theory (Mon.)
35 Talking Dead
Net- Viewwork
CBS 3.54
USA 3.53
USA 3.52
CBS 3.46
Big Brother (Sat.)
WWE (8 p.m.)
WWE (9 p.m.)
--------------------------------------41 20/20
42 911 (Wed.)
43 The Bachelor
Winter Games
44 The Goldbergs
45 Premio lo Nuestro
--------------------------------------46 The Bachelor
Winter Games
(Thu. 8 p.m.)
47 Shark Tank
48 48 Hours (10
49 Bull (Mon.)
50 The Rachel
Maddow Show
--------------------------------------51 The Curse of Oak
52 The Rachel
Maddow Show
53 CNN Town Hall
54 2018 Winter
Olympics (Wed. 11
55 Hannity (Thu.)
Fox News
--------------------------------------56 Hannity (Mon.)
57 Gold Rush
58 The Rachel
Maddow Show
WWE (10 p.m.)
60 The Rachel
Maddow Show
Fox News
--------------------------------------61 Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Wed.)
Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Tue.)
63 Hannity (Wed.)
64 The Rachel
Maddow Show
Fox News
Fox News
Fox News
Network averages
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that
each network averaged per hour of prime time,
for last week and for the season.
to date
--------------------------------------36 The Walking Dead
(7:30 p.m.)
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Different looks at rap history, future
[Rap shows, from E1]
a crime drama that explores
how corruption, fear and
racism thwarted the investigation into the highest-profile murders of a generation,
the other a modern-day satire in which rejection, softgoals and demoralizing day
jobs are among the obstacles
between artists — and their
handlers — and fame.
“Unsolved” examines the
Tupac and Biggie murders
over 10 episodes from two
perspectives: that of LAPD
detective Russell Poole
“Westworld”) who conducted the initial investigation into the murder of Biggie, and detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel), who
was assigned to the cold case
10 years later.
(Kading, who wrote
“Murder Rap: The Untold
Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations,” is a co-executive
producer on the series along
with Mark Taylor, Kyle Long
and creator Anthony Hemingway.
Tupac was the victim of a
1996 drive-by shooting on the
crowded Vegas strip. Biggie
died months later in a driveby on the crowded streets
surrounding the Petersen
Automotive Museum. “Unsolved” challenges the conventional wisdom that both
killings were acts of retribution sparked by the era’s
East Coast-West Coast rap
The series explores the
involvement of the LAPD,
the Crips and the Bloods and
Death Row Records feared
chief executive Suge Knight.
One could argue Knight was
more notorious than the Notorious B.I.G. when it came
to his cutthroat business
practices and penchant for
Hemingway and crew
clearly took great pains in recreating a Los Angeles
where aging strip malls and
parking lots stood before the
pot dispensaries and luxury
housing units.
The show also manages
Where: FX
When: 10 p.m. Thursday
Rating: TV-MA-LV (may be
unsuitable for children
under age 17 with
advisories for coarse
language and violence)
The Murders
of Tupac and
the Notorious
Where: USA
When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Rating: TV-MA (may be
unsuitable for children
under age 17)
to permeate the layers upon
layers of conspiracy theory,
mythology and true crime
intrigue that still envelops
the crimes with a painstaking recall of key events. With
compassion and respect for
the victims, they explore
what may have happened,
with intriguing results, especially if you’ve followed the
case over the decades.
As Poole, Simpson is once
again convincing as a disillusioned do-gooder whose Boy
Scout determination to
make things right is at odds
with the corrupt world
around him. The talented
Marcc Rose delivers a performance as Tupac that’s eerily close to the bone while
Wavyy Jonez has his work
cut out for him as Biggie, an
outsized character who still
has never lived up to the
charismatic heights of Tupac.
“Mr. Robot” aside, the
USA Network is often upstaged by its flashier competitors who slay with dragons and superpowers. The
network took a risk tackling
a subject that’s been mined
in countless documentaries
(rap fans will recognize dialogue pulled verbatim from
old interviews with the rappers). But with “Unsolved,”
the gamble’s paid off as it
promises to be a sleeper hit
among giants.
“Atlanta” did not have the
luxury of anonymity upon its
return this week. It has a lot
to live up to coming off the
success of its 2016 debut on
Glover, who also stars as
Earn, the series turned the
monotony and desolation
of one’s finanicially strapped
20s and 30s into a sharp
and understated comedy
that’s as much about the
black experience as it is
about mining absurd corners of pop culture and millennialism.
Season 2 continues the
meander into hilarity. In one
scene, the broke and now
homeless Earn, who is still
managing the career of his
cousin, rapper Paper Boi
(Brian Tyree Henry), gets
his client a meeting at a local
social media company that
can help promote him. But
when they ask to hear Paper
Boi’s music, their office
technology is so advanced
no one has the capacity to
play a CD anymore. The
meeting is spent calling in
tech experts to convert a file
from Earn’s phone.
Then during a contemplative moment at a gas station with Paper Boi’s sidekick Darius (the talented
Lakeith Stanfield), Earn
eats a bag of snacks and
wonders aloud:
“What flavor is ‘Flaming
Hot Cheeto?’ ”
“Hot,” answers Darius.
“Robbin’ Season,” the official subtitle of Season 2 for
the burglaries that are prevalent around the holidays
when everyone is buying
gifts, is loaded with the same
brilliant mix of social commentary, internal dialogue
and making something out
of nothing.
Good Day L.A. Chris Wallace; Grae Drake, Rotten
Bailon. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
The Cat in the Hat Knows a
Lot About That! The kids
series returns for a new
season. 7:30 a.m. KOCE
and KPBS; 5 p.m. KLCS
MacGyver Billy Baldwin reprises his guest role as Riley’s (Tristin Mays) father,
while she’s on a mission
with her colleagues — posing as honeymooners at a
resort — to get information from the newlywed
son of a Serbian war criminal. 8 p.m. CBS
Blindspot A surprising visit
from Nas (former series
regular Archie Panjabi)
leads the team to investigate a dangerous piece of
stolen from the NSA.
Jaimie Alexander and
Sullivan Stapleton star. 8
p.m. NBC
Once Upon a Time Robin
(Tiera Skovbye) takes a
big gamble to keep her
newly discovered abilities
in check in this new episode of the fantasy series’
final season. 8 p.m. ABC
MasterChef: Junior Edition
Chef Gordon Ramsay
softens his tone — a bit —
to present young contestants with culinary challenges as the competition
returns for a new season.
Joe Bastianich returns to
the judging panel, joining
Ramsay and Christina
Tosi. 8 p.m. Fox
Hawaii Five-0 Tani and Junior (Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale) go undercover
as prospective parents to
infiltrate a private school
where the headmaster
was murdered in this new
episode. Robyn Lively
guest stars. 9 p.m. CBS
Jane The Virgin Just when
she’s ready to commit herself to a writing career,
Jane (Gina Rodriguez)
faces a setback that may
send her back to teaching.
Adam Rodriguez (“Criminal Minds”) guest stars in
this new episode. 9 p.m.
(Clark Gregg) and his colleagues try to save the human race but have no idea
what their efforts ultimately will mean for one of
their own. Patrick Warburton and Catherine
Dent guest star. 9 p.m.
Megyn Kelly Today Jimmy
Buffett. (N) 9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Ellen Burstyn. (N) 9 a.m.
The View Ana Navarro;
Jimmy Buffett. (N) 10 a.m.
“Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight” premieres on Lifetime.
Frontline This new episode
examines many of the accusations of sexual misconduct brought against
Harvey Weinstein. 9 p.m.
Blue Bloods Nicky (Sami
Gayle) faces sexual harassment from the supervisor (guest star Seam
Kleier) of her internship
and tries to deal with it on
her own. 10 p.m. CBS
Laurieann Gibson: Beyond
the Spotlight This new
unscripted series goes behind the scenes with the
choreographer and creative director who has
helped boost the careers
of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry,
Nicki Minaj, Sean “Puffy”
Combs, Fantasia Barrio,
Tamar Braxton, French
Montana and others. 10
p.m. Lifetime
The Space Between Us
While on a mission to colonize Mars, an astronaut
(Janet Montgomery) discovers she is pregnant and
dies giving birth to the
first human born on that
planet. Gary Oldman and
B.D. Wong also star in this
2017 science fiction drama.
7 p.m. Showtime
Airplane! (1980) 10:45 a.m.
Where to Find Them
(2016) 5:15 p.m. HBO
The Space Between Us
(2017) 7 p.m. Showtime
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America
Chef Wolfgang Puck. (N) 7
a.m. KABC
Earnest Marks, in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning FX series “Atlanta.”
James Minchin III USA Network
Twitter: @lorraineali
Quantrell D. Colbert FX
DONALD GLOVER , right, with Lucius Baston as Chris, created and stars as
The Talk Valerie Bertinelli;
chef Duff Goldman. (N) 1
p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Supercharging the immune system to fight colds and flu.
(N) 1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Item left in a
woman after surgery; video
school wants a doctor’s
note for lip balm. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
Heather Graham. (N) 2
p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil A woman is convinced that if she eats anything she will choke and
die; Sexy Vegan returns.
(N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jennifer Lawrence (“Red
Sparrow”); Lindsey Vonn;
Laverne Cox; Meghan
Trainor performs. (N) 3
p.m. KNBC
The Real Bobby Brown; Mel
B. (N) 3 p.m. KTTV
Washington Week The Russia probe; White House
clearances; gun control;
tariffs on steel and aluminum: Hallie Jackson,
NBC; Nancy Cordes, CBS;
Karen Tumulty, the Washington Post; Michael
Crowley, Politico. (N) 7
p.m. KOCE
Real Time With Bill Maher
Florida school shooting
survivors David Hogg and
Cameron Kasky; author
Amy Chua; former Attorney General Eric Holder;
Jon Meacham. (N) 10 and
11:30 p.m. HBO
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon Lin-Manuel Miranda; “Weird Al”
Culkin; Francis and the
Lights perform. (N) 11:34
p.m. KNBC
The Late Show: Stephen
Colbert Steve Buscemi;
(N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS
WAVYY JONEZ , left, as Christopher “Biggie” Wallace and Marcc Rose as
Tupac Shakur star as the slain rappers in the USA anthology “Unsolved.”
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By Frank Stewart
Cy the Cynic defines statistics as numbers looking for
an argument. As declarer, he
plays by instinct, with little
regard to percentage plays.
When I watched today’s
deal, Cy bid boldly to four
hearts as South. He ruffed
West’s king of diamonds and
led a trump to dummy’s
queen. East took the ace and
led another diamond. Cy
ruffed again, led a spade to
dummy and returned a
trump, and when East followed with the nine, Cy ...
put up his king.
When West discarded, Cy
took three spades, pitching
clubs from dummy, and led a
club. East won and cashed
his jack of trumps, and Cy
was left with a club loser.
Down one.
“Don’t tell me the percentage play was to finesse
with the 10 on the second
trump,” the Cynic growled.
Percentages had nothing
to do with it. By finessing, Cy
assures the contract. When
West shows out, Cy is sure of
five trumps, four spades and
one club. But if West took the
jack, Cy could later ruff his
third club in dummy for his
10th trick.
Question: You hold: ♠ K
♥ Q 7 2 ♦ J 7 4 2 ♣ K Q 9 6 3.
Your partner opens one
spade, you respond two
clubs, he bids two hearts,
you try 2NT. Partner rebids
three hearts. Now what?
Answer: Your partner
suggests a hand with five
cards in each major and minimum values: He proposes
to sign off below game. If you
had a hand such as J, Q 7 2, A
7 4 2, A 9 6 3 2, you could raise
to four hearts, but with your
actual hand, your minor-suit
honors may be useless. Pass.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
♠ 10 8 6 3
♦ Q 10 8 6
♣ 10 4 2
♥ K 10 8 6 4 3
♦ None
All Pass
Opening lead — ♦ K
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Neighbor shouldn’t drive
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Your willingness to proceed
carefully building your projects and relationships will
pay off in the trust you earn
from those around you.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): You truly can pull up energy from the earth, and you
will do this when you need
strength. Nature is your ally
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You’re in a playful mood, and
if you keep this up, you may
just become someone’s favorite friend.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
With play as your main purpose, you’ll be the delight of
the day.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You have resolved to give
your best to a relationship,
and you’ll reaffirm this to
yourself now.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
means making the most of
what’s going on right now
and finding something exciting about it.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Your digital inbox may be a
wild jungle of a place, and so,
too, is the inbox of your life.
Focus on the shining gems.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Seek training now to keep
your skills sharp. This will
give you an advantage later.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Harmless flirting
isn’t, as your track record
shows. Be careful where you
wield that charm.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): If you didn’t want the
thing until an influencer
built your appetite for it, you
might not really want it that
much. What’s the need inside the want?
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): When necessity demands your handling of a situation, apply what you know
from another world. You’ll
be brilliant.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): As you read this, there
are people gearing up for the
challenge of a lifetime that
will have an impact on you
and on the near future. Go
on and decide which challenge you will take on simultaneously. Later your paths
will cross.
(March 2): There are teams
you’re born or thrown into,
and there are teams you
choose. Choosing well will
bring your great delight.
Your ambition may get the
best of you, but you’ll shock
all by proving it wasn’t even
lofty enough. May and July
are the best times to give, invest and commit. Someone
younger makes your heart
soar. Taurus and Gemini
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 16, 3, 38, 2 and 49.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
Dear Amy: My family lives
next to a very sweet elderly
woman, who lives by herself
and also still drives. She appears in good health but has
trouble seeing and hearing.
She’s 94 years old.
A few months ago, she
drove onto our front lawn.
The car stopped a few feet
from hitting our house. She
was shaken up but unhurt.
There was significant damage to our lawn, several
bushes and a fence post.
After the incident, I saw
her son visiting her house, so
I went to ask how she was doing. I recommended that she
not drive anymore, and he
grew very defensive, and
said that was her decision,
not ours. He said that she
needs to be able to drive herself to run errands and to go
to doctor’s appointments,
and that he lives too far to be
able to drive her around
She is back to driving herself again. She backed into
her own mailbox about a
month ago.
I am terrified to let my
kids play in our front yard for
fear she’ll have another accident. I just can’t seem to
bring myself to call the police
on her.
What do you recommend? How can I get her son
to take action?
Dear Worried: The son
will not act. You should report your neighbor’s unsafe
driving to the DMV.
When I checked at my
state’s DMV website, I found
a very easy-to-file “concerned citizen’s” form for a
“request for driver review.”
This form asks for the individual’s name, address,
make and model car and license plate number. It also
asks for your information,
and gives you an opportunity to explain your concerns.
If the DMV is doing its
job, they will follow through
with the driver to ask for a reassessment. Let’s hope she
doesn’t drive herself there.
Dear Amy: You receive
many letters from parents
who are unhappy in their relationships with their adult
children. I was among them
until I had a recent “light
bulb moment.”
Being with one of our four
adult children was often uncomfortable; we were usually walking on eggshells,
afraid we’d upset him without really knowing why and
worried he’d get angry and
create a scene. I would then
stew for weeks about what I
had done wrong.
And then the light bulb
went on: He really doesn’t
like being with us. So why
was I forcing this issue with
him? And here’s another
watt in that light bulb: This
particular son has longstanding issues that HE
needs to resolve.
I let this son know we
would no longer hold him to
any family expectations. I
stopped calling, emailing or
texting (which he saw as intruding). I told him we’d love
to see him and would let him
initiate that. And, when we
did get together, we would
accept only respectful behavior from him.
It was a huge relief, for everyone. He reaches out every
now and then, we meet occasionally, and fortunately he’s
very generous about making
sure we see our grandkids.
Our relationship with the
other adult kids is better
without the stress their
brother usually brought to
the mix.
Sometimes letting go is
the only sane answer.
Happier Now
Dear Happier: Ninety percent of my advice to questions regarding family challenges is to urge people to detach. Your experience provides the perfect example of
how detachment works.
Good for you.
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